Opening Night of True West
For the past two years, the True West Cinema Festival has been a celebration of--what else?--the spirit of the West and the artists and filmmakers who reflect that spirit in their work. The four-day festival kicks off Thursday night with the first screening of this year's festival and an opening night party hosted by the Reel Women of The West. Starring Paul Giamatti (of Sideways fame), The Hawk Is Dying, will play at 7 p.m. at the Flicks. After the movie, the party starts at 9:30 p.m. Prepare to party hardy, in indie-cinema style, of course.
Throughout the festival, there will be narrative films, short film collections, documentaries and a showing of the film classic Easy Rider. To learn more about the films, visit www.truewestcinema.org.
Movie screening: 7 p.m. $8. Reel Women of The West opening night party: 9:30 p.m. $4. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 342-4222.
Friday 11-Sunday 13
Blues in the Park
Where do you go to get your blues fix? Canyon County, Idaho, of course. Don't believe us? Then check out Caldwell's 9th Annual Blues in the Park and see what we mean.
This festival brings in top blues talent year after year for your listening pleasure. On Friday, the music is at Creekside Grill and Music of the Vine (2805 Blaine St., Ste. 100) from 7 to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, from 1-9 p.m., the jamming happens at Caldwell Memorial Park (on the corner of Kimball and Grant streets), with headlining act Studebaker John. If that's not enough blues for ya, the head over to the Boise Blues Society's "after-jam" at Victor's Hogs n' Horns (3110 E. Cleveland Blvd.), with Bobby Lindstrom & Friends from 9:30 p.m.-midnight. Groovy.
$10 per day, tickets available at Woody's Outdoor Power, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and American Music; the harmonica workshop (Fri. at 5 p.m.) is $15 and includes a pass to the Fri. night event, For more information and a complete lineup, visit www.bestofcaldwell.com/BITP/caldwellbluesinthepark.htm.
Cherry Bombs Burlesque and Cabaret
The Cherry Bombs aren't Boise's first or only burlesque review (lest we forget the cuties in Kitty Club Burlesque), but Boise's a growing city and there's room for more than one. The Cherry Bombs' inaugural performance of theatrical, humorous, teasing "high" burlesque will be not just a naughty good time, but a much-need fundraiser for a good cause. All individual donations and 10 percent of ticket sales benefit Boise State's Women's Center to assist in reinstating its sexual violence prevention hotline. The goal is to raise at least $500 for the Center. Can we call it empowered women empowering women?
B-25 Bomber Days
This festival at the Warhawk Air Museum is a wannabe flyer's dream, with B-25 fly-bys in the morning and afternoon each day and EAA Young Eagles free airplane rides for kids on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon.--fun activities for the entire family. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Bob Cardin will give a talk on the July 15, 1942, emergency landing of the Lost Squadron and the rescue of the 25 stranded crewmen from the Greenland glacier. He will also talk about the 1992 recovery of the P-38 Glacier Girl from inside the Greenland ice cap and show pictures of the recovery, reviewing the restoration process that culminated with the "first flight" of the P-38 Glacier Girl on October 26, 2002. Steven Hinton, test pilot for the flight, will also be at the museum to describe his experience in putting the Glacier Girl into the air for the first time in 64 years.
Aug. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 adults, $6 children (4-10) and seniors (65+). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 adults, $6 children/seniors., 465-6446. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, www.warhawkairmuseum.org.
Caldwell Night Rodeo
The CNR has been kicking cowboy butt for over 70 years, so you know the racin', ridin', ropin', stompin' drill. However, if you check out the rodeo tonight, the seats are cheap and the kids (up to six of your brood) get in free. Cool rodeo action and a hot deal? Yee-haw!
Aug. 13-19. Tue.-Thur., $13 adult, $4.50 junior (12 and under), $10 senior (62+); Fri., $17.50 adult, $8 juniors; Sat., $20 adult, $8 juniors; Tue.-Wed. Night Family Special: Up to six children (under 16) get FREE with each paid adult, no junior ticket required. Caldwell Night Rodeo Grounds, 2301 Blaine Street, Caldwell. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.caldwellnightrodeo.com.