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Top Billing • Speaking of Green • Whoop it up at the Neurolux • The Power of Many • A Weekend of Wonders

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16 Friday

Top Billing

Hear the best of show tunes from Broadway and Hollywood, including hits from Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors and Annie Get Your Gun at the latest offering of the ever-popular Pops Special Bravo Broadway concert hosted by the Boise Philharmonic. Broadway stars soprano Anne Runolfsson and tenor Gary Mauer, hit the stage for one night only led by guest conductor Harvey Felder of the Tacoma Symphony. Together, the talents also perform hits from shows like Cabaret, Titanic, Les Miserables and more. For tickets, contact the Boise Philharmonic at 208-344-7849.

8 p.m. $20, $35, $45, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu, boisephilharmonic.org.

Speaking of Green

Mayor Dave Bieter has declared this week in Boise to be forever known as Green Week. A series of events at the Green Expo at Boise Centre on the Grove May 17 and 18 are prompting dialogue all over the state. The spotlight turns to preservation efforts and eco-friendly organizations.

An old adage in the historic preservation community is that "the greenest building is the building already built." Preservation Idaho is co-sponsoring a lecture along with the North End Neighborhood Association on green building practices. The featured speaker is Mike Jackson, who holds an honorary fellow title from the American Institute of Architects. Jackson, who lectures all around the country, will discuss hot topics such as how using recycled materials in new projects not only saves money but also labor, materials and precious energy.

Dan Everhart, president of Preservation Idaho, says reclaiming materials for use in green building gives "an under-used building a new lease on life and at its heart, that is what historic preservation is all about."

6 p.m., FREE, Capitol City Christian Church, 615 N. 9th St., Boise, preservationidaho.org.

17 Saturday

Whoop it up at the Neurolux

The Stand Uppity Comedy Showcase is touring some big cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, and Boise made the cut. The dimly lit stage at the Neurolux lightens up with the zaniness of three comedians: Andy Kindler, a regular funny man on the The Late Show with David Letterman; Marc Maron from Air America and Eugene Mirman, who has recurring roles on the Cartoon Network's Aqua Teen Hunger Force and the HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords. The quipsters, who are not afraid to poke fun at themselves and everyone else, take pride in doling out the insults accordingly. For a preview, check out myspace.com/standuppity or visit the show's sponsor at 236.com/standuppity.

7-8:30 p.m., $14 through Ticketweb, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.

16 Friday – 17 Saturday

The Power of Many

The Idaho Mennonite World Relief Festival is two days of activities for a good cause. On Friday, a special quilt auction preview from 5 to 7 p.m. will give participants an idea of how high they are going to need to bid if they want to win during the main auction. For more than 30 years, the Mennonite Central Committee has focused on peaceful and productive relief efforts. Since 1921, the Mennonite Church has worked on projects that focus on world relief and clean water. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade organization, gives 88 percent of funds raised toward that purpose. Every year the group collects the pennies that many disregard without much thought. Last year the project collected more than $400,000. That's a lot of copper turned into buying power.

5 to 7 p.m. FREE, and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., College Church of the Nazarene (next to NNU Campus), 504 E. Dewey, Nampa, 208-465-0391.

16 Friday – 18 Sunday

A Weekend of Wonders

The Experience Festival fits nicely into the category of festivals you must experience. The combination of nature intermingled with creativity and commerce makes for sunny dispositions from all participants. Some people camp, others go home for the night but return the next day and start the experience all over again. Musical acts on the bill include, but are not limited to, Gypsy's Juke Rockers from Phoenix, Ariz., and local favorites Kamphire Collective and Americana "On Tour." Also performing are Equaleyes, Finn Riggins and Farm Dog.

4-9:30 p.m.; Sat. May 17, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., May 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $6 a day (children under 12 free) or all three days for $15 ($12 online), Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle, Idaho, gruntwerks.net.