November 29, 2006 

All I Want for Christmas Is A Little Culture

Along with all the outdoor recreation activities, holiday meals and shopping, this time of year always brings about a surge in the number of fun happenings going on around the Valley. One such event is a "Night of Jazz and Poetry" hosted by the Boise State Writing Project.

The night will feature the works of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson among others, and then a special dramatic reading of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales. This all-ages event is open to the public.

Saturday, December 9, 7-9 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Building, Lookout Room, 1910 University Dr.

A Sexy Way to Lose Those Extra Pounds

On December 7, Nejwah, the self-proclaimed longest-standing career bellydancer in Boise, opens a new school of dance.

Nejwah's School of Dance is located just a block south of BoDo and offers beginning, intermediate and advanced bellydancing classes, salsa classes and classes in Capoeira, an Brazilian martial art that combines fighting moves, dance and music. Eventually, the space that houses the school will also be home to Mata Hari's treasures, a store specializing in items unique to various dance disciplines.

Join Nejwah for her grand opening on December 7 from 5-9 p.m. with performances by Newjah's World Dance Troupe, free dance lessons and refreshments.

Thursday, December 7, 5-9 p.m., FREE, Nejwah's School of Dance, 610 S. 8th St.

Who Said artists have to be starving?

On December 6, artist Marie Watt offers a lecture for artists who are driven to create art, but could use a little help figuring out how to make a living at it.

Her one-and-a-half hour "Artist Skills Crash Course" focuses on national and international career opportunities, the purpose of an artist statement and some of the resources available to artists.

Wednesday, December 6, 1-2:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union, Hatch A Ballroom, 1910 University Dr. Call 426-3994 for more information.

The Importance of Women in (Ancient) History

Craig Barnes, author of In Search of the Lost Feminine: Decoding the Myths That Radically Reshaped Civilization will discuss his book on December 8 from 7-9 p.m. at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church.

With the success of The DaVinci Code, other writers have tried to answer questions the book posed, and Barnes is no exception. According to a press release, he tries to explain the "mysterious disappearance of ancient cultures in which women and the environment were the center, a loss that has dramatically influenced 3,500 years of Western history." He also "traces the archeological and societal forces that shaped our current culture of misogyny and glorification of war, with surprising revelations at every turn."

Friday, December 8, 7-9 p.m., $6 suggested donation, Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 6200 N. Garrett St.

--Amy Atkins

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