Urbane Oddities • Tell Him Something Good • Exploit the Full Capabilities of the Organ • Here's The Deal • Off the Cuff 

21 Wednesday – 25 Sunday

Urbane Oddities

In Italian, "saltimbanco" means to "to jump on a bench," but taking in a performance of Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco is a much bigger leap. Since 1992, the show has traveled the world entertaining and fascinating audiences in more then 54 cities on five continents. Embarking on a 40-city tour across the United States, "Saltimbanco" makes a stop in Boise. Usually the show constructs its own big top in which to perform, but this tour marks the first time the production is being staged in an arena format, which means more spectators can take in the show.

Prepared to be dazzled. A wide variety of performers and cast of characters interpret the sights, textures and sounds of the urban environment. Watch in awe as the arena fills with bright colors, lights and music, and keep your eyes on the flamboyant cast of characters as they perform exciting acrobatics act and gravity defying feats. The acts include performers catapulted 30 feet in the air by a Russian Swing, an aerial ballet on bungee cords and the Chinese poles meant to symbolize the skyscrapers of a city. The costumes, choreography and dynamic sets give the audience so much to see it's almost a sensory overload.

7:30 p.m., $42-$92, Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Dr., Boise State campus, 208-426-1766, www.idahotickets.com.

23 friday

Tell Him Something Good

Michael Feldman's popular comedy, interview and quiz radio show "Whad'ya Know?," broadcast every week on National Public Radio from different locales, will be created from scratch right here in Boise. Boise's first broadcast includes folk singer and storyteller Rosalie Sorrels; author, historian and river guide Cort Conley, and lastly, author and writer-in-residence for the State of Idaho, Anthony Doerr.

The format is audience interaction at its finest. There's no time to sit cross-armed as a spectator because the show's success depends on the contributions of everyone in the audience. Feldman interviews local guests and then a few members from the audience take the stage to have their brains picked for the amusement of the masses. Feldman is accompanied on the stage by announcer Jim Packard along with the music of the Whad'Ya Know? Jazz Trio. Everyone on the cast and crew is always excited by a new locale. The little down time they have is spent absorbing the local flavor. They will be ready for Boise; will Boise be ready to tell what they know?

Check out the Web site www.notmuch.com to learn more.

8 p.m., $27-$62, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110, www.idahotickets.com.

Exploit the Full Capabilities of the Organ

Craig S. Williams, the organist/choirmaster and director of music at the Cadet Chapel, United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., has been invited to play the newly refurbished organ at the First Presbyterian Church. The 1953 Austin pipe organ was enlarged to include 72 pipes and digital stops. Williams performs well-known works by Bach, Dupre and Widor. A couple of the patriotic pieces Williams plays are sure to put everyone at ease as he reveals the full capabilities of the newly renovated pipe organ.

7:30 p.m., FREE, First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise www.first-presbyterian.org

Here's The Deal

If you're a few short, here's your chance to assemble a full deck of Boise Arts Trading Cards. The collectible cards are not just any cards—they feature the likenesses of some of Boise's artists, musicians and cultural connoisseurs. Collect and covet, or wheel and deal for multiple cards of your favorite person, place or thing. The suits to collect include visual, sound, letterers, stage, moving pictures, orchestrators and art supporters. The creative characters behind the inception of the cards are The Jokers, better known as Amy Westover and Jennifer Wood. The two artists came up with the idea to encourage collaboration between art scenes.

Here at BW, we've cleared the decks in order to welcome one and all into our own creative spaces. Wander freely around the BW offices searching for cards while chatting it up with fellow card collectors between live performances.

7-9 p.m., FREE, Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, www.boiseweekly.com.

28 wednesday

off the cuff

We're pretty sure the "unplugged" phenomenon jumped the shark a few years ago, but the Boise Young Professionals (call them the junior varsity Chamber of Commerce) are having success with the concept. Their idea: Haul in an influential type and let the Q and A fly, without canned speeches. This time around it's Mayor Dave Bieter's turn. Also, hear how Boise's businessclimate stacks up when the results of the Young Professionals Global Impact Survey are revealed.

5:30-7:30 p.m., $15 general public; FREE to BYP members, The Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, www.boiseyp.org.

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