Alley Repertory Theater's latest fundraiser is paying homage to the fact that Facebook seems to be taking over the world. With tongues placed firmly in cheeks, the company will create a real-world version of the online social networking site. Participants will socialize while wearing large status update notifications in between sending each other hugs, flowers or songs. And what's Facebook without annoying people wandering about asking to be friends, poking random people and asking everyone to take quizzes. A live announcer will provide a constant stream of commentary on what's happening, and since this is in the real world, the night includes performances by comedians Nick Garcia, Chris Borders, Dustin Scott and Hollis Welsh, and music by Art Hodge.
7 p.m., $10, Facebook-style requests start at $1 each. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage Ave., Garden City, alleyrep.org.
Boise Philharmonic under the direction of Robert Franz, conductor, perform Carl Nielsen's Helios Overture with the seniors of the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony. The presentation of the greatest composers of Scandinavia continues with special guest pianist Roberto Plano performing Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto. Maestro Franz bids adieu for the season after conducting the Philharmonic during Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5.
Friday, March 13, 8 p.m., $16-$31, 208-344-7849, Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa; and Saturday, March 14, 8:15 p.m., $20-$61, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, boisephilharmonic.org.
Switching gears to a band out of Portland, Ore., Starf**ker is back in Boise at the Neurolux sharing the stage with Guidance Counselor and local musician James Orr. BW's Amy Atkins interviewed Starf**ker frontman Josh Hodges last October and discovered a band with "well-conceived, multi-instrumental, cleverly arranged pop music." The live shows with bandmates Ryan Biornstad and Shawn Glassford enlist all types of noisemakers ranging from drums, guitar, bass and keyboards to hand claps, loops and tape noise.
8 p.m., $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.
All for Haute
Do you have some extra money burning a hole in your fancy pants? Then spend some of it on a night out for a good cause. Attend a charity dinner and fashion show at Barbacoa with proceeds benefiting the Idaho Foodbank and the Children's Home. Barbacoa's award-winning Chef Enrique Martinez is creating a six-course dinner paired with wine in honor of a haute couture fashion show and auction hosted by Boise boutiques. Make a reservation by calling 208-338-5000. A seating price of $200 includes dinner and wine; bar seats are $50 and include an appetizer and drink; and corporate tables are also available.
3 p.m., Barbacoa, 276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 208-338-5000, barbacoa-boise.com.
Boise Contemporary Theater's 15th annual 5X5 Reading Series continues with Beautiful American Soldier by Dano Madden, a two-part story about dealing with the consequences of war. In part one, two sisters who are lost on a quiet road in war-torn Iraq become friends with a junk peddler. In part two, a veteran of the war discovers a common bond with a homeless man.
7 p.m., single tickets $12; patrons 25 and younger single tickets $10, ictickets.com. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224.
St. Patrick's Day Bashes
One of the biggest imbibing days of the year is upon us, and whether your plans include following the sound of bagpipes around town or basing the night's activities on visiting bars serving green beer, there's plenty to do on St. Paddy's Day. The party at The Plank has music by Radillac, Bukkit and Irish psychobilly punk band 13 Orphans. Equaleyes is taking over Sockeye Pub and Grill. At Neurolux, DJ Bodie hosts the St. Patrick's Dance Party, and even the jazz musicians at Chandlers have some "pa-tricks" up their sleeves by adding an Irish twist to their names: Phil O'Garonzik, Kevin Patrick Kirk and Tom Tompkins play at 8 p.m. Tom Grainey's has two bands: Smooth Old Fashioned High and Spindlebomb, and at The Bouquet, Finn Riggins is performing with MicroBabies and In the Shadow of the Mountain. Humpin' Hannah's is opening the doors at 3 p.m. with free cover until 8 p.m. and gives away a bunch of swag, including green carnations, St. Patrick's bowler hats and shamrock leis. The Greenest Person wins a $100 Hannah's bar tab and fun and games include Spot the Pot O' Gold, Rollin' Over in the Clover and Divin' into Me Lucky Charms. The Giant Leprechauns perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m., followed by bagpipers and then The Rocci Johnson Band until close. The Boise Highlander bagpipers perform somewhere different every 15 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. See their schedule at boisehighlanders.com and try and keep up.
For more details, visit boiseweekly.com.
The Roots of Change
Taking Root, hosted by Community Cinema, is about how one woman made a difference in her country by planting trees. Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai started The Greenbelt Movement, and to date, more than 35 million trees have been planted. The grassroots effort has worked to improve the environment and the quality of life in many countries, two important factors that lend naturally to empowering people in the fight for human rights and the defense of democracy. After the screening, Keziah Sullivan of the International Rescue Committee speaks, followed by questions from the audience.
5:30-7 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Lookout Room, 1910 University Dr., takingrootfilm.com, 208-426-4317.