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owning every square inch of our lives, from what chemicals are allowable in momma’s milk to what kind of casket we have to be buried in. It’s not just about health care, either. By and large, we already got corporate (Last week: I ascend into the hills in ism! Socialism!’ over and over.â€? health care, and any damned fool should search of “Badgerâ€? Bob Berserquierre, Hoot threw a shoe and it missed the be able to admit how screwed up that is. seeking his counsel as I embark on the stake by so far, the people on the other end But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We got thorny task of suggesting to leery Idahoducked for cover behind a derelict Volkcorporate farms, corporate food, corporate ans that “socialismâ€? isn’t such a dreadful swagen. Then he said, rather too loudly I prisons, corporate old folk homes, corpothing, particularly where it concerns the thought, “There’s a gull-durn good reason rate water, corporate armies and corporate health care of our citizenry. Part One those Republicans are trying to warn folks wars. We got corporations setting the price ended with me witnessing a game of horse- about socialism. Because socialism sucks, of gas, telling us what’s an acceptable level shoes behind the “Come Squat Innâ€? and that’s why!â€? of bug shit in our peanut butter, deciding hearing from “Hootâ€? that he objected to “Hoot,â€? said Bob, “you didn’t seem to what kind of music gets played on the godmy presence because I was not a “memmind those socialist roads we took to get damn radio, deciding what trashy whoreyber.â€? The story continues ...) up here. Or that socialist bridge that got us looking rags our little girls think they gotta across the river. And I assume you have no dress in because corporate TV shows and ember of what?â€? I asked. objections to the socialist cops that caught corporate movies set the fashion standard. “MOBBS!â€? spat Hoot. the guy who stole your truck, or those “I’m telling ya, Hoot, if it’s big conspira“You ain’t a member of the socialist ďŹ reďŹ ghters who stopped your shed cies you’re looking for, you’d better not MOBBS, gull-durnit!â€? from going up in ames last fall. And if it waste all your precious paranoia on the Before I could inquire further, Bob inter- weren’t for the socialist VA, you’d ...â€? government. Those corporate bastards can, rupted, “So, Cope, you come running to me “What you saying, Badge? Them ain’t and will, take everything we got, from our for an opinion on why the country needs a socialism. Them’re just plain ol’ governgood sense to our freedom, and then use government-run health-care system. Then I ment stuff we gotta have to get by.â€? their PR divisions to convince us how we’re suppose you’ll tell those kids at Boise Week“That’s one of the problems here. better without ’em. And you tell me ... what ly you actually did some research.â€? Whenever it’s good for you Republicans, it’s is there strong enough and rich enough “Sorta. But I already have the opinion, essential government services. But when it’s to counteract that? What do we regular see. You just need to give me some reasons good for everyone, it’s socialism.â€? citizens have on our side that gives us a for having it. I thought we could use the “I ain’t no gull-durned Republican, ďŹ ghting chance against a corporate machine classical dialectic method like I used to do Badge. I’m a gull-durned libertarian. I told that’s only purpose is to chew us up, suck with Red, only you get to be Socrates and you that. And I thought you was one too, us dry, and spit us out? I’ll play the dumbshit guy.â€? gull-durnit!â€? “Government, that’s what! That’s why “Ah. You’ll be perfect for the part.â€? “And I told you I am a libertarian, Hoot. we have a government in the ďŹ rst place, “The thing is, Bob, this may be the most I’m a libertarian by nature since I don’t isn’t it? ... to keep the wolves from tearing important issue of our time. It may well like anyone telling me what I can’t do. But the sheep apart. And does it matter if the deďŹ ne how America treats Americans as I’m a socialist by experience, because it’s as wolves have names like Allstate or PďŹ zer we go forward. And it needs to be talked obvious as your sister Hilda’s mustache that instead of Ted Bundy or bin Laden?â€? about seriously, something beyond the Re- if there isn’t something strong enough and Hoot was so agitated, he was throwing publicans just trying to scare the peewadsteady enough to keep some kind of leash his horseshoes overhand. “Ya know, Badge, ding out of everyone by shouting ‘Socialon those corporate bastards, they’ll end up when you talk like that, it makes me think


you’re not proper MOBBS material!â€? The discussion was doing just ďŹ ne without me, and the pitcher was empty again. Inside the saloon, I asked the barkeep if he knew anything about “MOBBS.â€? “Oh yeah sure. That’s them guys out back what your taking the Oly to.â€? “But what’s it mean, ‘MOBBS?’â€? I asked. “Hell if I know, bud. All I know is they come up here every year, throw some shoes, drink some beer and vote on who should get into their club or not.â€? “And what does the club do?â€? “I just told ya.â€? Around the horseshoe pit, the debate continued. Hoot was hot enough to steam bagels. “I’ll tell you what the solution is to all that gull-durn corporate control you’re so worried about, Badge. Free market competition! That’s what! Free market competition solves every problem that God don’t wanna mess with Himself!â€? (About that point in the conversation, I realized I had to stretch this into a Part Three. Between Bob’s rant and Hoot’s responses, I couldn’t get a word in edgewise. And darnit, I so, so wanted to tell this Hoot character about how I suspect that conservatives are more worried about how popular government-run health care will be than they are about any ill effects of socialism. But I’ll have to save it for next week. So I invite you back. And hopefully, we’ll learn how Badger Bob reconciles his libertarian nature with his socialist leanings, and I’m also determined to ďŹ nd out what the hell MOBBS is and, if there’s any room left over, maybe we can question the Republican position of why ďŹ ghting terrorists and pirates and foreign dictators is a valid government concern, but ďŹ ghting cancer and heart disease and diabetes isn’t.)





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TEDRALL SORRY, MR. BUSH The poor get poorer, presidents get worse SEATTLE—I miss Bush. Stop the presses and shut off the RSS feeds: The bashiest of the Bush-bashers is starting to appreciate the Exile of Crawford. I haven’t forgiven George W. Bush for stealing two elections, starting two wars, bankrupting the Treasury and doing his damnedest to turn the United States into a fascist state. He deserves one of hell’s hottest picnic spots for refusing to lift a finger to bring the 9/11 murderers to justice. Bush was stupid. He was vicious. He should be in prison. He was the worst president the United States had ever had. Until this one. On major issues and a lot of minor ones, President Barack Obama is the same as or worse than Bush. But Bush had an opposition to contend with. Obama has a compliant Democratic Congress. Lulled to somnolent apathy by Obama’s charming manners, mastery of English (and yes, the color of his skin), leftist activists and journalists have been reduced to quiet disappointment, mild grumbling and unaccountable patience. I don’t care about window dressing. Sure, it’s nice that Obama is intelligent. But policies matter—not charm. And Obama’s policies are at least as bad as Bush’s. Guantanamo was but the beginning of Obama’s betrayals. First, he ordered the camp closed—not immediately but in a year. Now, he’s expanding the U.S. concentration camp at Bagram—where 600 innocent men and children are being tortured—so he can send the 245 Gitmo prisoners there. In the Bush era, Gitmo POWs received legal representation. Obama has ordered that the POWs sent to Bagram not be allowed to see a lawyer. You saw the headline: “Obama Bans Torture.” But it was a lie. Obama’s CIA director told Congress that there’s a “review process that’s built into [Obama’s] executive order” that allows torture to continue. Leon Panetta said the Obama administration will keep using at least 19 torture techniques against detainees. In addition, Team Obama will “look at those kinds of enhanced techniques to determine how effective they were or weren’t and whether any appropriate revisions need to be made as a result of that.” As editorial boards of liberal newspapers tut-tut and the feds convene committees, the screams of the victims pierce the night. Bush was the biggest spender in history,

the presidential scholar Stephen Hess says: “There are some pledges that a candidate reverses when he becomes president because things look different. He knows things that he didn’t know then.” running up a $1.8 trillion deficit with waste“Some”? Obama hasn’t even tried to ful wars and tax cuts. But next to Obama, keep a single major promise. He hasn’t Bush was a tightwad. Glamour prez hasn’t gotten rid of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” His balbeen around six months, yet the Congreslyhooed “cap and trade” law on emissions sional Budget Office reports that he already is toothless. Remember Obama’s pledge to has quadrupled the deficit by an extra $8.1 renegotiate NAFTA to strengthen environtrillion. “The total debt held by the public mental regulations? Forgotten. [will] rise from 57 percent of GDP in 2009 In Obama’s case, “things look[ing] differto 82 percent (!) of GDP in 2019,” reports ent” has meant giving in to entrenched dirtU.S. News & World Report. bags, like the spooks who read your e-mails Obama is sinking us into financial and the entrenched Pentagon torturers who oblivion 72 times faster than Bush. don’t want us to see photos that make Abu Where’d the money go? Mostly to insur- Ghraib look like child’s play. ance companies. Banks. Brokerage firms. (An official familiar with the photos Who used it to redecorate their offices and in question tells me they include, among give themselves raises. other atrocities, U.S. personnel sodomizing Against logic and history, Obama claimed a child.) his bailout package would create jobs. Obama has done more damage than Instead, unemployment has risen by 1.3 Bush. And no one’s stopping him. Which million. Has Obama’s plan saved a single makes him worse. homeowner from foreclosure? Reporters Sorry, Mr. Bush. If I’d known what was can’t find any. coming, I would’ve been nicer. I liked Bush better. He wasted our Ted Rall, president of the Association of money when the economy wasn’t quite as sucky. And he didn’t insult us by pretend- American Editorial Cartoonists, is author of the books To Afghanistan and Back and ing to care. Come on, Obama, smirk. Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Truth in advertising. I know: He’s a Middle East? politician. Politicians break promises. As

NOTE Monday morning, I woke up at dawn to a stubborn, pea soup kind of fog in Garden Valley. In Boise, which, aside from a few tempestuous summer storms, seems almost devoid of weather in the warmer months, that kind of morning gray is reserved for foul-smelling winter inversions. Apparently, word is out that Crouch is the most happening party within 100 miles of Boise during the Fourth of July because last weekend in Garden Valley was raucous. Even more so than in years past if you ask me. I imagine some of those who woke up to the thick fog on Monday may have been dealing with their own foggy aftereffects of a long weekend. Personally, I took it easy. I floated the Middle Fork of the Payette, watched some old movies and snoozed on the porch. Though I joined the giant crowd in the center of town for Saturday’s debauchery (and it is exactly that if you haven’t seen the mayhem), I somehow missed the official city fireworks display. Sunday was just as lazy, although I did manage to get in a few minutes piggy-backing on someone’s WiFi in town in order to get some work done that afternoon. Then I weathered one heck of a storm (during which the windows in my car were rather regrettably rolled all the way down). WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

Once the wind subsided and the rain trickled to a stop, the men of the house made a run up the river with fishing poles in hand. About six miles from Silver Creek Plunge, they were stopped by a guy who told them the road had been blocked by a downed tree and unless they had a chainsaw, they weren’t getting any further, and the campers stranded on the other side weren’t getting out anytime soon. When I heard the story, I thought about it for a minute. Stranded. Camping. No phone service. Supposed to be back at work the next morning. Forced exile. It didn’t sound half bad. All weekend, I’d been feeling guiltily liberated by my complete lack of phone service, and yet I still sneaked into town to get on the Internet. I had really wanted to cut myself off from work, but I just couldn’t do it completely. And then I thought about what a downed tree could do for my life. Even if just for one measly day. I actually got up at dawn Monday to drive back to Boise, but the fog was too thick. Instead, I made a pot of coffee, sat on the porch and waited a few hours for the fog to burn off. I bet if I go back and read Rob Brezny’s astrology column in last week’s paper a little closer, it’ll say something about needing more fog and trees in my life. —Rachael Daigle


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CITYDESK LANGHORST ON TAX COMMISH Word from the Guv’s office last week is that David Langhorst was named to the Idaho State Tax Commission. Langhorst, who has served in both houses of the state Legislature, made an unsuccessful run for Ada County commissioner last year against incumbent Rick Yzaguirre. Langhorst, a Democrat, replaces Colleen Grant on the bipartisan commission. Typically, news of tax commissioners is the kind of stuff that’s about as interesting to the public at large as ... well, anything to do with taxes. But the Langhorst appointment is noteworthy, given that the commission is still trying to shake off last year’s scandal, in which it was accused of favoring big business with excessive tax breaks. During his time in the Legislature, Langhorst cultivated a reputation for playing well on both sides of the partisan fence. Of his new job, Langhorst says he’s looking forward to working with the commissioners “to achieve and maintain a fair, predictable and stable tax system for the people of Idaho.” —Rachael Daigle


NEW BIKE INFO IN IDAHO DRIVER’S ED MANUAL “HONKING—Never honk when close to a bicyclist, it is startling.” That’s one of the new recommendations that will appear in the new Idaho Driver’s Manual, to be published later this summer. Boise Sen. Elliot Werk and “statewide bike advocates” helped put together the info for new drivers about sharing the road with bikes. But the bike info will not be on driving tests. —Nathaniel Hoffman

war in Iraq U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Monday, July 6, 2009, 4,325 U.S. service members (including 31 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 3,460 in combat and 865 from non-combat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 31,408. In the last week, five U.S. soldiers died. Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 96 soldiers have died. Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 92,485 and 100,964. Source: COST OF IRAQ WAR: $684,903,035,674 Source:


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IN A BRIGHT AND DIFFERENT LIGHT LEDs to take over downtown streetlights

the Downtown Business Association and Capital City Development Corporation to look. The comments came back as being acceptable. I’m sure it’s like anything else—it’s a change and some people may not like it,” said Tensen. If you want to see for yourself, a test light is located on the west side of Fifth Street between Main and Grove near Addie’s Restaurant. Another historic LED streetlight is nearby between Fourth and Fifth streets on the north side of Grove. Other oise is joining many cities across the LEDs, of a slightly different hue, are in Hyde Park. United States in retrofitting streetlights According to the Stranger, when Seattle went LED, the lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs to cut placed in residential areas affected sleep patterns. The light electricity and maintenance bills, and to save emitted from the LEDs takes on a blue tint, reminiscent of what energy. Stimulus money coming in to Idaho you’d expect on the set of a zombie flick. Recognizing the blue to also helps. However, with LED comes signify daytime, photoreceptors in the eyes went awry for snooza different light quality, one that has ing Seattle denizens and insomnia swept the neighborhoods. become an issue for some insomniacs “We’re going to use more white light than blue,” Tensen in Seattle, as reported in the Seattle said. “Other than the people that live downtown, who will be Stranger. With downtown Boise on well above the lighting, this will not be in residential areas.” deck to glow under some 725 LED Another city engineer said white light is better anyway. bulbs, at a cost of $420,000 to “From a safety, security standpoint, a whiter light is actually $500,000, city engineer John better, too,” said Rob Bousfield, assistant to the city engineer. Tensen explained the aesthetics There are still minor contractual details to be worked out, of public lighting. but the bulbs to be used will likely come from Inovus Solar, a City engineers took LED Boise-based manufacturer noted for designing solar powered for a test drive to gauge street lights. the effect on minds and “You can get LED in any variety of colors. There are bright eyeballs. blues but we use neutral white,” said Edam Lozano, director “We have looked of customer solutions for Inovus. from an aesthetic The advantages of going LED are numerous, as the engineers standpoint. We had will tell you. “It’s a national trend. We think we’re going to some test case save over half of the current power. We also think the bulbs will lights installed last longer than the standard high-pressure sodium bulb. These and we asked should last 10 to 15 years. Time will tell,” Tensen said.


OBAMA VOWS DON’T ASK POLICY SHIFT Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, the Mountain Home Air Force pilot who faces an honorable discharge for being gay, shook President Barack Obama’s hand at a recent Gay Pride event at the White House. Fehrenbach told KTVB Channel 7 in Boise: “I sort of made a beeline to him and introduced myself and he had that look on his face like he knew who I was. I think there were people who told him I would be there. I introduced myself, I said I’m being discharged under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the situation for me was urgent and I need your help. And, he looked me directly in the eye and said, ‘we’re going to get this done.’” Defense Secretary Robert Gates has indicated that soldiers like Fehrenbach may be allowed to continue to serve until the administration works out a new policy to replace don’t ask, don’t tell, according to the Air Force Times. Gates said there could be exceptions to enforcing the policy if whomever outed the soldier had a chip on his shoulder. “Do we need to be driven ... to take action on somebody, if we get that information from somebody who may have vengeance in mind or blackmail or somebody who has been jilted?” Gates said. Fehrenbach wore civvies to the White House Pride event, fearing disciplinary action for attending a “political” event with the commander in chief, AF Times reports.

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disease to the New World. “In reality, he didn’t do anything, it was a natural consequence of biology,” Moffett said. The academy borrows much of its curriculum from Hillsdale Academy, a private Christian prep school in Michigan, which is located on the campus of Hillsdale College, home of the William F. Buckley Jr. archives. But Moffett is modifying the curriculum to saac Moffett, founder and operations director at the Nampa make it appropriate for public schools. Classical Academy, a publicly funded charter school that “Some of the books are too devotional, if you will, so we’re opens in the fall, did not like school. While studying educanot going to use that particular one,” Moffett said of Hillsdale’s tion at several colleges, including the College of Southern Idaho reading list. and Boise State, Moffett revolted against the major educational Moffett recommends that teachers and parents read the book philosophies of the day. Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America published “While there, I did not agree, or believe, what was being by Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank. taught to me as an education stuThe book was written by Gene dent,” Moffett said. “I did not agree Edward Veith, provost at Patrick with it, first as a parent, second as a Henry College and author of some human being.” 20 books on engaging society with Moffett bemoaned the works of Christianity, and Andrew Kern, who secular progressives and atheists like once worked at Boise’s Foundations John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lawrence Academy Christian School and now Kohlberg and Howard Gardner that runs the Circe Institute, a Christian are taught at teacher colleges. classical education consultancy based So he moved to Nampa and in North Carolina. started a public charter school to fit Kern was back in Boise last his worldview. month to train the Nampa Classical “We’re not a liberal school, we’re Academy staff. It was the first public not … liberal may be too strong of school that Circe, which identifies a word, we are a conservative school, and I think people confuse itself as a ministry, has been involved with. that with religious,” Moffett said. According to Moffett, the Christian classical school movement Nampa Classical will teach Latin and Western classics, includstarted in the 1980s in Moscow, Idaho, with the Christ Churching the Bible. The school will not teach “certain sex ed,” will esaffiliated Logos School. The Association of Classical and Christian chew anti-American rhetoric and troop bashing and will impart the Schools is also located in Moscow and Moffett has met with that “good of America, the good of Western civilization,” Moffett said. group, but Nampa Classical is not a member. Teachers will also discuss where America has failed to live up Moffett said his school is not of the Christian classical variety, to its principles, he allowed, without being “presentist,” or judging but a hybrid of the moral and democratic schools of classical earlier epochs with modern values. education. “In its proper context, the kids will learn about Native “There’s just things we can’t do because of being a public Americans,” said Moffett, who will teach American history and school,” Moffett said. “Let’s put it this way: you can still get geography. “If we’re talking about westward expansion ... you a spanking at that school [Logos], which I’m not opposed can’t understand why they were conquered so easily without unto one iota. They are Christ-centered. We take a little differderstanding their culture.” ent approach to that. Our version and their version is almost Christopher Columbus will not be judged for introducing incompatible because of the God issue.”

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What was your longest time underwater? The longest I was ever submerged was 71 days. That was interesting because we hadn’t quite planned out the food quite right. When we pulled into port, we had one bag of vegetables and three boxes of Jell-O. We actually had a list of which crew members were going to eat first if they kept us out longer. I was pretty high up. I was pretty popular. We had 20 guys who weren’t actual crew members, who were the first to go, obviously, secret squirrel type guys ... people who support you in missions vital to national security. Like the guy on Hunt for Red October? The Hunt for Red October, when it first came out was, it was amazing, it was about 10 percent accurate. But that was maybe 10 times more accurate than anything that had come out to that point, and that was one of the reasons I actually started the blog. I wanted to have a platform to be able to correct misconceptions that showed up in the mainstream media about submarines. Are you Mormon? I was stationed in Orlando, and for those of us who were going up to Idaho, they told us you have to watch out because there’s a bunch of Mormon girls up there and they’re going to try to marry you. I said, “Whoa, we’re going to be careful about that.” And so, I met [my wife], she was going to school at Idaho State, and she told me, “Yeah, I’m Mormon, and I love you, but I’m not going to convert you. I know that eventually you’ll see what the truth is.” And so she married me, and nine years later, I saw the truth. I go to church,


the whole works. But I use bad language sometimes on the blog. Do you get in trouble for that? No, but one of the other blogs that I had in the last political season used a lot of really bad language. But that was more semianonymous. I don’t know if you followed the congressional race last year on the blogosphere or not. I was Bill Sali Fan [the blog]. I actually outed myself after the election … up on HBO [Huckleberries Online]. Did you ever read my defense of Larry Craig? That was my best writing ever. I actually coined the term “cock-thirsty glory holing.” And I actually got an e-mail from somebody who said, “Hey, I really like your defense of Sen. Craig, I just think you should not use so much bad language.” I also had, “an anonymous slab of man meat tickling his senatorial tonsils.” What was your goal with Bill Sali Fan? To mock and belittle the people that thought like Bill Sali. As a military person my whole life, I’d been a Republican before I came to Idaho. Always been kind of moderate though. And Bill Sali stood for everything that I thought was wrong with what was happening to the Republican Party. So I wanted to mock and belittle him in a way that would make him appear foolish, not that he had much problem doing that on his own. Hopefully I succeeded a little bit. Do you think it influenced the election? It was just fun. The Idaho political blogosphere is a complete echo chamber. There’s a few of us that read it. But if you look at it, my blog gets about 1,200 hits a day. Clayton Cramer gets about 1,000. But I’d be surprised if anyone other than Chris at Unequivocal Notion or 43rd State Blues gets more than a couple hundred hits a day, and that includes Adam Graham. It’s mostly an echo chamber ... It really is insular, and it does not really affect that much. It affects the candidates a lot more, but it really doesn’t affect the general public debate. The candidates worry about the blogs? I actually met with Wayne Hoffman and we discussed Bill Sali Fan. I didn’t reveal at the time that I was Bill Sali Fan. He was just wondering why I was so anti-Bill Sali.



he Stupid Shall Be Punished is Meridian blogger Joel Kennedy’s mantra, whether he’s writing about the sea as a cruel mistress or former Idaho Rep. Bill Sali. Kennedy, a retired Naval submarine officer, started blogging in September 2004, just before leaving the Navy. He mostly writes about U.S. submariner politics, but garnered a good deal of attention during the last election cycle. Kennedy writes under the name “bubblehead” at He was in charge of the guys running the nuclear reactors on Seawolf class submarines—the ultimate Cold War machines—but he can’t really talk about it. After 21 years in the Navy, he now prefers “mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found.”

re-election, and I think that if the cards really came down on the table, he would vote the right way. What do you call your politics? I’m a moderate realist, which in Idaho makes me a Democrat. I’m more libertarian as far as government interference with personal life. I’m more of a deficit hawk when it comes to the economy. I’m for a robust foreign policy and a strong military. Why do political elites and the media pay attention to the little blogs? The bloggers are self-selected people who I think have something to say, and they’re thoughtful, and they can provide immediate feedback to the candidates and to policy makers on what they do. If [Sen.] Shirley McKague had read some of my critiques of her various memorials, then perhaps she would have realized the idiocy before it actually came up in hearings.

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Have you recovered from your esophageal cancer? The blog really helped. Support from the readers was actually kind of nice. It was really good for me to talk about it because my family got tired of hearing about it. I actually waited ’til right after the elections to announce it. I found out about it Oct. 21, started radiation and chemo right around Thanksgiving, that was done New Year’s, had surgery around the middle of February, and it’s gone. How do you feel? I feel great. I lost a lot of weight. They took out the top part of my stomach, all of my esophagus, and turned what was left of the stomach into esophagus. There’s better ways to lose weight.

How do you think Minnick’s doing? bubblehead on gays in the military, I think he’s really good. He’s more conservative than I am at this point, which women on boats and more at citydesk. I think he needs to be if he wants to win


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WORLD’S BEST HACK It’s time once again for the only literary contest that matters, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (also known as the Dark and Stormy Night contest), which challenges writers to create the worst possible opening sentence to an imaginary novel. This year’s winner is David McKenzie of Washington, who came up with this piece of crap: “Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin’ off Nantucket Sound from the nor’ east and the dogs are howlin’ for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the “Ellie May,” a sturdy whaler captained by John McTavish; for it was on just such a night when the rum was flowin’ and, Davey Jones be damned, big John brought his men on deck for the first of several screaming contests.” Check out for a list of finalists in several other categories, including this winner from the detective genre: “She walked into my office on legs as long as one of those long-legged birds that you see in Florida—the pink ones, not the white ones—except that she was standing on both of them, not just one of them, like those birds, the pink ones, and she wasn’t wearing pink, but I knew right away that she was trouble, which those birds usually aren’t.” And then there’s this gem from the romance category: “The first time I saw her she took my breath away with her long blonde hair that flowed over her shoulders like cheese sauce on a bed of nachos, making my stomach grumble as she stepped into the room, her red knit dress locking in curves better than a Ferrari at a Grand Prix.”

YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THOSE CIGARETTE BUTTS SQUASHED INTO YOUR CARPET A man in Santiago, Chile, has hit upon a successful business idea in which he transforms your boring old living room into a replica of your neighborhood pub. A simple phone call to his company will bring a team of workers to install a temporary bar, barstools and a fully stocked wall of liquor to party it up with your friends. You just sit back and get hammered while his bartenders and waiters make it effortless for you to get all your friends shitfaced. “The idea is for the owner of the house to relax and enjoy, he doesn’t have to worry about anything when he calls us,” says owner Dennis Hennings. (


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MORE PROOF THAT ALCOHOL MAKES YOU STUPID A group of “wine terrorists” in France has been attacking shops selling cheap wine from Spain and Italy in southwestern France. They accuse the merchants of cutting prices to unreasonably low levels, which put French wine makers out of business. In their latest attack, the group pulled the plugs on eight huge vats at a wine cooperative and let more than 1 million bottles worth of red, white and rose wine pour into a river. (The Telegraph)

THIS CONTEST HAS GONE TO THE DOGS I guess it’s my job to let you know that the world has a new ugliest dog as judged by the annual competition at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair. However, this year’s winner, “Pabst,” isn’t nearly as ugly as tradition dictates, and it would seem that the judges simply wanted to break the stranglehold of the Chinese crested breed, which has dominated the competition for the past decade (or they were bribed). Nevertheless, you can check out Pabst and his competitors at

WE’LL NEED EXTRA LARGE BARF BAGS New Mexico has begun work on the world’s first spaceport-—a massive $200-million project that will be home to space tourist flights offered by Virgin Galactic, as well as space-related scientific research projects and other commercial interests to be carried out in space. Spaceport America, which boasts a 10,000-foot-long runway, will be finished in about 18 months when Richard Branson and his family will take the world’s first family trip into orbit around the Earth, to be followed by a waiting list of 300 space tourists who have each put up $200,000 for six minutes of weightlessness during the two-hour flight. (BBC)

I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNETSO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK Eight spaceships traveling at 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) per second would take 10 billion years to explore just 4 percent of the Milky Way. Get way more bizarro news at


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story and photographs by Tara Morgan

n an alley-like strip of weed-ridden easement they call “no man’s land,” Southeast Boise chicken owners Amy Westover and her husband Jay Blackhurst have made some new friends—about 10 of them. Three years ago, they put three chickens back there, in a tiny coop with a solar-activated front door. Now the reclaimed space has become a veritable neighborhood hangout for chickens and fledgling neighborhood poultry farmers. “It’s kind of brought this whole neighborhood together, us getting these three chickens,” explained Westover. “All the neighborhood kids, once they figured out we had chickens, they came over every day because they wanted to see the chickens. We’d always be giving them eggs and they’d take them home … I think it just really started to inspire people. Now I think there are 17 chickens back here. All the neighbors now, they’ve got chickens. It’s kind of our chicken colony. Everyone takes care of their own flock, but they all run together.” For centuries, city and country duked it out in a battle over the locus of the good life. It was a battle in which the quiet repose of rolling meadows often won out in the end, after a time waged in the city’s debaucherous and unforgiving streets. But the recent rise of pastoral urbanism has turned that eternal battle on its head. In the span of an hour, an urban Boisean can go from plucking bulbous turnips from the garden and scattering feed for the chickens to zipping downtown in a hybrid for a patio-side Beaujolais and a foreign flick. On a typical quarter-acre backyard plot, city code allows for three hens, three bee colonies and as many veggies as


your compost-enriched soil can handle. With a little practice, any urban dweller can create a symbiotic mini-ecosystem and still be walking distance from the city’s thriving cultural core. City, meet country. While the trend toward pastoral urbanism is all about food—bolstered by the crappy economy and good old-fashioned nostalgia—it has spurred new ideas about urban communities. “My caution to you if you’re on the small lots, like the North End: Get to know your neighbors really well and make sure you cultivate those friendships,” warned long-time Boise bee hobbyist Dick Knapp. But while Knapp and Westover have been at it longer than most, it’s now clear that the spring of 2009 was, as writer Malcolm Gladwell might put it, a tipping point for backyard ranching.


If you were one of the many folks trying to break into urban chicken-keeping this year, evidence of the tipping point trend was frustratingly apparent. “People were almost fighting to get in line to get chickens,” said new North End chicken owner Zach Jones. “They were gone in a half hour. D&B [Supply] said there were people who would come three or four hours beforehand and just hang out in the store and wait for the chickens to arrive. Then even after we got them, I guess chickens were so popular this year that all the stores ran out of chick feed.” While urban chicken-keeping has been on the rise for the past few years, Treasure Valley chick retailers say it really exploded this spring.


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Zach Jones spends some QT with one of his backyard brood.

“There was an increase in interest this year,” said Robin Fisher, pet and animal health buyer at D&B Supply, a farm store chain geared toward smaller operators. “We always have a pretty large interest, but looking at the numbers we sold this year compared to last year, we’re up 15 percent.” Mike “Chicken Man” Stanton, assistant manager at Zamzows in Nampa, agreed, saying the store had seen a 25 to 30 percent increase this year in the sale of chicks. But it was not just in Idaho. Stanton, a former Idaho representative to the American Poultry Association who has raised chickens for 40 years, said it was hard to keep up with demand this spring, mainly because of unprecedented interest. “We had a hard time getting baby chickens in because, nationwide, there was a huge increase in the sale of chickens—people wanting to raise a few birds in their back yards and stuff like that,” said Stanton. “Part of it was due to the economy, and part of it is people are now becoming more and more interested in raising their own food.” From the rooftops of Brooklyn, N.Y., as profiled in The New York Times, to the mossy back yards of Portland, Ore., chickens have announced their arrival in the urban roost. With the lure of minimal upkeep and daily fresh eggs, it’s not surprising that people are flocking to these utilitarian pets. But as with every new fad, overwhelming interest has led to scarcity in the baby chick market. Caldwell is home to Dunlap Hatchery, one of the Northwest’s largest and longest-running chicken hatcheries, but the strain from larger local-food-crazy metropolises like Eugene, Ore., Portland and Seattle has had an effect on Boise’s ability to ... ahem, pick up chicks. “A couple of hatcheries in the Northwest went out of business so we had to find another source. Everybody here in the Northwest was looking for another source,” said Fisher. “The other hatcheries, a lot of them, are already at capacity. We had to put our orders in months in advance.” For those who were able to procure poultry this year, a wealth of hobbyist resources have popped up online catering to chickenrearing needs. The Web site urbanchickens. org offers advice on things like choosing the right chicken coop to warding off illness and disease. boasts a message board where more than 35,000 members post questions in forums like “chicken behaviors and egg laying” and “pictures and stories of my chickens.” Some sites, like, even offer accessories like handmade cloth chicken diapers. “I wasn’t aware that it was this huge movement until I started reading things in ReadyMade about making chicken coops,” said Jones, a Boise Co-op employee. “It just all of the sudden seemed like people were getting chickens. And then, obviously, when


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it was difficult to get them, it made me realize, ‘Wait a second, there’s a lot of people doing this.’”


So, what do you need to know in order to join your neighbors in this fuzzy-chicksto-fluffy-omelet frenzy? First, you can keep up to three hens inside city limits and they are considered pets. Or, if your property is one acre or larger, and you dedicate at least half an acre to ranching, you can keep 12 chickens. Second, no roosters allowed. With hundreds of recognized breeds and varieties—from the “That’s a joke. I say, that’s a joke, son” Leghorn of Warner Bros. fame, to the feather-footed Brahma—the main decision, for those not interested in commercial meat production, is between standard chickens and bantams. Standards produce the egg size you see at the supermarket, whereas bantams produce eggs about half that size. Bantams are essentially the lap dogs of the chicken world—good for people with limited pecking space. Various chicken breeds are also prized for the color of their basket, from bluish-green-egg laying Araucanas to pinkish-brown laying Plymouth Rocks. “We have a Wyandotte, Australorp and Araucana,” said second-year East End chicken owner Erik Kingston. “I really was looking at egg production and also temperament and hardiness. We wanted birds that would be more likely to survive and not attack us and still put out. They’ve been great.” Hatchlings in tow, you next need to find an enclosed space where the chicks can hang out for four to five weeks until they’re old enough to be transferred to a coop. As cautions, “Ideally, you’ll have a garage, workshop, basement or another predator-proof and draft-proof environment that’s not in your main living space. Why not the main living space? Baby chicks, just like grown chickens, love to scratch their bedding materials, which creates a very fine dust that gets everywhere.” Jones, owner of chickens Lola, Frida and Judy, remembers this all too well. “They lived in my room for about a month, which sucked,” said Jones. “Toward the end, all my clothes that were hanging in my closet were covered in chicken dust.” Though baby chicks might ruffle a few feathers with their constant upkeep, pullets— young adult hens—are relatively easy to care for after they’ve been moved into their permanent coop. As varied as chicken breeds, coops can be built in a number of sizes and shapes using a variety of materials. But whether you throw down $1,200 for the uber modern plastic Eglu Cube or build your coop in the back of a rusty 1970s stationwagon, all coops have to include the same WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

Beekeeper Steve Sweet points out the nail-polish-dotted queen bee while inspecting a colony.

basic structures: a draft-proof, enclosed area with four square feet per chicken, roosting poles for each hen to sleep on, a nest box for every four or five hens to lay their eggs in and a closeable door to keep out the predators. Owners who can’t let their chickens run free in the back yard often tack on a chickenwire-encased chicken run. Kingston, who named his sprawling coop the Poulet Chalet, decided to wing it when building his coop. “There are a lot of plans online and a lot of them cost money,” explained Kingston. “I did a lot of research on what I saw out there and talked to other people that had birds and drew up about three different plans for a mobile coop, a stationary coop and then tore them all up and just built one from stream of consciousness.”


Even if your neighbors are cool with a few extra bees chilling on their petunias, there’s still a lot more to learn and acquire before you can handle bees with ease. Beekeeping requires an upfront equipment investment: brood boxes, frames, a smoker, protective clothing and a queen bee, which costs around $20. But if you don’t want to plunk down cash for an insect, there’s another way to get a queen: Catch a swarm. Surprisingly, they’re fairly innocuous. “If a queen is new in a colony, the first year she’s just going to raise young and get [the colony] as populated as she can. And then if she’s successful, she’ll make it through the winter time and come out in the spring time. Her genes have been successful, so she’ll leave that WHAT WILL BEE WILL BEE spot and take half the bees and swarm and go But chickens aren’t the only form of urban someplace else,” explained TVBC president livestock pecking up momentum. Many in Steve Sweet, bent over a colony in his back the Treasure Valley are buzzing about urban yard near Boise Avenue. “When they’re hangbeekeeping. While the Boise Municipal Code ing on that tree in a swarm, every bee that has stringent specifications for beekeeping— stings is one less bee that gets the colony estabonly three colonies are allowed per quarter lished. So the swarm is a very passive thing.” acre and they must be located 30 feet inside Sweet’s introduction to bees started nearly property lines behind a minimum 6-foot-high 40 years ago as a way to fulfill a science reclosed fence—a large number of newbies have quirement in college. This spring, he’s already reached for white suits and mesh hats over the extracted about 700 pounds of honey from last year. the 25 hives he has scattered around Southeast The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club now Boise in various spots. For Sweet, understandhas a robust 50 to 60 members and holds fre- ing bees means understanding their symbiotic quent beekeeping field trips and informational relationship with Mother Nature. talks. On a recent evening, past shooting stalks “The first trees in the spring bloom of corn and leafy rows of chard at Peaceful around George Washington’s birthday,” said Belly farm, beekeeping couple Dick Knapp Sweet. “As soon as the maples bloom and and Sarah Cox explained how to keep bees put pollen out, then the bees start coming in an urban environment to an audience of a out. So, you’re always watching for when the dozen or so rapt urban gardening students. trees are blooming.” The two stressed the importance of educatAmbling down the road in his pickup ing and sharing with neighbors. truck, bee equipment rattling in the back, “Having people be interested rather than Sweet punctuated explanations of basic bee worried is a really important thing because biology with frequent “Look over there’s.” people don’t know the difference between bees Out the open window, he pointed to fields and wasps,” Cox said. of sweet clover and patches of wild mint; he Though it would seem like bees pose more seemed to be constantly scouting out his next of a hazard in an urban environment than colony location. Pulling off the road, Sweet chickens, city zoning administrator Scott maneuvered through a patch of tire-spinning Spjute said he rarely receives complaints gravel and into a forest of sweet clover taller about them. than the truck. “We really don’t get a whole lot of either “Dead ahead is a 12-acre parcel that was inquiries or complaints about keeping the going to be developed into townhomes and bees,” said Spjute. “We don’t require a condominiums,” explained Sweet. “The site permit; we just have some standards for the was slicked off, gravel was put in and then the keeping of them.” whole project went gunnywag … What you’re In addition to sharing honey, Knapp noted seeing right now is white sweet clover. There that urban beekeepers can curry favor with was yellow sweet clover that came out earlier. their neighbors by always keeping a fresh So this is a heck of a honey crop right here water source near the colonies ... This is just heaven for a beekeeper … it’s a “Honeybees will drink water everygreat urban beekeeping hideout.” where,” said Knapp. “If you’re in town, The colonies in his reclaimed urban space they’ll drink out of your neighbors’ bird hummed with activity. Taking the top off the baths, they’ll drink out of the hot tubs, honey super—a smaller box at the top of the they’ll drink out of swimming pools. And colony where the queen can’t lay eggs and that really gets your neighbors.” honey stores are built up—Sweet shook off WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

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Drew Boice, Marlayna Boice’s 11-year-old son, shows off chicks Rosalie and Alice.

hundreds of industrious bees to inspect a tray of dense, glistening honey comb. Beekeepers often tend their colonies, checking for disease and the overall health of the hive, in early to mid afternoon, the time when the female worker bees—the ones with stingers—are off collecting nectar. These painstaking inspection processes, the backbone of hobbyist beekeeping, just aren’t suited to commercial beekeeping. “When you have 1,000 colonies or 3,000 or 5,000, you have to manipulate them a lot differently,” said Sweet. “You can’t go in and take them apart and look at them, you just have to have a process for them. So there’s a tendency to depend on chemicals to help deal with some of these problems.” Even withstanding their dependence on chemicals, the commercial bee industry has introduced a variety of other problems.


Every spring, large-scale beekeepers from across the country truck millions of bees to giant agribusinesses so that they can pollinate the crops. “When these huge farms of almonds in California need to be pollinated, people from North Dakota and South Dakota and Idaho bring thousands and thousands of hives of bees from here down to California, pollinate those trees and then bring them back up here,” explained beekeeper Sarah Cox. “It doesn’t take a lot to imagine how very hard that is on bees. And that allows diseases that they encounter in California to come back to Idaho, diseases that would’ve taken 20 years maybe—maybe never would’ve reached here in the normal flight pattern of bees—now get here in one season.” These factors, along with a handful of others known and unknown, have combined to produce the much publicized Colony Collapse Disorder, a term coined to describe the sudden and widespread disappearance of honeybees. While it’s unlikely that the commercial agriculture industry will change anytime soon, one local beekeeper has stumbled onto a pollination solution for smaller-scale local farmers and backyard gardeners—a bee coop. For the past two years, Mary Jane Oresik has provided hives and regular beekeeping for local gardeners who want the benefits of bees—honey and pollination—without all of the work. This year, she has 17 members in the co-op, who each keep a hive in their back yard and then split the honey harvest equally at the end of the season. “The first year I did this I broke even. But I don’t include any of the labor in that. I was just paying for a lot of hardware,” said Oresik. “This year, I think I’m going to be ahead because I have more members and have a helper. But I usually just turn the money back around into the hardware


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for next year. It’s one of these unplanned ventures that I got into because I just am fascinated with bees; they’re fun, and I love talking to people about bees.” And while Oresik’s solution doesn’t come close to addressing the problems inherent in industrial agriculture, it is a solution that’s helping gardeners at the local level. Sweet sees things a little differently. While he enjoys his hobbyist beekeeping and even sells Sweet Honey to friends to raise money for his kids’ college tuition, Sweet also understands the important place commercial agriculture, and commercial beekeeping for that matter, holds in this country. “Most of the produce that’s here isn’t from this country. Bees aren’t from this country, they come from Europe. The fruits that we enjoy, that isn’t natural. All these people aren’t natural. So there’s an evolution in there. Is industrial agriculture right? Well, at dinner time it’s right. The rest of the time, I’m not sure,” said Sweet.


While beekeepers stress the importance of pollination and intrigue of the hive as much as they talk honey, most chicken owners have one golden reason for their avocation: eggs. “We wanted to get some chickens, mostly because we wanted the fresh eggs,” explained Westover. “When we started looking into it, they really are so easy to take care of. So it wasn’t going to be a big ordeal to have them.” Three years ago, Westover and Blackhurst brought chickens Bleachy, Motherboard and Wayne to their mostly solar powered house off Broadway in Southeast Boise. Like most urban chicken owners, the two are avid gardeners, and they realized the utility of chicken poo. “Chickens and gardening just go hand in hand,” said Westover. “So, we just thought they could help till up the garden, peck all the weed seeds out, fertilize it with their poop, then in the spring, it would be halfready for us to plant in.” Marlayna Boice—whose three new chicks Bella, Rosalie and Alice are named after Twilight characters—is also psyched about the benefits to her garden. “I just read that chickens will eat a lot of the bugs that we have to use pesticides for in the garden,” said Boice. “It’s kind of cool to think about … this is how they used to do it 100 years ago. Now, we’ve gotten away from that and have to use all of these pesticides, when we could just have chickens.” While some owners let their chickens run free in the yard or, like Kingston, build mobile chicken playpens that can be moved around to aerate various patches of soil and debug the lawn, some are weary of the chickens’ destructive nature. “Chickens are terrible for the garden. Don’t let anybody fool you,” explained WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

Neighbors hang out in no man’s land, the easement behind the home of Amy Westover and Jay Blackhurst.

second-year Southeast Boise chicken owner Whitney Rearick. “When you start looking on the Internet there are places that say, ‘Oh, they’re great for the garden.’ What happens is they pick at every little thing.” But Bench-area chicken farmer and beekeeper Alex Blake, who grew up with chickens on his family’s farm, looks at backyard chickens as more amusing than utilitarian. “Chickens in the city are really just an idea,” said Blake. “People get really excited about them, but the cost of keeping chickens and getting their eggs is not really a ton cheaper—if at all. So I think people do it more for the excitement of it.” But besides the excitement, more quiches and fewer grubs, there’s another unintended outcome many urban chicken owners have stumbled upon: community.


This gets at the heart of the pastoral urban trend. While creating new relations with neighbors, urban farmers are developing sustainable backyard ecosystems—where bees pollinate plants, plants feed chickens, and chickens fertilize plants. But while a noble and fruitful pursuit, it is more often supplemental than it is a complete dietary solution. Most urbanites are still dependent, in one way or another, on commercial agriculture. As the popularity of Oresik’s bee co-op demonstrates, the urban agriculturalist can be too busy to invest in complex trades like beekeeping, though they might pay someone to do it for them. Another example of this involves chickens. What happens when hens stop laying eggs? Do their owners kill them? Or keep them as pets? Each owner has varying thoughts on the question, but most agree on one thing—it sounds IT TAKES A VILLAGE gross. That is why Idaho’s only humane, stateTO RAISE A HEN approved poultry slaughterhouse, Homegrown Because of the close proximity of most Poultry, has seen a marked increase in customurban dwellings, it’s hard to keep backyard ers since they opened a permanent facility in chickens a secret. While it’s rare to hear stories New Plymouth in 2007. of whiny neighbors, most chicken owners “I have seen a significant demand, not sweeten the deal with regular egg bribes. just this year but the last three years,” said “Technically, you’re only supposed to have Jack Kleeb, co-owner of Homegrown Poultry three chickens in the city limits, but most of with farmer Janie Burns. “The trend has been the people I know got an extra bird or two for upwards of 30 percent more people coming to insurance, assuming there would be some atour plant—new customers—each year.” trition,” said Kingston. “Most people are sort While many of Kleeb’s customers are farmof engaged in an ‘eggs for tolerance’ program ers who bring in 100 chickens at a time to be with their neighbors. And it seems to work.” processed, many are backyard chicken keepers But if neighbors do complain about people with a few unlawful roosters they need to get having more than their allotted three chickrid of and no idea how to do it. ens—or if there’s a “pullet surprise,” where “A lot of my friends offered to kill [my an incorrectly sexed chick turns out to be a rooster] for me,” said Rearick. “But then rooster—the city’s planning and zoning inspec- when you pressed them on it, ‘How many tors take care of the problem. chickens have you killed and when was the “If someone phones in a complaint, we’d last one?’ ... A couple of them had done it go out and verify the fact that they do have years ago in the Peace Corps. I was like, ‘What more than three hens, and we’d give them a if you screw this up? You’re going to torture notice and give them so many days to come my poor chicken. No way.’” into compliance,” explained Spjute. “We don’t Though Blake did take rooster killing into go out and just write somebody a citation his own hands, to spare the gory details, he right off the bat … we get a pretty good rate turned out to be no rooster Robespierre. of compliance that way.” “I didn’t think to take two roosters to Besides getting to know their neighbors someone else to butcher them. I wouldn’t even to keep zoning enforcement officials at bay, a know where to go,” said Blake. “I was actufew chicken owners say their flock has helped ally a little bit repulsed by the process, but I them form new friendships. just wanted to make myself do it.” The Boices’ 86-pound black Lab precluded As more people complete their backthem from getting chickens until they found yard gardens with chickens and bees, more a solution with their neighbors: they would industries like the bee co-op and Homegrown share a coop, but keep it in their neighbors’ Poultry will spring up. But does simplifying yard. A convenient gate allows both families agricultural traditions—and contracting out access to the chickens. the unpleasant aspects of rural life—make the “It wasn’t until, in passing with our neigh- desire for a slice of the country in the city any bors, that it came up that, ‘Oh my gosh, I wish less genuine? Most would say no and that it I could get chickens.’ They said, ‘Well, let’s do takes more than Google to learn how to propit next spring.’ Now they have some and we erly kill a chicken. have some,” said Boice. To meet area chicken farmers visit groups. Though both families were pals To hook up before, now their kids share caretaking with area beekeepers visit responsibilities. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM



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Carrie Rodriguez turned violin lessons into fiddling.


IDAHO STATE PARKS 1. Three Island Crossing 2. Bruneau Dunes 3. Thousand Springs 4. Lake Walcott 5. Massacre Rocks 6. Castle Rock 7. City of Rocks —Source: parksandrecreation.






Put on your best stripes and spend the evening as a guest prisoner. Guests wear name tags with inmate numbers and statistics including name, age and crime. During behind-the-scenes tours, learn some history, hear ghost stories and listen to tales of executions and escapes. Commemorate the evening by getting a prison tattoo or pose for a mug shot behind bars. Pay $10 more to go on a flashlight tour after dark. Guests sip on a special prisoner Squawky brew made by Highlands Hollow crafted after the prisoners’ habit of using anything they could find to make moonshine. The event features music by the Rockin’ Hippies and a barbecue dinner by Highlands Hollow. Tickets are available at the Old Pen or on the Web site. 6:30-10 p.m., $50 each, or $60 with flashlight tour, Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-334-2844,

Audio Lab owner Steve Fulton and Visual Arts Collective owners Sam Stimpert and Anneliessa Balk Stimpert are used to throwing shows packed full of fans. The trio is hosting a two-day fundraiser of music so that they can continue to put down tracks. The lineup for the Audio Lab Fundraiser for Friday, July 10, includes Finn Riggins, Christine Thomas Band, SFM (Steve Fulton Music), David Andrews Band, Doug Martsch, Rebecca Scott Band, Travis McDaniels Band and Audio Moonshine. On Saturday, July 11, take a listen to Smooth Old Fashioned High, Tim Willis and Friends, Thomas Paul Band, SFM (Steve Fulton Music), King Cotton, Pinto Bennett, Andy Byron and Kelly Lynae. The doors open for socializing at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. 7 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City,

The hounds are at bay during the Old Idaho Penitentiary fundraiser Bars Under the Stars.



Visit Southwest Idaho’s lavish lavender farm for the Lakeside Lavender You Cut Festival. The annual family event gives people the chance to take their pick from the more than 1,400 lavender plants available for harvesting. Scissors and baskets are provided. Shop for homemade lavender products and crafts made by local artisans and learn something new during culinary, craft, and informational classes. The festival includes live music by A Muse’s Willy from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a lavender-inspired lunch by Brick 29 Bistro served between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or until they sell out. Keep the lavender theme going all day by sampling some relaxing and cool lavender ice cream. The Clark family farm is celebrating 100 years on Lake Lowell and 80 years of a rich farming history cultivating market-fresh produce including potatoes, asparagus, peaches, apricots and plums. The Clark family farm is run by Steve and Marie Clark, and now they concentrate their efforts on the relaxing aroma of lavender. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Lakeside Lavender Farm, 1003 W. Locust Lane, Nampa, 208-466-0523,



Emmett’s Lavender Festival is happening the same weekend at two different farms from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit River Ridge Farm (907 Jackson Ave.) and Silver Fox Farm (1825 Sunset Dr.) for you-pick lavender, food, beverages, homemade lavender products, potted plants and make-your-own-lavender crafts.

MOUNTAIN FOR MILES Get in on some athletic and fun traditions during the 18th Annual Brundage Mountain Bike Festival sponsored by Wild Rockies Racing. Race around a 10-mile loop on the new course for the cross-country bike race, drop your ride in a pile and run for the best time during the Brundage Mountain Festival Run, or take a bumpy ride on the old-school Super D. On Sunday, July 12, the popular Brundage Bomber Downhill 2.5-mile course offers riders the chance to take advantage of a ride up the mountain on the BlueBird high-speed quad chairlift only to lose 1,500 vertical feet during the race. Camping, places to eat and hot springs for soaking tired bones are nearby. July 11-12, 8 a.m., price varies by event. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-8887544,,



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Carrie Rodriguez is a Brooklyn-based, Austin-native singer/ songwriter and a fine fiddle player. The classically trained musician has toured with many notable performers like Lucinda Williams. She’s also has jammed with Lyle Lovett and performed on stage with Alejandro Escovedo. Her latest album released in 2008, She Ain’t Me, includes songs that Rodriguez co-wrote and it shows off her diverse musical styles including folk, rock and modern country. Rodriguez is on tour throughout the summer, and while she performs at various stops in Idaho, she is taking a day off to splash around in the Salmon River. Fans in Boise are lucky enough to catch her during a free performance at Alive After Five, and that’s good, clean summer fun. 5-8 p.m., FREE, Grove Plaza, downtown Boise,




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

LITERATURE DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—The workshop is held twice a month and offers writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Author and poet Norman Weinstein facilitates the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m., FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, www.

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


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WASHINGTON CYCLIST STOPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A Washington cyclist named Jim DufďŹ eld is trekking across Washington and Idaho to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. DufďŹ eld is riding a recumbent bicycle pulling a trailer in which his wirehaired dachshund puppy, Max, rides. They are passing through Idaho and cyclists are invited to join part of the ride.

PAPER MAKING CLASSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Local artist Brett Fowler teaches participants how to make their own paper by hand. Preregistration is required; class size is limited. 7-9 p.m., $45. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www.



9TH STREET TOASTMASTERSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484,

DROP IN HIP-HOP CLASSESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anyone age 16 and older can drop in at the Trey McIntyre studio for an open level class hip-hop dance class. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and get a great workout. These classes are ongoing and taught by Janelle Wilson. 7-8 p.m., $10 per class, $80 package of 10 classes. Trey McIntyre Project studio and ofďŹ ce, 775 Fulton St., Boise, 877-867-2320,

BOISE UKULELE GROUPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels, beginning to advanced, welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. For more information, visit the Web site. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Pizza Company, 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-362-7702.

TALKS & LECTURES GO TIMEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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.

classical, nuevo and alternative tango music. For more information, contact Camille Wood at 208-989-0239 or e-mail starďŹ retango@gmail. com. 8-10 p.m., $5 admission or $3 students/seniors, www. Boise Cafe/ Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.


thursday FESTIVALS & EVENTS THURSDAY FARMERS MARKETâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Stock up on locally produced fruits and vegetables, ďŹ&#x201A;owers and plants. Also ďŹ nd 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.

ODDS & ENDS ENGLISH/SPANISH KARAOKEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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. Chilangoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Restaurant, 8915 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0304. THE YARN CLUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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.

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA/MILONGAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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

10TH ANNUAL KETCHUM ARTS FESTIVALâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Booths are set up with the work of more than 100 Wood River Valley resident artists. The three-day festival includes live music, dancers, poets, culinary chefs and brewmeisters. For more information, call 208-7254090, or send an e-mail to ketchum_arts_festival@yahoo. com. July 10-11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, www. Sun Valley Festival Meadows, Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, 208309-1960. BARS UNDER THE STARSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Volunteer to become a guest prisoner during a lockdown event at the Old Idaho State Pen. Tickets are available by calling 208-334-2844 or visit the Web site for a link to print out and mail a ticket request form. See Picks on Page 16. 6:30-10 p.m., $50 each or $60 with the ďŹ&#x201A;ashlight tour. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080, www. EAGLE ARTS FAIREâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The threeday art fair includes a juried art show, artist demonstrations, live musical performances, youth art activities and a variety of food and wine vendors. Friday, July 10, 2-8 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle.



8 DAYS OUT HOT CHILI NIGHTS AND STREET DANCE— Historic Downtown Nampa fills with chili chefs preparing their best chili recipes in a sanctioned Chili Cook-off, followed by chili tasting and a street dance with music by Deep Water starting at 8 p.m., the Miss Rodeo Idaho Kidz Rodeo and activities for the children. 5:30-11 p.m., FREE admission, Downtown Nampa Nights, corner of First St. S. and 12th Ave. S., Boise. SECOND ANNUAL IDAHO SPUD RUN—The two-day Fun Run event features three different rides for the chance to win $1,000. On Friday, register at 4 p.m. to ride in the bike show with six different categories. Throughout the weekend, enjoy food, a beer garden and take a look at the High Desert HarleyDavidson one-of-a-kind guitars, built by John Bolin. The 2009 Harley Davidson Girls will be at the event along with the chance to take a photo with Ms. Sturgis 2008. 10 a.m., FREE, High Desert Harley-Davidson/ Buell, 2310 E. Cinema Dr., Meridian, 208338-5599,

ON STAGE ABSENCE OF A CELLO—A brilliant (but broke) scientist will go to hilarious lengths in order to land a much-needed job with a large corporation. What seems to be starting out as a shopworn target—individuality versus conformity—turns out to be an ingeniously conceived comical discussion of honesty and truth. The comedy by Ira Wallach is directed by Anthony Polidori and is rated PG. 8:15 p.m., $15, Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD—The original story by Charles Dickens was left unfinished until it was adapted to the stage by Rupert Holmes with a little help from the Music Hall Royale, a Victorian musical troupe. The story is about a love triangle revolving around John Jasper, a choirmaster who is in love with his music student, Miss Rosa Bud, who also happens to be engaged to Jasper’s nephew, the young Edwin Drood. When Drood disappears on Christmas under suspicious circumstances, it’s the audience’s cue to shine. Each night, hilarity ensues as those watching the play vote on the solution to the mystery. 8 p.m., $28-$38, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

SCREEN CABLEONE MOVIE NIGHT—The popular movies are projected on a big screen in the park beginning at dusk. FREE, 208-888-3579, parks_rec. Settler’s Park, corner of Meridian and Ustick, Meridian.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES TECHNOLOGY CLASSES—Job seekers and adults are encouraged to register for a series of free technology classes. In E-mail Basics, participants will learn to set up their own free, Web-based e-mail account focusing on basic e-mail skills, such as composing new messages and attaching files. 9-10 a.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise,

LITERATURE BOOK SIGNING—Local author and international speaker Joe Gundy is signing copies of his book Computeritis, and How to Survive the Technological Age. 5-8 p.m., FREE. Hastings, 10539 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-322-0314.

KIDS & TEENS FRIDAY NIGHT POOL PARTIES—Youth ages 12-17 swim, listen to cool music, win prizes and hang out with new friends at Friday night pool parties this summer at Boise municipal pools. Each party features contests, giveaways, food and music with a DJ from 103.3 KISS FM. For more information, call the Fort Boise Community Center at 208-384-4486. 9-10:30 p.m., $2 per person. Borah Pool, 801 Aurora, Boise, 208-375-8373. SPLAT! PUPPET SHOW—The puppet show, Splat! is about libraries, visitors from outer space and nursery rhymes. The puppet show, held in the in the Hayes Auditorium, is geared toward children age 3-7 and lasts approximately 20-25 minutes. No registration is required. 10:30 a.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208384-4200,

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, 208-343-3397.



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8 DAYS OUT 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, REUSE MARKET OPEN HOUSE—ReUse Market offers interior design samples and art/craft materials for artistic re-use. The crafts and supplies are great for teachers, artists, crafters and homeschoolers. Items are free, but donations are appreciated to keep this volunteer project in operation. They also accept art/ craft-related donations. 2-5 p.m., FREE, donations appreciated. ReUse Market, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-794-9661, www.


saturday FESTIVALS & EVENTS ATHENA CALEDONIAN GAMES—The Caledonian Games Association said, “It’s Scot to be Athena.” Follow the skirl of the bagpipes to the City of Athena, Ore., (19 miles from Pendleton, Ore., and 24 miles from Walla Walla, Wash.), the site of the Athena Caledonian Games. Activities include the annual Highland Dance Competition, Scottish stories and Celtic harp performances. The free entertainment schedule includes performances by Celtic instrumental band Skweez the Weezle and the Reel Fling. Participants can walk in and join the famed Scottish heavy events including the weight toss for distance and for height, sheaf toss, Scottish Hammer, stone put and the most famous of all events, the caber toss. Activities for children include the loch leap (a kid-sized caber toss), tam toss, haggis hurl, running through the rye and stag shoot. Other popular events include sheepdog trials, a horseshoe tournament and the 5K Caledonian Run. All events are free during the day until the evening Tattoo ($5), an outdoor concert featuring the Tri-Cities’ Desert Thistle Pipes and Drum, Boise Highlanders, River City Pipe Band and Weston-McEwen Pipes and Drum. July 11-12, 6 a.m., FREE during the day; $5 evening concert. Athena Caledonian Games, City Park, Athena, 541-566-3880, 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 select work by local artisans. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., www. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287.

CONCERT AND A MOVIE—Legendary Sunshine performs a free concert in the cool shade under the trees at the Nampa Civic Center Outdoor Amphitheater. The concert takes place right before the Movie Under the Stars with featured movie Hotel for Dogs beginning at 9:45 p.m. 7:30-9:30 p.m., FREE. Nampa Civic Center Calliope Garden, 311 Third St. S., Nampa. 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. EAGLEVILLE MARGARITAVILLE— The summer sizzles with the sounds of steel drum, Jimmy Buffet and the beat of the beach during a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho and the Idaho Humane Society. Bid in a live auction for fun-in-the-sun prizes from The Jimmy Buffet Foundation. Try your hand at sending someone splashing into a dunk tank, a nine-hole miniature golf course or a round of horseshoes. Take a dip in a heated pool (suits required) and sample island flavors during an American Catering Luau Pig Roast. Guests can purchase tickets in advance online or pay at the gate. RSVP to The Koyn G. Hedrick Foundation by calling 208-321-2455 or Katrina Goodrich at 208-954-6600. The location of the party is 2283 N. Edgewood, Eagle, Idaho. 5-10 p.m., $50 per Parrot Head, www. EMMETT’S LAVENDER FESTIVAL—Emmett’s Lavender festival is happening at two different farms: River Ridge Farm and Silver Fox Farm. See Picks Page. July 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE. River Ridge Farm, 907 Jackson Ave., Emmett, 208-6314577, riverridgelavender.blogspot. com and Silver Fox Farm, 1825 Sunset Dr., Emmett. GLENWOOD SATURDAY VENDORS’ MARKET—Follow the yellow signs and banners to find holistic practitioners, intuitives and wellness products along with crafts. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE admission, www. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650. THE IN TOWN SHOW—The Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho Inc. hosts a show in preparation for Coronation 2009. 8:30 p.m., $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886. THE JIM ROSE CIRCUS VS. JAKE “THE SNAKE” ROBERTS—Circus stunts, fist fights and pretty girls with special guests Bebe The Circus Queen, SiNn BoDhi (formally Kizarky of WWE). 9 p.m., $15. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, www. LAKESIDE LAVENDER YOU CUT FESTIVAL—Pick from more than 1,400 lavender plants. See Picks on Page 16. July 11-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Lakeside Lavender Farm, 1003 W. Locust Lane, Nampa, 208-4660523, MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ustick Marketplace II, 3630 N. Eagle Road, Meridian.

NEW LOCATION GRAND OPENING—The Boise Bicycle Project is celebrating a new location with a grand opening celebration. The new building has more space for professional-quality repair stands, community tool benches and tool sets and loads of bicycle parts. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lisk St., Boise, 208-859-3984, SATURDAY DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES—A different dance is taught each week. Check the Web site for specifics. 8-11 p.m., $4 per person. Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-322-2517, www. WARHAWK AIR MUSEUM 20TH ANNIVERSARY—The most complete gathering of WWII North American technology in the Northwest is being recognized with A Salute to North American Aviation. July 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8 general; $6 seniors/veterans/military; $4 youth (5-12). Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446, www.

ON STAGE ABSENCE OF A CELLO—See Friday. 8:15 p.m., $15, Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD— See Friday. 8 p.m., $28-$38 Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www.

SCREEN PREMIERE SCREENING— Children are invited to attend the premiere screening of the children’s show Shadeznhues. See special screenings on Page 27 for more information. 10 a.m., FREE, Overland Park Cinemas, 7051 Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-3072.

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

GREEN GARDEN TOURS—Pay the regular garden admission and take a onehour guided tour of the Idaho Botanical Garden with one of the Idaho Master Naturalists. 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 SPLAT! PUPPET SHOW—See Friday. 2 p.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208384-4200, www.boisepubliclibrary. org.

ODDS & ENDS REUSE MARKET OPEN HOUSE—See Friday. Noon-3 p.m., FREE, donations appreciated. ReUse Market, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-7949661,

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS LIQUID LAUGH TRACK—Take in some stand-up comedy by amateurs and professionals looking for laughs. 7 p.m., FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, www.liquidboise. com. THE MISHRAS—Guests are welcome to enjoy a global marketplace and Indian food fair before a performance of classical North Indian ragas and folk music. Pandit Shivnath Mishra and Deobrat Mishra, 11th generation father and son sitar masters, are performing a show accompanied by Mahapunya Das on tabla beginning at 3 p.m. 1 p.m., $15 for performance, Spirit at Work Books and Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, 208-388-3884,

ON STAGE THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD— See Friday. 7 p.m., $21-$29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES BABA’S WARMUP—Mike Denney leads a class on sacred Shamanic Yoruba hand drum rhythms and chants from Nigeria, West Africa. Drop-ins are welcome and rental drums are available for $2. More information at www.thehealingdrum. com or call 208-968-4854. 7 p.m., $10 per class; $35 month. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519,

CITIZEN IDAHO CAMPAIGN TO END ISRAELI APARTHEID—The group meets 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 lamalucynasser@yahoo. com. 6 p.m., FREE, idahocampaign.

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.

The Sockratic Method by Jacob Good and Daria Kanevski was the 1st place winner in the 7th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.


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monday ON STAGE PLAYS FROM THE ALLEY—Alley Repertory Theater hosts a script reading 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 Catherine by June Daniels. 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.

offered Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. 7 p.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary. org.

LITERATURE 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 6:30 p.m.,

$10. Cazba, 211 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-381-0222, www.

ON STAGE THE COMEDY OF ERRORS— See Tuesday. 8 p.m., $21$29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,



WORKSHOPS & CLASSES DANCE WITH CAIRO FUSION—Boise’s only progressive fusion bellydance company is accepting new students monthly. Classes are on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit www.cairofusiondance. com or e-mail samirailnaia@ for more information. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASSES—Learn Scottish country dance with The Thistle and Ghillies Scottish Country Dancers. While you’re having fun, you're also exercising and improving flexibility. For more information, e-mail or call 208342-2812. 7:15-9:15 p.m., $4 per night. Eagle Performing Arts Center, 149 W, State St., Eagle, 208-338-4633,


tuesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS MCFADDEN MARKET CO-OP FARMERS MARKET—The farmers market includes information about green living, entertainment and children’s activities. 5-8 p.m., Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Idaho St., Meridian.

ON STAGE THE COMEDY OF ERRORS— The Shakespearean farce full of mistaken identities and crazy characters follows the uprising at the port of Syracuse after twin brothers and their twin servants are reunited after 30 years apart. 8 p.m., $21-$29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES FREE DANCE LESSONS—Take advantage of free dance lessons followed by social dancing from 8-9:30 p.m. 7-8 p.m., FREE, www.lessonsindance. com. The Bull’s Head Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858. NAVIGATING THE NEW ECONOMY SUMMER SERIES— Attend a resume writing skills workshop and learn to write resumes for the current job market with experts Raymond Davis and David McCallister from SCORE. Bonus program: Learn how to post resumes online by signing up for the library’s technology class,

FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3381299.

TALKS & LECTURES IDAHO HUMANITIES COUNCIL LECTURE—This year’s lecture series, Storm Center: The History of the Supreme Court. Marc Johnson, president of Gallatin Public Affairs gives a lecture on Packing the Court—Franklin Roosevelt’s Biggest Political Blunder about the controversy surrounding the president adding new members to the U.S. Supreme Court. 7 p.m., FREE. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208-459-5011.

GREEN EVENINGS AT EDWARDS—The greenhouse stays open late so people can pick up local produce, have some food and wine and enjoy art and live music by a different act every week. Tonight enjoy the music of The Autumn 8. 5 p.m., Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, www.

ODDS & ENDS CONGA FORUM—Facilitator Bryan Carrier leads a conga forum. Some drums are available for use. 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www.


wednesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS WOMEN ONLY LINGERIE SHOW—Women are invited to attend a unique, runway style French lingerie show accompanied by a live house DJ. The entrance fee will be credited to your order at Cazba. 7 p.m.,


WORKSHOPS & CLASSES TECHNOLOGY CLASSES—The class resume building and posting includes an introduction to creating digital resumes and posting them online. 8-8:45 p.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary. org.

ART ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests (age 62 and older) receive free admission all day plus a docent-led talk regarding the current exhibit “Devorah Sperber: Threads of Perception.” 2 p.m., FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-3458330., www.boiseartmuseum. org.

SPORTS & FITNESS DISABLED VETERANS’ WHEELCHAIR TENNIS CLINIC—Ten time U.S. Open Winner Randy Snow, the most-accomplished wheelchair athlete in history, conducts a Disabled Veterans’ Wheelchair Tennis Clinic cosponsored by the Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association and the Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Snow will teach participants the fundamentals of wheelchair tennis and give a motivational presentation. The fee includes lunch, a T-shirt, and free entry for the July 17-19 Paul Bruce Summer Classic Tennis Tournament. For more information, contact Greg Proctor, 208-870-6887 or e-mail 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $25. Boise Racquet and Swim Club, 1116 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-376-1052,

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


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RETURN OF RITTER Prodigal Idaho-grown musician comes home

able success, but it’s amateur video of his Central Park show in June on YouTube that substantiates Idaho’s hunch that Ritter is doing us proud out there. The audience overtakes him as he launches into the chorus of “Kathleen,” the large crowd collectively soloing “I’ll have you back by the break of day / I’m going he problem with Josh Ritter is that he writes songs his fans your way anyway / If you’d like to come along, I’ll be yours for a want to live in. He snares his audience at first chord, bundles song,” while the New York pops chime in from behind, providing them up for the journey and happily the background with the intimate minutiae totes them off to follow Lillian Egypt through that rounds off a glimpse into Ritter’s world. a romp in the Wild West, dive deep into the Unlike Ritter’s more political work on belly of a whale and then trail after him down Animal Years or his more recent work on Histo Bruce Springsteen’s “The River.” Fans torical Conquests (which opens with “To the eagerly nestle in to each story, laugh and sing Dogs or Whoever”: “Oh bring me the love along, but eventually, the tale ends, the husk that can sweeten a sword / A boat that can falls away, and the silence is definite. love the rocks or the shore / The love of the Until the next chapter, that is, when Riticeberg reaching out for a wreck / Can you ter unleashes another sweeping scene—one love me like the crosses love the nape of the complete end to end and yet merely a neat neck?”), “Kathleen” is hardly an example of and picturesque capsule of a place that spills the sometimes obtuse lyrical pearls that often onto planes and sprawls into realms only earn Ritter comparisons to Bob Dylan—a refRitter knows. erence of which he’s subtly becoming weary. At 32, the Moscow, Idaho, native says he’s Its popularity, however, embodies what Ritter had a few big moments this year. He married, so consistently and so deftly accomplishes: met Springsteen again—this time after the He whispers to that thing that’s hidden away Boss’ show in the Meadowlands—and did a in each of us remembering a first kiss, a lost live show in Central Park with the New York love, a long distance longing. Pops featuring The Frames’ Glen Hansard. This weekend, the Idaho-grown singerSince his 2007 Boise concert, he’s noticeably songwriter returns to Boise for the third time matured into someone who’s confident in the in 18 months for a double-header at the limelight. He’s perfected the art of a sucEgyptian Theatre. Blind Pilot (see story this cinct interview, started a book club of sorts page) opens for Ritter and his band Tuesday, Josh Ritter: The best tour guide ever. for his fans (because, he told BW, he and his July 14. The next night, New York-based Tift fans both love to read so much that some of Merritt, whose North Carolina accent has an them—this reporter included—often give him books after shows), undeniable habit of asserting itself sporadically in her easygoing and expanded his orchestral tinkerings with violinist Hillary Hahn conversational demeanor, opens. Then Ritter, who told BW that into full-blown collaborative symphonic shows. Boise fans can expect to hear a few songs from his album due out From Ritter’s home state, it’s difficult to gauge just how far and later this year, will take the stage in a solo acoustic performance wide his music has scattered his name. A pair of David Letterman with support from Boise Philharmonic. For a preview of what appearances, a handful of NPR spotlights and an annual trek to that will sound like, get on the Web, find the Central Park show Ireland, where he’s gained considerable notoriety, provide measur- and take a drive back home with “Kathleen.” RAY GORDON



EYES WIDE OPEN Blind Pilot really sees the road

An honest approach to songwriting, focusing on the intangibles of emotion, beats at the heart of Nebeker’s philosophy. The album holds surprises such as a subtle trumpet on “Things I Cannot Recall.” Melancholic guitar and minimalistic drums are predominant in songs like “The Bitter End” and in the subdued but passionate or touring bands, a bicycle may not be the optimal form of “One Red Thread,” wherein Nebeker’s voice wavers whimsically transportation, but for Portland, Ore.-based Blind Pilot guitar- with a touch of sadness whenBheYcroons, the age B I L L“I can’t C O Premember E ist/singer Israel Nebeker and drummer that I was / but not the story that pumped in Ryan Dobrowski, riding velos and seeking my blood / when you were the savior / and I adventure along the West Coast sent them soarwas the taker of where I was.” ing down the fast track to success. The band The catalyst that launched the duo on their has appeared on NPR: Morning Edition and is first bike tour was none other than a winter in slated to play Chicago’s Lollapalooza in August. Portland. Weary of the gray bleakness of the Poised to embark on tour with The Decembercity, the two felt the need to embark into the ists and opening for Josh Ritter in Boise next unknown. The solution? A loosely planned trip week—the first time they’ve shared a stage with down the coast. him—Nebeker explained what the road is really “We’d roll into a town, ask around where like on two wheels. people play music at, and then try to set Blind Pilot began in 2005 while both something up,” recalls Nebeker. Sometimes that Nebeker and Dobrowski were involved in other show ended up being at a venue or sometimes it bands. Neither of them anticipated this would was just 20 people gathered around a campreplace not only their other musical projects but fire. The tour route, originally planned to take their day jobs as well. Nebeker enthusiastically them all the way to the Mexican border, was describes how fortunate he feels to now play cut short when their bikes were stolen outside alongside artists he admires, such as Countthe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. ing Crows and The Hold Steady, whom they But that didn’t keep Blind Pilot down for long. opened for on a recent European tour. They later went on to complete a second bike Commonly placed in the ambiguous genre tour. And although they’ve graduated to a van of “indie folk-pop,” Blind Pilot’s warm acoustic for recent touring purposes, Nebeker is pumped guitar and melodic harmonies draw comparion the idea of a future return to two-wheeled Two guys, four wheels, hundreds of stories. sons to The Shins or recent acoustic work by transportation. Modest Mouse. Nebeker feels content with Tuesday, July 14, Josh Ritter with Blind Pilot; Wednesday, Josh this label, although he believes his music encompasses more than a Ritter with Tift Merritt; 8 p.m., $24 each night, $40 both. Egyptian category alone can convey. In 2008, Blind Pilot recorded and selfTheatre, 700 Main St., 208-345-0454. Tickets available at Record released their debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound, reflections on Exchange, Boise Co-op, The Egyptian or fading youth, confessionals of love lost and a recurrent road theme. L UK E C O OK



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MUSICGUIDE wednesday 8


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


BACK ALLEY PARTIES—6-9:30 p.m. Kim Stocking Band, FREE, The Wicked Spud

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

ABRUPT EDGE CD RELEASE—7:30 p.m., with Inepogy, Dirty Rooster Lollipop, Actual Depiction, Acaideus $6, Knitting Factory

CAMDEN HUGHES—7 p.m.; with Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m. FREE, Chandlers

GIRL IN A COMA, MISS DERRINGER—8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux, (see Listen Here, this page)

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

GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE—6:30-9:30 p.m., Signature Sound, $10 nonmembers; $8 IBG members; $6 children (6-12), Idaho Botanical Garden

EASTERN SUNZ, ELEVEN, BAD APPLES—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux THE FRINGE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub


JAH CULTURE—9 p.m., $2, Reef

While on tour supporting their new release, rockabilly/ rock/pop Trio B.C., Girl in a Coma’s Jenn Alva, Nina Diaz and Phanie Diaz are seeing a variety of diverse crowds. “Young kids ... couples ... and tons of guys who are all in love with Nina. And we get our gays, which is wonderful,” said Alva, bass player for the San Antonio, Texas-based trio. Notwithstanding that Alva and Phanie are lesbians, she said some of their gay following is because they’ve opened for both Morrissey and Tegan & Sara. Joan Jett was obviously listening, too. After hearing the band in 2006, she signed them to her Blackheart Records label, something Alva said couldn’t have come at a better time. Together since 2000 when Nina—now barely 21 years old—would have been thinking about what to wear on the first day of junior high, the three women once thought about calling it quits but, fortunately, kept the faith. “At one point, we started doubting ourselves ... our families told us [the band] was a hobby and we needed to get real jobs. We didn’t want to work because we knew we’d be at a job when we’d rather be practicing or discussing the band, something we love to do. But I think if we hadn’t been signed, we would have kept going [anyway] because Nina really pushes Phanie and I even though we’re eight years older. [Nina] has so much talent, and she would be the drive to keep us going whether we were signed or not.”

JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s

—Amy Atkins With Miss Derringer, 9 p.m., $8 advance, $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.


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JIM FISHWILD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Highlands Hollow

HAVEN—8 p.m., FREE, Reef HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m., FREE, Whitewater Pizza THE IAN WATERS BAND, POST HONEYMOON, LOW-FI—9 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective

ALLRED, ANATOMY OF MELODY—8 p.m., $5, Flying M Coffeegarage BEN BURDICK—9 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub E.O.E.—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef GAYLE CHAPMAN TRIO—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye GERRY AND THE DREAMBENDERS—9 p.m., FREE, Mr. Lucky’s INTERVISION, SOUL PURPOSE—9:45 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s JIM LEWIS—6-8 p.m., FREE, The Perks of Life JOHN HANSEN—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s JOHN JONES—7 p.m.; with Jon Hyneman, Mike Seifrit, 8:15 p.m. FREE, Chandlers

JIMMY BIVENS AND HIS BAND O’ STRANGERS—7-9:30 p.m., FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s





OPEN MIC NIGHT—7-10 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s


PAUL TILLOTSON TRIO—8 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel

MOONDANCE—8 p.m., FREE, Corkscrews

PAUL TILLOTSON TRIO—8 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel

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

PAUL TILLOTSON TRIO—8 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel


REBECCA SCOTT—10 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s

POCONO BILL—6 p.m., FREE, Sun Ray Cafe

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

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

Please send your live music listings to or fax to 3424733. 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. LISTINGS ARE RUN ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS.

RICHARD SOLIZ AND FRIENDS—8 p.m., FREE, Rodeway Inn SPINDLEBOMB—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish STEVE EATON—7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers THURSDAY NIGHTS LIVE—5-8 p.m., Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Weber, FREE, The Waterfront at Lake Harbor TRAVIS WARD—7 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel

KEN HARRIS—6-9 p.m., Kodiak Grill LIVE AT THE LINEN—7 p.m., Frim Fram Four Fellas, Emily Braden Trio, $15, The Linen Building LOVE FOR THE LAB—7 p.m., Finn Riggins, Christine Thomas Band, SFM-Steve Fulton Music, David Andrews Band, Doug Martsch, Rebecca Scott Band, Travis McDaniels Band, Audio Moonshine, $15 adv., $20 door, Visual Arts Collective

REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m., The Gamekeeper Lounge ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m, Humpin’ Hannah’s SCURVIES, A NEW AGENDA, 3RD TO LAST, ADAMANT ALLIES—7:30 p.m., $10, The Venue TERRY JONES, TOM JENSEN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill WARSAW POLAND BROTHERS—9 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish WAYNE WHITE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine YER MAMA—9 p.m., $1, Liquid



JOSHUA TREE—8 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s LORI B, BLUE DIAMOND—8 p.m., cover charge, Rodeway Inn

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NYNE LYVES—9 p.m., FREE, Mr. Lucky’s

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

PAUL TILLOTSON TRIO—8 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel


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

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

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

MUSIC FROM STANLEY—4-8 p.m., Carrie Rodriguez with Bearfoot; FREE, Redfish Lake Lodge

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ Hannah’s

NOCTURNUM WITH DJ BONES—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station

BRENT VAARTSTRA, SHAWN SCHLOGEL—7:30 p.m.; with Phil Garonzik, 8:30 p.m. FREE, Chandlers

LOVE FOR THE LAB— Smooth Old Fashioned High, Tim Willis and Friends, Thomas Paul Band, SFM-Steve Fulton Music, King Cotton, Pinto Bennett, Andy Byron and Kelly Lynae $15 adv., $20 door, VAC

E.O.E.—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

LOW-FI—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s

ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

MATT HOPPER—7-10 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel

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

BODO BROTHERS—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill

INTERVISION, SOUL PURPOSE—9:45 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s

Venues BAD IRISH—199 N. 8th St., 338-8939 BARBACOA—276 Bob White Ct., Boise, 338-5000 BERRYHILL AND COMPANY—MSa: 6:30 p.m., 121 N. 9th St., 387-3553

MEL WADE—7 p.m., FREE, Bungalow


CORKSCREWS WINE SHOP— 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-4049 COWGIRLS—353 Ave. E., Kuna, 922-9522 CRUSTY’S—214 Lenora St., McCall, 208-634-5005 DONNIE MAC’S—1515 W. Grove St., 338-7813

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

EGYPTIAN THEATRE—700 W. Main St., 345-0454

BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St. 345-6605

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

BUFFALO CLUB—10206 Fairview Ave., 321-1811 BUNGALOW—1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855 CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—MSa: Kevin Kirk, 7 p.m.; acts at 8 p.m., 981 Grove St., 383-4300

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, 887-7710


KEN HARRIS—6-9 p.m., Kodiak Grill

POCONO BILL—6-9 p.m., FREE, Sun Ray Cafe THE SIDEMEN (GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY)—6-9 p.m., FREE, Chandlers THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish WIDOWER, MATT HOPPER AND THE ROMAN CANDLES—8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective

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

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN—2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649 KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE—416 S. 9th St., 367-1212 KODIAK GRILL—12342 E. Hwy. 21, 338-8859

GUSTO BAR—509 W. Main St.

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

HA’PENNY—855 Broad St., 343-5568

LIQUID—405 S. 8th St.

HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820 HIJINX COMEDY CLUB—800 W. 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

mon. 13 1332 RECORDS’ PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m., Locke N Load, Dance for Destruction, Upinatem, Roofied Resistance, $2, Liquid BRENT VAARTSTRA, SHAWN SCHLOGEL—6:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers FAR-LESS, ABANDON KANSAS, PAPER MACHE, SAVEYOURSORROWS, SELF CONCLUSION, BROKE CITY—7 p.m., $10, Venue TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

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wed. 15

CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, TIFT MERRITT—8 p.m., $15 adv.; $18 door, The Mint

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Joshua Tree, Carrie Rodriguez, FREE, The Grove Plaza



JOSH RITTER AND BAND, BLIND PILOT—8 p.m., $24; $40 for both nights, Egyptian Theatre

JOSH RITTER, TIFT MERRITT—8 p.m., $24, Egyptian Theatre

KENNY CHESNEY, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LADY ANTEBELLUM—7:30 p.m., $31.50, $51.50, $81.50, Taco Bell Arena

SHON SANDERS—7 p.m., FREE, Bungalow

PAT BENATAR, NEIL GIRALDO—8 p.m., $38.50 adv.; $40 door, Knitting Factory SCOTT WALLENBERG AND THE ACOUSTAHOLICS—7 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s UNISEF ALBUM RELEASE PARTY—7:30 p.m., FBS, Pull Out Quick, P-36, IP Address, $10, The Venue

PIMPS OF JOYTIME—8:30 p.m., $2, Reef

TRIVIUM, FROM SWORD TO SUNRISE, KRYTERIUM—8 p.m., $16 adv.; $17 door, Knitting Factory WAYNE “THE TRAIN” HANCOCK, JOE BUCK—9 p.m., $12 adv.; $15 door, The Grizzly Rose WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS, JENNY OWENS YOUNGS—8 p.m., $10, Neurolux

MODERN HOTEL—1314 W. Grove St., 424-8244

THE PLANK—650 S. Vista Ave., 336-1790

TABLEROCK BREWPUB—705 Fulton St., 342-0944

MONKEY BIZNASS—724 First St. S., Nampa

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

TACO BELL ARENA—1910 University Dr., 426-1900

MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—712 W. Idaho St., 385-0472 MR. LUCKY’S—4902 W. Chinden Blvd., 327-0925 MUSIC OF THE VINE—2805 Blaine St., Caldwell, 454-1228

RED FEATHER LOUNGE—10 p.m., 246 N. 8th St., 429-6340 REDFISH LAKE LODGE—Hwy. 75, south of Stanley, 208-774-3536 REEF—105 S. 6th St., 287-9200

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

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

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

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

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

SHORTY’S SALOON—5467 Glenwood, 672-9090

LUSH—9 p.m., 760 Main St., 342-5874

PAIR—601 Main St., 343-7034

MAIN STREET BISTRO—609 Main St., 345-9515

PENGILLY’S—513 W. Main St., 345-6344

SOCKEYE—3019 Cole Rd., 658-1533

THE MINT—116 S. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-1051

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

LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—F-Sa: live music, 1100 W. Jefferson, 336-4266 LULU’S FINE PIZZA—2594 Bogus Basin Road, 387-4992

SUN RAY CAFE—1602 N. 13th St., 343-2887 SUPERB SUSHI—208 N. 8th St., 385-0123


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 WICKED SPUD—305 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-0009 WOODRIVER CELLARS—3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 286-9463

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SMALL CASTS, BIG IDEAS BCT announces 2009-2010 season

Michael Hoffman,” he said, laughing. “Matt called me a couple of months later ... I probably snapped into his mind because the play starts off with a definition of a pavilion which is actually quite brilliant. It gets you thinking about the idea of what a pavilion is.” Namaste Man (lost and found in Kathmandu) is a one-person play written by and starring Andrew Weems and directed by New York-based director Davis McCallum. It’s Weems’ autobiographical story of growing up all over the world, specifically in Nepal. ighty-one-year-old playwright Edward Albee is quite particu“It’s a coming-of-age, sort of memory piece, and it’s a globally lar about who puts on his plays. A theater company must minded story,” Clark described. “The thing that really impressed me obtain his approval before staging one of his plays, regardless was it’s a beautiful story about this American kid being exposed to of whether it is being performed on Broadway or off-off-off Broadthe world because of the nature of his childhood and the incredway in downtown Boise. ibly diverse people he was surrounded by. When he got involved Boise Contemporary Theater has just announced its 2009in theater, he was surrounded by people from India and Nepal and 2010 season, which they hope will include Albee’s At Home America and so he does all these different characters. It’s his story.” at the Zoo, but BCT artistic Compared to Lauren director Matthew Cameron Weedman’s one-person Clark said he had to “asterisk” show last season, which was the production of Albee’s play as written and performed by pending until they have signed Weedman, Clark said, not uncontracts in hand, a process any kindly, that Weems’ play and company who has staged an performance are more intiAlbee play is familiar with. mate, a bit gentler and a great Albee’s commitment to his counterpoint to Weedman’s artistic vision doesn’t aggravate work. But even though it’s Clark—just the opposite. That a one-person play, the work dedication is something Clark adrequired to stage it is no less mires and a quality he strives for involved than a play with a in his own work, which includes full cast. For the first week of choosing the plays that BCT will “real” rehearsal, BCT stage stage each year. And though usualmanager Kristy J. Martin will ly unintentional, the seasons often travel to New York to meet have a theme—like last year’s in with Weems and McCallum. which all the playwrights were Rajiv Joseph’s Animals women—and one for this year is Out of Paper is also combig ideas and small ensembles. prised of a small cast of three Albee originally wrote The Zoo and is the one play Clark Story as a one-act play. Peter, a said he is most involved with middle-class executive, and Jerry, (though he is slated to play a a disheveled, aggressive loner are role in Albee’s Zoo). Maureen two men from different backTowey will return to BCT this grounds with different agendas season to direct Animals Out who meet on a park bench in of Paper, a play that she hapCentral Park. It’s a dialoguepened upon and that has been heavy play dramatically punctustaged only twice. ated by a shocking conclusion. “It was done in New York Albee recently added a first act, as a world premiere and then or prequel, titled “Homelife,” in in Romania,” Clark said. “A which Peter’s seething-under-thepretty standard trajectory,” he surface relationship with his wife joked. Clark said Joseph had Ann is the focus. Together, the wanted to write a play about a two acts comprise At Home at the prodigy, and for “about half a Zoo, and apparently Albee will no second, he considered writing longer allow professional theater about a chess prodigy and then Matthew Cameron Clark in the 2008 BCT production God’s Ear. companies to stage it as the onerealized that story has been act Zoo Story, but must include told a thousand times.” After “Homelife” as well. meeting an origami artist, The Pavilion, by Craig Wright, is the story of a follow-up to Joseph realized what an amazing world that is and wrote Animals, unrequited love. Peter and Kari were high school sweethearts. An a play about origami artists and one prodigy in particular. It’s the awful breakup sends them in different directions, but 20 years later story of Ilana, an internationally known origamist who has gone when they meet up again at their high-school reunion, the conthrough a rough patch in her life. She meets a calculus teacher, Andy, nection that brought them together in the first place isn’t totally who has a bit of an infatuation with her. He has a student named severed. The cast of The Pavilion is comprised of only three actors Suresh who picked up an origami book because he was bored in but several characters: One actor plays Peter, one plays Kari and one Andy’s calculus class. Suresh needs direction and mentoring in the portrays the Our Town-ish narrator and all the other human charart of origami, so Andy asks Ilana for her help. acters in Peter and Kari’s lives. One important role in the play is that “This one is a lot of fun,” Clark said. “It’s full of hip-hop of the title character: the pavilion. Clark said the melancholy story music and rhyming. Suresh is not only an origami prodigy but is made all the more so by the role the scheduled-for-destruction is also a pretty skilled rapper. There’s one great scene in the play pavilion plays in Peter and Kari’s reunion, and because of the weight where he compares the complexities of folding in his way—which of that part, Clark, who directs the play, tapped noted local designer is more freestyle—to freestyle rhyming. It’s just fantastic and such Dwaine Carver to lend his skills in its creation. a cool idea.” Carver said a request from a filmmaker to help with set deWhether BCT receives approval to stage the three-person At sign and artistic direction led him to start thinking about set and Home at the Zoo, the 2009 season promises intimate glances into scenic design. a diverse assortment of stories told by small casts tasked with inter“One rainy afternoon, I was having lunch at Bar G [Gernika], preting big ideas. and Matt Clark walked in. It occurred to me, why haven’t I ever The Pavilion opens Oct. 14, Animals Out of Paper opens Nov. said, ‘Hey, I want to design. Please, please give me a chance some24, At Home at the Zoo (rights pending) opens Jan. 27, 2010, and time.’ So I did. I said [to Clark], ‘If you ever think I’m appropriate Namaste Man opens April 7, 2010. Boise Contemporary Theater, for collaborating with you on a particular play, I would really love 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, to get my feet wet. The only other person I do that to is [director] A NDY LAWLES S



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for museum viewing. While the majority of the work found in the gallery was created between 1848 and 1915, their selection of four modern directors—Hou, Assayas, American Jim Jarmusch and Chilean Raoul Ruiz—to create these visual homages displays an encouraging willingness to invest in the future of artmaking. Serving as both director and screenwriter, Frenchman Assayas has created a well-balanced and self-aware work. Like the film’s n 2006, the famed Musee d’Orsay in Paris celebrated its 20th matriarch, Assayas knows that the art featured in the film will year. Housed in a former railway station, the museum is home have significance only to a small portion of the younger generato works by Monet, Degas, tions, and allows it to quietly Cezanne and van Gogh, as well imbue the film with a sense of as many other significant artists. history, but not the stuffiness of Now, the museum has added to a security-filled museum. It’s also its collection a series of cinematic understood that the original purworks by modern movie masters. pose of the work was to beautify To help commemorate its first homes and elevate the ordinaritwo decades, the Musee d’Orsay ness of our living spaces. And commissioned four directors to the characters’ casual handling create films that feature both the of priceless objects is a refreshgallery and living French treasure ing reminder of their original Juliette Binoche. Olivier Assayas’ function. At one point, two of Summer Hours is the second in the characters remark on a visit this series, which began with to another private collection, Chinese director Hou Hsiaoappropriately smirking at the exHsien’s first Western film, Flight treme security measures taken by of the Red Balloon (2007). the owner. The ambience of the When art collector Helene display setting can often change (Edith Scob) passes away shortly how the work is received, which SUMMER HOURS (NR) after her 75th birthday, her three adult children must makes the informality of Summer Hours such a Directed Olivier Assays decide how to deal with her possessions—namely delightful change. a large art collection—and the family home. Eldest This air of familiarity extends to the film’s draStars Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jeremie Renier son Frederic (Charles Berling) wants to preserve the matic content as well. It contains no powerhouse house, keeping it as a residential museum and a sumperformances, no wailing funeral scenes. It’s a beauNow playing at The Flicks mer home for reunions. Youngest child Jeremie (Jertifully natural piece, as Berling, Binoche and Renier emie Renier) has recently started working in Beijing, capture the easy rhythms of a loving family in the and needs the money some of the artwork would bring, while sister midst of a stressful disagreement. Scob’s appearance as the bygonesAdrienne (Juliette Binoche) has no plans to return to France from dwelling Helene is majestic, her aristocratic presence not stifling her New York and also votes to sell. As the arrangements for disassemmaternal thoughtfulness. bling the valuable collection begin, each sibling encounters various Summer Hours is a simple film, but that is its greatest strength. pieces that both remind them of their past in their childhood home Using an uncomplicated harp and piano score and serene and reveal the history their own children will not be able to share. cinematography by Eric Gautier, it showcases both visual and It’s exciting to see an organization such as the Musee d’Orsay performance art in an accessible manner that encourages a bit of actively commission new art, especially in a medium not designed reflection, rather than rushing us on to the next gallery wing.

SCREEN MUSEUM Summer Hours showcases excellent visual and performance art


SCREENLISTINGS special screenings GURU—The screening of the short documentary by Robert Wilkins about the life of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, the late master teacher of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, is followed by a discussion about yoga. Friday, July 10, 7 p.m., FREE, Ashtanga Yoga Boise, 1101 Williams St., Boise, 208-340-4919, www.ashtangaboise. com. FOREVER PLAID—The anniversary tribute to the off-Broadway musical hits the big screen with a red carpet arrival of the original cast followed by a pre-taped screening. Afterwards, the audience joins in a sing-a-long during a live performance by The Plaids. Thursday, July 9, 6 p.m., $18, Edwards 21, 7709 Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-1700. SHADEZNHUES—The premiere screening of the children’s TV show Shadeznhues by Colorful Enterprises LLC stars local child actors cast by the local production company Totally New Faces. The half-hour show geared toward children ages 2-11 is directed by Tierre Turner. Crystal Colorful and all her friends, take the audience on a magical musical journey to the land of Shadezenhues. Make the trek across the Rainbow Berry Bridge and meet some of the characters such as Big Brown Bernie Bear and Captain McBlue. A focus group will be conducted to gauge the interest in the TV show in Idaho. 10 a.m., FREE, Overland Park Cinemas, 7051 Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-3072.




BRUNO—Sacha Baron Cohen is Bruno, a homosexual Austrian fashion guru and TV personality. With his zebra stripes, short shorts and stylish hats, Bruno leaves no feathers unruffled on his quest to shock all the unsuspecting people he interviews during his quest for infamy. (R) Edwards 9

ANGELS AND DEMONS—Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) 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 beautiful Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) to trace 400-year-old symbols and clues in the catacombs of Rome in order to stop the imminent threat and save the Vatican. (PG-13) Edwards 21

CHERI—Director Stephen Frears (The Queen) and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement) reunite (Dangerous Liaisons, 1988) for this period piece that also stars Michelle Pfeiffer. Set in La Belle Epoque (1906) Paris, Lea (Pfeiffer) is a courtesan who wants to retire after batting around the rich and famous for years. Lea is approached by a sharp-tongued former courtesan and arch rival, Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates) who convinces her to take on one more challenge. Charlotte’s 19-year-old son Cherie (Rupert Friend) is an unexcitable young man until Lea teaches him a thing or two about the fairer sex. (R) Flicks MOON—Duncan Jones (David Bowie’s son) directs this science fiction movie about Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), an astronaut who has been on a desolate moon base called Sarang for the last three years on a mission to mine an energy source for Earth. The moon man misses his wife and young daughter and looks forward to returning home very soon. Until then, Bell’s only form of communication is with a computer called GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey), and although the computer can simulate emotions, Bell is anxious to talk to someone with a real heart. (R) Flicks

AWAY WE GO—Expectant couple Verona (Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live) and Burt (John Krasinski, The Office) set out on a trip across the country in search of a place where they feel comfortable enough to raise their child. 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 singersongwriter Alexi Murdoch. (R) Flicks, Edwards 21 THE BROTHERS BLOOM—Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Mark Ruffalo play a couple of con men 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 extortion 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 Ends Thursday EASY VIRTUE—From the director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert comes this remake of the 1928 Alfred Hitch-

cock 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 flagrante in an outbuilding. Will the family finally accept their charming if unnerving 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 Firth as Mr. Whittaker. (PG-13) Flicks 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 Bartha) 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. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS—Ray Romano (Manny), John Leguizamo (Sid), Queen Latifah (Ellie), Denis Leary (Diego) lend their voices to the sequel to Ice Age. After 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 starts to feel like a house cat instead of a sabre tooth tiger, and Sid is up to his silly antics again when he starts to feel his biological clock ticking and steals a dinosaur egg to raise as his own. (PG) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21


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SCREENLISTINGS 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 perfect 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) courtroom where right and

wrong, ethics and morality all take a stand against the duties of family. (PG-13) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN—Ben Stiller reprises his role as Larry Daley, the night watchman who moves from the Museum of Natural History to the Smithsonian Institute to rescue Jedediah and Octavius who had been shipped there on accident. (PG) Edwards 21 THE PROPOSAL—Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a heavy handed book editor who persuades her male assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to take her hand in marriage so she won’t get deported to Canada. The business arrange-

ment quickly turns into a family affair when the fiances travel to Alaska and the Paxtons (Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson) arrange a quick wedding in conjunction with Grandma Annie’s (Betty White) 90th birthday. (PG-13) Northgate, 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. Johnny Depp plays the slippery 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

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


Edwards 21: W-Th: 10:35 Flicks: W-Th: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15


Flicks: W-Th only: 4:30, 9:20


Edwards 9: Th: 12:01 a.m.


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


Flicks: W-Th only: 7:20


Edwards 21: Th only: 6


Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:55, 4:30, 7:05, 10:05 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:20, 2:45, 5:25, 7:45, 10


Northgate: W-Tu: 12:20, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:10, 7:25, 9:55 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12, 1, 1:30, 2:20, 3:25, 3:55, 4:40, 5:40, 6:10, 7, 8, 8:30, 9:20, 10:20, 10:45


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50

Flicks: F-Su: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30; M-Tu: 5:30, 7:30, 9:30


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




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


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

Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:05, 4, 6:50, 9:35 Flicks: W-Th: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; F-Su: 3:10, 7:10; M-Tu: 7:10


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


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


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



Northgate: W-Tu: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:20 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:50, 4:35, 7:50, 10:25 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:15, 3:50, 6:35, 9 Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7, 9; F-Su: 1:10, 5:10, 9:10; M-Tu: 5, 9:10 Egyptian: W-Th only: 2, 4 , 6, 8 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:40, 7:45, 10:35 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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SCREENLISTINGS its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) make it their mission to put the criminal and his band of robbers behind bars for good. (R) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 STAR TREK—J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, Lost and Alias) boldly takes this TV classic in a whole new direction, yet preserves the universal message of acceptance for all species. (PG-13) Edwards 21 SUMMER HOURS—See Screen Page 27. (NR) Flicks THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123—The remake of the 1974 film stars Denzel Washington 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 hurt. Director Tony Scott doesn’t stray very far from the action formula. (R) Edwards 21 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN—Action, loads of metal smashing and grand

explosions are part of the second installment of the battle between a resurrected Megatron and his crew of villainous Decepticons against the peaceful Autobots. The cast of the first movie, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro star. (PG-13) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21, Edwards IMAX UP—Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) attaches a bunch of hot-air balloons to his home and sets sail for South America. The 78-yearold 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) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 WHATEVER WORKS—Boris (Larry David, Seinfeld) is a cantankerous New Yorker who talks to the camera about how smart 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 apartment 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 women have found city life with all the art, 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 X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE— The story before the story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the fearless, steel-clawed warrior mutant of the X-Men. (PG-13) Egyptian Ends Thursday YEAR ONE—In Year One, Jack Black plays Zed, a pre-historic rule breaker banished from his village for eating forbidden fruit. Michael Cera (Juno) is Oh, his trusting, naive sidekick. When they learn that Eema, the object of Oh’s desire, has been forced into slavery, the two huntergatherers find that their destiny may be less about the goal and more about the journey. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 21


GETTING REACQUAINTED WITH THE KING OF POP ... AND A VCR Despite never having been a huge Michael Jackson fan, a strange melancholy overtook me after hearing of his June 25 death. I remembered an aging VHS copy of Jackson’s 1995 Video Greatest Hits: HIStory buried in my office storage, so I vowed to pay homage by re-immersing myself in some of the King of Pop’s finer video exploits. What follows are the highlights, so if you manage to find your own copy, you can fast forward to the best bits. 0:00—A montage of Jackson dancing, running, singing—and his Asian fans freaking out—is set to Carl Orff’s famous opus “O Fortuna.” Then “Billie Jean” kicks off the anachronistic 10-segment set. 4:01—Clad in the highest high-water pants ever in a music video, MJ shuffles along an abandoned street while magical cement blocks glow each time he touches one. 6:08—Jackson subtly grabs his crotch the first of 28 times on this 75-minute tape. 12:00—In “The Way You Make Me Feel,” MJ ascends the hood of a parked automobile. (He’ll later repeat the feat, dismantling car No. 2 at 24:28.) 16:12—Macaulay Culkin ushers in a wave of celebrity cameos, including: George Wendt, Tyra Banks, Bart and Homer Simpson, Iman, Eddie Murphy and “Magic” Johnson. 22:30—In a segment following the “Black or White” video later deemed too hot for TV, Jackson gyrates through a rain-soaked alley. Nineteen of his 28 brushes with his nether regions occur in this 4:13 stretch. 26:47—Jackson, clad in a head-to-toe-sequined get-up in “Rock With You,” unknowingly influences more Bedazzler sales than Billy Mays ever did. 34:10—Despite a tapestry of “Bad”-ness swirling around his urban dancing pals in the NYC subway, an ever-so-quick shot of a break dancer in red rollerskates steals the show. In fact, there’s nothing badder on the entire tape. 34:45—For the next 13:43, my mouth hangs agape. The horror movie/music video hybrid that once made my 5-year-old self huddle shaking under my parents’ comforter now blinds me with its brilliance. On a future episode of Jeopardy!, when Alex Trebek says, “This is the reason Michael Jackson is considered a genius,” I will now know to respond with: “What is the ‘Thriller’ video?” 51:41—Dance combat! Luckily, MJ saves the day by leading both sides of a gang fight in the “Beat It” group dance. 52:39—One of MJ’s backups unveils my favorite dance move of the tape—what I call “the Grand Mal Shimmy.” If he was on the Discovery Channel, I would’ve sworn the guy was having a seizure. 1:05:18—In “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” Jackson proves that as the best dancer in the world, he didn’t actually need backup dancers, just a couple clones. 1:06:49—Foretelling the future, the tape’s last video, “Heal the World,” hints that even when MJ isn’t present—he’s inexplicably absent from the entire segment—his music will still make the world a better place. If my digging out a VHS treasury of his work says anything, it’s that future video formats may be bested once a decade, but nobody’s yet topped Michael Jackson. And with a rate of .37 crotch-tugs per minute, I certainly hope nobody ever will.



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





leave very little room for surprise in my vision of a Kuna don’t know what I expected when I headed out to explore Peregrine steakhouse. I expect a meat-and-potatoes-menu, reasonable Steaks and Spirits in Kuna. It certainly wasn’t trains, a BMX racing prices and down-to-earth service. Situated away from the track or wandering beagles, yet that’s what I got. town’s center, along Indian Creek in one of Kuna’s newer strucI tend to like the quirky, and Peregrine solidly falls into this category. tures, Peregrine Steaks and Spirits stays Entering the dining room at Perewithin the confines of what I expected. grine, diners are greeted by the standard For those who live in the rural southdimly lit, dark wood with forest-green ern Ada County town, Peregrine seems accents of a regulation steakhouse. A a likely suspect for “a good dinner.” sea of square tables spreads across the The separate bar area is reminiscent of expanse of the room, which occupies Boise’s Owyhee Lounge: rolling chairs, one half of a relatively new building just large dance floor, a tinge of class that off Indian Creek in Kuna. The other outweighs distinctive bar attitude. The half is filled by Creekside Lounge. dining room is appropriately awkWith a conjoined twin named ward—a large and airy space devoid of Creekside, my dining companions and privacy—but a good deal of attention I decided to sweep straight through the has gone into achieving a tasteful look. dining room and head to the patio, for A paneled, free-standing dividing screen which I had great hopes of quiet dining and large fake trees break up the monext to a babbling brook. notony, while mirrors draped with fake That bubble was quickly burst. flower garlands cover the walls. The The concrete patio is an understated bare tables each host a spray of artificial affair, where wrought-iron tables look silk flowers and the patio, overlooking over a rather large expanse of lawn with the rural scene, has a certain appeal. the aforementioned creek far below. But As quaintly tasteful as Peregrine and the feature that firmly throws Peregrine its conjoined Creekside Lounge may into the “quirky” category is the BMX be, neither have built a reputation as a track nearly abutting the patio on the destination among Boise-based diners. Creekside side. Without a bar to dance on or a party That night, young racers decked in bus for shuttling clientele, Peregrine’s multi-colored jerseys, pads and helmets only hope of increasing its pool of powere racing around the curving, jumptential customers is a damn good meal. filled track. As the announcements Unfortunately Peregrine has plenty blared over the loudspeaker and families of room for improvement. The salad cheered from lawn chairs, nearby diners course would be a good place to start. were provided with a bit of odd, albeit The pale, rust-streaked iceberg did free, entertainment. not make the best foundation, but it As we watched the action, we were PEREGRINE STEAKS & SPIRITS 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, only got worse from there. I set aside my tomathrilled with an order of onion rings ($3.50) that 208-922-4421 toes after one unpleasant bite suggested they proved to be neither greasy nor over-battered, Open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. were a little past due. Same with the slightly which, unfortunately, seems to be the prevailing 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. shriveled cucumbers. method of preparation around the valley. A mini loaf of bread served with salad, We were equally pleased with the bartender’s however, tipped the scales back to even. With a heavy hand when it came to pouring our glasses of middle section of lightly brown wheat bread cooked between two wine, which arrived at the table looking like goldfish bowls on delicate sections of soft white bread, the loaf proved to be a high point of stems. No complaints from our table. the meal. A friend used to say that good bread—even bread made I can’t help but think that our entrees would have seemed a bit more out-of-house—indicated an attention to detail that would inevita- worth the price tag had we been sitting in the darkened confines of the bly result in a decent meal. I take issue with parts of that theory, dining room. Instead, we ate steak while an occasional freight train but in Peregrine’s case, it led me to this conclusion: Somebody in rumbled past on the other side of the creek, the country music station the kitchen knows what they’re doing, but somewhere the execu- on the patio created a discord with the pop/rock played at the BMX tion of that vision is falling short. track and an inexplicable beagle wandered by the tables. My simple steak entree ($14.95) and my dining companion’s I chose the beef medallions ($15.95), while my dining companions fingersteaks ($7.95) delivered the same counterbalancing effect. selected the grilled pork chops ($13.95) and the flat iron steak ($11.95). Delivered on a hot skillet embedded in a wood plate, the sirloin, All meals come with a choice of potato—fried, baked, mashed or au baker and scattered corn and bell pepper medley earned an F in gratin—as well as soup or salad and bread. the presentation department. And while I’m a firm believer that a What stood out was the soft, homemade bread. The small loaf good-looking meal is essential, it’s also the most easily excusbrought to each table was both sweet white bread and earthy wheat, a able offense. A grossly overcooked steak, however, is not. When feat pulled off by some clever twisting of the dough. I was a little too medium rare arrives as thoroughly well done, either the server excited to find a half-and-half piece. summarily disregarded my preference or the broiler cook needs a Also a standout were the au gratin potatoes, which had plenty of thermometer. My guess is the latter. The overcooked corn medley gratin, with a touch of spicy that was a welcome surprise. didn’t help the kitchen’s case, but I will say at least I didn’t end up Overall, the main entrees were adequate, although whoever was with the pile of plain baby carrots I saw on another diner’s plate. manning the grill could have used a lighter touch, or possibly a timer. Countering my steak and veggies was first, my baked potato Calling the pork chops “chewy” would be an understatement. My and second, the fingersteaks. If an entire meal’s success could be medium-well beef medallions were a bit bouncy—and this is coming hung on a potato, Peregrine would have fared well. But that’s a from someone who orders her bacon “cremated.” lot of pressure for a tuber. Good fingersteaks are another matter. While the food wasn’t enough to win us over on its own, Peregrine’s Aside from one gristly piece in the sizable pile, the fingersteaks entertainment value diffused the disappointment, although the orange were tender, the batter committed and the flavor not at all oily. plastic fencing separating the patio from the lawn gives the place the By the time the minimally damaging bill arrived, I was neither distinct feel of a construction zone. persuaded nor dissuaded from another trip to Peregrine. I’d We decided to forgo dessert at Peregrine, instead opting for handneed more incentive to feel good about recommending it to a dipped ice cream cones at the nearby Sweet Spot. With waffle cones in Boise-based friend, but then again, maybe Kuna’s “good dinner” hand, we wandered over to watch a little more of the BMX racing. destination is fine without all the picky city slickers. —Deanna Darr thinks you should not be able to hear —Rachael Daigle is neither slick nor picky. anything else while chewing bacon.


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DININGGUIDE Japanese FUJIYAMAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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., 208-6728227. $$ SU. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BARâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;It is a happy ďŹ sh, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and moreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including several creative vegetarian optionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810. $$$ P SU OM. RAWâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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 atmosphereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and promising rolls that make your money worth itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;RAW is a welcome addition to the Japanese food restaurant family in Boise. 2273 Vista Ave., 208-343-0270. $-$$ P OM. SHIGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Watching sushi master Shige create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a portion, dunking it in a wasabi/ soy mix and popping it in your mouth. Umami! 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. $-$$ P. SUPERB SUSHIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;For less than the price of a couple gallons of gas, you can get nine pieces of sushi, noodle salad, miso soup and an inari roll. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lunch special that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave you dragging for the rest of the workday. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-3385. 2053 Fairview Ave., 208-8848511. 280 N. Eighth St. #104, 208-385-0123. $-$$ P SU OM. ZEN BENTOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Zen Bento does well by its simple little menu. This mostly take-out, affordable, lunch-only joint serves up healthy, fresh, tasty salads and bento boxes. 103 N. 10th St., 208-388-8808. 342 E. State St., 208-938-4277. $ OM.

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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.

Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern CAZBAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cazba transports you to the Eastern Mediterranean with cloud-painted walls, elegant decor and food from Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran (with a few Indian, Japanese and American dishes). Brunch on weekends. 211 N. Eighth St., 208-3810222. $$ P SU OM. MAZZAHâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. Try the fatoosh saladâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed. 1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566. 404 E. Park Center Blvd., 208-3332223. $-$$ P SU OM .

MESA TAQUERIAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Without a can opener or a freezer, the intrepid crew at Mesa Taqueria delivers up the goods as fresh as they get. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a traditional taqueria set up with everything from quesadillas to tacos and burritos on the ďŹ&#x201A;y. House made salads and soup too! 215 N. Eighth St., 208-336-0987. $ P SU OM. PARRILLA GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;For on the go fusion food, Parrilla is one of the best in town. Serving breakfast, wraps and burritos, Parrillaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patio is a summer favorite. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ P SU . POLLO REYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisseriecooked chicken. 222 N. Eighth St., 208-345-0323. 7709 Overland Road, 208-375-4642. $ P SU.

South of the Border ANDRADEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;From albondigas to zopes, Javier Andrade serves up some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town. Great service, generous portions, decent prices. 4903 Overland Road, 208-424-8890. 2031 Fairview Ave., 208-4010138. $-$$ SU. CHAPALAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 1201 S. Vista Ave., 208-429-1155. $-$$ SU OM.

REEFâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-2879200. $$-$$$ P SU OM .

Thai & Vietnamese

CORONA VILLAGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among â&#x20AC;&#x153;family styleâ&#x20AC;? Mexican restaurants. 4334 W. State St., 208-338-9707. $-$$ .

CHIANG MAI THAI RESTAURANTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Casual for the whole family but elegant for just two. Traditional Thai food named after the infamous Thai cuisine capitol, Chiang Mai. 4898 Emerald St., 208-342-4051. $ SU OM.


DOWNTOWN BOISE GETS A NEW RESTAURANT. AND ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A GOOD ONE. Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Deli. For those readers who know the name, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just set in motion a Pavlovian response that prods the salivary glands into overdrive. Granted, a majority of BW readers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often make it out to Nampa, where Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is located, but enough of you do so that I know about Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from you. Last year, BW inadvertently omitted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Italianâ&#x20AC;? from the Best of Boise readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poll. Just for fun, I held an informal round of voting in Food News to determine a winner. Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s placed second by a single vote, losing out to Rotellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trattoria on State Street in Boise. That was in October 2008 and it was the ďŹ rst time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard of Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, myself being one of those Boise birds who ďŹ&#x201A;ies west infrequently. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve since eaten there, and two things will keep me going back: ďŹ rst, the food and second, the owner. Last time I was in for lunch, the homemade hoagies won me over immediately, and then owner James Elizondo himself (who did not know I was with BW) went out of his way to take care of me. Judging by the many BW readers who love this place, it sounds like thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his M.O. So now for the good news: Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is moving a little closer to BW HQ. Boise Cafe, aka Cafe Bellisima, which is known for its weekend salsa dancing, will fold Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s into the lunch and dinner mix. The Nampa menu, comprised of all homemade food from a Sicilian friend of Elizondoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, will move to Boise as soon as next week. Look for news of a semi-grand opening in Food News in the next few weeks. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St.

THIS WEEKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WINE AND DINE Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen is hosting a wine dinner in conjunction with Snake River Wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chef and winemaker Scott DeSeelhorst. Mediterranean Nights is a feast starting with ďŹ nger foods and paired wine. Provencal ďŹ sh soup kicks off the serious food courses, followed by a tart of chicken, leek and Ballard Family feta. Continuing the emphasis on local food, the nicoise salad features fresh beans, heirloom tomatoes and baby greens from Peaceful Belly Farm in addition to fresh tuna. Braised lamb from Meadowlark Farms is paired with couscous for the main course, and baklava is, of course, the dessert. Dinner is Friday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your table before Monday, July 13. Tickets are $75 per person. Call Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen at 208-331-0199 for reservations or more information. Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 1025 S. Capitol Blvd.,




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DININGGUIDE DONG KHANH—Vietnamese goodness. Lunch specials are a great bargain and the banquet dinners are a definite great crowd pleaser. 111 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0980. $-$$ . FUSION ASIAN GRILL—Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean in Meridian. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., 208-855-5930. $-$$ SU MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. 78 Eagle River St. #165, 208-938-8424. $$-$$$ P SU OM. PAT’S THAI KITCHEN—Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” certainly hold true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you find in Chiang Mai, noodles and rice of all varieties and curry done Thai spicy or mild for the farang in you. 577 E. Park Blvd. #C110, 208-345-0026. $-$$ SU. SIAM THAI—Siam is known for its consistent, fresh, delicious Thai food in family-style proportions, cozy setting and impeccable service. Dishes are spiced to your liking. 590 E. Boise Ave., 208-383-9032. 2951 Overland Road, 208-898-8939. $-$$ SU OM.

Basque BAR GERNIKA—Basque favorites in a dark and cozy little bar. Croquettas, chorizo, salomo, paella and a simple cheese plates that is one of the most popular in town. Don’t forget Beef Tongue Saturday. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175. $ P SU .

THE BASQUE MARKET—The market’s shelves are stocked with Basque food and wine (and often, you’ll find take-and-bake croquettas in the cooler), but there’s also a small cafe space for lunch. A list of sandwiches on the market’s freshmade baguette (we here at BW crave the turkey) all come with a side and if you’re lucky, a cookie. 608 W. Grove St., 208-4331208. $ OM. EPI’S BASQUE RESTAURANT— For top-notch Basque cuisine served in a cozy, homey atmosphere, this is the place. Meals are served family-style, so sides can be a surprise, but always a pleasant one. Dessert is just decadent. 1115 N. Main St., 208-884-0142. $$$-$$$$ RES. LEKU ONA—Step into a little piece of traditional Basque home, family and heaven when you visit Leku Ona. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner, either inside or out on the patio on warm days. 117 S. Sixth St., 345-6665. $$-$$$$ RES P SU OM.

American BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURT— Make a delicious and nutritious treat by choosing from 12 different frozen yogurt flavors offered in ever-changing rotation. Customers decorate their yogurt desserts by helping themselves to more than 30 hard, fruit and syrup toppings. Place the creation on the scale and pay by the ounce. 2333 Apple St., 208-338-1000. SU OM . BRICK 29 BISTRO—Chef Dustan Bristol is co-owner of Nampa’s casually upscale eatery which serves fancy takes on common foods. Asian pork tacos come with a side of

apple-almond coleslaw and fancier still, an open-face Reuben sandwich with a cup of pumpkin bisque all topped off with flourless chocolate cake. Delicious and delectable. 320 11th Ave. S., 208-468-0029. $-$$ SU OM. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—Lovingly called the Beanery by longtime patrons, this Grove hot spot with everything homemade has some of the best comfort food around. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456. $ P SU OM. BUFFALO WILD WINGS—Gnaw on some spicy wings drowned in sauce or go for some ribs, sandwiches or tenders. The menu is full of food and drink choices including grazin’ green salads and mojitos. 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian, 208-288-5485. $-$$ SU OM P . BUNGALOW RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE—Sometimes sweet and other times savory, always delightfully delicious. Stop in for a light lunch (served Monday through Friday) with items varying from soups and salads to an extensive “munchies” menu, including shrimp, grits and calamari. Their entrees cover the dining spectrum as well, with marinated pork chops, pan roasted wild salmon and stuffed free range chicken. 1520 N. 13th St., 208-331-9855. $$-$$$ P SU OM . 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.


VINHO VERDE A year or two ago you’d have been hard pressed to find a vinho verde in Boise. Now we have a half-dozen or more choices. The name translates as green wine, a reference to the youthful state in which it is typically sold. This northwest Portuguese wine region is the country’s largest with a wide variety of permitted grape varieties. The vinho verde hitting our shelves is light and refreshing, low in alcohol and most often contains a bit of fizz. Typically non-vintage and priced below 10 bucks, they are meant to be consumed young and well chilled—the perfect wine to enjoy on a hot summer day. Here are the panel’s favorites: BROADBENT VINHO VERDE, $8.99 Marked by moderate carbonation and richness (landing it somewhere between the other two top picks), the big floral aromas include honeysuckle, lime, white flowers and peach. With its impeccable balance, this is a thirst-quenching blend of bright stone fruit and sweet citrus flavors. The blend of three grapes—loureiro, trajadura and pederna (aka arinto)— shows remarkable persistence on the finish. CASAL GARCIA VINHO VERDE, $8.49 The richest and highest in alcohol of the three, still a modest 10.5 percent, the Casal Garcia has just the barest hint of fizz. It’s a blend of trajadura, loureiro, arinto and azal (take notes; this will be on the test). Aromas of tart grapes and clover are backed by an appealing hit of Brazil nut. Both the clover and a light nuttiness color the palate, lurking behind ripe apple and melon fruit flavors. Smooth citrus adds balance on the nicely lingering finish. Great on its own but would pair nicely with seafood or Asian cuisine. FAMEGA VINHO VERDE, $7.99 This wine opens with delicate aromas of pear, rose petal, lime zest and watermelon rind all colored with a lovely hint of herb. A sassy hit of spritz tickles the tongue in this bone dry, utterly refreshing white. The tart apple, bright citrus and green melon flavors are uncomplicated and appealing. On the finish, the tartness is toned down a bit, offering ripe lime, citrus and a touch of mineral. Got to know the grapes? This one is azal, avesso and pederna, so there you have it. This week’s panel: Dave Faulk, Porterhouse Meats; David Kirkpatrick, Boise Co-op Wine Shop; Karen McMillin, Young’s Market; Leslie Young, Boise Co-op Wine Shop.


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REAL ESTATE BW SHARED HOUSING ALL AREAS - RENTMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: ADD@>C<;DGGDDBIDG:CI I’m a quiet mature female with no pets, who doesn’t smoke, drink, or engage in other such foolishness. Mostly vegetarian, some fish sometimes. I need a restful place to park my boots. Seeking a household in the North End with a room for rent. Prefer own bathroom. References. Please call 342-0272 or e-mail on.paper@ HI6G6G:6 Female roommate wanted. Lg. rm in country home between Star and Middleton. Bring your Horse. 10 acres, big kitchen, pool, hot tub, and W/D included, all utils. $350/mo. Call Geo 608-9789 or Belle 362-7981.

BW FOR RENT 2BD apt. in house located just up the hill from downtown and BSU. Rent is $650/mo. and includes all util. Laundry, large back yard, wood floors, tiled kitchen and bath. Please call 208-284-7731 for more information. 424 Purdue. 2BD House. N. Ender on Bench. Bike to downtown. Hrdwd. flrs, frplce, immaculate condition. Beautiful backyard, grg. $795/mo. 841-0330. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for FREE! Visit: Downtown 2BD. $490/mo. Near Greenbelt. 343-5476. 9DLCIDLCB:G>9>6CIDLC=DJH: Cute townhouse. Available 8/1. Great location. 1 block from Storey Park. Covered parking spot. 3BD, 1.5BA. Master has a walk in closet. W/D, fridge, DW . Small back porch. No lawn maintenance. $700/mo. 208-870-9277. =N9:E6G@EA68:8DC9D 2BD, 2BA condo in the heart of Boise’s North End, walk to downtown and Hyde Park. $1200/mo. Amazing place. Call 841-5705. Util. are low cost and the unit can be leased partially furnished if needed. Building also features an elevator and key pad entry doors for added security. No pets. No smoking. 1/2 off 1st mo. rent. Available July 1. 6 or 12 mo. lease. =N9:E6G@HIJ9>D6E6GIB:CI Studio apt. right at Hyde Park in the North End. Has storage and use of a W/D. $350/mo. and includ. all utils. No smoking, 1 cat okay, $100 deposit. Available immediately. Call 631-0457 for appointment to view or drive by 1317 Alturas. C6BE6 1BD basement apt. Clean, bright, private entrance, bathroom and full kitchen. Close to NNU off 12th Ave Rd. No lease or credit check. Util. separate, W/D available. $375/mo. Call 333-0066. C:MIID;DDI=>AAH 1-2BD Apts. $620-$740/mo. W/D, cable. Shaw Mtn. Heights. 3431242. NORTH END 1906 Jefferson 3BD, 2BA beautiful main floor apt. $800/mo. July move in special 424-5077.

CDGI=:C9 Quiet, wonderful and affordable! 1615 N. 20th. HUGE space, W/D and lovely patio area at back. Very quiet neighbor, too! All util. paid. $545/mo. Check out the video: watch?v=WkoUZIytBkI CDGI=:C9K>:LH"IG6>AH 3BD, 2BA. Backs up to foothills trails, lots of decking and great views. Walk to pubs, coffee, pizza. 2827 Bogus Basin Rd. $995/ mo. 208-301-8137 lisarenate@ HJE:GCDGI=:C9:G Beautiful and spacious 2BD apt in a 6 Plex at the base of the foothills in Boise’s classic North End. No pets or smokers. $640/mo. http:// or call 342-4530 or 340-2172.


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.#.68G:HIG::H!L>A9A>;: Peaceful setting on well maintained private drive approx. 1 mile from county road, 10 mi. from Kooskia, ID and the confluence of the middle and south forks of the Clearwater River. For Sale by Owner. Asking $62,500. 208-4510777. See pictures at 76C@DLC:9 16409 Driver, Nampa. Gorgeous 3BD, 2BA home with large 2 car grg. Spacious kitchen with birch cabinets, stainless/black appl. and eating bar opens to great room. Maple flooring. Please don’t let small dog outside. $129,900. Katie Rosenberg AV West Real Estate 208-841-6281.

BEDROOM SET 7 pc. Cherry set. Brand new, still boxed. Retail $2250, Sacrifice $450. 888-1464. Couch & Loveseat - Microfiber. Stain Resistant. Lifetime Warranty. Brand new in boxes. List $1395. Must Sell $450! 888-1464. KING SIZE PILLOW TOP MATTRESS SET. New - in bag, w/warranty. List $750, MUST SELL $199. Call 9216643. Leather Sofa plus Loveseat. Brand new in crate w/Lifetime warranty. Retail $2450. Sell $699! 888-1464. IG69>C<HE68:H The Thrift Store at the Boise Senior Activities Center has moved to larger quarters. Visit our new and improved Thrift Store, Mondays thru Fridays, 10-3. 690 Robbins Road (behind the Elk’s Rehab Hospital).

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CAREERS BW HELP WANTED =6>GHINA>HIDGC6>AI:8= Salon in the heart of Hyde Park with station for lease. Some walk in traffic, and great street exposure. Work with established hairstylists in a professional, relaxed atmosphere! Call Melanie 863-6187. =:AENDJGH:A;L=>A:=:AE>C<DI=:GH Make a positive impact. Help families solve their financial problems, and you’ll earn additional cash. Start PT. You determine your hours and compensation. For more information call Anna 208870-9277. B6G@:I>C<;>GBH::@HH6A:HG:E The Clarus Company is a local Boise, ID, full-service marketing firm looking to expand our outside sales force. Looking for self-motivated, goal-oriented individuals with strong background in sales. B.B.A. in Marketing, General Business, or Management is preferred but will consider an individual with an exceptional sales background. This is a commission based position so serious applicants only. Please call Rob at 208-919-1208 or e-mail resume:




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HIJ9:CIH<G:6I<6HB>A:6<: I am selling my 2 dr. Hyundai Excel for cheap! Its a 1993 with a little less than 200,000 mi., but it still runs good. It might need a little bit of work under the hood but I will make you a good deal for it. Brand new tires. Usually, it gets about 32 mpg. $700 OBO. I am very easy to work with though. Contact Kass 208-220-3562.




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his house is located in an established neighborhood in Boise’s northeast Foothills. Nestled into a hillside on a winding street, it is surrounded by multi-level homes with balconies that jut out like private roosts where residents pause to watch the colors of a pink and orange sunset intensify until they dim over the city. The asymmetrical roofline of this mid-century house seems to peer out from its hillside perch. An angled wall of windows along the facade, which is partially hidden by sculpted evergreen shrubbery in the sloped front yard, allows occupants a sweeping view of rolling hills and Bogus Basin to the north. Inside the home an updated palette of warm woods and golden-hued walls sets a comfortably earthy tone for the new owner. Outside, the back yard feels like a private, shaded retreat that is suitable for patio barbecues and playful somersaults. The home’s two-story floor plan places open living spaces on the main level beneath a high, tongue-and-groove ceiling with exposed beams. Upstairs you’ll find the master suite and two bedrooms with verdant garden views. Skylights in the kitchen and family room bring more natural light into the home and help reduce the need to flip on a light switch during the day. Steps ascending the sloped front yard lead to a wide front porch shaded by the angled roof’s deep overhang. A pair of Adirondack chairs invites occupants to admire the view over a glass of wine at the end of the day. Entering the house through double doors, you step into a living room dominated by the angled wall of windows overlooking the front yard. Another prominent feature is a fireplace on one side of the room that is completely surrounded by Rocky Mountain quartzite—better known as Oakley stone—quarried about 190 miles southeast of Boise. The simple fireplace mantle is painted metallic silver, which makes it disappear into the floor-to-ceiling back drop of irregularly shaped gray and tan stones. The cook’s kitchen was recently upgraded with stainless steel appliances and handsome hardwood cabinetry that suits the home’s retro appeal. Contemporary frameless cabinets with smooth slab doors are accented with slender metal rods that act as door handles and drawer pulls. In the center of the kitchen a work island with a sink is topped by a gleaming slab of black granite. A baking center situated next to double convection ovens provides ample space for a stand mixer, spices and dry goods that are all concealed behind a pair of tall cabinet doors. A custom corner banquette with an amoeba-shaped table looks like a good spot for sipping java while catching up on morning headlines as they are emitted from the small television that sits just across the kitchen above a built-in computer desk. A glass door in the family room opens to the rear deck and a sloped back yard shaded by the feathery foliage of Russian olive and honey locust trees. Next to the deck a lush, terraced perennial garden is stocked with hostas, irises and day lilies. Green lawn covers the upper terrace and a short decline where laughing children can roll like logs toward the house. Both the rear deck and the front porch are like private perches that are perfect for winding down when the summer sun sets over Boise.

PROS: Updated home on landscaped Foothills lot. CONS: Second-story master suite.

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ADOPTAPET 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise, Idaho 83705




Flora is a sweet and loving terrier mix dog who only weighs 26 lbs. and has a wiry coat. She can be a little shy at ďŹ rst, but once she warms up to you, she likes to lean on you to be petted. She appears to be good with people of all ages and other dogs. She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to know many obedience commands unless you count â&#x20AC;&#x153;snuggleâ&#x20AC;? as one. Lots of potential here for a nice family companion. (Kennel 411 - #7890483)


Lexie is a lovely, 2.5-year-old female gray and white cat who has gorgeous green eyes and a sweet personality. She was found near Targee and Orchard streets in Boise without ID. She enjoys being petted and held, and she is spayed, vaccinated and has been feline leukemia and feline AIDS tested. This nice cat is also litterbox -trained and ready for a new home today. (Kennel 02 - #7849972) Dakota is a 6-year-old male black and white Border Collie mix who knows several obedience commands and has the ability to learn a lot more. He gets along well with other dogs and greets everyone he meets with a wag. He appears to be both house- and crate-trained and loves to play with squeaky toys. This nice, adult dog has tons of potential to become a beloved and faithful, family companion. (Kennel 301 - #7905219) This black and beige tabby-marked male cat has a medium length coat. He has been feline leukemia and AIDS tested, has been neutered, microchipped and is ready for a new home right away. He was found as a stray near Roosevelt and Orchard streets in Boise. He is a little shy at ďŹ rst, but once you start petting this nice cat, he certainly enjoys the handling and the attention. (Kennel 59 - #7579775)

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This 4-year-old male mixed-breed dog probably has some Labrador retriever and possibly some Rottweiler in him, but he only weighs 56 lbs. and has a short, slick coat. Though a bit stressed in the kennels, he likes to be close to you and will crawl in your lap without hesitation if allowed. A noisy, busy home may be a bit overwhelming for him but given time, he could make a loyal and loving companion. (Kennel 409 - #7893948)

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

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FREEW I L L ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Miracle of miracles: A pointless pain in the butt will soon stop bugging you. Meanwhile, an annoying itch in your heart is subsiding and may even disappear. As a result of these happy developments, you will be able to concentrate on a much more interesting and provocative torment that has been waiting impatiently for your loving attention. Actually, it’s an ancient torment dressed up in a new package. But as before, it’s a torment you’ve never had the right name for. That’s about to change, however. You’re finally ready to find the right name for it, and when you do, you’ll be halfway toward a permanent cure. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When he was growing up, the father of basketball superstar Pat Riley forced him to play basketball with kids who were stronger and tougher than he was. He said it forged his son into a winner. I can see the principle at work, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. In my efforts to provide you with the parenting you missed as a kid, I’ve always preferred a gentler, more nurturing approach. Nevertheless, the time has come to override my personal desires for the sake of your character-building needs. I recommend that you force yourself to play with grown-up kids who are stronger and tougher than you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I wouldn’t get too agitated about the supposed “writing on the wall” if I were you. The handwriting is not God’s, for God’s sake. It’s not even that of a wise elder or young genius. So don’t attribute too much authority to it, please. It’s just the opinion of someone who doesn’t know any more about the ultimate truth than you do. So I suggest you cover it up with black spray paint and then carefully inscribe your own version of the writing on the wall. Reality is especially malleable right now, so the most forcefully expressed prophecy will probably come true. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I believe that when you chatter carelessly about a big change that’s in the works, you’re in danger of draining it of some of its potency. So I don’t want to trumpet or gossip about the gift that’s on its way to you. I’ll just mention that it’s coming, and urge you to prepare a clean, well-lit place for it to land. Here’s a hint: It could, among other things, help you convert one of your vulnerabilities into a strength or inspire you to start transforming an area of ignorance into a future source of brilliance. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): At the farmers market, an escape artist per formed in the middle of the street. As a crowd gawked, he had two big strong men tie him up tight in a straitjacket and 50 feet of chain. For the next 20 minutes he shimmied and contorted and bent over backwards. His face grew red and sweaty. There were no Houdini-like magic tricks. There were no puffs of smoke or magic boxes or mirrors or distracting assistants. He rarely spoke as the ordeal progressed, but in the end, after the last of the chains slipped off and he wrestled his way out of the straitjacket, he said simply, “Now I invite all of you to go home and use what I just did as a metaphor for your life.” It was a supremely sexy per formance, and I realized maybe it would help you with your current situation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your concentration for dicey assignments, like conquering fear and adversity, is sharp. And I bet you’ll summon a lot of stamina and resourcefulness if you’re pressed to solve a crucial riddle during a turning point in your own personal hero’s journey. On the other hand, humdrum details have the potential to flummox you, especially if they involve tasks you’re not even that interested in or committed to. The moral of the stor y: Banish absent-mindedness by keeping yourself focused on only the most riveting challenges. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The sky will not start falling. But something resembling heavenly tokens may cascade down with such frequency that you’ll be wise to keep looking up a lot. You never know when another piece of the blessed

puzzle will come raining down. And it would be a shame to suffer the embarrassment of having your favorable fortune knock you over. Who’d have ever guessed that a shower of good news would be such a tricky trial? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, Scorpio? Since we’re midway through 2009, let’s take an inventor y. I hope that by now you have at least begun building the power spot or energy source that will ser ve as your foundation for the coming years. So much the better if it’s more than halfway finished and will be ready for full use by the end of summer or early fall. Remember my promises: Life has been and will continue to be conspiring to get you settled in your ideal home base, supercharge your relationships with your closest allies and connect you with the resources that will fuel your long-term quest. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the Middle Ages, people became adults when they turned 7 years old. These days, the threshold is much later. I’m happy about that. In my view, the longer you can hold on to your playful irreverence and innocent lust for life, the better. Still, there is value in taking on the kinds of responsibilities that help you express yourself with grace and power. So I don’t mean to rush you, but it might be time to take a step toward being on the verge of tiptoeing to the brink of preparing to accept more adulthood into your heart. You could make the process less harrowing by hanging out with those rare wise guys and wise girls who’ve sur vived the transition to greater maturity and a higher degree of professionalism with their youthful flair more or less intact. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I don’t care what you feel this week, as long as you don’t feel nothing. Get inflamed with hunger or justice or sadness or beauty or love, but don’t submit to apathy. Don’t let yourself be shunted into numbness. You can’t afford to be cut off from the source of your secret self, even if it means having to feel like hell for a while. And the odd thing is that if you’re willing to go through hell, you won’t have to go through hell. So to hell with your poker face and neutrality and dispassionate stance. Be a wild thing, not a mild thing. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem that describes events near the end of the Trojan War. Most modern critics regard it as a foundation stone of Western literature. In my opinion, though, it’s mostly just a gruesome tale of macho haters who are inflamed with pride, treat women like property and can’t stop killing each other. I share the perspective of poet Diane di Prima, who once had a dream in which the Iliad was cast as gangsta rap. Now please adopt the style of our critique for use in your own life, Aquarius. What supposedly noble or important situation is actually pretty trivial or cliched? It’s time for you to tell the truth about the hype. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “May you live in interesting times.” That old toast is actually a droll curse meant to be heaped upon an enemy. “Interesting” implies rapid change, rampant uncertainty and constant adjustment. What’s preferable is to live during a boring era when stability reigns. Or so the argument goes. But I reject that line of thought. I celebrate the fact that we’re embroiled in interesting times. I proclaim our struggles to navigate the sharp turns and uphill climbs to be a jubilee of the first degree. What fantastic luck it is to be on the planet when ever ything mutates. May we be up to the task of bringing heaven down to earth. May we be worthy of the trust the universe is placing in us. Now get out there, Pisces, and enjoy the hell out of the epic and entertaining drama we’re stewarding. This is your time to be a leader and a luminar y. Homework: Write a parable or fair y tale about what your life has been like so far in 2009.



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Boise Weekly Issue 18 Vol. 02  

Idaho's Only Alternative

Boise Weekly Issue 18 Vol. 02  

Idaho's Only Alternative