Texas Swingers • Sit down, hold on and laugh • Riggins: More than Whitewater • All the Way Back Around • Sri Krishna Janmashtami: Festival of India 

29 wednesday

Texas Swingers

Down in Austin, Texas, they have a slogan: "Keep Austin Weird." And while the members of the gleefully bawdy, hilarious and rootsy band The Gourds might help with that effort, they also contribute some fine, alt-country musical stylings. They've played to sold-out Neurolux shows in the last year, but this will be their first time at the Grove Plaza. If you've not made the Alive After Five scene yet, you owe it to yourself to check out these guys: incredible musicians who prefer not to take themselves too seriously.

5-8 p.m., FREE, Boise Grove Plaza, downtown.

31 friday

Sit down, hold on and laugh

Stage Coach Theatre wants to reflect on and celebrate the human spirit by providing quality-driven performances accessible to the community. Their 27th season opens with Moonlight and Valentino, a comedy written by Ellen Simon and directed by Larry Dennis. The story follows Rebecca Lott, a widow left shell-shocked, confused and lonely until her best friend, younger sister and ex-stepmother all arrive to provide support. A sexy house painter inspires the four women to show compassion for each other, and they all discover that letting go of something is sometimes better than holding onto nothing at all. Rated R for some risque conversations.

Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1-2, 6-8. Tickets are $12 Fri. and Sat. and $10 Thur. and Sun., 5296 W. Overland Rd., 208-342-2000, StageCoachTheatre.com.

1 saturday

Riggins: More than Whitewater

The Fourth Annual September Fest in Riggins this Labor Day promises to be a whole lot of fun in Idaho's whitewater capital. It is no big deal to drive the 150 miles anywhere in Idaho to enjoy a fun day for a worthwhile cause. Wander around and look at Art in the Park, dunk someone in the dunk tank, enjoy a little friendly competition at kids' games from noon 'til 5 p.m. Hang gliders and paragliders will float over Riggins at 2 p.m., and a silent auction will take place from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring your best recipes for a Spaghetti Sauce and Dessert Cook-Off to win prizes. Food offerings will include a spaghetti feed, roast pig and potluck salads from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wash it all down at the Beer Garden. Not too full of spaghetti and roast pig? Fling metal in a horseshoe tournament from 6 p.m. to midnight. Jam at a music jam session from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and to round out the day, listen to music by local favorite Crossroads from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds benefit the Salmon River Dive Team, the Booster Club and the Riggins Fire Department.

1 p.m. 'til midnight, Riggins City Park, $5 per person or $20 for the whole family.

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3 monday

All the Way Back Around

From the look of the smiling man on the flyer announcing the event, it seems a person could find peace by merely being in his presence. A dynamic teacher and a 33rd generation lineage holder of the Buddhist wisdom lineage of Dzogchen, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, will be at Boise State to conduct a two-day workshop. What better way to hone positive karmic skills than through meditation practices under the guidance of a man who has spent more than seven years of solitary cave meditation in the high Himalayas? On Sunday, "How does Karma Function?" will explain how the natural law of cause-and-effect works. On Monday, "How Meditation can Improve your Work?" will teach the pursuit of spiritual practices, and help one find peace with all the stresses of the modern work world. A donation of $30 is requested. No one will be turned away for financial reasons.

4-7 p.m., Boise State University, Student Union Building, Hatch Ballroom C, 208-284-3220. For more information, visit www.DzogchenLineage.org, and for more specifics on the Idaho events, www.DzogchenIdaho.net.

4 tuesday

Sri Krishna Janmashtami: Festival of India

The public is invited to spend an evening marking the 20th anniversary of the Boise Hare Krishna Temple at the Eighth Annual "Festival of India." Celebrate an evening filled with enchanting Indian music, dances, dramas and the House of 10,000 flowers, an age-old Indian custom of decorating the temple altar with over 500 flower garlands. Activities for children include storytelling and Indian face painting. The children can also wrap up in saris and dhotis, traditional and colorful Indian dressings. A grand vegetarian dinner with over 100 dishes will be served throughout the evening.

6:30 p.m., Hare Krishna Temple, 1615 Martha St., Boise, For more information, call 208-344-4274 or visit www.BoiseTemple.org.

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