Starlight Mints • Holiday Sale • Holiday Market • We Love Our Idaho Rivers 

Wednesday 15

Starlight Mints, Bishop allen, Tom Heinl

Correction: The Starlight Mints will be playing tonight, November 15, at 9 p.m. (not November 10 as listed last week). Now wipe your brow and thank us (or slap tenderly, please)--at least you didn't miss them. For everyone who attended the Friday night showing at Neurolux, hopefully you enjoyed a special, unexpected treat from bands Emblematic and Le Fleur. Fact is, our music diva over here was so psyched about the show that she decided waiting another five days was too grueling a request. Or maybe she lost her head. Or, quite possibly, she somehow convinced herself that devising a tactic to fool the entire Boise music scene into thinking it was Friday would stir conversation and alert more people to the band's show actually happening on Wednesday. Whatever it was, her apologies are extended and we now solemnly ask your forgivenss. Either way, we advise you make it down to Neurolux tonight.

9 p.m., $12 Ticketweb, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 343-0886.Wednesday 15-Sunday 19

Treat yourself to a stroll downtown this weekend, where it may be impossible not to find exactly what you don't even know you've been looking for. Yes, it does have everything to do with holiday stress--particularly, relief from it.

Holiday Sale

This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Beaux Arts Societe's annual holiday sale to help raise funds to support the Boise Art Museum. For five days each year, BAM is transformed from a museum into a thriving marketplace full of arts, crafts and jewelry. Local and out-of-state artists bring their collections together in a sale offering a variety of gifts and artistic gems such as unique handmade toys, blankets, gloves, hats, linens and a huge array of Christmas decorations.

While you're there, check out their new exhibition, "Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs" opening on November 16. Brought to BAM from the collections of Marjorie Meriwether Post, the exhibit examines the effect Western culture had on the evolution of Russian iconographic paintings.

Nov. 15 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 16 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Nov. 17-19 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Premiere Night, Nov. 15: $20 members, $25 non-members, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 345-8330, www.boiseartmuseum.org.

Holiday Market

On Saturday, 8th Street downtown hosts the return of the eagerly anticipated holiday market, bringing back with it local vendors, farmers, artists and producers. It's a place to pick up specialty food and beverages, handmade crafts, local art and many other treats.

Saturdays through Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. 8th Street, downtown. For more information or to participate as a vendor, contact karen@capitalcitypublicmarket.com.

Saturday 18

We Love Our Idaho Rivers

If you love Idaho and our beautiful rivers that provide a setting for adventure and solitude, you can show some of that love to Idaho Rivers United this weekend at their 12th annual auction. They will host both silent and live auctions with over 100 items, door prizes, a raffle, appetizers and beverages. Idaho Rivers United is a statewide organization fully supported by donors who are committed to preserving Idaho's most natural resource. Items at this year's auction include ski weekends in McCall and Sun Valley, guided fishing trips in Salmon and Stanley, a new white water raft, outdoor and fishing gear, photography, spa care, framed art and much more.

6:30-10:30 p.m., $10 members, $15 general, Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace. For more information, contact Jessica at 343-7481 or visit www.idahorivers.org.

Monday 20

slamming poetry? not quite

Poetry--meter, verse, sonnets, Frost and graceful, flawless delivery, yeah? Pretty sure we get that. But where exactly does the "slam" bit come in? If you're curious, head over to The Funny Bone next Monday night to suss it out. While stylistically written in the same poetic fashion as those intended for books and cautious delivery, these poems are birthed with the author's lively performance and energetic interactions from the audience (we're talking old school foot-stomping, snapping, yelping and other verbalizations of pleasure and dismay). This sort of theatric delivery encapsulates an air of artistic improvisation and creativity while encouraging a competitive nature unaccustomed to standard poetry readings. Now, the rules: Poets must read their own creations--they don't do covers. Poets must stick to a three-minute rule; those exceeding the time limit will be docked points. Poets deliver "as is," that means no lavish costumes, props and/or musical accompaniment. And finally, scores are based on audience participation. After the readings, audience members are chosen at random to score the poet on a scale from zero to 10.

And this week, Liz Green will head up the slam with finalists competing to represent Boise in the Individual World Poetry Slam. Give Shakespeare and Poe a break Monday night and engage with some creative juices of your own.

Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $5, The Funny Bone Comedy Club, 405 S. 8th St., Boise, 331-2663.

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