28 Friday – 30 Sunday
Bonsai, Orchids and Jazz
Gather a barrelful of ideas for your perfect patio and get educated on everything green at the 12th Annual Boise Flower and Garden Show. Visit more than 150 displays and booths ranging from local nurseries to landscape architects and everything in between. There'll be plenty of opportunities to talk to experts at the orchid display and sale to find out how to keep the delicate flower alive and well. If rare flowers aren't your bag, snag an ancient tree whose growth has been stunted for our amusement at the bonsai exhibit, or bid on a container garden or a lush tree during the auction by the Lunaria League to benefit Idaho's gardens.
Wine will be available to complement the jazz stylings of Frim Fram Four on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Mobius Contemporary Jazz on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. And don't forget to pop in on gardening seminars sponsored by the Idaho Botanical Garden throughout the weekend.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., $7 adults, $2 youth (7-12), FREE for children 6 and younger, Boise Centre on the Grove, downtown Boise, GardenShowBoise.com.
29 saturday – 30 sunday
Get Rolfed Here
After careful consultation with the Oracle, it has become luminously clear that the 2008 Holistic Wellness Faire is the place to discover a less invasive way to wellness. Although bartering is considered an ancient art form in some circles of light, even shamans need to make a living somehow, so there's a small admission for entry. Pay your pittance, break on through (the door) and gain an enhanced awareness of innovative healing methods. Wander blissfully through a vast network of vendors with the overall goal of wholeness of being. Exhibitors will try to catch your third eye with intriguing offerings such as color light therapy, cranial sacral, quantum touch and wellness products like tuning forks, water and air purifiers, and meditation cushions for those extra long om sessions. Focus on the here and now, because that's just the tip of the chakra of goings on at this event. Nejwah's Middle East Dance Troupe will be featured in a belly dancing performance at 2:15 and 4:30 p.m. each day. All things homeo-, hypno- and –ology related are awaiting discovery in this plane of existence conveniently located in the South Expo building.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., $5 general, $3 seniors, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood, Boise, HolisticWellnessFaire.com.
Seeing Bob and the Blind Melon
Blind Melon is back on tour with new lead singer Travis Warren, who joined the original lineup of guitarists Christopher Thorn and Rogers Stevens, bassist Brad Smith and drummer Glen Graham. The rejuvenated band is releasing their first album in 13 years, due out this spring. Touring with them is the multifaceted and easy-on-the-eyes rocker Bob Schneider, who seems to almost reinvent his style with every new venture in music-making. With a discography longer than both of his arms put together, Schneider makes a practice of recording his performances live and offers the crowd a chance to purchase a keepsake CD from the concert. It's an example of crowd and musician making memories together. Buy a ticket to take in the talents of a new and fresh Blind Melon, but go to the show to see Bob Schneider.
8 p.m., $16, The Big Easy, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise.
Captured for Posterity
If you have ever admired an iconic photo of the White House or any related political photograph nationally or internationally, the credit most likely belongs to one Paul Hosefros. In the shot of first lady Hillary Clinton with her perfectly coifed hair while she was testifying in front of a grand jury as part of the Whitewater Investigation in 1996—she is half-smiling at Hosefros behind the camera. The photog donned a gas suit while snapping Marines training in gas suits in Saudi Arabia back in 1990. And Hosefros even got to boss around Ronnie Reagan to get him to strike just the right pose for a shot in the Oval office in the mid-80s. A collection of images captured by The New York Times photographer emeritus are featured in a show titled, "When the President Comes to Town, Images and Thoughts on the American Experience." The photos are on display at the College of Idaho through May 3.
Rosenthal Gallery, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.