January 24-31 2007 

Thursday 25-Sunday 28

pure passion

Idaho Dance Theatre is back in its 18th season, presenting "Pure Passion," a collection of inventive, inspired and enthralling performances directed by Marla Hansen, Carl Rowe and guest choreographers Jennifer Freeman and Lauren Edson.

Hansen presents an emotionally evocative piece, Sphere of Influence, depicting the endless connections we share as a result of human experiences, and the ways in which we influence one another. It will be performed to the music of Thomas Newman.

Rowe's dance, Riptide, follows the theme of connection--only this time focusing more on our relationship with the world. Riptide is set to the music of David Allen Earnest.

Freeman and Edson, both guest choreographers and previous Idaho Dance Theatre dancers, come from New York City and Portland, Oregon, respectively, to present upbeat, physical works. Freeman's performance is set to the music of Outputmessage and "1968 (Przecladaniec Mix)" by Sutekh and PSI Performers. Edson's new work, Push the Heart, is performed to music ranging from Bach to Dean Martin.

Expect emotion and a whole lot of incredible dance.

Thur., Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 27, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 28, 2 p.m.; $25 (single), $60 (season), 208-331-9592, www.idahodancetheatre.org. Special Events Center, Boise State Campus, 1800 University Dr., Boise.

Thursday 25-Saturday 27

International Wildlife Film Festival

Featuring 19 award-winning short films to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature. The event is presented in conjunction with Bald Eagle Days, an annual celebration held in Boise. Films will be shown over the course of three days, with two showings on Saturday.

Thur., Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m., Good Riddance, E is for Elephant, Giant Leech, Milepost 314 and Life in the Undergrowth.

Fri., Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., Asian Carp, Lee Metcalf NWR, Bears of the Rattlesnake, Discussing Amazonia, Wild Pets and Caribou and Wolves: The Endless Dance.

Sat. Jan. 27, 12:30 p.m., Snacking Sea Lions, A Bib for Bell, The New Wolf Hunters, Henry Wood Elliot: Defender of the Fur Seal and Norfolk Broads; and at 3 p.m., HUMM, Lethal Sounds and A Year on Earth.

For descriptions of the films, visit http://news.boisestate.edu/newsrelease/012007/0105wildlife_film_fest.shtml.

$6, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, www.theflicksboise.com, 208-342-4222.

Friday 26

Dinner Gala Benefit and Wildlife Art Auction

Featuring a wildlife art auction and dinner as part of the annual Bald Eagle Days celebration. Plans for an outdoor education and interpretive program at Barber Pool will be discussed. The Barber Pool Conservation Area covers 700 acres of land, located 6 miles east of downtown Boise along the Boise River, and is home to 200 bird species and over 60 species of amphibians, mammals and reptiles.

All proceeds support conservation efforts by the Idaho Bird Observatory at the Barber Pool site.

Fri., Jan. 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $25, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483.

Saturday 27

Bald Eagle Day

Bald Eagle Days is an annual celebration, providing family-oriented events that enable participants to view wildlife along the Boise River with Audubon Society volunteers, listen to informative sessions featuring live bald eagles and participate in raptor displays. The public will be able to view bald eagles in their natural wintering habitat located within the Barber Pool site.

Sat., Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit www.baldeagledays.blogspot.com. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908.

The Pick of the Litter

The Cat Doctor presents Tux'n'Tails adoption night, with a host of cats ranging in age, color, size, temperament and snuggle adaptability.

In this evening foray, furry friends will be decked to the nines in bow ties, steely jackets and top hats. If you think we're joking, visit their Web site to view these fine ladies and gents in their black-tie garb at www.nacidaho.org. Come on, we all know there's nothing better (or funnier) than a clothed pet.

Sat., Jan. 27, 4-9 p.m. The Cat Doctor, 9151 Ustick, Boise, 208-407-1661.

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