1. GO WEST
She’s been compared to country greats ranging from Loretta Lynn to Wanda Jackson. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys produced her second album. If you’re a fan of classic and outlaw country, you need to check out Nikki Lane. She headlines Saturday at The Olympic in Downtown Boise. • Looking for mountain music instead? Headbang to progressive bluegrass Sunday with Yonder Mountain String Band at the Knitting Factory.
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2. GO GREEN
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so expect full-on debauchery at Boise-area bars during the evening. (St. Patrick’s Day, like New Year’s Eve, is sometimes referred to as “amateur night” in the bar industry.) You can party during the day, too. Restaurants will have special menus and other Irish-themed entertainment. Here’s a guide to local celebrations.
3. DROP THE PUCK
Hockey season will be over before you know it. Catch the Idaho Steelheads against the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday nights at CenturyLink Arena. It’s 4 for $48 night on Friday and “autograph night” on Saturday. Both nights feature the Pink in the Rink jersey auction to benefit the St. Like’s Mountain States Tumor Institute.
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4. PURR AT EXPO IDAHO
The annual Idaho Cat Show claws its way into Expo Idaho on Saturday and Sunday. More than 150 felines will face off in this furry pageant. There also will be pets up for adoption from the Idaho Humane Society, plus cat goodies to buy. Also happening at Expo Idaho this weekend: The 46th annual Spring Home Show.
Heads up: Hilarious vid, but includes profanity.
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5. PANIC — WELL, NOT REALLY
There’s nothing to fret about if you’re going to the Panic! at the Disco concert Sunday night at Taco Bell Arena. The emo-laced group — frontman Brendon Urie and his touring musicians — is guaranteed to crank the hits (“Emperor’s New Clothes,” “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”) and cover Queen’s epic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
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