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Boba Fett, ‘Star Wars’ actors invade Ontario on Tuesday

“Star Wars Invades the Treasure Valley,” presented by Treasure Valley Community College, will return for the fourth year to Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Ave., in Ontario, Oregon. The free presentation is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14. The headlining speaker is Jeremy Bulloch, who played bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Eww! Kids, adults to eat bugs Saturday at Idaho Botanical Garden

There’s plenty on the menu — including edible insects — during the Idaho Botanical Garden’s annual Bug Day. Various stations at the Garden will offer everything from insect tattoos to the latest buzz from the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club. You’ll be able to catch live bugs, participate in an Insect Olympics, 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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Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Meridian

Actor Matt Damon and "Jason Bourne" producer Frank Marshall walk the red carpet as shouting fans ask for selfies Wednesday July 20, 2016 at The Village in Meridian. The duo brought the fifith film in the black-ops thriller series to Meridian for an advance screening and to help raise money for the Treasure Valley YMCA's new South Meridian Family YMCA.

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Idaho pro-gun group protests actor Matt Damon at film screening

Members of the Idaho Second Ammendment Alliance protest a visit by actor Matt Damon for the advanced screening of his latest film "Jason Bourne" Wednesday July 20, 2016. The group waved pro 2nd ammendment signs for passersby honking their car horns at the corner of Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue, near The Village theaters where Damon was making a red carpet appearance. Damon recently expressed support for tough gun-control laws enacted in Australia. The local gun-rights group was protesting Damon's sold-out screening for promoting a film that uses the same guns he wants the government to control.

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Sweet! Emmett Cherry Festival is next week

If you enjoy cherries, you’ll find plenty to love at the 82nd annual Emmett Cherry Festival. The community celebration pays tribute to the fruit with tons of activities including outdoor concerts, pageants, a quilt show, an art show, parades and a huge weekend train display featuring several model railroad clubs. There’s also a carnival; all-day wristbands are $30 in advance until noon June 15 at area businesses or online. Everything is family-friendly and plenty of activities are free. The party peaks on the final day, June 18, with a Cherry Pit Spit (12:30 p.m.), Cherry Pie Eating Contest (2 p.m.) and the Cherry Festival Parade (6 p.m.)

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Drink up with comedian Ron White

Best known for the ever-present drink in his hand and the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” that made him famous, comedian Ron White is one of the more genuine performers on the planet. “I drink too much Scotch, probably,” he told the Idaho Statesman years ago. “But it’s not an act.” White is funny at least partly because audiences feel like they know the guy on stage. “... You watch me perform, I don’t push at all,” White said. “I just let ’em come to me, and just tell them the truth.”

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Take Record Store Day for a spin in Boise on April 16

Launched in 2008, this celebration of indie-record-store culture has become an annual destination event worldwide. On Saturday, April 16, Boise’s Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., will offer more than 350 limited-edition pieces on vinyl, CD, cassette and more. (Releases include goodies from David Bowie, Metallica, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa and other big names.) The weekend kicks off from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at a listening party featuring Record Store Day exclusives. (Free beer, too!) Then the Record Exchange opens at 8 a.m. the next morning for Record Store Day proper (gift shop opens at 7:30 a.m. for the line) and stays open until 10 p.m. Bonus: Used CDs, vinyl, DVDs/Blu-rays and cassettes are 20 percent off April 15-17.

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Comedian Christopher Titus comes to Boise to talk parenting

When stand-up comedian Christopher Titus had his own sitcom on Fox in the early 2000s, you could count on two things: “Titus” might be incessantly dark, but the comedian would try to lead you to a sliver of light. Titus’ stand-up comedy performances — often based on dysfunctional-family themes inspired by his own life — take a similar approach. Moms and dads will discover plenty to laugh and cringe at during Titus’ latest tour, “Born with a Defect,” which examines parenting. “If you are a parent, you have kids — this show is 90 minutes of therapy,” he tells the Idaho Statesman.

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Treefort Music Festival has music for all ages

From the Boise All-Ages Movement Project to an acoustic Doug Martsch concert on Thursday, March 24, 2017, Treefort has music for everyone — and there's only more to come. Events run through Sunday.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Treefort Music Festival has music for all ages 1:58

Treefort Music Festival has music for all ages

Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Meridian 3:25

Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Meridian

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Idaho pro-gun group protests actor Matt Damon at film screening

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Video: DJ party or massive mess? Uprising: The Paint Fight to splatter Garden City