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Pulitzer Prize Showcase • The Second Annual Russian Food Festival • Ballet of the Youth • Andrei Codrescu

Wednesday 7

A Big Moment for Albertson College

Albertson College of Idaho presents "Capture the Moment," an exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning entries in photojournalism, representing every winner from the first award presented in 1942 through 2005. Many of the photographs depict war-related images and times of political upheaval. Others include triumphant sporting events and life-affirming miracles like the birth of a baby.

This exhibition will be accompanied by another show held in the ACI archives, displaying antique cameras and other materials used by photojournalists over the past 100 years, open Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

On March 7, ACI will also feature Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, editors and writers in a panel discussion entitled, "Through the Lens: The Pulitzer Prize in Photojournalism." Following the discussion, viewers will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer period.

Tues-Fri. 5-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-5011, The exhibit is being shown in four of ACI's campus buildings, including Jewett Auditorium, Langroise Center, Rosenthal Art Gallery and Hendren Hall.

Friday 9-saturday 10

Maslenitsa or "Butter Week"

Ever tried baklava or a Russian chocolate dessert log? Drop by St. Seraphim Russian Orthodox Church and take your taste buds out for an adventure. The Second Annual Russian Food Festival celebrates Maslenitsa, or "butter week," the Russian version of Mardi Gras--a week of food, fun, friends and family before the beginning of Lent. Try an assortment of traditional Russian dishes while checking out the arts, crafts and books on the eastern tradition of Christianity. This year's fare will include favorites from last year, vareniki (vegetable dumplings) and pelmeni (meat dumplings), as well as a variety of sauerkraut, mushrooms, cheese and sturgeon.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE tours of the church and icons. For more information, contact Philip Atlakson at or call 208-426-1191. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St. (four blocks south of State Street), Boise.

saturday 10

Ballet of the Youth

For over 15 years, Capital City Youth Ballet Company has challenged its dancers to grow both technically and artistically, resulting in strong, vibrant performances. Today, eight such dancers, ranging in age from 12 to 18, bring their talent to the stage in an annual winter concert premiering The Snow Maiden and other works.

Maiden is a Russian folktale performed to the music of several Russian composers. When a barren, older couple creates a daughter made of snow, she magically comes alive and stirs up a whole lot of duly needed, though possibly unlucky love.

Other performances include Paquita, Diamonds and Shadowbutterfly.

To raise money for the company, families affiliated with Youth Ballet have prepared a variety of delicious desserts to delight your tummy while enjoying the show.

7 p.m. $10 general, $8 student/senior, $30 family. All proceeds benefit the Youth Company. For tickets and more information, call Sarah Phipps at 208-378-9752. Special Events Center, Boise State Campus, 1800 University Dr.

Tuesday 13

readings and conversations with andrei codrescu

Romanian-born poet and essayist Andrei Codrescu is regularly featured on NPR's All Things Considered and currently resides in New Orleans, where he is the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English Literature at LSU. Highlighting the oddities of everyday life, his work brings an outsider's perspective to the absurdities of American culture with his trademark irony, buoyant paranoia and mystical illusion.

Codrescu's works include Alien Candor: Selected Poems, 1970-1997, a series of philosophical essays and four novels, including The Blood Countess, Messiah, Casanova in Bohemia and Wakefield. He will focus the evening on his latest book, New Orleans, Mon Amour, which is a collection of over 20 years of essays about the city.

Codrescu is speaking as part of the Reading and Conversations series hosted by The Cabin and The Egyptian Theatre.

7 p.m., $27 members, $30 non-members. For more information, call 208-331-8000 or visit The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise.