Sun Valley Ski Tour • Turn Your House Into a Home • Poet at the Cabin 

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thursday 11-Sunday 14

Ski tour kicks off in sun valley

This week kicks-off the North American Honda Ski Tour featuring world-class competition in half-pipe and skiercross. Hosting everything from a film festival to fashion shows, photo competitions, family events, parties and over 30 musical performances--it's a weekend worth putting another 172 miles on your car, worth working a couple extra shifts for the cash and definitely worth the trek considering the overflow of snowy, musical, festive entertainment.

The tour begins in Sun Valley this weekend and will follow in a succession of America's top resorts, including Breckenridge, Colorado, Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, and Squaw Valley, California.

In 2005, cofounders of the event, Kipp Nelson and Steve Brown, decided their passion and enthusiasm for ski competitions was enough to make their ski-tour vision a reality and started gathering a crew of ski industry veterans that would help them get there. The launch of the ski-tour comes at an optimal time, encouraging Nelson and Brown's hope that skiercross and skier half-pipe will join snowboard cross at the 2010 Olympics.

After the hill, attendees can hit base camp, where they'll find musical performances by bands and DJs, including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Blackalicious, The Wailers, Hinder, Donavon Frankenreiter, DJ Logic, DJ Jillian Ann, Swollen Members, Kamphire Collective and more.

Jan.11-14. Visit www.theskitour.com for a detailed schedule of events. All access passes and individual tickets available through Ticketweb. Call 800-965-4827 or visit Ticketweb.com. Sun Valley, Idaho.

friday 12

Turn Your House into a Home

Disregard all those other guidelines about making a house into a home--what a house really needs to become a home is just a little bit of sweetening. Fortunately, Home Sweet Home, Idaho's largest trade show, has arrived in time to divulge some of its sweet secrets to buying and building a home ... not a house.

The show provides the perfect opportunity for home builders, buyers, owners and interested parties to meet with builders, exchange design ideas and consult with financial experts.

Fri., Jan. 12, 5-9 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $3 adults, $5 couples, FREE children under 12, www.spectraproductions.com. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St. (Fairgrounds), Boise.

Poet at The Cabin

This week, poet Kim Stafford leads the Cabin Craft Talk, part of a new series that offers the public an opportunity to exchange thoughts, ideas and writing forays with professional writers from varying backgrounds and writing styles. Mr. Stafford's talk entitled "The Muses Among Us," is named after one of his books that highlights a writer's ability to gather material from observing the world around them.

"I'm not a writer, but a listener, eavesdropper, taster, connoisseur. I'm not a teacher, but a learner, a companion to learners. I'm not a reader, but a traveler, a collector of stories."

Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College and author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft and Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford.

Fri., Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. $5 members and students, $10 general. The Cabin, 801 S. Capital Blvd., Boise, www.thecabinidaho.org, 331-8000.

wednesday 17

Irish All Over

The Chieftains, Ireland's most famous Celtic group, hit the Morrison Center stage for an engaging performance.

In 1962, founder and front man Paddy Moloney gathered a group of local musicians and produced a sound that resembled traditional Irish instrumental music. Since their introduction 42 years ago, they have produced over 42 albums, some of which include collaborations with musicians Van Morrison, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tom Jones, Sinead O'Connor and others. Winners of six Grammy awards and 19 Grammy nominations, The Chieftains remain the most enduring musical force behind Celtic music. Members of the band include Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhrán), Matt Molloy (flute, tin whistle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Seán Keane (fiddle, tin whistle).

Wed., Jan. 17, 8 p.m. $35.50-$45.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise State University, Boise, 208-426-1110.

Jesse Jackson at Boise State

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and political figures, presents this year's keynote address "With Justice for All: Human Rights and Civil Rights at Home and Abroad." The talk will be American Sign Language interpreted. A book signing and reception following the event.

Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. FREE. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 426-1900, www.tacobellarena.com.

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