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DirtyRoosterLollipop - IBG Morning Strolls - Bars and Stripes Race - Arsenic and Old Lace

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5 Thursday

Rise and Shine and Get to IBG

One BW staffer took to the hills last Thursday morning at the crack of dawn, destination: TableRock. Turns out—as evidenced by the number of cars in the dirt parking lot at the trailhead—that quite a few early risers had the same exercise plan in mind, and there was some jostling for trail space to be done. Idaho Botanical Garden has a solution. Instead of hauling a pre-coffee body up to the top of the mountain along with dozens of power walkers and their errant dogs, stroll through the gardens as the sun rises over TableRock during one of IBG's Stroll for Heart and Soul morning meetings. And more importantly, if you're not an IBG member, this is your chance to take a stroll gratis.

Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 7:30-9:30 a.m., FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649, wwwidahobotanicalgarden.org.

First Thursday

Perhaps you've been ostrich-uling (yeah, so we made up a word, but it's not the first time and you can bet your non-flying feathers that we'll do it again), that is, sticking your head in the hot sand without paying much attention to the outside world. Then you may not know about First Thursday. And if you don't, we certainly hope your excuse contains the phrase "recently relocated to Boise."

As BW hears it, First Thursday traffic has slowed to a trickle compared to what it was before businesses were prohibited from doling out a little vino, and what with this month's First Thursday having the misfortune of following the Fourth of July, we figured a little extra encouragement, a subtle reminder or two, may just be the shove you need to get shopping and gallery-hopping downtown.

Boutiques, museums, galleries and businesses of all kinds stay open late the First Thursday of every month, featuring new artist meet-and-greets, live music and refreshments. In addition, many restaurants and coffee shops host similar events. For more information on the happenings this month, see BW's listings on page 28, or visit www.downtownboise.org.

5-9 p.m., downtown Boise.

6 Friday

Murder and Family Dysfunction Take Center Stage

American playwright Joseph Kesselring's 1939 Arsenic and Old Lace became a Broadway standard after Hollywood's adaptation starring Cary Grant. Set in Brooklyn, New York, the show is a comedy about drama critic Mortimer Brewster (who, incidentally, hates the theater) and his wacky family that includes two spinster aunts and their "elderberry wine" (into which they drop a pinch of poison to knock off lonely old men), a brother who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt and a murderous brother who has had plastic surgery to look like a well-known horror film actor.

Friday's performance is a preview show, Saturday is opening night and Sunday is the family show. Fri., July 6, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 7, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 8, 7 p.m.; Tue., July 10, 8 p.m.; and Wed., July 11, 8 p.m. $20-$38 Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, Box Office 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

Rock In the BoDo District

Every band who's ever made it big was, at one time, some city's local band. Like any other city, we have a wealth of great local musical talent, and this Friday, you can catch a whole line-up of homegrown heavy-hitters at one of The Big Easy's Local Nights.

Uncle Bud plays funky hip-hop with a pretty specific message; DirtyRoosterLollipop offers up melodic rock with a hint of metal; Abrupt Edge takes rock and wraps it around a little metal and great vocals; Half The World brings metal and sweet lead singer Mary Magill channeling Lita Ford; and Malachi will end the night with their own epic melodies, heavy layered sounds and emotional lyrics. Ultimately, there are two good reasons why you should head over to the Big Easy on Friday: 1) it's a mere fin to get in the door, and 2) you might see somebody famous (OK, they may not be that famous, yet.).

7:30 p.m., $5, The Big Easy 416 S. 9th St., 208-367-1212.

7 Saturday

Buh-Buh-Buh-Beer (and bikes, too)

Put on your beer face, hop on your bike and get pedalin' for this year's Boise Weekly Bars and Stripes Alley Cat Race. If you missed last year's event, here's the skinny. In conjunction with Boise Weekly's annual Coldest Beer in Boise contest (which is exactly what it sounds like—we diligently poke a thermometer into a glass of beer in every (and we mean every) draft-pouring joint in Boise, Meridian and Eagle) we throw a little beer celebration, race-style, with the pros from North Star Cycle Courier. Here's how it works: The guys from North Star write a manifest (that's messenger race lingo for a list of locations) to which participants bike, and at which the completion of a specified task is necessary. The first racer to complete all required tasks and bike to every bar on the list ... (drumroll, please) ... wins. The 10 stops have been determined, and free beer from Fat Tire awaits the parched gullets of those who make it to the final destination. For more information, check out www.boiseweekly.com. To register, get your beer-lovin' gut down to our office, pay your dues and get training.

3 p.m., $13 (includes a T-shirt). Race starts at Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., 208-344-2055, www.boiseweekly.com.

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