Crawlin' With Art • kick the cold, then embrace it, at ibg • Pigs and Spiders and Rats, in a Ballet? 

Wednesday 13

Crawlin' With Art

Boise's cultural enclaves are growing in number and Hyde Park, which has been known for its artistic bent by hosting art-related events for years, remains a one-stop neighborhood for people looking for food, finery and fun. The Hyde Park Art Crawl provides strollers the opportunity to visit various shops and restaurants in the area, which are hosting local artists selling everything from fine art to crafts to jewelry and more. Bundle up and start the crawl at EveryWear at 13th and Eastman, and wind your way down 13th Street. You can stop by Taste, Parilla Grill, Harry's, Java, Lucky 13 Pizza, Goody's, Casa Mexico or Richard's to warm your belly with delicious food and drink and then stop by the many merchants offering various and sundry items for sale. 6-9 p.m., Hyde Park (corner of 13th and Eastman).

through jan. 7

kick the cold, then embrace it, at ibg

The Idaho Botanical Gardens aren't confined to spring flowers, and each year they remind us of this by presenting the biting cold of winter in a whole new light--many colorful, beautifully decorative lights, actually. At this year's annual event, Winter Garden aGlow, you can check out firsthand why they're known for their radiant gardens all year round (while getting in some pretty great music, food and bonfire warmth, too).

This week, there are a few special bits including Santa on-site, with a visit from one of his reindeer on Saturday and tasty hot roasted chestnuts for your palate's pleasure. And don't forget the musical entertainment throughout the month: Dec. 15, Minstrels of Birnham Wood; Dec. 16, Encore Theater Carolers; Dec. 17, Sounds; Dec. 18, Skyview High School Choir; Dec. 19, Melba High School; Dec. 22, Boise High School Hi-X Choir; Dec. 23, Four Shillings; and Dec. 25 and 27, Laura Hibbs and Martha DeFreest.

Dec. 13-Jan. 7, 6-9 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 6-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. $6 general admission, $4 IBG members and children ages 4-12. Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd. (off Warm Springs), Boise, 343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

friday 15

Pigs and Spiders and Rats, in a Ballet?

Last year, members of Eagle Performing Arts Center (EPAC) delighted audiences with their captivating, sold-out ballet adapted from E.B. White's classic, Charlotte's Web. This year, they're bringing it back with an even more colorful display of dancing and costumes presented by a cast of 62 dancers, ranging in age from 7 to 18, and choreographed by Lisa Moon.

This production has returned with such anticipation that both shows on December 16 have already sold out, so EPAC is offering (at a discounted price) seating for the Friday night dress rehearsal.

7 p.m., $5, Special Events Center, Boise State Campus (1910 University Dr.), Boise.

saturday 16

idaho authors unite for idaho rivers

Whether you're the type to have your nose buried in books or taking in the fresh air on one of Idaho's rivers, on Friday Idaho River Sports is hosting an event that homebodies and outdoor enthusiasts alike will enjoy. Throughout the half-day event, viewers will hear from 16 of Idaho's best-known outdoor and river guide authors, including Matt Liedecker, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for his book The Middle Fork of the Salmon River: A Comprehensive Guide, and will have the chance to purchase signed books and chat with the authors while snacking on light refreshments. Twenty percent of all book sales will go to benefit Idaho Rivers United.

Authors on the line-up include Matt Liedecker, Les Bechdel, Bill Sedivy, Maria Eschen, Ron Waters, Katherine Daly, Doug Roloff, John Robison, Greg McFadden and Steve Stuebner.

Noon-4 p.m., Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 336-4844, www.idahoriversports.com.

sunday 17

singing for survival

Singer/songwriter Niccole Bayley and singer/bassist Mo Kelly are bringing their talent to The Flicks stage in a benefit concert to raise money for the local non-profit organization Chrysalis Women's Transitional Living, Inc., which has been helping women released from prison get back on their feet in a sound, positive environment since 2001.

Bayley feels like her music is a perfect fit, really conveying the message of what the Chrysalis organization is trying to do. "A lot of my music is about overcoming challenges, 'Despite the Dents' (a title track original) we keep rolling," she says. "Some people are rolling around in some pretty 'dented cars' and still keep shining and these are the miracles of life." There are only 192 seats available, so ... we suggest planning ahead and purchasing tickets early.

7 p.m., $8 students, $10 general, tickets available at Newt & Harold's, 1021 Broadway Ave., Boise, 389-9004 and the Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com. Find more information about The Chrysalis Women's Transitional Living, Inc. at www.chrysaliswomenidaho.org.

tuesday 19

Concert for Cause

The folks over at 94.9 "The River" have teamed up with The Boise Co-Op, musician Curtis Stigers and The Big Easy Concert House for "The X-treme Holiday X-travaganza," a night packed full of local musicians, silent and live auctions, improv and, put eloquently by The River, "a few things that're particularly, shall we say, unorthodox."

That takes care of the "concert" bit, now about the "cause." All proceeds from the evening benefit the local non-profit that received the most nominations through online voting (which ended December 8). The list was narrowed down to four finalists, including The Women's and Children's Alliance of Idaho; CASA, coordinated through the Family Advocate Program; Terry Reilly Health Services and The Idaho Youth Ranch, and the winner (announced Monday, December 11) was ... surely if you head down to the show you'll find out.

Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., $20, tickets available at Newt & Harold's, The Record Exchange, The Boise Co-Op and A New Vintage Wine Shop or by calling 800-965-4827 and online at www.bigeasyconcerts.com. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., Boise, 367-1212.

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