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Rock Music Mania • No Referral Needed • May Cause Laughter • Pop, Fizzle, Bang • Take a Load Off • Holidays Around the World • Holiday Skate


11 Thursday

Rock Music Mania

Boise State music majors and graduate students in the music department's Rock History class, led by Dr. Joseph Baldassarre, are performing music of the Beatles from the years 1962-1969 as part of their final exam. The students chose the music based on the decade they wanted to emulate as well as the talent available in the class. The concert, titled "The Elektric Havoc," contains some classic Beatles' songs and has the potential to transform the adoring audience into a frenzy of screaming fans.

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

12 Friday

No Referral Needed

Prestige Skateshop presents the premiere of Prescriptions, a video shot by Colin Clark. After taking in a free screening of the film, pick up a copy of the DVD for the awesome price of $10 a piece. Greg Goulet, co-owner of Prestige, said the video is "just Boise skateboarding with a dash of Europe" and added that there is "a pretty cookin' soundtrack" to accompany the skating. The video features the Prestige skateboard team along with friends and employees of fellow skate shops. Some of the skaters include Lucas Erlebach, Eddy Meskavanh, Shea Cooper, Ryan Flowers, Kelley Williams, Dillon Castillo, Cole Bunten and TJ Hughes. Watching all those cool tricks can make a viewer want more than the chance to hit the pavement on a deck and four wheels, so refreshments and snacks will be served on-site.

7:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise.

May Cause Laughter

Ralphie May is a young comedian with a sharp tongue who raps about hip-hop and the South and somehow makes everyday situations laughable. May was the first man in a decade to receive a standing ovation during one of his routines on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. And the late comedian Sam Kinison told May that his routine was the "funniest thing I've ever seen in my life." Talk about props. The night also includes special guest Billy Wayne Davis from NBC's Last Comic Standing.

7 p.m., $29, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212,

Pop, Fizzle, Bang

The Boise State Holiday Chemistry Demo Show is full of magical chemistry demonstrations for the amusement of the entire family. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., an array of demonstrations prove without a doubt that science is exciting because participants will see things explode, change color and fizzle all over the place. The professors and faculty members of the department are each staging a different demonstration. One experiment will test to see if Santa's beard is flammable. Another demo titled "Barking Dog," includes loud noises and an example of nano particle research will be featured.

At 7:30 p.m., the students of the department help with hands-on activities and refreshments. This is the first year the community is invited, and the purpose is to help get the word out about the chemistry department and how cool science can be. Park for free in the general parking area by the Morrison Center and follow the signs to the event.

6:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State Math/Geoscience Building, room 113, 1910 University Drive, Boise,

13 Saturday

Take a Load Off

During the last two Saturdays of the holiday market, the nonprofit organization Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Inc. (SNIP) is hosting an event titled "Doggone Cool Chairs." More than five dozen old wooden chairs were spruced up with a fresh coat of paint by Hillcrest Junior High, Boise State and Riverstone International School students and by volunteers who wanted to help with the worthy cause. All proceeds go toward a high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter clinic for dogs and domestic and feral cats of low-income owners and care givers. Modern Woodmen of America are matching all sales of the chairs up to $2,500. Take a look at the chairs at For more information, call 208-336-8709.

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Eighth Street Marketplace, downtown Boise.

Holidays Around the World

A handful of cultural organizations at Boise State, including BARCADA, the Black Student Alliance, Hui-O-Aloha, the Intertribal Native Council, the Japan Club, M.E.C.H.A. and the Vietnamese Student Association, are hosting an event with holiday games, food and music from around the world. Food tickets are $1 each. Donations of clothes for women and children benefit the Casa Elvira Arellano Refuge House.

5-8 p.m., FREE admission, Student Union Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive,

14 Sunday

Holiday Skate

Outfit the whole family for an afternoon of skating, holiday music and a visit from Santa. Proceeds benefit Boise Parks and Recreation's AdVenture program, which facilitates social activities for individuals with disabilities and offers access to recreation, wilderness excursions, fitness programs and sports. The Holiday Skate is open to all ages and ability levels. Wheelchairs and adapted recreation equipment are welcome on the ice.

1-4 p.m., Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise,