Weekend in Tibet • City Arts Celebration • The Core's Battle of the Bands: Round 5 

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Weekend in Tibet

Gear up for the Dalai Lama's visit with this introduction to Buddhism in Boise. The art of a pilgrimage will be discussed, as well as the Tibetan marketplace; Spiritual Cinema Nights will show two movies on Buddhism, Chasing the Buddha and In the Heart of Tibet. The lecture "Art of A Pilgrimage" will be presented by the venerable Robina Courtin, an Australian political activist who became a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. She was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1978. Chasing the Buddha, an award-winning documentary made by Courtin's nephew Amiel Courtin-Wilson, documents Courtin's life, activities and includes her work at Kentucky State Prison. She talks about her life and how she came to develop the Liberation Prison Project, which serves prisoners interested in learning meditation and Buddhist ideals.

$5, September 2-3 at 4 p.m. and September 3 at 7 p.m., Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, 388-3884, www.spiritatworkbooks.com.

Saturday 3

City Arts Celebration

The City Arts Celebration kicks off the Fall for Boise celebration, and two-month ballyhoo highlighting the diverse and rich arts, cultural and community events-as well as signaling the beginning of the performing arts season-in this, our fair City of Trees.

Fall for Boise is a grassroots effort by local arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, community partners, downtown businesses and city leadership to highlight, celebrate, promote and build the city's arts community. This, the inaugural year for what should be a long succession of Fall for Boise celebrations, is spearheaded by the Downtown Boise Association in partnership with the Boise City Arts Commission, the mayor's office and assistance from Capital City Development Corporation.

The City Arts Celebration is a family friendly community event with many fun arts-related activities that will definitely provide a rich example of Boise's arts community and leave you excited for the rest of the two-month campaign.

Live performances on the Grove stage will include Darkwood Consort, Fuego Flamenco, the Korean Dancers and Musicians, the Treasure Valley Concert Band, the Kawa Taiko Japanese Drummers and more.

Just for the kids, the Best of Arts for Kids will be held at 12-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. in the northwest spoke of the Grove. Offered are free 45-minute arts workshops for children 3-5 and 6-12 (walk-up registration required). Led by local professional artists, the budding artists will make tie-dyed T-shirts, journals, African gourd rattles and more. Parents need not feel left out: There will be hands-on arts activities for adults, too.

Of course, the Grove will be packed with folk, artisan and traditional arts booths courtesy of Capital City Public Market. Revelers can walk around, check out the art and even buy a piece or two if the fancy strikes.

Throughout the day, there will be raffle drawings (tickets are a buck apiece and proceeds support the 2006 Arts for Kids program) for tickets to area performances in the upcoming season.

The artists won't be starving, either, because all sorts of tasty foods will be available, with ethnic fare from Korea House and other restaurants, potent potables on the patio at the Brick Oven Bistro and grilled burgers and dogs from local Boy Scout Troup 61.

Come out and enjoy great weather, great art and the company of like-minded culture vultures as we celebrate our city's artists and art appreciators alike.

12-9 p.m., FREE, Grove Plaza, downtown.

Saturday 3

The Core's Battle of the Bands: Round 5

For the fifth Saturday in a row, The Core's Battle of the Bands rocks on. 100.3 The X and BW are happy to help present Round Five with performers (in alphabetical order) Cassidy, From This Tourniquet, Halo Envy, Knives Millions, Last Years Heroes, The Living Souls, My Sexy Assassin and The October Tree.

On Saturday, August 27, Round Four brought some kickin' music to the stage with The Sound and The Fury, Wake Up Dead, Sorrows Eve, XhourglassXemptyX, Wakefield Station, Evologic, 12th of Never and Sprockets. Even with some early technical difficulties for one of the bands, it all sounded great. Visit www.thecoreboise.com to see who is moving on to the semi-finals and on to The XFest at the Idaho Center on September 17, which features out-of-towners Presidents of the United States and MXPX among others Battle of the Bands winners on a locals' stage. Tickets for the XFest are only $15 and are available at Paul's Markets.

6 p.m., $8 at the door, all ages (full bar with I.D.), The Core, 1124 W. Front St.

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