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Thursday 9 -- Sunday 12

Ralphie May

Comedian Ralphie May is best known as a finalist from the first season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Since then, his career has been in high gear, and his first DVD released last February, Just Correct, has sold over 100,000 copies. May recently received a standing ovation on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, (the first comedian in 10 years to receive this honor) and is soon to be a regular fixture on VH1 starring in a new pilot with his girlfriend, Lahna. The New York Times called May "phenomenal," The Washington Post described his comedy style as a "Tour de Force," and Sam Kinison told him his opening act for Kinison at age 17 was "the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life." May is adored for his boyish face and lovable girth, though he intentionally stays away from fat jokes and has recently shed 170 pounds. May's material embraces different races and pokes fun at different cultures, breaking down both a politically correct culture and the lines and stereotypes that divide us. He also takes shots at pop culture--his bit about the Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown interview is priceless.

8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 10:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $8-$12, The Funny Bone, 405 S. 8th St., Suite 110, 331-2663.

Saturday 11

Christmas Carol Relay Reading

The Log Cabin continues to invent creative ways to woo those of us who love a good story. The latest event is called a Drop-In Dickens Christmas: Open House Holiday Celebration. A group of local celebrity types will read the beloved Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," as part of the holiday program. The team of "relay readers" includes a number of powerful, unique voices: Cherie Buckner, Charlie Fee, Lynn Hofflund, Stan Olson, Dan Popkey, Curtis Stigers and Bev Harad. Comestibles, confections and children's amusements will also be part of the celebration. And attendees are invited to help trim the Log Cabin's Christmas tree with a contribution to the Log Cabin--visit the holiday wish list at www.logcablit.org.

3-6 p.m., FREE, Log Cabin Literary Center, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 331-8000, www.logcablit.org.

Friday 10 & Saturday 11

Relax and Dance

Boise State's department of theatre arts presents Relax and Dance, a dance concert of original student and faculty choreography. The concert features creative choreography from 15 different choreographers performed to music ranging from pop and rock to contemporary classical. Flex your mind muscles and test your musical knowledge as you watch dancers under the direction of dance diva Marla Hansen move in every way imaginable.

Friday 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $3 students and $5 general at door, Stage II, Morrison Center, Boise State campus, 426-3980.

Saturday 11

Cabaret with Lauriel Loyst

Like many of us, Lauriel Loyst grew up in Idaho, left for a time and was lured back. Loyst is a Borah High and Albertson College grad who has spent the past 22 years performing cabaret in the Big Apple, as well as on cruise ships, at Six Flags, Florida cabaret clubs and the Mark Adams hotel chain. Loyst is now taking the stage in Eagle in a show called Santa Baby, a light-hearted musical look at the holidays, accompanied by a delicious prix-fix Cellars dinner (choice of Beef Wellington or Chicken Marsala). Loyst, who happens to be the daughter of Boise's favorite jazz singer Sally Tibbs, sold out her last show at the Cellars. We have no doubts she'll sell out again.

Dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., $37.50 includes show and dinner, The Cellars, Eagle City Market, Eagle. Reservations at 938-1257.

Saturday 11

Holidays Around The World

Step out of your own humdrum holiday traditions and come experience traditions from around the world. Each year Boise State hosts a free event called Holidays Around the World, featuring crafts, games and performances to entertain the whole family. The festival includes karaoke, inflatable fun, raffles and refreshments plus live performances by the South Asian Pacific Student Association (SAPSA), the Ontario Children's Ballet Folklorico and the Dragon Bushido Karate Dojo Group. And, of course, you can sit on Santa's lap and have your mug taken for a mere buck.

11 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State campus. Free parking available in the Student Union visitor lot. More information at 426-4317. To set up a booth, contact 426-5950.

Sunday 12

Concert for Cause

Concert for a Cause is 94.9 The River's fundraiser for a charity selected by its listeners. This year's chosen beneficiary is Boise's Ronald McDonald House, which offers a home away from home for families of children who reside outside Ada County and who are receiving treatment at any of Boise's local medical facilities. The concert's opening musical act is Portland-based, jazz-country foursome Amelia, and the headliners are the legendary, soulful, New Orleans-based Neville Brothers. In addition to great tunes, there will be both a silent and live auction, with signed, one-of-a-kind rock and roll memorabilia (including guitars signed by Mark Knopfler and Melissa Etheridge), concert flyways, "night out" packages, spa treatments, event tickets, gift baskets, jewelry and more. Do your holiday shopping at the auction, hear the funky and fabulous Neville Brothers, support a good cause and help The River meet its $10,000 fundraising goal.

Doors at 6 p.m. show at 7 p.m., $19.50, Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St. Tickets at Ticketweb. For an updated list of auction items, visit www.riverinteractive.com/CCause04-Auction.htm

Arty Gifts

Steer clear of mass-produced items this holiday season and check these events out:

Clay and Fire sale and exhibition--High quality ceramics for all decors and budgets. December 11-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Visual Arts Center Gallery 1, Liberal Arts Building, 1874 University Drive, Boise State campus, 426-3205.

Art at the Depot--Artists include: Zion Warne, Christine Barriatua, Cheyenne Malcom, Mike Sowers, Patricia Saddler, Loretta Pompeii Flick, Kaiya Tyson, Eric Nadar, Lisa Tate and James Turner. December 11-12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, The Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace.

Idaho Metal Arts Guild Ornament Sale--Through December 13 at Artistic Expressions, 218 N. 9th St. and from December 13-27 at Precious Metal Arts, 280 N. 8th St.

Idaho Peace Coalition Holiday Fundraiser at Ten Thousand Villages--An after-hours opportunity to buy hundreds of fairly-traded handmade items from across the globe with 10 percent of proceeds donated to the Idaho Peace Coalition. December 10, 5-9 p.m., Ten Thousand Villages, 1609 N. 13th St.