Boise Baroque Orchestra • Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience • Monster Draw at Flying M • Winter Games VertiGals Recreational Giant Slalom 

Friday 17 and Sunday 19

Boise Baroque Orchestra

We've been harping on Boise Baroque Orchestra for some time now, and will continue to do so until they beg us to stop because the demand for seats has outstripped their ticket supply. If you haven't heard BBO perform, you've been missing out this city's only baroque orchestra and one of Boise's best classical music ensembles.

There are, as always, two chances to catch Boise Baroque's latest program: Friday night at Albertson College in Caldwell, and Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Rockies.

The performances will feature a special guest, viola soloist Peter Slowik. Slowik is the current professor of viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and serves as the president of the American Viola Society. He has performed throughout the United States with various ensembles and orchestras.

Slowik and Boise Baroque will be performing Handel's "Entry of Queen of Sheba" from Solomon, Telemann's Viola Concerto in G Major for Viola and Strings, Geminiani's Concerto Grosso "La Follia," Fasch's Suite in G Major and Bach's Suite in C Major for Solo Viola.

And hey, if you just can't get enough viola--in addition to the Boise Baroque appearance, Slowik will perform with the Idaho Viola Society this Saturday. The group with present a Viola Day concert at 9 a.m. and Slowik will perform a solo recital at 3 p.m., both at the Morrison Center Recital Hall.

So pick a date and go already.

Fri., Feb. 17, 8 p.m. $15 general, $12 students and seniors. Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.

Sun., Feb. 19, 3 p.m. $15 general, $12 students and seniors. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., 343-7511.

Saturday 18

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Come celebrate Mardi Gras at the Nampa Civic Center with musical stylings of Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. Simien comes honestly by his Mardi Gras sound--he hails from New Orleans and is a native Creole--and he has performed all over country at venues including the House of Blues and the Lincoln Center.

Come out for boisterous music, dancing and Mardi Gras spirit in a ballroom club setting. Don't forget the no-host bar and New Orleans cuisine that will be offered to help set the party tone.

$23, 8 p.m. Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa, 468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com. More information about Terrance Simien at www.terrancesimien.com.

Sunday 19

Monster Draw at Flying M Coffeehouse

Once again, artists from the Treasure Valley will come together to draw and chit-chat with each other and the public in the Third Annual Boise Weekly Monster Draw. This event is an opportunity for artists young and old to sit down and draw whatever comes to mind, perhaps even each other. They--the artists or the pieces--don't even have to be monsters.

The public is encouraged, not only to attend and watch the artists at work, but to come and draw, too. Everyone is encouraged to bring pencils, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal and paper.

Every drawing created will be put on the wall and sold for a mere $10, regardless of the artist who created it--children's art will be put up alongside the work of professional artists. Come on by, get a cup of coffee and draw up a chair. Heck, draw a chair. And while you're there, pick up some great scribbles for a little bit of nothing.

FREE, noon-5 p.m. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., 345-4320.

Wednesday 22

Winter Games VertiGals Recreational Giant Slalom

The Winter Games of Idaho has been celebrating amateur athletic competition and Idaho's winter sports venues since 1990 and this year, with the games running at the same time as the Winter Olympics, enthusiasm for Idaho's own little old winter sports extravaganza should be at a fever pitch.

This Wednesday, check out the VertiGals Recreational Giant Slalom. VertiGals is a women's ski group that meets weekly, January through March, to ski and snowboard. (More information about the group and how to join is available at http://www.bogusbasin.com/page.aspx/251/vertigals_and_primetimers.)

To participate in Wednesday's event, participants must register (same-day registration from 9-10:30 a.m., Bogus Creek Lodge, Main Level, $15 fee) and present a racing bib (pick-up during registration) to get the required $20 lift pass. Racing begins at 11 a.m. in the following skier and snowboarder classes: 18-23, 24-29, 30-35, 36-41 and so on. Racers will be scored on the fastest of two runs. Even if you don't feel the need for speed yourself, watching these skiers make their way down the mountain should be great fun.

Race at 11 a.m., Lower Ridge, Deer Point Chairlift; awards party at 2:30 p.m. at Bogus Creek Lodge. Bogus Basin Ski Resort, 2600 Bogus Basin Rd., 332-5100, www.bogusbasin.com, www.wintergamesofidaho.com.

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