Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

When you aren’t getting in line a week early for tickets to that Rodney Atkins concert in April.

1. GO COUNTRY ... SEATTLE STYLE?
Texas/Idaho band Reckless Kelly headlines the Morrison Center tonight for a special sit-down experience. Later in the evening — 10 p.m. — up-and-coming Seattle-area group Aces Up will try to bring the house down at Reef. (It’s $5 unless you have a Reckless Kelly ticket stub. Then it's free.) Read more about Aces Up in my Scene column.)

2. GO BIG FOR THE SUPER BOWL
To make the big game even bigger, there’s no better viewing spot than the 15-feet-tall-by-55-feet-wide screen at Big Al’s (photo below.) Bonus: If the game winds up being a blowout, you can bowl a frame or play arcade games instead. Super Bowl specials include "touchdown bowling" ($7/person for two games of bowling w/shoe rental), an arcade special (buy a $30 Fun Card, get 30 percent off games), beer specials and giveaways including a 43-inch HDTV, iPod stereo system and more. Prefer to stay in Boise? There also will be arcade games galore at the new Dave & Buster’s, too, which has three 130-inch screens in its sports bar.

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3. TREAT THE RUGRATS
Slides and fun houses, dance classes and magicians, karate and clowns. Oh, and Dorah the Explorer. It adds up to a kid’s wildest dream and an adult’s biggest nightm ... oh, wait, I wasn’t going to say that. Bottom line: Squeals will saturate the first-ever Canyon County Kids Expo at Caldwell’s O’Connor Fieldhouse on Saturday. It’s $4 for an adult, $2 for a child.

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4. SEE SOME HOOPS
The Idaho Stampede can drag some kicking-and-screaming company down to the West Division basement with wins over the Los Angeles D-Fenders tonight and Saturday at CenturyLink Arena. Meanwhile, the impressive Boise State Broncos welcome the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV on Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena.

5. GO MAD WITH LOCAL THEATER
Gotta hand it to the crazies at Daisy’s Madhouse — they know how to party. Case in point: The 24-hour play festival ”Will Act 4 Food,” which will redefine the term “overnight success” Saturday night. Participants conceive, write and produce short plays before presenting them in all their sleep-deprived glory at Boise Little Theater. It’s $15 and benefits the Idaho Foodbank.

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What, no mention of Winter

What, no mention of Winter Carnival in McCall or The Winter Ale Festival on Saturday?

Boise

The McCall Winter Carnival is in Boise?

J/K with ya.

Fix my computer I gather.

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