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NOTE THE HOW AND WHY OF BEST OF BOISE The first edition of Best of Boise was published in 1994. Fifteen editions later (we skipped Best of Boise in 2000 and 2001), I still find myself fielding the occasional brow-furrowing, head-shaking question. Do advertisers pay to get a Best of Boise Staff Pick? Nope. Do only advertisers get to compete in the Readers’ Choice competition? Nope. Those are the most frustrating questions to hear. A sample of the more understandable include: 1. Why are non-local businesses excluded? 2. Why do I have to answer a minimum number of questions on the survey? 3. How do you prevent cheating? 4. What do I have to do to win in a Readers’ Choice award? And in order: 1. Boise Weekly is almost entirely locally focused in our content choices regarding business. Notice we never review big-box chain restaurants? We believe in highlighting what is best about Boise, rather than what is best about Boise and the 35 cities a chain or franchise also calls home. 2. We ask that a minimum number of questions are answered on a ballot to deter ballot stuffing. And come on, if you can’t think of 20 things you really dig about Boise, maybe it’s time you moved. Just sayin‘. 3. Ah ... cheating, aka ballot stuffing. We did have a major case of ballot stuffing this year. You know who you are, we know who you are, and we’re disappointed in you. We don’t screw around with certain common online polling tools because we have a super-duper balloting system made specifically for alt weekly “Best of” polling. We call it simply “the tool,” and it’s designed with ballot stuffers in mind. Every vote submitted by the offending stuffers was tossed out. As for future instances, I offer only this: Play by the rules or don’t play at all. 4. Finally, how do you win? We’ve never been shy to admit that Best of Boise is a popularity contest. Be really good at whatever it is you do, and readers will notice. Wage a solid Best of Boise campaign during voting, and readers will notice. Congratulations to this year’s winners, particularly to those who are making milestone appearances this year. The people and places who are taking first place for the 10th year are marked with badges throughout this issue. If you don’t know them, check ’em out; they’re obviously doing something right. —Rachael Daigle

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THE DOUGHBOYS The world of class warcraft Can’t remember who I heard say it last, how those damn Democrats are stirring up a class war on the poor rich. Might have been Karl Rove. He’s the sort that worries a lot about class war. Might have been Sarah Palin. She talks so much, surely there was something about it in all that gibberish. Doesn’t much matter who brought it up, I guess. Beck, O’Reilly, gassy Mitch McConnell or that oily John Boehner. They are outraged that President Barack Obama might let the Bush tax cuts expire on the top 2 percenters. To them, that would be proof that the prez and his party are intent on going shock-and-awe on sad, picked-on rich people. I thought before this breaks out into full-scale carnage, maybe we ought to take a closer look at how class warfare works. Seems like I’ve been hearing about it all my life. A Democrat can hardly acknowledge there are super-wealthy people without somebody hollering about a class war breaking out. So a more thorough understanding is in order, yes? Following is the model of a classic class war, as waged every day, every minute, in America, whether or not we’re paying attention. A Democrat usually fires the first volley, snarling something to the effect of, “Hey, have you ever noticed the rich keep getting richer?” Reeling from such a vicious onslaught, the rich have no choice but to defend themselves. With a meager defense force made up of little more than the upper management and the boards of directors of all the largest corporations and companies in the nation, along with those summer seaside dwellers who come from families that have controlled America’s economy for generation after generation, along with the political underlings in high office whose very existence depends on generous helpings of quid pro quo, they respond in the only way available to them: by busting another union, by down-sizing another industry or by sending another assembly plant to a Third World country. Who can blame the wounded, the scarred victims? They were attacked! How can the vile Democrat justify mentioning such a pitiable condition as getting richer? But the villain isn’t through. Exploiting the collateral circumstance that there are ever-fewer well-paid blue-collar jobs left, the Democrat unleashes another fusillade: “And hey, have you noticed the poor keep getting poorer?” My God! Has this monster no decency!? The beleaguered rich have no recourse but to raise interest rates on credit cards to usury levels, to beef up their trust funds by tacking extravagant charges and conditions on already over-priced services, to manipulate the energy markets so that record-breaking profits can be used to buy political influence that

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might—some day in a brighter, more hopeful future—eliminate such atrocities as OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency, Social Security and the minimum wage. These acts of defiance launch the inhuman Democrats into a banzai frenzy. “Hey,” the beasts roar with rage, “there’s indisputable evidence that wealth is draining out of the middle-class and pouring into the top 5 percent at an astounding and accelerating rate!” Clearly, if that sort of take-no-prisoners tactic is allowed to continue unanswered, the execrable Democrats might incite the entire middle class into doing something desperate. Who knows? They might even reject the whole culture of over-consumption, which would leave the rich with little more than their off-shore accounts, their dense investment portfolios and their vast property holdings with which to sustain themselves. Therefore, to prevent a rebellion from an increasingly aware host of servant-worthy upstarts, the besieged rich squeeze middleclass collaborators out of the more lucrative jobs, replacing their functions with automated scanners and service centers in Mumbai. To ensure that no future threats arise from an educated mass of potential infiltrators, they evac the dream of a college education to such high ground that few can expect to reach it. Furthermore, the most daring warriors for the desperate cause of the rich develop ingenious tactics to overcharge for health insurance, overcharge for medical services, overcharge for home ownership, and overcharge for utilities. These heroes are so diligent about defending the provinces of the rich, they take time off only to award themselves mind-boggling bonuses, another house or two in war-ravaged terrain such as Vail or the Hamptons, and to up-grade their yachts. Ultimately, the Democrat horde is driven back. Routed! Blown off the beach by superior strategies and, of course, a shitload of money. The war never really ends, though. As the rich have known all along, it has never been a fight over words or statistics or politics. The only thing that matters in class warfare is that by whatever means necessary, their side comes out of it with even more wealth than what they had when it started so long ago. And to make certain it always stays that way, the rich field a campaign designed to convince an army of rabble that there are no class distinctions in America, that everyone has an equal opportunity to get what they, the rich, have worked for so hard—not counting what they inherited. Such an absurd notion doesn’t work on everyone. But it keeps enough of the easily distracted distracted, slaving away for a nonexistent chance to grasp an unreachable ring, and by lulling so many into complacency, the rich can always rely on them for cannon fodder. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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PIPELINE STILL A DREAM Presidents and bankers, but no action on the ground KARA-TEPE, AFGHANISTAN—There is no pipeline. There probably won’t be one. Yet the pipeline-that-will-never-exist is one of the main reasons that hundreds of thousands of Afghans and 2,000 American soldiers are dead. Among my goals during my late-summer trip to Afghanistan was to find the construction site for the Trans-Afghanistan oil and gas pipeline (TAP). Also known as TurkmenistanAfghanistan-Pakistan, TAP would carry the world’s largest new energy reserves, which are in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan’s sections of the landlocked Caspian Sea, across Afghanistan to a deep-sea port in Pakistan. Some background: The idea dates to the mid-1990s. Unocal, owner of the Union 76 gas station chain, led a consortium of oil companies that negotiated with the Taliban government. Among their consultants was Zalmay Khalilzad, who later served as President George W. Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations. As you’d expect, political instability has been the primary obstacle preventing a New Silk Road of oil and gas to flow across Central and South Asia. The planned route for TAP follows Afghanistan’s ring road from the northwestern city of Herat across soaring mountains and bleak deserts through Kandahar province, the heart of Taliban territory. Hundreds of warlords and regional commanders would have to be paid protection money. Unocal pulled out in 1998, citing the civil war between the Taliban and Northern Alliance. But logic can’t kill a dream. In February 2001 the new Bush-Cheney administration invited Taliban representatives to Texas for new talks. When the Afghans insisted upon higher transit fees than the White House oilmen were prepared to offer, things turned ugly. “Either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold,” a frustrated U.S. negotiator snapped at the Talibs on May 15, 2001, “or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.” The last Bush-Taliban pipeline discussions took place on Aug. 2, 2001, in Islamabad between Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca, a former CIA employee, and Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan. The 9/11 attacks, planned in Pakistan and carried out by Pakistani-trained Saudis and Egyptians, provided the pretext for invading Afghanistan. Was TAP the only motivation? Certainly not: Afghanistan also offered a “dry run” invasion of a defenseless Muslim nation pre-Iraq, as well as a chance to exert geopolitical muscle-flexing at the expense of regional rivals Russia and Iran. But TAP was part of the calculus. Since 2002 the presidents of Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan have repeatedly met to talk about TAP. The Asian Development Bank has financed feasibility studies for the $8 billion deal. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Politicians want the pipeline. Bankers want it, too. But has ground been broken? A number of mainstream news accounts said yes, that the 52-inch pipe was already being laid along the highway that runs north from Herat to the Turkmen border. I wanted confirmation and photos. Something to shove in the faces of those neocons who dismiss TAP as a conspiracy theory. Unfortunately, all the journalists in Afghanistan are embedded with soldiers, running around the mountains near the Pakistani border in a war that is irrelevant to the Afghan people but looks good on the nightly news. They’re too busy supporting the troops to do any real reporting. So, accompanied by fellow cartoonists Matt Bors and Steven Cloud, I set out up that road from Herat two weeks ago. My goal: the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline. It’s a hot, dusty drive. There isn’t much to see: desert, scrub, goatherds, adobe-style mudbrick villages. The Koshk District, the region’s major population center, is so infested with Talibs that Afghan national policemen are afraid to drive through. I can tell you what you don’t see: the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline. There’s no construction of any kind alongside that highway. We stopped locals to ask them about TAP. Finally, one geezer brightened up. He’d seen it. Our Afghan driver got excited. He turned to us: “It was here! But the local people stole it.” “They stole the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline?” “Yes! They used it to make a mosque. He is going to show us.” I was happy. What a story! I took out my camera, ready to document the amazing tale of the Our Lady of TAP mosque, indirectly financed by American hubris. We followed the man down an alley and across a small garden. He walked us into what can only be described as a modest building. He gestured. “There it is,” said his gesture. There, indeed it was: a dumpy little building, which I’ll call a mosque though there was no way to identify it as a house of God, with pipes holding up the corners and serving as rafters. Small pipes. Very small pipes. Nine-inch pipes, maybe eight. “That’s not an oil pipeline,” I told my driver. “What we’re looking for is big. I made a big circle with my arms. “BIIIGG.” He pointed again. He smiled as if to say: Look harder. “This pipeline came from Turkmenistan,” said my driver. “I was a boy when the Soviets built it. For oil.” “No. This is a water pipe,” I said. “Or maybe sewage. Besides, we’re looking for something new. Not Soviet.” Because it seemed rude not to, I snapped a few photos and tipped the old guy. It was like that scene in Spinal Tap when the mini-Stonehenge drops from the ceiling. I stifled a laugh as we got back into our car.

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BEST ANSWERS OF BEST OF BOISE 2010 Zombie Ernest Hemingway

BEST LOCAL CULTURAL ATTRACTION Two-headed calf at the museum

BEST LOCAL LIVE THEATER Legislature

BEST LOCAL ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE The castle on Warm Springs (ha!)

BEST PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN Naked on Capitol and Front Street

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BEST LIVING IDAHO WRITER

BEST LOCAL BOARD SHOP Thriftway Lumber

BEST LOCAL APPLIANCE STORE Great Gargoyles

BEST LOCAL CAR WASH My wife

BEST LOCAL WOMEN’S CLOTHING Not a woman

BEST LOCAL MEAT That’s what she said

BEST LOCAL TANNING SALON Vampires rule

BEST LOCAL STRIP CLUB The one that has men

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With more than 21,000 tweets, it’s a marvel that @lilivonshtupp still has anything left to say. But with nuggets of wisdom like, “It smells like pencil shavings outside,” her 1,500-plus followers hope she never runs out. SECOND PLACE: @WENDIEGONEFERAL, AKA WENDIE GREEN THIRD PLACE: @SCOTT_NICHOLSON, AKA SCOTT NICHOLSON

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Best Local News Source KTVB Channel 7

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Best Local Politician Boise Mayor Dave Bieter

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Best Local Place to See and Be Seen Alive After Five 10 Best Local TV Anchor Dee Sarton, KTVB Channel 7

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Best Place to Take a Non-Idahoan Boise River 10 Best Local Weatherperson Scott Dorval, KIVI Channel 6

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KTVB CHANNEL 7 ktvb.com

There’s a cliche in the news biz: When you cover a news story like a blanket, you own the story, and Channel 7 owns most stories. Carolyn, Dee and Mark shepherd the youngest bunch of cub reporters in town, but when they say something is news, it usually is. And if it’s anything to do with Boise State football, get out of the way: “Coach Pete farts! Live at 10!” SECOND PLACE: BOISE WEEKLY THIRD PLACE: BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO/ NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, KBSX 91.5-FM

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Best Local Blogger Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

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BEST LOCAL PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN

ALIVE AFTER FIVE

Grove Plaza, downtownboise.org There is no more literal interpretation of “social circle” than Alive After Five. Each Wednesday evening during the summer, every circle in Boise shows up at the Grove Plaza to do a little circling. If you make enough laps, you could run into just about everyone you know, which makes Alive After Five the ultimate place in Boise to round out your social circle. SECOND PLACE: CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET THIRD PLACE: DOWNTOWN BOISE

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Best Local Radio Station Boise State Public Radio/ National Public Radio, KBSX 91.5-FM

Best Local DJ/Radio Personality Ken Bass and Tim Johnstone, KRVB 94.9-FM The River

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BOISE MAYOR DAVE BIETER

Mayor Dave Bieter once said, “My job is not to do what’s popular. It’s to do what’s right, and make it popular.” Even when he’s on the unpopular side of an issue, his conviction is noble. He bikes to work and even sang during a green show at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Suck it, Nampa. SECOND PLACE: SEN. NICOLE LEFAVOUR THIRD PLACE: REP. WALT MINNICK

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BEST LOCAL TV ANCHOR

DEE SARTON, KTVB CHANNEL 7 ktvb.com

You know those deja vu moments? We’ve been having one for more than a decade. Each year we write about how anchors from Boise’s NBC affiliate dominate the market. KTVB has owned this category basically from its inception, and no one has stood atop the platform more often than the venerable Dee Sarton.

BEST PLACE TO TAKE A NON-IDAHOAN

BOISE RIVER

Want to be your houseguests’ hero? Take it to the water. Everything seems better when you’re floating through the heart of the city, gazing at a blue sky while ducks, hawks, eagles and osprey ply the shoreline. Yup, if you want to say “my hometown makes yours look like a Siberian gulag” just take your guests down the Boise River. SECOND PLACE: BOISE GREENBELT THIRD PLACE: DOWNTOWN BOISE

BEST LOCAL WEATHERPERSON

SCOTT DORVAL, KIVI CHANNEL 6 kivitv.com

The strong accuracy front moving in means there’s a 100 percent chance Scott Dorval will come out on top of the category again. The explanation is simple: When the warm feelings created by a continually accurate forecast mix in the atmosphere with the chill from a winning streak so cool it’s ice-cold, you have the recipe for the perfect ... meteorologist.

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SECOND PLACE: LARRY GEBERT, KTVB CHANNEL 7

THIRD PLACE: CAROLYN HOLLY

THIRD PLACE: RICK LANTZ, KTVB CHANNEL 7

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SKI PACKAGES Thanksgiving Package / Nov. 24-28 Thanksgiving in Sun Valley! This Thanksgiving Opening will kick-off Sun Valley’s 75th Winter Season. Special rates commemorating the event will include four nights lodging in the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn, a three-out-of-four day lift ticket and a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet. These packages start as low as $282 per person double occupancy.

Pre-Holiday Package / Nov. 24-Dec. 20 Ski one day and spend one night for only $72 per person double occupancy. The Kids Stay and Ski Free program also is valid during this time. This package is available multiple days.

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BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO/ NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, KBSX 91.5-FM radio.boisestate.edu

OK, OK, so we screwed up your morning routine when George Prentice left Boise State Public Radio to join the Boise Weekly team. We’re sorry about that, but apparently you still love what the folks at KBSX are up to everyday. We’re big fans, too. SECOND PLACE: KRVB 94.9-FM THE RIVER THIRD PLACE: KQLZ 99.1-FM THE VIRUS

BEST LOCAL WEBSITE

BOISEWEEKLY. COM

Aw, shucks. Thanks, guys. You shouldn’t have, but we’re glad you did. SECOND PLACE: KTVB.COM THIRD PLACE: TIE, BEHINDTHEMENU.COM AND TREYMCINTYRE.COM

BEST LOCAL TV STATION

KTVB CHANNEL 7 ktvb.com

BETSY RUSSELL, EYE ON BOISE spokesman.com/blogs/boise

It’s ironic that a reporter for a paper in Spokane, Wash. (The Spokesman Review), would be Boise’s best blogger, but we can’t argue with this choice. Russell’s blog is the go-to website for everything happening in and to this town. If it has happened in Boise, Russell knows about it and has already blogged it. SECOND PLACE: WENDIE GREEN, WENDIE GONE FERAL THIRD PLACE: MICHAEL BOSS, BEHIND THE MENU

BEST LOCAL DJ/ RADIO PERSONALITY

KEN BASS AND TIM JOHNSTONE, KRVB 94.9-FM THE RIVER riverinteractive.com

You love them, Boise, you really love them. Every year, Ken and Tim come out on top of this heap. You love them for the drive-time chatter with regular guests, for the work-time distraction of the Morning Show Blog (which is a random collection of space porn, kitty photos and time-sucking videos) and for the opportunities to show off your rock music knowledge. Rock on. SECOND PLACE: TIE, MIKE AND KATE, KCIX MIX 106-FM, AND NICK AND BIG J, KQXR 100.3-FM THE X THIRD PLACE: KEKE LOVE, KSAS 103.3-FM KISS

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BEST LOCAL BLOGGER

SECOND PLACE: KAID CHANNEL 4, IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION THIRD PLACE: KIVI CHANNEL 6

BEST LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT 1027 Lusk St., 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org

This fall, Boise Bicycle Project marks its third year, and in that time, the nonprofit has refurbished 3,000 bikes and donated almost 900. BBP’s “mad scientists” and “army of volunteers” run a bike shop, teach classes and are revolutionizing the bike community. SECOND PLACE: IDAHO FOODBANK THIRD PLACE: IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY

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Best Local Art Gallery Boise Art Museum Best Local Architectural Treasure Tie: Boise Depot and Idaho State Capitol

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Best Local Live Theater Idaho Shakespeare Festival

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Best Local Movie Theater The Flicks

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Best Idaho Visual Artist Ben Wilson

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Best Local Dance Company Trey McIntyre Project

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Best Local Cultural Attraction/Museum Boise Art Museum 16 Best Living Idaho Writer Anthony Doerr

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Best Local Band Built to Spill

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Best Local Public Art Traffic Box Murals

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Best Local Venue to See a Band Knitting Factory Concert House

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BEST LOCAL ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE

TIE, BOISE DEPOT AND IDAHO STATE CAPITOL

2603 W. Eastover Terrace, 208-384-4228, cityofboise.org; 700 W. Jefferson St., 208-332-1000, capitolcommission.idaho.gov OK, so what do these things have in common? They were built a long time ago (1925 and 1905 respectively), and they anchor either end of Capitol Boulevard. The two icons of the City of Trees share top honors this year. It’s not hard to understand why. Along with the second- and third-place winners in this category, there are few structures that are as easily identifiable in the city. Recent renovation work done on both buildings has ensured that they will continue to hosts field trips, weddings, tourists and politicians for at least another century or two. SECOND PLACE: EGYPTIAN THEATRE THIRD PLACE: IDANHA HOTEL

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BEST LOCAL LIVE THEATER

IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-336-9227, idahoshakespeare.org

We are proposing that in addition to the traditional dramatic masks of comedy and tragedy, a new mask of surprise be added so we can wear it each fall when we announce that Idaho Shakespeare Festival has, once again, been voted among the Best of Boise. By this point, no one should be surprised that the state’s preeminent theater company wins this category year after year: The productions are excellent, the cast and crew are some of the best in the business, and you just can’t beat that gorgeous amphitheater. Of course, the fact that most of us indulge in a few glasses of wine each time we see an ISF production only enhances those warm, fuzzy feelings. SECOND PLACE: BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER THIRD PLACE: BOISE LITTLE THEATRE

THIRD PLACE: BASEMENT GALLERY

BEST LOCAL MOVIE THEATER

THE FLICKS

646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com If there were a thousand local theaters in the Treasure Valley, the Flicks would probably still swamp the competition. When we’re there, we truly feel we’re in the company of folks who adore movies. You name it: award winners, documentaries, foreign films and those hidden gems. And you can bring a beer to your seat. SECOND PLACE: EGYPTIAN THEATRE THIRD PLACE: OVERLAND PARK CINEMAS

BEST IDAHO VISUAL ARTIST

BEN WILSON benwilsonart.com

BW has long loved BW. Yes, in part because of the identical initials but more so because of Wilson’s ability to take the real and the surreal and create creatures that live in a mystical place in between. Everything that oozes out of Wilson’s mind dances across the paper with humor and an incredible sense of style. SECOND PLACE: WARD HOOPER THIRD PLACE: TIE, ERIN CUNNINGHAM AND KELLY KNOPP

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In the three years since this dance company made Boise home, it has changed the way the community views the art of dance. TMP brought us to a big-city appreciation of modern ballet and brought a recognition of Boise to the rest of the world. TMP answers every “Why Boise?” with “It’s a great place to live.” We have to give them credit for our new appreciation of dance, as well as for any surge in home sales as more people move here thanks to TMP. SECOND PLACE: BALLET IDAHO THIRD PLACE: IDAHO DANCE THEATRE

BEST LOCAL CULTURAL ATTRACTION/MUSEUM

BOISE ART MUSEUM

ANTHONY DOERR anthonydoerr.com

Every year, BAM proves it has culture coming out of its ... galleries.

Anthony Doerr’s latest collection of short stories, Memory Wall, cemented his place on this list. It’s a position he has owned since his last book, Four Seasons in Rome. We’re proud to call him one of our own.

SECOND PLACE: ANNE FRANK MEMORIAL

SECOND PLACE: BRADY UDALL

THIRD PLACE: BASQUE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER

THIRD PLACE: TIM WOODWARD

670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org

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BUILT TO SPILL builttospill.com

Not only did these iconic indie rockers release their seventh heart-melting album, There is No Enemy, this past fall, but they’ve also done a commendable job shining the national spotlight on local bands. For their summer and fall tours, BTS invited local acts like Fauxbois, Finn Riggins and RevoltRevolt to open for them in front of thousands of fans. Their awesomeness cup spilleth over. SECOND PLACE: HILLFOLK NOIR THIRD PLACE: PILOT ERROR

BEST LOCAL PUBLIC ART

TRAFFIC BOX MURALS

cityofboise.org/artsandhistory Aside from transportation department workers, few have given much thought to traffic control boxes. But Boise’s Department of Arts and Histor y enlisted artists like Jerms Lanningham, Pat Kilby, Amy Lunstrum and Erin Ruiz to give those ugly ducklings a makeover. SECOND PLACE: FREAK ALLEY THIRD PLACE: GROVE STREET ILLUMINATED, AMY WESTOVER

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BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN

REBECCA SCOTT rebeccascott.us

R is for the run of Best Local Musician wins: seven years in a row, E is for excellent guitar skills, whether she’s playing fast or slow, B is for her beautiful voice, her mesmerizing croon, E is for her energy, a presence that makes listeners swoon, C is for her wealth of charm, and all her wit and grace, C is for her charity, she donates her time with a smile on her face, A is for our affection, we love her a lot. Put them all together and you get our Best Local Musician: Rebecca Scott. SECOND PLACE: CURTIS STIGERS THIRD PLACE: DOUG MARTSCH

BEST LOCAL SINGER KNITTING REBECCA SCOTT FACTORY rebeccascott.us CONCERT HOUSE R is for ... (see above)

416 Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com

SECOND PLACE: CURTIS STIGERS THIRD PLACE: THOMAS PAUL

Knitting Factory has nailed the formula for live music, and whatever pattern their factory uses, it works. SECOND PLACE: IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN THIRD PLACE: NEUROLUX

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The great American author and humorist Mark Twain once famously said, “Golf is a nice walk ruined.” The truth of that statement depends on just how well you’re playing on any particular day, but it can’t hurt when that walk is along the river on what is continually voted Boise’s favorite course. Warm Springs has it all: scenery, mature trees and it’s open to the public, so you get to swing away without all that pretentious country-club vibe. Just watch out for those special traps the geese like to leave. SECOND PLACE: SHADOW VALLEY GOLF COURSE THIRD PLACE: QUAIL HOLLOW GOLF COURSE

Best Local Golf Course Warm Springs Golf Course 20 Best Local Playground Camel’s Back Park 20

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BEST LOCAL SKI SHOP

CAMEL’S BACK PARK

GREENWOOD’S SKI HAUS

Corner of 13th and Heron streets Best Local Board Shop Newt and Harold’s 20 Best Local Ski Shop Greenwood’s Ski Haus 20 Best Local Sports Team Boise State Bronco Football 20 Best Local Yoga Instructor James Burton, Boise Yoga Center

Few Boise parks are as iconic as Camel’s Back Park, and the others just don’t have the same fun-factor density. Within its small confines are a glee-inducing playground, tennis courts, beach volleyball, barbecue grills and down and trailheads for Foothills adventures. Not a bad combo if you ask us. Now excuse us, there’s a swing set calling.

2400 Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-6808, greenwoodsskihaus.com

After decades of serving the valley’s skiers, is it any wonder Greenwood’s is where it’s at? SECOND PLACE: MCU SPORTS THIRD PLACE: NEWT AND HAROLD’S

SECOND PLACE: SETTLERS PARK

BEST LOCAL SPORTS TEAM

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Best Local Trainer Chaya Dugall Martini, Idaho Athletic Club 22 Best Ski Location Within a Half-Day Drive from Boise Bogus Basin Mountain Resort 22 Best Local Bike Shop George’s Cycles and Fitness 22

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Longboards, skateboards, snowboards, ski boards ... wait, scratch that last one. Newt’s also has a kicking selection of kicks, boots, bindings and gear. If you can ride it, they can sell it to you (ponies excluded).

Greatness matters. BW may not assign six reporters to tell you what Kellen Moore’s favorite color is, but we’ll be damned if some candyass explains to us what a triple option is. When Boise State is on the blue, we’re balls-to-thewalls Broncos fans.

SECOND PLACE: THE BOARD ROOM

SECOND PLACE: IDAHO STEELHEADS

THIRD PLACE: PRESTIGE

THIRD PLACE: BOISE HAWKS

BEST LOCAL BOARD SHOP 1021 Broadway Ave., 208-385-9300, newtandharolds.com

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BEST LOCAL YOGA INSTRUCTOR

JAMES BURTON, BOISE YOGA CENTER 3113 Rose Hill; 450 W. State St., Ste. 250, Eagle, 208-343-9786, boiseyogacenter.com

For an activity that promotes inner peace and mental calm, it sure was a cutthroat battle to the top. But when the yoga mats settled, it was James Burton who managed to stretch past the rest to end up as king of the mountain (pose) for the second year in a row. The Aussie transplant has been studying Iyengar yoga for more than a decade and recently returned from a month of intensive continuing training in India. Now his students can learn all of the latest (ancient) techniques. You can find Burton teaching the wonders of yoga at either Boise Yoga Center location: You just better be ready to work. SECOND PLACE: MARISA SMITH, MUSE STUDIOS THIRD PLACE, TIE: VICKIE ALDRIDGE, BOISE YOGA CENTER; JAMIE MITCHELL, BIKRAM YOGA

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HARVEST A GATHERING OF FILM October 22 & 23 Featuring EYE TRIP by LEVEL 1 & LIGHT THE WICK by TGR. Plus the lastest films by FORUM, FLOW SNOWBOARDS and more.

Submit your film! Enter your project in the first annual Sun Valley Harvest Film Festival before October 15. For information, visit mySVfun.com.

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CHAYA DUGALL MARTINI , IDAHO ATHLETIC CLUB

Chaya will kick your ass into shape. She’s a personal trainer, Group X instructor and all-around fitness guru at Idaho Athletic Club who teaches pilates, yoga, spin and does it all with one giant smile. Seriously kids, she’s good stuff. She might make you do a million lunges and then a million crunches, but she’s so nice and she gets the bikini-bod job done. SECOND PLACE: MONSTER PERSONAL TRAINING THIRD PLACE: TIE, KENNY MCDANIEL, PAMELA BRYSON-DEMETRO, MICHELLE STANWIENS, CURTIS FRENCH AND DOUG HALL

BEST SKI LOCATION WITHIN A HALF-DAY DRIVE FROM BOISE

BOGUS BASIN MOUNTAIN RESORT

Top of Bogus Basin Road, 208-332-5100, bogusbasin.org Location, location, location—it’s important even when it comes to the search for a powdery slope to conquer. When the snow has been falling thick and fluffy in the hills all night, and the urge to ski becomes more of a compulsion than a desire, you want to get in the lift line asap. Thank you, Bogus, for giving us our fix as quickly as possible. SECOND PLACE: BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN RESORT THIRD PLACE: SUN VALLEY RESORT

BEST LOCAL BIKE SHOP

GEORGE’S CYCLES AND FITNESS

251 E. Front St., 208-343-3782; 5515 W. State St., 208-853-1964; 10178 Fairview Ave., 208-884-3115; georgescycles.com Goatheads got your bike, your breaks are squeaky and your gears are slipping. The team at George’s has your back. You want a cushy-seat, floweredcovered cruiser? The sales team can help you out. You’re falling behind in the racing pack? George’s has a perfect fit system to help you get the most out of your machine. And that is why everyone on two wheels loves George’s. SECOND PLACE: BOB’S BICYCLES THIRD PLACE: BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT

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BOISE CO-OP

888 W. Front St., 208-472-4500, boisecoop.com It’s got all the buzz words: organic, local, free-range, grass-fed, fresh and hormone-free. And your votes say that’s exactly how you like it. SECOND PLACE: BOB’S MEATS ROYALE THIRD PLACE: PORTERHOUSE MEATS

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Best Local CD/ Record Store The Record Exchange 24

Best Local Gardening Store/Nursery Edwards Greenhouse 27

Best Local Appliance Store Jim’s

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Best Local Wine Shop Boise Co-op Wine Shop 26 Best Local Antique Store Antique World Mall 27 Best Local Bookstore Rediscovered Bookshop 27 Best Local Gym Downtown YMCA

Best Local Tattoo Parlor A Mind’s Eye Tattoo 31 Best Local Shoe Store Shoe Fetish 31

Best Local Hair Salon Euphoria Salon 28

Best Local Taxi Service Boise City Taxi 31

Best Local Furniture Store Renewal Consignment Homewares 30

Best Local Gift Shop Dragonfly 34

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THE RECORD EXCHANGE

Best Local Tanning Salon Planet Beach 34 Best Local Smokeshop Hannifin’s Cigar Shop 34 Best Local Spa Floating Feather

1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com It would be so easy for us to say, “well, duh” on this one (and we have; see Best of Boise 2009), but EA honestly, the Record ExR WINNE change stays on top year after year not because it is the only place to fill all of your music and tchotchke needs, but because it really is the best. The RX has all things musical on whatever medium you like best: vinyl, CDs and now a huge selection of digital downloads. But you can also get jewelry, DVDs, posters, messenger bags, belts, T-shirts, books, action figures ... need a talking Homer Simpson pizza cutter? Yeah, the RX has that, too (well, until we bought it). ERS’ CHOI AD

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BEST LOCAL APPLIANCE STORE

JIM’S APPLIANCES FURNITURE BEDDING

1115 S. Lusk St., 208-345-7711, jimsappliance.com When we were children, we played with childish things. Now that we’re adults, appliance shopping holds an undeniable appeal. Just try not to get a little thrill walking the aisles of Jim’s, having mini fantasies about five-burner gas stoves, highefficiency washers and driers and even (gasp) French door refrigerators. Take a deep breath. The crew at Jim’s is used to handling hallucinating customers. They’ve had a lot of practice since the store has been around since 1960. SECOND PLACE: CHF HOME FURNISHINGS THIRD PLACE: WES’S APPLIANCE

THIRD PLACE: RED LETTER BOOKS AND CAFE

Best Local Jewelry Store R. Grey Gallery 34

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IDAHO YOUTH RANCH Multiple locations, youthranch.org

Idaho Youth Ranch has us surrounded. With bunkers in every corner of the valley, the secondhand empire is slowly spreading the thrift gospel throughout the land. But unlike the Spanish Inquisition, which crammed Catholicism down the throats of the conquered, the Idaho Youth Ranch is forcing super duper deals and charitable giving upon us. Sometimes it ain’t so bad being subjugated. SECOND PLACE: LUX FASHION LOUNGE THIRD PLACE: RENEWAL CONSIGNMENT HOMEWARES

BEST LOCAL PRODUCE

CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET

Eighth Street between Jefferson Street and the Grove, capitalcitypublicmarket.com Find a larger, more varied selection of locally grown fruits, veggies and herbs. Go ahead and try.

BEST LOCAL WINE SHOP

BOISE CO-OP WINE SHOP

915 N. Eighth St., 208-472-4519, boisecoopwineshop.com

SECOND PLACE: REGGIE’S VEGGIES

If Winco is the state school of wine, Boise Co-op Wine Shop is Harvard. Knowledge tastes so good, but it comes at a price.

THIRD PLACE: PEACEFUL BELLY

SECOND PLACE: BUENO CHEAPO VINO THIRD PLACE: A NEW VINTAGE WINE SHOP

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SECOND PLACE: ONCE UPON A TIME THIRD PLACE: BLUE MOON ANTIQUES

We know why you people voted Rediscovered as the best local bookstore. Is it because they have a new Kids Club for fourth to sixth grade students? Maybe. Is it because they have local authors (ahem, Brady Udall) give readings and sign books? Perhaps. Is it because you can buy both new and used books at Rediscovered? Sure, that’s part of it. But we know the real reason: You voted them best because they moved downtown and took up residence right under the Balcony Club. Now if Rediscovered would just stay open really late so that we could pick up a paperback to go with our slice of pizza after a night of dancing our posteriors off, we might never have to leave the ’hood. SECOND PLACE: TRIP TAYLOR BOOKSELLERS THIRD PLACE: A NOVEL ADVENTURE

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BEST LOCAL HOTEL

MODERN HOTEL

1314 W. Grove St., 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com We wonder if anyone from beyond Boise can even get a reservation at the Modern. Every time we turn around, Boise friends are shacking up at the hip Linen District hotel. Like the Modern Bar popular with the “it” crowd, the rooms are sleek and clean. Steal your honey away for the night.

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4106 Sand Creek St., 208-342-7548, edwardsgreenhouse.com This family has been in the game for so long—80 years and counting—that they’ve become synonymous with gardening in Boise. It helps that their sprawling space off of Hill Road is a magical Fern Gully filled with verdant house plants, flower pots and almost every vegetable start imaginable. Now if only they could recruit Edward Sissorhands to snip some sculptures with his steely hands, they’d be set. SECOND PLACE: ZAMZOWS THIRD PLACE: NORTH END ORGANIC NURSERY

SECOND PLACE: HOTEL 43 THIRD PLACE: GROVE HOTEL

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168 N. Ninth, Ste. 100, 208-331-2338, tothenynesboise.com Because there isn’t a ton of room for innovation in men’s clothing—suits, ties and button-down shirts haven’t changed markedly in the past century—top-of-theline men’s duds are all about quality fabric and custom tailoring. That’s where To the Nynes comes in. The joint doesn’t carry bedazzled blue jeans or paper-thin muscle tees, but for the last 16 years, it has offered Boise men custom fittings and free, full-service tailoring. Like they say, if the suit fits ... SECOND PLACE: ALEXANDER DAVIS MEN’S STORE THIRD PLACE: TIE, LUX FASHION LOUNGE AND THE MODERN MAN

BEST LOCAL WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

TIE: BARBARA, BARBARA & CO. AND DRAGONFLY Barbara, Barbara & Co.: 834 W. Bannock St., 208-342-2002; Dragonfly: 414 W. Main St., 208-338-9234

The name Barbara comes from the Greek word barbaros, which means “foreign.” And foreigners, as we all know, are fashionable. The name dragonfly is based on the Greek word anisoptera, which means “not equal wings.” So, if we stretch the meaning of their names just a teensy bit, this year’s Best Local Women’s Clothing Store winners are both highly fashionable and un-equaled within the retail community. Natch.

BEST LOCAL HAIR SALON

EUPHORIA SALON

1517 N. 13th St., 208-344-0500, euphoriasalonhydepark.com According to Webster’s “euphoria” is a feeling of well-being or elation. That’s an apt description of both the staff and clients of the funky little Hyde Park salon, which has taken the Best of Boise title for two years running. The staff is euphoric because they won—thanks in no small part to an impressive campaign. Clients are euphoric because they look so good after a visit. If euphoria can be achieved through cuts, color, waxing, threading, manicures and pedicures, then euphoria can be found on 13th Street. SECOND PLACE: GRAEBER & COMPANY THIRD PLACE: THE ELECTRIC CHAIR

SECOND PLACE: LUX FASHION LOUNGE THIRD PLACE: BELLE BOUTIQUE

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RENEWAL CONSIGNMENT HOMEWARES

517 S. Eighth St., 208-338-5444, renewalhome.com Every man comes with an ugly chair. The best way to rid your house of your man’s ugly chair: trade it for cash money to buy him a bigger TV. Renewal can help with that. Renewal will match that ugly chair with a newly single man. OK, we’re kidding, but seriously, Renewal can find your unwanted furniture a nice, new, loving home. And when you’re ready for some new furniture yourself, Renewal is the best place to start. SECOND PLACE: CHF HOME FURNISHINGS THIRD PLACE: BENCH COMMISSION

BEST LOCAL CAR WASH

METRO EXPRESS CAR WASH, DOWNTOWN BOISE 1300 Front St., 208-331-1301, metroexpresscarwash.com

Oh Metro Express, how we heart you. You keep our cars so shiny and clean. Your big brushes make the squashed bugs go away. Your spray jets cut through road grime. Your vacuums are so strong, they nearly pull the upholstery off our seats. And you do it all at record speed. SECOND PLACE: MISTER CAR WASH THIRD PLACE: J’S ULTIMATE HAND CAR WASH

BEST LOCAL GROCERY STORE

BOISE CO-OP

888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500, boisecoop.com Want a hunk of pecorino sardo, a vial of black truffle oil and locally grown heirloom tomatoes on the vine? There’s only one spot in town to pick up all three and bump into 10 of your closest acquaintances in the process: Boise Co-op. It’s the North End’s country club.

BEST LOCAL BAR

PENGILLY’S SALOON

513 Main St., 208-345-6344, myspace.com/pengillys Penny-G’s is the great uniter. Old, young, hip, square, countr y or rock ’n’ roll, it’s one place ever yone can agree on. Whether you’re there to drink a cold beer and dissolve into intimate conversation in a secluded wooden booth, feverishly answer trivia questions or swing your partner to Jeremiah James, Pengilly’s is a little slice of bar heaven. SECOND PLACE: NEUROLUX THIRD PLACE: BARDENAY RESTAURANT AND DISTILLERY

BEST LOCAL ETHNIC MARKET

THE BASQUE MARKET

608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com If you got used to the pintxo-eating, txakoli-drinking Basque lifestyle after this year’s Jaialdi, fret not, there’s a way to get your Basque fix before 2015. The Basque Market has everything you need to feed your Basque habit—chorizo, smoked paprika, Basque wine, manchego cheese—without making a jaunt to San Sebastian. Not to mention, it serves some of the best soups and sandwiches around. SECOND PLACE: CAMPOS MARKET THIRD PLACE: ORIENT MARKET

BEST LOCAL BANK

IDAHO CENTRAL CREDIT UNION Multiple locations, iccu.com

What is the ultimate trait of a good bank? It gives us money. But since that’s unlikely to happen, we’ll have to take one that treats its customers like something more than just another penalty fee waiting to be collected, one that gives us options, convenience and protects our money to boot. ICCU fits the bill. Now, if ICCU could figure out that giving us money thing ... SECOND PLACE: D.L. EVANS BANK THIRD PLACE: MOUNTAIN WEST BANK

SECOND PLACE: WINCO THIRD PLACE: M&W MARKET

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BEST LOCAL SHOE STORE

BEST LOCAL TAXI SERVICE

SHOE FETISH

BOISE CITY TAXI

The word fetish has sexual connotations certainly, but it can also be used to describe an attention to detail that borders on obsessive. That would be the meaning to keep in mind when thinking of Shoe Fetish. This downtown women’s shoe store carries highend shoes for every kind of woman, whether her closet is stocked from ceiling to floor with footwear or she has only basic black heels, white trainers and crazy-ass red boots. Walk in to Shoe Fetish, and you’ll walk out with a new obsession.

As this city continues to grow, it’s nice to know that while you may not know how to get somewhere, Boise City Taxi does. With more than 20 years in the Boise area, the gray vans and cars are as ubiquitous in the Big Potato as yellow checker cabs are in the Big Apple. And they’re geniuses to boot; the phone number is 377-3333, something even the most stressedout traveler or drunkest partier can remember when it’s time to go home.

310 N. Ninth St., 208-336-0393

SECOND PLACE: SHOEZ

110 E. 35th St., 208-377-3333, boisecitytaxi.net

SECOND PLACE: ABC TAXI THIRD PLACE: CHRONIC CAB

THIRD PLACE: BANDANA RUNNING AND WALKING

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414 W. Main St., 208-338-9234 If you’re in the market for a wacky trinket for a co-worker’s birthday, fridge magnets, a sushi-shaped coin purse or a plastic Jane Austen figurine, Dragonfly is your first stop. Even if you’re browsing for a more serious gift—something like bright teal socks with embroidered dogs in Hawaiian shirts—Dragonfly can help there, too. Hands down, Dragonfly has one of the most eclectic selections of jewelry, clothing, candles, journals, cards and toys around. SECOND PLACE: GOOD GOODS AND CO. THIRD PLACE: FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE

BEST LOCAL TANNING SALON

BEST LOCAL SPA

Multiple locations, planetbeach.com

602 W. Idaho St., 208-424-5153, floating-feather.com

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Long before Snookie and JWoww made orange skin fashionable (or completely ridiculous) Planet Beach has been here helping local tanners maintain year-long color.

When you leave Floating Feather, you’ll feel as light as one. What really sets it apart are the robes and slippers and the fact that tips aren’t accepted. Now that’s high class.

SECOND PLACE: TAN DU SOLEIL

SECOND PLACE: TWO RIVERS SALON AND SPA

THIRD PLACE: JAMACA ME TAN

THIRD PLACE: PANACHE

BEST LOCAL SMOKESHOP

BEST LOCAL JEWELRY STORE

1024 W. Main St., 208-342-7473

415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337

Yes, Hannifin’s win each year, but it’s not just because it is one of the few local smokeshops in town. When you’ve been around more than 100 years, you better be the best in your field. Smoke ’em if you got ’em. And if you don’t, get ’em at Hannifin’s.

Yes, you can find incredible jewelry collections inside R. Grey, but it also offers glass, wood and metal art created by some of the most lauded contemporary artists. And that’s why the “gallery” at the end of the name makes so much sense.

SECOND PLACE: STURMAN’S SMOKE SHOP

SECOND PLACE: MOLENAAR JEWELERS

THIRD PLACE: BIG SMOKE

THIRD PLACE: TIE, LEE READ JEWELERS AND DRAGONFLY

HANNIFIN’S CIGAR SHOP

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NEUROLUX

111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com If you’ve ever spent a quiet Saturday evening chain smoking and getting bombed on well drinks on the Neurolux patio, you know about the witching hour. At approximately 1 a.m., never fail, throngs of besotted thrill-seekers caravan down to the Lux seeking a final fiery nightcap and a few shakes on the dance floor. It’s a spell far too powerful for mortal hipsters to resist. SECOND PLACE: LIQUID THIRD PLACE: TIE, CHINA BLUE AND BALCONY CLUB

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Best Local Strip Club The Torch

CRESCENT “NO LAWYERS” BAR AND GRILL

5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856, no-lawyers.com First rule of a good sports bar: Thou shalt dedicate Sundays to NFL with breakfast, bloody marys and every TV tuned to game day. Second rule of a good sports bar: Thou shalt offer plenty of sportsrelated bar distractions like pool and video games. Third rule of a good sports bar: Thou shalt make fun a priority. And according to Boise Weekly readers, the Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar and Grill follows the rules better than the competition. Plus they have a few good rules of their own—like no lawyers allowed—that keep the masses coming back for more. SECOND PLACE: BUSTERS SPORTS BAR

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THIRD PLACE: CHEERLEADERS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL

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BEST LOCAL BREW PUB

HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE

2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, 208-343-6820, highlandshollow.com Beer, it’s what’s for dinner. Highlands Hollow may brew beer fine enough to make a meal out of, but “the Hollow” doesn’t put out the kind of food that makes it easy to skip a meal. Known for its “flashback in a glass” Hippie Shake, the ever-popular Fiegwild English pale ale, and the punched up Ginger Wheat, the Hollow takes the title in this first year of the “Best Brew Pub” categor y. Based on the competition, it looks like this categor y could get interesting in the years to come. SECOND PLACE: TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL THIRD PLACE: SOCKEYE GRILL AND BREWERY

BEST LOCAL MARTINIS

RED FEATHER LOUNGE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather If James Bond sat down at the low-lit Red Feather Lounge bar and ordered his classic vodka martini, shaken not stirred, we guarantee the bartender would lean over and thwack his chiseled jaw ever so daintily with a wet bar rag. “If you want a boring vodka martini,” the bartender would reply with a genteel air, his hand propped on his hip in a perturbed gesture, “go to any of the ubiquitous chain bars found in any city across the country. If you want a thoughtfully prepared martini using top-shelf gins, innovative vermouths and local garnishes, I am at your service.” And then 007 would massage his stinging cheek and order the Gaspar—a classic gin martini made slightly wet with parfait amour, an orange lavender liqueur. SECOND PLACE: BARDENAY RESTAURANT AND DISTILLERY THIRD PLACE: CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE

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246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather

BEST LOCAL KARAOKE BAR

44 CLUB

4340 W. State St., 208-344-0693 Democracy prioritizes populism over elitism. And so does karaoke. No other in town is more of-the-people than the low-ceilinged, smoke-filled, no-beers-ontap-but-every-song-in-the-book 44 Club. SECOND PLACE: TERRY’S STATE STREET SALOON THIRD PLACE: HA’ PENNY BRIDGE PUB

Red Feather Lounge’s Mark Allen has won this category so many times now that we might have to consider retiring it. Congrats once again, Mark.

BEST LOCAL STRIP CLUB

SECOND PLACE: JACOB DETWEILER, HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI BAR

BEST LOCAL PLACE FOR COCKTAILS

RED FEATHER LOUNGE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather Try to order a sazerac—a combo of cognac, rye whiskey, absinthe and bitters—at any other joint within spitting distance of Red Feather, and you’ll get laughed at. Heck, order anything besides a vodka tonic, and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Red Feather cares about cocktails, plain and simple. SECOND PLACE: MODERN HOTEL AND BAR THIRD PLACE: BARDENAY RESTAURANT AND DISTILLERY

BEST LOCAL HAPPY HOUR

LIQUID LOUNGE 405 S. Eighth St., 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com

Sometimes the simple things are best: $1 off everything from 2-7 p.m. everyday. No confusion. And when you add a convenient location in BODO, it’s no wonder it’s the people’s choice.

SECOND PLACE: THE TORCH 2 THIRD PLACE: EROTIC CITY

BEST LOCAL DANCE CLUB

BALCONY CLUB

150 N. Eighth St., 208-336-1313, thebalconyclub.com When you want to dance, you want music, disco balls, a little liquid courage and a other people out shakin’ it. And, maybe you want your dance club to offer karaoke and bingo nights, too. Hello, Balcony Club, and thanks for being all things to all people. SECOND PLACE: NEUROLUX THIRD PLACE: SIN

BEST LOCAL GAY-FRIENDLY CLUB

BALCONY CLUB

150 N. Eighth St., 208-336-1313, thebalconyclub.com When you want to go to a gay-friendly club, you want music, disco balls, liquid EA R WINNE courage and a whole bunch of other people out shakin’ everything they have on the dance floor ... Wait. Weren’t we just talking about a place like that? Y

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Yet again, the Torch proves that Boise’s oldest strip club isn’t the city’s most geriatric. The ladies who bump and grind at the Main Street location bitch-slap the competition. Hmmm ... Best of Boise stripper-showdown?

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FRESH OFF THE HOOK

507 N. Milwaukee St., 208-322-9224, freshoffthehookseafood.com The name says it all: off tha hook. SECOND PLACE: REEL FOODS FISH MARKET THIRD PLACE: HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI BAR

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Best Local Sandwich Shop Cobby’s

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Best Local Breakfast Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro 42

Best Local BangFor-Your-Buck Meal Baguette Deli

Best Local Restaurant Bittercreek Ale House 42

Best Local Steak Chandlers Steakhouse 44

Best Local South-of-theBorder Restaurant Chapala 43

Best Local Indian Food Madhuban Indian Cuisine 44

Best Local Patio Bittercreek Ale House/ Red Feather Lounge 43

Best Local Vegetarian Food Shangri-La

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Best Local Thai Food Mai Thai

Best Local Pizza Flying Pie Pizzaria

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Best Local Brunch Red Feather Lounge

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Best Local Dessert Le Cafe de Paris

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Best Local Coffeehouse Flying M Coffeehouse 45 Best Local Lunch Jenny’s Lunch Line

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Best Local Frozen Treat Fanci Freez 46 Best Local Dinner Red Feather Lounge

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Best Local Sushi Shige Japanese Cuisine

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BEST LOCAL ITALIAN FOOD

BEST LOCAL BARBECUE

3015 W. McMillan Road, Meridian, 208-887-7710

7849 W. Spectrum, 208-658-7173; 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-884-1021, goodwoodbbq.com

GINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Distance has obviously not changed Boise diners’ dedication to their favorite Italian eatery. Gino’s may no longer be in downtown Boise, but the food is so damned good, hungry hordes are willing to trek from all ends of the valley to a relatively out-of-the way corner of Meridian to indulge in perfect pastas, savory shanks, simmering sauces and the rest of the extensive menu. With the addition of the full bar, patrons may have a hard time finding a reason to make the trek back home. SECOND PLACE: ASIAGO’S RISTORANTE THIRD PLACE: LOUIE’S PIZZA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT

GOODWOOD BARBECUE COMPANY

OK, let’s get this out of the way: Yes, Goodwood has locations in Utah, but it’s still a Boise-based company, and honestly, we’re pretty happy it’s here. If it weren’t, finding decent barbecue around here would be like the quest for a legendary artifact. But thankfully, we have easy access to plenty o’ ribs, brisket, pork and chicken just dripping in sauce after being slowcooked all damned day. Throw on a side of sweet potatoes or coleslaw, and we’re happy, meat-lovin’ carnivores. SECOND PLACE: CHEF ROLAND’S CAJUN CUISINE THIRD PLACE: RIB SHACK CATERING

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111 Broadway Ave., 208-495-3858, boisefrycompany.com

It’s a bit ironic that a restaurant that lists burgers as side dishes would come out on top in this category. But you can’t argue with the simple fact that Boise Fry Company serves up one heck of a side dish. The formula for success is simple: serve fresh, local beef and free-range bison, serve it on potato wheat rolls baked fresh daily and top it off with locally grown veggies. Even the non-carnivores love the burgers here—the veggie burger made from quinoa and black beans, at least. We have to say, these burgers are the perfect accompaniment to any variety of fry (which aren’t too bad, either). SECOND PLACE: BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE THIRD PLACE: BIG JUDS

BEST LOCAL BREAKFAST

GOLDY’S BREAKFAST BISTRO

108 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100, goldysbreakfastbistro.com

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BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813, justeatlocal.com/bittercreek If there was any question that Dave Krick knows what Boiseans want in a restaurant, this category ought to settle it. Not only does Krick own the No. 1 restaurant in this competitive category, he also owns No. 2. Between Bittercreek and Red Feather, Krick has a pile of BoB honors. Diners tend to favor the casual, classic vibe of the brew pub, where you can grab a burger—made from free-range, organic local beef, topped with local organic cheese and locally grown veggies. That mix of style, comfort and dedication to the locavore sensibilities has kept Bittercreek on the top of the Boise restaurant heap for a long time, and we really don’t see it relinquishing its title any time soon. SECOND PLACE: RED FEATHER LOUNGE THIRD PLACE: BERRYHILL & CO.

SECOND PLACE: THE CAPRI THIRD PLACE: BIG CITY COFFEE

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Six locations, chapalarestaurants.com When you’ve got a hankerin’ for Mexican food, it’s a safe bet you’re not far from a Chapala. Treasure Valley’s own mini-chain makes sure that when you think Mexican food, your brain immediately wanders to the burrito-, chimichanga- and margarita-filled halls of the nearest Chapala. Because we all know that when you want chips and salsa and a Dos XX, you want them now. SECOND PLACE: EL GALLO GIRO, KUNA THIRD PLACE: CASA MEXICO

BEST LOCAL PATIO

BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE/ RED FEATHER LOUNGE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather; 208-345-1813, justeatlocal.com/bittercreek It’s impossible to separate these two patios. The restaurants are under the same ownership, share facilities and are both dedicated to local food. But in no way are the two more linked than at the patio. The expanse of street-front dining spans both window fronts and offers some of the best people watching around. This isn’t where you go to escape. This is where you go to run in to absolutely everyone you’ve ever met. SECOND PLACE: REEF THIRD PLACE: BARDENAY, BOISE

BEST LOCAL THAI FOOD

MAI THAI

750 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8424, maithaigroup.com; 78 E. Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-938-8424, maithaieagle.com Stepping into either Mai Thai location is immediately soothing. In Boise, you leave behind the bustle of Idaho Street. In Eagle, the riverside setting provides a bit of serenity. And both offer beautifully plated food. SECOND PLACE: CHIANG MAI THAI

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1030 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0990; 4348 Chinden Blvd., 208-322-7401; 6899 Overland Road, 208-323-0606, cobbys.com A sandwich sounds simple, but once you’ve had an outstanding example, you’re never the same. Cobby’s knows how to do it right, keeping patrons lining up for more than three decades. They come in search of lunch, but they leave with oh so much more. SECOND PLACE: DELI GEORGE THIRD PLACE: BAGUETTE DELI

BEST LOCAL HANGOVER FOOD

THE CAPRI

2520 W. Fairview Ave., 208-342-1442 Hangover stomach is kind of like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors screaming “Feed me!” And nothing soothes like greasy diner food bought with the $5 bill you found tucked in your pocket. Your debit card is probably still at Neurolux. Or is it Grainey’s? Kuna Cowgirls maybe? Whatever. As long as there are hashbrowns and coffee, all will be right with the world. SECOND PLACE: LOS BETOS THIRD PLACE: MERRITT’S COUNTRY CAFE

BEST LOCAL FINE DINING

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE

981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com First, request Steve’s section. Start with a 10-Minute Martini and escargot. Next, the limousine salad with cashews and bleu cheese crumbles. Steve will bring you a nice bottle to complement the main event: Duck Two Ways or a rack of lamb. Think ahead for chocolate souffle with chantilly cream, which takes about a half-hour to cook. Finish with a shot of espresso or a nice port. Fine, very fine indeed. SECOND PLACE: COTTONWOOD GRILLE THIRD PLACE: BERRYHILL & CO.

THIRD PLACE: TIE, SIAM CAFE AND THAI CUISINE

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305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384, yenchingboise.com Google Yen Ching and one thing is obvious: “Yen Ching” is a mighty popular name for a Chinese restaurant. Apparently Milwaukee, Wisc., has one that’s consistently voted that city’s best. Who knew Boise had so much in common with the Wisconsin city? Yen Ching has been popular in Boise for years, and the recent addition of a dim sum menu (which boldly features one dumpling with chicken feet), in addition to the adjacent Yen Ching Bakery, does nothing but help. SECOND PLACE: TWIN DRAGON THIRD PLACE: ORIENTAL EXPRESS

BEST LOCAL BANG-FORYOUR-BUCK MEAL

BAGUETTE DELI 5204 W. Franklin Road, 208-336-2989, baguettedeli.net

How nice of them to put what you can expect inside right there in the name. What they don’t tell you is that there’s a wee bit more. Oh, like beignets, pork pate chaud, croissants, spring rolls, egg rolls, banh tieu, bubble tea and sandwiches like chicken (thit ga), grilled beef (bo nuong), meat balls (xiu mai) and more with cucumber, pickled veggies, cilantro and jalapeno. And you can get one of those big, stuffed bad boys for about $5. Drop a tenner on the counter, and you’ll walk away with a sandwich, a drink and a handful of beignets. Have we mentioned we can hardly wait for the downtown location to open? SECOND PLACE: THE CAPRI THIRD PLACE: LOS BETOS

BEST LOCAL STEAK

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE

981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com From the classic, palm-sized filet mignon to the grandaddy 22-ounce bone-in Cowboy Cut ribeye, Chandlers is boss when it comes to steak. SECOND PLACE: LOCK, STOCK & BARREL THIRD PLACE: STAGECOACH INN

BEST LOCAL INDIAN FOOD

MADHUBAN INDIAN CUISINE

6930 W. State St., 208-853-8215, madhubanindiancuisine.com Every item on Madhuban’s menu— from the aloo tikki to the lamb korma— is made with tandoor oven care. SECOND PLACE: TAJ MAHAL THIRD PLACE: BOMBAY GRILL

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1800 W. Overland Road, 208-424-0273, shangri-la-tea.com

983 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208338-1499; 217 N. Eighth St., 208345-2149, zeppolebakery.com

Remember back when a tuna sandwich with gobs of mayo on white bread was considered a “diet” lunch option? Shangri-La Teahouse offers a healthier alternative with its raw, vegan mock “toona” salad sandwich on sprouted flax bread with avocado, tomato, greens and barley sprouts. Or if mock “toona” sounds fishy to you, sample other cruelty-free options like veggie burgers, soups, salads, pizzas and wraps.

Um, have you chewed Zeppole’s ciabatta? How about the challah? Bitten into a baguette? Popped a slice of panettone? Treated yourself to a twig? Yeah, well we have. We’d like to pat our readers on their shoulders (sorry, we got a little flour from our francese on your shirt) and congratulate them for knowing what we’ve known for a long time. Zeppole is ze place to go for baked goods (and they make a hell of a sandwich, salad and cup of Dawson Taylor coffee, too).

SECOND PLACE: TIE, BOISE CO-OP AND MADHUBAN INDIAN CUISINE THIRD PLACE: HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI BAR

SECOND PLACE: LE CAFE DE PARIS THIRD PLACE: PASTRY PERFECTION

BEST LOCAL PIZZA

BEST LOCAL DESSERT

6508 W. Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000; 4320 W. State St., 208-384-0000, flyingpie.com

204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889, lecafedeparis.com

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When Flying Pie had a Boise Weekly day last spring, the office headed over en masse to don silly hats, drink beer and make free pizza. And we found a group who just might have cooler jobs than we do: the Flying Pie crew. If you don’t like your pizza on It’s Your Day, then it’s your own damn fault. But don’t worry, when it’s not your day, there’s no such thing as a bad pie from “the Pie.” SECOND PLACE: GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA THIRD PLACE: CASANOVA PIZZERIA

BEST LOCAL BRUNCH

RED FEATHER LOUNGE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather If, like Benedict Arnold, you can’t decide which side you’re on in the ham, veggie or salmon benny brunch debate, Red Feather encourages your inner traitor. With reasonably priced half benny options available, you can mix and match among the three. Brunch betrayal never tasted so good.

LE CAFE DE PARIS

Nobody does dessert like the French. We could go all food porn on this one—after all, the only difference between sex and dessert is where you put the whip cream—but that’s soooo cheap. From napoleons to eclairs, Le Cafe de Paris will dish up a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to raise your Eiffel Tower—er ... blood sugar. SECOND PLACE: RED FEATHER LOUNGE THIRD PLACE: LA VIE EN ROSE

BEST LOCAL COFFEEHOUSE

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE

500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320, flyingmcoffee.com Walk into Flying M pretty much any time and there’s a line snaking halfway to the door. Whether it’s the houseroasted beans, fresh baked pastries or friendly staff, people know what’s up. The wait is always well worth it. SECOND PLACE: JAVA THIRD PLACE: DAWSON TAYLOR

SECOND PLACE: GOLDY’S BREAKFAST BISTRO THIRD PLACE: BERRYHILL & CO.

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JENNY’S LUNCH LINE

BEST LOCAL SUSHI

SHIGE JAPANESE CUISINE

560 W. Main St., 208-433-0092, jennyslunchline.com

100 N. Eighth St., 208-338-8423, shigejapanesecuisine.com

Sometimes a heavy, meaty gut bomb just doesn’t sound appealing. Enter Jenny’s Lunch Line: a healthy, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly alternative floating amid a sea of pizzas, foot-longs and burritos. Choose from a seasonal menu of soups, salads, sides and sammys, all of which change daily. Jenny, we’ve got your number.

Though downtown’s first sushi joint has expanded its domain—Shige Japanese Steakhouse, Shige Red Carpet Fine Dining and Shige Express—readers haven’t tired of the original. After 18 years in business, Shige still raw-ks.

SECOND PLACE: BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE

THIRD PLACE: SUPERB SUSHI

THIRD PLACE: ZEPPOLE

BEST LOCAL FROZEN TREAT

FANCI FREEZ

1402 W. State St., 208-344-8661 “Mom, I want a milkshake.” “But, Mom, I want an ice cream sundae!” “Hey! Mom said I could pick this time. Mom, I want a Boston shake.” “Shut up the lot of you. I’m taking all of you to Fanci Freez and you can each get what you want. That means next time it’s my turn to pick. Yeah, we will probably go back to Fanci Freez for my turn, too, but that’s beside the point.” SECOND PLACE: BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURT THIRD PLACE: DELSA’S

BEST LOCAL DINNER

RED FEATHER LOUNGE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/ redfeatherlounge The motto in the kitchen at Red Feather Lounge is simple: If it’s in season, it’s on your plate. That means the menu is ever-changing but the food is always fresh and exactly the kind of thing grandma would approve of. If grandma were one hell of hip blue hair. SECOND PLACE: BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE THIRD PLACE: CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE

SECOND PLACE: HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI BAR

BEST LOCAL FAMILY RESTAURANT

TIE: FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN AND SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA AND PASTA Flatbread: three locations, flatbreadpizza.com; Smoky Mountain: five locations, smokymountainpizza.com

The secret to being a successful family restaurant is to fall somewhere between animatronic characters and the linen napkins. Give the kiddies their favorite food (pizza) but offer grown-up toppings, and you’ve got a winner. SECOND PLACE: BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE THIRD PLACE: MADHUBAN INDIAN CUISINE

BEST LOCAL MEDITERRANEAN FOOD

MAZZAH

1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566; 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-333-2223, mazzahboise.com For the third year running, BW readers have lustily daydreamed of dolmas, falafel, baba ganouj and lamb kabobs while scrawling Mazzah’s name on their mental Trapper Keepers. Ah, love. SECOND PLACE: CAZBA THIRD PLACE: GYRO SHACK

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A crustation infiltration hits the Chefs’ Affaire.

THURSDAY SEPT. 30 local foods A CHEFS’ AFFAIRE TO BENEFIT THE IDAHO FOODBANK

BeauSoleil do it the Cajun way.

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 29 cajun BEAUSOLEIL AT ALIVE AFTER FIVE When you hear the term “Cajun music,” most people think zydeco—front-porch stomping, bayou-rattling tunes filled with accordion, triangle and frottoir (washboard). Derived from the Creole phrase “les haricots sont pas sales” or “the snap beans aren’t salty,” zydeco is a metaphor for lean times, when salted meat was too expensive to be used in the beans. Contemporary Cajun music pioneers BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet blend zydeco with Western swing, Tex-Mex, Caribbean calypso and New Orleans jazz to create unique, foot-tapping, fiddle-filled arrangements. Featuring Michael Doucet (violin, guitar, accordion, mandolin, vocals), David Doucet (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Breaux (accordion), Billy Ware (percussion), Tommy Alesi (drums) and Mitch Reed (fiddle, bass), BeauSoleil recently released their 29th album Alligator Purse on Yep Roc Records to great acclaim. Over their 35-year career, the Lafayette, La., band has garnered 10 Grammy nominations and appeared numerous times on Garrison Keillor’s folksy NPR hit show A Prairie Home Companion. You can catch BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with openers the Jeremiah James Gang at the last Alive After Five of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 29, beginning—you guessed it—at 5 p.m. 5 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise, 208-472-5251, downtownboise.org.

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Chefs have a rep for being crass on the line—thumb through Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and you’ll get a good idea of what we’re talking about. Yet somehow amid all the cussing, drinking and raunchy joke-telling, they’re able to turn out mind-blowingly elegant menus. The menu for the upcoming Idaho Foodbank benefit, A Chefs’ Affaire, is a prime example. The first course features ground lamb “meatloaf” with kafta spices, polenta cake, fennel compote and strawberry gastrique. “Kafta spices,” we learned after a lengthy Google sesh, is a Middle Eastern blend of cinnamon and sweet and hot peppers that’s used to flavor balls of minced lamb or beef and onions. Another head-scratching menu item is also being served for the second course—vanilla butter-poached langostinos with watercress citrus salad. Langostinos, as it turns out, can refer to a number of species of small crustaceans in America or a few species of prawns in Spain. But even if you don’t know what half of the ingredients on the Chefs’ Affaire menu are, you’re guaranteed to be in good culinary hands. The five-course meal features local wine pairings and the expertise of chefs like BW’s Randy King (Sysco Idaho), Dustin Williams (Solid), Luis Flores (Chandlers Steakhouse) and John Berryhill (Berryhill & Co.). “It’s the premiere fundraiser for the Idaho Foodbank, so there will be live and silent auctions as well,” said Shauna Stonehocker, events coordinator at Idaho Foodbank. “The live auction features private dining packages from all the chefs that we have … Some people are offering a five-course dinner in your home, some are doing a private luau at your home, some are doing it at their restaurant. There’s about 12 different packages.” All tickets for A Chefs’ Affaire must be purchased in advance, and all of the money raised will help fund foodbank programs. 6:30 p.m., $100 per person, $1,250 to sponsor a table, Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., 208-577-2698, idahofoodbank.org.

FRIDAYSATURDAY OCT. 1-2 music AUTUMN ROMANCE Franz Liszt was an early rock star. The Hungarian vir tuoso tore it up on the piano, touring extensively

across Europe in the mid19th centur y. As the stor y goes, Liszt was so enigmatic on stage that ladies fought like corseted, powdered puppies over his silk handkerchiefs and velvet gloves, shredding them to pieces. On Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, you can let Lisztomania over take you at Boise Philharmonic’s Autumn Romance.

The bill features two pieces by Liszt—Concer to No. 1 and Concer to No. 2—as well as Cappriccio Italien by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan.” The 16-minute piece explores the notorious womanizer’s steamy life, which the phil’s website says can be experienced in the “impetuous, upward-thrusting motive in the violins and later in an unmistakably WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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A whole latta fiction at VAC.

pumpkin bowling

FRIDAY OCT. 1

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL

art “WORKS OF FICTION” BY SUE LATTA Mixed media sculptor Sue Latta has spent her career prying open and analyzing her own life story. “I’ve heard it said, and I’ve said myself, that all artwork is in some way a ‘self-portrait,’” wrote Latta on her website. “I spent many years operating from this premise, telling my own story, working through the timeline of my life from adolescent angst, through the trauma of being female, to my new experience of adolescent angst in my own children.” But in Latta’s new body of work—which consists of threedimensional tableaus comprised of photographs and various other sculptural materials like resin, cast aluminum, wood and steel—she decided to explore other people’s stories. “It’s amazing the world of possibility that opened up for me once I realized that I could tell any story; it didn’t have to be my own,” wrote Latta. “When I discovered that I could create ‘Works of Fiction.’” Latta, an adjunct professor of art at Boise State who teaches workshops at the Sculpture Studio in Garden City, will open her new exhibit, “Works of Fiction,” at Visual Arts Collective on Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. The show runs through Tuesday, Nov. 30. 7 p.m., FREE, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. For more information on Sue Latta, visit suelatta.com.

virile tune given by the four horns in unison.” Yeowza. Who knew the symphony could be so risque? Friday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., $23-$43, Nor thwest Nazarene University, Swayne Auditorium, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-467-8011, nnu.edu. Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m., $24-$75, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate.edu.

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SATURDAY-SUNDAY OCT. 2-3

SATURDAY OCT. 2 talk show NOT TOO LATE SHOW When local promoter Danielo Foster strolled through Boise Curb Cup, what he saw was a city on the cusp of a show-biz renaissance. “People are hungry for

In the great tradition of food throwing, rotten tomatoes have gotten the most attention. The pulpy red orbs are lobbed at subpar comedians—before a hook encircles their neck and yanks them off stage—and they’re thrown by the thousands at the annual La Tomatina food fight in Bunol, Spain. But second in line to tomato throwing is pumpkin stomping, the punk adolescents’ preferred Halloween prank. So if you’ve always wanted to launch a large orange squash into motion but would prefer not to waste the potential pumpkin pie lurking inside, Idaho Botanical Garden has the perfect solution: pumpkin bowling. At IBG’s Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, from noon-6 p.m., you can also enjoy pumpkin painting, live music, hayrides and a hay maze. This year, IBG has expanded its annual Scarecrow Stroll and Oktoberfest to make way for the Fall Harvest Festival. Boise Co-op will man a wine garden where you can sip on local wines and fresh hot cider, and Tablerock Brew Pub and Highlands Hollow will provide a selection of fall beers. Willowcreek Grill is whipping up the grub, which includes beer-battered bratwurst, sauerkraut, pulled pork grinders, sweet and peppercorn sweet fries, broccoli and feta salad, and sweet potato gems topped with white chocolate and caramel for dessert. On Saturday, tunes will be provided by Boise Rock School from noon-2 p.m. and the Big Wow cover band from 2:305:30 p.m. On Sunday, don’t miss Paul Green’s School of Rock from noon-2 p.m., Hillfolk Noir from 2-4 p.m. and guitar champ Wayne White from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 3, noon-6 p.m., $2 IBG/ Boise Co-Op members and kids, $4 adults, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

live entertainment here,” Foster said. So he started a oncemonthly live, late-night-style talk show, featuring local musicians and entertainers as well as interviews with guests. Foster tapped local comic Sherry Japhet to host

Like Barbie’s innumerable outfits, Malibu Dream Houses and Corvettes, there are myriad ways to bling out your iPhone. From apps that tell you where the nearest, cheapest drinks are and how many minutes you have left for happy hour (shameless BW Cocktail Compass promo) to Stuart Hughes’ $3.2 million solid gold and diamond iPhone case, there’s no end to the ways you can continue throwing money at your phone. Now, artaficionados can show off their superior taste with edgy iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad izozzi.com art cases from Izozzi, which run $29.95-$54.95. The form-fitting cases feature artwork from local art celebs Ben Wilson, Bill Carman and Ward Hooper, along with a handful of other national names, and are made from flexible thermoplastic with an anti-scratch, anti-glare polycarbonate window. Whether you prefer to express your iPhone individuality with a Ben Wilson cover featuring a green cat-monster puking up a bespectacled, mustachioed hairball or a Bill Carman cover with an inflated panda blimp floating over a crowd of tophat-clad onlookers, your non-smart phone friends are sure to secretly covet your gadget more than they already did. Or if you’d prefer to keep it classy—like your uncle’s wood-paneled station wagon—be sure to pick up one of Jan Weigand’s fauxbois covers, featuring splinterless designs like Paduk African, Bubinga Gemasert or Sykamor. —Tara Morgan

and local comedian Pete Peterson to be Japhet’s co-host/sidekick. The first taping is on Saturday, Oct. 2, with guest Leif Skyving. 8 p.m., $3, Liquid Lounge, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, 208-287-5379, nottoolate.tv.

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY SEPT. 29 Festivals & Events SCARECROW STROLL—Stroll the garden to view and vote for the most creative scarecrow. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Food & Drink A CHEFS’ AFFAIRE— Black-tie fundraiser for the Idaho Foodbank featuring a five-course dinner, Idaho wines, live and silent auctions of the evening’s chefs and music by Curtis Stigers. See Picks, Page 48. 6:30 p.m. $100. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, www. boisecentre.com. FOOD AND FILM—A monthly fundraiser featuring a three-course meal followed by a movie and discussion. Proceeds from the night go toward the growth and

preservation of local foods. Held in the Cellar Room. September’s movie is Queen of the Sun: What the Bees Are Telling Us. 6:30 p.m. $25, tvfcfoodfundraiser. eventbrite.com. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340.

Screen GROWN UPS—Special screening sponsored by the Student Program Board. Free soda and popcorn. 7 p.m. $1 FREE Boise State students. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.

Screen RIDE THE DIVIDE—A feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike ride. 7 p.m. $8.50. The Flicks Theatre, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222.

Workshops & Classes COMMUNITY FORESTRY CLASSES—Certified arborists provide instruction on the care of green things in the class How to Prune Trees. Contact forestryinfo@cityofboise.org for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary.org. IDAHO STATEWIDE NONPROFIT CONFERENCE—A weekend of networking and informational events for nonprofits to maximize their effectiveness. $110-$150. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.boisestate. edu.

THURSDAY SEPT. 30 Festivals & Events SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

On Stage BYE BYE BIRDIE—Classic musical comedy based on Elvis’ entry into the Army, performed over dinner. Order tickets for Friday and Saturday at least 24 hours in advance. 6:15 p.m. Price varies. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org. OPERA IDAHO OUR TOWN PREVIEW—Discussion about the music and background of Ned Rorem’s opera based on Thornton Wilder’s prize-winning play, then stay to watch part of a rehearsal. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Opera Idaho, 513 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208345-3531, www.operaidaho.org.

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NOISE/CD REVIEW THE WEEPIES: BE MY THRILL It’s a treat to come across a musical duo with as much singing, songwriting and playing ability as the husband-andwife team of Deb Talan and Steven Tannen, who comprise the California-based band, the Weepies. The release of their newest album, Be My Thrill, is a continuation of the unique, ethereal sound that captivated fans and earned them No. 34 on the Billboard 200 chart with their last album, Hideaway. Their music incorporates folk and jazz, spiced in a stew of pop melodies and acoustic guitar. Their sweet soft ballads have been featured in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl and Sex and the City and even in a Barack Obama campaign ad. Be My Thrill opens with the somber “Please Speak Well of Me,” with Talan’s sweet, resonant voice imploring, “Don’t say words / you don’t mean / when I’m gone / please speak well of me.” “Red Red Rose” is more upbeat, with Tannen’s vocals up front. The drum and guitar combination has a melodic, easy rhythm and the repetition of verse endings creates an easily singable, nigh forgettable number. One of the sadder tunes, “They’re in Love, Where Am I?” showcases Talan’s beautiful voice. Instantly stuck in your mind, the glassy notes she hits blend perfectly with the lullabylike music as she sings, “Lovers walk, two by two / doin’ things lovers do / they’re in love, where am I?” With the birth of their son as their last album was being finished and shipped out, Talan and Tannen stayed at home to build their family. In a press release, Tannen explained that it took about a year to finish Be My Thrill. “We wrote something like 70 tunes, and were able to experiment quite a bit before these 14 songs emerged as the record,” he writes. “We took as much time as we needed at every step and taking that pressure off made the whole thing a little lighter,” Talan writes. “This is the most fun we’ve had making a record.” With the new album comes a reason to tour, and the Weepies will hit points all across the United States, including a stop in Boise on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Bouquet. —Andrew Crisp

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8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends SYRINGA SOUND CHORUS— Women’s four-part a cappella harmony chorus offering a Christmas chorus for Treasure Valley women who love to sing. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT—Play trivia in teams for fun and prizes. 8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www.badirish.com.

FRIDAY OCT. 1 Festivals & Events SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

On Stage

BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. Price varies. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-3850021, www.kedproductions.org. REDLIGHT VARIETY SHOW— Blacklisted, the newest burlesque show from Red Light. $10. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-3430886, www.neurolux.com.

WSPS ANNUAL WINTER PREMIERE—Kick back and start the snowboarding season off with a viewing of In Color and Cheers. Free barbecue and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. Water Ski Pro Shop, 3725 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-3363270, www.waterskiproshop.net.

Concerts

Art

LYNN BERG: BARITONE AND DEL PARKINSON: PIANO—Part of the Faculty Artist Series. An evening of music to honor composer Robert Schumann’s birth. 7:30 p.m. $3-$5, 208-426-3980. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise.

FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Take a stroll through downtown Eagle and visit local merchants and galleries along the way. First Friday invites the public to stop in to shop and enjoy drinks, art and music. 4-9 p.m. Downtown Eagle, Old State Street and Eagle Road, Eagle.

SAXOPHOBIA—Traces the history of the saxophone through words, music and humor, while playing tribute to jazz legends. Part of the Student Union Performance Series. 8 p.m. $5-$15, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-4636. sub. boisestate.edu.

TERRY TURRELL EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION—Opening and reception for native Idaho artist Terry Turrell’s work. 6-8 p.m. Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson, Boise, 208-433-0593, www.stewartgallery.com.

Food & Drink

AUTUMN ROMANCE— Boise Philharmonic’s first performance of the season. See Picks, Page 49. 8 p.m. $23-$43. Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790.

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DOGTOBERFEST—Beer and food pairings courtesy of Emilio’s and Flying Dog Brewery. Ages 21 and older. 6 p.m. $55. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-333-8000.

WORKS OF FICTION ARTIST RECEPTION— Artist reception for Sue Latta whose work comprises the show “Works of Fiction,” which will be on display through November. See Picks, Page 49. 7 p.m. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, www.visualartscollective.com.

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LITERATURE FOR LUNCH—Discussion about Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel, a memoir about a young woman’s desire to avoid an arranged marriage. Noon. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www.boisepubliclibrary.org.

Citizen CARATS FOR CARING GIRLS NIGHT OUT—Wine tasting, appetizers, pampering, fine shopping, silent auction, door prizes with a diamond necklace as the grand prize to benefit “Un-Limbited” teen amputee summer/ winter camps, held through the Salt Lake City Shrine Hospital for Children. 5 p.m. $30. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, www.elkorah.org.

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BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then commence salsa-ing it up to music from a live DJ while enjoying drinks and snacks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

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8 DAYS OUT SATURDAY OCT. 2 Festivals & Events FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL—Live music, hay rides, pumpkin bowling and painting and more at this celebration of all things fall. See Picks, Page 49. Noon-6 p.m. $2-$4. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. OKTOBERFEST—Sixth Street will be closed at Main Street for a full-on street party with beer, music and all the hottest lederhosen fresh off the runways of Europe. 2 p.m. FREE. Old Boise, Sixth and Main Streets, Boise. SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

On Stage BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. Price varies. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-3850021, www.kedproductions.org. THE NOT TOO LATE SHOW—Live late-nightstyle talk show hosted by local comedian Sherry Japhet. See Picks, Page 49. 8 p.m. $3. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, www.liquidboise. com.

Concerts AUTUMN ROMANCE— Boise Philharmonic opening night features pianist William Wolfram and music by Strauss, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. See Picks, Page 48. 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. $24-$75. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.

VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves. All ages. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, www. heirloomdancestudio.com.

Sports & Fitness NAMI WALK—Annual Walk (1K, 3K or 5K) to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Breakfast, music and entertainment for the whole family are provided by local sponsors. Register in advance at www.nami.org or call 376-4304. Check in at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m. FREE. The Atrium at Albertsons/Supervalu Headquarters, 250 Parkcenter Blvd., Boise.

Citizen PERSONAL PONIES BENEFIT CONCERT—Fundraiser for Personal Ponies, a nonprofit organization that loans ponies to disabled people, featuring music from Andy Griggs and Beau Bonds and kids’ activities, ponies and vendors. 2 p.m. $10. Meridian Speedway, 335 E. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-2813, www. meridianspeedway.com.

Odds & Ends DANCING WITH THE HEROES— Live music from Primetime Swingers, Heartfelt Country and Elvie Thomas Band, as well as a silent auction, door prizes, complimentary dessert bar, no host bar and concessions to benefit Canyon County Meals On Wheels. 6 p.m. $5. O’Connor Field House/ Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-4553004.

then get together with other dogs and owners and play. For more information, e-mail tandb26@ yahoo.com. 5 p.m. FREE. Morris Hill Park, corner of N. Roosevelt and Alpine streets., Boise.

Animals & Pets IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY SEE SPOT WALK 2010—One-milelong dog walk through Downtown Boise. Food, contests and fun for the whole family. Registration fee includes a T-shirt for you and a scarf for your pup. 10 a.m. $15-$20. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. MIGRATORY BIRD VIEWING FIELD TRIP—The Boise State Idaho Bird Observatory will lead an informational hike to observe migratory birds in the areas around Lucky Peak. Contact 208-426-4354 for more info or to register. 8 a.m. FREE.

SUNDAY OCT. 3 Festivals & Events FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Saturday. Noon-6 p.m. $2-$4. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

GOT NEWF?—Newf is short for Newfoundland, one of the giant breeds of dogs. If you have one,

RICHTER AND UZUE, GUITAR AND CELLO—Concert featuring guitar and cello. 7:30 p.m. $5$12. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208-454-1376, www.caldwellfinearts.org.

Workshops & Classes 37TH IDAHO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING—Idaho and regional archaeologists present results of recent investigations. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. FREE. Engineering and Technology Building, Room 110, Boise State University, Boise. USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCE—Smoke-free, familyfriendly ballroom dancing. 7 p.m. $10 nonmembers, $5 for members and students with ID, Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise. 208-249-1715, www. usadanceboise.org. Dude Howdy by Steve Klamm was the 1st place winner in the 8th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.

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DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— Satire in which a woman answers the cell phone of a man who has just died and finds herself intertwined in his life. 2 p.m. $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980.

PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at secondhand stores. $1 PBR, Oly or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008, www.donniemacgrub.com.

STACKING THE SUPREME COURT—Idaho Humanities Council speaker Marc Johnson. Johnson will present “Stacking the Supreme Court: FDR’s Biggest Political Blunder, and the Gravest Constitutional Crisis Since the Civil War.” 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, 208-570-6900, www.boisepubliclibrary.com.

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MONDAY OCT. 4 On Stage KILLADELPHIA: MIXTAPE FOR A CITY—Debut theater production at the Linen Building. Writer/solo performer Sean Christopher Lewis tells the story of the real-life murder of teaching fellow Beau Zabel, featuring hip-hop, documentary techniques. 7:30 p.m. $10, $7 for students with ID. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www. thelinenbuilding.com.

Festivals & Events PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP AND POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE— Part of The Idaho Loud Writers’ Program with guest poet Eirean Bradley of Portland, Ore. Includes a performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, e-mail cheryl_maddalena@yahoo.com. 6 p.m. FREE for workshop; $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, www.boisepoetry.com. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632.

Sports & Fitness HOMECOMING TOILET BOWL— This one-day flag football tournament is part of the festivities surrounding Boise State homecoming week. 3:30 p.m. FREE. Bronco Stadium, Boise State, 208-4261000, boisestate.edu.

SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

HWY. 95 SHOOTOUT BOISE STATE VS. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO—Eighteen-hole golf tournament limited to the first 25 two-person Boise State teams and the first 25 two-person U of I teams. $125/team. Tee prizes, team trophy, gross/net payouts and bragging rights! Each player must have a current handicap. Call 208-853-4793 to secure your spot. 2 p.m. $125. Plantation Country Club, 6515 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4793, www. plantationcc.com.

BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—The club meets the first Tuesday and second Friday of the month. See website for more info. FREE, www.boiseastro.org. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 6 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—Liquid Lounge and United Vision for Idaho host a discussion forum showcasing a different local nonprofit each month, along with a silent auction and local music. This month, there will be music from Rochelle Smith followed by a presentation from the Idaho Conservation League about a proposed mine above Garden Valley. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, www. liquidboise.com.

On Stage KILLADELPHIA: MIXTAPE FOR A CITY—Debut theater production at the Linen Building. Writer/solo performer Sean Christopher Lewis tells the story of the real-life murder of teaching fellow Beau Zabel. 7:30 p.m. $10, $7 for students with ID. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, www.thelinenbuilding.com.

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On Stage KILLADELPHIA: MIXTAPE FOR A CITY—See Monday. 7:30 p.m. $10, $7 for students with ID. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www. thelinenbuilding.com. THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION PREVIEW—Satire in which a wealthy widow tries to start an arts foundation to transform her hometown into a cultural Mecca. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www. bctheater.org.

Workshops & Classes COMMUNITY FORESTRY CLASSES—Certified arborists provide instruction on the care of green things in the class How to Select and Plant Trees. Contact forestryinfo@cityofboise.org for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, www. boisepubliclibrary.org.

Literature TIMOTHY EGAN BOOK SIGNING—Pulitzer Prize winning author will discuss and sign his critically acclaimed book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America.” 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, www. parklaneco.com/roseroom.

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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY SEPT. 29 ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and the Jeremiah James Gang. See Picks, Page 48. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove BEN BURDICK TRIO—7 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Pub THE BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

BLIND PILOT, OCT. 1, LINEN BUILDING Portland’s Blind Pilot has seen a Boise stage several times recently. It’s fortunate because the sextet, which includes founders Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski, are being tapped to play every festival and talk show from their rainy hometown to the equally rainy East Coast. And they still made time for a stop in Boise this week, thanks to Music From Stanley. It was Blind Pilot’s 2008 release, 3 Rounds And A Sound, that earned them a great deal of the chatter that has lead to many of their appearances—including a spot in the 2010 Austin City Limits Festival. Blind Pilot’s sweet blend of indie-folk is a billowy platform on a sea of guitar, drums, upright bass, banjo, ukelele, dulcimer, trumpet, keyboard and vibraphone upon which Nebeker’s vocals bob low and whispery and sway high and emotively with the quiet passion of an ebb tide. Now everybody can stop asking, “When is Blind Pilot coming back to town?” —Amy Atkins With Cory Chisel, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door. The Linen Building, 1402 Grove St., linenbuilding.com.

CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JON HYNEMAN AND PHIL GARONZIK—7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KILL COUNTRY—With A Seasonal Disguise and Hillfolk Noir. 9 p.m. $TBA. Bouquet PATRICIA FOLKNER WITH JOEL KASERMAN—7:30 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel REBECCA SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper SALLY CRAVEN—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

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SARA HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

THURSDAY SEPT. 30 ARTSWEST LIVE—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe BLAZE AND KELLY—6 p.m. $10. Idaho Botanical Garden BLUE OCTOBER—With The Parlotones. 7:30 p.m. $26-$65. Knitting Factory FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. FREE. Solid KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill LISA SIMPSON—6 p.m. FREE. The Modern LYRICS BORN—With Chali 2na and Raaka. 9 p.m. $18. Reef QWEL AND MAKER—With DJ SPS, Oso Negro and Snug the Joiner. 8 p.m. $5. VAC REGGAE JAM WITH CANDREAD—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid STEVE EATON AND PHIL GAROZNIK—With Kevin Kirk. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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SATURDAY OCT. 2

ACTUAL DEPICTION CD RELEASE PARTY—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef

THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe

BLIND PILOT—With Cory Chisel. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $12 adv. $14 door. Linen Building THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe THE HEARD—6 p.m. FREE. 36th Street Bistro JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill LYNN BERG: BARITONE AND DEL PARKINSON: PIANO—7:30 p.m. $3-$5. Morrison Center Recital Hall MATT KENNON—With A Tasty Jamm and Denae. 7 p.m. $15$35. Knitting Factory SHREDDING PUMPKINS TOUR—Featuring The Breathing Process, Wretched, Diskreet, The Deep and World These Kings. 6 p.m. $10 adv. $12 door. Mardi Gras VOICE OF REASON—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill MELVINS—With Totimoshi. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $14 adv. $16 door. Neurolux PATRICK KURDY—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers POKE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid PILOT ERROR—With Soul Serene and Wolfie and the Bavarians. 2 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club TONY FURTADO AND THE COAL MEN—7 p.m. $13-$35. Knitting Factory TREVOR GREEN—9 p.m. $TBD. Bouquet

SUNDAY OCT. 3 GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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GUIDE JIM LEWIS—11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s KEN HARRIS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill NED EVETT AND DAN COSTELLO—4 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange

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WEDNESDAY OCT. 6

BILL MCKEETH AND FRIENDS—6 p.m. FREE. Cobby’s

BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s

CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

MONDAY OCT. 4 BEN BURDICK AND BILL LILES— 6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge I CALL FIVES—With Second to Last, Seahaven and Heart to Heart 6:30 p.m. $8. Brawl Studios PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

EL TEN ELEVEN—With Baths. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux EVETT AND COSTELLO—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES—With Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PASSAFIRE—With Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Katastro. 9 p.m. $7 adv. $10 door. 18+. Reef SMOOTH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill TREVOR EYRE QUINTET—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe

THE RED RIVER—With The Very Most. 7 p.m. $7. Linen Building

DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE DEVIL MAKES THREE—6 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange THE DEVIL MAKES THREE—8:30 p.m. $8 adv. $10 door. Bouquet FABULOUS FLOYD STANTON—6 p.m. FREE. Cafe Ole GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JON HYNEMAN AND PHIL GARONZIK—With Kevin Kirk. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

ROB PAPER—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

VALIENT THORR—With Radio Moscow and Witchburn 8 p.m. $10. Neurolux

SONNY MOON FOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe

DJS—Wed: Bad Irish, Balcony, Grainey’s Basement. Thu: Balcony, Cowgirls, Grainey’s. Fri: Bad Irish, Balcony, Catacomb Club, Boise Cafe, Neurolux, Sin, Grainey’s Basement. Sat: Balcony, Boise Cafe, Catcomb Club, Neurolux, Sin, Grainey’s Basement. Mon: Bad Irish, Balcony. Tue: Balcony, Grainey’s. KARAOKE—Wed: 44 Club, Ha’Penny, Overland, Savvy’s, Shorty’s, Sin, Terry’s. Thu: 44 Club, Hannah’s, Navajo Room, Overland, The Plank, Quarter Barrel, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Fri: 44 Club, Nuthouse, Overland, Sam’s Place, Savvy’s, Sunshine Lounge, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Sat: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Hooligans, Sam’s Place, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Sun: 44 Club, Bad Irish, Balcony, Liquid, Navajo Room, Overland, Ranch Club, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Mon: 44 Club, The Buffalo Club, Overland, Savvy’s, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Tue: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Liquid, Lucky Dog, Overland, Savvy’s, Shoty’s, Navajo, Terry’s. OPEN MICS—Wed: Donnie Mac’s, Thu: O’Michael’s. Mon: 44 Club, Pengilly’s, Library Coffeehouse. Tue: Primo’s. For complete music schedule visit boiseweekly.com.

STEVEN TONEY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill Passafire

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MELVINS, OCT. 2, NEUROLUX Credited with playing some of grunge’s first chords, the Melvins also boosted the confidence of young rock fans who were afraid to leave the house. No matter how weird a kid looked, Melvins guitarist/vocalist Roger “Buzz” Osborne (aka King Buzzo) and his mane of crazy hair looked weirder (in a good way). The Melvins’ new release, The Bride Screamed Murder (June 2010, Ipecac Recordings), starts with a hup-twothree-four military drill, ends with a Gregorian-like chant and is a balls-out rock fest in between. It is the latest in a looooong line of releases that include LPs, EPs, singles and bootlegs numbering in the hundreds. Whether it’s staying power or a refusal to leave, they don’t continue to make records because they can, they do it because they should. Their heady, gloomy gut-punching rock has changed with the times, certainly, but is no less effective at drilling into your body and brain now than it was when you first saw the Melvins. —Amy Atkins With Totimoshi, 8 p.m., $14 adv., $16 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., neurolux.com.

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NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE Case No.: CVNC1014846. A Petition to change the name of Benjamin Alan Kelley, born 9/30/88 in Boise, Idaho, residing at 9236 W. Brogan Dr. Apt. 204, Boise, has been filed in Ada County District Court, Idaho. The name will change to Leikin Rayne Kelley because I am dissatisfied with current name. The petitioner’s father is living and his address is 737 N. Celeste Ave. Star, ID 83669. The petitioner’s mother is living and her address is 304 W. Washington Meridian, ID 83642. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 o’clock pm on Sept. 30, 2010, at the County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Aug. 02, 2010. By: D. Price. Deputy Clerk. Pub. Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2010.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Nine-year-old Fatima Santos told the San Francisco Chronicle her opinions about the movie Toy Story: “If I had to make a movie like this, I would make it funnier. I would make Mr. Potato Head look funnier that he already does. I would put his hair on his legs, his shoes on his head, and his arms on his face. His eyeballs would be on the place where his arms are.” In the coming week, Aries, I advise you to engage in Fatima’s enlightened style of cockeyed thinking. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you have the power and the mandate to improve pretty much every scenario you’re in by making it less predictable, more rambunctious and just plain funnier. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): During one phase of my life, I walked a mile five days a week to get to a bus stop. On the last stretch of the journey, I had to pass a shabby house next to a vacant lot. On the porch was a German shepherd, always unchained and in a state of irritation. After some close calls, when his agitated barking propelled him perilously close to me, I arrived upon a technique that settled him down: I sang nursery rhymes and lullabies. Something comparable may work for you, Taurus, as you navigate past crabby wretches and pathetic demons in coming days. Shift the energy with a charming bit of innocuous play. Avoid confrontations. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): According to anthropologist Robin Dunbar, it’s impossible for any of us to have more than 150 friends. The human brain literally can’t process the intimate information required to sustain more than that. But if there were super-freaks who could crack that limit, it would be members of the Gemini tribe, especially during the coming weeks. You now have an uncanny ability to cultivate bubbly connections, be extra close to your buddies, and drum up new alliances. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Let’s say I was the director of a grade school play that included outdoor scenes, and you were a student trying out for a part. My inclination would be to offer you the role of the big oak tree, which would be on stage for much of the show but have no spoken lines. Would you accept my invitation with enthusiasm, and play the part with panache? I realize that, it may not seem like your performance would be of central importance. But as director I’d hope to be able to draw out of you a vibrant commitment to being steady and rooted. I’d rely on you to provide the strong, reassuring background that would encourage the actors in the foreground to express themselves freely.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “In times of change, learners inherit the Earth,” wrote philosopher Eric Hoffer, “while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Wouldn’t you prefer to put the emphasis on learning rather than on being learned, Leo? This is a good time to get the hang of that; cosmic rhythms will work in your favor if you do. My advice: Take action to intensify your commitment to education. Seek out new teachings. Think hard about the lessons you want to study in the coming years. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I was tardy in planting my garden this year—more than two months late. My batch of seedlings didn’t find their way into my patch of dirt until July 2. I humbly apologized to them for my procrastination, then made amends with a tireless campaign to provide them with extraordinary care— organic fertilizer, regular watering, impeccable weeding, steady songs of encouragement. And by September, the zucchini were booming, the pumpkins were thriving, the watermelons were unstoppable, and the cucumbers were riffing with abandon. Take inspiration from my example, Virgo. Your plans may have gotten delayed, but don’t let that demoralize you. There’s still time to launch the project or crusade you’ve been dreaming about. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Everything is dreamed first,” wrote French poet Gilbert Trolliet. French philosopher Gaston Bachelard agreed, adding, “Creative reverie animates the nerves of the future.” Your task in the coming weeks, Libra, is to act on those clues: Conjure up pictures in your mind that foreshadow the life you want to be living next year. Proceed on the assumption that you now have extraordinary power to generate self-fulfilling prophecies. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You know me: I hate to sound sensationalistic. But in honor of this dramatic moment in your story, I’ll risk it. So be alert! Heads up! Get real! A pivotal moment is upon you! What you do in the coming days will ultimately determine how you will interpret the entire past year, shaping the contours of your history for better or worse! I advise maximum integrity! I suggest thorough preparation! I urge timely action! Decisions should come from the roots, not the surface! Climaxes should be mediated by the heart and head together, not just one or the other! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’re close to coming all the way home. For months you have been edging toward this welcoming source, and now you’re almost

there. I’m not sure about the specific details. Maybe it means you’ll soon be in the place where your potentials will finally ripen. Perhaps you’re ready to make peace with your past or accept your family members exactly as they are. It’s possible you’ve found your ideal tribe or community and are ready to integrate your uniqueness with its special blend of energies. Who knows? Maybe you’re ready to give yourself completely to the life-changing mission that has been calling and calling and calling you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I have good intuition about fate’s general trends, but I don’t think of myself as psychic when it comes to foreseeing specific events. I’ve never been able to predict winning lottery numbers, for example. But lately I’m wondering if that’s changing. I seem to be developing a knack for prognosticating certain sports events. For example, on three occasions I have hallucinated a golden cup floating in mid-air a short time before Albert Pujols, a Capricorn who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, hits a homerun. So I wonder what it means that right now, as I’m studying your astrological omens and meditating on your future, I’m flashing on an image of three golden cups filled with champagne. It’s 2:15 in the morning, and the Cardinals aren’t playing. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Paws Up resort in Montana offers “glamping,” or glamorous camping. For the right price, you can sleep in a feather bed with fine linens, comfortably ensconced inside a roomy, heated tent that has artwork on the walls. And all the while you’re surrounded by the great outdoors. I’m not specifically suggesting that you go to Paws Up, but I do recommend that you seek an experience that gives you an invigorating dose of raw elegance and untamed sweetness—some situation that allows you to satisfy your animal longing for wildness while at the same time indulging your human yearning for blissful repose. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When I urge you to salvage and re-use old stuff, I’m not really suggesting that you find a purpose for empty prescription bottles or the elastic from wornout underwear. That would be fine, but I’m thinking primarily of more poetic reclamation projects. Like dusting off faded dreams and refitting them with futuristic replacement parts. Or planting an October garden of Earthly delights in the compost of July’s and August’s discarded pleasures. Or retooling a relationship that has lost its way, transforming it into a vibrant connection with a new reason for being.

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