Burma and Pussycats 

Raves and civil wars don't often hang out in the same sentence. That is, unless someone happens to be throwing a pussycat-themed rave to benefit war-orphaned children in Burma. Makes sense, right? On Saturday, Nov. 28, the Ilowan's Children Temple is holding From Boise to Burma, a fundraiser with hopes to raise $5,000 to help a woman named Vasti build a new orphanage in Manipur, India.

"It's going to cost $5,000 to purchase a piece of land ... where she's at and a building to house the 200 children," said Tara Daniels, earth shaman at Ilowan's Children Temple in Boise.

Before the rave gets going, the fundraiser kicks off Saturday morning at the Rose Room on Eighth and Idaho streets following the downtown Holiday parade. Santa will be on hand for pictures along with an assortment of food and drink vendors selling goods from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The day continues with a free live performance from the traditional West African drum and dance ensemble Ka Sali Ka Fo from 4:30-6 p.m., and then a group of belly dancers will shake their booties for Burma from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees can also try their luck at the event's daylong raffle or place bids at the silent auction.

Things heat up when the Pussycat Ball starts at 8 p.m. and keeps going until the paws stop pattering. The Burning Man-affiliated event will feature live bands, DJs and plenty of costumed ravers. While dressing up in a glittery cat suit may seem like the least productive way to raise moola for Burma's orphans, all proceeds from the ball and its preceding events will go to the cause.

"The daytime events are open to everyone, and then the night-time events will have a little bit of a sexy, wild, over-21 kind of thing," Daniels said. "There's going to be at least 400-500 people because the burners will all come."

Saturday, Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., FREE, Pussycat Ball, $8 until 9 p.m., $10 after, The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-919-0807, ilowanschildren.org.

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