Alive After Five
How do people stroll out of offices wearing outfits designed for slaying 'em at the bar? Beats us, but we'll be right there with them when Alive After Five kicks off its 21st year of after-work partying at the Grove Plaza. This year's musical lineup looks stellar, and tonight's show starts with Will Bernard, described by Billboard Magazine as "one of the best-kept jazz-guitar secrets on the planet." Other shows feature Moses Guest, The Gourds, Intervision and a killer lineup all summer long.
Alive After Five, June 6-September 26, 5 p.m., FREE, Grove Plaza, 850 W. Front St., 208-336-8900, www.boisecentre.com. For more information, visit www.downtownboise.org. In the case of bad weather, acts will be moved indoors to Reef, 105 S. 6th St., 208-287-9200.
Drink and Let Someone Else Drive
When the owners of the Funny Bone heard about the May 12 stabbing of an Orange Cab Company driver in a Southeast Boise parking lot (BW, May 16, 2007, True Crime, "Scariness in S.E. Ada"), they knew they had to do something to help. Through June 10, funny men Jimmy Roulette, Mario DiGiorgio and local Daniel Foster will be performing, but on June 6, all of the proceeds from the door and money raised from a silent auction will go directly to the victim.
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $10, 21 and up only. The Funny Bone, 405 S. 8th St., 208-331-2663, www.boisefunnybone.com.
Behind the Scenes
Open Studios Weekend is a multi-day event, managed by Boise Weekly, going on its fifth year. Participating Boise Weekly Artists Union members will open their studios on Saturday and/or Sunday, June 9 and 10, inviting the public in to see where and how they create art. To learn more about the artists participating in this year's Open Studios Weekend, stop by Visual Arts Collective for an opening reception. Live music will be provided by DJ Art Hodge and Simple Catering will provide hors d'oeuvres. A no-host wine and beer bar will also be available.
Artist Union members will have their works on display, giving viewers an opportunity to decide which studios they'd like to visit. A full list of all the participating members and a map are available in this week's issue.
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Colonel Mustard with a candlestick in the library
If you had to make a list of your favorite activities, would one of them be "reading murder mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels?" If so, then you should attend the 2007 Murder in the Grove conference. This year's events include panels with authors; workshops in writing, forensics and criminology; manuscript evaluations and critiques; a special panel discussion on writing screenplays; door prizes and drawings; an evening reception; a keynote speech by Robert Crais, this year's winner of Idaho's Bloody Pen Award; and much more.
Sailor! Grocery Store! Red Shoes!
From 1998 until 2006, comedian Drew Carey hosted the television show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Each week, Carey, taking suggestions from the live studio audience, would give outlines of different people, places and things to a group of comedians—including Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Laura Hall and Wayne Brady—who then improvised a skit on the spot. Now, the show moves from the little screen to the big stage when Stiles is joined by comedians Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis for A Night of Improv. Make sure you bring your suggestions and your nerves because not only will the cast perform scenes based on ideas from the audience, but they'll be inviting audience members on stage to perform.
7:30 p.m., $32.50-$42.50. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln. Call Select-A-Seat at 208-426-1110 for tickets.
Imagine All the People
The Beatles tribute band Imagine performs for the Eagle Arts Commission's family fun night. If the documentaries, books and grainy cassettes of yours don't quite feed your Beatles jones, then consider that these guys go a long way to get the vibe right, from the Yellow Submarine outfits to Liverpudlian accents and Lennonesque wit.
7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Eagle Library Lawn, 100 N. Stierman, Eagle. For more information on Eagle Fun Days, visit www.eagleart.org.
Music From Stanley Kickoff
Make plans for an in-store party at the Record Exchange with music from Korby Lenker—a sweet-faced, sweet-voiced singer/songwriter who played last year's Sasquatch Festival and has opened for Elvis Costello—and Music from Stanley swag to kick off this year's Music from Stanley Festival.
5 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. 208-343-0107. Music From Stanley, Sundays, June 17-September 2, 5-7 p.m., FREE. For more information visit www.myspace.com/musicfromstanley. Redfish Lake Lodge, south of Stanley.