The Subhumans at the Venue • Boise Flower and Garden Show • Boise Baroque Orchestra • Quartetto Gelato 

Friday 24

The Subhumans at the Venue

We here at Boise Weekly like to think we aren't easily impressed. We're jaded and cynical and it takes a lot to get us excited about something. However, these recent magic words got our panties all in a twist: The Subhumans are playing Boise.

From 1980 to 1985, the whacko anti-capitalist scream-reggae rabble-rousers from Britain set certain standards for punk music. With über-smart lyrics and nary a use for the capital-E Establishment, the Subhumans screamed out loud what a lot of the under-20s were thinking: The system sucks. Dick, Bruce, Phil and Trotsky blended the sounds of the first wave of British punk that came before them with their own words and music to create works like The Day the Country Died--still an influential and germane collection of punk ditties--and their version of the rock opera, From the Cradle to the Grave.

Unlike many long-in-the-tooth re-grouped musicians on tour, the Subhumans is actually the Subhumans--that is, the group's original members--and this tour should feature classic Subhumans songs and maybe some new stuff, too.

Doors open at 7 p.m. $10. With Global Threat, Chaotic Shock and Alongside Heroes. The Venue, 521 Broad St., 919-0011.

Friday 24 -Sunday 26

Boise Flower and Garden Show

As of Monday, spring had officially arrived per the calendar. If the weather hasn't decided to leave winter behind quite yet, green thumbs everywhere are chomping at the bit. The 10th annual U.S. Bank Boise Flower and Garden Show will make 'em drool. The frost may have nipped your yard's buds and perhaps you can't find your crocuses under the residual snowpile. No worries--the Flower and Garden Show will showcase the greenery of local nurseries, the ideas of landscape architects and designers, the multitudinous wares of myriad garden stores, suppliers and manufacturers. You can come to buy, to spark ideas or just to soak up the horticultural ambience. Then park yourself at the wndow with the best view of your yard and play the waiting game.

Mar. 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mar. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7 adults, $2 youth, FREE for kids 6 and under. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., 336-8900. For more information about the show, visit www.gardenshowboise.com.

Friday 24 and Sunday 26

Boise Baroque Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart turns 250 this year, and we think being feted by the Treasure Valley's only baroque ensemble is what he would have wanted to celebrate such a milestone.

Well, Wolfie's in luck: Boise Baroque Orchestra's season finale is a celebration of Mozart's big anniversary and they've arranged a super program and brought in a great guest artist to sit in with the band. Joining BBO for their season closer is piano soloist Del Parkinson. Parkinson hails from the humble town of Blackfoot, but his musical pedigree is anything but humble. Parkinson has been studying piano since the age of 5. His musical education includes a doctorate from Indiana University and a postgraduate degree from, ahem, Juilliard. His awards include a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London, the Boise State University foundation scholar award for creative activity, the Boise mayor's award for artistic excellence, the Morrison Center honor medallion, the Idaho Commission on the Arts career fellowship award and the Idaho governor's award for excellence in the arts. And oh yes, his first recital in New York was at Carenegie Hall. For the past 20 years, he has been a professor of piano at Boise State.

The ensemble will perform Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto Grosso in D Major, J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata and, of course, some Mozart, too, with his Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor.

Mar. 24, 8 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall, Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell or Mar. 26, Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., 343-7511. Both shows $15 general, $12 students and seniors.

Wednesday 29

Quartetto Gelato

This week, Caldwell Fine Arts presents another program fitting of the name "fine arts" with Quartetto Gelato. For those who don't know, where ya been?--QG is nouveau classical ensemble of oboe, English horn, violin, accordion, cello and piano that has been on the scene for more than 10 years. They received the title of NPR Performance Today's Debut Artist of the Year in 1996 and in the years since, Quartetto Gelato has played sold-out shows around the globe.

In next Wednesday's concert, the group will take the audience on a musically metaphoric journey on the Orient Express, evoking an 1883 odyssey aboard the famed train--all without the safety net of a score.

7:30 p.m. $15-$18 adult, $11-$14 student. Jewett Auditorium, Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell. For information or tickets, visit www.caldwellfinearts.org.

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