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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise

Singer-emcee LadyDice grew up in Southern California but now called Bend, Oregon home. She’ll be at The Olympic on Friday night.
Singer-emcee LadyDice grew up in Southern California but now called Bend, Oregon home. She’ll be at The Olympic on Friday night. LadyDice/Facebook

1. SEE LIVE MUSIC

It’s a standout weekend for club shows. Boise synthwave superheroes Magic Sword will headline Friday night at the Knitting Factory. And LadyDice will showcase her hip-hop skills — and body art — at The Olympic. ... Saturday is even crazier: Singer-songwriter Will Hoge will perform at The Olympic, and New Found Glory will rekindle the early 2000s at the Knit. My weekend pick? Underrated Florida rock band Roadkill Ghost Choir at Neurolux on Saturday night. The group sometimes draws comparisons to My Morning Jacket but has its own mind-melting, modern sound. ... What about Sunday? Hey, Sundays are great for death metal. Cannibal Corpse will grunt its way into the Knitting Factory.

2. THINK SNOW

It’s that time again. The Warren Miller Film Tour rolls into the Egyptian Theatre on Friday and Saturday with “Line of Descent.” It’s a benefit for the Bogus Basin Ski Club. ... And don’t forget about Tom Grainey’s annual Pray for Snow Raffle Party at 7 p.m. Sunday, where any drink you buy scores a raffle ticket for prizes ranging from ski passes to skis, snowboards and more. “All these breweries and ski hills donate all this stuff. We raffle all night,” Tom Grainey’s owner Jason Kovac says. “There’s mountains of stuff. It is crazy!”

3. PARADE AROUND

It’s “A Storybook Christmas” at this year’s Boise Holiday Parade, which starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The parade route begins at 10th and Jefferson streets, heads east on Jefferson to 4th, turns south on Bannock, then west to 11th.

The Boise Holiday Parade snaked through Downtown on Saturday morning in 2016, featuring almost 100 floats and capped off, of course, by Santa Claus.

4. HAVE A BEER IN HYDE PARK

Local breweries and wineries will sample and sell product Saturday at the Hyde Park Beer and Wine Expo. In the parking lot behind 13th Street Pub & Grill, you’ll find wines from Split Rail, Mouvance, Cinder, St. Chapelle and Sawtooth, plus beers from Edge, Sockeye, Payette and Boise Brewing. (Random bonus beer geek news: New Holland Dragon’s Milk is now being sold in Boise — even at Albertons and Winco. It’s outstanding bourbon-barrel-aged nectar — and available year-round. Also, don’t forget that Bourbon County hits store shelves on Black Friday!)

5. CHEER FOR THE BRONCOS

No, there’s no way to top the four hours and 20 minutes of drama from last week’s game. But the Broncos are on a total roll right now. Six straight wins. So you gotta do the game Saturday night, when Boise State hosts a 4-6 Air Force team at Albertsons Stadium.

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