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Kiss Summer Goodbye

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Wednesday 23

The Doobies Are just Alright

Late August in the Idaho mountains is a beautiful thing: The weather is warm, but not too warm, and the air is fresh. At Tamarack's Summer Concert Series, the air in Donnelly will be filled with grooviness--the Doobie Brothers are in town.

For what seems to BW's whippersnappers like a long-ass time, the Brothers Doob have been classic rock radio fodder. If you think you don't know the Doobie sound, might we remind you of undying Doobie tunes such as "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Listen To The Music" and "Black Water"? What about that funky Dixieland that they so desperately wanted to hear, pretty mama?

The dark Michael MacDonald years in the middle now over, the Doobie Brothers will hit the Tamarack Amphitheatre stage with half their original lineup and a lot of nostalgic charm for the people who remember the good old days.

And if the Doobies aren't enough to draw you north, the Little River Band--yeah, the Australian '70s rock group of "Lonesome Loser" fame--will open.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $39.50, available at www.ticketweb.com, by calling 1-800-965-4827 or 208-466-TIXX, or at Paul's Market in McCall. Tamarack Resort, 2099 W. Mountain Rd., Box 840 (off Hwy 55), Donnelly. For more information, call (208) 325-1000 or visit www.tamarackidaho.com.

Friday 25

You Think Your Job Stinks?

Although we're always sad to see summer wind down, that wistfulness is tempered by a couple of things. Shouting "Ha ha! You have to go to school! Welcome back ... to Hell!" as the kids march back into school is one of them. The other is that the theater season finally begins, after a quiet and sporadic several months off. Stage Coach Theatre opens their 2006-2007 season with Darlene Craviotto's darkly comic play, Pizza Man, directed for SCT by Don Walker.

If you've ever wondered what can happen when two women take out their frustrations with the world on an innocent pizza delivery guy, here's the chance to find out. The play is billed as a dark comedy, but be warned: This one is not for the kiddies or the faint of heart--it involved a very controversial premise about sexual assault and gender roles.

Maybe you're anticipating the theater season as much as we are. Maybe you're just curious as to how the playwright and SCT can make this premise funny. Only one way to find out.

Aug. 25-26, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 and Sept. 7-9; 8:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Thur., 2 p.m. Sun. matinee. $12 Fri.-Sat., $10 Thur. and Sun. Stage Coach Theatre, in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at Overland and Orchard. For reservations, call 342-2000., or visit www.stagecoachtheatre.com.

Friday 25-Saturday 26

Ivanhoe? I never!

Part of nexStage Theatre's Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Sun Valley Renaissance Faire is medieval mania for the whole family (you may have to convince dad to wear the plumed hat).

The parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. is the Faire's official kick-off, and will be led by this year's King and Queen, Renaissance riders and many of the Faire's entertainers.

Festivities include costumes, vendors selling medieval-themed wares, lots of medieval-themed food like roasted meats, tasty pies, country ale and sweetmeats (you can attend the King's Feast luncheon for $25, which includes wine) ... and don't forget the entertainment. The Seattle Knights will perform equestrian feats. There will also be actors, jesters and jugglers, a Punch and Judy show, bagpipers, fiddlers, dancers, fencing and medieval combat groups and an archery range.

The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival itself features The Comedy Of Errors in Ketchum's Forest Service Park, at 6 p.m., August 24 through 27 and August 29 through September 3. Get out your bright tights and your puffed sleeves and check it out.

Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 adults, $10 for two adults when accompanied by children, $5 seniors and students, FREE children under 14. Dress in medieval costume and get $1 off. Sun Valley Festival Meadows, Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum. For more information, call (208) 726-9124.

Saturday 26

Beer and Bikes

For several years now, participants in the bike and beer festival known as Tour de Fat come down and enjoy dressing up themselves and their bikes, drinking plenty of good beer and riding around on their two-wheelers. Once again this year, there will be music, dancing, contests, games and more, so save your Renaissance Faire tights for the occasion. The bike parade begins at 11 a.m., so don't be late.

It doesn't cost a thing to participate, and all proceeds from shirts and beer sold go to support the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association and the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. Costumes, bicycles and Fat Tire. Sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday.

11 a.m. Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd. For more information, visit www.swimba.org.

Sunday 27

Black Gold, Not Texas Tea

TVCTV, the Valley's only public-access channel, can be counted for programming as diverse as it is interesting. You won't see this stuff elsewhere ... unless you're at the Flicks this Sunday when TVCTV presents the fourth film in the documentary series Black Gold, a study of coffee, global trade, and how they intersect in the fair trade movement.

After the screening, stick around for a figurative cuppa and a panel discussion with Ross Burkhart, a poly-sci prof at Boise State, Anna Belt of Ten Thousand Villages, Dave Nichols from Buzz Coffee, Dave Ledgard of Dawson Taylor, and Casey O'Leary, a local organic farmer.

7 p.m. $11 (tickets benefit TVCTV). The Flicks, 646 Fulton St. For more information, call 343-1100.