The Greencards are coming to rock Alive After Five with their own brand of bluegrass jams. After the show, some spectators may feel as if they have just found some new fun friends in the merry trio. Famous for their fine-tuned acoustic stringed instruments—ranging from the good ol' guitar to electric bass, mandolin and fiddle—the two Australian men and a beauty of a Brit have made a name for themselves. The Greencards are out of Austin, Texas, and have put a lot of miles on their tour van, simultaneously gaining a lot of new fans along their way. They've opened for big-name acts like Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. No strangers to Nashville, the band doesn't discriminate; they'll mix it up with folk, punk, country and some rockin' bluegrass.
5-8 p.m., FREE, Boise Grove plaza, downtown.
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Get Artsy in Park
After 53 years, this event grows better, more creative and craftier each time it spends the weekend in Julia Davis Park. Featuring art in all its glorious forms from pottery, paint, blown glass, metal and everything in between, Art in the Park also has food, booths and live performances like Jazz in the Garden, plus many local musicians entertaining and delighting the gathered crowds. Some of the acts this year include Frim Fram Four, The 45s, Rebecca Scott, Mo Kelly and Niccole Bayley, Raqs al Dunia and B-3 Side. A new ingredient this year: visit the museum for free all weekend. If you have any green left after patronizing the artists, donations are gladly accepted.
FREE, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sun., Julia Davis Park, Boise.
Take it to the Top
What began in 1972 as a way for a handful of local bike riders to race each other up a steep, steep hill has grown into an event with more than 300 participants. Participant ratings of the event range from "beautiful" to "highly recommended." It's time once again for the 35th Annual Bogus Basin Hill Climb. There is no limit to the type of bike riders can choose to get up the hill; it's more a matter of stamina. In a true test of endurance and pure gumption, riders scale the 14.5 miles with an elevation gain of 3,500 feet. With hundreds of winding curves Bogus Basin Road offers riders in a variety of age groups, hefty clydesdales, and the tandem classes a chance to show off the stuff they're made of. The race comes to an end just before entering the Bogus Basin Resort, and you'd better be finished within four hours for touring class, or three hours for competitive class, because after that there's no guarantee that someone will be waiting to record your time and offer you a cool drink. The entry fee includes a time check by Spondoro, a commemorative T-shirt, plus post-ride refreshments. Although no prizes are awarded, all participants are eligible for a pre-start drawing for $250, $125 or $75, in cold, hard cash. In the end, all the guts and glory result in a personal best time and of course, bragging rights. Just ask Bob Hoene, who has won nine times. Don't forget to return timing chips to Spondoro, the official messenger of recorded time after the event, or you will be charged a fee, and they will know exactly how long it took you to return it. A portion of each entry fee will go to support the Idaho Velodrome and Cycle Park in Eagle, Idaho.
Event starts at 9:30 a.m. on the dot, with mass starts at separate times for all age groups. $25 preregister or $30 day of race. Visit Spondoro.com for more details. Questions? Contact Dave Landis, 208-860-5606, or George's Cycles & Fitness, 208-343-3782.
Mug Shot Heard Around the State
Participate in a walking tour of the old penitentiary and see important pieces of Idaho's history, carefully preserved by the Idaho Historical Museum. Harry Orchard (1866-1954) nicknamed the "vagabond dynamiter," was put away for blowing up retired Governor Frank Steunenburg at his home in Caldwell. Although Orchard's crime was highly publicized and shocking even today, the crime that led him to the end of his days inside the walls of prison were not his first acts of violence. Orchard had ended the lives of other men who did not see things his way, including non-union members, public office holders and mine officials. Once sentenced to spend the remainder of his days inside, Orchard became a model prisoner, and was able to roam freely about outside of his cage maintaining the grounds at the prison. The violent events and fiery trial of a patsy that tattled on his accomplices resonate even today, and helped make a name for future movers and shakers in Idaho politics. Staff members from the Public Archives and Research Library will interpret photocopies and reproductions of original materials related to the murder and trial.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $4 per person, The Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. IdahoBotanicalGarden.org.