BW Picks

Own that Cover • Pick This • Among Friends • Break on Through • Go on and Dance • Jazz is Art Music • Breath of Fruit Air


8 thursday

own that cover

You've seen our covers. Now, own one for your wall. If you like perusing good art, fast talking and socializing, then attend the annual BW Cover Art Auction at the Idaho State Historical Museum. A professional auctioneer keeps bidders at bay as they grapple for their favorite pieces of art that have graced the cover of the BW during the last year. Proceeds will fund a new grant program for artists.

A small sampling of the artists featured in the auction includes Bill Carman, Grant Olsen, Ben Wilson, Erin Ruiz, Surel Mitchell, Mike Flinn and Erin Cunningham.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp, FREE.Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr. For more information call Boise Weekly at 208-344-2055.

9 Friday

Pick This

Classical guitarist James Edwards will perform a concert accompanied by special guest and Boise State professor Craig Purdy on violin. Edwards performed in Boise years ago and played music not usually written for guitar, including pieces by the Beatles and Beethoven. This time around, he will play his own original compositions that combine a classical background with touches of the great composers, jazz and folk music that have influenced him throughout his musical career. The repertoire will include Edwards' lively arrangements of pieces by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Debussy and Brahms, along with an original spin on works by Gershwin, Rodgers and Joplin.

7:30 p.m., $5 general, $3 seniors, free to students and Boise State faculty and staff, Morrison Center Recital Hall. 208-426-3980,

Among Friends

New Moon Rising, a celebration of life, will remember Jon and his son Jonah Stravers, tragically taken in an automobile accident on September 2 of this year while traveling through Colorado. The event will help raise funds for Kristen, Jon's partner and Jonah's mother. The hope is the night will bring in a barnfull of well-wishers and supporters. Jon Jon was a well-known musician who played guitar and drums and crafted his own handmade Native American flutes. In his memory, there will be an open jam. Beverages will be available and donations accepted to aid with costs. The hosts of the occasion are Brad and Judy Breakell. RSVP to 208-853-7977 or e-mail

6 p.m., Hidden Springs Barn, 4768 W. Farm Ct., Hidden Springs.

9 Friday – 10 Saturday

Break on Through

A Tunnel of Oppression will take over Boise State's Student Union Hatch Ballroom. The visual, theatrical and interactive production is back for its third year with the theme, "Question Everything." Directed by Steven Wells of Boise State's Gateway Center, the exhibit is a series of dramatic vignettes showing the various forms of discrimination meant to raise consciousness about the various ways oppression can rear its ugly head. The topics are chosen by a committee of students, staff and faculty, who write the scripts, coach the actors and coordinate the media and live performances. There will be discussions following the presentations about the best way to absorb the content, process it and take what was learned into the community. The activities are intended "to channel the inherent negativity of the exhibit into a positive, progressive attitude toward ending oppression," says Ro Alvarado Parker, director of the Cultural Center.

10 a.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom,

10 Saturday

Go on and Dance

Spend the day the fund-raising way by attending Hot Pepper Nights: A Benefit for Boise High Chamber Orchestra. Participants will get a tango and salsa dance experience while learning the hottest steps from seasoned instructors. The classes start at 10 a.m. and go until 3 p.m. Break for a couple of hours to recuperate and then come back at 7 p.m. for a social hour, food and performances by the instructors. Open dance starts at 9:30 p.m.

10 a.m., $20 for lesson/show/dance ;$10 for open dance only, The Basque Center, 601 Grove St.

11 Sunday

Jazz is Art Music

The Brent Jensen-Bill Anschell Quartet is putting out a CD titled One More Mile, and to kick it off, the Boise Jazz Society is throwing a free concert. The featured venue will be transformed to resemble a nightclub allowing some lucky audience members to be seated onstage right next to the band. The program will include songs from the new album, along with jazz standards and original pieces by the Quartet. The album, slated for release November 20 on Origin Records, will be available for purchase at the concert.

7:30 p.m., FREE, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Campus Lane.

13 Tuesday

Breath of Fruit Air

The air in the Northwest is some of the freshest around, but that hasn't stopped the trendy trend of oxygen bars from blowing into the Gem State. Courtesy of the Student Programs Board, an oxygen bar will be open to students and the public. In today's hustle and bustle even stopping to take a deep breath has to be scheduled. Take some time out to experience the relaxing effects of an oxygen bar and prepare to be mesmerized. The bar comes with colorful tubes of oxygen, coupled with many flavors.

11 a.m.- 3 p.m., FREE, Student Union Brava/Dining Room stage, 208-426-4636.