Alive After Five • Hyde Park 13th on 13th • Idaho Botanical Garden Great Garden Escape • Darkwood Consort Bastille Day Concert • The Big Nasty Hillclimb • Parrothead Party at Roaring Springs • Wi 

Wednesday 12

Alive After Five

Step 1: Dig out your best going-to-the-really-big-shew outfit and put it on. Step 2: Get downtown to the Grove Plaza. Step 3 (optional): Purchase a nosh from one of AAF's many food vendors. Step 4: Get your groove on to this week's Alive After Five act, Taarka. Step 5: Shake yer booty (repeat as necessary).

5-8 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown.

Thursday 13

Hyde Park 13th on 13th

On the 13th of each month--whether it falls on a Thursday or a Sunday--those wacky folks over in Hyde Park throw together the 13th on 13th block party, a bit of neighborhood fun for the whole family. The event features numerous vendors, food specials, live music and Paul the Street Astronomer (with his big telescope and equally big knowledge of the stars).

5-10 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park, 13th Street. For more information, visit www.northend.org.

Idaho Botanical Garden Great Garden Escape

This week features jazz tunes by local group Jon Bonine's Rather Large Band--so called because they have 11 members. The group might not fill a full dozen, but they do have enough bodies on the field for a game of football. Say, that is a rather large band.

Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs--pennants optional--and some snacks, or see Step 3 above. Bring the family and forget about the heat.

6:30-9:30 p.m. $9, $7 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Friday 14

Darkwood Consort Bastille Day Concert

Even though we're still waiting to for the latest Darkwood release to drop (having misreported it not once but twice due to--ahem--bad information beyond the group's control), we love Darkwood Consort. So anytime they have a concert, we like to get out the virtual megaphone and tell people to go hear them play their quirky, yet accomplished viola/bass clarinet chamber music. Though we're pretty sure neither Jennifer Drake (on the dulcet viola) or Aage Nielsen (on the mighty bass clarinet) is a Gallic sort, Darkwood is holding a Bastille Day concert in some kind of Galli-darity. The performance will feature music from the Middle Ages through the time of the French Revolution to the modern era, including classics by la vie en rose herself, Edith Piaf.

7 p.m. $12 general, $8 students and seniors (tickets at the door). Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 416 N. 9th St., 345-9116. For more information, visit www.darkwoodconsort.com or www.myspace.com/darkwoodconsort.

Friday 14-Sunday 16

The Big Nasty Hillclimb

Bikes, dirt, mud, music and camping--alriiiiight! Presented by the North American Hillclimb Association, comes see why the Northwest's only national motorcycle hillclimb race is called both "big" and "nasty." The climb in question is a 460-foot pro hill (with an average slope of 62 degrees and a near-vertical 20-foot wall near the summit) and less than three percent of the over 500 riders attempting to conquer the thing have been successful in going over the top. Unsuccessful riders careening back down the slope are pretty much guaranteed.

On Friday, riders check in and from 6-9 p.m., there will be a free rider appreciation BBQ, with live music from Gravity Circle and Fix8. On Saturday, the racing starts at 9 a.m., and the racing goes all day in various skill categories. Boise band Midline will take the stage from 7-9 p.m. On Sunday, the racing begins again at 9 a.m. At 3:45 p.m., the top five open exhibition riders will take to the hill one last time, competing for the cash prize. The awards ceremony is at 4 p.m.

Tickets purchased in advance from www.idahotickets.com or at Select-A-Seat outlets: $10 adult, $8 senior and military, $5 children (6-12). At the gate: $12 adult, $10 senior and military, $7 children (6-12), FREE children 5 and under. Each ticket is a one-day admission. Responsible camping allowed. New Plymouth (Exit 9 off I-84, four miles north, through town, turn right at Ash St., left on Holly, right on First, left on Old Bridge, cross Highway 52 onto Big Willow Creek Rd. to the hill). For more information, call 573-4255, www.bignastyhillclimb.com.

Monday 17

Parrothead Party at Roaring Springs

You might not often conjure Jimmy Buffett-inspired tune-age and waterparks in the same thought, but perhaps you should. After all, they both represent fun in the sun ... not to mention, Roaring Springs Waterpark is puttin' on a Parrothead Party this week. You'll hear San Diego-based "tropical rock 'n' roll" band Stars on the Water as you ride the gentle swells of the park's wave pool.

3-9:30 p.m. $17.99 for unlimited waterpark rides from 3-8 p.m. and $5 for the concert from 8-9:30 p.m. (FREE for season passholders).

Tuesday 18

Widespread Panic

"Don't Panic." For those of who have read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you know these two words are emblazoned on the cover of what is the book's intergalactic version of a Fodor's travel guide. "Widespread Panic." For those of you who like jam music, you know that these two words describe one of the most energetic bands around this part of the galaxy.

Widespread Panic specializes in Americana both lyrically and musically. Earth to America (see?), the band's newest release, is a combination of jazz, jam, folk, rock and country. Known for their joyous outdoor shows, WP's performance at Brundage Mountain promises to be one of the summer's most fun, so load up the family, head to McCall and get ready to ... Panic!

7:30 p.m. $35 general admission (available at www.idahotickets.com and www.ticketweb.com). Brundage Mountain Amphitheater, McCall, 1-800-965-4827.

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