•A Buddhist History of the U.S.
Boise State professor Phil Atlakson creates a bold and radical restaging of events, performed utilizing the Noh drama of Japan. A varied performance involving dance, music and acting, Noh drama is the oldest surviving form of Japanese theater used to communicate Buddhist themes and often uses stylized movements, rather than words, to convey emotion. Strong language; mature audiences only.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and April 14-15, 2 p.m. Continues through April 21. $12 general, $10 non-Boise State students, alumni, military and seniors. Full-time Boise State students, faculty and staff may receive one free ticket by visiting the Student Union Info Desk. Boise State Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110.Thursday 12
•Theater for the Cure
"I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies." —Charles Dickens' Bleak House
This passage inspired the title for Boise Little Theater's new production, Butterflies Are Free, a comedy loosely based on the life of attorney Harold Krents. When Krents, a young blind bachelor, becomes enamored with the pretty, free-spirited girl next door, he has to face up to his controlling over protective mother. Written by Leonard Gershe and directed by Larry Dennis. Tonight is a special preview performance to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists, with a silent auction and refreshments.
Doors at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 7:30 p.m. $15, available at all Boise Zions Banks, Framed! in Meridian or at the door, 208-384-0013. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, www.boiselittletheater.org.
•Benefit Show for Shawn Dalhover
Shawn Dalhover was the victim of a hit-and-run in the early morning hours of March 18 and succumbed to his injuries on March 26.
Local businesses and musicians in the community are putting on a show to benefit a memorial fund in Dalhover's name. The night features music by Kamphire Collective, Discoma, Thomas Paul, Ian Waters and Brett Netson, with a raffle to win snazzy items, including two VIP passes to the sold-out Modest Mouse show at the Big Easy, a brand new Schwinn Cruiser from Capitol City Schwinn, bar tabs at Neurolux, Pengilly's and The Bouquet, gift baskets from local shops and more. And raffle tickets are only a buck.
7 p.m., $3 donation appreciated, no one will be turned away. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886.
Friday 13-Saturday 14
•Dublin's Own remembered at Boise State
Dubbed one of the most acclaimed dramatists and writers of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett had a stark style that has gained the attention and esteem of critics, writers and readers alike. This week, Boise State celebrates Beckett's life and works during a two-day event with an exhibition open house and a series of screenings.
Friday's open house will feature photos chronicling Beckett's life, along with a short one-hour screening of Krapp's Last Tape, a film adapted from a one-act play written by Beckett in 1958, directed by Atom Egoyan and featuring John Hurt.
On Saturday, a series of films adapted from Beckett's works will be shown throughout the day, including Catastrophe, directed by David Mamet, and Waiting for Godot, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
Friday, 6-10 p.m. Screening will be held from 8-9 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, Boise State University, Boise, 208-426-2468.
•Concert for Climate Action
From the levees in New Orleans to the top of the melting glaciers on Mt. Rainier to our very own Gene Harris Bandshell in Boise, thousands of people are gathering in cities across America as part of a nationwide movement asking Congress to "step it up" and reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. The campaign advocates simple lifestyle modifications to reduce our dependence on environmentally and culturally costly energy sources.
Our local hub will host a full day of music, speeches and events. Guest speakers include Mayor Dave Bieter, Rep. Nicole LeFavour, Dr. Alan Hausrath and Rev. Elizabeth Greene. Featuring music by Steve Eaton, Stella, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Farmdog and Underscore.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE, www.StepItUp2007.org/Boise. Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise.
•Second Chance Prom
Didn't make your high school prom or loved it so much that you want to do it again? Here's your chance. Show up dressed in the era you graduated in and have your photo taken in front of a classic prom backdrop. The Bois of Boise will perform and, to top it off, the night will feature an exceptionally fabulous raffle with prizes from Prestige, Flying M, Record Exchange, Projectionist, Rhetoric Style and more. Also, artwork by several local artists will be available by auction. All proceeds go toward a bigger and better space for VAC.
8 p.m. $25 per couple, $15 singles. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8297, www.visualartscollective.com.
Operation Thank You sponsors a community concert to honor veterans, military members and their families. This event includes musical performances by: a gospel trio at 2 p.m.; Dogleg and the Delta Sliders at 2:30 p.m.; Chicken Dinner Road at 3 p.m.; Larry Conklin at 3:40 p.m.; the Fabulous Blue Rayz at 4 p.m.; Sandy Riggers at 4:40 p.m.; the Pinto Bennett Trio at 5 p.m.; Neighbor Dave at 5:40 p.m.; the Royals at 6 p.m.; an Irish dance group at 6:40 p.m.; and rocking the party out are the Rockafellas, on stage at 7 p.m. With face painting for the kids, too.
2-8 p.m. FREE. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise.