1. HOOP IT UP
Check out 3-on-3 basketball action at Boise Bam Jam near the intersection of 6th and Bannock Streets in Downtown Boise. Basketball teams will battle in games going on all day Saturday. Food vendors and other booths will fill Capitol Park. Both the Slam Dunk Championship and the 3-Point Challenge Finals will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the steps of the State Capitol. Championship games for the 3-on-3 tourney are Sunday afternoon.
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2. PULL YOUR TRUMP CARD
I about fell out of my chair laughing after watching comedian Bob DiBuono’s impression of Donald Trump. That. Is. $$$. DiBuono, who slips in and out of characters and impersonations, is headlining at Liquid Laughs Friday through Sunday. You may have seen him doing this impression on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central.
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3. BE A HONKY CAT
This Friday’s entertainer outdoors at The Village at Meridian is Elton John: The Early Years, aka touring tribute musician Kenny Metcalf and his backing band. If you dig Elton, you’ll get a kick out of seeing Metcalf wear the flamboyant costuming and tickle the ivories like Elton did in the 1970s. Opening act: Steve Eaton and The Grateful Dudes. It’s free. Music is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Elton at 6:30).
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4. HEADBANG CLASSICALLY
A man, a woman, two classical guitars. In the entertainment universe, it sounds too simple to succeed. But Rodrigo y Gabriela attack their instruments with crowd-pleasing ferocity and joy. With roots in Mexico City’s thrash-metal scene, the duo has grown to embrace other forms of rock and flamenco-inspired music. But I’m sure they’ll bust out a Metallica cover or two Friday at the Morrison Center.
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5. GLEAM THE CUBE
World-class skateboarding pros will give demos and show off the newly renovated Rhodes Skate Park on Saturday at 1555 W. Front St. Check it out, along with the adjacent new 304 Americana, a headquarters for Elemental Awareness. Rhodes Park schedule: 1 p.m.: open skate jam; 2 p.m. Element team demo; 4 p.m. autographs.
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