Sure, you could go see that “Star Wars” flick. But if you don’t feel like braving the lines, here are a few other best bets this weekend:
1. DO SOME CHRISTMAS RAPPING
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Bow wow wow! Snoop Dogg will headline the “West Coast Fest” on Friday night at the Revolution Center. [Tickets] He’ll bring Tha Dogg Pound, Tha Eastsidaz and tha rest of his posse. Or if you want to “$ave Dat Money,” go see Lil Dicky for 15 bucks less at the Knitting Factory on Saturday. [Tickets]
2. SEE ZOLTAN
San Diego comedian Zoltan Kaszas is fresh off a four-month college trek called the “When Can I Go Home Tour.” (Answer? Not yet, frat-boy wannabe.) Boise ain’t exactly a traditional college town, but Zoltan will yuck it up through Sunday at Liquid in Boise. [Tickets]
3. HAVE AN APPALACHIAN HOLIDAY
Grammy-winning fiddle shredder Mark O’Connor will bring “An Appalachian Christmas” to the Egyptian Theatre on Friday. It’s a pretty great cast of players, including Carrie Rodriguez, Forrest O’Connor, Cia Cherryholmes, Maggie O’Connor, Michael Rinne and Joe Smart. [Tickets] Below is a cool “Linus and Lucy” dressing-room warm-up session posted online last week.
4. GET HOLLOW
Boise indie band Hollow Wood has been writing new material and working on an upcoming collaboration with Idaho Dance Theatre. Check out a new song below, and see the band Saturday at Neurolux. [Tickets]
5. UNPLUG YOURSELF
A third performance has been added to the two-night, sold-out Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, but with a stripped-down twist. “The Night Before the Xtreme — Unplugged,” happening Saturday, will feature acts including Curtis Stigers, Eilen Jewell (music below), Bill Coffey, Belinda Bowler and more. It’s an acoustic celebration for a great cause: Corpus Christi House, a day shelter for the homeless. [Tickets]