Are you one of the funniest people you know? If you are and have less than six months stand-up experience, have never been paid for stand-up and have performed at fewer than 15 open mics, you should audition for Boise's Funniest Person 2016. On Saturdays in July, the amateur comics chosen compete before a live audience and a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000 and the title of BFP.
Auditions are at Liquid on Saturday, June 18, 2-6 p.m.; and on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21, 7-10 p.m. Show up, register for a spot (first come, first served) and when you're called, you'll go into a room, hang out with a few judges, answer some questions, tell a joke and get your picture taken. It's easy, it's casual and the whole process should take about 10 minutes. More info at boisesfunniestperson.com.
On a more serious but no less entertaining note, two of Barsuk Records' finest play The Olympic on Thursday, June 16. Singer-songwriter David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) has often waxed on faith, existential angst and other massive conceptual themes. No matter how dense the subject matter, however, Bazan has always had a knack for building a synth/bedroom pop-esque tune, layering little notes and big melodies in surprising ways that beg repeated listens—this is especially true of his hot-off-the-press release Blanco (Barsuk, May 2016). Opening for Bazan will be sweet-voiced songster Laura Gibson, the inspiration for NPR's incredibly popular Tiny Desk Concert series. Gibson also has a hot new release, Empire Builder (Barsuk/City Slang, April 2016), which is rife with her dreamy vocals and reflections on loss and redemption. This show promises to be as engaging as it is thought-provoking.
In some Boise Weekly housekeeping news, the deadline for our annual Black-and-White Photo Contest is today, Wednesday, June 1, at midnight. We've gone totally digital, so visit bwphotocontest.boiseweekly.com for submission rules and instructions. Passports to Patios begins today, too. Get your passport in our June 1, June 8 or June 15 editions; visit the fabulous participating locations and get it stamped; and return it to BWHQ for a chance to win prizes worth more than $2,000. Instructions are inside each passport and at boiseweekly.com. Bon voyage!