We've Got You Covered • The State of Israel • Zip It • Fire Choir 

We've got you covered

It's time to pull the push pins out of those yellowing BW covers you have tacked to your bedroom wall, fold them gently and place them in your keepsake box next to the TigerBeat pullouts of Hanson. Now that you're all grown up, you can afford to buy some real art.

Luckily, we've got just the event to kick-start your burgeoning collection: The Boise Weekly Annual Cover Auction. With framed originals of every lovely image that has graced our cover over the past year, the BW Cover Auction offers pieces large and small to fit every budget. In addition, there will also be a complete "The Deal" deck up for grabs. The quick-tongued Johnna Wells, professional auctioneer, will lead the evening's gavel-pounding, which funds the second annual Boise Weekly Art Grant program.

So, throw on your glitziest duds and head to the Idaho State Historical Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. sharp for music by Anna Sali and non-snobby art auctioning as only BW can do it: loud, proud and slightly buzzed.

Wednesday., Nov. 12. Doors at 5 p.m., auction at 6 p.m. sharp. FREE. For information, call 208-344-2055. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., 208-334-2120, idahohistory.net/museum.

The State of Israel

Why not prolong the excitement from the Cover Action with a performance by the Boise Philharmonic sure to build your faith in the power of the human spirit? "Journey of Courage and Hope" combines two orchestral powerhouses, one a classic and the other sure to be one soon.

The concert features Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5, which takes listeners on an emotional ride, from the depths of sadness to the heights of celebration.

A more modern take on the human experience will round out the evening, with a performance of Vessels of Courage and Hope by guest composer and Israeli-born Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran.

This particular composition was commissioned in 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. It's inspired by the story of the SS President Warfield, which ferried Holocaust survivors to Palestine in 1947, where they eventually established Israel.

This is the Treasure Valley's chance to meet Ran, who will be at both weekend concerts.

Pre-show lecture Friday, Nov. 14, noon, Temple Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St.; performance, 8 p.m., Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa; Saturday, Nov. 15, 8:15 p.m., Morrison Center. For tickets and information, check out boisephilharmonic.org

Zip It

Lauren Weedman is returning to Boise Contemporary Theatre for the debut of her new play No ... You Shutup. Following 2007's BUST, which she also performed at BCT, No ... You Shutup finds Weedman tackling issues like marriage, kids and career from her cringingly candid yet wholly human perspective.

Though Weedman has appeared on TV shows like The Daily Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Reno 911, she's at her most hilariously exuberant when interacting with a live theater audience. We recommend getting your tickets in advance; this one's likely to sell out. Check back next week for an interview with Weedman.

Preview Nov. 19-21, 8 p.m., $12-$30, opens Nov. 22 and runs through Dec. 13. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit bctheater.org.

Fire Choir

Grab a steaming cup of spiced cider and warm up those vocal chords: the Idaho Botanical Garden is looking for carolers to entertain crowds at this year's Winter Garden aGlow. With strung lights and roaring bonfires, the garden's oozing holiday warmth will have even the Scroogiest soprano singing "Silent Night" with gusto. Carolers are needed from Thanksgiving through Jan. 3, 2009, and receive free admission.

2355 N. Penitentiary Road. For more information, please call 208-343-8649, or contact Julia Rundberg at julia@idahobotanicalgarden.org.

—Tara Morgan and Deanna Darr

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