Your big February calendar: Valentines, jazz and more in the Treasure Valley

mjenkins@idahostatesman.comJanuary 26, 2014 

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Flying M holds its annual Valentine for AIDS fundraiser in downtown Boise.

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Recurring events

Looking for a new way to celebrate your love this Valentine's Day? Reserve your place for dinner at the Boise Art Museum's Love Bites event or head out of town to the Stanley High Country Inn. You will also find romance in an unlikely place at the Old Idaho Penitentiary's Romancing the Pen. Or put on your best PJs for the Cupid's Undie Run in Boise to benefit The Children's Tumor Foundation. February is also the time of year for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow. At the end of the month, go see Kenny Rogers at the Morrison Center in Boise.

VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine for AIDS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6-16 (bidding ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 16), Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise. About 250 local artists will create and donate valentines for the annual silent art auction to benefit SNAP (Safety Net for AIDS Program). 367-7033, valentineforaids@gmail.com.

Valentine Gifts and Giving Week: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Feb. 10-14, Miss Courageous Pop Inspired Gifts, 1148 N. Orchard St., Boise. Millie Hilgert, aka Miss Courageous, shares her store and studio space with local artists and crafters. Artists donate 20 percent of the sales to the Women's and Children's Alliance. Miss Courageous also donates 20 percent of the sales in her Pop Inspired Gift Shop to the WCA during the event. misscourageous.com.

Valentine's Dash - Love 'em or Lose 'em 5k: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Run with your sweetie in the couples category or search for your soulmate. Running bibs will be available with the following messages: Single, Taken and It's Complicated. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, and prizes will be given away for best costume. $30-$65. valentinesdash.com.

Romancing the Pen: Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 (last admission at 8:30 p.m.), Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Stroll through the site and snuggle up with your valentine or find out about all the wrong things inmates did for love. Guided tours are first come, first served. $3-$5. history.idaho.gov/old-idaho-penitentiary-events.

Valentine's Day Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Backcountry Bistro, Stanley High Country Inn, 21 Ace of Diamonds St. Music by classical guitarist Glenn Hugunin. All ladies will receive a complimentary glass of wine and a rose. Reservations required. (208) 774-7000, backcountrybistro.com.

Love Bites: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive. Four-course meal, wine pairings and art after dark. $75 general, $60 BAM members. 345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.

An Unexpected Pairing: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, House of Wine, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City. Wines by Cinder, Telaya, Coiled and House of Wine; appetizers from Horsewood Catering; dancing (instruction by Heirloom Dance Studio); photo booth and raffle prizes. $75 per person. 297-9463, thehowofwine.com/specialty-courses.

Cupid's Undie Run: Noon Saturday, Feb. 15, Tom Grainey's, 109 S. 6th St., Boise. A 1.5-mile run in your bedroom-best to benefit The Children's Tumor Foundation. $30. 409-8282, cupidsundierun.com/city/boise/?src=fbevent.

Father/Daughter Dessert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Karcher Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W. Karcher Road, Nampa. Variety show featuring father/daughter duos, dessert options and a photo booth. $10 per family. 467-7479, karchernaz.org.

READ ME TREASURE VALLEY

Community-wide celebration of literature launches Monday, Feb. 3, and continues through mid-March. Book discussions, film screenings and a variety of programs and activities are related to this year's title, "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean. Offered by Ada Community Library, Boise Public Library, The Cabin, the Idaho Statesman and Boise State University. readmetv.com.

• Read Me Kick-off: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Featuring City Council president Maryanne Jordan and other dignitaries.

• Environmental Ethics: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, Boise Library Collister branch, 4724 W. State St. Join College of Idaho professor Greg McElwain in an examination of environmental ethics and how our conceptions of human nature shape our ethical views and behavior toward the natural world.

• "The Orchid Thief" discussion: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Ada Community Library Star Branch, 10706 W. State St. Book discussion of Susan Orlean's story of passion and obsession.

• Extreme Flora - Novelties from Across the Plant Kingdom: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. Michael Mancuso with the Pahove Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will talk about "extreme plants" - some of the biggest, toughest, oldest and most dangerous plants known.

• Stopping Idaho's Game Thieves: a Look a Poaching in the Gem State: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Ada Community Library Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road. Conservation Officer Matt O'Connell of Idaho Fish and Game offers a history of poaching in Idaho. Hear some cases, learn about the Citizens Against Poaching program, and see exhibits from past investigations.

• "The Orchid Thief" discussion: 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise. Join local author Chuck Guilford for a book discussion.

• Journalism - Storytelling with a Purpose: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Hear from a panel of local journalists as they discuss the process of investigating a story as Susan Orlean did while developing "The Orchid Thief."

• The Forgotten Expedition: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise. Leon Powers, author of "A Hawk in the Sun" and "Dead Owls Flying," shares research of a pioneer biological expedition into Idaho and Oregon.

• Reading the Book of Nature: Nature Writing, Landscape Painting, and Natural History, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Boise State University professor Samantha Harvey provides insight into the nexus of science, art and literature.

COMEDY

Dustin Diamond: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, and 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, Liquid, 405 S. 8th St., Boise. Screech from TV show "Saved by the Bell." $15. 941-2459, liquidboise.com.

FESTIVALS/FAIRS

McCall Winter Carnival: Continues Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, McCall. Snow sculptures, fireworks, snowmobile fun run, music, beer garden and more. mccallchamber.org/carnival_home.html.

Sun Valley Nordic Festival: Continues Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, Sun Valley. Nordic skiing, demonstrations, races, seminars and activities all culminating with the Boulder Mountain Tour. nordictownusa.com/?page_id=546.

Banff Mountain Film Festival: 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 3-5, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. A collection of the most inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from the festival. $18 general, $14 students and seniors, $48 for three-day pass. egyptiantheatre.net.

MUSIC AND DANCE

Suzy Bogguss: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 26-27, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. Opening: Andy Byron. $25, $35 and $65. ticketbud.com.

The Met Opera: Live in HD "Rusalka": 10:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, Edwards 22 Cinemas, 7701 Overland Road, Boise, and Edwards 9, 760 Broad St., Boise. $24 general, $22 seniors, $18 children. fandango.com.

Boise Baroque Orchestra: Lindsay Edwards, BBO's principal oboist, performs Bach's Concerto for Oboe d'Amore on a rarely heard 18th century instrument.

• 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. $10-$20 general, $5-$10 students and children. 459-5275, caldwellfinearts.org.

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise. $22 general, $17 students and seniors, at boisebaroque.org, 891-1300 or at the door.

Ballet Idaho Russian Program: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Features the third act of "Raymonda's Wedding," one of the jewels of classical ballet, and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," inspired by the tales of "The Arabian Nights." $38, $43 and $58. BSU students receive a 50 percent discount; faculty and staff receive a 25 percent discount. 426-1110, balletidaho.org.

Stars of Steinway with Kori Bond: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, Dunkley Music, 410 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Free.

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival: Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-22, University of Idaho, Moscow. $25-$50 per night and special discounts as low as $7 for youth and college students in the quad-cities area. (208) 885-7212, uidaho.edu/ticketoffice. uidaho.edu/jazzfest.

Boise Philharmonic: Guest artist Zuill Bailey plays the Dvorak Cello Concerto. 344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.

• Backstage with the Artist, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise. Free.

• Nampa concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Swayne Auditorium, Northwest Nazarene University's Brandt Center, 707 Fern St. $19.99-$39.99.

• Boise concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane. $19.99-$69.99.

Opera Idaho's "Carmen": 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $23.50-$73.25. Boise State Tickets, 426-1110.

Off Center Dance's "High Five": 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Boise Contemporary Theatre, 854 Fulton St. Artistic Director Kelli Brown will be resetting her piece "skin" along with a new piece that features film and altered spaces. Also, new works by choreographers Stephanie Hope, Savannah Sanderson and Lydia Saklosky-Basquill. $15 general, $10 students and seniors, at highfiveocd.brownpapertickets.com. $18 and $13 at the door. 869-9355, offcenterdance.org.

SPECIALTY SHOWS

Idaho Artistry in Wood Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave. Artists working in wood and gourds participate in a judged competition and display their work. Also, demonstrations, sale of wood and gourd art objects and other activities. $4 admission, free for children 12 and younger. idahoartistryinwood.org.

THEATER

Boise Contemporary Theater's "Warren (or) Those People": 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Feb. 1-22; 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22, 854 Fulton St. $30 Fridays-Saturdays, $25 Wednesdays-Thursdays, $15 matinees and all student tickets. 331-9224, bctheater.org.

Knock 'em Dead Dinner Theatre's "Accomplice": 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (dinner at 7 p.m.) and 7 p.m. Thursdays (no dinner), Feb. 1-22, 415 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Boise. Fridays and Saturdays: $39 dinner/show, $20 show only. Thursdays: $18 general, $15 seniors, military and students. 385-0021, kedproductions.org.

Weiser Little Theater's "Love, Sex and the IRS": Dinner shows at 8 p.m. Feb. 7-8 and 13-15, with dessert-only nights at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 11, 405 E. 2nd St., Weiser. $25; $15 dessert-only. 414-0452.

Missoula Children's Theatre's "Rapunzel": 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. $8 general, $5 students and children, at the door. 459-5275, caldwellfinearts.org.

Music Theatre of Idaho's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer": 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 13-15; 1:30 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 15, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $18 in advance, $22 at the door. 468-2385, mtionline.org.

Boise Little Theater's "Bus Stop": 8 p.m. Feb. 28-March 1, 7-8, 14-15; 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 13; 2 p.m. matinees March 9 and 15, 100 E. Fort St. $14 general, $11 students and seniors. 342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.

SPORTS

Idaho Stampede basketball: CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $8-$21. 331-8497, centurylinkarenaboise.com.

• vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

• vs. Texas Legends, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

• vs. Maine Red Claws, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

• vs. Santa Cruz Warriors, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

Idaho Steelheads hockey: CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $10-$50. 331-8497, idahosteelheads.com.

• vs. Utah Grizzlies, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

• vs. Colorado Eagles, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

• vs. Bakersfield Condors, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15.

• vs. Las Vegas Wranglers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

• vs. Utah Grizzlies, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Boise State Broncos basketball: Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $$20 general, $18 seniors, $14 juniors. Boise State Tickets, 426-1766.

• vs. San Diego State, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

• vs. New Mexico, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

• vs. UNLV, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

One-time events

FEB. 1

Gospel Music Workshop and Concert: Registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m., workshop with lunch break from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 150 W. Maestra St., Meridian. With nationally known clinicians Dr. Tim Poston, Sharon Poston, Min. Dion Williams, Sherral Jackson and Marie Jackmon. $30 for workshop, packet and lunch; $25 students and seniors. Free-will offering for concert. 378-7774, 362-3528, mvcommunityfellowship.org.

Cabin Fever Reliever: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa. Kids will learn to cast a fishing line and shoot archery bows. Prizes and raffles throughout the day. Professionals will be on hand with information on fishing, archery and conservation. Free. 442-8836, kidsfirstcast.org.

Canyon County Kids Expo: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Two stages with dance performances, extreme karate demonstrations, music, magicians, the Premier Kids Idaho State Beauty Pageant, plus special appearances by Nickelodeon TV talents, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. $4 general, $2 children 16 and younger. canyoncountykidsexpo.com.

Marsing Disaster Auction: 10:13 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Marsing Community Center, 126 2nd Ave. W. Annual event raises money to replenish funds for local disaster relief and assists in funding the Marsing ambulance crew. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the United Way and a different service organization each year. 573-3659, marsingdisasterauction.org.

The Arcade Building Grand Opening: 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 1, 1615 W. State St., Boise. Featuring local music, food and new works from artists Cody Rutty and Erika Astrid. Also, giveaways and all clothing in the shop will be buy one, get one half off. Free. thearcadebuilding.net.

Winemaker dinner: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, The Narrows at Shore Lodge, 501 W. Lake St., McCall. Sparkling wine reception followed by a four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Steven Topple. Each course will be paired with the Forgeron wines. $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations: (208) 634-2244.

Red Light Variety Show's "Nostalgia": 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. Teams up the emcee skills of Joe Golden from the Fool Squad and the musical talents of the Frim Fram Four to pay tribute to the sexy side of our nostalgic past with an evening of burlesque, aerial arts, comedy and more. $15. redlightnostalgia.bpt.me.

FEB. 4

A Million Steps: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Boise Public Library Ustick branch, 7557 W. Ustick Road. With 500 miles of stories and thousands of photos to draw from, author Kurt Koontz will present, "A Million Steps - A Story of Life, Love and Addiction on and off the Camino de Santiago." Free. 570-6900.

Writing Workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Hands-on program for adult writers of fiction and creative nonfiction who want to share and discuss their work. Free. 384-4076.

FEB. 6

First Thursday at the Library: The HOW of Wine: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Music, entertainment and special activities while strolling through Downtown Boise shops, galleries, museums and the library. Free. 384-4076.

Boise Weekly Fiction 101 Reading: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Annual reading for the Boise Weekly's Fiction 101 contest winners. Free. 376-4229, rdbooks.org.

Excision: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Dirtyphonics, Ill.Gates. $26. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624.

Fettuccine Forum: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise. "Innovation in Isolation: Exploring Boise's Past, Present and Future Economic Drivers" presented by Ben Quintana. Free. boise150.org.

FEB. 7

"Be Our Guest": 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, South Junior High School, 3101 W. Cassia St., Boise. Presented by and fundraiser for South Junior High choirs. Desserts, raffle and auction prior to performance. $5 performance only, $10 dessert and show; free for ages 5 and younger. 854-6170.

"Justice is the New Black": 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State University. Bill of Rights Celebration with keynote speakers Laverne Cox, acclaimed actress from the Netflix show "Orange is the New Black," and Vanita Gupta, director of the Center for Justice with the National ACLU. Food and drinks provided. Benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. $100 general, $30 students. 344-9750, acluidaho.org/event/justice-new-black.

Hokum Hoedown: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise. Square dance/old-timey music series with Hokum Hi-Flyers. $7. 385-0111.

Cathedral Concert Series: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise. The Table Rock Trio, an ensemble including flute, clarinet and piano, performs works by Dorff, Dvorak and Block. Also performing is the Capital City Youth Ballet. Free. cathedraloftherockies.org.

Gryphon Trio: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $25 general, $20 students and seniors. 426-1216, boisechambermusicseries.org.

Iration: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Natural Vibrations, The Movement, Micah Brown. $16. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624. $18 day of show.

Gentlemen Hall: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. Opening: Basic Vacation. $10. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624.

FEB. 8

Wild at Heart: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive. Zoo residents will receive special Valentine's Day-themed enrichment and attendees can make valentine cards for all of their favorite animals. Free. 384-4260, zooboise.org.

Cowboy Supper: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Gem County Fairgrounds, 2199 S. Johns Ave., Emmett. Pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, corn bread, dessert and drink; music by Soul Patch and Just For Fun; and live auction. Benefits Emmett children going to Washington, D.C. $15 general, $10 children, in advance. $20 at the door. 477-9256.

Mardi Gras: A Black & White Affaire: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Arid Club, 1137 W. River St., Boise. Dinner, music, dancing, live and silent auctions, costume contest and prizes. Fundraiser for Opera Idaho. $150 per person, $50 for dancing only. 345-3531, operaidaho.org.

Imagine Dragons: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Circle, Boise. Opening: The Naked and Famous. $29.50, $37.50 and $45. Boise State Tickets, 426-1766.

The Sweet Spot:7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Book talks, chocolate samples from The Chocolat Bar, wine tasting from The Basque Market, 20 percent off on all books. $27, includes a bottle of wine. 376-4229, rdbooks.org.

Muzzie Braun: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. $15 preferred, $11 general, $24 family/friends four-pack general, $30 VIP meet and greet with CD. id-song-assoc.ticketbud.com.

Big Bad-Ass Belly Dance Show: 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. Performances by Cairo Fusion, Samira Il Naia, Tracy Lay, Cecilia and Chad Rinn, and the Starbelly Dancers. Also, a silent auction to help raise funds for the Starbelly SEEDs program for at-risk teen girls. $8 advance, $10 at the door. starbellyschoolofdance.com/big-bad-ass-belly-dance.

FEB. 10

Boise Contemporary Theater's 5 X 5 Reading Series "Oakwoods": 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 854 Fulton St. $12 general, $10 ages younger than 30. 331-9224, bctheater.org.

FEB. 11

Kurt Koontz: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Author Kurt Koontz will join us for a presentation about his book, "A Million Steps," the story of his 490-mile journey across the historic Camino de Santiago in Spain. Free. 376-4229, rdbooks.org.

FEB. 12

"Interdisciplinary Explorations: The Idea of Nature" lecture series: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, with reception to follow at 7 p.m., Simplot Ballroom, Student Union Building, Boise State University. "After Nature: Living in the Anthropocene" presented by Jedidiah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke University. Free. For free tickets for the reception or information about free parking, email samanthaharvey@boisestate.edu. scholarworks.boisestate.edu/ideaofnature.

Makers: Intro to Soldering: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, Boise Public Library Hillcrest branch, 5246 W. Overland Road. Dave Gapen from the Reuseum will demonstrate the basics of using soldering tools. All equipment will be provided. Free. 562-4996.

2 Chainz: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. With Pusha T and August Alsina. $39.50 and $69.50. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.

FEB. 13

Willy Vlautin: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Vlautin, author of "Lean on Pete," will stop in Boise on his book tour to promote his newest book, "The Free," about three protagonists who find the strength to make the best of difficult situations. Free. 376-4229, rdbooks.org.

FEB. 14

Silent Movies with Orchestra: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $15. 344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.

FEB. 15

Eighth & Main Opening Celebration: Saturday, Feb. 15, Downtown Boise (Main Street will be closed between Ninth Street and Capitol Boulevard). Music by the Goo Goo Dolls and others, family-friendly activities and a ribbon cutting. Free.

Family Field Trip Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise. See live bird demonstrations, tour the Archives of Falconry, participate in family-friendly crafts and activities, and enjoy spending time outdoors on the scenic interpretive trail. Reduced admission: $5 general, $4 seniors, $3 ages 4-16, free for members. 362-8687, peregrinefund.org/world-center.

Faboo Puppet Theater: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Free. 376-4229, rdbooks.org.

One Billion Rising Global Dance Event: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Trey McIntyre Project Studio, 2285 Warm Springs Ave., Boise. Dance to raise awareness to end violence against women and children. Partnering with Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Free. thisisboise.com/locations/one-billion-rising-2014.

Casino Royale: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, The Valley Club, 100 Club View Drive North, Hailey. Gambling, cocktails, appetizers and raffle. Benefit for the Company of Fools. $125 per person, includes $1,500 of "funny money." VIP tables available. (208) 726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org.

Phil Vassar: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $22. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624.

FEB. 19

Seasonal Comfort Foods Made Healthy: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Amanda Swan, healthy eating specialist at Whole Foods Market, will show how to take winter produce and create dishes packed with nutrients. $10 IBG members, $15 nonmembers. Register: 343-8649.

FEB. 20

Operatini: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Beside Bardenay, 610 W. Grove St., Boise. Enjoy an original martini by a local master mixologist to arias performed by Opera Idaho. $20 for one ticket, $35 for two, includes appetizers but not martinis. 345-3531, stage.operaidaho.org/the-season/other-events.

Wine 101: From Grapes to Glass: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, House of Wine, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City. Covers basic grape growing and winemaking techniques, learn about wine tasting and evaluation, and explore five classic varieties via tasting and guided discussion. $45. 297-9463, thehowofwine.com.

Tom Rigney & Flambeau: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Riverside Hotel Grand Ballroom, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. $17-$40. sunvalleyjazz.com/riverside-boise-music-series.

Escape the Fate: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Eve to Adam, New Years Day. $16. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624.

FEB. 21

Capital High School Jazz Benefit: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Capital High School auditorium, 8055 Goddard Road, Boise. Featuring Curtis Stigers, the Capital Singers and CHS Jazz Ensemble. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 843-4575.

Marcia Ball: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624.

FEB. 22

Rethinking Idaho Landscapes: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Community forum provides attendees with examples, tools and information useful for gardening in Idaho. Keynote speakers are Toby Hemenway, Michael Cooper, Terry Sims and Kecia Carlson. $35 for Idaho Botanical Garden members and University of Idaho master gardeners, $40 nonmembers. Registration required. 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Walk Off the Earth: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624. $22 day of show.

FEB. 23

Amina Figarova Sextet: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise. $40 general, $20 students. 426-3498, boisejazzsociety.org.

Kenny Rogers: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $47.50, $57.50 and $75. Boise State Tickets, 426-1110.

The Wild Feathers: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. Opening: Saints of Valory, Jamestown Revival. $13. TicketWeb, (866) 468-7624. $15 day of show.

FEB. 24

Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $22-$77. $24 for "Magic Pass" pre-show at 5:30 p.m., includes time on the court with the Globetrotters, autographs, photos. centurylinkarenaboise.com.

Anthony Kearns: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, Meyer-McLean Theater, Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. 6th Ave., Ontario. $25 general, $10 students.

FEB. 26

Tree care class: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Fruit tree pruning with Matt Perkins, Boise City arborist. Free. To register, email forestryinfo@cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

FEB. 28

Literature for Lunch: 12:10 to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Join Boise State University English professors Cheryl Hindrichs and Carol Martin for a discussion of "Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley" by John Rember. Free. 384-4076.

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