PEOPLE WITH EACH OTHER • ENOUGH IS ENOUGH • MICE CAN DANCE IF THEY WANT TO • THINK OF THE CHILDREN • THE WRITE STUFF 

WEDNESDAY 18

PEOPLE WITH EACH OTHER

The QueerID Conference--a conference on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people and their effect on and place in art, culture and the wider community--is being held at Boise State through October 22. If you've been reading BW lately, you know that the conference includes a film festival, art exhibitions, numerous lectures on a variety of topics and a keynote address by author and activist Leslie Feinberg.

One of the art exhibitions held in conjunction with QueerID is a photo installation titled "We Are Family," which explores traditional and new thoughts on the idea of "family" through photographs. Exhibit organizers--including Laurie Blakeslee, Alex Emmons, Marlow Hoffman, Sue Latta and Brooke Wilson--have taken the simple idea of the family portrait and used it to demonstrate that the ideas of love and familial bonds go beyond the traditional nuclear unit. The show's goal was to collect and exhibit portraits representing diverse families, and to underscore the idea that there isn't just one "right" way to be a family, the exhibition space will be transformed into a living-roomish domestic setting.

The show incorporates donated family portraits as well as and new family photos taken by "We Are Family" photographers, both of which are exhibited with quotes garnered from questionnaires that exhibit participants filled out. The show will include not only the family portraits, but interviews, video, and sound by the artists, photographers and writers from the GLBT community, as well as their families and friends.

On display Oct. 18-Nov. 9. FREE. Boise State Student Union Gallery, 1700 University Dr. For more information, visit the QueerID Web site at www.queeridconference.org.

FRIDAY 20

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Abuse in the home affects not just its direct victims, but that person's children, families and friends. Believing that awareness is a step toward ending domestic violence, the Nampa Family Justice Center is hosting a DV Awareness Month Event at the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa.

Come out, have some coffee, enjoy the fabulous digs of the fairly new Canyon Country branch of one of Boise's favorite coffee hangouts, and listen to a special musical performance by the Kim Tocking Band. Not only will you be lending your support to a worthy cause, you might learn something, too, that will make your own corner of the community a better, safer place.

8-11 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa. For more information on the Nampa Family Justice Center, visit www.nampafamilyjusticecenter.org.

SATURDAY 21

MICE CAN DANCE IF THEY WANT TO

If the only ballet you know is The Nutcracker--though it well-deserves its popularity--perhaps you need to get out more. Ballet Idaho has you covered with Carmina Burana.

The ballet, written by composer Carl Orff, based on a collection of early 13th-century German poems, premiered in 1937. Orff considered the work some of his finest. As part of Boise's Fall for Boise Celebration, Ballet Idaho will stage this fine ballet with accompaniment by the Boise Master Chorale and the Boise State University Symphony Orchestra.

The event promises to be a spectacle for both the eyes and the ears, so make sure to clear a spot on your calendar for this one-time performance.

8 p.m. $55-$123. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise State campus. For more information, call 343-0556 or visit www.balletidaho.org or www.fallforboise.com.

TUESDAY 24

THINK OF THE CHILDREN

Everyone knows that money for both education and the arts can be tight, and when the Venn diagrams intersect, the pinch is doubly evident. That's why Centennial High School's Centennial Chamber Orchestra is presenting a program/fundraiser they're calling a Grand Opening Benefit Concert. The orchestra will be joined by three guest artists, including, Tom Tomkins on violin and Jill Rowley on viola, both of the Boise Philharmonic, and soprano Juli Holland Bauer.

This concert will be the first large-scale public event at the Centennial High School Performing Arts Center in Meridian, and will serve to christen the auditorium.

7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students. Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Rd. (corner of McMillan and Five Mile roads).

WEDNESDAY 25

THE WRITE STUFF

Maybe your to-do list does not include the item "improve my craft" on it this week. But maybe, just maybe, it deserves to be added. Enter the Drop-In Writing Workshop at the Cabin (formerly the Log Cabin Literary Center).

Each week, the DIWW pairs the community's aspiring writers with professionals in the field to help participants improve their craft. This week, the workshop's guest instructor will be Ken Rodgers, a writer, teacher and poet who is as nice as he is talented. The focus of the workshop will be the idea of poetry and place. If you've been wanting to dip your toe in the critique/workshop pool, this may be the most painless way to do it.

6:30-8 p.m. $1 for Cabin members, $2 for non-members. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd.

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