BW Picks

Pavlo at the Nampa Civic Center • The Collaborations Project • Spooktacular! at the Egyptian Theatre • Boise Philharmonic: Boise Classical Series • Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Hometown Circus 

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Friday 28

Pavlo at the Nampa Civic Center

Pavlo, a.k.a. the Lord of the Strings, the Greek God of the Guitar and the Musical Casanova, is coming to the Nampa Civic Center with his special Mediterranean blend of such disparate musical elements as jazz, classical, Latin, flamenco and Greek bouzouki music. Whatever moniker you choose, the guy is a gold-selling Canadian artist and this promises to be a great show with an international flair. He is coming. He is Pavlo.

8 p.m. (wine bar opens at 7 p.m.). $16. Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa, 468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com.

The Collaborations Project

All good things must come to an end. To-wit: Fall for Boise--the Boise City Arts Commission-headed two-month celebration of the visual and performing arts in our community--is winding down. This last hurrah promises to be a good one, though. The Collaborations Project is a showcase of experimental performing art works by artists from different disciplines working together (as in, collaborating). It will be family friendly just a little bit edgy and, oh yes, there will be fire to light up the night.

Project participants are diverse, to say the least, and include poetry slammers, the Children's Dance Institute, a Native American hoop dancer, Idaho Dance Theater, the Shao Lin School of Martial Arts, Terra Sonus, Capital Singers, Boise Folkloric Collective, bellydancing, Fuego Flamenco and fire dancers.

7 p.m. (rain or shine). FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown.

Friday 28-Monday 31

Spooktacular! at the Egyptian Theatre

We like to see movies in this little historical gem of the a theater, but we can't wait for Spooktacular, a collection of trailers, shorts and feature film all in one howling Halloween good time. There will be horror movie trailers that are cheesy and sometimes even (unintentionally) hilarious from such moldy oldies as Frozen Dead, Invisible Invaders, It!, House on Haunted Hill, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, a short from the freaky yet somehow droll Hitchcock movie Psycho, as well as an early Technicolor cartoon from 1936 called The Cobweb Hotel. You'll want to eat all of your popcorn and candy before the main attraction gross-out: George Romero's 1968 horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. Come scare yourself silly.

Midnight. $8 (general seating). The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net.

Saturday 29

Boise Philharmonic: Boise Classical Series

It's not often that we get a world-renowned marimbist around these parts, but that's just what we'll get when Japanese marimbist Naoko Takada comes to town to play with the Boise Philharmonic. They will perform Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, Kevin Puts' Marimba Concerto and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 3 in Eb.

The Philharmonic isn't just here to entertain, however. They're helping you help others by making it easy to donate to the victims of Hurricane Katrina: In the lobby prior to all of their concerts through October, the Boise Philharmonic will collect donations for Habitat for Humanity.

8 p.m. $14-$49. Morrison Center, 426-1110, www.boisephilharmonic.org.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Hometown Circus

When the famed circus juggernaut sent an "advance clown" named Bonzo Crunch into town to do publicity for the show, we couldn't resist his happy demeanor, his tiny guitar or his giant bag of candy. If one clown can do that, then a whole Big Top full of clowns, lions, trapeze artists, elephants and more should be impossible to beat. And don't forget the all-access preshows available to all ticket-holders an hour and a half before the show. Learn about circus animals at the Animal Open House. After that, get an up-close look at the animals, visit with performers and get autographs, try on their costumes and take the opportunity to feel like part of the circus.

Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Oct. 29 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. $14-$25. Idaho Center Arena, 16200 Can-Ada Rd., Nampa, 468-1000, www.idahocenter.com.

Sunday 30

Zoo Boise's Boo at the Zoo

Highlights of this haunting event at the Boise Zoo include a costume contest, Tate's Fun Jump, bat toss games, food concessions, face painting and free candy (yes!) for costumed kids. Don't forget to visit the animals amid all this spooky fun. We'll be there, too.

In addition, Zoo Boise has launched a cell phone recycling program, Answer Nature's Call, to raise funds for the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans by encouraging cell phone users to recycle old and broken equipment. Zoo Boise will collect used cell phones at Boo at the Zoo and additional cash donations to benefit Hurricane Katrina's victims.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 ages 12-61, $2.75 for seniors, $2.50 for ages 4-11 and FREE for children under 3. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, 384-4125, ext. 3, www.cityofboise.org/parks.