Women and Art • Feel Like a Star • Fun in the Summer 

Thursday 24

We Heart Women and Art

It seems like art benefits in our community just keep getting better and better. The artwork is exceptional, the auctions are jampacked with items people actually love, and offerings in terms of entertainment are endless. Thursday evening's benefit for the WCA Crisis Center, We Art Women, is a prime example of this sort of artistic expansion.

The event will feature a fine art exhibit, chamber music, a large-scale sculpture garden, silent and live auctions, photo sessions with photographer Allan Ansel, hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.

Contributors include area artists Reham Aarti Jacobsen, Bernie Jestrabek-Hart and Zella Bardsley.

Attendees won't want to miss out on the "quick-draw" hour in which five additional artists--Cass Fine, Miriam Woito, Marianne Konvalinka, Aniah Warne and Julie Clemons--will create a piece of artwork to be auctioned off later in the evening. The evening's musical lineup includes Centennial Woodwind Quintet, Centennial String Quartet, Cellist Rachael Roberts, the Traumeriche Trio and Darkwood Consort.

5-10 p.m. $20 tax deductible donation. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. 9th St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

Friday 25-Saturday 26

Feel Like a Star

Theater is, generally, a pretty engaging experience. However, imagine an evening where you are on stage.

This Friday and Saturday evenings will be the first of many events of this kind--in a series entitled Behind the Curtain--in which audience members are able to get up close, and hinting at personal, with the featured performer. The audience is seated on the stage, allowing the performer to utilize the full space of the subtly-illuminated 2,000-seat Main Hall of the Morrison Center.

Attendees will enter through the performer's backstage entrance. And none of this circling the front parking lot for a space. "Actors" will be provided with VIP reserved parking. The pass also allows access to the immediate backstage areas, such as the crossover, scene shop, loading dock and first-floor dressing rooms.

Sophie Milman, a 23-year-old Russian-born jazz singer, will kick off the series. According to Elle Canada magazine, Sophie is "the real deal." And to think, they're booting her off the stage to make sure you have a seat.

Social hour begins at 7 p.m. with complimentary hors d'œuvres by Classic Fare Catering and two full, no-host bars. The performance begins at 8 p.m. $27.50 for theater seating and $32.50 for table seating. 208-426-1111, mc.boisestate.edu/promo/Sophiesendtofriend.html. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise.

Saturday 26-Monday 28

Fun in the Summer ... it's time

We've had a good taste of the heat, and now the swimsuits are out of the closets. But where to go? The river's still too cold, hot springs defeat the whole "cooling off" idea, and the bathtub isn't necessarily what we had in mind. Where to go when you're looking for a chilled-out day, pool-side? Or, say, a day of action-packed fun in the sun? Our answer: Roaring Springs. They have a brand new slide, the Viper's Vortex, that makes us want to hunker in the corner just a little bit--but surely, the kids will love it (we're just a little afraid). Check out the live Web cam online at www.roaringsprings.com.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. $24.99 general, $19.99 junior, $19.99 senior, $17.99 p.m. plunge (after 3 p.m.), FREE children, www.roaringsprings.com. Roaring Springs Water Park, 400 W. Overland Rd., Meridian, 208-884-8842.

Saturday 26

We Like the Wag in Your Walk

Two weeks ago, folks around town were dressing up their rats--this week, it's your dog's turn.

Head over to Eagle Island State Park this Saturday for a short, one-mile walk with your dog. If you don't have a dog, don't fret. Northwest Animal Companions and other animal-rescue groups will provide a furry friend for you to walk with.

And be sure to bring your dog's studded duds and nifty tricks for competitions after the walk. The judges will be on point, in search of the best-dressed dog, and the one showing off some stellar tricks. For the really ambitious dog lover who wants a piece of the action, too, a prize will be awarded to the best-dressed walker/dog lookalike.

Now in its first year, Wag 'N' Walk is a fund-raiser to generate awareness to improve the lives of orphaned and abandoned dogs in our community. Homeless puppies don't make happy puppies.

All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Northwest Animal Companions, a no-kill, nonprofit animal rescue group.

Note: Eagle Island State Park asks that all dogs be on a leash and under control at all times. Owners, we suggest you try to keep yourselves under control, too.

10 a.m. $30 adults, $15 youth under 14 years of age. Registration required. For a list of registration locations, contact Diane at 208-429-6600. www.nacidaho.org. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Rd., Eagle.

Sunday 27-Monday 28

Music Feeds the Belly

This weekend, musicians and farmers are raising funds for seeds.

Musicians DJ Logic, Jerry Joseph, the Eric McFadden Trio, Craters of The Moon (members of Dirt Fisherman), Kamphire Collective, Ryan Peck and Rob Hill are coming together for two shows to benefit Peaceful Belly Farms. Profits from both nights will be used to purchase shares from the farm, which will be donated to needy families in Boise.

Sun., May 27, 9 p.m., DJ Logic, Jerry Joseph and friends, Eric McFadden Trio and Craters of The Moon (Members of Dirt Fisherman). Mon., May 28, 9 p.m., DJ Logic, Jerry Joseph and friends, Kamphire Collective, Ryan Peck and Rob Hill. $15 advance, $18 door or $25 for two-day pass. Tickets available at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., and through www.ticketweb.com. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, www.neurolux.com.

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