FIRST THURSDAY: Boise Community Radio Open House • Singer-Songwriter Steve Young at Old Boise Guitar • Prairie Dog Productions Presents: The Grintch or How the Winch Stole Christmas • The Lamphouse Theatre Pres 

Thursday 1

Boise Community Radio Open House

The Boise Community Radio Project is a grass-roots group of local volunteers who are working to provide a radio format that is widely accessible with eclectic, community-generated programming that reflects the local character, concern and voice through music and issue programming. Current Web-based programming will eventually lead into on-air radio broadcasting some time in 2006.

The organization recently relocated its office and studio downtown and the BCRP's new home is on the second floor of the Alaska Building. They are inviting the public to help them celebrate the new location as a community. There will food, drinks and music, but also more importantly, a chance to learn about the reasons and plans for the project.

FREE, 5-9 p.m., Alaska Building, 1020 Main St., 424-8166. Find more information about BCRP on the Web at www.radioboise.org.

Friday 2 --Saturday 3

Singer-Songwriter Steve Young at Old Boise Guitar

In the 36 years since his debut, 1969's Rock, Salt and Nails, singer-songwriter Steve Young has earned his "underground legend" stripes. He's played alongside the requisite underappreciated snob-favorites Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt and Van Dyke Parks. He's also, like these legendary artists, seen his most famous songs--the country ballads "Seven Bridges Road," "Lonesome, Orn'ry and Mean" and "Montgomery in the Rain"--become hits only after being covered by more popular musical carrion birds (in this case, the Eagles, Waylon Jennings and Bocephus). But unlike Parsons, Van Zandt and an unfortunate majority of their talented peers, Young is still alive. He still sings the same dour country, blues and folk ballads in a baritone that hasn't lost any of its power--and that dominates the voices of all who have covered his songs. To see such a talent in an intimate venue like Old Boise Guitar is the sort of opportunity that makes Boise still feel like a small town.

But it gets even better. The afternoon following the concert, Young will lead an interactive songwriting and guitar workshop at Old Boise for a paltry $25--less than it would cost you to wrangle one of his out-of-print albums on eBay. The event will be casual and spontaneous, so bring your ax and your ideas.

Concert: Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door.

Workshop: Sat., Dec. 3, 1-3 p.m., $25.

Old Boise Guitar Co., 515 W. Main St. For information, ticket or workshop reservations, call 344-7600.

Saturday 3

Prairie Dog Productions Presents: The Grintch or How the Winch Stole Christmas

If you want to see this goofy fun parody of the classic Grinch tale this week, you'll have to go on Saturday. The Friday show has already sold out. (Did we mention that it's popular, too?)

The Grintch is Prairie Dog's holiday offering and other shows are selling out, too, in the run scheduled Friday and Saturday evenings through December 31.

Prairie Dog has been putting on plays for Treasure Valley audiences since 2000, and The Grintch is the seventh that company writer-in-residence Tate McCullough has written for the group. The play promises to be silly holiday fun for the whole family, so when you're ready to take a break from Christmas shopping--or are looking for a way to further put off beginning--The Grintch is a good bet.

7:15 p.m. Fri. and Sat. evenings through Dec. 31, Sun. matinee Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., no show on Dec. 24. $12 adults, $9 seniors and students, $6 children 12 and under. The Alano, 3820 Cassia St. For reservations, call 336-7383 or e-mail reservations@pdplayhouse.com.

Sunday 4

The Lamphouse Theatre Presents: Waiting for Godot

Have you heard of the Lamphouse Theatre in Twin Falls? If not, that might be the problem. This theater is in danger of closing, so if you fancy a short drive east this weekend, check out their staging of Samuel Beckett's absurdist classic, Waiting for Godot. (Shouldn't everyone see it at least once?) All proceeds will go directly to keeping the Lamphouse's doors open.

Dec. 1-3, 7 p.m., Dec. 3-4, 4 p.m., Dec. 8-10, 7 p.m. and Dec. 10-11, 4 p.m. $10 night, $5 matinee. Donations definitely encouraged. The Lamphouse Theatre, 223 5th Ave. S., Twin Falls, (208) 736-8600.

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