The sounds and styles of each individual instrument are equally important to the Boise Baroque Orchestra. The big band boasts a wide variety of sound makers, including oboes, cellos, violas, violins, bassoons, harpsichords, horns, trumpets, timpani and bass. A goal of the group is to bring the best of the baroque repertoire to the Treasure Valley. Their opening performance will send soul-inspiring sounds cascading off the walls at the Nampa Civic Center. Musical director and conductor Dan Stern is set to skillfully guide the instruments into crashing crescendos. The night will feature viola soloist Jennifer Drake, who also plays with the Boise Philharmonic, performing pieces by Bach, Boyce, Rameau and Barber.
7:30 p.m., $18 general admission, $14 students and seniors, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, NampaCivicCenter.com.
Barbecue Under the Stars
The Boise Contemporary Theater's "Jeans and Jewels Gala" is an event people look forward to after finishing up their long week of work. Donning their best denim and sprucing it all up with their best bedazzlers, they gather to mingle with performers and supporters of the theater. It's a major fundraiser and a good way to help Boise Contemporary Theater continue to be an important part of Boise's culture.
A little scene in the alley behind the theater, this big BBQ starts with their signature cocktail, the "Skip and Go Naked," at 6 p.m. Travis Ward will be entertaining with live music, and Maria Dahvana Headley will show a sneak peek of her new play as part of the presentation. Win Sun Valley getaways and fly-fishing packages, home decor and gift items. Tablerock Brew Pub will be in charge of charring the meat and will cater dinner with a variety of beverages.
6 p.m., Boise Contemporary Theater, 645 Fulton St., tickets are $100 each and available at 208-331-9224.
Smoke 'Em You Got 'Em
The new not-for-profit theater in town is Daisy's Madhouse. The group aims to attract a young crowd right along with seasoned theater lovers, and Daisy's Madhouse maiden production of Reefer Madness at the Neurolux is a good start. Bringing the parody of the 1936 propaganda film of the same name ought to vastly improve their odds of making a splash in the theater scene.
The story follows all-American kids Jimmy and Mary through the ups and downs of puppy love when Jimmy willingly enters through the gates of the underworld to frolic in the garden of "demon weed." While Jim falls victim to all the temptations of crime, Mary is put into perilous situations. The question is, can Jimmy lay off the reefer and save their once-innocent souls? The production is directed by Jennifer Dunn.
7:30 p.m., $10, Sept. 15, 22 and 29 at Neurolux, 113 N. 13th St., Ticketweb.com.
14 Friday – 16 Sunday
Hip to Be There
At last year's Hyde Park Street Fair, we stocked up on our chakra-balancing crystals, drooled just a little bit over work from glass artists and picked up a grip of tourist information for a vacation in Thailand. We don't expect this year to be too much different, thank the goddess. Back in the day, Hyde Park Street Fair was actually in the streets of Hyde Park, but over the years, the annual festival has swelled much too much to be contained by the meager space available between the buildings. These days, the festival has plenty of elbow room to sprawl out in the green of Camel's Back Park.
More than 100 vendors will be hawking their wares while locals take to the stage with a few sweet tunes. Friday features Tim Andreae, La Knots, Kris Doty and Kamphire Collective. Jimmy Bivens, Nicole Bailey and Mo Kelly, The Heard, 1000 Yard Stare, Walter Ego, Audio Moonshine, Farmdog and a Nada Brahma reunion take the stage Saturday. And on Sunday, the lineup features some of Boise's longtime favorites: the Ben Burdick Trio, Bill Coffey and Ned Evett, Rebecca Scott, Steve Fulton and Trio Pinto with Joel.
Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Camel's Back Park at 13th and Heron streets. For information, visit Gruntwerks.net.