Boise Weekly Open Studios Weekend • Idaho Shakespeare Festival: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum • Mystery Author Extravaganza • Leo Kottke at the Egyptian • 17th Annual Art and Roses Art Sal 

Thursday 1

Boise Weekly Open Studios Weekend

There are many potential First Thursday stops this time around, but be sure make time for the opening reception at Visual Arts Collective for Boise Weekly Open Studios Weekend. BW believes in supporting the local art scene and we hope the community does, too.

You may know BWOS better as BOSCO, or Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, as it was known when it began four years ago. Whatever you call it, Open Studios is a once-a-year event where members open their studios and invite the public in to see the spaces where local artists--Boise Weekly Artists Union members--are doing their thing, and hopefully shed some light on the process and the product.

Saturday and Sunday make up the official Open Studios Weekend, but get a taste of what's to come at the VaC reception on Thursday. BWAU artists will be in attendance and there will be a lot of artwork on display (it will stay up throughout the month of June). While you're hobnobbing with the artsy-folk and enjoying the exhibition, don't forget to pick up your free Open Studios map. It's the only way you're going to find those artists' studios this weekend.

The opening reception will also feature live entertainment and some food and drink, too.

Opening reception 5-9 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., 424-8297,

Friday 2

Idaho Shakespeare Festival: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

You know summer is truly on the way when the first play opens at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Well, the weather's supposed to turn nice again, so pick up your tickets, pack a picnic and blanket, and head out to the show.

Friday's performance of the Stephen Sondheim's musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the very first of ISF's 2006 season. Don't expect the rigors of Shakespeare at the Forum, though. This vintage '60s musical is a fast-paced, bawdy, comic romp through ancient Rome with scheming slave Pseudolus. After its Broadway debut, this musical comedy ran an impressive 966 shows. Forum was made into a movie and had a couple of Broadway revivals, too (such as the one starring Nathan Lane in 1996).

This play promises to be a fun step into the summer theater season.

Previews June 2, opening night June 3, family night June 4. Performances June 7-11, 22-23, 27-28, July 1, 15-16 and closing on July 18. Tues.-Sat. shows at 8 p.m., Sun. shows at 7 p.m. Sun., Tues.-Thur. and family nights are $18 general, $28 reserved lawn or chair; $18-$26 preview nights; $28 general, $35 reserved lawn or chair for Fri.-Sat. shows. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave. For tickets, call the box office at 336-9221 or visit

Mystery Author Extravaganza

Murder in the Grove, Boise's annual conference for mystery fans and writers, is this weekend, and there will be writing workshops, author panels, forensic experts and agent and editor appointments galore for aspiring crime writers. (More on Murder in the Grove on page 33.) Whether or not you're attending the conference, though, Friday night's Mystery Author Extravaganza at Barnes & Noble is a must-see for would-be Agatha Christies. Not only will well-known author Anne Perry and 25 other authors be on hand to discuss their craft and sign some books, it's free. Come early--it's no mystery as to why this event will probably be packed.

7 p.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, 375-4454.

Saturday 3

Leo Kottke at the Egyptian

Guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke has made a show stop at the Egyptian Theatre a habit. Lucky Boise: For more than three decades, Kottke has been releasing his own brand of innovative and often classical-tinged folk music and has worked with musicians as varied as Lyle Lovett, Rickie Lee Jones and Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Come out for something pleasant, thoughtful and a little bit different.

8 p.m. $28. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454,

Sunday 4

17th Annual Art and Roses Art Sale

Art and Roses, sponsored by Idaho Centennial Art Group and Boise Parks & Rec, is an annual event benefitting Julia Davis Park's Rose Garden Fund. The idea is simple: Over 75 local artists will gatherin in the rose garden (which is currently in lovely full bloom) to display and sell original paintings, photographs, sculptures and cards (just arts, no crafts). Expect 2,500 pieces of art in all, each of which has been donated by the artist for this fundraiser. And if you buy a piece, you can enter your sales receipt into a raffle for a painting. All the money goes to keeping the rose garden in full form.

Besides the great art, there will be tons of food concessions and live entertainment from musicians like the JB Jazz Duo, Brent Marchbank, Beth Wilson and Nancy Kelly.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park rose garden. For more information, call 362-2228 or 938-5741.

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