ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END
We know that it's not healthy to try to hang on to things too long, but even so, many Boiseans are going to be bummed that today is the very last date in this year's Alive After Five concert series. Hopefully, everyone will be cheered to know that at least AAF is going out on a high note, so to speak.
James McMurtry (yes, Larry's boy) brings his Americana singer/songwriter sound--his critically well-received last album was 2005's Childish Things--to the AAF stage. McMurtry is no stranger to Boise--he played a show here last year--and his fan base here is as solid as it is around the country. Tonight is your chance to catch McMurtry in his roots-rock element, and for free. (Did we mention we love Alive After Five?)
5-8 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown at 8th and Main.
THURSDAY 28-SUNDAY 1
INDIE FILM HEAVEN
One festival village, four days, 50 films, three theaters, free workshops and a film festival that strives to represent the best independent cinema currently being produced in the world. What does it all add up to? The Idaho International Film Festival, of course. Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown into one of Boise's most well-attended and anticipated annual cinema events. This year's schedule includes both short and feature-length films, including the Boise premiere of Seth Randal's much anticipated documentary Fall of '55.
Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Various locations and times. For a list of films and workshops, or to purchase tickets, visit www.idahofilmfestival.com or call 331-0909.
The Idaho Human Rights Education Center has what seems to be a pretty simple objective: to promote respect for all people through education and to encourage everyone to actively work for justice and peace.
Although that seems like a no-brainer, history is filled with sad examples of when that wasn't always the case. As part of their third annual Change Your World Celebration, the IHREC is bringing in Gerda Weissman Klein as the event's keynote speaker.
Klein, born in 1924, is a survivor of one of history's most prominent and extensive atrocities, the Nazi Holocaust. Since then, Klein has drawn upon her experiences to become a well-known lecturer throughout the world. Last March, she addressed the United Nations' General Assembly for International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust.
Besides being the recipient of many awards (including being the first recipient of the IHREC's Human Rights Catalyst Award) and honorary degrees, Klein has authored several books, including the autobiography All But My Life, The Hours After (co-written with her husband) and A Boring Evening At Home. A documentary about her Holocaust experience by the name of One Survivor Remembers, won an Academy Award in 1996 and will be shown at the Morrison Center on September 29 at 7 p.m.
Prior to the event, the IHREC will host a private reception with Klein on the Grove Hotel Terrace at 5 p.m., and attendees will receive an autographed copy of All But My Life ($250, tickets limited). Proceeds from the event benefit the IHREC.
6 p.m. $75, $100 and $125. Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd. For more information, call the Idaho Human Rights Education Center at 345-0304 or visit www.idaho-humanrights.org.
AN EVENING WITH JOE AND WOLFIE
It really starts to feel like fall when, all of a sudden, you notice the leaves changing colors, a slight bite to the morning and evening air, and everywhere you go, you hear a bunch of woodwinds and strings slowly tuning to the key of A.
Listen this afternoon outside of the Cathedral of the Rockies for the telltale harmonic tension and resolution of the orchestra finding their note, because Boise Baroque Orchestra is in there getting ready to rock the house.
In their season opener, BBO (far superior in musicianship to BTO and even BOC) will perform two measured, dignified pieces very different but somehow well matched--J.S. Bach's mathematically lovely Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and W.A. Mozart's Serenade for 13 Winds, "Gran Partita." This evening's program promises to be more subtly sublime than bombastic.
And if you just can't wait until Sunday for your BBO fix, you can catch the orchestra playing this identical program on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center.
3 p.m. $16 general, $13 students and seniors (season tickets are $69 general, $55 students and seniors). Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St. For more information, visit www.boisebaroque.com.
Here's another opportunity this week to catch strong women talking about their experiences of unimaginable hardship. Presented by Spirit @ Work Books & Beyond, Marianne Williamson and Immaculee Ilibagiza will take the Morrison Center stage to talk about the triumph of love over horror. Ilibagiza, author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust will discuss her difficult story. She will be joined by Williamson, who will mine material from her book Return to Love.
A portion of the evenings' proceeds will be donated to the Left to Tell Charitable Fund, helping children orphaned in the Rwandan tragedy.
2 p.m. $28-$100 (tickets at www.idahotickets.com). Morrison Center, Boise State campus. For more information, call 426-1110, 426-1494 or 388-3884.