Ada County might take top honors for all things fine arts, but Canyon County has a few tricks up it's sleeve. Take the Caldwell Fine Arts program at Albertson College, now in its 44th season. The ratio of population to the size of the talent brought in is highly disproportionate, as anyone who's been lucky enough to check out a CFA show knows. The performances are always quality, the venue nice and the tickets ridiculously inexpensive.
This Thursday's performance should be no exception. Trio Voronezh, a group of Russian musicians, will be at Jewett to perform their unique blend of classical, Russian folk, jazz and popular music on the domra, (short-necked lute), bajan (button accordion) and double-bass balalaika.
The Trio's repertoire ranges widely from the classical works of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky to Russian folk music and popular songs by Gershwin and Piazzola. They were "discovered" while playing Bach in a Frankfurt, Germany, subway station and made their U.S. debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1966.
$12-16 adult, $4 student discount, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium, Albertson College of Idaho campus, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 459-3405.
Trudell opens at the Flicks
This documentary by local filmmaker Heather Rae follows the life's work of Native American poet and activist John Trudell. Rae spent over 10 years chronicling his travels, spoken word and politics in a poetic and naturally stylized manner. The film combines archival, concert and interview footage with abstract imagery mirroring the nature of its subject. Truedell premiered at Sundance Film Festival and will open nationwide next January.
$8, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com.
Saturday 24-Sunday 25
Wild Rockies: 11th Annual Lava Rama
This is the last race, folks. After this, Wild Rockies is no more--at least, for this season.
The Lava Rama race at Lava Hot Springs promises to end the mountain biking season at one of the prettiest and friendliest little towns in the West, starting and finishing at the park. The course features rolling climbs, deep woods, singletrack and exciting racing in town on the pavement--finish up with a jump in the hot springs at the finish line (there's a free swim pass included in race fees).
On Sunday, check out the legendary Devil's Staircase Downhill, which is 1,200 vertical feet straight down to Main Street in three quarters of a mile. Yikes.
Register to race or just come out as a spectator and watch 'em go.
$25 for all racers except Trailblazers, $5 for Trailblazers (one easy five-mile lap), FREE kids 10 and under. Register at www.sportsbaseonline.com. Lava Hot Springs, Citywide, Lava Hot Springs (25 miles southeast of Pocatello), www.wildrockies.com.
Me Time Coffeehouse's 3rd Annual Fall Family Market
Outdoor market season isn't over yet, folks. Fall in Southern Idaho is a perfect time for autumnal celebrations and this one isn't even downtown. You might see some of the fall foliage we've been hearing so much about.
The entire open area of the MIll District Retail Center will host vendors, food and music for a day of fun. In addition to the market, many local car clubs will display their unique cars.
FREE, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Me Time Coffeehouse, 4940 Mill Station, 388-3995, www.metimecoffeehouse.com.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival presents Radical Reels, making a stop in Boise on its world tour. This film festival features exhilarating skiing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and action sports films, with some of the wildest athletes in the world gracing the screen.
7 p.m., The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454, www.banffmountainfestivals.ca/radicalreels.
Log Cabin's Readings and Conversations: Walter Mosley
Yeah, that's right--the Walter Mosley, award-winning author of the Easy Rawlins mysteries. Kicking off their 2005-2006 Readings and Conversations series, the Log Cabin Literary Center will host Mosley's reading at the Egyptian Theatre, but on the day of his visit, the Cabin will host a reception at the home of George and Bev Harad. This is an amazing opportunity to meet one of the most popular novelists of our time.
$45-$130 for the reading at 7:30 p.m., $75 for the reception at 5:30 p.m., The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454.