welcome the world
Get ready to welcome Special Olympic athletes from all over the world Feb. 7-13. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, tag along behind athletes during the Law Enforcement Torch Run with a rally at Boise City Hall at 4:45 p.m. The Flame of Hope passes through Boise on the way to light the cauldron for opening ceremonies at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Idaho Center in Nampa. Purchase food, beverages and Special Olympics merchandise during the Special Olympics Festival Feb. 8-10 on the Grove Plaza. Downtown Boise becomes a hub of activity with live music and entertainment by area bands, performers and dancers. The Sports Experience Feb. 8-11 at the Boise Centre on the Grove gives people the chance to get to know the athletes while playing their signature sports, and the Global Youth Rally brings together kids with and without intellectual disabilities, celebrities and the public in a big, motivational rally addressing key issues of tolerance and acceptance.
For a complete schedule, go to 2009worldgames.org.
The 2009 National Teach-In on Feb. 4-5 is focused on coming up with solutions to global warming from every angle. The initiative aims to spark a call-to-action coinciding with the first 100 days of the Obama administration. Presentations over two days are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more on the national movement, visit nationalteachin.org.
For local events, visit boisestate.edu/focusthenation.
Part of the fun of the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony's seventh annual Musical Movies Project is watching the kids' reaction to the black-and-white movies—they are both fascinated and inspired, and they totally get the humor. The young musicians of the TVYS perform under the guidance of Dr. David Saunders, conductor, in front of silent movies The Immigrant by Charlie Chaplin and Cops by Buster Keaton. The morning before the public concert, school-aged children are bussed in for a special performance so they can see and hear what their musical peers are capable of achieving. Alison Baldwin, education coordinator for the Boise Philharmonic, said she doesn't think the old slapstick comedy will ever go out of style and that the musical accompaniment by the TVYS just "adds the frosting on the cake."
7:30 p.m., $10 adult; $5 student/senior/child, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., boisephilharmonic.org.
6 Friday & 8 sunday
Boise has talent
The Boise Baroque Orchestra, directed by Dr. Daniel Stern and joined by the Langroise Trio performs a world premiere by composer James Cockey. The repertoire includes Cockey's Concerto Grosso, Mozart's Divertimento K. 251 and Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor.
Friday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m., $18 general, $14 seniors/students, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa; and Sunday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511, boisebaroque.com.
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Trey McIntyre Project's first anniversary in Boise is Feb. 4 and a few days later, Boise audiences will surely mark the occasion by shelling out some dough to see their latest production. TMP dancers glide onto the stage for their second program including a New Orleans jazz piece titled "Ma Maison" featuring music by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a performance set to music by the Beatles titled "A Day in the Life," and a preview of a world premiere titled "serious" commissioned by White Bird Dance Series in Portland, Ore.
8 p.m., adults $35-$50; juniors/seniors $25-$40, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, treymcintyre.com.
true American Performers
Boise State music professor Del Parkinson and Brigham Young University head of keyboard studies Jeffrey Shumway are celebrating the 25th anniversary of performing as the American Piano Duo with a program titled "Americana" in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. After releasing three CDs and performing across the United States, Mexico and Europe, the duo is bringing the music home with performances of Dave Brubeck's version of "Yankee Doodle," Broadway show tunes by George Gershwin and West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.
4 p.m., $5 general, $3 seniors, free to students of all ages and Boise State faculty and staff, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Campus Lane, Boise State campus, 208-426-3980.
Brown Bag Lecture Series
Gary Daniel, the communication liaison for the Idaho Capitol Commission, leads a talk titled the "Preservation and Restoration of the Capitol Building." Daniel will discuss the urgent need for restoration, how the government functions during the project and what kind of legislation has been enacted to fund the undertaking.
After many years of service, it was time for the Capitol Building to undergo a face-lift. The Idaho Capitol Commission has spent the last eight years preparing for the 36-month renovation. Sheetrock put up over the years, most likely with the intention of function over form, was peeled back revealing original archways, columns and porticos. Underground wings are being constructed adding 25,000 square feet to the historic building. Much of the original architecture is being restored, and the expansion, complete with modern enhancements, will make it more accessible. Coffee, punch and cookies will be provided. Donations accepted.
Noon-1 p.m., $4 adult, $2 seniors, $1 students with ID; FREE for members. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, capitolcommission.idaho.gov.