Idaho State University’s Department of Art will hold its 5th annual Art a la Carte dinner and auction Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Building. Proceeds will help raise money for student scholarships and visiting artists. The event includes a $7 chili dinner and silent art auction, which will auction off art made by students including jewelry, ceramics, prints, sculptures, paintings and wearables. There will also be art demonstrations going on in studios, as well as a children’s art activity. For more information, contact ISU’s Department of Art at 282-2361, or go to www.isu.edu/art/visiting-artists–events.
The ISU women’s basketball hosts Sacramento State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Reed Gym, with a Saturday matchup against Portland State at 2 p.m. The Bengals are locked in a standings tie with four other teams who are vying for position to get a bye in the first round of the Big Sky tournament. Game tickets run $5 to $12 and can be purchased online at www.isu.edu/tickets or at the Reed Gym ticket office, which opens one hour before the games.
The 40th annual Simplot Games will be held Thursday through Saturday at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena, having become one of the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field events with 2,100 athletes from 19 different states, along with Canada and Australia. Events run from 4:30 to 10:30 Thursday, with scheduled events from 9 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All are welcome to come and watch, with no admission charge
The weekend feature at the Bengal Theater is “Justice League” showing Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9:45 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 and 7 p.m. The DC Universe comes alive as their signature heroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash team up to fight against a new intergalactic threat: Steppenwolf and his parademons. Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID.
The 12th annual Nepalese Night dinner is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom, with food from Nepal, along with cultural performances, music, dance and drama for the event. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 for students, $9 for faculty and staff, and $10 for the public. All tickets purchased at the door are $10. The event is sponsored by the Nepalese Student Association, Idaho State University College of Business, ISU Credit Union, the Associated Students of ISU, Pond Student Union and the Himalayan Craft and Smoke Shop. Tickets are on sale in the Pond Student Union and Rendezvous Complex. For more information, call 208-242-7341 or email [email protected].
The Idaho State University Chinese Students Association will celebrate Chinese Night and the Lunar New Year from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. Resumed after a two-year hiatus, the event will feature a dinner of authentic Chinese cuisine and performances including the lion dance, kung-fu shows, Chinese folk dances, traditional Chinese instruments, a raffle and a fashion show. Tickets will be sold at the Pond Student Union and Rendezvous Complex from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Prices for advanced tickets purchased are $8 for ISU students, $9 for ISU faculty and staff, $10 for the general public, or $10 at the door on the night of the event. For more information, contact Wenxiang Zhu at 282-2998 or [email protected].
Looking ahead to next week, the award-winning 2017 film “Straws” will be shown Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Wood River room at the Pond Student Union, a focused study of one of the most common plastic products associated with the fast-food industry, accompanied by short clips on the struggles of birds and fish in a plastic-filled world. Following the screening, several panelists will discuss challenges in using plastic more sustainably in our immediate Pocatello area and farther afield. The discussion will be moderated by Curt Whitaker, professor of English at ISU, and is co-sponsored by ISU’s Department of English and Philosophy, the English Graduate Student Association and Portneuf Valley Audubon. Admission is free.
And Oscar-nominated “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” will be shown Feb. 25 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. in the Bengal Theater. Nominated for best actor, Denzel Washington stars as an idealistic lawyer whose life goes topsy turvy when his partner dies and the business is co-opted by another firm. Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff or free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/roman.
Bob Devine is the coordinator for the Pocatello Film Society. If you would like your campus related event included in future columns, please send information to Bob at [email protected].