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Round Three of The Core's Battle of the Bands • The Big Nasty Hillclimb: Big Nasty=Big Fun • Rhodes Revamped • Arlo Guthrie's 40 Years of Alice's Restaurant Tour

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Saturday 20

Round Three of The Core's Battle of the Bands

Round Two was last Saturday and everyone's gearing up for Round Three. Both 100.3 The X and Boise Weekly are proud to support this awesome event that's bringing some of Boise's best local bands together to duke it out. If you missed rounds one and two, it's not too late. With three more rounds to go, there's still time for you to redeem yourself and get to The Core. Winners of each round will play on the cool Local Stage at 100.3's XFest on September 17.

Round Two's talented musical contenders were (in this order) Mark of Kain, Cestus, Kamphire Collective, ValenXthine, Switch Hitter, Datura and Clipped Wing Divinity (Ashton Rose was scheduled to play but apparently had to cancel). Round Three brings another bitchin' group of bands (in no particular order): A Fear Once Forgotten, Black Tooth Grin, Bridging States, Final Underground, The Franklin Coverup, Keeping Secrets, Langley and Sons of Rage.

"The Core" stands for "hardcore," so come ready to rock.

6 p.m., $8, all ages, the Core, 1124 W. Front St., 342-9663, www.thecoreboise.com.

Saturday 20-Sunday 21

The Big Nasty Hillclimb: Big Nasty=Big Fun

One hour from Boise, big bikes and an even bigger hill in New Plymouth await riders this weekend. If you haven't seen people ride modified and unmodified bikes up a 460-foot hill with a 20-foot cliff near the top, you can't imagine the excitement. When they come down, they come down hard, unless one of the spotters catches the bike with the grappling hooks before it tumbles back down the hill. There is no bad seat in the house as they get higher and higher. This is the second year for the Big Nasty Hillclimb (one of six North American Hillclimb Association Series events) at this hill-which so far has never been climbed.

Come for one day or camp out all weekend with other hill fans. Boise Weekly will be there in the big aluminum trailer rooting on the riders and having a good ole time. Although full food and beer concessions are available in designated areas, campers and tailgaters are welcome, too. Events begin Friday with rider check-in and hill inspections with a racer appreciation night at the hill. Bright and early Saturday morning racing starts with trophy bikes at 9 a.m., semi-pro classes at 1 p.m. and the open exhibition qualifying rounds for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, expect to see the pros take on the hill beginning at 9 a.m. with the award ceremony at 3 p.m. One-day tickets are $11 ($6 for kids 6-12), or you can get discounted tickets through Select-a-seat (www.idahotickets.com). If you have a bike and want to enter, or just want more information about camping or the events, visit www.bignastyhillclimb.com. You do not have to have a hill-climbing bike to enter.

In New Plymouth, with more information on the Web at www.bignastyhillclimb.com.

Saturday 20

Rhodes Revamped

Hosted by the Boise Skatepark Association, Rhodes Revamped is a skatepark fundraiser and competition. All proceeds raised at the event will go towards a major renovation of Rhodes Skatepark (under the connector).

But even if it wasn't for a good cause, Rhodes Revamped would still be an awesome all-ages skateboard competition-featuring a brand-new 20-foot funbox (courtesy of Establish Yesterday). There will be prizes given to the top three in each age division, advanced division and best trick winner, and there will also be live music by DJ Pat Benolkin and Skipper Lindsey, raffle prizes and food. Sponsors include Prestige Skateboards, Newt and Harold's, Adio, Establish Yesterday, Eaglewood Board Shop, Bob's Bicycles, the Amateur Skateboard League and your favorite independent alternative weekly newspaper. Even if you don't know what a funbox is, come check it out-it's fun to see these boarders catch air and just as much fun to watch the wipeouts.

Supporters of the skatepark can also purchase a brick that will be engraved and placed in the park for $100.

11 a.m. $15 registration (9-10:30 a.m.), For more information, call 371-1731 or 834-5838, www.idasl.org. Rhodes Skatepark.

Tuesday 23

Arlo Guthrie's 40 Years of Alice's Restaurant Tour

When it comes to Arlo Guthrie, like father, like son. As Woody Guthrie did a generation before him, Arlo Guthrie has had a long career as a socio-political folksinger/songwriter.

It was in 1965, on Thanksgiving Day, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, that Guthrie first began working on "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree." In this, his most famous piece, Guthrie spins a deceptively humorous tale about his own troubles with "the Man,"-the police and the draft board. (The 1967 album of the same name garnered Guthrie his one and only gold record.)

Forty years later, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts hosts Guthrie and his band of family and friends as they celebrate the anniversary of the song that inspired a whole generation's commitment to social consciousness and activism.

7 p.m. $35 adults, $10 kids. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 5th St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-9491, www.sunvalleycenter.org.

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