Eco-Billy Slam Poet • Art with Heart • Blossoming in Boise • Let it Slide • Idaho Made • The Closest Produce Section 

25 Wednesday

Eco-Billy Slam Poet

Christian Drake is "a little bit environmentalism, a little bit rock 'n' roll" and describes himself as the world's only "eco-billy poet." Dabbling in a number of hobbies and professions including urban forester, planetarium guide and aquarium naturalist, Drake is the 2008 Berkeley Grand Slam champion and a four-time national slam team member semi-finalist. Drake has been selected twice for feature performances on the National Poetry Slam finals stage, and now Boise poets can learn from the seasoned pro during a workshop from 4-5 p.m. in the Student Union Forum. Sign up for the slam beginning at 6 p.m., with a competition from 6:30-8 p.m. Drake will take the stage from 8-9 p.m.

4 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union, 1910 University Dr.

26 Thursday

Art with Heart

We Art Women!, the annual fundraiser for the Women's and Children's Alliance, showcases the contributions of more than 80 female visual artists in a fine art exhibit. Drop a donation at the door, purchase a beer, wine or other beverage and hit a full buffet catered by Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta. Attendees have the chance to bid on art during a silent auction, hear live music by local favorites and watch artists create during a quick-draw event. Fast-talking auctioneer Tom Hennessy takes over for a live auction. All proceeds and 20 percent of art sales benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance. See the story on Page 20 for all the details and see a preview of some of the art at wcaboise.org.

6-9 p.m., $25 donation, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise.

28 Saturday

Blossoming in Boise

Mladi Behar is a nonprofit organization made up of dancers from the Balkans who meet weekly to practice their finest footwork. The club was formed through the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Center of Idaho so that people who have relocated to Boise over the past decade can share their traditions with their new community. A behar is a traditional Bosnian flower and Mladi Behar translates to "young blossom," an appropriate moniker because members of the organization have established new roots without losing ties to their culture. In honor of the ninth anniversary of Mladi Behar and International Women's Day on March 8, the group is hosting an evening of traditional Balkan food and folk dance, as well as a raffle featuring a grand prize of two round-trip airline tickets. Organizers are expecting to welcome hundreds of people including many cultural centers from different states. The ballroom will be full of dancers in colorful costumes embellished with trinkets. The dancers wear hard shoes to keep in beat and also use tambourines, hand clapping and foot rhythms to tell stories. The members of Mladi Behar have danced their way across the Northwest and were able to travel to Bosnia in the summer of 2007 to represent the group.

7 p.m., $20, Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S. Ninth St., Boise.

Let it Slide

Test the limits of your digestive system by signing up for the seventh annual Pickled Egg Eating Contest at Stubs. Contestants plug their noses and start devouring to prove they have the iron guts for glory. Past winners have managed to stuff nearly 20 pickled eggs down their gullets in just five minutes, so be prepared to top those numbers or bust. The contest is a sacred tradition among participants and spectators alike. The entry fee comes with a T-shirt and bragging rights in some circles.

4 p.m., $10 entry fee. Stubs Sports Pub, 12505 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-378-8273, stubspub.com.

Idaho Made

Local Americana rock band Audio Moonshine is shooting a video for their single "Idaho," and they want a sea of shiny faces in the audience to represent the Gem State. As the cameras scan the crowd, those who are singing and jumping along to the beat are more likely to get some screen time. Arrive prepared by memorizing the lyrics to "Idaho," a song that sounds like a summer soundtrack for hanging out in your home state with a couple hundred of your closest friends yet also touts the benefits of being prepared, as evident by the lyrics: "if you want to hang out / man you've got to head Northwest / but you can't get drunk in Utah—so you better bring a flask." Audio Moonshine is joined on stage by Actual Depiction, creators of a little ditty titled "Crack Whore in B Minor," and Bukkit, a band out of Eagle that sings about working between happy hours in a catchy tune called "Chores."

7:30 p.m., $3, The Grizzly Rose, 1124 Front St. Boise, myspace.com/myaudiomoonshine.

3 Tuesday

The Closest Produce Section

Learn how to grow your own food by planting a manageable backyard vegetable garden. Local gardening expert Susan Medlin discusses square-foot gardening and the proper techniques for growing a bountiful crop of weed-free vegetables sans all the hard work. The presentation is part of a series of BUGS gardening classes. Take a look at upcoming classes including pest management and preservation techniques for canning at boiseurbangardenschool.org. For more information, contact the Sierra Club at 208-384-1023.

7 p.m., FREE, MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut, Boise, idaho.sierraclub.org/middlesnake.

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