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Boise Pride 2005 • Lend Me A Tenor • Murder in the Grove • The Bob LeBow Bike Tour • Wild Rockies Revenge of the Singletrack 

Wednesday 8-Sunday 12

Boise Pride 2005

You don't have to be a member of the LGBT community to enjoy the Boise Pride 2005 activities roster-get out there and support the community, yourself, your friends, family and neighbors or just the spirit of diversity itself.

Boise Pride 2005 will offer both purely fun events and educational opportunities galore in this week of events that began on June 5 and continues through June 12. There will be awesome and varied activities, including a kickoff barbecue, a gay/lesbian double movie feature, a drag king show, a karaoke night and a family picnic, as well as a talk by Ken Williams, director of the New Voices Fellowship, and that old standby in making big statements: a rally on the Statehouse steps. (See this week's feature story for highlights and dates of scheduled Pride events.)

Boise Pride Week is about celebrating who you are and respecting each others' differences, and that's something everyone-gay or straight-can get into.

Boise Pride 2005, through Sunday, June 12, www.yffn.org/pride.htm.

Thursday 9-Saturday 11

Lend Me A Tenor

Knock 'Em Dead ends their 2004-5 season with the hilarious Lend Me a Tenor. This Tony-Award-winning play premiered on Broadway in 1989 and last played in Boise in a 2002 production staged by Stage Coach Theatre.

When the world-famous Italian tenor, Tito Merelli, turns up missing, these nutty characters presume him dead and proceed to muddle their way into marching on with the show without him, employing some highly desperate measures along the way. Directed by Scott Beseman, KED presents Ken Ludwig's madcap comedy of errors to hilarious results, having fun with this story about a day in the life of an opera gone horribly wrong. (See Steve Martin's review of the play on page 31.)

For an evening of big surprises and bigger laughs, Lend Me A Tenor is not to be missed.

7 p.m., $15.50 for adults, $12.50 juniors and seniors, $34.50 for the dinner show of Friday and Saturday, Knock 'Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. 9th St., 385-0021.

Friday 10-Saturday 11

Murder in the Grove

Murder most foul is all on the page at the upcoming Murder in the Grove mystery writer's conference. Dust off your notebook and get down there to take advantage of the wealth of experts who will be at your disposal.

You can't get much farther-geographically or culturally-from the Big Apple, our country's publishing capital, than the Little Potato, and so it's not often that writers in the Treasure Valley get the opportunity to pick the brains of so many industry players.

As informative as it will be fun, suspense aficionados in attendance at this year's conference will enjoy author panels-including illustrious authors like Carolyn Hart and Ridley Pearson-writing workshops, professional insight into writing and the writing industry, not to mention a chance to press the flesh with authors, agents and editors and fellow writers.

The price tag for attending Murder in the Grove isn't cheap, but the $125 registration fee covers workshops, panels, luncheon, parties and entertainment-in a word, networking.

Sponsored by the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho and Partners in Crime, this year's guest of honor, keynote author and 2005 recipient of the Ridley Award for contributions to mystery fiction is Pulitzer-Prize nominated writer Carolyn Hart. Past guests of honor have been equally impressive, including such big-name writers as Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton, Martha Grimes and Michael Connolly. Not bad for little old Boise.

Murder in the Grove, Boise Center on the Grove, 850 Front St., www.murderinthegrove.com.

Saturday 11

The Bob LeBow Bike Tour

Bob LeBow, an avid cyclist who used to commute to his job as director at the Terry Reilly Health Services in Nampa by bicycle, had ridden all over the world. Then in July 2002, a serious bike accident left him paralyzed and he died in 2003. Later than year, a bike race in LeBow's honor was held in Nampa, and the Bob LeBow Bike Tour became an annual tradition.

On Saturday, June 11, the third annual Bob LeBow Bike Tour will start and finish at Nampa High School. The race includes three, 10, 35, 62 and 100 mile rides through Canyon and Owyhee counties. While some people will race, others will just ride, so there are opportunities for varied skill levels and all age classes. Late registration is available. Rest stop refreshments, a T-shirt and a barbecue lunch will be provided for participants. This race is a chance to have some fun and also to raise money for a worthy cause: Proceeds from the Bob LeBow Bike Tour will benefit the Terry Reilly Health Services Zero Pay Fund.

(-Bingo Barnes)

Information about the race and the Zero Pay Fund is available on the Web at www.trhs.org/biketour.php.

Saturday 11

Wild Rockies Revenge of the Singletrack

As long as there are people willing to push their bodies to the limit, there will be events to help them do it. Revenge of the Singletrack is just one of several punishing races on tap this month.

The third annual Revenge of the Singletrack is better-and tougher-than ever. The race starts and finishes at Magic Mountain ski resort (23 miles south of Hansen or 26 miles south of I-84). The race will take racers through a six-mile loop surrounded by trees and creek bottoms, up the staggering 7,700-foot-tall Pike Mountain and then through wild flowers and high desert terrain. The race will be a challenge and the late spring show of nature is almost guaranteed to be distractingly beautiful as runners power through the course.

The race begins at 9 a.m., $15 entry fee ($5 fee for four-mile course for runners 12 and under, Magic Mountain Ski Resort, Hansen, www.wildrockies.com.

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