Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise (and beyond)

When you’re not reacting like a calm football fan to the news about Coach Pete …

1. PRETEND YOU’RE A KID AGAIN
All they wanted was a Pepsi — just one Pepsi. Suicidal Tendencies struck a rebellious chord in 1983 with the punk anthem “Institutionalized.” The band, which still contains frontman Mike Muir, will rock the Knitting Factory tonight. If ’90s hip-hop brings back memories instead, check out Bone Thugs-N-Harmony tonight at the Revolution Center. (The corner of Chinden and Glenwood shall now be known as “The Crossroads.”)

2. PARADE AROUND
The cities of Meridian and Caldwell are plugging in the lights and putting the floats in gear. Meridian’s inaugural Winter Lights Parade is at 6:30 tonight, starting at Main and Franklin Streets. Caldwell’s Treasure Valley Night Light Parade happens at 6 p.m. Saturday, launching at Georgia and Blaine streets.

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3. BE NAUGHTY
It’s rated NC-17. Its absence at Boise’s art-house theater generated unwanted media attention for Idaho — and The Flicks for not booking it. And now “Blue is the Warmest Color” is playing at Edwards 9 Cinemas.

4. CHILL AT THE ZOO
Say yo to Santa and watch animals get their Christmas presents (aka edible goodies) at Claus ‘N’ Paws. Saturday’s event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the only free-admission day of the year at Zoo Boise.

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5. DO SOME CHRISTMAS JAMS
Boise Philharmonic will unleash Handel’s “Messiah” Saturday evening at the Morrison Center. And the Boise State University Music Department presents its annual Family Holiday Concert on Sunday night.

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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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