Snake River Dayz - Boise Blues Society Picnic - Poetry Slam - Equilibrium 7 

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Snake River Dayz and the Stampede

It's a full nine days of rodeo-lovin', concert-goin', feed-your-face fun with Snake River Dayz and the Snake River Stampede. It all kicks off with the annual Kiwanis Steak Fry on Thursday, July 12, hosted by the Nampa Kiwanis Club at Lakeview Park from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 13, the Mini Miss Snake River Dayz Pageant hosts its talent segment, and the Rockin' Hippies perform a free show at the Nampa Civic Center. The Snake River Dayz Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 14, with breakfast and a kids' fair at 7 a.m. at the Nampa Civic Center, followed by the crowning of Mini Miss Snake River Dayz at 9:30 a.m. Catch the parade at 11 a.m., Supercurve performs a free show at 7:45 p.m., and the Wizard of Oz shows for free at 10 p.m. The fun continues on Tuesday, July 17, when the Snake River Stampede becomes the main attraction nightly at 8 p.m. through Saturday, July 21. Stay tuned for rodeo details in next week's edition of Boise Weekly.

In addition to all the fun, this year's Stampede is also getting a little more serious with a public service campaign to educate women about the importance of annual mammograms. The Tough Enough for Pink Grant Foundation Program, which provides mammogram services to qualifying women for free, is sponsored by Snake River Stampede sponsors St. Luke's Regional Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center.

For more information on the Stampede's involvement in Tough Enough for Pink, or for a full schedule of events happening at Snake River Dayz and the Stampede, visit www.snakeriverstampede.com.

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Equilibrium Readings

The seventh volume of Equilibrium—appropriately titled Equilibrium 7—officially hit stands last week with a release party at Neurolux, and this week, the magazine takes the stage at Record Exchange for readings from founder, editor and publisher Amy Garrett-Brown, as well as contributors Karena Youtz, Adrian Kien and Martin Corless-Smith, along with music from Holly Johnson. Equilibrium 7 will be on sale for $5, and you can pick up a copy of Equilibrium 6 for $2.50. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/equilibrium_magazine.

7 p.m., FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010.

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Blues in the Park

Fewer things are higher on a to-do list for a lazy Sunday afternoon than blues and a picnic in the park. Or maybe it's time you had your priorities slightly realigned. Well, there's no time like the present, as they say (or in this case, like Sunday). At the annual Sunday Blues Picnic hosted by the Boise Blues Society, the picnic certainly takes the No. 2 seat to the music. In its 16th year, the annual event hosts Oregon blues master Jimmy Lloyd Rea as the main event, along with local musicians Deja Bluez, Richard Soliz & The Blue Rayz and The Hoochie Coochie Men. Pack a picnic basket, a blanket and your sunscreen, but be prepared to buy alcohol at the event because a strict "no outside alcohol" policy is in effect. For those who choose not to bring munchies, food will be available for purchase. For more information visit www.boiseblues.org.

Noon to 6 p.m. Admission is two cans of nonperishable food for the Idaho Food Bank. Julia Davis Park, near Zoo Boise. (After the picnic, join Jimmy Lloyd Rea and some of the local musicians for a jam session at Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St., 208-338-5105.)

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Slam that!

Team Boise and Team Spokane go head to head at this month's poetry slam as the National Poetry Slam in August fast approaches. Don't know the slam? It's like WWF wrestling meets a modern Robert Frost with a mic in hand. Each contestant gets 180 seconds to spout off an original poem without props, costumes or musical accompaniment, and random audience members judge the winner. This slam is open, which means you can watch or participate in the action, and cash prizes are awarded to winners.

Registration at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. The Funny Bone, 405 S. 8th St., 208-331-2663. For more information visit www.boisepoetry.com.

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