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MAIL HEALTH CARE. IT’S THE TOPIC DU JOUR In his article in the July 29, 2009, BW (Opinion, “Health Care RX”), Dr. Krouth blames some healthcare expense on excessive civil liability. There is probably a good measure of truth to this. I can appreciate the dilemma of physicians caught between contradictory pressures for selectiveness and thoroughness. Some unavoidably bad outcomes maybe do get turned into treasure hunts. However, I have also seen ethical deficiencies in respectable facilities. I highly suspect the underlying problem may be pursuit of privilege as a goal instead of a tool. At times I marvel that the rate of bad outcome isn’t higher. A major pet peeve of mine is patient specimen identification. At a Naval hospital where I worked in the early 1980s, about half the samples were submitted unlabeled despite ostensible (but unenforced) policies. In one area, some lab results were reported without actual testing, and this was known by the pathologist and clinicians. From my perspective, it appeared that the only thing the chain of command did with systematic diligence

and competence was whistleblower retaliation. In more recent history, Joint Commission requirements curb some of the problems. It can still take intensive babysitting and sometimes imminent threat of outside complaint by the conscientious technologist to get compliance. It has already taken one complaint to outside authority to curb retaliation attempts. I would like to see tort reform that makes the system more honest, e.g. placing all attorneys under oath. (Dream on!) Making categories of prospective defendants immune to civil liability is not a good idea. —Martin J. Grumet, medical technologist (ASCP), Boise

I know people who suffer because they have no health insurance. Any delay in passing health legislation is despicable. Idaho’s two U.S. House members oppose reforming the nation’s health-care system. Of course, they have great health insurance. They don’t need to worry about paying for medicine. Please call their offices (Minnick: 208-888-3188 and Simpson: 208-3341953) and demand that they vote for the health care bill! —Richard Mussler-Wright, Boise [Congressman Mike] Simpson is partly right (BW, News, “Idaho Politicos Hedge on Health Reform,” Aug. 5, 2009). This health-reform effort does not appear [to] do enough to incentivise prevention. I think it was Oregon Sen. Wyden who had a proposal for employer tax breaks for providing prevention programs to employees. Who can tell what is really going on, though. There are so many plans on the table. It appears that our representation has been lost in the fog as well. —devehf, BW online

Americans don’t get a break from the healthcare crisis so Congress shouldn’t get a break until they vote on the health care bill and fix it. Every day, 14,000 Americans lose their health coverage; 17,000 file for bankruptcy because they can’t pay their medical bills every week; 20,000 people die each year because they cannot afford health insurance.

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BOISE, YOU “HIPPIE-CRITS” Dear Boise Weekly, I have a question. I realize that today’s economy is resting solely on the consumer’s “supply and demand” mentality and that “going green” may actually be the more sufficient economic direction. That by buying local organic fruits and vegetables, we’re not only supporting the local economy but also assisting in maintaining a healthier lifestyle. So then why is it that practically all I can buy is fried at every outdoor Boise community event and festival? The vendors shuffle in their propane tanks and gas grills so that I may enjoy everything from burgers to pulled pork. I understand that these are local businesses supporting local events, but why are there no organic vegetable or fresh fruit stands in sight? We see plenty during our regular visits to the Saturday market. Even Thursday’s market never leaves us without these fresh, locally grown necessities. So then why at these mass community gatherings do I

not even have the options of these foods from the vendors that are supplied? Some apples or bananas would easily suffice these needs. It’s no secret that Boise’s urban comfortable scene promotes and flaunts its earthly attitudes about these topics. The masses that attend such events as Eagle Island and Goddess Fest have these similar mentalities about eating simply more raw or organic. So if this be the masses’ choice of consumption, why is it then never the option? Why does Boise promote earth-friendly materials and ideals but when put to the challenge fall back to its “hippie-crit” ways? —Starr Garcia, Boise

THE PAPER TRAIL What’s worse than the Idaho Statesman? How about reducing it to a few poorly designed advertisements, calling it the “Weekly Marketplace” and dumping it on people’s lawns for free? After calling the Statesman about six times in effort to stop the Weekly

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BILLCOPE BLUES OF THE BIRTH The effort to drag Obama to Bush depths


et us talk about what this “birther” thing is really about. But first, in case you’ve been vacationing all summer at the bottom of a lead-lined cave, let me explain what a birther is. A birther is one of an unknown number of disgruntled losers who cling like drowning rats on a water-logged coconut to a premise that Pres. Barack Obama wasn’t born on American soil, therefore he is ineligible to be president of the United States. The true birthers—and by “true” I mean the ones who actually believe their own gibberish—are invariably conservative, invariably white and invariably stupid, as Obama’s credentials as an authentically born U.S. citizen have been established repeatedly since the question was first raised during the campaign. We cannot be certain what the birthers would have the nation do, even if it were proven that Obama had been born offshore. If he were forced to step down by some Constitutional/Supreme Court mandate, would they be content with Joe Biden as president? Or would they insist that John McCain take the reins because he was so unfairly thumped by, in their fevered imaginations, a foreigner? Those are questions we cannot expect to be answered by “true” birthers, as anyone capable of believing such doodle-squat would obviously be incapable of any sort of long-term or even medium-term thinking. It would be like expecting a batshitcrazy dog to project what might be Step Two, should he ever actually catch that tail he’s always chasing. U But frankly, we need not overly concern ourselves with the “true” birthers. Theirs is the sort of outrage than can be born only in perpetually troubled minds—minds in which facts and evidence are overwhelmed by the need to be, and stay, noticed. Don’t look for any sense in what they say. That’s not how they operate. Besides, have you seen their leaders speak? They could start foaming at the mouth at any moment, eh? The birthers worth keeping a close eye on are those—many of whom were elected to Congress from such hotbeds of intellectual activity as Missouri and Oklahoma— who still refuse to say one way or another whether they believe Pres. Obama was born American. They go about belching things like, “Well, there certainly are some unanswered questions about this matter,” or, “At present, I have no evidence Obama was not born in Hawaii like he claims he was. And until that evidence turns up, we must suppose he is telling the truth.” We might call them “enablers,” as they lend just enough credence to the frothing turnips in the birther stewpot to keep the issue in the news. But what do those enablers hope to gain? Some have hinted that, as so many of these birther-symps are from the South, there is an inescapable element of racism to their attitude—that they simply cannot adjust to the reality of not only having a black man as leader of the nation, but also that he is so superior to their sorry asses in intellect, achievement, morality or any other measure we might take, that they all look like cousin-humping, Tobacco Road trailer trash in comparison. Yeah ... well ... that, too. There is no reason to think Bible-Belt Bubbas like Rep. Roy Blunt and Sen. James Inhofe will ever not consider a man’s color first and foremost, and anything else if he absolutely has to.


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Yet I don’t consider pure racism to be their primary motive in not decisively quashing this birther bull. These Congressional enablers are not stupid—not compared to the people who voted them into office, at any rate—and they must realize they have lost the Culture Wars of Race Relations just as decisively as they lost what many of them still refer to as the War of Northern Aggression. But while they may have given up on ever turning the calendar back on civil rights (if you don’t count voter disenfranchisement in key precincts), it may not be too late to reverse the tides that threaten to swamp their floundering political party. And how does one go about improving the image of an organization that has spent almost a decade demonstrating that it is incapable of managing anything more complicated than a flush toilet? How could they retool themselves for general consumption when the last tool they sold us was George Bush? What might they do to make themselves look better? It’s obvious, isn’t it? The only way they could possibly look better is to make everything around them look worse. And we, the Democrats, have spent the last eight years providing them with an operator’s manual on how to do just that. It starts with insisting that there is a lingering doubt in the legitimacy of the subject’s presidency. We had the motivation that Bush couldn’t honestly win his way to the office, so he used lawyers and screaming thugs to install him. They have nothing so convincing as Florida 2000, so they had to conjured up a substitute. Hence … the birther controversy. U It goes on. We had the fact that George Bush couldn’t deliver a line without mutilating it so thoroughly that if a child talked that poorly, concerned parents would send him to speech therapy. They must have been deeply disappointed when they learned that Obama could not only pronounce words correctly, but he could organize them into coherent sentences, too. So they started grumbling about the president using a Teleprompter. We had Bush flying over New Orleans, without a hint on his blank face that he might be troubled so many African-Americans were dying below. They have the affair of Henry Gates Jr. and the Cambridge cop to prove that Obama is a racist. On foreign shores, we had Bush starting unnecessary wars and getting American servicemen killed for no good reason. They have Obama apologizing to the world for the destructive brat who preceded him. On budgetary matters, we had Bush underestimating the true price tag of his hobby war—by a factor of 20 multiples. They have Obama underestimating the success of “Cash for Clunkers.” You see the pattern. For every stupid, thoughtless, costly, immoral and/or criminal episode from the last administration, they will scramble their brains to find an equivalent in this administration—to howl hysterically about an Obama tit for every Bush tat. And we, the outraged opposition from 2001 to 2009, handed them the script. Why, before the year is out, I won’t be a bit surprised to hear how Pres. Obama is the “worst president in U.S. history.” And remember ... don’t look for any sense to all this. That’s not how they operate. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

TEDRALL LAY OFF LAYOFFS “At will” employment laws unproductive, barbaric NEW YORK—You’ve seen how TV covers the immediate aftermath of a disaster. A tornado or earthquake or whatever has just ripped through a community. Rubble and bodies lie scattered. Asked to comment, stunned survivors weep and confirm the obvious—they’ve lost everything. Then the reporter’s wrap-up: “Now, the rebuilding begins. Back to you, Bob.” The impulse to clean up and move on after taking a hit is universal. But the underlying assumption—that everything will eventually be OK again—is uniquely American. Taking office four months into the economic collapse, President Barack Obama played to our belief that gumption cures everything, saying in his inaugural address: “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America.” They don’t roll that way in Yugoslavia, where Serbs still seethe over a battle fought in 1389. Nor in the Middle East, where displaced Palestinians hold on to deeds and house keys for homes they lost 60 years ago. People nurse resentments. They long for revenge. Here in the United States, some estimate the true overall unemployment rate is more than 20 percent and rising. Corporations collected trillions of dollars in government bailouts, while ordinary workers got nothing. Millions of people are losing their homes to foreclosure, yet the president has yet to lift a finger to help them. Meanwhile, companies like Goldman Sachs are paying their officers obscene bonuses. How come there’s no social unrest? Where’s the outrage? As the little girl in the Addams Family movie said: “Wait.” In the meantime, Americans’ tolerance for getting fired and becoming homeless owes everything to that trope: “Now, the rebuilding begins.” Lost your job? Hit and cut and paste your resume until your index finger turns sore. Lost your house to foreclosure? Your brother-in-law’s couch will see you through. And those CEOs who profited from your misery? Admit it— you’re jealous. You’d do the same if you were in their position. But there’s a rub. A big rub. After a layoff, the rebuilding doesn’t begin. “On average, most workers do not recover their old annual earnings” after being laid off, Till von Wachter, a Columbia University economist, tells The New York Times. Wachter studied the income histories of workers who lost their jobs a quartercentury ago, during the Reagan recession of 1981-1985. The results were startling. “Even 15 to 20 years later, most on average had not returned to their old wage levels,” he found. The former layoff victims now earn 15 to 20 percent less than comparable workers who didn’t get canned. “One of the main

you have to hire a lawyer and go to court to enforce that law. In general, employers hold all the cards. In France, on the other hand, almost every worker receives a written employment reasons for the [lower pay], according to contract. Almost all French employment economists, is that workers who endure a contracts are for an indefinite term. You layoff are more likely to be laid off again,” can keep your job as long as you—not your reports the Times. boss—feel like it. “What tends to happen is the worker Firing an employee in France is hard. has to start over with a new employer, “Dismissals are subject to stringent, and sometimes in a new industry,” explains often bureaucratic, procedural statutory UC Davis economics professor Ann Huff constraints,” says the Parisian law firm TripStevens. “You’re at the bottom of the totem let & Associes. “Redundancies, or layoffs on pole again.” economic grounds, are subject to separate Many of the people Wachter studied and complex procedural and substantive “had been forced to drastically change constraints particularly in the case of multheir lifestyles to cope with lower incomes. tiple dismissals ... It is extremely easy and Several have struggled with long bouts of at virtually no cost for an employee to start unemployment. Some were laid off several litigation against his (ex) employer before times. Many have been forced to lean heav- separate Labor Courts ... It is rare that the ily on spouses’ incomes.” plaintiff be other than an employee and just Layoff victims followed the rules. But as rare that claims be dismissed with no it didn’t do any good. During the 1980s award whatsoever being made against the and 1990s the rich got richer, the poor got employer.” poorer, and the middle class withered away. French workers don’t have to dig Now, among industrialized nations, only out of nearly as many layoffs. When they Russia has a smaller middle class and higher do, they’re entitled to generous severance poverty rate than the United States. packages. Maybe the rest of the world has it right. Don’t these pro-worker protections allow If Americans began holding grudges against slackers to keep their jobs? Don’t they hurt the corporate chiefs and politicians who the economy? Nope. According to the Orexploit their labor and rip them off, they ganization for Economic Cooperation and wouldn’t have to silently absorb losing their Development, hourly productivity is higher jobs so some rich executive can give himself in France than in the United States. another raise. It’s time to eliminate the barbaric wage There is a better way: Ban layoffs. slavery of “at will” employment. Only then Outlawing layoffs would mean getcan the rebuilding—of the American middle ting rid of the brutal concept of “at will” class—truly begin. employment. In the United States, employers Ted Rall, president of the Association of can hire and fire you whenever they feel like it. There are limited exceptions. It’s illegal to American Editorial Cartoonists, is author of fire you because of your race or because you the books To Afghanistan and Back and Silk Road to Ruin. refused a sexual advance, for example. But


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NOTE This week’s main feature story is a big deal, and you’re not going to read this story anywhere else. In fact, although Robin Long, who became the first U.S. war resistor since the Vietnam War to be deported from Canada after deserting the U.S. Army, made international news last year, BW is one of the only places where you’ll read Long’s side of the story in his own words. The 25-year-old Boise native doesn’t give many interviews, but he first spoke to BW in 2006 from Canada. During a recent trip to Boise to visit family after having been released from prison, Long sat down with BW to talk about his journey from grunt to deserter to resistor to prisoner.

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The distinction between resistor and deserter is more than semantics, and those of you who read Long’s story will no doubt put him in one category or the other. For me, it’ll be interesting to see how the public judges him today compared to his first interview with BW three years ago. In 2006, Long was largely seen as a deserter, however, as the details become public about the previous presidential administration’s manipulation of data to justify the invasion of Iraq, I wonder if that perception has changed. Be sure to let us know what you think. —Rachael Daigle

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CITYDESK BOISE DRAGS ’EM DOWN The Boise area might get all the attention, but it’s in the metro area’s rural counterparts where all the action is happening. While per capita income in Idaho’s urban areas dropped by .3 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, it actually increased by 3.9 percent in the state’s rural counties, according to recent Idaho Department of Labor statistics. The decline in the Boise metro area was the greatest in the state at 1.2 percent, and the first time the area recorded a drop since 1969. In fact, the Boise metro area managed to drag down the state’s four other urban areas, all of which reported minor gains. According to the report, the average income in the Boise metro area in 2008 was $35,296. Still, even with the drop, incomes in Boise were still higher than any other metro area in the state. The Department of Labor attributes last year’s decline to a simple equation: Population in the Boise area grew by 2.2 percent while jobs decreased by 5.4 percent. We’re no experts, but even we can see the problem with that math. Speaking of job loss, preliminary reports show June unemployment in Ada County at 9.5 percent, and 12.3 percent in Canyon County, compared to 8.4 percent for the state. But there is good news: According to the Department of Labor’s July forecast, unemployment will actually drop to 9.4 percent in Ada County and 11.9 percent in Canyon County, although it is expected to rise to 8.8 percent for the state.

SMOKE-FREE OK, so the job market might not be on fire, but the good news is that neither is the forest. Awkward segue aside, one bright and shining (yet not smoking) spot on the Idaho summer horizon is that, to date, the wildfire season has been markedly calm. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of Tuesday, Aug. 11, there were no fires being fought in the state. “We’re in an average fire season, maybe below average nationally,” said Ken Frederick, NIFC spokesman. The fact that the season is even approaching normal levels is due to Alaska, where 3 million acres have burned in the land of the midnight sun, roughly 60 percent of the national total, Frederick said. But back in the lower 48, a long, wet spring has substantially helped the situation in the usually flammable West. “We’re dodging a bullet,” Frederick said. The heavy rains of last week did their part as well, wetting down drying fuels and will possibly help “keep a lid on fires for the rest of the season,” he said. Thanks to the rain, there are no restrictions on campfires on the Boise National Forest, although spokesperson Linda Steinhaus still asks that people still be careful. Further south, fire restrictions in place since June on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management remain, and aren’t likely to be lifted anytime soon, according to BLM spokesperson MJ Byrne. “Mother nature has been cooperating,” she said, adding that while the area received numerous lighting strikes during recent storms, the accompanying rain eliminated any fires. The message: go out there and enjoy, just watch what you’re lighting. —Deanna Darr

war in Iraq U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, 4,335 U.S. service members (including 31 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 3,465 in combat and 870 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 31,463. In the last week, two U.S. soldiers died. Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 106 soldiers have died. Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 92,641 and 101,129. Source: COST OF IRAQ WAR: $672,720,707,596 Source:


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OUT OF THE BATHTUB AND OVER THE BORDER Why Mexican crystal meth is America’s

drug—which looks like a white flaky crystal and can be smoked in pipes as well as injected or snorted. Meth is now the most popular hard drug in America’s Midwest and West, ahead of cocaine and heroin, according to the DEA. This surge has come about as gangsters have developed new, concentrated forms of meth that are more potent than any other drugs on the market. “You smoke meth, and it can give you a high twice as long as crack cocaine,” Kempshall said. “While crack cocaine focused on the inner cities, meth has swept the whole nation, especially the suburbs.” The euphoric effect of crystal can allow people to work for days without rest, fuel hectic parties and give users unstopCULIACAN, Mexico—The colossal water cistern set in a pable libidos. clearing in a hilly, heavily forested area can hold 25,000 liters But addicts soon fall foul of the drug’s longer lasting effects, of water—enough to irrigate a major food farm. suffering chronic paranoia, violent tendencies and tooth loss— But follow the pipes down and there, beneath a corrugated known as meth mouth. iron roof and resting on hay bales, and its real, more sinister “Meth can make you rob and fight without thinking about purpose is revealed. it. It just amplifies the real evil side of people,” said Craig StuHere in the heat of northern Mexico, the factory churned art, a stocky 25-year-old addict, recovering in a rehab center out record amounts of in Phoenix. methamphetamine, known The dollars spent by on the American streets junkies such as Stuart as crystal meth, or ice—a provide immense wealth drug that has torn through south of the border. the United States and In 2007, police swept become the biggest growth into a Mexico City manarea for cartels south of sion to find $207 million the border. piled up in huge mounU.S. police have known tains of notes in what the for several years that DEA said was the biggest the cartels were gaining cash bust in world history. strength in the meth trade, The homeowner Zhenli taking over a business that used to be run by American biker Ye Gon, a Chinese national, was later arrested in the United gangs that cooked up crystal in buckets and bathtubs. States, where he is now standing trial for selling raw chemicals But a recent series of raids by the Mexican military revealed to cartels for the production of meth. that the cartel meth factories have become even bigger and Such immense profits lead to bloody turf battles in a counmore sophisticated than previously thought. try where the minimum wage is just $5 a day. Busted in June, the factory in the clearing near this unNearly 4,000 people have been killed in drug-related wieldy Mexican city is estimated to have produced 40 metric violence in Mexico this year despite the army patrolling the tons of meth, worth some $1.4 billion on American streets, in streets to keep order. just two months before it was shut down—making it the largThe meth trade has also helped spawn new ultra-violent est operation of its kind to be exposed in the continent. gangs such as La Familia Michoacana, a crime syndicate based Huge barrels with the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine also in the lush highlands of western Mexico. fill the factory, unleashing a foul smell throughout the clearing. Emerging in 2006, La Familia is alleged to have produced Next to the vats and barrels stand rows of towering mobile hundreds of tons of crystal in its rolling hills and used the gas tanks and a tangle of electric cables sprawling from a large money to finance an army of killers to protect its trade. generator. After the federal police this year busted 39 meth labs “Mexico now has some massive and very sophisticated op- belonging to La Familia and nabbed some of its kingpins, the erations. We call them super labs,” said the U.S. Drug Enforce- group hit back hard and its gunmen attacked police bases ment Agency’s Elizabeth Kempshall, special agent in charge of across the region with grenades and assault rifles. the Phoenix Division. They then kidnapped 12 off-duty police officers, tortured Kempshall follows the meth production in Mexico because and shot them, and lined up their corpses on a road. tons of the drug are trafficked through her jurisdiction in “Try and arrest another one of us,” said a note in scrawlArizona. ing handwriting next to the bodies. “We are waiting for you This vast supply has helped boost consumption of the here.”


“While crack cocaine focused on the

inner cities, meth has swept the whole nation, especially the suburbs.”


CORNER STONE Attorney who hasn’t reached agreement

“They made us an offer that we didn’t think was reasonable, and we made them an offer that they didn’t think was reasonable,” Seiniger said. After seeing the models of JUMP at the recent review, Seiniger told citydesk he thought the project was “really neat and unusual,” and that gave him an idea. “I have a unique opportunity because [my property] is zoned for four to five stories. I could put in a building to hen the Simplot family briefed Boise’s Design Review match the exterior of JUMP with retail on the first floor,” said Committee and other city officials on plans to build Seiniger. So Seiniger launched a Web site announcing that he’s Jack’s Urban Meeting Place recently, the model seeking investors for a project of his own. of the development showed JUMP as utilizing all the land “Zoned for multi-story commercial, this unique parcel between Front and Myrtle streets bordered by Ninth Street on is available for a joint venture that will leverage on a $100 the east side and 11th Street on the west. million-plus development in the heart of downtown Boise,” Well, not all the land. On the southeast corner of JUMP, at reads the Web site. the intersection of Ninth and Myrtle, is one sliver of property David Cuoio, the Simplot Company spokesman who that’s not a part of the development. Right now it’s home to represents the Simplot heirs on JUMP, offered citydesk this the Seiniger Law Building, owned by Breck Seiniger Jr. comment on behalf of his clients: In June, Seiniger told citydesk that he wouldn’t be selling “We were not aware of his plans. We certainly wish him all his property to the Simplot family. the best.”

with Simplots hoping to develop his JUMP corner property




REV. KIM CRAN takes the Bible seriously but not literally, and we take the traditions of the church seriously but believe that God is still speaking. So as our understanding of society and human beings and human nature and God changes and evolves, we believe our faith practices can change and evolve as well.

Members are encouraged to be politically and socially engaged as well as spiritually? I think all churches and faith groups do this to a greater or lesser degree. We What’s Boise First’s reputation elsewhere? look, for example, to Buddhism. There’s This church has been blessed throughout the whole realm of engaged Buddhism that its history of the last 40 or 50 years for hav- started back in the Vietnam War that it’s not ing really visionary ministers and a congreenough just to focus on one’s own spiritual gation that has been willing to step up and growth when one’s neighbors are hungry, we speak on issues of social justice and concern. must reach out to those in need. Within the Probably the greatest example of this recently Christian tradition, most Christian churches has been the involvement in helping with the focus to a greater or lesser degree on caring Interfaith Alliance to found Sanctuary, the for a neighbor and loving your neighbor as new homeless shelter. A strong commitment yourself. Within the UCC, there is a strong has always been present here to walk the activist streak in being involved in social talk. It’s not enough to talk about faith and justice issues. The denomination as a whole talk about love and talk about compassion. takes Jesus’ teaching and examples that The church has always found a way to make we’re called to feed the hungry, clothe the a concrete contribution to the community, naked and reach out to all who are in need, be it with the Anne Frank Human Rights and reach out to all who are marginalized display at the park and the Rev. Dr. Nancy and oppressed. We take that very seriously, Taylor’s contribution to that, or Interfaith and live that out in our faith. We’re very Sanctuary. The church has also been at the much involved in ecological issues and tryforefront of being a welcoming and inclusive ing to be better stewards of creation. Trying community for members of the LGBT comto do a better job in terms of advocating for munity. They made their open and affirming those who do not have a voice in society statement that says we will not discriminate and for whom injustice is a daily experience. in any way on the basis of sexual orientation This is all very much a part of the UCC’s back in the ’90s. This has been welcoming identity. So to a greater or lesser extent, all and inclusive to all people, including people churches do this. At the UCC, it’s very much of the LGBT community, and because of to a greater extent. this, this is a very diverse congregation. It’s also become a sanctuary for people who, for Your congregation sounds very engaged. a variety of different reasons, felt that they They’re an engaged and diverse group of couldn’t stay in the faith community they people. We have folks here who grew up in grew up in or first became involved in as an evangelical traditions who would embrace adult as their own reality changed. Here at what one would see as a more traditional Boise First, they are welcomed. faith. We have people here who are seeking and questioning and embrace a very Is it a Christian doctrine? nontraditional faith. We have Bible studies Definitely. Within the Christian faith, here. We have a Jesus seminar here that’s trythere is this huge continuum of beliefs that ing to demythologize Jesus and look for the identify with Jesus and identify with Chrishistorical Jesus. Just this huge, vast group of tian teachings, and it’s incredibly vast and people who approach things in very unique diverse. All the way from orthodox churches and different ways, but the core is respect for that still maintain original languages and one another, and because of this, we can all worship in very strict liturgical ways and gather around the same table. Roman Catholicism and evangelicalism and Protestantism. If we were to have a label— Respect for one another is one of Christiand I’m not fond of labels—but we would anity’s basic tenets, but some Christians pick probably be labeled progressive or liberal. So and choose who they want to respect. How we’re within that strain of Christianity that do you explain your position?



Although 50-year-old Rev. Kim Cran has always loved the West, it was one local church that ultimately drew her to Boise. It’s a church she described as having a reputation for being diverse and providing an atmosphere of acceptance, inclusion and a strong commitment to social justice. Cran, who moved to Boise in January from western New York with her husband, now serves as senior pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

I believe there is a vast continuum of belief in Christianity. I understand some of my colleagues take a very differing view and believe there is only one way to know and understand God and that there’s only one acceptable way to be a Christian or be a person of faith or one very clear way that one can be a family. We certainly don’t agree with that position. I feel great sadness for people who exclude so many other beautiful people who have been created in God’s image because they can only see things one way. If that way is working for them and they find peace that way and they don’t use their beliefs to abuse or diminish or disrespect other people, then great. Many of the members of my congregation are here because they’ve experienced pain and disrespect and judgment in other faith communities. They come here deeply wounded and have a long journey of healing, and it’s so sad. I find great joy in working with and serving a God who loves and welcomes everyone. I couldn’t imagine serving a God who says you have to have a particular skin color or says you have to be a particular gender or particular sexual orientation or work in a particular type of work and live in a particular kind of house in order to be acceptable to me. That would be terrible. Is Boise First the only UCC church in Idaho? We have another, and it’s on the other side of Boise on Franklin Road. Lovely congregation with a wonderful minister. We have eight churches in Idaho. We have churches spread pretty much throughout the state in Challis, McCall, a great church in Mountain Home, a small church in Nampa, New Plymouth, Pocatello and Payette. How many people is that? Compared to other denominations here in Idaho, we’d be very small, but good things come in small packages. For more info visit


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YOU’RE OUTNUMBERED If you aren’t too stupid to comprehend it, there’s a brilliant article by Professor Carlo M. Cipolla of the University of California in which he explains “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity.” Law No. 1: Everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation. Law No. 2: The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person. Cipolla explains that “one is stupid in the same way one is red-haired; one belongs to the stupid set as one belongs to a blood group. A stupid man is born a stupid man by an act of Providence.” Law No. 3: A stupid person is a person who caused losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses. This one is obvious: “Our daily life is mostly made of cases in which we lose money and/or time and/or energy and/or appetite, cheerfulness and good health because of the improbable action of some preposterous creature who has nothing to gain and indeed gains nothing from causing us embarrassment, difficulties or harm.” Law No. 4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. And last but certainly not least, Law No. 5, which states that “A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.” Read the entire lengthy thesis at webpress/stupidity.

STUPID ANSWERS CNN asked managers across the continent to send in the stupidest things people have said during job interviews. Try to avoid some of these phrases the next time you’re trying to get hired: “I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.”; “I get angry easily, and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won’t get mad at you.”; “If I get an offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?”; “Cigarettes are getting more expensive, so I need another job.”; “I’ve never heard such a stupid question.”

JUST SWEEP THOSE DESERTS UNDER A RUG OR SOMETHING While some mad scientists work on the idea of surrounding the Earth with a million mirrors to combat global warming, others are planning to build a giant wall around the Sahara Desert in order to stop the desertification of Africa. The 3,728-mile-long barrier would be created by flooding sand dunes


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with bacteria, which cause them to turn into sandstone in order to stop the shifting dunes and prevent the desert from further encroaching on currently habitable land. A similar plan called “The Green Wall of China” has proposed to stop the growth of the Gobi Desert in northwestern China. (BBC)

BIG BREASTS WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPY A study from Dutch and Swedish scientists suggests that women who have breast augmentation surgery done for cosmetic reasons are three times as likely to commit suicide than the general population. The researchers believe the problem stems from issues of low self-esteem and poor body image in women who have breast implants and suggested that surgeons should evaluate women for psychological problems before carrying out any such surgery. “If women have a psychological problem and they are given breast implants, they will still have the problem,” concluded the researchers. In similar yet totally different news, the new rage in cosmetic surgery is nipple enlargement, done with injections of collagen or cartilage taken from the patient’s ear. Nipple surgeon Dr. Bruce Nadler says that most people do it for that “teasing look” of erect nipples, while others—mostly men— have nipple fetishes and want their nipples to be the “biggest, most desirable nipples possible.” (Reuters Health)

A FEW INCHES SHORT Life isn’t any easier for men who are so concerned with their penis size that they opt for penis enlargement surgery. A recent survey carried out by a team of urologists from a hospital in London found that the average increase in penis length from surgery was a mere half inch, with over 70 percent of the men who had the surgery expressing dissatisfaction with the results. After analyzing 42 men who had the procedure, the researchers concluded that dissatisfaction with penis size is a psychological problem and should not be treated with surgery. (Fox News)

INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK People who eat popcorn at movies are three times more likely to cry during the film than non-popcorn eaters. Get way more bizarro news at


25..).',/.' released last month after serving 12 months of his sentence. Long’s deportation from Canada and his involvement with anti-war groups has earned him some notoriety as a prominent Iraq War resister. In Canada, he is a poster child in the roiling debate over whether to offer sanctuary to U.S. military deserters. “I guess you’d call me a celebrity because I stood up for what I believe in and I served 15 months,” Long told BW during a recent visit to Boise.


obin Long was never fond of rules. In 2001, sometime during his junior year in high school and soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, the 17-year-old dropped out. He left the strictness of his mother’s house for the freedom of the road, hitching rides across America. “I wouldn’t call myself homeless because I chose to be that way,” Long said, during a lengthy interview last month in Boise. Long went to California and Florida and came back to Boise where he met a trucker at a truck stop. The trucker hired him on for a few months and convinced him to get a GED and attend a U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps training program in Bristol, Tenn. Long entered Job Corps in January 2003, taking courses in welding. But soon after he enrolled, Army recruiters visited the Job Corps center and chatted him up, convincing him to sign onto the delayed entry program. Delayed entry is a form of enlistment that gave Long a year to finish his welding courses before starting basic training.

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“You think these guys are cool,” Long said. “Young kids don’t think that a recruiter can ever lie to them.” Long was recruited just as plans to invade Iraq solidified. Recruiters fanned out across the United States, boosting military rolls, and venues like Job Corps proved fertile ground for recruitment. In March 2003, the U.S. invasion began. On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in the war. In October 2003, though Long said he had expressed moral objections to the war in Iraq to his recruiter, a staff sergeant, Long enlisted in earnest. This was a key moment in Long’s story. Per Army protocol, he was briefly discharged from the delayed entry program and then reenlisted in the Army. He could have walked away at that point, but Long said the recruiter sweettalked him into continuing with the Army, saying that he would not go to Iraq. “I was prepared to fight for my country, but not in Iraq,” Long said. An eight-hour bus ride landed him at Fort Knox in Kentucky, home of the Army Armor Center and also of the Army’s recruitment command.



obin Long ran away twice in order to find himself. The first time he ran—during his junior year at Timberline High School—Long wandered the United States for more than a year, hitching rides, working odd jobs and eating at soup kitchens. The second time he ran, Long took a stand against the Iraq War, shirked U.S. Army orders, fled to Canada and became the first U.S. Iraq War resister deported back to the United States. He ended up in a military lockup in San Diego for a year. In Canada, Long found a community of Iraq War resisters and a cause, according to his attorney, James Branum, who represents many Iraq War resisters. “He really found his own voice there,” Branum said. “He’s a lot more confident and assertive and speaking out for what he believes in, more than he was before.” Long has argued that the U.S. war in Iraq is illegal under international law, that former President George W. Bush deceived the public and the military with false evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that there was no connection between the Sept. 11 attacks and Iraq. “When I joined the Army in 2003, I felt honored to be serving my country. I was behind the president. I thought it was an honorable venture to be in Iraq. I was convinced by the lies of the Bush administration just like Congress and a majority of Americans,” Long wrote in a Nov. 6, 2008, letter to just-elected President Barack Obama. “But just because I joined the Army doesn’t mean I abdicated my ability to evolve intellectually and morally. When I realized the war in Iraq was a mistake, I saw refusing to fight as my only option. My conscience was screaming at me not to participate.” Long was the first of at least five runaway soldiers who have been deported from Canada. A handful of high-profile cases are still in process in the Canadian immigration courts, and the Canadian Parliament has voted twice to grant Iraq War resisters sanctuary. Upon his forced return to the United States, Long was arrested, court martialed, pled guilty to desertion with intent not to return, and received a relatively lengthy 15-month sentence in the naval brig at Miramar in San Diego. He was

A Boise man’s journey from the Army to Canada and back to oppose the war in Iraq

Robin Long has gone from dropout, to soldier to war resister.



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Long said he had long been interested in the military and that he was eager to serve his country. But his initial experience in basic training soured him even more on the path he’d chosen. Long immediately felt that much of his training was aimed at dehumanizing the enemy. He was marched around the base to cadenced chants of “blood, red, blood,” was lectured to about “the enemy” and was repeatedly told that he would be going to the desert to “kill rag heads.” “I never put two and two together that going to the military and killing people was the same thing,” Long said. In May 2006, after he had fled to Canada, Long spoke to BW, further explaining his growing objections to the war: “Also, the people who were coming into my unit had just come from Iraq, and they were telling me horrific stories. A couple people had pictures of people that had [been] run over with tanks, and a lot of people were proud of what they were doing and a lot of people were grossed out by the total disrespect for human life … And another thing was that my superiors were telling me, ‘You’re going to the desert to fight rag heads.’ It wasn’t like I was going to Iraq to liberate the people. It was like I was going to the desert to kill rag heads. They were trying to make people less human.” Long continued to wrestle with what he believed was the immorality of what he was being asked to do, while still following orders. His assignment was to train second lieutenants—“butter bars”—in how to command a tank. One day, one of the butter bars—who outranked him—hit him in the face with a snowball, and Long was encouraged to punch the guy in the face, which he did. In training exercises, Long often played the part of Iraqi forces and even of the media. He felt that a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality ruled the war games. During one of these war games, after a group of American troops “mowed down” a large gathering of “Iraqis,” including two American service members who were among the group, the advice offered was to get closer before shooting so they don’t kill Americans by accident. Long was also shot at in war games while playing a reporter. “It’s OK to just shoot the media when they get in your face,” Long said.

but inside, he was still not sure whether he would report to duty for Iraq. “I didn’t want to bring shame upon myself or my family,” Long said. He considered going to Iraq and not shooting his gun. His mother, who declined to be interviewed for this story, dropped him off at the Boise airport. He had a ticket to Colorado Springs. But instead of flying to Fort Carson, he called a friend and hid in his basement in an East Boise subdivision for a few months. Long became a deserter. At one point during his hiding, U.S. marshals came to the door, but they were just there for his friend who had missed jury duty. A short time later, Long hitched a ride to Canada. “If I go to Canada—that’s what they did in the ’70s—I won’t have to stay here in hiding anymore,” Long said.


ccording to media accounts, more than 25,000 U.S. soldiers have deserted military duty since the Iraq War began. Lt. Col. Nathan Banks, a Pentagon-based Army spokesman, said that less than 1 percent of the Army is AWOL, and that the numbers are not a problem for his branch. “We are more focused on the global war on terror than the fact that we have individuals that choose not to serve at this current time,” Banks said. The Army does not have a program to apprehend deserters; most are picked up on other charges by local law enforcement and handed over to the military. Banks said that nine out of 10 deserters have financial problems or face failures as a soldier, rather than claim moral qualms with the war. Some estimates put the number of war resisters who’ve fled to Canada at a few hundred. Fewer than 50 of these have applied for refugee status, according to Karen Shadd, a spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the nation’s immigration agency. Shadd said that immigration cases are private in Canada unless made public by the petitioner. Five Iraq War asylum cases, including Long’s, have been heard in public and all of them rejected, with Canadian immigration officials arguing that none of the deserters were in need of Canada’s protection. Shadd said that the Canadian government has a fair asylum policy and does not want y 2005, Long was sure he could to make a special case for Iraq War resisters not fight in Iraq. He heard about because it could be interpreted as unfair by conscientious objector status for asylum seekers from other countries. the first time, but when he asked about it, he Long’s deportation and conviction, howwas ignored and then discouraged. An Army ever, have factored in the cases of other Iraq chaplain asked if he was opposed to all wars, War resisters in Canada. In at least one case, and Long said that if the United States was at- Long’s 15-month sentence and dishonorable tacked and his family was in danger, he would discharge was cited as evidence of politically not be opposed to fighting. But he also told motivated prosecutions in the United States, the chaplain that he would not be “the strong giving one Canadian judge pause. arm for corporate interests.” Or for oil. he town of Nelson, B.C., is now He was advised that his personal stance known as Resisterville for the growing against the Iraq War would not qualify for number of Iraq War resisters and the conscientious objector status. In April 2005, numerous Vietnam War alums and draft Long was given a high-priority notice to dodgers who live there. But Long did not support the Second Brigade, Second Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colo., in Iraq. know that when he arrived. He bummed around Canada for six months before He was to report to Fort Carson on May 2, hearing about the War Resisters Support his 21st birthday. Campaign, a group that provides financial Long said he and his “battle buddy” at support for U.S. military deserters in Canada Fort Knox were the only two soldiers called and helps them with their legal options. up to Fort Carson. After the call up, Long It was in Nelson that Long met a French had the same dream four nights in a row: An 8-year-old Iraqi boy, who reminded him of his Canadian woman named Renee Arthur. He brother, was running at Long with an AK-47. returned with her to the town of Killaloe in Ontario for two winters. The couple had a Long dropped his gun and was shot. He told his commanding officer about the dream and son, who is now 3 years old. In Canada, as he awaited a resolution to the officer was incredulous, Long recalled. his amnesty application, Long discovered an “A fuckin’ dream … you’re telling me about a fuckin’ dream,” the officer told him. environmental and peace activist community. Long was given PCS, or Permanent Change He sat in a tree to protest the clearing of a cedar grove for a parking lot. He bought an of Station, leave and came back to Boise for ’82 VW Vanagon and converted it to run on 10 days to get ready for his deployment. waste vegetable oil. And he started a small The Army had made at least one positive change in Long’s life. His service had helped company called Food Not Lawns to convert people’s lawns into vegetable gardens. reunite Long with his family. He hadn’t Renee Arthur has multiple sclerosis, and spoken with his mother for about three years Long worked to provide her with healthy before she attended his graduation from organic food, apprenticing on an organic basic training, and they remained in touch. farm. Long also began to speak out on the Long stayed with his mother while in Boise,




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war. He was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, calling the war in Iraq illegal and asserting that President Bush had lied about Iraq. He wore dreadlocks and an anarchiststyle black sweatshirt with a sew-on patch. He lost his immigration case. Then he was caught.

that the prosecutions and strong sentencing of war resisters were politically motivated. “Robin, from Day 1, wanted to speak the truth to the Army,” Branum said. The Army prosecutors argued that Long’s desertion and public profile were bad for morale and they showed video of his CBC interview to the judge, dreadlocks and all. Long and other Iraq War resisters argue n 2007, Long returned to Nelson to that since the United States is a signatory to seek work. He picked fruit for a time, the Geneva Conventions, the Iraq War was but in October, while in Nelson, Long launched in violation of both international was questioned by a Canadian police officer and U.S. law. and detained on national immigration hold. As Long writes in an essay called “The Having lost his bid for amnesty, Long was no Contract”: longer welcome in Canada, but he still had “The order to go to Iraq was not a lawful the option of appeals. one. It violates our Constitution. Article IV Long bailed out from a Vancouver jail states that any treaty the [United States] is but was required to check in every month, signatory to shall be the supreme law of the prohibiting him from returning to Ontario land. Last time I checked, the [United States] where his son lived. In June 2008, the Cana- is signatory to the Geneva Conventions. dian immigration authorities said he had not There are certain laws in that treaty for checked in with them—Long said he did— declaring war, last time I checked, ‘regime and on July 4, 2008, he was arrested again. change’ wasn’t one of them. A country must After a series of hearings, Long was escorted be under attack or immanent threat of atthrough the Peace Arch to Whatcom County, tack. Neither was true in the case of Iraq. Wash., on July 15 and handed over to the President Bush had no right to interpret the Washington State Police, who delivered him Constitution as he saw fit, on the grounds it to Fort Carson to face court martial. was a new world after 9/11, and the 107th It was the first time that a U.S. Army Congress had no right to pass HJ Res. 114, deserter from the Iraq War had been dewhich ‘allowed’ the President to invade Iraq. ported from Canada, and Canadians were The Constitution was being ignored by the not happy. The Canadian Parliament had whole lot of them and they were derelict in passed a nonbinding resolution a month their duty to uphold it.” prior asking the conservative government to In 2006, BW asked him about his oath grant U.S. war resisters sanctuary in Canada. to serve. “I never really ... I guess I was kind The government ignored the resolution, of not being mature,” Long said. “I was 19 which has since passed a second time, after years old at the time I was swearing in. It two members visited Long in the brig and also says to uphold and defend the Conread some of his writings on the floor of the stitution of the United States and at first I Canadian Parliament. thought, when they told us we were going “Our prime minister, Stephen Harper, is over there, I thought, it was an honorable not respecting the will of the people or the thing. I thought hey, there really are weapons will of parliament,” said Olivia Chow, who of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein rerepresents downtown Toronto in Canada’s ally is a bad man in power. I really thought it parliament and visited Long in the brig. was an honorable thing. But as the war kept “He’s anti-democratic, which makes a progressing, then is when I started to see that mockery of the claim of fighting in Iraq for things were not really adding up.” democracy, by him rejecting parliament’s ong was one of two deserters serving decision to not deport war resisters.” time at Miramar, where he said many Long’s deportation garnered a brief in The prisoners are sex offenders. New York Times. “I believe I was a headliner,” Long said. “I had to make sure people wouldn’t steal “I made every paper in the United States pictures of my son,” he said. pretty much, when I got deported.” In addition to his incarceration, Long was Long believes that his deportation and the stripped of his rank and given a dishonorable handful of Canadian deportations since were discharge. His discharge remains on appeal. meant to be an example to U.S. soldiers that As he tours the country speaking out in opCanada would not welcome them. position to the war, Robin Long remains in the Army, getting military medical benefits, t his military trial, Long again went though he is no longer being paid. his own path. Army attorneys asHe argues that his desertion was not signed to defend him urged Long to dishonorable and that the unfavorable disbeg for mercy. He declined. “Instead of making me look good, we put charge status—a felony—affects his ability to return to his family in Canada and his ability the Iraq War on trial,” Long said. Branum, an attorney based in Oklahoma to get work in the United States. In Long’s open letter to Obama, he asked who specializes in G.I. cases with moral for a better discharge status: “I ask you to opposition to the war, attempted to elevate Long’s case to a moral argument against the please consider granting me presidential clemency or a pardon. I have given this to Iraq War. “We mostly focused on the issue of moral- many different organizations and people to ity, that a person has a right to morality or at ensure that you receive a copy. I am so happy that you were elected President. I feel real least should have that right,” Branum said. change coming. You are the light after the Long was charged with intent to shirk storm, ‘Hurricane Bush’ if you will.” hazardous duty in Iraq, which carried a He has not heard back but continues the five-year maximum sentence. He pled down appeal. to desertion, and the Army agreed to a 15-month maximum sentence, which he was His wife is unable to move to the United prepared to serve. States because she receives full medical benBranum said the plea deal allowed Long efits for her MS in Canada and would not be to open up about his feelings about the war. able to get treatment here, Branum said. He called to the stand Col. Ann Wright, After his release from the brig in San a former high-ranking Army official who Diego, Long moved to San Francisco where resigned in protest of the U.S. invasion of he is living communally with other activists Iraq, and he called other war resisters to and studying massage therapy. He is being testify as well. sponsored on a trip to Israel and Palestine “I talked about Jesus. I talked about Tho- in October to speak to Army resisters there reau,” Branum said. “Even if you disagree and meet with high school students. But ultiwith Robin, our society has benefited from mately Long would like to return to Canada, the civilly disobedient.” to be reunited with his son and the commuBranum also suggested a Nuremberg denity he found there. fense, that Long was legally correct to oppose “Canada has a long history of being a immoral orders from the state. And he argued refuge from injustice,” Long said. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM




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

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

Saturday, August 1 Jeremy Abbott 2009 United States Champion Saturday, August 8 Evan Lysacek 2009 World Champion Two Time United States Gold Medalist Saturday, August 15 Kimberly Navarro & Brent Bommentre 2008 United States Bronze Medalists Saturday, August 22 Nancy Kerrigan Olympic Silver Medalist United States Silver Medalist Brandon Mroz 2009 United States Silver Medalist

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Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe perform in Caldwell.


PRINCIPLES OF LEAVE NO TRACE 1. plan ahead and prepare 2. travel and camp on durable surfaces 3. dispose of waste properly 4. leave what you find 5. minimize campfire impacts 6. respect wildlife 7. be considerate of other visitors —Source:




The Hare Krishna Temple, with its golden dome, stained glass windows and hand-carved teakwood altar, has been in Boise for 23 years. The public is invited to experience the temple’s vibrant culture during a colorful evening full of enticing smells courtesy of the 108 vegetarian dishes that make up the complimentary grand dinner and the upbeat sounds of sitar and mridanga drums. Watch Indian dance and drama performances. Children drape themselves in traditional Indian clothes such as saris and dhotis while adorning their faces with paint. Another feast for the eyes is the age-old custom of the House of 10,000 Flowers. Members spend hours stringing more than 500 flower garlands in all shapes, sizes and colors to decorate the temple altar. 6:45 p.m., FREE, the Hare Krishna Temple and Vedic Cultural Center of Boise, 1615 Martha St., 208-344-4274,

The two-day festival has a new home on the banks of Indian Creek in Caldwell, but it features the same great selection of music, including blues, rock and zydeco. This year is the 12th year of the event, renamed Caldwell Blues on the Banks, formerly known as Blues in the Park. The festival begins at Music of the Vine and the Bent Fork Outdoor Stage with Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, B-3 Side, and Lori B and the Blue Diamonds. The Saturday portion of the festival shifts to the park on the shores of Indian Creek. Several musicians perform including the BoDo Brothers, Ken and Rico, Bottom Line Rhythm and Blues Band, Marshall Poole and Almost Dangerous with headliner Seattle’s Too Slim and the Tail Draggers finishing off the night. Remember to bring lawn chairs and shade. Coolers and outside alcohol are not permitted. Friday, Aug. 14, 7-11:30 p.m. at Music of the Vine and the Bent Fork Bar and Grill. Saturday, Aug. 15, 4-10 p.m., FREE, Indian Creek, between Seventh and Kimball avenues, Caldwell,

Measure your electromagnetic field at Paranormal in the Park hosted by the International Paranormal Reporting Group.

15 SATURDAY NURTURING NATURE Add to your spiritual knowledge by attending a talk titled Cultivating the Human Spirit: Tranquil Minds in Turbulent Times by Hanumatpresaka traveling monk HanumatpreSwami speaks saka Swami. The esteemed at Spirit at guest speaker shares his Work Books and Beyond. philosophy on the profound 5,000-year-old classic read Light of the Bhagavata. The ancient writing includes passages about how lightning, thunder and clouds in the limitless skies are nature’s way of offering a little life-affirming hope. Tidbits on government, taxes and how people suffer due to their own folly round out the karmic guide that leads to a path of enlightenment. Those who seek an absolute truth will enjoy mantra music and karma-free snacks that are good for body and spirit. 7 p.m., $5, Spirit at Work Books and Beyond, 710 N. Orchard St., Boise.




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14 FRIDAY RUN ZOMBIE RUN The Boise State lacrosse team will do their best to control the hordes as they play host during a game that’s part good times and part fund raiser for the team. The agile group is organizing a zombie run and scavenger hunt that pits zombies against survivors in a tag-like game through downtown Boise. Registered participants have five hours to make it to five designated stops on foot—no bikes, skateboards or automobiles allowed. At each stop, participants are required to use their brains—or any they might have picked up along the way—to perform a small task in order to get a signature from the survivor stationed at the post. The event is a physical challenge that tests both endurance and the participants’ knowledge of the downtown area. At the end, everyone meets at a rallying location where survivors and zombies alike can recover from the experience. Prizes are awarded to the first three survivors who make it through all the tasks. To register for the event and receive a course map, e-mail the zombie administrator, Jason Stephens at Include your name, age, phone number and whether you prefer to be a zombie or survivor. 7 p.m.-midnight, $10, downtown Boise.

Maybe you’ve experienced the unsettling feeling of prickly neck hairs standing on end when you thought you were alone in a room? Regardless of what type of paranormal activity you’ve witnessed, the International Paranormal Reporting Group wants to hear about it. The group who concentrates mainly on ghost hunting is hosting an informal meet and greet and will have a tent set up with some of their detection equipment. The group will answer questions and share real accounts of encounters with the paranormal during an evening of conversation about spirits and other mysterious phenomenon. Participants are encouraged to bring any photos of possible evidence for review. The group is also holding a raffle for a chance to investigate at a historic location in Idaho. 5-9 p.m., FREE, Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-8996131,

17 MONDAY ONE POET WINS At the Poetry Slam Delux individual finals, it’s every spoken word artist for him or herself battling it out for the chance to represent Boise at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Berkeley, Calif. The guest artist for this indie slam is Chris August of Washington, D.C. The seasoned member of four national poetry slam teams, including the 10th place 2005 D.C./Baltimore team, was ranked seventh in the world at the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam. The event is 21 and over. For more information, e-mail Doors 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $5, Neurolux, 113 N. 11th St., Boise,


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wednesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS 13TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY FUN NIGHT—The outdoor event includes two stages of entertainment, bounce houses, rock walls, a mega water slide, petting zoo, mini train, face painting and plenty of activities. 6-10 p.m., FREE. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, OVER 40S DANCE—Weekly dances are held for the over40 crowd with a different country music band every week. Tonight’s band is Taste of Country. 7:30 p.m., $5 members, $6 nonmembers, Eagles Lodge Boise, 7025 Overland Road, Boise, 208376-0115. SIXTH ANNUAL BOISE RIVER CONFERENCE— The event celebrates both present and future Boise River restoration and recreation projects and begins with a progress report from mayors and county commissioners about projects in their communities. Then, attendees float down the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park, where they enjoy live music and food and drink catered by Goodwood Barbecue. 1:30 p.m., $10-$30. Barber Park, 4049 Eckert Road, Boise.

ON STAGE TWELFTH NIGHT—Sebastian and Viola are 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., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

LITERATURE AUTHOR PATRICK CARMAN— The author of The New York Times bestselling “Land of

Elyon” series, as well as the “Atherton” and “Elliot’s Park” series, is holding a book signing. Carman’s latest book, The Black Circle, was released Aug. 11 as the fifth book in the bestselling “39 Clues” adventure series. 7 p.m., FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-375-4454, www.

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.

ON STAGE THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD—The story is about a love triangle between 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, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www.


KIDS & TEENS CHILDREN’S AUTHOR—Patrick Carman will visit with children and adults. 4:30 p.m., FREE, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200. MOBILE RECREATION VAN— Youth in grades 1-6 can pop in for a few minutes or stay a couple of hours. For more information, visit www. 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.


ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA—Join the Boise Tango Society for a free introduction to tango lesson from 7:30-8 p.m. followed by dance practice. Beginners are welcome; no partner is necessary. 8-10 p.m., $5 admission or $3 students/seniors, www. Boise Cafe/ Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

ART IMMIGRANT SHADOWS: TRACING THE SHEEPHERDERS’ LEGACY—The exhibit by artists Amy Nack and Earle Swope is on display through Aug. 30. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, www.


thursday FESTIVALS & EVENTS NINTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF INDIA— The public is invited to check out the Boise Hare Krishna temple during the Festival of India. See Picks on Page 14. 6:45 p.m., www. Hare Krishna Temple and Vedic Cultural Center, 1615 Martha St., Boise, 208-344-4274. THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET—4-8 p.m., Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, www.

LECTURE ON DYSLEXIA— Ronald D. Davis, author of the book The Gift of Dyslexia shares his breakthrough methods for treating people with dyslexia. Preregistration is recommended. 6:30 p.m., $10 adv.; $15 door, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise.

GREEN BOISE RIVER CLEANUP—Spruce up the Boise River from Lucky Peak to Barber Park. Then, reap the rewards of the cleanup efforts at the Wild Rivers Party at Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St. in Boise, with music by the Bitterbrush Blues Band, food, Sockeye Brewery beer, Barefoot wine and raffle items. To volunteer, contact Nikki Karpavich at Idaho Rivers United at 208-343-7481, or e-mail 3-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. FREE for volunteers, $10 suggested donation for Wild Rivers party, Lucky Peak State Park, 9725 E. Hwy. 21, Boise, 208-334-2432.

KIDS & TEENS MOBILE RECREATION VAN— See Wednesday. 2 p.m., FREE. Owyhee Park, 3400 Elder St., Boise, and 3-5 p.m., FREE. Liberty Park, 520 N. Liberty, Boise.

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8 DAYS OUT known as Blues in the Park has a new home on the banks of Indian Creek in Caldwell, but features the same rocking selection of music, including blues, rock and zydeco from a group out of Louisiana. See Picks Page. Friday, Aug. 14, 7-11:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 15, 4-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, $10 general admission, $25 VIP; Saturday, Aug. 15, general $10, FREE for youth 12 and younger, www.bluesinthepark. net. 2009 PAYETTE LAKES CLASSIC WOODEN BOAT SHOW—The three-day event, Aug. 14-16, features wooden boats at the Shore Lodge dock. Skippers show off their “precious relics” and participate in a weekend of boat launches, classic boat parades and an awards dinner and auction. The afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 15, participants can enjoy a no-host barbecue, and early Sunday, they can watch the not-so-slow cruise of the fleet to North Beach. The event is hosted by the Payette Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Aug. 14-16, 10 a.m., FREE, Shore Lodge-McCall, 501 W. Lake St., McCall, 1-800-6576464. WARSAW POLAND BROS. FUNDRAISER—Warsaw Poland Bros., a fully loaded band that performs with guitar, bass, drums, trumpet and trombone, needs new equipment/ repairs so they can keep on rocking. Funds will be raised by the sale of raffle tickets for $3 each. Prizes include Warsaw merchandise and the grand prize is a $25 Boise Weekly card loaded with credits the winner can use at area restaurants, stores and for various services. 9 p.m., $3 cover, Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939. WINE FEST—Support the Basque Museum and Cultural Center by attending Wine Fest and take home a complimentary wine glass. The evening is full wine tasting, music and entertainment along with a variety of auction items to bid on. 5:30-9:30 p.m., $27 per ticket or 4 for $100 by Aug. 7; $30 day of event. Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise.

ON STAGE THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD— See Thursday. 8 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-4299908, box office 208-336-9221,

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.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES TECHNOLOGY CLASSES—Job seekers and adults interested in learning are invited to sign up for classes to learn more about using technology and tips on how to navigate the changing economy. The class is Internet Basics. Learn about the Internet, how Web sites are struc-

tured, how to get where you want to go and how to maintain privacy and security online. 9-10 a.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary. org.

ART THE GALLERY AT THE LINEN BUILDING—The second floor of the historic Linen Building is home to a loft-style art gallery. The grand opening features artist Corrin M. Olson’s “Urbanscapes” exhibit. An after party for the 21-and-older crowd at 10 p.m. includes DJ The Mighty Deltaone, a drawing for a piece of art from Olson’s “Urbanscapes” exhibit and a full bar (ID required). 5-9 p.m. and 10 p.m. FREE for art event; $10 for afterparty. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

SPORTS & FITNESS ZOMBIE RUN—The Boise State lacrosse team is organizing a zombie run and scavenger hunt. See Picks on Page 14. To register for the event and receive a course map, send an e-mail to the zombie administrator, Jason Stephens at 7 p.m.-midnight, $10.

KIDS & TEENS CUPCAKE CAMP—Boise librarian and baker Jillian Subach and Jon Swarthout of the Treasure Valley Institute for Children are leading a cupcakemaking camp where children will make, mix, bake, design and decorate creative and delicious cupcakes. Ages 3-5 learn from 9-10:30 a.m.; ages 6-8 are in the kitchen from noon-1:30; and ages 9-12 whip something up from 2-3:30. Call TRICA at 208-344-2220 to register; space is limited. $25 per student, www.cupcakecollective. com. Hyde Park Meeting Place, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise.


saturday FESTIVALS & EVENTS CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-3459287. CONTRA DANCE—Live music by The Bru with calling by Denise and Gary. The new dancer orientation starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance is from 8-11 p.m. Couples, singles and children 10 years and older are welcome. Partners are not necessary. The dances are smoke- and alcoholfree. For more information, e-mail 7:30 p.m. $8 for adults and $3 for youth (10-18 years old), david0. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843.

DOG DAYZ IN OLD BOISE—The Idaho Humane Society is teaming up with businesses in Old Boise for Adopt-A-Pet opportunities. Vendors will be on site selling pet-related products, and Idaho Humane Society collection barrels are available for pet food donations. 9 a.m.-noon, EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—The weekly outdoor market features art, fresh produce, wine, flowers and live music. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. FIRST PREZZ JAZZ IN THE PARK—Enjoy live music, a free barbecue dinner at 5 p.m., children’s inflatables and a live auction at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the City of Boise’s Project C.A.T.C.H. Music is by the First Prezz Trio with Michael Civiello at 7 p.m. Some of the prizes in the auction include a Payette River rafting trip, lunch with Boise Mayor David Bieter and a sight-seeing flight for three over Boise. 4:30-8:30 p.m., FREE. Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise, LATIN MIXER DANCE PARTY—Drop in on a rumba class that starts at 7 p.m. with mixer games until 8 p.m. and prizes given away at 9 p.m. 7-10 p.m., $10. Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-322-2517, MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ustick Marketplace II, 3630 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. OUTDOORSMAN EXPO AND SWAP—Find, swap or sell new and gently used equipment, apparel and accessories to keep recreating outdoors all year long. Other activities include hunting and archery demonstrations, a kids’ archery range and educational programs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE admission. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, PARANORMAL IN THE PARK—Spend a spooky evening with the International Paranormal Reporting Group. See Picks on Page 14. 5-9 p.m., FREE, 208-899-6131, Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St.

ON STAGE TWELFTH NIGHT—See Wednesday. 8 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

AUDITIONS PRAIRIE DOG PRODUCTIONS— Parts are available for six men and six women in the parody production of Tales from the Dorkside. Come prepared to read, improvise and sing. All positions are paid. 1:30 p.m., FREE. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., 208-336-7383,

CONCERTS CONCERTS ON BROADWAY—The Meridian Symphony Orchestra performs in the open-air amphitheater. This year, the orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary with a spirited

tribute to great American pop composers. 6:30 p.m., FREE. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Idaho St., Meridian.

FOOD & DRINK CUPCAKE COLLECTIVEBOISE—Organizers have found a surefire way to coax out the sweet-toothed community for a fun day of cupcake activities, entertainment and an awards ceremony. See Arts, Page 22. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $5, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES BEAMBOT BUILDING—Due to popular demand, The Reuseum is hosting another round of BEAMbot building workshops. Space is limited to 20 participants. RSVP by e-mail at or register online. Adults and youth age 12 and older can bring an old electronic device (cell phone, VCR, DVD player or audio cassette player) to dissect and reincarnate into an autonomous robot called BEAMbots. Workshop attendees receive free admission to the Boise Bot Competition Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Visual Arts Collective, as well as some cool Reuseum store swag. 2-8 p.m., $35. The Reuseum, 4566 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 209-375-7507,

RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL CULTIVATION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT—Traveling monk Hanumatpresaka Swami leads a talk titled Tranquil Minds in Turbulent Times. See Picks on Page 14. 7 p.m., $5. Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, Boise, 208-388-3884, PRAYER CEREMONY FOR CHILDREN—The Ilowan’s Children Amaraji Maha Marai Temple is holding a prayer ceremony for each of the ways in which children suffer, led by Rev. Chi-E-Shenam Westin. All faith groups are welcome to attend. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE, 208-345-9899. Elm Grove Park, 2200 W. Irene St., Boise,

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS SUNDAY MARKET—Shoppers find locally grown food, local arts and children’s activities. Enjoy live music by Chad Cooke. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, TREASURE VALLEY SINGLES' DANCE—Join the Treasure Valley Singles for a weekly dance night. The musician this week is Lyle Sinclair. 7:30 p.m., $6 members, $7 nonmembers, Eagles Lodge Boise, 7025 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0115.

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8 DAYS OUT ON STAGE TWELFTH NIGHT—See Saturday. 7 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208336-9221,

CITIZEN IDAHO CAMPAIGN TO END ISRAELI APARTHEID—The group meets at Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. For more information, e-mail 6 p.m., FREE, idahocampaign.

ODDS & ENDS TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM—Nancy Caspersen, RN, tobacco cessation specialist, doesn’t pressure a smoker to quit, she teaches them how to quit. The program is four nights, two hours each night. Call 208-342-0308 to enroll. Aug. 17-20, 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, American Cancer Society, 2676 S. Vista, Boise, 208-343-4609.



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



RELIGIOUS/ SPIRITUAL AZRAEL ONDI-AHMAN—Azrael Ondi-Ahman presents an explanation of physical and metaphysical evolution focusing on a new book The Song of God in connection to the mortal life theory behind human existence. 5 p.m., FREE, 208-407-4590, Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise.


monday FESTIVALS & EVENTS POETRY SLAM DELUX—The guest artist is Chris August of Washington, D.C. For info, contact Cheryl Maddalena at 208-426-0383 or e-mail cheryl_maddalena@yahoo. com. See Picks on Page 14. 7:30 p.m., $5, www. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886.

TALKS & LECTURES CITY CLUB OF BOISE ON TOUR—Take a tour of the sustainable and green features of the new library at Cole and Ustick roads led by the library’s branch manager Kathleen Stalder, along with adult services supervisor Vicki Kreimeyer. RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 13; the tour is limited to 60 people. 5-7 p.m., $10, 208-371-2221, Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise.


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



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every month, 7-9 p.m., FREE. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-3445731,

SUMMER ORGAN RECITAL—Dr. C. “Griff” Bratt, 94, was an organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral for 30 years, department chair at Boise State and also helped start the local chapter of The American Guild of Organists in 1947. Bratt is taking some time out from his daily organ practice and swimming schedule to perform three works by J.S. Bach, three personal compositions and a couple of pieces by Widor. Refreshments will be served after the concert. 12:15 p.m., FREE. First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-3441, www.



tuesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS MCFADDEN MARKET CO-OP FARMERS MARKET—5-8 p.m., www.mcfaddenmarketcoop. com. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Idaho St., Meridian.

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

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES META LUNCH WORKSHOP— The lunch workshop, titled Effective Low- and No-cost Marketing Tips and led by Dr. Vincent Kituku, teaches participants how to cope with the shift in consumer behaviors by developing effective and creative ways to reach their target audiences. To register, e-mail meta@mtnstatesgroup. org or call 208-336-5533, Ext. 230. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., $20. US Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol, Boise, 208-345-8519,


CULINARY HERBS— Elizabeth Dickey, education director at Idaho Botanical Garden, teaches participants how to grow their own herbs for use in cooking. Preregistration is required; the class size is limited. 7 p.m., $15 Idaho Botanical Garden member, $20 nonmember. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www. CUSTOMER SERVICE TRAINING—The class titled Knock Their SOCS off Customer Service Training is led by author Jane Freund and teaches participants how to provide customer service that leaves a lasting impression. Call 208-426-3875 or visit www. to register. 1-5 p.m., $50. Idaho Small Business Development Center, 1021 Manitou Ave., Boise, 208-426-1640, www.

ART ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests (age 62 and older) receive free admission all day plus a docent-led talk regarding the current exhibit “James Castle: Tying It Together.” 2 p.m., FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-345-8330,


EVENINGS AT EDWARDS—Tonight is Blaze and Kelly. 5 p.m., Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, www.



MOBILE RECREATION VAN— See Wednesday. Noon-2 p.m., FREE. Phillippi Park, 2299 S. Phillippi St., Boise.

MONTHLY MEETING OF VETERANS FOR PEACE—This meeting is open to all who are interested. Third Tuesday of

ZOMBIE GAME NIGHT—Get in on a night of Zombie mayhem tucked safely in a board game. Players have hours of fun as they try to escape the clutches of hordes of the undead and save humanity. 5:30-8 p.m., FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3448088.







CLASSIC CONNOLLY Local musician serious about debut CD

have more of a backlog so I would have songs to choose from,â€? Connolly said. “And during the process, it took so long ... Now that I look back on it, it was really good.â€? She actually had the album done at the end of ’08 but couldn’t get permission to put three Robert Frost poems that she’d set s one of the worst storms in recent history began moving to music on the record. Unfazed, she pulled from her extensive into the Treasure Valley, local musician Audra Connolly library and recorded three new songs, understanding that there is and her brother Aaron serenaded a crowd of seven or eight more to music than just performing. It’s something that may serve on the patio of Smoky Mountain Pizza on State Street. Hidden her well in the music business. from the road by huge trees and a high fence, the air resonated It’s with that acumen that she asked Rebecca Scott and Marcus with Connolly’s sweet voice and the entrancing combination of her acoustic guitar and her brother’s electric. The slight but growing breeze carried the sound, causing more than one passerby to peer through the slats in the gate. They didn’t seem to know who Connolly was. But with an exhaustive show schedule and a new debut CD titled Dear Friend on her own label Hole Heart Records out soon, she hopes to change that. Connolly, 29, started plinking keys before her little ďŹ ngers could hold a No. 2 pencil. She followed her musical ear through college, receiving a degree in piano performance from Boise State. Growing up, she’d always had guitars around as well and taught herself to play during high school. She still tickles the ivories—she teaches music at Hillside Academy—but writing music and playing the guitar allowed the studious woman a freedom the piano didn’t offer. “This is a funny explanation, but I grew up with people putting music in front of me on the piano, saying, ‘Play this. Learn this.’ I’m classically trained, and I’m glad for that ‌ [But] with the guitar, the Audra Connolly contemplates the six years it took to create Dear Friend. writing comes a lot easier. I can break off from all the theory and the knowledge I have and just use my ears.â€? Eaton to join her for her CD release party. Asking Eaton—who With the guitar, she could explore new sounds and new ways of opened for Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge Amphitheatre not playing and discovered that she preferred writing her own tunings so long ago—to open for her took some courage. as well. Instead of tuning her guitar in standard E-A-D-G-B-E, “I met Marcus before I even started writing music ... we beshe tunes the strings in a way that allows her to delve into dark came friends and stayed in touch. When I called him, I said, ‘I feel harmonies and dissonant chords. The inuence of alternate tuners funny asking you this, but will you open for my CD release?’ she Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco rings clear in Connolly’s songs. said, laughing. “He said, ‘Oh, yeah!’â€? It’s a technique that gives her pop, singer-songwritery tunes a softEaton said he gets requests like Connolly’s from time to time ened folk edge, and with the 16 or 17 different tunings she likes and always considers them. He feels a responsibility to help young to use, the songs are stacked like a fancy wedding cake, layers of and upcoming musicians if he can. But only if the music is any chords and harmonies building to beautiful moments. And like good. And he thinks Connolly deďŹ nitely has something there. DiFranco, Connolly pushes phrasing in surprising directions and “When I think it’s good, hell yes, I’ll help out,â€? Eaton said. “I’ve pens lyrics that are at once metaphorical and autobiographical, as had some really cool people help me out and continue to help me in the opening track of Dear Friend: “I was taught to love / and out. That seems like it happened more in the past, though. In the try to rise above / all the stuff out there / that just ain’t fair. / Well past, if a band saw another band and thought they could help them this thing called life / is so full of strife. / So why can’t you let me by taking them out on the road, they would do it. In my experience, be ... exactly who I want to be.â€? it’s been really difďŹ cult to have that happen now ... Bands that are Though Connolly started playing in front of audiences in 2003, huge, they get to that level and they don’t care anymore.â€? she’s only now releasing her debut CD. Six years is a long time With four acts on the bill that night, Connolly may not get to between playing for audiences and ďŹ nally giving them something the stage to strum her stuff until late. But after six years of waitto take home with them, but Connolly wasn’t willing to set up a ing, this classically trained folk musician can afford to wait a few microphone and Pro Tools in her basement. She gathered some more hours. ďŹ ne local musicians, including Rob Hill on bass and Laura Davis Wednesday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. with Polyphonic Pomegranate, on bassoon, and went into a local studio to record. She doesn’t Rebecca Scott and Marcus Eaton, $6. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth seem the sort to take anything—especially her songs—lightly. St., “I didn’t feel like I was ready for a long time, and I wanted to LAURIE PEARMAN



There Is No Enemy is the band’s ďŹ rst release since 2006’s You In Reverse and hopefully they’ll play a few songs from There Is No Enemy during their stop in Boise at the Hyde Park Street Fair on Friday, Sept. 18.

With a new album, There Is No Enemy, scheduled to hit the streets Tuesday, Oct. 6, Built to Spill hits the road on a months-long headlining tour around the album’s release. On Thursday, Aug. 20, they’ll join label mates The Flaming Lips for a show in Oregon before SPEAKING OF LIPS The Flaming Lips (who also have a new heading to points east and then swinging album coming out) and All Tomorrow’s Parties back around to the West Coast in late November. They’ll preview tracks from the album are co-curating this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival on Sept. 11-13 in Monticello, NY. along the way.


Scheduled acts include The Jesus Lizard, Iron and Wine, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Melvins, Menomena and more. Word is that Stevens is also releasing a new album titled Run Rabbit Run, a rearrangement of 2001’s Enjoy Your Rabbit. Other highlights include comedy from David Cross and Sunday’s performances are exclusive to the ATP event. For more information, visit














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MUSICGUIDE wednesday 12 ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Hillfolk Noir , Juno What?, FREE, The Grove Plaza CANOE, ADAM AND DARCIE, WITH CHILD—8 p.m., $2, Flying M Coffeegarage CHAD COOKE—6:30 p.m., FREE, Bardenay-Eagle COSMIC FAMILY BAND—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin


THE DAMPHOOLS—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s ELIZABETH BLIN—6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, Dream Cafe GIZZARD STONE—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid JIM FISHWILD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Highlands Hollow


THE JIMMY BIVENS BAND—7-9 p.m., FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s

When Emmylou Harris heard the title track off of Nanci GrifďŹ th’s new album The Loving Kind, she asked her friend, “Why didn’t I know about that case? Why didn’t I know about that ďŹ rst?â€? The case in question is Loving v. Virginia, in which Mildred and Richard Loving, a married couple, were arrested because he was white and she was black. When GrifďŹ th read Mildred’s obituary, she “was ooredâ€? and knew she had to write a song about the couple’s story. American politics play a large role in GrifďŹ th’s folk/country/Americana music, and the new album—her ďŹ rst in ďŹ ve years of original material—is no different. “I went through a phase where I had writer’s block for the ďŹ rst time in my life,â€? GrifďŹ th said. “I couldn’t write. Finally, after the election, everything just started owing. I’ve had such a response [to the album] from folks who don’t normally respond about music like Howie Klein and HufďŹ ngton Post. It’s a wonderful outreach this record has had.â€? GrifďŹ th’s tour kicks off in Boise, and for that ďŹ rst show, she’s reaching out a little herself ... to her good friend Rosalie Sorrels. Sorrels, along with Kate Wolf, is one of the subjects of GrifďŹ th’s song “Ford Econoline.â€? “I’m so excited, I can’t wait to see Rosalie and to hear her music. She’s so special to me ... It’s impossible not to be mesmerized by Rosalie,â€? GrifďŹ th said. —Amy Atkins

JOHNNY SHOES—7-10 p.m., FREE, Bungalow

Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m., $36 adv., $39 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—7-10 p.m., FREE, Lush MOONDANCE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Smoky Mountain Pizza, 34 E. State St., Eagle PAPER MOONS, HARLEM—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—9:45 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s REBECCA SCOTT—7:30 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s SCOTT TYLER, LAYLEIGH JACK—7 p.m., FREE, Crusty’s SOLES REST—6-9 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe STEVE EATON—7-10:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

thursday 13 AS TALL AS LIONS, JAMES ORR, MOUSY BROWN—8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux BILLY BRAUN—6:30-9:30 p.m., FREE, Corkscrews BLAZE AND KELLY—6-8 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s THE BLUES ADDICTS—7 p.m., FREE, Sun Ray Cafe

friday 14 AUDIO MOONSHINE, SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s BLAZE AND KELLY—9 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub BOVALEXIA, 3 MACHINE—9 p.m., $4, Terrapin Station DJ PAT BENOLKIN—9 p.m., FREE, Cazba, 211 N. Eighth St. DJ REVOLVE—11 p.m., $3, Neurolux


EQUALEYES—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

ELKHORN CONCERT SERIES—6 p.m. Drive-By Truckers $37.50 adv.; $47 door, Elkhorn Village Center, Ketchum

FRENCH MIAMI, LE FLEUR, JUNTURA—8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective

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

FOREST WORLD, OWLRIGHT—8 p.m., $2, Flying M Coffeegarage

GAYLE CHAPMAN, SANDY SANFORD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill HILLFOLK NOIR—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s

GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE—6-9 p.m., Boise Straight Ahead, $10 nonmembers; $8 IBG members; $6 children (6-12), Idaho Botanical Garden

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

HATEBREED, CHIMAIRA, DYING FETUS, WINDS OF PLAGUE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST—7:30 p.m., $19 adv., $21 door, Knitting Factory


HOTEL INDIA—9 p.m., FREE, Reef KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., with Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik, 8:15 p.m., FREE, Chandlers


KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., FREE, Chandlers MOONDANCE—8 p.m., FREE, Corkscrews NANCI GRIFFITH, ROSALIE SORRELS—8 p.m., $36 adv., $39 door, Egyptian Theatre, (See Listen Here, this page) THE NAUGHTIES—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

PATRICIA FOLKNER—6:30-9 p.m., FREE, Tablerock

THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper Lounge

TOO MUCH DISTORTION SKATE NIGHT—8 p.m., Greatest Hits, Pretty Vanilla, Microbabies, FREE, Gusto Bar

RYAN PECK—5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel

PIERS LAMB, RYAN PECK—10 p.m., FREE, Bittercreek

SMOKIN’ LOCALS II—7:30 p.m., with Innocence Betrays, BOATS!, No Need For Scarlet, Dressed to Thrill, For My Own, The Fear Between You, $8, The Venue

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

SPINDLEBOMB—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

SIX CENTS—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye Grill

STEVE EARLE, ALLISON MOORER—8 p.m., $26 adv.; $29 door, Egyptian Theatre

SOUL SERENE—9:30 p.m., The Bouquet

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

THE VERY MOST—7-10 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel

ROXY EPOXY, THE ACTION DESIGN—8 p.m., $5, Neurolux SIR REALIST—midnight-close, FREE, Liquid TERRY JONES, TOM JENSEN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill



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MUSICGUIDE saturday 15 AUDIO MOONSHINE, SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s B-3 SIDE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine

FREE, Chandlers MOONDANCE—6:30 p.m., FREE, 36th Street Bistro, 3823 N. Garden Center Way

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SIR REALIST—midNATHAN J MOODY night, FREE, Liquid AND THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m., $1, SMOOTH OLD FASHLiquid IONED HIGH—9:30 p.m., FREE, Bouquet NED EVETT, THOMAS CHAD COOKE—7 PAUL—8:45 p.m., STEVE FULTON, TIM p.m., FREE, WoodFREE, Pengilly’s WILLIS—7-10 p.m., river Cellars FREE, Modern Hotel THE NEW TRIO—8 DONAVON FRANKENp.m., FREE, The REITER, MISHKA—6 Gamekeeper Lounge VOICE OF REASON—9 p.m., p.m., $30, Atkinson $4, Terrapin Park, 900 Third Ave. OLD SCHOOL METAL NIGHT II—7:30 p.m., N., Ketchum WARSAW POLAND Defenders Of The BROTHERS—9:30 HEATH MCNEASE, Faith, Mortal Enemy, p.m., $5, Reef JERRY FEE—8 p.m., Sonic Prophecy, $3, Flying M CofRipshaw, $6, Knitting ZOMBIE BEACH feegarage Factory PARTY WITH RADILLAC—9 p.m., KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., PAT BENOLKIN—11 FREE, The Plank BEN BURDICK, AMY WEBER, BILL LILES—7 p.m., FREE, Bungalow


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

BAD IRISH—199 N. 8th St., 338-8939

DAWSON’S DOWNTOWN—219 N. 8th St., 336-5633

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

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

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

DREAM CAFE—3110 S. Bown Way, 338-6632

BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—246 N. 8th St., 345-1813 BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St. 345-6605 BUFFALO CLUB—10206 Fairview Ave., 321-1811 BUNGALOW—1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855 CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—MSa: Kevin Kirk, 7 p.m.; acts at 8 p.m., 981 Grove St., 383-4300 CORKSCREWS—729 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-4049

EGYPTIAN THEATRE—700 W. Main St., 345-0454 EMERALD CLUB—415 S. 9th St., 342-5446 END ZONE—1010 Broadway Ave., 382-0613 FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE—1314 2nd St. S., Nampa, 467-5533 FOCACCIA’S—404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 322-2838 GAMEKEEPER—1109 Main St., 343-4611 GELATO CAFE— 2053 E. Fairview


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1332 RECORDS’ PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m., Roofied Resistance, St. Lukes Trauma, Warner Drive, FREE, Liquid

AH HOLLY FAM’LY, A SEASONAL DISGUISE—8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Jonathan Warren, LoCura, FREE, The Grove Plaza

ALASKA BLUES PIANO MAN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

LATIN FIRE—1-4:30 p.m., $15 per person; youth 14 and younger FREE, Ste. Chapelle Winery



AUDRA CONNOLLY CD RELEASE—7:30 p.m., Polyphonic Pomegranate, Marcus Eaton, Rebecca Scott, $6, Knitting Factory, (see Noise, Page 19)

MOONDANCE—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill

KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

CARTER FREEMAN—7-10 p.m., FREE, Liquid

MUSIC FROM STANLEY—4-8 p.m., Poke, FREE, Redfish Lake Lodge


PLAYIN’ IN THE PLAZA—5:30-7:30 p.m., Mel Wade, FREE, Generations Plaza, Meridian City Hall

BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES—Noon-3 p.m., FREE, Grape Escape JIM LEWIS—11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s LANDON MAUGHAN—11 a.m., FREE, Moon’s

POCONO BILL—6-9 p.m., FREE, Sun Ray Cafe THE SIDEMEN—6-9 p.m., FREE, Chandlers SOLIZ PETERSON—11 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Dream Cafe THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish THOMAS PAUL—5-8 p.m., FREE, Tablerock

Ave., Meridian GRAINEY’S BASEMENT—107 S. 6th St., 345-2505 GRAPE ESCAPE—800 W. Idaho St., 368-0200 THE GRIZZLY ROSE—1124 W. Front St., 342-3375 GROOVE COFFEE—1800 N. Locust Grove, Meridian, 890-6128 GUSTO BAR—509 W. Main St. HA’PENNY—855 Broad St., 343-5568 HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820

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PETE YORN, ZEE AVI—8 p.m., $20, Knitting Factory REBECCA SCOTT AND ROB HILL OPEN MIC—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s THOMAS PAUL—8 p.m., FREE, Red Feather Lounge

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN—2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649 KNITTING FACTORY (KFCH)— 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212 KODIAK GRILL—12342 E. Hwy. 21, 338-8859 THE LINEN BUILDING—1402 W. Grove St., 385-0111


RED AND GREY—7-10 p.m., FREE, Hyde Park Pub XFEST-PEDAL TO THE METAL—5 p.m., Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Static X, Dope, Bury Your Dead, Suicide Silence, Hellzapoppin, $35, Idaho Center Amphitheater

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

PAT BENOLKIN—9 p.m., Eluder, Electricwest, $3, Neurolux TEDDY PRESSBERG—9 p.m., $3, Reef

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

Fulton St., 342-0944 TERRAPIN STATION—1519 W. Main St., 342-1776

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

LIQUID—405 S. 8th St.

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

RIVER ROCK ALEHOUSE—228 E. Plaza Road, 938-4788

LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—1100 W. Jefferson, 336-4266

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

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

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

ORPHAN ANNIE’S—801 Everett St., Caldwell, 455-2660

SHORTY’S SALOON—5467 Glenwood, 672-9090 SOCKEYE—3019 Cole Rd., 658-1533

LUSH—760 Main St., 342-5874

PAIR—601 Main St., 343-7034

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

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

PENGILLY’S—513 W. Main St., 345-6344

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

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

PIPER PUB—150 N. 8th St., 343-2444

MONKEY BIZNASS—724 First St. S., Nampa

THE PLANK—650 S. Vista Ave., 336-1790

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


STE. CHAPPELLE WINERY— 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell, 453-7843 SUN RAY CAFE—1602 N. 13th St., 343-2887

TOM GRAINEY’S—109 S. 6th St., 345-2505 TULLY’S COFFEE—794 W. Broad St., 343-2953 THE VENUE—521 Broad St., 919-0011 VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE (VAC)—3638 Osage St., Garden City, 424-8297 WATERFRONT AT LAKE HARBOR—3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise WHITEWATER PIZZA—1510 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, 888-6611 WILLOWCREEK GRILL—1065 E. Winding Creek Dr., Eagle WOODRIVER CELLARS—3705 Hwy. 16, Eagle, 286-WINE



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SHINY TOY GUNS John Padlo’s nostalgic still lifes

Though this is the first time Padlo’s work has been shown publicly, Flying M curators John Warfel and Jeremy “Jerms” Lanningham felt immediately drawn to his creations and offered him a solo show at the Flying M downtown for the month of August. “John [Padlo] and I are about the same age, so we totally conohn Padlo is a traditionalist. Schooled at the relatively connected on all the subject matter,” said Warfel. “Also the painterly servative Academy of Art in San Francisco, he paints still lifes style and the vivid colors, I really like the colors.” with the same precision and eye for light that characterized the Another convention Padlo cast off after art school was the noOld Masters. But where tion that all paints should be Padlo breaks with convenmixed or muted by the artist tion is his subject matter. after they’re squeezed out of Instead of over-ripe fruit, the tube. In the UFO painting a shiny roast duck or stale Cad Red Skies, Padlo lets bread, Padlo, a 37-year-old the bright, unadulterated graphic designer, paints pigment of cadmium red what inspires the modern set an apocalyptic, otherman—squirt guns and acworldly mood. Though his tion figures. alien spaceship and toy gun “A lot of these things are imagery might seem like a just dismissed as child junk throwback to 1950s atomicobjects by adults. People era kitsch, Padlo insists that, don’t really look around more than anything, these and think about things darker themes are a reflection like a toy or a soldier [as] of his inner cynicism. a piece of art,” explained “I work in marketing, so Padlo. “Somebody had to I hate marketing. I hate the sculpt the model, cast it. way people sell products. You There’s a lot of work that go into Toys R Us right now goes into that.” and everything is commercial, And Padlo’s bright oil market-driven. You go into paintings are as good an the LEGOs aisle and everyhomage to these nostalgic thing is Star Wars LEGOs,” John Padlo, The Atomic Mr. Flair, oil on canvas, 16” by 20”. said Padlo. “When I was a playthings as any. With a vivacious use of color that kid it was just LEGOs, and seems equally inspired by pulp comics as it is by Dia de los Muertos your imagination allowed you to build whatever it is you wanted.” cemetery shrines, Padlo’s pieces depict Batman Pez dispensers, beefy But whether it’s a yearning for simpler times that inspires Padlo’s The Atomic Mr. Flare action figures, crying mannequins and flying work or just the playful intersection of modern subject matter and saucers. But the whimsicality of these toys is muted by the context a centuries-old form, his pieces already seem to be resonating with in which they’re placed. Surrounded by vivid roses and delicately the Flying M crowd. positioned toy guns, Padlo’s figurines have the awkward, deliberate “While we were hanging the show, there were some immediate stillness of a school photo. responses about how bright and cool it was,” explained Warfel. “I think artwork has to have fundamental rules to be solid; your “People were coming up there to check it out and getting in our shadows should be cool,” said Padlo. “I don’t want to make any way, they were so excited to see it.” statements when it comes to fundamentals. I’m not interested in Exhibit runs through the end of August. Flying M, 500 W. Idaho breaking away from traditional painting discipline, but at the same St., 208-345-4320, time, I do want the colors to pop.”



PIECE OF CUPCAKE Boise’s Cupcake Collective promotes

cupcakes for the event next Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Linen Building. Event organizers are charging a flat $5 entry fee for both cupcake competitors and cupcake eaters. Area judges, including BW’s Sally Freeman and the Flying M’s Lisa Myers, will award $100 cash to first-place winners and $50 to second-place winners in the following categories: Best Tasting, Best Visual, Best Youth and Honorary Mention. In addition to live music spun by the Vinyl Preservation e’re living in the midst of a cupcake renaissance. From Society, balloon twisting and fresh lemonade, there are also whispers New York to Seattle and almost every quirky metropolis of organized cupcake conga dancing. in between, stores dedicated entirely to cupcakes are sling“We’re handcrafting a lemonade stand out of recycled materials,” ing handheld frosted gems to throngs of sugar-hungry patrons. From said BW’s Meshel Miller, one of the Cupcake Collective’s founders. Los Angeles’ Sprinkles Cupcakes, christened “the progenitor of the “We’re trying to make it a really fun event that incorporates fun for haute cupcake craze” by the Los Angeles Times, or New York’s adults and for children. It will be family style, but it will also have a Babycakes, a purveyor of vegan, kosher and wheat-free cupcakes, lot of really cool things for adults.” this renaissance has brought about a smattering of new flavors, Before Saturday’s all-ages event kicks off, there will also be a including the Ron Bennington and the Royale with Cheese. kids’ Cupcake Camp at TRICA on Friday, Aug. 14, where kids will Boise has also gobbled up a piece of the cake. In addition to Lilly learn to bake, frost and decorate their own creations. And though Jane’s Cupcakes in Eagle, the Treasure Valley is now home to the the Cupcake Collective is a sugary nod to childhood nostalgia for its Cupcake Collective—a group of local cupcake aficionados who have organizers, it also hopes to help create new happy memories for kids organized an upcoming cupcake competition to benefit the Treasure by donating all of the event’s proceeds to TRICA. Valley Institute for Children’s Arts. “The proceeds go to benefit TRICA, since we have to raise $4 “Cupcakes are symbolic of just good, happy, fun things,” mused million,” said Swarthout. “[Fund raisers like this are] how we’ve TRICA founder and Cupcake Collective member Jon Swarthout. raised our money so far, and it’s actually encouraging. It’s not neces“They’re like a chocolate chip cookie. When people think of cupsarily the easy way … But it’s more empowering.” cakes, they just think happy, good thoughts. So it’s a celebration of Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5. Linen Building, 1402 that, kind of like a cupcake circus.” W. Grove St. For more information on entry requirements, visit And a circus it will surely be. The Cupcake Collective hopes to entice burgeoning bakers to submit more than 2,000 handmade

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alternate-reality split screens, a joie de vivre dance number and many other art film cribs, and the final product resembles a demo reel of music video ideas, each valid and interesting, but prone to overcrowding. and lows of love accentuated by pairing The screenplay, penned by Pink Panther 2 the yin of meet-cutes with the yang of post- writing team Scott Neustadter and Michael breakup pouting. While Tom discovers that H. Weber, has cute ideas and some great his sister Rachel (Chloe Moretz) is right scenes, but its highs-and-lows focus leaves in that an appreciation of the same kooky only a little room for the middling muddlethrough period that makes up much of relationships. As such, Tom and Summer are mostly two-dimensional through omission. With the exception of Tom’s sister and his sympathetic boss (Clark Gregg), the rest of the cast is completely extraneous, neither colorful nor interesting, just background wallpaper for the lovers to clash against. Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel are excellent, with an easy chemistry and star-making charm, but (500) Days is not their best work. I thought it was impossible for Deschanel to be unlikable in a film, but Summer is a cold, with500 DAYS OF SUMMER (R) holding pseudo-naif, her ineffable charm only barely counteracting her underlying Directed by Marc Webb disagreeableness. Gordon-Levitt adds Starring Zooey Deschanel, complexity to his simple character but still Joseph Gordon-Levitt can’t elevate Tom above a caricature. He Now playing at The Flicks, Edwards 21 deserves more depth, and Gordon-Levitt has consistently proven that he can deliver. crap does not a soulmate make, he may not Although (500) Days is a pleasant be so wrong about destiny picking out the departure from the mainstream rom-com right one eventually. It may just take a little blah, it cripples itself with cuteness. The more time. excess of styles, art-crowd insider refer(500) Days is director Marc Webb’s ences and hipper-than-thou soundtrack first feature. He cut his teeth making music make it palatable to a small audience, one videos for Snow Patrol, Counting Crows who already owns the LPs, disseminated and Regina Spektor, and he happily retains Annie Hall and The Graduate and only the visual verve and fluidity of his beginsings karaoke when drunk or feeling parnings. The film is nice to look at although ticularly campy. Unlike more mature films it suffers from a bit too many tricks and in this style—Eternal Sunshine comes to trumped-up tropes. There’s the nonmind—(500) Days deals with particulars, chronological editing, which is well-paced and reveals little about the universals of and effective, but add in a foreignesque love. It’s is like getting an Easy Bake Oven come-and-go narration (pleasantly but un- for your 25th birthday. Ironic and amusing, necessarily provided by Jean-Paul Vignon), but you’re ready for the real thing.

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE (500) Days of semi-deep thoughts


hatever became of the rom-com? Back in the early- to mid-90s, it was simple. Boy meets girl. Girl isn’t interested. Boy chases girl until he catches her. Done and done. Just two people trying to find a connection. But the new millennium version of this genre puts increasingly complicated roadblocks in the paths of the protagonists: He’s a working gigolo or she’s secretly a Playboy bunny or he’s really dead. These setups create heavy-on-the-laughs, light-on-the-love situations that allow us to set our brains to dumb and forget how strange, wonderful and inherently amusing romance can be. (500) Days of Summer doesn’t. Instead, it reminds us that love is a difficult enough journey without fantastic obstructions. Actually, as we’re told in the opening moments, the film isn’t even about finding love. It’s about getting over it. Despite derailing from his chosen career as an architect, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an optimist, with the kind of mooneyed belief in destiny that allows him to write treacly greeting cards and really believe the sentiments inside. Summer (Zooey Deschanel) is the mysterious, quirky new secretary at his company. Tom loves Summer. Or at least he thinks he does. What he really loves is the concept of them as a couple (his most popular card simply read “I love us”), based on her beauty and love of the Smiths (she introduces herself by singing along to his headphones). Summer, on the other hand, doesn’t believe in true love and would rather be friends, although she doesn’t object to the occasional snog. The 16 months of their relationship or, technically, of Tom’s infatuation, are presented in an out-of-order sequence, the normal highs

SCREENLISTINGS special screenings AFGHAN STAR—This American Idolstyle broadcast proves that even 30 years of war and five years under the Taliban can’t keep pop culture in Afghanistan down. Watch the efforts of 2,000 Afghan people as they sing their hearts out for their 15 minutes, cash and prizes. The event is a fundraiser for the Agency for New Americans. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., $10, www. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-338-0033. DEPARTURES—Attend the Idaho premiere of a sneak preview of the Academy Award Winning Japanese movie. The movie, in Japanese with English subtitles, is rated PG-13 and is a fundraiser for the Idaho Japanese Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes communication about the Japanese culture in the community. Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222.


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LOVE AAJ KAL—All the ecstasy and agony of a Bollywood movie unfolds on the big screen. All proceeds go to charitable causes. Get tickets at India Foods, 602, N. Orchard St., Boise 208-387-0000. Sunday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m., $9 adv., $12 door, children 10 and younger FREE, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

opening A PERFECT GETAWAY—Newlyweds Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) seek out their own slice of paradise on a remote beach in Hawaii. During a blissful hike, they meet another couple and agree to let them join their par ty. But when the foursome learn two bodies have been discovered on a beach, all hell breaks loose. Cliff and Cydney must kick their ’till-death-do-us-par t vows into high gear in order to fight for their newly joined lives. (R) Edwards 21

BANDSLAM—Will Bur ton (Gaelan Connell) is new in town and when talented singer Charlotte Banks (Alyson Michalka) asks him to manage her band, he jumps at the chance. Will fine tunes the raw and unproven band in preparation for Bandslam, a competition that can make or break a band. As the group discovers its signature sound, Will falls for the lead guitar player Sa5m, the 5 is silent. And when disaster strikes, the band is forced to muster up some major perseverance if it wants to continue to rock on. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 DISTRICT 9—When the weapons of a group of refugee aliens that have been kept separate from humans for nearly 30 years are discovered, the international community wants them dealt with immediately. Wikus van der Mer we (Sharlto Copley) is the only human who knows how to operate the weapons and the only place for him to hide is District 9. (R) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21

GOODS: LIVE HARD SELL HARD— Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) possesses the ability to talk anyone into anything. Ready and his traveling band of used car salesmen will do anything to move metal. In order to save a dealership from bankruptcy, they stage sales with wild themes that get the customer excited, like if a buyer finds an alligator in the front seat of the car, it’s an instant $500 off the price. (R) Edwards 9 THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE— Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s novel, Chicago librarian Henr y De Tamble (Eric Bana) has a hard time staying still due to a rare genetic disorder that sends him hurling back and for th through time. He meets the love of his life, Clare (Rachel McAdams) when she is a young girl and tells her that they are destined to be together. The two marr y, and Clare is content with the fact that she found her soul mate, yet she never knows if he will be around to do odd jobs around the house or help raise their daughter. (PG-13) Nor thgate, Flicks


SCREEN LISTINGS continuing 500 DAYS OF SUMMER—See Screen, Page 24. (PG-13) Flicks, Edwards 21 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. Hip teen actors Car ter Jenkins and Ashley Tisdale join forces and it’s game on. (PG) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 AWAY WE GO—(R) Flicks Ends Thursday THE COLLECTOR—Following the sadistic, horror/slasher film formula, a man named Arkin (Josh Stewar t) is in debt over his head. So he targets his boss and plans on hitting up the wealthy family’s home to rob it. He soon finds out that the Collector (Juan Fernandez) already beat him to the punch. (R) Edwards 21 FOOD, INC.—Emmy-winning documentarian Rober t Kenner’s movie narrated by journalists Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), takes a hard look at the mass production of food. (R) Flicks FUNNY PEOPLE—Director Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) unites Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen (Superbad). (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 G-FORCE—Disney’s 3D movie is about a secret government program of guinea pigs equipped with advanced spy gizmos. (PG) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 THE HANGOVER—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA—Dennis Quaid plays General Hawk and Channing Tatum is Duke Hauser. Together they lead the fight against the upstar t enemy Cobra. (PG-13) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE—(PG) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21 THE HURT LOCKER—Director Katherine Bigelow’s intense Iraqi War drama offers a glimpse into the danger that a special unit of soldiers face disarming homemade bombs hidden in the streets in Baghdad. (R) Flicks, Edwards 21 ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS—Ray Romano (Manny), John Leguizamo (Sid), Queen Latifah (Ellie) and Denis Lear y (Diego) lend their voices to this Ice Age sequel. (PG) Nor thgate, Edwards 21 JULIE & JULIA—Julie (Amy Adams) is a frustrated temp worker who finds solace and inspiration cooking her way through 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Ar t of French Cooking. Julia Child is played by Mer yl Streep, and Julia’s husband Paul, is played by Stanley Tucci. (PG-13) Edwards 9, 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 Ends Thursday MY SISTER’S KEEPER—The Fitzgerald family, Sara (Cameron Diaz), Brian (Jason Patric) and their two kids, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) and Jesse live a happy life until Kate is diagnosed with leukemia. The parents decide to have another baby, Anna, (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) to ensure Kate has a per fect match for bone marrow and an eventual kidney transplant. But when Anna reaches her teen years, she fights for the right to make decisions about her own body. (PG-13) Edwards 21 ORPHAN—Little orphan Esther is not what she seems. (R) Edwards 21 THE PROPOSAL—(PG-13) Nor thgate Ends Thursday, Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 21 PUBLIC ENEMIES—The Depression-era gangster film directed by Michael Mann pits bank robbers against government agents during a time when the general public had major disdain for the banking system. Johnny Depp plays slipper y outlaw John Dillinger. J. Edgar Hoover’s new agency, the FBI, and its top agent, Melvin Pur vis (Christian Bale) make it their mission to put the criminal behind bars for good. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN—(PG-13) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, 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), he 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



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


Flicks: W: 5:25, 7:25, 9:25; 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 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12, 2:15, 4:35, 6:55, 9:30


Flicks: Tu only: 7


Northgate: W-Th: 12:20, 2:20, 4:45, 7, 9:20; F-Tu: 4:35, 9:15 Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1:05, 4:30, 7:40, 9:50 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:30, 3:55, 7:20, 9:25


Flicks: W-Th only: 7:10


Edwards 9: Th: 12:01 a.m.; F-Tu: 1, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Edwards 21: Th: 12:01 a.m.


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:20, 5:25, 7:35


Flicks: Th only: 7


Northgate: F-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45 Edwards 9: Th: 12:01 a.m.; F-Tu: 1:20, 4:20, 7:25, 10:05 Edwards 21: Th: 12:01 a.m.


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


Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30; F-Tu: 12:50, 4:05, 7:20, 10:25 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:15, 12:55, 1:15, 3:40, 4:40, 7:05, 8, 9, 10:30


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


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:25


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


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

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE— Northgate: W-Tu: 12:30, 4, 7:20 Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:40, 4, 7:10, 10:25; F-Tu: 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12, 3:10, 6:25, 9:45 Edwards IMAX: W-Th: 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 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:40, 3:50, 7:05, 10:15 ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS—


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 4:20, 7:05, 10:15; F-Tu: 1:15, 4:35, 7:30, 10:15 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:10, 2:15, 4:15, 5, 7:10, 7:45, 10:10, 10:30


Flicks: W-Th only: 5:10, 9:10


Edwards 21: W-Th: 4, 6:35


Edwards 21: W-Th: 2:40, 9:50


Northgate: W-Th only: 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1, 4:25, 7:35, 10:05 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:25, 4:20, 6:50, 9:40


Edwards 21: W-Th: 7:30, 10:25 Northgate: F-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Flicks: F-Su: 12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:35; M-Tu: 5:05, 7:25, 9:35



Northgate: W-Th: 12:20, 2:30, 4:35, 7:10, 9:15; F-Tu: 12:15, 2:30, 7:10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:35, 3, 5:15, 7:40, 9:55

Edwards 9: W-Th only: 12:50 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:05, 3:15, 6:45, 10

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:35, 7:30, 10; F-Tu: 12:55, 4:25, 7:35, 10:10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:25, 9:35

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


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





t’s hard to say the name Bella Aquila without dragging out your ’m going to start off by doing something very unusual by offerL’s and wanting to kiss-kiss someone’s cheeks. But besides the ing a simple thank-you to Bella Aquila. zuppas and formaggios littering the menu, Bella Aquila, which Regular BW readers know that I’m not a reviewer who’s easmeans “beautiful eagle” in Italian, is unequivocally more Eagle than ily pleased. Lately, in fact, I’ve had better meals at my regular bagel it is Italian. From the expansive, lush patio with cascading waterfalls joint than at the eateries in Boise with the best reputations for a to the crisp white linens and sage-hued napkins, it’s refined in an decent meal. Nor have I had much success beyond Boise lately; some inoffensive, earth-toned way. readers may remember that in June, I’d sworn off Sunday brunch in When my mom and I first arrived for a late lunch, we immediately Eagle completely. eyed the patio—a large, empty oasis with a canopy of beige and Brunch at Bella Aquila one recent Sunday, however, has me singsienna umbrellas overlapping like lily pads. The Greenbelt cuts a ing a different tune. path adjacent to the patio and makes for great summertime peopleArriving just ahead of the crowd afforded my dining companion watching—kids with blowand me one of the best paup alligator floats hoisted tio tables in the house with above their heads, giggling an idyllic riverside view. teens with river-matted hair After stocking up on cofand jogging stroller moms. fee, water and bottomless After a few short minutes mimosas, we set to work wallowing in the heat of on what would prove the the afternoon, we decided day’s most difficult task: to join the wiser diners cluschoosing from the menu. tered around the window Would it be smoked tables inside. chicken and sweet potato Our waiter adjusted the hash served with poached shade next to our table to eggs and Hollandaise or prevent any further sun a smoked trout plate with issues, then set down a mini bagels and cream basket of naan-like flatcheese? Cashew chicken bread wedges. Fine grains salad on cabbage or of cornmeal crumbled off lasagna with house-made in a cascade of dust after I noodles? I finally settled smeared on a healthy swipe on French toast stuffed of the accompanying Bella with ricotta and topped BELLA AQUILA Spread—a pungent, rosy with a Grand Marnier 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Ste. 100, Eagle strawberry sauce ($10). My date chose the Italian compote of parmesan romano, garlic, butter and 208-938-1900 cayenne pepper. As soon as we got wind that the dip with sirloin and basil provolone ($12). HowLunch: Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m-4 p.m. kitchen was baking up a fresh batch of the flavorever, when we were put to the task of ordering, Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs., 4-6 p.m. ful flatbread, we cast aside our half-eaten triangles we each made a last-minute switch. Crab Benedict Dinner: Mon.-Sun., 4:30 p.m.-Close and waited greedily for the warm stuff. If the bread ($12) for me and steak and eggs ($15) for he. Brunch: Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. was that tasty cold, we knew it would be mindBased solely on the execution of those two blowing right from the oven. Oh, were we right. dishes, I’d be confident giving Bella Aquila high Sipping from a couple glasses of wine—the Sycamore Lane marks. Crab Benedict arrived as two teetering stacks of English mufchardonnay ($5) and the 3 Horses Vineyards rose ($8)—we got fin, sliced tomato, avocado, poached egg and shredded crab under down to business with the lunch menu (served until 4 p.m.). a thin veil of silky Hollandaise. The accompanying fruit cup was a Though most dishes lean heavily on Italian staples like tomatoes, modest portion of just ripe and ice-cold fruit (see Page 29 for my acmozzarella, basil and pine nuts, Bella Aquila also knows when to count of how rare a find I consider that). What the menu described play to their audience, offering things like green goddess dressing as an 8-ounce sirloin on the plate of steak and eggs came out of the and sweet potato fries. After some time studying the insalatas, pic- kitchen looking more like a 12-ounce rib-eye, and that was certainly ciole pizzes, pastas and paninos, I noticed the menu’s prices looked no complaint. Steak nicely done at medium rare, eggs nicely done at a tad out of whack. While hearty pasta plates like the smoked over medium, and lightly fried breakfast potatoes a simple side. salmon ravioli ($12) or the Crema di Pesto e Spinaci ($10) seemed The food was impressive, but more so the attention to detail. A aptly priced, classic fare like the simple Caprese salad ($11) or good restaurant nails the food. A great restaurant nails the experibruschetta ($9) were strangely expensive. ence. Bella Aquila is the kind of restaurant that falls squarely into My mom and I both decided to veer toward the light side with the latter category. Being riverside is a pleasant advantage, especially salmon dishes—hers the grilled salmon with lemon dill fettuccine, when a one-man show delivers live and subtle Van Morrison and mine the Formaggio di Capra salad ($11, with salmon added). Jimmy Buffett covers. Personal coffee creamers, chilled hours ahead Exclaiming that the salmon had “a nice, crispy dew” on the outof time, were a simple touch. As were wicker baskets rather than side, my mom polished off most of her artfully presented plate, save the more common industrial restaurant tubs for a heap of rolled for a few errant mushrooms and slivers of yellow pepper that cowsilverware at the servers’ station. As was a conscientious owner who ered on the side. My salad was a less straightforward undertaking—a turned over bread plates at already set tables in advance of guests combo of mixed greens, warm apple chutney, glazed pecans and who’d expect dust- and dirt-free plates on the patio. Service was herbed chevre doused in a spiced oregano vinaigrette—that required impeccable and continued to top off the coffee and mimosas even measured, contemplative chewing to make sense of. The chevre was after the bill was paid. A chocolate-covered after-meal mint with served in a single jawbreaker-sized fried sphere, but was so decadent Bella Aquila’s name on the wrapper proved that the proprietors had that it wound up being more than enough to accompany the entire considered every step of a diner’s experience, from the first to the salad. Though my dish had all the comforting, cinnamon-y sweetness final moments in their restaurant. of a Thanksgiving dinner, the whole warm-apple-pie-on-a-salad thing And yet, none of those details is the one that really won us over. threw me for a loop. In those few minutes between the ordering and the eating, our Though neither of us are big on sweets, we scanned the dessert server arrived with a basketful of warm, house-made pastries—a menu for kicks. Mama mia. When I saw the sweetened ricotta and bread course for breakfast. A delicate blueberry muffin topped with mascarpone-filled cannoli dipped in dark chocolate and pistachios sugar and almond slivers and a rich slice of oatmeal raspberry bar ($8) and the blueberry cobbler martini ($8) with vanilla and bluewere the first hints that we were in for a great meal. berry vodkas and a graham cracker crust rim, I kissed the tips of my So thank you, Bella Aquila, for restoring my faith that one restaufingers in a cliched gesture of jubilant glee. Dessert on the Bella Aqrant out there knows that a good meal is about more than the food. uila patio in the cool of evening is most definitely in my near future. —Rachael Daigle will return for dinner at Bella Aquila —Tara Morgan believes cobbler is just pie that gave up. with bells on. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


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Pizza ATZA PIZZA—The pizza place, formerly Shy Simon’s Pizza in the Columbia Village Shopping Center, uses handmade dough and pizza sauce and fresh ingredients. Hit the salad bar, order jumbo wings, or go for the sandwiches and breadsticks option. Decide between thin or original crust and you’re halfway done building your own pie, or you may choose one of Atza’s specialty pizza creations. 6564 S. Federal Way, 208-433-1112. $-$$ OM . CASANOVA PIZZERIA—Pizza made like traditional pizzerias in New York and Naples make. Fresh sauces, thin crusts, and toppings from figs and bleu cheese to prosciutto and arugula. And of course real clam pizza from folks hailing from the homestate of clam pizza—Connecticut. 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535. $-$$ P SU OM. FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Stone fired pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. A sleekly lined interior and two large fire pits beckon flatbread lovers to Bown Crossing. 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177. 830 N. Main Street, Ste. A (Generations Plaza), Meridian, 208-288-0969. $-$$ P SU OM . FLYING PIE PIZZERIA— Boise’s longest-lived and most inventive pizzeria. They have their own beer (the impeccable Triple Pi Belgianstyle ale), and pies to please even the pickiest eaters. 6508 Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000. 4320 W. State St., 208-3840000. $-$$ P SU OM.

FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE— Offering tasty pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Features a stellar line of beers, including 14 rotating beer taps, 20 bottles of Belgian Ale and more to comprise over 60 beers to choose from. Eat -in or take-out. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287P SU OM. 9201. $-$$ GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA—There’s nothing like a slice (or three) of Guido’s New York-style pizza for lunch. Their giant pies are inexpensive and addictive, just like the infamous pizza by the slice. 235 N. Fifth St., 208345-9011. 12375 Chinden, 208-376-1008. $ SU OM. LUCKY 13 PIZZA—The former North End mainstay has moved essentially “as was” to Harris Ranch, where the best (and bestnamed) pizzas and sandwiches on the planet are still on the menu. 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-344-6967. $ P SU. LULU’S FINE PIZZA—Big Apple-style gourmet pie for pizza lovers of everywhere kind. Get a wheel or go by the slice. Get adventurous with some tasty things you’re not used to seeing on a pizza menu. Superb Sushi recently moved into Lulu’s, so go pizza and sushi simultaneously if you please. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-387-4992. $-$$ P SU OM. PAPA JOE’S—Family owned and operated, Papa Joe’s uses family recipes for their pizza and pasta dishes. Food and drink specials all week long and a dozen flavors of gelato with which to reward your plate cleaning skills. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. $-$$ P SU OM.

PIEHOLE—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try the infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783. 1016 Broadway Ave., 208-424-2225. P SU OM. PIZZALCHIK—PIZZa sALad and CHIcKen. Get it? Perfect robust salads, plus delicious original pizzas and whole chickens roasted in a 6,000-pound stone-hearth oven. Many toppings made in house. 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757. $-$$ P SU OM. TONY’S PIZZERIA TEATRO—A European-style cafe serving salad, soup and brick oven Napolean-style pizza. Slices sold 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with pies available any time. 103 Capitol Blvd., 208-343-1052. $-$$ P SU.

Pubs & Breweries BARDENAY—The atmospheric, cavernous interior (with visible distillery) and huge patio is the place to eat, drink and be seen downtown. 610 Grove St., 208-426-0538. 155 E. Riverside Dr., 208-938-5093. $-$$ P SU OM. THE BULL’S HEAD PUB—A little bit of England tucked above the bistro, the pub serves up English fare (upside down Shepherd’s pie, anyone?) with plenty of spirits to wash it down. Stay entertained with games including shuffleboard, darts and pool, and for the spectators, flat screen TVs are scattered about the place. 1441 N. Eagle Road, 208-855-5858. $-$$$ P SU OM. CRESCENT NO LAWYERS BAR/ GRILL—Lawyers be damned at this popular bar, restaurant and game-lovers paradise. Though they’re famous for their Lawyer Fries and chicken gizzards, the menu is full of tasty pub food, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, tater tots and a most diggable meatloaf sandwich on sourdough. It’s been a Boise tradition since 1963, with a large patio, horseshoe pits and a rambunctious herd of TVs dialed in to the world of sports. 5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856. $ P SU OM.


BOISE FOOD SCENE GETS ITS 15 MINUTES First it was Food & Wine Magazine. Then it was “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” And now, just as Boise eateries are being featured in Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, another foodie is moving in with video cameras and lots of national attention. This week, Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” rolls into town with host Adam Richman and his entourage. Like all who came before them, “Man v. Food” called BW to ask for a few pointers before they came to town. Despite my best efforts to get the crew over to my house for a lesson on fingersteaks and fry sauce, they did the gastronomically smart thing and politely declined. OK, OK, I’m kidding ... I don’t cook fingersteaks, and I don’t make fry sauce. I leave that up to native Idahoans. Richman’s mission, however, is most definitely to seek out food that’s unique to his destination, so we’re pretty sure he’ll find some fingersteaks and fry sauce somewhere along the Idaho highways. In Boise, he’ll be taking on food at Big Juds, Rockies Diner and Flying Pie Pizzaria. Our best guess on food at each of those joints is the big-as-your-head burgers, the Rockies Challenge and the double habanero pizza, but that’s just a guess. As this edition of BW goes to print Tuesday, Aug. 11, the crew will be filming at Rockies Diner. Thursday is Big Juds and Friday is Flying Pie. I plan to check out at least one filming session, and I’ll report back next week with photos. And while we’re talking about Boise food on television, word has it that Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine is up next on the “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” schedule and will air Monday, Aug. 31.

THIS WEEK’S WINE AND DINE This week, the wine event is most definitely Wine Fest 2009 on the Basque block. Once again, Grove Street between Capitol Boulevard and Sixth Street will be blocked off for a giant outdoor party. Taste hundreds of domestic and imported wines, and when the need for a little food strikes, tapas will, of course, be for sale. The event is Friday, Aug. 14, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Get four tickets for $100. Individual tickets are $27 in advance or $30 the day of. Proceeds benefit the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Reservations and tickets at 208-343-2671. Sneak preview for next week: Eagle Food and Wine Fest Aug. 21-22. Information at


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DININGGUIDE BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Enjoy a frosty microbrew and gourmet hamburger at this distinguished bar and grill with one of the best selections of scotches in the region. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813. $-$$ P SU OM. FALCON TAVERNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This upscale downtown tavern has become â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood pub.â&#x20AC;? Known for their hand-pressed Kobe burger and ample beer selection, Falcon Tavern also has a variety of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Cozy up in their interior space or kick back on the patio. 705 W. Bannock St., 208-9473111. $-$$ P OM. HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the appetizers (Montyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hummus, Hollow Hot Wings), their entrees (Pan Fried Oysters, Mess-OChops) or their burgers and sandwiches (Black Bean Chili Burger, Reuben), stopping in at Highlands Hollow after winter skiing or hiking up Camelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back hill in the summer is always a great idea. The best part? The Hollow brews some of the best handcrafted ales in town. 2455 Harrison Hollow, 208-343-6820. $-$$ P SU OM. HYDE PARK PUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This Hyde park staple is that special bar thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inviting no matter what your mood. With its dog-friendly patio and a menu chock full of twists on American classics, this is a neighborhood bar that feels like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your neighborhood. 1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260. $ P SU. THE OFFICEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This cleverly named sports bar is for the over-21 crowd only. Enjoy a meal, a smoke and a full bar while catching a game on one of The OfďŹ ceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plasmas. Then, when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better half calls looking for you, the simple answer is: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at The OfďŹ ce, honey.â&#x20AC;? Bar and late night menu until 2 a.m. 6125 E. Fairview, 208-3772800. $-$$ P SU. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;MICHAELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PUB & GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a North End institution with one waitress whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been serving there for 40 years. The casual menu is full of traditional and specialty sandwiches (check out the slaw burger thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no burger at all), ďŹ sh and steaks, and the best giant fried prawns in town. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948. $-$$ P SU.

PIPER PUB & GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Perched high on Eighth Street with a wraparound patio, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Piperâ&#x20AC;? serves up yummy, creative pub fare. Known for its Scotch Club, the Piper has been a collection point for drinkers with a ďŹ nely tuned palate for many moons. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-343P SU OM. 2444. $-$$ THE REFUGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Refuge, formerly Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Parkcenter, has new ownership and new management, but still the same neighborhood, shiny wood, pub feel. The Refuge serves burgers, ďŹ ngersteaks, homemade chips from ďŹ&#x201A;our tortillas and other bar favorites and boasts an expanded beer and wine selection, as well as a beefed-up and reďŹ ned menu. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-424-8211. $-$$ P SU. RICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRESS ROOMâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chef owner Rick Valenzuela has created a menu of simple, gourmet food for his news-themed neighborhood pub. Lunch and dinner are both casual with sandwiches, salads and steak options. And after dinner, cigar fans can retire to the plush Treasure Valley Smoke Shop, which is adjacent to the smoke shop. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0558. $-$$ . RUDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PUB AND GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a pub that cares about its customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health. With locally grown beef and no trans fat in the fries, the menu runs the gamut of pub fare including starters, platters and sandos that come with a half-pickle. Soups are homemade daily and entrees served after 5 p.m. include pastas, salmon and N.Y. steak. 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 150, 208-884-4453. $-$$$ SU OM. SOCKEYE GRILL & BREWERYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sockeye is the serious beer connoisseurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brewpub. When the double IPA Hopnoxious is on tap, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hopheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquid dream, and the Hell Diver Pale Ale gets rave reviews. The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent and free live music happens every Tuesday and Friday. 3019 Cole Road, 208-658-1533. $-$$ P SU. TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tablerock Brewpub is a taste of Boise. In addition to its selection of award-winning handcrafted beers, the restaurant has a long standing

reputation for superior pub food in one of Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most well-known locations. 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944. $-$$ P SU.

Steak & Seafood ANGELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Upscale dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly subterranean. Angellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mainstays in the restaurant business with menu items running the gamut of sea and land choices from Idaho Trout and Crab, Rosemary and Juniper Lamb Rack and Halibut Oscar. 909 Main St., 208-342-4900. $$-$$$ RES P SU. BARBACOAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Theatrical tableside guacamole service is the thing to do in this carnivoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant. In the style of Argentine parrillas, meat is grilled over an open ďŹ&#x201A;ame and served on ironwood platters. Known for its tranquil lakeside location and not one, but two excellent happy hours. 276 Bobwhite Ct., 208-3385000. $$-$$$ P SU OM. FRESH OFF THE HOOKâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gourmet seafood in a casual setting. Try the Halibut bruschetta or coconut prawns. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best place in town for fresh, inexpensive seafood. 507 N. Milwaukee Ave., 208-322-9224. $-$$ OM. LOCK, STOCK & BARRELâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A Boise staple featuring some of the most well-reputed steaks and prime in town. Known for its salad bar and thick-cut steaks. 1100 W. Jefferson, 208-3364266. $$-$$$ SU OM . STAGECOACH INNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This Boise institution has been in the same space, with the same decor and the same menu for 45 years. If it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t broke, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ x it. And make sure you try the prawns. 3132 Chinden Blvd., 208-342-4161. $$-$$$ OM. 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 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 and click on the BW Card icon.


PEEL ME A GRAPE Think about the last time you had a fruit cup from a restaurant breakfast menu. Pop-less grapes, under-ripe melon, maybe a questionably mushy cube of pineapple. By their very afterthought kind of nature, fruit cups in a restaurant are designed to make you wish youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just gone full-bore and ordered biscuits and gravy rather than trying to be healthy. And really, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the fruit cupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault. After all, it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy to keep fresh fruit lying around an industrial walk-in fridge for the oddball health nut who might wander in every two weeks requesting a breakfast side thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fried, gravied or buttered. Recently, though, I found the king of fruit cups, and where else did I ďŹ nd it, but at the king of Boise breakfast joints. Order a cup of fruit at Goldyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get is a whole mess of fruitastic-ness artfully, carefully sculpted into a mountainous heap of just ripe fruit, a spray of melons bursting from the top of the demure white cup and a rainbow of fruit sliding onto the matching saucer. In the heat of summer, a fruit cup at Goldyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ($5.95) and the beefed-up fruit bowl ($8.95) will contain the following: grapes that pop, thin slices of Granny Smith and Fuji apples, orange wedges, four kinds of berries (blue, raspberry, strawberry and blackberries), kiwi chunks, mango, cantaloupe, wedges of watermelon and quite possibly a few banana slices. All fresh as fresh gets. Not a hint of over ripe. Not a brown, mushy, hard or bitter bite to be found. I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy it so much, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even wish youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ordered the veggie benny instead ... youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just have to order a separate side of each from now on. Goldyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Breakfast Bistro, 108 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100.





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his two-story Victorian home sits on a larger-than-average North End lot. Over the years, it has been elegantly modernized and remodeled while retaining its timeless charm. Fish scale shingles cover the 104-year-old dwelling’s dove-gray exterior, which has been subtly embellished with gingerbread details. Above a big picture window, white paint highlights horizontal bands of ball motif trim. The theme is repeated through wooden balls—skewered on thin spindles— that seem to bounce across the spandrels stretching across the front porch, where there is space for two rocking chairs and a side table. Shaded from the afternoon sun, the porch seems like a good spot for waving at the neighbors being walked by their pets as you unwind after work. Inside, other patterns echo compliments to each other. Sunray brackets highlight a large mirror above the impressive fireplace in the living room. They are found again in the corners high above the kitchen’s entrance. The home’s original fireplace chimney is another repeated element. The old stair-stepped mantle still stands in the kitchen as the chimney continues upward through two adjacent bedrooms on the second floor. Instead of being covered up, the brick’s subtly varied, chalky shades of gray offer a glimpse into the dwelling’s past. Details like period doors, doorknobs, and ball hinges also reflect century-old craftsmanship. An abundance of windows throughout the dwelling illuminate it naturally during the day. A series of leaded glass windows set into interior walls near the second floor landing draw light into a stairwell that would be darker without them. Over the past 13 years, the floor plan has been amended with a sizable master suite expansion and the addition of an upper bedroom. The cramped dungeon basement was excavated to create a bright, open family room with egress disguised as a big picture window with a garden-view window seat. The basement’s newly expanded window well is lined with some of the house’s original sandstone foundation blocks quarried from Table Rock 100 years ago. On the main level, you’ll find a living room, a tastefully remodeled kitchen with an open breakfast room, a formal dining room and the master suite, which has an updated continental bathroom also accessible from the kitchen. The upper floor contains two bedrooms, a full bathroom and a cozy nook with a ribbon of windows and treetop views where it is easy to imagine toiling over a laptop while hummingbirds flit past. In the landscaped yard, is a small greenhouse and two elevated decks, one next to the kitchen, and the other near the master suite. A paved alley runs behind the one-car garage, which, for such a large house, is undersized by modern standards. But a newer storage shed with a work bench provides space for the lawn mower, as well as storing rocking chairs in the winter.

ALL AREAS - RENTMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: http://www. ;:B#IDH=6G: Artsy cottage type of abode. 2 Cats & 1 Bird in the house, they are trained not to enter your room. Love animals, but we cannot have any more. Close to BSU, Greenbelt, groceries, amenities & bus. $330/mo. Call 890-1552 Lauren to inquire. Share 3BD in North End Dollhouse $325/mo. 23-33. 409-9904. C:6G7HJ 4 minute walk to campus. 2 Living rooms. All utili. paid. No smoking or pets. Available immediately. $375/mo. Call 208-870-6437 or email

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BW 4 WHEELS ;DGH6A:7NDLC:GC>8:=DB: Hugh price reduction - not a short sale. Single family home one and half story built in 2000, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage with 2.66 acres and beautiful view. Plenty of room for horses and or livestock. This would be an ideal home for a family especially if you have a child in 4-H or even for the grandparents who would like a place for their grandkids to come and visit. There is a bonus room upstairs perfect for the grandkids. For further information, please go to www. and enter ID: “IDADO”. If you want to drive by, you can follow the For Sale By Owner signs from Purple Sage Road off Old Highway 30, Exit 25 from WI-84 going towards Ontario, Oregon. To view the inside of the home, call me at 208-8709709. Just give me 30 minutes to prepare for your showing. Come on by, pick up a flyer, and see what home you may be living in next, and this lovely home is priced to sell! JE96I:9>CL:HI7D>H: 3BD, 2BA, liv. rm. w/fpl., + separate family rm. 1486 sq. ft. New roof, furnace, water heater, and windows. Updated paint, flooring, faucets, and light fixtures. Great location, large yard with irrigation. Garden area. Huge patio. Great home from the money. Asking $144,900 OBO. Call 208319-6794.

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FOR SALE BW STUFF IG68IDG 2002 John Deere 5205 Diesel, price $4300, Mower, Loader, 4WD, pictures and details at 208-6212764. 9 Piece King Sleigh Bed Set Brand new. All wood, dovetail drawers. List $3750. Sacrifice $895. 8881464. A BED-QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS SET. Brand new-still in plastic. Warranty. MUST SELL $109. Can deliver. 921-6643. Bed, Queen Tempurpedic Style Memory Foam Mattress Set. Brand new, in box, w/warranty, list $1599, sacrifice $379. 921-6643. BEDROOM SET 7 pc. Cherry set. Brand new, still boxed. Retail $2250, Sacrifice $450. 8881464. 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. L6K:HEDGI=67>I6I-%@6N6@ Wavesport Habitat 80 kayak, yellow, excellent condition, $600. Call (208) 622-6628, e-mail CDG9>8IG68@ Get your complete workout with this classic Nordic Track 360 exercise machine. Asking $200 or best offer. Call 608-4897 or 3438840 to see and negotiate your price. We’re located on the Boise bench and willing to deliver. Norfield Door hanging machine & other shop equipment. Contact Reg Ethington 307-413-3010.

PROS: Period charm blends with tasteful, modern updates in Boise’s North End. CONS: One-car garage. —Jennifer Hernandez Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16, 2-5 p.m.


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208-342-3508 Kia is a calm, sweet, 4-year-old female German shepherd mix. Although Kia doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to have experienced very much in her previous life, she is lovable and easy to work with. She walks well on the leash. Kia is attentive, especially once sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bonded to you. Her long coat will require brushing to keep it healthy and matt-free. Kia will blossom in a home that will let her live indoors with her family. (Kennel 402 - #8164574)


Hot tub available, heated table, hot oil full-body Swedish massage. Total seclusion. Days/ Eves/Wknds.Visa/Master Card accepted, Male only. 866-2759. Deep Therapeutic Massage by Muscular Guy. 869-2766. Full body massage by experienced therapist. Out call or private studio. 863-1577. Thomas. =DJHE6 Steam sauna & massage. Corner Overland & S. Orchard. Open 7 days a week, 9-10pm. 345-2430. B6HH6<: Bali Spa. 401 N. Orchard St. 3751332. Open 9am-10pm. Mention you saw it in the Boise Weekly for $20 Off! Massage Boise Hotels 869-8128. ULM 340-8377.

This adorable little girl is only 4 months old. She was found near the Boise Airport without ID. She is very sweet and loving and enjoys being petted and handled. She is also litterbox-trained. This nice kitten has beautiful black and orange markings on white fur, and would love to have a new home today. The adoption fee for cats is currently reduced. (Kennel 11 - #8212945) Codie is a handsome, 5-year-old male Alaskan malamute mix. True to his breed, Codie can act independent until he bonds, and then heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely devoted. He gets along well with older children and other dogs. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house-trained and has a medium energy level. Codie rides very well in the car. He would love an active home that will include him in outdoor activities with the family. (Kennel 419 #7365486)


Jewels is an active, 2-year-old female doberman/pointer mix. She is an energetic dog who will require an owner devoted to making sure she gets plenty of exercise everyday. She would love to learn more commands, especially if food is involved. She is house-trained. Jewels would do best with older children who are large enough to handle her enthusiasm. (Kennel 326 - #8123180)

@:IIA:7:AA;>IC:HHLDG@H=DE Kettlebell training is an outstanding way to get in shape, rehab old injuries and increase strength and ďŹ&#x201A;exibility. On Aug. 29th Idaho Kettlebells will hold a kettlebell basics workshop at 6418 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $60 Call 208412-6079 for more information.


Chewey is a 2-year-old male domestic longhair cat. He has always lived as an indoor cat, and would prefer to continue to live indoors. He has lived happily with other cats and gets along well with children whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to treat cats gently. He uses his litterbox consistently and is very tidy. His long coat may require some brushing, but he keeps it very clean and velvety soft. (Kennel 55 - #8179185)


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>CI:G>DG:MI:G>DGE6>CI>C< Color consultation, texturing, wall & trim, stucco, siding repair, fence & deck staining, attn. to detail, owner operated, 25 yrs. of exper., dependable, reasonable prices, references available! Call Joe Bohemia Painting for a free estimate. 208-345-8558 or 208-392-2094.

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Collette. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing I like better than a wild West show of leaping after a wand toy, then relaxing with a favorite person. I have a purr that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe. I sound like thunder with whiskers. I would love a home where I can clown around and be played with.



BOISEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BEST! With Bodywork by Rose. 794-4789. 7G6C9C:L>C7D>H: Magic Spa. Massage & full body shampoo. 4322 Overland Rd, across from Pine Crest. Open 9am-10pm. Stop by!


My name is Radar. I`m a calm, happy-go-lucky kitty who likes to play. My very favorite thing in the whole world, though, is to be held and cuddled. I like to gaze adoringly into the eyes of someone I love. Come visit me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show you some real Radar love.

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6;;DG967A:I>A:>CHI6AA6I>DC Affordable tile installation in Treasure Valley. For free estimate call 208-891-0323. 7JGIDCÂźHA6C9H86E>C< Any type of lawn maintenance. No job too big or too small. Will BEAT any price! Call Tony 208514-0108. Your Girl Mon - Fri. Housecleaning, personal assistance, errands. All jobs/rates neg. Ref. avail. I am located in Boise. 312-909-6190.

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ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Rick at 202-289-8484. ;G::DC"A>C:8A6HH>;>:969H Place your FREE on-line classiďŹ eds at Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy! Just click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post Your FREE Ad.â&#x20AC;? No phone calls please.

<J>I6GA:HHDCH $15 for 1/2 hour lesson. In my home. Lesson tailored to student. Adults and kids. 921-5581. <J>I6GA:HHDCH Beginner and Intermediate 20+ years musical experience. In your home or in my studio. Please call Ken at 208-283-1841 or Email at


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688DBE6C>B:CIL6CI:9 I am in search of an accompaniment musician who would enjoy performing varied genres at local Country Clubs and wineries. I have experience performing gospel, jazz, blues, folk, celtic and country styles well. Some say I am excellent at jazz. Regardless, If this type of effort seems worthwhile, please contact me at :JGDE:6C;DD9K:<6HBJH>8 Live music at Le Coq Rouge on S. Maple Grove. A brand new restaurant from world class chef Franck Bacquet from France and music from Adam Gottesman from England. Saturdays is not like anywhere else in Idaho! Plan to dance, have fun and enjoy the themes from Italian wedding to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mamma Miaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nights. Reservations a must as this place is almost always full! Call 376-WINE. AD86A76C9C::9H676HH>HI 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to modern rock (no country, no classic rock). We enjoy covers, but we have a great amount of original material to work on as well. Must be at least 21 years old, have your own equipment and be available for practice weekend nights (Fri - Sat) from evening to early morning. Expect people around watching and drinking alcohol during practice, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how we roll. Send an email to steve@



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87 The Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead singer 90 Match played at the local arena 95 Elizabethan collars 96 Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960s singing partner 97 Apartments, e.g. 98 Undisputed point 99 W.W. II general Bradley 100 Redâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pal in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shawshank Redemptionâ&#x20AC;? 102 Slip (into) 103 English collar 104 French family member 105 Speak up? 107 The Mustangs of the N.C.A.A. 109 Get a total 110 J.F.K. board info 111 Ground cover Go to www.boiseweekly. com and look under odds and ends for the answers to this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puzzle. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.

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COMMUNITY SECTION BW ANNOUNCEMENTS @>AGDN@D;;::@A6I8= Warhawk Air Museum is excited to announce the monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kilroy was Hereâ&#x20AC;? coffee klatch. 1st Tuesday of every month. 1011:30am. Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Dr, Nampa.


Has All Your Adult Desires, Open 7 Days A Week. 384-5760. MEET HOT LOCAL GUYS Browse & Respond FREE! 208-472-2200, Code 5724. Visit MegaMates. com, 18+. SEEKING SEXY SINGLES. Listen & Reply to Ads FREE! Straight 208-345-8855. Gay/Bi 208-4722200. Use FREE Code 7343. Visit, 18+. WHERE SINGLES MEET Browse & Respond FREE! Straight 208-3458855. Gay/Bi 208-472-2200. Use FREE Code 7261, 18+. WILD LOCAL DATELINE Listen & Respond FREE! 208-345-8855 Code 7262. 888.MegaMates. com 18+.


Every Friday make one or all three projects. 10am-5pm. Call for details 338-0895. Caledonia Fine Fabrics, 605 Americana Blvd.


Learn to knit Christmas gifts in less than 3 hours! Fingerless glove class on August 15th. Instruction, pattern & yarn included. Call Fuzz for details, 605 Americana Blvd., 343-3899.


K. and S. HUGE congratulations on the opening of Tanzanite Salon and Spa. You did it! And an extra special thanks to Kristen for being the only hairstylist Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been to who knows how to cut naturally curly hair the right way! We need you, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the best! MWAH! dmw. 7J>AIIDHE>C We never exchanged names. We danced. We kissed. I said Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be right back. I was outside with my friend and you saw me. I left without saying goodbye. I came back later that night, but you were already gone. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop thinking about you and I want to see you again. You - 22 long brown hair, great smile, from AZ. Me - 25 short blonde hair.

ADHI9D<"HB6AAL=>I:H=>IOJ Lost 07-22, a small white dog/shitzu, she is shaved at the moment and is very sweet. Her name is Arie. She does not have a tag but is microchipped. She was playing in my yard around S. Phillippi and Franklin. If you see her or know anything about her, please call. If you ďŹ nd her and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to call. Please bring her to any vet clinic and say she was found, they can scan her microchip and ďŹ nd me. I love her very much and am really really worried about her. My number is 570-2166, my name is Sonya or call Alex at 570-2174.

8D"DE,$'. We were waiting at the cheese window and chatting, and it was hard to contain my smile. I would like to get to know you more. ;G::DC"A>C:8A6HH>;>:969H Place your FREE on-line classiďŹ eds at Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy! Just click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post Your FREE Ad.â&#x20AC;? No phone calls please. >IÂźHCDI9::GH:6HDCA# Hi L. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Indian boy that helped you out Memorial Day weekend. Went home this past weekend but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see you on the road this time. I would to take you out sometime. I have been looking for you since I ďŹ rst meet you. Call me if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you. 208-407-3680.

BW KISSES 7:HI=JH76C9:K:G Kisses to my husband. You are even better than the man I married... more patient and understanding than ever before. Thank you for respecting that trying to change is tough. Our faults make us perfect for each other! Love from wee wifey.

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BW FOUND HA::E>C<E69DC7><8G::@ Found a sleeping pad about 8 mi. in on Big Creek from the Yellow Pine side. Call to identify and reclaim - 208-724-7678.

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FREEW I L L ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): I started producing some good work within 10 years of launching my writing career, but I didn’t hit my stride until the 18th year. From what I hear, many other skills require a long training period as well. According to an aikido adept I know, for example, a practitioner may require 30 years to master the moves and spirit of that martial art. And as for the ability to carr y on a successful intimate relationship: It usually takes a lifetime. I hope this line of thinking helps you get a more practical perspective on the specific prowess you’re tr ying to develop, Aries. Keep in mind that it probably wouldn’t be worth learning if you could become a wizard in a flash. There’s no rush. Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come already. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Talk to yourself more and better. Not just with streams of chatter that meander aimlessly. Not with dar ts of self-deprecation mixed in with grandiose fantasies. No, Taurus. When I urge you to talk to yourself more and better, I mean that you should address yourself with focused tenderness. I mean that you should be driven by the bold intention to lift up your mood, praise your skills, shower blessings on your vulnerabilities, and love yourself down to the core. You will attract cosmic assistance if you do this playful work. You will bathe your subconscious intelligence with healing luminosity. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I climbed the endless steps to the sanctuar y, brushing off large spiders that kept landing on me. I stood in the rain for hours waiting for the gates to open. The guardian of the threshold wouldn’t let me in until I answered his tricky and sometimes insulting questions. Through it all, I maintained my patience and poise and reverence. At no time did I give in to the temptation to curse the difficulties. And when I finally entered, when I got my chance to penetrate to the hear t of the rose petal-strewn labyrinth, my persistence was rewarded. As I knelt there in amused awe, face to face with the sacred jokester, I got a useful answer to the most impor tant question in my life. Would you like a comparable experience, Gemini? It’s possible in the coming week. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Visionar y philosopher Buckminster Fuller said that “Pollution is nothing but resources we’re not har vesting.” If that’s true, Cancerian, you’ve got a lot of resources available to you right now although they will have to be conver ted from their smoggy and effluvial state. So for example, if you’re a songwriter, the noxious emotions floating around could be raw material for a sparkling tune. If you’re a lover, the peculiar vibes you’re dealing with could inspire you to prevent a dumb pattern from repeating itself. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The monsoon rains have not blessed eastern India with their usual downpours this year. In response, frustrated farmers have resor ted to a radical ritual: asking their unmarried daughters to get naked and plow the fields. They believe that this will embarrass the weather gods into acting correctly. In general, I approve of being creative in making appeals to deities, but I recommend that you use a different approach. Rather than shaming them into providing you with more love and mojo, tr y flattering them. As if you were celebrating Halloween early, go around impersonating a god or goddess who is over flowing with love and mojo. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Two annoyances that had been bugging you before your exile have been neutralized. But you’ve still got at least one more to go, so don’t relax yet. In fact, I think you should redouble your vigilance. Check expiration dates on your poetic licenses and pet theories. Scrub the muck from your aura, even if your friends seem to find it “interesting.” And learn to read your own mind better so you can track down any disabling thoughts that might still be lurking in remote corners. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your upcoming adventures will probably make no sense—unless you

redefine what constitutes “sense.” If you do that, your adventures could make absolutely lucid sense in a backward, upside-down way that will rejuvenate you sexually, spiritually and emotionally. Here’s another approach to understanding the point I’m tr ying to make: The epic drama you’re about to begin may yield no apparent lesson and provide no practical guidance—unless you empty your mind and give up hope for extracting specific lessons and guidance, in which case you will be flooded with wise insights. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What tricks have you employed to outwit your fears in the past? Remember them. Review them. Next, think about the people who have inspired you to be more courageous than you imagined were capable of. If you take these two actions, you will prepare yourself well for the week ahead. I’m not saying that the things you’re scared of will be any bigger or badder than usual. But I want you to know that you now have the potential to gain a robust new power over them. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You are currently getting more miles per gallon and more bang for the buck than you have in a long time. Your IQ is creeping higher. Your knack for scoring good parking places is at a peak. I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s been quite a while since you’ve been teased by such thoroughly useful temptations. And get this, Sagittarius: I suspect that you have an enhanced instinct for taking smar t risks. The only downside of all this good news is that you may not know your own strength. That means you should test it fast; Find out more about its potential. Other wise, you might break someone’s hear t by accident, or prematurely shatter the illusions of a person who’s not yet ready to stop living in fantasyland. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I wouldn’t be surprised if your whole life passed instantly before your eyes one day soon. Not because you’ll come close to literal physical death or anything dangerous at all, but rather because you will have a brush with a magic power that could be yours in the future—a magic power that will be possible for you to fully own only if you cut the umbilicus that links you to a dying source. Wow. Did I really say that in a fun little astrology column? And are you really prepared to change your life because of something you read in a fun little astrology column? I hope so. In the coming weeks, it’ll be the fun little things that have the greatest potential to align you more closely with your soul’s code. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the days ahead, you may not realize what you’re looking for until you find it. I advise you, therefore, to put into action the following five-point plan. 1) Suppress any know-it-all tendencies you might have. 2) Revive your childhood talent for being voraciously curious about ever ything. 3) Ask more questions than you’ve ever asked before. 4) Figure out how to be receptive without being passive, and how you can be humble without muffling your self-confidence. 5) Consider the possibility that you have a lot to learn about what’s best for you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’ve borrowed a fable from the ancient Greek writer Aesop to create a parable you can use in the coming weeks. Once upon a time, there was a ver y thirsty crow. Rain hadn’t fallen in a long time, and the creek from which she’d always drunk had dried up. Searching and searching for a bit of moisture, the crow finally happened upon a tree under which sat a ceramic pitcher with some water in it. But the pitcher’s neck was narrow, and the crow couldn’t fit her beak past it to reach the water. Inspired by desperation, the crow at last got an idea. Why not drop small rocks into the pitcher, making the water’s level rise? And that’s exactly what she did. How sweet it was when at last she quenched her thirst. Homework: Do what you must do in order to break a bad habit that’s sapping your vitality. Repor t results to



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Boise Weekly Vol. 18 Issue 07  

Idaho's Only Alternative

Boise Weekly Vol. 18 Issue 07  

Idaho's Only Alternative