Boise International Market to Open. Boise Pridefest Set for June 21 

Mental health, a feast of festivals, art and culture

When Spotlight Theatre opens the award-winning play Next to Normal, Thursday, June 5, audiences will be treated to more than 30 original pop-rock songs that frame the story of a family fighting to remain whole--to be "normal"--as mental illness threatens to tear them apart.

If you saw hundreds of people running around with cameras, lights and sound equipment last weekend and wondered what was going on, you're probably new in town. Those frantic folks were participating in the annual i48 Film Competition and Festival in which teams have 48 hours to write and produce a short film. See what all the hubbub was about at The Egyptian, Sunday, June 8, at 5 p.m. during the Best of the Fest screening. Tickets are $6.

And in other fest news, organizers are proud to announce the Boise Pride Festival has been reborn as Boise Pridefest, thanks in part to Valley Entertainment. The 24th annual LGBT celebration moves from Ann Morrison Park to fill downtown Boise with all the colors of the rainbow Saturday, June 21, beginning at 10 a.m. with the traditional rally on the Capitol steps, followed by the Pridefest Parade and ending with events and entertainment throughout the day. Get tickets and a schedule at

Still feasting on fests, if you or your kids plan to spend the lion's share of summer chewing up The Hunger Games or chilling out with A Song of Fire and Ice, Boise Public Library would like to reward you. Join the library's reading program, Summer Fest 2014, and earn prizes. Sign up at

Reward yourself in another way by experiencing Kirsten Furlong: Repeat and Shift, a new exhibit opening Thursday, June 12, 3-8 p.m. at Enso Artspace. In Repeat and Shift, Furlong, a lecturer at Boise State University and director of its Visual Arts Center, exhibits "prints, drawings and installations that speak to her interest in issues of human/animal interactions and the impact of this relationship on the natural world." Opening reception is Friday, June 13, 5-8 p.m.

Looking forward to the future, the new Boise International Market is scheduled to open later this summer. The 12,000-square-foot building at 5823 W. Franklin Road will be transformed into a multicultural marketplace, open seven days. Nearly 30 business owners from around the world will share their cultures through food, art, music and more.

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