1. SURVIVE THE NIGHT
Boise Contemporary Theater opens a new play — actually an old play — Friday. In a first, the company is bringing back an original production for another run: “A Nighttime Survival Guide.” Large puppets help tell the story of a small-town Idaho boy who develops a rewarding pen-pal relationship with a Japanese girl. The play runs Wednesdays through Saturdays before closing Dec. 17.
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2. HAVE A HAIRY CHRISTMAS
Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Zoo Boise. You’ll be able to watch the animals receive their edible Christmas gifts at the annual Claus ’n Paws celebration.
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3. ROCK, CHRISTMAS-STYLE
Fingerstyle fans will geek out on the first half of acoustic guitar master Tommy Emmanuel‘s “Classics and Christmas” show. He’ll showcase the fingerstyle prowess that’s made him a global success. In the holiday-music second half, Emmanuel will be joined by charismatic jazz singer Annie Sellick, fellow Certified Guitar Player John Knowles and guitarist-harmonic player Pat Bergeson. ... Also, don’t forget that the Idaho Ho Ho Benefit Concert is Saturday at Visual Arts Collective.
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4. ROCK WITH HITMEN
Led by former Marines, Salt Lake City-based American Hitmen rocked Season Eight of “America’s Got Talent.” Saturday, they’ll play a show at Hannah’s that benefits Toys for Tots. ... Meanwhile, blues-rock and soul outfit the Harlis Sweetwater Band is back at the Sapphire Room on Saturday to make folks sweat.
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5. EAT & DRINK
Dutch Bros. Coffee will celebrate its newest Meridian location by offering free 16-ounce drinks from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at 37 E. Calderwood Drive: specialty coffee, smoothies, freeze and Blue Rebel. ... Inhale, er, sample free wine and cheeses from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Boise Co-op Wine and Cheese Sale. ... Up for day-drinking Saturday? Hop free shuttles from brewery to winery to brewery at the Garden City Bootleggers Repeal Day Celebration.
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