1. Sweat to the oldies
Thanks to a fire, the Knitting Factory Concert House is temporarily down. But Boise’s concert scene is far from out. Need proof? Check out the weekend.
▪ Keith Sweat: 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. (Remember sweating to these 1990s oldies? “Twisted”, “Nobody” and “I’ll Give All My Love to You.”) $55-$67 general, $103 VIP. Ticketfly. Opening: Ginuwine.
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▪ Boise Philharmonic presents “Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert:” Original intergalactic epic comes to life on the big screen with the Boise Phil performing John Williams’ score live. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $40.56-$83.01. 208-344-7849, boisephil.org.
▪ Knitting Factory Benefit Show: Music by Black Tooth Grin, Septic Era, Traitors Gate, Break Surface, Jintrick, Ghostbox, Hand of Doom, Eleven 44, Atheras, Abaasy, Basement. All proceeds go directly to the Knitting Factory staff. 1 p.m. to midnight Sept. 23, Mardi Gras, 615 S. 9th St., Boise. $10 general, $5 if younger than 21.
2. Do a brew fest
Outdoor beer festival season is in full swing. Check out my guide to fall Boise beer festivals for details about the beer bashes below and more festivals in the coming weeks.
▪ B’Arc n Brew: Bring your dog! (On a leash, please.) Breweries include Edge, County Line, Boise Brewing, Highlands Hollow, Lagunitas, Mad Swede, Payette, and more, plus Meriwether Cider. Music by Cunningham and Moss, The Grape and The Grain, Knew Knormal, Deviant Kin, Bread and Circus, others. Noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise. $20, includes taster mug and eight beer tickets. 208-343-6820.
▪ Old Boise Oktoberfest: Close down the streets! Authentic German biers, games, food, and a kids fun zone (2 to 5 p.m.). 2 to 10 p.m. Sept. 22, Old Boise at 6th and Main streets. $20 at the door.
3. Hit Halloween haunts
This is the weekend local Halloween businesses kick into high gear.
4. Hit a block party
5. Pop into an art exhibit
Three local artists — Jim Spicka, Kellie Cosho and Tarmo Watia — will present a pop-up exhibit from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at State Street Plaza, 4105 W. State St. Enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers — and nearly 90 works of art. Cosho and Watia are painters, while Spicka is a multi-faceted artist. “My first showing was in 1971 at Art In The Park,” Spicka says, “and even though I sold out the first day, I have not shown my art again until 2012, when I had a pop-up art exhibit in Huatulco, Mexico, where we live in the winter months. It has become a very popular annual event growing in size from one to now 15 artists who hail from all corners of the world. My work includes tissue on glass, Gyotaku fish prints, water colors, acrylic on canvas and canvas murals.”