Jazz on the Grove
The people of Boise pride themselves on promoting, encouraging and being involved in the arts. Proof of that is the two-month celebration, Fall for Boise. Fall for Boise is a celebration of visual and performing arts and continues through the months of September and October. The main musical event is Jazz on the Grove which offers an evening of live jazz performances. The show includes performances from Luther Hughes, the Cannonball Coltrane Project and headliners, the terrific Paul Tillotson Trio.
This year, Janie Harris, the Downtown Boise Association and the Capital City Development Corporation continue Gene Harris' legacy and present Jazz on the Grove to give thanks to the surrounding community for supporting and encouraging the arts in Boise.
The evening concert is free, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase from local restaurants.
5-10 p.m., FREE, Boise Centre on the Grove.
Idaho Black History Museum 10th Anniversary Bridge Gala
The Idaho Black History Museum holds its 10th Anniversary Bridge Gala and Dinner on Friday at the Center on the Grove. The community is invited to attend to help celebrate the museum and help maintain it.
The evening will be a tribute to Vernon Baker, the only living African-American World War II veteran to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. In 1997--over 50 years after World War II ended--seven African-American soldiers were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor, given to members of the armed forces who have distinguished themselves with extreme valor in the face of life-threatening risk above and beyond the call of duty. President Clinton commissioned Bay Area artist JoeSam to create portraits of WWII Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
The portrait, with special signings by JoeSam and Baker, will be auctioned off that evening. Other items to be auctioned include dinner with Mayor Dave Bieter, dining at several of Boise's finest restaurants and merchants, Disney Park passes, a stay in a Maui condo, a five-course private home dinner, merchandise and event tickets.
6-10 pm., $85 per person or $705 for a table of 10, Center on the Grove, www.ibhm.org.
The Visible Men
The Visible Men are coming back to Boise. Whew. After their sparsely attended show the last time they were in town a couple of months ago, there was some concern they'd never come back. But back they are.
The Visible Men are Dustin Lanker on vocals and keyboards, Dan Schmid on bass and Jordan Glenn on drums. Two of the men in this pop trio out of Oregon are former members of a band that will remain nameless, but just know that said band name puts fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. But that's not important. What is important is that this keyboard, bass and drum trio plays smart, sensitive tunes that are humorous and often heartbreaking. Their latest CD, Love .30 is a collection of songs that are somehow reminiscent of being in junior high but sound grown-up at the same time. Comparisons to Ben Folds and Badly Drawn Boy have been made by more than one music critic and with good reason. These are three of the nicest guys who are serious about their music, but have a sense of humor about it at the same time. It's a good thing these Men are coming back to town and anyone searching for entertaining and thought-provoking music needs to get out to their show. After you see them live, you'll understand why it's a good thing they're playing here again. And hopefully again.
9 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., www.neurolux.com.
For a some real fun this Friday night, troop on over to China Blue, drop your five-spot and get ready for Boise's first and only burlesque revue, the Kitty Club Burlesque.
The show, "Featuring Girls Around the World," will showcase the cheeky stylings of Miss Kitty, Miss Take, Artamesia and Mabel Sugar, as well as their stagehands--or "flight attendants"-- Miss Behavin and Jeni Talia, and emcee Hollywood. As the name suggests, the show will have an international air. Tres cosmopolitan.
Kitty Club is part camp, part vaudeville and all cheek, as you know if you attended their last show, "The Girls Next Door," last February.
Says Miss Kitty, "There are a lot of burlesque troupes out there and a lot of them have different takes on it. We're just trying to keep to the original burlesque form of dancing and comedy. If you take that away, it's just stripping."
Not going to the Moulin Rouge any time soon? Here's your chance to check out what the burlesque experience is all about. Meow.
9 p.m., $5, China Blue, 100 S. 6th St., 338-6604.
All for Art and Art For All
This is Art in the Parking Lot, not Art in the Park (don't be confused just because it's held on the same weekend). This inaugural event is the egalitarian, for-locals-by-locals alternative to that other event. The point is to promote the works of Boise area artists in an event mixing finer art, ceramic and glass artists and more--look for unusual, interesting and off the beaten path. Plus, profits from the show go to the YMCA for a children's art program. With over 50 local art vendors, a raffle, food and awesome live music, you should be there.
Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, corner of Capital and Front, downtown.
Hyde Park 13th on 13th
Yes, it's that time again. You know what to do by now. Get thee down to Hyde Park and enjoy some community fun. Consider this a warm-up for the Hyde Park Street Fair.
7-10 p.m., FREE, Hyde Park, Boise.