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The coolest AAF Yet • Donations to Darfur • Radical Reels • Lost Boy Finds His Way to Boise • Radio Rendezvous


26 Wednesday

The coolest AAF Yet

The Record Exchange is a bright and shining beacon in Boise's ever-thriving music scene. Hitting the 30-year mark of successfully and determinedly supporting music in all its glorious forms is quite an accomplishment. Throughout their history, some things have drastically changed, like locations, and others have remained steadfast and pure, like the dedication to promoting local and notable music. Music lovers in the know go directly to Boise's independently owned record store to trade in music and to come away with new music. Here's a little pearl of wisdom aimed at the music-loving masses: Make sure to attend the last Alive After Five. To celebrate the momentous occasion, The Record Exchange has brought in rocking group Dave Alvin and The Guilty Men as special guests for the last blast of the season.

5-8 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown.

Donations to Darfur

It can be hard to figure out how to help a cause so far away from the Gem State. That's why Mike Blomquist came up with a brilliant idea to give the people of Idaho the opportunity to help the people in Sudan. Several bands are coming together to play at Terrapin Station in order to raise money for the crisis in Darfur. All proceeds go to Amnesty International to help with its Darfur projects. Blomquist organized the event and will also perform. He believes the people of Darfur are the ones who need more help right now than anyone else. Musicians included on the roster are: Jonathan Warren from Tennessee, Mike Blomquist, Jeremy Jensen, Angie Stevens and The Mark, Walkie Talkie and various other surprise acts.

8 p.m., $3-$4, Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St., 208-342-1776.

28 Friday

Radical Reels

Adrenaline is the reason for any season. Since the early 80s, the Banff Mountain Film Festival has screened different sport-themed films and thrilled the Gore-Tex off adventure seekers. Showcasing films about high-adrenaline sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, snowboarding and mountain biking, the slogan is: "Faster, steeper, higher, deeper." For those who can't make the annual trek to the Banff Mountainfilm Festival, the Radical Reels Film Tour will get you your fix. The film tour visits over 35 locations in 19 sports-loving states, and Idaho is a featured destination.

7 p.m., $12 advance, $15 at the door, Borah High School, 6001 Cassia St., 208-854-4370.

29 Saturday

Lost Boy Finds His Way to Boise

John Bul Dau, the "Lost Boy of Sudan," is the keynote speaker at Boise State in conjunction with the Courageous Voices exhibition on campus. The talk is free and open to the public. The 33-year old Bul Dau has experienced unfathomable tragedies resulting from violence and civil war in his homeland of Sudan. In 1987, he and his family were forced to flee their home when soldiers from the north raided his village. With his family scattered to save their own lives, John Bul Dau walked for months before finding refuge in a camp in Ethiopia. Soon the war reached that region as well, and he was once again displaced. Kenya was his next destination, but his journey was not without the continual threats of disease, starvation and violence.

Eventually, he was able to find peace with the help of the First Presbyterian Church. He and three other Lost Boys arrived in the United States in 2001. The story of the Lost Boys puts a face on the tragedies in other countries.

Now in a better position to shed light on struggles for basic human rights, like the genocide in Darfur, Bul Dau has worked to improve his situation by earning college degrees, but he has not forgotten his past. He brought members of his family to the United States and organized nonprofit organizations to assist other Lost Boys.

His memoir, God Grew Tired of Us, was made into a documentary and won awards and recognition at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. John Bul Dau's message is simple: To restore hope through awareness of the inalienable importance of human rights.

7-9 p.m., FREE, Boise State University Student Union Jordan Ballroom, free parking in the new parking structure PS2 on the corner of University and Lincoln.

30 Sunday

Radio Rendezvous

Can you believe it? Boise State Radio has been on the air for three decades. To mark its 30th Anniversary, the station is throwing a soiree. Free and open to the public, the event will start with a picnic and culminate with a concert in the Gene Harris Bandshell at Julia Davis Park. The event features performances by Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia, Curtis Stigers, Ned Evett and Bill Coffey, Jill Rowley and Tom Tompkins. Food will be available for purchase from Jenny's Lunch Line and TableRock Brewpub and Grill with a beer and wine garden by the Boise Co-op and TableRock Brew pub.

2-6 p.m., FREE, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd.,