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Alive After Five • Deli Days 2006 • Tom Baker Quartet at VaC • Juneteenth Festival • Wild Rockies: 3rd Annual Idaho City Excellent Adventure Run

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Wednesday 14

Alive After Five

This week's performer, Mingo Fishtrap, hails all the way from Texas. They'll be here just for you, funky reader, and bring their award-winning pop-and-jam band grooviocity with them. Dig out your old Kool and the Gang T-shirt and enjoy. Not familiar with Mingo? Bone up at their MySpace site (www.myspace.com/mingofishtrap), where you can preview some tracks.

5-8 p.m., FREE. Grove Plaza, downtown.

Thursday 15

Dill pickles and more kosher treats at Deli Days.
  • Dill pickles and more kosher treats at Deli Days.

Deli Days 2006

Oy vey, do we love Deli Days at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel. From the kosher dills to the challah bread to the corned beef, we can't even contemplate these goodies without drooling a little. Stop by the beer and wine garden to wash down that knish with a brewski or two. Besides the food, there will also be free tours of the Synagogue and live entertainment by the Moody Jews Choir and Soul Train.

Thursday, June 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday, June 16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St., 343-6601, www.ahavathbethisrael.org.

Friday 16

Tom Baker Quartet at VaC

On Friday, the Tom Baker Quartet plays a special show at Visual Arts Collective. The quartet's take on avant-jazz is played on fretted and unfretted instruments, clarinet, bass and drums. Baker, originally from Idaho, has lived in Seattle since 1994 and has been a heavy hitter in that city's music scene since. He is the artistic director and curator of a concert series titled the Seattle Composers' Salon. Baker is also co-director of the Seattle Experimental Opera and the co-founder of recording label Present Sounds. Join Baker and the rest of the quartet as they explore music through improvisation and experimentation.

$5-$15, 9 p.m., Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., 424-8297, www.visualartscollective.com.

Saturday 17

General Granger
  • General Granger

Juneteenth Festival

Presented by the Idaho Black History Museum, Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers led by General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved African-Americans were free, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth today celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.

This year's celebration includes live music, education, food, games and activities for kids. Here's just some of what you can expect:

Jazz in the Gazebo is situated at the entrance into the Juneteenth Festival activities. Local jazz ensembles The Trip and Band of Blue will keep the the park's rose garden swinging.

On the Gene Harris Bandshell main stage, the Celebration of Gospel will feature musical performances by the local church community, including performers from St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Agape Christian Center and Capitol Christian Center. Local drumming collaborative Drum Central will be there, along with an interpretive dance troupe, the Gansango Dance Company of Seattle. Later, there will be performances from Gentle Rowser, Boise Big Band, Walter Ego and Score the Floor.

The Juneteenth Portal is a resource and educational center for the exploration of African American history specifically, on the history of slavery, emancipation and the celebration of Juneteenth. There will be a reading by Quraysh Ali Lansana from his new book of poetry entitled They Shall Run: The Harriet Tubman Poems and there will also be a workshop presented by American Legacy and Forbes Magazine and a film screening of the HBO documentary The Slave Narratives.

The Bridge Night Club will see part of the park transformed into a '40s-themed nightclub, with performances from Beverly and the Rex Miller Trio, as well as a screening of the HBO film Lackawanna Blues.

10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd. More information at www.juneteenthfestival.com.

Sunday 18

Wild Rockies: 3rd Annual Idaho City Excellent Adventure Run

Wild Rockies runners are hardcore, running their crazy legs off regardless of inclement weather or deady heat. And every time we see them running another race, we lament, "Why oh why do they punish themselves so?" But secretly, we're glad they do, because watching them is amazing.

The Idaho City Excellent Adventure Run is a seven-and-a-half-mile course starting on Main Street in Idaho City. The course climbs three-and-a-half miles straight up to the Warm Springs Ridge, then drops 1,000 (that's right, no typo) vertical feet to finish at the Community Center. Survivors will attend the awards ceremony in the park after the race is run.

9 a.m., race begins on Main Street in Idaho City. For more information, visit www.wildrockies.com.

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