DON'T LOOK DOWN
Slick-faced, inverted cliffs perched thousands of feet above the point at which human feet meet gravity aren't just for looking pretty in the landscape. If you're a rock climber, those sheer walls are stone playgrounds just waiting for some action. See what happens when some crazy climbers team up with filmmakers when the Reel Rock Film Tour makes a stop in Boise today on its inaugural trek around the country. First Ascent from filmmaker Peter Mortimer follows climbers (including Timmy "Urban Ape" O'Neill) as they attempt--you guessed it--first ascents, and Dosage Vol. IV is the latest installment of the "definitive annual portrait of climbing's state of the art."
Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $5 for students with advance tickets (purchase at Boise State's Outdoor Center), $8 general. Boise State Special Events Center. For more information, call 426-2628.
YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY, I'VE GOT OPERA IN MY TUMMY
Beware, culture vultures. The annual A Taste of Opera Idaho event is a trick. Yep, that's right: They're planning to ply you with great food and wine, then once your guard is down, lay some opera on you and--WHAM!--before you know it, you have been converted to opera fandom.
For this intimate and relaxed evening, Opera Idaho will bring in four of the Winery at Eagle Knoll's most popular wines and fabulous French-stye hors d'oeuvres to tempt your mouth, and resident company members John Mauldin and Betany Cofflund will tempt your ears by singing selections from their personal repertories and Opera Idaho's upcoming production of The Barber of Seville (and if you only know it as the Rabbit of Seville, leave the Loony Toons at home and check out this event).
The good times are happening at Visual Arts Collective, and their current show is the anniversary exhibition "Small." The show has a great gimmick (so you can nail two cultural birds with one stone): The theme of the show is "small works at small prices" and pieces by local artists will be on exhibit and on sale.
RACHY 2: REVENGE OF THE RUSSIANS
The Boise Philharmonic kicks off the 2006-2007 season with a romantic dollop of Eastern European flavor in a program they've dubbed "Romantic Rachmaninoff." Conductor James Ogle is back this year (he was ailing and MIA for several performances last year) for what we hope is just one more in a long line of season to come with him at the helm. The orchestra will be joined by a guest soloist, pianist Sara Davis Buechner--a virtuoso performer who has been a major prizewinner in prestigious international piano competitions worldwide. And in case you're wondering if Buechner has the Russian chops, don't worry your precrassny little head about it--she was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tschaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.
Tonight's Russian-flavored programmed features Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture and Shostakovich's Ballet Suite from The Bolt. But we have a particular soft spot for Rachmaninoff, so even if they were only performing his Piano Concerto No. 2 instead of rounding off the evening's program with it, we'd be there in a Moscow minute.
8:15 p.m. $24-$49. Morrison Center, Boise State campus, 1900 University Dr., 426-1110.
IF IT'S NOT CELTIC, IT'S CRAP
Oh how we love a good bagpipe. It's too bad not many people play--or play well, anyway--because this plaintive, windy beast is one of our favorite instruments. If you have the same yen, you're in luck this weekend: The Ninth Annual Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games will take over the fairgrounds and plenty of bagpipes are promised. But that's not all the Celtic fun, oh no, lasses and laddies. Come out for Scottish dancing from the dance troupe Thistles and Ghillies, athletic competitions and feats of strength, lots of Celtic-themed vendors to ply you with their food and wares, live Celtic music by groups like Wicked Tinkers, the Sleekit Besties, fiddler Krista Walker and more, and of course, those bagpipe competitions.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 adults, $5 seniors and children ages 5-15, FREE children four and under. Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 5610 Glenwood, Garden City, www.idahofair.com. For more information and a complete schedule of events, call 331-5675.
And All That Jazz
OK, all you Broadway babies, here's your chance to catch a little razzle-dazzle from the Great White Way. One of the most popular musicals on Broadway, Chicago, is coming to town. In a '20s version of the Windy City, this is a fun, racy little musical about a couple of murderous dames beating their raps. Expect a lot of cheek and Fosse babes belting out tunes like "Me and My Baby."
Sept. 26-28. $35-$55 (available through www.idahotickets.com or Select-A-Seat outlets or by calling 426-1100). Morrison Center, Boise State campus, 1900 University Drive.