Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

When you aren’t standing around Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park scratching your head and holding a spoon

1. HIT AN OUTDOOR CONCERT
MAJOR weekend for concerts outside, kids: Alan Jackson will bring real country music to the Idaho Center Amphitheater tonight. Rawk! Daughtry and 3 Doors Down will unleash post-grunge at the amphitheater Saturday. And Steely Dan will make its first visit to the Gem State with a concert Sunday at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

2. FIRE IT UP
The 42nd annual Nightfire Nationals roar into gear today through Sunday at Firebird Raceway. Some of these racers make a long journey to get to this event, which is Firebird’s signature weekend. Here’s a wicked-cool documentary from last year that takes you up close and personal with a few of these amazing, nitro-powered land rockets. Wear headphones.

3. HEAD FOR THE FORREST
Quirky Bay Area musician Forrest Day — along with his versatile band of the same name — is one of those acts you have to see live to comprehend. He’s definitely one of my favorite “Boise regulars” and well worth a trip to the Reef on Saturday night. It’s only $5. Music starts at 10 p.m. (In retrospect, Forrest Day’s self-titled debut probably should have made my “Top 10 albums of 2011″ list.)

4. SHAKE IT UP
Idaho Shakespeare Festival begins its run of “King Richard III” this weekend. Idaho Statesman arts writer Dana Oland has the scoop on the play and the husband and wife actors.

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5. GET ARTSY IN NAMPA
We’re still a few weeks away from Art in the Park in Boise, but you can get your fix in Nampa on Saturday and Sunday. The Nampa Festival of the Arts will have 175 artisans selling arts and crafts, live music, food, beer — you get it. [More]

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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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