Ink Yourself • International Migratory Bird Day • Plant Your Focus on Environment • Commute to Ride 

Friday 11-Sunday 13

Ink Yourself

Is it aesthetic appeal? Tradition? Or merely delight in painful pleasures? Whatever the reason, this weekend, masterfully tattooed bodies will congregate by the hundreds when the Electric Ink Festival makes its stop downtown in the Grove. Hosted by Boise's Inkvision Tattoo, the festival will showcase over 150 local and out-of-state tattoo and piercing artists. Booths will be set up with all the equipment on hand to pierce, prod and plaster their art form all over your body.

The three-day event will also be chock-full of tattoo competitions, with categories including "Best Tribal," "Best Sleeve" and "Best Back;" each day will conclude with a "Best of Day" category; and live music.

If hesitancy mills in your stomach, force-feed an open mind and head down to the Grove--the least you can gain is a little insight as to just what that colorful body coverage is all about. Who knows, you may walk away with some art of your own.

Fri., May 11, 5-10 p.m.; Sat., May 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sun., May 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $15 one-day pass, $25 two-day pass, $30 three-day pass, 714-846-7121, www.electricinked.com. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise.

Saturday 12

International Migratory Bird Day

A day for the birds. Literally. Gather round to view various high-flying beauties showing off their skirt tails in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Throughout the day, MK Nature Center will host a variety of activities, including bird beak adaptations, bird Olympics and other ornithological adventures. Biologists and experts from Boise National Forest, Idaho Bird Observatory, Idaho Fish and Game, Golden Eagle Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation Habitat Program and Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand, eager to share their expertise.

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. www.goldeneagleaudubon.org. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-368-6060.

Plant Your Focus on Environment

Enjoy films in which the natural world and concrete collide. Planet in Focus Film Festival, hosted by The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, will screen a collection of animated, documentary and experimental films that reinforce the depth of our environmental interactions.

Some of the films include Alive: a vibrant, 3-minute animation depicting the life of two dragonflies, and Ripe for Change: a 57-minute documentary in which Emiko Ormori takes a look at Californian farmers' push toward organic production. Local-interest films to be shown include Kilowatt Ours (Part of the Cool Cities Campaign), a 35-minute documentary by Jeff Barrie and The Video Project that traces the source of our electricity and outlines ways in which we can reduce our consumption; When the Pot Boiled Over, a 14-minute film about the Boise Foothills fire and flooding in 1959; and Green is the Color of Money, a film by Academy Award-winner Ben Shedd that documents local developer Gary Christensen and his team as they integrate "green techniques" in the construction of Boise's Banner Bank Building.

Bonus: Boise Weekly's own Shea Andersen will emcee the event.

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Advance tickets: $8 general and $10 door for the 2 p.m. showing; advance: $12 adults and $8 students, door: $15 adults and $10 students for the 7 p.m. showing. Available at www.idahotickets.com and all Select-A-Seat outlets or by phone at 208-426-1494. Summit Room, (9th and Front St.) Boise Centre on the Grove, Boise. For a full list of films, visit www.planetinfocus.org.

Monday 14-Tuesday 15

Commute to Ride

Monday kicks off Boise's Bike Week with a bang, a big ol' block party and Mayor Bieter's Schwinn. In celebration of everything cycling, folks will gather at City Hall, bright and early, to get geared up for the week's many bike-related events.

7:30 a.m. FREE. Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise. For a full list of Boise Bike Week events, visit www.boisebikeweek.org.

Later on that evening, bikers (that's you, too, cruiser rider) are invited to meet up at Hyde Park Cycle Sports to enjoy the evening with a relaxing twilight ride through the heart of Boise. A good reason to head down early: The first 10 riders to register will receive a free superbright rear LED blinky. The riding distance will be about 10.6 miles.

7:30 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Cycle Sports, 1517-1/2 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-336-5229.

On Tuesday evening, there's something for both the relaxed and the restless. In the mood for a rejuvenating ride? Meet up with riders at Muncipal Park to enjoy what some call an "adapted cruise." The ride will be a leisurely out and back on the Greenbelt, check out an alternative way to enjoy cycling. Or, maybe you're just getting that blood flowing and are in search of something just a little more active. Idaho Mountain Touring will host a mountain biking intro and skills course with a no-drop ride through the foothills. During the ride, experienced riders will discuss riding techniques, trail etiquette and more.

Both rides start at 6:30 p.m. Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise, and Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 Main St., Boise, 208-336-3854. www.boisebikeweek.org.

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