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The Best of Guests • Moving Movie • Everyone Has a Talking Part in this Production • Sibling Stars

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22 friday – 23 saturday

The Best of Guests

For "Power and Grace," guest conductor Mariusz Smolij from Poland will lead the Boise Philharmonic orchestra in an international repertoire with compositions from Mahler, Ravel, Dvorak and Smetana. The featured soloist is violinist Timothy Fain, who has worked with many American composers and has performed with numerous jazz ensembles. Recently, Fain worked with Philip Glass as a soloist on the tour of "Einstein on the Beach" and contributed to the Juliette Binoche and Richard Gere movie, Bee Season, as the sound behind Gere's violin. The violinist's Web site is TimFain.com.

The program begins with the folk-influenced Three Dances from the Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana. Next, Anton Dvorak's Romance in F minor, Op. 11 will feature soft melodies by Fain on his violin. The pace accelerates in Maurice Ravel's fiery Tzigane, in which Fain will rip it up on his instrument during the solo. The evening comes to a close with Gustav Mahler's potent Titan, which was composed during the fallout of two failed romances.

8 p.m., $10 general, FREE to Northwest Nazarene University students, Swayne Auditorium, NNU Campus, Nampa. Second performance is February 23 at 8:15 p.m., Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise. Single tickets start at $16 to $35, 208-344-7849, BoisePhilharmonic.org.

Moving Movie

The movie Until the Violence Stops, is a collection of interviews conducted by director Abbey Epstein with all types of women—everyday and celebrity—who share their stories about abuse. The V-Day movement grew in 2002 when benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues were staged in more than 800 cities around the world. The collective effort grew into what is now known as V-Day. The message of the movie is that with increased exposure to the facts, change can and will happen. From small towns in California to the Rift Valley in Kenya, women's testimonies raise awareness. The emotionally charged interviews and readings by women the world over include well-known faces such as Rosie Perez, Jane Fonda and Lisa Gay Hamilton. For her part, Perez urges women to take as much time as they need to tell their stories, and that opening up the dialogue and not staying silent is crucial to the cause. Visit VDay.org to learn more about the movement. Tickets are available exclusively at the Boise State Women's Center, or at the door if available. For more information, call the Boise State Women's Center at 208-426-4259 or visit WomensCenter.BoiseState.edu.

7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 22 and again on Sat. Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., $5, Special Events Center, Boise State.

23 Saturday – 24 Sunday

Everyone Has a Talking Part in this Production

The 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright Eve Ensler and based on interviews with women all around the world, has evolved into much more than an informative and amusing performance about a certain part of women's bodies. Organizers have labeled this year's movement "V to the Tenth," which focuses on the women of New Orleans and the Gulf South and explores what happens in a time of conflict, like after Hurricane Katrina, when relief programs fail to assist those in need. Labeled "Katrina Warriors," the women who live in the ravaged area have suffered the consequences of elevated violence, economic hardship and racism. The whole point of V to the Tenth is in response to the need for resources in the ravaged area. On April 11 and 12, a handful of celebrities will gather at the New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome to support the cause. For more information on the Boise performance of The Vagina Monologues, call the Boise State Women's Center.

7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23 and Sun., Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.; adults, $12; students, $8. 208-426-4259, WomensCenter.BoiseState.edu.

25 monday – 27 wednesday

Sibling Stars

Gypsy, touted as one of the best musicals of all time, is based on the memoirs of entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee. The Broadway production features some of the biggest songs in Broadway history, including "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Rose's Turn" and "Together, Wherever We Go." The story revolves around what happens when overbearing stage mother Rose, who favors her younger daughter June, has to deal with her older daughter Louise's overwhelming success after she busts out of the chorus to become the star of the show. Vaudeville and burlesque serve as the backdrop for a glimpse into the ambition and jealousy surrounding a family in the spotlight.

8 p.m., $27-$47, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110.