Hyde Park 13th on 13th
This Hyde Park street party happens on the 13th of every month, no matter what day of the week. They close off the street, crank up the music and let the happy community vibes flow freely. This month, come on out for Hank Stampf and the Boise Big Band, with three 45-minute sets in the vein of Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Spike Jones. The vibe is one of laid-back fun. Besides great live music, there will be food vendors and lots of great people enjoying an evening in the neighborhood.
7 to 10 p.m., Hyde Park.
McCall Music Festival
Mid-July is the perfect time of year for a jaunt up to McCall-you can escape the valley's heat for the cool summer air of the mountains. The McCall Music Festival is the perfect excuse to do just that.
The McCall Music Festival is three days of live bluegrass, blues and eclectic music. This fun, family friendly event will be held high in a mountain meadow in the historic town of Roseberry. Each night features the starry summer sky and different musical lineup. On Thursday night-"Locals' Night"-the festival will feature a full lineup of local and regional talent. On Friday night, there will be bluegrass from the Greencards, followed by Canadian blues singer, Rita Chiarelli. On Saturday night, attendees will hear the Middle Eastern-influenced accoustic sounds of Ala Zingara, followed by Tony Furtado and his gypsy-jamming banjo. Don't forget to bring the blankets, picnic dinner and lawn chairs.
$10 for adults on Thursday (Locals' Night); $12.50 for adults on Friday and Saturday; $30 for a three-night pass. Children 12 and under FREE, Roseberry (just south of McCall).
Esthetic Evolution at Twin Springs
Summer in the Treasure Valley area is an amazing time for music and all types of art. Just take a walk in downtown Boise one weekday evening. But what if you prefer the great outdoors to the city streets? Well, guess what? Summer is a great time for arts under the sky, too.
A fine way to enjoy the arts outdoors is this year's Esthetic Evolution. Looking to Burning Man for inspiration, this festival marries art, music and performance into a beautiful triad. The event is being held at Twin Springs, so come out and bring a tent or trailer, food and beverages, a cooking stove (fires are only allowed in designated areas) and anything else you would need for a three-day camping trip. And, don't forget garbage bags to take out what you bring in.
July 15-17, Twin Springs. Tickets are $10 for out of state with I.D., $12 general presale and $17 at the gate. Tickets will be available through Wednesday, July 13, at the Eyes of the World Imports store, 804 W. Fort St. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.processthis.org or call 333-7712.
ISF: She Stoops to Conquer
Oliver Goldsmith's mannered comedy She Stoops to Conquer is an oldie-but-goody, first produced in 1773 (no, that's not a typo) at the Covent Garden Theatre in London. This 18th century British comedy concerns one generation's marriage plans for their children, the quite different intentions of the proposed lovers, mistaken identities and class distinctions-not to mention the fate of a casket of jewels. With that setup, things are bound to go wrong and, of course, they do.
Though this comedic farce is full of misunderstandings and missteps, everything comes out all right in the end, just as we like it. Come out and see why this play is still enjoyed by audiences today.
8 p.m., $18-$32, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.
90th Annual Snake River Stampede Rodeo
From July 19 to July 23, Nampa is the place for hot rodeo action.
In the 90 years since its beginnings as the simple Nampa Harvest Festival, the Snake River Stampede has become one of the top 12 regular professional rodeos (out of approximately 800 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeos).
In 1937, the rodeo became separate from the Harvest Festival and moved its dates to July, when they joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association and became a professional rodeo with an eye on national rodeo. In the 1950s, Western stars like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Rex Allen, and the Sons of the Pioneers provided halftime entertainment during the rodeo In the '70s and '80s, country-western singers like Reba McEntire, Glen Campbell and Barbara Mandrell entertained Stampede crowds. Then the star-studded entertainment was dropped in favor of more rodeo events, replaced by team roping, ladies' barrel racing and bull-fighting, and later, mutton busting.
Since 1997, the rodeo has been held indoors at the Idaho Center, an air-conditioned facility that seats up to 10,000 spectators at this world-class rodeo event. Dust off yer Wranglers and yer hat and be one of them.
July 19-23, 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Saturday matinee at 12:30 p.m. (doors at 11 a.m.). T-Th and Sa matinee: $7-$19 adults, $3-$15 juniors, $5-$17 seniors, F and Sa nights: $10-$25 adults, $6-$21 juniors, $8-$23 seniors, www.snakeriverstampede.com. Idaho Center, (off Exit 38 on I-84), Nampa.