Stop, Collaborate And Listen • Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto • Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid • What's "GIMME CANDY" In Meerkat? 

FRIDAY 27

STOP, COLLABORATE AND LISTEN

This year's citywide Fall for Boise celebration is just about to wrap, but don't worry, baby--The Collaborations Project: Thalia's Night is just a pomo-sounding name for this last huge hurrah.

Named for Greek mythology's muse of comedy and pastoral poetry, Thalia's Night brings together a plethora of local artists for a, new, unique and slightly edgy program of experimental performing art developed by the artists from across different disciplines. The collaborative performance is spearheaded by Jared Hallock, a musician and composer; Gillmer Duran, a dancer and choreographer; and costumer Lito John Demetita. As you'd expect from such a cross-disciplinary effort, the program is designed to appeal to the senses of sight and sound in a combination of music, dance, and poetry.

Maybe because this event is too big to be contained in any events center, or maybe because communing with Greek immortals is easier where there is no barrier between supplicants and the canopy of the heavens, or just maybe because FIRE has been promised--Thalia's Night is an outdoor event. The pre-show fun includes plenty of local food to warm your belly, with goodies prepared by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. Sip hot spiced cider, hot chocolate, fresh hot soup (notice a trend?) and prepare to be amazed.

And please don't let the latent paganism or the prospect of pyrotechnics keep the kiddies away--this is fun for the entire family, promise.

6:30 p.m., performance at 7:15 p.m, rain or shine. FREE. Grove Plaza (at Front Street and Capitol Boulevard). For more information, visit www.fallforboise.com.

FRIDAY 27-SATURDAY 28

DOMO ARIGATO, MR. ROBOTO

We admit that we might not be smart enough to understand BoCon 2006. However, we're confident that after we attend this mash-up of technology and artistic expression at Visual Arts Collective, we're going to wise up.

BoCon is all about promoting "open-source culture," building on the idea of open-source--that is, freely available--software and music and art to come up with a definition of open-source as collaboration and sharing among creative people. The event is designed to challenge the usual view of music, art and software, and demonstrate the open-source way that artists can build successful careers through collaboration and sharing.

Intrigued? Learn more about open-source in action through this series of art exhibits--including a cool-sounding robotic open-sculpture--workshops, TONS of music (see their Web site for the exhaustive schedule) and speaking events, as well as food, drink, a costume contest and prizes.

Friday, opens at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, opens at 11 a.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective (VaC), 1419 W. Grove St. (the Linen District). For more information and complete schedule of events, visit www.bocon.org.

SATURDAY 28

BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID

One day out of every year, members of the Boise Philharmonic transform themselves in the Boise Philharmonsters--and you don't want to miss it. This a chance to see for yourself what you've already suspected: Beneath those serious, black-tie-wearing professional exteriors beat the hearts of overgrown kids, just like the rest of us who like to have a good time at Halloween.

The Philharmonsters will don costumes and play concerts at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and a half-hour before each performance, there will be kid-friendly fun, including a instrument guts guessing game and a bean-bag toss, pumpkin scourge Dr. Carver, an instrument petting zoo and plenty of treats.

Don't forget to put on your own Halloween costume before you go.

11 a.m. $5 children, seniors and students, $10 adults, $35 family (2 adults and 4 children and/or seniors). Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 416 N. 9th St. For more information, call 344-7849 or visit www.boisephilharmonic.org.

WHAT'S "GIMME CANDY" IN MEERKAT?

Every year, Boo at the Zoo is a crazy good time for kids of all ages, as little goblins and witches storm the place like a Wal-mart day-after-Thanksgiving sale and go on a candy-fueled rampage.

Sure, the animals refuse to wear costumes, but who cares? Fun is the operative word here and besides the candy, there is a costume contest, face painting, tons of games, one of those fun jumps thingies, zoo-rific educational activities and tasty food concessions, too.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5.25 adults, $3 seniors and children age 4-11, FREE kids under 3. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., 384-4125, www.cityofboise.org/parks/zoo.

MONDAY 30

TIT FOR TAT

All we're saying is, given how much, er, coverage we've tossed at all the burlesque troupes around town, we might be remiss--and possibly sexist--if we didn't mention tonight's Boise Hard Bodies Male Revue at the Funny Bone. (Insert jokes about the appropriateness of the venue's name HERE.)

$15 advance, $20 at the door. 8 p.m. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 405 S. 8th St., 331-2663. For more information on Boise Hard Bodies, visit http://boisehardbodies.com.

TUESDAY 31

FOR THOSE NOT OUT BUMMING CANDY ...

Get trick-or-treating, fool!

Or if your Halloween tastes run more to terror than sweets, you could make a stop at Boondocks Town of Terror Haunted House (7-11 p.m., $12, Boondocks Fun Center, Interstate 84, Meridian) or The MAiZE (4 p.m., $7 adults, $4 children, 8685 S. Meridian Rd., Meridian). Boo.

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