Sidewayz Back on the Big Screen • The Reel West • Go Fish • Warhawk's B-25 Weekend • Music in the Mountains 

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Sidewayz Back on the Big Screen

We begin this week's Boise Weekly Picks line-up with a little-known fact: The pre-eminent wakeboarding and wakeskate film production company is based in Boise. Sidewayz films has produced and distributed a dozen films covering international locales from the Gem State to Bali. Sidewayz's last release, Such is Life, premiered in Boise in 2004, and this week, Transgression, the company's newest release, screens at The Egyptian with appearances from board riders and stars of the film Randall Harris and Matt Manzari.

8 p.m., $4., Qwest Arena, 233 S Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 424-2200. For more information on Sidewayz films, visit

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The Reel West

True West Cinema Festival celebrates its fourth year with a lineup fit for film aficionados and the novice. The annual film fest calls for submissions that celebrate the pioneering spirit of the West, but that doesn't mean it's all John Wayne and cowboys. This year's shootin' festival packs in nine feature films, 18 shorts in two programs and a series of discussions into four short days. Take in a feature about The Groundhog and his depressed friend The Shadow, witness a series of intense on-screen religious and political discussions between two old friends with very different opinions, live a few days in the life of a history teacher or check out shorts that include a guy with a watermelon head, a lesson in "moviebonics" and a guy with a problem keeping girlfriends around.

For a detailed schedule of events, descriptions of films and a word or two from the festival's organizers, check out the insert in this week's paper, or read a preview of films on page 31. For information, visit and

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Go Fish

Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society presents the 14th annual koi and goldfish show and competition. Raising koi and goldfish—both members of the carp family—is an ancient tradition that is still so common with goldfish and so well regarded with respect to koi that each year, hundreds of people gather to gawk at the giant tanks in which the giant beautiful fish reside. This year, Larry and Pat Christensen from Portland judge the Boise-raised fish, and Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society members will distribute information on the hobby of raising koi and goldfish, the club itself and what exactly judges look for when scoring these competitions. During the show, the Boise Depot's clocktower will also be open for tours, and Japanese drummers Kawa Taiko perform at noon. Vendors will promote garden, pond and fish products, bonsai trees will be on display and kids can enter in hourly raffles for a chance to win a fish.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE. Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover St.

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Warhawk's B-25 Weekend

Youngsters without much knowledge of military airplanes beyond fighter jets got an education about the Mitchell B-25 courtesy of Hollywood in 2001 with Pearl Harbor. In fact, the 1942 Doolittle Raid depicted in the film is what helped propel the notoriety of the only plane in military history to be named after a person. This weekend, the Warhawk Air Museum celebrates the twin-engine bomber with flying demonstrations, sponsorship rides and a presentation from Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, the granddaughter of Gen. Jimmy Doolittle.

Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 5-12. Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446,

Music in the Mountains

Garden Valley is about the best-kept secret within an hour of Boise. Well, it was, anyway, until just now. This weekend, the small town hosts the second annual Garden Valley Music in the Mountains Country and Bluegrass Festival. Yep, it's a mouthful, but that's because you're getting an earful in return with two days of string pluckin', fiddle playin', foot tappin' music right smack in the middle of Crouch. Well, just off center, that is, in the grassy area near the river and over the bridge. This year's lineup includes bands from all over the country, including Infamous Stringdusters from Nashville, Pennsylvania's Hickory Project with Anthony Hannigan, Rockin' Jake with Cajun blues from New Orleans, Boys of Greenwood Glen from Washington, and a big handful of folks from various parts of Idaho.

Sat., Aug 11., 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., Aug 12., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $15 for a one-day pass, $20 for two days. Located in Crouch. For a detailed schedule of events, visit

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