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Hear ye, hear ye, all knaves and lasses

This year marks the 35th Moscow Renaissance Fair. The two-day event is a highly anticipated annual happening in Northern Idaho that celebrates the return of spring. Last year's fair offered more than seemed possible over a two-day period, including an introduction of the king and queen of the fair, a performance by Celtic dancers, a performance from a Mexican folkloric dance club, a maypole dance, great live music (from a number of groups that frequent the City of Trees as well), sword dancing and a parade. Though the performers may change, this year's festivities will be just as far-reaching and entertaining as they have been for the last 34 years—and probably more so. This year—as in years past—the Renaissance Fair will offer plenty of locally grown and organic food (served on compostable plates) and arts and crafts for purchase.

And, according to the fair's Web site, "the fair is directed by a private, nonprofit community group and is the only self-sustaining festival of its kind in the region."

Saturday, May 3, and Sunday May 4, East City Park, Moscow. For more information, visit MoscowRenFair.org.

Don't cry for me, Moscow

Eva Peron was the second wife of Juan Peron, the on-again, off-again president of Argentina until 1974. Eva, affectionately known as Evita, and her husband were popular among working-class Argentine citizens, and with Evita, the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Weber-created musical chronicling her life, among the world.

Madonna's 1996 portrayal of Eva Peron on screen in the title role of Evita created a whole new kind of cult (of personality) following for the musical (both on stage and screen), and the musical continues to dazzle audiences to this day.

April 17-19 and 24-26, 7:30 p.m.; April 20 and 27, 2 p.m. Hartung Theatre, University of Idaho campus, Moscow. 208-883-3267, UIdaho.edu.

It's systematic, it's hydromatic but it's not Sledge-O-Matic

During his height of popularity in the '80s, prop comic Gallagher turned the skullet hairstyle (bald in the front; party in the back), tight T-shirts and smashing food on stage with an oversized mallet into a new art form.

The man who holds the title of 100 in a Comedy Central "100 Greatest Stand-Ups" list, will be making his way to Idaho, sans the sledgehammer. The man believes he has more to offer than an hour of projectile cottage cheese, computers and—his signature—watermelons. On his Web site GallagherSmash.com, he states, "My humor makes people think. I want people to look more closely at this country and their lives to see the humor and absurdity in it all. I don't have to make it up, the truth is funny enough."

As another goodbye to his past, a Web report states that Gallagher is auctioning off his 10-passenger custom limousine. The car, painted to look like a watermelon—both inside and out—features the usual limo amenities but includes a sledgehammer-shaped speaker attached to the exterior and a detachable picnic table that fits on the back. You will want to bring your funny bone to see Gallagher, but you won't need to stock up on tarps and giant garbage bags.

March 8, 8 p.m., $25 advance, $27 door. Panida Theater, 300 N. 1st St., Sandpoint, 208-263-6139, ArtInSandpoint.com.