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Silent yet Timeless • Create to Donate • Organ-ized Performance • Frequent Flyers Club


7 Thursday

Silent yet Timeless

The 2008 Musical Movies Project brings together some classic films from the silent era with some talented high-school musicians from the Boise Philharmonic's Treasure Valley Youth Symphony. Serving as the accompaniment for all the black and white action up on the big screen, the young musicians will be joined by special guest Ben Model, resident film expert at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Model has put together an original orchestral score for the films. Throughout the day, thousands of area elementary and middle-school students will be bused in from all over the Treasure Valley to take part in this unique experience. The evening performance, open to the public, functions as the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony's annual fundraiser. Three films will be shown, including Nell Shipman's, Light on Lookout, shot in Priest Lake, Idaho; Buster Keaton's One Week, a slapstick comedy of newlyweds and their build-it-yourself house kit, with an original score by Ben Model; and Fatty Arbuckle's Love, during which Model will play the Egyptian Theatre's organ in the traditional style of the day. Advance tickets available at the Boise Philharmonic.

7:30 p.m., adults, $12; seniors/children, $7; family pass (two adults and 4 children), $31, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-344-7849 or

Create to Donate

The 15th Annual Valentine for AIDS silent art auction put on by Flying M Coffeehouse in downtown Boise runs First Thursday, Feb. 7, through Feb. 17. All of the funds raised this year will again benefit S.N.A.P., (Safety Net for AIDS Program), which provides assistance for housing, utility bills, groceries and medical insurance payments to people living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, more than $28,000 was raised for the cause.

This year, 310 local artists poured their hearts and souls into creating art to donate. And every year, everything sells. The Valentines come in all forms, from pottery to sculpture, photography to jewelry. Submissions roll in from seasoned artists as well as from children whose art seems to grow right along with them. Nikki Weihe, a longtime employee of the Flying M, said, "There are some amazing submissions. They are all very beautiful, and it's neat to see the young artists' work mature over the years."

A special feature this year involves a raffle to win a mosaic mantle titled, "and still my heart has wings" by Christine Thomas; the artwork is on display in the window at Urban Outfitters in BoDo. Raffle tickets are on sale for $10 each. Buy two tickets for $20 and receive a free copy of Christine Thomas' latest CD. For more information, call Lisa Myers, Flying M Boise, 208-345-4320, Flying M in Nampa, 208-467-5533; Jamie Perry, S.NA.P., 208-367-7033 or e-mail

Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320. Valentines may be viewed and bid on from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon.-Sat., and Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Bidding ends at 4 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 17.

8 friday & 10 sunday

Organ-ized Performance

Organ soloist Michael Boney, director of music and organist at St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, will join conductor Daniel Stern and professional musicians from the Boise Baroque Orchestra to perform Salieri's Organ Concerto in C Major. Boney is excited to play with the group for the first time. He believes the audience is in for quite a treat considering that concertos for other instruments such as the piano or strings are much more common, and it's not every day that you get to hear an organ concerto. For the Friday performance, Boney will take advantage of the acoustics in the Jewett Auditorium and play the building's famed 2,575-pipe organ, and then for Sunday's performance, he will be play an even larger instrument at the Cathedral of the Rockies. The repertoire will also include Purcell's suite No. 1 from The Fairy Queen, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Handel's Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 12.

7:30 p.m., $12-$15 adults, $8-$11 students, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, 212 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405, The second performance is Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m., $18 general; $14 students and seniors, First United Methodist Church/Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise.

9 saturday

Frequent Flyers Club

When the winter weather hits Boise, some migrating birds (and BW staffers) are willing to travel vast distances to escape the cold. During the winter event at the World Center for Birds of Prey, participants will be in close proximity to the birds while taking in some interesting facts about a variety of winged predators. Learn about raptor migration and how the birds are able to travel more than 15,000 miles each year. Watch as a falcon demonstrates its high-speed flight skills. Take guided tours of the center and see indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) flight demonstrations.

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $5 adults, $4 seniors, FREE kids 16 and younger, World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Ln., Boise, 208-362-8687,