Thursday 25-Sunday 28
True West Cinema Festival
In its second year, the True West Cinema Festival monopolizes Boise's film scene this weekend. The event is set to outdo last year's fest, screening 10 feature films and 22 shorts this Thursday through Sunday. For a complete rundown on the nitty gritty details, see the film program insert in the middle of this issue. To read an overview of the festival's highlights, see pages 31 and 32.
Memorial for Emmett Louis Till
On August 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till, an African-American boy, was brutally lynched for allegedly daring to flirt with a white woman.
The Treasure Valley Branch of the NAACP and the Idaho Black History Museum encourage the public to attend a memorial marking the 50th anniversary of this murder that was one of the key events sparking the Civil Rights Movement and honoring the life and legacy of Till.
This is a sober event, but an important one, too.
1-4 p.m., Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Dr., 433-0017, www.ibhm.org.
Battle of the Bands: Round Four
Once again, The Core's Battle of the Bands rages on. In cahoots with 100.3 the X and your favorite alternative weekly, round four commences on Saturday. Last Saturday, round three was definitely a rockfest, with performances by The Franklin Coverup, Langley, Sons of Rage, Final Underground, A Fear Once Forgotten, Bridging States, Keeping Secrets and Black Tooth Grin. Each group played the tunes their fans came to hear and several bands debuted new ones. At each round, everyone attending the show votes for his or her two favorites of the night. Visit www.thecoreboise.com to see the winners. On September 17, The XFest at the Idaho Center will feature out-of-towners Presidents of the United States and MXPX, among others, and a local stage with Battle of the Bands winners. The upcoming skirmish will feature performers (in alphabetical order) 12th of Never, Evologic, Wake Up Dead, Sorrows Eve, The Sound and The Fury, Sprockets, Wake Up Dead, Wakefield Station and XhourglassXemptyX. Go hear the battle of the year and make sure you get your votes in.
6 p.m., The Core, $8 at the door, all ages (full bar with I.D.).
Tour de Fat
Raising funds for cycling nonprofit and environmental advocacy groups since the turn of the millennium, New Belgium Beer's Sixth Annual Tour de Fat is baaaack.
Yeah, Tour de Fat is all about the bikes, but this "rolling freakshow" is also a lighthearted day in the park with food, music, art and stage acts reminiscent of Barnum & Bailey's.
The beer garden-with New Belgium beers, natch-is the social scene of the year for cycle heads.
The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a costumed bike parade through Julia Davis Park, an art bike extravaganza and music by Devotchka, Born In The Flood and Oakhurst. The side stage acts are Tobias the Mystic Man and Lief Olson.
All proceeds from beer and merchandise sales benefit Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association and the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. BW is proud to be a sponsor!
11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE (although the beer isn't), Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd.
14th Annual Brundage Bomber
Biking events abound this summer-and this weekend. The Brundage Bomber isn't called a bomber for nothing-it's a 1-1/2 mile ride with 1,500 feet of elevation loss. Yikes. Beginners can ride, too, without breaking their necks-they start lower and ride a one-mile course down 1,000 vertical feet.
Practice from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, with a $10 lift ticket. Sunday practice from 9 to 11 a.m., with racing starting at noon. Fees are $25 for everyone, plus a $10 lift ticket on Saturday and on Sunday (so $55 total if you want to practice both days and race). Beginners run first, then sports, experts and pros. Register at www.sportsbaseonline.com/Item.aspx?item_id=627.
Come out and watch 'em all whiz by.
Noon, Brundage Mountain Resort, Brundage Mountain, McCall, www.wildrockies.com.