Bad Sunburns, Good Vibes • O'Reilly's Favorite Leftie • Don't Say No To Partying • Digest Architecture 

Friday 15-Sunday 17

BAD SUNBURNS, GOOD VIBES

Shh ... do you hear that, man? It's the sound of hundreds of your fellow Boiseans putting away their shaving razors, measuring the exact number of beans in their Hacky Sacks (er, "footbags") and carefully pre-dirtying the soles of their feet. This symphony can only portend one event: The unparalleled good times of the 27th reincarnation of the Hyde Park Street Fair.

Check out the insert in this issue for a complete guide to the weekend's lineup, which includes plenty of bluegrass, country and rawk music on the main stage, nine hours of drum-powered madness in the Drum Central dome on Saturday and Sunday and then--on the creative arts stage--everything from world music, to yoga demonstrations to a nationally sanctioned footbag tourney.

And, as if you needed another reason to ride your bike to this event beside the obvious, "there's never a parking spot to be found within 20 hectares of the fair," "Heron Street is closed all weekend" and "So's I can get just the weensiest bit loopy on the happy juice," the Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association will be providing complimentary bike valet service in the park's tennis court all weekend. Donations will be accepted, of course.

Sept. 15, 5 p.m.- 10 p.m., Sept. 16, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Camels Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St. For more information, visit www.northend.org.

Saturday 16

O'REILLY'S FAVORITE LEFTIE

If you've been paying attention at all, you've been reading Ted Rall at about page 8 (give or take a couple of pages) of this paper for some time now. He's controversial. He's not one bit shy about criticizing the things that incur his wrath--whether it's the war in Iraq, the president, rich people or cops who catch him in speed traps. Ted Rall will make his first-ever Boise appearance, mining his new book, Silk Road to Ruin, for lecture material. Come see the guy Rush Limbaugh calls an "imbecile" and an "ignoramus" and the Guardian UK calls "America's most offensive." We promise you won't be bored.

7-9 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.). $20 advance, $24 at the door (available at the Egyptian Theatre box office). The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net.

Sunday 17

DON'T SAY NO TO PARTYING

The lines are drawn for November 2. On one side are the creators and supporters of House Resolution 2, which, if passed at the polls, will "prohibit recognition by the State of Idaho, or any of its political subdivisions, of civil unions, domestic partnerships, or any other relationship that attempts to approximate marriage, no matter how denominated ... [and] prohibit the State of Idaho, or any of its political subdivisions, from granting any or all of the legal benefits of marriage to civil unions, domestic partnerships, or any other relationship that attempts to approximate marriage." On the other side are the resolution's opponents, led by the group Idaho Votes No, who say they are fighting the tolerant fight to protect the rights of LGBTQ couples and families, but also heterosexual couples who opt not to marry.

If you think that the state government should stop bothering with rules that only make sense to a fraction of the population and get back to fighting about rules that make sense to no one--we're thinking property taxes, here--you can meet plenty of like-minded folks at the Fairness For All Families Party. With food by 8th Street Wine Company and music by Rebecca Scott, Hill & Costello and others, the event promises to be as pleasing to the senses as to the progressive sensibilities. For more information or to donate, visit www.idahovotesno.org.

5-8 p.m., Hidden Springs Barn, 5525 Hidden Springs Dr.

Wednesday 20

DIGEST ARCHITECTURE

Further riding the wave of interest sparked by its "Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful" exhibit, Boise Art Museum is hosting a series of lectures on architecture given by internationally known architects in a three-date event they're calling "A Place for Art: Contemporary Museum Design." This week marks the first lecture, featuring architect Antoine Predock of Albuquerque. Predock recently received the American Institute Gold Medal and should definitely have enough to speak about, museum design wise--Predock is the architect of the Tacoma Art Museum, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Taiwan's National Palace Museum, just to name a few of his numerous design credits. On September 21, Will Bruder of Phoenix, Arizona, will speak. His museum design credits include the Nevada Museum of Art and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. And on September 22, writer Scott J. Tilden of Washington, Connecticut, will be in town to discuss the creation of two famous Guggenheim museums--the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed one in New York City and Frank Gehry's design in Bilbao, Spain. Tilden is the author of Architecture for Art: American Art Museums 1938-2008.

This trio of talks sponsored by the Idaho chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Hardy Foundation is billed as a rare opportunity to hear speak some of today's most influential architects.

5:30 p.m. $10 general, $8 members (or for all three lectures, $25 general, $20 members). The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. For more information or reservations, call 345-8330, ext. 36 or ext. 16, or visit www.boiseartmuseum.org.

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