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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise

Quick! Bet you can’t guess who sponsors the annual Settlers Park series, “Movie Night in Meridian,” which kicks off Friday.
Quick! Bet you can’t guess who sponsors the annual Settlers Park series, “Movie Night in Meridian,” which kicks off Friday. meridiancity.org


Summer must be near. The free, weekly “Movie Night in Meridian” series kicks off Friday in Settlers Park at Meridian Road and Ustick. “Inside Out” is this weekend’s feature. The family-friendly showcase continues with the classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” (June 10), inescapable “Minions” (June 17) and modern version of “Cinderella” (June 24). Movies start at dusk. Leave the beer at home, Dad.

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Held outside under a big tent, the Greek Food Festival focuses on food. But there’s also Greek music and dancing and beer and, well, you get the picture. Check out the menu here. (Kataifi, mmmm). It happens 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2618 W. Bannock St. in Boise.


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The first time I heard Brett Dennen — who headlines Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre — was at a sparsely attended side stage at a California music festival in 2006. Afterward, I wrote this: “Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is going to be a star. Home-schooled and awkward in person, Dennen takes a few moments to digest ... especially when he was blinking and pushing up his glasses for the umpteenth time. From a distance, I initially couldn’t figure out if he was an unusual man or a 6-foot-5, red-headed female folk singer. Dennen’s wavering, inspirational voice, jaw-dropping poetry and snappy acoustic guitar will move fans to tears of joy.” Five albums, 10 years and a gazillion new fans later, Dennen still is one of my favorite musicians.

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Montana-based illusionist Jay Owenhouse brings his tour to the Nampa Civic Center on Friday, which for some reason makes me think of a semi-obscure Ozzy Osbourne song. Owenhouse is the real deal. He has a vanishing white Bengal tiger.

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Alcohol will make a Las Vegas punk band covering Rat Pack classics seem like genius Friday and Saturday at Tom Grainey’s — where Franks & Deans will perform (10 p.m., no cover). Remember, “It’s up to you New Yoooork, New Yoooooooork!”

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