When you aren’t taking Mom to Saturday night’s Gwar concert …
1. INHALE A DONUT
What’s better than an out-of-body donut experience on the weekend? Local wholesale newbie Guru Donuts is creating a MAJOR buzz Downtown — and it ain’t just the sugar. Guru is hosting a pop-up shop opening for the general public — a “donut speakeasy” — from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the Garro Building, 816 W. Bannock St., next to 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Load up. If you’re familiar with Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut, then you understand the potential here. Did you miss the “speakeasy”? Grab Guru Donuts at the Record Exchange, Dawson Taylor or one of the other shops selling them.
2. SUPPORT A GREAT LOCAL BAND
Geez. Breweries get all the love for being local. But let’s not forget about the local musicians who support them by drinking that beer. Pay it back by going to see Boise rock/alt-country band New Transit, which will celebrate its fine sophomore album with a release show tonight at the Sapphire Room.
3. PAINT YOURSELF ‘RED’
Boisean-turned-New-York-actor Reggie Gowland is back in town to co-star in Boise Contemporary Theater’s “Red.” John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play is a two-character study of painter Mark Rothko. It runs tonight and Saturday and on select days the next three weeks. [Tickets]
4. ROCK WITH THE WATERBOYS
It’s been six years since critically acclaimed rock/folk/Celtic group The Waterboys have toured North America. If you’re a fan, you HAVE to go see them Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. If you have no idea who they are, it’s time you learned. Here, from 1985, is The Waterboys’ best-known song …
5. ENTERTAIN YOUR KIDS
Way to go, Dad: Unless you have tickets by now, you’re probably hosed on tonight’s NBA preseason action between the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, you could check out drag racing today through Sunday as Firebird Raceway hosts its Halloween Classic XX. Or, if you have little kids who are fans of Merida from “Brave” or Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” take them to Disney on Ice’s “Rockin’ Ever After,” which happens today through Sunday at Taco Bell Arena.