Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Perform Sun Valley • The Exonerated Staged Reading and ACLU Benefit • Vans Warped Tour at the Idaho Center Amphitheater • Poetry Party at the Funny Bone 

Wednesday 6

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Perform Sun Valley

Did you miss them when they played the Eagle Summer Concert Series at the Eagle Park Pavillion on June 22? Well, it's not too late to catch Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Apparently, Lyle's hanging around Idaho for a bit longer. If you feel like a drive, they're performing another concert on July 6, this time at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

The June 29 concert in Eagle was a success with the crowd (go to www.boiseweekly.com for BW's review), so fans of Lovett's country-tinged singer/songwriter style can safely expect another great set from this hugely talented, self-effacing Texan.

7 p.m. $45 general admission, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 5th St. E., Ketchum, (208) 726-9491.

Thursday 7-Saturday 9

The Exonerated Staged Reading and ACLU Benefit

Written by married couple Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, New York actors who penned the play after attending a February 2000 conference on the death penalty, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six people convicted of murder. Each of the six were wrongly convicted, and each was freed after spending anywhere from two to 22 years on death row.

The play raises awareness of those who have been or are on death row as a result of wrongful convictions. The Exonerated has attracted many celebrities to its cast, and the involvement of a long string of well-known actors (like Peter Boyle, Brian Dennehy, Susan Sarandon, Stockard Channing, Jeff Goldblum, Bebe Neuwirth, Kyra Sedgewick, Marlo Thomas and Kathleen Turner, among others) has helped to raise the public's awareness of this play.

The play has raised over half a million dollars for the exonerated people whose stories it dramatizes, but more than that, it has people talking about the American justice system, its flaws and most specifically, debating the death penalty.

The Boise production of the play, directed by Mike Silva, is being staged as a benefit for the ACLU, an organization that advocates on behalf of people wronged or marginalized by the government and the criminal justice system.

To learn more about the production, see Steve Martin's article on page 34.

7 p.m., $17, the Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 343-1100, www.theflicksboise.com.

Friday 8

Vans Warped Tour at the Idaho Center Amphitheater

If you like loud, bratty music amid the threat of heatstroke, fluff up your faux-hawk and get thee to the Idaho Center Amphitheater. In its 11th year and showing no sign of stopping, the Vans Warped Tour-whose past highlights include naked clowns, motorcycle stunts and lots and lots of fast, loud rock-will be setting up shop under the blazing July sun once again.

The bands are the main draw, though. With nearly 80 bands gleefully adding their electronically enhanced noise pollution, you'll hear the Offspring, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Relient K, Dropkick Murphys, No Use For A Name and Gym Class Heroes, among others too numerous to name.

Besides all the bands, this year's Warped Tour promises attractions like the Girlz Garage-a pastiche of what's happening for girls in music and action sports. There's a "Chop Shop" in said garage, where girls can customize their clothing courtesy of sponsors like Elle Girl, Hurley, Garnier and ... Tampax.

The Take Action! Tour-vague mission: "Creating a better world, one voice and one action at a time"-will have its own stage dedicated to spreading the Take Action! message of personal empowerment, with support and outreach for nonprofits that will feature literature, outspoken bands, petitions, voter registration and merchandise whose purchase supports various organizations.

And don't forget the "Reverse Daycare," where kids can drop off their parents in a tented, air-conditioned area. Parents can keep their sanity with noise-reducing headphones and movies, while their kids can forget the buzzkill of the parental chaperones and just enjoy the show.

Doors open at 11 a.m., show starts at noon, $26, Idaho Center Amphitheater, Nampa.

Monday 11

Poetry Party at the Funny Bone

Yep, that's right-poetry at the Funny Bone. Who knew?

The place in Boise for yucking it up will become, for one night at least, the place for spoken word performance. With featured poet Cheryl Maddalena, a 2004 National Slam finalist, the Funny Bone's poetry night will also include an open mike, head-to-head haiku and-that poetry night staple-the poetry slam. (Replacing applause with chic finger-snapping is optional.)

8 p.m., $5, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 405 S. 8th St., 331-2663.

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