Review Magic Valley Issue 2
Joey Brovo aka LSD interview, the History of labor day and our first ever lady of the month Hanna Plus more!
Joey Bravo aka LSD Interview Pg 5 RMVâ€™s first Lady of the Month Pg 9 2011 Hispanic Heritage Car Show Pg 11 Local Reviews Pg 15 1 The History Of Labor Day Labor Day observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks. As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a watershed moment in American labor history brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers. In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified. Many credit Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, while others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday. Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season. 2 Are Traditional schools The best choice for you? By Dominik Quinn Ah, September. Temperatures are starting to drift back down, the pools and parks are starting to close, and school is back in session. For some of you, this is a groan-inducing thought. For others, the school year couldn’t come fast enough. The latter can usually be further divided into two groups. Those excited to be back in school, expanding their minds and working toward their ultimate goals, and those who can’t wait to be back in their (real life) social network. As a member of the first group with a touch of that last one, school was always something of a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed spending time with friends, but I’d much rather have been doing it in a venue of my own choosing. As for the academic aspect, that was just an obstacle in the way of my quest for phone numbers 3 and party dates. I did my assignments so I wouldn’t fail, but I didn’t take the time to pay attention, let alone actually learn anything. Outside my alphabet and basic math facts, I don’t really remember much of the lessons. You know, the point of my being there. This is true for a lot of us, and it’s a sad fact. Education is one of the most valuable things available to us, yet most of us squander the opportunity that is placed before us. Idaho requires that you attend school until you are 16, parents usually require you graduate. For most of us, that means at least 12 years of schooling that really isn’t your choice. The question is, do you view this as an unfair imposition of someone else’s will upon you, or an opportunity? I freely admit, if someone hadn’t been telling me I had to attend, I wouldn’t have been dragging myself out of bed at 7 in the morning to suffer through earth science, and I know I’m not alone in that. As free Americans, most of us don’t like to be told we have to do anything. But the fact remains, if you don’t want to break the law, you have to further your education, or that of your children, until at least16. So if your going to be there anyway, why not make the best of it, getting as much out of it as you can? Luckily, education has evolved over the years. There was a time when your options were limited to the public school for the district you lived in, private schools if you had one in the area (frequently a Christian or Catholic academy of some sort), or home schooling with a parent or legal guardian as teacher. For most, the last option wasn’t much of one. The time required by the guardian precluded a lot of families from even being able to consider that as a viable choice. Today we have more opportunities, better complimenting the multitude of personality types and learning processes. For those who actually enjoy the structure of the classrooms, charter schools are an excellent option. As a privately funded, tuition free institution that you attend by choice, the goal is the same as the public schools, but the process is vastly different. For one thing, they have a set student limit. Once it has been reached, they no longer accept applications. Public schools have to accept anyone in the district, regardless of class size. While charter schools have to maintain educational standards, they are not bound by the same structure as public schools. This, combined with the better student to teacher ratio, allow more student specific interaction. Not only do the teachers (theoretically) get more face time with the students, but also can fine tune their lesson plans to better suite those students, focusing on their individual strengths and providing interest-based group projects. traditional styled options, where the student watches a web cam video of the teacher. It’s important to consider the discipline of the student and support system in the home before committing to an online alternative. If you aren’t a self-motivator, and your parents aren’t going to be there to encourage you, you might consider one of the more structured options. One of the best features of the online schools that I’ve found is the multitude of subjects available. Online schools can offer more courses than most of our public schools here in the Magic Valley. Subjects like French and Spanish to robotics and rocketry, assure that if you take the time to custom fit the curriculum you or your child will not be getting bored. If you choose an educational option that fits your personality and learning style, not only will you be more apt to actually enjoy the experience, but also more likely to pay attention and really learn something. Retention is also better if you were in a receptive state of mind at the time. If we can focus on getting our youth into the proper setting, and make sure they enjoy the school experience, secondary education won’t seem so intimidating. Idaho is in the bottom ten states for students going straight to college. I know a lot of people who “just needed to take a break” after high school, and never made it back to the classroom. With the financial options available, there is very little reason for our youth to not “go on”, unless it is because they don’t want to. And I think we owe it to ourselves to do everything in our power to make sure we want to. If the classroom isn’t your scene, free online academies and charter schools have made home schooling a more viable option. You still get the advantage of having a certified educator overseeing the instruction, but without so many restrictions. While the exact process will differ depending on the institution you choose, some do not require you do your classes at any specific time, some only require that you check in with your teacher daily or weekly. There are also more 4 Joey Bravo aka LSD 5 The Bio LSD began writing creative literature way back in elementary school in Ventura CA, later transcending into poetry. But it wasn’t till High School that he met his friend Justin Russel who began to show him the true art form of hip hop. His friends were heavy into the hip hop culture. All the four elements of hip hop were represented within his crew. This is where originally the name Los Filthy Hooligans came about. Through the years all the friends started their own paths in life. LSD lost contact with most and moved to Idaho. There he became a Radio Personality. He came into a scene that was fresh & new. He began to search for others who shared the same interest of hip hop. Idaho is where he met a teenager that went by the name Yung Skillz. He spoke of times back in California and his crew “Los Filthy Hooligans” and it was the idea of both to resurrect the name as a rap group. So they did becoming very successful in their community. They both have had the opportunity to work with artist like 2MEX, sOphia, The Untouchable, Brown Ecstasy, Street Empire, Arcturus and many more. They have Opened up for many artists such as 2MEX, Pitbull, Ying Yang Twins, Akwid, M.C. Magic, Mr. Shadow, Mr. Capone-e, Keek the Sneek, Mike Jones and many more. Not only is LSD a emcee, but he is also Co-Ceo of R.U. Down Entertainment, Artist Manager, Promoter, radio personality & Asst. Program director for the #1 Radio Station in the Magic Valley “Music Monster 92.7”. The music LSD makes has a raw underground sound with the versatility to make hits in all styles of hip hop, & vicious lyrical skills to make the hairs in the back of your neck stand up. Listen and feel the music deep in your soul. It will take you to another level.....peace Joey Bravo aka LSD Was nice enough to sit down with us for a one on one interview via the phone. We must say this guy is indeed a true mover and shaker in the Magic Valley. He is a radio dj, an awesome rapper and manager/ promoter. “Thanks Joey for all your hard work to make the Magic Valley a great place for all.” RMV The Interview Where are you from originally and how long have you been in the magic valley? I am originally from Ventura, Ca. I have been in the Magic Valley for 15 years How long have you been DJing? I have been a Dj for about 5 years How did you get started in the business of djing? I have been a Dj for radio since May 2005 How did you get started rapping? I got started back in California I grew up with friends that were into hip hop people that were beat boys, break dancers and dj’s. Some of my friends and I started a crew called Los Filthy Hooligans. How long have you been rapping? In 1992 I started seriously writing but I have been writing since childhood with poetry. What inspired me to write lyrics was when I met Sin Dog from Cyprus Hill at UOSB Anaconda. 6 Tell us about your first time you rapped on stage. Were you nervous? Yes! I was way nervous. The first time I rapped on stage was in California with group that was opening for Phar Syde. But after I got up there and started rapping I Got relaxed and it felt natural. What kind of things do you like to rap about? I like to rap about things that move me. I also write about my wife, romance and poetry. Also some of the Things I see, things that are wrong with the de-evolution of hip hop. Unfortunately the Evolution of hip hop has gone to underground, not real main stream. Most of the ones that do make it main stream usually end up as one hit wonders. I also like a lot of word play. What is a favorite song of yours and why? Traditional, it’s a collaboration with my favorite MC. 2Mex who is an underground legend (sold records and lots of collaborations, Visionaries) I saw him Rapping at someone’s house in Boise at a Front yard BBQ performance. I liked his style. Monster is my second favorite. We see you doing a lot of shows all over. Where do you feel you are at at this point in your career? I’m doing pretty well locally. There is a lot more to be done and a lot more to learn. I am pretty well known through the Treasure valley and Magic Valley. I also open for a lot of big acts, I would love to be at a point that we, the locals, are in a spotlight for the hard work that we do. There is a lot of Talented artists here that deserve more exposure. Who are your biggest influences? I really respect Puff Daddy as a business man. He not only is a very talented artist himself but he is a very smart business man with his marketing skills. I want to be the Hispanic P-diddy. Also my mom who gave me my good heart and the drive to do what I do. 7 Who are some of your favorite local artists? The Rock Group – Sofia they are very multi-talent and I respect as artist and friends. Also I like MC – Exit Prose, Yung Skillz and Mic Ill Do you like any other kinds of music and if so who and why? I love all types of music. I’m really Heavy into rock, Artists like Jimi Hendrix, Santana, CCR, Rage Against the Machine, Pod and Korn. I love the music and the creative lyrics. I’m not really a big fan of country, although I do respect some songs for their emotion. Do you have any albums out and are you working on any albums and if so when do you expect to release it? My Original album was with Yung Skillz called “The Brown Bag Special”. I am also working under my alias LSD, on a new album with Mic Ill Called “Illists Lyricists”, This should be out in the fall, but maybe sooner. We are thinking of Record release maybe around November, featuring lots of local artists. What are your plans for the future? Becoming an MC / Radio Dj. The radio DJ has put him in the spotlight, but wants to be successful with the MC and his music. Where can people check you out? (Web sites, YouTube, Facebook, shows) Youtube.com/user/lfh208 Reverbnation.com/lsdoflosfilthyhooligans or they can find me on facebook L.S.D. Aka Joey Bravo The best one is Facebook “LSD aka Joey Bravo you can also find me on YouTube and Reverb Nation under LSD. How and where can people purchase an album? You Can buy singles through Reverb Nation. I will be putting up more merchandise soon. You can buy Full albums directly from me” just hit me up” or you can buy them at Hastings. Do you have any upcoming shows that you would like to promote to your fans? (For September) The First weekend for September at the 360 Main Event Center with Lil Flipp and a bunch of really talented local artists. Would you like to thank anybody for your success? My Family for sticking with me even when they think it is crazy, they believe in me and what I do. I have made them upset with the lack of time because I work so much, but they are seeing that all of that is now starting to pay off. I would also like to thank P Shorty of untouchable, MAG of Brown Ecstasy. Yung Skills for being my running partner, and Mic Ill for the current collaboration….Peace!! mic.ill & L.S.D. present the illest*Lyricist Online Emcee Feature Showdown FREE!! Audition online for a chance to be on the mic. ill and L.S.D.-- ‘illest*Lyricist’ mixtape!! MC’s MUST SEND AN INQUIRY to email@example.com and you will receive an audition beat within 24 hours!!(audition beat will be the same for everyone, but will not be the feature track) Send your entry back to the same address in audio form, MP3, IPHONE, etc. (quality of sound is not important..quality of lyrics are) The entries will be judged and the first round of contestants will be decided by Set 16 at 2:00 pm. All genres are welcome and all will artists will be considered!! Make sure to spread the word by inviting or notifying any of your friends that you think could benefit from this opportunity.(THE WINNER WILL BE A FEATURE ON THE illest*Lyricist MIXTAPE.. INTERVIEWED BY JOEY BRAVO ON MIDDAY MUNCHIES..AND HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN 50 DOLLARS CASH OR 1 STUDIO SESSION RECORDED BY mic.ill) ONE LOVE 8 9 â€œHello, My name is Hanna, I have lived in the Magic Valley for around five years now. I work at Jensen Jewelers and Victoria Secret and I love my Jobs!! I love Music! And am inspired by it. In my free time I love to Exercise (out doors when its nice) with my dogs and hang out with my best friend Katie. I have a strong love for god and go to church on a regular basis. As far as the future is concerned, I try to live day by day.â€? Congratulations Hanna on being our first ever Lady of the month!! RMV 10 11 This years Hispanic Heritage car show had a pretty good turn out. There were many car clubs that had entries and some great ones at that. There was no lack of different rides from classic cars to new tricked out street racers they were all represented at this show. There was also a free concert with tones of local talent such as LSD, Mic ill, Yung Skillz, Black Patt, Holistic Meditation Emcee Monkey D and the Steezy Boys from Utah and much more. Hosted and Djâ€™d by Joey Bravo and the music monster all of the performers rocked the Park with some sweet melodies and lyrical twists. There was also a lot of venders taking advantage of the crowd selling shirts, rosaries, ices and food and drink complemented by some authentic Mexican cuisine. Yung Skillz & Black Patt Rockin the Park We were also blessed with the presence of a pin-up model named Jade from Innocent Era Pinups. She is an old era style pin-up that loves cars, planes and the camera. All in all we had a lot of fun and took some pics to share with you. We will be back next year and hope to see you all there! Jade From Innocent Era Pinups Emcee Monkey D Posses with young Devon Fullbright. 12 Inexpensive or Free things to do in the Magic Valley We all know that Idaho is the place for summer time outdoor recreation. Camping, fishing, hunting, basejumping, boating, etc. Sometimes we don’t want to venture that far, but still want to participate in activities with our families. There are many things close by to do that that are fun and inexpensive, or even free. And we all love free. Check out some of these great things to do right here in or close to Twin Falls. Below is a list of only a few of those things to do. Shoshone Falls / Dierkes Lake Cost: $3 per car (7am-9pm) relaxing in the shaded, grassy areas, which provide perfect vantage points for viewing Shoshone Falls. http://www.visitidaho.org/attraction/natural-attractions/shoshone-falls/ Snake River Canyon Rim Trail Cost: FREE Enjoy more than 10 miles of developed trails throughout Twin Falls and along the scenic Snake River canyon. Walking, hiking, and biking are all welcome on the trail system. Easy access to the trails is available at the north end of Washington St. N., at the Buzz Langdon Visitor Center, or at Shoshone Falls Park. Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center, the Chamber of Commerce office, or the City of Twin Falls. http://www.visitidaho.org/attraction/outdoor-recreation/snake-river-canyon-rim-trails/ Herrett Center for Arts and Science Cost: FREE (Planetarium has a fee) Shoshone Falls is among the most spectacular of natural beauties along the Snake River. At 212 feet, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls. They are best viewed during the spring and early summer, when water flows are high - depending on winter snow melt. Irrigation diversion of Snake River flows can significantly diminish water over the falls in the summer and fall, particularly during dry years. However, even without high water flows, the views at Shoshone Falls remain spectacular year-round. The City of Twin Falls owns and operates the Shoshone Falls/Dierkes Lake Complex. It offers a unique blend of recreational facilities, including playgrounds and hiking trails, landscaped picnic areas, a boat ramp and swimming area and a scenic overlook. The complex provides restroom facilities and visitor information, and for a nominal per-car entry fee, visitors can enjoy picnicking and 13 Travel space and time. Take a trip to the Herrett Center for Arts & Science. Soar through the solar system in the Faulkner Planetarium or peek at a planet from the Centennial Observatory. Explore the museum galleries where you’ll see a complete mammoth skeleton, fossils, contemporary art, and artifacts from ancient cultures. Planning a special event? The Rick Allen Community Room might be the perfect place. And don’t forget to visit the Herrett Center Store. You’ll find unique gifts, jewelry, and educational toys. The Herrett Center is located on the College of Southern Idaho campus, just off North College Road. http://www.visitidaho.org/attraction/museums/herrettcenter-for-arts-and-science/ Twin Falls County Fair and Rodeo - August 31 to September 5 Cost: Gate Admission (admission includes access to all the free events on the fairgrounds) Adult $7.00, Senior $6.00, Child (6-12 years old) $3.00, Children 5 & under FREE The Twin Falls County Fair and Magic Valley Stampede is known for its entertaining, educational, and lively activities. This year our goal is to make the Fair as impressive as ever, which means making it grow and prosper, while maintaining a strong agriculturallybased, family-oriented atmosphere. This year’s mission is to hold on to the enthusiasm and maintain the success experienced with positive press and feedback from patrons. Planned is a fun-filled week with a clean, safe atmosphere, quality entertainment, a great carnival, numerous animals and exhibits, plus many opportunities for community participation. This year’s theme is, “Carnival Lights and Western Nights”. The volunteers, supporting businesses and staff work hard to provide quality exhibits, a wide variety of delicious food and beverage, friendly customer service, clean grounds, plus a place to have fun with the whole family. http://www.tfcfair.com/ Hop 2 It Cost: Children ages 2-3 are $4.99 Children ages 4 and up are $5.99 Children under 2 free with a paying sibling. If no sibling $4.99 Parents are free with paying child Hop 2 It is dedicated to providing a fun experience for everyone! With six different inflatable bounce houses ranging from slides to a jousting arena, parents and children can spend hours of time playing together while exercising and having fun. Don’t let the cold or heat keep you away, as Hop 2 It is open year round in a safe and comfortable indoor environment. Hop 2 It is a great remedy in the summer for those hot days or in the winter for cabin fever and boredom. http://www.visitidaho.org/attraction/amusement-parks/ hop-2-it/ 14 Local Reviews Have a Review? Submit it to our forum at www.reviewmagicvalley.com and click on forum Tiki Lights and Country Nights August 6-13, 2011 Photoghraphed by Carissa Yearsly This year’s annual Jerome County Fair and Rodeo certainly brought out a crowd each night. A large variety of events, warm weather, and great food had a lot of people braving the crowds and going out more than once. You can definitely skim through everything in one night but to fully enjoy all that the fair had to offer, at least 2 nights was required. There was a lot of local talent that came out with the 4H groups, the art entries, and the best talent of all came out when those kids got in to the pig wrestling. I’ve never seen so many greasy muddy kids trying to catch those pigs and get them in the water buckets. Of course the older kids made their own comedy. Double Wide, northern Utah’s hottest country band performed August 13. If you were able to make it to their show and would like to know more about them, see where they are performing next, or book them you can check out more on their official website http:// www.doublewideband.com/ of the great paint jobs get so totally trashed. All together this year’s annual Jerome County Fair was a hit. For more info on what took place see the official Jerome County Fair website http://jeromecountyfair. com/home.htm Review: Wok N’ Grill Restaurant Date of Visit: July 5, 2011 The Wok N’ Grill has some of the best Chinese Buffet and Mongolian BBQ in the Magic Valley. The staff is courteous and they make your experience delightful. The food is really good with a great mixture of items available. They have a full salad bar that also carries Sushi for those with that kind of taste. The Chinese food is always good as well with Crab Legs, Sweet and Sour Chicken/Pork, Pot Stickers, Lo Mein, Deep fried and Crispy Shrimp, a soup of the day and hot rolls. The Mongolian BB Q is always enjoyable. You get to pick the items you want in your dish. From the Noodle base to the choice of meats and fresh veggies you have endless possibilities. There are also many choices for season sauces as well. Then the dish is cooked to perfection right in front of you on a gas heated flat stove. Our party of 10 attended dinner on July 5th for a Birthday party. The hostess always kept our drinks full and the table cleared of the buffet plates. With this many people, she really had her work cut out for her and kept up wonderfully. Even though only one of us had room for ice cream at the end of our meal (which is a very good indication that everyone enjoyed the food) we enjoyed sharing our fortunes from our fortune cookies at the end of the meal. We have always enjoyed our visits to the Wok N’ Grill as well as their home delivery. We highly recommend visiting them for a meal that is enjoyable and very filling. Tomatoes Italian Grill (rating ****) The Demolition Derby had kids and adults alike sitting on the edge of our seats. There’s just something about huge wrecks that draws a crowd, and the damage was incomparable this year. It was sad to see some 15 Twin Falls ID 733-5555 Italian I arrived at Tomatoes Bar and Grill with my family. We were greeted with friendliness and seated quickly. Our waitress promptly took our drink orders and assisted in getting the children settled down with crayons and color pages. She returned within minutes with our drinks, oven fresh bread, and oil. She was quick taking our orders and spoke directly to the kids when asking what they wanted. Our salads and soup arrived not long after and she checked on our drinks. Our meal arrived in perfect time with finishing up our appetizers. I ordered the Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo and my husband ordered the Bacon Spezie, both of which came in very generous portions. The children ordered pizza and spaghetti. The food was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive without being over intrusive. We had a very pleasant evening and as a family of 4 we were able to enjoy and evening out for about $40.00. The prices at Tomatoes are comparable to other Italian restaurants in the Magic Valley, however we were all able to take home a good portion as leftovers. In my opinion if youâ€™re going to pay the same price at least take something home. I would definitely recommend Tomatoes Italian Grill to anybody looking for a great night. Its eclectic dĂŠcor and soft lighting makes it a great place to take your special someone out and the relaxed atmosphere and easy going staff makes it a superb place to take the family when you want something a little more than burgers and fries. 16 17 18