Risky Business • Instruments For All • Save the Dave • Making Brown Gold • Check in with the Poles • Going Once, Twice, Sold to the Highest Bidder 

6 Thursday – 9 Sunday

Risky Business

Idaho Dance Theatre's 20th anniversary season begins with Risky Business. Artistic director and choreographer Marla Hansen presents "Tenacious," exploring life's sudden changes. Carl Rowe's "Affinities," features saxophone music and a duet by Kaelen O'Shea and Alia Kelley. Rowe's premiere piece, "Koyunbaba" includes the guitar music of Carlo Domeniconi. Finally, dancer Gonzalo Valdez premieres his work "Ambiance," celebrating the inspirational forces of nature.

Nov. 6-8, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 9 2 p.m. Adults $28; seniors 62 and older $20; students and youth $14. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., 208-331-9592, idahodancetheatre.org.

8 Saturday

Instruments for All

Benefest is a concert with a greater cause—to provide instruments to underprivileged children all over the world. All ages are welcome to enjoy performances by Equaleyes, the Jeremiah James Gang, Steve Meyers and Polyphonic Pomegranate. Organizer Kaylie Hoffman of the nonprofit SMR International Relief Projects joined forces with other humanitarian groups to distribute as many musical instruments as possible. Young musicians all over the world can jam on instruments purchased with funds raised during a silent auction. Bidders can vie for art, tattoos and skydiving. Raffle tickets are $1 each. For more information, e-mail kayhoff78@hotmail.com.

7 p.m., $6, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise.

Save the Date

Think Pink's Concert for the Cure is donating 100 percent of its net funds to the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The lineup of local musicians who jumped at the chance to contribute their time and talents include Smooth Old-Fashioned High, Ned Evett, Bill Coffey and Dan Costello. Concertgoers are encouraged to dress in pink, and if they own a "SAVE THE BOOBS" T-shirt, to wear it with pride. Enjoy raffle prizes and drink specials, and purchase a commemorative concert T-shirt.

8 p.m., $20 online at visualartscollective.com, and $25 door, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, thinkpinkcda.com.

Making Brown Gold

A good compost pile is worth its weight in (brown) gold. Recycling organic materials makes for less trash in the bin and a garden full of lush fruits of labor. Master composter Jennie Rylee leads an informative class for children and adults on techniques to help transform the Treasure Valley soil into a hotbed for growth, including how to create fast-cooking piles with the assistance of red wiggler worms and other garden-friendly bugs.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd., Boise.

11 Tuesday – 13 Thursday

Check in with the Poles

For more than a year, a group of polar researchers have traveled around the United States sharing their discoveries about the north and south poles in a presentation called Polar-Palooza. The multimedia presentation includes props such as a 2,000-year old polar ice core to get people interested in what is happening with the environment and changes in the climate. The scientists—Kathy Licht, Atsu Muto, David Harwood and George Davorki—study glaciers, deep ice core drilling and the landscapes of Antarctica and Alaska. Following Tuesday night's talk on Wednesday the presentation is at the Boise State Special Events Center. At 10:30 a.m., the presentation is for elementary students; at 3 p.m., high school and Boise State students get an earful; and the 7 p.m. show is open to the general public. Catch the last presentation Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Hoff Building, 802 W. Bannock St. For information, visit passporttoknowledge.com/polar-palooza.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., $5 admission; FREE for DCI members, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.

12 Wednesday

Going Once, Twice, SOLD to the Highest Bidder

At the seventh annual Boise Weekly Cover Auction bids will fly fast and furious. All year long, artists submit their work in hopes of appearing on the cover. Chosen artwork is then framed and graces the walls of BW headquarters until the time comes to share it with a wider audience again. The Idaho State Historical Museum will display a preview of the artwork starting First Thursday, Nov. 6. Then on Wednesday, head to the cover auction, pick up a number and with a little luck—and a chunk of money­—take home a piece of local art. Proceeds fund the Boise Weekly Cover Auction Grant, which is awarded to support the creative visions of artists and organizations. Busy that night? Stop by the auction at 5 p.m. to place your advanced bid with the auctioneer.

Doors at 5 p.m., auction at 6 p.m. sharp, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., idahohistory.net.

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