Poor Skate • 2nd Annual NW Quest for the Best Band Competition: Singer-Songwriter Night • Big Box Bash 

Thursday 26-Friday 27

Poor Skate Fundraiser Events

Skateboarders and BMX-ers take notice. If you're holding your breath waiting for Boise to get an indoor skate park, Poor Skate's upcoming fundraisers should be on your "to-do" list this week.

Poor Skate is three guys--Kelly Knopp, Kristopher Price and Nolan Hensley--looking to raise dough to open an indoor skate and BMX park for the Boise community. To that end, they are holding a couple of fundraising events that might be work checking out:

Thursday, Jan. 26

Stop by the Venue (right next door to BW's offices) to see a skate and BMX demo event. After the shredding, there will be live music by the PirkQlaters, Wilt Chamberlin's Baby, The Thief of Always and FIghting Bears By Hand. And if that wasn't enough to justify putting a few bucks in the kitty, there will be product giveaways, too.

6-10 p.m. $8 all ages. The Venue, 521 Broad St., 919-0011, www.boisevenue.com.

Friday, Jan. 27

If you can't make it to the Thursday event, or just need more skating, head over to the Main Street Bistro to see a skate and BMX video showcase. No live music, but there will be product giveaways and drink specials.

7-10:30 p.m. $5 (over 21 with ID). Main Street Bistro, 609 Main St., 345-9515.

For more information on what Poor Skate is all about, visit their Web site, www.poorskate.com. You can check out their mission statement, list of donors, upcoming events and even (gasp!) a "blacklist" section.

Friday 27

2nd Annual NW Quest for the Best Band Competition: Singer-Songwriter Night

The Quest for the Best continues. This particular battle of the bands event spans just about every conceivable live music genre this side of light opera. This Friday at the Big Easy, the competition is stiff between singer-songerwriters including Lorey Flynn, Eric Martin, Audra Connolly, Fred Crabtree, David Andrews and Jeremiah James. Come out and enjoy at least one night in this region-wide competition that likely won't leave your ears ringing.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $5. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212, www.bigeasyconcerts.com.

Sunday 29

Big Box Bash

Whether you think you know all the dirt on Wal-Mart, or whether you just think the "dirt" is just commie claptrap, you'll learn something from The High Price of Low Cost Price. Director Robert Greenwald's muckraking documentary is the third in his recent liberal-lubbing trifecta, following Uncovered: The War on Iraq in 2003 and Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism in 2004. As in those popular underground films, the bad guys in The High Price--Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and the store's founders, the Walton family--lurk off-screen in archival footage from newscasts and stockholder meetings. In their stead, Greenwald goes down to the company's bottom rungs: to the employees who worked for Wal-Mart but relied on state governments for health care; to former Wal-Mart managers and corporate cost-cutters who were ordered to alter time sheets, force employees to work off the clock and systematically intimidate prospective unionizers; to the victims of crimes in Wal-Mart's chronically unsupervised parking lots. Greenwald holds no pretense of objectivity, and naturally, some of his messages are more convincing than others. But in states like Idaho, where our legislators are sizing up a fight that has raged in other states for years, it'll be quite an eye-opener to see that health insurance is just the beginning.

Stick around for a discussion after the movie, led by Idaho Sen. Elliot Werk and other members of the Ada County Democrats. Tickets to this fundraiser are available at The Flicks, the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho, and the Ada County Democrats office, 4686 Overland Rd., Suite 266, 331-2128.

5 p.m., $15. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com.

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