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The Phil debuts new summer concert series

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Over three days in August and September, Boise Philharmonic will launch a new outdoor concert series called Picnic at the Pops at Eagle River Pavilion. The outdoor event will welcome casual dress, families and, of course, picnics.

Robert Franz, philharmonic music director, said plans for Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture on Saturday, Sept. 1, could include a live cannon.

"We're doing the 1812 Overture in its original form," said Franz. "That means an orchestra, the Eagle High School marching band and even cannons. We'll shoot something."

A central stage will sit at the back of the grass field, with table seating available beside the stage. Chair and lawn seating will be behind that, with VIP tents available for groups.

The Saturday, Aug. 18, pops performance features Gershwin classics from Girl Crazy, Porgy and Bess and more; Saturday, Aug. 25, features music from The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and others.

Speaking of the intersection of art and nature, local conceptual, mixed-media artist Benjamin Love will debut a new series of photographs titled Shoshone Falls and the Democratic Sublime, at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey on Friday, April 27, from 6-7:30 p.m.

According to a press release: "Love has created a body of photographs that highlight the manmade structures at the falls and the way they are designed both to enable access and to keep visitors at a distance. Historic photographs of Shoshone Falls from the Idaho State Historical Society hang alongside Love's work and illustrate the degree to which our experience of nature at the site is now managed and mediated."

Love's series will remain up through Friday, July 6.

And in other opening news, Newt and Harold's will host a pop-up art show on Saturday, April 27, featuring graphic designer A.J. Ogden, Los Angeles-based street artist Joe Appel and professional snowboard artist Dave Doman of Salt Lake City.

"The goal is to have it outside in the Newt and Harold's parking lot so people can enjoy the spring weather from 5-8 p.m.," wrote Ogden in an email. "Most of the art will be for sale and weather permitting, we might try to do some live art as well."

In addition to art, Ogden said that neighbor R Bar has jumped on board "so people can get a little loose on booze while perusing the art that night."