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Award-winning Tale: The Drawer Boy • Gene Harris Jazz Festival • Break and Beats at Visual Arts Collective

wednesday 4-april 28

The Drawer Boy

Toronto-based playwright Michael Healey delivers an award-winning tale about a young man and his unforeseen run-in with forgotten love and tragic loss. In the summer of 1972, Miles--a young, enthusiastic, big-city actor--arrives at a rural farmhouse to complete some hands-on research for an upcoming role about a boy and country living. But Morgan and Angus, residents of the farmhouse, boyhood friends and WWII veterans somewhat bemused by his urban presence, are hesitant to share much information with curious Miles. While their rural/urban rivalry at first ensues with laughter, it soon begins to peel away layers of forgotten truths and painful lies.

Winner of the Canadian Dora Award for Best Play and directed for BCT by Matthew Cameron Clark, The Drawer Boy will showcase two of Boise's best-loved talents, Dan Peterson and Stitch Marker.

Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., previews April 4, 5 and 6. Opening April 7. Matinees April 14, 21 and 28. $28.50 Fri.-Sat. night, $20 Wed., Thur. and Sat. matinee, $12 preview shows. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232,

Wednesday 4-Saturday 7

gene harris

Boise State celebrates the 10th annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival with four days of music, lectures and more. Musical highlights include:

Club Night, Wednesday, April 4, held at various locations in downtown Boise. Acts include Paul Tillotson, the Boise State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Billy Mitchell and Cherie Buckner, the 6th Street Collective, Justin Neilson, Jeff Baker, the Gene Harris All-Stars, Pete Peterson and the Frim Fram Fellas, Nima and Merge and more.

5:30-10:30 p.m. For a complete schedule, visit

Big Band Night at Qwest Arena, Thursday, April 5, featuring The Roger Kellaway Trio and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Join noted pianist Kellaway and Big Phat Band's 18-piece jazz ensemble for an evening of entertainment.

7:30 p.m. $22-$75 depending on seating. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497,

A Tribute Jam to Gene Harris, Friday, April 6, played by musicians who knew and played with Harris, including Luther Hughes, Ron Eschete and Harris' daughter Niki.

7:30 p.m. $25-$85 depending on seating. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497,

Gene Harris Jazz Festival Gospel Concert, Saturday, April 7.

2 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State University, Boise, 208-426-1000.

Other events include instrumental clinics and competitions held throughout the day on Thursday and Friday in the Student Union Ballroom.

Saturday 7-Sunday 8

break and beats at visual arts collective

This weekend, Visual Arts Collective lives up to their name by doing what they do best: gathering a varied group of talented artists, dancers and musicians and throwing them together for two nights of collective goodness.

Saturday night, Boise clothing line Rhetoric Style is promoting their new styles with a breakdance competition emceed by MC Origin and DJ Revolve. Rhetoric Style is the labor of Mat Thompson, a Boise State student who transferred sketches and notebook dabbles into a progressive form of wearable art. On his Web site,, Thompson describes the line as "a movement that supports anyone who believes in the freedoms of speech, style and expression. The goal isn't to directly insult anyone. [Rhetoric Style] believes its products are lighthearted enough for everyone to enjoy."

MC Origin and DJ Resolve, with special guests Smash Brothers from Salt Lake City, will emcee the breakdance battle. The winner will take home a $100 cash prize.

Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System), Brett Netson (Caustic Resin, Built to Spill) and Ralph Youtz (Built to Spill, Sone and the Feelings) are The Halo Benders, and they'll be rocking the VAC on Sunday. Back in 1994, Bender's members Johnson and Martsch spawned this band as a side project and ended up releasing three albums, God Don't Make No Junk (1994), Don't Tell Me Now (1996) and The Rebels Not In (1998), honoring the indie-rocker wave. Go revive your rocker with a sprinkle of some of their musical stylings.

Sat., April 7, 7 p.m. $5 at door (Rhetoric Style and VAC will donate a portion of the proceeds to Shawn Dalhover's medical expenses. Dalhover was the victim of a hit and run on March 17 and passed away March 26.)

Sun., April 8, 6:30 p.m. $10. All-ages events. Beer and wine with ID. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8297,

tuesday 10


Take a slew of stringed instruments--including a National resophonic guitar--a whole bunch of horns and a passel of percussion and put them in the hands of Charlie Rose, PB Shane, Sick, Scott Marcus, Wammo, Christina Marrs and Nevada Newman, and you have The Asylum Street Spankers (A.S.S.). This team of merry-makers brings comedic songwriting and complex, clever arrangements together to create a show unlike much else you'll see. Born 100 years too late for vaudeville, they don't let that stop them from giving audiences a classic theatrical experience.

9 p.m., $15. Tickets available through Ticketweb, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,