1. BE AN OUTLAW
Summer is flying by — like an eagle. Check out the Steve Miller Band on Sunday at Outlaw Field before outdoor concert season disappears like magic. (You know, “Abracadabra.”) Gotta give Miller credit: The man is still hitting those high vocal notes. Check out this recent solo performance. [Tickets]
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2. HIT THE FAIR
So there I was Thursday in the North Expo building, standing in line holding an obnoxiously massive stalk of cauliflower in one hand and a broccoli in the other. My 6- and 8-year-old sons danced excitedly at the thought of possibly winning a “largest cole crop” ribbon. Golly, I felt cool entering veggies into an agriculture contest. (Update: Yes! Second- and third-place! Paaaarty!) ANYWAY, it’s time for the Western Idaho Fair. Carnival rides, greasy food, Pat Benatar concerts. The Fair runs Friday through next Sunday. Find everything you need to know in this preview.
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3. LAUGH IT UP
Comedians are like craft beer: There are lots of different kinds, not all are good, and some of the best ones are exceedingly bitter. I’m not saying that Brian McKim falls into any sort of angry-comic category. But his no-nonsense style definitely is in my comedic wheelhouse. Witness his hilarity through Sunday at Liquid Laughs. [Tickets]
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4. SALSA FEST
Feeling spicy? North End Organic Nursery, 3777 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, is hosting its annual Tomato Salsa Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. You can scarf down all kinds of salsas (on chips, of course) for free. In addition, there will be food and beverage selling their wares. Live music and a bounce house also are planned. Statesman food writer James Patrick Kelly has more details here.
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5. EAT A BUG
There’s plenty on the menu — including edible insects — during the Idaho Botanical Garden’s annual Bug Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. You’ll be able to catch live bugs, earn a “Certificate in Bugology,” play bug bingo, or even hear arachnid anecdotes from entomology experts. If you’re hungry, purchase some food — including from a “Pestaurant” serving chocolate-covered scorpions, superworms and other bug-ingredient treats. If it doesn’t taste good at first, remember: Patience, grasshopper.
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