A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking • Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic: A.M. Balloon Launches • Rock the Mountain • 2005 Garden Tour 

Thursday 23-Saturday 25

A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking

Theater pickings can be slim this time of year for many of our local repertory companies, but you can still catch live theater. For example: Can-Act's production of John Ford Noonan's A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking plays through June 25.

The comedy, set in an upper-middle-class kitchen in Westchester, New York, is the story of a waspy, picture-perfect housewife, Maude, and her new sexpot neighbor from Austin, Texas, Hannah Mae, a former cheerleader and wife of the football team captain. The chaos Hannah brings into Maude's kitchen-her world-is at first unwanted, but eventually each woman finds in the other what they themselves need, and they develop a true friendship and alliance against the jerks they married.

This is funny stuff, and Can-Act's production is a good one. (See Marie Galyean's review on page 30.)

$5, 8 p.m. Can-Act Theatre, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 442-0676.

Thursday 23-Sunday 26

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic:

A.M. Balloon Launches

This year marks the 15th annual visit of these hot air balloons to Boise. There'll be pancake breakfasts, go-carts, picnics, jazz in the park and, of course, balloons, balloons, balloons, but there's particular magic in the dawn balloon launches.

This is one of those events where it may seem like too much of a hassle to get up that early to see (launches are each day of the event at a brisk 6:30 a.m., so set your alarm clocks for "way too early"), but if you can drag yourself and the kids out of bed, the flight of these inflated behemoths is a sight worth seeing.

If watching 'em float isn't enough for you-if you simply must go up, up and away in that beautiful balloon-rides can be arranged for a healthy 200 sawbucks. (See www.spiritofboise.org to find out more about hitching a balloon ride.)

FREE, 6:30 a.m., Ann Morrison Park.

Friday 24-Saturday 25

Rock the Mountain

Rock the Mountain was started several years ago by some friends on a camping trip. The only difference about this trip was that the friends were in a hard-rockin' band, Question Authority, and they happened to have a fully enclosed, portable stage. The stage allowed them to take their music just about anywhere, including on this fated camping trip into the mountains. They decided to invite some of their musical friends the next time. And more. And more. Until eventually, bands were clamoring to join them.

Taking it to another level, they got organized and put together Rock the Mountain, which each year does just that in the area around Twin Springs. This year is no exception and promises to be as loud and incredible an event as ever. Over 30 rock bands will perform on two stages (you can find a list of this year's participants in the Road Show section of this paper), including a band from Canada. One thing that makes this event so special is that the bands pay to play. They want to be a part of it so much, they're willing to fork over a little of their hard-earned dough. Listeners only have to part with a measly 10 spot to be entertained for two full days. Camping is an option and is encouraged. Don't miss this event that is quickly becoming Idaho's rock-and-roll Woodstock.

$10, June 24-25, Twin Springs, www.rockthemountain.com.

Sunday 26

2005 Garden Tour

If you're looking for something to do this weekend that's off the beaten path, Idaho Botanical Garden's 2005 Garden Tour definitely qualifies. The tour is of seven private gardens, located in Meridian, Eagle and Star, with promised magnificent views, many water features, a stone grotto, and over 300 roses in all. The gardens on the tour range in size and variety from small and eclectic, to a suburban lot, a large country garden, and a formal estate (for which we can't wait). A bonus is that each ticket will also allow the holder to visit the Idaho Botanical Garden anytime through December 31 (excluding, of course, special events and classes). Plus, proceeds go toward the development of new gardens at the Idaho Botanical Gardens.

$15 per person, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649.

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