We Art Women! • Mini-Ramp Champ • Get into the Hall • Sounds like Good Music • Go Ahead and Get Down 

28 thursday

We Art Women!

More than 80 female visual artists applied months in advance for the honor of contributing to the annual We Art Women! celebration benefiting the Women and Children's Alliance of Boise. In fact, so many women artists want to be involved that artist and chairwoman Zella Bardsley had to work to display all the contributions. The donation at the door includes a chance to win a raffle for art, prizes and packages as well as a belly full of food from Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta. Music comes courtesy of jazz pianist Michael Rosenthal, jazz quartet Frim Fram Four and local performers Gayle Chapman, Rebecca Scott and Deb Sager.

Organizer of the event and entertainer Rocci Johnson shares host duties with evening anchor Natalie Hurst, Boise State women's studies advocate and assistant director of student housing Melissa Wintrow, and anchor/reporter Maggie O'Mara, to name a few of the hosts on board. A quick-draw event will feature the talents of Rep. Nicole Lefavour, who aside from being lawmaker and educator is a mixed-media artist, photographer and poet. Jany Seda wears an executive chef hat by day and is also an award-wining mixed-media artist. Artistic creation exemplified will come from Erin Cunningham, self-proclaimed "writer of pictures." And lastly, oil-stick and colored-pencil artist Julie Clemons will swiftly create a piece right in front of onlookers. For more information, call the WCA at 208-343-3688, Ext. 22, or Rocci Johnson at 208-342-2206.

5 to 9 p.m., $25 donation, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise.

Mini-Ramp Champ

The Main Street Bistro Mini-Ramp Competition is the original home of skate night. The competition is big-time, but the ramp is really mini, so it fits right into the space at the Bistro. The ramp, constructed by Justin Pickford of No Limit Skateboard Instruction, is 25 feet long and eight feet wide. The riders vying for the prize money will be dropping in from the tallest point just three feet off the ground. Round One of the jam session welcomes all skaters. There are no categories. It is skater vs. skater in a freestyle free-for-all. Throughout the night skaters will be chosen to go head to head for the grand prize. In the end, $500 in cash goes to the best skater, who will have earned the right to laugh maniacally as they roll away with a fat pocket of prize money.

8 p.m., $3 tickets at the door, Main Street Bistro, 609 Main St., Boise.

Get into the Hall

Boise needs women. The human resource department at City Hall is hosting an open house in the hope that a few good female applicants will apply for top management positions and other jobs that typically draw a predominately male pool of applicants. Networking opportunities abound with representatives from different departments seated at tables just waiting for the right applicants to inquire within. The City is making an extra effort to attract qualified females in hopes of evening out a top-heavy roster of white male employees. So get out there, shake some hands and fill those positions with your multi-skilled selves.

1 to 5 p.m., Foothills training room, Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-3850, www.cityofboise.org.

29 friday

Sounds like Good Music

Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia's annual show at the Egyptian Theatre falls on Leap Year this time around. The musicians have put together a tight little repertoire including a number of original compositions, backed by special guests the Centennial Chamber Orchestra. The youth ensemble is the first classical orchestra to accompany the band and try out Onomatopoeia's complex jazz rhythms. All the musicians—from the accomplished youngsters to the seasoned performers—will be challenged while performing together. Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia will have to resist the urge to jam off the score and the classical musicians will be playing outside their classic comfort zone. That musical melding is exactly what Kirk hopes for while writing his music, purposefully leaving room for each musician to improvise.

8 p.m., $25, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. Boise, 208-387-1273 or 208-343-4054.

2 Sunday

Go Ahead and Get Down

Darkwood Consort is welcoming back a few founding and longtime members for a performance of dance works from the Middle Ages through the bedazzled age of disco. The Consort's core duo of Jen Drake on viola and Aage Nielsen, bass clarinet will be joined by Karlin Coolidge on the flute, Donovan Schatz on bassoon and Jill Cathey playing the oboe. Special performances by members of the Oinkari Basque Dancers and Scandinavian Family Dancers will have the audience itching to join in the grooving good times. Drake and Nielsen are expected to bring down the house with their priceless renderings of disco staples, "Hot Stuff" and "Macho Man." Tickets are available at the door.

2 p.m., $12 general, $8 students/seniors, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise, 208-345-9116, www.darkwoodconsort.com.

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