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Today's sliced bread: Special Olympics • Zoo Boise After Dark • say cheese • Hey, you! I'll need that kidney back • Part Two of Five • Hitched, Iranian Style • A Hooping Good Time

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11 Wed. - 13 Fri.

Today's sliced bread: Special Olympics

Hosting the Special Olympics World Winter Games may be the biggest thing to happen to Boise since the Stones graced Idaho with their formidable presence a few years ago. (And that was the biggest thing to happen to the Gem State since the invention of Tater Tots back in the '50s, if you ask us.) So, slacker, if you haven't been checking out the games, skip to it and don't forget your camera because the guvernator is out there somewhere. Wednesday you can catch alpine events at Bogus Basin, figure skating at Qwest Arena and floor hockey at Expo Idaho. Same thing on Thursday, along with speed skating and curling at Idaho IceWorld. Friday the big bad 13th, is floor hockey, speed skating and alpine events. Closing ceremonies are 7-9 p.m. at the Idaho Center.

All events are free, but you'll need to score tickets for the closing ceremonies. Get the deets at idso.org.

13 Friday

Zoo Boise After Dark

Scare the cranky out of your kids with an after-dark trip to Zoo Boise. You know all those animals that are sleeping during your daytime visits? Well, they're wide awake at night, and your little people can get a glimpse of what goes bump in the night behind bars.

6:30-8:30 p.m., $7 members/$9 Boise residents/$11 nonresidents. Zoo Boise, 255 Julia Davis Dr., 208-384-4125, zooboise.org.

say cheese

Have your photo taken with the Oliver Russell "I Love You" muscle man in the second annual "My Funny Valentine." Pose for a Polaroid Valentine photo to give to someone you love, and proceeds benefit YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, Oliver Russell, 217 S. 11th St., 208-344-1734, oliverrussell.com.

13 Fri. - 14 Sat.

Hey, you! I'll need that kidney back.

Here's one to make you go hmmm. Repo! The Genetic Opera takes over the Egyptian Theatre this weekend. The name alone is cause for curiosity, no? The 98-minute story short (directed by Saw II, III and IV's Darren Lynn Bousman, so you can guess where this is going) is about epidemic organ failure in the future. GeneCo comes to the rescue with transplants, but miss a payment and the "Repo"session man hunts you down to reclaim GeneCo's property. Pre-funk with drinks from Lush and music from DJ Bones followed by ballet and performance art from 6:41 Production. Film at 10 p.m.

Doors at 8 p.m., $5 children under 12/$10 adults/$15 couples. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.

16 Monday

Part Two of Five

Beware stage geeks, your chances to catch a Boise Contemporary Theater show this season are suddenly running seriously, seriously short. The company recently announced it is nixing its season's final show, which means precious few opportunities exist to get your BCT fix. Opening Monday, Feb. 16, is the second in BCT's annual 5X5 series. The Squirrel from Alex Moggridge is a dark comedy about "a woman and her oversensitive husband, overbearing sister and a man she just hit with her car." It's a one-night-only gig, so mark your calendar.

7 p.m., $12, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.

17 Tuesday

Hitched, Iranian Style

Catch a preview of Arusi Persian Wedding during Community Cinema brought to you by PBS' Independent Lens series. A documentary about a young couple who travels to Iran to get married, the film explores the tenuous relationship between the governments of the United States and Iran despite the generally amicable feelings between the countries' people. The television premiere is Tuesday, March 17, but since a few of you may be otherwise engaged on that special Irish Day, may we suggest this Tuesday's preview? As always, insightful discussion follows.

5:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Barnwell Room, pbs.org/independentlens.

18 Wednesday

A Hooping Good Time

You've tried stair-stepping, marathon running, gym spinning, tai chi, yoga, pilates and hill climbing just to round out your slimdown plan. Get a little goofy this week with a hoop fitness class. As in hula hoop. The gyrating experts tout hula hooping's benefits as core strength and improved coordination. Hula hoops will be provided, and for those with a "can't-do" attitude, the pro hoopers will show you how it's done. Through February, join the beginning or intermediate classes with a friend and you'll get a two-for-one deal.

Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. for newbies and 7 p.m. for the intermediate hoopers. $50 for two people for five weeks during February. Info at 208-850-0171, boisehoopla.com, Boise Racquet and Swim Club, 1116 N. Cole Road, Boise.