Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

1. CLIMB UP TO THE TREEFORT
With more than 360 bands, 17 venues and 23 (or so) stages, the third Treefort Music Fest is bigger and better than ever. Come on, Mom, RJD2 is headlining Saturday! It’s happening now through very late Sunday, and it’s what Downtown Boise is about for the next 72 hours. Not into music? Check out Storyfort, Yogafort, the film festival — it’s all spelled out here in this Official Weekend Survival Guide.

2. GET A BEER AT ALEFORT
You knew I was going to recommend this. Start running now if you want to beat me to be first in line for the randalled Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. Alefort runs today, Saturday and Sunday. Bottom line: This is a really cool Boise brewfest. You’ll find out why — and the hours and cost of the event — right here.

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3. GET PROBED
Fascinated by conspiracy theories, aliens and the paranormal?  Then you’re probably a fan of George Noory,  who has millions of late-night listeners worldwide for his “Coast to Coast AM” show. (He’s heard locally on 580 KIDO AM.) He’ll be at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, along with pals Stanton Friedman (physicist, “UFOlogist”), Joshua P. Warren (paranormal expert) and “Crossfire” author Jim Marrs.

4. SPRING INTO ACTION
OK, so you hate rock ‘n’ roll, aliens, beer and everything else that’s fun about life. But you still have your garden. You’re in luck! Yes, you will have to brave hipsters Downtown on your trek to the Boise Centre, but there’s still the Boise Flower and Garden Show today through Sunday. Kids welcome, no deer allowed.

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5. ROCK THE VIOLIN
With a little luck, violinist Chee-Yun’s concerts in Nampa (Friday) and Boise (Saturday) won’t be like her season-seven cameo on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Nevertheless, expect plenty of dramatic action — on the stage. In a night dedicated to violin, the Boise Philharmonic will tackle Sibelius’ “Lemminkainen’s Return” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” while Chee-Yun serves as guest artist on Felix Mendelssohn’s beautiful, challenging Violin Concerto in E Minor.

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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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