23 Friday – 25 Sunday
Do something new for the Christmas season. Support local artists at the three-day art extravaganza "Art at the Mardi Gras," where the community is invited to enjoy art, entertainment and food. Wander around from booth to booth as the space fills with creative crafters and holiday shoppers. There will be shows by the Idaho Dance Arts Academy and other performing artists. In order to keep the crowd revved up on Friday night, Bonefish and his Orchestra will play at 8:45 p.m., and on Saturday night, bluegrass band Buckskin Bible Revue will be play at 8 p.m. Also, nonprofit organization Zion Mountain Art Glass School of hand-blown glass is sponsoring a toy drive. Bring unwrapped toys to donate to the boys and girls of the Ronald McDonald House.
2-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., FREE, Mardi Gras, Ninth and Myrtle, ArtAtTheMardiGras.com or 208-395-8807.
Warm the Soul
Hand it to the Idaho Foodbank for coming up with creative ways to feed the hungry. The 10th annual Empty Bowls 2007 is a fundraiser that pairs handcrafted pottery with the art of giving. Professional and novice artists from all across the state contribute their wares to the cause. The result is 2,000 one-of-a-kind bowls that can be purchased for $10. But wait, the deal gets tastier. Included in the price of the bowl, buyers receive a hefty ladle of gourmet soups donated by downtown Boise's finest restaurants. Yum. Feels good to give.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bowl prices start at $10, patio of the Brick Oven Bistro, at the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise. 208-336-9643, Ext. 249.
Oh, Christmas Tree
Every year a big, green, pine-scented hint that the holidays are here is carefully placed in the Grove Plaza downtown. Mayor Dave Bieter and his family will officially kick off the holidays by lighting the gargantuan community Christmas tree. Fire up some candles, sing some carols and enjoy holiday food and beverages with like-minded individuals who have accepted that they had best get to shopping.
5-7 p.m., FREE, Grove Plaza, downtown Boise, DowntownBoise.org.
Stage Coach Theatre is opening the season with the comedy Going Bare. Written by Mary Jane Taegel and directed by Don Walker, the story follows obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Jack Ramsay and his trusty wife, Barbara. Just when Dr. Ramsey stops paying the malpractice insurance premiums, he is hit with a bogus lawsuit for $4.2 million. The plan to pull one over on the system involves transferring all assets to Barbara. The catch for the couple is surviving all the deception of a mock divorce, a flock of lawyers and fending off the advances of another woman who has her sights set on the doctor.
7:30 p.m. Thu.; 8:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. matinee, runs Nov. 23-24, 29-30, Dec 1-2, 6-8, $12 Fri. and Sat., $10 on Thu. and Sun., 208-342-2000, StageCoachTheatre.com.
You're a Mean One
Prairie Dog Productions is putting their own spin on a Dr. Seuss classic with holiday performances of "The Grintch" or "How the Winch Stole Christmas," written by Tate S. McCullough. Some of the plot will be familiar; other story lines will be unique. For instance, Elvis seems to make appearances in many of Prairie Dog's productions. The trouble begins when Mindy Lou and Bobby Lou are finalists in the "Cutest Kid in Whoville" contest and become the targets of the Grintch's chagrin toward the whole happy holiday. The production features an all-star local cast including Gary Winterholler as the Grintch, Shawn Manker as Max the Dog, and Michael Murphy as Ol' St. Nick.
7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 23-Sat., Dec. 1, Nampa Civic Center, $7, children and $13, adults, check schedule for show times at NampaCivicCenter.com or 208-468-5555.
Organizers of the second annual Overcome Benefit Concert are calling it O2. The grass-roots effort brings together volunteers, friends and the Rodriguez Family to raise funds for their son, Isaiah. Telling Isaiah's story is a means of bringing hope to others who are fighting childhood cancer and leukemia. Organizations that benefit from a portion of the proceeds include the MSTI Clinic and Child Life at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center. The concert lineup is Anna Sali, Nate Fowler, Jerry Fee, Katie Wilson and bands Bank, A Rotterdam November, Josh Olswanger, Low-Fi and Automated. Tickets are on sale at the Boise Co-op, The Record Exchange, Rembrandts Coffeehouse or Todd Stewart Salon.
7 p.m., $12.50-$25 VIP, The Big Easy, 416 S. Ninth St., OvercomeAml.org.