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MAIL SCHOOL DEMO I attended the Boise School Board meeting the other night. Four people asked the board for a chance to save Cole and Franklin schools. A.J. Balukoff was rather rude in his reply. Basically, he stated that the people of Boise had four or five years to try to save the buildings. I grew up in Boise, and never did I hear it mentioned by the board that the schools would be coming down. I’ll bet the average Boise resident did not either. Not one for sale sign in front of either building. I would bet that most Boiseans were, like me, left believing that Cole school was still in the hands of the Warm Springs Counseling Center. Not once was it announced that the school board had purchased the building. I would like to know why the school board thought it was sound business practice to take our state tax dollars, fight a legal battle over the building, then turn around and buy the building, just to spend more money to tear it down. How many books, teachers aids, learning aids, etc. would the money have been better spent on? I believe if these buildings come down it is time to vote in a new board. Perhaps one that will listen to the citizens of Boise when they say they don’t want a building torn down but put to a new use. Check out the petition to save the buildings on the Preservation Idaho Web site, or the poll taken by Channel 12 on their site. By the time this

“DEATH PANELS” In Texas, Gov. George W. Bush signed into law the Texas Advanced Directives Act of 1999. It set up panels in Texas hospitals deciding when they were pulling the plug. Patients and families are not in this loop. This measure goes way beyond anything proposed in the health-care reform bills now before the U.S. Congress, yet not a peep of protest from the Republicans or the Town Hall Mobs. Not a simpering sob, tear or quivering lip from Glenn Beck. By the way, Sarah Palin supports the Texas law and promoted “advance directives” in the state of Alaska when she was still governor there. I guess she was for the death panels before she was against them? —Chris Morris, Caldwell

GROW MEDICARE Meaningful health-care reform is just about dead on arrival. Medicare for All (single-payer) was killed off first, then the “public option” was initially watered down to an empty shell and will be officially terminated by a fraudulent “trigger,” which is code for trashing it wholly. These “cooperatives” that we’ve heard about are too weak to deal with the real costs, and Republicans don’t like them

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either so obviously we have to do what they say, right? What is left is an industryprescribed, governmentmandated non-plan that will force everyone to accept a private, for-profit insurance policy that may or may not provide effective coverage. On the House side, HR3200 is filled with all kinds of gifts for the industry like patent protections for drug companies and anti-choice provisions that contradict all of the rhetoric about “keeping the plan you like.” It goes like this: Employers must provide plans with “essential benefits” such as drug benefits, hospitalization, mental care, outpatient care, etc. This is termed “acceptable coverage” by insiders. If they don’t offer it, you get to go to an “exchange” to choose one that will, which sounds all good except that if you are offered a plan with the “acceptable” label on it, you must take it or you will be barred from buying any more plans in the exchange. But in the Senate HELP committee, there are weak requirements to provide such level of coverage. So, if you have coverage that you don’t like, you may have to keep it. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon spotted this and came up with his Free Choice Act, which would provide choice back into the mix for all of us little fish that currently are uninsured, self-employed or work for small businesses. But it has little chance of making it into any of the bills. All of these bills, with

letter will be printed, it will probably be too late. Franklin comes down on Sept. 21 and Cole on Oct. 20. —Susan Slade Grossl, Boise

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MAIL all of their thousands of pages of junk should be rendered to the dustbin and Medicare should be ironed out to balance reimbursements and expanded to cover all of us in America. It’s the best way. —Kevin Bayhouse, Boise

NOT NAZISM, COPE Mr. Cope, who writes about “Fascism for Dummies,” needs to look in the mirror. His idea of what Nazism was about is way off base. His claim that National Socialists were dedicated to eradicating socialism is absurd. They had all of the trappings of a liberal society including Social Security and national health care. In fact, Hitler, who originally despised socialism, embraced it after reading the socialist legislation of Bismarck and realized it was about power and control and not compassion and fairness (page 96 of the hardcover or 141 of the soft cover of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and Mein Kampf). The hatred of Jews was not enough to kill 6 million of them. There must have been

an apparatus in place and that apparatus was funded through the conduits of socialist policies. His claim that leftist ideals of environmental policy and on-the-job safety may have flourished in a free society such as ours, but had no place except some lip service in a communist society such as the Soviet Union or China, which had horrendous job safety records and environmental records. They also had horrendous free speech records as well. Trade unions? Yeah, you worked for the government and if you went on strike, you went to the Gulag or worse. And those other traits he attributes to fascists (reliance on derision and disruption to silencing opposing views) were also part of the left wing communists and Socialists M.O. Did we not see a video of the left in our country strategizing to do just that in the town hall meetings regarding health care? And there is good reason for the synergies. Nazism, Communism, Socialism and Fascism are all left wing. The actual definition of Nazism: The autocratic centralized

control of the economy which places the importance of race and nation above the individual, smacks of a left wing ideology, not right wing. The fact that they hated Jews or worshiped race does not make for a right-wing ideology unless you’re arguing strictly from the left of center. True rightwing ideology is about less government not more, and National Socialists were anything but for less government. Best for Mr. Cope to do some reading before he writes. A good place to start is the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. —David Ihde, Steamboat Springs, Colo.

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BILLCOPE SIDEKICK SEARCH Tryouts for the new second fiddle Cope continues to feel overcome by the sheer volume of stupidity and viciousness coming from America’s right, so I’ve agreed to do one more column for him. In the meantime, I got the goof to admit he needs a conservative sidekick—Red’s replacement, if you will—to whom he can turn for explanations whenever leading Republicans pull one of their more incomprehensible stunts or statements. But he agreed only under the condition that auditions be held for the position and that I help him choose the eventual winner. I put out word of the auditions in likely locales, and on a recent afternoon, in an abandoned Elks hall, Cope and I listened to several sidekick wannabees give us their spiel. I report here on the general trends and substance of those interviews. —Bob Berserquierre

at home. Then ah goes tail-gaitin’ instead.” “I wasn’t aware there are so many Tea Bag events going on, Mr. Charge2.” “When there ain’t one planned nowheres near, I throw ma own. Ah supplies the poster board and the Obama caric’tures, but ya gotta bring yer own stick.” “I see. Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States?” “No f**kin’ way! He were born in that Africer place, an’ ah kin prove it!” “Kenya?” “Goddam right ah kin!” After he’d left, Cope says, “He seemed about right, huh, Bob? Just the right mix of irrational rage and stupefying ignorance. Besides, that limp of his made him sort of sympathetic, don’t you think?” “Cope, that wasn’t a limp. That was a Chinese assault rifle duct-taped to his leg. ext!” Intense, unshaven man Next!” Large-ish woman enters from hallenters from hallway wearing way, talking on a cellphone and carrying a camo pants and a handplacard of President Obama with a Hitler lettered shirt reading “The Tree of Liberty is mustache, captioned “Take Your Public OpPermagreened by the Blood of Tyrunts.” tion and Shove It, Boy!!!” She can’t possibly “Name?” Man bristles: “What the hell weigh an ounce under 250 pounds or be you wanna know that fer?” Cope pipes a day under 60, yet she wears Sarah Palin up, “So we know what to call you.” Man glasses, Sarah Palin hair and a Sarah Palin thinks, then gives us his Internet handle. leather skirt. “Gotta go now, Betty,” she “Just call me ‘pickettscharge2.’” says into the cell. “I’m here.” “Yes then, Mr. Charge2, have you ever “Name?” She answers: “Mavie Marblebeen to a Tea Bag protest?” (As it develhead, and this is the very same poster I ops, I ask most of the questions while carried up the statehouse steps for the big Cope sits there and diddle farts around 9/12 revolution. And before we get started, with a ball-point pen.) I just want to say, I’ll be the hostess with “Ah goes to a Tea Bag protest ever week- the mostess!” end except fer when the Broncos is playing “Ma’am, we’re not looking for a hostess.



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Should you be chosen, you would appear three to five times a year in Mr. Cope’s column, and I assure you, he will do his best to make you seem as dense as is humanly possible.” “Oh, that’s fine by me. It’s like Glenn Beck says. ‘There’s no such thing as negative exposure. It’s all good!’” “Ms. Marblehead, could you give us your definition of ‘socialism’?” “I am so glad you asked. Socialism is where the big government liberals thinks they can dip into my Medicaid any time they needs to hand out money to sick wetbacks who come up here and join that Acorn outfit so’s they can indockernate my gran’childrens with their Muslimistic lies. I believe the original socialism was in that apple what Satan fed to Eve, and it spread from there. Old Hitler used it to kill off the Jews and then the hippies decided to snuggle it to America, stashed away in the shorts of homosexuals, so’s they could molest our sacred Constitution. And if us real Americans don’t stand up and … ” “Uh, yes, Ms. Marblehead, I think we’ve heard all we need.” The moment I tell her she can leave, she’s on the phone again. “I’m done, Betty. I think they liked me.” “You think you could work with a woman?” “Gee, Bob, I don’t know. Most of ’em, yeah. But I don’t believe that one would ever stop talking long enough for me to mention what a moron she is.” “Next!” Cocky, college-aged, Young Republican-type enters, sporting tie and blazer. “Name?” He sits confidently with his hands on the table, a sneer on his face, as though he is testifying before Barney Frank in a congressional hearing. “James Jerkie, the 3rd.”

Cope says, “You’re not James Jerkie the 2nd’s boy by any chance, are you?” The young man stiffens, aware he has been teased, and while Cope snickers into his armpit, I ask, “Tell me, James, why would you want to be Cope’s sidekick?” “Because he’s such a hypocrite, like all liberals. He talks and talks about how ignorant we Republicans are, but his columns don’t even make sense half the time. He’s always writing some crazy, illogical stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with anything, and if he’s such a big liberal, why is he always calling us names and making fun of us? I thought liberals were supposed to tolerate everyone, isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work? But I guess I’m not blaaaack enough or gaaaay enough for him to tolerate, since I’m just a regular Jesus-loving white guy. That makes him a crummy hypocrite and there’s nothing worse. That’s why I hate liberals so much. They’re never acting like they’re supposed to act.” “And you are willing to place yourself at Cope’s disposal whenever he feels the need to ridicule the stereotype you represent?” “What’s in it for me?” Thirty seconds later: “So? What about him?” “Seems like a bright kid, Bob, with a lot of room for ridicule. But gosh, I’m not sure I could work with someone who makes me wanna puke.” “Next!” Red enters. Cope gasps: “Red?!” Cope will have to tell you how it comes out. I’m headed back to the hills. Got a new hobby—stomping through the woods playing my banjo whenever there are wolf hunters around.


TEDRALL SWINE Why are insurers blocking H1N1 treatment prescriptions? NEW YORK—I got swine flu. Five days later, I was at death’s door—because my evil insurance company wouldn’t honor my doctor’s prescription. Memo to future revolutionaries: If you require a firing squad for the executives of the Health Insurance Plan of New York, I’m handy with a rifle. I wasn’t worried at first. A little sneezing, slightly achy joints. I figured it was my usual bout of fall allergies. There’s usually nothing to do but suffer. But I felt worse each day: achier, more congested, stiffer, headache, fevers. The third night was bad. I went to bed under a pile of comforters, chattering uncontrollably. Then nightsweats. I checked my temperature: 103.7. When your temperature looks like a classic rock station, it’s time to see the doctor. I’ve known my general practitioner for decades. So I pay out-of-pocket to see him even though he’s not on HIP’s list of planapproved doctors. Hey, what do you expect for $749.01 a month? My ordeal with the insurance company began when I went to fill my prescription for Tamiflu, an antiviral medication widely considered the standard treatment for swine (and other types of) flu. “Your insurance isn’t going to cover this,” the pharmacist said. “You would need a preapproval from your doctor.” “But that’s a prescription,” I said, motioning to the white slip of paper in her hand. For younger readers, I come from a generation when a doctor’s prescription was all you needed to get a medication. “It’s not going to work,” she said, slowing her speech for emphasis. “This drug is for people who have the flu.” “Um ... I have the flu.” “You have the flu?” She looked shocked. Because Tamiflu, or another drug called Relenza, can significantly reduce flu symptoms if taken less than 48 hours after the onset of symptoms, people have been hoarding and taking anti-viral drugs prophylactically—especially in New York City. Given what was about to happen to me, I admire the hoarders. Smart. I called my doctor. No answer; left a message. Waited. I called back. Got his assistant, who patched me through. I explained the situation. “Put her on,” my doctor said. I offered my cell phone to the pharmacist. She recoiled in horror. “You have the flu! I’m not using your phone!” She believed I had the flu enough to shriek like a wee girl. Why did she need to confirm it with my doctor? I asked my doctor to call the pharmacy. “Right away,” he promised.


Wait. Wait. Wait more. I called back. “Wait. Are you already at the pharmacy?” he asked. “You want me to call where?” At this point I began to lose my mind. An hour passed after my doctor and pharmacist exchanged the required bureaucratic pleasantries. She returned to the counter. “I’m sorry, Mr. Rall,” she said, “but your doctor is going to have to call HIP to get their advance approval. It will take him quite a bit of time. It’s complicated, especially for doctors.” Especially for doctors? Remember, this isn’t heroin. It’s Tamiflu. The street value of this stuff isn’t that great, and it’s a really, really bum trip. My brain may be baked from a week of triple-digit fevers, but I want to know: Why the hell would an insurer make it more difficult to get the main drug prescribed to treat the No. 1 most-talked-about disease in America, one that’s a probable pandemic? Shouldn’t HIP and other insurers be shoveling these yellow and white capsules out the door, trying to keep their own costs down by getting as many flu victims to recover as quickly as possible? What the hell is a “pre-approval?” If a doctor prescribes a drug, why isn’t that good enough for the health-insurance company? Oh, and why doesn’t the federal government make Tamiflu available for free? Hey, President Barack Obama: What part of “pandemic” do you not understand? Another hour went by. My pharmacist’s phone rang. She winked at me. “Everything should be fine now,” she said. Everything was not fine. I was getting sicker and sicker, just sitting there. My head reeled; an invisible C-clamp tightened behind each ear. I could barely breathe. It felt as though there were shards of glass stuck in my lungs. Every breath hurt. I barely had enough energy to stand up and take a step. My fingers were bluish-gray (an early sign that breakdown of the cardiopulmonary system is imminent). I coughed and caught a ball of phlegm in a napkin. It was soaked in blood. Four hours and 12 phone calls after I arrived at the pharmacy, I went home emptyhanded. HIP’s approval still hadn’t appeared in the pharmacy’s computer system. When swine flu appeared in the United States this spring, the government prompted hysteria, predicting the deaths of as many as 90,000 Americans. Now they’re going to the opposite extreme, downplaying a genuine threat by trying to ignore it. They’re no longer even tracking new cases.

And the Obama administration health officials are now selling an official line—for most people, swine flu symptoms are no worse than those of any other random flu— that isn’t quite accurate. For example, while it’s true that children and the elderly are in high-risk categories for swine flu, “40-year-olds are the group most at risk of developing life-threatening complications from H1N1,” according to Canadian researchers cited by the Montreal Gazette. (Centralized data collection is a big advantage of a national health-care system.) Another difference is that swine flu is much more likely to cause viral pneumonia, the most common life-threatening complication of flu. It is not just another flu. Lord knows, it’s not like any other flu I’ve had. I spent that night coughing up blood and downing aspirin to try to keep the fever down. By way of comparison, I’ve been thrown down two flights of stairs— and swine flu is worse. I had pneumonia last year; it sucked hard, but it was a joke next to this. I went back to the pharmacy in the morning. Still nothing. I called HIP. Unsurprisingly, their voice recognition voicemail tree had some trouble understanding my voice by this time. God forbid they should hire someone in India to actually answer the phone. Finally—success. Sort of. “The pharmacy needs to enter the approval code,” the HIP lady explained. She read me a long number. I gave it to the pharmacist. She typed it into her computer. “No. Still nothing,” she said. She didn’t look surprised. “Would you like me to call HIP?” the pharmacist asked. “I thought you’d never ask,” I replied. Half an hour, an overnight and about two pints of phlegmy blood later, I had my Tamiflu in hand. “$87.12,” demanded the pharmacist. I asked her how much it would have been out-of-pocket, without insurance. “$112,” she said. Losing that night has diminished the effectiveness of the drug. It took three days more of feeling like death just to advance to the stage of feeling like crap. Now I’m settling into a nice, comfortable state of wretched. I just read that a recent ABC News poll says that 32 percent of Americans think the current health-care system is just peachy. Let’s hope they don’t catch swine flu this winter. Ted Rall is the President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Editor’s Note: We couldn’t squeeze in all of Rall’s swine flu column and his cartoon. So we went with swine flu. You can find Rall’s cartoon at this week, but rest assured, it will return next week.


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If you ever sent candidate Barack Obama money, spoke to one of his press officers or just showed your e-mail address to one of his campaigners, you’ve probably been getting those personalized messages from his political machine for more than a year now. Sometimes they are from the man himself. Sometimes from his former campaign manager, David Plouffe, or even from Veep Joe Biden. Recently, we got one from Lance Whitney, Organizing for America’s new Idaho director. Organizing for America is a spinoff of the Obama campaign—now Lance Whitney, organizing for Idaho housed at the Democratic National Committee—that is dedicated to furthering the Obama administration’s agenda. The group aims to tap into the grassroots network that Obama harnessed during his campaign. Whitney, who has done some work for BW, worked as Obama’s rural field director out of Elko, Nev., during the presidential race. He also ran for mayor of Elko, where he sat on the planning commission and ran the county Democratic Party office. Now he is touring Idaho listening to people’s health-care horror stories. A listening session is planned for Boise on Monday, Oct. 5, though the venue has not been announced.

BOISE COMMUNITY RADIO GETS FED GRANT Boise’s online radio station,, is another step closer to over-the-air broadcast with a $227,000 U.S. Department of Commerce grant, awarded through the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program. The grant requires a $75,000 local match, and executive director Jeff Abrams said they also need to raise $150,000 for the first year of operation. The BCR effort began in 2002. Last year, the station won a permit from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast on 89.9 FM in the Boise area. Now they need to buy stuff to broadcast, including a transmitter, antenna and studio gear, which Abrams hopes to secure by late spring or early summer of 2010. “We are the biggest area in the country without community radio. This is just the next step in creating an independent, noncommercial, locally programmed radio station that we can call our own,” Abrams wrote in an e-mail. has a nearly full lineup of programming, including local DJs and radio personalities, many of whom are ready to move to broadcast. The station’s Web stream serves up “Democracy Now!,” dozens of local shows, including alternative and experimental music, and some local talk radio and humor.

GO SEE TROLLEY The City of Boise will host an open house on Mayor Dave Bieter’s proposal to bring a streetcar to the downtown area. On First Thursday, Oct. 1, you can speak with city officials about the plan, hear how the idea came about, how it might be funded and where it might roll. Bieter first proposed the streetcar in 2008. A Streetcar Task Force is studying the idea and is expected to release a report by the end of the year. You can leave comments on the plan at the open house from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the storefront at 821 W. Idaho St. Visit to read more about the streetcar proposal. —Nathaniel Hoffman Because of early deadlines, Iraq casualty reports are not in this edition. They will return next week.


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money in three payments to ITD, according to ITD spokesman Reed Hollinshead. ITD pays for work done and then the FHWA reimburses the state. Hecox said his agency eventually expects another $95 million in stimulus funding bills from Idaho. “We don’t back up a truck that has dollar-bill signs painted n a recent Thursday morning, about 50 guys superall over it and then wait for that money to be used,” he said. vised by one woman—Idaho Transportation Depart“We know [the bills are] coming and we’re good for it.” ment Project Manager Jayme Coonce—hung from new Stimulus spending slowed after the first 100 days of the act, abutment walls peeling back concrete forms, built up the reaccording to the nonprofit investigative journalism Web site taining walls that will give shape to the new Vista Interchange, which estimated on Sept. 21 that $98 billion on I-84, and monitored the progress with clipboards, digital had been paid out on stimulus projects across the country. cameras and cell phones chirping. The U.S. Department of Transportation had spent less than 6 percent of its stimulus funds. The Vista bridge is estimated to provide 320 jobs through multiple subcontractors, which are hired by the Boise-based general contractor Central Paving Company Inc. Ryan Ward, a project manager for Central Paving, said the stimulus did come at a good time for his industry. “It definitely has sped up the process on this one,” he said. “I can’t complain.” Before the recession took hold, Central was so busy, workers could not get to all the projects the firm had bid on. Now contractors are bidding against one another and competition is fierce. Local contractors, including Concrete Placing Co., Granite Excavation Corp., A-Core and TS Concrete, are performing all the work on Vista, though a Colorado firm did some of the initial soil work and some of the materials come from out of state. But the ITD projects, which claim the bulk of Idaho’s transportation reITD Project Manager Jayme Coonce and spokesman Reed Hollinshead at Vista. lated stimulus dollars, are just the start of stimulus spending. Ada and Canyon counties have $26.6 million in local For Coonce, the top official on site, the project presents transportation and transit stimulus projects approved, though a new challenge: It’s the first single-point urban interchange, none have begun work yet. or SPUI, to be built in Idaho. It’s a ramp design that provides Projects include new buses and bus shelters for Valley Refor a more efficient traffic flow. It also more than doubles gional Transit, 33 miles of new pavement for the Ada County the width of Vista, adding bike lanes, and conforms to storm Highway District, a bike and pedestrian bridge over the Boise water regulations implemented since the original bridge was River in Garden City and grants for handicapped-accessible built in 1969. taxi cabs. “There are lots of intricate details unique to this interThough the local agencies have yet to begin construction, change,” Coonce said. “They wanted this to be the gateway of Tinsdale said the projects were as shovel-ready as possible, one Idaho, as you come into the Boise Airport.” of the goals of the stimulus. There is one additional challenge on this job site. It is paid “If it’s a federal project, there’s no such thing as a shovelfor through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ready project. If you don’t have money that you’re expecting, known as the stimulus bill, drawing extra scrutiny from the how can you have it shovel-ready?” she asked. feds and the public and extra pressure to get shovels in the The ITD projects had been planned before the stimulus bill ground quickly. and were to be funded through the state’s other major road Since construction began Aug. 5, a third of the new bridge funding mechanism, the GARVEE program, which borrows has taken shape and Coonce expects the old bridge to be money based on expected future federal highway grants. demolished on Dec. 10, a day after traffic is rerouted to part VRT, which runs the valley’s buses, will buy eight new of the new bridge. buses in Boise, three in Nampa and renovate many of the bus “That’s amazingly fast,” said Toni Tinsdale, a principal stops to be safer and more accessible. It also will get money to planner at COMPASS, Treasure Valley’s regional planning buy better scheduling software and to improve the ValleyRide agency. “In my opinion, they worked really quick on that.” Web site. Since the stimulus was signed into law on Feb. 17, ITD has Two private companies, Northwest Stage Lines and Salt broken ground on seven of eight major highway projects—ITD Lake Express, are also getting stimulus dollars for new buses, calls them the Great Eight—including the $17.8-million Vista to help pay for wheelchair lifts. The two bus lines provide interchange. Bids on all of the stimulus projects came in lower rural bus service from the Treasure Valley. And up to four than expected, and the ITD board has secured funding for nine wheelchair-accessible taxis will be purchased through a comadditional projects, costing more than $50 million, that will petitive grant program that ITD vetted. soon go out to bid. “It was highly competitive; people didn’t get everything “We’re slicing and dicing these projects like delis,” said they asked for,” said Kevin Bittner, grants contract officer for Doug Hecox, a spokesman for the Federal Highway Adminis- ITD’s public transportation division. tration, which doles out most transportation-related stimulus Coonce, the Vista project manager, had a physics degree dollars. “They’re just really closely monitored.” and returned to school to study civil engineering. Now she FHWA officials based in Idaho spent two weeks studying works from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on some days, ensuring that the the files for the Vista project before it began and have spent concrete is strong, that the public is not too inconvenienced two or three days on site, reporting back to Washington. and that no one gets hurt. She prefers that to sitting behind a Hecox said there has never been this kind of interest from desk looking at technical drawings. the White House and Congress on road projects. “I like to be out here and actually see the work being On Vista, the FHWA has released $2.8 million of stimulus done,” she said.

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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.

PRESCRIPTIONLESS PILLS RESULT IN ARREST A couple of little pills. That’s all it took to land a 32-year-old Boise woman behind bars Sept. 16. But they weren’t just any pills. These little gems were controlled substances. Which require a prescription. Which she didn’t have. Unfortunately for our suspect, the felony charge could be adding insult to injury. That’s because said pills were discovered in her possession during a booking search. Conducted July 16 while she was being admitted to the Barrister boardinghouse. On drivingunder-the-influence charges. Is there such a thing as stupidity-management intervention?

MONEY MISTAKE LEADS TO FELONY CHARGES Ever hand the cashier the wrong bill—say, a one instead of a 20? It’s an easy mistake to make. And sometimes, easy to correct. Just look in your purse or wallet. A Delaware woman could’ve saved herself a lot of grief if she’d done that instead of blowing a gasket. Delaware State Police reports say the 53-year-old Claymont resident recently stopped by a Country Farms store to top off her tank. She thought she handed the clerk $20. He told her she’d given him a measly single. She begged to differ. In a most unladylike manner: cursing and screaming as she stormed in and out of the store. Her tantrum failed to persuade the clerk, so she rounded the counter and began to punch him in the head and face. Then she grabbed a pair of scissors and held them to the hapless man’s throat, demanding her money back. Cold steel to the neck proved more persuasive. The clerk forked over two tens. She left the scene. He called police. On her drive home—maybe when she went to put the two bills away—the suspect noticed that disputed $20 bill in her purse. To her credit, the woman turned around and went back to the store to return the two tens and apologize. The cops’ response? Too little, too late.


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Instead of an uneventful ride home with a full tank of gas, our suspect was treated to a ride to the local lockup. At least she went quietly this time. Fortunately for her, she evidently knows how to handle a blade. She left the clerk shaken, but not in need of medical attention. As it is, the laundry list of charges she now faces includes two felonies—aggravated menacing and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony— along with an understated misdemeanor for offensive touching. We foresee anger-management classes in somebody’s future.

OUTBURST NETS SIX CHARGES Our second candidate for anger-management intervention hails from Boise. Benjamin R. Miele’s saga began Sept. 16 at about 7 p.m. That’s when Boise Police received a report of a man with a gun at a Boise Bench home. The 23-year-old Boisean is accused of using fists and feet to beat an adult female. He then allegedly grabbed a shotgun and fired it into the floor. Before making his getaway, Miele reportedly used the double-barreled killing machine to threaten two more adults, who had also had the misfortune of making his acquaintance before this run-in. Miele then allegedly stole a car and fled the scene. He hit the freeway and hightailed it out of town. But he didn’t get far. A growling stomach evidently forced a pit stop only 70 miles away. State Police troopers caught up with the suspect while he enjoyed a quiet meal at a Hammett restaurant. Along with a bill for the grub, Miele was handed his very own laundry list of futurelimiting charges, including a misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order taken out by one of his victims. Also pending: two counts of aggravated assault, as well as domestic battery and grand theft charges—all felonies, and another misdemeanor for an unrelated probation violation. Tell BW your true crime stories. E-mail


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Best of Boise: Part Two Best ... of ... Boise. That’s a pretty heavy thing to contemplate, seeing as how it means being responsible for naming the very best our little river-straddling city and the surrounding area has to offer. Yet, once again, Boise Weekly readers stepped up to the challenge, casting their votes in record numbers. When the dust—or more aptly, the megabytes—finally settled, after more than a month of online voting, 1,501 ballots were cast, compiling a total of 42,855 individual votes for everything from the best place to grab a burger or some Thai food, to the best place to ski or pick up some gotta-have-em new shoes. Just like last year, we’re honoring only locally owned and operated businesses that meet our local-business criteria because, let’s face it, this is about honoring the best of Boise, not the best of (insert random U.S. city here). We’re happy to say that most voters rose to the challenge, although it’s apparent some further education on what constitutes local is needed. For future reference, giant national/ international chains are not considered local. You may have noticed that there’s something a bit different about Best of Boise this year, something like this is the second week a BW issue bearing the BOB logo has hit the streets. No, it’s not a mistake. This year, we decided that Best of Boise was just so great, it couldn’t be contained to only one issue, so we split it into two. Last week, the Editors’ Picks had the spotlight, allowing those of us who spend all year writing about our little town to give some special mention to the people, events, business and places we think deserve a little extra attention. This week, though, we unveil the winners chosen by those of you who logged on to share your opinions. This issue is the almighty Readers’ Choice Best of Boise issue. And, boy, do you people have some opinions. We saw the payoffs from all-out voting campaigns, which were akin to the most hotly contested political races. We also saw the creativity of our readers, since it seemed hard for any category to go without at least a few joke answers. And for the record, neither the best meat, nor the best late night party is located in your pants, and your friends might not appreciate you nominating their yards as the best location for a nude beach. We also, unfortunately, saw some people using the Best of Boise ballot to vent their distaste for a business, individual, industry or even the city. Seriously, folks, this is called the Best of Boise, emphasis on the “Best,” so remember the old saying: If you can’t say something nice, don’t bother voting—or something like that. Still, Boise Weekly readers have spoken, so, without further ado, here’s BOB. —Deanna Darr


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Boise Bicycle Project is building the bike community, one part at a time.


Boise Bicycle Project

1027 Lusk St., 208-429-6520, “Since its foundation [in October 2007], BBP volunteers have distributed over 400 bicycles to children, low-income families and incoming refugees.” This simple statement from the nonprofit’s Web site kind of answers why BW voters rocketed Boise Bicycle Project to the top of a ver y, ver y long list of worthy organizations. In fact, as of early September, the number of recycled bikes donated back to the community topped 500, with a goal of 1,000 by the end of next year. In roughly two years of existence, BBP has become not only a hub in the bicycle community, but a force in the community in general. Whether it’s volunteers building bicycles from recycled and donated parts, or the array of programs teaching both children and adults bicycle safety and maintenance, the crew at BBP are always in a giving mood. BBP hosts open workshop nights, allowing the public to use the tools and expertise available at BBP HQ. Can’t afford a nice new bike? BBP occasionally sells off its surplus bikes at door-buster prices, giving ever yone in the community access to some two-wheeled transportation. They’ve come a long, long way in two short years, moving from a 15- by 15-foot apartment to donated space in the former home of the Boise Rescue Mission at Sixth and Front streets. This summer, BBP was able to make a permanent move to a home of its own, which is not only close to the Greenbelt, but boasts luxuries like running water and heat. If BBP continues at this pace, we can’t wait to see what the future holds. We tip our communal bike helmet to you. SECOND PLACE: IDAHO FOODBANK


Ken Bass and Tim Johnstone, KRVB 94.9 The River Rock test! Name the reigning champions of Best of Boise’s best DJ category. Here’s a hint: There are two of

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them. Is it A: Bill and Ted, B: Amos and Andy or C: Ken and Tim? Here’s another hint: Their names are in bold nine lines above. Ken Bass and Tim Johnstone, The River’s dynamic morning duo, have been claiming numero uno in this category for so long that we can appropriately refer to them as “The Reigning Champions” (note the all caps, which indicate a level of importance akin to that of Their Royal Highnesses). Ken and Tim have spent mornings together for years, and according to BW readers, they’re a wake-up call you don’t hit snooze on. Whether they get you out of bed, through the morning commute or into the workday, we’re confident they’ll admit to being happy to oblige.



Scott Dorval, KIVI Channel 6 When it comes to calling the weather in the Treasure Valley, nobody can touch Scott Dorval. The man has a mastery of both the green screen and the Doppler Radar,

and the result, well, is just a damn good forecast. It’s (... ahem) clear that BW readers feel the same way, repeatedly putting Dorval at the top of his field by almost embarrassing margins. Sure, Larry Gebert’s mustache is always a big crowd pleaser judging by the number of votes his signature ’stache gets on its own, but you can’t beat an accurate forecast. We wonder, did Dorval predict this outcome? If so, does he have lotto numbers, too? SECOND PLACE: LARRY GEBERT, KTVB CHANNEL 7 THIRD PLACE: RICK LANTZ, KTVB CHANNEL 7


KTVB Channel 7

You can get it first thing in the morning. You can get your fix at noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., and if you haven’t had enough, you can have it all darn day long. The news folks, we’re talking about the news. For true news junkies, there’s no competing with the local NBC affiliate. How do they do it? Divide and conquer. First, they’ve got the original KTVB, offering newscasts morning, noon and night in between national programming. They even throw in a couple of locally grown news commentary shows to keep things lively. KTVB also expanded their role in the digital broadcast world with 24/7, a sort of sub-station offering 24-hour-aday news and the occasional Boise State football game replay. Of course, not all of us can spend all day, every day with our eyeballs glued to the boob tube. For the working populace, there’s, the station’s Web site, offering access to breaking news. Best of Boise voters continually rank Channel 7 No. 1 when it comes to news, and it doesn’t look like KTVB has any plans to relinquish its crown. SECOND PLACE: BOISE WEEKLY THIRD PLACE: KBSX 91.5 FM/NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO




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What better way to show off the city than by raft?


Dee Sarton, KTVB Channel 7


Boise River

You know where it is, so surf it live, man. Like the tree in Shel Silverstein’s classic children’s book, the Boise River keeps giving and giving and asks for so little in return. It is home to our fish and fowl. It provides a wee bit of white water, right in town, with plenty of velocity to carry our inner tubes. Its banks offer us shade and cooler temperatures, the opportunity to dip our toes. And it runs from mountain to desert, mapping the geography of our town, irrigating our fields and determining the course of our Greenbelt. Take a friend to the river. Drop him in the water. (Washin’ me down, washin’ me down).

If there’s SECOND PLACE: DOWNTOWN BOISE any question about who THIRD PLACE: BOISE GREENBELT rules Boise’s airwaves, this should win this categor y, it dominates its settle it. For the second year running, competition, gloats a little, freshens Dee Sarton has grabbed the title she up and then comes back for more. So, first started laying claim to more than what will it take for another station a decade ago. Upon review of some to come out on top? We’re thinking of the original Best of Boise results, there may be some possible felonies we found Sarton has come out on involved—i.e., kidnapping, arson, top of the reader poll more often than blackmail, batter y. Not that we’re not. Her dominance seems absolute, condoning any of these activities. except for an occasional incursion by We’re just sayin’. one of her co-workers. For the past SECOND PLACE: KAID IDAHO PUBLIC 24 years, Sarton has ruled the roost TELEVISION, CHANNEL 4 at KTVB, serving as the face of Boise THIRD PLACE: KIVI CHANNEL 6 news for a generation of locals. While members of her news team have challenged her title over the years, BEST LOCAL PLACE TO SEE Sarton doesn’t seem to be backing AND BE SEEN down in the least. She dominates her kingdom from behind the anchor desk, and it just might take an all-out coup to Boise Grove, take her title. For the time being, she remains No. 1 in a growlingly cut-throat In case you hadn’t noticed, BW broadcast news market. spends every Wednesday evening during the summer with y’all at Boise’s SECOND PLACE: MAGGIE O’MARA foremost free concert series. We are THIRD PLACE: CAROLYN HOLLY in the shady corner. Perhaps you’re dancing near the stage with the guy in a kilt or the chick with the hula hoop? BEST LOCAL TV STATION Or keeping a folding chair warm. Or you’re watching your little ones and trying to get a little wet yourself without being too obvious. Or maybe you are OK, we get it. You love Channel really cool and hanging out, shirt off, 7. You, Boise Weekly readers, love double fisting Kokanees. But wherever the local NBC affiliate for its news, you are, Boise, you love your AA5 you love it for its anchors, you love micro-scene. And we love it, too. it for its winning smile and can-do attitude. Year after year—in fact, ever y SECOND PLACE: DOWNTOWN BOISE single year Best of Boise has been THIRD PLACE: CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET published—Channel 7 doesn’t just

Alive After 5

KTVB Channel 7


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Art of Murder*


Stage Coach Theatre

Worldfest is a celebration of local

October 9 - 24

diversity with performances a sampling of Boise’s local international groups. This family-friendly event will be held during the Capital City Public Market on The Grove Plaza. Saturday, October 10, 10am to 1:30pm, The Grove Plaza

BOSCO: Boise Open Studios Collective

Fall Fire: Fall for Boise Finale

October 3 & 31

is a farewell event to celebrate community and welcome winter with dance, music, song — and FIRE! Bundle up the family and join the festivities! Saturday, October 24, 7 to 9pm, The Grove Plaza

*BYP Discount Special discount offered for Boise Young Professional members,


Capital City Public Market

Saturdays, 8th Street & The Grove Plaza, 9:30am-1:30pm, Music 10am-1pm

Artists Studios in Ada, Boise & Canyon Counties

Sound of Music

October 9 - November 14

October 1-4

BSU Football



Boise Little Theater

October 16-31

The Pavilion



Boise Contemporary Theater

Idaho Botanical Garden

BOSCO Limited

Boise Art Museum, 5-9pm

Light the Night Walk

Tuna Christmas

Ann Morrison Park, 5pm

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,

Noon - 6pm

BSU SUB Gallery, 4:30pm-6:30pm

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BSU Faculty Artist Series Recital: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Dr. Nicole Molumby Pink “Artful Bras” Project Kick-off

City Hall Plaza, 5pm and downtown locations

Morrison Center Recital Hall, 7:30pm

Fettucine Forum: The Idaho Songbag

Swan Lake, Idaho!*

Ballet Idaho, BSU Special Events Center, 2pm & 8pm

Closing Night: Tuna Christmas


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Performance Poetry Workshop

Boise Art Museum, 3pm

Big Tree Arts, Woman of Steel Gallery, 6pm

Swan Lake, Idaho!*

Toddler Wednesday: Ann Weber

Opening Night: Sound of Music SM

Boise Art Museum, 10amnoon

Knock ‘em Dead Dinner Theatre, 6:15pm

Poetry Slam of Steel and Haiku Battle

Ballet Idaho, BSU Special Events Center, 2pm

Opening Night: Art of Murder* AM

Big Tree Arts, Woman of Steel Gallery, 7pm

Stage Coach Theatre, 7:30pm

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Boise Baroque



American Western Frogtown: MC Encore! Transition: Lemhi County Morrison Center, 9:30 & Then and Now 11:30am

Cathedral of the Rockies, 2pm

Brown Bag Lecture Series, Idaho Historical Museum, Noon

The Rat Pack Is Back!

In conjunction with A Survey Big Tree Arts, BSU SUB, of Gee’s Bend Quilts, Boise 5pm Art Museum, 1-3pm

Poetry Slam Delux

The Grove Plaza, 10am-1:30pm

Downtown Urban Living Tour

Downtown Boise Association, 10am - 2pm Yo-Yo Demonstration Discovery Center of Idaho, 11am P


Trey McIntyre Project M

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Ex Libris: Western-style Celebration of Words The Cabin, 6pm

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Boise Contemporary Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise Theater, 8pm Morrison Center, 7:30pm

Sunday Demonstrations: Quilting


Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 7:30pm

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First Sunday Art Tour: Ann Weber



See Spot Walk

Interior/Exterior Exhibit Oktoberfest Idaho Botanical Garden, Public Reception

Rose Room, 5:30pm



Artists Studios in Ada, Boise Idaho Humane Society Julia Davis Park, 10am and Canyon Counties



BOSCO Open Studios

Downtown Boise, 5pm

September 12 - October 31



First Thursday

October14 - November 7 September 4 - October 3



Scarecrow Stroll

The Mousetrap*


Knock ‘em Dead Theatre


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Especially for Seniors: Gee’s Bend Quilts

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Boo at the Zoo

Zoo Boise, 10am - 5pm

Boise Art Museum Presentation at 2pm; Seniors receive free admission all day

Fall Fire

Fall for Boise Finale

The Grove Plaza, 7 - 9pm

Boise Philharmonic: An American Celebration

Big Tree Arts, Neurolux,8pm

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Orchestra Concert BSU Music Department

Morrison Center, 7:30pm






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Opera Idaho, Auditorium at South Junior High, 7:30pm

Boise Art Museum, 12:15pm

Idaho Humanities Council Boise Centre, 6pm



Gounod’s Faust*

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Wendie Green, chatting with Boise 140 characters at a time.


Boise Mayor Dave Bieter


@wendiegoneferal (aka Wendie Green) As of Best of Boise’s press time, @wendiegoneferal, AKA Wendie Green beyond the Twitterverse, had sent 7,421 tweets to 457 followers since she was first born unto the Twitter world. By comparison, second place Twits @bethanyxoxo and @urban_ lindsay have 282 and 1,313 followers respectively. So what makes @wendiegoneferal so damn popular that she’s walking away with the Twitter-colored Best of Boise sash? Maybe it’s something in all those updates. Here are a few samples: “Are choads like zombies? Will they take me over if I let my guard down?” “Mullet sighting. I didn’t know your mom was in town.” “Dear leftover blimpie sandwich from yesterday. You are not as delicious as I had hoped.” “So you know. When you see me with my water bottle, it’s not water.”

Most politicians make headlines for the scandals they create—gay sex, adulter y, taking SECOND PLACE: TIE: @BETHANYXOXO (AKA BETHANY BIEGERT) bribes, bad AND @URBAN_LINDSAY (AKA LINDSAY DOFELMIER) hairpieces, THIRD PLACE: @BOISEWEEKLY you name it—but that’s not the case in Boise. Occasionally, something falls through Nope, not the cracks as we tr y to fine tune here, where we’ve got a mayor who’s the annual Best of Boise sur vey. so darn nice he is repeatedly voted Other times, we drop a categor y we No. 1 because people actually like don’t think is important any more, him. How many politicians can say only to face reader backlash. But that? Whether it’s commuting on we have to offer a hearty “thank his bike, meeting with the public you” to our obser vant readers who during Saturday office hours or an helped open our eyes to the world obvious love for his hometown that of questions we were missing out has earned him such brownie points on. Surprisingly, many of the most with BW readers, it doesn’t really popular suggestions were questions matter. Whatever it is, it put him we had asked in the past, but which far above other elected leaders in had fallen by the wayside over the the community. What can we say? years since Best of Boise debuted We’ve got to love a mayor who moves in 1994. Other proposed questions a meeting with young business were a bit self-ser ving, but we can’t professionals into a bar so he can blame you for tr ying. When it comes drink a beer while he stumps. Now to the No. 1 suggestion, we were that’s some political capital we’d like actually forced to smack ourselves to see spent. on the backs of our heads. It’s hard SECOND PLACE: to believe, in a place like Boise, we STATE SEN. NICOLE LEFAVOUR managed to overlook the all-important THIRD PLACE: REP. WALT MINNICK world of beer for so long. Maybe it’s like the old saying about not being able to see the forest for the trees— BEST NEW QUESTION TO ADD TO we couldn’t see the beer question THE READER POLL NEXT YEAR because our noses were buried too far into the foam of a nice, cold brew. Mea culpa. It won’t happen again.


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Best Local Brew Pub/ Beer/Brewery


We make no claims that anyone at Boise Weekly is omniscient.




Chris Oates doing what he does: blog, food and beer.


ourselves some Zeppole at BWHQ, Chris Oates is a little obsessive. But since he obsesses over we prefer to Boise Weekly and all of our other local media (but especially indulge in the Boise Weekly) we like him, and you seem to like him, too. With pleasures of his recent redesign, focuses on politics, baked goods food and beer. We live for politics, food and beer. Do you have a in the flesh day job, blogger man? rather than substitute SECOND PLACE: DON DAY, IDAHORADIONEWS.COM a fix of food THIRD PLACE: TIE: BETSY RUSSELL, SPOKESMAN.COM/BLOGS/ sin with mere BOISE AND MIKE BOSS, IDAHOBUSINESS.NET photos on the ’net. When we counted the winners, none of us in the editorial pit could BEST LOCAL RADIO STATION remember having been to Zeppole’s Web site. We’d venture to guess the same of the public at large, and folks, let that be a lesson for next year’s Best of Boise: never underestimate the power of a good campaign. Just look at our win in this categor y—we make you vote on We like to think BW’s audience is our site, and when you go to vote for NPR/Boise State Radio’s audience. “best Web site,” is Why? Plain and simple: Professionally, in the forefront of your mind and thus we respect the hell out of what 91.5 delivers; personally, we’re big listeners your choice. Subtle, yes, ver y subtle, we are. Seriously, though, we’re ourselves. When we make our annual stoked about our new Web site, too. contributions to support public radio Thanks for the props. (which we do from not only BW’s

Chris Oates,

Thank you Boise Weekly readers for your vote! Shopping or donating helps Idaho’s at-risk youth and families. Buy a book and help a child. Shop our new bookstore at 250 N. Orchard in Boise or shop for books on-line at / 877-817-8141

KBSX 91.5 FM Boise State Radio, Home of NPR

advertising budget but also our own personal pocketbooks), it’s tough to choose just three programs we like to listen to when the operators ask during the fund drive. “Morning Edition,” “Car Talk” and “The Story.” “This American Life,” “Science Friday” and “Talk of the Nation.” “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me,” “Fresh Air” and “The World.” Then there’s “BBC World News” and “Private Idaho.” Tell you what, we’ll just take one of everything on the menu. Thanks for kicking ass, 91.5, and thanks, BW readers, for knowing it. SECOND PLACE: KRVB 94.9 THE RIVER THIRD PLACE: KSRV 96.1 BOB FM

BEST LOCAL WEB SITE We’ll pat ourselves on the back later, but first, we’d like to recognize the runner-up: zeppolebaker y. com. Admittedly, though we do love




Public Restroom/ Men’s Room Dear, dear readers, you take these questions way too literally. We ask: Where is the best place to bump into Larry Craig? And you still think you are going to see him in some random bathroom. Hello. The guy is retired. Remember? He thanked us for coming out and then retired. If you want to see Larry Craig, go to the bank. Because he is doing what all retired politicians do: sucking the, er, hand that fed them and lobbying. The bank was the right answer. Sorry. SECOND PLACE: AIRPORT BATHROOM THIRD PLACE: BALCONY CLUB


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Ben Wilson (the one in the middle), whose images have graced the pages of BW for years.


Anthony Doerr


Ben Wilson

You people are so smart. If we had just moved to Boise and wanted to know Can’t say we’re surprised here, y’all. Mr. Wilson’s graphic illustrations have graced where to go, what to do and the pages—and covers—of Boise Weekly for lo these many years, and we’ve always whom to know, we would ask thought him a winner. Wilson’s story illustrations are so popular in the BW newsroom, Boise Weekly readers. Your members of the editorial staff have been known to chuff like angry, envious lions when choice of Anthony Doerr for one of us gets a Wilson piece to accompany his or her article. Wilson’s designs often best Idaho writer shows you combine biology and mechanics, reality and surrealism, the natural world and man-made are intelligent and well-read. environments and, no matter how charming and whimsical they may be, they are always Doerr’s 2007 chronicle of thought-provoking. It’s the kind of art you can look at again and again, finding something life in Rome as a new father, new in them each time. Well done, readers. Well done. Four Seasons in Rome: SECOND PLACE: WARD HOOPER On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the THIRD PLACE: ERIN CUNNINGHAM History of the World, found its way onto bookshelves around the world and as a BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN favorite among Idahoans and non-Idahoans alike. He is in high demand: The desire people have to hear him read and speak keeps him hopping from college to conference year ’round. But no matter where he goes, he’s still one This category is a tough one to vote on, and we know of us and a great sense of pride for Idahoans. that. So many talented people make music in this town SECOND PLACE: TIM WOODWARD and are worthy of our patronage. But as is the way with any art form, a handful are standouts, including this THIRD PLACE: AARON PATTERSON year’s winner, Rebecca Scott. She has been recognized in this category repeatedly, by virtue of her talent. Scott’s BEST LOCAL MOVIE THEATER incomparable voice and skills on the guitar have long made her a favorite among BW readers. For her sake, we hope a major record label discovers Scott, but for ours, 646 W. Fulton St., 208-342-4222, we hope that never happens. We would miss her—and Uh, duh. who the hell would we write about next year?

Rebecca Scott

The Flicks






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Knitting Factory Concert House

416 Ninth St., 208-367-1212, This venue dominates Boise’s music scene. Whether it’s a hard rockin’ band, a new wave icon, R&B superstar or traveling troubadour, if they’re coming to Boise, it’s likely they’ll be taking the stage at the Knitting Factory. Sure, we’ve heard some of you wondering if the music behemoth is local because it is, after all, associated with the landmark clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, but, take our word, KFCH meets all our criteria for a local business. Believe it or not, KFCH is headquartered in its two-story Boise home. And we are downright thankful it’s here. Now, if you’ll excuse us, there’s a concert we want to catch. SECOND PLACE: NEUROLUX THIRD PLACE: VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE


“Homage to the Pedestrian” on the Grove by Patrick Zentz Boise is home to many pieces of public art, but because they’ve become such a part of our landscape, we often forget that they have titles and that someone created them; they didn’t just spring from the earth. Zentz’s piece is one that straddles the line between function and beauty. Four lamps react to those who pass by. When they detect a person’s presence, they respond with drums, chimes, cymbals and bells. It’s like having a soundtrack for your life, and who wouldn’t want that? SECOND PLACE: FREAK ALLEY THIRD PLACE: TIE: ANNE FRANK MEMORIAL AND BOISE HOLE MURALS



Idaho Shakespeare Festival


Rebecca Scott, Rebecca Scott Band

5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-3369221,

To be sung to the tune of your favorite ditty:

Get on your knees and bow before the king. All hail the Idaho Shakespeare Festival—Boise’s version of a theater juggernaut. No one can even come close to this landmark theater company. Year after year, it dramatically crushes the theatrical competition, which is exactly what it did, yet again, this year. But it’s not hard to understand why Best of Boise voters continue to put ISF at the top of the theater hierarchy in Boise. Visit the expansive, yet comfor table outdoor amphitheater (which happens to be in a nature reser ve) nearly any summer night, and you’ll find a house packed with audiences eager to drink in the rich talent—from acting and directing to stage, costume and lighting design. Whether it’s a modern play, a full-blown musical or a classic Shakespearean piece, ISF’s exper tise, creativity and welcoming nature have earned it a permanent place in the hear ts of Idaho theatergoers. What can we say? We hear t ISF.

“Who do you think is the best local singer in town / I-i-i-it’s Rebecca.”



Boise Depot

2603 W. Eastover Terrace, 208-3844228, Since 1925, the Boise Depot has been a beacon on the hill, providing a bookend for downtown with the Idaho State Capitol. Its Spanish-style design and landmark location have made it one of the most photographed backdrops in the City of Trees, as well as continually bringing it to the top of this list. This categor y always reminds us how happy we are that so many of downtown Boise’s landmark buildings didn’t fall prey to tacky redevelopment, preser ving the city’s personality and creating a place where we all want to hang out. While recent decades have taken the depot from being a place that welcomed travelers to one where brides and grooms host their guests, word is the depot may soon be returning to its original purpose. Idaho’s congressional delegation is pushing to bring back Amtrack’s Pioneer Express line, linking Boise with Portland, Ore. With any luck, the stunning depot with its soaring bell tower and panoramic views will once again be a gateway to the capital city. SECOND PLACE: IDAHO STATE CAPITOL THIRD PLACE: IDANHA HOTEL

“Who takes first place each year hands down? / I-i-i-it’s Rebecca.” “We asked, ‘Who’s the best?’ / And the readers’ response? / ‘Rebecca Scott! Rebecca Scott!’ / They cried without nonchalance.” “Her skill with a guitar and the way that she sings / are beautiful and lovely and worthy of kings.” “Who wins Best Local Singer year after year? / I-i-i-it’s Rebecca.” “Who is like having our own Ani DiFranco around here? / I-i-i-it’s Rebecca.” “Rebecca Scott / Rebecca Scott / R-EB-E-C-C-A S-C-O-T-T / Rebecca!” SECOND PLACE: THOMAS PAUL THIRD PLACE: CURTIS STIGERS


Visual Arts Collective

3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208424-8297, Wow. So many of you voted in this categor y. It makes us proud ... we’re tearing up a little ... give us a minute ... OK, we’re better now. We’re just happy that of the 20 questions you had to answer to make your votes count, this was one of them. And we completely understand why VAC won. What they’ve done for Boise and Garden City (which, face it, are pretty much one and the same) is provide a multidisciplinar y venue, something that was sorely missing around here five years back. Owners Sam Stimper t and Anneliessa BalkStimper t incorporate visual ar t and per formance ar t seamlessly. It’s not odd to see a crazy indie rock show one night and then attend a visual ar t opening the next night. The Stimper ts bring in young, new and cutting-edge ar tists, as well as more established ones, continually offering an array of visually stimulating exhibits. They keep an eye on both local and touring bands, exposing Boiseans to music that they aren’t going to hear anywhere else while featuring beloved local bands, too. The Stimper ts also open their doors to community and nonprofit (and for-profit) organizations, and offer a cool, urban, welcoming environment those groups won’t find elsewhere. It’s the kind of venue we wish we’d thought of first.

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PussyGutt: Gloomy metal never sounded—or looked—so good.


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One-half of PussyGutt is a member of the BW family. You’d think it might be tough to place this particular backhanded compliment on one of our own, but we think he’ll see it as an honor. And anyone who is willing to have a mostly non-vocal, instrumental drum-and-bass/violin band and name it PussyGutt probably doesn’t give a shit what most people think anyway. So congrats, PussyGutt. SECOND PLACE: DIRTY ROOSTER LOLLIPOP THIRD PLACE: POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE

670 E. Julia Davis Dr., 208-3458330, Boise Art Museum is a bastion of art and culture in Boise, and without it, our fair city would be darkened. BAM provides a place for all Boiseans, young and old, to absorb something as necessary to our well-being as vitamins: art. With the number of incredible exhibits that have passed through BAM’s doors, if the walls could talk, they would be constantly complimenting each other like Mac and Tosh, the very proper Looney Tunes squirrels. “Remember that time you had those Jun Kaneko pieces hanging on you? You looked amazing.” “Thank you. How much did you love featuring the An My Le photos on you?” “Very much. I was lucky to get that one. I thought you were particularly fetching when you supported Catherine Chalmers’ ‘American Cockroach.’ You held them perfectly.” “So kind of you. I must say, Andrea Merrell’s ‘Measure of Man’ looked sublime on you.” “Lovely, weren’t they?” SECOND PLACE: IDAHO HISTORICAL MUSEUM THIRD PLACE: IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL


Pilot Error

Well, well, well, readers. You are nothing if not unpredictable ... eventually. Year after year, certain names reappear on top in the Best of Boise polls—so much so that even though voting closes in August, if someone came up to us in June and asked who will win in a certain category, we could give an answer with little or no hesitation. Come September, we would feel vindicated. We might even say, “Nanner, nanner, we told you so.” This year, you, oh regular readers and toe-keeper-oners, nanner nannered back and threw us a monkey wrench. For the first time in years, Built to Spill did not win in the Best Local Band category. Instead, you bestowed the honors to energetic rock cover band Pilot Error, a fivesome that has been spreading the sounds of Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi across Boise for years now, garnering a group of fervent followers along the way. Built to Spill did take second place, ATTN took third. Do we smell a tour? SECOND PLACE: BUILT TO SPILL THIRD PLACE: ATTN


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Pure joy is just one swing set away at Camel’s Back Park in Boise’s North End.


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Camel’s Back Park Corner of 13th and Heron streets While the equipment is fairly standard here, the view is something else. Camel’s Back has good swings with nice long chains for adult-sized vertical lift. And it has a decent set of monkey bars, some cool little cars on giant springs and plenty of slides from which to choose. But when the equipment gets hot or overly crowded, head over to Camel’s Back hill, a source of endless pleasure (and endless sand in the pants) for the kids and endless calf crunches for the adults. Camel’s Back also has lots of grass, tennis courts, beach volleyball, barbecue grills ... and it is the anchor park for Boise’s North End, just blocks from the restaurants and ice cream in Hyde Park and seconds from the Foothills trails. One piece of advice: Exercise caution when sliding with toddlers here. Slide-burn is both painful and embarrassing to try to explain as an adult. SECOND PLACE: SETTLER’S PARK THIRD PLACE: ANN MORRISON PARK


George’s Cycles

Multiple locations, When it comes to pro cycling shops in Boise, George’s has been at it longer than any other shop in town. Maybe that’s why George’s is the best year after year in this categor y—years of experience. And BW readers aren’t the only group of people who think George’s kicks ass. For five years running, George’s has made the top 100 list of bicycle retailers by SECOND PLACE: IDAHO MOUNTAIN TOURING

No, you’re not seeing things: The entire Treasure Valley has a distinct blueand-orange cast to it these days. It doesn’t matter if you’re an alumnus or not, Boise State has somehow become ever yone’s alma mater—or at least their other alma mater. When Bronco game day comes around, get out of the way. The hordes of jersey-clad fans headed to the hear t of Boise resemble a herd of stampeding wildebeest with little Broncos flags stuck to their cars rather than horns. They scoop up anything with a Broncos logo on it, be it cushioned seat pads, beer cozies or plush toys. They are obsessed. And what happens when it’s not football season? No worries, there are the libraries of DVDs chronicling the entire histor y of Bronco football to wile away the days until, once again, ever ybody’s favorite team takes the blue tur f. What else can we say, but Go Broncos!


Lucky Peak Reservoir

OK, we’re going to let you in on a little secret here: The BW editorial staff decided to have a little fun with the Best of Boise ballot questions this year, inser ting one whimsical question into each categor y, just for fun. So, no, alas, there is no nude beach planned for the Treasure Valley. We are pleased to see so many of you are on the same wavelength and got the joke—or maybe we should be concerned that so many of you didn’t get the joke and still readily volunteered your own yards as the future home of some sans-clothing sunbathing. Either way, looks like most of you think Lucky Peak would be the ideal place to strip down, and we, too, can see the appeal—water to readily dive into, an occasional tree or bush in case self-consciousness gets the better of you, and an easy drive home to treat sunburn in places the sun should never really shine, let alone burn. We did appreciate some of the warnings included with answers, including one vote for Sandy Point with the addendum “swimmer’s itch be damned.” (Although, we do have to admit, that’s a valid concern.) Others shared the idea of putting the nude beach in front of any number of politicians’ homes or offices, and a fair number suggested it be opened near Friendship Bridge by Boise State. We’re not quite sure what this says about your voyeuristic tendencies. Still, for those of you who involuntarily flinch at the ver y idea, don’t worr y, there will be no need for you to strategically aver t your eyes ... just yet. SECOND PLACE: MY YARD THIRD PLACE: TIE: GROVE PLAZA AND SANDY POINT




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Karin Kimura will have you begging for mercy while thanking her.


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Karin Kimura, A2O Fitness 511 S. Americana Blvd., 208-344-5377, If by best you mean most willing to bust your ass but do it with a smile, then yep, she’s the best. Kimura, a body builder herself, is a trainer who wants her clients to do their best, change their lives for the better and, more than anything, feel good about themselves. She cultivates that attitude with all of the trainers who train in her gym, which means that no matter how young, old, fit or fat a person may be, he or she will always feel comfortable at A2O. And if by comfortable we mean looking in the mirror and thinking, “Damn, I’m lookin’ good,” then, yup, Kimura makes everyone feel comfortable.

Winter, summer, spring and fall, Newt & Harold’s has SECOND PLACE: RANDY MANKER a board for THIRD PLACE: KRISTI CANTRIL the weather. Snowboard. Skateboard. Greenwood’s Ski Haus are still like Longboard. two giddy teenagers steaming up the Waterboard. Er ... wait, scratch that back windows of Mom’s car at the top last one. (But first—speaking of of Table Rock. Other ski shops have tor ture—picture this: Dick Cheney tried to steal away Boise’s affection strapped to a snowboard hurling down Wild Cat. Ha! But we digress ...) for Greenwood’s, and while some have notably been around plenty long Where we were? Ah, yes, board for (see this year’s runner-up), none can ever y season. But not just boards. Any good board shop needs the duds compete. Congrats, Greenwood’s, for being king of the mountain yet again. that keep a rider from looking like some kind of Abercrombie tool, and SECOND PLACE: MCU SPORTS as ever yone knows (yes, ever yone, THIRD PLACE: ECO LOUNGE that’s why it’s Best of Boise), Newt & Harold’s has inner and outer wear for BEST SKI LOCATION WITHIN A the birds and the blokes. SECOND PLACE: THE BOARD ROOM THIRD PLACE: PRESTIGE SKATE SHOP


Greenwood’s Ski Haus

2400 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208342-6808, This is a love stor y. Yes, this par ticular Best of Boise award is the tale of the undying devotion of a city for its oldest ski shop. It’s a stor y that star ted more than 50 years ago, when a guy named Bob Greenwood opened a pint-sized ski shop on State Street. It’s a stor y that has continued even after Bob handed over the reins, and today, thanks to owners Jeff Lewerenz and Carrie Gochnour, Boise skiers and


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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Top of Bogus Basin Road, 208-3325100, Ever y year when Bogus wins, we tr y to pinpoint what makes our hometown hill so great. We wonder, “What is the je ne sais quoi of Bogus Basin?” And then it hits us: No one at Bogus Basin ever says “je ne sais quoi.” This is not the French Alps, dude, it’s Idaho. We ski it like we mean it. We stop for fries and burgers and a cold one, and then we ski it some more. SECOND PLACE: BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN THIRD PLACE: SUN VALLEY


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James Burton and Don Gura help students get a different perspective.


Tie: Don Gura and James Burton, Boise Yoga Center

of the most desirable real estate 3113 Rose Hill, 208-343-9786; 450 W. State St., in the valley. Suite 250, Eagle, How about Though we received dozens of single votes for yoga condition instructors all across Boise, there are two peaceful souls for No. 2? who stretched their way ahead of the pack: Boise Yoga Warm Springs Center’s Don Gura and James Bur ton. Both are cer tified boasts Iyengar yoga instructors who have studied with the Iyengar sweeping family in India. Gura got into yoga in 1995 after spending fair ways lined time playing competitive spor ts, and Bur ton is an Australian with towering transplant who studied Iyengar yoga for nine years with one trees. And, of the practice’s most senior teachers, Pixie Lillas. Most how about days of the week, you can find these two fellas teaching wildlife for the pupils at Boise Yoga Center’s Boise and Eagle locations the third great upside of downward dog: inner calm. attribute? Golfers often SECOND PLACE: MARCY WESTOVER become THIRD PLACE: TIE: BRITTANY MCCONNELL, wildlife HEATHER EARL AND JAMIE MITCHELL watchers as an array of birds are BEST LOCAL GOLF COURSE joined by deer, the occasional elk and a whole biology lesson of critters that make their home along the river. Despite all that wildlife, really the only thing 2495 Warm Springs Ave., 208-343to avoid is the abundant remnants 5661, left behind by the geese. Watch your Here’s an easy way to recognize step and pray your ball doesn’t have when you’re in a golfing town: There’s a really sloppy lie—and in this case, a city-owned course, and it’s a good it can be really sloppy. Still, Warm one. In fact, in the case of Warm Springs has the distinct feel of a Springs, it’s a great one. What could hometown course, which it is. a municipal course have going for SECOND PLACE: it? Well, how about setting for one? SHADOW VALLEY GOLF COURSE Warm Springs is nestled between the THIRD PLACE: Boise Foothills and the Boise River, QUAIL HOLLOW GOLF COURSE putting it firmly in the middle of some

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Tired of the same old jeans and T-shirt? Find a cool new T-shirt downtown at Palmercash.


Renewal Consignment Homewares



807 W. Idaho St., 208-344-0028, When is a T-shirt shop not just a T-shirt shop? When it’s Palmercash. Listen Boise, we’re just gonna come straight out with this: Props to you for knowing what a good thing we have here with downtown Boise’s new Palmercash store. But at the risk of sounding like complete know-it-alls: do you really know what a big deal it is to have an actual Palmercash store? Huge. So huge we don’t even know. And what’s even cooler is that the vintage T-shirt maker so popular with the coolest of the kids is homegrown. Giving Idaho street cred one shirt at a time ... Palmercash. Long live the T-shirt for sure.

517 S. Eighth St., 208-338-5444,

OK, here’s the scenario: You look around your home and realize that couch and mattress you picked up off the curb back in college SECOND PLACE: THE MODERN MAN and the papasan chair THIRD PLACE: TIE: A NOVEL ADVENTURE, PARADIGM AND THE WHITE PINE just aren’t going to cut it anymore (besides, no one should ever have a roadside mattress). Scenario No. 2: Your living room is looking tired, even though the BEST LOCAL APPLIANCE STORE furnishings are in fine shape. Luckily, both of these scenarios have the same solution: Renewal. For years, Boiseans have been heading downtown to find fun and unique pieces of furniture and accessories for way 1115 S. Lusk St., 208-345-7711, less than the price tag for new items. At the same time, those looking to update have brought their gently Jim’s is like a fantasy land for adults. You can used wears to the store to be displayed and sold. Talk imagine yourself as a famous chef, standing at your sixabout a symbiotic relationship. Need a vintage red burner Viking range, flipping flapjacks. You can imagine chaise lounge to fit in with your fabulous old Hollywood/ all the laundr y folded and put away, the sheets crisply Edwardian decor? Your best bet is probably Renewal. tucked in, the mud stains vanquished. You can lose Looking for a massive mirror, some decorative vases yourself in the microwaves and mattresses and take and a towering bookshelf? Star t at Renewal. Besides, solace in the fact that there’s an actual Jim and he’s the sale room in the basement is one of the best been around since 1960 and he’s got 30,000 square values around. feet of stuff worth refinancing for.

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Euphoria Salon

1517 N. 13th St., 208-344-0500, Wow, who knew a race for best hair salon could be so exciting? First and second place in this categor y exchanged the lead several times, but when the dust settled, Goliath had been slain. That’s right, after years of domination, Graeber & Company was bested by the little salon in Hyde Park. Behind the old-fashioned storefront windows in the middle of one of Boise’s most historic districts, Euphoria’s stylists are busy making Boise beautiful, from finding a hairstyle that’s fashion for ward without being too trendy to creating custom color that will have ever yone else’s heads turning. Sure, we all know that true beauty is on the inside, but it’s really hard to have a lot of self-confidence when you’re rockin’ a mullet, a bowl cut or your dark brown/ gray roots have grown out 3 inches from your bleachedblonde home dye job. And a unibrow? Forgetaboutit. Euphoria also offers waxing and nail care. It might be superficial, but don’t we all feel better on the inside when we know we look good on the outside? SECOND PLACE: GRAEBER & COMPANY THIRD PLACE: THE ELECTRIC CHAIR


Record Exchange

1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, In the immortal words of Liz Lemon, “Uh, doy.” SECOND PLACE: TIE: DOYLE’S BROADWAY MUSIC COMPANY AND BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY



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Floating Feather Day Spa 602 W. Idaho St., 208-424-5153, Stress sucks. It’s hard to put it more plainly than that. Unfor tunately, nearly all of us have to deal with it to some degree (unless, of course, you are one of the blessed few who live off never-depleting trust funds, jetting between homes in Italy, Sun Valley, Malibu and Bali. And in that case, we don’t want to talk to you). But for the rest of us, stress can slowly eat away at us, inside and out. So, what’s there to do? You could tr y drinking, but that’s a slipper y slope, as are any of the numerous vices that jump to mind. You could tr y star ting your own little fight club, but not being able to talk about it might become stressful in its own right. It’s all a terrible cycle of stress. Of course, you could take the advice of many of our readers and check out Floating Feather Day Spa downtown. By definition, spas are all about relaxing, and what seems more peaceful than a floating feather? Put the two together and, ba-da-bing, you have the per fect combo for letting go of a little stress. Floating Feather offers massage therapy, facials, nail care and something called energy therapy, which includes a practice called raindrop technique massage. We don’t know what it is, but we already feel more relaxed.

We think a conspiracy is afoot at the Idaho Youth Ranch, but it’s one we’re happy to be complicit in. We think people with cool stuff who want to support IYR’s important cause drop their stuff off there. Then other cool people who also want to support IYR shop there and buy up the cool stuff. It’s a kick-ass cycle that we indulge in as well. And as if the IYR retail stores weren’t enough, we recently discovered IYR’s outlet store and as-is yard, which are open to the public. The outlet/yard includes several thousand indoor and outdoor square feet of camper shells, barbecues, golf clubs, ironing boards, end tables, chairs, filing cabinets, trikes and bikes, books, clothes, shoes, lamps, dishes and more. Some of it needs a little TLC—which is maybe why it’s there and not in one of the retail stores— but wandering through the yard and the warehouse is a stellar way to spend a Saturday. But be sure to leave your day wide open. Time speeds by as you’re wandering between rows of recliners, or sifting through giant boxes full of baby toys. You may think you’ve only been there a few minutes, but it’s not uncommon to get there in the morning and suddenly hear them announce they’re closing. Another conspiracy? Maybe. SECOND PLACE: LUX FASHION LOUNGE



888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500, Admittedly, “best meat” is not the ideal choice of words for a Best of Boise categor y title hoping to elicit serious responses. Apparently, many of you out there think rather highly of what’s in your britches. After laughing our way through all the responses and winnowing it down to just the serious answers, Boise Co-op came out on top, which, if you ask us, is a win that’s slightly tinged with irony, seeing as how the North End grocer y store is certainly better known for catering to the herbivores among us. But vegetarian, vegan, ovo-lacto, gluten-free isn’t all Boise Co-op does. In fact, the meat selection is, as BW readers pointed out, pretty decent. From free-range organic chicken to hormone-free beef, Boise Co-op does your meat and does it da best. (And not “your meat” as in the what’s in your pants, silly.) SECOND PLACE: BOB’S MEATS ROYALE THIRD PLACE: PORTERHOUSE MARKET


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Boise Blue Art Supply

820 W. Jefferson St., 208-3432564, Need colored markers? A fancy notebook? Kids’ crafts? Cerulean blue oil paint? Cadmium red acrylic? Poster board? Colored poster board? Woodworking tools? Regardless of what supplies you need to express your visual, artistic, creative side, we’ll bet Boise Blue Art Supply has it. And if they don’t, owners Terrie Robinson and Janet Hackett can probably order it for you. In business for more than 70 years, the store has been a thriving member of the Boise community, providing Boise artists a place to pick up art supplies. For the past several years, Boise Blue has played a large part in the success of BW’s Cover Art program, giving each cover artist a $25 gift certificate to the store. Boise Blue helps us paint the town red (and gunmetal gray and magenta and olive green and off-white and mustard yellow and turquoise). SECOND PLACE: QUALITY ART SUPPLY THIRD PLACE: PUFFY MONDAES




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Mike Shu helps make feet—and runners—happy.


Idaho Central Credit Union Multiple locations,


Shu’s Idaho Running Company 1758 W. State St., 208-344-6604, If the results in this category aren’t indicative of Boise’s collective priorities, we don’t know what is. Running shoes before a sweet pair of polka dot wedges. It’s true, though. Give Boise its Tevas, Keens and Vasques, and all is well. So just what sets Shu’s apart from other athletic shoe stores of its kind? Maybe the fact that it’s been around eons. Or maybe the fact that it’s so involved in the running community in Boise it virtually is the running community. Still thinking about running rather than getting serious? Start at Shu’s, where you can get a “perfect fit” with a 3D footprint so that whether you overpronate, underpronate or pronate just right, you get the right shoe for your stubs.

What makes a good bank these days? One that’s still SECOND PLACE: SHOE FETISH open. OK, bad joke. THIRD PLACE: BANDANA RUNNING AND WALKING Idaho Credit Union has all the stuff BEST LOCAL ETHNIC MARKET we presume people look for in a bank (we wouldn’t know, we’re not in banking and get paid in Flicks 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208, tickets): free checking, low loan rates, locations open six days a In a place like Boise, which week, e-banking, 24-hour telephone proudly boasts about its deep Basque access to your accounts ... Being heritage, it only makes sense that a the best bank in Boise is really cool. place like the Basque Market would Seriously. But you know what would come out on top of this category. And make Idaho Central Credit Union the this is unquestionably one result we best bank in the whole universe? If it can get fully behind because we here just gave out money. Lots of it. at Boise Weekly heart the Basque SECOND PLACE: D.L. EVANS BANK Market. Sure, it doesn’t hurt that it’s just two blocks from BWHQ, but we’d THIRD PLACE: MOUNTAIN WEST BANK walk miles for one of their fantastic sandwiches made with ingredients BEST LOCAL TAXI SERVICE like roasted garlic-piquillo pepper aioli, idiazabal and manchego cheeses and, of course, chorizo. We might walk 208-377-3333, even further for their wine selection Boise City Taxi has a reputation from the Basque country, along with for being the fastest cab company exotic olive oils, peppers, candies to get to you on a moment’s notice. and even cookware. Of course, we’d But did you know the drivers will have to bring our cars to load up on ferry your sorry ass to and from Sun their prepared dishes, like croquettas, Valley? (Don’t even think about the lamb stew and piles of specialty fare.) They’re also happy as clams cheeses and meats. We’d definitely to transport your restaurant to-go need our cars after partaking of their order, documents, caged animals, tapas every Tuesday evening, or their convenience store items, prescriptions catered events, or even one of their and your great aunty Phyllis who many cooking classes. We might have always calls for a ride to church. to take a walk in their direction now. SECOND PLACE: CHRONIC CAB SECOND PLACE: BOISE CO-OP

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Flying M Coffeehouse Boise Co-op


500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320,

888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500,

Though there are a handful of places around town where you can pick up mass-produced essentials like mini-pig launchers, boxing nuns or cat butt magnets, the Flying M gift shop also offers an assortment of items like jewelry and purses crafted by local designers. That’s why, when our readers have had one too many shots of espresso, they head into the Flying M gift shop to steady their shaky hands by flipping through a nifty sewing how-to book and leave with their fingers decked out in fancy, locally crafted bubble rings.

Someday, technology will progress to the point where you can open your fridge and every item you could possibly want from Boise Co-op is inside. Like fresh, locally made tomatillo salsa or almond-stuffed green olives or lemon meringue gelato. The future holds such sublime gluttonous promise. But until then, you still have to fight mercilessly for a parking spot, lug in your arsenal of re-usable tote bags and write each bin code number on your bulk food goods. Yes, it’ll seem like a damn lot of work when you look back from the future, sitting on your sleek, minimalist couch, gnawing whimsically on whatever delicacy you’ve just pulled from the fridge. But think about it this way: It’ll be a damn lot of delicious work. And the future can’t be that far off, right?



Metro Express Car Wash

1300 Front St., 208-331-1301, Going through Metro Express is like being in a parade. Just wave to the sudsy soapies, smile big at the giant sponges and buffers, guffaw at the spray guns and throw candy at the blow driers. No, don’t throw candy while you are in the car wash, but when you emerge, nearly a block from where you started, you can dispose of your candy wrappers (and suck up all the other gunk stuck between your seats) at the Indy 500-class vacuum row. SECOND PLACE: J’S HAND CAR WASH THIRD PLACE: LIKE NU CAR WASH


Boise Downtown YMCA

1050 W. State St., 208-344-5502, It’s impossible to write about the YMCA without singing, “It’s fun to stay at the YMCA,” so we’ll get that out of the way first. Now, we’re going to go out on a limb and say the downtown Y takes top honors because it has the best pool and slide combo in town. OK, maybe there’s more to it than that. Did you know one out of every two Ada County youth is involved in a Y program? Or that no one will be turned away because they can’t pay? Our guess is the reason BW readers think the Y is the best is because it’s not just a collection of stairmasters and treadmills. Our guess is that it has to do with something much bigger: commitment to community. SECOND PLACE: IDAHO ATHLETIC CLUB ON STATE STREET THIRD PLACE: IDAHO ATHLETIC CLUB ON MAPLE GROVE



Barbara Barbara and Co. 834 W. Bannock St., 208-342-2002 Though modern history is rife with famous Barbaras—Bush, Morgan, Eden, Walters—Boise’s longtime downtown boutique is so rad they decided to double the amount of Barbarism. With a selection of fancy cocktail dresses, top-notch jeans and unique blouses, the shop’s selection is diverse enough to cloak everyone from first ladies to astronauts to dreamy genies to lispy journalists. SECOND PLACE: LUX FASHION LOUNGE THIRD PLACE: DRAGONFLY


To The Nynes 168 N. Ninth St., Ste. 100, 208331-2338 When looking for something manly to do around Boise, options abound. There are plenty of sporting events, sports to compete in, drinking and sporting events. There are gun shops, decent smoke shops and a modicum of strip clubs. But if you want to feel truly manly, go buy yourself a pink or purple collarless, button-up shirt at To The Nynes. And pick up a nice set of cuff links while you are at it. The guys there will make sure it fits you just right, and all the other dudes at the sports bar will wonder: “Where’d that guy get those sharp-looking threads?” SECOND PLACE: ALEXANDER DAVIS THIRD PLACE: THE MODERN MAN


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LET’S BOSCO Preview annual Open Studios at BAM



5 p.m.: Head north on Harrison Blvd. Take a right on Brumback St. and lock up in front of 1415 N. 15th St., the home of artist Chris Long. Check out his melted wax on white silk batik paintings. 5:30 p.m.: Go south on 15th St. and make your way to 1015 N. 10th St., near O’Farrell St., where Tarmo Watia’s colorful portraits will distract you for a hot minute. 6:15 p.m.: Take a short jaunt to 605 1/2 W. Hays St. No. 1, and marvel at Molly Heyn-DeVinaspre’s twine-bound ceramic books. 7 p.m.: Cross State St. and head to 2405 W. Bannock St. to bask in Tricia May’s tree-filled oil paintings.

alking through Rick Friesen’s compact North End home and stepping into his small, light-flooded kitchen, you can hear the faint flutter of flutes begin to grow louder. As Friesen yanks on the door knob to his backyard studio, a puff of cool air and the wail of classical music exhales through the open door. But inside, things look oddly familiar—his still-life paintings depict the same living SATURDAY, OCT. 3: room, kitchen, even street sign that you’ve 11 a.m.: Start the morning off back in the North End just passed on your way into the studio. at 926 Heron St. to check out encaustic artist and pho“Many of my pieces I actually painted TARMO WATIA tographer Andrea Sparrow’s work. looking outside of the living room window,” 11:30 a.m.: Bike down to 2319 N. 16th St., north of says Friesen. “A lot of them are really influenced Hill Road, and take a peek at Rick Friesen’s impressionistic by the area because it’s close by and convenient.” still-lifes. Make sure to take in a tour of his mural-tastic Friesen is one of 32 artists who will fling open their studio back alley. doors and welcome in strangers for the seventh annual open 12:15 p.m.: Mosey over to 2118 N. 19th St., studios event put on by Boise Open Studios Collective Organiat Good St., to check out Susan Rooke’s zation. From Friday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 4, map-toting quirky, cartoonish figurative clay pieces. art-appreciators will caravan around town, poking their 12:45 p.m.: Hit Hill Road and wind heads into various artists’ studios to get an insider’s look around until you reach Christine at the artistic process. Though the majority of Friesen’s Barrietua’s place at 3901 W. Twilight work is a literal interpretation of his immediate surCourt. Take a gander at her foundroundings, there are still some surprises in store for metal and clay sculptures. BOSCO visitors. Behind Friesen’s house, which backs 1:45 p.m.: Pedal south on Collister up to McU Sports on Bogus Basin Road, he’s covered Road and book it down State St. to the entire back alley wall with massive murals. Glenwood St. Be your way into the “I’ve just stared at this wall for a long time, and I’ve just magical realm of Garden City to check been painting it for the last little over a year, so that I have a out Surel Mitchell’s acrylic, mixed-media better view,” Friesen says. “But I’m getting carried away.” SUSAN ROOKE work at her studio on 212 E. 33rd St. Friesen painted a huge Where the Wild Things Are mural 2:15 p.m.: Swing by Irene Deely’s Woman of and an old-fashioned theater stage—complete with cascading red Steel Gallery at 3640 W. Chinden Blvd. to gape at her rad, curtains and ceramic animal heads—for his neighbor to projtowering metal sculptures. ect movies on. It’s quirky surprises like these that people don’t stumble across in a gallery setting. BOSCO organizer and photographer April Hoff made some changes SUNDAY, OCT. 4: to the event this year to help facilitate more of 9 a.m.: This morning, bike down Warm Springs to 2044 these unique open studios experiences. E. Lamar Court and let Betty Maguire Hayzlett’s whim“This year, we actually changed the way sical felted wool pieces brighten your day. we did the map,” explains Hoff. “Instead 9:30 a.m.: Cruise down to 1412 E. Jefferson St., of a big city map with dots and numbers near Haines St., to take a peep at John Taye’s Boston … I picked sections of town that I could School-influenced colorful figurative paintings. fit five or six—or two or three—of the 10 a.m.: Pedal your way over to Linda Berberick’s artists’ little dots … We have a girl that’s house at 401 S. Pierce Place, off Lewis St., to check up in Wilderness Ranch so she’s got her out her quirky sculptures utilizing clay, mirrors and own map. But that’s where she is, so if you clocks. want to see her, you’ve got to go there.” ANGELA KELLY NEIWERT 10:30 a.m.: Scoot down Broadway Ave. to Front St., take And a good number of people have made a left on Capitol Blvd., then a right on Royal Blvd. Lock up that trek in the past, according to three-year in front of 1014 LaPointe St., Ste. 2, and check out work by BOSCO participant, porcelain clay sculptor Amber Waite and Eric Obendorf. Angela Kelly Neiwert. Neiwert lives in a log house up 11:30 a.m.: Huff up Capitol Blvd. to 2023 W. Targee St. to catch Highway 21 in Wilderness Ranch. To help guide the 30-or-so a glimpse of Jerry Hendershot’s current work melding visitors who come out to Neiwert’s place each year, she puts up “images from the early industrial age with the signs along the three-mile stretch of curvy dirt road that winds up universality of the teapot.” to her house. Noon: Wrap things up at 2005 S. Co“It’s a great way to connect with the art public and really lumbus St. with a tour of Lynn Fraley’s ... tell them about what inspires you,” says Niewert. “It’s equine sculpture workspace. kind of a trek up there, but it’s totally worth it. Driving up in the mountains, enjoying the fall color, the fresh air.” —Tara Morgan This First Thursday, Boise Art Museum is hosting a preview of work from 25 artists involved in the 2009 See a limited BOSCO preview, open studios. From 5-8 p.m. you can admire some art, including 25 artists this First Thursday, watch a looping slide show and pick up a $10 BOSCO Oct. 1, 5-8 p.m., Boise Art Museum, calendar, which includes a free artists’ map. For those 670, Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330. who can’t make it by BAM on Thursday and want to BETTY MAGUIRE HAYZLETT More info on artists and other sample the open studios action without gassing up the car, locations to pick up maps can be found we’ve compiled some downtown-centric weekend highlights. at Without further ado, here’s the bicyclist’s guide to BOSCO. WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM



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1STTHURSDAYLISTINGS east side THE BASQUE MARKET—608 W. Grove St., 208-4331208. Sample traditional Spanish tapas as Ricardo Bartolome performs Spanish music from 5-8 p.m.

DRAGONFLY—414 Main St., 208-338-9234. Get ready for cold weather with 20 percent off on all shoes and boots through Oct. 3.


BASQUE MUSEUM—611 W. Grove St., 208-3431285. Learn about one of Boise’s unique ethnic groups by taking a tour of the gallery and the historic Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House. A group of local musicians jam from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320. October’s artist Kelly Knopp (www. will introduce new illustrations and paintings along with a dash of past work. Also hot off the press and available for purchase is Knopp’s adult activity book, The Faulty Embrace, filled with illustrations, puzzles and politically incorrect goodies.

BOISE ART GLASS—530 W. Myrtle St., 208-3452molten 1825. Enjoy snacks, beverages and the art of glass during a special collaboration between

THE MELTING POT—200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900. From 5-8 p.m., enjoy $5 appetizers, $5 wine flights and $5 beer flights.

Bill Rasmussen, a sculptor who worked for Walt Disney for 22 years, and the owner of Boise Art Glass, Filip Vogelpohl. The artists are creating sculptural goblets that will be available for purchase. Custom orders are welcome.

OLD BOISE—Sixth and Main streets, 208-345-7852. Sample wine and shop for handmade gifts at the Idaho Indie Works’ Etsy Street Team booths located in the Pioneer Tent Building. Local artists with shops on are selling jewelry, children’s items, cards and art. Visit


COOL HAND LUKE’S—622 W. Idaho St., 208-2873296. Stop by the restaurant’s outdoor barbecue for the $9.98 steak and bake promotion: Get a 10-ounce flat iron steak with an Idaho baked potato.

PENGILLY’S SALOON—513 W. Main St., 208-3456344. Frim Fram 4 perform at 8:45 p.m. for free.

south side 8TH STREET ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PRO4Broad GRAM—8th Street Marketplace, at Eighth and streets. The featured artists-in-residence at 404 S. Eighth St. are: Benjamin Love, a printmaker, painter, sculptor and performance artist who is working on a series of drawings called the “Tragic Magic Parade” using large-scale wood blocks and recycled materials. Kelli Brown and the Off Center Dance Project presenting portions of two new works, The Essentials, which takes inspiration from poetry written by Rumi, and Rules of Etiquette, which shows a visual dance representation of Emily Post’s original etiquette guidelines. And Goran Fazil is showing a series of fragmented paintings, drawings and sculptures that relate to a fragmented understanding of the past and the subsequent creation of identity. The artists housed in the satellite residence at 517 S. Eighth St. in the Renewal Basement include: Emily Wenner, who is painting a 6-foot by 15-foot underwater ocean scene titled The Only Solution, in which women work together to construct the perfect man. April VanDeGrift is creating work about memory and is collecting memories

during First Thursday to put in a chest. And the artists housed at 1020 Main St. in the Alaska Building are: Rachel Irene Reichart, who is exploring the connection between natural history and contemporary fashion focusing on collecting, grouping and display. Sandy Marostica is working to complete several oil paintings and experimenting with polyester plate lithography techniques. TREASURES—409 S. Eighth St., 2085mixATOMIC 344-0811. Shop for Halloween with an eclectic of vintage, retro and found objects along with designer and vintage clothing for men and women and decorative treasures for the home. Stop by for refreshments and check out the first showing of artist Shaun Tilden’s wall sculptures and shadow boxes. ART MUSEUM—670 S. Julia Davis Dr., 610BOISE 208-345-8330. Guests receive free admission from a.m.-9 p.m., but donations are accepted. During Studio Art Exploration from 5-8 p.m., create woven works of art with paper after exploring “Corrugated: Sculpture by Ann Weber.” Stop by BAM to review works from local artists participating in the Boise Open Studios Collective Organization 2009 Open Studios weekend Oct. 2-4. See Page 35. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—801 W. Main St., 208-3423456. The bistro continues to celebrate 25 years of Adventures in Comfort Food with live music by Rebecca Wright. CHRONIC TACOS—106 N. Sixth St., 208-345-3711. Buy one burrito, get one half price and wash it down with $1 beer all day. Learn to salsa during a free lesson from 7-9 p.m. while others test their ingestion skills at a hot taco eating contest. COLE MARR GALLERY—404 S. Eighth St., 7images 208-336-7630. The gallery features new 2009 of Alaska created during the Cole/Marr Photo Workshops’ Fall Alaska Photo Excursion. The images of the true Alaska wilderness are by naturalist Kristen Cole, who will be present to discuss her work. Comfort foods will be served along with music by David Marr. ELLA’S ROOM—413 S. Eighth St. 208-331-ELLA. 8certificates Stop in for pink refreshments, bra fittings, gift and free gift wrapping. View the artful bras displayed in the store’s windows, and shop to support Komen for the Cure. Twenty percent of the sales of pink tagged items will be donated throughout the month of October. Visit online at HELLY HANSEN—860 W. Broad St., 208-342-8448. For one night only, take 40 percent off all spring and summer merchandise. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM—610 Julia 9public Davis Dr., 208-334-2120. Admission is free to the from 5-9 p.m. MR. PEABODY’S OPTICAL SHOPPE—404 S. Eighth St., 208-344-1390. The store is open until 8 p.m. with sales on select eyewear. R. GREY GALLERY—415 S. Eighth St., 20810 385-9337. Glass artist Lisa Tate has created more than 30 new pieces of glass featuring plants native to Boise in a show titled “Boise Botanicals.” A portion of the proceeds benefit Idaho Botanical Garden. Also on display are two bras for the Susan G. Komen Pink Project, a collaboration between breast cancer survivors and artists who work together to create a bra that tells a survival story. Purchase small hope charms to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. RE BOUTIQUE—405 S. Eighth St., 208-39211 7940. Start shopping for the holidays early and buy local. Re Boutique has live music outside along with refreshments and a gift with purchase inside. Pick up some free samples of Penelope Parsnip, Boise’s new organic body care line. Re Boutique features local artists’ work including funky re-made chandeliers by Marie Mortensen and sterling silver artisan jewelry by Ashley Tigert. SALON 162—404 S. Eighth St., 208-386-9908. 12 Tina Lucas is a self-taught artist who creates vibrant pieces using hand-cut glass and mosaic mediums. Salon 162 displays work by local artists. If interested, contact Nancy Derham at 208-440-1514. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—786 W. Broad St., 13 208-345-9463. The winery toasts one cup ... or two. Stop by the tasting room and vote for the Snake River Winery’s “Pink Project Tasteful Bra” created by Susan B. Komen’s own Anna Buschbacher and her mother. Enjoy pinktinis made with the Afternoon Wine Company’s rose and snack on vineyard grapes plucked during fall harvest accompanied by a complimentary wine flight. Buy a bottle of rose during the month of October and Snake River Winery will donate half the purchase price to Susan B. Komen for the Cure. Take advantage of the 20 percent First Thursday discount from 5-9 p.m. on all cases—even mixed. TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT STUDIO—775 Fulton St., 208-724-6537. Anyone age 16 and older can drop in between 7-8 p.m. for an open level hip-hop dance class. The First Thursday of the month is free. These classes are ongoing and taught by Janelle Wilson.

central downtown AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—100 N. 14 Eighth St., 208-433-0872. Celebrate fall with new fashions. The store is honoring the Pink Project by offering discounts on purchases made on First Thursday when shoppers make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Boise affiliate. Stop by for refreshments and check out the artistic bras designed specially for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer


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1STTHURSDAYLISTINGS Awareness event held throughout the month of October. CHEERS—828 W. Idaho St., 208-342-1805. Order personalized Christmas cards during the month of October and receive free return addresses. Also, order 75 Crane products and receive 25 free. THE CHOCOLAT BAR—805 W. Bannock St., 208-338-7771. Stop in for a sample from the Chocolat Bar, “Where Taste is the Difference.” The chocolate is paired with select wines from Boise Co-op Wine Shop. DAWSON’S DOWN15 TOWN—219 N. Eighth St., 208-336-5633. Fantasy-themed acrylic paintings by local artist Jessi Campbell are on display through Oct. 31. D.L. EVANS DOWNTOWN 16 BOISE BRANCH—213 N. Ninth St., 208-331-1339. The local bank celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Pink Project with pink art, pink treats and pink prizes. Stop in from 5-8 p.m. to see work by Pink Project artist and fashion designer Bobbi Fuller and visit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness booth. Discover downtown Boise’s Darla’s Deli and sample delicious desserts from Sweet Perfections by Holly Kay. First Thursday in October is the last chance to preview Boise Weekly’s cover art prior to the auction on Nov. 18. ECLECTIC ARTS 17 STORE—280 N. Eighth St., (lower level), 208-703-5149. Prospective artists and browsers are invited to Boise’s newest co-op art gallery and the grand opening of a new store, the Box located in the basement of the Eclectic Arts Store. The Box focuses on making the shopping experience local, different and affordable with a collection

coffee company features an exhibit of photography by Patrick Sweeney.

of funky clothes, jewelry and knick-knacks. Enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres and goodie bags.

west side

FETTUCINE FORUM—718 W. Idaho St., 208-433-5670. The new season begins with the Idaho Songbag: Historically Based Songs of the Gem State with Gary Eller. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the City of Boise Dept. of Arts and History at 208-433-5670.

A NOVEL ADVEN21 TURE—906 W. Main St., 208-344-8088. Enjoy folk music by Willison, Roos and Young along with fine art photography by local artist Charles Hoffman. All proceeds from wine sales will be donated to the Boise affiliate of Susan G. Komen. In addition, 10 percent of all sales made to customers wearing pink on Oct. 1 will be donated to the cause.

HAL DAVIS JEWEL18 ERS—921 W. Jefferson St., 208-343-6151. Hal Davis is one of the featured stops on the downtown Boise scavenger hunt. See a showcase of artful bras and enjoy pink drinks, pink treats and pink jewelry specials in honor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness month. Store hours are extended to 8 p.m.

ART SOURCE GAL22 LERY—1015 W. Main St., 208-331-3374. The featured

LISK GALLERY—850 19 Main St., 208-342-3773. Sample treats from Dream Chocolate and take in new images from Mark Lisk, a photographer known for his photos of brilliant desert and wilderness landscapes. Jerri Lisk paints on aluminum with intense colors to create striking trees. Also, check out the work of one of the Northwest’s finest oil painters, Carl Rowe. OLD CHICAGO—730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037. Bring the whole family because children eat for free. Enjoy Karaoke from 10 p.m.-close in the bar. PIE HOLE—205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-0037. Grab a slice, a Pabst Blue Ribbon or a drink of your choice, and sit back while the sounds of Sleepy Seeds lull you into a relaxed state. THOMAS HAMMER COF20 FEE COMPANY—298 N. Eighth St., 208-433-8004. The

exhibit is “Redefining Precious: Art Jewelry by Louise’s Leap.” Art Source Gallery artist Barbara Louise Bowling is showing her latest “Primal” series work as well some etched, sterling and enameled favorites. Join Bowling at her opening reception from 5-9 p.m. with music by JB Duo, wine tasting by Indian Creek Winery, beer from Brewtopia and nibbles. BASEMENT GAL23 LERY—928 Main St., 208-333-0309. The “Annual Halloween Exhibition” group show features the work of Bill Carman, a Boise State art professor exhibiting a wide assortment of fun, zany and intriguing mixed media works. Alma Gomez, a Boise State art instructor, displaying thought-provoking mixed media works. Mike Flinn, a wellknown Boise Weekly cartoonist, is represented by a retrospective of past to present mixed media paintings. Keith Farnsworth, a Jerome High School art teacher, is showing illustrations that depict familiar items in a not-so familiar way. Jim Budde, a Boise State art instructor, is displaying a new series of mysterious and interesting 3D sculptures. Pat




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1STTHURSDAYLISTINGS Kilby is exhibiting a variety of imaginative mixed media pieces in the gallery’s shop area. BROWN’S GAL24 LERY—1022 Main St., 208-342-6661. View the impressionistic oil paintings of Idaho native and plein-air artist John Horejs. During the opening reception from 5-9 p.m., enjoy wine tasting by Sawtooth Winery and music by Terri Eberlein. Also featured at the gallery is an art bra by artist Randall Brown and his sister-in-law and cancer survivor Tera Brown. “The BSU Bronco Bra” is made from blue astro-turf with white yardage markers, two portions of Boise State footballs and an orange and blue trim cording with football beads. EYES OF THE WORLD IMPORTS—1021 W. Main St., 208-386-3338. The local, import and fair-trade store celebrates its 15th anniversary with a big party. Guests enjoy live music outside, eats, drinks and 25 percent off storewide from 5-9 p.m. One lucky shopper will win a $100 Eyes Of The World Imports gift certificate during the drawing, and everyone enjoys other surprises during the evening. The celebration continues with in-store specials all weekend.

GALLERY 601—211 N. 25 10th St., 208-336-5899. Artful bras created by local artists and survivors are on display with featured artists Patrick Nagle, Alberto Vargas, Dennis Mukai and Steve Hanks. Every half hour, names will be drawn for a special print giveaway titled The Pink Ribbon and created by James Christensen. Also, a winner will be drawn for the Peregrine Fund Steve Lyman canvas, Raptor’s Watch. Wine tastings by Wood River Cellars. Visit THE GALLERY AT THE 26 LINEN BUILDING—1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111. View Corrin M. Olson’s “Urbanscapes” through October. Beer and wine available for purchase. MODERN HOTEL AND BAR—1314 W. Grove St., 208424-8244. Enjoy wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. with music in the courtyard at 6 p.m. MULLIGANS BAR—1009 W. Main St., 208-336-6998. First Thursday is Student Night. Students with valid student ID receive happy hour all night long with $1.75 domestic drafts, $2.75 microbrews and $2 wells. NEUROLUX LOUNGE—111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886. Pay $8

in advance or $10 at the door and rock out with Shaky Hands and guests from 9-11 p.m. OWYHEE PLAZA HOTEL—1109 Main St., 208-343-4611. The Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Weber performs from 6-9 p.m. in the Gamekeeper Lounge. RECORD EXCHANGE—1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010. Browse through an extensive collection of rare music. Get $2 off any used CD or DVD $5.99 or more. The coffee shop features 12-ounce espresso drinks for $2, plus $2 off any sale gift item more than $5.99. The music playing on the in-store sound system on First Thursday is all new releases by local artists. SWEETWATER’S TROPIC ZONE—205 N. 10th St., 208433-9194. Order a Bucket O’ Beer (five 12-oz. beers served in a bucket of ice) for $15 and a Bucket O’ Bubble (two champagne splits in a bucket of ice). Food is served in buckets, too. Order a Bucket of Wings (choose from Jamaican Jerk, Island Style and the super hot Bronco Wings of Death) that come in festive buckets. The full menu is at sweetwaterstropiczone. com.

DOWNTOWNNEWS THINKING PINK The Susan G. Komen Foundation has been bringing attention to breasts for years, but this year, the Komen Boise affiliate is going to have visitors to downtown retail stores staring not at breasts but at boulder holders thanks to the Pink Project. Local artists such as Hilarie and Joanna Engle were asked to partner with breast cancer survivors and tell the survivor’s story through artfully designed or embellished bras. During the entire month of October, local merchants will display these beautiful bras, and visitors are asked to vote for their favorites. Participating downtown businesses will also offer pink-themed items, freebies, foodstuffs, etc. lest you forget that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event kicks off on First Art bras by artists and survivors support Thursday at Boise City Hall form and function. Plaza with celebrity guest speakers, patient care specialists, counselors, musical entertainment and sponsors including Fred Meyer, Think Pink, Journal Broadcast Group, the Komen Boise Education Committee, KomenBoise Grantees, and the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and St. Luke’s Mobile Mammography units. 5-9 p.m., Boise City Hall Plaza, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise,

ON LOCKDOWN Back in the day, lockers were the primary vehicle for personal expression. You’d decorate them with cutouts of your favorite teen beefcakes, slam them when you were feeling particularly misunderstood, or stuff personal, artfully folded correspondences through their steely slats. But then you grew up, and, poof, your locker was gone. Now, the only contact most of us have with these secure spaces is slipping a padlock around a musty, shared gym locker. Well, the Downtown Boise Association, with financial help from the City of Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, hopes to create a locker revival. On the ground floors of the Capitol Terrace and Eastman Parking Garages, new rows of bike lockers will be installed. For $15 per quarter and a refundable $50 deposit, full-time bicycle commuters can lease one of these handy lockers so that they don’t have to worry about bike or bike accessory—helmet, lights, cycling shoes, seat—theft. To get your very own bike locker to decorate however you please, check “yes,” “no” or “maybe” then contact the Downtown Public Parking Office at 208-368-7944.

LIGHT THE NIGHT If you decide to wander down to Ann Morrison Park for a head-clearing stroll on Thursday, Oct. 1, you might stumble upon what appears to be a parade of multicolored fireflies. But on closer inspection, you’ll notice that it’s not, in fact, a parade, but an organized walk, and that the fireflies are not actually fireflies, but thousands of leukemia and lymphoma survivors and their relatives holding lit balloons—white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of lost loved ones. Organized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Idaho/Montana branch, Light the Night is an annual two-mile walk that helps raise money for blood cancer research, patient financial assistance and local programs like First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program for those with leukemia and lymphoma. For more information, contact Chelsea Young at or call 208-658-6662. Check in at 5 p.m., walk at 7 p.m., $25 suggested donation, Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., Boise. —Tara Morgan and Amy Atkins


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Vendors like Vonna keep customers returning to Antique World Mall.



Antique World Mall


4544 W. Overland Road, 208-342-5350, Want a lunchbox from Rome? How about a beau petit morceau de bijoux from Paris? Been looking for a dusty little British book? You don’t need a plane ticket or a Paypal account to get those things. You’ll probably ďŹ nd them at the Antique World Mall. The huge complex contains aisles and aisles—all named for famous European cities—lined with ever y vintage, antique and hard-to-ďŹ nd collectible item imaginable. Chairs and chests share space with journals and jewelr y, vintage hats sit next to vintage stuffed cats, beautiful brooches sit near big, bound books. You can lose yourself for hours in Antique World Mall. Arrive on a sunny Saturday morning and scoot out at closing time as the sun is setting, and you might almost think you spent a day browsing through a European open air market. SECOND PLACE: BLUE MOON ANTIQUES THIRD PLACE: ONCE UPON A TIME


Rediscovered Bookshop

7079 Overland Road, 208-3764229, We’re so happy this categor y can still even exist. Places like Rediscovered Bookshop are becoming a rare breed, and we feel for tunate to have Rediscovered as a thriving member of our community. The place is extra cool, not just because they carr y used books, new books, poetr y, ďŹ ction, nonďŹ ction, biographies, travel, children’s and more, but because they do more than sell books: Renowned writers have stopped in for readings (including this year’s honoree for Best Living Idaho Writer), and writing groups hold gatherings there. Bookstores and their contents are the ultimate equalizers. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, income brackets, ethnic backgrounds, religious afďŹ liations, etc., read and all are welcome inside Rediscovered.


Capital City Public Market

capitalcity publicmarket. com

We all know the old truism about the early bird and his worm-catching skills. But for Boise early birds, the prize is the best veggies. If you’re not on Eighth Street with a reusable tote by 10 a.m. on a Saturday, you’re not going home with the choice roughage. And if popularity keeps growing, things aren’t going to get any easier. Soon, Saturdays at the farmers market will look like Black Friday—hordes of veggie-hungry shoppers busting down barricades on Eighth Street to snatch up the green beans and the extra good gourds. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.




111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,


Our readers don’t require anything fancy from their favorite watering hole. At Neurolux, it’s all about basics: cheap and potent drinks, ample ashtrays and a jukebox brimming with indie classics. Hungry? There’s nothing stuffed with ďŹ g. But if you head outside, Tim the Hot Dog Guy will sell you a fat Basque chorizo. Thirsty? Order a pitcher of beer. You’re home.





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Artsmith Jewelers 700 S. Vista Ave., 208-344-4881 For nearly 40 years, the little store with the giant diamond ring atop the building has ser ved Boiseans’ jewelr y repair needs. But Ar tsmith Jewelers is also the go-to place for those looking to find unique or custommade pieces. Whether you want to design a fashionable ring from scratch, or bring closure to the end of a crappy relationship by repurposing some existing pieces, the ar tists at Ar tsmith can help create something that will become an heirloom. And 40 years from now when the pieces need an update, the store’s huge ring will probably still be there welcoming you. SECOND PLACE: HENDRICKSON’S FINE JEWELRY THIRD PLACE: MOLENAAR JEWELERS


Boise Co-op

888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500, Boise Co-op is one of those places it’s easy to find yourself at multiple times a day. Maybe the first stop is a quick swing-in for organic milk and some freshly baked bread. But then, oops, you forgot to pack a lunch and you’re back at the deli counter for a half sandwich and a side of edamame tofu salad. By dinnertime, when you realize your herbed chevre stock is minimal and you’re jonesing for an ice cold microbrew, you know where you’ve got to go: a place where everybody kind of knows your name but still always asks for your member number. SECOND PLACE: WINCO THIRD PLACE: PAUL’S MARKET


Hannifin’s Cigar Shop

1024 W. Main St., 208-342-7473 For more than 100 years, tobacco consumers have been stopping into Hannifin’s for supplies. It’s the only downtown location to sell smokes and smoke-related paraphernalia, and even through the societal shifts regarding smoking, the corner store with the dark interior has stayed strong. Anti-smoking groups, calm down now. Hannifin’s is one of the few retail stores in downtown where a thirsty urbanite can stop in for a soda or a pack of gum. We’re impressed with the store’s ability to hang in all these years and will openly admit that when a fit hits, we are so happy that Hannifin’s is there. SECOND PLACE: STURMAN’S SMOKE SHOP

Boise Co-op Wine Shop


915 N. Eighth St., 208-472-4519, Walking through Boise Co-op Wine Shop’s narrow aisles, it’s easy to pretend you’re a rich European noble looking to pluck a vintage Chateauneuf de Pape from your well-stocked cellar to ser ve in the parlour while debating the merits of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Or, it’s equally easy to pretend that you’re picking up two bottles of rose for a garden party and not for a solo Lost marathon. Either way, wine shop staffers are more than happy to help you sift through the 3,600 varieties of grape juice from around the globe and point you in the direction of your new favorite effer vescent vinho verde or barnyard-y Cotes du Rhone. And whatever it is you’re pretending, remember that the staff isn’t there to judge. They’re much bigger winos than you could ever dream of being. SECOND PLACE: BUENO CHEAPO VINO THIRD PLACE: NEW VINTAGE WINE SHOP


Edwards Greenhouse 4106 Sand Creek St., 208-3427548,

It’s pretty hard to beat Edwards Greenhouse. In fact, in Best of Boise land—where the hanging fuchsia pots and wind chimes sway eternally in the warm summer breeze—it’s almost impossible. Ever y year we ask you green-thumbed readers where to find the best place in town to show up with an empty wheel barrow and leave with a bounty of flowers, herbs and sapling veggie starts, and ever y year, you emphatically cr y, “Edwards.” Well, you’ve got good taste, friends. And with good taste comes tasty garden goods. And they’re particularly tasty this year, after Edwards had to rise from the shards of a major wind storm that tore up the landmark nurser y and smashed its glass greenhouse. But employees and community volunteers rallied to clean up the mess, and Edwards was once again ser ving the botanically inclined. If you’re not currently sitting in an abundant backyard oasis, munching on a fresh array of Edwards Momma Mia and Lemon Boy tomatoes, we implore you: Bookmark BOB, put it down gently and make your way down Hill Road to Edwards to find out what you’ve been missing. Next summer, you’ll thank us. SECOND PLACE: ZAMZOWS THIRD PLACE: GREENHURST NURSERY



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Need ink? No need to travel when Inkvision is just around the corner.


Car Dealership Across From Joe’s Crab Shack



516 American, Blvd., 208-383-0912, We’d be a wee bit surprised if Inkvision didn’t win this one each year. Not because the other shops in town aren’t fine establishments, but because when we see spectacular ink, it is often done by someone at Inkvision. We would proudly hold up any of the skin art that comes out of the unimposing little orange parlor on Americana Boulevard against work we’ve seen from bigger U.S. cities or those in other parts of the world (we read a lot of tattoo magazines). Just know that if you’re thinking of adding a permanent decoration to your body and want it done at Inkvision, it might be faster to have it done in Europe. We aren’t the only ones who know how high-quality their work is—the waiting list is a loooooong one. SECOND PLACE: A MIND’S EYE TATTOO THIRD PLACE: CHALICE TATTOO

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Ufta. Sometimes, readers, you amaze us. This year, we threw in a couple of wacky reader questions just to mix it up. Best Use of Stuffed Animals in Local Marketing is one of them. What’s amazing about the winner in this category isn’t the winner. After all, it’s exactly what we had in mind when we wrote the question. What’s amazing is the way in which a majority of readers identified the winner, which is to say, not by name. It seems nobody actually knows the name of the car dealership across from Joe’s Crab Shack with the quirky stuffed animal marketing campaign because none of you who voted for it actually used its real name. You all just referred to it in some variation of the phrase “the car dealership across from Joe’s Crab Shack.” What can we learn from all this? A quirky marketing campaign will get your business noticed and will even get your business an equally quirky award as voted by the people for the people, which is all great news except for one thing: nobody knows your business name. For the record, it’s John Minegar’s Auto Sales.






Jamaca Me Tan Multiple locations,

We are a fool for a pun, so we’re glad our readers are going to jamaca us write about Jamaca Me Tan. The salons must be doing something right because along with seven Treasure Valley locations, the Boise-based company has jamacaed the move into Arizona, with five locations there. (We’re surprised they need tanning salons in Arizona.) The salons offer full-service tanning: high-tech beds, spray tans, high-pressure quick tans, infrared tanning, products that work with certain types of light to convert “light energy into the cellular building blocks required by the body,” and several tanning lotions as well. They jamaca it easy to stop in and custom design your own tanning experience. It jamacas us proud to see one of our own branch out into the world, knowing that if someone in Scottsdale asks where the salon is headquartered, the salon’s owners can say, “We jamaca our home in Boise.”



The welcome mat may be pulled in for lawyers, but sports fans and the thirsty are always invited.

Balcony Club


150 N. Eighth St., 208-336-1313,

Crescent No Lawyers Bar & Grill 550 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856,

As if there were any choice other than the Balcony herself. Sure, we’ve all been smashed out of our gourds on the dance floor in front of Neurolux’s glowing crown a half hour before last call, dancing with a drink in each hand but spilling most of both as we attempt to cross the Roger Rabbit with the Moonwalk in a fit of pure boozed-up ridiculousness. And, after a long night of par tying with Fame Fifteen, we’ve danced in the Electrolounge with a stranger whose bir thday celebration has boiled down to waaaay too much booze, an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction and dancing with two strangers who’d spent a whole night bar hopping all over town. Or maybe that’s just us. What we do know is for sure: Balcony is the queen bee when it comes to dancing in B-town. Second floor entrance and cover charge be damned, Boise loves to shake its collective groove thang at Balcony. Lucky for all you weekend butt-shaking warriors, Balcony is mighty gay and straight friendly.

We used to wonder what would happen if a lawyer broke the ver y emphatic rules stated clearly in the bar’s moniker. But if you’ve ever read the menu and seen the offering of lawyer fries, which are the sliced and fried remnants of the male anatomy (of the bovine species, reportedly), there’s little question about what fate awaits any attorney with balls enough (tee hee) to step inside. And when he or she does step into the Crescent, that’s when the “sporting” part of best sports bar comes in, see? If that is, you consider lawyer-hunting a sport. But since lawyers are few and far between in the house of Judge Judy and Bailiff Butch, other entertainment must be had, and believe you us when we say the Crescent has it. Six pool tables, Golden Tee, foosball tables and enough TVs to make Best Buy’s shelves look bare. But if you ask us, what really sets the Crescent apart from the competition is the over-21 policy. No “kids eat free” night. No highchairs or booster seats. And, of course, no lawyers. SECOND PLACE: BUSTER’S SPORTS BAR THIRD PLACE: CHEERLEADERS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL


Red Feather Lounge 246 N. Eighth St., 208-343-3119, redfeather What more is there to say? Red Feather makes some pretty top-notch libations, and judging by the winner in the Best Local Bartender and Best Local Place for a Cocktail categories, that’s not news to BW readers. So, what are you waiting for? Go forth and get drunk. SECOND PLACE: BARDENAY THIRD PLACE: PAIR




Red Feather Lounge

246 N. Eighth St., 208-343-3119, Red Feather has developed its own set of cocktail hieroglyphics to distinguish between the least boozy and the most bathtub-moonshine-esque drinks. One martini symbol means you can mildly taste the alcohol—think blush wine spritzer—three means you’re venturing into pulling straight off a bottle of Maker’s Mark. And four martini glasses with one tipped over is straight up foreshadowing. If you try to throw back more than one of those fellas, either your martini is going down or you are. It’s physics, pure and simple. SECOND PLACE: BARDENAY THIRD PLACE: MODERN HOTEL AND BAR


Balcony Club

150 N. Eighth St., 208-336-1313,


It’s almost unfair to crown a winner in this category because all three contenders are like old pals who go way back but because of some ninth grade rivalry don’t really talk anymore even though they share the same circle of friends. Besides, it’s not like Balcony Club is any “gay-friendlier” than the E-Club or Lucky Dog, right? But, in the words of the immortals: There can be only one. So we took a closer look at the votes and realized yes indeedy, BW readers, you had a preference. Balcony, stand up, baby, and take a bow. Blow kisses to Minerva, wink at all those fabulous men tending bar and buy yourself a shot because you, darling, are the best.




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Got the music in you? Get it out with a little karaoke.


Mark Allen

246 N. Eighth St., 208343- 3119, justeatlocal. com/ redfeather


Tie: 44 Club and Terry’s State Street Saloon 44 Club: 4340 W. State St., 208-344-0693; Terry’s State Street Saloon: 3301 Collister Dr., 208-342-9739, Every bar that has karaoke is the best bar, really, but the 44 and Terry’s bump the K levels up a notch or 12. Maybe you have Steve Perry’s pipes but could never quite rock the mullet and skin-tight acid-wash jeans. Or, you know Carrie Underwood has nothing on you except a great fashion sense and a record label. Maybe you think the words of summer loving between Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson are pure poetry and must be sung at any opportunity (and, clearly, many of you do). At the 44 Club and Terry’s both, you don’t have to sing like Jon Bon Jovi, you just have to want to. Everyone is super supportive and they are as happy to see you get up and belt something out, as you are to do it. But if it does take a little liquid courage to take the microphone, stiff drinks are the other reason folks flock to both bars. A record label representative might not be in the crowd, but you never know. Maybe Simon Cowell will be in Boise looking for the next Susan Boyle, so you better stretch your vocal chords and get to both places as often as possible.

For the third year in a row, Red Feather’s Mark Allen has shaken the competition as the best local bartender. We could pore over all the reasons his inventive drinkspertise SECOND PLACE: OVERLAND BAR stirs our thirst, like how he THIRD PLACE: CRICKET’S BAR AND GRILL balances unusual flavors and Parfait Amour martinis. You’ll never let extreme booziness. We could go on anyone else shake your hooch again. about all the stiff competition, but all SECOND PLACE: JACOB DETWEILER, that fawning might be hard to swallow. Instead, we’ll just encourage you to tap HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI BAR into a local resource and belly up to the THIRD PLACE: MICHAEL BOWERS, THE MODERN HOTEL AND BAR bar for one of Allen’s simple gin and


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Get it early, get it late—Barbacoa has a happy hour with your name on it.


tanked at 2 a.m.” Then, as the warm 276 W. Bobwhite Ct., 208-338-5000, buzz from the first drink Barbacoa has a secret that it hasn’t exactly been trying disperses to hide: not one, but two hella good happy hours. Yep, two. through their Not two hours of happy hour, but a couple of hours during the bodies, Lush appointed late afternoon/early evening happy hour and then A says: “Well, another couple of hours hanging out nonchalantly late at night. it’s still early, So, quick, sketch this into some semi-permanent place in your how about brain where you’ll be able to find it despite a booze soak: Happy another?” And Hour at Barbacoa is every day, seven days a week, 4-6 p.m., Lush B quickly with you-call-it drinks. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, happy hour agrees, starts all over again from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. with a DJ and half offering to price on most drinks. buy a pack SECOND PLACE: LIQUID of smokes at THIRD PLACE: PIPER PUB & GRILL the bar. Then, suddenly, the neon lights BEST LOCAL STRIP CLUB are flickering on and Lush A and B are covered in spilled vodka tonics and sweat from 1826 Main St., 208-344-0218, dancing all night to “Thriller.” No one ever wins this game but many try. Tradition goes a long, long way in SECOND PLACE: LUSH Boise. And that’s no exception when THIRD PLACE: TIE: BALCONY CLUB it comes to strip—ahem, bikini— AND CHINA BLUE clubs. Now, we know by your answers that many of you are bent about how there are really no strip clubs in Boise BEST PLACE TO GET because the booze-ser ving places are IN A BAR FIGHT all bikini bars and the topless clubs all have to fuss with pasties, but hey, it is what it is. Besides, although 609 W. Main St., 208-345-9515 they may be prancing around in what If you hadn’t already guessed, amounts to beachwear, we’ll admit this is one of those whimsical that we haven’t seen many beach babes pull the stunts that the Torch’s questions we threw in just for fun, but, apparently, you guys took it dancers per fect. seriously. The entire area around Sixth SECOND PLACE: NIGHT MOVES and Main streets was singled out for THIRD PLACE: TORCH 2 being particularly raucous, and we don’t think anyone can really argue with this assessment—just look at BEST LATE NIGHT PARTY the Boise Police Department arrest records after any given weekend. But, rather than seeing it as a violence111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, ridden negative, we’ve decided to view it as a place where impassioned There’s an insider game that people with a verve for life and Neuro-lushes play frequently. It goes celebration occasionally get a little too like this: Lush A says, “Let’s only have rambunctious. We’re glass half-full (of one drink tonight at Neurolux and go to beer) kind of people. bed early.” Lush B replies, “Yeppers, SECOND PLACE: CACTUS BAR that sounds like a responsible idea. THIRD PLACE: SIXTH AND MAIN Neurolux is a drunkenness vortex that STREETS always sucks us in and spits us out


The Torch

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BEST LOCAL BARBECUE All burgers are not created equal—as proven by the locally sourced goodness from Bittercreek.


Bittercreek Ale House 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813, Log onto Bittercreek’s Web site and the first thing you see is a large, and in charge, glistening burger. We say throw a little applewood bacon and Ballard Family white cheddar on that sucker and you have yourself a deal, pardner. Let’s first tip our hat to second place winner Boise Fry Company, this year’s newcomer who deserves applause for flipping the burger-fry combo on its head to create the “side burger”—and for offering a noteworthy vegan burger. And of course, Big Jud’s deserves a little love, if for nothing else that BJ’s is an alum of this category and was featured a few months back as Idaho’s best burger by Food Network Magazine. But we digress from the winner. What’s important to mention here is that Bittercreek and its compadre, Red Feather Lounge, are thoroughly avid supporters of local producers and that goes for its burger, too. Just about everyone who saw Food Inc. swore off burgers for some period of time thanks to “the filler” scene, but at Bittercreek, you can order a burger with peace of mind. No industrial ground beef here, people, just 100 percent grass-fed, natural Idaho beef. SECOND PLACE: BOISE FRY COMPANY THIRD PLACE: BIG JUD’S


Yen Ching

305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384, Yen Ching adds something else to the Boise Chinese food mix: Chinese food full bar. With better-thanaverage veggie dishes, big picture windows looking out on downtown, and low slung booths that add an air of anonymity, it’s a convenient place to take your lover, to make a deal or to turn 21. We wish we knew what Yen Ching means, though.


Goodwood Barbecue Company

7849 W. Spectrum, Boise, 208-658-7173; 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-884-1021,

OK, we know it’s easy to mistake this wellhoned eater y for a chain, especially since Goodwood boasts three locations in Utah, but, surprise, it’s a Boise company with its corporate headquar ters right here in the Treasure Valley. So, now you don’t have to have any guilt about relaxing in Goodwood’s contemporar y Western interior and gorging yourself on baby back ribs doused in thick barbecue sauce, barbecued brisket, slow-smoked pulled pork, smoked prime rib, chicken-fried chicken or thick-cut onion rings. Feel no shame as you use the handy roll of paper towels strategically placed on each table to mop up your face, or even as a bib. Ignore that little voice in the back of your head, screaming things like “calories” and “fat grams.” In fact, tell them to shut the hell up and drown them out with desser t. SECOND PLACE: RIB SHACK CATERING THIRD PLACE: ROAD HOUSE BBQ


Chandlers Steakhouse 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, After Rex Chandler conquered almost every Best of Boise dining category last year, he decided to play it slightly more modest this go-around, clinching only victories in the two categories that typify exactly what Chandlers is all about: fine dining and fine steaks. (Oops, we just ruined the surprise in the latter category, didn’t we?) At least in this category, it was a rather close race. Congrats to Berryhill and Cafe Vicino for a decent run. Chandler, however, is quite happy to stay where he is: at the top of the fine dining heap. SECOND PLACE: BERRYHILL & CO. THIRD PLACE: CAFE VICINO


Red Feather Lounge 246 N. Eighth St., 208-343-3119, Let’s just jump ahead of ourselves for a blurb or two or 18, shall we. Scan ahead and have a look at the Best Local Restaurant category. Winners look familiar to you? In one over-simplified sentence: Of course Red Feather, Cafe Vicino and Bittercreek have the best dinner in Boise; they are the best local restaurants. In one much more explanatory sentence: Proprietor Dave Krick’s commitment to local producers has resulted in a dynamic menu offering an end product that’s as close to coming straight out of the ground as it gets and a niche in the crosshairs of upscale and uber-local that’s nearly unmatched. How about them apples?





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The French have the right idea when it comes to dessert. And breakfast.


Mai Thai

750 W. Idaho St., 208344- 8424; 78 Eagle River St., Suite 165, Eagle, 208938- 8424, maithaigroup. com.



Le Cafe de Paris 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889, Time and again, one BW staffer has lamented the dearth of strictly dessert destinations in Boise, pouting that Boise, with its restaurant obsession, should have its own version of Ferrara Cafe or Sprinkles, places where sweet is the main course and calories do not exist. But this same staffer has implemented an emergency plan for those times when the dessert temper tantrum strikes: Le Cafe de Paris. Sometimes a simple eclair does the trick. The more serious ďŹ ts require the coddling only copious amounts of mousse followed by the sharp lash of a dark espresso can deliver. However, the real advantage Le Cafe de Paris has in this particular category is simply the French penchant for smuggling dessert into every meal of the day. Pain au chocolat for breakfast, anyone?

Sitting high atop his SECOND PLACE: ZEPPOLE BAKING CO. delicate bed THIRD PLACE: RED FEATHER LOUNGE of kafďŹ r lime leaves and red curry sauce, the things kids like: bread, sweets, the Evil Jungle bread, sweets. And they serve it up Prince cackles heartily at all who have quick and simple. But here’s our never dined at Mai Thai. While it might Zeppole family dining trick: they have not be the most authentic Thai joint peanut butter and jelly. That’s right: around—serving dishes like barbecue fresh, homemade sourdough toast with spareribs, vegetarian black pepper your own lump of peanut butter and steak and the aforementioned Evil raspberry jam. Cheapest, healthiest Jungle Prince entree—Mai Thai adds and kid-friendliest breakfast, lunch or a dash of urban fusion air to the Treasure Valley’s ethnic cuisine scene. dinner in town. With a sleek location in downtown SECOND PLACE: Boise and one in Eagle, Mai Thai DONNIE MAC’S TRAILER PARK CUISINE keeps it classy, while also offering an THIRD PLACE: BRICK 29 BISTRO assortment of budget-friendly bento boxes and a killer happy hour with BEST LOCAL LUNCH apps ranging from 99 cents to $3.95. We implore you, readers, don’t let yourselves become the butt of the Evil Jungle Prince’s jokes. We hear they can 983 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-3381499; 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345get kind of dirty.

Zeppole Baking Co.





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Zeppole Baking Co. 983 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-3381499; 217 N. Eighth St., 208-3452149, Hometown organic bakery takes best family restaurant in Boise. That’s like a headline from an era long passed, but it’s true. Zeppole serves


With two locations and lots to pick from, Boise loves Zeppole for lunch. The sandwiches, while generally premade downtown, are very fresh and quick. The tuna is right. The soup is hearty. The price is decent. And there is usually a cookie or sweet bread (pumpkin, banana, zucchini) in the mix. Hey, we’ve even made lunch out of a loaf of Zeppole’s breads, a schmear and a Dawson Taylor coffee. Just try not to eat the whole loaf in one sitting. SECOND PLACE: JENNY’S LUNCH LINE THIRD PLACE: ZEN BENTO



A little tea and vegetarian fare are the secrets of Shangri-La.


Shangri-La Teahouse

ubiquitous chains with the chef-driven In the time since Best of Boise (aka BOB) crawled sleepily restaurants into his hole last fall and emerged this September, full of like Chandlers wise-ass proclamations, a lot has changed in Boise’s culinary that are scene. Some restaurants have closed, others have opened serious about and still others have packed up and moved around the corner. fine steak and But most importantly for local meat-resistors, Boise finally got about getting a vegetarian restaurant to replace the dearly departed Kulture it right. After Klatsch. Located on the Bench on Federal Way, Shangri-La is all, Chandlers part tea house, part earthy vegetarian cafe and part massage didn’t take therapy destination. The menu brims with healthy options like top honors in wild mushroom miso soup and teriyaki tofu, tempting guiltthe fine dining riddled flesh eaters to step into the light. category as SECOND PLACE: BOISE CO-OP well for no reason. Rex THIRD PLACE: MAI THAI Chandler says the secret to his awardBEST LOCAL STEAK winning steak is in the 1,800-degree broilers, which caramelize the meat’s marbling. But surely, there’s another secret he’s not sharing. After all, if a good broiler was all a restaurant 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, needed to put out a good steak, Chandlers would have to put up a “Steakhouse” is one of those bigger fight to get to the top every year. nebulous qualifiers that broadly

1800 W. Overland Road, 208-424-0273,

Chandlers Steakhouse

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Arrrggg, matey. Flying Pie rules.


Flying Pie Pizzaria 6508 Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000; 4320 State St., 208-384-0000, We did a double (habanero) take when we saw these results. Last year: first, Flying Pie; second, Guido’s; third, Pie Hole. Year before: first, Flying Pie; second, Guido’s. Well, readers, you are nothing if not predictable. Especially when it comes to food. Around the BW offices, we’re big fans of Tuesday night gourmet nights at “the pie,” but we’re also big fans of the pie’s “It’s Your Day” days, when patrons with the day’s name get to make a pizza. Sometimes it’s not a name. Got a mullet? You just missed your day, but check out for upcoming name and non-name days. That leaves us wondering, how exactly can we get a Boise Weekly staffers’ day? SECOND PLACE: GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA THIRD PLACE: PIE HOLE



Multiple locations, Chapala has combined the ar t and science of semi-authentic Mexican food to provide Boiseans with a semi-tropical paradise to which we keep returning. Chapala is Mexican kitsch but not over the top. They bring you hot platters, dripping with cheese and laden with meats in rich, spicy salsas. They are attentive, but not overbearing. They provide just the right musical flair during your meal. How many Boiseans have retired to the shores of Lake Chapala in Guadalajara because of this place cannot be known. But put us on the list. SECOND PLACE: ANDRADE’S

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Gino’s Italian Restaurant

3015 McMillan Road, Ste. 108, 208-887-7710

Avid Best of Boise voters will remember the icky oversight that was Best Local Italian Food last year. In an effor t to streamline our voting process for you, the voters, as well as we the counters of those votes, we super-automated the system with fancy software and, in doing so, Best Italian dropped out. It was a situation that went unnoticed until the day Best of Boise went to press, which was, obviously, many days after voting locked up tight. But this year, we remembered. And it’s entirely appropriate that Gino’s Italian Restaurant, in its new location with its new bar—which is rumored to be quite the happening spot—takes top honors. We downtowners, who were so spoiled by having Gino’s so close for so long, have been in mourning for the slow-simmered, butter-knife soft boar shank, but we understand. We shed a tear over the distance that now separates us from the delicate beef carpaccio. But then we remember that we’ve pledged time and again to travel to the moon and back for the red pepper flake, garlic-laden bread-dipping olive oil sauce and, suddenly, Meridian doesn’t seem so far at all.


Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro 108 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100, This win, folks, is an upset of mountainous propor tions. We mean, nobody, nobody saw this coming. Goldy’s as best breakfast? Come on ... who would have thought the little hole in the wall could pull it off? OK, OK, enough with the kidding already. Seeing as how Goldy’s annually wins for the breakfast joint that Boise just can’t get enough of, it seems highly implausible that we can carr y on the “whoda-thunk-it” charade much longer. The truth is that Goldy’s—the pint sized breakfast bistro that looks like a sunrise gone outside in—just does what it does the best. Period. With a top 10 spot on Bon Appetit’s list of best breakfasts in America and nods from The New York Times, who are we to disagree? We like to rave about the flat, aioli-drizzled salmon cakes and the mountainous cup of cascading fruit, the ridiculously rich stuffed French toast and the crisped-up-just-nice Goldy’s potatoes. We like to recommend Goldy’s to friends looking for a place to take friends for breakfast. We like to snag a table under the light aflight and wrap our hands around a fat white ceramic mug full of joe. And like you, BW readers, we’ve been digging it for as long as we can remember. SECOND PLACE: THE CAPRI THIRD PLACE: ADDIE’S










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Mazzah knows a good gyro when it sees one.


Fanci Freez 1402 W. State St., 208-3448661


1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566; 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-333-2223, Our readers know what sets a good dolma apart from all those other mediocre rice balls wrapped in pickled grape leaves, or what makes a good falafel more than just a fried wad of mashed garbanzo beans. At Mazzah, it’s all about the details—well-spiced dishes, zesty sauces and fresh ingredients. And more than anything, it’s about consistency. Mazzah serves up kabobs and shawarma to tahini-craving North Enders and Southeast Boiseans at European street-cart prices seven days a week until respectably late.

Step No. 1: Order a Boston SECOND PLACE: CAZBA shake (one part shake, THIRD PLACE: CAFE VICINO one part sundae). Step No. 2: Order Block, sip one of the signature drinks a large helping of freaking-hot Tater with house-made hooch and watch Tots. Step three: dunk tot into frozen the world walk by. Need to get away ice cream shake/sundae concoction. from it all? Lean back in a metal mesh Step four: repeat. Awww, yeah. Fanci chair beneath the pergola strung with Freez is a force to be reckoned with twinkling lights, the same signature in this category, but serious props drink in your hand, and watch anglers to Blue Cow for making an excellent cast a line in the Boise River as you showing its first year. Now, if the two peruse the dinner menu. Really, we joined forces—make your own frozen can’t see a downside to either option. sundae/shake concoction—they’d be SECOND PLACE: TIE: BITTERCREEK ALE unstoppable. But until then, the Fanci HOUSE AND COTTONWOOD GRILLE with its 1 million shake combinations THIRD PLACE: REEF and retro chic thang remains the fanciest freeze of them all. SECOND PLACE: BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURT



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Thank You Boise for Voting Us BEST PIZZA in the 2009 Nickelodeon Parents’ Choice Awards

Two things we learned about BW readers and Bardenay: No. 1, no one seems to actually know how to spell the name of the signature distillery/ restaurant. No. 2, you love sitting on the patio, and we have to agree. The only question is, do you choose the people-watching, urban-oasis of the downtown Boise location, or do you chill at the sprawling riverside venue in Eagle? Either way, you can’t go wrong. In the mood to feel the city vibe? Grab a shaded bench seat on the Basque


Chef Shige chops it like it’s hot. Well, actually, he chops it like it’s cold, fresh raw fish. And you readers can’t get enough of his expert knife skills. Over the past 17 years, Shige has followed the sushi-eating trajectory from “Raw fish? Gross,” to “Should we grab sushi from the grocery store or the gas station tonight, honey?” But, while sushi may be ubiquitous these days, consistent, fresh sushi prepared and served by a friendly staff is still a rarity. So, if you think you can handle a boat-load of awesome fish flesh, we recommend you take a date to Shige and order the Sushi for Two, for two. As they say, two is always better than one. SECOND PLACE: HAPPY FISH SUSHI THIRD PLACE: SUPERB SUSHI


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Madhuban = happiness, Indian style.


Madhuban Indian Cuisine

ahead and school the competition. While the Madhuban’s motto is exactly this: “All happiness depends mall-area joint on a leisurely food.” Leisure is the hallmark of an excellent does make Indian dining experience—having the time to savor each rich, some killer potato-and-pea-filled bite of samosa, then letting that settle salads and while you sip on a mango lassi and make room for a hearty sammies, plate of chicken tikka masala. But, while that pace might be (like the hot ideal, it’s not always practical. Sometimes, you just want to seafood salad stuff your face with an inexpensive, yet filling lunch buffet and with tiger head on your merry way. Madhuban has you covered in that shrimp and arena, too. For only $7.99, you can pile your plate high with bay scallops saag paneer and naan, then duck home for a quick 20-minute or the salmon snoozer before heading back to work. No Indian meal is BLT on complete without a nap. focaccia), it’s SECOND PLACE: BOMBAY GRILL really all about the fish and THIRD PLACE: TAJ MAHAL chips. With 10 different combo BEST LOCAL SEAFOOD options—you can choose between halibut, cod, salmon, clam strips or jumbo shrimp and either fries or 507 N. Milwaukee St., 208-322sauteed vegetables—Fresh Off the 9224, Hook puts British pubs to shame. And For a land-locked state, the Best that’s no load of codswallop. Local Seafood category this year SECOND PLACE: was pretty damned competitive. But REEL FOODS FISH MARKET a couple extra votes cast for Fresh THIRD PLACE: HAPPY FISH SUSHI Off the Hook allowed them to swim

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Cobby’s crew has been making the subs up right for three decades.



Bittercreek Ale House

Multiple locations,

246 N. Eighth St., 208345-1813, justeatlocal. com/bittercreek


Three things characterize a trip to Cobby’s: the order-by-number menu, free chips and fruit, and a sandwich from folks who’ve been at it for more than 30 years. That’s right, for decades, hungry patrons have been lining up in front of the overly tall counter to indulge in one of the shop’s signature sandwiches. And when we say lining up, we mean it—the smart customer preorders before waiting in the lunch rush. But for those who brave the line, the serve-yourself potato chip dispenser awaits, parked conveniently next to the fruit display. If you play your options right, you can cover the entire food pyramid in one meal. Cobby’s has been feeding Boise since 1978, and Boise has been loving it. SECOND PLACE: ZEPPOLE BAKING CO. THIRD PLACE: DELI GEORGE


Flying M Coffeehouse 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320, There are a variety of things the “M” in Flying M might stand for: milky lattes, malleable brownies, masterful coffee roasting, minty hot chocolate, myriad funky gift shop selections, matchless biscotti, multicolored jewelry, melted tomato pesto turnovers, mobile street art, mistyeyed book readers, marbled cakes, methodical coffee servers or mesmerizing modern art. While some might think it stands for Meyers, as in the last name of longtime owner Lisa Meyers, we think it stands for the sound that escapes your lips after you take a sip of one of the M’s hot, artfully foamed cappuccinos, “Mmmmmm.”

Hammer. Nail. Head. Bang on, with this one, readers. All three winners in this categor y typify exactly what this categor y is about at its core: local food. You could have nominated any independent restaurant in Boise, but instead, you chose the three local restaurants that have, in our not so humble foodie opinions, demonstrated the most visible commitment to the local food movement. A-plus-plus. Run by proprietor David Krick, both Red Feather and Bittercreek share a similar mission: the abolition of industrial food one item at a time from their kitchens. In fact, other than pulling a carrot straight out of your own backyard garden, you don’t get more local than a Krick restaurant. From cheese to morels to meat to salad fixins, if you’re staring at a plate at Bittercreek or Red Feather, you can be sure your food didn’t travel far to get there. As for second place Cafe Vicino, chefs Richard Langston and Steve Rhodes regularly spin menus around whatever is in season and whatever is local. Best local restaurants? You betcha.


Hair/Pubic Hair

What can we say, but you people are some pretty sick puppies. Seriously, tallying the votes in this categor y was enough to turn the stomach of the poor BW staffer assigned the task. Really? Booger wasn’t gross enough for you? No, you had to add some scabs and assor ted unsavories into the mix. Eww. And a human head? Honestly, if there were one of these floating around, we think there would be bigger issues to be concerned with than the contamination of your chowder. And the plethora of personal hygiene products you forced us to envision? Ugh. And because, like so many other people, we are visual thinkers here, there were some seriously disturbing images running through our heads for weeks. And, of course, then we had to wonder how they would get into the chowder in the first place, which led to an entirely new round of queasiness. And don’t even get us star ted on the other body par ts you suggested might end up in our food. We did find it amusing that many of you feel that clams, and the chowder itself, were the worst fate you could image a diner having to face. If you haven’t guessed by now, this was one of our fun questions for the year, but we’re going to have to reconsider it carefully before we ask you something similar. Hey, we’re all for creativity, but seriously, folks, sometimes answers like these are more of a call for help than a display of imagination. There are help lines for people like you. Don’t be afraid to ask. Seriously. SECOND PLACE: BAND-AID THIRD PLACE: TIE: FINGERNAIL AND LARRY CRAIG




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2 FRI. – 4 SUN. LE BALLET Ballet Idaho balloons into its sophomore season under the tutelage of artistic director Peter Anastos with his take on a classic, “Swan Lake, Idaho!”, the comedic “Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet” and a redux of last season’s Fred and Ginger hit, “Footage.” According to Executive Director Julie Numbers-Smith, the company’s excitement is palpable. “The triumph of the first season is seeing a longtime dream come true. Since our separation from Eugene Ballet, we have a brand new artistic director and a brand new company. This season, we brought on three new principal dancers and brought back everyone we wanted from last season. For the first time, we are a real resident company.” Friday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, 208-343-0556, Ext. 26,

3 SATURDAY OKTOBERFEST AT IBG Everyone is German during the celebration of Oktoberfest because the big party serves as a prelude to upcoming holiday gorging. Idaho Botanical Garden has played host to Oktoberfest for the last eight years, and the popular event brings in crowds of 800-1,200, rain or shine. A tent is set up in case it’s needed, but if the right amount of ale and food are ingested, inclement weather is no match for the merriment. Fill up on the fall brews and new releases by Tablerock Brewpub, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse and the Ram Brewery. Tablerock also has the menu squared away—bratwurst, sauerbraten and a jagerschnitzel accompanied by sauerkraut, wine and grapes, plus selections for the vegetarian German at heart. Dance off the rich food by hoisting up your steins during a set by one of the Northwest’s best German bands, Wolfie and the Bavarians, performing from noon-4 p.m and the Bodo Brothers rocking the festival from 4-6 p.m. Noon-6 p.m., $6 general, $4 children (4-12), $4 Idaho Botanical Garden members, Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise, 208-3438649,





DRAGON WAGON Garden City is getting back to its fire-breathing Chinese roots with the Dragon Parade and Moon Festival Block Party. Hosted by the Woman of Steel Gallery, the dragon parade—which features various floats, Oriental costumes, flashy, handcrafted dragons and tykes from Garden City Community School on trikes—will depart from the alley between Woman of Steel and the Visual Arts Collective at 3 p.m. on Saturday. After winding its way north on 36th Street through Garden City’s old town and into the newly erected Waterfront District, the parade will disperse for a raucous block party filled with art, crafts and food booths. In addition to traditional Asian dancing on a central stage, attendees can cool down with a frosty Kirin Ichiban at the beer garden and get down with the dragons until the party wraps up at 9 p.m. 3 p.m., FREE, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632, Block party runs from noon-9 p.m., FREE, Waterfront District,

SEEING SPOTS Join the Idaho Humane Society in celebrating the 14th annual See Spot Walk charity event. Dog owners and animal lovers alike converge every year to celebrate their canines and take a one-mile walk through downtown. “It’s a great fundraiser for us, and it’s a wonderful community event,” said Christine Moore, director of communication and events at the Idaho Humane Society. “At least 3,000 people and their dogs participate, and they are all so well-behaved. It’s an amazing sight to see them parading up Capitol Boulevard.” The event hosts numerous vendors, as well as contests, prizes and treats. Registration includes a long-sleeve T-shirt for the humans and a doggie bandana. After the walk, take an opportunity to pose for photos and get information on services offered by the Idaho Humane Society. 10 a.m. registration, walk at 11 a.m., $12-$20, Julia Davis Park Band Shell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise,

6 TUESDAY IN DEEP Wax the skis and get inspired to hit the slopes by checking out the new documentary In Deep: The Skiing Experience, presented by the Emmy-nominated Matchstick Productions Company. Currently on its 2009 World Tour, the film is stopping in Boise for all the powder fans. The documentary includes holy-shit stunts by some of the globe’s premier ski celebrities, including Mark Abma, Sean Pettit and Eric Hjorleifson. These daredevils ski down almost sheer rock faces using the mountain to rocket themselves hundreds of feet in the air before performing a quick back flip and landing perfectly. Purchase tickets at the box office, or at Helly Hansen on Broad Street in BODO. 8 p.m., $15, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise,

All dressed up and ready for a stroll at the Idaho Humane Society's annual See Spot Walk charity event.



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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. SCARECROW STROLL—The garden is full of scarecrows designed and created by local businesses, artists and organizations. The scarecrow creators were supplied a 6-foot-tall PVC pipe frame and used their imaginations to build scarecrows in all shapes and themes. Garden visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow. The Scarecrow Stroll is daily through Oct. 31. Garden admission during normal hours. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

ON STAGE A TUNA CHRISTMAS—The Fool Squad—Joe and Tom—take on the roles of more than 20 different characters for this play set in a small Texas town called Tuna. With only 24 hours to go before Christmas, a group of eccentric characters otherwise known as the townspeople attempt to deal with all the seasonal traumas that come along with the holidays. Some of the dilemmas include a disaster-prone little theater production and a yard decorating contest that is being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom. The play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard is directed by Gordon Reinhart. 7:30 p.m., $23-$30, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221,

FOOD & DRINK WINE TASTING—The Tavern Wine Market at Bown Crossing offers deals on wine flights. 5-8 p.m., price varies. Tavern Wine Market, 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-343-9463.

SCREEN LATIN AMERICAN FILM SERIES—The fall 2009 season of the Latin American Film Series sponsored by the Cultural Center and Latin American Studies Committee includes a diverse selection of films that explore labor migration between Latin America and the United States. Tonight’s feature is El Norte (1984), directed by Gregory Nava and presented by Nicanor Dominguez of the Boise State history department. 6 p.m., FREE, Student Union Brink Room, Boise State.

GREEN BUGS FARM STAND— Today is your last chance to 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, 208-4246665,

KIDS & TEENS BABY SIGN LANGUAGE—Learn to communicate with your baby before they acquire verbal language skills. 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. All levels, beginning to advanced, welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. All that’s needed is a willingness to learn and play ukulele music. For more information, visit the Web site. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Pizza Company, 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-3627702.


thursday FESTIVALS & EVENTS 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF EYES OF THE WORLD IMPORTS—The locally owned and operated store celebrates its 15th anniversary with live music, refreshments and a champagne toast to the next 15 years. Shop for imported, fair-trade and affordable items from all over the globe and enjoy 25 percent off items store-wide during the anniversary celebration. The store carries many unique items including clothing for men, women and children, incense, exotic jewelry and more. The store that started out in a little brick house on 16th Street, moved to Fort Street and relocated again to its current location in the big red building on Grove Street. FREE. Eyes of the World, 1576 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-331-1212, www.

ON STAGE A QUESTION OF GRACE—The play by Boise State theater student Bernadine Cockey, and directed by Richard Klautsch, is about a young woman charged with a horrific crime and a public defender who is reluctant to take the case. Boise State students receive a free ticket with valid student ID at on-campus ticket offices. 7:30 p.m., $15 general admission, $12 students (non-Boise State), Boise State alumni, military and seniors, 208-4263957. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 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,

FOOD & DRINK OKTOBERFEST AT TABLEROCK BREWPUB—Boise’s first microbrewery is hosting Oktoberfest with specials on German food and drink, including Jagerschnitzel, sauerbraten, bratwurst and strudel and lots of Oktoberfest Ale. Festivities are accompanied by oompah music courtesy of Brasskeller on certain nights. Oct. 1-17. Tablerock Brewpub and Grill, 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-0944, www. TEA AND TAROT—The Laughing Spirit Tea Room and Eatery is the place where hostess Midge Woods pairs delicious tea with teachings about each Major Arcana tarot card. Take your friends and your cards for an opportunity to practice readings. First Thursday of every month, 7:15 p.m., $10. Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, Boise, 208-388-3884, www. WINE TASTING—Every Thursday at Tablerock Brewpub, enjoy live music, free wine tasting and discounted glasses and bottles of wine from 6-8 p.m. Tablerock Brewpub and Grill, 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208342-0944,



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8 DAYS OUT WORKSHOPS & CLASSES ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA— Join the Boise Tango Society for a free introduction to tango lesson from 7:30-8 p.m. followed by dance practice. Beginners are welcome; no partner is necessary. Wine and beer is available for purchase. For more information, contact Camille Wood at 208-989-0239 or e-mail p.m., $5 admission or $3 students/seniors, Boise Cafe/Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. SQUARE DANCE LESSONS—Anyone age 9-90, singles, couples and families are invited to learn how to square dance. The first lesson is free. For more information, call Cinder at 208-830-9459. 7-9 p.m., $4 per lesson; family rates available. Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise, 208-377-5788,

SPORTS & FITNESS LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK 2009—The Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual two-mile walk and fund-raising event. Teams of friends, families or co-workers raise pledges, pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Prior to the walk, participants hang out for live music, face painting and free food. On the night of the walk, participants hold illuminated balloons in designated colors: white for survivors, red for supporters, gold in memory of loved ones lost. To register, visit www. 7 p.m., suggested donation of $25, Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd. Boise.

TALKS & LECTURES OCTOBER FETTUCCINE FORUM—The series starts this month. The topic for October is the Idaho Songbag: Historically Based Songs of the Gem State with Gary Eller. On the first Thursday of every month, the public is invited to attend a different educational forum about the history and cultural life of Boise and the Treasure Valley. Complimentary appetizers are served and fettuccine is available for $5. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-4335670.


friday FESTIVALS & EVENTS CAMP RIVER RUN FUNDRAISER—The event is a fundraiser for Camp River Run, a camp for kids with life-threatening illnesses. Guest enjoy wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions and raffle prizes. For more information, e-mail info@ 6-10 p.m., $25

adv., $30 door. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-2869463,

ON STAGE BROADWAY BABY WANNABE—The star of the show is cabaret artist Lauriel Loyst and the subject matter is her never-ending, 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. A QUESTION OF GRACE—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m., $15 general admission, $12 students (non-Boise State), Boise State alumni, military and seniors, 208-426-3957. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 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, www. SWAN LAKE, IDAHO!—Ballet Idaho presents Zimo meets Tchaikovsky in the second act of the classic lakeside ballet performed Idaho-style. See Page 56. 8 p.m. $20-$50, 208-3430556, Ext. 26, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise. TALES FROM THE DORKSIDE—Prairie Dog Playhouse puts its own spin on three Halloween classics. For reservations, call 208-336-7383, go to or e-mail 7:15 p.m., $7-$13, Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www.pdplayhouse. com.

CONCERTS ANTHONY KEARNS—As part of the Irish Tenors (as seen on PBS), Anthony Kearns has performed around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. Hear Ireland’s premier tenor perform Irish folk songs, classic arias and Broadway song selections. 8 p.m., $36, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555.

ART FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE—The Jewelry and Gem Show runs October 2-31. During the artist reception at First Friday art in Eagle, meet the artists who create and represent vintage fine jewelry, gemstones, Native American antiques, lamp work glass and more. Free parking is available at Albertsons during the artist reception. 4-9 p.m., FREE. Galerie Belle Ame, 179 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1342, www.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST GALLERY— Woodriver Cellars highlights a different local artist every month and hosts the featured artist to present and discuss their art. On the first Friday of the month, guests enjoy the scenery of the winery, art, live music, food and award-winning wines. 6-10 p.m., FREE. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463,

ODDS & ENDS BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS—Get a basic Latin dance lesson included in the cover at 9 p.m. and then practice dancing to music by DJ Tomas or DJ Saya. Loosen up with a beer or glass of wine. Empanadas from Tango’s are served Friday evenings. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. Boise Cafe/Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

TALKS & LECTURES LIVING WITHOUT A SOUL, DYING WITHOUT GOD—Portland State neuroscientist Dr. Joshua Fost, professor of history and philosophy of science presents a lecture titled Living without a Soul, Dying without God. The discussion centers on the contrasts of a naturalistic worldview produced by science in contrast with a belief in soulful, Godful theism. Fost discusses humans as mechanical zombies who face the end of life without believing in the prospect of comfort and some kind of peace on the other side and posed the question: Is there more to the “bag of molecules” philosophy than meets the eye? Fost earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Princeton University and is the author of the book If Not God, Then What? Neuroscience, aesthetics, and the origins of the transcendent. 6-8 p.m., FREE, Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State.


saturday FESTIVALS & EVENTS CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—The open-air market features rows of vendor booths with locally made products. Shoppers find a wide variety of goods with everything from Idaho specialty foods, wines and fresh baked goods to vegetables and handmade arts and crafts. Check out live entertainment featuring a different act each week and select work by local artisans. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., www. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287. EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—The weekly outdoor market features art, fresh produce, wine, flowers and live music. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. GARDEN CITY DRAGON PARADE AND BLOCK PARTY—Under the full moon during October, Garden City celebrates its Chinese heritage with

a dragon parade, block party and juried art show by the Idaho Metal Arts Guild. The dragon parade features an authentic 10-child Chinese dragon in a traditional undulating street dance with a parade of decorated bikes, tricycles and wagons. Visit booths with artwork by students from Garden City Community Art and handmade crafts, and watch Asian dancers performing on a free public stage. See Page 56. Noon-5 p.m., FREE admission. Waterfront District, 36th Street, Garden City. OKTOBERFEST—Get your fill of fall brews and new releases by Tablerock Brewpub, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse and the Ram Brewery with food and beverages available for purchase. Dance off calories from all the authentic German food and ale with one of the Northwest’s best German bands, Wolfie and the Bavarians, performing Oktoberfest music from noon-4 p.m., followed by blues from the Bodo Brothers from 4-6 p.m. See Page 56. Noon-6 p.m., $6 general; $4 children (4-12), $4 Idaho Botanical Garden members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, SEE SPOT WALK 2009— Dogs and their owners dress up and take a one-plus-mile jaunt through downtown Boise to support the Idaho Humane Society. Late registration (day of event) is $25 adults and $20 children. See Page 56. 10 a.m., $15-$20, www. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

ON STAGE A QUESTION OF GRACE—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m., $15 general admission, $12 students (non-Boise State), Boise State alumni, military and seniors, 208-426-3957. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 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, www. SWAN LAKE, IDAHO!—See Friday and Page 56. 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. $20-$50, 208-343-0556, Ext. 26, www. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise. TALES FROM THE DORKSIDE—See Friday. 7:15 p.m., $7-$13, Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www.pdplayhouse. com.

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

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


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8 DAYS OUT SCREEN MOTORGEEZERS—The Idaho Movie House presents Motorgeezers by local filmmaker Pete White. White has shot many outdoor movies in Idaho. His most recent film was shot on location at the Baja Motorcycle races. 9 p.m., $5, www. Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-947-3111.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES RESUME/INTERVIEW WORKSHOP—The University of Phoenix offers free workshops on how to create a dynamic and effective resume, as well as strategies and techniques for a successful job interview. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE. University of Phoenix-Idaho campus, 3080 E. Gentry Way, Ste. 150, Meridian, 208-888-1505, www. USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCE—USA Dance Boise is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that promotes ballroom dancing in the Treasure Valley and educates the public regarding the benefits of ballroom dancing. Members and nonmembers are invited to attend monthly dances with introductory and intermediate lessons on the first Saturday of each month. A lesson is included with admission. The activities are family friendly and smoke- and alcohol-free. First Saturday of every month, 7 p.m., $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members and students with ID, 208-249-1715, www. Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise.

LITERATURE STORY TIME—Enjoy the Saturday market, then gather the family for story time. 2 p.m., FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3448088.

KIDS & TEENS ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING STORY TIME—The story time for preschoolers and their families is Reading Together: A Story time for New Americans and English Language Learners. The program runs for approximately 30 minutes and focuses on concepts in simple English with activities such as reading picture books, counting, learning new words, singing and dancing to music and learning with toys. Participating families will have opportunities to improve their English language skills through learning activities and by speaking English with each other. 2:30 p.m., FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.

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

ODDS & ENDS BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson included in the cover at 9 p.m. and then practice dancing to music by DJ Tomas or DJ Saya. Loosen up with a beer or glass of wine. Empanadas from Tango’s are served Friday evenings. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. Boise Cafe/Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208343-3397. GOT NEWF?—Newf is short for Newfoundland, which is one of the giant breeds of dogs. If you have one, then get together with other dogs and owners and play because occasionally nothing beats a good romp

with one's own kind. For more information, e-mail tandb26@ First Saturday of every month, 5 p.m., FREE. Morris Hill Park, NE corner of N. Roosevelt St. and Alpine St., Boise. NOCHES LATINAS—See Friday. 10 p.m.-1 a.m., $5 cover. Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant, 8915 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0304.


sunday FESTIVALS & EVENTS LIQUID LAUGH TRACK—Every Sunday, the funny is found in BODO during Laugh Track, featuring stand-up comedy from amateurs and professionals looking for laughs in a live setting. 7 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379, SOCIAL DANCING—Join the weekly Saturday Dance Party after the drop-in group lessons. Practice dancing, pick up a few new steps and meet other dancers in the area. 911 p.m., $4 per person. Dance Necessities, 6143 Corporal Lane, Boise, 208-322-2517, TREASURE VALLEY SINGLES’ DANCE—Join a group with happy feet and dance to country swing music. Everyone is welcome. The music is by a different country act every week. 7:30 p.m., $6 members, $7 nonmembers. Eagles Lodge Boise, 7025 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-0115.

ON STAGE A QUESTION OF GRACE—See Thursday. 2 p.m., $15 general admission, $12 students (nonBoise State), Boise State alumni, military and seniors, 208-426-3957. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, SWAN LAKE, IDAHO!— See Friday. 2 p.m., $20-$50, 208-3430556, Ext. 26, www. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise.

SCREEN THE COVE—Treasure Valley Community Television and the Flicks present a screening of The Cove, the 2009 Sundance award-winning documentary about the tens of thousands of dolphins that are slaughtered every year in a hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, and the Japanese government’s coverup of the atrocities. The activist filmmakers, including Flipper’s former trainer, Ric O’Barry, were able to stop this year's slaughter in Japan as a direct result of their powerful film. After the screening, stay for a discussion panel led by local experts with moderator Steve Burns, director of Zoo Boise along with Jeff Rosenthal, D.V.M., director of the Idaho Humane Society; Elizabeth McFarland, former shelter director, Idaho Humane Society and Dolphin Quest associate; and Janelle Church, volunteer, Animals in Distress Association. Watch the trailer at 7:30 p.m., $11, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, www., 208-3431100,

CITIZEN IDAHO CAMPAIGN TO END ISRAELI APARTHEID—The group meets every Sunday at Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, and is continually


working to educate and lobby for a just and truthful U.S. policy that works to end apartheid. For more information, e-mail lamalucynasser@yahoo. com. 6 p.m., FREE,

RELIGIOUS/ SPIRITUAL DHARMATA BOISE SANGHA— Dharmata Boise Sangha is dedicated to providing spiritual seekers the opportunity to embrace the Holy Dharma and a true path to inner freedom. Dharmata Boise offers weekly practice, workshops and retreats under the guidance of Dharma teacher Dana Marsh. Her teaching is based on the Prajnaparamita or transcendent wisdom that is considered the essence of Buddha’s teachings. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., FREE, donations appreciated. Whispering Lotus Healing Center, 2912 Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208-863-9919, www.

Live jazz

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 at 10:30 a.m. 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,

7 nights a week!

WEEKLY TIBETAN BUDDHIST GROUP PRACTICE—Weekly Tibetan Buddhist Group Practice at a new time. Join us Sundays at 10 a.m. for meditation and discussion on The Buddha Path by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. All are welcome. 10 a.m., FREE. Dzogchen Shen Pan Choling Dharma Center, 116 N. Latah, Boise, 208-345-3032, www.

featuring Boise’s finest jazz musicians

ODDS & ENDS ECSTATIC DANCE—Experience dance in a safe, nonjudgmental, drug-free, all-ages, all-backgrounds environment that celebrates and honors self-expression, community and movement. The Ecstatic Dance with facilitator Christopher Soderland includes dances such as: Body Choir, Trance Dance and DanceJam. For more information, e-mail xto_sod@ 9:30-11 a.m., sliding scale $7-$15. Fulton Street Center for the Arts, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, www.

including Steve Eaton, Justin Nielsen Band Phil Garonzik, Kevin Kirk, Jon Hyneman, Sally Tibbs, John Jones, & Mike Seifrit, just to name a few!

SOCIAL COUNTRY DANCING— A group meets Sunday nights for social country dancing. 7-10 p.m., FREE, The Bull’s Head Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858.


monday FOOD & DRINK WINE TASTING—Woodriver Cellars’ tasting room is open seven days a week to sample wines. Taste wines with grapes grown in Idaho while taking in the view from the pavilion and pond. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-2869463, www.woodrivercellars. com.


981 West Grove Street, Boise

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

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8 DAYS OUT WEST COAST SWING CLASS— The drop-in West Coast swing class is designed for those that already know the basics of West Coast swing. Students are encouraged to attend the sessions with a concept they would like to focus on. For more information, contact Jennifer at 208-860-2132 or e-mail 7-8:30 p.m., $10 per person or $15 per couple. Meridian Senior Center, 133 W. Broadway Ave., Meridian.

e-mail cheryl_maddalena@ 6 p.m., FREE for workshop; $5 poetry slam, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632.

FOOD & DRINK STUDENT/SERVICE INDUSTRY NIGHT—Tuesdays at Terrapin Station are dedicated to hardworking students and service workers, whose job it is to provide service at bars and




wednesday ON STAGE MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL— Four women from diverse backgrounds bond over hot flashes, night sweats and chocolate binges while sifting through black lace bras and discounted lingerie at a department store. The so-called Silent Passage has the women bursting into song with 25 classic baby-boomer ditties like “Puff, My God I’m Draggin’” to the disco favorite “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake.” It’s fun for everyone. 8 p.m., $42. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www. A QUESTION OF GRACE— See Thursday. 7:30 p.m., $15 general admission, $12 students (non-Boise State), Boise State alumni, military and seniors, 208-426-3957. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, theatre.


KIDS & TEENS FAMILY FUN FOR SCHOOL-AGED KIDS—The library’s new weekly program series, Family Fun for School-Aged Kids, held Monday evenings in the Hayes Auditorium includes guest presenters, crafts, old-fashioned-fun board game nights, video gaming and more. 7 p.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www.

ODDS & ENDS SCENIC IDAHO TRAIN RIDES— All aboard for a scenic train ride with different routes, theme rides and holiday specials. Trains leave from the Horseshoe Bend Depot and Ashley Inn in Cascade. Check the Web site for rates. Thunder Mountain Line Scenic Train Rides, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDARAIL or 208-793-4425, www. 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,


tuesday FESTIVALS & EVENTS PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP AND POETRY SLAM OF STEEL—The Idaho LoudWriters Program includes a performance poetry workshop at 6 p.m., followed by an all-ages poetry slam. Poets perform spoken-word poetry, a combination of literature and performance, in front of a crowd. This month includes a haiku battle. Signups are at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. For more information,


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restaurants so that everyone else can have a good time. Spend some down time at Terrapin and enjoy the dance music of Fuegogo! starting at 9:30 p.m., along with $1 off all drafts and liquors. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3421776, terrapinboise. TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS— Sample wine and learn to taste, compare and contrast. See, swirl, smell, sip and savor five wines for $5. 5 p.m., Grape Escape, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-368-0200.

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

ODDS & ENDS BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—The club meets the first Tuesday and second Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. For more information about BAS, search the Web site. FREE, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895. DIDGERIDOO FORUM—Facilitator Aaron Maynard invites anyone interested in didge playing and sharing to attend an open forum. 7 p.m., $5 donation. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, KILROY COFFEE KLATCH—Join other WWII-generation people for a morning of conversation and friendship. All veterans are welcome and there are often guest speakers. For more information, e-mail suepaul@warhawkairmuseum. org. 10-11:30 a.m., FREE, Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446, www.

LATIN AMERICAN FILM SERIES—The fall 2009 season of the Latin American Film Series sponsored by the Cultural Center and Latin American Studies Committee presents Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary (2005), directed by Arturo Perez Torres and presented by Arthur Scarritt of the Boise State sociology department. Noon, FREE, Student Union Ahfong Room, Boise State.

LITERATURE BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS—The theme for October is Get Out and Write: Connecting Fiction Strategies to Nonfiction Writers, with guest speaker Megan Carmody, the local organizer for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, thousands across the globe try to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Carmody will discuss the origins and purpose of National Novel Writing Month and explain how the mad dash of writing is helpful to any writer. Arrive at 6 p.m. to browse bookshelves and chat it up with other aspiring writers. For more information, e-mail 6:30-8 p.m., FREE, www. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229.

TALKS & LECTURES CITY CLUB OF BOISE—The talk is titled Western Communities Face the Changing Economy with Daniel Kemmis of Missoula, Mont. 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, 208-3712221, www.cityclubofboise. org. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

ODDS & ENDS 9TH STREET TOASTMASTERS—Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the 9th Street Toastmasters meeting. Noon, every Wednesday. FREE, 208-388-6484, BOISE UKULELE GROUP—All levels, beginning to advanced are welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Pizza Company, 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-362-7702.




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MUSICGUIDE wednesday 30

BRASSKELLAR—7-8:45 p.m., FREE, Tablerock

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—5-8 p.m., Record Exchange Party with Thomas Paul opening, FREE, The Grove Plaza

BEN BURDICK TRIO, AMY WEBER—6-9 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper Lounge

CHRIS STILES—9 p.m., $1, Liquid

ANNA SALI—7-10 p.m., FREE, Bungalow

BLAZE AND KELLY—9 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

COSMIC FAMILY BAND—9 p.m., FREE, The Bouquet FABULOUS FLOYD STANTON—6 p.m., FREE, Cafe Ole, 404 S. Eighth St. JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—9:30 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s


JIM FISHWILD—6-9 p.m., FREE, Highlands Hollow

Well, hello, Denver-based band with a new CD, To A Loved One, due out in October and recorded to tape on vintage gear. Your winsome lyrics are delightfully sung, and your indie, folky music has a classic vibe that would have been a fitting addition to The Graduate soundtrack—not because you sound like Simon or Garfunkel but because your music hearkens back to a different time. Welcome to town. The five guys who comprise Hello Kavita have the combined experience of nearly 30 bands between them, but drummer Leor Manelis (the most recent addition) said playing in Hello Kavita, which has been together in this lineup for about a year and a half, is different. “There’s a nice camaraderie between us, and there’s no band drama,” Manelis said. “It feels good to play with these really talented guys.” Bassist Jimmy Stofer (who toured with The Fray) agreed. “When we’re together in a room, there’s this huge ease of writing,” Stofer said. “We go with our first instincts. It’s not like that in other bands.” And he likened vocalist/songwriter Corey Teruya to a project manager. “Bands work best with a leader,” Stofer said. “But it’s definitely a democracy. Everyone has input, and everyone is irreplaceable.” —Amy Atkins

JIMMY BIVENS BAND—7:45 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub

Friday, Oct. 2, with Matt Hopper and Sunshine and The Valley, 9 p.m., $5, The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.,


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friday 2

ANNA SALI—7-9:30 p.m., FREE, Willowcreek Grill-Eagle

BETTER THAN EZRA, BRANDON STANLEY, JOSIAH LEMING—8 p.m., $18.50 adv., $20 door, Knitting Factory


thursday 1

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

JOHN PATRICK WILLIAMS—7 p.m., FREE, Crusty’s KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill MOONDANCE—5:30 p.m., FREE, Flatbread Community Oven, 3139 S. Bown Way NATHAN J MOODY AND THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid NIKKI HUSTON—6-8:30 p.m., FREE, Bardenay-Eagle POP CULT KIDS—10 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s REBECCA SCOTT—7-10 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB, POKE—8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish

BRASSKELLAR—7-8:45 p.m., FREE, Tablerock FAMILY FORCE 5, BREATHE CAROLINA, CASH CASH, QUEENS CLUB, I RIVAL—7 p.m., $14 adv., $15 door, Knitting Factory THE FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m., FREE, Whitewater Pizza JAZZ NIGHT—7 p.m., FREE, Rembrandt’s KARAOKE—7-11 p.m., FREE, Kodiak Grill; 9 p.m., with Rockin Rooster FREE, The Plank OPEN MIC NIGHT—7-10 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s POCONO BILL—6 p.m., FREE, Donnie Mac’s ROSS—6 p.m., FREE, Woodriver Cellars

SHORTY’S CONCERT JAM—9 p.m., FREE, Shorty’s Saloon

THE TIX—9 p.m., FREE, The Buffalo Club TOES ON THE NOSE TOUR: FEATURING SASHAMON—9 p.m., $7 adv., $10 door, Reef

TERRY JONES DUO—6:30-11 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

UNDERSCORE—6-9 p.m., FREE, Gelato Cafe

WHITE HINTERLAND—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux


GARDENING, NOT ARCHITECTURE, GAVIN CASTLETON, BLUE MASK—8 p.m., $2, Flying M Coffeegarage JOHN CAZAN—5-9 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHNNY SHOES—10 p.m., FREE, Bittercreek Ale House KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—6:30-11 p.m., FREE, Berryhill MATT HOPPER, HELLO KAVITA, SUNSHINE AND THE VALLEY—9 p.m., $5, The Bouquet, (see Listen Here, this page) MIKE QUINN—6-8:30 p.m., FREE, Woodriver Cellars THE NEW TRIO—8-11 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ Hannah’s SIR REALIST—midnight, FREE, Liquid

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


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.

FLOATER, WESTERN AERIAL, LOCKE N LOAD—8:30 p.m., $14, Knitting Factory




MUSICGUIDE saturday 3 BLAZE AND KELLY—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine THE BLUES ADDICTS—8 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s CAMDEN HUGHES DUO—6:30-11 p.m., FREE, Berryhill THE FRESH AIR TOUR: BROTHER ALI, EVIDENCE, TOKI WRIGHT, BK ONE—7:30 p.m., $13, The Venue

POCONO BILL—8 p.m., FREE, Groove Coffee

sunday 4 BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon-3 p.m., FREE, Grape Escape

SOUND—8 p.m., $5, Neurolux

SLOTH FALCON—9 ROCCI JOHNSON p.m., FREE, The Plank BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ STEVE FULTON, SHON Hannah’s SANDERS—7-10 p.m., FREE, Bungalow THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m., $5, Buffalo Club TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGSIR REALIST—midGERS—8:30 p.m., night, FREE, Liquid $16, Knitting Factory SLEEPY SUN, VOICE OF REASON—9 ASSEMBLE HEAD p.m., $1, Liquid IN SUNBURST

GREG PERKINS, RICK CONNOLLY—6-9 p.m., Chandlers JIM LEWIS—11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Focaccia’s MARSHALL PRICE, ARCTIC TURTLES, DYING FAMOUS—6:30 p.m., $10, The Venue NOCTURNUM WITH DJ BONES—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station OPEN MIC—4-7 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station POCONO BILL—6-9 p.m., FREE, Sun Ray Cafe


BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m., FREE, Rodeway Inn JUSTIN NIELSEN BAND—6:30-9:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill MONDAY MADNESS KARAOKE—9 p.m., FREE, The Buffalo Club OPEN MIC NIGHT—7-9 p.m., FREE, Library Coffeehouse OPEN MIC MONDAY—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station




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ANNA SALI—7-9:30 p.m., FREE, Willowcreek Grill-Boise BEN BURDICK TRIO, AMY WEBER—8-11 p.m., FREE, Chandlers FINN RIGGINS—7 p.m., record release party, FREE, The Record Exchange FUEGOGO!—9:30 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station GIZZARD STONE—8 p.m., FREE, Liquid JEREMIAH JAMES, NED EVETT—7:30-10 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel

wed. 7 AP TOUR—7 p.m., featuring The Academy Is, Mayday Parade, Set Your Goals, The Secret Handshake, You Me At Six, $16, Knitting Factory DANIEL DAY TRIO—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux DESPISED ICON, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, ABACABB, MOLOTOV SOLUTION—6:30 p.m., $12 adv.; $14 door, The Venue

KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m.; with John Hyneman, Phil Garonzik, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers

LARRY CONKLIN—11 a.m., FREE, Moon’s; 8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye

TERRY JONES—6:30-9:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill


TOO MUCH DISTORTION SKATE NIGHT—9 p.m., Ravage, L.g.e., Fury of the Cyclops, Ripshaw, $3, Gusto Bar

TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30-9:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill

Fulton St., 342-0944


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

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

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

NEUROLUX—F-Sa: DJs, $3, 11 p.m., 111 N. 11th, 343-0886

REDFISH LAKE LODGE—Hwy. 75, Stanley, 208-774-3536

BAD IRISH—199 N. 8th St., 338-8939

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

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

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

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

REEF—105 S. 6th St., 287-9200

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

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

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

GUSTO BAR—509 W. Main St.

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

REMBRANDT’S—93 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 938-1564

TOM GRAINEY’S—109 S. 6th St., 345-2505

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

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

LIBRARY COFFEEHOUSE—141 E. Carlton Ave,. Meridian, 288-1898

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

TULLY’S—794 W. Broad, 3432953

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

THE VENUE—521 Broad St., 919-0011

SEASONS BISTRO—1117 E. Winding Creek Road, Eagle, 939-6680

VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE (VAC)—3638 Osage St., Garden City, 424-8297

SHORTY’S SALOON—5467 Glenwood, 672-9090

WHITEWATER PIZZA—1510 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, 888-6611

SOCKEYE—3019 Cole Rd., 658-1533

WILLI B’S— 225 N. 5th St., 331-5666

STE. CHAPPELLE WINERY— 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell, 453-7843

WILLOWCREEK GRILL— 2273 Vista Ave., Boise; 1065 E. Winding Creek Dr., Eagle

SUN RAY CAFE—1602 N. 13th St., 343-2887

WOODRIVER CELLARS—3705 Hwy. 16, Eagle, 286-WINE

BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—246 N. 8th St., 345-1813 BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St. 345-6605 BUFFALO CLUB—10206 Fairview Ave., 321-1811 BUNGALOW—1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855 BUZZ CAFE—2999 N. Lakeharbor Ln., 344-4321 CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—MSa: Kevin Kirk, 7 p.m.; acts at 8 p.m., 981 Grove St., 383-4300

HA’PENNY—855 Broad St., 343-5568

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

EMERALD CLUB—415 S. 9th St., 342-5446

HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820

FALCON TAVERN—705 W. Bannock St., 947-3111

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

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

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

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

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

FOCACCIA’S—404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 322-2838 GAMEKEEPER—1109 Main St., 343-4611 GELATO CAFE— 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian GRAPE ESCAPE—800 W. Idaho St., 368-0200

HYDE PARK PUB—1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260 IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN—2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649 IDAHO CENTER—16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 468-1000

LIQUID—405 S. 8th St.

MODERN HOTEL—1314 W. Grove St., 424-8244 MONKEY BIZNESS—724 First St. S., Nampa MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—712 W. Idaho St., 385-0472 MUSIC OF THE VINE—2805 Blaine St., Caldwell, 454-1228

OLD CHICAGO—730 W. Idaho, 363-0037 OPA—213. N. 8th St., 342-6555 PAIR—601 Main St., 343-7034 PENGILLY’S—513 W. Main St., 345-6344 PIPER PUB—150 N. 8th St., 343-2444 THE PLANK—650 S. Vista Ave., 336-1790 THE RECORD EXCHANGE (RX)—1105 W. Idaho St., 344-8010 RED FEATHER LOUNGE—246 N. 8th St., 429-6340


Grey Gallery Presents Boise Botanicals Glass Show Opening Night October 1st, 5-9pm Local glass artist Lisa Tate will unveil new art inspired by plants native to Idaho. Proceeds benefit the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a night that highlights everything local! * * (208) 385-9337 WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM


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BW FOR RENT 412 O’Farrell. 2BD, 1BA. Cute! W/D, frig, big fenced yard. Pets OK. Close to Hyde Park, foothills, downtown. Avail. 10/01. $750/mo. 208-628-3021. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for FREE! Visit: http://www.RealRentals. com Near BSU. 1-2BD apts. +util., w/d, carport, walk to BSU. Quiet. $300-$600/mo. 344-4274.

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HOMESWEETHOME During the past five years, several condominium developments have popped up in downtown. While some are brand new, others are in handsomely renovated historic buildings. Boise’s attractive urban core provides downtown residents the convenience of walking to restaurants, shops and cultural events like museums, opera, ballet, concerts and sporting events. The sandstone structure located at 479 Main St. was constructed in 1904 with stone quarried from nearby Table Rock. The 820-square-foot condo in the Belgravia Building features exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and geothermal heating. White, tear-drop pendant lights accent a sleek breakfast bar facing a kitchen outfitted with stainless steel appliances. A deep, rectangular vessel sink accents the one-bedroom unit’s sole bathroom, which has also been updated with a frosted privacy screen between bathtub and sink. $270,000, MLS #98403805. Looking for a second-story corner unit with Foothills views? This 1,359-square-foot dwelling is in the Jefferson, a newer six-story condominium development punctuated with original artwork and sculptures by local and national artists. Inside the two-bedroom residence, you’ll find a great room with a breakfast bar and an east-facing balcony. In the main living area there is an alcove that would accommodate a computer desk. Dark wood cabinetry, dove-gray walls and white trim create a cool, contemporary vibe. $398,000, MLS #98406441. The creators of the Aspen Lofts took a narrow sliver of land situated between a busy downtown corridor and an existing parking garage and turned it into a 17-story high rise with a gleaming, solid glass facade. As a result, the 10-foot-tall glass wall inside unit 1402 allows sweeping Foothills views from the open great room and private master bedroom. The modern interior of this 1,015-square-foot, two-bedroom condo is set smack in the center of downtown’s entertainment hub between the Grove and BODO, where concerts, hockey games, cage fights, movies and the Saturday farmers market are all less than one block away. $469,900, MLS #98405816. Luxurious finishes typify each home in the Royal Plaza building. A tall, solid hickory door opens to unit 306, where honey-colored hardwood floors and an earthy palette of khaki and brick red set a tone that is both traditional and upscale. Two bedrooms and a master suite are arranged in a split-bedroom configuration around a large central great room, which opens to a private corner balcony. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, dark wood cabinetry and a long, curved breakfast bar topped with slab granite. Royal Plaza also features a spacious, residents-only rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen and patio furnishings for private al fresco gatherings overlooking the Foothills. $499,900, MLS #98412411. —Jennifer Hernandez


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8JA9:H688JI>: A very cute single level 2BD, 1BA duplex. All appliances, W/D hookup, carport, storage, fenced yard. NO PETS. 12 mo. lease $595/mo. Deposit $500. $35 Application Fee. 866-4228. =DJH:)G:CI"<6G9:C8>IN Two clean and well kept homes to choose from:$565 each has 2+BD, 1BA, W/D, small fenced yard, garden spot, W/S/T paid. Near Curtis freeway access and Chinden. See at 202 W. 43rd St, pick up & fill out application then drop off right next door. Call 3693104 or 343-7901. C:=DB:=N9:E6G@ Immaculate & spacious. 1254 sq. ft., 2BD, 1BA, outside storage unit. Call 921-3060 for appt. $895/mo. I=>H8DC9D;::AHA>@:=DB: 2BD, 1.5BA. Great location! Walk to Greenbelt & mins. from downtown. W/D, DW, new carpet & paint. Covered carport, outside storage, back patio overlooks creek. W/S/T pd. $695/mo. 371-0559.

<G6E=>89:H><C:G$EG>CI:G Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Printer Boise School District. This is a temporary assignment scheduled to work Oct 21, 2009 through Jan 5, 2010. To be considered for this position, please complete an online classified application at www. $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 http:// Reliable, fast & efficient assistant needed for growing cleaning company. 20-25 hrs/wk. Call Kelligreen. 830-1965.

8DBEJI:G;DGH6A: Have to Sell - Gateway 300 SE series. All accessories. $300. Call Darla 208-853-2642. Couch & Loveseat - Microfiber. Stain Resistant. Lifetime Warranty. Brand new in boxes. List $1395. Must Sell $450! 888-1464. KING SIZE PILLOW TOP MATTRESS SET. New - in bag, w/warranty. List $750, MUST SELL $199. Call 921-6643. Leather Sofa plus Loveseat. Brand new in crate w/Lifetime warranty. Retail $2450. Sell $699! 8881464. E699A:7D6I Seats 5 w/ a bahimi top excellent condition. Asking $300 obo. call Vickie 713-3616.



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FOR SALE -B>A:HHDJI=D;I6B6G68@ Beautiful log home in Cascade, ID. Move in ready. Sleeps 6, furn. & water rights incld. 208-484-0752.

CAREERS BW HELP WANTED 2 styling stations & 1 massage rm. for lease. Some clientele pref. Busy strip mall on Boise Ave. Debbie 859-1125. 86H=>:GHE:8>6A>HI"G:> We are hiring PT Cashier Specialists. Competitive candidates are passionate about outdoor recreation, available to work any shift, any day, and available to work throughout the holiday season. To apply, fill out a paper application at the Boise REI Customer Service counter: 8300 W. Emerald St. Applications are due by 10/3/09.

BW STUFF 9 Piece King Sleigh Bed Set Brand new. All wood, dovetail drawers. List $3750. Sacrifice $895. 8881464. A BED-QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS SET. Brand new-still in plastic. Warranty. MUST SELL $109. Can deliver. 921-6643. Bed, Queen Tempurpedic Style Memory Foam Mattress Set. Brand new, in box, w/warranty, list $1599, sacrifice $379. 921-6643. BEDROOM SET 7 pc. Cherry set. Brand new, still boxed. Retail $2250, Sacrifice $450. 888-1464. <G6HH";:97::;;DGH6A: We love our cattle & would rather not send them to stressful nasty feedlots & processing plants. Save 1 of our healthful, delicious & grass feed Angus from that fate. You can put a half beef in your freeze for less than $1000. We believe in humane handling from birth to beef; it’s a natural! Call Polly or Justine at 208-3373821.



Herbs & More specializes in iris readings to find the root cause of health problems. A Nature’s Sunshine distributor. Stop by for an iris reading $40 value, 1/2 price special. 2613 W. Camas, off Vista. 336-3023.



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These pets can be adopted at the Idaho Humane Society. 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise, Idaho 83705

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208-342-3508 Tyler is a 2-year-old handsome Rhodesian ridgeback and greyhound male dog who is house- and crate-trained and ready for a new home. He is described as very loyal and playful with lots of energy. Tyler knows several obedience commands and appears to be smart and highly trainable. He loves to play in the water and would be a great jogging partner. Tyler is more comfortable in a home with adults or older children. (Kennel 426 - #8396349)



These three beautiful kittens are 8 months old and have recently spent several months in a foster home. Two males and one female, they are littermates that are a little shy at first, but warm up quickly and enjoy being played with. All are litterbox-trained. They are just a few of the many cats and kittens that are in need of homes. (Kennel 03 – 8020484, 8020518 & 8020524)

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This lively, happy and enthusiastic puppy is approximately 10 months old and is ready for an owner who will train and work with him. He walks nicely on a leash, but when he meets other dogs, he barks until he gets to meet and play with them. He appears to be very smart and highly trainable and could end up as the star of the obedience class if only he gets a change to go. (Kennel 319 - #8383680)

BOISE’S BEST! With Bodywork by Rose. 794-4789.

This lovely 3-year-old female cat has gray and white fur with touches of orange running through it. She is a very sweet and loving girl that enjoys being handled and petted. She was found in the North End of Boise and brought to the shelter with no ID. She has been well socialized and is friendly to everyone she meets. This girl with gorgeous green eyes is litterboxtrained. (Kennel 29 - #8512124)

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Hot tub available, heated table, hot oil full-body Swedish massage. Total seclusion. Days/ Eves/Wknds.Visa/Master Card accepted, Male only. 866-2759. Deep Therapeutic Massage by Muscular Guy. 869-2766. :JGDE:6CB6HH6<:7N;:B6A: Certified and licensed, intuitive and experienced mature and attractive female offers body work with incredible healing and relaxing touch. European and American styles. Introductory rates for whole body massage: Sweedish $40/hr.1h; Deep Tissue $55/hr. Private place 7 days 10am-9pm. No sexual service! Appointment by call only: 208-315-1269. Full body massage by experienced therapist. Out call or private studio. 863-1577. Thomas. =DJHE6 Steam sauna & massage. Corner Overland & S. Orchard. Open 7 days a week, 9-10pm. 345-2430. B6HH6<: Bali Spa. 401 N. Orchard St. 3751332. Open 9am-10pm. Mention you saw it in the Boise Weekly for $20 Off! Massage Boise Hotels 869-8128. ULM 340-8377.

Sadie is a 2-year-old mix-breed dog who is house- and crate-trained and playful with other dogs. She is very attentive, smart and works well for positive reinforcement. She will need a firm and fair owner who will make sure that Sadie gets regular exercise and training. This is an intelligent, active dog who would make a good companion for an active owner. Sadie has a short, slick coat and weighs 54 lbs. (Kennel 400 - #8080097)

These pets can be adopted at Simply Cats 2833 S. Victory View Way, Boise, ID 83709



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There once was a cat named Cloud, who was big and fluffy and round. He liked to chase laser pointers, and say, “I’m gonna get that, I’m gonna! I hope I get a home where running is allowed.”

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There is a kitty named Lilly Belle, Who in our simple shelter doth dwell. She’d be a great mouser. There’d be none left in your houser. And she promises to love you quite well.

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PLACE AN AD | REAL ESTATE | CAREERS | TRANSPORTATION | FOR SALE | MIND, BODY, SPIRIT | PETS ;>M>I"=6C9NB6C Do you have a list of nagging “little” problems that need to be fixed? This is the only call you need to make. Prompt service, reasonable prices. Call Glenn the fixit man at 371-2210. You`ll be glad you did.





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CDI>8:D;=:6G>C<86H:CD#8KC8 %.&++(A petition to change the name of Jessica Alexandra Agee born 01/23/2000 in Boise Idaho residing at 4222 N. Blue Wing has been filed in Ada County Disctrict Court, Idaho. The name will change to Jessica Alexandra Scuri because she would like the same family name as siblings. The child’s father has died and the names and addresses of his closest blood relatives are: Lance and Olga Agee 19294 DeHavilland Dr. Saratoga CA 9522. The Child’s Mother is living. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for

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BW INSTRUMENTS 8:AAD;DGH6A: Half-size student cello in great condition. Hard stand-up travel case included. Call to check it out. 367-1289.


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1:30 pm October 15, 2009 at the County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Pub. Sept. 16, 23, 30 & Oct. 7.

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FREEW I L L ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Is the electron a wave or a par ticle? Physicists had to conduct thousands of experiments to arrive at the definitive answer, which is that it’s both. In other words, the solution to one of the fundamental questions about the nature of reality is a paradox. I think this strongly suggests that the correct response to many other riddles about the ultimate truth might be two seemingly opposing explanations. Could the Unitarians and Buddhists both be right? Socialists and capitalists? Mystics and scientists? In the upcoming days, Aries, you will be offered lots of practice in adopting this approach as you deal with a personal dilemma that’s ver y much akin to “Is the electron a wave or a par ticle?”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Is there a big difference between your current job and your beloved career? Do you suffer from the unsettling feeling that your calling hasn’t called you yet? Are you under the impression that your main reason for being here on Ear th may reveal itself at some unknown time in the future, but not anytime soon? If you answered no to all those questions, congrats! You are more than halfway toward living a victorious life. But if you answered yes to at least one question, it’s high time to take action. Star t by formulating an intention to find out what you need to know in order to deal with the problem more aggressively. The cosmic forces are arrayed in such a way as to reward you for doing so.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Have you ever mused on the fact that your body is actually a kind of furnace? And that your whole life depends upon it? Food and oxygen are constantly combusting inside you, generating fier y energy that fuels your ever y movement, thought and feeling. This awareness of fire as a source of vitality, not a destroyer, would be valuable for you to cultivate in the coming days. Your steady, ear thy rhythm needs a shot of radiance and luminosity and fer vor.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Indian guru known as Amma has hugged more than 30 million people during her three-decades career. I’ve known people who’ve received blessings from her, and they tell me that she can magically undo your karmic knots with her spiritual power, freeing you from having to suffer indefinitely for the bad decisions you made in the past. Amma rarely does a complete unraveling of all karmic knots in one sitting, however. Your negative conditioning might be holding you together, after all, and a sudden super-fix could cause you to fall apar t. That’s the situation I suspect is true for you right now, Scorpio: You’ll be wise to undo some, but not all, of your karmic knots.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Several couples I know keep lists of the five celebrities they’d be allowed to boink if the chance ever presented itself. My friend Jim, for instance, will incur no karmic repercussions with his girlfriend Alicia if he ever spends a night of carnal delight with the following people: Lady Gaga, Sarah Silverman, Karen O, Shakira or Halle Berr y. Alicia’s permitted to enjoy liaisons with Johnny Depp, Chris Rock, Marilyn Manson, Jimmy Fallon and Por tia de Rossi. I bring this up, Gemini, because I believe you’ll soon be the beneficiar y of some extravagant cosmic luck that could offer you a close brush with an exotic form of pleasure. This might not exactly take the form of a onenight stand with a famous fox, but it could be almost as extraordinar y. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’m happy you’re getting back to fundamentals and shedding pretensions and nourishing your roots, but I also want to make sure that you don’t get too funky and lowdown. I’d hate to have to be hoisting you up out of the gutter next week, or counseling you on how to cover for the fact that you’ve compromised your own highest standards. So please resist any temptations you might feel to descend toward the lowest common denominator, Cancerian. As you deepen your center of gravity, make sure you keep your attitude elevated. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I may not love you,” wrote R.R. Doister, “but I can cer tainly love my fantasy about you.” Personally, I’ve been guilty of embodying that attitude toward cer tain people in my life. There have also been allies to whom I could have said, “I do love you, although I love my fantasy about you a little more.” And it has even been the case on numerous occasions that I’ve been proud to declare, “I love you even more than I love my fantasy about you.” What about you, Leo? Where do you stand on the issue? This is an excellent time to get on the righteous side of the great divide, which is to say: Adore your special people for who they really are more than for your fantasies about them. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In a puckish fantasy, the poet Linh Dinh imagined a hypothetical scenario in which it would be uncool to be too cool. “In an effor t to inject more pep and resolve into its lethargic citizens,” he waxed with prophetic longing, “the government is mandating the use of an exclamation mark at the end of each sentence, spoken or written. ‘It looks like rain!’ for example, or ‘I must sleep!’” I suggest that you take his vision, Virgo, and turn it into reality for the immediate future! You would really benefit from getting more excited than usual! Who knows, maybe a simple thing like imagining ever y one of your sentences ending with an exclamation mark could make your whole being more thrillable!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The coming week will have something to offend and agitate ever yone—except you. Whines and moans and yelps will ring out across the land, even as you’re emanating poise and aplomb. You may be tempted to brazenly exploit ever yone’s vulnerability and seize control of your corner of the world, but I think that would be shor tsighted of you. A better strategy for capitalizing on your advantage would be to dole out large doses of mercy, making sure that the people who will be impor tant to your future don’t lose their way. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The bear must deal with 20 obstacles, and each one of them involves pears,” says the Sufi proverb, “because the bear adores pears.” That’s a twisty truth wor th meditating on, Capricorn. I suspect that the gifts coming your way will bring their own unique problems; the dreams you’re in love with will generate new dilemmas to solve. By no means does this imply that you should avoid accepting the gifts or pursuing your dreams. Par t of the fun of doing great things is dealing with the changes they generate. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On behalf of all us non-Aquarians, I’d like to express our appreciation for the experiments you’ve been per forming. Please don’t be discouraged just because the results thus far have been inconclusive and left you feeling a trifle rudderless. We feel confident that sooner or later you’ll come up with discoveries that will have bottomline value to both you and the rest of us. We’d also like to apologize for the shor tsighted and timid types among us who are accusing you of being unrealistic or overly optimistic. Please keep tr ying those novel approaches and making those imaginative forays. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): While reviewing the work of Angelina Jolie in the film Taking Lives, A.O. Scott called her “the flesh-and-blood actress most likely to be mistaken for a computer-generated special effect.” I don’t expect you to rival Jolie’s odd talent anytime soon, but I wonder if maybe you’ll be seeing a lot of that kind of stuff in the world around you. Some of the characters who will be advancing the plot lines in your life story may seem to be able to breathe fire, walk through walls or change the weather at will. At the very least, you’ll witness phenomena that resemble optical illusions. My advice: Try to get these exotic outbreaks to work for you rather than against you. Embrace them, don’t fear them. Homework: Are you doing anything in par ticular to kill the apocalypse and usher in the Great Awakening? Testify at



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