1. LAUGH AT THE SMOKE
Stay indoors. See dozens of comedians at five Downtown Boise venues today through Saturday at the 208 Comedy Fest. It’s brought to you by the folks who organize Comedyfort at Treefort Music Fest. Highlights include Dana Gould headlining Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, Doug Benson doing a “Doug Loves Movies” podcast (also Saturday), and lots of talented local and out-of-state comics. “It may sound ridiculous if you aren’t paying attention to it — which most normal people are not — but the comedy scene in Boise is essentially where the music scene was 10 to 15 years ago,” co-organizer Dylan Haas says. “The 208 Comedy Fest is our effort to help steer the growth of comedy in Boise into something amazing so that working, touring comedians — the remarkably hilarious people out there that are still ‘below the radar’ — will mark Boise as a solid comedy town, the way Treefort has positioned our city as a pillar within the national music scene.”
2. GO SEE ART
Maybe Grandma wants to inhale a little smoky air. Do it! Take her to Julia Davis Park! More than 260 artists are expected to show their stuff at Art in the Park. This year’s event happens from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. You can’t park there during the event, but free shuttles are available, and some nearby parking garages will do $5 all-day parking.
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3. ATONE, BEER DRINKERS
There’s nothing like reality to smack you in the face. That’s what happened at last year’s Beer Wars, when Boiseans chose big breweries, not local breweries, in a blind taste test of regional IPAs. Challenge your buds and taste buds once again at this year’s Beer Wars. It happens from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the El Korah Shrine parking lot on 11th and Bannock streets, around the corner from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. IPA fans can blind sip 30 different IPAs from across the West, then vote for their favorite. Local breweries will include Payette, Sockeye, Sawtooth Brewery, Bear Island and more. A tasting glass is $5, and 4-ounce tasting tokens go for $1. Bands: The Sextones and Great Bait. Proceeds benefit Idaho Horse Rescue.
4. ROCK HARD
There’s no other way to do it when you’re seeing Fishbone open for the Reverend Horton Heat. (Seriously, what a killer old-school concert.) The show happens Sunday at the Knitting Factory. Or check out Com Truise and Nosaj Thing on Friday — also at the Knit. Producer Com Truise, aka Los Angeles-based producer Seth Haley, just put out a new album, “Iteration,” that’s inspired by science fiction scores. Haley’s publicist says that Com Truise’s live set “embraces the simplistic lines of ’80s sci-fi — he is near darkness, backlight by transfixing neon visuals.”
5. CATCH SHAKESPEARE
The final play of the 2017 Idaho Shakespeare Festival season begins its run this weekend. Yep. Summer is nearing its end. Go see “The Hound of Baskervilles” before it’s too late! The play runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 1. [Tickets]
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