Hope you’re up and at ‘em early Saturday — it’s the opening day for the Capitol City Market in Downtown Boise. Leave the pooch at home and head on down for food, veggies, flowers, wooden spoons, goodies, (I love the smell of kettle corn in the morning), arts, crafts and street performers.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Here are some Downtown highlights sent to me by my good friends Morgan and Karen at the Downtown Boise Association:
— Bad Irish (Boise’s newest Irish pub) is now open! Blessed by Father MacMillan, 8th & Idaho.
— Saturday is National Record Store Day. Come celebrate at our own local independent music store, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho Street. Events all day long (performances by local artists including Curtis Steigers!), new vinyl and other recordings will be released to all you listening hounds. Go to www.therecordexchange.comhttp://www.therecordexchange.com for
a full schedule.
— Visit the Bouquet, 1010 W. Main, on Monday, April 20th, from 5-10 p.m. for a gathering to show support for Dan Charboneau, retired Idaho State Police Director. Last year Dan suffered total paralysis after an accident while rafting on the Middlefork of the Salmon, and this fundraiser is his first “public” appearance since then. A suggested cover charge of $20 will be collected at the door which will cover music, food, and a beverage. Call Bea at 343-3688 ext 12 for more information.
— Now under new ownership, BOISE CAFÉ at 10th & Bannock St. offers Beginner Salsa Lessons on Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm; and then at 8-8:45pm Partnering/Patterns begins! Frank Pagan teaches every Fri & Sat at 9 p.m., lessons 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Dancing w/DJ Tomas, DJ Saya, DJ Dave. The Café is open for lunch M-F 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., serving sandwiches, salads, soups, and drinks. Info: Boise Cafe 343.3397.
— Anthropologie is bee’d off — royally. Don’t worry, that just means it’s bee-ing serious about the survival of the honey bees and sustainable agriculture in honor of Earth Day, April 22. Look for bee-youtiful window displays and their “Bee Tees,” two styles of T-shirts created by Edun are just the bee’s knees. Check it out at 822 W. Idaho Street, 345-3411.
— Ballet Idaho: Spring Collage of Classics. Tickets are now available to Ballet Idaho’s main stage production on Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at the BSU Special Events Center! Call 426-1110 or log on to http://www.balletidaho.org”>http://www.balletidaho.org Ticket prices range from $10 to $50. The program includes three ballets: Sweet Dreams, The Rite of Springand Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major.
— They say nothing is free but get this: CINCO DE MAYO-TROPICAL @ the Knitting Factory Saturday, May 2nd and FREE tickets are available at the Knitting Factory Box Office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Friday until the day of the show, 416 S. 9th St. $5 at the door. 18 & up. Full bar w/valid ID. Doors open at 9 p.m. and beginner lessons start at 9:15 p.for Merengue, Bahcata and Salsa. Tropical-style dancing w/DJ Giovanni from 10:15 p.m. to 2 a.m.