1. GET FUNKY
With the Fourth of July holiday looming, you won’t find a glut of touring bands in Boise over the weekend. The obvious highlight in Downtown Boise is Jelly Bread, which performs at 10 p.m. Friday at Tom Grainey’s, 109 S. 6th St. This Reno/Lake Tahoe groove-rock group gets so far into the pocket that it’s more like a deep hole. Which makes sense, ’cause these dudes are dirty.
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2. HUNCH OVER
If you’re hanging around town this weekend while the rest of the world goes camping, enjoy the great outdoors with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. The company opens “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” an emotionally charged musical that is quite different from the comedic animated Disney version. It runs at 8 p.m. Friday (preview) and Saturday (opening, hillside seats left only), and at 7 p.m. Sunday (update: sold out). The Greenshow mini-concert starts at 7:20 p.m. (There isn’t one on Sunday.)
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3. ROCK BOGUS
When it’s hot outside, you’ll always find cooler temperatures up at Bogus Basin. On Saturday, the lodge opens and the chairlift starts running at 11 a.m. You’ll find a whole slew of new activities at Bogus, including summer tubing, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, a gem-panning station and a bike skills park. Feel like partying instead? In the base amphhitheater, DJ Lizzie performs from 1 to 4 p.m. (free), and Brooklyn-based soul-funk group Pimps of Joytime rocks from 4 to p.m. (free).
4. PLAY BALL
The Boise Hawks are in the midst of an eight-game homestand that continues against the Spokane Indians through the weekend. All games start at 7:15 p.m. • Thursday is “Thirsty Thursday” ($1 domestic draft beers, $2 Pepsi products). • Friday features post-game fireworks. • On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans get a jersey cooler bag. Plus, there will be $1 hot dogs, ice cream bars, popcorn and snow cones. There’s also a pre-game baseball clinic with the Hawks players from 6:35 to 6:55 p.m. • Sunday features post-game fireworks. Kids Club members also get special seats and participation in pre- and in-game special events.
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You make the suggestions. Boise-based Insert Foot Theatre will turn your brilliant ideas (and beer-induced stupid ones) into hilarity on stage through improv. The group performs nightly through Sunday at Liquid Laughs in Downtown Boise.
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