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Hit the slopes from your seat at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

SUNDAY-TUESDAY FEB. 5-FEB.7 adrenaline BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Twenty bucks can take you trekking through the Ennedi Desert of Chad, gliding from a launch pad on the side of Mt. Everest, protecting bear country from destruction, journeying on the epic path of Genghis Khan and ... of course, gliding through the most glorious expressions of the four seasons on mountain bikes, kayaks and skis. An Andrew Jackson won’t literally transport you across the globe but the stunning cinematography and wild story lines that always make a trip to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will make you feel like you’ve been around the globe. Presented by the Boise Nordic Foundation the tour inspires the adventurers and extreme sportspeople within all of us. Selected from approximately 300 films, this year’s Banff tour in Boise features more than 20 award-winning films, shown over the course of three days. In addition to kayaking, mountain biking and other warmer-weather outdoor adventures, the tour will also feature a number of films that include snowfriendly sports, with films like All.I.Can, Ski Bums Never Die and Seasons: Winter. But the tour is about more than getting your adrenaline flowing. This year’s films move beyond the fun, hallmark sports films that inspired Banff. Boise’s tour stop also features a number of films that examine life-changing experiences, like Chasing Water, which follows National Geographic photojournalist Pete McBride as he uncovers the lifeblood of the American West, and The Freedom Chair, which showcases the life of skier Josh Dueck after a ski accident changes his life. But wait there’s more: Every year the Boise Nordic Foundaiton puts on arguably the best raffle and silent auction of the winter. Among the items you can bid on is a trip to Bend WinterFest from Boise Weekly that includes two tickets to the event, two nights of accommodation, two lift tickets to Mt. Bachelor and more. Visit to win tickets to Banff Mountain Film Festival and for details on the Bend Winterfest package. 6 p.m., $17 adv., $20 door, $13 students and seniors, $45 three-day pass. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-3871273,

Poetry Regional Deathmatch, going down at Neurolux on Saturday, Feb. 4. Four of Idaho’s finest wordsmiths will face off against teams from Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Salt Lake City, to determine who is most fit to head to Charlotte, N.C., for a shot at the national title. The winning city


also gets bragging rights as the coolest and most poetrynurturing metropolis this side of the Great Salt Lake, or, as the event’s organizers put it, for “interstellar poetry dominance.” The judging pool is selected from members of the audience, and competitors are given a time limit to deliver

Have a tail-waggingly good time at Everything is Terrible!

TUESDAY FEB. 7 awful EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE! The psychotic, hilarious world of Everything is Terrible! Presents DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez! (tell us you read that and didn’t smile) will head to Boise for an evening of discarded VHS goodness on Tuesday, Feb. 7. It’s estimated that more than 6 billion VHS tapes pepper landfills across the globe. That’s terrible. The same old Danielle Steel novels adapted to film pop up in thrift stores around the country. That’s terrible. And while American society has moved from BETA to VHS to DVD to Blu-Ray, you can still find Pay it Forward in every Walmart in the country. This, too, is terrible. In fact, everything is terrible, and the VCRloving Internet-addicts over at Everything is Terrible! know it. In their endeavor to rid the world of all those miles and miles of VHS film, the EIT! crew members scour knick-knack shops across the nation looking for ill conceived movies with super strange scenes. They splice these scenes up helter skelter and create their own full-length films. Past creations include an old time medicine show and a stranger danger after-school special. For DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez!, the gang has culled only dog-related found footage in a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain from 1973. After sifting through hours of flicks like Air Bud and All Dogs Go to Heaven, EIT! created a schizophrenic canine adventure. The result is a weird look at what all our collective society has done in film for (and to) pooches. This time, EIT! is touring alongside its film for an accompanying live performance, complete with full-body mascot costumes and furry performance art accoutrements. It should be a tail-waggingly good time. 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

their verses. The teams will be judged on a point scale, and whoever ends up with the most points is crowned Northwest Champion. There will be 16 poets total, three of whom previously competed as finalists in the National Poetr y Slam competition. A spot in nationals is a pretty serious accomplishment—it’s the

Being the first kid on the block with a “Let’s Get Ready to Rapture” T-shir t is pretty cool, until you realize that it will just end up on the trash heap. And by heap, we mean the pile where piles go to die—the end-of-the-world heap. If it’s not on your calendar yet, you may want to circle Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, the end-date of the 5,125-year-long Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar. Don’t worr y if you’re not up to speed on what that means—you can catch up at, where you can also learn about celebrity believers like Woody Harrelson, Britney Spears and Smashing Pumpkins. But the website’s best attraction has to be 2012 Official Stuff, an Armageddon gift shop. There are plenty of T-shir ts (our fave is “Yeah! It’s Comin’” with a huge ball of fire hur tling toward Ear th), lots of books and videos (yes, they have 2012, the laughable John Cusack film), a gas mask and a two-person sur vival kit (can you say Valentine’s Day?). But the winner has to be the Apocalypse Teddy Bear. The adorably plush white bear spor ts a snug T-shir t that urges you to “Save the Date. It May Be Your Last!” It retails for $18 and will be available only while supplies (or the planet) lasts. —George Prentice

largest team per formance poetr y event in the world and features poets from all over the continent. So expect these slammers to bring the big guns and big lines. It’s going to be a poetic blood bath. 8 p.m., $5 entr y, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. 208343-0886,

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Boise Weekly Vol. 20 Issue 32  

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Boise Weekly Vol. 20 Issue 32  

Idaho's Only Alternative