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MAIL THE GREAT DEBATE The following comments have all been taken from boiseweekly.com, where they were posted by readers of two stories: BW, Opinion, “Note,” July 22, 2009; and boiseweekly.com, News, “Nazi Sympathizer David Irving Speaks in Downtown Boise,” July 23, 2009. Many comments have not been reprinted; visit boiseweekly.com to read both stories and all the comments in full. As printed below, some comments respond to previous comments rather than standing alone. For more on these, see Note on Page 8. Tonight David Irving will be speaking in my city, but I’m not going to be there because I am afraid of being attacked by people like you who might crash the party. I would love to get Irving’s autograph on his new book about his stay in prison in Austria. I’ve read a chapter of the book online on his Web site and it is horrifying. Irving was jailed for something he said 16 years ago and part of what he said has now been acknowledged as true. The Auschwitz

Museum now admits that the gas chamber shown to tourists at Auschwitz is a reconstruction. For over 50 years, the staff at Auschwitz told visitors that the gas chamber was original, but no one was ever put into prison for telling this lie. —Geseke

The reporter walks into the room, cursing and disrupting and throwing out her opinions. I don’t think she would enjoy if someone walked into her private get-togethers and did the same. It is very disrespectful. Everyone has a right to their opinions, I am sure this reporter would claim herself as “open minded”— as long as everyone agrees with her! —JKoster

able to contain my emotions any better in such a setting. No doubt, the setting itself complete with misdirection and even misleading the location staff as to the potential of protesters were part of escalating those same emotions. I have been at interviews with members of the Southern Klansmen and, growing up in Georgia, have experienced racism as it goes both ways. Very similar to Ms. Daigle’s experiences. Reading the comments made on Nathaniel Hoffman’s post about the outburst at the event (can it be called an event when it has an anti-publicity campaign?), it would be easy to misjudge Rachael’s actions. Her own experiences with racism published here, it is not hard to understand those raw emotions. Personally, I am happy that the Boise Weekly staff can share personal feelings in editor notes and on the blogs, as most news sources these days attempt to hide their bias (everyone has some). Disclosure is refreshing. —GameMasterNick

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MAIL man. It may have been interesting to hear what it was about if Daigle could have shut her mouth long enough to find out who this person actually was. It sounded like he was even willing to do an interview with her until she kept harassing everyone. I for one am happy that a lot less of my fellow Jews were killed than the 20 million originally told in the 1950s. If we could get more accurate history instead of knee jerk freak-outs, it would be nice. Though I don’t think I could stomach raising Hitler to an “innocent.” —Boise Thinker David Irving does indeed raise Hitler to an “innocent.” He first got into trouble when he wrote in a footnote of one of his books that Hitler did not know about the Holocaust until 1943. If he didn’t know about it, that means that he didn’t order it, and if he didn’t order it, that means that there was no state-sponsored systemic plan to kill all the Jews in the world. It was because of this footnote that Deborah Lipstadt wrote that he was the most dangerous Holocaust denier in the world. He sued her for libel and lost; the judge labeled him a Holocaust denier, an anti-Semite and a racist. Irving lost his wealth, his reputation and his standing as the world’s leading expert on World War II. —Geseke [Nathaniel] Hoffman, you are a wonderful

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representative of the kind of greasy red journalism that has dominated the U.S. press for 80 years. You and your fellow vermin are truly a curse on us all. —Larry C The fundamental problem with Mr. Hoffman is that he went into his “mission” with a closed mind and not that of a journalist. His rubbish is nothing but a diatribe of emotionally based over simplifications and I doubt if he has read any true accounts of WWII or given the slightest consideration to the possibility that some of what he has been told in the past is wrong. —Rethinking The activists sought out Irving to have a villain for their story, but left him the hero in the telling due to their own boorish behavior. The article unveiled more about the writers’ manias than about Irving’s ideas. All curious freedom-loving people should read anything the government and leftists are trying to suppress. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. —Adventure Seeker You Irving supporters cannot imagine how funny it is that you believe his crap. He’s making a living with this hate stuff and you’re just sucking it up. A “historian”? Irving? It’s like saying Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, which is the funniest concept in world history. Rave on, sillyheads. —OftenOutraged

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OPINION BY GARY KROUTH, M.D. is more opportunity for expense reduction. To address this underlying inequality, Congress needs to account for the impact of utilization. In other words, don’t penalize Idaho for having some of the lowest costs per capita and utilization in the country. ur nation has reached the point to the private sector. Two other areas that must be adwhere all of us, including hospital 3) Underpayment for non-procedural dressed in order to achieve significant and physician organizations, believe work has contributed to the shortage reform are administrative costs and our that significant reform of our health-care of vital primary care providers. tremendous regulatory burden. system is needed. Most appreciate there is The research on utilization is startling. The U.S. Congressional Research no silver bullet solution, but rather a need Areas of the country with more docService estimated administrative costs of for both compromise and change across private insurance and government prothe spectrum, from government and private tors, more hospitals, more free-standing grams in 2004 at about $154 billion. The payers to providers, suppliers, pharmaceu- facilities like imaging centers and limited service, physician-owned surgery centers American Hospital Association estimates tical manufacturers and individuals. another $400 billion is spent by hospitals Numerous reform ideas are being pro- and hospitals, places like Florida and and medical practices in complying with posed. There are aspects of these propos- Texas, have dramatically higher utilizaals with merit: coverage for the uninsured, tion rates and health-care costs per person the thousands of rules and regulations than states like Utah and Idaho. that apply to health-care providers. Simliability reform, physician self-referral What does this mean? Does higher uti- plifying administration and the resulting limitations, payment for outcomes, paylization, or in other words, “more” health- exorbitant cost of compliance and reportment bundling to address the fractured care services, mean “better” health care? ing will reduce health-care costs. payment system, attention to primary Administrative costs include the cost of care services, insurance simplification and Researchers at Dartmouth say “No.” The problem isn’t that lower utilization “defensive medicine.” The threat of lawsuits regulatory reform. Most of these proposmeans lower quality care; it is that higher causes health-care providers to order more als have not yet been fully developed. utilization means more costly care for the tests and procedures than are medically Without further, detailed study of the same quality. necessary. Reforming the way our society components, implementation could well For Idaho, this is critical given that adjudicates injuries from medical malpraclead to unintended consequences. current reform proposals would cut tice will result in cost savings by reducing All of the proposals being considered, reimbursement rates, or the per service this practice of “defensive medicine.” however, do have a common theme: amount paid for care, by the same perEveryone agrees we must stop our reduced payments to providers. This is centage for every area of the country. health-care system from devouring our a tool employed by government (and The net effect for Idaho, a low utilizaeconomic future. To achieve real reform— private) payers for the last 30 years, with tion and low per-capita-cost state (a 2007 the kind that reduces cost and increases history showing that it has exacerbated Kaiser Family Foundation study ranked the quality of care—Congress needs to do many of the current issues we face: Idaho third lowest in the nation), would be better than the current legislation. 1) Per service underpayment has led to dramatically reduced dollars coupled with increased utilization of health services. the same demand for high quality care. Dr. Gary Krouth is the vice president 2) Underpayment from government payCompare this to states like Florida, where and chief medical officer at St. Luke’s ers has caused providers to shift costs utilization and costs are high and thus there Health System.

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BILLCOPE STILL LOONY A gratuitous update on Libertarianism

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s I explained in last week’s column, I went away for a few days and had two columns to complete before I left. Now, probably most of you are accustomed to having some extra work to do before leaving on a vacation, and I’m sure you do it admirably and without a lot of bitching. I have no doubt you buckle down, git ’er done, wrap it up, knock it out … whatever ... all without a word of complaint or a hint of that disgruntled employee vibe. Thankfully, I am not you. In my job, I am allowed to bitch all I want. I am actually encouraged to bitch. After all, what is an opinion column if not an opportunity to bitch about something on a regular basis, and get paid for it? Yes, that is essentially what opinion columnists are: professional bitchers. And if I choose to bitch about having to complete two columns in the same time it normally takes to write one, so be it. If anybody ever tries to tell me what I can or cannot bitch about, they will regret it as soon as my next column comes out. So anyway, three days before we were scheduled to climb the brown walls of the Treasure Valley to cooler climes, I completed the first column—for what it’s worth—and combed my bristly attitude for my next bitch. As I mentioned last week, the problem was not that there’s a scarcity of bitchable issues. Goodness, no. I need do no more than open a newspaper to find enough to keep me bitching well into another incarnation. The problem—and it seems to return every summer, just like crotch rash and aphids—is that I have a heck of a time caring about what’s happening among the very people I’m supposed to be bitching about. It may be a symptom of the heat. I mean, I see something that disturbs me and my immune system says, Don’t worry ’bout it, Bill. It’s too damn hot to get all worked up. As a result, with three days until deadline, I had no second column. And for that reason, my gratitude goes out to Caldwell City Councilman and Chair of the Idaho Libertarian Party Rob Oates. I don’t know what I’d have done without him. U Here’s what happened. A day or two after the last installment of my series “Mountain Socialism” (BW, Opinion, July 15, 2009) appeared—which was the same time frame in which I was desperately seeking a subject—Mr. Oates left the following comment online: “Thanks, Bill, for the weekly confirmation that you really know almost nothing about Libertarianism, free markets, or economics.” And instantly, I knew where that second column was coming from. Normally, I don’t respond to online comments. It’s not worth it. I doubt if anyone in the entire world has ever shifted positions even a centimeter because of what some snide snot anonymously scrawled onto the Internet blackboard. But the particular subject becomes ever more relevant as the summer rolls on and President Barack Obama pushes for some sanity in the health-care industry. (Reminder: “Mountain Socialism” was a discussion about socialized medicine between my friend Badger Bob, a socialistlibertarian-capitalist, and his friend Hoot, a straight-up libertarian.) Moreover, I respect Mr. Oates for using his real name and not some phony virtual moniker, and I also respect the diligence with which he WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

defends his political affiliations. But he—as is common among libertarians—is wrong. It’s true that I don’t know anymore about economics than the next semi-aware, semi-literate, semi-intelligent citizen. But the fact is, normal citizens know a lot more about economics than some guy who’s pushing a third-party, fringe ideology will ever give them credit for knowing. Economics is the sea in which we all swim, libertarians and socialists alike, and it doesn’t take a genius to know whether the water is hot or cold. (Though, I happen to have a genius in my pocket from whom I occasionally seek support. His name is Paul Krugman, he won last year’s Nobel Prize for economics, and I’m confident he would agree with my position on libertarians. And by the way, can anyone name the last libertarian to win the Nobel Prize for economics? No? Well, there’s a good reason for that.) Mr. Oates is also wrong that I know almost nothing about free markets. The sad truth is, all of us know more today about free markets now than we ever wanted to know, and the No. 1 lesson we take from the chaos that has resulted from the Bush gang driving our economy off the dock is that when markets are allowed to operate free of regulation, a whole lot of people are eventually going to pay. And dearly. Like ... through the nose. Lastly, Mr. Oates would have it I know nothing about Libertarianism. Pal, it’s not like you guys have been shrinking violets. For the last 40 years or so, we’ve heard your spiels, we’ve heard your candidates debate, we’ve read your literature, we’ve listened to you go on and on, usually about how nobody knows what libertarians stand for. We know your positions on illegal drugs and sexual privacy and unrestricted markets and this and that and all the rest. We know how you like to brag about how you combine the economic freedoms typical of Republicans with the social freedoms typical of Democrats— (though we can’t help but notice you are a great deal more vocal about a citizen’s inherent right to pollute his property or sell tainted groceries than you are about legalizing pot or letting gays marry)—and we know your general attitude toward government is that there is little if any virtue in government. It is safe to say that everyone who is ever going to know what libertarians stand for, already knows it. (The rest don’t even know what Republicans and Democrats stand for.) And after 40 years of organized libertarianism, what have you accomplished? What is your crowning achievement? What lofty goals have you reached? Ron Paul ... there’s your lofty goal. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign is as close as you’ve ever come to serious attention. Ron Paul is the largest—maybe only—peg on your hat rack. Ron Paul—74-year-old Ron Paul, next to whom Dennis Kucinich looks presidential—is the best you could do. And ... oh, that’s right ... he ran as a Republican, knowing full well how futile it is to run as a Libertarian. Even Gov. Butch Otter, who has spent more time crowing about his Libertarian values than anyone else in Idaho, has figured out you can’t govern a state on magical thinking. So Mr. Oates, you’re wrong that I don’t know anything about the fairy dust you’ve been peddling. In fact, judging by your record of success, it seems most voting Americans know all they need to know.

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TEDRALL HECKUVA JOB, BARRY Obama, losing jobs, soon to be shovel-ready

us up 4 million at most—a net loss of 10 million. That’s a disaster. And that’s why Joe Public is so antsy. “Are we there yet?” isn’t the right question. People think: “We can see how this is going NEW YORK—Pro-Obama political for ordinary Americans, 2009 is about keep- to end. We’ll be upside down in a ditch, cartoonists have drawn variations of the ing or finding a job. plucking safety glass from our scalps.” same cartoon: The president, in the role of Creating jobs, unfortunately, doesn’t seem Obama’s approach won’t work economibadgered parent on a family trip, is driving a to be an Obama administration priority. cally, and it won’t work politically. Setting car labeled “The Economy.” The American Were the bailouts necessary? Economists bailouts aside, what the United States needs public, depicted as Uncle Sam or Joe Averwon’t know for years. What we do know right now—what it needed over a year ago— age, whines: “Are we there yet? Are we there is that the administration’s approach won’t was a ginormous federal jobs program. yet? Are we there yet?” give the American people what they want What happened to the infrastructure With official unemployment approachand need more than anything else: jobs. construction projects, like high-speed rail, ing 10 percent and underemployment at What’s the point of being patient? Even that attracted so much enthusiasm during 16.5 percent, Americans are running out Obama admits help isn’t on the way. the campaign? Right-wing economic czar of money—and patience. President Barack Obama’s plan is Reaganomics redux. Lawrence Summers and a bunch of wimpy Obama’s approval ratings are down between Give trillions of dollars to big corporations, Democrats trashed them. “Transportation 15 and 20 points, meaning that he has lost he argues, and they’ll use it to capitalize spending was gutted by Republicans who one in six Americans. His biggest weakness: new ventures, hire workers and unclog insisted on more tax cuts—none of whom the economy. the credit markets. Eventually. “We must voted for the measure anyway—and by “I think the public knows three things: let it work the way it’s supposed to, with Obama advisers who shifted priorities to We inherited a total mess; we’re working the understanding that in any recession, advance policy goals,” reported the AP. hard on it; and we’re not going to get out of unemployment tends to recover more slowly Earlier this year, the American Society of it overnight,” said Chief White House propa- than other measures of economic activity,” Civil Engineers said the nation’s long-neglectgandist Rahm Emanuel. That part is true. he said. ed highways, bridges and tunnels require The trouble for Obama is that people But even Obama admits it won’t unfold $2.2 trillion in repairs just to get them up to don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. “the way it’s supposed to.” basic safety code—not including high-speed “The key to what this year is about is rescuObama said his plan “was not designed rail. Obama’s stimulus plan included a mere ing the economy from falling off the cliff and to work in four months. It was designed to $42 billion (less than 2 percent). Rail got $2 trying to put in place the building blocks of work over two years.” But if current trends billion out of a needed $25 billion. Unless recovery”—i.e., bailing out the banks, insur- continue, if everything goes the way he Obama does something soon, nothing is ers and automakers, said Emanuel. That’s hopes, it will never work. We will have lost going to get built and unemployment will what 2009 has been about for Obama. But 14 million jobs by 2010. That would leave continue to soar. Now that Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs are reporting record profits, it’s time to “claw back” the bailouts, pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and direct federal dollars where we need them most: jobs. Give tax breaks to employers who add new workers, direct federal agencies to grow in size, and create zero-interest lending programs to laidoff would-be entrepreneurs. And let’s build some friggin’ infrastructure. Every $1 spent on infrastructure generates a $1.59 payback in the form of increased tax revenues—and creates a lasting legacy. Speaking of cartoons, the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Public Debt recently came under fire for trying to hire a cartoonist to “discuss the power of humor in the workplace [and] the close relationship between humor and stress.” A Democratic senator nixed the idea. Too bad: At least Obama could have taken credit for creating one job. Ted Rall, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, is author of the books To Afghanistan and Back and Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?

NOTE Those of you who only read the printed version of Boise Weekly may not fully understand this week’s Mail section. Long story short: I’ve been taking serious flak at boiseweekly.com for what I wrote in last week’s Editor’s Note regarding Nazi sympathizer David Irving’s visit to Boise and for Nathaniel Hoffman’s full, online account of the incident. Or, more correctly, I’ve been taking that flak for my actions at Irving’s book signing and lecture. If you haven’t read Hoffman’s piece, log onto boiseweekly.com and click on News. If you haven’t read this week’s Mail, turn to Page 3. Regarding the comments online, I’m dismayed to see such enthusiastic debate on the veracity of Holocaust details. Apparently it’s not enough to know millions of innocent people were sent to their deaths. Rather, decades later, we have to quibble over the minutiae of how and how not, how many and how many not. As for my own behavior, I did create a disturbance and refused to leave Irving’s gathering until management escorted me out. However, I didn’t create that scene until after I’d been asked to leave. I was asked to leave upon my arrival for two reasons. First, because the attendees were cross with me for having recorded their presence with my phone’s video camera before the talk started. Second, because Irving himself was cross with me. Outside, on the sidewalk in front of Red Feather,

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Irving granted Hoffman access to his talk and agreed to a brief interview. I questioned him increasingly aggressively as he evaded my questions with non-answers. When I asked him a difficult question, he barred me from his lecture. I went anyway, was asked to leave immediately, and I said, “I’m here to listen. I won’t record anything, I won’t even take notes. I just want to listen, and I won’t say a word.” I was asked to leave again, and then the real scene-making began. The last thing I’ll say about this incident in these pages is this: Just as Irving is guaranteed his right to free speech, so is the press guaranteed a right to cover what he says. Even in the basement of a restaurant with the business owner’s approval. Whether they liked it or not, I had the right to record the attendees’ images. I had the right to ask Irving a question he didn’t want to answer. And the American public should expect the press to do exactly that: ask tough questions and record the participants. If you expect your media outlets simply to repackage the press releases that we receive each day, then BW ain’t your cup of tea. As for that difficult question that got me barred from Irving’s lecture? He said there was nothing exceptional about his talk. I asked whether he thought it was exceptional to be an anti-Semite and a neo-Nazi. I certainly hope the answer is yes. —Rachael Daigle WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


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CITYDESK CANDIDATE ANNOUNCES AT BOISE BIKINI BAR With a guy like Al Franken serving in the U.S. Senate, or Jon Stewart being the most trusted newsman in the nation, it may not be as far-fetched anymore for a comedian to take to politics. And that’s just what Pete Peterson of Boise aims to do. “Politics and comedy are not mutually exclusive,” he said. Peterson has set up shop at the Torch II, a Boise bikini bar and at various downtown and North End coffee shops and corner stores to plot out his campaign strategy, which amounts to courting high turnout for the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary and not spending a lot of money doing it. We went up the hill to the Torch II out of curiosity last week and met with Peterson, who was staging a 12-hour campaign launch party. Peterson has been performing standup on stage since his retirement from state government work in 2006, including three trips to London and the United Kingdom, he says, where he even performed at the London Comedy Store. He used to do standup at the Funny Bone in Boise as well. Peterson traces his involvement in politics back to a 1994 People magazine article asserting that Larry Echohawk, now head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was poised to become the first Native American governor. Peterson said he was pissed off that People would declare a winner in the Idaho race like that, so he signed up to work for Phil Batt, who won. Peterson rode the Idaho GOP campaign bus, which in past elections has traveled the state with a slate of Republican candidates. But then, as Peterson tells it, Batt doublecrossed him and did not allow him to appear on stage at the inauguration. Now he says it’s Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter who has crossed him, appearing “disconnected” and “arrogant” as Peterson puts it. A manager at the Torch II made it clear that the bar was not endorsing anyone in the governor’s race and that Peterson was just another customer.

RISCH, CRAPO TO VOTE AGAINST SOTOMAYOR Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch announced their intended nay votes on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Risch said she was “a genuinely nice, smart and well-intentioned person,” but that he’s still not going to vote for her. Crapo said that she was evasive and misleading in her testimony. Here’s what Risch said, via e-mail: “I personally met with and interviewed Judge Sotomayor and discussed water law, the Second Amendment and several other matters. I reviewed her cases and I listened to her confirmation hearings and have determined I cannot support her lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.” And from Crapo, who along with Risch criticized her Second Amendment stance: “Also troubling is that she has made statements acknowledging that her experience allows her to choose the facts she wants to see when determining a case, rather than applying the law. And she has repeatedly stated that U.S. judges may look to foreign law to interpret the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the United States to maintain our country’s standing in the world community.” —Nathaniel Hoffman

war in Iraq U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 4,332 U.S. service members (including 31 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 3,464 in combat and 868 from non-combat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 31,454. In the last week, no U.S. soldiers died. Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 103 soldiers have died. Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 92,519 and 101,006. Source: iraqbodycount.net COST OF IRAQ WAR: $668,680,959,178 Source: costofwar.com

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The BPD report on Gerald Amidon’s arrest identifies Officer Guy McKean as the Taser operator. BPD misspelled Amidon’s name in the report.

BRUTALITY SUIT Man stunned on butt sues BPD for excessive force

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man who alleges that Boise police shocked him with a Taser multiple times, even after three officers had subdued him, has sued the City of Boise for breaching his Fourth Amendment rights by unreasonable search and seizure and excessive use of force. Gerald Amidon, 46, a Boise contractor, was at his girlfriend’s house on Valentine’s Day, trying to patch up the relationship, when Boise police arrived at the door, barged in without identifying themselves and quickly subdued him, deploying the Taser three to four times, according to a tort claim filed Monday with the City of Boise. Boise Police Officer Guy McKean is identified in the police report as the officer wielding the Taser; an audio tape of the arrest appears to indicate that it was McKean who stunned Amidon at least two times, and threatened to shock him further on his “asshole” and “balls.” Amidon has sued McKean, along with arresting officer Cory Bammert, officers Deidra Harr and Mark Abercrombie and supervising Sgt. George Stevens—identified only as “Officer #10” in the suit. The city is also named in the lawsuit. Amidon was arrested that night on suspicion of misdemeanor battery, unlawful entry and false imprisonment and will appear in court on those charges next month. Amidon will also appear in court on three other unrelated criminal cases in August and September, on charges including petit theft, driving without privileges, burglary and grand theft. Soon after Valentine’s Day, Amidon e-mailed Boise City Community Ombudsman Pierce Murphy, initiating an investigation into possible police brutality that was completed earlier this month. Murphy’s report concludes that the second use of the Taser against Amidon, after he was handcuffed and held down by three officers, was “neither reasonable nor necessary.” “The complainant came to me and before he came to me no one in the police department, below a certain rank knew this happened,” said Murphy, who reports to Mayor Dave Bieter and the City Council and serves a Boise police watchdog. Police Chief Mike Masterson, responding to Murphy’s report, called the excessive use of the Taser and the sexually explicit threats, “conduct unbecoming an officer,” an offense that often leads to termination. While McKean and Stevens were disciplined for their actions, Masterson would not divulge the nature of the punishment and confirmed that both officers had returned to regular duty. Boise Weekly requested comment from both McKean and Stevens but was told by Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower that only the chief would speak for the department about the Taser incident. Murphy’s decision to investigate initiated a separate internal probe, assigned to the Idaho State Police. The state police referred their findings to the Ada County prosecutor, who declined to charge McKean or any of the other officers involved. Recently released from a short stint in prison, Amidon recounts that he was trying to patch up his relationship with a girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. The two had breakfast that morn-

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ing and agreed to meet up later. But later that evening, when it appeared that he may get blown off for the second date, Amidon went by the woman’s house—she was out with her 3-year-old son at the time—and spotted roses on the kitchen table, making him upset and jealous. According to his affidavit, Amidon then proceeded to enter the house and trash her room. Later that night, he tried to make up for his behavior, offering to clean up the mess. But by that time, the woman had called a friend, asking her to bring someone to beat up Amidon. According to Bammert’s police report, it was the friend who called the police, unbeknownst to Amidon or the woman. When police arrived and banged on the door, Amidon believed it was someone coming to “kick his ass.” Amidon alleges—and Murphy’s report confirms—that the four Boise police officers who first responded failed to identify themselves as police officers before barging through the front door and tackling Amidon. On a tape made by one of the officers, Amidon can be heard pleading with police and asserting that he thought it was the woman’s friends at the door. Murphy’s report finds that McKean, whom he calls “Officer #3,” may or may not have been justified in his first use of the Taser, but does not find that it was excessive use of force. However the second Taser shock, which Murphy identifies as being on the inside of the right butt cheek and the lawsuit claims was in the perineum and anogenital area, was found by the ombudsman to be excessive use of force. Amidon claims he was also stunned on the wrist, and possibly a second time on the butt, but Murphy found that McKean’s Taser had only been deployed twice that night, according to data stored on the Taser. Amidon does scream, “My hands,” at one point on the tape, which could be evidence of a shock to the wrist, the lawsuit alleges. The woman told police that she also thought it was her friend outside and that she asked Amidon to let her out to call them off because her cell phone was dead. Amidon held the door shut and did not let her out. The woman never told police that Amidon pushed her, but Bammert alleges in his report that through an opening in the door he saw Amidon shove the woman. Bammert’s report also states that Stevens met him at the Ada County Jail to interview Amidon and that both officers taped the interview. Murphy found that Stevens had erased his recording of the interview, which is against department policy. Stevens also told Murphy that he started, and then stopped recording the jailhouse interview and he told the ISP investigator that he did not record it at all. Murphy was able to recover the entire recording, however. Stevens also failed to investigate the use of the Taser and file a use of force report, Murphy found, also in violation of department policy. Amidon claims in the lawsuit that his career and income have been damaged by the incident, that he has suffered emotional distress and that he questions the prior respect he had for the police and the city. He is asking for $500,000 in punitive damages and has prepared a federal civil rights lawsuit that his attorney, Ron Coulter, will file within 91 days if the city does not respond adequately to the tort claim. “Right now, we’re asking the city to give justice to our client, and there’s a number of ways they can do it,” Coulter said. Read the lawsuit and police report at boiseweekly.com. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


CITIZENBOISE INTERVIEW BY TARA MORGAN

TIM PENNINGTON

When did you start selling hot dogs? This is my third year. I started on Superbowl Sunday. I’ve worked in restaurants for a long time, and I was working for my friend downtown, running her cart. I saw the money she was making, and it was better than the restaurant was paying me. I had to figure out a way to get a cart and get out there and make it. How did you go about getting set up? I took a break from the restaurant for a summer and did construction to make some real money. I remember I had to use a credit card to get the hot dog cart shipped, it cost like 400 bucks to ship it. Other than that, I was able to pay all the fees and the licenses and everything … At the time, I was pushing my cart around, just stacking everything on top of it because it didn’t have the grill yet, it just had a cooler.

Have you ever moved the cart somewhere closer to downtown? I started at the Egyptian, but the kids that cruise, that’s their turning point. If the light’s red, they sit there with the cars running and all I smell is fumes. It doesn’t smell too good down there, and everyone’s [turning] 21 every night, every weekend … they don’t care how the dog tastes, they just want something to eat, you know? So, you’re a musician? Yeah, I usually have my banjo with me and am playing it. But that guy up in the Royal Plaza has been calling the cops on me. Just because he doesn’t want me there; I’m legal where I’m setting up. He’s always complained about the Neurolux, too … But their building is soundproof, so he just needs to shut the window. I’m sure he can afford AC living in that place. What are your hours like? My hours start in the daytime. I do all my shopping and get everything situated, then I have my son … From 10:30 p.m. to about 3:30 a.m. is when I’m out there selling. Then it takes another 15 minutes to clean up and unpack. With the shopping and the physical working, it’s about eight hours a day to sell part time.

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t’s not often that people know the name of their favorite hot dog vendor. But if you follow the sweet smell of grilled meat up 11th Street near Neurolux, you’ll find a steady line of people greeting Tim Pennington and his dog Stoli by name. Far from the sizzling chaos of the Main Street vendor circuit, Pennington serves up grilled dogs to a varying crowd—dudes with full sleeve tattoos, girls carrying their heels in their hands and couples steadying each other after a long night on the town. Strumming his banjo in the cold of winter and into the wee hours on warm summer evenings, Pennington has become such a fixture outside Neurolux that people have even started sporting “I Heart Hotdog Guy” T-shirts.

away. When some people see the hot dog cart, they think “meat.” They don’t even read the menu. Have you developed a rapport with the Neurolux or the cab drivers around you? The ones that have a rapport with the Neurolux, I know. At Neurolux, they treat me like I’m an employee. They let me go in after they close sometimes to wash my hands or use the restroom. What are some crazy stories or things you witnessed working outside the Neurolux? I wish I had a helmet cam, because I can’t remember half of the things that I see … The other day there was a girl walking with her friend towards Mulligan’s and I hear them get into an argument. Then I turn around and one of them was running naked back to the Neurolux. I’m like, “Am I seeing what I’m seeing?” … I see so many things every weekend, it’s kind of hard to pinpoint.

On your biggest night, how many hot dogs do you sell? New Year’s Eve is usually the biggest. I sell over 200 dogs that night. A lot of times, it’s people waiting for cabs, and that’s always a two-hour wait on New Year’s. Thank God Do you feel like you really get to know no one drives. That’s one thing I like about people who frequent your hot dog stand or my job is that some people that shouldn’t be the Neurolux? driving will eat a hot dog and chill out, sober Yeah, because they want to know me, How did that work out? up. Or they’ll just get in a cab. and I see them all the time and kind of want It didn’t work well at all because the to know who they are. And I get to meet steam from the steam pan kept going into What’s the most popular thing people everyone from every profession, from the unthe cooler and everything was melting, so order? employed to the super successful. That’s the it was obsolete. I decided to get the grill beBasque chorizo. I thought that would be thing about the Neurolux, it’s not a bar for a cause people were saying, “How come you a great addition, especially with the Basque certain group of people, it’s for everybody. I don’t have grilled dogs?” … So, I bought the community, and it tastes way better than the think that’s why everyone goes there, is just grill, had it installed and business went up Mexican chorizo. They’re so flavorful, you to hang out and have fun. That’s why I’m big time because the aroma is advertising. can eat them plain. there, is I just like to hang out and have fun if I have to work. … I’m not going to make So then you decided to set up on the When did you decide to bring in the it super rich doing this; I’m not going to kid sidewalk outside the Neurolux? veggie dogs? myself. Just as long as I can support myself Well, that’s where I hang out if I’m going I realized the crowd at the Neurolux is and my kid. to go out and drink, which I don’t do too also the people that work at the co-op or often. I noticed the people there were all live in the North End, so I was thinking that How do you take your hot dog? chill and laid-back. I started selling there, would be a good seller. It’s OK. I couldn’t I’m a traditionalist, I like onions and and they thought it was the greatest thing make a living off of selling veggie dogs. sauerkraut and mustard. I use a good quality since sliced bread. So, I thought, “This is There’s lots of times that people don’t even meat, so you really don’t have to put anywhere I should be.” get them at all and I have to throw them thing on it.

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CURIOUSTIMES BY ANDREAS OHRT

WHAT WOULD JESUS SMOKE? An article in High Times magazine called “Was Jesus a Stoner?” argues that Jesus Christ may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil in order to help cure people of such ailments as skin diseases, eye problems, menstrual problems and even epilepsy. Author Chris Bennet says that his conclusions are based on scriptural texts and claims that the medical use of cannabis during the time of Christ is supported by archaeological records. “The holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of keneh-bosum—a substance identified by respected etymology, linguists anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs,” claims Bennet. Researchers believe that the keneh-bosom extract, which is absorbed into the body when placed on the skin, could have helped cure people of a variety of physical and mental problems.

IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL THE MEDIA GET HYSTERICAL Two separate news items this week warn not to let your children play at the beach or in their bathtubs. The first comes from a study by the University of North Carolina that spent $63,000 of taxpayer money to discover that kids who dig in the sand at the beach are 13 percent more likely to get a stomach ailment and 20 percent more likely to get diarrhea than kids who are forced to sit quietly under a beach umbrella wearing their bicycle helmets (OK, I made that last part up). Meanwhile, the journal Pediatrics published data that found that 120 children are injured every day while playing in the shower or bathtub. Which is fine because they won’t need baths anymore if they never go outside and play. (signondandiego.com/wbaltv.com)

READING, WRITING, ROGERING A sexual education pamphlet being distributed to high school students in Britain has caused an outrage by pointing out the physical and psychological benefits of having an enjoyable sex life. The leaflet proudly declares that “an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away” and goes on to ask the kids: “Health promotion experts advocate five

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portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes’ physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?” (The Telegraph)

WAIT ’TIL COLLEGE TO BECOME A USELESS DRUNK While Britain tries to get their kids to enjoy sex, Italy is trying to get their kids to stop enjoying alcohol. After centuries of teaching their children to drink wine with every meal, the city of Milan is trying to enforce a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol to anyone under the age of 16. The new laws go into effect after a study showed that one-third of 11 year olds in Milan have alcohol related problems. From now on, anyone caught serving a teenager alcohol faces a fine of up to $700. (BBC)

SWEAR YOUR PAIN AWAY Scientists have come up with a great excuse to swear your ass off the next time you smash yourself with a hammer or something. Research now proves that swearing lessens feelings of physical pain and allows you to withstand pain for a longer period of time. “Increased aggression has been shown to reduce people’s sensitivity to pain, so it could be swearing is helping this process,” explained the genius who published this research. (The Telegraph)

RECOMMENDED BY ZERO OUT OF FIVE PLASTIC SURGEONS Japanese researchers have created a chewing gum that they claim can increase breast size by as much as 80 percent. “BustUp Gum,” also known as B2Up, contains an extract from a plant called Pueraria mirifica used by ancient Thai and Burmese cultures as a medicinal herb. According to the Japanese scientists, the plant contains chemicals called phytoestrogens—natural compounds that mimic the effects of the female sex hormone estrogen—which can improve circulation, reduce stress, fight aging, and somehow magically increase the size of a woman’s breasts. (BBC)

INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK Laboratory rats that are forced to run mazes all day have dreams about running those mazes while they sleep. Get way more bizarro news at curioustimes.com.

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t’s a place we all have to go, eventually. But it’s also a place many of us dread. Even the phrase “public restroom” conjures involuntary images of decrepit gas station facilities with grime-streaked walls, blackened sinks and questionable substances accumulating in the corners that make a pit toilet look positively sanitary. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We asked Boise Weekly readers for a list of their favorite local bathrooms, and what we found were a few, brave potty pioneers boasting water closets without urinal pucks or air fresheners, places where luxurious lavatories come with artwork, plush lounges and fully stocked bars. Armed with our list of reader favorites from culled responses on Facebook and Twitter, we checked out some of Boise’s most creative cans, which are listed by no other rating than the alphabet. After several days of running around checking out posh private privies, we were pretty impressed: These are places where we might actually want to hang out, not just do our business and leave. But beyond just the flashy and fancy cans, we also decided to highlight a few of what we’re calling landmark loos, places with some historic or social significance like the governor’s new private commode in the remodeled State Capitol, because, let’s face it, everybody’s going to see a bathroom at some point in the day, even the governor. For a full length version of this story, see boiseweekly.com.

76G768D6 STALLS: Women’s, three; Men’s, two plus one urinal GILDED MIRRORS: Five

COW SKULLS: Two TOWEL DISPENSER: Decorative stacks

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Barbacoa’s bathrooms are decked out in eye-catching detail. Women are greeted by a painting by co-owner Martine Castoro of a matador, discreetly covering his eyes. The bathroom is awash in reds and golds, with gilded mirrors lining one wall. The vessel sink sits atop a custommade glass counter by Boise Art Glass. But the men’s room may be better than the ladies’. The guys’ loo is distinctly masculine, in deep blues and greens with a rough wood counter and two stone vessel sinks. Painted bull skulls hang in each stall. The guys aren’t neglected here.

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BAR: One COUCH: One

Women actually hang out for most of the night in this expansive room. Why? There’s a bar in the bathroom. Women can pull up one of the barstools lining the fully stocked bar or lounge on the couch. Stools line an elliptical counter, where patrons can check their makeup in a massive, two-sided mirror suspended from the ceiling. Club owner Ted Challenger said when he opened China Blue, he knew the importance of a good bathroom. “If it’s gross, that’s what they’ll remember,” he said. “Don’t underestimate the bathroom.” The club’s men’s room is about to get a makeover, and Challenger promises upgrades and a surprise over the urinals for the guys.

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For decades, the Boise Train Depot has overlooked the City of Trees from its perch at the top of Capitol Boulevard. Countless numbers of travelers in the early days of Boise made their way through the depot, and we’re betting that a good number of them made a pit stop in the bathroom. While trains no longer pull up to the historic station the depot still attracts visitors for tours and private events. While updated, the bathrooms have maintained their classic characteristics with cream-colored walls and massive, dark wood-framed windows letting in plenty of light. It’s not really the city’s gateway restroom anymore, but we tip our nostalgic hat to it.

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RECORD PLAYERS: Two

While some who need a bathroom break may be creeped out at the thought of doing their business in the company of a leering lawn gnome, these little gnomes each support a small record player, letting visitors provide their own soundtracks whether it’s some old-school Michael Jackson or classic Elvis. Forget running water: A shelf full of 45s collected from garage sales let those with full bladders pick a tune. Unfortunately, thieves recently struck the men’s room, record player. The lonely little gnome now only holds a sign, pleading for its return. So, if you, or someone you know, has the missing record player, please bring it back. The gnome is sad.

DA9>96 = D E :C > I :C I > 6G N STALLS: None, really SOAP DISPENSER: Don’t drop it TOWEL DISPENSER: Don’t count on it Since Idaho’s territorial days, lawbreakers ended up behind the sandstone walls of the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Prisoners in Two House—in use until 1968—were given a bucket, or honeypot, in the corner. The honeypots were placed below a corner vent that wafted vapors upward, but with no roof vent, you had to hope you weren’t on the fourth floor. Honeybuckets were emptied in the privy, a screened-in abode with an open-air experience. Other cells had toilets, but little privacy, although the padded, decorated toilet backs added in the 1970s in Four House gave it a dorm-room feel—if dorms came with bars and the need to look out for an enemy with a shank.

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Just where will Idaho’s future governors discretely excuse themselves once the Idaho Capitol reopens? A surprisingly modest affair with simple blue and white tiles and a pedestal sink. The gov does have a small shower, emphasis on “small.” “Man, is it tight,” said Gary Daniel, spokesman for the Capitol Commission. All the Capitol’s bathrooms were slated for an upscale look, but the $120-million restoration budget forced sacrifices. That includes the governor’s getaway. The water closet won’t impress any swanky foreign visitors, but Idaho is all about fiscal responsibility.

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When VAC moved to its home in Garden City, owner Sam Stimpert wanted to make sure no one could steal the bathroom art. Now, it’s is everywhere, thanks to artists Erin Ruiz and Rick Walter. Ruiz covered the men’s room with murals from the ceiling, across the floor. Rasputin is on a stall door, while Pancho Villa and Marie Antoinette also make appearances. The theme: People who died gruesomely. Walter decked out the women’s room graffiti style: paper-bag characters dance across the stall doors and giant, pink-faced characters stare down from around the mirrors. VAC’s bathrooms are like an art treasure hunt and may have visitors headed in repeatedly, whether they need to go or not.

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This is a ladies room with an emphasis on “lady.” From the plush pink carpeting and muted, pink wallpaper to the mirror-lined vanity and abundance of silk floral arrangements, this is one girly bathroom. It’s easy to imagine well-heeled ladies heading to the powder room and lounging on the over-stuffed loveseat or ornate upholstered chairs, glasses of chilled white wine resting on the marble-topped coffee table. And as a sign of any true ladies room, there are three, count them, three boxes of tissues on the vanity. Sorry guys, your bathroom is the standard affair, but if the women disappear for a while, you know where they’ll be.

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Lesley Juel, Flying Pie’s “imagineer,” loves funky bathrooms. Hence, the pizzeria’s mermaidand pirate-themed johns at the State Street location, and nature- and space-themed potties on Fairview Avenue. With floor-to-ceiling murals, anyone with a full bladder is in a loo that’s beyond themed. Plastic fish stick to the mermaid bathroom walls, while the pirate bathroom boasts pirate booty in the corner and “Ye Olde Diaper Deck” on the wall. Guys might be self-conscious trying to go No. 1 while Captain Jack Sparrow looks down. Juel said the restaurant gets 300 comment cards a week, and many praise the bathrooms—a rare occurrence in the business.

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WINGBACK CHAIRS: Two

We love this hidden little gem for two reasons. No. 1: It’s actually called the Ladies Lounge. It has a big sign over the door and everything. No. 2: It’s in the men’s department. There’s something absolutely wonderful about the irony of a posh potty being located across from the entrance to a men’s changing room, as if to say, “even in your territory, we get better accommodations.” And it’s not a bad place to take a shopping break, either. With a small couch, a couple of upholstered chairs and a full-length three-way mirror, all in a separate waiting area outside of the main restroom, we’re betting it’s a fair shade nicer than what the guys have.

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Avoid awkward positions. Learn to ice skate at Idaho IceWorld.

S TAY A P P R I S E D OF THE SITUATION.

30 THU. – 2 SUN. WATERFRONT FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

ART AT THE BOISE WATERSHED 1. H2O from Zero to 1 Million (Diane Ronayne) 2. EnviroGuard Pipe Tree (Irene Deeley) 3. Wind Translater (Patrick Zentz) 4. Waters Past (Amy Westover) 5. Confluence (Amy Westover) 6. Windows into Wet Land (Amy Westover) 7. Meander (Amy Westover) —Source: cityofboise.org

Enjoy the swanky sounds of the Arts West Jazz band and get a sneak preview of an art show featuring both accomplished and emerging artists. Organizer Bonnie Peacher said it’s a very eclectic group. View the work of Bonnie Peacher, Betty Maguire-Hayzlett, Christine Barrietua, Heather Norris, Heywood Williams, Jerry Kencke, Kathy Harrison Mahn, Linda Woel, Mary Alice Tierny, Michael T. Cunningham, Mike Shipman, Patricia McDermott, Phil Fisher, Sandra Shaw, Zella Bardsley, Jose Rodriquez and Zion Warne. The opening reception is Friday, July 31, with music, refreshments and a cash bar. On Saturday and Sunday, the artists discuss their work with on-site demonstrations. Thursday, July 30, 5-8 p.m.; Friday, July 31, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 2, noon-4 p.m. FREE, Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise.

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SOUL FOOD EXTRAVAGANZA The Northwest’s oldest soul food festival began in 1993 as a way to bring the various cultural communities of Boise together around some common themes—community service and a hunger for good food. These days, tens of thousands of people shuffle through the park sampling traditional Southern-style cooking and more. Grab some Cajun food like jambalaya bowls and gumbo by Chef Roland or maybe some sweet potato pie from A Piece of Cake, along with turkey leg dinners, collard greens and pulled pork sandwiches. B & B Soul food is serving catfish, black-eyed peas and barbecue chicken. Basillos Tacos is bringing the Mexican food, Dubbs Grubb has the seafood gumbo covered and Flavorr’s Caribbean Cuisine is offering Louisiana-style potato salad and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. The Idaho BBQ Company is bringing its barbecue style with pork ribs, tri-tip sandwiches and a savory barbecue in a jar that involves layers of coleslaw, shredded meat and sauce. Concession stands will be on hand serving shaved ice, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and kettle corn, along with everything fit for grilling like hot dogs, hamburgers and chorizos. Area groups performing include the African Christian Choir, a couple of mime teams and the headliner at 7 p.m.: R&B singer/songwriter Teedra Moses who has written songs for Mary J. Blige. Charitable giving is always in good taste—the 2009 beneficiary is the Boise Chapter of the International Rescue Committee. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE admission, Julia Davis Park 700 S. Capitol Blvd., boisesoulfoodfestival.com.

1 SAT. – 2 SUN. BASQUE BLOCK PARTY Folks travel from far and wide to attend the San Inazio Festival and come from all parts of the Basque country, as well as from Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah and Oregon for a weekend of Basque music, games, dancing and authentic Basque food. The menu includes such delicacies as lamb, solomo, chorizo and croquetas—those delightfully crispy fried balls made with chicken, flour and milk then fried with bread crumbs and egg. Stay refreshed with plenty of drinks, including wine, Basque cider and other beverages. Entertainment includes performances by the Oinkari dancers, Boise’ko dancers, Txan Txan music, and games like tug-of-war, weight lifting and traditional Basque sports such as esku (Basque handball) with baleen for women (an Argentinian form of the game of pala with wooden paddles that are larger than the normal pala paddle) and goma, the Basque/French version of the game with smaller wooden paddles. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, the Basque Block fills with dancing, music and sporting events. Mass is at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, and at 9 p.m., it’s back to the block for a big street dance. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., FREE entry, Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise, basquecenter.com.

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Break dancing began with a group of children on the sidewalks of New York City gathering to make up creative dance steps and it quickly grew into a global dance craze. As soon as the Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Art break dancing camp for ages 7-12 co-taught by Jon Swarthout of TRICA and Kevin Chapton of the Boise B-Boys was announced, 20 kids signed up within the first hour. Now, picking up where their predecessors left off, a group of break dancers are slapping down some cardboard at the Capital City Farmers Market to show off their new skills. The old-school, break dance-style performance features the campers, the Boise B-Boys and live music by the Boise Rock School. Swarthout said, “It is going to be a cool performance.” The dancers will perform from 10:30-10:45 a.m. in front of a backdrop inspired by break dancing’s urban roots. Look for the big NYC street scene by the fountain in the Grove Plaza. Swarthout said the camp taught the kids more than moves—they learned that tapping into their own creativity can have a profound effect on others. For more information on upcoming camps, call 208-344-2220 or check out the TRICA Web site at trica.org. The market runs from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., FREE, Capital City Farmers Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets.

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Perhaps Dad yearns to knock around a puck without the threat of losing any teeth, or maybe Mom wants to learn to take a whirl around the ice rink on metal blades. The whole family is invited to take advantage of free skating and skate rentals, games and giveaways at Idaho’s coolest indoor play place. Opportunities to register for the various fall programs include “learn to skate” classes for children age 3 and older, hockey leagues for kids and adults and figure skating classes in jumps and spins, along with an introduction to dance and beginner hockey for adults. 12:30-3:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, idahoiceworld.com.

3 MON. – 5 WED. SPACE DAYS 2009 Stargazing in the night skies, launching model rockets and viewing planets in motion through Magic Planet, the newest exhibit at the Discovery Center of Idaho, is only the beginning of a series of special events that run Aug. 3-8. Space Days 2009 celebrates mankind’s exploration of the universe with programs and exhibits dedicated to space travel and presentations by retired NASA astronauts Wendy Lawrence and John Herrington and NASA education specialist Tony Leavitt. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence discusses her space missions at a free lecture in the Boise State Special Events Center at 1800 University Dr. A complete schedule of events is at scidaho.org.

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SUN VALLEY SUMMER SYMPHONY—Bring the family for a picnic on the lawn outside the Sun Valley Pavilion. The free concerts are tonight and Friday, July 31-Wednesday, Aug. 5. Check the Web site for repertoires. The pavilion opens for general seating at 5:30 p.m. with the concerts starting at 6:30 p.m. The concert experience inside the Pavilion is most appropriate for children older than 11. The Aug. 2 performance is the only show that requires a ticket and features Tony Award-winning stars Victoria Clark and Paulo Szot in the premiere of “Some Enchanted Evening,” created and conducted by Broadway producer Ted Sperling. 6:30 p.m., FREE, 208-622-5607, www.svsummersymphony.org. Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley.

LITERATURE DOLLAR SALE—Pick up books and other literary materials during a $1 sale hosted by the Friends of the Garden City Library. The majority of items for sale are books, but thrifty shoppers can find few odds and ends such as puzzles 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, www. gardencity.lili.org.

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.

KIDS & TEENS MOBILE RECREATION VAN— Boise City Parks and Recreation brings a van with a bumping sound system and packed full of summer fun to various parks Monday-Thursday. Youth in grades 1-6 can pop in for a few minutes or stay a couple of hours, and create art, play with bounce balls, skip with jump ropes or set up a game that involves running around bases. The Freedom Resource Center provides a free snack daily for each child. For more information, visit www.cityofboise.org/ parks or call 208-854-4917. Noon-2 p.m., FREE, Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise, and 3-5 p.m., FREE, Redwood Park, 2675 N. Shamrock St., Boise.

THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET—Stock up on locally grown fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants during the farmers market on Thursdays. Also find Idaho specialty foods and wines.4-8 p.m., Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, www. capitalcitypublicmarket.com.

ON STAGE ANNIE JR.—Boise Parks and Recreation and Boise Little Theatre present the 10th annual production of Annie Jr. featuring an all-children cast of actors ages 10-18. The show is directed by Allison Remley with musical direction by Ana Boyd. 7:30 p.m., $8 general, $5 children 12 and younger, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www. boiselittletheater.org. LES MISERABLES: SCHOOL EDITION—Music Theatre of Idaho presents the epic story recounting the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes an honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father— violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed. 7:30 p.m., adult $15; senior/ student $14; $20 door, 208468-2385, www.mtionline.org. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa.

FOOD & DRINK BOISE GREEN DRINKS—Eat, drink and be eco-friendly during a social gathering for anyone interested in environmental issues. Last Thursday of every month, 5:30 p.m., FREE. Bitter-

creek Ale House, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813, www.bittercreekalehouse.com. GENTLEMEN’S NIGHT OUT— Call ahead and reserve a spot for a special night for gentlemen, including a three-course steak and lobster fondue dinner. The deal comes with a free sampling of Crown Royal Reserve, Crown Royal Cask 16 and Crown Royal Extra Rare, with specials on Crown Royal all night. Cigar tasting on the patio goes so well with the malt scotch flights available. $49 per person. The Melting Pot, 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-383-0900, www.meltingpot.com. WINE TASTING—Every Thursday at TableRock Brew Pub, enjoy live music, free wine tasting and discounted glasses and bottles of wine from 6-8 p.m. Tablerock Brewpub and Grill, 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208342-0944, www.tablerockbrewpub.com.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA/MILONGA—Join the Boise Tango Society for a free introduction to tango lesson from 7:30-8 p.m. followed by dance practice. Beginners are welcome; no partner is necessary. 8-10 p.m., $5 admission or $3 students/seniors, www. boisetango.com. Boise Cafe/ Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. BEGINNING POTTERY—Learn to throw clay on a wheel with master potter Dave Crawford. 7-9 p.m., $58 includes all supplies and studio time. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www. puffymondaes.com.

ART ART BREAK—Take a quick half-hour tour of the museum’s current exhibit and feed your soul with a different kind of lunch break. Take a guided tour of “James Castle: Tying It Together.” 12:15 p.m., FREE with admission. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-345-8330, www. boiseartmuseum.org.

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GREEN BOISE RIVER WALK—Meet at the north end of Remington Street off of Alworth Street in Garden City and join Idaho Rivers United for an educational walk along the Boise

ODDS & ENDS 9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS— Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208388-6484, www.9thstreettm. org. BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels, beginning to advanced, welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. All that’s needed is a willingness to learn and play ukulele music. For more information, visit the Web site. 6:30 p.m., FREE, www.boiseukulelegroup.com. Idaho Pizza Company, 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-3627702.

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8 DAYS OUT River. Local expert Rob Tiedemann, a biologist and wetland specialist with Ecological Design Inc., will speak about the importance of the Boise River’s endangered black cottonwood forest. 9 a.m., FREE, 208-343-7481, www.idahorivers. org.

CITIZEN DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION—The Downtown Neighborhood Association is holding a meeting to elect a board of directors. The following positions are available: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, four at-large members for a total of eight board members. Refreshments will be served. Contact Karen Sander at 208-472-5250 if you are interested in serving on the board and to RSVP. For more information, or to RSVP e-mail info@downtownboise. org. 6-7 p.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www.boisepubliclibrary.org.

KIDS & TEENS WHERE’S DOLLY?—Where’s Dolly? is the name of an original puppet show written by members of the CKC Puppeteers. The library puppet show play is suitable for children ages 3-7, accompanied by an adult. For more information, call The Library at Hillcrest at 208-562-4996. 4 p.m., FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000, www.stagecoachtheatre.com.

RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL IDAHO KABBALAH STUDY GROUP MEETING—Meet with the group to see how Kabbalah can transform lives and the world by offering true fulfillment. Open to all. 7:30 p.m. 208-870-6580, www.kabbalah.com. Hotel 43, 981 Grove St., Boise.

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS 32ND ANNUAL NORTHERN ROCKIES FOLK FESTIVAL—The 32nd annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival begins on Friday, July 31, with music by Up A Creek at 5 p.m., Brave Combo 6:30 p.m., and The Blasters at 8:30 p.m. Music starts on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with Joe Paisley, followed by No Cheap Horses at 12:30 p.m. and The Damphools at 1:30 p.m., Kim Stocking Band goes on at 3 p.m., Ryebender at 4:30 p.m., Olin and the Moon perform on stage at 6:15 p.m. and the headliners, The Gourds, take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The Folk Festival Friendship Quilt is back this year and the drawing is at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The theme for this year’s quilt is “Celebrate the Wood River Valley.” Friday, July 31, 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m., $12 Friday; $18 Sat., or advance two-day ticket for $25, www.nrff.net. Hop Porter Park, Hailey.

BOOK A DATE—Singles are invited to register for the Book a Date at the library. The inaugural speed-dating-with-books event includes refreshments and discussions on books that the group brings. Mingle with other singles ages 21 and older who love to read. Call the library for more information. 7 p.m., FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996. SENIOR ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—The festival hosted by the Boise Parks and Recreation features handmade arts and crafts. Some of the items for sale include handmade toys, jewelry, blankets, photography, paintings, pottery, dolls and clothes along with jams and jellies, furniture and other items crafted by Boise senior citizens. The day begins with an alumni breakfast at 7 a.m. hosted by Boise Citizens Police Academy for $3. Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. by Rooster’s Pitaery. Lunch prices vary. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise.

ON STAGE ANNIE JR.—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m., $8 general, $5 children 12 and younger, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, www.boiselittletheater.org. LES MISERABLES: SCHOOL EDITION—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m., adult $15; senior/student $14; $20 door, 208-468-2385, www. mtionline.org. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa. TWELFTH NIGHT—The Shakespearean comedy is about the crazy things people do for love. Sebastian and Viola are a set of twins who make their way into Illyrian society after being separated by a storm at sea. The assimilation process includes misplaced affections and misunderstood intentions which provide a humorous backdrop for the shenanigans of lovers, clowns and servants. 8 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www. idahoshakespeare.org.

SCREEN CABLEONE MOVIE NIGHT—The popular movies are projected on a big screen in the park beginning at dusk. Check the Web site for movie titles. FREE, 208-888-3579, www.meridiancity. org/parks_rec. Settler’s Park, corner of Meridian and Ustick, Meridian. SPECIAL SCREENING—The Idaho Human Rights Education Center and the Idaho State Historical Museum are hosting a special screening of the movie The Devil Came on Horseback for the closing of the exhibit “Darfur: Photojournalists Respond.” 6:30 p.m., FREE and open to the public. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-3342120, www.idahohistory.net/ museum.html.

ART WATERFRONT FINE ARTS FESTIVAL—View the work of many local visual artists. See Picks on Page 16 for lineup. The opening reception is Friday, July 31, and the festival runs through the

weekend. For more information, call 208-867-1219 or e-mail artbypeacher@gmail.com. 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 2, noon-4 p.m., FREE. The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, www. thewaterfrontboise.com.

SPORTS & FITNESS CRITICAL MASS—Get on board with Boise’s Critical Mass bike ride which occurs at the same place and time, on the last Friday of every month all summer long. Last Friday of every month, 6:30 p.m., FREE. Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise, www.cityofboise.org/parks.

GREEN GARDEN COFFEE HOUR— Friends, neighbors and the green of thumb meet in the Garden Cottage on the last Friday of the month to talk to a gardener and learn what is being planned for the garden. 8:30-9:30 a.m., FREE garden admission. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

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9 a.m.-1 p.m., www.meridianfarmersmarket.com. Ustick Marketplace II, 3630 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. SAN INAZIO FESTIVAL— People travel from far and wide to attend the festival in Boise's Basque Block. See Picks Page. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE entry. Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise. SOCIAL DANCING—Join the weekly dance party after the drop-in group lessons. Practice dancing, pick up a few new steps and meet other dancers in the area. 9-11 p.m., $4 per person. Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-3222517, www.dancenecessities.com. SOUL FOOD EXTRAVAGANZA 2009—Tens of thousands of people are expected to shuffle through the park sampling the traditional Southern-style of cooking known as soul food. A variety of vendors set up concessions to serve other types of food as well including Mexican food, hot dogs and hamburgers. The sweets are covered with kettle corn, shaved ice and ice cream. See Picks on Page 16 and the Soul Food Extravaganza insert in this week's Boise Weekly. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE admission, www.boisesoulfoodfestival.com. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

ON STAGE LES MISERABLES: SCHOOL EDITION—See Thursday. 1:30 p.m., adult $15; senior/student $14; $20 door, 208-468-2385, www. mtionline.org. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa. TWELFTH NIGHT—See Friday. Tonight is opening night. 8 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-4299908, box office 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

FOOD & DRINK WINE TASTING—Visit Idaho’s first cooperative winery and taste the fruits of labor of three different winemakers under one roof. The wineries include Cinder, Vale Wine Company and Syringa Winery. Cinder will release their 2007 cab/merlot and 2008 chardonnay. Noon-5 p.m., $5 per person, refundable with purchase. Urban Winemakers Cooperative, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City, 208-376-4023, www.urbanwinemakerscoop.com.

LITERATURE STORY TIME—Enjoy Saturday market, 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 one-hour guided tour of the Idaho Botanical Garden with one of the Idaho Master Naturalists, a group of educated experts from the MK Nature Center, Foothills Learning Center and the Idaho Botanical Garden. 10:30 a.m., $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 children 6-12; FREE for Idaho Botanical Garden members and children younger than 6. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

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

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LIQUID LAUGH TRACK—Laugh Track features stand-up comedy from amateurs and professionals looking for laughs in a live setting. 7 p.m., FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, www.liquidboise.com. SAN INAZIO FESTIVAL—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., FREE entry. Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise.

ON STAGE TWELFTH NIGHT—See Friday. Today is family day. 7 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

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

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FOOD & DRINK WINE TASTING—Woodriver Cellars’ tasting room is open seven days a week. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-2869463, www.woodrivercellars.com.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES DANCE WITH CAIRO FUSION—Boise’s only progressive fusion bellydance company is accepting new students monthly. Classes are on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit www.cairofusiondance.com or e-mail samirailnaia@ hotmail.com for more information. IDAHO ARTHRITIS IN MOTION—The class Acupuncture and Arthritis is presented by Dr. John Alderman. All are welcome. No registration is required and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sandra Jensen at 208-362-2859 or Sally Sutter at 208-367-5802. 6-7:30 p.m., FREE. St. Alphonsus Family Center, 900 N. Liberty, Ste. 100, Boise.

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8 DAYS OUT green living, entertainment, children’s activities and products such as specialty chocolate and breads as well as naturally farmed lamb, pork, beef, chicken, eggs and garden starts. 5-8 p.m., www. mcfaddenmarketcoop.com. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Idaho St., Meridian. PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP AND POETRY SLAM OF STEEL—The LoudWriters Program includes a workshop at 6 p.m. followed by an all-ages poetry slam. The August Slam of Steel includes a Haiku Battle. The Slam of Steel is a chance for poets to

Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www. idahoshakespeare.org.

FOOD & DRINK TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS— See, swirl, smell, sip and savor five wines for $5. 5 p.m. Grape Escape, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-368-0200.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES FREE DANCE LESSONS—Take advantage of free dance lessons followed by social dancing from 8-9:30 p.m. 7-8 p.m.,

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sation and friendship. All veterans are welcome and there are often guest speakers. For more information, e-mail suepaul@warhawkairmuseum. org. First Tuesday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m., FREE, 208-. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, www.warhawkairmuseum.org.

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REAL DIALOGUE FROM THE NAKED CITY

ON STAGE THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD—See Tuesday. 8 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-4299908, box office 208-3369221, www.idahoshakespeare. org.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES perform their own brand of spoken-word poetry, a combination of literature and performance, in front of a crowd. Sign-ups are at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. For more information, e-mail cheryl_maddalena@yahoo. com. 6 p.m., FREE for workshop; $5 poetry slam, www.boisepoetry.com. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632. SPACE DAYS 2009—At 2 p.m., the Teen Club leads a model rocket demonstration. At 3 p.m., Dave Marquart conducts a Orbitron class to study the skies using free satellite tracking computer software. Later that evening, the public in invited to a free event presented by retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence. Lawrence discusses her space missions at a lecture at the Boise State Special Events Center (1800 University Dr., Boise State campus) from 7-8:30 p.m. Regular admission for the events at the Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, www.scidaho.org and Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr.

ON STAGE THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD—The original story by Charles Dickens was left unfinished until it was adapted for 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 that takes center stage. Each night, hilarity ensues as those watching the play vote on the solution to the dilemma. 8 p.m., $23-$30,

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POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and start waxing poetic at 7 p.m. For more information, e-mail ScottBerge@live.com. 6:30 p.m., FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3381299.

QUICKBOOKS TRAINING CLASS—Jim Geddings CPA offers a four-hour QuickBooks training class for small or home-based businesses. Along with a section on accounting, the class covers QuickBooks lists, accounts receivable and payable, banking and reconciliation, credit cards, loans and reports. The class has limited seating, so RSVP to save a seat. Every other Wednesday, 1-5 p.m., FREE, 208-8530790, www.jimgeddingscpa. com. The Spyglass Building, 7639 W. Riverside Dr., Ste. 100, Boise.

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EVENINGS AT EDWARDS—The greenhouse stays open late so people can pick up local produce, hang out in the garden setting, have some food and wine and enjoy live music by Jack Brown. 5 p.m., Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, www. edwardsgreenhouse.com.

KIDS & TEENS MOBILE RECREATION VAN— See Wednesday. Noon-2 p.m., FREE. Manitou Park, 1951 S. Manitou Ave., Boise.

ODDS & ENDS

BUGS FARM STAND—10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., BUGS Garden, 4821 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-4246665, www.boiseurbangardenschool.org.

KIDS & TEENS MOBILE RECREATION VAN— See Wednesday. Noon-2 p.m. FREE. For more information, visit www.cityofboise.org/ parks or call 208-854-4917. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise; and 3-5 p.m., FREE. Redwood Park, 2675 N. Shamrock St., Boise.

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BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—The club meets the first Tuesday and second Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. For more information about BAS, search the Web site. FREE, www.boiseastro.org. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895. DIDGERIDOO FORUM—Facilitator Aaron Maynard invites anyone interested in didge playing and sharing to attend an open forum. First Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., $5 donation. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www.boisedrumcentral.com. KILROY COFFEE KLATCH—Join a group of WWII-generation people for a morning of conver-

9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS—Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484, www.9thstreettm.org. BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels, beginning to advanced, welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. For more information, visit the Web site. 6:30 p.m., FREE, www.boiseukulelegroup.com. Idaho Pizza Company, 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-362-7702.

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ATTENTION SPAN Boise band ATTN finds focus

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ecked out in starched shirts and slacks after their farcical BW photo shoot, members of Boise’s rising instrumental post-rock fivesome ATTN clustered around a coffee shop table. Taking pulls from sweat-beaded glasses of iced black coffee, their conversation vacillated between joking inanity and straightfaced earnestness. Since most of the band works in the service industry, it’s a rare occasion when their schedules allow them to gather outside of their weekly practice. Formed in early 2007 by Trevor Kamplain, ATTN has cycled through various incarnations before reaching its current lineup. “A couple of years ago, I just started writing songs on software, but in my head, the parts would be played by actual human beings,” said Kamplain. “Everything is being reinterpreted right now by everybody else, including myself. So now it’s a team effort ... I just wanted to make a syllabus for everybody, and now we can all be the teachers.” When describing bands like ATTN, there’s a tendency to gravitate toward metaphorical hyperbole. The sweeping guitars, booming drums and plinking keys of instrumental post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai leaves such room for narrative interpretation that writers can get a tad carried away. With that in mind, we had ATTN do the work for us. Here’s how each band member answered the oft-asked question: “What do you sound like?” “Contemporary post rock with an electronic influence,” said keyboardist and guitarist Eric Bower. “We’re taking all these sounds from rock ’n’ roll and putting them together in a different arrangement, in more of a classical sense,” said drummer Nathan Hope. “I’d say soundscapes. I think it lends itself well to soundtracks. It’s emotive music,” said keyboardist and guitarist Matthew Ries. “It’s big,” noted guitarist Kamplain. “I think all of us have a huge background in music in general, so it’s very eclectic. If there’s one thing that I think all of us have done in the past decade or so is listen to some sort of dance music ... I think that has attached itself to this post-rock ambient soundscape vibe that we’re somewhat traveling through,” said bass guitar and trumpet player Tyler Bowling. While ATTN is known for their lush, wall-of-sound live shows, the band has taken a nontraditional approach to recording. They recently self-released an EP titled Premixes, a collection of six remixes of songs that, oddly, have never been recorded before. “A lot of the songs were written and we’ve restructured them or rounded them out in some way, that’s why it has the Premixes title, because it’s a preview of what’s going to be coming up,” explained Ries. At times organically calming and contemplative, Premixes also leans heavily on swirling synths and looping dance beats. “Introit” opens the EP with an expansive Planet Earth feel, then quickly introduces a Postal Service-influenced soft piano track and the steady thump of an electronic heartbeat. As the song progresses, it swells into a full-on hurricane of crashing sounds, natural and electronic. Continuing with the theme of song titles in Latin, the rest of the EP winds through tracks like the Aphex Twin-esque “Indutus In Lux Lucis” and the catchy “Nondumnon I Am (Remix).” But besides recording a remix EP before recording their actual album, ATTN has another quirky surprise up their sleeves. “We’re a backwards band. We do everything backwards when you think about it. Remixes of the songs that we haven’t recorded yet. Our first album is going to be Part Two, our second album is going to be Part One,” said Kamplain. “There’s a theme behind everything right now, or at least these first two albums. Part Two is ideas of rebirth. It’s instrumental music, so it really has no vocal tie. It’s subjective to the listener’s ear ... Then Part One is death, creating soundscapes to create that image in the mind of the listener.”

Slated for an October release, ATTN’s first full-length album is currently being recorded in the basement of Bowling, Ries and Bower’s shared house. Though the band might lay down drum tracks in a professional studio, for the most part, their basement setup allows them the flexibility and creative freedom to record at whatever hour their crazy schedules allow. “We want to be able to take time on it,” said Ries. “So much of our stuff has so much going on that instead of having to do it in the studio where we’re paying hour by hour, [we want to be] able

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to spend half an hour just dialing a specific tone or going back and editing as we record.” Though the fivesome just returned from a mini-tour through the Northwest, they have decided to put all live shows on hold and focus solely on their LP over the next couple of months. “We’re trying to balance out not burning everyone out in Boise and playing a little bit more outside of our comfort zone and trying to build more people in other cities and states, too,” said Bower. “Once we have a full album out, it will be a lot easier to promote ourselves.” Not that the band is having a hard time promoting themselves as it is. Besides an increasing fan base in Europe and Japan, ATTN also won third place in BW’s 2008 Best of Boise Reader’s Choice polls, behind the Frim Fram Fellas and Built to Spill. “The Best of Boise last year was a very huge surprise,” said Bowling. “There’s clearly a standard to get that first place seat and that’s being better than Doug Martsch. He’s schooled all of us in basketball, so there’s no way we could ever achieve No. 1 over Built to Spill.” But one thing the band will have to clear up before they have a shot at taking on Built to Spill is the lingering question of how to pronounce their name. Though the guys admitted that there has been some confusion over whether to call themselves “Attention” or “Aye-Tee-Tee-En,” they stress that it’s really a non-issue. “It was meant to be more of a symbol than a name just so the name doesn’t give away what the music sounds like,” said Kamplain. “We like how Prince does things.” All joking aside, ATTN’s lack of clarity on things like their band name, song titles or recording order is all part of a deliberate attempt to let their music do the talking. And even without vocals, this instrumental post-rock act sings loud and clear. “[We’re] leaving an open interpretation by not having a definitive band title, or no lyrics,” said Reis. “We don’t want to tell people what to think when they listen to it, so they don’t know what they’re listening to going into it. They chose their own adventure.” For more information on ATTN and their upcoming show at the Knitting Factory on Sept. 11, visit attntheband.com.

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MUSICGUIDE wednesday 29 ABE VIGODA, TALBOT TAGORA—8 p.m., $5, Neurolux ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Gizzard Stone, Dale Watson, FREE, Grove Plaza

STEPHANIE SCHNEIDERMAN, JULY 29, REEF Stephanie Schneiderman, member of Pacific Northwest girl group Dirty Martini, is stirring up a mellow buzz out on the road with her new solo album Dangerous Fruit—a cocktail of pop, trip hop, soul, electronica and folk. Schneiderman’s appealing soft and flowery voice glides along ambient electronica courtesy of her partnership on her new album with renowned electronic musician/producer/DJ Keith Schreiner. The talented singer/songwriter has five solo albums under her stylish belt—Stephanie Schneiderman (1999), Unbelievably Unbroken (2001), Fall Sessions EP (2001), Touch Down (2004) and Live at Kung Fu Bakery (2005)— and has collaborated with the likes of Hall and Oates, Five For Fighting, Ben Taylor and Chicago. She has also landed a few bit parts in movies, including a small role in Men of Honor, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr., and her music has been featured on various television shows. She most recently contributed her music and her presence to the Profile Theater Project’s encore production of the hit Broadway musical The Full Monty. Schneiderman is also the founder of the Portland, Ore., concert series Voices for Silent Disasters that raised $60,000 in 2007 for Mercy Corps, an organization that helps communities in northern Uganda. —Elaine Lacaillade 8 p.m., $2, The Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., stephanieschneiderman.com.

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JIMMY BIVENS AND HIS BAND O’ STRANGERS—7:30 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—7-10 p.m., FREE, Lush

KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., BEN BURDICK, BILL with Jon Hyneman, Phil LILES—5:30 p.m., FREE, Flatbread Commu- Garonzik, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers nity Oven, 830 N. Main St., Meridian LA KNOTS—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin BLAZE AND KELLY—7 p.m., FREE, Smoky LOW-FI—7-9:30 p.m., Mountain Pizza, 415 E. FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s Parkcenter BRENT AMAKER AND THE MOONDANCE—6 p.m., FREE, Smoky Mountain RODEO—7-9 p.m., FREE, Pizza, 1805 W. State St. Donnie Mac’s NATHAN J. MOODY AND THE ECLECTICS—6-9 THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe p.m., FREE, Liquid ELIZABETH BLIN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Dream Cafe RICHARD SOLIZ—7:30 p.m., FREE, Papa Joe’s INDIGO GIRLS, DAVID SKATE NIGHT—Host, RYAN HARRIS—7 p.m., Gumbie, Cast into Final$25-$35, Idaho Botaniity, Dogsholylife, 8 p.m., cal Garden $3, Gusto Bar INVISIBLE SWORDSSPINDLEBOMB—9:45 MEN—8-10 p.m., p.m., FREE, Tom FREE, Smoky Mountain Grainey’s Pizza, 980 E. Fairview, Meridian STEPHANIE SCHNEIDERMAN—8 p.m., $2, JEREMIAH JAMES Reef, (see Listen Here, GANG—8:45 p.m., this page) FREE, Pengilly’s STEVE FULTON, TIM JIM FISHWILD—6-9 WILLIS—7 p.m., FREE, p.m., FREE, Highlands Bungalow Hollow Please send your live music listings to music@boiseweekly.com or fax to 342-4733. Include venue, band names, start times and cover charge. Photos are great, too. For dancing, symphony, opera or orchestral music, please see our 8 DAYS OUT listings. THE DEADLINE FOR LISTINGS IS THE THURSDAY THE WEEK PRIOR TO PUBLICATION. LISTINGS ARE RUN ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS.

thursday 30 BLAZE AND KELLY—7 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange THE BRAVE COMBO, VETIVER—8 p.m., $10, Neurolux CHAD COOKE—5:30 p.m., FREE, DaVinci’s, 190 E. State St., Eagle

friday 31 B-3 SIDE—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye BELLAMY ROSE, STONEY HOLIDAY, HILLFOLK NOIR—8 p.m., $5 or two cans of food, Visual Arts Collective BLAZE AND KELLY—6:30 p.m., FREE, Seasons Bistro, 1117 E. Winding Creek Road, Eagle BODO BROTHERS—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill

DAN COSTELLO—6:30-9 p.m., FREE, Tablerock

BUCK SHOT BAND—9 p.m., $3, Shorty’s Saloon

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

THE DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET—8 p.m., $29 adv.; $32 door, Egyptian Theatre

INEPOGY, ABRUPT EDGE, MALACHI—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid

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

DAREN DERE—7:30-9:30 p.m., FREE, Papa Joe’s

INTERVISION—10 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s

IN SEPARATE CITIES, DUCK DUCK GOOSE, THE TASTE YOU CAN SEE, A LIQUID EMBRACE, PRISCILLA—7:30 p.m., $10, The Venue

JUSTIN GAUSE—6 p.m., FREE, Tully’s Coffee

JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m., FREE, Orphan Annie’s

KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers KIM STOCKING BAND—6:309:30 p.m., $10 nonmembers; $8 IBG members; $6 children (6-12), Idaho Botanical Garden MEL WADE—6 p.m., FREE, Willowcreek Grill-Eagle

JOHN CAZAN—5-9 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES, JON HYNEMAN, MIKE SEIFRIT—8:15 p.m., FREE, Chandlers KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers LOCAL X FEST—7:30 p.m., Kryterium and special guest winners from 100.3 FM The X, $6, Knitting Factory

THE MENTORS, WILLIE PHSYCO, GORDIE HOWE TRIO UNIT, FURY OF THE PSYCLOPS, ROOFIED RESISTANCE—8 p.m., Gusto Bar

MAJEK FASHEK—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

THE MURDERS, SUNSHINE AND THE VALLEY, THE RED MACHINE—9 p.m., $5, Terrapin

OLIN AND THE MOON—7 p.m., FREE, Crusty’s

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

REBECCA SCOTT—9 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub

SPINDLEBOMB—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish STEVE EATON—8:15 p.m., FREE, Chandlers THURSDAY NIGHTS LIVE—5-8 p.m., Arts West Jazz, FREE, The Waterfront at Lake Harbor

MANUEL AND CORY CAVAZOS—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m., The Gamekeeper Lounge POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE, THE NAUGHTIES—9:45 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m,, Humpin’ Hannah’s SHOEMAKER BROTHERS—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s SLOTH FALCON—9 p.m., $3, Terrapin THE STARLIGHT MINTS, JP INC.—8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux VOICE OF REASON—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

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MUSICGUIDE saturday 32 ACTUAL DEPICTION—9 p.m., $1, Liquid AUDRA CONNOLLY—8 p.m., FREE, Smoky Mountain Pizza-Meridian AZ N CREW PRESENTS: HATIRAS—8 p.m., (21 and up) $20 adv., day of show $25-$35 at midnight, $15 adv., Knitting Factory

FREE, Monkey Bizness FREE BAR TAB—9 p.m., FREE, The Plank GAYLE CHAPMAN—7 p.m., FREE, Orphan Annie’s HOLDEN YOUNG TRIO—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

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MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m., FREE, Mr. Lucky’s POCONO BILL—8 p.m., FREE, Groove Coffee ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m,, Humpin’ Hannah’s

SMOKIN’ LOCALS I—7:30 p.m., with JOE BALDASZombie at Heart, SARRE—7:30-9:30 Stephen Annest, p.m., FREE, Papa BLACK Workin’ on Fire, Stop Joe’s FRANCIS, DOUG Drop and Party, Half MARTSCH—8-11 the World, $8, The JOHN HANSEN—8:45 p.m., $20, Neurolux p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s Venue BUCK SHOT BAND—9 KEN HARRIS—6-9 SOUL HONEY—9 p.m., $3, Shorty’s p.m., FREE, Piper Pub p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill BUILT TO SPIN—11 Z KAMP p.m., $3, Neurolux EXTRAVAGANZA—9 KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., p.m., $4, Terrapin with Sally Tibbs, FIVE SMOOTH 7:30 p.m., FREE, STONES—9 p.m., Chandlers

BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES—Noon-3 p.m., FREE, Grape Escape BODO BROTHERS—5-8 p.m., FREE, Tablerock DAN COSTELLO—11 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Red Feather GIANT SQUID, GRAYCEON, PUSSYGUTT, MANVILLE—9 p.m., $5, Gusto Bar JIM LEWIS—11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s MOONDANCE—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill MUSIC FROM STANLEY—4-8 p.m., Charley Jenkins with Shoemaker Brothers, FREE, Redfish Lake Lodge THE SIDEMEN—6-9 p.m., FREE, Chandlers SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish STARS ON THE WATER—1-4:30 p.m., $15 per person; Ste. Chapelle Winery

Venues

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

GRAINEY’S BASEMENT—107 S. 6th St., 345-2505

BAD IRISH—199 N. 8th St., 338-8939

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

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

BARDENAY-EAGLE—155 E. Riverside Dr., Eagle, 938-5093

DREAM CAFE—3110 S. Bown Way, 338-6632

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

BERRYHILL AND COMPANY—MSa: 7-11 p.m., 121 N. 9th St., 387-3553

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

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

EMERALD CLUB—415 S. 9th St., 342-5446

GUSTO BAR—509 W. Main St.

BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—246 N. 8th St., 345-1813 BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St. 345-6605

END ZONE—1010 Broadway Ave., 382-0613

HA’PENNY—855 Broad St., 343-5568 HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820

BUFFALO CLUB—10206 Fairview Ave., 321-1811

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

BUNGALOW—1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855

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

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—MSa: Kevin Kirk, 7 p.m.; acts at 8 p.m., 981 Grove St., 383-4300

GAMEKEEPER—1109 Main St., 343-4611

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

GELATO CAFE— 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian

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

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

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

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN—2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649 KNITTING FACTORY—416 S. 9th St., 367-1212 KODIAK GRILL—12342 E. Hwy. 21, 338-8859 LIBRARY COFFEEHOUSE—141 E. Carlton Ave., Meridian, 288-1898 THE LINEN BUILDING—1402 W. Grove St., 385-0111 LIQUID—405 S. 8th St. LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—1100 W. Jefferson, 336-4266 LULU’S FINE PIZZA—2594 Bogus Basin Road, 387-4992 LUSH—760 Main St., 342-5874 MAIN STREET BISTRO—609 Main St., 345-9515 MODERN HOTEL—1314 W. Grove St., 424-8244

mon. 34 BRENT VAARTSTRA, SHAWN SCHLOGEL—6:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers DEDICATED SERVERS, OSO NEGRO, BROOKSIDE BODEGA—9 p.m., $2, Bad Irish JAZZ JAM—7-10 p.m., FREE, Reef KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, SWOLLEN MEMBERS, BIG B, BATTLE AXE WARRIORS, DIRTBALL, SHORT DOG THA NATIVE—7:30 p.m., $21, Knitting Factory THOMAS PAUL, NIGHT GENES, COLORS & KINGDOMS—9 p.m., FREE, Red Feather Lounge

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ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE—9 p.m., hosted by Brock and Kelly, FREE, Terrapin

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Red and Gray, Ray Wylie Hubbard, FREE, The Grove Plaza

BERNIE REILLY—7-10 p.m., FREE, Liquid

BLAZE AND KELLY—6:30 p.m., FREE, Bardenay-Eagle

CHRIS GUTIERREZ—7 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s

CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED, MICKEY AND THE MOTORCARS, RANDY ROGERS BAND—8 p.m., $25, Knitting Factory

JUKE BOX JUNKEEZ—10 p.m., FREE, Liquid KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., with Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

EOTO—9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, Terrapin

PLAYIN’ IN THE PLAZA— 5:307:30 p.m., Gayle Chapman, FREE, Generations Plaza, Meridian City Hall

LOOSE CHANGE—8 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub

SABRINA FOUNTAIN, ALEX RICHARDS—8 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s

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B Y CHRISTOPHER SCHNOOR

OF THE BEHOLDER The Devorah Sperber experience

use of Swarovski crystals, marker pen caps, colored faceted beads or other mundane items that come in a wide range of colors suggest an affinity for the unusual. Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Sperber’s work is its merging of neuroscience, optics and computer technology with a Duchampian playfulness and a subtle folk o one can deny the growing intersection between art and art sensibility. The material beauty of these works, demonstrates an science, the nature of which is being increasingly discussed acute sensitivity to the character ordinary things and textiles can by scientific and cultural commentators in the media and in possess. The dignity Sperber says she looks for in her materials is on literature. This interdisciplinary dialogue has been fed by advances ample display here. in imaging technology and computers’ ability to replicate neurologiAnyone who saw the Chuck Close exhibit at BAM in 2007 cal functions and other organic processes. We have also seen an cannot help but be struck by the similarities between Close’s prints intense interest in environmental issues, human genetics and the life and paintings, and where Sperber is coming from in her art. Indeed, sciences on the part of artClose’s work was the origiists, especially regarding the nal inspiration for her interblurring of the boundaries est in exploring visual perbetween the biological and ception in the studio. Both the artificial. The result has begin with a photographic been a new experiential image of the subject, which direction taking place in art, they then deconstruct into particularly sculpture and its visual components. installation, as demonstratClose’s technique is to ed by Boise Art Museum’s impose a grid system that current exhibition of breaks the image down work by sculptor Devorah into thousands of small Sperber whose marriage of squares and within each he these opposing perspectives draws or paints the minute subverts the old left-brain/ abstract notations that right-brain dichotomy we together construct a realistic take for granted. image on a monumental What is perhaps ironic scale. Sperber deconstructs about this trend is that her photographic subjects artists have in many cases digitally, by breaking the turned to science and techimage down into pixels via nology out of a desire to computer. By matching an recapture a flesh-and-blood individual spool of thread relevance in their work (or other object) with a corwhich has been lost in an responding pixel, Sperber electronic/digital age that creates a three-dimensional limits us to secondhand, composition on a much virtual experiences. As New larger scale. In addition, York art critic Nancy Prinher chenille-stem series Devorah Sperber, After Vermeer 2, 2006, 5,024 spools of thread, stainless steel ball centhal has written, there is called “After Dali, After chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere on metal stand, currently a shared “asHarmon” are reminiscent 100” x 96”. sumption of humankind’s of Close’s mutating serial creeping disembodiment images. [e.g.] reproduction without sex, fetishism without eroticism, minds Nevertheless, there are significant differences in their art as well, without wetware, fatal damage without death …” Yet, surprisingly, which are informative. Close captures on paper or canvas the way this cultural malaise has in many cases inspired artists to find an a camera sees a person versus how the human eye sees them. He aesthetic response within the very technologies that brought us to deliberately chooses anonymous, ordinary people for his “heads,” this predicament in the first place. And interestingly, more often than whose faces usually have a passive, non-expressiveness to them. This not, it is women artists who are pioneering this new sensibility. way he eliminates the “distractions” of familiarity and celebrity. He Sperber’s exhibit is the second in BAM’s series entitled “Threads wants us to respond to the objective, democratic nature of photogof Perception,” which began in 2008 as a three-year program geared raphy, where all the surface components are given equal importance, to new ideas and ground-breaking artwork that draw on scientific without the mental baggage. thought and technology to visualize the mental act of perception, Sperber, on the other hand, captures both what the eye sees and and consider its social and cultural implications. Conceived by BAM what the brain does with that information, i.e., our “visual biology,” art curator Sandy Harthorn, who has been particularly attuned to which is subjectively influenced by cultural forces, too. Her choice of the new directions in sculptural and installation art (BW, Arts, “Art art historical subject matter is based in part on those artists from the After the ‘Isms’,” May 6, 2009), the program invites artists who past whose art was informed by the science and technology of the “have achieved recognition for their inventive use of digital and day, such as Hans Holbein. unconventional media to explore perception-related issues.” For those subjects composed of thousands of spools of thread The inaugural exhibition of the series was the elaborate construc- strung on steel ball chains, Sperber has chosen to recreate iconic tion/deconstruction project “After” by Lead Pencil Studio, which oc- works by famous western artists like DaVinci (The Mona Lisa, The cupied BAM’s indoor and outdoor sculpture courts from November Last Supper), Vermeer (Girl with the Pearl Earring) and van Eyck 2008 to last May. Constructed from non-art and found materials, (Man with a Red Turban)—all paintings we know by sight, which “After” was a multi-layered architectural statement that addressed is the point. Displayed inverted on the wall, the compositions are organic processes like regeneration and decay, exploring the transiimpossible to sort out, our eye pulled in all directions by swarms of tory nature of the seemingly secure while toying with our ingrained shifting color patterns. As we peer through the clear acrylic viewing perceptions of whether a structure is on the way up or the down. sphere placed in front of the work (our brain), the image appears Sperber’s project is also based on a found-material aesthetic, but upright and everything clicks. Recognition is swift and startling as hers is of a very different sort, one that makes “Threads of Percepour memory takes over and fills in the details. Sperber makes it postion” a particularly appropriate title for her exhibit. As technologisible for us to experience this transformation as if in slow motion. cally savvy and unconventional as her work is, it has a strong craft This unique, illuminating treatise on the “art of seeing” preselement to it with obvious ties to fabric art. Using wooden spools ents an intriguing taste of the possibilities science offers to the of colored thread and stitched-together pipe cleaners as installation contemporary artist. It will be interesting to see if and how Spermediums puts her squarely in the company of other contemporary ber applies these principles in taking her own original imagery in artists exhibited at BAM in recent years, like Hildar Bjarnadotnew directions. tir, Kendall Buster and Gerri Saylor, who also have acknowledged “Threads of Perception” runs through September. Boise Art Muwomen’s skilled traditional handiwork in their sculpture, thereby seum, 670 E. Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org. resurrecting the imprint of the human hand. 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BY JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA

as much tension and heart fluttering as any shoot-em-up conflict. While there are small scenes involving James’ wife (Evangeline Lilly) back home, the majority of the film is about the battlefield and how our service personnel cope with this uncertain war. It’s perhaps fortunate that few of The ar is a drug,” the opening when the team becomes embroiled in a des- Hurt Locker’s crew are veterans of the war quote of The Hurt Locker ert sniper shootout, that he demonstrates film genre, including notable director Bigtells us, and the human cooperation, actually establishing trust elow (K-19: The Widowmaker) and cinemaspecies’ addiction to it is tographer Barry Ackroyd nearly as old as the ground (The Wind That Shakes the on which each battle is Barley). The film contains fought. But like a bad trip, no glamour, no rallying the fever dreams created speeches, no rapid fox-fire by every new conflict are skirmishes. Rather than unique and ever-adapting. the breathless panting of In the colonial wars, some war films (Blackhawk the primitive nature of Down), The Hurt Locker weaponry required a closer uses a carefully measured range in order to fight, cadence, its breath and which also meant you movement as even as the knew where the danger motions required of those could come from and there handling deadly explosives. was no faceless enemy. But rather than flatlining, The “improved” effithis deliberateness creates ciency of the war machine a wariness in the viewer, as has accelerated the killing we expect the worst and are process, as well as disalways on edge. Much as I tanced military personnel hate to think of conflict as from those they’re fighting. entertainment, it’s an exWar has increasingly tremely effective thriller, as become dehumanized, and the toll that this well as a fascinating view of life in the field. HURT LOCKER (R) takes on the human psyche is explored in The Hurt Locker sits in an uncomfortDirected by Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow’s new film, in which every able category, that of a film depicting a war Starring Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, bystander could be your enemy and even still in progress. At home, we see the news Jeremy Renner the ground is deadly. clips that give glimpses of the conflict and With 38 days left on their rotation, Now playing at The Flicks hear the testimonies of friends who have bomb defusion operatives Sgt. JT Sanborn served there, but rarely are we privy to the (Anthony Mackie) and Spc. Owen Eldridge details of what our servicemen and women (Brian Geraghty) are joined by Staff Sgt. among his crew. Based on the observations experience. William James (Jeremy Renner), whose of journalist Mark Boal—who also serves While the film may not be a completely loose-cannon actions and aggressive mavas screenwriter and producer—following accurate picture of their lives (I seriously erick tendencies threaten to bring their tour his entrenchment with a military bomb doubt James would be commended so highof duty to a quicker end. squad in Iraq, the film is built around a ly for such reckless behavior), it does ring James has little patience for distracseries of “calls” the unit makes to defuse true as an image of how war has changed tions while he’s working, whether it be the improvised explosive devices in and around in the last century, and the effect it has on cumbersome protective suit or the safety Baghdad, every episode requiring different those who serve our country. With fierce positioning of his lookouts, and frequently tactics as the men deal with car bombs, performances by a largely unknown cast chooses to act as a solo operative, taking suicidal Mujahideen and buried land mines. and restrained and effective direction, The off his headset or ignoring orders. But he With each new situation, Boal’s script Hurt Locker helps complete a picture the gets the job done. It is only late in the film, establishes tightly coiled scenes that hold nightly news cannot hope to show.

CONFLICKS The Hurt Locker shows a slower, but no less scary, side of war

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SCREENLISTINGS special screening THE BIG SLEEP—The Rediscovered Bookshop’s book group Partners in Crime is sponsoring a showing of The Big Sleep. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., $8.50 general; FREE for members, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com, www.rediscoveredbookshop.com. THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK—The Idaho Human Rights Education Center and the Idaho State Historical Museum are hosting a special screening of The Devil Came on Horseback for the closing of the exhibit “Darfur: Photojournalists Respond.” The award-winning documentary is from a personal account of an American witness who saw the tragedy in Darfur, and since returning back to the United States, is taking action to stop the violence. Friday, July 31, 6:30 p.m., FREE and open to the public. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, www.idahohistory.net/museum.html, www.idahodarfurcoalition.org.

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opening ALIENS IN THE ATTIC—Miniature aliens that look like the result of intergalactic breeding between E.T. and a Gremlin, invade the Pearson family’s vacation home in Maine. The little green guys use their ability to control people as par t of a plan to take over the world. The antics of the buggers eventually star t to annoy ever yone so the crew of kids—including hip teen actors Car ter Jenkins and Ashley Tisdale—mobilize, join forces with the runt of the alien bunch and it’s game on. (PG) Edwards 9 FOOD, INC.—This film, directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Rober t Kenner and narrated by journalists Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), takes a hard and honest looks at the mass production of food. The documentar y lays out some facts about corporations, legislation and farm workers and lets the audience decide if they will put their money where their mouth is. (R) Flicks

FUNNY PEOPLE—Director Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) unites Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen (Superbad). Sandler plays George, a famous comedian who learns that he has one year to live, and as part of his grieving takes a young comedian named Ira (Rogen) under his wing. Ira plays the part of supporter and friend as George learns to live life in the moment. (R)

continuing AWAY WE GO—Expectant couple Verona (Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live) and Bur t (John Krasinski, The Office) set out on a trip across the countr y in search of a place to raise their child. The movie, directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), is from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. (R) Flicks BRUNO—Sacha Baron Cohen is Bruno, a homosexual Austrian fashion guru and TV personality. With his zebra stripes, shor t shor ts and stylish hats, Bruno leaves no feathers unruffled on his quest to shock unsuspecting people. (R) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 21

G-FORCE—Disney’s 3D movie is a comedy about a secret government program of guinea pigs equipped with advanced spy gizmos. (PG) Northgate, Edwards 9 THE HANGOVER—Three friends head to Las Vegas before one of them takes the final plunge into matrimony. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE—Director David Yates leads the Hogwarts gang through another school year of mystery and magic. Harry returns, persisting in battle against his arch nemesis, Lord Voldemort. (PG) Northgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 THE HURT LOCKER—See Screen, this page. (R) Flicks ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS—Ray Romano (Manny), John Leguizamo (Sid), Queen Latifah (Ellie) and Denis Leary (Diego) lend their voices to this Ice Age sequel. (PG) Northgate, Edwards 21 MOON—Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is an astronaut stuck on a desolate moon base and his only form of communication is with a computer called GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey). (R) Flicks

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SCREENLISTINGS MY SISTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S KEEPERâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Fitzgerald family, Sara (Cameron Diaz), Brian (Jason Patric) and their two kids, Kate (SoďŹ a Vassilieva) and Jesse live a happy life until Kate is diagnosed with leukemia. The parents decide to have another baby, Anna, (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) to ensure Kate has a per fect match for bone marrow and an eventual kidney transplant. But when Anna reaches her teen years, she ďŹ ghts for the right to make decisions about her own body. (PG-13) Edwards 21 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIANâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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 were shipped there on accident. (PG) Edwards 21

ORPHANâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A seemingly sweet little girl is adopted by Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard). The family welcomes the artistically talented girl into the family, but then their life takes a sinister turn. As unexplained violent events unfold, Kate begins to see the evil nature of the child and realizes the little girl is not what she seems. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 OUTRAGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The double lives of gay politicians and their voting records that have negatively affected the LGBT community are examined by Academy Award-nominated documentary ďŹ lmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated). The ďŹ lm includes interviews with Congressman Barney Frank, former N.J. Gov. Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, radio personality Michelangelo Signorile and openly gay congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (Rep., Wisconsin, 2nd district). (NR) Flicks Ends Thursday

THE PROPOSALâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a heavy-handed book editor who persuades her male assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marr y her so she wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be depor ted back to Canada. T(PG-13) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 PUBLIC ENEMIESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Depression-era gangster ďŹ lm 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 slippery outlaw John Dillinger, whose charm and good looks always keep him a couple of steps ahead of the law. J. Edgar Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new agency, the FBI, and 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

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SCREENLISTINGS 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 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN—Action, loads of metal smashing and grand explosions are par t of the second installment of the battle between a resurrected Megatron and his crew of villainous Decepticons against the peaceful Autobots. The cast of the first movie, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Tur turro star. (PG13) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21

THE UGLY TRUTH—Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a single TV producer who is on the prowl for a man. When her employer teams her up with macho and opinionated TV personality Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), Richter is immediately turned off. Chadway remains persistent and insists that once Richter understands the way men think, she will finally be able to find a boyfriend. Richter gives in and Chadway takes her on a journey through the minds of men, and she manages to teach him a few things about women in return. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 UP—Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) decides to attach a bunch of hot-air balloons to his

home and sets sail for South America. The 78-year-old and his stowaway companion, an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell, go on the adventure of their lives. (PG) Edwards 21 WHATEVER WORKS—Boris (Larry David, Seinfeld) is a cantankerous New Yorker who 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. Written and directed by Woody Allen. (PG-13) Flicks Ends Thursday

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Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1, 4:10, 7, 9:55 Flicks: W-Th: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20

THE BIG SLEEP—

Flicks: Tu only: 7

BRUNO—

Edwards 9: W-Th only: 12:50, 10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25

FOOD INC.—

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

FUNNY PEOPLE—

Edwards 9: Th: 12:01 a.m.; F-Tu: 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30 Edwards 21: Th: 12:01 a.m.

G-FORCE—

Northgate: W-Th: 12:10, 2:20, 4:45, 7, 9:10 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4, 7:40, 9:55; F-Tu: 1:10, 4:15, 7:25, 10:05 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40

G-FORCE 3D—

Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

THE HANGOVER—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 4:15, 7:35; F-Tu: 1:05, 7:30 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:25, 2:45, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE—

Northgate: W-Th: 12:30, 3:45, 730 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:40, 1:15, 3:55, 4:30, 7:10, 7:45, 10:25; F-Tu: 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25 Edwards 21: W: 12, 12:40, 1, 1:20, 1:55, 3:20, 4, 4:20, 4:40, 6:40, 7:20, 7:40, 8, 9:55, 10:35, 10:55; Th: 12, 12:40, 1, 1:20, 1:55, 3:20, 4, 4:20, 4:40, 5:20, 6:40, 7:20, 7:40, 8, 8:40, 9:55, 10:35, 10:55 Edwards IMAX: W-Th: 9:15 a.m., 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:15

THE HURT LOCKER— Flicks: W-Th: 4:30, 7:05, 9:30; F-Su: 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30; M-Tu: 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS— Northgate: W-Th: 12:20, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:35 a.m., 12:55, 2:05, 3:25, 4:25, 6:55, 9:10 MET SUMMER ENCORE: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA— MOON—

Edwards 21: W only: 7

Flicks: W-Th: 7:30, 9:25; F-Su: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; M: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; Tu: 9:15

MY SISTER’S KEEPER—

Edwards 21: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN—

ORPHAN—

OUTRAGE— THE PROPOSAL—

PUBLIC ENEMIES—

STAR TREK—

Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:35, 3, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10

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

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN— Northgate: W-Th: 12:40, 3:45, 7:30 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:55, 4:05, 7:20, 10:30; F-Tu: 12:55, 4:05, 7:20, 10:35 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:05, 3:15, 6:45, 10 THE UGLY TRUTH—

UP— WHATEVER WORKS—

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

Movie times listed were correct as of press time. To verify: Edwards 21 Boise, 208-377-1700, www.regmovies.com; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821, www.regmovies.com; The Egyptian Theater, 208345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net; The Flicks, 208-342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com; Northgate Cinema, 208-377-2620, www.reeltheatre.com. 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, www.reeltheatre.com.

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CHURCH OF THE TRAIL Following the new biking path

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re you growing weary of the same old trail? Do you tire of single-track similarity? Fear not, oh followers of the pedals, there is hope to relieve your knobbytired repetition. The trail powers that be are bringing unto you new paths to explore, new challenges to roll over and new routes to mountain biking salvation. First, look ye onto the new Fat Tire trail, a unifying force in the Foothills. It may not be the longest or hardest trail in the Ridge to Rivers trail system, yet it is not daunted by the duty of connecting several of the area’s most popular trails, Trail Four and Sidewinder with Freestone Ridge No. 5. Money donated by the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association begot the 1.2-mile-long connecting trail, creating a much requested link at the mid-elevation level of the Foothills. Fat Tire takes biking pilgrims from east to west and allows them to make loops out of what were paths without choices just two weeks ago. But Fat Tire does not stand alone in the mission to connect individual trails. The two-mile Watchman trail joined the cause last fall, said David Gordon, Ridge to Rivers trail coordinator. Like Fat Tire, Watchman is a uniter, bringing together Five Mile Gulch with Three Bears and Trail Six. “Overall, people are happy to see it as a link,” said Gordon. “It allows people to spread out a little bit. So many people get locked into some rides in the Foothills that are great rides, but they get a little crowded.” Already, riders have discovered the way, Gordon said, adding that both Fat Tire and Watchman have quickly gained many followers. Once Bogus Basin Mountain Resort finishes a short, 1.25-mile trail from the Deer Point area to Pioneer Lodge, it too, will become part of Ridge to Rivers’ 130-mile-long congregation of trails when the organization takes over maintenance. But Ridge to Rivers isn’t the only group answering the call of the biking believers. The Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park in Eagle will soon baptize a new trail of its own. Construction is under way on a new intermediate-level downhill trail at the park, said Brad Nelson, IVCP board member and volunteer coordinator. Once completed, the trail will take followers down a bumpy road, complete with rocks and jumps along its .6mile length. It is the first of its kind at the park, but Nelson said the master plan calls for an expert-level downhill trail. These will eventually join beginner, intermediate and expert freeride jump lines (short downhill trails with jumps) and dirt jump lines (steeper trials with jumps designed to catch more air). But alas, the park needs another $5,000 in order to begin construction on the expert-level downhill course. But Nelson is keeping the faith that funding will come though, either by way of an REI grant IVCP has applied for, or through private donations. The park has passed the plate and benefitted from a giving community, racking up an impressive 7,000 volunteer hours in just more than one year. SWIMBA has also donated considerable funds to

build the skills park, and Lowe’s awarded IVCP $4,800 in supplies, as well as volunteer labor. But even unfinished, IVCP is attracting its own flock. “The park gets used heavily now, for everything from runners to cross-country riders,” Nelson said. “Anyone who jumps and rides knows about the park around here.” Of course, summer riding in Boise isn’t without its tribulations. The torrential rains of the spring caused heavy erosion on many Foothills trails, forcing Ridge to Rivers to spend considerable time repairing washouts deep enough for an arc.

Fat Tire Traverse leads bikers to new paths of glory.

But the rain had an unexpected effect as well. Gordon said soil on many of the trails is looser than usual, leading to dusty conditions and challenging rides. Additionally, as the rains washed other trails clean of loose sediment, much of it ended up in low-lying depressions, creating mini sandtraps for bikers. But Gordon said it seems that two warring factions have started making peace. Since earlier blowups between dog owners and the dogless over fuzzy companions not being on leashes, with threats of closing trails because of it, the situation has calmed. “Overall, I’m seeing, in my opinion, better compliance,” Gordon said. “I see more people leashing their dogs where they’re supposed to.” Gordon said that more dog owners are keeping better control of their dogs even when off leash, and that everyone is being more aware of the situation. He attributes this partly to the Idaho Humane Society workers patrolling the trails, but also to the overall awareness of the issue. Part of that awareness is coming from a volunteer group of trail users who are spreading the word about proper trail etiquette. Volunteers have taken to the trails on busy days, setting up shop at trailheads, where they can talk to people before they head out. Response, overall, has been positive, Gordon said. Trail users were also wary of a the possibility of limited winter trail closures announced earlier this year in the constant battle against trail damage due to use when the paths are wet. Gordon said no final decision has been made, and the issue won’t be revisited until later this fall. Until then, ye of the biking faith, hit the trails to experience your own epiphany.

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ate on a Wednesday night, my friend the art professor ’ll admit that at times, I have lost faith. Lost faith in the notion that and I were seated at a small table in Red Feather’s dimly you can get a really good meal, in a stylish atmosphere without taklit upper level. Noisy revelers filled the booths on the ing out a loan or feeling like some kind of hick in the city. Thanks ground floor near the bar, providing a nice dichotomy between to a recent dinner at Red Feather Lounge, I’m a born-again foodie. the jovial atmosphere downstairs and the hushed conversations I once again believe that good food doesn’t have to be overly pretenabove. And though cozy, the overall assessment of Red Feather tious, yet it can be both creative and familiar, giving diners the duality could easily cross the line from elegant to pretentious, but safely of being both comforted and challenged. avoids sticking its nose in the air with a menu that offers beautiInside Red Feather’s narrow confines, the atmosphere is, in a word, fully prepared, yet simple hip. Dark, curving booths Americana food and serline one wall, while above vice that is efficacious but a small bar mixing some not overly solicitous. of the most creative cockI love a hearty bowl tails around, seating fills of mac and cheese—even the balcony. The area is out of a box—and any centered on a multi-story time I see it listed on a wine cellar that glows fine-dining menu as just with blue neon. Of course, that and not “pasta and some diners opt for the parmagiano” or “macasee-and-be-seen patio, ronis et fromage,” I’m shared by sister eatery Bitlikely to order it. And tercreek Alehouse. after eating Red Feather’s After spending at least honestly monikered maca10 minutes perusing the roni and cheese ($10), I wine list we started with may never eat boxed crap the smoked Idaho trout again. Tangy Ballard Famappetizer ($10). The ily white cheddar oozed trout was a little fishier through large, almost al than I like, but paired dente elbow noodles, and with homemade crackers, after one bite, I would fromage blanc, red onions, RED FEATHER LOUNGE even have forgiven a “fromage” on the menu. I capers and roasted garlic, it was a build-your-own 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340 paired the dish with an order of Red Feather’s adventure with a surprising complexity of flavors. justeatlocal.com signature housecut fries, which are sprinkled with I had heard about Red Feather’s French fries Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m-2:30 p.m. Happy Hour: Sun.-Thur., 4-6 p.m. herbs and shredded parmesan and served with a from co-workers, so I let my curiosity lead me to Dinner: Sun.-Thur., 5-10 p.m., spicy ketchup dipping sauce. order a simple burger ($8.50, $1.25 for cheese). Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. The art professor ordered the cedar-plank roastBut by “simple,” I mean one of the most complex Brunch: Sat.-Sun., 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ed Wild Bristol Bay Salmon with beurre blanc, flavor combinations I’ve ever had. BW Card Member sided with wild rice ($14). The large, pink salmon The burger came on a locally baked chalsteak flaked off the fork like phyllo dough and lah bun. Beyond the rich flavor of the beef, the the wild rice—a dish I seldom enjoy—must have been drizzled burger was brought to life with the combination of some very strong with the sauce; the dense, weedy-tasting grain was dulcified by a flavors, which ran the risk of clashing, but instead found harmony. The delectable buttery and slightly tart essence. horseradish-based saloon sauce gave a welcome bite, while the English The waiter-recommended glass of the Cinder Viognier ($8) huntsman cheese I chose played the role of the earthy and tangy foil. was a bit sweeter than expected, but cool and bright and a pleasAnd the fries. Oh, the fries. They lived up to every hype. The handant libation in the waning heat of the day. cut gems were expertly prepared so that they were never greasy, not To expand our flavor profiles for the night, the art professor even when they cooled off. The grated Parmesan sprinkled across the ordered the grilled kale Caesar salad ($6) and I ordered the wedge top was a little taste of fromage heaven. While I tried to keep them to of butterleaf ($5) with grilled tomato, fried shallots, shaved myself, my dining companions discovered them and suddenly fingers parmesan-reggiano and buttermilk chive dressing. A few brown flashed from across the table onto my plate. spots on the leaf ends and the unrefined way in which a person Not that they had anything to complain about. One ordered the must consume a wedge salad even in a fine-dining establishment strip steak off the fixed-price menu ($24 for one person), which arrived didn’t completely derail the dish. I swirled the oily tomatoes grilled to pink-in-the-middle perfection, stacked on top of roasted poaround in the zesty cheese and the chive dressing and felt I’d at tatoes with a few lima beans tossed in for good measure. His meal was least taken a bite out of the food pyramid’s recommendation of prefaced by a grilled kale Caesar salad that also had every other fork on daily vegetables. And then I tried the professor’s kale salad. the table making mad jabs. Kale is hearty roughage, and takes a little In high school, I worked at a Wendy’s. I was usually on salad extra chewing, but all the longer to savor the dressing with the wonderbar, responsible for topping off crocks with cubes of ham, shred- ful, salty bite of a traditional Caesar without being overt. ded cheese and kidney beans, filling a large plastic bowl with Our table was also graced by the pan-seared Alaskan halibut ($17), lettuce and stuffing the spaces in between with decorative kale. In which could be held up in culinary schools as an example of how fish is the years since then, that stiff leafy green has found its way onto supposed to be cooked. The mild halibut was given a peppery seasonplates instead of just around them, but other than throwing it in ing that accented the moist, flaky fish and left a welcome aftertaste a blender with fruit to add texture to a smoothie, I wouldn’t have that happily lingered in our mouths. The dish came accompanied by considered it as a main ingredient until Red Feather’s offering. zucchini fritters, delicious little deep-fried morsels that again had forks Served as an unassuming pile of wilted, dark green leaves, sneaking away from their own plates. topped with crushed croutons and more of that lick-it-off-theWe managed to refrain from actually licking our plates but only beplate parmesan-reggiano, I was shocked when I tasted it. The cause the frozen chocolate lavender julep that came with the fixed-price gritty texture of the leaves was subdued by the grilling preparameal was still to come. Here’s a warning: If you don’t like the taste of tion, and the salty Caesar dressing married blissfully to the bosky lavender, don’t order this. But if you do, it’s an amazingly light concocflavor of the kale. Near the end of our meal, I noticed that neither tion of mint, lavender and chocolate sorbet that had two of us fighting salt nor pepper graced our table but, more importantly, hadn’t for straws to suck up the last elegantly scented pools. been missed. For less than two Andrew Jacksons apiece, we’d Knowing that Red Feather uses mainly local, regional and organic dined on sophisticated but unfussy food and discovered that kale ingredients only made the meal better. It was a welcome reminder of can be so much more than garnish. I wonder what the chefs at how the flavors of the Northwest can sing when in the hands of a good Red Feather could do with parsley ... conductor. Hallelujah. I’m a convert.

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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., 208-672-8227. $$ SU. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BARâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;It is a happy ďŹ sh, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and moreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including several creative vegetarian optionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810. $$$ 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. $-$$ P OM. SUPERB SUSHIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;For less than the price of a couple gallons of gas, you can get nine pieces of sushi, noodle salad, miso soup and an inari roll. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lunch special that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave you dragging for the rest of the workday. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-3385. 2053 Fairview Ave., 208-8848511. 280 N. Eighth St. #104, 208-385-0123. $-$$ P SU OM.

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. 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.

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 .

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Monday afternoon went like this: lunch at Pho Nouveau in good company with fellow media grunt and cha gio nicely done with a mound of cellophane noodles, which I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the chance to rummage through because lunch arrived quite quickly. Seems the folks at Pho Nouveau understand how short on time the lunch crowd can be. I found myself staring a little too longingly at my lunch companionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lily blossom salad of young lotus root, shrimp and pork. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rate my shaken beef salad just ďŹ ne, but next time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all about a bowl of pho. I will be reordering the Vietnamese coffee, which comes properly served dripping from the Vietnamese â&#x20AC;&#x153;coffee potâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a tin hat sort of thing that sits on top of a glass. Being an American woman, the best thing about taking coffee on a hot Vietnamese afternoon is always chatting up the old men who smoke furiously while squatting on miniature plastic stools at sidewalk coffee carts. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd any of them at Pho Nouveau, but it is the best excuse in Boise to slug down a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. After lunch I walked over to the newly opened Sweetwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tropic Zone on 10th Street to have a look at whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become of the former MilkyWay. The new restaurant looks eerily similar but with a hefty dose of tiki kitsch. The big, blue Jestsons-esque booth is still ďŹ rmly entrenched windowside, the same metal-backed chairs and bar stools are still there and the entire space has taken on a rainbow of tropical color to match its new theme. That theme, according to the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subhead, if you will, is: barbecue, Caribbean, Creole and island cuisine. Put into action, that translates into a menu with pineapple curry mussels, gator tots (from Idaho, believe it or not), conch fritters, Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian curry goat and Indonesian satay. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a globe trotter for sure, but one that makes a serious effort to stay between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. For you foodies who were around when Reef ďŹ rst opened, Sweetwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concept isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too far from that ďŹ rst menu. The one truly notable offeringâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;aside from all the oddities, that isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is the return of a raw bar, which has been missing from downtown Boise since City Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closure. Oysters on the half shell, conch salad, lomi lomi salmon and fresh ceviche. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll report back on the lomi lomi sometime soon, but someone else will have to do the honors on the cevicheâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a bad batch in Peru left me incapacitated for days and my stomach still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forgiven me. Pho Nouveau, 780 W. Idaho St., 208-367-1111. Sweetwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tropic Zone, 210 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194.

THIS WEEKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WINE AND DINE Wine and dine the love of your life twice this weekend. But do it outdoors. The Soul Food Extravaganza is this weekend, marking year 17 that we get treated to a plate of soul food. In addition to the usual vendorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;B & B Soul Food for your catďŹ sh and collard greens, A Piece of Cake for your sweet potato pie and mac and cheese, and Chef Rolandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for your jambalaya and gumboâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd some other unusual suspects that are more food for your soul than soul food. Basillos Tacos will be there repping the So-Bo crowd, Kanak Attack has your island ďŹ x and a couple of hot dog places will be there for the truly picky eater. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get my dogs at Hyde Park Street Fair, thanks very much, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get my soul food at the Soul Food Extravaganza. Saturday, Aug. 1. Music and food start at 11 a.m. with headliner Teedra Moses on stage at 7 p.m. Julia Davis Park. Information on Page 16 or at boisesoulfoodfestival.com. Opportunity No. 2 to wine and dine this weekend is the annual San Inazio Basque Festival. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more about the wining (and the dancing and the singing and the good times) than the dining, but ... Festivities are Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2. See Page 16 for details or visit basquecenter.com.

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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.

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.

BAR GERNIKAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget Beef Tongue Saturday. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175. $ P SU.

CHAPALAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 1201 S. Vista Ave., 208-429-1155. $-$$ SU OM. CORONA VILLAGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;family styleâ&#x20AC;? Mexican restaurants. 4334 W. State St., 208-338-9707. $-$$ . 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. REEFâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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.

DONG KHANHâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Vietnamese goodness. Lunch specials are a great bargain and the banquet dinners are a deďŹ nite great crowd pleaser. 111 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0980. $-$$ . FUSION ASIAN GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean in Meridian. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., 208-855-5930. $-$$ SU MAI THAIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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. PATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THAI KITCHENâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise to deliver â&#x20AC;&#x153;delicious authentic Thai foodâ&#x20AC;? certainly holds true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you ďŹ nd 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. $-$$ SU. SIAM THAIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Siam is known for its consistent, fresh, delicious Thai food in family-style proportions, cozy setting and impeccable service. Dishes are spiced to your liking. 590 E. Boise Ave., 208-383-9032. 2951 Overland Road, 208-898-8939. $-$$ SU OM.

THE BASQUE MARKETâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelves are stocked with Basque food and wine (and often, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd take-and-bake croquettas in the cooler), but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a small cafe space for lunch. A list of sandwiches on the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshmade baguette (we here at BW crave the turkey) all come with a side and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky, a cookie. 608 W. Grove St., 208-4331208. $ OM. EPIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BASQUE RESTAURANTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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. $$$-$$$$ RES. LEKU ONAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Step into a little piece of traditional Basque home, family and heaven when you visit Leku Ona. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner, either inside or out on the patio on warm days. 117 S. Sixth St., 345-6665. $$-$$$$ RES P SU OM. These restaurants are only a few of Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eateries. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in Boise and the surrounding areas, visit boiseweekly.com and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foodâ&#x20AC;? and then on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Find Restaurants.â&#x20AC;? Do you have a BW Card yet? Save 40 percent at participating restaurants. For details, visit boiseweekly.com and click on the BW Card icon.

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AMERICAN STANDARDS No, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not talking the playlist from the latest CD by lounge singer wannabe Rod Stewart (who knew?). This is about American craft beer and three different landmark brews that set the tone for three different styles. Served up are an IPA, a pale ale and a hefeweizen. You may or may not agree that my picks are the best available, but they are readily available and serve as something of a benchmark for most beer lovers. Let the drinking begin. ANCHOR BREWING LIBERTY ALE Anchor has a history in San Francisco dating back to 1896. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone through a lot of changes and a lot of openings and closings, but in 1965, appliance heir Fritz Maytag rescued the operation. He brought out Liberty Ale in 1975 to commemorate the ride of Paul Revere. Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not labeled as an IPA, with its dry hopping and bitterness proďŹ le, it certainly qualiďŹ es. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not talking the Northwest uber-hop style here, but more an homage to the legendaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;gone but not forgottenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ballantine IPA. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about balance, and this one has it in spades with complex hops that range from pine resin to citrus. Smooth malt and apricot tea ďŹ&#x201A;avors mark the mid-palate with an nice hit of oily bitterness on the ďŹ nish. This is an old favorite you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t neglect. SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE Pours a pale amber with a thick and frothy light-beige head that crashes fairly quickly but leaves a nice lacing. Light, lovely hop aromas mingle with citrus and malt. At its coldest, sweet biscuit and caramel malt are backed by citrus and spice with a good hop grip on the ďŹ nish. As it warms up the pine-colored hops move forward, and you pick up notes of berry and deeper spice. After 30 years this is still Sierra Nevadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ&#x201A;agship brew. Its balance and easy drinkability make it a hallmark for the style. WIDMER HEFEWEIZEN This hazy, golden-hued brew is the perfect ďŹ t for the lazy days of summer. OK, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the most complex brew, but who wants complexity when the scorching sun is beating down on you? Widmer is the original, introducing their version of hefeweizen to America in 1986. The aromas are light and marked by soft hops and wheat. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a completely refreshing quaff with sweet citrus playing against yeasty bread dough and very subdued malt. If it ďŹ nishes a bit short, adding the traditional lemon wedge ďŹ xes that nicely. Lighten up and enjoy.

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utdoor enthusi7451 TRUMPET LANE, EAGLE asts, start your $359,000 engines! This 4 BED/2.5 BATH week’s home is a sports3,267 SQUARE FEET man’s haven sitting on BUILT IN 1995 nearly 11 acres of rolling, 10.91 ACRES high desert property that PRUDENTIAL JENSEN REAL backs up to Bureau of ESTATE Land Management land. PRUIDAHORE.COM All around, coveys of NORA EDWARD, 208-859-8298 quail scurry across open MLS #98388246 fields while hawks circle overhead looking for whistle pigs to eat. Nestled about halfway between Eagle and Emmett, this single-story home has a spacious covered deck with a prime view of the land surrounding it. Inside, you’ll find a large game room with a poker table, a billiards table and a long bar where there is space for six cushy stools. A kegerator with two taps hides under the wooden countertop. It is easy to imagine spending a Saturday riding ATVs along miles of BLM trails then relaxing with cold drafts from your personal bar, sipped with feet propped on the deck railing. Firebird Raceway is about half a mile from this property. On weekends at the quarter-mile-long drag strip, roaring engines duel in pairs with brief bursts of horsepower that last mere seconds. The raceway provides free tickets to nearby residents in an effort to keep happy neighbors. After grilling up some burgers for dinner on the rear deck, you and your buddies could don ear plugs, hop back on the ATVs and head over to watch the high-octane action for a while. During the other six days of the week, this home provides the necessary comforts and conveniences for conducting daily life. Inside, there are two separate living spaces, a theater room and four bedrooms. The splitbedroom floor plan places two bedrooms and a great room with a kitchen, dining area and living room on one side of the house. Arranged in the center are the master suite and a big utility room with laundry facilities, a long built-in desk and a wall full of maple storage cabinets. The game room was once part of an attached four-car garage that is located on the other side of the house. The converted space now also contains an oversized bedroom and a large theater room with a projection screen movie system and walls draped in merlot-colored velvet. Behind the house, a 20-by-60-foot workshop provides ample space for parking automobiles, four-wheelers, motorcycles and mountain bikes with room to spare for tinkering away at projects on built-in work benches. An RV can easily be parked at the end of the property’s long, looped driveway. And a fenced play yard allows young ’uns to entertain themselves outside without mom worrying they might toddle off into the desert. Mature, umbrella-shaped elm trees help to shade the property and also provide refuge for hawks, owls and other birds. Trout can be caught in the Payette River just 11 miles north in Emmett. This open, high desert setting sits squarely between two established communities. When it’s time to get spiffed up and head into town, you can choose between low-key Emmett or more upscale Eagle. PROS: A haven for outdoorsmen that abuts BLM land. CONS: Proximity to Firebird Raceway may deter some buyers. Open House: Saturday, Aug. 1, 2-4 p.m.

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2BD, 1BA N. End duplex. New carpet, W/D hk. ups, 20 min. bike to BSU. 10 min to Hyde park. $500/ mo. Call 890-5214. 424 Purdue. 2BD House. N. Ender on Bench. Bike to downtown. Hrdwd. flrs, frplce, immaculate condition. Beautiful backyard, grg. 841-0330. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for FREE! Visit: http://www.RealRentals.com Downtown 2BD. $490/mo. Near Greenbelt. 343-5476. >CCL7D>H:(79 D;;>8:=DB: Gorgeous 4 year old home in GREAT area of Matlock subdivision, just a short walk from the Boise River & Greenbelt! Boise school district! 3 Bedrooms PLUS den could be used as 4th bedroom or office and 2 baths home in a nice and quiet subdivision of Matlock Place. This area is close to very expensive Eagle homes, approximately around State St. and E Hill Rd. Close to foothills with lots of greenery, hike trails nearby and convenient commute around Boise. This home has a large living room with lots of windows and light, great floor plan, is sparkling clean and ready to move in August 1st! Large size master bedroom with lots of closet space and master bath with dual sink vanity and relaxing soaker tub! Den can be used as a 4th bedroom or an office. Great fully fenced in landscaped back yard with automatic sprinklers and small playground area with swings and slide for your kids or grandkids! Front loads washer and dryer, along with the side by side fridge, stove, dishwasher and range top microwave included as well. Formal dining room and great kitchen with rich custom cabinets. Wonderful place to live for you and your family. Deposit and last month’s rent can be split into payments, if necessary. Email me at tandafund@ yahoo.com or call at 818 259 2536 and we’ll arrange a showing at your convenience. C:MIID;DDI=>AAH 1-2BD Apts. $620-$740/mo. W/D, cable. Shaw Mtn. Heights. 3431242. shawmountain.com

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ADOPTAPET | REAL ESTATE | CAREERS | TRANSPORTATION | FOR SALE | | MIND, BODY, SPIRIT | PETS | SERVICES | | NOTICES | MUSIC | COMMUNITY POSTINGS | CONNECTION SECTION | 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 921-6643. Leather Sofa plus Loveseat. Brand new in crate w/Lifetime warranty. Retail $2450. Sell $699! 8881464. B:I6AA>86GI;DGBH Custom one of a kind metal furniture, plant stands, tables, water features. 362-4409.

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208-342-3508 Emmet is an 18-month-old mixed-breed dog (Rottweiler and/or pit bull terrier?) who is house- and crate-trained and is good with older children, dogs and cats. He loves to play fetch and you may be able to train him using a tennis ball as a reward. Emmet knows a number of commands and learns quickly. He has lots of energy and would make a good jogging companion for an active owner. (Kennel 320 - #5538115)

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This adorable little guy was found as a stray near Vista Avenue and Atlantic Street in Boise with no identification. What a shame that this little kitten was running around alone in such a busy area. He is approximately 3 to 4 months old, is litterbox-trained and is loving, playful and very cute. Pick him up and he immediately starts purring. (Kennel 91 #8112407)

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Snoop is a 7-month-old male mixed-breed dog (possibly Labrador retriever mix) who is described as a charmer. He thoroughly enjoys the company of humans and other dogs and is happy and playful. Snoop has not had a lot of training, but he is ready and willing to learn more. This is a nice, young dog who has tons of potential to become a wonderful family companion. (Kennel 324 - #8039562) Sheba is a lovely, 2-year-old female cat who became the victim of a divorce and ended up at the shelter. She is a sweet and loving girl who lived with another cat and with children of various ages. She is litterbox-trained and is described as playful, talkative, affectionate and has been very well cared for. (Kennel 68 #8103650)

Women join in a 13 mo. series of Learning, Healing and Sharing themselves. We will touch the way of The Shaman, Wise Woman and The Healer. Visit sacred sites, create ceremony, learn women’s magic tools, lodge, and heal. This process begins the 8th of August and will meet each 2nd Saturday of the month for 13 mo. When desire arises in your heart, call us for a consultation. Jacqueline 353-0604.

Jack is a 4-year-old purebred Parson’s Russell terrier who is house-trained and good with other dogs. He is very energetic and alert, and like many of this breed, will need regular exercise. Take this little guy (14 lbs.) to an obedience or agility class. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is a lap dog. These small terriers are lively, happy, talkative and ready for any challenge you might give them. (Kennel 414 - #7821744)

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Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. I want someone to love and snuggle. Let them also love me, and keep me always in their life. Let us share joy, secrets and laughter. That’s my wish. Sincerely, Calee

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Are you a gelatinous pool of longing yet? Are you a per fumed garden of madly blooming purple explosions? Are you throbbing and gooey and half-nauseous with that delicious sickness some people called love? If not, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to tell you. By all astrological reckoning, your gut should be swarming with drunk butter flies and the clouds should be taking on the shapes of mating horses. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not half-drowning in these symptoms, I implore you to find a way to pr y open the floodgates. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re primed to cancel a jinx in the coming days, Taurus. You could help someone (maybe even yourself) escape a bewitchment, and you might be able to soothe a wound that has been festering for a long time. In fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m playing with the fantasy that you are now the living embodiment of a lucky charm. At no other time in recent memor y have you had so much power to reverse the effects of per verse karma, bad habits and just plain negative vibes. Your hands and eyes are charged with good medicine. Other par ts of you are, too, which means sexual healing could be in the works. But as you embark on your mission to cure ever yone you love, remember the first law of the soul doctor: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Physician, heal thyself.â&#x20AC;? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Nor wegians used to have a concept called svoermere, which meant something sweetly futile or deliciously unprofitable. While I can see the appeal that your par ticular version of svoermere has had for you, Gemini, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to think about moving on. According to my reading of the omens, you have both a right and a duty to seek out more constructive pleasures that not only make you feel really good but also ser ve your longterm goals. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freedom from Want Week. For Cancerians only! During this uncanny grace period, you might actually feel per fectly contented. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite possible that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be free from the obsession to acquire more security, more love, more proof of your greatness, more tchotchkes, more ever ything. You may even make the shocking discover y that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need nearly as much as you thought you did in order to be happy; that maybe you have a lot to learn about getting more out of what you already have. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Would you like to spend the next 30 years working your assets off to make your bosses rich? If not, I suggest you star t formulating Plan B immediately. The astrological time is not exactly ripe to extricate yourself from the wicked game, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ripe to begin scheming and dreaming about how to extricate yourself. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tip to get you in the mood. Assume that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some validity in the meme that mythologist Joseph Campbell ar ticulated: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Follow your bliss and the money will come.â&#x20AC;? Then ask yourself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do I even know what my bliss is? Not my mild joy or diversionar y fun but my unadulterated bliss?â&#x20AC;? Once you know that, you can follow it. And then, inevitablyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;although it may take a whileâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the money will follow. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): As the season of riddles and paradoxes kicks into high gear, I present you with a two-par t quiz. Question 1: Since it has taken you your whole life to become the person you are today, is it reasonable to expect that you can transform yourself in a flash? Question 2: On the other hand, since you are more creative than you give yourself credit for, and are also in an astrological phase when your ability to change is greater than usual, is it reasonable to assume that you must remain utterly stuck in your old ways of doing things? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): So much to say and do. So little time. Is it OK if I pepper you with pithy hints? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only way to fit everything in. Here goes. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength in numbers, Libra. So travel in packs. Round up support and whip up group fervor. Always say â&#x20AC;&#x153;we,â&#x20AC;? not â&#x20AC;&#x153;I.â&#x20AC;? Add at least one new friend and bolster at least one old friendship. Think before you act, but always act

instead of watching from afar. Avoid doing stupid things in smart ways. To court good luck, do charity work. To ensure that extra favors will come your way later this year, do extra favors now. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Biblical book of Isaiah prophesies a future time of undreamed-of harmony and cooperation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wolf will romp with the lamb,â&#x20AC;? reads one translation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cow and bear will graze in the same pasture, their calves and cubs will grow up together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.â&#x20AC;? I have it on good astrological authority that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now eligible for a preview of this paradisiacal state. To receive your free introductor y offer, you need only meet one condition. You must vow not to harm any living thingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not even a cockroach. Not even the person you love best. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You Sagittarians are famous for filling your cups too full. Sometimes this is cute. Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem for those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like cabernet sauvignon sloshed on their handwoven Persian rugs. This week, however, I predict there will be little or no hell to pay for over flowing. So go ahead and transcend your containers, you beautiful exaggerators. Feel free to express yourself like a fire hose. Now enjoy a few gems from your fellow Sagittarius, the extravagant poet and painter William Blake. 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.â&#x20AC;? 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exuberance is beauty.â&#x20AC;? 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.â&#x20AC;? 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.â&#x20AC;? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Constant vigilance, my friend. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I advise. Be attentive to details you sometimes gloss over. Wake up a little earlier and prepare for each encounter with greater forethought. Stare a little harder into the hear ts of all those whose hidden motivations might detour your destiny. Monitor ever y communication for hints that all is not as it seems. Most impor tantly, guard against the possibility that you may be overlooking a gift or blessing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being offered to you in an indirect way. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep exploring what it takes to be the opposite of who you are,â&#x20AC;? suggests psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discover y and Invention. This advice is one of his ideas about how to get into attunement with the Tao, also known as being in the zone or getting in the groove or being aligned with the great cosmic flow. How would you go about being the opposite of who you are, Aquarius? According to my reading of the omens, that will be an excellent question for you to muse about in the coming weeks. As you stretch yourself to embody the secret and previously unknown par ts of you, I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pleased with how much more thoroughly that allows you to be in sync with the rhythms of life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Internet addiction has risen to epidemic levels in China. In early 2009, psychologists in Shandong province began offering an alleged cure that involved the use of electroshock therapy. Parents of 3,000 young people paid Dr. Yang Yongxin more than $800 a month to hook their anesthetized teens up to machines that sent electricity through their brains to induce ar tificial seizures. After four months, the Chinese government inter vened and halted the treatment, noting that there was no evidence it worked. This practice might sound comically barbaric to you, but I think it has a cer tain resemblance to the way you have been dealing with your own flaws and excesses: with inordinate force. In the coming weeks, I really think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impor tant not to punish yourself for any reason, Pisces, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a supposedly good cause. The lesson of the Chinese experiment is: not only is it overkill, it also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have the desired effect. Homework: Is there something about you thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too tame? If so, do you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to untame yourself? Testify at freewillastrology.com.

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