Peak Perspectives • Happy Howl-o-ween • Flourish with Finesse • Cause and Effect • Out of the Frying Pan • Mainstream Alternatives 

17 Wednesday

Peak Perspectives

In climbing, the phrase "the sharp end" refers to the leading end of a climbing rope, where the most danger lies. Come and watch two of the world's best climbers, Micah Dash and Ed Viesturs, wow the audience with high-altitude tales of triumph and inspirational ascents all accompanied by breathtaking photos, as part of their Sharp End Tour.

Their climbing resumes boast accomplishments too many to list. Dash has many significant ascents under his belt having conquered El Capitan multiple times. Viesturs harnesses lessons about teamwork while clinging to a cliff with a partner, and has made a point to shed light on the effects of global warming in Antarctica. Notable climbs include Dash's first ascent of the Shafaat Fortess, a previously unconquered big wall in the Indian Himalayas in August of this year, and Viesturs' 18-year project called Endeavor 8000, in which he reached the summits of all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, including Annapurna, one of the world's most treacherous peaks.

7 p.m., tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Student Union Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., 208-426-2628

Happy Howl-o-ween

Go in character and deck out your four-legged friends in spooky costumes because it's yappy hour at Northwest Pets. Enjoy treats for people and their furry sidekicks, along with wine for sale from The Winery at Eagle Knoll. Capture the moment in a photo available for purchase at the end of the evening. It's a fundraiser benefiting Northwest Animal Companions with the goal to build "Almost Home," a no-kill animal sanctuary in the Boise area.

7-9 p.m., $5, Northwest Pets, 3060 E. State St., Eagle, Idaho. 208-939-8119, NorthwestPets.org or NacIdaho.org.

20 Saturday

Flourish with Finesse

Special guests from Salt Lake City will be featured at this month's Halloween-themed orange and black contra dance. Nationally accomplished caller Brenda Goodwin guides new and experienced dancers through different moves with live music by The Jomoka Band. The musicians are Brian Salisbury (violin), Bonnie Baty (viola and accordion), Craig Forster (bass, utogardon, flute and the cimbalom, a large Hungarian hammered dulcimer) and Tom Goodwin (double bass and viola).

For $5 participants can attend an intermediate/advanced contra workshop taught by Goodwin beginning at 6 p.m. Organizers of the event say that the experience of contra dancing raises the collective dance skill levels of the whole community by teaching timing, how to dance with smooth intensity and by mastering techniques to give good weight so that dancers who excel end up in high demand.

7:30 p.m., new dancer orientation and the dance begins at 8 p.m., $7 adults, $3 for children ages 10-18. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave. For more information, call 208-331-8529 or e-mail boisecontradance@fastem.com.

21 Sunday

Cause and Effect

Centolia Maldonado Vasquez is the guest speaker for Witness for Peace, a politically independent, nonviolent organization that takes action to represent those seeking justice in Latin America. As an indigenous woman from Oaxaca, Mexico, she has firsthand knowledge of the recent popular uprising in Oaxaca. Vasquez will discuss how globalization, economic models and trade policy have contributed to the current conflict and social movement, as well as many Mexicans' decisions to migrate to the United States. Professional translation will be provided.

7 p.m., Hyde Park Mennonite Church, 1520 N. 12th St., WitnessForPeace.org

22 monday

Out of the Frying Pan

Inside one hour, Iron Chef IV mixes one secret ingredient, two kitchens and creates three dishes. Guest chefs will pair up with a couple of celebrities prepping as their sous chefs in a mad dash to raise money for worthy causes. The winning kitchen gets an additional $1,000. Chef Jon Mortimer of Mortimer's teams up with Kristin Armstrong, Olympic bike rider and world champion, in Beck's Beers Kitchen for the Treasure Valley YMCA. Gino of Gino's is whipping up something special with Boise State Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Hendrick, in the Stella Artois Kitchen for The Special Olympics of Idaho. All attendees are ensured a prime seat in front of a big screen and will receive a complimentary buffet provided by Incredible Edibles and Sysco Foods of Idaho.

7 p.m., $25, The Egyptian Theater, 700 W. Main St., 208-484-9049

23 Tuesday

Mainstream Alternatives

Dr. Helen Caldicott has dedicated the last 35 years to educating people about the risks of the nuclear age. Recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the most influential women of the 20th century, she is a tireless advocate for the environment and alternative energy sources. Caldicott promotes making little changes like turning down the thermostat and relying less on energy-sucking appliances and dangerous sources of energy like nuclear power plants. She has received many awards for her work and lectures all across the United States and her homeland of Australia. Her book, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, covers topics such as carbon emissions and the costs of generating power through nuclear plants.

Besides being huge eyesores peppered precariously across the landscape, Caldicott argues that the medical repercussions of nuclear power are real and often underestimated by mainstream media. In Boise, the energy issue hits even closer to home, now that a nuclear power plant is proposed for construction 40 miles outside of Boise.

7 p.m., FREE, Boise State University Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., park at University and Lincoln. HelenCaldicott.com.

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