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Martini Mix-Off No. 2 • Clarence Darrow: The Search for Justice • Spontaneous Productions Presents Closer • Hyde Park 13th on 13th • Wild Rockies Presents Lava Rama

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Thursday 11

Martini Mix-Off No. 2

There are martinis, and then there are martinis--or at least, that seems to be the philosophy behind Martini Mix-Off. This Thursday is the second round of the event that pits bar against bar, martini against martini, and you, gentle drinker, are the winner here. Go see what combos are courting the judge's palates this week at Reef (105 S. 6th St.), Mai Thai (750 Idaho St.), The MilkyWay (205 N. 10th St.) and Happy Fish (855 Broad St.).

Mix-Off tickets are $60 and are good for one free drink at each participating bar (good through the entire month), and entrance and one free drink at the May 26 Grande Finale at BAM. Tickets available at all participating bars.

Friday 12-Sunday 14

Clarence Darrow: The Search for Justice

Clarence Darrow is coming to town. Or a near-facsimile Gary L. Anderson. In his one-man show, "Clarence Darrow: The Search for Justice," the renowned Darrow-impersonator takes a warts-and-all approach to impersonating the attorney known for his involvement in such landmark cases as the Scopes Monkey Trial and the trial following the assassination of Idaho's Governor Steunenberg on New Year's Eve 1905.

Anderson is a devoted portrayer of his chosen muse and it comes through in conversation with the man--he seems to begin all conversations not as Gary Anderson, but as a back-from-the-dead, 149-years-young Darrow. Clearly displaying the enthusiasm that lets him do that, Anderson tells BW, "[Darrow's] clients were vilified in the press and hated by the vast majority of Americans. This is the passionate story of a man larger than life in his appetites, his ambition, and his genius. Darrow is still the most hated and celebrated attorney in our history."

Eat your heart out, Holbrook! We're so there.

May 12 at 7 p.m. and May 13 at 2 p.m. $20 at door, $17 students and seniors, and $15 in advance. For more information, call 424-1627 or visit www.boiseuuu.org. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City.

Spontaneous Productions Presents Closer

Closer is Spontaneous Productions' second play of the season at their new digs at Visual Arts Collective. The play by Patrick Marber debuted in London in 1997, but audiences here probably know Closer better as the 2005 Clive Owen/Julia Roberts/Natalie Portman/Jude Law movie.

Closer is the story of two couples whose relationships are complicated when the man from one of the couples gets involved with the woman from the other. Spontaneous Productions' players feel that the play has a heart the movie didn't retain. Here's your chance to see what they mean. The four characters will be played by Hollis Welsh, Katie Preston, David Rose and Chris Owens, and the play will be directed by Buffie Main, in her Boise directorial debut.

Wine, beer and snacks will be available. Don't forget that VaC is an art gallery, though--get there early and you can check out artist Jill Fitterer's current exhibition, "Drawing from the Well."

May 12-13 and 19-20 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinee on May 14 at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $15 general, $20 reserved bistro table seating (available at www.ticketweb.com, Boise Ticketweb outlets and at the door). Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., 424-8297, www.visualartscollective.com.

Saturday 13

Hyde Park 13th on 13th

It's been so long since we've stretched our legs for a friendly neighborhood jaunt around Hyde Park. But the long winter is finally over and a new season of Hyde Park's 13th on 13th begins this Saturday. Expect Paul the Street Astronomer, vendors, food and lots of good old family friendly fun.

5-10 p.m., FREE. For more information, visit the Hyde Park Merchants Association at www.northend.org.

Saturday 13-Sunday 14

Wild Rockies Presents Lava Rama

The racer-types never quit, do they? Wild Rockies presents the Lava Rama Race this weekend. Watch mountain bikers negotiate the Intermountain Cup Cross-Country Series and Utah State Championship Downhill Series. Location at Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, 25 miles southeast of Pocatello, 11 miles off of I-15. Featureing rolling climbs, deep woods, singletrack, and Main Street pavement.

There will be several races in a wide range of ability categories, but you could just let the racers break the sweat--and skip ahead to the hot springs soak at the finish line.

For more race details or to see registration availability, visit www.wildrockies.com.