BW Picks

No Canned Laughter Here • Devil May Care • Their Space • Spirit of the Times • Plotting and Potting • Tea and Pirouette • Play with Grace • Extraordinary Milestones


1 Thursday

No Canned Laughter Here

TVCTV and the Funny Bone are teaming up for a big event at the comedy club, showcasing local comedic and psychic talents. The lineup will feature three very different and very funny people. Mike Lukas is a longtime member of the famed sketch comedy troupe Second City. His standup routine has been likened to a one-man improv show. Lukas, who has appeared many times on The Tonight Show, hits the stage in rare form every time. Local comedian Pete Peterson has recently been on a whoopfest throughout Europe, giving them a dose of his own unique style of good-ole-boy, Idaho comedy.

Psychic Sheila predicts laughter in the very near future. The funny lady has a few different gigs around town, lending her voice every Monday at 6:30 in the morning on KQFC 97.9 with Cory and Deb. Plus, she has a sweet little locale called Psychic Sheila's Suga Shack on Broadway. And you can even catch her on TVTV Channel 11 on her show, Happy Trails With Sheila. Portions of the proceeds from the night will go to TVCTV, so go see a great show and support Treasure Valley's only community television station.

8 p.m., $10 at the door, The Funny Bone, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-331-BONE

Devil May Care

The Boise Little Theater presents the Broadway smash hit The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes and directed by Nancy Shankweiler. The story follows the real-life occurrence of the Hilliard family home invasion by three convicted criminals in a suburb of Indianapolis. The Hilliard family patriarch is family man Dan (Mike Cronen), pitted against sociopath-killer Glen Griffin (David Rodarte) with the police part of Deputy Bard played by Mitch Barker. As the home is taken over by three escaped criminals, the once-civilized family is forced to think like the cunning convicts. Acting with violent ferocity, their sheltered lives are shaken to the core by the uninvited guests.

8 p.m., $11 reserved seats, $9 seniors and students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208-342-5104,

3 Saturday

Their Space

Built to Spill at the Egyptian Theatre brings together a fun band in a classy venue. The stage at the Egyptian is so large that, at times, musicians can get lost in the ambience. The historic building has welcomed many musicians, but the infamous Boise-based quintet is always a hit with the packed house. The members of Built to Spill have loads of charisma, and their original style and sound will only add to the aesthetic of the experience. Tickets are still available, but act quickly, because they are going fast.

$16 advance, $18 at the door, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

Spirit of the Times

Zeitgeist, by definition, means the cultural climate of an era. For the past five years, the annual Zeitgeist Half Marathon has given all types of people the opportunity to form a common bond through recreation. In the race's sixth year, the fall foliage should be a spectacular backdrop while participants walk or run the looped course of paved and dirt surfaces. The race follows a scenic course in the Foothills northwest of Boise, starting and finishing at the Optimist Football Park. Racers will vie for position over three hills, achieving an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet. At the finish line, the post-race party will offer a hot meal consisting of delicious and nutritious foods. Beverages will include soft drinks, refreshing drinks and Tablerock and Sockeye micro-brewed beer. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m., with prize drawings and marathon-related items. Besides the personal glory of finishing, racers will walk (or stagger) away with a bottle of Gatorade, water and a long-sleeve embroidered T-shirt to commemorate the occasion. If you wish to participate but don't feel like racing, volunteers are always appreciated and awarded with a short-sleeve T-shirt and invitation to the post-race party. For more information, visit the Web site that includes details about the racecourse, estimated temperatures throughout the race and even a way to see who else has registered.

10 a.m., $65 day of race, Boise Foothills, 208-853-1221,

Plotting and Potting

When spring is in the air, gardeners across the Gem State drop to their knees and plant seedlings, hoping for a glorious payoff in the form of blooming perennials and healthy plant life. The collective horticultural morale is hosed if the best-laid garden plans fail to produce nary a sprout. Idaho's climate can range from quite balmy to downright bitter, and landscaping in this region poses a unique set of challenges. Problems that plague dirt diggers range from seedlings that don't bloom to out-of-control water usage in the summer. If as a gardener, your ego grows with the greenery, the best source of information is Rethinking Idaho Landscapes, the annual horticultural symposium presented by The Idaho Botanical Garden and The University of Idaho Extension office. The event brings in experts from around the region to address what grows best in Idaho's sometime inhospitable climate.

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $30 advance registration, $35 at the door, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front, 208-343-8649,

Tea and Pirouette

Girls, mothers, grandmothers and anyone else enamored by ballerinas should come to the third-annual Sugar Plum Fairy Afternoon Tea fund-raising event for the Capital City Youth Ballet Company. Scrumptious refreshments and dainty teas are served by ballerinas in tutus, which has been a hit in the past because the little girls always love to see the older girls dressed up in their performance wear. Don't forget a camera because there will be opportunities for participants to pose with the dancers, and watch for the beautiful Snow Maiden to make an appearance. A raffle during the afternoon will give away prizes like gift certificates, dance wear and tickets to the ballet. The event raises money to cover performance and costuming costs. The company is also planning a trek out of state to visit a professional ballet company to watch them practice and perform, and expose the ballerinas to the diverse styles of other companies they might not get to experience while dancing with a single company.

12:30 p.m., $18, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Center, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-381-0438,

4 Sunday

Play with Grace

The always-popular Boise Philharmonic's Encore! Afternoon Chamber Series opens this week. The performances are in a smaller, more intimate setting that gives the Boise Philharmonic musicians a chance to personally interact with the audience and offer their own interpretation of some of the world's greatest works for small ensembles. Instead of program notes, the musicians say a few words about the biography of the composer or something interesting about the piece. As they perform, just steps away from the audience, the musicians can actually see the reactions on the faces of the audience. The experience gives an alluring unity to each instrumental voice in the traditional repertoire of the string quartet, along with the woodwind and brass quintets. It's a unique opportunity to feel connected to the musicians, who, at times, can seem almost out of reach on stage at a larger concert hall. The repertoire includes Morley Calvert's Suite from the Monteregian Hills for brass quintet, Kleine Kammermusik for Woodwind Quintet by Paul Hindemith and Schubert's Quartet in A Minor for Strings (Rosamunde). Boise Philharmonic musicians include Brad Peters, trumpet; Matthew Kirkpatrick, trumpet; Pamela Howard, horn; George Turner, trombone; Michael Fischer, tuba; Jessica Warren, flute; Peter Stempe, oboe; Erin Voellinger, clarinet; Patty Katucki, bassoon; Deborah Arnold, horn; Jill Rowley, violin; Paula Stern, violin; and Tom Tompkins, viola.

3 p.m., $15, adults; $10, children, seniors and students, First Congregational Church, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-7849 or

Extraordinary Milestones

The Catch Me If You Can (CATCH) 5K Walk/Run is holding its inaugural event this Sunday starting at Julia Davis Park. The 3.1-mile course follows the Greenbelt along the Boise River, through Julia Davis and Ann Morrison parks, winds through the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and then ends back at the starting point. The top three female and male participants will be awarded a prize, but there will be a chance for everyone to win a raffle prize.

CATCH was launched by the City of Boise and stands for Charitable Assistance To Community's Homeless. It's a program that provides support for homeless families with children for up to one year, and with the help of sponsoring partnerships, the program has helped 24 families and a total of 63 children escape a dire situation and gain self-sufficiency. If you don't want to participate in the race, but still want to contribute, donate to the CATCH-22 campaign in the amounts of $22, $220, $2,200 or more. You get the picture.

3 p.m., $25 for 18 and over; $15 for 17 and younger, Julia Davis Park (in front of the Idaho State Historical Museum), register at