Ballet Idaho Presents The Nutcracker • Sanctified Screening at The Flicks • Hyde Park 13th on 13th • Biotzetik Basque Choir 

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Ballet Idaho Presents The Nutcracker

Maybe it's because we're running a story this week on the history and origins of the story of The Nutcracker, or maybe it's just that time of year. (And just maybe it's also because Sara's 5-year-old niece is going to be one of the mice in the production--tres adorable.) Whatever the reason, the pageantry and spectacle of this annual holiday tradition are not to be missed.

In a production that will tour 32 cities in seven states, Ballet Idaho dancers are joined at the Boise performance by over 160 dancers from around the area, the Opera Idaho Children's Chorus and the Boise Philharmonic putting on their Tchaikovsky for good measure. The ballet's beautiful costumes and elaborate sets should transport audiences back to a simpler time of childlike wonder as they watch Godfather Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King, companies of soldiers, the denizens of the Land of Sweets, and of course, the Nutcracker prince, dance their way through young Marie's Christmas night dream. (Aunt Sara will be watching out for one sweet little blonde mouse in particular.) Tchaikovsky's classic score will be as delightful to the ear as the dancing is to the eye, so don't miss it.

Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. $17-$42 adults, $9-$32 children. The Morrison Center, Boise State campus, 426-1110.

Tuesday 13

Sanctified Screening at The Flicks

From KGB Productions, filmmakers Sam Pope and Chris Kitchen screen Sanctified, a film about the backcountry and the threats well-meaning backcountry lovers have on the wildlands environment. From land development and misuse to the impacts of global warming on the backcountry, Sanctified showcases ski and snowboard talent, as well as addresses environmental issues.

The Boise screening benefits the Winter Wildlands Alliance, an organization dedicated to preserving winter wildlands and human-powered sports in public lands. Informational tables will be set up from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., prior to the show.

7 p.m., $10 general, $8 students with ID, $5 raffle ticket. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 342-4222.

Hyde Park 13th on 13th

Just because winter's here doesn't mean Hyde Park's 13th on 13th is showing any sign of slowing. 'Tis not the season to be a recluse, so put on a warm winter coat and a jaunty scarf and hat and get out and enjoy this monthly block party sponsored by the North End Neighborhood Association.

This month, there will be arts and crafts from local and regional artists, as well as great food from area vendors. The festive holiday atmosphere throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood should be pretty fabulous as they deck out the streets and windows for the season. This is fun stuff for the whole family, so come check it out. Big bonus: the TV takes an evening off.

5 p.m.-9 p.m., FREE, Hyde Park neighborhood.

Biotzetik Basque Choir

There are quite a few holiday-themed events happening this month, but not many of them involve a Basque choir.

If you were looking for a Basque element to your holiday revelry, though, look no further than the Fifth Annual Biotzetik Basque Choir Holiday Concert at St. John's. This choral group will present what promises to be a unique concert featuring traditional Basque and English Christmas carols for your listening pleasure.

7:30 p.m. St. John's Cathedral, 807 N. 8th St., 853-0678.

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