screening and panel discussion
Winner of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, God Grew Tired of Us is a moving documentary about three "Lost Boys" from Sudan. In the late 80s and early 90s, thousands of Sudanese refugees fled from Sudan's civil war and crossed thousand of miles through African deserts, arriving at Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Director Christopher Quinn's documentary explores the indomitable spirit of three young men, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor, who were offered refuge in America. The film follows them for four years as they build active and fulfilling new lives while remaining deeply committed to helping the friends and family they have left behind.
Lek Atak, another one of the "Lost Boys," will speak after the film.
7 p.m. $12. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com.
Thursday 15-Saturday 17
LEAP Step Turn BALANCE
Members of Balance Dance Company, a contemporary company of pre-professional dancers ranging in age from 12-18, and LEAP troupe, a performing ensemble of talented children ages 8-12, present three evening and one afternoon performances.
Dancers will perform six new dances created this season by an array of talented choreographers, professional dancers and artistic directors, including Helene Peterson, Kay Braden, Harriett Jastremsky, Lauren Chertudi, Johanna Kirk and Leah Stephens Clark.
The LEAP troupe will also perform a new dance choreographed by Jon Swarthout, with live accompaniment.
March 15-16, 7:30 p.m., and Sat., March 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $5 students, 208-331-3184. Fulton Street Center for the Arts, 854 Fulton St., Boise.
Golden Dragon Acrobats
If you think the daring defeats of the Ringling Brother's Circus are incredible, get ready for a treat. From the Cangzhou, Hebei, province in China comes an acrobatic troupe of international renown. The Golden Dragon Acrobats have traveled to 65 different countries, on five different continents, and all 50 U.S. states. Their ancient tradition was made popular over 2,000 years ago when it was discovered and promoted by powerful emperors in China, and historical documents show evidence of Chinese acrobatics under the Xia Dynasty (4,000 years ago).
Join the club of those completely mesmerized by their unparalleled grace, skill and beauty. Prepare to be thrilled and enchanted again and again as you're presented with a combination of ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques. Award-winning director Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang bring this time-honored tradition to life with beautifully colorful costumes, sports, acrobatics, wushu (full-contact martial arts), dance and opera.
7:30 p.m. $15.50 adults, $11.50 children. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise State University, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110.
Art at Boise State
Demonstrations, exhibitions, special screenings and other art events will be held on campus, providing a chance for participants to discover the best that the art department has to offer. Several studio exhibitions will be open for viewing, and visitors can check out the Visual Arts Center gallery in the Liberal Arts Building, which was recently renovated to better showcase art. The open house will begin in the new Fine Arts Building, located at Capitol Village on University Drive, and will extend to the Visual Arts Center galleries and the Public Affairs/Arts West Building.
5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-1000, www.boisestate.edu.
Saturday 17-Sunday 18
Vintage motorcycles dating back to the late 1800s through 1987 will converge on Saturday to celebrate The Idaho Vintage Motorcyle Club's 31st annual rally and show. Meet at the Caldwell City Park around 1:30 p.m. The rally is free and open to everyone.
Sunday's show will feature old bikes dating back to 1910, classics, road racers and dirt bikes from the 1920s to 1987. There will also be a display of vintage bicycles with entries from the late 1800s. Those wishing to buy or sell parts can check out goods and accessories at the swap meet. (Though if you're looking to sell, check out their Web site in advance. Pre-registration is required.)
Sun., March 18, noon-4 p.m. $4, FREE children under 12. For more information about the swap meet or rules for entering the show, visit www.idahovintagemotorcycleclub.org. O'Conner Fieldhouse, 2300 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-455-3004, www.cityofcaldwell.com.
Wednesday 21derby done right, on skates
The game: Teams of five hard-hitting chicks clad in sassy skids and protective gear race around the track on roller skates. The rules: Teams, consisting of four blockers and one jammer, are aligned in a pack formation. Upon the referee's signal, all blockers shoot off the line. Upon the second signal, both jammers take off in an attempt to catch up with the pack, weave in and out of the girls and lap the track. Scoring commences when the jammer has legally lapped members of the opposing team, receiving one point per lapped girl. Battling gets feisty at this point. Blockers are packed around their jammer, defending her ground to make way for the jammer to easily access the front of the group. Jams continue for about two minutes, or until the lead jammer calls it off.
Next Wednesday, the girls battle as B-Town Battalion take on Devils Darlings and Cell Block B go up against The Derailers. Good times.
6 p.m. $10 advance, $12 door, www.treasurevalleyrollergirls.net. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City.