The booking agent at Reef said, "Jennifer Batten is a guitar badass." She's toured with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck, makes playing guitar sound easy, and in between rocking out, Batten performs experimental music blending sound with spoken word.
8 p.m., $5 adv.; $7 door, Reef, 105 Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, reefboise.com.
Celebrate the Children
El Dia de Los Ninos/Children's Day at Boise State promotes literacy, diversity and brings the community together to celebrate the importance of children. The day includes cultural activities, karaoke and plenty of booths. Boise Folklorico, Dana Azteca and Mariachi Juvenil will perform, and three local Mexican vendors will sell food. Clowns, mascots and a pony will be at the party, and one little girl will be crowned Spring Queen during the Primavera Pageant for girls ages 4 to 8 years old.
5-9 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union, 1910 University Dr., Boise.
martini mix-off, kick-off
During the kick-off party, ticket books are available for just $45 (a $10 discount). Participating bars include Bardenay, The Bouquet, Pair, Bonefish Grill, Chandlers, Piper Pub & Grill, Red Feather Lounge, Angell's and Tablerock Brewpub. A shuttle runs between locations with just enough time to wrap your hands around $5 Absolut martinis during happy hour from 4-7 p.m. For more info, call 208-761-5928 and read all about it in upcoming issues of Boise Weekly.
Feel free to leave your pants at home the first Friday in May. Why? Because it's fun to roll around town sans trousers and make people stop, stare and ponder. Think of it as improv on a massive scale, and, when someone asks why you aren't wearing pants, play dumb or come up with a far-fetched excuse. The event is free, and organizers say all it costs is a little bit of your dignity. See more (or less) at boisenopantsday.com.
- Amy Chance
- Rachael Sage is a big fan of chandeliers.
Red, red hair
The fire-engine-red-haired, ballerina-turned-piano-playing singer/songwriter, indie-folk-pop sensation Rachael Sage is touring behind her eighth album, Chandelier. For her Behind the Curtain performance—where the normal layout of the elegant Morrison Center is turned around—Sage sits with her piano behind the grand drape. Bust through the backstage access doors before the show to partake in a social hour with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.
8 p.m., $25, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, rachaelsage.com. Catch a free performance May 1 at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., at 5:30 p.m.
Macbeth the Movie
All the intrigue, bloodshed and struggle for the crown comes to a head in a feature-length film produced by The Washington Street Players, Boise High School's drama department. Under the direction of drama adviser Brett Eshelman, students had their hands in all aspects of production, costume design and editing along with starring in major roles. Eshelman said, "The WSP has an impressive history of tackling Shakespeare, something that other high schools dare not try ... and Macbeth is the best production of Shakespeare that the WSP has ever accomplished."
7 p.m., $8, wspmacbeth.co.cc/node/1. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454.
2 Saturday - 3 Sunday
Party like it's the Fifth of May
The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce celebrates cultural diversity with music, food and festivities on Saturday, May 2, from noon-8 p.m. at the Sky Ranch Business Park, off Smeed Parkway on Skyway Drive.
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Show at The Lucky Dog (2223 Fairview Ave., Boise) stars the reigning Mr. and Miss Boise Gay Pride Pageant titleholders Milo and Percilla. The fundraiser for Boise Pride is at Saturday, May 2, 9 p.m. Drop a $5 donation at the door.
The same night, the Tropical Salsa Night at the Knitting Factory Concert House, (416 S. Ninth St., Boise) includes a beginner lesson at 9:15 p.m. on merengue, bachata and salsa steps. Then dancers can show off their new tropical style moves from 10:15 p.m.-2 a.m. with music by DJ Giovanni. Get free tickets at KFCH until the day of the event, or pay $6 at the door.
On Sunday, May 3, from noon-8 p.m., join the Organizacion de Estudiantes Latino-Americanos at the Boise State Student Union Building for a big, free fiesta with vendors, a battle of the Latino bands, Ms. Cinco de Mayo pageant, a car show, and a little friendly competition during a jalapeno eating contest and a Mexican yell contest.