Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

When you aren’t filling the gas tank in preparation for that trip to Twin Peaks sports pub

1. SIP A LOCAL FALL BREW
As pointed out in today’s Beer Notes column, Boise breweries are cranking out fall seasonals and fresh-hopped brews right now, so it’s a great time to drop by the ol’ watering hole. Crooked Fence Brewing Co. fills growlers for just $6 from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. And over at the Barrelhouse on Sunday, they’re holding a 50-yard walk/run for charity, which is just a big excuse to have another excellent beer.

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2. LAUGH A LITTLE
Yeah, I know. Emo Philips is really freaking weird. But sometimes that’s precisely what you need in order to stand out among the run-of-the-mill touring comedy pack. He’s at Liquid Laughs tonight and Saturday.

3. TAILGATE WITH THE BRONCOS
Sure, 2-2 is a bummer. Don’t worry, Southern Miss is about to bring back smiles Saturday night at Bronco Stadium. Take it from a born-and-bred Cornhusker: The Golden Eagles are bad. So join the party in the BSU parking lot or buy a ticket to the game. Saturday’s gonna be fun, Bronco Nation.

4. BE EVIL
I’m guessing that 90 percent of the Treasure Valley hasn’t set foot in Garden City’s Visual Arts Collective, which is a shame. Concerts always sound better than I think they will in that room. Drinks (full bar!) are priced right. And they offer a variety of entertainment such as Sunday’s Evil Wine Carnival, a decidedly eccentric, adult party with live music, games and other oddities.

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5. SEE LIVE MUSIC
Scottish indie-rockers Frightened Rabbit will perform tonight at the Knitting Factory. Gifted pianist Spencer Myer and the Boise Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet will deliver “French Impressions” Saturday at the Cathedral of the Rockies. Former Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera will perform Saturday afternoon at High Desert Harley-Davidson. And electronic music purveyor Gold Panda will rock Neurolux Reef on Sunday.

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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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