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Window Wonders

If you were one of the many people bundled up and roaming downtown's streets last First Thursday, you might have noticed a roving gang of discerning critics clutching clipboards and fervently jotting notes. BW's very own Art Director Leila Ramella-Rader and Arts and Entertainment Editor Amy Atkins joined members of the Mayor's Office, the City Department of Arts and History, and 107.9 Lite FM, for this annual Winter Window Gallery judging jaunt.

After much heated debating and several passionate rounds of rock, paper, scissors, the winners were decided. In first place this year is Heather Bauer and Brick Oven Bistro with Migrate to the Bistro. In second place is Kristy Albrecht and Charley the Pet Boutique with Hip Hound Holiday. Third place was snapped up by Rick "Paste Eater" Walter and Flying M Coffeehouse for Tokyo Xmas. And the Judge's Pick honorable mention goes out to Miriam Woito and the Highlands Elementary Students at Pottery Gourmet Kitchen for Do You Believe in Sugarplum Fairies?

Brick Oven Bistro, 801 W. Main St.; Charley the Pet Boutique, 160 N. Eighth St.; Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St.; Pottery Gourmet Kitchen, 811 W. Bannock St.

Not Shutting Up

Surprise! Boise Contemporary Theater's world premiere of Lauren Weedman's No ... You Shutup has been a smashing success. So much so that BCT has extended the play's run until Dec. 20. BW caught the play opening weekend and we were blown away by Weedman's side-splitting social commentaries and soul-baring candor (BW, Stage, "Hey, Hey Pretty Lady," Nov. 26, 2008).

So, if you haven't yet made it down to the Fulton Street Center to watch Weedman's neurotic, one-woman adventure through the scary land of babies, adoption, marriage and career-climbing, you've been granted a stay of social execution. Have some discerning relatives in for the holidays? A night at BCT with ex-Daily Show correspondent Weedman might be just the thing that tips them off to Boise's burgeoning cultural capabilities.

Wednesday to Saturday through Dec. 20, 8 p.m., matinee Saturdays at 2 p.m., $12-$30. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St. For information or to buy tickets, visit bctheater.org.

Anime House

Calling all anime addicts and manga maniacs, Rediscovered Bookshop is giving you the chance to pack up your colored pencils and share drawing techniques with your fellow anime-lovers. This Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., area artists will gather to discuss various styles and levels of anime art.

So, if your vixen schoolgirl could use a little work, or your fey schoolboy isn't quite doe-eyed enough, get yourself over to Rediscovered Bookshop for some pointers from fellow artists. Your colored pencils and that weird chick in Bio who watches you doodle will thank you.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road. For more information, call 208-376-4229 or visit rediscoveredbookshop.com.

Bowntown

The Tavern Wine Market at Bown Crossing is hosting a craft market this Saturday, Dec. 13, for those who prefer to shop locally with a cocktail in hand. While you browse various jewelry vendors and candle makers, the Wine Market will be serving an assortment of wines, mimosas, mulled wine and small appetizers.

Participating artisans include acrylic artist Ginny Blakeslee Breen, eco-friendly gift maker Lesa Breding with Days Like Tomorrow, vintage Hollywood glam jewelry-maker Monica Macha of The M Line Jewelry, quirky jewelry and bath product-maker Michelle Vohn of I Like Mixed Greens, Scentsy candle maker Breann Shearer, vintage Mister Judy creator Wendy Zerza, and flowery handmade jewelry and belt-maker Laurie Nowierski with Fancy That.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 12 -5 p.m., Tavern Wine Market, 3073 S. Bown Way. For more information, call 208-343-9463.