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Urban Inspiration • Caged Scuffles • Today, We Bowl • Dare to Disco • Amazing Human Being • Okropong means "eagle"

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11 friday

Urban Inspiration

The Alley Repertory Theater is holding its first fundraiser featuring the work of designer artist Tod Alan. "Reckless" is a fashion show unlike any other before it or likely to follow. Models doubling as pieces of roving art will gallivant about, working the runway in avant-garde fashion. There will be wine and mingling and the whole experience will help Tod help ART, because the philanthropic designer has agreed to donate all ticket proceeds to Alley Repertory Theater. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the action follows shortly thereafter.

9 p.m. until late, $20, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, VisualArtsCollective.com.

12 Saturday

Caged Scuffles

Classy. When thinking of the Egyptian Theatre, cage fighting may not be the first thing to pop into mind, but that's what's going down. This event is like no other event, ever, at the historic theater. The mixed martial arts action inside iron bars features 10 fights and 20 fighters, many of whom hail from right here in the Treasure Valley. In other words, locals looking for some contained confrontation. The main event features Tyler "Shorty" Freeland. Some of the proceeds from the spectacle will go to the The Jennifer Storch Fund to help support the family. The location is perfect, being smack downtown, plus every seat in the house offers a good view of the cage on the stage.

7 p.m., $22, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454.

Today, We Bowl

Slip into some questionably fashionable shoes and save some endangered species. Zoo Boise hosts the national initiative Bowling for Rhinos sponsored by the American Association of Zoo Keepers and Blue Rhino. All proceeds from the events go toward preserving black and white rhinos in Africa and the Javan and Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia. Prepare for the cause; each team of bowlers is charged with raising $100 in pledges ($25 per individual), and their efforts will be awarded with prizes for the most money raised and the best scores. To register, see ZooBoise.org or call 208-384-4125, Ext. 202.

3-7 p.m., $15 individual or $50 for teams of four which includes two games of bowling, shoe rental and free raffle ticket, Meridian Lanes, 324 S. Meridian Rd., Meridian.

13 sunday

Dare to Disco

Parents and their children are invited to a family dance party put on by the Children's Dance Institute and Kids Are Special People. The night has a disco theme with a DJ spinning dance music, and a club-like atmosphere with lights, lasers and a fog machine. Secure a prime space under the disco ball or jive atop a go-go dance platform; dust off some dance moves and boogie like you don't know what era it is. Everyone can enjoy food, beverages and a silent auction to round out the groovin' good times. For more information, call 208-343-8441 or e-mail kasp@boisefumc.com or purchase tickets at the KASP office.

4-6 p.m., $12 individual/$40 family pass, The Big Easy, 414 S. 9th St., KidsAreSpecialPeople.com.

15 Tuesday

Amazing Human Being

Visiting from Paris, Marjane Satrapi the acclaimed author of the illustrated series of memoirs Persepolis and Persepolis 2, is appearing as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations. Satrapi's story of cultural clashes and the search for an identity in a complex world, was recently made into a feature-length film, also called Persepolis. According to an interview with Powell's Bookstore, one of Satrapi's favorite experiences happened while on tour with her book. She was approached by a big Texan cowboy talking excitedly about liberating Iraq, but instead of trying to intimidate her, the good ol' boy bought seven of Satrapi's books to share with all his friends. Test her fortitude in person while she is center stage and perhaps come away with a renewed sense of hope in humankind.

7:30 p.m., $12-$30, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454.

16 wednesday

Okropong means "eagle"

Caldwell might seem far away to Boiseans, but the distance is nothing when you consider the group Obo Addy and Okropong are driving down from Portland, Ore., to delight and entertain. "Under the Mango Tree" is a program of driving rhythms provided by a group of six artists performing traditional Ghana music and dance. Using hand, stick and talking drums and bells and shakers, the musicians whip the dancers, dressed in West African clothing, into a physical frenzy. After every performance, the artists get the audience even more riled up with an interactive call and response meant to celebrate the song and dance everyone just experienced. 7:30 p.m., adults $13-16; students $9-$12, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd.. Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or visit CaldwellFineArts.org.