Friday, May 16, 2008


Here's a roundup of upcoming arts events in the Boise area. Times are p.m. unless stated otherwise:

  • May 16: The College of Idaho Chorale and Chamber Singers' Spring Concert will be 7:30 in Jewett Auditorium at the C of I campus in Caldwell.
  • 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 17: The College of Idaho String Quartet performs pieces by Mozart, Antonin Dvorak, Samuel Barber and Franz Schubert at 1:00 in Langroise Recital Hall at the C of I campus in Caldwell.
  • May 17: Senior recital by College of Idaho student Jacob Fulcher at 7:30 in the Langroise Recital Hall at the C of I campus in Caldwell.
  • May 18: The Treasure Valley Youth Symphony performs its season finale at 7:00 at Centennial High School.
  • May 21: Opening night of Cirque du Soleil's production of Saltimbanco at 7:30 at Boise State University's Taco Bell Arena. Cirque du Soleil continues performing May 22-25.
  • 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.
  • 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 May 27: Boise State University alumnus Rex Silvernail's mixed-media sculptures are on display at BSU's Student Union Gallery.
  • 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 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.
  • May 30: Opening night of The Odd Couple -- Female Version by Neil Simon at 7:00 at CAN-ACT at 603 Everett St., Caldwell. The show continues May 31 and June 6-7 and 12-14.
  • May 30: The 29th Annual Idaho Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition opens at the Student Union Gallery at Boise State University. The exhibit continues through June 26.
  • 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.
  • June 14: The Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens The Crucible, Arthur Miller's play about the Salem witch trials. It continues June 15, 19-20, 24-25 and 28-29 and July 3-4, 19-20 and 22-23.

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