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BILLCOPE MORE BOB Substitute columnist 2 Attention: Bill Cope continues his hiatus, secure in the knowledge that the column is in the able hands of Badger Bob Berserquierre. Should you so greatly prefer Cope’s approach to opinionizing to that of Mr. Badger, then we suggest you go the Boise Weekly Web site and browse through his old columns instead of reading today’s submission. We particularly recommend one called “TwoHeaded Teenager” (BW, Opinion, April 27, 2005). It is one of our favorites and could not possibly offend anyone—something that can never be safely said about whatever Mr. Badger may write. —“The Editor”
ope, you shouldn’t o’ ﬁred Red.” “Oooooh, I know that now, Bob. I’ve regretted it ever since Red walked out the door. I was blind, I tell you. Blind!” “Yeah. He’d been with you for a long time. Can’t say much for your sense of loyalty, either.” “Oooooh, you’re totally, totally right, Bob! What have I done? I was a Judas, I tell you. A Judas!” As I reported last week, Cope was holed up in his bedroom with one of those body-length pillows and a week’s supply of kettle corn. His wife was desperate to get him out of there because the whole house was starting to smell like fried catﬁsh. I managed to talk him into brushing his teeth, and once he was up, he stayed that way—at least for the duration of this conversation. “So what are you going to do, Cope? Are you just going to let it eat away at you?” “Ooooh, I don’t know what to do about it, Bob. I can’t think. I’m so confused. I’m an idiot, I tell you. An idiot!” I couldn’t argue with him on that point, so I changed the subject. “Look, if you’re serious about me doing your column until you get over this … uh … whatever the hell it is that’s wrong with you, we need to come up with a few subjects I might write about. What say? Can you pull your head out of your ass long enough to give me some suggestions here?” “Golly, Bob. I trust you. Whatever you want to write about, you just go right ahead. Except … uh … you know that idea of yours about how Republicans are hurting Americans more than the terrorists ever even thought about? And how they are the root cause of most of our problems instead of being any sort of solution? Well, maybe you shouldn’t say that, Bob. I mean, it’s probably true and all, but … gee … you know how pissy Republicans can get whenever someone calls them ignorant, verminous, yahoo rabble.” “Whatever you say, Cope. I had a column in mind about how Republicans are like a Biblical plague on the land. A punishment that God has inﬂicted upon us because we once had the horrible judgment to make Ronald Reagan our leader. But if you think that’s too strong, I won’t write it. So how about I do something on Walt Minnick? You know, something along the lines of: ‘For crying out loud! If we Idahoans are forever cursed with having conservative tight-asses represent us in Congress, at least bring back Bill Sali so’s we’ll have someone to laugh at.” “Huh? What? Jeepers no, Bob! You can’t say that about Walt. Please,
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puh-leeeeze don’t say that! I know Walt. I voted for Walt. I donated money to Walt. Shoot, I think I even endorsed him. How would I ever face him again if you said that about him? No, no, no, for Gawd’s sake, think of something else!” “Alrighty then, I’ll do a psychological proﬁle of the sort of under-evolved barbarian goober that would consider shooting wolves a good time. I want to start off with a paragraph or two on how there should be a law that says they have to eat whatever they kill. Right down to the last gristle.” “Well ... uh ... jeez, are you sure you want to get all those hunters mad at you? I mean, they have guns. Jiminy, I can imagine a bunch of ’em getting all drunked up some night when there’s nothing else to shoot and deciding that you need a lesson in kick-ass. Or worse yet, they forget it was you who wrote that opinion and come for me instead. Think about that, Bob. Golly, I have a wife and a kid.” “OK, Cope. Sure wouldn’t want to upset your barbarian goober readership, would we? So what if I do a column about how that university down by the river didn’t even make it onto the ranking of schools that Washington Monthly put out this month. There’s almost 250 universities and colleges on the list … both the other Idaho universities made it … but not that one that’s always bragging about their football team. I think people ought to know what they’re getting for their money, don’t you?” “Holy cow, Bob! You can’t write about that! Crap, I’d rather have drunk, pissed-off wolf hunters after me than a herd of those Bronco Nation weenies.” “Sheee-it! You’re making this damn hard, Cope. You want an opinion or not? Why’d you ask me to ﬁll in for you if you don’t want me to say anything?” “Gosh, Bob. You don’t have to yell at me. Here’s what I was thinking. You have an old dog, right? So I was thinking you could write a column about your old dog. Something like Marley and Me ... only the dog lives. Another idea I had is how embarrassing it would be to sit through one of those Cialis or Viagra commercials with your granddaughter. That’d be funny, huh? “Any erection lasting more than four hours blah blah blah ...? That might even win you a Pulitzer or something.” “I don’t have a TV or a granddaughter, Cope. And anymore, all my old dog does is sleep and fart.” “Oh.” All glum like, he hunched over a bowl of dry Froot Loops, picking the pink ones out with his ﬁngers and chewing them one at a time with his mouth open. I’d say Cope is as irritating as a human being can get, if I didn’t know skin-crawly creeps like Glen Beck and Sean Hannity were walking the Earth. “Listen, I think you should get Red back. I know he’s inarticulate, dumb and nuts, but he always did something for you that I can’t.” “What’s that, Bob?” “He could always make you feel better about yourself, Cope. I don’t believe I could ever do that. Not in good conscience.” “You’re right, Bob. Somehow, he always made me feel smarter. I should never o’ ﬁred him! I was a fool, I tell you! A fool!” “Yup.” WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM
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TEDRALL THE IMPOTENT DICTATOR How many more must die for Karzai?
imagine what George W. Bush and his “pet Afghan” Zalmay Khalilzad were thinking when they appointed Karzai as the U.S. puppet “interim president” of occupied Afghanistan in late 2001. Granted, all three NEW YORK—“For ﬁve years, Mr. Karzai There were at least 800 fake polling were oilmen—Karzai and Khalilzad had both was my president,” Ashraf Ghani, an opposi- sites on Afghanistan’s election day—places worked as consultants for the energy corpotion candidate, bemoaned after widespread that “existed only on paper,” reported The ration Unocal, which tried to build an oil-gas reports that incumbent Hamid Karzai had New York Times. “We think that about 15 pipeline across Afghanistan in the ’90s. used fraud on a massive scale to steal the percent of the polling sites never opened on But Karzai lacked both integrity—as a election. “Now how many Afghans will Election Day,” the paper quoted a “senior Taliban ofﬁcial in 1997, Karzai was caught consider him their president?” Western diplomat.” embezzling government funds and forced to Not many. In a country where civil war “But they still managed to report ﬂee the country—and support. is a national pastime, this is not good. But thousands of ballots for Karzai,” the Times Karzai’s drive to consolidate power since Ghani is asking the wrong question. The story stated. “Mr. Karzai’s supporters also 2001 has been marked by trickery, intimidareal question is how many Americans will took over approximately 800 [additional] tion, ballot stufﬁng and systemic corruption. continue to see Karzai as viable and be will- legitimate polling centers and used them to One “election” has followed another. But ing to pay the price of propping him up? fraudulently report tens of thousands of adnone have been conducted legitimately. California Sen. Diane Feinstein used to ditional ballots for Mr. Karzai.” Perhaps democracy was too much to hope support Karzai. “Afghanistan is our beachActually, make that hundreds of thoufor in a nation whose infrastructure had been head on our war on terror. We cannot lose sands. In “Kandahar ... preliminary results degraded to the 14th century. There was no it, or we lose our war on terror,” she said in indicate that more than 350,000 ballots have census, no house addresses, no mail service. 2002. What a difference seven years makes. been turned in to be counted. But Western How could a fair election be held? “I do not believe we can build a democratic ofﬁcials estimated that only about 25,000 Karzai didn’t even try. At a June 2002 state in Afghanistan,” she said last week. people actually voted there,” the story states. loya jirga (grand assembly) to choose the Americans are ﬁnally waking up. Afghani- “Pro-Karzai ballots may exceed the people new head of state, Karzai got his U.S. masstan, most people ﬁnally understand, is not who actually voted by a factor of 10.” ters to lean on his main rival, former king “the good war” but the stupid one. We can’t The truth is, there’s nothing new here. Mohammed Zahir Shah. Zahir Shah withwin. Even worse, there’s nothing to win. The Ashraf Ghani may have been the only drew, as did 70 of his delegates. They did the historical parallels aren’t perfect—they never Afghan to have ever considered Karzai legiti- same to ex-president Burhanuddin Rabbani. are—but it’s hard not to think of the cost of mate. To most Afghans, Karzai has always “Voting for the loya jirga has been propping up the corrupt Diem regime and been a curious “impotent dictator,” propped plagued by violence and vote-buying,” said its successors in South Vietnam when you up by U.S. military force but with insufﬁcient U.N. envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi see Hamid Karzai prancing around in Kabul, funding to exert his power outside the capital at the time. “There were attempts at manipunever an arm’s length away from U.S. Special of Kabul. In the provinces, tribal warlords lation, violence, unfortunately. Money was Forces commandos. You see, Karzai’s own ﬁght the Taliban for control. used, threats were used.” troops can’t be trusted not to kill him. Looking at Karzai’s resume, it’s hard to On Oct. 9, 2004, Karzai “won” his ﬁrst “democratic election.” As before, Karzai’s goons stacked the deck. Unsympathetic elections ofﬁcials were kidnapped. The United Nations concluded that “fraud had occurred, particularly ballot-box stufﬁng” in the 2004 election. The United Nations “noted that some estimates have said that 10 percent to 15 percent of the 11.5 million registered voters, in Afghanistan and among Afghan refugees abroad, may be registered more than once,” reported the Times at the time. The three-member committee that counted the ballots were all appointed by Karzai. Those who can’t win, cheat. Without the United States, Karzai would never have won power. He certainly wouldn’t have kept it. Meanwhile, the Times reported May 18, 2009, that Khalilzad “could assume a powerful, unelected position inside the Afghan government under a plan he is discussing with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, according to senior American and Afghan ofﬁcials.” Bush’s corrupt oilmen are still looting Afghanistan. The question for Americans is: why should anyone die to help them? Ted Rall is author of the books To Afghanistan and Back and Silk Road to Ruin.
BOBEXTRA COME AGAIN? It’s a bit of a tradition for us to highlight some of our favorite (read: funny, odd, weird) answers from you, our creative and opinionated readers who took the time to vote in the annual Best of Boise survey. And, as usual, you didn’t disappoint us. Voters managed to turn simple questions into excuses for head-scratching, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud answers. Thanks for making the ballotcounting process so much more enjoyable for us. Here’s a sample of some of our favorite responses from this year. To ﬁnd out who really won, check the Sept. 30 issue of BW.
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BEST LOCAL SMOKESHOP Smoky Davis
BEST LOCAL GROCERY STORE Albert ... oh wait. Local.
BEST LOCAL TV STATION The Feds killed my TV. Does 2.2 retro TV count? Cuz that’s the best TV ever. Knight Rider? R U kidding me?!?
BEST LOCAL SKI AREA WITHIN A HALF-DAY DRIVE OF BOISE Tamarack—oh, wait :(
BEST PUBLIC ART Steaming crack on the side of the Grove Hotel. BEST PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN adasheriff.org BEST LOCAL YOGA INSTRUCTOR Hot yoga chick.
BEST LOCAL MEAT That’s What She Said! In my pants. Meats Royale (“Nobody Beats Our Meat.”) BEST LOCAL KARAOKE BAR You’re kidding, right? BEST LOCAL APPLIANCE STORE Pleasure Boutique
BEST LOCAL STRIP CLUB I’m married. No such thing due to lack of nipples. BEST LOCAL TWITTERER Huh? Is that a cereal? Best local bird? BEST PLACE TO TAKE A NONIDAHOAN To a parking meter with a blue button. BEST LOCAL VEGETARIAN FOOD Aliens seem to like North Enders. —Deanna Darr
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The Boise City Council—with a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Dave Bieter—passed a resolution on Sept. 15 calling for health care reform. Council members Maryanne Jordan, David Eberle and Elaine Clegg supported the measure, and Jim Tibbs, Alan Shealy and Vern Bisterfeldt voted against it. Bieter broke the tie, saying that health insurance costs for city workers continue to rise. Thirty-four people testiﬁed on the resolution, mostly against, according to city spokesman Adam Park. Each was given two minutes to state their piece. Park said that health-care expenses for city workers will reach $13.9 million this year and are estimated to cost $16.8 million by 2012. City health coverage costs have risen as much as 15 percent a year recently, robbing cash from other city functions, he said. Many of the candidates for the City Council election in November spoke against the resolution. Candidate Dan Dunham, who is running in a three-way race against council member Bisterfeldt and David Honey, sent this quote to the Guardian blog: “As a city council candidate, I want to remind Mr. Mayor that your job deals with our city. You should be concerned with the local economy, local housing issues, the city budget, and ways that you can actually affect the quality of life for city residents.” And according to the White House, the number of uninsured people in Idaho increased from 204,000 in 2001 to 236,000 in 2008. The percent of non-elderly adults without insurance increased from 20.3 percent to 21.9 percent. The percentage of people with employer-based coverage decreased from 71.3 percent of the population in 2001 to 71.1 percent in 2008. More than one in ﬁve workers in Idaho lack insurance. The mayor’s resolution calls for insurance market reforms to help keep costs down, speciﬁcally for public employers like the city. But it also calls for expansion of public-sector health-care programs and a new public health plan option.
BOISE SCHOOL BOARD SELECTS NEW SUPER The Boise School Board has named longtime district administrator Don Coberly as the new superintendent. Coberly takes over at the end of this school year, when current Super Stan Olson retires. Coberly is now executive director of curriculum and instruction for the district. A Borah grad himself, he has worked at the district since 1985. “I am extremely pleased with the selection of Dr. Don Coberly to succeed me as Superintendent of the Boise School District,” Olson said in a district press release. “He has a true love for our school system and community along with having the technical, conceptual and human skills necessary to continue the quality work needed to keep our students and school district moving forward.”
OTTER ROLLS OUT INNOVATION FORUM Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter is hosting a full-day innovation forum at Boise State on Thursday, Sept. 24, pushing research in technology, agriculture, small business and at the state’s universities and colleges. The event is free and open to the public. It starts at 7:30 a.m. in the airy Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State. In February, Otter named a state innovation panel that includes Jefferson Jewell, managing director of Blackﬁn Technologies; Robin Woods, president of Alturas Analytics; Douglas Sayer, founder of Premier Technology; Steve Hodges, president of M2M Communications; Jason Stolworthy, commercialization manager for Battelle Energy Alliance; Mark Warbis, Otter’s director of communications; Donald A. Dietrich, commerce director; and Milford Terrell, a member of the State Board of Education. —Nathaniel Hoffman Because of early deadlines this week, Iraq casualty reports are not in this edition. They will return Oct. 7.
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MILK OF THE GODS Idaho Refugees ﬁnd new lives in an
Guterbock, the farm’s livestock manager. About two years ago, the farm started checking Social Security numbers of new employees. “The problem we had was we’d interview people and say out of 10, we’d like ﬁve, and only one or two would have their [Social Security] numbers check out,” he said. Guterbock went looking elsewhere for workers. He heard very eight minutes, 80 cows riding on metal carouabout unemployed refugees in Idaho and got in touch with the sels pass through this commercial milking parlor at International Rescue Committee. The IRC and other refugee Threemile Canyon Farms in Oregon. Ram Luitel has agencies in Boise have struggled to ﬁnd work for refugees since had a lot to learn about this 24/7 operation, including a new the economy turned sour. way of looking at cows, which to him, are holy. The recession has made it tough to ﬁnd entry-level work, Luitel is one of more than 30 Boiseans who found jobs at the types of jobs that new arrivals often land. But that kind the dairy this year, many of them refugees from Bhutan. He of work has been in short supply and the competition ﬁerce. helps supervise the workers as they clean udders and attach Threemile Canyon Farms offered an unusual solution. “Some of these people would end up in homeless shelters if they don’t have a job,” said Guterbock, who is himself a child of refugees from Germany. “So I think we’ve saved some of them from that fate.” Guterbock said refugees make up a sixth of the farm’s workforce. The majority of workers are Hispanic. Guterbock expected tension and problems to arise between Hispanic employees and refugees. The opposite, he said, has happened. “The employees who are already here have been extremely kind in bringing people furniture and supplies, making them feel welcome and giving them rides to work,” he said. He credits the farm’s diversity training for what he calls a “smooth transition.” Earlier in the year, Threemile Canyon Farms hired an outside trainer to hold 10 workshops on diversity. He said most of their employees came to the sessions to learn about different cultural practices and beliefs. “It was simple things,” he said, Ram Luitel checks the quality of milk being pumped. The 21-year-old is a refugee from Bhutan “like what people eat or what they and recently found work at Threemile Canyon Farms. consider polite or impolite that people have to adjust to.” Guterbock is among those who milking machines. Luitel works 50 to 60 hours a week and want long-term immigration reform, but he said hiring refudoesn’t get paid overtime. But he says he doesn’t mind. gees has helped ﬁll a labor gap. “I am Hindu, so to Hindu, cow is a god. So we say that we “That is not the solution to the agricultural labor issue facare serving god,” he said. ing the U.S. In other words, we need to address the undocuLuitel is originally from Bhutan, but he spent most of his mented people who are already here working,” he said. life in a refugee camp in Nepal. About a year ago, his family Threemile Canyon Farms is Oregon’s largest commercial resettled in Boise. farm, although you wouldn’t know it exists. The sprawling Luitel speaks nearly perfect English, and he was a college 93,000-acre operation is tucked off I-84, hidden among rolling student in Nepal before coming to the United States. The sagebrush-covered hills. 21-year-old found work right away at Micron Technology as a The farm’s payroll comes to $10 million every year, with computer operator. The rest of his family wasn’t so lucky, and 300 full-time workers and 400 seasonal jobs. The starting their federal assistance nearly dried up. Then they found out wage at the farm is $9.45 an hour. Workers and their families that Threemile Canyon Farms, some ﬁve hours away in Board- get full beneﬁts after six months, more than these refugees man, Ore., was hiring. Luitel quit his job at Micron and seven could have hoped for back in Boise. Guterbock admits “nomonths ago, went to work with his dad and uncle at the dairy. body is going to get rich milking cows. Let’s face it. But it’s a Luitel walks past rotating cows and stops to check to make good start.” sure the milk being pumped is good. “I need to ﬁrst test the Refugees like Luitel face long drives to see their families teat of the cow and ﬁgure out which teat has bad milk, and if back in Boise. One car-load of refugees this year had a headthis is bad milk, I need to tie a ribbon on the leg,” he exon collision, killing one. Still, Luitel sees working at the dairy plained while pulling a metal suction cup off the cow’s teat. as a way to start over and get his ﬁnancial feet ﬁrmly planted. The milk is good. For now, he’s learning to navigate the dairy world and to inte“This is my ﬁrst experience in my life working at a farm grate into a new community. Lately he’s been learning Spanish. because I have never touched a cow by my own hand before,” Refugee resettlement agencies in Boise are scaling back the he said. number of new arrivals next year and trying to ﬁnd new jobs Cows are revered as a symbol of life in Hinduism and are in health care, such as providing in-home care. There’s also an protected. Rural Indian families usually have a dairy cow that effort under way to create a health-care training program for is treated like a family member. Luitel smiled as he explained refugees through St. Alphonsus hospital and the newly opened how celebrated cows are in Hinduism. Here at the farm, he College of Western Idaho. considers himself to be serving god. Luitel wants to take advantage of new opportunities. He It turns out the farm has had a hard time ﬁlling jobs, even said working at the dairy is only temporary, something Guterin a recession. Big farms like Threemile Canyon, which has bock understands. Luitel wants to become a U.S. citizen and 16,000 Holstein and Jersey milk cows and 25,000 replacement one day work in a medical ﬁeld. calves and heifers, rely heavily on workers from Mexico. It’s He said with the experience he’s getting working with dairy been harder to tap into that applicant pool, explained Walt cows, he might even become a veterinarian.
unlikely place—an Oregon dairy
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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.
make sure the items you’re pawning actually belong to you. A 27-year-old Boise woman allegedly failed to NAMPA COPS TO DRAW make that distinction and BLOOD IN DUI STOPS recently landed behind bars as a result. If anybody out there needs another reason Boise Police Department reports say that not to drink and drive, how about needleacquaintances of the woman reported a numwielding cops? ber of personal items—including jewelry—had That’s right. Nampa Police Department been stolen, beginning back in June. And some patrol ofﬁcers are undergoing phlebotomy of the alleged loot had turned up at local pawn training. That’s a class in which they learn to shops. The victims named names. draw blood. After a detailed investigation, ofﬁcers It’s part of a National Highway Trafﬁc Safety Administration program to test whether drawing recovered several of the stolen items, including the jewelry, and forwarded the information to the blood of allegedly impaired drivers who prosecutors. They issued a felony grand-theft refuse breath tests will help cut the number arrest warrant in the case. The knock at the of DUI cases that make their way to court. A door came shortly thereafter. second test is being conducted in Texas. If successful, the program may go nationwide. It’s already the law of the land in Arizona, ATTENTION SHOPPERS: where they’ve been tapping suspects’ veins for PORN ON AISLE 69 more than 13 years. “They thought they were just pulling You see, the ﬁrst thing most defense attor- a prank.” neys will advise is to refuse to take the breath So says Sgt. Levi Risley of the Fort Smith test if suspected of driving under the inﬂuence. Police Department in Arkansas of two 20-yearAnd refuseniks’ cases often wind up in court, old dudes who thought it would be funny to where the charges are much more difﬁcult— swap out the promotional DVD playing on and a lot more expensive—to prove. display televisions at the local Wal-Mart. Under the program, cops will draw blood at The problem was, according to the Times the scene of the DUI stop if the suspect refus- Record newspaper in Fort Smith, their choice es to blow. That preserves evidence through of viewing material failed to meet community a timely collection of blood because alcohol standards. By a pornographic long shot. dissipates in the bloodstream relatively rapidly The DVD player into which the merry compared to some other illegal substances. pranksters slipped their XXX-rated fare was It also cuts the cost of paying a local hospart of a furniture department display and was pital for extracting the blood. To say nothing of connected to six other TVs. The sex acts were court costs associated with prosecutions. And visible to the general public as they shopped. Nampa police claim it will help them maintain a Eventually, an eagle-eyed shopper— better “chain of custody” with evidence in their presumably not a teenaged male—managed possession from start to ﬁnish. to pull themselves away from the boob tube. That means impaired drivers within reach of A manager was notiﬁed. The eject button was that burg’s police are no longer free to refuse pushed. And police were called. evidentiary tests. They can try, but cops will be Authorities released store surveillance empowered to draw the blood regardless. Even video to the local TV station to air on the 10 if it means hogtying the suspect on the hood p.m. newscast’s Crime Stoppers segment. of their car. Within six minutes of the broadcast, the two And in case you’re wondering, doing so is suspects were ﬁngered. Turns out, one of them perfectly legal. The U.S. Supreme Court gave a works—or used to, anyway—at the store. go-ahead for the practice back in 1966. The next day, the two suspects were We can see the video now. booked into the county lockup on a felony obscenity complaint. And our pranksters weren’t so merry anymore. PAWN-SHOP VISITS NET
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Best of Boise: Part One Something is very, very different in this, the 15th year of Boise Weekly’s Best of Boise. Yes, something was very different last year and the year before, but this year, it’s a radical change. In 2007, we introduced the all-online Best of Boise voting system and completely eliminated the existence of paper ballots from what we call reality. In 2008, we went all local. No chains, no franchises. We asked that while voting, BW readers choose only those businesses that were locally owned and independent because we’re interested in what’s truly unique about Boise. This year, in addition to keeping it all online and all local, we dug out a few sharp objects and cleaved ol’ BOB right in two, editors’ picks on one side, readers’ picks on the other. After that, we conﬁned them to two different weeks on the print schedule. So what exactly does all that mean? Every year, Best of Boise is Boise Weekly’s behemoth issue of the year and in it, in addition to the results of the readers’ poll, we published the sometimes tongue-in-cheek editors’ picks. This year, we decided to publish two Best of Boise issues: ﬁrst the editors’ picks, which you hold in your hot little hands, and next week, readers’ picks. Go ahead, ﬂip through this edition, you’ll only see editors’ picks. Go ahead, I’ll wait … Want to know what BW readers had to say about the best restaurant or best band? Check back next week, when we’ll publish an entire issue dedicated to those people who know Boise best: you, our readers. For now, we hope the editors’ picks get your appetite worked up for the big enchilada next week. The results are already in, and we’ve seen some very interesting winners this year. —Rachael Daigle
| SEPTEMBER 23–29, 2009 |
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S U S AN VALIQU ETTE
BEST SHORT TIMER Boisean Reuben Murray brought home the bronze medal for 200 meter snowshoe race.
BEST HIGH FIVES
Special Olympics World Winter Games When organizers announced they were bringing the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games to Idaho with only a few years to prepare, they got more than a few raised eyebrows. But come last February, thousands of athletes, support teams, families and fans from around the world arrived in Idaho for a weeklong celebration of far more than athletics. The streets of Boise, Sun Valley and McCall were ﬁlled with a multitude of languages while cultures came together to share and celebrate. One of the most noticeable features of all the athletes and visitors was their smiles. Everyone seemed so happy, it was hard not to get wrapped up in the celebration. Special Olympics organizers in Idaho managed to pull off not only a successful world games, but the tourism goal of all time: showing the world the beauty of Idaho, both in landscape and its people. Besides, it was a much needed mid-winter mood booster for all of us.
BEST MEDIA HYPE
Treasure Valley Weekly World Post The phones at BWHQ started ringing early on the morning of April 1. Panicked callers asked if it was true that Boise Weekly owner/publisher Sally Freeman had sold out to media juggernaut Rupert Murdoch, who was changing the paper into a weekly bastion of conservative opinion and Hollywood gossip. Comments on Facebook and Twitter ﬂew at a record pace as readers decried the loss of BW (though a few celebrated it). Funny how no one seemed to look at the date on the paper. Now, months later, and despite a steady ﬂow of the tried-andtrue Boise Weekly, we’re still ﬁelding questions about the buyout. Seriously, folks, we’re still here. But you have to admit, we got you good.
| SEPTEMBER 23–29, 2009 |
In the game of Who’s in the Hole on the Hole, Tahoe, Calif.-based real estate developer Robert Capps is the latest loser. Capps, who already had a stake in the rebar jungle at the corner of Eighth and Main, won it outright when no one else bid on it at auction in April. By June, he had it up for sale, with nary a sign that he had even visited the property. Who’s next in line for a dip in the hole? Only time will tell in this endless Boise saga.
BEST ON AGAIN AND OFF AGAIN
Wolves and the Endangered Species List They’re on the list. Nope, now they’re off. Whoops, wait a second, they’re back on ... we think. Gray wolves have been on and off the Endangered Species List more times than an anorexic Hollywood A-lister on the bestdressed list. After being taken off the federal list and turned over to state control, a lawsuit brought by several environmental groups put the kibosh on that plan while a federal judge took another look at the state’s protection plans. Earlier this year, the judge ruled in favor of the government, and the states of Idaho and Montana are now in charge of the wolves in their states, although Wyoming wolves are still considered endangered. While a federal judge OK’d the Idaho’s ﬁrst wolf-hunting season, we’re sure it isn’t the end of the legal tango.
BEST TEMPER TANTRUM
Butch Otter’s Veto Party Some lead by example. Some speak softly and carry a big stick. Some negotiate quietly at a European retreat then make big pronouncements. Some even lead by threat of veto. But not in Idaho. Here, we lead by pointless veto. Upon vetoing eight budget bills, Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter said: “I have no problem with these bills. At some point, they will merit positive consideration.” Well, nothing happened. So then he vetoed 25 more bills that everyone knew he would eventually sign. Nothing happened. So he declared victory and sent them all home. A side of pie in the face with your veto, sir?
BEST “THEY’RE OUT TO GET US”
Bad Drivers Taking Out BW Staffers’ Cars We’ve noticed a disturbing trend here at BW: Not one, not two, but three staffers’ cars have been taken out by hit and run (or try-to-run in some cases) drivers as the cars were innocently parked. The ﬁrst was in the middle of the day. The car’s owner emerged from inside the ofﬁce, to ﬁnd the side of her car had been smashed. Not long after, another staffer awoke to discover that not one, but two of her cars had been badly damaged after a drunk driver careened into one of them, pushing it into the other. The driver in this case made it as far as the neighbor’s lawn before crashing one more time. Finally, a third staffer was awoken by the sound of crashing metal when a drunk driver hit her parked car so hard, it pushed it up and over a curb. But, with chunks of the damaged car still imbedded in the other driver’s tire, that driver wasn’t hard to track down. We’re trying not to take it personally, but please, call a cab.
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B EN W ILS ON
BEST REPUBLICAN IN DEMOCRAT CLOTHING BEST NEW LOVE AFFAIR
Rep. Walt Minnick
He had all the trappings of a Democrat. Walt Minnick sat on the boards of several environmental groups, earned support from pro-choice groups and has a wife who worked as a journalist. But there was always that CEO thing hanging around his neck. Now nine months into his term, we can count on one hand the number of times Minnick has diverged from Idaho’s other, Republican congressional representatives. But hey, at least he’s no Bill Sali.
Boise and The New York Times
We have a few theories on the volumes of Boise mentions in The New York Times stories in the past year. 1) Boise ﬁnally popped up on the list of stereotypical Western backwaters that New Yorkers keep handy. 2) Mayor Dave hired some well-connected PR ﬁrm to grease somebody’s palm in Manhattan. 3) Boise really is the best place to live/ work/play/have sex/bowl in the entire world.
BEST NEW WILDERNESS
Owyhee Canyonlands After decades of ﬁghting and lawsuits and eight years of planning and negotiations, the Owyhee Canyonlands in far southern Idaho became the ﬁrst ofﬁcial wilderness area in the state in almost 30 years. It was a victor y for conser vationists, recreationists and ranchers alike, thanks to an unusual partnership that brought all interested parties to the table. While no one got ever ything they wanted, ever yone got something, and in the process 500,000 acres of wilderness, as well as more than 300 miles of Wild and Scenic rivers, were permanently protected while preser ving grazing rights and recreational access. And beyond protecting a strikingly beautiful and unique place, we have to say we’re impressed by the cooperation that brought the effort to fruition. Just imagine: putting your biases aside and compromising to actually get something done. What a ver y grownup way of solving a problem.
| SEPTEMBER 23–29, 2009 |
BEST RU4-PHARMACISTBROW-BEATING BILL 86’ER
Patti Anne Lodge
Some called it the pharmacist conscience bill. Others called it the Taliban Medicine Act of 2009. Either way, Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, a Republican from the hamlet of Huston, south of Nampa, 86’d this latest attempt to legislate morality by putting the bill in her drawer. Usually we’d cry for a hearing, but the bill, which would have permitted pharmacists to refuse to ﬁll prescriptions of things like birth control on personal moral grounds, did have a hearing in the House and passed that lower body. So here’s a BOB to Lodge for using the chairman’s drawer for its intended purpose.
BEST WASTE NOT, WANT PLENTY
Small Trash Cans MIA from Curb It After months of announcements, ad campaigns and assorted hype, the City of Boise rolled out its new trash and no-sort recycling program. Many residents were actually kind of excited to get their new containers—especially the big blue can in to which they could dump all their recyclables. But for those who had pre-ordered special sizes smaller than the standard 96-gallon behemoths, the wait was a little longer. Response to the smaller options was so strong that Allied Waste was a little overwhelmed, and delivery of the nonstandard containers quickly fell weeks behind. It was a bit of a buzz kill for those of us who wanted to keep our trash in check. We’ll get over it. Eventually.
BEST GOP ON GOP VIOLENCE
BEST COP NAME
It could be the ongoing ďŹ ght to close Republican primar y elections, the ouster of GOP Chairman J. Kirk Sullivan, the Ron-Paul-turned-Tea-Bagging phenomenon. Hell, it could always be Larr y Craig. But weâ€™ll give this yearâ€™s BOB for schism in the one-party potato state to the Republican-dominated House of Representatives and Republican Gov. C. L. â€œButchâ€? Otter for their pissing match over road funding. At last count, the battle has been going on for years, and no one seems close to winning.
There was a day when the cop on the beat would stroll down the street, absentmindedly spinning his baton. Sgt. Walker, they might have called him then. But not anymore. Sgt. Clair Walker is the leader of Boise Police Departmentâ€™s Bike Patrol Unit. With the number of cyclist deaths and injuries spiking, Walker has been a ver y vocal biker this year. His message: Keep riding but be safe and follow the laws. Nice shorts, Sgt. Walker. Glad you donâ€™t have to walk anymore.
Republican Party Split Sgt. Clair Walker
BEST NEW RISKY RISQUE ENTRY
Some people love to hate the strip club next door. The Torch II is technically too close to homes to operate as an adult venue, but, hey, it was there ďŹ rst. But when Torch II owner Mans Montgomery went ahead and expanded his entry vestibule, the city slapped him with a cease and desistâ€”since heâ€™s grandfathered in, alterations to the facility put his license at risk. The case is on appeal. We say, let the Torch have a new front door.
BEST JUST READ THE BLOG
Sharon Ullman has come around, but when she ďŹ rst announced that she would run for Ada County Commission, Ullman refused to give inter views, referring reporters to her blog instead and even ďŹ elding inter view questions in the comments. The daily paper thought it was some novel high-tech reporting technique. We thought it was annoying and kept calling her until she relented. But, hey, we still read the blog: sharonu.com/blog.
BEST LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD STORY
Sen. Jim Risch Idaho Sen. Jim Risch set off through the woods for his mother-in-lawâ€™s house on Myrtle. But, oops, it looks like itâ€™s been burnt, ransacked, squatted in and now condemned. Rischâ€™s family houseâ€”an eyesore by any standardâ€”has stood gutted on one of Boiseâ€™s main thoroughfares for more than two years. A family spokesman said they are waiting for an insurance settlement. One nearby salon worker/political activist has his own issue: Risch is one of the most wealthy men in the Senate; why not pretty up the lot for his campaign signs?
BEST NO MEANS YES
Idaho Politicians on Stimulus Spending When the $700 billion stimulus package passed Congress, right around the time the Idaho Legislature was starting to think about starting to do some legislating, Idaho lawmakers got a new idea. Letâ€™s study this enormous porkbarrel, deďŹ cit-jarring monstrosity for a few
â€œJust Ask Your Neighborâ€?
weeks before we do anything else. The governor said heâ€™d hold his nose and take the money. Idaho Democrat Rep. Walt Minnick even voted against the stimulus bill. But within months, Otter, Minnick and most of the Legislature were clamoring over who would get to spend the money ďŹ rst, and tr ying to get Idaho â€œits fair share.â€? Thatâ€™s ďŹ scal conser vatism for ya: We donâ€™t like it, but weâ€™ll take it.
BEST DONâ€™T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT
Bye Br yan Fischer. When the man BW dubbed Boiseâ€™s own theocrat took a job in Mississippi, many breathed a sigh of relief. Despite some comments on BWâ€™s Web site, we do not begrudge Fischer his paid gig. No, our beef is that he tried to tell us how to act and inserted his beliefs into our political system for way too long. But itâ€™s not just us: Fischerâ€™s former colleague, Dennis MansďŹ eld, announced in the Idaho Statesman that with Fischerâ€™s departure, the religious right in Idaho is leaderless. MansďŹ eld obser ved that the house the religious right built in Idaho is empty and offered to turn off the lights.
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| SEPTEMBER 23â€“29, 2009 | 15
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BEST POTATO MAFIA STORY
Idaho Potato Commission vs. Idaho Fry Company BEST NEW PLACE TO GET YOUR NEWS
BW Web Site
And we mean maﬁa as in the lowercase version: “any small powerful or inﬂuential group in an organization or ﬁeld; clique,” according to the good book of words. In the potato biz, the Idaho Potato Commission is about as powerful and inﬂuential as it gets, and that’s exactly what one small business found out earlier this year. Idaho Fry Company, a locally owned french fry house dishing up potatoes of all varieties, was informed days before opening that its name may be an infringement on a certiﬁcation mark held by the Idaho Potato Commission. Long story short: The commission took some ﬂak for being overbearing; the store owners didn’t have the dough to engage in a legal battle; the two parties came to a friendly agreement in which the restaurant has been renamed Boise Fry Company; and the commission will help out with some of the costs associated with the change. Way to play nice, kids.
What? Did you think we’d pimp the Hufﬁngton Post here? Of course we’re talking about the new boiseweekly. com. Remember that old Web site we had and how static and boring it was? Yeah, we said it. It was boring. After our extreme makeover, though, things are a lot less … stale. Breaking news? Yep. World news? Yep. Latest A&E and music updates? Yep. Blogging, recent comments, top stories, brand spanking new content every day and photos? Of course. What are you waiting for? Put down the paper and get online.
| SEPTEMBER 23–29, 2009 |
BEST DUELING TOURNIQUETS
Ada County Paramedics vs. Boise Fire Department We never knew so many people wanted to help us. Between the paramedics and BFD arguing over who gets to provide ambulance service, we kind of feel like a child being fought over by divorcing parents.
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Unanimity on Equal Pay Day Idaho House Concurrent Resolution 23 was one of those votes that really was a no-brainer. The resolution established Equal Pay Day on April 28, the day that represents how far into the year the average woman has to work in a new year in order to catch up to what her male counterparts earned the previous calendar year. Lost? In other words, ladies, on average, you work for free until April 28 every year. Here in Best of Boise, we applaud the national recognition that women deserve to make as much as their XY chromosomal counterparts. And we applaud the fact that not one member of Idaho’s Legislature disagrees. At least not on record.
BEST SIGN TO TOTALLY DISREGARD
Yuppie Hotwheel Parking Only It’s hard to hate on a library. Especially so when said bookbarn is bringing its exclamation point to the retail ghost town at the intersection of Cole and Ustick. But eyes were a-rolling when patrons puttered up to the new library’s grand opening and found four of the premier parking spots in the lot marked with signs reading “Fuel Efﬁcient Parking Only,” and bearing cute little stencils of Priuses. Forget the long-view justiﬁcation for a moment. For this to happen at a library, one of the last come-as-you-are joints left in the non-virtual world, is inexcusable. It may just as easily have said “Folks with Ample Disposable Income Parking Only.” But take comfort in reports from visitors to the library that big fat Caddys have been as common as Toyotas in the spots. Is this an elderly uprising? Probably not. The blue decals hanging from the cars’ rearview mirrors make it more likely that someone was just mistaking the spots for those reserved for the disabled.
BEST HUB IN SEARCH OF A BUB
Boise Transit Center
Buses in Boise currently park on a big horseshoe of city blocks surrounding the Boise Hole. Valley Regional Transit wants to build a shiny new downtown “transit hub” on 11th Street in cahoots with the city. At one point, they wanted it on 10th Street, until businesses complained. Then Mayor Dave Bieter said, it’s just a bus station because there is no transit. He wanted it to be located at City Hall. Despite the hub hubbub, the application for federal money to build on 11th Street continues. We have another question: Can we start running the buses at night and on Sundays at this new hub? Or the old one?
| SEPTEMBER 23–29, 2009 |
BEST BLAST WALL
Airport Phone Zone
Those of us who spend time at the Boise Airport know the post9/11 protocols in place outside are (searching for a description other than “a joke”) friendly. An eternally vacant cop car sits down at the end of the arrivals area, and a line of stern signs command you not to park and wait for your passengers, but if you do, good luck ﬁnding a minion of The Man who cares enough to hassle you. But those who simply can’t bear the thought of (gasp!) disobeying a sign, there’s ﬁnally an alternative to the endless circling. Going by the confusing moniker of “Cell Phone Waiting Area”—are we waiting for Blackberries to fall out of the sky?—this small line of parking spots is hidden away from the facade of the airport proper by a 10-foot brick wall, on the off chance that someone decides to make blammo in their Hummer.
BEST EYE-ROLLING LOCAL COMMERCIAL
College of Western Idaho This just in: Education is nice. And while we’re feeling all generous, Ned Evett is nice, too. He’s that local guy who plays a fretless guitar and occasionally wins big global guitar tournaments. But when ed met Ned recently, in the form of a rockin’ video commercial for the nascent CWI, the results were titter-worthy to say the least. If an aerial pan of a sensitive musician wanking his fretboard on a tiny piece of mud in the middle of the Snake River and shouting “Shine like a diamond on me!” doesn’t make you want to get your nursing certiﬁcation, then, honey, you are ofﬁcially a discouraged worker.
BEST SHAMELESS PERSONAL REQUEST FOR A BEST OF BOISE BLURB THAT WE ARE HAPPY TO OBLIGE WITH A WINK, A NOD AND A TIP OF OUR HAT
KTVB’s Alyson Outen and Ysabel Bilbao We know readers love Dee Sarton and Carolyn Holly because both ﬂoat to the top of the Best TV Anchor pool year after year in BW’s readers’ poll. Some of us behind the BW scenes, however, like to spread our love like butter, and we were especially happy to hand out this here special award on request. Outen and Bilbao kick ass and take names, and for that, they deser ve a little BW favoritism. As for future special requests for BOB awards, a word of advice: Booze is always ver y persuasive.
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Idaho Botanical Garden offers a green escape in the shadows of the Old Idaho Penitentiary.
BEST GREEN BREAK
Idaho Botanical Garden 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org It’s not everywhere that a desolate landscape below the walls of an imposing historic prison can be turned into a verdant patch ﬁlled with manicured ﬂora and groomed walking paths. But that’s part of the charm of the botanical garden, where staff and volunteers have transformed the area into a showcase of plant life and where visitors can lose themselves in greenery. Maybe the former prisoners could have been better reformed if the garden had been there when the penitentiary was still in use.
BEST PLACE TO GET DOWN(LOADS)
1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com Sometimes solving an economic crisis isn’t done by throwing money at the problem, but rather by changing a current business model. The Record Exchange has stayed in business for more than 30 years because of a plethora of reasons but one that has surely contributed to its continued success is its understanding of the need for change. ThinkIndie.com, an independent music download ser vice, joined forces with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores—of which Record Exchange owner Mike Bunnell is executive director—to offer downloads in line with the kinds of music independent stores like RX carr y. You want the Mariah Carey box set? Go to Wal-Mar t. You want music by a Texan alt-countr y group, a Bangladeshi guitar player or an Iranian rock band? Shop digitally at thinkIndie.com or visit one of the last independent brick-and-mor tar record stores left.
BEST PLACE TO GET SMOOCHED BY AN OLD COWBOY
Famous Motel Cowboys Reunion
When the Famous Motel Cowboys get together every year, they put on a show that makes you wish your own family reunions were like theirs. The show is a masterful music and booze fest, and this year, they raised the roof on the Bouquet. The central ﬁgure in the whole shebang, Pinto Bennett, was in rare form, and a strangely stern word followed by a big, fat unexpected smooch on the cheek early in the evening indicated we were in for a hell of a rock ’n’ roll ride.
BEST PROJECT SUPER RUNWAY
Superheroes/Supervillains Fashion Show at Flying M Coffeegarage 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533 When the Flying M does fashion, they cut out the egos and stitch together a funky event full of recycled trash and ridiculous stage antics. For the third annual Reconstructed Fashion Show, contestants created superhero and supervillain costumes made from cut-up milk cartons, melted vinyl and willowy trashbags. One of the afternoon’s highlights involved a showdown between an evil record executive and a defenseless indie rocker. Sorry Project Runway, but this is how it’s done.
BEST CREATIVE CLASS JUGGERNAUT
Ignite Boise igniteboise.com
We just keep gushing about Ignite Boise but damnit, we like to. As of press time, we’re two Ignite Boise’s in and the next event is Nov. 12. Don’t know what it is? Then you’re behind the ever-lovin’ times, friend. Promoted solely on the Web, Ignite Boise’s ofﬁcial mission is to get a bunch of thinkers in a room and spur more thinking (and hopefully some action somewhere along the way). Presenters get ﬁve minutes and 20 slides to talk about (almost) anything they want, from the locavore movement to the histor y of city planning to a fantastical bedtime stor y about the rock band The Eagles. We dig it because we learn something new with ever y slide. We dig it because it’s free. We dig it because it encourages community and dialogue in a ver y avant-garde sort of way. We dig it because it’s a force to be reckoned with.
BEST PLACE TO SEE A BIG, BLUE HEAD
Boise Art Museum
670 E. Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org Earlier this year, Boise Art Museum exhibited several works by renowned artist Jun Kaneko. Museum Executive Director Melanie Fales invited members of the press to come for a behind-the-scenes look at how the museum readies an exhibit. We watched as museum personnel uncrated a giant blue head. Kaneko includes precise instructions on how to show his work when he sends it to a museum and, even though the BAM folks followed them to the letter, we held our collective breaths as they used a rope and pulley system to move the extra-heavy sculpture onto a platform, planning the preciseness of the placement to a micron. If we ever need our house moved, we’re calling BAM.
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BEST ONLINE LIT BROWSING
Boise State Library Western Writers Series library.boisestate.edu/ westernwriters You never know what you are going to ﬁnd in the stacks at Albertsons Librar y. And we’re not just talking books here. But from the comfort of your laptop, you can peruse an amazing collection of writings by Western American scribes. They’ve got original criticisms and biographies on Gar y Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Richard Brautigan and some two dozen more Western writers. Here’s a quiz: Which Western writer worked at the Seattle Times while taking part in the Sandoz LSD experiments at the University of Washington and then called in “well” to work and started his ﬁrst book. Need a hint? Think cowgirls and talking spoons.
BEST SUBTERRANEAN ART COLLECTIVE
Gallery Alexa Rose 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, 208-761-9678 The Idaho Building ordered a tall glass of awesome last fall when it welcomed in a new basement tenant— the Alexa Rose art gallery. Since then, the subterranean space has hosted a handful of mixed media shows curated by members of the local art collective Apples and Oranges. With exhibits incorporating everything from traditional oil paintings to performance art to cupcakes, the gallery has positioned itself as one of Boise’s best new venues showcasing emerging contemporary artists.
BEST SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS
8th Street Marketplace Artists in Residence Program
For struggling visual and performance artists, free studio space is the equivalent of the Publishers Clearing House people ringing your doorbell. In a stroke of philanthropic genius, the owner of the 8th Street Marketplace in BoDo decided to put the Mercantile Building’s empty ofﬁce space to use by offering it up to local artists for free. In three-month intervals, visual artists, dancers, poets and even a theater company were invited to ﬁll the space with their supplies and get down to business. It’s only a few short blocks from BWHQ, and we are always psyched to peek in and observe these artists in their element on our way to grab some much needed caffeine.
| SEPTEMBER 23–29, 2009 |
BEST “IS HE HIGH?”
Paolo Nutini at Knitting Factory Concert House
416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, knittingfactory.com When the skinny Scot with the big Italian name hit Boise for the ﬁrst time, the audience was left with one lingering question: Was he high, drunk or was that just par t of the act? While he and his band cranked out one great song after another to the adulation of an adoring crowd, Nutini staggered around the stage looking a bit like Grandpa Joe from Charley and the Chocolate Factor y when he ﬁrst got out of bed. Onlookers cringed when he made a staggering step over a water bottle rolling around near the edge of the stage and when he left the mic stand lying across the stage, which he continually crossed over. Still, the audience should have been reassured by two simple facts: No. 1, he never dropped a beat, and No. 2, he never spilled a drop of his beer.
BEST PLACE TO ACTUALLY LOOK FORWARD TO A SHOW WITH 26 ACTS ON THE BILL
Visual Arts Collective, Rotating Tongues
3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com Though we yapped endlessly about this festival last spring, we never could have guessed just what a tasty mouthful Rotating Tongues 2 would turn out to be. While coordinating 26 local bands and musicians sounds like a logistical nightmare, recording two new songs from each of these acts in front of a live audience is an entirely different beast. But VAC was up to the challenge, hosting both a kickass festival and releasing a rad commemorative album that immor talizes Boise’s current music scene in the same way the original Rotating Tongues did 15 years ago.
BEST PLACE TO GET ESCUELA’D ON THE DANCE FLOOR
Idaho Salsa Congress Only a few times a year do folks get all dressed up and go to Knitting Factor y. The Idaho Salsa Congress is one of those times. The concer t house is turned into a sparkling bright Latin palace complete with a 30-piece band, professional and semi-pro dancers and ever yone in town who knows how to shake it. You think you got salsa? The Idaho Salsa Congress is the place to show it.
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