Art and Soul • Educate and Entertain • Know Your Role • Eradicate Prostate Cancer • Get Him While He's Hot • Second Annual Idaho Salsa Congress • Break Theory • Brian's Funny 

25 Wednesday

Art and Soul

Matt Bodett's exhibit "Alogia and the Flying Circus" is currently hanging at the Visual Arts Collective, and the artist firmly believes creating it and other pieces of art has helped him get a handle on his mental illness diagnosis. During his art talk, Bodett, along with some input from his family, friends and mental health professionals, will discuss the therapeutic value of art and how it can improve one's state of mind, health and overall physical well-being. Read next week's BW for more on the artist.

7 p.m., FREE, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.

Educate and Entertain

On Thursday, the carbon-free and nuclear-free campaign introduction The Snake River Allianceoffers information about the state of nuclear production in Idaho and the potential of renewable energy. The goal of this national campaign is to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050. For more information, visit snakeriveralliance.org.

5 p.m., $7 for members, $5 without dinner and $10 with dinner for nonmembers. Children enter and eat free, The Basque Center, 601 Grove St., Boise.

Get Him While He's Hot

Humorist David Sedaris will be in town to read a few passages and sign copies of his new book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

6 p.m., FREE, Hastings Books, Music and Video, 7500 W. Fairview Ave., Boise.

27 friday

Know Your Role

Boise's 2008 National HIV Testing Day event, hosted by the Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (a.l.p.h.a.), has partnered with the Linen Building and Dan Tooker of Magic 93.1 FM, to throw a bash titled, "KYS Between the Sheets." The moniker is a clever concoction of "KYS—Know Your Status" and "between the sheets" because it's being held in the Linen District. Get it? During the event, get tested for HIV for free with a quick and easy swab of the cheek while listening to live bands, including Gentle, ATTN, Fallen Idols, Abrupt Edge, 80 Proof and Midline. Partake in food and drink while visiting merchandise vendors and getting educated during workshops every hour. Food offerings provided by 3 Girls catering, the Bar Fly, Old Chicago, TCBY and Big City Coffee have something for everyone to nosh on. If you are unable to make it to this event, but would like to get tested, volunteer or make a donation, contact a.l.p.h.a. at 208-424-7799. Visit the Web site at alphaidaho.org or stop by the office at 419 S. 13th St.

Noon to 9 p.m., FREE, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise.

Eradicate Prostate Cancer

That's the goal of the Main Street Mile, an event that goes way more than "A Mile for Men's Health." The family-oriented event uses proceeds to provide free prostate exams (which can range from $190 to $250), education and awareness throughout the Treasure Valley. In addition to the race, the Drive Against Prostate Cancer brings a mobile screening center via a big, well-equipped RV to a number of locations for free prostate screenings. Check the Web site for locations and learn more at mainstreetmile.org. Take the family to participate in the race, with six different waves to accommodate every speed, held at the intersection of Sixth and Main streets. Watch in amusement as local mascots sprint down the street, fire and police departments run in full gear and watch for big, red distribution boxes like the ones that house Boise Weekly, as they wobble down the stretch for men's health. After the race, children 10 and younger can chase the Meadow Gold ice cream truck for some cool treats. The Boise Hawks have contributed to the cause by wearing their special blue jerseys at home games during June. The jerseys will be available via an online auction closing on June 28. If you happen to be the lucky high bidder, and you are present at the June 28 game, you will literally get the jersey "off the Hawk's back" with the player presenting you with the signed jersey after the game.

6:15 p.m., $20, downtown Boise.

28 saturday

Second Annual Idaho Salsa Congress

The allure of salsa music beckons at the Second Annual Idaho Salsa Congress. Sign up for dance workshops beginning at 11 a.m., and then head over to the family event from 3 to 5 p.m. The entire clan can go dancing, even the teens, at the Teen Salsa Prom from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The evening event begins at 9 p.m. and will go until 2 a.m. Professional salsa dancers Liz Lira and Cristian Oviedo, both of whom were recently selected as subjects for a Lifetime channel documentary, will perform. Enjoy music by DJ Giovanni and Julio Bravo and Salsabor, a live Salsa orchestra.

11 a.m., workshop, $10; family event, $2; teen salsa prom, $10; evening event, $25, The Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise.Break Theory

Break Theory

Boise is getting all big city-like, just check in with the breakdancing scene busting moves all over the place. It's another big breakdance event hosted by Rhetoric Style, LLC and m(t)theory clothing featuring two-on-two battles for $1,000 in cool cash at the Visual Arts Collective. The regional event showcases some locals of the drinking-age category mixing it up with plenty of recognizable out-of-state b-boys such as Salt Lake City's "Angels of Death" breakdance crew. Also featuring performances from Kamphire Collective with special guest DJ Revolve. Check out myspace.com/rhetoricstyle for a sampling of the action.

8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective 3638 Osage St., Garden City.

Brian's Funny

Brian Regan is visiting Boise as part of his 2008 national theater tour, "Brian Regan In Concert: A Comedy Central Live Event." Regan is a regular on many nighttime talk shows, making audiences chuckle with his blend of relatable comedy and physical hilarity. He's a face maker and isn't afraid to scream into the microphone for effect. In fact, David Letterman can't seem to introduce Regan without laughing. Regan makes the show fun commenting on his life, politics and expounding on everyday situations.

8 p.m., $39.50, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise.

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