Last Thursday Art Walk • Martini Mix-Off Grande Finale • PDP Presents Willy Wanka • Performing Arts at the Market • Fonny Davidson at Stewart Gallery • Bird Watching Field Trip • NHT Presents The 

Thursday 26

Last Thursday Art Walk

Boise has First Thursday, and Eagle has Last Thursday. Head out to see how West Ada does the after-hours art walk (more on page 32).

5-9 p.m., FREE. Downtown Eagle. For information, call 489-8788.

click to enlarge Fonny Davidson will lecture at Stewart Gallery. - BINGO BARNES
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  • Fonny Davidson will lecture at Stewart Gallery.
Friday 26

Martini Mix-Off Grande Finale

Tonight's the night--the grand finale to the Martini Mix-Off festivities. Come out to Boise Art Museum to find out who won the mix-off, watch the bartenders do their thing in a final martini-mixing contest, and quaff the deliciously inebriating results. It's not just drinks and judging, though--there will be plenty of food and live entertainment, besides martini concoctions galore.

Mix-Off tickets are $60 and are good for one free drink at each participating bar (good for redemption at participating bars throughout the months of May and June), and entrance and one free drink at this Mix-Off grande finale at BAM. Tickets are available at all participating bars. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 345-8330,

Prairie Dog Productions Presents Willy Wanka

Get ready for another hilarious parody from the nutty minds at PDP. In Willy Wanka--another send-up from PDP writer Tate S. McCullough--audiences will follow the exploits of Charlie at the chocolate factory, as he faces off with the bitter Bugworth to protect Willy Wanka's confectionery trade secrets.

Fri. and Sat. performances through June 17. $12 adults, $9 seniors and students, $6 children under 12. The Alano, 3820 Cassia St. For more information or to make reservations, call 336-7383 or e-mail

Saturday 27

Performing Arts at the Market

Every Saturday at the Capital City Public Market, a different set of performers is featured. This week, come down to groove to the disparate musical stylings of Boise State's Tuba Euphonium Quartet, Four Shillings, and singer-songwriter (and sometime BW contributor) Ryan Peck.

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Capital City Public Market, On 8th Street between Main and Bannock, 345-9287. For more information, visit

Fonny Davidson at Stewart Gallery

This event is a one-day only exhibition and lecture by local artist Fonny Davidson (BW's profiled cover artist for the Spring 2006 issue of Idaho Arts Quarterly), held in conjunction with local Lewis & Clark bicentennial events. Back in 2000, Davidson retraced the Lewis & Clark trail on a 14-day canoe trip down the Missouri River. He documented his journey with a series of plein-air landscape paintings along the way, as well as cataloging his experience in a journal. This show will feature several of those plein air paintings from the trip, as well as new works inspired by the journey. Come see the works and hear Davidson discuss his journey.

4-5 p.m. FREE. Stewart Gallery, 2212 W. Main St., 433-0593,

Bird Watching Field Trip

Walter's Ferry, outside of Melba on the other side of Nampa, is a beautiful desert location, especially during the spring when everything is in bloom and the heat of summer hasn't scorched all the flora and fauna within an inch of their lives. Get off the Boise grid this weekend and head out to Walter's Ferry for a bird-watching field trip sponsored by Golden Eagle Audubon Society. While you're there, check out Swayne's Ferry Museum--with alien spacecraft, an iron lung and a reproduction of Christ's tomb, just to name a few, this wondrous if kooky place has to be seen to be believed. For both outings, we suggest sturdy shoes.

8 a.m. FREE. Walter's Ferry Bridge, south of Nampa on Highway 45. For more information on the field trip or for directions, call 362-1119.

Tuesday 30

New Heritage Theatre Presents The Crucible

Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in 1952. Set in 1692 during the infamous Salem witch trials, the play is said to be an allegory of McCarthy's "communist witch hunt" with his House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings during the United State's "red scare" of the '50s.

The play debuted on Broadway and was directed for film by no less than Jean-Paul Sartre and later by Miller himself, and New Heritage brings the tale of power and mass hysteria to Boise audiences this spring under the direction of Sandra Cavanaugh.

May 30-31 previews; June 1-3 and June 6-10 at 7 p.m.; June 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.; Pay-what-you-can shows June 2 and 4. $25 general, $15 seniors and students, $8 previews, call 381-0958 for group rates; tickets available at Mountain View High School, 2000 S. Millenium Way, Meridian. For more information, visit

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