Botanical Gardens Concert Series: Red & Gray • Boise Art Museum: Georgia O'Keeffe • Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew • Independence Day Celebrations 

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Thursday 30

Botanical Gardens Concert Series:

Red & Gray

Get set for another installment of Idaho Botanical Garden's 2005 Great Garden Escape Concert Series with a concert by Red & Gray, a trio of singer/songwriters with musical roots planted in blues, rock and folk. With albums like No More Yesterdays, Highway 52 and Under the Gun, Red & Gray shouldn't be short on material with which to entertain the crowd.

You'll enjoy original live music al fresco while relaxing in the comfort of the garden. Bring your best picnicking blanket or lawn chairs, and if you're hungry, a picnic basket-or enjoy food and drink from the garden's own vendors.

$5 members, $7 non-members, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649.

Friday 1

Boise Art Museum: Georgia O'Keeffe

If you're looking for something to do this weekend-or this summer, BAM's latest exhibit, Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of the Sublime, should rank high on your list. Art abounds in the City of Trees-all you have to do is look for it.

The exhibit spans five decades and features 30 paintings and one sculpture by O'Keeffe, as well as photographs by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, and images of O'Keeffe by photographer Todd Webb. Putting O'Keeffe into cultural and artistic context with the Romantic notion of the Sublime and its relation to landscape painting, the exhibit will also feature works by earlier artists like Albert Bierstadt, Martin Johnson Heade and George Inness.

This exhibit represents another coup for our fair city, so be sure to check it out.

$8 general admission, $6 seniors and students, $4 children grades 1-12, FREE for children under 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays or noon to 5 p.m., Sundays. Through September 19, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 345-8330,

Saturday 2

Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew

We just love the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. It's a toss-up as to what's better, the entertainment or the atmosphere.

Most of us who profess not to like Shakespeare were probably forced to read Romeo and Juliet in junior high and were denied the pleasure of watching these plays performed on a stage-yes, they're supposed to be experienced live.

To paraphrase the White King's remark to Alice, there's nothing like a Shakespearean comedy when you want a laugh. Despite the highbrow reputation, there's a lot of slapstick, too. Pack a picnic, get there early and scope out a comfortable spot to enjoy Shakespeare's razor-tongued battle of the sexes.

Read all about ISF's stellar performance of this show in Steve Martin's review on page 29.

$18-$32, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5645 Warm Springs Ave., 336-9221. Visit for July, August and September performance dates.

Monday 4

Independence Day Celebrations

July Fourth often means parades, barbecues, picnics and blowing stuff up. And we salute the tradition. There's just a ton of stuff to do on what is for most people-newspaper editorial staff excluded (sniff)-a three-day weekend this year. So if you aren't having fun this Fourth, you aren't trying very hard.

The Downtown Boise Association has a parade planned, sure to be full of marching and military rhythms to get the patriotic blood flowing. But if parades aren't your thing, don't despair. Feel like a drive? Up north a few, the City of Donnelly is having a celebration at the Donnelly boat docks, with a 6 p.m. beach barbecue and fireworks at dusk. Perhaps you'd rather head west, into that county known as Owyhee. Homedale might not be tops on your list of day-trip destinations, but then again, where else are you going to find Detroit steel going machino-a-machino? Their annual Demolition Derby is happening at 6 p.m. at the Owhyee County Fairgrounds. It'll be rowdy fun for the whole family. The City of Eagle has their own celebration at Eagle Island, beginning at 8:15 p.m. Beginning at noon, there are picnics and fireworks courtesy of Gooding. Look for a parade, live music and fireworks in Idaho City. Melba, too, is offering their daylong Olde Tyme Fourth of July with a parade, food and fireworks.

Once you've eaten all you can eat and tuckered yourself out with all the daytime activities, many, many more area municipalities will break out the gunpowder and put on their own fireworks displays.

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