As I mentioned a few days ago, Boise’s Basque community announced the creation of a new initiative – Auzolan. Businesses and organizations that call The Basque Block their home are using this initiative not only to benefit the Block as a whole, but Boise and the surrounding areas as well.
The Basque Museum is going to be very busy this February with activities ranging from field trips to mus lessons, and singing and dancing in between, and the Basque Block Thursday Schedule is just about ready to published. Here you have some of the programs from the Basque Museum & Cultural Center. For a full Basque Block Calendar, please check out thebasqueblock.com.
February, 2014 – Activities
Monday, February 3, 7pm – Santa Ageda Celebrations – The Basque language students would like to invite you to sing with them at the Basque Museum. The lyrics and the sticks will be provided. No need to know the song ahead of time or be Basque to attend, so bring your friends and family. If possible, please wear white and blue since this are the traditional colors worn to celebrate this day.
Tuesdays in February, 6pm (Feb 4, 11, 18 & 25) – Mus Lessons – The Basque Museum, along with the Basque Center would like to offer lessons in the popular Basque card game, Mus. Those interested should meet at the Basque Museum at 6pm. We will learn the basics and then have the chance to play with others. February 18, we will be in the card room of the Basque Center, but otherwise, meet at the Museum.
Thursday, February 6, 5:30pm – First Thursday – Also the start of Basque Block Thursdays, sponsored by Auzolan. Join the Basque Museum & Cultural Center for free admission, local Basque musicians beginning at 6:30pm, and free guided tours of the CJU House. The Intermediate Basque language class will also be joining us at about 7:15 for some singing. Other Basque Block businesses will be open late with food and drink specials, and at 8pm Amuma Says No will be playing in the bar of Leku Ona. So many opportunities to join us for Basque Block Thursdays!
Wednesday, February 12 – 7:15pm – Join Boise State Basque Studies in celebrating Jeff Elorriaga, senior guard, and fellow Basque, as he finishes out his senior year with Boise State Basketball. His grandfather, John Elorriaga, honorary doctorate recipient at Boise State will be there as well to cheer for the Broncos. There will also be a half time performance by the Oinkari Basque Dancers. Call 208.426.4737 and ask for the Basque Group Discount when you purchase your tickets. Don’t forget your ikurrina!
Saturday, February 8, 9am-3pm – Field Trip to Peterson Sheep Ranch in Emmett, Idaho – We will be taking a bus to Emmett from the Basque Museum on Saturday to see the Peterson Sheep Ranch during the peak of their lambing season. John and Anita will show us around the ranch, especially the lambing sheds. We will stop for lunch in Emmett and return home by about 3pm. Call 577.2250 to save your bus seat – there are only a few left!
Thursday, February 20, 5:30pm – Part of Basque Block Thursdays, the Basque Center, and Oinkari Alumni will be holding Basque dance lessons the third Thursday of each month. This Thursday, they will be working on Lantzeko Zortzikoa as well as others. You do not need to have any experience in Basque dancing, or any other dancing for that matter, just a willingness to try something new and fun! Dance lessons will take place in the main hall of the Basque Center.
Saturday, February 22, 3:30pm – “Basques in the West”, a documentary about Basque immigrants and their influence on the Western United States. This will be played in the Basque Center card room. In the making for years, it is sure to be a great story of not only Basque immigrants, but the story of the United States in general.
Saturday, February 22, 4:30pm – Joko Garbi Exhibition Game. Joko Garbi, literally The Clean Game, will be played at the Anduiza Fronton. The players are traveling from the Basque Country and will be competing in Boise and San Fransisco before returning to the Basque Country.
Thursday, February 27, 5:30pm – Part of Basque Block Thursdays, Boise State Basque Studies and the Basque Center will be sponsoring “Berbetan” the fourth Thursday of each month. This Thursday, Dr. Dave Lachiondo will be leading the discussion on the article written by attorney Mark Bieter entitled, “The Rise & Fall of ETA”. The bar will be open to the public and we encourage everyone to join in on this heated topic!
The Basque Market also serves pintxos from 4-8pm and paella at 6pm every Thursday – don’t miss out!
Bar Gernika is open every Thursday from 11am – 12 midnight for any late-night snacks.
Bardenay is also open every Thursday from 11am to 11pm for food and later for drinks.
- Auzolan: New Boise’s Basque Block Initiative
- Muse wanted – w4m – 40 (Anywhere)