TONIGHT (and Sat.): Violin virtuoso performs with Philharmonic

TREASURE VALLEY — Acclaimed violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Treasure Valley this weekend help the Boise Philharmonic usher in its 51st season. A child prodigy, Pine solos on the orchestra's performance of Jean Sibelius' “Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 47” when they present 8 p.m. concerts tonight in Swayne Auditorium on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa and Saturday at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise. Tickets to the Nampa performance start at $23 and for Boise at $25.50, available at 344-7849 or


TONIGHT: Oktoberfest time at the Civic Center

NAMPA — Time to break out the lederhosen and dirndls and hoist your stein in a celebration of German culture. It's the 6th annual Oktoberfest at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd Street S. This celebration of all things German features live music by the Edelweiss Band, authentic German beer and brats, dancing and contests. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. in the outdoor garden at the Civic Center. Tickets are $5, available at 468-5555 or

TONIGHT (Sat. and Sun.): 'The Big Bad Musical' at NNU

NAMPA — The Big Bad Wolf has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybook characters including Red Riding Hood, her grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and more. The Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother are attorneys for the prosecution and the defense. It all adds up to a weekend of howling courtroom comedy when the new Nampa Children's Theatre premieres with its production of "The Big Bad Musical." This weekend's performances are set for 7 p.m. tonight and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Northwest Nazarene University Little Theater, Holly Street, Nampa. Tickets are: adults $10, students $7, children 5 and under $5, available at or at the door.

TONIGHT: Singer Mindy Smith plays BCT

BOISE — Critically lauded singer-songwriter Mindy Smith hits the City of Trees at 8 p.m. on her "Closer" tour. Known for her smartly written folk and country-tinged tunes, Smith will perform as part of the Boise Contemporary Theater's Music Series. The Nashville-based Smith released her fifth studio album in June. The self-titled CD is her first album of new material since 2009's “Stupid Love” and her first as an independent artist. USA Today said of the artist, "Smith's best songs sound like little miracles." Nashville Scene described Smith's new music as "a healthy dose of refined torchy twang in a new batch of confessional, well-crafted pop..." Tickets are $20 each, available at

TONIGHT: 'Something Afoot' at KED Theatre

BOISE — Knock 'Em Dead Theatre debuts its new season with "Something Afoot," a murder mystery that spoofs detective stories, miming the works of Agatha Christie, and especially her detective novel "And Then There Where None” (a.k.a. "Ten Little Indians.”) The play involves a group of people who are invited to the lake estate of Lord Dudley Rancour. When the wealthy lord is found dead, it's a race against the clock to find out whodunnit. Encore Theatre's Jodi Perry is Lady Grace Manley-Prowde in the cast and Nampa's Elias Kamplain is Geoffrey.

Shows are Thursdays at 7 p.m. now through Nov. 3 (show only) with Friday and Saturday dinner theater productions. Dinner is set for 6:15 p.m. with an 8 p.m. curtain. Tickets are $18 for Thursdays, $15 for students, seniors and military. Friday and Saturday dinner/show tickets are $39; $20 show only, available at

SATURDAY: Food Truck Rally time

NAMPA — Get your tastebuds ready, it's time for another Nampa Food Truck Rally. Curbside culinary delights await Saturday's event from 4 to 8 p.m. in Lloyd Square, downtown. B29 Streatery, Riceworks Asian Street Food, Spuds BBQ, Blue Canoe, Kanak Attack, Tiki's Shave Ice, A Cupcake Paradise and Adona's Concession all join in the food fest event at Front and 14th Street. There will also be live music from The Flavors, a beer garden and wine available for purchase.

SATURDAY: Museum Comes to Life in Boise

BOISE — Stroll through an encampment of medieval knights, feel the ground shake with the firing of an authentic Civil War cannon, try your hand at calf-roping or one of the many hands-on activities that will take place throughout the day-long 39th annual Museum Comes to Life event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr. and surrounding Julia Davis Park. Listen to live ethnic music and view performances from Ballet Folklorica Mexico Lindo, Irish Dance Idaho and An Buille and the Boise Banjo Band. Listen to Civil War re-enactors, fur traders and more. The event is free. For more information visit:

SATURDAY: Old Boise Oktoberfest

BOISE — Old Boise's 3rd Annual Oktoberfest runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at 6th and Main streets downtown. The event features authentic German food, eating contests, beer brewing, a craft show, face painting, live music, dancing and more. Admission is free.


SUNDAY: Idaho Wine Run to uncork fun

CALDWELL — Ready to race your way through Idaho wine country's scenic vineyards and byways? The inaugural Idaho Wine Run is set for Sunday with a 26.2 mile marathon, a half marathon, 10K and 5K event. The races all start at Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell with a start time of 9 a.m.

The race is the brainchild of running enthusiasts Wayne and Christie Ebehroth of Blue Circle Sports. Christie is a Nampa-based mother of five, prolific marathoner and motivational blogger.

Crowds cheering on the runners are welcome to taste at wineries along the course, and an after-party at the Ste. Chapelle finish offers snacks and treats, and more tasting on-site from local wineries. For information, call 453-7840 or

THURSDAY: Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann at the Egyptian

BOISE — Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann returns to the Treasure Valley and the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main Street, for an 8 p.m. concert with special guest Field Report. Mann is currently touring in support of her recently released album “Charmer,” that dropped Sept. 18.

"I'm fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of what charm is," Mann said. "It's hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I'm most interested in. Sometimes I think 'charm' can just be another word for 'manipulation.'" On the album, Mann performs a duet with James Mercer of The Shins.

Tickets to Mann's concert are $24 in advance, $27 at the door, available at the Record Exchange, the Egyptian Theatre box office or online at

THURSDAY: Calobo comes to the Knit

BOISE — Calobo, known for their energetic live shows, tight vocal harmonies and intricate musicianship, comes to the Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th Street for an 8 p.m. show Thursday. The independent rock band developed a cult following in the Pacific Northwest in the '90s that ended in 2001. But the band has reunited, led by Caleb Klauder on vocals, guitar and mandolin; David Andrews on guitar and vocals; with Jenny Conlee on piano, Kennth Erlick on electric guitar, Michele Van Kleef on vocals, Nate Query on bass and Brian Bucolo on drums.

"We have been talking about doing this (reuniting) for years," Query said. "We are all still friends. I ran into Caleb at Jazz Fest in New Orleans last year and we talked about the idea of getting the band back together again. It just seemed like the right time and we felt like it could be really fun."

Tickets to Thursday's concert are $14, available at (877) 435-9849, or


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