International Women's Day Celebration and Bosnian Folk Dance Festival • Langroise Trio: Boise Concert Series • Log Cabin Readings and Conversations Presents Billy Collins • Tim Andreae at RX 

Friday 10

International Women's Day Celebration and Bosnian Folk Dance Festival

This sixth annual cultural celebration is presented by the LCMS International Club with the Bosnian and Herzegovina Cultural Center of Idaho.

In an effort to promote Bosnian culture, this two-day festival features folk performances from Kolo (a folk dance group from Iowa), Kolo (a group of the same name from Salt Lake City, Utah), Mladost Bosne (a group from San Jose, California) and Boise's own Bosnian folk dance group, Mladi Behar. This festival is a great opportunity to attend a folk event and learn more about a culture you may not have experienced.

All proceeds raised from the event will benefit Mladi Behar and the Cultural Center, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Bosnian culture through education and dance.

6-11 p.m. $5 adults, children under 12 FREE. For more information, call 288-2980 or 440-6473. Reservations recommended. Meridian Middle School Auditorium, 1507 W. 8th St., Meridian.

Saturday 11-Sunday 12

Langroise Trio: Boise Concert Series

Sunday's performance wraps up the Langroise Trio's inaugural Boise Concert Series. Make sure to head on over to the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy this Sunday to support the group--and show a turnout that will encourage them to make this series an annual one.

The trio will play with guest artists Jill Rowley, Tom Tompkins and Ned Johnson, performing Borodin's Variations on a Russian Theme, Mark Lenz's Three by Three and Brahms' Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Opus 18.

We've been praising this ensemble all season and if you haven't heeded our call before now, for the love of all things good and decent, go already. You'll be glad you did.

(If you happen to be in Caldwell on Saturday evening, the trio will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m. at Langroise Recital Hall on the Albertson College campus.)

3 p.m. $12 general, $8 seniors and students. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 416 N. 9th St., 345-9116.

Monday 13

Log Cabin Readings and Conversations Presents Billy Collins

Billy Collins' appearance at the Egyptian Theatre this Monday marks the finale of the Log Cabin Literary Center's 2005-2006 "Readings and Conversations." The series has featured some well-known and well-respected names in the world of fiction and nonfiction and Collins is no exception to that illustrious rule.

Collins, former U.S. poet laureate (2001-2003), is the author of eight books, the editor of two anthologies and has earned critical acclaim and several awards--including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

If the chance to hear Collins' performance isn't enough, Royanne and Alan Minskoff will host a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception for Collins at their home from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The $75 tickets to this event are limited and reputed to sell out quickly. Reservations must be made by March 10. (Call the Log Cabin to reserve tickets and for directions to the Minskoff abode.) Proceeds from the reception go to support the Summer Writing Camp and Writers in the Schools at the Log Cabin.

Tickets to Collins' performance at the Egyptian will likewise go quickly, so get 'em while you have the opportunity.

7:30 p.m. $27-$30. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454.

Tuesday 14

Tim Andreae at RX

As is our way, we here at Boise Weekly love to show our support of local artists. This week, one such local Renaissance man, Tim Andreae (with the help of a handful of merry makers), will leave another mark on the music world.

The Bales of Hey (Andreae) celebrates the release of Western Wind, Western Rain this week with an in-store performance at the Record Exchange.

Listeners will get a chance to hear Andreae's particular, sometimes peculiar, but always pleasurable brand of music. The CD contains 17 tracks as varied as Andreae himself. The first "song" is two minutes of angrily plucked guitar strings playing over a couple of recorded phone calls from a grandmotherly telemarketer trying sell a Dish Network subscription. In "My Broke Down Dogs," Andreae pines in his distinct, bluesy voice to the beat of what sound like plastic clackers. "The Sand's Too Quick" opens with harmonious whistling and is a bittersweet song, with Andreae singing to the accompaniment of something that sounds like a piano you might see a chicken playing at a county fair.

The CD is equally interesting and enjoyable and Andreae's artistic sensibilities guarantee the in-store performance will be as engaging to see as it will be to hear.

7 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. (Andreae will also perform on Wednesday, March 15, with The Painted Saints. 9 p.m. $3. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.)

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