Blood sausage? Feeding the soul and hungry Basques — and you, too. You in?
1. Drink up
▪ Party in the Lusk District! The growing entertainment destination near Boise State is hosting a Lusk District Fall Block Party from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday in front of The Shed, 1010 S. La Pointe St. It’s a chance to sip brews outdoors, plus explore the burgeoning area. New local businesses include gourmet taqueria Madre and Lost Grove Brewing. Food trucks Genki Takoyaki and The Rusty Dog will sling grub. Local bands The Weary Times (5 to 7 p.m.) and Audio Moonshine (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) will crank tunes.
▪ Your favorite beer geek is gonna freak. There’s this sought-after annual release from Founders Brewing in Michigan called Canadian Breakfast Stout. It’s an imperial coffee chocolate stout aged in maple bourbon barrels. Yard House at The Village at Meridian has it on tap starting at 11 a.m. Friday. That’s when the restaurant kicks off its Founders Brewing Chalkboard Series, which includes four other Founders Brewing beers, too. Sixteen-ounce goblets of CBS and Kentucky Breakfast Stout are $9.25. Or sip pint goblets of Dankwood, Barrel Runner and Curmudgeon’s Better Half for $8.75.
2. Chow down
▪ If you’re a fan of the animated Fox sitcom “Bob’s Burgers,” start working up an appetite. The Belcher family and their hamburger restaurant will come to life from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at a Boise dining event: “Burgerboss: A Bob’s Burgers Themed Pop-Up.” The Bob’s tribute is being hosted by Wild Plum Events, a boutique catering company at 1621 N. Orchard St. There’s no admission charge, but you have to pay for burgers. Wear a costume — it will make standing in line more fun.
▪ Jonesing for Basque blood sausage? Of course you are. Hit the Mortzilla Dinner and Bazaar on Saturday at the Basque Center, 601 Grove St. It’s a first-come, first-served deal, with initial seating at 5:15 p.m. and second seating at 6:30 p.m. Menu: Tossed Salad, Garbanzos with Chorizo, Solomo with Pimientos, Alaskan Cod with Lemon Butter, Morzillak, French Silk Chocolate, Bread and Butter, Wine and Coffee. Price: $15 adult, $6 child.
3. See tunes
Sorry, no major concerts to report this weekend. (And, no, I don’t have any provable conspiracy theories on why Rod Stewart canceled last week.) But here are touring bands rolling through the city:
4. Think snow
▪ Support the Bogus Basin SnowSchool program by feasting at the fourth annual SnowBall: A Ski Bum Gala, which costs $30. Boise band Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats will rock the house. You can buy food from Burgerlicious and alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. It’s from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Linen Building.
▪ The 14th annual Backcountry Film Festival invades the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. But since they serve beer, you might as well get there when the doors open at 6. Films, drinks, a raffle and auction items are on the agenda. Tickets are $15. P.S. You don’t need a ticket to attend the pre-party from 4 to 6 p.m. at the North Face, 802 W. Idaho St., which will include live music, beer and giveaways.
▪ It’s Skip Swap weekend. You know the drill. (If you don’t, go here.) Sell your old stuff. Buy cool new stuff. It runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St. Admission is $5 Friday, $3 Saturday and Sunday, or free on Sunday if you bring canned food for the Boise Rescue Mission. If your kids are 11 or younger, they get in free. As always, a percentage of the sales commissions will benefit the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation.
5. Rev up
I’ll probably get my sports fix by attending the Boise State-BYU football game Saturday night. But if you’d rather watch motorcyclists fly high, head for EnduroCross that same night at the Ford Idaho Center. What’s EnduroCross? A bunch of crazies racing motorcycles indoors around a custom dirt track packed with obstacles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., autograph session 6:30 to 7 p.m., opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 first two rows, $30 general, $15 juniors. at ICTickets. Prices go up $5 day of show.