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THE PRESS An easily overlooked joint that does simple well

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ROAD WARRIORS Neither rain, nor snow nor wind stopped the pro riders competing in the inaugural Exergy Tour. Get caught up on all the action from the multi-stage cycling event, including video and images from the final day at Cobweb.

ANIME FLASHBACKS Did you miss the costumed madness at Anime Oasis because you were off on some Memorial Day weekend adventure? Catch images from the four-day event at Cobweb.

HOT WATER Which favorite local hot springs is now a no-go after dark? Here’s a hint: It might make living up to its name a little more problematic. Get the details at Citydesk.

COME HOME The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Idaho native who has been held by the Taliban since 2009, headed to Washington, D.C., to remind the country about their son. Find out what they said at Citydesk.

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OPINION/BILL COPE

ASK BILL ABOUT IT Formerly, “Ask Bill—Advice For the Worried” Cope, you wormy idiot snot ball, I want to know what do you got to say about your precious Trayvon Martin now? Or aren’t you keeping up with the latest findings which makes it obvious as pig stink that George Zimmerman is the real victim instead of the big bad racist baby killer like you and your comrade Al Sharpton are always making him out to be? You think you’re so smart, you deviated fartbag, but it’s like what my wife Belinda said last week, “The smarter some people are, the dumber they are.” She wasn’t talking about you I don’t think, seeing as how the only thing she ever reads is when she’s watching that QVC channel and sees something she wants to send away for. And whenever I get all rawfed up over something you wrote in that hippie Boise Weekly rag, which I only get to give my dingo Hank something to pee on, she says to me, “Well if you’re going to get so mad when you read what he says, why don’t you quit reading it?” Then last week I said, “Belinda, do you got any idea what this Cope maggot says?” and she says, “No, and I don’t want to know what he says. But he must be pretty smart or they wouldn’t be putting what he says in a newspaper.” I said, “Smart? Smart? Cope ain’t smart! Hank is smarter than he is! He’s the lyingest, sissyest, socialest, libtardyest, elitistest, logiclessest scrotum rot that ever didn’t have the sense to clean the Hussein Obama gunk out of his ears, and you think he must be smart? Belinda, I’m so much smarter than Cope that even my little toe, all by itself, is smarter than he is!” Right then, she breaks into what I was saying and she says, “The smarter some people are, the dumber they are.” So maybe she was talking about you, or maybe not. I wasn’t sure. And I didn’t want to get her crying again. She’s been acting funny ever since she moved back in with me after she ran off with that calf roper from Oklahoma. All sort of soupy like. Like she left a few of her marbles back in Tulsa. She’s what my Granmy used to say, “a few needles missing from her pin cushion.” So I’ve been careful not to get too ... hey wait a minute! This ain’t none of your goddam business, Cope! You give me the creeps, you nosy old perv. Butt out! And another thing. I think you’d better take back everything you’ve had to say about George Zimmerman and how he murdered your precious Trayvon Martin. In case your brain isn’t so ate up with syphilis and LSD, you must can see from those pictures of George how he got beat butt ugly by that hoody goon who was hopped up on marijuana molecules in his urine. But I haven’t heard either you or that so-called “reverend” Al Sharpton apologize for all the lies you been saying about a true patriot and neighborhood watcher. It’s men like George Zimmerman who will keep America safe from the whoreds of Hussein Obamaites and hoody goons. And by the way, Mr. Nothing Between Your Ears, did you know that if you load enough Skittles in a tube sock, it makes something you can mug white people with? It’s a fact! I read it on the Internet. And that’s what your precious Trayvon Martin was up to, probably. And whatever you do, don’t say “Dear Dick” when you write me your answer. It makes me want to gag to have a crap monkey like you call me “dear.” —Dick from Parma Dearest Dick, We’ll talk Martin in a sec, but first, I’m curious what you think of the new name for this column. See, I’ve been doing the “Ask Bill—Advice to the Worried” feature for years. I started because I knew there were a lot of worried people out there. At the time, parents were worried about what the news coverage of our then-president getting a BJ would do to their children’s emotional stability. Later on, others worried about everything from Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bombs to Tom Luna’s education reform ideas—both of which proved to be non-existent, as we know now—and I felt an obligation to ease their fears and calm their troubled hearts. Some people volunteer to fill sand bags during floods, or search for survivors after a tornado. This is what I do to contribute. I give advice. Don’t thank me … it’s just the way I am. But lately, “Advice for the Worried” has been sounding a tad old-fashioned to me. Like something Dear Abby would call her column. So I decided to go for something hipper. Something more today-ish. Originally, I wanted “Ask Bill What He Thinks.” Unfortunately, that is three letters over my title limit, so I settled for “Ask Bill About It.” Dig it? So anywho, about the Trayvon Martin case. Yes, it would seem that Trayvon got in a few good licks before he was shot. But as far as changing my opinion of Zimmerman? Seeing as how Zimmerman was pursuing the kid and not the other way around, I would say it’s clear that Trayvon was exercising his own version of Stand Your Ground. Maybe if he’d had time to sock up those Skittles, he’d of had a chance. And speaking of the Internet, have you seen the online ad for firing range targets shaped like a slightly built black kid carrying Skittles and wearing a hoodie? Sounds like that’s right up your alley, Dick. Listen, sorry to hear about your soupy wife, but Oklahoma will do that to a person. And hey, if you get time, let me know what you think of the new heading. Always a treat hearing from you. —Your favorite wormy idiot snot ball, Bill.

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DOUCHENET Three douches to watch out for It sounds like the lede of another breathless Dot-Com Bubble 3.0 puff piece by David Carr. Three douchebags hook up at a cafe-cumgallery-cum-hacketeria in a section of Brooklyn so hip that hipsters can’t find it. Eight minutes later, they’ve banged out a business plan. What for, they can’t say. All they know is it’ll be wicked-awesome sweet. Now everybody’s talking about Douchenet. By “everybody,” we don’t mean “everybody.” We mean “everyone who matters.” Which most assuredly doesn’t include you. What exactly is Douchenet? Who cares— the point of a piece like this one isn’t to tell you what’s going on. The point is to blow some free publicity the way of well-connected 26-year-old friends of people who matter to people who matter—26-year-olds whose business ideas are obviously utter horsecrap. Last week’s Facebook IPO looks like a fiasco. Federal investigators are looking into charges that Morgan Stanley set the share price too high to inflate its underwriting fees, leaving stock buyers holding the bag for an 18 percent plunge of a $16 billion offering. Sure, millions lost their hard-earned savings. But three douchebags are rocking out. Mark Miron, 26, got paid in Facebook shares for watching Mark Zuckerberg’s cat. As of last week, he was worth $200 million. But he’s more than just another Silicon Valley wanker. He made his name at Google when he agreed with some other entitled kids that having illustrators design the search engine’s front page for free was a cool idea. Marc Parker, 26, started out at facebook. co.uk, where he came up with the idea to model the British version after its American

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parent, down to using the same language. Eager to be promoted from a prat or a git to a full-fledged douchebag, Parker moved to Palo Alto, Calif., in order to relinquish first his British, then his American citizenship to avoid paying taxes on the 200 million pounds he earned from the IPO. Jeff Mark, 26, drifted from PayPal to Facebook to MySpace to Compuserve to Netscape back to Compuserve. (He somehow managed to collect 200 million euros from the latter.) The three men became inseparable—and insufferable—after a chance encounter at Bi-Nary, a macrobiotic air bar that caters to sexually indiscriminate coders. “We were talking about how, even though douches run just about everything in multimedia, until recently, there weren’t the authoring tools and the bandwidth and/or the tablet platform for douches to hook up to do douchey things,” said Miron. “Douches account for 33 percent of startups, which account for 82 percent of investor fleecing, which amounts to 126 percent of economic activity in the United States,” points out Margot Jefferson, an analyst at D-Freak. “So the ability to connect douches across digital platforms using digital things is a game changer,” she confirmed. In a live Tweetathon, Mark said he was drawn to Douchenet less by the idea than by the people who came up with it. “When you make an investment, you are betting on the team more than the idea,” he said. “If the idea is wrong, but the team is right, they will figure it out.” “Who knows where this will end up?” he added.

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WEEDS ON THE MENU: GOATS BRING THEIR APPETITES TO QUAIL HOLLOW, BRIARHILL An effort dubbed the 2012 City of Boise Wildland Urban Interface Fire Prevention Project, aside from being a mouthful to say, is not the first instance of using an unmistakably organic method to mitigate wildfires. But it may be the most unique. This summer, hundreds of goats will be feasting on whitetop weed, a persistent perennial, and as side dishes, the herd will dine on overgrown grasses and vegetation that could serve as fuel for a wildfire. “Goats are very environmentally friendly,” said Boise Fire Capt. Jerry McAdams. “They are natural fertilizers and they don’t tear up the ground like, say, sheep do.” McAdams is anxious for the goats to get going with this year’s fire-prevention assignment, scheduled to begin Friday, June 1 near northwest Boise’s Quail Ridge and Briarhill neighborhoods. “More than 700 goats will be coming,” said Tim Lindquist, owner of We Rent Goats. McAdams is the first to admit that animal husbandry is not the first thing on a firefighter’s agenda. “I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about goats in the past year. But a goat has this enzyme in its stomach that kills the seeds that they eat,” said McAdams. “This project has been so successful and so well-received.” Soon after the city proposed goat-grazing for Quail Hollow and Briarhill, McAdams said more neighborhoods began emailing Boise officials, asking for the goats to bring their appetites to their back yards. The Warm Springs Mesa and Militar y Reser ve areas have already scheduled goat visits later this summer. In addition to the herd, weed-eating and sagebrushthinning equipment will be brought into the neighborhoods. Lindquist has also begun contracting his goats directly to private landowners in the Foothills. One resident, near Troutner Way and Table Rock Road, has hired 100-150 goats to graze his eight acres of sloping land. “I’ll tell you, it is definitely not something you rent out for just a birthday party,” said Jim Kisler, who paid $1,500 to rent the goats. But it was a party nevertheless. Less than 50 feet beyond the goats’ invisible electric fence, the landowner had set up a large party tent and was serving wine and snacks to family and friends. They called it a “goat welcoming party”—less of a mouthful and much easier to remember. —Emily Anderson

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B OIS E S TATE U NIVER S ITY C AM PU S PLANNING & FAC ILITIES

Seven-hundred goats will bring their moveable feast to the Boise Foothills this summer.

WHAT’S BLUE, ORANGE AND HAS 1 MILLION (SQUARE) FEET? Boise State’s plan to further expand its urban footprint ANDREW CRISP As Boise State grows, new multistory facilities crop up in blocks that have long held homes. Bill Drake, owner of Drake Plumbing and Heating Company, has watched the neighborhood grow up around the family business for more than 40 years. “I grew up in this neighborhood, over on Oakland Street,” said Drake. “At that time, that whole hillside over there was an area that we called ‘Tarzan Land.’ One house was all there was. It was wide open.” Drake gestured to the large hill adjacent to Boise Avenue, which serves as a natural wall to the neighborhood. His great-grandfather started the family business and the 58-year-old has took it over from his parents. “There was a canal up there, there were rope swings in the trees, berry bushes here and there,” Drake recalled. But the neighborhood surrounding the Drake Company’s tree-shaded lot has changed dramatically. Only one block north, the Boise State campus has steadily grown, horizontally and vertically. James Maguire, associate vice president for campus planning and facilities, said the university has plans for another 1 million square feet of land parcels that once comprised Drake’s neighborhood, coming together in future decades. “Since 2004, we’ve completed about 1.44 million in square footage, costing hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Maguire. “Of that, 500,000 square feet is in parking garage space.” The ever-encroaching square footage is a response, according to Maguire, to the growth of Bronco Nation. The university’s student population in 2010 had grown by 48 percent during two decades, leveling out to approximately 20,000 students in 2012. “The last two years, we’ve gotten quite a

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few things completed,” said Maguire. “The housing, the Environmental Research Building, the finishing of [the Lincoln] parking structure.” The growth is in line with a 2005 master plan—a blueprint for exponential growth— which, when the economy fully recovers, is expected to gain steam. Since 2008, an increasing number of projects have already begun to cross University Drive to expand the university’s southbound footprint. In April, the City of Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to a rezone of just more than 2 acres of residential property into a so-called “university district” to facilitate some of that growth. The 11 parcels of land south of Bronco Stadium are already slated for more science and research facilities. “With the amount of space we calculated that we need for the buildings in this expansion zone, we would probably require another 1 million square feet,” said Maguire. “But that’s a long way down the road.” P&Z staff said approving re-zoning of additional land for future university construction could contribute to a better overall traffic flow for the neighborhood. “There are still some residential uses in the vicinity of the rezone,” wrote P&Z. “But they should be reasonably protected as [Boise State] needs to own and rezone entire blocks prior to constructing any large multistory academic buildings that would impact the livability of the neighborhood.” Drake recalled his youth, riding his bicycle down Boise Avenue, then rarely traveled. Now formal bike lanes stretch all the way to his store’s parking lot. He said he’s become accustomed to his changing neighborhood, which now also includes a lot more foot traffic. “You really have to watch out when you back out of my parking lot that you’re not

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gonna back over a student,” said Drake. “They’re tuned out with their headphones, and they’re not paying a bit of attention.” Drake’s company helped with the construction of the Boise State library, science building and aquatic facility. What is now Boise’s State’s Public Affairs and Arts West building on University Drive used to be Campus Grade School. “I grew up here and that’s where I went to elementary school, but now it’s a part of BSU,” remembered Drake. “Then I went to East Junior High, the old building, which is gone now.” Not far from the site of Drake’s old school, more construction was added into the 2005 master plan: two new pedestrian bridges to span the Boise River, new parking garages, more student housing and additional research facilities would all extend the campus over to Beacon Street. Maguire said that someday the Boise State footprint could reach as far south and west as Boise Avenue. “I don’t think there’s any sense that we’re going away,” said Maguire. More plans would include a 900-seat performing arts center which could house Boise State’s fine, visual and performing arts programs. “There’s also an understanding that a middle-sized, high-quality performing venue would be a good thing to have,” said Maguire. “That’s really the extent of what we know that facility would eventually become.” But it’s all about the funding. Not until the dollars were in place for the Stueckle Sky Center at Bronco Stadium and the Micron Business and Economics Building did planning and construction begin to pick up pace. “The new business building was imagined as far back as the mid ’90s. When the details began coming togeth9 er, it was about a five-year project,” said WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

NEWS Maguire. He paused before adding, “And $37 million.” After breaking ground in October 2010, the Micron Business and Economics Building is slated to open in August. “You start out with the rough outlines as shown in the master plan, and as the understanding of the priorities of the needs for new facilities become more clear, you begin the discussions at a much more detailed level, to find out what exactly the details would be,” said Maguire. Boise City Council Member Elaine Clegg said she appreciates the growth of the campus, but still has concerns. “There’s a couple of things that I’m really happy about, and a couple of others that I’m worried about,” she said. “Densifying the area between University and Beacon is good, but it’s happening off the tax rolls.” Clegg pointed out that because the university is a state institution, it is exempt from paying property taxes to the City of Boise, following each new land purchase. She also expressed concern that businesses might shy away from serving the campus. “I think that’s another thing that happens when taking that land off the tax rolls; there’s little incentive for business near the university,” she said. During a May 15 Boise City Council work session, Maguire and Sonia Hennum from 8

Kittelson and Associates—Portland, Ore.based engineering and planning consultants— unveiled a new transportation concept for University Drive, the main south and east arterial running through the campus. The new plan suggested limiting vehicle traffic in favor of promoting alternative transportation. “I think Boise State’s master plan includes making the campus a pretty traditional campus feel, which is sequestered from the community,” said Clegg. “As they move into what used to be the city, I’ve become concerned that that boundary is a hard boundary to being integrated with the city.” The plan would send more traffic south to Beacon Street, which would serve as a four-lane barrier between more high-density university buildings and the rest of the old neighborhood. Drake’s family once owned a home on Oakland Street, near Boise Avenue. Five years after they sold the home, Boise State bought the land, tore down the buildings and built a childcare facility. But as the neighborhood gains greater density, infrastructure and transportation become more important with limited space. “I think that as an urban university on a limited amount of footprint, it makes good sense from a sustainability perspective to develop on a high density,” said Maguire. “If you spread everything out, you’re building yourself into a corner.”

WITHOUT A NET Bieter begins memorizing his State of the City address GEORGE PRENTICE Boise Mayor Dave Bieter once called it the “NASCAR effect.” “Thousands of people turn out for NASCAR, and I think one of the reasons is that, around any turn, there could be a crash,” said Bieter in 2007, comparing his teleprompter-free State of the City address to a potential pile-up. “[Attendees] said, ‘He’s got no notes; he’s out there without a net.’” When Bieter stands before what is usually a full house for his speech–slated for Tuesday, June 5–he’ll mark seven years of prompter-free addresses. “I would love to go back but I can’t,” joked Bieter. “They expect it now.” But once hizzoner’s address gets under way, it’s all about content. Bieter has been known to make a headline or two in previous speeches: UʘÊÓääÇʅiÊ>˜˜œÕ˜Vi`Ê>ʘiÜÊ7ˆ˜VœÊ distribution center to be built in southeast Boise, and he also committed city funds to a new detox center, Allumbaugh House, which opened in April 2010. UʘÊÓään]ÊÃ>ވ˜}ʅiÊÜ>ÃʺœLÃiÃÃi`ÊÜˆÌ…Ê libraries,” Bieter announced his commitment to four new branch libraries: in the Collister and Hillcrest shopping centers, at WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Cole and Ustick roads and at Bown Crossing (which is on hold, pending funding). UʘÊÓää™]Ê ˆiÌiÀÊ«Àœ«œÃi`Ê>˜Ê>ÌiÀ˜>̈Ûi‡ energy business incubator, dubbed “The Greenhouse,” which opened in September 2010. UʘÊÓä£ä]Ê ˆiÌiÀÊ>˜˜œÕ˜Vi`Ê>ÊÓä‡Þi>ÀÊ lease with Sunergy World to build a solar energy plant west of the Boise Airport, but not much has been said about the plan since. UʘÊÓ䣣]Ê ˆiÌiÀÊ«Àœ“œÌi`Ê œˆÃi½ÃÊۜÕ˜Ì>ÀÞÊ curbside glass recycling program (which rolled out September 2011) and the construction of Esther Simplot Park (getting under way later this year) and Terry Day Park (the city is expected to accept construction bids soon). “We always hope to have a little bit of news,” said Bieter. “This year is no exception. We started off with a number of possibilities a few months ago. Some fall out. Some fall in.” Bieter tapped his knuckles on his conference table in his City Hall office. “Knock wood, hopefully one of those is going to make it to the finish line,” he said.

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CHRISTIAN DURSO AND BETSY MUGAVERO Romeo and Juliet Christian Durso and Betsy Mugavero know each other very well. They better; they’re playing drama’s most-famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 36th season opener beginning with a preview performance Friday, June 1. But long before appearing onstage at that iconic balcony in Verona, Italy, Durso and Mugavero first met at the Denver airport shortly after being cast. They had already traveled different theatrical journeys, his beginning in Southern California, hers in the steel-town of Bethlehem, Pa. What were the big dreams for you when you were the ages of Romeo and Juliet? Mugavero: I thought I would be playing soccer for a while. I wasn’t going to be an Olympian or anything like that but I thought it might take me to college. But one day, I thought I would try acting. I ended up going to Temple University to study theater. I went on to get my masters in fine arts at the University of California, Irvine. Durso: I knew I wanted to go to New York to train as an actor. [Durso worked on stage and in soap operas while in New York.] What was your first memorable moment on a stage? Durso: I was in 11th grade and should have been studying my United States history textbook, but I got cast as Riff in West Side Story. Have you considered that Romeo and Juliet has brought you full-circle back to West Side Story? [The musical was based on Romeo and Juliet.] Durso: Just talking to you now, yeah. It

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GEORGE PRENTICE was that experience that led me to want to do this. This is not the first time you have played Juliet. Mugavero: I played her at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Durso: I’m madly jealous of Betsy because she’s had two cracks at this. Mugavero: But it’s completely different for me. I’m a different person and, of course, he’s a different person. It feels new every night. This is a play that was written in the 16th century. Is there still resonance in the story of Romeo and Juliet in 2012? Mugavero: It’s still about following your passion. Every night, you want Romeo and Juliet to make it. No matter how chaotic the world is, there’s always a little light to be found. Durso: When you’re young, you may not have the maturity to know how to handle love when it’s wild and passionate. And when we’re young, some of us may have even thought that life wasn’t worth living if you lose someone. How old were you when you first fell in love? Durso: 16. I remember how wonderful it was. The whole world opened up, and I thought that no one had ever felt what I was feeling then. Even though it was a relationship that didn’t work out, it was something that was very strong and I’ll carry that with me forever. Mugavero: I was 20. It hit me like a

lightning bolt. I saw him and said, “That person is going to break my heart.” And he did, years later. It hurt, but it was a good hurt. It was crazy. I think that is what is so great about the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. When she says, “I wish but for the things I have. My bounty is as boundless as the sea. My love as deep.” Juliet is 13 and we believe that Romeo is a few years older. How old are you? Durso: 31 Mugavero: 28. A bit older than Juliet. But some of the greatest stage actresses continued to play Juliet well into their 40s. Mugavero: Even Meryl Street [61-yearsold] is about to play her. [Streep will take part in a reading of Romeo and Juliet in New York City on June 18.] Tell me the difference between a good director and a great director. Mugavero: A great director sees who you are and then helps to bring that out of you and then into who you are playing. Durso: I’ve worked with some directors that I considered great and Charlie [Fee] surpassed them all. I have worked with good directors who know how to make an audience laugh or cry. That’s awesome. But a great director helps you finesse it, getting the company to achieve its best possible performance. They make great things happen.

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T HE WORM IN MY FINGERS STRUGGLES FOR LIFE AS I SET IT ONTO MY HOOK.

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A few quick practiced loops and it is securely skewered, ready to be dropped into the rocks in front of me. I have found the perfect lazy man’s place for fishing—a deep section of the Snake River that undercuts a rock ledge. When the bait is dropped, it swirls around in a perfect small-mouth bass habitat. I don’t even have to cast and I’m pounding the fish. One after another, 10- to 11-inch bass are fighting with me only to be let go. You can only keep bass that are 12 inches or longer on the Snake River, and I let almost all the bass I catch go anyway. In the distance, I hear the roar of a bass boat engine. Quick, low and light, I see the boat fly by me, causing a wake. I reel in my line and wonder about all the money that guy must have dropped on that boat: thousands and thousands of dollars, no doubt. The wake hits the shoreline and the fish stop biting for a few minutes. Done fishing, I climb into my cheap but very functional duck boat and cruise back to the dock. I am going a lot slower than the bass boat I just saw. It would be a nice hobby, I think to myself.

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE I have thought of myself as a decent fisherman for most of my life—well, at least a decent trout fisherman. But when I walked into Howard’s Tackle Shoppe, 1707 Garrity Blvd., Nampa, I was a bit overwhelmed. The rows are laden with every possible type of lure imaginable: Crank baits, soft plastics, top waters, finesse baits and jigs line the shelves. It became clear bass are a whole different ball game—a game I don’t know how to play. In an attempt to figure out how to catch a bass, I spoke with Denton Crofts, an employee at Howard’s and a local tournament fisherman. He was kind enough to walk the store and find me all the different types of bait needed for our area. CRANK BAITS: “These are typically minnow imitations and bass feed on minnows. They work well in the spring, when fish get aggressive and are trying to put on weight. Red colors in the spring are best, with silver colors and naturallooking bait in the summer.” TOP WATERS: “Most times, this is a warm-water bait, for when fish get active. Imitates a minnow or a frog on the surface of the water.” Crofts pointed to a white cylinder with eyes and two treble hooks sticking out the front and the back. Frankly, it looked nothing like a frog or a minnow. I think that Crofts could sense the skepticism in my eyes. “Why they hit some of this stuff I don’t even know ... but they do.” SOFT PLASTICS: “These are for fishing the bottom. Mostly minnows or crayfish imitation. Most times, they are set up on a Texas or a Carolina rig. A Texas rig is when the sinker is up next to the bait while a Carolina Rig is when the weight is about two feet down the line.” JIGS: Primarily a crawfish imitation. A lot of times, you will have pork [actually pig skin in a jar] or plastic. A fisherman puts them on the bottom and imitates the movement of a crayfish.” FINESSE BAITS: “With this type of rig, you use a Drop Shot or a Carolina Rig. It is supposed to imitate a baitfish. You just slowly reel the bait in and it is supposed to get the curiosity of the fish as much as anything.” FLIES: “The best choice for a fly fisherman is streamers, leaches and wooly buggers. You can also get them to strike on the top with poppers, hoppers or a frog imitation.” —Randy King

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But for some, bass fishing is no hobby. Turn on the TV and start surfing the sportsmen channels. You know the ones: the guy sitting in the tree stand, or on the boat casting and casting. Look and see how many of those guys are sponsored by something that’s related to fishing: Lure manufactures, boat makers, trailer makers, line brokers and sporting goods companies like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop make up the bulk of the sponsors. Bass fishing is not a worm-on-a-hook sort of affair for a large number of people. It is a big business. In fact, bass fishing has grown during the past century into a billion-dollar industry that can be seen throughout America. Back in the ’90s, General Mills even featured a bass fisherman on the front of a Wheaties box. Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., got the face time by winning as points champion of a $1 million Forest Wood Open bass tournament. “I am absolutely thrilled to be in the company of the greatest athletes in history,” Brauer said. “I never dreamed that my love of bass fishing would ever lead to a spot on the Wheaties box.” Not only is bass fishing on cereal boxes, it is on TV all the time as well. Bass fishing is on the same channel that hosts NBA and NFL games. But unlike those sports, bass fishing is physically egalitarian. You don’t need to be super strong, big or fast to compete. With bass fishing, you just have to fish—a lot. And you need to be smart about how you do it, knowing conditions, tactics, bait and weather. While it might be physically egalitarian, that does not make bass fishing an easy thing to pursue monetarily, especially on the professional level. “Entry fees into the pro tournaments are about [$4,000] each. The only way you can afford it is to get a number of sponsors to pay your way,” said Bruce Flesher, president of the Idaho Bass Federation. Fletcher is, by his own admission, “a reformed trout fisherman.” Those fees are the reason for logos on the shirts and the stickers on the boats. Sponsors are vital to the success of a fisherman. “If you don’t have [$100,000] to carry yourself for the year ... entry fees, travel expenses ... if you finish below 10th place in a tournament, your check gets smaller and smaller. If you finish a tour event as a winner, you are going to get [$125,000]. But you have to win a few of those a year to really be making a living. It is a difficult thing,” Flesher said. Difficult, but not impossible, according to Flesher. Prodding him, I asked for the top three things a fisherman can do to “go pro” in the bass world. “They need the ability to get on the water and spend time to learn the habits of these creatures. Where to go, where they hide, what they eat, what happens when weather changes, when the water changes ... that sort of thing,” Flesher said. OK, so the fisherman/woman needs to know how to catch fish. Check. “They must be able to market themselves,” he said. “If a person can’t, then they can’t pick up the right sponsors. The ability to gain endorsements is no different than a pro basketball player that endorses WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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Nike shoes. ... They all have to be able to stand up and speak in front of the crowds.” Going pro involves becoming a salesman for your sponsors. Got it. “Third is a basic understanding of the biology of the fish,” Flesher said. Right, know thy quarry. Wrapping it all up, Flesher added that the fisherman needs “a lot of money and a lot of sponsors.” Knowledge about bass and bass fishing does not just show up one day with the fishing community. In a large part, bass fishing is a cultural statement. “Down South, there is a bass boat in every other garage. Where we live, it is not the same,” Flesher lamented. The culture of bass fishing is more popular in the Southern states because that is where the sport originated. Back in the 1880s, when most sport fishermen were Anglophile trout and salmon chasers, a small Southern contingent took up bass fishing for sport. Previously, bass fishing was considered a subsistence fish, relegated to the poor man. To this day, bass fishermen have tried to keep that working-class appeal and feeling. By the 1900s, bass fishing was—excuse the pun—catching on fast. By 1960, the bass had become the most-popular fresh-water fish in the country. The southerly origins of bass fishing also stem from the fact that the region has weather patterns more conducive to growing records. The warm weather means that the fish grow for longer periods in a year. Idaho has a shorter growth season and, consequently, the state is often overlooked as a viable bass fishery. “Idaho bass fishing can be considered a bit of a hidden treasure. There are so many places around that hold bass and plenty of good ones, too. We may not necessarily have fish weighing in with double digits like down South due to a shortened growth season, but we do have good fish. ... [Lake] Coeur d’ Alene could compete with the California Delta, one of the best fisheries in the West, for large mouth,” said Jared Spickelmier, president of the Boise State Anglers Club. “We have better bass fishing in Idaho than a lot of the Southern states, yet we are known for cold-water fish,” said Flesher. Even the Payette River is listed nationally as one of the best small-mouth bass fisheries WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

in the country. But the bass in Idaho are not native; they are an introduced species. According to Jeff Dillon, the state fisheries manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho has relatively few native game fish. “Idaho has only about 12 native game fish. Trout, salmon, stealhead—the ones that you think of. ... We have about 30 species of introduced game fish. That is a pretty common theme all over the West ... as the West was settled by people coming from the East and Midwest. They said, ‘Gosh, look at all this water. Why aren’t there the species that we have back home?’ “Back in the early 1900s, fish were moved all across the country, and it was in an effort to provide food fish, not so much the sport fishing opportunity. Bass are good to eat, blue gill are good to eat. And at one time, folks thought that carp would be a good fish to spread around the country, mainly as a food source more than anything else,” Dillon said. The first bass were transported to Caldwell via railcars in the early 1900s, according to Dillon. The fish were released into ponds and, at some point, escaped into the river, forming the base population that we have now. The non-native, warm-water species in Idaho actually fill a niche in the habitat. “It is taking advantage of altered habitats that wouldn’t have any fish to catch if we didn’t have these introduced species” said Dillon. Pre-agriculture in Southern Idaho, no warm-water irrigation reservoirs existed. Native species do not thrive in warm-water climates, so the introduction of the warmwater species “fills a hole that the native fish can’t provide,” he said. Native, or non-bass fishing, is huge to communities throughout Idaho. Lake Lowell hosts a number of bass tournaments each year. According to Dillon, Lake Lowell’s angling adds “a half-million in direct spending.” But Lake Lowell is a small fry in the scheme of things. Larger lakes, like Brownlee Reservoir, have a much larger economic impact. “It is a place supported almost entirely by warm-water fish. It’s introduced warmwater fish that support that fishery. Based on our most recent economic survey, Brownlee

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generates about $12 million of economic spending in the state. Just in Idaho, additional spending in Oregon,” Dillon said. All of that cannot be attributed to bass, however. “We don’t have economic data on bass fishing as a whole; we don’t have that split out,” he added. It seems that splitting out how much money is spent on what type of fish is complicated in our waterways. “It is hard to sort out; many of our lakes are so-called two-story fisheries. You have the surface water that is inhospitable to trout, but it might have some deeper water that can support them,” Dillon said. “Salmon Creek Falls Reservoir is a good example. It has small mouth and walleye as well as a trout. So when we get economic data, it is hard to sort it out by species.” While we might not be able to sort out the effect of each fish on our Idaho lakes, Flesher points out that “more money nationally is spent in the pursuit of bass than any other freshwater fish. We are talking billions of dollars a year.” According to bassresources.com, the bassfishing industry brings in an estimated $4.8 billion per year. While bass might be big money, the sport definitely has a working-class fan base. The clothes, the mustaches and the trucks all identify the bass-fishing culture. It is an odd juxtaposition—the wealth needed to fish at the highest levels is virtually unattainable by the majority of its fans. “It’s not just a redneck sport like a lot of people seem to think,” added Spickelmier. “I’ve seen people from all walks of life

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participate.” But, to some extent, bass fishing at the highest levels can never be a poor man’s sport. With boats in the tens of thousands of dollars and the fees to enter tournaments, the amount of money required is beyond most people’s resources. If an affluent redneck can exist, then I would guess that he or she is the most apt to consider bass fishing as a career. With all that money around it would seem foolish not to have some sort of system for training the next generation of fishermen. Cue the college-level bass fishermen who are getting ready for the challenge. Spickelmier is a fine example. “For me, fishing for bass is a challenge unlike any other species. It is as much a mind game trying to figure out their seasonal patterns, locations, what they are trying to eat. No day is the same as the one before; no season is ever the same as another.” Spickelmier started fishing in 2008 when he returned to college after nine years in the Marine Corps. He is a photography major at Boise State. So, how does a college-level bass fishermen become a bass pro? “You just need to work your way up the ladder to get there,” he said. “Everything is a series of qualifications to get to the next level. With the college tournaments, we have regional qualifiers, then we go to regionals, and then to the national championship. If you win either of the national championships, then you get an invite to fish in their biggest tournament respectively. ... You qualify for the state team, go to divisional, then the federation championships. In short, it’s just continually proving yourself.”

But for Spickelmier, bass fishing is more than just fishing. “My biggest honor is being a part of the Army Bass Anglers Coalition and the Marine Bass Anglers team. We are an organization dedicated to supporting wounded warriors, and specifically Returning Heroes Home, Veteran Outdoors and Heroes on the Water.” The Army Bass Anglers Coalition is a group dedicated to healing via the outdoors while Returning Heroes Home focuses on rehabilitating wounded veterans in a homelike atmosphere. Veteran Outdoors works to send wounded veterans on big-game hunts, as well as one-of-a-kind fishing trips and Heroes on the Water uses kayaking and fishing as a rehabilitation method for returning soldiers. The ABAC has a slogan: “Support. Defend. Fish.” To quote Larry the Cable Guy, “That’s just funny, I don’t care who you are.” The ABAC has been featured on several TV stations. “I have even been fortunate enough to participate on the new fishing show called Force on Force that [recently] premiered on the Sportsman Channel,” Spickelmier said. Force on Force is unique to the channel and the tournament series because it has different branches of the military fishing against each other. May the best soldier win. “The best part of the show is that it’s filmed in whatever conditions we face, because as we do in the military, we have to fight in any condition given us. The whole point of the show, again, is to simply raise awareness of our three nonprofits while we’re having fun and trash talking a little,”

Spickelmier said. But college-level fishing isn’t an early enough start for some. In 2009, the Illinois High School Athletic Association began to recognize bass fishing as a sport and is funding it as such. In its first year, the Illinois club had 220 teams compete in its first high-school tournament. Alabama and other Southern schools are following suit. Some students are even winning scholarship money via bass-fishing tournaments. Bethel University in Tennessee was the first college to offer fishing scholarships to three students—two men and one woman— in 2010. The scholarships functioned in the same way as any other athletic-based scholarship. That’s right, college scholarships for bass fishing. A student could, if he or she got lucky, fish in high-school tournaments, get on a good college team and then migrate to the professional level of fishing, hopefully picking up some tournament wins and opening doors to sponsors along the way. No one told me that I could fish for a living when I talked to the guidance counselor back in high school. Personally, I don’t think a logo will make it on my shirt anytime soon—I’ll stick to my worms and hooks. It is less complicated that way. And, honestly, I catch a fair number of bass when I go fishing anyway. But it won’t make me $1 million or get me on the cover of a Wheaties box. I asked Spickelmier what his perfect day of bass fishing was. “Not to be cheesy, it’s any day on the water. ... Just put a fish at the end of my line,” he said.

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It’s all Greek to us at the annual Greek Food Festival.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY JUNE 1-2 Know baloney about a bouquet? Brush up on your vino lessons with Wine 101.

31ST ANNUAL GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL

THURSDAY MAY 31 vino WINE WISE LABS’ WINE 101 Vintners create all manner of varieties of the fermented drink we know as wine. Our region of the Gem State nurses a healthy interest in the beverage, with vineyards popping up in the Snake River Valley in spades, vino poured at all manner of social events and frequent sightings of Boise denizens with purple lips. But some Treasure Valley citizens may require a much-needed primer on the history and basic ins and outs of wines and winemaking. That’s where Wine Wise Labs in Garden City comes in with its educational event, Wine 101: From Grapes to Glass. The drink’s roots trace back to early references to winemaking as a gift from the gods. The Mycenaean Greeks—the same culture that created the myth of the drink-swilling hedonist Dionysus—reference alcoholic beverages as examples of divine intervention. No doubt countless toasts have been raised and lips whet through the years in tribute to this paragon of booze. The Wine 101 class includes tastings of five classic varieties with guided discussion on the intricacies of the drink. Those new to wine or seeking nitty gritty details are ripe for the class, which costs $35 per person. Classes are limited to 20 in order to keep things intimate and the vino flowing, so pre-registration is encouraged. 6:30-8:30 p.m., $35. Wine Wise Labs, 107 1/2 E. 44th St., Garden City, winewiseidaho.com.

SATURDAY JUNE 2 ‘hood CENTRAL BENCH SPRING FESTIVAL Looking for a place to eat Nepalese dumplings while hula hooping to the sounds of Atomic Martini? Look no further than Boise’s Bench. The third-annual Central

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Bench Spring Festival on Saturday, June 2, will celebrate the diversity of Boise’s Central Bench neighborhood with a festival incorporating tasty treats, live music and interactive activities from around the globe. The ‘hood celebration is presented by the Central Bench Neighborhood Association, along with the Central Rim, Vista, Borah and Sunrise Rim Neighborhood associations and will

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be held in Cassia Park. Vendors will dish up Uzbek, Nepalese, Mexican and Indian dishes along with soul food and smoothies. Event organizers have added a beer and wine garden to the festival for the first time, so there will be plenty of good stuff to wash back that world’s worth of food. On the main stage, artists including Atomic Martini, Idaho Bosses, Essencia Bohemia and Mladi

Have you yet to sample spanakopita? Failed to bid a good morning to souvlaki? Have you yet to discover that everything is betta’ with feta? Airfare ain’t cheap, so missing out on the best in Greek cooking can’t be held against you. But fret not, would-be gastronomic traveler, the Greek Food Festival returns to Boise Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. On either—or both—days, you can sample a Mediterranean smorgasbord. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church near downtown Boise organizes the fest, with a suggested donation of $1 at the door—not including the cost of food. All the grub slung from the church’s kitchens is up for grabs on the cheap, with proceeds benefitting the congregation. And sling food it will, as it has done for the past 30 years. Be it savory morsels incorporating olives, cheese and eggplant; or appetizers like stuffed grape leaves called dolmathes; or steamy Cretan-style rice pilaf, Greek food is a delight for the senses. But the creme de la creme of the delicacies are the desserts, like galaktoboureko and karithopita. Heavy on nuts and fresh honey, baklava is a tasty layer cake with perfectly flaky, tissue-thin sheets of filo dough. This year’s festival plans for dessert staples like butter cookies and walnut cake, as well as kataifi, or almonds and walnuts nestled within shredded wheat. Also on the agenda is traditional Greek entertainment, with dance taking the forefront through original steps like the hasapiko, karsilamas couples dance, or the epitome of the culture, Zorba’s dance, popularized in the film Zorba the Greek. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., $1 suggested donation. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2618 W. Bannock St., boisegreekfestival.com.

Behar will add to the cultural experience. Nine performers will take the main stage from noon-8 p.m. The day will include tennis lessons and interactive dance including salsa and the sensory-based practice Nia or dance along to global grooves of Radio Boise’s DJ Brian Allred. Four-legged fiends can compete for prizes in categories such as dog that most resembles its owner, most creative costume and virtuoso howling at a dog walk at 10 a.m. Artist Francis Fox’s story

circle will honor Vietnam War veterans through storytelling and oral history and local artists will encourage guests to get their hands dirty on potter’s row, create a hula hoop or participate in the clothing swap. Local political candidates will be available to answer questions from 2-4 p.m., and the Ada County Highway District will share bicycle pedestrian development plans for the Bench. Kids can enjoy face painting and bounce houses, and all can participate in drop-in softball games throughout

the day. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE. Cassia Park, 4600 W. Camas St., centralbench.org.

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Don’t be a wimp and eddy out at the Bigwater Blowout Festival.

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It’s time to put the second rock from the sun in the spotlight.

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rapids BIGWATER BLOWOUT RIVER FESTIVAL On the first Saturday of June for the last 14 years, whitewater lovers have rushed to the town of Riggins to run the rapids at the Bigwater Blowout River Festival. The tradition continues Saturday, June 2, starting at 9 a.m. in Riggins City Park. The event kicks off with a dozen local outfitters showcasing the best of the Salmon River. Guides will offer short raft trips throughout the day for all ages, with discounts of up to 50 percent. “We’re introducing people to high water in a safe way,” said Amy Sinclair, who owns and runs Exodus Wilderness Adventures with her family and sits on the festival’s volunteer committee. The outfitters provide all the gear needed to participate, including wetsuits and life jackets. After the last raft returns at 4 p.m., the Dutch Oven Cook-Off Contest begins. Individuals and outfitters can make appetizers, entrees or desserts—last year’s winner prepared salmon-stuffed morel mushrooms wrapped in bacon. After the judging at 7 p.m., anyone can sample the food for $5. “Last year, we fed 150 to 200 people with sample plates,” Sinclair said. “It doesn’t cease to amaze me what people can make in those things.” The aptly named band Current Flow from Coeur d’Alene will play bluegrass and reggae throughout the evening, and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Rivers United will visit the event, providing education on how rivers can remain healthy and beautiful. Sinclair said the river festival is important in encouraging people to “continue to be river stewards.” She hopes the festival will show people the value of keeping beaches clean and maintaining the river ecosystem. 9 a.m., cook-off begins at 5 p.m.; FREE admission to festival, $5 cook-off sampling. Riggins City Park, Riggins, bigwaterblowout.com. yarn bombing, a phenomenon involving bike racks and parking meters being covered with colorful yarn, knows that sometimes a knitting project can make the world more beautiful. Yarn bombing is one inspiration for Boise Art Museum’s Community Day at the Center of the Earth, which will be held Saturday, June 2, from noon-4 p.m. The event is also inspired by BAM’s current exhibit Nick Cave: Meet Me at the

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Center of the Earth. Cave’s exhibit opened May 19 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 4, featuring a variety of mixed-media, wearable sculptures called sound suits, which employ a variety of materials, including discarded objects. The Community Day event is a way for attendees to explore the same do-it-yourself ethos displayed in Cave’s creations, all while decking BAM out yarn-style. BAM representatives will

TUESDAY JUNE 5 solar TRANSIT OF VENUS VIEWING Hey, hipster tech nerd, put down your iPad. Yes, we know you use it to view constellations, but how about witnessing a solar event sans Apple device? On Tuesday, June 5, the asto-gurus of Boise Astronomical Society will partner with the College of Western Idaho to assist curious viewers as they observe a rare occurrence. Assuming that Mother Nature cooperates, BAS representatives will set up specially filtered telescopes in the large field on the side of the CWI campus building at 4 p.m. so attendees can watch the transit of Venus across the sun without worrying about burned retinas. Attendees should expect to see the disc of the sun with a black dot superimposed on top of it. Depending on the telescope, the sun’s features—such as sunspots—may be visible as well. According to the BAS, Venus’ last trip across the great ball of fire was in 2004 and visible from the Eastern hemisphere. The planet doesn’t like to make the trek too often— this solar happening only occurs about twice per century. So if you miss out this time around, you’re basically SOL—unless you’re really lucky, have superhuman genetics or have been downing tons of life-prolonging herbs. Venus’ next jaunt won’t be until 2117. BAS’s Andie Woodward said transits such as the one on June 5 hold significant historical value—for example, the transit of 1769 was the impetus for Captain James Cook’s first voyages to the South Pacific. BAS is a group of astro enthusiasts boasting approximately 80 member families. The group meets monthly at the Discovery Center of Idaho and hosts star parties and viewing events throughout the year. More info about the group and a calendar of its events can be obtained at its website. . 4 p.m., FREE. College of Western Idaho, 5500 E. Opportunity Drive, Nampa, 208-562-3400, boiseastro.org.

teach guests the basics of knitting and crocheting and instruct on using found objects in artwork while encouraging them to view Cave’s exhibit for inspiration. Guest creations will be used to decorate the outdoor sculpture garden and will be on display for a few weeks. “It’s a great way to kick off the summer,” said Terra

Gardening isn’t generally classified as sexy—unless you count beads of sweat on sun-kissed skin, or pulling weeds while bent over in a pin-up-esque pose. Nor is it particularly humorous, unless you blast yourself in the face with water from the hose or end up with a dirt clump on your face rivaling NORTH END ORGANIC Sam Elliott’s stache. NURSERY But if you want to bring some 2350 Hill Road funny flirtatiousness to your 208-389-4769 digging-in-the-dirt wardrobe, northendnursery.com. North End Organic Nursery has the perfect covering. A shelving unit near the register hold hoards of T-shirts, tanks and sweatshirts with seed-y sayings like “Talk Dirt to Me” or “Garden Hoe,” which promise to amp up the standard big-hat-and-Crocs gardening wardrobe. Other slogans include “Ida-hoe,” “Life’s a Garden, Dig It” and “Life Began In A Garden,” but the selection of witty words in stock varies. According to the ladies at the NEON, these nifty threads are immensely popular as gifts, and were a big hit around Mother’s Day. The shirts are made with natural materials, including hemp, organic cotton and viscose bamboo, and are also emblazoned with the NEON logo. T-shirts are $20, long-sleeved T’s are $25 and tanks are $15. —Sheree Whiteley

Feast, curator of education at BAM. “We’re taking inside ideas out.” Materials will be provided, but yarn-savvy guests are encouraged to bring their own extras. Noon-4 p.m., regular admission rates. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 30 Festivals & Events MOTORCYCLE BOOT CAMP— Learn about everything from the headlights to the tailpipes and find the perfect bike for you. Featuring food, prizes and fun. Register online or call 208-3385599. 6:30 p.m. FREE. High Desert Harley-Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208338-5599, highdeserthd.com.

Talks & Lectures DEAN KARNAZES—Men’s Fitness hailed him as the fittest man on the planet. Hear his stories and get a copy of his newest book. RSVP to leone@ idahorunningcompany.com. 6:308:30 p.m. Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, doubletree1.hilton.com.

THURSDAY MAY 31 Festivals & Events COLLEGE OF IDAHO STAFF ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP YARD SALE—Proceeds benefit the Staff Association Student Scholarship. To donate items, call 208-459-5551. 8 a.m. FREE. College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-4595011, collegeofidaho.edu.

On Stage COCKEYED—This play by William Missouri Downs, directed by Jeff Thomson tells the story of an average nice guy in love with a beautiful woman who has a glass eye. Student, senior and military discounts available for Thursday and Sunday performances. 7:30 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: RICKEY SHACKLEFORD—Catch the comedic stylings of this funny man. Visit rickeyshackleford.biz for more info. 8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KATHLEEN DUNBAR— This installment of Liquid Laughs also features John Crist. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs. com, by calling 208-941-2459 or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. NOT NOW, DARLING—This British farce about partners in a fur salon involves suspicion and intrigue. All dinner-show tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance online. Show-only tickets may be purchased at the door or online. For more info and the menu, visit the website. 7 p.m. $15-$20 show only, $39 dinner and show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org.

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Girl Talk’s dance parties give new meaning to the term “sweat band.”

GIRL TALK ORDERS BOISE TO DANCE The Knitting Factory was all dolled up May 28 for a performance by Pittsburgh mashup artist Gregg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk. Short shorts, ’80s drop-shouldered shirts and tank tops were everywhere. Even the venue was dressed to the nines, with a giant net of balloons hanging from the ceiling and a stage loaded with confetti cannons, video screens and cherry-picked dancing girls. The only one not dressed up was Gillis. He took the stage in sweats, his shoulder-length hair tied up in a headband that made him look like a young Corey Feldman. After Gillis shouted his introductions into the mic, balloons dropped, he hit play on a mid-tempo hip-hop beat and the dance party commenced. I quickly found myself wrapped up in toilet paper from a blow-cannon, like some sort of jerk neighbor’s house on Halloween. Girl Talk’s music is a layered and constantly evolving pastiche of samples from pop hits; it’s a frenetic and lively approach that is like a shotgun blast of danceability. But something felt very, very wrong. Though Gillis mixes his samples live—a complex fingerdance heavy on the math—it felt more like being in a music video than a performance. And without the snappy editing, it felt hollow, empty and completely artificial. Some people reject much of the pop music Gillis samples because they perceive it as being insincere, pre-packed, cookie-cutter drivel that is the emotional equivalent of junk food. I’m not one of them. Pop may be candy, but I like candy. And Gillis’ mashups are like sprinkles on ice cream. But still, there’s a reason that even pop stars perform with a live band. Onstage Gillis’ compelling sonic portrait lacked the imprecise human touch that responds to the audience and can convey more with a single note than an entire song. The only emotion present at the show was an order from on high to dance motherfucker dance, as if a pistol was being fired at your feet. “I don’t give a shit about your job. I don’t give a shit about your future,” Gillis shouted from atop his DJ table, explaining to the audience why he would play a little longer and they would dance. So I decided to surrender and let myself be absorbed into the sweaty mass. Watching beach ball-sized balloons bounce above the crowd, bursting and showering confetti down on the rapturous audience, it didn’t take long to become one of the lotus eaters. But the instant the music ended, the lights flickered on and security at the Knitting Factory began shouting for people to clear the aisles and get out. Even the command to “party” was a manufactured, sterile and insincere experience. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN—Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau fights for his life and the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career in this comedy fit for all audiences. 7:30 p.m. $12.50, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, boiselittletheater.org.

Workshops & Classes ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS— Ginger’s Fine Art Studio offers lessons in charcoal, pastel and/ or oil graphite. Call 208-4666879 or email gdlantz@gmail. com for more information. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. Hasbrouck House, 1403 12th Ave. S., Nampa. LAUNCH A START-UP FROM THE BACK OF A NAPKIN—Aspiring entrepreneurs can learn about financing, loan packages, sales, business planning, marketing and how to perform a simple back-of-the-napkin breakeven analysis. Hear Women’s Business Center client success stories. Includes lunch from Jenny’s Lunch Line. To register, call the WBC at 208-336-6722, ext. 256, or email sdagres@ metaidaho.org. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20. US Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3458519, unicoprop.com. TOBACCO CESSATION CLASS—The Central District Health Department presents this tobacco cessation class, which includes five sessions through Thursday, June 21. Registration is required. Free nicotine replacement therapy may be obtained by joining the Idaho Quitnet program. Visit idaho.quitnet.com for more info. For more on the cessation class, visit cdhd.idaho.gov. To register, call 208-375-5211. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Council of Governments, 125 E. 50th St., Garden City. WINE 101: FROM GRAPES TO GLASS—In this course, you’ll learn about wine tasting, explore five classic varieties via tasting and guided discussion, cover basic grape-growing and winemaking techniques and conduct hands-on experiments. The class is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. See Picks, Page 16. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Wine Wise Labs, 104-1/2 E. 44th St., Garden City, 208-297-9463, winewiseidaho. com.

Literature KIM BARNES BOOK SIGNING— Author Kim Barnes will sign copies of In The Kingdom of Men, her new novel about a young woman who leaves the dusty farmland of 1960s Oklahoma to follow her husband to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, where she finds a world of wealth, glamour, American privilege and corruption. Barnes is the PEN USA Award-winning author of A Country Called Home. She will also read in Boise Friday, June 1. See Arts News, Page 28. 6 p.m. FREE. The Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave. N., Ketchum, 208-726-3493, thecommunitylibrary.org.

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CenturyLink was an oasis of costumes at the Anime Oasis Convention.

A HOTBED OF SUBCULTURES Walking through the streets of downtown Boise last week, you could have run into a 6-foot-tall, mustachioed Luigi, a sleek European bicyclist or a tatted pin-up model. With Anime Oasis Double One, the Exergy Tour and the 208 Tat2Fest all going down at the same time, Boise was a hotbed of niche subcultures this Memorial Day Weekend. Anime Oasis Double One filled the Grove Hotel with panels, bikini contests and cosplay competitions. Boise Weekly intern Tabitha Bower swung by a harajuku punk-themed tea party and chatted up organizer Steve Barber, an esthetician wearing a black skull-covered dress and Hello Kitty backpack. “We really don’t take ourselves too seriously and are able to laugh at ourselves,” Barber said. “A lot of us have all gone through the same kind of stuff in life. We really understand where each other are coming from. It is really nice, a really friendly atmosphere.” Bower also stopped by the Anime Oasis cosplay competition at the CenturyLink Arena, where 44 contestants—representing characters from Star Wars to Sailor Moon to Domo—all brought out their best impersonations and battle skills. Out at Expo Idaho, the 208 Tat2Fest drew out more than 3,000 skin-ink enthusiasts. On May 26, BW freelancer Mika Belle reveled in “motorcycle stunts, hot rods, custom choppers, a skate park, live music, glass blowing, an art gallery, a food court, a pinup model contest, and, oh yeah, tattoos.” Belle chatted up Amy Nicoletto from the reality show LA Ink, who had glowing things to say about Boise. “The weather is perfect and the downtown area is just beautiful,” she said. For a glimpse at all the Tat2Fest action, check out Belle’s photo slideshow at boiseweekly.com. But there was plenty going on out of town, as well. While staffers Josh Gross and Andrew Crisp were soaking in rain and an epic stream of live music in Tumbleweeds during Finn Riggins’ annual Ranch Fest (see Page 22 for a full review), former Boise Weekly intern Lizzy Duffy was braving the hoards at The Gorge for the Sasquatch Music Festival. Duffy chronicled her daily experiences, which included everything from her pre-fest jitters to walking the mile from camp to the festival gates to trying to stay awake through the epic music marathon. Oh, and she caught a few bands, too—acts like Of Monsters and Men, Blitzen Trapper, Metric, The Shins, Beirut and Bon Iver. For more extensive coverage of Duffy’s Sasquatch experiences, visit boiseweekly.com. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT STOCK UP FOR SUMMER BOOK SALE—The Friends of the Ada Community Library will hold the annual book sale. Each hardback and adult media item costs $1 and paperbacks and children’s materials cost 50 cents. Select special items will be marked with a unique price between $2-$9. All books will be half-price on Saturday, June 2, from 2-4 p.m. and an entire bag of books can be purchased for $2. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.

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SATURDAY JUNE 2 Festivals & Events CENTRAL BENCH THIRD ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL—Celebrate the diverse cultures of the Central Bench neighborhood community. Musicians and dancers will perform, artists will create and a fun day of events is planned. For more information, check out centralbenchna.org. See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Cassia Park, 4600 W. Camas St., Boise.

CIMBA SPRING FLING—Join CIMBA to celebrate National Trails Day with trail work, a group ride and party. Check out cimbarides.org for more details. 10 a.m. FREE-$5. The Clubhouse at Jug Mountain Ranch, Hwy. 55 to Lake Fork, Lake Fork, 208-6345072, jugmountainranch.com.

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RIGGINS BIG WATER BLOWOUT RIVER FESTIVAL—One-day festival features a family friendly atmosphere with $30-$35 raft runs, a Dutch Oven cook-off and live music from Coeur d’Alene-based band Current Flow. For more information, visit bigwaterblowout.com. See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m. FREE. Riggins City Park, Riggins, 208-628-3778, bigwaterblowout.com.

COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: RICKEY SHACKLEFORD—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com.

COCKEYED—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.

LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KATHLEEN DUNBAR—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

Festivals & Events HOKUM HOEDOWN SQUARE DANCE AND OLDTIMEY MUSIC SERIES—Enjoy music from the Hokum Hi-Flyers while you learn square-dance moves, followed by an old-time hootenanny featuring a cast of callers. Pie Hole pizza will be served and a full bar is available with ID. 7 p.m. $5, $15 per family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3850111, thelinenbuilding.com.

On Stage COCKEYED—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: RICKEY SHACKLEFORD—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KATHLEEN DUNBAR—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. NOT NOW, DARLING—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$20 show only, $39 dinner and show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, boiselittletheater.org.

Literature KIM BARNES BOOK READING—See Thursday. 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org. STOCK UP FOR SUMMER BOOK SALE—See Thursday. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.

Talks & Lectures AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGIES FOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT—The New Product Development Lab at Boise State will host this seminar featuring Caleb Chung, inventor of the Furby and Pleo; John Sosoka, CEO of Pulse Robotics; and Derek Dotson, senior application engineer for Spectrum Rep Company. Each will present his knowledge of inexpensive technologies used for his own product development projects. Snacks, an open house and time for networking will also be included. 1-4 p.m. FREE. Boise State Micron Engineering Center, 1910 University Drive, Room 106, Boise, coen.boisestate.edu.

Odds & Ends AUDIOMEDICS ESTHETIC EVOLUTION—The kick-off of an ongoing function on the first Friday of every month. This installment will be a fundraiser for the soundcamp at Esthetic Evolution 2012. Cover charge gets you one raffle ticket for your chance to win a ticket to Esthetic Evolution 2012. Buy additional raffle tickets for $5. 9 p.m. $5. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com.

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NOT NOW, DARLING—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$20 show only, $39 dinner and show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN—See Thursday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, boiselittletheater.org.

Workshops & Classes RESUME ROCKSTAR—The Idaho Department of Labor presents this class about improving your resume. Sign-up is encouraged and available at the library’s website. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Ada Community LibraryStar, 10706 W. State St., Star, 208-286-9755, adalib.org. VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic lindy hop moves. All ages. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, heirloomdancestudio.com.

Art COMMUNITY DAY AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH—Join BAM “at the center of the earth” for a day of community art making. View the exhibition Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth before exploring fashion, art, sound and movement. Practice basic knitting techniques, get tips about using found objects in artwork, learn to stitch buttons and beads and join artists to contribute to a collaborative community project. Follow BAM on Facebook and Twitter for details. See Picks, Page 17. Noon-4 p.m. Regular admission. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3458330, boiseartmuseum.org.

Literature STOCK UP FOR SUMMER BOOK SALE—See Thursday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.

Talks & Lectures BACKYARD CHICKENS—Find out why so many people are getting back to basics by keeping backyard chickens with author and award-winning humor columnist Gretchen Anderson. 10 a.m. $10 IBG members, $15 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Kids & Teens KID HISTORY EPISODE NINE PREMIERE—Meet the cast, get pictures and autographs and dress up with a fake mustache. Get your tickets at kidhistorytickets.com. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $8. Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-4678011, nnu.edu.

Even the pink gorilla was amped for Larkspur’s set at Ranch Fest.

RANCH FEST RECAP It poured rain and misery down on Idaho music fans for nearly one-third of one of the most anticipated annual events: Ranch Fest, which was held May 25-27. The roads turned to mud and people wrapped themselves in trash bags, huddling around burn barrels and hoping for a case of dance fever to chase away the chill. The best solution for drying out included roasting in a sauna built on the Tumbleweeds homestead, where a wood-burning stove kept the log cabin-style room toasty. But you’d have been hard-pressed to find a single bedraggled Boisean who wasn’t having a great time. Ranch Fest, the annual Finn Riggins invitational, hosted dozens of local and regional bands playing for two days and nights, barn dance-style. Attendees camped out and snacked on some wicked barbecue. While the evenings were filled with drinking, dancing and a consistent stream of bands from Idaho and beyond, the mornings were slow-moving. The sun peeked over the hills well before 8 a.m., but the majority of ranchers weren’t swilling the coffee—made in 100-cup batches—-until almost noon. Breakfast items, including huge bushels of bananas, were served from folding tables next to an aging diesel Caterpillar tractor housed inside one chamber of a mammoth barn. Adjacent to that room was the Ranch Fest main stage, the backdrop a colorfully painted tribute to the annual festival. This year, the festival also added a side stage on a trailer in the yard for Friday night’s performances, helping to speed transitions between groups. But it had to be abandoned when the rain set in early Saturday morning. There were some familiar faces like Finn Riggins, Le Fleur and the mighty Tartufi, along with some first-time ranchers like Mozam and Dedicated Servers, and even a new super-group: Lake Friend, which features members of Caldwell bands Art Fad and Fountains. Top performance honors go to Portland, Ore.’s Yeah Great Fine, which delivered a powerhouse set of calypso-influenced synthpop in wide-brimmed Stetsons and ’70s mustaches and kicked off a serious dance party, especially when keyboard player Brian Hoberg jumped into the crowd to pound on a drum at the foot of the stage. The lack of the side stage slowed things down a bit, making sets run deep into Saturday night, even with the cancellation of one of the headliners, Old Death Whisper. In the waning hours of the festival, Boise space-rock band Mozam, aka Christopher Smith and Trevor Kamplain, drew the remaining zombies back into the barn for one last dance fest, which lasted until 3 a.m. —Josh Gross and Andrew Crisp

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8 DAYS OUT LISTEN: ORAL HISTORY TRAINING PROJECT—The Boise City Department of Arts and History presents this oral history training program for children and teens ages 9-18. Connect with older generations in order to help foster appreciation for their contributions and experiences. Visit boiseartsandhistory.org for more info. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Boise Senior Activity Center, 690 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-345-9921.

Odds & Ends BOISE PRIDE PAGEANT—Join Ms. Boise Pride Jade Avalon and Ms. Boise Pride Jacqueline to celebrate and remember Mr. C.W. Blaque’s time as Mr. Boise Pride. New Pride royalty will be crowned during this night of celebration, fun and welcoming of a new Boise Pride team. See boisepride.org for more info. 7-11 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux.com. GROWN-UP STORIES OUT LOUD—Who says story time is just for kids? Go listen to specially trained readers share tales with adults. Contact Greg Likins at 208-888-4451 or greg@ mld.org for more information. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-888-4451, mld.org.

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IDAHO TRAILS ASSOCIATION TINDALL TRAIL PROJECT—Kick off the hiking season by celebrating National Trails Day with the Idaho Trails Association at the confluence of Mary’s Creek and Sheep Creek in the BruneauJarbidge Rivers Wilderness. This is a great project if you are curious about ITA’s work but can’t commit to one of the longer projects or simply to help get back in shape for the upcoming trail season. For more info, email trails@idahotrailsassociation.org. 9 a.m. FREE.

Animals & Pets PAWS FOR A CAUSE ROTARY DOG WALK—Join the thirdannual Rotary Paws for a Cause Dog Walk. The money raised will go to several nonprofits in the area. Entry fee includes T-shirt and bandana for your dog. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Take advantage of the lower entry fee by registering early online at paws4acause.us. 9 a.m. $25$30. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, nampaciviccenter.com.

SUNDAY JUNE 3 Festivals & Events ART AND ROSES—22nd Annual Art and Roses fine art sale of original works by Idaho artists. Sponsored by Idaho Centennial Art Group, Inc. and Boise Parks and Recreation. A portion of all sales is donated to the Rose Garden. Featuring live local music and food vendors. See Arts News, Page 28. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. IDAHO PATRIOT THUNDER RIDE—The third annual Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride includes a police-escorted ride, registration, ride patch, commemorative dog tag and lunch at the Warhawk Air Museum. Two seats are available to ride in a P-40 during the fly over at the beginning of the ride, for $550. Visit idahopatriotthunder.com for more info. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 adv., $30 day of ride. High Desert Harley-Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599, highdeserthd.com.

On Stage COCKEYED—See Thursday. 2 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald

St., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KATHLEEN DUNBAR— See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

MONDAY JUNE 4 Food & Drink KEGS4KAUSE—Support the Middle Snake Group of the Sierra Club by having a beer or two. Payette Brewing Company will donate 50 percent of its beer sales to the group. 5-10 p.m. Payette Brewing Company, 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208344-0011, payettebrewing.com.

Literature DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—This informal writers workshop is free to writers who wish to hone their skills, work on character development, overcome writers block and be inspired. Led by Adrian Kien, a poetry and composition professor from Boise State. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000, thecabinidaho.org.

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8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens BALLET DANCE SESSION 2— Children are taught the fundamentals of ballet and incorporate them into a fun routine. Ballet slippers, leotard and tights are required. Mondays through Aug. 13. 4:15-4:55 p.m. (9-14 year olds) or 5-5:40 p.m. (5-8 year olds). $70-$75. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

TUESDAY JUNE 5 Food & Drink TUESDAY NIGHT BEER AND WINE TASTINGS—Enjoy appetizers and selections from a different Idaho brewer or winemaker every week. 6 p.m. $5. Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery, 4714 W. State St., Boise, 208275-0017, salttears.com.

Workshops & Classes SOCIAL NETWORKING AND WEB MARKETING WORKSHOP—This workshop includes a discussion of the popular websites LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and how they can be used to market small businesses. For more information or to reserve a space, call 208334-9004, ext. 336. 8:30-10:30 a.m. FREE. Small Business Administration District Office, 380 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 330, Boise, 208-334-1696, sba.gov.

Kids & Teens GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PUPPET SHOW—Join the glowing kick-off to the Summer Reading Program. Watch as your favorite children’s books come to life during a night in the library. Geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages welcome. Room capacity limited to first 150 attendees. 10 p.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-8884451, mld.org.

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUMMER COLLEGE FORUM— Step Ahead Idaho, a nonprofit college advising organization, is offering this free seminar for high school students and their parents, where they can learn to create a great story of students’ accomplishments for college applications and how to research schools and careers. Visit stepaheadidaho.org for more info. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.

Festivals & Events PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP, SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Part of The Idaho Loud Writers’ Program. Includes a performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, email cheryl_maddalena@ yahoo.com. There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. 6 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632, boisepoetry.com.

Green URBAN GROWTH AND THE BOISE RIVER—Urban growth will affect the Boise River in many ways, and you can discuss and comment on potential growth scenarios at a special meeting for the Idaho Rivers United community. Your input will help the Community Planning Association select a vision for the future that will be the basis for Communities in Motion 2040. To reserve your place call 208343-7481. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2900, gardencityidaho.govoffice.com.

On Stage WAR HORSE—The winner of five Tony Awards, the play is based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s film. It tells the story of a horse enlisted to fight for the English in World War I and a young man’s quest to bring the horse home. Tickets available at idahotickets.com. 7:30 p.m. $45-$75. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.

Odds & Ends Workshops & Classes

BOISE STATE EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM—Prospective students and interested companies may attend this Boise State executive MBA program open house. Classes will begin in September and participants will earn an MBA degree in two academic years of part-time class attendance. Email emba@boisestate. edu or call 208-426-4034 to reserve a space. Visit cobe. boisestate.edu for more info about the program. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Stueckle Sky Center, Bronco Stadium, Boise.

E-READER PETTING ZOO— Learn about the features of popular e-Readers and how to use them to download books from the Library. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-5624995, boisepubliclibrary.org.

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TRANSIT OF VENUS VIEWING—The Boise Astronomical Society, along with the College of Western Idaho, will provide access to specially filtered telescopes to safely view the transit of the planet Venus across the face of the sun. Transits of Venus only occur about twice a century, with the last one happening in 2004, visible from the Eastern hemisphere. The next such event will not happen until December 2117. See Picks, Page 17. 4 p.m. College of Western Idaho-Nampa Campus, 5500 E. Opportunity Drive, Nampa, 208-562-3400.

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HILLFOLK NOIR, RADIO HOUR

THE RAVENNA COLT, SLIGHT SPELL

Local hillpeople Hillfolk Noir claim to be founders of “junkerdash,” the band’s take on distilling folk, countr y and rock ’n’ roll into its particular brand of moonshine. The band combines washboard, harmonica, kazoo, snares, saws and all other manner of traditional instruments into organically produced mountain music. While members acknowledge you could just call it “indie folk,” they say junkerdash has a nice ring to it. On Hillfolk Noir Radio Hour, the band explores a time when tube radios were tops. But as a modern incarnation of a radio program, it’s two parts O’ Brother Where Art Thou? stage play, and two parts Tom Waitsstyle bar room banter. The album even includes interlude advertisements for made-up products like “Wild Root Cream Oil,” which keeps one’s hair looking spiffy. “Down the Road” opens the album, with post-production effects like the whine of a wandering radio dial ser ving as the only intro into Travis Ward’s impressive guitar picking. His singing on the chorus finds its mate in the voice of his wife, Alison, providing sugar y backup vocals. “Well I’m going down the road / to meet my mother’s son / I’m comin’ back a Monday with my daddy’s gun,” twangs Travis. After the first chorus, harmonica fit for train-hopping chimes in. The track serves as a necessary primer for what the radio hour experiment encompasses. However, references to iPods and the ills of modern commercial music pop in to remind listeners it isn’t 1920. Along that vein, outlaw fiction and colorful stor ytelling fill out the 15-track release. “Ballad of Lonely Rounder” spins a yarn akin to the Beatles’ “Ballad of Rocky Raccoon,” a genre staple. Much of the album adheres to this genre—the boot-stompin’, finger-lickin’, jugblowin’ milieu typified in folk countr y. At the same time, the album embraces the idea that American folk picking is about doing a lot with a little. The simple ingredients in the formula include pared-down instrumentals devoid of post-processing theatrics or on-stage distortion. The most sophisticated, nonorganic parts of the album include fake clapping, bird noises and crickets to flesh out the radio hour feel. Hillfolk Noir’s stylings may be throwbacks, but Radio Hour updates the genre with modern renditions of age-old stories.

Some styles of country ditch pastoral images of whiskey-drinking and dust-covered boots in favor of more modern themes. The Ravenna Colt’s debut album, Slight Spell, aims for this style but misses. Frontman Johnny Quaid weaves hand-wringing, woeful songs that share traditional blues sentiments, but lack the real punch of the genre’s forebears. This is a style the former My Morning Jacket guitarist and recent Boise transplant is new to, but has apparently fallen for. Quaid left Louisville, Ky.’s My Morning Jacket in 2004 after six years. He worked with famous frontman Jim James, aka Yim Yames, on that project, picking strings on the band’s first three albums and a slew of EPs. This new take on country came with Quaid’s relocation to Boise. Quaid pulls in a cadre of other musicians to fill out Slight Spell’s ancillary cries of piano, drums and slide guitar. However, the band takes second fiddle to Quaid’s twanging guitar, which is reminiscent of Robert Plant’s post-Zeppelin years. As his lyrics struggle to be pensive, the tracks begin to resemble comically serious late ’80s ballads. Pulling off the genre Quaid is so fond of takes panache. He knows the themes—each track revolves around stories of love or loss— but fails to capitalize on the subject matter. The most blubbery track, “Loner in Disguise,” includes the lines: “Just leave me here alone / Nothin’ even wrong / Reasons are my own.” The cliched lyrics do the album a disservice. And when Quaid wades kneedeep into the dramas of the West—“Lost my drawl in California,” he sings on “South of Ohio”—the too-slow, meandering delivery renders the tracks lethargic. But the album hits some traction with Quaid’s speak-singing on the final track, “That Day at Point Reyes.” More personal lyrics like, “That Day at Point Reyes / these feelings begun,” help to weave a more comprehensive tapestry of the forlorn songwriter. Most poignant are the words “Please remember one thing / this promise is final,” which he beckons to the song’s implied love interest. The Ravenna Colt moniker comes from the untamable animal described in professor Dennis Magner’s late 1800s equestrian treatise. To that end, Quaid may court a stable of talented musicians, but he seems to hold the reins of the collective too tightly. Perhaps expanding the creative focus would serve The Ravenna Colt well. —Andrew Crisp

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RYAN BAYNE, SAINTS & STRANGERS

A SEASONAL DISGUISE, WATERFOWL OF EASTERN CANADA

Musical styles are fickle things that come and go like the tide. But the sound on Saints & Strangers, the new album by Boise musician Ryan Bayne—the brother of Boise filmmaker Gregory Bayne—dodges vogue to focus on the sort of classic sound that endures the endless cycling of sub-genres by focusing on bang over flash and substance over style. Bayne’s album is basic roots-rock with clear blues influences. The most-obvious comparisons are the late-career American Recordings albums of Johnny Cash, with simply strummed songs wading deep into melancholy with rumbling baritone vocals and flourishes of electric piano, grungy electric guitar and harmonica. But there are also shades of Nick Cave, The Band and Tom Waits. With such lords of lament as influences, it’s easy to imagine Bayne’s music ringing from the jukebox of a lonely rural bar as closing time draws near. Especially on the song “Rose’s Dream,” an electric piano ballad about the title character’s dream to leave her small town for the bright lights of the big city—a dream, which like so many, got deferred. Another track with the same feel is “Leaving You,” which has a slow pace and gritty vocals that are a dead-ringer for a Waits ballad. There are also overtones of alt-country on tracks like “The Time It Would Take,” a lonely lament with a rumbling fuzztone lead and a beat like the labored breathing that comes with a breaking heart. But the most-striking song on the album is its second track, “Not My Father’s Son,” which was written for Gregory’s documentary Jens Pulver: Driven. The lyrics are about the life of Pulver, a mixed martial arts fighter who used MMA to overcome his troubled history. The song immediately stands apart from the rest of the album with its gripping lyrics and austere instrumentation. As a whole, Bayne isn’t breaking new ground with Saints & Strangers, but he isn’t aiming to. The album is clean and classic, with good songs and little pretension. It sounds like bourbon, a rich flavor that will endure whatever fads come and go with its classic taste and smoky sting. If you’re looking for an album to throw in the deck on a lonely nighttime drive into the mountains, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better local offering.

With six members playing everything from accordion to xylophone, A Seasonal Disguise is the closest thing Boise has to chamber pop gods Arcade Fire. But on its second album, Waterfowl of Eastern Canada, the band champions a smoother sound than its Canadian contemporaries, one awash in clarinets and soft tones that form the base for guitaristvocalist Zach Von House’s indie-rock croon. As a whole, it’s a good sound that starts strong right out of the gate with the album’s first track, “Old Men Smoking Cigarettes in Chevy Luminas,” a lagging spacious song that feels like the soundtrack for a lazy cruise down a warm river, complete with a whistled melody. That dreaminess is present through much of the album, even on the Frenchaccordion-pop-influenced songs like “Are You Through Being Abstruse Please” and “Roma.” A major part of what makes the album compelling is the way the dreamy intros often blend into long crescendos of atmospheric swells and rolling drums. This is especially evident on the album’s final track, “Borrowed Tooth,” which begins as an acoustic ballad but quickly brings a variety of instruments into a complex nine-minute arrangement with strings, percussion, bluesy guitar solos and a giant rock buildup that drives the album to a passage of pizzicato strings, which brings the record to its close. But Waterfowl of Eastern Canada’s one major shortcoming is that much of the album follows that formula for success. There are a few moments of sonic departure, like the third track, “Trout Fishing in North America,” which begins with percussive staccato chords, but quickly circles back to the band’s established sound, resolving into layers of smoothly moaning feedback. The most notable track is “Krug’s Fires,” which has a lush and haunting blues feel, like a song meant to be listened to with your eyes closed and a pocket full of melancholy. It is easily the strongest track on the album, in large part because it stands so far apart stylistically. Waterfowl of Eastern Canada has less edge than the band’s live show, and many of the songs have such similar production and arrangement that it can make repeated listening tedious. But a bite at a time, it is a masterful work with layers upon layers of sonic intrigue for a listener to dig into.

—Josh Gross

—Josh Gross

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GUIDE WEDNESDAY MAY 30 BAND OF BUSKERS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown BRANDON PRITCHETT—9 p.m. FREE. Reef DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

JONATHAN RICHMAN, MAY 30, NEUROLUX One of the most influential periods for modern music was the New York punk scene of the mid ’70s. It reined in the excess of the era to bring guts in the form of The Ramones, quirk in the form of Talking Heads and glam in the form of Blondie. But one of the biggest influences was a Boston band called The Modern Lovers, which crafted raw, straightforward songs that paved the way for new wave and indie rock. But like so many influential bands, commercial success wasn’t part of the deal. The band struggled to secure a record deal and eventually split, with its members finding success in projects like The Cars and Talking Heads. The band’s lead singer and songwriter, Jonathan Richman, went a different direction and scaled things back to focus on acoustic music with clear overtones of pop and jazz. But Richman’s voice remains, and it is as intriguing and raw as ever. —Josh Gross 8 p.m., $15. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.

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GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN RICHMAN—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $15. Neurolux LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 am. FREE. Shangri-La NEW TRANSIT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PAMELA DEMARCHE—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW—6 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadDowntown TEEPH—With Faus, Straight to Your Enemies and Downsided. 6 p.m. $7. Venue TERRY JONES AND BILL LILES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill WENDY MATSON—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

THURSDAY MAY 31 AUSTIN LUCAS—With P.J. Bond. 8 p.m. $8. Shredder BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DEACON 5—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

THE NEW AMERICA—With Teton Avenue, Art Fad, A Sense of Porpoise and A Seasonal Disguise. 8 p.m. By donation. Red Room

FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s

RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

LEELAND SUNDRIES—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

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

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

SHERPA—7 p.m. FREE. Buster’s

RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

FRIDAY JUNE 1 ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill BILL COFFEY—With The Country Club. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s BOURBON DOGS—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

DEACON 5—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle

LEE PENN SKY—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

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SATURDAY JUNE 2 DC3—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 9:30 p.m. $5. Reef ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

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ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SOUNDHAWK—9 p.m. FREE. Woody’s VOICE OF REASON—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

MONDAY JUNE 4 JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel KASEY ANDERSON AND THE HONKIES—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

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WEDNESDAY JUNE 6

ATYPICAL TUESDAY—With Whale, La Fin Absolute du Monde, Cat Massacre and Red Hands Black Feet. 7:30 p.m. $1. Red Room

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring Maia Sharp with Workin’ On Fire. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza

DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DANGER BEARD—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 am. FREE. Moon’s

MR. ELEVATOR AND THE BRAIN HOTEL—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

NATHAN MOODY—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

MUSHROOMHEAD—With American Head Charge and Tenafly Viper. 7:30 p.m. $17. Knitting Factory

RADIO BOISE TUESDAYS—Featuring Dedicated Servers, Exit Prose, Arther Maddox and DJ Jason D. 7 p.m. $3. Neurolux

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid

TRIBAL SEEDS—8:15 p.m. $13$25. Knitting Factory

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape

RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s

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BOB SCHNEIDER—With Laura Warshauer. 8 p.m. $18 adv., $20 door. Neurolux

SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

ERIC JOHN KAISER—7:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SHAUN BRAZELL AND SAM STROTHER—7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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

BAND OF BUSKERS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JACK GISH—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La NAOMI PSALM—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La PILOT ERROR—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s STAND AND DELIVER YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIVER—Featuring New Transit, Jim Boyer and Grandma Kelsey. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. By donation. Neurolux STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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Grandma Kelsey

STAND AND DELIVER, JUNE 6, NEUROLUX “I found out I had Hep C the last year Kurt Cobain was alive,” said Christopher Webster. Webster, now 44, is cured of Hepatitis C, but on Wednesday, June 6, he will hold a benefit to help people who aren’t. The Stand and Deliver Your Money or Your Liver benefit will take place at the Neurolux from 7-11 p.m. Grandma Kelsey will join New Transit while hillbilly folk band Jim Boyer from Portland, Ore., will headline. Webster will also play a few songs. “Most people don’t even know they have Hep C until they get sick, and after they get sick, it’s incurable,” he said. Webster hopes the event will raise awareness about the disease. The money raised will go to pay for people without health insurance to get tested. Proceeds will go to the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Inc. “Your fate depends on finding out that you have it,” Webster said. —Jessica Murri 7 p.m., by donation. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-3430886, neurolux.com.

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WELL DRESSED A rendering of New York City artist Matthew Geller’s fountain design proposal.

FOUNTAINS AND ROSES Since 1990, the light-blue tiled fountain outside City Hall downtown has bubbled water into the surrounding pond. But come July 2013 a new fountain will take its place. The whole plaza, including the interior of the first three floors of City Hall, is in the process of renovation due to structural issues. The City of Boise held a national call to artists for a new fountain design. A sevenperson panel narrowed the applicants down to three—one from Seattle, one from Texas, and one from New York City. “We really wanted a water feature,” said Karen Bubb of the Boise City Department of Arts and History. “And we wanted the person building the fountain to have past experience with water features.” Of the 40 applicants, five came from Idaho, though none of them had prior experience with fountains. Bubb hopes the renovation will make the City Hall Plaza more accessible and urban. “It’s never been a great place for public gatherings,” Bubb said. The fountain will cost $200,000, half of which will come from the Boise City Public Arts Program and the other half from Capital City Development Corporation. The three proposals are currently posted on the Boise City Department of Arts and History’s blog, where members of the public can comment and vote for their favorites until Friday, June 1. Also on June 1, Lewiston native and PEN Award-winning author Kim Barnes will swing by Rediscovered Bookshop to promote the release of her fourth novel. In The Kingdom of Men is set in 1967 and follows the life of Gin Mitchell and her husband Mason McPhee. The couple move from Oklahoma to Saudi Arabia when Mason takes a job with the Arabian American Oil Company. Barnes’ use of rich imagery and enticing language pulls readers into her new novel and keeps them hooked to the last page as she spills details surrounding the mysterious death of a Bedouin woman whose body is found washed ashore in the Persian Gulf. Barnes will read from her new novel for FREE at 7 p.m. at Rediscovered Bookshop. And in other Idaho arts news, the 22nd Annual Art and Roses event will return to Julia Davis Park Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The FREE event will feature live local music and food vendors, and a portion of all sales will be donated to the Rose Garden. —Jessica Murri and Amy Merrill

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Behind the scenes at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival costume shop DEANNA DARR Inside a warehouse off Warm Springs Avenue, there’s a distinct feeling of the calm before the storm. Racks of carefully labeled clothes line the walls and the dull hum of sewing machines punctuates the quiet as sleeves are taken in. Bolts of fabric rest in a corner, while carefully styled wigs wait for their wearers. Soon, the sense of urgency will increase as final fittings are done and last-minute details Stitcher Jeni Montzka takes up a cuff on a costume for Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. are ironed out before opening night for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s first production of the 2012 season, Romeo and Juliet. “It’s stressful but we know how to handle Leah Loar reworked the sleeve of a dress, and each carefully labeled. Body padding and petticoats hang above racks of period gowns, wardrobe supervisor Angela Dunn carefully it,” said Rachel Reisenauer, costume aswhich are just down from religious clothing styled several wigs. sistant for ISF. and armor. A dizzying array of shoes rests in Between fittings, the shop staff craft, reThe shop crew has been doing fittings for craft or seek out each item an actor will wear one corner. two weeks, and crunch time has arrived. But “Shoes are our bane,” sighed Reisenauer when the star-crossed lovers take the stage on on stage. They do everything from dying as she looked at the pile. fabrics to creating custom jewelry to putting opening night Saturday, June 2, the chaos of For the pieces that will be built, Moxley a rubber coating on the soles of shoes. preparations will transform into the thrill of heads to Los Angeles to find fabrics, spending For every production, Moxley said the performance as the cast and crew transport days pouring over thousands of options. process starts with finding a common idea audiences to Italy in the late 1920s. Then comes the shopping. While Moxley It’s a transition that costume designer Star with the director and then bringing in the set said she buys pieces locally when she can, her designer—a process that can start up to six Moxley has grown used to after 31 years of dependence on online shopping has grown months before the production hits the stage. working with ISF. Moxley started as a volexponentially in recent years. “It’s always about the text, too, especially unteer during the company’s second season, “You’ll be in a dark theater and a pair of with Shakespeare’s work,” Moxley said. “I and her work has grown to include memoshoes doesn’t work and you’ll literally get on rable productions like ISF’s Japanese-inspired like grounding it, rooting it in some kind of historical timeline, but not necessarily staying a laptop and order a pair of shoes almost in production of Macbeth, which won a World the middle of the night so you can get them true to that so that it can become somewhat Stage Design award. the next day,” she said. abstract. I need to know where theses charBut good costume design rarely earns Then, of course, there’s the challenge of acters live, what kind of life, what kind of audience accolades—in fact, when done moving a production from an inside theater world I’m creating.” best, it becomes a seamless part of the entire to an outdoor amphitheater. Moxley works on rough sketches, which production. “Some colors don’t work when you get she brings back to the director before she “It’s good design in any production,” creates final line drawings, at which point the them on the stage,” Moxley said. “It plays Moxley said. “Costumes alone won’t carry a different outdoors vs. indoors. ... It’s like color palette is finalized. show.” designing two different pieces.” “Color is everything to me—everything, For Romeo and Juliet, the process started If one of those moments happens, it might as far as my design in Cleveland with the be a matter of last-minute re-dying or even work,” she said. Great Lakes Theater, rebuying something. Her use of color where the company Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of But once the actors take the stage, the has been one of her spends its winters. The Romeo and Juliet runs through Saturday, June 30. For more information on the season or designer’s work is done and he or she moves trademarks, like the closing show there tickets, visit idahoshakespeare.org. on to the next project. For Moxley, it will punch of red in the is transported west, be revamping last season’s production of otherwise blackwhere it becomes The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the Lake and-white world of the opening show in Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Boise. But it’s not quite as easy as just boxing Macbeth, or in the upcoming Romeo and The shop crew is already working on Juliet, where a monochromatic world of gray up a bunch of costumes. costumes for the next two productions, The is punctuated by Juliet’s violet. The new season brings new actors, and Mousetrap and The Imaginary Invalid, but Once designs are set, then comes the costumes have to be re-fitted or sometimes regardless of the production, Moxley’s favorbalancing act of deciding which pieces can changed altogether. For this production, the crew of 18 at the ISF costume shop had more be constructed, which can be reused from the ite part comes at the end. “I love curtain calls—when they’re all company’s stockpile, and which need to be than 30 costumes to fit for 13 actors. standing out there and the magic of it, to a bought or rented. On a recent afternoon, stitcher Jeni warm welcome after all their hard work,” A large portion of the costume shop is Montzka worked on the cuff of a suit jacket she said. packed with items from past productions, while draper and assistant shop manager WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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Opening

A FEW GREAT MEN Josh Brolin gives a classic comic performance in Men in Black III

FOR GREATER GLORY—Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria star in this drama about a ragtag band of rebels who fight in a violent civil war in Mexico. (R) Opens Friday, June 1. Edwards, 9, 12, 14, 22.

GEORGE PRENTICE If you measure the return on your entertainment dollar by how many explosions are on the big screen, Men in Black III should settle the score nicely. But if you’re looking for something more, say a good story and genius character development, then MIB III is also an investment well into the black. Josh Brolin suits up and delivers one of the best comedic performances since Robert Downey Jr.’s outrageous blackface in 2008’s Tropic Thunder. Brolin’s note-perfect impresJosh Brolin perfects his Tommy Lee Jones impersonation in Men in Black III. sion of Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K can’t be missed. In fact, Brolin is so good that his K is an eyebrow. But Men in Black III easily outpaces MIB more a tribute to Jones than impersonation. Smith is his usual, over-the-top motorII, released a decade ago, and achieves a I must admit to some begrudging relucdelicate balance between blockbuster fun and mouth, a perfect foil for K. tance to suffer through another incarnaJ: “I’m an agent of Men in Black but I’m a sweet-as-you-please character-rich script. tion of Men in Black. The number “3” just from the future. We’re partners. Twenty-five The story opens by introducing us to doesn’t bode well for movies. Sequels can years from now, you’re gonna recruit me, Boris the Animal, a one-armed beast imbe good (Aliens) and, on occasion, great (Godfather II, The Empire Strikes Back) but prisoned on the moon. His confinement and and 14 years after that, the guy you didn’t lack of appendage has everything to do with let me kill today at Coney Island, he escapes three-quels are arthritic (Scream 3) and, on occasion, horrible (Godfather III, Jaws 3-D). Agent K, so it only goes to reason that Boris from prison and jumps back in the past and lives for revenge. The unleashes a full-scale invasion of Earth. We For the record, Toy got about 19 hours to catch him and kill villain time-warps Story 3 gets a pass. It back to 1969, when K him so really, we need to go, right now.” was pretty wonderful. MEN IN BLACK III (PG-13) (Extremely long pause) got the better of him Actors and Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld K: “All right.” (and his arm). That directors, in haste Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones MIB III visits the 1969 liftoff of Apollo leaves it up to Agent J to take the money and Josh Brolin 11, a Greenwich Village happening and a (Will Smith) to chase and run, usually put Chinese restaurant that you never want to Boris back through Now playing at Edwards 9, 12, 14 and 22 three-quels on cruise time, with the help of visit (hint: don’t order the noodle surprise). control, steering a And in the end, the film offers an all-tooa much-younger K, plot-weary jalopy rare happy ending: a twinkly surprise that down the middle of the road with not much though Brolin’s face-of-stone clearly hasn’t explains so much about the men, their suits aged well (to comic delight). under the hood. In short order, three-quels and their connection. It’s nice stuff until the “Hey man, you got some city miles are destined for the junkyard—better known next go-round. on you,” says J, to which K doesn’t lift as the discount DVD rack.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN—Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth star in this action-adventure take on the classic fairytale from Joe Roth. (PG-13) Opens Friday, June 1. Edwards, 9, 12, 14, 22. DARLING COMPANION—Diane Keaton plays Beth, a compassionate empty-nester who rescues a dog along the freeway. Kevin Kline plays her distracted husband, who loses the dog while they are on vacation in the Colorado Rockies. (PG-13) Opens Friday, June 1. The Flicks. THE DEEP BLUE SEA— Rachel Weisz stars in this adaptation of the play by Terence Rattigan. Set just after World War II, it tells the story of a married woman who falls in love with a younger man. (R) Opens Friday, June 1. The Flicks.

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IDAHO PATRIOT THUNDER RIDE—The third-annual Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride includes a police-escorted ride, registration, ride patch, commemorative dog tag and lunch at the Warhawk Air Museum. Two seats are available for $550 to ride in a P-40 during the flyover at the beginning of the ride. Visit idahopatriotthunder.com for more info. Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 adv., $30 day of ride. High Desert Harley-Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208338-5599, highdeserthd.com. BRAWL IN THE FAMILY—Catch double-header roller derby action as the Treasure Valley Rollergirls face off against the Walla Walla Sweets and the Calgary Canada All Stars. Saturday, June 2, 6 p.m. $4-$20. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208424-2200 or box office 208-3318497, centurylinkarenaboise. com/home.aspx. RUN FASTER WITH LESS PAIN—Learn how to avoid the injuries that typically plague new and seasoned runners alike at this seminar by Brian Weiderman, DPT. Topics will include how the latest research changes efficient running techniques, why you should cross train and basic drills to perform at home as well as a demonstration of video gait analysis. Thursday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Therapeutic Associates, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 114, Boise, 208-433-9211, therapeuticassociates.com.

Recurring THAI CHI IN THE GARDEN— Tai chi, a meditative practice incorporating slow movement, has been described as poetry in motion. Provided by longtime practitioner Jeff Rylee, participants are encouraged to become centered with the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Meditation Garden. Saturdays, 10 a.m. FREE for IBG members, $5 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. FAMILY FUN NIGHTS—Family Fun Nights are a great way to get the family out on the golf course and save some money. Each group must have at least one adult and one child (17 and younger) to receive the discounted rate. Some youth golf clubs are available for use. Call the course at 208-468-5889 to book your tee time or for more information. Saturdays, Sundays, 5 p.m. $10. Centennial Golf Course, 2600 Centennial Drive, Nampa, 208-468-5889; $5. Ridgecrest Golf Club, 3730 Ridgecrest Drive, Nampa, 208468-9073.

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TRAMPOLINE DODGEBALL AT JUMPTIME IDAHO A trip to Jumptime Idaho isn’t unlike traveling back to childhood—partially because the trampoline palace in a Meridian strip mall easily brings back memories of joyous days spent bouncing in the back yards of elementary-school friends, and partially because it’s chock-full of children. On a visit to Jumptime to try out trampoline dodgeball, I was initially afraid. All of my opponents looked to be younger than 12, except for one guy (probably a brother or young dad) and the referee yelling out “watch your lines” and “jailbreak.” As I filled out the waiver on a laptop near the playing field, typing while pre-adolescents hucked balls full-speed at one another, I tried to stave off mental images of channeling my forgotten softball skills and hurling a ball at a 5-year-old, followed by a river of tears and me slinking off the court in shame. After a tour of Jumptime’s JUMPTIME IDAHO facilities, I decided to warm up 1375 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian for my game with a few bounces 208-855-5867 off the trampoline wall and into jumptimeidaho.com the foam pit. My attempts to emulate the moves of trampoline-talented kids resulted in me looking like, in the words of my colleague, “drunk Superman.” Still, falling ungracefully into a pit of foam blocks and then fighting my way out quicksand-style was a blast, and I didn’t want to leave. After a few more falls into the foam, I ventured over to the tumble tracks and watched one jumper run up walls, perform high-flying backflips and tumble with skills reminiscent of the national cheer competitions that show up on ESPN. And then it was time. I walked over to the space where seemingly tireless children were still throwing colorful balls across a thin chalk line at each other and prepared to play nice. The ref explained the rules and said, “It’s a lot like that movie, Dodgeball.” I thought about a slightly deranged coach hurling wrenches at Vince Vaughn’s pitiful crew and stepped in for a new game. First throw, and I was out. All my worry about tossing things at children was for naught; these kids were veritable dodgeball pros and I was out of my league. After VIDEO: Watch a few more rounds and working up a bit of the ball-throwing a sweat, I stepped off the court. Trampoaction at Trampoline Dodgeball. line dodgeball provided a lot more entertainment than an hour on the treadmill, and a pretty stellar cardio workout. If you want a more-adult experience, bring some friends or book a party. Or if you want a fun, active adventure for the whole family, join in one of Jumptime’s drop-in dodgeball pick-up games; they’re something you can get into no matter your age. —Sheree Whiteley WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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2010 BUTY SEMILLON, SAUVIGNON, MUSCADELLE, $25 Buty’s Caleb Foster is one of the more talented winemakers in Walla Walla, Wash. (which is saying a lot). This blend, with its 18 percent muscadelle, 61 percent semillon and 21 percent sauvignon blanc, has an intriguing complexity with green apple, guava and citrus aromas. This wine is impeccably well-balanced, with creamy peach, apricot and pear fruit flavors playing against tangy grapefruit and melon. 2010 L’ECOLE NO. 41 SEMILLON, $13.99 At 86 percent semillion, this wine from a Walla Walla, Wash. pioneer has the highest percentage of the trio. It makes for a more unctuous wine with floral aromas of honeyed lemon and a touch of pineapple. This wine is round and ripe in the mouth, with lovely stone fruit backed by nuances of lime and mineral. Very soft acidity comes through on the smooth finish.

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THE PRESS Simple Italian fare in a classic French space TARA MORGAN The Press is the kind of small, unassuming joint you might stumble upon in a neighborhood in Seattle or Brooklyn, N.Y. It has a quaint French brasserie feel, with blackand-white tiled floors that push up against simply adorned walls and a large streetfacing window. The menu offers a few small plates—cheese, meats, salads, panini—but the focus is on the wine and beer selection, which is displayed prominently behind the long bar. But despite its charming setup and central location—on Ninth Street between Idaho and Bannock streets—The Press can be easy to overlook. On a recent Wednesday evening, the sounds of salsa poured from the open second-floor with an Argentinian malbec ($8) and a Chilwindow. A chill in the air had ushered the bedazzled jeans and high heel-wearing crowd off ean pinot ($6) thrown in for good measure. I ordered a glass of the refreshingly crisp the small front patio, but they clustered inside malvar and my date and I sipping malbecs and swaying shared a cheese and meat plate their hips slightly as they spoke. ($10) to start. Upstairs, The Press was hosting THE PRESS Fat-flecked sopressata its weekly $5 salsa night and a 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B and salami cozied up with dozen or so couples stepped and 208-336-9577 manchego and sharp white dipped to the beat. facebook.com/thepressboise cheddar on a wooden artist’s Settling into a small table palette. The board was simple by the window, I scanned the and thoughtfully assembled, interesting and surprisingly affordable wine list. Italy makes a heavy show- like the space itself. But that wasn’t the case with the pear ing among the whites, with a few wildcards gorgonzola salad ($8). A bed of mixed greens like the Zestos Malvar ($7) from Spain and buckled under a mound of bland gorgonthe sparkling Saint Hilaire ($8) from France. zola, syrupy sweet cinnamon-soaked pears, The reds are more standard California fare,

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precooked bacon shards and ample candied pecans. And, as if the salad needed any more sweetness, it was served with a side of maple Dijon dressing that tasted like it had fallen off the back of a Wendy’s truck. Luckily, the Classico panini ($8)—which came with house-made pesto, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella on delightfully crisp Zeppole bread— was much more enjoyable. The Press’ tiny open kitchen doesn’t allow for much in the way of culinary innovation. But it does the simple things—cheese and meat plates, panini—well. It’s a place you’d do well to hit up during happy hour (two-for-one drafts, $2 off wines from 4-7 p.m. everyday) while you linger over a cheese plate with the whir of urban life chugging by outside.

FOOD/NEWS BFC’s Brad Walker. “We’re not in panic mode at all.” Walker said Boise Fry Company plans to open another location downAli Baba’s chairs, tables and kitchen equipment are sitting in stortown before the Broadway space closes. age, waiting. Over the next month, the items will either be sold or kept “We’re keeping our eyes out,” he said. in hopes of opening a new restaurant. Boise Fry Company opened a second restaurant in October 2011 at The Mediterranean eatery closed in late April. The restaurant (origi3083 S. Bown Way in Bown Crossing. nally called Aladdin) was the first business to open in the strip mall loIn other downtown transition news, the former Willi B’s space at 225 cated at 111 Broadway Ave., which sold recently. The new owners aren’t N. Fifth St. will soon become the High Note Cafe. A menu posted on renewing leases as they plan to tear down the strip mall altogether. the tiny shop’s door advertises familiar “With more businesses leaving, there’s apps like grilled quesadillas and jalano more foot traffic,” said Tina Martinez, peno poppers, along with a smattering of who helped run the business. sandwiches, including a prime rib dip and Martinez said they have been looking a pork torta with pulled pork, manchego for a new location for more than a year. and salsa verde. The joint also plans to “If we can find a place that’s affordserve brunch. able, we’ll open another restaurant,” she High Note Cafe will showcase local said. “But I don’t see that happening.” and seasonal products—like Gaston’s Martinez said the poor economy makes Baker y bread, Ballard Family cheese and it hard to open a new restaurant, since Payette Brewing beer—and will feature people aren’t eating out as much. live music ever y other night and karaoke Boise Fry Company, which opened on Wednesdays. Owners could not be its first location in the same strip mall reached for comment on the cafe’s prothree years ago, isn’t worried about the jected opening date. transition. “We have an extended lease for Ali Baba’s closing has nothing to do with 40 thieves. —Jessica Murri and Tara Morgan another year and a half or two years,” said

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2011 MOSS WOOD RIBBON VALE SEMILLON, SAUVIGNON BLANC, $30 Some of the finest semillon-based wines I’ve tasted have come from Australia, and this entry from the Margaret River region is no exception. The sauvignon blanc (at 38 percent) definitely comes through. This wine is bright and lively on both the nose and palate, with ginger-laced citrus aromas and crisp lemon and peach flavors. Notes of mineral and fig color the refreshing finish.

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Blended wines—both red and white— rule the landscape in France’s Bordeaux region. When it comes to whites, semillon is almost always in play, typically in combo with sauvignon blanc. While the latter is the better known of the pair, semillon was once the world’s most widely planted, quality white wine variety. It has an innate richness that when combined with sauvignon blanc’s racy acidity and high-toned aromatics, makes for a beautifully well-rounded wine. And while France is the original home for these blends, in our tasting, the New World ruled. Here are the panel’s top three picks:

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Let’s waltz the rumba,” said jazz musician Fats Waller, suggesting the seemingly impossible mix of two very different types of dancing. That’s an excellent clue for you to follow, Aries. I suspect that in the coming week, you will have an unusual aptitude for hybridization. You could do folk dancing and hip-hop moves simultaneously. It will make sense for you to do the cha-cha as you disco and vice versa. You’ll have a knack for bringing the spirit of belly dance into the tango, and for breakdancing while you do the hokey-pokey. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Have you been feeling a warm, fuzzy sensation in your money chakra? I hope so. The cosmos recently authorized you to receive a fresh flow of what we might call financial kundalini. Your insight into money matters should be increasing, as well as your ability to attract the information and influences you need to refine your relationship with prosperity. It may even be the case that higher levels of economic luck are operating in your vicinity. I’m not saying you will strike it rich, but you could definitely strike it richer. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your core meditation this week is Oscar Wilde’s belief that disobedience is a primal virtue. Be ingeniously, pragmatically and cheerfully disobedient, Gemini. Harness your disobedience so that it generates outbreaks of creative transformation that improve your life. For inspiration, read this passage by Robert Anton Wilson: “Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and progress, everything on Earth that is manmade and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of someone’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant and the intransigent.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Some people tell me I’d invented the sounds they called soul,” said musician Ray Charles, “but I can’t take any credit. Soul is just the way black folk sing when they leave themselves alone.” I urge you to experiment with this idea, Cancerian. In my astrological opinion, you need to whip up a fresh, hot delivery of raw soul. One of the best ways to do that might be to leave yourself alone. In other words, don’t badger yourself. Don’t pick your scabs and second-guess your enthusiasms and argue yourself into a knot. Create a nice big space for your original self to play in.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Where’s the most convenient place to discover a new species?” asks The Second Book of General Ignorance. What do you think the answer is, Leo? The Amazon? The high mountainous forests of New Guinea? Northwest Siberia? None of the above. In fact, your best chance of finding a previously unidentified life form is in your own garden. There are hundreds of thousands of species that science still has no knowledge of, and quite a few of them are near you. A similar principle currently holds true for your life in general. It will be close to home that you are most likely to connect with fascinating exotica, unknown influences and far-out adventures. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Now and then, my readers try to bribe me. “I’ll give you $1,000, if you will write a sequence of horoscopes that predict I’ll get the dream job I’m aiming for, which will in turn make me so attractive to the guy I’m pursuing that he will beg to worship me,” said a recent email from a Virgo woman. My first impulse was to reply, “That’s all you’re willing to pay for a prophecy of two events that will supercharge your happiness?” But in the end, as always, I flatly turned her down. The truth is, I report on the music of the heavenly spheres, but I don’t write the music myself. Still, I sort of admire this woman’s feisty resolve to manipulate the fates and I urge you to borrow some of her ferocity in the coming week. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun and blocks much of its light from reaching our eyes. On a personal level, the metaphorical equivalent is when something obstructs our ability to see what nourishes us. For example, let’s say you’re in the habit of enviously comparing your own situation to that of a person you imagine is better off than you. This may blind you to some of your actual blessings and diminish your ability to take full advantage of your own talents. I bring this up, Libra, because you’re in an especially favorable time to detect any way you might be under the spell of an eclipse—and then take dramatic steps to get out from under it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some secrets will dribble out. Other secrets will spill forth. Still others may shoot out and explode like fireworks. You won’t be bored by this week’s revelations, Scorpio. People’s hidden agendas could be revealed and deceits might be uncovered. Here’s the good news: If you maintain a high level of integrity and treat the brouhaha as good entertainment, you’re likely to capitalize on the uproar. And that’s your specialty.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you go to a psychotherapist, she may coax you to tell stories about what went wrong in your childhood. Seek a chiropractor’s opinion and he might inform you that most of your problems have to do with your spine. Consult a psychic and chances are she will tell you that you messed up in your past lives and need a karmic cleansing. And if you ask me about what you most need to know, I might slip you some advice about how to access your untapped reserves of beauty and intelligence. Here’s the moral of the story, Sagittarius: Be discerning as you ask for feedback and mirroring. The information you receive will always be skewed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The state of Kansas has a law that seems more confusing than helpful. It says the following: “When two trains approach each other at a crossing, both shall come to a full stop and neither shall start up again until the other has gone.” From what I can tell, Capricorn, a similar situation has cropped up in your life. Two parties are in a stalemate, each waiting for the other to make the first move. At this rate, nothing will ever happen. May I suggest that you take the initiative? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Should you get down on your knees and beg for love and recognition? No. Should you give yourself away without seeking much in return? Don’t do that, either. Should you try to please everyone in an attempt to be popular? Definitely not. Should you dilute your truth so as not to cause a ruckus? I hope not. So then, what am I suggesting you should do? Ask the following question about every possibility that comes before you: “Will this help me to master myself, deepen my commitment to what I want most and gain more freedom?” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do you know why flamingos have their distinctive orangepink color? It’s because of the carotene in the shrimp and other foods they consume. If they change their diet, their feathers turn dull gray. That’s a dramatic example of the adage, “You are what you eat.” Let’s use it as a prompt to contemplate all the stuff you take into the holy temple of your body, Pisces. Not just the sandwiches and chocolate bars and alcohol, but also the images, sounds, ideas, emotions and energy you get from other people. Is the cumulative effect of all those things giving you the shape and color and texture you want to have? If not, this would be a good time to adjust your intake.

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