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5 Wednesday

Sign Here

Here's your chance to rub shoulders with a sampling of Idaho's authors, purchase their work and gain insight into the creative processes of different genres. Local writers are gathering at the Nampa Public Library for an authors' reception. Paul Shaffer of The Cabin will give a short introduction and then participants can sip cider and munch on snacks as they pick the brains of some of Idaho's literary talents. A partial list of participating wordsmiths include Susan Stacy, who is bringing her new book Tom and Julia Davis Some Good Place. Doug Copsey wrote about the legacy of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in With Our Good Will. Rocky Barker is bringing his book Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America, about wildfire and national firefighting policy. Holly Porterfield, a local writer of murder mysteries will attend with her new book, Think Twice, Twice. Don Shannon and his book, The Boise Massacre on the Oregon Trail represents a few pieces of Idaho's history. Children's authors Linda Thorpe, with her Teeny Weeny's Two Front Teeth, and Michael Strickland, with his Haircuts at Sleepy Sam's will bring their fun fables.

5-7 p.m., FREE, Nampa Public Library, 101 11th Ave. S., Nampa,

6 Thursday

Precious Metals

The jewelry show titled "What the Flux?" on display at the Flying M Coffeehouse is part class project, part business venture. Boise State Art 303 art metal students were charged with a daunting task to not only create, but also commercialize their crafts. The students combined decorative pieces and some unlikely items to create wearable jewelry items. At a cost of about $20 a piece (cash or check, please), the curious will find everything from rings to pendants to hair ornaments.

6-10 p.m., FREE, Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320.

7 Friday

Egg On

Brandon Follett and Amy Johnson went on a trek through Southeast Asia searching for universal themes and a good omelet at every stop. Throughout their egg-centric adventures, they dissected the American experience and pondered issues such as sustainability, the role of animals in the food chain and keeping it local. Now Follett wants to share his deliciously different insights through short stories, films, pictures and poetry in a multimedia presentation backed by musical guest, How's Your Family?

8 p.m., FREE, Flying M Coffee Garage, 1314 Second St., Nampa, 208-467-5533,

8 Saturday

Renaissance Woman

Romina Arena has a five-octave vocal range, and that is not even the most interesting part of this Italian woman's story. Arena began her career in the spotlight as a Mouseketeer in the Italian Mickey Mouse Club. At 16, Arena's throat was cut in an attack by a jealous entertainer, and her vocal cords were severed. A year of rehabilitation and hard work brought back her dream of becoming a singer, actress, writer, composer and producer. The international "popera" (pop meets classical) singer is performing in Boise. Fly Me Home For Christmas stars Arena and features Jim Wilson on the keys.

8 p.m., $30-$46, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609.

9 Sunday


Darkwood Consort presents its second annual Christmas concert, "A Very Darkwood Christmas II." This holiday season, members Nielsen and Drake are embarking on a mini-tour of the Treasure Valley and will perform free holiday concerts. On Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m. the duo will perform at the Ada Community Library on Victory Road and on Tuesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Star Branch Library.

2 p.m., $12 general, $8 students/seniors, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-841-2691,

12 Wednesday

Sounds Good

Dress to the nines in your best holiday garb and drop a couple of tens on this year's The Rivers' Concert for Cause. The show, produced by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson, is aptly named the Extreme Holiday Extravaganza. This year, the nearly three-hour show is being held at a brand-new venue at the Morrison Center. The event features loads of local entertainment, a full bar, plus both live and silent auctions hosted by 94.9-FM The River. The Fool Squad is playing double duty as both part of the act and as masters of ceremony. Stigers, The Frim Fram Four, John Hansen, Rebecca Scott, The Rockafellas, Bindy Bowler, Ned Evett, the Divas of Boise, Steve Fulton, Dale Keys, the Moody Jews, Darkwood Consort, Johnny Shoes and Bill Coffey will perform. The topper to the impressive marquee of performers who donate their time is that all event proceeds benefit the Interfaith Sanctuary, the local charitable organization that won the most River listeners' online votes.

7 p.m., $20 plus service charges, The Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise,