Bar Snow and Jib Jibing
It's too hot for the white stuff, it's true. In fact, this last week, Boise has been hovering dangerously close to what nontechnical weather nerds refer to as "hotter than hell." So allow us to recommend something a little cooler, literally and colloquially. It's the Main Street Bistro's Jib Fest.
It's a snowboarding jib contest (if you don't know what a jib is, Webster can actually help you out; it's a verb that means "to ride anything besides snow with a snowboard"). It's on real (well, as real as it gets in August) snow. And because everything at the MSB is more fun when someone is in a bikini, there is a bikini contest. Pro snowboarder and Red Bull-sponsored athlete Zach Leach judges competitors who compete for cash prizes and bar tabs. The jib contest is open to any experienced snowboarder over 21 years old, as is the bikini contest.
For more information, check out msbjibfest.com. Doors open at 8 p.m., $3 cover. Main Street Bistro, 609 W. Main St., 208-345-9515.
One Fine Time
Some like the fig bread, others the chorizo sausages. But everyone can enjoy appetizers, a silent auction, the Oinkari Basque Dancers and more at the annual WineFest fund-raising event to benefit the Basque Museum and Cultural Center this weekend in downtown Boise. Located outdoors on the Basque Block, this popular evening is open to the public and offers fine domestic and international wines from notable wineries and distributors. Tickets cost $40 and the admission price includes a commemorative wineglass, wine tasting, "pintxos" (or appetizers) and silent auction bidding. All proceeds and contributions from WineFest support the museum's exhibit development and educational programs. Located in downtown Boise, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center offers visitors insight into the Basque heritage through exhibits, collections, tours, gift store and educational programs.
Block party begins at 5:30 p.m., the Basque Block (between 6th and Grove streets in downtown Boise).
25 saturday - 26 sunday
Slippery Summer Salmon
Join Idaho Rivers United and many special guests to celebrate Idaho's most amazing fish at the Eighth Annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival in downtown Stanley, located in the park next to Mountain Village on the south side of Highway 21. All activities on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public. The educational part of the festival includes storytelling, a field trip to the Salmon river to show wild salmon spawning, as well as traditional dances performed by Shoshone-Bannock Tribal members. Hands-on kids activities include Gyotaku (traditional fish printing). Come out for arts, crafts and vendor booths accompanied by live music all weekend. Acts on the venue include the Bitterbrush Blues Band, Ryan Peck, Dan Costello and Rob Hill, the Sam Smith Cello Quartet, the Shook Twins, Carter Freeman, and a special performance Saturday night by Kenny Saunders with Desert Cadillac. Saturday evening features a wild salmon feast. Tickets for the salmon feast are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 12, with proceeds benefiting Idaho Rivers United's salmon recovery efforts.
Sat., Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sun., Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 1-800-574-7481, or in Boise at 208-343-7481. Tickets available at Idaho Rivers United office in Boise, at the Chamber of Commerce office in Stanley and at Backwood's in Ketchum.
Heard it on the Radio
Make it a weekend in Stanley at the third annual "Music from Stanley" live concert and radio show. Idaho musicians perform in a live setting from 4 to 7 p.m., at Redfish Lake Lodge. Take a Sunday drive and make the trek to Stanley for free music. The radio show part is comprised of commentary and interview segments with the performing artists. This week features the Douglas Cameron Band with The Shook Twins.
4-7 p.m., at Redfish Lake Lodge near Stanley. For more information visit, www.myspace.com/musicfromstanley.
On the Blue sooner
The 2007 football season seems to start even "Sooner" when you are still celebrating a kick-ass 2006 season. Even the biggest sport skeptic can't deny the amazing victory that was the Fiesta Bowl. Some spectators will never tire of watching that game in all its glory. Some say it was the greatest college football upset ever. Relive all the highs and hoopla at the Broncos Kick-Off Block Party in BoDo. The event celebrates the release of "Out of the Blue," an Idaho-produced documentary by award-winning director Michael Hoffman. The one hour and 29 minute documentary on Boise State's 2006 football season will help fill in the gaps of how the coaches and the team prepared for the historic Bronco win.
Mon., Aug. 26, 5-8 p.m., BoDo, 8th and Broad streets.