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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Putting a face on proposed Medicaid cuts FEATURE 11

HOGS GONE WILD Wild pigs pose a new threat to Idaho PICKS 18

WHAT, WHERE, WHEN From dinner and a movie to cellos and antiques FOOD 36

BACTERIA TO THE FUTURE Getting spoiled with food fermentation

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NOTE THIRD TIME IS A CHARM? This is the third draft of this week’s Editor’s Note that I’ve composed in the last five days. Hopefully, this one makes it on the page. The news was happening as fast as I could write about it this week, and just about every time I thought I had something final for this space, our lawmakers—in their infinite wisdom—did something else that required comment. My first draft, written late last week, tiptoed around news that had yet to be reported: the nitty gritty of Tom Luna’s connections to those who stand to benefit financially from his reforms. Once nearly every media outlet in town had written or aired that story over the weekend, I needed to go back to the drawing table—or writing table, as it were. So did Bill Cope. Rather than using his column this week to report the facts he’d dug up about Luna’s ties, he redirected his piece into the commentary you’ll see in his column this week. Take two came courtesy of Congress. News junkie that I am, I was reading headlines at 1 a.m. Saturday morning when I saw clips of California Rep. Jackie Speier’s speech about abortion. Fueled by a late-night fury, I composed a Note about the dozens of women I know who are Planned Parenthood patients—many of whom have been patients for years—and none of whom have had an abortion. Once I’d slept on it and had a read over it Monday morning, I realized I was preaching to the choir—you, BW readers, already being the sort who know that Planned Parenthood provides so many more services to millions of women than just abortions. So here we are. Take three. And in the short span of time from when I’ve written these words to when this edition hits stands, it’s possible that Luna’s reforms will have already been put to vote. It’s possible that Libya will have seen Moammar Gadhafi makes his exit after 42 years of rule. And it’s possible that perhaps there will have been an end to the protests in Bahrain. At and in next week’s edition, we’ll report any updates on education reforms in Idaho. And in next week’s main feature, we’ll take a broadview of world news with a story that looks at news in the Middle East from our world news provider GlobalPost. Until then, as always, check for updates all day, every day. —Rachael Daigle

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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.

DOGS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO. ER ... WAIT ... In a major victory for dog owners last week, the City of Boise announced that it’s considering ceding seven public parks to the four-legged population as leash-less areas in which canines can roam free without fear of earning their owners a stiff fine. More on their fight for freedom at Citydesk.

YORKE GETTIN’ JIGGY Why was the Internet invented? Apparently so that we could laugh our asses off watching a re-mix of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke dancing to Beyonce. High-larious.

BERRYHILL BECOMES BERRYMOUNTAIN Downtown restaurateur John Berryhill, the man behind Berryhill and Co., told BW he’s close to opening not one, but two, new ventures in downtown Boise. See Food News on Page 36 for the goods and check Cobweb for more details as the story develops this week.

AARP: I’LL DIE HOW I DAMN WELL PLEASE Last week a group of AARP members marched into the Capitol with a stack of letters to tell Rep. Thomas Loertscher just how much they despise his Freedom of Conscience for Health Care Professionals Act, which went into effect in July. For his part Loertscher properly waffled. Read the full story and watch a video report at Citydesk.

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MAIL EDUCATIONAL POETRY Well, being as collective bargaining has had its day, read Horatio Alger is what they’ll say. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and don’t forget to pray and maybe things will get better some day. Doesn’t that crap make you want to give ’em the boot? Doesn’t that sound like it came straight from Newt? Or could it be Limbaugh, Hannity or Beck, or maybe the Graham boys, what the heck? Phil or Lindsey could fit the bill along with 90 percent of the people on Capitol Hill. If we’re talking about things that need to be fixed, big Pharma and Wall Street are sure in the mix, along with a justice system that’s got itself in a bind with honest judges so hard to find. So many judges are elected these days and that compromises the system in so many ways. With “Citizen United” thrown in the mix, unlimited money can do so many tricks. It doesn’t take a genius to see the connections of how this affects so many elections. And also it comes as no surprise how everything became so corporatized, the media, the courts, and the government you see, it all adds up to a corporatocracy. —Ron Allen, Caldwell

EDUCATION VS. THE BIZ OF EDUCATION I am deeply troubled by Tom Luna’s proposed education reform bill. It is tragic to me that Idaho teachers and students will suffer because of party line voting. Luna’s plan is a shortsighted budget proposal that will negatively impact the future of Idaho. While Luna and other politicos spend their time ingratiating themselves to businesses, they are ignoring a constituency that is clamoring to be

heard. Idaho students and teachers should not have to “pay the price” for political wrangling. Providing a quality education is one of the most important services a state can provide. If Idaho politicians don’t want to pay for education now, they will pay with an uneducated workforce later. Education should be about children, not about politics or business as usual. —Kristin Fehrer, Boise Superintendent Tom Luna is striving for a “customer-driven” education system. Sounds like Walmart to me. While gutting the Idaho education system, Luna has sketchy educational credentials. His bio states “attended” Ricks College, “attended” Boise State, “later” graduated from Thomas Edison State College, a New Jersey college for “adult students” giving credit for “work experience,” etc. No major revealed. Businessman Luna, for “25-plus years,” was appointed to a number of “patronage” jobs, none requiring any degree for that matter, as is common with “patronage” jobs ... only loyalty to a political party. Loyalty to political party does not impart insight necessary to run a school system with enlightenment, nor does “customer-driven” education system pertain to schooling of children. It would pertain to running a logging company or bigbox store. Children are not consumer items on a shelf to shuffle around to make the store look good superficially. The superintendent’s position should be filled by a standard job application for such a position including credentials pertaining to education, a Ph.D. would be appropriate, previous

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work experience pertaining to education and interviews by those in charge of such hiring. Election by politically motivated parties has no place in running a school system. —Yvette Sedlewicz, Boise

THIS WEEK ON BOISE WEEKLY’S FACEBOOK PAGE About last week’s Tea Party rally featuring Grover Norquist: The “Right” gets its way ’round these parts because the Idaho Democratic Party (which constitutes the “left” in Idaho politics) is meek, ineffectual and allows the “right” to define it. Good people though they certainly are, the leaders of the Idaho Democratic Party are letting their state down. As a regular heckler who has stood toe-to-toe with some nigh rabid right wing bullies (I suppose I understand why most counter protesters stand across the street) at these Tea Party/Idaho Freedom Foundation rallies, I am comfortable that my personal experiences allow me to make that assessment. C’est en faisant n’importe quoi qu’on devient n’importe qui. —Michael Murphy And about Idaho Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador voting for a budget plan that cuts $60 billion in funding from public broadcasting, Planned Parenthood and the EPA: Here’s an idea, how about cutting our military budget by say 1 percent. We outspend the world’s top five richest countries’ military budgets—combined. Our military is over the top. If it was managed like a business, the shareholders would have sold their stock long ago. —Perry Lea Maybe ... just maybe ... we should accept that if we want a balanced budget, we have to make cuts “across the board.” —Sandy Tracy

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CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS Part II: Cronies come ďŹ rst “Do you think I can’t have an original thought, that ‌ I’m incapable of doing any of this on my own?â€? —Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna


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Last week, I questioned arguments made in a gushy Albertson Foundation ad (Idaho Statesman, Jan. 30, 2011) endorsing Tom Luna’s education reforms. Of those reforms, two aspects in particular are most offensive not only to me, but it would seem to the greatest portion of those who have been vocal in opposition to the changes. Foremost among the questionable components is Luna’s stated intention to increase class size with the ultimate goal of the elimination of hundreds of teaching positions. To anyone who believes that providing a broad and public education to a nation’s young is among the most fundamental services a government can render, this suggestion to sacriďŹ ce teachers on the altar of a balanced budget sounds misguided at best and medieval-level ignorant at worst. Yet in many ways the other aspect of Luna’s ill-conceived proposition is even more outrageous than his efforts (as I and many others see it) to punish the Idaho education community for never supporting him in his political aspirations and holding a generally low opinion of his professional qualiďŹ cations. During the preparation of last week’s column, I was made aware of ďŹ nancial relationships between key players which strongly suggest a motive that goes far beyond trying to cut expenditures from a beleaguered state budget. These arrangements indicate that Idaho students and the budget crisis would be used as a pretext to further enrich entities who proďŹ t from the poor conditions of public schooling in America, and for that reason have no compelling interest in seeing those conditions improve. To the contrary, the more desperate parents can be convinced that the public system is beyond salvation, the better positioned education-for-proďŹ t interests are. Luna has been ďŹ ddling with his reforms in a cynical attempt to make them more palatable to a public that by and large has rejected his ideas. It’s also probable that by the day this appears in print, the matter will have been ďŹ nalized in a Legislature that can always ďŹ nd a thousand sins in an elected government but sees nothing wrong with faceless corporate manipulation. But whatever the outcome, for me the sulfurous stink of how it appears to have developed persists, particularly the Albertson Foundation’s involvement. Many, if not all, of the ďŹ nancial relationships are now in the open, thanks to the reporting of Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman, John Miller of the Associated Press, and my favorite resource, Grove Koger. You may not all connect the dots in the same manner as I have below, but it’s hard to deny there are dots to be connected.

UĂŠ,iĂŒĂ•Ă€Â˜ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠ>ĂŠĂŒĂœÂœÂ‡Ăži>Ă€ĂŠĂƒĂŒÂˆÂ˜ĂŒĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ George W. Bush Department of Education, Luna began actively promoting charter schools and online study as state superintendent of public instruction. As one example, he pushed for, and got, the Idaho Math Initiative delivered by a Pittsburgh provider, Apangea, which donated at least $3,500 to his ’06 campaign. In 2010 alone, Idaho taxpayers paid Apangea $1.3 million for content. UĂŠĂŠÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒÂˆ>Â?ĂŠÂ?ÂˆĂƒĂŒĂŠÂœvĂŠÂœĂŒÂ…iĂ€ĂŠÂœÂ˜Â?ˆ˜iĂŠÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›Âˆ`iĂ€ĂƒĂŠ who have contributed to Luna’s campaign coffers include the Apollo Group from Phoenix, Education Networks of America out of Nashville, Tenn., Madison Education Group of Washington, D.C., and K12 Inc. of Virginia, which donated at least $10,000 in 2006, and in last year’s race, put up $25,000, which produced negative ads against Luna’s opponent. UĂŠÂŁĂ“ĂŠ˜V°Ê­vÂœĂ•Â˜`i`ĂŠLÞÊ7ˆÂ?Â?ˆ>“Ê i˜˜iĂŒĂŒ]ĂŠ who donated $1,000 to Luna’s failed ’02 race) provides content to Idaho’s largest online charter school, the Idaho Virtual Academy. IVA is widely used by the home-schooling crowd, at an expense to Idaho taxpayers of $12.8 million in 2010 alone. (There are ďŹ ve additional online charter schools in Idaho. As yet, no ďŹ gures have emerged as to the total cost to the state to provide online material. My guess is, it would pay for a lot of in-state teachers.) UĂŠ1Â˜ĂŒÂˆÂ?ĂŠ iVi“LiÀÊÓä£ä]ĂŠÂœÂ˜iĂŠÂœvĂŠÂŁĂ“Â˝ĂƒĂŠ directors was Tom Wilford of Boise, who, incidentally, is the past president and current CEO of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. In 2007, Wilford’s compensation for sitting on the K12 board was $354. In 2008, the compensation grew to $28,578. In 2009, it was $55, 829. Last year, he gained $107,114, more than half of which came as stock in K12 Inc. (, from which these ďŹ gures come, offers no explanation as to why Wilford’s worth to the company was more than 300 times in 2010 what it was in 2007.) Wilford (incidentally, a robust contributor to Luna’s campaigns) is also the president of Alscott Inc., an investment company for Joe Albertson’s Â…iÂˆĂ€ĂƒÂ°ĂŠ,Ă•Â“ÂœĂ€ĂƒĂŠÂœvĂŠÂ?ĂƒVÂœĂŒĂŒÂ˝ĂƒĂŠÂˆÂ˜Ă›iĂƒĂŒÂ“iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠÂŁĂ“ĂŠ (to the tune of 355,000 shares) are conďŹ rmed. UĂŠ"Ă›iĂ€ĂŠÂˆĂŒĂƒĂŠ{䇍Â?Ă•ĂƒĂŠĂži>Ă€Ăƒ]ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ°°Ê>˜`ĂŠ>ĂŒÂ…ryn Albertson Foundation has given millions in grants to Idaho arts and institutions. In 1995—the same year Wilford became its president, incidentally—the foundation became concentrated on the Idaho education system, with an emphasis on the promotion of charter schools and online learning. Last month, the foundation bought a full-page ad in the Statesman, throwing its enthusiastic support behind the reforms proposed by Luna—which, if passed, would increase exponentially the tax money going to out-of-state providers. In retrospect, we have to wonder: With all the disclosures that have come since that big ad appeared, might the foundation’s leaders now wish they had kept their enthusiasm to themselves? WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


PIRATE THIS BOOK Borders goes bankrupt. Will books survive? NEW YORK—Borders Books and Music, which once employed 30,000 workers at more than 600 stores, is bankrupt. Those numbers have been halved. And even after these massive cuts, Borders is probably doomed. The next time you walk past the empty ghost store where your local Borders used to be, you may ask yourself: Are we becoming a post-literate society? Everywhere you look the printed word is under economic siege. Despite a 20 percent increase in demand in recent years, libraries are laying off, closing branches and reducing hours. Newsweek, one of the most venerable titles in magazine history, was recently sold for a buck (plus a promise to assume tens of millions in debt). Twitter is priced at $3.7 billion, nearly twice the public enterprise value of The New York Times ($2.03 billion). We are reading more than ever. Just not in print. According to a fascinating new study conducted by the University of Southern California, 94 percent of all data is now stored in digital form. (That ticked up a point as you were reading this.) Thanks to the Internet and various gadgets, we read about 4.3 times more words each day than we did 25 years ago. The more words we read, however, the less we want to pay the people who write them. The Times of London lost 90 percent of its online readership after it put its website behind a $4-a-week pay wall. Why does this matter? Quality. The fact that Huffington Post recently sold to America Online for $315 million points to a possible future in which the rewards go to ruthless aggregators who cater to Google common search phrases with slideshows about kittens


and Lindsey Lohan. They rely on free blogs for most of their content. We’re getting exactly what they pay for: crap. Another unintended consequence of the digital revolution is lower memory retention. Norwegian researcher Anne Mangen told Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam about a paper she published in The Journal of Research in Reading. Mangen believes that we remember more of what we read in print than on a computer screen. This additional retention is due to variables that serve as unconscious mnemonic devices: fonts, position of text, images, paper texture, etc. It is hard to quantify the value of a country’s intellectual life. But as Americans read more and more, but less of it in print, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are losing something precious and irreplaceable. In order to successfully compete with online sales and e-books, brick-and-mortar retailers have to learn the lesson of Borders: Middle of the road equals mediocre. Beginning at least 10 years ago buyers for Borders began eschewing risks. Buying into the “blockbuster mentality” of stocking stacks of sure-thing bestsellers, they stocked fewer books by midlist authors— profitable, but not bestselling, titles. Barnes and Noble has been struggling too, but their strategy seems to stand a better chance than Borders’. Barnes and Noble’s inventory is wide as well as deep. The fronts of their stores feel “curated,” the way good independent stores bring in customers with the promise of discovery and serendipity. It’s a frightening thought: America’s intellectual future may depend on the fate of a superstore.

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ROTUNDA/NEWS THE GANG THAT COULDN’T ADD STRAIGHT ... OR SUBTRACT ... OR MULTIPLY The year 2011 is not a year to get the numbers wrong. Yet in the wake of a fragile economy and even more fragile ner ves, Idaho’s number crunchers have been all over the map in their revenue projections. In November 2010 the Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee was warned to anticipate a $340 million shortfall (a whopping 14 percent drop from Idaho’s $2.3 billion general fund budget). That’s why there was some amount of incredulity on Januar y 10 when Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s budget chief Wayne Hammon unveiled a 2012 spending plan indicating a $35 million gap. Two weeks later, the shortfall was bumped up to $185 million when the Idaho State Tax Commission reported that “significant claims for renewable energy rebates” were pouring in. On Feb. 16 the Tax Commission said, in effect, “Whoops, my bad.” After further review, the commission said the renewable rebates would, in fact, be a “net neutral event as far as impact to general fund revenues.” How far off the mark were they? Tr y $47 million. By Feb. 18 the budget gap was predicted to be $91.8 million, a figure formally adopted by JFAC as a benchmark for budget setting. The $91.8 million shortfall would result from a mere 3 percent revenue growth rate for fiscal year 2012 (which begins in June 2011). Three percent is considerably less than Idaho’s current revenue growth rate which, according to Legislative Budget Director Cathy HollandSmith, is tracking at 4.8 percent. And 3 percent pales in comparison to the 2012 growth estimate of 6.9 percent forecast by the state’s own economists. The significance of the difference is dramatic. If indeed the state’s economists are correct, little to no cuts to programs and ser vices would be necessar y for Idaho’s agencies and departments. Consider that for a moment. That would be no cuts to Health and Welfare, no cuts to Idaho’s K-12 public education, no cuts to the state’s colleges and universities, and no cuts to the departments of Correction, Environmental Quality, State Police or Transportation. Yet JFAC legislators have opted for the lower number. “The consequence of us picking too high a number and then having to make holdbacks to public schools or Medicaid is much more severe than to make those difficult choices up front,” said Rupert Republican and JFAC cochairman Sen. Dean Cameron. “There are certain agencies that can’t sustain those cuts,” countered Moscow Democrat Rep. Shirley Ringo. 9 JFAC is expected to complete its budget setting by Friday, March 11.


THE FACE OF MEDICAID An adult client begs for help GEORGE PRENTICE

It is entirely possible that no issue in the history of the Idaho Legislature will have a more direct impact on the lives of Idaho’s most vulnerable citizens than an upcoming vote on how to fund the state’s Medicaid system. Chris, whose last name is being withheld to protect his identify, finds it difficult to be his own advocate. Chris is a prisoner of his days, spending them at a group home in Eastern Idaho. Chris’ psychosis manifests itself in short attention spans, which keep him from reading or writing, so he asked Boise Weekly to write something for him: Mackay, Idaho Feb. 18, 2011 To members of the Idaho Legislature: My name is Chris. I really need my mental-health services. I need my medication. I really need my PSR.

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You see, I have to be mentally sound in order to be around my family or friends without tripping out or hallucinating or thinking about suicide. Home is better than the street for me. Please let me have adult mental health. You know what I’d rather not have? I’d rather not have food. Then Chris broke his focus. He had been choosing his words slowly and carefully while making direct eye contact. But then he slipped into deep thought. “This is making me nervous right now,” Chris said in a deep, but soft voice. He had reason to be nervous. His counseling was already cut back in 2010 due to budget constraints. Currently, the Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is considering a proposal that could see Chris’ services slashed further or even eliminated. BW asked to talk to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Medicaid director in regards to Chris’ story, but the request was denied. “We don’t want to talk in hypotheticals,” said Tom Shanahan, Health and Welfare spokesman. However, somewhere at the Statehouse someone is talking hypothetically behind closed doors. Health and Welfare was ordered to provide a detailed analysis to JFAC members detailing how a possible $22 million cut would impact existing Medicaid services, such as Chris’ PSR that he desperately wants to keep. PSR stands for psychosocial rehabilitation, which aims at improving or restoring a patient’s ability to function in the community or at home. Thousands of men, women and children across Idaho require PSR services due to their developmental disabilities. One scenario put before lawmakers would be the outright elimination of PSR services for adults,

Chris’ Medicaid-funded counseling costs the state $200 weekly. In the absence of that counseling, Chris went into the hospital at a cost to Medicaid of $60,000.

saving the state approximately $11.8 million. Chris’ plight puts a spotlight on a paynow or pay-later consequence of cutting PSR services. When Chris was recently disconnected from his PSR counseling, which costs the state approximately $200 weekly, he was put on a “mental hold” by Idaho Falls police at the Behavioral Health Center. That hospital stay resulted in a bill to Medicaid—and Idaho taxpayers—of more than $60,000. In attempting to describe Chris’ psychoses, his mother referred to an Oscar-winning film starring Russell Crowe. “Do you remember the movie A Beautiful Mind?” she asked. “Chris’ paranoia was even more elaborate than that. For quite some time he was convinced there were dead babies buried all over Idaho. He thought that the FBI wanted him to work as an undercover agent. Once, when he was in a relationship with a girl, Chris thought he was pregnant.” Chris, who is now 30, was a troubled teen, but his parents chalked it up to impetuous youth. He never got into any serious trouble until he was about 17 years old. That’s when Chris piled up a stack of unpaid parking tickets. He was eventually jailed and while in the Ada County lockup he was diagnosed with a psychosis. Prosecutors decided to drop all charges. Chris spent the next several years in and out of Idaho’s State Hospital North in Orofino and State Hospital South in Blackfoot, mounting huge hospital bills. Each time he was released, things went from bad to worse. At one point, according to his mother, Chris walked into a Health and Welfare office and handed the staff a large container of body fluids, claiming it contained a cure for AIDS. Chris has also been unlucky in love. In June 2010 he met a woman while living independently in Eastern Idaho. They married a few days later, but according to Chris’ mother, as soon as Chris’ Social Security check arrived, she took his money, furniture and clothes and kicked Chris to the curb. He was penniless and homeless in Rigby for months. His family lost all contact with him. Police eventually put him in an Idaho Falls Behavioral Health Center. “I’ve been spending thousands of dollars in legal bills trying to get Chris divorced from that woman,” said Chris’ mom. Money is hard to come by. In a cruel twist of fate, she was laid off from her job last summer by Health and Welfare after serving the department for seven years. She was one of more than 100 employees who lost their jobs in the wake of the 2010 budget cuts. After recounting Chris’ long and depressing saga, his mother cracked a small smile. “I’m rather proud of myself,” she said. “I usually cry when I talk about Chris.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Rallies across Idaho on Feb. 19, including the steps of the Statehouse, pleaded for no cuts to Medicaid.

But indeed she had cried a few times while telling Chris’ story. “Really?” she asked. “I guess I don’t notice anymore.” Chris said he now has reason for cautious optimism. He’s a resident of the Antelope Creek assisted living center in the unlikely setting of Mackay. The snowbound hamlet is part of Chris’ mental health solution. He has structure, friends and an occasional job as a cook at the senior center. Most importantly, Chris receives PSR services from a man he calls “one of my best friends.” “Chris is doing rather well now,” said Travis Bell, Chris’ counselor. “Unfortunately we had to cut down Chris’ PSR from nine hours to five because of the last round of budget cuts. And now, we’re at risk of losing them all.” Chris takes a battery of daily medications to keep his psychoses in check. His short-term goals include getting to know himself better and strengthening his coping skills. His long-term goals are more like dreams. “I dream of being normal,” said Chris. “I dream of being married and being a father. I’d love to be a mentor to someone.” Chris had another letter that he asked BW to transcribe, this one to his mother, father, sister and brother in Boise. Mackay, Idaho Feb. 18, 2011 To my family: I miss you. I can’t wait to see you. I love you very much. Tell everyone hi for me. Have faith that Medicaid won’t be cut. Chris paused again, took a deep breath and asked a number of rapid-fire questions. “Why are they going to cut Medicaid?” “They can’t really do that, can they?” “Don’t they know how much that will hurt people?” “Does that mean I can’t come here anymore?” For now, Idaho’s Health and Welfare Medicaid Division doesn’t want to answer Chris’ “hypothetical” questions. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M



Current growth rate for Fiscal Year 2011. Official state economic forecast of growth rate for Fiscal Year 2012.


JFAC’s approved growth rate for Fiscal Year 2012.

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BORN IN CHAINS In one of the oddest alliances of the 2011 legislative session, the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association, American Civil Liberties Union and Right to Life of Idaho stood together to support a bill prohibiting the use of restraints on pregnant female prisoners during labor. In 2009 an Arkansas female inmate, restrained at the ankles, suffered permanent hip injuries and successfully sued the state. In 2010 a non-violent offender in Washington successfully sued and won a $125,000 judgment. In both cases, the inmates said their constitutional rights were violated because restraints during labor were considered cruel and unusual punishment. Hannah Brass, counsel for the ACLU of Idaho, said her organization has received several complaints from female prisoners in Idaho who refused to be identified. “Many women are ashamed,” said Brass. “They don’t want their families to know, and they certainly don’t want their children to know that they were born in chains.” Brass said her organization worked closely with the Sheriffs’ Association to craft the new legislation. Idaho’s Department of Correction already has similar procedures but Idaho’s 44 counties operate with their own policies. “If this becomes law, it would be taught to every new candidate coming through the new Idaho sheriffs school,” said Michael Kane, legal adviser to the Sheriffs’ Association. Jason Herring, president of Right to Life of Idaho, usually finds himself at odds with the ACLU but not on this issue. “Those in prison are often forgot by the outside world,” Herring told the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee. The committee of 12 Republicans and three Democrats passed the measure unanimously and forwarded the bill to the full House with a do-pass recommendation. 8

POSSIBLE EXPANSION OF RIGHT-TO-FARM When Idaho passed its Right-to-Farm statute, the law was crafted to protect family farms from nuisance lawsuits. But for the better part of the past quarter century, family farms in Idaho have given way to conglomerates, and dairy farms in particular have yielded to confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Between 1991 and 2007, the number of Idaho dairies dropped from 1,952 to 648, yet the amount of milk produced in Idaho skyrocketed from 3 billion pounds up to 11 billion pounds. In an attempt to protect CAFOs in the same way the law protects family farms, Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney was expected to introduce a bill this week that broadens the definitions of the Rightto-Farm Act and putting a further burden on any individual or group challenging a “recognized or permitted” agricultural facility. Denney’s measure would require any opponent who loses the challenge to pay all legal fees. —George Prentice

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JAMES PATRICK Center stage for the Morrison Center’s new executive director GEORGE PRENTICE

What were some of your early acting jobs? I worked at an equity theater in Augusta, Mich., and I eventually moved to New York City, where I studied acting for about six years. Some of the plays I was in were so far off Broadway that they were in Pennsylvania. I had a recurring role in a soap opera, Another World, as a doctor. Did you eventually realize that acting wasn’t going to be your lifelong career? After a while, I thought my folks weren’t that wrong, because I was happiest when I was using my business skills with my artistic sensibilities. I got a job with the Celebrity Cruises managing large groups of entertainers, cruising the world for three years. I eventually got a master’s in fine arts management from Brooklyn College. I followed that with jobs as budget manager for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, director of the City University of New York’s theater center and as executive director of the Warner Theater in Torrington, Conn. What are your broad-stroke goals for the Morrison Center? To fine-tune the general operations and build on the strong foundation that already exists here. I know that sounds mundane, but you’ve got to get into the trenches to see what

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James Patrick wanted to be an actor but his parents knew better. Having a doctor for a brother and an accountant for a sister, Patrick said he knew going into the arts was “a little rogue.” His parents said they weren’t going to pay for an arts degree so he went to Rutgers University and got a degree in accounting. But that didn’t completely cure him of the acting bug.

we do and how we do it. I’m talking about the patron experience: how we sell a ticket, how we book a show and how we sell tickets. It’s a complicated business. Do you want to book more events? Yes. Absolutely. That’s right on my to-do list. That’s a big mandate. What do you think we could see at the Morrison that we’re not seeing now? Certainly more live entertainment. I don’t think there’s a genre that we wouldn’t consider. Is there some influence—formal or informal—from Boise State on what you book? No, that’s not in my job description. I see this more as the people’s theater. I’ve always been kind of a populist. I want to push the envelope a little. A performing arts center needs to cast a wide net. What’s done well here? The Broadway series. There’s a definite niche market for those shows. It seems to me that more family-friendly entertainment has great potential here. Does a particular brand of music sell better than others here? I’m told that country sells very well here. There are certain artists who would do very well in this venue. Jazz is a very hard sell. Are there shows that may be big hits in New York that may not travel well west of the Mississippi? Absolutely. That’s going to be a learning curve for me. There are certainly things that are very East Coast that may not resonate here.

Will Wicked in April, be a big deal? It’s phenomenal for us. It will be here for two weeks. Do Wicked’s producers have different expectations? They have their own infrastructure, and they’re very protective of their brand. Our Broadway in Boise subscriptions are definitely higher thanks to Wicked. What’s the advantage of being the new kid on the block? I think it’s great that I’m not the only new guy in town. There are new directors at Ballet Idaho, the opera and the philharmonic. We’re all coming into this fresh. A lot of people who have been here their entire life still don’t fully understand the relationship between the Morrison Center and Boise State. That’s actually one of my points on my todo list: to integrate the center’s branding and marketing with Boise State. I’m not going to lie to you, my first entree to Boise State was hearing about the football team. I really want to be a part of that engine and a part of what Dr. [Bob] Kustra is doing to make this university nationally visible. It’s exciting to know that I have his full support to open up and unleash all this energy to make this a major destination for arts and culture.





omewhere in the High Desert scrub of Southern Idaho lurks a threat that has wildlife and public land managers nervous. They’re nervous that somewhere, amid the sagebrush, grasses, brambles and cattails a threat is multiplying, and if they fail to take control of the situation now, it could turn into a nightmare not only for them, but landowners, farmers, ranchers, hunters, fishermen and the state. This threat isn’t one of the more notorious or controversial wildlife species. It has nothing to do with developers. It comes with a snout. Other parts of the country are already feeling the jarring blow of wild pigs—also called feral hogs when the pigs are escaped domestic swine— with some of the hardest-hit areas spending tens

BY DEANNA DARR of millions each year just trying to keep problems from getting any bigger. Now, with confirmed sightings of wild pigs near Bruneau, officials in Idaho are trying to stop the issue before a population has the chance to take root. The idea of pigs wandering around the desert hardly seems like a threat to most people who imagine rotund, pink barnyard creatures. But these little piggies are hardly harmless. Wild pigs can annihilate crops, destroy riparian areas, decimate wild bird populations, be a threat to both livestock and wildlife, and have the potential to carry a variety of diseases that pose a risk to both domestic and wild animals, and in some cases, humans. “It’s an ecological train wreck,” said Mike Bo-



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VIDEO: The quest for Idaho’s elusive wild pigs.

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Photo of wild pig taken at night in the C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area with a remote camera in the spring of 2010. The pig was digging for food right in front of the camera.

denchuk, state director for the Texas Wildlife Services Program, the agency that oversees control efforts in the Lone Star State. Bodenchuk is at the center of the storm when it comes to the increasing problem of wild pigs in the United States. Researchers now estimate wild pigs are in 39 states. While getting a population estimate for a species that is notoriously smart, evasive and can become nocturnal is difficult, Texas authorities believe there are between 2 million and 3 million wild pigs in Texas alone. To put that number in context, Bodenchuk points to the fact that there are roughly 4 million white-tailed deer in Texas. While wildlife managers in Idaho are hesitant to put a figure on just how many wild pigs there were when their presence was confirmed, Pam Juker, communications director for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, said her agency estimates the population in 2009 to be somewhere between 50 and 100 animals. That number has been reduced due to a combination of hunting and agency efforts, although an exact number of pigs taken by hunters is impossible to know since Idaho doesn’t regulate wild pig hunting—only a valid hunting license is required. Additionally, the remaining pigs are elusive quarry in the expansive landscape. “It’s difficult right now, and it’s a little frustrating because we’re basically chasing ghosts,” said Brian Flatter, senior conservation officer with Idaho Fish and Game whose 2,300-square-mile patrol area is where the wild pigs are active. Major populations of wild pigs can be found throughout the South and California, but in recent decades, the pigs have managed to expand their range as far north as Michigan and even have a sizable foothold in north central Oregon. Currently, the wild pigs in Idaho are confined to the Bruneau Valley, but some wildlife managers are concerned that if hunting pressure increases, they may be motivated to move downriver. “They’re very adaptable. They can live

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in nearly any environment as long as they have food and water,” said Scott Stopak, a wildlife disease biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division based in Boise. Bill London, district conservation officer with Idaho Fish and Game, added that both the Bruneau and Snake rivers could be enticing migration corridors for the water-loving pigs. Wild pigs aren’t a native species anywhere in North America, so the question arises: How did they get here in the first place? The blame goes all the way back to some of the earliest European explorers, including Christopher Columbus, who would routinely release pigs or goats on new land as a way to build up a future food supply for possible colonists or shipwrecked sailors. Turns out, pigs are very, very adaptable and very, very prolific breeders. Wild pigs can start breeding when they’re as young as 6 months old, are capable of having between four and eight offspring per litter and can have multiple litters in a year. Rabbits don’t have anything on these guys. Wild pigs are also big: typically, adult pigs weigh between 75 and 250 pounds and range from 50 to 75 inches in length. On rare occasions, they can be larger. In 1965 a wild pig weighing 893 pounds was killed in South Carolina. Some of these largest pigs are thought to have been raised in domestic situations and then either escaped or were released. In just three generations, domestic pigs that escape or are allowed to roam free can revert to wild form, including thicker hair, a narrower head and long tusks, according to Stopak. Wild pigs have gotten an even bigger hand from man in recent years as the popularity of hunting them has increased. In many of the cases in which only pockets of wild pigs have been found, officials believe they are the result of individual hunters secretly releasing a few pigs in the area so they can hunt them closer to home. Not only is the action illegal in most states—including Idaho—but it often creates unanticipated nightmares for wildlife and land managers, as well as private land owners. If WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

someone is caught releasing wild pigs—an exotic species—in Idaho, he or she could face felony charges from both the Department of Agriculture and Idaho Fish and Game, punishable by both jail time and fines if convicted. An illegal release is suspected in the case of the Southern Idaho wild pigs, but officials don’t have evidence to confirm the belief. What they can confirm is the presence of wild pigs in the area near the C.J. Strike Reservoir. Rumors began in 2007, when bird and coyote hunters began talking about occasional sightings of pigs in the desert. Those rumors were confirmed in 2009 when London and other Idaho Fish and Game officers met hunters who had killed a wild pig. The reports were further confirmed when officials with the USDA’s Wildlife Services division captured photographs of the pigs on trap cameras set up in the area of suspected pig activity. Area landowners were some of the first to notice the presence of the wild pigs in the area, including the Colyer family, who runs a Hereford and Angus cattle ranch. Sherry Colyer said they first spotted the pigs and the damage they had done to the fields several years ago. The sightings raised immediate red flags for the family. “We were extremely concerned,” Colyer said. “They populate like rabbits, they will ... go through a crop of corn really quick and do a lot of damage in the fields.” Colyer said that after the sightings and hearing of damage to neighboring corn fields, her father-in-law began to trap the pigs on his own, eventually capturing roughly six to eight animals. Even then, they knew there were more out there and began working with Idaho Fish and Game to monitor the situation and try to trap more pigs. “It’s distressing to think that if you don’t keep them out ... that you’re going to end up with a big mess,” she said. Since then, an interagency group has been working not only with each other but also with private land owners to get rid of the wild pigs before they can overwhelm efforts. Because of Idaho law, wild pigs fall under the oversight of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, since they are considered livestock. Like in many states though, oversight and responsibility aren’t clear-cut because so many agencies are concerned with the issue. While Idaho law expressly bans the import and release of wild pigs, the department isn’t suited to deal with the problem on its own. The department is working closely with USDA Wildlife Services, as well as Idaho Fish and Game to come up with an approach to the issue. Regardless of the agency, no one wants to see the pigs become a permanent presence in Idaho. “It’s just a disaster,” Stopak said. “It’s not like it’s one problem they create. They’re very destructive animals.” “We certainly don’t want them to take off,” said Steve Nadeau, regional wildlife manager for the Southwest Region of Idaho Fish and Game. “It’s opening up a whole Pandora’s box with a whole suite of issues down the road.” Officials are now dealing with those issues in Oregon, where wildlife officials estimate there are now between 1,000 and 5,000 wild pigs on a patchwork of public WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

and private land in north central Oregon. For years, there were anecdotal reports of wild pigs in the area, but recently the issue has hit the front lines as both private landowners and public managers are seeing greater damage on the landscape. Oregon’s population is believed to have stemmed from two sources: private landowners introducing the species for their own hunting and an exotic hunting business from which some wild boars may have escaped, according to Keith Kohl, terrestrial invasive species coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. For the last several years, the department, along with USDA Wildlife Services and the help of some of the private landowners, has been trapping pigs, but the extent of the

population is still widely unknown since much of the activity is on private land and not all landowners have been willing to take part in the effort. Still, the issue is of such concern that last year the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2221, which outlawed the selling or advertising of hunts for wild pigs. The bill also requires that any private landowner who finds wild pigs on his or her property report them within 10 days and work with agency officials on a removal plan. The law also transferred authority over wild pigs from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to Fish and Wildlife. Even with the law in place, cooperation has been spotty at best. “So far we’ve had three plans,” Kohl

said. “A lot has to do with landowners and government regulations. They’re wary of raising their hands.” Oregon is facing the challenge of not only discovering the size of the population and figuring out how to reduce it but also finding funding. Kohl said his agency is working on getting funding from non-governmental agencies to match state funds. Oregon is also exploring ways to learn more about the wild pigs that are already out there. Kohl said officials there are experimenting with a technique known as the Judas pig in which a wild pig is trapped and fitted with a radio telemetry collar before being released. The hope is that not only will the tagged pig lead them to larger groups, making trapping more effective, but

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the information will tell researchers more about the pigs’ home range, how far they travel in a day and how long they’re spending in one area. “We’re trying to do things to make it easier for the landowner, to make it easier to get rid of [the pigs],â€? he said. Kohl said the resistant landowners largely don’t think the pigs are a big deal, and many like the idea of being able to hunt them. But many change their opinions when they are shown the extent of the damage the pigs are capable of. “When they see the damage, they understand the problem,â€? Kohl said. “It’s amazing the amount of damage a group of pigs can do. It’s just like a rototiller going through,â€? he said, describing how one rancher’s meadow grazing area was destroyed by wild pigs. “[You have to show landowners] what it can do in their pocketbook,â€? Kohl said. But he admits that the key to accomplishing any reduction is to work with the private landowners. “Without access, we can’t do anything,â€? Kohl said. “Like with a lot of things ‌ you have to show by example—show that we’re out there trying to help them solve the problem, not force anything on them. The damage wild pigs can do is both very real and extensive. From the Department of Agriculture’s perspective, top concerns include the destruction of crops and rangeland, as well as the possibility of transmitting diseases from wild pigs to their domestic counterparts and jeopardizing the state’s livestock industry standing. Wild pigs’ most common foods include roots, tubers and assorted vegetation, and they are able to get to those food sources with impressive efďŹ ciency. They use their snouts to root below ground level, tearing up surface vegetation. This not only gets them a good meal, but it means that a group of pigs—known as a sounder—can effectively take out an agricultural ďŹ eld overnight. This rooting activity also makes them the bane of wetland and riparian areas since not only does the rooting lead to erosion, but increased sediment in the water can damage ďŹ sh spawning areas. Additionally, the rooting can make it all the easier for noxious weeds and other invasive plant species to take hold. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Wild pigs—as well as domestic pigs— are equal opportunity eaters, meaning they will eat just about anything if given the chance. This puts everything from amphibians and worms to ground-nesting birds and their eggs to the occasional lamb or calf on the menu. Idaho Fish and Game officials are particularly concerned with ground-nesting bird populations, including ducks, geese, pheasants and quail. Concerns are especially significant considering the area where the pigs are active overlaps a wildlife conservation area that is the nesting ground for a large population of waterfowl. Flatter said there is evidence the pigs have been taking advantage of the birds. “They’re pretty opportunistic,” he said. “Given a nest full of eggs, they’ll eat them.” Just like the dietary preferences of wild pigs, the diseases they carry aren’t too particular. Wild pigs can carry diseases that have been largely eliminated from domestic livestock, including swine brucellosis and pseudorabies. Unfortunately, some of these diseases aren’t species-specific and can jump not only to wildlife but to humans as well. The swine form of brucellosis (slightly different from the form found in large ungulates like elk and bison in the Yellowstone area) not only can kill animals but can be contracted by hunters while handling the carcass of an infected wild pig if they don’t wear protective gloves. If a human is infected, the disease usually causes flu-like symptoms. Pseudorabies is a form of the herpes virus and is not only fatal to wildlife but is of particular concern to hunting dogs. “The unfortunate part [is] that with feral swine, they can harbor so many diseases but live with it ... if it gets into [the domestic] population, the amount of resources to control that are going to be enormous,” Stopak said. Wildlife Services has taken samples of all wild pigs trapped in Idaho, and to date, there have been no positive results from tests. It’s because of the health risks that liveWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

stock groups, including the state’s pork industry, are supporting efforts to eradicate wild pigs, including providing financial support. “Idaho is a brucellosis-free state and pigs could jeopardize Idaho’s status,” Flatter said. “You don’t want to have that kind of a mark on your state. You don’t want any potential negative issues. “Anytime you bring wildlife into the state, it has to be inspected,” Flatter said. “We don’t have [native] wild hogs here. If any are brought in, the Department of Ag would not let them into the state ... Any time you’re releasing wildlife, it just causes problems.” The wild pigs issue is one of the rare moments in which wildlife managers, agricultural groups and conservation groups are on the same side. “It’s a little unusual for everyone to be on the same page,” said Justin Hayes, program director at Idaho Conservation League. “It’s not just environmentalists saying this, it’s sort of like all the various constituencies have concerns because everyone has something on the line.” Hayes said his organization is in full support of the efforts to remove wild pigs, including unlimited shooting and aerial gunning. “Feral pigs are really destructive to the natural environment,” he said. “We need to do everything we can to get rid of feral pigs in Idaho … they need to be shot out of the state.” While Idaho and Oregon are in the early stages of learning to deal with wild pigs, Texas has been dealing with them since before it was an actual state. Historically, pigs were allowed to roam free, and people would occasionally have hog roundups, said John Young, mammalogist with the Texas Park and Wildlife Department. But in the last few years, wild pigs in Texas have gone from an inconvenience to a major issue. “There’s no part of our environment that they don’t impact,” said Texas Wildlife Service’s Bodenchuk. “They compete with native wildlife, they spread invasive plants, add E. coli to the watershed, eat

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Brian Flatter from Idaho Fish and Game and Jared Hedelius from USDA Wildlife Services prepare pig bait— whole kernel corn, whole frozen strawberries, strawberry Jell-o and molasses—for a trap.

endangered reptiles … it’s a train wreck that impacts us all.” Between 2003 and 2007, Bodenchuk said the wild pig population in Texas expanded by 20 percent per year. Even more telling is the fact that in 1982 the state killed 83 wild pigs, but by 2009 that number rose to 24,680, and the population is still considered out of control. “We reached critical mass,” he said. “We finally got enough pigs in enough places that we had populations interbreeding with each other. Populations grow slowly for a while, but once the second or third litters have their own litters, you have an exponential growth curve.” Bodenchuk’s job has expanded to include traveling to other states to talk about the issues surrounding wild pigs. “We serve as the bad example of what happens if you let it get out of control,” he said with a resigned laugh. Bodenchuk said Texas officials are using every method available to try to control the wild pig population, including trapping, snares, hunting, night-vision equipment and aerial shooting, which he said is the most cost-effective tactic. But dealing with wild pigs is not cheap. Pigs cause an estimated $52 million in damage to just agricultural fields and pasture lands in Texas each year, Bodenchuk said, adding that the state does not compensate private landowners for damages. It breaks down to roughly $400 per pig per year. One 2007 study partially funded by the USDA estimated that damage to crops and the environment by wild pigs nationally is roughly $1.5 billion annually. The ecological impact is harder to measure, but he points to the efforts to save endangered sea turtles, whose eggs wild pigs treat like an all-you-can-eat buffet. “We’re spending millions trying to beat the pigs to the nests,” he said. With 2 million wild pigs, Bodenchuk said eradication is off the table in Texas, but he still has hope that the popula-

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tion can be knocked down to manageable levels. He believes that with current technology and the cooperation of enough landowners, levels could be brought down by up to 70 percent. To help in the effort, Texas researchers are working with an international group of scientists to create toxicants (poisons) that will work on wild pigs without endangering other wildlife. Work is focusing on sodium nitrate— ironically the preservative in bacon—which limits red blood cells’ ability to carry oxygen, which would basically put the pigs to sleep for good. The chemical is not dangerous to humans since we have a natural ability to counter the effects. Yet the challenge remains in creating a delivery system that wild pigs could get into but other wildlife couldn’t. At this point, Bodenchuk said, wide use of the toxicant could be three years away. In Texas, there are a few small slaughterhouses that specialize in processing wild pigs, taking advantage of the fact that it is legal to sell wild hogs as long as they are brought in alive for a pre-mortum inspection and the processing must be kept separate from other animals. Bodenchuk said roughly 90 percent of the meat is shipped out of the country as sausage. The downside of the arrangement is that most markets will only accept pigs larger than 60 pounds, giving trappers a reason to release smaller pigs, Bodenchuk said. Of course, the chance to go after a tough and elusive prey is tempting for some hunters. And while they might not go so far as to bring wild pigs into the state, they aren’t opposed to taking advantage of an opportunity presented to them. It’s because of this that wildlife officials have seen a bit of resistance to their efforts to get rid of the wild pigs in Idaho. “They want to maintain it because they think it’s fun,” Flatter said. “They’re not releasing more pigs, but they’re keeping a low profile.” Hunters have played a key part in the WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Brian Flatter with a wild boar captured in a trap near in the C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area in the spring of 2010. An interagency group has been working to eliminate wild pigs before they get a foothold in Idaho.

effort to find the wild pigs by providing reports of sightings, as well as removing a fair number of pigs themselves. “[Hunters] have probably killed more than the agencies have,” Flatter said. “They had a jump on them. By the time we got up and rolling, the numbers of pigs were greatly reduced than they were four to five years ago.” In both Idaho and Oregon there is no season for wild pigs, which means hunters just need a valid hunting license. It also means there is no bag limit. But before ambitious hunters grab their rifles, wildlife officials in both states point out that the pigs range across both private and public land, and there are some seasonal closures on public land. While hunting would seem to be an effective way to keep populations in check, the overall impact of hunting is minimal. “Anyone who shoots a feral hog is a friend of mine,” Bodenchuk said, but quickly added that recreational hunting will never control the population. He pointed to reports from German game officials—where wild boars are actually a native species—that in a single year 600,000 wild boars were harvested, yet the population is still not in control. “It’s never worked anywhere in the world yet,” he said. Some states, including Kansas, are even banning the hunting of wild pigs in an effort to discourage hunters from bringing the species into new areas. Still, many landowners in the area are working with state officials to trap the pigs as they learn more about the potential damages. Flatter said one landowner in particular started trapping on his own and has been rather successful. While hunters killed an unknown number of wild pigs last year, wildlife officials killed only one. Landowner cooperation comes in part from a series of meetings in the Grandview area in which public officials explained the issue to area residents. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

“We met with a lot of locals and businesses, and they were all on board,” said London, adding that conservation groups were supportive of the plan as well. “[It was nice] that we had everyone working together,” he said. The interagency team is working to first find where the remaining wild pigs are, and then to figure out how to get rid of them. While officials say finding a limited number of pigs in a densely vegetated area is tough, they haven’t emptied their tool box just yet. Bird hunting in the adjacent areas closed for the season at the end of January, allowing crews to track and attempt to capture the pigs. The timing means that not only will there be fewer people in the area, but it happens to be the best time of the year to track pigs since the foliage isn’t filled in. The area is also subject to a spring closure to protect ground-nesting birds. Officials have used hounds to try to track the pigs, but they’re holding on to their last tool—aerial gunning. “We have money for aerial gunning if the conditions are right,” Flatter said, adding that efforts have been made to spot the pigs from the air during other missions. However it’s done, there is one goal: eradication. That last push is the hardest. “It’s much easier removing the first 20 than the last two,” said Stopak. “The problem is they can reproduce so fast, if you don’t get all of them, it wouldn’t take very long for them to rebound,” Stopak said, adding that researchers estimate that 70 percent of the population would have to be removed each year just to maintain a stable population. Bodenchuk has some advice for states who are facing wild pigs. “Just say no,” he said. “Get on them and get on them quick. We’re spending several million a year—half a million directly from the Legislature—just trying to control feral hogs in Texas, and we’re just chipping away at the edges. A single incident can be massive.”

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From Big Macs to big bombs, Eric Schlosser tackles today’s hot-button topics.







A great idea can take you places. Case in point: Jason Burlage, director of the documentar y Mi Chacra. Raised in Idaho, Burlage moved to Cusco, Peru—the city that’s the gateway to the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu—in pursuit of a compelling stor y. According to his blog, he hoped to chronicle “the disappearing culture of indigenous communities” in the famous and sacred place. So, he picked up his camera, girlfriend and 9-year-old son, and set out to tell the stor y. Mi Chacra, or “My Land,” focuses on the new realities farmers and porters face—realities that clash with old ways of life. His subject is Feliciano, a villager who had gone to the city to attend school, only to be forced to return after his father’s death. Feliciano’s work in the village is hard: Not only does he farm to feed his family, he works as a porter, carrying heavy loads and guiding the way to Machu Picchu for tourists. Bound by the expectations of his family, Feliciano dreams of a better life for his son. Feliciano’s narrative frames the larger story of the Inca people—their history, their struggles and what modern life means to them. The film, released in late 2009, has received accolades from around the world, taking such honors as the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in November. This Wednesday, Feb. 23, Burlage brings his story to Idaho with a screening at Boise Contemporary Theater. 7 p.m., $13. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224,

Smoking pot and eating burgers: Doesn’t sound like the worst way to research a book. Eric Schlosser, author of Reefer Madness and Fast Food Nation, is headed to Ketchum to answer questions and discuss his latest nonfiction expose about the effects of nuclear weapons. After gaining journalistic chutzpah with his less-than-tender approach to marijuana, migrant labor and pornography in Reefer Madness, Schlosser went all David and Goliath against the hyper-conglomerate fast food corporations. Fast Food Nation disclosed everything from the undesirable conditions and practices involved in rearing and slaughtering hormone-pumped bovines, to the chemically enhanced hamburgers people wait impatiently for in drive-thrus. Although Schlosser is viewed by many foodies as the modern Upton Sinclair, he’s shying away from the gastro-centered industry and focusing on other interests, saying in an interview with British newspaper The Times: “Ultimately, I don’t care that much about food! I’m not a gourmand! For me, this subject was a way of looking at this country.” The most recent literary installment in Schlosser’s investigative journalism repertoire is called Command and Control and tackles the complex subject of nuclear weapons. 6:30 p.m., $25-$35. Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Road, Ketchum, 208-726-5123,

THURSDAY FEB. 24 dinner and a movie GROWING AWARENESS When the Jade Ajani’s Pacific Northwest documentary Growing Awareness came out in 2008, the acronym CSA had yet to root itself firmly in the popular vernacular. Now, the community supported agriculture movement

has become as much a part of the local foods movement as backyard chicken coops and farmers markets. Growing Awareness explores the CSA—a set-up in which consumers pay an initial fee directly to farmers and in return receive a weekly basket of fresh produce throughout the growing season—as an alternative to the industrial food system. On Thursday, Feb. 24, you can watch a screening of Growing Awareness in

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the cellar of Red Feather Lounge while eating a locally inspired three-course meal. Tickets are $25 a pop and proceeds benefit the local foods movement. This monthly dinner and a movie series is organized by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, which is in the process of completing a local foods assessment. According to its website, the assessment will “help us make better decisions about what we eat and, in doing so, [help]

to chart a more sustainable community and food system for us all.” Next month’s dinner and a movie will take place on Thursday, March 31, and feature the film American Dream, which according to the film’s press release, “shows how life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has become work, debt and the pursuit of stuff.” 7-9 p.m., $25 not including tip. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., 208-4296340,

FRIDAYSATURDAY FEB. 25-26 dance OFF-CENTER DANCE PROJECT’S KINETIC KITCHEN When you hear the phrase “kinetic kitchen,” images of chocolate-covered mixing bowls, cracked egg shells and counters covered in flour might dance

through your head. But the Off-Center Dance Project doesn’t want anything to dance in your head: They want to bring the visual right to you. “Kinetic Kitchen” promises to deliver a delicious variety of ar tists presented in one evening of dance. The Off-Center Dance Project, as the name suggests, does things a little differently, striving to bring a unique perspective to the medium. This event is no different. The company is bringing three visual ar tists WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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A worthy cause.

music THE PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT WITH LAURA GIBSON The Boston Pops Orchestra has been classing up popular music, giving it the snazzy orchestral treatment since 1885. Recently, it even started inviting contemporary pop acts like Elvis Costello, Ben Folds and My Morning Jacket to perform onstage, sandwiched between the violins, trombones and xylophones. Portland Cello Project is the indie version of Boston Pops. Comprised of anywhere from eight to 16 cellists, PCP, as the group is known to fans, makes classical cello music accessible to the rock ’n’ roll masses. PCP performs covers of charttopping singles—like Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” off his new hit release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or Britney Spears’ “Toxic”—and invites Portland, Ore., indie luminaries like Horse Feathers, Thao Nguyen, The Dandy Warhols and members of the Decemberists to play alongside the band. Portland Cello Project will make an appearance at Visual Arts Collective with celebrated Portland folkstress Laura Gibson on Saturday, Feb. 26. Gibson’s ethereal vocals and softly plucked guitar will no doubt get a jolt of welling cello badassitude from PCP. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, $10. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, For more information, visit

and a composer together to show what dance can do. The visual ar tists are local and include furniture maker August Johnson, book ar tist


Earle Swope and Rhonda Manley, who created original pieces as she watched the dancers rehearse. Just how the pieces and dancers

SUNDAY FEB. 27 trash to treasure WHAT’S IT WORTH Is your attic filled with boxes of rare vinyl records you kept in the packaging, hoping that they would be worth a fortune in the future? Maybe you’ve hoarded away a statuette that your great-grandmother passed down to you, and you’re ready to let it go—after all, you could use the storage space. These items could be worth their weight in gold, or they might not even be worth the attic space they rest in. On Sunday, Feb. 27, the Idaho State Historical Society is giving Boise residents the opportunity to determine the value of their collectibles: paintings, old jewelry, guns and other various artifacts that have been collecting dust. At the third annual What’s It Worth? you can get an estimate from an expert on up to three of your items for $20, which is a small price to pay to find out that set of fine China is worth a couple hundred bucks. Live music and refreshments will be provided for those who join the antique party. But what if you plunk down $20 to find out you have an attic full of worthless crap? No worries, the money goes to the Idaho State Historical Museum to help with its upcoming summer exhibit, “Our Lives, Our Stories.” 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $20 per three items. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive. For more information visit

will work together is yet to be seen—but there have been 6-foot-tall sculptures and futuristic chairs mentioned. The dancers and pieces will come together with the music of local composer Jared Hallock, who composed new music for “Kinetic Kitchen” in collaboration with the ar tists and

Google has now weaseled its way into ever y stage of your relationship. It starts off with name-Googling. With a pounding heart, you scroll through link after blue link, hoping no felony convictions or messy divorces turn up amid the high school sports scores. Then comes the G-mail chat phase. After you ease your way into the G-mail hot tub, you have to weigh the pros and cons of adding your S.O. to your G-chat list. Do you want him or her to know ever y time you’re online and not talking to them? Or vice versa? After that period subsides, you progress to the Google Maps phase, plotting romantic road trips and far-off retreats. Well, now Google has taken the logical next step in lording over your relationships: Google weddings. At, Google has compiled wedding-related templates for Google Docs, Google Sites and Picnik that help make planning the dun-dunda-dun a little less daunting. For example, through Google Docs you can access tools to help you plan your budget, compile a music list, lay out a reception menu and organize a seating chart. Google Sites then helps you create and edit your own personalized wedding website and Picnik lets you upload and edit smoochy photos and invites. Wedding planner, schmedding planner. —Tara Morgan

dancers as he watched ever ybody in action, inspired by the music. Friday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $20. Boise Contemporar y Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224,

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CHAOS CONTEST—Boise’s newest live game show will be hosted by Janelle Wilson and Mikey Pullman. Contestants will compete to win a $100 bar tab. 8 p.m. $5. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-5142531, COMEDY NIGHT—Open mic, followed by headliner Matt Bragg. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 Cole Road, 208658-1533, DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— Compelled to answer a dead man’s cell phone, Jean suddenly finds herself entangled with his family and friends. 7 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL— Bring the family to see the stage version of the ’80s movie and embarrass the kids by singing along. 7 p.m. $7. Centennial High School, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-939-1404,

Workshops & Classes DEVELOPING A WEB PRESENCE—Mike Chambers will teach performing artists how to promote their work on the Internet, work with e-mail lists and create a blog. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080.

Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage their work. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229, DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Malia Collins and Adrian Kien offer writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in an informal atmosphere. 6:308 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000,

Talks & Lectures CLEAN WATER FOR VILLAGES LECTURE—Gain insight into how Engineers Without Borders is helping improve access to potable water in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Bring your own lunch. Noon. FREE. Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd., Boise.

Screen MI CHARA—Idaho native Jason Burlage won the grand prize at Banff Mountain Film Festival for this documentary about indigenous life and culture in Peru. See Picks, Page 18, for more. 7 p.m., $13. Boise Contemporary Theater, 8554 Fulton St., 208-331-9224,

Odds & Ends

Animals & Pets

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

SPOT SPAY DAYS—In honor of National Spay Day, qualifying pet owners will receive 20 percent off spay/neuter surgery. Call to schedule an appointment. 8 a.m.6 p.m. Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., 208-3423508,

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

“YAPPY” HOUR WITH HEIDI GANAHL—Meet the founder of the Camp Bow Wow franchise and hear her talk about her book Tales From the Bark Side. Dogs are welcome and adoption opportunities will be available. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Camp Bow Wow, 3430 S. TK Avenue, Boise.

NOISE/CD REVIEW WATAIN: LAWLESS DARKNESS In the mid-80s, Scandinavian black metal erupted with a filthy, guttural wail that tripped a fault line across Planet Metal. The boot print of Celtic Frost’s rabid thrash sludge and Bathory’s musically soaring Viking psalms was set ablaze in the early ’90s by malevolent fiends Dark Throne and Emperor. This was the soundtrack to goat molestation and reducing churches to smoldering ash: cavernous, cheaply produced records with cacophonous blast beats, wretched guitars and vocals that sounded like Satan’s wettest farts—all serving to polarize heads accustomed to merely adequate production, cleaner vocals and, surprisingly, melody. Through fusing the meanest styles of metal—black, thrash, death, grind, Viking—Lawless Darkness (Seasons of Mist), the fourth full-length from Swedish trio Watain, is a seriously badass record. All 74 devastating minutes of it. Malignant brutality commences with “Death’s Cold Dark,” introducing the stunning musicianship of drummer Hakan Jonsson (drums), Pelle Forsberg (guitars), and Erik Danielsson (bass, vox). Forsberg’s riffs rage as though mortared into a steel pit, each note ricocheting like inescapable shrapnel. The ferocious speed of Jonsson’s blasts are directed and grooverooted, giving Watain a consistently thunderous spine. And Danielsson’s charging howls sound as though they’re coming through a throat lined with razors. “Malfeitor” shreds like Leprosy-era Death. “Reaping Death” relentlessly beats your brains into a viscous Sodom-like mash. The nine-minute-plus “Wolves Curse” plays out the terror of a body’s flesh-ripping change beneath a full moon. “Lawless Darkness” is the sole instrumental here, soundscaping an ancient Viking bloodbath. “Hymn To Qayin” challenges the fiercest Amon Amarth. “The Waters of Ain,” the 14-minute closer, encapsulates the best of Immortal and is worth the price of purchase alone. Not only is Lawless Darkness an impeccably produced black metal masterpiece, it is, indeed, a straight-up metal masterpiece. —Justin Peterson

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8 DAYS OUT THURSDAY FEB. 24 On Stage DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL— See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $7. Centennial High School (Centennial Performing Arts Center), 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-939-1404,

Concerts SENIOR BASS RECITAL—Cody Ramy performs. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-4261609.

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

FOOD AND FILM— Three-course meal followed by a movie and discussion. This month’s movie is Growing Awareness, a documentary that examines community-supported agriculture. See Picks, Page 18, for more. Visit for info and tickets. 6:30 p.m. $25, tvfcfoodfundraiser.eventbrite. com. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340.

Literature KEN RODGERS BOOK LAUNCH—Join author Ken Rodgers for the launch of his new collection of poetry titled Passenger Pigeons. 7 p.m. FREE. The Cole Marr Gallery/Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630.

Talks & Lectures ERIC SCHLOSSER— Spend an evening with investigative journalist and author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness. Eric Schlosser will discuss his forthcoming book Command and Control, which investigates issues surrounding nuclear weapons. See Picks, Page 18, for more. 6:30 p.m. $25-$35. Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Road, Ketchum, 208-726-5123,



FOSSILS, FACTS AND FANTASIES—Expert Joe Taylor will present information on fossils in relation to practical paleontology. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Heritage Bible Church, 7071 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-353-4036.

Citizen CONGRESSIONAL FORUM— U.S. Senator James Risch will review the latest issues in the 112th Congressional session and will answer your questions. Noon-1:30 p.m. $30-$40. Red Lion Downtowner, 1800 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-344-7691.

Odds & Ends ALTA GRACIA: VIRTUAL WORKER TOUR—Join the Boise State Women’s Center and Alta Gracia, a company that manufactures college T-shirts and sweatshirts for schools around the country, for a look inside the factories where the products are made. Alta Gracia’s mission is to give the workers a way out of poverty by providing fair wages and working conditions. The “tour” will be via Skype. 4 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union (Simplot Grand Ballroom), 1910 University Drive, Boise. FACE OFF POKER TOURNAMENT—Your buy-in for this poker game will benefit the Boise State men’s hockey club. Featuring food from Old Chicago, a no-host bar and prizes for all entrants. No cash prizes will be awarded. 7 p.m. $50 buy-in. Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557.

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ALL SNOWBOARDS, BOOTS, BINDINGS, JACKETS & PANTS. 1021 Broadway Ave Boise ID 208 385-9300

GOLDFISH RACING— Goldfish are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big effin’ bar tab and their fish. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977, LAST CALL TRIVIA—Prove that you know random stuff and you might just win some other stuff. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379,

Animals & Pets K9 UNIT: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL—Meet the canine members of the Boise Police Department. 4 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise,


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FRIDAY FEB. 25 On Stage THE PIANO—Ballet Idaho will perform dances choreographed to Gershwin classics, Brahm’s waltzes and more. Purchase tickets at 8 p.m. $25-$55. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.

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8 DAYS OUT DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL— See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $7. Centennial High School (Centennial Performing Arts Center), 12400 W. McMillan Rd., Boise, 208-939-1404, KINETIC KITCHEN—Mix visual artists, a dance company and a composer, and this is what you get. See Picks, Page 18, for more. Tickets will be available at the door for this dance experiment. Visit offcenterdance. org for more info. 8 p.m. $12 student, $25 adult. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, LEAVING IOWA—A writer returns to his childhood home in Iowa with his father’s ashes as per his request, only to find that the family home has been converted into a grocery store. As he travels his home state looking for the perfect final resting place for his father’s ashes, he revisits childhood memories. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—The Starlight Mountain Theatre puts its own spin on the classic opera. Call 208-4625523 or visit for more info. 7:30 p.m. $10-$22. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425. PITA PUN—The Prairie Dog players put a new spin on the childhood classic. 7:15 p.m. $8-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208336-7383,

Odds & Ends BE TWICE INSPIRED WEDDING SHOW—A consignment sale in which the newly-married can sell their gently used wedding gowns, decorations and more to future brides in the Treasure Valley. 4-9 p.m. $3-$5. Studio J, 1322 W. Main St., Boise, 208-713-9329.

SATURDAY FEB. 26 Festivals & Events DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES GALA—Annual fundraiser for Idaho Dance Theatre featuring music, dancing and costumes from the ’60s and ’70s. Tickets include a buffet dinner, silent auction, no-host bar and a celebrity dance contest. 5:30 p.m. $100. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise.

On Stage THE PIANO—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $25-$55. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL— See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $7. Centennial High School, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208939-1404, chs.meridianschools. org.

KINETIC KITCHEN—See Friday. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $12 student, $25 adult. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, LEAVING IOWA—See Friday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$22. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425. PITA PUN—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $8-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, pdplayhouse. com. SING-A-THON FUNDRAISER— Enjoy 12 hours of singing, silent auctions and the opportunity to help out local singer and actress Dano Coles, who was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. Noon-midnight. FREE. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208385-0021,

Workshops & Classes BEGINNING EARRINGS—Learn how to make four styles of earrings. 12:30 p.m. $20 plus materials. Need to Bead, 1100 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-3840404, READING READINESS WORKSHOP—Early literacy workshop designed to help teachers and child care providers know how to get kids ready to read. Please call 208-384-4200 to register. 8 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS—The traveling Missoula Children’s Theater presents the fairy tale classic, starring local kids. 7:30 p.m. $4-$8. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208454-1376,

Food & Drink BASQUE CIDER HOUSE DINNER—Monthly dinner that includes a four-course meal and wine pairings. This month’s menu features a caramelized onion tortilla, cod with fried onions, steak and more. 6 p.m. $40 plus tax and gratuity. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208,

Art PROJECT RUNWAY, RE-CREATED—Artists and crafters will be walking the runway, showing their handmade, reclaimed, recycled and reconstructed stuff. Check out garments, home decor, accessories and more made of at least 75 percent recycled materials. The event is free to attend, and $10 to enter an item. 7-9:30 p.m. FREE. Twigs and Twist, 605 Americana Blvd., Boise, 208-342-0600,

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Skeleton Blues by Connor Coughlin was the 1st place winner in the 9th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.




Odds & Ends

ARTISTRY IN WOOD—Woodworkers and artists come together to show their stuff and participate in competitions, displays and demonstrations. For more info on the show, or on how to enter work, visit 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208343-4900.

ARTISTRY IN WOOD—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900.

LAST CALL TRIVIA—Followed by Anarchist Karaoke. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208287-5379,

FAMILY ART DAY—Bring the family for a tour of the museum, hands-on art activities, games and more. Visit for more info. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE with price of admission. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330,

FAMILY READING SERIES—Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes comes to life with the help of five actors and your imagination. 2 p.m. $6-$10. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.

Kids & Teens

WHAT IT’S WORTH—Bring up to three treasures from your attic, basement or where ever to have them valued by local appraisers, and get a chance to peruse the museum. Proceeds benefit the museum’s traveling exhibit and educational programs. See Picks, Page, 19, for more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $20. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120,

MONDAY FEB. 28 On Stage INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Local improv comedy. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352,

Kids & Teens JIM GILL—Award-winning musician Jim Gill brings his high-energy, kid-friendly show to the Treasure Valley courtesy of the Boise Public Library. 1 p.m. FREE. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, KIDS FAIR 2011—A day devoted to wee ones, including bungee runs, jump houses, face painting, magicians games, food and entertainment. Dora the Explorer and Diego will be there too. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $4-$5, FREE for kids 2 and under. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, THERAPY DOGS—Each month children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200,

Odds & Ends BE TWICE INSPIRED WEDDING SHOW—A consignment sale event in which the newly-married can sale their gently used wedding gowns, decorations and more to future brides in the Treasure Valley. 10 a.m.4 p.m. $3-$5. Studio J, 1322 W. Main St., Boise, 208-713-9329.

SUNDAY FEB. 27 On Stage THE PIANO—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $25-$55. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

Concerts COMMUNITY JAZZ SYMPOSIUM—The Boise Jazz Society presents the Lorca Hart Trio with Kenny Washington. Call 208-426-3498 for more info. 4 p.m. $45. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

Food & Drink SNIP “SPAY” GHETTI NO BALLS—Help raise funds for the Spay Neuter Idaho Pets clinic. Enjoy an evening of dinner, drinks and live and silent auctions. Call 208-968-1338 for more info or visit snipidaho. org to purchase tickets. 5 p.m. $25, or $150 for a table for eight. Clubhouse Event Center, 7311 W. Potomac Drive, Boise, 208-322-5550.

Screen OSCAR PARTY—Arrive in a limo and walk the red carpet into the clubhouse for dinner catered by Banbury and Mai Thai of Boise. Reserve your spot by getting your ticket at 5 p.m. $22. Banbury Golf Club, 2626 N. Marypost Place, Eagle, 208-939-3600,


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8 DAYS OUT STORY STORY NIGHT—StarCrossed Love: Stories of Fated Attractions is the theme of this month’s story-telling extravaganza. Dan Costello will perform and Pie Hole will dish up slices. 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111,


Food & Drink MINDFUL EATING TOUR—Am I Hungry? facilitator Dave Ficks will present info on how to make healthy food choices while still enjoying your favorite meals. Visit or Boise Fry Company to purchase tickets. 6:30 p.m. $25. Boise Fry Company, 111 Broadway Avenue, Ste. 111, Boise, 208-4953858,

Workshops & Classes EXPLORING GODDESS—For women who are interested in exploring themselves as the energies of the Goddess. RSVP is required. 6:30 p.m. $25. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999,

Odds & Ends BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-6699. KNITTING CLUB—Bring your projects to work on or hang out to learn. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org.

Animals & Pets INSIDE THE IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY—Meet a very special member of the Idaho Humane Society and learn about special programs that help pets find new homes. Participants are encouraged to bring a pet food donation. 6 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

TUESDAY MARCH 1 Festivals & Events POETRY 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, e-mail 6 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632.

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Actual Depiction came out on top at Knitting Factory’s Battle of the Bands.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS, KNITTING FACTORY Battles of the bands are strange beasts. Bands sometimes lose simply because they aren’t as good as one of their competitors. On the other hand, bands win because they are great musicians, interact well with an audience or have a hook: costumes, matching outfits, surprising instrumentation. At the Knitting Factory’s Battle of the Bands finals on Feb. 17, each band had at least one trait, but winners Actual Depiction had a little of all of them. Joined by KBOI TV 2’s Tami Tremblay, ex-Channel 7 anchor Ryan Panitz, ex-Boise State football star Alex Guerrero, I watched as four local bands—winnowed down from 60 entrants—played a 45-minute set (about 20 minutes too long) to compete for $500 cash, $500 in recording at Tonic Room Studios, opening spots and 20 pairs of tickets to any show at the Knitting Factory for one year. Christian pop alt-rockers The Getaway Car opened and set a high bar for the night, with what they admitted was only their fourth show. Frontman Jerry Fee has been around a long time and he definitely knows how to put on a show—the band’s musicianship garnered these guys an easy second place. Things weren’t quite so simple for the Uintahs, a Kings Of Leon-esque four-piece. Singer/guitarist Marcus Youngberg seemed unable to hear some of his bandmates and a couple of miscues led to timing missteps, which led to awkward moments. When Youngberg did attempt audience interaction, his soft voice was lost. His vocals, however, were clear and controlled and pretty lovely. A few more shows—and a few less nerves—and these guys are going to be fine additions to Boise’s indie music scene. High-energy Panic-At-The-Disco-esque pop-punkers Stop Drop and Party! are without a doubt one of the most entertaining, high-energy local bands to watch. Their flair—shirts, ties, mullets—and constant connection with the crowd guaranteed that a person doesn’t quickly forget them. Though vocals got a little pitchy toward the end, they were impressive and thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Actual Depiction was the big surprise of the night. The six-person band shared nothing in common visually, and looked like kids ready for their spot in the school talent show. But when long-tall frontman Brian “Murdoc” Gordon grabbed the mic, his huge spot-on vocals and the band’s tight playing eliminated any suggestions of amateurishness. The addition of DJ Chad Lopez—on keys and a turntable—gave AD an edge that combined everything from metal to melodic rock to hip-hop to reggae. The overtly sexual lyrics in their song “Go Down” had all of us judges standing mouths agape but we didn’t deny the addictiveness of the melody and Gordon’s powerful presentation. The band plays Grainey’s Feb. 25-26. Regardless of who won (congrats, Actual Depiction) or who lost (sorry, Uintahs) what the battle did was showcase four bands definitely worth keeping an eye on. —Amy Atkins WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT On Stage


NO ... YOU SHUT UP—Lauren Weedman wrote and stars in this show about her own fears and questions about motherhood, and she’s bringing it back to the stage where it all began in 2008. See story on Page 30 for more. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

CLIMATE, FISH AND WATER LECTURE—Zach Cockrum will talk about the latest climate policy news from the Obama administration and federal agencies, as well as the importance of conservation work and citizen involvement. 7 p.m. FREE. U.S. Geological Water Resources, 230 Collins Rd., Boise, 208-3871300,

Food & Drink

Odds & Ends

NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY— Get a short stack for free at International House Of Pancakes restaurants and make a voluntary donation to the Children’s Miracle Network or other local charities. All day. FREE, donations accepted.

BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. What more could you ask for? 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, BOOZE CLUES—Trivia and prizes with the one and only E.J. Pettinger. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

Workshops & Classes NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 3.0—Brian Weiderman, PT, DPT will demonstrate techniques to effectively deal with the aches and pains that might be slowing you down. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208344-6604,

COMEDY NIGHT—Test out your routine on patrons during open mic night. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3223430. LAST CALL TRIVIA—See Sunday. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379, PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at secondhand stores. $1 PBR, Oly or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008,

Literature GARTH STEIN—The author of The Art of Racing in the Rain will be in town to celebrate the Big Read and will be reading from and discussing his book. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208345-0454,

POKER—See Thursday. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208321-1811.

PARTNERS IN CRIME—A group for those who love to write mysteries. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229,

WEDNESDAY MARCH 2 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—Liquid Lounge and United Vision for Idaho host a discussion forum showcasing a different local nonprofit each month, along with a silent auction and local music. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379,

On Stage DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, NO... YOU SHUT UP—See Tuesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Workshops & Classes GPS BASICS—Receive a basic overview on how to use your GPS unit, including setup, working with coordinates and navigation. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, TREE CARE CLASS—The experts from Boise Community Forestry will teach you how to take care of your trees this spring. Topics include biology, pruning, planting, insect and disease problems and fruit tree pruning. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,



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

Real Dialogue from the naked city

Kids & Teens TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY—Take on a leadership role in helping plan events by becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board. Gain experience in program planning and satisfy volunteer hours for school. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,


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WHAT LIES AHEAD What Truth & Salvage Co. can do with a year

MacKayla Hunter prepares for a big show on the big stage.

A NEW HUNTER ON THE SCENE; AND OPEN UP AND PLAY On Thursday, Feb. 24, MacKayla Hunter, a young woman whose handlers are calling “the next Taylor Swift,” will headline at the Knitting Factory to celebrate the release of her country-tinged debut CD, Bitter & Sweet, with support from fellow Christians, hiphop/rockers Reckless Abandon and singer/ songwriter Nate Fowler. The 15-year-old high school student is a bit breathy vocally, and at her tender age, she’s writing and singing about subject matter she may not know much about yet. It’s something, she writes on her website, that her dad worries about: “Every time I write a new song, my dad wants to ground me for another couple weeks wondering when all this love happened and which boy he needs to have ‘a talkin’ to!” However, Hunter is a self-taught musician who has taken a cue from her young, blond, Grammy-winning predecessor and writes her own music, so her sound is genuine—a rare occurrence in modern pop. Hunter is also trying to make her way through the music industry at a time when thinking outside of the box is vital in obtaining new fans, which is, in turn, vital to success as a musician. She has invited students to come to her show en masse. The school with the most kids attending will win an in-school concert from Hunter and Reckless Abandon. Hunter’s CD release party starts at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $5, and all proceeds benefit Camp River Run. Visit mackaylahunter. com for more info. Not so much into Christian rock? Is throwing back a few brews in the hot summer sun while watching some of Boise’s finest dance as though no one is watching more your style? The Alive After Five summer concert series isn’t too far away, and organizers are looking for local openers. Local musicians are invited to per form 30-minute opening slots, and nonprofit organization Go Listen Boise is making all of the arrangements. Go Listen Boise is currently accepting applications from those interested in per forming. Artists need only visit to get an application and read up on the requirements, or send a request for a form to Go Listen Boise notes that although in 2010 they were looking for musicians who hadn’t played in 2009, this year they are open to repeats, and that all local musicians, regardless of style or previous appearances, are encouraged to apply. Submissions for the 18 dates will be accepted through Tuesday, March 15. —Amy Atkins and Josh Gross

HEATHER LILE Six guys in faded jeans sat outside Reef one muggy day last June. Their van was parked at the curb, and it looked as though they had just rolled into town and were taking a minute to stretch their legs. Inside the restaurant, a few people ate dinner and a few more enjoyed the evening on the patio upstairs. The radio station that was broadcasting live at Reef that night didn’t even mention that a band was playing—the station was there giving away a free cruise. Chances are that few who walked into Reef that night were familiar with William “Smitty” Byron Smith, Tim Jones, Scott Kinnebrew, Walker Young and Adam Grace, collectively known as the Los Angeles-based rock band Truth & Salvage Co. Fast-forward almost a year, and the odds William “Smitty” Byron Smith, Walker Young, Scott Kinnebrew, Tim Jones and friends. are pretty good that the crowd at Neurolux Wonder what instrument the chihuahua plays ... on Wednesday, March 2, won’t be there by coincidence. Spending the better part of two ing a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm and I got jealous and said well, ‘We’re all years opening for the Black Crowes and and humility. As Young put it, not everyone gonna have to play together,’” Young said the white-hot Avett Brothers has garnered gets the chance they’ve been given, and they laughing. the band quite a following among Southern are grateful for it. Grace was also part of the Crane/Hotel roots/rock/Americana/alt-country fans, not “Sometimes I’ll be singing the songs, and Cafe scene and knew Jones. Soon the six to mention a reputation for putting on a multi-talented guys, four of whom are singer/ I’m like, ‘This is exactly what these people rowdy live show. The Sacramento Press likneed right now. Something happy and lightsongwriters, were playing together regularly. ened the band to “a freight train ride down hearted and jovial. Something to take their the Route 66 of American music,” complete After seeing them perform as a group, a mind off the crazy everyday life that they friend at one of those shows told them that with Hammond organ, steel guitar and aclead,’” said Young. what they had together was better than their cordion on board. Speaking of crazy lives, according to the individual stuff, and they listened. More Their self-titled first album was released opening sequence of their video for “Pure importantly, they agreed. in May 2010 by Silver Arrow/Megaforce Mountain Angel,” the band has logged more “It just came out of enjoying each other’s Records and is largely comprised of highthan 103,000 miles, crossed the Mississippi music and respecting each other, and everyenergy, easy-to-sing-to tracks. There’s no River 21 times, stayed in 732 hotel rooms body wanting to sing along,” Young said. denying the country influence in “101” and and performed 312 shows, including music From the first words of the album’s open“Welcome to L.A.,” while other tracks like festivals like Bonnaroo and High Sierra. To ing track, listeners get a sense of what he’s “Call Back” and “See Her” sound like what talking about. “Hail, Hail” is a tribute to the say they are busy is an understatement, but would happen if The Band, Credence ClearYoung doesn’t seem to mind. water Revival and Black Crowes got together hard work, friendship and journey they’ve “What I love about what we do is that we at Waylon Jennings’ place for a late-night jam taken to get to where they are now: “Hail, are in different towns every day and everyhail, the gang’s all here / with their heads session. Or as keyboard player and singer/ full of reefer and their body in the band is really into history and songwriter Young cool restaurants in the places we go,” he said. bellies full of beer / said, “I always just “It’s making it fun for us because we kind of 16 years of living the tell people it’s rock ’n’ With Olin and the Moon, Wednesday, March feel like every day is a field trip.” dream / and the pride roll.” 2, 8 p.m., $8 Record Exchange or He added that it has been exciting. After, $10 door. of all our families. / The band formed all, this is why they moved to Los Angeles. Hail, hail the gang’s in Hollywood after NEUROLUX It seems to have worked for them and they all here / with their Young, Smith, Kin111 N. 11th St. 208-343-0886 don’t let little things—like having Chris eyes wide open and nebrew and Joe Edel Robinson of the Black Crowes produce their their eyes super clear (who has since been record, or recording at Sun Studios (Johnny / ready to see what it replaced with bass Cash and Elvis both recorded there), or sellmeans to be / the rulplayer Frank DiVanna) ing out shows in New York and Nashville, ers of our destinies, all right.” moved their band, Scrappy Hamilton, from or appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live—go to It’s obvious from the chemistry they have North Carolina in 2005. They started playing their heads. Laughing, Young said things are on stage, and the lyrical harmonies that flow at Crane’s Tavern and the Hotel Cafe, where about to get even more exciting for the band Jones was booking shows after having moved through their songs, that the guys are enjoyin the first week in March. ing riding the wave that the exposure of the west from Indiana hoping to make it big. “We’re going to be in Boise, right?” last year has brought them, while maintain“Tim Jones started playing with Smitty,

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HELLOGOODBYE, FEB. 23, THE VENUE Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! are so 10 minutes ago—at least for SoCal band Hellogoodbye. Since releasing Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006, the peppy, pop-rockers have done the one thing necessary for a band to thrive: they reinvented, re-thought and refined their sound. Hellogoodbye’s 2010 full-length release, Would It Kill You? lacks the punchy, dancey electronica and bent vocals on Zombies’ breakout single “Here (In Your Arms).” Instead acoustic and electric guitars, strings, a little brass and joyous Arctic Monkeys-esque choruses give singer Forrest Kline’s voice a more jangly and more grown-up platform from which to shine. Their Wednesday, Feb. 23, show at the Venue includes support from Gold Motel, Now, Now Every Children and the acclaimed purveyors of piano-based pop, Jukebox the Ghost. It will also show that Hellogoodbye has left zombies, aliens, vampires and dinosaurs in the dust. —Amy Atkins 6:30 p.m., $15, tickets available through The Venue, 521 Broad St.,

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EVERYDAY SUNDAY—With A Rotterdam November and Stop, Drop & Party. 7:30 p.m. $8-$20. Knitting Factory GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s HELLOGOODBYE—With Jukebox The Ghost, Gold Motel and Now, Now Every Children. See Listen Here, this page. 6:30 p.m. $15. The Venue JAMES ORR—8 p.m. FREE. Reef JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

SHOOK TWINS AND SHAKIN’ NOT STIRRED—6:30 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Linen Building

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

JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

SPENCER BATT—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

SHON SANDERS AND AMY WEBER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel


STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s

THE WHITE BUFFALO—8 p.m. $5. Reef

MILLIONYOUNG—10 p.m. $5. Reef

THE THROWDOWN—Final Throwdown. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown


MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. FREE. New Frontier

FRIDAY FEB. 25 ACTUAL DEPICTION—See Review on Page 24. 9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

POP CULT KIDS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid PRAIRIE SKY PILOTS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

B3 SIDE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

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



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


STORIE GRUBB AND THE HOLY WARS—With Ironwood Run and Matthew DeSpain. 7 p.m. $5. ColorCube

JUMPING SHARKS—With The Universal. 7 p.m. FREE. ColorCube KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MACKAYLA HUNTER— With Nate Fowler and Reckless Abandon. See Noise News, Page 26. 6:30 p.m. $5. Knitting Factory RYAN WISSINGER—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire

DAN COSTELLO AND THE TRUCK STOP TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire FINN RIGGINS—With Worlds Greatest Ghosts, Junior Rocket Scientist and Youth Lagoon. 8 p.m. $5. VAC GABBA GABBA HEYS—With Trigger Itch. 8:30 p.m. $10-$20. Knitting Factory HUNTER VALENTINE—With Vanity Theft. 8 p.m. $7 adv., $9 door. Neurolux Finn Riggins


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE SATURDAY FEB. 26 ACTUAL DEPICTION—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s BIG WOW BAND—9 p.m. FREE. 9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle BLISTERED EARTH—With Krystos. 9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel BRENT JENSEN AND KRIS HARTUNG—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage BRIANNE GRAY—9 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown HIGHER LEARNING TOUR—Featuring Fashawn, Gilbere Forte and more. 10 p.m. $7. Reef HIP HOP HEROES—7 p.m. $10. Linen Building JOHNNY DOWNING—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK AND SALLY TIBBS—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers OLYGHOST—With Xouds208, Public Intoxication, Mill Bill, Kool E-Mac, S.O.D., Pleasantville Killerz and more. 7 p.m. $5. ColorCube PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT—With Laura Gibson. See Picks, Page 19. 8 p.m. $10. VAC REBECCA SCOTT—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire


RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub


STEVE EATON—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

BCT MUSIC SERIES—Featuring John Hammond. 8 p.m. $30 general, $50 VIP. BCT

TAUGE & FAULKNER—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

WILD NOTHING—With Abe Vigoda. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 at the door. Neurolux

THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— With David Veloz. 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

SUNDAY FEB. 27 B.B. KING—8 p.m. $45-$75. Morrison Center DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ESCAPE THE FATE—With Alesana, Motionless In White, Get Scared and Drive A. 6:15 p.m. $16. Knitting Factory




WEDNESDAY MARCH 2 CASEY RUSSELL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DEVOTCHKA—8 p.m. $15.50-$35. Knitting Factory DR. JOE AND DARIN—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown KORY QUINN & THE COMRADES—9 p.m. $5. Bouquet


REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

CONTEMPORARY NIGHT WITH ARTS WEST LIVE—With Divit and Fonny. 6:30 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door

RICO WEISMAN—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

TRUTH & SALVAGE CO.—With Olin and the Moon. See Noise, Page 26. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 at the door. Neurolux

KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

V E N U E S Don’t know a venue? Visit for addresses, phone numbers and a map.

WILD NOTHING, FEB. 26, NEUROLUX There’s something instantly familiar about one-man laptop band Wild Nothing, something swirling in Jack Tatum’s spacedout, lo-fi pop haze that calls to mind The Cure and The Smiths. And though Tatum is frequently slapped with the n-word (nostalgic), the Blacksburg, Va., resident doesn’t distance himself from that. In a 2010 Q&A with Interview Magazine, Tatum— who was barely born in the ’80s—addressed the comparisons. “I have heard people say The Cure and I can see where they would get that from, but for me at least it wasn’t really a direct influence on the record. But it’s not a bad comparison; I’m not offended by it by any means. But I was definitely a fan of Factory and 4AD and Creation,” said Tatum. Wild Nothing’s debut full-length release, Gemini, garnered Tatum buckets of blog praise, including an 8.2 rating on Pitchfork. The album hums with fuzzy synth, wildly catchy hooks and sleepy, pillow talk vocals. —Tara Morgan With Abe Vigoda. 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

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BIRTH AND RE-BIRTH Lauren Weedman brings No, You Shut Up back to Boise … sort of AMY ATKINS See Ballet Idaho in black and white with the presentation of The Piano.


that seems like such a cheesy subject.” show, like Weedman, was awkward, emoNow, in 2011, the changes in Weedman’s tional, raw, hilarious and revealed Weedman’s struggles with wanting what women want—or life have helped her nurture the show to the level at which she originally wanted it to be. are supposed to want: a child. “I didn’t really just want to do a show Since 2008, much has changed for about having a baby, and it bothered me. It Weedman. She recently got Bluetooth for feels almost rude to say that with all of the her phone, so she feels much safer driving support I was given, but I definitely felt like around in Los Angeles and talking on the the show wasn’t there. But once I had the phone at the same time. Oh, yeah, and she’s baby, I was able to re-approach the show and now married to longtime boyfriend/director figure out what I wanted it to be really. [Shut Jeff Weatherford, and they have a 1-year-old Up] now is recognizable, but it’s kind of not,” son, Leo. Weedman also played Horny Patty Weedman said, laughing. on several-episodes of the Showtime series Weedman has added, edited, omitted and Hung and will make an appearance in two rewritten so much of the show that it is, for upcoming episodes of HBO’s True Blood. all intents and purposes, a new creation. And Shut Up has changed dramatically, too, and as such, it could reasonably have been given a is finally where Weedman wants it to be. new name, but it was Days before Shut Up important to Weedpremiered, Weedman March 1-5, 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on man to honor the had reservations about Saturday, March 5, $15. show’s birth. the show’s direction. BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER “I kept the name “I was resisting tell854 Fulton Road because I wanted to ing a personal story,” 208-331-9224 pay homage to the Weedman told Boise commission it started Weekly in 2008. “I did from,” Weedman said. a run-through and was So though some things change—Weedman like, ‘This is so irritating.’ And I’m not telling can now do interviews with impunity while a story,” she said. “I do have something I driving—some things stay the same. want to tell, but it’s about having a baby, and

ALL ABOARD Grammy award-winning JoAnn Falletta guest conducts Boise Philharmonic AMY ATKINS In her hands, a baton is like a magic wand, and with each spirited, passionate move, she brings the music of the masters to life. And when JoAnn Falletta stands before Boise Philharmonic as guest conductor on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, she and acclaimed guest violinist, Michael Ludwig, will give life to the music of Leonard Bernstein, Edward Elgar and Charles Saint-Saens in Boise Philharmonic’s presentation of “Enigma Variations.” Falletta’s impressive resume is as long as a career criminal’s rap sheet. She has guest conducted hundreds of national and international symphonies, recorded a bounty of releases, is an accomplished classical guitarist and garnered both a Best Classical Vocal Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition Grammy in 2009 for her recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan. Falletta has also served as music director of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra—where Boise Philharmonic maestro Robert Franz served as resident conductor—and this season celebrates her 20th anniversary as music director of the Virginia Symphony. Though it sounds like a

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complicated venture, overseeing more than one be able to be free and be able to have their personalities reflected. Music is ... very flexible, orchestra offers Falletta as much as it does the and if I can be flexible, I can help the orchestra performers. bring out its own voice.” “I go back and forth all the time between Falletta also works to “break down the Buffalo, N.Y., and Norfolk, Va., and I’ve gotinvisible wall between the audience and the ten so used to it,” Falletta said. “I find it very stage” and has been stimulating, and I’ve lauded for doing so, learned a lot from receiving an ASCAP both orchestras, and award in 2008 that that helps me grow as recognized, among a musician.” other things, her Falletta’s growth work at building comes in part from audiences. helping the orchestras “Music direcgrow as well, and her tors, soloists, voice as a conductor composers ... can be heard as much With guest violinist Michael Ludwig, want to talk to the in what she doesn’t do $10 students, $25-$75 general. For more information, visit audience, and audias in what she does. ences are interested,” “I arrive with a FRIDAY, FEB. 25, NOON: Backstage with Falletta said. “There’s strong interpretation of the Artists, FREE. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. Ninth St. much more of a melda piece,” Falletta said. ing and a meeting of “But I always leave a FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 8 P.M.: Swayne Auditorium, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790 the minds and sharing lot of space for the orof information and chestra to be themselves SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 8 P.M.: Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609 that’s very good.” ... musicians should CHE RYL G O RSKI

Ivories will be tickled when pianists Juli Draney and Felix Eisenhauer accompany Ballet Idaho’s graceful delivery of The Piano on Feb. 25-27 at the Boise State SPEC. Ballet Idaho’s ballet master Alex Ossadnik brings the music of Sergei Prokofiev to the stage with “Midnight Shadows,” a dramatic piece that will have the dancers digging deep to convey the emotion of the music and the dance. Artistic director Peter Anastos brings Brahms’ beautiful music to life via pas de deuxs in “Brahms Waltzes.” Then, as Anastos is wont to do, he gives audiences—and dancers—a more lighthearted romp with “By George!” and the music of George Gershwin, “a speed-skate through some of the great American songs that are now considered classic.” For more information and tickets, visit What’s that sound? It’s one of several opportunities for exposure and possibly some cold, hard cash knocking at your door. Maybe you better answer. The annual Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival in Ketchum will take place Aug. 12-14 and organizers are looking for participants. To apply, visit or and click on “Events.” The deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 28, at midnight. We Art Women will take place this year at Visual Arts Collective on Thursday, April 14. This is a juried exhibit, with local artist Surel Mitchell serving as this year’s juror. For an entry form or more information, e-mail Zella Bardsley at zellabardsley@ The deadline for entry is Monday, March 7. Modern Art will take over the Modern Hotel this year on First Thursday, May 5. Entry forms for artists are available at the Modern Hotel front desk, and forms are due back there by Tuesday, March 1. For more information, e-mail Amy O’Brien or Kerry Tullis at The new Performing Arts for Cultural and Community Celebrations grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History will offer funds “specifically for hiring performing artists and for associated costs, such as renting sound and stage equipment.” A total of $12,000 is available and interested parties can request grants of $500 to $2,000 for events taking place between May 1 and Sept. 30. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 11. For more information, visit artsandhistory. —Amy Atkins

When funny woman Lauren Weedman was in Boise in 2008, the tiny blonde blew audiences away with her one-woman show, No, You Shut Up, a piece commissioned by Boise Contemporary Theater. She is bringing a reprisal of that show back to the BCT stage March 1-5. The



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WHITE OR WRONG White Material reveals social unrest in Africa DRIVE ANGRY 3D—Trying to avoid the demons sent from hell to take him back, Milton (Nicholas Cage) teams up with a leggy damsel to save the Earth from a supernatural hellion takeover. (R) Edwards HALL PASS—Owen Wilson and SNL’s Jason Sudeikis star in this goofball comedy directed by Bobby Farrelly. Both men have been mundanely married for quite some time and convince their wives to allow them a week to do whatever they like. (R) Edwards

SOMEWHERE—Directed by Sofia Coppola, this film focuses on Johnny (Stephen Dorff), who lives a lifestyle full of drugs and women at the famed Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. A visit from his daughter forces him to see what is important in life. See review at (R) Flicks

Special Screenings

GEORGE PRENTICE The uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have been a cold slap in the face for idealistic, white Western journalists. For each report given amidst the populist rallies in the streets of Cairo, unfortunately we also hear other reports about the brutal assaults of these same journalists. White Material, director Claire Denis’ elegy of racial strife in an unnamed African There’s no middle of the road when it comes to skin color in White Material. country, weaves an uneven tapestry of violence set against great beauty. Espressocolored landscapes are the backdrop of a deher in order to pay off his debts. Her son teriorating nation; French colonialists flee in Terror hides in the tall grass surrounding Manuel, played by Nicolas Duvauchelle, is her farm, yet she focuses on finishing a hardroves; child rebels carry machetes; and the pathologically obsessed with violence. And vest that will never be complete. She is even most basic of needs such as food and mediMaria puts herself in even greater danger by cine are wasted. Denis grew up in Africa and ignorant of her own heritage. When a radio offering refuge to a wounded rebel officer announcer orders used the continent as known as the Boxer, played by Isaach De Caucasians to leave a backdrop for her Bankole (who starred in Chocolat). the region, Maria semi-autobiographical WHITE MATERIAL (R) White Material moves slowly, yet is never agrees they should. 1988 film Chocolat. French with English subtitles slow-motioned. It is purposeful rather than “Stupid whites,” White Material can plodding. The soundtrack includes music she says. “Whites readily serve as a Starring Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle from British alt-rock band Tindersticks. don’t deserve to live companion piece. The milky-white complexion of Huppert in this wonderful Pale-skinned Opens Friday, March 4, at The Flicks serves the theme expertly. Her whiter-thancountry.” actress Isabelle Hupwhite skin reminds the rebels that no matter Everyone around pert stars as Maria how many years she or her family have lived Maria wants her to Vial, a woman who in Africa, they are oppressors, and only vioruns a failing coffee plantation with grit and run for her life. Her ne’er-do-well husband, lence will end that social structure. portrayed by Christopher Lambert (Highnaivete. She is oblivious to danger, and that lander), is trying to sell the farm from under puts her at constant risk through the film.

SCREEN/THE TUBE The show isn’t hilarious, but it’s funny. It’s bold to build a sitcom—in these populist-pedaling times—around a successful sports/concert/ It’s difficult to root for Friends stars because it’s much more fun to circus arena manager, Ben Donovan (Perry), who has no kids and who watch the formerly successful sitcom folk degenerate into cocaine-fudoesn’t care about other people. Mass audiences don’t like that sort eled-hungry-for-hidden-hookers-in-the-closet-shoveling-spiked-whiskey-in-aof thing unless the character changes—and, of course, by the time the suitcase-and-heading-to-Guatamala perversions of their former selves. show ends, Ben will probably become a mushy, pseudo-reluctant father But, admittedly, Matthew Perry has created something good. figure with a wacky neighbor who He’s writing and starring in Mr. dispenses Buddha-like wisdom over Sunshine—ABC’s new show curthe fence. Otherwise, it’ll be canrently airing after Modern Family on celed before Joey Lawrence returns Wednesday nights—and it’s actually to primetime. Also, the theme-song watchable, especially if you consider brilliance will be replaced by some ironic detachment to be funny. sort of Black Eyed Peas tribute. Regardless of your comedic Perry delivers his solipsistic predilections, however, it features a lines well, but the comic revelation welcome counterpart to the irritatis Allison Janney. She inhabits her ing song that opened his previous frazzled, pill-popping, arena-owning half-hour comedy. Mr. Sunshine character with unparalleled aplomb. may boast the greatest sitcom On kids, she says in the pilot theme that has ever been written. episode: “Their well-being is of the Basically, it’s this: A poorly drawn utmost importance, as they are our sun appears on the screen as a few future, and when you ask them to acoustic guitar chords are played get things for you, they do it with behind the five-second lyrics “Mr. enthusiasm.” Sunshine, yeah.” —Damon Hunzeker Mr. Sunshine airs Wednesday nights on ABC. That’s it.

MR. SUNSHINE HAS A FEW BRIGHT SPOTS MI CHACRA—Idaho native Jason Burlage won the grand prize at Banff Mountain Film Festival for this documentary about indigenous life and culture in Peru. See Picks, Page 18, for more. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., $13. Boise Contemporary Theater, 8554 Fulton St., 208-331-9224,

BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES—Special screening of the documentary made to suss out “real” American music. Thursday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, 33

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OSCAR PARTY—Arrive by limo and walk the red carpet into a dinner catered by Banbury Golf Course and Mai Thai. Sunday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m. $22. Banbury Golf Course, 2626 N. Marypost Place, Eagle, 208-939-3600, 32

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FLCL: THE COMPLETE SERIES No matter how old you are, there’s something cool about a cartoon robot battle. These days, the thought of robot battles reeks of Michael Bay but even he can’t make the original animated Transformers uncool. But when compared to the epic, visceral robot duels of beloved anime series FLCL, even Transformers is kid stuff. Created in 2001, FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly) gained a strong fan base with its amazing visuals: robots erupting from a young boy’s skull battled a pink haired girl with a bass guitar. The story—with all the oddness unique to classic anime—is a coming-of-age tale and touches on all of the awkwardness and pain of growing up. After being unavailable for four years, the essential DVD collection is now for sale.

WEEDS: SEASON 6 It’s easy to get frustrated with Nancy Botwin. In the latest season of Weeds, Nancy (Mar y Louise Parker) and the gang are on the lam from both the law and her power ful husband, Esteban. As she runs from her old life, Nancy’s decisions are increasingly hard to understand. She’s one of the most self-centered characters on TV—oftentimes it’s hard to like her. But that doesn’t mean she’s not watchable. There’s something irresistible about Nancy’s bad decisions that make viewers want to see how she’ll extricate herself and what she’ll do next. Nancy is like a female Don Draper, but instead of suppressing, she ignites. Botwin stays true to form in Season Six. —Jordan Wilson

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E-READER APP/SCREEN the Kindle’s bookmarks bar, and Instapaper scoops up the article. For its Kindle e-reader, It then takes the text of that article (and the delivers publications such as The New York occasional accompanying image) and shoots Times and the The Atlantic wirelessly via it to your Kindle account. Simply sign up for its Whispernet sync. The best thing about Instapaper and put in the free Amazon delivery having access to these articles online is the e-mail address (“name”, instant clickability to the article, whether it be and you’ll receive your most recent batch of through RSS feed, Twitter or another ser vice. articles when you turn on wi-fi. If you’re craving The bad part is having to bookmark lengthy on-the-go delivery, input “name”, articles for later, where they might be forgotbut this option costs a ten and/or ignored. nickel per megabyte. Enter Instapaper, The service also alan online ser vice that lows for exporting docs leverages the power to the ePub format of the Kindle’s fancy(similar to Kindle’s pants E-Ink display .mobi filetype) for those to save your eyeballs with Sony Reader or the Barnes and Noble from atrophying in the face of a backlit Nook. Or you could go the 20th century route screen. You no longer have to bookmark and print to paper. Just don’t forget to recycle. articles, “Favorite” tweets or “Save Page As” for reading on the go. Rather, you can —Andrew Crisp just click an icon labeled “Read Later” in



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2011 GEORGE’S CYCLES SPRING RACE SERIES—Series consists of three races on Sunday, March 13, Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, May 1. Register at for all three races through March 10. Call 208 343-3782 for more info. $50 for the series. 2011 SLAMMER ROAD RACE— Boise Development Cycling presents this road race on Sunday, March 20, at 10 a.m. The race begins and ends on South Cole Road, half a mile south of Ten Mile Creek Road. There is a cash prize. Register online at through race day. For more info call 208343-3782. $15. BEAT THE DOC FUN RUN AND CANINE CANTER—5K loop course including off-road trails and a gravel road to be held on Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. Register online at spondoro. com through race day. $30.50$35.50, plus $5 for your dog. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. DRY CREEK HALF MARATHON—Half marathon to be held on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Course starts and finishes at the Merc at the Hidden Springs town square and is part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series. Register online at through race day. $38. LES BOIS 10K TRAIL RUN 2011—10K run to be held on Saturday, March 5. Course is out and back on dirt trails, 3.1 miles each way, behind Fort Boise Park. Register online at through race day. $28. WEISER RIVER TRAIL 50K RELAY AND SOLO RUN—Run this 50K solo or with a team on the trails from Council to Midvale on the scenic Weiser River Trail. Race to be held on Saturday, April 30, with staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m. Register online at bluecirclesports. com through the day of the race. $60 solo, $200 per team of five.

Events & Workshops BUCK OFF CLIMBING COMPETITION—The Boise State Outdoor Program will host the 19th annual climbing competition for all skill levels, with a final round and raffles toward the end of the day. E-mail nicolegallaher@ for more info. Saturday, Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $25-$35. Boise State Student Recreation Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-4261131, MEET THE STEELHEADS—Meet the members of the Idaho Steelheads hockey team and get a chance to win hockey sticks, tickets and autographs. Tuesday, March 1, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian, 208-288-5485, MILITARY NIGHT—Military families can skate for free. No charge for admission or skate rentals. Saturday, Feb. 26, 1:304:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, idahoiceworld. com.

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Bib No. 1: Michael Sinnott; Bib No. 2: 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Demong: Bib No. 3: Sylvan Ellefson, who won this race.

A TRIP ALONG BOULDER MOUNTAIN The first weekend in February was a big deal in Ketchum. The sporting event on everyone’s mind was the 36th annual Boulder Mountain Tour, one of the longest-running and most prestigious cross-country ski races in North America. I learned to skate ski last year. I made it to exactly one off-season dryland training session last fall. I attended one clinic with Idaho Nordic Ski Club this winter. So, why did I think I had any business entering a 32K cross-country ski race from Galena Lodge to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters in Sun Valley? The truth is, I didn’t think. In a move born from peer pressure and pure impulse, I signed up for the event just hours before the entry deadline. In my limited experience, the most stressful thing about any race is the start, and Nordic ski racing is no exception. First of all, Idaho’s unpredictable weather patterns lead to the inevitable pre-race waxing crisis. Your race might be over before you even get to the start line if you haven’t waxed correctly for the conditions. Surrounded by wax techs who were fluently discussing Swix recommendations—and only speaking broken Toko myself—I might as well have gone with a Brazilian. Once on the starting line, the potential for catastrophe is enormous. Picture hundreds of excited athletes clawing at the snow with long, sharp-tipped poles and kicking their feet, each of which is attached to 190-plus centimeters of ski. Then imagine this chaos getting funneled into a chute one-fourth the width of the original starting line, and you start to understand why I was advised to be both “aggressive” and “narrow” for the first two minutes of the race. Fortunately, the “wave” format meant that participants were organized into start groups according to their prior results in competition. There I was in wave No. 7—the last wave— with more than 100 other rookies. As I stood shivering in a borrowed skin suit, attire mandated by a friend who raced in the elite wave, I realized my peers were more appropriately dressed in layers of Gore-Tex and Polarfleece. But I didn’t have to contemplate clothing for long because the gunshot finally cracked the air. In a schizophrenic flurry of flailing skis and poles, away we skied. After surviving the start still upright and with my fragile carbon poles intact, each thrilling kilometer that I skated was a vivid blur. I felt like I had the fastest skis in the universe, but the only astonishing thing about my final finish time was that a man more than twice my age beat me by seven minutes. This confirmed what I’ve always known about Nordic skiing: It favors technique and skill over brute force. That didn’t matter to me, though. Hours later at the unofficial after-party at Grumpy’s I smiled into a schooner of pale ale, confident that I’d be back at the BMT next year. And the year after that. —Sarah Barber






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POWER TO THE PEOPLE Clean Energy Solutions are Good for Your Pocket Book and The Environment BY LIZ WOODRUFF hink for a second about how much your quality of life including your daily activities, work tasks, technological gadgets, and leisure time are all made possible by the use of electricity. Electrical energy and the way it powers our lives is easily taken for granted, but remains a staple few among us are willing to give up. From the light-switch in your home, to the heat pump that warms the water for your shower in cold winter months, to the coffeemaker that gives your body a jump start, and the computer screen that may be an instrument of your work-life; energy really does make the world go around. Energy is both indispensible and costly. As hard economic times hit Idaho, individuals, businesses, and local and state government recognize the importance of using energy wisely to save money and reduce the pollution caused by the thermoelectric generation. When greenhouse gases are ultimately curbed, the cost of Idaho’s “cheap” coal resources will go up and our pocket books will be hit even harder. To save money today we should all pay close attention to where our energy comes from, what it costs, its impact on our air, water and health, and perhaps most importantly, how we use it. The Northwest Power and Conservation Coun-


cil is a quasi-governmental entity that forecasts energy needs and usage in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana every 5 years. Last year, the Council put out its “Sixth Power Plan” which emphasized the benefits of saving energy and money through systematic energy efficiency measures. In fact, the Plan argued that 85% of new energy demand in the northwest region

could be met with energy efficiency alone. In a similar fashion, Idaho’s own Energy Plan, passed overwhelmingly by the Idaho Legislature in 2007, names energy efficiency and renewable energy as the first resources of choice for Idaho. So, how can you help make sure that we implement efficiency first and develop clean, safe, and abundantly available renewable energy to secure Idaho’s future? Knowledge is Power: Make sure to check out your utility’s resource-mix and contact your customer service representative about how to

improve the energy use in your home or business. Attend public planning meetings at your utility and speak up for efficiency and renewable energy. Reduce your Use: Even when they are turned off appliances like TVs and computers still use energy when they are plugged in. Unplug electrical items to reduce “phantom loads” and unnecessary costs. Hang your Pants! Stop the Plants!: You don’t want your utility to build a new thermoelectric plant just to meet the power peak that happens from using items like air-conditioners and clothes driers do you? Irrigation pumping also contributes to this peak, but you can help by line-drying your clothes. Clothes will even dry on lines in the winter, so give it a try and reduce your electrical bill. Be Brighter about Lighting: LED lighting is a great first step to reduce your energy use. LED lighting will brighten your home without burning out in the socket and without burning a hole in your pocket book. Just Weatherize It: All the efficient heating and lighting in the world will be for naught if it just escapes out the cracks in your windows, doors and ceiling. Weatherize your home with insulation, caulking and window coverings to keep the

energy you pay for inside, instead of throwing it out the window. Go Solar: As thermoelectric generation becomes more costly the cost of solar technology is coming down. Idaho has abundant solar resources and a berth of solar industry entrepreneurs looking to grow this new clean energy sector. With innovative energy policies and local, state and federal financing mechanisms in place, solar technology can and will be affordable for the rest of us. You’ve Got the Power: So use it. Talking to your elected officials about why you support clean and renewable energy development is critical to ensuring Idaho captures the economic benefits of the emerging clean energy economy. Revenue saved through efficiency and generated from renewable energy development in our state will help alleviate state budget shortfalls currently affecting important infrastructure like public education. Instead of focusing on problems lets work together to show how clean energy can be a solution for a brighter future in Idaho.

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One woman’s fierce fanaticism for fermented foods

EXPANDING HORIZONS Chef John Berryhill has confirmed two new additions to his popular downtown eatery Berryhill and Co., located at 121 N. Ninth St. Berryhill is currently in the process of opening a new restaurant at 915 Idaho St., which he describes as, “Casual-eclectic and quick on-the-go cuisine with an emphasis on breakfast and lunch.” Also in the works is a separate bar/ lounge beside Berryhill and Co. with “a couple of 50-inch plasmas, comfortable leather furniture and hipper tunes.” Check on Thursday, Feb. 24, for a more in-depth interview with Berryhill about his new concepts. Another downtown restaurateur who’s expanding his empire is Rex Chandler, owner of Chandlers Steakhouse. Chandler is now partner and executive director of Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian, a small franchise described as “modern Asian cuisine meets traditional American comfort.” Ling & Louie’s was founded in Denver by Randy Schoch in 2006 and has since branched out to Scottsdale and Chandler, Ariz., and Anchorage, Alaska. According to an interview with, Schoch hopes the restaurant’s expansion to Meridian will be the start of a national trend. “We believe we can take the Ling & Louie’s concept nationwide and create some great opportunities for franchisees throughout the country,” Schoch said. The 6,843-square-foot joint promises to “sake bomb your senses with vibrant colors, classic rock and a fun staff” and will feature “bright colors complemented with dark wood and Asian murals and accents” and dishes like Ling’s Meatloaf, the Evil Jungle Princess (wife to Mai Thai’s Evil Jungle Prince?) and Black Orchid Ahi. “We’re still six weeks out before we open … from my position, it’s getting pretty intense,” said Chandler. “It’s really neat, we’re getting really excited about it.” Ling & Louie’s officially opens on Monday, April 4. 3210 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-888-5000, In other, less chi-chi dining news, Red Room now offers a way to soak up all the PBR and pop punk rumbling around in your tattooed belly: grilled cheese on homemade rosemary focaccia. Patrons can choose from a number of gooey options prepared at Locavore and cooked up on the George Foreman, including bacon cheddar, vegan eggplant, and turkey and gorgonzola cream cheese. Red Room is open and slinging GC’s from 5 p.m.-2 a.m., seven days a week. 1519 W. Main St. —Tara Morgan


Meet the Meatza, one of Red Room’s fancy new grilled cheese sandwiches.

FOMENTING FERMENTATION GUY HAND Fans of fermentation often sound like they’re camped on the far fringes of the foodie movement. They’re frequently portrayed as dumpster-diving neo-hippies with a hunger for the culinary dark side: lovers of bacteria, festering yeasts and the nearly rotted flesh the most fervent call “high meat.” Fermentation is, after all, a kind of controlled decomposition, a breaking down of organic matter that can end up tasting sublime, slimy or much worse. That’s why I wonder if I’ve made a wrong turn when my first foray into the wilds of fer- on to the next specimen. “And I want to call this beets, but what it mentation leads me to a quiet subdivision in stalwart Kuna and the tidy home of a mother is, is not the actual beet.” Once she realizes I’m not going to make a of three. I don’t know Tara Kelly any better than I know the fermenter’s craft, but I heard break for the door, Kelly’s enthusiasm grows. she’s an avid practitioner and willing to show Eventually she’s all but dancing around her microbial progeny. She points to her lactome her work. fermented mayonnaise, her cultured bean Still, I see nary a hint of the culinary occult when a bright-eyed Kelly opens her front dip, her kombucha tea with its gelatinous “mother” floating Alien-like in a dark fluid. door with a brighter smile, then leads me All of these wildly different, living through her thoroughly normal living room creatures are the product of fermentation, to a sparkling, suburban kitchen . . . until, a process that not only preserves food but that is, she points to what she’s gathered on transforms its flavor. The chemistry of ferher expansive countertop. mentation is complex, but basically, bacteria “So this is my fermentation station and and yeasts create enzymes that break down taste testing area,” Kelly says, giving me a quick, sidelong glance, as if to gauge my reac- and reassemble compounds, turning carbohydrates into alcohol or harsh acids into softer, tion. “I pulled out all my ferments for you, tastier acids. Bread, cheese and chocolate are and I thought we can go through them and fermented foods. So are beer, wine, coffee, taste them all.” tea, vinegar, soy sauce On the counter are and sausage. dozens of large glass “Fermentation is jars. Like an alchemist’s everywhere, always” inventory, each is filled writes Sandor Katz in with mysterious clear his book Wild Fermenliquids or opaque brews, tation, which many all of indeterminate enthusiasts call the bible composition. Their that sparked this new, colors slide toward the nearly evangelical intercompost-tinted end of est in the ancient art the spectrum: dusky of fermentation. “This browns, muted mauves, book,” Katz waxes, “is gray-greens. There is my song of praise and a slight sour, if not Tara Kelly pries open the jars of life. devotion to fermentaunpleasant bite to the air. tion. For me, fermentaI’m somewhat reassured tion is a health regimen, by what look like pickles a gourmet art, a multicultural adventure, and maybe sauerkraut, but Kelly has to fill a form of activism and a spiritual path, all me in on the rest. “Over here we have a fermented tea drink, rolled into one.” Most of us still let others do the fermentand then this is beet kvass and this is raw ing for us—we buy our bread, our beer, our milk kefir,” Kelly says. She pats each conbratwurst—but Kelly is obviously one of tainer like it’s a cherished pet, before moving

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Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled kefir.

a growing group of home-based bacteria wranglers who are willing and eager to dive into the unseen world of microbes and do the fermenting themselves. “Well, you know, I really had an interest in getting back to more real, traditional foods,” Kelly says about her path to fermentation. “And that kind of led me on the journey to finding more local, natural, organic foods. And from there I just kind of kept learning and decided I wanted to maybe make my own yogurt, and then I discovered kefir, which is like yogurt on steroids.” That eventually led Kelly to the impressive array of fermented foods in front of us. “This is what people have done for thousands of years,” she says with a true believer’s passion. “This is how they preserved their food. In that same way it also helped them stay healthy and, you know, all this beneficial bacteria that are in these foods, the body needs that, and we’ve pretty much eliminated that from our modern diet.” Much of the current interest in fermented foods appears to be a reaction against what advocates call the overly sterile, bacteriaphobic nature of our modern life and modern food system. Rather than trying to tightly control every aspect of food production, fans of fermentation encourage a little tradition-tempered biological anarchy. Kelly mixes a bacterial starter with a dose of serendipity —she doesn’t measure much of anything—and instantly captures not only wild micro-biota but also nearly forgotten dietary and culinary wisdom. “I mean, if you go to the store and you buy sauerkraut or you buy pickles, it’s vinegar-based,” Kelly says. “There’s nothing alive left in that food. It’s a canned, pasteurized, vinegar based food that’s for mass production. But if you do it at 38 home the way it used to be done, this WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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is full of beneficial bacteria, the vitamin count increases, and it helps with digestion, and it’s delicious. And it’s cheap.” Kelly says her family gets sick less often now that she ferments food, and growing empirical evidence supports her observation. But how does Kelly’s fermented food taste? And perhaps more personally pertinent, how prudent is it for me to dive into a near stranger’s banquet of what looks like the contents of my high school biology lab’s storage closet? “Should I make you taste this first?” I ask as politely as I can. “I did,” Kelly says with a reassuring laugh. “I made sure because some of these I’ve had for a little while.” Kelly’s confident, laissezfaire attitude toward this teaming microbial world and her apparent good health is, for lack of a better word, infectious. I start with the pickles. Excellent. Both tangy and crunchy. So, too, is the sauerkraut, which is light-years ahead of the nasty canned stuff of my youth. Kelly then leads me gently through a tasting tour of every one of her fermented foods and drinks— the raw milk kefir is a little thick and sour, but I love the citrusy bean dip and the rich, rounded flavor of the fermented mayonnaise. In fact, the number and variety of fermented foods that Kelly has collected on her countertop is quite stunning. Even she seems a little stunned. “I’m like, ‘well, I’m going to show [Guy] all my stuff and I’ll pull out the sauerkraut, I’ll pull out the kefir,’” Kelly says. “And then I started going through my fridge and I’m like ‘good grief, I’ve really incorporated a lot of fermented foods into our life.’” Kelly slowly shakes her head as if only now, at this very moment, she’s realized how far into the fermenting wilds she has wandered. 36

Alex’s Seafood Platter hooks it up.

FRESH OFF THE HOOK The bulbous street lamps were the first things I noticed. Then the striped awning shading a faux window that peers in at a painting of a fresh fish market. After a few puzzled seconds, the decorative theme clicked. Fresh Off the Hook’s interior aims for a quaint-sea-sprayed-Connecticut-patio look. And though it succeeds—in a charmingly dated, Mystic Pizza way—it doesn’t take long to remember that you’re sandwiched between Target and Ross in a Boise strip mall. In 2003, owner David Bassiri purchased the Milwaukee street restaurant—previously Reel Foods Seafood Eatery—and changed the name to Fresh Off the Hook. He added more high-end entree options like halibut on bruschetta toast points ($17.99) and Yukon-style broiled salmon ($14.99). The spot has since garnered a reputation for its fish and chips. “We do fish and chips differently. Unlike most of our competitors, we don’t use pollock,” said Bassiri. “Pollock is most commonly used in fish and chips because it’s fairly inexpensive. We use cod, halibut, salmon, mahi mahi, and we also use jumbo shrimp.” To net the widest array of FRESH OFF THE HOOK the deep-fried bounty, I went 507 N. Milwaukee St., with Alex’s Seafood Platter 208-322-9224 ($15.49), which includes fried cod, jumbo shrimp and clams. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. For $1, I tacked on a side of shrimp tomato bisque in place of a side salad. The bisque had a robust heartiness, but the tiny bay shrimp seemed like more of an afterthought than an integral part of the soup’s flavor. The fried shrimp, on the other hand, were giant and fried to a golden, hefeweizen-hued crisp. “We use zero trans fat canola oil … we keep it at a certain temperature that has proven to be the perfect temperature for cooking the fish and the batter at the same time,” said Bassiri. The dark brown, Cheeto-shaped clam strips were the only item not fried in the house batter—they’re purchased precoated, our server informed us. And while the crunch held up well dunked in the thick, dill-laced tartar sauce, they seemed more appetizer-appropriate than entree-worthy. With all the starchy, fried action clogging my plate, the sauteed side veggies—asparagus, snow peas, mushrooms, green and yellow squash—were a welcome addition. Spooning bites of complimentary raspberry sorbet, I chuckled as a jazz cover of Shania Twain oozed through the speakers. Though Fresh Off the Hook doesn’t rack up many cool points—in its menu or atmosphere—that’s precisely what makes it charming. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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FOOD/TOP 5 HOT CHOCOLATE Forget Hershey’s and Swiss Miss, these five downtown coffee shops pull out all the choco-stops. Whether it’s Java’s cinnamony Mexican hot chocolate, Flying M’s decadent Dilettante Ephemere, Alia’s triple whammy Death By Hot Chocolate, Big City’s sweet Cafe Moto mix or Dawson Taylor’s subtle white-anddark Ghirardelli blend, these five hot chocs are well worth the diabetic shock and whipped cream mustache. —Tara Morgan


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The label says dunkel, but this soft amber brew with a nice froth that holds well is definitely on the lighter side of that style. This beer offers smooth, fruity aromas colored by spicy banana and grain, and there is plenty of creamy malt on the palate with a nice, slightly sour yeastiness that blends well with the supple banana and clove finish. LIPS OF FAITH DUNKEL WEISS With a clean coffee-colored pour, the head of this beer is a

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light tan that collapses fairly fast but leaves a lovely lacing. You get banana on the nose, and it’s definitely on the ripe side, but the spice component is more coriander and cardamom than clove, with a nice bit of caramel coming through. It’s nutmeg and ginger-laced banana bread in the mouth, with a good bit of toasty malt. Honey and caramel come through on the finish along with a crisp hint of citrus.

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SCHNEIDER AVENTINUS Billed as Germany’s original wheat doppelbock, it pours a hazy tan-hued amber with a rich and persistent ivory head. Exotic aromas waft from the glass with yeasty fig, nutmeg, rye, dried plum, vanilla, clove and a touch of banana. It’s equally rich on the palate, and a core of brown sugar and chocolaty malt dominate. This beer is undeniably sweet but in no way cloying. Secondary flavors include spicy apple fruit and a touch

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization,” said George Bernard Shaw more than six decades ago—and it’s still true. It’s very important that you be more discerning than newspapers in the coming weeks, Aries. You can’t afford to confuse a minor mess with a major snafu; it would be a big mistake to treat a small temporary detour as a permanent loss of momentum. Please keep your melodramatic tendencies in check, even as you appreciate the entertainment value of your ever-shifting story. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I know many Tauruses who are skilled at selling products and services but less adept at presenting themselves. They don’t mind being pushy and strategic when it comes to shaping the opinions of others, as long as they can remain a bit shy about showing others exactly who they are. If this is true about you, I propose that you work on changing it. The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to be bold about expressing the totality of your beauty and making sure that everyone who matters to you gets to see it in its full glory. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’re not scared of acquiring more clout and luster, right? You won’t get nervous if you suddenly have to deal with more success than usual, right? You won’t run away if a power spot you’ve been cultivating for yourself finally starts providing you with the opportunities and responsibilities you’d been hoping for, right? I just hope you’re ready to handle the good stuff that’s available, Gemini. Please don’t confuse this enjoyable stress with the other kind. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In her essay “The Possible Human,” Jean Houston describes amazing capacities within reach of any of us who are brazen and cagey enough to cultivate them. For example, we can learn to thoroughly enjoy being in our bodies; summon enormous power to heal ourselves; develop an acute memory; cultivate an acute perceptual apparatus that can see “infinity in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower;” and practice the art of being deeply empathetic. The next six months will be one of the best times ever for you to work on developing these superpowers. To get started, answer this question: Is there any attitude or belief you have that might be standing in the way? (Here’s Houston’s essay: LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The depths are calling to you, Leo. Can you hear their subtle melodies? Don’t worry: I’m not refer-

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ring to the icky, stinky, creepy depths. I don’t mean that you’ll have to lose yourself in a chaotic miasma or wander speechless in a claustrophobic maze. No, the deep place I’m talking about is maybe the cleanest, most well-lit abyss you’ve ever had the complicated pleasure to explore. I’m not saying there won’t be hairy riddles to deal with, but I am saying that even these will be interesting, at least a little fun, and helpful in your efforts to purify yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I’m no fan of the climate change that’s rocking every corner of the planet. However, I do need to acknowledge that there is at least one upside, the world is becoming more fragrant. Scientists say that as carbon dioxide levels rise, plants will release more aromatic chemicals known as biogenic volatile organic compounds. The smell of growing vegetation could intensify by as much as 40 percent in the coming decades. This situation is not a precise metaphorical match for your upcoming destiny, Virgo, but I do see some similarities. Things are going to be getting hotter for you, emotionally speaking—and that will be stimulating, often even pleasurable, to your senses. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): An interviewer asked me, “What is the most difficult aspect of what you do?” Here’s what I said: “Not repeating myself is the hardest thing. And yet it’s also a lot of fun. There’s nothing more exciting for me than to keep being surprised by what I write. It’s deeply enjoyable to be able to feed people clues they haven’t heard from me before. And when I focus on doing what gives me pleasure, the horoscopes write themselves.” I hope this testimony helps you in your own life right now, Libra. If you’re afraid that you’re in danger of repeating yourself, start playing more. Look for what amuses you, for what scrambles your expectations in entertaining ways. Decide that you’re going to put the emphasis on provoking delight in yourself, not preserving your image. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I am a big fan of your analytical intellect and would never advise you to shove it out of the way so your emotional intelligence can rule uncontested. But this is one time when I think the latter needs to get more say than the former. Your emotional intelligence has license to take precedence over your analytical intellect. In that light, please consider the following counsel from my Facebook friend Sophia Veleda: “I do not consider emotions to be the dirty redheaded stepchild of the frontal cortex. Our emotional selves are more intuitive, faster, smarter (by means of being able to take in

more data at once) and just as capable. The frontal cortex is as likely to make errors due to data omission as the emotional center is likely to get a degree of magnitude wrong.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There are thousands of things in the world that provide you with only mediocre nourishment. The influences that deeply enrich you with their blessings are much smaller in number. To say it another way: You derive a bare amount of inspiration and teaching from the great majority of people, songs, images, words, stories, environments and sights, whereas you draw life-sustaining illumination and spirit-ennobling motivation from just a precious few. Your task in the coming weeks, Sagittarius, is to identify that special minority and to take aggressive steps to be in more ongoing communion with it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Research suggests that more and more American high school students are getting good grades every year. The number of A’s doled out has been increasing steadily. Does that mean kids are getting smarter or that teachers have relaxed their standards? I don’t have a definitive answer for that, but I do have a theory that all over the world, the Capricorn tribe has been growing more intelligent in recent years. Your increase in 2010 was especially notable. There may have been a bit of tapering off lately, but I expect that to change soon. The omens say you’re due for another growth spurt in your ability to understand how the world works. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Is there anything you tend to hoard, Aquarius? Anything you store up in excessive amounts? Are there emotions you cling to past the time they’re doing you any good? Do you notice yourself feeling pangs of acquisitiveness when in the presence of particular treasures or symbols or pretty things? If so, this is an excellent time to work on dissipating those fixations. In the coming days, you will have cosmic assistance whenever you exert your willpower to undo your fanatical attachments to just about anything. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m hoping that you will grant your ego more permission to shine in the coming weeks, Pisces. I’m hoping you will allow it to unveil more flash, feel more zeal and exert more force. After all your earnest bouts of self-sacrifice, you deserve a poetic license to brag like a hip-hop millionaire. After putting in such tireless devotion to maintaining an oceanic sense of self, you have every right to bust out a crisp, ferocious blast of “I am!”



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