More than just the Facts • A Sight to See • Ready.Set.Balance: A Dance Concert • Women Reading • Bravo, Brava or Bravi • Slip Sliding Away • Her story 

4 Wednesday

More than just the Facts

Boise Nonfiction Writers welcome Idaho's writer-in-residence Anthony Doerr in a talk titled Reading, Writing and Rome.

6:30-8 p.m., FREE, The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229,

5 Thu. – 6 Fri.

A Sight to See

The Mend Project is a nonprofit organization based in Boise made up of a cohesive group of people who find comfort and camaraderie by making and donating handmade crafts. Their third project, Spectacled, is a two-night benefit show with live music and 3D projection that's doubling as a used eyewear collection drive for the group Unite For Sight. Drop off a pair of used spectacles at the door and get a discounted cover charge to hear music by ATTN, Speedboat, Nollifur and Owlright on the first night, and performances by Finn Riggins, The Very Most, Hillfolk Noir and Mayerforceone Academy of Arts and Sciences the next night. The Vinyl Preservation Society will keep the music going by spinning vinyl in between sets. For more information, e-mail The Mend Project at or

7 p.m., $8 cover or $5 with donation, Visual Arts Collective at 3638 Osage St., Garden City,

5 Thu. – 7 Sat.

Ready.Set.Balance: A Dance Concert

Balance Dance Company is an innovative contemporary dance company of pre-professional dancers ages 12-18. Artistic director Leah Stephens Clark believes that whether the young dancers go on to a professional career, training in the arts makes for a better person. Clark said the dancers work very hard, and she hopes that the results are visible from where the audience sits. The latest production from Balance includes seven new dances with pieces to please all ages including choreography by Helene Peterson, Amanda Micheletty and Kayla Oakes. Clark's ensemble dance, about the trepidation a young person experiences as they leave home for the first time, is in collaboration with poet Judith McConnell Steele. New York City choreographer Laura Peterson's "Electrolux" features music by Led Zeppelin. Former Balance dancer Lauren Chertudi created a new quartet titled, "A Very Private Moment: Art in Motion," and Johanna Kirk choreographed a piece titled "Whether" featuring the entire company.

March 5-6, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., March 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $12 adults; $5 students, 208-891-8704. Fulton Street Center for the Arts, 854 Fulton St., Boise,

6 Friday

Women Reading

International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8, is a huge celebration in many countries. In Boise, recognition began when a small group of female poets gathered at the meeting hall at 12th and Eastman streets to celebrate what women have to say. The first year was a good start, and last year brought out around 75 people. This year, the event is celebrated a few days earlier than the official holiday, but organizer Betty Rodgers is thrilled that her inspired idea has become an annual event. The reading of poetry and prose is performed by women of all ages who believe poetry is one of the keys to enjoying life. Mistress of ceremonies Cheryl Maddalena will introduce Katherine Baluta, Anna Eaton-Merkle, Fran Finkbeiner, Kitty Fleischman, Trisha Nelson, Susan Richardson, Emily Ryan, Ruth Salter, Kristen Smith and Marti Stephen. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Betty Rodgers at 208-938-3011.

7 p.m., FREE. Hyde Park Meeting Place, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise.

7 sat. – 8 sun.

Bravo, Brava or Bravi

The opera audience may erupt in a barrage of vigorous clapping followed by outbursts of accolades for Opera Idaho's latest offering, a fully staged, modern version of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, often described as "women are fickle" or "they are like that." Director David Cox has updated the story line about testing the limits of faithfulness by making the antagonist Don Alfonso a professor of philosophy. Aided by his loyal social secretary Despina, Alfonso tries to convince his former students, Ferrando and Guglielmo that given the chance, their fiancees, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, will stray.

March 7, 8 p.m., and March 8 at 3 p.m., Tickets prices are $10-$80, 208-345-3531, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise.

7 Saturday

Slip Sliding Away

As wintertime fun fades away and hope for warmer weather springs eternal, all types of fun go down(hill) at the annual Tubapalooza Music and Sled Festival. The 700-foot-long tubing hill with a vertical drop of 85 feet is the perfect testing ground for homemade cardboard sleds to compete in a derby with categories for distance and design. Others strap into lightweight watercraft to test their skills on frozen water during the head-to-head downhill kayak races. Whatever the outcome of the races, participants usually end up in a big pile of smiles after a thrilling run. Food, drink, bonfires and fire dancers keep the party going with music by Finn Riggins and Shotgun Squirrel Project and more. Check out for more details.

4 p.m., FREE. Activity Barn, Highway 55, Moonridge Road, McCall, 208-634-2222,

10 Tuesday

Her story

A group of influential Idaho women are speaking about their career choices in honor of Women's History Month. The panel discussion moderated by Cathy Silak, the new dean of the Idaho Law School and former Idaho Supreme Court justice, includes Boise Democrat Rep. Sue Chew, a pharmacist; Idaho native Rosalie Sorrels, a folk singer and two-time Grammy nominee, and Ann Marie Kaus, a member of the Boise State adjunct faculty and the 2001 NCAA Idaho Sportswoman of the Year. The panel will discuss their influences and offer professional advice.

Noon-1 p.m., $4 adult, $2 seniors, $1 students; FREE for members. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120,

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