The Mountain Home Country Music Festival isn't until July, but it never hurts to plan ahead—especially for an event this big. Although the lineup of the festival, which runs July 31-Aug. 2, hasn't been released, the acts confirmed so far include some of country music's hottest and well worth the $15-$250 fest pass price tag: Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley are headlining, with Justin Moore, Sara Evans, Parmalee and more on the bill. mountainhomefestival.com
Another upcoming concert goes back-to-the-future when Motley Crue docks at the Taco Bell Arena on Tuesday, July 28, for a stop on its two-year-long Final Tour. Fellow iconic rocker Alice Cooper opens. Tickets start at $20 and are now on sale. tacobellarena.com
Turning from aural arts to visual, two exhibits at Boise State University's Visual Arts Center may cause viewers to look at how they see the world and themselves.
Project 35 Volume 2 (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) is a traveling exhibit produced by Independent Curators International. The show is comprised of videos selected by 35 ICI curators "who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences to experience today." Also on display is Other People's Feelings Are Also My Own (Jan. 20-Feb. 18), a collection of side-by-side portraits by multi-faceted, award-winning German artist Markus Hansen. For this series, Hansen took photos of himself "assuming the facial expressions, posture and emotional state of others to express what they may be feeling." The opening reception for both exhibits, as well as the Annual Student Juried Exhibition, is Friday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center galleries. art.boisestate.edu/visualartscenter
From the visual to the literary, Idaho Writer-in-Residence Diane Raptosh will read from her poetry Friday, Jan. 30 at The Cabin, as part of the organization's WORD Reading Series. This incredible opportunity to hear Raptosh read from her own work starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. thecabinidaho.org
Jumping out of books and onto the stage, MOMIX, the internationally renowned company of dancer-illusionists, comes to the Morrison Center on Friday, Jan. 30, with reMIX, a show that combines new works and works from its repertoire to "break the bounds of the conventional and enter an aesthetic orbit all its own." mc.boisestate.edu