Pirates of Penzance • Richard Bausch • Earth Day Festival • 

thursday 19

Pirates of Penzance

Direct from London, the Carl Rosa Opera Company brings their acclaimed Gilbert and Sullivan production to Nampa. To wrap up their 45-year anniversary season, Caldwell Fine Arts presents the hilarious comedic opera about an apprentice pirate turned gentleman, Frederic, and the mayhem of identities that ensue. Laugh through the love, suspense and duplicity of tender-hearted pirates and bumbling policemen. Featuring over 30 cast members and a 20-piece orchestra.

7:30 p.m. $26-$31 per ticket, $6 student discount at the door, online or by phone. 208-459-3405, www.caldwellfinearts.org. Jewett Auditorium, Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.

Friday 20

An Evening With Richard Bausch

"I don't ever think about Truth per se. I don't really know what that is ... When I write, I'm interested in the truth of experience. What things feel like, sound like, taste like, look like. I want to be faithful to that truth." --Richard Bausch

American writer Richard Bausch has authored 10 novels and seven collections of short stories, including Thanksgiving Night, Wives and Lovers and Hello to the Cannibals. All proceeds from the evening benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, which places volunteers with abused, neglected or abandoned children.

Doors open at 6 p.m., reading at 7 p.m. $15 general advance, $20 general door, $5 students advance, $10 students door. For tickets, contact Dave Nicholas at DavidNicholas@boisestate.edu. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., Boise, www.bigeasyconcerts.com. For more information on CASA, visit www.familyadvocate.org/casa.htm.

Saturday 21

Earth Day Festival

It's time to pamper Mother Earth, and various local nonprofit organizations and volunteers have organized just the right thing to get you started. This year's festival starts off with service projects in the morning, including park clean-ups, river restoration and zoo projects, then kicks into a celebration around noon. Celebrate the environment with local food and beverages, kids' activities, educational booths highlighting smart, everyday environmental solutions easily applied at home, and live entertainment, including headliners The Heard.

8 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. For service project details, call Joey at 208-424-6734. For a detailed schedule of events, visit www.idahoearthfest.org. Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd., Boise.

Plants: to plant, to grow, to love

Stock up on veggies, exotic plants and Idaho grasses at this year's selection of plant sales happening around the valley.

Idaho Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sale: Enjoy snacks and beverages while choosing from a more unusual plant selection this year, including the newest cultivars of annuals and perennials and the latest in African daisies, zinnias, dahlias, blanket flowers, clematis, coleus and geraniums.

8 a.m.-4 p.m. $1. For more information, call 208-343-8649 or visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise,

Idaho Earth Institute Plant Sale: Featuring organic vegetables (including heirloom varieties), herbs, "Bug Bloom Blend" seed mix (to attract beneficial insects) and organic, native, water-thrifty perennials and shrubs. Part of Idaho Earthfest, happening in Julia Davis Park between Zoo Boise and Discovery Center.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. For more information, call 208-333-0312 or visit www.idahoearth.org. Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd., Boise.

Idaho Native Plant Society Annual Native Plant Sale: Presenting a variety of plants native to Southwest Idaho, including shrubs, grasses and flowers.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. For more information, call 208-384-1244, or visit www.idahonativeplants.org. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.

Plants at the Market: Capital City Public Market kicks off the season. Check out various flowers and plants from local vendors.

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Capital City Public Market, on 8th Street betwehen Main and Bannock, 208-345-9287. For more information, visit www.capitalcitypublicmarket.com.

sitting pretty, and comfortably

Featuring the 15th Annual Chair Affair Gala: an evening of mingling and refreshments while viewing chairs created by students and professionals as part of the furniture competition sponsored by Interior Designers of Idaho. The competition provides designers, architects, artists, furniture designers/fabricators and students the opportunity to create and display their original designs. The evening will culminate with an awards ceremony, offering seven awards in the following categories: best professional design, best student design, best sculptural design, best craftsmanship, best functional design, most creative design and people's choice award.

7 p.m. $20 advance, $22 door. Interior Designers of Idaho, 1299A N. Orchard, Boise, 208-384-5050, www.interiordesignersofidaho.org.

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