ACLU Banquet • Boise Weekly Cover Auction • Irena Ravitskaya Performs Mussorgsky • 11th Annual Celebration of Women in the Arts • Anne Garrels Courtesy of the Log Cabin 

Friday 11

ACLU Banquet

This ACLU of Idaho event features speaker Barry Lynn, a prominent advocate of religious liberty and the separation of church and state giving his speech "Church and State Separation: Right, Left and Center." A pre-event reception will take place at J Crist Gallery with music by Jonah Shue. Cost is $65 for the reception and $100 for the reception and the banquet together.

7:30 p.m. $65 reception, $45 dinner or $100 for both. RSVP at 344-9750, ext. 204. Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd.

Friday 11-Saturday 12

Boise Weekly Cover Auction

The walls are pretty bare around here these days--we're losing all the great art that decorates BW's digs. But it's for a great cause: That's right, it's time for a BW cover auction, that annual exhibition and sale of the artworks that have graced the covers of Boise Weekly over the past year. So get down to Stewart Gallery to view original artworks by talented local artists and bid on your favorite--or favorites--in silent and live auctions. If the thrill of owning your very own piece of original art isn't enough, remember that all proceeds from the event benefit ArtFaire, a program dedicated to enriching the community by providing youth outreach programs in the arts. In other words, buying art today may just help nurture the artists of the future.

Preview and silent auction on Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., live auction on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Visit to get a jump on the silent auction. Stewart Gallery, 2212 W. Main St., 433-0593.

Saturday 12

Irena Ravitskaya Performs Mussorgsky

During his life and afterward, Modest Mussorgsky couldn't get no respect. In the mid-19th century, this wild Russian composer lived in abject poverty and obscurity, his repertoire a heap of half-completed projects, rejected operas and ambitious flameouts. After his death, his work only became famous when other composers set about re-orchestrating and editing--some say "correcting"--it. Mussorgsky's most famous pieces, Night on Bald Mountain, the 10-piece cycle Pictures at an Exhibition and the operas Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, were each redone in their own way by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Shostakovich, respectively. Since then, the first two have appeared, in various forms, in films ranging from Fantasia to Saturday Night Fever to The Big Lebowski.

But every once in a while, someone gets an inkling to play Mussorgsky as he heard himself. Listening to the violent, reeling middle sections of Pictures at an Exhibition on solo piano, as Mussorgsky composed it, is like listening to Coltrane before he got off the junk--not perfect, but jaw-dropping nonetheless. At Irena Ravitskaya's performance, reportedly her final doctoral recital, she will also throw in some major piano works by Beethoven and Chopin. But they don't need any more fans. Go to support old modest Modest, and somewhere your old elementary school music teacher will think of you and smile.

7:30 p.m., $5, $3 seniors, students FREE, Morrison Center Recital Hall, Boise State campus.

Tuesday 15

11th Annual Celebration of Women in the Arts

This shindig might be about the ladies, but everyone is invited to come out and celebrate and support all the talented musicians, poets, actors, dancers and artists who are women.

With a "Cirque du Bois" theme, the entertainment begins at 5 p.m., featuring performers and artists of all genres, including Frim Fram Four with Gayle Chapman, Darkwood Consort, Rebecca Scott, Rosalie Sorrels, Fire and Isis, the Renegade Circus. All this great stuff is capped by a performance by the Divas of Boise--a nine-woman musical powerhouse including Kathy Miller, Carrie Padilla, Kerry Rourke, Deb Sager, Rebecca Scott, Margaret Montrose Stigers, Sirah Storm, Mary Magill Weaver and Rocci Johnson. While you're being entertained, check out the Diva Divine contest (open to all genders), the art exhibit (also beginning at 5 p.m.) and silent auction. You can also pick up a copy of Standing, fifth-annual edition of poetry by women, on sale at the event.

All proceeds raised at this fabulous event benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance Crisis Center, so don't miss this celebration.

Art exhibit and performances begin at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. $8 advance, $10 at the door, 5-10 p.m., Hannah's, 621 Main St. For more information, call 342-2206.

Anne Garrels at the Log Cabin

Anyone who listens to NPR's news programming is familiar with the voice of foreign correspondent Anne Garrels as she files her reports from far-reaching locales such as Tiananmen Square, Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel and, of course, Baghdad. Boiseans now have the rare opportunity to put a face to the name when Garrels makes an appearance, courtesy of the Log Cabin Literary Center's "Readings and Conversations" series. Garrels' talk will be based on her experiences as a correspondent, detailed in her award-winning book, Naked in Baghdad (2003). The address is sure to be fascinating and well worth attending.

If you want a more up-close-and-personal experience, attend the wine and hors d'oeuvres reception from 5-7 p.m., prior to the event, at the Boise home of Michael Hoffman and Samantha Silva. The reception is $75 per person, reservations required by calling 331-8000 by Nov. 10.

7:30 p.m. $27-$30. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454,

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