The Three D's • Boise's Take on the Biathlon • Band Van to Biodiesel Bus • In Search of ... Inspiration • Step up Your Game • Art Show and Three Island Crossing • The Good Fight 

7 Thursday

The Three D's

Boise State's Vedic Philosophical and Cultural Society presents "Dharma: Dance, Drums, Drama" celebrating drama, classical dance, and music from the Krishna culture of India. For 13 years, a group of more than 50 student performers from around the world has danced, acted and sang the story of "Dharma," which comes from the epic, ancient Sanskrit text the Mahabharata. Tickets available at Boise Co-op, Boise State Student Info Desk or The Indian Food Store, by calling 208-331-7978 or e-mailing bsu_vpacs@yahoo.com.

7 p.m., $8 advance; $10 at the door; $5 for students and Boise State staff and faculty, Boise State Special Events Center, 1910 University Dr., Boise, krishna.com.

8 Friday

Boise's Take on the Biathlon

Pedal and Paddle 2 gives participants the opportunity to come up with the perfect way to float the Boise River with a bike. Participants convene in the parking lot behind the Ram on Parkcenter Blvd. and then ride in a group to Barber Park. Flotation devices are inflated, bikes are strapped to the contraptions and racers float to a designated take out point, revealed on a need-to-know basis on race day. At the end of the adventure, attend an after-party complete with everything racers need after an afternoon of free-style floating.

6 p.m., $5 suggested donation, pedalandpaddle.blogspot.com.

Band Van to Biodiesel Bus

The 14th annual Van's Warped Tour has been doing right by local communities for a long time. It's not only environmentally friendly, but offers audiences the chance to make a difference for a number of nonprofit agencies while rocking out. Some of the organizations on board with Warped include Boarding for Breast Cancer, Music Saves Lives and Rock for Health. Some of the bands include The Vandals, Every Time I Die and Oreska, an all-girl Japanese ska band.

Noon, $31.50 adv., $35 door, Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, warpedtour.com.

7 Thursday – 10 sunday

In Search of ... Inspiration

During the fifth annual True West Cinema Festival, attend days on end of short films and full-length features, filmmaker panel discussions and festival parties. Events are at multiple locations with screenings at the Flicks. There's a mix and mingle for filmmakers and sponsors at 9 p.m. on Friday at the offices of Boise Weekly. The closing night party is at The Modern Hotel and Bar on Sunday, August 10, at 9 p.m.

The first screening is Gonzo: The Life and Works of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney Thursday at 7 p.m. Afterward head over to the Linen Building for a party with music by Rosalie Sorrels at 9 p.m. On Saturday night, the party is at Pengilly's with spirits and live music, and the festival finishes on Sunday with a screening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a collection of 8-mm shorts about the eternal search for any one word concept. For a full schedule, visit truewestcinema.org or see the insert in this issue of BW. Read the full story on page 42.

$8.50 per film at the Flicks. The Saturday and Sunday Loft sessions are $5, or get an all-inclusive QuickDraw pass for $75.

8 Friday – 9 saturday

Step up Your Game

The BAM Jam is a non-alcoholic and family friendly three-on-three basketball event with more than 300 ballers of all skill levels, shapes and ages competing in a friendly round of double-elimination tournaments. The slogan of the event, "B-Ball for All" results in co-ed divisions, elite divisions and brackets for players who haven't touched a basketball in years.

"You are going to see a 10-year old girl making a basket all the way to a 50-year old man just trying not to fall over," said Vince Hordemann, vice president and director of player development at Idaho Select Basketball.

The event, hosted by Idaho Select Basketball, raises money for local Treasure Valley nonprofits including the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and Idaho Select Basketball. Fans can cheer on their favorite players from Eighth to River streets on 30 different courts. Preregistration was required for participating teams to play, so if you missed the chance, watch this year and get in the game next year. On Saturday afternoon, attend the Gatorade Dunk Competition held at the Idaho Trust Bank Center Court.

6 p.m., BoDo, bamjamboise.com or idahoselect.org.

Art Show and Three Island Crossing

Witness a dramatic reenactment of the early pioneers crossing the Snake River during the 23rd annual Three Island Crossing. Activities begin on Friday with a fine art and folk art show at Carmela Winery from 2 to 6 p.m. and continue with entertainment from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Three Island State Park.

On Saturday, wagons enter the water at 11 a.m., but because of the danger involved, the reenactment occurs only once during the day. Festivities, food vendors, live entertainment at the park, and artisans and crafters at the Carmela Winery make it an all-day event. Enjoy a glass of wine and see work by area artists from Boise to Twin Falls at the art festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday's activities start at 9:30 a.m., $5 per person; children 12 and younger, FREE, Three Island State Park, glennsferryidaho.org.

9 Saturday

The Good Fight

The Climb to Conquer Cancer event is a three-mile round-trip walk up Table Rock. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the hike is from 8 a.m. to noon followed by entertainment and activities until 1 p.m. For more information, contact Jenny Rapley by e-mail at jenny.rapley@cancer.org or call 208-422-0173.

8 a.m., $35, Table Rock, community.acsevents.org/ctcboise.

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