Art on the streets
It's no secret that Boise Weekly loves the arts. Every week, work from local artists graces the cover of our newspaper. We publish a supplemental arts magazine four times a year devoted to nothing but the arts in Idaho. Each summer, we host an open studios weekend during which participating local artists open their workspaces to the public. And each year, we donate the proceeds of our cover auction (artists whose work appears on our cover are paid for their pieces and, in turn, we auction off all 52 pieces annually) to raise money for local arts organizations devoted to children's art education. Except last year, that is.
After our November 2006 cover art auction, Boise Weekly chose instead to use the proceeds to commission a piece of public art to grace the feeble dirt patch in front of our offices. After a difficult selection process, artist Michael Cordell was awarded the noble task of erecting a sculpture outside our offices near the corner of Sixth and Broad streets. All summer long, Cordell has been working hard to accomplish the task. This First Thursday, Boise Weekly and Michael Cordell cordially invite each and every one of you to join us for the public unveiling of our little contribution to making the world a prettier place.
5-9 p.m., FREE, Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., 208-344-2055, www.boiseweekly.com. For more information, see page 20.
3 friday - 5 sunday
Fandemonium has arrived to deliver fans of science fiction, fantasy, Anime, gaming, horror and comics from the boredom that is the wait for the annual event that's "for the fans, by the fans." Want to fight with boffer swords, get all gussied up and compete in a costume contest, dance in a no-pants party and engage in a pen battle for three days straight? You can at Fandemonium. Among the list of honored guests are actor Michael Coleman, Web comic R.K. Milholland, performance group Ichidan, comic Steve Willhite, animator Reed Hawker and local author Matthew G. McMillan. Panels and workshops, tabletop gaming, video gaming, film screenings, and an art show and auction happen over three days for the self-described fan of all things sci-fi-gamer-anime.
10 a.m. to midnight, $30 for a three-day pass, $18 for a one-day pass and $9 for a single-event pass. Youth and senior discounts are available. Advance ticket holders and preregistrants get in an hour early. For more information, visit www.fandemonium.org. Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5500.
Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival
It's year 18 for the Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival, a two-day celebration paying tribute to the little handheld reed instrument. The actual competition takes place Saturday morning in the diatonic, chromatic and duo, trio and group categories, but the music starts on Friday night with concerts, open jams and street dances.
Friday through Sunday. Times and prices vary. For more information on scheduled performances, directions to Yellow Pine and accommodation, call 208-633-3300, or visit www.harmonicacontest.com.
3 friday - 8 wednesday
Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure may not be one of Shakespeare's best known works, but it's one of his most interesting social commentaries with respect to the sexes. When Vincentio, the duke of Vienna, realizes that his city's morality is on the decline, he goes in disguise as a friar and leaves his notoriously zero-tolerance aide Angelo in charge. Enter Claudio and his not-so-virginal bride-to-be. When overzealous Angelo catches wind of the betrothed couple's premarital activities, he sentences the bridegroom to death. Things get complicated when Angelo is caught trying to blackmail Claudio's virginal sister into his own bed.
Friday night is the preview show, Saturday night is opening night and Sunday's performance is the family show. Aug. 3-5, 7-8. Tuesday through Saturday, the house opens at 6:30 p.m., the greenshow starts at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Sunday's show starts at 7:30 p.m. $12-$38. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.
Free Family Fun
Every year, Nampa rolls out a great big ole fat community celebration that's one giant family playland of free entertainment. Yep, free. And just because it's free doesn't mean it's some lame gathering of crappy vendors trying to sell you a questionable hot dog while a mediocre local musician croons over a bad sound system. No siree. How's about three stages of entertainment with performances from High Street Band, JTB Rock & Roll Band, Boise Highlanders, American Idol finalist from Idaho Monica Salinas, Oinkari Basque Dancers, Master Magician Tim McNeil, Irish Dance Idaho and Pacific Rhythm Polynesian Dancers, two rings for pony rides, all kinds of inflatables to jump in or on, rock walls, magicians, phew. Did we mention it's free?
6-10 p.m., Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd Street St., 208-468-5500, www.nampaciviccenter.com.