Grab dinner and a show at Izumi, a new Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar in Meridian. Here, you will find a large dining room packed with teppanyaki grills where flashy chefs perform for diners. The sirloin steak with scallops is a good hibachi pick. You also can score fusion rolls and other sushi items, in addition to a gamut of Pan-Asian appetizers such as shrimp shumai dumplings and beef negimaki.
It took seven years for Ben Harper to reunite with the Innocent Criminals, and he says in making “Call It What It Is,” his new album with his longtime band, there was a fundamental change in the dynamic.
If you haven’t been before, you might not realize how big the God and Country Festival is each year. The gathering draws a massive crowd to the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater. Why? Because the volunteer-run, non-denominational celebration IS a big deal. And it’s free. In the words of organizers: “a night of family-friendly fun, including the Treasure Valley’s largest fireworks show, great Christian bands, military appreciation, civic awards, food and fellowship.” This year’s musical headliner will be Danny Gokey (of “American Idol”), joined by local contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Ryan Stevenson. Evangelist Andrew Palau also will speak. If you show up earlier in the afternoon starting at 2, you’ll find pre-event bounce houses and BMX stunt demos.
The Central District Health Department conducts annual inspections of all food-handling establishments in Ada County. Any listed item indicates items or practices out of compliance with Idaho Food Code. Violations must be corrected within 10 days. For details, go to cdhd.idaho.gov/EH/food/inspect.htm. The Southwest District Health Department makes similar inspections in Canyon County; its records are available at swdh.org/food-service.asp.
Gangsta’s paradise? Rapper Coolio will have that one covered Saturday. But if you’re looking for shorts-and-T-shirt paradise, the Boise Music Festival is your headlining act in 2016. After the last couple of years’ scorching temperatures, the seventh annual event should be a pleasantly warm 79 degrees at Expo Idaho. And with a lineup of diverse, radio-friendly main-stage acts, nearly 50 local acts on five local stages, and tons of food and drink vendors, the party undoubtedly will draw a huge crowd.
From Boise to Melba to Hailey, parades and pancake breakfasts and tractor pulls are some of the ways that Idahoans will celebrate Independence Day in the coming days. After that, the summer concert season gets into full gear, from Ste. Chapelle in Caldwell to the Great Garden Escape in Boise to the McCall Summerfest. For kids in Nampa, Meridian and Boise there are movies in the park, and Zoo Boise is hosting a sleepover and a race on consecutive weekends.