Alive After Five • Idaho Botanical Garden Great Garden Escape Concert Series • Opera Under the Stars • Sun Valley Visual Art Forum • Bogus Basin Star Party • BW B&W Photo Contest Reception 

Wednesday 21

Alive After Five

Stayin' alive, stayin' alive, ah ah ah ah, staying' aliiiiive, after fiiiiive ... Sing a little song, do a little dance--whatever gets you psyched for a little live music in the Grove, do it. You want to be fresh for this week's show. If you've never seen a Canadian reggae outfit, here's your chance. Reggae Cowboys, straight outta the West Indies via Toronto, will bring their Caribbean rhythms and wild West imagery to the AAF stage. Besides the tuneage, there will be myriad food vendors hawking their delicious wares. BW has a booth, too, so don't forget to stop by and say hey.

5-8 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.

Thursday 22

Idaho Botanical Garden Great Garden Escape Concert Series

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a great outdoor venue for live music. Last year's concert series was an unqualified success, and this year should live up to that. The Great Garden Escape Concert Series kicks off this week with music from Muzzie and Billy Braun. The brothers Braun form a kind of Americana-music dynasty, and they've been playing together and in a handful of other bands for over three decades. If you don't know the music of Muzzie and Billy, get thee to a Google search engine and get hip. Round up the whole family, grab your blanket and lawn chairs, pack a picnic or pocket some folding money for the garden's great food and drink vendors, and prepare to be wowed.

6:30-9:30 p.m. $9, $7 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Friday 23

Opera Under the Stars

It's a lovely time of year for outdoor concerts, and here is yet another--again at the Idaho Botanical Garden--that would surely be worth your while to attend. At Opera Under the Stars, Opera Idaho's resident company, along with special guest performers, present a special program featuring selected pieces from the upcoming season. Remember those blankets and chairs and a little money for dinner, too. This time around, they will also be performing music from the '40s. It's almost certain that you'll leave humming a delightful tune under your breath.

7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, $10 children under 12. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649. For more information, call 345-3531 ext. 12 or visit www.operaidaho.org.

Sun Valley Visual Art Forum

We're not going to waste a lot of ink on this event. We just did a huge write-up in Idaho Arts Quarterly, and if you (a) didn't read it or (b) weren't sufficiently impressed, well then there's nothing we can do for you. Suffice it to say, the Sun Valley Gallery Association is celebrating its silver anniversary with a blowout they're calling the Sun Valley Visual Art Forum. Celebrity mucky-mucks will include art dealer Barbara Guggenheim, artist Francoise Gilot and mogul-slash-art collector Steve Wynn. Highlights of the event include a Saturday gallery walk, a concert and an outdoor sculpture exhibition. As far as guest speakers go, Gilot is scheduled to speak on Friday at 6 p.m. at NexStage Theatre (reserved seating and open bar $35, opening seating $15); Guggenheim's lecture is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at NexStage Theatre (free and open to the public).

NexStage Theatre, 120 S. Main, Ketchum, 208-726-9124. View a complete schedule and pre-register at www.svgalleries.org.

Saturday 24

Bogus Basin Star Party

There's nothing like taking a celestial tour of the night sky, but you have to get out of the city to do it. Hence, the Star Party at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort. Those interested should meet at Bogus at the Frontier Point Nordic Lodge and Education Center (on the southwest corner of the Pioneer Road junction) for "nightlife nature hikes" at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., a tour of the new solar lighting project at 9:45 p.m. and a "constellation tour" at approximately 11:15 p.m. And if you come with a rumbly tummy, a spaghetti sunset supper will be served from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Frontier Point Lodge ($8 adults, $5 kids under 6). No reservations required.

7 p.m.-12 a.m. FREE, donations accepted. Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, 2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd. For more information, call 332-5100.

Monday 26

BW B&W Photo Contest Reception

Don't come to the reception for the Boise Weekly B&W Photo Contest because we asked you to. Don't come because Flipside will be serving fabulous and fresh creations for you to nibble on. Don't come because our celebrity judge is a Pulitzer-Prize-nominated photojournalist with decades of experience in black and white photography. Come because the winning photographs are that good.

5-8 p.m. Flipside Cafe, 808 W. Fort St., 472-1462.

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