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Alive After Five • Great Garden Escape Concert Series • City Club of Boise Presents Author Anthony Doerr • Third Annual Main Street Mile • Doug Copsey Book Signing 

Wednesday 28

Alive After Five

This week, Illsauce, a five-piece reggae/ska-ish (minus the horns) punk band from Bozeman, Montana, takes the Alive After Five stage. Their vocalist has a raspy voice and comparisons to Sublime aren't wrong. They're clearly influenced by the likes of Bob Marley, though their sound also includes scratching and rap. They've got a great vibe and they just came out with a new album in March titled After the Breakdown, which is 13 tracks of Illsauce's signature sound.

5-8 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown.

Thursday 29

Great Garden Escape Concert Series

Summer is heating up and so is the Great Garden Escape Summer Concert Series at the Idaho Botanical Garden. This week, Rebecca Scott will take the stage and entertain with her folk-rock-flavored combination of guitar and vocals. Scott, who has been playing local and further-flung stages for over a decade, is so loved by Boise audiences that she garnered one of BW's Best of Boise Reader's Choice picks for the last two consecutive years.

Don't forget the blanket and lawn chairs--and pack a picnic or pocket some folding money to buy your dinner from the IBG.

6:30-9:30 p.m. $9, $7 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

City Club of Boise Presents Author Anthony Doerr

In case you didn't know, author Anthony Doerr is kind a literary big shot. He is the author of two widely acclaimed books and his fiction has appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories, Paris Review, Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope and The Best American Short Stories. Oh yes, and he writes a regular column for the Boston Globe, too. If you didn't know about his big-shot status, though, don't feel bad. Doerr doesn't seem to know, either--he is a regular at literary events around town, apparently happy to share his experience and his expertise with the rest of us.

This time, the City Club of Boise has snagged Doerr as the guest speaker for their monthly member forum luncheon. In a lecture entitled "A Boisean in Rome," Doerr will read excerpts from his forthcoming memoir (to be published by Scribner in 2007) about his family's four seasons in Rome, as well as talk about the craft of writing and entertain questions from the event's attendees. If you want to attend, call the City Club at 371-2221 to reserve your spot.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. For lecture and lunch, $14 members and $19 non-members; for lecture only, $5. Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd.

Friday 30

Third Annual Main Street Mile

According to experts, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this country and one out of every three men diagnosed with cancer each year is diagnosed with prostate cancer--some 234,000 men. Early detection is key. The organizers of the Third Annual Main Street Mile put on this event every year in order to get the word out and get men proactive about their health.

The event works in two ways: from June 28 to June 30, the Drive Against Prostate Cancer mobile screening unit will be in various locales around the Valley, with local licensed physicians onboard to conduct the two-part prostate cancer screening procedure. Dates and locations are: June 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Lowe's parking lot, 1400 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., Nampa. June 29, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Les Schwab Tire Center parking lot, 6017 W. Fairview Ave., Boise. June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.

Then on June 30 at 6:20 p.m. downtown, the Main Street Mile Road Race--a race to raise prostate cancer awareness--begins. There will be several waves at various skill levels, so everyone should have the opportunity to participate, regardless of skill level. The half-mile kids' race will actually have the little shavers chasing an ice-cream truck down the raceway. Funds raised from the race go to the Main Street Mile Men's Health Fund. A good time mixed with a good cause--awesome.

For more information about the screenings, visit www.fightprostatecancer.org. For more information about the race, visit www.mainstreetmile.com.

Saturday 1

Doug Copsey Book Signing

Caxton Press in Caldwell just released a lovely coffee-table book entitled With Our Good Will: 30 Years of Shakespeare in Idaho and its author, Doug Copsey, accompanied by performers from Idaho Shakespeare Festival's current season, will be at Borders to sign copies. Why not pick up the book and get it signed by the author?

1-4 p.m. FREE. Borders Books and Music, 1123 Milwaukee, 322-6668.

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