Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

1. BUST A GUT
The first Idaho Laugh Festival takes over Boise tonight and Saturday with more than 70 comics, 16 shows and five workshops at five venues. Why? Because an ambitious local improv comic thought it would be cool. Observational comic Dennis Regan, below, performs Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. [Tickets and schedule]

2. TRUCK TO THE KNIT
Georgia-based rock band Drive-By Truckers has made Boise a semi-regular stop over the years, but tonight’s Knitting Factory gig will be the first-ever solo show here for co-frontman Patterson Hood. If you miss the gig, check out “The Other Studio” at 9 p.m. Sunday on 94.9 FM, when Hood stops in to visit — without he and I getting pulled over by Boise Police this time.

3. REVEL IN NOSTALGIA
Running for the next four weekends, Red Light Variety Show‘s new “Nostalgia” show will evoke different time periods, adding a different dynamic to the group’s retro style. [Tickets]

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4. BE ACROBATIC
The Golden Dragon Acrobats are back at the Morrison Center on Saturday night with their latest show, “Cirque Ziva.” They’re practicing an ancient art form, but it never gets any less amazing.

5. GET RANDY
The country-rockin’ Randy Rogers Band sold out the Knitting Factory when they visited a year ago, so expect another packed house when they visit Saturday night. [Tickets]

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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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