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MAIL SCHOOL DISTRICT BULLIES I am sadly disappointed with the Meridian School District’s decision to be bullied by a loud minority of parents into disallowing a vast majority of students the opportunity to hear the president of the United States speak directly to them. The district policy on bullying includes in its definition: “Bullying means any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal or physical act or threat by a student that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know, will have the effect of: “e. Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student; or “f. Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s educational performance; or “g. Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s educational opportunities.” Substitute the word parent for student in the first paragraph, and you have the definition of what took place between these loud, bullying parents and the district representatives that did not uphold their

own policy. Our kids missed out on the opportunity to be inspired. To listen with their peers and teachers to an orator who, I believe, is as rich and gifted a speaker as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Rarely, in this day and age, do we experience anyone in the public arena with a command of the English language, the ability to wield it so deftly, and a sincere interest in the future success of our kids. Most of them wouldn’t bother. Shame on the Meridian School District for making this decision without any consideration for the majority of parents and students that aren’t afraid of their president. Meridian High School has extended an olive branch in the form of replaying the president’s speech on Monday, Sept. 14, during lunch, but only to those students that have a signed permission slip from their parents. As I understand it, there will be three classrooms available for viewing. I guess the assumption is that there won’t be many students either interested or allowed. What a sad commentary on the school’s assumed aspirations of our future citizens.

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In closing, let me say the definition of democracy is: government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. I say it’s time for the students at the high school level, particularly juniors and seniors, to stand up and be counted. You deserve to be inspired, for only then can you really make a difference. —Malinda Siemsen, MHS parent, Meridian

COVER ART FOR THE EYES How delightful to see a well-done, well-conceived piece of art on your cover (Sept. 9, 2009). I have grown accustomed to seeing little but the kind of “art” produced by self-proclaimed “artists” who appear to think that anything they put on paper qualifies as art. Veiko Valencia has produced the best cover you have printed in quite a while. Thanks for making Boise Weekly easier on the eyes for at least one week. I look forward to trying to buy this at your next sale of original art covers. —Jerry Outlaw, Eagle

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MAIL THANKS, BOISE On behalf of Janie Harris and myself, I’d like to thank everyone involved with the cancer survivor benefit concert my friends and I staged for her at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise Aug. 22. It was a tremendous success, raising nearly $16,000 for Janie, who faces hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt because her health insurance company ruled her cancer a pre-existing condition and refused to cover it. The widow of my mentor and dear friend—the renowned jazz pianist Gene Harris—Janie has brought so much to the Treasure Valley with her generous support of live music. It was a beautiful thing to see her friends and fans come together and help her through her recovery. The Treasure Valley really knows how to rally around a great cause and a great woman. In addition to all our generous patrons and donors, including the businesses contributing auction items, I’d especially like to thank the evening’s performers, many of whom gave up good-paying gigs on a Saturday night to join us. These talented artists include Cherie Buckner, Billy Mitchell, Harry Lawless, Phil Batt, Bill Cope, John Jones, Pete Petersen, The New Trio, the Frim Fram Fellas, and of course Jim Kassis and Rod Wray, who round out my trio. I’d also like to thank the news media for helping spread the word, the Egyptian Theatre for giving us a more-than-generous discount on the theater rental, Dunkley Music for the beautiful piano, and Jane Naillon and Cody Evans for creating such a wonderful poster. Auctioneer Larry Flynn, publicist Tony Harrison, and sound engineers Craig Campbell and Ken Morton were also invaluable. It is also worth noting Pete Petersen and Seattlebased Pony Boy Records

are putting together a compilation CD that will benefit Janie. The disc is due out in stores this winter. Check my Web site, Pete’s site, or Pony Boy’s for updates. Those who could not attend the concert can always make donations directly to Janie at 5699 Fortress Ct., Boise, ID 83703. Again, thank you all! —Paul Tillotson, Boise

Good grief ... What has happened to my Idaho? I am born and raised in Burley and lately the misinformation and race baiting coming out of Boise leaves me speechless. What sort of nonsense caused you to write this drivel? Perhaps the successes of the tea party folks is getting your kind nervous. Racism? Cow manure. —busterboy, BW Online


I thought this article was very good and an accurate analysis of the racism that exists at the heart of the tea bagger movement. I was shocked by the hateful comments in response to this article. You people are un-American and hate mongers. I love Boise but when I read this type of hate speech I am so glad that I don’t live in Idaho anymore. My town did not hold a tea bagger (KKK) rally thank God. —Beth from Boise, BW Online

Nathaniel Hoffman’s Sept. 12 citydesk post titled “Tea Party Inspired by Racial Fears,” stirred up a hornet’s nest in Boise Weekly’s online comment forum. Here’s a selection of comments from the more than 50 posted as of press time, including this week’s gold star “Comment of the Week” comment. You and Dowd are fools (or worse) to speculate on why someone would want to know the truth about Obama’s citizenship. I want to know, too. I’m not a racist. POTUS is required to be a naturalborn citizen. The same type of COLB document that Obama posted online is available to non-naturalborn citizens (adopted, native, etc). How do we know if he meets the criteria? We don’t. We need to see his long-form or “vault” birth certificate. He works for you and for me. You may not care, but I do. Who are you to say I don’t have an honorable right to know that our POTUS is constitutionally eligible? —Captain Steve, BW Online Hey Captain Steve, Hawaii doesn’t have a long form birth certificate and the entire supposed controversy has been proven false. You probably know that. But his citizenship isn’t actually the issue, is it? You are simply trying to continue to smear Obama for whatever reason. —Elmig, BW Online

COMMENT OF THE WEEK Nathanial [sic], you are such a biased douche. —truthsquad, BW Online Editor’s Note: Tom Tomorrow returns next week.

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BILLCOPE SUBSTITUTE COLUMNIST Cope takes some “me” time Warning: The following piece was written by Robert Berserquierre—aka “Badger Bob”—who is far less concerned than Mr. Cope about how some language and opinions might offend various people in the Boise community. If your sensibilities are particularly delicate when it comes to bad words, or if you have an unusual fondness for the Republican Party, it is suggested you wait for the release of the family version (possibly sponsored by KTVB Channel 7 and hosted by Carolyn Holly). Cope will return next week, or whenever he has recovered from whatever ails him. —“The Editor”


oon as I came down from the hills, I headed for Cope’s house with a bone to pick. What a goof. Supposed to be an opinion writer, and he continually misses the real meat of what’s going on. I was all set to give him one of my level-three tutorials, but his wife answered the door and told me the lazy bastard was still in bed. “He sick or something?” “Bob, he’s depressed,” she says. I always liked her. Any woman who can put up with that snot for 35 years is either a saint or he’s paying her to stick around. And Cope ain’t got that kind of money. “Awfully, awfully depressed. He says he just wants to stay asleep until it’s all over.” “Until what’s all over?” “I don’t know. He won’t say. Maybe if you talked to him ...” Her eyes were dripping desperation. If it hadn’t been for that, I’d have let him rot in his jammies. “Cope! Get your ass out of bed and get moving!” He sat up like something with a lot of legs had crawled across his crotch. “Bob! Y’r back! Thank God! Ooh, I’m so glad. So, so glad. I thought you were maybe gonna stay up in the boonies forever. Hey, Bob, would you write the column this week. I just can’t ... just can’t.” “What the hell’s wrong with you? Writer’s block?” “Oh no, Bob. If only it were that simple. No, God no. There’s too much, not too little. Too, too much. It’s those rotten Republicans. I can’t keep up with them. I just can’t. Just when you think they’ve come up with something as disgusting and stupid and senseless as it can get, they turn around and come up with something even more disgusting and stupid and senseless. It’s too much for me, Bob. A man can only do so much!” He dropped back into a fetal position and hugged his pillow. “Is it that horseshit over Obama’s speech to the kids last week? Or that dumb Carolina turd who called the president a liar?” “It’s both, yeah. Too stupid to stomach, I tell you. But it’s not just those things. It’s everything. Everything they been doing to Obama, Bob. The assholes are doing it for fun! I swear they are. How else can you explain why they’d raise a stink over the president of the United States talking to school kids? Then they have all those retards shouting down speakers at town hall meetings. Or how ’bout the retards showing up at Obama events strapped with guns or the retards who won’t stop comparing Obama to Hitler. Talk about retards! They’re like a gang of middle-school dropouts poking a frog with sharp sticks. Tell me ... how’s a fella supposed to


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respond to all the sludge oozing out of the brains of average teabaggers? ... not to mention what the Republican retards in Congress come up with! Michelle Bachman? ... I mean, Gawd! How does someone like that end up in Congress? Or that Wilson creep? Or nearly all of them, for that matter. If they all belonged to the Jaycees down in Asswipe, Ark., I could believe it. But the Congress of the United States of America? Really? And then, to top it all off, I had to let Red go, so’s I don’t even have a Republican hillbilly sidekick character anymore to explain in his idiot, backwards sort of semi-intelligible way how they can think the way they do!” “C’mon, baby, you knew what kind of vicious little shitheels they were when you got into this business, didn’t you? I thought that’s why you picked up the opinion pen. To fight back.” “Well, yeah, Bob. But there’s so many other things we need to talk about. Important things. Health-care reform. Education reform. Economic reform. Energy reform. Wars, wolves and Walt Minnick. Global warming and continents of plastic floating in the Pacific. Obesity in 10-year-old boys and anorexia in little girls. All that stuff we should be thinking about and talking about and figuring out, and they always manage to turn the topic around to Michelle showing her arms or whether Barack is the Antichrist or not. See what I mean, Bob? It’s like trying to carry on a conversation with a pack of baboons tearing up the next room!” “That’s what I wanted to talk to you about. That why I came over.” “Baboons?” “No. Republicans. You aren’t seeing it like it is, Cope. You’ve got it all backwards. You’re thinking the country isn’t taking proper care of the really big issues because the Republicans always find a way to distract us and lead the media off down Loon Lane. You see them as incidental idiots who always manage to hold up progress on the serious problems. But that’s upside down, Cope. Here’s what you don’t get. The really big issue in this country anymore, the most serious problem anymore, is the Republican Party. They’re running wild, them and their affiliate shitheels like the gun nut NRA goons and the religious hairballs and those greasy pukes at Fox News. And Cope, it goes way beyond them acting like obstructionist jerks like Grassley or mouthy clowns like that Beck character. It goes beyond their stunted politics and their phony outrages. Cope, they’re killing people. Thousands and thousands of people. That’s what you need to be writing about … how the Republicans couldn’t care less that people are dying because of their ideology. People dying because they can’t get health care. People dying because of the dogshit NRA. People dying in the wars they start. Cope, that’s the issue here ... that Republicans have hurt this country more than all its enemies put together. That they have killed more Americans than terrorists could ever hope to. That’s what people need to think about. That’s what you should be writing about.” “Gosh, Bob. If you do my column for next week, is that what you’re gonna say?” “It oughta be said.” “Strong stuff, Bob.” “Truth usually is, Cope.” WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

TEDRALL TO TRIGGER A SINGLEPAYER PUBLIC OPTION Why can’t Democrats talk right? ATLANTA—A poll says that 67 percent of Americans don’t understand President Barack Obama’s health-care plan. I’m one of them. It’s not because I don’t pay attention. I’m a news junkie. Could it be that I’m an idiot? If my insurer offered psychiatric coverage, I could afford to find out. I’m pretty sure, though, that my friends are smart. I asked my publisher, who runs the oldest publisher of graphic novels in the United States, whether he understood what Obama’s “public option” was. He didn’t. I asked a teacher, who earned a masters from an Ivy League school. She didn’t either. I asked a bunch of political cartoonists. Neither did they. Obama’s attempt to reform health care is all but dead; his polls are dropping. How did Obama turn lemonade into battery acid? Obama PR flack David Alexrod tries to explain that “to make choices is to make some unhappy.” GOP strategist Charles Black counters that the president’s popularity and “good will” don’t equate to support for “liberal policies.” I think they’re both wrong. The collapse of ObamaCare is rooted in the problem described by the cognitive linguist George Lakoff: Liberals do a crappy job of communicating to the public. Speaking of which: What is/was this mysterious “public option”? On the left, The Nation magazine says it’s “designed around not making people change their health care if they like what they have.” OK, so that’s what it’s not. What is it? “Instead, there will be rules that insurance companies have to follow to provide better care, and a health insurance exchange, including a public option, for people who don’t have employerprovided care.” A public option is a public option is a public option. How helpful. I rely on words to make a living. I’ve published 14 books. Some have even sold well. “Health-insurance exchange”? WTF? You know what I think? I think this is like that fairy tale about the emperor’s new clothes. I think The Nation doesn’t know what the “public option” is any more than the rest of us. They’re just afraid to admit it. On the right, The National Review says it’s “a government-run insurance plan that will compete with private

“Communist.” “Socialist.” Sure, they’re false and nonsensical. (Nazism and Communism are diametrically opposed ideologies.) But those tag lines are simple. There’s no confusion. Everyone knows what they mean—or thinks they do. Republicans deploy stripped-down phraseology to make unpopular concepts seem palatable: “Peacekeeper missile.” “Shock and awe.” “USA-Patriot Act.” Go ahead, read my mail. Just don’t call me unpatriotic! Right-wingers use complicated terms in order to confuse. Torture becomes “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Killing civilians is “collateral damage.” Democrats, on the other hand, use Republican rhetorical techniques against themselves. It’s truly baffling. Consider American liberals’ preferred solution for health care: “single payer.” It’s been around for years. But what the hell is it? “Single payer” sounds to me like “I have to pay.” Which sucks. I already do that. But “single payer” actually refers to funding source—the government. But “single payer” is not socialized medicine, in which doctors become federal employees. Get it? Me neither. Why not call it something simple, like “free health care”? Yeah, yeah, we’d pay through our taxes—but people understand “free.” Free is easy. Free makes sense. Alas, Democrats seem to be running a contest to be as confusing as possible. Now that the “public option” is dead (which is probably OK, given that it was nonexistent), Democrats are pushing for something called a “health-care trigger.” Huh? Dems say the “trigger” isn’t a death panel. Instead, private insurance companies would have to make their services cheaper within a certain number of years (say, five). If costs stayed high, the U.S. government would then create a ... public option. (Unless Congress, feeding at the trough of insurance company lobbyist money, was persuaded to amend the law between now and then.) “This is the best shot we’ve got for getting a public option,” a House Democratic adviser told UPI. “It’s better than nothing.” Actually, it’s exactly the same as nothing. Except that nothing sounds better. I understand “nothing.”

insurers.” Compete how? For a guy reputed to have a way with words, Obama isn’t adding any clarity. Since the left is talking gibberish, let’s go with the conservative definition of Obama’s “public option.” According to the right, Obama wants to create a U.S. governmentrun insurance company—call it GuvCare— that competes against private insurers in the open marketplace. Again, I may be a moron. But common sense tells me that this GuvCare only makes sense, and will only ease the crisis of out-of-control health-care costs, if it offers cheaper coverage than private companies. If that’s the case, everyone will switch to GuvCare. Goodbye, Aetna. Ciao, HIP. Right? Wrong, says the president. “Why would it drive insurance out of business?” Obama asked in May. “If private insurers say the marketplace provides the best quality health care, why is it the government, which they say can’t run anything, suddenly is going to run them out of business? That’s not logical.” Because, um, GuvCare would be cheaper? And if it’s not cheaper, what’s the point? I don’t think Obama knows what the “public option” is either. Either that, or he’s lying. And he wants us to know he’s lying. Pretty dumb. Lakoff believes the difference between the way liberals and conservatives communicate goes back to how they equate government to the family. Conservatives see the state as a “strict father”—tough love, bear the consequences of your decisions— whereas liberals prefer the “nurturant parent model”—nonjudgmental parents who help their kids out of a jam. I think that’s half the picture. The GOP is effective despite its inherent demographic disadvantages, such as the fact that there are more Democrats than Republicans. This is because conservatives know how to use complicated terms in order to obfuscate and simplistic ones to Ted Rall, president of the Association of promote memes. American Editorial Cartoonists, is author Consider the words and phrases used of the books To Afghanistan and Back and by the right to attack health-care reform. “Death panels.” “Rationing care.” “Nazi.” Silk Road to Ruin.

NOTE Some of you with an actual printed copy of BW in your hands have the new edition of Idaho Arts Quarterly this week, and some of you do not. If you’ve picked up your copy of BW in Sun Valley or downtown Boise, you should have a copy of BW’s quarterly arts journal hot off the presses. If you’re one of the unlucky BW readers who finds yourself sans IAQ in this edition, you can still pick up your copy at one of IAQ’s newly established distribution points, where you’ll find the magazine in its own distribution box. Look for the black boxes at these locations: BWHQ, Boise Art Museum, Boise Co-Op, Rembrandt’s Coffee house in Eagle and Flying M Coffee Garage in Nampa. —Rachael Daigle WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


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CITYDESK HEALTH CARE MOMENTUM On Sept. 9, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to assert his vision for health-care reform and to address the sharp tenor of the national debate. The same night, a panel of health experts and more than 150 citizens gathered in a large meeting room at St. Luke’s in Boise to watch the speech and discuss a way forward. Obama laid out the historic precedent for reforming America’s health-care system going back to Teddy Roosevelt, offered widely agreed upon evidence the system is not working now and put forth a moderate vision of reform for which he claimed broad support. The crowd, including many doctors and hospital workers, reform activists and other members of the public, hung on Obama’s every word and then proceeded to debate his ideas in an orderly and respectful fashion, a far cry from the vitriolic shouting matches displayed at other public meetings and rallies this past summer. Just a week prior, a liberal small-business group called the Main Street Alliance gathered at the Capitol Annex in Boise to advocate for a vague concept of reform. The group of some 100 reform proponents was met by another group of some 50 detractors, shouting down speakers and yelling about Communism and socialism, in the “Obama lies, grandma dies,” vein. Obama addressed the shouting directly in his speech to the nation: “If you misrepresent what is in this plan, we will call you out,” he said. Then he slipped into his preacher cadence, acknowledging that the protesters were correct that the American character is built on rugged individualism and individual liberty. But Obama added that our national character also includes large-heartedness and concern for the plight of others. “The danger of too much government is matched by the peril of too little,” he said. At the close of the speech, the change in the tone of the debate was palpable, though moderator Stephanie Witt, director of Boise State’s Public Policy Center failed to capitalize on the moment by allowing conventional intros by the five panelists. Still, Dr. Lou Schlickman (see Citizen, Page 9), on behalf of Idaho Health Care for All, which organized the panel, argued that Obama was naive to think that reform could be achieved by leaving the private health insurance industry in place. Dr. Gary Krouth, chief medical officer at St. Luke’s, listed seven areas of reform that he felt Obama was ignoring, including the way doctors are paid, the uneven application of procedures and uneven access to doctors and hospitals across the country. And then Dr. Karl Watts, medical director at the Garden City Community Clinic, put it most bluntly: “In all actuality, it is not a system. It’s an industry. It’s an industry of distinct groups of productive enterprises that are independent, fragmented, inefficient, perversely incented and unorganized.” And as BW went to press, the Boise City Council was poised to adopt a resolution asking Congress for health-care reform along the lines of Obama’s proposal. Including a public option. Watch the panel and read the City Council decision on —Nathaniel Hoffman

war in Iraq U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, 4,346 U.S. service members (including 31 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 3,473 in combat and 873 from non-combat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 31,494. In the last week, five U.S. soldiers died. Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 117 soldiers have died. Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 93,096 and 101,596 . Source: COST OF IRAQ WAR: $682,807,738,704 Source:


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hree candidates for Boise City Council are running together on a ticket loosely affiliated with the national Tea Party movement. The three are taking their distaste with the federal government down to a local level, demanding tax cuts, so called “Constitutional values,” and the liquidation of Boise’s redevelopment agency alongside such planks as improved buses and new sidewalks. Daniel Dunham, Lucas Baumbach and Leland Lay have endorsed one another, appear together on an absentee ballot request flier, and the three are campaigning together for the three seats up for election on Nov. 3. All three were at a recent march in downtown Boise, organized by the 9-12 Project of Idaho, a Tea Party spinoff that aligns itself with a list of nine principles and 12 values propagated by the Fox News radio and television personality Glenn Beck. Dunham is working toward another related effort, the “Continental Congress 2009,” that promises later this year a national debate on alleged abuses of the U.S. Constitution. “I’m watching everything that’s kind of socialistic in flavor and anti-American in purpose,” said Dunham, a businessman with some real estate and development experience, who has returned to Boise State for a masters degree program in Health Sciences. Lay, an excavation contractor who says he has “experience seeing and dealing with government abuses and infringements of individual liberties,” wants to equalize infrastructure to create a more competitive work environment, lower taxes and bring more businesses to Boise. Lay served on the public relations committee for the 9-12 march. And Baumbach, a painting contractor, says it was the removal of the 10 Commandments monument from Julia Davis Park in 2004 that first politicized him. “When I first moved to the City of Boise, the first thing that happened is they ripped the 10 Commandments out of the ground,” Baumbach said. “It really turned me off and tuned me in.”

Jim Tibbs, the council’s most conservative member. TJ Thomson, an Idaho Power auditor and former Boise State student body president who was one of President Barack Obama’s most visible supporters in Idaho, has been campaigning for the seat for months. “I think we’re on the right track, but there is room for improvement. Some areas are not getting a lot of focus,” said Thomson. David Litster, a former student body president at Brigham Young University with an MBA from Harvard Business School, is also seeking Tibbs’ seat. He has worked across the country as a commercial real estate developer and feels he can assist Boise by cutting unnecessary expenditures and looking for ways to consolidate resources between the city and Ada County. “One thing I want to take a hard look at is how the city is spending LELAND LAY our tax dollars in these times. I feel that my business background and experience will lend itself well,” said Litster. Steven Siebers, a former military man with a degree in information systems security who became active in the Ada County Republican Party during the 2008 elections, is also fervently opposed to the streetcar, which he considers government waste. “I don’t believe Boise is big enough to support a rail system or trolley. To me, this is a big hole that we will drop money into that we don’t need to in this economy,” said Siebers. Litster opposes the trolley as an unnecessary burden on local business owners. Thomson has not yet taken a stance on the trolley, and is waiting to speak with business and community leaders first, although he advocates strengthening the existing bus system and establishing a light rail system. Lay, who is strongly opposed to a trolley, proposes a different approach to regional transportation. Rather than a new light rail system, his idea is to outfit existing buses with the equipment to also run on Union Pacific train tracks, providing an alternative means between Nampa and Boise, which he says could be done at a lower cost than light rail.


Baumbach is challenging Council President Maryanne Jordan, who seeks her third term, and former small business owner and Dunham is running against incumbent Vern Bisterfeldt and Boise State political science student David Webb. challenger David A. “Pappy” Honey, who has sought the office Baumbach has already taken on the city for combining precincts three times in the past. in more conservative parts of town. Deputy Dunham, who also ran for the city clerk Wendy Burrows-Johnson said Idaho Legislature in 2006, has been that 10 precincts have been combined in an anti-annexation activist since the order to save money. city swallowed up his property “We’ve been combining precincts five years ago. He promises to ever since I’ve been working here,” halt annexations until people she said. already in Boise have things like But Baumbach argues the closidewalks. sures, including precinct 92 with 942 Bisterfeldt, who retired from registered voters and 96 with 831 the Boise Police Department, voters both being merged with 93, then retired from the Ada which already has 1,062 voters, were County Commission after five politically motivated. terms, was also angered when “I don’t think that you should save the city annexed him, spurring money by disenfranchising people,” his first run for City Council. Baumbach said. “I’m still not no fan of anAfter Baumbach’s initial comLUCAS BAUMBACH nexation,” Bisterfeldt said, adding plaint, which was posted on the Boise DANIEL DUNHAM that he’ll approve annexation on new Guardian blog, the city changed its development, but has a high bar for precinct list. taking county residents into city limits. Baumbach challenges Bieter, and by extension Jordan, on a But Mayor Dave Bieter’s proposal for a downtown streetcar is number of issues, chief among them the trolley. the major issue for nearly every challenger in this race. “He’s willing to stand on trolleys and all kinds of ideas that are Honey, an auto parts salesman and self-described “old, bald guy strange for a city the size of Boise,” Baumbach said. with tattoos” who counts Bisterfeldt as a friend, said many people Jordan said the streetcar will bring good development to downin Boise oppose the trolley. town, particularly the western side of downtown. And she said the “He’s trying to push it through without the vote of the people,” city did make cuts this year, including layoffs. Honey said. “We’ve already got feet, we’ve already got bus service, “It’s always easy to just rail against something. It’s another what the hell do we need a trolley for?” thing entirely to provide services and make it fit within a limited Bisterfeldt, who approved the city seeking federal funding for budget,” she said. the trolley, said he is still not sold on the plan. Webb, 27, said he will represent the younger demographic, though he acknowledges he doesn’t know a lot about the mayor or COUNCIL SEAT 4 city policies. Lay is in a four-way race for the open seat being vacated by “It doesn’t seem like the policies benefit students,” he said.




Dr. Lou Schlickman likes to talk about our socialist highways and schools and police and fire. It’s part of his PowerPoint presentation on health-care reform. Schlickman, a Meridian internist, is a spokesman for Idaho Health Care for All, a group pushing for single-payer health care, or what he calls Medicare for All. Single payer would create one large government insurance company, similar to Medicare, replacing most of the private health insurance industry. Advocates argue this would reduce the cost of insurance through pooling and the elimination of administrative waste and the profit motive. Schlickman is from Rockford, Ill., went to Rush Medical College in Chicago and has been in private practice since 1998.

and even though it’s got its problems, you know it’s a really great system because there’s 63-year-olds who won’t do anything until they’re on Medicare. You try to take Medicare away from the country and see what happens. There will be a riot. I had a guy with blood in the stool, and he was 63 and he didn’t want to do the colonoscopy until he was 65. Most of the time blood in the stool is not going to be anything deadly, but sometimes it’s cancer, and if he waits two years, it could be too late to cure him, so he puts that off till he’s 65. Why? Because he’s going to get Medicare. That’s a bastion of hope for these people.

Do you help figure out people’s benefits? They can call and try to figure it out Why did you become a doctor? from their insurance, but often times they Well, that’s strange. I was younger, and can’t get an answer from the insurance somebody said I was smart enough to because the insurance has all these cryptic become a doctor. I think I probably would procedures they follow. You know, “You’re have gone into teaching or something if I approved for elective gall bladder surgery.” couldn’t do that. Thought I would do OBGo down two paragraphs: “This is not a GYN, didn’t like the hours. I wasn’t really guarantee of payment of benefits.” What sure I liked my career choice until I went to does that mean? You’re approved, but we the Air Force base in Mountain Home and don’t guarantee to pay. And that’s their started taking care of my patients. sneaky way of saying, hey, if you get this expensive surgery and later we find out you When did you realize everything was not didn’t tell the truth on your application, right with the medical system? we’ll deny the payment. And those are the Finally getting out of the Air Force and examples you heard in Obama’s speech. going into practice, seeing the frustration Acne and asymptomatic gallstones. of taking care of all of these Medicare people who are the most challenging, the Anything new in Obama’s speech? most time-consuming patient population He’s a great speaker. He is very motivatand yet we get reimbursed the least amount ing and very inspiring and he hits it right of money for. The only way to sort of on the head what the problems are, and he subsidize your practice is to try to drum touches on some of the important comup business otherwise through procedures, ponents of a solution. But I think where whether you need ’em or not. everybody in Washington falls short is thinking that all we need is insurance reDo you find yourself doing that? form. We need health-care reform. We need Well, I try to stay away from that, but to figure out where the waste is so that of course, you’ve got to wonder how much we can redirect our financial resources to you might be influenced to do something actually provide care, not figure out ways just because you know it’s going to pay to deny care. more. I do EGDs [upper endoscopy] and When you buy a car, if you go through colonoscopies on non-complicated cases Costco, who brokers you a better deal, because it’s a procedural skill and it reimyou’re not getting less car because you go burses higher. You try to do the right thing, through Costco. Costco doesn’t make more and financially, you get penalized for it. money because they allowed you to buy a Cadillac and then stripped it of all of its How would single payer look different features. from Medicare? You can call it whatever you want. The You can buy a car at Costco? whole purpose of saying “Medicare For You can buy a car through Costco; they All” is to make people understand that, have a purchasing program. That’s how hey, there’s already this really great system I got my Ford Escape hybrid. Put hybrid




down ... see how much socialist, Communist banter ... Insurance companies penalize you under the guise of options, free market, more choice. Give me an example of how a single payer would contain costs. You got asthma, you get a cold, you don’t go get treated, you don’t take your inhalers, you end up with bronchitis, you think you’ll get over it, you can’t see the doctor, you don’t want to go wait six hours in the ER. The next thing you know, you’ve got pneumonia. You’re just about dead and the ambulance gets you, takes you to the ER, puts you on a vent, you’re in the ICU for two weeks. That costs $50,000 to $100,000. If we just would have paid for that person to have primary care, they could have been fixed long ago—when they just got bronchitis—in the doctor’s office for $50. It’s the same concept with illegal immigrants. You can tout how you just do not want to pay for their care, but unless you can follow through and stare this dying person in the eye and say, “You know, you’re an illegal immigrant, we’re not going to care for you, you just have to die over in the corner.” We don’t do that. How do your colleagues view your position on this? It’s variable. And part of the reason you’re going to see the high variance is because whether it’s single payer or public option, you’re going to find that people who make more money with procedures aren’t as happy about reform. People who make far less money because of their primary care, cognitive base work are going to be much more interested in reform. People who see more of the indigent and Medicaid and Medicare population are going to see the value of reform. Full interview at


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TRUECRIME BY JAY VAIL This is the place, Boise, Idaho. We live here ... we’re Boiseans. The stories you are about to read are true.

BOOZE, PUNCH FACTORS IN BOISEAN’S DEATH Noah Hopper is dead. The 26-year-old Boisean died Sept. 8, of injuries that raised the suspicions of doctors, who called the Boise Police Department. Investigators found that Hopper and at least two acquaintances had apparently been drinking at the Julia Davis Park bandshell late Sunday night, Sept. 6, into early Monday morning. Somewhere around the 2 a.m. hour, Hopper was allegedly punched in the face by one of his drinking buddies. Police identified the puncher as Joshua Luman Joshua Luman, also 26 years old, and also of Boise. The punch allegedly felled Hopper, who injured his head in the fall. Police reports say Hopper’s acquaintances, including Luman, took the injured man to a Boise home. At about 5 p.m. that Monday, Luman and other acquaintances took the unconscious victim to the hospital after failing to waken him. Hopper was pronounced dead the following morning. Luman was originally charged with seconddegree murder. But county prosecutors downgraded that to involuntary manslaughter at Luman’s Sept. 9 arraignment. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Sept. 23. Involuntary manslaughter carries a prison term of up to 10 years. In an obituary published on Sept. 11, in the Idaho Statesman, Hopper was remembered as being full of love—for composing and producing music; for all sports, but especially basketball; for the East Coast, his second home; and for spending time at the ocean. He also left behind his “reason for living,” a young son. Hopper graduated from Mountain Home High School and planned to attend Boise State.


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BOOZING LEADS TO SPATE OF ARRESTS, CITATIONS If the above tragedy isn’t enough to sober you up, try these statistics: 200: the number of traffic stops made by DUI Task Force officers overnight on Saturday, Sept. 5, in Boise. 21: the number of DUI arrests made that night. 154: the number of open-container citations issued before, during and after the Sept. 4 Boise State-Oregon game. 18: the number of minors ticketed for illegal consumption of alcohol before, during and after the game. 4: the number of sports fans cited for urinating in public. 2: the number of game-related DUI arrests. 4: the number of other alcohol-related arrests made at the game. After years of proactive drunken-driving campaigns, alcohol abuse is still bad enough that Boise Police felt compelled to form another task force with Nampa, Caldwell and Idaho State police departments.

ALLEGED BURGLAR NABBED AT RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT Another teenaged girl lands behind bars after allegedly losing control of her sticky fingers in a retail setting. BPD dispatched officers to a store on the 5200 block of West Franklin on Sept. 9 at about 4 p.m. That’s when loss-prevention employees called to say they’d watched a woman conceal goods and leave the store without coughing up the cash owed. Besides the pilfered goods, a subsequent search of the 18-year-old Mountain Home resident allegedly turned up what investigators described as a “controlled-substance pill.” Unfortunately for her, the requisite prescription was not to be found. The result? Two felony charges, one for burglary and another for possession of a prescription medication. Note to shoplifters: Leave your stash at home so that when you get caught, you’ll face only one felony charge instead of two. Tell BW your true crime stories. E-mail



Snake 30 years of Snake River Alliance campaigning










n the early morning hours of March 28, 1979, the nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania began to melt. A few months later—the precise date is now lost to the baby boomer minds that were there—the Snake River Alliance was born in Boise. It was sometime in the spring, before Boise State let out for the summer. Ron Rose and Kevin Welch, from Emmett, had taken out a classified ad in the Idaho Statesman, calling a meeting at Julia Davis Park, recalls Diane Jones. At the same exact time, a separate meeting had been arranged on campus. Jones—who half-jokingly calls the coincidence a “cosmic vortex”—knew about both, so she took the handful of people at the campus meeting over the Boise River to a bench at Julia Davis. The seven people around that bench held the first-ever Snake River Alliance meeting. This year is the group’s 30th watchdogging the Idaho National Lab and Idaho’s role in nuclear research, waste and weapons. The accident at Three Mile Island invigorated anti-nuclear groups across the country, giving new confidence to those who


had predicted a meltdown. And while many involved in Idaho were concerned about pollution and nuclear proliferation, it was a dry, voluminous study on radioactive contaminants migrating through the Snake River aquifer that first informed Idaho’s homegrown anti-nuke movement. Kerry Cooke, who ran the alliance in the ’90s and now serves as treasurer of its board of directors, moved to Star in 1979. Soon after, she read an article citing Snake River Alliance revelations that the government nuclear laboratory near Idaho Falls had been injecting radioactive water into a deep well beneath the Snake River plain. “I didn’t know where my water came from,” Cooke said. “I started worrying about my daughter drinking the water.” Cooke drove in to Boise and left a donation for the Snake River Alliance at one of its early offices in the Idaho Building on Eighth and Bannock streets. While founded on the strength of this environmental concern, the Snake River Alliance has never been primarily an environmental group. It was not strictly an anti-war group either, though many members were ardent pacifists. It had

many ties to national anti-nuclear organizations, but was led by enlightened and eccentric farm boys from Nampa and the Magic Valley, pacifists from Ketchum and people like Cooke, who took their concerns as citizens and acted on them. And, unlike many Eastern Seaboard anti-nuclear groups, the Snake River Alliance was not even overtly opposed to nuclear power, at least for its first two-and-a-half decades. While it does not fit into a neat category, the alliance was a unique hub of leftist politics in Idaho through the ’80s and ’90s. As it carved its own course through the uncharted waters of the Nuclear Age and the Cold War, the alliance drew activists from across Idaho, becoming a center of protest in the state, uniting a core group of environmentalists, pacifists, church goers and folks who lived “in the shadows of” INL. “For so long, the Snake River Alliance was the center of activism in the city, and probably the state as well,” said Roger Sherman, who moved from upstate New York to Burley in 1979 to work as a community organizer, and quickly became involved in the alliance’s anti-nuclear work. Today, the alliance, with a nod to its roots, keeps tabs on


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Snake River Alliance founding member Dorian DufďŹ n, “catchingâ€? a nuke.

nuclear waste in Idaho and opposes nuclear weapons. But it has expanded its mission to include promoting alternative sources of energy and acting as a repository of information on energy conservation. “I think that our work does look a little different,â€? said Andrea Shipley, the alliance’s current executive director. Eschewing its former radical image, Shipley said they are working more and more with the Legislature and Idaho’s OfďŹ ce of Energy Resources. “We’re taking on the identity of Idaho’s clean energy advocate,â€? Shipley said.

The alliance interviewed state radiologist Gerald Ramsey and published the interview in its newspaper, The Idaho Sun, in the spring of 1982. By 1989, the lab decided to use holding ponds—a still imperfect containment—instead of releasing the waste directly into the ground. Barraclough, who takes much of the credit for ending the practice, calls the alliance’s activist approach “ham ďŹ sted.â€? He said his methodical documentation gave the lab enough incentive to reduce the waste on its own. But the alliance counts ending the injection of radioactive waste into the groundwater as one of its ďŹ rst successes and the campaign that hirty years ago, the Snake River Alliput them on the lab’s radar. ance had a much gloomier message. “They paid a lot of attention to us early “When people of my generaon,â€? said DufďŹ n. “They had spies.â€? tion were growing up, we actually thought One of the ďŹ rst alliance ofďŹ ces was in a about nuclear weapons a lot,â€? said Beatrice house on Harrison Boulevard, and federal Brailsford, the alliance’s longest serving agents would sit across the street and watch staffer, who still works for the group out of their comings and goings, he recalled. Pocatello. “We knew people who had bomb Nick Nichols, who retired eight years ago shelters.â€? from his job as the media relations director Brailsford, originally from Buhl, said she for the INL, remembered the early days of the never was comfortable with nuclear weapons. alliance as well. But Dorian DufďŹ n, 57, one of the alliance’s “I don’t remember anyone really raising founding members, grew up in the Rupert area environmental issues at the time,â€? Nichols next door to a nuclear submarine captain, a said. “It was something new for us.â€? god-like ďŹ gure to the boys in the neighborAt that time, Nichols was an editor at the hood. Idaho State Journal in Pocatello. He rememOne of the original functions of INL, which bers Liz Paul, the alliance’s ďŹ rst ofďŹ cial execuhas had several names over the years, was to tive director, coming in to talk about the lab. train America’s nuclear Navy personnel. “They raised some issues then that caused “This was a huge thing to us; it was cool,â€? us to more closely examine the safety of that said DufďŹ n, who painted houses and worked material being stored out at the site,â€? said as a handyman when he wasn’t working on Nichols. “We looked into it ... we were satisnuclear issues. ďŹ ed they were doing a good job storing the DufďŹ n served in the military and later solid waste.â€? entered Boise State, studying geology when Others who worked within the nuclear lab he came across research by Jack Barraclough, complex also recognize the role citizen groups a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist who like the alliance played in opening up some of went on to serve in the Idaho Legislature. the longtime secrecy of the government labs. Barraclough documented the lab’s injection of “The Snake River Alliance and a number of radioactive water into the aquifer for nearly other environmental groups across the country 20 years, measuring how far the pollutants were very instrumental in saying, ‘we want a traveled and how concentrated they were voice in the cleanup ... and we have a right to when they spilled into the Snake River. be informed,’â€? said Brad Bugger, also a former The data had been collected—and made State Journal reporter and INL spokesman public—for some 15 years before the alliance who now works at the Department of Energy’s seized on the research and raised public ire Idaho ofďŹ ces. for the practice. One of the group’s ďŹ rst major In the mid-80s the Department of Energy actions took place on Sept. 13, 1980, a day was forced to comply with federal hazardous of protest at what was then called the Idaho waste laws for the ďŹ rst time, giving groups like National Engineering Laboratory. the alliance and the states more oversight and They called it Idaho Eclipse, and the event access to information. featured journalist/activist Sam Day. It was “It’s amazing how much we could ďŹ gure billed as “a gathering with music, theater and out,â€? Brailsford said, adding that one lab sharing of information,â€? and took place at the cleanup worker told her they knew stuff about lab, about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls. the waste before he knew about it. The alliance pushed the issue of the injecs the alliance pushed the groundwater tion wells, getting the state to investigate the issue, members also started to talk practice. Barraclough said that at about the about other forms of nuclear waste same time the state started monitoring the inand to parade victims of radiation across the jections itself, hiring a radiologist who would state. They put together a program about the follow him to the test sites and take his own samples; Barraclough and the lab people called fears of children growing up during the Cold War. In 1982, the alliance attempted to run a him the state spy.

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ballot initiative to step up state monitoring of The New York Times covered the public waste at the lab. hearings for SIS, which the alliance packed But during this early period, the organizawith hundreds of its supporters. The Los Antion was mostly volunteer-run. One early grant geles Times did a “Column One” feature on from a foundation in Eugene, Ore., amounted Paul and how the alliance helped beat SIS. to $800 or $900, Cooke recalled. A 1981 UniIdaho Sens. Steve Symms and Jim McClure versity News story put the alliance’s annual both wanted the SIS program brought to budget at $10,000. Idaho Falls. Cooke was a single mother, and though McClure charged, in a 1989 Statesman she had a handful of day jobs—she was a story at the time of the alliance’s 10th annisecretary in a City Hall office and ran former versary, that the group was a “radical fringe” state Sen. Mike Burkett’s successful 1988 upset group, “initiated by, and is the product of paid against Sen. Jim Risch—her kids had duct tape efforts from people outside this state. It’s not holding their glasses together. an independent activity that just kind of grew “It was really stupid that I was doing this,” up out of the sagebrush.” Cooke said. “I should have gotten a real job Pat Ford, an early director of the Idaho with benefits.” Conservation League, agreed in the Statesman The group raised money at both rock and article that the alliance was radical, particuclassical concerts. And they charged $3 a larly in Idaho Falls, but not fringe. And Walt head for monthly community dinners, which Minnick, now a Democratic congressman became epic gatherings in the activist comfrom Idaho’s First District, said the term “radimunity. Two hundred people would come cal fringe” was “a mischaracterization, unfair to the dinners to hear speakers like Earth to a group of very dedicated people.” First! founders Dave Foreman and Howie The group was subject to criticism that it Wolke and entertainment from musicians like was not radical enough as well. Twin Falls folk singer Faith Petric. Members signed up anti-nuclear activist Peter Rickards said in the to bring desserts, to set up, serve and wash same story, 20 years ago, that the group was dishes. Duffin was in charge of the beer. not “pushing political pressure buttons to get “It really was—for a long time—the center waste cleaned up.” of the activist world,” Sherman said. Cooke responded that they would not The alliance held an epic concert at the old advocate cleanup at the expense of opposing gym at Boise nuclear buildState in 1981, up in the called Water form of SIS. for Life, which Rickards sold out in 20 continues minutes. Jackto criticize son Browne the alliance’s and Bonnie tactics and Raitt played research and Carole today. King closed “Bethe show with cause of the “Locomosuperficial tion.” understandThe alliance ing of the worked with Snake River American Alliance and Indian Movethe media, ment activist the promise John Trudell, to remove all from the Duck of the buried Valley Indian plutonium is Reservation, being broken One of Snake River Alliance’s many demonstrations. before our to bring the concert eyes right series to Boise. now,” RickTrudell spoke at the concert and the late Duck ards told BW. Valley elder Corbin Harney impressed alliance In 1990, SIS was eliminated from President organizers with a vision he had of unusable George H.W. Bush’s budget. The alliance water, tainted with nuclear waste. celebrated the victory, but Paul says now there “I’m agains’ the nuke,” Mike Jones recalled were many factors that led to its demise. Harney telling the planning group before the “The end of the Cold War helped,” she show. said, as did the excess of plutonium stores. In 1984, King helped the cause again, with Later in the ’90s, the alliance fought a concert at Boise High School, in which she another group of weapons-grade reactors, the sang “One Small Voice.” That was the weekNew Production Reactor. But by then, waste end folk singer Rosalie Sorrels moved back to issues were highly publicized in Idaho, and Idaho. the lab had been declared a Superfund waste cleanup site. or some time, the alliance had been In 1988, then-Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus trying to make the connection between stopped waste shipment from the Rocky Flats nuclear waste in Idaho and nuclear Plant near Denver from coming into Idaho. weapons. The Twin Falls Times-News also started “Every time they stepped on the throttle of to look into waste at INL, producing a series a nuclear sub, the exhaust came out in Idaho,” of investigative articles in 1989 exposing the Duffin said. types of radioactive waste being dumped But in 1986, the Department of Energy in the desert outside of Idaho Falls: tons of made the connection even clearer. A new reac- radioactive animal feces, 200 tons of uranium tor that used lasers to produce plutonium for and a railroad tanker car of highly radioactive nuclear warheads, the Special Isotope Separa- liquid waste leaked from corroded steel pipes. tor reactor, was proposed for INL. The series also exposed a plume of radioactive To that point, the site’s 52 reactors had iodine gas released in a 1961 explosion that been used primarily for research purposes. settled over the Magic Valley, among many This would be the first explicit use of the other frightening items. Idaho lab for weapons production. Then-reporter Niels Nokkentved got the Paul put together a project called Lifeguard information through Freedom of InformaIdaho, which took the feds by surprise. tion Act requests and wrote the series, even “They had to do NEPA [an environmental traveling to Michigan to recount the concrete impact statement] on this, so we just blew the burial of a man there who had been exposed whole thing out into public scrutiny,” Paul to radiation. said. “We pushed it out of the shadows into “They would inspire me to dig a bit deeper the really bright spotlights.” rather than accept news releases from the




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The alliance was grassroots from the start, painting signs and using political theater to make a point.

Department of Energy,” Nokkentved said of the Snake River Alliance. He would frequently call Brailsford to get more background on announcements coming out of the lab. People who lived in the area would criticize the alliance in public but in private, acknowledged they were right, Nokkentved said. One anonymous lab worker would call him and confirm stories after the Times-News published them. The alliance prided itself on research, filing Freedom of Information Act requests and sharing the findings with journalists. “We could issue a press release and the Statesman would actually write a story,” said Jones. “We were research and outreach,” recalled Mike Jones, who is married to Diane Jones and printed many of the alliance’s early posters on a silk screen machine in his basement. “We came close to civil disobedience.”

“But I didn’t feel like I had all the information to communicate that.” Even in the early ’80s, alliance members were drawn to alternative energy. A small ad in a 1981 copy of the Idaho Sun gives a number for the Solar Energy Association of Idaho. Cooke said they were so busy fighting nuclear weapons at the lab, they did not have time to work on wind and solar. Maxand hired an energy policy director in 2007. Ken Miller came from the Northwest Energy Coalition and had been promoting alternative energy in Idaho for years. Some members of the group’s board were worried about losing focus, or mission drift. Paul said that in decades past, the alliance had courted INL scientists who wanted their research to be used to solve the energy crisis but were aghast at the lab’s flirtations with nuclear weapons. But when Maxand asked her about moving into green energy some years after she had left the alliance, Paul fully backed it. ow close the alliance came to civil Gary Richardson, who ran the Snake River disobedience is a matter of percepalliance before Maxand, was not as enthusition. Shipley asserted that no Snake astic. River Alliance actions had ended in arrests. “Currently, the alliance is going much more But group members blocked traffic in front of into the energy stuff, which doesn’t thrill me,” Boise City Hall and the Idaho Statehouse in Richardson said. “I just think the focus should the ’80s, dropping casks of fake nuclear waste still be on forcing the government to clean up in the street and marching in radiation suits. the mess out there.” They encouraged members to find shipments But Richardson also represents a widely of nuclear material on trucks and trains and held view that nuclear power could be one send in photos of themselves with the stuff— way out of the impending peak oil crisis. they called it “Catch a Nuke.” Maxand disagreed and set about studying And at least one active member was the issue. arrested multiple times protesting nuclear “I am 100 percent or more absolutely shipments. certain that we have enough renewable energy In 1991, Bill Chisholm, an activist from in the United States to do everything we need Buhl, temporarily blocked a truck hauling to do and more,” he said. nuclear waste through Pocatello. A year later, Andrea Shipley, who took over after Maxhe was arrested for dumping a can of red paint and left, embraces the renewables route as on a train hauling waste to the lab. well, though the nuclear industry continues to “I couldn’t figure out how I was going tout a “nuclear renaissance” that is both green to stop the train,” Chisholm said. “My idea and safe. [was] to mark the thing with red paint.” “I think INL is more excited about the Chisholm said that throwing the paint was prospect of this ‘nuclear renaissance,’” his idea, not the Snake River Alliance’s. But Brailsford said. “Which is far more problemhe was also an active member of the alliance. atic than I think the people in Eastern Idaho Others were present as well, protesting the realize.” waste shipment with signs and silent vigils. n the past two years, the Snake River Al“We got really heavy into anti-war,” Mike liance has fought a private nuclear power Jones said. plant, most recently proposed for Elmore After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the alliCounty, testifying against it at public meetings ance organized peace marches with the Idaho and attempting to drum up opposition in the Peace Coalition, a pacifist group led by Liz public and the media. The group is also prePaul. paring its campaign against Areva, a French n late 2005, the alliance began discussing nuclear utility that wants to reprocess nuclear broadening its mission. Jeremy Maxand, waste in Eastern Idaho. then executive director, wanted to offer They will launch the anti-Areva campaign solutions, rather than just fight against nuclear at an Oct. 10 reunion community dinner at waste and initiatives at the lab. the Basque Center to celebrate their 30th year. “I knew in my gut that there was probably “Our program isn’t completely put toenough clean energy out there,” said Maxand, gether,” Shipley said. “Which is so 30 years who now owns a coffee roastery in Alaska. ago.”





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Caldwell Fine Arts opens its 48th season with the sweet sounds of College of Idaho artists-in-residence the Langroise Trio performing pieces composed by Idaho legend Jim Cockey. The Langroise Trio, accompanied by tenor Corey McKnight for this performance, has toured all around the country, including a stop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Other performers gracing the stage for the show include soprano Mari Jo Tynon, organist Sean Rogers and pianists Paul Moulton, Robyn Wells and Lisa Derry. 7:30 p.m., $10-12 adult; $6-8 student, Caldwell Fine Arts, 12112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405,

Seeing The Wizard of Oz on the big screen in high definition has to be considerably more Oz-some than seeing it in reg-def. Add to that a special introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, a showing of the behind-the-scenes documentary To Oz! The Making of a Classic with archival interviews and musical outtakes, and an exclusive clip of the scarecrow, Ray Bolger, getting his groove on in high definition, and it sounds like a pretty big night for Wiz-heads. In celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary, the screenings take place in 440 movie theaters across the country. In Boise, follow the yellow brick road to Edwards 22 for the one-night-only special screening. 7 p.m., $10, Edwards 21 and IMAX, 7709 Overland Road, 208-3779603,


FALL ALLERGENS IN IDAHO 1. annual ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) 2. douglas’ wormwood (Artemisia douglasiana) 3. flat-spine burr-ragweed (Ambrosia acanthicarpa) 4. oldman (Artemisia absinthium) 5. white sagebrush (Artemisia ludoviciana) 6. prairie koeler’s grass (Koeleria macrantha) 7. spreading bent (Agrostis stolonifera) —Source:

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Turning the big 3-0 this year, the Hyde Park Street Fair has had a front row seat for the past three decades of North End evolution. Though property values might have skyrocketed in the area, the price for admission to this North End tradition has stayed the same—free. With an assortment of vendors—offering beer, fried morsels and more turquoise and hemp jewelry than you could ever fit on your body— the Hyde Park Street Fair gives North Enders a chance to kick around the Hacky Sack with their neighbors and non-North Enders the chance to study hippies in their natural environment. Kicking off their fall tour, headliners Built to Spill are scheduled to perform at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. Other acts kicking out the jams on Friday are La Knots, Kris Doty, Kamphire Collective and Disco Doom. Saturday’s music lineup includes Chris Gutierrez, Jimmy Bivens, Rebecca Scott, Audio Moonshine, Sherpa and Hoi Polloi; Sunday features the Ben Burdick Trio, The Heard, Bill Coffey and Pinto Bennett. Friday, Sept. 18, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE, Camel’s Back Park, 1200 Heron St.,

19 SATURDAY AUTISM AWARENESS With autism estimated to occur in one in 150 people, there’s a good chance that you know someone who is affected by this complex developmental disability. Help raise autism awareness by strapping on your running shoes and jog down to the park to show support for a parent-run volunteer advocacy group during the Treasure Valley Chapter of the Autism Society of America’s 5K run/walk. At 9 a.m. the kids’ race takes off, followed by the 5K race at 9:15 a.m., and at 9:30 a.m., the 2.5-mile family stroll gets rolling. With the early registration deadline already passed, late or on-site registration will only cost you five bucks more. Participants who raise $50 for autism education in Idaho receive free entry to the race. 9 a.m., $27, Veteran’s Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, entry forms are available at or by calling 208-336-5676. For more information, e-mail asatvc.autism@ The Langroise Trio is poised and ready to perform the College of Idaho Showcase with special guests.


19 SATURDAY BETTING ON A NEW BEGINNING Though gambling might seem like an odd show of support for Boise’s ever-expanding refugee community, the Boise chapter of the International Rescue Committee is encouraging you to throw on your lucky tux and win baby that new pair of shoes. The IRC is hosting Betting on a New Beginning, a fundraiser to raise some much needed dough to assist refugee resettlement in Boise. For $50, or $75 at the door, you can munch on hors d’oeuvres, sip fancy cocktails and gamble away $1,000 worth of playing chips while waiting to see if you snagged top raffle prizes like whale watching in Alaska or a McCall getaway. If gambling isn’t your forte, the IRC is always in need of volunteers to assist in a variety of capacities to help resettle refugees. To learn about current volunteer opportunities, e-mail 7-10 p.m., $50 adv., $75 door, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-344-1792,



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wednesday ON STAGE ELEPHANT ENGINE HIGH DIVE REVIVAL— Part theater experience and part spoken-word performance, the stars of the show include Buddy Wakefield, Anis Mojgani, Derrick Brown and Shira Erlichman, with special guests Mike McGee, Andrea Gibson, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Robbie Q, Sonya Renee and Mindy Nettifee. 8 p.m., $10, Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200. A TUNA CHRISTMAS—The Fool Squad—Joe and Tom—take on the roles of more than 20 characters for this play set in a small Texas town called Tuna. With only 24 hours to go before Christmas, the townspeople attempt to deal with all the seasonal traumas that come along with the holidays. 7:30 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208336-9221,

FOOD & DRINK IDAHO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS LUNCHEON—The topic is The Role Casting Directors Play with speakers Andrea Fazzini, Catrine McGregor and Tamara Green. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $10 for lunch, www. Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887.

ART ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests receive free admission plus a docent-led talk on “Devorah Sperber: Threads of Perception.” 2 p.m., FREE, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-3458330, www.boiseartmuseum. org.

LITERATURE BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP—Join a group of successful and aspiring nonfiction writers who learn from guest speakers and from each other through discussion and critique. Contact for location. Third Wednesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m., FREE, Writers.html.

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.

KIDS & TEENS BABY SIGN LANGUAGE—Space is limited; sign up by calling 208-472-2941 or 208-4722944. 10 a.m., FREE, Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940.

ODDS & ENDS 9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS—Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484, BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Pizza Company, 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-362-7702. LAUNCH PAD BUSINESS BUILDING—Visual Lounge presents the inaugural Launch Pad Business Building event providing business owners with clear and actionable strategies for increasing revenues, decreasing marketing costs and gaining market share—all using the Internet and its immense reach. Sign up at bootcamp. 5:30-8 p.m., FREE, 208-938-3717. Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Stierman Way, Eagle, www.eaglepubliclibrary. org. TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM—The program doesn’t pressure a smoker to quit. Just learn how to quit during classes led by Nancy Caspersen, RN, tobacco cessation specialist. Call 208-342-0308 to enroll. Through Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m., FREE, West Valley Medical Center, 1717 Arlington, Caldwell.


thursday FESTIVALS & EVENTS HELPFUL HAPPY HOUR—The event with both live and silent auctions is a fundraiser for Camp Rainbow, a camp for seriously ill children where they can set their trouble aside and have a good time camping. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $10, www.camprainbow. com. The Water front at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise. THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET—4-8 p.m., Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, www.

FOOD & DRINK HALFWAY TO ST. PATTY’S DAY—Three restaurant/bars are hosting the Halfway to St. Patty’s Day with food and drink specials and per formances by Idaho’s oldest and largest bagpipe band, the Boise Highlanders. The action begins at Rick’s Press Room at 6 p.m. (130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0558); continues around the corner at The Busted Shovel at 7 p.m. (704 W. Main St., Meridian) and then moves into Boise at Quinn’s, 1005 S. Vista Ave., 208-288-2217,

ON STAGE SWEET CHARITY—Charity Hope Valentine, a character made famous by Shirley MacLaine in the movie version of the Broadway musical, is a girl who will do anything to get what she wants. In fact, Charity wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. 7:30 p.m., $15 adult, $14 senior and student; $20 door, 208-468-2385, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa. A TUNA CHRISTMAS—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

CONCERTS IDAHO SHOWCASE— The 48th season of the Caldwell Fine Arts series begins with Idaho Showcase featuring the Langroise Trio and tenor Corey McKnight, per forming music by Idaho composer Jim Cockey. See Page 15. 7:30 p.m., $10-$12 adults, $6-$8 students, 208-459-3405, Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.

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 necessar y. 8-10 p.m., $5 or $3 students/ seniors, Boise Cafe/Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208343-3397.



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8 DAYS OUT TALKS & LECTURES CITY CLUB OF BOISE—The talk is titled A Palette of Perspectives on the Arts. The speakers are Mark Hofflund, managing director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Dan Stern, conductor of Boise Baroque Orchestra; and Anneliessa Balk Stimpert, founder of Visual Arts Collective. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., $16 for City Club members, $23 for nonmembers, $5 for listeners (speaker only—no meal), $10 for students with valid student ID, 208-371-2221, www. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. FOREST CLIMATE AND IDAHO’S HUNTERS AND ANGLERS—The public is invited to attend a lecture on how changes in air and water temperatures affect hunting and fishing in Idaho. Boise State stream ecologist Dr. Pete Koetsier moderates the discussion with speakers Dan Isaak of the U.S. Forest Service’s Boise Aquatic Sciences Laboratory and Tom France, regional executive director of the Northern Rockies office of the National Wildlife Federation. 7 p.m., FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State.

SPORTS & FITNESS WII GAMING FOR GROWN-UPS—Adults get to try the popular interactive video games like the Mario games, Guitar Hero, Wii Sports and more. Grab the Wii control stick and virtually guide a bowling ball down the lane to a strike, hit a serve to your opponent during tennis or step on the Wii fit board to test your fitness level and balance. 7 p.m., FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.

ODDS & ENDS THIRD THURSDAY THREADBENDERS—All fiber workers and needle workers of all skill levels who quilt, embroider, 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, 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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pony rides, a pumpkin patch, pig races and more. The Field of Screams haunted corn maize is open on Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween. Hours are Mon.-Thu. 4-9 p.m., Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and closed Sunday. The Farmstead, 8685 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-922-LOST (5678), PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF IDAHO—All artists are invited to set up their supplies to paint and soak up the inspirational natural beauty around them at the Idaho Botanical Garden through Sunday Sept. 20. A public reception and sale is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Boise High School art student at the public reception. For more information, e-mail tandmiller@ 10 a.m.-5 p.m., regular garden admission, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, RUNWAY NIGHTS—Watch as models wearing fashions sashay down the runway with live dance performances and a special performance from Boston’s King of The Pen Louie Bello. 8 p.m., $10. The Grizzly Rose Nightclub, 1124 W. Front St., Boise, 208-342-3375. 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 have a play list and take requests all evening. For more information, call 208-941-4853 or visit treasurevalleycwda. 7 p.m., FREE. Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise, 208-377-5788, www.

ON STAGE DISNEY’S GEPPETTO AND SON—Encore Theatre Company presents the beloved Disney musical about a man who wishes for a son and learns what it means to be a father. 7:30 p.m., $8 adults, $6 students, www.encoreetc. org. Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-467-8011. SWEET CHARITY—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m., $15 adult, $14 senior and student; $20 door, 208-468-2385, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa. A TUNA CHRISTMAS—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

FESTIVALS & EVENTS CONCERTS HYDE PARK STREET FAIR—The last party of the summer has been happening in the North End for the past 30 years. The three-day festival is packed with good food, music and vendors. The musical acts include all the local favorites and more. Starting at 4 p.m., the bands include La Knots, Kris Doty, Kamphire Collective, Disco Doom and Built to Spill. See Page 15. 4-10 p.m., FREE, Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise. PENNY MAIZE—Maneuver through the twists and turns to find your way through a 12-acre corn maize cut in the image of an Abraham Lincoln penny. The design pays tribute to the fall season, 100 years of the penny and 200 years of Lincoln’s legacy. Other harvest activities at Farmstead include

SONGS WITH AND WITHOUT WORDS—The concert, Songs With and Without Words, is part of the Faculty Artist Series and features oboist Jeanne Belfy assisted by Nicole Molumby, flute; Yuko Sato, percussion; Janelle Oberbillig, bassoon; and pianists Mark Hansen and Jerry Jensen performing music from the 20th century and beyond by Sam Barber, Robert Fruehwald, Joseph Schwantner and Madeleine Dring. For more information, call 208-4263980. 7:30 p.m., $5 general, $3 seniors, FREE to students, Boise State faculty and staff. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Campus Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1000.




three-day festival showcases films and filmmakers and spreads the message that the inspirational human spirit and all people, including the artists and the audience, have a chance to make the world a better place. Through Sept. 20. $8 individual film, $15 special events, $80 festival pass, 208-788-9729, www. Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley Village, Sun Valley.

ART ARTIST RECEPTION—Kerry Moosman’s exhibit of burnished terracotta vessels, “Pure Form” is on display until Sept. 22. Moosman will be at the artist’s reception. 6-9 p.m., FREE. Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson, Boise, 208-433-0593, THE VIBE—This is the last chance to head over to the northwest corner of the parking lot for an outdoor artisan market featuring live music by 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 208-4402412 or e-mail art4artidaho@ 4:30-7:30 p.m., FREE admission. Vista Village Shopping Center, 1002 Vista Ave., Boise.

LITERATURE MITCH WIELAND—The local author is reading excerpts from his book God’s Dog. 7 p.m., FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www.


saturday FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2010 FALL OPEN HOUSE AND BIKE SHOW—Enter your ride for a chance to win a chunk of more than $1,000 in prize money. Registration is from 10 a.m.-noon and awards will be given at 4:30 p.m. Take a moment to look at the 2010 Harley-Davidson models and enjoy free hamburgers and chorizos (while supplies last). 9 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE. High Desert Harley-Davidson/Buell, 2310 E. Cinema Dr., Meridian, 208-338-5599, ART ON THE LAKE—Art on the Lake is a community-wide arts celebration Sept. 19-20 produced by Idahoans for Music and the Environment and A Great Deal Productions and Promotions. The event is at Legacy Park and Lake Street and includes a diverse group of booths with visual artists and crafters, food vendors, live music and a beer garden sponsored by the McCall Folklore Society. Local McCall businesses and organizations will sponsor events throughout the weekend with a five-day Music Crawl at local venues. For more information, go to Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. BOISE RIVER RIPARIAN HABITAT HIKE—Leanne Lloyd-Fairey of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society and botanist Danielle Clay lead an educational adventure along a half-mile trek from the Boise WaterShed to a wooded section of the Boise River that


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is usually closed off to the public. Along the way, the guides will identify the plants, birds and wildlife that live in the riparian habitat. Hikers are allowed to collect leaves, bark, twigs and feathers for a craft-making opportunity back at the center after the hike. 10 a.m., FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, WaterShed.



CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287. CASINO NIGHT BENEFIT— Betting on a New Beginning is the theme of a casino night beneďŹ t for the International Rescue Committee. The event celebrates refugees’ hope and dignity and their place in the community of Boise. See Page 15. 7-10 p.m., $50-$75 at the door, 208-344-1792, www. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise.



CONTRA DANCE—The monthly third Saturday contra dance features live music by The 2 by 2’s from La Grande, Ore., with calling by Denise and Gary. The new dancer orientation starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance is from 8-11 p.m. Couples, singles and children 10 years and older are welcome. Partners are not necessary. The dances are smokeand alcohol-free. For more information, e-mail boisecontradance@ or visit the Web site. 7:30 p.m., $8 for adults and $3 for youth (10-18 years old), david0. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843.

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EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. HYDE PARK STREET FAIR—The music starts at 11:30 a.m. with Bellamy Rose, Garden City Limits, Jimmy Bivens, Rebecca Scott, Audio Moonshine, Sherpa and Hoi Polloi. See Page 15. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., FREE, Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise.


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INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY—Belly up to the bar at the Bouquet and learn to talk like a pirate. Sing along to pirate songs, tell pirate jokes with plenty of booty, all hosted by Captain Bingo. Enter to win best pirate and wench costume contest and enjoy pirate drink specials including bumboo, grog and the scurvy wench. 9 p.m., FREE admission. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605,

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MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ustick Marketplace II, 3630 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. WEAVERS WORLDS LARGEST PING PONG BALL DROP—The event is all about ping pong balls with local and national charities beneďŹ ting from the main event, Weavers Worlds Largest Ping Pong Ball Drop. Event mascot, PingPong Paulie, leads the ight in which 50,000 multi-colored ping pong balls will be dropped from

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the sky to bounce and land in designated spots representing 16 different charities. The spectacle includes a day of hot-air balloon races, ping pong tournaments and live music, along with a carnival of 20 different ping pong games, clowns, magicians and comedy acts. 8:30 a.m., $5, 1-877-642-4469, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City.

ON STAGE BROADWAY BABY WANNABE—The star of the show is cabaret artist Lauriel Loyst and the subject matter is her neverending, and sometimes heartbreaking, quest to star on Broadway. But who needs Broadway when there are plenty of audiences across the country waiting to be entertained? Dinner seating begins at 6:15 p.m. and the show runs from 7-9 p.m. Broadway Baby Wannabe features Broadway numbers, obscure gems and always entertaining and politically incorrect musical parodies. Reservations are highly recommended. 6:15 p.m., $32 dinner and show, $17 show only, Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197. DISNEY’S GEPPETTO AND SON— See Friday. 7:30 p.m., $8 adults, $6 students, Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-467-8011. SWEET CHARITY—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m., $15 adult, $14 senior and student; $20 door, 208-4682385, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa. A TUNA CHRISTMAS—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m., $29-$39, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofďŹ ce 208-336-9221, www.

GREEN BOISE URBAN GARDENING WORKSHOPS—During the Preservation I workshop, learn about saving the harvest for winter, including freezing and canning techniques. On Saturday, Sept. 26: Preservation II covers using solar dehydrators to store up more of the harvest including drying techniques for winter nutrition and great taste. Send check to BUGS, P.O. Box 833, Boise, Idaho, 83701. For more information, visit www., or e-mail Susan Medlin at ssmedlin@ 9-11:30 a.m. and Sat., Sept. 26, 9-11:30 a.m. $40 for ďŹ rst class, $25 for each additional workshop; $5 for each additional family member per workshop. BUGS Garden, 4821 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-424-6665, www.

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS FAMILY DAY—Enjoy live music by Japanese drummers, Kawa Taiko,

songwriting sessions, garden tours and kids’ crafts and activities. Noon4 p.m., $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 children (6-12); FREE for members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, www.idahobotanicalgarden. org. HYDE PARK STREET FAIR—At high noon, hear the Ben Burdick Trio, The Heard, Bill Coffey, and Pinto Bennett closes out the festival. See Page 15. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, www.gruntwerks. net. Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise. LAMB AND WOOL FESTIVAL—The Idaho Wool Growers Association hosts a woolly festival with sheepshearing demonstrations, vendor booths and tips on spinning and weaving. Some of the activities include watching working stock dogs round up the sheep, live music by the Boise Banjo Band and a lamb dinner for $5. Noon-3:30 p.m., $5, 208-344-2271, Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell, 208-453-7843, www.stechapelle. com. RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY—The northwest corner of the park ďŹ lls with good dogs and their responsible owners. The informative event is supported by a proclamation signed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter honoring Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Activities for the kids are both fun and educational; they will learn how to safely approach and pet strange dogs. Dog owners learn about topics including health, community etiquette, training and safety for dogs. Take a guided tour of the Idaho Capital City Kennel Club mini dog show and watch the dogs perform agility, obedience and conformation. The event also includes the chance to enter your well-behaved dog in the Canine Good Citizen Test. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. ROCK PARTY—Bring a rock that you would like geologists to identify to the 20th year of the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology’s Rock Party. Learn about why Idaho is called the Gem State during a day of geology hikes, a Table Rock Quarry hike, mineral identiďŹ cation, panning for gold and a presentation of the history of mining. The admission fee includes access to the Idaho Botanical Garden Family Fun Day. Noon-4:30 p.m., $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children, 208-344-7164. Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, SUNDAY MARKET—A representative of the Sunday Market will read a proclamation from Boise City Mayor David Bieter recognizing National Prostate Health Month. Shoppers enjoy food, beverages and music by singersongwriter Nancy Kelly. A portion of the proceeds from the market will be donated to Us TOO (, an international nonproďŹ t organization dedicated to communicating timely and reliable information enabling informed choices regarding detection and treatment of prostate cancer. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE admission. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www.

THIRD ANNUAL DIAPER DASH— The 2009 Diaper Dash beneďŹ ts the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and the Marian Pritchett School at Booth for teen mothers. The event includes a ride around the valley at 11 a.m., door prizes and a meal catered by Famous Dave’s Barbecue. Suggested donations include baby essentials, clothing for the girls, new or gently used maternity clothes, school supplies and personal items. 10 a.m., $15 per person with donation, $20 per person without a gift, High Desert Harley-Davidson/Buell, 2310 E. Cinema Dr., Meridian, 208338-5599,

ON STAGE A TUNA CHRISTMAS—See Wednesday. 7 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofďŹ ce 208-336-9221, www.

CONCERTS LESLIE MOREAU, BARTON MOREAU, JANELLE OBERBILLIG—Leslie Moreau, clarinet, assisted by adjunct professors Barton Moreau and Janelle Oberbillig, perform as part of the Faculty Artist Series. 4 p.m., $5 general, $3 seniors, FREE to students, Boise State faculty and staff. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Campus Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1000.

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@ Sundays, 6 p.m., FREE,

RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL AZRAEL ONDI-AHMAN—Azrael OndiAhman presents an explanation of physical and metaphysical evolution focusing on a new book called The Song of God in connection to the mortal life theory behind human existence. 5 p.m., FREE, 208-407-4590, Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise. MEDITATION SERVICE—Join the Center of Peace on Sunday mornings for a spiritual community meditation service at 10 a.m. and a spiritual gathering service with a different guest speaker each week. Youth education is provided. 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. FREE. Center of Peace, 710 N. Orchard St. (Spirit at Work), Boise, 208-323-2323,


monday FESTIVALS & EVENTS POETRY SLAM DELUX INDIVIDUAL FINALS—Individuals compete for a $100 grand prize as awarded by members

ALSO ON SALE NOW: Aimee Mann/Fountains of Wayne 10/11 at The Egyptian They Might Be Giants (kids show!) 11/8 at The Egyptian The Swell Season -11/27 at Egyptian



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 of the audience. The slam features Khary Jackson, aka 6 is 9. 7:30 p.m., $5, www. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886.

SCREEN JAZZ FROM THE MOVIES—The Flicks celebrates 25 years of featuring the best in cinematic entertainment with a concert of jazz musicians. New Trio Plus, Sandon Mayhew, Rob Walker, Chuck Smith, Rod Wray and Scott Reusser will perform

registration is required. 6:30 p.m., $15, Barbacoa, 276 Bob White Court, 208-338-5000,, MCFADDEN MARKET CO-OP FARMERS MARKET—The farmers market runs through October and includes information about green living, entertainment, children’s activities and products. 5-8 p.m. www. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Idaho St., Meridian.



include four experts who will share the latest information on prostate cancer, including when and if to screen, current Idaho statistics and treatment options. A question-andanswer session will take place following the presentations. 7-8:30 p.m., FREE. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-367-2121, www.

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. Elizabeth Blin performs. 5 p.m., Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, www.

ODDS & ENDS SENIOR SHARE PROGRAMS—The library hosts the Senior Share series, a popular program addressing topics of interest to seniors, with different activities each month. The program is Wii Fitness for Seniors. Try the popular and interactive gaming system with Wii Sport. Seniors will use the Wii control stick as a baseball bat, a tennis racket, a golf club, and more. Attendees can also try Wii Fit activities, including yoga, aerobics, running and hula hoops. Fourth Tuesday of every month, 10:30 a.m., FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, some memorable melodies that film buffs are sure to remember from the movies. 7:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, www.


tuesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2009 CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP—The event is held in conjunction with the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration and Women’s Show, which will take place Sept. 24-26. Registration is from 5:30-6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion from 6-8 p.m. Guests enjoy a light dinner, a no-host bar and the insights of a panel of six women who capture the spirit of leadership, community and accomplishment. The panel is moderated by Carolyn Holly of KTVB Channel 7 and includes Juli Watson, board member of Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research, paralympian Muffy Davis, Special Olympics World Games organizer Pirie Jones Grossman, Tracy Kasper, owner of Silverhawk Realty, Mandi Kramer, a contestant on NBC’s Biggest Loser, and Deborah Watts, principal of Longfellow Elementary. 5:30 p.m., $25, 208-381-2221, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise. FRIENDS OVER DINNER—The no-pressure way to meet people is hosting a speed dating event for singles 30-50. The age range is approximate and the more, the merrier. Participants are welcome to arrive early and enjoy happy hour specials until 6 p.m. Reserve a spot; advance


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FOOD & DRINK NONPROFIT TUESDAY— Boise Fry Company is partnering with Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Inc. to raise money for the nonprofit’s work to provide low-cost spay and neuter services for domestic dogs and cats. Along with education, the organization offers discounted services to fix the cats of low-income owners and caregivers of feral cats. The restaurant is donating 20 percent of proceeds from the sales. 4-8 p.m., Boise Fry Company, 111 Broadway Ave., Ste. 111, Boise, 208-495-3858, www.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES TANGO FUNDAMENTALS—Instructor Marge Dobie leads a class designed for both beginners and experienced dancers. Call 208-761-3954 to register. 7:30-8:30 p.m., $10 per class or $25 for 3 class sessions. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843.

ART NEW CHILDREN’S MURAL—The Library at Collister is unveiling its new children’s mural Up, Up and Away, a colorful and imaginative painting of a cityscape designed to stimulate creativity and exploration. Representatives from Idaho Hot Airlines will be at the event with a hot air balloon basket to teach kids about balloon piloting. Light refreshments will be provided. 6 p.m., FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary. org.

TALKS & LECTURES 2009 SAINT ALPHONSUS PROSTATE CANCER SYMPOSIUM—The focus of this year’s symposium is Prostate Cancer and You: Know the Facts. The speakers


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

ON STAGE A TUNA CHRISTMAS—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

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

ODDS & ENDS VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— The Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho aims to preserve 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 every 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. 7-10 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.


















A FAMILY AFFAIR Musicians from Boise to Wales unite

unable to work during their recovery process—has left the family scrambling to pay bills. “The bills have been pretty astronomical. You could buy a nice house on the Bench for Elijah’s bill, for example,” says Jeremy. “With all the benefits that have happened ... there are people who may not have to declare bankruptcy now.” hen Welsh band Los Campesinos! took the stage at the But benefit concerts aren’t the only way the music community El Rey Theatre in Hollywood at the end of August, is helping out the Jensen family. Zac Pennington, who plays in they unwittingly started a Parenthetical Girls with Rachael, rephilanthropic fire that has since spread cently helped organize the Kris Jensen up the West Coast. That night, Los Memorial Auction, which featured Campesinos! offered to donate all of items from record labels Kill Rockthe proceeds from their show to the stars, Audio Dregs, Marriage Records Jensens, a Nampa family recently and States Rights, along with rare test devastated by a fatal car crash. A pressings of albums from K Records’ few nights later, a similar benefit collection. According to Jeremy, the took place in Portland, Ore., featurauction raised several thousand dollars ing the bands YACHT, Au and May for the family. Ling. Shortly thereafter, there was “Everyone’s just been so great to my yet another Jensen benefit show in family, I just can’t believe it. It’s been Nampa, again including the band Au extremely helpful,” he said. “Obviin addition to Boise’s The Very Most. ously there’s the financial side of it, but Now, on Thursday, Sept. 16, the then just the fact that so many people Neurolux will take up the benefit reins are contributing their talents and when Boise icons Built to Spill play an especially in these bad economic times, intimate show to help crash-survivor their hard-earned money, to help my Elijah Jensen. family. It means the world to us.” On Aug. 2, while traveling home Music fans, too, have something to from a family reunion, four members gain from the upcoming benefit show of the Jensen family—father Jens, at Neurolux. Besides being the most mother Kris and two of the Jensen intimate show Built to Spill is slated children, sons Noah and Elijah—were to play on their upcoming fall tour, involved in a car wreck, which killed Boise audiences will also likely get a Kris and seriously injured Elijah and chance to hear songs off the band’s Jens. After hearing the news, music new album There is No Enemy before community members from Boise to its official release on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Portland immediately stepped forth to Though Built to Spill has continued offer support. Since three of the four to play Boise venues like Visual Arts Jensen kids are active in bands—EliCollective, Knitting Factory and Hyde jah’s bands are With Child and Unicorn Park Street Fair as their fame has escaFeather; Jeremy fronts The Very Most lated, it’s been a number of years since and sister Rachael is in Portland’s the full band has jammed by the glow Parenthetical Girls—they’ve managed of Neurolux’s iconic crown. to inspire a lot of musicians with whom “I think people are really excited to they’ve crossed paths over the years. see Built to Spill at Neurolux because “The loss of Kris Jensen, his mom, it’s been a long time since the band is heartbreaking for a lot of people has played there,” said Craven. “Built who maybe didn’t even know the to Spill hasn’t been together as a band family so well because I would see in that bar for a really long time.” her at all of her kids’ shows. She But even without a headliner like wasn’t a smoker or drinker and she Built to Spill, Craven is confident that was religious, but she would always the Elijah Jensen benefit at Neurolux From top to bottom: Built to Spill, Disco Doom would be a packed affair. be sitting at Neurolux—this smoky, and The Very Most. cloudy bar watching either The Very “Everybody in Boise loves Built Most or watching Elijah in Unicorn to Spill and everybody loves Doug Feather or With Child play,” remembers family friend and Built to [Martsch] ... but I feel like the [Jensen] family themselves are Spill benefit organizer Eli Craven. “Elijah would do house shows big enough in the community, and Elijah is well-known enough for touring bands, and any time any touring band or any friend of in the community, that no matter who you’d have play, people theirs needed a place to stay, his mom would put them up.” would come around and support the Jensens.” After the initial shock of the accident subsided, many close to Thursday, Sept. 17, with Disco Doom and The Very Most, $15 the Jensens realized the family could use some serious financial adv., $17 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th Street, 208-343-0886, help. The cost of Life Flight, facial reconstructive surgeries and hospital stays—combined with the fact that Jens and Elijah are

to help the Jensen family


NOISENEWS NIBLETT AT NEUROLUX Staffordshire, England, native Scout Niblett’s powerful pipes command attention with the same tomboyish tenacity and wideeyed candor that made Harper Lee’s character so memorable. Known for her performanceartsy live shows and abiding adherence to astrology, Niblett is an eccentric in an indie-folk world teeming with eccentricity. Yet, despite knee-jerk comparisons to Cat Power, Niblett manages to set herself apart from other quirky female folk singer-songwriters with her volatile, yet ice-clear, vocals paired with distortion-licked guitar and thrashing drum beats. Since her 2001 full-length debut, Sweet


Heart Fever (Secretly Canadian), Niblett has found a dedicated following, releasing a split 7-inch with Songs: Ohia and collaborating with Magnolia Electric Co. and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Her most recent album, 2007’s This Fool Can Die Now, features four duets with Bonnie “Prince” Billy a.k.a. Will Oldham, including the stunning track “Kiss.” In the first moments of the music video for “Kiss,” Niblett stretches a cropped blonde wig over her brown hair and stuffs a couple of wads of bread under her upper lip. Oldham shows up clad in a skeleton costume and they proceed through a variety of scenes—doing cartwheels on the beach, eating ice cream cones and frolicking through a golden

field—that seem oddly out of place next to the song’s crashing drums, emotive violins and electrifyingly raw vocal harmonies. Niblett is currently touring behind her 7-inch release, It’s Time My Beloved, which is a two-song preview for her forthcoming debut full-length release on Drag City Records. Describing the release, Drag City wrote: “Sometimes 7 inches is all you need to get your point across. Like 7 inches of dagger or a 7-inch foot in your ass.” Get every inch of yourself down to Neurolux to check out Niblett with Boise’s La Knots on Saturday, Sept. 19. —Tara Morgan

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MUSICGUIDE wednesday 16 ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE—9 p.m., hosted by Brock Ross and Kelly Lynae, FREE, Terrapin Station ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Bank, Euforquestra, FREE, The Grove Plaza

MONOTONIX, SEPT. 22, VAC Anyone who caught the hairy, gym-shorts-and-tubesocks-clad Israeli band Monotonix opening for the Silver Jews at the Neurolux last fall will be psyched to hear they’re coming back. Anyone who had their drink stolen, got kicked in the face or got schooled in free jazz at that same show will also be psyched to hear the raucous band is playing the much larger Visual Arts Collective. Monotonix congealed in 2005 with Ami Shalev on vox, Yonatan Gat on guitar and Haggai Fershtman on drums. Soon enough, word spread of the trio’s wild live shows— climbing on rafters, flinging booze and setting things on fire—and they were banned from a number of clubs in their hometown of Tel Aviv, Israel. Since then, the boys have toured extensively in the States on their 2007 EP, Body Language, and are now heading back to Boise to create some chaos after the recent release of their first full-length, Where Were You When It Happened? In “Set Me Free,” a distortiony hair metal track off the new album, lead singer Shalev scream-croaks repeatedly in a thick Israeli accent to “set me free.” Those who catch Monotonix at VAC will find out exactly how free Shalev dares to get. Word to the wise: Those offended by sweaty man ass might want to cower in the corner. —Tara Morgan With Scarf and Angels of the Dust, Tuesday, Sept. 22, $10 adv., $12 door, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,


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Phil Garonzik, 8:30-11 p.m., FREE, Chandlers LOOSE CHANGE—9 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub MOONDANCE—7 p.m., FREE, Smoky Mountain, 34 E. State St., Eagle

NATHAN J MOODY AND THE QUARTERTONS—9 AUDIO MOONSHINE—7 p.m., FREE, Liquid p.m., FREE, Old Chicagodowntown NINJA ACADEMY, REVOLT REVOLT, MERE CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6-9 CAT—9 p.m., with p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe special guests AbSINthia COSMIC FAMILY Verre and Ophidia Studio BAND—9 p.m., FREE, Dance, $5, Gusto Bar The Bouquet PAUL WALL, CHINGO ELIZABETH BLIN—6:30BLING, WILLY NORTH8:30 p.m., FREE, Dream POLE—8 p.m., $25 Cafe adv., $28 door, Knitting Factory ERIC GRAE—6:30-11 p.m., FREE, Berryhill POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—10 p.m., FROGS GONE FISHIN’—7 FREE, Tom Grainey’s p.m., FREE, Crusty’s REBECCA SCOTT—7-10 GAYLE CHAPMAN—6 p.m., FREE, Bungalow p.m., FREE, BardenayEagle ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., JEREMIAH JAMES FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s GANG—9:30 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish JIM FISHWILD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Highlands Hollow TIGER CITY PRESS, ROYAL BANGS—8 p.m., JIMMY BIVENS BAND— $3, Neurolux 7:30-9 p.m., FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s THE TIX—9 p.m., FREE, The Buffalo Club KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., with Jon Hyneman and Please send your live music listings to or fax to 342-4733. Include venue, band names, start times and cover charge. Photos are great, too. For dancing, symphony, opera or orchestral music, please see our 8 DAYS OUT listings. THE DEADLINE FOR LISTINGS IS THE THURSDAY THE WEEK PRIOR TO PUBLICATION. LISTINGS ARE RUN ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS.

thursday 17 BLUE TURTLE SEDUCTION—9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, Terrapin Station

KRIS DOTY—710 p.m., FREE, Modern Hotel

OPEN MIC NIGHT—7-10 ELIJAH JENSEN p.m., FREE, BENEFIT—8 p.m., O’Michael’s Built to Spill, Disco Doom, The P36 CD RELEASE—7:30 Very Most, $15 p.m., with adv., $18 door, The Useless, Neurolux IP-Address, FRIM FRAM Free Willy and 4—8:45 p.m., the Blowholes, FREE, Pengilly’s Backhanded Compliments, $6, GAYLE CHAPKnitting Factory MAN—6-8:30 p.m., FREE, PATRICIA Woodriver Cellars FOLKNER—6-9 p.m., FREE, GREAT GARDEN Tablerock ESCAPE—6-9 p.m., The Soul POCONO BILL—6 Cats, $10 p.m., FREE, Donnonmembers; $8 nie Mac’s IBG members; $6 RYAN PECK—4:30children (6-12), 7:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Botanical Lock, Stock & Garden Barrel HIGH DESERT THE SALOONATBAND—6:30 ICS—9 p.m., p.m., FREE, FREE, The Buffalo Whitewater Pizza Club JAZZ NIGHT—7 SOUL p.m., FREE, SERENE—9:30 Rembrandt’s p.m., FREE, Hijinx JIM LEWSPINDLEIS—6:30-9:30 BOMB—10 p.m., FREE, p.m., FREE, Tom Corkscrews Grainey’s JON KLEIN TERRI EBERLEIN, BAND—8:15BUD GUDMUND11:15 p.m., SON—6:30-11 FREE, Chandlers p.m., FREE, KALEIGH JACK—7Berryhill 9:30 p.m., FREE, Willowcreek Grill- YOUTH GROUP—5 p.m.. (the group’s Eagle only show in KEVIN KIRK—7town), FREE, The 8 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange Chandlers

friday 18 BEN BURDICK TRIO, AMY WEBER—8-11 p.m., FREE, Gamekeeper Lounge

Theatre KEVIN KIRK—78 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

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


ECLECTIC APPROACH—9:30 p.m., $5, Reef

OCTANE—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

PATRICIA FOLKNER, JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m., FREE, Ada Community Library, 10664 W THE HAND RECORD Victory Rd. RELEASE PARREBECCA SCOTT— TY—8 p.m., with 9 p.m., FREE, Tommy Dirtweed, Piper Pub $3, Neurolux REX MILLER DUO— THE HONORARY 6:30-11 p.m., TITLE, GOOD OLD WAR, CORY BRAN- FREE, Berryhill AN, MY PAPER ROCCI JOHNSON CAMERA, APPLE BAND—10 p.m., HORSE—7:30 $5, Hannah’s p.m., $12 door, The SHINEDOWN, Venue SICK PUPPIES, JAMES ORR—7CAVO, ADELITAS 10 p.m., FREE, WAY—7 p.m., Bungalow $30, Knitting Factory JIMMY BIVENS BAND—8:45 SIR REALIST—midp.m., FREE, night, FREE, Liquid Pengilly’s SIX CENTS—8 JOHN CAZAN—5-9 p.m., FREE, p.m., FREE, Lock, Sockeye Stock & Barrel STARGRASS, SPINJOHN JONES, DLEBOMB—9 JON HYNEMAN, p.m., FREE, Tom MIKE SEIGrainey’s FRIT—8:15-11:15 SUBURBAN p.m., FREE, EXILE—9 p.m., Chandlers FREE, Mr. Lucky’s KELLER WAYNE WILLIAMS—8 WHITE—7:30 p.m., $23 adv., p.m., FREE, Music $25 door, Egyptian of the Vine ELITE, HARBOR THE ENEMY, THE KNUCKLEDUSTERS—9 p.m., $5, Terrapin


MUSICGUIDE saturday 19 ACTUAL DEPICTION, SUNSHINE IN THE VALLEY—9 p.m., $4, Terrapin Station


sunday 20

THE MURDERS, CELTIC RESIN—8 p.m., annual pirate party, FREE, The Plank

AUGUST BURNS RED, IN FLAMES, BETWEEN POCONO BILL—8 p.m., FREE, Groove Coffee THE BURIED AND ME, THE ACACIA STRAIN, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, IMPENDING DOOM, THE FACELESS—7:30 THE SALOONATICS—9 MYCHILDREN MY p.m., $5, The Buffalo p.m., $22, Knitting BRIDE—7:30 p.m., Club Factory $15, The Venue SCOUT NIBLETT, LA JIMMY BIVENS BEN BURDICK TRIO, KNOTS—8 p.m., $5, BAND—7 p.m., FREE, AMY WEBER—8-11 Neurolux Buddie’s Pub p.m., FREE, Gamekeeper Lounge SIR REALIST—midJOHN CAZAN—9 p.m., night, FREE, Liquid FREE, Piper Pub BLAZE AND KELLY—9 p.m., $5, Emerald Club STARGRASS, SPINDLEJOSHUA TREE—8:45 BOMB—9 p.m., FREE, p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s THE BLUES ADDICTS—7 Tom Grainey’s p.m., FREE, Sun Ray KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., TERRI EBERLEIN with Sally Tibbs 8:15 BODO BROTHERS—8 DUO—6:30-11 p.m., p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s p.m., FREE, Chandlers FREE, Berryhill CODI JORDAN BAND— MATRIX—9 p.m., FREE, TT MILLER—8 p.m., Mr. Lucky’s 9:30 p.m., $5, Reef FREE, Willi B’s MOONDANCE—7 p.m., DJ MATT ALLEN—11 FREE, Woodriver Cellars p.m., $3, Neurolux


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

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

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

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

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

1332 RECORDS’ PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m., The Brain Dead, Demoni, Raw Power, $3, Liquid


wed. 23 ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., The Very Most, These United States, FREE, Grove Plaza

BRONCO WELCOME CONCERT—6:30 p.m., FREE, Bank, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, The Hand, Centennial Outdoor Amphitheater at Boise State (behind Taco Bell arena)

COLBIE CAILLAT, HOWIE DAY—7 p.m., $25, Knitting Factory

HOI POLLOI—7-10 p.m., FREE, Bungalow JIM LEWIS—11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s



MONOTONIX, SCARF, ANGELS OF THE DUST—8 p.m., $12, VAC, (see Listen Here, Page 22)

SOLIZ PETERSON—11 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Dream Cafe

NIKKI HUSTON—6-9 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe POP CULT KIDS—10 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s


THE SHOOK TWINS—7 p.m., FREE, Crusty’s

SEA CAVES—8 p.m., $3, Flying M Coffeegarage

SOUL SERENE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Old Chicagodowntown

Blvd., 327-0925

416 S. 9th St., 367-1212

KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., with Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik, 8:30-11 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

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A DECADE OF DISTINCTION Boise State’s well-read lit mag


The national recognition The Idaho Review has garnered in its relatively short existence is indeed heady stuff. Each year, 20 short stories are selected from across the nation to be included in the O. Henry Prize Stories collection. University journals, both large and small, must compete with long-established periodicals like The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and Esquire for those scarce and elusive slots. In the 2003 edition of the O. Henry Prize Stories, two of the 20 entries, “Kissing” by William t’s a conversation worthy of Quentin Tarantino, an othKittredge and “Bleed Blue in Indonesia” by Adam Desnoyers, erworldly dialogue arc of impending violence and twisted were reprinted from the 2002 issue of The Idaho Review. menace that hooks the reader with outrageous glee. Two men “The short story by Adam Desnoyers was actually discovsit in a Cajun restaurant discussing the proposed assassination of ered in the slush pile by two graduate students,” Wieland rea chimp. One man is attempting to contract the other to kill his counted. “When I called to tell him we were accepting his story, daughter’s monkey. So goes the openhe told me he’d been rejected by over ing sequence of “Big Slick’s New Job,” 50 literary journals, and that this was an excerpt from Chris Offutt’s novel his first acceptance. The fact that he Hit Monkey, and just one of the many went from the slush pile to such an highlights of the 2009 incarnation of honor is amazing.” The Idaho Review. Rejection is a harsh reality for Boise State’s lauded literary journal a majority of writers in America, celebrates its 10th anniversary with and staring at the piles of submitted a 296-page issue featuring a dozen manuscripts in the small offices of award-winning short story writers The Idaho Review on campus in the like Rick Bass, Stuart Dybek and English Annex, it’s not difficult to calCarolyn Cooke; expansive poetry culate the odds against making it into contributions by Michael Waters, print. Part of the process of creating Lawrence Raab and Debora Greger; the journal involves a Boise State class and numerous heartfelt tributes to the aptly titled The Idaho Review. During late W.W. Norton & Company editor, a recent visit, nine students sat around Carol Houck Smith. Also included are a long table reading through piles of a chapbook by Joseph Millar and ilmanuscripts. They labored in pairs, lustrated fiction by Pinckney Benedict. seeking work worthy of passing on to Mitch Wieland, a Boise State the next editorial level. Assistant Ediprofessor and author of the recently tor Matt Crosby, sometimes referred released God’s Dog: A Novel in to as “The Captain of the Slush Pile,” Stories, has edited the journal since sits at the head of the table overseeing its inception and during the past the proceedings. decade has changed the landscape “You’d be surprised how bad most of the Idaho literary scene. Alan of the stuff we get turns out to be,” Heathcock, winner of the National Crosby says with a weary expression. Magazine Award in Fiction and “We’re not looking for work that is Boise State adjunct faculty member, merely good. We only want the great who has served as an editor on the stuff. But we honor everything subpublication, feels that having the mitted to us with a read.” journal on campus reinforces the Reggie Townley, an MFA candidate fact that quality isn’t something that and member of the student editoLike Richard Young’s Godzilla painting, The Idaho Review only happens somewhere else. clutches readers in the palm of its mutant lizard hand. rial staff, is well seasoned in plowing “The success of The Idaho Review through envelopes stuffed with prose is all Mitch Wieland,” Heathcock and poetry. “Sometimes I’ll put somesaid. “Every journal in the country is writing letters to big name thing in the ‘No’ pile,” he said, “but then an image sticks in my writers, asking them to send work. Mitch has some special head, and I’ll go back for another look and change my mind.” charm that when he asks Rick Bass, William Kittredge or Ann When the class, which is comprised of mostly young writers Beattie, they not only send work, but they send great work. Ten and poets, is asked if they have any problems passing judgyears ago, Boise State didn’t even have a writing program, and ment on their fellow writers, Breonna Krafft, a third-year MFA now is known nationwide largely because of the reach and repu- candidate, shrugged her tattooed shoulders. “Most of us at this tation of The Idaho Review.” table are sending out our own work to other journals,” she said. From the inaugural issue of the magazine in 1998, which “Other people are looking at our stuff in the same way. So I featured the work of such luminaries as Ann Beattie, Richard don’t feel bad about rejecting someone.” Bausch and Robert Olmstead, The Idaho Review has set a high Brady Udall, a Boise State professor and author of the beststandard for content. Acclaimed local author Anthony Doerr— selling novel The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, is currently the who is Idaho’s writer in residence—had his own short story, fiction editor for the The Idaho Review. But he was aware of the “The Weatherman,” published in The Idaho Review in 2002. publication long before he arrived in Boise to teach. “When I Doerr is impressed with the magazine for a number of reasons. first got here, I didn’t know the history of how Mitch had started “It’s got a simple, clean style,” Doerr explained. “It also has this journal from scratch and turned it into such a powerhouse,” a sparkling group of contributors and an astonishing pedigree of Udall said. “I only knew that they published great writing. After prizes for such a small-circulation journal. All this is a product of spending three years here, I’ve come to discover what an amazits editor. Mitch has the diligence and willingness to both recruit ing feat Mitch has pulled off. Single-handedly, he has created one established writers and cultivate emerging ones.” of the most important literary journals in the country.” Brookline, Mass.-based Edith Pearlman, a distinguished writer Wieland is pleased with the work The Idaho Review has prowhose more than 150 published short stories have appeared in duced and is grateful for the support he has been given. Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories collec“Looking back over the past 10 years, I’m very proud of the tion and the Pushcart Prize collection, makes her third appearover 150 stories we’ve gotten into print,” he offered. “While ance in the latest issue of The Idaho Review. other universities are cutting their budgets for their literary “The Idaho Review publishes stories that differ widely in magazines, the administration here at [Boise State] has actually style, in genre, in intent—but [all] are uniformly excellent,” increased our funding in support of what we do.” Pearlman said. “I was honored to become one of its contribuOn Friday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., Mitch Wieland will read tors, and when I came to Boise to give a reading, I was treated from and sign his new book God’s Dog: A Novel in Stories at royally by everyone on the staff of the magazine. Mitch is one Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, 208-376-4229, of those rare editors who doesn’t fiddle with a story once he’s accepted it, and I appreciate his gallantry.”



ARTSNEWS PUFFY GLASS Are you all broken up about your lack of skills when it comes to crafting mosaic masterpieces? Do your recycled glass and tile vases look more like bulky medieval weaponry than quirky art projects? Craft store Puffy Mondaes in Nampa wants to give you an edge up. On Friday, Sept. 18, from 7-9 p.m., Puffy Mondaes is offering an all-ages mosaic tile class, in which participants will be taught to make garden stepping stones. So if you’re done hop-scotching through your garden on plain ol’ rocks, then learn how to jazz up your backyard dirt with a little flash of color. The class and all supplies will only set you back $25. To check out other upcoming class offerings at Puffy Mondaes, visit Friday, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m., $25, Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-4671621,

LIBRARY EYE CANDY If the Library! at Collister gets any more artsy eye candy, people are going to have a hard time concentrating on their hardbacks. Now, in addition to Stephanie Bacon’s sevenpart “The Museum and Farm of Ideas” collages, the children’s section is about to unveil the new mural Up, Up and Away. Painted by library staff, the mural features “a fanciful cityscape that evokes imagination, adventure, and exploration.” The mural either features a hot air balloon, or is just piggy-backing on the success of the Pixar film Up because the library also invited Idaho Hot Airlines to give demonstrations on balloon piloting at the mural unveiling. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., FREE, Library! at Collister, 4724 W. State St., 208-5624995,

PULLING STRAWS Though it’s been unanimously agreed upon that hay is for horses, come fall, it also becomes the material du jour for crafty scarecrow builders. For the second year in a row, Idaho Botanical Garden is inviting people with a propensity for stuffing grass into tattered overalls to enter their creations into the scarecrow stroll competition. Though it won’t cost you much to enter—it’s only $5 per scarecrow for families and nonprofit groups or $15 for businesses—topping last year’s winning creation will take a lot of human brain power. Pieced together by Meridianites Justin, Ashley and Renee Ross, the winning scarecrow Chef Gazpacho featured a busty, apron-clad chef holding a tray with wine in one hand and a menu in the other offering things like ghoulish gouda, slimy Swiss and moldy mozzarella. If you think your bundled-hay skills can top Chef Gazpacho, you’ve only got until Friday, Sept. 18, to crank out an even scarier masterpiece. Installation for scarecrows is the week of Sept. 21-25, and entrants have to set up an appointment before they can cart their creation down to Idaho Botanical Garden. The scarecrows will be tucked behind trees and popping out of flower beds from Saturday, Sept. 26, through Halloween. Visit to download an entry form, then call IBG’s administration office at 208-343-8649 to schedule your scarecrow setup time.

A MOOS-T SEE Renowned Boise sculptor Kerry Moosman’s exacting hand-coiled pots have been raising eyebrows in the art world for years. Locally, his historically influenced public art murals on the side of the Idanha building and the McCarty building have also stopped downtown denizens in their tracks. On Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-9 p.m., those who would like to shake hands with Moosman and talk pottery can head down to the Stewart Gallery for an artists’ reception celebrating the close of his show “Pure Form.” Friday, Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m., FREE, Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson St., 208-4337593, —Tara Morgan


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novelist, actor and an award-winning screenwriter who has penned projects helmed by George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and Michael Hoffman. He has also been profiled by NPR’s Andrei Codrescu, and on American Public Media’s “The Story.” Both Appelman and Bayne hope that Person of Interest will be newly defining, a film that will be enjoyed, appreciated and learned from here in Boise, as well as when they take it out onto the festival circuit. Appelman and Bayne believe it can be a project that will open doors to big budget Hollywood films, thus leading them on to erson of Interest is a dirty film—shrouded, gritty, elegantly the next step as a creative team. They want to make a living as filmdim. It’s a film that in most senses is about a hidden conmakers and artists, telling their stories and showing their visions to sequence of war: the isolated, disaffected soldier returning national and international audiences. home to try to reassemble a life. But Person of Interest is also about Person of Interest began with high hopes that moneyed investors family and betrayal, domestic terrorism and acute loneliness, hate would be willing to take a chance on a primarily unknown entity—a filmmaking duo with experience in their individual careers, but with little proof of what they could do together, however, after months of hustling, Person of Interest was made on a small budget, or really on no budget at all. “The script was written to be big,” Appelman says. “We looked for money, never found any. The script was written to be less big. We looked for less money, never found any of that either. Eventually, the script was written to be big again, but differently. We committed to a movie that would still be huge in scope, but insular in environment, and which wouldn’t cost us anything. We were forced into a more authentic way of storytelling than our original budgeted plan would allow.” The intricately psychological Person of Interest, which Appelman was fueled to write after his 42-year-old brother enlisted in the Army to go to Iraq, was filmed in Boise and on location in Seattle, and was shot with Boise actors and crew. Person of Interest’s Terrance Dyer fights to keep the ugly outside world at bay. “We operated a skeleton crew in midwinter,” Appelman adds. “We took over the mongering and greed and paranoia and prostitution. It’s a manyabandoned wing of Idaho’s largest hospital, shot all day inside a layered story that in our muddled modern days seems particularly $70 million office building, shot in the trendiest restaurant in town, ripe for the telling. in three historic apartments, in diners that shut down for us, inside Terrance Dyer, the protagonist in Person of Interest—a film by the sound booth of a corporate radio station, on fire escapes, atop local filmmakers J. Reuben Appelman and Gregory Bayne—is an parking garages and in borrowed taxis. Nobody asked for money. Iraq War vet, an explosives expert freshly out of the military and We bartered with kindness and energy. Everything was borne of the back home in Seattle living on the knife’s edge in a city and society resourcefulness of poverty. The story maintained its complexities, he is perpetually at odds with. Terrance sees and feels a broad moral but fed off a grit our situation enforced.” decline encroaching—from the gloomy city streets where he watches Bayne and Appelman are now ready to take their hard-won film young prostitutes being bought and sold, from his own government’s into the world. betrayal in not offering him help as he suffers from Post Traumatic “It’s always such a process, and a long one,” Bayne says. “We Stress Disorder, from his father who has long been unkind and started out with this script that we both liked a lot, then because of darkly absent from his life, from his older brother who is confined to the limitations, our original vision turned into something different. a wheelchair due to a war injury, from his beloved younger brother And it was almost like we were rewriting the movie. It really became who walks the streets and sells himself. This decline infects Terthis ever-evolving thing, which was a process that I like, that works rance’s spirit, his person. Within this decay, this carving away, he if you’re willing to put in the work.” needs to do something: speak out, act out, solve what it means to be “We have high hopes and big goals for this project and for an American in this new conflicted century. ourselves as artists with this,” Bayne says. “We feel like some good Appelman, the script writer and lead actor and Bayne, the directhings, some great things, can happen because of this film and the tor, are bringing their vision and story to the public for the first hard work we’ve done. I feel there is a real place for this movie, time on Wednesday, Sept. 16 when they host a benefit showing of especially right now in our modern political environment, and I Person of Interest. The two have worked diligently on Person of feel like others will, too. In the end I’d say we’re very proud of this Interest during the last years, and both men bring serious credentials film and are going to continue to be proactive in bringing it, and to the project. Bayne is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and ourselves, success.” co-founder of the True West Cinema and i48 film festivals. His work Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., $8. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Idaho has played at the Sundance, SXSW, Seattle and Munich film festivals, St., as well as on PBS and the Sundance Channel. Appelman is a poet,

INTERESTING PERSONS Local filmmakers on the effects of war


SCREENLISTINGS special screening CARGO: INNOCENCE LOST—Soroptimist International of Boise hosts a screening of the film followed with a discussion by an expert panel regarding human trafficking in the community. Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., $10. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, www. EL SILENCIO DE NETO—The 2009 season of the Latin American Film Series begins with a film set in Guatemala in 1954 at the time of a


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U.S.-funded government overthrow of left-wing President Jacobo Arbenz. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m., FREE, Student Union Farnsworth Room, Boise State. FLICKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY—The Flicks celebrates 25 years of featuring the best in cinematic entertainment with a concert of jazz musicians. New Trio Plus, Sandon Mayhew, Rob Walker, Chuck Smith, Rod Wray and Scott Reusser will perform some memorable melodies that film buffs are sure to remember from the movies. Monday, Sept. 21,7:30 p.m.,

$10 adv., $12 door. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, THE IDAHO MOVIE HOUSE—The “Local and Classic Movie Night” begins with a 15-minute movie made by local 16-year-old Trevor Swanson and friends titled The School Project. Then sit back for a screening of Roy Rogers’ 50-minute Western classic Idaho. Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 p.m., $2, Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., PERSON OF INTEREST—See Screen, this page. Wednesday, Sept. 16,

7 p.m., $8, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

opening ADORATION—High school student Simon (Devon Bostick) is given an intense assignment by his French teacher, Sabine (Arsinee Khanjian), to translate a tragic current event about a terrorist who stows a bomb in the luggage of his pregnant girlfriend. Simon, an orphan who lives with his uncle (played by Scott



Speedman) takes the school project too far when he replaces the characters in the stor y with his own real-life tragedy of his mother and father dying in a car crash. (R) Flicks

Eckhar t) tries to convince flower shop owner and selfproclaimed man evader Eloise Chandler (Jennifer Aniston) to let go of her painful past and let love in. (PG-13) Edwards 9

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS—Based on Judi Barrett’s children’s book, the animated stor y follows the adventures of inventor Flint Lockwood who creates an apparatus that makes water into food. (PG) Edwards 9

SERAPHINE—Actress Yolande Moreau plays the par t of Seraphine Louis, aka Seraphine de Senlis, who in 1905, went from a middle aged housekeeper to a self taught painter. (NR) Flicks

THE INFORMANT—Matt Damon bulked up for his role as Mark Whitacre, the highest ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. histor y. Director Steven Soderbergh exposes the FBI’s inquir y into price fixing at agriindustr y giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). (R) Edwards 9


ADAM—(PG-13) Flicks

INGLORIOUS BASTERDS—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21

LOVE HAPPENS—In Seattle for a conference, self-help therapist Dr. Burke Ryan (Aaron

ALL ABOUT STEVE—(PG-13) Edwards 21

JULIE & JULIA—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 21

DISTRICT 9—(R) Edwards 9,

PAPER HEART—The stor y

9—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 500 DAYS OF SUMMER— (PG-13) Flicks, Edwards 21

EXTRACT—(R) Edwards 9 THE FINAL DESTINATION—(R) Edwards 21 GAMER—(R) Edwards 9 G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA—(PG-13) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 21 HALLOWEEN II—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 THE HANGOVER—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE—(PG) Edwards 21 IN THE LOOP—(NR) Flicks Ends Thursday


“Shall I host Alien Autopsy, Captain Picard?” “Make it so, No. 1. Make it so.”


’MOONER MATINEE PART I: SHODDY SCI-FI SEQUEL WITH A SIDE OF DICED E.T. As I boarded a plane for Kauai, I wondered what, if any, TV or movies I’d view during my honeymoon. Mrs. Vidiot and I regularly consume loads of visual entertainment, but in paradise, would the thought to turn on a TV even cross our minds? Arriving at our tropical condo to stacks of VHS tapes and two VCRs awaiting us, we were unable to resist. On the first day, I spotted the film s. Darko in the island’s superstore. I’d been waiting some time to see the sequel to sci-fi masterpiece Donnie Darko—this time focusing on the original hero’s little sister—and was shocked to see it had gone to DVD without my knowledge. I bought it on the spot. Unfortunately, s. Orry would’ve been a more fitting nomenclature—as in, too bad you paid money for this P.O.S. The storyline was confusing, the direction and dialogue were weak, and there was scarcely the same vibe from its prequel, though a few thematic similarities remained. I know loads of Donnie Darko fans, and I won’t be recommending the sequel to any of them—which is doubly sad because I had planned to devote an entire column to hyping this title. (By the way, it went directly to DVD. That’s how I missed it.) Among the surprisingly eclectic list of tapes in our room were some Hollywood underachievers, old-school Westerns, shoddy horrors and a title that so fascinated us, we ordered a pizza and planned an evening around watching it: Alien Autopsy (Fact or Fiction?). Fox’s 1995 made-for-television quasi-documentary, hosted by Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker from my beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation), covered a dubious video short supposedly filmed in 1947 after the famed Roswell UFO crash. Allegedly procured from the Army cameraman who filmed it, the 20-minute autopsy segment featured a radiation-protected surgical team dissecting an extraterrestrial-looking humanoid. Frakes’ hour-long investigation led him to a Kodak film specialist—who upheld the film’s potential authenticity—and a pair of Hollywood technicians whose opinions varied on the ability of a moviemaker to fake such a stunt. He also met a greasy private investigator who attempted to track down the mysterious cameraman. The fact this program originally ran on Fox—home of the World’s Scariest premises for TV shows—and that it was hosted by a science-fiction/fantasy actor, didn’t lend it any credibility. But the way it was presented would make it a fun watch for the conspiracy theorist in anyone. Based on the arguments, one could finish feeling wholly convinced the U.S. military cut up a Martian 60 years ago in New Mexico or that a jokester with a large bankroll staged a hilarious parody. Of all the films I endured while R&R’ing in the tropics, Alien Autopsy was by far the most interesting. I checked and it’s available on Netflix, so you won’t have to fly all the way to Kauai to get it. Besides, I know what you’re thinking: “Who watches TV on a Hawaiian honeymoon?” Hey, a Vidiot’s work is never done.


Surf over to now for ’Mooner Matinee Part II featuring a pair of “Gold” nuggets and my frightening introduction to the … (ROWRRRR!) … Cat People.




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SCREENLISTINGS SORORITY ROW—A shotguntoting Carrie Fisher as den mother to a sorority full of the self-proclaimed “hottest girls on campus.� (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21

of how one-time, real-life sweethear ts Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera fell in love while Yi made a documentar y about the subject. (PG-13) Flicks PONYO—(PG-13) Edwards 21

STAR TREK—(PG-13) Edwards 21 IMAX

THE PROPOSAL—(PG-13) Edwards 21


SHORTS—(PG) Edwards 21

TYLER PERRY’S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF— (PG-13) Edwards 21 UGLY TRUTH—(R) Edwards 21 WHITEOUT—U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is called in to investigate a ďŹ rst— a murder in Antarctica. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21

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


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 9:45; F-Tu: 1:40, 4:45, 7:50, 9:55 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:10


Flicks: W-Th: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; 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


Flicks: W-Th only: 5, 7:05, 9:05


Flicks: F-Su: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:35; M-Tu: 5:30, 7:30, 9:35


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:35


Flicks: Su only: 1


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


Boise State Farnsworth Room: W only: 6


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



Flicks: M only: 7:30

Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:10, 2:40, 4:45, 7:10, 9:20

Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 9:50 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:05, 1:30, 2:30, 4:05, 5:05, 6:35, 7:35, 9:05, 10:05


Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1:20, 4:05, 7:20, 10:10 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:50, 4:40, 7:15, 10:10


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:35, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:20, 3:55, 6:30, 9:15


Edwards IMAX: W-Th: 12:20, 3:40, 7


Flicks: W-Th only: 4:50, 7:10, 9:25


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:05, 4:20, 7:25, 10:10

INGLORIOUS BASTERDS— Edwards 9: W-Tu: 3:55, 7:10, 10:25 Edwards 21: W: 12:30, 1:20, 3:45, 4:50, 7, 8:05, 10:15; Th: 12:30, 1:20, 3:45, 7, 10:15 JULIE & JULIA—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4, 7, 9:55; F-Tu: 1:25, 4:15, 7, 10:35 Edwards 21: W-Th: 2, 5, 7:40, 10:25


Idaho Movie House at The Falcon Tavern: Sa only: 9


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:30, 4:35, 7:20, 10:15 Flicks: W-Th: 5:30, 7:30, 9:30; F-Sa: 1:05, 3:05, 5:05, 7:05, 9:05; Su: 3:05, 5:05, 7:05, 9:05; Tu: 5:05, 7:05, 9:05


Egyptian: W only: 7


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:15, 2:40


Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:40, 4:25, 6:55, 9:50


Flicks: F-Su: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30; M-Tu: 4:30, 7, 9:30


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:10, 2:20 4:35, 6:40, 8:55


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:15, 7:50, 10:30; F-Tu: 1:25, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:35, 4:20, 6:50, 9:25














MOBILE USERS: For Showtimes, Text Message SORORITY and Your ZIP CODE to 43KIX (43549)



Edwards IMAX: W-Th: 10:15


Edwards 21: W-Th: 1:45, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30


Edwards 21: W-Th: 5:15, 7:25, 9:40


Edwards 21: W-Th: 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20

Edwards 21: Th only: 6

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05; F-Tu: 4, 9:50 Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:40, 3:10, 5:35, 8, 10:30

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



| SEPTEMBER 16–22, 2009 |




AVENGE THE ROADS Local bikers stick it to goatheads


with feed for a field of polo ponies. While the avengers focus on city-dwelling weeds, another group is taking the battle to the Foothills. Rich Gardunia, head trail ranger for the City of Boise’s Parks and Recreation Department, also leads a platoon of garden tool-wielding vigilantes. t’s an all too familiar scenario if you’ve ever ridden a bike in “The goatheads are worse than ever this year,” Gardunia said. Boise. One moment you are cruising carefree down the Green“We got just the right combination of temperature and rain. This is belt, then suddenly one of your tires starts to thump and your the first year they’ve ever been this high in the Foothills.” bicycle begins to swerve. Cursing, you come to a halt and, behold, a Once a week for the last month, Gardunia and a dozen volundiabolic spike is imbedded in the tire rubber. teers patrol the Ridge to Rivers trail system to pull the weeds. GoatThe goathead is the arch nemesis of all bike tires and an unfortu- heads, along with some 50 other invasive species, are on Idaho’s nate reality of being a bicyclist in Boise. But one group of bikers isn’t noxious weed list, and for now Gardunia said the best option for taking it lying down. The Goathead Avengers have had enough and getting rid of them is just to pull them. are taking the fight to the streets. For aspiring avengers, the first lesson in fighting goatheads is “If there was a weed that posed as much of a threat to automolearning to recognize them. bile tires as goatheads do to bike tires, you can bet the city would “You’ll feel it before you see it,” be on a four-alarm abatement program on the double,” said Casey warned O’Leary. Goatheads easily O’Leary, founder of the avengers. O’Leary runs Earthly Delights, an poke through bike urban farm, and is well acquainted with digging weeds. tires, flip flops or The idea behind the Goathead Avengers is even dog paws, so simple: enjoy a few beers with friends, then lay gloves and a healthy waste to goatheads. Still in its fledgling stage, dose of caution are the group has been meeting since May to crucial when dealmake biking a more puncture-free venture ing with this floral foe. in Boise. Basing their beer-fueled forays Goatheads thrive in on a league of superheroes, some abandoned parking early rides involved avengers clad in lots and untencostumes. This was pragmatically ded yards. dropped because of the difficul“The crapties posed wearing a cape while pier area, the riding a bike. Nowadays, the better,” said avengers just use their powO’Leary. ers to destroy Despite its goatheads and prominence, the aren’t conplant blends in cerned with well, especially looking the among similar part. vegetation. A The stalwart plant called group of six, spurge is often including an mistaken for herbalist, a technical goathead. Spurge writer and a Boise State has a comparable philosophy professor, leaf structure and started a recent outing with grows low to the beers at Table Rock Brewground, but spurge pub. They didn’t have far to has a purple flower ride to find their objective—not whereas goatheads a block away, a slew of goatheads have a yellow flower. grew alongside Capitol Boulevard. Moreover, some wellON Leaping off their bikes, gardening tools intending people manage to LS I W and trash bags in hand, the avengers laid N spread goatheads while trying to BE waste to the enemy. remove them. The trick is to get the Fighting goatheads is a Herculean task. Casey plant before it goes to seed. Robinson, a bike technician at Capitol Schwinn Sports, “If it hasn’t seeded, just dig it up. If it has has seen more than his share of tires ravaged by the weed. seeded, throw it in the trash,” said O’Leary. “I don’t think there’s much that can be done. It’s like trying to get Like a league of superheroes, the avengers are earning the gratirid of rabbits. They’re always making babies,” Robinson said. tude of the populace they fight to protect, one plant at a time. While Robinson believes the best line of defense is puncture-resistant the avengers dug up the weed last week, more than one eye turned bike tubes, which boast about six times the thickness of a standard from passing traffic. “Thanks, you guys. I’m a road bike rider. I love tube. Filling those tubes with self-sealing slime creates a bike tire that you,” said one man after hearing about the mission. is nearly goathead-proof—a necessity in an area notorious for goatAn hour later, the avengers were at the abandoned house on heads, Robinson said, adding he sees at least five goathead victims Myrtle Street owned by Sen. Jim Risch, where the lawn is overrun each day at his shop. by goatheads, not a quarter of a mile from where the group started. Goathead, also known as puncturevine, or Tribulus terrestris as “There are so many people avenging goatheads on their own,” binomial nomenclature would have it, is indigenous to the warmer O’Leary said. “In order for Goathead Avengers to work, there’s got areas of Eurasia, Africa and Australia, but grows extensively across to be hundreds doing this. And the thing is, it’s totally possible.” the western United States as an invasive species. Boise’s cold winters But regardless of the cause and enthusiasm of the participants, the keep it as an annual here, whereas in its warmer native lands, it turnout to Goathead Avengers meetings has been low, and the movegrows as a perennial. ment slow to catch on. Despite recruiting at local bike clubs, Boise’s The seeds can lay dormant for half a decade, making it excepprominent biking community has given the avengers little notice. tionally difficult to get rid of. Despite being a nuisance, goathead Some avengers have raised the idea that, since they are doing a has medicinal qualities and has also found some popularity as an community service, perhaps pay incentive from the city or involveaphrodisiac. The avengers even brew a surprisingly tasty tea from ment from neighborhood associations would help turn the tide of dried goathead plants. war. Until then, the avengers will ride on and fight the odds, but The true origin of goatheads in Boise has passed into myth along watch your bike tires. The goatheads still have the upper hand in with the culprits responsible. One legend holds that the wardens this battle. of the Old Idaho Penitentiary planted goatheads around the prison To become a Goathead Avenger, visit grounds to deter inmates from escaping. Another rumor boasts that goatheads were brought in by the railroad to prevent erosion around goatheadavengers, or to take the battle to the Foothills and check out the tracks. Still another claims that goathead seeds were shipped in




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RECLISTINGS events & classes 2009 SARA’S RUN WITH THE ANIMALS 5K—The 5K, or 3.1mile, race benefits Zoo Boise and follows a spectator-friendly, scenic and flat course through the park. Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $20 with $5 late fee after Sept. 13, www.spondoro. com. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. 22ND ANNUAL IDAHO VETERANS OLYMPICS—Spectators are invited to watch as 130 veterans of varying ages and physical abilities who reside at the Idaho State Veterans Home and 100 veterans from the VA Medical Center compete in events such as the discus throw (ring/Frisbee toss), javelin throw (dart toss) shot put (bean bag/football toss), baseball (T-ball), soccer kick, and basketball free throw. The Olympic Games run from 10 a.m.-noon with a heroes’ barbecue and medal presentation to follow. Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., FREE, 208-246-8750. Veterans Administration Medical Center, 500 W. Fort St., AUTISM AWARENESS 5K RUN/ WALK—Support the Treasure Valley Chapter of the Autism Society of America, a parentrun volunteer advocacy group, in their efforts to increase autism awareness. The kids’ course begins at 9 a.m., followed by a timed 5K run/ walk at 9:15 a.m., and a 2.5-mile family stroll at 9:30 a.m. All routes begin and end

at Veterans Park. Participants who raise $50 for autism education in Idaho receive free entry to the race. Entry forms are available at or by calling 208-336-5676. For more information, e-mail Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m., $22, includes a short-sleeve Tshirt. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise.

HARVEST CLASSIC FUN RUN— The event features an 8K run, a two-mile walk/run and a onemile noncompetitive race for children. Eight different $250 cash prizes are awarded to the winning schools’ physical education departments. Saturday, Sept. 19, 7-8:30 a.m., $22, one-mile $10, Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, 208-468-5858, www.

THE BOGUS BANZAI 2009—Beginner racers all the way to seasoned professionals are welcome to participate. Racers start at the parking lot of Bogus Basin and ride en masse (mostly downhill) to a undisclosed course for the race with an individual time trial format. The finish is near the bottom of Bogus Basin Road. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the race starts at noon. Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m., $36-$40, www. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208332-5100.

INDIAN CREEK RUN—The race is part of the Indian Creek Festival and includes a 10K/5K course. For more information, e-mail David Kerrick at or call 208-459-4574. Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m., $15, www.

THE BOGUS BASIN KAMIKAZE DOWNHILL—Practice time is at 10:30 a.m. and the racing begins at 2 p.m. The Kamikaze technical downhill course runs from the upper lodge to the lower lodge. The flowing course of the race is spectator friendly. Sunday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m., $36-$45, www. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208332-5100.

SNAKE RIVER HANDICAP— Idaho Mountain Touring sponsors the Snake River Handicap ride in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, a 55-minute drive down I-84 from Boise. The 13.5-mile course includes four laps through scenic hills with a barbecue after the race. Organizers are willing to modify the group categories to promote maximum fun: whatever it takes to have a good time. Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m., $15,

NATIONAL ORIENTEERING DAY—Join the City of Trees Orienteering Club and learn about the sport. Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.


CHURCH OF GOLF For many, golf is not a sport, it’s a religion. Their places of worship are found on the manicured fairways and greens of courses around the world, their ministers dressed in collared shirts and slacks. It doesn’t matter if they’re walking the links or staring transfixed at their televisions, golf is a serious matter. In Boise, there aren’t many opportunities for devotees to worship en masse, instead they have to be content with private observations or gathering around a TV to catch a round of whatever professional tournament is being broadcast that weekend. But for one glorious week each year, Treasure Valley members of the Church of Golf have the chance to celebrate what has become the high holiday of the sport in the Boise area: the Albertsons Boise Open Presented by Kraft. For the last 20 years, the tournament at Hillcrest Country Club has been a stop along the 29-tournament Nationwide Tour, which is owned by the PGA tour. This year, 156 players will compete for a share of the $725,000 purse with the winner walking away with $130,500. Tournament practice rounds were held on Sept. 14, with pro/am play filling the schedule on Sept. 15-16, but tournament play doesn’t begin until Thursday, Sept. 17, and lasts through Sunday, Sept. 20. While no cost is too great for the most devout golf follower, the Boise Open provides a rare affordable opportunity for even the most cash-strapped golfer to take in the action. Daily tickets are only $10 and weekly tickets are just $25, allowing the faithful to attend all four rounds. But what has made this tournament such a signature event in the Treasure Valley goes beyond golf. Over its history, the tournament has donated millions of dollars to local nonprofits. This year’s event will push the total to more than $10 million in donations, according to Patrick Siver, tournament director with Jeff Sanders Promotions. Siver said while most other Nationwide Tour events take in roughly $100,000 annually for charity, Boise cleared more than $1 million just last year. He attributes the figure to the strong sponsorship by Supervalu, which now owns Alberstons, as well as “phenomenal” community support. That support can be seen in the more than 1,000 volunteers who help with the tournament, as well as the fact that the Boise event has one of the highest attendance levels on the entire tour. This year, 134 area nonprofits will benefit from the Boise Open, with many getting not only a portion of the event proceeds, but also money through the Sara Lee Tickets Fore Charity program. Through Tickets for Charity program, participating nonprofits can sell event tickets and keep 100 percent of the proceeds. Even people buying tickets online have to designate a charity that will benefit from that particular sale. And while nonprofits have taken serious hits in their fundraising this year, Siver said tournament officials are still optimistic that proceeds will stay on course. But golf fans benefit from the Boise Open as well, simply with the chance to check out some of the top up-andcoming golfers in the world. In fact, two-thirds of golfers on the PGA Tour played on the Nationwide Tour, which has brought them through Boise every year since the tour was founded as the Ben Hogan Tour. At age 20, the Boise Open has the distinction of being just one of four original tournaments still on the tour. Siver said the players and support staff love this tour stop as well, something he got a full appreciation of after he requested personal stories for a commemorative edition of the tournament magazine. “The community has so embraced this tour and this event, and the players sense that,” he said. For those looking to put in some worship time on the course this week, daily tickets are available at the gate, while weekly tickets are available online at Parking for the event is free at Hillcrest Plaza (on the corner of Overland and Orchard) and a free shuttle runs fans to the entrance gate. Check the Web site for more details.


| SEPTEMBER 16–22, 2009 |




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





fine restaurant with a theme can be a turnoff. The Stinkhen our side house salads arrived, the school teacher confessed ing Rose in San Francisco—where it’s all garlic, all the that she still occasionally thought about the salad we’d had time—comes to mind. Or a place like The Cheesecake during a recent trip to another local eatery. We talked about Factory, which pretends at fine dining. how sometimes the memory of a particular dish darts from your subconBut if you are going to make real cheese your theme and put scious—the tastes and smells urging a repeat visit—and how geography it on almost everything you serve without hitting me over the sometimes makes that improbable. head with it, I’m not going to complain. We were surprised when we arrived at Asiago’s and the server who Asiago’s serves asiago cheese with nearly every course. Sit greeted us asked if she could cross off our reservation. I hadn’t made one down for lunch at one of ... who needs a reservathe tables covered with tion on a Sunday evening? butcher paper and cloth Watching four servers napkins and your mouth busily bustling through will automatically begin to the restaurant, I realized water for the rosemary-inthat if I made plans to fused loaf of hot bread the dine there again, I would server quickly delivers. indeed call ahead. The square of bread, The school teacher which, if you sit next to one had joyfully accepted of the large, patio-facing my invitation, but was windows just past the lunch even more delighted hour, will glow with a blue/ after I told her I’d heard purple hue, is crunchy on Asiago’s has cornered the the outside but extremely market in eggplant prepasoft and yeasty on the ration, plus their pasta is inside. With the proper mix all homemade. of olive oil and balsamic Hoping for something vinegar on your bread interesting to open with, plate, the large shards of we ordered the Suppli asiago will affix to the starter ($7.95 for two): bread’s face, delivering a fried cakes of walnut ASIAGO’S RESTAURANT veritable cheese sandwich with each bite. pesto, risotto and fontina cheese with a balsamAND WINEBAR We started with side salads and “zuppo”—the ic reduction. Crispy outside and pebbly inside, 1002 W. Main St., 208-336-5552, daily special was gazpacho ($4.95) and it was the soft cheese and earthy walnut pesto flavors Open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; extremely fresh and in season. Slightly creamy and swirled around, strangely complementing each Mon.-Sun. 4 p.m.-close. maybe a bit oily, but without the harsh tomato other. Half of a homemade loaf of bread arrived taste of many gazpachos, this cold bowl cleansed gratis at our table and we used slices to soak up the palate and warmed the belly. the reduction while we waited for the teacher’s order of the Rosarno Staying with the mild theme, both the house and Caesar ($15.95), eggplant—substituted for chicken—and tomato pesto over dressings on our salads were full-bodied, but somehow lighter fettucine with garlic cream sauce, and my Il Fungo Selvaggio ($13.95, than expected. Asiago is an Italian cheese that is used like paradd chicken, shrimp or spicy Italian sausage $3), sauteed wild mushmesan but is also very mild, yielding a true milky flavor. rooms in rich garlic cream sauce over maltagliati pasta finished with Our main courses arrived in what was at first a disappointing crumbled gorgonzola. lunch portion: a small helping on a small plate. But in this case, The wrong shape of pasta can leave a dish wanting if meats, vegetables the kitchen was right; I did not need a heaping bowl. or sauces can’t find purchase, sliding through penne or slithering off fusilI went for the Glorioso ($8.95, plus $2 for chicken, shrimp li. A diner may be left with two dishes in one bowl: one of pasta and one or scallops) because of the name, because I felt like something of ingredients. The wavy, not-too-thick trapezoids in the Il Fungo were the with a kick and because it promised “mushrooms sauteed with exact right type for the dish. Lovely bits of chewy mushroom, long strips lots of fresh garlic” and chicken. of marinated chicken and cheese so tart my sinuses contracted, caught in The pasta shells were cooked perfectly al dente, slightly the waves of the pasta instead of falling into a soupy mess at the bottom firmer than I normally cook pasta, but since Asiago’s claims to of the bowl. Although it had retained enough warmth in the middle to make its own pasta daily, I’d eat them raw. The shells served as melt a little of the gorgonzola, some time had passed between order and mini-scoopers and almost every bite contained a bit of garlic, a arrival, and the Il Fungo suffered from a tepid temperature. few red pepper flakes, a softened mushroom, a string of chicken The teacher’s eggplant gave us some serious pause when it arrived. and a shave of asiago. Again, like the soup, the oil was a bit Three cutlets the size of chicken fried steaks cascaded down the pasta. overwhelming, but the spicing was just what I needed. I had only hoped for a taste of the dish, but she spooned an entire giMy wife ordered the traditional lasagna ($7.95) off of the ant slice and some long strands of lemony fettuccine onto a plate for very affordable business lunch menu. The lasagna is made with me. Dollops of tomato pesto accented the eggplant without threat of a blend of Italian cheeses, but you can be sure the asiago is in drowning it, and crunchy bits of gremolata breading added exciting there somewhere, perhaps on the top layer, which provided texture to the meaty vegetable. For the rest of the evening, the teacher a crunchy cap to the soft layers of ground beef, cheese and would occasionally remark that no matter how she tried, she could noodles beneath. never prepare eggplant that well. I got the feeling after the Asiago’s verWe traded bites, considered ordering a bottle of wine and sion, she may not try again. staying a while. The jazz music was just right. The light and As we finished the night with a small cup of hot, heavy coffee, the buzz fresh air coming in off of the patio mixed with the garlic and of conversation from several tables swirled around in the cooling air that olive oil emanating from the back. We savored the kid-free, wafted in from the restaurant-fronting doors, which open up to patio seatdowntown meal, feeling, if only briefly, like landed Italian ing. We reminisced about unforgettable dishes, all of which we’d found gentry. Then we remembered to ask for the bill, along with a somewhere in the Northwest. The teacher mentioned a blackberry salmon cappuccino and an espresso—worthy substitutes to the nightcap dish, her gaze far away as she remembered the seaside restaurant where we both deserved. she’d found it. I have two very fond memories of seafood bisque: one a The bill—$30.85 for two—was quite reasonable for such a bowl of bisque at a hotel restaurant on the Oregon coast, the other a spicy fine meal in such a proper restaurant. May Asiago’s always have surprise at a Cuban eatery in Portland, Ore. And we both still think about a stable cheese source and may international cheese markets that local salad. I don’t know for sure yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if continue to thrive in the face of global recession. Amen. the Il Fungo pushes its way to the front of my food memories. —Nathaniel Hoffman prays to gods of cheese and espresso, depending on the hour. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM

—Amy Atkins likes to take Mr. Wild Mushroom to parties; he’s always such a fungi.


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

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Boise Weekly Dining Guide offers selective listings of editorial recommendations and advertisers. Listings rotate based on available space. Updates from diligent readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged. E-mail to or fax to 342-4733. Main St., 208-336-5552. $$-$$$ P SU OM.




BOMBAY GRILL—The only Indian food you’ll ďŹ nd 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. $-$$ OM. MADHUBAN—A daily lunch buffet and a huge menu including all the favorites. You’re gonna love the curry. A great place for vegetarians. 6930 W. State St., 208-8538215. $-$$ SU OM. 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. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 222, 208-473-7200. $-$$ OM.

Italian ASIAGO’S—Innovative Italian pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials served amidst rustic Italian countryside decor. 1002 W.

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 ďŹ ne Italian dining and wonderful, friendly, bend-over-backwards service. 3015 McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710. $$ P. LOUIE’S—Big on variety and little on price. Louie’s is a locally-owned restaurant that puts as much care into their service as their infamous pizza. Boasting traditional cannellonis, tortellinis and eggplant parmigana, Louie’s also has a selection of salads and pizzas for all your dining and catering needs. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200. $$ P SU OM. THE STUFFED OLIVE—Eagle has decided to tattle on its “best kept secretâ€? 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.

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. $$ SU. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—It is a happy ďŹ sh, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more—including several creative vegetarian options—and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., 208-3434810. $$$ 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


TWO MORE PLACES YOU CAN EAT FOR 40 PERCENT OFF Good news, BW Card members: You have two new places you can use the BW Card. One is a favorite in Nampa that recently opened a second location in downtown Boise, and the other is a new joint that is charting some interesting culinary waters in downtown Boise. First up is Eli’s Deli. After garnering quite the following in Nampa over the last few years, Eli’s opened a second location in downtown Boise earlier this summer. The Italian deli makes a mean meatball sand, but I highly recommend the ba-da-bing with turkey, ham, pastrami and provolone melted into a fold of Eli’s homemade bread. BW Card members can use their card at both the downtown Boise and the downtown Nampa locations of Eli’s. Next up is Sweetwater’s Tropic Zone. Billed as “laid back tropical cuisine,� Sweetwater focuses on food from locales straddling the equator. Think oysters, conch, satays, prawns and—if you’re feeling more turf than surf—goat. Eli’s Deli, 219 N. 10th St., 208-473-7161, Boise; 122 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208466-8880, Sweetwater’s Tropic Zone, 205 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194,

LUNCH ON A PERCH On the walk back from a semi-regular jaunt to Flying M for caffeine and Willi B’s for cheap eats, a co-worker and I passed by a sandwich board sign on the sidewalk advertising Darla’s Deli, located in the penthouse of the C.W. Moore building on the corner of Fifth and Front streets. We took the elevator to the top and met Darla, owner and sole employee, and marveled at a display of ciabatta sandwiches, a huge chef salad with bacon—and probably some other stuff but we couldn’t see past the bacon—and two avocado halves stuffed with what looked like tuna salad. The deli is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m., ďŹ ve days a week for breakfast and lunch, and you can be added to an e-mail list to receive notiďŹ cation of daily specials. Darla’s menu is riddled with sandwiches of the lunch and breakfast varieties. Best ďŹ nd on the menu? Half a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for $2.83. I’ve been to the penthouse balcony high above downtown Boise for a couple of wedding receptions, and the idea of spending a lunch hour in the open air, looking out over the city instead of eating lunch at my desk, is enticing. 250 S. Fifth St., 208-381-0034, —Amy Atkins

THIS WEEK’S WINE AND DINE Of all the holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is without doubt the one that needs a “half birthdayâ€?—a mid-year celebration six months between ofďŹ cials days, that is. Rick’s Press Room, the Busted Shovel and Quinn’s are throwing a halfway to St. Paddy’s Day party Thursday, Sept. 17, and it’s a pretty simple idea: party like it’s March 17th. Get a mug of green beer and dance a jig to the bagpiping tunes provided by the Boise Highlanders. Thursday, Sept. 17. Rick’s Press Room, 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0558,; The Busted Shovel, 704 W. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217,; Quinn’s, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-9568.


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DININGGUIDE Basin Road, 208-342-3385. 2053 Fairview Ave., 208-8848511. 280 N. Eighth St. #104, 208-385-0123. $-$$ P SU 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.

Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern 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. $-$$ . MESA TAQUERIA—Without a can opener or a freezer, the intrepid crew at Mesa Taqueria delivers up the goods as fresh as they get. It’s a traditional taqueria set up with everything from quesadillas to tacos and burritos on the fly. 215 N. Eighth St., 208-336-0987. $ P SU OM. PARRILLA GRILL—For on the go fusion food, Parrilla is one of the best in town. Serving breakfast, wraps and burritos, Parrilla’s patio is a summer favorite. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ P SU . POLLO REY—A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisseriecooked chicken. 222 N. Eighth St., 208-345-0323. 7709 Overland Road, 208-375-4642. $ P SU. REEF—You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-2879200. $$-$$$ 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

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FUSION ASIAN GRILL—Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean in Meridian. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., 208-855-5930. $-$$ SU MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. 78 Eagle River St. #165, 208-938-8424. $$-$$$ P SU OM. PAT’S THAI KITCHEN—Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” certainly holds true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you find in Chiang Mai, noodles and rice of all varieties and curry done Thai spicy or mild for the farang in you. 577 E. Park Blvd. #C110, 208-345-0026. $-$$ 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. These restaurants are only a few of Boise’s eateries. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in Boise and the surrounding areas, visit and click on “Food” and then on “Find Restaurants.”


VIOGNIER FOR FALL With the temperatures we’ve had lately, it’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. During the summer, red wines take something of a back seat to white. When the temperatures climb high, crisp and refreshing is what you want. But as we transition back into autumn, tastes shift. Light reds, like the Beaujolais I wrote about two weeks ago, come into play. And when it comes to whites, you look for something with a little more complexity and character. Viognier, with its perfumed aromas and lovely stone-fruit flavors, is just the thing for the cooler weather. Here are the panel’s favorites from our recent viognier tasting: 2008 K VIOGNIER, $21.50 Light and lovely aromas with soft accents of white peach, fresh basil, nutmeg and mineral fill this wine. On the palate, the K is both elegant and refreshing, showing a nice balance between sweet stone fruit and crisp, ripe citrus. The finish lingers nicely, offering honeyed lemon with a light touch of orange zest. There’s an underlying minerality to this wine, almost chablis like, but with a viognier cloak. This wine cries out to be paired with seafood. 2006 ROSENBLUM VIOGNIER, KATHY’S CUVEE, $17.99 Typically, viognier should be drunk within a year of its release to enjoy the charming fresh-fruit flavors, but there are exceptions. The Rosenblum is an unapologetically unctuous wine that has gained complexity with age. Heady ripe apricot aromas dominate the nose with layers of spice, blood orange, hazelnut, butterscotch and caramel. The flavors are big and bold with creamy peach and ripe apple, while the wine boasts just enough acidity to balance things out. A delight on its own, or pair it with rich cheeses. 2008 ZACA MESA VIOGNIER, $17.50 Stylistically, the Zaca Mesa falls somewhere between the lean and lively K and the opulent Rosenblum. Floral honeysuckle and rose petal mark the nose along with melon, peach, spice and lemon zest. This is a fruit-forward wine with sweet peach, apricot and honeyed melon flavors and a nice, creamy texture. All that richness is balanced well by seamless acidity throughout, with crisp citrus coming through especially on the finish. This week’s panel: David Kirkpatrick, Boise Co-op Wine Shop; Cindy Limber, Bardenay; Kevin Settles, Bardenay; Scott Sprague, Idaho Wine Merchant; Leslie Young, Boise Co-op Wine Shop



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The Waterfront District is situated on some of Garden City’s most desirable real estate. Set on the south bank of the Boise River, the newer neighborhood of upscale townhomes and single-family dwellings sits mere steps away from the ever-popular Greenbelt. Construction has begun on a foot bridge to connect the south shore to the Greenbelt’s northern lane, making it possible to reach downtown Boise by bicycle in 15 minutes. Soon, a new 55-acre sports complex and a highly anticipated whitewater park will also lie just across the river. The Waterfront District is dotted with clusters of townhomes ranging from modern live/work units and prairie-influenced residences to regal Tuscan-style models. This week’s home is a three-story center unit within the Tuscan cluster. The villa-like facade is accentuated with stacked stones, rich brown window trim, gently arched doorways and a tile roof. A curved staircase coated in wheat-colored stucco leads to the main entrance, which is located on the second story. At ground level, is a two-car tandem garage, a full bathroom, a bedroom with river views and an interior stairway. At the front of the second level is an office with terra cottacolored walls and sculpted carpet. Next to it, a sage green powder room has a solid-stone vessel sink and an ornately carved mirror. A great room with hickory floors is situated at the rear overlooking the river and Foothills. The views can be enjoyed from the gourmet kitchen, outfitted with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and honey-tinted alder cabinets. An impressive island made from antiqued ivory cabinetry and topped with ivory granite acts as both workstation and breakfast bar. In the informal dining space, a set of French doors opens to a balcony. On the third floor is a bedroom with neighborhood views, a full bathroom and the master suite. The sweeping views from the master bedroom are impressive. French doors open to a tiny balcony and beg to be opened so riverside sounds can lull the new owner to sleep. Pros: Tuscan-style townhouse on Boise River. Cons: Three levels of stairs may not be appealing. —Jennifer Hernandez Open House: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 19-20, noon-5 p.m.


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This 6-month old border collie and English setter-mix puppy is cute, fun and very charming. He appears to have been house-trained and has had some training. Mental and physical stimulation would be best for this young dog, who needs an owner who will work with him every day to make him a well mannered family companion. (Kennel 412 - #8346781)

Pilgrim is a 5-year-old handsome male cat with medium-length black and white fur and stunning gold/orange eyes. He was found in New Plymouth and brought to the shelter as a stray with no identiďŹ cation. He is a very friendly and loving and is litterbox-trained. This handsome buy loves to be petted and handled and has lots of potential to become a nice, family companion. (Kennel 13 (ed room) - #8305823)

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120 Contents of a stannary mine 121 Notes 122 Leaves at the base of a flower 123 Long-tailed moth 124 High-school subj. 125 Cameron who directed “Jerry Maguire” 126 Most sardonic 127 Stat

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41 Simple writing 42 Dallas sch. 45 Cooler in the summer 48 Sufficient, informally 49 Until now 51 Mythical twin’s bird tale? 52 Incessantly 53 Goodman of “Splash” and “Grease” 56 Sling mud at 61 One of the Cyclades 63 Power seekers, maybe 66 “Just ___ thought!” 67 Google service 68 Each 70 “Must’ve been something ___” 71 What the N.H.L.’s Hurricanes skate on? 74 Immature stage 81 Year the mathematician Pierre de Fermat was born 83 Chase in films 85 ___-Japanese War 86 Lee who directed “Brokeback Mountain” 88 Create quickly L A S T













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FREEW I L L ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): To the thug who stole my Chevy Malibu from its parking place while I was recording an album in San Francisco back in 1991: I forgive you. To the lovely and talented Ar temisia, who couldn’t bring herself to fall in love with me as we par tied at the Burning Man festival back in 2001: I forgive you. To the agent who helped my writing career so much but also cheated me out of thousands of dollars: I forgive you. To any Aries readers who hate it when I refer to my personal life in their horoscopes, and would much rather I confine myself to talking about them: I forgive you, and recommend that you engage in a more thorough and profound version of the cleansing I just illustrated.

won’t work on wine, but it could per form wonders with other processes that would benefit from having their evolution expedited.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The old saying “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too” suggests that maybe it’s not a good idea to go out on dates with a variety of lovers while you’re engaged to be married. Nostradamus scholar John Hogue has taken the spirit of this idea and created a variation that I think applies to you right now, Taurus. “You can’t have your past and your future, too,” he says. In other words, you cannot fully embrace the exciting and daunting possibilities that loom ahead of you if you also insist on immersing yourself in the pleasures of the past. You can either have the old ways or the new ways, but not both.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Studies show that many people believe their attendance at a sports event impacts the outcome of the game. They are obviously suffering from a ridiculous delusion, right? They’re enthralled by the kind of magical thinking that our primitive ancestors engaged in, right? Normally I’d say yes, but not right now, not for you Scorpios. For a limited time only, your presence at events where people congregate may exert an uncanny influence far beyond the power of logic to explain. Your opinions will carry more weight than usual, and your power to shape group dynamics will be at a peak.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): According to my astrological analysis, you currently have a cer tain resemblance to a vacuum cleaner or a hungr y baby or a mini-black hole. Ever y time I’ve turned my meditations to the Gemini tribe, I’ve been hearing a psychic version of a giant sucking sound. What does it all mean? I sense that you’re especially voracious right now, almost insatiable—as if you’re inclined to engorge and absorb any old thing that you happen to find in front of you. Are my speculations true? If so, I hope and pray that all the things you’re finding in front of you are healthy for you. But just in case some of them are not: Would you consider exercising some discrimination about what you allow to enter into the sacred temple of your body and mind? CANCER (June 21-July 22): These days, your gods can kick the butts of ever yone else’s gods. Likewise, your lawyers and agents and sidekicks can most likely outwit, outdo and outwrestle ever yone else’s. But it’s crucial to note that if you tr y to work alone, you will not be able to kick other people’s butts, let alone the butts of their gods, lawyers, agents and sidekicks. The skills of your allies will be indispensable. The way I see it, your test in the coming days will be to overcome any tendency you might have to indulge in pathological levels of selfsufficiency as you cultivate a greater capacity to ask for and receive help. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “We’re all mutants,” read the headline of a repor t on the latest genetic research. It turns out that like ever yone else, you have between 100 and 200 mutations in your DNA—absolutely new characteristics that were not passed down to you by your parents. To gather the evidence for this revelation, scientists had to sor t through huge amounts of data; there are thousands of genes but only a few mutations. A Chinese scientist who was a member of the research team said that “finding this tiny number of mutations was more difficult than finding an ant’s egg in an emperor’s rice store.” I predict that you will soon have a comparable experience, Leo: From an over whelming array of choices, you’ll be able to locate the rare catalysts you need. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There’s a device on the market that claims to age wine ver y quickly. The makers of “Clef du Vin” say that by using their simple technology, you can “accelerate the aromatic development of the wine’s flavor and soften its structure.” So dramatic is the supposed effect that “one second of the device in the wine is equal to one year’s age.” I believe that you now have the metaphorical equivalent of this mar vel, Virgo. This temporar y talent

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The soft-minded person always fears change,” said one of my favorite transformers, Mar tin Luther King, Jr. “For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.” The corollar y to King’s pronouncement is that changes are less likely to be painful if you’re not afraid of them. According to my astrological analysis, Libra, none of that stuff will be an issue for you in the coming weeks. As you slip into a phase of riotous growth, I expect you will have abundant access to previously dormant reser ves of courage and tough-mindedness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If I’m reading the astrological omens correctly, you’re now ensconced in a smooth groove and not even close to being stuck in a cluttered rut. You’re making the right moves for the best reasons, and never tr ying to get ahead at the expense of others. During a grace period like this, I think you’d be wise to convene what I call a problem team. A problem team is a posse of smar t allies whose task it is to dream up ever y possible glitch that could threaten to undermine your effor ts in the coming weeks. They lead you through dr y runs that test your reflexes and prime your resourcefulness, thereby making those glitches unlikely to occur. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): While I’m pretty much a genius when it comes to the meaning of Kur t Cobain’s lyrics, the ar t of cooking per fect scrambled eggs and the secrets of being a good listener, I’m an absolute idiot about how a car engine works, how to make money on eBay and how to craft a foreign policy that would deal effectively with Pakistan. What about you, Capricorn? What are you dumb about? This is an excellent time to cure your ignorance about any subject that will be impor tant for you to be smar ter about in the future. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The following projects would be excellent ways for you to spend your time in the coming weeks: 1. Attend a fantasy camp where you learn rodeo tricks. (They might come in handy during committee meetings and collaborative efforts in the next six months.) 2. Teach a worthy candidate the intricacies of licking your nuzzle spots. (It no longer makes sense to expect people to read your mind). 3. Scratch an itch that has been subliminally bugging you. (Unless of course you find some value in being subliminally bugged.) 4. Solicit lively information from a devil’s advocate, a sexy mother and a world traveler. (You need exposure to people whose perspectives will pr y open a couple of the closed areas of your mind). PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your quest has come to a fork, Pisces. Down one path lies a tumultuous obsession—a compulsive, tormented hunt like Capt. Ahab’s pursuit of Moby Dick. In the other direction, a graceful chase beckons, more in the manner of Sir Galahad’s pure-hear ted search for the Holy Grail. Choose one fork and your quarr y will be beastly, impossible and frustrating. If you choose the other fork, your quarr y will be magical, ear thy and transformative. Homework: What’s the most selfish, narcissistic thing about you? Do you think that maybe you should transform it? Testify at freewillastrology. com.



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