Feminized Fettuccine Forum 

Though you're unlikely to find much about city and regional planning in Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique or quippy treatises on open-space preservation in the pages of Bitch Magazine, the two issues have, nonetheless, helped women change the face of Western cities like Boise, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.

On Thursday, March 4, Jennifer Stevens, the principal of local historical consulting firm Stevens Historical Research Associates, will give a presentation titled,"Feminized Nature: The Ladylike Greening of the Urban West." The lecture, which starts at 5:30 p.m., is part of the Boise City Department of Arts and History's monthly speaker series, the Fettuccine Forum. And while the topic sounds interesting enough, our inner feminists raised their fists in protest when we read the following line on the city's press release:

"While their activism launched a new role for women in public life long before the bra-burning days, you needn't worry--these ladies never missed a chance to host a dinner party or don a new dress, and most of the time, they were well-behaved."

Whew. That's good to know. We wouldn't want our little post-war, city-planning, open-space preserving fore-fems to be running around in, gasp, old pants--or even worse--letting their dinner party duties fall by the wayside. But you know how the saying goes, "Well-behaved women make for an obscure history lesson." Wait? Is that how it goes? Either way, if you can't feed your inner feminist, you can at least feed your inner fettuccine-ist with a $6 plate of pasta catered by Life's Kitchen.

Thursday, March 4, 5 p.m. doors, 5:30 p.m. presentation, FREE lecture, $6 fettuccine, The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-433-5670, cityofboise.org/artsandhistory.

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