Take a Joy Ride • Impressive Collection • Earth Days • Take it to the Top • Final Slam • Lights, Hair, Makeup, Action • Up With Nicole 

17 thursday – 20 sunday

Take a Joy Ride

The Idaho Dance Theatre completes its 19th season with "Joy Ride." Marla Hansen collaborates with world-famous artist Saul Bernstein, whose original painting will be projected while dancers move to the music of Apocalyptica. Hansen's other creation of contrasts, Catch features the dance company paired up to the music of Nik Bartsch's Ronin. Carl Rowe commissioned an original score by Jim Cockey, which will be performed by the Langroise Trio in a dance loosely inspired by Homer's The Odyssey. Rowe's second dance features movements set to percussion. Also, there's a new work by company dancer Yurek Hansen.

The last chance to see the show is on April 20 at a 2 p.m. matinee.

8 p.m., $26 adults, $12 seniors/students, Boise State SPEC, 1800 University Dr., Boise. Tickets available at the door, in advance by calling 208-331-9592 or at idahodancetheatre.org.

19 Saturday

Impressive Collection

National Record Store Day is being celebrated in Boise by a handful of local celebrities working the scene as guest clerks at The Record Exchange. The festivities kick off with the Soul Groovement breakdancers, followed at 3 p.m. by Jeremiah James and his band. At 4 p.m., the cool kids from the Vinyl Preservation Society will spin some records and Kris Doty performs at 5 p.m. Dough Martsch and Brett Netson go on at 7 p.m. Wrist bands are the golden tickets for their electric set, so plan ahead kids, because packing into the store late would be like attempting to cram a full-length vinyl album into a CD player. Not a good fit.

1 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, therecordexchange.com.

Earth Days

Get in on the green scene. Avoid the fear of Gore and instead strike a positive chord with Mother Earth. In Boise and beyond, there are plenty of things to do to show support of Earth Day this weekend and every day. Idaho Earth Fest 2008, organized by The Wilderness Society, Idaho Rivers United and the Sierra Club with help from Idaho Earth Institute, to name a few of the participating organizations, offers community projects all over the place. Take a look at some of the projects at idahoearthfest.org.

Beginning at 9 a.m., don some work gloves to prune, rake and restore Eagle Island State Park. Volunteers are rewarded with a clean environment plus barbecue pork sandwiches, potato salad, chips and drinks. Visit carpetoneboise.com to sign up for a specific project.

There's an Earth Day Work Day at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge to clean up and improve the wildlife habitat at Lake Lowell. Register in advance by calling 208-467-9278 or e-mailing deerflat@fws.gov to be assigned to a project. More information at fws.gov/deerflat.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., support community gardens for international refugees in Boise by working on the Silver Sage Girl Scout Garden. For more information, e-mail kpainter@idahorefugees.org.

Take it to the Top

The 16th annual Boise State "Buck Off" climbing competition hosted by Boise State's Outdoor Program is a big draw for climbers and onlookers alike. The event regularly brings out nearly 100 competitors and double the spectators. The popular competition features categories for youth, beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers. The challenge for climbers is to both visualize the best way up the 37-foot wall and harnessing the will and physical requirements necessary to make it to the top. Besides the thrill of the climb and making connections with other enthusiasts, a raffle with prizes and coveted climbing gear begins at 4 p.m.

9 a.m., $22 preregister or $27 on-site, Boise State Climbing Gym, 1515 University Dr., Boise, rec.boisestate.edu, 208-426-1946.

21 Monday

Final Slam

Give those poets a microphone. Eight poets enter and only four will remain to rap another day. Who will represent Boise in the national competition against 73 other teams this August in Wisconsin? This is just one of the many questions to be answered during the final event of the Poetry Slam DeLux. The finalists are Tara Brenner, Janelle Wilson, Brandon Follett, Cody Spanbauer, Kristen Smith, Jenn Siegel, Jessica Raper and Cheryl Maddalena. Bay Area grand-slam champ Jason Bayani performs halfway through the contest, and then the competition rages on until the final word is spoken. Audience participation is encouraged; the judges for the night are selected randomly from the crowd.

8 p.m., $8, Neurolux, 113 N. 13th St., Boise, boisepoetry.com.

22 tuesday

Lights, Hair, Makeup, Action

The winning combination of melodic voices coming from beautiful Irish women in flowing evening gowns has made the international touring group Celtic Woman a hit with audiences everywhere. The new album is called A New Journey, and doubles as a showcase for the talents of the four soloists accompanied by a violinist, as well as a celebration of a country's strength and solidarity. Ireland smiles while the women tour the world, stopping for meet and greets and, according to their tour diary, downing caffeine-fueled beverages from Starbucks to keep them peppy.

7:30 p.m., $32-$57 Taco Bell Arena, Boise State campus, idahotickets.com, 208-426-1494.

23 Wednesday

Up With Nicole

Join Nicole Lemas, a voice heard all over Boise and soon to be heard all over the world, for her benefit concert to raise funds to travel with the international musical show, "Up with the People." The program helps improve international relations in a unique way by bringing musically talented people to every corner of the world.

The evening starts with a spaghetti dinner and then host Cherie Buckner-Webb queues the music. The live band is Billy Mitchell on trumpet, Lawson Hill on drums, Randy Coryell on piano and Terry Hill on bass. E-mail Nicole at UpWithNicole@gmail.com and check her out on youtube.com/UpWithNicole.

6 p.m., $15 adult, $10 child, Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise.

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