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A BW World Report Cuba’s cred in Haiti FEATURE 11

Seven Wonders The hidden gems of Boise screen 25

Last Station’s First Stop Boise premiere of Michael Hoffman’s Tolstoy film wedding guide

tying the knot? BW’s first ever guide to getting hitched

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NOTE BW’S VANCOUVER BUREAU IS UP AND RUNNING. Boise Weekly contributor Sadie Babits is in British Columbia for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and last week, she spent some serious time honing her ebay skills to score tickets to events. It was no easy task. Not only are tickets expensive—four tickets to the men’s hockey final run $16,999—but they’re hard to come by. So are International Olympic Committee media credentials. As of press time, however, Babits had tickets to men’s curling and women’s luge, and she was filing stories with BW like mad. In addition to daily contributions to Cobweb at boiseweekly.com, Babits’ Vancouver correspondence is also featured throughout this week’s Rec section. Get a look at Idaho Olympian Sara Studebaker in this week’s Rec feature (Page 28), and in Play on Page 29, catch up on the Olympic coverage you’ve been missing at boiseweekly.com all week. Also in Cobweb news ... hopefully, you’ve noticed a few familiar bylines have started to make regular appearances in BW’s blog-land. Last week, our freelancer army officially joined staff bloggers as regular posters. Wine expert David Kirkpatrick is offering regular do’s and definitely do not’s on vino. Film fiends Travis Estvold and Jeremiah Robert Wierenga are spouting off about what’s hot and what’s not in celluloid. And longtime food writer turned Home Sweet Home columnist Jennifer Hernandez is back on the food beat in cyberspace. Also on the food beat, and completely new to Boise Weekly, is chef Randy King with his kitchen confessions—like his college concoction of pan-fried Starburst and OJ pork and what he has to say about not-sofancy, overpriced restaurant menus. And finally, we’re embarking on a major project and we need your help. We’re publishing our first-ever Annual Manual, a once-a-year behemoth guide to everything cool about Boise. If you’re putting on an event in Boise or the nearby area between September 2010 and September 2011, we want to know about it. Have an event you look forward to attending every year? We want to know about it. E-mail your music, festival, arts and cultural, rec or food event to calendar@boiseweekly.com before Friday, Feb. 26. —Rachael Daigle

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BW ON THE TUBE, THE TUBE AT BW.COM If you missed your weekly installment of ETV when it aired on KBOI Channel 2, you could have caught up on Cobweb. Every Friday, BW posts the entertainment clips at Cobweb to help you better plan your weekend.

VANCOUVER COVERAGE Sadie Babits is reporting from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games for Boise Weekly. Visit Cobweb for daily updates on the festivities, regular coverage on the games and even an audio clip of the Guvernator of California himself.

THE RACE FOR THE INTERNET One of the key issues at stake in the first two years of Obama’s presidency is regulation of what the government calls “open Internet principles.” Knowing that, phone and cable companies spent an estimated $75 million on 500 Washington, D.C., lobbyists between January and September 2009. Rep. Walt Minnick has something to say about the issue. Log on to citydesk to find out what.

YEN CHING BAKERY: HERE ONE DAY, GONE THE NEXT Just six weeks after opening its doors, Yen Ching Bakery has shuttered, citing unforeseen circumstances. A reopening is possible; stay tuned to Cobweb for more.

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EDITOR’S NOTE MAIL / MONDO GAGA BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS Cuban doctors head to Haiti to help ROTUNDA FEATURE Seven Wonders of Boise BW PICKS FIND 8 DAYS OUT SUDOKU NOISE Local musician Dan Costello talks about his new album MUSIC GUIDE ARTS Fifty works for 50 states SCREEN The Last Station MOVIE TIMES VIDIOT REC Your Idaho Olympians PLAY FOOD Two reviewers take on Pho Nouveau WINE SIPPER CLASSIFIEDS HOME SWEET HOME NYT CROSSWORD FREEWILL ASTROLOGY

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MAIL TOO BAD ON HEMP Last week Idaho’s farmers were denied the right to grow industrial hemp by a tie vote in a House committee. Rep. Dennis Lake objected to the proposal, saying the legalization could add an unneeded burden on law enforcement officers. Lake expressed concern that officers could struggle in differentiating between legal hemp fields and illegal marijuana operations. Does Rep. Lake think our cops are stupid? Canadian cops had to learn the difference between hemp and marijuana 13 years ago when that more sensible nation allowed its farmers to prosper in this new industry. There has not been one case of any problems of hemp farmers using their licenses to grow drugs. Instead, Canadian farmers just over the Idaho border and industries across Canada are prospering while Idaho farmers are made to sit on their hands. If Canadian cops can learn

a little botany, I suggest our American cops can be trained to do the same. My thanks go out to hemp’s supporters on the House Agriculture Affairs Committee, Rep. Tom Trail, Rep. Brian Cronin, Rep. Eric Anderson and Rep. Donna Pence for lending their support to this sensible resolution. I wish them better luck next year. —Don E. Wirtshafter, Guysville, Ohio

FIGHT AREVA What is wrong with this picture when a giant French company is receiving tax breaks from the State of Idaho and a possible $2-billion loan guarantee from the federal government to build a centrifuge plant near Idaho Falls in the near future? All Idahoans should be alarmed because: UÊ7iÊŜՏ`˜½ÌÊi˜VœÕÀage and finance a foreign company to compromise our own nuclear security and potentially contaminate

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the Snake River aquifer. UÊ/…iÀiʈÃʘœÊŽ˜œÜ˜Ê disposal pathway for radioactive material with a 500,000-year half-life that would endanger our aquifer, our air and our land. UÊÌÊܜՏ`ÊÀiÃՏÌʈ˜Ê radioactive material traveling both into Idaho for manufacturing and out of Idaho in enriched uranium product. This poses a very real and unacceptable threat to public health and safety. UÊÌÊ>Ê̈“iÊ܅i˜Ê̅iÊ United States is leading the international charge that says Iran is a rogue nation for enriching its uranium stockpile, it is ironic that Americans and Idahoans would do the same. Many would argue, saying it will create jobs and income for us, but at what cost to us, our children and our grandchildren? We should all be tired of huge tax breaks for the worst industries in the world while we dismantle human services and public education here in this state. I challenge all Idahoans to make their voices heard and stop Areva’s project. —Brad Siegel, Twin Falls

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OPINION/BILL COPE

RANDEM THINKINGS MulletBoy’s blog What follows was offered by an independent blogger for addition to the BW web page. As BW has a strict policy of not allowing bloggers to use pseudonyms on their site, it was rejected. However, I feel everyone has a right to have their voice heard, no matter how shy, selfconscious or faint-hearted they are. I reprint this Feb. 13, 2010, posting in its entirety. U Call me MulletBoy. It is about my hair, which ain’t been cut since the day I heard Rowdy Roddy Piper wouldn’t wrestling no more. I wear it in a ponytail. I started wearing it in a ponytail way back before even Steven Seagal did, and mine looks better than his ever did. Even before he puffed up like a stubbed toe. When my cousin Ripster told me I ought a start a blog so’s I could tell everyone what I think, and then when I said, “Hey, Cuz, that’s not a half-bad idea,” then I was gonna call myself PonyBoy. After my ponytail. But then Ripster says there already was a PonyBoy, and he thought it was some dude he saw in some old movie once what had that Ralph Macho dude being PonyBoy. I said “Screw that!” because I never once did believe that Ralph Macho coulda ever kicked butt like what he

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did in that one Kariote Kid movie he was in with that short little Japan dude, so I changed it to TailBoy. Then Ripster said, “TailBoy makes it sound like you’re advertising yourself out to dudes what come to Boise for conventions and stuff,” and I said “Screw you, Rip! It does not!” But I changed it to MulletBoy anyway just in case. When I take the scrunchy out, that’s what it looks like, anyway. And there is nothing wrong with a mullet. Samsung had a mullet, and so did Tarzan. In my next blogging, I will tell you what I told Rip when he told me everyone would end up calling me Joe Dirt, but I think I should get to telling you what I think. The first randem thinking I have is about that little kid what shot that other kid over to Mountain Home. The first thing I thought about when I heard that story is how all the femmy liberals would be whining about how what kind of shitty parent would leave a .45 laying around so’s a 5-year-old dude could find it and go play outside with it and end up shooting that teenager dude. I could hear them whining in my head, “That’s just what you get when you let Americans have guns, wah, wah.” Here is what I think. I think the real shitty parents are the ones what didn’t give that

teenager dude a gun to carry for himself. There were like three teenagers walking together before the one of them got shot, and not a one of them had a gun. If even one of them hadda been carrying a gun, they coulda popped that 5-year-old dude before he could stretch his little finger over the trigger. I call it common sense. Which there ain’t much of around no more. Don’t you hate what those femmy liberals are doing to this country? I do. The second thinking I done was about them missionaries what went to jail for trying to take those kids to another country what ain’t the one they were from. I think they shoulda been able to do it without going to jail because the way I heard it, them missionaries are real Christians and the little kids was Catholics. Ripster calls them Cat Licks, and so do I. I think there ain’t nothing you can do better than snagging little kids into the huggy arms of Jesus. I think there ain’t nothing more important than that, even if some butt wipe country like that Haiti place doesn’t think so. Maybe if that Haiti place were more willing to let little kids be snagged away to the huggy arms of Jesus, they wouldn’t a had that earthquake in the first place. Did you ever think about that?

The third thinking I have been doing is about Mallard Fillsmore. That duck what’s in the funny papers. I gotta tell you, I love that duck. It is my favorite thing about a newspaper, mostly. Most of the time I get why Mallard is making jokes and it is exactly the way I think about things. I think especially Mallard is right about liberals. There is that one liberal whats all fat and femmy, you know the one I mean? But sometimes I think I wonder if anyone ever checks to see if that Bruce Tinsley dude who draws Mallard Fillsmore is really drawing new pictures of Mallard ever day, or if he’s just using the same pictures over and over with different words. It is not like anyone could tell, since nothing much ever happens to Mallard new, and he always looks about the same. Did you ever think about that, too? Now I am done. I will be looking around for more stuff to think about, but Ripster and I have to run down to Garden City and check out a 21-foot trailer for sale pretty cheap. Some day, I will tell you more about myself if I get one of those About Me clicker places on my blog spot. I maybe will even tell you my real name. I haven’t decided. For now, just call me MulletBoy. Chow.

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TED RALL/OPINION

DUMBER THAN PALIN Why can’t the prez even look out for No. 1? NEW YORK—Thanks to CribNoteGate, we can finally say it out loud: Sarah Palin is stupid. But where does that leave President Barack Obama? Even stupider. A year ago, Obama comes into office facing a global economic meltdown. So what does he focus on? Health-care reform. OK, so it’s true that Americans wanted and needed cheaper health care. Even if wasn’t a priority, it was worth a try. Things went wrong from the start. Mainly, this was because Obama was too dim to understand what had gone wrong with Hillary and Bill Clinton’s 1993 attempt to fix the health-care system. Republicans opposed HillaryCare because they’re always against health-care reform. And Democrats didn’t care. Because the plan was crafted to protect insurance companies, it wouldn’t have helped patients. HillaryCare didn’t die because Congress wasn’t involved. It simply didn’t have a constituency. Staring down the Christmas 2009 recess, Obama had everything he needed. So what did the Moron-in-Chief do on Christmas Eve, after the Senate passed its bill? He sent Congress home for the holidays. Remember, Ted Kennedy had died. Obama knew there was a special election in Massachusetts. Why take chances? When you have all of the votes you need, why wouldn’t you strike while the iron is hot? He threw it away. Every time it counts, Obama doesn’t have a clue. Consider the $700 billion TARP bailout. The CEOs of Bank of America, Citibank, AIG, Goldman Sachs and several other giant corporations came to the administration, wailing that a) they would go out of business unless the feds bailed them

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out and b) they would take a chunk of the economy with them. Put yourself in Obama’s position. I would have replied Tony Soprano-style: “OK, fellows, I’ll help you out. I’ll save your stupid asses. In return, the Treasury will take your next 10 years of profits. Your shareholders get squat. No bonuses. Your execs stay until we say they can quit, for $50,000 a year. If they don’t like it, we prosecute them for fraud or unpaid parking tickets or terrorism, whatever, we’ll come up with something. If you don’t pay a decent return, we nationalize you. After all, if you’re too big to fail, maybe you need to become part of the government.” Obama held all the cards, but he was stupid. After AIG and Goldman used bailout funds to redecorate their offices and pay bonuses to the corporate turds who ruined their companies, Obama was surprised. How could he be dismayed at “reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people”? Now that the prez is finally starting to think about the economy, he’s proposing tax breaks for companies that hire new workers. It’s a good idea. Or it would have been, when I proposed it in the 1990s. Now it can’t work. Americans are finally poor-poor, Third World poor; they’re tapped out and can’t come up with money to spend. So much for the consumer economy. Tax cuts are too little, too late, but that’s all he can come up with as he stares down the barrel of a potentially devastating Republican sweep this November. Memo to Obama: People. Need. Money. So hire them. Like FDR did.

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CITYDESK/NEWS TAXATION AND REPRESENTATION

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CUBAN DOCTORS IN HAITI Politics, medicine and international diplomacy converge NICK MIROFF, GLOBAL POST HAVANA, Cuba — When the devastating earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Cuba’s emergency responders didn’t have far to travel. There were already some 350 Cuban medical personnel working in Haiti, sent by the Castro government to provide free care in nearly every Haitian municipality.

Cuba’s state-run media, are a reminder that the island’s socialist system seems to thrive at the convergence of politics, medicine and international diplomacy. Of course, for Haitian earthquake victims and others in poor countries where medical care is desperately needed, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. EPA/Z U MAPRESS.COM /SHAWN THEW

As the Legislature shifts gears from introducing new laws and surveying the finances of state agencies to passing new laws and setting budgets, Boise Sen. Nicole LeFavour has released a survey of nearly 800 people from across the state showing some appetite for raising taxes. LeFavour, a Democrat from Boise’s North End, hosted the poll on her Web site, but got responses from all over Idaho. It is not a scientific poll. But 60 percent of respondents would accept a one-time income tax surcharge on people making more than $70,000 a year. And 52 percent of respondents supported raising income tax on individuals making more than $50,000. These numbers may not reflect the general feeling of Idahoans, but they are significant for another reason: These are the first concrete suggestions for raising new revenue since the session began. Rep. Shirley Ringo, a Moscow Democrat and Judy Brown, an economist with the liberal Idaho Center on Budget and Tax Policy, suggested an income tax surcharge in December 2009 but have not floated the idea unda’ the rotunda, so to speak. Budget setting begins on Monday, Feb. 22, and the budget committee has a very low target with which to set budgets. The tax committee and the governor have drawn their usual line in the sand against raising taxes, so it’s not clear how any taxation ideas will see the light of day. We’re not sure what the corollary to the old Boston Tea Party jingle would be, but at some point, is there a lack of representation through inadequate taxation? As LeFavour put it in her e-mail: “If taxes are not increased in any way, the only alternative we have will be cutting public school funding and all budgets by more than half billion or 20 percent less funding than we had in 2008 … If you do not want to see cuts on this scale and especially if you do not want school class sizes to increase and education budgets cut dramatically, PLEASE let your lawmakers know.” While it’s another long shot at the statehouse, a bipartisan effort to pick up the Ron Paul/Hanes Her Way torch and urge the feds to decriminalize industrial hemp (Hanes has been experimenting with hemp fabrics, people) is still alive. While Moscow Republican Tom Trail is the face behind hemp in the Idaho House, Sandpoint Republican Eric Anderson and Boise Democrat Brian Cronin have joined the fight. But their nascent effort is currently undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the three seek a motion to reconsider in the House Ag Affairs Committee. The committee recently failed to print the bill, a memorial to Congress to legalize hemp so that Idaho farmers could grow it to make underwear and ice cream (frozen dessert) and, well, rope. Five Republicans on the committee, sitting all in a row, voted the measure down. The Hemp Caucus of Three is working on one of the Republicans to change his mind and at least allow the bill to be heard.

Jennie Dorsainvil is examined by a doctor at a makeshift field clinic run by the Cuban Medical Battalion in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Since then, the number of Cuban doctors, nurses and other medical workers deployed to the disaster area has risen to 618, and the Cuban brigade is working alongside 402 Haitian graduates of Havana’s Latin American School of Medicine. According to Cuban authorities, these teams have treated more than 60,000 patients and performed more than 3,500 surgeries. Their mission is driven by a simple principle, according to Fidel Castro. “We are sending doctors, not soldiers,” Castro wrote recently, taking a none-too-subtle swipe at the Obama administration’s Haiti relief effort, in one of his regular postings on the government Web site Cubadebate.cu. “In the midst of the Haitian tragedy,” said the ex-Cuban leader, who has retired from his role as president but still weighs in on foreign affairs, “thousands of U.S. Marine Corps infantrymen, troops from the 82nd Airborne Division, and other military forces have occupied Haitian territory. Even worse, neither the United Nations nor the U.S. government has offered an explanation to world public opinion for this mobilization of forces.” Castro’s criticisms, along with other articles and editorials that have since appeared in

Despite Cuba’s relatively small size and chronically ill economy, its education system has turned the island into a powerhouse of international medicine. Cuba sends thousands of doctors and other medical personnel abroad on “international missions,” and brings planeloads of patients to Havana for free eye surgery or other procedures. According to government figures, about 35,000 Cuban health care professionals are currently working in 70 countries. Some are assigned in the spirit of pure humanitarian assistance, while others are deployed through medical service contracts that bring in muchneeded revenue for the Cuban government, as in the case of Venezuela. These programs have generated vast amounts of international goodwill toward Cuba, building a kind of soft power that benefits the Castro government in its public relations battles with the United States. Once an outcast in the region, the Cuban government has gradually restored diplomatic relations with nearly every country in the Americas (the U.S. being the main exception), despite the persistent image of Cuba’s “isolation.” Then there are more than 24,000 foreign

medical students enrolled at Havana’s Latin American School of Medicine, mostly from Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. The Cuban government provides full six-year scholarships, and the students commit to returning to their home countries upon graduation. Cuba has even opened its classrooms to U.S. students from low-income families, and 130 Americans are currently studying medicine in Havana. Seven of the program’s American graduates have joined the Cubans in Haiti. And yet, given the way these medical programs are promoted by the communist government’s state-run media, it’s hard to view Cuba’s efforts as pure acts of disinterested humanitarianism. Government television reports and newspaper articles about the heroism of Cuba’s efforts in Haiti often appear crafted with maximum propaganda value in mind. Cuban coverage of the U.S. role in Haiti has focused extensively on the American military presence, depicting U.S. troops as callous occupiers. Other Cuban editorials have gone further, alleging covetous American designs on yet-undiscovered Haitian oil. Such claims undermine the Cuban government’s altruistic self-image, said Cuba expert Phil Peters, who blogs at The Cuban Triangle. “I think that people around the world recognize the great contribution of Cuban doctors in Haiti,” wrote Peters, a Cuba expert at the Lexington Institute. “I also think that Cuban propagandists diminish Cuba’s contribution when they show that for them, Haiti relief efforts are part of a political competition with the United States.” Of course, for patients in Haiti, it matters little whether Cuba is motivated more by public health or public relations. Cuban doctors have a track record in Haiti and elsewhere that demonstrates an overarching interest in providing care to the needy, said Gail Reed, director of MEDICC, a U.S. nonprofit that publishes a journal on Cuban medicine and is helping to provide material aid in Haiti. “The world responds when there’s a disaster, and responds generously, and that’s wonderful,” said Reed. “The point to me, however, is to build a strong public health system. And the fact that the Cubans have been in Haiti for more than 10 years indicates a commitment to building a public health system.” The Cuban doctors provide everything from vaccinations to maternity care to major surgery, staffing Haiti’s public hospitals and clinics. For those efforts, Reed said, Cuba deserves recognition and praise. “Whether Cuba gets goodwill from its doctors, or for its global medical cooperation, well, shouldn’t it?,” she asked. “Shouldn’t it get some credit?” Get your world news at boiseweekly.com. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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FUTURE ENGINEERS Got cash in that pocket protector? MIKA BELLE Dozens of engineering students have expressed concerns about hefty fees the engineering programs at all three state universities want to add to their tuition. The College of Engineering at Boise State recently held two workshops to help explain the proposed “professional” fees, eventually a $1,000 a semester for juniors and seniors. Idaho’s colleges and universities are threatened with a 6 percent cut in funding—$24.7 million—in Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter’s 2011 budget proposal, though they are still hoping for additional funds and planning for other significant fee increases. Some students expressed concerns the hefty fee increase would make their degrees unaffordable. “Are there exceptions for nontraditional students if we can’t afford it?” asked mechanical engineering major Glen Purnell at the Feb. 11 workshop. Cheryl Schrader, dean of the College of Engineering, said there were no planned exceptions but that the fees would be considered on applications for federal financial aid, which is not possible with current lab and course fees (current fees would be dropped under the new program). “The study shows there is very rarely a decrease in enrollment due to the fees,” Schrader said. The dean referred to a 2008 dissertation published by the University of Nebraska that assessed variable fees to 162 undergraduate programs throughout the nation. It con-

cluded 46 percent of the institutions applied fees to programs that cost more to deliver, usually in fields that require additional training and equipment. “It’s becoming evermore common as philanthropic gifts, grants funds and donations are down,” she explained. “[Boise State] President [Bob] Kustra supports the idea, so I want you to know this is not a new idea.” In fact, the Boise State nursing department already charges professional fees, as do several programs at Idaho State University. But now the colleges of engineering at Boise State, University of Idaho and Idaho State University are holding workshops to announce their own fee proposal before the plan is submitted to the State Board of Education for approval in April. The colleges passed out a copy of the proposal in draft form. “There is an inherently higher cost to educating engineers than most other students,” the draft states. “Initially, funds are expected to be concentrated in the areas of laboratory equipment, course support, professional advising and enhanced student support services such as internship coordination and placement.” Schrader emphasized the proposed engineering fees are partly due to traditional funds becoming less reliable. She said now is the time to respond timely. “This is the time to be investing in highertech education,” she said. “This is the time to keep the doors open.”

CITY SALVES MAN’S ASS Boise settles with wrongfully tased man NATHANIEL HOFFMAN The City of Boise has settled for an undisclosed amount of money with a man who Boise Police tased multiple times in the genitals nearly a year ago, according to a memo sent to Boise police officers. Boise blogger David Frazier published a portion of the memo at the Boise Guardian on Feb. 8. Boise Weekly independently confirmed the contents of the memo, and a spokesman for the city denied our request to review the settlement document. “A settlement agreement has been tentatively reached in a lawsuit filed against four Boise Police officers by a man alleging misconduct in the use of a Taser during his arrest,” said Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower. “The terms and conditions of the settlement are confidential, have been sealed by the federal court and cannot be disclosed.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

The victim, Gerald Amidon, was at his girlfriend’s house on Valentine’s Day 2009 when Boise police barged in, tackled him and applied the Taser to his genital area, threatening to shock him again on his “ass” and “balls.” The city’s police ombudsman corroborated many of the details in Amidon’s federal lawsuit, which sought $500,000 from the city. Boise Police Sgt. George Stevens, identified only as Officer No. 10 in the ombudsman’s report, has also notified the city of his intent to sue for $2 million for emotional distress, defamation and violation of privacy after he was disciplined for erasing a recording of the Taser incident. Part of his discipline, disclosed in his tort claim, was attending sergeant’s training classes. Read a full report on the settlement at boiseweekly.com.

At the print hearing, before the bill went down, the three presented the ban on hemp as an economic issue. Trail said Canadian farmers get $200,000 an acre for the seeds. Anderson said that even car fabrics now use the stuff. “Probably not a day goes by when we are not around a hemp product,” he said. And Cronin brought a box of hemp milk (an Idaho dairy lobbyist countered in the hallway afterward that it’s not in fact milk since it did not come from a mammary gland), which is available up the street at Boise Co-op, to demonstrate the hypocrisy that you can buy the by-products but you can’t grow the raw materials. But Rep. Dennis Lake, a Blackfoot Republican and powerful committee chair, questioned the sponsors on why hemp was banned in the first place, raising concerns that hemp and marijuana plants appear very similar and may present problems for law enforcement. While they do appear similar, Trail asserted that they are grown in different fashions—hemp is a row crop— and that marijuana growers would be making a big mistake hiding their plants in fields of hemp because they would cross pollinate and dilute the effects of the marijuana. Trail also assured the committee that industrial hemp contains very little to no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. “To get a high, you’d have to build a cigar the size of a telephone pole,” he said, quoting a Canadian expert. Cronin pointed out that the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper and that the wagon trains out West were covered in hempen cloth. But that was not enough to convince the committee, which voted 5-5 to reject the resolution. Anderson and Cronin said after the hearing that they would continue to work with law enforcement and other interests to push a full discussion on the merits of hemp farming to Idaho. Last week the Legislature also failed to entertain a suggestion to open up Idaho distilleries for tastings, which was presented by North Idaho Republican Rep. Jim Clark as an economic issue as well. But one member of the committee was concerned that people would swallow. “How are you going to stop ’em from swallowing it if it’s in their mouth?” asked Rep. Ken Andrus, a Republican from East Idaho, according to the Eye on Boise blog. “I’m not trying to stop anybody from doing anything,” an ornery and soon-to-retire Clark retorted. If swallowing means passing the bill and spitting means rejection, the committee did not swallow. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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FUN WITH FURRIES Lawmakers attempt to adopt their pet projects ANDREW CRISP Staring at a bevy of animal pelts, Sen. Gary Schroeder of Moscow tells Unda’ the Rotunda about the common ancestry of the Siberian gray squirrel and our common Columbian ground squirrel here in Idaho. Looking at the Siberians, Schroeder remarks: “These are the ones that attacked the dog in Russia. They’re a bit feistier than the ones we have here.” Schroeder, the chairman of the Senate Resources and Environment Committee, makes his living through a Web site, hideandfur. com, where he sells animal pelts, hides and even brain-tanned skins. Unda’ the Rotunda chatted with Schroeder at length about new wildlife bills making their way through the Idaho Legislature. Two bills coming through the Senate deal specifically with a troublesome city pest: the raccoon. Currently, if you catch one, you are supposed to kill it, not release it back into the wild—or on your neighbor’s compost pile. “Raccoons and skunks are always pests in cities. Problem is, you can’t release them in the wild. You get people who say, ‘Oh I don’t want ’em killed,’” Schroeder said. Senate Bill 1286 would reclassify raccoons as predators, like skunks and coyotes. Another bill would allow homeowners to capture and release raccoons on private property, with permission, rather than killing the animal as is currently required. Schroeder even spoke of a legislator who, last year, caught and released a raccoon unlawfully. As a state with large tracts of wilderness, state parks, national forests and wildlife reserves, Idaho is a premier breeding ground for legislation focused on animals. Sometimes it’s silly, like the bill by Rep. Richard Jarvis of Meridian that would make the Idaho Giant

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Salamander the official state amphibian. The students of Calvary Christian School in Boise pitched the idea to Jarvis. “Well, it’s going well, but it’s not going anywhere,” Jarvis said. “The Speaker of the House [Rep. Lawerence Denney] has assigned the bill to the Ways and Means committee. Do you know what that means?” It effectively means the salamander is stuck. Other animal-related bills are deadly serious, however. The recent passage of Proposition 215 in California forces poultry operators to provide more free space for their factory-farmed chickens. There’s growing concern from Idahoans that an exodus of California egg producers will seek to nest in our state. Sen. Tim Corder of Mountain Home won’t say he endorses a flood of egg farms to Idaho, but his “ham and eggs” legislation, as it is being called, would give the Idaho State Department of Agriculture more control over pig and chicken feedlots. Corder told the Wall Street Journal at the start of the session that he’d seek to stave off Prop 215-like regulations in Idaho, in the hopes of luring California egg farmers to relocate here. Corder is still working on the bill, but says it will contain environmental protections as well. “Some of those people still don’t want to be in the same room,” said Corder of the agriculture groups in Idaho. “We can’t do all the negotiating in one committee hearing, we gotta have an agreement between these groups before we go in there.” Another controversial bill, House Bill 416, which passed the House Resources and Conservation Committee, allows for wasting of wolf and bear meat, as well as mountain

lion, which has always been exempted. It allows hunters to take just the hide and head and leave the meat, and it defines edible portions of game animals, downgrading wasting from a misdemeanor to merely “unlawful.” “The problem with the original statute is it didn’t define them, so we clearly defined ‘game animal.’ It will be clearly defined and won’t be left up to interpretation, so when people get cited, those restrictions are clearly defined,” said Rep. Fred Wood of Burley. Another controversy on the minds of lawmakers, though it has not resulted in any legislation yet this year, is the state of bighorn sheep on Idaho’s federal lands. Bighorn populations in the Payette National Forest have been dwindling for years, and environmental groups, biologists and the feds agree that domestic sheep should be separated from wild sheep on grazing lands. The Senate Resources and Conservation Committee heard testimony from the Payette National Forest, the arena for much of the controversy. Both the Hell’s Canyon and Salmon River areas are home to bighorn sheep, and the Payette is considering a slew of options for managing sheep in the forest, one of which will become official later this year. Katie Fite, Western Watersheds Project biodiversity director, spoke about the continued battle between these groups. “Last year, the Idaho Legislature, before they went home, went crazy … They imposed greater Fish and Game involvement in bighorn sheep issues, including in ways that would require them to remove bighorn sheep at times, rather than the ranchers being responsible for controlling their sheep herds. It actually aggravated the conflict,” Fite said. The committee remains aggravated.

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The Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Pharos Lighthouse, the Boise Hole. OK, so maybe the infamous Boise landmark doesn’t quite measure up to some of the seven wonders of the ancient world, but Boise does have a few notable locations/creations worthy of notice. We’re calling them the Seven Wonders of Boise, and while none of them measure up to the Pyramids at Giza, wouldn’t you rather see a two-headed calf than a pile of rocks, however artistically stacked they may be?

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CONGREGATION AHAVATH BETH ISRAEL We go both close to the ground and close to heaven with our first wonder: the oldest continuously operating synagogue west of the Mississippi. Nope, you read that right. The Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel (beloved house of Israel) synagogue was dedicated on Aug. 30, 1896. Now located south of Morris Hill Cemetery at 11 N. Latah St., the synagogue began its long, illustrious life downtown at the corner of 11th and State streets about 30 years after Idaho’s first Jewish residents

arrived all the way back in the 1860s. Founders included Moses Alexander, a successful merchant who later became Boise’s mayor and the United States’ first Jewish governor. The Moorish Revival house of worship was designed by architects from St. Louis and features a Romanesque interior, keyhole arches, pastel stainedglass windows and—a novelty for the time—electric lights (no word on whether they’ve been replaced with energy-efficient LEDs). The synagogue

was listed on the United States Register of Historic Places in 1973. But, as buildings with massive sandstone foundations are wont to do, it was up and moved across the river and up the hill in October 2003. Its new neighbor is a post-modern education center that was built after the move. Just driving by this historic landmark is enough to give you a little spiritual enlightenment, but if you’d rather get a little one-on-one time with this religious wonder, call ahead to schedule a tour.

Museum since not long after he was born on a Jerome ranch in 1950 and died a few days later. He (they?) have stood sentinel in the museum’s 1880s C.W. Smith wooden bar, which was used in various Boise locations for more than 70 years. He proved so popular that a plush, and slightly less-creepy version of Deja Moo was created a few years ago. The two-headed stuffed version sold in the museum’s gift shop has its own fan base, and in the process has become a

bit like the infamous wandering gnome. The museum keeps a scrapbook of pictures sent in by visitors who couldn’t resist taking Deja Moo with them wherever they went. Photographs feature the fuzzy bi-cranial critter at such world-famous sites as the Berlin Wall and the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps the highest-ranking traveler to adopt a mini Moo was Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in town recently to meet with folks at Micron. Lee’s photo includes an autograph.

DEJA MOO There’s one Boise resident who has been solidly freaking out children and families for more than 50 years. Visitors can find him nearly any day of the week hanging out next to the bar, where he’s been almost since the day he died. The good thing is that he’s always got company, he just has to look at the other head attached to his body. Deja Moo is the stuffed two-headed calf who has been the resident attraction at the Idaho State Historical WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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ASPEN LOFTS Here’s a “wonder” that’s probably the most noticeable from just about anywhere in the city. Just look up, way up—17 stories to be exact. Perched on sliver of land, at 851 W. Front St., is The Aspen, the improbable building that had many a Boise driver flinching during the construction phase as they passed the massive cranes hoisting steel beams into the air over busy city streets. In this epitome of downtown luxury living are three penthouse units, including one that is a roughly 4,200-square-foot, four-bedroom/three-and-a-half bath home featuring finishes and amenities that could have any high-end dwelling weeping in jealousy. Passersby on the street below (at least those walking around with their necks craning upward) can’t help but notice the two-

story windows—22 feet tall—that provide one of the most spectacular views of the city’s skyline and Foothills to the north and east, and of the Boise Depot and Owyhee Mountains to the south and west. We wouldn’t mind hanging out on the penthouse’s expansive terrace as the sun peaks over the horizon, pondering the force with which a water balloon would hit the sidewalk below. We may be able to distract ourselves from small acts of public nuisance by taking an invigorating dip in the 8- by 16-foot lap pool that allows you to swim in place against the pump-generated current. We’re used to paddling against the flow, so we’re sure we’d feel right at home. Also high on our amenities list is the indoor doggie area on the ninth floor. The exterior balcony’s decking features extra drains and a special K-9 Astroturf

covering used in dog kennels that makes maintaining sanitary conditions—and your pooch’s potty break—a lot more convenient if you don’t have the willpower to take Fido all the way down the elevator to go for an actual walk. But the most wonder-worthy aspect of The Aspen is the actual building itself. The pride and joy of developer Scott Kimball was shoehorned onto a lot just 33 feet wide and 180 feet long, situated between one of the city’s busiest streets and a parking garage. Kimball managed to take in-fill development to a whole new level. No wonder he and the Aspen Lofts won the 2008 Idaho Smart Growth Award. Plus, it’s not downtown brown. Need we say more? The condo can be yours for just $3,599,500—will that fit on your check?

J. CURTIS EARL MEMORIAL EXHIBIT While Deja Moo might be slightly macabre, this wonder is a little hardcore. The J. Curtis Earl Memorial exhibit at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary puts visitors in a life-sized diorama of mankind’s quest to build bigger, better and louder weapons. A part-time Boise resident who passed away in July 2000, Earl found a flint arrowhead at the age of 7. His

discovery sparked a lifelong passion for antique weapons that culminated 60 years later with the donation of his collection—with an estimated value of more than $5 million—to the Idaho State Historical Society. He topped that gift off with another $600,000 to display and protect the exhibit, which traces the history and evolution of armaments across a span of 5,500 years.

The world-class collection features everything from beautiful and seemingly delicate Bronze Age knives to a Soviet MiG-15 jet fighter. Of course, if you want to gape at the plane, you’ll have to make a side trip to Arizona. The museum hasn’t been able to locate a pilot who knows how to fly the thing. Anybody out there with that particular skill set?

BASQUE TREE CARVINGS You’ll have to leave town to see this wonder. But, if you’re not into snowmobiling, snowshoeing or winter survival, we’d recommend waiting until at least late spring before making the trek. While the Basque tree carvings may be buried in snow right now, you can find them—eventually—on a day trip to the Boise National Forest. The best sites are in the Coulter Summit area northeast of Idaho City and on Thorn Creek Butte. Just what are Basque tree carvings? Well, if you ask academics, they’ll inform you that’s the vulgar name for culturally modified trees. We’re still not sure exactly what that means, but most of us are like Dr. John Bieter, who heads Boise State’s Center for Basque Studies—

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and who happens to be the brother of a certain mayor of a certain capital city if Idaho—and will tell you they represent a Basque sheepherder’s way of staving off boredom. Since the late 1800s, Basque sheepherders would while away their slack time cutting messages or images into the bark of aspen trees as they trailed sheep through the mountains of Idaho, Nevada and Northern California. The gouges became permanent when the aspen bark scabbed over and healed. They range in subject matter from the Basque equivalents of “Kilroy was here” and “Go Broncos!” to political statements and artwork. If the patience to wait for the snow

to melt is not in your blood, you’re in luck. Boise is home to the nation’s only Basque Museum and Cultural Center on—where else?—the Basque Block (611 Grove St.). And it just so happens to have a tree carving on display. In the not-too-distant future, you’ll also have the opportunity—thanks, in part, to a BW Cover Auction grant—to enjoy art based on the carvings. The Basque Project made digital images of the carvings for use in a mural, which will soon adorn the yard of the Cyrus JacobsUberuaga house on the Basque Block. As for that aforementioned spring day trip to the Boise Mountains, Bieter suggests checking in with the folks at the Idaho City ranger station before you go.

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THE JUDGE CHARLES P. MCCARTHY HOUSE How many homes do you know of that have an actual name? Well, you’d name your house, too, if it were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Yup, that Frank Lloyd Wright. You may not have heard of this abode, but if you traverse the intersection of West Fort and North 15th streets on a regular basis, you’ve probably driven right by a thousand times. Located at 1415 W. Fort St., across from the North Junior High School athletic fields, this house is downright famous in architectural circles—its been on the U.S. Historic Register since 1979. Its fame comes not from the man after whom it was named but because of who designed it. You’ve been driving past a house designed

by America’s most famous and, arguably, most influential architect without even knowing it. But don’t feel too abashed, you’re far from being the only one. The prairie school-style home was built in either 1909 or 1913, depending on whether you want to take the Ada County Assessor’s Office or the Historic Register’s word on the matter. The home was valued at $343,000 in 2009 and $503,100 a year earlier, according to the Assessor’s Office. The home was originally designed with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, but the two-story 4,876-square-foot home has since been subdivided into two units. Do you think Wright actually rolled over in his grave?

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKETS Even if you can’t afford to live in a famous turn-of-the-20th-century house, you can still shop in one of three historic neighborhood markets that have been around almost as long as the city has, or at least it can seem that way. The Hollywood Market at 1319 N. Eighth St. is the grande dame of the trio, with its actual founding lost in the pre-1900 mists of time. And Hollywood owner Margaret Lawrence is the indisputable grande dame of proprietors. She’ll turn 94 in March, and she’s been working at the store pretty much every day since she bought it more than 30 years ago. While Lawrence may be the most famous a neighborhood fixture, the signs, posters, knickknacks and kitsch that line the market’s walls and shelves rank a close second in the strangely hypnotic appeal of the place. The Roosevelt Market at 311 N. Elm St. was established in 1900, around the same time as the Hollywood Market. It’s also owned by women, but proprietors Susan Wilder and Nicki Monroe have been at the game only since June 2004, when they purchased the WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

store, which was a shuttered shell at the time. Neither knew what they were getting into, Monroe admitted, but they’ve made a go of it by running the establishment from what she called “a mother’s perspective.” That means that in addition to the basics, the market features a coffee bar and a host of baked goodies, soups and sandwiches, as well as a handful of indoor tables and a front patio, making Roosevelt market the most lived-in of the neighborhood markets. Jerry’s 27th Street Market (pictured above) at 819 N. 27th is a gem of its own description. We just love the fact that Jerry’s is actually owned by a guy named Jerry. What’s more, he bought it in 1948 from another guy named Jerry. Try and find that kind of wonderful serendipity at your big-box or franchise. Sure, the markets all features a full line of the prerequisite convenience-store essentials: beverages, chips, candy, smokes and other unhealthy things, but you can get those anywhere. What you can’t get at a gas stations is that century-old vibe.

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Jennifer Higdon’s tabby plans to change the title of her Oscar-winning composition to Percussion Catcerto.

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THURSDAY FEB. 18 culture CHINA: CHANGING TIMES IN AN ANCIENT CULTURE With the recent memory of Chinese New Year still dancing through our thoughts and the phrase “Kung hei fat choi” echoing through our minds, the Library! at Hillcrest wants to continue the Chinese momentum. On Thursday, Feb. 18, library staff will delve deeper into the exploration of Chinese culture by hosting a program called China: Changing times in an ancient culture, Chinese immigrants speak. The evening will begin with a Chinese children’s dance, followed by a slide show and then a panel discussion with Chinese immigrants, who will discuss religion, medicine, arts and the astonishing recent changes happening daily in China. This event is part of the Boise Public Library! at Hillcrest’s Worlds Connect program, which has the mission of “exploring the rich palette of cultures that creates the wondrous colors of the Boise Bench community.” Worlds Connect launched in spring 2009 with Get Loud at the Library, an event that brought together local artists and craftspeople from a variety of cultures to explore their various expressions of creativity. That program was followed by last October’s event Afghanistan: The Culture and the Conflict. The third installment of Worlds Connect starts at 7 p.m. at The Library! at Hillcrest, situated in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at Orchard Street and Overland Road. 7 p.m., FREE, The Library! at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, 208-562-4996, boisepubliclibrary.org.

THURSDAY FEB. 18 citizen IMMIGRATION DEBATE Here’s a surprising thought: Obama administration tactics on immigration have led to an increase in deportations in the last year, as comprehensive immigration reform has taken a backseat in Washington, D.C. Idaho Peace Coalition

is hosting a discussion to look at what Obama’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement department is up to and what can be done about it. Leo Morales, an organizer with Idaho Community Action Network, will speak about the current climate of immigration enforcement in Idaho and across the nation. He will also discuss the three bills affecting undocumented workers that have been floated in the Idaho Legislature this year, and Boise Democratic Sen. Les Bock, an immigration

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attorney, will join him to analyze those bills. “You don’t have to go to Tibet or Darfur to witness the violation of basic human rights. In Boise, Eagle, Nampa, Meridian, and virtually every community in the United States, men, women and children are being treated unjustly and denied their civil rights,” wrote Idaho Peace Coalition. 7-9 p.m., FREE, Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, arrive early if you want to order food.

CONCERTO COMPOSITIONS With a 2010 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composer for her Percussion Concerto under her very busy belt, Philadelphia’s Jennifer Higdon joins Boise Philharmonic as a guest composer on Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20. Higdon’s concertos are performed more than 200 times across the world each year, so this Grammy—her first—is well-earned and certainly no surprise to her devotees. She, however, is still getting used to the idea. “It feels very surreal to me,” Higdon said. “I have to admit, I’m still adjusting to the idea ... usually it’s a lot harder for a composer to [win] because there’s only one category where composers are eligible, so I’m still amazed.” Higdon, 48, started writing music at the age of 21—a late start for composers—but she soon made up for lost time. With well over 100 compositions in her repertoire, she said that once she started writing, it was so addictive, she couldn’t stop. And now, she couldn’t if she wanted to. Some of the world’s finest orchestras—like the London Philharmonic—perform her pieces, and they all want more. Even though she doesn’t have time to write for writing’s sake, the demand for her artistry gives her the luxury of only taking on pieces she’s excited about. “I have commissions through 2015,” Higdon said. “There are so many things crammed into my schedule, I go from one project to the next. I actually turn down a lot of stuff, so what happens is when I’m being offered commissions, I think about whether I want to write for that combination or that artist. So I get to pick and choose among the offers, and that’s a great thing.” Friday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., $17-$36, Jewett Auditorium on the College of Idaho campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-5011, collegeofidaho.edu. Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., $21-$65, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu. For tickets, visit boisephilharmonic.org.

FRIDAYSATURDAY FEB. 19-20 stage SOUND OF MUSIC In a 1998 interview in The New York Times, Johannes von Trapp, then 59 and the youngest member of the immortalized von Trapp family, finally had his say, “Sound of Music simplifies everything. I think perhaps reality is at the same time less glamorous but more interesting than the myth.”

The Sound of Music, the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, was based on a 1949 autobiographical book written by Maria Von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. But when Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse adapted the book into a hit Broadway musical—and subsequently, the musical was adapted into a movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer—a few of the facts got jumbled. There were little things— like the fact that there were really 10 von Trapp rascals not seven, and that their

names and sexes were changed. Then there were bigger things—like the fact that Georg Ludwig von Trapp was not really a music-abhorring curmudgeon and that his family didn’t really flee Austria for Switzerland through the mountains on the eve of WWII with Nazis hot on their heels. In reality, they legally boarded a train to Italy, where they then arranged to travel to America as a family band— The Trapp Family Singers. But historical inaccuracies aside, The Sound of Music has gone on to become one of the most popular movies of all time, with a collection

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY FEB. 19-21 vajayjay THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES For any Vagina Monologues virgins out there who think this oft-produced off-Broadway play is a feel-good ride through vulvaville, hold onto your panties. The play, which includes a rotating assemblage of one-woman acts, is not for the faint of crotch, with titles like: “My Angry Vagina,” “Reclaiming Cunt” and the highly controversial “The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could.” While each monologue in the show relates to the vagina—whether through birth, sex, menstruation, love, rape or genital mutilation—the focus, said playwright Eve Ensler in an interview with women.com, is on the vagina as a symbol of sexual repression. “I was drawn to vaginas because of my own personal history, because of sexuality, because women’s empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality. And I’m obsessed with women being violated and raped and with incest. All of these things are deeply connected to our vaginas,” said Ensler. After The Vagina Monologues had a successful run at the offBroadway Westside Theatre in New York City, it quickly gained a considerable following, culminating in a performance at Madison Square Garden in 2001 featuring celebs like Calista Flockhart, Jane Fonda, Melissa Ethridge and Oprah Winfrey. Also, Ensler started putting her celebrity power to good use in 1998, when she launched V-Day, a nonprofit that supports women’s anti-violence groups by staging performances of The Vagina Monologues across the world. In 2009 alone, more than 5,200 V-Day benefits were produced by volunteers and college students around the world. From Friday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21, the Boise State Women’s Center will hold a benefit showing of The Vagina Monologues. Tickets are $7.50 for students or $12 for community members with 90 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Sexual Assault Education and Outreach Programs at Boise State and the other 10 percent going to the Global V-Day fund, which will help support women in the Congo this year. Snatch some tickets up while you still can. Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., $7.50 students, $12 adults, Boise State Special Events Center, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-4259, womenscenter.boisestate.edu. of memorable songs more catchy than nursery rhymes— just try to sing the line “Doe, a deer” without launching into the rest of the song. On Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the Music Theatre of Idaho, the resident theater company of the Nampa Civic Center, will

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perform The Sound of Music for eager audiences. Friday, Feb. 19, and Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, and Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $16 adult, $15 seniors, $14 children, $20 door, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-2385, mtionline.org.

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There is now a place in Boise to get bugs. The kind you eat. Known in Swahili as “tukumombo” and in Lingala as “mbizo” or “mbinzo,” this Central African caterpillar is now found at the brand-new African Market on Orchard Street. Martin and Josee Mpoyo from the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with a Somali friend, noticed the growth of the African population in Boise and the community’s struggles to find traditional food locally. They opened African Market a few weeks ago to help meet this demand. “I am open to new ideas and advice to make this market possible, and I am doing it to inspire other Africans with great ideas not to feel afraid of doing them, as change begins with us,” said Martin, who works at the Meridian Post Office and at Micron Technology. AFRICA MARKET Josee Mpoyo, his wife, added 561 N. Orchard St. that “with massive job losses 208-322-0210 and struggles with employment, it is better for Africans and other refugees to start thinking of other options they could do to keep sur viving here. Things that would save other refugees and bring our culture to the American population.” The market is in its early stages but already has a variety of traditional African foods, from the African steppe cassava meal, or “fufu,” to the most lovable central African vegetable, cassava leaves, or “sombe.” The market sells red palm oil, which is a widely used cooking oil in Africa, called “mawesa” in Swahili. You can also find Halal meat, phone cards to call Africa and, of course, the variety of insects mentioned above, which can be soaked and then fried. African Market is open Mon.-Thur. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri. 3-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. Noon-8 p.m. —FBM Fidel Nshombo

In the video for Alkaline Trio’s seventh full-length studio album, This Addiction, two gangs of kids line up Red Rover-style in a grassy field. On one side, well-dressed private school kids clench their fists, while on the other, punky kids in tattered garb and face paint look on. As the tykes bound full speed for each other, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba belts out the lyrics “You hit me just like heroin / I feel you coursing through my veins.” Numerous viewings later, we’re still completely unsure what kids in face paint and a lame drug-cloaked love metaphor have to do with one another, but we’re none-the-less pumped that the macabre pop-punk rockers are heading to Boise—and on the eve of their album release, no less. Fronted by Skiba on guitar and vocals, Alkaline Trio also features Dan Andriano on bass and Derek Grant on drums. Known for their darkly twisted love songs and Skiba’s unique deliver y, the band has gained momentum from the 1998 release of Goddamnit (which features the oh-so-awesome “Clavicle”), through 2008’s major label release, Agony & Irony, which hit No. 13 on the Billboard char ts. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, you can catch Alkaline Trio at the Knitting Factory with Cursive and The Dear & Departed. 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show, $18-$40, Knitting Factor y, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactor y.com.

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY FEB. 17 On Stage AT HOME AT THE ZOO—Set in New York City on a sunny afternoon, Home at the Zoo follows three sundry folks, Peter, Anne and Jerry, as they meander in and out of secrets and truths. Another bit of brilliance by Edward Albee. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, www.bctheater. org.

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. 7 p.m. livingliberally.org/drinking. Ha’ Penny Irish Pub and Grill, 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568. IDAHO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS LUNCHEON—Socialize and swap ideas and knowledge in media-related subjects with members of Girls in Tech. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost averages about $10 for lunch. Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208343-2887.

Workshops & Classes FOR THE LOVE OF PASTA—Sold out. Wait list opportunities may be available. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, www. boisecoopwineshop.com.

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THE WRITE TO TELL THE TALE— Join a group of successful and aspiring nonfiction writers who learn from guest speakers and from each other through discussion and critique. Show up with something you’ve written that you’re willing to share and be prepared to get the creative juices flowing. The Boise Nonfiction Writers Critique Group meets to share critiques and ideas in a supportive and helpful atmosphere. 7-9 p.m. FREE, www.sageecosci.com/ Writers.html. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise.

AT HOME AT THE ZOO—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, www.bctheater.org.

THURSDAY FEB. 18 Festivals & Events AFRICAN AMERICAN READIN—Students and staff will participate in reading shorts from various authors, including Rita Dove, Langston Hughes and Toni Morrison, as well as pieces of their own works. An afternoon read in celebration of Black History Month, sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE, For more information, contact Dora Ramirez-Dhoore at 208426-7081. Student Union Brava! Stage, Boise State, Boise. ELEGANCE ON THIRD THURSDAY—An elegant evening of dancing and romancing. Guests are encouraged to dress to the nines for this fun, “big city” event. That means kicking the jeans and T-shirts for a night of glitz and glamour. Seriously, this is Boise’s red carpet, folks. With music by Adam Gottesman. Sponsored by Vrba Interior Design and Finishes. Ages 21 and older. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. FREE. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, www.owyheeplaza.com.

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Concerts 19TH ANNUAL BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT—Featuring Just 4 Kicks with an opening performance by the Boise State Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Jim Jirak. 7:30 p.m. $5. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-4263980, www.boisestate.edu.

Workshops & Classes EVERGREENS, LANDSCAPE WORKHORSES AND SHOW PONIES—Gary Moen will share his expertise in the world of trees, discussing the big men evergreens and wee gnomes we know as conifers. Join him for a fun and informative class. 6:30 p.m. $10 IBG members, $15 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. NONPROFIT RESOURCE— Curious about the world of nonprofits? Head over to the library for an introduction to nonprofits, covering the basics of funding, volunteers and other necessary resources. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-343-4341, www.boisepubliclibrary.org. NORTHWEST CUISINE— Chef Susan Nunn is bringing salmon to the table to discuss the various cuts and differences between wild and farmed salmon. Her menu also includes crostinis, a fresh tomato and asparagus salad and mushroom polenta. 6:30 p.m. $50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE HOMES—Featuring the first seminar in a 16-week course covering the world of sustainable living. Today’s course explores What Makes a Home Sustainable, paving way for a variety of upcoming topics. Seminars are organized and sponsored by Green Remodeling and Renewable Energy Solutions. 7-8:30 p.m. $10 per class, $65 for the 16-week series, For more information, contact Steve Howe at 208-863-8679. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, www. cityofboise.org.

Art ARTE SOIREE—Gathering community together in an evening of art appreciation and awareness. The evening features music, wine tasting and artist demonstrations. 4-8 p.m. Galerie Belle Ame, 3405 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-938-1342, www. galeriebelleame.com.

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8 DAYS OUT Talks & Lectures CHINA: CHANGING TIMES IN AN ANCIENT CULTURE—See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996. MICHAEL CIBORSKI—Former monk and personal aid to Thich Nhat Hahn, Ciborski discusses maintaining a balance between our material existence and our peaceful and creative soul. The

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public is encouraged to attend. 7 p.m. FREE. Student Union Farnsworth Room, Boise State, Boise, 208-362-3368.

Sports & Fitness ARGENTINE TANGO WORKSHOP—A special workshop with renowned instructors Detlef Engel and Melinda Sedo. Both dancers are currently on tour from their home in Germany. Classes will be taught in a

progressive order with various practices included. The course includes an introduction to dance at Cafe Bellisima with the final three days held at the Pat Harris Dance Studio. For a course breakdown and pricing, visit www.boisetango.com or contact Camille Wood via phone at 208-989-0239 or by e-mail at starfiretango.gmail.com. Feb. 1821. $5-$125. Prices vary based on class bundles. Boise Cafe/ Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

DROP-IN HIP-HOP CLASSES— Anyone age 16 and older can drop in at the Heirloom Studio for an open level hip-hop dance class. No experience or membership is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and get a great workout. These classes are ongoing and taught by Janelle Wilson. 7-8 p.m. $10 per class, 208-724-6537. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, www.heirloomdancestudio.com.

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IDAHO NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETING—Join botanist Ann Debolt for the how-tos of native plant landscaping. 6:30 p.m. FREE. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut Ave., Boise, 208-3342225, idahonativeplants.org.

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN THE TREASURE VALLEY—See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-0273, www.shangri-latea.com.

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8 DAYS OUT FRIDAY FEB. 19 Festivals & Events REUSE MARKET OPEN HOUSE—Check out the everchanging array of unique art and craft materials, as well as interior design samples, available for artistic re-use. 2-5 p.m. FREE. The White Pine Boutique, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-4669083, www.thewhitepineboutique.com.

On Stage AT HOME AT THE ZOO—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.bctheater.org.

BOISE PHILHARMONIC, MUSICALLY SPEAKING—Show up early to catch the stories behind the music. Prior to the show, attendees will hear from Jamey Lamar for a lively discussion about the featured composer’s life. Held in the Swayne Auditorium. 7 p.m. FREE to concert ticket holders. Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-4678011, www.nnu.edu.

Talks & Lectures ENVIRONMENT OF OPPOSITES—Idaho Friends of Jung and Jungian analyst Scott Hyder discuss varying aspects of Jung’s theories of opposites. 7-9 p.m. $10 donation, idahofriendsofjung.org. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-6581710.

THE MURDER ROOM—A witty comedy about a money-hungry wife and her numerous attempts to kill off her wealthy husband. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. $39 dinner and show, $20 show only. Dinner must be purchased at least one day in advance. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org.

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC—See Picks, Page 14. 7:30 p.m. $16 adults, $15 seniors, $14 children, $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com.

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THIS IS OUR YOUTH—A play written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Karissa J. Murrell Adams. Presented by the Broken Illusion Projects, an amateur youth theater troupe. Held in the Black Box Theater inside Boise Little Theater. 9 p.m. $4. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www. boiselittletheater.org.

REUSE MARKET OPEN HOUSE—See Friday. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. The White Pine Boutique, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-9083, www. thewhitepineboutique.com.

TIP A FIREFIGHTER—Boise firefighters take on the challenge of serving guests during lunch and dinner to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Piper Pub & Grill, 150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-2444, www.pipers.com.

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On Stage AT HOME AT THE ZOO—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.bctheater. org. BOISE PHILHARMONIC MUSICALLY SPEAKING—Show up early to catch the stories behind the music. Prior to the show, attendees will hear from Steve Trott for a lively discussion about the featured composer’s life. 7 p.m. FREE to concert ticket holders. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu. THE MURDER ROOM—See Friday. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. $39 dinner and show, $20 show only. Dinner must be purchased at least one day in advance. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org. THE SOUND OF MUSIC—See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $16 adults, $15 seniors, $14 children, $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com. THIS IS OUR YOUTH—See Friday. 8 p.m. $4. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES—See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $12 general, $7.50 students, womenscenter.boisestate.edu. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES—See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $12 general, $7.50 students, womenscenter.boisestate.edu. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise.

Concerts BOISE PHILHARMONIC, BACKSTAGE WITH THE ARTIST— At noon before the concert, attendees can get up close and personal with maestro Franz and the day’s corresponding artist, composer and/or guest conductor to catch a glimpse into their experiences and personal lives. Noon. FREE, optional $8 pre-order lunch. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208345-9116. BOISE PHILHARMONIC CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES, NEW WORLDS—See Picks, Page 15. 8 p.m. $17-$65. Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-467-8011, www.nnu.edu. Dude Howdy by Steve Klamm was the 1st place winner in the 8th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.

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BOISE PHILHARMONIC CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES, NEW WORLDS—See Picks, Page 15. 8 p.m. $17-$65. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.

BOISE COMMUNITY JAZZ SYMPOSIUM—Hang out with members of the Boise Jazz Society and the Dena DeRose Trio in an informal setting before the night’s concert and gain insight into their music and a better understanding of jazz. 4 p.m. FREE. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

POETS AT THE BOISE TRAIN DEPOT—Calling all poets and poetry enthusiasts to read and enjoy personal works. Poets, please check in 20 minutes before performance. E-mail Barbara Martin-Sparrow at dandilion10@yahoo.com with questions. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. FREE. Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace, Boise.

JAZZ ’TIL YOU DROP—Students from ArtsWest are jazzing it up with a 10-hour marathon of singing. Drop in, grab a cup of joe and enjoy the music. Noon-10 p.m. Donations accepted to fund student trips. Rembrandt’s Coffee Shop, 93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1564, www.rembrandtscoffeehouse. net.

DENA DEROSE TRIO—Dena and her trio practically explode on stage with their compelling and somewhat interactive shows infused with jazz and soul. 7 p.m. $45 general, denaderose.com. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

MONDAY FEB. 22 Concerts JAZZ NIGHT—Dr. Kurtis Adams, director of the Boise State Jazz Ensemble, and guest trumpet soloist Rich Wetzel headline Boise High’s annual night of all things jazz. Proceeds from the night benefit Boise High’s concert, jazz and marching bands’ upcoming trip to San Francisco and Reno to participate in clinics. 6-8 p.m. $5 adv., $7 door. Boise High School, 1010 Washington St., Boise, 208-854-4270.

Workshops & Classes ARE YOU DIGGIN IT?—Michael Wiegand, owner of Habiscapes, leads participants in a workshop on how to attract local wildlife into the garden by creating a natural area around your space. Natural communities specialist Ann DeBolt will offer a presentation from 11:15-noon covering a variety of waterwise landscaping techniques. Bring the family down for a great day of green thinking while the kids press plants, create bird feeders and plant seeds in a cup to take home. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-4891284, www.cityofboise.org. PUDDINGS AND SAUCES—Pastry Chef Hugues Maitre shows participants how to create lemon and chocolate puddings drenched in flavorful sauces. 11 a.m. $40. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649. TWO AT A TIME SOCK KNITTING—Join Amy Olenik in a two-session course to learn how to knit two socks at once using a circular needle. Students need to be knit savvy. 10 a.m.-noon. $50, includes yarn, needles and instruction. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www. puffymondaes.com. WINTER WATERFOWL—An introduction to the inhabitants of winter followed by an outside walk and children’s activity. 2 p.m. FREE. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Literature ROMANCE AT THE LIBRARY—Join local love authors Rachel Gibson, Laura Lee Guhrke, Robin Lee Hatcher and Jennie Lucas for a discussion on the art and craft of writing. 2 p.m. FREE. Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Stierman Way, Eagle, 208-939-6814, www.eaglepubliclibrary.org.

Talks & Lectures ENVIRONMENT OF OPPOSITES—See Friday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 donation, idahofriendsofjung.org. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-658-1710.

SUNDAY FEB. 21 Festivals & Events SUNDAY MARKET—The main floor of the Linen Building becomes an indoor market where shoppers can find locally produced food and goods, including local arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and drink, live music and children’s activities. A portion of February’s sales will benefit Boise Community Radio. There will also be live music by Thomas Paul. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www.thelinenbuilding.com.

On Stage THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES—See Friday. 2 p.m. $12 general, $7.50 students, womenscenter.boisestate.edu. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise.

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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes EXPRESSING A VOICE—Nationally acclaimed voice-over coach Lisa Foster guides students and participants through various techniques and strategies to making it in the industry. Participants should be prepped to tackle the mic and expect feedback. 7-9 p.m. TBD. Preregistration required. Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-854-6230. A VEGETARIAN DINNER— Eating what you can grow in your back yard makes sense. Join chefs Bill Green and Mike Fretwell to explore the world of the fresh and frugal with a menu that includes polenta lasagna, black bean chili, tomato artichoke salad and a delicious vegetarian dessert. 6:30 p.m. $50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-3680649.

Odds & Ends STUDENT RECRUITMENT OPEN HOUSE—Garden City Community School incorporates multi-age classrooms functioning small in size and emphasizes the arts and environment. Drop by to meet up with the staff and check out what’s new in the classroom. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Garden City Community School, 9165 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-377-0011.

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7 p.m. For more information, email ScottBerge@live.com. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208338-1299.

Food & Drink NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY CELEBRATION—In celebration of pancakes, all IHOP locations are offering up a short stack of flapjacks in exchange for a wee contribution to the Children’s Miracle Network. Yummy. 7 a.m.10 p.m. 7959 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-322-4467; 3599 S. Federal Way, Boise, 208-4269125.

Workshops & Classes SHRIMP DELIGHTS—Chef Kirt will blow attendees away with his wondrous ways with shrimp. The menu includes everything shrimp: quesadillas, sausage fritters, vegetables, entrees and more. He’ll round the menu out with a delectable dessert. 6:30 p.m. $75. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-3680649.

Literature POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and start waxing poetic at

Talks & Lectures CLIMATE CHANGE AND BOISE RIVER RESERVOIRS—Idaho Rivers United extends their wealth of water knowledge to the public in an informative discussion about how the changing climate is affecting our water resources. Presented by Toni Turner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation River and Reservoir Operations Group. 6 p.m. FREE, idahorivers.org. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940.

WEDNESDAY FEB. 24 Workshops & Classes JULIA CHILD’S CASSOULET— Heavenly baked beans and meats paired with regional wines. It couldn’t get much better. Show up hungry. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, www.boisecoopwineshop.com.

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AUTHOR VISIT WITH ELLEN HOPKINS—Teens are invited to head down for an informal meeting with author Ellen Hopkins during her two-day stay to discuss her writing and ask her to autograph books. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-5624996; and at 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www.boisepubliclibrary.org. DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—The workshop is held twice a month and offers writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien facilitate the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, www. thecabinidaho.org.

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VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO—The Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho aims to preserve vinyl music heritage by promoting the enjoyment of and education about vinyl records, record collecting, record playing and all associated matters of analog musicology regardless of listening tastes. Monthly meetings (held every fourth Wednesday of the month) include guest speakers and DJs, opportunities to buy, sell and trade vinyl and, of course, a chance to share the group’s favorite albums. Keep it spinning. 7-10 p.m. FREE, www.vpsidaho. org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-4248244.

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hen we asked local cake-maker and caterer Pamela Hoevel of Pamela’s Bakery about do-ityourself wedding catering, she had a oneword reply: don’t. With all the dancing, drinking and schmoozing to be done, what sane brideor groom-to-be would dare tackle stacking smoked salmon canapes and braising beef Wellington, as well? The crazies, that’s who. And here at BW, we like to encourage insanity, in all its myriad forms. After scouring the Web and ďŹ nessing some expert advice out of Hoevel, we compiled a brief guide to DIY wedding catering. What follows are some straightforward tips on how to treat your guests to an awesome spread while saving some serious coin (and hopefully a smidge of sanity). The ďŹ rst thing to take into consideration—before you start dreaming up the perfect menu—is to make sure your reception venue allows self-catering. Many reception rental spots include stipulations that food must be prepared in a kitchen on-site or by a professional caterer. All of that icky ďŹ ne print can be avoided by securing a less boring—see: private garden, friend’s back yard or secluded rooftop— reception destination. Next, it’s time to make sure you have plenty of pals who like you enough to put in some serious time on the big day. Remember, you’ll need help with everything from food prep to set-up to serving to clean-up. “Somebody needs to be in charge of the food and the bar and the beverages and know what’s going on; know which utensils go with what,â€? explained Hoevel. Now comes the fun part: the menu. Most Web sites recommend that you not self-cater a party larger than 50 to 100 people and that you also not attempt a fancy seven-course, sit-down meal. It’s all about keeping it simple and serving it up buffet style. “You’re going to want to

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make it more homey,â€? noted Hoevel. “Like maybe do a do-it-yourself barbecue with potato salads and stuff like that.â€? There are tons of rad food blogs out there with amazing free recipes. Check out foodgawker.com and scroll through the tasty food porn to get a few good ideas. Make-yourown-sandwich stations are always a good option, as are dips and spreads with an assortment of homemade crackers. After you’ve got your menu squared away, it’s important to plan out a manageable prep schedule. Download a comprehensive checklist from diybride.com, which includes a catering budget worksheet with spots to plan out everything from the number of platters you’ll need to the number of trash bags. The free download also features a menu supply list from which you can total up all the food items you’ll need to buy. Not sure how many pounds of pot roast to budget per person? Head to lotsoďŹ nfo.tripod.com and check out the “Amounts to Feed 100â€? chart. Apparently, it takes 25 pounds of wieners, 5 gallons of scalloped potatoes and 3 pounds of butter to feed 100 folks. Yum. And according to Hoevel, it never hurts to make more: “Make extra, especially if you’re not having somebody serve the food because people always tend to take more if it’s not being served.â€? Finally, it’s important to make sure you have ample space to store the items you’ve prepped ahead of time before the big day. Have any friends/neighbors/relatives with extra fridge space? Hit them up. And while you’re at it, see if they’ll also cart the items to the reception space for you. Voila. To get a good look at what a successful DIY reception can look like, visit forkable.blogspot.com and click on “Our DIY Wedding.â€? And remember: When in doubt, keep it cheap and keep it classy. —Tara Morgan

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Vowing “until death do us partâ€? seems a whole lot more meaningful while tied together on the edge of a bridge spanning a gaping canyon. And “in sickness and in healthâ€? takes on new signiďŹ cance when said while entering a Class IV rapid. There’s a myriad of opportunities for the adventure lovers and thrill seekers

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The days when Mom and Dad could be expected to pony up for a big fancy church wedding and country club reception are over. Besides, do you really want a country club reception? Weddings can be damned expensive, and unfortunately impersonal, so why not kill two birds with one stone by creating the minutiae of your wedding yourself? Know a great seamstress? Offer to provide the material for a handmade dress. Rather than forking over big bucks for ostentatious

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to put together an entire wedding from things you ďŹ nd in thrift stores. Seriously. Ever wondered what becomes of those bridal gowns from not-so-successful marriages? More than a few of them ďŹ nd their way to the racks in area second-hand shops, just waiting for someone to give them a happier ending. But don’t stop there. Hit the racks for bridesmaid dresses (who said they have to match?) as well as shoes, jewelry and assorted accessories. Need decorations? There’s no end to the array of treasures you’ll ďŹ nd among the knickknack-ďŹ lled aisles of the local thrift store—just as long as you’re OK with an eclectic theme for your decor. Need cake toppers? How about those only slightly chipped Precious Moments ďŹ gurines? Buy up the stock of mismatched dishes and atware to serve your wedding feast on. The only aspect of the event we suggest you get brand-spankin’ new is the food ... just a thought.

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Just like Marie was a little bit country and Donny was a little bit rock ’n’ roll, a trashy couture wedding combines the best of both worlds: comfy casual downhome feel while looking fabulous. Picture a stunning custom wedding gown worn while getting ready inside an Airstream trailer parked in an open ďŹ eld. Think traditional with a twist: invitations printed on handmade paper with fun personalized logos; use wildowers for bouquets and plants in Mason jars as centerpieces; comfort food served on ďŹ ne dinnerware. And, rather than the stuffy, staged formal photographs, try setting up a photo area with a funky backdrop, where guests can gather in random groups. Even better, give them a few props to pose with like a small chalkboard to write short messages on. Provide boas and sunglasses and a hat or two for your guests to play with, but keep the dress code fairly formal, because nothing sets off a black suit like a pink feather boa. Furthering the idea of juxtaposition, stage the whole event out in a ďŹ eld or in a barn, but keep the layout simple and elegant. This idea is all about keeping a wedding a true occasion, while leaving the stufďŹ ness at the local reception hall.

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Creativity doesn’t have to end with the event planning. For those with creative souls, the entire wedding can be an inspiration for creativity. Think about it, your friends and family are already brimming with happiness, why not help them direct that emotional overow into a form that will provide you lasting memories and some wall art for your little love nest. Try lining your venue with either blank canvases or sheets of butcher paper and provide a ready supply of paints, markers, crayons or colored pencils for your guests to use to express themselves whenever the urge strikes them. Save on table linens with the old restaurant trick of using that same butcher block paper on the reception tables. If you’re really feeling into your art, you can always ask your guests to wear clothes they don’t mind destroying and make the event one giant painting party by lining every possible surface with paper and letting everyone go to town. Once everything is done and dry, frame your favorite creations for the ultimate keepsake.

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in the world. More people are combining the things they love the most to create weddings that are truly personal. Try taking your closest friends and family (and legal ofďŹ ciant) down the river for a few days, pick your favorite spot on the shore, or stay on the boat, and make things ofďŹ cial whenever the moment seems right. More into hiking? Take the crew on a backpacking adventure to your favorite backcountry location. Pack a white eece, grab whatever blooms are around and bust out your freeze-dried wedding feast around the ďŹ re. If you’re looking for a few more creature comforts, various outďŹ tters, guides and even lodges are willing to work with you, packing the non-essentials in to a predetermined location and even setting up, letting you do what you love without making Mom and Dad sleep on the ground. Look into renting a backcountry yurt or U.S. Forest Service cabin as a homebase, then go from there. If you’re into winter sports, imagine saying your I-dos on the top of a mountain (arrived at via helicopter or snowcat) and then marking your ďŹ rst moments of marriage with an epic backcountry run through fresh powder. Talk about happily ever after.

Dreading wearing that monkey suit to your wedding? Well, what if it was an actual monkey suit? Want to feel like a fairy princess on your big day? Why not look the part? Anything goes with the costume wedding, where not only the wedding party but the guests get to join in the spectacle by donning whatever ight of fancy strikes them. We’re not necessarily talking about a Renaissance faire or Star Wars wedding (unless, of course, that oats your wedding boat, in which case, may the force be with you). We’re talking about some truly creative fashion. Just imagine looking out on a sea of happy faces in the form of 18th century French nobility, ballerinas, goths, cowboys, kilt-wearing Scots, superheroes and Southern belles. Keep the decor simple, remembering that your friends and family will create a unique and outrageous backdrop. All you have to do is to let your guests know that anything goes, from tutus to Tarzan. It’s even better if you can get the ofďŹ cial members of the wedding party to play along. Just think of the stories you’ll be able to tell about being married by someone dressed as Mr. Spock. Besides, you can only imagine how much fun the reception will be when the guests are already feeling adventurous enough to come to the ceremony in costume.

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nyone who’s ever thought it would be fun to jump on a boat to be married by a ship’s captain better: A) head to another state, or B) ďŹ nd a ship’s captain who just happens to be a member of the clergy, a mayor or a federal judge. If you actually want your nuptials to be legal, it might behoove you to do just a little bit of research on just how to get married in the Gem State. For starters, don’t forget the license. According to the Ada County Clerk’s OfďŹ ce, between 3,000 and 3,500 marriage licenses are issued in the county each year. Last year, roughly 3,100 couples were married, down a bit from the 3,400 in 2008. Compared to some states that require you to give blood (literally) for the right to wed, getting a marriage license in Idaho is relatively easy—just grab your betrothed, head to the County Clerk’s OfďŹ ce, know your Social Security numbers and pay $30 (cash only, thank you). Of course, if you’re a believer in young love and are only 1617 years old, it’s going to take a parental signature on an afďŹ davit of consent. A marriage license can be bought in any Idaho county for a ceremony performed anywhere in the state. After the deed is done, licenses are returned to the county where they were issued. If you’re planning to run off for a destination wedding overseas, remember there may be some complications with getting your records from whatever country you tie the knot in. While the union will be recognized back home, if you want to ensure easy access to legal papers, you might consider a small legal ceremony stateside before a foreign event. But beyond that little sheet of paper, you’ve got to pay attention to your

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ofďŹ ciant. According to Chapter Three of Title 32 in the Idaho Statutes, you can legally be married by: “A current or retired justice of the Supreme Court, a current or retired Court of Appeals judge, a current or retired district judge, the current or a former governor, the current lieutenant governor, a current or retired magistrate of the District Court, a current mayor or by any of the following: a current federal judge, a current tribal judge of an Idaho Indian tribe or other tribal ofďŹ cial approved by an ofďŹ cial act of an Idaho Indian tribe or priest or minister of the gospel of any denomination.â€? Sadly left off that list are county sheriffs, county commissioners and ship’s captains. We ďŹ nd the sheriff exclusion hard to believe in a good Western state like Idaho, but maybe the captains thing makes sense, considering the whole landlocked thing. And while getting hitched via a clergy member may be the most common avenue, more people are sidestepping the religion thing by asking friends or family members to get a quickie online ordination. Greg Heightman, senior ďŹ eld coordinator for the state’s Vital Statistics ofďŹ ce, said this is legal and meets the clergy deďŹ nition “in a broad spectrum.â€? Some online services offer ordination for between $29 and $200, including laminated wallet ID cards, framed certiďŹ cates and, in some packages, handy dashboard “Clergyâ€? tags. But, if you don’t want to drop the cash on the extras, the Universal Life Church, Universal Church of Life and Spiritual Humanism all offer free online ordination. Because nothing says “happily ever afterâ€? quite like a conďŹ rmation e-mail. —Deanna Darr WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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rad Rowen is a familiar face. He starred as Rot Wyler KNIN’s promotional commercials when the station ďŹ rst started airing in Boise. He’s hosting ETV, an entertainment show on Channel 2—in conjunction with BW and Citadel Communications—which began airing on Jan. 28. And as DJ One One, Rowen has been providing the music for a couple’s most important day for nearly two decades. In the 18 years that Rowen has been leading wedding parties in the choreographed dances of “YMCAâ€? or “The Macarena,â€? he has learned a thing or two—or ďŹ ve—about what makes a wedding successful. He’s a wedding consultant and is currently in the process of writing a book to share that information with brides-to-be. He shared the ďŹ ve tips he says guarantee the day people get hitched will go off without a hitch. No. 1: Food is the payoff. “As a rule, nobody will leave a wedding until they’ve eaten,â€? Rowen said. Unless, of course, they are bored to tears (see rule No. 3) or are faced with a mile-long line (see rule No. 2). Instead of one long table, try splitting the food into stations on small tables throughout the room, he said, which not only gets your guests to the payoff faster but also gives them a chance to mingle. If you insist on a large buffet table (see rule No. 5), try to make sure there is only one line per 75 people. And speaking of lines ... No. 2: Lines are bad. “Nobody likes standing in a line. Especially when they’re hungry,â€? Rowen said. If you have 300 people at your wedding and they are all waiting in line for the buffet table (see rule No. 1), it’s going to take them nearly two hours to get through it. The people who have already eaten are going to get bored (see rules No. 1 and No. 3) and are going to start looking around for the exits. And receiving lines aren’t fun for anyone. Your

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grandmother may be excited to meet your friends at ďŹ rst, but by the time the 50th person shakes her hand, her arm will be tired, her feet will hurt and she might start to resent your extensive guest list. Angry grandmas are no fun. No. 3: Pictures before the ceremony. Period. “Again, food is the payoff,â€? Rowen said. People may not leave until they’ve eaten, but once they’ve dug into the chaďŹ ng dishes and had their ďŹ ll of meatballs, scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole, they’re ready to go. If you serve the food immediately after the ceremony but you’re off taking pictures for two hours, your guests are going to get bored to tears (see rule No. 1) and you’re going to come back to an empty banquet hall. The idea that it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding is as outdated as the tradition that only virgins should wear white. Speaking of tradition ... No. 4: Tradition is a guideline not a hardline. “We didn’t have texting 300 years ago so why are you following traditions established back then?â€? Rowen asks repeatedly. His point is that following a rule that applied to brides in the 16th century makes no sense for a modern-day bride. Do what feels right for you and your wedding. That includes everything from your dress, to your vows, to centerpieces, to the food, to the music, to the location, to who stands up with you during the ceremony. Rowen said there’s one question every bride needs to ask herself: “Does this make sense for me?â€? (See rules No. 1 through No. 5.) No. 5: Don’t be a reluctant bride. “You don’t do this for a living,â€? Rowen said adamantly. “So hire people who do.â€? It’s that simple. —Amy Atkins

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FAMILIAR FACE Dan Costello releases new solo album Strangest Places TARA MORGAN

“The whole thing was done in 24 hours,” said Dan Costello, pausing long enough to dunk a yam fry in jalapeno barbecue sauce and pop it in his mouth. “Not in 24 hours consecutively, but the total studio time, which is just ridiculous for a full-length album.” Over lunch at Red Room Tavern, Costello spoke animatedly of his new solo release, Strangest Places. Pecking at the plate in front of him, he drifted into stories about his previous band Stella and the That look on Dan Costello’s face isn’t concentration ... it’s obsession. time his favorite guitar got stolen in Sacramento while on tour. You’ve likely seen Costello around town— “It’s one of the most naked studio albums quently covered by Cher—though it could be with his closely trimmed beard and a signature argued Costello gives the track the guitarthat I could possibly imagine doing,” said newsboy cap—strumming solo songs at Lock slung-over-your-shoulder grit that it deserves. Costello. “Over half of the tracks have one Stock and Barrel, sharing the stage with When he sings “I put on my blue suede shoes guitar and one voice and that’s it.” Spindlebomb or at any of the 250 other local Though Costello—who classifies his guitar / and I boarded a plane / touched down in the gigs he plays each year. If you’re into guitar, land of the Delta blues / in the middle of the style as a “schizo-sonic mix of classical, you might’ve even taken lessons from him at pouring rain,” you’d never believe Costello bluegrass banjo, funk, grunge and jazz”— Boise State or Old Boise Guitar. A quick scan hasn’t actually set foot in Memphis. could’ve easily accessorized the songs with of the “giggage” calendar on his Web site Costello credits much of the album’s barea string section here or a horn solo there, he reveals back-to-back shows: Thursday, Feb. resisted the temptation. His intricate, but not bones soul to his new friend—a 1939 Regal 11, “Dan @ LSB”; Friday, Feb. 12, “Dan & guitar that he fixed up to replace his stolen overly showy guitar work and story-driven Leta @ WRC”; and Saturday, Feb. 13, “SB @ signature Taylor. Though he gets a bit misty GB.” The calendar seems to function as much lyrics “didn’t really allow for a band to be remembering his Taylor—a brand of acoustic stomping all over it,” he explained. a reminder for Costello as a tool for his fans. guitar played by Dave Matthews and Jason “He was really proficient and really knew “I play all the time, and it’s really difficult Mraz, among others—Costello wanted this what he wanted and took a pretty minimalfor me to get a regular crowd for the solo shows just because it’s not that big of a thing. istic approach, which, I think, is what makes album to showcase his vintage Regal. “Really, I think the guitar is as much a it sound so great, Like, ‘We don’t have part of my decision to do the album the way because it’s just him to go tonight because that I did it as anything else because it wants and a guitar,” said he’ll be playing tomorFriday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., $5 to be played that way—it wants to be on a Fulton. row and the next night LINEN BUILDING stage played very thoughtfully and soulfully The album’s title and the next week,’” 1402 W. Grove St. brownpapertickets.com and not get lost in the mix,” said Costello. track, a love song joked Costello. Though he’s eager to introduce local fans Costello describes But whether he’s Log onto boiseweekly.com to hear a track from Strangest Places. to Strangest Places at his upcoming CD rein the liner notes as plucking out original lease party at the Linen Building, Costello is being inspired by the tunes for a boisterous realistic about his reach outside of Boise. movie The Fountain, bar crowd or taking “I’ve got regular gigs here, and I teach hurricane Katrina and falling in love, sets the cover requests at a quiet restaurant, Costello lessons every day, and I’ve got a mortgage,” tone for the album. At times intimate and is content. Just give the guy a chair, a beer said Costello. “I love living in Boise; I’m not at others filled with big major chord wails, and a stage, and he feels right at home. Strangest Places is a musical diary that docu- about to throw all that away and climb into “I just decided, years ago now, that I’m the Honda and just start being a road warments Costello’s various journeys over the going to have to sacrifice the fan base of rior at this point.” last few years. wanting and waiting to see me once or twice And while Costello is comfortable with his “The album is very strongly connected a month … I’m going to have to give that up niche in town, like most local musicians he because I have to play more often than that,” to places that I’ve traveled to over just these still maintains a glimmer of hope that his big last three to four years,” said Costello. explained Costello. “I cannot go more than “Even though the places might not have been break might be just around the corner. about 24 hours without just starting to feel “There’s still that part of me that if strange, the circumstances were certainly weird if I haven’t been on stage.” somebody came along and said, ‘Hey you’re bizarre and just really impactful on every Costello approached recording Strangest our horse. Here’s your van; here’s your show aspect of my life.” Places with the same fervor he has for perdates; here’s whatever you need,’ then yeah I Oddly, the album’s standout traveling forming live. In 24 hours of cumulative studio would do it.” track, “Walking in Memphis,” wasn’t actutime, Costello and musician/audio engineer Contemplating that scenario, Costello ally penned by Costello. The soulful tune was Steve Fulton turned out a delicate 11-song alsmiles, takes a sip off his beer and dives back bum that layers Costello’s soothing croon over originally recorded by 1991 Best New Artist into his basket of yam fries. Grammy winner Marc Cohn—and subsea renovated 1939 Regal No. 27 model guitar.

Rosalie Sorrels or Meryl Streep? Hard to tell.

FINN RIGGINS’ FOUR CORNERS, IDAHO AT SXSW On Friday, Feb. 19, our soon-to-be famous friends Finn Riggins kick off their biggest tour yet. They’ll start with a show at VAC with Portland, Ore.’s World’s Greatest Ghosts and locals Microbabies and With Child. Finn Riggins’ Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson and Cameron Bouiss will then pile into their van and head to points east and west. In an e-mail from FR’s Eric Gilbert, he wrote that they will be embarking on their biggest tour yet “as it will hit all four corners of the United States: Washington, California, Florida and Maine.” In between their cross-country travels, they’ll play a couple of shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Speaking of SXSW, Idaho icon Rosalie Sorrels has been selected to play SXSW as well. We received a note from festival organizers asking if we thought she’d be a good addition and we wholeheartedly endorsed her, knowing she is not only an incredible ambassador for Idaho but also that the spot affords people who may have heard of her but not heard her a chance to experience Sorrels and her music. We have a stringer headed down for the big fest in mid-March so look for some coverage on Finn Riggins, Sorrels and other Idaho acts who might be playing there.

KEEP CLAPPING When Alec Ounsworth mumble-yelps the line “Holy, holy holy Moses. / Don’t you feel me holy Moses,” on his debut solo album Mo Beauty, his nasally voice lacks the irony and singsong lilt that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah fans have come to expect. The track is a haunted, piano-and guitar-laced meditation on post-Katrina New Orleans, a tune that would seem equally at home ringing through a musty church as it would being sung to his feet while strumming his guitar in a dilapidated back alley. Though “Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (Song for New Orleans)” isn’t really an indicator of the rest of the album—Mo Beauty can also be louder, more layered and experimental—it’s a beautiful ode to the city that inspired the record. Recorded in New Orleans with the help of Big Easy luminaries like Robert Walter of Greyboy Allstars, George Porter Jr. of the Meters and Al Johnson, Mo Beauty is a welcome step in a mature new direction for Ounsworth. Catch him belting out “Holy, holy Moses” and a slew of other tunes at Neurolux on Thursday, Feb. 18. Tickets are $8 in advance at Record Exchange or Ticketweb or $10 at the door. —Amy Atkins and Tara Morgan

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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY FEB. 17 DAVID ROBERT KING, THE LOST RIVER BOYS—Performing live as part of his record release event. 7 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

HALESTORM, FEB. 21, KNITTING FACTORY Twenty-three-year-old Lzzy Hale, the delectable driving force behind Halestorm, doesn’t think she’s ever made it through an interview without being asked “the question.� That’s because girls in rock bands must answer for being girls in rock bands. “You’re a girl ... but also making sure you can hang with the boys, so it’s a juggling act,� Hale says. “I really don’t mind [the question]. Because, both girl and guy interviewers, I think they’re genuinely curious ... it’s an interesting thing.� Interesting enough for Hale to make Revolver Magazine’s recurring “Hottest Chicks in Metal� list. And when it comes to dealing with creeps, she has her bandmates. “They treat me like a queen, and they are very protective of me,� Hale says. Too protective to allow for lesser things in life, like romance. When asked the name of her Les Paul guitar, Hale doesn’t think about it for long. “The Boyfriend,� she laughs. —Jeremy Henderson Sunday, Feb., 21, with Theory Of A Deadman, Halestorm, Adelita’s Way, Taking Dawn; 7 p.m., $20-$45. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.com.

REX MILLER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ROB PAPER—8 p.m. FREE. Reef SKATE NIGHT—The Toasters, Useless and Voice of Reason. 9 p.m. $10. Gusto

THURSDAY FEB. 18 ALEC OUNSWORTH, A SEASONAL DISGUISE—See Noise News, Page 21. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux APPLE CHARM—9 p.m. $3. Terrapin Station BREATHE CAROLINA, HYPER CRUSH, LET’S GET IT, QUEENS CLUB, THE SPIN CYCLE— 6 p.m. $12. The Venue HOTEL INDIA—8 p.m. FREE. Reef

KARAOKE WITH JENN ANDERSON—7 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews.

line at brownpapertickets.com. The Linen Building

KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

DESERT MOON—9 p.m. FREE. Darby’s at the Market

LETA NEUSTAEDTER AND DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

DJ EVOL G—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux

MOONDANCE—5:30 p.m. FREE. DaVinci’s

FIRST BLOOD—7 p.m. $25-$55. Knitting Factory

SATURDAY FEB. 20 ACTUAL DEPICTION—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

LEE PENN SKY—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

THE BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper

LOOSE CHANGE—9 p.m. $3. The New Frontier

BLUES ADDICTS—7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s

MARK CARLSON—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

DESERT MOON—9 p.m. FREE. Darby’s at the Market

PATRICIA FOLKNER—6 p.m. FREE. Dry Creek Merc

ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

LOOSE CHANGE—9 p.m. $3. The New Frontier

FRIDAY FEB. 19

SHON SANDERS—7:30 p.m. Music of the Vine

THE LYRES—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $5. Reef

THOMAS PAUL TRIAD—10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek

MARDI GRAS PARTY—With Motto Kitty. 9 p.m. FREE. The Airport Lounge

THE BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper

VOICE OF REASON, DANGERBEARD—9 p.m. $5. Terrapin Station

BILL COFFEY AND NED EVETT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

WORLD’S GREATEST GHOSTS, FINN RIGGINS, MICROBABIES, WITH CHILD—Finn Riggins’ tour kick-off. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective

ROSALIE SORRELS, BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES AND GAYLE CHAPMAN—6-9 p.m. $15. Ha’ Penny THURSDAY THROWDOWNS— Soul Serene, Ocean Story Social and Chris Stiles. 9 p.m. FREE to listen, $1 to vote. Liquid

BLAZE ‘N’ KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub & Grill DAN COSTELLO ALBUM RELEASE PARTY—With Steve Fulton. 7 p.m. $5, available on-

YER MAMA—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

MOONDANCE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine MTA, DJ ROC STEADY, XKID—10 p.m. $3. Neurolux NEO TUNDRA COWBOY—9 p.m. FREE. The Plank PAT MCDONALD AND THE TROPICAL COWBOYS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room ROD DYER—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

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GUIDE TERI & RICO—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub TRAVIS TRITT—Country sensation is joined by local musician Andy Byron. 7 p.m. $34.75 general, $99 platinum skybox. Knitting Factory THE SLANTS, THE VERY MOST, SPONDEE—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective WAKE UP DEAD, FAULT PARADOX, CYAN—9 p.m. $4. Terrapin Station YAMN—10 p.m. $5. Reef YER MAMA—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

MONDAY FEB. 22 GOATWHORE, END OF ALL FLESH, THE SOCIALIST—9 p.m. $8. The Red Room GWEN STACY, VANNA, OCEANA, DEAD AND DEVINE, BLESS THE MARTYR—6:30 p.m. $10. The Venue TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE UPPER ECHELON TOUR— With Myka 9, C-Chan, DJ Memoz, Prop Anon and Boom Bap Bullies. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

SOUL SERENE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill VEIL OF MAYA, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT, PERIPHERY—7:30 p.m. $12. The Venue

WEDNESDAY FEB. 24 BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM BENEFIT—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux CHAD COOKE—5:30 p.m. FREE. DaVinci’s

SUNDAY FEB. 21 THE NEVER SAY DIE USA TOUR—With Winds Of Plague, Despised Icon, For Today, Stray From The Path and The World We Knew. 6 p.m. $15. The Venue THEORY OF A DEADMAN, HALESTORM, ADELITA’S WAY, TAKING DAWN—See Listen Here, Page 22. 7 p.m. $20 adv., $22 door, $45 platinum skybox. Knitting Factory

TUESDAY FEB. 23 ALKALINE TRIO, CURSIVE, THE DEAR DEPARTED—See Picks, Page 15. 7:30 p.m. $18 adv., $21 doors, $40 platinum skybox. Knitting Factory BEN BURDICK—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef JAMES MCMURTRY, BILL COFFEY—8 p.m. $16 adv., $18 door. Neurolux SCOTT TYLER—7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s

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THE CHARIOT, GREELEY ESTATES, INHALE/EXHALE, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, THE COLOR MORALE—6 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. The Venue KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill MEL WADE—6 p.m. FREE. Dry Creek Merc PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

WEEKLY GIGS BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Sundays, noon. FREE. Grape Escape FRIM FRAM 4—Thursdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JEREMIAH JAMES GANG— Wednesdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JEREMIAH JAMES AND NED EVETT—Tuesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel JIM FISHWILD—Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JOHN CAZAN—Fridays, 5 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel JUSTIN GAUSE—Saturdays, 7 p.m. Rembrandts PAUL PETERSON BLUES CLUB—Wednesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet REBECCA SCOTT—Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid SPINDLE BOMB—Wednesdays, 10 p.m. FREE. Fridays, Saturdays, 9:45 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s THOMAS PAUL—Sundays, 10 a.m. and Mondays, 7 p.m. FREE. Red Feather

THE SLANTS, FEB. 20, VAC Think “Chinatown” and guitar-laden techno probably doesn’t come to mind. But think Portland, Ore., band The Slants (yes, I cringe when I say their name out loud, too) and the term “Chinatown dance rock” does. And now The Slants have guaranteed that will forever be their tagline with the release of Slants, Slants Revolution (cringe), eight remixed tracks from their debut, Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts (cringe cringe). The nice thing about the remixes is that they retain not only the essence but also the foundation of the original tracks, while taking them all up a notch or 10. The original synthy, futuristic “Capture Me Burning” is danceable, but its slowish tempo fosters an eyes-down, shoulders-swaying, bangs-ever-soslightly swinging shuffle. The remixed version takes a long nap, drinks a case of Red Bull and dances from dusk ’til dawn. —Amy Atkins

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Saturday, Feb. 20, with The Very Most and Spondee, 8 p.m., $5. VAC, 3638 Osage St., visualartscollective.com.

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BOISE BLUE GOES OUT OF BUSINESS, PUBLIC ART PROPOSALS After more than 70 years of service to the Boise arts community, Boise Blue Art Supply is going out of business. Sisters and co-owners Janet Hackett and Terrie Robinson tried to keep the business afloat, but the bad economy has been too much to overcome. “We just can’t seem to struggle through. We’ve tried ever ything we can. The only thing it’s proving to us is that we’ve thrown ever y damn dime we have into it—and it still isn’t working,” Hackett said, in good humor. While they aren’t exactly sure when they’ll close the doors for good, she expects it will be somewhere between the next 30 to 60 days. “Probably by the end of March for sure,” she said, adding that the landlord has already shown the building to a prospective new tenant. Hackett isn’t positive what they’ll do with any remaining inventory but said she does know they won’t go through a liquidator. “We just want our products to go to the people who want them,” she said. Boise Blue Art Supply, 820 W. Jefferson St., 208-343-2564, boiseblue.com. While you may have to look elsewhere for your art supplies, you can look to the Boise City Department of Arts and History for new ways to express your artistic abilities. During the next five months, the department will offer paid opportunities for local artists, including public art on a fence in the Linen District, a functional alternative energy artwork on the Grove, framed pieces at City Hall and the Boise Airport, artwork along the tour path of the Boise Wastewater Treatment Plant and more. The budgets for these projects, which are mainly for individual artists or small groups of individual artists, range from about $9,950 to $40,000, depending on the scope of what is expected. It would behoove any interested artists to attend the upcoming informational meetings presented by the Department of Arts and History: On Wednesday, Feb. 17, they’ll hold a meeting at City Hall to discuss all of the upcoming opportunities. Thursday, March 18, the Boise Watercooler will host a lecture titled “Eco Art.” Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, a workshop on preparing art proposals will be held at City Hall. Pre-registration is required for the workshops. Call Karen Bubb, at 208-433-5677 or e-mail here at kbubb@cityofboise.org. —Amy Atkins

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Terrie Robinson in happier times at Boise Blue.

COLLECTORS SHARE THE WEALTH Vogels give 50 works to 50 states E.J. PETTINGER Boise Art Museum currently has a show of 50 works, by a range of artists, covering the last 40 years of the 20th century. The pieces are small, many are on paper, and as a whole, it has a kind of low-fi appeal, more authentic than grandiose. It seems inventive and Dorothy and Herb Vogel sit quietly among one of the most important art collections in American history: theirs. thoughtful, on the working side, like pieces you might find after digging around in someone’s studio. There are a few “important” an artist. The artwork, even when all they librarian’s salary to pay the bills and buy the names—Lichtenstein, Steir and Barnet—but could afford was a sketch or the plans for a food, and devoted Herb’s Post Office salary the name that really stands out is Vogel. work of art, was still a part of the process to purchasing art. The 50 works in the show were gifted to and the place. This was just about the time Pop Art BAM through a program facilitated by the In a television interview, when asked hit and Abstract Expressionism was at its National Gallery of Art, in which one art about his affinity for Sol LeWitt, Herb simmarket peak. In other words, even devoting institution in each of the 50 states received ply says, “What I saw in LeWitt was that Herb’s entire Post Office salary to buying art 50 works from the Herb and Dorothy Vogel I thought he was an original artist at the wasn’t going to be enough in those realms. collection. BAM’s gift represents one-fiftieth time, and even though I did not understand So the Vogels began to search out what was of about one-half of that collection. his works, he had, to me, a more-thannext, and they began to visit artists who The Vogels culled together a collection average potential.” were working in an experimental vein called of about 5,000 pieces, then gave it all to the In the film, Dorothy says the best part of ABC art, or minimalNational Gallery. Generism, making studio visits the entire adventure was getting to know the ous? Yes. Impressive? artists. From the pieces gifted to BAM and and buying art at a time Yes. But, then, the Vogels the film, it seems that the Vogels went out when nobody else was are special. looking for the presence of art and, when doing so. Herb and Dorothy they thought they sensed it, they wanted a Looking through the met in New York City piece of visual evidence. images on vogel5050. in 1960. Dorothy was a The Vogels are fascinating because they org, it becomes clear that librarian at the Brooklyn lived on the edge of poverty to buy art, they the Vogels were pluralPublic Library and Herb stuck with it tenaciously for 50 years, they ists. Minimalism and worked the swing shift at somehow crammed five giant moving vans later conceptualism do the Post Office. The two set the tone, but the only full of art into a one-room rent-controlled were married in 1962, apartment, and—perhaps most interesting real rules the Vogels had and they honeymooned were: the work had to be of all—they could be responsible for the best in Washington, D.C., affordable, it had to fit in collection of minimalist, conceptual and postwhere they visited the their apartment and they minimalist art in the entire world, and yet National Gallery of Art, they don’t seem to have been engaged in the had to like it. and Herb revealed his all-important dialogue of those realms. At one point in the passion for art. He never Writing for The Washington Post, Rachel film, Dorothy says, finished high school, Beckman revealed that, for a spell, director “When I look at preferring to peruse Megumi Sasaki worried about her docuconceptual art, I look art books in the public Ronnie Landfield, untitled, acrylic on paper, mentary film on the Vogels because they at it from a purely library. In time, both 29 15/16” x 22 1/16”, 1998 visual point of view. If didn’t articulate why they liked a particular became aspiring artists BOISE ART MUSEUM artwork or artist. All they would say is, “It’s it appeals to me visuand began to associate 670 Julia Davis Dr. beautiful. I like it.” She wondered about ally then I like it, if it with other artists. At 208-345-8330 how to make a film about art collectors who doesn’t then I don’t. one point, the Vogels boiseartmuseum.org It’s as simple as that.” don’t talk about art. In the end, she made a realized they had This exhibit runs through Sunday, April 25. nice tribute and figured out how to make a This is a very replaced their own film about collectors who don’t talk about strange approach to works of art hanging art: by making it the same way you’d make conceptual art. But then one doesn’t get the on the walls of their small one-room New impression that Herb and Dorothy were ever a film about an artist who doesn’t talk about York apartment with the work of others. art. Just film them doing what they love. up late trying to articulate one of Lawrence As Herb states in the documentary film that The Vogels tried as hard as any artist to Weiner’s inarticulate articulations. One gets accompanies the BAM show, they rather figure out how to be artists in the time and the feeling that for them, it was part of a seamlessly went from being artists to being place they were in. 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A HISTRIONIC HISTORICAL The Last Station Chronicles Tolstoy’s fitful final days JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA Leo Tolstoy may best be remembered as a titan of Russian literature, author of such epic—and abridgement-inviting—works as Anna Karenina and War and Peace. But by the turn of the 19th century, inheritancemoneyed Tolstoy had become a religious When Leo Tolstoy is in your life, things are bound to get complicated. revolutionary, eschewing private property and exemplifying the ideals of chastity and simthat captures all the infuriating, agonizing young Tolstoyan who isn’t on board with all plicity. The Last Station, based on the 1990 emotions of infatuation and enduring love. novel by Jay Parini and filmed by Boise-based the movement’s tenets. With spectacular performances, glissando Writer/director Hoffman, a graduate of director Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, camerawork and a superlative screenplay, The Emperor’s Club), recounts the tempestu- Boise State and the university’s first Rhodes The Last Station is a deft depiction of TolScholar, isn’t afraid to approach theatrical ous terminal months of Tolstoy’s life. stoy’s embattled ending. stories. A co-founder of Idaho Shakespeare Valentin (James McAvoy) is a young Opening Friday, Feb. 19, at the Flicks, the Festival and intermittent Boise Contemporary Tolstoyan, a sect dedicated to the author’s film will be screened Thursday, Feb. 18, at Theater director—he most recently helmed ideas about society and Christianity. He the Egyptian with a premiere benefitting both Samuel Beckett’s is recruited by the BCT and the Agency for New Americans. esoteric play Waiting movement’s head hoo“Theater’s really my first love,” says Hofffor Godot—Hoffman hah Chertkov (Paul LAST STATION (R) man, who will be in attendance Thursday presents a screenplay Giamatti) to act as Directed by Michael Hoffman evening. “It’s what I thought I would do. I with a meaty meloTolstoy’s (Christopher Stars Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, drama, and the push- wanted to be an actor.” Plummer) personal James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti After his son began a soccer camp for area me-pull-you power secretary and as Opens Friday, Feb. 19, at The Flicks refugees, Hoffman saw a need to support the struggles waged over Chertkov’s personal ANA, which helps integrate resettled families Valentin’s loyalty in spy. Countess Sofya into American culture. a three-way theatriTolstoy (Helen Mir“Boise is seen as sort of a soft-landing for cal tableau. Plummer and Mirren, each in ren), the writer’s wife of 48 years, does not refugees. But the burden is immense on the an Oscar-nominated role, are perfectly cast, share her husband’s passion for puritanical agency for supplying housing, for matching asceticism. And while Chertkov urges Tolstoy their bitter bickerings stemming from the them up with jobs.” same passion that sparks their love. Playing to pass ownership of his writings into the The event isn’t simply a fundraiser, but an public domain, Sofya struggles to preserve her the reverse of her restrained turn in 2006’s The Queen, Mirren’s stunning showing as the opportunity for Hoffman to reconnect with children’s inheritance. The Tolstoys, despite his hometown after months away on set. years of wedded bliss, find themselves in fero- exaggerated, desperate Sofya is a fascinating “I always want to have a premiere counterpoint to Plummer’s restraint. As usual, cious fights, observed both by the press, who McAvoy delivers a strong performance, while event here because I care a lot about this constantly linger outside, and by Valentin, town.” he says. “I feel like [Boise has] given Giamatti ably suits up as the film’s villain. who secretly sympathizes with Sofya. Valenme a tremendous amount, and I want to Aided by cinematographer Sebastian tin’s own commitment to chastity is comEdschmid and composer Sergei Yevtushenko, always be conscious of maintaining that promised by his attraction to the aggressive and alluring Masha (Kerry Condon), another Hoffman has created a moving, elegiac drama connection.”

SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings CELINE: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD—Celine Dion presents footage from her 2008-2009 world tour featuring dramatic edits from her live performances infused with a reality-showesque flair highlighting the behind-the-scenes world of touring with family in tow. Wed., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

$15 general. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3771700, www.uatc.com. THE DRAKE FLY FISHING FILM TOUR—First-hand footage for fish fanatics. The fishy dudes behind the camera sprouted grand ideas to collaborate and create a “Banff-style film” and then poured their adventures into one big vessel

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of fly-fishing footage. Check out previews online at flyfishingfilmtour.com. Sat., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. $14. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net.

Feb. 18, 7 p.m. $25 film, $75 film and after party at The Red Room. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www. egyptiantheatre.net.

THE LAST STATION— Boisean Michael Hoffman hosts a red carpet premiere of his new movie The Last Station. See Screen, this page, for review. Thu.,

opening THE LAST STATION— Adapted from the novel by Jay Parini, The Last Station

follows the end of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s life. The deteriorating Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his wife Sofya (Helen Mirren) are at odds over whether Leo’s considerable fortune from Anna Karenina and War and Peace will go to the Russian people or to Sofya and the couple’s many children. When a young member of the Tolstoy movement

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SCREEN/LISTINGS (James McAvoy) is sent by Leo’s publisher (Paul Giamatti) to live on the Tolstoy estate, Leo must confront his conflicting beliefs and his ultimate legacy. (R) Flicks SHUTTER ISLAND—Leonardo DiCaprio teams up again with director Martin Scorsese in this thriller based on the 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone). Two U.S. marshals (Mark Ruffalo, DiCaprio) probe the disappearance of a patient from an infirmary for the criminally insane on a secluded island in Massachusetts. Violent weather, deranged patients and bizarre hallucinations imprison the marshals on the island and in their own minds. Ben Kingsley costars as the hospital’s sinister chief physician. (R) Edwards 22

SCREEN/MOVIE TIMES WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17- TUESDAY, FEB. 24 A SINGLE MAN—

Flicks: W-Th only: 9:15

AVATAR—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:55, 4:20, 7:45

AVATAR, DIGITAL 3D—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35, 12:45, 3:05, 4:20, 6:35, 7:55, 10:05

AVATAR, IMAX 3D—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50, 3:15, 7, 10:20

THE BLIND SIDE—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:40

THE BOOK OF ELI—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 4, 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25

BROKEN EMBRACES—

Flicks: W-Th: 4:30, 7, 9:35; F-Su: 9:10; M-Tu: 9:10

continuing A SINGLE MAN—(R) Flicks Ends Thursday AVATAR—Paraplegic war vet Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is sent to the planet Pandora to make contact with the planet’s natives, the Na’vi, through an avatar. Hopefully his avatar can also help stem the rising conflict between the humans and the Na’vi. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards Digital 3-D, Edwards IMAX THE BLIND SIDE—This film tracks the story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless African American high-school student who was taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Oher goes on to academic success and an NFL football career. (PG-13) Edwards 22 THE BOOK OF ELI—Eli (Denzel Washington) treks across the wasteland that once was America. Driven by his hope for the future, Eli serves up some serious ass-kicking, but Carnegie (Gary Oldman), the ruler of a makeshift town of thieves, wants desperately to stop him. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 BROKEN EMBRACES—Penelope Cruz embodies the adulterous thespian Lena in this Pedro Almodovar film that delves into the lives of four individuals and their disastrous love affairs with one another. In Spanish with English subtitles. (R) Flicks CRAZY HEART—Jeff Bridges stars as Bad Blake, a 57-year old alcoholic fading star of country music. When he meets young journalist Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), he resolves to turn his life around. In the same vein as The Wrestler, Crazy Heart champions the human spirit. (R) Flicks, Edwards 22 DEAR JOHN—Army man John (Channing Tatum) meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) during an annual leave. Their fairytale romance is torn apart by war when John is deployed overseas. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 EDGE OF DARKNESS—Mel Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a widowed Irish Boston cop whose daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) is murdered in front of him. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 FROM PARIS WITH LOVE— John Travolta plays FBI agent Charlie Wax. When James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is hired as Wax’s assistant, he takes on more than his pencil mustache can handle. (R) Edwards 9

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CRAZY HEART—

Flicks: W-Th: 4:25, 7:05, 9:30; F-Su: 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:35; M-Tu: 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25, 1:55, 4:35, 7:40, 10:15

DEAR JOHN—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:50, 7:20, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50, 1:35, 2:35, 4:10, 5:05, 6:40, 7:35, 9:25, 10:05

EDGE OF DARKNESS—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:55

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 4:40, 7:50, 10:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS— Flicks: W-Th: 9:25; F-Su: 9:25; M-Tu: 9:25 IT’S COMPLICATED—

Flicks: W-Th only: 4:30, 7 Edwards 22: W-Th: 2, 7:15

THE LAST STATION—

Flicks: F-Su: 12:30, 4:30, 7, 9:30; M-Tu: 4:40, 7, 9:35

LEGION—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40, 5, 9:50

PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30, 12:40, 2:25, 3:35, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:10, 10:35 SHERLOCK HOLMES—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 7:05 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:50, 6:50, 10:10

SHUTTER ISLAND—

Edwards 22: F-Tu: 1, 4:15, 7:30, 10:30

THE TOOTH FAIRY—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:55, 2:15, 4:45, 7:25

UP IN THE AIR— Flicks: W-Th: 4:55, 7:15; F-Su: 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15; M-Tu: 4:55, 7:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 9:50 VALENTINE’S DAY— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 1:35, 4:05, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1, 1:45, 3:10, 4, 4:30, 6:20, 7, 7:30, 9:15, 10, 10:20 WHEN IN ROME—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

THE WOLFMAN— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 12:20, 12:50, 2:10, 3, 3:40, 4:40, 5:30, 6:30, 7:10, 8, 9, 9:45, 10:30 THE YOUNG VICTORIA—

Flicks: W-Th: 4:50, 7:10; F-Su: 1, 3, 5, 7:10; M-Tu: 5, 7:10

T H E AT E R S

Edwards 22 Boise, 208-377-1700, www.regmovies.com; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821, www.regmovies.com; The Egyptian Theater, 208-345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net; The Flicks, 208-342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com; FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: Northgate Cinema, Towne Square Reel, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, www.reeltheatre.com. Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208-377-3072, www.opcmovies.com. Movie times listed were correct as of press time.

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LISTINGS/SCREEN VIDIOT/SCREEN DAVID GIES B R EC HT

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS—In Dr. Parnassus’ magical traveling show, visitors are treated to more than entertainment. The film includes the final performance of the late Heath Ledger. (PG-13) Flicks IT’S COMPLICATED—Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) divorced after Jake’s extramarital affair with a stunning 20-something named Agness (Lake Bell). But when Jake’s new marriage hits the skids, an innocent meal with Jane turns into an affair of their own. (R) Edwards 22 LEGION—Good and evil battle it out as Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) leads a band of strangers trapped in a diner against a horde of angry angels. (R) Edwards 22

Bravo deserves a “brava!” for picking up Kelly Cutrone’s (pictured above from the episode “Fashion Week Prep”) Kell on Earth.

KELL ON EARTH I thought Bravo was already TV’s best choice for can’t-miss reality programming. But it looks like they’ve outdone themselves. Currently boasting among its lineup The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York City, New Jersey and Atlanta; Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List; Work Out; Top Chef; Top Design and Shear Genius, Bravo’s execs plucked arguably the most fascinating fringe character from any of MTV’s trashy reality series and rewarded her with her own show. No longer relegated to mere seconds of airtime portraying Whitney Port’s hard-edged boss on The City, Kelly Cutrone now has an hour all to herself each week on Bravo. And for audience members who tire of the vapid nature of many of today’s reality stars, fear not; Kelly is real and really hardcore. I’ve zoned out during many an episode of Orange County and scoffed at the pathetic drama drummed up for ratings. Those ladies may work hard in their day jobs, but their personas wax of worthlessness. That’s the beauty of Cutrone. She’s a successful 20-hour-a-day fashion PR trailblazer, yet she still finds time to be an adorably loving New York City single mother. And while that may not be the ideal female archetype, she’s one helluva role model for women who want it all and make it work. The plot of her show centers on her firm’s fashion show setups, the indoctrination to the process that her underlings and interns go through and the levels of stress the entire staff of People’s Revolution constantly endures. At first, it seemed mildly interesting, the kind of show to use as background noise while surfing the Web. But after viewing only a few episodes, I admit, Cutrone’s world is addicting. The nomenclature itself—Kell on Earth—is more than wordplay. It aptly captures Cutrone’s pull-no-punches attitude. In just the first two episodes, she had already berated her employees more than once, saved two near fashion show disasters, been fired by one client, lauded by another, reassured an intern’s overseas mother by phone, and had several cute, quiet moments with her 8-year-old daughter, Ava, in the flat above her business. In my opinion, Kell on Earth embodies what reality TV should: the pursuit of persons of substance, people both funny and fun to watch, and those who put even garden variety overachievers to shame. Kelly Cutrone is all of these things, and MTV’s minor loss is Bravo’s major gain. —Travis Estvold WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF—For Percy Jackson, the Empire State Building provides a portal to a new world. Jackson, the demigod son of Poseidon, teams up with the daughter of Athena and a satyr to stop a festering war between the gods. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SHERLOCK HOLMES—Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. encounter a stunning seductress (Rachel McAdams) in their attempts to foil a conspiracy that could destroy England. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE TOOTH FAIRY—Derek Thompson (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) gets summoned to do one week’s hard labor as a real-life tooth fairy, gaining some much needed humility along the way. (PG) Edwards 22 UP IN THE AIR—As a corporate downsizer, Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) travels extensively, but right as he is about to reach 10 million frequent flyer miles, his company grounds him and he finds it hard to make the connections that really matter: human ones. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards22 VALENTINE’S DAY—Gary Marshall (Pretty Women) directs this tale of 10 separate love stories taking place over Cupid’s birthday. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 WHEN IN ROME—In a desperate attempt to rejuvenate her love life, art curator Beth (Kristen Bell) takes coins from the fountain of love, causing an eccentric bunch of suitors to follow her back to New York. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE WOLFMAN—Benicio del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, who ventures home to find his brother slain by a mysterious creature. Vowing to avenge his death with the support of his father (Anthony Hopkins) and brother’s fiancee (Emily Blunt), Talbot becomes entrenched in the world of the beast. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE YOUNG VICTORIA—In one of history’s greatest love stories, this film tells the story of Queen Victoria during the infancy of her reign of England. (PG) Flicks *Listings are current as of press time. Please call the theaters for the most up-to-date information.

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NEW PLATES FOR YOUR OTHER RIDE There may soon be a way to support mountain bike trail development across Idaho, promote the sport and show your colors without taking up critical sticker space on your rocket box or trunk. A new specialty license plate for Idaho drivers would provide funding for trails and could help take the state’s mountain biking scene to the next level. The Legislature is considering the specialty plate, which would create a new mountain bike trails fund at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Geoff Baker, a Meridian attorney, board member at the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, avid rider and self-described license-plate geek, came up with the concept and has been its chief champion at the Legislature. “I’m trying to get as broad of an appeal as possible,” Baker said. He’s talked to a dozen mountain biking clubs across the state and has wide support for the concept. Baker said the money collected from people who opt for the mountain bike plate—or the souvenir version for carless plate geeks— will help pay for any trails on which bikes are allowed, including hiking or motorbike trails. Baker acknowledged that motorbikers help maintain lots of trails that mountain bikers use already. SWIMBA board member Brett Magnuson designed the plate, based on a photo by Todd Meier, a Boise photographer and fellow rider. The mountain bike plate would cost an extra $35 ($25 to renew). After an administrative fee, $22 ($12 on renewals) will go directly to Parks and Rec and will likely be administered like the department’s other grant programs. Most of the grants are overseen by advisory committees of user groups. Baker said that is still being worked out. Another benefit of the plate would be marketing mountain biking in Idaho. “I’m trying to make Idaho sort of a vacation destination for mountain bikers more so than it is now,” said Baker, who travels around the West to ride several times a year. The bill to establish the program, House Bill 486, is awaiting a hearing in the House Transportation and Defense Committee. Monitor the BW Political Calendar on our news page to see when the hearing will take place. Should the bill pass, Baker still would have to raise up to $10,000 to fund the start-up costs for the Idaho Transportation Department to add the plates to the specialty plate offerings. He’s pledged $500 of his own money toward making that happen. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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Ambiguously gendered mountain bike rider.

FROM BOGUS TO B.C. Idaho athletes take the world stage SADIE BABITS Days before the 21st Winter Olympics began in Vancouver, B.C., the city buzzed with excitement. Now, the largest city to ever host the winter games is practically on fire. Every night at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver, the sky blazes with a light show, complete with fireworks and flames perfectly timed to explode and erupt on cue to music. You can barely breathe as people pack in to see the show and celebrate the OlymAmerican cross-country skier, markswoman, Bogus Basin protege and Olympian Sara Studebaker pics. Just a few blocks away, the Olympic flame burns strong against the backdrop of do biathlon full-time without a real range in biathlete, placing 45th, more than two Vancouver Harbor where seaplanes take off Boise,” she explained. Studebaker got back minutes behind the gold medal winner, over barges and freighters. into biathlon while at Dartmouth College, Slovakia’s Anastazia Kuzmina. She also As you might imagine, there’s a healthy skiing on the varsity team where she won an qualified for the pursuit, which took place dose of Canadian pride. You don’t have to NCAA championship. That’s when she was Tuesday. On her blog, she wrote, “I’d say look far to spot Canadians with their cheeks asked to apply for the U.S. Biathlon Develpainted with red maple leaves or to see some- that’s a pretty successful way to start off opment Team. Studebaker moved to Lake one sporting a Canadian team jacket, waving the Olympics.” Placid after graduating from Dartmouth to After the competition, Studebaker coma small Canadian flag. Nearly everyone has pursue biathlon full-time. a pair of red mittens. They are the must-have mented that the crowd cheering her on was “I love skiing, and I love the challenge of a definite highlight of her Olympic debut. souvenir of the winter games, complete with adding target shooting. So for me, biathlon “I actually had to take a minute while a white Canadian maple leaf, one on each is the perfect fit,” she said. Biathletes are out on the course to let it sink in so that I palm. Two million had already sold before like rock stars in Europe, but here in the could focus again. It was just overwhelmthe games started. The final shipment of a United States, biathlon remains relatively ing,” Studebaker said. million arrived just before the games. unknown. Its roots go back to 2000 BCE, to She managed to calm down and relax This is life outside the rings around hunting traditions in Northern Europe. into the race, hitting all the targets in prone Vancouver, something many of the athletes Modern biathlon has 10 different events. position. That’s where athletes shoot lying competing from 82 countries won’t experiThe goal is to finish the course as quickly as on their stomachs. “Especially after I hit all ence. Competition, which started Saturday, possible to avoid time penalties. Skiers must the targets in prone, I was really self-confiremains the focus. put their ski poles down and take five shots dent and could pull off good skiing at the The 11 athletes with ties to Idaho will at metal targets 50 meters away when they tracks,” she said. compete in freestyle enter the shooting range. Studebaker loves Studebaker’s bid skiing, alpine skiing, biathlon because it’s unique. for the Olympics bobsled, snowboardTo read about Boise downhiller Hailey Duke, “Having to push hard out on the course began 12 years ago. see the Rec section at boiseweekly.com. ing and biathlon. and then come into the shooting range, She was watching Some started on the calm down mentally and focus on hitting the Nagano, Japan, slopes of Sun Valtargets is a fun challenge,” she said. “You Winter Games on TV ley, at Schweitzer have to be smart the way you ski your race, when biathlon came on. Studebaker was Mountain or at Silver Mountain near Kelbecause if you go too hard, you won’t hit intrigued. She had started skiing with her log. But four of them—alpine skier Hailey your targets, and you can’t win races with parents when she was 3 and by 12, she was Duke, downhill skier Erik Fisher (last too many misses.” a competitive cross-country skier. She knew week Fisher failed to qualify for the men’s Studebaker joined the development team one of her coaches, Eric Reynolds, had comOlympic downhill team but he did march when she was 22. Now at the age of 26, peted internationally in biathlon. in the opening ceremonies), freestyle skier “A friend and I started asking him lots of Studebaker is in Whistler, B.C., two hours Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and biathlete Sara questions about biathlon,” explained Stude- north of Vancouver, where she’s already Studebaker—got their start at Bogus Basin competed in two events. Studebaker exnorth of Boise, playing on snow through the baker. The next thing she knew, Studebaker plained making the Olympic team has been found herself and her teammate, Lindsay Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation. a “surreal” experience. Burt, at a development camp that summer. Boise’s Studebaker competes in biath“To have been working toward this goal She’d never shot a gun before. Studebaker lon—a grueling test of endurance and for so long and finally have it reached is an strength that combines cross-country skiing remembers Reynolds taking her and Burt to amazing feeling,” she said. But she said, she Blacks Creek to practice shooting. with rifle shooting. She made her Olympic knew it wouldn’t really hit her “until I get to She did biathlon “sporadically” through debut last Saturday in the women’s 7.5 km the Olympic Village and realize, ‘Wow, I am high school. sprint biathlon competition at Whistler “I focused on skiing since it was tough to an Olympian!’” Olympic Park. She was the best American WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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ANNUAL WINTER BOULDERING COMPETITION—Time to show off those mad bouldering skills. During this competition climbers will tackle various boulder problems. Prizes distributed at the grand finale on March 6. Mondays, 4 p.m. and Sat., March 6, 4 p.m. $25-$27. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208468-5858, www.nampaparksandrecreation.org. BOGUS BASIN’S HISTORY THROUGH PICTURES, FILM AND STORIES—Author Eve Chandler presents bits of her book Building Bogus Basin, accompanied by photographs and old film clips. Wed., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, www.rei.com. Vancouver’s coastal range usually has snow, but this winter it’s been unusually warm and much of the snow has melted off. Crews have had to bring in snow by truck and helicopter.

BW OLYMPICS BLOGGER PLAYS IN CANADA We’ve all heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” It doesn’t matter if you’re learning to play the flute, ride a horse, skateboard or hurl yourself down the luge run at the Winter Olympics. Practice is everything. It’s how we grow from our failures and learn from our successes. It turns out that everyone at the Winter Olympics practices. I’m not talking about the athletes. That’s a given. I was up in Whistler last week. The resort community will host everything from biathlon to bobsleigh. I was walking through the village, and I heard a sound. It was a female voice. Not just any female voice. It was the voice of an Olympic medal ceremony. What? The games hadn’t even started yet. A crowd gathered around the area, which had been blocked off with metal gates covered in fabric. The crowd took turns peering through a small opening. Turns out if you’re hosting a medal ceremony you have to get it right. Correct. I and dozens of other Whistler visitors had stumbled across a practice medal ceremony. Then I stumbled across The Terminator. Hundreds of fans gathered early one morning before the games began to catch a glimpse of former movie star and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger. They chanted “Terminator” over and over again as California’s governor made his way along the seawall in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. I regret to say I wasn’t there to witness the mob overwhelm the security detail around the governor. But I did catch up with the Terminator during a press conference later in the day on the Pacific Coast Collaborative. He thanked British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell for the chance to carry the torch, patting himself on the back for his stellar internationalism. “I mean, to have an Austrian-born that is American, governor of California, come to Canada, to British Columbia to run with the Olympic torch, that was really a terrific honor,” he said. Though I made it here with no problem, getting into Olympic venues has proven a bit tougher. Tickets are at a premium, if you can get your hands on them at all. I happen to be one of the thousands of journalists from around the world who did not receive International Olympic Committee credentials. So here I am in Vancouver trying to buy my way in to witness Olympic history. So I did what all savvy shoppers do. I turned to ebay. Turns out, it’s hard work bidding on tickets, and there’s no such thing as a cheap Olympic ticket. Four tickets to men’s hockey—the gold medal match—$16,999 and rising. Two tickets to go see Olympic figure skating: That’ll cost upward of $5,000. These tickets are all out of my league. But at the point where I just about gave up all hope of seeing an actual Olympic event, I scored. You will find me at men’s curling on Feb. 19. And in the final four seconds of an auction to watch women’s luge in Whistler, I won two tickets. It cost me $162. —Sadie Babits WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Register BEAT COACH PETE SCHOLARSHIP RUN—Nike, Boise State Campus Recreation and Shu’s Idaho Running Company are sponsoring a three-mile fun run starting at campus, along the Greenbelt through Julia Davis and Ann Morrison parks and looping back around. Packet pickup is scheduled for Friday, April 9 from 4-8 p.m. and the run will be held on Saturday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online at rec.boisestate.edu/ beatpete. Early registration: $10 Boise State students, $20 general; Race day $15 Boise State students, $30 general. Family registration available for $50. HOOFIN IT 5K—Head out to the backcountry for a beautiful 5K run to raise money for the American Blazer Horse Association. Register online at bluecirclesports.com. Packet pickup is scheduled for Friday, April 23, from noon-5 p.m. and the run is on Sunday, April 25, with the one-mile fun run/walk at 1 p.m. followed by the competitive 5K at 1:30 p.m. $20 for 5K, $15 for one mile, $5 late fee for entries received after April 19. INSTRUCTIONAL FITNESS PROGRAMS—Boise State Recreation offers a variety of threeand eight-week programs aimed to get you fit. Check out the list of classes and register online at rec.boisestate.edu/fitness. instruction or call 208-4265644. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec.boisestate.edu. MOUNTAIN WEST OUTDOOR CLUB—Member-led recreational activities throughout the year including hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking. Upcoming trips include: Weekly Wednesday Foothills hikes and mid-week paddles. Check the membersonly group Web site to keep current on all recently posted and spontaneous activities. Memberships cost $15 per year. For information, call 208-3892112 or 208-343-2111. SUN VALLEY HALF MARATHON—Registration is now open for the Sun Valley Half Marathon scheduled for Saturday, June 5. Racers and spectators alike will dig the newly renovated course with a newly designated start/ finish spot. For registration information, visit www.sunvalleyhalfmarathon.com. $40.

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FOOD/REVIEWS On one plate then the other ... BW sends two critics to one restaurant.

PHO NOUVEAU Road House BBQ rode off into the night.

Bad news out in Eagle. Road House BBQ, known for its dry rub, award-winning BBQ and smiling alligator logo/mascot has closed. According to owner Ross Tilbury, the building Road House occupied was foreclosed on and he and his wife Polly decided to hang up the BBQ tongs after 15 years in the business. In other Eagle restaurant news, wellknown local chef David Knickrehm has relocated to popular riverside Bella Aquila. Owner Bill Cooper told Food News to expect a menu tweak for late spring and early summer. In Boise, the good news just keeps coming. Two restaurants opened this week, and news of closings has been scant for months. Bagel shop Loxbury opened last Monday in the Ram Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Broadway Ave. and Park Blvd., serving bagels, soups and sandwiches. I went in for breakfast and snagged a supersized two-egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and tomato on everything bagel sandwich for $3.50. My recommendation: Stop in the first time and get your sea legs about you then call ahead before subsequent visits and they’ll have it ready for you. In addition to the bagels—trucked in from Twin Falls— there’s also a variety of sandwich bread. A deli case has a selection of meat and cheese, which are sliced on the spot, and Dawson Taylor is the brew of choice. 577 Park Blvd., 208-345-6555. Liquid’s new partner in crime, the aptly named Solid, also opened its doors last Monday. Back in December, word slipped that the BODO bar had acquired the restaurant space next door and would be setting up shop with a menu offering casual Northwest cuisine. The addition of Solid would also mean significantly augmenting Liquid’s patio space to create a whopping empire of three 50-foot-long patios. Chef Dustin Williams, formerly of Bungalow and 8th Street Wine Co. (the latter was housed in the space prior to Solid’s predecessor Texas Boogie), has put together a menu with a smattering of usual suspects from nachos and mac and cheese to a build-a-burger option (which includes a veggie patty) and, of course, the Northwest menu requisite—salmon. At midnight on Friday and Saturday, the lunch/dinner menu is put away, and the breakfast menu— featuring fried chicken and waffles on the same plate—comes out to play. So once the encore is over at the Knit, you can head to Solid for breakfast until 4 a.m. 405 S. Eighth St. in BODO. —Rachael Daigle

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SOLID AND LOXBURY OPEN IN BOISE, ROAD HOUSE CLOSES

If it were possible to take a full-color X-ray of my belly after leaving Pho From fully-feathered chicks served boiled in their eggs to Nouveau, downtown’s newest contemporary Vietnamese comfort-food bottles of snake-soaked booze, Vietnam is not a country for restaurant, I imagine it would’ve looked something like the ocean floor: wisps the food prude. Pho Nouveau in Boise’s downtown, however, of seaweed-like clear noodles, sprigs of mossy cilantro, bean-sprout foliage, a offers a menu appropriately lacking the Southeast Asian couple of snappy mussels and a few bright orange shrimp, suspended in a clear country’s most adventurous items, including beating cobra liquid. This odd visual popped into hearts and bushels of leaf-wrapped my mind as my dinner date and I steamed mystery meat. were paying our bill, comfortably Pull back the heavy velour curfull and brandishing a large leftover tains shrouding the entrance, and container, after a recent visit to Pho the world of Pho Nouveau delivers Nouveau. How, I wondered, could a up sturdy dark wood tables, stuffed pile of roughage, fresh seafood and high-back armless chairs, and a rice noodles have possibly gotten the banquette spanning the length of the two of us so full for such a reasonback wall. Without the conical Vietable price? namese hats that once hung near the A quick answer to that question entrance, tables set with chopsticks is a magical two-hour window called are the only hint of what genre of happy-hour (4-6 p.m.). My date and cuisine one might expect. I arrived at Pho Nouveau, parting the For those not well versed in Vietjoint’s billowing red velour curtains namese, the menu is fairly straightwith a precious five minutes left on forward, prominently featuring only the happy hour clock. We quickly put protein choices familiar to the Idaho in an order for fresh summer rolls palate—chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu with grilled salmon ($6.95 regular, and even salmon—tossed in spices, half-priced happy hour), a glass of wedged among noodles and lurking Sterling cabernet ($7.75, two-for-one beneath the surface of a hot bowl of happy hour) and a draft Sockeye pho. Every dish emerging from the Dagger Falls IPA ($5, two-for-one kitchen is visually dense and often happy hour). Glancing around, I comes spread across several plates noticed that the restaurant, with its and saucers. Nearly everything is handful of dark-wood tables, inoffenserved with a patch of fresh herbs sive glass-art and Starbucks-y lightand lettuce on the side, a sidecar ing, catered to a surprisingly diverse of dish-appropriate sauce and the crowd—young families, college-aged staff’s brief explanation on how to folk and older married couples. hand wrap it and eat it. Distracted by the summer rolls’ stillWith hot, crispy spring rolls warm salmon and not-too-sugary come cucumber wedges and sprigs peanut-flecked dipping sauce, we of cilantro for flavoring, green leaf took our sweet time deciding on our for rolling and a mild fish sauce for entrees. For the most part, the rolls dipping. Regardless of the season— avoided the unfortunate rice wrapper spring ($6) or summer ($5.50PHO NOUVEAU plague: They didn’t split their rubbery pants after the $6.95)—Pho Nouveau rolls tight, well-priced starters 780 W. Idaho St., 208-367-1111 first nip of sauce, spilling their guts to and fro in an even if the accompanying sauces (fish for spring and phonouveau.com unseemly fashion. peanut for summer) could pack a better punch. The Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. On our server’s fourth attempt to take our order, pho, like all of Pho Nouveau’s soups, arrives in a Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun.: Noon-8:30 p.m. we finally got down to business, selecting the clear bowl large enough to serve an entire family with the noodle soup ($9.95) with shrimp, crab meat, mussels requisite garden of herbs and lime on the side. As pho and calamari in a sweet clear broth, as well as the goes, Pho Nouveau’s version lives up to its promise grilled shrimp banh hoi ($13). Both dishes, while tasty, are not recommended as Vietnamese comfort food while evoking the essence of the for those wary of a full-contact dining experience. Whether you’re extracting the dish as you might find it in restaurants along the gringo trail in meat from a tiny crab claw, battling a mussel shell for its miniature morsel or Vietnam’s larger cities. slurping up a glob of glass noodles, the soup is a dig-your-fingers-in, bust-outSince its opening last summer, my struggle over a half-dozyour-bib experience. The same can be said of the banh hoi, a DIY lettuce-wrap en visits to Pho Nouveau has been to find a dish that begs my creation station that comes with a pile of thin rice noodles, garlicky grilled return. Most recently, the Hot and Spicy Beef ($10) has made shrimp and a tray heaped high with green leaf lettuce, cilantro, mint, carrots, the most lasting impression. The dish of thinly sliced, bitecucumbers and Vietnamese coriander. When tugging the crunchy tail off a sized beef delivers a wallop of lemongrass up front (thanks to shrimp or trying to keep a pond of sweet chili sauce from spilling out the ends of a particularly effective marinade) followed by the swift heat a lettuce wrap, it’s futile to attempt any amount of grace. of a garlic and chili pepper rub. Unwilling to exert any more energy getting our food from plate to mouth, While I do enjoy Pho Nouveau, aside from the pho, none my date and I threw in the proverbial towel. Scanning the destruction we had of the food takes me back to the market stalls of Ho Chi caused—noodles splatted on the table, puddles of vinegary Vietnamese dipping Minh City or the old-town restaurants of Hoi An. But this sauce and wilting cilantro leaves clinging to empty water glasses—we grinned is Boise, where Vietnamese restaurants can get away with like school kids after a food fight. I piled the table’s remaining edible goods into putting salmon on the menu and where I can sit back, order a the pho to-go container and imagined the mess I’d make later at home. Hue ($4.50) and enjoy the ride. —Tara Morgan thinks a big mess is quid pro pho for a good meal.

—Rachael Daigle is all pho a phood adventure. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

DINING/FOOD Bench ANDRADE’S—From albondigas to zopes, Javier Andrade serves up some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town. Great service, generous portions, decent prices. 4903 Overland Road, 208-424-8890. $-$$ SU. BAD BOY BURGERS—This Bench burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walk-up/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises: it will take two of you to get through one of their burritos. 815 S. Vista Ave., 208. 331-1580. $ BAGUETTE DELI—Choose from 18 different 12-inch sub sandwich choices at the Vietnamese deli. Spring rolls, smoothies and French pastries round out the super value menu, on which no sandwich will set you back more than a five spot. 5204 W. Frank. lin Road, 208-336-2989. $ CASANOVA PIZZERIA—Pizza made like traditional pizzerias in New York and Naples make. Fresh sauces, thin crusts, and toppings from figs and bleu cheese to prosciutto and arugula. And of course real clam pizza from folks hailing from the homestate of “clam pizza” Connecticut. 1204 S. Vista Ave., OM. 208-331-3535. $-$$ CHAPALA—The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 1201 S. Vista Ave., 208-429-1155. $-$$ SU OM.

CHIANG MAI THAI RESTAURANT—Casual for the whole family but elegant for just two. Traditional Thai food named after the infamous Thai cuisine capitol, Chiang Mai. 4898 Emerald St., 208-342-4051. $-$$ SU. THE COOKIE LADY DELI— Fresh, handmade sandwiches offered in a variety of choices, including a tasty chicken salad. Don’t forget your homemade cookie on the way out. 880 Vista Ave., 208-385-7727. $-$$. CRESCENT NO LAWYERS BAR/ GRILL—Lawyers be damned at this popular bar, restaurant and game-lovers paradise. The menu is full of tasty pub food, including burgers, chicken sandwiches (as well as the Mother Clucker Chicken Wrapper), tater tots and a most diggable Kobe prime sandwich. It’s been a Boise tradition since 1963, with a large patio, horseshoe pits and a rambunctious herd of TVs dialed in to the world of sports. Extensive banquet options are also available. 5500 W. Franklin Road, SU OM. 208-322-9856. $ CUCINA DI PAOLO—After years of catering in the valley, Cucina di Paolo now offers heat and serves gourmet entrees, as well as a deli case full of goodies to enjoy in the small dining area. 1504 Vista Ave., 208-345-7150. OM. $$-$$$ DELI GEORGE—Behind the upside-down sign on Fairview, look for over 30 sandwich options full of homemade ingre-

RECENTLY REVIEWED/FOOD BULL’S HEAD PUB 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858 “But this dish, five long fried sticks huddling around a hot tub of marinara and classed up with a sprinkling of dried parsley, looked and tasted like a hybrid of the two. Mozzamari? Or maybe calimarella?” —Tara Morgan

ELI’S ITALIAN DELI 219 N. 10th St., 208-473-7161, elisitalian.com “There needs to be a full campaign, warning everyone that trying this sandwich just once can lead to profound and undeniable cravings and the urge to run out to Eli’s Italian Deli in downtown Boise and grab one at all times of the day.” —Deanna Darr

SWEETWATER’S TROPIC ZONE 210 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194, sweetwaterstropiczone.com “There’s nothing subtle about Sweetwater’s Tropic Zone. From the moment you step into the color-splashed space—with its lightweight cantina tables, ceiling-mounted pink flamingos and echoing reggae—you know you’re on Jimmy Buffet’s turf.” —Tara Morgan

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dients and plenty of imagination. 5602 Fairview Ave., 208-323. 2582. $ FLYING PIE PIZZERIA— Boise’s longest-lived and most inventive pizzeria. They have their own beer (the impeccable Triple Pi Belgian-style ale), and pies to please even the pickiest eaters. 6508 Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000. $ SU OM. GOLDEN STAR—Delicious Chinese/American cuisine served at one of the best preserved old storefronts in town. 1142 N. Orchard St., 208-336-0191. $. JUMPIN’ JANETS—Need a beer, a smoke and a meal? Jumpin’ Janet’s is one of the few places left in town where you can do all three. But here’s the real draw for you health conscious out there: you won’t find a deep fryer in the kitchen at Jumpin’ Janet’s, it’s all baked. Loves it. 574 Vista Ave., SU. 208-342-7620. $ MANDARIN PALACE—Bo-bo, moo-goo, sub-gum and bacon cheeseburgers all under one roof. 5020 Franklin Road, 208345-6682. $ SU. MONGO GRILL—The process begins with choosing a size and bowl and then filling it with your favorite food to toss on a Mongolian grill under the direction of a skilled chef. Mongo Grill has a salad bar, AND seven kinds of pho, plus a Chinese menu with all the usual sweet and sour dishes served on rice noodles or fried rice. 3554 S. Findley Ave., 208-336-2122. $-$$ SU OM. THE OFFICE—This cleverly named sports bar is for the over-21 crowd only. Enjoy a meal, a smoke and a full bar while catching a game on one of The Office’s plasmas. Then, when you’re better half calls looking for you, the simple answer is: “I’m at The Office, honey.” Bar and late night menu until 2 a.m. 6125 E. Fairview, 208-377SU. 2800. $-$$ PANDA GARDEN—Small but comfortable, Panda Garden has a huge selection of menu items. Generous portions from Chinese to sushi, and it’s all good stuff. The staff, too, is friendly and attentive. 2801 Overland Road, SU. 208-433-1188. $-$$ PATTY’S BURGER TIME—The only Idaho Preferred fast food restaurant keeps it good and local by serving Flying M coffee, Cloverleaf milk and local beef. The early riser menu includes breakfast burritos, diced potatoes and breakfast sandwiches using organic eggs and vegetables. Need more reasons to swing by? Patty’s serves fresh fruit milkshakes with more than 40 different varieties and hosts classic cars shows every Saturday night. 1273 S. Orchard St., 208-424. 5073. $

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FOOD/DINING THE PLANK—Excellent finger steaks and chicken strips to wash down all that beer. A special lunch menu and a punch card for extra lunch savings and a reverse happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. till midnight with $2 bar bites. 650 S. Vista, 208-336-1790. $-$$ SU. RAW—The owners of conjoined and very popular Willowcreek Bar and Grill opened up RAW to sate the sushi cravings up on the bench. Striving for “sushi art in a comfortably atmosphere and promising rolls that make your money worth it” RAW is a welcome addition to the Japanese food restaurant family in Boise. 2237 Vista Ave., 208-343-0270. $-$$$ OM.

TANGO’S SUBS AND EMPANADAS—Empanadas: an exotic word that roughly translates to “to-die-for two-dollar treat.” At Tango’s you can get your empanadas traditional, fusion or sweet. 701 N. Orchard St., 208-322-3090; delivery 1-866-996-8624. $ OM. WILLOWCREEK GRILL—Contemporary cuisine in a casual atmosphere and a fine place to dine with friends and family for lunch or dinner. The extensive menu features Northwest favorites such as salmon served up a little different in a fish and twigs option, (twigs are fries at Willowcreek). Choose from a selection of yummies like fried portobello sticks and a wide selection of burgers topped with treats like pastrami and Swiss.

New to the mix is the addition of sushi in the sister establishment right next door at RAW Sushi. One kitchen serving something for everyone; it doesn’t get much better. 2273 S. Vista Ave., Ste. 150, 208-343-5544. $-$$ OM.

Meridian BLUE SKY BAGELS—Hot Asiago bagels, plus a variety of other flavors ranging from plain to garlic to sunflower seed, plus soups, morning egg combos and lunchtime sandwiches. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 130, Meridian, 208-855-9113. $ SU . BUFFALO WILD WINGS—Gnaw on some spicy wings drowned in sauce or go for some ribs, sandwiches or tenders. The menu is full of food and drink choices including grazin’ green salads and mojitos. 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian, 208-288-5485. $-$$ SU OM .

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ROCKIES DINER—This old school diner blends in with the rest of Overland Road, but once inside, customers are greeted with perky waitresses on roller skates, classic rock emanating from the jukebox and guitars puncturing the ceiling-not to mention the massive Harley mounted above the checkerboard floor. The burgers are big and tasty, we recommend the jalapeno peppers. Even if you weren’t born before the ‘50s, you’ll have flashbacks. A DJ booth to boot. 3900 Overland Road, 208-336-2878. $ SU .

coveted Bronco Sauce. The recipe for the sauce took years for Stan to pry out of the hands of a fellow hot dog purveyor. New York frozen custard in vanilla or chocolate is a delicious treat any time. 818 S. Vista Ave, 208-342-1199. $ SU.

ROOSTER’S EATERY— Located in historic Vista Village, Rooster’s offers fine lunch fare. If you’re in the mood for salad try the San Diego with their own creamy Q-min dressing. For a hot sandwich, try the tri tip melt. For a cold one, check out the albacore tuna. 930 S. Vista Ave., . 208-339-9300. $-$$ SHANGRI-LA TEA ROOM—With their own lines of herbal and organic teas and herbal medicines, Shangri-La Tea Room offers a basic menu of vegan and vegetarian offerings. Some items include five types of soup, pita sandwich and falafel sandwiches, curry and southwestern wraps, and one of the best organic salads in the valley according to customers. Teriyaki tofu, tea cakes, and cookies round out a variety of delightful items. On any given day, choose between 80-100 small batch, limited quantity teas produced on small tea farms. The owners pride themselves on knowing where their teas come from. 1800 W. Overland Road, 208-424-0273. $-$$ OM. SONO BANA—Boise’s oldest sushi joint can still hold its own against more stylish newcomers. Chef Yugi Hagino even offers ginger and adzuki bean ice cream. 303 N. Orchard St. $-$$ SU. STAN’S CHAR-BROILED HOT DOGS—New York hot dogs arrive fresh from the East Coast courtesy of Sahlen’s Smokehouse and are char-broiled to perfection by well-trained and friendly employees. Other menu selections include Italian, Polish or white hot Bockwurst sausages and quarter-pound or half-pound burgers. Add a deep-fried accompaniment such as Stan’s famous onion rings or fries. All the usual sides necessary for serving char-broiled meat are available in addition to a super-secret,

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A tower is in the eye of the beholder, especially if it’s made of tuna.

TOWER OF TUNA Among the rich, garlic-heavy starters on Chandlers’ menu pops an imposingly named dish: Tower of Tuna ($12.50). What arrives as the incarnation of a description foretelling a combination of fresh hamachi and ahi is, in fact, cylindrical, though perhaps stouter than its high-reaching name implies. Semantics, I say, and what may have been exaggerated in height is coyly undersold in description. A curCHANDLERS sory glance affirms that indeed, 981 W. Grove St. finely diced avocados, red onions 208-383-4300 chandlersboise.com and tomatoes—all promised ingredients—are present and accounted for. What’s less obvious without empirically gauging the evidence is the red chili, ginger and sesame vinaigrette. Portly though it may be, a certain amount of courage will be required to storm the tower and completely destroy the dish’s winsomeness. Begin with the thrust of a tine, toppling the delicate and layered medley onto a wafer-thin piece of sesame and poppy seed crisp. In tandem, the snap of the crisp and supple give of the fish creates an ideal texture juxtaposition for the ping of vinaigrette against the fresh taste of the ocean. Though the dish offers nothing overtly complex in flavor, it’s not as simple as it looks, either. And that successful deception is one of Chandlers’ most endearing qualities. —Rachael Daigle WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

DINING/FOOD THE BULL’S HEAD PUB—A little bit of England tucked above the bistro, the pub serves up English fare with plenty of spirits to wash it down. Stay entertained with games including shuffleboard, darts and pool. Head over for comedy acts throughout the week, karaoke Tuesdays, Working Women’s Wednesdays, Thursday Thirsty. Comedy shows on Friday and Saturdays are followed by dueling pianos and poker on Sundays. 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858. $-$$ SU.

BUSTED SHOVEL—The bacon cheddar ranch burger is purportedly the best burger in town, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the menu is four pages of tempting pub food from finger steaks and chicken strips to fish and chips and deli sandwiches. 704 W. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217. $-$$ SU OM. CHEERLEADERS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL—The chicken club wrap is popular, so is the handmade fish and chips. If the

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mood strikes for pasta, try the chicken shrimp alfredo. Burgers, tantalizing finger foods and the baby back ribs, with house raspberry or plain barbecue sauce are highlights of the menu. A full schedule of sporting events shown proudly on multiple televisions scattered about the family-friendly locale. 3541 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-939-9209. $$ SU OM . COSTA VIDA—Assemble your own burrito, enchilada, taco or salad at this fast-food south of the border franchise out of Utah with “addictively legal” cuisine reminiscent of Baja’s Blue coast. 3340 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, . 208-887-3853. $ EPI’S BASQUE RESTAURANT— For top-notch Basque cuisine served in a cozy, homey atmosphere, this is the place. Meals are served family-style, so sides can be a surprise, but always a pleasant one. Dessert is just decadent. Closed Sunday and Monday. 1115 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-0142. $$$-$$$$ RES. FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Stone fired pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. The Neapolitan pizzeria prepares the food with fresh ingredients daily. 830 N. Main St., Suite A (Generations Plaza), Meridian, SU OM. 208-288-0969. $-$$

ARGENTINE MALBEC Malbec from Argentina is one of the most reasonably priced, reliable red wines around. OK, if that sounds more like a pre-recall Toyota tagline than a wine descriptor, I apologize, but it’s true. In the under-$20 range, there are any number of malbecs that out perform their price point. The grape has been included in Bordeaux blends for centuries, but more recently its use has declined, with Cahors the only French region still championing the grape. Thanks to Argentina, malbec has had a resurgence in popularity, producing lush and lively reds that seldom disappoint. Here are the panel’s top picks. 2008 CUEVA DE LAS MANOS MALBEC RESERVE, $15.99 This wine opens with earthy blackberry, soft chocolate and red licorice aromas backed by a light stroke of spice and mineral. It’s rich and creamy on the palate with a big core of smooth cherry and raspberry fruit. A smooth tannic grip marks the long finish with those red fruit flavors lingering nicely. 2006 FAMIGLIA BIANCHI MALBEC, $16.99 There’s a light hit of toasty oak and vanilla and a pleasant hint of tobacco on the nose, along with a medley of dusty fruit aromas—cranberry, blueberry and strawberry rhubarb. Round and racy in the mouth, this wine offers bright cherry and dark berry fruit that’s colored by anise and spice. A nice hit of acidity balances things out on the finish. 2007 FANTELLI MALBEC, SERIE MAGNO, $12.99 The nose of this wine is filled with dark fruit aromas—berry, cherry and plum—rounded out by touches of sweet mocha and earth. This is an elegantly styled wine with impeccable balance between the sweet berry and tart cherry fruit. Light tannins and notes of chocolate and coffee mark the finish. A definite best buy. —David Kirkpatrick This week’s panel: Ilene Dudunake, A New Vintage Wine Shop; David Kirkpatrick, Boise Co-op Wine Shop; Cindy Limber, Bardenay; Karen McMillin, Hayden Beverage; Leslie Young, Boise Co-op Wine Shop. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

FUSION ASIAN GRILL—Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean in Meridian. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, SU OM. 208-855-5930. $-$$ GANDOLFO’S DELI—The Georgia based franchise of New York delicatessens provides sandwich fans with New York style hot and cold deli sands, specialty selections and side salads. 2020 E. Overland Road, Suite 130, . Meridian, 208-884-3354. $ GINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—If you’re going to name a restaurant after yourself, you want the food to be good. Gino, as owner and chef, has made sure it’s superb. This little bistro offers fine Italian dining and wonderful, friendly, bend-over-backwards service. 3015 McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710. $$ . GOODWOOD BARBECUE—Great barbecue, Texas-style, right in the middle of the Treasure Valley. With everything from ribs and brisket to chicken, Goodwood Continues to be a valley favorite with a family friendly atmosphere. 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-884-1021. $-$$$$ OM SU. GRAINS OF MONTANA—All the wheat flour used for the freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, gourmet sandwiches and stone oven pizzas is grown and harvested on a family farm in Nashua, Mont. The selection of sandwiches range from cold to hot to toasted BLT and build-yourown. Pizza, calzones and a different homemade soup every day go great with a variety of salads. Beverages include fountain drinks, fruit smoothies and espresso. 1505 S. Eagle Road, Ste. 190, Meridian, OM 208-888-8883. $$-$$$ .

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The game you’ve been enmeshed in has reached a sticking point, or soon will. I recommend that you call for a suspension of action. If that’s not possible, hide from the other players for a while, or jokingly tell them you have to excuse yourself because it’s time for your regular bout of cleansing escapism. Then, during the break, scour your brain free of clutter so you can gain a more dispassionate view of your own strategy. I also suggest that you seek the advice of a smart and impartial observer. If all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the fray refreshed within 10 days. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Being scrupulously ethical can be taxing and time-consuming. It involves high levels of ongoing self-examination, which many people are too selfish and lazy to bother with. On the upside, pursuing a path with integrity ultimately reduces one’s suffering. It also attracts the kind of assistance that is most likely to aid and abet one’s quest for liberation. As a bonus, it makes it unlikely that one will be a cockroach in one’s next incarnation. I’m bringing this up, Capricorn, because I’m sensing that you’re about to be tempted to be less than your best self. Please don’t succumb. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable,” said renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith. If that’s true, I’m doubling the damage to my dignity by using astrological analysis to make an economic forecast. But that’s OK. My job is to report the raw truth as I see it, not worry about my reputation or social status. And the raw truth as I see it is that you are more likely than all the other signs of the zodiac to prosper in 2010, even if the economy as a whole continues to limp along. The next four weeks will be an ideal time to launch a master plan to take advantage of this potential. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Historians trace the origin of Poland as a nation to the year 966. It mostly thrived for hundreds of years but was extinguished in 1795, when three imperialistic invaders—Russia, Prussia and Austria—claimed different parts of it as their own. Throughout the 19th century, when there was no Poland, the Poles fought to restore self-rule. Their dream came true on Nov. 11, 1918, when Poland once again became an independent nation. I regard the phase you’re now in, Pisces, as having certain similarities to the state of the Polish people in October 1918. Congratulations in advance for the imminent return of your sovereignty.

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