BW Picks

Funny Bone Finals - Critical Mass - San Ignazio - Boise Thunder

26 Thursday

The Joke's On Us

This is the true story of how an event becomes a bona-fide Boise Weekly pick. Last Tuesday, a BW staffer was persuaded to trade a nice comfy bar stool for a cozy table at the Funny Bone Comedy Club's Tuesday open mic night because it was rumored that a friend would appear in the line-up. Because this staffer has had little experience with really entertaining open mic nights in other joints, she was, admittedly, reluctant to go. Shame on her. That particular open mic night was the first round of competition in The Comedy Festival's Lucky 21 Talent Search competition, and the open mic pooh-pooher laughed so hard at the local comics that she narrowly avoided releasing embarrassing bodily fluids at several moments during the show and the very next day, decided to endorse the final event as a BW pick.

From more than 20 local comedians in the first round, judges narrowed the field to the top eight funnymen. This Thursday night, those eight get back on stage with new material in an effort to wisecrack themselves into the top two slots. After Thursday, Boise's winners move on to the regional competition, after which only 21 lucky comedians will have a chance to perform during The Comedy Festival this fall in Las Vegas. Because the talent search is only open to the top clubs in the nation (yes, as Funny Bone co-manager Pat Mac says, believe it or not, Boise's Funny Bone is one of the best), the competition starts out pretty stiff for prizes that are no laughing matter: $10,000 in prize money, meetings with industry bigwigs and television appearances. In addition to the night's competitors, nationally touring comics Stewart Huff and Eric Hunter will also perform.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $12. Open to adults 21 and over. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 405 S. 8th St., 208-331-BONE, www.boisefunnybone.com.

27 Friday

Civil Disobedience for the Biker

Bike commuters unite to take over the streets in defiance of road hoggin' drivers and to protest of the lack of adequate bike lanes in the downtown core. Critical Mass, however, is not a social movement unique to Boise. The first critical mass happened 15 years ago in San Francisco, and since then, it's become a common sight in cities around the world the last Friday of each month.

This year's organizers are billing the event in a fuzzy, feel good positive kind of way, calling it a "celebration of city life and the virtues of cycling." While BW certainly applauds the effort to be nice, we're also an office full of bike commuters with tales of narrowly averted accidents thanks to non-existent bike lanes near our office downtown. Participation is simple: Show up with your bike and go for a ride with the crowd.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Julia Davis Park Bandshell.

27 Friday-29 Sunday

The Basque country in idaho

Celebrating Basque culture each year in July with the San Ignazio festival is one of Boise's most unique and popular events of the summer. And if you're not Basque, you're still invited. Festivities start on a more intimate level on Friday at the Basque Center with a friends and family tapas potluck, jota and pala.

Saturday is an all-out party on the Basque Block starting at 11 a.m. The Oinkari and Boise'ko Gazteak Basque dancers perform, as well as the Oñatz Dancers from Onati, Gipuzkoa, Spain. You can watch a pala championship, listen to Basque musicians Txantxangorriak and Amuma Says No and catch a weightlifting competition. The party adjourns for mass Saturday night, but then returns to the Basque Block for the street dance until the wee hours of the morning, and then it happens all over again Sunday night.

Friday: 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday: 7-11 p.m. The Basque Block. For more information, visit www.basquecenter.com.

31 Tuesday

This one time, at band camp ...

Sure, there's a stereotype of band types, as, well, dorks (until American Pie portrayed high school band members as horny dorks).

Enough stereotypes. This weekend the Boise State Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band hosts a smackdown when corps from all over the country take the blue turf to compete for bragging rights in the "Thunder in Boise" Drum and Bugle Corps Contest.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $20 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at Blue Rider Music, Dorsey Music, Dunkley Music, Greif's Music and Welch Music. Reserved tickets can only be purchased at the Blue Thunder Band Office by calling 208-426-1846. For more information, visit http://thunder.boisestate.edu/DCI.