A lot of time, money and hard work went into the 2008 Bra Project sponsored by the Women's Center at Boise State, but all it takes to support the cause is placing the highest bid to win some artistic brassieres. The live auction includes 15 unique bras, both fashionable and abstract. Some of the wearable bras are embellished with fabric, beads and paint. This year, there is a stained-glass bra, gourd bras and even a Santa bra. The money goes to the Breast Cancer Action Group. Rochelle Smith will provide music, with food and appetizers by Life's Kitchen and beer and wine available for purchase from Lush.
6 p.m.; $8 students, $12 general; Art Source Gallery, 1015 Main St., Boise, 208-426-4259, womenscenter.boisestate.edu.
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Opera Idaho is performing Lucia di Lammermoor, a tragic tale of deceit, lost love and a famous descent into madness. Soprano Rochelle Bard is Lucia and tenor Christopher Bengochea stars as Edgardo. Dennis Jesse plays Enrico, Lord Henry Ashton of Lammermoor. Wedding night chaos results in a man being killed with his own sword, death by broken heart and lots of bloodshed. Read more about the opera on page 25.
Thursday, open dress rehearsal, 7:30 p.m., $10 adults, $5 students (cash or check only); Saturday, show, 8 p.m., $10-$80, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1110, operaidaho.org.
Stage Coach Theatre's third annual Halloween Bash features music by Jack Crowne and the Coronas, cash prizes for best costume and an air guitar competition sponsored by the Northwest Air Guitar Society. Serious rocking out happens when musicians are armed with only imagination, style and an intense desire to shred. Contestants are judged on technical ability, stage presence and airness, which cannot be defined. Air guitarists rock the house at 7:30 p.m., and the $10 fee includes entry to the competition, free spirits (for those of legal age) and food all night, along with admission to the SCT Halloween Party and a chance to win cash and prizes. All ages welcome.
7 p.m., $10, wrist band $5. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
Girls on Wheels
The Treasure Valley Rollergirls' Spanksgiving features B-Town Battalion vs. Cell Block B. Whether playing the position of blocker, jammer or pivot, the tough girls have hearts of gold, donating a percentage of proceeds to City Light Home, the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries' home for women and children.
7 p.m.; $10 adv., $12 door, $5 children ages 5-12; Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood, Garden City, treasurevalleyrollergirls.net.
Make Your Own Snacks
Kids in the Kitchen, sponsored by the Junior League of Boise and the Treasure Valley YMCA, is the fourth annual education initiative on childhood obesity and nutrition meant to empower kids to make healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices. Kids are at the front and center of interactive and entertaining activities, such as display booths with sample foods from all food groups, new exercises and games to keep them moving.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, West YMCA, 5959 Discovery Pl., Boise, kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org.
Day of the Dead Musicians
A group of local musicians, including the Rex X-ray Band, Floomdorm, The Boxers, Terry Velour and Hartung and McFadin, are getting together to honor musicians who have passed on in the last year: Bo Diddley, Stockhausen, Bebe Barron, Don Helms and others. The tribute concert is family-friendly, alcohol- and smoke-free, and proceeds from donations benefit Boise Community Radio.
7 p.m., $5 donation, Ahavath Beth Israel Education Center, 11 N. Latah St., Boise, 208-343-6601, ahavathbethisrael.org.
Big Tree Arts is intent on giving the art of spoken word a permanent performance outlet in Boise. The LoudWriters poetry workshops for teens are meant to help them find their voices and use them responsibly, and Slams of Steel are the perfect place for spoken word artists to practice in front of an audience. The public is very much encouraged to come down and check out the whole scene during an open house at 6:30 p.m. before the poetry slam. Participants of the workshops get into the slams for free, everyone else ponies up $5. The slam starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call Cheryl Maddalena at 208-426-0383, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 p.m., Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632, womanofsteelgallery.com.