Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

When you aren’t making reservations for Thanksgiving dinner …

1. PRAY FOR SNOW — TWICE?
Praise the Lord! There sure is a lot of prayer being organized by Downtown Boise bars. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. is having a free Pray for Snow Party today with live music from Mosley Wotta and Innocent Man. Meanwhile, across from Tom Grainey’s, they’re hauling in a couple tons of fake flakes for a snowboarding rail competition Sunday at the Pray For Snow Winter Ale Festival. The big draw there is that you pay $20 advance — $26 at the gate — for unlimited samples of beer from more than 25 breweries. Sweeeet!

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2. SEE A MOVIE
If none of the big holiday blockbusters is tickling your fancy, go local instead. The “Best of the Best of i48″ happens Friday at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise. And “The Best of the Sun Valley Film Festival” is playing Saturday at the Knitting Factory — highlighted by the chilling “Craters of the Moon,” which was filmed in Idaho.

3. BRAVE THE GRIDIRON
Temperatures in the upper 30s by the second half? Hey, it’s football season! The Boise State Broncos will gear up for an 8:21 p.m. kickoff Saturday against Wyoming at Bronco Stadium. [Tickets]

4. CHECK OUT LIVE MUSIC
The Bouquet in Downtown Boise closed recently. I guess the “Ice” melted. But look! Now it’s slated to reopen Saturday with a special concert by Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles. That same night, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats will perform at Visual Arts Collective to celebrate their third studio album. Read more about both bands and concerts here.

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5. CELEBRATE IDAHO ARTISTS
Boise Art Museum’s every-third-year bash is back. The Idaho Triennial opens Saturday with a reception and 65 works from 40 artists. There are lots of cool, notable first-timers this time, writes Dana Oland.

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WHAT ARE YOU UP TO THIS WEEKEND? LEAVE YOUR IDEAS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION …

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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