Mountain Biking for Women
Novice to professional mountain biker babes seeking inspiration, guidance or camaraderie have an outlet in the BOMBB (Boise Off-Road Mountain Bike Babes) squad. This is a group for women, guys, so keep sidling up next to propsective bike babes on the trails instead of crashing this party. The BOMBB squad's next event Wednesday is an informative presentation on mountain biking for women held at REI. Jenny Hennessy will instruct on how to find the right bike, what items are needed to begin mountain biking, trail etiquette and technique. Hennessy will share her favorite local trails and advice, in addition to pictures from her biking exploits to motivate others to hit the pavement. Come with the dual goal of finding out about the BOMBB squad, what they do, who they are and how you can join the free club.
7 p.m., FREE, REI, 8300 W. Emerald St., 322-1141.
Refrigerator Art Show
The myriad events scheduled downtown for First Thursday include the Gypsy Gallery's inaugural refrigerator art show at Satchel's Grill. The salon-style show hangs until the end of the month and features art not quite fit to hang in a gallery, yet too good to tuck away in an attic. Essentially, it's artwork ideal for the fridge.
Gallery opening festivities include tarot readings, music by Dan Costello and Rob Hill and food specials. Gypsy Gallery artists Kristy Albrecht, Kelly Beach, Majella Bryan, Jenifer Gilliland, Rich Kenny, Marianne Konvalinka and Cherry Woodbury will represent the group composed of local artists working in watercolors, arylics, oils, mixed media and digital photography. Gypsy Gallery's goal is to create venues to show, sell and market member artwork, while making the gallery a recognizable brand delivering exciting art to the community. They've collaborated with other organizations and the city in events including Art & Roses, Capital City Emerging Artists, Art Source National Juried Show, St. Luke's Downtown, Kulture Klatsch and Flying M Coffee House.
6 p.m., FREE, Satchel's Grill, 705 W. Bannock St., 866-6306, www.gypsygalleryart.com.
Photo Contest Exhibition
The winners of CC Photography's third annual high school photo contest will be featured this Thursday next to Villano's for the perusal of the general public. Eighteen students were chosen from 272 entries spanning 12 high schools in Ada and Canyon counties. Over 100 additional entries were received this year compared to 2004, so the event is an even greater representation of budding local photography and diverse work. The winning pieces will be displayed throughout the month of April. The rest of the entries will be available to check out in binders at the shop.
5 p.m., FREE, CC Photography, 712 W. Idaho St., 433-0077.
Jude Bowerman Band
After their stellar first show in Boise last January, Olympia, Washington-based Jude Bowerman Band returns to Idaho for performances in Ketchum and Boise. The band is bringing their "jude" sounds of funky rhythms, powerful vocals and infectious grooves to Tom Grainey's this Friday and Saturday night.
According to music writer Alec Clayton, "On stage, Jude Bowerman is doing things with a guitar the good Lord never meant fingers to do, playing hard rocking blues riffs ala Johnny Winter, with a hint or two of Hendrix and Santana. The man makes a guitar do everything but cook supper and deliver it to the table." The guys let the music build from crescendo to crescendo, unafraid to prolong a uniquely good riff into a full jam session. Check out their Web site before or after experiencing the show for band information and clips off their new CD Life Goes On at www.judebowerman.com.
9:30 p.m., $4, Tom Grainey's, 6th and Main, 345-2505.
Ballet Idaho's Scheherazade
If there was a performance not to be missed this season in the local dance scene, it is the sultry tale of love and deceit in Ballet Idaho's upcoming production Scheherazade. This interpretation of Scheherazade's story rivals classic tales from 1001 Arabian Nights and features the sensitive and emotive choreography of the late Dennis Spaight, exotic sets and lush costumes. Sponsored by St. Alphonsus and Syringa Bank, the night's program also include Toni Pimble's Two's Company and Divertimento. Pimble, Ballet Idaho's artistic director, originally choreographed Two's Company (danced to the music of Anton Dvorak) for New York City Ballet and won the Diamond Project Award for the piece. Ballet Idaho's rendition features principal dancers Kyuk-Ku Kwon, Hyoung-Il Joung and Jennifer Martin. The program closes with Pimble's most recent work, Divertimento, set to Glick's haunting Divertimento for String Orchestra. Be forewarned: the Saturday night performance of Scheherazade is a one-time show, so there will be no second chances to catch the highly anticipated event.
8 p.m., $17 to $39, Boise State campus, the Morrison Center, 426-1494, www.idahotickets.org.
Beard and Mustache Championships
According to Shakespeare, "He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." If you want to avoid being less than a man, head over to Ketchum for the Idaho Beard and Mustache Championships (IBMC) and start yer beard! Though it sounds like a spoof event, the IBMC is officially sanctioned by the World Beard and Mustache Championship (WBMC) governing body and likely take themselves, and their facial hair, very seriously.
Categories Idaho competitors should train for are styled mustache, natural mustache, the Smith Optics moustache-in-a-month, sideburns, goatee, long beard, short beard, creative design, and of course the immediately identifiable fu manchu. Send a $10 registration fee to IBMC, PO Box 1325, Ketchum, ID, 83340, to secure a spot. The fee includes one beer and the right to compete for the collected cash purse, as well as other prizes from local merchants like Smith Optics, Iconoclast Books, Bobdog Pizza and BBQ, and Scott USA.
Neglecting your costume for a single-minded focus on facial hair would be fatal, as constestants will also be judged on the "total package" of their appearance. Thematic attire, such as wild west or retro ski, are encouraged. Try not to be intimidated by the attendance of regional titleholder Gary Johnson (recently interviewed on the Conan O'Brien show), and Toot Joslin, both training for the 2005 WBMC in Berlin on October 1. 3:30 p.m., $10, Outabounds Lounge (base of Baldy in Warm Springs, Ketchum, 726-8291, email@example.com.