Queer Snow Day • Rotating Tongues 2 • An Evening in Vienna • Poignant Words • The Idaho Foodbank's Hollywood Awards Party • Green Art • Fat Tuesday 

20 Friday

Queer Snow Day

Spend a day out in the elements followed by a night of entertainment during the inaugural Queer Snow Day. The Pioneer Lodge is the spot for a Boise Pride fundraiser with steamy refreshments and the always-entertaining Minerva Jayne, who is putting her distaste for cold weather aside to run bingo games. Other activities include board games, cards, giveaways with fun prizes and socializing. Boise Pride Inc., will use donations and proceeds from the event to help fund Pride 2009. The price of the snow day includes a lift ticket, refreshments and entertainment.

4-10 p.m., $30 adults; $20 youth; $5 additional at door, boisepride.org. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-332-5100.

20 Fri. – 21 sat.

Rotating Tongues 2

Indie progressive rock fills the Visual Arts Collective for two days of music by locals for locals. See Noise on Page 17 for a complete lineup.

7 p.m., $7 door; $5 with packaged food item, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, myspace.com/visualartscollective.

An Evening in Vienna

The symphony's repertoire will treat audience members to the bleakest of keys all the way to the loudest of crescendos. Boise Philharmonic welcomes guest conductor Karen Lynne Deal and violin soloist Ju-Young Baek performing Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 and Schubert's Symphony No. 6.

Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa, and Feb. 21, 8:15 p.m., Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, $20-$61, boisephilharmonic.org.

20 Friday – 22 Sunday

Poignant Words

The Boise State Women's Center hosts a reading of Eve Ensler's 2007 book of essays A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer. Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, edited this series of writings composed by both males and females recounting their personal experiences with violence against women. Proceeds from the event help fund violence awareness and response programs by the V-Day Foundation and the Women's Center.

$8 for students with ID; $12 for community members, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., 208-426-4259, womenscenter.boisestate.edu.

22 Sunday

The Idaho Foodbank's Hollywood Awards Party

Show the Idaho Foodbank and its beneficiaries that you love them, you really love them by attending the inaugural Hollywood Awards Party. Attendees dressed in fancy formalwear will walk the red carpet into a grandly decorated room with the Oscars projected on two big screens. Guests will be entertained by Oscar-related trivia, star gazing during a celebrity costume contest and raffles with fabulous prizes like wine gift bags, a night out on the town and weekend getaways. Space is limited; call Shauna Spencer at 208-336-9643, Ext. 259, for more information. Buy tickets online.

6 p.m., $25 adv.; $30 door, The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-336-9643, idahofoodbank.org

23 Monday

Green Art

Green Foundations and Sustainable Futures put a call out for submissions by young eco-artists in grades K-12 for the Young Artist's Recycled Art Contest: "Go Green." The mission was to use found and recycled material to create art with an environmental focus. The submissions include an artist's statement urging the young creators to consider the big picture, including where their art fits into the environment and how one person can make a difference. The resulting art pieces range from drawings and paintings to free-standing sculptures. The award ceremony is at 7 p.m. with recognition given to artists in every age range.

6-8 p.m., FREE, Art and Soul Gallery, 480 Thurman Mill St. in the Waterfront Development, Garden City, greenfoundations.com.

24 Tuesday

Fat Tuesday

Go ahead and try to find something more entertaining than the Red Light Variety Show, a collaboration of sideshow acts that fits right in at a Fat Tuesday party. Take in an eyeful of colorful performance art, including burlesque dancers, pole dancers and belly dancers. With a touch of masquerade mixed in and fresh new acts, Mr. Maid Rite will share emcee duties with Prop-Mistress Empress Homemade Sin, and at the same time, play guitar and hand drums between performances and prize giveaways. Burlesque skits by Brass Knuckles Burlesque pull from all aspects of the art of the striptease and include a touch of satire for good, clean and sexy fun. The groups have a lot of energy and the variety of performances offer loads of action and comedy. Other performers include pinup girl Absinthia Verre, Eclektic-Ka, Boise Hoopla and AlejAndro the One-Armed Man of many Wonders.

Doors at 8 p.m., show starts promptly at 9 p.m., $10, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, myspace.com/boiseredlightvariety.

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