Come Blow Your Horn • 26th Annual Hyde Park Street Fair • Log Cabin Ex Libris Fundraiser • XFest • Darkwood Consort's "Three B's" Concert 

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Thursday 15

Come Blow Your Horn

Come Blow Your Horn, Neil Simon's first play, premiered in the U.S. in 1961 and went on to become a movie and comedy classic. Appropriately, Simon's first stage outing will be Boise Little Theater's first stage outing of the 2005-2006 season.

8 p.m, $10 reserved, $8 seniors, students and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.com.

Friday 16

26th Annual Hyde Park Street Fair

Busy this weekend? Yeah, you are: Hop on your bike and pedal down to the best darn street fair in town.

The North End Neighborhood Association has rounded the quarter-century bend and this year's Street Fair promises to top all others. This annual fundraising event for the North End Neighborhood Association should attract over 30,000 people with its art, craft and food booths and live entertainment.

And what entertainment they have scheduled this year. Headliners include Bill Coffey and Seven Devils on Friday, Farm Dog on Saturday and on Sunday, Frim Fram Four and Gale Chapman. And that's just the first stage. There's a second stage of entertainment, too.

Also performing is Circo Mutante, an independent circus teamed with a network of artists called S.P.A.Z. (Semi Permanent Autonomous Zone), part of the Nascent Project, a nonprofit arts collective. Circo Mutante is based in the Bay Area and features clowns, acrobats, stilt walkers, unicyclers, jugglers, fire performers, dancers, singers, DJs, live circus band, sound and light techs, electronic wizards, mechanical geniuses and backstage gurus. The tour buses themselves are an attraction--converted to run on waste vegetable oil.

And if your brain is overloaded by the great food, art, music and performance, check out the kids' area, too.

Parking is always an issue, but those clever fair organizers won't be stumped: They'll be turning the tennis courts into valet bike parking for pedal-minded fairgoers. So pedal on down and let them take off on your bike, or take advantage of the pleasant weather and shuffle on down there on foot. Don't forget to stop by the BW booth.

September 16 from 5-10 p.m., September 17 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and September 18 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Camels Back Park.

Saturday 17

Log Cabin Ex Libris Fundraiser

Ex Libris is a fundraiser dinner for the Log Cabin Literary Center's education programs, Writers in the Schools and Summer Writing Camp.

Critically acclaimed author Anthony Doerr will be the keynote speaker at the event. Doerr and his family just returned from spending several months in Italy and the experience will be the substance of Doerr's talk. Doerr is the author of an award-winning collection of short stories, The Shell Collector, and his first novel, last fall's About Grace, will be released this month in paperback.

When asked how he came to be the evening's keynote speaker, Doerr says simply, "I'm on the board." Just back from Italy, Doerr says they asked him to talk about the trip and he agreed. Self-deprecation aside, if Doerr speaks as well as he writes, the event should be quite interesting.

New York-based guitarist Tomas Rodriguez will also be appearing at the event. Rodriguez's family has long been a friend to the Log Cabin.

If the wealth of talent isn't draw enough, come out and support a good cause.

$100 per plate, the Rose Room, Log Cabin Literary Center, 801 S Capitol Blvd, 331-8000.

XFest

The people have spoken. Over the last month and a half, almost 50 bands have competed in The Core's Battle of the Bands vying for the enviable position of being one of the top five vote-getters thereby guaranteeing them a spot on the locals' stage at XFest.

On Saturday, September 17, 100.3 TheX presents XFest, a celebration of music and the people who make it happen: the listeners. The Presidents of the United States, MXPX, Vendetta Red, Megan McCauley and Art of Dying hit one stage at the Idaho Center Arena and, in alphabetical order, the five local bands who are going to strut their stuff in front of thousands are Cassidy, Evologic, Final Underground, Keeping Secrets and OCD. With food and beverage vendors, skate demos, video games and lots of booths.

Saturday, September 17, The Idaho Center, 3-9 p.m., $15 advance (at Paul's Markets or online at www.ictickets.com), $20 at the gate.

Sunday 18

Darkwood Consort's "Three B's" Concert

If you haven't seen Darkwood before--shame on you--today's season-starting concert is a good place to start.

"The B's" will find the ensemble performing, appropriately enough, works by Boismortier, Bloch and Brahms. Darkwood's funny, informational, offbeat and yet totally professional approach to chamber music is always a treat.

2 p.m., $12 general, $8 students and seniors, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 416 N. 9th St., 345-9116, www.darkwoodconsort.com.

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