If it's a laugh you need, you're in luck this week: Dave Attell, comedian-at-large and all-around funny man is coming back to town on his Insomniac Tour with two shows at the Big Easy.
The premise of Insomniac, Attell's half-hour show on Comedy Central, is that he travels from town to town, does his stand-up routine at the local comedy club, and then takes a disposable camera (and a cameraman, boom mike operator and lighting guy) and hit the streets. Attell's schtick is really no schtick at all. He just wanders around whatever town he's in trying to find enough stuff to do and people to do it with before the sun comes up. Attell's ease with people and sense of humor make that an easy task. Insomniac shows some of the most unconventional people from Boise to Brussels baring all to Attell, the camera and everyone lucky enough to get Comedy Central on their local cable systems. With appearances on Late Night, The Tonight Show and The Daily Show, Dave Attell is a funny force to be reckoned with.
7:30 and 10 p.m., $29.50, Big Easy Concert House, 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212
Many may not know that Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom by commemorating June 19, 1865-the day that Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War had ended and Southern slaves were finally free.
This celebration is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. While marking that pivotal date, Juneteenth is also about encouraging self-development, unity and respect for all cultures.
In Idaho, this important commemoration is hosted by the Idaho Black History Museum. Founded in 1995, the museum's stated mission is to build bridges between cultures, break down barriers and provide a place to explore the African-American experience through the education of all people on history, art and culture-with a particular emphasis on African-American history in Idaho.
This year's Juneteenth celebration is open to everyone and features guest speakers, great music and food, and will afford attendees the opportunity to learn about Idaho's African-American history.
12-7 p.m., FREE, Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd.
Father's Day Family Picnicon the Summit at Tamarack
Father's Day doesn't always get the attention it deserves, often overwhelmed by the Mother's Day blitz just a month earlier. This year, instead of letting the dad of the house grill burgers for everyone on his special day, you might get everyone out of the house and do something fun.
If Dad's an outdoorsy type, just a couple hours' drive away, Tamarack Resort will hold its Family Summit Station Picnic. Beginning at the top of Summit Express, participants will pick up a sack lunch and take the family on a self-guided adventure to explore Canoe Ridge. A mountain operations member will deliver a brief lecture about lift construction, trail building and mountaineering. The fresh air and communing with nature might do Dad-and the whole family-a world of good.
Begins at 1 p.m., $15/person (with special pricing for season pass holders). Tamarack Resort in Donnelly. For more information, call 208-325-1030.
Monday 20-Saturday 25
National Oldtime Fiddler's Festival
If you don't think this festival is a big deal, then you don't know fiddles.
Weiser has played host to some of the finest fiddlers around since the National Oldtime Fiddler's Contest began in 1953 to "promote and preserve oldtime music" on a large scale. They're doing it-musicians ranging in age from 3 to 90 and fans alike come from around the world to take part in this weeklong, family friendly musical celebration. Besides the fiddle contest, festival events include the second annual Weiser River Bluegrass Festival, a carnival, free live entertainment, arts and crafts, go-carts, pony rides and food, food, food.
Over the course of the week, some 20,000 attendees are expected to turn up. With 350 ace fiddlers playing their (cat)guts out for fun, glory and national fiddling titles, the devil himself just might come back out of Georgia to scope out a few more smokin' souls.
8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., $2.50-$16, Weiser, citywide. (Advanced tickets recommended for Friday and Saturday.) For more information and for specific event venues, call 800-437-1280 or 208-414-0452 or go to www.fiddlecontest.com.