Southwest Idaho Report 

G.I. Gone

Miss Saigon, a contemporary adaptation of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, is a love story set during the turmoil of the Vietnam War. An American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. For years, they struggle to find each other their story ending in tragedy, joy and redemption. Since its premiere in 1989, Miss Saigon has been performed thousands of times and still remains one of the most famous and popular musicals ever to take the stage.

June 15, 7:30 p.m.; June 16, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and June 21-23, 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $14 students and seniors, $12 children, 208-468-2385. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, www.nampaciviccenter.com.

Here Comes the Sun and I say, it's all right

Celebrate the summer solstice with an evening of art outdoors. The Eagle Performing Arts Center's summer-intensive dance students join guests artists from the New York City Ballet and the Oregon Ballet Theatre; listen to a performance by the the Arts West faculty classical string quartet; and Jim O'Halloran and Dean Estes, of the Landing Art Institute in Eagle, exhibit cool 2-D and 3-D works. And what would a summer celebration be without food and beverages? Mai Thai, Pamela's Bakery and Cafe, and (of course) The Winery at Eagle Knoll will have plenty to nosh on while you revel in the earth's rotation.

Friday, June 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 students in advance; $20 adults at the gate. For more information, visit www.epacdance.com. The Winery at Eagle Knoll, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-338-4633.

You and I travel to the beat of a different drum

Famoudou Konate is a world-renowned djembe drum virtuoso, and this July, he brings his orchestra and his rhythms to Boise with his Hand-to-Hand Tour 2007 and a workshop. Konate will teach djembe accompaniment parts and basic rhythms on the three dunun drums. The djembe originated in West Africa and is a hand-played drum shaped like a large goblet. Participants of Konate's workshop will learn djembe solo techniques, introductions and breaks, dunun (another hand-played drum) variations and songs. Konate will also demonstrate and record all the drum parts that he will be teaching so students will have reference material to take with them. Don't have a djembe? Don't worry: Drums will be provided at no additional charge for those in need. In conjunction with the djembe adult workshop, there will be a youth workshop for students ages 13-17 and an intensive dunun workshop.

July 13, 3-7:30 p.m. and July 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $270 per person for Friday-Sunday workshop or $100 per day as space allows. Youth workshop is July 12, 3-4:30 p.m. Dunun intensive workshop is July 12, 5-7:30 p.m. To check pricing for the Thursday workshops, visit the Drum Central Web site, www.boisedrumcentral.com. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8297.

All You Need is a Ticket, A Ticket, A Ticket is all you need

In August, the Boise State Special Events Center will heat up with a unique take on traditional ballet. With ballets like The Naughty Boy and Wild Sweet Love, Trey McIntyre has set the ballet world on its ear, inspiring both performers and viewers to take more away from the art of ballet than ever seemed possible. McIntyre has created works for some of the world's most impressive ballet dance companies, including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Moscow Ballet Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. the Trey McIntyre Project will be bringing modern dance and modern music to Boise with The Beatles and Beck: The Rock Ballets.

August 3-4, 8 p.m., $27, 208-426-1110, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr. For more information, visit www.balletidaho.org.

Summertime and the Livin's Easy

It just isn't summer without a staggering collection of outdoor concerts, and like any good dining experience, the most amazing offerings can be made a lot less amazing if the atmosphere of the setting isn't great.

One location where the ambience equals the sound, promising a terrific time every time, is at the Idaho Botanical Gardens during their Great Garden Escape Concert Series. June through August, hear rock, jazz, blues, big band and much more in a truly beautiful setting. Bring your own picnic or purchase food and refreshments on site.

This summer, delight to the sounds of Deja Blues on June 14; Steve Eaton's jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll on June 21; on June 28 brothers Muzzie and Billy Braun offer country and American Standards; on July 5, enjoy the Ben Burdick Trio with special guest Sandon Mayhew; on July 12, you'll hear a tribute to 40 years of British music with The Royals; on July 19, Signature Sound plays jazz, rock, country and standards; July 26 brings Jon Bonine's Rather Large Band and their original jazz sound; you'll hear traditional bluegrass with the Buckhorn Mountain Boys on August 2; on August 9, Boise Straight Ahead plays big band swing; August 16 brings vintage R&B with the Blues Brothers; on August 23, The Soul Cats sling New Orleans-style funk and soul; and August 30 is a treat with the unique blues stylings of local-boy-made-good, John Nemeth.

June through August, 6-9 p.m. $9 general, $7 members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

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