Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

When you aren’t braving the heat to gnaw some meat in Nampa …

1. GO BARE NAKED
Don’t you wish! Especially now that temperatures are catapulting upwards of 100 degrees soon. Do the next best thing. Leave your shorts on and sip cold beverages with Barenaked Ladies and their friends tonight at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field. [Tickets]

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2. SEE A DUMB, FUN FLICK
 The critics all seem to agree: “White House Down” is gonna be the best popcorn-munching, air-conditioned-theater-lovin’, brain-cell-deadening, action movie of the summer. Nothing wrong with that. Go watch some #$% blow up. [Tickets]

3. CHECK OUT THE STARS
The annual Bogus Basin Star Party happens Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. They’ll have telescopes set up for you (“Hey, is that Gallifrey?”), along with food and drinks for purchase. In case you missed it: Here’s that amazing Table Rock “supermoon” shot by Statesman photographer Kyle Green from last Saturday.

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4. CHILL AT THE PARK
Local nonprofit groups, local bands, local food vendors and shade trees. That’s all you really need to know about Community Progressive III, which happens Saturday at Julia Davis Park. [More]

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5. GET MARY-ED
Minnesota-based singer-guitarist Mary Cutrufello is back in Boise to gig with local pal and drummer Mike Rundle. She will perform at places such as Sandbar (6:30) and Reef (9:30) tonight, Highlands Hollow Brewpub Monday, Pengilly’s Tuesday and Grainey’s Wednesday. The video below isn’t exactly Spielberg quality, but it’s recent, and it illustrates what makes Mary’s fans so diehard. Want higher quality? Here she is on “The Tonight Show.”

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Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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