Finger-Snapping Swing • Main Street Mile • Open Air Cinema • Euforquestra • Idaho City Music Festival 

The Week In Cultural Enrichment

27 Wednesday

Finger-Snapping Swing

Popular demand created the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956, 22 years after entertainer Glenn Miller's plane disappeared en route to France from England, and popular demand keeps the 19-member touring band playing 300 shows internationally each year. Though the orchestra's repertoire exceeds 1,700 musical pieces of new and old big band and swing music, many of the old favorites remain in the line-up. And nearly every show is sold out.

8 p.m., Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St., S., Nampa, 208-468-5500,

29 Friday

Main Street Mile

If you didn't have nightmares about running the mile in school for the annual presidential physical fitness awards then, well ... you may be the only one. Without doubt, the one-mile run was torture for every kid more interested in playing kickball, jumping rope or beaning the class bully with handball in the name of sport. But every once in a while, P.E. class actually had to be about physical fitness, hence "the mile."

Well, now that we're grown-ups, we get to do lots of things that aren't very fun sometimes. Like running the mile. And getting a prostate exam. Or both, if you're really lucky.

OK, enough with the wisecracks. Each year the Main Street Mile event is the culmination of a drive to increase men's health awareness. On Wednesday, June 27, Lowe's of Nampa hosts the Main Street Mile screenings 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Thursday, June 28, the screening team is at Les Schwab Tire Center on Fairview from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday's mile run (or walk) in downtown Boise offers six waves of starts for supporters of all abilities, including competitive and non-competitive individual categories, as well as a company run, a first responder's team challenge, and a half-miler ice cream truck chase for the kids. And, of course, the prostate screening team will available for exams at Boise City Hall, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

6:15 p.m., $10. For more information or to register visit

Open Air Cinema

What do you get when you cross a giant inflatable movie screen with a giant outdoor, family-friendly green space? It's a somewhat familiar species of entertainment (reference the now completely defunct drive-in movie theater concept for which we so desperately long that we've recreated it in this automobile-less incarnation) called open air cinema. Each week the City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Department hosts a horde of blanket-lounging, lawn chair-clutching families ready for a night of togetherness under the stars and in front of the screen. The movie selection changes weekly and be sure to re-check the dates because movies air some weeks on Friday and other weeks on Saturday. This week's film is Open Season, an animated tale about Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear who is lost in the woods three days before hunting season starts. Without the forest smarts wild animals have, Boog must rely on the help of a mule deer to reach safety before the hunters reach him. It features the voices of Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise and Debra Messing, and is rated PG.

The movie starts at dusk, FREE. Settler's Park on the corner of Meridian and Ustick roads, 208-888-3579. For more information on upcoming CableOne Movie Nights, visit


Bonus points will be added to your cool count if you can correctly pronounce this band's name without flinching, stuttering or tongue-tying yourself on a first attempt: Euforquestra. And we'll double the entirety of your point tally if you can take one look at a photograph of these seven innocuous-looking Iowa City, Iowa, guys and pinpoint the type of music Euforquestra tangles together (that is, if you haven't already read the brief explanation on the CD's front cover): "a fusion of Nigerian and Cuban music rooted in Yoruba tradition." A modern musical homage of sorts to Afro-Cuban Lucumi deities, their new release Explorations in Afrobeat creates a jazzy jam band sound in which Nigerian chants copulate with Afro-Cuban beats to produce an unlikely offspring.

9:30 p.m., $5. Reef 105 S. 6th St., 208-287-9200,

30 Saturday

Idaho City Music Festival

In its second year, the outdoor music festival is a fundraiser for the Idaho City Arts Council, which will use the proceeds to promote arts in the area until next year's concert. Featuring stage time with favorite local musicians, as well as internationally acclaimed performers, this year's headliner is Australian bluestress Fiona Boyes, who was nominated by the Blues Foundation in Memphis for the 2007 Blues Music Awards' Contemporary Blues Album of the Year (an award formerly known as the WC Handy awards, which likes of BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughn have both won in years passed).

1-9:30 p.m., $10, kids 12 and under are FREE. Basin Community Park Tom Corum Amphitheater on Hwy. 21 at milepost 39, or

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