Last Chance To See The Shew
If you read BW's review of Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Major Barbara (Steve Martin, "The Show Must Go On," August 23), you know we recommend it. George Bernard's 100-year-old comedy concerns the Undershaft family, with patriarch Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy arms dealer, and his daughter Barbara, a devoted Salvation Army major. They butt heads over poverty, faith and morality in a way that audiences seem to relate to today just as much as they did when the play debuted in 1905.
If you haven't seen the play yet, this is your last chance: Major Barbara's closing performance is tonight. ISF's final performance of the 2006 season--The Spitfire Grill--begins next week.
7 p.m. $18 general, $28 reserved lawn or chair. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave. For tickets or information, call the box office at 336-9221 or visit www.idahoshakespeare.org.
Last Chance to Groove in the Garden
If you need yet another indication that summer is winding down, then here it is: The Idaho Botanical Great Garden Escape Concert Series is about to wrap up. Tonight is their last concert of the season. The good news is they're going out on an up note, with Fat John and the Three Slims at the helm.
Blues phenom "Fat John" Nemeth is yet another example of the local boy making good, and it's always an event when the Boise native-turned-San Franciscan comes to town to groove with his slender compatriots.
As always, along with the music, BYO blanket or lawn chairs and if you want a bite, bring a picnic basket or some folding money for food and drink from IBG's vendors.
6-9 p.m. $9 general, $7 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd. For more information, call 343-8649 or visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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Do You Wanna Get Rocked?
August must be National Nostalgia month. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were at the Taco Bell Arena, Loverboy played the Western Idaho Fair (and it was awesome!) and now Lady Luck is smiling upon us: Journey and Def Leppard take the Idaho Center stage on September 2 and we welcome them with open arms. Remember the first time you heard Journey? You better believe you'll be feeling that way again, even though Journey is sans Steve Perry. Replacement vocalist Steve Augeri and the band had to go separate ways (his vocal problems were a reminder that "you have to be good to yourself") and with his departure, Jeff Scott Soto will take the lead position. Hopefully he can stay awhile.
Def Leppard will be bringin' on the heartbreak as these British heartthrobs are just as handsome as they were back in the day. No foolin'. Check out a recent photograph if you don't believe us. Better yet, join the hysteria and get yourself a ticket to the show. This rock of ages concert will prove that it's never too late to rock, rock ('til you drop).
7:30 p.m. $75, $49.50. The Idaho Center, 16114 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. For more information and tickets, visit www.idahocenter.com.
Fall for Harvest
Fall for Boise is an annual two-month celebration during September and October of the city's arts and community events.
The City Harvest Celebration is one of Fall For Boise's kickoff events. In the morning (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) in the 8th Street corridor from Bannock to the Grove and also on the Basque Block, there will be booths with local harvest, artisan wares and performing arts. Expect an excess of local arts, artisan wares and food at an expanded Capital City Public Market. In the evening (6-10 p.m.), the vibe switches from farmers market-y to block party-esque, and there will be local wine and beer and small-plate local food available.
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown. For more information, call 433-5675 or visit www.fallforboise.com.
Like Moths to a Flame
Jebus forbid we let a Darkwood Consort event pass without commenting on it, but this one is cool because 1) It's free, and 2) they're taking requests. If you're not familiar with Boise's only viola and bass clarinet duo, then you either have been existing--if you can call it that--under a rock, or you haven't been reading BW. We're not here to scold; just don't let it happen again.
Darkwood is a playful duo who are capable of playing what might be the stuffiest of chamber music under other circumstances in arrangements that are as fun as they are innovative. Along with those serious arrangements of medieval ballads and Grieg reinterpretations and whatever else, expect to hear unexpected versions of tunes by Buffy Sainte-Marie or Nirvana. Nirvana as done on viola and bass clarinet is already worth the price of admission, and not just because it's free.
And don't forget money for coffee and pastries. Not just for you--for the band. They've promised to play requests, but sweetening them up couldn't hurt if you want to ask them to bust out a Yes cover.
8 p.m. FREE. Le Cafe de Paris, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 336-0889. For more information, visit www.darkwoodconsort.com.