Flying M's Hip Sister • Fade to Red • Overcome: Music Makes a Difference 

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thursday 30

flying m's hip sister

If you're a Boisean, or at least claim to be, then you're most likely familiar with one of the hippest coffee/giftshops in town, The Flying M. What you may not yet be familiar with is it's little sister and look-a-like, The Flying M Coffeegarage in downtown Nampa. Sis may not get as much attention because her residence is a little off-the-grid for most of us, but we think she's well worth the 30-minute jaunt to check out her new digs. This Thursday presents the perfect opportunity to do so.

Flying M Coffeegarage will host an especially Hip Holiday Market featuring many gifts similar in style to those housed at the Boise store and an indoor market with handmade crafts by local artists, festive holiday music, snacks and beverages. And while you're there, sign up for the Christmas Chai Workshop with Mary Portteus happening Saturday, December 2. You'll have the chance to create you're very own bag of loose leaf masala chai with all the traditional Indian spices and you'll even get to take home a gift package including a teacup, card, chai tea and loose leaf bags for six. Sounds like this weekend's best option may be holing up in Nampa.

Nov. 30, 4-10 p.m. Workshop: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-3 p.m., $10, pre-registration required. To register, call 208-467-5533, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa.

friday 1

"fade to red"

It's December 1, recognized as World AIDS Day and your final chance to visit the "Fade to Red" exhibition at Boise State's Student Union Gallery. This juried art show displays paintings, photographs, sculptures and other media work from artists around the Pacific Northwest. Featured jurors were Sue Latta, sculptor and MFA candidate at Boise State, and Dan Scott, assistant professor of painting at Boise State.

Included in the exhibition is work from famed public artist and Pop Shop owner Keith Haring (1958-1990), who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and passed away in 1990. In his art career, which spanned the '80s, Haring collaborated with artists and performers, including Andy Warhol, Madonna, William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Jenny Holzer and more. During the final years of his life, Haring displayed his work to generate activism.

The aim for this exhibition isn't far from Haring's agenda--to promote awareness while providing viewers with an educational experience that will enhance their knowledge of the AIDS and HIV epidemic. With that in mind, in conjunction with today's recognition of World AIDS Day, head over and check out the exhibition.

Exhibition ends Dec. 1 with a closing reception from 1-3 p.m. FREE. Student Union Gallery, Boise State University, Boise, 208-426-4636. Gallery hours are 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

new beginnings at ihm

At the start of 2002, there were an estimated 14.5 million displaced refugees throughout the world. With aid from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), as many as 10,000 of them re-settle in the U.S. each year. Nearly 80 percent of those are women and children.

Founded in 1933, the IRC is an organization that aids refugees in their search for a new beginning. Many refugees arrive in the U.S. knowing no one, others arrive to re-unite with family members and all of them have experienced a tragic loss of livelihood, culture, security and, for many, family. After arrival, the hope is that refugees immediately begin participating in American society by attending school, maintaining jobs, raising families and contributing to the community. Organizations such as IRC and the many people who donate goods, including household items, furniture, funding and tutoring, help fuel the resources enabling aid to continue and awareness to rise.

Case in point: the Idaho Historical Museum will host a fund-raiser to support the IRC, featuring wine tasting, a wine auction, poetry and live music. Here's your chance to participate in a good cause by generating resources for refugees while welcoming them to our community.

Dec. 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $10, FREE with donation of a new blanket, sheet set or pillows. Idaho Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, www.idahohistory.net/musuem.html.

saturday 2

Overcome: music makes a difference

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects blood cells and/or bone marrow. Ryan Rodriguez knows firsthand the drastic effects of leukemia: His son was recently diagnosed with a rare form of the disease. In an effort to work toward a cure for this devastating illness, Rodriguez, the Big Easy and 10 local musicians/bands are putting on a concert to benefit leukemia research. Crash Four, Katie Wilson, Nate Fowler, Ruth Pergande, Kinetic, Lee Penn Sky, A Rotterdam November, Colorblind, Josh Olswanger and the Scarlett Theory will take turns on the Big Easy stage. Along with the all the terrific music, there will be door prizes and giveaways as well.

Dec. 2, 7 p.m., $12.50 general, $35 VIP. Tickets available at The Record Exchange, Boise Co-op and Rembrandt's Coffeehouse, 93 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle or call Rodriguez at 208-284-4815 for more information. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., Boise, 208-367-1212.

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