Music From Summer
Music From Stanley, a free summer concert series organized by BW contributor Ryan Peck, is throwing a kickoff bash for the upcoming season. This Thursday, the Linen Building will fill with beards and pearl-snap shirts for a free benefit with live music, a silent auction and a raffle. Bid on goods from Record Exchange, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Oakley sunglasses while listening to tunes by Bernie Reilly, Jeremiah James, Dan Costello and more. There might be a pinata. The pre-show extravaganza raises funds for this summer's Music From Stanley series, which starts on Sun., June 22. Brave the drive out to Stanley Sunday afternoons from June to September, and watch as the lawn at Redfish Lake Lodge fills with blankets, lawn chairs and ample amounts of PBR.
Doors at 6 p.m., FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111. For info, visit musicfromstanley.blogspot.com.
Opera Under The Stars
Here's yet another use for that old picnic blanket: Grab some wine and cheese from Boise Co-op and amble down to the Idaho Botanical Garden for a romantic evening of Opera Under the Stars. The Opera Idaho resident company and a few select guest soloists will perform from Met to Best of Broadway. Join San Francisco tenor Adam Flowers and Valerian Ruminski, a bass baritone from New York, for an evening of falsettos and vibratos. Doug Copsey, founder and artistic director for Idaho Shakespeare Festival, will direct this production for the first time.
7 p.m., $25 adults, $10 children. For more information, contact Valeria Spindler at 208-345-3531 or visit operaidaho.org.
13th on 13th
There's nothing scary about Hyde Park's monthly 13th on 13th family friendly block party. Join an array of local vendors, North End dwellers and Paul the Street Astronomer for a stroll down tree-lined 13th Steet. Local bluegrass jam-band, Farmdog, will perform on the corner of Eastman and 13th streets from 7 to 9 p.m. Remember to double knot your ascot—this month's block party will feature a rough and tumble scooter rally and show.
5:30-9 p.m., FREE. Hyde Park, 13th Street. For more information, visit northend.org.
Daisy's Madhouse Presents: Psycho Beach Party
From the local theater company that brought us last fall's Reefer Madness, comes a wacky new alt-musical parody of 1950s and '60s beach blanket movies. Charles Busch's Psycho Beach Party centers on Chicklet, a Malibu teen with some serious multiple personality issues. Watch Chicklet become a black checkout girl, an aging radio show hostess and a sexpot named Ann Bowman, who strives for world domination.
Daisy's Madhouse is a not-for-profit theater company that performs "obscure, maybe controversial, oftentimes hilarious plays" that aim to draw unseasoned theater-goers away from their TVs and into the dramatic realm. So head down to Neurolux's smoky stage, grab a drink, and watch as Chicklet tries desperately to fit in with beach bum, Star Cat, and his crew of surf studs. To guarantee your spot at the bonfire, make sure to pre-order your tickets for $10 at ticketweb.com or stop by the Record Exchange.
7:30 p.m., $10. Also plays June 21 and June 28. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, 208-343-0886. For info, visit myspace.com/daisysmadhouse.
2008 Bob LeBow Bike Tour
Slide on your spandex and dust off your gears for Saturday's Bob LeBow Bike Tour, which benefits the Terry Reilly Health Services Zero Pay Fund. The Zero Pay Fund was started in 2003 by Dr. LeBow to help low-income patients pay for life-saving medical services they wouldn't have been able to afford on their own.
On Saturday, cyclists will pedal through rural Canyon, Owyhee and Malheur counties on one of five different scenic routes that range from 3 to 100 miles. Even if you settle on the 3-miler, take comfort in the fact that your registration fee not only helps provide free health care for the poorest of the poor but also gets you a free barbecue lunch.
Rides start from 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Five bike rides, 3 to 100 miles, leaving from Nampa. For more information, visit trhs.org/BobLeBowBikeTour/OverviewSchedule.aspx.
Idaho Indie Works Handmade Craft Show
Etsy.com is a rapidly growing online marketplace for independent crafters and designers. Browse the site by color, location or item type to score everything from screen-printed wall art to a hand-knitted fuzzy squid without the guilt of buying from a chain retail store. A rag tag group of local Etsy shop owners have organized their own street team called Idaho Indie Works to give a face to their online businesses. A dozen of these crafters are hosting this show as a benefit for member Mary Portteus whose daughter was just diagnosed with chiari, a debilitating brain malformation. Support a good cause and indulge in hip local shopping. While you're there, make sure to stop by the Nampa Farmers' Market for some much-needed grub and classic rock jams by the Title Waves.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE. Urban Shed, 120 13th Ave S., Nampa, 208-466-5005. For information, visit idahoindieworks.etsy.com.