Get Your Jazz On
Indian summer is in full swing, so get out and enjoy it while you can. The Brick Oven Bistro has just the ticket: cool jazz for a hot night with the last of this year's Jazz at the Bistro concerts. And did we mention that it's free? Come out tonight for the jazz stylings of local favorites the Frim Fram Fellas with special guest and Bay Area hotshot Denise Perrier. Emceed by Boise State "Jazz Straight Ahead" host Janie Harris.
6-9 p.m. FREE. Brick Oven Bistro, 801 W. Main St., 342-3456, www.brickovenbistro.com.
Our Bodies, Our Selves
There are many who believe that forewarned is forearmed, and that the best defense against unwanted pregnancy--and other lifelong ramifications resulting from uninformed sexual decisions--is knowledge. That's the cornerstone of Planned Parenthood's mission--contrary to the fear in some circles that they just want to get your daughters knocked up so they can force abortions on them.
If you're a parent with a kid "getting to that age"--and these days, the earlier the better--Planned Parenthood of Idaho has a little help on the knowledge-is-power front. They're bringing in nationally-touring sex ed advocate Shelby Knox to answer questions, present her Sundance film festival award-winning documentary, The Education of Shelby Knox, and participate in a post-film sex ed panel (since this is an educational event, we'll skip the cigarette joke that we would normally put right about here).
Knox was a devout young Southern Baptist girl who had taken a virginity-until-marriage vow when she saw that her school's "abstinence only" policy of sex education wasn't preventing youngsters from having sex, but merely failing to provide them with information that would help them make healthy choices. Because of her upbringing--she still holds her religious beliefs--and the opposition she's faced by those who think she's betraying her faith, it's likely that Knox will have a unique perspective on the matter that's worth hearing.
6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Dr. For more information, visit www.plannedparenthood.org/idaho or call 376-2277, ext. 11.
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians
Boise Little Theater kicks off the season with a little bit of murder, and tonight is opening night. And Then There Were None is based on the Agatha Christie's classic whodunnit novel Ten Little Indians, and the victims are offed most unpleasantly, as in the poem that inspired the murders ("Ten little Indian boys went out to dine/One choked his little self and then there were nine.") You can't help but have a good time watching them fall like flies and trying to figure out who will go next.
Sept. 8-9, 14-16, 21-23 at 8 p.m., Sept. 17 at 2 p.m., Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. $11, $9 seniors and students and everyone Sept. 20. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.
It seems obvious loking where you are right now that reading is one of life's great pleasures, but sometimes it's easy to forget that a love of reading is often something instilled in kids at an early age. The folks behind Literature in the Garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden have just that aim in mind. This family event uses books to spark in bibliophiles-in-training an interest in learning by bringing literature to life with stories, games and crafts.
The little ones won't be left out, either: There are special events geared toward small children and several readings will take place all day.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE for IBG members and the first 50 non-member children; then $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 2-12, FREE children under 6. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649. For more information and complete schedule of events, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Saturday 9-Sunday 10
Makes the Three Billy Goats Gruff Look Like a Pile of Garbage
Looking at tiny animals are another one of life's simple pleasures (and we're prepared to head-butt anybody who disagrees).
Some of the most adorable yet hilarious of the animal kingdom's tiny breeds are pygmy goats. Like children, they manage to look both huggable and yet diabolical at the same time. But don't take our word for it: Go see the cloven-hoofed munchkins for yourself at this weekend's pygmy goat show, presented by the Rocky Mountain Pygmy Goat Club.
Sept. 9-10, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Sheep ring, Expo Idaho (formerly the Western Idaho Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood.
Preservation Idaho presents their "ArchWalk" guided walking tours around Boise each month, and since the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit opened at Boise Art Museum and sparked a kind of architecture mania, they haven't been able to keep up with demand.
Get your reservation early for this one, as one of Preservation Idaho's experts guides an hour and a half tour around Boise to explore the limited influence of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style here in Boise. Dan Everhart, the group's president, says the tour will also "discuss the reasons for those limitations and speak about both the wider influences on Wright and the influences of Wright."
7 p.m. $5. To make that reservation and get information on the tour's starting point, call 424-5111.