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The Ghost Sonata at BCT • Eleven11 at VAC • Joyce Carol Oates

Thursday 9

The Ghost Sonata at BCT

DROP dance collective presents The Ghost Sonata in a two-hour production adapted from August Strindberg's original work. Dance artists Leah Clark and Helene Peterson and theater artist Sara Bruner collaborated to produce a piece that tells a story through dance, utilizing movement in place of narrative with live music by Darkwood Consort. It will be an exploration in a world of betrayal, daunting ghosts and personal reflection.

Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. $10 student, $20 general; Nov. 10-11 at 8 p.m. $10 student, $25 general; Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. $10 student, $20 general. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St. For more information or tickets, call 331-9224.

Saturday 11

eleven11 at visual arts collective

Visual Arts Collective is at it again. And by "it," we mean bringing Boise yet another amazing exhibition that defies the idea that ground-breaking art shows have to be brought to Boise from other cities. This time, VAC is bringing it to the street, literally, with their new exhibition "Eleven11: Art and the Urban Canvas," featuring 11 local urban/street artists with an installation to intrigue, taunt and tease. Artists include Paste Eater, Erin Ruiz, Ben Wilson, Jennie Myers, Gahlen Fridley, EPIK, Vy Boutdy, Bobby Gaytan and Jeremy Webster--to name a few (well, nine). Check out the flash teaser on their Web site: for a better idea of just how exceptional this show is going to be. The exhibition will run through the end of December, ending in a New Year's Eve party (plan ahead).

7 p.m., FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., Boise. For more information, call 424-8297 or visit

conversations with joyce carol oates

Each year, The Cabin and The Egyptian Theatre team up to bring Boise some of the most inspiring voices in a variety of literature styles. This week's featured author, Joyce Carol Oates, has ventured down nearly every avenue, publishing poetry, young adult and children's stories, essays, dramas and over 40 novels along the way. Strapping down to a typewriter given to her at age 14, Oates began "writing novel after novel." A few of her recent national bestsellers include We Were Mulvaneys and Blonde--also nominated for the National Book Award. Head over to The Cabin and pick up a book and a ticket, because between teaching at Princeton and continuing to create beautiful works, Boise is fortunate to have her squeeze us in.

For those of you who just can't make it in the evening, set aside some time in the late afternoon to join Oates at The Cabin for an informal Q&A session on the craft of writing.

7:30 p.m. $27 members, $30 non-members (available at The Cabin and The Egyptian box office). The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. Writing Workshop: 4 p.m. $5 members and students, $10 non-members. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. For more information, call 331-8000 or visit

matt hopper live at opa

Guess what, music lovers? Matt Hopper, who originally hails from Alaska, is hanging out in Boise for a few weeks while he records a new album. A troubadour of sorts, Hopper prefers whiskey to wine and well-constructed lyrics to drivel. A few years ago, he quit his day job to make music his full-time endeavor. Hopper made his new home the inside of his Chevy as he traveled far and wide, sharing the stage with an impressive array of musicians, including the much-blogged-about Cold War Kids and Damien Jurado. The LA Weekly wrote about Hopper, "He writes earnest alt-countrified songs that are pop without being clichéd and delicate without being sappy." Sounds about right. And while this alt-country-pop songster records his new release, he'll take up a resident gig at Opa, playing Monday nights at 9 p.m. through November 23. You can also catch him this Friday at The Bouquet with Escape Wheel. The music will be sweet and the drinks will be strong, so stop by and give this boy a listen.

Nov. 10, 9 p.m., $3, The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., Boise, 345-6605. Every Monday night through November 23, 9 p.m., FREE, Opa, 213 N. 8th St., Boise, 342-6555.

Tuesday 14

backcountry ski films

For Winter Wildlands Alliance, winter isn't all extreme, epic, hardcore adventure--it's engaging with the politics of environmental health, public land use, preservation, and then topping it off with all that blissful powder. On November 14, WWA will present their second annual backcountry film night, featuring backcountry ski films, raffle prizes with all sorts of outdoor gear and $2 pints of the good stuff. Snow fan or foe, each can appreciate the importance of participating in our land's management, and c'mon--we're talking about bearing witness to some pretty beautiful scenery fronted by amazing skiers on the big screen.

6 p.m. $10. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 342-4222, For more information on WWA, e-mail or visit