Experimenting With Sound • Art and More at the Market • A Dog's Haven Can Be Heavenly • Boise State Film Festival 

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Experimenting with sound

Visual Arts Collective hosts the second annual Boise Experimental Music Festival: a three-day event celebrating the beauty of experimental sound. Last year's event garnered a ton of positive feedback, which is reflected in this year's lineup featuring 23 performances and 18 artists from around the country, including several major representatives of the experimental, avant-garde and creative music genres from New York, Seattle and British Columbia. Check out the Web site, www.boisemusicians.com/BEMF-2, for a list of artists and their bios.

Thu., April 26, 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri., April 27, 8:30 p.m.-midnight and Sat., April 28, 2:30 p.m.-midnight. $10 per night, $15 3-day pass. Tickets are available online, at the Boise Co-op or at the door. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., Boise.

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art and more at the market

Last Saturday kicked off the first installment of this year's Capital City Public Market—the local hub-bub of everything fresh, creative and unique, not to mention some great aural accompaniment by different musicians each week. Boise locals are familiar with the routine: 8th Street is cleared out, cleaned up and filled with booths boasting the best in local produce, gourmet food and wine and lots of art. You can find everything from pottery and mosaics to handcrafted walking sticks and metal works.

For those who want to be the one behind the booth, Art at the Market announces The Emerging Artist Showcase: Budding artists can showcase their work at one of the booths. Every Saturday through October 27, booth spaces are available for artists interested in exhibiting, and hopefully selling, their artwork. Easels, permit, advertising and general liability insurance will be provided; artists just have to show up with their creations. The sign-up schedule for interested artists is at Boise Blue Art Supply (820 W. Jefferson).

The market runs each Saturday through the end of October from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 8th Street and the Grove, www.capitalcitypublicmarket.com. For more information about the Emerging Artist Showcase, contact Karen Bubb at the Boise City Arts Commission at 208-433-5677 or kbubb@cityofboise.org.

A dog's haven can be heavenly

Imagine you are a dog. The scents beyond the backyard fence tempt you daily. The cat gets to romp about with no regard for parameters and the squirrels taunt you with their hisses and wisecracks. Now, revert to self and check out these events.

Hint: They make dogs happy.

#1: Dogs love to join you for a nice ride, walk, run along the trails in Boise's foothills, but most dogs aren't masters of proper trail etiquette—they leave that up to you. Join professional trainer Paula McCollum and her award-winning bluetick coonhound Jeb for a clinic about trail use, training and etiquette in the Foothills. Abide by etiquette element number 3: dogs are welcome on a leash only. 9 a.m. FREE, 208-514-3755, www.cityofboise.org/parks/foothills. Camel's Back Park, 13th St. in Hyde Park, Boise.

#2: Most dogs are eager to perform. Tricks are often their trade, whether it's for the smile or the snack. Today, folks from B.A.R.C. (Boise Agility Runners and Climbers) host their two-day Spring Trial, showcasing trained dogs as they maneuver their way through a course of agility obstacles. April 28-29, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. FREE. For more information, contact Joyce Angell at 208-412-7650, www.boiseagility.org. Canyon County Fairgrounds. From I-84, take exit 29, then go west to 21st in Caldwell.

#3: Not restricted to the canine fare, the Family Fun Pet Expo explores the world of all things familial and fluffy. This two-day event features local and national pet industry resources, products and services. There will also be displays, hands-on activities and pet demonstrations, including the Purina Incredible Dog Team with their high-flying freestyle disc routine. Come on, it's ferrets, ponies and cats: Those do make for a dog's best friend. Sat., April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 adults, FREE children 12 and under, 208-323-4464, www.IdahoBusinessLeague.com. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City.

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Boise State Film festival and post-flick delights

The Dead Eight Film and Video Club hosts their annual film and video festival, including short films in fiction and documentary categories and junior-high- and high-school, college/amateur, professional and animation subcategories. Following the festival, attendees can head over to Visual Arts Collective for a celebratory wrap-up party and TVCTV benefit with live music by A Muse's Willy, Seasonal Disguise and Inanna's Temple. Beverages and snacks will be served, along with a fabulous raffle.

Film Festival: 5-8:30 p.m. $4 general, $3 with student ID. For more information, contact Susan Randall at 208-426-3468, www.tvctvonline.org. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise.

Wrap-up Party: 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $5. For more information, call Susan Randall at 208-426-3468, www.tvctvonline.org. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., Boise.

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