Horse Affairs 2008 • The Woman Behind the Curtain • Dirty Lady • Epic Novelist 

15 Friday – 17 sunday

Horse Affairs 2008

For the 10th year running, the Horse Affairs has brought in big names from the horse business to share information on everything inside and out of the equestrian arena. The schedule is packed with seminars, trainer challenges and informative clinics. Our favorite is the one on horse psychology titled, "Why Do They Do That?" Hear from veterinarians about nutrition and watch as riding clubs including the Ada County Pose-ettes demonstrate riding techniques. Every hour, programs are featured such as how to catch the "uncatchable" horse, how to get out of a horse's way and natural horsemanship from a woman's perspective.

A Kids' Korral features games, pony rides and a very special guest, an 8-month-old baby camel named Loverboy. See some amazing equines, visit with rodeo queens and attend the live entertainment during the evening programs highlighting the Night of the Horse both Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday night at 7 p.m. Shop for western lifestyle essentials, including clothing, decor and art with English as well as Western tack available. Purchase a $5 raffle ticket from the Southern Idaho Pinto Horse Association and, at the end of the show, one lucky participant might trot away with Flashy Golden Nugget, the 2008 raffle Palomino Tobiano filly.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 15, and Sat., Feb. 16, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 17; general, $10; kids, FREE; seniors, $5; Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood, Boise, 208-362-4343, HorseAffairs.com.

16 Saturday

The Woman Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain performances are a bit different from the concert offerings at the Morrison Center. Audience members receive a backstage pass instead of a ticket, and both the artist and audience are up on the stage in a cabaret-style format. Rachael Price, a young jazz singer born in Australia and raised in Nashville, Tenn., is the featured artist for this Behind the Curtain concert. Price is no stranger to standing ovations after her performances, which once included singing in front of Sir Elton at the Society of Singers Gala event. Find out more about Rachael Price at RachaelPriceSings.com. Before the concert, attend the social hour at 7 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.

7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. concert, $32.50, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110, IdahoTickets.com.

17 Sunday

Dirty Lady

Prepare to laugh, gasp and enjoy the antics of one of the funniest females working the circuit as comedian Lisa Lampanelli hits the Morrison Center stage this weekend. No one in the audience is safe from her jabs, and she may have a myriad of material surrounding Idaho's recent stint in the spotlight. No stranger to wide stances, Lampanelli is known to wear stylish dresses perfectly suited for when she comes out on stage and starts the show with an unconventionally wide-legged curtsie. The Queen of Mean's newest CD, Dirty Girl, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Comedy Album of 2007."

After studying journalism at Syracuse University and Harvard, she found her true calling in comedy. Lampanelli has no fear of obliterating the thin line between insight and insult and rarely fails to get a rise out of the audience. The comedian does a meet-and-greet after every performance in which she mingles with the audience, offers merchandise and signs autographs.

8 p.m., $34.50, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, IdahoTickets.com.

19 Tuesday

Epic Novelist

Luis Alberto Urrea is the featured author appearing at the Readings & Conversations series sponsored by The Cabin. The audience participates during the "conversation" part of the evening by jotting down questions. Some questions are technical, some are humorous, and organizers say the answers from the authors are always insightful. Urrea's most recent novel, The Hummingbird's Daughter, is based on one of his distant relatives, Teresa Urrea, who was a 19th century revolutionary considered the "Mexican Joan of Arc." Inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame, the author's body of work touches on subject matter such as politics, spirituality and cultural issues. Seating is limited. For tickets, call The Cabin at 208-331-8000.

7:30 p.m., $12-$30, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise.

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