Best Bets March 23—30 

Final Lecture on Tsunami • Dreamwork Class • Heroes and Villians • Spring Break at the Zoo • Nunsense

Wednesday 30

Final Lecture on Tsunami

Anyone near a TV this past winter looked on as the devastating toll of death and destruction created by the December 26 tsunami continued to escalate. The tragedy was a disruption to holiday cheer across the globe as well as in our far away nation, and quickly became reminiscent of the "Where were you when ... " effect that plagued American citizens on the day Kennedy was shot and the day of the 9/11 tragedy. Continual coverage of the event remains crucial, as the Indian Ocean tsunami is still is a pressing issue to be discussed and explored.

Uwe Reischl, M.D., director of the Center for Health Policy, will present "Health Effects of Tsunamis: Immediate and Long Term Concerns," as the final segment of Boise State's three-part tsunami series entitled "Terror from the Sea." The series is sponsored by Boise State's Volunteer Services Board, International Programs, Extended Studies and Center for Health Policy.

Reischl's lecture, as part of the interdisciplinary effort by Boise State academic departments and programs to explore the causes of the tsunami, its historical context and the social, political, environmental and health issues the event is continuing to generate, will conclude "Terror from the Sea."

If you're still curious as to the overall effect the event has had on the world, or would like to pay respect to the tragedy through education rather than donation, don't miss this event focusing on the health concerns that the recent tsunami brings to the fore.

FREE, 7:30 p.m., Boise State campus, Liberal Arts Building Room 106, 426-1709.

Thursday 24

Dreamwork Class

The study of dream images and symbols began long before Jung, as the state in which we spend almost half our existence deserves the same amount of analysis we devote to our waking lives. And who hasn't had a wild and crazy dream that initiates a desperate need for interpretation? Therapist and teacher Bonnie Ross offers a solution to the perplexed dreamer in her Dreamwork Classes, Workshop and Retreat continuing this Thursday until April 3. Dreamwork Classes will explore dream-as-story at the Log Cabin Literary Center and the experiential Dream Workshop provides healthcare professionals and the general public with methods for deepening contact with dream language and processing what arises. Participants will explore ways to open to the symbolic language of dream and meditation at a home on Warm Springs Mesa. The Dreamwork Meditation Retreat will introduce participants to dream yoga as they explore dream reality in silent meditation. This work is subtle, so those attending should have prior experience in meditation. The retreat will be held at Grand View and Middle Fork Cabins in the beautiful valley of the Payette. Total cost for all classes, workshop and retreat is $200 plus donation directly to Ross.

$12, 7 p.m., Log Cabin Literary Center, 801 S. Capital Blvd., 342-4895, e-mail pclinguard@

Thursday 24

Heroes and Villians

Not that long ago, Levi Cecil was as close as Boise came to having our very own super-industrialist rock tycoon. He was the bassist and guitarist in the sadly defunct prog-lodytes Clock; the drummer (aka Big Country) in BW-faves the Wham Bam Thank You Band; the spieler and fret-flexer in the short-lived power trio You Might Die; and yet he still found time to mastermind the most civic-minded label around, the still-extant Emeritus Records (www.emeritusrecords.com). Now, a year after tottering off to the bright lights of Portland, the wayward multi-instrumentalist returns as bassist of the five-piece Heroes and Villains. As their name-a song from Brian Wilson's orchestral pop suite Smile-indicates, this isn't a run-of-the-mill four-track garage band. H and V's inaugural 7-inch, "Color Coded" b/w "Welcome Home," cuts a wider instrumental swath than most bands can muster over a double-lp. We're talking a glockenspiel, piano and harpsichord, all on the same song. And some bells. And a children's choir. And Ennio Morricone-esque western trumpets. And whistling. Think you can wrap your mind around it? Be sure to save room for Travis Ward and Junkyard Bandstand, as well as Clock-alum Thomas Paul.

$1, 9 p.m., The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 345-6605.

Thursday 24

Spring Break at the Zoo

What is carnivorous, lives in large underground networks, hunts in groups, and may be best known through the character Timon from The Lion King? Meerkats, of course! Come learn more about these clever creatures and other zoo friends this week at Zoo Boise during Spring Break at the Zoo with Keeper Talks, Story Times and Penguin Feedings. Keeper Talks are special 10-minute programs about particular animals by the keeper who cares for the animals. Visitors may ask the keeper questions about the animals and their care. Story Times allow children to hear a story read by one of the zoo staff and then meet one of the zoo's education animals up close. Penguin Feedings allow visitors to see the zoo's penguins being fed and ask the keeper questions about these amazing animals.

11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. FREE for ages 4 and under, $2.75 for ages 4-11, $5 for ages 12-61, $2.50 for 62 and over, FREE for members of Friends of Zoo Boise, Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., 384-4125.

Tuesday 29

Nunsense

Maybe it's because of the enviable mayhem Hayley Mills got to stir up in The Trouble With Angels, or maybe its just due to the way my mom winces at the memory of her parochial schooling, but often I find anything to do with nuns is downright funny by nature. If you're similarly inclined, The Academy of Theatrical Arts presents "the funniest and most delightful musical comedy" entitled Nunsense, at the Nampa Civic Center March 29, 30, and April 1.

Nunsense is a comical spoof about five nuns from Hoboken who try to raise money by putting on a fundraising show in the school gym. The story begins when Sister Julia of the "Little Sisters of Hoboken," made a fatal vichyssoise soup and "did in" 52 members of the Order; however, the five onstage were spared as they were out playing bingo. These remaining sisters put on a show to raise money to bury the departed. Writer Dan Goggin, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, portrayed nuns the way he remembered them from his parochial school days. "One of the reasons I wanted to do Nunsense," he told The Catholic Standard and Times, "Is that I had always had a good experience with nuns ... And the nuns who come to see it are so pleased with it."

8 p.m., $15, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. South, 468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com.

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