Martin Luther King, Jr. Events • Mounds of Fun • St. Petersburg String Quartet • Focus People 

23 Wednesday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Events

A string of events at Boise State will honor the man who dreamed of equality for everyone. Some highlights include a keynote speech by Nikki Giovanni titled, "The Right to Dream," promoting racial equality; a presentation about the real issues facing Native Americans by the Intertribal Native Council; and activist Leo Morales will discuss human rights and immigration. Rep. Nicole LeFavour will reveal the results of a recent Idaho poll on attitudes toward the LGBT community, and members from the Idaho Human Rights Center will lead a session on "understanding multiple oppressions through one lens." The Diverse Perspectives Film Series begins January 29 with Banished, the story of the forceful banishment of African American families from three different communities. After that, a different film will be shown each month through April.

Jan. 21-Feb. 2, Boise State University, News.BoiseState.edu.

25 Friday

Mounds of Fun

This year's McCall Winter Carnival theme is "Wild, Wild West." Gaze at piles of snow formed into artistic sculptures. Enjoy music on the main stage by acts such as Intervision, Rebeccca Scott and the Buckskin Bible Revue. Love a parade as the children's neon light parade and Mardi Gras parade go traipsing through downtown. Participate in theme nights hosted all over town, like Bingo night and Monte Carlo Casino night. A mere sampling of the festivities includes a beard, hair and sexy leg contest, a harmonica festival and fireworks over Payette Lake. The Comedy Night at the Northfork Lodge is a new event this year, and for $20, which includes the show and food, enjoy the adult comedy of Jim Trino. An art-and-wine jubilee will feature the jazz music of Ben Burdick. On the recreation scene, there's a screening of Seven Sunny Days by Matchstick Productions, the Idaho Winter Games at Brundage Mountain and a snowmobile fun run. The whole cool deal has opportunities for everyone such as tubing, golf and the chance to witness a monster dog pull, in which dogs race for time pulling a sled equal to their weight.

Jan. 25- Feb. 3, McCall, Idaho, McCallWinterCarnival.com.

28 Monday

St. Petersburg String Quartet

For 77 years, members of the Boise Community Concert Association have offered a variety of performances at very reasonable admission prices. The group stays motivated by enticing all types of people with multifaceted musical tastes into the Boise High School Auditorium where, they believe, the acoustics are perfectly suited for musical performances. This week, the St. Petersburg String Quartet will fill the space with their award-winning chamber music. Founded by graduates of The Leningrad Conservatory, the group holds the respected position of quartet-in-residence at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

7:30 p.m., $25, Boise High School Auditorium, 1010 Washington St., Boise, 208-331-5015, BoiseCc.org.

30 wednesday – 31 thursday

Focus People

Boise State joins other colleges and universities in all 50 states, in a two-day event focusing on the issues of global climate change. Because the topic affects many different areas, organizers of the project aim to thrust these events into the national spotlight and keep them there all the while working on solutions to stabilize the climate in this century. Classes, seminars and discussions surrounding the climate will be highlighted at Boise State as part of the "Focus the Nation" initiative running the last two days of January. Boise State students and faculty have been busy calculating the university's carbon footprint and will reveal the results during a presentation on the Quad. Other events include a business symposium to help identify opportunities for strategies to make a difference, a research symposium outlining cause and effects, and various climate change courses free and open to the public. Professor Stephanie Witt will moderate a discussion between community leaders about Idaho's role and top climate concerns, as voted on by Boise State students. A live, interactive webcast with an impressive panel of experts will allow audience participation by cell phone voting. The panel is made up of sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, voted Hero of the Planet by Time magazine in 2000, Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider and Van Jones, an advocate of green jobs.

Leaving no stone on this good Earth un-turned, there'll be presentations on faith, democracy and art. A "Greener Solutions" art exhibit gives a visual representation of ecological issues. Submissions were created with environmentally friendly processes and reused materials in the hopes that everyone who passes through the exhibit will become conscious of sustainable living in every aspect of life. More information on these events can be found at www.boisestate.edu/focusthenation.

Jan. 30-31, Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-1000.

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