Boise Experimental Music Festival 3 • We'll Ride for You • Make Some Noise • Read Local • Boise IronMan 70.3 

28 Wednesday – 1 Sunday

Boise Experimental Music Festival

Musicians come from near and far to participate in the five-day event, and the melding of music and art reaches much farther than Idaho's borders. In the June 2008 issue of The Wire magazine, the third annual BEMF is listed among notable international music festivals. For the Kybermusik program at The Record Exchange on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the event hits the cyber stage for a global performance. Performers from far away will collaborate with musicians in Boise by means of a broadcast through a PA using an Internet connection.

For a complete schedule and list of musicians, visit www.boisemusicians.com/BEMF-3.

29 Thursday

We'll Ride for You

The benefit concert for the Boise Bicycle Project features music by Finn Riggins, Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Low-Fi and Golden Spun. Stroll in for the music and possibly roll away with new wheels. This is a 21-and-over-only show, and as added incentive to go down, organizers are raffling off a couple bicycles.

The Boise Bicycle Project will continue to fix up bikes until everyone who wants to ride has a bike. The nonprofit organization relies on volunteers to collect old bicycles and fix them up for future riders. Whether they use them for recreation or transportation, part of the BBP's mission is to make sure there are enough bikes for all.

7 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City.

30 Friday - sunday 1

Make Some Noise

STOMP, the international percussion ensemble is proof that just about anything can be made into an instrument. The show, which has been successfully producing their own brand of beats since 1991, uses non-traditional items, such as hub cabs, garbage lids and short and tall buckets, in order to make unique sounds. The unusual items are meant to make the audience's ears perk up and maybe induce some laughter through visual comedy. The cast has appeared on numerous television shows, commercials and movie sound tracks. They've played in London, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and after 10 years of STOMP performing in New York, the production received a special nod when Second Avenue at Eighth Street was renamed Stomp Avenue. Check out the Web site at stomponline.com.

8 p.m. May 30, 31; 4 p.m. May 31; and 2 p.m. June 1. $27-$44.50, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110, idahotickets.com.

31 saturday

Read Local

Claire Dean's Girlwood is an exploration of two sorts: One, of the forest threatened by suburban sprawl behind 13-year-old Polly's house; the other is of the tangled emotions of Polly's young mind. Polly's older sister Bree has run away. Now, with the help of Baba, the girls' grandmother, Polly struggles not only to make sense of Bree's disappearance, but to keep a constant vigil for her reckless sibling, leaving food and clothing in a small grove of trees dubbed Girlwood. Each chapter of Girlwood opens with the name of a different plant and its possible medicinal uses, many of which are used by Baba throughout the story and which help to weave the threads of the natural world and magic together not only for Polly, but for any teen reader exploring Girlwood along with her.

Come to the Rediscovered Bookshop to hear Claire Dean read from Girlwood at 2 p.m., followed by Gowen Field authors Yancy Mailes and Gary Keith at 5 p.m.

2 p.m., FREE, The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Rd., Boise, 208-376-4229, www.rediscoveredbookshop.com.

1 Sunday

Boise IronMan 70.3

The Boise IronMan 70.3 event is kind of a big deal. During the half-marathon, athletes will compete on a 70.3-mile journey including a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. The swimmers will take a dip in Lucky Peak Reservoir and then move onto a bike course which crosses Lucky Peak Dam and heads south on Highway 21. The bike-to-run transition is on busy Capitol Boulevard and the half-marathon course has athletes running through downtown and on to the tree-lined Boise Greenbelt. After all that, the finish line celebration takes place in Boise's BoDo district where there might be some tired, yet proud athletes letting their muscles cool down with some cold beverages.

7 a.m., register for $250 until May 31, www.ironmanboise.com.

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