Waldo, the perpetually lost, striped-sweater-and-Santa-hat-wearing star of the children's books that have helped raise a generation of kids, is visiting Boise. Where he'll be visiting exactly--in typical Waldo fashion--is open to speculation.
Starting July 1, Waldo can be found at 25 local businesses. For those who can verify Waldo sightings, there are prizes including stickers, book coupons and, after a drawing Wednesday, July 31, at Rediscovered Bookshop, a copy of the six-volume deluxe set of Where's Waldo? books.
Here's how it works: Participants can pick up Find Waldo Local in Boise passports at Rediscovered Bookshop, All About Games, The Record Exchange, The Basque Museum, the Idaho State Capitol Gift Shop and other local establishments. The passports have a list of other locations where Waldo can be spotted, and visitors to those locations will get their passports stamped. Participants submitting the first 100 passports with 20 or more stamps will receive prizes at Rediscovered.
Moving from lost cartoon characters to the lost art of radio storytelling, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance tour is rolling into the Idaho Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 9. Though it won't be a live broadcast show, the two-hour production will include Prairie Home Companion regulars like Keillor, singer Aoife O'Donovan, comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist-mandolinist Richard Kriehn, as well as the News from Lake Wobegon.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. with general admission tickets running $50 per person.
Moving from radio personalities live in person to the people who make up Boise, a new exhibit is opening Friday, July 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sesqui-Shop exploring "the many identities that make Boise unique." Faces of Boise: A Look at Local Identity has compiled more than 200 images from 15 Boise artists, including Melanie Fitton Folwell and Jose Angel Saenz, along with Wingtip Press and The Burns Studio. The collection includes images of modern immigrants, teachers, preachers, farmers, merchants, remarkable Boise women and historic photographs of Boise buildings, businesses and people.
Wondering why the Sesqui-Shop is opening this show on Friday instead of its usual First Thursday throwdown? First Thursday has been canceled this July due to the monthly event falling on Independence Day.