Moo at the Zoo
When we remembered Zoo Boise's upcoming Ice Cream Zoofari--the last one of the season, too--we hardly got past the part about "ice cream." But think about it: This kid-themed event might be something you could take your own offspring to ... and actually enjoy. The after-hours Zoofari includes live music, a look around the zoo and Maggie Moo's Ice Cream. What's not to like?
The cost includes admission, a hot dog, chips, a soft drink and that ice cream treat, too, with all proceeds benefitting zoo improvements and animal care.
5:30-8:30 p.m. $6.75 adults, $6 children age 4 and older, $3 children age 3 and under. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., 384-4125, www.cityofboise.org/parks.
Feed Your Soul
What began as simple sustenance on which African-American slaves survived has evolved into one of the most recognizable and popular forms of modern American cuisine--better know as soul food. This year, Boise celebrates its 14th annual Soul Food Extravaganza with all the food and entertainment necessary for a proper good time. Harold Melvin's Blue Notes will serenade the crowd, while nearly a dozen vendors, including Life's Kitchen, Chef Roland's Cajun Cuisine, B and B Soul Food and Nagel Beverage cook up brisket, ribs, slaw, pulled pork, fried chicken, corn bread, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, black eyed peas, fried catfish, BBQ chicken, collard greens, pecan pie, lemon cake, sweet potato pie ... (trust us, the list goes on and on and on). And of course, there will be enough sweet tea to slake the thirst of every person north (and west) of Dixie.
11:45 a.m.-8 p.m. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd. For more information and prices, visit www.boisesoulfood.com.
Rock On, Babies
Well, not exactly babies. The kids rocking across the nation are between the ages of 13 and 17 and represent the best and the brightest of the more than 20 branches of the Paul Green School of Rock (made famous in the Jack Black movie School of Rock) billing themselves as the School of Rock All-Stars.
Since being founded by Green in 1998, the Schools of Rock have maintained a curriculum of "performance-based rock music." Green says, "We consider the School of Rock All-Stars to be the finest collection of young musical ability in the country." Players include 13-year-old guitarist Zak Page, 17-year-old slide guitarist Sara Zimmerman, 11-year-old David Hooper, who plays both saxophone and keyboards, Katie Jacobi, a 15-year-old who plays an electric violin, and several other young "prodigies" who proficiently adapt hits from "Zeppelin to Zappa."
The All-Stars' are on a tour that covers 23 cities and classic rock-and-roll. They've played with the likes of Peter Frampton, Adrian Belew, Alice Cooper and Eddie Vedder, and during this tour will play venues like Hollywood's Knitting Factory, House of Blues in both Cleveland and Anaheim and have a special spot reserved for them at this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago.
Whether Paul Green will be opening a rock school in our own fair city remains to be seen, but the All-Stars are performing here. It's an all-ages show (of course, right?), so gather up your own toddler or pre-teen and show them that if they work hard enough, they too could someday soon be head-banging their own way across America. Rock on, babies. Rock on.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10, The Venue, 521 Broad St. For more information, visit to www.schoolofrock.com.
World Premiere Musika
Sun Valley in the busy summertime might seem like a long way to go just to hear some music, but what if the Sun Valley Summer Symphony--a world-class orchestra performing an outrageously good summer concert for free--happened to be performing a piece's world premiere? What then? Doesn't seem so far, does it, compared to Vienna, Austria, or the Big Apple? It just so happens that the Sun Valley Summer Symphony will be premiering parts of composer David Carlson's new opera based on Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel, Anna Karenina. They will also perform Paganini's "Sontata per la Grand'viola."
6:30 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley. For more information, visit www.svsummersymphony.org.
Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet--probably from painful, stumbling read-aloud sessions in freshman English classes. Bill Shakespeare's tale of young lovers from rivalrous families isn't exactly a feel-good piece and--SPOILER ALERT--it doesn't end well. Still, it's a beautiful tale that should be seen, at least once, on the stage. Here's your chance this week.
Performances run Aug. 8-9, 15-16, 19-20, 24-25, 31, Sept. 1 and closing Sept. 2. Tues.-Sat. performances at 8 p.m., Sun. performances at 7 p.m. Sun., Tues.-Thur. $18 general, $28 reserved lawn or chair; Fri.-Sat. $28 general, $35 reserved lawn or chair. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., box office 336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.