- Michelle McNeil
The audience at Alive After Five is in for a variety show with San Francisco-based band The Dodos' blend of indie/folk/pop. The duo is made up of founding member Meric Long and ex-metal drummer Logan Kroeber. A thunder of sound comes from drums, sticks and picks, and lead singer Long has even been known to whip out a trombone for good measure. Their songs are packed full of thoughtful lyrics and are backed by a steady, foot-stomping beat. Comments on the band's Myspace page range from "I can't stop listening to your music," to, "more, more, more." There you have it; a couple of mop-headed musicians classing up the scene with their talent and never-failing rhythm. Follow them online at dodosmusic.net.
5 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, Boise.
Something to Say
The publishers of Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture out of Portland, Ore., like to analyze media criticism and revel in taking a feminist approach to all types of issues. Now the publishers are giving interested parties a chance to share their insights. As part of a nationwide series of events, everyone who has something to say about feminism will be heard. The topic to discuss is: "Feminism in/action: What is your feminism for and why does it matter?" led by Bitch Magazine publisher Debbie Rasmussen. For more inside information, contact Rasmussen at bitchmagazine.org.
6 to 8 p.m., FREE, Lucy's Coffee & Espresso, 1079 Broadway Ave., Boise.
the Blues side of things
This week's entertainment for the Great Garden Escape Concert Series is the Paul Peterson Blues Band. Members Rico Wiseman, Lawson Hill, Bill Liles, Paul Peterson and Ben Burdick have been invited to perform at the garden for the past seven years. Peterson said they are thrilled to be back because the crowd turns out for the music and, "it doesn't get any better than that."
Here's a rare opportunity to hear Burdick's blues side because for this show, he's leaving his jazz chords at home.
Manuel and the Automatics—a local band with a young guitarist who drives a tractor by day—will spice things up with a short set. The up-and-coming musician is making a name for himself in blues circles, and Peterson said many musicians are trying to figure out how "50 years of stage presence can be wrapped up in one 17-year-old."
Having recently recovered from a heart situation, Peterson has more fuel for his life-loving lyrics and soulful riffs. The whole clan will welcome some surprise guests and is looking forward to mixing up the set with a few originals, as well as some classics.
6:30-9:30 p.m., $10 general; $8 IBG members; $6 children (4-12), Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Irene Deely, artist and owner of Woman of Steel Gallery, will throw out the first pitch at the Fourth of July Boise Hawks baseball game against the Vancouver Canadians, but this won't be your average game of ball.
The event kicks off Liberty: Let's Roll, a cross-country tour featuring Deely's 8-foot bronze sculpture, "Liberty." The public unveiling of the statue is expected to be in front of a packed stadium on the most patriotic holiday. Vendors will be selling the traditional beer and hotdogs, along with apple pie. "Liberty" will be rolled out onto the pitcher's mound during the seventh inning stretch accompanied by an original composition by vocalist Beverly Caruthers. After the game, "Liberty" will be moved onto the field with a fireworks display as her backdrop. Follow "Liberty" across the nation by checking in at libertyletsroll.com.
7:15 p.m., $6-$14, Hawks Stadium, 4483 N. Dresden Pl., Garden City, (Expo Idaho).
B + S 3
Unless you're well-versed in bike messenger speak, an alley cat called Bars and Stripes Three is something of a mystery. Allow us to lift the veil. Making one very long story short: Bike messengers courier all sorts of stuff from point A to point B by two-wheeling it all over the city, speeding down side streets and weaving through traffic on what's called a fixie (a single gear bike without brakes). When the weekend comes and it's time to let loose, the guys (and some not-to-be-messed-with gals) take to the streets in a mock delivery race called an alley cat, and have a gay old time drinking beer and making merry. Three years ago, BW thought these things were so cool that we begged and pleaded with local messenger company Northstar Cycle Couriers to team up with us to host an alley cat in conjunction with our annual Coldest Beer contest. Now, it's a tradition. We publish the Coldest Beer issue the first weekend in July, and Northstar helps us put on an alley cat we call Bars and Stripes. Get your bike, get your beer-drinking face on and come play. Unless you're a weenie, of course.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., race at 7 p.m., $13. Limited to the first 100 participants. Register and start at Boise Weekly offices, 523 Broad St. Need to know more? Call us at 208-344-2055.