Idaho Botanical Garden Summer Concert Series: The Hoochie Coochie Men • Twilight Criterium • Terrace Lakes Resort 10th Annual Wine & Art Festival • Seminar on Basque History and Culture 

Taking It One Day At A Time

Thursday 21

Idaho Botanical Garden Summer Concert Series: The Hoochie Coochie Men

The Garden's series of summer sounds continues with the Hoochie Coochie Men (Brit and Aussie heavy hitters who've played with Deep Purple, Ozzy and others) and their own particular mix of gritty blues/rock tunes.

These talented musicians are somewhat legendary and a treat to hear live, so take advantage of the chance to check 'em out up close and personal.

As always, b.y.o. blanket or lawn chairs, ditto the picnic basket, or let the good folks at the IBG do the work for you with a selection of food and beverages from vendors.

6:30-9:30 p.m., $7 general, $5 members, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 343-8649.

Saturday 23

19th Annual Twilight Criterium

The Tour de France is one of the coolest things on two legs operating two wheels, but it's such a commitment of time, effort and frequent flyer miles to check it out. Then they ride by and it's over. Fortunately, there are other options in bike racing-whether you're a participant or a spectator-a bit closer to home.

The Twilight Criterium is a breakneck 1-kilometer loop beginning and ending at about Main and 8th streets. Some 12,000 spectators are expected to line the downtown race route and you can be one of them. Grab a cooler and a lawn chair and watch amazing athletes do their thing. With over $16,000 in cash and prizes to winners in five categories, the stakes are high and the competition stiff.

Of course, if you're more of a doer than a watcher, you can register on the day of the race from 3 to 8 p.m. at the start/finish line, or any time on the Web at www.sportsbaseonline.com.

4:30-10:30 p.m., Boise, citywide; call 343-3782 or visit www.sportsbaseonline.com for information.

Saturday 23-Monday 25

Terrace Lakes Resort 10th Annual Wine and Art Festival

As summer is hitting its stride, outdoor craftsman festivals are hitting theirs.

Terrace Lakes Resort's 10th Annual Wine and Art Festival is happening this weekend. The three-day festival benefits the Garden Valley senior center, school, park and the overall community, so you have another reason to feel good about snagging the mad money and taking a little jaunt out to Garden Valley to check out the arts and crafts.

Some 65 artisans will participate, displaying and selling their crafts, from log furniture to gourmet soaps and lotions. And of course there will be wine tasting, too. All this and live music, a silent auction, contests and games.

If you want to attend all three days of the festival and don't feel like commuting, fear not-camping abounds in these parts. Pack up the camper and go.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, noon to 4 p.m., FREE, Terrace Lakes Resort, 101 Holiday Drive, Garden Valley, 462-3250 or 462-6058 for information.

Wednesday 27

Seminar on Basque History and Culture

Forewarned is forearmed, and with Jaialdi scheduled to begin its festivities today, this interesting and informative lecture on Basque history and culture should turn every attendee into an expert. After this, you'll be able to walk around Jaialdi like you own the joint.

The keynote address, "Moving from Gernika to Boise, from Santimamine to Bilbao: We are all Basques and Amerikanuak," is presented by Dr. Joseba Zulaika, executive director and professor of Basque Studies at the University of Nevada Reno, as part of the 2005 Jaialdi Symposium. Zulaika is a renowned anthropologist with a Ph.D. from Princeton University, whose numerous publications include the book Basque Violence: Metaphor and Sacrament, (University of Nevada Press). His research/expertise includes the ethnography of the region of Bilbao, Basque culture and politics, international terrorism, traditional occupations (e.g., fisherman, hunter, farmer), global cultures, history of anthropological thought, theories of symbolism, ritual and discourse. (Whew!)

People pay big money to hear lectures from educators like Zulaika, but you can hear him speak for free. Come bone up on the Basque history of the world, so to speak, before Jaialdi hits its stride.

7 p.m., FREE, The Egyptian Theater, 700 W. Main, 345-0454.

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