Idaho Archaeology Workshop
Just because you've lived in the Treasure Valley your entire life or consider yourself an expert on everything, there are likely stones still unturned in your knowledge of Idaho's archaeology. Since May is Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation month (proclaimed by Governor Kempthorne), this workshop is the perfect opportunity for the public to learn about Idaho's past. Celebrating their 17th year of archaeologic activities, Tricia Canaday from the Idaho State Historical Society is presenting "Researching Your Historic House," thanks to the Boise North End Neighborhood Association and the Idaho State Historical Library.
If that's not your cup of tea, associate state archaeologist Mary Anne Davis said there will be something for everyone this year. Shauna Robinson of the Twin Falls County Historical Preservation Commission will also present information about the historic Toano Road on May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Sawtooth Forest Supervisor's Office in Twin Falls. So Thursday turns out to be an eventful archaeological dig, whether in Boise or beyond.
Other events and celebrations in May range from programs on prehistoric trade of Malad obsidian to the wildhorse trail in Bonners Ferry. Canaday's lecture is one of the closing events for the theme this year of "On the Road ... in Idaho." More than 30 communities organized displays, exhibits and programs to celebrate our state's past, from Sandpoint to Challis to Burley. "With more than two dozen historic trails having been identified for having criss-crossed all parts of our state, the relationship of Idaho to its travel and its history is as extensive as anywhere in the nation," Steve Guerber, director of the Idaho State Historical Society.
6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho State Historical Library, 450 N. 4th St., 373-4320, www.idahohistory.net/archmonth.html.
For those who have yet to hear the Invasion live, this unique local band plays the Big Easy Saturday for fans and new followers alike. These guys are not your typical rock and roll band. If their sound continues to evolve on the same quality level as their mind-blowingly creative Web site, the Invasion will garner national attention in the next couple of years. Influenced by jazz, classical and folk genres, band members Aaron Brown, Nate Hanson, Shawn McKinley and Andy Adams founded the group in the fall of 2002. Brown is the Invasion's frontman, while Hanson adds avant-garde soundscaping and lead guitar and vocals, McKinley contributes via the drums and Adams rounds out the racket as the band's seasoned bassist.
Opening is the Universal, followed by Exit 51, one of Boise's top local bands and climaxing with the Invasion. They've spent weeks in the top ten of GarageBand.com's independent music charts and opened for the Pixies in 2004 to a sold-out crowd. They will be opening with other local favorites, the Universal.
After the concert, musicians such as Danny Elfman, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, Radiohead and Delirious may come to mind, but these guys will be Idaho's original claim to fame if they make the big time-they hail from Nampa. The show's all ages, but includes a full bar with ID.
8 p.m., $5, The Big Easy.
Belinda Bowler and Johnny Shoes
It's that time again. Belinda Bowler and Johnny Shoes will be playing at the Kulture Klatsch this Saturday. Spring is here, music is in the air and there are good times to be had. Join the gang for healthy food and hearty music as these guys enjoy playing for you and appreciate local support.
Belinda Bowler started singing in the back seat of her family's Oldsmobile on road trips, falling right in line with her father, a professional singer who brought a rich legacy of the art of the ballad to her life. An influence of folk music early on led Bowler to the musical career she enjoys today. Bowler has played around the Northwest for 20 years, sharing the stage with Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie and John Hiatt, among others. Her live show blends story, humor and a dynamic guitar style in an entertaining and genuine combo.
8 p.m., FREE, Kulture Klatsch, 409 S. 8th Street.
New Heritage Repertory Co. is the Treasure Valley's newest community theater, with an advisory board including the likes of Hector Elizondo and Olympia Dukakis. Continuing their first season with King Lear, New Heritage tackles Shakespeare's crowning artistic achievement in this tragic tale of an aging king from ancient Britain who decides to retire and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. The company is founded on the belief that theatre is a unique and remarkable place to explore the depth and breadth of the human spirit, so King Lear, as a journey into the true nature of the individual and the very nature of the universe in which we live, is perfectly fitting to New Heritage's motto.
The company's respect for the theatre and its traditions should be evident opening night. "Through a shared belief in the magic of theatre and of the human spirit, we strive to produce theatre of the highest caliber, placing the actors' work and the text of the playwright at the center of the collaborative process," according to their Web site at www.newheritage.org.
A year-round professional repertory company comprised of actors, playwrights, artists, crafts people and administrators collaborating in an evolutionary process from play to play, season after season, their productions include classic plays, neglected works of the past, contemporary plays and new works in development.
If you do miss the run of King Lear, it is performed later this summer by the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. But every theater weaves a different play from the same script, so to get the full Shakespearian immersion, catch New Heritage as they delve into yet another of the Bard of Avon's greatest plays in their intimate, immediate and personal production, completely in the round.
7 p.m., $25, $15 students and seniors, Boise State, Morrison Center, Stage II, 381-0958.
Wood River Cup
The 4th annual Wood River Cup begins their series this Wednesday night running until June 29. The Short Track X-C mountain bike racing will have prizes for each race and for the overall series. Races will be held on the backside of Rota-Run, 3.5 miles west of Hailey out of Croy canyon on the North side of the road. The racing kicks off at 6:30 p.m. for all sport and novice racers for a 20-minute and a lap race. The shimano youth series follows suit at 7:10 p.m., for a 10-minute and a lap race on a special course. Entry is free for all cyclists under 12 and medals will be handed out to the kiddies at the end of the race. Saving the best for last, the professionals and experts race at 7:30 p.m. for a 40-minute and a lap race. The event features a new course each week, so cyclists are encouraged to participate as many times as possible. Registration opens at 5 p.m. the day of each race.
5 p.m., $12 per day, $50 for the series, Hailey, Rota-Run, contact Bill Olson at 788-9184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.