Friday, May 9, 2008


Here's a rundown of what's coming up in the Boise arts community (all times are in the evening unless otherwise specified):
  • May 10: Tonight is the last night to see The Little Dog Laughed, the inaugural play of the brand new Alley Repertory Theater at the Visual Arts Collective behind the Woman of Steel Gallery on Chinden in Garden City. The show starts at 8:00.
  • Now through May 25: The Boise Art Museum is hosting Submerge, an exhibit of miniature ships made of weathered wood and electronic bits by artist John Taylor.
  • Now through June 7: Prairie Dog Productions continues its productions of The Sword of Zerro! or, From Z to Shining Z at the theater on Cassia Street. If you guessed "parody of Zorro," you guessed right. Show dates are May 10-11, 16-18, 23-24 and 30-31 and June 6-7; evening shows start at 7:15 and Sunday matinees are at 2:00.
  • Now through June 14: Knock 'em Dead Dinner Theater is producing Jake's Women, a Neil Simon comedy, at the theater on Ninth Street. Show dates are May 10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 and June 5-7 and 12-14.
  • Now through June 22: The Boise Art Museum is displaying Marsden Hartley's modern artwork, much of which are semi-abstract pieces based on the American Southwest, and Andrea Merrell's installation Measure of Man, which includes her interpretations of 14th century Italian fresco murals.
  • May 16: The Boise Philharmonic is putting on its Pops Concert at 8:00 in the Morrison Center. They'll be playing tunes from West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Annie Get Your Gun,Titanic, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors and others.
  • May 18: The Treasure Valley Youth Symphony performs its season finale at 7:00 at Centennial High School.
  • May 22: Author Paula Coomer will read from her new short story collection, Summer of Government Cheese, at 7:30 at the Log Cabin Literary Center. Coomer was a 2006 nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry and fiction.
  • May 23: Boise Little Theater's production of The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon opens May 23 at 8:00 at the theater on Fort Street and runs May 24 and 29-31 and June 1 and 4-7.
  • May 30: Opening night of Stage Coach Theatre's production of Moon Over the Brewery at 8:15. The play is about a 13-year-old girl and her imaginary friend and their efforts to sabotage her mom's dates with new boyfriends. (I sat in on part of a rehearsal and I thought the girl playing the lead was well cast -- she displays a good acting range and seems comfortable with her character.) The play continues May 31 and June 5-8 and 12-14.
  • June 7: The Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens its first play of the season, All's Well that Ends Well, at 8:00 at the amphitheater on Warm Springs. The romantic comedy about a woman determined to track down her husband in war-torn Europe continues June 8, 17-18, 21-22, and 26-27, and July 1-2, 5, and 17-18.
  • June 13: Opera Idaho hosts Opera Under the Stars at 7:00 at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. The resident singers will be performing hits from the Met and Broadway.

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