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SENATE HIGH ROLLER OWNS A DUMP Last week, citydesk reported that Jeff Day was so fed up with the dilapidated home on the corner of Fifth and Myrtle streets that he posted a sign in the property’s yard reading “Jim Risch owns this shack, owns this property.” Here’s what readers said about the burnt and boarded up eyesore. CNN reported that Risch has one of the highest net worths in the Senate at $92 million. You’d think he could use his influence to fight an insurance company. How will he fight for us if he can’t for his mother-in-law? —Mark Dale, Facebook I have driven by this daily for two years and

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MAIL references at all to plans for improvement, but did bring up three different sites promoting the upcoming candidacy of T.J. Thomson, who is running for a seat on the Boise City Council this coming November. Mr. Thomson’s SMACKERS ALL Web site,, AROUND lists his stand on various Flying M and Reconissues and includes “more What insurance dispute struct ’09 would like to biking and walking trails, thank all of those that can keep them from havincluding improvements attended our fashion show to existing trails, that ing the lawn mowed? —Judy Ferro, Saturday, May 2, 2009, interconnect all across the Facebook in Nampa. The dramatic City of Boise to increase thunderstorm certainly set use and improve safety.” AS TWITTER the mood for our Super It’s about time the City TURNS Hero! Super Villain! theme. of Boise makes a commitAfter parody Twitter We had nine heroes and ment to the health and feed @ButchOtter was villains walk the catwalk well-being of its citizens shanghaied by the real with first place winners: by making this a priority. deal, the guvernator tweet- Bridezilla and the Roach. I intend to vote for Mr. ed digs on the Legislature. Thank you also to the Thomson this November We posed this question merchants that contributed and hold him to his word. to our online community: to our silent auction and —Michelle Long, “real @ButchOtter or his to our volunteers. The day Boise official ghost writer takraised over $1,450 that will ing Twitter shots at state be donated to Dress for legislature. Whose snark Success. RULES was better: fake butch —Lisa Myers, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: or real butch?” And you owner, Flying M 300 words max answered: Coffeegarage OPINION: Lengthier, in-depth saddened by the run down trashy look of what could be a nice home. A regular citizen would have been cited a long time ago. Buck up Risch—fix it yourself! You’ve got the money, so do it. —Debbie Gallagher, Facebook

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TEN AND COUNTING A decade after his HIV diagnosis,

infection, more openness in sharing our stories with HIV—whether we are infected or affected—and people living longer and better with the disease. This is the way we combat stigma, which I believe is our biggest risk to allowing us to become vulnerable to HIV. I think it is simple. Talk about HIV and AIDS with your loved his last Mother’s Day was 10 years since I told mom Donna ones and maybe even those you don’t love. Don’t just talk about it, and the rest of my family that I was HIV positive. At the time, but be honest about your fears and concerns. Don’t be judgmental. we didn’t know much about HIV; all we could think about Be open and continue to remind yourself that we are all human, was AIDS and death. We were also bewildered to think that I would even people with HIV. We don’t need some huge movement or riots; even be vulnerable to such a disease. we do not need large, powerful media campaigns. All we need is evI had just graduated two years prior from high school in a small eryone talking about people with HIV, remembering the people who Idaho town where I excelled academically in school, attended church are infected. We need communities of faith embracing not only with three to five times a week, had words, but by perception. We never done a single drug and still need parents not to fear what had my “V” card (virginity). their children may be doing but Not much has really changed appropriately preparing them since high school. I am the same for life and what it has to offer. guy except now I have HIV and I will never get my virginity very little to no confidence. Even back, and I will always have just a month prior to my diagnoHIV. I am getting my poise back sis, I remember strangers making not only because I am working comments about me having on myself individually, but also such great poise, especially because I have met and have for someone of such a young experienced the things that need age. I remember talking with to happen in order to combat my mother an Easter or two after my diagnosis, about the fact her this disease. You can combat something without eradicating it by and Dad went coffin shopping for me earlier that week and began understanding how to cope with it better. This community has ofpayments on my funeral. We have learned a lot over the years. We fered me so much as an individual with HIV; even though to many I have learned that I will more than likely be here a while longer and may just be that guy they met once with HIV. payments on a funeral are maybe not necessary any longer. I encourage you to talk about HIV with compassion and passion. I have also learned how important it is for me to share my story Get on your Facebook and your MySpace, send a text message and of HIV because it benefits everyone. I have worked for many years even Tweet. Begin these conversations. now, just under 10, toward preventing HIV transmission, encouragDuane Quintana, oldest son, older brother, uncle, granding individuals to “KYS” (know your HIV status), along with and in the hopes of creating a compassionate community for those living son and friend, is the founder and executive director of Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (a.l.p.h.a.). with HIV, their loved ones and those at risk of HIV. Wednesday, May 13, Quintana will celebrate the past decade at This is extremely important. If people can live in a community a fundraiser for a.l.p.h.a. at 7 p.m. at Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth that supports them in getting educated, tested and even testing positive with HIV, we can have fewer people testing positive for the St., 208-338-8939.

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BILLCOPE ASK BILL Advice for the worried


ttn: Mr. Bill Cope, You may remember me, although not my name, as I never told you it. I am the same “Anonymous” who wrote to you last fall as the founder of our Cope’sLatest-Column Discussion Group. Remember? At the time, we were concerned that you were running out of ideas for continued columnizationing, and you wrote back. Remember? I cannot remember what you said in your reply, but I definitely remember that you did reply because I kept your letter. I cannot remember right now where I put it, but eventually I will run across it and I am hoping to have it framed someday, especially if it turns out that you die before I do. Anywho, the reason I am writing again is that two weeks or maybe three ago, you were overheard saying something which I thought was shocking. It was when you were out one night in a bar, and my only explanation that you could have said such a shocking thing is that maybe you had too much to drink. I do not drink myself, so I do not know what it must feel like, except for the occasional glass of fruity sangria during Oprah. If you remember, that night you were out in a bar was a few days after you columnized that you had been fired. During our Cope’s-Latest-Column Discussion Group meeting just after that, we had a very heated discussion as to whether you were pulling some April Foolishness wool over our eyes, or if you truly had been fired. We were up well past 8:30 p.m. arguing about it, and eventually, we decided that somebody had to follow you to see if you


Discussion Group about this because I am afraid all the others, including me maybe, might quit if they thought you were on Butch Otter’s side. We read your columns mostly because we can count on you to not be on were still behaving in a way a columnist Butch Otter’s side, as well as Dick Cheney’s would behave if he had not been fired. Since side and Mitt Romney’s side and all the I am the only one who knows where you others. Please write back and tell me Ethel live, I was elected to park down the street heard you wrong, and also, what it is that from your house and follow you if you Butch Otter might be right about, and also, went anywhere. I brought along my friend congratulations for not being fired. And also, Ethel to keep me company, but since Ethel is it possible you know another Butch that does not belong to the Cope’s-Latest-Colhas been recently right about something? umn Discussion Group, I am still the only Yours truly, one who knows where you live. Anonymous So then, you went to that bar and Ethel and I were sitting in a booth where Dear Anon, we could see you drinking and talking to First, I must apologize for being seen people. Ethel bought me a drink I don’t drinking in public. I assure you, I only do know what but it had a maraschino cherry it when I have one of those vague, uneasy in it, and I even smoked one of her cigasensations that I’m being watched. rettes. (She is trying to quit, just as she was Indeed, I do remember going to a bar not since I met her 17 years ago.) After a while, long ago and having a conversation over I said, “Ethel, does he act like he has been a jigger or two of some pinkish fluid. And fired to you?” and of course she did not I am sorry to have to tell you this, Anon, know because she never reads your columns but not only was it Gov. Butch Otter at and does not know you from Adam like I the center of said conversation, but yes, I am very good at. But later she had to go agree with him on something—specifically tinkle and walked right by you. And when on the need to raise the money to fix up she came back she said “Do you know some highways and byways here in Idaho what I just heard that guy say?” and I said before the entire state starts looking like “Who?” and she said “That guy you are a Boise County salvage yard. In fact, any spying on” and I said “No” and she said time a Republican leader shows any interest “No … what?” and I said “No, I don’t whatsoever in improving conditions for any know what you just heard him say,” and aspect of the future—be it transportation she said that you said “I never thought I’d conditions, education conditions, environsay this, but I think Butch is right.” mental conditions … you name it—I find Well let me tell you, Mr. Cope, I was it encouraging. All too often, we see the shocked. I said “That can’t be right. You majority party here ’bouts wallowing in the must of heard him wrong, Ethel,” and Ethel obsession to never raise taxes in any way, said “Nope. That’s what he said, all right.” shape or form, no matter what the depths I have not told the Cope’s-Latest-Column of degradation and deprivation it may

bring to the people they are supposed to be looking out for. This is what you get when ideology completely takes over that place in the brain usually reserved for ideas. Frankly, it didn’t even offend me when Butch went postal with his veto stamper at the height of his battle with the House herd. I thought the fact that he was slapping the crap out of their bills rather than the pompous poops themselves showed enormous restraint. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone with a spark of life in his head can stand to be in the company of self-inflating dirt-road rubes like Mike Moyle and Lawerence Denney without either laughing in their faces or challenging them to a duel. Which—come to think of it—is exactly what Butch should do. Challenge them to a duel, that is. I don’t believe the Butchernator could convincingly pull off a good sarcastic laugh. There is something inherently insincere about him personally, don’t you think?—whether it be in those anti-meth public service commercials, his ol’ cowpoke stage persona, or his attempts to convince a cop how the smell of whiskey on his breath could come from an innocent nibble of chaw. It’s like he went to Dirk Kempthorne for lessons on how to act normal. But I do believe he would be an imposing figure with either an epee or a dueling pistol in his hand. And what’s better yet, we would see just how committed conservative scabs like Moyle and Denney are to the “good old days.” Oh, darn. Late word comes that some sort of piddling agreement has been reached and the scabs are scurrying home to Rubeville. Too bad. That duel would have been fun stuff, what? Thanks for writing, Anon, and rest easy. I am not turning Republican on you. Just trying to give a little credit where little credit is due, that’s all.


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TEDRALL WHY WE FIGHT U.S. troops die for rapists LOS ANGELES—American soldiers serving in Vietnam wondered what they were fighting for. U.S. troops in Afghanistan don’t have that problem. They know exactly what they’re fighting for: rapists. After President Barack Obama’s coming “Afghan surge,” there will be 72,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. Their primary mission is to prevent Afghans from overthrowing the unpopular regime of Hamid Karzai, the former oil consultant installed by George W. Bush when the U.S. occupation began nearly eight years ago. America’s media repeatedly claimed that Afghan women would be better off under the U.S.-supported Northern Alliance puppet government headed by Karzai than under the Taliban. But when I went to Afghanistan and asked women what they thought, they had a different story. The defeat of the Taliban brought about the collapse of law and order, making life even more dangerous, especially for women. “Under the Taliban,” a woman told me, “I watched rapists being executed. Now I see them in the government.” The Afghan women’s rights group RAWA has repeatedly told anyone willing to listen that there hasn’t been much improvement for women and girls since the U.S. occupation began in 2001. But no one—least of all left-of-center Americans

eager to embrace the Afghan war—has wanted to hear what they had to say. “Most women still wear the all-encompassing burqa through fear of attack and social pressure, a third of women in Kabul do not leave the house, forbidden from doing so by the male members of the family, and it is still almost impossible for women to get a divorce,” reported The Sunday Herald in 2005. Liberal Democrats who cling to Afghanistan as “the good war” the United States should be fighting are being forced to confront the ugly truth about their ally. Karzai has signed a law that states that “women cannot leave the house without their husbands’ permission, that they can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands’ permission, and that they cannot refuse their husband sex,” reported the British newspaper The Guardian on March 31. The Shiite Personal Status Act applies only to devotees of the Shia branch of Islam, which account for between 10 and 20 percent of the population. How can a secular democratic state have different laws depending on a citizen’s faith? The answer is: It can’t. Afghanistan isn’t secular or democratic. The “new” Afghanistan’s constitution is based on Sharia law—exactly as it was under the Taliban. But the U.S.

media have purposefully failed to report the icky truth about our ally. The new law requires women to have sex with their husbands at least once every four days unless they are sick or menstruating. “Obedience, readiness for intercourse and not leaving the house without the permission of the husband are the duties of the wife,” reads the law of a nation ostensibly invaded by U.S. troops in part to liberate Afghan women. “As long as the husband is not traveling, he has the right to have sexual intercourse with his wife every fourth night,” it says. Afghan Sen. Humaira Namati calls the rape bill “worse than during the Taliban” and said it was rammed through parliament without debate. “Anyone who spoke out was accused of being against Islam,” she said. Several hundred women protesting the law on the streets of Kabul were viciously assaulted by men as police stood back and watched. In fairness to the responsible male legislators, they did add a provision to protect Shiite women from “dead bed”: Afghan men have to put out “at least once every four months.” Karzai signed legalized rape into law in order to appease right-wing legislators in an election year. After international criticism, however, he began backpedaling with the lamest of all possible reasons: he didn’t read the bill before he was for it. “I was not aware of what I had signed,” Afghan parliamentarian Sabrina Saqib said Karzai told her. The legislation “has so many articles,” Karzai told CNN. “Now I have instructed, in consultation with clergy of the country, that the law be revised and any article that is not in keeping with the Afghan constitution and Islamic Sharia must be removed from this law.” As Karzai bullshits for the cameras, hundreds of Afghan women languish in prisons around the country. Their crime? They’re teen brides, some as young as 10, who ran away from much older husbands who purchased them. “In President Hamid Karzai’s Afghanistan, women are still imprisoned for running away from home,” reports The Sunday Herald. Nice theocracy you got there, Mullah Karzai. Remember this column the next time you watch a flag-draped coffin returning from Afghanistan. The young man inside that box didn’t die for nothing. He died to protect rapists. Ted Rall, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, is author of the books To Afghanistan and Back and Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?

NOTE Consider me one of those out-of-state transplants who doesn’t remember Boise before Parkcenter was put in. I don’t have childhood memories of learning to ski at Bogus. I never saw Eagle when it was just a quiet cow town. Friends and relatives beyond Idaho who know about my penchant for globetrotting are incredulous that I’ve put down semi-permanent roots in Boise, and I am still answering the same question again and again: Why Boise? My list of reasons is long, but when I’m forced to come up with the one word that best describes just about all of it, I say “summer.” In those six letters, I see rivers and mountains, patios and parks, hiking and biking, long days and short nights, outdoor concerts and theater under the stars, always blue skies and the smell of Russian olive trees in bloom. I’d like to be able to say that if I had my way, it’d be summer year-round in Boise, but honestly, the cold, gray winters make me appreciate the summer that much more.


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Every year, we put this little issue together and definitively call it The Summer Guide. Caps intentional. The idea is that when you’re lazing around on a summer morning and it seems like a good day to call in “sick,” you can pick up this issue of BW and find a distraction. In the main feature, you’ll read a story we’ve been threatening to write for a few years now. This year’s Summer Guide seemed a good time to put our money where our mouth is and put some water toys to the test. Beyond silly fun, you’ll also find a couple of useful ideas for outdoor dining, recreating and arting. Turn to Page 55 for an overview of one-stop picnic shopping, or if you want to get a jump on some holiday shopping, flip to Page 44 for a list of all the outdoor arts and crafts shows you can stand in one season. Only one word on The Summer Guide? “Outdoor.” If you can’t find me at the office this summer, it’s because I’m “out sick” in the great “outdoors.” —Rachael Daigle WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

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IS IDAHO READY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA? Legislature may consider loosening pot laws for the sick next year


travel to doctors in Washington, and then risk traveling back across state lines in possession of illegal medicine. Less than 3 ounces is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $1,000. More than 3 ounces is a felony, five years and a fine up to $10,000. It is a touchy subject for young voters, sick patients and several doctors who support Trail’s work because most feel they must remain anonymous. One Moscow-area doctor wrote a personal letter to Trail, arguing that any legislation is better than none. The question now is whether Trail and the movement can convince state legislators to define and protect medical use of marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project, a fast-growing drug reform group, does not expect medical marijuana dispensaries to be politically viable in Idaho, and the Moscow doctor is concerned the current draft of Trail’s bill would limit the ability for “procuring medical marijuana for the patient who is not botanically gifted. Many appropriate patients are too sick to grow their own.” In November 2008, Trail requested an opinion from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office on an early draft of his medical marijuana legislation. Deputy Attorney General William A. von Tagen


he Worldwide Marijuana March drew more than 300 demonstrators to downtown Boise on Saturday, May 2. Offering peace signs and garnering many supportive car honks, the marchers moved slowly under scattered showers along Capitol Boulevard to the front lawn of the Idaho Legislature. Speakers addressed the mass on the grass under the watch of a Capitol Annex camera and a few security guards. Boise police did not engage the pungent assembly. Rev. Levon Lion opened with a plea for support of religious cannabis use. He mentioned his organization, The Church of Cognitive Therapy, and touted the Omega-3 in edible hemp seeds, which he offered for tasting. Positioned in front of a “CREATE NEW JOBS” sign, he also spoke about hemp’s industrial value for paper, plastic, fiber and fuel. Then Ryan Davidson, a “Ron Paul Republican” and marijuana activist from Garden City, announced through the bullhorn that Moscow Rep. Tom Trail plans to introduce a medical marijuana bill next year. With public perceptions of marijuana prohibition shifting nationwide, in particular among traditionally anti-drug Republicans and security officials, Idaho could join the number of states loosening drug regulations. In 2006, thengubernatorial candidate Butch Otter told Reason Magazine, “I still support medical marijuana,” though he told BW last week that he did not think Idaho would ever legalize and that he was not “desperate” enough for new revenue to Supporters of marijuana legalization marched on the Idaho Capitol on May 2, bullhorns in hand, pursue it. The Idaho Republican Party as part of a nationwide day of protesting drug prohibition. debated legalization last year, the citizens of Hailey voted twice in favor of three different cannabis initiatives, and budget woes have lawmakers responded in December 2008 with a preliminary opinion concludscrambling for new sources of revenue. ing that Trail’s bill would be pre-empted by federal law. The bill Trail says there is currently no way to track the amount of mari- “would most likely be found to be in conflict with the federal juana grown in Idaho. California’s annual marijuana yield is often Controlled Substances Act,” von Tagen wrote. valued at $14 billion, nearly double the value of the state’s vegetaAmerican marijuana prohibition began in 1937. Since its ble and grape crops combined. And the Web site marijuanalobby. heyday in 1970, the federal government has defined marijuana org estimates that Idaho could net $12.4 million in new revenue as having a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted from an 8 percent tax on medicinal marijuana and license fees. medical use in treatment. Since 1996, voters have favored ballot initiatives removing Yet, the American Academy of Family Physicians and half a criminal penalties for growing or possessing medical marijuana in dozen other national health organizations support access to canAlaska, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Maine, Montana, nabis for treatment of chemotherapy, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Lou Nevada, Oregon and Washington. State legislators in Hawaii, New Gehrig’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, glaucoma, anorexia, migraines, Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont have passed medical marijuamenstrual pain and other conditions. According to the Centers na laws. On Nov. 4, Michigan became the 13th medical marijuana for Disease Control, annual deaths from cigarettes total 438,000. state and Massachusetts’ voters decriminalized personal possession. Alcohol deaths total 21,000. Marijuana deaths are zero. Though he often votes with Democrats, Trail’s party affiliation In June 2008, the Idaho Republican platform committee considand tenure in the Legislature have afforded him chairmanship of ered making marijuana legal. Then a resolution surfaced to keep it the Agricultural Affairs Committee. After three previous tries to illegal and use the full weight of the law to enforce prohibition. allow growing industrial hemp in Idaho, Trail has shifted his focus “I was part of a group who said we should not treat them as to medical marijuana, which, as his bill posits, “humanitarian criminals,” Rep. Steven Thayn said. “I got ribbed for opposing the compassion necessitates” for sick constituents. anti-marijuana resolution, but not too much. I’m LDS, so I don’t Trail’s draft bill seeks protection for qualified patients to smoke drink alcohol or use any illegal drugs. It is certainly not something marijuana, and for designated providers and licensed physicians I’m trying to be out front on. I don’t think Idaho is ready.” to grow and possess medical marijuana. Nonmedical acquisition, The final Idaho Republican platform adopted June 14, 2008, possession, manufacture, sale or use would remain illegal. The state states, “We call upon our national, state and local leaders to refocus would not be liable for ill effects of medical use and patients would efforts in the war on drugs. We support creative alternative sentencbe limited to 60-day supplies. ing, such as drug courts, and treatment for non-violent offenders.” Sitting at his corner cubicle in the temporary Chairmen’s Suite Still, the GOP-dominated Idaho Legislature voted this year to before the close of the 2009 legislative session, the soft-spoken Trail cut $2.1 million for statewide substance abuse treatment. described the plight of Moscow residents forced by Idaho law to

CITYDESK LEGISLATURE CALLS IT QUITS The Idaho Senate adjourned at 1:49 p.m. on May 8, followed shortly thereafter by the House at 2:05 p.m., leaving 16 bills, some of them conceived, drafted and hatched within the prior 24 hours, sitting on Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter’s desk. For his part, Otter declared victory, ringed by a dozen smiling Republican legislators. “No other session in the history of the state was confronted with the kinds of problems this one had,” Otter said. In the end, Otter wrung an additional $57.2 million out of various budgets and funding schemes for the Idaho Transportation Department. “I wanted revenue as much as I wanted gas tax,” Otter said, meaning he felt the gas tax was the best way to pay for it, but he’ll take the road money even if it comes from somewhere else. If the economy improves next year and Otter broadens his base of support for it, the House, which remained opposed to Otter’s highway agenda to the end, may be “reconciled” to raise fuel taxes, House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke said. “Sometimes the acuteness of the short-term situation overrides the long term,” he said. Democrats, for their part, left the Annex shaking their heads. “[Otter] never asked any of the Democrats to stand behind him,” said Randy Johnson, director of the Idaho Democratic Legislative Caucus. “We just sat back and let them fight it out.” In the meantime, two newly minted task forces will study the state’s entire highway funding scheme and funding for the Idaho State Police and the Parks and Recreation Department, which lost their share of fuel tax funds in the 11th hour. In the end, everyone did claim victory and sped home. As Rep. Maxine Bell, co-chair of the legislative budget committee, put it: “This isn’t a monarchy. There’s three separate bodies, and we all know that we’re right.

TIBBS WON’T RUN AGAIN Boise City Councilman Jim Tibbs told citydesk last week that he will not seek another term on the Council when his seat expires in January 2010. Tibbs, a retired Boise police lieutenant, said he was looking into other ventures, possibly a return to law enforcement, but that he had not figured out what his next gig might be. “A lot of the agencies are not hiring right now—Nampa, Caldwell, Meridian are all in the same economic situation,” Tibbs said. TJ Thomson, an internal auditor at Idaho Power Co., has filed an intention to run for the seat held by Tibbs. The official filing period for candidates begins Aug. 24, and Council members Maryanne Jordan and Vern Bisterfeldt are also up for re-election. Tibbs was first elected to the Boise City Council in 2005, beating longtime Councilman Jerome Mapp. He went to work for the Boise Police Department in 1970 and served in various roles at the department for 34 years. After leaving BPD, Tibbs worked as an investigator at the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office for about a year. Tibbs said that he fell in love with the Canyon County area while working there. His tenure in Caldwell was short-lived as then-Gov. Jim Risch appointed him the state drug czar about the same time he won his first City Council term. Tibbs also ran for Boise mayor in 2007 and would not rule out the possibility of future political runs. Tibbs said he had not met Thomson but was pleased that the candidate had been through Boise’s Citizen Police Academy and that he volunteers his time as McGruff the Crime Dog. Thomson reiterated that his CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE




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CITYDESK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 campaign was never against Tibbs and that he just wants to bring a “fresh voice” to the city. “I had a high respect for Jim Tibbs because of his service in the military—we’re both veterans—and his service in the police department,” Thomson said. Tibbs has mentioned to other Council members that he won’t seek re-election and said he does not know of anyone else eager to run for his seat in the November election.

BOARDED UP HOME BELONGS TO U.S. SENATOR’S FAMILY A home registered to a living trust for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch’s mother-in-law and registered to the senator’s own address, remains boarded up and an eyesore two years after being gutted by fire. The 109-year-old home on the corner of Myrtle and Fifth streets along one of downtown Boise’s busiest thoroughfares, has been repeatedly penetrated by vandals, irritating Jeff Day, a hair stylist at Olivers Salon, which sits right behind the dilapidated house. “I was born and raised in this town, and there’s no need for that to be sitting like that on such a busy intersection,” Day said. Last week, Day placed a sign in the front yard alerting passersby to the connection to Risch. It read: “Jim Risch owns this shack, owns this property.” The property is registered to the Helen Choborda Living Trust, and Risch’s address on South Cole Road is listed as a contact. Jason Risch, a Boise attorney and political adviser to the senator, his father, said that the family is battling an insurance company in wake of the fire, two years ago. “It’s mired down in negotiations with the insurance company over the cost of repair,” he said. Jason Risch said the Rischs would like to get it fixed up so that his grandmother can continue to derive income from the house as a rental property. But even before the fire, there were complaints about the historic property. In the summer of 2005, city officials investigated a growing number of cars parked on the property and issued a notice to abate, which was followed. Inspectors cleared the property of the citation about a month later. And in May 2006, the city declared the yard a public nuisance and ordered the weeds abated. Again, the owner complied. Last week, city code enforcement manager Michael Meloy noticed that the property had become overgrown and that the door was wide open. “That’s a public nuisance,” Meloy said, of the open door. “We need to get it boarded up.” Within 24 hours of Day’s sign and a call from BW, the house was secured again and No Trespassing signs were posted. Day recalled that a large Risch sign appeared in front of the boarded-up house during Risch’s recent Senate campaign. “He’s posting his campaign signs, so I’ll post mine,” he said. Day’s sign disappeared a day and a half after he put it up. —Nathaniel Hoffman

war in Iraq U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 4,287 U.S. service members (including 31 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 3,440 in combat and 847 from non-combat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 31,246. In the last week, one U.S. soldier died. Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 58 soldiers have died. Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 91,912 and 100,339. Source: COST OF IRAQ WAR: $668,260,697,763 Source:


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NEWS Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank do not agree on much else, but they Despite the opinion of the AG’s office, agree the drug war is a failure. other states are not waiting for a change The sour economy has even opened in federal law before expanding access to doors in the broadcast media that have marijuana. Roughly 21,000 Oregonians been historically closed to the National now have cards authorizing medicinal use, Organization for the Reform of Marijuana according to the Oregon Department of Laws. NORML has discovered for the Human Services. About 200,000 Califorfirst time that it can purchase commercial nians have medical access. packages on television networks including According to a recent National Public Animal Planet, CNN, ESPN, MSNBC, Radio report, medical marijuana produced MTV and the Weather Channel for about more than $100 million in tax revenue for 8 cents per 30-second ad. the state of California in 2007. One key objective for reform advoOn a much smaller scale, Nevada cates is to help voters distinguish between charges patients $50 for state ID applicalowest police priority (passed in Missoula tion materials and then another $150 for County, Mont.), decriminalization (passed processing. Colorado charges patients $90 statewide in Massachusetts), and legalizato apply to their program. New Mexico tion and taxation (proposed in California has finalized regulations for state-licensed, for the first time this year). nonprofit medical marijuana providers, In Idaho, it looks like the fight has making it the first state to do so. begun with medical use. Davidson calls Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron pub- religious conservatives like Thayn brave. lished a study reporting decriminalization “There’s a lot of pressure in that would lead to a $29 million net improvecommunity not to be soft on drugs, and ment in the budget of Massachusetts by that’s why it won’t get legalized anytime reducing expenditures on arrests. soon. It’s also part of the position on “Decrim really has no effect on the hemp. You’ve got a large contingent number of prosecutions or number of that it may give the wrong impression to prisoners,” Miron said. “The charges for kids,” he said. which decrim might have been relevant do Steve D’Avanzo, owner of Treasure Valnot lead to trials or jail time.” ley Smoke Shop, doesn’t think he will be In 2007, a record 872,000 Americans selling marijuana any time in the foreseewere arrested on suspicion of charges able future. “I’m sure that if Idaho ever related to the plant, 89 percent for posses- legalized marijuana, they would have some sion alone, according to the FBI. A new sort of state store to dispense it,” he said. report from the University of Washington “I don’t think it would be something they Law School points out marijuana arrests would introduce to the retail market.” accounted for nearly all of the increase in Davidson also expressed skepticism drug arrests from 1991 to 2005. about the political process in Idaho. From 2005 to 2007, Idaho State Police “Butch was taking principled stands arrests involving seizure of marijuana on stuff, like the Patriot Act. When he increased from 3,202 to 4,030. voted against it, he was like a hero, but Though Trail is not angling for an now everyone feels like he’s kind of a economic boon to the state, he may be suc- sellout … I assume if the Legislature cessful in Idaho because of the Republican passed it, he would sign it, but nothing compassion platform, the states’ rights is about what you believe in. Are you argument and the potential savings to the strong enough to risk donors to do what state. Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul and you believe in?”



CITY LAYS OFF NINE Library scales back story times


he City of Boise laid off nine workers last week, adding to 26 early retirement buyouts over the last two months. The layoffs and retirements will save the city some $2.17 million, part of $9 million in cuts anticipated in the next budget year. Six workers at Planning and Development Services lost their jobs as well as employees in information technology, public works and the library. While Mayor Dave Bieter said that the layoffs would have “virtually no negative impact on citizens,” the Boise Public Library is scaling back children’s story times at both the downtown and Collister branches, in part as a result of the early retirement program. Downtown is eliminating five story times at least through the summer, and Collister is replacing some story sessions with adult technology education, Library Community Relations Director Joanne Hinkel said. The downtown children’s section lost one employee to early retirement and will not be able to replace the position until later in the year because of the generous incentive package offered. “We’ve worked really hard to give them as generous a severance as we can,”

Bieter said. Laid-off city workers will get at least three months of pay, or a week of pay for each year of city service, full payment of health care premiums through 2009 and funds to help with career transition services. The City Council, which will review Bieter’s 2010-2011 budget in the coming months, supported the layoffs. Bieter said that lower sales tax collections, lower revenue from building permits and a decline in interest payments are largely to blame for the $9 million shortfall. “By going this far now, we hope to avoid a constant threat of layoffs,” Bieter said. City Hall has been working with the City Council on a strategic plan for Boise since January. City Council member Elaine Clegg said that the Council and mayor had discussed the need for a smaller payroll in strategic planning sessions and are largely in agreement. “It’s not because we’re rubber stamping anything; it’s because we’ve put in a lot of hours coming to a consensus,” Clegg said. BW was not able to reach any of the laid-off city workers for comment. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM



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WANTED: A FEW GOOD VIRTUAL STUDENTS Charters turn to daytime TV to recruit students


he latest ads running during Live with Regis and Kelly and golf tournaments on KTVB Channel-7 in Boise are selling something free: a public school education. Idaho Virtual Academy started running TV commercials in April, urging parents to visit the school’s Web site to enroll. “It’s basically just trying to let folks know that if they’re interested in another school option for their kids, the Virtual Academy is something to check out,” said Cody Claver, head of the school. The commercial was created and paid for by the school’s parent company, K12 Inc., a Herndon, Va.-based company that trades as LRN on the New York Stock Exchange and reported $95 million in profit last year. “We’re trying to hit all the media that people will touch as well as online advertisement.” Idaho now has 31 public charter schools, including the IVA, with more set to open in the fall. That’s meant increasing competition to get students in the doors. Claver said his job running the state’s largest virtual school is “kind of like being a superintendent.” He’s been in this role for five years, but he spent more than 15 years teaching and working as a principal at traditional schools. Claver said the school has done radio and print ads before but television ads are a first. Jeff Kwitowski, a K12 spokesman, said the company has done similar spots in other states. He wouldn’t disclose the price tag for the ads nor provide BW with a copy. “K12 is available tuition free through online public schools and a state certified teacher will guide your child on the path to success,” the ad, as aired on television, declares. Under Idaho law, public charter schools are required to advertise for the first three years. “Charter grants of federal money are used to get the charter going, and part of that budget has to go to advertising,” explained Diane Demarest, executive director of the Idaho Charter School Network. The goal, she said, is for charter schools to reach out to a diverse population of students and not discriminate. North Star Charter School in Eagle, for example, has been advertising on radio lately as it finishes building a new school. “Charter schools are pushed in that direction to advertise because they want to have full enrollment and be fiscally sound,” said Demarest. Traditional schools don’t have the same responsibility to advertise. But as the choices for public schools grow, Demarest has noticed some public schools breaking that mold by advertising in local newspapers. “Traditional schools are starting to say we need to step up and let people know what we offer, which is exactly the purpose of charter schools as a method of school reform—to help public schools be more responsive to their constituents,” she said. The Idaho Virtual Academy, one of four virtual charter schools now operating in Idaho, has more than 2,400 students in kindergarten to 12th grade. And this year, the 7-year-old academy


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graduates its first seniors. That means there will be new virtual seats opening up. But that is not the reason behind the TV spots, Claver said. “It’s not to make up for the loss. It’s to continually make folks aware that there are other choices for education in the state,” he said. The Idaho Virtual Academy wants to keep growing. Under state law, the school can add an additional 600 students every year. Claver says by next year, he’d like to have some 3,000 students enrolled in this virtual world. Rep. Shirley Ringo said the IVA’s ads gave her pause. The Moscow Democrat recalls seeing the commercials at the same time the Idaho House was debating House Bill 303, which gives incentives to schools that blend traditional and virtual education. Claver said the ads were in “no way, shape or form” tied to the legislation, but Ringo said, she is concerned about the push for more virtual education in Idaho. “It’s a move that makes it easier to put a kid in front of the computer rather than attract a quality teacher in the schools,” the retired educator said. “I certainly think that we have legislators that would like to move in the direction of privatizing almost everything. If they’re successful, and I really think that House Bill 303 was a move in that direction, then we’ll see a lot more in the advertising of school programs.” The bill remained in play during the final day of the legislative session, with the Senate attempting to limit its reach and some House members trying to expand it. At press time, it sat on the governor’s desk awaiting a signature or other action. Advertising public charter schools in Idaho seems new, but it has been around for a while. Melissa McGrath, spokesperson for the Idaho State Department of Education, has noticed public service announcements cropping up mainly in Eastern Idaho. “It’s really not that unusual. Since there are more choices of schools opening up within public education, then there’s going to be communication about those schools,” McGrath said. Outside Idaho, advertising charter schools is big business. In Arizona, there are hundreds of public charter schools competing for students. “The charter school movement has grown there,” McGrath said. “You’ll see huge billboards in Arizona advertising charter schools.” The Idaho Virtual Academy, like all of the state’s charter schools, is funded by public dollars. Each school gets discretionary money from the state, which can be used for everything from supplies to, yes, TV time. “They [IVA] get the same amount of money as traditional schools and they are funded by the same formula,” explained McGrath. Public charter schools and traditional schools receive funds based on the average daily attendance. The more students, the more money the school gets. And, thus, the Idaho Virtual Academy’s TV spot, according to Claver, is money well spent. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


JEFF KIRBY How do women’s shoes compare to men’s shoes in ease of shine? Well, you’ve gotta be pretty open-minded on different colors with women. You know, men, it’s usually just brown or black. Women like blue to red to ... Who are the most notable people whose footwear you’ve polished? You know, I’ve shined all the governors from John Evans and up. I shined Frank Church. I did J.R.’s boots. And two movie stars. Without regard to political affiliation, just based on if they were six guys who walked through your door, who was your favorite governor? I’d say, uh, Cecil ... He was the one that you could always joke with him, and he would joke back at ya.

How are shines priced in your store? Usually just on the foot, it’s $4 for the What kind of conversations did you have shoes and $5 for the boots. And if you drop with Sen. Church? off, it’s $2 more. They’re harder to do. Just basically how the day’s going. I never stuck in their business. Why is it harder to shine a shoe that doesn’t have a foot in it? You never do? You never do with any of It’s harder to hold onto. If it’s on the the politicians? foot, I can use both hands. When I have to No ... They don’t want to hear about it use one hand, it takes longer to do ’em, and in here. you have to work a little harder to get a shine to them when you have to hold them Do you stay up on who’s who in the down. legislative branch so you know who they are when they come in? Do you think shining shoes is becoming Nah. I’m not very into politics. Two something of a lost art form? things you never discuss in business: politics Eh, it’s hard to tell. When I got into it, and religion. there were 12 of us [in Boise]. Now there’s only four of us left. And shoe repair— What about J.R. Simplot—how many there’s only like three shoe repairs left … times did you give him a shine? It’s a dying breed. Oh, gosh, it’s hard to tell. I don’t remember how many years he’s been coming in. Would you say the current state of the economy is adversely affecting your job and What would you chat with him about? income? Usually, not much. He’d come in, and he It actually helps us out. G’morning, always was with somebody. He’d always Andy [to another walk-in customer]! It do business. actually helps us out because people are tending to take care of shoes and repair He would conduct business while getting them more than buy new ones. a shine? Mhmm. What about the gender breakdown? Are all of your customers men? And did he have a lot of different shoes? I’d probably say about 80 percent are A lot of boots. males ... We’re trying to get more females in here. But there for a while, it was very What about the movie stars? Which ones rare to see a woman come in to get a shine, came in? but now they’re starting to come in and get Bruce Willis and George Kennedy. They’re their shoes shined. just down to earth.



I walk to work downtown every day, and I always get a smiling nod from an apron-clad gentleman positioned either just inside or outside of the shoe repair shop at 109 N. 10th St. I mistakenly believed him to be the owner—it’s actually owned by longtime Boise shoe repairer Bob Riebe— but 46-year-old Jeff Kirby is literally the face of the business. For nearly 29 years, save some time off to work in a restaurant or patch up a computer, he’s worked as what he calls “boot black to shoe shiner to shine-ologist engineer.” During a recent shine, Kirby unfolded his story to me—that of joining the industry in 1981 in order to escape working at a dairy in Eagle, to working in the back of the now-defunct Nick’s shoe store on Main Street, to the famous folks he’s encountered in nearly three decades of service.

Do you ever feel like a bartender sitting here? Or a hairdresser? Oh yeah ... We keep the whole code of silence ... all the things we hear in here. What about you? How many pairs of shoes do you own? Me? Probably seven. These are the only ones I can actually shine. (Points to the dull black, residue-flecked shoes he has on.) Other than that, all my others won’t shine. You don’t care if your own shoes are shiny? No, I actually buy shoes that can’t be shined. The last thing to do after shining shoes all day is my own. Who makes the best shoe, would you say? So far it would be Allen Edmonds. They’re about a $350 shoe. And who makes the worst shoe? Oh gosh ... Right now it’s gotta have to be the Cole Haan. The quality on them has gone down. Is there a kind of shoe you see a customer bring in that immediately fills you with dread? [With no hesitation] Yeah, white golf shoes (pointing to a pair on the shine stand). I’ll wash my hands at least four to nine times before I get ’em done ... to get all the black off. Do you have any crazy hobbies? No, just normal ones. I do a lot of oil painting, gardening and cooking. What would be your dream job? Probably working on a cruise ship ... doing customer relations. And where would you go? Oh, anywhere the ship went.


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This is a test. This is only a test. The following story contains the results of a water gun test conducted by Boise Weekly in front of BWHQ one afternoon between rain showers. Boise Weekly accepts no responsibility for results skewed due to wind, product malfunction or our own stupidity. Each and every water gun was tested rigorously for performance on a 50-foot runway, diligently measured and erected on the sidewalk in front of our offices. Upon completion of the official testing, we did in fact succumb to the most serious hazard of water gun testing—the sudden urge to grab a loaded weapon and soak all people and inanimate objects in sight. No animals or Boise Weekly employees were harmed in the making of this story although a few passersby were slightly traumatized by what they witnessed.


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Opponents quake in fear when faced with the mouthful of teeth in the Sea Lords Water Squirter Great White Shark model.

When you threaten to “get out the big guns,” this is the gun you have in mind, whether you know it or not. First off, it’s a menacing-looking beast. But it ain’t all bark and no bite. The adjustable stream—water saver mode, medium spray or drencher—facilitates long-range and close-up attacks whether you’re on the offensive or the defensive. THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: Medium spray actually gets farther than water saver mode, and the drencher is a ho-hum case of all girth and no length.


WATER WARRIORS RENEGADE ★ ★ ★ ★ The Boise Weekly Water Ballistics Testing Team likes to keep its options open when it comes to choosing the proper water weapon.

WHY IT’S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: You’re guaranteed to hit no less than 30 feet no matter which stream you choose. COST: $19.99 MEASUREMENTS: 19 inches long, 4 inches wide CLAIMS: This thing is all about (imagine the menacing “dun-dun-dun-da-da-dun” of the Darth Vader theme here) the Pressurized Performance System. Product information says this beast will blast up to 42 feet, hold up to 58 oz. of water and weighs around 5.75 pounds when filled, which is all well and good, but here’s the claim we’re interested in putting to the test: It boasts of being the “longest blasting water warrior.” We’ll see about that. What is cool about the Renegade is not only the double chamber system but also the three adjustable nozzles, which can easily be turned in the heat of battle depending on your need to “water saver,” “medium stream” or “drenching stream.” WARNINGS: There’s a long, bulleted list, likely compiled by a very diligent attorney. “Do not shoot anyone’s face or eyes”; “When not in use do not leave water warrior pressurized”; “To avoid injury: use only clean, clear water. Use of other liquids may be harmful or damage the Water Warriors”; “All the packing material must be removed by an adult.” Oh, and it’s only for those ages 6 and up. FROM: Buzz Bee Toys, PERFORMANCE: Whether due to user error or inflated promises on the part of the manufacturers and marketers, this one, while impressive, didn’t quite live up to our expectations in terms of distance performance. As an overall weapon, it gets two thumbs up. In water saver mode, the Renegade made it 39 feet on the first try and a sad 20 feet on the second squirt. Medium spray is the most ideal distance stream, clocking in at 47 feet, 2 inches. The drencher, however, is a nice, fat stream, although it only makes 31 feet, 6 inches. Even by averaging those distances together, the Renegade is staring down about 34 inches, which is about eight inches short if you consult the box.




Deceptively small, the Eliminator hosed down much of the competition and won the vote for most pool-worthy weapon.



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SUPER SOAKER XP-215 ★ ★ Men will likely identify better with the mini Super Soaker’s faults more easily than women, and perhaps better accept them. Women, however, will not put up with such performance dysfunction. During our test, it was clear that the mini Super Soaker was not only a dribbler, but a leaner. As one tester so emphatically summed it up: “Hooks to the left and sprays? No thanks!” And as if those flaws weren’t enough to turn us off, we discovered that stamina was also an issue for the mini Super Soaker, which blew its load in one pathetic shot. THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: As an effort from the infamous Super Soaker crew, this hardly lives up to the company’s reputation. WHY IT’S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: It looks damn cool for a little guy. COST: $2.99 MEASUREMENTS: 9 inches long, a bulky 2 inches wide CLAIMS: holds 4 oz. (215 ml) of water and shoots 23 feet (7 meters). WARNINGS: This toy is for ages 6 older. The manufacturers ask that you do not aim at anyone’s eyes or face, and in order to further avoid injury, use only clean tap water. This one comes with specific directions to maximize performance. Users should pump the gun 25-30 times to pressurize the chamber and only fill the tank two-thirds full. FROM: Hasbro, PERFORMANCE: We’d prefer a two-pump chump. True story. It’s cumbersome and time consuming to pump this sucker so many times, especially for such underwhelming results. Despite all our grousing over the XP-215, it did exceed performance predictions, delivering a healthy dose of wet between 20 and 25 feet, with an impressive farthest distance of 35 feet (which means the marketing team would do well to capitalize on that extra 144 inches). It also means that if the makers could get the dribbling under control, this sucker might be a might bit more powerful.

ELIMINATOR ★ ★ ★ Don’t mind the fact that it’s pink and rubbery soft; the eliminator is like a James Bond water weapon. It looks like a hunk of floating Styrofoam in the pool, but wait, what’s this? The top pulls up, sucking water into some unseen cylindrical cavity and discharges a hefty stream of water to an unsuspecting, Daiquiri-sipping suntanner gliding by on a pool lounger. THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: It’s deceptively simple looking while completely errant and difficult to control. WHY IT’S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: Looks like a benign pool floatie, acts like a rabid water spewing monster. COST: $4.99 MEASUREMENTS: 12.5 inches long, 2.5 inches wide CLAIMS: Shoots up to 30 feet and brags that one can “rule the pool” with this baby. WARNINGS: Suitable for ages 6 and up. The actual product warning says “choking hazard— not suitable for children under 3 years as foam pieces may break off and cause a choking hazard.” And of course, don’t shoot it at the eyes or the face. We don’t want someone’s forehead getting wet now, do we? FROM: Prime Time Toys, PERFORMANCE: Impressive to say the least. Although the major soaking range is in the 28to 30-foot range, you could easily annoy an opponent as far away as 43 feet.


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WATER WARRIORS PRESSURIZED DELUGE WITH PRESSURIZED PERFORMANCE SYSTEM ★ ★ Unlike the mini Super Soaker, which looks like something that would discharge a proton stream in order to neutralize an alien invader, the Deluge actually looks like a mini Super Soaker. Same bright yellow body, same bright green chamber, same bright orange trigger and muzzle. And, predictably, it out-performed the mini (aka XP-215), leading us conclude that perhaps Super Soaker should stick with super and leave the mini-making to Water Warriors.

THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: It’s an awkward in between size—too big for your leg strap and too small to brag about. WHY IT’S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: Its in-between size is actually not a bad thing. Carry it in your oversized purse (or your man-purse/messenger bag) and you’ll out perform the rest of the heat-packing crowd, who will likely have something more like Brain trio (see Page 22). COST: $6.99 MEASUREMENTS: 7 inches long, 2 inches wide CLAIMS: Blasts up to 36 feet, holds up to 8 oz. of water, around 1.25 pounds when filled. WARNINGS: Nice long list, in addition to the advice that the Deluge is only for those people ages 4 and older. “Do not shoot anyone’s face or eyes”; “When not in use do not leave water warrior pressurized”; “To avoid injury: use only clean, clear water. Use of other liquids may be harmful or damage the Water Warriors”; “All the packing material must be removed by an adult.” FROM: Buzz Bee Toys, PERFORMANCE: A couple of pumps pressurize the system in order to get the most bang for your buck, but even with appropriate pressurization, we never saw 36 feet. Try as far as 30 feet, with a majority of spray falling in the 25-foot range.

SEA LORDS WATER SQUIRTER: GREAT WHITE SHARK ★ ★ ★ Is that a great white shark in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? This one is a trifecta bet for the water waster looking for something that does well in spray length, pocket portability and style—with added intimidation should you choose the great white shark over the sea horse, orca or dolphin versions. THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: Opponents are sure to laugh at your silly fish gun. WHY IT’S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: Opponents are sure to laugh at your silly fish gun. COST: 79 cents MEASUREMENTS: 4.5 inches long, 1.5 inches wide CLAIMS: Shoots up to 25 feet, leak-proof and pre-tested. WARNINGS: Package says this toy is not for children under 3, but on another part of the package, it says for ages 5 and up. FROM: HT toys, PERFORMANCE: Most of the spray landed between 16 and 22 feet. The farthest shot made it 25 feet, 2 inches.


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The Brain series is deďŹ nitely your choice for a concealed weapon with a hint of intimidation factor. Clocking in at only 6 and 9 inches long, this trio (only two pictured here) could handily be stashed: one in the purse, one in the jockey box and one in the waistline of your Wranglers.

This is for the water warrior who wants to look old-school even if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. Billed as the new-and-improved version of the original Super Soaker, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly clear whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new (other than some simple design changes), which means that when you pull it on an opponent, you could be blufďŹ ng 20 years of tactical experience. Of course, if your opponent is too knowledgeable, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know you just picked it up this season, wanker. THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: Too much pumping to pressurize can leave you vulnerable between hard-hitting offensive maneuvers.

THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: The brains. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying not to be haters here, but ... we just want to know why brains and not, say, hearts or grenade-looking things.

WHY ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the water gun that changed the world of water ďŹ ghting forever. Duh.

WHY THEY ARE A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: The brains. Like they say, two heads ... better than one. Between your own and your gunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, you should look like the smartest heat beater on the streets.

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CLAIMS: This oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation precedes it. In fact, this may be the only entrant present that even has a reputation. Back in the day, wielding a Super Soaker was a statement. The ultimate water weapon classiďŹ ed its user as serious about being cool in all senses of the word, if a bit ďŹ nancially frivolous. On the back of the package, Super Soaker boasts its 1989 market release, and on the front is a simple one-line statement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The original just got better.â&#x20AC;? Aw, yeah, bitches. Performance claims say this baby will hit up to 35 feet (11 meters) with a capacity or 25 oz. (740 ml).

MEASUREMENTS: Two at 6 inches long and 1 inch wide, one at 9 inches long and 2 very slim inches wide CLAIMS: Shoots up to 30 feet. WARNINGS: According to the packaging, this toy presents a choking hazard because of its small parts and, therefore, is not for children under 3. FROM: HT toys, PERFORMANCE: The two smaller Brain guns produced varied results, with the gray gun shooting as far as 25 feet, 7 inches while its green counterpart made it slightly farther at 26 feet, 8 inches. However, both guns dropped most of their ammo between the 15- and 25-feet markers. The larger blue Brain gun dropped the majority of its ammo much closer, between 15 and 20 feet, reaching a farthest distance of only 25 feet, 6 inches.

MEASUREMENTS: 18.5 inches long, 2.75 inches wide

WARNINGS: Do not aim at eyes or face. To avoid injury use only clean tap water (so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a good idea to ďŹ ll the Super Soaker with chlorine bleach?). For ages 6 up. FROM: Hasbro, PERFORMANCE: For ultimate performance, this one requires some decent pumping action. Best to pre-pump before the heat of battle, and pump between shots to ensure ďŹ re readiness when required. Supersoaker knows exactly how far sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go, though. With a slight wind at our backs, she hit 37 feet, 2 inches.


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The Water Blaster is the water equivalent of a toy gun that shoots out a flag with the word “loser” embroidered on it. With two bottles of back-up ammo and a vinyl and velcro bandolier, the WB looks uber mod. It helps that the directions are in English and French. The bandolier, however, is meant for very small bodies, the back-up ammo is difficult to load into the holster as well as into the gun, and the trigger is merely for looks while the pump does all the work and manages to produce nothing but a meager spray of refreshing mist. Not exactly your warfare-savvy weapon. THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: Where do we start? No trigger. Slow pump action. Accessories not adult friendly. Sad stream. WHY IT’S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: If you can get the bandolier on and can get the back-up ammo into the elastic holsters, you’re going to look good for battle if nothing else. COST: $9.99 MEASUREMENTS: 10.75 inches long, 3.25 inches wide CLAIMS: This one is a bit full of itself. The big, bold claim is: “arm yourself for the ultimate water blast attack.” And three smaller ones say the Banzai has “max soak factor”; “max 25 feet in distance”; and “max 8x power.” Not exactly sure what 8x power is. WARNINGS: Too many. Especially given its lackluster performance. For ages 3 and up. FROM: Toy Quest, PERFORMANCE: First things first, you have to be in a secure spot to load this thing. Bottle-like chambers screw in and out, and it’s a time-consuming, cumbersome and noisy process. Most of the water falls between 15 and 20 feet; however, despite its weak little stream, the Banzai managed to make it 32 feet at its best.


STREAM MACHINE HYDROBOLIC WATER LAUNCHER ★ ★ ★ ★ This is the mutha of them all. If grandma had to give up her double ought for a water version to hide in her skirts, this would be her replacement of choice. If only we’d had the doublebarrel version rumored to be out there. This fine specimen of weaponry could blast a hole the size of a cantaloupe through the side of BW headquarters and still have enough ammo and umph left to take out the bouncer. THING THAT MAKES YOU GO HUH: Unlike the more colorful members of your collection, this one ain’t much of a looker in plain old white. WHY IT’S A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR AQUA ARSENAL: We repeat: It’s the mutha of all water launchers (this thing cannot rightly be called a squirt gun; “squirting” is hardly what it does). COST: $19.97 MEASUREMENTS: 31.5 inches long, 2 inches wide CLAIMS: You won’t find any claims on the gun or its nonexistent packaging. If you visit the Web site, you’ll find specs on the SM-750 (and you’ll discover that it’s the SM-750), but be prepared to be distracted by all the other offerings from Water Sports LLC. You won’t find any performance claims on the Web site as far as distance, but other Web sources claim up to 60 feet. WARNINGS: Unless you’re really looking for the warnings, you may not see them. On the muzzle in small black lettering it says: “Warning: high pressure. Do not discharge at face and eyes.” FROM: Water Sports LLC, PERFORMANCE: You will annihilate your squirming, screaming enemy with this one. Length, power and volume are all there. She’ll get between 57 and 60 feet at her farthest, but the major, drenching soakage happens right around 40 feet.


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RECREATIONAL AMENITIES IN BOISE 1. 107 tennis courts 2. 49 soccer fields 3. 36 little league fields 4. 26 racquetball courts 5. 20 softball fields 6. 20 baseball fields 7. 8 swimming pools —Source: sports marketing tab, Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau


14 THURSDAY BICYCLE BLOCK PARTY Boise Bike Week continues with a bicycle block party at the Basque Block with all types of bike-related activities, raffles and races. Watch as Northstar Cycle Couriers deliver a series of smack downs to the competition using modified ski poles during a Bike Polo Expo beginning at 6 p.m. Then at 6:30 p.m., the public can sport their free Boise Bike Week T-shirts and get in on the action during a family friendly scavenger hunt race, as well as the annual Boise Bike Week Alley Cat Race at 7 p.m. While the band Low-fi performs, dance on over to an eclectic display of wild rides that were pieced together using random bike parts for the Frankenbike Competition starting at 8 p.m. The public can vote for their favorite Frankenbike and even take a spin on one. Local vendors will sell food and a beer garden is available for the 21-and-older crowd. 6 p.m., FREE, Basque Block, 601 Grove St.,

Low-fi performs at the Bicycle Block Party, then gets down at the 2009 Eagle Island Experience Festival.




ABSOLUTELY DRINKABLE Hop aboard the Martini Trolley for a night of taste-testing your way through downtown Boise. Thursday is the first night for the 2009 Martini Mix-Off judging in which the esteemed judges grab their note pads, clear their palates and prepare to award points. The judges’ first stop is Red Feather Lounge at 7 p.m. They'll spend an hour stirring, sipping and socializing, and then it’s time to hit the second spot, Bonefish Grill, at 8 p.m. The last stop of the night is Angell’s at 9 p.m. For more, turn to Page 59 of this week’s Boise Weekly.

15 FRIDAY HEAVING BOSOMS According to Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, authors of Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels, the most popular of literary genres has been around a long time for good reason. The real-world heroines are smashing stereotypes, trash talking the haters and touting the value of romance novels. The authors encourage readers to curl up with torrid tales and escape into a world brimming with deep sighs and magnetic attraction. Their debut book includes their take on a number of important issues—such as cliche plots, the power of the “Magic Hoo Hoo and Heroic Wang of Mighty Lovin’” and whether romance novels can be considered porn—at an author event and book signing. 7-9 p.m., FREE, The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229,

STAR-SPANGLED SOUSA Boise Philharmonic’s season closes with guest conductor Keith Brion portraying the style of “the march king” John Philip Sousa, who conducted sold-out concerts at Boise High School Auditorium in 1927 and 1928. Brion said the modern-day Sousa concerts “exemplify the rollicking beat of a young and vital society.” After the American Legion presents the color guard, Brion, along with narrator Carole Whiteleather and Kelly Pekar, soprano, will announce the repertoire from the stage. The program of marches, waltzes and crowd-pleasing patriotic selections includes a tribute to the armed forces. 8:15 p.m., $20-$61, 208-344-7849, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.


Conductor Keith Brion presides o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.



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Join mascots Rufus, the tie-dye dragon and the Elder Princess for a three-day community extravaganza. The 2009 Eagle Island Experience Festival celebrates both local and global sustainability with arts, crafts, music and food plus tons of novelty and educational tools. Every year, the festival harnesses good times into good deeds by donating part of the proceeds to a different nonprofit organization. Climb up on the Soap Box and share your thoughts, pin a message on the Peace Tree or get lost in the Enchanted Forest. Create art from recycled material, dance around the May Pole and get into character at the Costume Castle. On Friday, Jimmy Bivens, Cosmic Family Band and Trippin’ hit the stage. On Saturday, hear Bank, Polyphonic Pomegranate, Juntura, Finn Riggins and Built to Spill. On Sunday, Blaze and Kelly, Low-fi, The Quartertons and Denae perform. Friday, May 15, 4-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $15 per person for three days, $12 online, $6 per person per day, Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle.

16 SATURDAY CLEAN RIVER The Boise River Volunteers assist Boise River floaters if they get into trouble on their tubes, and help to keep the river and surroundings pristine. The good deeds continue with a volunteer appreciation party to kick off the clean-up season. Celebrate the beauty of a clean Boise River by gathering a group of friends, scouring the river and then reaping the rewards during a party with free hamburgers and hot dogs, pot-luckstyle. Bring a dish or snack and the beverage of your choice (live it up BYOB—alcohol is permitted at the party, but not on the river during the summer months). Noon-5 p.m., $4 per vehicle park fee, Discovery State Park, 9725 E. Highway 21, Boise,, 208-724-8842.




wednesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS ADAPTED CRUISE— Boise Bike Week’s Adapted Cruise is a chance for all bikers, beginner to professional, to wear a helmet and take a 5.5-mile loop around the Greenbelt. Boise City’s Parks and Recreation AdVenture program is showing off bicycles that are adapted for persons with physical disabilities so they can ride and recreate. 6:30 p.m., FREE, www.boisebikeweek. org. Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise. ORIENTAL RUG EVENT— This event hosted by Ten Thousand Villages in Boise showcases the results of peace-building effor ts and job creation through a fair trade program that began in the 1960s by a Pakistani Baptist minister. The tradition of quality Oriental rug making with original designs is preser ved by paying a living wage to Pakistani ar tisans (men and women equally) who make heirloom quality rugs. The event hours are: Wednesday, May 13: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Attend a free public oriental rug seminar on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. rugs. Hyde Park Meeting Place, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise. RECLAMATION AND THE TREASURE VALLEY—In honor of May Preser vation Month 2009, the Boise Public Librar y and the Boise City Depar tment of Ar ts and Histor y present a series of talks and companion walking tours on government expansion and architecture in Boise. Assistant city historian Mark Fisk discusses the early histor y of canal building and irrigation in the Boise area, with a companion walking tour of the Mar y Hallock Foote site area at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. 7 p.m., FREE, 208-433-5670. Boise Public Librar y, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., www.boisepubliclibrar

BABA’S WARMUP—Instructor Mike Denney leads a class focusing on the nine lead rhythms and sacred corresponding chants, three separated Dunun rhythms, bell patterns, shaker and seven different supporting rhythms for Djembe and conga. 7 p.m., $10 per class; $35 month. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, BEGINNER DRUM CLASS— First-time drummers are encouraged to drop in and learn basic concepts and techniques of drumming. 6-7 p.m. $7 with studio drum; $5 with your personal drum. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www. DEPRESSION: EASTERN AND WESTERN PERSPECTIVES— Explore depression from oriental medicine and western psychology, including the perspectives of Jungian. The class is presented by licensed acupuncturist and licensed professional counselor Jean Kuty. Register at www.boiselearns. org and visit www.acuprocess. com for more information on Kuty. 7-9 p.m., Hillside Junior High School, 3536 Hill Road, Boise, 208-584-5120. WEST AFRICAN RHYTHMS—Instructor Rick Thomson leads the class in djembe Dunun Level II-III. A sliding scale is available. 8:30 p.m., $10 per class. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www.

LITERATURE DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—The workshop is held twice a month and offers writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Author and poet Norman Weinstein facilitates the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m., FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000,

SPORTS & FITNESS BIKE TO BUGS—No one will be left behind on this no-drop ride from the Sierra Club offices to the Boise Urban Garden. After utilizing human-powered transportation, go even greener by finding out how to grow your own food. 6:30 p.m., FREE, www.boisebikeweek. org. Sierra Club, 503 W. Franklin St., Boise, 208-384-1023.

COMMUTER BASICS— Learn the basics of commuting by bicycle including route selection, bicycle choice, dealing with cargo and clothing, bike parking, lighting, reflection and riding in foul weather. All par ticipants receive an Idaho Bicycle Commuter Guide and a “commuter kit” consisting of tire irons and patch kit. 7 p.m., FREE, REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-3221141. WOMEN’S ROAD RIDE—As par t of Boise Bike Week, women riders at the intermediate level can hop on their bikes for a 21 mile road ride. The ride star ts and ends in front of See Jane Run. The sponsor of the ride, Meridian Cycles, will be on hand to look over bikes prior to the star t of the ride, and a pro cyclist will offer riders some cycling tips. 6:30 p.m., FREE, www. See Jane Run, 814 W. Idaho, Boise.

KIDS & TEENS LITTLE EINSTEINS SCIENCE CLASS—Each Wednesday, preschoolers ages 3-5 are introduced to the world of science through hands-on experiments. Financial aid is available. 11-11:45 a.m., fullfacility member $30; program member $58. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-3445501, LITTLE MOZARTS CLASS— Ever y Wednesday, kids ages 3-5 years par ticipate in a fun and interactive class to learn about music, play instruments and sing songs. 10-10:45 a.m., full-facility member $30; program member $58. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-3445501, NIGHT OWL BABIES—Baby like the night life? Bring them in for stor y time held in the stor ywell for ages 0-23 months. No registration required. Call 208-384-4200 for information. 7 p.m., FREE, Boise Public Librar y, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200, www.boisepubliclibrar PRESCHOOL STORY TIME— For ages 3 to 5. Due to limited space, registration is required. 10:30 a.m., FREE. Librar y at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208562-4996, www.boisepubliclibrar

SILVER RIBBON CAMPAIGN EVENT—May is Older Americans Month, and the Silver Ribbon Campaign is an effor t to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect. The event features guest speakers discussing the signs of abuse, along with available resources and programs including Adult Protection, as well as other respected community groups. 2-5 p.m., FREE, 208-376-5515. Boise Senior Activity Center, 690 Robinson Road, Boise.

CONCERTS CELTIC WOMAN—The current tour, Isle of Hope, features Chloe, Lisa, Lynn, Alex and Mairead the fiddle player in a show with power ful vocals, lights and choreography. New songs include “Fields of Gold” and “True Colours” as well as original songs written for the show by composer David Downes and Brendan Graham. 7:30 p.m., $32-$57, www.celticwoman. com. Morrison Center for the Per forming Ar ts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609.




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8 DAYS OUT READ TO A THERAPY DOG—Children can meet in the The Secret Garden and practice reading to Sophie the Therapy Dog. She’s a good listener and loves when children read to her. 4-5 p.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., 208-472-2940, www.

ODDS & ENDS 9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS—Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484, www.9thstreettm. org. BUG (BOISE UKULELE GROUP)—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels, beginning to advanced, welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. All that’s needed is a willingness to learn and play ukulele music. For more information, visit the Web site. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Pizza Company, 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-362-7702. HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP—All are welcome to join the growing group. Second Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., FREE. Wright Congregational Church, 4821 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208333-0312. IDENTITY THEFT—Attend a talk on how to protect yourself from identity theft. Meet in the Community room. 6:30 p.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., 208-4722940, TEAM IN TRAINING—Find out about the fund-raising efforts of Team In Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program. The program provides beginning and advanced triathletes with experienced coaching while they participate in fund-raising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Noon and 6 p.m., FREE, 208-658-6662, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.


thursday FESTIVALS & EVENTS BICYCLE BLOCK PARTY—Bikes take over the whole Basque Block during Boise Bike Week. Activities include a bike polo demonstration, Alley Cat races for children and adults, live music by Low-fi and food and drinks from local vendors. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise. BOISE NETWORKING PARTY—Meet with local business owners in Boise for a meeting about supporting local businesses. Be prepared to discuss what type of service you have to offer, and what services you are looking for. Send an e-mail to to find out the location. 7 p.m., FREE.

ON STAGE BILL BELAMY—The comedian takes the stage for two shows nightly May 14-16. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $22 general; $25 VIP, Hijinx Comedy Club, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-947-7100. IDAHO HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER—The Idaho Human Rights Education Center is hosting a series of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birthday. An awards ceremony for the ninth annual Student Human Rights Art Contest will be followed by a live theatrical performance of Through the Eyes of a Friend: A Portrait of Young People in the Holocaust performed by Living Voices of Seattle. 6-8 p.m., $5, 208-345-0304, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise.

FOOD & DRINK MARTINI MIX-OFF JUDGING 2009—Martini makers across town go through the first night of judging in the 2009 Martini Mix-Off. The bars the judges will be stopping at include Red Feather at 7 p.m., Bonefish Grill at 8 p.m. and Angell’s at 9 p.m. For more information, visit or call 208-761-5298.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES AMERICAN RHYTHM DANCE CLASS—Learn all aspects of the American rhythm dances, including cha cha, rumba, swing, bolero and mambo. The class covers aspects of dance such as timing, footwork, rhythm and movement. 8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m., $10 per person; $8 for senior citizens (60 and older). Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-322-2517,


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8 DAYS OUT ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA—Join the Boise Tango Society for a free introduction to tango lesson from 7:30-8 p.m. followed by dance practice. Beginners are welcome; no partner is necessary. DJs play a mix of classical, nuevo and alternative tango music. Wine and beer are available for purchase. For more information, contact Camille Wood at 208989-0239 or e-mail 8-10 p.m., $5 admission; $3 students/ seniors, Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. RHYTHMS OF GHANA— Experienced Ghanaian drummer Harrison Tei teaches students of all levels the rhythms and techniques of Ghana using traditional Kpanlogo drums. Beginners are welcome. E-mail for more information. 7-8:30 p.m., $10. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www.

ART THE NAMPA ART GUILD 47TH ANNUAL 2009 SPRING SHOW—The spring show for members only runs May 14-18 with ribbons awarded in each division. The show chair is Stan Sessions and the judge is Frank Tuning. For more information on entry details, contact Stan Sessions at 208-466-8889. The grand opening is on May 14 from 7-8 p.m. with refreshments and pastries. 1-9 p.m., FREE. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555,

LITERATURE BOOK GROUP MIXER—Whether a reader is part of an existing book club or is looking to join one, The Rediscovered Bookshop’s first Book Group Mixer is the place to discover great book choices and find a new book group. The staff will share their favorite choices with everything from literature to science fiction. Enjoy food and door prizes including David Benioff’s City of Thieves or Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound. 7 p.m., FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-3764229, POETRY NIGHT—Poetry host Jason invites poets to gather at Thomas Hammer for a cup of coffee and bring their work to share during a fun night of poetry readings. 6-8 p.m., FREE. Thomas Hammer, 298 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-433-8004, www.

TALKS & LECTURES HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS WARREN BUFFETT WOULD BUY—The BYU Management Society hosts a Lunch and Learn lecture conducted by Bill Child, retired CEO of R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, and Jeff Benedict, author of How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story and The Mormon Way of Doing Business. Noon, $14 member; $19 nonmember. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900.

RELIGIOUS/ SPIRITUAL IDAHO KABBALAH STUDY GROUP MEETING—Meet with the group to see how Kabbalah can transform lives and the world by offering true fulfillment. Open to all. 7 p.m., 208-870-6580. Thomas Hammer, 298 N. Eighth St., Boise,

ODDS & ENDS ENGLISH/SPANISH KARAOKE—Sing along to your favorite songs in English or Spanish with tons of song choices for all ages. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., FREE. Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant, 8915 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0304.

LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS— Heather Healy presents a program on caregiver challenges. All are welcome and no registration is required. For more information, contact Sandra Jensen at 208-3622859. 1-2:30 p.m., FREE. Boise Senior Activity Center, 690 Robinson Road, Boise, 208-345-9921. PRACTICE AQUI—This bilingual program aimed at teens 13 and older and adults is for participants who have conversational speaking abilities in both languages. Make new friends and have fun while at the same time practice Spanish skills. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, www. TEAM IN TRAINING—Find out about the fund-raising efforts of Team In Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program. The program provides beginning and advanced triathletes with experienced coaching while they participate in fund-raising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Noon and 6 p.m., FREE, 208-658-6662, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa. WOMEN’S LODGES—The sweat lodge is an ancient ritual practiced in different forms by indigenous peoples in all areas of the world. Attend a session with Jacqueline, Antelope Medicine Woman, and experience release, reconnection, relaxation and renewal of body, mind and spirit. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail Second Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., $10 and two bundles of wood or $20 to cover expenses. THE YARN CLUB—Finally, a place for all the knitters and crocheters to get together and chat. 1 p.m., FREE. Fuzz, 605 Americana Blvd., 208-3433899.

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOISEKO IKASTOLA BASQUE PRESCHOOL—The public is invited to the festivities celebrating 10 years of the Basque preschool with food, games for children and no-host wine and beer. Five-dollar food tickets will be available for purchase. 5:30-8:30 p.m., FREE to stroll around, 208343-4234. Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise. 2009 EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL—With arts, crafts, music, food and tons of novelty and educational tools, the Experience has to be experienced. Climb up on the Soap Box and share your thoughts, pin a message on the Peace Tree or get lost in the Enchanted Forest. On Friday, musical entertainment includes Jimmy Bivens, The Cosmic Family Band and Trippin. 4-9:30 p.m., $15 per person for three days; $12 online; $6 per person per day, Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. RUSSIAN FOOD FESTIVAL—The menu for the fourth annual Russian Food Festival includes borscht, mushroom soup, pelmeni (meat dumplings), marinated mushrooms, stuffed peppers, and several varieties of vareniki and blini (potato/ mushroom dumplings and crepes). Sweets include


Russian chocolate dessert, baklava, honey vodka mix and more. Attendees can go on a tour of the church and purchase Russian arts and crafts. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., Boise, 208-345-1553, SECRET SURPRISE GALA—The RSVP stops at 150 guests who will be treated to an evening of surprises during the fundraising gala at the TMP headquarters in BoDo. 5:30 p.m., $150. Trey McIntyre Project studio and office, 775 Fulton St., Boise, 877-867-2320, SNAKE RIVER BIRDS OF PREY BIRDING FESTIVAL—The inaugural festival runs May 15-17, and includes free activities such as educational booths, exhibits and a children’s area. Other free activities include live demonstrations of raptors, falconry lectures and a wildlife photography class. Some events require preregistration. Register for events by writing to the Western Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 84, Kuna, Idaho 83634 or call Dave Lyon at 208-861-9131. Events that require preregistration include a banding expedition in Melba’s Celebration Park, Idaho’s only archeological park; a raptor-banding expedition in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area; Snake River Canyon boat tours; Wees Bar History and Birding field trip; Oregon Trail and Southwest Idaho History field trip; burrowing owl lecture and tour; a bird walk at Celebration Park and a banquet with special guest Trish Nixon from The Peregrine Fund. Through May 17. www. snakeriverbirdsofpreyfestival. com. Reed Elementary School, 1670 N. Linder Ave., Kuna.

ON STAGE THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—The satirical comedy by Oscar Wilde gently pokes fun at Victorian manners and customs. The play follows the misadventures of a couple of English blokes, Jack and Algy, as they confront the merciless strictures of tea time and the pitfalls of sincerity all the while trying to woo a couple of strong-willed ladies. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. $39 for dinner; $20 for show only; student rush tickets $10 at 10 min. before show. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-385-0021,

CONCERTS JAZZ CONCERT—As part of Ada After Hours, the Boise State Vocal Jazz Ensemble performs at the library. The jazz group is made up of a tight knit group of singers, a guitarist and a keyboard player. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, www. STAR SPANGLED SOUSA!—Keith Brion, conductor, as John Philip Sousa, will announce the repertoire from the stage. The concert includes a program of marches, waltzes and musical novelties reminiscent of Sousa’s sold-out 1927 and 1928 concerts at Boise High School Auditorium, including patriotic music and a tribute to the armed forces. 8:15 p.m., $20-$61, 208-344-7849, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.

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8 DAYS OUT composing documents. Learn some tricks and techniques during free computer classes designed for novices and advanced beginners. Complete class details and schedules can be found online. Third Friday of every month, 10:15-11:45 a.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200, www.

LITERATURE AUTHOR TALK AND SIGNING—Authors Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan wrote a book titled Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels about why romance novels are so popular. Attend the book signing and get some insight into this most torrid of genres. 7-9 p.m., FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-3764229, www.rediscoveredbookshop. com.

SPORTS & FITNESS SENIOR WII BOWLING—Seniors can meet for low-impact bowling on the Wii game system. No heavy bowling balls or funny-looking shoes necessary. 10 a.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., 208472-2940,

KIDS & TEENS COSMIC CLIMB FOR TEENS—Teens ages 13-18 years old can enjoy good company, good music and alternative lighting during a two-hour, for-teens-only climb. Advanced registration is required. Third Friday of every month, 8-10 p.m., $5. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-3445501, FRIDAY TEEN NIGHT—Teens ages 12-17 hang out on Friday nights in the teen activity center. They can choose to hit the gym, weight room, or play basketball and volleyball, work in the computer lab, join art classes, or just relax with friends. 7-11 p.m., FREE. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, www. PRESCHOOL STORY AND CRAFT— Ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m., every Friday. FREE, 208-939-6814. Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Stierman Way, Eagle, TERRIFIC TALES STORY TIME— For children ages 3-8 with stories, songs and a visit from Chaucer, the Bookstore Cat. 10:30 a.m., every Friday. FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229,

ODDS & ENDS BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS—Get a basic Latin dance lesson included in the cover at 9 p.m. and then practice dancing to music by DJ Tomas or DJ Saya. Loosen up with a beer or glass of wine. Empanadas from Tango’s are served Friday evenings. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. FRIDAY NIGHT DRUM JAM—Drummers are surrounded by the rhythm of the community while drumming, dancing and listening to the beats. These facilitated circles are open to all levels. 8-10 p.m., $5 suggested donation. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519,

NOCHES LATINAS—Every Friday night, a DJ spins the hottest salsa, durangese, merengue, cumbia and bachata with salsa dancing the rest of the night. For all ages. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., FREE. Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant, 8915 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0304.


saturday FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2009 EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL— With arts, crafts, music, food and tons of novelty and educational tools, the Experience has to be experienced. Climb up on the Soap Box and share your thoughts, pin a message on the Peace Tree or get lost in the Enchanted Forest. Bands include Bank, Polyphonic Pomegranite, Juntura, Finn Riggins and Built to Spill. On Sunday, BlazenKelly, Low-fi, The Quartertons and Denae. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., $15 per person for three days; $12 online; $6 per person per day, www.gruntwerks. net. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. AVIAN ADVENTURE—Deck out the family in hiking attire, grab the binoculars and join the Golden Eagle Audubon Society on a half-mile hike from the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Plant to a secluded spot along the Boise River. The guided tour is about the importance of the riparian ecosystem and about the different birds who call the watershed their home. Practice calls and complete a checklist as an experienced instructor helps identify our local birds. Children are encouraged to create tissue-tube binoculars to take along the journey and make bird feeders from recycled materials once they return. 10 a.m., FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, www. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—The open-air market features rows of vendor booths with locally made products. Shoppers find a wide variety of goods with everything from Idaho specialty foods, wines and fresh baked goods to vegetables and handmade arts and crafts. Plus, live entertainment featuring a different act weekly, Art for Kids and select work by local artisans. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., www. Capital City Public Market, on Eighth Street between Main and Bannock, Boise, 208-345-9287. CLEAR CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER— Bring the family out for some outdoor fun, live music and barbecued foods. Other activities include a flea market, live auction and a raffle. If you would like to set up a booth or make a donation, contact Nancy Bedard at 208-392-9622. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., FREE, donations accepted. Clear Creek Lodge, 166 Clear Creek Road, Boise, 208-392-4777.

KIDS DAY AMERICA—The children's event is dedicated to health, safety and environmental awareness. Attendees receive child safety ID cards, health screenings, face painting, door prizes, giveaways, games and fun activities. The guest list includes appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog and Doby the Roaring Springs Dolphin. Noon-3 p.m., FREE. Meridian Boys and Girls Club, 911 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-5392, KISS THE PIG CONTEST—A group of 13 locals including the Emmett chief of police, the principal of Emmett High School and everyone from a boxer to an auctioneer will raise money and compete to kiss a pig. The event sponsored by the Emmett Project Graduation Committee supports Project Graduation, a parentorganized alcohol- and drug-free party for graduates. The people who will pucker up and plant one on the pig include Sue Beitia, superintendent of schools; Richard Winegar, Spanish teacher; Al Cinnamon, director of Christian Education Release Time; Dr. Knichrehm, principal; Steve Thayn, district representative; Mark Moura, manager of Commercial Tire; Kenny Keene, boxer; Matt Heath, realtor; Mark Heath, auctioneer; Bill Butticci, mayor of Emmett; Steve Nebeker, chief of police; Dr. Brett Mumford, physician; and Kevin Kraft, Albertsons manager. If you are interested in entering the tournament, contact Karol Kastoe at 208-602-6734. 1 p.m., $10 per entry. Emmett High School, 721 W. 12th St., Emmett, 208- 365-6323, MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET— The theme for the 2009 farmers market and bazaar is Five for Five celebrating five years of fresh food and family friendly fun. Besides fresh produce, food specialties, baked goods and on-site barbecue, the weekly market offers live entertainment on the Market Stage, an expanded Kid Smarts Craft Zone and a free Kid’s Bounce. For more information, e-mail 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ustick Marketplace II, 3630 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. PACK THE PATIO—The event billed as Boise’s first coffee kegger features the Common Ground Chorus kicking off the 2009 summer season, and the Boise Pride season, with a harmonious performance on the patio. The event is also billed as “A Cause for Paws,” because a portion of proceeds will benefit the Idaho Humane Society. Noon-4 p.m., FREE, donations accepted, 208-867-8875, www. packthepatio. Tully’s Coffee, 794 W. Broad St., Boise. ROARING SPRINGS OPENING DAY—Roaring Springs Waterpark is opening for the season (weather permitting) with a new attraction, the Thunder Falls Family Raft Ride. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., regular admission. Roaring Springs Water Park, 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-8848842, RUSSIAN FOOD FESTIVAL— The menu for the fourth annual Russian Food Festival includes borscht, mushroom soup, pelmeni (meat dumplings), marinated mushrooms, stuffed peppers and several varieties of vareniki and blini (potato/mushroom

dumplings and crepes). Sweets include Russian chocolate dessert, baklava, honey vodka mix and more. Attendees can go on a tour of the church and purchase Russian arts and crafts. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE admission. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., Boise, 208-345-1553, SNAKE RIVER BIRDS OF PREY BIRDING FESTIVAL— The inaugural festival runs Through May 17, and includes free activities such as educational booths, exhibits and a children’s area. Other free activities include live demonstrations of raptors, falconry lectures and a wildlife photography class. Some events require preregistration. Register for events by writing to the Western Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 84, Kuna, Idaho 83634 or call Dave Lyon at 208-861-9131. Events that require preregistration include a banding expedition in Melba’s Celebration Park, Idaho’s only archeological park; a raptor-banding expedition in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area; Snake River Canyon boat tours; Wees Bar History and Birding field trip; Oregon Trail and Southwest Idaho History field trip; burrowing owl lecture and tour; a bird walk at Celebration Park and a banquet with special guest Trish Nixon from The Peregrine Fund. Reed Elementary School, 1670 N. Linder Ave., Kuna. THIRD SATURDAY DANCE—The Boise Contra Dance Society holds its monthly third Saturday dance with live music by The Bru. An English Country Dance session runs from 6-7:15 p.m. for $2. The new dancer orientation starts at 7:30 p.m., and the dance is from 8-11 p.m. Couples, singles and children over 10 years old are welcome; partners are not necessary. The dances are smoke- and alcoholfree. For more information, contact or James at 208-495-3604. 6 p.m., $8 for adults; $3 for youth 10-18. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843.

ON STAGE HYPNOSIS COMEDY SHOW— Treat your taste buds by sipping on award-winning wines from the winery while master hypnotist Greg Hassakis takes control of your mind and tickles your funny bone. 7:30 p.m., $12. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—See Friday’s description. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. $39 for dinner; $20 for show only; student rush tickets $10 at 10 min. before show. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-385-0021, SLEEPING BEAUTY—Fantasy and dance come together as the Capital City Ballet and Capital City Youth Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty for the spring performance. 5 p.m., $7 adv.; $8 door, 208-378-9752, www. Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa.

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ANAT COHEN QUARTETâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Boise Jazz Society welcomes the multi-faceted and talented musician, composer and bandleader. Cohen plays the tenor saxophone and clarinet, taking from a variety of musical genres, including modern and traditional jazz, classical, Argentine tango and Afro-Cuban styles. 7 p.m., $45, 208-426-3498, www.anatcohen. com. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise. SONIC MINSTRELâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The beautiful melodies produced by Sonic Minstrel, Landon Maughan and Chalazon Clark, are created using looping technology to layer sounds and textures over grooving bass lines. 7 p.m., FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-4240273,

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR MEDIA PRODUCTIONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Eagle Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Film OfďŹ ce, Idaho Media Professionals and SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business) present a Saturday seminar on Business Practices for Media Production. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sandwich for a working lunch session; drinks will be provided. A networking reception will follow the seminar at the Eagle Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required; e-mail or call 208-334-2650, Ext. 2151. 9 a.m., FREE, Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Stierman Way, Eagle, 208-939-6814, CHILDREN'S BALLROOM TECHNIQUE CLASSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The class is for children ages 5-9 years old. The little dancers can learn the basic of ballroom and Latin dancing. 1010:45 a.m. $30 per month; one time $10 enrollment fee, Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-322-2517, www. PRETEEN DANCE CLASSESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Preteens (ages 10-14) learn the basic steps to ballroom and Latin dancing. 10:45-11:30 a.m., $30 per month; one time $10 enrollment fee, Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-322-2517, TIBETAN LANGUAGE COURSEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Instructor Kunchok Lama leads a workshop with an introduction and review of the fundamentals of Tibetan language as well as teachings on Tibetan Buddhism and culture. Emphasis will be on correct pronunciation and reading while applying language to a broader understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. 10 a.m., $50 includes all course materials. Dzogchen Idaho Dharma Center, 116 N. Latah, Boise, 208-412-2582,

LITERATURE BACK COUNTRY ROADS IDAHO SLIDE SHOWâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Running in conjunction with a dutch oven cooking demonstration is a Back Country Roads Idaho slide show by Lynna and Leland Howard, the author and photographer of Backcountry Roads Idaho. The multimedia event includes a slide show, author talk and book signing. 2-4 p.m., FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, DUTCH OVEN COOKINGâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The host of the popular PBS show Dutch Oven Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with Cee Dub demonstrates his craft with a cook book sale and signing. 1-5 p.m., FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, STORYTELLINGâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gather around the Treasure Valley Storytellers for an afternoon of storytelling for all ages. The adventure begins when Old Mother Goose leads the audience from a European-style bridge, rumored to host its own troll, past a waterfall and pool and into a poplar grove. Grandmother Tree, queen of the poplar grove, leads adventure seekers on a trail lined with stories full of adventure. Attendees can bring a picnic to eat during the adventure. For more information, contact Mary Anne Hedrich or Jeanette Ross at 208-3781217. 2 p.m., FREE. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-658-1710,

GREEN BOISE RIVER VOLUNTEERS KICK-OFF PARTYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Boise River Volunteers are mobilizing a crew to celebrate a clean Boise River. Gather friends and join the clean-up team. Efforts will be rewarded with free hamburgers and hot dogs pot-luck-style. Bring a dish or snack and the beverage of your choice. Noon-5 p.m., $4 per vehicle park fee, 208-724-8842, Discovery State Park, 9725 E. Highway 21, Boise.

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8 DAYS OUT SCIENCE SATURDAYS—Every Saturday, the Discovery Center features different topics with morning and afternoon sessions for different ages. Call for more information, or visit the Web site. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895, X-TREME GAMERS NIGHT—Teens age 12-17 get together to have fun in a safe, supervised environment. Free pizza and prizes beckon, along with the chance to play PC and console-based systems, including Nintendo Wii and Xbox. Third Saturday of every month, 7-10 p.m., FREE. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-3844486,

ODDS & ENDS BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS—Get a basic Latin dance lesson included in the cover at 9 p.m. and then practice dancing to music by DJ Tomas or DJ Saya. Loosen up with a beer or glass of wine. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. HIGH DESERT SWING CLUB—Learn the steps to the West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, hustle, night club two-step and cha cha. Third Saturday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $5 members; $8 nonmembers, Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise, 208-377-5788.

Beethoven, Schumann, Milhaud and F. F. Beale, an early College of Idaho music teacher. The program includes R. Vaughan Williams’ Six English Folk Songs for Cello performed by Dr. Brian Attebery from Pocatello. Mary Hunt Macey from Lewiston will present songs by Roger Quilter and Harold Arlen. 3 p.m., FREE, donations accepted. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208454-1376, A SPRING CONCERT—Join the Whitney Women’s Chorale accompanied by the Boise High Chamber Orchestra for A Spring Concert featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria. 3 p.m., $8 general, $5 seniors and students. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4848 N. Five Mile Road, Boise, 208-322-5588.

FOOD & DRINK BEER BUST—Saunter into the Lucky Dog Tavern, donate $5 to Boise Pride and you’ll be rewarded with $1.50 domestic drafts. Noon-5 p.m. Every Sunday, through June 16. Lucky Dog, 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-3330074.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES WEST COAST SWING SUNDAYS—Bring your West Coast swing skills to the next level during new drop-in lessons at Shorty’s Saloon. Lesson time is 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a practice session from 6:30-7 p.m. Concepts such as syncopations, styling, musicality, texture, turning technique and fun new patterns are taught. Participants must have a solid foundation in the basics of West Coast swing, which includes a push break, an underarm turn, a left side pass and a whip. Dance punch cards are available for the drop-in classes. Purchase a $20 punch card good for five lessons and receive one free class. Punch cards expire three months from issue. For more information, e-mail 5:30 p.m. $5 per class, 208-860-2132, Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City.

CITIZEN IDAHO CAMPAIGN TO END ISRAELI APARTHEID—The group meets every Sunday at Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, and is continually working to educate and lobby for a just and truthful U.S. policy that works to end apartheid. For more information, e-mail 6 p.m. FREE, idahocampaign.

RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL MEDITATE WITH BOISE DHARMATA SANGHA— Practice meditation and teachings as a means to stay aware of your true nature. The location is 2912 Pleasanton Ave. in Boise. For more information, visit or contact Marissa Keith at 208-921-4062. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., donations accepted. MEDITATION SERVICE—Join the Center of Peace on Sunday mornings for a spiritual community meditation service at 10 a.m. and a spiritual gathering service with a different guest speaker each week at 10:30 a.m. Youth education is pro-

NOCHES LATINAS—Get free salsa dance lessons from 8-9 p.m. or 9-10 p.m., and then dance the night away from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. DJs spin the hottest salsa, durangese, merengue, cumbia and bachata. 10 p.m.-1 a.m., $5 cover. Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant, 8915 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208376-0304.

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2009 EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL—With arts, crafts, music, food and tons of novelty and educational tools, the Experience has to be experienced. Climb up on the Soap Box and share your thoughts, pin a message on the Peace Tree or get lost in the Enchanted Forest. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $15 per person for three days; $12 online; $6 per person per day, www. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. DANCE PARTY—Join the weekly Sunday Dance Party. Practice dancing, pick up a few new steps and meet other dancers in the area. 1-3 p.m., $10 per person; $8 for senior citizens (60 and older). Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-3222517, FAMILY DAY—Spend Sunday afternoons at the Idaho Botanical Garden with the whole family and enjoy live music, songwriting sessions, garden tours and kids’ crafts and activities. This month, the Spring Flower Show provides a colorful backdrop. Noon-4 p.m., admission: $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 children (6-12); FREE for members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, LIQUID LAUGH TRACK—Every Sunday, the funny is found in BoDo during Laugh Track, featuring standup comedy from locals and professionals looking for laughs in a live setting. 7 p.m., FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, SIXTH ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE CURE— Organizers have a goal for the 2009: 400 bikes, 550 riders and $20,000 raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The police escort for the ride revs up at 11:15 a.m., and director of the Intermountain Harley Owners Group Todd Godfrey said, “If you have never seen 500 motorcycles in formation, it is something you must see and will never forget.” More information at 9 a.m., $20. High Desert Harley-Davidson/Buell, 2310 E. Cinema Dr., Meridian, 208-338-5599, SUNDAY MARKET—The main floor of the Linen Building becomes an indoor market where shoppers can find locally produced food and goods. Food is by Jenny’s Lunch Line and Metro Gourmet Catering Company and Dan Costello performs. Third Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www. ZOO DAZE—Hang out with meerkats, spider monkeys and all the zoo animals during Zoo Daze. Fun activities include games, face painting, fun jumps and reptile and amphibian encounters courtesy of the Idaho Herpetological Society. Children will have the chance to meet Diego from Nickelodeon’s Go, Diego, Go! and watch special entertainment by the ANSER Charter School African Drummers and Gem State Gymnasts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6.50 for adults; $3.75 for children (4-11); $4 seniors (62 and older); FREE for children (3 and younger). Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-384-4125,

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8 DAYS OUT vided. 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., FREE. Center of Peace, 420 S. Orchard St., Life’s Doors Center, Boise, 208-323-2323, WEEKLY TIBETAN BUDDHIST GROUP PRACTICE—Weekly Tibetan Buddhist Group Practice at a new time. Join us Sundays at 10 a.m. for meditation and discussion on The Buddha Path by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. All are welcome. 10 a.m., FREE. Dzogchen Idaho Dharma Center, 116 N. Latah, Boise, 208-412-2582, www. ZEN MEDITATION AND BUDDHISM—Meet for meditation and a free public talk every Sunday at the White Cloud Zen Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting zen practice of those who live in Idaho. Tuesdays and Thursdays donations are accepted for meditation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, beginners are welcome to practice at the White Cloud Zen Center, and every Thursday, join the advanced practice. 9-10:30 a.m., White Cloud Zen Center, 1315 W. Washington St., www.

ODDS & ENDS B-I-N-G-O—Play Bingo four days a week in a smoke-free environment. The new bingo hall in Nampa runs a $1,000 gem star game. Hours are Sundays 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursdays 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Fridays at 6 p.m. with the second set free and Saturdays at 6 p.m. For more information, call 208461-9041 or 208-989-5112. Sundays. $10 buy in. Bingo, 1012 11th Ave. N., Nampa. ECSTATIC DANCE—Experience dance in a safe, nonjudgmental, drug-free, all-ages, all-backgrounds environment that celebrates and honors self-expression, community and movement that is fun for the whole family. The Ecstatic Dance with facilitator Christopher Soderland includes dances such as: Sweat Your Prayers, 5 Rhythms, The Wave, Soul Motion, Yoga Dance, Sacred Circle, Body Choir, Trance Dance, Mindful Movement, Barefoot Boogie and DanceJam. For more information, e-mail 9:30-11 a.m., sliding scale $7-$15. Fulton Street Center for the Arts, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, www.


monday ON STAGE POETRY SLAM DELUX— This month’s $100 Poetry Slam Delux is for those 21 and older. The event is a “Pajama Slam” featuring Stephen Michael Meads of San Francisco, Calif. Poets who sport pajamas get extra points and the winner receives $100. The spoken word performance is followed by DJ Kathy O’s Sweet and Salty Mix. 8 p.m., $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886.

CONCERTS ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION—Bid in a silent auction while enjoying the sounds of a symphonic band concert and a percussion ensemble performance. The concert is followed by homemade dessert and coffee. 6:30 p.m., $6 adults; $4 students, Rocky Mountain High School, 5450 N. Linder Road, Meridian, 208350-4340.


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FOOD & DRINK SUSHI CLASS—Learn to make sushi with everything you’ll need to roll your own delicious pieces. The class begins with a pairing of sushi and high-end Japanese sake tasting. For more details, visit the Web site. 6:30 p.m., $55 per person. Superb Sushi-downtown, 280 N. Eighth St. #104, Boise, 208-385-0123, WINE TASTING—Wood River Cellars’ tasting room is open seven days a week to sample wines. Taste wines with grapes grown in Idaho while taking in the view from the pavilion and pond. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-2869463, www.woodrivercellars. com.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES DANCE WITH CAIRO FUSION— Boise’s only progressive fusion bellydance company is accepting new students monthly. Classes are on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit www. or e-mail for more information. INCREASE HAPPINESS—Learn how to bring good opportunities into your life by spending time with Prof. Bhaswati Guha, Ph.D. Learn how to be open to receiving the universal flow to attract money and happiness with daily spiritual clearing, EFT, hypnotherapy and meditation. For more information, email or call 208-433-0201 after 4 p.m. The home office is located at 2980 S. Zach Place, Boise, Idaho 83706. $25 for one and a half hour session. PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP— The public is invited to attend a Performance Poetry Workshop with Stephen Michael Meads of San Francisco, Calif. The event gives local poets the chance to perform in front of an audience. For more information, e-mail 5 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-INFO. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASSES—Learn Scottish Country dance with The Thistle and Ghillies Scottish Country Dancers. Classes are held at the Eagle Performing Arts Center at 149 W. State St., in Downtown Eagle. Have fun exercising and improve flexibility. Beginners are welcome, dancers may join the group at anytime. No partner is required, all dances are taught, and an enjoyable time among pleasant people is the standard. Comfortable shoes and street clothes are advised. For more information, e-mail or call 208-342-2812. 7:15-9:15 p.m., $5 per class for visitors, Thistle and Ghillies Scottish Country Dancers, 149 W. State St., Eagle, 208-342-2812. TIERNAN IRISH DANCERS— The Tiernan Irish Dancers offer classes for boys and girls ages 4 and older. No previous Irish dance experience is necessary, and participants can try the first class for free. At these fun, interactive workshops, your child learns the basic steps in Irish dance along with Celtic language, music and culture. Call for pricing. Tiernan Irish Dancers Studio, 5232 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-4665516, AFRICAN DUNUN RHYTHMS— Instructor Rick Thomson leads this beginning level Dununbased class with the songs and rhythms of Guinea West Africa. Frequent players receive a discount. 7 p.m., $10. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www.

WEST AFRICAN RHYTHMS—Instructor Carolyn Failla teaches technique, timing, communication and creativity to the beat of West African music. 7 p.m., drop-in single class $10. Yoga Fusion, 1578 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-949-4828, www.

KIDS & TEENS PHENOMENAL FORCES—The hands-on experience with more than 20 exhibits appeals to all ages. The exhibits explore the natural, invisible forces all around us, which can create illusions and visual effects that appear to defy logic. The exhibit is meant to demystify environmental changes and phenomena of magnetism, motion, electricity, energy, light, force and matter. Some of the exhibits include an “Uphill Roller,” which will make a ball appear to roll uphill; a “Water Freezer” exhibit, which guides visitors through a sequence of steps that will cause water to boil and a sheet of ice to form; and large electrical bolts give spectators a shock. Other exhibits include geyser eruptions and the transformation of motion to heat. general $6.50, children (3-17) $4; seniors (60 and older) $5.50; members and children 2 years and under FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, www.

ODDS & ENDS BOISE CHAPTER IAAP MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING— The International Association of Administrative Professionals welcomes guest speaker Lawrence Rogien in a talk titled How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. RSVP by calling 208385-5372 or e-mail bzb@ 5:30 p.m., $15 with dinner, $5 program only, Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR COMMON GROUND CHOIR—Small choir welcomes new voices. Listen, meet the director and join the choir. Use west entrance or the front door, signs inside the church indicate practice room. 6:45 p.m., FREE, 208-3894736, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Join the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club, which meets every Monday. 6-7:30 p.m., FREE, Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208395-1531. THE YARN CLUB—Finally, a place for all the knitters and crocheters to get together and chat. 1 p.m., FREE. Fuzz, 605 Americana Blvd., 208-343-3899.


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8 DAYS OUT Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Idaho Pizza Company, 6840 Glenwood, Boise, 208-853-1224.


TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS—Sample wine and learn to taste, compare and contrast. See, swirl, smell, sip and savor five wines for $5. 5 p.m., Grape Escape, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-368-0200.


BYU CHAMBER ORCHESTRA—Caldwell Fine Arts presents the BYU Chamber Orchestra from Provo, Utah. Dr. Kory Katseanes leads the most select of the five orchestras in the School of Music. This 47-member group has traveled across the United States and internationally. 7:30 p.m., $10$14 adult; $6-$10 student. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208-454-1376, www.

FOOD & DRINK HAWAII IN BOISE—Lush transforms into a tropical paradise every Tuesday night with sand, drink specials, live music and weekly prize giveaways. Proceeds from the Lush island experiences benefit Boise Pride 2009. 9 p.m., Lush, 760 Main St., Boise, 208-342-5874.

FREE DANCE LESSONS—Take advantage of free dance lessons followed by social dancing from 8-10 p.m.7-8 p.m., FREE, www.lessonsindance. com. Bull’s Head Station, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. IDAHO FOOD AND SAFETY SANITATION COURSE—The Central District Health Department offers a four-hour course that provides an Idaho certification in food safety under the state’s Food Protection Program. The certification is good for five years. Registration and payment are required in advance. For more information and to register, call 208-327-7499. 8 a.m.-noon, $30 includes all classroom materials. Central District Health Department, 707 N. Armstrong Place, Boise, 208-375-5211,

INTERNET BASICS—Attend a free class on how to navigate the Internet. Classes are designed for novices and advanced beginners. Complete class details and schedules can be found online once you learn how to get online. Third Tuesday of every month, 10:15-11:45 a.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-3844200,

TALKS & LECTURES CREATING SUSTAINABLE FUNDING—The seminar titled Creating Sustainable Funding in These Challenging Economic Times is designed for board members, executive directors, CEOs and fund development professionals. Learn how to engage the community to inspire giving, even in a lagging economy. 3 p.m., FREE, 206-709-9499, Ext. 131, Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Suite 105, Boise. MANDALA ARTIST PAUL HEUSSENSTAMM—Attend a free talk by The Last Mimzy mandala artist Paul Heussenstamm. Mandalas are beautiful geometric paintings that unlock healing messages from our souls. See Heussenstamm’s work at For more info, call 310-4285656. Sign up for a one-day Intensive Mandala Workshop with Heussenstamm whose paintings are in the film The Last Mimzy. The workshop teaches participants how to create a beautiful painting while healing your inner self. Heussenstamm shares his Mandala painting secrets at a workshop in West Boise on May 20 from 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The cost is $140, which includes all materials and meals. To register, call 310-428-5656. 7 p.m., FREE. Green Foundations Building Center, 5242 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-321-1400,

CITIZEN MONTHLY MEETING OF VETERANS FOR PEACE— This meeting is open to all who are interested. Third Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m., FREE. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731,

KIDS & TEENS FAMILY STORY TIME—All ages. 7 p.m., every Tuesday. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200, LITTLE PICASSOS ART CLASS—Introduce preschool-age children to the world of art. New classes begin monthly. 10-10:45 a.m., full-facility member $25; program member $50. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT—Ages 2-5. 11:15 a.m., every Tuesday. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200,

RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL MEDITATE WITH BOISE DHARMATA SANGHA—Meditate with the Boise Dharmata Sangha at 2369 W. Trestle Dr. in Meridian. For more information, visit or contact Marissa Keith at 208-921-4062. First and Third Tuesday of every month, 7-8 p.m. SPIRIT TAO—Instructor Michael Denney teaches the class how to experience the power of the ancient Taoist technology for health and personal transformation. Five Element Chi Kung is a moving meditation consisting of simple, flowing movements, which channel and balance the energies of the five universal elements of nature. Participants learn powerful postures to enhance spiritual awareness and each class ends with a healing Earth meditation to magnetize and balance the aura. The location of the class is 918 E. Denise St., Boise. 7 p.m., $10 per class or $35 per month, 208-3533337,

ODDS & ENDS DISCOVERY CENTER SCIENCE CAFE—The Science Cafe is a monthly science education outreach program that encourages adult participation. Dr. Bernard Yurke of Boise State hosts an open discussion on nanoscale objects and molecular motors. 6 p.m., FREE, 208-343-9895, Ext. 245, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise. LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS—Jeffery Vik presents a program on tai chi for seniors. All are welcome and no registration is required. For more information, contact Sandra Jensen at 208-362-2859. 6-7:30 p.m., FREE. AARP Offices, 3080 E. Gentry Way, Meridian. TEAM IN TRAINING—Find out about the fund-raising efforts of Team In Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program. The program provides beginning and advanced triathletes with experienced coaching while they participate in fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Noon and 6 p.m., FREE, 208-658-6662, Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St.


wednesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS MAYOR BIETER UNPLUGGED—Mayor Dave Bieter takes questions from attendees and discusses Boise past, present and his vision for the City of Trees in the future. The Boise Young Professionals are a group of civic-minded young professionals who host networking events where business people and politicians, community leaders and decision makers all intermingle in a learning environment. 5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE for Boise Young Professional members; $15 nonmembers, 208-472-5258, Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise. RECLAMATION AND THE TREASURE VALLEY—In honor of May Preservation Month 2009, the Boise Public Library and the Boise City Department of Arts and History present a series of talks and companion walking tours on government expansion and architecture in Boise. The discussion is on the Work Progress Administration of the 1930s and how the post-WW II federal and state governments used Modernism architecture to symbolize a new American age. 7


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8 DAYS OUT p.m., FREE, 208-433-5670. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.,

CONCERTS SEASONS AND THYME SPRING CONCERT—The Boise Choristers group is made up of women from all over the Treasure Valley, and is directed by Karma Ellsworth and accompanied by Gail Borup. Hear selections ranging from classics by Handel, Haydn and Debussy to traditional Shaker melodies, Broadway show tunes and various folk songs. 7:30 p.m., FREE, donations accepted. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1000.

available. 11-11:45 a.m., fullfacility member $30; program member $58. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-3445501, LITTLE MOZARTS CLASS— Children ages 3-5 years participate in a fun and interactive class to learn about music, play instruments and sing songs. 10-10:45 a.m., fullfacility member $30; program

three years. Juried by Sue Latta, MFA, the best-of-show and runners-up awards will total $1,000. Entries are due by May 30, 2009. For a complete prospectus, contact Barbara Bowling by e-mail at, or call 208-336-0767. Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, www.



WORKSHOPS & CLASSES COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY CLASSES—Register for a series of classes on computers at the library. The class is on Internet searching, including how to use search engines to find information on the Internet and how to get to some of the most useful sites on the Web. 8-8:45 p.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, www. SERVSAFE MANAGER CERTIFICATION—The eight-hour ServSafe Manager Certification course is a food safety course designed to provide food service managers with the knowledge necessary to meet state and national standards. Sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the certification is valid for five years and can be used anywhere in the United States. Registration and payment are required in advance. Call 208327-7499 to reserve a seat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $95 includes all classroom materials. Central District Health Department, 707 N. Armstrong Place, Boise, 208-375-5211, www.

ART ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests (age 62 and older) receive free admission all day plus a docent-led talk regarding the current exhibit, Garth Claassen’s “Bloated Floaters, Snouted Sappers and the Defense of Empire.” 2 p.m., FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-345-8330, www.

LITERATURE BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP—The critique group comes together to learn from one another and share ideas in a welcoming atmosphere. Send an e-mail to for location. Third Wednesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m., FREE.

TALKS & LECTURES THE SECRET LIVES OF RAPTORS—Trish Nixon of The Peregrine Fund reveals the secret lives of raptors, including hawks, falcons, owls and eagles. Nixon will show the audience some of the live birds she works with daily and talk about the unique niches that birds of prey occupy in the environment. Call ahead to register and enter to win a behind-the-scenes tour at The World Center for Birds of Prey. 6:30 p.m., FREE. Wild Birds Unlimited, 10480 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-6862,

KIDS & TEENS LITTLE EINSTEINS SCIENCE CLASS—Each Wednesday, preschoolers ages 3-5 are introduced to the world of science through hands-on experiments. Financial aid is

member $58. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-3445501, NIGHT OWL BABIES—Baby like the night life? Bring them in for story time held in the storywell for ages 0-23 months. No registration required. Call 208-384-4200 for information. 7 p.m., FREE, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200, PRESCHOOL STORY TIME—For ages 3 to 5. Due to limited space, registration is required. 10:30 a.m., FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996,

ODDS & ENDS 9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS—Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484, IDAHO YOUNG ADULT CANCER SURVIVORS—The reception and information session is for young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 18 and 40. The group is gathering to form a support network. Food will be served. RSVP to 208422-0716. 5:30 p.m., FREE. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, www. TEAM IN TRAINING—Find out about the fund-raising efforts of Team In Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program. The program provides beginning and advanced triathletes with experienced coaching while they participate in fund-raising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Noon and 6 p.m., FREE, 208-658-6662, Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise.

calls to artists ART SOURCE GALLERY— The Art Source Gallery is sponsoring the eighth annual Juried Exhibition scheduled through the month of July. The exhibit is open to all fine artists and media (no video or crafts). All work must have been completed in the past


BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART SUBMISSIONS—Every week Boise Weekly chooses one submitted original work for the cover. BW will pay $150 for every published cover plus a $25 gift certificate to Boise Blue Art Supply. We request that all published original covers be donated to a charity cover auction in the fall benefiting youth outreach programs in the arts. Works must be original, in any medium including digital and photography. Artists submitting digital covers must do so on archival quality or giclee print. Square format works preferred, but slightly rectangular works accepted. Final reproduction size is approx. 10” x 10” but original artwork may be any size. Works do not have to be framed. BW will handle all framing for the auction. Artworks not selected are available for pickup anytime. Drop your artwork by the BW office. Direct questions to Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055,

James O’Dea

BOSCO CALL TO ARTISTS— BOSCO, Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, is accepting new member applications from Ada, Boise and Canyon county visual artists. New members are juried in by a panel of existing members and usually at least one outside juror. Visit boiseopenstudios. com for details and application, or e-mail BOSCO.Membership@ Postmark deadline is May 15, 2009.

Andrew Harvey

EAGLE ARTS FAIRE—Artists of all mediums are invited to apply for the juried show at the Eagle Arts Faire to be held at Heritage Park in downtown Eagle July 10-12, 2009. Artists must participate all three days. The cost for a 10-by-15-foot booth space is $150 with a $25 application fee. Postmark deadline is May 31, 2009. Eagle City Hall, 660 East Civic Lane, Eagle, 208489-8788,

Barbara Marx-Hubbard

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SUMMER FUN FEST—The Summer Fun Fest at Expo Idaho is seeking contestants for the singing and talent contest. Prize money awarded includes $500-$1,000. Vendors and contestants are encouraged to apply. More information available at www.hometownfestival. com.


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NOISE La Knots serenades the hillside; Sara Evans smiles sweetly; and Finn Riggins prepares for undersea songs.

SONOROUS SUMMER Concert series and festivals in and around Boise


ast year’s local and near-local summer concert season hit some high notes and blew a few Bronx cheers as well. Poor planning had a few concertgoers kicking up dust as they waited in long lines; and poor attendance had musicians hanging their heads as they played to small crowds in venues that hold thousands. This year’s concert series and festival season is about to get swingin’ and while it may suffer a pitchy moment or two, some of the lineups guarantee at least a handful of hits. Keep in mind it’s still early, so we may see a plethora of paloozas pop up yet, and some of the lineups are certainly subject to change, but here are a few of the annual faves. The Eagle Island Experience kicks off Friday, May 15, and “experience” is absolutely the right word for this rainbow-colored shindig. It has all the ingredients for an excellent outdoor festival including room for the kids to run. Last year, BW staffers sat under our logoed tent digging the sounds of Kamphire Collective, eating teriyaki chicken and coconut rice from Kanak Attack Catering, watching our tykes roll down the big grassy hill and splash in the murky pond. This year we’re planning for a long groovy weekend with performers such as Jimmy Bivens, Cosmic Family Band, Chris Gutierrez, Polyphonic Pomegranate, Blaze and Kelly (their new official name), Denae and Nathan Jay Moody and the Quartertons. Stick around, and you’ll also hear up-and-comers Bank, Juntura, Low-fi and Finn Riggins. The cherry on top of the Phish Food ice cream sundae is Idaho’s most famous export, Built To Spill, who play Saturday, May 16. And if you see the BW tent, stop by. We’re giving away free shade all weekend. You can find the full list of performers and times online at In Sun Valley, the waiting is over because this is it for 40and 50-somethings who can chase all the clouds in the sky with Kenny Loggins. The man who gave us such gems as “Footloose” and the Caddyshack theme “I’m Alright” sets the tone for the Sun Valley Summer Concert Series at the new pavilion on Saturday, May 30. Tickets are $40 to $125, which still isn’t bad considering the gorgeous surroundings. If Kenny isn’t your cup of tea, Sara Evans croons her country tunes on Friday, June 19. Tickets are $35 to $55. For more info, visit Alive After Five takes off on Wednesday, June 3, with a cool major change: local bands will open for the touring acts. Check this month for the full lineup. June 19-21 is the Esthetic Evolution Festival, a weekend of electronic music and “progressive thinking and self-expression” at Twin Springs. Music is courtesy of Dylan Rhymes of the United Kingdom, DJ ESP Woody McBride from Wisconsin as well as local and regional DJs and producers. Tickets are $45. Visit for more info. School of Rock headmaster Ryan Peck again offers up his


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Music From Stanley free concert series, which runs Sunday afternoons starting in June through September at scenic Redfish Lake Lodge. Jeremiah James will host the series, which features Blind Driver, Carrie Rodriguez, Ben Bedford, Gizzard Stone, Charley Jenkins, Belle of Les Bois, Johnny Shoes and Kayleigh Jack, Poke, A Seasonal Disguise and James Dean Kindle and the East Oregon Playboys. Kindle and the Playboys were a sweet surprise when they opened for Thomas Paul—along with La Knots’ Tuck Nelson—this spring at Paul’s Record Exchange CD release party. Visit for dates. The second annual Outlaw Field Concert Series at Idaho Botanical Garden promises to be a must-see series this summer, and with changes to ticketing, parking and seating it may avoid some of the problems it faced last summer. To help celebrate IBG’s 25th anniversary, on Friday, July 3, the Sorry For Partying party features Reckless Kelly, Muzzie and Billy Braun, Jeremiah James and friends; Monday, July 27, the Indigo Girls and guest Ryan Harris will sing among the sunflowers; Wednesday, July 29, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band are bringing it back to Boise; and the series closes out with the BonTaj Roulet— Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal together and solo. Tickets range in price from $10 for kids to $75 for preferred general adult admission but IBG made an important change this year: IBG members got first grab at tickets, which were made available to them May 8. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, May 22. Since the shows may sell out before that time, new IBG marketing director Casandra Sipes recommends becoming an IBG member or risk missing out. IBG also brings back its annual favorite, Great Garden Escape Concerts, on Thursdays from June 4 through Sept. 24 with everything from jazz to country to rock to folk and more. For the full lineup, more information or to become an IBG member, call 208-343-8649 or visit In the dead of summer, cool off in the mountains with the Sawtooth Music Festival on Saturday, July 25. Just $25 advance or $30 at the door plus a 10-spot per vehicle for camping gets you in front of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, FreePeoples, Dgiin, Elephant Revival, Jeremiah James (he and Built to Spill are very busy this summer), Bucky, Damphools, the ever popular Equaleyes and Heads Like This. Visit for more info. On Friday, Aug. 7, The Warped Tour turns 15 years old and brings a plethora of rockers to the Idaho Center to celebrate. It’s a crazy lineup with The A.K.A.s, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, NOFX, Shooter Jennings and Bad Religion, and tons of other performers. Tickets are on sale now and available through More info at The nearly 30-year-old Hyde Park Street Fair at Camel’s Back Park helps close out summer with food, fun and music. The lineup is currently as follows: Friday, Sept. 18, it’s young, talented duo La Knots, sweet-voiced Kris Doty, a revamped Kamphire Collective and veterans Built To Spill. On Saturday, Sept. 19, hear Bellamy Rose, Garden City Limits, Jimmy Bivens, Rebecca Scott, Audio Moonshine and whatever the new Farmdog is now called. The fest ends Sunday, Sept. 20, with the Ben Burdick Trio, The Heard, Bill Coffey and Pinto Bennett, and it won’t cost you a dime to hear some of Idaho’s best. Visit for more info. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM



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2 1/2 WHITE GUYS, SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s


BLAZE AND KELLY—6-8 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s

BLAZE AND KELLY—7 p.m., FREE, Donnie Mac’s

JIM FISHWILD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Highlands Hollow JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m., FREE, Crusty’s KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m.; with Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers


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COWBOY MOUTH, DUSTY RHODES AND THE RIVER BAND—8 p.m., $12 adv.; $14 door, Neurolux

BUILT TO SPILL, FINN RIGGINS, JUNTURA—8 p.m., SOLD OUT, Visual Arts Collective THE DAMPHOOLS—6:30 p.m., $2, Shorty’s Saloon DANNY MARCHESINI—9 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub DAVID MARR—7-9 p.m., FREE, Cole/Marr Gallery FLOATER, MALACHI, THE FAV—8 p.m., $14, Knitting Factory, (See Listen Here, this page)

MIKE JONES—8 p.m., $20, Knitting Factory

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

JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—9 p.m., $2, Shorty’s Saloon


HALLIE BAXTER—6 p.m., FREE, Tully’s Coffee

JOHN CAZAN—5-9 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel


HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m., FREE, Whitewater Pizza

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


LANDON MAUGHAN—7 p.m., FREE, Woodriver Cellars

SOJA, BRIAN ERNST AKA ONE MAN BAND—9 p.m., show is 18 and older $8 adv.; $10 door, Reef

KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

LIFESAVAS, X-KID—8 p.m., $8 adv.; $10 door, Neurolux

SPINDLEBOMB—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

POCONO BILL—6 p.m., FREE, Donnie Mac’s

LOW-FI—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

STRANGE FEATHER—9 p.m., $2, Terrapin Station THOMAS PAUL—7 p.m., FREE, Bungalow

THE QUARTERTONS—10 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

MICAH TURNER PROJECT—7 p.m., FREE, Library Coffeehouse MOONDANCE—6 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill, 12342 E. Highway 21 PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m., FREE, Buzz Cafe

THE SHOEMAKER BROTHERS—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine

RANDY RICHARDS BAND—8 p.m., $5, Cowgirls


Please send your live music listings to or fax to 342-4733. Include venue, band names, start times and cover charge. Photos are great, too. For dancing, symphony, opera or orchestral music, please see our 8 DAYS OUT listings. THE DEADLINE FOR LISTINGS IS THE THURSDAY THE WEEK PRIOR TO PUBLICATION.

KINETIC KARMA—9 p.m., FREE, The Bouquet

PILOT ERROR—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

STEVE EATON—8 p.m., FREE, Chandlers


JOHN JONES—7 p.m.; with Mike Seifrit, Jon Hyneman, 8:15 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

REX MILLER—6:30 p.m.; Rex and Beverly, 8:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

SNEAKING OUT—9 p.m., $3, Terrapin Station



CARTER FREEMAN—9 p.m., $2, Lush

FALLOUT—9 p.m., FREE, Reef

LONNIE CALDWELL—6 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe

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BLAZE AND KELLY—7 p.m., FREE, Smoky Mountain Pizza, 114 Idaho St., Meridian JEREMIAH JAMES BAND—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s

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YAYO, SOURVEIN, BRAKE VEGAS, OLD ONE TWO—8 p.m., $5, Gusto, (see Listen Here, this page) COWBOY MOUTH

POCONO BILL—6 p.m., FREE, SunRay Cafe RANDY STEWARD—7 p.m., FREE, Orphan Annie’s REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper Lounge RIFF RAFF—9 p.m., FREE, Mr. Lucky’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ Hannah’s SHOEMAKER BROTHERS—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish SHUT THE FUNK UP AND DANCE—8 p.m., KID Sonic MC hosts a DJ spin-off featuring DJ Flave vs. Kreeper; MBM vs. Emerald City Monty; Jack Thomas vs. DJ Wryan; Jeff From Above, and Billy Wonka. $10 adv.; $15 door or $12 door with two cans of food, Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S. Ninth St., Boise TERRY JONES, BILL LILES—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill WAYNE WHITE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine ZEN ZERO, TOMMY DIRTWEED—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station




At age 9, guitarist Yayo Sanchez’s father bought him a KISS CD. Back in the day, a lot of youngsters found KISS in their dads’ vinyl collections. But Sanchez took his love of Paul Stanley’s gift with an axe a step further. Now, at the tender age of 16, the Austin, Texasbased Sanchez fronts his own rock band called Yayo, and along with bandmates 18-year-old Aaron Altounian and 17-year-old Peyton Burns, they have embarked on Wreckless ’09, their debut tour. With a four-song demo in hand, Yayo is working on a full-length they hope to have out by this summer and are in talks with a couple of “big labels.” But as of Friday, they’ve only played five shows on the road and Sanchez said their ages have definitely been an obstacle. Bar/club owners aren’t keen on letting teens in the door. “They usually let Aaron in [because he’s 18]. We say, ‘Let us play one song. Let us show you what we’re about. If you don’t like us, we’ll get off in five minutes. But let us play one song and then you tell [us] if you want us to play a full set.’ So far, the venues have let us play. At the end of the show, we have everybody at the front of the stage rockin’ out.” Sanchez agreed that Austin isn’t exactly known for the kind of music Yayo plays. Alt-country and indie rock rule Austin’s roost, but Yayo is hoping to change that. With influences—and mentors—ranging from ex-KISSer Bruce Kulick and Broken Teeth’s Jason McMasters to Quiet Riot and guitar master Slash, he said he can easily see the Red River District in Austin becoming the next Sunset Strip. And he hopes his band will be a big part of that. “We’re bringing old school back,” he said, laughing.

Opening for Floater is a high point in the career of Malachi’s frontman Jeffro Hoskins III. “We’ve enjoyed opening for other bands,” Hoskins said. “But this is huge for us.” Huge is a good description of how Hoskins sees Malachi, their music and the direction the band is headed. Hoskins might beg to differ—huge may not be big enough. “Our sound is epic, it’s emotional,” Hoskins said. With sweeping hooks and piano-based melodies, he said Malachi’s sound is “epic rock,” adding that they sound like a “modern Queen.” New piano player Milan House and a new bass player, IQEQ’s Kyle Letner, have allowed Hoskins, along with Bear Benson, Ryan Allen and Anthony White, to take the music to a different place. Though their name is Malachi, and they have biblical references in their songs, Hoskins points out they are not a Christian band. The darker, more intense direction they’re heading musically, and the addition of traces of hip-hop and country may help them lose that label. The new sound should be evident in the releases of two follow-ups to their debut full-length, Mourning Days, Vol. 1, not surprisingly titled Vol. 2 and Vol. 3. “We’re revamping our sound,” Hoskins said. “We have a little country, a little hip-hop, a little bit of everything.”

—Amy Atkins

—Amy Atkins

Thursday, May 14, $5, 8 p.m., with Brake Vegas, Sourvein, Old One Two. Gusto, 509 W. Main St.

Friday, May 15, opening for Floater and The Fav, 8 p.m., $14. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St.,


MUSICGUIDE saturday 16 2 1/2 WHITE GUYS, SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s

JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—9 p.m., $2, Shorty’s Saloon

AUDIO MOONSHINE—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

JOHN SHIPE—7 p.m., FREE, Bungalow

B-3 SIDE—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s


BLIND DRIVER, BILLY BRAUN—1-4 p.m., $5, Music of the Vine THE BLUES ADDICTS—8 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s CHAD COOKE—6 p.m., FREE, Tully’s Coffee CHAD SUMMERVILLE, SOUL SERENE—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish CHILD BITE, WITH CHILD, HOW’S YOUR FAMILY—8 p.m., $5, VaC THE DAMPHOOLS—6:30 p.m., $2, Shorty’s Saloon

Venues THE BALCONY CLUB—M-Sa: DJs, 9 p.m., 150 N. 8th St., 2nd floor, 336-1313 BAD IRISH—199 N. 8th St., 338-8939 BARBACOA—276 Bob White Ct., Boise, 338-5000 BERRYHILL AND COMPANY—MSa: 6:30 p.m., 121 N. 9th St., 387-3553 BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—246 N. 8th St., 345-1813 BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St. 345-6605 BUNGALOW—1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855 BUZZ CAFE—2999 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 344-4321 CAFE OLE—404 S. 8th St., 344-3222

KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m.; with Sally Tibbs, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

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POCONO BILL—8 p.m., FREE, Groove Coffee

ACTION FRIEND—9 p.m., FREE, The Bouquet

REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper Lounge

AUDRA CONNOLLY—3-5 p.m., FREE, Tully’s

1332 RECORDS’ PUNK MONDAY—Bovalexia, The Goodguys, St. Luke’s Trauma, 9 p.m., FREE, Liquid

BALLYHOO, B FOUNDATION—9 p.m., $5 adv.; $7 door, Reef


JONAH SHUE, TRAVIS WARD— 8 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s


LEFT OF HEAVEN—9 p.m., FREE, Mr. Lucky’s

SCOTT WEILAND, THE COLOR TURNING—8:30 p.m., $25, Knitting Factory

MICHAEL RAY COX—6 p.m., FREE, Superb Sushi-downtown


MOONDANCE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Corkscrews

TERRY AND RICO—9 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub

PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m., FREE, Buzz Cafe PILOT ERROR—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—MSa: Kevin Kirk, 7 p.m.; acts at 8 p.m., 981 Grove St., 383-4300 CHINA BLUE—100 S. 6th St., 338-6604 COMMON GROUND CAFE—303 E. Colorado St., McCall, 208634-2846 CORKSCREWS WINE SHOP— 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-4049 COWGIRLS—353 Ave. E., Kuna, 922-9522 CRUSTY’S—214 Lenora St., McCall, 208-634-5005 DAWSON TAYLOR—219 N. 8th St., 336-5633 DIRTY LITTLE RODDY’S—100 S. 6th St., downstairs, 338-6604 DONNIE MAC’S—1515 W. Grove St., 338-7813 FLYING M COFFEE-


THOMAS PAUL, FAUXBOIS, ATTN—8 p.m., Idaho Black History Museum benefit, $5, Neurolux GARAGE—1314 2nd St. S., Nampa, 467-5533 FOCACCIA’S—404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 322-2838 GELATO CAFE— 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian GRAINEY’S BASEMENT—107 S. 6th St., 345-2505

JANESSA WHITE, CAMDEN HUGHES—4-7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers JEFF HANSON, A SEASONAL DISGUISE, SLEEPY SEEDS—8 p.m., $5, VaC JIM LEWIS—11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s JOHNNY SHOES—6:30 p.m., FREE, Tablerock LANDON MAUGHAN— 11 a.m., FREE, Moon’s SALLY TIBBS, KEVIN KIRK—11:30 a.m., FREE, Chandlers THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

LIQUID—405 S. 8th St.

GROOVE COFFEE—1800 N. Locust Grove, Meridian, 890-6128

LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—F-Sa: live music, 1100 W. Jefferson, 336-4266

HIJINX COMEDY CLUB—800 W. Idaho St., 947-7100

TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill THOMAS PAUL—8 p.m., FREE, Red Feather Lounge


THE GRIZZLY ROSE—1124 W. Front St., 342-3375

HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820

ROMANTICA, MATT HOPPER AND THE ROMAN CANDLES, JEREMIAH JAMES—8 p.m., $8 adv.; $10 door, Visual Arts Collective

HYDE PARK PUB—1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260

GRAPE ESCAPE—800 W. Idaho St., 368-0200

HA’PENNY BRIDGE—855 Broad St., 343-5568


HUMPIN’ HANNAH’S—W-Sa: Rocci Johnson Band, 621 Main St., 345-7557

LIBRARY COFFEEHOUSE—141 E. Carlton Ave., Meridian, 288-1898

GUSTO—509 W. Main St.


LUCKY 13—3662 S. Eckert Road, 344-6967 LUSH—9 p.m., 760 Main St., 342-5874 MAIN STREET BISTRO—609 Main St., 345-9515 MODERN HOTEL—1314 W. Grove

St., 424-8244 MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—712 W. Idaho St., 385-0472 MR. LUCKY’S—4902 W. Chinden Blvd., 327-0925 MUSIC OF THE VINE—2805 Blaine St., Caldwell, 454-1228 NEUROLUX—F-Sa: DJs, $3, 11 p.m., 111 N. 11th, 343-0886

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KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m.; with Sally Tibbs, Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers PAT FULKNER—6 p.m., FREE, Tablerock SETH WALKER—8 p.m., $2, Bad Irish

wed. 20 FLOOD THE SUN, MAKLAK, MANVILLE, TRIGGER ITCH—8 p.m., $3, Gusto JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m., FREE, Bungalow LBC, JUNIOR AND TRANSPORTATION—8 p.m., $13, Knitting Factory MIKE WATT AND THE MISSING MEN, FINN RIGGINS—8 p.m., $10, Neurolux NATHAN JAY AND THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—10 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s SEMI FAMOUS, FUEGOGO—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station SOULS REST—6 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe SPINDLEBOMB—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

PIPER PUB & GRILL—150 N. 8th St., 343-2444

SUPERB SUSHI—208 N. 8th St., #104, 385-0123

THE PLANK—650 S. Vista Ave., 336-1790

TABLEROCK BREWPUB—705 Fulton St., 342-0944

THE RECORD EXCHANGE—1105 W. Idaho St., 344-8010

TANNINS WINE BAR—347 Ave. E., Kuna, 922-1766

RED FEATHER LOUNGE—10 p.m., 246 N. 8th St., 429-6340

TERRAPIN STATION—1519 W. Main St., 342-1776

REEF—105 S. 6th St., 287-9200

TOM GRAINEY’S—F-Sa: 9:30, $3, 109 S. 6th St., 345-2505

THE NEW FRONTIER—116 E. Broadway, Meridian, 888-9034

REMBRANDT’S—93 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 938-1564

O’MICHAELS—7 p.m., 2433 Bogus Basin Rd., 342-8948

RODEWAY INN— 1115 N. Curtis Rd., 376-2700

ORPHAN ANNIE’S—F-Sa: 7 p.m., 801 Everett St., Caldwell, 455-2660

SHORTY’S SALOON—5467 Glenwood, 672-9090

TULLY’S COFFEE—794 W. Broad St., 343-2953 THE VENUE—521 Broad St., 919-0011 VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE (VAC)—3638 Osage St., Garden City, 424-8297

PAIR—601 Main St., 343-7034

SOCKEYE—3019 Cole Rd., 658-1533

PENGILLY’S—513 W. Main St., 345-6344

STE. CHAPELLE—19348 Lake Lowell Rd., Caldwell, 459-7222

WHITEWATER PIZZA & PASTA— 1510 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, 888-6611

PIAZZA DI VINO—212 N. 9th St., 336-9577

SUN RAY CAFE—1602 N. 13th St., 343-2887

WOODRIVER CELLARS—3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 286-9463


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“This next song is for all the Christians, Jewish people, Muslims and Buddhists out there because you’re all f***ed. And if you do believe in God, you’re wrong.” NOFX vocalist/ bassist Fat Mike has been accused of a lot of things, but never of being ambiguous with his opinions. Irreverent pop-punkers since 1983, NOFX released They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live in November of ’07. It was their second live album and clocks in at 59 drunken minutes of shameless vigor. Recorded during three nights in San Francisco, Fat Mike and crew play fast-paced California punk, equate Jerry Garcia to Adolf Hitler, rip on similar sounding major label punkers Blink-182, all the while blaspheming Christendom and getting obliterated on booze. For all the indolence, TAGWL! is a snapshot of a legendary punk act playing some legendary songs. A hint for the easily offended: They are trying to rub you the wrong way. With two recent releases, NOFX: Backstage Passport, a DVD of a world tour to out-of-theway destinations and Coaster, their 11th studio album, 2009 is shaping up to be a busy year for NOFX. With George W. Bush out of office, 2007’s TAGWL! just might be the last chance to hear the band disparage one of their favorite subjects of the last eight years. With a prolific song book, TAGWL! features a smattering of signature songs taken from years of studio albums. Classics like “The Longest Line” and “Scavenger Type” carry the fervor that only a live performance can really capture, while tracks like “Eat the Meek” and “We March to the Beat of an Indifferent Drum” add a ska flavor to the show and demonstrate the versatility of the band. The opening track, “Glass War,” offers a glimpse back to the hardcore punk the band performed in their early days. At times, such as the opening of “Franco Un-American,” it’s obvious that NOFX have had a few too many drinks to keep the timing together. Other classic songs, such as “Murder the Government,” written a decade ago, have updated lyrics in signature NOFX subtlety: “I wanna see Dick Cheney have a heart attack / I wanna see Jen and Barbara go to Iraq.” Matt Hensley from Flogging Molly even makes a guest appearance on accordion on “I, Melvin.” Solo instrument classics have been adapted for a full band performance, such as “Whoops I OD’d” and “You’re Wrong.” While not as compelling as the studio versions, these adaptations show the insightfulness of the band to discern what songs sound better with a minimalistic approach in the studio and what sounds better played live with the whole band. TAGWL! goes a long way in capturing the cathartic rapture of a punk show. To offset the occasional sloppiness of the performance, the sound production is solid, even more so than in some NOFX studio releases. Furthermore, the banter between Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin adds to the vibe of being in the crowd. For a band that has established a legacy without ever signing to a major label or actively promoting their music, NOFX is a mature alternative for those who grew up on pop-punk—mature being a relative term, of course. You won’t find Blink-182-esque songs about relationships and high school, but you will find plenty about drug issues, global issues, political issues and animal-rights issues. NOFX is first and foremost a punk band, and, albeit innovative, they put on no pretenses about being anything besides a punk band. —Mathias Morache

TWO TONGUES: TWO TONGUES If you were along for the rise and fall of Max Bemis, then you might be wary of what form his next musical manifestation will take. Two Tongues, Bemis’ new side project with none other than Chris Conley of Saves the Day, released this year on Vagrant, doesn’t break new ground, but does restore faith in a blemished band. From venerated indie-rock hero to hypocrite, Bemis married punk rock to an over-the-top theatrical grandeur with his band Say Anything. After a string of solid indie releases, his success culminated in the 2005 J Records flagship album, ...Is a Real Boy. The drug abuse, poorly treated bipolar disorder and existential horror espoused in this chaotic, uncomfortable, but blatantly honest rock opera was literally mind-bending as the process of creation drove Bemis to a stay in a mental hospital. The album also made Say Anything synonymous with unbridled talent and raw stage presence. However, the lumbering two-disc disappointment entitled In Defense of the Genre that followed was swamped in self-indulgent excess with big name guest vocalists, overproduction and synth-heavy dance numbers packaged for air time. Max’s discordant emotional state had become a commodity and was sold as such. I remember driving home after a 2007 show in Salt Lake City, my friend and I trying to figure out how Say Anything could have become the trite veneer we had just driven six hours to see. It was like watching Seinfeld after seeing Michael Richards do stand-up comedy. Something was off. My discontentment continued to grow, and eventually I purged Say Anything from my music collection—the rare recordings, b-sides, everything. I haven’t missed it. Now Bemis reemerges with Two Tongues. Born of a previous collaboration for a Bob Dylan compilation, several members of Say Anything and Saves the Day combine their powers again for a heavier-indie rock back-to-basics approach that shows the maturity and reflection that should have been a cornerstone in In Defense of the Genre. The jointly written material combines the angst and dementia of Say Anything and the straightforward sensibilities of Saves the Day, with the arrangements reminiscent of the latter’s Through Being Cool era. The curve-ball inclinations of Say Anything are present, if, somewhat disappointingly, not to the extent of what was heard in ...Is a Real Boy. Throughout the album, Conley and Bemis both play guitar and trade off singing, with Bemis’ gravely cry complementing Conley’s smoother higher pitch quite fittingly, a vocal meeting of like minds. Ultimately, while Two Tongues doesn’t explore unknown territory, they are a fulfilling listen, especially for fans glad to hear Bemis make respectable music again. —Mathias Morache


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Filmed during a Janurary concert, this one-hour concert documentary features performances and interviews with the Idaho musicians who create jazz that is eclectic, high-energy, and “practically unboxable.”

Friday, May 15, at 10:00 p.m.

See it on our HD CHANNEL, Friday, May 15, at 9:00 p.m., and Saturday May 16, at 11:00 p.m. Sponsors: Bank of the Cascades, Dayle Fowler, United Heritage, Idaho Public Television Endowment



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ARTSNEWS DO GOODERS Know someone who makes Boise a little more interesting/beautiful/creative place to live? The Boise Department of Arts and History is looking for nominees for the annual Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Art and History. That’s right, the mayor wants you to tell him about organizations, individuals, businesses and educators who are going above and beyond in improving the cultural landscape of the city. According to the official qualifications, nominees must “have demonstrated distinguished service, creative accomplishment, a record of publication, presentation, or research that enhances the artistic, historic and broader cultural life of the City of Boise.” Winners will be honored on Sept. 25 with special commendations from Mayor Dave Bieter, as well as join the ranks of the 70 prior award winners since the city started handing out the honor in 1986. Formal nominations are due by Friday, June 12, 3 p.m., and forms and rules can be downloaded at; click on the link for the Department of Arts and History.



POETIC ADVICE If you have poetry in your soul but the thought of standing up in front of an audience and sharing your creations makes you lose even the ability to rhyme, you can get some lessons from a master on Monday, May 18. As part of the Spoken Word Reading and Workshop Series, San Francisco poet Stephen Michael Meads will lead a free performance poetry workshop beginning at 5 p.m. in the Boise State Student Union building. Anyone interested in poetry—performance or just listening—is invited to attend and check out some of Boise’s up and coming poets. They can then head over to Neurolux for the poetry Slam Delux Pajama Slam, featuring Meads. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. for the 21-and-older show. Cover is $5 at the door.

KEEP IT SHORT Speaking of storytelling, the Idaho International Film Festival is looking for a few good writers. The festival has joined the Idaho Screenwriters Association to present a short screenplay competition, giving writers a chance at fame, fortune ($50) and some professional feedback. All entries must be no longer than 20 pages, be set in the Pacific Northwest, be presented in standard industry format and written in English. Entry fee is $20, and all screenplays are due by July 15. Lance Thompson, Hollywood script doctor, Boise State professor Clay Morgan and Sandra Cavanaugh from Silverdraft Studios will serve as judges for this year’s competition. First, second and third place writers will all receive feedback from Thompson. The first-place winner will also receive $50 cash, a full pass to the film festival and the option to show his or her script to local production companies. Additionally, the winner will have a group of actors do a table reading of the firstplace script at the film festival in September. For more details, visit the festival’s Web site at

BIG WINNERS If visual art is more your thing, Art Source Gallery is gearing up for its eighth annual juried show in July. Entries are due no later than Saturday, May 30, in the form of either slides or a CD of images. Winners will be notified by June 8, and the show opens on July 2 with awards announced that night. Best-of-show and the runners-up will each get a chunk of a $1,000 purse. The show is open to all fine artists and media, with the exception of video and crafts. All submissions must be original works, must have been done within the last three years and there’s a three-work limit on submissions. Sculptor Sue Latta, a longtime Boise artist, will serve as juror for the show. There’s a $25 jury fee (which covers all three entries). For more information, call Barbara Louise Bowling at 208-336-0767 or e-mail bbowling@ —Deanna Darr


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Wild horses couldn’t keep us away from this year’s outdoor art festivals. Pictured, Bringing In The Boys by Eagle Arts Faire participant Brenda Kaye.

ART FEST ZEST Taking it to the parks


ong before French bohemian artists began lugging their easels and tubes of oil paint out into the bustling parks of Montmartre, art and parks have been engaged in an illicit romance. Across the world, when the weather warms up, artists emerge from their cluttered studios and gingerly transport paintings from climate-controlled galleries out into the sun-dappled open air. Though park painting today has been taken over by bobble-head caricature artists and spray-paint wielding teens, the art-in-the-park festival phenomenon shows no signs of waning. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Idaho parks in the summertime. From Boise’s Julia Davis Park all the way up to Coeur d’Alene’s City Park, warm weather brings bumper to bumper stroller jams along tree-lined gravel pathways and endless booths filled with landscape paintings and polished jewelry. So if you’re looking for that perfect gourd sculpture to adorn your game room, grab your checkbook and a fat slab of street meat, this is the official guide to Idaho’s upcoming outdoor art festivals.

ART AND ROSES: JUNE 7, 10 A.M.-6 P.M., BOISE Co-sponsored by Idaho Centennial Art Group and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, the 19th annual Art and Roses festival will be held in Julia Davis Park’s Rose Garden. Though the event was cancelled last year due to the Ironman 70.3 race, this year’s fest will bring out 75 local artists who live within 125 miles of Boise and work in traditional fine art mediums (no crafters). A percentage of sales will also go to support the rose garden. The event will offer eats from Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta, TCBY Yogurt and Abe’s kettle corn along with jams by the JB duo, Nancy Kelly and Beth Wilson, each performing two hour sets. While spots for photographers and sculptors are filled this year, there are still a few openings for painters working in mediums like oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor. For more info on securing your corner of the rose garden, call Marilyn Garrison at 208-938-5741.

EAGLE ARTS FAIRE: JULY 10-12. FRI., 2 P.M.-8 P.M.; SAT. 8:30 A.M.-7 P.M.; SUN., 10 A.M.-5 P.M., EAGLE Put on by the Eagle Arts Commission, the Eagle Arts Faire is a three-day throwdown with a juried fine art show, live music, kiddo art activities and a smattering of food and vino vendors. Saddled up next to the farmers market in Heritage Park, the faire boasts work from artists like glass-blower Zion Warne, bronze sculptor John Sandell and oil painter Brenda Kaye. Though there is still space available for artists, participants are required to man their booths all three days and space runs high at $150. For more info, contact Melissa Brodt at Galerie Belle Ame at 208-921-0477, or visit to download an application.



The 10th annual Ketchum Arts Festival takes place in July. Applications are still being submitted, and the lineup isn’t nailed down yet, but promises to offer over 100 artists not just of the visual kind, though they’ll be there, too. Dancers, poets, chefs and brewmeisters will also be on hand to help turn the Festival Meadows area along Sun Valley Road into a big party. For more info, call or visit

ART ON THE GREEN: JULY 31-AUG. 2. FRI., NOON-7 P.M.; SAT., 10 A.M.-7 P.M.; SUN., 10 A.M.-4 P.M., COEUR D’ALENE Anything that lasts more than 40 years must have the right formula. This year is the 41st for Art on the Green, a festival in Coeur d’Alene that features a huge array of performances in everything from dance to jazz to bluegrass to theater. They’re still shoring up performers, so visit or call 208-667-9346 for more information.

SUN VALLEY CENTER ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: AUG. 7-9. FRI.-SAT., 10 A.M.6:30 P.M.; SUN., 10 A.M.-5 P.M., KETCHUM Another 40-something festival turns a year older as the Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival brightens up an August weekend. Everything from artist demonstrations to fine arts and crafts fill Ketchum’s Atkinson Park as more than 130 artists hawk jewelry, woodwork, painting, photography, ceramics and more. Visit for more info.

PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF IDAHO PAINT-OUT: AUG. 24-27, STANLEY For the sixth annual paint-out, the Plein Air Painters of Idaho will haul their gear out to Redfish Lake and let the Sawtooth Mountains and Stanley’s scenic backdrop inspire their swirling brushes. The public is invited to come observe the artists’ processes before the official reception and art sale begins at the Redfish Lake Lodge at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. For more information on how to join the PAPI clan, visit or contact Karen Jacobson by e-mail at or by phone at 208-412-9444.

ART IN THE PARK: SEPT. 11-13. FRI.-SAT., 10 A.M.-8 P.M.; SUN., 10 A.M.-5 P.M., BOISE At last year’s Art in the Park, put on by Boise Art Museum, close to 250,000 people descended on Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise to amble through art and artisan booths and jam to the sounds of Bank, Rebecca Scott, and Blaze and Kelly. With more than 260 artists on this year’s roster, including a percentage of brand new artists, the 55th annual Art in the Park promises to be quite a spectacle—if you can manage to dodge the packs of roving strollers and dudes carrying their cats in babyslings. Though artists, musical acts and raffle prizes are still being confirmed, this year’s Art in the Park will undoubtedly be Idaho’s late-summer art destination du jour. For more information or to download an application to participate in 2010’s Art in the Park, visit Visit and for complete summer arts listings. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM



SPEAK NO EVIL David Wroblewski’s brilliant debut novel


f bestseller The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, the debut novel by Colorado-based writer David Wroblewski, were a table it would be made without nails. The joinery is so seamless that it makes efforts to deconstruct its complexity futile. As furniture, this book qualifies as a banquet table of context: a place to pull up a chair and enjoy a feast of words. Elegance and simplicity grace every page as Wroblewski finds authentic power through well-crafted scenes and strong character development. Here is fiction with the truth of memoir. Though he can hear perfectly, young protagonist Edgar Sawtelle was born mysteriously mute. He communicates with his fellow humans and the canines under his care through sign language or by writing things down on paper. Wroblewski was faced with the daunting task of a main character who requires no quotation marks. How do you write dialogue in sign language? How do you write from a dog’s point of view? Fearlessly, the author takes readers beyond the spoken word to a higher form of communication. Wroblewski displays such a steadfast confidence in his vision that questioning his sometimes-daring techniques never enters a reader’s mind. Although the pace of the book is often as slow and drawn out as a long day on the farm, the reader forgives this deliberate plodding and accepts the pace of endless chores carefully done. Nothing is rushed or glossed over without examination. On a bitterly cold night, a dog steps into the “apparition of his own breath.” Rain suddenly falls from a cloudless sky, and the narrative pauses to explain the mystery of this phenomenon. When Edgar and his father fire up an old tractor, it’s not a one-sentence affair. Every sputter, every whiff of fuel is duly recorded. Readers feel the pistons vibrate the

metal seat recoil from the backfire as it foreshadows the violence to come. An aura of the best of Stephen King swarms about this novel; a peaceful and orderly setting is doomed to be overwhelmed by spiraling chaos. The Sawtelle family has been breeding dogs on their remote farm in northern Wisconsin for generations. Wroblewski deftly creates a fictional breed with a fascinating history. A Sawtelle dog is a highly alert and sensitive animal that is not allowed to leave the farm until it is fully grown and rigorously trained. This arduous dedication to a proper upbringing of the dogs offers a stark contrast to the crumbling human drama of death and deception swirling about the farm. The dogs bear witness to a human folly that intentionally echoes Shakespeare. The ghosts of Hamlet, the witches of Macbeth and the blindness of King Lear darken this small, isolated world. This is not a story with a contrived and neatly wrapped conclusion, and the final passages of this novel are so vivid, they will haunt you. In the end, humans are revealed for what they sometimes become— not worthy of canine companionship. Wroblewski spent over a decade laboring on this complex tale, and it shows. He sights a careful eye down every line and paragraph in a diligent effort to keep his story plumb. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ranks as one of the best first novels since Donna Tart burst on the scene with The Secret History more than 12 years ago. Both books share a darkly suspenseful edge as they explore murder and mayhem. In The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Wroblewski’s writing is so forceful and surehanded that the reader is seduced into submission. Wroblewski has you from the outset, and he never loosens his grip.


IT’S A MOD, MOD WORLD Second annual Modern Art both modern and artful


rt spilled from doors, windows, beds, closets, bathrooms and balconies on May’s First Thursday as the Modern Hotel held its second annual Modern Art event. A clown with a French horn blew past a Segway-riding, animal-pelt-wearing scapegoat; a line formed around the building as a bouncer stood in front of Jennifer Wood’s and Amy Westover’s white furry room allowing only two visitors in at a time; Trey McIntyre Project dancers performed hidden and solitary behind closed doors while their images were projected on flat-screen TVs; BW contributor cartoonist E.J. Pettinger sat at a small table squeezed into a bathroom greeting visitors as they viewed dozens of his characters—oddly captionless and yet still expressive; Kerry Moosman worked terra-cotta-colored clay on an installed wood-slat floor; new BW blogger


Fidel Nshombo stood with notebook in hand watching while Sector 17 graffiti artists interpreted Nshomobo’s poetry on the hotel’s large west-facing wall; all the while thousands of people scooted and squeezed past each other to see the work of these and many more of some of Boise’s most creative and clever artists. It was at once exhilarating, overwhelming and extraordinary. And the sheer numbers of attendees milling in the parking lot, waiting in line at the beer tent and stacked three and four deep in the stairwells, rooms and hallways, laughing, remarking and chatting made for an impromptu performance piece. While many events that hope to become annual end at inaugural, both the anticipation and the pay-off of Modern Art should guarantee it continues year after year. We just can’t imagine what the place must have looked like the next morning.

ARTSREVIEW SOMETHING FUNNY IN BOI: HIJINX IS NEW DOWNTOWN DESTINATION Walk down Eighth Street between Bannock and Idaho on most nights and you’ll likely hear laughter wafting down from the big, open second-floor windows of Hijinx, Boise’s new comedy club. The newly opened venue has been hopping with a lineup of touring stand-ups and locals cutting their funny teeth. Hijinx offers the same caliber of comedy that the Funny Bone used to have but with a more local flair and a different floor plan. A new set of stairs takes visitors from ground level to a bar in which the pre-existing wood floor is now covered with high wooden tables and chairs. Separated from the show room by a set of thick, sliding accordion doors, the bar’s big floor-to-ceiling windows offer not only fresh surges of oxygen but also views of the street activity below. Smoking is allowed in the bar, but not in the show room during shows, a surely welcome change for non-smoking comedians like Auggie Smith, who regularly plays Boise. Recently, as co-owners Brian Lee and Pat Mac greeted guests, Smith played the early Saturday show to a sold-out room, recording it for a possible new—and long overdue—live DVD. Born and raised in the Northwest, the Aug man knows Boise isn’t quite as conservative as outsiders may think, and his liberal takes on politics, war, traffic and Bed Bath and Beyond were at times hard to hear over the guffaws of a nearly hysterical audience. A pleasant surprise of the night came from Matt Bragg, who is now a Boisean by way of Los Angeles. Bragg has a great sense of timing and humor that comes from years of practice and that justunder-the-surface seething that the best working comedians tap into. Bragg, who is openly gay, appealed to the packed house of mostly 20- and 30-somethings, and his routine, which included bits about Jim Nabors and the Peanuts gang, struck 40-somethings’ funny bones as well. Look for more on Bragg in a future BW issue. On a recent Wednesday, four comedians took the stage including local Ryan Noack, Bragg, funnyman Vincent Oshana (who was opening for Damon Wayans Jr. later that week at the club) and L.A.based Mike Faverman. For a hump day show, the room was more full than might have been expected, the audience drunk on cheap drinks and hilarity. On Thursday, @RachaelDaigle @IDWordSlinger, @AverageAmy and @SSutton stopped in at Hijinx for a First Thursday Boise Tweetup. Sponsored by @KevinWBoise, @MikeBoss, @Brewtopian, @Scott_Nicholson and @HijinxComedy’s Kari Carver, the bar was filled with the sounds of Ken Harris on electric piano and Twits—sorry Tweeps—chatting, networking and taking advantage of the club’s great happy hour prices. Comments about how many of the gatherers enjoyed hanging out in the new bar filtered across the stiff breeze blowing through the open windows. In the coming weeks, the club will bring Last Comic Standing host Bill Bellamy, Floyd Phillips Jr., Dan Cummins, Kevin Downey Jr. and personal fave, Ian Bagg. But even if stand-up isn’t your thing—though it’s hard to imagine why it wouldn’t be—Hijinx is definitely worth a visit. Friendly waitstaff, dangerously low happy hour prices, voyeuristic views and a Funny Money card, which lets users build up points toward free tickets, all but guarantee a few BW staffers will be adding it to their long lists of regular stops. —Amy Atkins 800 W. Idaho St., 208-947-7100. Open Monday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.


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SCREEN (L) Stand By Me, Mr. Crusher. (R) Dude, I’m graduating? That’s Wackness. Wait. What?

THE A/C A.V. CLUB Kick up your feet and beat the summer heat


n Idaho, often only about a third of the summer is actually enjoyable. June is filled with pool parties, outdoor barbecues and a mad dash to claim the best suntanning areas in Boise’s parks. But come July, all of that changes. You’ll have maxed-out your yearly UV credit, and every store in town will be sold out of battery-operated fans. Once you’ve decided to make that strategic retreat into the air-conditioned arms of the great indoors, we’ve got your entertainment needs covered. Here is our subjective list of the flicks that we think epitomize summertime. This is a truly righteous assemblage of our favorite two flicks from each of the past five decades. So muddle some mojitos for a sweat-free movie marathon. And remember: When the giant shark’s a-stalkin’, don’t come a-knockin’.

BEACH PARTY (1963) Still the definitive ’60s surf-culture comedy, this Avalon-Funicello double-header tells the outlandishly improbable story of an urban anthropologist studying the mating habits of California beach bums and babes. Eventually, he finds himself attracted to one of the bunnies. Can he maintain his scientific professionalism or will his cover be blown?

THE GRADUATE (1967) If you’re a Simon & Garfunkel hater, skip right on by, or better yet, go jump in a lake. The folk-rock duo’s work is the sonic majority of this film’s soundtrack. Anne Bancroft plays the immortal Mrs. Robinson, a sultry cougar before cougars were cool, who sets her claws in the naive, shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role). Their summer fling goes awry when Benjamin falls for Robinson’s daughter, and the ensuing tit-for-tat romance makes this dramatic comedy a classic piece of cinematic history.



SAY ANYTHING (1989) These days, Cameron Crowe is a musical narcissist, fixated on the reflection glinting off the screen of his iPod. But once upon a time, he directed this fresh, clever and earnest story about the invasion of adulthood just after high school. From the iconic boombox-heldaloft scene to the sincere performances from John Cusack, sister Joan and the great “whatever-happened-to” victim Lili Taylor, it’s an endearingly charming romantic comedy with a timeless heart.

MY GIRL (1991) After about the sixth viewing of Home Alone (1990), even those of us in the target age range wished that Macaulay Culkin would just go away. Then we ate our words in between bites of Rocky Road. Newcomer Anna Chlumsky plays hypochondriac Vada, who spends her holiday climbing trees with neighbor boy Culkin and enrolls in a community poetry class. Melodramatic at times, but just sweet enough to count as a summer treat.

GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II (1993) Anything that can be described as “Giant lizard battles Japanese robot with nuclear pulses and psychic mind waves” sounds like a great excuse not to mow the lawn. We don’t even care if it’s set over Easter weekend, and the two titans sit down for a Sunday brunch midway through the final building-crushing act. Considering the multiple resurrections the series has gone through, it seems actually appropriate. We’re making it our summer homework to track this one down—as well as a VHS deck to play it in—and having a guys’ night in with action figures and a six-pack of Asahi Super Dry.

ATONEMENT (2007) This lush, impeccably acted adaptation of Ian McEwan’s historical novel tells the story of Briony, a precocious preteen writer whose fanciful imagination misinterprets a summer day’s events, with farreaching consequences for her sister and the estate’s gardener boy. Gorgeous scenery and astonishingly deft camerawork render the film a visual feast, while the compelling story and effective performances by James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and the young Saoirse Ronan are worth an additional viewing.

JAWS (1975)


This first great “behemoth below” film beached a generation of surf enthusiasts. We learned three things from the mishaps of Amity Island’s residents: don’t swim naked at night, never assume you’ve killed the culprit and make sure to stock explosives onboard when headed out to sea. Roy Schneider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw star in this exciting big-fish whopper about what lurks beneath.

Remember that summer in 1994 that you spent peddling dope out of an ice-cream cart while trying to date your therapist’s daughter? Naw, neither do we. Josh Peck stars as Luke, whose musical proclivities and casual drug habit combine to give him a skewed and colorful take on life. Having just graduated from high school and unsure about the future, he spends his days crushing on Stephanie (Olivia Thirlby) while paying off his sessions with her father (Ben Kingsley) with a special kind of green. With the start of college looming at the summer’s end, Luke must decide where his priorities lie and whether he wants to be a part of the wackness of the wider world. A rocking soundtrack and music-video inspired visuals both reference the past decade’s fads and update them in a fresh, exciting way.

Opening one year after the similar but less mature kiddie-favorite The Goonies, this coming-of-age tale is the story of four preteen buddies who set out to find the body of another young kid in the Oregon woods. Along the way, we discover the emotional and

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physical trauma that each boy suffers and what lies in each one’s future. A wry, challenging and rewarding film featuring early performances by River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman, it’s an homage to boyish brotherhood and the innocence that passes as swiftly as a summer holiday.

Kitschy renderings and stick-in-your-head songs aside, this is our pick for a slice of summer nostalgia. Beginning with springtime birth and culminating in a tiny but unforgettable curtain-pull at the county fair, this Hanna-Barbera animation is a sweet story of friendship, acceptance and the cyclical nature of life and death. Plus, it taught us the word smorgasbord, which we consider one of Sweden’s finest exports.

STAND BY ME (1986)




SCREENLISTINGS special screenings LORDS OF NATURE— Attend the premiere of the documentary Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators narrated by Peter Coyote and learn more about why nature abhors a vacuum. Top predators such as the wolf and cougar play an important role in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Award-winning filmmakers Karen and Ralf Meyer of Green Fire Productions take their cameras behind the scenes and interview scientists exploring the connection between all species. Scientists, wildlife managers and conservationists conducts a panel discussion and Q&A after the screening. Find out more information at or call 208-890-7820. 7 p.m., $8 adults, $6 students, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theflicksboise. com.


ANGELS AND DEMONS— Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) uses his code-cracking skills to uncover the destructive plan of an ancient, super secret league of evil known as the Illuminati that has once again reared its scandalous head to disturb the Catholic religion. Langdon zooms over to Rome and meets with the beautiful and semi-eccentric Italian physicist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) to trace 400-year-old symbols and clues in the catacombs of Rome in order to stop the imminent threat and save the Vatican. (PG-13) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 DCI 2009: THE COUNTDOWN— NCM Fathom and Drum Corps International feature the marching beats of six full-length corps performances selected from among the 72 world championship finalists of the past six seasons (20032008). The audience can vote for their favorite performance and weigh in during the judging of the world’s elite marching ensembles compiled on the big screen. (NR) Edwards 21 IS ANYBODY THERE?—John Crowley directs Sir Michael Caine as an old magician named the Amazing Clarence who moves into an retirement home after he loses his beautiful wife and all his original teeth. The owners of the old age home (David Morrissey and Anne-Marie Duff) are overwhelmed with all the residents and have little time for their young son Edward (Bill Milner of Son of Rambow) who is curious about all the aging and dying going on around him. The Amazing Clarence and Edward become kindred souls when Clarence agrees to teach the young boy some magic and card tricks. Also stars Rosemary Harris and Leslie Phillips as residents of the retirement home. (PG-13) Flicks

NEXT DAY AIR—Leo (Donald Faison of ABC’s Scrubs) and Eric (Mos Def) run around making deliveries when they aren’t answering to their boss (Debbie Allen) for always appearing to

be impaired on the job. The bait and switch premise of the movie is about a group of bumbling, two-bit criminals who stumble upon a cache of grade-A cocaine and think they’ve got it made. But when they try to sell it for cash, the powdery windfall sets into motion a series of events that will change the lives of 10 people. (R) Edwards 21

continuing 17 AGAIN—Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) was big time in his glory days as star of the high school basketball team, but then he got his girlfriend pregnant. When a drop from the fountain of youth transforms him into his younger self (high school Mike played by Zac Efron), O’Donnell gets a major do-over armed with all the knowledge he’s accumulated in adulthood. (PG-13) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 BATTLE FOR TERRA—The animated sci-fi movie is about Senn (Justin Long) and Mala (Evan Rachel Wood), a couple of alien teens whose planet has rejected war and weapons. When the human race invades their land fleeing from Earth’s problems such as depleting resources and environmental destruction, Mala befriends a human pilot (Luke Wilson) and the two races find a common bond. Also stars Dennis Quaid and Amanda Peet. (PG) Edwards 21

EARTH—The beautifully visual film by DisneyNature in conjunction with BBC, Greenlight Media and the Discovery Channel is narrated by James Earl Jones. The film highlights the adventures and challenges of three different animal families —elephants, polar bears and whales—on their travels across the planet. (G) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 FAST AND FURIOUS—Get out of their way because these drivers have only one speed: fast—and they don’t brake for anything. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez are back behind the wheel seriously pushing the speed limits in most zones. Pedals are put to the metal, and feuds are reunited between fugitive excons and agents of unnamed agencies in this fast-paced, high octane revenge thriller. (PG-13) Edwards 21 FIGHTING—A small-town boy (Channing Tatum) with a bad history comes to New York City with high hopes and runs into a scam artist (Terrence Howard). They go into the business of street fighting and are surprisingly successful, forming an cutting-edge partnership between fighter and hustler. Of course, the boy realizes what an evil world he now lives in and strive to escape, which means fighting the toughest battle of his life. (PG-13) Edwards 21 GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST—A romantic comedy from Mark Waters, director of Mean Girls, Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is happy with his pattern one night stands with nameless females until he has a run in with his late uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) who takes him on a whirlwind blast through his past relationships with women. Connor realizes the woman he is meant to settle down with, Jenny (Jennifer Garner), is well worth changing his ways for even though it takes some supernatural coaxing to get through to him. (PG-13) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21


HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE—Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is a regular girl by day and teen rock queen Hannah Montana by night. The best of both worlds have been exciting, but she has given up a lot pulling double duty. Her dear, old dad (Billy Ray Cyrus) takes the teen home to Crowley Corners, Tenn., where she meets a cute cowboy and lives the life of any red-blooded American girl. Suddenly the spotlight doesn’t seem as appealing and Miley has to make a choice between stardom and freedom. (G) Northgate Ends Thursday, Edwards 21

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS—The animated movie by DreamWorks features a cast of monster/ alien/hybrid characters engaged in an epic battle against an army of multiple-eyed aliens. All fun and games aside, the movie drops subtle hints that serve to add a little social commentary to the mix. The bad guys are a gaggle of four-eyed aliens led by Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) who go up against a group of government-grown hybrids under the command of a 50-foot-tall woman named Susan, aka Ginormica (voice of Reese Witherspoon), a 20,000-year-old half-fish/halfape called The Missing Link (Will Arnett), a big furry bug named Insectasaurous, a mad scientist Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie) and a one-eyed blue blob named B.O.B. (Seth Rogen). (PG) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21, Edwards IMAX OBSESSED—Derek Charles (Idris Elba) seems to have a perfect life. He’s ecstatic about his promotion, he loves his wife Sharon (Beyonce Knowles) and their sweet baby boy. Everything is nearing perfection until a temp worker, Lisa (Ali Larter) in Derek’s office decides to stalk him. All he knows and loves is about to be put into peril by a woman obsessed. When Lisa breaks into Derek and Sharon’s home, Sharon is forced to defend her family by inflicting a series of head butts to the competition. (PG-13) Edwards 21

PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND— Patricia Clarkson plays an eccentric drama teacher who gives a young student (played by Elle Fanning) the lead role in the school’s production of Alice in Wonderland. Phoebe’s parents (Felicity Hoffman and Bill Pullman) are blind to their daughter’s behavioral issues, and the principal of the school (Campbell Scott) is fed up with everyone’s antics. (PG-13) Flicks Ends Thursday RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN— The newest chapter in the Disney movies (Escape to Witch Mountain 1975 and Return from Witch Mountain 1978), stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Las Vegas taxi cab driver Jack Bruno. The no-nonsense driver picks up a strange fare and joins forces with a couple of extraterrestrial teens on their way to Witch Mountain, a mysterious site in the remote Nevada desert. The trio is running from mobsters, the government and aliens in a mission to uncover secrets that could save the world. (PG) Edwards 21


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SIN NOMBRE—Cary Joji Fukunaga won the Sundance Best Director Award for his drama about the risks that Honduran people take to cross the United States border to begin a new life. The first-time director spent two months in Mexico conducting interviews and even took a perilous train ride along with 700 immigrants searching for better opportunities. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday

SHALL WE KISS—What’s a little kiss? The film in French with English subtitles shows the immense power of one little kiss. Emilie (Julie Gayet) and Gabriel (Michael Cohen) are both in relationships yet fight the urge to smooch when Emilie recalls that a simple kiss from her past resulted in dire consequences for more than the two people doing the kissing. (NR) Flicks

THE SOLOIST—Based on a true story, Nathaniel Anthony Ayers is a schizophrenic homeless musical prodigy (Jamie Foxx) who finds an advocate in Los Angeles journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.). After hardship and heartbreak, the two become friends as Lopez attempts to nurture Ayers’ love of performing music. (PG-13) Flicks, Edwards 21

BOISE WEEKLY MOVIE TIMES Cut this out and put it on your fridge!


Northgate: W-Th: 12:15, 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:15; F-Tu: 2:30, 4:50, 9:25 Edwards 9: W-Th: 11:50 a.m., 4:50, 9:50 Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50



Northgate: F-Tu: 12:30, 4, 7, 9:50 Edwards 9: Th: 12:01 a.m. Edwards 21: Th: 12:01 a.m. Edwards 21: W-Th: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10


Edwards 21: W only: 7:30 Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:20, 7:20 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:30


Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:35 Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 2:25, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10


Northgate: W-Th: 12:15, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:35; F-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15 Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:25 a.m., 12:25, 2:10, 3:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:15, 8:05, 9:55, 10:30



Northgate: W-Th only: 12, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10, 9:25 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:25, 3:50, 6:35 Flicks: F-Su: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10



Flicks: W only: 7

Northgate: W-Th: 12:30, 2:40, 4:40, 7:20, 9:20; F-Tu: 12:15, 7:20 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:10, 2:40, 5:20, 7:25, 9:45 Edwards IMAX: W-Th: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:50, 3:05, 5:20, 7:40, 9:50 Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:50 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:05, 9:45 Flicks: W-Th only: 5:10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:05 a.m., 1:35, 3:55 Flicks: W-Th: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; F-Su: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9; M-Tu: 5, 7, 9 Flicks: W-Th only: 5, 7, 9

THE SOLOIST— Northgate: F-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Flicks: W-Th: 4:55, 7:20, 9:35; F-Su: 12:25, 2:40, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30; M-Tu: 4:50, 7:15, 9:30 Edwards 21: W-Th: 10:50 a.m., 1:30, 4:20, 7:25, 10:20 STAR TREK—

Northgate: W-Tu: 12:30, 4, 7, 9:40 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:40, 1:40, 3:40, 4:40, 6:40, 7:40, 9:40, 10:40 Edwards 21: W-Th: 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:40, 1:20, 1:40, 2:10, 3:35, 4:15, 4:35, 5:05, 6:30, 7:10, 7:30, 8, 9:25, 10, 10:15



Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:35; Edwards 21: W-Th: 6:40, 9:25 Flicks: W-Th: 7:10, 9:10; F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20


Northgate: W-Th: 12, 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30; F-Tu: 12:15, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:35 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12, 1:20, 1:50, 2:30, 3:50, 4:30, 5:10, 6:50, 7:30, 8, 9:30, 10:10, 10:40 Edwards 21: W-Th: 11 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 12:45, 1:45, 2:05, 2:20, 2:45, 3:20, 4:20, 4:55 5:10, 5:25, 5:55, 7, 7:55, 8:15, 8:30, 9:05, 9:40, 10:05

Movie times listed were correct as of press time. To verify: Edwards 21 Boise, 208-377-1700,; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821,; The Egyptian Theater, 208345-0454,; The Flicks, 208-342-4222,; Northgate Cinema, 208-377-2620, For second-run movies: Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208-377-3072; Towne Square Reel, 208-377-2620; Country Club Reel, 208-377-2620; Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620,


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SCREENLISTINGS the adventure (with Spock/ Leonard Nimoy’s approval). (PG-13) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21

STAR TREK—J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, Lost and Alias) boldly takes this TV classic in a whole new direction, yet preserves the universal message of acceptance for all species. The crew of the Enterprise is made up of an ensemble cast of relative unknowns (for now). Captain Kirk is played by Chris Pine, Spock by Zachary Quinto and Uhura by Zoe Saldana. Even Tyler Perry (Madea) has a part as Starfleet Admiral Barnett. A hip crew, spectacular special effects and a dash of romance adds a little action to all

STATE OF PLAY—After the mistress of U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is found dead, Washington, D.C., reporter Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) sniffs out a story about collusion between the government and major corporations. Collins doesn’t know who to trust and turns to his college buddy McCaffrey for advice before his rising political career takes a dive. Also stars Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 SUNSHINE CLEANING—Rose (Amy Adams), Norah (Emily Blunt) and their father Joe Lorkowski (Alan Arkin) get a leg up on the competition when they receive a tip from Rose’s

cop friend (Steve Zahn) on the prosperous and seemingly unending gig of sanitizing crime scenes. (R) Flicks

X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE— The story before the story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the fearless, steel-clawed warrior mutant of the X-Men. Delve into his past and find out about his mixed history of violence with a touch of romance. He’ll run into new and old enemies and friends and meet some of the legends of the X-Men universe. (PG-13) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21



PRE-PUBESCENT VAMPIRISM AND X MARKS THE SPOT ... KIND OF On the recommendation of fellow BW freelancer (and coincidentally the guitarist at my upcoming wedding) Ryan Peck, I Netflixed a Swedish film this week. “Man, it was cool, but super weird” being the only description he gave me. After having seen Let the Right One In, if I was only allowed seven words to describe this movie, those might very well have been the ones I chose. A 12-year-old struggles with bullies at school until a new, similarly aged neighbor urges him to fight back. The pair begins to develop a friendship, despite the fact she’s a bloodsucking vampire slowly picking off residents of their small town. This is about the furthest thing from any of the other vampire films I’ve watched or re-watched of late, including 30 Days of Night and the Blade trilogy. The only other flick in remotely the same neighborhood would be Twilight, but only if Edward and Bella reversed roles, were still pre-teens and instead of running angst-ridden through the woods, they sat around in the snow chatting a lot. Let the Right One In, I should warn you, is very, very slow. With a nearly two-hour run time, you risk passing out if you start the DVD too late in the day. But the content is interesting and well-assembled, save one very quick, seriously disturbing staged shot of the pint-sized heroine changing clothes. Despite the deliberate pace, feel free to still say “ja” to this one, fans of the undead. It may be super weird, but it’s also pretty cool. Peeling myself off the couch, I accompanied a group of friends to the downtown multiplex to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I had trepidation about paying that much to see what looked like a mindless roller coaster ride, but ever since I introduced her to older comic book movies, the fiancee has been all about them. That said, one of us left the theater satisfied, the other ecstatic. I’m pretty confident that if this hadn’t been a Hugh Jackman project, the film would’ve faltered like Dumb & Dumberer trying to cash in on a young Carrey/Daniels vibe. As it stands, the action sequences are good and, no surprise, Jackman’s scowls are great. Even dramatic veteran Liev Schreiber as Wolverine’s personal nemesis is pretty cool. But the script just begs to be laughed at. For instance, at one point, Wolverine kneels over his fallen girlfriend then yells angrily at the sky; a trite scene, even for a comic book movie. True fans of the X-Men comic should feel slighted by the lack of exploration of additional characters. Although a lot of new faces pop up in the film, they get so few lines it hardly counts—especially Gambit (Taylor Kitsch, Friday Night Light), whose role and Cajun-accent are thoroughly understated. Because of the action and stunts, seeing this film at the multiplex is still almost worth it for those who love the franchise, but I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to wait it out in favor of the home theater.



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PARK IT Public parks roll out new summer offerings

Davis Park. Directions, course maps and scorecards are available by following the activities link at the Parks and Rec page of the city’s Web site, If you’re one who enjoys a little more mobility in his or her recreation, this will also be the first full summer that hikers and bikers ure, you could go to the park and hang out on a bench or can take advantage of several new trails added to the Ridge to Rivers get wild with a ride on the swings, but wouldn’t you rather trail system, including several miles along the Shafer Butte trails at send sand flying as you make a spectacular save in a game of Bogus Basin Mountain Resort. beach volleyball, learn the finer points of bocce ball on a regulation A little further downslope, the Watchman Trail now connects court or figure out what a sticky wicket is? the popular Five Mile Gulch trail with the Three Bears trail. The Today, the idea of the public park has been expanded to include non-motorized trail leads across open slopes with views of Rocky things like bocce ball and tennis, disc golf courses, hiking trails, Canyon and the eastern end of the valley. skate parks, fishing ponds, music gardens and something called a But Ridge to Rivers hasn’t forgotten those who like their trails a splash pad (think running through sprinklers on a giant scale). little more extreme. For years, the Rock Island trail let expert riders Each year, parks and recreation departments across the valley pick their way through rock foundations at the base of Table Rock. roll out new and improved offerings at area parks in an effort to Of course, the trail was less than one mile long, making it a miniextreme trail. Now, an additional half-mile of trail has been opened with even more rock features to traverse, as well as bermed corners and jumps for riders to huck themselves off of. Sections of the Greenbelt, including several in the Warm Springs area, have undergone some large rehabilitation projects to improve the quality of the pathway for those riders who prefer their bike trails paved. Some park users, though, prefer their recreation sitting down, and Boise is following Meridian’s lead in doing what it can to keep its citizens nice and relaxed by showing a series of family films in Julia Davis Park on a 25-by-14foot inflatable movie screen at the bandshell. Movies Under the Stars will show three films over the summer, with Journey to the Center of the Earth on Saturday, June 27, Monsters vs. Aliens on Saturday, July 18, and The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, Aug. 22. All the movies begin at 7 p.m., and Parks and Rec staff will bring a mobile recreation van with activities for the kids, allowing the grown-ups to kick back and enjoy a picnic. Meridian will continue its successful family Boise’s two disc golf courses mean a day on the links without having to actually golf. movie nights with weekly flicks in Settlers Park (home of the aforementioned splash pad) be more appealing to a wider swath of the community. Last year, it through August. The free films start at dusk, and this year’s selection was the spankin’-new bocce court in Municipal Park in Boise, where includes Speed Racer, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Princess fans of the backyard game can learn how it’s actually supposed to Bride and The Tale of Despereaux. For a full list, check the city’s be played. Here, you can join the crowd of usuals as they teach Web site at you how to make one of the heavy, softball-sized balls land exactly And while Boise is expanding on what already works, Meridian where you want it—hopefully without hitting any passersby. is making a leap to fill a gap in what it has been able to offer its resiIf you’re feeling a little more refined, you can head over to Ann dents. The city will open its first community center on Friday, May Morrison Park, where the end result of a hard-fought campaign by 22. The center, 201 E. Idaho St., is the latest incarnation of what the Boise Cricket Club can be found. The pitch is the only one of its used to be the Meridian Police Department, and most recently, the kind in Boise, and the team makes the best use of it, sharing a sport Boys and Girls Club. Once that nonprofit announced it was moving that has most Americans shaking their heads in wonder. (To actually to a new building, Allison Kaptein, recreation coordinator for the learn about cricket, contact the club at city, approached the Meridian City Council with the idea of turning Then, of course, there’s the more familiar sport of beach volthe already city-owned building into a community center. leyball which, despite our lack of coastline, is a valley favorite. The Once open, the center will be home to a long list of children’s court at Camel’s Back Park was put in just last year, joining other summer camps, arts camps, as well as teen and adults art and dance courts at Parkcenter and Ann Morrison Park among others. classes—offerings that were scattered in assorted school gyms in past While they aren’t new, Boise’s two disc golf courses continue to years. Check out the full list of offerings on the parks and rec page be some of the most popular attractions in the city’s parks, according of the city’s Web site, to Boise Parks and Recreation spokesperson Amy Stahl. A permaJust think, a little art in the morning, followed by an afternoon nent, 18-hole course is set up in Ann Morrison Park beginning near cricket game and capped with a open-air movie, and all for free. You the southeastern corner, while a temporary course is located in Julia have to love a day in the park. BO ISE WE EKLY ARCHIVES




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Now that Idaho has a brand new wilderness area in the Owyhee canyonlands, crisscrossed by wild and scenic rivers, it’s time to explore. Idaho Rivers United has joined with ROW Adventures for two fund-raising jaunts down the Bruneau River. Trips will launch on May 29 and June 4 and cost $1,295 per person, a price that includes a $250 donation to IRU. IRU is also sponsoring a trip on the Lochsa on June 14. The one-day trip costs $124 and includes a $25 donation to IRU. For information check out, and for reservations, call ROW at 800-451-6034.

In a relationship with more on-and-offs than a Hollywood “It” couple, gray wolves have once again been removed from the Federal Endangered Species List, effective May 4. The ruling from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service affects wolf populations in Idaho and Montana, as well as parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah. But due to Wyoming’s contentious fight over that state’s wolf plan, the species remains on the endangered list there. Wolves were first removed from the list last year, but were put back on after a collection of conservation groups sued, claiming the state

plans didn’t do enough to protect wolves. After some tweaks, federal courts signed off and cleared the way for delisting—again. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is now managing the species under virtually the same plan as before, which allows limited hunting as early as this fall. At the end of 2008, Fish and Game officials estimated there were 846 wolves and 88 packs in Idaho. According to the state plan, Idaho must maintain at least 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs although managers say the numbers will be higher than that. —Deanna Darr




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RECLISTINGS Events & Classes ANNUAL OWYHEE SPRING OUTINGS SERIES—The outings are organized by the Idaho Conservation League, The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and Idaho Rivers United. They are a great opportunity to see the Owyhees and learn about Idaho’s desert ecosystem. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information and to reserve a place, call the Idaho Conservation League at 208-345-6936, Ext. 27. On May 16, take a trip to Bruneau Overlook. Saturday, May 16, donation of $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers is requested, www. CYCLE FOR INDEPENDENCE 2009—Organized by the Treasure Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho, the Cycle for Independence raises funds to provide information about blindness. Bike one of three routes: 10-mile, 25-mile and the Metric Century. Saturday, May 16, 7:30 a.m., $15-$35, 208-3365333, Riverglen Junior High, 6801 Gary Lane, Boise. EARLY BIRD MEDITATION— Rise and shine during two meditation periods, a morning chant and Dharma tidbits, with walking in between. Mondays, 7 a.m., $14 per class; class punch cards available. Yoga for Wellness Studio, 300 Main St., Ste. 107, Boise, 208-4841053, GARDEN STROLL FOR THE HEART AND SOUL—Take a

relaxing or energizing walk through the Idaho Botanical Garden for free every Tuesday and Thursday morning, May through September. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7:30-9 a.m. Continues through Sept. 30. FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www. GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITING DISABLED VETS—The fund-raising effort includes golfing 18 holes followed by an awards ceremony and a catered dinner. Proceeds will help send a group of local wounded veterans, dubbed Team Spudflakes, on a life-changing trip. Attendees at the clinic will learn adaptive skiing, as well as scuba diving, rock climbing, wheelchair self-defense, sled hockey, target shooting and participate in various additional programs, seminars and activities. Saturday, May 16, 1 p.m., $75, 208-332-8947. Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle. HERSHEY’S TRACK AND FIELD GAMES—Boys and girls ages 9 to 14 compete in various track and field events such as the standing long jump, softball throw and running events. In addition, there is a category of wheelchair relay events. Wednesday, May 20, 4:30 p.m., FREE, 208-384-4060, Ext. 304, Borah High School, 6001 Cassia, Boise. HIKING AND TRAIL RUNNING IN BOISE—Local author Steve Stuebner shares hiking and trail running routes in the Ridge to Rivers Trail System, Bogus

Basin, Boise National Forest, Snake River Birds of Prey Area and the Owyhee Mountains. Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m., FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, www.rei. com/stores/boise. IDAHO MOUNTAIN RECREATION MONTHLY MEETING— Idaho Mountain Recreation is an active club for all ages with outdoor interests focusing on non-motorized activities and helping people enjoy the outdoors safely. Local experts discuss varied outdoor topics. IMR provides trips year-round (daytrip hikes, mountain climbing, backpacking, biking, etc.) and offers training to improve your current outdoor skills. Third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m., FREE, 208424-6683, MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. MAY IN MOTION CELEBRATION—Commuters celebrate alternative transportation options at the May in Motion Celebration on Eighth Street between Idaho and Bannock streets. Learn more at www. Friday, May 15, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, www. MOUNTAIN BIKING INTRODUCTION—The riders of SWIMBA are going over basic mountain biking skills on this no-drop ride through the Foothills. Topics include riding techniques, trail etiquette and more. Helmet and signed waiver are required. Friday, May 15, 6:30 p.m., FREE, Camel’s Back Park, 13th St., Boise.


HOG WITH A CAUSE The sound is unmistakable: that throaty, rumbling growl that makes you stop and look to catch a glimpse of an American classic. As you turn your head, you know what you’ll see— the gleaming chrome of a Harley-Davidson. Now, take that body-shaking rumble and multiply it by, say, 150, mix it with a few hundred motorcycles of assorted parentage, and you’ve got a spectacle that’s sure to catch some serious attention. That’s just what Todd Godfrey and the rest of the Intermountain HOG Chapter want to happen. But they’re not out looking for bike appreciation (although that’s an unavoidable side effect), they’re trying to raise some serious cash for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sunday, May 17, will mark the sixth annual MDA Ride, sponsored by the Intermountain HOG Chapter and High Desert Harley-Davidson, among others. It’s part of a continuing partnership between Harley-Davidson and the MDA going back 29 years, a partnership that has raised more than $65 million for finding treatments, and hopefully a cure, for the disease. This will be the fourth ride Godfrey has personally been involved with, and he said each year, more and more motorcycle owners turn out to lend their support. Last year, the event drew 331 motorcycles with 422 riders and raised more than $14,000. The total far exceeded Godfrey’s goal of $8,000, a challenge he threw down with the promise of shaving his head if participants met the goal. The now-bald Godfrey has a new goal of $20,000 that goes along with his promise to shave off his mustache if it is met. He’s hoping to see 600 bikes assemble on the morning of the event at High Desert Harley-Davidson in Meridian, the starting point for the day-long ride. There, participants will get breakfast after they register, as well as a map of the planned route. It won’t be just Harleys rolling down the road. Godfrey always brings out a mix of bikes and bikers, riding everything from choppers to street bikes. “I don’t care what you ride,” Godfrey said. “Whether it’s a Harley or a scooter ... my goal is to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.” While some pre-registration will be done, most will happen on the morning of the event. Entry fee is $20 per bike. Riders will cruise down I-84 with a police escort to Boise State for a short presentation before hitting the road for a roughly 60-mile ride taking the group out as far as Caldwell. The group will make stops along the way, with chances to win prizes throughout the ride. The event will wind up at Joe’s Crab Shack, one of the event sponsors, where the riders will have dinner, which is included with registration. While you might not own a motorcycle, that doesn’t mean you can’t just take in the spectacle. “If you’ve never seen 400 [or] 500 motorcycles in one location, it’s a sight you’ll never forget,” Godfrey said. For more information about the MDA Ride, call Godfrey at High Desert Harley-Davidson at 208-338-5599.


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RECLISTINGS PEDAL POWER PARADE— Everyone loves a parade, so dress in costume, if you like, and deck out the ride too. The finale of Boise Bike Week 2009 is a pedal power parade through the streets of downtown Boise followed by pizza, refreshments and raffle prizes in the park. Saturday, May 16, 5 p.m., FREE, Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise.

the brick patio inside the Idaho Botanical Garden. Advance registration to receive a punch card is required. The classes run through September. Saturdays, 10 a.m., FREE for Garden members; $4 nonmember adults; $3 nonmember seniors. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

RECUMBENT RALLY—Riders who prefer the laid-back reclined position style of the recumbent bicycle ride alongside regular upright bicycles on a ride up to Lucky Peak Dam and back. Friday, May 15, 6:30 p.m., FREE, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

URBAN STREETSCAPES—Join the Boise City historian for a bike tour of the Capitol Mall complex. Learn about the monumental civic structures and historic buildings and homes. This family-friendly event requires that helmets be worn and signed waivers are required. Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m., FREE, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200.


WOMEN’S TRAIL CREW LEADER TRAINING—Learn how to build sustainable and enjoyable trails and lead a trail-building crew. This training session focuses on International Mountain Bicycling Association trail-building techniques. Participants can review the techniques at www. Preregistration is required; e-mail sycoope@rei. com. Thursday, May 14, 6 p.m., FREE. Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park, Old Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle,

ADULT CLIMBING LESSONS— The staff at the YMCA can help any level of climber learn safe ways to master the sport of climbing. The class is designed to allow families to learn a new hobby together. Participants must be age 14 or older. New classes begin the first Tuesday of the month and run four consecutive Tuesdays. Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. full-facility member $36; program member $72. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, www.

YOGA BEE—The Spring Early Morning Yoga Challenge is a chance to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit while raising money for worthy causes. For 21 consecutive days beginning May 1, the early morning yoga sessions will be taught by rotating teachers. Participants are encouraged to take pledges of $1-$20 from friends and family with proceeds going to the Muse Workshop Scholarship program, the Yoga for the Unemployed program and development of

BELAY CERTIFICATION CLASSES—Participants learn basic safety principles and proper belay technique during this one-hour course. Upon completion, students receive a certification card that enables them to “skip” introduction prior to each climbing wall experience at the YMCA. This card is required to belay at the Downtown YMCA. Saturdays, Noon-1 p.m., $5. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, www.

SEVENTH ANNUAL COYOTE CLASSIC—The popular mountain bike race features a new beginner course, a modified Coyote, single track, double track and a creek crossing. The event is held at Avimor, a master planned Foothills community on Highway 55 north of Eagle. Other activities after the race include bird and wildflower walks, bounce houses and the kickoff to Evenings at Avimor with music by Bellamy Rose. Saturday, May 16, 11:30 a.m., $10-$45, STREET SMART CYCLING—The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance teaches riders to be visible, alert, predictable and assertive. Topics covered include hand signals, basic lane positioning, turning, lane changes, avoiding potential problems, stop lights and signs and Idaho’s cycling road laws. Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m., FREE, www.boisebikeweek. org. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200. TAI CHI IN THE GARDEN—Wear comfortable clothing for the outdoors and join Dave Lewis of White Crane Martial Arts for Saturday tai chi classes on


Yoga for Incarcerated Youth. The yoga-poser who attends the most Early Bird classes wins a Muse membership and a free massage. Through May 21, 7 a.m., $4-$15, 208-3452704. Muse Yoga Studio, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Boise, www. ZUMBA—Certified instructor Natalie Wickstrom leads the Zumba class which fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. The routines feature interval training sessions, fast and slow rhythms, and resistance training to tone, sculpt and burn fat. Thursdays, Noon-1 p.m., $10 drop-in per class, Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486.

BICYCLE DONATION/VOLUNTEER DAY—Donate unwanted bicycles or equipment to a good cause and receive a tax writeoff. The shop is also open for volunteers interested in working on bicycles for children of lowincome families, refugees and Boise’s homeless population. During open shop time on Saturdays, use tools and stands to work on your own bike or bikes for the community. For more information, e-mail Mondays, 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. FREE, Boise Bicycle Project, 520 W. Front St., Boise, 208-859-3984. BOISE CRICKET CLUB—The pitch is located west of the clock tower in Ann Morrison Park. Anyone interested in attending practices should bring some water, a hat and sunscreen. All batting and safety equipment necessary to participate is provided. For more information, e-mail or contact Pratap Murali, the president of the Boise Cricket Club, at 208-8411448. Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. BOISE DART LEAGUE—Dart players of any caliber are welcome to sign up for the Boise Dart League. Players do not need to be on a team to participate. Sign up at 6 p.m. and start playing at 7 p.m. Call 208-353-5830 or e-mail for more information. Wednesdays, 6 p.m., $5 entry fee. VFW Post 63, 3308 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. BOISE PEAK FITNESS—The climbing gym is open 4-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon-10 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Saturday 11 p.m- 7 p.m, and Sunday noon-6 p.m. 208363-7325, Boise Peak Fitness, 308 S. 25th St., Boise.

BOISE RUN WALK—A fun training program for runners and walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes, slow or fast. Six-, 10- and 12week training programs for 5K, 10K, half and full marathons. Includes educational seminars and clinics, group coaching, group support, routes on the Greenbelt and Foothills, access to massage therapists and physical therapists. Ongoing, 8-11 a.m. 208-639-1434. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, www. BOISE WOMEN’S HIKING NETWORK—Women’s hiking group with more than 600 members. Members post invitations for day hikes, camping trips, backpacking, snowshoeing and more. Schedule varies. For more information, contact Joyce Fabre at 208-384-8582. FREE, groups. BOISE Y STRIDERS RUNNING CLUB—Meet in the morning, 7 a.m. for faster runners, 8 a.m. for others. Membership not required to participate. Saturdays. 208-344-5501. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, www. CYCLOCROSS TUESDAY NIGHT TRAINING RIDES—Ride with a group of cyclists for cross-training workouts. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., FREE, idahocyclocross. com. Camel’s Back Park, 13th St., Boise. FIELD HOCKEY CLUB—Boise’s first field hockey club. First month is free. Saturdays. 3 p.m., Ann Morrison Park, next to the fountains. For information, call 208-608-2526 or e-mail Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. HOOP FITNESS—Hula hoop fitness classes help build core strength and improve coordination. No experience is necessary, and hoops are provided.

Beginners hoop at 5:30 p.m. and the beginning level 2 class begins at 6:40 p.m. Registration is required, as classes fill quickly. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. $40 for 6 weeks, Boise Racquet and Swim Club, 1116 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-376-1052. IDAHO FOOSBALL—Draw-yourpartner foosball tournament. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m., matches beginning about 8 p.m. The first Saturday of every month is Super Saturday with all day tournaments. Singles start at 1 p.m., followed by bring your partner and draw-your-partner. Tuesdays. For more information, call 208-861-1524, www. Dutch Goose, 3515 W. State St., Boise. IYENGAR YOGA—Join a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, trained in Australia and India, for classes in this ancient form of movement. To register, call James Burton at 208-863-6811. Integrative Health Associates, 450 State St., Eagle, www. LADIES WRENCH NIGHT—The work night for ladies only is a chance to work or learn to work on bikes with the tools and expertise provided. Each night features a 30-minute class on a different aspect of bicycle repair. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. FREE, www.boisebicycleproject. org. Boise Bicycle Project, 520 W. Front St., Boise, 208-8593984. LOST RIVER CYCLING NO HOST SUNDAY ROAD RIDE—A nodrop, multiple group road ride with a maximum speed of 15 mph departs every Sunday at 11 a.m. Sundays. FREE, www. Big City Coffee, 1416 Grove St., Boise. PICKUP FOOTBALL—Join in the fun of a friendly, two-handtouch game of pickup football on the long field in front of the


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RECLISTINGS big fountain. All equipment is provided. Sundays, 2 p.m., Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. RACQUETBALL TOURNAMENT—All experience levels are welcome to join the Treasure Valley Fitness racquetball tournament held through July 21. Tuesdays. $30 club member, $50 non-member. Treasure Valley Fitness, 7211 W. Colonial St., Boise, 208323-1353. THURSDAY NIGHT RUN/ WALKS—Join the group for fun 3-, 4- or 5-miles run/walks year round, every Thursday night. All abilities are welcome. The run/ walk starts at 5:30 p.m. sharp. First timers should come a few minutes early to sign up. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. FREE, 208-344-6604. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, TUESDAY NIGHT CRITERIUM TRAINING SERIES—The training series is presented in cooperation with Team FCA (May 5, May 12 and May 19); Team

ICO (May 26, June 2, June 9) and Team (June 16, June 23, July 14). An unlimited season pass for all races is $50 and available at only until May 19. ($3.50 service fee added). Day-of registration only for nightly races. For more information, e-mail Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Continues through July 14. $8 per race, and $5 for a second race on any given night, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650. TUESDAY NIGHT TRAINING RIDES—Meet at Highlands Elementary, 3434 N. Bogus Basin Road, at 6:20 p.m. to join a group that will ride half way up Bogus Basin Rd. Helmets are required. Tuesdays, 6:20 p.m. FREE. George’s Cycles, 251 E. Front St. # 100, Boise, 208-3433782, ULTIMATE FRISBEE GAMES— The Southern Idaho Disc League presents the Boise Ultimate Spring League in a co-ed draft format. All ability

levels are encouraged to register. For more information about the draft, contact Jen Hopkins at 208-866-3127 or e-mail Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. FREE, Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. WOMEN’S SHOP RIDES—Join a beginner/intermediate no-drop, road bike ride which takes off from George’s Front Street store. Thursdays, 6 p.m. FREE. George’s Cycles, 251 E. Front St. # 100, Boise, 208-3433782, YMCA CLIMBING CLASSES— Children ages 6 to 13 years old learn the basic ideas of indoor and outdoor climbing as well as increasing strength, endurance and confidence. New classes begin the first Tuesday of the month and run for four consecutive Tuesdays. Beginners attend from 5-6 p.m. and the intermediate level is from 6-7 p.m. full-facility member $36; program member $72, YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, www.








A LONG WAY DOWN Brian “B-Real” Ward definitely turned up the gain on the “gnar-amplitude” of extreme kayaking in April by dropping 100 feet over Metlako Falls on Oregon’s Eagle Creek. It’s just part of a pattern for the 26-year-old Idaho River Sports employee. Ward moved to Idaho in 2007 to experience “some of the most embracing paddlers and best whitewater out there,” and since then, he has made his presence known by kayaking some of Idaho’s top rivers at their highest flows, including class V Jacob’s Ladder on the North Fork of the Payette at 4,000 cfs—“one of the gnarliest things I have ever done,” he said. Ward has been kayaking for nine years and has numerous accomplishments under his belt, including the recent decent of Metlako Falls. His descent of the drop was the ninth recorded. Not one for publicity or self-promotion, Ward can best be described as a “spiritual boater” and in it for the personal experience, not the hype or media attention. Regardless of his intentions, not many people can say that they have successfully kayaked a 100-foot drop.


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ONE SLICK ’NIC How to picnic like a park-snacking pro


f a spontaneous picnic hit your Saturday afternoon, would you be prepared? Imagine a particularly sun-drenched day, you drive by a quaint park where Frisbees whizz through the air dodging butterflies and pinatas. Couples lean against one another, digging up wet grass with their toes and snacking on fresh fruit with their gazes steadied on well-worn paperbacks. You turn to your sweetheart/grandma/ pit bull and say, “Wow, what a great day for a picnic!” But what now? By the time you go shopping, go home, slice the crusts off some cucumber finger sandwiches and return to the park, all the whimsy of this impromptu proposal will surely have worn off. Fret not, park-snacker. We have four, fool-proof one-stop picnic plans to satisfy an array of tastes and budgets. Go forth and frolic with your fellow lawnlunchers.

-Sunny Harvest grilled eggplant in sunflower oil—$1.38 -Sunny Harvest roasted sweet red and yellow peppers—$1.38 -Chez Jane garlic spread mustard—98 cents -Zeppole country baguette—$1.88 Spready: Apricot walnut cream cheese croquettes -Apricot preserves—$1.38 -Individual cream cheese containers—70 cents for two -Walnuts—$2.88 -Old London bagel snacks—88 cents Snacky: Pistachios -Bag of California pistachios—$1.88

While not as wholesome as Family Dollar, or as spiritual as the one-buck mecca All A Dollar, the Dollar General does rein over deals with an iron fist. But dollar incense sticks and candelabras are a bit different than $1 canned lunch meat and cheese curls. Fortunately, the dollar store bounty has expanded over the years to include inexpensive, non-expired—even slightly tasty looking—brand name consumables. Here’s a menu culled from the shelves of the Dollar General at Collister and State streets. We suggest picking up a double pack of playing cards ($1) and a couple cap guns ($1 each) in the event your poker game requires resolution by shootout.



Save Boise Co-op’s dessert case for last or your picnic might be chock-full of tasty tortes and tarts.

Savory: Mozzarella mushroom pizza roll-ups -Sargento mozzarella shreds—$1 -Hormel large pepperoni slices—$1 -Prego fresh mushroom pasta sauce—$1 -Nuevo Leon medium white tortillas—$1 Spready: Honey sunflower onion spread on wheat crackers -Busy Baker baked wheat snack crackers—$1 -Old Fashioned Foods French onion cheese dip—$1 -Gourmet Select shelled sunflower seeds—$1 -Junior Bear honey-flavored syrup—$1 Snacky: Banana peanut medley -Gourmet Select banana chips—$1 -Sachs salted peanuts in shell—$1 Sugary: Lemonade ice treats -Minute Maid frozen soft lemonade—$4 for four Sippy: Lemon iced tea -Ssips lemon iced tea juice boxes—$1 for five Supplementary: Picnic gear -Blue and white checkered plastic table cloth—$1 -Bounty basic paper towels—$1 -Nature’s own green label paper plates—$1 for 50 -Assorted plastic cutlery—$1 for 48 pieces Grand total—$19, feeds four-ish hungry grass grubbers. Ideal picnic locale—Veterans Memorial Park

Sugary: Belgian chocolate cookies -Belgian chocolate covered butter biscuits—99 cents Sippy: Chardonnay -Winery at Eagle Knoll (now Woodriver Cellars) chardonnay—$3.89 Supplementary: Picnic gear -Cook Eze bread knife—$1.49 -Basic paper towels—88 cents -Large plastic Tupperware tote—$1.58 Grand total—$22.17, feeds two-ish resourceful park pilgrims Ideal picnic locale—Manitou Park

THE CAPITOL CITY FARMERS MARKET What’s a Saturday summer morning without a jaunt down Eighth Street past burly biker couples carrying furry poodles and strollers crammed with toddlers and tomato starts? No Saturday we want to be a part of, that’s for sure. With a steaming latte in one hand and a reusable grocery sack in the other, you’ll find the farmers market to be a no-brainer one-stop picnic destination. Unfortunately, keep in mind that the market has slim pickings when it comes to disposable or reusable plates and utensils. So if you don’t want to eat your local organic grub with your less-thanspotless fingers, make sure to go prepared (or work up the nerve to beg a local restaurant for some of their to-go goodies).


Savory: Mushroom risotto and asparagus bisque This alliterative little gem is Broadway Avenue’s organic-ish an-Brick 29 Bistro’s ready-to-eat mushroom risotto—$5, 16 oz. swer to the Grocery Outlet. Stocked with a wildly varying collec-Brick 29 Bistro’s ready-to-eat asparagus bisque—$5, 14 oz. tion of specialty high-end snack items (think individually wrapped Spready: Pepper garlic cheese curds on foccacia quinoa coconut cookie stacks) produce of varying quality and lots -Le Cafe De Paris foccacia—$4 of canned goods, the triple B is a pleasant, if somewhat random, -Idaho Cheese Curds, pepper garlic cheese curds—$4 surprise. Though the stock changes continually, on a recent jaunt, Snacky: Chilean colored carrots and bleu cheese the following picnic items leapt from the racks and into our arms -Idagro Farms purple anthocyanins carrots—$1 for two coyly cooing, “I’m yours. Do with me what you will.” -Boise Bleu cheese—$2.50, 6 oz. Sugary: Stroopwafel cookies Savory: Garlicky eggplant and roasted red bell peppers on -A Touch of Dutch caramel-filled Stroopwafel cookies—$1 country baguette each, $4 for five WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


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FOOD green peppercorns—$4.35 -Purple Sage Fars arugula—$4.79 -Le Cafe De Paris Poulichette—$2.29 Spready: Pears with honey pistachio goat cheese -Asian Pears—$2.39 per pound Grand total—$58.50 with re-usable tote -Moondarra honey and pistachio bag, $38.50 without. Feeds two-ish chevre—$3.99 famished farmers marketites. Snacky: Almond-stuffed green olives Ideal picnic locale—Julia Davis Park -Almond stuffed green olives—$5.49 per half pound BOISE CO-OP Sugary: Gold-flaked truffles It’s late one lazy summer afternoon -Honey and Drambuie truffles topped when you and yours decide to park with edible gold—$2.50 each the Subaru in the back alley of your Sippy: Champagne North End bungalow and wheel out the -Sofia Coppola champagne in a Schwinns. Suddenly, a gust of wind blows can—$15.99 for a four-pack through the ornamental pears on HarSupplementary: Picnic gear rison Boulevard, landing a pair of tickets -Tandem bicycle picnic set for two— to The Seagull at Idaho Shakespeare $57.99 Festival in your wicker bike basket. Not -All Occasion Bambu plates—$6.99 for wanting to tempt the Chekhovian fate eight that swirled this gift forth into your -Totally Bamboo reusable silverware hands, you do the only thing one can do set—$3.99 each in this type of situation—head to the Co-Trout-topped cheese spreader—$2.99 op to procure picnic goods. Grand total—$128.82 with picnic basket Savory: Prosciutto, brie and fig openset, $70.83 without. Feeds two-ish lawn faced sammy lingering epicures. -Columbus prosciutto—$4.29 Ideal picnic locale—Idaho Shakespeare -St. Dalfour royal fig spread—$4.29 Festival -Champignon de Luxe pfeffer brie with Sippy: Organic rose -J.H. Organic Rose wine—$15 Supplementary: Picnic gear -Capitol City Public Market tote bag—$20

PORTABLE PARK BUDDIES Though boxed wine—also called bladder packs, space bags or goon sacks according to Wikipedia—will always receive a snarling wince from snobbish oenophiles, a good percentage of open-minded wine appreciators are beginning to praise the box’s unsurpassable utility. Like traditionally bottled wine, the quality of boxed wine varies enormously (Franzia, we’re looking at you), but it is possible to get the equivalent of four bottles of totally palatable table wine for around $15. Add to that ease of transport (try fitting four glass bottles of wine in your purse), ease of pouring (hi there, spigot) and ease of recycling (the city actually picks up cardboard), and you’ve got yourself one cost-effective, green drink on the go. So, in the spirit of summertime park imbibing, we took a look at a few boxed wines and other portable booze varieties on the market. Ready, set, get your goon sack on. —Tara Morgan

FRANZIA BOTA BOX The new kid on the boxed wine swing-set, Bota Box is part of a movement in the industry to appeal to more discerning, Earthfriendly crowd. Vinted and bottled in Manteca, Calif., the wine comes in a 100 percent recyclable box made from 100 percent post-consumer fiber and soy-based inks. Varietals include shiraz, pinot grigio, old vine zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay. With road-sign-ish graphics, the Bota box offers suggestions for where to drink it—hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing or yachting. Um, all of the above, thanks.


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A favorite of the college crowd, Franzia has held its spot on the grocery store’s dusty lower shelf for years. While the price point is inarguably stellar— about 10 bucks for 5 liters—the quality is less so. With headscratching varietals like Chillable Red and White Grenache, Franzia is what country songs mean when they croon about cheap wine. But, hey, every wine has its time. This one’s just happens to be after you’ve downed a couple glasses of something a bit … better.

SOFIA MINI BLANC DE BLANCS These fizzy little treasures somehow retain both class and novelty as you crack your way through the hexagonal pink pack. Though the bubbles make the accompanying straws entirely superfluous, champagne in a can might just be one of the greatest inventions of our time. Thank you Francis Ford Coppola, thank you.

THREE THIEVES TETRAPAK BANDITS Ahh, wine in a juice box. Not much more needs to be said. Also comes in 1-litre, pour-top varieties for those who like their booze juice boxes sans sippy straws.

TWISTED TEA A bit like Sparks before it blew up (then, sigh, was discontinued), Twisted Tea comes in a 16-oz. can that can easily pass for some other non-alcoholic beverage to the undiscerning eye. A little sweet and a little refreshing, Twisted Tea is a good option if you’re looking to have just one. Or maybe two if you’re on a porch swing. Who’s counting, really?


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SUPERB SUSHIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;For less than the price of a couple gallons of gas, you can get nine pieces of sushi, noodle salad, miso soup and an inari roll. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lunch special that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave you dragging for the rest of the workday. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-3385. 2053 Fairview Ave., 208-8848511. 280 N. Eighth St. #104, 208-385-0123. $-$$ P SU OM. ZEN BENTOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Zen Bento does well by its simple little menu. This mostly take-out, affordable, lunch-only joint serves up healthy, fresh, tasty salads and bento boxes. 103 N. 10th St., 208-388-8808. 342 E. State St., 208-938-4277. $ OM.


GAMEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S UP Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old news by now, but for those of you whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had your head in the sand until you picked up this edition of Boise Weekly, here goes ... The iconic Gamekeeper restaurant will close Saturday, May 30. In a press release last week, management cited a combination of economic conditions and lack of public support as reasons the restaurant would shutter. Of course, one is left to wonder if those two reasons arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really one and the same, but then again, neither Gamekeeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere nor its overall concept is the kind of place the â&#x20AC;&#x153;be seenâ&#x20AC;? crowd, which still has money to burn these days, wants to be seen. Lounge lovers, however, will be relieved to know that the Gamekeeper Lounge will remain open with its fabulous happy hour intact. And fret not about losing your favorite Sunday brunch spot; the Plaza Grill Restaurant will also keep on keepinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on for breakfast, lunch and the combination of the two. Gamekeeper Restaurant, 1109 Main St., 208-343-4611.


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RUSSIAN FOOD: SO MUCH MORE THAN SALAD DRESSING When last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Russian Food Festival wooed the city with its hefty, savory dishes and lovely, sweet desserts, Russian Bear Cafe had only been in business a matter of weeks. This year, thanks to what the Mironovs have been doing out in Eagle, Russian food is something we get to enjoy more often than once a year when the food festival sets up shop. Havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t checked it out in its three prior years? Expect borscht, mushroom soup, meat dumplings (pelmeni), potato and mushroom dumplings (vareniki), marinated mushrooms, stuffed peppers, blinis (or savory crepes), baklava and honey vodka mix (not sure about this one, but deďŹ nitely intrigued). Take a tour of the church and pick your way through an arts and crafts sale before or after you have a bite to eat. Or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all booked up for the weekend and only have time for just a drive-by, get your food to go. Friday, May 15, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., 208-345-1553.


Friday, May 15th at Borah High School from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children and can be purchased by calling 208-426-3663 or at the door.

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DININGGUIDE Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern CAZBA—Cazba transports you to the Eastern Mediterranean with cloud-painted walls, elegant decor and food from Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran (with a few Indian, Japanese and American dishes). Brunch on weekends. 211 N. Eighth St., 208-3810222. $$ P SU OM. MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. Try the fatoosh salad—you won’t be disappointed. 1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566. 404 E. Park Center Blvd., 208-3332223. $-$$ P SU OM.

South of the Border ANDRADE’S—From albondigas to zopes, Javier Andrade serves up some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town. Great service, generous portions, decent prices. 4903 Overland Road, 208-424-8890. $-$$ SU. CHAPALA—The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. Multiple locations statewide. $-$$ SU OM.

POLLO REY—A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisseriecooked chicken. 222 N. Eighth St., 208-345-0323. 7709 Overland Road, 208-375-4642. $ P SU. REEF—You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-2879200. $$-$$$ P SU OM .

Thai & Vietnamese CHIANG MAI THAI RESTAURANT—Casual for the whole family but elegant for just two. Traditional Thai food named after the infamous Thai cuisine capitol, Chiang Mai. 4898 Emerald St., 208-342-4051. $ SU OM. DONG KHANH—Vietnamese goodness. Lunch specials are a great bargain and the banquet dinners are a definite great crowd pleaser. 111 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0980. $-$$ . FUSION ASIAN GRILL—Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean in Meridian. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., 208-855-5930. $-$$ SU

CORONA VILLAGE—Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boise’s “family style” Mexican restaurants. 2137 Broadway Ave., 208-336-6711. 4334 W. State St., 208-338-9707. $-$$ .

MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. 78 Eagle River St. #165, 208-938-8424. $$-$$$ P SU OM.

MESA TAQUERIA—Without a can opener or a freezer, the intrepid crew at Mesa Taqueria delivers up the goods as fresh as they get. It’s a traditional taqueria set up with everything from quesadillas to tacos and burritos on the fly. House made salads and soup too! 215 N. Eighth St., 208-336-0987. $ P SU OM.

PAT’S THAI KITCHEN—Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” certainly holds true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you find in Chiang Mai, noodles and rice of all varieties and curry done Thai spicy or mild for the farang in you. 577 E. Park Blvd. #C110, 208-345-0026. $-$$ SU.

PARRILLA GRILL—For on the go fusion food, Parrilla is one of the best in town. Serving breakfast, wraps and burritos, Parrilla’s patio is a summer favorite. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ P SU .

SIAM THAI—Siam is known for its consistent, fresh, delicious Thai food in family-style proportions, cozy setting and impeccable service. Dishes are spiced to your liking. 590 E. Boise Ave., 208-383-9032. 2951 Overland Road, 208-898-8939. $-$$ SU OM.

Basque BAR GERNIKA—Basque favorites in a dark and cozy little bar. Croquettas, chorizo, salomo, paella and a simple cheese plates that is one of the most popular in town. Don’t forget Beef Tongue Saturday. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175. $ P SU . THE BASQUE MARKET—The market’s shelves are stocked with Basque food and wine (and often, you’ll find take-and-bake croquettas in the cooler), but there’s also a small cafe space for lunch. A list of sandwiches on the market’s freshmade baguette (we here at BW crave the turkey) all come with a side and if you’re lucky, a cookie. 608 W. Grove St., 208-4331208. $ OM. EPI’S BASQUE RESTAURANT— For top-notch Basque cuisine served in a cozy, homey atmosphere, this is the place. Meals are served family-style, so sides can be a surprise, but always a pleasant one. Dessert is just decadent. 1115 N. Main St., 208-884-0142. $$$-$$$$ RES. LEKU ONA—Step into a little piece of traditional Basque home, family and heaven when you visit Leku Ona. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner, either inside or out on the patio on warm days. 117 S. Sixth St., 345-6665. $$-$$$$ RES P SU OM.

American BRICK 29 BISTRO—Chef Dustan Bristol is co-owner of Nampa’s casually upscale eatery which serves fancy takes on common foods. Asian pork tacos come with a side of apple-almond coleslaw and fancier still, an open-face Reuben sandwich with a cup of pumpkin bisque all topped off with flourless chocolate cake. Delicious and delectable. 320 11th Ave. S., 208-468-0029. $-$$ SU OM. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—This Grove hot spot with everything homemade has some of the best comfort food around. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456. $ P SU OM.


I’LL HAVE A SIDE OF BURGER, PLEASE In Idaho, a fry shop simply named “Idaho Fry Company” seems like a no-brainer. So the “ˆˆœ˜‡`œ>ÀʵÕiÃ̈œ˜ÊLiVœ“iÃ\Ê7…ÞÊ`ˆ`˜½ÌÊÜiʅ>Ûiʜ˜iÊ՘̈ÊÓä䙶Ê/…iʓi˜Õ½ÃÊvœVÕÃ]Ê>ÃÊ one can easily infer from the name, is on fried potatoes. Now, a less seasoned writer might have the hubris to attempt a written description of just what sets Idaho Fry Company’s fries apart from your garden variety, oil-soaked side dish at any other fry-serving joint in town. Not me. I’ll simply attempt to win you over with what won me over: the menu. UʈÀÃÌ]ÊV…œœÃiÊ>Ê«œÌ>̜ÊvÀœ“Ê̅iÊ`>Þ½ÃÊ>Û>ˆ>Liʜ«Ìˆœ˜Ã°Ê>ÃÌÊÀˆ`>Þ½ÃÊV…œˆViÃ]ÊvœœÜi`Ê by their state of origin: russets (Idaho), gold (Idaho), white (Calif.), sweet potato (Calif.), yams (Calif.), purple Peruvian (Wash.), Okinawa (Hawaii). UÊ-iVœ˜`]ÊV…œœÃiÊ>ÊVÕÌÊ­˜œÌÊ>Ê«œÌ>̜iÃÊ>ÀiÊ>Û>ˆ>Liʈ˜ÊiÛiÀÞÊVÕÌ®\ÊÀi}Տ>À]ʅœ“iÃÌޏi]Ê curly, shoestring. UÊ"˜ViÊޜÕÀÊvÀˆiÃÊ>Àiʈ˜Ê…>˜`]ʈ̽ÃÊ̈“iÊvœÀÊ̅iÊÀi>Ê`iVˆÃˆœ˜‡“>Žˆ˜}°Ê->ÌÊwÀÃÌ°Ê …œœÃiÊvÀœ“Ê Himalayan regular powdered salt, garlic and rosemary, jalapeno, smoked, horseradish, tomato, Cajun and vanilla. Yep, vanilla flavored salt. (*Note: Before Idaho Fry Company complicated the business of salting fries, it was a much less stressful dining choice—to salt or not to salt. Now it’s a serious commitment. What if jalapeno salt is too spicy, or what if vanilla salt is just, well ... vanilla?) UÊ>ÃÌ]ÊLÕÌÊViÀÌ>ˆ˜ÞʘœÌʏi>ÃÌ]ÊޜÕʘii`ÊÃ>ÕVi°Ê Ûi˜Ê̅iÊvÀÞÊ«ÕÀˆÃÌÊ܅œÊ`ˆÃ`>ˆ˜ÃÊ>ÊÃ>ÕVi‡ drenched potato will dip simply out of curiosity. Squirt individual sides of bleu cheese sauce, blueberry ketchup, ubiquitous fry sauce, black bean sauce, chipotle, molasses, regular old ketchup, sweet mustard and roasted garlic. Oh, yeah, I haven’t even mentioned the most rave-worthy food or the most intriguing menu item at Idaho Fry Company. The former is the vegan burger. Even for those of us who are neither vegan nor vegetarian, it’s a fine burger specimen. The latter will require you to sit down: bourgeois fries. That’s potatoes flash fried in duck fat and garnished with black truffle salt. Eff. (Well, technically, that would be a double eff.) Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 111 Broadway Avenue, 208-495-3858,


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DININGGUIDE BUNGALOW RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE—Sometimes sweet and other times savory, always delightfully delicious. Stop in for a light lunch (served Monday through Friday) with items varying from soups and salads to an extensive “munchies” menu, including shrimp, grits and calamari. The entrees cover the dining spectrum as well, with marinated pork chops, pan roasted wild salmon and stuffed free range chicken. 1520 N. 13th St., 208-3319855. $$-$$$ P SU OM . CHEF LOU’S AT 8TH STREET— Westside Drive-in’s Chef Lou Aaron has expanded into BoDo with sit-down service and a menu of favorite dishes featured on his TV clips. Breakfast is a twist on familiar items (lemon ricotta pancakes), and the lunch menu offers Chef Lou’s infamous monte cristo as well as lots of small plates for the sharing. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-331-2080. $-$$ OM . CHEF ROLAND’S—Chef Roland Joseph is serving up Cajun fare complete with hushpuppies, locally grown collard greens and red beans and rice. Choose between gumbo or jambalaya to go along with fried catfish, Cajun barbecue ribs or savory brisket. If there is room after all that flavor, go for a piece of key lime or sweet potato pie. 1221 W. Boise Ave., 208-344-4387. $-$$ SU. DONNIE MAC’S TRAILER PARK CUISINE—Located in the developing Linen District, Donnie Mac’s Trailerpark Cuisine may be downhome, but it’s certainly

not from the trailer park. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, onion rings, fries, some very tasty fry sauce, the valley’s only frozen custard, mac ‘n’ cheese and breakfast. Yowza! 1515 W. Grove St., 208-3387813. $-$$ P SU OM . FOCACCIA’S—Chef Bill Green transformed his catering business into a full-service restaurant with a rotating menu featuring specialty food items ranging seafood and vegetarian all the way to French Classical, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Soups and salads may be a good choice if a diner is going for the house specialty dessert made in-house by the pastry chef. Selections include a Chocolate Truffle Ugly Cake best experienced with closed eyes and an open mouth. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-3222838. $-$$ SU OM . GRAPE ESCAPE—Fine wine, delicious lunch and dinner, delectable desserts and light bites make this little bistro a great place to meet with great friends. And, if you can’t get to Grape Escape, they’ll bring their casual elegance to you at any of your functions or events with their fabulous catering. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-3680200. $-$$ P SU. ONO HAWAIIAN CAFE—A wide variety of the flavors of Hawaii are offered in the form of pupus, sushi, sandwiches and satays. And wherever Ono’s catering operation, the Kanak Attack van is parked and serving, a BW staffer is most likely in the vicinity with money in hand. 2170 Broadway Ave., 208-429-9111. $$-$$$ P SU OM.

PAIR—Delicious breakfast and dinner in an atmospheric, upscale bistro downtown. A cozy place for cocktails. The fruit cup—with lovelies like pomegranate and coconut—is recommended. 601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034. $$-$$$ P SU OM. WILLOWCREEK GRILL—Contemporary cuisine in a casual atmosphere and a fine place to dine with friends and family for lunch or dinner. The extensive menu features Northwest favorites such as salmon served up a little different in a fish and twigs option, (twigs are fries at Willowcreek). Choose from a selection of yummies like fried portobello sticks and a wide selection of burgers topped with treats like pastrami and Swiss. New to the mix is the addition of sushi in the sister establishment right next door at RAW Sushi. One kitchen serving something for everyone; it doesn’t get much better. 2273 S. Vista Ave., Ste 150, 208-343-5544. $-$$ P OM.

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DRY RIESLING If your first introduction to riesling was in the form of Blue Nun, that oh-so-popular ˆ˜V>À˜>̈œ˜Ê̅>ÌÊÀՏi`ʈ˜Ê̅iʽÇäÃ]ʜÀʈvÊޜÕÊ`ˆÃ“ˆÃÃʈÌÊ>ÃÊ>ÊÃÜiiÌÊ܈˜iÊ­>˜`ÊޜÕʍÕÃÌÊ`œ˜½ÌÊ like sweet wine), you need to get reacquainted with what is easily one of the most misunderstood white wine grapes in the world. Sure, some of the finest and richest dessert wines are made from riesling, and at all levels, it can have some residual sugar, but that is typically balanced by crisp acidity. Still, for this go-around, we limited ourselves to dry riesling—those with sugar levels below the threshold of sweetness—and the winners came from three widely separated regions. Here are the panel’s picks for one of the world’s best wines, perfect for spring and summer sipping: 2007 DR. VON BASSERMAN-JORDON RIESLING, TROCKEN, $18.99 The German word “trocken” translates as dry, which this wine definitely is. It offers classic riesling aromas of ripe peach, citrus and spicy apple with an intriguing bit of diesel, which is definitely varietal and smells better than it sounds. Creamy peach and juicy nectarine fruit play against crisp citrus and grapefruit on the palate. This is an exceptionally well-balanced wine, and the finish lingers nicely. 2008 VALE RIESLING, $13.99 Bright and zesty aromas are highlighted by sweet lime, pineapple and mandarin orange with a light touch of nutmeg. The green apple and citrus fruit flavors are crisp and lively, dominating the palate and showing persistence through the long, smooth finish. Score one for an Idaho winery as Vale continues to prove that their world-class offerings are worthy. 2007 YALUMBA RIESLING, $9.99 This Australian entry opens with soft honeysuckle, gooseberry, grapefruit and ripe apple on the nose, backed by a nice hint of mineral. Light and refreshing in the mouth, that mineral element comes through as well, complementing the sweet grapefruit and tart apple flavors that linger nicely. This is a well-made, bone-dry riesling with a refreshing finish that is punctuated by a nice hit of lemon zest. UPDATE: IDAHO WINE COMPETITION: It’s been brought to my embarrassed attention that I left out one of the Gold Medal winners: ̅iÊÓääÈÊ*>À“>Ê,ˆ`}iÊ,iÃiÀÛiÊiÀœÌ]Ê>˜Ê outstanding wine dense with dark cherry aromas and filled with beautiful berry fruit flavors backed by smooth, ripe tannins. My apologies for the unintentional omission of this top- flight wine. This week’s panel: David Kirkpatrick, Boise Co-op Wine Shop; Cindy Limber, Bardenay; Karen McMillin, Young’s Market; Kevin Settles, Bardenay.



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PRELUDE TO THE MIX: 2009 MARTINI MIX-OFF ROUND ONE THIS WEEK /Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ääÂ&#x2122;Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x160;Â&#x2C6;Ă?Â&#x2021;"vvĂ&#x160;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;vwVÂ&#x2C6;>Â?Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;`iĂ&#x20AC;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x153;>Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x153;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160;Â?>Ă&#x20AC;}iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ÂŤĂ&#x20AC;iÂ&#x2021;iĂ&#x203A;iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;VÂ&#x17D;iĂ&#x152;Ă&#x160; sale tallies during the kick-off pub crawl two weeks ago. Every Thursday in May, a quintet of judges will sip, slurp, savor and suck down creative and classic libations at three different participating bars. As in years past, categories include the classic and the original martini, but new this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with a somewhat scandalous divergence from the world of martinisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is the addition of the sponsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Absolut Cocktail Category. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I thought all drinks with alcohol were cocktails and that the martini was a type of cocktail,â&#x20AC;? you say. While you may be right in the circles of less-seasoned palates, scholars of lascivious libations, on the other hand, ďŹ nd neat little categories in which to place alcoholic drinks. But unlike taxonomists in the scientiďŹ c world reigning over the animal or vegetable kingdom, no central committee maintains consistency. Hence, we have confusion. When it comes to a worthy taxonomic chart for alcoholic beverages, I look to Gary Regan, an old comrade from my Spirits & Cocktails Magazine days. He divides families of beverages (listed on his Web site at into Bottled Cocktails, Bucks, Champagne Cocktails, Cobblers, Cocktails, Collins, Coolers, Crustas, Daisies, Duos and Trios, Fixes, Fizzes, Flips, Florida Highballs, Frappes, French-Italian Drinks, Frozen Drinks, Highballs, International Sours, Jelly Shots, Martinis, Milanese Drinks, Muddled Drinks, Neat Drinks, New Orleans Sours, New England Highballs, Pousse Cafes, Rickeys, Sangarees, Slings, Smashes, Snappers, Sours, Sparkling Sours, Swizzles and Toddies. ,i}>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;}Â&#x153;iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x153;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;`iwÂ&#x2DC;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160;>Ă&#x160;VÂ&#x153;VÂ&#x17D;Ă&#x152;>Â&#x2C6;Â?\Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x160;ÂŤĂ&#x20AC;iÂ&#x2021;Ă&#x201C;ÂŁĂ&#x192;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ViÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;`iĂ&#x192;VĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x2C6;ÂŤĂ&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;`Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x160; Â&#x201C;Â&#x153;`iĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;`iĂ&#x192;VĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x2C6;ÂŤĂ&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;°Ă&#x160; ivÂ&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ÂŁĂ&#x192;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ViÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x17E;]Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x160;VÂ&#x153;VÂ&#x17D;Ă&#x152;>Â&#x2C6;Â?Ă&#x160;Ă&#x153;>Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;`iwÂ&#x2DC;i`Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x192;ÂŤÂ&#x2C6;Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x192;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x2022;}>Ă&#x20AC;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x153;>Ă&#x152;iĂ&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; and bitters served straight up. The modern deďŹ nition, by Reganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard, is any drink served straight up in a V-shaped glass, which is what martinis have now become known as. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. In modern jargon, the deďŹ nition of the martini has evolvedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nay, mutatedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;beyond the simple gin, vermouth, olive or lemon peel garnish deďŹ nition and now includes anything served in a V-shaped, stemmed glass. To call me a â&#x20AC;&#x153;classic martini guyâ&#x20AC;? is an understatement. What has been done to the martiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good name, sir, is wretched and decidedly bourgeois. But I digress. So, what is a cocktail and how does it differ from other alcoholic beverages? I predict that for the May Martini Mix-Off, the deďŹ nition most likely will be interpreted as â&#x20AC;&#x153;anything with alcohol NOT in a martini glass.â&#x20AC;? However, by my own deďŹ nition of what constitutes a cocktail, it should contain two or more types of spirits, a non-alcoholic modiďŹ er such as fruit juice, dairy (milk, cream, etc.) or fancy water and could also include herbs and spices in liquid (bitters) or dry form (muddled mint for example). It could be served neat (no ice) or with ice. Or, it could be blended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How does this differ from all other mixed drinks,â&#x20AC;? you ask. Simple, the amount of alcohol in ratio to the other non-alcoholic elements (sans ice cubes) Ă&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;Â?`Ă&#x160;LiĂ&#x160;>LÂ&#x153;Ă&#x203A;iĂ&#x160;xäĂ&#x160;ÂŤiĂ&#x20AC;ViÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;°Ă&#x160;/Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x20AC;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x17E;Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x160;Â&#x2026;>Ă&#x203A;iĂ&#x160;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;°Ă&#x160; This Thursday evening, the judging quintet will consist of BW publisher Sally Freeman, cocktail aďŹ cionado Dean Martin (a great name for a man who likes cocktails), NPR commentator and Idaho Statesman food critic Guy Hand, and seven-time returning judges Doug Alley and myself. This year, there will be no traveling bar-to-bar via limousine, but instead via the downtown trolley. And, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky enough to ďŹ nd a seat, you, too, can make the rounds on the trolley with or without the judges. /Â&#x2026;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x192;`>Ă&#x17E;]Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;ÂŁ{]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x153;Â?Â?iĂ&#x17E;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x153;Â&#x2C6;Â?Â?Ă&#x160;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;ÂŤĂ&#x160;>Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;`Ă&#x160;Ă&#x2021;Ă&#x160;°Â&#x201C;°Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;,i`Ă&#x160;i>Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x20AC;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x153;Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x20AC;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x20AC;iĂ&#x152;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160; bartender Mark Allen (ďŹ rst place in the savory category last year and Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Bartender two years running) will craft the classic martini â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quintessence,â&#x20AC;? the original martini â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tolerance Juiceâ&#x20AC;? and the uniquely named cocktail â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dejabrew.â&#x20AC;? Next, the judges will visit BoneďŹ sh Grill, where a team of mixologists, including John Davidson, Shannon Jones, Russel Wolfe and Dylan Martin, will serve up classic martini â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smokey,â&#x20AC;? original martini â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Pepeinoâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bandidâ&#x20AC;? cocktail. Finally, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wrap up the evening with Angellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ty Hollister and Sean Small deftly mixing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blissful Angellâ&#x20AC;? classic martini, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fallen Angellâ&#x20AC;? original martini and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hot MaMaCitaâ&#x20AC;? cocktail. Tickets, which include a coupon for a martini at every participating bar and entrance into Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160;}>Â?>Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;->Ă&#x152;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;`>Ă&#x17E;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2C6;]Ă&#x160;­Â?Â&#x153;V>Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;LiĂ&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;Vi`ÂŽĂ&#x160;V>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;LiĂ&#x160;ÂŤĂ&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;VÂ&#x2026;>Ă&#x192;i`Ă&#x160;vÂ&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160;fxäĂ&#x160;>Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160; participating bar (Angellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, BoneďŹ sh Grill, Red Feather, Pair, Tablerock Brewpub & Grill, Piper *Ă&#x2022;LĂ&#x160;EĂ&#x160;Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x2C6;Â?Â?]Ă&#x160; Â&#x2026;>Â&#x2DC;`Â?iĂ&#x20AC;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;-Ă&#x152;i>Â&#x17D;Â&#x2026;Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x192;i]Ă&#x160;/Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160; Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;ÂľĂ&#x2022;iĂ&#x152;Ă&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;`Ă&#x160; >Ă&#x20AC;`iÂ&#x2DC;>Ă&#x17E;ÂŽĂ&#x160;Â&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160;LĂ&#x17E;Ă&#x160;V>Â?Â?Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;näÂ&#x2021;Ă&#x2021;Ă&#x2C6;ÂŁÂ&#x2021;xÂ&#x2122;ÂŁn°Ă&#x160; For those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already bought their tickets and noticed that BoneďŹ sh Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coupon was not included, you can use the front cover of the ticket book for your martini. New ticket books have the problem corrected. Bottoms up!


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his week, I went bargain hunting in West Boise, where there’s an awful lot of inventory in the $150,000 to $200,000 price range. I narrowed my task of sifting through 160 active listings by arranging them according to price per square foot and starting with the lowest. My search for five contenders turned up a townhouse near the Greenbelt, a newly constructed home, one built in a family centric location, a 1978 tri-level and a two-story cream puff. In West Boise you will find Boise Towne Square Mall and several other large shopping centers, Hewlett Packard’s headquarters, the West Boise YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center. The area’s mix of mid-century neighborhoods and newer subdivisions is enhanced with well-maintained community parks. If your idea of fun is biking with friends on the Greenbelt to the Saturday farmers market in downtown Boise, then you’ll love this six-year-old townhome’s proximity to Boise’s popular, verdant pathway. The facade of the 1,567-square-foot dwelling bears river rock accents that allude to the riverside trailhead located at the Glenwood Bridge three-tenths of a mile away. The three-bed/twobath townhouse’s open great room comes with hardwood flooring and a fireplace. A covered patio and a small back lawn make entertaining the weekend’s focus instead of yard work. 8201 Ringbill, $150,000. MLS #98398369. This new residence is a 1,699-square-foot home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Priced at $98 per square foot, it comes with a living room and a separate flex space that can be used as a family room or office. Outside, you get sod and sprinklers in the front yard, two trees, five shrubs, landscaping bark, wing fencing and photo cell garage lights. The interior is painted a neutral putty hue and the house’s simple exterior is attractive. 1058 Dove, $166,595. MLS #98395248. If tot lots, a fenced back yard and proximity to schools and swimming lessons at the local YMCA are important to you, then consider this two-story family home. Located close to Albertsons and Blockbuster at McMillan and Eagle roads, this 11-year-old, four-bed/ two-bath house measures 1,500 square feet and is located conveniently close to the necessities of a busy clan. The living room has a vaulted ceiling and a wide, arched window that allows a view past the kitchen sink and into the breakfast nook. The private master suite is the only room on the upper floor. 13589 Acorn, $170,000. MLS #98392079. At 2,376 square feet, this 1978 tri-level is the largest residence of the bunch. Yet, its $76 cost per square foot is the lowest. Family and friends will gather in the kitchen, dining nook and living room on the main level. The master suite and two bedrooms are tucked privately on the top floor. Guests can be quartered in the fourth bedroom on the lowest level, where there is also a family room. The modest exterior bears a mix of beige brick and matching siding topped by a low-sloped roof. 676 Queens Guard Way, $179,900. MLS # 98398060. This two-story cream puff is blessed with an abundance of custom cabinetry and views of the mountains. A large entertainment center in the 7-year-old home’s family room provides space for an upright piano or an oversized television. One entire wall in the office features three tiers of hardwood cabinets and a built-in desk. The second-story master suite has views of pastures and mountains, which are also visible from the covered rear deck of this sweet, clean four-bedroom home. 4130 English, $199,900. MLS #98362303.


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ADOPTAPET 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise, Idaho 83705

208-342-3508 Cody is a 4-year-old Malamute mix who is house- and crate-trained and enjoys riding in a car. He also gets along well with other dogs and cats. Cody weighs 67 lbs. and has a thick coat that will need brushing. He is a nice boy who enjoys being with people and likes to fetch a tennis ball. An obedience class would be beneficial to both the dog and the new owner. (Kennel 302 - #7365486) This lovely girl is described as sweet and petite. She has a medium-length coat and she appears to be well cared for. She was found as a stray in a storm drain near Lake Hazel and Sea Breeze roads but had on no identification. She is friendly and loving and is litterbox-trained. This nice girl enjoys being held and petted. (Kennel 64 - #7562108)

Gus is a 1-year-old redbone hound who enjoys exercise and a good ear scratching. He can be mellow indoors but being a hound, he does tend to be a little independent. He enjoys being handled and petted but he does like to bark at some of the other dogs on occasion. He is house- and crate-trained and responds nicely to training using treats. Gus needs an active owner that will bring out his full potential. (Kennel 312 - #7576650)



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Tux is a 2-year-old gray and white bi-color cat. He has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and feline leukemia and feline AIDS tested. At the recent Cat Fancier’s show in Boise, Tux won several awards in the Household Pet Category. He is litterbox-trained and he loves to be held and petted. Tux has a shorter, corkscrew tail. Part of his adoption fee has been donated. (Kennel 78 - #7243832) This handsome Labrador retriever mix dog is approximately 1 year old and is described as smart, willing and non-aggressive. He appears to learn quickly using positive reinforcement. This nice boy will need regular exercise and an owner who will make him part of the family. He has tons of potential to become a nice canine companion for that owner who is willing to work with this nice guy. (Kennel 308 #7381999)



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I’m Beowulf, but my friends call me “The B Wolf.” Just look at my beautiful fur. I take good care of myself. You can see in my piercing green eyes that I yearn for a human to trust. With patience and love, I’ll be the best friend you’ve ever had. I promise.

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FREEW I L L ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people will never learn anything because they understand ever ything too soon,â&#x20AC;? wrote Alexander Pope. Most of us have been guilty of that sin: jumping to conclusions so quickly that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother to keep listening for the full revelation. My sense is that this behavior has become even more common in recent years because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inundated by fragments of slapdash information mixed with blips of super ficial analysis and echoed hearsay. But please avoid falling prey to the syndrome in the coming week, Aries. More than ever before, you need to gather raw data thoroughly, weigh the evidence with great deliberation, and come to careful understandings.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people of future generations will win many a liber ty of which we do not yet even feel the want,â&#x20AC;? said German philosopher Max Stirner. That bracing prediction has special meaning for you right now, Taurus. According to my astrological analysis, you are just becoming aware of freedoms that have not previously been on your radar screen. And as soon as you register the full impact of what they entail and how much fun they would be, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be wildly motivated to bring them into your life.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m providing you with three metaphorical brainteasers. I hope they will help you work your chutzpah back into shape now that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the road to recover y. 1. Was your fright attack provoked by a venomous snake or by a garden hose that resembled a venomous snake? 2. After your pratfall, when you heard one hand clapping, did you regard it as an unforgivable insult or a humorous teaching? 3. When your healing crisis finally climaxed in a cure, was the catalyst a placebo or real medicine? Please answer these riddles even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already begun to feel fine again. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help ensure that the healing will last a long time. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The joke goes like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why is a math book so sad? Because it has so many problems.â&#x20AC;? But of course, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a distor tion of the truth. In fact, the math book loves its problems. Its problems are its reason for being. Besides that, all of its problems are interesting challenges, not frustrating curses. Best of all, ever y problem has a definite answer, and all the answers are provided in the back of the book. Now hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most excellent news of all, Cancerian: I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be like a math book in the coming weeks. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Rob Brezsny: I really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a recent horoscope you wrote for me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Leo, and although your oracle was sor t of true, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to be true, and fur thermore I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to lend my belief energy to help make it true. So I went hunting among the other signs, hoping to find a different horoscope that appealed more to the healthiest aspect of my fantasy life. I settled on the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;scope for Cancer, as it piqued my interest with just the right hopeful twist and provided a highly motivating kick in the butt. Thanks! - Picky Choosy.â&#x20AC;? Dear Picky Choosy: I approve of your effor ts. These days I would love all of my Leo readers to be as imperious as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in gathering only the influences you want, and shedding the rest.

questions as you design the ritual. Should you seek the help of a religious official, or do it yourself? Should the baptism be conducted in a Christian, pagan, Jewish, atheist, Buddhist, Hollywood or free-form style? Is it enough just to sprinkle your head or should you go for full immersion? And if you choose the latter, will the dunking be more authentic if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a frigid river rather than a warm bath? These issues are for you to decide, not me. I insist only on this: Let the holy water wash you free of guilt, remorse, and any habit of mind that tricks you into being mean or careless toward yourself. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After actor Woody Harrelson allegedly assaulted a paparazzo at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Guardia Airpor t, he issued a press release claiming it was an honest mistake. He had just completed filming Zombieland, a film in which his character had to relentlessly fight off zombies. It was understandable, he reasoned, that he mistook the pushy photographer for a zombie and naturally felt compelled to defend himself forcefully. As you shift back and for th between reality bubbles in the coming week, Scorpio, make sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a similar error. Keep clearly in mind that the laws of nature in one bubble may be quite different from the laws in the others. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not necessarily saying you fell into a hole a while back, but if you did, the time is right to extricate yourself. Your strength is returning and help is in the neighborhood. Likewise, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not making an authoritative pronouncement that you did indeed cast a little curse on yourself during a careless moment. But if something like that did occur, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re entering an excellent phase to undo the mistake. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re awakening to how you went awr y, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first crucial step in correcting for the messy consequences. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two things to aim at in life,â&#x20AC;? wrote essayist Logan Pearsall Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.â&#x20AC;? You are currently in a position, however, to accomplish that magical second aim, Capricorn. More than ever before, you have the power to want what you actually have ... to enjoy the fruits of your labors ... to take your attention off the struggle so that you may fully love the experiences your struggle has earned you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Scientists find previously unknown species of plants and animals all the time, usually consisting of tiny populations in remote locations. But the latest addition to the great catalog of life is a species whose members number in the millions and cover a huge swath of Ethiopia. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tree that botanists have never had a name for until now: Acacia fumosa. Unlike other acacias, it produces pink blooms in the dr y season instead of yellow or pink flowers in the wet season. I predict that you will soon have a comparable experience, Aquarius: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll â&#x20AC;&#x153;discoverâ&#x20AC;? and identify a unique wellspring that has been around forever but unknown to you. As you tap into its charms, I trust that you will make up for lost time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The scenario Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m about to describe is likely to happen only in your dreams or fantasies, not your actual waking life. But it will later have a correlation in your waking life, and perhaps will be instrumental in preparing you mentally and emotionally for the triumph youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to accomplish in your waking life. So here it is, the mythic tale that I foresee unfolding in the subtle realms: A python will slither up and begin to coil around you. With an apparently irrational instinct that turns out to be quite smar t, you will hiss loudly and then bite the snake, causing it to slip away and leave you alone.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In her column â&#x20AC;&#x153;Word Fugitivesâ&#x20AC;? in The Atlantic, Barbara Wallraff asked her readers to coin terms or phrases that would mean â&#x20AC;&#x153;the unfor tunate telling of a stor y that one realizes too late is ill-suited to the occasion.â&#x20AC;? The best ideas were â&#x20AC;&#x153;blabberghasted,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;tale of whoa,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;put my faux paw in my mouth.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll warn you to be war y of this behavior in the coming week, Pisces. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to be unusually ar ticulate, and your urge to express yourself may be extraordinarily pressing. That could make you susceptible to running your mouth. But as long as you monitor yourself for signs that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about to go too far, I bet your fluency will ser ve you ver y well.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to my analysis of the omens, you would really benefit from a baptism right about now. Consider these

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