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secondhand-smoke workplace. This ordinance bans smoking in establishments where smoking has already been prohibited for several years (, citydesk, “City of Eagle Passes Smoking Ban,” June 11, 2009). The strongest evidence presented: complaints from people getting whiffs of cigarette smoke in outdoor areas of restaurants (which, as a nonsmoker, I agree is detestable). Stopping this is the responsibility of restaurant/bar owners. Complain to the manager. Or, “Excuse me sir/madam, this is a nonsmoking area.” Most smokers will oblige. Some people cannot, or will not, quit smoking. They are addicted to a legal commodity, and need encouragement to attend quit-smoking programs and support groups, not be treated as virtual criminals. Meanwhile, since we live in the real world, why can’t restaurant/bars have the option to be licensed to allow smoking for those who, as yet, find it too hard to quit, so that they can have an outing, a drink and a smoke with their friends? Since 80 percent of a the population are nonsmokers, it’s unlikely that many restaurant/bar owners would want to cater to

them longer and hotter. Of course, they don’t bother to Each of us has those mention that the high-tempointy teeth in the corners perature grilling that kills of our mouths (boiseweek- the bugs also forms lots of, citydesk, “Human cancer-causing compounds. BBQ in Downtown Boise,” Luckily, a bunch of June 25, 2009). They are enterprising food manufaccalled canines, and they turers and processors have are there for a reason. As met this challenge head-on a species, we have not by developing a great variworked our way to the top ety of healthful, delicious of the food chain in order and convenient veggie to eat vegetables, nuts and burgers and soy dogs. seeds. The animals we These new foods don’t eat dine on those things. harbor nasty pathogens or Vegetables, beans, flowers cancer-causing compounds. and such are served as They don’t even carry compliments to a meal, not cholesterol, saturated fats, instead of a meal. drugs or pesticides. And If a vegan diet was they are available in the the end goal, why would frozen food section of every they spend so much time supermarket. and effort trying to make This Fourth of July oftofu and vegetables taste fers a great opportunity to like beef? declare our independence —Cyclops388, from the meat industry and BW online to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with PLANT PROUD our family and friends. What ever happened to —Bradley Genna, the good old days when the Boise worst things we had to fear LAWS, NOT SMOKE, on the Fourth of July were INTRUSIVE traffic jams and wayward At the June 9 meeting, fireworks? According to the Eagle Councilor Norm USDA’s meat and poultry Semanko implored the hotline, this year’s top threat is food poisoning by Council not to pass this nasty E. coli and salmonella “solution looking for a bugs lurking in hamburgers problem.” There is no and hot dogs at millions of material evidence that any Eagle employee has backyard barbecues. The been forced to work in a hotline’s advice is to grill

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CRIME BY BIKE? On June 5 at 4:15 p.m. while traveling on my bike east on the Greenbelt approaching the Broadway underpass, I sailed past a detour barricade and was pounced on by a bike cop. He wanted to know why I avoided the lengthy detour across Broadway car trafďŹ c. I told him that barricades were often left up long past their need and that I’d not have gone through the tunnel if it wasn’t passable.

Only one lane of the path was under water, (about an inch at most) and the barricades extended into the paved path only across that lane. I pointed out to him that both my bike tires were dry. None of this mattered to the cop, who proceeded to write me a ticket for a crime I didn’t realize existed. At the Ada County Courthouse yesterday, I was informed that I had to go to court for this criminal misdemeanor. I am currently in need of a lawyer, and I urge all cyclists and pedestrians to take care to not unknowingly violate any laws while on the Greenbelt. The bike cops you see are not there merely for your protection. Anyone with any advice on this can reach me at svetter. —S. Vetter, Boise

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BIKES VS. CARS Responsibility and awareness on both sides are necessary

are far more cars on the road than bikes. They’re bigger, faster and more dangerous. Don’t mess with them. You have a right to be on the road; don’t abuse it. Keep your proper place. That means riding with ou don’t have to be good at physics on your makeup, eat, write, pet your dog or trafďŹ c, as far to the right as practical. And to understand Newton’s Laws of any of the hundred other stupid things I see if we’re asking drivers to drive defensively, Motion. every day. Amazingly, this will also reduce you should be doubly aware. It’s far better to be alive than right. 1. A body at rest stays at rest, and a body car vs. car accidents. in motion stays in motion, unless acted on by an external force. 2. Force equals mass times acceleration (F = ma). 3. To every action, there is always opposed an equal reaction.


“You may think you’re super cool, but you’re really just a dumb ass. Brakes were invented

Simply put—physics kills. It killed three Boise bicyclists in recent weeks. The mass of the car multiplied by the acceleration (speed) of the vehicle was (much) greater than that of the bicycle and rider. The bicyclist’s motion was acted upon by a greater (and deadly) external force. We must accept two facts: 1) In a car vs. bicycle collision, the bicycle always loses. 2) Drivers are rarely injured in these encounters. To protect cyclists, wouldn’t it be reasonable to ask each side to make some accommodations? In the words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?�

for a reason—to stop you (see F = ma).�

ridden on the sidewalk, they’re considered pedestrians. That means crossing an intersection when the light says “walk� and doing everything else as if you were walking. Sidewalks aren’t necessarily safer than the road. It gets back to the predictability thing. What is a driver to think when he sees you on the sidewalk?

HELMETS All of the recent fatal accident victims were wearing helmets. They died because the impact of their injuries exceeded the protective ability of the helmets. Without a helmet, your head will crack open like a ripe melon, even at the speeds bicycles are ridden (see F = ma).


You may think you’re super cool, but you’re really just a dumb ass. Brakes were invented for a reason—to stop you (see F DON’T GET MAD, MOVE OVER = ma). And wear a helmet, unless you’ve Idaho law allows you to roll through When you see bikes on the road, move to stop signs, after ďŹ rst slowing down to ensigned, and are prepared to use, your the left. Give them at least 3 feet. Louisiana sure the intersection is clear. You must stop organ donation card. is about to enact legislation mandating this. at red lights before proceeding through And get this, there’s also a provision against when clear. These are privileges and not In the end, protecting cyclists is the harassing bikers or throwing things at them, rights, and they can be taken away. responsibility of both drivers and riders. with a ďŹ ne of up to $250. Don’t come up We live in a community with an unusually BE VISIBLE AND PREDICTABLE high number of cyclists. It’s part of our and honk your horn, you might startle the Wear bright colors, and if riding at cyclist into your path (see F = ma). And if quality of life. A little awareness on everynight, have a headlight and a taillight. the road’s too narrow to pass, slow down one’s part will help us all get along. BICYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE and wait. Learning patience will lower Those cheesy reectors aren’t enough. Drivers, please understand this: It’s legal your blood pressure and make you a better Since you’re considered a vehicle when Dave Fotsch is an avid bicyclist who for bicycles to be on virtually every road on the road, ride like you’re driving a car. commutes and rides roads and trails for person. Expect the unexpected; it’s called in the state, so get over it. When you sit fun and ďŹ tness. When not riding, Dave Signal when you’re going to turn. Keep a defensive driving. Learn it. Practice it. behind the wheel, you are maneuvering is the public information ofďŹ cer for the constant eye out for danger. CARS OUTNUMBER BIKES a lethal weapon (see F = ma). Take your Central District Health Department, and Bicyclists please understand this: Phys- A WORD ABOUT SIDEWALKS responsibility seriously. Keep your head in the agency’s volunteer employee transporIdaho law is weird. When bikes are the game. Don’t talk on the phone, text, put ics tolerates no fool (see F = ma). There tation coordinator.


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hen there’s talk of socialism, there oughta be at least one socialist in the conversation. And as it happens, I know one. Badger Bob. But guess what. The old fart had pulled his camper up to one of those grubby little mountain towns—(I won’t tell you which one because none of them care much for being called “grubby”)—and staked out a spot because he’d heard they were throwing a banjo festival later on this summer. Bob is nuts about banjos. He loves to pluck on them, loves to listen to them, loves to just sit and look at banjos. He once told me that if he had it all to do over again, he’d move south and scrub Earl Scruggs’ childhood outhouse with a toothbrush if that’s what it took to get into the Mystic Order of Benevolent Banjo Strummers. Which took me totally by surprise because up until then, I swear to God, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as the Mystic Order of Benevolent Banjo Strummers. Anyway, I drove up to Grubby-burg and found his camper right away. That’s the nice thing about towns with less than 10 year-round residents: Even in summer when all the leftover hippies show up for the huckleberries and the hot springs, a brush-painted Mary Kay-pink camper stands out. Trouble is, Bob wasn’t in it. I waited a while, biding my time on the vintage apple crate he uses as a front porch, but the sun was setting behind one of those mountain ranges they’re always bragging about, and then I thought, “Hey, in a place like this, you never know when a damned bear might show up.” So I wandered down Main Street— which the locals prefer to call “Claude Dallas Boulevard”—and yelled for Bob to come out from wherever he was. “Baaaawwwbbb! Oh Baawwwbbb! Come out, Bob. I need to talk to yeeeew.” I walked from one end of the town to the other—it took two minutes—and started back the other way when he sticks his head over a tall fence. “For Christ’s sake, Cope. Quit hollering. You’re gonna have every moose in the county wandering in thinking it’s time to mate.” “Bob! We gotta talk. It’s important. I’ve decided to write something about socialized medicine, and you’re the only socialist I know.” Other voices from behind the fence sounded pretty upset. “Badge, what’s he mean … socialist? I thought you said you was a good ol’ libertarian boy like the rest of us.” Bob looked down, back over his shoulder. I found out later he was standing on a derelict Volkswagen. “I am a libertarian, dammit. And, Hoot, I’m a better libertarian than you are any damn day, you with your phony-ass disability claim. But I’m a socialist, too. Got a problem with that? Huh, Hoot?” “No siree, Badge. You wanna be a gull-durn socialist, that’s your gull-durn business. That’s the good ol’ libertarian way. Anybody can be anything they wanna be until the Constitution says they can’t. An’ as near as I can remember, the Constitution ain’t got beans to say about whether a libertarian can be a gull-durn socialist, too.” “Thank you very gull-durn much for your approval, Hoot. Now, Cope, get in here and quit yelling, you idiot. And bring a pitcher with you.” I went through the bar attached to WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

the fence—the “Come Squat Inn”—and ordered a pitcher of Oly to take out back. They were throwing horseshoes, Bob and Hoot and four other mountain men, plus a mountain woman or two. To be honest, in the gathering dusk, I had trouble telling the mountain men from the mountain women. Everyone held their glasses out and I poured. Then I had to go back for another pitcher because there wasn’t any left for me. “So Cope, where do you get off chasing me up here? I come to places like this to get away from people like you.” “I know, Bob. But I had to let Red go, so I don’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of anymore. And this health-care situation? ... Jeez, it’s way too much for me to think about all by myself, see. I mean, we got Obama gearing up to take on the Republicans and the Republicans gearing up to totally gut anything he comes up with, then we got some Democrats who are screaming we need a single-payer system and Blue Dogs who are turning yellow because they don’t want to be called socialists, and in the meantime, one-sixth of the population isn’t insured, half of those who are insured get their claims denied by the stinking insurance companies, 100,000 families a year are going bankrupt and most of it is because of the total screwing they get from the healthcare industry, there’s not a family in America who doesn’t have a horror story to tell, and everyone knows the whole thing is a huge screwy stinking rotten mess, but the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies are gonna fight like cornered rats to keep it just the way it is until they bleed every last one of us totally dry and toss our empty husks out like clam shells, and I’ll be damned if I can tackle all that in one column without help, so’s I was sorta hoping you’d help me, seeing as how you’re the only person I know personally who comes right out and admits he’s a socialist, and since it’s as obvious as the snot in that fella’s beard that socialized medicine is the road we need to take ... see.” Hoot whistled. “Gull-durn, Badge. You were right about this guy. He sure does talk a lot.” Bob nodded. “If you think he’s bad now, wait’ll he gets another beer in him.” Then he turned to me. “If I know you, Cope, you’ll want to dress this up in some sort of cutesy-crap, twisty gimmick, right?” “You bet, Bob. I figure people won’t even bother to read some dry old discussion on single-payer health care without some show biz thrown in.” “So with all there is to talk about, plus whatever fantasy you’re planning on setting it to, you’re looking at a two-part column, aren’t you?” “Oh, at least two parts. I mean, jeez, this is about getting Americans, who don’t do all that much thinking even about the easy things, to give serious thought to one of the hardest decisions this country is ever going to make. So yeah … two parts, maybe three.” “Which means you’re planning on being here all night, aren’t ya’?” “Well, I’d sure hate to drive back to the valley in the dark. Maybe I could sleep in your bean bag chair? Maybe?” Hoot groaned. “Badge, for God’s sake, he ain’t even a member.” (Join me next week and find out what I’m not a member of, plus what Badger Bob says about socialized health care.)


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TEDRALL HALF HEALTH CARE, 100 PERCENT DEAD Time for Obama to get serious TUCSON—Half measures are boring. That political reality derailed Bill Clinton’s 1993 health-care reform plan. And it will likely unravel that of President Barack Obama. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finds that Obama’s plan, sponsored by Senators Chris Dodd and Ted Kennedy, “would reduce the number of uninsured only by a net 16 million people. Even if the bill became law, the budget office said, 36 million people would remain uninsured in 2017,” reported the New York Times. Yet it would cost at least $1 trillion over 10 years. Americans like Obama’s basic idea: “Seventy-two percent of those questioned [in the latest Times/CBS News poll] supported a government-administered insurance plan—something like Medicare for those under 65—that would compete for customers with private insurers. Twenty percent said they were opposed.” The support is broad. But it isn’t deep. “Pay higher taxes for a health-care plan that probably won’t help you personally, even if you’re uninsured” isn’t much of a sales pitch. No one is going to call their Congressman, much less march in the streets, to demand action for a half measure—or, in this case, a quarter measure. Without public pressure to push

back against drug and insurance company lobbyists, nothing will change. Like every mainstream Democrat since Jimmy Carter, Obama is a militant moderate, elevating triangulation and compromise-for-its-own-sake to the status of Holy Writ. But radical problems—and the state of health care in America surely qualifies—require radical solutions. More than that, simplicity sells. French- or U.K.-style socialized medicine—everyone covered, every doctor’s visit free, every pill free, every doctor a government employee—might indeed cost three times more than Obama’s incomprehensibly vague, vaguely incomprehensible proposal. But it’s easy to understand. Moreover, as James D. Miller notes in his book Game Theory at Work, people crave certainty: “What would you rather have: 1) $100,000 or 2) a 50 percent chance of getting $200,000 and a 50 percent chance of getting nothing? Both choices give you on average $100,000. The majority ... would prefer the first choice: the sure thing. Most people dislike risk, which is why so many of us buy insurance.” When we can afford it. When citizens evaluate a political proposal, the first thing they ask themselves is: What’s in it for me? Thus the appeal of

a gimmick like George W. Bush’s $300 tax rebate checks. No one seriously believed they would stimulate the economy. But hey, 300 bucks is 300 bucks. Right out of the gate, Obama’s “public option” plan tells the public that there’s probably only one thing in it for them: higher taxes. Most Americans do have insurance. They don’t like their deny-deny-deny insurance companies, but there’s nothing for them in the Obama-DoddKennedy proposal. Some Democrats have even floated the idea of taxing health benefits. At least 47 million Americans have no insurance. And that number is going up fast. But the CBO says only one out of four people without insurance would be helped by Obama’s “public option.” The rest would pay higher taxes—and still remain uninsured. Why should they get excited about The Return of Hillarycare? As president-elect, Obama said he planned to “keep [his] finger on the pulse” of the American people. “One of the worst things I think that could happen to a president is losing touch with what people are going through day to day,” he said. But it is painfully clear that “the bubble that exists around the president” has already enveloped him. There is no true middle ground on health care. The most civilized and efficient approach, tried and tested by the rest of the industrialized world, is fully socialized medicine. Put the insurance vampires out of business. Cutting out the health profiteers and encouraging preventative care will save hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Failing a comprehensive solution, let the free market reign. True, 20,000 Americans will continue to die each year due to lack of insurance. But private health care corporations will continue to invest in innovative treatments and medications. The city of Hartford will keep adding shiny new skyscrapers to its skyline—and our taxes won’t go even higher over this issue. Obamacare offers the worst of both worlds—it would be expensive and inadequate. 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 What can I possibly say about this issue that it doesn’t say for itself? It’s all about beer. Cold beer, at that. While we take our mission at Boise Weekly seriously, sometimes we take it a little less seriously than others. This is not one of those times. Beer, as you all know, is very serious business. It’s so serious, in fact, that we devote an entire feature—this year, that means 12 pages—to the existence of the brew. Every year, someone asks me if we really go out and test every bar represented in Coldest Beer. The truth is, yes. Just ask those bartenders who see us year after year, dutifully drinking on the BW clock. It’s a massive undertaking that takes more than a month to put together. As you have a look at the list of lucky testers, bear in mind that they endured many hangovers so that you, readers, would have the most comprehensive guide to cold beer you’ll see all year long. A big, resounding thanks goes to each of our testers, some of


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whom, like Jennifer Hernandez, have returned for the punishment year after year. Without them, we staffers would’ve had to do the testing and trust me, proofreading the paper before press while nursing a coldest beer hangover is the worst way to spend a Monday morning. And a Tuesday morning. Special thanks to tester Todd Dvorak, who heads up the Boise Associated Press bureau. We shanghaied him into beer service and sent him into the hinterlands of Ada County. Not only did he meet all his deadlines, but he was also the tester of the winning bar. (This honor should be worthy of some kind of prize ... maybe a case of beer?) Although we take the accuracy of our testing quite seriously, we’d also caution you to realize we do it all in good fun. We also do it with a DD behind the wheel and suggest that you do, too. —Rachael Daigle WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM



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The City of Eagle was well on its way to becoming the first smoke-free city in Idaho ... until last week, at least. Councilman Michael Huffaker put a stop to the city’s Clean Indoor Air Ordinance when he changed his vote on June 23. The ordinance would have prohibited smoking at all businesses with more than five employees, including stand-alone bars, and would limit where smokers could light up outside within city limits. At the June 9 City Council meeting, the ordinance was read for the first time and passed with a vote of 3 to 2. It seemed as if residents would soon breathe fresh air in Eagle. There were few objections to the ordinance except for a sprinkling of residents who were concerned about over-regulation. Huffaker joined the skeptics last week when he changed his vote to oppose the ordinance, saying that possible detriments to the City of Eagle outweighed the benefits. Huffaker cited a study claiming that if barflies can’t smoke in their favorite bar in Eagle, they will drive to neighboring cities to get their fix and then drive home drunk. In a statement to the citizens of Eagle, Huffaker said, “I came to the Council meeting on June 23 fully prepared to vote the same as I did on June 9, but after listening to all the arguments again both for and against the ordinance, I felt myself being persuaded that although the intent and purpose of Ordinance 622 was good, that passing this particular ordinance was not the best way to accomplish that purpose ... It was a very difficult decision to make but I felt I had to vote my conscience and for what I thought would be in the best interest of the city as a whole.” Eagle City Council hasn’t quite stopped fighting for clean air altogether, though the ordinance has been tabled. They plan to send a resolution letter to the Idaho Legislature to encourage a statewide ban. —Brady Moore

BW PUBLISHER VOTED ON TO ALT WEEKLIES BOARD Boise Weekly Publisher Sally Freeman was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies last week during the group’s annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. Freeman will serve as an at-large member for the association, which is made up of about 130 papers from cities across the country. “As a member of the board of AAN, I will work towards catapulting alternative weeklies to continue to represent the cutting edge in media in both print and digital journalism,” Freeman said. “Though the association represents a coalition of many alt weeklies of different sizes and formats, our mission and challenges remain the same. Boise Weekly will continue to work toward being the best independent media source in the Treasure Valley representing our local community.” Alt weeklies have evolved in recent years as journalism has moved online. Much of the focus at this year’s convention was on new ways to present information, deliver advertising and engage readers. But alternative press fundamentals—the honest practice of journalism—remains the link between AAN papers: “What ties them together are a strong focus on local news, culture and the arts; an informal and sometimes profane style; an emphasis on point-of-view reporting and narrative journalism; a tolerance for individual freedoms and social differences; and an eagerness to report on issues and communities that many mainstream media outlets ignore,” according to the association Web site. BW Editor Rachael Daigle, Art Director Leila Ramella and citydesk curator Nathaniel Hoffman also attended the raucous confab in Tucson, earning Boise a spot in yet another Top 10 list, the Wisest Company Cost Cutting in the Alt Weekly Association list: While all the other, bigshot editors paid $6 for beers and $22 for steak sandwiches at the posh golf resort south of town, the BW crew holed up in our rooms with vodka and avocados from Safeway. It also may have bettered our chances of hosting the event in, maybe, 2011, after all the verdant golf resorts in Arizona dry up and whither. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


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CRITICAL MASS Will Boise cyclists demand better facilities?

on cycling and dramatically increasing the number of riders who feel comfortable riding on city streets. In Boise, there is a budding realization that cyclists must be part of transportation planning. The Ada County Highway District has adopted a long-range cycling plan for the entire n the last Friday of June, a pack of cyclists showed up county that envisions 95 percent of county residents within a at the band shell at Julia Davis Park, hoping to make a half-mile of a bike lane, route or trail. But the plan could take statement about bikes on Boise streets. The ride never 50 years to implement and while it assessed transit needs for happened. The half-dozen bikers realized that they did not re- cyclists and the practicality of building in bike routes, ACHD ally have a critical mass. did not take bike safety data into account. There were 798 crashes in Ada County from 2003 to 2008, according to the Idaho Transportation Department, including four fatalities. The corner of Orchard and Overland streets is where more cyclists have been injured than any other corner in Ada County since 2003. The Idaho Transportation Department reports 10 injury accidents involved cyclists there between 2003 and 2007. Yet ACHD considers that section of Orchard a long-term project which is not slated for bike lanes for 25 to 50 years. The City of Boise has convened a bicycle safety team to study ACHD’s plans and to work with police and prosecutors on recommendations for any legislative changes that might make it safer to ride in Idaho. “Part of the process going forward is where are improvements for bicyclists planned, and what’s the timetable for those plans and should those plans be accelerated for safety reasons,” said Michael Zuzel, adviser to Mayor Dave Bieter. Kevin Pavlis, 37, of Meridian, was hit and killed on his bicycle on June 11, eastbound on Hill Road at Smith Avenue. That committee will report to Bieter by the end of the summer. Critical Mass is one of the ways that cyclists express their Downtown agencies and some private property owners are right to use the road. In many cities, enough bikes gather once also building better bike racks. Portland has begun reclaiming a month to take over the streets, often raising the ire of motor- on-street parking for bikes; where one car once parked, 10 or ists and police but making their point nonetheless. more bikes can now be locked up. Despite the large number of cycling enthusiasts in Boise While the time is ripe to reassess cyclists’ needs in south—road and mountain racers, commuters, cruisers and kids— west Idaho, citizen-cyclists have not picked up the mantle. there has been precious little bike activism in recent years. “I think that there’s a lot of momentum built up,” said Even after cars killed three cyclists in May and June, police Stuart Bryson, organizer of a memorial ride that visited each and media have dominated the response rather than a strong, of the three crash sites after the third cyclist died in June. local bike advocacy group. Bryson said he organized his spontaneous ride out of Boise State philosophy professor George Knight, a cyclist, frustration and anger and he took a lot of flak for it, drawing has convened an annual Community Bicycle Congress for the the ire of some of the cycling clubs and racing groups in town, past five years in which he brings established cycling experts and some of whom boycotted the ride. planners to Boise. But Bryson is not heading up any efforts to increase aware“They see the things that we all know about, they see ness of cyclists or improve cycling infrastructure. the disconnect, yet they see a fairly vibrant cycling culture,” Kurt Holzer, a Boise attorney and cyclist, opposed Bryson’s Knight said. ride, calling it disrespectful to the deceased. Holzer has sugThe disconnect is the fact that bike lanes peter out, that gested going the legislative route, proposing a 3-feet-to-pass funding from the state for cycling facilities is nearly nonexislaw, as other states have been passing, and laws expressly tent and that only recently have the city and highway district prohibiting the harassment of cyclists. started to prioritize biking infrastructure. “Ten years ago, there was an instantaneous assumption that if Knight said that the idea of critical mass started in China, a bicyclist was involved, then they were at fault,” Holzer said. “I where bikers wait at an intersection until enough have gaththink it’s far better than I would have expected 10 years ago.” ered and then cross as a group, forcing cars to wait. The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance is involved in ACHD’s In Boise, the routes bikers take are dispersed by sprawl, bike plan and on the Bicycle Advisory Committee but others leading to a proliferation of solitary riders, rather than groups in Boise are talking about forming a broader bike coalition to of cyclists. lobby and educate the public about sharing the road. “The critical mass is out there all the time,” Knight said. “If Without the gridlock of other cities, there is still road to one thing undermines the Critical Mass movement, it’s that we share here. all live too far away from each other.” “I think in a way, cyclists in Boise are higher profile. There’s As the number of visible bikes on city streets increases, more of us and less traffic,” said Patrick Sweeney, half of crashes actually decrease, said Shane Rhodes, education and Northstar Cycle Courier, the Boise bike messenger team. advocacy coordinator for GEARS, the Greater Eugene Area But his business partner again illustrates the disconnect. Riders, based in Eugene, Ore. “It also seems to me that every time I have a close call, I “One of the best things you can do to increase rider safety look up and the person is on their cell phone,” said courier is to increase numbers,” he said. Warren O’Dell. Eugene has long been considered a bike-friendly city, where O’Dell downplays the traffic, but admits he’s been hit twice cars yield to cyclists and pedestrians and where civic resources in the last two months and has a near-miss almost every day. are put into bike facilities. “I think most of it just comes down to awareness,” he said. But Rhodes said that in the last decade, Portland has “It doesn’t seem to me that there is a group that reps the guy eclipsed Eugene in promoting bike culture, doubling spending that rides to work.”







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CWI NABS FORMER TVCC CHIEF The College of Western Idaho, the Treasure Valley’s nascent community college, has hired former Treasure Valley Community College President Dr. Berton L. Glandon to run its Nampa campus. Glandon ran TVCC in Ontario, Ore., for eight years. TVCC also offers two-year degrees in Caldwell, at a new campus just down the road from CWI. He moved to the helm of Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., in 2002. “Community colleges are an integral part of the higher education system, offering a broad range of people the opportunity to better themselves and contribute to their families, communities and state. There are unlimited possibilities for CWI and its students, and I look forward to helping CWI reach its utmost potential,” Glandon said. He starts July 13, replacing Dennis Griffin.

IDAHO HEALTHCARE STATS In its push for healthcare reform, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has pulled together a series of statistics for the states. Here are Idaho numbers, courtesy of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and healthreform. gov, her new Web site. UÊ ,œÕ}…ÞÊn™{]äääÊ«iœ«iʈ˜Ê`>…œÊ}iÌʅi>Ì…Ê insurance on the job, where annual family «Ài“ˆÕ“ÃÊ>ÛiÀ>}iÊf£Ó]{ÈÇ° UÊ -ˆ˜ViÊÓäää]Ê>ÛiÀ>}iÊv>“ˆÞÊ«Ài“ˆÕ“Ãʅ>ÛiÊ ˆ˜VÀi>Ãi`ÊLÞÊÇnÊ«iÀVi˜Ìʈ˜Ê`>…œ° UÊ œÕÃi…œ`ÊLÕ`}iÌÃÊ>ÀiÊÃÌÀ>ˆ˜i`ÊLÞʅˆ}…ÊVœÃÌÃ\Ê 19 percent of middle-income Idaho families spend more than 10 percent of their income on health care. UÊ ˆ}…ÊVœÃÌÃÊLœVŽÊ>VViÃÃÊ̜ÊV>Ài\Ê£ÇÊ«iÀVi˜ÌÊ of people in Idaho report not visiting a doctor due to high costs. UÊ `>…œÊLÕȘiÃÃiÃÊ>˜`Êv>“ˆˆiÃÊŜՏ`iÀÊ>ʅˆ`den health tax of roughly $1,700 per year on premiums as a direct result of subsidizing the costs of the uninsured. UÊ £xÊ«iÀVi˜ÌʜvÊ«iœ«iʈ˜Ê`>…œÊ>ÀiÊ՘ˆ˜ÃÕÀi`]Ê >˜`ÊnÓÊ«iÀVi˜ÌʜvÊ̅i“Ê>Àiʈ˜Êv>“ˆˆiÃÊ܈̅Ê>ÌÊ least one full-time worker. UÊ /…iÊ«iÀVi˜ÌʜvÊ`>…œ>˜ÃÊ܈̅Êi“«œÞiÀÊ coverage is declining: from 63 to 60 percent between 2000 and 2007. UÊ ÕV…ÊœvÊ̅iÊ`iVˆ˜iʈÃÊ>“œ˜}ÊܜÀŽiÀÃʈ˜ÊÓ>Ê businesses. While small businesses make up nÓÊ«iÀVi˜ÌʜvÊ`>…œÊLÕȘiÃÃiÃ]ʜ˜ÞÊÎ{Ê«iÀcent of them offered health coverage benefits in 2006. UÊ …œˆViʜvʅi>Ì…ʈ˜ÃÕÀ>˜ViʈÃʏˆ“ˆÌi`ʈ˜Ê`>…œ°Ê ÕiÊ ÀœÃÃʜvÊ`>…œÊ>œ˜iÊVœ˜Ã̈ÌÕÌiÃÊ{ÈÊ percent of the health insurance market share in Idaho, with the top two insurance providers >VVœÕ˜Ìˆ˜}ÊvœÀÊÇxÊ«iÀVi˜Ì° UÊ …œˆViʈÃÊiÛi˜Ê“œÀiʏˆ“ˆÌi`ÊvœÀÊ«iœ«iÊÜˆÌ…Ê pre-existing conditions. In Idaho, premiums can vary, within limits, based on demographic factors and health status, and coverage can exclude pre-existing conditions. UÊ /…iʜÛiÀ>ÊµÕ>ˆÌÞʜvÊV>Àiʈ˜Ê`>…œÊˆÃÊÀ>Ìi`Ê>ÃÊ “average.” UÊ *ÀiÛi˜Ì>̈Ûiʓi>ÃÕÀiÃÊ̅>ÌÊVœÕ`ʎii«Ê Idahoans healthier and out of the hospital are deficient, leading to problems across the age spectrum. —Nathaniel Hoffman

war in Iraq U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Monday, June 29, Óää™]Ê{]ÎÓäÊ1°-°ÊÃiÀۈViʓi“LiÀÃÊ­ˆ˜VÕ`ˆ˜}ÊÎ£Ê Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began ˆ˜Ê>ÀV…ÊÓääÎ\ÊÎ]{xxʈ˜ÊVœ“L>ÌÊ>˜`ÊnÈxÊvÀœ“Ê non-combat-related incidents and accidents. ˜ÕÀi`ÊÃiÀۈViʓi“LiÀÃÊ̜Ì>ÊΣ]ÎÈn°Ê˜Ê̅iʏ>ÃÌÊ week, two U.S. soldiers died. Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 91 soldiers have died. Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between ™Ó]{ÎxÊ>˜`Ê£ää]™££°Ê Source: COST OF IRAQ WAR: fÈnÓ]nÈä]ÇÇÈ]Ç{ä Source:


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VOTE AND TRADE Carbon emission caps pass sans Minnick, Simpson


oining the ranks of industrialized nations that are working to curb carbon emissions, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping energy bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, last week, setting slightly higher targets for renewable energy and establishing new carbon trading rules. Neither Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson nor Rep. Walt Minnick supported the bill, raising the hackles of environmentalists, particularly in Minnick’s case. “I’m disappointed,” said Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson, a strong Minnick supporter. “He [Minnick] has a very sound articulation on why a carbon tax would be better and I agree with that, but a carbon tax was not a legislative option at this point.” Congressional Democrats opted for cap and trade, which allows for credits for companies that reduce their emissions, which can then be sold to companies that opt not to curb their pollution. “This bill raises many concerns. Idaho farmers are worried about increased fertilizer and power costs. Idaho energy companies believe it lacks proper consideration for hydro power and nuclear technology. Idaho businesses are frustrated with giveaways that rig the system in favor of pollution-heavy industry in the Midwest and California ...” Minnick stated. Minnick was one of 44 Democrats who voted against the bill. Eight Republicans voted for it. Simpson said one of his main objections

to the bill was that carbon credits will not be provided to producers of nuclear power or hydropower. “Instead of creating a host of government mandates and forcing consumers to foot the bill for this legislation, I support using technology, incentives and innovation to move our economy to a sustainable, independent energy future,” Simpson said. Andrea Shipley, executive director of the Snake River Alliance, said that Minnick fell on the wrong side of history with his vote. The League of Conservation Voters, which supported Minnick, vowed to withhold campaign contributions from any member who voted against cap and trade. According to campaign contribution data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, representatives who voted against the bill received nearly twice as much money from energy companies than those who supported it. Simpson has taken $408,507 since 1989 from energy companies, which generally opposed the bill, according to CRP. Environmentalists and renewable energy producers have not given him any cash. But Minnick’s contribution totals tell a different story. While oil, gas and power interests gave him some $33,000 in contributions, Minnick took nearly $67,000 from environmentalists and green energy. Business PACs, which generally, though not exclusively, opposed the energy bill, also gave Minnick more than $450,000. And Republicans vowed to attack any vulnerable Democrat who supported it.


CARBON BLOGGING Blogger turned author explains warming science, policy


hortly after moviegoers watched images of New York City fall to what can only be described as flash glaciation in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, a group of climate scientists launched a blog called RealClimate. The blog’s founders were shocked not so much by the 2004 film’s completely unrealistic depiction of catastrophic climate change as by their colleagues’ response to it: silence. “It could have been a great teaching moment,” said Gavin Schmidt, a climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and one of the founders of RealClimate. For Schmidt, the editor of a new book about the science of climate change, it was a wake-up call. When scientists confined their debate to academic journals, he realized, they turned over the public sphere to those who either knew little about the intricacies of the earth’s climate or, worse yet, intended to spread misinformation. “By conceding that playing field I think we collectively let the science down,” Schmidt said. Since then, RealClimate has become one of the most important voices on the science of climate change. In a typical month it offers a mix of technical explanations, discussions of journal articles and media commentary—all the while exploring the interaction between the scientific and public discourse. “If a reading of the published scientific literature paints such a frightening picture

of the future ... are we being too provocative in the way we write our scientific papers?” writes Eric Steig, a geochemist at the University of Washington, in a typical book review on the site. “Or are we being too cautious in the way we talk about the implications of the results?” But if RealClimate is a response to the failings of the public discourse, Schmidt’s new project might be described as a reaction to the limitations of his blog—its focus on what’s in the news today. “The bit on which everybody agrees, which is a huge majority of the information, gets 1 percent of the coverage,” Schmidt said. “But the stuff that’s more controversial, the stuff that might disappear very quickly, gets 90 percent of the coverage.” The new book, Climate Change: Picturing the Science, edited by Schmidt and photographer Joshua Wolfe, attempts to redress that balance and provide an overview of the science as it is known to date for readers who are interested in the subject, but haven’t had the opportunity to delve into an overview. “This is stuff that wasn’t in the textbooks 30 years ago,” Schmidt said. While the book consciously avoids advocating a prescription, it ultimately makes the case that something must be done. Climate Change: Picturing the Science, Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe, 2009, W.W. Norton & Co. 320 pages. $24.95. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


Four miles down a lumpy dirt road slithering past Bogus Basin’s Nordic Center, Ray Vizgirdas and a team of teenage campers traipse through mountain terrain learning basic survival skills. A biologist, college professor, author and naturalist, Vizgirdas has teamed up with Fort Boise to help out at this inaugural week-long mountain discovery day camp. For Vizgirdas, who teaches mountain ecology and survival classes at Boise State and regularly conducts all-ages edible plant walking tours, his goal is to debunk the Man vs. Wild hysteria that has swept the country. Vizgirdas’ advice if you find yourself in a survivalist situation: Calm down, stop wasting calories and learn to be symbiotic with your surroundings.

nature. Since I’m a botanist and ecologist and wildlife biologist all rolled up into one, it’s kind of nice to walk amongst friends instead of looking at things as the enemy … When you go back in time, the aboriginal people, the hunter-gatherers, they looked to this as their marketplace—all the raw materials are here. Anything from basketry to rope-making to food to medicine.

What are some edible plant species that are particularly interesting or cool? Yesterday, we began with something called stonecrop, which is a very succulent little plant. It’s very juicy with lots of water. know if you applied that other test. You get water and vitamins and minerals at the same time. If we were to go for a walk, Generally, the focus should be placed on you’d probably log in over 50 plants … the passing down of knowledge? What’s the breakdown of the camp? But again, it’s not ... already processed, you The best way, of course, is learning to It’s a week long, and they meet down at have to make some efforts. identify plants on your own. Reading up Fort Boise early. We come back every day about them … But going with someone except for Thursday around 4 p.m. We’re What are other valuable plants out here? who’s knowledgeable about plants is probusing maps and compasses right now, then If you compare it to a salad bar … you ably one of the better ways. Even out here, I’ll probably interject some primitive ways go to a salad bar and you’re looking at I’ve offered the various plants because I of finding out where you are—utilizing sun empty calories … Where as one of these know they’re absolutely safe. and shadow and those types of things. We wild lettuces out here, they’re small and just try to keep it fun and entertaining. Not they’re packed with nutrients … You see You and your wife write books on edible too technical, not too boring. Things that that nice white flower over there? That’s plant species together? they can take home with them—basic skills. called Solomon’s seal. It produces berries. She takes credit for the illustrations, and You want to be careful with those berwe both take credit for the writing … She’s So it’s like a kid’s adventure book? ries: They are edible, but they don’t taste a botanist with the [Boise National] Forest, No, it’s more of a discovery on their very good. If you eat too many—we call and basically, it’s just something to do. She part. But rather than hammering in threats them scooter berries—you scoot off to the kicked and screamed when I asked her to and everything else, it should be an unbathroom. However, there’s the plant’s do illustrations, but now she utilizes that planned vacation out here. It should be an underground stem, which is edible. But, the experience and she’s teaching art—botanienjoyable time outdoors. Don’t look at it as thing is, you have to prepare them in a cer- cal illustration classes. being full of monsters. tain way. You have to literally soak them in lye … When you mix water and white ash How many books have you written? So, the kids build their own shelters and together, you have a caustic solution, which We’ve done a total of eight in the last spend the night Thursday evening? renders that plant edible. It’s like [natural eight years. Three of them are in various Yeah. In fact, there’s an example shelter foods author] Euell Gibbons used to say, forms of review at publishers … One book I’ve got back there [points to wooded area] “The range of tastes out here go from is part of my own research—looking at because I teach wilderness survival courses barely palatable to awful, but then there plants and seeing how they contribute to out at Boise State every semester. And dur- are exceptions at either end or in-between.” human health and survival. I talk about … ing the fall, we build these types of shelters how our diets today are totally out of sync … to spend the night in, just to give them a Is there any rule of thumb you should with our genetic makeup … I look back to sense of place so that they feel comfortable. operate by when eating wild plants? wild plants and how the Omega 3’s, variThen in the wintertime, we build snow There are a number of books out there ous roughage and other nutrients that we shelters down by the Nordic Center. In that’ll ask you to follow an edibility test. so vitally need, we really don’t get from our fact, we have a whole little area [where] we You take a small piece, you touch it to your current diet. We get hypertension; we have build a city with igloos and trenches. lips, if it doesn’t burn you, then go ahead high cholesterol and diabetes. Some of this and put it in your mouth, chew on it, spit goes back to the diet. Refined sugars and What’s your background? it out and so forth. It could take like eight things like that. When you look at the wild Well, I’m a biologist by training and a hours … The unfortunate thing is, there stuff, it has lots of things to offer you. naturalist at heart. I bring what I know are plants further down along the Boise about the natural world and approach wil- River—one in particular that is called water So has that changed your diet as derness survival, if you will, in a more posi- hemlock is the most violently poisonous a whole? tive connotation than negative. What you plant in North America. Ingestion of a Yeah, I’m forced to think that way. But read in the papers is that survival is man small, pea-sized part of the plant could kill on occasion, I will indulge. You sometimes against nature. But actually, it’s kind of an you within a half hour … And supposedly, get the yearning for a greasy burger, which opportunity or vehicle that I use to explore this plant tastes sweet, so you would not is fine.





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I LOVE MOMMY ... I MEAN MONEY A Brooklyn man’s six-year-long impersonation of his dead mother came to an end last week when police finally busted his scam to collect her Social Security checks. Thomas Parkin, 49, regularly dressed up in a wig, sunglasses, nail polish, red lipstick and his mom’s old clothes in order to cash her benefits, which have totaled more than $100,000 since 2003. The scheme began to unravel last year when Parkin filed bankruptcy for his mom so that “she” could get up to $40,000 in subsidies to help pay for her mortgage. Parkin defended himself to the officers by claiming that he had actually taken over his mom’s identity. “I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother,” he told investigators. Nevertheless, Parkin is now being charged with 47 counts, including grand larceny, perjury, forgery and conspiracy. (

HAIR TODAY, JAILED TOMORROW Hit up Google if you want to see one of the strangest mug shots in recent memory, taken of a drug dealer who was arrested halfway through his appointment at the hair stylist. While getting his hair braided, Marcus Bailey, 25, got a call from some dudes who wanted to buy some crack. So he stepped outside into a car to complete the transaction, at which point, police nabbed him and took him into custody. The result is a mug shot with half of Bailey’s hair in tight little braids and half straggling all over the place, a lovely photo that will surely be a hit with the larger, stronger men he’ll meet in prison. (


AS LONG AS I GET DRUNK A six-year-long, $12 million study of New Zealand’s wines discovered that one of the core aromas of their most popular wines is the smell of cat pee. “We’re talking about parts per billion, very tiny amounts to make the wine more complex and interesting,’’ explained so-called wine connoisseur Sue Blackmore. “If you had a whole lot of the compounds that give you cat’s pee, it obviously wouldn’t be great, but it’s amazing what a little can do.’’ (

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY The latest psychological studies of old folks have found that perfectionism takes a harsh toll on health and life expectancy. The research published in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people “who expressed a strong motivation to be perfect” were more than 50 percent more likely to die over the course of the study. On the other hand, the traits of conscientiousness, extroversion and optimism significantly lowered the risk of an early death.

HOOLIGANS VS. ROBOTS A team of Japanese robotics engineers have thrown down the gauntlet to the world’s greatest football (i.e. soccer) players, saying that a team of robots will host the World Cup by the year 2050. Shu Ishiguro, head of the Robot Laboratory in Osaka, Japan, issued the challenge, saying that “by 2050, our aim is to beat the winners of football’s World Cup and we are very confident that we will be able to do that.” For now, their 38-centimeter (15-inch) tall robot, VisiON, has been designed to make its own decisions completely independent of human control, and has also learned to recognize a football and give it a good kick. VisiON also has rudimentary defensive skills, being able to identify opponents and shield possession of the ball. One great advantage the robot possesses is 360-degree vision. In preparation for its inevitable World Cup championship, cocky programmers have already perfected the robot’s victory stance. (The Scotsman)

A 15-year-old girl from Des Moines, Iowa, won the Third Annual Texting Championship last week after beating out 250,000 competitors while texting blindfolded and texting while walking on a treadmill. The girl claims to have built up her skills by sending more than 14,000 text messages every month to her INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK friends, who probably wish she would give Seventy-two percent of pet owners kiss them a break. Meanwhile, on the other end their pet before they kiss their spouse after of the generational mad-skillz spectrum, a getting home from work, and 18 percent of pet 51-year-old Virginia man finally won his first owners consider their pet a “genius.” national spelling bee after once losing the Scripps National Spelling Bee when he was 13 More bizarro news at years old. ( News)


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COLDEST BEER The annual guide to gettin’ the coldest suds in town





n this, the eighth year of Boise Weekly’s Coldest Beer contest, the opening lines of a song from alt-country rocker Todd Snider come to mind: “B double-E double-R U-N, beer run.” Little did you know, readers, that this issue is really just one massive beer run. Heck, that’s why we do it year after year. If you’re new to the Coldest Beer phenomena, welcome. Every year, we gather up a crowd of willing bodies to disperse throughout Ada County to temp out beer at darn near every bar we can find. “Darn near” because we intentionally omit those places that are not locally owned, and for those joints popular enough to have multiple locations, we test the taps at only one location. And when we say “temp out,” we meant it. Every official beer tester goes forth with an official beer-testing thermometer, official beer forms (one for the testee and one for the tester so he or she can remember just who had what temp after a long night of testing), and an official mission to drink beer for the benefit of science, humanity and Boise Weekly. So what’s the point? The point is this: It’s hot out, and you want a cold one. A really cold one. Sure, you know it’s plebeian to like it so cold, but sometimes, the heat beats your better senses into submission, and cold is all you care about. Coldest Beer allows you to give in to the urge every once in a while. A seethrough beer in a frosted mug may not be classy, but we hereby give you permission to chug-a-lug like no one’s watching.


This year’s beer testing may be the first in BW history to have been completed by an all-freelance team of testers. And we’re positive this is the first year we’ve been able to recruit a respectable journalist from another news organization to test on our behalf. To those who worked tirelessly for weeks, drinking the coldest beer they could find, we salute you. And to the testees, we salute you as well. Thanks for being such good sports year after year. While we jokingly refer to Coldest Beer as one giant booze-fest beer run, we know some of you take your standing in our polling very seriously, and we dig that you dig it. So, in addition to the coldest beer, you’ll find the warmest beer as well. And, logically, you’ll find a whole mess of beers in between the coldest and the warmest. We’d also recommend having a gander at this year’s Hall of Fame, where we highlight those taps with notable temp differences from last year and those with consistently decent showings on the mercury. If the watered-down taste of a cold PBR ain’t your speed, but you still want to read about beer, check out Deanna Darr’s piece on local brewmeister Josh King at Sockeye Grill and Brewery. All this information can be a lot to take in. We’d recommend aiding your digestion with a few swigs of a nice cold beer. Looking for a good bar to find one in? You’re in the right place. —Rachael Daigle


29.8° 4-E’s Bar

No pretensions here. Not much left of the worn and stained carpet, either, which was probably laid when the bar opened in 1968. But the beer is really cold, and who can resist 25-cent pool tables and a menu featuring frozen pizza? Don’t forget to tip your cap to the elk rack, which Boone & Crocket scored at 381. 379 E. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9719.





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32.7° 30.2° Cheerleaders Bar & Grill

We’ve got TVs, yes we do ... We’ve got TVs, how ’bout you? You will here, 43 boob tubes to be exact, including 21 in separate booths. Classic sports bar with 100 percent Angus beef burgers. Wanna get away from the noise inside? Try the patio with a panoramic view of the Foothills. 3541 N. Eagle Road, 208-9399209.

30.5° Barbacoa

The chandeliers, oil paintings and digital photo displays leave no doubts that this waterfront establishment serves nothing but the classiest of food and drink. 276 Bobwhite Court, 208-338-5000,

31.1° Casa Mexico

Complete with Spanish pop music, sombreros on the walls and toy parrots hanging from the ceiling, you’ll feel like you stepped south of the border. 3083 S. Bown Way, 208-345-8464. Multiple locations,

31.3° Boise Cafe

This corner spot serves up sandwiches during the day and moonlights as a salsa-dancing destination on weekend nights. 219 N. 10th St., 208-343-3397.

32.7° Characters

Pool tables, foosball, dim lights and TVs showing Fox, MSNBC and ESPN ... pick your poison in this hotel bar. 1800 Fairview Ave., 208-344-7691.


Harry’s Bar & Grill

Once there were four Harry’s bars. But with Harry’s in Southeast Boise trading owners earlier this year, the newest one in Meridian is also the last. At the corner of a nondescript strip mall, the vibe inside is part sports bar, part neighborhood tavern. They have 16 taps, $1 PBR cans at happy hour and patio seating. And don’t forget to try the fried green beans appetizer. 2032 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-888-9868.


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Ranch Club

The life-size horse stands ready to party out in front of this rowdy beer hall. Inside, smoke-infused paneling and a two-sided butcher-block bar serve as the backdrop for raging roller derby after-parties. 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-7447.

32.7° Lindy’s Steakhouse

Don’t let the clean air fool you. The lounge inside Lindy’s Steakhouse is smoker-friendly but, thanks to a heavy-duty ventilation system, you’d never know. Horseradish-tinged finger steaks, homemade soups and the shuffleboard table continue to earn new fans and keep loyal locals going back for more. 12249 Chinden Blvd., Eagle, 208-375-1310.

32.8° The Buffalo Club

If your gal insists on taking you two-stepping, shuffle your way to this rockabilly bar, where they have live bands three nights a week and a game of Texas Hold ’Em in the corner. 10206 Fairview Ave., 208-321-1811.

32.9° The Crescent Bar

With loungy lighting and an anti-lawyerinspired menu, this damn-the-man establishment makes a compelling case for your patronage, but you be the judge. 5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856,

32.9° Mulligan’s Pub & Eatery

Golf pub our butts. It’s a perfectly dark, smoky haunt for swilling brews and shooting pool among a punkier downtown crowd. 1009 W. Main St., 208-336-6998. Other location: 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-3737.

32.9° Outpost Cafe

It could be the most expensive domestic you’ll find in town, but it could be the most worth it. Who wants to go through airport security sober? Depending on the waiting line, you might want to splurge and add a side shot of liquor; it’s only $3. Boise Airport, 208-3833110.



Ves’s Broadway Bar

Stop in for a game of pool and an inexpensive draft in this Broadway hangout that has been around since the dawn of time. Put a tune on the jukebox and try to fit in. 1712 Broadway Ave., 208-342-9951.


10th Street Station

It’s a classic, dimly lit getaway where you feel like you’re the only one there, even if the smoker-friendly place is packed. 104 S. 10th St., 208-344-2677.

33.3° The Beer House

33.6° Boulevard Bar

Hidden in plain sight, the Boulevard Bar offers a cozy, neighborhood feel on Garden City’s busiest thoroughfare. The Big Buck Safari game lets local hunters stay sharp in the off-season. 4079 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-342-9906.


Warm Springs Golf Course

Sit on the shady patio and enjoy a cold brew while you celebrate, or mourn, your golf game. 2495 W. Warm Springs Ave., 208-343-5661,


The Zone at the Grove Hotel

Newbies park out front of this working-man’s neighborhood bar. You walk in to a singalong of “Living on a Prayer” and leave to “If I had a Million Dollars.” Friendly, well-lit and unfussy. 9751 Cory Lane, 208-322-9958.

Rally a group of friends and head here to sip a cold one and cheer on the Steelheads or Boise Burn. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-4723333.



McCleary’s Pub

For those of you who like to shoot a few hoops with your beer, McCleary’s offers its customers a basketball court in its own back yard. If you call in advance, they’ll even let you cook your own food using their grill—that conveniently sits right beside the court—as you play one-on-one. 9155 W. State St., 208-853-9910. Other location: 604 N. Orchard Ave., 208-342-3007.


Players Pub & Grill

So much more than a bowling alley bar, Player’s Pub prides itself on homemade soups and finger steaks. Smokers appreciate the covered patio, while budget-minded bowlers like $1 bowling, drafts and food specials on Monday nights. 5504 Alworth, Garden City, 208-376-6563.

33.3° Shorty’s Saloon

Shorty’s original owners have returned the 28-year-old country-Western bar to its roots. The saloon seems appropriate for whiskey shots with John Wayne as Kenny and Gretchen belt it out overhead. The forearms of countless cowboys have worn smooth the long edge of Shorty’s bar top. 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-6699.

33.4° Mr. Lucky’s

Texas Boogie Bar & Grill

The former Eighth Street Wine Co. space, redecorated with cow hides and steer skulls. Same great view overlooking Broad Street from the deck. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-433-8399.


Angell’s Bar & Grill

Stepping into Angell’s is a bit like going on safari—albeit a safari with a padded barstool and fantastic food. 999 W. Main St., 208-3424900,


Legends Sports Pub & Grill

This is not the bar for sitting and brooding in the corner, but rather for grabbing a quick bite and brew before the movie or your glaze-a-vase appointment. But with a great view of the Boise Spectrum volleyball courts and multiple sports on the high-def screens, it’s understandable if you end up running a little late. 7609 Overland Road, 208-377-1819,

34.8° Cafe Ole

A cool, basement location, a two-for-one happy hour and a $3 all-can-you-eat taco bar make this place a tonic on those hot summer afternoons. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-344-3222. Other location: 210 N. Milwaukee St., 208-3220222,


A plum-colored stucco box houses Garden City’s only NASCAR-themed bar, where it’s all-you-can-eat tacos for $5 on race days. The bar’s small stage and dance floor draws musicians and rump-shakers alike for open jam With a central fireplace and cross-stitched “no sessions on Wednesday nights. 4902 Chinden snarkiness” signs on the walls, it’s as familiar as Blvd., Garden City, 208-327-0925. an Elks Club, but without the pushy food drive. 9936 Fairview Ave., 208-322-9153.

Village Pub


White Water Saloon

You’ll find this corner neighborhood bar just as crowded on a week night as on a weekend. It’s all thanks to the shuffleboard, $3 happy hour mini-pitchers, a down-to-earth bartender and tons of incredibly chilled out and happy patrons. 1646 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-3063.


35.0° Jumpin’ Janet’s

You could be listening to Bob Marley one minute and Korn the next in this hard-to-categorize Bench bar. Half a dozen pool tables and a big screen TV ensure this is where sports enthusiasts gather. 572 S. Vista Ave., 208-342-7620.


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$PMEFTU#FFS )BMMPG'BNF By Deanna Darr In the eight years Boise Weekly has scoured local bars in search of the coldest brew, we’ve noticed a few things. Certain names keep popping up either at the top or the bottom of the list. Patterns begin to form and wild jumps are made. Here are some of the observations we’ve made looking back over the last five years.

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#JH.PWFST This year’s top three coldest beer winners weren’t even in the top 10 in 2008. In fact, the grand champion, 4-E’s Bar, made an impressive 7.5-degree decline to take the title. Coming in second, Cheerleaders only dropped a modest 3 degrees, although Barbacoa must have updated its cooling system to drop 7.4 degrees to take third place. On the other end of the scale, Grainey’s Basement (formerly JT Toad’s) pulled off a come-from-the-middle move to claim the warmest-beer spot on the list with a rise in temperature of 11.7 degrees. Pair ended up in the second-warmest-beer slot with an increase of 5.2 degrees since last year, and Bar Gernika rounds out the bottom three with a 7.7-degree climb.

'SPTUFE4UBS You’ve got to love consistency, and for some bars on our list, that means staying frosty when it comes to beer. The Outpost Cafe in the Boise Airport gets a special nod this year for offering just plain cold beer year after year. This is the first year in the last five that Outpost has failed to make the top 10, narrowly missing it and landing in the 12th position while warming just 1.8 degrees since last year. So remember, if you need to numb your pain, and your hand, while dealing with air travel, the Outpost is looking out for you. Also earning frosted stars this year are Lindy’s Steakhouse, which has placed in the top 10 for three of the five years (every other year to be exact), as well as Characters, which can claim the same accomplishment.

.FMUFE4UBS For some bars, the object isn’t to get it cold, it’s to get it perfect. Many local bars pride themselves in serving beer at what the experts say is the optimal temperature for each variety of brew, and that’s not necessarily cold. The results mean they usually end up near the bottom of our list, but they wear the melted star award with pride. Among the consistently warm is Bar Gernika, which has been in the bottom 10 for four of the last five years. Coming in right behind, with three years at the bottom, is Front Door Northwest Pizza and Tap House, although we have to point out the bar actually got 1.4 degrees cooler this year. After a three-year run, River Rock Alehouse rose out of the bottom 10, cooling down a whopping 4 degrees. Finally, Pair held on to its spot at the near-bottom for three of the last five years. Not bad, champions of warm beer, not bad at all.


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Bar at the Grove Hotel

This quaint little bar is a great place to grab sushi, catch some live piano music, and hobnob with high-powered business folks who are passing through town. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-333-8000.

35.1° Hooligan’s Pub

35.3° Tavern at Bown

Head upstairs to the rooftop patio on a hot summer night to grab a cold beer with a sushi, steak or seafood dinner. 3111 S. Bown Way, 208-345-2277,

35.4° Club Maxx

At Hooligan’s, a pint is considered the small glass, and an attitude like that can only lead to This smoke-free dance club and Hawaiian mischief. Fortunately, they have pool tables Tropic bikini contest venue inside Doubletree and weekly karaoke in which to channel your Riverside Hotel will soon close its doors and be impish inclinations. 10704 Overland Road, replaced with a contemporary lobby bar. Until 208-376-9800. then, happy hour still runs 4-6 p.m. 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871.

35.1° Humpin’ Hannah’s

Under antique-laden ceilings, diva Rocci Johnson has been entertaining Boiseans for years. Both the young and old find their way to iconic Humpin’ Hannah’s to hear new and classic rock and roll by Johnson and her band; to see hot bodies tearing it up on the dance floor; to feel the condensation on an ice-cold bottle of Bud; to taste the sweet/tart flavor of a Red Bull/Jager bomb; and maybe, just maybe, to catch the scent of a little love in the air. 621 W. Main St., 208-345-7557, myspace. com/humpinhannahs.

35.1° The Refuge

A suave hangout off Parkcenter, the extensive selection of tap brews is sure to impress even the most fastidious of beer browsers. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-4248211.


Rudy’s Pub & Grill

We’re going to blow the lid off two of Rudy’s secrets. One: PBR poured in 25-oz. mugs is 2 degrees colder than the pint glasses. Two: the key to Rudy’s Kobe beef sliders is soft buns and horsey mayo. Yum. 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 150, Meridian, 208-884-4453, rudyspubngrill. com.

35.2° Bad Irish

35.6° The Flicks

Simple math: Indie films, plus beer and wine, plus gourmet food, plus idyllic covered patio, equals unmatched Boise moviegoing experience. 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222,

35.6° Longhorn Lounge

This fits into the category of classic local watering hole. Nothing fancy anywhere. Fried foods, soups and sandwiches are the menu. Don’t be surprised to find a poker game on week nights with bar credit on the line. 458 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-4163.

35.6° Lush

DJ stand, concrete bar top, red leather sofas? Let’s face it: This is Mick Jagger’s living room. 760 W. Main St., 208-342-5874,


Striker’s at Meridian Bowling Lanes

It’s a bar you actually want to take your kids to. Darts, bowling and arcade games, plus $3.50 domestic pitchers during happy hour mean that everybody’s happy, even if not everybody is a winner. 324 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-2048.

No scary little leprechauns lurk here—just servers in Catholic school outfits and a helluva party. 199 N. Eighth St., 208-338-8939,




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4FDSFUPGUIF#SFX By Deanna Darr It’s not every day you hear beer described as an “alcoholic beverage made from cereal grains like malted barley and wheat. The additions of hops are used for bittering, flavoring and aroma. The product is fermented by yeast.” Unless, of course, you happen to hang out with someone who brews suds for a living. For most of us, the understanding of those hops and grains goes no deeper than the bottom of a pint glass. But it’s a fine science for those who make a career out of beer. In the lives of those chosen few, beer means rising before the sun to play a role that is part chef and part alchemist, balancing artistry with science to create brews that are both traditional and innovative. It’s a challenge Josh King has been meeting as a professional brewer for nine years. Now, as head brewer at Sockeye Brewery, it’s up to King to perfect the recipes for the brewery’s signature beers poured at roughly 60 bars in Idaho. Standing in the small brewing room at Sockeye, surrounded by towering kettles and assorted tools of the trade, King offered a brewing 101 lesson as the pungent scent of fermenting yeast hung in the air. With well-rehearsed speed, King described how all beer breaks down to two basic styles: ale and lager. But from there, the diversity is overwhelming. In his years brewing, King has come up with 48 original recipes. Grains come in every roast, from light to dark, and bring a dizzying array of flavors, from grapefruit to burnt toast. Hops bring their own tastes and add the bitterness to various brews. And that’s not even taking water into consideration. The chemical makeup of the water used in brewing (roughly 90 percent of beer) can make all the difference, and brewers have to know what balance is needed for what beer. Amid the humidity of the brewing room, King explained that for one beer, Rauchbier, a German-style smoked beer, water has to be dechlorinated before brewing can begin. The process begins with choosing the right grains to create a balance of flavors and colors. The grains are milled to break them open and mixed with hot water in a hulking, stainless steel machine called a mash ton, where the grains’ simple starches are turned into simple sugars. The resulting concoction is called sweet wort, which is moved to a brewing kettle, heated and hops are added. Typically, the hops go through “charges”—the first for bittering the beer, the second for flavor and the last for aroma—but the final count depends on the type of beer. A malty porter may only see two charges, while an IPA will get seven. The sweet wort has now become bitter wort, and is put through a twisting series of tubes that look a little like a middle-school science experiment. Here, a heat exchanger uses cold water to cool the wort before it goes into a fermentation tank—the quintessential, towering conical tank most associated with brewing—where yeast and oxygen are added. Yeast turns the sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide, which is vented from the tank as the beer ferments via a long, thick plastic tube. King pointed to one of his freshest batches sitting in the fermenter, the gases bleeding off into a half-filled bucket of water, creating a continuous bubbling soundtrack for the brewery. From there, it’s off to the carbonation tank, where the beer is force-carbonated. From beginning to barrel, it takes roughly two weeks to make a batch of beer, although some varieties can take up to three months. Nearly all of Sockeye’s beers are put into barrels (31 gallons, or two kegs, for each barrel) and the brewery is on track to turn out 1,000 barrels this year. If a Sockeye beer is put in a bottle, it is done so by hand and only in small batches. In recent years, beer drinkers have become a bit more adventurous when it comes to their beer. Now, 70 percent of Sockeye’s sales are from its Dagger Falls IPA, a hoppy, bitter beer that was once scorned by customers. Other favorites include the Helldiver Pale Ale and the Powerhouse Porter. And while King is inundated by (half-) joking requests to be his official taster, he quietly points out that it’s a lot of work. “It’s not all fun and games,” he said with a smirk.


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With 30 years of experience, Cobby’s can make a mighty fine sandwich. Add a cold beer and good just got better. 1030 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0990. Other locations: 4348 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-7401; 6899 Overland Road, 208-323-0606,

This colorful, modern sports bar is large enough to swallow an entire league and still have room for the fans. Whether celebrating a win or mourning a loss, the multi-page liquor menu will help you along. 501 Main St., Meridian, 208-898-9470. (after 10 p.m.)



With simple, elegant bar decor, Leku Ona is reminiscent of a European community center, where agreements affecting all of Basque-dom would’ve been hammered out. 117 S. Sixth St., 208-3456665,

Are you in the mood for a tiki torch? Are you a fan of Jimmy Buffet and spiced rum? Would you like to watch the sun set on a patio overlooking a reclaimed quarry that was later turned into a lake? If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, head down State Street to Montego Bay. 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-8535070,


Leku Ona


Idaho Pizza Company

This local franchise is an Idaho standard for first-rate pizza, although the elk in the logo isn’t currently available as a topping. Check out the massive stone fireplace in the center of the room. 1677 Broadway Ave., 208-343-1011. Multiple locations,

35.9° Vista Bar


Montego Bay

36.3° Ben’s Crow Inn

Halfway to Lucky Peak, this rustic establishment is everything that’s Idaho. It’s a dark interior for a cool afternoon along the bikepath. 6781 Warm Springs Ave., 208-342-9669.

36.3° End Zone

This ultimate hole in the wall doesn’t look like it’s changed since the 1950s. Rest your arms on the padded bar that stretches from a pool table and TV at one end to a white brick fireplace at the other, and enjoy the lack of Californians. 813 S. Vista Ave., 208-342-9911.

A sports bar in every sense, catch the MLB/NFL package on the six high-definition flatscreens or step outside to the backyard-esque patio for a round of horseshoes. 1010 Broadway Ave., 208-384-0613.



Bull’s Head Station

Fish and chips and bangers and mash are on the menu, wood is on the bar, and comedy is on the stage—it’s about as close as you get to an English pub in Meridian, Idaho. 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858.

36.0° Gil’s K-9 Bar

This dive is the perfect place to hang out with the rowdy crowd, shoot some pool and listen to Bad Company. 2506 Main St., 208-345-4420.

The Garage/Lucky 13

Just outside of town and situated along the Greenbelt, gourmet pizza and a patio make this a welcoming destination for bicyclists. 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-3446967,


Ha’ Penny Irish Pub & Grill

Boise’s best bet for actin’ the maggot and swillin’ the black stuff: This here’s an authentic pub, boyo! 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-343-5568, hapennybridgepub. com.



Delicious pulled pork, a small but nice beer selection and runny, spicy house barbecue sauce. 1059 E. Iron Eagle Drive, Eagle, 208 -939-8108,

With five flatscreen TVs, multiple game machines and a life-sized pirate, there’s plenty of interest inside while the patio is under construction. 1024 S. Broadway Ave., 208-345-9656.



Drink your summer brew on Hyde Park’s posh corner. It’s fancy, but not too fancy, on Bungalow’s generous patio or in the dim pocket bar, where road bikers and “real housewives” while away the happy hour. 1520 N. 13th St., 208-336-5122.

If a saloon is supposed to be dark, this one fits the bill. But the dearth of daylight makes it less embarrassing to lick the barbecue sauce from your fingers. The owners started operating a barbecue catering biz out of the place six months ago. Try the tri-tip sammy for lunch and smoked prime rib on Friday nights. 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797.

Roadhouse BBQ


Suds Tavern

Red Eye Saloon




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36.5° Turner’s Sports Bar

Need to buy fishing tackle and a shot of whiskey, all in the same spot? Well, Boise has such a place, and Turner’s Sports Bar happens to be it. 4022 W. State St., 208-342-9090.

36.6° The Torch Lounge

If Prince were to go to the Torch Lounge, he would feel obligated to sing his signature song, “Purple Rain.” Besides being covered in the purple, The Torch has a full bar, comfortable seating, a vending machine that sells mentholated cigarettes and string cheese. Oh, and some of Boise’s best strippers. 1826 Main St., 208-344-0218. Other location: 610 Vista Ave., 208-336-4747,

36.8° Brick Oven Bistro

Hot turkey sandwiches, mashed potatoes and Stella on tap are but three reasons the Bistro has been a Boise mainstay for years. With a dining room that feels like Grandma’s house and front-row seats to the Alive After Five hubbub on its patio, Brick Oven ain’t a bad idea. 801 W. Main St., Ste. 107, 208-342-3456.


Bill-N-Lynn’s Place

If you live in Meridian and you’re a biker, chances are you’ve heard of Bill-N-Lynn’s Place. This bar not only boasts a chilled Jagermeister machine, but it also spotlights its own Fireball Whiskey Machine. Apparently, they go through 14 bottles a week. The shots taste like Red Hots, and are fairly inexpensive. 229 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-4075.

36.9° Lucky Dog

This friendly gay bar accepts everyone. You’ll find yourself staring at the color-shifting neon-lighted bar, or the TV screens with pictures of shirtless men. 2223 W. Fairview Ave., 208-333-0074,

37.0° Dream Cafe

The Tibetan prayer flags overhanging the entrance indicate an eclectic experience of international entrees. Spanish and Argentinian wine and Czech beer awaits within. 3110 S. Bown Way, 208-338-6632,

37.0° Sam’s Place

With a shuffleboard lining one wall, a long bar on the other, and a press of working-class humanity as the meat in the middle, this establishment is a classic BLT sandwich of a neighborhood bar. 3395 Five Mile Road, 208-376-0074.

37.0° White Water Pizza & Pasta

Support one of the few locally owned establishments in the strip mall. Hearty, American fare and a good variety of beers on tap, plus fast and friendly service ensure you’ll be a satisfied customer. 1510 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-888-6611,


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37.1° Kit Kat Club

Somewhere between Meridian’s sprawling suburbs and farmland lies the Kit Kat Club. The inside of the Kit Kat is quite spacious and boasts 40 or so television screens. But you didn’t travel here to sit and watch TV. You came to watch the strippers. 4842 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-7731.

37.2° 36th Street Bistro

Sit down and enjoy a cold one under the white vaulted ceiling of the bistro as piano music floats amid the lush greenery of the garden center and the sunset paints the looming Foothills mauve and gold. 3823 N. 36th St., 208-433-5100.


Cricket’s Bar & Grill

At the foot of Protest Hill, not only is this neighborhood bar home to the highly acclaimed “Taco Tuesday,” but Cricket’s also prides itself on offering authentic “true pounder” beer glasses, no masquerading 14-oz. glasses with thick bases as some bars are known to have. 1228 Oakland Ave., 208-344-6235.

37.2° Kahootz Steak & Alehouse

So what if the Bud isn’t a coldest beer contender? This isn’t the place for that kind of thirst quencher, not with 43 rotating taps— allegedly the most of any Idaho bar—pouring the best craft brews in the West. The kitchen offers a new set of dinner specials each week. Expect a wait on Fridays and Saturdays. Outdoor patio. Note: The place doesn’t believe in TVs. 1603 Main St., Meridian, 208-8959861,


Visual Arts Collective

This multi-use art facility has an edgy vibe that is too cool for school. Epoxy-coated bar top is made of reclaimed Douglas fir. Look for circuses, live theater and plenty of live music. 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

37.4° Lulu’s Fine Pizza

Join the Highlanders and those coming from Bogus to wash down your “fine” New York-style pizza with a cool brew in Lulu’s comfy, greenwalled dining room or on the patio slab with a view back up the mountain. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-387-4992,


Sockeye Grill & Brewery

This West Boise saloon features up to 10 unique, locally brewed beers on tap and a substantial menu. Fast and friendly service and a nice, open patio add to its local charms. 3019 N. Cole Road, 208-658-1533,

37.5° Eastside Tavern

Stop in to sing karaoke or watch a football game on the big screens. Plus, it’s always happy hour for anyone with an active military ID. 610 E. Boise Ave., 208-388-8700,

37.6° Creekside Lounge

Patio seating overlooks the Owyhees and Indian Creek. Known for steaks and prime rib. The “lighter fare” menu lists a gut stuffer: sausage and sauerkraut with au gratins. The dance floor suggests things get rowdy. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421,

37.0° Symposion

This oddly placed, secluded little gem can be best described in two words: “everyday people.” Bring your dog along and a pack of smokes, and you’ll fit in just fine here. If you’re lucky enough, the bartender, Kelly, might even give you a free lollipop just for coming down. 2801 Fletcher St., 208-342-9420.

37.8° Bardenay

When Bardenay in downtown Boise opened in 2000, it was the first distillery/restaurant in the nation. They produce gin, vodka and rum, as well as contemporary Northwest cuisine like seared rare peppered ahi tuna and six different satay skewers. The Eagle location’s exposed beam ceiling, indoor/outdoor fireplace and treelined flagstone patio provide a popular backdrop for sipping a Lemon Drop made with handcrafted vodka. 155 Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-5093. Other location: 610 Grove St., 208-426-0538,


Bittercreek Ale House

The “keep it local” mantra is paid more than lip-service at this downtown trendsetter. Eventually, all roads lead to Bittercreek. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813, bittercreekalehouse. com.

37.8° Chandlers

Just hanging out in this swanky joint makes you feel like you’ve jumped an income bracket. 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300.


Quinn’s Restaurant & Lounge

Like the Godfather, this bar knows just how cool it is. Dimly lit and dignified, the brass and wood interior belies how quickly a karaoke or dance party can start on the spacious tile floor, and it’s one of the only places in town to get food until 3 a.m. 1005 S. Vista Ave., 208-3450135.


38.5° Reef

As the the neon above the thatch and bamboo bar proclaims, this is undoubtledly a tiki bar. Gilligan would have plenty of room to run from the Skipper across this spacious beach-themed dining room and rooftop patio, where the Sixth and Main kids limbo and sway. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,

38.0° Berryhill & Co.

38.3° Casanova

More Sinatra than Archie Bunker, this slyly modern pizzeria is as chic as it is comfortable. 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535,

38.3° Flatbread Community Oven

A place where ambience and service rule Firewood burns in the open pizza oven in supreme, Berryhill’s bar serves it up with style. this modern eatery with a vintage Italian 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553, berryhillandco. ambience. 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177. com. Other location: 830 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-0969,

38.1° Brews Brothers

Brews Brothers could quite possibly be the best beer and bar in town. How is this, you ask? Well, it all lies in its selection. From foreign to domestic, this bar has enough beers on tap to make even the pickiest beer drinkers smile. 6928 W. State St., 208-853-0526,

38.1° Mai Thai

Black walls and blood-red upholstery create a sexy lounge for diners waiting to linger in the dining room over Thai delicacies and fresh sushi. The restaurant’s chic, modern interior features a long reflecting pool and a gilded Buddha. 78 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-9388424. Other location: 750 Idaho St., 208-3448424,

38.1° The Pocket

Sink yourself into a corner at this off-thefreeway billiard hall, where ’90s college rock is on the juke and happy hour lasts half the night. 1487 N. Curtis Road, 208-375-2474.


Alterknit Lounge at KFCH

38.4° Grape Escape

Affordable bottles and glasses, plus 14 years experience provide an un-snooty, unmatched indoor/outdoor venue in which to snack and swill wine. 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 120, 208-368-0200.

38.4° Parrilla Grill

Sit down with the college kids and North End taco eaters at the indoor/outdoor bar. It’s a fine place to watch the madding crowd of Hyde Park cruise by on their way to or from Camel’s Back or the Foothills. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688.

38.5° Ahi

Located near the heart of downtown Eagle, Ahi’s creative sushi chefs deftly execute requests for raw combos not found on the regular menu. Signature spicy sauces are made from scratch behind the three-sided sushi bar. 1193 Winding Creek Drive, Eagle, 208-938-3474.

38.5° Liquid

Upgraded with billiards and funky lights, Liquid’s stage and laminated plywood flooring offer a glorified slice of Seattle’s 1990s grunge scene. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-287-5379,

Cold beer and live music go together like peanut butter and jelly at this popular all-ages concert house. 416 Ninth St., 208-367-1212.



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Red Feather Lounge


Hijinx Comedy Club

The ambience is big city and casually swank at Bittercreek’s sophisticated sidekick. Marvel at the looming 30-foot ghost-blue wine tower as the acid house music soothes. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340,

Deceptively expansive and perfectly proportioned for song and slapstick, HiJinx is a comedy club with swank turned up to full-bore. 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, 208-947-7100,



Still the only bar in Star. And little has changed inside. Head on in and rub elbows with locals, throw some darts and be prepared to wisecrack with the barkeep. The patio offers great seating for the Tuesday night horseshoe tourneys. And the pickled eggs are still a buck. 10937 W. State St., Star, 208-286-7794.

We used to make jokes about the Cactus having a prickly demeanor, but this downtown bar has cleaned up its act. If only the Cactus had been as shiny clean inside all those years before—just imagine all the memories we would have had if the alley patio had been installed a decade ago. Then again, we wouldn’t have all the crazy memories of the dive it used to be, either. 517 W. Main St., 208-342-9732.

Sam’s Saloon

38.5° Stagecoach Inn

Cactus Bar


This Western-themed steakhouse, with its diamond tuck upholstery and dark paneling, celebrates its big five-oh in September. Jumbo prawns, huge steaks and homemade banana OK, so the beer’s not that cold. But who cream pie have kept loyal customers going cares when a joint smells this good? The only back for three generations. 3132 Chinden Blvd., mission for beer here anyway is to wash down Garden City, 208-331-0336. ribs, brisket, smoked kielbasa and sweet potato casserole. Goodwood offers a comfy, relaxed atmosphere if you’re eating in, and plenty of napkins if you’re doing takeout. 1140 N. Eagle Road, 208-884-1021. Other location: 7849 W. Spectrum St., 208-658-7173, In a strip mall near HP, Stubs serves the best damn pickled eggs on the planet. Overstuffed couches and a big screen imitate the comforts of home, while tellies in the loo ensure you’ll never miss a play during the big game. 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-378-8273, A mammoth crown looms above the stage, flashing golden and magnanimous over hipsters—aging, inebriated and otherwise. The black walls and booths are a dark comfort to the disaffected. 111 N. 11th St., 208-3430886, Right in the heart of Hyde Park, the pub offers up a fine selection of drafts, a great little patio, and a perfect, bustling environment to watch a ball game and shoot some stick. 1501 N. 13th St., 208-336-9260.

Goodwood Barbecue Company

38.6° Stubs Sports Bar

39.4° Neurolux

38.7° Hyde Park Pub


38.7° Tom Grainey’s

It’s the place to rock out with friends to local bands on the hip Sixth and Main corner. 109 S. Sixth St., 208-345-2505.


Boise Fry Company

The fries may be center stage, but the beer and burgers are fantastic, too. The name controversy isn’t the only reason this place is packed. 111 Broadway Ave., Suite 111, 208-495-3858,


Q’s Billiards & Eatery

Q) What would it look like if Jim Jarmusch and Mama Morton (from Chicago) opened a divey darts and pool bar? A) Q’s. 6570 Fairview Ave., 208-322-9122.

39.0° Willowcreek Grill

Modern decor and lighting make this a good stop for a drink, a sandwich and some sweet potato fries. 1065 Winding Creek Road, Eagle, 208-938-3010. Other location: 2273 S. Vista Ave., 208-343-5544,


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Rick’s Press Room

From the lovingly restored 102-year-old wood floors to the framed newspaper pages on the wall to the small but meticulously crafted menu, everything in this delightful establishment is done with care. Enjoy a more old-fashioned experience here: read the paper, relax with a cigar in the plush smoking lounge and dine at your leisure on rich, incredibly satisfying fare. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-2880558,

39.5 Dutch Goose

Once you’ve finished patting your teammates on the rump after a grueling game of rugby, head on down to the “Goose” with your bros for some cheap suds, great food and a quick game of horseshoes. If horseshoes aren’t your thing, head inside where you can battle it out on the air hockey table. 3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887.


Kay & Traci’s 127 Club

Want really cold beer here? Skip the draft and order longnecks, which are chilled nightly in an ice bath trough. Expect a mixed crowd at this venerable tavern—ranch hands and laptop jockeys often share the bar. Live country on weekends and prime rib Friday nights. 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-884-0122.


39.7° Charlie Brown’s

Located in hedonist central next to Erotic City and Video Vixen, this bar is dark enough to hide all your guilty pleasures. Especially if one of those pleasures is darts. Described as “random” by the bartender, Charlie Brown’s clientele ranges from retirees during the day to the raucous party crowd at night. 5783 Overland Road, 208-375-6541.

39.7° Grizzly Rose

Sounds like a country dive, looks like Northwest swank. Rustic and immaculate, this is one of Boise’s coolest concert venues and bars. 1124 W. Front St., 208-342-3375,

39.8° Emerald Lanes

Bowling bars are supposed to be crappy little dives where you retreat after getting whupped in the lanes by your girlfriend’s little brother. With hardwood counters and spacious seating, this sanctuary is the exception. 4860 Emerald St., 208-344-2695.

39.9° Krueger’s

Hidden between Hollywood Video and Money Tree on Broadway, the word about this game-day favorite pub is quickly spreading. Check out the hip VIP room available in the back. 550 Broadway Ave., 208-761-3076.

40.0° The Bouquet

Though this downtown institution got a recent makeover, the massive wood bar remains, which will make bar goers feel right at home as they take in a parade of live music. 1010 W. Main St., 208-345-6605,


Happy Fish Sushi & Martini Bar

Recession got you contemplating harakiri? Stop in for serenity personified—with a side of raw fish, vodka and gin. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810,


40.3° Pengilly’s Saloon

Sit at the nicked-up, well-worn bar and eye the milling crowd out on Main Street, or those swaying to the always-free live music. The majestic antique backbar keeps watch with you over this truly “Old Boise” bar in Old Boise. 513 W. Main St., 208-345-6344.


Buddies Pub & Deli

This well-lit strip-mall establishment has more the feel of an alcove of afternoon delight than a den of late-night desire. Four pool tables and a ping-pong setup inspire a bit of healthy competition between friends. 8654 Overland Road, 208-658-0906.

40.4° Basque Center

The only Basque phrase you need to know at this bar is “Garagardoa nahi nuke?” Which translates as, “May I have a beer?” 601 Grove St., 208-342-9983.


The Gaslight Lounge

Bowling, a karaoke machine and a full bar. Need we say more? Well, besides that this one’s inside 20th Century Lanes. 4712 W. State St., 208-342-3250.

40.5° Smoky Mt. Pizza

Nice selection of specialty pizzas like Mediterranean and Caribbean. The patio offers plenty of opportunities for people-watching. 34 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-0212. Multiple locations,

40.6° Bella Aquila

With the most scenic patio in Eagle, this upscale Italian restaurant attracts the business crowd from the Hilton across the street, as well as well-heeled residents from the Two Rivers subdivision just over the Boise River. Calamari appetizer and chicken saltimbocca please the palate while diners enjoy the verdant view. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-1900.


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41.0° Rockies

It’s not just a bar, restaurant and arcade; it’s a show, complete with whirling beauties on roller skates and a live DJ spinning American classics. Sit back and remember the good ole days, and while you’re there, consider vying for the “Rockies Challenge.” Warning: It has a 95 percent failure rate. 3900 Overland Road, 208-336-2878.

41.1° Flying Pie

Friendly service, albeit a bit wacky at times, topped with a sprinkling of sci-fi surrealism is the slice of the day at Flying Pie, an institutional family pizzeria with a few adult concessions. Gourmet night on Tuesdays, “It’s Your Day” free pizza promotions and a ball of foil much, much bigger than your head. 6508 Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000. Other location: 4320 W. State St., 208-345-8585,

41.4° Piper Pub & Grill

Head upstairs and join the business-casual after-work crowd and watch a ballgame on one of the plasma flatscreens, sip a Scotch and coldish beer. Or perch with your beverage on the balcony and keep an eye on the street action down Eighth and Main. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200, 208-343-2444,

41.6° Main Street Bistro

Boise State is weak on Greek? We call bullshit. With babes, booze and bar games galore, MSB is 100 percent frat party. 609 W. Main St., 208-345-9515, mainstbistro.

42.1° Overland Bar

Downtown can keep its bourgeois clientele; the Overland Bar is keeping it real. Cheap drinks, friendly patrons and copious amounts of ashtrays are par for the course. The velvet nudes are just a bonus. 3907 Overland Road, 208-336-4707.

40.9° Pitchers & Pints

This quaint little bar boasts $1 beers all the time. For $42, you could buy an at-capacity crowd a round. 1108 Front St.

40.9° The Plank

What pirate doesn’t love a good patio and game of horseshoes? You won’t find any rum, but the Plank’s wide selection of drafts will keep you more than satisfied. 650 S. Vista Ave., 208-336-1790.


Lock, Stock & Barrel

As if plucked from Yellowstone National Park, the LSB bar is awash with subtle culture and rustic comfort. 1100 W. Jefferson St., 208-336-4266,


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41.7° 41.0° Louie’s

In Italy, nothing is more important than family and food, and Louie Mallane has carried on that tradition for 44 years at this locally famous pizzeria. Part Idaho history museum and part Tuscan piazza, this fountain-bedecked establishment couldn’t be a more inviting place to gather with loved ones and share some vino. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200,

41.0° O’Michael’s Pub & Grill

Slip into these shrouded confines and party down with North End bar flies or locals fresh off the mountain. Hip apres ski joint in the winter and a cool respite from the heat of summer. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-3428948,

41.0° Proto’s Pizza

Have a seat at the long concrete bar in Proto’s starkly comfortable dining room, or belly up to the patio bar and watch the bustle of BoDo as you sip a chilly one and mow down some wood-fired pizza, 345 S. Eighth St. 208-331-1400,

Burger ’N Brew

We made the unfortunate mistake of walking into Burger ’N Brew with empty stomachs and little to no money. This proved to be torture as we watched customers order amazing food. Lucky for us, they had free popcorn to stifle our hunger pangs. This longtime Boise restaurant delivers exactly what its name promises: burgers and beer. And they’ve been at it long enough to know what works. 4295 W. State St., 208-345-770.

41.7° Fireside Inn

This dimly lit bar has a good selection of video games, a pool table, shuffleboard and plenty of seating for all. Stop by to get a cheap drink, and when you do, don’t forget to check out the hand-knit baseball towels nailed right above your head. Be forewarned: this is one of the smokiest bars in town so be prepared for a low-oxygen experience. 1610 N. 31st St., 208-342-9075.

41.7° Highlands Hollow

This chalet-style brewpub keeps its delicious hand-crafted tap selection going strong all summer so the wayward Bogus Bums can still chug down a few frosty ones after a day on the river or biking the hills. 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, 208-343-6820, highlandshollow.


Busters Bar & Grill

Neighborhood sports bar/family restaurant stocked with hot young servers in mini skirts and tight tank tops. Bring junior along for a burger while you keep tabs on the game. 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-1800. Other location: 1326 Broadway Ave., 208-345-5688,

42.0° Cottonwood Grille

This is the kind of place that likely doesn’t want to be known for its cold beer. Its cold martinis, sure, but beer is so humble compared to the finer spirits Cottonwood specializes in. Be it winter or summer, Cottonwood has a corner on the kick-back-and-relax-with-abottle-of-wine market. Pinot grigio and the patio in warmer months, cabernet and a fireside table on snowy days. 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800,

42.0° The Office

It’s appropriate that this legal-age playground is only a hop, skip and a few years away from Chuck E. Cheese’s. Spacious ceilings, sports screens and horseshoes out back ensure you’ll never call in sick to the Office. 6125 W. Fairview Ave., 208-377-2800.


Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine

Good, family-friendly trailer park fun. Eat mac ’n’ cheese or single-wide burgers in a car with Christmas decorations on the hood. 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008,

42.1° Navajo Room

In this Bench gem, the only thing more delightful than the Native American-themed murals and life-sized, framed portraits of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, is the bartender, Chazz. He is snarkiness brought to life, and he’ll even let you bring in your own food. 4900 Emerald St., 208-343-5817.

42.3° Club Savvy’s

For six years, Club Savvy’s has hosted monthly wild theme parties while karaoke and dancing keep locals entertained seven days a week. Long bar, big dance floor and an impressive karaoke stage make you a star for the night. 3933 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-429-9339,

42.5° Papa Joe’s

A Boise favorite for two decades, Papa Joe’s offers prime Sicilian cooking with Idaho microbrews for a winning cultural combination. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272,

42.9° Mack & Charlie’s

Why book a warehouse kegger when Mack and Charlie host one every night? Expect loud, spacey perfection. 507 W. Main St., 208-3435159,


43.0° DaVinci’s

This bar and eatery occupies the historic Eagle Bank building and serves New York-style Italian fare. The bar hosts a wine tasting with live music every Thursday night. Although the beer is warmish, the Jagermeister chiller produced 24.5 degree elixir. 190 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-2500.

43.0° Pie Hole II

With wildly painted walls, pizza by the slice, and a back patio to enjoy it on, this repeat of the downtown location is brimming with personality. 1016 Broadway Ave., 208-4242225. Other location: 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783,


Tablerock Brewpub & Grill

Step away from BoDo, or Julia Davis Park, and watch the ball game on the flatscreens while you sip a Tablerock original brewski. The design is comfortably stark inside, and the patio provides a fine glimpse down Capitol Boulevard. 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944,

43.5° The E-Club

An adult rec center: 10 taps, oversized dance floor and stage, and open-minded patrons. 415 S. Ninth St., 208-342-5446,


43.5° Terrapin Station

Check out grunge metal and Grateful Dead cover bands, or hang out on an old couch and stare at the psychedelic pictures. 1519 W. Main St., 208-342-1776, terrapinboise.

43.8° Balcony Club

This gay-friendly joint is designed for dancing the night away. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-336-1313,

44.1° China Blue

China can make all the fake tan and hair product in the world—they can’t, however, manufacture the “magic” that happens on the China Blue dance floor. 100 S. Sixth St., 208-338-6604,


River Rock Alehouse

Sit out on River Rock’s beautiful covered patio while the breeze plays in the trees. 228 E. Plaza St., Eagle, 208-938-4788.



Terry’s State Street Saloon

Falcon Tavern

What’s great about Terry’s are hidden pictures of naked women on the walls. It’s kinda like “Where’s Waldo?” if Waldo was a naked woman. If that’s not your thing, then you always have karaoke. 3301 Collister Drive, 208-331-8225,



New digs, upgraded patio, same red paint. Bright and airy, this bird is a beacon at both mealtime and beer-thirty. 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111,


This unpretentious little restaurant has a nice selection of beer and wine, including its own The colorful mural on the front sets the tone homebrew on tap. Throw in some amazing food, an upbeat staff and a Getty Lee bobblehead for this lively neighborhood bar. Watch the big figure that sits next to the bar, and you’ll see why game on the multiple flatscreen TVs or sit in sometimes, it’s not what’s in a name. 7330 W. the shade on the back patio. 2710 Broadway State St., 208-853-7757, Ave., 208-342-9220.

Jim’s Alibi


TK’s Bar

Perched on an impressive overlook of the valley, this working person’s bar features live music, a shady back patio and the obligatory singing bass on the wall. 3231 Federal Way.


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Pristine-but-cozy furniture and dim lighting make the Owyhee Plaza Hotel lounge the ultimate destination for an upscale Boise date. The lounge is a Boise landmark, where political power players and visitors alike have gathered for decades. 1109 W. Main St., 208-343-4611,

Not only is Chef Roland’s the only establishment in the valley to serve authentic Cajun cuisine, but everything comes with a large serving of Southern hospitality on the side, including the not-so-frosty, but still-darn-good beer. 1221 W. Boise Ave., 208-344-4387.

Gamekeeper Lounge


Little Dutch Garden

This was named the 2008 Best of Boise “Best Bar in a Neighborhood” for a reason: You’ll feel like you’re visiting a friend’s house. If you can wrestle a spot in the lineup, take advantage of LDG’s excellent horseshoe pit, or just chill at a table in the shady back yard and heckle the other throwers. You’ll make friends in no time. 1910 S. Owyhee St., 208-342-9034.

45.9° Gusto Bar

Offering drink and dance vs. chug and chat, Gusto is Mack & Charlie’s wide open, concrete-floored, red-walled sister. Or maybe fraternity brother is a better way to think of the relationship. 509 W. Main St., 208-343-5159,

Chef Roland’s

46.3° Sunray Cafe

This is the classic Hyde Park beer and grub grotto. Mix with the lycra-clad post-ride bikers and happy beer-loving North Enders on one of Boise’s best patios, or in Sunray’s recently remodeled back dining room and bar. 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887.


“performer” snowboard hanging on a wall. However, this is all trumped by Holy Oly Tuesdays: 50-cent 12 oz. cans of Olympia Beer. Two quarters gets you the Tumwater beer that built the Northwest. 4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250,

47.7° The Busted Shovel

Just because you ride a scooter instead of a Harley doesn’t mean that you can’t go to Meridan’s No. 1 biker bar. Ride right up and grab a shot of Patron. Still, it might be a good idea to park your scooter behind the Busted Shovel when you go, at least if you want to maintain your tough image. 704 Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217,

48.2° Opa


The Front Door Northwest Pizza & Tap House

Obscured by upstairs neighbor The Reef, this quaintly bricked “neo-ameripolitan pizza” gem serves delectable pies, pasta and a mess of microbrews. Don’t expect to find any mass-produced domestic beers here—it’s all about the finely crafted brews served at the optimal temperature. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201,

48.9° Bar Gernika

This brick-walled downtown Boise fixture offers something for everyone: a scrumptious menu, fantastic staff and a wide selection of brewskis. Sometimes a little Bar Gernika is just what the doctor ordered. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175,

Step on into Opa’s dimly lit, red confines, sit at the long, narrow bar and watch beautiful people on the perpetually playing Fashion If you can’t have the coldest beer, it might Network, while the bartenders greet each new as well be among the warmest. People come to patron with a round of “Opa!” Smoke a hooka. this bar to dance, anyway. The liquor is cheap, Sway to the house music. Bang a gong. Get it the horseshoes are plentiful, and the music is on. 213 N. Eighth St., 208-342-6555. Among the black mod couches, art chairs and loud. 116 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, bright angular mobiles linger clusters of Les Bois’ 208-888-9034. well-dressed urbanites. Drink on the grown-up corner of Boise’s busiest party intersection. 601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034.


The New Frontier


47.1° The Lift

We could write about how The Lift has a friendly, outdoorsy atmosphere to it. We could describe the large shaded patio out back. Hell, we could even rant about the vintage Burton


Dirty Little Roddy’s

Babes on mechanical bulls and close-quartered Want to find more Treasure Valley Bars? dance fever make Dirty Little Roddy’s the late-night Check out Bar Bar, BW’s bar guide at destination of urban cowfolks from all walks of life, although it’s a particular favorite of the collegeaged crowd. 100 S. Sixth St., 208-338-6604,

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49.6° Grainey’s Basement

Cover bands jam near a crammedbut-critical dance floor while drinks flow like the Boise River in this loud, steamy basement. 109 S. Sixth St., 208-345-2505.


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Beat it: The fast time of the reigning champions of Bars & Stripes.



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The new Ophidia Dance and Art Studio is ready to open with new The first 100 riders ages 21 and older to register with valid ID instructors teaching classes in tai chi, belly dance, hip-hop, sexy chair are welcome to spend their Saturday racing around Boise during dance and poi, as well as an energetic healing practitioner doing body the fourth annual Boise Weekly Bars and Stripes Alley Cat Race. work one-on-one in the healing room. Registration at the BWHQ begins at 2 p.m. and then the racers are The first part of the evening serves as the First Thursday grand off following their manifest destinies starting at 3 p.m. Registration opening in Garden City, and the second part is an after-party from 9-11 includes a T-shirt and the chance to race against a group of hardp.m. Grab some refreshments that go well with cheese served by a core and determined bicyclists. mysterious mascot of the arts wearing a mask created especially for 2 p.m., $13, Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., 208-344-2055, the evening. The music by SemiFamous and Kelly Lynae will entertain the crowd, along with art displays, demonstrations and an eclectic variety of performances. Watch as poi dancers INDEPENDENCE DAY Learn to spin on a dazzle with choreographed moves and displays of fire Brace yourself for a barrage pole in the name of expertly swung around on a string. Other entertainment of fireworks all over the Treasure art and exercise. includes AbSINthia Verre, Nate Poulton, Alan Haynes, The Valley and beyond. In Boise, the Boise B-Boys and Creative Motion presents Eclektic-Ka. Fourth of July activities begin The happening place also houses art exhibits by local slightly past the crack of dawn with artists, including April Vandergrift, Chris Cullinan and Craig the annual Fourth of July Pancake Clark to name a few. Breakfast in Julia Davis Park from 6-11 p.m., FREE, Ophidia Dance and Art Studio, 200 E. 7-11 a.m. Adults enjoy flapjacks for 37th St., Garden City, $5, children pay $4 and clowns, face painting and music keep the morning lively. At 11 a.m., the Fourth of July Liberty Day Parade begins at 11th and Bannock streets. The 2009 theme, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, celebrates the personal sacrifices of local heroes. For more information, visit The Fourth of July Celebration at The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, features music by The Soul Cats and fishing lessons from the Bass Junkies, a group of professional anglers who will share tips and tricks from 3-6 p.m. The seventh annual Northwest MotorFest at Expo Idaho (5610 Glenwood St., Garden City) is an allAmerican festival with hot cars, beloved TV stars and Bill Pelham sawing through logs with V8 chainsaws. The Idaho Potato Commission recognizes the 35th anniversary of Happy Days by bringing in The Fonz (Henry Winkler) and co-star Ralph the Mouth (Donny Most). Other high-octane events include drag strip racing, a burnout contest and classic cars cruising all over the place. At 12:40 p.m., the national anthem salutes the troops with a military fly-over, a moment of silence and Amazing Grace played on bagpipes. The celebration continues in Boise with pomp and circumstance centered on the 50th anniversary of Ann Morrison Park, named after Ann Daly Morrison, the wife of Morrison Knudsen Co. founder Harry W. Morrison. From 3-5:30 p.m., Boise City Parks and Recreation coordinates children’s activities and games, including relay races, capture the flag, soccer and crafts. The Boise Municipal Band, conducted by Boise State music professor Marcellus Brown, provides the patriotic music GIRLS ON FIRE from 5:30-6:30 p.m. After the concert, Boise Mayor David Bieter leads Niccole Blaze has been the opening act for Shawn Colvin, Karla an official ceremony. Bonoff and David Wilcox, but fans of her duo act, Blaze and Kelly— The Capital City Cruise in downtown Boise from 7-9:30 p.m. gives Niccole Blaze and Mo Kelly—have waited a long time for a new album. spectators an eyeful of classic cars and pickups—this year’s featured Blaze and Kelly’s latest release, Life is Beautiful, includes 14 original vehicle. The parade starts at 12th and Main streets and makes good tracks with music and lyrics by Blaze. The singer-songwriter is particuuse of the one-way streets for cruising. larly proud of the 12-page booklet with lyrics and "awesome" pictures At Gusto Bar (509 W. Main St., Boise), celebrate the most patriotic because the artist knows that the extra offering is dwindling in the of holidays with a barbecue, a mini-ramp and free live music by Vagerfly, fast-paced world of digital downloading. The album, like the title track, is The Quickies, IP Address, Hotdog Sandwich, Demoni, Pull Out Quick, all about overcoming obstacles in life and features a number of musical The PirkQlaters and Mass Mortem. guests along with a diverse collection of styles. Blaze and Kelly are After all that, it’s time to pull up a blanket for the main attraction, excited to hold the CD release at the Visual Arts Collective because it's Fireworks in Ann Morrison Park at 10:15 p.m. a big party for the fans. The audience will hear folk-acoustic harmony, Fourth of July celebrations beyond Boise include: bluesy-funk, bluegrass, country, rock and even jazz. Blaze said, “The The party at Storey Park in Meridian (11 W. Bower St.), which starts audience gets to be part of it because they’ve witnessed huge growth at 1 p.m. and draws big crowds for music and fireworks. [in the artists], both personally and musically.” Idaho City’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Family Fun Day starts at The show for the 21-and-older crowd includes the chance to purnoon with a parade, outhouse races and a reading of the Declaration of chase wine and beer at the bar to enjoy along with appetizers and some Independence by retired Supreme Court Justice Byron Johnson. damn fine music. Special guests performing at the CD release party The action in Stanley starts with a kids’ parade in downtown at 6 include Rebecca Scott, Dan Costello, Kent Person, Rob Hill, Dominique p.m. followed by a community potluck in the city park with music from Tardiff, Debbie Sager, Scott Lindbloom and Steve Fulton. 7-10 p.m. Then watch a fireworks display with the Sawtooth Mountains Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage as a scenic backdrop. St., Garden City, DAV I D DAY

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wednesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS DENIM AND DIAMONDS TOUR—Almost everyone has picked something up off the ground, whether it’s money, a raunchy photo or a note to someone else. FOUND magazine’s Denim and Diamonds Tour is a multi-city tour hosted by Davey and Peter Rothbart. The tour celebrates FOUND magazine’s new book Requiem for a Paper Bag, which includes the tales of found objects from celebrity contributors, including Seth Rogen, Chuck D. and Wire founder David Simon. The hosts of the show are bringing a load of found objects to entertain the audience, including notes that never made it to the intended recipient, music that was never meant to be heard and other fascinating ďŹ nds. 8:30 p.m., $5, www.foundmagazine. com. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297.



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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS— The Shakespearean farce full of mistaken identities and crazy characters is one of the Bard’s best-known comedies with a plot that follows the uprising at the port of Syracuse when twin brothers and their twin servants are reunited after 30 years apart. ISF puts a twist on the production by staging a version of the play set in Brazil during Carnival. Along with the regular ISF cast, a couple of ladies from the Red Light Variety Show will dance as tempting seductresses. See review, Page 49. 8 p.m., $21-$29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofďŹ ce 208336-9221,

FOOD & DRINK WINE TASTING—The Tavern Wine Market at Bown Crossing offers deals on wine ights. 5-8 p.m., Tavern Wine Market, 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-343-9463.

BEGINNER DRUM CLASS— First-time drummers are encouraged to drop in and learn basic concepts and techniques of drumming. These courses are taught by several area teachers and offer a greater level of expertise and variety to a beginning rhythm student. 6-7 p.m., $7 with studio drum; $5 with your personal drum. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, TECHNOLOGY CLASSES—Job seekers and adults are encouraged to register for a series of free technology classes. If you don’t know a mouse from a USB cable, these classes will teach you to be tech savvy in no time. The class What the Heck Is a Youtube? covers deďŹ nitions and examples of blogs, wikis, VoIP, Twitter, Google and boing boing. Take a tour of the Internet and ďŹ nd out what all this silly Web vocabulary refers to. 8-8:45 p.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary. org.

LITERATURE BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS—Join a group of nonďŹ ction writers who meet to learn from guest speakers and from each other. The July meeting is with The Idaho Writers Guild. Doug Copsey (, author of With Our Good Will, 30 Years of Shakespeare in Idaho, will recount the process of forming the Guild and describe its mission, goals and proposed activities. Arrive at 6 p.m. to browse bookshelves and chat it up with other aspiring writers. First Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m., FREE, Writers.html. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229.

GREEN BUGS FARM STAND— Pick up some produce grown by the children of Boise Urban Garden School. The farm stand includes seasonal produce such as garlic scapes, collards and strawberries. The general list of produce available as the season progresses includes: basil, cilantro, oregano, thyme, parsley, sage, beans, lettuce, peas, beets, kale, chard, raspberries, carrots, leeks,

multiple varieties of onions, broccoli, squash (summer and winter), garlic, tomatoes, blackberries, cucumbers, peppers, cauliower potatoes, cabbage, eggplant and corn. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., BUGS Garden, 4821 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-424-6665, www.

KIDS & TEENS MAKE AND TAKE WEDNESDAYS—An after-school science and art program for children ages 6 and older held in The Secret Garden. Learn while having fun. 4 p.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WEDNESDAYS—Fun musical stories and activities for babies and toddlers. Meet in the Community Room. 10 a.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, www. NIGHT OWL BABIES—Baby like the night life? Take them in for story time held in the storywell for ages newborn-23 months. No registration required. Call 208-384-4200 for information. 7 p.m., FREE, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www. 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.

RELIGIOUS/ SPIRITUAL A COURSE IN MIRACLES— Instructor Connie leads the class in a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that also teaches the way to love and inner peace. Drop in, all are welcome. 7 p.m., $5 donation. Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, Boise, 208-388-3884, 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, 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.



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WORD PERFECT Mitch Wieland’s literary milestones

and following summer that year and really bore down, got the work done.” The linked stories in God’s Dogs follow the life in exodus of Ferrell Swan, a former educator who has fled his half-broken life in Ohio to come West and live on a broad, desolate swath itch Wieland is in a good mood right now. And of land in the high desert below the Owyhee range. The book he has reason to be. The writer, family man, Boise opens with Ferrell Swan turning 60 and “entering what he State professor and founder and editor of The Idaho views as the steep downhill slide of his life,” which he has choReview—an annual literary journal—has a lot going his way. sen to live out in relative isolation. But throughout the book, His second novel, God’s Dogs: A Novel in Stories, has just been his isolation is interrupted—sometimes the interruptions are released by SMU Press to high praise from the likes of Pulitzer welcomed, other times not so much—by his troubled stepson Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford. The award-winning Idaho Levon, his beautifully philosophical and headstrong ex-wife RilReview’s 10th anniversary issue has also just come out and la, his eccentrically endearing neighbors Cole and Moonbeam, features high-quality fiction by and Din Withers, who lives unauthors such as Rick Bass, Chris derground in a buried and fully Offutt, Melanie Rae Thon, Stuoutfitted storage tank. art Dybek and Edith Pearlman. Ferrell’s life out West unfolds One of Wieland’s stories, “The episodically as he deals with Bones of Hagerman,” which Levon’s meddling and neediness, is included in God’s Dogs, has with Rilla’s troubling companbeen chosen to appear this fall ionship and desires to underin the anthology The Best of the stand and love him, with Din West 2009 alongside writers like and Cole’s fractured pasts and Joyce Carol Oates and Annie with odd everyday occurrences, Proulx. “Swan’s Home,” also all the while trying to underin the novel, won the annual stand his own twisted up life Prairie Schooner award for short and spirit, his own strange draw fiction this spring. to his new piece of the world. It’s no wonder Wieland Throughout God’s Dogs, looked happy sitting in his bookWieland tracks Ferrell’s and manuscript-cluttered office fascination with the raptors housed in a converted ’70s-era floating the high skies, with the apartment building on University rangeland’s galloping wild musDrive as he discussed his recent tangs, and especially with the literary accomplishments. howling songs and eternal pres“There really have been some ence of the coyotes (known as exciting things going on lately,” “god’s dogs” in Native AmeriWieland said, reaching for a can lore). All of it leads readers copy of the new Idaho Review. vividly and poetically through “The issue just came out, and I the way a man like Swan conthink it looks fantastic.” fronts his life in the face of a He handed across the harsh natural world. nearly 300-page journal, The land itself becomes a pointing out his fondness for the character in God’s Dogs, Godzilla cover art by Boise State with Wieland’s prose eloquently Art Department Chair Richard documenting seasons of blinding A. Young. snow, heavy fog, charging wind “We redesigned the whole and oppressive heat on the thing last year and are super high desert. pleased with the presentation, A telling passage from “The the new fonts and, of course, the King of Infinite Space,” the really high quality work we keep second story in the book, reads: Mitch Wieland’s new novel God’s Dogs tells the stories “An Indian summer runs its putting out into the world,” of one man’s journey West. course in blazing afternoons of Wieland said. The Idaho Review, which sun and sky. Along the river the Wieland started in 1998, has trees burn in perpetual flame, been praised from the start as one of the country’s top-tier liter- while higher up the redtails slip their shadows over the ground. ary journals, and has the awards to prove it. Nine pieces from When Rilla does daily tai chi in the yard, Ferrell naps in his the journal—which publishes fiction, poetry, the occasional shorts and bare skin, the sunglow a narcotic in his blood.” essay and, this year, included a piece of illustrated fiction by Wieland works hard to put us inside Ferrell’s head and spirit, Pinckney Benedict—have been reprinted in The Best American and upon that land he walks and breathes, throughout God’s Short Stories, New Stories From the South and The Best of the Dogs. And it’s a complicated pleasure as all good fiction must West, The O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Awards: Best of the be, to be cast out there with Ferrell and Rilla and the rest as so Small Presses. many big questions are dealt with: How do we love? How do “For a venture run on a shoestring budget, and staffed by we share who we are? What do we run from? Who do we run dedicated students from the MFA and MA programs, our track to? Where do we belong? Where is home? record has given us a keen sense of accomplishment,” Wieland wrote in his editor’s note of this year’s Idaho Review. —Christian A. Winn And this sense of accomplishment is no doubt coupled with pride and pleasure for Wieland as God’s Dogs hits the shelves On First Thursday, Wieland will read and sign books at A here in town and nationally. Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St. from 6-9 p.m. On Thursday, “It’s been so good to get the book out. These are stories I’ve July 16, he’ll read at The Cabin at 7:30 p.m. Keep an eye out worked on for several years now,” Wieland said. “A lot of them for his upcoming readings at Borders this summer and at Boise I wrote when I was on sabbatical in 2004. I took the semester State in the fall.




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1STTHURSDAYLISTINGS east side THE BASQUE MARKET—608 W. Grove St., 208-4331208. Enjoy spicy tapas and wine tasting with Bob Tait of Tastevin Wine. BASQUE MUSEUM—611 W. Grove St., 208-3431285. Take a tour of the gallery and the historic Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House. ART GLASS—530 W. Myrtle St., 208-3451withBOISE 1825. Watch live glass blowing demonstrations cheese, crackers and sparkling cider.

COOL HAND LUKE’S—622 W. Idaho St., 208-2873296. Sample steaks on the new outdoor barbecue. The $9.98 Steak and Bake promotion is a 10-ounce flat iron steak with an Idaho baked potato.

THE MELTING POT—200 N. Sixth St., 208-3833happy 0900. Join Club Fondue for a free drink during hour from 5-7 p.m. The graphic art of Michael

DRAGONFLY—414 Main St., 208-338-9234. Enjoy 20 percent off on all dresses through July 3.

OLD BOISE—Sixth and Main streets, 208-345-7852, Idaho Indie Works’ Etsy Street Team features the work of more than 20 local artists with shops on Find handmade products including jewelry, children’s items, cards and art in the Pioneer Tent Building by Ceramica, Bandanna and Epitome Home and Garden.

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—500 W. Idaho St., 2fortable, 208-345-4320. Artist Grant Olsen displays comadult security blankets made out of wool, angora and cashmere. Olsen describes the blankets as “colorful, simple and reassuring.”

CERAMICA—510 W. Main St., 208-342-3822. Create hand-painted art and enjoy half-price studio fees. Complimentary snacks are provided, or guests are welcome to bring their own beverages.

THE FRONT DOOR—105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201. Sample beers courtesy of Craft Brewers Alliance with cheese from Boise Co-op and chocolate from The Chocolat Bar.

CHRONIC TACOS—106 N. Sixth St., 208-941-7524. Celebrate the grand opening with tacos, skating demos and a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Actor, MTV host and professional skateboarder Jason “Wee Man” Acuna helps hand out stuff everyone wants during giveaways sponsored by The Boardroom. See Downtown News on Page 36 for more.

LE CAFE DE PARIS—204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-3360889. Celebrate First Thursday with free wine tasting in the wine shop, a tapas menu and live music. LEKU ONA—117 S. Sixth St., 208-343-6665. Free wine tasting 5-7 p.m.; $2 Kalimotxos from 7-10 p.m.

Olsen is on display.

PENGILLY’S SALOON—513 W. Main St., 208-3456344. Frim Fram 4 performs at 8:45 p.m. THE REEF—105 S. Sixth St., 208-602-7236. Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles perform a free show at 9 p.m. RENDITIONS FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES—106 N. Sixth St., 208-395-1077. New unique and decorative pieces arrive daily at the locally owned and operated furniture store that is open from 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Receive 60 percent off on all furniture and home decor during First Thursday.

south side 8TH STREET ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM 4streets, 8TH STREET MARKETPLACE—Eighth and Broad Visit the artists-in-residence at the AIR studios on the second floor of the Mercantile Building in the 8th Street Marketplace. Light snacks and wine, courtesy of Sawtooth Winery (, are available. Artist Johanna Kirk invites the public to participate in an all-level complimentary yoga class with her dancers from 5:30-6:45 p.m. From 7-8 p.m., Kirk is engaging the audience in discussion about the revised versions of the pieces she exhibited in June. From 8-9 p.m., Kirk is sharing some new sketches of choreography inspired by yoga poses, philosophy and mythology. During the last 45 minutes, Kirk winds things down by leading the crowd through some relaxing yoga poses. Laci McCrea’s spontaneous and honest style is on display as she works on a collection of new portraits. McCrea’s newest series titled “Brave Yet Vulnerable/ Bare Yet Individual” includes a series of portraits of men and their relationships, together and independently. Successful working artist Kirsten Furlong will discuss her process while in residence, and the positive impact it has had on her work. Furlong is working on small pieces for two shows: “prayers for little souls,” a collection of prints and works on paper curated by Waverly Liu, and a drawing for “SQFT,” a collection of portable, contemporary works by 50 Pacific Northwest artists curated by TJ Norris. ATOMIC TREASURES—409 S. Eighth St., 208-3440811. Atomic Treasures helps keep the country beautiful by celebrating the renewable concepts of REuse and REpurposing. The store features an eclectic mix of vintage, retro and found objects along with designer and vintage clothing and decorative treasures for the home. Atomic Treasures also boasts Boise’s largest collection of pre-worn cowboy boots. Owner and artist Cindy Stevens upcycles unusual objects to create exceptional treasures. First Thursday shoppers take 20 percent off any one item through the Fourth of July weekend as a thanks to everyone for supporting the store during its first year. ART MUSEUM—670 S. Julia Davis Dr., 2085fromBOISE 345-8330. Boise Art Museum offers free admission 10 a.m.-9 p.m. During Studio Art Exploration, art lovers are invited to drop in between 5-8 p.m. and make their own interpretation of a famous artwork after viewing the Devorah Sperber exhibition “Threads of Perception.” During Art Talk at 5:30 p.m., photographer and writer Keith Walklet discusses the optical masterpieces in Devorah Sperber’s exhibition. BONEFISH GRILL—855 W. Broad St., 208-433-1234. Stop by on First Thursday and enjoy free wine tasting and live music from 6-8 p.m. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—801 W. Main St., 2086anniversary, 342-3456. July marks the Brick Oven Bistro’s 25th and the establishment is not afraid to share its wish to continue their adventures in serving comfort food. During First Thursday, musician Rebecca Winter performs and the photography of David R. Day is on display. Visit for more information. MARR GALLERY—404 S. Eighth St., 2087areCOLE 336-7630. The Cole/Marr Photography Workshops showing images created during The Cole/Marr Photo Excursions of 2008-2009. EDWARDS DOWNTOWN 9 THEATRE—760 Broad St., 208-338-7465. Pay admission to the movies and receive three hours of free downtown parking. To raise awareness for a new charity partnership called Handy Hands For Hospice, the movie My Sister’s Keeper starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric and Abigail Breslin is showing at Edwards 9 and Edwards 22. Cafe Ole is sponsoring this year’s Free Family Film Festival— stop by the theater for more details and talk to the general manager about sponsorships for next year. ELLA’S ROOM—413 S. Eighth St., 208-331-ELLA. Ella’s Room makes room for new sassy merchandise by offering 25-50 percent off of select sleepwear, robes, camisoles and bras. Ella’s Room stays open until 9 p.m. on First Thursdays. HELLY HANSEN—860 W. Broad St., 208-342-8448. Shoppers are enticed in on First Thursday with 20 percent off all merchandise. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM—610 Julia 8public Davis Dr., 208-334-2120. Admission is free to the from 5-9 p.m. for the opening reception of the newest permanent exhibit, “Boise: A History of Our Capital City.” LUNATIC FRINGE—874 W. Broad St., 208-9559courtesy 0400. Stop in for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments of Bonefish Grill. See photographs of local artist Cara Abdo’s recent journey to India. The first five guests after 5 p.m. receive complimentary brow shaping. MR. PEABODY’S OPTICAL SHOPPE—404 S. Eighth St., 208-344-1390. Take advantage of a special First Thursday evening sale until 8 p.m. R. GREY GALLERY—415 Eighth St., 208-38510 9337. Check out a variety of engagement and wedding bands during an exclusive trunk show with the ring artists of Studio 311. The artists will be on hand from 5-9 p.m. and the rings are on display through July 22. RE BOUTIQUE—405 S. Eighth St., 208-392-7940. Shoppers who attend the grand opening of Re Boutique will find a small shop with a greater purpose. The shop sells local artisan works, recycled clothing and re-purposed furniture.


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1STTHURSDAYLISTINGS SALON 162—404 S. 11 Eighth St., 208-386-9908. Check out the drawings and paintings of cutting edge Boise artist Emily Wenner. Ask Salon 162 stylists for special offers in salon services. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—786 W. Broad St., 208-345-9463. Sample Snake River Winery’s award-winning wines along with special summertime wine concoctions. TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL—705 Fulton St., 208342-0944. Enjoy live music, free wine tasting and discounted glasses and bottles of wine from 6-8 p.m. TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT STUDIO—775 Fulton St., 877-8672320. Anyone age 16 and older can drop in for an open level hip-hop dance class. The First Thursday of the month is free.

the store has an imaginative and inviting collection of confident, colorful and energetic eyewear. Visit the store in person or at

BERRYHILL AND CO. RESTAURANT AND BAR—121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553. Plunk down in comfortable outdoor lounge seating and enjoy happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Sample awardwinning wine courtesy of Snake River Winery from 6:30-8 p.m. along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres samplers by chef John Berryhill. Jazz musicians Ken Harris and Rico Weisman perform until 11 p.m. THE CHOCOLAT BAR—805 W. Bannock St., 208-338-7771. During the grand re-opening at their new location, sample select beers from The Front Door matched with gourmet chocolates.

central downtown

LISK GALLERY—850 13 Main St., 208-342-3773. View desert and wilderness

A NOVEL ADVEN12 TURE—906 W. Main St., 208-344-8088. Boise State professor and author Mitch Wieland signs copies of his new critically acclaimed book God’s Dogs. See Page 33. Check out paintings by local artist Dan Looney. Thomas Paul performs, and proceeds from wine sales will be donated to charity.

MCU SPORTS—822 W. Jefferson St., 208-342-7734. The store is gearing up for summer by showing clips of mountain bike videos. Sip refreshments and watch amazing feats during urban bike trials and skate demos. The sports store is open until 7 p.m.

BELLE BOUTIQUE—224 N. Ninth St., 208-345-1039. Enjoy a glass of wine while local artist Shannon Miller shows off her handcrafted jewelry. The boutique is also featuring a new dress line by the French Connection.

WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET—836 W. Broad St., 208344-0221. Take 5 percent off an entire purchase, $25 off a purchase of $125 or more, and $50 off $200 or more.

POTTERY GOURMET KITCHEN—811 W. Bannock St., 208368-0649. The work of animal artist Toni McMillan is on display from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The store offers 20 percent off on Polish stoneware and baskets and 30 percent off Polish crystal. Check out the new kitchen and inquire about upcoming cooking classes. SCOT CHRISTOPHER 14 HAIR DESIGN—204 N. Ninth St., 208-344-3115. The works of artist Sheri Stucki is on display from 6-9 p.m. SHOE FETISH—310 N. Ninth St., 208-336-0393. Try on beautiful, unique and affordable shoes for women. Shoe Fetish is open late on First Thursday. See the selection at

landscapes by nationally known Idaho photographer Mark Lisk. Painter Jerri Lisk’s strong tree shapes and intensely colored hills and landforms are also on display. This month’s featured guest artist, Kay Seurat, exhibits “River of Rocks.” Guests can sweeten the experience by sampling treats from Dream Chocolate.

AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—100 N. Eighth St., 208-433-0872. Take advantage of a very patriotic sale with markdowns on a wide selection of summer sportswear.

LUX FASHION LOUNGE—785 W. Idaho St., 208-344-4589. Lux shoppers are treated to the sounds of a live DJ spinning tunes that keep the window dancers moving.

ARTISAN OPTICS—190 N. Eighth St., 208-377-8899. See what’s new during First Thursday from 1-8 p.m. As a soon-to-be member of the Anne et Valentin tribe,

OLD CHICAGO—730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037. Children eat for free. Karaoke in the bar is from 10 p.m.-close.

MAI THAI—750 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8424. First Thursday special: Buy two entrees and get two appetizers free (valued at $7.95).

SOLEMATES COMFORT FOOTWEAR—120 N. Eighth St., 208433-9394. The store is stocked with a bunch of new summer sandals.

west side ART SOURCE GAL15 LERY—1015 W. Main St., 208-331-3374. Attend the opening reception for “The Art Source Gallery Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition” from 5-9 p.m. Juror Susan Latta from Boise State announces the award recipients at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy wine from Indian Creek Winery, beer from Brewtopia, music and nibbles.




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1STTHURSDAYLISTINGS BASEMENT GAL16 LERY—928 Main St., 208-333-0309. The Annual Mixed Media Exhibit features work by retired Boise State art professors and is titled, “BSU ... Blast From The Past.” John Killmaster exhibits a wide range of assorted mixed media pieces. James Blankenship is represented by varied sized original pieces created from mixed media. John Taye displays an eclectic body of work including sculptures, paintings and drawings. Tarmo Watia exhibits vibrant mixed media works. Other artists include Kelly Cosho showing a new series of abstract ink paintings. Brink Chipman is exhibiting a variety of imaginative mixed media pieces. BROWN’S GAL17 LERY—1022 Main St., 208-342-6661. The exhibit “Summer in the City” showcases Boise and the surrounding area and features artists working in a variety of mediums. During First Thursday, sip samples of wine by Sawtooth Winery with music by Todd Palmer. An exhibit, “Faces,” coming in August, is a collection of people and portraits from classic to contemporary, comic to cultured.

Interested artists should contact the gallery before July 27. GALLERY 601—211 N. 18 10th St., 208-336-5899. Bidding closes at 8:30 p.m. for the Eighth annual “Art for the Animals.” The gallery is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the First Moon Walk all during the month of July. Artist and astronaut Capt. Alan Bean’s artwork will be on display, and the gallery will be taking orders for his new book Alan Bean: Painting Apollo First Artist on the Moon. To preview these events, visit www. GAMEKEEPER LOUNGE—1109 Main St., 208-343-4611. First Thursday at the Gamekeeper Lounge features live entertainment by the Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Weber performing from 6-9 p.m. THE LINEN BUILDING—1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111. The United States of Indie Rock concert features three bands for $5: Finn Riggins, Low-fi and The Very Most. The all-ages concert starts at 7 p.m. Beer and wine is available for purchase (ID required).


MODERN HOTEL AND BAR— 1314 W. Grove St., 208-4248244. Hang out with Ned Evett and Bill Coffey as the musicians perform outside on the Modern Hotel patio from 7-10 p.m. Throw a little something on the barbecue and wash it down with hand-shaken cocktails by the Modern’s bartenders. NEUROLUX LOUNGE—111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886. The live music tonight by Chicahrones from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at Ticketweb and Neurolux or $10 at the door. RECORD EXCHANGE—1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010. Browse an extensive collection of rare music. All day long on First Thursday, The Record Exchange offers $2 off any used CD or DVD $5.99 or more. Drop $2 in the coffee shop in exchange for a 12-ounce espresso drink plus $2 off any sale gift item more than $5.99. The music playing in-store on First Thursday is all new releases by local artists.


BODO BOUTIQUE Though BoDo’s newest retail addition, Re Boutique, has had its doors quietly propped open since June 19, the shop is throwing on some glitzy recycled duds to celebrate its grand opening this First Thursday. Set up in an airy space near Stylish Stork and Atomic Treasures, the small shop features local artwork and recycled/re-purposed goods for Boise’s more discerning, eco-conscious shoppers. Though the store is currently stocked with an abundance of jewelry and art, owner Mckinsey McCorkle-Swain is seeking more folks to consign their clothing. The consignment deal works like this: McCorkle-Swain accepts “cute and relevant” clothing bought within last couple of years and pays the owner 40 percent of what the item sells for. Artists who consign things like photographs, handmade jewelry or journals receive 60 percent of the sale. Re Boutique’s Facebook page claims the store is “designed to be a community project that takes a creative look at how to reuse, renew and re-purpose.” Though we’re not exactly sure what that means, we’re pumped to stop by the grand opening for live music, merchandise give-aways and the icing on the proverbial cake—free gourmet cupcakes. A representative from McCorkle-Swain’s other company, a natural and organic body care line called Penelope Parsnip, will be on hand giving massages and offering product samples. Thursday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 405 S. Eighth Street, Suite 109. For more information, call 208-392-7940.

ETSY OFFLINE Didn’t find the perfect recycled vinyl pendant or bedazzled belt buckle at Re Boutique? Fret not, the Idaho Indie Works Etsy Street Team is swooping to the rescue. For the third consecutive First Thursday, a coalition of more than 20 local crafters and artists are offering their vast collection of wares in the Pioneer Tent Building. Etsy sellers will bring items like handmade jewelry, greeting cards, art and food off the 2D interweb and out into the more tactile open. Unsure what Etsy is all about? Visit and browse through crafts created by thousands of independent sellers from more than 150 countries. Once you’ve spent all your grocery money on folksy wall prints and crocheted earrings, check out Sara Mosle’s harsh critique of what she calls Etsy’s “false feminist fantasy” on’s feminist blog, Double X. The article has been ruffling feathers and provoking heated Internet debates since it was published in early June. Sixth and Main streets, Pioneer Tent Building. For more information on the Idaho Indie Works Etsy Street Team, visit To read Mosle’s article, visit

FATTY TACOS While Newport Beach might be most synonymous with the similarly named mom-chic mail order clothing catalogue, the California town has a new export—the Chronic Tacos franchise. Meridianites have already caught a glimpse of the Mexican fast food chain’s garish logo—a surfing cartoon character in a floppy sombrero with troll size toes holding two flaming tacos—at the corner of Eagle and Franklin roads. This First Thursday, Downtown Boise will receive its very own Chronic chain. Courting the extreme sports crowd, Chronic Tacos has teamed up with The Board Room for its grand opening. Thursday, July 2, at 3 p.m., the new store will have a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by live skating demos and a special appearance of MTV skateboard stud Jason “Wee Man” Acuna. They also promise tons of give-aways from The Board Room throughout the evening. Thursday, July 2, 3 p.m., Chronic Tacos, 106 N. Sixth St. For more information, visit or call 208-941-7524.

BLANKET STATEMENTS Feeling a little bleary, worse for the wear and tear, after all this First Thursday consumerism? The Flying M has a new art show up where you can rest your faraway eyes. A steaming cup of locally roasted coffee and Grant Olsen’s collection of adult security blankets and handmade patches made from secondhand wool, angora and cashmere will surely calm you down. Too bad you can’t pluck the blankets off the wall and cocoon yourself inside. On display through July 31. FREE, Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St. For more information, call 208-345-4320.


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8 DAYS OUT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 STUDIO ART EXPLORATION— Saratops McDonalds, Allison Holley, Kristen Hill, Karl Henke, David Day, Chris Cullinan and Craig Clark. See Picks on Page 30. 6-9 p.m. and 9-11 p.m., FREE. Ophidia Dance and Art Studio, 200 E. 37th St., No. 7, Garden City, www.myspace. com/danceophidia. THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET—Stock up on locally produced fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants during the farmers market on Thursdays. Also find Idaho specialty foods and wines. 4-8 p.m., Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, www.capitalcitypublicmarket. com.

ON STAGE THE SEAGULL—Anton Chekhov’s lyric masterwork effortlessly balances the comic, the lyric and the tragic. Generations collide and dreams are deferred in this powerful classic that subtly dissects the affairs of the human heart and the demands of a life in the arts. 8 p.m., $21-$29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www.

CONCERTS STARS, STRIPES AND SOUSA CONCERT—Get ready for a patriotic weekend with refreshments served on the patio before the Stars, Stripes and Sousa repertoire. The 25th Army Brass Quintet is back for a repeat performance of the Weapons of Brass Destruction concert. 6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, www.adalib. org.

FOOD & DRINK WINE TASTING—Every Thursday at TableRock BrewPub, enjoy live music, free wine tasting and discounted glasses and bottles of wine from 6-8 p.m. Tablerock Brewpub and Grill, 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208342-0944,

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA/MILONGA—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 is available for purchase. For more information, contact Camille Wood at 208-9890239 or e-mail starfiretango@ The practica is $5 admission or $3 students/ seniors. 8-10 p.m., www. Boise Cafe/ Cafe Bellisima, 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, 208424-9519,

ART ART TALK—The informal, ingallery adult program gives participants the chance to engage in a lively discussion with artists and art specialists. Keith Walklet, photographer and writer, discusses the optical masterpieces in “Devorah Sperber: Threads of Perception.” 5:30 p.m., Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-345-8330,

During Studio Art Exploration, art lovers of all ages can drop in between 5-8 p.m. and explore art media in the Albertsons Education Studios. Make your own interpretation of a masterwork after viewing "Devorah Sperber: Threads of Perception." 5-8 p.m., FREE with $5 adult admission. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-345-8330.,

LITERATURE CLASSICS YOU FORGOT TO READ—The pick for July is Mark Twain’s satire A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Hank Morgan is transported back to King Arthur’s court, in the year 528. While he’s there, Morgan tries to improve the living conditions by introducing modern inventions and democracy with mixed results. 6:30 p.m., FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www.

SPORTS & FITNESS DROP IN HIP-HOP CLASSES— Anyone age 16 and older can drop in at the Trey McIntyre studio for an open-level, hip-hop dance class. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and get a great workout. The First Thursday of the month is free. These classes are ongoing and are taught by Janelle Wilson. 7-8 p.m., $10 per class, $80 package of 10 classes. Trey McIntyre Project studio and office, 775 Fulton St., Boise, 877-867-2320,

KIDS & TEENS CHILDREN’S FLANNEL BOARD STORY TIME AND CRAFTS— A social atmosphere for parents and children of all ages. 4-5 p.m., every Thursday. FREE. Hastings, 680 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-9428. ICE CREAM ZOOFARIS—Families can enjoy the zoo after hours on First Thursday with special animal feedings, stories and special treats. Admission includes a hot dog, chips, drink and a Meadow Gold Ice Cream treat. Then wander around to all the exhibits and visit the animals including giraffes, penguins and tigers. First Thursday of every month, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $7.50 adults; $6 children age 4 and older; $3.50 for children age 3 and younger or Friends of Zoo Boise annual pass holders. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-384-4125, www. STORY TIME ADVENTURES— Pre-school ages 3 to 6 gather around for story time every Thursday. 12:30 p.m., FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-375-4454, TALESPINNERS—Ages 3 to 5 meet in the Hays Auditorium. No registration required. Call 208-384-4200 for information. 11 a.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www. TODDLER TALES—Children ages 2 to 6 attend a special story time designed especially for them. 10-11 a.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940,

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. 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., Boise, 208343-3899.


friday ON STAGE THE SEAGULL—Anton Chekhov’s lyric masterwork effortlessly balances the comic, the lyric and the tragic. Generations collide and dreams are deferred in this powerful classic that subtly dissects the affairs of the human heart and the demands of a life in the arts. 8 p.m. $28-$38, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208336-9221,

SCREEN CABLEONE MOVIE NIGHT—Popular movies are projected on a big screen in the park beginning at dusk. Enjoy dinner and a movie with the addition of Idaho Five Star Concessions selling Pittsburgh stuffed sandwiches, hot dogs, kettle corn, funnel cakes and snow cones. Famous Dave’s sells pulled pork and brisket sandwiches with sides. Check the Web site for movie titles. FREE, 208-888-3579, www. Settler’s Park, corner of Meridian and Ustick, Meridian.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES MAKING RHYTHMS TOGETHER—Designed for first-time drummers and music-makers, this beginner class is offered on a repeating basis several times per week, with staggered starting dates. The course is taught by several area teachers, sessions run six weeks, and classes are one hour long with a focus on the foundational skills of making music together— building from simple patterns and concepts week to week. 6 p.m., $7 use of studio drum; $5 with your own drum. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www. RHYTHM FOR TEENS—This summer class is for youth ages 12-17 and explores the samba during the month of July. Learn timing, lead/ follow, technique and styling. The class is $37 per person, but if you bring in a partner, you and your partner only pay $33 each. No registration fee and the shoe requirement has been dropped for the summer. 7:15 p.m., Dance Arts Academy, 2989 Copper Point, Meridian, 208-936-5760.

See skating’s superstars, supported by the best professional skaters from across the globe. Enjoy our dessert buffet on the terrace, or just watch the show. The excitement begins Saturday at dusk, through September 5th. Come up for the weekend – or stay the week. The Sun Valley Ice Show, an unique Sun Valley tradition for over 70 years.

For tickets call 208-622-2135 or 888-622-2108 or purchase online at

Saturday, July 4 Meryl Davis & Charlie White Olympic Bronze Medalist Two Time European Champion Ryan Bradley 2007 United States Silver Medalist Saturday, July 11 Brian Boitano Olympic Gold Medalist Two Time World Champion Four Time United States Champion Alyssa Czisny 2009 United States Champion Saturday, July 18 Johnny Weir Three Time United States Champion World Bronze Medalist

Cast of skaters is subject to change due to injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Sanctioned by the USFA

ART JULY FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE—Meet the artists of the Idaho Outdoors Fine Art Show during the artist reception. The artists include Venture Coy, landscapes; Brenda Kaye, Western and sportsman; Sherri Carter, contemporary landscapes; Gregg Russell, plein air landscapes and city life; Jerry Snodgrass, bronze; Monte Stiles, photography; and Bernie Jestrabek-Hart,


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8 DAYS OUT metal mixed-media sculpture, and more. The show runs through July. 4-9 p.m., FREE. Galerie Belle Ame, 179 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-9381342, www.galeriebelleame. com.

KIDS & TEENS FRIDAY TEEN NIGHT—Youth ages 12-17 hang out on Friday nights in the teen activity center. They can 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, 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, www.eaglepubliclibrary. org. 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, www.

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/Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208343-3397. 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, www. 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, 208376-0304.


saturday FESTIVALS & EVENTS 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION— The celebration with music by The Soul Cats includes food, drinks and a view of the fireworks from Hawks’ Stadium when the sun goes down. The Bass Junkies are a group of professional anglers who will shares tips and tricks with the whole family from 3-6 p.m. FREE, 208-713-1482, www. The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise. 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANN MORRISON PARK—The Fourth of July activities begin with a celebration of the 153-acre Ann Morrison Park named after Ann Daly Morrison, the wife of Morrison Knudsen Co. founder Harry W. Morrison. The main attraction, fireworks in the park, begin around 10:15 p.m. See Picks on Page 30 for more details. 3 p.m., FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise.


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ANNUAL KIDS’ PARADE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY—The kids’ parade takes over the streets of downtown Stanley at 6 p.m. followed by a community potluck at the city park at 7 p.m. with music from 7-10 p.m. Then watch a fireworks display with the Sawtooth mountains as a scenic backdrop. FREE. Stanley, downtown, Stanley, 1-800-8787950, BOISE HAWKS ALS AWARENESS DAY—In recognition of ALS Awareness Day, the Boise Hawks are commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, with special activities at the Hawks Memorial Stadium. Before the game, pay $25 and hit the Hawks’ Nest picnic area for a pre-game feast of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, dessert and all-you-can-drink soda and beer. The first 300 fans also receive a free T-shirt. The Fourth of July event sells out quickly because the stadium seating is a great place to view fireworks after the game. For the special ticket price, fans receive a ticket behind home plate or on the shaded third-base line for the Boise Hawks vs. Eugene Emeralds game at 7:35 p.m. 6 p.m., regular seating $6-$10; $25 special ticket price, boisehawksalsrecognitionday. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000. 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. Check out live entertainment featuring a different act each week and work by local artisans. Art for Kids is a program for children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 12 to teach them how to make recycled juice carton wallets, summer hats and jazzy journals to name a few of the themed workshops. Each workshop is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m., classes run for 45 minutes beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, and class size is limited to 12 children. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., www. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287. CENTERVILLE 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION—The day’s events begin early with a sprint boat demonstration, ride raffle, live and silent auctions and games for the children. The Placerville Fire Boosters provide the food and refreshments all day and the fireworks begin at dusk at the pond next to the road. 7 a.m. adults $7; children (7-10) $5; youth 6 and younger $3. Centerville Community and Fire Center, 115 Grimes Pass Road, Centerville, 208-7885400, CITY OF MERIDIAN 4TH OF JULY FAMILY CELEBRATION—Get ready for the fireworks with yo-yo demonstrations in the park and music starting at 1 p.m. Different musical acts rock through the night ending with an impressive “safe and sane” pyrotechnics fireworks display. The fireworks at Storey Park are known to draw crowds of thousands. 1 p.m., FREE, htm. Storey Park, corner of Main Street and Franklin Road, Meridian.

EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET— The weekly outdoor market features art, fresh produce, wine, flowers and live music. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. GRAND OPENING—Meet pilots, speak to flight outfitters and learn about the history of backcountry flying in McCall and the surrounding wilderness during the grand opening of Alpine Village condominiums. The two-day tribute to backcountry aviation includes the chance to take a look at several aircraft and the Saint Alphonsus Life Flight helicopter on the plaza. July 4-5, 10 a.m.6 p.m., FREE. Alpine Village Co., 600 N. Third St., McCall, 888-634-3430, MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—The theme for the 2009 farmers market and bazaar is Five for Five, celebrating five years of fresh food and familyfriendly fun. Besides fresh produce, 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 Kids’ Bounce. For more information, e-mail info@MeridianFarmersMarket. com. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., www. Ustick Marketplace II, 3630 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. NEIGHBORHOOD FOURTH OF JULY PARADE—Children are the main attraction during the third annual Fourth of July parade, and are encouraged to ride and decorate their bikes and wagons. Strollers, scooters and dressed-up pets are also welcome. The entire procession is led by one of the Meridian Fire Department’s fire trucks over the approximately four-block route. A 35-foot balloon arch marks the parade end point, where refreshments are served to all participants. 10 a.m., FREE. Paramount Community Center, 5695 N. Fox Run Way, Meridian, www. OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY FAMILY FUN DAY—The festivities begin at noon with a parade and an outhouse race. Afterward, hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by activities in the park including old fashioned games, shoot-outs, food and contests until 4 p.m. The fireworks begin at dark. Noon, FREE, Idaho City, Hwy. 21, 40 miles past Boise, Idaho City, 208392-4159. SEVENTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST MOTORFEST—A festival held over the Fourth of July weekend doesn’t get more American than this: hot cars, swap meets, beloved TV stars and Bill Pelham sawing through logs with his V8 chainsaws ... and that’s only the beginning. The Idaho Potato Commission is recognizing the 35th anniversary of Happy Days by bringing in The Fonz (Henry Winkler) and co-star Ralph the Mouth (Donny Most), along with another TV star Paul Petersen (son Jeff of the Donna Reed Show). A nominal fee will be charged for autographs. Other high octane events include drag strip racing, Buck’s 4x4 Center Extreme Rock Crawling and a burnout contest. Get a load of Wayne Richie’s air cannon that shoots melons at the side of a van and classic cars cruising all over the place. Children ages 10 and younger can build their own replica of a 1964 Corvette during the free model cars for kids workshops. At 12:40 p.m., the national anthem salutes the troops with a military fly-over, a moment of silence and Amazing Grace played on bagpipes. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 general; age 6 and younger FREE, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650.


8 DAYS OUT ON STAGE THE COMEDY OF ERRORS—The Shakespearean farce full of mistaken identities and crazy characters is one of the Bard’s best-known comedies with a plot that follows the uprising at the port of Syracuse after twin brothers and their twin servants are reunited after 30 years apart. ISF puts a twist on the production by staging a version of the play set in Brazil during Carnival. Along with the regular ISF cast, a couple of ladies from the Red Light Variety Show will dance as tempting seductresses on tables and swinging on poles. 8 p.m., $28-$38, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-3369221,

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES SATURDAY DROP-IN DANCE CLASS—Every Saturday night, the dance studio offers drop-in classes covering a different type of dance every week. The featured dance is samba and the class covers aspects of dance such as timing, footwork, rhythm and movement. 8 p.m., $4 per person at the door. Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-322-2517, www. USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCE— USA Dance Boise is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that promotes ballroom dancing in the Treasure Valley and educates the public regarding the benefits of ballroom dancing. Members and nonmembers are invited to attend monthly dances with introductory and intermediate lessons on the first Saturday of each month. A lesson is included with admission. The activities are family-friendly and smoke- and alcohol-free. First Saturday of every month, 7 p.m., $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members and students with ID, 208-249-1715, Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise.

ART HANDS ON HISTORY-JULY— The museum is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with family activities centered on the theme of Red, White and Blue. 10 a.m.-noon, 4 adult, $2 seniors (65 and older): $1 children ages 6-12, $1 students with I.D.: FREE children younger than 6. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, www.

LITERATURE STORY TIME—Enjoy the Saturday market, then gather the family for story time. 2 p.m., FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-8088.

SPORTS & FITNESS FOURTH ANNUAL BARS AND STRIPES ALLEY CAT RACE—The first 100 riders to register with valid ID that proves they are 21 or older can register at 2 p.m. and the race starts at 3 p.m. Registration includes a T-shirt. See Picks on Page 30. 2 p.m., $13. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., 208-344-2055, www.boiseweekly. com.

U.S. BOBSLED ATHLETE RECRUITING TOUR—Boise athletes are invited to try out during the U.S. Bobsled Athlete Recruiting Tour. Athletes will test strength and endurance during a 60-meter sprint, a medicine ball toss and a broad jump. Selected athletes will be signed to a 1-year development deal and have a shot at competing during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Arrive 30 minutes before the start time to register. For more information, e-mail 10 a.m., FREE. Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-854-6230,

GREEN GARDEN TOURS—Pay the regular garden admission and take a free, one hour guided tour of the Idaho Botanical Garden with one of the Idaho Master Naturalists, a group of educated experts from the MK Nature Center, Foothills Learning Center and the Idaho Botanical Garden. 10:30 a.m., $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 children 6-12; FREE for Idaho Botanical Garden members and children younger than 6. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

KIDS & TEENS BABY BEAT—Toddlers have natural rhythm and facilitator Carolyn Failla leads music-making with 2- to 5-year-olds supervised by an adult guardian. 10:45-11:30 a.m., $40 per month. Bronco Elite, 1187 W. River St., Boise, 208-389-9005, 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, 208-343-9895, TEEN CLUB—This informal teen group meets weekly though the end of August to work on cool science projects. Call 208-343-9895, Ext. 228 or 208-331-0696 for more information. 9:30-11:30 a.m., price varies, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895,

RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL SANCTUARY FOR SPIRIT—The Boise Spiritualist Chapel and Sanctuary for Spirit is a metaphysical community. For more information and location, call 208-409-1363. First Saturday of every month, 6:15 p.m., FREE.

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.m0,. $5. Boise Cafe/Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. 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, 208-376-0304.


sunday FESTIVALS & EVENTS GRAND OPENING—Meet pilots, speak to flight outfitters and learn about the history of backcountry flying in McCall and the surrounding wilderness during the grand opening of Alpine Village condominiums. The two-day tribute to backcountry aviation includes the chance to take a look at several aircraft and the Saint Alphonsus Life Flight helicopter on the plaza. July 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Alpine Village Co., 600 N. Third St., McCall, 888-634-3430, LIQUID LAUGH TRACK—Every Sunday, the funny is found in BoDo during Laugh Track, featuring standup comedy from amateurs and professionals looking for laughs in a live setting. 7 p.m., FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, www. SEVENTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST MOTORFEST— See Saturday’s description. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 general; youth age 6 and younger FREE, www. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650.

ON STAGE THE COMEDY OF ERRORS—The Shakespearean farce full of mistaken identities and crazy characters is one of the Bard’s best-known comedies with a plot that follows the uprising at the port of Syracuse after twin brothers and their twin servants are reunited after 30 years apart. ISF puts a twist on the production by staging a version of the play set in Brazil during Carnival. Along with the regular ISF cast, a couple of ladies from the Red Light Variety Show will dance as tempting seductresses on tables and swinging on poles. 8 p.m., $21-$29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-4299908, box office 208-336-9221,

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,

RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL AZRAEL ONDI-AHMAN—Azrael OndiAhman presents an explanation of physical and metaphysical evolution focusing on a new book called The Song of God in connection to the mortal life theory behind human existence. 5 p.m., FREE, 208-4074590, Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise.

MEDITATE WITH BOISE DHARMATA SANGHA—Every Sunday, practice meditation and teachings as a skillful means to stay aware of your true nature. For more information, visit or contact local coordinator Marissa Keith at 208-921-4062. 11 a.m.12:30 p.m., donations accepted. The location is 2912 Pleasanton Ave. in Boise. 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 provided. 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. FREE. Center of Peace, 420 S. Orchard St., Boise, 208-343-0864, 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 Shen Pan Choling Dharma Center, 116 N. Latah, Boise, 208-345-3032, 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. During the week on 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. Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. White Cloud Zen Center, 1315 W. Washington Street, Boise.

ODDS & ENDS 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, 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 208-461-9041 or 208-989-5112. $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,

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Johanna Kirk extends a hand to the general public and asks you to participate in her last show at AiR. She will offer a complimentary yoga class from 5:30-6:45. Interested students should come in clothes that allow them to move. The class will be an all levels flow class that the public can participate in with the dancers. Everyone is welcome! From 7-8, she will show and discuss the revised versions of the pieces exhibited in June, engaging the audience. From 8-9, she will be showing some new sketches of material inspired by a fusion of dance and yoga. Choreography will be inspired by yoga poses, philosophy, and mythology. In the final 45min, she will teach some relaxing yoga poses that will prep participants for a good night’s sleep.


Laci McCrea will continue with her “live” painting demonstrations. Come by AiR to visit and to watch her progress, as she creates new portraits in the spontaneous and honest style we have come to expect from her. She will continue exploring her perspective “underneath” individuality. Her newest series is titled “Brave Yet Vunerable/Bare Yet Individual”. July’s work includes a series of portraits of men and their relationships, together and independently. She will also be working on additional pieces which she is preparing for her summer shows.

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Kirsten Furlong will be working on small pieces for two shows - “prayers for little souls”, a collection of prints and works on paper curated by Waverly Liu which will be exhibited in Hong Kong and/or Guangzhou, China in 2010 and a drawing for “SQFT” curated by TJ Norris. SQFT is a collection of portable, contemporary works by 50 Pacific Northwest artists and will be exhibited at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, OR and additional venues throughout the region 2009-2011. She will also be on hand to discuss her process while in residence, and the positive impact it has had on her work. Kirsten is a perfect example of a successful working artist and has sage insights.



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8 DAYS OUT SPORTS & FITNESS BOISE HAWKS BASEBALL—The Boise Hawks take on the Eugene Emeralds Sunday, July 5 through Wednesday, July 8. 7:35 p.m., regular seating $6-$10, boisehawksalsrecognitionday, Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000.


monday FESTIVALS & EVENTS SUNSET-MOONRISE HIKE SERIES—The Sunset-Moonrise Hikes are moderately strenuous hikes to a vantage point above Boise on the Central Ridge Trail in the Military Reserve. The guided hike culminates with the chance to catch a glimpse of something that happens only once every lunar cycle: The sun sets and the full moon rises at virtually the same time. During the hike, Martha McClay discusses moon lore and phases of the moon, wildflowers, and the time and location of the rising moon. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. The first hike brought out 15 hikers who gladly paid the fee, which helps cover the cost to coordinate and publicize this unique program. More upcoming hikes are planned; times vary. 8:45 p.m., $5 for Boise City residents; $7.75 for nonresidents, Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-3844486, parks.


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ON STAGE PLAYS FROM THE ALLEY—Every Monday evening in July, Alley Repertory Theater hosts a script reading that involves local playwrights, actors and directors in front of a live audience. The storytelling format encourages audience feedback and post-reading discussions. Participants can bring picnics to enjoy before or during the readings. No outside alcohol is allowed; beer and wine is available for purchase. The reading tonight is Head by Russell Stoddard. The story follows two men—one American and one Iraqi—after a beheading in modern-day Iraq. Part drama and part dark, irreverent comedy, the plot explores the consequences of tribal rituals on societal beliefs. 7:30 p.m., $7 per reading or $24 for the whole series, 208-338-4278, www.alleyrep. org. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City.

FOOD & DRINK 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, 208-286-9463, www.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES 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. 7-8:30 p.m., $10. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www.


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. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASSES—Learn Scottish country dance with The Thistle and Ghillies Scottish Country Dancers, and while you’re having fun, you're also exercising and improving flexibility. Beginners are welcome and 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 scottish@cableone. net or call 208-342-2812. 7:159:15 p.m., $4 per night. Eagle Performing Arts Center, 149 W, State St., Eagle, 208-338-4633, 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. Tiernan Irish Dancers Studio, 5232 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208466-5516, 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. Barefoot Yoga Studio, 1578 W. Grove St, Boise, 208-383-9616,

KIDS & TEENS KIDS’ ART CLASSES—During summer, art classes are offered every Monday and Wednesday. Kids can sign up for classes to learn fine art skills, including watercolors, decoupage, acrylics, mosaic tile, weaving, printmaking and ink drawing. 1011:30 a.m., $12 (or $10 each on a 4 class punch card). Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www. TINY TO TWO—A special story time for babies in the Secret Garden. 10 a.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940,

ODDS & ENDS 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, 208-3951531. SCENIC IDAHO TRAIN RIDES— All aboard for a scenic train ride with different routes, theme rides and holiday specials. Trains leave from the Horseshoe Bend Depot and Ashley Inn in Cascade. Check the Web site for rates and promotions. Thunder Mountain Line Scenic Train Rides, 120 Mill Rd., Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDA-RAIL or 208-7934425, 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., Boise, 208343-3899.

For more information, e-mail 6:30 p.m., $5 poetry slam, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632.



tuesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS MCFADDEN MARKET CO-OP FARMERS MARKET—The farmers market includes information about green living, entertainment, children’s activities and products such as specialty chocolate and breads as well as naturally farmed lamb, pork, beef, chicken, eggs and garden starts. 5-8 p.m., www. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Idaho St., Meridian. PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP—Big Tree Arts presents The Idaho LoudWriters Program, a monthly performance poetry workshop for all-ages, followed by an all-ages poetry slam. Big Tree Arts is a nonprofit organization formed to promote performance poetry in Boise and beyond. For more information, e-mail cheryl_ 6 p.m., FREE for workshop; $5 poetry slam, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632. SLAM OF STEEL—For July’s Poetry Slam of Steel, entrants are invited to go head-to-head in a haiku battle of words. The Slam of Steel is a chance for poets to perform their own brand of spoken-word poetry, a combination of literature and performance, in front of a crowd. Sign-ups are at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m.

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.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES FREE DANCE LESSONS—Take advantage of free dance lessons followed by social dancing from 8-10 p.m. 7-8 p.m., FREE, Bull’s Head Station, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian.

LITERATURE CHESS GAMES—Set up a board and play with other chess aficionados. 6 p.m., FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-8088. POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. For more information, e-mail ScottBerge@ 6:30 p.m., FREE. Brick Oven Bistro, 801 N. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3456, www.

GREEN EVENINGS AT EDWARDS—The greenhouse stays open late so people can pick up local produce, hang out in the greenhouse garden setting, have some food and wine and enjoy art and live music by a different act every week. The music tonight is by


8 DAYS OUT Jacob Ineck. 5 p.m., FREE, Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, www.

CITIZEN SCIENCE CAFE—The Discovery Center of Idaho hosts an open dialogue on current research being conducted at Boise State regarding air quality, asthma and health. First Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m., FREE, 208-343-9895, Ext. 245, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise.

OPEN MIC NIGHT—Primo’s Pizza and Pasta holds a weekly open mic night on the boulevard in Nampa. Entertain a captive audience as they chew along to the music. The restaurant offers all-you-caneat pizza, pasta and salad, and performers receive an added incentive. They can hit the buffet for half price. 6-8:30 p.m., Primo’s, 1236 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-7703,

$37.50 non-residents, $20.83 Boise City residents younger than 18, $33.33 non-residents younger than 18, Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-3844486,

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




FAMILY STORY TIME—All ages. 7 p.m., every Tuesday. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, LITTLE PICASSOS ART CLASS—Introduce preschoolage children to the world of art. New classes begin monthly. 10-10:45 a.m., fullfacility member $25; program member $50. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-3445501, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT— Ages 2-5. 11:15 a.m., every Tuesday. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www. TEEN TUESDAYS—Come to the library and help write Xeenage, a magazine written for teens by teens. 4 p.m., Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, TODDLETALES—Toddlers ages 2-3 gather in the library’s storywell. 10:15 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

RELIGIOUS/ SPIRITUAL MEDITATE WITH BOISE DHARMATA SANGHA—Meditate with the Boise Dharmata Sangha. For more information, visit or contact local coordinator Marissa Keith at 208-921-4062. First and Third Tuesday of every month, 7-8 p.m., 2369 W. Trestle Dr., Meridian. 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. 7 p.m., $10 per class or $35 per month, 918 E. Denise St., Boise, 208-353-3337, www.

ODDS & ENDS BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—The club meets the first Tuesday and second Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. For more information about BAS, search the Web site. FREE, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895. KILROY COFFEE KLATCH—Join other WWII-generation people for a morning of conversation and friendship. All veterans are welcome and there are often guest speakers. For more information, e-mail suepaul@warhawkairmuseum. org. First Tuesday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m., FREE, 208-. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa,


wednesday CONCERTS MUSIC IN THE FOOTHILLS—Carolyn Failla and a group of musicians take their percussion instruments to play a concert in the amphitheater. During the Sunset Series program, audiences of all ages can dance along during an evening of music and rhythm in the outdoor setting. 7-8:30 p.m., FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755, foothills.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES 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. QUICKBOOKS TRAINING CLASS—Jim Geddings CPA offers a four-hour QuickBooks training class for small or home-based businesses. Along with a section on accounting, the class covers QuickBooks lists, accounts receivable and payable, banking and reconciliation, credit cards, loans and reports. The class has limited seating, so RSVP to save a seat. 1-5 p.m., FREE, 208-853-0790, The Spyglass Building, 7639 W. Riverside Dr., Ste. 100, Boise. WEST AFRICAN DANCE CLASS—The dance classes are taught by Rachel Burke and include instruction on traditional Central African dances from Sengal and Guinea. Get a great workout and learn about different cultures. 7-8 p.m., $25 Boise City residents,


friendly, informal atmosphere. Author and poet Norman Weinstein facilitates the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m., FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, www.

TALKS & LECTURES GO TIME—Successful business owner and former Marine Craig Zuber is hosting a special event for active duty and veteran military personnel. The event includes tips on how to transfer military experience to business ownership. 9-11 a.m., $25 military; $35 nonmilitary. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise.

GREEN BUGS FARM STAND— Pick up some produce grown by the children of Boise Urban Garden School. The farm stand includes seasonal produce, fruit and herbs. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., BUGS Garden, 4821 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-424-6665, www.

KIDS & TEENS MAKE AND TAKE WEDNESDAYS—An after-school science and art program for children ages 6 and older held in The Secret Garden. Learn while having fun. 4 p.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WEDNESDAYS—Fun musical stories and activities for babies and toddlers. Meet in the Community Room. 10 a.m., FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, www. NIGHT OWL BABIES—Baby like the night life? Take them in for story time held in the storywell for ages newborn-23 months. No registration required. Call 208-384-4200 for information. 7 p.m., Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,


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8 DAYS OUT 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.

RELIGIOUS/ SPIRITUAL A COURSE IN MIRACLES— Instructor Connie leads the class in a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that also teaches the way to love and inner peace. Drop in, all are welcome. 7 p.m., $5 donation. Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, Boise, 208-388-3884, 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, 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. HEALING DRUM CLASS—All levels welcome to attend a class that focuses on Sacred Shamanic Yoruba hand drum rhythms and chants from Nigeria, West Africa. Learn Djembe, Conga, Djun-Djun and Bell, which are the basis of Afro-Cuban and Western popular music, and learn songs for healing, power, spiritual awareness and prosperity. Drop-ins are welcome and drums are available for $2 or bring your own. More information at www. 7 p.m. $10 per class, 208-968-4854. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise,

calls to artists 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, CALL TO 3-D ARTISTS—Art Source Gallery is currently accepting member applications for 3-D artists working in free-standing work such as sculpture, pottery or basketry. For more information, contact Cass Fine at 208-466-5602, or the gallery at 208-3313374. Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208331-3374, COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CHOIR—For more information, send correspondence to P.O. Box 7174, Boise, Idaho 83707. E-mail director@com-


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BOISEweekly to set up an audition. More information can be found on the Web site at www.commongroundboise. org. Common Ground Community Choir, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise. GALERIE BELLE AME—The gallery is accepting applications from professional artists. Galerie Belle Ame hosts First Friday Art Night openings and showings that include public artist receptions on the first Friday of the month displayed for one month in the featured artist area; followed by an additional month of display in the compilation gallery. Artists accepted for showings are included in the artist library for exposure through imagery on a plasma screen display and portfolio library for future sales and/or commissioned sales. All mediums and genre encouraged to apply, including but not limited to photography, original oil, original acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pottery, bronze, original jewelry, sculpture, metal work, wood, clay, glass. Artist works may be considered in any medium for permanent display and must be for sale. Galerie Belle Ame will jury applications on the third Friday of each month (depending on availability). Applications received prior to the 10th of the month will be reviewed in the same month. Apply in writing or by appointment only to: Galerie Belle Ame, Attn. Melissa Brodt, 179 S. Eagle Road Eagle, ID 83616. 208-938-1342 or cell 208-921-0477. Galerie Belle Ame, 179 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, www.galeriebelleame. com. IDAHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING CONTEST—Idaho Media Professionals and the Idaho Screenwriters Association are accepting entries for the 2009 SHORT screenplay competition. Prizes include cash, passes to the Idaho International Film Festival, professional feedback, and the first place winner receives a table reading at the IIFF. Submit entries in 20 pages or less by the deadline of July 15, 2009. For more information, visit the Web site or e-mail ctpfilms@ $20 entry. REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP— Looking for large- and smallformat art from local artists to display in the bookshop gallery. Contact Laura at 208376-4229 or e-mail laura@ for more information. Gallery located at 7079 Overland Road in Boise near the corner of Cole and Overland. SENIOR ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—Vendors are needed for the Senior Arts and Crafts Festival. The festival runs from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson St. Seniors are invited to sell handmade toys, jewelry, blankets, photography, paintings, pottery, dolls, clothes and other items. An 8-foot table and two chairs are provided for each vendor. There is no cost to participate. The festival is sponsored by Boise Parks and Recreation. To participate, contact Sara Crawford, recreation coordinator, at scrawford@cityofboise. org or call 208-384-4256. Boise City Recreation office, 110 Scout Ln., Boise, 208384-4256, www.cityofboise. org/parks. SUN VALLEY SPIRITUAL FILM FESTIVAL ART SHOW—The Open Room is partnering with the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival for a special art exhibition/silent auction to benefit the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival. In keeping with the festival’s mission of celebrating human spirituality through the arts, Idaho artists are invited to submit work for this upcoming exhibition. Artists are encouraged, but not limited, to create a work

that represents the ideal of Celebration of the Human Spirit. The featured works by Idaho artists will be juried and included in the public exhibition and silent auction. Fifty percent of the proceeds from sales will go to the artist while the remaining 50 percent will go to the Festival. Works can be either two-dimensional (works may not exceed a total of four square feet) or three dimensional (sculpture should not exceed 50 pounds) The submission deadline is July 20, 2009. For more information and submission guidelines visit www.openroomfurniture. com/SVSFF-exhibition.aspx. TIMBER STAND GALLERY— This fine art gallery is looking for artists working in oil, bronze, metal or pottery for their gallery or Web site. Interested artists should e-mail the gallery at info@timberstand. com. Timber Stand Gallery, 225 Cedar Street, Sandpoint, 208-263-7748,

recreation BOCCE BALL LEAGUE—Join a Bocce ball league that meets at Woodriver Cellars for practice and tournaments. Eight teams of 10 players are required for the games, which pit teams of four against four. The courts are 80 feet long and 10 feet wide with a groomed, crushed base so the Bocce balls roll. The membership fee covers the cost of banquets, trophies and other team expenses. Call 925-7685439 or e-mail commish@ for more information or to register. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. $15 per person for season. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, www. 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. 7:30-9 a.m., FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, HOOPING IN THE PARK—Lynn Knickrehm-Fisher, a licensed HoopGirl teacher and founder of Boise Hoopla, is instructing two different six-week hoop classes in the park on Tuesdays. Hoops are provided. The Beginner Hoop Class Level 1 from 6-7 p.m. is for beginners to learn the basics of hooping while having fun and exercising. Beginner Hoop Class Level 2 for students who have completed the Level 1 class is from 7:15-8:15 p.m., and places more emphasis on inflow/outflow and off-body hooping. www.boisehoopla. com. Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise. SUMMER OUTDOOR DROP-IN VOLLEYBALL GAMES—Adults age 16 and older can drop-in to play volleyball on the grass between Zoo Boise and the tennis courts in the east end of Julia Davis Park. The level of play is upper middle to power co-ed, and co-ed teams are drawn randomly with new teams formed each week. No preregistration is required. For information, call Boise Parks and Recreation at 208-3844256 or see www.cityofboise. org/parks. Mondays, 5:45 p.m., $3.50 per person, payable on site. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. TENNIS 101—The tennis program emphasizes fun, family and fitness, and teaches the basics to players of all ages. The program runs on Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. at Fort Boise Park, Meridian High School and Columbia High School in Nampa. Register on the Web site, or call 208-3225150, Ext. 205. Saturdays, 9 a.m., Fort Boise Park, 600 W. Garrison St., Boise.


NOISE Live jazz

When Jeremiah James, Pinto Bennett, Joshua Tree and Reckless Kelly are through, no one will be sorry for partying.

NOTHING TO BE SORRY FOR Reckless Kelly brings their party to Idaho


f your lineage includes a line of accomplished musicians, it would seem logical to employ the family name when choosing what to call your band. Unless you are brothers Cody and Willy Braun, who have their father Muzzie Braun and uncle Billy Braun to thank for introducing them to a life of Americana/ country tinted roots rock. They, instead, have the Robin Hoodlike 19th century Australian folk hero Ned “Reckless” Kelly (not the title character of the 1993 barely-B-movie starring wildhaired Aussie, Yahoo Serious) to thank for their moniker. Not ones to ignore the draw an interesting name choice—and an incredible line-up of musicians—can have, they’re headed to Boise to throw down their Sorry For Partying show at Idaho Botanical Garden on Friday, July 3. And just as their outlaw name belies Reckless Kelly’s good nature, the boys in the band aren’t even a little bit sorry. The Braun boys started their musical career growing up in Challis, Idaho. A move to Austin, Texas, in 1996 afforded them access to a whole new scene. Young people, artists and musicians have long been flocking to Austin, exploring not only music, but a myriad of creative outlets. In the city where South By Southwest—a festival Reckless Kelly has played—was born, Reckless Kelly found fertile ground on which to build and grow. Cody Braun, whose mandolin and fiddle playing is a big part of RK’s signature sound, talked to Boise Weekly after a day in the studio and before a scheduled gig at the Texas Hall of Fame in Bryan, Texas. Though they live nearly 2,000 miles away, their home state of Idaho is never far from their thoughts. They’ve been working on a new CD—scheduled to be released early next year—of songs by Idaho legend Pinto Bennett. “Pinto and [Mark] Sergio Webb have been in town all week,” Braun said. “It’s going to be a Reckless Kelly record; it’s not so much a tribute record. It’s like when Waylon Jennings recorded a record of Billy Joe Shaver songs called Honky Tonk Heroes; and Steve Earle did a Townes Van Sant record [appropriately titled Townes]. We’ve been talking about doing a Pinto thing for 10 years. The timing never worked out with the labels ... but we finally got to a point where we could do it. It’s really exciting and all the stuff we have so far is really cool.” Reckless Kelly originally planned to put the CD out on their label Sugar Hill records. But when Sugar Hill closed its North Carolina office, with whom the boys had worked, Reckless Kelly pulled out of the deal. But their new label, Yep Roc, was unfamiliar with the music of Pinto Bennett. It didn’t take long, however, for Yep Roc to get on board. The band used the strongest tool at their disposal to convince the label the project would be mutually beneficial: the music. “We sent them the CD of the songs and they were like, ‘Yeah! This is great stuff,’” and they started work on the album Braun said. As excited as they were to record the songs, it was just as important that they maintain their own identity on the record as well.



“We’re putting a new spin on a lot of the stuff [so] it will be a Reckless Kelly rock-country record,” he reiterated. “There’s probably a little more country vibe than stuff we’ve done in the past.” Except for their last release, 2008’s Bulletproof. A rock ’n’ roll record for sure—even iTunes lists its genre as just rock— Bulletproof still has a foothold in the world of rhinestones and cowboy hats. Even in the most rock-like songs, the lyrics touch on themes country musicians are best known for. In the relentless, anthemic “American Blood,” singer Willy Braun decries the nation’s role in the Iraq war by following the tragic story of a young soldier. It’s not an original idea—regardless if categorized as country, Americana or rock—but one often expressed by more maudlin music. This track, however, opens with a George Thorogood-esque guitar riff followed closely by a thumping boom-chuck-a-boom drum, as Willy’s not-too-growly, not-too-sweet voice, sings lyrics that come as a surprise: “Johnny can’t drink ’cause Johnny ain’t 21 / Yeah, but he’s 18 and he’s pretty handy with a gun. They sent him off to a foreign land / gave him a new pair of boots and 13 grand / and he came back home with American blood on his hands.” Johnny becomes a sad statistic of war. He’s now old enough to get into a bar, but can’t walk in: “Now Johnny can drink all day ’cause he’s 23. / He donated his legs to the worldwide land of the free.” Since the beginning, Reckless Kelly has been traveling back and forth across genre borders as frequently as they cross state borders when touring. They’ve performed with the likes of rockers Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy, but blend just as seamlessly in a lineup that includes the Americana sounds of the elder Brauns, Bennett or their brothers Gary and Micky of Micky and the Motorcars. “Here in Texas we play a lot of honky-tonk bars, where they want to hear more country stuff,” Braun said. “We mix it up a lot. We change the setlist every night ... new stuff, old stuff, cover songs. We [put together] a setlist more for ourselves than anyone else,” he added, laughing. “But we do keep it fun for everybody.” Reckless Kelly has an avid fan base in Idaho where their country/rock/Americana sound is hugely popular, but Braun said they like it in Austin, where the music scene has a kind of alternative vibe. “The stuff we’re doing is pretty underground here. Nobody’s broken into the mainstream really yet,” Braun said. Musicians like Pat Green and Jack Ingram are breaching that underground-to-mainstream divide, but fans mainly find bands like Reckless Kelly via word-of-mouth and the Internet. Aware of this, the band uses social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to post show schedules, interact with fans and take advantage of DIY guerilla marketing. But nothing beats a live show, and the Sorry For Partying tour promises no regrets, regardless of whether you’re a rock ’n’ roll rebel at heart or a country music purist. “I’ve had people come up to me after a show and say, ‘I hate country music but you guys are all right,’” Braun said, laughing. Friday, July 3, 3 p.m, featuring Reckless Kelly, Pinto Bennett, Muzzie and Billy Braun, Jeremiah James, and Joshua Tree. General admission $25 advance, $30 day of show, children under 12 $10. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649,

7 nights a week! featuring Boise’s finest jazz musicians including Shawn Schlogel, Brent Vaartstra, Steve Eaton, Phil Garonzik, Kevin Kirk, Jon Hyneman, Sally Tibbs, John Jones, & Mike Seifrit, just to name a few!

981 West Grove Street, Boise

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MUSICGUIDE wednesday 1 ALEX RICHARDS—6-9 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Low-fi, Culver City Dub Collective, FREE, The Grove Plaza JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s JIM FISHWILD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Highlands Hollow JIMMY BIVENS AND HIS BAND O’ STRANGERS—7-9:30 p.m., FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—7-10 p.m., FREE, Lush KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m.; with Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers MIKE D AND THEE LOYAL BASTARDS, TRIGGER ITCH—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux MOONDANCE—6:30 p.m., FREE, Sa-Wad-Dee Thai Restaurant, 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian NATHAN J. MOODY AND THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid OPEN MIC—8 p.m., hosted by Pocono Bill, FREE, The Plank POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—9:45 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s REBECCA SCOTT—7:30 p.m., FREE, Piper ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., FREE, Hannah’s RUSS PFEIFFER—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill


thursday 2 ACTUAL DEPICTION, SOLAR ROLLER, MALACI—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid BEN BURDICK TRIO, AMY WEBER—6-9 p.m., FREE, Gamekeeper Lounge

2009 OUTLAW FIELD SUMMER CONCERT—Sorry For Partying: Reckless Kelly with Muzzie and Billy Braun, Jeremiah James and friends, 4 p.m., $25; door $30, Idaho Botanical Garden


BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH, JENNIFER LYNN—8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux

CHAD COOKE—6 p.m., FREE, Dawson’s downtown, 219 N. Eighth St.

BLAZE AND KELLY—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye


BODO BROTHERS—6-8 p.m., FREE, Dream Cafe

THE FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE—6:30-9:30 p.m., David Robert King, $10 nonmembers; $8 IBG members; $6 children (6-12), Idaho Botanical Garden HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m., FREE, Whitewater Pizza KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill MATT HOPPER AND THE ROMAN CANDLES—9 p.m., FREE, Reef NED EVETT, BILL COFFEY—7-10 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel OPEN MIC—7 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s

SKATE NIGHT—8 p.m., $3, Antagony, Fallujah, Cast Into Finality, Slain in Silence, Gusto Bar (see Listen Here)

PAT FOLKNER—6-9 p.m., FREE, Tablerock


STEVE EATON—7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

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.

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POCONO BILL—6 p.m., FREE, Donnie Mac’s THE QUARTERTONS—10 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s SPINDLEBOMB—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

CULVER CITY DUB COLLECTIVE—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef DAVID MARR—7-9 p.m., FREE, The Cole/ Marr Gallery Coffee House THE EPILOGUES—9 p.m., FREE, Bouquet GO ENGINE NOW, SURREALIZED, ADAM NIGEL—8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective HOT DOG SANDWICH—10 p.m., FREE, Tablerock JOHN CAZAN—5-9 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel KEN HARRIS—6-9 p.m., Kodiak Grill MARY CUTRUFELLO—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s MIKE QUINN—9 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub POCONO BILL—7-9 p.m., FREE, Woodriver Cellars THE QUARTERTONS, PILOT ERROR—9:45 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s REBECCA SCOTT DECISION—9 p.m., $1, Liquid RICHARD SOLIZ—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ Hannah’s

UNITED STATES OF INDIE ROCK CONCERT—7 p.m., Finn Riggins, Low-fi, The Very Most, $5, The Linen Building, (see Listen Here, this page) VOICE OF REASON—5-8 p.m., Voice of Reason, FREE, The Waterfront at Lake Harbor



LISTENHERE UNITED STATES OF INDIE ROCK, JULY 2, LINEN BUILDING Local bands Finn Riggins, Low-fi and The Very Most have all experienced successes outside of the Treasure Valley. Finn Riggins spends their weekends playing in other towns and seeing good crowds even in places they haven’t played before. They were also included on the Friends and Friends of Friends compilation CD put out by cool little Portlandbased label Tender Loving Empire, on which they will also release their new album due out in October. Low-fi recently won an award from New York City’s Home Grown TV for their vidLOW-FI eo “Where You Are,” which snagged the most votes ever in one month and the band is slated to play the Midpoint Festival in Cincinnati this summer. The Very Most has had several songs included on British label Indiecator Records compilations and put out a well-produced quirky animated video for “Good Fight Fighting,” a promising single. On Thursday, all three bands join up for an all-ages show being billed as the United States of Indie Rock. The Linen Building is positing itself as the fresh, new downtown music venue and hosting these groups together and opening the show to all ages is a smart way to do that and something the bands see as a major plus. Finn Riggins’ Eric Gilbert and Low-fi’s Todd Sloan both agreed that all three bands are different yet similar enough that the music should appeal to fans of any one of the three. Finn Riggins, Low-fi and The Very Most seem to be teetering on the edge of national recognition and fans around here get that. They flock to see each band when they play as if it might be the last chance before one of their faves hits the big time. To see all three of them together, well, that’s just a little slice of indie heaven. —Amy Atkins Thursday, July 2, 7 p.m., $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St.,


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MISCELLANEOUS, GUSTO, JULY A show listing came across our desks here at BWHQ that reminded us funky names are not the domain of emo or scene bands. While bands like Motionless in White, Watchout! There’s Ghosts—a fun, poppy, electronic duo—and Eyes Set to Kill (who are all playing at The Venue this month) seem like they’re trying to outdo themselves in ambiguity, punk, metal and all-kinds-of-core, bands also often bestow themselves with names that may not be quite as cryptic but are just as peculiar. This month, promoter Too Much Distortion brings a handful of local and out-oftown oddly named bands to the Boise area. At Gusto on Wednesday, July 1, hear Antagony, Fallujah, Cast Into Finality and Slain in Silence. Show starts at 8 p.m., cover is $3. Again at Gusto ANTAGONY on Saturday, July 4, enjoy barbecue and a free 4 p.m. show with Vagerfly, Quickies, IP Address, Hotdog Sandwich, Demoni, Pull Out Quick, The PirkQlaters (they’re back?!) and Mass Mortem. Head to the (Foot)hills on Sunday, July 5, for The Human Quena Orchestra, PussyGutt, Cat Crap and Jument. It’s back to Gusto on Wednesday, July 8, for Blue Million Miles, La Knots and Malachi. Cat Crap? We can’t even make this stuff up. —Amy Atkins For more information, visit Gusto Bar, 509 W. Main St.,; The Venue, 521 Broad St.,


MUSICGUIDE saturday 4 ALMOST DANGEROUS—5 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine B-3 SIDE—11 a.m.-9 p.m., FREE, Woodriver Cellars BODO BROTHERS—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill THE BRENT VAARTSTRA BAND—7:30 p.m., Chandlers CELTIC RESIN—9 p.m., FREE, The Plank FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m., FREE, Monkey Bizness FOOD FOR THOUGHT TOUR—8 p.m., Dale Baker, Joshua the Scribe, $3, Neurolux GAYLE CHAPMAN—7 p.m., FREE, Bungalow

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mon. 6


BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES—Noon-3 p.m., FREE, Grape Escape

1332 RECORDS’ PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m., Bukkit, The Quickies, St. Jimmy Sinn Show, FREE, Liquid

JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s

FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m., FREE, Monkey Bizness

MOONDANCE—7 p.m., FREE, Big Bird’s Burgers, 2031 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian

JIM LEWIS—11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s

THE PIRKQLATERS—10 p.m., $8, Hijinx POCONO BILL—8 p.m., FREE, Groove Coffee THE QUARTERTONS, PILOT ERROR—9:45 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m, Humpin’ Hannah’s

Venues THE BALCONY CLUB—150 N. 8th St., 2nd floor, 336-1313 BAD IRISH—199 N. 8th St., 338-8939

BRIANNE GRAY—1-4:30 p.m., $15, Ste. Chapelle Winery

LIVE MUSIC SUNDAYS—6-8 p.m., FREE, Tablerock MOONDANCE—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill MUSIC FROM STANLEY—4-8 p.m., James Dean Kindle and the East Oregon Playboys, Thomas Paul, FREE, Redfish Lake Lodge NOCTURNUM WITH DJ BONES—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station OPEN MIC WITH POCONO BILL—Noon-8 p.m., FREE, SunRay Cafe THE SIDEMEN—6-9 p.m., FREE, Chandlers THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—MSa: Kevin Kirk, 7 p.m.; acts at 8 p.m., 981 Grove St., 383-4300 CHINA BLUE/DIRTY LITTLE RODDY’S—100 S. 6th St., downstairs, 338-6604

BARBACOA—276 Bob White Ct., Boise, 338-5000

COMMON GROUND CAFE—303 E. Colorado St., McCall, 208634-2846

BERRYHILL AND COMPANY—MSa: 6:30 p.m., 121 N. 9th St., 387-3553

CORKSCREWS WINE SHOP— 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-4049

BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—246 N. 8th St., 345-1813

COWGIRLS—353 Ave. E., Kuna, 922-9522

BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St. 345-6605

CRUSTY’S—214 Lenora St., McCall, 208-634-5005

BUFFALO CLUB—10206 Fairview Ave., 321-1811

DONNIE MAC’S—1515 W. Grove St., 338-7813

BUNGALOW—1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855

FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE—1314 2nd St. S., Nampa, 467-5533

BUZZ CAFE—2999 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 344-4321

FOCACCIA’S—404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 322-2838


GAMEKEEPER—1109 Main St., 343-4611 GELATO CAFE— 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian GINO’S RESTAURANT—3015 McMillan Road, Meridian, 887-7710 GRAINEY’S BASEMENT—107 S. 6th St., 345-2505 GRAPE ESCAPE—800 W. Idaho St., 368-0200 THE GRIZZLY ROSE—1124 W. Front St., 342-3375 GROOVE COFFEE—1800 N. Locust Grove, Meridian, 890-6128 GUSTO BAR—509 W. Main St. HA’PENNY—855 Broad St., 343-5568 HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820 HIJINX COMEDY CLUB—800 W.

AN EVENING WITH ALBINO—8 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door, Neurolux

tuesday 7 ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station

wed. 8

BROTHER DAN—7 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., BoDo Brothers, EOE, FREE, Grove Plaza


CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6-9 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe

GIZZARD STONE—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid






HUGHES, HYNEMAN, GARONZIK—7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers


JAH CULTURE—9 p.m., $2, Reef

JAZZ JAM—7-10 p.m., FREE, Reef

PLAYIN’ IN THE PLAZA—5:30-7:30 p.m., Barbara Laing, FREE, Generations Plaza

KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

RIVERBEND—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye


STEVE EATON—7 p.m., with Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill


OPEN MIC—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s THOMAS PAUL—8 p.m., FREE, Red Feather Lounge

Idaho St., 947-7100 HUMPIN’ HANNAH’S—W-Sa: Rocci Johnson Band, 621 Main St., 345-7557 HYDE PARK PUB—1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260 IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN—2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649

NO GO KNOW, NEOTUNDRA COWBOY—8 p.m., Visual Arts Collective

THE VERY MOST—9 p.m., $5, Hijinx

LUSH—760 Main St., 342-5874 MAIN STREET BISTRO—609 Main St., 345-9515 MODERN HOTEL—1314 W. Grove St., 424-8244 MONKEY BIZNASS—724 First St. S., Nampa

THE PLANK—650 S. Vista Ave., 336-1790

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

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

SUPERB SUSHI—208 N. 8th St., 385-0123

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

MR. LUCKY’S—4902 W. Chinden Blvd., 327-0925


REDFISH LAKE LODGE—Hwy. 75, south of Stanley, 208-7743536

MUSIC OF THE VINE—2805 Blaine St., Caldwell, 454-1228

REEF—105 S. 6th St., 287-9200

KODIAK GRILL—12342 E. Hwy. 21, 338-8859

NEUROLUX—F-Sa: DJs, $3, 11 p.m., 111 N. 11th, 343-0886

THE LINEN BUILDING—1402 W. Grove St., 385-0111

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

LIQUID—405 S. 8th St.

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

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

PAIR—601 Main St., 343-7034

LULU’S FINE PIZZA—2594 Bogus Basin Road, 387-4992

PENGILLY’S—513 W. Main St., 345-6344 PIPER PUB & GRILL—150 N. 8th St., 343-2444

THE FRINGE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub

REMBRANDT’S—93 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 938-1564 RODEWAY INN—1115 N. Curtis Rd., 376-2700 SHORTY’S SALOON—5467 Glenwood, 672-9090 SOCKEYE—3019 Cole Rd., 658-1533 STE. CHAPELLE WINERY—19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell, 453-7843


TABLEROCK BREWPUB—705 Fulton St., 342-0944 TERRAPIN STATION—1519 W. Main St., 342-1776 TOM GRAINEY’S—109 S. 6th St., 345-2505 THE VENUE—521 Broad St., 919-0011 VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE (VAC)—3638 Osage St., Garden City, 424-8297 WATERFRONT AT LAKE HARBOR—3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise WHITEWATER PIZZA — 1510 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, 888-6611 WOODRIVER CELLARS—3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 286-9463

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When Somalian rapper K’naan took the stage, he held the demeanor and dignity of an artist not just performing, but rather sharing something unique with the world. The set was short, but powerful, and made all the more so because of its brevity. He didn’t rely on pre-recorded beats; he had a full backing band and a scorching guitarist playing wailing lead on “If Rap Gets Jealous.” K’naan performed “Somalia,” a strong and chilling song from his new release Troubadour, as a spoken word piece. The audience hung off every word, and erupted in applause Somalian rapper K’naan looks to the future while he sings of his past. between the stanzas. I was on my third Jack Daniels by the time Matisyahu took the stage and, sure, it may have been the lulling effects of the whiskey, but for me, Matisyahu’s set seemed comprised less of individual songs and more like one flowing session with the music and intensity waxing and waning in a continuous stream. Like K’naan, he was fully immersed in the delivery. Matisyahu’s songs often blended together without beginnings or endings, sometimes grooving reggae beats and rhymes, sometimes drawn out instrumentals of trippy effects as Matisyahu showed off his vocal prowess by flawlessly combining rasta with contemporary hip-hop. In tribute to Michael Jackson, who died earlier that day, Matisyahu performed “Billie Jean,” going off onto a long jam. Looking out across the floor, the room ebbed and flowed as people danced. Not being prone to more than a foot tap myself, even I swayed to the beat. Again, maybe the whiskey. Toward the end, K’naan joined Matisyahu on stage. They started with “Waving Flag,” then transitioned into a freestyle together: “Idaho don’t you know / it’s the K’naan and Matisyahu show.” I walked away from the show satisfied, content and feeling at peace. The possibilities of what music can achieve reach far deeper than just entertainment and K’naan and Matisyahu prove this. In the words of K’naan: “And any man who knows a thing knows he knows not a damn, damn thing at all.” —Mathias Morache

CDS WILCO: WILCO (THE ALBUM) Wilco (The Album) hit shelves June 30 and is a necessity for Wilco lovers old and new. The record doesn’t provide listeners with anything truly groundbreaking but instead is more a blend of their recent material with sounds from their distant past. Wilco (The Album) is definitely closely related to the band’s previous record, Sky Blue Sky. However, some of the refined, smoothed musical character has been exchanged for reminiscent glances toward the records of the last 10 years. Remarkably, though, the band does this without crushing the creative spirit that has marked their music. Wilco (The Album), perhaps unsurprisingly, opens with “Wilco (the song).” It is a toe-tapper. However, you may be left disappointed that they would stake their band name on such a radio-friendly song that isn’t even long enough to see the three-minute mark. “Bull Black Nova” drizzles listeners with cosmic splotches of guitars and keyboards that accompany Jeff Tweedy’s anxious lyrics. The song climaxes to mild cacophony gelled with a bass and drum pedal point. Strange resemblances to “Spider/Kidsmoke” from the album A Ghost is Born are in there, too. Any ears left strained from the previous will likely take refuge in the soothing next track, “You and I,” which features a guest appearance by singer-songwriter Feist from Broken Social Scene. It’s easy to sing along with Tweedy during “You Never Know” as he charismatically professes his feelings of blatant apathy about some common trends and views of every generation. This song is among the ones that have permeated radio waves and given the public a taste of what’s to come. At the end of the record is a hidden track that certainly shouldn’t be missed. The song is bound to take listeners back to Wilco’s previous years. It’s a melancholy, nostalgic and yet charming way to close the album. Although they will be spending time out West, sadly, it appears Wilco will not be coming through Boise this time around. —William R. Waag

GOSPEL CLAWS: GOSPEL CLAWS Coming up with a decent band name seems like one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. You can go cheeky, intellectual, dumb ass, overly literal or, just to be different, plain inscrutable. Arguably, this last choice is where the dudes of Gospel Claws went. What the hell does Gospel Claws mean? The press release makes a hint or two, but anytime you want to take a press release seriously, you should lie down until the urge passes. The five-piece from Tempe, Ariz., plays straightforward rock with the occasional soul flavoring—somebody’s been listening to a whole lotta Motown—and damn, they’re good. Their initial release, an eponymous EP, only has five songs on it, but each one is choice, channeling a new-retro vibe like the Strokes without falling down the fuzzy production rabbit hole. On tracks like “You Got It Bad,” lead singer/songwriter Joel Marquard lets loose the part of him that wishes he’d worked in the Brill Building, hitting each note with a bluesy swagger that draws equally on heartache and hubris. The rest of the band studied at the same school that Marquard did, reaching back to rock’s early days on “Lost at Sea,” with lead guitarist Wesley Hilsabeck’s mellow playing, which consciously evokes both rockabilly and surf rock, anchoring the melody in cool. It’s not a perfect set; I could have done without the vocal histrionics of disc closer “Don’t Let It Die,” which flirts with a call-and-response rhythm without actually getting there, and the first track, “God Keeps Me Alive,” goes on a little too long. Still, even their weak stuff is stronger than a lot of bands can manage, so I feel no pain calling Gospel Claws good on the percentages. Here’s a quintet well worth your currency, no matter how inscrutable their name. —Brandon Nolta


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DOCUMENTING DARFUR Local exhibit depicts war-ravaged region Kapnos by Cassandria Blackmore

PHOENIX RISING A courier truck containing artwork by Seattlebased glass artist Cassandria Blackmore and encaustic artist Catherine Eaton Skinner caught fire recently while transporting their work to the Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley for a July exhibit. Friesen Gallery director Stacy Collins told BW that although the incident was a tragedy, it’s vital to note that both artists had shown incredible degrees of professionalism even though an event of this magnitude was a first for Collins. Postcards announcing the July 3 opening, with images of both Blackmore and Eaton Skinner’s work, were awaiting a mouse click to send them off to the printer when Collins heard the news. “This was a first; a first ever,” Collins said. “A call saying ‘the trailer caught on fire and everything is destroyed’ are not words I’d ever heard before.” Blackmore, who sadly faced a similar experience before—losing her master’s thesis during a large earthquake in Seattle eight years ago— was initially as shattered by the fire as her work was. Her process, reverse painting on glass, is a time-consuming labor of love and one that cannot be easily or quickly duplicated. But, as any true artist would, Blackmore looked at the event from a philosophical perspective, and also found a positive light to cast. “The glass came from fire and went back to fire,” she said. “I am doing the best I can under the circumstances and am scrambling to pull a whole new show together.” She added that so far, she has been able to gather up 10 pieces from various people and places that she can put in the show, something she is thrilled about. Blackmore said she wasn’t willing to chuck the burned pieces away, but rather, wants to rework or re-fashion some of them. “I’m still trying to get a few severely burnt pieces back from the fire site,” she said, and was hoping to cast one in a block of resin as a tribute to the circumstances, but probably wouldn’t have time before the show. “I am left thinking about destruction,” Blackmore said. “Even in destruction, there can be beauty. After all, my work is broken paintings reassembled.” “There’s a positive spin to this,” Collins said sincerely. “Yes, it is a loss for all of us. Unfortunately or fortunately, however you want to look at this, this is Cassandria’s debut with us. We have shown her work once [at Friesen Gallery in Seattle]. This was supposed to be her grand entrance to the Sun Valley, Idaho, market.” But within 24 hours, both artists told Collins they would do whatever it took to get a show together. “It might not be the show we had anticipated,” Collins said, “but it would be like a phoenix rising from the ashes.” Reflecting on how the fire would affect her future work and maintaining a positive outlook, Blackmore said a quote by Eckhart Tolle struck her as particularly prescient: “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it—not against it.” Details on what caused the fire and whether the artists’ work was insured are forthcoming. —Amy Atkins Show runs July 3 through August 3. Friesen Gallery, 320 First Ave. N. at Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, 208-726-4174,


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With new refugees coming to Boise each month from places as varied as Iraq, Burundi and Sudan, Idaho history is quickly becoming enriched by the world cultures congregating here. And while volunteers in the Boise community have generously helped refugees acclimate to the American lifestyle, it is also important for Boiseans to understand the history of their newest citizens. “The Boise community has a deeper connection to issues going on in Africa than maybe folks realize,” said Amy Herzfeld, execuetween loads of laundry, recent Boise State grad Imad El tive director of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center. Nour joked about the dismal job market. In conjunction with the 80th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth“Finding a job is a full-time job,” he laughed. In the day, the center partnered with the museum to bring the “Darfur: past six years, El Nour has gone from being homeless on the Photo-journalists Respond” exhibition to town in an effort to streets of Egypt to throwing around English truisms with casual illuminate modern genocides and human-rights abuses. For its fifth ease. El Nour, a Sudanese refugee from the war-torn Darfur annual Summer Institute, a conference for teachers from across region, is quick to credit the Boise community for his success. Idaho, the center invited local refugees El Nour and poet and BW “The environment here just helps bring the best out of your blogger Fidel Nshombo to tell their stories. ability,” said El Nour. “You can succeed so much easier.” “The teachers who were attending the institute from around the state were really impressed by the exhibition, and they really valued the opportunity to interact personally with local members of the refugee community,” said Herzfeld. “That really made the story come to life in a very powerful way.” For Zwolfer, involving members of the Sudanese refugee community in the exhibit has been invaluable. On a large plaque, with a smiling picture of El Nour, he explains his journey to Boise and the struggles he encountered on his way here. Relating the chilling scenes depicted in the photos snapped by internationally renowned photojournalists to the lives of Boise citizens adds a certain relevance that’s missing from the images alone. “People tend to see something like this and they think it’s horrible, but then they walk out of the exhibit and they forget it instantly,” said Zwolfer. “The way for it to resonate with people is to make a connection with a person, especially a person in their community.” On a recent weekday morning, a summer camp class of kids in matching lime green T-shirts wandered through the exhibition and Photographer Sven Torfinn captures a distraught boy whose village was destroyed by the Janjaweed. made some connections of their own. Using their indoor voices, a couple of youngsters Now that El Nour is on his way to becoming a respiratory care stopped in front of one of Sven Torfinn’s photos of a destroyed vilspecialist and has fully acclimated to life in Boise, he wants to give lage and lamented, “Aw, that’s where their home was.” As a young back. Recently, he spoke at a teacher’s conference centered on the adult counselor herded the kids into the museum’s next exhibition Idaho Historical Museum’s newest traveling exhibition, “Darfur: room, he exclaimed, “Wow, I thought Darfur was in Germany.” Photo-journalists Respond.” El Nour hopes that telling his story In an effort to clear up misconceptions about Darfur, El Nour has will help Boiseans to better understand the atrocities happening in made himself available to area teachers and organizations year Darfur brought on largely by the Sudanese government. round to give talks about his experience. “The wound was really raw. I didn’t want to open up and speak “People, they need to hear individual experiences,” said El about it. But right now, I feel like I’m in a better place,” said El Nour. “We have a lot of people [in Boise] from Darfur, people who Nour. “We need to increase awareness for people that there’s a survived the genocide. The images and pictures work—it makes genocide and there’s deaths. It’s something that’s really important you moved and concerned—but when you hear somebody tell you that you need to know. I’m ready now just to excel and go out his story, of how he escaped and how he lost his family and how he there and speak about it and be an advocate for Darfurian people.” suffered and how he was determined to make it out through all the The Idaho Historical Museum has also made it their mission bloody scenes, I think that makes a difference.” to educate the Boise community on Darfur. The photo exhibit— Though the war in Darfur is far more complex than celebrity co-sponsored by the Idaho Human Rights Education Center and endorsements or “Save Darfur” bumper stickers would have us on loan from the Houston Holocaust Museum—chronicles the believe, exhibitions like “Darfur: Photo-journalists Respond” are displacement of 2 million people from Darfur, a region the size helping to shed light on the conflict’s central issues and encourage of Texas in western Sudan. Since the conflict began in 2003, the people to find out more. For Boiseans, that can be as easy as talkUnited Nations estimates roughly 300,000 people have been killed ing to our new Sudanese neighbors. by fighting between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Janjaweed “We’re hoping an exhibit like this can open a few people’s eyes army and rebel groups. Though there’s some debate over whether so that they can make that connection to the people in their comthe conflict qualifies as genocide, the exhibition takes the resolute munity,” said Zwolfer. “These are people that are now members of stance that it does—reprinting the U.N.’s five-point definition of our community that we should respect that are now bringing a lot genocide on the exhibit’s opening informational plaque. The show of their culture in with them.” snakes around a large open room, with brightly saturated color For El Nour, speaking up about his experiences in Darfur is photos of women carrying plastic jugs of water through refugee the least he can do to show gratitude to the community that has camps and somber black and white photos of burned villages embraced him over the last six years. painting a harrowing tale of the destruction caused by the conflict. “You’ve got to be proud that you belong to this community “People think of us as the Lewis and Clark and the Oregon because Boise has been helpful for refugees in terms of providing a Trail museum, but we’re all about Idaho history from very old lot of help,” said El Nour. “People volunteer to teach English, and history to very recent history,” explained Kurt Zwolfer, educapeople are so friendly and passionate about newcomers.” tion specialist at the historical museum. “Certainly we want to Through July 31. Open until 9 p.m. First Thursday. Admission stir people, but what’s important to us, especially, is there’s a is free. Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., 208-334community in town that’s directly connected to this [exhibit], 2120, and that’s what we hope to reflect.”






HOT CHILDREN IN THE CITY Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors sizzles to a Latin theme


ain delayed the opening of Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s performance of The Comedy of Errors twice in early June. It was the first time in 33 years of ISF history that two consecutive shows were canceled. When the clouds finally lifted, the cast threw their pent-up energy into the show with gusto. It was worth the wait. Hot Latin dancing, sight gags and loud ’60s swinger costumes set the stage in this mistaken-identity farce. The production sambas to a sexy, Brazilian jazz theme— though not specific to any one time and place—giving it a vaguely exotic feel. The sets paint a seaside picture, with wood and iron slat-covered windows, Spanish austerity and few flowery details. The colorful costumes, sexy music and choreography, however, all spell Rio de Janeiro, an oddly natural choice for this whimsical, early Shakespearean comedy. Guys wear big, loud suits, shoulder pads and loose, baggy pants, while the women slink around in tight hip-huggers and colorful tops. With the scene set, Shakespearean banter takes off. Some words won’t register—until you get the sight gags. We see lusty gropings, flailing swords, knowing glances and beatings with a hat not seen since the Skipper whooped up on poor Gilligan. All these help make sense of Ye Olde English. Antipholus of Syracuse, is a bland sort. He was separated from his twin brother, Antipholus of Ephesus, at sea. The same actor plays both brothers, which adds to the fun. By accident, people mistake him for his brother, now a hard-drinking, fast-talking playboy. Syracuse twists relationships with his brother’s jealous wife, his leather-laced mistress, a loan shark and his best friend, all played with a great back and forth between actors and audience.


Confused about the plot? The costumes and sight gags make the show clear. Andrew May plays both Antipholus brothers, toggling back and forth, presenting the seeds of modern drama’s morality plays. Ian Gould plays Dromio, a servant who also has a twin. Gould pulls off some big comic gaffes, flailing and falling. His uncanny comedic timing never upstages the central characters but earns him a basketful of laughs. The standout performance comes from Ephesus’ wife, Adriana, played by Lynn Allison. A jealous wife, she booms her terrible scorn, then melts into affectionate Jell-O. Middle-aged and neglected, she has family money, power and control of the household, but she also has an unfaithful husband. Her rantings are nothing short of great Shakespeare: raw and eternal, then so tender and vulnerable. The character resolving all misunderstandings is Egeon, father to the Antipholus brothers. He lands on the island searching for them both with barely any hope. Played by Dudley Swetland, Egeon is deep, sorrowful and tragic, his monotone soliloquy rising and falling like a force of nature, showing the bottomless disappointment of an unlucky parent. It’s a hint at the kind of characters Shakespeare would create in his later works. Finally, when the authorities are ready to prosecute that trouble-making Antipholus, Egeon steps up to reveal his separated twin boys. Everyone laughs. Whew. But for its brief forays into the serious, this play entertains with feisty gusto, offering a highly engaging leisure. Comedy of Errors runs through July 24. Tickets are $12 to $39. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-3369221,


BEER AND HEROES Two local illustrators visualize different worlds


omic books bring to mind a freedom of imagination. Unlike fiction, in which a story must stay rooted in a setting—whether on Earth or in another galaxy—comics have the ability to make leaps between time and space. They can go wherever they want to, taking the reader right along with them. The graphic works of local artists Allen Gladfelter and Brian Sendelbach make just those kinds of leaps, carrying readers to very different realms. Strongman, written by Charles Soule with art by Gladfelter, is the story of Tigre, a luchador (Mexican wrestler) and one-time superhero who is no longer larger than life. Tigre is down and out. He’s washed up, but dedicates himself to one last mission to make the world right and rediscover the superhero he once was. Gladfelter’s black and white artwork evokes the gritty, end-of-the-road place where Tigre exists. Poignant stills show Tigre alone in his world, slouched on a bench or smoking a cigarette at home. The imagery helps characterize Tigre as much as the dialogue or actions within the story. The story’s noir quality keeps the adventure serious, following Tigre through seedy bars, alleyways and junkyards. Though


depressing, Tigre’s plight is an engaging one. While Strongman follows the struggles of one character, several story lines play out in Sendelbach’s Planet of Beer. Sendelbach, a BW contributor, takes readers on the misguided adventures of Captain McBride and his crew as they search the universe for a planet comprised entirely of beer. We also meet Bigfoot tromping his way through modern society, and, despite how hard he tries, always screwing up. Not to be outdone, Jimmy Carter and his alien sidekick, Kenny, rampage through Carter’s days as president. Sendelbach’s artwork is colorful, loony and surreal as he depicts Carter picking on Henry Kissinger or just kicking it around Washington, D.C. And although some strips are more compelling than others, the underlying portrayal of outlandish characters and places nicely mocks the at-times absurdity of the real world. It’s not obvious, and it’s not in your face, but Sendelbach’s comics make us wonder why we embark on our own misguided journeys. Planet of Beer is available locally at Rediscovered Books and Captain Comics. Both books are available at


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lent cast and because they are voiced by different characters, but they occasionally threaten to beat you over the head with “no-duh” messages about love and family. Both Krasinksi and Rudolph transcend their television personalities to bring rich, ord love and goddamn those Wright Lynsky and Paul Schneider) each of whom complex characters to the screen. It’s most Brothers. When they first soared off has a compelling story that is washed away gratifying to see Rudolph, one of the most the dunes at Kitty Hawk in 1903, with a new title sequence as Burt and Veunderappreciated performers on Saturday a new world of possibility opened up for rona soldier on to the next locale. Night Live, allowed a subtle, wry prestravel, allowing us to visit ence on the screen, proving kith and kin afar, but also she is no less powerful making far-flung familial in dramatic work than homesteads a more imshe is in comedy. Fans of mediate reality. With the Krasinski expect a certain ability to settle anywhere cinematic personality, the and the necessity of mov“aww-shucks” guy with an ing to wherever work is acerbic wit. His character is available, a community is in this vein, but he imbues becoming a harder concept Burt with both more livelito define, whether it’s ness and more humanity loving the people you live than his previous work. near, or living near the The two together have people you love. Away We exactly the right level of Go, a new film by Sam hesitancy, dependence and Mendes, capitalizes on this trust that we’d expect from concept, the idea that you a young couple in their make your home based situation. The supportmore on the people around ing cast is fantastic, their you and less on the place. intriguing stories all too Burt (John Krasinquickly passed over, but ski) and Verona (Maya each makes an indelible Rudolph) are a couple in their early 30s mark in their brief moments onscreen. AWAY WE GO (R) who are expecting their first child. Having Director Sam Mendes shows a subdued Directed by Sam Mendes lived day to day in the sort of “love will side in this film. His direction is apt, as Written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida keep us warm” fashion for their entire usual, but is secondary to the story. No Starring John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph relationship, they realize that they need to extra flash or gratuitous screen fanciness Now playing at The Flicks, Edwards 21 set down some roots in order to provide a (as in American Beauty) get in the way. stable home for their growing family. When With a lovely score by Alexi Murdoch and Burt’s parents (Catherine O’Hara and Jeff beautiful but never overpowering cinemaDaniels), who live nearby, abruptly decide It wasn’t surprising to discover the script tography by Ellen Kuras, Away We Go is to move overseas, the expectant couple sets was the first screenplay effort of novelist a meditative, methodical reflection on the off to visit siblings, cousins, college friends Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida. other side of 30, the days when responsiand old co-workers in order to find a new The dialogue is prone to the same sort of bility and relationships start to become a home. This episodic journey makes use of meandering “look at me” monologues that necessary part of your family’s dynamic. a stellar supporting cast (Maggie Gyllenpepper Eggers’ books. The monologues Simple and elegant, it’s a story that’s long haal, Jim Gaffigan, Allison Janney, Melanie work here, mostly because of the exceloverdue.

TURBULENCE AND TRAVEL Away We Go on one couple’s hunt for home


SCREENLISTINGS opening ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS—Actors Ray Romano (Manny), John Leguizamo (Sid), Queen Latifah (Ellie) and Denis Lear y (Diego) lend their voices to the sequel to Ice Age: The Meltdown. Manny and Ellie are preparing to welcome a new bundle of joy to the woolly mammoth family. Diego is contemplating changes of his own after he star ts to feel like a house cat instead of a sabre-tooth tiger, and when Sid begins to feel his biological clock ticking, he decides to steal a dinosaur egg to raise as his own. (PG) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 SUMMER HOURS—Helene Ber thier (Edith Scob) is the matriarch of her French family, and when she dies, her children must decide what to do with her worldly possessions. The eldest son of three children, Frederic (Charles Berling) would like to keep their mother’s house, and the treasures it contains, as it is for future generations to enjoy, but sister, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), and younger brother, Jeremie (Jeremie Renier), who both live outside of France, do not see the point of hanging onto old desks, painting and vases, and want to sell the house and donate the ar t. Director Olivier Assayas directs this movie in French with English subtitles. (NR) Flicks


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WHATEVER WORKS—Boris (Larr y David, Seinfeld) is a cantankerous New Yorker who talks to the camera about how smar t his world view is, and how he is surrounded by simpletons. Boris takes in a young Southern girl (Evan Rachel Wood) and lets her live in his Greenwich Village apar tment until her mother (Patricia Clarkson) comes barreling onto the scene to rescue her daughter. All of a sudden, Borris is inundated with the whole Southern family when the father (Ed Begley Jr.) arrives to bring his wife and daughter home. The problem is that the Southern woman have found city life with all the ar t, men and lights, to their liking and might not be leaving Boris alone anytime soon. The movie is written and directed by Woody Allen. (PG-13) Flicks

continuing ANGELS AND DEMONS—Rober t Langdon (Tom Hanks) miraculously discovers that an ancient, super secret league of evil known as the Illuminati has reared its scandalous head again to disrupt the Catholic religion. Langdon zooms over to Rome and meets with the semi-eccentric Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) to trace 400-year-old clues in the catacombs of Rome in order to stop the imminent threat and save the Vatican. (PG-13) Edwards 21

AWAY WE GO—Expectant couple Verona (Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live) and Bur t (John Krasinski, The Office) set out on a trip across the countr y in their Volvo in search of a place where they feel comfor table enough to raise their child. Along the way, the couple visit family and friends to soak up advice both solicited and shoved in their faces. The newbies are concerned when the woman (Allison Janney and comedian Jim Gaffigan) they are sitting with star ts teasing her son about his big ears and she lets the expectant couple in on a parenting secret: The sound of adults talking is like white noise to children. They sit down to a dinner with a couple who has been through it (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Josh Hamilton), Bur t’s parents (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O’Hara) and a couple of old college friend who have made their own family unit by adopting children. The movie, directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), is from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, and the soundtrack features music by singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch. See Screen, this page. (R) Flicks, Edwards 21 THE BROTHERS BLOOM—Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Mark Ruffalo play a couple of con man brothers who go after Penelope (Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener), an eccentric heiress who claims that her hobby

is collecting hobbies. The brothers plan to rob her blind by getting her involved in a complex extor tion scheme full of twists, turns and explosions that destroy cars and historic monuments along with one of the brother’s desire to steal. (PG-13) Flicks EASY VIRTUE—From the director of Priscilla, Queen of the Deser t comes this remake of the 1928 Alfred Hitchcock classic based on a Noel Coward play. Jessica Biel stars as Larita Whittaker, an American woman who turns her English husband’s stodgy family upside down. The outspoken Larita races motorcycles, poses nude for Picasso and isn’t ashamed when the family finds her and her husband in flagrante in an outbuilding. Will the family finally accept their charming if unner ving new member of will they be forever scandalized? Also stars rakish Ben Barnes as John Whittaker, proper Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs. Whittaker and dashing Colin Fir th as Mr. Whittaker. (PG-13) Flicks GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST—A romantic comedy from Mark Waters, director of Mean Girls, Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is happy with his pattern of 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 full of women


SCREENLISTINGS scorned. Connor realizes the woman he is meant to settle down with, Jenny (Jennifer Garner), is well wor th changing his ways for. (PG-13) Egyptian Ends Thursday THE HANGOVER—Three friends head to Las Vegas before one of them takes the final plunge into matrimony. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) are charged with showing Doug (Justin Bar tha) a good time in Sin City. After a wild night at Caesar’s Palace, the groomsmen have massive hangovers, a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the closet but the groom is nowhere to be found. More frightened of the bride than the tiger, the dudes realize they best get Doug down the aisle on time and in one piece. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 LITTLE ASHES—The film is set in the blooming ar t scene of Madrid in 1922 is about a group of young ar tists set on making a name for themselves. Rober t Pattinson (Twilight) plays a teenaged Salvador Dali just star ting out at university where he joins social forces with fellow ar tists poet Federico Garcia Lorca (Javier Beltran) and Luis Bunuel (Matthew McNulty). Salvador and Federico travel to the Dali family home on vacation where their friendship and appreciation for one another grows as fast as their ar tistic talents. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday MY SISTER’S KEEPER—The Fitzgerald family, Sara (Cameron Diaz), Brian (Jason Patric) and their two kids, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) and Jesse live a happy life until Kate is diagnosed with leukemia. The parents decide to have another baby Anna (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine), to ensure Kate has a per fect match for bone marrow and an eventual kidney transplant. When Anna reaches her teen

years, she is tired of all the medical procedures and visits Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin), a lawyer who helps Anna sue her parents for the right to make decisions about her own body. The touching drama reaches a boiling point in Judge De Salvo’s (Joan Cusack) cour troom where right and wrong, ethics and morality all take a stand against the duties of family. (PG-13) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 Ends Wednesday NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN—Ben Stiller reprises his role as Larr y Daley, the night watchman who moves from the Museum of Natural Histor y to the Smithsonian Institute to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, whom had been shipped there on accident. (PG) Edwards 21 THE PROPOSAL—Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a heavy handed book editor whose persuades her male assistant, Andrew Paxton, (Ryan Reynolds) to take her hand in marriage so she won’t get depor ted to Canada. The business arrangement quickly turns into a family affair when the fiances travel to Alaska and the Paxtons (Mar y Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson) arrange a quick wedding in conjunction with Grandma Annie’s (Betty White) 90th bir thday. (PG-13) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 PUBLIC ENEMIES—The Depression-era gangster film directed by Michael Mann pits bank robbers against government agents during a time when the general public had major disdain for the banking system because of the economy’s downward spiral. Johnny Depp plays the slipper y outlaw John Dillinger whose charm and good looks always keep him a couple of steps ahead of the law. J. Edgar Hoover’s new agency, the beginning

of the FBI and its top agent, Melvin Pur vis (Christian Bale) make it their mission to put the criminal and his band of robbers behind bars for good. (R) Nor thgate, 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 preser ves 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 Zachar y Quinto and Uhura by Zoe Saldana. Even Tyler Perr y (Madea) has a par t as Starfleet Admiral Barnett. A hip crew, spectacular special effects and a dash of romance adds a little action to all the adventure (with Spock/ Leonard Nimoy’s approval). (PG-13) Edwards 21 THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123—The remake of the 1974 film stars Denzel Washington stars as Walter Garber, a subway train dispatcher caught up in the highjacking of a subway car full of people. Ryder (John Travolta) and his accomplices (Luis Guzman, Victor Gojcaj) demand that Walter deliver $10 million or people will get hur t. Director Tony Scott doesn’t stray ver y far from the action formula with the prerequisite cussing up a blue streak culminating in an action sequence car chase through New York City traffic. (R) Edwards 21 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN—Action, loads of metal smashing and grand explosions are par t of the second installment of the battle between a resurrected Megatron and his crew of villainous Decepticons. The cast of the first movie, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Tur turro star with the addition of Rainn Wilson (The


PLANS OF ATTACK ONCE THE SULFUR SMOKE CLEARS Contrary to what video store proprietors and Internet list makers suggest, Christmas is not the only holiday on which one can schedule quality video viewing. And while I, too, could easily prattle on about what to watch in December, today’s Vidiot is about how to occupy one’s field of vision on the Fourth of July. It would be ridiculous not to advocate playing outdoors and viewing as many Old Faithfulscented explosions as possible on Saturday. But if your stash of fireworks runs out early or you need something to occupy the daylight hours before their launch, then make like a Revolutionary general and select from the following strategies: PLAN A. Pick anything military-themed. Even if tales of warfare are not your thing, cannon volley and gunfire are undeniably patriotic. Technically, you ought to get bonus points for selecting Revolutionary War titles—like Mel Gibson’s mildly trite but thoroughly bloody and exciting The Patriot—but my recommendation for quality, emotion-soaked conflict is Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick in the Civil War-set Glory. Or you could go with the oh-so-heartbreaking WWII rescue story Saving Private Ryan, which, coincidentally, was released theatrically while I was in Air Force Basic Training back in 1998. PLAN B. Avoid films with the holiday’s name in its title. On any other day, renting the Randy Quaid/Jeff Goldblum/Will Smith alien crapshoot Independence Day would seem a fun throwback to the summer of ’96, but it seems cruelly insufficient for the actual Fourth, and only tongue-in-cheek enough to impress an inebriated college buddy. Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, however appropriate its nomenclature, is a winding tale of a youth mangled by the military machine during the Vietnam conflict and is far too long and depressing to be viewed on any day of celebration. PLAN C. Do like I did—grab a copy of HBO’s three-disc, seven-part, 500-minute chronicle of John Adams’ political life. It’s hard to say how accurate its depictions of the events described in David McCullough’s biography are, but this miniseries breathes exuberant new life into our country’s second president and arguably most underappreciated founding father. With famous characters like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson floating around, it’s a lot like a first-volume presidential encyclopedia in motion. And it guides viewers from the Boston Massacre in 1770 to the Continental Congress to Adams’ death in 1826. Granted, an eight-hour trek through early U.S. history is probably not something you’ll want to cram into a single July afternoon, but the film’s quality storytelling and Paul Giamatti’s engaging title performance serves as a great warm-up for anyone’s festivities. PLAN D. Though the aforementioned miniseries did not touch on his affinity for beer, make like our second president’s rabble-rousing cousin, Samuel Adams, and throw back a cold one or 12 on Saturday—and then who cares what you watch! Given a long holiday weekend in the City of Trees, I’d like to think at least one of our forebears would have happily shared a Bud Light Lime and cheesy weenie with me.



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SCREENLISTINGS Office) in the role of a college professor. (PG-13) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21, Edwards IMAX UP—The movie by DisneyPixar is about an older man who fulfills his dreams of flying after his wife passes away. Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) attaches a bunch of hot-air balloons to his home and sets sail for South America. The 78-year-old and his stow away companion, an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer

named Russell, go on the adventure of their lives and meet some funny characters along the way. (PG) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 21 Ends Wednesday YEAR ONE— Michael Cera (Juno) is going to be funny any time he’s the comedic foil in a film. Jack Black also usually plays the same character: a spastic goof who’s a bit morally bereft but ultimately redeems himself in the end while at the same time helping

an uptight square find the hero or child inside. In Year One, Black plays Zed, a pre-historic rule breaker banished from his village for eating forbidden fruit. Cera (Juno) is Oh, his trusting, naive sidekick. When they learn that Eema, the object of Oh’s desire, has been forced into slaver y, the two hunter-gatherers find that their destiny may be less about the goal and more about the journey. (PG13) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21

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


Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:10 a.m., 10:35


Flicks: W-Th: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; F: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; |Sa: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10; Su: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15


Flicks: W-Th: 4:30, 7, 9:25; F: 12:30, 4:30, 9:20; Sa: 12:30, 4:30; Su: 12:30, 4:30, 9:20; M-Tu: 4:30, 9:20


Flicks: W-Th: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; F-Su: 2:45, 7:20; M-Tu: 7:20


Egyptian: W-Th only: 4, 6, 8


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:45, 7:45, 10:35 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:20, 2:45, 5:25, 7:45, 10

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS— Northgate: W-Tu: 12:20, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 Edwards 9: W: 10:10 a.m., 1:20, 4:10, 7:25, 9:50; Th: 1:20, 4:10, 7:25, 9:50 Edwards 21: W-Th: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12, 1, 1:30, 2:20, 3:25, 3:55, 4:40, 5:40, 6:10, 7, 8, 9:20, 10:20, 10:45 ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS 3D— Edwards 21: W-Th: 10 a.m., 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 LITTLE ASHES—

Flicks: W-Th only: 4:50, 7:05, 9:30


Northgate: M-Tu only: 10:30 a.m.


Northgate: W-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:40, 3:55, 7:50, 10:20 Edwards 21: W only: 11:20 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45



Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:25, 10:10

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


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


Edwards 21: W-Th: 10:20 a.m., 1:05, 4, 6:50, 9:35


Flicks: F: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; Sa: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15; Su: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; M-Tu: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15


Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:35 a.m., 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:25


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



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

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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GEEK GANG AWAY Tour takes the taboo out of the Segway


“I thought it was pretty dorky, honestly,” he said. “But I had a blast. I felt like a kid riding a bike for the first time.” Reir never considered Segways as a way to commute but thought they would be the perfect way to show Boise visitors the city. “It’s a fun way to go from Point A to Point B,” he said. Reir and his business partner, Tom Pedilla, found a Segway dealership in Idaho Falls—which specialized in selling the largerwheeled versions of the machine to farmers and ranchers in the area. Reir said the dealership sold 76 Segways in a single year and found success with a rental program it started.


t certain times in our lives, we have to put our egos aside. Sometimes, it’s for the greater good. Sometimes, it’s an act of selflessness. Sometimes, it’s being willing to look like a complete dork in the name of fun. Donning a bike helmet and riding through downtown on a high-tech scooter with seven other people is a humbling experience. Stripped of any form of pride, you begin to lose some of your grown-up self-consciousness and suddenly revert to childhood, when fun took priority. Who knew such revelations could come from a Segway? The two-wheeled personal transportation vehicles have been around for years, but they are still rare enough to garner stares from the curious. Until recently, there have been only a handful around the valley, ridden by tech-savvy commuters. But now, a Boise company is giving the public the chance to ride a Segway without plopping down roughly $5,000 to own one. Adventure Tours of Idaho has set up shop in a storefront near the Grove Plaza, offering Segway rentals and guided tours of downtown. Nearly any day of the week, passersby can be found gawking at the machines parked out front. On a recent afternoon, a group from Boise Weekly decided to quench our curiRound and round we go ... the BW Segway team gets fancy with synchronized rolling in Capitol Park. osity the only way possible—by spending an afternoon on a Segway. We started our adventure by watching the required safety video, which cuts between images of happy Reir bought eight machines, found an office location and picked Segway riders buzzing across a multitude of surfaces, and the un- the brain of former Boise city historian, Todd Shallot, for interesting happy Segway stick-figure rider who manages to flip his ride a lot. tidbits about the city. Shallot wrote the script for the historic tour, As soon as we signed the waiver, we were left staring at what throwing in assorted urban legends and ghost stories as well. suddenly had become menacing vehicles. We completed our ego Adventure Tours opened its doors on April 1 and has seen strip down by strapping on bike helmets and gingerly stepping steady interest from visitors looking for tours, and locals who just onto the machines. want to tool around on the machines for a few hours. Segways are self-balancing, and the sensation of having But for Reir, the secret to riding a Segway is riding in a pack. something else control your center of gravity takes a little getting “You don’t hear anything negative when you’re in a group,” used to. All seven BW staffers slowly traveled up and down the he said, adding that the hecklers only seem to come out when breezeway next to the Grove Plaza as our guide, Cindy Davis, someone is riding alone. helped each of us learn how to delicately move forward by putting The herd approach definitely seemed to work in the favor of pressure on our toes, and turn by rotating the handlebars. the BW Segway team. Passersby, both on foot and in cars, smiled Once we were all up and moving, it was time to hit the streets. and commented as the motley crew worked its way down the sideRolling down the sidewalk in a single-file line, we looked like a walk. One staffer commented that she felt as if we were all part of roving geek gang out to start trouble with a scooter crew. a David Lynch movie, only we didn’t have a copy of the script. In no time, we had forgotten how silly we looked and were As we made our way across Boise, our toes going a bit numb creating synchronized formations and patterns whenever we came after so long on the machines, we got a little cocky in Capitol to a parking lot or plaza. We quickly found our comfort level after Park, riding across the grass and turning in tight, circular formaclearing a few curbs and were soon diligently following our guide tions. By this point, we felt like experts and had nearly forgotten like a flock of high-tech sheep. just how silly we looked to everyone not on a Segway. Our tour of historic Boise led down the back alleys of the city, After we returned the machines to the shop and began the while Davis shared stories about landmarks like the Idanha and agonizingly slow two-block walk back to our office, sans helmets, the Capitol, and long-gone Chinatown and red-light district. something more seemed missing. Then, we realized drivers were It was a similar tour in Reno, Nev., that planted the Boise Seg- no longer smiling at us as we passed. We actually missed our way tour idea in the head of Adventure Tours co-owner Greg Reir. Segways. He was visiting a friend who had arranged for a tour to celebrate For more information, visit his wife’s birthday. Reir admitted he wasn’t all that into it at first.

RECNEWS BACK IN THE SWING Now that the Boise Hawks are back in town, the team is getting behind a handful of events that have little or nothing to do with baseball. First up is ALS Awareness Day on Saturday, July 4—marking the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s final speech at Yankee Stadium. The famous baseball player will forever be associated with the degenerative disease that is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Saturday’s event will include a baseball


game and fireworks, and those who buy a ticket through the ALS event will get seats right behind home plate or the third base line as the team takes on the Eugene Emeralds. An all-youcan eat pre-game picnic starts at 6 p.m. (with all-you-can-drink soda and beer), and the first 300 people will get a free T-shirt. Tickets for the event cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. For information and reservations, call 208-322-5000. And if you feel like you need to burn off the

calories of the pre-game picnic, the Fit For Life half marathon and fun run will take over Hawks Stadium Saturday, July 11, 7:30 a.m. Runners can either do the half marathon or 10K or 5K fun runs that lead from home plate, out and back on the Greenbelt. Registration costs $45 for the half marathon, $35 for the 10K or $30 for the 5K. For more information, visit bluecirclesports. com or —Deanna Darr


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RECLISTINGS events & classes BEGINNER-FRIENDLY CLASSES—Learn elements of yoga, tai chi and chi gong in a beginner-friendly environment. Instructors guide students through yoga and movement meditation. The classes are free; however, all donations go to support the studio so that it can continue to offer affordable and diverse classes. First Thursday of every month, 4:15-5:15 p.m., FREE, donations accepted. Muse Yoga Studio, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-345-2704, www. BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN SUMMER CHAIRLIFT—During the grand opening of the summer chairlift season, catch a free ride to the top of the mountain. Regular summer lift hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, July 2, noon-5 p.m., FREE. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-888-7544, www. INTRODUCTION TO THE SHAFER BUTTE TRAILS—Get all the information you could ever want about Ridge to Rivers’ newest trail system at Shafer Butte. Rich Gardunia, head trail ranger, presents information about the system of trails commonly referred to as the Bogus Basin trails including trailhead locations, parking areas and general trail information. Ridge to Rivers’ goal is to increase awareness of the Schafer Butte trails to relieve congestions in Hulls Gulch and Military Reserve. Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m., FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208322-1141, POLE DANCING WORKSHOP— Take advantage of the grand opening special in July. Register with a friend and receive half off the regular price ($45 for four classes). The workshop

includes four classes, one per week. During the one-and-ahalf-hour classes, students learn the basics of pole dancing including fluidity and moves catered to individual abilities. The studio has both static and spinning poles. The class size is limited to six and student discounts are available. Preregistration is required; e-mail danceophidia@gmail. com. Morning and evening workshops run Tuesday-Friday, July 7-30. Tuesday July 7, 8:30-9:45 a.m. and 5:15-6:30 p.m., Ophidia Dance and Art Studio, 200 E. 37th St., No. 7, Garden City.

recurring BOISE CRICKET CLUB—The pitch is located just 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 at 208841-1448. Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. BOISE WOMEN’S HIKING NETWORK—Join a women’s hiking group with about 800 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, group/BoiseWHN. BOISE Y STRIDERS RUNNING CLUB—Meet in the morning. 7 a.m. for faster runners, 8 a.m. for others. Membership is not required to participate. Saturdays. 208-344-5501. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise,

BOMBB SQUAD—The Boise Off-Road Mountain Bike Babes is a biking group for women of all ages in the Boise area who enjoy mountain biking. Activities include group rides, maintenance clinics, riding clinics and monthly potlucks. For more information, e-mail or call 208-484-4649. www.groups. 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, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise. FIELD HOCKEY CLUB—Boise’s first field hockey club. First month is free. Saturdays. 10:30 a.m. in Ann Morrison Park next to the fountains. For information, call 208-6082526 or e-mail Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES—Two unisex rides for advanced and intermediate levels meet every Wednesday night and are ready to ride at 6:15 p.m. Trail course may vary by week. This is not a no-drop ride. Rides are challenging and strenuous. For more information, contact Phil Vega at 208-947-0017 or e-mail pvega@joyride-cycles. com or call Kerrie Nicholson at 208-344-3077 or e-mail Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Joyride Cycles, 1306 Alturas St., Boise, 208-947-0017, www. INTERMOUNTAIN ORTHOPEDIC - LOST RIVER CYCLING SUNDAY RIDE—A no-drop road ride, approximately twohours long, leaves from Big City Coffee. Sundays, 11 a.m., Big City Coffee, 5517 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-9161.


COMBAT BOBSLEDDING For many of us who have a conscious memory of the 1980s, the sport of bobsledding holds a special place in our hearts for one, simple, pop-cultural reason: the Jamaican bobsled team. I’m not proud of the fact that more than 20 years after a rag-tag crew from the Caribbean island made an attempt at Olympic glory, it’s still my first association with the sport. But I was young and impressionable. I can still hear the catchy little theme song that some clever (read “sadistic”) television network marketing agent came up with to stick in my young and impressionable mind. Regardless of the impetus, every winter Olympics since 1988, I have made time to watch the bobsledding events. The idea of jumping in a sled and hurtling down a twisting, ice-covered track is inexplicably appealing. Maybe it’s because, in my mind at least, the sport has a vague association with childhood sledding. I realize that bobsledding is far more complicated, dangerous and challenging than sledding down a hill in the back yard, but it still just sounds like fun. While, alas, I doubt I will ever have the chance to put on one of those aerodynamic onepiece jumpers and fly down the ice in a near free fall, some lucky Treasure Valley athletes will have their shot at the dream. The U.S. men’s bobsled athlete recruiting tour—organized by fellow Olympic hopeful Jay Noller—will be in Boise on Saturday, July 4, at Timberline High School, giving area athletes the chance to earn a spot on the team. That’s right. Now, even bobsled virgins will have a chance to be part of the U.S. men’s bobsled team—at least the guys will. The tryouts are open to all male athletes age 18 and older, and the top performers from events held in Orlando, Denver, San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as Boise, will be signed to a one-year development deal with the team. The only cost for trying out will be sweat and blood, and possibly, a little dignity. Wannabe bobsledders will be put through their paces to test strength, speed and agility, as well as something called “explosiveness” in a release sent out by organizers. Upon analysis, I’m assuming they mean how quickly someone can get going from a dead stop, but I can’t help but think how much more exciting bobsledding would be if it involved actual explosions. Imagine the high-tech sleds screaming down the track, dodging fiery explosions to the roar of the crowd ... it would surely earn the sport some avid new fans. Until that time comes, and tactical training is considered a plus, athletes trying out will run 60-meter sprints, toss a medicine ball and complete a vertical leap test. But with images of combat bobsledding in my head, that all seems kind of mundane now. Men who want their shot at the team should show up at the Timberline High School track, 701 E. Boise Ave., by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. For those who would rather just take in the spectacle, the tryouts are open to the public and will get under way at 10 a.m. Personally, I’m going to hold out for the time when the event requires experience handling C4. Maybe that will finally get the Jamaican bobsled song out of my head.


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





rtichoke hearts, chicken, garlic, bacon, sun-dried toman search of a tasty and affordable Hawaiian pizza, I hopped in the toes, mozzarella cheese and white sauce: an ideal flavor car with the person who demands that I split half of every pie with profile that I adore—nay crave—and which has become him. With so many mediocre pizza chains vying for business, we’ll commonplace at most pizzerias. Some of the items on my delialways choose a local or “ma and pa” shop. Pulling up to Atza Pizza cious list, my delicioulist if you will, carry more weight than in Columbia Village Shopping Center near Albertsons, we parked our others. It’s OK if one or two of the lesser items are missing, but ride in front of a customized four-door economy car that serves as the if three or more are omitted, or one of the more important ingre- joint’s Pizza Patrol Car. Tricked out in a black and white paint job with dients is lacking, the magic of the combination is exponentially a logo that reads “to prepare and to serve” and a pizza sign instead of a reduced. I know that the sum of these siren, the urgency of the delivery mission parts may cost me $6 or $60; as long is apparent. as the taste is commensurate with the Atza Pizza, formerly known as price, it’s all good. Shy Simon’s, is split right down the The unfortunately located Atza middle—half of the space taken up by a Pizza near Albertsons on Federal fully loaded kitchen and the other half Way at Gowen offers a version of the serves as a dining room. The staff was special seven that earned a check in quick to greet us, and the man at the the “it’s not half-bad” column. Black counter asked if we were active or reolives were a welcome cousin, but tired military because the troops receive the marinara sauce base on the garlic a 10 percent discount. Neither of us had chicken pizza ($6.99) was like stayever signed up to fight for our country, ing in a nice hotel where the elevators but we are honest Americans who are are broken; it was functional, but more than willing to pay full price for a detracted from the overall enjoyment good pizza. of the dish. Without much thought about tryThin, crispy dough that cracked ing the Atza Pizza specialty pies like and flaked with each bite and an Carolyn’s Creation (extra virgin olive oil 8-inch personal pizza for less than base, chicken breast, black olives and $7 pushed the pizza into the pro marinated artichoke hearts) or the meaty column. The I.T. Guy must have been Miner’s Pie (marinara sauce, pepperoni, pleased with his meat lovers’ version Italian sausage, mushrooms, black because he left nary a scrap of Italian olives and onion), we went straight for sausage, salami, Canadian bacon, the Maui Wowee (Canadian bacon and pepperoni or beef remaining. pineapple) from the lighter fare side of A cursory examination of the the menu (14-inch large, $13.99). salad bar suggested that the small In the kitchen, we saw the pizza chef pizzeria’s focus should remain on was expertly hand tossing the dough pizza and sandwiches. A nearly and prepping fresh ingredients as we empty lettuce bowl and half-full sat in the dining area with an order crocks of veggies that didn’t look of handmade breadsticks. The choices freshly turned over could certainly include mozzarella cheese or Parmesan ATZA PIZZA have been due to our late-evening dining, but garlic that come in orders of six for $3.49 or 10 6564 S. Federal Way, 208-433-1112 might have been enough to send someone withfor $4.69. They were happy to accommodate our Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Sunday out a mission or without a yen for pie exiting order of six breadsticks with half cheese and half (*Note: closed July 2-7) instead of ordering. garlic, and also didn’t balk when we requested both BW Card Member To make sure we were getting a well-roundmarinara and ranch sauces for dipping. ed Atza Pizza experience, the I.T. Guy and I The golden curls of dough were folded over the split a hot pastrami sandwich ($6.49). Crispy toasted rye slathrespective ingredients, effectively forming warm, crisp ribbons of ered in mustard and mayo, coupled with a few too many white bread. My first taste of the garlic Parmesan breadstick resulted in a onion pieces, dill pickles, lettuce, tomato, melty Swiss cheese and slap to the nose as a flap of elastic dough hit me square between the a stack of hot, salty cured meat served to further the conviction eyes, but I was more careful with my next bite. Plunging the breadthat sandwiches and pizza are where it’s at-za. stick deep into a side of warm marinara sauce to keep the flaps from Mid-meal, we were joined by my parents who live just down unfolding, all childhood lessons of “don’t drown your food” went by the hill from the Albertsons plaza in what I, uh, affectionately re- the wayside in the name of personal safety. The marinara sauce was fer to as Communist Acres. Though they’ve lived in that area for accentuated by a couple of shakes of green basil and oregano along nearly two decades, they’d never dined in any of the restaurants with other Italian seasonings, and its mellow tanginess kept me from adjacent to the grocery store and were pleasantly surprised by the dipping in the creamy, calorie-laden ranch. price, the taste and, duh, the location. We had just a moment to notice that two walls of the dining room My stepmother shares a propensity for artichoke hearts and were covered in a mural of a sports stadium with hordes of blurry-faced chicken and ordered the same as I, but an addition to their order fans before our pizza arrived. The pie had the circumference of a fiveof handmade parmesan garlic breadsticks had us pleased as gallon bucket and was a collage of bright colors with sizable rounds of pepperoni that we’d asked her and my father to join us. Six soft, pink Canadian bacon and sunny-colored chunks of pineapple on top of doughy twists rubbed liberally with oil, garlic and parmesan were creamy white mozzarella cheese. The crust—the best part of the pizza— a steal of a deal ($3.49) and had me wishing we’d upped the was crunchy but had enough give to offer a workout for our teeth. The order to 10 ($4.69). Though real shredded parmesan would have time spent baking in the hot oven was evident by a criss-cross waffle been welcome, the pungent tang of the powdered stuff wasn’t print on the bottom of the crust and the divots burrowed in courtesy of entirely unpleasant. the dough roller helped make sure the pizza baked evenly. One major plus for us was service. The lovely woman who Even though pizza includes representatives from all the main food owns the place took our order, cooked our food and delivered groups and makes good on the food guide pyramid recommendations, it to our table, all with a smile and plenty of friendly conversait’s much too naughty to be considered healthy. Call me criminal, but tion. She turned a rather spartan, cafeteria-like environment into I’m tossing the dietary guidelines aside, and we’ll be calling on the a warm, welcoming one, one in which we could see ourselves Atza Pizza Patrol car to case our neighborhood on a regular basis. We returning to and one I guarantee—now that they finally realize it’s promise to keep our hands where they can see them: held out in front of there—that my folks will make the short trek up the hill for. us waiting for a delicious slice. —Amy Atkins wishes her new iPhone had a personal pizza app. A pizzapp.


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inexpensive and addictive, just like the infamous pizza by the slice. 235 N. Fifth St., 208345-9011. 12375 Chinden, 208-376-1008. $ SU OM.

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Boise Weekly Dining Guide offers selective listings of editorial recommendations and advertisers. Listings rotate based on available space. Updates from diligent readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged. E-mail to or fax to 342-4733. large fire pits beckon flatbread lovers to Bown Crossing. 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177. 830 N. Main Street, Ste. A (Generations Plaza), Meridian, 208-288-0969. $-$$ P SU OM .

Pizza ATZA PIZZA—The pizza place, formerly Shy Simon’s Pizza in the Columbia Village Shopping Center, uses handmade dough and pizza sauce and fresh ingredients. Hit the salad bar, order jumbo wings, or go for the sandwiches and breadsticks option. Decide between thin or original crust and you’re halfway done building your own pie, or you may choose one of Atza’s specialty pizza creations. 6564 S. Federal Way, 208-433-1112. $-$$ OM .

FLYING PIE PIZZERIA— Boise’s longest-lived and most inventive pizzeria. They have their own beer (the impeccable Triple Pi Belgianstyle ale), and pies to please even the pickiest eaters. 6508 Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000. 4320 W. State St., 208-3840000. $-$$ P SU OM.

CASANOVA PIZZERIA—Pizza made like traditional pizzerias in New York and Naples make. Fresh sauces, thin crusts, and toppings from figs and bleu cheese to prosciutto and arugula. And of course real clam pizza from folks hailing from the homestate of clam pizza—Connecticut. 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535. $-$$ P SU OM.

FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE— Offering tasty pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Features a stellar line of beers, including 14 rotating beer taps, 20 bottles of Belgian Ale and more to comprise over 60 beers to choose from. Eat -in or take-out. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201. $-$$ P SU OM.

FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Stone fired pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. A sleekly lined interior and two

GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA—There’s nothing like a slice (or three) of Guido’s New York-style pizza for lunch. Their giant pies are

LUCKY 13 PIZZA—The former North End mainstay has moved essentially “as was” to Harris Ranch, where the best (and bestnamed) pizzas and sandwiches on the planet are still on the menu. 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-344-6967. $ P SU. LULU’S FINE PIZZA—Big Apple-style gourmet pie for pizza lovers of everywhere kind. Get a wheel or go by the slice. Check out the usual toppings or get adventurous with some tasty things you’re not used to seeing on a pizza menu. Superb Sushi recently moved into Lulu’s, so go pizza and sushi simultaneously if you please. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-387-4992. $-$$ P SU OM. PAPA JOE’S—Family owned and operated, Papa Joe’s uses family recipes for their pizza and pasta dishes. Food and drink specials all week long and a dozen flavors of gelato with which to reward your plate cleaning skills. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. $-$$ P SU OM. PIEHOLE—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try the infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783. 1016 Broadway Ave., 208-424-2225. P SU OM. PIZZALCHIK—PIZZa sALad and CHIcKen. Get it? Perfect robust salads, plus delicious original pizzas and whole chickens roasted in a 6,000-pound stone-hearth oven. Many toppings made in house. 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757. $-$$ P SU OM.


THE ETHIOPIA-TUCSON-BOISE LOVE TRIANGLE Ethiopian. That’s my new restaurant request to all you potential restaurateurs out there. Don’t worry, I’m not holding my breath. Six years ago, former BW staffer Cynthia Sewell, who’s now a reporter for the Idaho Statesman, handed me a list of things to do while I was in Tucson, Ariz., for a weekend. On the list was a recommendation for an Ethiopian restaurant. I never made it on that trip, but for six years, I’ve managed to remember that there’s a fabulous Ethiopian restaurant somewhere in Tucson. Last week, BW Publisher Sally Freeman, Art Director Leila Ramella-Rader, News Editor Nathaniel Hoffman and I were in Tucson for our trade association’s annual convention, and from deep within the recesses of my memory, I pulled out Sewell’s Ethiopian suggestion. I didn’t remember the name, but a quick search—thanks to the wonders of Google and iPhone—led us to Zemam’s Ethiopian Cuisine. I’ll be honest. From the outside, Zemam’s ain’t much of a looker. Housed in one of those stucco boxes that passes for a building throughout the southwest, Zemam’s doesn’t have much curb appeal. But, as most foodies know, some of the best restaurants are those that aren’t going to win any architectural awards. We each ordered a three-dish combo, all of which came served on one giant metal platter with 12 modest piles of food and sheets of spongy injera not only between the platter and the food, but also on the side. Silverware is not part of the Ethiopian table setting, and the family style meal is not for those afraid of finger food or their tablemates’ germs. If you can get over your American predisposition to flatware and antibacterial hand sanitizer, you’ll be glad you did. Without an Ethiopian option in Boise, why am I telling you about it? Because believe it or not, there’s an Idaho connection. Owner Amanuel Gebremariam lived in Moscow before moving to the Sonoran Desert, but more importantly, the teff Gebremariam uses to make Zemam’s injera is Idaho-grown by the Teff Company in Caldwell. I called them first thing Monday morning to ask a couple of questions, but as of press time, I hadn’t heard back. According to the company’s Web site, the Teff Company “has been supplying the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities for nearly 20 years with American-grown Maskal Teff.” Hell, you just never know what’s growing in Idaho and for that matter, just where in the world you’ll find yourself eating a little closer to home than you expected. Visit Food News to see a photo of our 12-pile platter.

FAMILY WINE AND DINE OF THE WEEK Rather than get all dolled up for an expensive night of wining and dining, keep it low key with the kids this holiday weekend. Zoo Boise hosts its second Zoofari event of the summer with dinner for the family in addition to zoo wandering, storytelling and animal feedings. Cost includes admission to the zoo as well as a hot dog, chips, a drink and an ice cream treat. Thursday, July 2, 5:30 -8:30 p.m. $7.50 adults, $6 children age 4 and older, $3.50 children under 3. Zoo Boise, 355 E. Julia Davis Drive, 208-384-4260,


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DININGGUIDE TONYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PIZZERIA TEATROâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A European-style cafe serving salad, soup and brick oven Napolean-style pizza. Slices sold 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with pies available any time. 103 Capitol Blvd., 208-343-1052. $-$$ P SU.

Pubs & Breweries BARDENAYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The atmospheric, cavernous interior (with visible distillery) and huge patio is the place to eat, drink and be seen downtown. 610 Grove St., 208-426-0538. 155 E. Riverside Dr., 208-938-5093. $-$$ P SU OM. BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Enjoy a frosty microbrew and gourmet hamburger at this distinguished bar and grill with one of the best selections of scotches in the region. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813. $-$$ P SU OM. THE BULLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HEAD PUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A little bit of England tucked above the bistro, the pub serves up English fare (upside down Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie, anyone?) with plenty of spirits to wash it down. Stay entertained with games including shufďŹ&#x201A;eboard, darts and pool, and for the spectators, ďŹ&#x201A;at screen TVs are scattered about the place. 1441 N. Eagle Road, 208-855-5858. $-$$$ P SU OM. CRESCENT NO LAWYERS BAR/ GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Lawyers be damned at this popular bar, restaurant and game-lovers paradise. Though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re famous for their Lawyer Fries and chicken gizzards, the menu is full of tasty pub food, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, tater tots and a most diggable meatloaf sandwich on sourdough. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a Boise tradition since 1963, with a large patio, horseshoe pits and a rambunctious herd of TVs dialed in to the world of sports. 5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856. $ P SU OM. FALCON TAVERNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This upscale downtown tavern has become â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood pub.â&#x20AC;? Known for their hand-pressed Kobe burger and ample beer selection, Falcon Tavern also has a variety of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Cozy up in their interior space or kick back on the patio. 780 W. Idaho St., 208-947-3111. $-$$ P OM. HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the appetizers (Montyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hummus, Hollow Hot Wings), their entrees (Pan Fried Oysters, Mess-O-Chops) or their burgers and sandwiches (Black Bean Chili Burger, Reuben), stopping in at Highlands Hollow after winter skiing or hiking up Camelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back hill in the summer is always a great idea. The best part? The Hollow brews some of the best handcrafted ales in town. 2455 Harrison Hollow, 208-3436820. $-$$ P SU OM. HYDE PARK PUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This Hyde park staple is that special bar thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inviting no matter what your mood. With its dog-friendly patio and a menu chock full of twists on American classics, this is a neighborhood bar that feels like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your neighborhood. 1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260. $ P SU. THE OFFICEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This cleverly named sports bar is for the over-21 crowd only. Enjoy a meal, a smoke and a full bar while catching a game on one of The OfďŹ ceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plasmas. Then, when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better half calls looking for you, the simple answer is: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at The OfďŹ ce, honey.â&#x20AC;? Bar and late night menu until 2 a.m. 6125 E. Fairview, 208-377-2800. $-$$ P SU.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;MICHAELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PUB & GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a North End institution with one waitress whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been serving there for 40 years. The casual menu is full of traditional and specialty sandwiches (check out the slaw burger thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no burger at all), ďŹ sh and steaks, and the best giant fried prawns in town. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948. $-$$ P SU. PIPER PUB & GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Perched high on Eighth Street with a wraparound patio, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Piperâ&#x20AC;? serves up yummy, creative pub fare. Known for its Scotch Club, the Piper has been a collection point for drinkers with a ďŹ nely tuned palate for many moons. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-3432444. $-$$ P SU OM. THE REFUGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Refuge, formerly Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Parkcenter, has new ownership and new management, but still the same neighborhood, shiny wood, pub feel. The Refuge serves burgers, ďŹ ngersteaks, homemade chips from ďŹ&#x201A;our tortillas and other bar favorites and boasts an expanded beer and wine selection, as well as a beefed-up and reďŹ ned menu. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-424-8211. $-$$ P SU. RICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRESS ROOMâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chef owner Rick Valenzuela has created a menu of simple, gourmet food for his news-themed neighborhood pub. Lunch and dinner are both casual with sandwiches, salads and steak options. And after dinner, cigar fans can retire to the plush Treasure Valley Smoke Shop, which is adjacent to the smoke shop. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0558. $-$$ . RUDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PUB AND GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a pub that cares about its customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health. With locally grown beef and no trans fat in the fries, the menu runs the gamut of pub fare including starters, platters and sandos that come with a half-pickle. Soups are homemade daily and entrees served after 5 p.m. include pastas, salmon and N.Y. steak. 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 150, 208-884-4453. $-$$$ SU OM. SOCKEYE GRILL & BREWERYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sockeye is the serious beer connoisseurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brewpub. When the double IPA Hopnoxious is on tap, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hopheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquid dream, and the Hell Diver Pale Ale gets rave reviews. The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent and free live music happens every Tuesday and Friday. 3019 Cole Road, 208-658-1533. $-$$ P SU. TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tablerock Brewpub is a taste of Boise. In addition to its selection of award-winning handcrafted beers, the restaurant has a long standing reputation for superior pub food in one of Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most well-known locations. 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944. $-$$ P SU.

Steak & Seafood ANGELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Upscale dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly subterranean. Angellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mainstays in the restaurant business with menu items running the gamut of sea and land choices from Idaho Trout and Crab, Rosemary and Juniper Lamb Rack and Halibut Oscar. 909 Main St., 208-342-4900. $$-$$$ RES P SU. BARBACOAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Theatrical tableside guacamole service is the thing to do in this carnivoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant. In the style of Argentine parrillas, meat is grilled over an open ďŹ&#x201A;ame and served on ironwood platters. Known for its tranquil lakeside location and not one, but two excellent happy hours. 276 Bobwhite Ct., 208-3385000. $$-$$$ P SU OM.


FRESH OFF THE HOOKâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gourmet seafood in a casual setting. Try the Halibut bruschetta or coconut prawns. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best place in town for fresh, inexpensive seafood. 507 N. Milwaukee Ave., 208-322-9224. $-$$ OM. LOCK, STOCK & BARRELâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A Boise staple featuring some of the most well-reputed steaks and prime in town. Known for its salad bar and thick-cut steaks. 1100 W. Jefferson, 208-3364266. $$-$$$ SU OM . STAGECOACH INNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This Boise institution has been in the same space, with the same decor and the same menu for 45 years. If it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t broke, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ x it. And make sure you try the prawns. 3132 Chinden Blvd., 208-342-4161. $$-$$$ OM. TAVERN AT BOWN CROSSINGâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Choose between the ďŹ rst level streetside balcony where all the passersby can watch you enjoy a bottle of wine and a steak, or lounge on the second level patio with a roll of sushi and a martini. 3111 S. Bown St., 208-345-2277. $$ P SU OM.

Burgers & Drive-Ins BAD BOY BURGERSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This Bench burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walkup/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises: it will take two of you to get through one of their burritos. 815 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-1580. $ P. FANCI FREEZEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Shakes, malts, spins, sundaes and the Boston shake (one part sundae, one part shake) are what have made Fanci Freeze a Boise favorite for years. But because we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live on ice cream alone, Fanci Freeze also serves a whole mess of burgers, some of the crispiest tots in town and even a grilled cheese for the nonmeat-eater. 1402 W. State St., 208-344-8661. $ P SU OM. ROCKIES DINERâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This is an old school diner where customers are greeted with perky waitresses on roller skates, classic rock emanating from the jukebox and guitars puncturing the ceiling-not to mention the massive Harley mounted above the checkerboard ďŹ&#x201A;oor. Even if you werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t born before the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have ďŹ&#x201A;ashbacks. A DJ booth to boot. 3900 Overland Road, 208-336-2878. $ SU . WESTSIDE DRIVE-INâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;From the mind of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Chef,â&#x20AC;? Chef Lou, come some of the most scrumptious foods for dine-in, take-out or frozen to use when cooking is the last thing you want to do. 1939 W. State St., 208-342-2957. $-$$ P SU OM .

Vegetarian SHANGRI-LA TEA ROOMâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Shangri-La Tea Room offers a basic menu of vegan and vegetarian offerings. Some items include ďŹ ve types of soup, pita sandwich and falafel sandwiches, curry and southwestern wraps, and one of the best organic salads. Teriyaki tofu, tea cakes, and cookies round out a variety of delightful items. On any given day, choose between 80100 small batch, limited quantity teas produced on small tea farms. 1800 W. Overland Road, 208-424-0273. $$.



Chinese CHOPSTICKS GOURMET BUFFETâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Veering from traditional buffets, where the food is prepped in hiding and served in abundance, Chopsticks Buffet is gourmet. Hence, the name. The restaurant features an open kitchen, which allows diners to browse fresh offerings while watching how the cooks prepare them. Goodbye gut-bomb, hello freshness. 2275 W. Main, 208-3458965.$ SU.


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DININGGUIDE ORIENTAL EXPRESS—In the heart of downtown, Oriental Express offers fresh, hot, delicious Chinese food seven days a week at very affordable prices. Open late, you can stop by after a night on the town for take-out or dine in and enjoy the really friendly service. 110 N. 11th St., 208-345-8868. $-$$ . PANDA GARDEN—Small but comfortable, Panda Garden has a huge selection of menu items. Generous portions from Chinese to sushi, and it’s all good stuff. The staff, too, is friendly and attentive. 2801 Overland Road, 208-433-1188. $-$$ P SU OM. TWIN DRAGON—No fuss, no frills—just delicious Americanstyle Chinese food at prices that won’t cripple your wallet. This place is definitely no bells, no whistles. 200 Fairview Ave., 208-344-2141. $-$$ SU. YEN CHING—Yummy Chinese food at a decent price, with all the usual favorites one looks for in a menu, and then some. This is one of Boise’s favorite Chinese restaurants and a great one to bend an elbow in. 305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384. $-$$ SU OM.

Indian BOMBAY GRILL—The only Indian food you’ll find downtown. With an extensive menu of Indian favorites, Bombay Grill has become one of Boise’s best ethnic stops. Dinner only. 928 W. Main St., 208-345-7888. $-$$ OM. MADHUBAN—A daily lunch buffet and a huge menu including all the favorites. You’re gonna love the curry. A great place for vegetarians. 6930 W. State St., 208-853-8215. $-$$ SU OM.

Italian ASIAGO’S—Innovative Italian pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials served amidst rustic Italian countryside decor. 1002 W. Main St., 208-336-5552. $$-$$$ P SU OM. GINO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE— If you’re going to name a restaurant after yourself, you want the food to be good. Gino, as owner and chef, has made sure it’s superb. This little bistro offers fine Italian dining and wonderful, friendly, bend-over-backwards service. 3015 McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710. $$ P. LOUIE’S—American Italian food, big on variety and little on price. Louie’s is a locally-owned restaurant that puts as much care into their service as their infamous pizza. Boasting traditional cannellonis, tortellinis and eggplant parmigana, Louie’s also has a selection of salads and pizzas for all your dining and catering needs. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200. $$ P SU OM. THE STUFFED OLIVE—Eagle has decided to tattle on its “best kept secret” and share this bistro’s fresh sandwiches, pastas, roasted meats and fresh baked desserts with the rest of us. 404 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-5185. $$ P.

Japanese FUJIYAMA—Fresh sushi in a serene atmosphere incongruously nestled in a strip mall. For the sushi-phobes out there, they have an extensive selection of teriyaki and tempura dishes, soups and

salads. Reserve one of the tatami rooms for the ultimate in private dining. 283 N. Milwaukee St., 208-672-8227. SU. $$ HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—It is a happy fish, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more—including several creative vegetarian options—and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810. $$$ P SU OM. RAW—The owners of conjoined and very popular Willowcreek Bar and Grill opened up RAW to sate the sushi cravings up on the bench. Striving for sushi art in a comfortably atmosphere— and promising rolls that make your money worth it—RAW is a welcome addition to the Japanese food restaurant family in Boise. 2273 Vista Ave., 208-343-0270. $-$$ P OM. SHIGE—Watching sushi master Shige create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a portion, dunking it in a wasabi/ soy mix and popping it in your mouth. Umami! 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. $-$$ P. These restaurants are only a few of Boise’s eateries. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in Boise and the surrounding areas, visit and click on “Food” and then on “Find Restaurants.” Do you have a BW Card yet? Save 40 percent at participating restaurants. For details, visit and click on the BW Card icon.


NEW AMERICAN BREWS We’ve lost a lot and gained a lot since I drank my first beer some 40 years ago. Back in the day, different bigger breweries tasted different. I loved the smoothness of a Ballantine Ale, the in-your-face flavors of a Rainier Not-So-Light, the resiny hops that added character to a Hamm’s. Those offerings are either gone or have been homogenized, but in their place we have so much more, so there’s no real reason to mourn. This week’s lineup reminds me just how diverse and wonderful today’s American craft brews are, with more great choices than the ’60s ever offered. GRAND TETON LOST CONTINENT DOUBLE IPA With three pounds of hops per barrel and another pound of dry hops added after fermentation, it’s no surprise that this one weighs in at 90-plus International Bitterness Units. But what is surprising is how well integrated, almost reserved, those hops are. The brew offers pine and citrus on the nose and lots of fruit flavors in the mouth (peach, orange, grapefruit). Smooth, creamy malt shows up throughout with a citrus zest bitterness on the clean, dry finish. Another big winner from this Idaho brewery. PIKE MONK’S UNCLE TRIPEL ALE This golden-hued brew with a light head recedes quickly but leaves some lovely lacing. The aromas are soft and yeasty with a subtle fruit component and an even more subtle touch of pepper and spice. On the palate it really shines, with tropical fruit blending nicely with the sweet caramel malt. The hops are reserved but present, adding a pleasant, citrus-hued balance. Spicy clove comes through as well. It weighs in at nine percent alcohol, which you don’t really taste, but I’m guessing you will feel it if you drink all 24 ounces. SIERRA NEVADA SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE FRESH HOP ALE Pours a ruby tinted amber with a lithe and lacy tan froth that persists nicely. Smooth fruity hops come through on the nose marked by a light touch of mineral. This one is dangerously drinkable with bright, well rounded hops up front, nice citrus and light malt in the middle, all backed up by an ample hop bite on the finish. The fresh hops come from New Zealand where they are dried, then rushed to California, hitting the beer vat within a week of harvest. Fresh hop ales offer something immediately refreshing, and this one is a real standout.


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12 Not fem. 13 ___ Republic, toppled in 1933 14 Its literal translation is â&#x20AC;&#x153;submissionâ&#x20AC;? 15 Look like a wolf 16 French pair 17 Nero, e.g.: Abbr. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have not told half of what I sawâ&#x20AC;? 21 1970 N.F.L. M.V.P. John 26 Caponeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nemesis 28 Cheer 30 Hail 32 Bell ___ 33 New Orleans staple 34 It has 10 branches: Abbr. 35 Minor errands 36 ___ effort 37 Date 38 Chief concerns? 39 Enlarge 40 [Grumble, grumble, grumble] 41 Weigh 45 Magicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name suffix 46 â&#x20AC;&#x153;I live!â&#x20AC;? 48 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eva is leavingâ&#x20AC;? 49 Some beachwear 51 Eugene ___, hero of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Homeward, Angelâ&#x20AC;? 52 Fill with a crayon 54 Clueless 56 Exsiccate 59 Employers must meet them 60 Points on some lines 61 Academy town 62 Two-channel 63 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m late!â&#x20AC;? 64 2007 film that won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay 67 Ball of fire 68 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to heaven!â&#x20AC;? 69 PelĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real first name 71 About 877,000 hrs. 72 Info in a real estate ad

73 Disneyland sight 74 Eight: Prefix 75 Con manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responses? 78 Hi-___ 81 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello-o-o!â&#x20AC;? 83 Part of a program 86 Hipsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s persona 88 First supersonic human 89 Learn by word of mouth 1




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ADOPTAPET 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise, Idaho 83705

208-342-3508 Bear is a larger (74 lbs) dog who appears to be Rottweiler/Australian shepherd. He is a big, charming guy who enjoys playing and appears to get along with other dogs but not cats. He will need an owner who will make sure he gets regular exercise and one who will continue his training. Because of his size and strength, he is not recommended for small children. (Kennel 306 - #7784045) This handsome boy has a medium-length coat of fur that appears to have recently been shaved. He has black and gray tabby markings with white, he is friendly and loving and has always used his litterbox at the shelter. He is said to be good with children and other cats. This cat has been feline leukemia and feline AIDS tested and is fully vaccinated. (Kennel 00 - #7277249) This lovely male dog appears to be part Australian shepherd and possibly greyhound or some other sighthound mix. He is approximately 3 years old and is housetrained and has had some obedience training. He gets along well with other dogs and enjoys playing with them. This guy is a sweetie who is attentive, loving and gentleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;deďŹ nitely lots of family potential here. (Kennel 310 - #7881502)



BW LEGAL NOTICES CDI>8:D;=:6G>C<D;C6B:8=6C<: 86H:CD/8KC8%.&%*,( A Petition to change the name of Sanjana Ruth Balakrishnan Conroy, born 08/31/1998 in South Bend, Indiana residing at 5915 N. Lilybrook Pl, Boise has been ďŹ led in Ada County District Court, Idaho. The name will change to Sanjana Ruth Conroy Tripathi, because this will make her last name the same as that of her siblings and will make Sanjanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life less stressful. The childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father is living. The childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother is living. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock pm on July 23, 2009, at the County Courthouse. Objections may be ďŹ led by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name changes. Date: June 08, 2009. By CBarclay, Deputy Clerk. June 17, 24, July 1 & 8.



These pets can be adopted at the Idaho Humane Society. VISIT | E-MAIL | CALL | (208) 344-2055

HJBB:GBJH>86AK6G>:INH=DL Center of Peace Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centers Got Talent.â&#x20AC;? Fundraiser: An &WFOJOH PG UIF "SUT $MBTTJDBM t $PXCPZ +B[[ t .VTJDBM 5IFBUFS t'PML.VTJD5SJPt.FEJFWBM.VTJDBM (SPVQ t 1PFUSZ 3FBEJOHT t %SVNNJOH (SPVQ'BJMMVESVN t 4QJSJUVBM "SU  4 0SDIBSE Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doors Center. Wednesday evening, July 15th, 6:30. Suggested Donation: Adults: $15, Seniors: $10, Kids 14 & Under: $5. 7>GI=8DCIGDA All proceeds support the Center Research Associates is currently of Peace. conducting a research study to evaluate an investigational transdermal birth control patch system. We are seeking females who are: 18-45 yrs. of age and generally healthy, desire contraception, willing to come to 6 clinic visits over 1 yr. Study participants will receive study-related exams, lab work and the investigational birth control patch at no cost. For more information please contact: Kathy, Dianna, or Geri at Research Associates 208-384-5977. H8=DA6GH=>EH;DGBDBH Scholarships for moms is exactly that, scholarships designed for moms. Even single moms! You can also register to win a free scholarship. Several resources to choose from. Visit A:IÂźH?6B I am a young female singer/songwriter/pianist who needs an added ďŹ&#x201A;air in my music! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very open to play anything good so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make some music! guitar/ drummer/bass/etc. Please call 389-8329. 7D>H:7::G;:HIKDAJCI::GH E=JC@N76HHEA6N:GL6CI:9 Existing Original Band looking for Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance to be a part of the ďŹ rst ever Boise BeerFest hapA+ Bass Player. We have over pening Aug. 8-9 in Ann Morrison 30 original songs and a plethora Park. Boise BeerFest will feature of covers. The band consists of more than 100 American craft former members of several local beers, 8 bands, a stand-up comebands i.e. Jupiter Holiday, Outtadian, great food vendors, a giant place, and Farmdog. Our original kids play and craft area, games Bassist had to take a break and and activities, a charity rafďŹ&#x201A;e and we will miss him. Singing is alfood drive to beneďŹ t The Idaho ways a plus. Groove, Funk, and Foodbank and lots of other cool slap is always a plus. We have stuff. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a couple practice space, equipment, and hundred volunteers to help make focus. Leave a message 208-639this a truly great event. Volunteers 0831. Peace! will receive an ofďŹ cial Boise BeerGD8@6C9GDAAH>C<:G Fest T-shirt, a tasting mug, tokens Male vocal artist. Love to sing anyand the weekend following the thing. Have kickass range and festival we will be hosting a pripower. Ben Stirewalt 208-860vate volunteer appreciation party 6986! with gallons of free beer, great free food, live entertainment, giveH>C<:GHC::9:9 aways and a other cool stuff. If you Forming a tight pop/gospel choir or someone you know would like to perform locally/record gospel/ to volunteer a little of your time go soul/power-ballad type voices to encouraged. For audition info call 344-0201. >96=D<G::C:MED,$&,"&. The Idaho Green Expo is less than ;G::DC"A>C:8A6HH>;>:969H a month away. We are looking Place your FREE on-line classiforward to another very sucďŹ eds at cessful event, and are in need of Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy! Just click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post Your volunteers to make it just that - a FREE Ad.â&#x20AC;? No phone calls please. success! We need lots of posiKD86A>HIL6CI:9 tions for July 17,18 & 19th. If you For all original band. Only serious have any questions, email our vocalists, M/F. We are estabVolunteer Coordinator at nicole@ lished local musicians (members or register of Frantik, Midline, Final Underat: ground) in search of vocalist in become-a-volunteer.asp vein of Corey Taylor, Mike Patton, Phil Anselmo, Julie Christmas, etc. Please call or text: 208- 3719892 or 208-863-4557.





This 2-year-old, male lab/German shorthaired pointer mix is a handsome, athletic and active dog who loves to play with soft toys and is easily trained using positive reinforcement. He likes other dogs but can be rowdy with them when playing. This is a nice young dog who would beneďŹ t from regular exercise and more training to challenge him. (Kennel 307 - #7793472)

This beautiful white cat (with a little gray on her head) has gorgeous blue eyes, which may indicate that she has some Siamese breed in her. She was found as a stray near Collister Drive and Hill Road without ID. She is loving and appears to be well socialized. She is also litterboxtrained. (Kennel 78 - #7948155)

These pets can be adopted at Simply Cats 2833 S. Victory View Way, Boise, ID 83709


Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Shadow. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a lovely mature kitty with silver-shaded fur. I look like moonlight on a dark sea. I love people and am very affectionate. If you hold me over your shoulder, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll whisper in your ear. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my way of saying that I promise to love you with all my heart.

E>6CD$KD>8:>CHIGJ8I>DC Looking for music lessons for your son or daughter? Experienced pianist/vocalist offering affordable lessons perfect for ages 2-18. Let me help you blossom your skill and use your talent to become a performer! 389-8329.

BW MUSICAL SERVICES/OTHER <J>I6GH:IJE"G:E6>G Guitar Basic Setup $25. Major setup $75. Stringed instrument repair. Custom electric guitars. 208-353-1471. A#6#76C9C::9HH=DLH The L.A. based band The Veil Between is going on tour in July up the west coast thru California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada. We need to ďŹ ll in some various dates and spots along our tour. We just want to come, rock out, party and have a good time and meet new people!!! theveilbetween

B6@:69>;;:G:C8: At Hearts for Hospice we believe it is all about living! We are actively seeking caring and compassionate volunteers that would be able to help us in a variety of ways. From helping out in the ofďŹ ce, making crafts, or by visiting our patients. Contact Sara Sherman, Volunteer Coordinator 208-389-2276.

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My nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Macchia. I am the sweetest, most playful kitty youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever see. I have gorgeous black and white fur, to boot. Not that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m vain, mind you. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m beautiful. I am very friendly and social. I would love to go to a forever home where I could play with you â&#x20AC;&#x2122;til my heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content.


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BW FOUND ;6B>ANE=DID6A7JB You left it at the Flying J on Overland/Cole area on April 10. I am the clerk and rescued it this week before it went in the trash. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cute album and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hate to see someone not get it back. Many pictures are of a couple with four little boys. You mentioned you were from Garden Valley. Email to identify ;G::DC"A>C:8A6HH>;>:969H Place your FREE on-line classiďŹ eds at Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy! Just click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post Your FREE Ad.â&#x20AC;? No phone calls please. Found: Two pairs of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dancing shoes. Black, found near BSU on Beacon. Call 344-0474.

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the change is gonna come? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a good feeling and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming from the sun. Mary G. is looking for Ruban & Rebecca who she met in Marsing. Call 461-2262.

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?JC:&& From the Valley to the Sun, we will travel together as one. I have never forgotten our love though we have parted, my dearest. The change comes soon, but beware the moon, for she hides another face. ?JC:* Sitting in the valley as I watch the sun go down, I can see you there. Thinking of a reason, well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really not very hard, to love you even though you nearly lost my heart. When will we know when

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Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puzzle. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply doublechecking your answers. Š 2009 Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.





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FREEW I L L ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Time to diversify your energy sources, Aries. It’s as if you’ve grown too dependent on oil—metaphorically speaking—and have neglected to develop relationships with wind turbines, solar panels, natural gas and other means of generating power. What if in the future—metaphorically speaking— oil becomes scarcer or wildly expensive? And what if, over the long haul, its byproducts degrade your environment? I suggest you star t now to expand the variety of fuels you tap into. It’s a per fect moment to adjust your plans for your long-term energy needs. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your mirror may lie to you this week. A friend might neglect to share a crucial detail. Even pets and heroes and normally reliable suppliers might not be completely there for you. For tunately, I expect that secondar y sources will come through. Other people’s mirrors may reveal a clue you haven’t been able to find in your own. An acquaintance could step for ward and do a convincing impersonation of a friend. And a previously overlooked or unknown connection might become your own personal wellspring. Moral of the stor y: If you’re willing to be flexible and forswear all impulses to blame, you won’t be deprived of what you need. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Having discovered I can read the minds of animals, I’ve star ted a new sideline as a ghostwriter. Here’s an excerpt from an inter view I did with Prestige, a potbellied pig born under the sign of Gemini. Brezsny: What do you like best about being a potbellied pig? Prestige: I’m greedy but cute. I get to eat like a pig, yet not be victimized by the negative judgments people usually project onto pigs. Brezsny: Is there anything you’re worried about? Prestige: I need to make my caretaker understand that for the next few weeks, we Geminis will need more than the usual amounts of food, love, presents, praise, attention, ever ything. Brezsny: Anything you’d like to say to my Gemini readers? Prestige: Don’t let anybody make you feel guilty for wanting what you want. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The ancient Chinese sage Lao Tse said, “People of the highest caliber, upon hearing about Taoism, follow it and practice it immediately. People of average caliber, hearing about Taoism, reflect for a while and then experiment. People of the lowest caliber, hearing about Taoism, let out a big laugh.” Now substitute the words “your splashy new ideas” for “Taoism” in Lao Tse’s quote and you’ll have your horoscope for this week, Cancerian. For added punch, remember what he said in another context: “No idea can be considered valuable until a thousand people have laughed at it.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nietzsche’s dictum might be useful for you to keep in mind right now, Leo: “If it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger.” Since I’m ver y sure that the turbulent waters through which you’re navigating will not kill you, I’m looking for ward to all the ways this journey will upgrade your confidence and enhance your power. But there’s more to be gained, beyond what Nietzsche formulated. It’s also true that if it doesn’t kill you (which it won’t), it will make you wilder and kinder and smar ter and more beautiful. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): According to my projections, you will not, in the coming weeks, meet a dark, secretive stranger who’ll play you like a violin. Nor will you be lured to the warehouse district after midnight to pick up the “missing stuff.” And I highly doubt that you will be invited to join a cult that’s conspiring to seize political power following the events of Dec. 21, 2012. No, Virgo. Your fate is far more mundane than that. In fact, it’s more likely that you will soon meet a bright, for thright stranger who will play you like an accordion. You will be drawn to a convenient location at midday to pick up the “missing stuff.” And you will be invited to become par t of a group that has the potential to play a significant role in your quest for meaning in the coming years.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): For years, I’ve remembered most of my dreams ever y night, so I’m good at spotting trends. And one of the themes that has arisen recently involves you Libras. Last week, I dreamed that three of my Libra friends were pole vaulting at the Olympics. Four nights ago, I dreamed that my two favorite Libran astrologers were rappelling up a skyscraper. Last night, I dreamed that four Libran celebrities—Mahatma Gandhi, Gwen Stefani, Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Borat) and Kate Winslet—climbed a gold ladder to a cafe on a cloud where they drank magic coffee that made wings sprout on their backs. So what’s going on? Is my subconscious telling me that it’s prime time for you to raise your expectations and upgrade your goals? Do my dreams mean you should rise above the conventional wisdom and rededicate yourself to your loftiest ambitions? What do you think? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Spiritual epiphany aler t! Uncanny revelations imminent! Hope you don’t mind being awoken in the middle of your regularly scheduled life by a special deliver y from the Great Beyond. Yes, my cute little bundle of rumbling feelings and psychic sensitivities: It doesn’t matter if you’re a true believer or an unrepentant infidel—you will soon be invited to have one of your logical cer tainties torn out by the roots and replaced with a throbbing vision of cosmic whoopee. Brace yourself for the most pungent fun you’ve had since your last mud wrestle with the angel. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): While appearing on the TV show, I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here, ex-pro basketball player John Salley gave some advice I’d like to pass along. “When you see crazy coming your way,” he philosophized, “you should cross the street.” I do think crazy will be headed in your direction sometime soon, Sagittarius, and the best response you can make is to avoid it altogether, preferably in a way that it doesn’t notice you. That’s right: Don’t shout at crazy, don’t bolt away ostentatiously, and cer tainly don’t run up and give crazy a big hug. There are far better ways for you to gather in your fair share of intriguing myster y; I’d hate to see you get bogged down in a useless, inferior version of it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Everyone wants an extra piece of you these days, and they don’t necessarily care about how it will affect you. So beware of emotional manipulation, subliminal seduction, and the temptation to believe in impossible promises. To make matters more extreme, I suspect you may be secretly pleased that everyone wants an extra piece of you—and might be tempted to conspire in your own dismantling. Let me propose a compromise. How about letting three trustworthy people—no more—take an extra piece of you? And be very certain that they have enough self-control to know when to stop taking. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’re almost never one brick shor t of a load. Know what I’m saying? Your elevator almost always goes all the way to the top floor. Rarely, if ever, do I have to warn you against playing with a deck of 51 cards. So I hope you don’t be offended when I say that it’s time to find that missing brick and ser vice your elevator and buy a new deck. In other words, you’re due for your 40,000 mile check-up. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): magic (ma’ jik), n. 1. A mysterious event or process that seemingly refutes the known laws of science. 2. A willed transformation of one’s own state of mind. 3. A surprising triumph that exceeds all expectations. 4. Something that works, though no one understands why. 5. The impossible becoming possible. 6. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Ar thur C. Clarke.) 7. A quality predominant in the lives of Pisceans during the period July 1 through July 20, 2009. Homework: Send testimonies about how you’ve redeemed the dark side to: Sex Laugh,



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