This Ain't marvin Gaye's Kind of Healing
Here's one you don't see every day: "visionary integration of ecology, social justice and social healing." That's how James O'Dea describes the projects on which he collaborates with Boise-based Sustainable Futures. This week, he'll speak on the emerging field of social healing, which attempts to address and mend the collective wounds created by violent conflict, oppression and social injustice. Sustainable Futures is a program that's been turning heads in town. The organization puts Idaho's female prisoners to work repurposing and reusing wine bottles in an effort that's environmentally focused and socially, well, healing.
7 p.m., $15-$25 sliding scale donation, Boise State Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, 1910 University Dr., 208-426-1000.
1 Wednesday– 3 Friday
Jazzing It Up in Honor of Gene
The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is an annual event that honors the man and his music, and brings international, local and student musicians together in Boise to celebrate.
This year, all the festival events will be held at Boise State starting on Wednesday, April 1, as pianists Pat Coil, Mark Levine and Chuck Smith present "The Three Pianists: A Gene Harris Legacy" at the football stadium's new Boise Stueckle Sky Center. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, and tax-deductible tickets are $100. Proceeds go back into the festival, as well as the Gene Harris Jazz Festival Endowment, which provides scholarships.
The traditional Club Night is now the Campus Jazz-Club Crawl. Go back to a time "When Swing Was King" on Wednesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 2, as the Student Union Building, the Taco Bell Arena Reception Room and the Stueckle Sky Club transform into jazzy joints. From 5-7 p.m., all ages can dance to Boise's Frim Fram Four and the Brianne Bower-Gray Quintet and Portland, Ore.-based Pete Petersen Porkpie Sextet in the SUB. Adults can slide over to the Taco Bell Arena and Stueckle Sky Club where Sandon Mayhew, Chuck Smith's New Trio, Levine and saxophonist Jamey Aebersold provide the tunes. Attendees are encouraged to slip into their swinging '30s and '40s fashions.
The festival wraps up with two evening jazz concerts. On Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m., the Pat Coil Sextet headlines, and on Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m., it's the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra. Supporting performers include Frim Fram Four, Brianne Bower-Gray Quintet, Pete Petersen Porkpie Sextet, Aebersold, Levine and the New Trio.
Smoking Hot Arm Candy for a Night
We don't know about you, but we see the 2009 Firefighter Calendar everywhere. That annual fundraiser for the Burnout Fund gets fans all hot and bothered with its photos of "local firefighters in fire gear and posing with apparatus and equipment." Ahem. Speaking of hot and bothered ... phew. Apparatus and equipment? Indeed.
Well, if you've been eagerly crossing off the days to get to a full month of Mr. July on your wall, try this in the meantime: a date. For the third year, a crew of firefighters from hotshot and smokejumping crews, as well as city firemen, will allow themselves to be put up for bid in an auction for a date. Save your pennies, ladies (and gentlemen), and bid high; it's for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.
7 p.m., $25 advance/$30 door, Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St. For tickets call 208-433-8845.
From Screen to Shining Screen
If there's one thing we outdoor-lovin' extreme-sport-doin' Boise-based rec freaks like to do when we're not hip deep in powder, tackling a river or barreling down a single track, it's watching someone else do it on the big screen. Patagonia's Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival includes not only sick stunts caught on film but also more environmentally conscious films. Check out clips of this year's featured films at wildandscenicfilmfestival.org and see this week's insert in Boise Weekly for a copy of the program.
1:30 and 6:30 p.m., $10, Boise Centre on the Grove's Summit Room. A limited number of FREE student tickets are available. Call 208-345-1452.
7 tuesday– 8 Wednesday
Watch the lovely ladies of the Treasure Valley Rollergirls league beat the ever-lovin' snot outta each other and then use the same damn ticket to catch the Idaho Stampede in action the next night.
Rollergirls, 7 p.m. $12 advance, $15 door, kids 3 and younger FREE. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-424-2200 or 208-331-8497. Stampede takes the court Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. For more information visit treasurevalleyrollergirls.net.