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Thursday 2 -Sunday 5

Boise Open Studios Weekend

Now in its third year and rapidly becoming one of the local art community's cornerstone events, the Boise Open Studios Collective Organization (BOSCO) holds its open studio weekend. Here's how it works. You attend the FREE First Thursday BOSCO reception at the Boise Art Museum between 5 and 9 p.m. You look at the artwork of all the open studio artists, talk to them, eat some great food catered by Incredible Edibles, maybe have a glass of wine, listen to the Frim Fram Four in the courtyard and, last but not least, purchase a map/ticket showing you where the artists have their studios and when they're open.

Then, designing your own tour for each day (you must refer to your map/ticket), you spend Friday night, Saturday and Sunday cruising the Boise metropolitan area visiting artists where they work and play. They've made it easy and grouped open studios together in different parts of town. Sometimes it's a stand-alone studio, others a garage, and sometimes it's their living room. There's nothing like learning how the Treasure Valley's top artists create to expand your appreciation of the local art community.

Visit www.boiseopenstudios.com for more information about BOSCO. Map/Tickets are $10 and available at the reception, Record Exchange, Boise Blue Art Supply, Boise Co-op, Flying M Coffeehouse and at the Boise Weekly.

Friday 3

Over the River and Through the Woods

Family: If you don't laugh, you'll cry. Boise Little Theater apparently chooses the former option with their production of Over the River and Through the Woods ( ... and possibly around the bend?). Written by Joe DiPietro (who also wrote I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, which has been running off-Broadway for nearly a decade) and directed by Kevin Kimsey.

In Over the River, Nick Christano, a 29-year-old Italian-American from New Jersey, lets his pushy but loveable grandparents monopolize his every Sunday. Then he gets offered his dream job in Seattle, which doesn't go over well with the old folks. They've got no family left in Jersey and they're not planning to let Nick get away without a fight. The geriatric scheming begins, as does the comedy.

Over the River has been an off-Broadway hit since it's debut and should be a great show. (See page 34 for Steve Martin's review of the BLT production.)

8 p.m., $10, $8 seniors and students, 100 E. Fort St. 342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.

Friday-Sunday 3-5

Boise Baroque Orchestra

Baroque music is beautiful to the classically trained ear and known for increasing the listener's intelligence. Which explains why many a weary college student will purchase at least one baroque CD in their university career, as either as study music or, in extremely bleak hours, to fall asleep to the night before an exam in the fervent hope the sounds will somehow aid their cause. If you happen to enjoy baroque music for its own sake, this is the ensemble not to miss. The Boise Baroque Orchestra is featuring internationally renowned violinist Geoffrey Trabichoff in an all-Mozart program this weekend.

The Boise Baroque Orchestra is a performance group dedicated to enhancing the arts in the Treasure Valley and highlighting the music of the baroque period. Their performing style is designed to create an intimate and highly entertaining concert experience. Boise Baroque's musicians are area professionals with a particular interest in performing obscure as well as better-known works of the Baroque period. Their performances are highly enjoyable- perhaps even more so because tickets are comparatively affordable for a professional orchestra.

BBO Founder and Music Director Richard Roller organized the Boise Baroque Orchestra in 2003. Their second season has expanded into four concerts, which include the very best of the baroque repertoire. Many of the musicians perform with groups such as the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Master Chorale and Opera Idaho.

Roller credits the majority of his musical education to his father, a professional oboist and conductor, and Dr. Cecil Riney of Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He has held instrumental and choral conducting positions in Kansas, Ohio and Colorado. Known locally as conductor emeritus and former artistic director of the Meridian Symphony, Roller was also the originator and longtime host of the Boise Philharmonic's Musically Speaking series. He's also an active instrumentalist, arranger and even a practicing healthcare professional, so if you have a pressing medical emergency at his concert, rest easy. In any event, Roller is a multi-talented individual, and this will be a multi-excellent show.

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15 at the door, Langroise Recital Hall, Albertson College.

Sunday, 3 p.m., Cathedral of the Rockies, 11th and Hays Street.

Saturday 4

Martini Gala at BAM

The judging is finalized and the winners will be announced at the May Martini Mix-Off Gala event at the Boise Art Museum. Each Thursday in May, five judges sipped nine martinis at three different downtown Boise bars. Restaurants really stepped it up this year and served up the highest quality cocktails the contest has seen yet. This year's final gala is also anticipated to be the best yet, with actual contest martinis being served by the bars in the competition at the gala; exquisite food will be served with great music, too. The judges this year, including BW Editor Bingo Barnes, will be dressed in tuxes but able to mingle with the crowd as the final judging will have already been completed, instead of done at the gala of years past. The four finalists in the Classic category were from Milky Way, Pair, Piper Pub & Grill and the Bar at the Grove Hotel. The Original category finalists are Milky Way, Gamekeeper Lounge and Pair. In the Absolut category, Mai Thai, Bardenay and Happy Fish are the finalists. If you already bought your ticket book with martini coupons, you have your ticket to the event. But if it's just the gala you want to attend, you can get a ticket just for the event for $30. Call Lisa at 440-8455 for more information or to reserve your ticket. Proceeds benefit the Boise Art Museum.

7 p.m., FREE with ticket book, $30 without, Boise Art Musuem, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 440-8455.

Saturday 4

One Try or Die Skate Competition

So what is this skating thing anyway? It's been around since the '70s and with the Lords of Dogtown coming to a theater near you this summer, it's time to check out the local scene. There's no better way than a skate competition at Fort Boise Skate Park. The one try or die competition is just like it sounds-no do-overs. Competitor sign-in and warm-up is at 11 a.m. and the top eight competitors in all categories will be chosen after contestants compete in one-minute qualifier rounds. Final rounds will compete for prizes. But it's not just 360s, soul grinds and big air you might see, there's also live music by OCD and Uncontrolled Substance. $10 entry fee for competitors. Skaters must bring their helmets.

11 a.m., FREE, $10 to compete, Fort Boise Skate Park, 700 Robbins Rd., 384-4486.

Monday 6

Robots Rovers and Puppets

A bit different than traditional exhibits at the Discovery Center, "Robots Rovers and Puppets" (RRP), opening June 6, is a creative, engaging and tangible opportunity for Treasure Valley residents and visitors to explore robot workings. RRP was conceived and developed locally by DCI staff and volunteers. In conjunction with the exhibition is a multitude of hands-on creative opportunities.

As robots have infiltrated our culture in science, medicine and even entertainment, RRP reveals what happens when modern science meets science fiction. If you've ever pondered how the machines we use on a regular basis are extensions of ourselves, this exhibition offers a glimpse into that idea. Visitors will get to design and control task-oriented rovers, explore the underlying principles of robotic perception, try their hand (pun intended) at translating movement with a robot arm and get behind the magic of controlling a movie industry-style puppet head.

The Robot Senses exhibit explores sensory inputs used by machines to navigate, avoid things, follow things and see things. Robot Corral is the chance to witness a collection of different types of robots as they chase, avoid, vacuum up or simply ignore their fellow robots. Rover Table involves radio controlled rovers using a variety of modular motors, wheels and parts. The rovers engage in challenges, run through obstacles, perform tasks and attempt to survive from other rovers. Video Rover adds another layer to the Rover Table exhibit, by navigating a radio controlled rover with only video feedback for clues as to where you are and where you're going. The●Robot Puppet Head allows visitors to control the head swivels and nods, as well as its moving eyes and lids, jaw and eyebrows. So for those who've always been envious of the wizard in The Wizard of Oz, now is your chance. Head down to DCI and check out www.scidaho.org for more information on a variety of robot-related events throughout June.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $6, $3.50 children, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., 343-9895, .

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