April 20-27, 2005 

Pretend You're a Rich Art Patron-Beaux Arts Wine Festival-Capital City Public Market-Tip-A-Cop-Sarah Vowell-World's Largest Ice Cream Cake Social-Opera to Hollywood Concert-

Thursday 21

Pretend You're a Rich Art Patron

C'mon, who doesn't want to go back a few years to the land of make-believe and play pretend? Some call it regressing, others call it acting. Basically this event's spin on pretending pretension is a reason to get decked out, act snooty on purpose and bid on some cool art. The third-ever live auction and second-annual Boise edition of "Pretend You're a Rich Art Patron," opens to bids on the art hanging in Flying M this Thursday. And not just any $5 bid, the minimum starting point is $3,000. So not only must you dress like a rich art patron, you will bid like one (though after the event participants will receive a $3,000 rebate.) So bidding $3,005 (you really pay $5), you bid $3100 (you pay $100).

In addition to auctioning off j.haley's work, 15 other local artists are represented at the auction. Many of these artists have previously shown works at The Flying M, as well as at Satchels, The Funny Bone, The Bouquet and The Basement Gallery. To keep the illusion of grandeur behind this facade aptly deceptive, feel free to wear formal attire and bid as above, though scruffier types will doubtfully be turned away at the door-there's one at every non-pretend formal, rich and swanky auction anyway.

8 p.m., FREE, Flying M, 500 W. Idaho, 353-1053.

Friday 22-Saturday 23

Beaux Arts Wine Festival

For those who either missed the vintner dinners last weekend or are craving more after experiencing the event, the final upcoming weekend of the Beaux Arts Wine Festival kicks off this Friday with over 250 wines to sample. If you've ever deliberated for longer than 10 minutes in the wine section of your local grocery store, pondering and wondering what a bottle might taste like, go well with, compare to-then the chance to experiment at the festival serves as an ideal starting ground. Friday's wine tastings will be accompanied by the music of Josh Archibald-Seiffer, an award-winning pianist and 17-year-old Boise prodigy, and a silent auction. For Saturday's gala, break out the tux and flashy jewelry for this optional black-tie affair, and dance the night away after dinner and of course, ample wine tastings. A live and silent auction will also be present throughout the night with the musical accompaniment of the Rockin' Hippies. All proceeds from both evenings benefit the Boise Art Museum.

Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $35, $40 at the door, Boise Centre on the Grove, 426-1494, www.idahotickets.com.

Saturday, 5:30 p.m., $100, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., 345-8330 ext 26.

Saturday 23

Capital City Public Market

Finally, after a long and weary winter devoid of Saturday morning fun around 8th Street downtown, the Farmers Market is back in full swing for the second week of this year. Boise's Capital City Public Market boasts locally grown produce, fresh seasonal flowers and gourmet foods, in addition to award-winning Idaho wines and fresh baked breads, pastries and pies, to rival any other farmers market across the country, Festivities are complemented by bedding plants and hanging baskets up for sale and regional artists selling everything from pottery, jewelry and mosaics to handcrafted wooden boxes, spoons and walking sticks.

Though all of the above has come to be expected of our local market, some may not realize performance art is also an element every Saturday. This week, Jack Brown, the High Desert Band and Raqs Hiwa Dance perform at the market.

A new feature to the summer line-up is the Emerging Artist Showcase, an opportunity for three local artists each week to display their work at the market. The mission of the Showcase is to promote the arts by assisting and encouraging local artists with little or no show experience, by providing weekly exhibit opportunities not available otherwise. To register for easels and display space, sign up at Boise Blue Art Supply at 820 W. Jefferson. Artists will be featured on a first-come, first-serve basis, so head down to Boise Blue or call 343-2564 for info.

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., FREE, 8th between Main and Bannock.

Saturday 23

Tip-A-Cop

The Special Olympics of Idaho are bringing a whole new meaning to the law enforcement expression of "to protect and serve" when local police officers trade in their handcuffs for serving trays at mexican restaurant Fiesta Guadalajara. For some, seeing a cop in a wait staff uniform instead of their traditional garb, not to mention having them bring your dinner, will be enough to pack the venue and justify the drive from Boise to Ontario, Oregon where the fundraiser will be held. All tips will benefit the Special Olympics of Idaho. Keep in mind that although they're off-duty, speeding past the restaurant on or around the time of this event is not recommended.

4 p.m., Fiesta Guadalajara, 336 S. Oregon St., Ontario, Oregon, 541-889-7266 or 323-0482.

Monday 25

Sarah Vowell

The Log Cabin Literary Center continues their 2004-2005 season of Readings and Conversations Series at the Egyptian Theatre with Sarah Vowell, the voice behind of Violet Parr's character in the Oscar-winning animated film, The Incredibles. Also known for her monologues and documentaries for public radio's This American Life, Vowell is a social commentator as well as an author. She writes about everything from her father's homemade cannon and her obsession with The Godfather films to the New Hampshire primary and her Cherokee ancestors' forced march on the Trail of Tears. Her fourth title, Assassination Vacation, will soon be released. When Newsweek named her Rookie of the Year in nonfiction in 1997, based on her first title, Radio On: A Listener's Diary, they called her "A cranky stylist with talent to burn." Vowell is a critic and reporter for major publications, writing essays on American history, pop culture and her family.

7:30 p.m., $30, $27 Log Cabin members, Egyptian Theatre, Main and Capital, 331-8000.

Monday 25

World's Largest Ice Cream Cake Social

Cold Stone Creamery gives the community more than a reason to hit the gym in their fourth annual World's Largest Ice Cream Cake Social, at Cold Stone locations nationwide. The celebration is part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 25th year of making dreams come true for chronically and terminally-ill children. More than 1,000 locations will participate in a monthlong fund-raising effort to benefit local Make-A-Wish chapters. A portion of ice cream sales will be donated and contributions from customers will be accepted. In-store donors throughout the month will receive a star next to their name displayed in the shop, and participants Monday will receive a slice of ice cream cake (of a recipe specially created by a Wish child) in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish. To find an Idaho creamery near you, visit www.coldstonecreamery.com.

5 p.m., Cold Stone Creamery, 577 E. Park Blvd., Suite 120, www.coldstonecreamery.com.

Wednesday 27

Opera to Hollywood Concert

The Treasure Valley Concert Band, in conjunction with Mountain View High School bands and Boise Master Chorale, present two free Opera to Hollywood Concerts as part of Boise's Music Week Showcase, the first this Wednesday and again May 2. Each evening of classical music promises to take audiences to Italy, Mexico and home again to the states (metaphorically, folks-don't expect round-trip airfare just for showing up at the free concert). The program features Dave Bear, soprano saxophone, in John Williams' Catch Me if You Can, and even a Sousa march.

7:30 p.m., FREE, Mountain View High Auditorium, 2000 Millenium Way, Meridian, 426-1596.

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