The Hills Are Alive • A Tale as Old as Time • Join the Tea Party • Just Around the River Bend • Playing It By Ear 

The Hills Are Alive

As a part of its Second Saturday series, the Foothills Learning Center will host a free exhibit titled "The Foothills as Art" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. Local artists like painter Carl Rowe, graphic designer and muralist Ward Hooper, sculptor Ben Love, photographer Diane Ronayne and silk-screener Brian Schreiner will display work inspired by the Boise Foothills.

In addition to an abundance of kids' art projects, the event will also include the unveiling of Penny Postcard artist Mark Baltes' new sculpture, Aero Agoseries. The piece is a giant sculpture of a native mountain dandelion that will be installed in the raised island of the Foothills Center's parking area.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m., FREE, Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd. For more information, call 208-514-3755.

A Tale as Old as Time

After President Bush made the inciting proclamation "you're either with us, or you're against us" in 2003, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney was inspired to write a contemporary rendition of the Sophocles classic, Antigone. Alley Repertory Theater's production of Heaney's The Burial at Thebes will examine the precarious balance between national security and civil liberties. With the presidential elections looming less than a month away, ART hopes to spark a dialogue over the role of a national leader in times of crisis.

The exclusive preview of The Burial at Thebes premieres Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Visual Arts Collective and will benefit the ACLU of Idaho.

Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $10, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage Ave., Garden City. For more information, call 208-388-4278 or visit alleyrepertorytheater.clamcity.com.

Join the Tea Party

The Shangri-La Tea Room, Boise's only vegetarian and vegan restaurant, features a one man show of Asian-inspired digital images by Gary E. Richardson. "Oriental Impressions" opened Tuesday, Oct. 7

Reception, Thursday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m., FREE, Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Rd.

Just Around the River Bend

Tom's of Maine, an all-natural personal hygiene company, has expanded its do-goodery beyond creating fresh breath and armpits. Tom's is inviting "river heroes" from around the country to submit a video of their work spent protecting local rivers. As the Web site notes, "40 percent of America's rivers, lakes and estuaries are unsuitable for such basic uses as fishing and swimming."

To change that, Tom's has partnered with American Rivers and the River Network to form the Rivers Awareness Partnership program to draw attention to people who have taken an active role to help improve water quality in their communities.

River Stories video contestants are asked to submit a YouTube video no longer than 10 minutes or 100 MB in size chronicling their volunteer efforts on the river-conservation front by the October 31 deadline. One eco-conscious grand-prize winner will drive away with a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid.

For more information, visit tomsofmaine.com/savingrivers.

Playing It By Ear

Boise Contemporary Theater launches its 12th season with Jenny Schwartz's new play God's Ear. Quirky characters like G.I. Joe, the Tooth Fairy and a transvestite flight attendant add a surreal quality to the play's somber subject matter—the disintegration of a couple's marriage after the death of their son.

God's Ear originally premiered in New York and will be directed in Boise by Patrick McNulty.

Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $12-$30, Fulton Street Center for the Arts, 854 Fulton St. For more information and to buy tickets, call 208-331-9224 or visit bctheater.org.

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