When voting just ain't enough • Blow it Up • Think Spring Squared • No dancing Shoes? • Got Swing? 

18 Wednesday

When voting just ain't enough

We're a might bit obsessed with politics around BW headquarters and we're not exactly your suit-wearing politico types, if you know what we mean. And we think we can safely say the same of the panelists at Boise Young Professionals' For the Love of Politics event this week. Up on the discussion board are issues including transportation, valley air quality and urban renewal. Pontificators include a few locals who've racked up relatively few decades compared to some in the local political world. Panelists include Caldwell Republican Sen. John McGee, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee; Rep. Steve Kren, a Nampa Republican; Rachel Winer, executive director of Idaho Smart Growth; Cece Gassner, economic development director of the City of Boise; Mckinsey Miller of the Gallatin Group and Jason Kreizenbeck, chief of staff in the office of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. The moderator is John Miller, a writer with the Associated Press. Not only is BW sponsoring this thing, but most of the editorial staff will be in the audience as well, so join us.

5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE to BYP members, $15 nonmembers. Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-472-5258, boisechamber.org.

19 Thursday

Blow it Up

While we love the tried and true annual events, we're downright giddy to do something new once in a blue moon.

Ignite Boise is that new thing. Here's the setup: five minutes, 20 slides, an audience of 750, talk about whatever you want. No sales pitches, please.

From a whole mess of submissions, a panel whittled the presenters down to 16 people who will speak on everything from digital immortality on the Web to the faux pas of taking interest in a business colleague's ring finger and uterus. Tickets to the event are free, but already spoken for; only 150 people will make it in the door without a ticket the day of the show.

5 p.m. for ticket holders, 5:30 p.m. open to everyone, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-387-1273, igniteboise.com.

19 Thursday- 22 Sunday

Think Spring Squared

Nevermind that it still looks like winter exploded all over the valley and the gray is never ending. It's time to will spring into existence with dueling flower, garden, all things green and outdoor shows. The U.S. Bank Boise Flower and Garden Show goes live for year 13 in downtown, and the Spring Home and Garden Show will be dialing it in at Expo Idaho. Gawk at the greenery and steal a couple of ideas for your own back yard, then head home and plot your dirt patch takeover. But, as they say, wait to plant until Shaffer Butte is snow free.

Spring Home and Garden Show: Thu., March 19-Sun., March 22; adults $5, seniors $4, under 12 FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City. Info at expoidaho.com.

U.S. Bank Boise Flower and Garden Show: Fri., March 20-Sun., March 22; adults $7, ages 7-12 $2, 6 and under FREE. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., 208-336-8900, gardenshowboise.com.

20 Friday- 22 Sunday

No dancing Shoes?

Then sit back in a darkened house and let a cast do all the work. Alley Repertory Theater stages Love Person by Aditi Brennan Kapil. Two couples, three cultures, English, Sanskrit, American Sign Language, e-mail and lots of confusion make for a modern tale of the foibles and follies of love in a world in which easily accessible means of communication don't always avert disaster. The Bard would love it.

8 p.m., also Wed., March 25-Sat., March 28, 8 p.m., $18. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.

20 Friday

Got Swing?

OK, so let's review. We've got your politics on Wednesday, we've got your uber hip and unique event on Thursday and we even threw a little something in for your garden over the weekend. Now it's time to think dancing on Friday night.

And you're gonna want to think Friday night with 1920s glam in mind. Think bright-red lipstick, fringey flapper dress and a bobbed wig. Think Chicago gangster suit and fedora combo for your date. Costume party. DJs of the 5th Empire. Dance. All. Night. (And do it in style for a chance to win the costume contest.) Plus, the whole thing is smoke free with a full bar catered by Lush. DJ Kap from San Francisco will spin, along with local DJs from the 5th Empire including Jeff from Above and DJ Eric Rhodes. The party will roll on until the wee morning hours and the crowd will stay pumped up courtesy of 15,000 watts of sound and light. But if you can't make it, the whole thing will be streamed live over the Internet.

9 p.m., $5 at the door. VIP tix $25 in advance and $30 at the door get you prime seating, a private bar, apps and two free drinks. Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-340-0321, 5thempire.com.

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