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SHAKE IT UP BW heads to Moon’s for milkshakes

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NOTE SLOW NEWS IN AN INSTANT WORLD The news business is a strange animal in the age of Twitter. I can literally count the seconds it takes at least one media outlet in town to Tweet a link to new content after a press release about said content reaches my e-mail in-box. And at the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon, I’ll say that I fondly remember the days when we alties stood back from the breaking news fray and let the mainstream folks duke it out. But times change. One day last week, a reporter walked into my office a bit miffed after another media outlet Tweeted a link to a story. The same story, mind you, that he’d blogged about minutes earlier but had been waiting for a proofreader to OK before it went live and, of course, went out on the old Twitter. He’d been beaten by minutes in cyberspace and he wasn’t happy about it. But while we are knee-deep in the breaking news world these days—at least online—in print, we still fiercely cling to the alt-weekly model, which sets aside urgency in favor of depth. That same reporter wrote this week’s main feature. “Alms for the Creative” is a story Josh Gross has been reporting on over several months and just as we were getting it to the press last week, Idaho Business Review published a story on crowdfunding. This time, though, Gross wasn’t so miffed. While crowdfunding is a trending topic among creative circles currently, thus far, much of the reporting has hovered near the surface with tales of the successes and failures of those who’ve used the fund-raising method. In search of more depth, Gross took it two steps further, asking what sort of protections are in place for the donor when a project is funded and yet fails to come to fruition, as well as whether the SEC laws regulating crowdfunding transactions are too antiquated to be relevant in the world of Web 2.0 giving. And in sticking with giving for just a moment ... I hope you read this week’s News feature. We don’t publish many feel-good stories in BW, and George Prentice’s “Top Chefs” is a bittersweet kind of feel-good, holiday piece. On behalf of all of us at Boise Weekly, enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. —Rachael Daigle

COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Bill Carman TITLE: Super Turkey: Lifesaver MEDIUM: Ink and digital ARTIST STATEMENT: This is my scary picture. Scary isn’t it? Thanksgiving is about turkey sandwiches (sorry ST) and pumpkin pies with Cool Whip. Oh yeah, that thanks thing, too.

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PUREE, MAN, JUST PUREE Chef Randy King has a freak out over making his own baby food. Don’t forget to read the comments section, in which a reader chimes in with “chill out, babies can handle tofu and curr y.”

WHAT ELSE IS IN YOUR BAG OF TRICKS? If you caught the snippet in last week’s edition on “One Trick Pony,” the Boise State MFA thesis show currently hanging, but haven’t yet caught the show, log on to boiseweekly.com where you’ll find video coverage of all the pony’s tricks.

PARTY LIKE IT’S HUM BOWL 2010 Downtown is set to turn into a giant party in the days surrounding the Humanitarian Bowl. Among the fun: a multi-day concert series. Details at Cobweb.

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MAIL PASS HEALTHY, HUNGER-FREE KIDS ACT, RESTORE FOOD STAMP CUTS During the lame duck legislative session, Congress should pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) and restore SNAP (food stamps) cuts. The $56-billion Food Stamp program is America’s most important anti-hunger program, helping about 42 million low-income Americans to buy a nutritionallyadequate diet. The average family receives about $133 a month—$4 a day—for each household member. For food stamp eligibility, contact Idaho’s Care Line: 211, 1-800-926-2588 or idahocareline.org. Idaho Food Bank’s study “Hunger in Idaho 2010,” found more than 65,500 (about the popula-

tion of Meridian) of the Gem State’s children—under age 18—are not sure of where their next meal will come from. While Congress debates making Bush’s tax cuts permanent, it’s discussing food stamp cuts to increase funding for child nutrition. The “people’s” government pays for the food, and 50 percent of Idaho’s Health and Welfare administrative costs. Food stamps provide instant economic stimulus: 80 percent are used in two weeks, 97 percent in one month. With one in four children at risk of hunger and one in three overweight or obese, Congress should make passing the Hunger-Free Kids Act and restoring SNAP cuts its top 2010 priority. Our children cannot afford to wait. “You can judge a soci-

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ety by how they treat their weakest members,” said Mahatma Gandhi. Congressional contact info: Sen. Mike Crapo: crapo.senate.gov, 208334-1776; Sen. Jim Risch: risch.senate.gov, 208-3427985; Rep. Mike Simpson, District 2: simpson.house. gov, 208-334-1953. —Bill Kibble, Boise

IF RALL IS GONNA PICK ON CHRISTIANS, COUNT ME OUT As a long-time reader and vocal proponent of Ted Rall, I was disappointed to read his latest comic strip. Without merit it avidly attacked the Christian faith, which is more central to myself than anything else in my life. To read something like that made me lose all respect for Rall, and more than that it felt like a slap in the face, something I can forgive but I will not forget. Mr. Rall, I wish you had more class. It’s inflammatory comments like these that cause prejudicial injustices in the world. I will no longer be reading your column. Shame on you. —Jessica Honnen, Boise

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OPINION/BILL COPE

MASS MURDER, INC. The collateral killing of commerce As responsible citizens, are we not obliged, when some indolent slob leaves a mess behind, to put things right? Were said slob to deposit smears of goo on the kitchen counter in the process of feeding his maw, would we allow these smears to remain? Were said slob to thoughtlessly toss the greasy wrappings of his McRib meal from his vehicle as he passed through our neighborhood, would we not pick up after him, as odious as the chore may be? Were he to leave a public toilet unflushed, would we not flush it? The larger question is, would we, as responsible citizens, sit idly by and watch the labor of generations deteriorate into chaos and confusion because the indolent slobs may now actually out-number responsible citizens? No, we would not. However tempting it may be to throw up our hands and despair “what’s the f***ing use?” it is in the nature of responsible citizens to march on, despite the odds and despite the thanklessness. Which brings me to our duty to make the attempt, no matter how overwhelming the task may seem, to answer the lies and distortions that flow from the Right like vomit from a frat boy’s craw. It makes the task no less unpleasant that the conservative mind would see such corrections as further evidence of the liberal media at work. But it is not within our power as responsible citizens to convince every stunted dullard that what he accepts as reality is a sloppy swill of crap. No, stunted dullards will always be stunted dullards, and it’s likely they will always be swilling one variety of crap or another. It is our obligation, though, to ensure that the truth gets spoken. Our culture can not survive if our citizenry can no longer distinguish between … for instance … the blather of a Glenn Beck and the reasonableness of a Bill Moyers, because all the reasonable people have gone silent. To this end, I am answering a charge we have heard over and over from the Right: that socialism is a great murderer of human beings. I was moved finally to do this by a recent letter to The Idaho Statesman in which the author repeated—original ideas are not one of those things for which conservatives are famous—the litany of death perpetrated by 20th century socialists. Of course, they always list Hitler as a socialist, not having a nuanced enough understanding of political history to accept that the Nazis belong on their side of the ledger, not the Left. Then they add Stalin and Pol Pot, Mao and Castro, etceteras, etceteras, never mentioning those socialist and semi-socialist nations without a single mass grave to their name. I would never argue that illiberal socialists like Stalin and Mao weren’t responsible for millions of deaths. But what we never hear from the Right—or much from the Left, for that matter—is the death toll of

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that system so diametrically opposite to socialism, that being the free market—defined broadly as the power of business interests to accumulate as much wealth as they can, using any methods they can dream up. It’s hard to know where to start listing the atrocities of unfettered capitalism, considering that early pharaohs and kings and emperors and tsars and rajahs might easily be described as basic free marketeers who succeeded to such an extent that they eventually drove all their competitors out of business. But in this modern age, the advent of New World slavery is as good a place as any to begin the catalog. What is slavery, if not the ultimate expression of laissez faire? Tragically, we have no count of the humans who died in ship’s holds or plantation chains. Was it in the millions? All we can say for sure is that they died, and horribly, in the cause of other men’s profit. Then there were the original Americans who found out about genocide long before the word was common. And what, primarily, was their cause of death? Bullets? Forced relocation? Disease induced with the purpose of extermination? Let’s just call it, for convenience sake, “that entrepreneurial spirit of our pioneer ancestors.” We must say, America was actually a late-comer to the slaughter of indigenous people in the free pursuit of gain. We learned from the Spanish and French, the Dutch and English. Nor did the capitalist carnage end when the 20th century started. The diamond mines of South Africa? That wasn’t in the name of socialism anymore than are the coal mines of West Virginia. The subjugation of the Middle-East? Sure, the subjugators may have promoted a socialist regime or two, but the reason was that some fervent free market folk wanted to get their hands on a desert-full of oil. I could go on, enumerating tit for tat, for as long as we have history to review. King Leopold’s corpse run-up in the Belgium Congo alone exceeded whatever count Pol Pot reached. And again, it wasn’t in the cause of socialism. The aborigines of Australia—does their eradication count for as much as European Jews? Stalin’s statism denied food to millions in the Ukraine, no doubt, and it will take decades for the number of Americans who waste away because they have been denied medical care by a for-profit insurance system to compete with that grim total. Still … dead is dead. And are the dead any happier knowing they got that way in the name of free enterprise? Here’s a truth you’ll never hear from the Right: neither Karl Marx or Adam Smith have blood on their hands. The killing fields of history were perpetrated by men who would use any excuse available to justify their crimes, including, “Hey, it’s just business.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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BAD FROM THE START President’s right-wing policies revealed years ago NEW YORK—We used to love President Barack Obama. Now we don’t. We may have changed, but Obama hasn’t. It was obvious from the beginning that Mr. Hopey Changey was devoid of character, deploying a toxic blend of liberal rhetoric and right-wing realpolitik. We were in denial. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Obama made a name for himself by speaking out against the Iraq war. “I am certain that I would have voted to oppose this war,” he said in 2007. Meanwhile, in the U.S. Senate, he voted to fund it. Repeatedly. Asked to explain his hypocrisy on Iraq, Obama replied: “I have been very clear even as a candidate that, once we were in [office], that we were going to have some responsibility to make [the Iraq war] work as best we could, and more importantly that our troops had the best resources they needed to get home safely,” Obama explained. “So I don’t think there is any contradiction there.” Within days of his November 2008 election victory, Obama backed away from his pledge to close Guantanamo and restore due process to kidnapped and tortured Muslim detainees. Instead, he announced, he would create extralegal “national security courts.” Even Bush didn’t dare stray that far from the rule of law. Obama didn’t appoint one liberal to his cabinet. Against good sense, in the midst of the worst financial crisis since 1929, he hired pro-business hacks Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geitner to lead his economic team. Fighting proposals to create jobs programs, they expanded Bush’s bank bailouts instead. Obama asked Bush’s defense secretary to stay on because, you know, he was doing such

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an awesome job with the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan. I suppose it could have been worse: Obama’s first choice to run the CIA was John Brennan, a pro-torture Bushist. As Inauguration Day approached the hits kept coming. When Obama announced his choice to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, it was yet another unpleasant surprise: Rick Warren, the right-wing, gay-bashing pastor of the Saddleback megachurch. Gay leaders were annoyed but did nothing. The indignities continued after the new prez moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Liberals hoped for accountability. Obama had promised it. Once in the Oval Office, however, Obama said America needed “to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.” He ordered his Justice Department not to investigate Bush administration war crimes. No one would be prosecuted. Obama sent 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. He allowed torture to continue in CIA prisons and signed an executive order granting him the right to assassinate anyone, including a U.S. citizen, on his say-so alone. Six days into the Obama presidency, I’d seen enough. “Give the man a chance?” I asked on Jan. 26, 2009. “Not me. I’ve sized up him, his advisors and their plans, and already found them sorely wanting. Obama isn’t our FDR. He’s our Mikhail Gorbachev: likeable, intelligent, well-meaning and ultimately doomed by his insistence on being reasonable during unreasonable times.” I was mistaken. Two years is too long for people to figure out what Obama is all about.

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CITYDESK/NEWS IS GOLD GOLDEN?

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Record-high gold prices and the speculation about them have become the topic du jour across the nation. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other news outlets have questioned the world’s renewed interest in the yellow ingots—with prices ebbing closer to the highs of the early 1980s—suggesting that an over-valuation of gold could lead to a new economic bubble waiting to burst. But is it really an investment alternative for Treasure Valley citizens? Historically, as paper currency has plummeted the demand for commoditiesbased investment has surged, with both investors and the average Joe putting their income into something more tangible— gold and real estate being the obvious choices. With the real estate market in the tank, people are turning to gold, driving the price up to a temporar y high of $1,409 per ounce on Nov. 9. That price is about 70 percent of the record-high value in the early 1980s—well below the “record high” decried by the media. That begs the question: What will the future of gold be? “Channel 7 came in 2008 when the prices star ted to rise ... we had a massive surge [in gold],” said Bob Ingersoll from Boise’s Bargain Pawn. “We were buying and selling left and right. Now, most of these people are selling us gold that they’ve been accumulating for over 15 to 20 years.” He feels that the “gold bubble” has got to burst—and soon. “Somebody’s gonna get stuck with a lot of gold,” he prophesied. George Soros, founder of the Open Society Institute, has been quoted ad nauseam claiming the same result. But people continue to look toward gold, citing the Fed’s controversial quantitative easing plan to inject—essentially “print”—more American dollars into the world economy to drive costs down and maintain nearzero interest rates to keep development chugging. If real estate was the fashionable investment pre-2008, gold is apparently it for 2010. And it seems some of that sudden interest is spilling over to other commodities markets—at least here in Boise. “In the last two weeks we’ve seen a lot more silver than gold,” said Dan Templeman, owner of The Treasure Valley Coin Exchange. “This month silver rose so much more than gold ... whose price has mostly stayed the same.” When asked about his opinion on the reason, he said: “I have none ... there are just too many variables.”

TOP CHEFS The brothers D’Orazio GEORGE PRENTICE “Yes chef!” Turn on the television almost any hour of the day, and you’ll find the airwaves filled with food. Iron Chef, Master Chef, Top Chef. No matter the competition, you’ll quickly lose count of the times that people shout, “Yes chef!” or “No chef!” But inside one of Idaho’s biggest and busiest kitchens, there will be none of that. “They always tell us to call them by their first names. So, it’s always ‘Yes Jack’ or ‘No Jack,’” said Sean Coles, a top chef-in-training. Jack is 55-year-old Jack D’Orazio one of two top chefs at the Centennial Job Corps in Nampa. The other top chef is his big brother and boss, 62-year-old Sam Brothers Jack and Sam D’Orazio are thankful that they get to cook Thanksgiving for thousands. D’Orazio. Following a culinary life in which he prepared meals for presidents, prime “I’m talking about cutting off the Centennial crew will cook holiday meals for ministers and royalty, Sam is preparing the breasts, thighs, legs and wings to prepare nearly 9,000 of Idaho’s hungriest. next generation of kings and queens of the it for the oven. I can do about three in a This is the 13th year that Sam has kitchen. minute.” worked with the Boise Rescue Mission to The cavernous kitchens of the CentenHis students nodded. present Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. nial Job Corps prepare three giant meals a “Yeah, I can do about one in a minute, day—a typical lunch menu includes chicken, Each year, thousands fill Nampa’s First and I think that’s pretty amazing,” said Church of the Nazarene for roast beef, turkey, two types of pasta, four Coles, a second-year student. what is billed as “The Great different salads, and don’t get Jack laughed. Thanksgiving Banquet,” them started on desserts. Their “But I’m kind of slow now. I used to be sponsored by the Boise Res“customers” are a select able to cut them up a bit quicker.” cue Mission. In addition to group: 300 students living Jack started as a chef when he was 19. an all-day meal, food boxes, on campus. “I’ve been a chef for uranium miners up shoes and winter coats are The federal program in Canada. I was head chef at Crane Creek distributed. houses, feeds and trains the Country Club here in Boise. I worked 10 “He’s the man,” said Jack young adults from Idaho, years for Albertsons. And I ran Tri-City pointing to his brother. “He arOregon and WashingMeats for years,” said Jack. “Yeah, I’ve ranges it all.” ton. Each is enrolled “Yeah, but he’s the man who been holding a knife for a while now.” in a two-year trade Jack was recently invited to the White actually makes it happen,” Sam program, in which House along with a select number of other responded. they become job corps chefs. He was even selected by Jack begins preparing certified acMichelle Obama to participate in a “top the “great Thanksgiving countants, carbanquet” in October. When chef” contest. penters, chefs, “We made a side dish, which is much he’s done, he’ll have preelectricians or tougher than an entree,” said Jack. “We pared about 300 turkeys. nurses. And don’t forget the 5,000 made a vegetable medley with three differTwice a year, beef tamales, a few tons of ent types of squash. I added a peach amathe brothers green beans, 40 industrial- retto sauce and just a hint of goat cheese. D’Orazio and ON THE MENU: Some Washington, D.C., school kids said sized pans of dressing their students they loved it.” and another 40 pans of prepare a feast 300 turkeys But Sam has pulled down even more homemade mashed potafor some very 5,000 tamales accolades over the years. As head chef for toes. And are you ready special custom80 industrial pans of dressing a resort hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for this? Eighty gallons of ers. As BW was 80 industrial pans of homemade Sam represented Team Canada in a 1982 gravy. Dessert? Countless going to press, mashed potatoes world competition and took second place. apple, blueberry, cherry the chefs were 80 gallons of gravy Sam has even cooked for the Queen of and pumpkin pies. Plus a putting the England, twice. few dozen cakes. finishing touches Thousands of slices of apple, But Jack and Sam both said the best While talking to Jack, on a Thanksgivblueberry, cherry and pumpkin pie meal they prepare is the one that will be BW quickly learned not ing banquet for served Wednesday, Nov. 24, at “The Great to get between him and a thousands of Thanksgiving Banquet.” turkey. At least while he’s men, women and “In culinary, this is the best job in the holding a knife. children who valley,” said Jack. “I can break down three turkeys in a don’t know where their next meal will come “It’s an honor,” said Sam. from. And between now and Christmas, the minute,” Jack smiled. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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DANIEL STANAWAY A river runs through his life GEORGE PRENTICE

One of your two brothers is your twin? Brett and I are identical twins. I often think that being a twin is one of the greatest blessings in my life because there is somebody out there that understands me completely. It’s an emotional and intellectual identification. Was there a stage of your life when you tried to rebel being a twin? You bet. We had always been identified as “the twins.” When I was in ninth grade, I shaved my head so there’d be a very distinct difference between us. I kept it that way for years. Did you have difficulty moving away? Moving here two years ago was the first time that we had ever been more than a couple of hours apart. The twin thing is a complicated matter. I have two people that are extremely close to me. Even though I’ve known my wife Margaret for seven years, and we’ve been married for two, it’s still a short period of time compared to the 29 years I’ve been a twin with Brett.

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Where did you meet your wife? When we were undergraduates at Michigan State. She’s a nurse in the cardiac unit at St. Luke’s. So how did you get word of the fellowship? I got a phone call from a 202 area code [Washington, D.C.], which I didn’t recognize. I had no idea who that could have been, and I usually let those calls go to voicemail but for some reason I answered. The guy said, “This is Brandon Jones from the EPA. I’d like to talk to you about your fellowship.” That was a really good day. Is there a price tag on the fellowship? It’s for $74,000 for two years. Obviously that triggers your work, but does that also allow you to exhale financially? Absolutely. A lot of scientists and engineers get their work paid for. But my project is a bit unique in that I’m the first person at Boise State to take a hydrological curriculum and apply it to a larger biological sense. I had to apply for a lot of sources of money. The EPA fellowship was the largest amount available but had the greatest amount of uncertainty. The irony was that those that I thought were certain, never panned out. Most of your research has been around the Clark Fork River [which runs 310 miles between Montana and Idaho]. What’s the state of the river in 2010? There’s been a good amount of remediation work done, but the river is still dramatically impacted by the countless copper and silver mines that lined the shores

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Considering that 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, Daniel Stanaway is a global game-changer. His research on water quality is so important that the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Stanaway a rare two-year fellowship at Boise State sustain his work. The EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program receives thousands of submissions annually and only a handful are selected. Stanaway wanted to pursue his graduate work at Boise State, but moving away from his home state of Michigan was a challenge, scholastically and personally.

through much of the 20th century. As a way to imagine the magnitude of the amount of copper taken out of that area, you could have paved a road from Butte, Mont., to Salt Lake City—a four-lane highway, four inches thick, made completely of copper. Our studies are examining the impact of the metals that were put into that watershed: arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead and zinc. How might your work impact our lives? What we want to do with this work is develop a tool that we could use for earlier detection to an ecosystem that may have been compromised by metals or sedimentation. Should we be worried about the state of our rivers? From the time of the Clean Water Act in the 1970s, the state of our nation’s rivers have improved dramatically. But more than 60 percent of the world’s great rivers are in peril. Aquatic species face a greater rate of extinction than any other species. We have an ever-increasing emphasis on our rivers and the general quality of our environment. The science that can fix generational problems is growing more precise and allowing us to do many more innovative things. I truly believe we can leave our world in a much better state than how we inherited it.

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ravis Swartz wanted to make a movie, but he didn’t have any money. And while the Boise resident had made zero-budget films before, he wanted this one to be different and that meant he needed some dough. He could have pounded the pavement shopping his script about an unloved janitor with eight days to live to aspiring producers and so-and-so’s rich uncle looking for the $25,000 needed, but Swartz didn’t feel right about it. “If we’re all being honest with independent film, it’s not a smart investment. It’s an investment of love,” Swartz said. Instead, he chose to delve into the growing world of crowdfunding, where small, individual contributions provide a new way of getting projects off the ground, ranging from independent films or music to a hobbyist’s attempt to create nuclear fusion in his Brooklyn garage. Though there are several different variations on the crowdfunding model, the idea is to use the web to pitch an idea and collect small donations to fund it. Essentially, a project manager—an artist, filmmaker, journalist, scientist, etc.—creates a project profile and pitch on a crowdfunding site—like Kickstarter or Indiegogo—then uses social networking to solicit small contributions from a large number of people. In return, contributors receive non-monetary gifts relative to the amount of their contribution. “When I first started looking into crowdfunding I was uncomfortable with it because it seemed like handing out the hat for nothing, but I discovered that’s not what it’s really about,” Swartz said. “It’s like pay-in-advance. You get someAD AM ROSENLUND

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thing in return.” For donating to Swartz’s film, Nobody Cares, contributors would be rewarded with what amounted to tokens of appreciation. A smaller donation would get a signed DVD, where a larger donation would guarantee a luxury private screening and the donor’s name in the credits as a financier. Essentially, Swartz was pre-selling tickets to and copies of a movie he hadn’t actually made yet. From a promotional standpoint, Swartz’s crowdfunding campaign would have made the audience personally invested in the film’s progress in the same way comic book fans obsessively follow every step of film adaptations. “It’s really important to build an audience into the filmmaking process,” Swartz said. “The old way is to send [a film] out to festivals and hope it builds an audience. Crowdfunding is really a process of not just raising the money, but raising the money from the audience that is really going to appreciate it.” The combination of the promotional and financial benefits of crowdfunding may be so successful, in fact, that even established institutions with solid donor bases are looking to augment their budgets by passing the virtual plate. In Boise, for example, Boise Contemporary Theater recently used Kickstarter to produce its 2010-2011 season opener, The Krumblin Foundation. And while members of Boise’s artistic community are piling on the crowdfunding gravy train to cover the cost of albums, plays and even teaching expeditions to Kenya, what many don’t realize

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Boise ďŹ lmmaker Travis Swartz ultimately found that crowdfunding wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the way to go when raising money for his new ďŹ lm, Nobody Cares. is that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also ďŹ ring the opening shots in what could be a major revamping of the laws that dictate how funding is done in this country, from the arts to small business. As things stand now, crowdfunding contributors are sidestepping longstanding laws of the land. They are considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;donorsâ&#x20AC;? and not â&#x20AC;&#x153;investorsâ&#x20AC;? and can only receive non-monetary gifts. If they were to beneďŹ t ďŹ nancially from their donation, it would be in direct violation of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1933, the law passed to prevent the sort of practices that brought on the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression. The act â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requires that any offer or sale of securities using the means and instrumentalities of interstate commerce be registered pursuant to the 1933 Act, unless an exemption from registration exists under the law.â&#x20AC;? No exemption exists for the type of small-scale projects crowdfunding is typically used for. Anyone who wants to offer ďŹ nancial returns must register with the SEC, a process often more complicated and expensive than the project itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What those laws were protecting against was the oil speculators knocking on widows and doors,â&#x20AC;? said Danae Ringlemann, co-founder and CFO of IndieGogo, a crowdfunding site that operates in more than 130 countries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But that was an age when communication was literally knocking on doors. You had to get physical reports on how projects were running.â&#x20AC;? According to Ringlemann, the transparency brought by the Internet is the single biggest change since the laws governing these transactions were written. And though the Internet has provided tools to more effectively assess risk and track projects, the laws are still strictly enforced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not dealing with big amounts of money here,â&#x20AC;? said Tim Kappel, a Nashvillebased entertainment lawyer who specializes in crowdfunding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are ways to structure in protections for the creative investor. Meanwhile, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the stock market, which is a big roulette table and people

treat it like a casino or a race track.â&#x20AC;? Kappel published a paper in the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, explaining the differences and problems between what he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;pure patronageâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;patronage-plusâ&#x20AC;? modelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the â&#x20AC;&#x153;plusâ&#x20AC;? being ďŹ nancial returns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.S. market poses unique and signiďŹ cant legal obstaclesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;speciďŹ cally laws governing gambling and the sale of securitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that could derail any effort to import a patronage-plus ex ante crowdfunding system for the recording industry,â&#x20AC;? Kappel wrote. Kappel translated that from law person to lay person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you start offering a share of the proďŹ ts that are created through the sale of distribution of the product, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with investment laws,â&#x20AC;? said Kappel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone wanted to offer more than a tote bag, if someone wants to offer an investment, they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. They would certainly run afoul of SEC laws. And that has to go through a ton of regulation as a public offering.â&#x20AC;? Aside from contributorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inability to make money, this creates an odd loophole in the process. Since contributors arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t legally investors, that also means they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any ownership or control. And while this is certainly an arrangement artists prefer, it also means that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no back-end protection for contributors. If an artist doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow through on a project, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much that can be done about it. While some crowdfunding websites hold the money as pledges of support until a goal is reached, others do not, and almost universally, there are no guarantees that a project that has been funded will reach fruition. Theoretically, project managers are legally culpable, but since the average contribution hovers around $25, the chances of a lawsuit from contributors are minimal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Kappel calls the difference between a legally enforceable right and practically enforceable right. In Kappelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper, he cites European crowdfunding websites such as Bandstocks, which allows bands to sell 10-pound shares WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

in their album projects. Bandstocks, however, provides back-end protection by suing on behalf of contributors should a project get dropped. However, Ringlemann said dealing with a donor unhappy about incomplete projects hasn’t yet been a problem for Indiegogo. “It’s always possible someone can take the money and run off to Bermuda,” she said. “But the probability is incredibly low.” Ringlemann said the two things that make it unlikely are human nature and transparency provided by the Internet. “No one raises money from 100 percent strangers,” she said. “Crowdfunding can be a way to raise money from friends and family more quickly.” Ringlemann cited a crowdfunding campaign to buy a student who needed a new computer for a birthday present. Her friends all pitched in a few bucks and she had enough for a new computer within several days. Ringlemann said in a typical campaign, initial donations by friends and family serve as a vetting process. People aren’t quick to financially cross those closest to them. And while strangers may eventually donate to a campaign, it’s unlikely to reach that point if friends and family aren’t willing to risk a few dollars first. It’s part of what Ringlemann calls a “social score.” “Right now, we’re judged by a credit score,” she said. “But over time, I think that is going to adapt to include how good you are at following through on things like Facebook and Twitter as a way of further assessing your credibility. When you see people with great followings on Twitter, they have

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them because they’re doing good work.” Ringlemann said a crowdfunding scam is hard to run online simply because there are so many options, and a project manager’s social score can be easily gauged by prior successes and failures listed on the project page. That transparency is why the process has such appeal to both project managers and contributors and has been successfully employed for such a wide variety of projects. Longtime BW columnist Ted Rall even used crowdfunding to raise $25,999 for his recent expedition to Afghanistan to cover the research costs of a new book. The money covered one month’s expenses—an amount Rall claimed in his pitch video would normally prohibit reporters not backed by large corporate sponsors from making the trip. He and his colleagues, cartoon journalist Matt Bors and web cartoonist Steven L. Cloud, claimed to be the only unembedded reporters operating in the nation at the time. For their part, Rall’s 211 backers received, or will receive, gifts like signed copies of his book, original sketches and thank yous in the book’s liner notes. One contributor bought dinner and drinks with the author for a cool $1,000. Since crowdfunding appears to be an effective way to raise capital, small businesses are looking at how it could be used to their benefit. But under current SEC laws, such a venture would be illegal. That’s why a growing movement is trying to change the law. “Like everyone, I have more ideas than I pursue. And for as along as I can remember, I thought there should be a way for people to invest in me, in others, with small

amounts of money. Not just as a means to do it, but as external motivation,” said Paul Spinrad, project editor for Make magazine, who is leading the charge to change the SEC laws and make crowdfunding easier. He tried to put that into action with the Premises Premises website, which was a rudimentary attempt at crowdfunding. Spinrad said it failed because the site didn’t frame ideas well enough. Since then, more successful crowdfunding sites have incorporated the best elements of social networking. When he learned about Kickstarter, Spinrad wrote several guest opinions on the popular blog boingboing.net about the potential of investing in intellectual property. People seemed interested, so he took that energy and decided to see what could be done with it. He discovered that the SEC accepts public petitions, which are posted on the SEC website for public comment. Spinrad decided to levy the crowd to push the SEC to write an exemption to the Securities and Exchange Act for investments of less than $100 using the comment process. “Even if just 50 people submit comments, it’s going to be way more than they’ve dealt with before,” said Spinrad. “It’s a backwater.” The exemption wouldn’t cost anything, but it could open new ways for investors to make money. “Securities deregulation, people are down on it right now,” Spinrad said. “And generally I am as well, but this is not high-level insider corporate gaming. This is the kind of deregulation that a leftie can love.” Spinrad acknowledges that comment-

bombing a site could backfire, but he feels the comment process is in line with the principles of crowdfunding, making it the ideal method. “I don’t want to antagonize the SEC,” Spinrad said. “This is to inject it into public dialog. If they don’t want to do that, that’s their bad. But if it’s a proposal worth consideration, then they should consider it.” It seems to be working. His campaign has levied 39 comments so far, including several from CEOs and an in-depth analysis of the exemptions potential from an associate professor of finance at Georgetown University. The American Sustainable Business Council, a prominent lobbying group, picked his cause as one of its official campaigns, and Spinrad even got an unsolicited letter from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy encouraging him to attend and push for the exemption at an annual open forum the SEC holds to meet with small business leaders. While Spinrad sees the exemption as a way for artists to fund projects, Jenny Kassan, co-director of the California-based Sustainable Economies Law Center—who is helping Spinrad with the petition—sees it from a different perspective. For her, this is the only way small businesses will ever be able to get a fair shake. “If you care at all about supporting small, locally owned businesses in your community, this is a crucial issue,” Kassan said. She contends that without it, large corporations will always have an advantage over momand-pop stores. “A lot of people don’t understand securi-

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ties regulations in the first place, so they don’t understand why we need to do this,” she said. “But the more people realize how hard it is for a small business to raise money legally, and that people are not allowed to go out and ask their friends or their community for an investment, the more excited they get. Especially now, in this climate, when businesses are suffering.” In Kassan’s view, the idea that people can freely stroll around dropping money on the lottery or in a casino, but that the government won’t let them risk it on an investment is absurd. “Let’s leave it up to the people,” said Kassan. “It’s their $100. They’re not going to die if they lose it.” Kassan sent a nine-page letter to the SEC in late June outlining the proposed changes in detail, including several caveats to ensure it isn’t exploited. No. 1: No purchaser may invest more than $100. No. 2: The aggregate offering is limited to $100,000 maximum. No. 3: Offerors must be individuals. Offerors may not be entities and must be United States citizens or legal residents. No. 4: No offeror may have more than one offering open at any time. No. 5: All offering materials and communications must contain a disclaimer clearly stating the possibility of total loss of the investment and the necessity of careful evaluation of each offeror’s trustworthiness by the individual purchaser. The letter also includes detailed descriptions of the benefits Kassan expects to see as justification. “It’s a totally crazy long-shot,” she said. “Especially in this environment. Unfortunately, a lot of really bad players have made people really nervous about doing anything that would loosen up the rules at all. “We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t think there wasn’t a chance,” Kassan added. “It’s a very reasonable request.” Even if Ringlemann and IndieGogo didn’t stand to benefit from the potential exemption, she said she’d support it. One of the things that drove her to start IndieGogo was being the child of small business owners and watching them refinance their house and cover business expenses with credit cards for 30 years. “Ever year, 7 million ventures start,” said Ringlemann. The average outlay is $45,000. But the average need is only $4,500. Most businesses are something like a hot dog cart. So people are financing it themselves with credit cards. If there was an easy way for people to raise 10 grand, then that could be the bread and butter of America. According to Ringlemann, Kassan and Spinrad, a SEC exemption on small-scale investments is that way. “There are two ways to protect people,” Ringlemann said. “Require companies to do risk disclosure or cap investments. Second [option] wasn’t used in 1933 because it was too hard to track. The Internet has changed that. So the question becomes what is the appropriate level? $100? $1,000?” Spinrad, the arts enthusiast, sits at the $100-end of the spectrum. Investors and financiers are pushing for a larger, and

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therefore potentially profitable, cap. But even if all the legal minutiae is resolved, there’s still the question of why anyone would fork over their hard-earned $20 to someone else’s crazy idea rather than their own. For Megan Egbert, a Boise librarian, it started out as helping her friend Gregory Bayne with his film Driven. “The platform allows someone not only to ask for money, but to show what they’re doing,” she said. “Plus, it makes it not awkward if you want to refuse.” Bayne campaigned to fund his soonto-be-released documentary about mixedmartial arts fighter Jens Pulver getting ready for his underdog shot at the big-time. His effort has been used as a model of how to use crowdfunding. Bayne first tried to raise money the traditional way, but he started running out of time before Pulver’s main event. So Bayne made a trailer and put it on Youtube. The trailer got more than 10,000 views in one week, which proved there was an audience, so he decided to try crowdfunding. His goal was $25,000 in 20 days, but he ended up with $27,000 and a fanbase itching to see the film. Bayne was also able to use the contributors as a test audience, sending out clips and rough cuts to see how people responded. After contributing to Driven, Egbert became curious and looked for other causes to support, giving to several including Travis Swartz’s film. “I wouldn’t give money to someone if I had doubts about it. I’ve donated pretty small amounts to people, so if someone

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takes my $25 and runs I’m not going to be that worried about it,” she said. Paul Carew, another Boisean who contributed to Bayne and Swartz had similar sentiments. He was friends with both of them, but he also appreciated the efficiency of the process. “I’m a business owner and a very busy person,” said Carew. “In the situations where I used Kickstarter, it was a gut decision, and I knew I could plug in a credit card in 30 seconds and be done with it.” While the ease of donating to a project is attractive to donors, it’s also drawing the attention of established organizations, which

see it as a way to reach out to a new funding pool. Boise Contemporary Theater’s Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark said in an age of declining corporate contributions, The Krumblin Foundation wouldn’t have been possible without the campaign. “New work costs more,” he said. “Time for development, commissioning, fees, etc. We had to find new way to fund additional expenses.” Those new ways were to offer gifts ranging from free drinks to signed scripts to donors’ names being written into the script (only $1,000 or more). The campaign was so well received that BCT raised $12,645

“It’s always possible someone can take the money and run off to Bermuda, but the probability is incredibly low.” — Danae Ringlemann, co-founder and CFO of IndieGogo

from 178 backers. Still, crowdfunding isn’t always the answer. After only a few weeks, Swartz decided to cancel his Kickstarter campaign to fund Nobody Cares. “With Kickstarter, I found I was spending my pre-production time being a fundraiser as opposed to being a filmmaker,” Swartz said. “I think if I’d done it earlier and had a different plan for it, it would have worked out well. But I started a bit late, and I ended up spending exponential time on it because you have to hit that goal by a certain date.” Instead, he set up a PayPal account on his own website that people could use to contribute, and found a partner who took care of many of the equipment costs, making it possible to start production. Swartz wrapped shooting in early October and is in the months-long editing process. To complete the project, he said he will need to continue raising funds, and though contributions have trickled off since the initial push, Swartz feels it will pick up again once he’s cut enough of the film to show people what they’re paying for. “[Contributing] seems more a reaction to how much energy people see you putting into the project,” Swartz said. “When they see that you have something, as opposed to the promise that you might have something, it has more impact.” At last report, Swartz had raised $3,100, far short of his initial goal of $25,000. But he’s not concerned. “I’m shooting the movie,” he said. “That’s the most important part.”

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WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY NOV. 24-28 trees SAINT ALPHONSUS FESTIVAL OF TREES There might be snow. There will be Christmas lights for sure, along with snowflake-adorned scarves and hats, trees decorated to within an inch of their lives, eggnog, caroling, kids—either delighted or terrified—whispering their hearts’ desires in Santa’s ear. Yep, it’s that time of year, and regardless of what the holidays mean to you, chances are pretty good that Saint Al’s Festival of Trees has got something going on that’s right up your alley. The week is jam-packed with various activities that will keep the Boise Centre hopping. The festival officially begins with the black-tie gala on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Dig the tux out of the back of the closet, put on your dancing shoes and prepare to duke it out for the bestdressed tree as the locally sponsored festival trees go up for bid. Though you should leave the kiddies at home for the gala, the breakfasts with Santa are definitely more kid-friendly, as are the holiday-themed scavenger hunt and the North Pole village. Some consider the tree-lighting ceremony in the Grove the official kickoff to the holiday season and free massages just might help alleviate impending holiday-induced stress. Check out saintalphonsus. org for details. The various events are sponsored by local businesses, and proceeds benefit the Saint Al’s Foundation. Wednesday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thursday, Nov. 25, 2-9 p.m.), $4 seniors and kids younger than 12, $7 adults, $30 for a family of up to six. Boise Centre, Downtown Boise, saintalphonsus.org.

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dead and gone for the year. The leaves have been raked and the ground is hard with frost in the mornings. The trees are bare, and the only sign of life are the birds that come for the seed left out for them. Good thing the lights are on—more than 250,000 of them, to be exact. Throw in some live reindeer, Christmas

Whatever people may think about metal, the one thing that can’t be denied is that metal bands know how to name things. Between the grotesque imagery and use of mythological symbolism, metal consistently produces names of both bands and songs that pique a listener’s interest, even if they aren’t a fan of the style. How can you not be curious what a band called Cryptic Slaughter has to say? Brooklyn’s Miniature Tigers aren’t remotely metal in sound, but with songs like “Cannibal Queen,” “Gold Skull” and “Tell it to the Volcano,” they clearly understand what metal is doing in the name department. And while some might write it off as a gimmick, it’s too late ’cause it worked. Once you’ve listened to the pleasant electronic pop of “Bullfighter Jacket,” the raw garage tones of “Black Magic” and the foot-stomping back beat of “Dino Damage,” you’re hooked. That’s why the band was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the 25 best bands on MySpace— which is pretty much every band living or dead at this point—and by Spin as one of the nine best new acts at CMJ 2008. Miniature Tigers will be stopping by Boise to play at Neurolux on Friday, Nov. 26. And if their naming strategy is any indication, they’ll be more than glad to see you hoist a zippo in the air when they slow things down a bit, perhaps with their acoustic ballad “Viking Hearts.” With Le Fleur and Faux Bois. 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.

tunes and the scent of roasted almonds, and you have the makings of a holiday event that the whole family can get into. Ever y year, Idaho Botanical Garden decks out the landscape with lights and special holiday displays. Grab a warm drink and make your way to the greenhouse to visit with Santa and Prancer, then follow the walking paths through the grounds to check out the giant lighted flowers blooming in the Children’s Garden and model steam and diesel trains traveling

the grounds in the English Garden—both are new exhibits this year. The garden is going green this year as well, with solar panels helping to supply some of the electricity needed to power the event. Now if it would only snow. Thursday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, 6-9 p.m. $4 members and kids 4-12 years old, $8 adults. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiar y Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

SATURDAY NOV. 27 parade BOISE HOLIDAY PARADE Has Boise gotten a little too big-city for ya? Do you long for the ice cream counter, drive-in movie, Sundaydinner days of yester year? Well, nothing satisfies that small-town nostalgia craving like a little parade action. On Saturday, Nov. 27, you can join your fellow WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly in the 1961 movie adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s—black cocktail dress, huge sunglasses, glistening diamond necklace, long cigarette holder—has become iconic. Though her silhouette now adorns innumerable sorority walls and bedazzled purses, Truman Capote didn’t intend for the character to be celebrated for her vacuous social climbing. In fact, in Capote’s 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Golightly was portrayed as a mixed-up prostitute trying to escape her rural roots—not exactly a glamorous society girl. Though Capote’s other famous novel, In Cold Blood, is a work of non-fiction that veers away from the New York social life, Capote himself never strayed far from those circles. Known for his extravagant personality and stinging wit, Capote spent much of his writing career mocking the very people with whom he kept company at swank Manhattan parties. But by the 1970s, many of Capote’s friends and acquaintances had gotten fed up with his public jabs. It’s during this time that Jay Presson Allen’s Tru takes place. The award-winning Broadway play will be performed at Boise Contemporary Theater starting Tuesday, Nov. 23, and running through Saturday, Dec. 18. Capote’s unique personality will be portrayed by Tom Ford, who BCT audiences will recognize from 2005’s I Am My Own Wife. 8 p.m., $13-$19. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224. Shows through Saturday, Dec. 18. See bctheater.org for details.

Soup was once a peasant staple—a way to stretch out a browning head of cabbage and a few lumpy potatoes to feed an entire family. These days, it’s an epicurean delight. From butternut squash purees to truffle-flecked bisques to pork belly stews, soups have shrugged off their comforting, chickennoodle afghans and sashayed onto innovative, high-end menus across the globe. And lucky for soup-ficionados, you can now celebrate your goulash glee with big beefy bowl of borscht bliss. On Friday, Nov. 26, the Idaho Foodbank is hosting its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on the Grove Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It works like this: You fork (or spoon) over $10 and get to select a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted bowl, which you then fill with a soup of your choosing. Local restaurants provide pot after steaming pot of rotating soup options for you to select from. So whether you’re a soup-lover or are still too crammed full of tofurkey and dressing to think about processing any more solid foods, head over to Empty Bowls on the day after Thanksgiving to help support a good cause. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $10. The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise, 208-577-2698, idahofoodbank.org.

floatlovers at the Boise Holiday Parade for a morning full of old-time quaintness. There will be plenty of slow-moving, hand-waving things to gawk at, including bagpipers, local high school marching bands, vintage cars, inflatable Christmas characters and, of course,

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Old St. Nick in his sleigh. The parade star ts at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of 10th and Jefferson streets and winds down Jefferson to Four th Street, then swings a right and loops back up Bannock Street to the star ting point.

And if all that isn’t enough to get your big-city butt out of bed, famous astronaut and Idaho teacher Barbara Morgan will be this year’s Grand Marshal.

We’re running the risk of tooting our own horns but when it comes to superior deals, one’s own ego must not supercede the mission of spreading the gospel of the bargain. In this case, the good word comes in the form of discounted gift certificates to local businesses being offered to Boise Weekly Card members. First example: You can get a $20 gift certificate to Rediscovered Bookshop for $15. Halweeklycard.com/boise lelujah. Second example: You can get a $20 gift certificate to All About Games for $15. Amen. Third example: You can get a $50 gift certificate to the Bull’s Head Station in Meridian for $25. Praise be. Fourth example: You can get a $100 gift certificate to Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta for $60. Testify. Brothers and sisters, this is where some strategic holiday planning can not only score you some easy gifts but save you some money in the process. You don’t even have to give the gift certificates away. Buy them in your own name, use them to pick up a few gifts and then use what’s leftover on yourself. Think of it as an act of self charity. Here’s the kicker: the reduced-price gift certificates are available in limited quantities, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Find them under the “Special Offers” link on the Boise Weekly Card page. Go forth and spread the good word. —Deanna Darr

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY NOV. 24 Festivals & Events FESTIVAL OF TREES—A week of special holiday-themed events for the entire family. Visit saintalphonsus.org for more info. See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., $2-$7. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-3368900, boisecentre.com.

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Odds & Ends BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian.

VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. Guest speakers and DJs. 7-10 p.m. FREE, vpsidaho.org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.

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TRU—Jay Presson Allen’s award-winning Broadway hit based on the whirlwind social life and career of Truman Capote. See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $12-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, bctheater.org.

Workshops & Classes SNOWSHOEING BASICS FOR WOMEN—Everything you need to know to get started in snowshoeing. Register online at rei. com/boise. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208322-1141, rei.com. ZUMBA—A class that combines Latin dance and aerobics for a full workout. 7:30 p.m. $12. Ophidia Dance and Art Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd, Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, ophidiastudio.com.

Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month to edit, critique and encourage the continuation of their work. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org. THE WRITE TO TELL THE TALE—Nonfiction writers meet to receive and share critiques and ideas in a supportive and helpful atmosphere. 7-9 p.m. FREE, sageecosci.com/writers.html. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995.

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers may donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for the needy. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.

Kids & Teens MAKE AND TAKE WEDNESDAYS—A science and art program for children ages 6 and older held in The Secret Garden. 4 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, gardencity. lili.org.

TMP’s lovely Lauren Edson gives Vanna White a run for her money (and helps us make some).

COVERING THE COVER AUCTION Phew. That’s the sound of a collective sigh blowing through BWHQ. We wrapped up our annual Cover Auction on Nov. 17, and as usual had more fun than any group of people really should. With the help of benefit auctioneer Larry Flynn, we brought in more than $17,000 with the sale of pieces like E.J. Pettinger’s “Stay Cool,” that went for a cool $850. As we return to our office—and the now-empty walls where all of the art once hung—we’ll begin the process of assembling a panel of arts experts to help us decide what to do with the money. OK, that’s not exactly true. We know what we’re going to do with the money. We’re going to give it away in the form of arts grants. We’ll soon begin asking for proposals from local arts organizations that explain how they think they can best spend this money. In years past, we’ve seen the proceeds of our auction go toward a number of projects that have enhanced our community, and we’re very proud to have been a part of them. This year, for the second time, we will set aside some of the proceeds from the festivities for the PJ Dean Grant, which is awarded to individual artists. More information on how to apply for grants is available at boiseweekly.com and will be printed in an upcoming edition of Boise Weekly. If you missed the event or just want to reminisce, visit boiseweekly.com for photos and video of the event. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters 44 North, Keith Nyquist, New Belgium Brewing, Solid Grill and Bar, Eli’s Italian Deli, Idaho State Historical Museum, DL Evans Bank for hosting our First Thursday viewing in October, our good friend Rick Jackson at Blue Dog Framing for his own artistic contributions, auctioneer Larry Flynn, Hillfolk Noir, the always gorgeous Trey McIntyre Project dancers, BW staff, everyone who attended and especially all of our cover artists for creating the incredible work that graces the cover of each and every Boise Weekly. —Amy Atkins

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8 DAYS OUT THURSDAY NOV. 25 Festivals & Events FESTIVAL OF TREES—See Wednesday. See Picks, Page 16. 2 p.m.-9 p.m., $4-$7. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre. com. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—The garden is decorated for the holiday season with more than 250,000 lights and special displays. Catch a glimpse of Santa and Prancer and enjoy warm beverages and holiday music as you stroll through the gardens. See Picks, Page 16. 6-9 p.m. $8, $4 for Idaho Botanical Garden members and children 4-12 years old, FREE for children 3 and younger. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

On Stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL—Performance of the classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens and dinner. 7 p.m. $10-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org.

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Sports & Fitness

BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. See website for more info. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208658-1364, tresbonnescuisine. com.

TRICYCLE RACES—The disclaimer at the beginning of Jackass was about exactly this sort of thing, which is why it’s awesome. 10 p.m. FREE. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183, thelobbyboise. com.

Workshops & Classes BASIC DRAWING FOR THE HOLIDAYS—Basic drawing techniques with a focus on the holidays for kids ages 7-9. 4:306 p.m. $40. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Literature OPEN MIC POETRY READING— Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. For more information, e-mail ScottBerge@ live.com. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-1299.

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Odds & Ends

FESTIVAL OF TREES—See Wednesday. See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., $4-$7. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre. com.

GOLDFISH RACING— Goldfish are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big effin’ bar tab and their fish. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977, mackandcharlies.com.

WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Thursday. 6-9 p.m. $8, $4 for Idaho Botanical Garden members and children 4-12 years old, FREE for children younger than 3. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

LAST CALL TRIVIA—Followed by Open Mic with Candread from Rizing Resistance. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. SYRINGA SOUND CHORUS— Women’s four-part acappella harmony group 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.

On Stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Thursday. $10-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. TRU—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, bctheater.org.

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8 DAYS OUT Food & Drink EMPTY BOWLS—Support the Idaho Food Bank—buy a handcrafted bowl from local artists, and a downtown restaurant will fill it with soup for free. See Picks, Page 16. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Grove, downtown, Boise. OPEN HOUSE AND WINE TASTING—Sample more than 25 wines, food pairings by local chefs, enjoy a tour of the winery and live music by Dan Costello. This is also an excellent opportunity to save on bottle and case purchases. Noon-5 p.m. $10. Sawtooth Winery, 13750 Surrey Ln., Nampa, 208-467-1200, sawtoothwinery.com. OPEN HOUSE & WINE TASTING—Enjoy wine and barrel tasting, tours, snacks and specials on holiday gift ideas. Contact 208-453-7843 or susan. warner@ascentiawineestates. com to join the club or for more info. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saint Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell, 208-453-7843, stechapelle.com.

Workshops & Classes CONTEMPORARY DANCE INTENSIVE—Series of intensive dance classes for dancers ages 12 and older, taught by Graci Meier and Gracie Whyte. For more info visit balancedance.org. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $15 per class, $125 for entire workshop. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, bctheater.org. INTERCAMBIO: SPANISH-ENGLISH—English speakers have the opportunity to practice their spanish with native spanishspeakers. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Puentes Language Programs, 4720 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-344-4270, puentes.biz.

FESTIVAL OF TREES— See Wednesday. See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., $4-$7. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre.com. HOLIDAY FARMER’S MARKET—Fresh food and products from local vendors. Live music acts, plus local arts and crafts. Featuring fresh Northwest cranberries, wreaths, floral arrangements, handmade cards and more for the holidays. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Downtown at Eighth and Idaho streets, Boise. HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING—Join Zions Bank in ushering in the holiday season with a tree lighting, live music, caroling, food and beverages. 5-7 p.m. FREE. The Grove, downtown, Boise. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Thursday. 6-9 p.m. $8, $4 for Idaho Botanical Garden members and children 4-12 years old, FREE for children younger than 3. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

On Stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $10-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. CHRISTMAS SHOW AND HOEDOWN—Starlight Mountain Theatre presents I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Santa’s Holiday Hoedown. 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425, limelightboise.com. TRU—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $12-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, bctheater.org.

Concerts THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS— The story of how one woman is reminded of the true spirit of Christmas. E-mail cchristensen@ deseretbook.com for more info. 7:30 p.m. $15-$27. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.

Food & Drink OPEN HOUSE AND WINE TASTING—See Friday. Noon-5 p.m. $10. Sawtooth Winery, 13750 Surrey Ln., Nampa, 208-4671200, sawtoothwinery.com. OPEN HOUSE AND WINE TASTING—See Friday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saint Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell, 208-4537843, stechapelle.com.

Workshops & Classes CONTEMPORARY DANCE INTENSIVE—See Friday. 9 a.m.4 p.m. $15 per class, $125 for entire workshop. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, bctheater. org.

Art HOLIDAY GLASS SHOW—Local artist Simon Roy’s art glass is on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, 723 N. 15th St., Boise, 208-388-0206, thewellspring. org.

Sports & Fitness IDAHO STAMPEDE VS. TEXAS—See Friday. 7 p.m. $12-$20. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-4242200, qwestarenaidaho.com.

Sports & Fitness IDAHO STAMPEDE VS. TEXAS—Idaho Stampede basketball vs. the Texas Legends. 7 p.m. $12-$20. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-4242200 or box office 208-3318497, qwestarenaidaho.com.

Odds & Ends 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 until 2 a.m. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

SATURDAY NOV. 27 Festivals & Events BOISE HOLIDAY PARADE—Traditional holiday parade through downtown Boise. Idaho teacher in space Barbara Morgan is this year’s Grand Marshal. See Picks, Page 16. 9:45 a.m. FREE, donations accepted. boiseholidayparade.org.

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MODEL TRAIN AND CHRISTMAS VILLAGE DISPLAY—Visit with Santa and check out the many towns, villages and trains on the mezzanine, sponsored by the Old Boise Merchants Association. Visit oldboise.com for more info. FREE. The Pioneer Building, 106 N. Sixth St. (third floor), Boise.

GIVING TREE—Pull a tag from the tree and make a child’s Christmas a little brighter. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts at the Women and Children’s Alliance at 720 W. Washington St. through Dec. 14. Visit wcaboise. org for more info. Boise Center on the Grove, The Grove, downtown Boise.

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Kids & Teens CITY SANTA—Children get to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa and get pictures taken with him. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Visit downtownboise.org for more info. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation only. Berryhill & Co. Restaurant, 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208387-3553, berryhillandco.com.

Festivals & Events CHURCH OF CRAFT—Scratch all notions of church being reverent; church has been amended. Held once a month, COC aims to bring out the crafty creativeness in collected beings within the City of Trees. Bring any project you’ve been working on, from guitar pedals to video editing to sewing. VAC is a 21-and-older space. Expect good things. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.

THERAPY DOGS—Each month children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.

Odds & Ends

FESTIVAL OF TREES—See Wednesday. See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., $4-$7. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre. com.

BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— See Friday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Thursday. 6-9 p.m. $8, $4 for Idaho Botanical Garden members and children 4-12 years old, FREE for children younger than 3. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Odds & Ends POKEMON CHAMPIONSHIPS— Free-to-play tournament held to determine player’s skill, strategy and creativity. This is the first event in the Pokemon Organized Play series to be held and there will be different age divisions for interested players. 1 p.m. FREE. Phoenix Fire Games, 46 E Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-6294686, phoenixfiregames.com.

MONDAY NOV. 29 On Stage CHRISTMAS SHOW AND HOEDOWN—See Saturday. 7 p.m. $10 Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-8989425, limelightboise.com.

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STORY STORY NIGHT—This months’ theme for the storytelling program and open story slam is “Living Without: Stories of Letting Go.” 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.

PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Practice public speaking or just watch. For more information, e-mail personalityonpaper@ yahoo.com. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.

Workshops & Classes BASIC WATERCOLOR PAINTING—Learn to paint during this four-week class. For ages 18 and older. 6 p.m. $60. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING—Workout, socialize and get in touch with your Scottish roots during this weekly class. 7:159:15 p.m. $5, $4 for members. Eagle Performing Arts Center, 149 W. State St., Eagle, 208338-4633, epacdance.com.

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Odds & Ends BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-6699. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR COMMON GROUND CHOIR—Come and listen, meet the director and join the choir. New members are always welcome. 6:45 p.m. FREE. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, commongroundboise.org.

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8 DAYS OUT TUESDAY NOV. 30 Food & Drink TUESDAY NIGHT FARMERS MARKET—The parking lot of the North End Organic Nursery on Hill Road will host local growers and farmers selling produce. Gardeners and farmers interested in selling at the market should contact Bingo Barnes at bingo@northendnursery.com or by calling 208-389-4769. 5-7 p.m. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-3894769, northendnursery.com.

Sports & Fitness TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS— Gait analysis, assessment, footwear consultation and more with SIRC and Jeff Jacobs from Foot Dynamics. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208344-6604, idahorunningcompany.com. TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM—Get together once a week with others in training to compare notes, attend seminars and have a chance listen to guest speakers talk about their experiences. Fee includes registration for the NRC Indoor Triathlon on Feb. 5, 2011. 6-7 p.m. $75-$90. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Odds & Ends PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at second hand 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, donniemacgrub.com.

WEDNESDAY DEC. 1 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. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

On Stage TRU—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, bctheater.org.

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GYPSY GALLERY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION—The group of local artists who started the Gypsy Gallery as a way of showcasing their work are celebrating their seventh year together. See their work including photography, watercolors, metal, glass. found objects, wood, clay, jewelry and mixed media at the Empire Building. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. FREE. Empire Building, 205 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-344-6315.

BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS: KITTY FLEISHMAN—The awardwinning author will talk about her new book The Bluebird Will Sing Tomorrow. 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.

TODDLER WEDNESDAY—Children ages 2-3 are invited to explore art media related to BAM’s exhibitions with an adult. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Regular admission prices. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3458330, boiseartmuseum.org.

Talks & Lectures DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES—Noble Laureate Jody Williams will speak on “Human Security in an Insecure World.” 7 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.

NOISE/CD REVIEW HOT PANDA: HOW COME I’M DEAD A name like Hot Panda is guaranteed to attract attention. The question then becomes what will be done with it. And in the case of Hot Panda, the answer is: apparently not much. Sounding like a rehash of Washington’s K Records scene in its heyday, the 13 tracks on Hot Panda’s How Come I’m Dead (Mint Records) are 15 years too late to make effective use of the name. The whole album feels like an attempt to make a recording in a studio sound like one from a garage, with over t attempts to make guitars sound cheap. Vocals alternate between a bored sounding sneer and faux-insane howl. Trumpets, accordions and keyboards are peppered throughout but feel more like studio add-ins than orchestrated sections of experimentation. Even chaotic noisy riffs in the style of Sonic Youth or The Pixies are delivered as measured repeating phrases, undermining the intent of chaos. A lolling evil-countr y track called “Shoot Your Horse” star ts out well, with a good Nick Cave vibe, but it ramps up the vocal corniness at the chorus. Track No. 3, “Pools,” feels like a Modest Mouse B-side left unreleased because the crunch of the guitars and the cheer y tone of the keyboards feel like they’re from two different songs that don’t go together. Track No. 7, a ballad sung to an ambulance, star ts out interesting but runs out of steam quickly and devolves into a fairly boring mid-tempo rock song. It’s not surprising. On reflection, the concept smacks of forced quirkiness, the kind that rarely endures or endears. The album’s standout track is “Masculinity,” with a swung beat and a water y sounding keyboard riff, but it’s still hard to get past the vocals. Overall Hot Panda effectively apes the hybrid of ar t-punk/ garage-rock but struggles to establish the credibility that was the sound’s foundation. —Josh Gross

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COMING OF AGE No Age bring art-punk to the masses TARA MORGAN You can hear the low whir of traffic and muffled chatter on the other end of the receiver as No Age’s Dean Spunt talks candidly about his band’s philosophy: “Music for us … is more of a spiritual experience, more of a community experience, something that can really invigorate you and make you excited,” says Spunt. “It’s not just for the sale of alcohol.” Spunt and bandmate Randy Randall are in New York City for the night. Though the dancey, noisey, art punk duo—who were nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 2008—could easily fill one of the city’s medium-sized venues, they decided to play two smaller shows instead: one at a Brooklyn skate shop and the other at a revamped dive in the West Village. “We wanted to keep it small, keep it Dean Spunt (L) and Randy Randall (R) are Age-nts for change. real,” says Spunt. “First, we make sure it’s not a big shitty venue where it’s just like a bar. We like to feel like we’re connected, sometimes I get a little bored, like I want when artistic opportunity blows a kiss. In make connections and have more fun.” to go play tuba or something. I want to try 2009, the duo scored Jean-Jacques AnIn fact, when No Age lugs their limited different stuff. I want to make mistakes and naud’s film The Bear and, more recently, gear to the Treasure Valley on Monday, I want to learn and I want to let my friends provided the soundtrack for futuristic Nov. 29, they will shirk larger spots like know what I learned.” fashion mavens Rodarte. Not to mention, Neurolux or Visual Arts Collective to The words “friends” and “community” the late-20-somethings opened for their art play the all-ages Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa. According to talent booker Nathan punk predecessors Sonic Youth and a newly pepper almost every sentence Spunt utters. Though No Age has hit it big by indie stanreunited Pavement at the Hollywood Bowl Walker, the smallish venue has garnered a dards—they’re signed to Sub Pop and were wide-reaching reputation for its good vibes. in September. written up in The New Yorker—the guys do “We’re not just making music … we’re “We may not have the biggest venue or their best to avoid the industry’s underbeldesigning records and making jeans and the largest-paying crowd or even a nicely ly—the “culture vultures,” as Spunt making clothes and making sound collages stocked bar, but we strive to make it a dubs them. and making art,” says Spunt. “We do all positive stop on the tour through various “When it’s a product at the end of sorts of shit because you can’t just tell yourintangibles,” says Walker. the day and all about the music business, self, ‘The creative thing I do is play guitar.’ Despite the buckets of Internet love it’s not fun,” says Spunt. “Although it It doesn’t work for us.” dumped on No Age for their catchy 2008 looks like we’re integrated in that to some What does work release Nouns and degree because of Internet culture, we’re for Spunt, it turns the 2010 fuzz-pop really not. We’re just doing our thing with out, is drums. noise bomb, EveryMonday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., $8 adv./$10 door our friends.” Though the musician thing in Between, the And No Age’s network of friends keeps formerly played bass Los Angeles skate FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE 1314 Second St. S., Nampa expanding. From Brooklyn hipsters to in the hardcore punk punks have stuck to 208-467-5533 Nampa teenagers, the duo’s blend of poppy group Wives (with their DIY roots. The flyingmcoffee.com Randall on guitar), he art punk continues to charm a wide swath group got its start of music fans. Their now-iconic blockpicked up percusat the L.A. all-ages, sion and vocals when letter, rainbow T-shirt—which Spunt’s vegan-friendly venue mom and brother personally screenprint— the two split off to start No Age in 2006. The Smell—notable for incubating acts like has even shown up on Radiohead bassist Spunt’s feverish drumming guides No Age’s Health, Lavender Diamond, Mika Miko distortion-heavy sound, helping to frame his Colin Greenwood. For Walker, having a and Captain Ahab—and they continue to band like No Age play the Coffeegarage barely-discernible vocals through Randall’s play similar venues, where they can engage gives kids and of-agers alike the opportunisquawking guitar and random electronic directly with their fans. ty to build community through a collective chirps and swirls. “We just do what makes sense,” says musical experience. “Initially, when we started the band, Spunt. “Not many bands are willing to do “There is no better outlet of expression, I had never played drums and sang in a that: Check in with your friends and your vehicle of change, source of shared experiband before and I was like ‘I just want to community and figure out what to do, not ence, or consumer of time for me than mutry that.’ It was really challenging,” says just do what bands on the Internet do.” sic,” says Walker. “Kids is people, too.” Spunt. “Now I can do it pretty well, and But that’s not to say No Age turn away WWW. 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DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH— With Blistered Earth. 7:30 p.m. $4-$6. Knitting Factory

ABRUPT EDGE—7:30 p.m. $4-$6. See Listen Here, this page. Knitting

Ken Harris

Factory BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge BRIANNE GRAY—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

ABRUPT EDGE, NOV. 24, KNITTING FACTORY And we thought they fell off of one. It’s been a while since we heard from local melodic rockers Abrupt Edge. After playing the Big Nasty Hill Climb this summer, the group took a step back, rearranged their lineup—they are now a power trio again—and are ready to hit the scene once more. Vocalist/guitarist Cliff Miller and his brother Tivon (on bass) are back together, and Cliff said he likes being a three-piece, but it definitely adds some challenges. “I like it and hate it,” he said, laughing. “It’s really tough to play some of the stuff I’ve written live.” Miller added that when they go back into the studio, he may invite some guest musicians in, and will definitely have to find inventive ways to get some of the layers recorded. “I’ll have to double-track some of the guitar for sure,” he said. —Amy Atkins With Primalodic, The Forgotten, Actual Depiction and Fallen Idols. 7:30 p.m., $4-$6. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.com.

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DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid JEFF CROSBY—8 p.m. FREE. Reef JEREMIAH JAMES—10 p.m. Grainey’s JOHNNY BUTLER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

THURSDAY NOV. 25 ARTSWEST LIVE—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

HILLFOLK NOIR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s 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

PATRICK O’HARA—9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

MINIATURE TIGERS— With Le Fleur and Faux Bois. See Picks, Page 16. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 at the door. Neurolux

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club

NATHAN J. MOODY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

STEVE EATON AND PHIL GAROZNIK—With Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

OCEAN STORY SOCIAL—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye RISING LION—10 p.m. $5. Reef

SATURDAY NOV. 27 A SEASONAL DISGUISE—With The Universal and Jumping Sharks. See Listen Here, Page 25. 8 p.m. $5. VAC ACTUAL DEPICTION—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door DUELING PIANOS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Bull’s Head ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GARDEN CITY LIMITS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown GAYLE CHAPMAN—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub JIMMY BIVENS—8 p.m. FREE. The Lift JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

FRIDAY NOV. 26

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND— House Party with DJ Naomi Sioux 9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s

SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

BLACK MARKET REPORT—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

MIGUEL GONZALES—Noon. FREE. Casa del Sol

STEVE EATON—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

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

SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

SPINDLEBOMB—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND— House Party with DJ Naomi Sioux. 9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s

PATRICIA FAULKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8 p.m. FREE. WilliB’s

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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE MONDAY

SONG & DANCE

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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.

BEN BURDICK AND BILL LILES—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek

Rocci Johnson Band

BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club

NO AGE—With Lucky Dragons. See Noise, Page 23. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Flying M Coffeegarage

SPINDLEBOMB—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

STEVE EATON—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

ROB PAPER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SONNY MOON FOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door STEVEN TONEY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

SUNDAY NOV. 28 BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon. FREE. Grape Escape GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN— 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JIM LEWIS—11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s

KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SMOOTH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill TREVOR EYRE QUINTET—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe

WEDNESDAY DEC. 1 BRIANNE GRAY—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

TUESDAY NOV. 30

KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

B3 SIDE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

STEVE EATON—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown Way

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

SPONDEE AND APPLE HORSE—7 p.m. FREE. Student Union Brava! Stage

KARAOKE—Wed: 44 Club, Ha’Penny, Navajo Room, Overland, Savvy’s, Shorty’s, Sin, Terry’s. Thu: 44 Club, Hannah’s, Navajo Room, Overland, The Plank, Quarter Barrel, Savvy’s, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Fri: 44 Club, Navajo Room, 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, Navajo Room, Savvy’s, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Tue: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Liquid, Lucky Dog, Overland, Savvy’s, Shoty’s, Navajo, Terry’s, Willi B’s. For complete music schedule visit boiseweekly.com.

CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid EVETT AND COSTELLO—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

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A SEASONAL DISGUISE, NOV. 27, VAC Sometimes we poke fun of band names. And we probably poked fun of A Seasonal Disguise at one point. But then we heard their music. After that, we shut up and listened. We were hushed by their elaborate folk-pop—think horns, triangle, multi-part choruses, guitar, harmonica, accordion, woodwinds and more. The septet has a precious EP, Tickle Arms, out now. With just three songs on it, it’s surprisingly big. Member/artist Julia Green also made sure it was beautifully packaged—orange screen-printed arms wave across the front and the paper sleeve is sealed with wax. The EP is a prelude to the LP, Waterfowl of Eastern Canada (trying ... not ... to ... poke ... fun) but as is, it could serve as the soundtrack to the next Wes Anderson film or anything starring Zach Galifianakis. Now there’s a name to make fun of. A Seasonal Disguise join Jumping Sharks and The Universal for the Holiday Hoedown. Proceeds benefit for the Idaho School of Art and Craft. —Amy Atkins 8 p.m., $5. VAC, 3638 Osage St., visualartscollective.com.

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SCREEN/THE BIG SCREEN

OTHER HITS ... OR MISSES 127 HOURS—When I attended the premiere of this drama, a few people ran to the lobby and required medical attention. This is the true-life thriller about Aron Ralston, the climber who became trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. By now, the world knows what happened to him and his arm. I’m pretty sure the audience members who left were more affected by what they thought was going to happen rather than what is actually por trayed. James Franco is amazing as Ralston. TANGLED—This is Disney’s big animation release for the holidays. It has music. It has Mandy Moore and Zach Levi. It has adorable talking animals. And it has a girl having a ver y, ver y bad hair day. —George Prentice

LISTINGS/SCREEN Opening 127 HOURS—Remember when that hiker in Colorado had to cut his own arm off with a pocket-knife in order to survive a life-threatening fall? Director Danny Boyle recreates the true story based on events and the book by Aron Ralston. Opens on Wednesday, Nov. 24. (PG-13) Flicks

FIRTH’S FINEST Colin Firth gives the royal treatment in The King’s Speech GEORGE PRENTICE I’ve already made up my mind on 2010’s best performance by an actor. In fact, I knew in early September, when I first saw Colin Firth in The King’s Speech at the Toronto International Film Festival. Firth has carefully etched out a career in which his performances are as good as, and occasionally better than, his films: Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Love Actually. Last year, in A Single Man, Firth was Speaking of kings, Colin Firth makes a brilliant turn as the stuttering King George VI. nominated for every acting award possible for what was perhaps the most nuanced to get permission to write the screenplay In Toronto, Seidler told me that The performance of 2009—a tortured soul about her husband’s affliction, she asked King’s Speech was his life’s ambition. considering his final days. I would bet my him to wait until after her death. She died “I was a stutterer,” Seidler said softly. last penny on Firth securing a back-to-back in 2002. The film tells the little-known story of Best Actor Oscar nomination, a feat accom“When I was a child, my parents told me King George VI (father of plished in the past to listen to King George on the radio,” Securrent Queen Elizadecade by only idler told BW. “They would tell me in very beth), a man who may Russell Crowe THE KING’S SPEECH (R) hushed tones that there was a rumor that be the British Empire’s and Johnny Depp. the King was a stutterer, too. He became most reluctant monarch. But Firth Directed by Tom Hooper my hero, and I always knew I would tell his To complicate matters, should have Stars Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter George was afflicted with story someday.” plenty of familiar Opens Friday at The Flicks When I asked Firth about the possibility a terrible stuttering probcompany on the of an Oscar, he was traditionally humble. lem. All this at a time red carpet. The “It’s such a bumpy ride,” he downplayed. when his subjects needed King’s Speech “Even if you had a prevailing feeling, there’s his speaking capabilities the most (the boasts wonderful supporting performances outbreak of World War II). Carter plays his no way to sustain it. But if people are from Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham throwing baubles at you, it makes up for the wife, Queen Elizabeth. Carter, and the best script of the year from years of rotten tomatoes.” When Seidler wrote the Queen mother, David Seidler.

SCREEN/THE TUBE BURLESQUE—Small-town girl (Christina Aguilera) makes it big with under the guidance of club owner Tess (Cher), all set against the glamorous, faded glitz of a burlesque lounge. Opens on Wednesday, Nov. 24. (PG-13) Edwards 22 FASTER—Ex-con Dwayne Johnson goes from bank robber to cold-blooded killer in his attempt to avenge his brother’s death during a botched bank robbery they were doing together. Opens on Wednesday, Nov. 24. (R) Edwards 9 THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST— The last movie in the trilogy starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. Together (but not like that) they’ve been through hell and back. Now we get to see if justice will finally be served. In Swedish with English subtitles. (R) Flicks THE KING’S SPEECH—Stammering King George VI (Colin Firth) gets the boost he needs to rule England from a speech therapist in this period drama. See review, this page. (R) Flicks LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS—Opposites attract, so they say. The question here is, can charismatic beautiful people Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal pull off playing complete opposites? Opens on 27 Wednesday, Nov. 24. (R) Edwards 9

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GLORY DAZE I love the ’80s. But who doesn’t? The decade that gave us the most heinous fashion styles and colors also gave us the most memorable music, television and movies. The clothing, songs, hairdos and even idioms are easily identifiable with that time, so it’s not surprising that movie and TV producers would turn to the ’80s for inspiration. Sometimes it works: Hot Tub Time Machine. Sometimes it doesn’t: That ’80s Show. And sometimes the possibilities are totally tubular. TBS’ new hour-long sitcom Glory Daze is about university life at an Indiana college in the late ’80s. Big hair, big accessories, big adjustments. Hartley Sawyer (Killian) plays Brian, Drew Seeley (he sang for Zac Efron on High School Musical No. 1) plays Jason, Kelly Blatz (From Within) plays Joel and cute little Matt Bush (Adventureland) plays Eli. They

to Hollywood’s “Relax” will cause the 40-yearare four guys who couldn’t be more different. old set to stop and watch, universal themes of Through the melting pot of college—and the friendship, anxiety and the pressures of adultbonding process that is pledging a fraternity— hood will resonate with anyone they forge friendships. who has ever had to grow up. While strains of The Clash’s “I Tuesday at 9 p.m. Hour-long episodes could cause Fought The Law,” Duran Duran’s on TBS. Glory Daze to drag, but unlike “Girls on Film” and Frankie Goes half-hour offerings that rely on a laugh-track, this show may allow for deeper character development, something often missing in 21st century sitcoms. One especially bright spot in the show is SNL alum Tim Meadows as Professor Haines. He serves as a mentor and a monitor, but he may need to grow up a little, too. “Excuse me,” Haines questions a distracted Jason during a lecture. “Am I not interesting enough for you or is this the first time you’ve sat next to a girl? [Under his breath] Burn.” Ah, the glory days of school ... and Aquanet and Members Only jackets.

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LISTINGS/SCREEN NEW DVD RELEASE/SCREEN

TANGLED 3D—We all know the story of Rapunzel—long-haired beauty is locked in a tower by an evil witch and a handsome hero tries to save her. This one is CGI animation mixed with Disney’s cute factor. What are the odds that he saves her, they fall in love and live happily ever after? Opens on Wednesday, Nov. 24. (PG) Edwards 22 26

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KNIGHT AND DAY Somebody who makes a lot of money and sits in a nice office at a big movie studio thought it would be a very good idea to get top-notch talent to star in a summer blockbuster action comedy. The movie, formerly titled Wichita and Trouble Man, went through “development hell,” attaching and discarding several directors and screenwriters. Everyone from Adam Sandler to Chris Tucker to Eva Mendes were once cast in the movie. Eventually, it came down to Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The goodlooking pair spend as much time jumping from moving cars as they do looking like they could jump out of the movie. Knight and Day tanked at the box office. It was the worst result for an action film starring Tom Cruise in 20 years. He can’t make Mission Impossible 4 soon enough.

SID AND MARTY KROFFT’S SATURDAY MORNING HITS To say that Sid and Marty Krofft were the most successful producers of Saturday morning television in the 1970s just doesn’t cut it. Their shows were so bad they were brilliant. Take H.R. Pufnstuf. As in H.R. (hand rolled) puffin’ stuff? This blast from the past collection also includes Land of the Lost (with the worst special effects ever), Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Sigmund and the Sea Monster, The Bugaloos and my favorite, Lidsville, in which a boy falls into a magician’s hat and lands in a world where hats rule. The DVD also includes new interviews with the stars of the shows and a never-before-seen pilot of the very first Krofft production.

EDWARDS 9 BOISE 208-338-3821, regmovies.com EDWARDS 14 NAMPA 208-467-3312, regmovies.com THE FLICKS 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com MAJESTIC CINEMAS MERIDIAN 208-888-2228, hallettcinemas.com

FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: NORTHGATE CINEMA COUNTRY CLUB REEL NAMPA REEL 208-377-2620, reeltheatre.com OVERLAND PARK $1 CINEMA 208-377-3072, opcmovies.com NORTHERN LIGHTS CINEMA AND GRILL 208-475-2999,

—George Prentice

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APPS/SCREEN KISS MY APPS (PART II) Looking for some cool (and mostly free apps) for your iPhone? Tr y SoundHound. It’s faster than Shazam and it offers more features. This is the application that identifies a song when you hold your phone up to a radio or a speaker. But with SoundHound you can also hum a tune into the phone and it will find the song, the lyrics and YouTube videos. How about Google? The iPhone Google app has a neat voice search function. Say the name of your favorite coffee shop into the speaker, and it will use your phone’s GPS to find the nearest location. Another new addiction is Urbanspoon. It’s a slot machine for food. Can’t decide what you want to eat? Click Urbanspoon and it dials up a suggestion. You can filter it down to certain types of food or how much you want to spend. Urbanspoon also includes user reviews. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Dish up a new restaurant with Urbanspoon.

Finally, there’s Redlaser a great shopping companion. Scan a bar code and it retrieves prices at online merchants. It can also make a gift list for the holidays. —George Prentice

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RECREATION HOW-TO Three local authors offer outdoor expertise SARAH BARBER Outdoor enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us get our fresh-air fix by beating the trail—the more aerobic, the better. Others feel a need for speed, and when the rubber meets the road, they’re sitting astride a powerful engine that will take them farther than their human legs and lungs can. And sometimes it helps to have a handy manual around when climbing mountains, fording rivers or revving down a dirt path. Here in Idaho, local authors recognize the range of participation in outdoor activity, and put their expertise down on paper to help the less experienced outdoors person find his or her way—and maybe offer up a heretofore well-kept secret or two.

THE DAY HIKER’S GUIDE TO SUN VALLEY AND KETCHUM BY SCOTT MARCHANT Marchant begins with a description of the mountain ranges that surround the Wood River Valley—Boulder Mountains, Pioneer Mountains and Smoky Mountains—and then builds into a recent history of the area, including the Castle Rock fire of 2007. The immediate effect is to create both familiarity and assurance to readers that the book is a current and credible guide. As advertised on the front cover, Marchant logically organizes “50 hikes within 30 miles of Sun Valley” according to the trailheads from which they originate. Each hike is distinguished by a description of the general start area, directions to the trailhead, and the 411 on the route itself. Objective details, like total distance and elevation gain, can be found in bold print at the start of each section, which is a useful departure from the common guidebook technique of subjective difficulty ratings. Marchant includes large topographic maps of each area, with easy-to-read trail markings. Parts of the book are a little cut-andpaste, as many of the routes overlap in sections or have the same starting point, creating redundancies in descriptions and directions. However, few guidebooks are

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designed for entertainment. They favor function over form and Marchant’s book is no exception. The book’s graphics consist of black-and-white photographs of outdoor scenery that grace every other page, and while they probably won’t help readers find trails, their beauty, even in grayscale, will motivate people to shove the book in a backpack and go hiking.

GET LOST BY STEVE SILVA For engine-sports enthusiasts who need more speed than human-powered activity offers, Steve Silva’s book Get Lost: Adventure Tours in the Owyhee Desert is a perfect match. Silva’s intention, clearly stated in the book’s introduction, is to provide readers with a detailed guide to dirt biking in the Owyhee desert of Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, and he accomplishes that using a fairly simple format. Silva chunks the area into six bite-sized regions, then details specific routes within each section, including brief descriptions of the loops and exact directions using GPS coordinates. So much emphasis is placed on GPS coordinates that dirt-bikers who aren’t comfortable with that technology will need to read their GPS manual first. This is not a curl-up-on-the-couch kind

of read, although Silva does include great information on the history of the area. He highlights terrain features and he offers sage advice about dealing with the risks inherent to desert riding—like running out of fuel or water. Silva is an outdoors person’s outdoors person, so count on accurate information in this publication, which is exactly the kind of tool you would use not only to plan a route, but to make sure you get home as well. [Disclosure: Steve Silva is a contributor to Boise Weekly.]

BACK ROAD DAYDREAMS BY NIELS SPARRE NOKKENTVED According to the acknowledgements at the beginning of the book, Nokkentved’s collection of nature essays are mostly reprinted from newspaper columns and stories he wrote during his earlier career as a journalist and his work in environmental studies—he now works at the Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife. While it’s clear that he has tremendous appreciation for flora and fauna, the book’s prose feels a bit choppy in contrast to the beauty of his subject matter. However, some might see this as an intentional effort to minimize distraction—Nokkentved lets the subject matter take center stage, and the words on the page are simply kindling for the imagination. Since almost all of the vignettes are less than five pages in length, the book is easy to pick up and put down, no long-term commitment required. Whether he’s spinning stories about steelhead fishing on the Olympic Peninsula or pet-peeving about user fees in the U.S. National Forest, he comes across as an experienced, authentic outdoorsman, and gives readers a feel for the outdoor life in the great Pacific Northwest. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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NEWS/FOOD PATR IC K S W EENEY

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

MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE Caruso’s Sandwich Company.

SO MANY SANDWICHES

—Tara Morgan

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GLENN LANDBERG

Though a Banh-mi Vietnamese sandwich—pillowy French bread, meat, cheese, pickled veggies, jalapenos—might seem like any old sammy to the uninitiated, the craze has reached a tipping point. Public Radio International’s This American Life recently chronicled the back-stabbing story of menu plagiarism at two Brooklyn banh-mi joints, a story The New York Post dubbed “the new front in the Vietnam War.” Well, in Boise it’s still a banh-monopoly. And the oh-so-popular Baguette Deli on Franklin Road in the Fred Meyer shopping center recently expanded its empire to downtown. The sandwich shop and bubble tea house was slated to open its doors at the beginning of November in the former Coldstone Creamery space in the Idaho Building but had to delay the opening until Nov. 18. Though banh-mi-loving downtowners are no doubt psyched to have their veggie ham’wiches and avocado bubble teas closer to home, there’s even more exciting news: Baguette Deli will be open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sorry Pie Hole, it’s time we see other people. Baguette Deli’s downstairs neighbor, Superb Sushi, has exciting news for multitaskers: You can now pick up Superb Sushi while you shop for music at the Record Exchange. In addition to lattes and tongue studs, The Edge will carry seaweed-wrapped Crane Creek rolls. Superb. And just in case you were somehow feeling sandwich-deprived, yet another meatand-cheese-between-bread option recently opened in downtown. Caruso’s Sandwich Company, a franchise with locations in Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Post Falls and Spokane, Wash., is now open for business on Eighth Street below The Balcony. The spot offers all the stand-bys—Italian dip, turkey club, Philly cheese—along with soups, pasta bowls and breakfast sandwiches. For more info, check out carusosandco.com. In non-downtown/non-sandwich news, Baan Thai, Eagle’s newest ethnic addition, celebrated its soft opening on Nov. 5. Though the party’s free food and booze well has dried up, Baan Thai now offers a selection of Thai classics in an elegant environment for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday. For more info, visit mybaanthai.com.

Over the decades, Moon’s Kitchen Cafe has straddled the line between When I heard that Moon’s Kitchen Cafe in downtown Boise offers a greasy spoon and cafe. In years past, it leaned more toward greasy milkshake containing Guinness beer for patrons 21 and older, I knew spoon, becoming one of the go-to places for those in need of a big I had to see what it was all about. My husband and I stopped in for a homestyle breakfast after falling victim to a hangover. mid-week lunch in the retro-esque space next to Old Chicago. Always a Since the eatery’s move from Bannock Street to a more high-profile fan of dark beer, hubby vowed to help me polish off the Guinness shake location on Idaho Street, however, Moon’s has made a deliberate move ($6.50) but then promptly ordered the colossal Reuben ($9.95). Doubtaway from greasy spoon and shoved itself toward quaint cafe, with a ing his ability to stomach that kind of volume, I settled on the Big Salad spiffed up interior and a menu offering big breakfasts, simple lunches ($7.25) and added tuna ($1.50) to flesh it out. and dinner two nights a week. Our shake came with the remainder of a bottle of Guinness, giving The result is about what you’d expect: It’s still Moon’s, just spiffier. us the option to alter its flavor to suit our tastes. But no altering was When Moon’s made its move, the owners made one especially necessary. Like peanut butter and chocolate, ice cream and beer go smart decision: they together in a way brought the long, I never dared to low trademark counimagine. ter with them. That By the time my beloved counter is Big Salad arrived, I still a centerpiece was full enough to be at the restaurant wary of the mountain where diners can of lettuce, cucumber, rest their elbows as green pepper, tomato, they contemplate shredded cheddar traditional diner fare cheese and tuna of eggs and bacon, before me. But it was pancakes, omelets, so fresh and kaleiburgers, sandwiches doscopically colorful and salads. And, of that I took a few course, the menu’s crispy bites before numerous gluten-free boxing up the rest to options are not just a take home. step, but a leap, into Hubby’s doublethe realm of cafe. decker Reuben was Still, Moon’s reserved on toasted mains the tried-andmarbled rye with true diner that has tangy sauerkraut carved out a niche in spilling out in all the hearts of generadirections. In a twist, tions of Boiseans. thin-sliced pastrami MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE Claiming a seat in the tidy and comfortable dining shared real estate with a thick chunk of turkey breast. 712 W. Idaho St. 208-385-0472 room for lunch means facing a long list of burgers, Nicely crusted Tater Tots rounded out the platter but moonskitchen.com grilled sandwiches and assorted house specialties that went mostly untouched, as both of our stomachs were Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; sound like they would require a wheel barrow to A) get at capacity. Mon.-Thu., 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; it to your table and B) get you out the door. When we ventured back to Moon’s with my parents Fri.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The Western burger ($8.75) combined some of my on a weekday morning, I should have refrained from favorite things—barbecue sauce, bacon and onion rings. ordering a full stack of Lumberjack Hotcakes ($5.25), along with a side of scrambled eggs ($1.95). A misprint on the menu led The one-third-pound burger arrived as advertised, although the two me to believe that I would be confronted with only two pancakes; imagtiny strips of bacon could have used some more time to grow. While I ine my surprise when our over-tasked-but-cheerful waitress brought out appreciate thoughtful details in presentation, the fact that the barbecue three gigantic pancakes whose lacy edges overhung the plate. Even after sauce was made into a smiley face on the top half of the bun was cute, sharing big bites with my brunchmates, an entire pancake remained. but two eyes and a mouth do not equate to much flavor. Hubby’s hobo benedict ($7.95) was a clever variation of an openThe onion rings got high marks for crispness and lack of grease, as faced biscuit stacked with sausage patties and eggs, swimming in gravy. did the handcut, skin-on fries on the side. Crispy hash browns waded alongside the savory mess. Dad’s veggie The Reuben sandwich (7.95 regular, $9.85 for the half-pound scram ($6.95) was a hearty amalgamation of eggs, cheddar, bell pepper, monster) elicited an appreciative, if not slightly sticky, thumbs up for ideal sauerkraut-to-pastrami ratio. The accompanying sweet potato fries mushrooms and onions, a side of country-style diced potatoes and (apparently the side du jour at valley restaurants) were a highlight—not toast. It must have been good because it vanished before I could wield a ready fork. Conservatively selecting bacon and eggs ($7.25), my mother greasy, still crisp, yet soft inside. temporarily suspended her vegetarian status to pronounce the bacon Unfortunately, while the staff is friendly and helpful, the service flawlessly cooked and deliciously sandwiched between slices of glutencould stand to be a bit quicker. Downtown lunch diners don’t always free toast (a nice option for an extra $1.25). have more than a hour to spend waiting for a burger or sandwich like With its long history in Boise, Moon’s Kitchen is easily the best we did. If there is a requisite order at Moon’s, it’s one of the hand-spun breakfast nook downtown. The calorie-to-dollar ratio is exceptional for milkshakes, and it seemed only right to take a dark chocolate shake bottomless pits like myself, while the bright interior will inject optimism ($3.75 half, $4.95 full) back to the office with me, even if I was too full into anyone’s day. And if the decor isn’t enough, a Guinness Shake is eat much of it. It didn’t disappoint: rich, creamy and chock full of oldcertain to provoke a smile. fashioned-diner nostalgia. Kind of like Moon’s itself. —Deanna Darr moons to the beat of her own drummer.

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FOOD/DINING Downtown + Fringe BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—Bittercreek is always classy and busy with an eclectic bunch of patrons. A beer selection listed by geographical proximity and a menu with a serious local focus. This Northwestern pub is a favorite among those looking to relax with friends, and the summer street-side patio offers prime people-watching opportunities. Happy hour is low-power, which means a nice, cozy candlelit time. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813. bittercreekalehouse.com. $$ SU OM THE CAPRI—Great breakfast dishes at great prices. Ask for the Capri special. 2520 W. Fairview Ave., 208-342-1442. $ SU

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—Chandler’s is for the fine-diner in you. With filet mignon, porterhouse and Kobe cuts, as well as an appetizer menu that deviates from the red meat and offers oysters, lobster cakes, escargot and mussels. It’s as popular a stop for cocktails as it is for a fine dinner. The lights are low and the live jazz is always on. Bask in the bar’s blue light with a cocktail—preferably an expensive Scotch or a cold martini because you’re hanging with the high rollers. 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300. chandlersboise.com. $$$$ RES SU OM FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Stone fired pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. The wine and beer selections are excellent,

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kids make their own pizzas and the patio is a definite summertime draw. The “pick two” lunch is one of the best deals in town. 615 W. Main St. $$ SU OM FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—In addition to a fantastic atmosphere— cool tunes, friendly employees, art on the walls and comfy seating—“the M” makes killer coffee drinks and pastries. With a small kitchen-bakery, the items are fresh and satisfying for breakfast, lunch and snack time. Don’t forget the Art-O-Mat. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320. flyingmcoffee.com. $ SU JENNY’S LUNCH LINE—The menu, which changes every day, always features fresh soups, salads and sandwiches made daily. Vegetarian and healthy options are the mainstay with a single yummy dessert treat for the times when your sweet tooth needs a little loving, too. 106 N. 6th St., 208-433-0092. jennyslunchline.com. $-$$ OM RED FEATHER LOUNGE—Red Feather Lounge is a wine haven paired with local produce and righteously-whipped-up cocktails. And not “righteous” in the Bill and Ted sense, but in the “I sure do feel good about myself for supporting local maraschino cherry farmers by drinking this Manhattan” righteous. This posh place has food practically pouring out of the kitchen and it takes some serious restraint to not order one of everything on the menu. The specialty drinks are some of the most unique in town. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340. justeatlocal. com/redfeather. $$-$$$ SU OM SHIGE—Watching sushi master Shige Matzuzawa create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a portion, dunking it in a wasabi/soy mix and popping it in your mouth. The sushi is a blend of traditional rolls and sashimi to innovative local favorites like the Boise roll. Next door you’ll find fine dining and Shige Japanese Steakhouse. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. shigejapanesecuisine.com. $-$$ OM YEN CHING—Have a martini with your potstickers and chow mein if you please. There’s nothing fancy about Yen Ching, but it has an air of class nonetheless—must be the recently added full bar, which, thanks for asking, is why it’s a popular spot for downtowners to lunch. Stop into the bakery next door for freshly baked Chinese pastries. 305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384. yenchingboise. com. $-$$ SU OM ZEPPOLE—Nothing beats the low prices and fresh-baked goodness of Zeppole on a lunch break, unless it’s taking home a loaf of Zeppole’s near-legendary bread to enjoy later. 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149. zeppolebakery. com. $ OM Visit boiseweekly.com for more restaurant recommendations.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Should you rely on hard facts or soft feelings? Would it be advisable to trust your tried-and-true medicine or else a potion brewed from the tongue of a snake, the feather of a crow and a mandrake root? Can you get better results by mingling with staunch allies or with rebel upstarts who have a knack for shaking things up? Only you can decide on these matters, Aries. My opinion? You’ll probably generate more interesting developments by going with the feelings, the mandrake root and the upstarts. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “We cannot have any unmixed emotions,” said poet William Butler Yeats. “There is always something in our enemy that we like, and something in our sweetheart that we dislike.” I hope that’s OK with you, Taurus. I hope you regard that as a peculiar blessing—as one of the half-maddening, half-inspiring perks of life on earth. The fact is, as I see it, that you are in the thick of the Season of Mixed Emotions. The more graciously you accept that the better able you’ll be to capitalize on the rich and fertile contradictions that are headed your way. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Louisiana porn star Stormy Daniels considered running for a U.S. Senate seat in 2010, although she eventually dropped out because it was too expensive. She went on a “listening tour,” traveling around her state to hear what potential constituents might want to tell her. I encourage you to embark on your own listening tour in the coming weeks, Gemini. It will be prime time for you to find out about everything you don’t even realize you need to know. Adopt a mode of maximum receptivity as you ask a lot of questions. Wipe your mind clean of assumptions so you can get all of the benefits possible from being innocent and curious. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Astrology excites my imagination and ensures that my relationship with the world is never too literal or prosaic. It anchors me in the paradoxical insight that although many things are out of my control, I have huge amounts of free will. My study of the mysterious meanings of planetary omens provides guidance, keeps me humble, and is a constant reminder that poetry provides an understanding of reality that’s as useful as science. On the other hand, astrology sometimes feels oppressive. I don’t like any system, even one as interesting as astrology, to come between me and the raw truth about reality. I aspire to see the actual person who’s in front of me, not be interpreting everything she does through the lens of her horoscope. Now I urge you to do

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want to opt for the slower-paced power of a joint operation. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It’s Experiment with Your Self-Image Week—a time when it would be invigorating to shift and play with your identity. During this phase, you might find you can change yourself on the inside simply by rearranging yourself on the outside. So have fun wearing clothes you’ve never donned before. Entertain yourself with a new hairstyle. Speak in foreign accents or use words you don’t usually utter. Amuse yourself with a variety of novel approaches to walking, laughing, gesticulating, and moving your face. Think of your persona as a work of art that you love to tinker with. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t,” said physician James Gordon. “It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” That’s why you may soon appear to the casual observer, Capricorn, as someone who’s able to call on enormous reserves of willpower. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you are now more amenable to change than you’ve been in a long time. In the coming weeks you’ll be willing to initiate transformations that seem heroic to people who are addicted to the status quo. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): All belief systems, ideologies, philosophies and religions are mostly wrong, even though many of them have useful information that contributes to the common good. No one has the whole truth, but everyone has a part of the truth. Now it so happens, Aquarius, that your little fraction of ultimate wisdom is currently clearer and stronger than usual. That makes you especially valuable to your gang, family or tribe. It doesn’t mean you should be the supreme arbiter of correct thinking forever, but it does suggest that right now you should exert extra leadership with forceful grace. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Think back over the course of your life and identify any worthy ambitions that got irretrievably blocked or frustrated or squandered. Once you’ve named those lost chances, do a ritual in which you completely let go of them. As much as possible, give up all regrets. Flush the sadness. Forgive anyone who interfered. Wipe the slate clean. Only by doing this can you open the way to an opportunity that’s lurking just outside your awareness. And what exactly is that opportunity? Even if I told you, you wouldn’t know what I was talking about. Your ability to find it requires you to do the preliminary work of purging your remorse for missed opportunities.

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