View live chinook and kokanee salmon during the Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days celebration Sept. 10 to 12. Enjoy a salmon barbecue with music by the Bitterbrush Blues Band. Activities include gyotaku fish painting and the popular Kids in the Creek event. Tickets are limited, call 208-334-2225.
5:30-8 p.m., $10 adults, $3 children, Idaho Fish and Game, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Tap It Out
Trey McIntyre works with dancers from his professional dance company during "Creativity in Motion: A Live Choreography Session." The practice is open to the public, but reservations are required. Contact the Osher Institute at Boise State at 208-426-1709.
3-4:30 p.m., $15, Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise.
12 FRIDAY & 13 SATURDAY
Robert Franz is the new conductor for Boise Philharmonic, and with baton posed in midair he is ready to lead the symphony on opening night with violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Selections include John Corigliano's Gazebo Dances, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 6. Get ready for an exciting season of soloists through May 2009.Click here to see Pine perform Pantera. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=104225
Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m., NNU's Brandt Center, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790 and then Saturday, Sept. 13, 8:15 p.m., $16-$61, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1609, boisephilharmonic.org.
Dinner in the Garden
The BUGS Harvest Dinner 2008, titled "The Garden Grill," is a fund-raising event for the Boise Urban Garden School. The evening begins with a cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 p.m. The children serve smoked salmon and pesto or chevre and tomato crostini with tomato and basil from the garden, and guests are encouraged to mill around the garden and get tours from the growers. Enjoy paella and a bottle of wine from Snake River Winery available for $13. Jonah Shue and Chuck Smith play Argentine tango music while patrons dine under the stars and bid on items such as electric mowers, a chocolate party for eight and half-day guided rafting trips during a silent auction. Dessert is fresh apple tart with pecan caramel sauce and maple cream. For tickets, contact Becky Morgan at 208-890-0782 or e-mail email@example.com.
6:30 p.m., $50 each, BUGS Garden, 4821 W. Franklin (behind the Wright Congregational Church).
12 FRIDAY - 14 SUNDAY
Hyde Park Street Fair
Head over to one of summer's last hurrahs and get in on a big neighborhood gathering in the North End. The Hyde Park Street Fair is three whole days of wild abandon set to live music by many musicians including Kamphire Collective, Equaleyes and Gayle Chapman. The park fills with vendors offering arts and crafts, food and information on nonprofit groups. Don't miss demonstrations by belly dancers, hacky sackers and psychics, plus a little yoga thrown in to bring you back to front and center.
Friday, Sept. 12, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE, Camel's Back Park, 13th St., Boise, gruntwerks.net.
Bike or Bust
Shu's 5K Trailpalooza Trail Fun Run starts off a whole day celebrating the Idaho Velodrome. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. and the run is at 9:30 a.m. Register online at bluecirclesports.com. Afterward, stay and enjoy Trailpalooza with music, food and drinks plus activities for everyone, even dogs are welcome. Secure a $10 meal ticket for adults ($5 for children) and enjoy hot dogs, burgers and veggie burgers. Tunes provided by Steve Fulton, Ned Evett, Bill Coffey and more.
Trailpalooza is 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Idaho Velodrome and Bike Park, Old Horse Shoe Bend Rd., idahovelopark.org.
Alejandro Escovedo just played the Democratic National Convention and his niece is percussionist Sheila E. of Prince fame. Catch a show by the seasoned musician and damn good songwriter on tour with his latest album Real Animal. The Texas rocker welcomes opening act Carrie Rodriguez, who will perform with Escovedo during his set.
8 p.m., $25-$29, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., alejandroescovedo.com.