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Picnic at the Pops Returns at a New Location

And BCT kicks off 2013-14 season with Red

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The Boise Philharmonic debuted its new outdoor concert series, Picnic at the Pops, late last summer. The events provided audiences a chance to trade stuffy formal wear for flip-flops and shorts.

Over picnics and wine, concert-goers basked in both the Phil's tunes and the warmth of summer evenings. At the second annual Picnic at the Pops, the music and location are different, but the informal vibe remains the same.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Latin Fever will feature mariachi music; on Saturday, Aug. 24, Space will include scores from Star Wars, Star Trek and the children's classic E.T.; and on Saturday, Aug. 30, Americana will offer Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait."

This year's series will relocate to Woodriver Cellars at 3705 N. Highway 16 in Eagle. Patrons can bring their own meals and sealed, nonalcoholic beverages. Additional food and drink items will be available for sale. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concerts fire up at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 1.

Boise Contemporary Theater is also preparing for its upcoming season. The theater announced that it will kick off its 2013-2014 lineup with John Logan's Tony Award-winning Red, about artist Mark Rothko.

Rothko was known for his large abstract canvases with bright rectangles on colorful backgrounds. In Red, the character Rothko works his way through the "Seagram Murals," commissioned by the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York, while his fictional assistant, Ken, questions his art and the decision to take on the commission.

The play will be directed by BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and star Arthur Glen Hughes as Rothko.

"My mom is a painter and through her, I've had an awareness and an affection for Rothko and other abstract painters" said Clark.

But like many abstract painters, Rothko had his fair share of detractors.

"[Rothko's] work ends up being a really interesting dividing line for people," said Clark. "It leads to some really strong reactions."

The second play in BCT's upcoming 2013-14 season has yet to be confirmed, but the theater has booked Brian Quirk's Warren, or Those People, a play about aging, autism and sharks, for January/February 2014, and the second original world premiere production by Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller, The Uncanny Valley, for April 2014.