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MAIL MORE ON HEALTH CARE The current state of politics has been deeply poisoned more than usual with the crazy antics of deliberate corporate-organized, fear-mongering heckling squads that show up at town meetings, designed to shut down any reform of the shameful excuse of a health-care insurance system that this nation carries around in its burlap sack of other broken systems, like say the mainstream media complex. So many lies and distortions are being hurled in this so-called debate, like the assertion that “gubmint will force your grandparents to commit suicide” or “they’re gonna put a bureaucrat between you and your doctor.” All of this baseless bovine scathology is getting a free ride in the corporate media without a serious challenge. Going unnoticed is the story of the original “public option,” having been decimated early on by the “bipartisanship” brigades that are the true heroes of for-profit bottom line preservation. These centrists have axed all of the truly cost-saving and effective public insurance features in exchange for watered-down

private-centric plans that nullify any real advantages that a smartly crafted government plan could offer. For example, the Lewin Group, a highly respected nonpartisan consulting firm that specializes in the review of health-care plans, gave the “Health Care for America Plan,” developed by Jacob Hacker who is also known as the father of the public-option idea, high marks because it would enroll 129 million people and cut the uninsured down to 2 million. This plan was dumped because it would easily compete against any for-profit contraption the private sector has to offer. But you’ll never know that by all of the noise being generated in the media, which maintains that the “public option” is heavily weighted with a “big government” element. Don’t kid yourself, it’s being rewritten by the AMA, big pharma and the major corporate insurers. Better yet, a single-payer plan that would eliminate the majority of for-profit private insurers, while preserving all private health providers, would be even more efficient because it would not have to wrestle with the initial burdens of “pre-population” of

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enrollees through marketing efforts that swell the operating budgets of any health insurance system that has to compete for policyholders. A true “Medicare for All” plan would just change the current law that says only those 65 years and older receive Medicare, to everyone. It could provide the necessary insurance for all who need it without the unnecessary waste of a market fight for enrollees. Of course, there are those who assert that Americans with private plans are “satisfied” with what they have and don’t want to change. Sure, they might say that now, but have their plans ever been put to the real test of a policy challenge? They had better hope that they never need to find out what a private insurance bureaucrat can do when motivated by the bottom line. The major problem with Medicare is that primary care doctors are being underpaid, while the boondoggle Medicare Advantage plan overpays specialists, thereby bankrupting the Medicare program. This can be fixed, with cost controls restored to the program. So, if you do ask your congressman about “big government health care,” make sure you ask where

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MAIL the original “big” government part of it went. —Kevin Bayhouse, Boise There are approximately 47 million uninsured Americans and approximately the same number of underinsured. Twenty-two thousand Americans die every year from lack of access to health care—that is 60 people each and every day. This could all be avoided if we’d just join with the rest of the civilized world and implement single payer. Single payer is not socialized medicine. Under single payer, our choices increase, not decrease. I don’t want to choose my insurance plan, I want to choose my doctor. Any health-care reform that continues to include private insurance is not reform, it is a slightly different version of the same old thing. We’ve seen that it doesn’t work, so let’s have some real reform and implement single payer. It is the most humane and fiscally responsible option. Everybody in, nobody out. To not support it is un-Christian, to say the least. —Tara Shields-Lundquist, Nampa One of two things has been happening in recent weeks: Either the conservatives are consciously and maliciously spreading lies and misrepresentations, or they have actually been duped by the LimbaughBeck-O’Reilly crowd into believing the weirdest nonsense imaginable. Time after time, the newscasts show someone telling Congress members that the health-care bill will

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create death panels to kill all the elderly people, or that it will take away their family doctors, or other bizarre concoctions. Are these people just employees of the insurance companies, trying to save their bosses’ bonuses, or do some of them really believe this hoohah? C’mon, people! You don’t have to take your Congress member’s word for it. Look at factcheck.com, or go to the congressional sites and read the actual bills being considered. Don’t just holler against these fantasies because someone told you to. —Ed Rush, Boise

reformed. My question is, why aren’t they? —Sue Latta, Facebook I come from a country with full medical coverage for everyone, and I think it’s barbaric for a country with the resources we have to leave its citizens so unprotected. The corporate greed and excess of insurance companies should not dictate the care we receive as citizens of one of the most powerful countries in the world, and I personally think that if we spent more time working for a better quality of life for all people, we could use our resources for things like health care/ education/environment, and spending on weapons and defense would become less of a necessity. —Reham A. Aarti, Facebook

I will be driving home tonight on socialist roads, protected by socialist police and fire, and expecting to find the socialist school districts ready to open their doors to our neighborhood children next week. Who needs Universal Health Care, a socialist program? I do! You do! We all do! Give me the British model of health care now! —Will Rainford, Facebook

May I respectfully submit my opinion on the current health-care debate? Fuck the insurance companies. Thank you. —Jerry Taylor, Boise

I work for the state of Idaho. In November my portion of my insurance premium will increase by 1,000 percent, yes, that’s one thousand percent, which is effectively a 40 percent pay cut because the cost for my insurance to the state is almost as much as I make. Multiply that by the number of state employees and you would think that our state’s representatives and every state, and every corporation and every business would be demanding that this broken system be

Deja vu all over again as Yogi Berra would say. Remember the fight the tobacco companies put up over tobacco causing cancer? They spent millions paying employees, scientists, doctors and everyday folks to lie to Congress denying tobacco caused cancer when they knew and had research that documented the dangers of tobacco. Those opposing healthcare reform, drug companies, for-profit hospitals, insurance companies, will make the tobacco lobby

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MAIL look like nursery school. They are better funded, more sophisticated and more greedy. Their interest is not in your good health, it is in paying huge bonuses to corporate executives and dividends to stockholders. They are and will continue to spend millions to ďŹ ght equitable health care in this country. The evidence is clear. The United States has the most expensive health care of any nation in the world. In terms of quality, we rank somewhere below 20th. That is shameful. Dr. Ted Epperly, president of the 100,000-plus member American Family Physicians, a military physician for 21 years and many years in private practice, publicly endorses President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill. If health care currently represents 16 percent of the GDP, what will it be in another 10 years? Do your children and grandchildren have health care? Do you think they will be better off in 10 years if we do not pass health-care reform now? If the Republicans (I don’t believe this should be a political issue, it’s human rights), have a better plan, where has it been for the past eight years? Where is it now? Put Congress on the same health care as the public has. Encourage your members of Congress to vote yes for Health Care Reform. —Shirley Thagard, Hayden Lake

As someone living with a chronic illness, I get to experience the health-care system often. There are good things, there are many bad things. All of it could use a good magnifying light to ďŹ x and improve it. While I love that people are going to town halls, reading legislation, and participating in the process, yelling at these town halls, taking ideas and fanning the ames on the talk show circuit is not constructive, nor is it going to get us anywhere. We need to have an open forum, look at every idea, and have an honest debate about all of it. It can be done, everyone, and more importantly both parties just need to commit to doing it! —Jennifer Miesbach, Facebook

I agree with the speaker at the City Club: Health care should be seen as infrastructure. Call it socialism if you like. So we have socialized roads, too. Nothing wrong with that. And just like I, as a childfree person, pay taxes and see a return when your kids can have a decent education, healthy folks see a return when sick folks get well. They get a return in the form of sick/hurt people returning to work, keeping families together, not spreading disease, and yes, the satisfaction of Doing the Right Thing. Tax me more! I’m happy to invest in the wellbeing of my fellow humans. —Whitney Rearick, Facebook

Just because life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness meant different things upon our counIt is way too easy for insur- try’s founding doesn’t mean the ance companies to weed out meaning can’t adapt with time. people who need care. If a dev- Health care is a human right astating illness can bankrupt a available to citizens of countries family, we don’t have adequate who have rightly so followed insurance programs. People our now old “new styleâ€? of are more important than government, and yet we remain proďŹ t. Doctors should be able hidebound with regards to this to focus on providing health basic human right. care and not being a collection This is a human rights issue agency that has to ďŹ ght with ďŹ rst, and a global competitiveboth insurance companies and ness issue second. un/underinsured to receive While we bemoan the loss compensation for services. of manufacturing jobs to other —Tom Mihlfeith, countries, who can blame a comFacebook pany for cutting costs on labor by moving to a country where

the entire cost of an employee’s and said employee’s dependents are borne by the company? Isn’t the lack of universal health care one of the rational reasons a company would move its manufacturing operations out of our country? Let’s remove that barrier to stateside manufacturing by making our great nation equal to the other nations of the world with regard to cost of health care. —Matthew Brown, Facebook

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year ago last May, a neighbor of yours felt a lump in one of her breasts. She didn’t panic. If you know her at all, you know she is not the sort to panic. She has spent a lifetime cultivating a calm and mature spirituality, the sort of attitude that helps get one beyond terrible news. Without it, she may have never recovered from the loss of her husband eight years earlier. Secondly, she was insured. The fear of financial ruin that comes to those with no health insurance when they find something irregular and unwanted in their breast (or prostate, or lungs ... wherever) did not come to her. She was covered, she thought. But most of all, she didn’t initially believe the lump to be anything to get panicked over. Her mother had had benign fibroids, a relatively harmless thing that runs in families, so where many people might have jumped to the worst conclusion, your neighbor assumed the best. No such luck. It was cancer. And it was in both breasts. Only there was a different kind in each breast. As I understand it, they couldn’t treat both cancers at the same time, each demanding a specific brew of chemo and radiation. So for months, her doctors were fighting on two fronts, like in a big war, only they couldn’t fire on the West at the same time they were firing on the East, so to speak. Eventually, a mastectomy had to be done. A double mastectomy. For a woman barely into her 60s, that can’t have been an easy decision. But what are you gonna do when the doctors tell you it’s either that, or ... U She had the operation in February and while recovering from that ordeal, she came down with pneumonia. Then, just days after coming out of the hospital, she fell and broke her hip. Were she not so weakened by months of battling cancer, she probably wouldn’t have fallen in the first place, and most people at her relatively young age probably wouldn’t have broken a hip by simply tipping over in the laundry room, had they not just been through such a debilitating war. But that’s what happened. She was back in the hospital getting a partial hip replacement. Ah, can this story get any worse? Of course it can. As so many Americans who have faced or are facing similar woes have learned, it takes an insurance company to smear the bitterest icing on this sort of cake. Our neighbor had been on her husband’s insurance until he died, and afterward, had to get her own. She went with a recognized and established brand (which shall remain nameless, but allow yourself to envision any insurance company you’ve ever heard of and it’s not unthinkable it is the one in this story) and she had been paying on her coverage for a good two years before she felt that first lump. There was no sane way they could claim a broken hip and pneumonia were pre-existing conditions, so they paid their full share on those. But next to the price tag on the cancer, the cost of the hip and pneumonia was chump change. And they did find a way to pin the cancer on preexisting conditions. How they can claim she had it so long before she knew she had it is beyond me. But then, they don’t have to prove it, do they? That is the black magic of health insurance. All they have to do is issue a denial-of-benefits, and their duty disappears.

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Then, when the smoke and sulfurous smell clears, there’s your bill. All yours, whether you have the means to pay it or not. U Is there anything about this woman’s tale you haven’t heard before? I admit, I had never known there was more than one kind of breast cancer, or that you can have two of them at once. Other than that, it’s a cruelly familiar story. And what makes it so familiar—and so cruel—isn’t the cancer, the broken hip or the pneumonia. Those things are mindless and random, like mosquitoes and rain. Besides, they can be fought and defeated. But what do you do about a corporate policy so diseased and inhuman that no blend of chemo or dose of radiation can rid us of it? The neighbor I’ve been telling you about isn’t just another anecdote. She’s Janie Harris, widow of Gene and friend of this writer. If you have ever been to the Boise State Gene Harris Jazz Festival, you’ve probably seen her. If you’ve ever tuned in to KBSU radio on a Saturday night, you’ve probably heard her. She is a cultural keystone to this community. Without her, Boise would be less than it is by far. And in being Janie Harris, she is more fortunate than your average, anecdotal cancer survivor—the one in your family, perhaps—who is in suffocating debt because some rotten sonofabitch insurance company weaseled out of their responsibility. Janie has a circle of friends like most of us have blades of grass in our lawn, and one of them, Paul Tillotson, has organized a benefit to help her out with that burden of hers. (See Noise, Page 23.) But I have to ask: Is this any way to run a country? Whether it’s the naked immorality of insurance companies or the shameful absence of any health insurance at all for millions, the financial ruination of Americans—not to mention the actual deaths—has become as common as weeds in foreclosed lawns. It is impossible for most thoughtful citizens to imagine how it could get much worse, yet battalions of insurance lobby shock goons are invading town hall meetings across the country—ignorant savages, spitting their venom on those who would improve our lives, trying their best to make sure this travesty we call a healthcare system continues on as it is. We may be justifiably proud that goodhearted people so often come together and help out their neighbors when something like this arises. But considered from another angle, the same good people allow it to come to such desperate and insufficient measures (be it a benefit concert for Janie Harris or a string of donation jars in bars and convenience stores with a picture of someone less known taped to the glass) by not demanding that our leaders stop it from happening. What that rotten insurance company did to Janie—what another insurance company did to a loved one of yours, perhaps—is a crime. We all know it. We all know a crime when we see one, whether or not it is written into a statute as such. The criminals hide their faces under masks of corporate respectability and legal obstacles, but nevertheless, they are criminals. We cannot allow them to continue. They threaten our nation, they threaten our families, they threaten us. Today, Janie Harris is their victim. Tomorrow ... WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


TEDRALL WHAT IF THEY GAVE A WAR AND NOBODY KNEW WHY? Obama still trying to define victory in Afghanistan

enough to declare “Mission Accomplished.” It might have worked, too, if only he’d yanked out U.S. troops and blamed the ensuing chaos on unruly and ungrateful Iraqis. Ten and a half time zones away from Washington, American soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan. Afghan reNEW YORK—What if they gave a war power alone. As things stand, Pakistan sistance forces are fighting and dying, too, and nobody knew why? remains a heavily funded U.S. client protecting their homeland. And Afghan When the United States began bombing state—not an enemy with which we are at civilians are dying in the crossfire. But, Afghanistan in October 2001, America’s war. There are no U.S. ground troops in eight years into this misbegotten war, “the war aims were clear: capture or kill Pakistan. Until that changes, Obama’s aim Obama administration is [still] struggling Osama bin Laden, overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan (and Pakistan) remains to come up with a long-promised plan to government, deny al-Qaida training prima facie unachievable. measure whether the war is being won,” camps and a safe haven. Leaders who clearly articulate the aims reports The New York Times. Of course, two out of three of these of a war—and secure domestic political Proposals for such measurements goals were based on lies; both bin Laden support for those aims—may weather the range from the insipid to the absurd. The and most of al-Qaida’s camps and person- inevitable ebbs and flows of warfare. FDR “number of operations in which Afghan nel were in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. did this after Pearl Harbor, ensuring that soldiers are in the lead,” for example, will There was also a fourth unmentioned war Americans accepted the sacrifices required be tabulated and reported to a typically aim, a lie of omission: lay an oil and gas to defeat Germany and Japan during the credulous media. Whether said sorties are pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan difficult years of 1942 and 1943, when effective won’t matter. Also being convia Afghanistan. Still, the Bush adminthe outcome remained uncertain. A lack sidered is “an opinion poll to determine istration deserves credit for articulating of clear, widely supported war aims, on Afghan public perception of official corclear goals—metrics, in bureaucratese— the other hand, almost inevitably results ruption at national, provincial and district against which success or failure could be in a collapse of interest—much less levels.” Never mind that most Afghans measured. support—on the home front. live in areas controlled by violent local President Barack Obama has rebranded The stated aim of the Vietnam War— warlords, who may not be big fans of free Bush’s Afghan War as his own. Afghanicontaining communism—was vague and speech among their subjects. stan, Obama said during the campaign, contained no definable end. If you do When you can’t tell whether you’re was the war America should be fighting. define the goal posts, you’re forced to winning or losing, you’re losing. And so we are. Obama has dispatched concede defeat if you fall short: Bush’s Ted Rall, president of the Association tens of thousands of additional troops to 2003 invasion of Iraq began with a clearer the “graveyard of empires,” many redegoal, getting rid of Saddam’s WMDs, but of American Editorial Cartoonists, is author of the books To Afghanistan and ployed from Iraq. turned sour when Americans discovered Back and Silk Road to Ruin. But, unlike Bush, he still hasn’t told us Saddam didn’t have any. Bush was smart why we’re in Afghanistan. When he took office, Obama’s stated war aims were muddled: propping up U.S. puppet Hamid Karzai, training local Afghan police and reducing opium cultivation. The first two led to no clearly enunciated end; how long would they take? If we really cared about No. 3, we might as well have put the Taliban— who’d had some success in getting rid of opium—back in charge. Obama reads the polls, which reflect increased skepticism about his Afghan war. So, in May, Obama attempted a reset. “We have a clear and focused goal,” he assured a White House audience: “to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.” In other words, back to Bush. Here again, let’s give Bush credit. He never floated war aims in a country— namely Pakistan—which we weren’t actually fighting in. Sure, the CIA is firing missiles from remote-control drone planes at every Pakistani wedding party in sight. But al-Qaida will never be defeated with air

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column that has spent some serious time on hiatus. True Crime, last written by former editor Nicholas Collias, will now be taken up by former editor Jay Vail. (Hmmm ... I guess I know what’s in my future once my tenure as editor is over.) Vail, like Collias, has a wry sense of humor that will no doubt permeate the foibles and misadventures of Boise crime and its crooked perpetrators. Vail, who was BW’s very first editor, in fact, returned to BW in 2003 to clean up our mistakes as a proofreader. As most writers know, it’s notoriously difficult to catch your own grammatical errors, so we’ll do our best to keep Vail on his toes while he pulls double duty. And in equally important news, we’re coming to a close on Best of Boise voting. As of the first day this issue is on stands, you only have 10 days left to cast your votes for the best bits and pieces of Boise. You know the deal: all local, all online. Voting ends Friday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. Log onto boiseweekly.com and click on the wrestler. —Rachael Daigle

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Tags for Idaho’s first official wolf hunt go on sale this week with hunters allowed to take up to 220 animals across the state this fall and winter. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission set take limits for the hunt at its Aug. 18 meeting in Idaho Falls. Tags go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, at all state license vendors. Resident tags cost $11.75, while out-of-state hunters will pay $186. Just minutes after Fish and Game made the announcement, Defenders of Wildlife issued its own press release promising that it would join other groups to file an emergency motion to have the hunt suspended and wolves returned to federal protection. According to Idaho Fish and Game, the state is now home to at least 1,000 wolves, with an estimated population increase of 20 percent per year if hunting is not allowed. Hunting limits were set in 12 wolf management zones within the state, and officials stated that when limits in each area are met, the season will close. Take limits will be adjusted each year depending on population and circumstances. The Boise area is in the South Idaho Zone, which reaches from the Oregon border to the Wyoming state line. A total of five wolves may be taken from the South Idaho Zone. All wolf kills must be reported to Fish and Game within 24 hours. According to commission policy, the population will eventually be managed to 2005 levels of roughly 520 wolves, which is more than required by Fish and Game to keep them off the Endangered Species List. —Deanna Darr

OTTER INTENDS TO RUN AGAIN Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter told Pocatello NBC affiliate KPVI News 6 that he “intends” to run again and that he’ll make the announcement on his own time. It’s the first almost-solidly affirmative response the cagey governor has given to that question. Otter has several opponents in the GOP primary, including Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman, large animal veterinarian Rex Rammell, who is already calling himself Idaho’s 33rd governor, anti-abortionist Pro-Life and comedian Pete Peterson. Former state legislator Jana Kemp is running as an independent and Lee Chaney intends to run as a Democrat, though the Idaho Democratic Party is seeking another candidate.

BOISE BIKE RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED Boise has released preliminary recommendations for improving bike safety in town, including accelerating some of the Ada County Highway District’s future plans for cyclists, implementing a local 3-feet-to-pass law and passing complementary cyclist harassment and dumb-cyclist ordinances. The committee, which included city, police, ACHD and Idaho Transportation Department reps, formed in late June. A large citizen committee, including bike people, reviewed the detailed report. Two public forums are planned to review the 24 recommendations. The forums are scheduled for: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m. at Boise City Hall Council Chambers and Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 -8 p.m., at City Hall West’s Sawtooth Room. —Nathaniel Hoffman

war in Iraq U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 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 31,469. In the last week, no 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 92,841-101,326. Source: iraqbodycount.net COST OF WARS SINCE 2001: $899,398,417,478 Source: costofwar.com

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FIRE’S EMS PUSH BACKFIRES City meets opposition to transport service

While both fire and ambulance have medical directors and work under specific medical protocols, Ada County, as the transport agency, has strong ties to both of Boise’s major hospitals and many of the emergency room doctors who work there. “It’s not an issue of who provides that pre-hospital care, but we want to make sure that it continues to be of the highest quality,” said Neeraj Soni, chairman of emergency medicine at St. Luke’s. Soni said that Ada County paramedics have been trained in s Boise firefighters pursue a new ambulance service for certain cardiac procedures that enhance the transition between part of the city, both major hospitals are pushing back, the ambulance and hospital. He agreed with the chairman of Idaho state bureau that regulates Emergency Medical Services has Emergency Physicians, a group of emergency docs at St. Al’s, that cited several concerns and the Ada County Paramedics Department consolidation of fire and EMS is a good goal, but, that Boise Fire’s doesn’t want the competition. plan to put up its own ambulance is not collaborative or efficient. “To have two governmental agencies in a competing role is not In 2003, a county-led Blue Ribbon Task Force recommended going to lead to an effective, efficient and smooth system of care,” more consolidation of fire and EMS services across the county. Po Huang of IEP, who wrote to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter recently opposing the fire department’s move agrees. “I wouldn’t mind working toward that but not in this crazy haphazard way,” he said. Bieter, who campaigned on consolidation, said that the city and county are exploring ways of emergency services delivery, though county commissioners denied that any substantive discussions have occurred. “No decisions have been made regarding transport services,” Bieter said. City Councilman Vern Bisterfeldt, a former county commissioner, requested that the Boise City Council discuss the fire department’s plans for EMS. “I feel that transport is a money loser,” Bisterfeldt said. “I have no problem with the fire department being trained as EMS … to give our citizens the quickest and best medical attention possible, but as a county commissioner, it was a money loser.” In December 2008, Boise Fire applied to the state Bureau of EMS for a transport Ada County Paramedics Anna Chavez and Lane Corless join Boise Firefighters in aiding an 88-yearlicense. The bureau denied the application old woman who is short of breath and suffering from high blood pressure. because the call volume was too great for one ambulance. said Ada County Paramedics Director Troy Hagen. The fire department resubmitted an application in February, Boise firefighters say they want more control over medical reasserting that its ambulance was only meant to enhance services sponse in city limits to give firefighter-paramedics more experience provided by Ada County, not to replace them. It was again denied. and to improve response times. And they are looking to buy their In June, they submitted another application with a map showing a first ambulance with or without the support of Ada County. smaller coverage area. “I put my resources where they can get to fires and medicals “The state made us pick an area,” Doan said. “We didn’t the quickest and the best,” Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan said. want to.” “He [Troy Hagen] does the same thing, without looking where I The ambulance is slotted for Paramedic Station 57, which is put mine.” the old Fire Station 2 on Ridenbaugh Street in the North End. The In May, Boise Weekly reported that Ada County has located EMS Bureau declared the application “complete, with concerns,” several ambulances adjacent to Boise’s paramedic fire stations. the first step in getting a transport license. Doan called that duplication of services. The article and a recent “There are however aspects of your proposed deployment story on the Boise Guardian blog set off a fury of comments from model that may affect public safety if not addressed as you proceed anonymous firefighters and paramedics, revealing an underlying in your plan to deploy a single ALS [Advanced Life Support] hostility that has been brewing for years, if not decades. ambulance within the Boise City limits,” wrote Wayne Denny, Allegations of sexism, suggestions that firefighters are bad med- standards and compliance manager for the bureau. Denny cited ics and paramedics are slow and fierce debate over the best model the lack of agreement with Ada County and the still large coverage for emergency medicine emerged. area as possible impediments, but said he would inspect the city’s But on a recent Friday night, none of that hostility was evident ambulance once it is acquired. as the ambulance stationed on Ridenbaugh Street in the North End Boise Fire Capt. Aaron Hummel, vice president of the Boise ferried people to the hospitals. Firefighter’s Local 149, has prepared a detailed history of EMS in En route to St. Al’s, Boise Fire Captain Bill Sipple rode in the Ada County, arguing for an expanded role for firefighters in mediambulance, along with county paramedic Anna Chavez, a 9-yearcal emergencies. Hummel said he has been frustrated for some 15 old boy who was strapped to the gurney and the boy’s mother. years that firefighters can only take their medic skills so far. It took three city firefighters, two county paramedics and two “We try to progress and Ada County goes on the defensive and cops to figure out why the boy had been lying face down on the fights,” Hummel said. pavement for an hour and a half, restrain him as he kicked, bit, Meanwhile, the county denies that Boise has made any concrete spit and cussed, get him into the ambulance and deliver him to the proposal for consolidation. hospital for a psychological evaluation. “We haven’t quite identified where the system is broken,” Ada County paramedics responded to 21,104 medical incidents said Commissioner Sharon Ullman, who is a liaison to the parain Ada County last year—more than 13,000 in Boise alone—asmedics. “I believe that it has to do with control—they want to sessing and stabilizing patients in the field and transporting them to be in charge.” the hospital. Boise Fire, which also has 24 trained paramedics on The county offered to take firefighter-paramedics along on staff, responded to 10,666 medical calls last year—nearly 68 perambulances for extra shifts to provide training and experience, but cent of its calls. Since there are more fire stations than ambulance Fire said it will still pursue its own car. stations in the city, firefighters often get to the scene first, provide Paramedic Chavez asks a question that neither the city nor the basic life support or higher levels of care, depending on their certi- county has asked of the public for many years: “Who do you want fication, and then turn the patient over to the county crew. to take care of you?”

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CITIZENBOISE INTERVIEW BY TARA MORGAN

LINO ZABALA decided I can make a big garden, and I talked to Joe and he said, “Yeah if you grow peppers, I’ll use the peppers [at Leku Ona].” … The first time people, they don’t know. Then as soon as they find out that they are good, gosh, they’re just selling like candies. Do you feel like people come to the restaurant specifically to get your peppers? Several people come especially for peppers from Mountain Home. I think they come at least a couple of times a week. They go to Leku Ona and eat the peppers.

How many peppers do you harvest? Harvest? The peppers? Gosh. A lot. Thousands and thousands. This time of year, I take down there like a couple thousands. When did you first start growing peppers? Normally [at Leku Ona] they use like 500 Many, many years ago … We started a week. Also, there was a picnic last week; growing peppers when I was kid over in the they used a couple of thousand over there. Basque country. My mom and dad started. And over here, since [my wife and I] got Why do you think we don’t import married, like 40 years? choriceros here? I don’t know. I guess people don’t know [Wife, Sam, interjects: No, it’s been since how to use this pepper; I think that’s why. ’76 or ’77, so that’s 32 years.] They don’t let you bring the seeds here, I got them from someone, somewhere a long time Where did you grow up in the Basque ago. You can save the seed off of peppers country? forever ... We’ve also got a different pepper In Mendata. It’s in Bizkaia. It’s a small type, too, called [pimientos] morrones. It’s a town. [Points to a Mendata T-shirt that he’s really heavy pepper that’s got the real thick wearing.] wool like a bell pepper, but it’s different. I took those last year to the fairgrounds. It’s [Sam: But he was raised in Guernica.] only two Basque guys taking those peppers up there. Last year, we both take them, this I moved to Guernica when I was 14 years year we’re going to take it again. See what old. After that I was a mechanic, then I went the competition is going to be. Who’s got the to Navy and served for Franco. Then I came best peppers? back over here, and I herded sheep. Then after that I worked in Grandview [Idaho] in So, is pepper growing competitive in the a feedlot for Simplot. After that, I worked Basque community? in Nevada at a gold mine … from there we We do a little competition. We’ve got went to Spain again, to Guernica. I was there about two to three gardeners here. Well, a lot for a little over a year. Then I came back, and of Basques grow a few peppers for home. We we got married … That’s when we bought always discuss about gardening; who’s going this house here, and I started gardening. to get the first peppers in the spring. It starts like that. Yeah, [my wife and I] are the first Did you bring your pepper seeds back ones that get the pepper. Because usually in from the Basque country? the spring, I plant a little garden over here. Actually, somebody brought those seeds, Then I cover it with plastic. I usually have one of my friends. That’s how we got them. my first peppers like the 20th of June, 25th of June. It’s pretty early. It’s a little competiIs it a special variety of pepper? tion … [Smiles.] Yeah, it’s a special variety. You can’t find those over here in the United States. I got Do you guys share secrets with each other some books; I’ve never seen it. It is what we about pepper growing? call “choriceros.” Joe [Aritach] opened up Yeah, we do. We do. There’s not any the restaurant Leku Ona, and at that time, secrets, just start early and then, you know, I got retired from my work. That’s when I just take care of it.

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n Basque culture, the choricero pepper is as ubiquitous and widely revered as the kalimotxo—an oddly refreshing blend of cola and red wine. And among the handful of small-scale choricero growers in the Boise area, 62-year-old Lino Zabala is equally revered. Leaning back in a chair on his Bencharea back porch next to his wife Sam, Zabala explained how he got his choricero seeds (you can’t bring them back from Spain) and how, three years ago, he turned his next-door neighbor’s run-down back yard into a fertile choricero factory. Though Zabala does sell some of his peppers—thousands every few weeks to rear neighbor and owner of Leku Ona Joe Aritach—it is mostly a hobby for him. A hobby that can get a bit competitive.

What’s your advice to people who would want to grow choriceros? Get the mulch. The mulch is the best mixed up with the dirt. That makes loose ground and they grow real good in there. [Sam: It’s pretty organic. The last two or three years, he’s planted basil among all of his peppers because it attracts bees, which strengthens the crop and doesn’t use chemicals. The basil wards off bad insects, and so forth.] What would you say is your favorite recipe to make with the choricero peppers? I don’t know about recipe … [Looks at Sam.] [Sam: We probably eat more of them as hors d’oeuvres. Fry them. Sautee and put the coarse salt on them. You wipe them off with a paper towel, poke a couple of holes in them, have a fairly high heat, a minute on each side and put them on a paper towel to drain them. Then sprinkle with real coarse gourmet salt. That’s it. They’re really thin so they cook up really fast.] What else do you grow besides peppers? I grow tomatoes. All kinds of different types of tomatoes. I take them down to Leku Ona also. Then we can a lot at home, too. Also, I grow leeks. A lot of people, they don’t know how to use leeks, but the Basque people, we use leeks to do sauces and stuff. And also leek soup; we love leek soup with potatoes. I start everything from seed at my house. I’ve got a little greenhouse here. [Sam: Keeps him off the streets.] That’s how I spend most of my time since I retired. I’m no couch potato. Visit boiseweekly.com for a choricero recipe.

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CURIOUSTIMES BY ANDREAS OHRT

YOUR CHANCES OF DYING ARE 100 PERCENT Another reminder that the things we fear will kill us aren’t actually likely to do us harm, while the things we enjoy probably will. An article titled “The Six Most Feared But Least Likely Causes of Death” explains that our most common fears are also the most improbable events we will ever encounter. For example, you would have to fly on an airplane every day for 19,000 years before the odds caught up with you and you died in a plane crash. Your odds of being attacked by a shark are one in 11.5 million, being murdered is also exceedingly rare, and dying in a terrorist attack gives you odds of one in 9.3 million. Meanwhile, the leading causes of death include: smoking, drinking, poor diet and physical inactivity, car crashes, illicit drugs and, according to this article, sexual behaviors. (sixwise.com)

SUBTRACT H FOR HAIRINESS AND Z FOR ZITS And now, from the “Scientists Who Have Too Much Time on Their Hands” department, comes news out of Britain that a psychology professor at Manchester Metropolitan University has devised a mathematical formula designed to rate the perfection of your ass. After researching the booties of 2000 British women, Dr. David Holmes devised the formula (S+C) x (B+F)/T = V, where S is the overall shape of the ass, C represents how spherical the butt cheeks are, B measures muscular wobble or bounce, F measures firmness, V is the hip to waist ratio, and T equals the skin texture and presence of cellulite. In conclusion, Dr. Holmes felt it necessary to tell reporters that, “The perfect female derriere has firmness to the touch and a resilience that prevents undue wobble or bounce, yet looks soft with flawless skin.” (Sunday Times)

ARGUING WITH YOURSELF

published in the latest issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggests that the growing reliance on paternity tests will reveal huge numbers of what is technically called “paternal discrepancy.” The researchers based their one in 25 figure on statistics that suggest that around one-third of pregnancies are unplanned and one in five women in long-term relationships have affairs. (WorldScience.net)

YOUR LIFE FOR 10 BUCKS An investigation by a British newspaper found that you can buy the banking details and credit card information of hundreds of thousands of people for about $10 each from call center workers in India. An undercover reporter from The Sun was easily able to find an IT worker in Delhi who sold him the credit card numbers and bank account passwords of 1,000 U.K. banking customers. The call center worker told the journalist that he could sell him the account details of about 200,000 customers per month.

IMPERIALISTS FROM SPACE A British astronomer, Dr. Richard Hall, warns that contact with aliens could prove extremely dangerous for humans, as primitive civilizations (us) that meet with more highly advanced technological civilizations are usually wiped out. In classic British understatement, Hall remarked that attempts to contact civilizations in outer space could prove “horribly counter-productive.” (stuff.co.nz)

17 PERCENT PREMENSTRUAL An emotion-recognition software program developed at the University of Illinois has been used to analyze the enigmatic smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. According to this program, Mona Lisa’s expression was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry. (New Scientist)

Psychologists claim that people who talk to themselves aren’t necessarily losing their grip I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNETon reality, and talking to yourself is a healthy SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF way to get through life. However, they also THE WEEK warn that talking to yourself is only beneficial if The average person ingests one to 2 you say nice things. (New York Times) pounds of flies, maggots and mites each year in their food.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

Science has finally caught up with the This is the final installment of Curious Jerry Springer show with new research that Times. See Page 9 for more info. Get suggests that up to one in 25 fathers are future updates by joining the e-mail list actually raising another man’s child. The study, at curioustimes.com.

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FUTURE FIGHTING FORCE?

generally the robot’s designers or defense officials—robots will not have any of the For many in the military-industrial compesky weaknesses of flesh-and-blood soldiers. plex, this technological revolution could not “They don’t get hungry,” Gordon Johncome soon enough. son, who headed a program on unmanned Robots’ strategic impact on the battlesystems at the Joint Forces Command at the field, however—along with the moral and Pentagon, told the New York Times in 2005. ethical implications of their use in war— “They’re not afraid. They don’t forget their have yet to be debated. orders. They don’t care if the guy next to Designed by Massachusetts-based dethem has just been shot. Will they do a better fense contractor Foster-Miller, the Special job than humans? Yes.” Weapons Observation Remote Direct-Action Ronald Arkin, a leading roboticist at System, or SWORDS, stands 3 feet tall and Georgia Tech, whose research is funded by the rolls on two tank treads. Defense Department, argues without a sense It is similar to the company’s popular of irony that autonomous robots will be more TALON bomb disposal robot—which humane than humans. Atrocities like the masthe U.S. military has used on more than sacre by U.S. troops in Haditha, Iraq, would 20,000 missions since 2000—except, unlike be less likely with robots, he told The Atlanta TALON, SWORDS has a weapons platform Journal-Constitution in November 2007, fixed to its chassis. because they won’t have emotions that “cloud Currently fitted with an M249 machine their judgment and cause them to get angry.” gun that fires 750 rounds per minute, the roRobots are also promoted as being costbot can accommodate other powerful weap- effective. On top of the annual salary and ons, including a 40 mm grenade launcher or extra pay for combat duty, the government an M202 rocket launcher. invests a great deal in recruiting, training, Five cameras enable an operator to conhousing and feeding each soldier. Not to trol SWORDS from up to 800 meters away mention the costs of health care and death with a modified laptop and two joysticks. benefits, should a soldier be injured or killed. The control unit also has a special “kill By comparison, the current $245,000 button” that turns the robot off should it price tag on SWORDS—which could drop malfunction. (During testing, it had the nasty to $115,000 per unit if they are mass-prohabit of spinning out of control.) duced—is a steal. Developed on a shoestring budget of After attending a conference on miliabout $4.5 million, SWORDS is a primitive tary robotics in Baltimore, journalist Steve robot that gives us but a glimpse of things to Featherstone summed up their function in come. Future models—including several pro- Harper’s in February 2007: “Robots are, totypes being tested by the military—promise quite literally, an off-the-shelf war-fighting to be more sophisticated. capability—war in a can.” Congress has been a steady backer of this And the most popular talking point in budding industry, which has a long-term vifavor of armed robots is that they will save sion for technological transformation of the U.S. soldiers’ lives. To drive the point home, armed forces. proponents pose this rhetorical question: In 2001, the Defense Authorization Act Would you rather have a machine get blown directed the Pentagon to “aggressively deup in Iraq, or your son or daughter? velop and field” robotic systems in an effort to reach the ambitious goal of having onethird of the deep-strike aircraft unmanned within 10 years, and one-third of the ground At first glance, these benefits of military combat vehicles unmanned within 15 years. robots sound sensible. But they fall apart To make this a reality, federal funding upon examination. for military robotics has skyrocketed. From Armed robots will be far from cost effecfiscal year 2006 through 2012, the government will spend an estimated $1.7 billion on tive. Until these machines are given greater research for ground-based robots, according autonomy—which is currently a distant to the congressionally funded National Cen- goal—the human soldier will not be taken out of the loop. And because each operator ter for Defense Robotics. This triples what can now handle only one robot, the number was allocated annually for such projects as of soldiers on the Pentagon’s payroll will not recently as 2004. be slashed anytime soon. More realistically, The centerpiece of this roboticized SWORDS should best be viewed as an addifighting force of the future will be the 14 tional, expensive remote-controlled weapons networked, manned and unmanned systems that will make up the Army’s Future Combat system at the military’s disposal. A different perspective is gained when the System—should it ever get off the ground. price of the robot is compared with the lowThe creation of the weapons systems is also one of the most controversial and expensive tech, low-cost weaponry that U.S. forces face on a daily basis in Iraq. the Pentagon has ever undertaken. “You don’t want your defenses to be so exIn July 2006, the Defense Department’s Cost Analysis Improvement Group estimated pensive that they’ll bankrupt you,” said Shathat its price tag had risen to more than $300 ron Weinberger, a reporter for Wired’s Danger Room blog. “If it costs us $100,000 to defeat billion—an increase of 225 percent over the Army’s original $92 billion estimate in 2003, a $500 roadside bomb, that doesn’t sound and nearly half of President Barack Obama’s like such a good strategy—as pretty as it may look on YouTube and in press releases.” proposed stimulus package. The claim that robots would be more ethical than humans similarly runs contrary to both evidence and basic common sense. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman wrote in his Despite the defense world’s excitement and 1996 book On Killing that despite the the dramatic effect robots have on how war portrayal in our popular culture of violence is fought, U.S. mainstream media coverage of being easy, “There is within most men an SWORDS has been virtually nonexistent. intense resistance to killing their fellow man. Worse, the scant attention these robots A resistance so strong that, in many circumhave received has often been little more than stances, soldiers on the battlefield will die free publicity. Time magazine, for example, before they can overcome it.” named SWORDS one of the “coolest invenOne of the most effective solutions to this tions” of 2004. “Insurgents, be afraid,” is quandary, the military has discovered, is to how its brief puff piece began. And while introduce distance into the equation. Studies most articles are not that one-sided, any skep- show that the farther the would-be killer is ticism is usually mentioned as a side note. from the victim, the easier it is to pull the On the other hand, prior to the deploytrigger. Death and suffering become more ment of SWORDS, numerous arguments sanitized—the humanity of the enemy can be in their defense could regularly be found in more easily denied. By giving the Army and the press. According to their proponents— Marines the capability to kill from greater

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distances, armed robots will make it easier for soldiers to take life without troubling their consciences. The Rev. G. Simon Harak, an ethicist and the director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, said, “Effectively, what these remote control robots are doing is removing people farther and farther from the consequences of their actions.” Moreover, the similarity that the robots have to the life-like video games that young people grow up playing will blur reality further. “If guys in the field already have difficulties distinguishing between civilians and combatants,” Harak asked, “what about when they are looking through a video screen?” Rather than being a cause for concern, however, Maj. Michael Pottratz at the Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., wrote in an e-mail that developers are in the process of making the control unit for the SWORDS more like a “Game Boy-type controller.” It is not only possible but likely that a surge of armed robots would lead to an increase in the number of civilian casualties, not a decrease. The supposed conversation-ender that armed robots will save U.S. lives isn’t nearly as clear as it is often presented, either. “If you take a narrow view, fewer soldiers would die,” Harak said, “but that would be only on the battlefield.” As happens in every war, however, those facing new technology will adapt to them. “If those people being attacked feel helpless to strike at the robots themselves, they will try to strike at their command centers,” Harak said, “which might well be back in the United States or among civilian centers. That would then displace the battlefield to manufacturing plants and research facilities at universities where such things are being invented or assembled ... The whole notion that we can be invulnerable is just a delusion.”

THE NEW MERCENARIES Even if gun-toting robots could reduce U.S. casualties, other dangerous consequences of their use are overlooked. Frida Berrigan, a senior program associate at the New America Foundation’s Arms and Security Initiative, argues that similar to the tens of thousands of unaccountable private security contractors in Iraq, robots will help those in power “get around having a draft, higher casualty figures and a real political debate about how we want to be using our military force.” In effect, by reducing the political capital at stake, robots will make it far easier for governments to start wars in the first place. Since the rising U.S. death toll appears to be the primary factor that has turned Americans against the war—rather than its devastating economic costs or the far greater suffering of the Iraqi people—armed robots could also slow the speed with which future wars are brought to an end. When Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain infamously remarked that he would be fine with staying in Iraq for 100 years, few noted that he qualified that statement by saying, “as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed.” Robot soldiers will be similar to mercenaries in at least one more respect. They both serve to further erode the state’s longstanding monopoly on the use of force. “If war no longer requires people, and robots are able to conduct war or acts of war on a large scale, then governments will no longer be needed to conduct war,” Col. Thomas Cowan Jr. wrote in a March 2007 paper for the U.S. Army War College. “Non-state actors with plenty of money, access to the technology and a few controllers will be able to take on an entire nation, particularly one which is not as technologically advanced.” WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

This may not be farfetched. In December 2007, Fortune magazine told the story of Adam Gettings, “a 25-yearold self-taught engineer,” who started a company in Silicon Valley called Robotex. Within six months, the company built an armed robot similar to the SWORDS— except that it costs a mere $30,000 to $50,000. And these costs will drop. As this happens, and as the lethal technology involved becomes more accessible, Noel Sharkey, a professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, warns that it will be only a matter of time before extremist groups or terrorists develop and use robots. Evidence now suggests that using armed robots to combat insurgencies would be counterproductive from a military perspective. One study, published in the journal International Organization in June 2008, by Jason Lyall, an associate professor of international relations at Princeton, and Lt. Col. Isaiah Wilson III, who was the chief war planner for the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq and who currently teaches at West Point, looks at 285 insurgencies dating back to 1800. After analyzing the cases, Lyall and Wilson concluded that the more mechanized a military is, the lower its probability of success. “All counterinsurgent forces must solve a basic problem: How do you identify the insurgents hiding among noncombatant populations and deal with them in a selective, discriminate fashion?” Lyall wrote in an e-mail. To gain such knowledge, troops must cultivate relationships with the local population. This requires cultural awareness, language skills and, importantly, a willingness to share at least some of the same risks as the local population. The Counterinsurgency Field Manual, which was released in December 2006 and co-authored by Gen. David Petraeus, would seem to agree. “Ultimate success in COIN [counterinsurgency] is gained by protecting the populace, not the COIN force,” the manual states. “If military forces remain in their compounds, they lose touch with the people, appear to be running scared, and cede the initiative to the insurgents.” Mechanized militaries, however, put greater emphasis on protecting their own soldiers. Consequently, Lyall and Wilson argued in their study that such forces lack the information necessary to use force discriminately, and therefore, “often inadvertently fuel, rather than suppress, insurgencies.” Given such findings, deploying armed robots in greater numbers in Iraq or Afghanistan would likely only inflame resistance to the occupation, and, in turn, lead to greater carnage. To understand this point, put yourself in the shoes of an Iraqi or Afghani. How could seeing a robot with a machine gun rumble down your street or point its weapon at your child elicit any reaction other than one of terror or extreme anger? What would you do under such circumstances? Who would not resist? And how would you know that someone is controlling the robot? For all the Iraqis know, SWORDS is the autonomous killer of science fiction—American-made, of course. The hope that killer robots will lower U.S. casualties may excite military officials and a war-weary public, but the grave moral and ethical implications—not to mention the dubious strategic impact—associated with their use should give pause to those in search of a quick technological fix to our woes. By distancing soldiers from the horrors of war and making it easier for politicians to resort to military force, armed robots will likely give birth to a far more dangerous world. This story first appeared in In These Times, Feb. 15, 2009. Eric Stoner is a contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus. His articles have also appeared in The Guardian, In These Times, Mother Jones and The Nation.

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Tour de Fat rolls into Boise with two-wheeled style.

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SMOKIN’ LOCAL BAND NAMES 1. Zombie at Heart 2. Workin’ on Fire 3. Stop Drop and Party 4. BOATS! 5. Innocence Betrays 6. Dressed to Thrill 7. The Fear Between You —Source: underground uncovered productions, The Venue

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20 THURSDAY23 SUNDAY LONI LOVE The comedian and host of Wildest TV Moments on E! also appears on E!’s Chelsea Lately and is a regular contributor to VH-1 shows. Loni Love tells it like it is and shares her insights on everything ridiculous in pop culture. Love graces the stage in Boise as a special engagement Aug. 20-23 with one show on Thursday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and two shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Aug. 20-23, $15 general admission, $18 VIP, Hijinx Comedy Club, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-947-7100, hijinxcomedyclub.com.

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22 SATURDAY TOUR DE FAT The annual bike festival hosted by New Belgium Brewing brings Boise riders out of the woodwork. They arrive all gussied up in costumes, and this year’s unofficial costume theme is “party like a rockstar.” In preparation for a day of throwing back some microbrews in the sun, riders converge for a bike parade followed by a full-fledged beer festival with music, custom-built cruisers and a celebration of two-wheeled transportation. This year’s entertainment includes the March Fourth Marching Band, Sean Hayes, Squirm Burpee Circus and The Sprockettes. Plus, in every city that the festival visits from Portland, Ore., to Chicago, one brave soul relinquishes his or her vehicle in exchange for a fancy commuter bike. So drink some beer and pick up some merchandise because proceeds benefit the Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association and the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. If you can spare any extra bike parts, the Boise Bicycle Project will be there collecting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Ann Morrison Park, newbelgium.com.

MTTHEORY SLIDE SHOW After Tour de Fat the public is invited to slip and slide the rest of the summer day away during an event happening on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street. Summertime fun includes taking a slide down a custom-built slip ’n’ slide, hitting a mini ramp for a skateboard competition, getting down at a breakdance battle, and all the while, the crowd is surrounded by live art and freestyle music by Eleven. Giveaways throughout the afternoon. 2-6 p.m., FREE, parking lot at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, rhetoricstyle.com/mttheory/events.

NO PLACE LIKE THE PARK The last of the Movies Under the Stars is Wizard of Oz. All summer, families hauled their picnics, blankets, low-back chairs and flashlights to the bandshell for the featured flick. The program is a collaboration between the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation and the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department. The main attractions are the movies projected on a huge 14- by 25-foot inflatable screen, but before the movie starts, the Boise Parks and Recreation Mobile Recreation Van keeps the children busy with activities. Families are welcome to bring picnics or purchase concessions. 7 p.m., FREE, Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park.

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21 FRIDAY FAIR TIME Go wild this summer at the Western Idaho Fair. Believe it or not, the fair means more than food, animals, indigestion and roller coasters. For 10 days, Aug. 21-30, Expo Idaho is a hub of activity with people, livestock, Splash Dogs and all kinds of entertainment. Check out magicians and hypnotists, clowns, draft horses and tractor pulls plus four concerts free with fair admission. The fair represents a little slice of Idaho life, and with so many different foods to choose from, fair goers can spend a whole week ordering a different plate every night. On Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m., grab a beverage that’s as cold as ice (ha, ha) and get in line to see Foreigner perform in the grandstand. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $4-$7, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood, Garden City, idahofair.com.

Dunia Marketplace (formerly Ten Thousand Villages, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boise) hosts fair trade markets throughout the year. Now, it’s taking its wares to McCall. Spend the weekend shopping for unique treasures in an international marketplace atmosphere. Find items ranging in price from a couple of dollars to several hundred, including handmade and fairly traded jewelry, home decor, instruments, textiles, pottery, rugs, and holiday ornaments from Asia, Africa and Latin America. A percentage of the proceeds goes to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m-4 p.m., FREE admission, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1001 Gamble St., McCall, 208-634-2796, standrews.episcopalidaho.org.

25 TUESDAY SEE SPOT SPLASH A couple of days after the Natatorium closes to the public, it’s the spot for an off-leash play and swim party for dogs. For the second goaround, organizers incorporated ideas from communities that host similar events. The doggie pool party is being held on a weeknight so those who are still busy doing summer activities can attend. Skilled volunteers from the Idaho Humane Society are available to make sure nobody gets out of hand and the barking is kept to a dull roar. The controlled environment ensures that attendees, both human and canine, have a good time visiting and sharing common interests like burying bones, taking long walks and getting to know one another in the most polite way possible. Only 50 dogs per hour are allowed in the water, with new sessions at the top of every hour. Rules of the pool and a waiver for dog owners are available online at cityofboise.org/parks. 3-8 p.m., FREE, the Natatorium, 1181 Warm Springs Ave.

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wednesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS OVER 40S DANCE—Weekly dances are held for the older-than-40 crowd with a different country music band every week. Country crooners Comstock Lode performs. 7:30 p.m. $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Eagles Lodge Boise, 7025 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0115.

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. idahoshakespeare.org.

CONCERTS SUMMER ORGAN RECITAL—Dr. C. “Griff” Bratt, 94, was an organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral for 30 years, as well as music department chair at Boise State. Bratt 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. first-presbyterian.org.

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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. idahobotanicalgarden.org. 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. The owner of Freundship Press, LLC, Freund is a speaker and communication coach who taught communication at Boise State for 10 years. Call 208-426-3875 or visit www. IdahoSBDC.org/training to register. 1-5 p.m., $50. Idaho Small Business Development Center, 1021 Manitou Ave., Boise, 208-426-1640, www. idahosbdc.org. TECHNOLOGY CLASSES—The class on Internet Searching teaches participants how to use search engines to find information on the Internet effectively, including some of the most useful sites on the Web. Space for these free classes is limited; reservations are required. 8-9 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., www.boisepubliclibrary.org.

TALKS & LECTURES IDAHO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS LUNCHEON—The Idaho Media Professionals’ monthly luncheon on the third Wednesday of the month is open to everyone. The topic is the Story Initiative, which explores how story works in people’s lives and minds. Clay Morgan, founder of the Story Initiative, is the guest speaker. Morgan is an Idaho Media Professionals member and a Boise State professor. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $10 for lunch, www. idahomediapro.org. Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887.

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, www.boiseartmuseum.org.

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

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

ODDS & ENDS 9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS—Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484, www.9thstreettm.org. TEAM IN TRAINING—Team In Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program, provides beginning and advanced athletes with experienced coaching while fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. TNT is recruiting runners and walkers for the Walt Disney World Full or Half Marathon and the PF Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona Full or Half Marathon. Find out more at one of eight information meetings, taking place through Aug. 21. Call 208-658-6662 or visit www. teamintraining.org/id/ for more information and meeting times/locations. Noon and 6 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533. TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM—Grab the chance to attend a free class to help tobacco users quit. The funding may not be available for the free service again until Summer of 2010. The program doesn’t pressure a smoker to quit. Just come and learn how to quit during classes led by Nancy Caspersen, RN, tobacco cessation specialist. The program is four nights, two hours each night. Call 208-342-0308 to enroll. 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, quitandlive.net. American Cancer Society, 2676 S. Vista, Boise, 208-343-4609. ZOMBIE GAME NIGHT—Get in on a night of bone-crunching Zombie mayhem tucked safely in a board game. Players 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.

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thursday FESTIVALS & EVENTS FRIENDS OVER DINNER— Singles who are new in town or who are looking for something new can check out Friends Over Dinner. The group is meeting for a summer concert at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Local singer/songwriter duo Blaze and Kelly are performing for the Great Garden Escape series. Advance registration is required. Visit the Web site for more information. 6 p.m., $10, www.friendsoverdinner.com. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649.

QIGONG FOR HEALTH—Put on some comfortable clothing and prepare to relax while learning the ancient Chinese technique of qigong. The instructor Julie Prescott leads the simple stretching and breathing exercises to improve health and well-being. 7 p.m., FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.

der, knit, crochet, sew or cross-stitch meet to work on projects, combine needlework types and plan programs. 6:30 p.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary.org. THE YARN CLUB—Finally, a place for all the knitters and crocheters to get together and chat. 1 p.m., FREE. Fuzz, 605 Americana Blvd., Boise, 208343-3899.

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THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET—Stock up on locally produced fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants during the farmers market on Thursdays. Also find Idaho specialty foods and wines. 4-8 p.m., Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-3459287, www.capitalcitypublicmarket.com.

ON STAGE COMEDIAN LONI LOVE—The host of Wildest TV Moments also appears on Chelsea Lately on E! and is a regular comedic talking head on VH-1 shows. Love shares her insights on everything ridiculous in pop culture and beyond. She is appearing on stage at the Hijinx Comedy Club in Boise as a special engagement Aug. 20-23 with one show on Thursday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and two shows on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, $15 in advance and day of show Friday and Saturday, $15 general admission, $18 VIP Hijinx Comedy Club, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-9477100, hijinxcomedyclub.com. TWELFTH NIGHT—The Shakespearean comedy is about the crazy things people do for love. Sebastian and Viola are a set of twins who make their way into Illyrian society after being separated by a storm at sea. The assimilation process includes misplaced affections and misunderstood intentions which provide a humorous backdrop for the shenanigans of lovers, clowns and servants. 8 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www. idahoshakespeare.org.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES 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. boisetango.com. Boise Cafe/ Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. FINANCIAL EDUCATION SERIES—Older teens and adults are the target audience for a series of three Financial Education meetings led by Cynthia Rust. The topic is Faced with Losing Your Job. 7-8 p.m., FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, www.adalib. org.

ART TOAST—The print portfolio organized by Wingtip Press is on display through Jan. 11, 2010, and celebrates the fine art of printmaking and the 19 local artists who contributed in a print exchange and completed an edition of prints based on the theme Toast. Light refreshments are provided and free parking is available in the Liberal Arts parking lot during the reception. 4:30-6:30 p.m., FREE. SUB Gallery, 1910 University Dr., Boise State campus, Boise, 208-4265800, finearts.boisestate.edu. Literature

TALKS & LECTURES ORIGINS OF BRAZILIAN MUSIC—Local French musician Elisabeth Blin has conducted personal research in Brazil and is sharing her experiences with her audience in Boise. The event is free, but seating is limited so registration is suggested. Blin will perform several pieces of Brazilian classical guitar and bossa nova songs and give an audio-visual presentation illustrating how music has been an instrument of social protest during 400 years of colonialism in Brazil. The show, hosted by Barbacoa, will have a no-host bar available for participants. For registration and information, e-mail eblin1@msn.com. 5-6 p.m., FREE. Barbacoa, 276 Bob White Court, Boise, 208-338-5000, www. barbacoa-boise.com.

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

ODDS & ENDS TEAM IN TRAINING—See Wednesday. Noon and 6 p.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www.boisepubliclibrary.org. THIRD THURSDAY THREADBENDERS—All fiber workers and needle workers of all skill levels who quilt, embroi-

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS 10TH ANNUAL SAWTOOTH SALMON FESTIVAL—Idahoans celebrate the return of Chinook and Sockeye salmon as they make the long trek back to the streams and lakes in the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin. The festival begins with a free presentation by Mike Barenti, author of Kayaking Alone: 900 Miles from Idaho’s Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Barenti appears at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum, and at 8:30 p.m. at the Redfish Lake Campground Amphitheater. FREE, 208-343-7481, www. idahorivers.org. Stanley. 2009 WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—Go Wild at the 2009 Western Idaho Fair. Aug. 21-30. $7 general admission; $5 senior (62 and older); $4 youth (6-11); children 5 and younger FREE, www.idahofair.com. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650. THE TOTALLY AWESOME 80S PROM—You know you still want to sport that taffeta dress and/or the baby blue ruffled tux that makes your eyes pop. Now’s your chance at the Totally Awesome 80s Prom presented by Daisy’s Madhouse. The entertainment is aplenty thanks to the antics of the 1989 Class of Wanaget High, an award-winning show. Prizes for best costumes. Call 208-713-5021 for info. 8-10 p.m., $10 at the door. The Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., second floor, Capitol Terrace, 208-336-1313, www. thebalconyclub.com. TREASURE VALLEY COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE ASSOCIATION—The Treasure Valley Country Western Dance Association hosts free monthly family friendly country dances with door prizes and snacks. DJs Linda and Randy take

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ON STAGE COMEDIAN JOHN CAPARULO— 9:30 p.m. $17. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, www.knittingfactory.com. TWELFTH NIGHT—See Thursday. 8 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT POOL PARTY—A couple of the after-hours pool parties were canceled due to summer storms, so the City of Boise is throwing one last bash before school starts. The pool party is open to participants ages 12-17 so they can hang out, swim, listen to music courtesy of a DJ from 103.3 KISS FM and win prizes. 9-10:30 p.m. $2 per person, 208-384-4486, www.cityofboise. org/parks. Ivywild Pool, 2250 Leadville, Boise.

ODDS & ENDS TEAM IN TRAINING—See Wednesday. Noon, FREE. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 921 S. Orchard St., Boise, 208-658-6662, www. teamintraining.org/id/.

FOOD & DRINK THIRD ANNUAL EAGLE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL—The Third Annual Eagle Food and Wine Festival begins with the Gala Dinner and Auction. Guests mingle with representatives from signature wineries for wine tasting and vintner conversations. 6:30-10:30 p.m., $75, 208-9394222, eaglechamber.com. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise.

SCREEN CABLE ONE 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.

ART COMMUNITY ART WALK—The work of artists Dave Thomas, Karalia Dubkowski and Lorin Humphreys is on exhibit for three months starting with an opening reception that includes networking, wine and cheese. On display is the work of a selected group of 16 mixed mediums on canvas and paper created from 2003-2008. 6-8 p.m., FREE. VengaWorks Venture Centers, 943 W. Overland Road, Meridian, 208853-2424, www.vengaworks.com. THE VIBE—The northwest corner of the Vista Village parking lot fills with live music and the work of more than 20 local artists. Shop for a wide variety of art including jewelry, metalwork and pottery. Art4Art provides an opportunity for the community to give back and support the local talent and the youth arts community. For more information, call 208-440-2412 or e-mail art4artidaho@gmail.com. Third Friday of every month, 4:30-8 p.m. Vista Village Shopping Center, 1002 Vista Ave., Boise.

KIDS & TEENS BACK TO SCHOOL TEEN NIGHT— Youth ages 15-18 with ID can stuff themselves with all-they-can-eat pizza and soda during a back-toschool-themed night at Primo’s. Kick back with friends, listen to a DJ and win door prizes. 9 p.m.-midnight, $12. Primo’s, 1236 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-7703, www. primospizza.com.

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saturday FESTIVALS & EVENTS 10TH ANNUAL SAWTOOTH SALMON FESTIVAL—The weekend of festivities in downtown Stanley on the south side of Highway 21 across from the visitor’s center includes field trips to the Salmon River to see spawning Chinook salmon, special Sockeye salmon education events and hands-on kids’ activities including gyotaku (traditional fish printing). The Wild Salmon Feast is from 6-9 p.m. featuring wild ocean-caught Alaskan salmon. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Idaho Rivers United’s salmon recovery efforts. Tickets are available in advance at the Idaho Rivers United office in Boise and at the festival. Other events throughout the weekend include educational salmon tents, storytelling, vendor booths and arts and crafts. Dance to live music by Gizzard Stone, Rebecca Scott, Audra Connolly, Bernie Reilly, Carter Freeman, Kelly Lynae and Ryan Wissinger. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., FREE activities; salmon dinner $12 for adults $6 for children, 208-3437481, www.idahorivers.org. Stanley, downtown, Stanley. ANNUAL FAIR TRADE MARKET—Spend the weekend shopping for unique treasures in an international marketplace atmosphere at the annual Fair Trade Market hosted by Dunia Marketplace (formerly Ten Thousand Villages in Hyde Park). 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE admission, www. duniamarketplace.com. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church-McCall, 1001 Gamble St., McCall, 208-634-2796. BACK TO SALSA—School is still out for summer, so spend the night salsa dancing. The doors open at 8 p.m. with a lesson at 9 p.m. and then dancing the rest of the night. 8 p.m. $5. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, www.knittingfactory.com. BUG DAY—The College of Idaho and Idaho Botanical Garden partner for a day of bug hunting, bug bingo and the chance to purchase edible insects

and wash them down with bug juice. Participants receive a “Certificate of Bugology” at the end of the day and are encouraged to bring a bug for identification during Ask an Entomologist. Also, children can test their athletic skills during the Insect Olympics plus visit activity booths by area agencies and entomology related businesses. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $6 general; $4 children (4-12) and members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. CAMP SPIRIT LAUNCH PARTY—Join the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho for the launch of its new day camp series, Camp Spirit. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a day of food, fun and games and to check out the newly remodeled office. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., FREE. Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho, 310 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-4340, www. epilepsyidaho.org. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., www.capitalcitypublicmarket.com. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287. CATBLAST! 2009—The Columbia High School Booster Club hosts the annual event to kick off the new school year and to showcase the fall sports programs and clubs. CatBlast! is a night of family fun starting with a dinner of pulledpork sandwiches, corn on the cob, salads and watermelon, plus a drink and dessert. Then the party really gets started with an astro-jump for the kids, CHS student body officer introductions and a raffle. For more information, e-mail columbiaboosters@gmail.com. 6 p.m., $8 adults, $6 for youth (13 and younger) and seniors (65 and older). Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-498-0571. CONRAD STRAYS CAT RESCUE FUNDRAISER—The Conrad Strays Cat Rescue and Adoption in Middleton is a nonprofit, no-kill rescue organization. Swing by the benefit parking lot sale to help raise funds for the many cats in foster care awaiting forever homes. The organization is in need of funds for the upcoming surgeries for residents Tigger, Little Foot and Gunther, and they hope to raise enough funds to cover Snert’s procedure to help him breathe better. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 208-5859665, www.conradstrays.com. Albertsons, 4700 N. Eagle Road, Boise. EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—The weekly outdoor market features art, fresh produce, wine, flowers and live music. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m., www.meridianfarmersmarket.com. Ustick Marketplace II, 3630 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. MTTHEORY SLIDE SHOW— The public is invited to stay cool during an event happening on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street with a custom-built slip ’n’ slide, a mini ramp skateboard competition, a breakdance battle, live art and freestyle music by Eleven. See Picks on Page 16. 2-6 p.m., FREE, www. rhetoricstyle.com.

THIRD ANNUAL EAGLE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL—One of the featured events is the Chefs’ Tent where a select group of Idaho chefs prepare their signature dishes paired with regional and local wines with three seating times available. (See Food News, Page 35.) Noon, $50 chef’s tent, $20 Festival on the Lawn, 208939-4222, eaglechamber.com. Merrill Park, 637 E. Shore Dr. (in the Eagle River Development, Eagle. TOUR DE FAT—This year, the traveling festival hosted by New Belgium Brewing is celebrating 10 years of promoting sustainable human-powered transportation and good times. Bikes, beer and fun music keep everyone entertained as they enjoy a fun day in the sun. See Picks on Page 16. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, www.newbelgium.com/ tour-de-fat. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise.

ON STAGE THE GIFT OF MAGIC—Boise Little Theater and the Jeker Foundation host Odyssey Illusions in a magic show that combines the talents of magician Mister X and illusionist Jason Byers. The family friendly show includes lights, humor, music and plenty of magic. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., FREE, www.boisemagic.com. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104. THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD— See Wednesday. 8 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-4299908, box office 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

CONCERTS IDA-HO-DOWN—The all-day Idaho band reunion concert features Equaleyes, The Shook Twins, Voice of Reason, Polyphonic Pomegranate, Stoney Holiday, The Fav, AlpenFlow, Blacksmith, Perry Garfunkel and the Disappearing Delta, GlennKelly. Brundage Mountain is providing food and drink for purchase and offering $5 lift tickets for mountain biking for concert goers. Noon-2 a.m., $15 adv., $18 gate, www. inticketing.com. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-888-7544. JANIE HARRIS CANCER SURVIVOR BENEFIT CONCERT—Janie Harris, the widow of renowned jazz pianist Gene Harris, is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt after battling cancer. All proceeds from the auction and concert ticket sales will go to Harris. In addition, donations can be made directly to her and sent to Janie Harris, 5699 Fortress Ct., Boise, ID 83703. (See Noise, Page 23.) 8 p.m. $40. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www. egyptiantheatre.net.

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

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

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8 DAYS OUT SCREEN MOVIES UNDER THE STARS—Grab some bug spray and journey to the bandshell at Julia Davis Park for the last feature in a series of free family movies projected on a 14-by-25-foot inflatable movie screen. The featured movie, Wizard of Oz, begins at dusk. See Picks Page. 7 p.m., FREE, 208-384-4240, www. boiseschoolsfoundation.org. Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise.

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RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL HEALING FAIR—Boise Valley’s readers and healers charge $1 a minute for their enlightened ser vices. Experience bliss, insight and the talents of a variety of workers including tarot readers, numerologists, thetahealers, energy workers, psychics, reflexologists, body workers, hypnotherapists and more at Spirit at Work Healing Fairs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE admission. Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, Boise, 208-388-3884, www. spiritatworkbooks.com.

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

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS 10TH ANNUAL SAWTOOTH SALMON FESTIVAL—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE activities; salmon dinner $12 for adults $6 for children, 208-343-7481, www.idahorivers.org. Stanley. ANNUAL FAIR TRADE MARKET—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE admission, www.duniamarketplace.com. St. Andrew’s

Episcopal Church-McCall, 1001 Gamble St., McCall, 208-6342796. LIQUID LAUGH TRACK—Every Sunday, the funny is found in BoDo during Laugh Track, featuring stand-up comedy from amateurs and professionals looking for laughs in a live setting. 7 p.m., FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379, www.liquidboise.com. TREASURE VALLEY SINGLES’ DANCE—Join the Treasure Valley Singles for a weekly dance night with music by a different country act weekly. This week, enjoy the music of Comstock Lode. 7:30 p.m., $6 members, $7 nonmembers. Eagles Lodge Boise, 7025 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0115.

SPORTS & FITNESS GET REC’D—Learn about the programs and classes offered by Boise State Campus Recreation during a day of fun on the intramural field behind the Student Union Building. Activities include inflatable games, free food and popsicles, prizes including free T-shir ts, a slip ’n’ slide, grass volleyball and a rock wall. Watch demonstrations by club spor ts athletes who will be on hand to help people sign up for activities during early registration. The tunes will be cour tesy of 103.3 KISS FM. For more information, call Heather Carlson, promotions coordinator for Campus Recreation, at 208-426-5674 or e-mail heathercarlson2@

boisestate.edu. 1-4 p.m., FREE, rec.boisestate.edu. Boise State Recreation Field, Boise State campus, Boise.

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

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

DANCE WITH CAIRO FUSION— Boise’s only progressive fusion bellydance company is accepting new students monthly. Classes are on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit www.cairofusiondance.com or e-mail samirailnaia@hotmail. com for more information.

MEDITATION SERVICE—Join the Center of Peace for a spiritual community meditation service at 10 a.m. and a spiritual gathering service with a different guest speaker each week at 10:30 a.m. Youth education is provided. 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., FREE. Center of Peace, 420 S. Orchard St., Boise, 208-343-0864, www. centerofpeace.org.

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monday FESTIVALS & EVENTS DATE FOR A DEED— Raise money for Alley Repertory Theater and at the same time connect local singles. The adult musical chair-style rounds of four minute speed dating are both gay- and straight-single friendly. With three categories of daters available—ladies seeking gentleman, one for ladies seeking ladies and one for gentleman seeking gentleman—the participants have four minutes to make a mutual connection. After the daters chat, they can fill out a form to request the other person’s contact info. If that same person requested contact info as well, a match is made. Information is exchanged only at the request of both daters. During the evening, a raffle will be held for a $50 gift certificate to Red Feather Lounge, a perfect dating destination. Proceeds benefit Alley Repertory Theater. 8 p.m., $10, 208-440-9426, www.alleyrep. org. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. STUDENT UNION BUILDING DEDICATION—The Student Union Building expansion and remodel is complete. The dedication and time capsule ceremony on the first floor atrium patio on the north side of the new addition, is followed by a reception. 11 a.m.-noon, FREE, 208-426-5800, sub. boisestate.edu. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Dr., Boise.

AUDITIONS BOISE MASTER CHORALE— Boise Master Chorale is holding open auditions for new members for the 34th season. The chorale is looking for experienced singers with good tone, pitch, diction, rhythm and music-reading skills. Qualified singers should bring one piece of music to sing. A piano accompanist will be provided. For an audition appointment, call Carol Eldfrick at 208-854-7829 or send an e-mail to celdfrick@mac.com. Rehearsals begin August 31 and continue through April. The chorale rehearses at Boise State in Room MC 125 in the Velma Morrison Center for the Performing Arts each Monday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dues are $75 per person, but no one is turned away. The chorale performs in concert black attire; tuxedos for the men and a uniform black concert dress for the women. Aug. 24-26. www.boisemasterchorale.net. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

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wednesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS OVER 40S DANCE—Weekly dances are held for the older-than-40 crowd with a different country music band every week. Country crooners Comstock Lode performs. 7:30 p.m. $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Eagles Lodge Boise, 7025 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0115.

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS MCFADDEN MARKET CO-OP FARMERS MARKET—The farmers market includes information about green living, entertainment, children’s activities and products such as specialty chocolate and breads as well as naturally farmed lamb, pork, beef, chicken, eggs and garden starts. 5-8 p.m., www. mcfaddenmarketcoop.com. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Idaho St., Meridian. SECOND ANNUAL SEE SPOT SPLASH—A total of 50 dogs per hour, every hour on the hour, swim, splash and practice their doggie paddle for everyone to enjoy. Dog owners will be asked to sign a waiver which is available online at www. cityofboise.org/parks and although admission is free, donations are accepted to keep Boise dog parks in tip-top shape. See Picks on Page 16. 3-8 p.m., FREE. Natatorium and Hydrotube, 1811 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-345-9270.

ON STAGE TWELFTH NIGHT—See Thursday. 8 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

LITERATURE POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a night of poetry readings. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and start waxing poetic at 7 p.m. For more information, e-mail ScottBerge@live. com. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-1299.

GREEN EVENINGS AT EDWARDS—The greenhouse stays open late so people may pick up local produce, hang out in the greenhouse garden setting, have some food and wine and enjoy art and live music by a different act every week. Tonight is Elizabeth Blin. 5 p.m., Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, www. edwardsgreenhouse.com.

ODDS & ENDS CONGA FORUM—Facilitator Bryan Carrier leads a Conga forum. Some drums are available for use. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www. boisedrumcentral.com. TEXAS HOLD 'EM—Head over to Shorty’s Saloon for free Texas Hold 'Em poker games. One game starts at 6 p.m. and the next at 9 p.m. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208322-6699.

TWELFTH NIGHT—See Thursday. 8 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES DELIGHTFUL DAHLIAS—Cameron Parsley, president of the Southwest Idaho Dahlia Society, leads a class on dahlias. Learn everything a gardener needs to know about how to grow dahlias in Southwest Idaho. Preregistration is required. 7 p.m., $10 Idaho Botanical Garden member; $15 nonmember. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www. idahobotanicalgarden.org.

LITERATURE DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Author and poet Norman Weinstein facilitates the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m., FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, www.thecabinidaho.org. WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB—Adult readers meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss the featured selection. For more information and to register, call 208562-4996. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208562-4996.

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

ODDS & ENDS 9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS—Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484, www.9thstreettm.org. VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— The Vinyl Preser vation Society of Idaho aims to preser ve vinyl music heritage by promoting the enjoyment of and education about vinyl records, record collecting, record playing and all associated matters of analog musicology regardless of listening tastes. Monthly meetings (held ever y fourth Wednesday of the month) include guest speakers and DJs, opportunities to buy, sell and trade vinyl and, of course, a chance to share the group’s favorite albums. Keep it spinning. Fourth Wednesday of ever y month, 7-10 p.m., FREE, www.vpsidaho.org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.

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BY BILL COPE

In typically energetic fashion, Tillotson has rushed to the aid of his musical godmother. Earlier this summer, he offered to organize and tickle his dazzling ivories in a benefit to help her out, and she accepted. The event is being called “The Janie Harris Cancer Survivor Benefit Concert.” Tillotson has gathered an impressive string of musicians, many going back with Gene and Janie as far or farther than he does. Some jammed with Gene the giant not only during the Idanha days, but on those heavenly Sunday afternoons out at Ste. aul Tillotson and Janie Harris go way back. Twenty-five Chapelle Winery in the ’80s and ’90s. Saturday evening, they will years ago, he was but a all perform at the Egyptian cocky high-school kid when Theatre, and all of the proceeds her husband Gene would invite from both ticket sales and Tillotson, Curtis Stigers, Jim Kassis a mid-show auction will go and Rod Wray to gather around toward Janie’s medical bills. the Baldwin and perform during As of press time, the lineup those locally legendary sessions in includes Tillotson, Kassis and the lounge of the preternaturally Wray, the Not-So-Youngfunky Idanha Hotel. The boys Anymore Jazz Lions. (Unforcalled themselves “The Young tunately, Stigers is on tour in Jazz Lions,” and it fit, although Europe and can’t make it back these young lions tended more to for this event.) Cherie Buckner purring than roaring. They had a and John Jones will be there smooth, polished sound, mature as well. Both of them often sat beyond their years. in with Gene over the span of Tillotson is still one of the many years, and Buckner even most pleasingly cocky people recorded a CD of jazzy gospel you’ll ever run across. He has tunes with him. centered his career in the Big ApAlso on the bill is The New ple for more than 20 years now, Trio with Chuck Smith, Sanand if New Yorkers are judging don Mayhew, Scott Reusser Idahoans by what they see in him, and the busy Wray. they must think we are the grinThe Frim Fram Fellas— ningest bunch of cowpokes west which is a name variation the of the Pecos. Frim Fram Four adopt whenJanie traveled the world with ever they add or lose a player Gene to his various musical setfor any particular gig—will tings, but everyone stayed close. perform on Saturday night, and Gene would light up like a proud the lineup will be comprised of pappa every time he spoke of his Jonah Shue, Cody Ramey, Greg young lions. When the Boise State/ Belzeski and Pete Petersen. Gene Harris Jazz Festival kicked Somewhere in the mix off, Tillotson, Stigers, Kassis will be the reunited Capitol and Wray were always part of City Jazz Band, a Dixieland it. Stigers has established himself group made up of people who solidly in the jazz-pop field, played with Gene in several Janie Harris’ friends may have her smiling yet again. venues. Capitol City includes Kassis and Wray also continue to make beautiful music (Kassis Billy Mitchell, Harry Lawless, in Los Angeles; Wray right here ex-Gov. and clarinet tooter in Boise) and Tillotson turned himself into not only a first-rate extraordinaire Phil Batt and this writer. piano picker, but a first-rate entertainer as well. He comes home Included in the evening’s entertainment will be a cash donation regularly to play venues in Boise and Sun Valley, and never fails auction, conducted by auctioneer Larry Flynn. to fill the room. Whether you love jazz or you love Janie, this is an opporToday, Gene has passed on and Janie is currently in dire finan- tunity not only to catch some of our best local musicians, but cial straits. For more than a year, she has been beset by a plague to lend a much-needed hand to one of the Boise music scene’s of medical problems, the most serious being a prolonged struggle central figures. with breast cancer (see Cope, Page 8). She has come out the other side cancer-free, but thanks to an insurance company that threw Saturday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m., $40 adults, $20 kids 16 and her a “pre-existing conditions” surprise after some mighty expen- younger. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egypsive treatment, she has been hit with an avalanche of medical bills tiantheatre.net. Donations can be made directly to Janie Harris and no possible way to pay them. and sent to 5699 Fortress Ct., Boise, 83703.

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NOISENEWS SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS A HAND Friends of Boise musician Zac Gilstrap are doing what so many Boiseans are doing: They are holding a benefit to help their friend defray mounting medical costs. Gilstrap, who played with The PirkQlaters and The Ackbars to name a couple, was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Friend and fellow musician Brian Johnson (Manville, Hummingbird of Death) explained that for the last month, Gilstrap has required intensive hospitalization and expensive medications and is undergoing chemotherapy because his condition is so severe. The tight-knit local punk music community, in conjunction with Gilstrap’s friends and family, are holding a benefit on Saturday, Sept. 26,

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at Grizzly Rose (time and cost TBA). While the music lineup is still being finalized, the confirmed acts include Hummingbird of Death, Ohadi, Strings & Chemicals, The Old One Two, Radillac, Demoni, Fury of the Cyclops, A New Agenda, Marshall Zeis, Travis Gibson, a few burlesque performances and Manville, in what will probably be their last show. Organizers are looking for donations for a raffle and silent auction: gift certificates to bars, restaurants, spas, hotels, tattoo shops, salons, retail, etc. are welcome as are cash donations. They are also asking for artists to donate their work for an art auction. For more information or to have a donation picked up, e-mail benefitforzacgilstrap@gmail. com or call Brian Johnson at 208-850-8661. Cash donations and gift certificates may also

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SPEAKING OF MANVILLE ... Local punk/hardcore/short-song-purveyors Manville have called it quits. According to guitarist Brian Johnson, Manville bassist Nick Schug “decided the time was right for him to bow out ... and [guitarist Jason Burke] decided we should lay the band to rest. No drama, no b.s.” The Zac Gilstrap benefit will likely be the last time the five-member band, who gifted us with the likes of “Studded Diapers” and “Reefer Sutherland” will play together. You can read more about it on their myspace blog at blogs.myspace.com/manville. —Amy Atkins

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AMUMA SAYS NO—7-10 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel

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

DAN COSTELLO—4:30-7:30 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel

AUDIO MOONSHINE—7 p.m., FREE, Old Chicago, 730 W. Idaho St. AUDRA CONNOLLY CD RELEASE—7:30 p.m., Polyphonic Pomegranate, Marcus Eaton, Rebecca Scott, $6, Knitting Factory CHARLIE ORLANDO BAND—7 p.m., FREE, Crusty’s COSMIC FAMILY BAND—9 p.m., FREE, The Bouquet

HOUSE OF HOI POLLOI REUNION, AUG. 21-22, VAC They released their first cassette in 1990 in San Diego (where Steve Fulton formed the band), and their last CD in 1999. During the intervening years, Hoi Polloi’s lineup changed but their mission stayed the same: play fun music. “We played rock, funk, ska and reggae, but the key word has always been fun,” said co-founder Steve Fulton. During their run, Hoi Polloi played SXSW, Bumbershoot and the doomed Boise River Festival and released at least six fulllength CDs. Even though they haven’t played live in nearly 10 years, Boise fans sustained the memory and, in response, Hoi Polloi is having a reunion show (two, actually). The lineup will include active members of Hoi Polloi during the band’s last seven or so years: Fulton, Russ Pfeifer, Jason Roark, Jamie Vink and Chad Waite with special appearances by ex-members Ned Evett and Guy Finley. Fulton said folks kept telling him they couldn’t find any “just plain fun” live music around town. After Fulton’s other popular local band The Hi-Tops (who played in the ’80s) held a reunion show last year, he said people kept asking when they would get to hear Hoi Polloi live again. “I have one friend who used to say, ‘All I need is a little Hoi Polloi once a week and I’ll be fine,’” Fulton said. That guy should be one happy camper this weekend. —Amy Atkins Friday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8291, visualartscollective.com.

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ALASKA BLUES PIANO MAN—6:30-9:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

DAN COSTELLO—7-10 p.m., FREE, Bungalow ELIZABETH BLIN—6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, Dream Cafe GIZZARD STONE—9:45 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s HILLFOLK NOIR—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid JIM FISHWILD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Highlands Hollow THE JIMMY BIVENS BAND—7:30 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub KEN HARRIS, BROCK BARTEL—6-9 p.m., FREE, Gelato KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., with Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m. FREE, Chandlers

THE FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE—6-9 p.m., Blaze and Kelly, $10 nonmembers; $8 IBG members; $6 children (6-12), Idaho Botanical Garden HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m., FREE, Whitewater Pizza THE JIMMY BIVENS BAND, DENAE, THE RONNIE LONG BAND, ANDY BYRON—7:30 p.m., $6, Knitting Factory

GIZZARD STONE—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s HILLFOLK NOIR, LOW-FI—9 p.m., $5, Terrapin Station HOUSE OF HOI POLLOI—8 p.m., $12 adv.; $15 door, Visual Arts Collective JERRY FEE—9 p.m., Terrapin Station JOHN CAZAN—5-9 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES, JON HYNEMAN, MIKE SEIFRIT—8:15 p.m., FREE, Chandlers KEN HARRIS—6-9 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., FREE, Chandlers MARTY PARTY, EVOL G, PAT BENOLKIN, DJ FLOW—9 p.m., $7, Neurolux

KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

MONK—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

LEE MITCHELL—6-9 p.m., FREE, Tavern, 3111 S. Bown MOONDANCE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Angell’s, 999 W. Main St.

NIKKI HUSTON—7 p.m., FREE, Willowcreek Grill-Eagle

NEO TUNDRA COWBOYS, THE CALAMITY CUBES—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station

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

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

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

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

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m., FREE, The Buffalo Club

TEDDY PRESSBERG—9 p.m., $3, Reef

SLEEPING GIANT, FOR TODAY, THE GHOST INSIDE, THE WORLD WE KNEW, BLESS THE MARTYR—7:30 p.m., $12, The Venue

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

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OCTANE—9 p.m., $1, Liquid PILOT ERROR, THE NAUGHTIES—9 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s REX AND BEVERLY—8-11 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper Lounge ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ Hannah’s SIR REALIST—midnight, FREE, Liquid STONEY HOLIDAY—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye WAYNE WHITE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine WESLEY JENSEN AND THE WILDCATS, THE HONEYTREES—8 p.m., $3, Flying M Coffeegarage

SPINDLEBOMB—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish STEVE EATON—8:15 p.m., FREE, Chandlers TERRY JONES, TOM JENSEN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill THOMAS PAUL—5-8 p.m., FREE, Tablerock WESLEY JENSEN AND THE WILDCATS

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BEN BURDICK—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s JUSTIN NIELSEN—7 p.m., with Justin BLAZE AND KELLY—9 Nielsen Band, 8:15 p.m., $5, Emerald Club p.m. FREE, Chandlers BODO BROTHMOONDANCE—7:30 ERS—6-9 p.m., p.m., FREE, Music of FREE, Kodiak Grill the Vine DAVE MANNING—9 MOUNTAIN FEVER CD p.m., FREE, Piper Pub RELEASE PARTY—7-9 p.m., FREE, DOUGLAS CAMBuzz Cafe ERON—7-10 p.m., FREE, Bungalow PILOT ERROR, THE NAUGHTIES—9 p.m., ERIC GRAE—6:30 $3, Tom Grainey’s p.m., FREE, Berryhill FINN RIGGINS—7-10 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel

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THE JIMMY BIVENS BAND—8 p.m.,

POKE—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

REX AND BEVERLY—8-11 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m, Humpin’ Hannah’s THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m., $5, The Buffalo Club

BODO BROTHERS—5-8 p.m., FREE, Tablerock CHAD COOKE—11 a.m., FREE, Moon’s GREG PERKINS, RICK CONNOLLY—6-9 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

TERRY MILLER—8 p.m., FREE, Willi B’s

MUSIC FROM STANLEY—4-8 p.m., A Seasonal Disguise, FREE, RedďŹ sh Lake Lodge

WORKIN’ ON FIRE—5 p.m., FREE, Family Center at Federal Way YOUTH PIANIST SHOWCASE—Noon-3 p.m., Chelsea Tennett, Lisa Breding, Athena, FREE, Berryhill

BAD IRISH—199 N. 8th St., 338-8939

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

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

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

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

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

BUFFALO CLUB—10206 Fairview Ave., 321-1811

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

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

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

BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St. 345-6605

AUDRA CONNOLLY—6:30 p.m., FREE, River Rock Alehouse

SWEATSHOP UNION—9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, Terrapin Station

Venues

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

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DREAM CAFE—3110 S. Bown Way, 338-6632 EMERALD CLUB—415 S. 9th St., 342-5446 FAMILY CENTER— 3674 S. Findley Ave.

BUNGALOW—1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855

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

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

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

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

GAMEKEEPER—1109 Main St., 343-4611 GELATO CAFE— 2053 E. Fairview

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

SOLIZ PETERSON—11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday Blues Brunch, FREE, Dream Cafe THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish WESLEY JENSEN AND THE WILDCATS, FAUXBOIS—8 p.m., $5, VAC

mon. 24 1332 RECORDS’ PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m., Chaser, Noise Attack, Have Nots, The Limbs $3, Liquid BRENT VAARTSTRA, SHAWN SCHLOGEL—6:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers DESOLATION WILDERNESS, A SEASONAL DISGUISE—9 p.m., $5, Hijinx Comedy Club SET YOUR GOALS, FOUR YEAR STRONG, POLAR BEAR CLUB, FIREWORKS, A LOSS FOR WORDS—7:30 p.m., $13, The Venue STRANGE FEATHER—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station THOMAS PAUL—8 p.m., FREE, Red Feather

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN—2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649

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

KNITTING FACTORY (KFCH)— 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212

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

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

THE GRIZZLY ROSE—1124 W. Front St., 342-3375 GROOVE COFFEE—1800 N. Locust Grove, Meridian, 890-6128

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

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ABANDON KANSAS, SLEEP FOR SLEEPERS, HAZEL AND VINE, ARDENT—7:30 p.m., $10, The Venue

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Finn Riggins, Mother Hips, FREE, The Grove Plaza THE AVETT BROTHERS, THE HEARTLESS BASTARDS—8:30 p.m., $20, Knitting Factory

BOY IN STATIC, SIR REALIST—8 p.m., Visual Arts Collective DAVE MANNING, ALASKA’S PIANO MAN, LIGHTNING CLOUDS—8 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s

ELIZABETH BLIN—6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, Dream Cafe ERIKA WENNERSTROM (OF THE HEARTLESS BASTARDS)—3 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange

FROYDIAN SLIP—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye PLAYIN’ IN THE PLAZA—5:30-7:30 p.m., Sons of the Beach. FREE, Generations Plaza, Meridian City Hall

GIZZARD STONE—7 p.m., FREE, Crusty’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8-10 p.m., FREE, Lush

WORKIN’ ON FIRE—7 p.m., FREE, Boise Fry Company, 111 Broadway Ave.

OPIO OF HIEROGLYPHICS WITH Z-MAN, BORED STIFF, SIR REALIST—8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux

XAVIER RUDD—8:30 p.m., $18.50 adv., $20 door, Knitting Factory

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

VOLIFONIX, VELORUTION—9 p.m., $3, Terrapin Station

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

TABLEROCK BREWPUB—705 Fulton St., 342-0944

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

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

SOCKEYE—3019 Cole Rd., 658-1533

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

GUSTO BAR—509 W. Main St. HA’PENNY—855 Broad St., 343-5568 HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820

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

MONKEY BIZNASS—724 First St. S., Nampa

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AS TALL AS LIONS, MOUSY BROWN, JAMES ORR; AUG. 13 Any show in which the trumpet player warms up by playing John William’s theme to Jurassic Park is bound to be a wild ride. It’s been awhile since I last heard As Tall as Lions, but I was pleased with how the band’s sound has evolved. Complex and borderline psychedelic riffs dominated the evening, alternating between heavy and emotive to laid-back and jazzy. Apart AS TALL AS LIONS from soul-scratching trumpet and jiving bass, the band had an array of toys to further enhance the experience—like singing through a megaphone and a strange funnel device, creating vocals echoing down a long tunnel and crafting a faux-lonely wind whipping through the PA for the closing number. Newly formed local band Mousy Brown kicked off the evening, playing their debut show at a public venue. The band combines numerous Boise talents from former projects and bands, crafting a sound infused with elements of blues, hardcore and melodious keyboard. The band was equally capable of delivering jarring fist shakers as they were of somber chords that more than once sent a shiver down my spine. Mousy Brown’s debut release Basement Disco Lights EP was fresh off the press, having just arrived that morning. In between Mousy Brown and ATAL, James Orr crafted a soundscape of layered guitars, drums and keys, prepping the launch pad to the new worlds, which As Tall as Lions explored. —Mathias Morache

CDS JONATHAN WARREN: JONATHAN WARREN It’s a story that retells itself every summer on the whitewater of the Northwest. A southern boy is drawn to Idaho, Oregon or Washington by the mystical pull of the state’s mountains and legendary rivers. Boise musician Jonathan Warren followed this tale. And while guiding on the Tieton River in Washington last summer, he heard his father was gravely ill back in Tennessee. Warren planned to drive back to be with his father, but the next day, Warren smashed his finger in a river accident, requiring massive surgery and laying him up for weeks, torturing him with endless days of nothingness. Dealing with an ailing father and the lost days of recovery inspired the words and music of Warren’s album Tieton. Warren describes his music as “progressive psychobilly folk grass” and the amalgamation of those influences are audible—except maybe bluegrass; there’s no banjo or fiddle. On the EP, Warren includes four songs from the full-length. “Dig a Ditch,” is an upbeat, swinging Americana style song. Following is the progressively folky “Car Key,” a stripped-down melodic song with a female voice echoing Warren’s words, all highlighted by a reminiscent sounding harmonica. And then Warren jumps into an acoustic blues stomp of a song called “Tread Lightly.” The lyrics thread a common folk theme of treading softly over graves and giving your shirt for it. The album is polished off by “Natalie,” another mellow tune, the words addressing a girl and sharing lessons learned. The effects of Warren’s travails are audible in his song lyrics. They depict a narrator struggling through a moment in life. With the exception of “Car Key,” Warren throws a compelling verse or two but then repeats that verse throughout the course of the song. I hear the story, but I want to live in the moment for longer and experience more of the vivid life that Warren is portraying. But, the musical style makes for good whiskey drinkin’, porch-stompin’ music or a mellow background sound while lying on the couch with a book. Warren and his band, The Billy Goats, are all over Boise this summer, certainly not willing to lose another summer. They’ve played every imaginable place in Boise: Pengilly’s, Terrapin Station, Sockeye and the Boise City Public Market, and they open for LoCura at Alive After Five Wednesday, Aug. 19. Warren has mulled over the hard times of his recent past and he’s sharing his realizations in the words and music of Tieton. It’s the kind of music that encourages bellying up to the bar with a beer and hearing what Warren has to say. —Ben Wickham

STARF***ER: JUPITER It was a little surprising to hear that Portland, Ore., Starf***er, helmed by synth-pop master Josh Hodges, has a new release out. The band’s self-titled debut dropped in September of last year, and considering the pages of acclaim it garnered—both the print and the virtual, scrolling kind—not to mention the use of “Holly” (in my opinion, the best track on the CD) in an IBM commercial, they could have milked its successes for a long time to come. But their busy music must be a reflection of the band’s real-life behavior because, lo and behold, the month of May brought the eight-song-long EP Jupiter (Badman Records). Jupiter includes a dirtier, thicker Strategy remix of “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second,” and philosopher Alan Watts’ voice is present again, his bits of lecture a static-filled layer of intellectual noise in “Medicine.” The EP also includes a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” a song that Starf***er often plays live. Frankly, the cover stays too true to the original. Maybe it’s meant to be ironic—Miley Cyrus covered “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” too—but Lauper’s version was already a Casio-keyboard coated tune. It would have been nice to see Starf***er push the song in some unexpected direction or just leave it for live shows. Jupiter could stand on its own two synthesized feet, but it serves well as a companion piece to the debut, its tracks like a group of cousins that just wouldn’t fit into the Starf***er family party bus the first time it left the station. —Amy Atkins Starf***er will make what is technically their fourth stop in Boise (they played an in-store at Record Exchange before their last Neurolux show) on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Neurolux. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

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VOLUNTEER FOR FREE BEER If only life were so perfect, but there will be no free beer. However, Boise Art Museum is looking for number-savvy people to help with Art in the Park, a three-day art bonanza in Julia Davis Park. One volunteer position BAM needs filled is for Collection Aides on both Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13. Collection Aides are volunteers who spend their two-hour shifts collecting full receipt books from artists and providing them with shiny new ones. They also need more number-crunching volunteers to total each individual artist’s receipt books for three hours on either Saturday or Sunday. But the most pressing math-y volunteer need, according to Susan Moore, accounting volunteer organizer, is for 35 volunteers to help run numbers at checkout on Sunday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. But if numbers ain’t your thang, there are also volunteer positions that include everything from event setup to artist ambassadors, which do both pre-festival packet compilation and booth babysitting during the event. For more information on accounting volunteer positions, contact Susan Moore at SusanM@ hzs.com. For more information on other volunteer positions, visit boiseartmuseum.org or call Julie Parke at 208-345-8330 ext. 14.

IT’S A-BOT TIME Remember when you were a kid and your toys were engaged in a battle to save or overtake the world and you needed that one robot with the swinging arm with the magnetic force field on it, but none of your robots had that, so your robot army was defeated? Now there’s the possibility of vengeance because the Reuseum is conducting two robotics workshops in August in which attendees can “take advantage of [the Reuseum’s] space and inventory to tailor your bot to your imagination.” Though the first workshop already took place last Saturday, Aug. 15, there’s a second opportunity for bot enthusiasts to crank up Styx and get their R2-D2 on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 2-8 p.m. Participants will learn to work with electric circuits and use hand-soldering to reuse everyday items. The Reuseum provides tools, kits and circuit boards, but if participants have old cell phones, DVD players or other electronic devices that they would like to dissect, the workshop will teach them which parts to mine and how to properly dispose of the rest. The class is $35 and is open to adults and children 12 and older. Workshop attendees will also receive free admission to the Boise Bot Competition at the Visual Arts Collective on Saturday, Sept. 12. The theme for the competition, “Outthink, Outmaneuver, Destroy,” sums up what will go down between 2 and 10 p.m. New Radiant Storm King provides music. So if you build that robot you needed back when you were young, you can enter it in the Boise Bot Competition and take over the world, or at least just Garden City. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2-8 p.m., $35, Reuseum, Chinden Blvd., Garden City. To RSVP, e-mail info@reuseum.com. For more information on Reuseum, call 208-375-7507 or visit reuseum. com. Boise Bot Competition, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-10 p.m., $5 spectators, $30 entrants, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. For more information, call 208-424-8297 or visit visualartscollective.com.

GIMME SOME SUGAR For those of you not lucky enough to stuff fluffy, whippy, drippy, crunchy cupcakes into your pie hole at last Saturday’s Cupcake Collective competition, we’ve got the scoop on who took the cake in each category. According to event organizers, there were 2,500 cupcakes cobbled together by event attendees and 70 entrants vying for the top prizes in each category. Best Tasting went to Alicia Donahue and the runner-up was Brandie Holli. Best Visual went to Gorla Sibylle and the runner-up was Cristen Hardy. Best Youth went to Elise Lewerenz and the runner-up was Zelda Fishman. Honorary Mention went to Colleen Asher. —Tara Morgan and Ben Wickham

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were getting a little bit old, in terms of lots of nooks and crannies and corners, which makes them very hard to keep clean and sharp-looking,” said Mary Barker, planning manager at VRT. “We were looking for a simpler design that was easier to maintain from our perspective.” After checking out some sleek examples from other cities, CCDC finally approved a three-sided transit shelter with “modern lines, an angled roof, glass walls, bench and a protective horizontal bar on the outside of the rear wall.” CCDC shopped around and decided to contract with local builder Pacific Steel escend a set of trash-littered stairs into any balmy New in order to reduce shipping costs. The initial shelter will set them York subway station, and you’ll have more to stare at back approximately $15,000, not counting installation, and will than the rats scampering across the tracks. As a part of replace the temporary shelter now in front of North Face. the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Art in Transit program, “The first one will arrive with nothing added, from an art element standpoint. It will arrive and be put in place and we’ll have about six to nine months to test it,” explained Sheldon. “Meanwhile, while it’s there, we’ll see if there are any particular things we’d like to tweak in how it’s built or how it works before we start adding artistic elements. Then we’ll do the call to artists and get that part done so it will come together at the end.” Though it will still be close to a year before the city sends out a call to artists for this project, they’ve already established some necessary artistic parameters. In addition to being durable and vandalism resistant, the art pieces adorning the transit shelters will also need to thematically invoke the uniqueness of downtown Boise. “In doing permanent works, we want to do things that seem place specific, that add interest and spontaneity to the pedestrian environment, that it’s integrated with whatever the structure is,” said Bubb. But transit shelters aren’t the only structures being spruced up. CCDC has also heeded the cry of the cycling community and is working with Downtown Boise Association to replace old bike racks. Currently, most of the bike Pam Sheldon wants to ensure U have a fancy place to chain up your ride. racks downtown are the squiggly, ribbonshaped sort. While they look nice, bikers have New York City commissioned hundreds of artists to add flair— expressed concerns over their utility—they don’t support bikes often in mosaic tile form—to dreary subway stops. When Capi- very well and it’s difficult to run a lock through both wheels and tal City Development Corporation recently decided to replace the frame. downtown Boise’s old transit shelters with newer designs, they “We consulted with the bike community, all the differtook a cue from the MTA and also opted to incorporate unique ent organizations that work on bicycle issues,” said Sheldon. art into each structure. “They did not feel that the wave rack was a very good rack. “CCDC has been a strong supporter of the arts for a lot It’s a good quality rack, it’s durable, it looks pretty, but for the of years,” said Karen Bubb, public art manager for the City’s functional parts of what a rack needs to do, there were other Department of Arts and History. “They got direction from choices that were better.” council members David Eberle and Alan Shealy, who requested So, CCDC and DBA decided on the more simple, upsidespecifically to look at integrating art into the shelters.” down U-shaped racks. Some basic racks have already been inBut what initially induced CCDC to propose changing these stalled in a few spots—clustering along Eighth Street and Idaho shelters—which involved changing the Elements of Continuity, Street—and there are also plans to incorporate artistic flourisha guide that sets specific standards for public improvements es into the new rack designs. Downtown merchants have three downtown—had nothing to do with adding a little artistic options when it comes to new bike racks: the basic, unadorned lipstick to the face of downtown Boise. design (see above), the off-the-shelf artistic design or the cus“Actually, what kind of prompted this—why we did it now, tomized artistic design. Though CCDC will pay for installation rather than earlier or later—was when North Face was consid- of the basic rack (around $250), individual merchants will have ering bringing their store to downtown Boise. They said they to pay out of pocket if they want any off-the-shelf designs—like really didn’t think they could come to that space where they metal cut-out dragons or swirling cursive letters—or if they are now located unless something was done about the transit choose to customize their own unique design. Unfortunately, shelter,” said Pam Sheldon, planning director at CCDC. “There according to DBA, there are some practical draw backs with were some other situations where there were prospects looking these artistic bike racks. at downtown as a possible location and they had issues about “There are some really nice looking—more of an artistic the transit shelters. So, we thought we’d better get going and style—bike racks down in BODO,” said Geoff Hundt, operasee if we can come up with a better solution.” tions and events director at DBA. “However, the feedback is To meet North Face’s demands for better storefront visibilthat they’re almost too nice and if it looks too much like art, ity, CCDC had a temporary, clear shelter put in on the corner people aren’t really inclined to chain their bike to [it].” of Idaho and Eighth Streets. Before they could develop a more Though it will still be a while before artistically adorned comprehensive new shelter design for all of downtown, CCDC bike racks and transit shelters dot downtown sidewalks, the had to consult with all of the folks who would be affected by fact that CCDC, VRT, ACHD and DBA are pushing for the inthe change: business owners, Valley Regional Transit, the Ada corporation of art into new public structures will undoubtably Country Highway District and the Downtown Business Ashelp ensure that downtown Boise continues to grow creatively sociation. From increasing visibility for downtown merchants as it grows more cosmopolitan. to increasing passenger visibility for transit vehicle drivers, each “We look for things that emphasize the positive parts of Boise entity had their own reasons for green-lighting the update. and the positive parts of downtown living,” said Barker. “We “From our perspective, the shelters that were down there feel that transit really adds to that positive atmosphere.”

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a shrew. While the script (penned by Bruce Joel Rubin, scribe for pseudo sci-fi works Ghost and Deep Impact) follows more of a “tell, don’t show” approach that weakens the repercussions of Henry’s dilemma, the solid showings by Bana and McAdams—and Ron Livingston’s short but excellent screen-time as best friend Gomez—help usher viewers past the material’s shortcomings. Mercifully, the mechanics of Henry’s timeslippage are mostly left unexplained. He suffers from some type of genetic chronodisplacement-who-cares-it’s-a-movie condition that is exacerbated by stress, drinking and exposure to television. And that’s all we hicago librarian Henry (Eric Bana) can’t stay in one place, know about it. Having recently complained that too many films having a genetic condition that unsticks him from time and substitute artificial obstructions in place of real story, let me plunks him back—or forqualify those words. While some ward—to random critical events have no doubt labeled the Time in his life. Having no control Traveler’s Wife as gimmicky and over the destination or the timforced (as did many reviewers of ing of his jumps—and no way the author Audrey Niffenegger’s of bringing clothes—he develops book), I admired the conscious questionable talents, such as simplicity of the main narrapetty theft and lock picking, and tive device. Many conventional finds solace in solitude and sousrelationships have a disjointed ing. Upon meeting Clare (Rachel set of expectations and attachMcAdams), a young artist with ments without the excuse of a strange foreknowledge of time travel, and adding this Henry’s plight, the two embark element heightens this natural on a strange and oft-interrupted disparity. When the pair first romance after she reveals that meet in real time, she’s had a he’s visited her several times 14-year relationship with him, in her youth, beginning with a while he doesn’t know her from surprisingly uncreepy visit to Eve. Yes, it’s shaky science taken her 6-year-old self (Brooklynn at face value, but the film is a Proulx) in her parents’ meadow (apparently dramatic fantasy, with heavy emphasis on the THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE (PG-13) young Clare was never taught to run away drama. We’re not watching it for graphs and Directed by Robert Schwentke from naked strangers). The film chronicles feasible explanations, but for deep sighs and Starring Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana the pair’s relationship through wedded bliss, the emotional arousal that it ably delivers. Now playing at The Flicks, separation anxiety and, eventually, the start of German director Robert Schwentke (best Northgate, Edwards 21 a family. But Henry’s prolonged and unpredictknown to American audiences for 2005’s able absences wear on Clare, and she begins to Flightplan) and cinematographer Florian wonder if Henry will ever become the charming, dashing knight of Ballhaus do a nice job aping the style of McAdams’ big breakout, her fantastic childhood fairy tale. The Notebook (fans of that film are the real target audience). This summer has seen its share of Bana, with the Aussie import And while the Time Traveler’s Wife may not be an excellent film, playing a villainous alien (Star Trek), a cuckolded husband (Funny it certainly fits the bill as a moderately challenging romance. For People) and now the Christopher Reeves-esque chronologically many, it’s exactly what we want in a date movie, a chance to masdisplaced lover (remember the ’80s time-travel weeper Somewhere sage our sentimental sore spots and snuggle with our non-chronin Time). His portrayal of Henry is his most modulated performance ologically challenged sweetie. And Broken Social Scene’s onscreen of the three, straightforward and engaging. McAdams likewise does cameo covering “Love Will Tear Us Apart” at a wedding may be an excellent job portraying a long-suffering wife without becoming the slyest irony we’ve yet seen this summer.

TEMPORAL TEARJERKER The Time Traveler’s Wife isn’t timeless, but works for now

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SCREENLISTINGS special screening RIFFTRAX LIVE: PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE—For one night only, the hilarious voices behind the cur tain of Myster y Science Theater 3000 take some merciless jabs at what they consider the worst movie ever made, and it’s in color. (NR) Thursday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m., $12.50, Edwards 21, 7709 Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603.

opening DEPARTURES—The Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film directed by Yojiro Takita stars Masahiro Motoki as a classic cellist who must return to his village after losing his seat in a major symphony. He finds employment assisting in the preparation of the dead following a Japanese ritual, and at first, he keeps his new job a secret until he realizes that he has found his second calling in the impor tant work. (PG-13) Flicks EVERY LITTLE STEP—The documentar y by James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo is full of dancing, singing and behind-the-scenes insights into the Broadway phenomenon that is A Chorus Line. The popularity of the musical is outlined star ting with its epic first run in the 1970s all the way through the ’80s and ’90s and today. (PG-13) Flicks

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INGLORIOUS BASTERDS—Quentin Tarantino directs Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine, the leader of a squad of Jewish soldiers, called basterds by the Germans, who march through Nazi-occupied Europe engaging in retribution attacks on German soldiers. On another front, Shoshanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) has fled the imminent execution of her family to hide out in Paris as the owner of a cinema. Raine’s band works with German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) to take out the Nazi leaders, who just happen to be appearing at Dreyfus’ cinema, where she has her own revenge planned. (R) Edwards 9 PONYO—World-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki puts his spin on the stor y inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fair y tale The Little Mermaid. The stor y follows an eager goldfish named Ponyo (Noah Cyrus) through her adventures in a quest to become human. A cast of actors lend their voices to the stor y including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Liam Neeson. (G) Edwards 21 RUDO Y CURSI—Beto (Diego Luna) and Tato (Gael Garcia Bernal) Verdusco (the stars of Y tu Mama Tambien) are reunited in this movie directed by Carlos Cauron filmed in Spanish with English subtitles. The brothers’ dreams of playing professional soccer are realized

when they get recruited to play in Mexico City. At first they are rivals on different teams, but they find a common ground in their desire to buy their mother a new house and through the bitter realities of fame. (R) Flicks SHORTS—From Spy Kids director Rober t Rodriguez, the family friendly fantasy tale is about a young boy named Toby Thompson (Jimmy Bennett) and his parents (Jon Cr yer and Leslie Mann) who live in a small town where ever yone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries. Mr. Black’s (James Spader) latest invention has taken the world by storm, but all young Toby wants is some friends. When a magical rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, Toby gets his wish, but he and his friends have to tr y and save the day when the rock falls into the hands of the powerhungr y adults. (PG) Edwards 9 X GAMES 3D: THE MOVIE—Watch in awe as the featured athletes including Shaun White (skateboarding and snowboarding), Travis Pastrana (motocross and rally-car racing), Danny Way (skateboarding), Ricky Carmichael and Kyle Loza (motocross) and Bob Burnquist (skateboarding) fly, flip and twirl through the air at the 2008 X Games. All the 3D action, drama and raw ner ves were captured by filmmaker Steve Lawrence. (PG) Edwards 21

continuing 500 DAYS OF SUMMER—Dreamer Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls for cynical Summer (Zooey Deschanel). To spare Tom future inevitable agony, she breaks it off with him leaving Tom free to reexamines the many days he spent getting lost in Summer’s big blue eyes. (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. (PG) Nor thgate Ends Thursday A PERFECT GETAWAY—Newlyweds Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) encounter danger on their honeymoon and must fight for their newly joined lives. (R) Edwards 21 BANDSLAM—New kid Will Bur ton (Gaelan Connell) is recruited by talented singer Charlotte Banks (Alyson Michalka) to manage her band. As Will fine tunes the raw and unproven band in preparation for the biggest competition of the year, he falls for the lead guitar player Sa5m—the 5 is silent— (Vanessa Hudgens). 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

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SCREENLISTINGS DISTRICT 9—Government secrets are thrust into the spotlight when a group of refugee aliens that were kept separated from humans for nearly 30 years are discovered. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21

FOOD, INC.—This film, directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Rober t Kenner and narrated by journalists Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), takes a hard and honest looks at the mass production of food. The

documentar y lays out some facts about corporations, legislation and farm workers and lets the audience decide if it is safe to put their money where their mouth is and responsibly use their purchasing power. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 TO TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 500 DAYS OF SUMMER—

Flicks: W-Th: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; F-Su: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; M-Tu: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20

A PERFECT GETAWAY—

Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:05, 2:20, 4:40, 6:55, 9:20

ALIENS IN THE ATTIC—

Northgate: W-Th only: 4:35, 9:15

BANDSLAM—

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

THE COLLECTOR—

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

DEPARTURES—

Flicks: F-Tu: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30

DISTRICT 9—

Northgate: W-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:20, 7:25, 10:05; F-Tu: 1:10, 4:25, 7, 10:05 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12, 1:30, 2:35, 4:20, 5:20, 7:10, 8:05, 10

EVERY LITTLE STEP—

Flicks: F-Tu: 3, 7:05

FOOD INC.—

Flicks: W-Th only: 5, 7, 9

FUNNY PEOPLE—

Edwards 9: W-Th only: 12:50, 4:05, 7:20, 10:25 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30

G-FORCE—

Northgate: W-Th: 12:15, 2:30, 4:35, 7, 9:10; F-Tu: 12:15, 2:30, 7:10

G-FORCE 3D—

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

G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA—

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

GOODS: LIVE HARD SELL HARD— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:40, 7:40, 9:50; F-Tu: 1, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:35, 2:55, 5:10, 7:35, 10:05 THE HANGOVER—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:15, 7:45, 10:20; F-Tu: 1:20, 4:20, 7:25, 10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 3:55, 9:15

Northgate: W-Tu: 12:30, 4, 7:20 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE— Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30; F-Tu: 12:50, 4:05, 7:20, 10:35 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 only: 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 Edwards 21: W-Th: 9:10

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS—

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

INGLORIOUS BASTERDS— JULIE & JULIA—

Edwards 9: Th: 12:01 a.m.; F-Tu: 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 4:35, 7:30, 10:15; F-Tu: 1:25, 4:10, 7:05, 10:10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:10, 2:15, 4:05, 5, 7:10, 7:45, 10:10, 10:25

PONYO—

Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:35, 4, 6:50, 9:15

THE PROPOSAL—

Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:40, 4:25, 6:50, 9:40

RIFFTRAX LIVE: PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE— RUDO Y CURSI—

Edwards 21: Th only: 6 Flicks: F-Tu: 1, 5, 9

SHORTS—

Northgate: F-Tu: 12:15, 2:30, 4:35, 7, 9:10 Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:15, 4:35, 7:30, 9:55

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE— Northgate: W-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Flicks: W-Th: 5:05, 7:25, 9:35; F-Su: 12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35; M-Tu: 5:05, 7:20, 9:35 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:45, 2:45, 4:30, 5:25, 7, 8, 9:30, 10:35 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN— THE UGLY TRUTH—

Edwards 21: W-Th: 12, 3:15, 6:45, 10

Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:55, 4:25, 7:35, 10:10; F-Tu: 7:10, 10:15 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, www.regmovies.com; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821, www.regmovies.com; The Egyptian Theater, 208345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net; The Flicks, 208-342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com; Northgate Cinema, 208-377-2620, www.reeltheatre.com. For second-run movies: Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208-377-3072; Towne Square Reel, 208-377-2620; Country Club Reel, 208-377-2620; Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, www.reeltheatre.com.

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SCREENLISTINGS FUNNY PEOPLE—Director Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) unites Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen (Superbad). Sandler plays George, a famous comedian who learns that he has one year to live, and as par t of his grieving takes a young comedian named Ira (Rogen) under his wing. (R) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 21 G-FORCE—Disney’s 3D movie is a comedy about a secret government program of guinea pigs equipped with advanced spy gizmos. (PG) Edwards 21 G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA—Director Stephen Summers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) brings G.I. Joe and the rest of the popular toy line to the big screen. Dennis Quaid plays Gen. Hawk and Channing Tatum is Duke Hauser, and together they lead the fight against the upstar t enemy Cobra. (PG-13) GOODS: LIVE HARD SELL HARD—Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) possesses the ability to talk anyone into anything. 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, Edwards 21 THE HANGOVER—Three friends head to Las Vegas before one of them takes the final plunge into matrimony. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) are charged with showing Doug (Justin Bar tha)

a good time in Sin City. After a wild night at Caesar’s Palace, the groomsmen have massive hangovers, but the groom is nowhere to be found. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE— Director David Yates leads the Hogwar ts gang through another school year of myster y and magic. Harr y returns, persisting in battle against his arch nemesis, Lord Voldemor t. (PG) Nor thgate, Edwards 9, Edwards 21, Edwards IMAX THE HURT LOCKER—Director Katherine Bigelow’s intense Iraqi War drama offers a glimpse into the danger that a special unit of soldiers faces on a daily basis. The unit’s job is to disarm homemade bombs hidden in the streets in Baghdad in 2004. Staff Sgt. William James (Jeremy Renner) seems to take his life-threatening duty lightly and the rest of his team is forced to trust James’ skilled instincts. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday, 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. Julie keeps track of her culinar y adventures via a blog that foodies

find irresistibly addictive. The delightful Julia Child is played by Mer yl Streep, and Julia’s husband Paul, is played by Stanley Tucci. (PG-13) Edwards, 9, Edwards 21 THE PROPOSAL—Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a heavy-handed book editor who persuades her male assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marr y her so she won’t be depor ted back to Canada. (PG-13) Edwards 21 THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE—See Screen, Page 29. (PG-13) Flicks, Nor thgate, Edwards 21 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN—The second installment of the battle between a resurrected Megatron and his crew of villainous Decepticons against the peaceful Autobots stars the cast of the first movie, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel. Tyrese Gibson and John Tur turro also star. (PG13) Edwards 21 THE UGLY TRUTH—Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a single TV producer who is on the prowl for a man. When her employer teams her up with macho and opinionated TV personality Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), Richter is immediately turned off. Chadway remains persistent and insists that once Richter understands the way men think, she will finally be able to find a boyfriend. Richter gives in and Chadway takes her on a journey through the minds of men, and she manages to teach him a few things about women in return. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21

VIDIOT BY TRAVIS ESTVOLD

GHOSTLY FLASHBACK: THREE MEN, ONE HORRIBLE HAIRPIECE So, an architect, an actor and an artist walk into a nursery. Stop me if you’ve heard this one ... Wait, I’m not actually joking this time. After fruitlessly scanning The Wizard of Oz for its hanged crewman, I was reminded of another film famed for a phantasm: 1987’s Three Men and a Baby. I bought into the hubbub as a kid, racing to the video store in hopes of spotting the dead boy behind the curtains. I don’t recall if I ever succeeded—and let’s face it, who could’ve with a VCR and late-’80s model 27-inch TV set?—but I remember being excited by the process. So I gave it a go again. On the day the film—and its 1990 sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady—arrived in the mail, I foolishly surfed the Internet for hints on how to find Three Men’s ghost child. Snopes.com, noted online myth busters, had already debunked the rumor, producing photographic evidence the “kid” behind the drapes was actually a cardboard cutout of star Ted Danson. Yeah, right. I wasn’t sold, so I watched for myself. Upon further review, this time equipped with an upconverting DVD player and a 56-inch HDTV, I’m now comfortable saying that thing isn’t a ghost. Honestly, it looks more like a cutout of Elliot from E.T. than Ted Danson, but I’m certain it’s no zombie tot. Curious yourself? Visit YouTube. There are several clips available for viewing. My first observation on the rest of the films: If there’s anything capable of distracting viewers from the thought of an underage poltergeist, it’s Ted Danson’s awful hair. As a youngster, I remember reading in my mother’s National Enquirer magazine that Danson donned a hairpiece during his heyday on Cheers. If this bit of tabloid journalism was fabricated, I’d be shocked. Watching both films on anything from Betamax to Blu Ray, you’d swear there’s a marmot camped atop his head. Part one, helmed by Leonard Nimoy (Spock from the original Star Trek), sees the lives of three co-habitating bachelors—Danson, Tom Selleck (Magnum, P.I.) and Steve Guttenberg (the Police Academy series)—thrown into chaos when a baby is left on their doorstep. Rather than prudently calling Child Protective Services, they learn how to care for the infant on the fly—and eventually develop a soft spot for little Mary. Part two launches the baby through toddlerhood at light speed, then surrounds Mary’s mother—who’s now been living with the men for years—and her quest to find a husband, despite one of the Three Men having secretly fallen for her. These titles are typical of the era. A cute concept suffers as emotional moments are replaced by cheap laughs and unneeded plot ruffles. An accidental drug deal, a deceitful romantic rival and a crashed wedding? Please. The bright spots, among them a loveable Tom Selleck, and uber-cute infant and 6-yearold Marys, definitely buoy the films. And regardless of my ghost-hunting gaffe, the terrible toupees and egregiously ’80s side stories, the title trio—three of the most iconic actors of the decade—still provide enjoyable companions for a trip down memory lane.

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TIMEWARP For the Society for Creative Anachronism,

while Waylan, who calls himself a “Celtic mutt,” wanted to try a different ethnic background, so he went Spanish, explaining his red hair as the result of half-Celtic parentage. Other club members prefer training with heavy medieval broadswords (think Braveheart), or Roman short swords, leading them to even earlier time periods. “You can go as deep as you want to go,” Waylan said as his he clang of steel on steel rents the air, accompanied by the armored comrades prepared for the weekly fight training evening. subtle grinding of hinged metal parts. Despite the heft of their As an organization, SCA has been around for 44 years with suits of armor, augmented by layers of chain mail, the combat- clubs across the globe. Clubs are organized by membership and ants move relatively easily as they aim their blows. location, with groupings forming kingdoms, which are subdivided Just steps away, a Roman centurion prepares his next move, deinto smaller regional groups, including baronies, shires, colleges or pending on his thick, molded-leather breast piece to shield him from strongholds, depending on the size and nature of the group. his opponent. In the background, giant swan-shaped paddle boats Idaho is part of the Kingdom of Artemisia, which encompasses rock gently as a couple on bicycles rides by, unabashedly staring at Montana, western Colorado and Wyoming, and most of Utah. The Treasure Valley is in the Barony of Arn Hold, considered to be a large group with between 60 and 80 active members. Local leaders are given the title of baron and baroness, currently held by Brad and Michele Wolf, or rather, Baron Karl Braden von Sobernheim (a 15th century German) and Baroness Giliana Attewatyr (a Londoner from 1315). Club members find the SCA in various ways, and the club counts doctors, lawyers, engineers and businessmen among the ranks. Wolf, an engineer at Micron, followed his interest in music to the group, eventually not only performing period music, but also making his own instruments, then learning how to make clothing, embroidery and archery, among other pursuits. Michele, an engineer at Sensus, is a leading member of the pewter guild and often teaches classes on how to create intricate metal coins, jewelry and tokens, among other objects. Waylan, who is retired from the Air Force, didn’t get involved until he was invited along on an outing after moving to Boise. He drew from his high school and college sport fencing experience to Sword-wielding fighters get a lot of attention during weekly practices in Julia Davis Park. lead him to rapier fighting. Eggleston, an Army veteran, was a the sight of warriors from long ago duking it out on a hot summer fencer as well, and joined the group in 1993. He has traveled extenevening in the middle of a public park. sively, teaching fencing to eager students, and occasionally has to But curious, sometimes disbelieving stares are nothing new to explain why he is carrying a bag of swords through airport security. the members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. In fact, it’s The heavily armed club members known as heavy fighters often something you have to expect whenever you dress in medieval armor draw the public’s attention since they are the ones found dressed in for a little weeknight swordplay. armor and protective gear. SCA members laugh off criticism. They’re having fun, so go “There’s a lot of appeal to hitting people with sticks,” Michele ahead and laugh. Better yet, come over and ask a few questions and said with a laugh. learn a little about times that may no longer seem so distant. Apparently, it’s a strong attraction, with a large group of fighters Members of the SCA have been stereotyped as geeky Renaissance in the club. But archery is even more popular, with an “enormous” fair actors, but for them, it’s a matter of a shared love of history. group of archers. The area is also home to one of the few active And for a history lover, there’s nothing better than pulling lessons off equestrian groups, and a children’s program is in the works. the pages of books and bringing them to life. The Barony of Arn Hold is relatively active, with subgroups, or “It’s people who are interested in researching, learning and guilds, meeting regularly to study various aspects of history down finding out new things about history, but not just reading books, to the intricacies of daily life. The group hosts various gatherings re-creating it,” said Craig Waylan. throughout the year, which are sometimes just a day- or weekendMembers of the SCA focus on a broad expanse of time—600 long camping trip, but other times, clubs gather for massive wars. C.E. to 1600 C.E. Individual members gravitate toward specific The largest, Pennsic, was recently held near Pittsburgh and attracted time periods, then explore history through experience. Whether it’s roughly 12,000 people to the two-week-long event. making historically correct clothing and weapons, creating illumiThe size and scope of the SCA provides a far-flung community for nated manuscripts, performing period music or studying the fighting members, who often refer to each other as friends they just haven’t techniques of the day, club members immerse themselves in history. met yet. For Eggleston, who spent 22 years in the military, the group “We try to re-create every aspect,” said local club leader Brad provided an instant social network. Wolf, quickly adding that they limit it to the fun stuff. “We leave out “I could always find someone to go do something with,” he said, the plague and persecution.” adding that the SCA has a strong presence in the military, includThey even develop their own SCA personas, picking a name, ing weekly fighter practice once held on the flight deck of the USS time, geographical area and a back story for themselves, which serve Nimitz and a rapier fighting group in Kandahar, Afghanistan. as a basis for their research. For Waylan, it’s a late 16th century Sure, the group will turn out for a Renaissance fair, although Spaniard named Gomez de Santander. For Rod Eggleston, the club’s members are careful to separate those events from their gatherings: resident rapier marshal, it’s a 16th century Venetian named Signoria Renaissance fairs are for the public, while the public is invited to Xeno Della Lama. SCA events. Both men’s adopted personas allow them to explore their various One of the group’s largest demonstrations will be at Idaho Hisareas of interest, whether it’s sword fighting, manuscript making or torical Museum’s event, Museum Comes to Life, on Saturday, Sept. tying nautical knots. Waylan and Eggleston both train to use the ra- 26, when history groups will gather in Julia Davis Park. pier, a long, thin flexible sword not used until the late 16th century, Just like learning a language is easiest by being surrounded by it, therefore their personas had to be from a specific time. perhaps so too is history. So, maybe the SCA is just creating the next Eggleston’s nautical interests led him to the port city of Venice, batch of history lovers, one educational sword fight at a time.

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RECLISTINGS events & classes BIKE MS: ROAD, SWEAT AND GEARS RIDE 2009—Participants raise a minimum pledge of $250 to help fight multiple sclerosis, slap a helmet on their head and take a beautiful ride starting at Camp Pinewood in McCall. The cyclists roll by the Burgdorf Hot Springs turnoff, head south toward Donnelly stopping off at the Jug Mountain Ranch, and end in a different location in McCall. On Day 1, the routes available are 20, 40 and 60 miles and Day 2, the routes are 25 and 50 miles. The fully supported ride includes SAG vehicles, festive rest areas, enjoyable meals, and entertainment. Aug. 2223, $30 individual; $20 team; $50 day of ride, 208-3884253, bikeidi.nationalmssociety.org. Camp Pinewood, 300 N. Mission St., McCall. BOISE RIVER WALK—Idaho Rivers United leads a one-mile public walk along the Boise River highlighting trout habitat restoration projects including Loggers Creek. Walkers should meet in the east parking lot of the Riverside Elementary School. Access to the walk begins via East Riverwalk Drive west of S. Bown Way. Call 208343-7481 for more information. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m., FREE, www.idahorivers. org. Riverside Elementary School, 2100 E. Victory Road, Boise, 208-854-5980. DROP IN HIP-HOP CLASSES— Anyone age 16 and older can

drop in at the Trey McIntyre studio for an open level class hip-hop dance class. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and get a great workout. The First Thursday of the month is free. These classes are ongoing and taught by Janelle Wilson. Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. $10 per class, $80 package of 10 classes, 208-724-6537. Trey McIntyre Project studio and office, 775 Fulton St., Boise, www.treymcintyre.com. FOURTH ANNUAL XTERRA WILD RIDE OFF-ROAD TRIATHLON—The Wild Ride features a 3/4-mile swim, a 19.5-mile mountain bike and a 6.2-mile trail run. After racers hit the finish line, festivities begin at noon with the racer feed and music, followed by awards at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m., $95 adv., $105 on-site until Aug. 22, www.wildrockies. com. Ponderosa State Park, McCall. IDAHO SENIOR GAMES—The Idaho Senior Games is for athletes 50 years old and better, with some events open to 35 and better participants. Events including 21 sports with more than 80 events taking place in Boise and throughout the Treasure Valley. Entrants can register for cycling, track and field, tennis, 8-ball pool and more. The games are held Aug. 8 and 14-16, and 20-23. Through Aug. 23, 8 a.m., $25 registration fee; $5 per sport, 208-344-5502, Ext. 317, www. idahoseniorgames.org.

NORDIC POLE WALKING DEMO—All abilities are welcome to attend the hands-on demonstration of Nordic pole walking, a beneficial activity for health, fitness and rehabilitation for injured runners. Burn calories and lose body fat. Hikers practice balance and stability, and those with osteoporosis or arthritis can benefit from the decrease of stress on lower body joints. The demonstration is from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by a walk from 6-6:30 p.m. To join the pole walk, reserve a set of poles (limited to 12 individuals) by calling the instructor, Lori Adams at 208-452-3698 or e-mail tvnordicwalkingadventures@gmail.com. Thursday, Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m., FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208344-6604, www.idahorunningcompany.com. WILDERNESS MEDICINE—REI is hosting a program on how to handle basic injuries in the great outdoors. Wilderness medicine training center instructor Mat Erpelding presents a program on wilderness medicine basics. Learn how to respond to common wilderness situations and tips on how to respond to wilderness injuries. Erpelding will also share opportunities available in Boise to expand your knowledge on wilderness medicine. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, www.rei. com.

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HOMECOMING Once you’ve seen salmon migrating upriver, it’s something you’ll never forget. The first time I saw the migration was when I was a kid at summer camp in Central Idaho. One moment, we were playing around in the stream, then suddenly, we were surrounded by the massive fish, their red-tinged backs rising above the surface as they struggled through the shallows. We all froze, but the fish were so focused on their mission that they didn’t seem to notice us and swam within inches. It was one of those wonderful moments when you get a glimpse of the bigger picture—that this world isn’t ours alone. I’ve seen the salmon at other points in my life, even watched them leap over waterfalls in central Oregon as Native American fishermen balancing on rickety platforms used longhandled dip nets to scoop up their catch. But those opportunities have become increasingly rare as salmon numbers have declined, especially those making the roughly 900-mile journey to Idaho in what is the longest of all migrations among sockeye salmon. But thanks to numerous restoration and breeding programs, there is reason to hope that others will be able to experience the sight, too. Last year, roughly 650 adult sockeyes made it to the Stanley Basin—the highest number since the 1990s. This year, the first few sockeye of the season were counted in Redfish Lake Creek on July 24. As of Monday, Aug. 17, 452 salmon have been counted, with 20 to 40 more coming in each day according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The public, as well as wildlife managers look forward to the return of the salmon each year, and the 10th annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival will mark the migration with a weekend of educational programs, celebrations, music and general salmon-oriented merrymaking. The festival will run from Friday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 23, in Stanley near the Visitors Center. An educational tent will be set up on-site, giving guests the chance to learn more about salmon, and to hear stories based on the fish. Kids can join in a variety of hands-on activities, including traditional fish printing (gyotaku), while adults visit arts and crafts vendors and take in live music by Gizzard Stone, Rebecca Scott, Audra Connolly, Bernie Reilly, Carter Freeman, Kelly Lynae and Ryan Wissinger. On Friday evening, Mike Barenti, author of Kayaking Alone: 900 Miles from Idaho’s Mountains to the Pacific Ocean will speak at the Stanley Museum beginning at 5 p.m. and at the Redfish Lake Campground amphitheater at 8 p.m. Saturday’s highlight will be a wild salmon feast (which seems a bit strange to be both eating and celebrating salmon, but the fish on the menu are ocean-caught Alaskan salmon). Tickets for the dinner are $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12, and are available in advance at Idaho Rivers United’s Boise office or at the festival. Proceeds from the event will go to IRU’s salmon recovery programs. But to really celebrate the return of the salmon, join one of the guided field trips to the Salmon River to view spawning chinook salmon. While all the talks and demonstrations are informational, the only way to truly appreciate the amazing journey these fish make is to see it in person. You might just be inspired to do what you can to make sure salmon always have an annual homecoming in Idaho. For more information about the festival, call Jeff at 208-343-7481.

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FOOD

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

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hereas going out for sushi was once a rare and exotic treat, the judge a sushi joint based on three qualities: Freshness is proliferation of sushi restaurants and the inclusion of nonparamount, followed by presentation and pacing (which Asian ingredients such as potatoes, cream cheese and jalapenos count as one). Third is the seriousness of the complimenhas led to sushi becoming less of a special occasion food. tary hot tea. Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant toes the line beautifully between “I have A serious sushi place will ensure that the meal is presented to buy a new dress, my boyfriend is taking me out for dinner” and “Let’s in a beautiful and fresh manner, down to the first cup of tea. stop for sushi on the way home from the mall.” Private tatami rooms So my first sip at Fujiyama was promising. A mug of green provide quiet places for an out-of-the-box business meeting or a place to tea with a very earthy flavor proved to contain roasted rice in impress in-laws to-be, but the brew. The flavor was the strip mall location and intoxicating, particularly parking lot view keep the since I was so hungry. restaurant from reaching With Thai food, I judge hoity-toity status, which the kitchen by the quality apparently appeals to a of its soup, but there are diverse group of people on not many variations on Sunday nights. miso soup. Fujiyama’s The sushi-loving witch bowl of soup—it does and I arrived at nearly not come with all lunch 7 p.m. to find a dining entrees—was totally adroom sans diners except equate and came quickly for one young couple at after our first cup of tea. the sushi bar. Next, we had a seaFrom our seat by the weed salad ($5.95) soaked window, we watched a in ponzu sauce, a medley handful of pedestrians of sea grasses ranging wander past and shared a from dark to nearly plate of what we decided translucent crunchy green was our favorite agedashi morsels speckled with sestofu ($4.50) to date. Fat ame seeds. The vinegary, rectangles of not-too-soft lemony-sweet sauce—a FUJIYAMA JAPANESE tofu were delicately fried and sprinkled with crispy, little research revealed it should contain an esoteric RESTAURANT fried scallion bits that we struggled to keep on the Asian fruit called the “yuzu”—dared me to take a 283 N. Milwaukee St. chunks as we dipped them in a tangy ponzu sauce. sip from the serving bowl. Which I did. 208-672-8227 Surprisingly large orders of kani salad ($6.50) Unfortunately, the Spicy Dragon Roll ($12.95) I Open Mon,-Fri., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; for me and seaweed salad ($5.95) for the witch ordered overlapped a bit with the Spicy Hand Roll Mon.-Thurs., 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.made us consider reducing our sushi order. Long Combo ($13.95) my sushi/life partner ordered. 11 p.m.; Sun., noon-9 p.m. slivers of krab stick blanketed a mound of pickled A quick interrogation of the three chefs at the seaweed strips in my kani salad, the acid tang and attractive sushi bar confirmed that Fujiyama serves the chewy bounce one of my favorite taste/texture its spicy fish rolls with a chopped fish preparation, combinations. And even though the witch’s bowl was also brimming with rather than a whole piece of meat. The result is a gourmet and sinewy strands of seaweed, our appetites won out and we opted for a tasty mush of tuna, salmon and whitefish, one nearly indistinBoise roll ($12.95) for me, a Luck Luck roll ($11.95) for her and one of guishable from the next. the specials scrawled on a white board, the Linda roll ($12.95), to share. The hand rolls are a very good value, arriving as five large I went a little green with envy when the witch’s Boise roll arrived, the seaweed cones of chopped fish. But the chopping robs some piles of red, black and lime-green tobiko making me wish I’d ordered of the presentation value. I have always been taught that the that, too. (That pop of tobiko on my tongue is another favorite flavor/ individual elements of a roll of sushi are as important as the feel.) Before our food arrived, we discussed the practice of tempura-frying whole. The difference in flavor between the tuna, salmon, whole shrimp and how the diner is faced with a difficult decision: don’t yellow tail and white fish barely registers. Chopping also make a scene and just crunch through the thing, tail and all, or try to averages out the freshness factor. It is difficult to tell if you tear the tail off in mid bite and surreptitiously leave it on the plate. The are biting into a still-quivering slab of fish or, dare I say it, inclusion of tempura shrimp in the witch’s Luck Luck roll—the tail stick- something from a can. ing several inches out of one slice—made us laugh, but the eat/don’t eat The Dragon Roll—topped with broiled eel, avocado and dilemma is never one we have to deal with. (We never eat the tail. Duh.) tobiko, and drizzled with contrasting sweet plum-colored and The Linda roll’s krab, tuna and avocado proved unremarkable, sesame-colored sauces—was decoratively presented, though, the flavor profile being one we encounter every time we go out for again, the spicy fish mixture was a bit soft on the palate. sushi, although we did like the inclusion of black sesame seeds on an To satisfy my need for a serious piece of fish, I ordered, a la aesthetic level. carte, a piece of sushi. Maguro tuna ($4.95) is a kind of benchThe Boise roll, however, offered a visual I’ve never come across: mark sushi fish for me. It definitely measured up. The meat fuchsia-colored, chopped tuna wrapped in snow crab, crunchy tempura was firm and artfully cut. Its bite was soft and melty, though bits and avocado. The color combination was at once appealing and a it could have been a touch cooler to contrast with the warm bit off-putting, but the flavor—and, yet again, the texture (tempura bits bed of rice beneath. It also may have been a bit too soft—while should be in everything)—put any concerns to rest. you want your sushi to melt in your mouth, the extra body is The one issue I had with both the Linda and the Boise were my fault. another indication of freshness. Both rolls were beribboned with eel sauce and even a contrasting swoop For my second piece of sushi, I fired up the wasabi and of spicy mayo wasn’t enough to cut through the sweet brown drizzle, found that bite I’d been waiting for the entire meal. The give of which threatened to take over the flavor. It’s clearly listed as an ingredient the fish on the teeth, a gentle explosion of rice on the tongue, a on the menu so, next time, I’ll just ask that it be omitted. wave of heat that spread through the cheeks, around the skull As we were wrapping up dinner and our leftovers were getting and down the back of the neck, then back up to smack the wrapped up (sushi leftovers next day=good; two days later=not good tongue again as the salt of the soy finally registers. Slow chews. at all), the dining room began to fill with an assortment of people in A bite of pickled ginger (the pale kind, not the pink kind). Sip pairs, groups and families as if some sporting event had just let out. We of green tea, now cool enough to disperse the wasabi bite. surmised that one of the anchor stores like Ross or Target had closed, and No room for ice cream nor need for an after-lunch coffee shoppers who, like ourselves, see sushi as a viable dining-out alternative shot. Next time I hit Fujiyama with the sushi partner, we’re to burgers or pizza, were coming in to enjoy a Sunday evening meal. getting a private rice paper room and our own bottle of sake. —Amy Atkins thinks more food should come in shades of pink.

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DININGGUIDE Steak & Seafood ANGELL’S—Upscale dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere that’s nearly subterranean. Angell’s is one of Boise’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. BARBACOA—Theatrical tableside guacamole service is the thing to do in this carnivore’s restaurant. In the style of Argentine parrillas, meat is grilled over an open flame 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 HOOK—Gourmet seafood in a casual setting. Try the Halibut bruschetta or coconut prawns. It’s the best place in town for fresh, inexpensive seafood. 507 N. Milwaukee Ave., 208-322-9224. $-$$ OM.

—Wine & beer —Full bar —Delivery —Take-out —Open late R E S —Reservations needed or recommended P —Patio S U —Open on Sunday

OM —Online menu —Breakfast —Boise Weekly Card AVERAGE PRICE PER PERSON: $ —Less than $8 $ $ —$8 to $14 $ $ $ —$14 to $20 $ $ $ $ —Over $20

Boise Weekly Dining Guide offers selective listings of editorial recommendations and advertisers. Listings rotate based on available space. Updates from diligent readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged. E-mail to food@boiseweekly.com or fax to 342-4733. TAVERN AT BOWN CROSSING— Choose between the first level streetside balcony where all the passersby can watch you enjoy a bottle of wine and a steak, or lounge on the second level patio with a roll of sushi and a martini. 3111 S. Bown St., 208-345-2277. $$ P SU OM.

Burgers & Drive-Ins

LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—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 .

BAD BOY BURGERS—This Bench burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walk-up/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises: it will take two of you to get through one of their burritos. 815 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-1580. $ P.

STAGECOACH INN—This Boise institution has been in the same space, with the same decor and the same menu for 45 years. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And make sure you try the prawns. 3132 Chinden Blvd., 208-3424161. $$-$$$ OM.

FANCI FREEZE—Shakes, malts, spins, sundaes and the Boston shake (one part sundae, one part shake) are what have made Fanci Freeze a Boise favorite for years. But because we can’t live on ice cream alone, Fanci Freeze also serves

a whole mess of burgers, some of the crispiest tots in town and even a grilled cheese for the non-meat-eater. 1402 W. State St., 208-344-8661. $ P SU OM. ROCKIES DINER—This is an old school diner where customers are greeted with perky waitresses on roller skates, classic rock emanating from the jukebox and guitars puncturing the ceiling-not to mention the massive Harley mounted above the checkerboard floor. Even if you weren’t born before the ’50s, you’ll have flashbacks. A DJ booth to boot. 3900 Overland Road, 208-336-2878. $ SU . WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN—From the mind of “Boise’s Best Chef,” Chef Lou, come some of the most scrumptious foods for dine-in, take-out or frozen to use when cooking is the last thing you want to do. 1939 W. State St., 208-342-2957. $-$$ P SU OM .

FOODNEWS BY RACHAEL DAIGLE

GETTIN’ SMASHED Well, I’d hoped to open this week’s Food News with some goods on “Man v. Food,” but it turns out the crew wasn’t too keen on having reporters hanging on their every move. Can’t say that I blame them. So if you want to see Adam Richman sweat it out over a double habanero at Flying Pie, you won’t be getting any surreptitious iPhone footage from me. Instead, you’ll just have to wait for the Travel Channel to air its Boise segments. I’ll let you know when those dates are released. So instead of stalking “Man v. Food,” I spent last week on a restaurant detox after I’d binged the week before and racked up more than a dozen meals out on the town. This week, I’m recovered and ready to let someone else do the cooking again. My first stop will be at Smashburger’s VIP opening, which happens as the paper goes to press on Tuesday night. Regular Food News readers may be surprised that I’m checking out an out-of-state franchise’s opening—especially a fast-food burger joint’s opening so soon after seeing Food, Inc.—but Idaho Statesman food critic Guy Hand’s recent search for the city’s best burgers has had me hankering for something reminiscent of an animal style from In-N-Out. Smashburger, which touts the same “fresh, never frozen” patty philosophy as the ineffable In-N-Out may stack up close ... we’ll see. For those of you who want to see for yourself, the Meridian restaurant opens to the public Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian.

KING (OR QUEEN) OF THE BARBECUE Fancy yourself good on the grill? Of course you do. Barbecuing is one of those things that everybody thinks they can do well. I blame it on some instinctual human need to cook over an open fire and, these days, to prove to ourselves that we can, indeed, make a meal over a fire in the great outdoors just like our ancestors did (with a little help from Kingsford or a tank of propane, that is). But you’re really good at it, right? And let me guess, you also make a barbecue sauce from a secret family recipe that was handed down from your great-grandmother, which you doctored up with your own top-secret ingredient. And every time the family gets together for a potluck you bring your famous barbecue and everybody goes on and on about how it’s the best barbecue they’ve had since ... well, they can’t remember when. If you’re really that good, then quit yapping about it already and get cooking. At this year’s Western Idaho Fair, the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association is hosting a barbecue championship open to both amateurs and professionals. It’s a wood- or charcoal-only event spanning two days in which entrants turn in sauce and beans on Saturday, Aug. 22, and pork butt, brisket, chicken and ribs on Sunday, Aug. 23. Entry cost is $170 before Friday, Aug. 21. For details and rules, visit pnwba.com and to register, call 208-287-5650.

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THIS WEEK’S WINE AND DINE The third annual Eagle Food and Wine Festival is this weekend. Friday, Aug. 21, is the gala dinner and benefit auction at Boise State’s Stueckle Sky Center to support Meals on Wheels and the Landing Community Youth Programs. Saturday, Aug. 22, noon to 6 p.m., is all about the wine tasting at Merrill Park from $20 per person. The chef’s tent, with 14 chefs from all over the valley pairing samples of their food with a different winery, is taking reservations for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $50 per person. If you need to brush up on your wine knowledge, Erickson Fine Wines will present Wine 101 at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more information and a complete list of events, visit eaglechamber.com.

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DININGGUIDE Vegetarian SHANGRI-LA TEA ROOM— With their own lines of herbal and organic teas and herbal medicines, Shangri-La Tea Room offers a basic menu of vegan and vegetarian offerings. Some items include five types of soup, pita sandwich and falafel sandwiches, curry and southwestern wraps, and one of the best organic salads in the valley according to customers. Teriyaki tofu, tea cakes, and cookies round out a variety of delightful items. On any given day, choose between 80-100 small batch, limited quantity teas produced on small tea farms. The owners pride themselves on knowing where their teas come from. 1800 W. Overland Road, 208424-0273. $$.

Chinese CHOPSTICKS GOURMET BUFFET—Veering from traditional buffets, where the food is prepped in hiding and served in abundance, Chopsticks Buffet is gourmet. Hence, the name. The restaurant features an open kitchen, which allows diners to browse fresh offerings while watching how the cooks prepare them. Goodbye gut-bomb, hello freshness. 2275 W. Main, 208-3458965.$ SU. MONGO GRILL—The process begins with choosing a size and bowl and then filling it with your favorite food to toss on a Mongolian grill under the direction of a skilled chef. Mongo Grill has a salad bar, AND seven kinds of pho, plus a Chinese menu with all the usual sweet and sour dishes served on rice noodles or fried rice. 3445 S. Findley Ave., Boise, 208-336-2122. $-$$ SU OM. ORIENTAL EXPRESS—In the heart of downtown, Oriental Express offers fresh, hot, delicious Chinese food seven days a week at very affordable prices. Open late, you can stop by after a night on the town for take-out or dine in and enjoy the really friendly service. 110 N. 11th St., 208-345-8868. $-$$ . PANDA GARDEN—Small but comfortable, Panda Garden has a huge selection of menu items. Generous portions from Chinese to sushi, and it’s all good stuff. The staff, too, is friendly and attentive. 2801 Overland Road, 208-433-1188. $-$$ P SU OM. TWIN DRAGON—No fuss, no frills—just delicious Americanstyle Chinese food at prices that won’t cripple your wallet. This place is definitely no bells, no whistles. 200 Fairview Ave., 208-344-2141. $-$$ SU. YEN CHING—Yummy Chinese food at a decent price, with all the usual favorites one looks for in a menu, and then some. This is one of Boise’s favorite Chinese restaurants and a great one to bend an elbow in. 305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384. $-$$ SU OM.

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

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TAJ MAHAL—Great food, daily lunch buffet and a seriously impressive beer selection. For the faint at heart when it comes to Indian food, there’s also a menu with Greek choices. 10548 W. Fairview Ave., 208-327-4500. $-$$ OM.

ZEN BENTO—Zen Bento does well by its simple little menu. This mostly take-out, affordable, lunch-only joint serves up healthy, fresh, tasty salads and bento boxes. 103 N. 10th St., 208-388-8808. 342 E. State St., 208-938-4277. $ OM.

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

Japanese FUJIYAMA—Fresh sushi in a serene atmosphere incongruously nestled in a strip mall. For the sushi-phobes out there, they have an extensive selection of teriyaki and tempura dishes, soups and salads. Reserve one of the tatami rooms for the ultimate in private dining. 283 N. Milwaukee St., 208-672-8227. $$ SU. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—It is a happy fish, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more—including several creative vegetarian options— and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810. $$$ P SU OM. RAW—The owners of conjoined and very popular Willowcreek Bar and Grill opened up RAW to sate the sushi cravings up on the bench. Striving for sushi art in a comfortably atmosphere— and promising rolls that make your money worth it—RAW is a welcome addition to the Japanese food restaurant family in Boise. 2273 Vista Ave., 208-343-0270. $-$$ P OM. SHIGE—Watching sushi master Shige create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a portion, dunking it in a wasabi/ soy mix and popping it in your mouth. Umami! 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. $-$$ P. SUPERB SUSHI—For less than the price of a couple gallons of gas, you can get nine pieces of sushi, noodle salad, miso soup and an inari roll. And it’s a lunch special that won’t leave you dragging for the rest of the workday. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-3385. 2053 Fairview Ave., 208-8848511. 280 N. Eighth St. #104, 208-385-0123. $-$$ P SU OM.

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

South of the Border ANDRADE’S—From albondigas to zopes, Javier Andrade serves up some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town. Great service, generous portions, decent prices. 4903 Overland Road, 208-424-8890. 2031 Fairview Ave., 208-4010138. $-$$ SU. CHAPALA—The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 1201 S. Vista Ave., 208-429-1155. $-$$ SU OM. CORONA VILLAGE—Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boise’s “family style” Mexican restaurants. 4334 W. State St., 208-338-9707. $-$$ . MESA TAQUERIA—Without a can opener or a freezer, the intrepid crew at Mesa Taqueria delivers up the goods as fresh as they get. It’s a traditional taqueria set up with everything from quesadillas to tacos and burritos on the fly. House made salads and soup too! 215 N. Eighth St., 208-336-0987. $ P SU OM. PARRILLA GRILL—For on the go fusion food, Parrilla is one of the best in town. Serving breakfast, wraps and burritos, Parrilla’s patio is a summer favorite. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ P SU . POLLO REY—A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisseriecooked chicken. 222 N. Eighth St., 208-345-0323. 7709 Overland Road, 208-375-4642. $ P SU. REEF—You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-2879200. $$-$$$ P SU OM.

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

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DININGGUIDE MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. 78 Eagle River St. #165, 208-938-8424. $$-$$$ P SU OM. PAT’S THAI KITCHEN—Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” certainly holds true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you find in Chiang Mai, noodles and rice of all varieties and curry done Thai spicy or mild for the farang in you. 577 E. Park Blvd. #C110, 208-345-0026. $-$$ SU. PHO NOUVEAU—Vietnamese comfort food with a menu of cha gio with a mound of cellophane noodles, lily blossom salad of young lotus root, shaken beef salad and big bowls of pho. If strong brew is your thing, order some Vietnamese coffee which comes properly served dripping from the Vietnamese “coffee pot”—a tin hat sort of thing that sits on top of a glass. 780 W. Idaho, 2208-367-1111. $-$$ SU . SIAM THAI—Siam is known for its consistent, fresh, delicious Thai food in family-style proportions, cozy setting and impeccable service. Dishes are spiced to your liking. 590 E. Boise Ave., 208-383-9032. 2951 Overland Road, 208-898-8939. $-$$ SU OM.

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

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

American BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURT— Make a delicious and nutritious treat by choosing from 12 different frozen yogurt flavors offered in ever-changing rotation. Customers decorate their yogurt desserts by helping themselves to more than 30 hard, fruit and syrup toppings. Place the creation on the scale and pay by the ounce. 2333 Apple St., 208338-1000. $ SU OM . BRICK 29 BISTRO—Chef Dustan Bristol is co-owner of Nampa’s casually upscale eatery which serves fancy takes on common foods. Asian pork tacos come with a side of apple-almond coleslaw and

fancier still, an open-face Reuben sandwich with a cup of pumpkin bisque all topped off with flourless chocolate cake. Delicious and delectable. 320 11th Ave. S., 208-468-0029. $-$$ SU OM. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—Lovingly called the Beanery by longtime patrons, this Grove hot spot with everything homemade has some of the best comfort food around. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456. $ P SU OM. BUFFALO WILD WINGS—Gnaw on some spicy wings drowned in sauce or go for some ribs, sandwiches or tenders. The menu is full of food and drink choices including grazin’ green salads and mojitos. 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian, 208-288-5485. $-$$ SU OM P . BUNGALOW RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE—Sometimes sweet and other times savory, always delightfully delicious. Stop in for a light lunch (served Monday through Friday) with items varying from soups and salads to an extensive “munchies” menu, including shrimp, grits and calamari. Their entrees cover the dining spectrum as well, with marinated pork chops, pan roasted wild salmon and stuffed free range chicken. 1520 N. 13th St., 208-331-9855. $$-$$$ P SU OM These restaurants are only a few of Boise’s eateries. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in Boise and the surrounding areas, visit boiseweekly.com and click on “Food” and then on “Find Restaurants.” Do you have a BW Card yet? Save 40 percent at participating restaurants. For details, visit boiseweekly.com and click on the BW Card icon.

BEERGUZZLER BY DAVID KIRKPATRICK

NEW (TO ME) BREWS The things this week’s line-up have in common is that they are all 100 percent American, they are all worthy of your attention, and this is the first time I’ve tried any of the three. That’s because two of them are recent arrivals, and one of them has somehow escaped my attention for longer than I’d care to admit. No matter. In a season that is notably lacking in new releases, this trio provided some pleasant surprises. DESCHUTES GREEN LAKES ORGANIC ALE This is the one that’s not new to Boise (OK, it’s been on local shelves for more than a year now), but somehow I’ve overlooked it. My loss. It sports a rich and creamy head over a bright amber brew. Smooth and well balanced, soft malt leads off, backed by subtle hops. It’s a fairly subdued brew, easy to like but meant for consumption rather than contemplation. A good all-around amber that offers a nice richness in a thirst-quenching style. That it’s organic is a nice plus. FULL SAIL’S SESSION BLACK When this brewery brought out the original Session Lager in its retro design stubby bottle, it found an immediate and wide spread audience. Stylistically it hearkened back to those imminently drinkable brews that dotted the landscape before the few conglomerates took over. With Session Black they are stepping things up a notch. Dark ebony in color with just a light lacing on top, it has appealing dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate aromas. Surprisingly rich malt flavors of toffee and cocoa come through on the palate with a well integrated hit of hop bitterness. A light touch of citrus comes through on the finish. Makes for a nice addition to the Session’s brand. STONE THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY ALE Stone is officially a teenager, and this brewery, not known for its subtlety, decided to celebrate with the release of its first- ever Imperial Double Red. It pours a dark coffee with a persistent toffee-colored head that tops an ale weighing in at 90-plus International Bitterness Units. Hops at that level can be painful, but this one hovers just below the masochistic threshold. You’ll enjoy citrus and pine resin on the nose, with the latter dominating the palate. Beautifully bitter but well balanced by toffee laced malt. Hops lovers will definitely find this one worthy.

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he tri-level home has been popular with American families since it was introduced in the late 1950s as a way to accommodate a new invention called the television. The floor plan provided a room, usually on the lower level, to contain the noise from the new technology, while allowing others to enjoy relative peace in other areas of the home. This gently upgraded 20-year-old tri-level is located off of Cloverdale Road in West Boise near schools, shopping and community conveniences. The suburban back yard comes stocked with fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Like many trilevels, this floor plan places a formal living room, the kitchen and a breakfast nook on the main level. Down a half flight of stairs you’ll find the family room, one bedroom and a cozy half-bathroom tucked beneath the upper staircase. Two more bedrooms and a full bathroom with a tiled shower/bathtub combo are located upstairs, as is the master suite. Upgrades have been made throughout the residence that are both functional and attractive. Beige-colored tile flooring flows from the foyer through the dining area and into the kitchen. Vanities in all three bathrooms have been topped with slabs of granite in coordinated hues of caramel and khaki. And a second, stand-alone vanity matches the original in the master bathroom, making them truly his-and-hers sinks. Heavy-duty solar screens reduce the amount of heat that enters through windows on the south-facing front of the house and help keep interior temperatures comfortable. Within a mile or so, there are four elementary schools, one junior high and a high school. The number of cars headed toward the schools during the week, as well as toward the Hewlett Packard campus nearby, can make it necessary to leave the house several minutes early in the morning. The upside of living in this West Boise subdivision is the proximity to conveniences like an Albertsons grocery store and a neighborhood pub. The West Family YMCA and Boise Aquatic Center are located about two miles from the front door. So is the Charles F. McDevitt Sports Complex, which contains a stocked fishing pond, little league fields and a skate park that has hosted Tony Hawk. The landscaped yard features a lush lawn and an ornamental tree out front. In back, another verdant, living carpet is surrounded by concrete-curbed garden beds. Trees bearing ripe fruit shade the border and rear fence line alongside a nicely shaped cherry plum tree and a tall maple tree. When friends come over, a large concrete patio that is partially shaded by a decorative aluminum canopy provides ample space for a patio dinette with six chairs. A hot tub next to the patio seems like the perfect spot for soaking away the day’s troubles while overlooking the tidy back yard. An RV pad next to the three-car garage has a dedicated hookup so an out-of-town guest can park his rolling base camp while visiting you. When his stay is over you can send him along with fresh produce from the garden. PROS: Upgraded West Boise tri-level located close to schools and conveniences. CONS: Notable increase in traffic just outside the subdivision during peak hours. —Jennifer Hernandez

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'HE6G:GDDBH ...with no one to stay in them. $350 apiece. I have DirecTV and internet access. Home is off Cloverdale in Walden Pond subdivision. Drop me a line if you are interested and want to check it out! RE_Clements@yahoo.com 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. Rentmates.com B;GDDBB6I:L6CI:9### 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 rgetzin@usa.net C:6GCCJ Cute quiet home near NNU. One empty room for rent in a shared house. $350/mo. and util. are included. $50 deposit. Please call Jennifer 208-869-6726.

BW FOR RENT 3605 Morris Hill. 2BD House. Craftsmans style on Bench. Bike to downtown. Hrdwd. flrs, frplce, immaculate condition. Beautiful backyard, grg. 841-0330. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for FREE! Visit: http://www.RealRentals.com =N9:E6G@ 2 BD. All util., storage & W/D for $775/mo. Call 631-0457. B:G>9>6CIDLC=DJH: Downtown. Cute townhouse. Available now. One block from Storey Park. Covered parking spot. 3BD, 1.5BA. Master has a walk in closet. Includes: W/D, fridge, DW. Small back porch. No lawn maintenance. $650/mo. Call: 208-870-9277. C:L:G"HE6G@A>C<(79 D;;>8: NW Boise, near Eagle. Newer sparkling clean home w/lots of windows and light. 3BD + office, 2BA. Master bath with jet tub and walk-in closet. New front loads W/D, refrig., range-microwave, stove and DW included. Attached grg. & play area with swings and slide for the kids in a closed back yard. Great schools and beautiful scenery. Bad credit okay. Can split security deposit and last mo. rent into 2-6 payments. Pets okay. For a showing now call Kate at 818-259-2536 or Irene 208-559-0480. C:MIID;DDI=>AAH 1-2BD Apts. $620-$740/mo. W/D, cable. Shaw Mtn. Heights. 3431242. shawmountain.com CDGI=:C9:G>C*EA:M Really Cute and Clean 1BD. $520/mo. deposit $280. No pets or smokers, please. Contact info: Warren or Marge 208-342-4530 or 340-2172. http://www.mcfallrentals.com/ SELLERS RECEIVE

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208-342-3508 Eli is a sweet, 7-year-old chocolate Lab mix who can be spunky and lively and enjoys playing with other dogs. He is house-trained and knows a few basic obedience commands and is always willing to learn more. Eli gets along well with older children and is also good with cats. He is leash-trained and ready for a home where he gets lots of love and affection. (Kennel 418 - #6159947)

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Lucy is a sweet and loving 3-year-old border collie mix who was found as a stray and never claimed by owners. During time in her temporary home, she was described as playful, energetic and she also got along with other dogs and with cats. She is quite affectionate and likes to be with people so an owner who will make her part of the family will be best. (Kennel 324 - #8203574) Lena is a gorgeous longhaired tabbymarked cat with large, green, inquisitive eyes. She was brought in by owners who have been recently transferred with the military. Lena is 1 year old, spayed and declawed, so an indoor home would be best. She loves to be petted and is a real lap sitter. Lena is litterbox-trained and ready for a new

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Yeager is a handsome 8-year-old male Labrador retriever who is probably mixed with German shepherd. He is house- and crate-trained, and is very well mannered when indoors. He is said to be good with other dogs and with children of all ages. He is smart and easy to train. This adult dog would be a great companion for an active family or

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67 Word with milk or sauce 68 Colorado State, athletically 69 Future presenters of the past 70 In favor of 71 Summers 72 ___ Kundera, author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” 78 Bulb in the kitchen 79 “LOL!” 80 Do-gooder 81 One of the Baldwins 82 Goes back 84 B train? 85 ___ concern 87 Hombre’s hand 88 Passed with flying colors 89 Southern staple 91 Financing fig. 92 One who loves pickups? 93 Something you love to play with 94 Birds do it, bees don’t 98 Surmise 99 “Marcus Welby, M.D.” actress Verdugo L A S T

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FREEW I L L ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Maybe you weren’t listened to ver y attentively as a child. Perhaps you were dressed in clothes you didn’t like, hugged only three times a year and fed food you were allergic to. I suppose it’s even possible that your parents were psychotic drug dealers who kept you chained to a radiator in their squalid basement. If that’s the case, Aries, I would understand if you had an urge to devote the next three decades to bewailing your bitter past and scheming up ways to wreak revenge on the cruel world. But if you have ever been curious about whether there might be better ways to allocate your time and energy, I have good news. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you now have it in your power to overcome your toughest memories and set out on a course to become almost as secure as if those bad things had never happened. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Let’s say you’re listening to your favorite band on a stereo system. There is a place between the two speakers where you will hear the two streams of music blend per fectly, exactly as the sound engineer intended. This place is called the sweet spot. If you play tennis or baseball, you know about another version of the term “sweet spot.” It’s the area on the racquet or the bat where you get best results when striking the ball. According to my astrological analysis, Taurus, this will be your ruling metaphor for the next three weeks. You have arrived at your ver y own sweet spot—the embodiment of all that is melodious, graceful, delicious, aromatic and effective. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Squirrels often bur y the nuts they find, intending to come back and retrieve their bounty at a later time. The only trouble is, they sometimes forget where their hiding places are, and the nuts go uneaten. This, at least, is the stor y told by children’s book writer Beatrice Potter, and I regard her as an authority on such matters. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because you’re entering a phase when it will be wise for you to track down and accumulate extra reser ves of a prime resource. As you do, make sure you remember all the per tinent details that will allow you to fully access them when you need them in the future. CANCER (June 21-July 22): For better or worse, you are at least temporarily becoming more psychic. It could be a blessing or it might be a bit of a burden. You may really enjoy having an enhanced ability to tune in to what people are thinking and feeling, and it could prove eminently useful. Knowing what’s really on ever yone’s mind might give you a significant edge as you work to turn grand fantasies into well-grounded realities. But it also might tax your empathy or tempt you to ignore boundaries that should be upheld. I hope that by informing you of this situation, I have made it far more likely that your higher sensitivity will be a gift instead of a glitch. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your strategies are ver y close to working. The results you’ve generated so far are almost useful, bordering on successful, and on the brink of being beautiful. My question now is: You won’t stop here, will you? You’ve already garnered a measure of recognition. You’ve gotten a taste of victor y over your old bugaboos. Will you be satisfied with these par tial breakthroughs, or will you fight and kick and scratch to strip away the almosts and ascend to utter triumph? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): No more rotten desser t, Virgo. No more silky danger or juicy poison. No more wor thless treasures or empty successes or idiotic brilliance. Soon all those crazy-making experiences will be gone, blasted, dead. By this time next week, the bad influences that were tr ying to pass themselves off as good influences will have fallen away in response to your courageous drive for authenticity. You will be primed to restore your innocence and play in places where purity is the rule, not the exception. Already, the wisdom of your wild

hear t is regenerating, giving you the strength to over throw the sour, life-hating influences that were threatening to smother your spirit. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): An epic treasure hunt will soon begin. Are you ready for it? I don’t think you are. To get yourself in shape to per form at a high level, I suggest that you open your mind wider than you ever have before. The clues that will be most helpful won’t resemble any clues you’ve ever valued in the past, and they’ll be arriving from unforeseen sources. I’ll give you a hint about what to look for in the early going of the quest for the magic boon: What circumstance in your life has a certain metaphorical similarity to a speakeasy during the time when alcohol sales were illegal in America? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s not a favorable moment to get your honey’s name tattooed on your forearm. Maybe in November, but not now. On the other hand, it’s an excellent time to determine whether your lover is willing to have your name tattooed on his or her forearm. In the coming weeks, I also encourage you to figure out which of your allies would give you half of their fudge brownie and which wouldn’t; which authority figures would be inclined to give you precisely what you want rather than see you walk out of their lives; and which of your associates are too jealous of you to be truly helpful. Be cagey about how you apply the tests, Scorpio. See if you can subtly gauge where ever yone stands in relationship to you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I’d like to discuss The Game. Do you know what I mean? I’m talking about The Unnamed Game. The UberGame that is so vast and all-encompassing that it’s vir tually a secret. What if you discovered that one of the seemingly sacrosanct rules of The Game was really just a local ordinance, and no longer applied if you played in a different arena or at a higher level? And what if I said that in this different arena or higher level, new allies are poised to introduce you to loopholes and shor tcuts you never imagined existed? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I think you’ve been lurking and slinking long enough, Capricorn. For now, you’ve learned all you need to know about wrestling with camouflage and subter fuge. You’ve done all you could to clean up the crooked places and bring integrity to the twisted stories. Now it’s high time for you to come out and play—to exit the claustrophobic maze and make a break for wide-open spaces. Some cautionar y advice: To keep from getting pinched by trick endings, make sure all sales are final and all goodbyes are complete. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Technically, this would be an excellent time to shuck all your responsibilities and plunge into a week-long bacchanalia, complete with rowdy feasting and delirious dancing and lunatic laughter and erotic abandon and mind-altering emotions. Realistically, though, while such an interlude might do wonders for your relationship with yourself, it could dampen your relationships with people who rely on you. Unless, of course, you could coax them into joining you on your binge. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Did you ever notice that some people seem to be addicted to falling in love over and over again? While they may truly have a natural propensity to exult in the beauty of a great variety of their fellow humans, I also suspect that their addiction ser ves as an excuse for them to fall in love with themselves over and over again. At least in par t, each new romantic par tner is a pawn in their strategy for coming back home to themselves. Here’s what I’m inclined to ask these people: Why not simply eliminate the middleman or middlewoman? I’m not necessarily implying that you’ll benefit from this advice right now, Pisces. But then why did a soft, lulling voice in my head just suggest that I tell it to you? Homework: True or false: You know what to do and you know when to do it. Explain. freewillastrology.com.

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