Go Listen Boise—a collective of local live musicians and their supporters—is back with another round of raucous revelry. Shimmy down to Record Exchange, and later Neurolux, for an indie-credible evening of live entertainment. Starting things off at the RX at 6 p.m. is La Knots' frontman Tuck Nelson's solo psychedelic folk project, followed by local fav Thomas Paul's record release party at 7 p.m. with guests JD Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys. After you've had your fill of instore outpours and head-bobbing record browsing, stumble next door to Neurolux for high times with Low-Fi and tumbleweed trampling with openers Blacksmith and Neotundra Cowboy. Stop by the Go Listen Boise booth at Record Exchange and Neurolux for info on membership, volunteering and upcoming events.
While it might feel like toe-baring, sandal weather down in the valley, up at Bogus Basin, icy snow chunks are still clinging to goggles and flying off waxed boards. As part of the Bogus Basin Freeride Series, the Boardroom-sponsored Spring Slopestyle event beckons male and female competitors in three age groups—14 and younger, 15-18 years, and 19 and older—to compete in a ski and snowboard race. Helmets and parent-signed release forms are required for competitors under age 18. Registration is $25, which doesn't include a lift ticket, and takes place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Simplot Lodge. Riders are asked to be at the top of the terrain park course by 11:45 a.m. The event starts at noon and riders are allowed two runs, which are then tallied so shiny awards can be doled out an hour later in the Simplot Lodge.
To download a registration/release form, visit bogusbasin.org.
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Now in its 22nd year, the Beaux Arts Societe Wine Festival—Boise's swanky annual "celebration of wine, food, art, and entertainment,"—is now of age to swirl, sniff and sip the hundreds of small pours that will splash into long-stemmed glasses over the next week. Starting Sunday, March 29, the lucky few who already purchased tickets for Chandlers' sold out vintner dinner will have a chance to pair menu items with wines from Silverado Winery. On Monday, March 30, the boozing continues with a special evening at Boise Art Museum—surrounded by works from photographer Ansel Adams and illustrator Garth Claassen—with food catered by Brick 29 Bistro and J. Lohr Winery. The grape train then chugs over to Berryhill and Co. for a dinner with wines by Michael David Winery on Wednesday, April 1, followed by a special vinters dinner catered by the former owner of The MilkyWay at the home of George and Bev Harad on Thursday, April 2. All vintner dinners run $100 a head, with the exception of the dinner at the Harad's, which is $200.
For those who prefer to drink their dinners, Friday, April 3, brings the Beaux Arts Societe's wine tasting and silent auction to Boise Centre on the Grove. Lap up tiny tastes of more than 250 wines as you pluck tidbits from traveling appetizer trays and shuffle to the sounds of Steve Eaton. Tickets for the tasting event are available at BAM for $40 until Thursday, April 2, and go up to $50 at the door. Finish off your dizzy, wine-stained week in style at the festival's finale—a gala at the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building. With dinner, music, silent and live auctions and, you guessed it, wine, the gala will surely satisfy any lingering grape appetite you may have, and more than likely, switch you to drinking beer for a week or so afterward.
For reservations for the gala, call 208-345-8330, Ext. 10, or visit boiseartmuseum.org for more information.
While Cesar Chavez Day isn't an official holiday in Idaho as it is in states like Utah, California and Texas, the Boise State Cultural Center has designated the week of Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3, Cesar Chavez Memorial Week. Co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association (later United Farm Workers), Chavez is celebrated around the world for his work championing voting and workers' rights for Latinos across the United States. To honor his legacy, Boise State will erect a Cesar Chavez educational display, host screenings of the three-part film Chicano and hold a special birthday celebration with cake and a performance by the 16-piece dance troupe Danza Azteca Queztacoatl from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Boise State Quad. For details, call 208-426-5950.
Boise State SUB, 1910 University Dr., news.boisestate.edu.