Second to Last Alive After Five • Green Idaho • Trey McIntyre Project Premiere • Pack the Park for peace • behind every good co-op is a good ... ? • Alive After Five Wraps Up 

17 Wednesday

Second to Last Alive After Five

The Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad takes over the outdoor stage on the Grove to play their funky blend of music, taking bits and pieces from roots reggae, dub and Afrobeat. The group out of Rochester, N.Y., has shared a stage with the likes of Toots And The Maytals, The Wailers and the String Cheese Incident, and for seven years, they've toured all over the United States and beyond. The sextet consists of Matthew O'Brian, guitar and lead vocals; James Searl, bass and lead vocals; Christopher O'Brian, drums; Dylan Savage, guitar and vocals; Rachel Orke, Fender Rhodes, clavinet and melodica; and Aaron Lipp on the Hammond B-3 organ.

5 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise, giantpandadub.com.

18 Thursday

Green Idaho

Hundreds of seats are expected to fill with people interested in hearing what representatives from a handful of groups have to say about the environment. The public presentation sponsored by Boise State and High Country News is called "Politics on Planet Idaho: The Atmosphere May Be Turning Green." The well-rounded panel of speakers includes Cecil Andrus, four-time Democratic Idaho governor; Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation League; Brad Little, a rancher and the Republican majority caucus chairman in the Idaho Senate; Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt, a Chicana activist; and Laird Lucas, head of the environmentalist law firm Advocates for the West. The event opens with an introduction by John Freemuth, Boise State professor of political science and administration, who has been busy researching Idahoans' attitude toward environmental issues. The public is encourage to show up a little early for refreshments and to mingle.

7-9 p.m., FREE, Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building at Boise State, hcn.org.

20 Saturday

Trey McIntyre Project Premiere

In conjunction with the Morrison Center's 25th anniversary, the TMP will present three pieces as part of its premiere: "Leatherwing Bat," set to the music of Peter, Paul and Mary; "Surrender," backed by the music of the Locomotion, The Nutcracker and Regina Spektor; and McIntyre's newest piece "Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry," which is set to the music of Antonin Dvorak and includes all the company dancers.

8 p.m., $20-$45 adults; juniors/seniors $10-$35, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, treymcintyre.com.

21 sunday

Pack the Park for peace

Free hugs will be plentiful courtesy of a group of Boise's peace seeking citizens joining the rest of the world in gathering for a day celebrating peace and tranquility. Boise's second annual Peace One Day celebration is an afternoon of culture, dance and art during which visitors can saunter around checking out vendors touting sustainable living resources, sampling food from Parrilla Grill, Gator Grill and Joe 2 U, and watching belly dancers, balloon sculptors and tea ceremonies courtesy of Shangri La Teas. Musicians slated to perform include Equaleyes, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock and The Middle Income Household Band, along with chanting, dances of universal peace and drum circles.

Noon-6 p.m., FREE, Veterans Memorial Park, 960 Veterans Memorial Parkway, peaceonedayboise.homestead.com.

behind every good co-op is a good ... ?

The answer to that burning question is festival, and the festival in question is the Boise Co-op Harvest Festival. Each year around autumn, vendors tuck in directly behind the Co-op on Union St. for a good time in the name of celebrating all things local. Local organic farms, breweries and wineries gather in the waning summer weather and everyone brings out the best of their offerings such as grass-fed beef, biodegradable water bottles and the end of the season produce to share with festival attendees. Sample products from local businesses such as Jaguar Moon Bags, Intentions Perfumery and Dilly's Pickled Green Beans, plus many more. All this and the music of Boise singer/songwriter Jeremiah James and his gang. Get your sample on and take advantage of one-day only sales during the festival.

11 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, boisecoop.com. 24 Wednesday

Alive After Five Wraps Up

The last of the Alive After Five outdoor concert series comes to a close at the Record Exchange's end of the season bash with special guests JJ Grey and Mofro.

The musicians who back up the singer/songwriter include Grey's longtime guitarist Daryl Hance, keyboardist Adam Scone, drummer George Sluppick and horn players Art Edmonston and Dennis Marion. The audience should get more than their fair share of grooves to dance to with the band's eclectic mix of rock, soul and funk.

5 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise, mofro.net.

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