Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

Besides trying to bump Channel 6′s Paul “Burgundy” past 3.2 million YouTube views

1. SIT IN SANTA’S LAP
(In best Sam Kinison shriek): ARE YOU KIDDING ME? SANTA IS AT THE MALL ALL-FREAKING-READY? STRAPPED INTO THAT CHAIR FOR THE NEXT MONTH AND A HALF? AND ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT SATURDAY’S OPENING-DAY ‘REINDEER GAMES’ EVENT AT BOISE TOWNE SQUARE ARE RIGHT HERE? AAAAAAUGH! AAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUGH!

2. EMBRACE THE ARTS
Get some culture, you proletariat doofus. It’s a double-header weekend with Opera Idaho presenting “The Marriage of Figaro” Friday and Sunday, and Idaho Dance Theatre delivering its fall show tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

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3. PUCK UP
The Idaho Steelheads (3-3-1) are at home this weekend. They’ll welcome the Alaska Aces (8-1-0) for games Friday and Saturday at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelies lost to the Aces on Wednesday, so they’re hungry. How about a knuckle sandwich? [Tickets]

4. ROCK YOUR WORLD
Veteran noise-pop group Deerhoof will visit Neurolux tonight with openers LXMP and Crystal Antlers. And sorta-local partyers Clumsy Lovers will headline the Knitting Factory on Saturday with Possum Livin and Innocent Man.

5. GET REVVED AT THE IDAHO CENTER
With logs, mud and water crossings, Endurocross is the next step in aggressive motorcycle sports. Riders participating in Saturday’s American Motorcyclist Association EnduroCross Series are talented peeps, and if you want to see them hone their skills, show up early. You can watch practice and qualifying from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (it’s free) before the 7:30 p.m. competition (which will cost ya). [Tickets]

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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