SMALL TOWN AMERICA
It's a funny thing when a play written almost 70 years ago, concerning a handful of unremarkable people of its period and staged with nearly nothing in the way of a set, still has the power to hold audiences rapt with thoughts on life that are relevant today. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, debuted in 1938, and it's still performed by community theaters around the country--including The New Heritage Theatre Co.
The simple three-act drama touches on life's almost tragic mundanities--school and dinner and church and weddings and gossip and birthday parties--through the life and early death of Emily Webb in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Through the dead in his spare, unhappy play, Wilder encourages the audience to treasure each moment of life, while at the same time seeming to say it can't be done.
$8 preview shows Oct. 4-5 at 7 p.m. Runs Wed.-Sat. through Oct. 15 ($25 general, $15 seniors and students, with pay-what-you-can shows Oct. 11-12 and 15). Mountain View High School, 2000 S. Millenium Way, Meridian. For more information or tickets, call 381-0958.
We wish we had room to do more than tell you to check out Stage Coach Theater's production of the comedy, The Gazebo; Boise State's production of an Idaho writer's drama, In the Sawtooths; the acerbic Lips Together, Teeth Apart being staged by Spontaneous Productions; Knock 'Em Dead's production of the classic Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Prairie Dog Productions' comical The Three Musketeers--but we don't. (Peruse our 8 Days Out calendar to read more about what's playing when.)
However, you have just one night this season to see local director Farideh Fardjam's production of German playwright Bertolt Brecht's classic The Life of Galileo (translation by Sir David Hare), so we're setting aside a little space to make sure you know about it.
The play tells the story of the Galileo Galilei's trouble with the Inquisition when he dared to defend the Copernican model of the solar system--that is, with the Earth revolving around the sun, rather than the other way 'round, as the Catholic Church declared. (Galileo was a Catholic, but took a less literal view of the Bible than the Church on matters of astronomy.) Galileo finally denies his findings at the threat of torture, a struggle between intellectual integrity and self-preservation, faith and science.
Brecht himself was no stranger to authoritarian pressure, having left Hitler's Germany in the '30s--the regime deemed his plays "degenerate"--for the United States, spending time in the U.S.S.R. and eventually returning to East Germany. Watch the play with that in mind.
7 p.m. Tickets $20-$35 (available at the Boise Co-op and the student union info desk). Special Events Center, Boise State campus, 1800 University Dr., 426-4316, sub.boisestate.edu/spec.
Lancia? De Tomaso? Ducati? Moto Guzzi? If the only Italian vehicle maker you can name is Ferrari, then you need to hop in your Geo Metro and race over (or the best approximation of racing you can do in a Metro; trying making "VROOM!" noises with your mouth) to the Stuffed Olive in Eagle for the 9th Annual Eagle All Italian Car and Motorcycle Show. Or if you're already in the know, give the ol' Spider a wash-and-wax and come show off for your hot rod amici. Besides those pretty little Italian cars and motorbikes, there will be food and live music by Riccardo Bartolome.
2 p.m. FREE. The Stuffed Olive, 404 S. Eagle Rd., Suite A, Eagle. For more information about the car show, call Rob at 433-1433.
FALL FOR KOREA
Boise is a city that likes to celebrate its delightfully diverse community, so don't miss Korean Day at the Market, an annual event presented by the Boise Korean Baptist Church and the Boise Korean Cultural Education Center as part of the city's "Fall For Boise" celebration. This event celebrates and shares with the community Korean culture, from folk dance to music, to art. Events include an address by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Julie Numbers-Smith from the Boise City Arts Commission and Maria Carmen Gambliel from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, tae kwan do demonstrations, dancing, music, a parade for everyone and a hands-on Korean arts lesson.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown.
SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BEAST
You like animals? You like music? Then you should like viola and bass clarinet duo Darkwood Consort's Feast of Saint Francis concert in honor of everyone's favorite medieval patron saint of animals. Joining Aage and Jennifer will be regular guests Donovan Schatz (on bassoon) and Karlin Coolidge (on flute), as well as Jennifer Brink (adding French horn and helping with narration). The program will include critter-themed tunes like Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals," Danish and Icelandic songs about birds, "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane, and more. Groovy, man.
2 p.m. $12 general, $8 students and seniors. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 416 N. 9th St., www.darkwoodconsort.com.