Come Alive After Five
Some people wait all year long for the summer concert series to come back around. The Grove Plaza fills with suits, shorts, skirts and every type of dress style in between and they are all there for the same reason: to groove on through the rest of the week. It's a nice break from the monotony of the workweek and an even nicer way to spend an evening in downtown Boise. For the kick-off this week, enjoy the music of Iowa-based singer-songwriter Pieta Brown. The lady can rock a cowgirl hat and a guitar with the best of them, and is known to play the piano as well, along with a voice that makes you want to listen to every world she croons. Check her out on myspace.com/pietabrown.
5-8 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.
Dirty Looks Good
The inaugural DIRT Ball is a fundraiser for United Way's Direct Impact Response Team, which takes a grassroots approach to real community engagement. But even the best of do-gooders need some funding to keep their good work going strong.
For their first fund-raising event, the Old Idaho State Penitentiary gets a boost of action with live music by Steve Fulton and Smooth Old Fashioned High. With tattoo artists, affordable food, wine and beer, there's really no reason not to get down there and get dirty.
5:30-10 p.m., $20 in advance/$25 at the door, Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, dirtclods.com.
6 Friday – 7 Saturday
A Thrill a Minute
Authors who pen works for fans of mystery, thrillers and suspense fiction with a romantic twist can pick up tools of the trade from other writers at Murder in the Grove. The conference has a whole lot going on in two days, including forensic and criminology workshops, writing workshops and author panels, among other activities. Top agents will be on hand for one-on-one appointments to evaluate manuscripts. During the awards ceremony on Saturday, the 2008 winner of the local writing contest will be honored.
The guest of honor is the recipient of Idaho's Bloody Pen Award, J.A. Jance. Her work with mystery fiction includes the J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady series, as well as stand-alone thrillers.
June 6 and 7, $115 includes all Saturday conference workshops and panels, luncheon and evening reception. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, murderinthegrove.com.
Land of the Free
The Liberty Let's Roll! Break Through Block Party between the Visual Arts Collective and the Woman of Steel Gallery pops with all sorts of artistic activities meant to get the creative juices flowing.
Attend a classic car show courtesy of Jack Armstrong, a beer garden and bands and DJs on an outdoor stage. Tents will be set up in which artists will create large pieces all day including welding by Irene Deely, graffiti artists from Sector 17 etc., dance troupes, burlesque performers, vendors and if all that isn't enough to fill 12 fun-filled hours, the VAC has three bands starting at 9 p.m. For more on all of this, visit libertyletsroll.com.
Noon to midnight, FREE, Woman of Steel, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632, womanofsteelgallery.com.
Losing Light; Gaining Stars
The i48 annual Idaho 48-hour film festival and competition seeks to discover the next big name in movie making. Teams of filmmakers from all over Idaho were given a task to take four to seven minutes and within that time make a genre come alive with limited fuss. All the filmmakers get is a line of dialogue, a prop, a character and 48 hours to write, produce, cast, shoot and edit an original short film. The films will be screened at the Flicks with a "Best Of i48" Screening and awards ceremony following at the Egyptian Theatre.
7 p.m., $8, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, truewestcinema.org.
At the 12th Annual Boise Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet, aficionados of the two-wheel-types of transportation can get their hands on some sweet deals. The parking lot will be filled with vintage bicycles, pedal cars, scooters, toys and tricycles. There's no good reason not to cruise by and roll off with some old wheels that will be new to you. More information at easywind2.com.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rite Aid, 1515 W. State St., Boise. 208 860 5324.