1. THRILL THE WORLD
Michael Jackson fans from around the world go a bit nutty this time of year. (Video.) You can watch more than 100 Boise zombies perform a choreographed “Thriller” multiple times Saturday at the Boise Spectrum.
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2. POP THE CLUTCH
Itching for live music? Check out underrated groove-rockers Clutch on Friday night at the Knitting Factory. (Hey, CoC opens, which is a huge bonus.) Sate your indie folk-rock appetite with ex-Idahoan Justin Ringle and his Portland band Horse Feathers — also Friday at Neurolux. Or frighten the FBI and join the Juggalos on Saturday at the Revolution Center for Insane Clown Posse.
3. SAY YO TO PINTO
Iconic Idaho country singer Pinto Bennett is the guest of honor at a two-night edition of “We’ve Got You Covered.” The event happens Friday and Saturday at Visual Arts Collective.
4. HAVE A LAUGH
5. LOSE YOUR GOURD
OK, I admit it. I know next to nothing about this. But the 17th annual Gourd Festival is happening Saturday and Sunday at the newly remodeled Wyndham Garden hotel near the Boise Airport. Gourd festival? Who needs brew festivals? Hey, maybe we could drink beer out of gourds ...