Flippin' Cool • Play it Again • The Best Medicine • One Night, Two Locations • All Those Jazz Bands 

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Flippin' Cool

For those attracted to the skateboarding scene, the sound of trucks and wheels landing on concrete is a beautiful thing to behold. Now, hear and see how Boise riders do it, on the big screen. Local shop Prestige Skateboards is premiering their first skate video titled, Sink or Swim, featuring the Prestige Skateboard team and friends. The film is by Ethan Chancer and Colin Clark and filmed by Colin Clark, Devin Wonacott and Ethan Chancer. Prestige co-owner Paul Whitworth says the video is "really good" and wanted to recognize the talents of the whole crew who contributed.

Featuring only local riders, the video was created as the skaters wheeled around locations from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. But the majority of the footage is in Boise, which is their favorite place to ride, according to locals. Skaters are filmed going big, doing ollies over dumpsters, sliding down rails and skillfully performing tricks that make it look way easier than it is. Not every rider can make a living by skating, but most are doing it for fun and the scene continues to evolve. If you can't possibly wait for the screening, there's a preview available on the shop's Web site. This video is chock full of skaters doing what they do best all over Boise and beyond. Check it out to see how many local sites and skaters you recognize.

8 p.m., FREE, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., PrestigeSkateboards.com, 106 S. 11th St., Boise, 208-424-6824.

18 Friday – 19 Saturday

Play it Again

The Langroise Trio, the artists-in-residency at The College of Idaho, are back on the scene with the second concert of the Robert Hendren Beethoven Cycle series. The first concert occurred in November of 2007, and the final concert will be in early March. The repertoire for this set of performances will include Beethoven works String Trio in G Major, Opus 9 #1, String Trio in D Major, Opus 9 #2 and String Trio in C Minor, Opus #3. The musicians performing are Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola; and Samuel Smith, cello.

7:30 p.m., $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 N. 9th St., Boise. Second performance is Sat., Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., FREE, Langroise Recital Hall, College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.

The Best Medicine

George Carlin has been at the comedy game for decades. Just one of his many comedic quotes goes, "The reason I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose answers I accept." When comedians have been performing as long as Carlin, they can come off as salty as the sea and audiences can't get enough. For more than half a century, this seasoned comedian has gotten a rise out of all types of audiences. Carlin always has some sort of comment on the state of everything from the proper usage of swear words to one his favorite subjects, religion. The comedian doesn't discriminate. He rips on anyone and everyone; at times he is raunchy, other times insightful. As Carlin puts it: "Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music." The same goes for his comedy routines: Those who don't chuckle just aren't listening.

8 p.m., $42, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110, IdahoTickets.com.

21 Monday

One Night, Two Locations

With a new name, Poetry Slam Delux is sure to result in streams of creative consciousness. The spoken word workshops occur every third Monday with the first part held at Boise State, and then moves over to the Neurolux, which is a new venue for the series. This month's featured slam begins with a spoken word poetry workshop at the Boise State Student Union Alexander room. That same night get in on the action for a small cover at the poetry slam at the Neurolux. Both events feature San Jose champion Kat Dietrich. Later in the evening there's even more incentive to share the spoken word with signups beginning half an hour before the show. A $100 grand prize, plus bragging rights goes to the poet with the most points as judged by pre-selected members of the audience.

5 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Alexander Room, 1910 University Dr., Boise, with a second performance at 8 p.m. at Neurolux, 113 N. 11th St., Boise, BoisePoetry.com.

All Those Jazz Bands

The Brave Jazz Night benefit concert will showcase the talents of local high school and junior high school jazz bands. The gig begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction with prizes ranging from dinner to ski packages. Proceeds from the event will help cover costs for upcoming band trips and music for the Fall 2008 marching band season.

The up-and-coming music students are excited to share the stage and will make the most of their time in the spotlight. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. with smooth sounds provided by the Hillside Jr. High School Jazz Band, East Jr. High School Jazz Band and then the Boise High School Jazz Band. Lastly, Boise Straight Ahead, otherwise known as the HP Jazz Big Band, have prepared a full set of entertaining jazz music to end the night.

5:30 p.m., $10 adults, $5 students, (children 3 and younger free), Boise High School Auditorium, 1010 Washington St., Boise.

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