The Tweaksters • Second Annual NW Quest for the Best Band Competition • Martin Luther King Day • Log Cabin Readings and Conversations Series: Marilynne Robinson 

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Friday 13

The Tweaksters

If you don't get enough physical theater in your life, head down to the Nampa Civic Center on Friday for the cure. The Tweaksters are Julia Snyder and Regan Patno, a duo who aims to entertain audiences of all ages with a combination of athletic feats, juggling and acrobatics--as well as a hefty vein of wordless humor running throughout their performances.

Snyder, a personal fitness trainer, and Patno, with a string of television and movie credits, have been tweaking audiences as The Tweaksters for over 10 years. The act has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Drew Carey Show and Home Improvement.

With equal parts whimsy and thrills, this show should entertain young and old alike.

7 p.m., $16 adult, $12 children and students, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa, 465-2252,

Second Annual NW Quest for the Best Band Competition

If you can't get enough of battlin' bands, you need to park your can at the Big Easy this Friday night for the kickoff skirmish in the Second Annual NW Quest for the Best. Get ready to see bands from around the region--not just this valley--face off in a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, alternative, metal, hardcore, punk, indie rock, hip-hop, rap, singer-songwriter, blues and probably everything in between.

BW's own Music Mama, er, music editor, Amy Atkins, will be judging. If she attends too many more of these battles of the bands, she'll make colonel in no time.

Every Friday through February 3, The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212,

Monday 16

Martin Luther King Day

This Monday marks the 20th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day as a federal holiday honoring assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Instead of just taking the day off, you might take a moment to reflect on why we have a holiday recognizing the work and words of the man.

To commemorate Dr. King, the Idaho Black History Museum will hold a Human Rights Celebration. The featured speaker will be Reginald Reeves, the first black graduate of the University of Idaho Law School. He will speak at 1:30 p.m. on his perspective of the influence of King in Idaho. There will also be a performance by flutist Christina Wilson, a Rosa Parks Scholarship recipient and current Boise State student.

The IBHM will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the day's events, which will begin with a march from Boise State University to the Idaho Capitol Building, continuing with a noon event at the Idaho Human Rights Commission. The third installation in the IBHM's "Invisible Idahoan" exhibit will be on display.

Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 433-0017,

In Nampa, the Sixth Annual Human Rights Day Luncheon will be held at the Nampa Civic Center. This year's keynote speaker will be the Honorable Sergio Gutierrez. Nampa Mayor Tom Dale will also speak, and the Idaho Arts Charter School will perform a musical presentation. "The Dream is Alive" is this year's theme.

Noon, $5 with $1 service fee (admission includes lunch buffet), Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa, 468-5555,

Tuesday 17

Log Cabin Readings and Conversations Series: Marilynne Robinson

Pulitzer Prize winner and Idaho native Marilynne Robinson will appear at the Egyptian Theatre this Tuesday as part of the Log Cabin Literary Center's "Readings and Conversations" series. Another award-winning Idaho writer, Anthony Doerr, will speak as well.

For a more in-depth article on the event, see Arts News on page 20.

For more information about the Log Cabin Literary Center's "Readings and Conversations" series and for a link to an interview with Robinson on NPR's Fresh Air, visit

7:30 p.m., $27 members, $30 non-members, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454,

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