Smorgasbord of Voices
"Another Twisted Christmas" is a bit more secular, a tad funnier and a touch raunchier than your average Christmas show. The second-annual program will begin with a number of different holiday pieces such as traditional carols, and then erupt into songs featuring alternate lyrics meant to poke fun at the seriousness of the season. The whole production will end with an upbeat spoof of the Twelve Days of Christmas, with a story about the 12 days after Christmas and how absurd it is to buy someone so many birds.
The purpose of the community-based choir, made up of around 25 singers from diverse backgrounds, is to be open and accepting of anyone who loves to sing in a choir, but might not want to be tethered to a particular day of the week to showcase their talents. The goal of the artistic director is to double the number of members without ever dipping below 60 singers in the choir.
Bicycle to Ride
Project Ride is the brainchild of three seniors at Boise High School, Jade Crester Evans, Maggie McDowell and Jenn Mosby. As part of a class project, the teens collected more than 100 bicycles to donate to refugees who have moved to Boise. The project will provide more than recreation for the new residents. The bikes will be an alternate form of transportation for the recipients in this increasingly bike-friendly community. The newly formed Boise Bicycle Project, in cooperation with the teens and the International Rescue Committee, refurbished the donated bicycles that will be presented to the recipients in a ceremony at Capital Park, or the IRC headquarters if the weather is uncooperative.
Anyone who passes through the doors of the Cathedral of the Rockies can feel the holiday spirit. The massive church with the gorgeous stained glass, comforting lights and vaulted ceilings that rise up toward the heavens gives a sense of peace to all who enter.
As an added bonus to the sights, the powerful sounds of the Boise Master Chorale performing Handel's Messiah will resonate throughout the space. A dress rehearsal beginning at 10 a.m. is open to the public to sing along. The performance that night will feature soloists Andre Flynn, bass; David Carlson, tenor; Michelle Detwiler, alto and Laura Rushing-Raines, soprano.
7:30 p.m., $20, general; $18, seniors and students, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th and Hays, Boise, 208-344-4794, BoiseMasterChorale.org.
Live acoustic jams will play softly in the background at the Rockin' Bazaar as shoppers sniff out the best gifts to give everyone on their list this holiday. The event, presented by Shorty's and Home Street Entertainment, features a collection of musicians and artists who passed a rigorous audition. Items for sale at the bazaar represent the gamut of art, such as metal, glass, macrame, jewelry, paintings and tie-dye. Entertainment by Barefoot Backstage, Sleeve of Wizard Stonefly Stout and Jimmy Bivens will run into the night for all ages to enjoy with a full bar available to those who can produce the proper identification.
Noon, FREE admission to bazaar; $4 at the door for performances beginning at 8 p.m., The Gathering Place, 5467 Glenwood, Boise.
Munnys Can Change Everything
The Record Exchange is always involved in some kind of creative production. From fostering a perfect environment for the growth of music to donating a handful of blank Munnys to local creative types, the RX backs some ingenious projects. The annual "Art for Food" fundraiser gives everyone the chance to contribute by bidding on original, hand-painted collectible toy Munnys designed by some of Boise's most creative individuals. It takes seeing to believe how the little dolls—which arrive as little blank canvases—transform after the artist is through with them. Some paint the dolls with realistic facial features while other artists utilize more abstract ideas such as skeletons or spins on the "money" theme. Ben Nunez painted his doll in purple with two different-sized black eyeballs and matching faces covering the entire body. Linda Capps created a Pamela Potato woman with a vegetable headdress and brandishing a rake. Proceeds from the silent auction go to the Idaho Foodbank, with a percentage of the final bid amounts generously matched by the RX. The colorful Munnys have been on display at the RX since the beginning of December and bidding will close on Sunday, December 23, at 4 p.m. Photos of this year's Munnys are at www.flickr.com/photos/recordexchangeinstores/sets.
Bidding ends 4 p.m., Sun., Dec. 23, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, TheRecordExchange.com.