Martini Mix-Off No. 3 • Washington Art Fair Mural Unveiling • The 2006 Eagle Island Experience • Rat-A-Rama • i48 Screenings 

Thursday 18

Martini Mix-Off No. 3

If you happen to be at one of a handful of downtown watering holes this Thursday and you see a pile of BW-types spilling out of a limo, don't be alarmed--that's just us out enjoying the third installment of May martini madness. We'll be sipping potent potables this week at Bardenay (610 Grove St.), The Melting Pot (200 N. 6th St.), Pair (601 W. Main St.) and Piper Pub (150 N. 8th St.).

Mix-Off tickets are $60 and are good for one free drink at each participating bar (12 total, good through the entire month), and entrance and one free drink at the May 26 Grande Finale at BAM. Tickets available at all participating bars.

Washington Art Fair Mural Unveiling

Washington Elementary School received a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts to produced a student-designed and -executed mural and the students, working with local artist and muralist Fred Choate, are ready to show off their handiwork. The piece's theme is "North End Neighborhood Schools," a timely topic indeed considering the current flap over the school district's plan to dismantle some of Boise's old schools. The mural will be unveiled tonight at the Washington Art Fair and Fundraiser. The school hopes to generate money with a silent auction of student-produced art projects and the community is certainly invited to come check out the mural and bid, bid, bid.

6-8 p.m. Washington Elementary, 1607 N. 15th St., 854-6420. For more information, visit http://www.boiseschools.org/schools/washington/index.html.

Friday 19-Sunday 21

The 2006 Eagle Island Experience

This three-day gathering at Eagle Island State Park is a family friendly community celebration of life through music and art--tons of live music, yoga and Reiki workshops, dance performance, art and games and puppet shows for the kiddies.

On Friday, May 19, the doors open at 4 p.m. and the fun goes until 10 p.m. Come hear music from Cosmic Family Band, Phoenix and Afterbuffalo, Farmdog and The Dukes of Ted. There will be henna workshops, too. On Saturday, May 20, the festival goes from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by acts like New Monsoon, Free Peoples, Xander Green, Eleven Eyes, Jupiter Holiday, Jimmy Bivens, and Rifka. There will also be yoga, energy healing, goddess and guided meditation workshops. Sunday, May 21, is the last day of the festival, the fun beginning at 9 a.m. and wrapping up at 7:30 p.m. before the sun goes down. Enjoy live music and dance performances by Great American Taxi, Taarka, Buckskin Bible Review, Travis Ward, Spudpickers, Cairo Fusion Dance Troop and Red River Pow-Wow Association. Finish up the "Experience" with yoga, energy healing and biofuel workshops. Good times guaranteed.

$10 three-day passport or $5 per day, children 12 and under get in FREE. Parking is $4. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. For more information, call 884-7780 or visit www.gruntwerk.com/www.experiencefestival.org.

Saturday 20

Rat-A-Rama

We here at BW love an animal show--whether it's dogs, cats, ferrets or whatever on parade, we revel in the pagentry and majesty of our furry companions. So you can bet yer buns we're excited about anything called Rat-A-Rama. It's too late to enter your own junior miss rat (the deadline to register to show was April 29), but if you head down to the rat expo, you'll get to see a show featuring judging in standards, pet classes and costuming. Plus, there will be plenty of helpful information on rats and their care.

10 a.m.- 5 p.m., $3 adults, $1.50 children. Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St. For more information, call 761-5071 or visit curlywhiskersrattery.tripod.com/ratarama/index.html.

Saturday 20-Sunday 21

i48 Screenings

This is the third year of i48, Idaho's only 48-hour film competition and festival. Here's the deal: Teams of local filmmakers get 48 hours to write, pre-produce, cast, shoot, and edit a four-to-seven-minute original short film. They don't know what their genre or the specifications of the film have to be until the competition starts. But if you didn't compete, you didn't miss all the fun. The resulting films will be screened on Saturday at 12:45 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. at the Flicks (646 Fulton St., 342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com). Admission is $6. The "Best Of i48" screening and awards ceremony will be on Sunday at the Boise High Auditorium.

For more information, contact the Flicks or visit www.revivalpictures.com/i48.htm.

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