Frank Lloyd Wright Lecture • Company of Fools Presents Sight Unseen • Singer-Songwriter Show at VaC • Sun Valley Summer Symphony • The Boo-Blay Has Landed 

Thursday 20

Frank Lloyd Wright Lecture

"Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful" is the latest exhibition to open at Boise Art Museum (unveiled just last Saturday, in fact). Expect a lot of interest in the show. Everyone has heard of Frank Lloyd Wright and most can name at least one of his absolutely unique structures (Falling Water in Pennsylvania, or the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, perhaps)--fitting, since Wright is largely considered the 20th century's most influential architect.

The BAM show is a lovely demonstration of Wright's all-encompassing aesthetic of home design and it contains wide examples of his work, from original floor plans to furniture to windows to textile samples to textiles blocks. Outside of their original contexts, though, it can be hard to make sense of what it all means. To help us more fully appreciate the exhibit--and to learn a bit more about Wright than just a cultural literacy talking-point--Boise Art Museum and the Idaho Historical Museum will present a lecture by Dr. Virginia Terry Boyd, the exhibit's curator.

The lecture will last approximately one hour and seating is limited to 200. Tickets are available at BAM on the day of the lecture and at the Historical Museum the evening of the lecture.

5:30 p.m. FREE with regular BAM admission (for this show, $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $4 children, FREE children under 6) or for BAM members (bring membership card). Idaho Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr., 334-2120. For more information, visit www.boiseartmuseum.org.

Friday 21

Company of Fools presents Sight Unseen

The Valley seems to have become the fiery center of summer heat, which leaves us all desperately seeking some kind of relief. Two remedies pop immediately to mind: Get thee to some air-conditioning or seek cooler climes.

It's hot enough to get us asking: Why not do both? Hop in the car, crank up the A/C (or crank down all the windows) and take a little trip to the Wood River Valley. Sure, it's still warm there, but with the air averaging about 10 degrees cooler than the air around Boise, it might be worth the trip just for that, let alone all the good summer fun with which the Sun Valley area abounds.

Case in point: Company of Fools presents Sight Unseen by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, a meditation on art, identity and love. Not a bad way to begin a weekend away.

July 19-23, 26-30; Wed.-Thur. at 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., and Sun. at 7 p.m. $25 general, $18 for students or seniors. The Liberty Theatre, Hailey, 208-788-6520.

Sunday 23

Singer-Songwriter Show at VaC

Visual Arts Collective is so much more than an art gallery. It's a venue for pretty much everything, including art, live theater and musical performance. This weekend, VaC will host five singer-songerwriters: local boys Douglas Cameron and Nathan Jay Moody, along with L.A. acts Ernie Halter, Curtis Peoples and Dave Yaden. For more information about these California boys, check out their respective Web sites: www.myspace.com/erniehalter, www.curtispeoples.com and www.daveyaden.com.

Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 Grove St., 424-8297, www.visualartscollective.com.

Monday 24

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

If you just can't stay away from Sun Valley--or you're still up there on a weekend away--make sure to check out the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. (For more on the group, see the story on page 31 of this issue.) Why? How about a chance to hear world-class musicians performing the classics--for free?

On Monday, the program includes Horatio Parker's Suite for Violin, Violoncello and Piano, Op. 35 (1904) and Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 (1887). If you can stick around until Wednesday, you'll hear performances of Beethoven's String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso" (1810) and Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1, "Ghost" (1808).

Mon., July 24 and Wed., July 26. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley. For more information on this season's schedule, visit www.svsummersymphony.org.

Tuesday 25

The Boo-Blay Has Landed

Frank Sinatra is dead. Dead, dead, dead. Ditto Mel Torme. However, Michael Buble--the name doesn't rhyme with "ruble," but "roo-BLAY"--is keeping the swing alive long after most of the swingers have gone to meet their maker. The self-proclaimed "King of Cool" likes to mix it up with Van Morrison and Bee Gee covers, but to the ladies he woos with his dark velvet voice, "Buble" will always rhyme with "Ol' Blue Eyes."

8 p.m. $66.50 for floor seats and Level One; Scale 2: $51 Level Two. Taco Bell Arena, Boise State campus, 1910 University Dr., 426-1900, www.tacobellarena.com. For more information, visit www.michaelbuble.com.

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