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ARMED AND HUNGRY Open Carry crew searches for dinner FEATURE 11
PROJECT CENSORED All the news you should have gotten but didn’t in the last year NOISE 20
PUTTING THE VIDEO BACK IN MUSIC Locals ﬁlm their own FOOD 31
BURGERS: THE BIG DADDY Big Juds makes ‘em large and in charge
“We just don’t want them carrying guns. I mean, we don’t live in the Wild West, man.”
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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.
TOSH.0.1 AND TOSH.0.1.1 In an interview with BW last week, Daniel Tosh (pictured), stand-up comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0,” dished to A&E Editor Amy Atkins about sporting cardigans and his obsession with arm wrestling. (Oct. 1-2)
EMERALD CITY CLUB GOES DARK Famous for being the oldest gay bar in the state, the EClub, as it was often known, closed its doors for good last week. The building will be torn down to make way for Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, the Simplot family’s multi-block development ode to the late Jack. (Sept. 29)
TWO COUNCIL CANDIDATES DROP OUT BW Intern Andrew Crisp stirred up a hornet’s nest with a citydesk brief on the race for Boise City Council Seat 4 when he reported that Steven Siebers and Leland Lay had thrown in the towel. Comment debate centered on candidate TJ Thomson’s education and prior work experience until Thomson himself put an end to the chatter by posting his own resume. (Sept. 29)
BLOGGER AUTO-BIO: DEEPESH SUBEDI, TUESDAY AND THE END OF KADOGOS The Grip, BW’s blog on global culture featuring local refugee writers, welcomed a new byline this week, and FBM Fidel Nshombo talked about the abduction and death of a childhood friend who was a child soldier in Africa. (Sept. 29-30)
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THE UNKINDEST CUT Fewer words; so much to whine about
Hey, Mr. Bill Cope— It is me! Anonymous! From the Cope’sLatest-Column Discussion Group? Remember? I almost feel like we are bosom buddies now, since I write to you much and often, even though you do not know what my real name is. Some day maybe, I will walk right up to your face and say, “Hey Mr. Bill Cope! It is me! Anonymous!” Would that be a hoot or not? Anywho, the reason I write this time is over last Thursday’s Cope’s-Latest-Column Discussion Group meeting, during which we decided that we could not wait along with your regular readers to ﬁnd out if you hired Red back as your sidekick. Some of the group said they were sure you did, and even hypothesisimized that Red was never really ﬁred in the ﬁrst place because it was all a publicity stunt that people like you and Paula Abdul do now and then when you need attention. I said that could not possibly be true because Bill Cope does not need any more attention since he gets way too much of it already. We got into an argument and a certain Mr. So-and-So stomped off and quit the group. That is not his real name, which I will not tell you, but before he left, he yelled, “Cope had better not hire that incomprehensible mush-mouth back!” To which I yelled back, “Bill Cope can do whatever he wants with his own column, and that includes hiring back an incomprehensible mush-mouth if that is what he wants!” It was quite the yelling match, as you can maybe tell. But I won because I have always been a pretty good yeller and partly because Mr. So-andSo has something wrong with his esophagus and sounds like a duck whenever he tries to speak above a whisper. But I decided that as Chairlady of the Cope’s-Latest-Column Discussion Group, we could not afford to wait until next week to ﬁnd out if you hired Red back. Our group is very turmoiled over this. Some don’t want you to hire Red back, but think you did. Some think you didn’t, but want you to. I am worried that the tension could break our group apart. So I volunteered to request that you tell us what happened. We are the only Cope’s-Latest-Column Discussion Group that I know about, and if we break apart, there will be no groups left to discuss your latest column. That can’t be good for either you or me. —Yours Truly, Anonymous Dear Anon— Thank you so much for the note. It could not have come at a better time because as of late, I have been thinking, “What’s the use?” with an alarming frequency. But before I proceed, I must thank Badger Bob for ﬁlling in these last three weeks. He may be a bit
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rough around the edges, but I am fortunate to have him around to carry the ball when circumstances prevent me from performing my duties. Sadly, Bob has returned to the boonies where he has always felt more comfortable. His last words to me were, “I gotta get the hell outta here, Cope, before I end up like you!” I wish him well with his newest raison d’etre, i.e., thrashing through the woods, banjo in hand, scaring wolves out of the telescopic sights of the unquenchably blood-thirsty. I say it was sad to see him go because, frankly, I am not yet up to coming back to work. I still suffer with lingering symptoms of this sickness of soul that has laid me so low. For instance, I can’t even hear the words “glenn” or “beck” without falling into a ﬁt of uncontrollable retching. The merest glimpse of Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann makes me lose control of my bladder. Whenever I see John Boehner or Eric Cantor give press conferences, my throwing arm goes berserk and I cannot stop lobbing my wife’s invaluable knickknacks at the television set. Truly, does it sound like I am ready to return to my column full-time? To further complicate matters, I learned just days ago that, because of a makeover down at BW Central, I shall be losing 150 words or so from my long-accustomed count. On the surface, that would seem to be good news, yes? … that I have approximately 13 percent less work to do every week? No no no no no! That may be what makes them happy in public schools and STD clinics, but I have yet to meet a writer who would rather say less than more. After all, if we weren’t convinced we were bursting full of wit and wisdom, we’d have taken up other pursuits. (I knew a haiku poet once who insisted he be allowed 18 syllables, rather than the established 17. When refused, he took up blogging.) Believe me, I’m not just thinking of myself here. The way I see it, losing 13 percent of my word count is 13 percent less erudition for you, dear readers. And as to my faithful stalwarts in the Cope’s-Latest-Column Discussion Group? ... I am afraid you will have to get by with 13 percent less to discuss. Oh, but the very worst of it is, I’m losing 13 percent of my ﬁrepower at the exact time in history when the Right has grown at least 48 percent more repugnant! Gad, could it be more depressing!? But I have to stop now. I have reached the end of my new tether. And look what I forgot to tell you! About Red, yes. I honestly meant to let you know where that stands, Anon, but it will have to wait. Sorry, but it’s not my fault. I’d tell you whose fault it is, but they might rip from me another 150 words. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
BUILD STUFF. THEN LEAVE. Pull out soldiers and send in engineers
WASHINGTON—Eight years into the longest war in American history, we’ve learned what doesn’t work in Afghanistan. What will? More troops won’t help. Instead of troops, Afghanistan needs civil engineers. It’s time to give Afghanistan what it needs most and what Afghans crave: the gift of infrastructure. More than anything else, Afghans need paved roads. The second priority is electricity. Third is telephone service. An Afghanistan possessing these three building blocks of nationhood could modernize its own economy and political system at an astonishing speed. According to the Pentagon, fewer than 15 percent of Afghanistan’s roads are paved, but most of these are roads no American would deem passable. NGOs say fewer than 1 percent are in decent shape. Moving people or goods is a daunting prospect in Afghanistan. Afghans have been pleading with the United States to stop bombing and start building for years. The United States makes promises, but the bulldozers never arrive. Americans blame corrupt Afghans. Afghans complain that the Taliban makes construction too dangerous. Billions of dollars have vanished; little has been accomplished. Afghanistan’s only hope for prosperity relies on trade. Pakistani truckers want to ply a new Silk Road by shipping cheap manufactured goods from India and China into Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and eastern Europe. The Afghans could collect tolls and customs duties on products passing through their territory. But this trafﬁc will remain a mere trickle as long as the roads remain impassable and unsafe.
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Electricity is another vital component of a modern state. Only 7 percent of Afghanistan has any electricity whatsoever. Even Kabul suffers daily blackouts. Were the Afghan electrical grid to become widespread and reliable, people wouldn’t have to rush home before dusk to avoid gangs of roving rapists and murderers. It would be harder for Taliban forces to plant roadside bombs and ambush vehicles on brightly lit highways. Factories and ofﬁces could remain open, run computers, and operate after dark. Water pumps would become more efﬁcient and ubiquitous. A broad communications network is the third prerequisite. It’s impossible to conduct business without the reliable exchange of information. But only 8 percent of Afghans have access to any form of telephone service, including public call booths. Without telephone service, it’s impossible to know when a truckload of goods is due to arrive. Investment in infrastructure would allow Afghans to stand on their own feet economically. Rural electriﬁcation and highway construction would bring outsiders to communities cut off by war and rugged terrain. Radios and televisions would introduce 21st century mores to 14th century cultures. The United States should offer its expertise in building infrastructure with no strings attached, while renouncing all interest in Afghanistan’s internal affairs. And it should be free. First rebuild Afghanistan. Then leave. After all, we broke it. Ted Rall is author of the books To Afghanistan and Back and Silk Road to Ruin.
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HAVE GUN? NO PIZZA! Uphill battle for Idaho gunslingers SCOTT WEAVER First, they were turned away from Fuddruckers, then Idaho Pizza Company, farther out. But here at Shari’s, just west of the Idaho State Police building in Meridian, John Carter and Mike Ludlow are ﬁnally able to sit down to dinner, black Glocks still strapped to their hips. The evening, up to this point, had cer-
Carter, open carrying is about personal safety and deterring crime. According to opencarry.org, Idaho is one of 11 states—including Montana, Wyoming and Virginia—that allow citizens to openly carry ﬁrearms without a license. Only eight states don’t allow any type of open carry. JOSHU A ROPER
It got a little easier for some people to get out of town last week when the new East Parkcenter Bridge opened to some degree of fanfare. But after a dozen years of back and forth with the developers of Harris Ranch over who would pay for it and when they would pay for it, the fanfare was a bit subdued. In the end, development will pay for 65 percent of the cost of the bridge—some $13.5 million—in the form of impact fees. But that might take years and requires new waves of already approved development in East Boise’s picturesque Barber Valley. Harris Ranch fronted $5.3 million of the cost of the bridge, according to Ada County Highway District spokesman Craig Quintana. Harris Ranch owners also contributed $1.8 million in right of ways and the Harris family pitched in $3 million for wetland mitigation. Barber Mill Company, the other large developer adjacent to Harris Ranch, fronted almost $1 million in right of ways for the project, Quintana said. Taxpayers bear the cost for the rest of the $20.8 million bridge project. BW correspondent Mathias Morache, wanting to get his share of the action, took a little ride over the bridge to test it out. “The ambition is to intermingle neighborhoods. Mesa dwellers need only jaunt across the river to access Bown Crossing, while Boiseans dwelling on the south side of the Boise River now have prime Greenbelt access. Additionally, with a new route into downtown, ACHD hopes to take trafﬁc off of Warm Springs Avenue, which for most of the summer was shut down and then rerouted on a new circuitous course through the ﬁelds of Harris Ranch,” Morache wrote at citydesk.boiseweekly.com. Speaking of intermingling, two candidates for one of the Boise City Council seats up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, dropped out of the race, endorsing a third player. 9-12 Project of Idaho media rep Leland Lay and Steven Siebers, who started out—like many of the candidates this year—campaigning against plans for a downtown streetcar, quit and backed David Litster, a Brigham Young University alum and Harvard MBA who works for his sister’s law ﬁrm, Litster Frost Injury Lawyers, in marketing and HR. You may have the ﬁrm’s magnet on your refrigerator. Litster will duke it out with TJ Thomson, a Boise State grad with a masters in public affairs from Indiana University who has been campaigning for months for the seat being abandoned by Jim Tibbs. Litster told BW intern Andrew Crisp that Boise does not need a streetcar, picking up on the “trolley folly” label. Thomson told Crisp that he’s not making any knee-jerk reactions to the streetcar and will wait to see an engineering study, already underway. Over in Eagle, two incumbent city councilors—Idaho GOP chairman Norm Semanko and former Jackson Hole, Wyo., mayor Jeanne Jackson-Heim—face three challengers. Amy Aaron, John Grasser and Saundra McDavid are seeking spots running Eagle. Eagle has been a political hotbed with ﬁghts over growth and development, so we’ll let you know when these ﬁve start duking it out. —Nathaniel Hoffman
John Carter and Mike Ludlow, of Caldwell, open carry with William Clark, near the Idaho Capitol.
tainly taken on a no-room-at-the-inn feel. Their objectives were simple: to sit down in a restaurant with their handguns clearly hanging in hip holsters, and to enjoy dinner with other like-minded and explicitly armed individuals. Carter and Ludlow are two pro-Second Amendment, gun-carrying activists trying to establish a local gun-rights advocacy group. On this night, however, their interest goes beyond the “to keep and bear arms” right. The ﬁrearms right that Carter and Ludlow are interested in advocating, exercising and promoting is called “open carry.” They’re not only advocating carrying a gun for the entire Glock-fearing or, as the case may be, Glock-loving world to see, they also have a strong interest in seeing you openly carrying a ﬁrearm, too. “We want to use the presence of our openly carried ﬁrearms to start a dialogue on what is legal in Idaho,” said Ludlow, his Model 31 .357 SIG Glock holstered on his right hip. Even though Ludlow has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, he prefers to carry his gun openly, which is legal in Idaho and does not require any special permit. For both him and
“What this really comes down to is [that] your safety is your primary concern, and the safety of your family,” said Carter, who was carrying a Glock .45. And this is what caused the two men so much trouble, dinner-wise, on this night. The original Open Carry Dinner, organized by Ludlow and Carter, was to be at the Meridian Fuddruckers, and press releases went out to that effect. This widespread announcement to the local media, from the hindsight that the corner booth at Shari’s later provided, may not have been the best strategy. Less than 24 hours after the press release, Idaho Statesman entertainment reporter Michael Deeds posted the info on his blog, complete with references to Gunsmoke, bullet-proof jackets, and (a bit inexplicably) nunchucks. The calls to Fuddruckers began. By Saturday afternoon, the calls expressing concern about such a dinner forced Ludlow to reschedule at Idaho Pizza Company. But after four Open Carriers showed up for pizza with guns on their belts, they were politely told by the manager to please disarm or leave.
“This is supposed to be a family atmosphere,” said an IPC employee, who asked to remain anonymous. “We got no problem with them coming in. We just don’t want them carrying guns. I mean, we don’t live in the Wild West, man.” After huddling in the parking lot outside of IPC, Carter and Ludlow agreed to go to Shari’s, where they’d never had a problem while open carrying. Two others decided to call it a night. At Shari’s, they walked in, women and children in tow, and sat down. Not one of the diners seemed to look twice at their weapons. Shari’s, after all, is something of a cop hangout. Regulars are used to seeing troopers with their gun belts, state detectives in loose suits and holsters. After three tries, the Open Carry Dinner was on. But the group’s numbers, originally in the handful range, had dwindled. Only Ludlow and Carter were open carrying. If their goal is to re-normalize guns in America, the night’s double rejection spoke to the size of the task. “That irrational simple-mindedness is what hurts us the most,” Carter said after sliding into the booth. “In his article, [Deeds] implied it was going to be the Wild, Wild West. And by implying that, you’re implying shootouts on a Saturday night. So by his tone, he was implying we were going to go in and shoot up the place, which, as you can attest, we have not done.” It was true. Meals continued uninterrupted. Sodas arrived; tables were cleared. The waiter hardly seemed to notice the guns. That’s not always the case. Carter describes at least two times when he’s been stopped by local police because someone saw him carrying his gun and called the cops. Once he was surrounded by four ofﬁcers while walking in Caldwell, not bothering anyone, “just a guy with a gun,” he said. “My neighborhood isn’t terrible,” said Carter, “but it isn’t the greatest, so I felt like carrying. And that’s all I need to say: I felt like carrying.” In the last ﬁve months, Ludlow has drawn his weapon ﬁve times (while working in Arizona, not Idaho), once to defend himself against a motel-room invasion, another time to protect a woman being chased by a man with a tire iron. To Ludlow, guns are tools. “Some of the people on the other side see [a gun] as an instrument of death,” he said. “I don’t see it like that.” There is, as their dinner attests, work to be done. “As tonight proved, we’re not as far ahead as people would like to think we are,” said Carter. “I can’t walk into any restaurant I want to. I can’t go everywhere I want.” A longer version of this story is at boiseweekly.com. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
BILL KNIGHT Coral corraller NATHANIEL HOFFMAN
What’s the “stuff” in your store’s name? Bill Knight: Just all the dry-good-type stuff like the food, all the, you know, bulbs, all the other stuff that goes along with ... ﬁsh tanks. Do you specialize in saltwater ﬁsh, or do you have freshwater ﬁsh, too? No, we do both fresh and salt. But we do just ﬁsh. We don’t do any other pets like turtles and reptiles and that kinda stuff. Why is that? I tried turtles for a while—well, when I had the store in Mountain Home, we did a lot of that other kinda stuff, and it was just more than I really wanted to deal with. What’s the draw of ﬁsh? Just the tranquility of dealing with a ﬁsh tank, I guess. Actually, my wife had a small tank when I ﬁrst met her. And, I mean ... I’d messed with ﬁsh a little bit, but I hadn’t dealt with ’em much until I met her. And then, I don’t know ... I just got really interested in it. What’s the rarest ﬁsh you’ve ever had? They’re called the Crosshatch Trigger,
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they come out of Hawaii. The other thing I got in that same shipment that time, they call them Hawaiian Flame Wrasses. Both of those ﬁsh were quite rare as far as the hobby is concerned. Are they expensive then? Yes. Flame Wrasses ... to do a pair, you’re lookin’ at about $450. Some of those Crosshatch Triggers, you’re probably lookin’ at $800 or $900 ... for a pair of those. Do you guys have tanks at your home? Just one. I used to have multiple tanks. The most I ever had, we had ﬁve at one time. We had a 120 [gallon], a 125, a 29, a 30, and a couple of 10s. Tell me about some of your customers. Are there a lot of ﬁsh enthusiasts in Boise? Yeah, there is, quite a few. Saltwater side, maybe not as much as there is on the freshwater side. Saltwater people are probably a little more dedicated. We moved out here where we get a lot more drive-by trafﬁc, and I get a lot of freshwater people that have lived in Boise and never knew I even existed. I mean, they know of the PetCos and the PetSmarts and the places like that, so that’s usually where they go ... they don’t seek a store like me out. Now ... saltwater people, PetCo does a little bit of saltwater, and, uh, the one Zamzows out on Overland does a little bit of saltwater, but, beyond that, there’s not really a whole lot. And so it’s more of a specialty type of thing, and saltwater customers typically will hunt out a store. What do you need to know to keep a saltwater tank? When you’re dealin’ with a saltwater ﬁsh tank, it’s not all that much different than
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Fish, Aquariums and Stuff may be the closest Boise has to an aquarium. The store’s display tanks hold hundreds of brightly colored tropical ﬁsh, waving marine plants and oddly pockmarked rocks. It’s no wonder that Bill Knight, owner of the ﬁsh store that recently moved to 6112 Fairview Ave., is so relaxed— watching the ﬁsh is nearly hypnotic. Knight specializes in saltwater ﬁsh tanks, including growing live corals and raising saltwater ﬁsh, which he says is an increasingly environmentally sustainable hobby. We spoke with Knight recently about corals, the industry and his coolest ﬁsh.
dealin’ with a freshwater tank. A little bit more expensive to get it started but the basic principles aren’t that much different. When you start dealin’ with the live coral and stuff, you really gotta watch your water chemistry, your calcium, and your alkaline a lot more closely because the corals depend on those a lot more than the ﬁsh do. So what are your suppliers like? Especially on the saltwater side, most of ’em are large ﬁsh suppliers. And ... most of them are in the L.A. area, not too far out of LAX there. They’re bringing ﬁsh and corals and stuff from all over the world. Can you show me your coolest ﬁsh? Freshwater-wise, we’ve got a bunch of discus [ﬁsh]. They come out of the Amazon region. They come in a wide variety of colors. They run about 60 bucks apiece. They’re a little more on the harder side to keep. What makes them hard to keep? You gotta be a little more vigilant with your water chemistry, and you really gotta control it. And they don’t deal with letting the tank get really dirty much and things like that. And they’re a lot more sensitive that way. We’ve got a lion ﬁsh, another pretty cool ﬁsh. Their ﬁns, well they call ’em poisonous. They’re not really poisonous, well, to a person. I been stung by ’em, and it was like a bad bee sting.
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NEWS/TRUE CRIME BAD CHECKS LAND INTERNET RADIO HOST BEHIND BARS Boing. Ba-boing. Boing. Clang. This aural interlude of bouncing checks and slamming cell doors was brought to you by Daytona & Friends Worldwide Radio Network. Your host is Danna “Daytona” Dayton, now known as Idaho Department of Corrections Inmate No. 92256. Dayton’s career took a wrong turn back in 2007, when she was accused of writing checks to a Boise payroll company totaling more than $68,000. Problem was, she had a Danna Dayton measly $467 in her account. During the January trial, witnesses testiﬁed that Dayton knew she didn’t have the cash to cover the checks when she wrote them. What’s more, she allegedly handed out bad paper totaling an additional $20,000 to other area businesses during the same period. A jury of her peers found Dayton guilty of four felony counts of insufﬁcient funds fraud. In March, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison. However, the court cut Dayton some slack, retaining jurisdiction for six months. If she behaved herself, Dayton could have been released on probation. Being behind bars would seriously crimp her ability to make restitution.
Problem was, Dayton had moved from the Boise area to Draper, Utah, after posting a $15,000 bond prior to the trial. She used a local moving company and paid them with— you guessed it—a bad check. To the tune of $6,300. Not the best argument for early release. So, on Sept. 14, the judge sent Dayton to the hoosegow. Sentences to run consecutively. Which would keep her locked up until 2021. But before she settled into her new home, Dayton was treated to a little side trip, courtesy of Boise Police. She was booked on a ﬁfth felony fraud charge as the moving company’s bill ﬁnally came due. Her arraignment was set to be held Monday, Oct. 5. We predict this wrong turn on her career path won’t keep Dayton down forever. That’s because, during the next decade or so, she’ll undoubtedly have occasion to whisper to herself the inspirational quote that appears at the top of her personal Web site: “It’s never too late to dream a beginning ... and never too late to begin a dream.”
NEAR-MISS WITH PEDESTRIANS RESULTS IN DUI ARREST Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. It’s the law of the land when you’re behind the wheel. A 25-year-old Boise woman allegedly failed to do so at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 2. A trip to the Ada County Jail and a blow into a Breathalyzer followed. As did a .17 test result. The legal limit in Idaho, remember, is .08. Turns out our heroine had two prior drivingunder-the-inﬂuence convictions. This third strike raised her latest charge to a felony.
—Jay Vail More True Crime at boiseweekly.com.
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CENSORED! The top 10 stories not brought to you by mainstream news media in the last year Rebecca Bowe
very year since 1976, Project Censored has spotlighted the 25 most signiﬁcant news stories that were largely ignored or misrepresented by the mainstream press. The term “censored” doesn’t mean that some government agent stood over newsrooms with a rubber stamp and forbade the publication of the news, or even that the information was completely out of the public eye. The stories Project Censored highlights may have run in one or two news outlets but didn’t get the type of attention they deserved. The project staff begins by sifting through hundreds of stories nominated by individuals at Sonoma State, where the project is based, as well as 30 afﬁliate universities all over the country. Articles are veriﬁed, fact-checked and selected by a team of students, faculty and evaluators from the wider community, then sent to a panel of national judges to be ranked. The end product is a book, co-edited this year by Peter Phillips and Associate Director Mickey Huff, which summarizes the top stories, provides in-depth media analysis and includes resources for readers who are hungry for more substantive reporting. Project Censored doesn’t just expose gaping holes in the news brought to you by the likes of Fox, CNN or USA Today—it also shines a light on less prominent, but more incisive alternative-media sources serving up in-depth investigations and watchdog reports. The Project Censored book this year uses the term “truth emergency.” “We call it an emergency because it’s a democratic emergency,” Huff asserted. In this media climate, he said, “We’re awash in a sea of information. But we have a paucity of understanding about what the truth is.” Here’s this year’s list:
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1. CONGRESS SELLS OUT TO WALL STREET The total tab for the Wall Street bailout, including money spent and promised by the United States government, works out to an estimated $42,000 for ever y man, woman and child, according to American Casino, a documentar y about sub-prime lending and the ﬁnancial meltdown. But another twist in the stor y has received scant attention from the mainstream news media: the unsettling combination of lax oversight from national politicians with high-dollar campaign contributions from ﬁnancial players. “The worldwide economic meltdown and the bailout that followed were together a kind of revolution, a coup d’etat,” Matt Taibbi wrote in “The Big
Takeover,” a March 2009 Rolling Stone article. “They cemented and formalized a political trend that has been snowballing for decades: the gradual takeover of the government by a small class of connected insiders, who used money to control elections, buy inﬂuence and systematically weaken ﬁnancial regulations.” In the 10-year period beginning in 1998, the ﬁnancial sector spent $1.7 billion on campaign contributions and another $3.4 billion on lobbyists. Since 2001, eight of the most troubled ﬁrms have donated $64.2 million to congressional candidates, presidential candidates and the Republican and Democratic parties. Wall Street’s political contributions coincided with a weakening of federal banking regulations, which in turn created a recipe for the ﬁnancial disaster that sent
the global economy reeling. Sources: “Lax Oversight? Maybe $64 Million to DC Pols Explains It,” Greg Gordon, Truthout.org and McClatchey Newspapers, Oct. 2, 2008; “Congressmen Hear from TARP Recipients Who Funded Their Campaigns,” Lindsay Renick Mayer, Capitol Eye, Feb. 10, 2009; “The Big Takeover,” Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, March 2009.
2. DE FACTO SEGREGATION IN EDUCATION Latinos and African Americans attend more segregated public schools today than they have for four decades, Professor Gary Orﬁeld notes in “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge,” a study conducted by the Civil Rights Project of the University of California Los Angeles.
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About 44 percent of students in the nation’s public school system are people of color, and this group will soon make up the majority of the population in the United States. Yet this racial diversity often isn’t reﬂected from school to school. Instead, two out of every ﬁve African American and Latino youth attend schools that Orﬁeld characterizes as “intensely segregated,” comprised of 90 to 100 percent people of color. For Latinos, the trend reﬂects growing residential segregation. For African Americans, the study attributes a signiﬁcant par t of the reversal to ending desegregation plans in public schools. Schools segregated by race and pover ty tend to have much higher dropout rates, teacher turnover and greater exposure to crime and gangs. The most severe segregation is in western states, including California. Source: “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge,” Gary Orﬁeld, The Civil Rights Project, UCLA, Jan. 2009.
3. SOMALI PIRATES: THE UNTOLD STORY Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa were gold for mainstream news outlets. Even as the pirates’ exploits around the Gulf of Aden captured the world’s attention, little ink was devoted to factors that made the Somalis desperate enough to resort to piracy in the ﬁrst place: the dumping of nuclear waste and rampant over-ﬁshing in their coastal waters. In the early 1990s, when the Somali government collapsed, foreign interests swooped into unguarded coastal waters to trawl for food—and ventured into unprotected Somali territories to cheaply dispose of nuclear waste. Those activities continued with impunity for years. The ramiﬁcations of toxic dumping hit full force with the 2005 tsunami, when leaking barrels were washed ashore, sickening hundreds and causing birth defects. The uncontrolled ﬁshing harvests, meanwhile, damaged the economic livelihoods of Somali ﬁshermen and eroded the country’s supply of a primary food source. That’s when the piracy started. Sources: “Toxic waste behind Somali piracy,” Najad Abdullahi, Al Jazeera English, Oct. 11, 2008; “You are being lied to about pirates,” Johann Hari, The Hufﬁngton Post, Jan. 4, 2009; “The Two Piracies in Somalia: Why the World Ignores the Other,” Mohamed Abshir Waldo, WardheerNews, Jan. 8, 2009.
4. NORTH CAROLINA’S NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE The Shearon Harris nuclear plant in North Carolina’s Wake County isn’t just a powergenerating station. The Progress Energy plant bears the distinction of housing the largest radioactive-waste storage pools in the country. Spent fuel rods from two other nuclear plants are stored beneath circulating cold water to prevent the radioactive waste from heating. The hidden danger, according to investigative reporter Jeffery St. Clair, is the looming threat of a pool ﬁre. Citing a study by Brookhaven National Laboratory, St. Clair highlighted in Counterpunch the catastrophe that could ensue if a pool were to ignite. A possible 140,000 people could wind up with cancer. Contamination could stretch for thousands of square miles. And damages could reach an estimated $500 billion. Shearon Harris’ track record is pocked with problems requiring temporary shutdowns of the plant and malfunctions of the facility’s emergency-warning system. When a study was sent to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission highlighting the safety risks and recommending technological ﬁxes
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to address the problem, St. Clair noted, a pronuclear commissioner successfully persuaded the agency to dismiss the concerns. Source: “Pools of Fire,” Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, Aug. 9, 2008.
5. UNITED STATES FAILS TO PROTECT AGAINST DAILY TOXINS Two years ago, the European Union enacted a new environmental policy requiring close scrutiny and restriction of toxic chemicals used in everyday products that can threaten health. The European legislation aimed to gradually phase out these toxic materials and replace them with safer alternatives. The story that’s gone unreported by mainstream American news media is how this game-changing legislation might impact the United States, where chemical corporations lobby to ensure comparatively lax oversight of toxic substances. The implications of loose restrictions on toxic products are chilling: Just one-third of the 267 chemicals on the EU’s watch list have ever been tested by the EPA, and only two are regulated under federal law. Meanwhile, researchers at University of California Berkeley estimate that 42 billion pounds of chemicals enter American commerce daily, and only a fraction of them have ever undergone risk assessments. Sources: “European Chemical Clampdown Reaches Across Atlantic,” David Biello, Scientiﬁc American, Sept. 30, 2008; “How Europe’s New Chemical Rules Affect US,” Environmental Defense Fund, Sept. 30, 2008; “US Lags Behind Europe in Regulating Toxicity of Everyday Products,” Mark Schapiro, Democracy Now! Feb. 24, 2009.
6. AS ECONOMY SHRINKS, D.C. LOBBYING GROWS In 2008, as the economy tumbled and unemployment soared, Washington lobbyists working for special interests were paid $3.2 billion—more than any other year on record. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, special interests spent a collective $32,523 per legislator, per day, for every day Congress was in session. One event that triggered the lobbying boom, according to CRP director Sheila Krumholz, was the federal bailout. With the U.S. government shelling out billions in stimulus money, industries wanted to ensure they’d get a piece of the pie. Ironically, some of the ﬁrst in line were the same players who helped precipitate the nation’s sharp economic downturn. The list of highest-ranking spenders on lobbying reads like a roster of some of the most powerful interests nationwide. Topping the list was the health sector, which spent $478.5 million lobbying Congress last year. A very close runner-up was the ﬁnance, insurance and realestate sector, spending $453.5 million. Source: “Washington Lobbying Grew to $3.2 Billion Last Year, Despite Economy,” Center for Responsive Politics, opensecrets.org.
7. OBAMA’S CONTROVERSIAL DEFENSE APPOINTEES President Barack Obama’s appointments to the U.S. Department of Defense have raised serious questions among critics. Obama’s decision to retain Robert Gates, secretary of defense under George W. Bush, marks the ﬁrst time in history that a president has opted to keep a defense secretary of an outgoing opposing party in power. Gates, a former CIA director, has faced criticism for allegedly spinning intelligence reports for political means. In Failure of Intelligence: WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
The Decline and Fall of the CIA, author and former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman described him as “the chief action ofﬁcer for the Reagan administration’s drive to tailor intelligence reporting to White House political desires.” Critics are also uneasy about the appointment of Deputy Defense Secretar y William Lynn, who formerly ser ved as a senior vice president at defense giant Raytheon and was a registered lobbyist for the company until July 2008. Lynn, who previously ser ved as Pentagon comptroller under the Clinton administration, came under ﬁre during his conﬁrmation hearing due to “questionable accounting practices.” The Defense Department ﬂunked multiple audits under Lynn’s leadership because it was unable to properly account for $3.4 trillion in ﬁnancial transactions made over the course of several years. Sources: “The Danger of Keeping Robert Gates,” Robert Parry, consortiumnews.com, Nov. 13, 2008; “Obama’s Defense Department Appointees—The 3.4 Trillion Dollar Question,” Andrew Hughes, Global Research, Feb. 13, 2009; “Obama Nominee Admiral Dennis Blair Aided perpetrators of 1999 church Killings in East Timor,” Allan Nairn, Democracy Now! Jan. 7, 2009; “Ties to Chevron, Boeing Raise Concern on Possible NSA Pick,” Roxana Tiron, The Hill, Nov. 24, 2008.
8. BIG BUSINESS CHEATS THE IRS The Cayman Islands and Bermuda are magnets for ﬁnancial giants such as Bank of America, Citigroup, American International Group and 11 other beneﬁciaries of the federal government’s bailout. The offshore oases provide safe harbors to stash cash out of the reach of Uncle Sam. According to a 2008 report by the Government Accountability Ofﬁce, 83 of the top publicly held U.S. companies, including some receiving substantial portions of federal bailout dollars, have operations in tax havens allowing them to avoid paying taxes. In December 2008, banking giant Goldman Sachs reported its ﬁrst-ever quarterly loss, then followed up with a statement that its tax rate would drop from 34.1 percent to 1 percent, citing “changes in geographic earnings mix” as the reason. The difference: instead of paying $6 billion in total worldwide taxes as it did in 2007, Goldman Sachs would pay a total of $14 million in 2008. In the same year, it received $10 billion and debt guarantees from the U.S. government. Sources: “Goldman Sachs’s Tax Rate Drops to 1% or $14 Million,” Christine Harper, Bloomberg, Dec. 16, 2008; “Gimme Shelter: Tax Evasion and the Obama Administration,” Thomas B. Edsall, The Hufﬁngton Post, Feb. 23, 2009.
which prohibits deliberate, indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks that result in civilian casualties. The United States was a primary source of funding and weaponry for Israel’s military campaign. Sources: “White Phosphorus Use Evidence of War Crimes,” Report: “Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza,” Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch, March 25, 2009; “Suspend Militar y Aid to Israel, Amnesty Urges Obama after Detailing U.S. Weapons Used in Gaza,” Ror y McCarthy, Guardian/UK, Feb. 23, 2009; “US Weaponr y Facilitates Killings in Gaza,” Thalif Deen, Inter Press Ser vice, Jan. 8, 2009; “U.S. militar y re-supplying Israel with ammunition through Greece,” Saed Bannoura, International Middle East Media Center News, Jan. 8, 2009.
10. ECUADOR SAYS IT WON’T PAY ILLEGITIMATE DEBT When President Rafael Correa announced Ecuador would default on its foreign debt last December, he didn’t say it was because the country was unable to pay. Rather, he framed it as a moral stand. The news was mainly reported in ﬁnancial publications, and the stories quoted harsh critics who characterized Correa as an extreme leftist with ties to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But there’s much more to the story. The announcement came in the wake of an exhaustive audit of Ecuador’s debt. The unprecedented audit documented hundreds of allegations of irregularity and illegality in the decades of debt collection from international lenders. Although Ecuador had made payments exceeding the value of the principal since the time it initially took out loans in the 1970s, its foreign debt had swelled due to extraordinarily high interest rates. Correa’s move to stand up against foreign lenders did not go unnoticed by other debtridden nations, and it could set a precedent. Sources: “As Crisis Mounts, Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate and Illegal,” Daniel Denvir, Alternet, Nov. 26, 2008; “Invalid Loans to Ecuador: Who Owes Who,” Committee for the Integral Audit of Public Credit, YouTube, Fall 2008; “Ecuador’s Debt Default,” Neil Watkins and Sarah Anders, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 15, 2008.
OTHER STORIES IN THE TOP 25 11. Private Corporations Proﬁt from the Occupation of Palestine 12. Mysterious Death of Mike Connell—Karl Rove’s Election Thief 13. Katrina’s Hidden Race War 14. Congress Invested in Defense Contracts 15. World Bank’s Carbon Trade Fiasco
9. UNITED STATES AND WHITE PHOSPHOROUS STRIKES IN GAZA In mid-January, as part of a military campaign, the Israeli Defense Forces ﬁred several shells that hit the headquarters of a United Nations relief agency in Gaza City. The shells contained white phosphorous, a smoke-producing, spontaneously ﬂammable agent that is designed to obscure battle territor y but can also ignite buildings and burns if it touches the skin. The attack on the relief-agency headquarters is just one civilian structure researchers discovered had been hit during the air strikes. In the aftermath, Human Rights Watch volunteers found spent white phosphorous shells on streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards and at a U.N. school in Gaza. Human Rights Watch says that IDF’s use of white phosphorous violated international law, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
16. U.S. Repression of Haiti Continues 17. The ICC Facilitates U.S. Covert War in Sudan 18. Ecuador’s Constitutional Rights of Nature 19. Bank Bailout Recipients Spend to Defeat Labor 20. Secret Control of the Presidential Debates 21. Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare 22. Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team 23. Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud 24. Dollar Glut Finances U.S. Military Expansion 25. Fast Track Oil Exploitation in Western Amazon Read them all at projectcensored.org.
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Set down your double espresso macchiato and Brooks Brothers catalog. It’s time to slip into a mock turtleneck and head down to the Treasure Valley Dog Show at Expo Idaho. More than 1,300 dogs from across the country will compete, but at the end of the day, only one will be crowned Best in Show. The event will showcase a variety of competitions, from conformation and obedience to rally and agility. Every event has been created to highlight the bond between dog and owner. The competition is open to purebred dogs registered with the American Kennel Club, so leave your second class mutts at home. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $2-$5, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., 208-2875650, icckc.org.
Snowboarding season is close at hand, and the fresh products from snowboard makers are ripe for the pickin’. Get an early look at the new gear at the Basque Center, courtesy of the Board Room. Kicking off the pre-winter months with a snow-focused fest, the Board Room will host its 12th annual snowboard ﬁlm premiere. The folks at the Board Room have been patiently waiting for this year’s powder, and it’s just around the corner. The event starts with a look at 2010 snowboards and apparel. After taking a gander at the gear, be prepared for an adrenaline-charged double act of snowboard footage. Black Winter, by Standard Films, is being premiered alongside Elektro, by Alterna Films. These two productions showcase the skills of the sport’s most famous athletes, including Shaun White and Travis Rice. If you’re not yet itching to get on the hill, you will be after uttering your ﬁrst “whoa” as you watch a boarder dropping into a powderﬁlled crevasse. The movies begin at 7 p.m., but make sure to stop in early for a free rafﬂe and giveaways. 6 p.m., $5, The Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-9553, boardroomboise.com.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OCT. 9-10 stage FREAK SHOW With Halloween creeping around the low-lit street corner, it’s time to dig out those fangs, dust off that pointed hat
ART 21 PREMIERE Chas Guldemond grazes the treetops in Black Winter.
and make your reser vation for LipsInc!, Idaho’s ﬁrst professional female impersonation troupe. In an over-the-top, high-heeled and lipsticked celebration of all things freaky, the troupe will premiere their latest production, “Freak Show,” at the Balcony. The drag trio welcomes special guest Norma Lee Swallows (get it?), and also promises a three-headed lady and a number featuring disco sticks. Asked to describe what audiences can expect at the show, LipsInc-er Doug Flanders promised dancing, crazy costumes, production
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numbers and lots of twisted comedy. Doors 7:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m., $15, The Balcony, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226. For more information or reservations, call 208-3680405 or visit lipsinc.net.
SATURDAY OCT. 10 culture HERITAGE HOMES TOUR Boise is full of historic buildings, and our neighbor-
The PBS award-winning contemporary art series Art 21 is ﬁring up its ﬁfth season with four new episodes in October. To celebrate, the Ada Community Library will be hosting advance screenings of episodes two and three in partnership with Art 21. “There was an opportunity to do a ﬁlm premiere if you came up with a program idea that would complement the premiere,” explained Diane Rice, reference library program coordinator. To go along with the premiere of the “Fantasy” episode, the Ada Community Library will provide an array of art supplies for viewers to craft their own fantasy-inspired creations during the screening. “We did a James Castle program [for kids] and thought that maybe the adults would also like to do an art program,” said Rice. “I’ll show the ﬁlm premiere and while we’re doing that, we’ll be playing with some art materials.” “Fantasy” explores the work of established artists like kitschy, large-scale sculptor Jeff Koons and abstract painter Mary Heilmann. The episode also features work from video installation/new media artist Cao Fei, who explores virtual realms like Second Life, and Florian Maier-Aichen, who works in digitally altered photography. In addition, the Ada Community Library will also host the premiere of Art 21’s third episode, “Transformation,” which features artists Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman and Yinka Shonibare MBE. To be one of the ﬁrst in the Treasure Valley to catch these new episodes, head over to the Ada Community Library and be ready to explore your own perceptions of fantasy utilizing a treasure trove of construction paper, glitter and feathers. 2-3:30 p.m., FREE, Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, 208-362-0181, adalib. org. For more information on Art 21, visit pbs.org/art21.
hoods are also sprinkled with historic and cultural gems. The Heritage Homes Tour, a Preser vation Idaho program, works to showcase these homes in an effort to promote public awareness of Boise’s rich assemblage of buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes. According to Preser vation Idaho, “Historic places represent a snapshot in time, a reminder of the path we have taken and the base upon which our future is built. It is a terrible loss to our cultural heritage when they are taken away. The homes that are showcased in the Heritage Homes Tour are, in a sense, public places that each of us can enjoy and appreciate.” The seventh annual Heritage Homes will showcase homes on Warm Springs Avenue, Harrison Boulevard and in the Hays Street District.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $20 members, $25 for nonmembers, Assay Ofﬁce, 210 Main St. For more information about the Heritage Homes Tour, contact info@preservation idaho.org.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OCT. 9-10 stage WORLDFEST Though this year’s Worldfest is a trimmed-down affair due to budget cuts at the City of Boise, it promises to be no less worldly. As part of the Fall For Boise festivities, Worldfest is teaming up with the Capitol City Public Market to offer an afternoon of programming on Saturday,
Oct. 10, celebrating local diversity. From 10 a.m.1:30 p.m., you can watch per formances from Floreo, Boise State’s Intertribal Native Council, Hui-O-Aloha, the Intermountain Square and Round Dance Association, the Idaho Korean Association and the Boise Korean Dance Mission. These groups will take over the Grove Plaza stage to give Boiseans a taste of the wide array of international talent that exists in our fair city. Unfortunately, this year’s Worldfest won’t feature ethnic food vendors as in years past, but there are plenty of farmers market vendors more than willing to ﬁll your gullet with international delicacies like crepes, stroopwafel and French pastries. Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., FREE, Grove Plaza, Downtown, Boise. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Alt outlaw Jeremiah James busts out of the Old Pen.
SUNDAY OCT. 11 music SONGS AND STRIPES The Old Idaho Penitentiar y hasn’t housed prisoners since 1973, but on Sunday, Oct. 11, the outlaws will lead another uprising at the famed prison. The desperados of the Jeremiah James Gang will take the stage for a riotous live per formance. With a whiskey-drowned sound, the group is an assemblage of honky tonk Idaho cowboys that draws heavily from the past. Considered alternative outlaw countr y, the Jeremiah James Gang is a rough and tumble group that sings songs worthy of any barroom chorus. They’ll be playing alongside folk band Hillfolk Noir—a countr yblues group comprised of husband and wife duo Travis and Ali Ward and a rotating cast of characters—making music that is equally eerie and melodious. Both Hillfolk Noir and the Jeremiah James Gang are recording live albums at the Old Pen as a part of the popular Music from Stanley series. 3-7 p.m., $10, Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road. For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com.
These a cappella fellas can stand under our umbrella.
TUESDAY, OCT. 13 music WHAT’S A WHIFFENPOOF? Riddle: You are 100 years old, you are 14 in number, you are comprised of seniors, your name is often mispronounced and you’re embarking on yet another world tour—which will include a stop in Idaho for the ﬁrst time ever. What are you? Answer: The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the country’s oldest collegiate a cappella singing group. The Whiffs, as they refer to themselves, were formed in 1909 as a quartet in Mory’s Temple Bar, a legendary private Yale club. The Whiffenpoofs (who were originally a select group within Yale’s glee club) became a hallowed tradition at a school known for hallowed traditions. Only 14 men are invited to join each year and they must all be entering their senior year. They sing everything from the traditional Yale ﬁght song to jazz standards to Motown and often perform original pieces written for the group by one of its members. They take their repertoire across the country and across the world, and their touring schedule of more than 200 shows annually is so time-consuming that many of them take a year off to focus solely on the Whiffs. The Whiffs will be joined during their Boise performance by the Borah High School Singers. Read the full story online at boiseweekly.com. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., $13 general, $9 students, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net. Oct. 14-18 at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree.
snarling pumpkins and more stellar shows from Boise Contemporary Theater. The theater will open its doors with Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, a story of missed opportunities and second chances. Peter and Kari were inseparable, voted “Best Couple” their senior year of high school, but life intervened and the two went their separate ways. The Pavilion
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picks up where they left off, as the two meet once again at their 20th high school reunion. As they interact with a bevy of characters, all played by an ever-changing narrator, they realize their past still plays an important role in their future. The play showcases the ramiﬁcations of choice and how things, and people, change over time. Nomi-
Last week, while I absentmindedly listened to the Ada Community Library’s recorded phone spiel: “For the circulations department, press three; for the children’s youth services department, press four; for the administration department, press ﬁve; for the reference/adult services department, press six; to hear a short story, press seven,” my interest was suddenly piqued. Sandwiched in the phone universe between the bureaucratic-sounding reference/adult services department and the library staff phone directory, the Ada Community Library offers callers the whimsical option to have a short story read to them. I punched seven, ADA COMMUNITY LIBRARY and waited patiently, trying DIAL A STORY to guess what awkward, 10664 W. Victory Rd. whiskey-soaked Raymond 208-362-0181 Carver or T.C. Boyle short adalib.org story might soon come pouring through the receiver. Instead, a voice announced she’d be reading from the kids’ book “Cha Cha Chimps” by Julia Durango. With a careful, sing-song cadence, she read, “Deep in the forest in the dim moonlight, 10 little chimps sneak out for the night. Wearing shiny shoes and their boogie-woogie pants they go to Mambo Jambo’s where they dance, dance, dance.” The story painted the picture of a jungle nightclub ﬁlled with belly-dancing cobras, hokey pokey-ing hippos, Macarena-ing meerkats, tangoing giraffes and a lion that “struts around like a royal king of cool, but ﬁve minutes later he’s a jitterbugging fool.” Updated every week, Dial a Story also offers prizes to kids who recite the week’s password at the library’s Youth Services Desk. Want to hear a story? Slip into a pair of boogie-woogie pants and dial 208-362-0181. —Tara Morgan
nated for many prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, The Pavilion is sure to be a fantastic start to BCT’s fall season. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 14-Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., $21$32, $12 previews, students and ages 25 and younger, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-4423232, bctheater.org.
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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL— Four women bond over hot ﬂashes, night sweats and chocolate binges while sifting through discounted lingerie at a department store. The so-called Silent Passage has the women bursting into song with 25 classic ditties. 8 p.m., $42. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www. nampaciviccenter.com.
TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOW—See Picks on Page 14. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $2 per person, $5 families, www.icckc. org. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650.
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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL— See Wednesday. 8 p.m., $42. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com.
HOW TO PARENT IN CYBERSPACE—The Internet is a powerful resource, but it can also be a gateway into inappropriate subjects for children. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. Jefferson Street Counseling, 1517 W. Jefferson St., 208-385-0888, www.jeffersonstreetcounseling.com.
FRIDAY OCT. 9 Festivals & Events 13TH ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP—See Play on Page 30 for more. FREE, Sun Valley, www.trailingofthesheep. org.
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BURIED TREASURE—Idaho Botanical Garden’s course in the art of gardening. Learn about the features of different bulbs and tubers. Discover professional design strategies. Pre-registration is required; meet in the IBG administration ofﬁce. 6:30 p.m. Member: $10, non-member: $15. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www. idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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Art VENTURE COY—Artist’s reception and discussion of the work of Venture Coy. Best known for his large oil paintings of the rivers, valleys and mountains of Idaho, rich colors and textures deﬁne Coy’s latest works on canvas. Wine tasting will be provided at the event by BRJ Imports & Tastevin. For info, contact 208938-1342. 4:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Gino’s Italian Ristorante, 3015 McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710.
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. For info, e-mail hshaklee@ uidaho.edu. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE, www.sageecosci.com/Writers. html. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229.
Talks & Lectures CITY CLUB OF BOISE—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, 208-371-2221, www.cityclubofboise.org. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. IDAHO PEACE COALITION— Robert Greendwald’s new documentary, Rethink Afghanistan, is a full-length ﬁlm questioning the U.S. occupation of the country. Discussion to follow. Free child care. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, www.boisepubliclibrary.com.
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Loretta Bennett’s Blocks and Strips, is a featured quilt in of one of Boise Art Museum’s latest show.
GEE’S BEND QUILTS AT BAM Gee’s Bend, Ala., is a small African-American community near the Alabama River. Since the middle of the 20th century, the women of Gee’s Bend have been creating quilts with a “distinctive, bold and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American (and African-American) quilts, but with a geometric simplicity reminiscent of Amish quilts and modern art.” The pieces used for quilting are in a range of fabrics from cotton to corduroy to yarn and even old polyester leisure suits and in colors seldom used in modern textiles. The quilts caught the attention of the Houston Museum of Art and in 2002, 70 of the quilts were exhibited there. When the exhibit visited the Whitney Museum in New York, The New York Times’ Mike Kimmelman called the Gee’s Bend quilts “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.” An exhibit of the quilts at Boise Art Museum will feature 25 of the American treasures created between 1940 and 2006, and will be accompanied by 20 contemporary prints made by Gee’s Bend artists who were inspired by the quilts. —Amy Atkins Exhibit opens Saturday, Oct. 10. Visit boiseartmuseum. org for museum hours and admission prices. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT—Parents get a night out while kids ages 5-11 get to swim, play games, make crafts and more. 6-10 p.m. full-facility member $23; program member $35, 208-344-5502, Ext. 263. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, www.ymcaboise.org.
AN EVENING OF COMEDY WITH JOSH BLUE—As seen on Last Comic Standing. 9:30 p.m. $23.50 through Ticketweb, $25 day of show. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, www. knittingfactory.com.
PLATINUM BEAUTY LOUNGE GRAND OPENING—Featuring a fashion show with Modern Man and Pink, DJ Sheff and the Boise Giveaways, wine from Woodriver Cellars and screenings from local ﬁlmmakers Sidewayz Films. For info, visit www.platinumboise. com. 6 p.m.-midnight. Platinum Beauty Lounge, 1020 W. Main St., Ste. 108, Boise, 208-3445000.
LIPSINC HALLOWEEN SHOW—See Picks on Page 14. Smoke-free tonight. Call 208-368-0405 for reservations. 8:30 p.m. $15, www.lipsinc.net. The Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., second ﬂoor, Capitol Terrace, Boise, 208-336-1313.
TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOWS—See Picks on Page 14. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $2 per person, $5 families, www.icckc. org. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650.
On Stage DRESS REHEARSAL— Ballet Idaho presents its ﬁrst fundraiser, Dress Rehearsal, a fashion show with company dancers. Call 208-343-0556 for tickets. For more information, contact Siva Laughlin at 208-343-0556. 7-10 p.m. $35 adv.; $40 at the door. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www.thelinenbuilding.com.
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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL— See Wednesday. 8 p.m., $42. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com. THE SOUND OF MUSIC—Knock ’Em Dead takes on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical. 7 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org. TALES FROM THE DORKSIDE—Prairie Dog Playhouse puts its own spin on three Halloween classics. For reservations, call 208-336-7383, go to www. ticketweb.com or e-mail email@example.com. 7:15 p.m., $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www. pdplayhouse.com.
GRYPHON TRIO—The Torontobased piano trio opens the 2009/2010 season of the Boise Chamber Music Series. Program includes Haydn’s C Major Trio, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor and a new work by Chan Ka Nin. For more information, call 208-426-1216. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Campus Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208426-1000.
FICTION READING: DARRELL SPENCER—As part of the MFA Reading Series Boise State will host Darrell Spencer, author of four short story collections, and a novel who has been published in numerous literary journals. He currently is a professor of English at Ohio University. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-2468.
SATURDAY OCT. 10
12TH ANNUAL SNOWBOARD FILM PREMIERE—See Picks on Page 14. 6 p.m. $5 cover, 208-385-9553. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, www. basquecenter.com.
Workshops & Classes BEGINNER WALTZ LESSONS— Take advantage of a series of beginning waltz lessons for those who want to learn to move with style and grace. The location is 23057 Old Highway 30, Caldwell. For more information, call 208-830-9459 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 7:309:30 p.m., $4 per lesson; family rates available.
Festivals & Events 13TH ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP—See Play on Page 30. FREE, Sun Valley, www. trailingofthesheep.org. BIRD WALK—October’s Avimor bird walk will actually be a bird sit. Birding’s most sedentary event. 6 a.m., FREE. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. www. capitalcitypublicmarket.com. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287.
DRY CREEK HARVEST FESTIVAL OLD TIME FARM DAY—Visit one of the oldest farmsteads in the state and introduce the family to life in the 1900s. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. Hidden Springs Community Barn, 4768 West Farm Court, Hidden Springs. EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Through Sat., Oct. 31. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. HARVEST CELEBRATION—Sample wine, watch grape stomping, enjoy live music and the harvest. Noon-5 p.m. FREE. Indian Creek Winery, 1000 N. McDermott Road, Kuna, 208-922-4791, www.indiancreekwinery.com. HARVEST FESTIVAL—A day of games, hay rides, pumpkin painting and more. Admission is one item of canned food per person to beneﬁt the Idaho Foodbank. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. One item canned food. Far West Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000. HERITAGE HOME TOUR—See Picks on Page 14. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25, www.preservationidaho.org. SKATE-TOBER-FEST—Skatetober-fest skate competition celebrates the end of the season with DJs and breakdancing. For information contact email@example.com. 2-5 p.m. $2. Eagle Skate Park, Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle, www.cityofeagle.com.
SNAKE RIVER ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP DINNER—The retro membership dinner event includes presentations by current leadership and some founders, info about the campaign to stop Areva (a French-owned nuclear company that wants to set up shop in Idaho Falls), and how to become involved in advocating for clean energy resources and policies in Idaho. 6-10 p.m. starting at $3. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., 208-331-5097 or 208-342-9983, www.basquecenter.com. TREASURE VALLEY COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE ASSOCIATION—Family friendly country dances for everyone. For info, call 208-941-4853. 7 p.m., FREE. Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise, 208-3775788, www.idahoswingdance. org. TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOW—See Picks on Page 14. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $2 per person, $5 families, www.icckc. org. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650. WORLDFEST—See Picks on Page 14. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown, Boise.
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8 DAYS OUT On Stage
GEORGE LOPEZ—The comedian is on the road with his Tall, Dark and Chicano tour. 8 p.m. $49.50, $59.50, www.georgelopez.com. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609.
ART21 ADVANCE SCREENING—Art21 Access ’09 seeks to ignite interest in contemporary art, inspire creativity and foster cultural discussion. The event will screen an advance episode from the PBS Art:21 series’ ﬁfth season, and the audience will create their own art. 2-3:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, www.adalib.org.
LIPSINC HALLOWEEN SHOW—See Picks on Page 14. 8:30 p.m. $15, www.lipsinc.net. The Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., second ﬂoor, Capitol Terrace, Boise, 208-336-1313. MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL— See Wednesday. 2 & 8 p.m., $42. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, www.nampaciviccenter. com. THE SOUND OF MUSIC—See Friday. 6:30 p.m., $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208385-0021, www.kedproductions. org. TALES FROM THE DORKSIDE—See Friday. For reservations, call 208-336-7383, go to www. ticketweb.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 7:15 p.m., $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www. pdplayhouse.com.
Concerts ANDREW SORDS, DEL PARKINSON—Andrew Sords, violinist, is accompanied by Dr. Del Parkinson, piano. Sords has toured performing the Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky violin concerti to critical acclaim, and has quickly emerged as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Parkinson was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London. He was coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young UniversityIdaho, where he taught for eight years, and is now a professor of piano at Boise State. 8 p.m. $12 general; $8 Boise State faculty, staff and alumni; $5 students and seniors, 208-426-5800, ﬁnearts.boisestate.edu. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise.
SUNDAY OCT. 11 Festivals & Events 13TH ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP—See Play on Page 30. FREE, Sun Valley, www. trailingofthesheep.org. 3RD ANNUAL CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 5K RUN/WALK—The scenic 3.1-mile course follows the Greenbelt along the Boise River through Julia Davis and Ann Morrison parks. Registration is online at www.bluecirclesports. com. For more info, visit www. cityofboise.org/catch. 3 p.m. $22 for individuals, group rates available. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. DIVERSITY FAIR AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST—Boise’s Chef Bill Green is holding the Diversity Fair and Pancake Breakfast at Focaccia’s Restaurant to raise money for a human rights program on Idaho Public Television. Blaze and Kelly perform at noon. Focaccia’s will donate 10 percent of regular brunch proceeds as well. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE, $5 pancakes. Focaccia’s, 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208322-2838, www.focaccias.com.
TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOW—See Picks on Page 14. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $2 per person, $5 families, www.icckc.org. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650.
On Stage MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL— See Wednesday. 2 p.m. $42. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com. TALES FROM THE DORKSIDE—See Friday. For reservations, call 208-336-7383, go to www. ticketweb.com or e-mail email@example.com. 2 p.m., $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., 208-336-7383, www.pdplayhouse.com.
Concerts BOISE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA—Performing a repertoire that includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2; Scarlatti’s Sinfonia No. 4; Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 10; and Haydn’s Symphony No. 44 “Trauer.” 2 p.m. $18 general; $14 students and seniors, 208-385-9574, www.boisebaroque.com. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise. JEREMIAH JAMES GANG AND HILLFOLK NOIR—See Picks on Page 14. 3 p.m. $10, brownpapertickets.com. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080.
Workshops & Classes SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP—A two-day course on the fundamentals of story structure, character development, dialogue and scene construction. Learn inside tips from Lance Thompson. Space is limited. Sat., Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $85. Eagle Chamber of Commerce, 597 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-4222, www.eaglechamber.com. WAKE-UP TO YOUR LIFE— Dana Marsh will be teaching proven techniques to “wakingup” to your life. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. suggested donation $35-$50. Whispering Lotus Healing Center, 2912 Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208-863-9919, www.whisperinglotus.com. The Sockratic Method by Jacob Good and Daria Kanevski was the 1st place winner in the 7th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.
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BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES—“Historical Castle.” Boise State English professor Dr. Tom Trusky talks about the life and art of Idaho artist James Castle. Noon-1 p.m. FREE for Friends of the Historical Museum; nonmember fees are $3 youth (6-12), $4 seniors; $5 adults; children 6 and younger FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, www.idahohistory.net.
Festivals & Events CALEDONIA’S PROJECT RUNWAY, OUR WAY—Fashion designers show off their unique designs in Caledonia’s Project Runway, Our Way competition in which participants must create all clothing from Caledonia fabric. Judging will have happened before the fashion show takes stage tonight. 6-9 p.m. Calendonia Fine Fabrics, 605 Americana Blvd., 208-338-0895, caledoniafabrics.com.
TUESDAY OCT. 13
SKI/BOARD TUNING CLINIC— Get ready to hit the slopes by attending a one-hour class covering the basics of base repair, edge sharpening and polishing and waxing. 6 p.m. FREE. McU Sports, 2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-336-2300.
NEIL BERG’S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY—The stage comes alive with ﬁve Broadway stars from shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. The jubilant revue of Broadway’s most beloved songs includes selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 8 p.m. part of season package, www.neilberg. com. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND NATURE TALK—The Sierra Club and the Idaho Education Association are holding an ice cream social open to the public. Enjoy ice cream and watch a presentation by Amy Ferriter, Idaho’s invasive species coordinator. She will discuss the importance of stopping the spread of quagga and zebra mussels into Idaho. 7 p.m. FREE. Idaho Education Association, 620 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-344-1341, www. idahoea.org. WHITTENBERGER PLANETARIUM FALL SHOW—The Whittenberger Planetarium on the College of Idaho campus is recognizing the autumnal equinox and the 50th anniversar y of the ﬁrst moon landing this fall as part of the ongoing International Year of Astronomy series. Reser vations are required as space is limited. Call 208-4595211. 7:30 p.m. $2 for children 14-18, $4 adults. Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho, Boone Science Hall corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore, Caldwell.
THE RAT PACK IS BACK—The show re-creates the magic of the 1960s when a group of gentlemen known as The Rat Pack—Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin—hit the Las Vegas nightclub scene for a show full of singing and dancing backed by a live 12-piece orchestra. 7:30 p.m. $28-$48. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, www.mc. boisestate.edu.
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WEDNESDAY OCT. 14 On Stage THE PAVILION—See Picks on Page 14. 8 p.m. $12-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.bctheater.org.
Concerts SUN VALLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL—The 20th anniversary of the Sun Valley Jazz Festival runs through Sun., Oct. 18. For a complete list of music and ticket prices, visit www.sunvalleyjazz.com. $40-$50 day passes; $115 all events badge. Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, www. sunvalley.com.
Talks & Lectures VPS ALL AGES—The Vinyl Preservation Society is expanding to include the under-21 crowd. Check out the kick-off party with giveaways and information on the new chapter, which will meet Wed., Nov. 11. For more information, visit facebook. com/vpsidaho or myspace.com/ vpsidaho. 5-7 p.m. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, www. therecordexchange.com.
Kids & Teens FROGTOWN—The acclaimed children’s musical leaps into Boise to help teach kids the importance of diversity through music. 9:30, 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. $5 students, $7 adults, 208-426-1034, www. frogtowncentral.com. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.
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GOGOL BORDELLO, OCT. 12, KNITTING FACTORY Gypsy punkers Gogol Bordello are roaring back into town in support of their new release, Live from Axis Mundi. Equal parts hardcore punk and gypsy folk, Gogol Bordello burst, ﬁsts ﬂying, onto the scene with their debut album, 1999’s Voi-La Intruder, and has since gone on to storm everything from the ﬁlm to the fashion industries. Fronted by timbre-voiced, handlebar-mustachioed eccentric Eugene Hutz, the musicians hail from around the world—Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Ethiopia—and create can’tquite-put-your-ﬁnger-on-it music. Live from Axis Mundi features tunes and footage from sold-out performances in 2007 in New York City. Monday’s show will be the band’s second trip to Boise in recent years, and they’ll be joined by guests Apostle of Hustle. —Jeff Lake 7 p.m., $20, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., knittingfactory.com.
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NOISE AM Y GR EER
Contrary to the exclamations of their elders, not all kids are technology junkies. With the recent resurgence in popularity of vinyl, many young appreciators have amassed sizable collections of both new and old records. Now, these young lads and ladies have an opportunity, outside the conﬁnes of their poster-ﬁlled bedrooms, to parade their music snobbery before their peers. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5-7 p.m., the Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho will kick off VPS All Ages, a new club for vinyl collectors younger than 21. In partnership with the Record Exchange, which will host the meetings, VPS All Ages will provide a less-structured setting than the monthly booze-fueled VPS events at the Modern. The kick-off event will function as more of a preview, featuring mingling, mini DJ sets, prize giveaways and free coffee and soda. The ﬁrst opportunity for underagers to spin their own records will come on Wednesday, Nov. 11, when club members will sign up for 30-minute DJ sets.
LE FLEUR BLOOMS Boise band debuts
another kind of rock BY AMY ATKINS “Rock and roll with an independent attitude.” That’s the agreed upon response Ivy Meissner, Mike Runsvold and Chad Whittaker, members of local band Le Fleur, give when asked the question most musicians dread: What kind of music do you play? Their collective answer is apt, but they don’t really play rock in any traditional sense. It’s not Elvis Presley rock, it’s not AC/ DC rock, and it isn’t Death Cab for Cutie indie rock (although it might be a little ’60s Question Mark and the Mysterians rock). Cymbals and twitchy guitar plucks soon join Lead singer/bassist Meissner’s haunting the fray, all anchored by Meissner’s voice, vocals—made all the more so when she harwhich wails above the sound only to drop monizes with keyboardist Zach Jones—and below and then come back up again like an noisy, eerie melodies that create mesmerizing bridges over rivers of minor chords go a long exhausted swimmer struggling to stay aﬂoat. “Spur” and “Stone way toward making Cold Eagle” follow sure the band’s debut more traditional twofull-length release, Din Le Fleur and Finn Riggins will battle it out at a shared CD release party on Friday, Oct. to three-minute time Din, will be a difﬁcult 9, 8 p.m., $5. They’ll be joined by Boy Eats spans, but ﬁll those one for record stores Drum Machine, Jared Mees and the Grown minutes with equally to shelve. Children, A Seasonal Disguise and Vagerﬂy. big orchestrations. The sprawling VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE They released an ﬁve-and-a-half minute 3638 Osage St., Garden City, EP, Truce, early last “Ambergris” opens visualartscollective.com year, but it has been with a sad trumpet a long time between wail answered by an equally sad but seething guitar while a menac- forming in 2005 and releasing their debut ing bass drum beat echoes in the background. full-length. Runsvold sees that as more of a
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dedication to the band, not less. It’s a sign of the willingness the members of Le Fleur had to put in the time and energy to record. “You’ll see a lot of bands come and go and never record anything. I don’t think [that’s] so uncommon. I think it’s less common that something actually gets done.” It’s the “gets done” part that keeps so many bands from releasing even one album. Produced by ex-Universal guitarist Phil Merrell, Din Din took Le Fleur about six months to record. It was a long process that gave the members a chance to perfect songs, but it also kept them from creating new ones, something Meissner particularly missed. “I loved working on the songs,” she said. “But I just want to get back to writing and playing.”
TEAMING UP WITH FINN RIGGINS Boise rock trio knocks out sophomore release BY AMY ATKINS If you didn’t know Finn Riggins’ Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson before now, the band’s raucous sophomore release Vs. Wilderness (Tender Loving Empire) slated to hit shelves on Tuesday, Oct. 13, may make them impossible to ignore. The trio employs the keyboard, guitars and drums inherent in their brand of post-punk/indie/progressive rock. But throw in steel drums, odd time signatures, repetition and lyrics that stem from things like a movie about Salvador Dali and a simple genre designation has to be chucked out the window. Always a little outside the envelope, when Finn Riggins originally formed in 2006, the name of the band was Finn Riggins (). The punctuation was intentional. Gilbert told BW in a 2007 interview that the band’s name followed the same impetus behind the title of
their 2007 debut album, A Soldier, A Saint, An Ocean Explorer. It was all a play on a “concept of multiple characters,” but all the parentheses served to do was confuse people. Any confusion about Finn Riggins melted like a spring thaw when the trio moved their homebase from Hailey to Boise in January. “Even before we moved here, we always considered ourselves from the Boise music scene,” Gilbert said. “But it’s been so nice since moving here that we’re really a part of it. We were always playing shows here but we never got to go to any,” he said, laughing. They bounced right out of new living quarters, into a van and onto an epic touring schedule that had them seeing more miles of United States pavement than the federal highway commission. But an invitation to be on the Rotating Tongues II compilation CD for
which all the participating bands had to write and record two previously unrecorded songs, kickstarted not only a stronger connection with the other Boise musicians/bands on the CD, but also a momentum to start recording their own new album. The title Vs. Wilderness comes from the band having to explain Boise and Idaho to Finn Riggins fans in far away cities. It also encapsulates the wild ebullience that courses through the album as well. It may also symbolize their future successes, which will be marked by the fact that the band has a say in them. “We’re not 18-year-olds with stars in our eyes anymore,” Simpson said. “We realize that we have a say. You don’t have to sign your life away to some major label and a crappy contract to get what you want out of a career [in music]. It is possible.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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ANNA SALI—6 p.m., FREE, Bardenay-Eagle
BAND OF ANNUALS, NEO TUNDRA COWBOY, TWO GIRLS—8 p.m., $2, Flying M Coffeegarage
BEN BURDICK TRIO, AMY WEBER—8 p.m., FREE, The Gamekeeper Lounge
AP TOUR—7 p.m., The Academy Is, Mayday Parade, Set Your Goals, The Secret Handshake, You Me At Six. $16, Knitting Factory
OWL CITY, OCT. 12, THE VENUE Owl City is Adam Young, a clean-cut Baptist boy from the Midwest who combines saccharine synth-pop with Ben Gibbardesque soft, singable vocals. Tracks such as “The Bird and the Worm” off Owl City’s new Ocean Eyes inspires visions of the earliest romances when “glow in the dark stars on your ceiling” lulled pre-teens to sleep. When sleep eluded Young, as he writes it often does, he’d creep down to his basement and record songs. His single “Hello Seattle,” a psalm for the Puget Sound, earned him a call for a meeting with Universal Records in New York. Young’s newfound popularity caught the shy kid off-guard, “For me, the past weeks have been a shimmering, brilliant blur,” Young states on his MySpace blog. We learned that, as of press time, this show is sold out. Promoter Jaclyn Brandt conﬁrms this is the ﬁrst time a Venue show has sold out in advance. —Andrew Crisp Monday, Oct. 12, with Brooke Waggoner, The Scene Aesthetic. 6 p.m., $12, The Venue, 521 Broad St.
CATTLE DECAPITATION, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, CAST INTO FINALITY—6 p.m., $8, Centennial Amphitheater at Boise State
BRASSKELLAR—7 p.m., FREE, Tablerock
HIP-HOP MC MAC LETHAL WITH DJ SKU—9 p.m., $3, Reef
CLASSIC ROCK TOUR: SCARUB AND VERY WITH FOUNDATION—When Scarub and Very combine their talents under the name Afro Classics, they give the phrase “classic rock” a whole new meaning. They’re joined by Foundation for a funky night of hip-hop. 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux
JAMES COBERLY SMITH—6-9 p.m., FREE, Tablerock
JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—9:30 p.m., every Wednesday, FREE, Pengilly’s
DAVID MARR—7 p.m., FREE, The Cole/Marr Gallery
JUSTIN GAUSE—6-8 p.m,. FREE, Woodriver Cellars
DJ REVOLVE—11 p.m., $3, Neurolux
LEE PENN SKY—8 p.m., Lucky Dog
KEVIN KIRK—7-8 p.m., FREE, Chandlers Steakhouse
MOONDANCE—6 p.m., FREE, Smoky Mountain-Eagle
LUST, GREED, ENVY AND ABOVE THE DEAD—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station
FINN RIGGINS AND LE FLEUR COMBO CD RELEASE PARTY—With Boy Eats Drum Machine, Jared Mees and the Grown Children, A Seasonal Disguise and Vagerﬂy. 8 p.m., $5, VAC. See Page 20.
COSMIC FAMILY BAND—9 p.m., FREE, The Bouquet
FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s
DANIEL DAY TRIO—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux
HARBOR THE ENEMY, MOUSY BROWN, NUDE OIL—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid
DESPISED ICON, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, ABACABB, MOLOTOV SOLUTION—6 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door, The Venue
NATHAN J MOODY, THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—9 p.m., FREE, Grainey’s RAVAGE, L.G.E., FURY OF THE CYCLOPS, RIPSHAW—9 p.m., $3, Gusto Bar THE SOUL HONEY—8 p.m., FREE, Bad Irish
POCONO BILL—6 p.m., FREE, Donnie Mac’s REX MILLER DUO—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill SHAKY HANDS—Buy tix at RX or Ticketweb.com and don’t miss this show. 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux
HILLFOLK NOIR—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m., FREE, Orphan Annie’s JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel
JOHN JONES, JON HYNEMAN, MIKE SEIFRIT—8:15 p.m., FREE, Chandlers KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers THE LANGROISE TRIO—Guest artist: Jill Rowley, violin. 7:30 p.m., $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, Esther Simplot Center NATHAN J MOODY AND THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m., FREE, Liquid NAUGHTIES—9 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s PATRICIA FOLKNER—6:30 p.m., FREE, Seasons Bistro POKE—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ Hannah’s SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub SIR REALIST—Spinning danceable, non-Top 40 hits on vinyl. Midnight, FREE, Liquid. SPINDLE BOMB—9 p.m., FREE, Grainey’s Basement WAYNE WHITE—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine
SPINDLE BOMB—9 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s
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GUIDE SATURDAY OCT. 10 ACTUAL DEPICTION—9 p.m., $1, Liquid B4G, DEDICATED SERVERS, JEREMY SNOOK, ALL WE ARE, STEVIE P, THE LAST REASON—7 p.m., $8, The Venue BILL COFFEY, NED EVETT—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s
p.m., FREE, Langroise Recital Hall LOW-FI, BLACK SMITH—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux
MONDAY OCT. 12
TUESDAY OCT. 13
THE MURDERS—8 p.m., $2, Flying M Coffeegarage
BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m., FREE, Rodeway Inn
CAMDEN HUGHES DUO—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill
GOGOL BORDELLO, APOSTLE OF HUSTLE—Wallshaking, ground-quaking, heart-pounding gypsy punk. Yes, that is Gogol Bordello. 8 p.m., $20, Knitting Factory
GAYLE CHAPMAN, SANDY SANFORD—8 p.m., FREE, Chandlers Steakhouse
NAUGHTIES—9 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s PETER RIVERA—9 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, High Desert Harley-Davidson/Buell POCONO BILL—8 p.m., FREE, Groove Coffee
SUNDAY OCT. 11
REBECCA SCOTT— Winner in two Best of Boise categories: Best Musician, Best Singer. You’ve seen the rest, now see the best. 9 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s
AIMEE MANN, FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE—Both artists are so much more than their “Voices Carry” or “Stacy’s Mom” fame, and this promises to be an oustanding show. 8 p.m., $26 adv., $29 door, Egyptian Theatre
ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m., FREE, Orphan Annie’s
BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon, FREE, Grape Escape
JAMES BARRETT—7:30 p.m., FREE, Music of the Vine
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., Humpin’ Hannah’s
GREG PERKINS, RICK CONNOLLY—6 p.m., FREE, Chandlers Steakhouse
KEVIN KIRK WITH SALLY TIBBS—7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers Steakhouse
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m., $5, The Buffalo Club
JIM LEWIS—11 a.m., FREE, Focaccia’s
SIR REALIST—Midnight, FREE, Liquid
NOCTURNUM WITH DJ BONES—9 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station
BLUE MASK—9 p.m., FREE, The Plank BRASSKELLAR—7 p.m., FREE, Tablerock CRAVING DAWN—9 p.m., $3, Terrapin Station ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill
K.O.D. TOUR 2009—Featuring Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Slaughterhouse, Stevie Stone, Glasses Malone. Tech N9ne plays Boise so often, he’s starting to feel like one of us. Welcome to the family, Tech. 8 p.m., $22, Knitting Factory THE LANGROISE TRIO—Guest artist: Jill Rowley, violin. 7:30
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SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub SPINDLE BOMB—9 p.m., FREE, Grainey’s Basement THE UNIT BREED, THE UNIVERSAL, GOOD FRIDAY—8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective
POCONO BILL—6 p.m., FREE, Sun Ray Cafe SNOW PATROL, PLAIN WHITE T’S—“Hey there, Plain White T’s / We know your word is good.” 8 p.m., $28 adv., $30 door, Knitting Factory
JUSTIN NIELSEN BAND—6:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers
FUEGOGO!—9:30 p.m., FREE, Terrapin Station
THE GHOST INSIDE, PORTRAIT OF THE ASSASSIN, PANDEMIC, VERSAILLES, GERNIKA—6:30 p.m., $10, The Venue
WEDNESDAY OCT. 14 BLAZE AND KELLY—7 p.m., FREE, Piper Pub COSMIC FAMILY BAND—9 p.m., FREE, The Bouquet ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m., every Wednesday, FREE, Highlands Hollow
GIZZARD STONE—8 p.m., FREE, Liquid
KEVIN KIRK, JON HYNEMAN, PHIL GARONZIK—7:30 p.m., FREE, Chandlers
THE JACKS—8 p.m., FREE, Sockeye
MOONDANCE—6:30 p.m., FREE, Sa-Wad-Dee
OWL CITY, BROOKE WAGGONER, THE SCENE AESTHETIC— This show is sold out. 6:30 p.m., $12, The Venue. See Listen Here, Page 22.
JEREMIAH JAMES AND NED EVETT—7:30 p.m., FREE, Lock, Stock & Barrel
POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—9 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey’s
JOHNNY SHOES, JAMES COBERLY SMITH—8 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m., FREE, Humpin’ Hannah’s
PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m., Bukkit, The Sneezz Bill, The Backhanded Compliments, FREE, Liquid
THE PAY WHAT YOU WANT TOUR WITH LOTUS, BREAK SCIENCE FEATURING ADAM DEITCH—8 p.m., $1, Knitting Factory
LOUIS FORD AND THE NEW ORLEANS FLAIRS—7:30 p.m., $10-$18, Jewett Auditorium, Caldwell
REBECCA SCOTT AND ROB HILL OPEN MIC—8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly’s REX MILLER—6:30 p.m., FREE, Berryhill SAD HORSE, BUGS—8 p.m., $3, Neurolux
SCOTT TYLER—7 p.m., FREE, O’Michael’s
SHARE THE ROAD BENEFIT FOR KIRK HEATON—Hillfolk Noir, The Magnetics and more help raise money for Kirk Heaton, who was struck by a car while on his bike. 8 p.m., $5 donation, Neurolux THE TIX—9 p.m., FREE, The Buffalo Club
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OUT OF THE BOX Corrugated sculpture Venture Coy cuts through Venice.
BY CHRISTOPHER SCHNOOR VENTURE TO MERIDIAN While Venture Coy might sound like the name of a James Bond villain or a Wall Street tycoon, he’s actually a landscape painter known for his large-scale oil paintings of Idaho rivers, mountains and valleys. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Galerie Belle Ame will celebrate the opening of Coy’s new series of pallet knife Italian scenes in oil at Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Meridian. Though, sadly, there won’t be any shakennot-stirred vodka martinis, BRJ Imports and Tastevin will provide vino for visitors to sip on as Coy discusses his new body of work. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Gino’s Italian Restaurant, 3015 McMillan Road, Ste.108, Meridian, 208-887-7710. For more information, call 208-938-1342.
BREW MUSINGS From PBR’s public art ad campaign that covered a handful of Boise walls with beer-inspired murals to Grand Teton Brewing Company’s recent call to artists soliciting 2010 Cellar Reserve label designs, artists are hopping on the beer-marketing bandwagon. Though Grand Teton’s employees have been the creative geniuses behind previous cellar reserve label designs, the company decided to outsource design responsibilities to the artistic public this year. Members of the Teton Arts Council (membership is $25) are asked to submit work in any medium that reﬂects the theme “Life in the Tetons.” Winning artwork will be slapped on the labels of four different oneliter Cellar Reserve brews that Grand Teton will release throughout 2010. Artists’ bios will also be printed on cards slung around the necks of each of the 6,000 to 15,000 specialty bottles produced and distributed across the United States. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 23. For information, call 208-354-4278 or visit tetonartscouncil.com.
PANCAKES FOR A PURPOSE On Sunday, Oct. 11, Focaccia’s Chef Bill Green hosts a Diversity Fair and Pancake Breakfast in his parking lot. For a meager $5, you can have your ﬁll of ﬂuffy ﬂapjacks, as well as pride since proceeds go to fund a new Idaho Public Television production on human rights. Blaze and Kelly play from noon to 2 p.m. and you can peruse booths from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance of Boise, the Idaho Black History Museum and Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium. Focaccia’s will also donate 10-percent of that day’s brunch proceeds. Sunday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Focaccia’s parking lot, 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-322-2838, focaccias.com. —Tara Morgan
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California artist Ann Weber likes to play with contradictions. She makes ﬁne art sculpture out of a grafﬁti-grade medium, pitting notions of spontaneity and transitoriness against ideals of permanence and tradition. Although her formal priorities are abstract, her free-standing works are quite ﬁgurative, alternating between the totemic and the personable, and often referencing the malefemale dichotomy found in nature. Weber’s material is crude—cardboard cut from boxes or found in dumpsters—yet her creative ideas are inspired by reﬁned forms found in the natural world and art history. Her art is not exactly representational, and never literal, yet it conjures up a range of associations. Weber is an artist with high art intentions while remaining true to an ingrained craft persuasion. In its sculpture court and adjacent gallery Ann Weber, Wonderland, cardboard, staples, shellac, 2008. spaces, Boise Art Museum is hosting “Corrugated,” a selection of Weber’s creations from the last decade, and the latest in a string of intentional design quirks and intimations abstraction, pottery-making and basket weavexhibitions by artists who challenge the longof eminent collapse are metaphors for the ing, a bringing together of modern and postaccepted prejudices and parameters of ﬁne inherent instability of contemporary life. But modern aesthetics and ancient traditions. Her art through an emphasis on the crafts, often process, like the materials, is basic: Cardboard the demeanor of these characters, and their in conjunction with the use of nontraditional cut into long strips is woven to- cartoon-like titles, project more emphatically a materials and processes. She is sense of play and lightheartedness. gether into shapes and stapled, tuned into the current zeitgeist. “Corrugated” runs through There are works of symmetric grace here, then sealed with a shellac or Yet Weber’s sculpture has a Sunday, Nov. 8. too, such as the densely woven, handsomely polyurethane coating, with distinct character of its own. BOISE ART MUSEUM ﬁnished triad called Night Blooming. The overtaller pieces mounted on steel One reason is her considerable 670 E. Julia Davis Dr. size radish and garlic shapes nestle together on bases. Most of the sculpture at experience as a ceramic artist. 208-345-8330 the ﬂoor like gerbils. BAM retains the cardboard’s For 15 years prior to moving boiseartmuseum.org Out in BAM’s atrium is Weber’s 26-piece natural, monochromatic soft west and enrolling in the MFA brown, with several exceptions wall installation entitled Talking with Tuttle. It program at the California Colis a tribute to the respected sculptor Richin which Weber has introduced colored and lege of Arts, Weber made production pottery in New York. In California, she broadened her printed surfaces for a different, Pop Art touch. ard Tuttle who since the ’60s has created an unconventional yet poetic body of paintings, Three groups of free-standing sculpaesthetic interests, studying ceramic sculpture assemblages, sculptures and, most recently, ture occupy the sculpture court and are the under noted artist Viola Frey, taking her own wall reliefs, using a range of unusual, non-art centerpiece of the show. The gathering feels well-honed craft skills in a new direction. materials. The pieces in Weber’s installation are like a strange reception comprised of exotic, However, the labor-intensive process of workan odd mix of organic subjects and basket-like ing in clay, which is a particularly cumbersome larger-than-life chess pieces, abstract yet oddly artifacts or implements. Curious and indeﬁnite, medium for creating large-scale pieces, became ﬁgurative, including a pair of monumental these objects are familiar-looking but remain works—Almost 16 and 15 and 1/2—whose increasingly frustrating for Weber. intentionally vague, leaving the viewer to make bearing and presence stamp them as the king Upon seeing architect Frank Gehry’s the call, as Tuttle would appreciate. cardboard furniture in 1991, Weber found her and queen of this ensemble. In the DisneyFinally, Weber’s collaged drawings, which solution. It was an inspiration that enabled her esque scene, each group assumes a personality occupy the periphery of the show, deserve to explore a wider range of sculptural possibili- type: an aloof, royal couple; the eight socializing courtiers of Wonderland whose splashes of mention. Boldly graphic and dynamic they ties, including creating improbable, eccentric are constructed from cut-out shapes of paper color suggest military decorations and ﬁnery; designs. She also found the resourcefulness of and curved bands of black and low-key coland the ﬁve, roly-poly characters of Curiouser making beauty from a common and mundane ored charcoal. The larger examples entitled and Curiouser costumed in loud commercial material both intriguing and satisfying. And Connecting, Pairs and Arm in Arm, have a labeling as the lower rung of this social order. it has allowed her to inject a certain whimsy Weber has a knack for animating her larger hefty, rough-and-tumble energy to them that into her compositions. Still, Weber’s sculptural sculpture with off-balance, idiosyncratic forms is captivating, particularly up close. In the work has retained an emphasis on simple, smaller-sized series, striated and solid-color and combinations that seem to defy the laws rounded forms common to pottery, particularoval and elliptical forms nudge one another of physics. Sometimes her pieces have dancely the universal circular and cylindrical shapes like molecules or river rocks. More than studlike buoyancy with a suggestive, light-footed found in nature, which, however, somewhat ies, they are elegant abstract works in their disequilibrium, and minimal ground contact limits her formal repertoire. own right. like a ballerina en pointe. 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I DON’T WANT MY MTV The rise of the locally
produced music video JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA Every few generations, various art forms are reincarnated, re-imagined or rejuvenated through a new breed of innovative torchbearers who reject the tepid, worn-out trappings of the form and reexamine the beginnings of their craft in order to build it out in new, exciting directions. Welcome to the music video’s rebirth. When MTV announced the cancellation of its long-running music video countdown show TRL in late 2008, the news came as a relief to some. Finally, the network would drop the pretense that they cared about anything other than celeb news and glamreality shows. Not only has the audience for music videos changed, but now people expect instantaneous viewing. We won’t sit through three soft-lit, by-the-book, lip-sync band videos in order to see that one rare smart one. There are too many good music videos out there to waste time on clone-like mediocrity. “It’s the Internet,” says Boise ﬁlmmaker Tyler T. Williams. “People have become really impatient, they want stuff now, and they turn to the Web for that.” Williams, who has created “song ﬁlms”— as the old term goes—for local bands such as Low-Fi, The Very Most and The Awful Truth, became involved in video production through making skateboard ﬁlms, and his work retains the quick edits and upbeat pacing of these beginnings. But creating a visual companion to a song can be more satisfying. “Music is my second love besides ﬁlm,” he says. “It’s more expressive.” Treasure Valley-based music video creator, stop-motion animator Jason Sievers, sees the rise of independent music videos as a return to the form’s artistic beginnings. “You see a lot on TV where it’s set up as a band lip-syncing their song ... It’s all about selling how good-looking the singers are,” he says. “I think now with indie videos, it’s com-
Finn Riggins pounds the pom-poms in their video “Wake (Keep This Town Alive),” directed by Jason Sievers.
ing back around.” For Sievers, who creates ﬁlms in the time between work as a graphic designer and raising two daughters, it began as a lark. “I’ve always loved stop-motion animations,” he says. “And at some point, I had a light bulb moment where I realized that I didn’t need a lot of ﬁlm equipment to do this anymore, just a computer.” Using a cheap Web cam and a bare-bones editing program, he began approaching local bands in order to create ﬁlms for them. His videos, which utilize claymation, chalk drawings, magnets and animated stuffed animals, have been featured on the Independent Film Channel and Pitchfork Media’s Web site. Having created works for Built to Spill, The Wrens and The Universal, he will soon be premiering a video for the new Finn Riggins single “Wake (Keep This Town Alive).” “Early on, I’d hear a song and just contact the person and ask if I could do a video,” Sievers says. “Even for indie bands that are known, having someone want to make a video for free is pretty helpful.” This help-me-help-you attitude is creating an upswing of inventiveness. “With the viral [phenomenon], a lot of indie bands are hooking up with people in ﬁlms schools and creating really meaningful videos,” Sievers says. “I don’t know how well they’re being accepted commercially, but the indie labels are a bit more accepting of these
art ﬁlms rather than larger establishments.” Such was the case for local songstress Jody Schneider, who worked with ﬁlm student Jamie Bourque last year to make a video for her latest EP. She found that creating the visual work inspired her songwriting. “I’m an artist who has difﬁculty sticking to one medium, and I’m always up for experimenting with new ways of creating. And being able to combine two mediums is like a whole new piece of art in itself,” she says. For many independent artists, the Internet is the best method of promoting their work, and having visual material acts as a digital introduction to the band’s music and style. In Schneider’s case, moving to Idaho from Alberta means her removed fan base can’t attend her regular shows. Having music videos not only keeps her listeners updated on her work, but also gathers new followers. “With the expanding audience afforded by the Web, far-ﬂung audiences don’t have the beneﬁt of seeing live shows,” she says. “Sometimes the video is a surrogate way to communicate the personality of the band.” While the heyday of 24/7 video broadcasts may be gone, getting back to square one isn’t at all a bad thing. Sure, stale, overglossy music videos will continue to get made, but the growing interest in independent media and less pricey, more widespread forms of technology means these tiny, shoestring-ﬁnanced ﬁlms will also have their voices heard.
SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings ART21 ADVANCE SCREENING— Art21 Access ’09 is a screening initiative that seeks to ignite public interest in contemporary art, inspire creative thinking and foster cultural
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discussion. The event will screen an advance episode from PBS’ Art:21 series, with season ﬁve premiering on Idaho Public Television. The event will allow a free viewing of the ﬁlm, and then audience members will be able to create their own art. Learn about the inspiration, vision and techniques behind today’s creative
artists. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2-3:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, www.adalib. org. 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. Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary (2005), directed by Arturo Perez Torres (90 min.) shows at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Student Union Ahfong
Room presented by Arthur Scarritt (Sociology Department). On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Bread and Roses (2000) plays in the Student Union Farnsworth Room. FREE. For info visit latinamericaﬁlm.blogspot.com. MOTORGEEZERS—Local ﬁlmmaker Pete White’s look at senior motorcycle
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racers. Shot on location in Baja, Calif. Presented by Idaho Movie House. Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., $5. Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111. SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP—This two-day course will encompass the techniques of screenwriting. Learn the fundamentals of story structure, character development, dialogue and scene construction. Learn inside tips from Lance Thompson, founding president of Idaho Media Professionals. The workshop will offer lecture, discussion and writing exercises. Space is limited. Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $85. Eagle Chamber of Commerce, 597 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-4222, www. eaglechamber.com.
opening Heather and Brian Douglass are married and play in the same fantasy football league in 10 Yards: Fantasy Football.
10 YARDS: A FAIRLY FUN FILM FOR FANS OF FAKE FOOTBALL After watching their documentary 10 MPH two years ago, I developed a mild man-crush on ﬁlmmakers Josh Caldwell and Hunter Weeks. The pair set my imagination ablaze as they ditched corporate cubicles and trekked cross-country aboard a two-wheeled Segway. Last I’d heard, the duo was off constructing their sophomore effort—a second documentary—this time about fantasy football. It’s a topic with which I happen to be intimately familiar. So when I realized it had already come to DVD at the same time that my two fantasy football leagues— one with co-workers, one with friends—had just drafted, the disc immediately became a must-see. Fantasy football consists of assembling 12-or-so obsessed football fans who pretend to ﬁeld teams of NFL football stars that accumulate points based on performance from week to week. Most people play for bragging rights or money; the ﬁlmmakers’ league payout is Twinkies. Whatever anyone’s motivation to participate, this virtual sport becomes a huge timewaster, encouraging an unhealthy obsession with statistics. Personally, I love every second of it. Clearly so do an estimated 20 million Americans who play—among them Caldwell and Weeks, who cataloged their 2007 fantasy season. In 10 Yards: Fantasy Football, video diaries of three “team owners” recorded during the 16-week season are spliced with inter views of fantasy football pioneers and NFL players. Several subplots emerge as their league’s commissioner—a post held by the team owner administering the league—battles his annual urge to retire, and Caldwell’s father experiences health issues. The history of fantasy competition is fascinating and offers a twisted tale even sports un-thusiasts can enjoy. The problems I have with this ﬁlm, however, don’t stem from the topics included, but those left out. In 10 MPH, the boys beautifully wove together personal tales with footage of their Segway shenanigans. But this time, the back stories aren’t quite as smoothly integrated, and, sadly, there’s no “post-game analysis.” Viewers never get a ﬁnal update on Caldwell’s dad’s health, for example. The NFL players interviewed were has-beens (or never weres). If you’re making a ﬁlm about folks who pretend to own football stars, you should get input from actual football stars. The duo’s second go-round covered a less poignant topic, so viewers’ emotional involvement isn’t there this time. But what they lack in dramatic presentation, they make up for by being charismatic everymen. I just wished they lived in Boise. With the way my teams are playing this year, I’d be well on my way to a box of Twinkies. —Travis Estvold WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
BRIGHT STAR—In 17th century London, a secret love affair has formed between English poet, John Keats (Ben Whishaw), and his neighbor, the outspoken fashion student, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Initially at odds, they are each soon touched by the other’s efforts to care for Keats’ ill younger brother and are brought closer together by the powers of poetry. As their affections grow, it becomes increasingly apparent that because of societal rules, they cannot be together. But by the time their attachment is realized, it has reached an unstoppable momentum. (PG) Flicks
CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY— Returning to the issue that began his career, Michael Moore presents the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control proﬁt motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of the world. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., to the global ﬁnancial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take ﬁlm goers into uncharted territory. With both humor and outrage, Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story explores a taboo question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21, Flicks THE INVENTION OF LYING— Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) is a bumbling, middle-aged man unable to ﬁnd success at work— or with Anna (Jennifer Garner), the woman of his dreams. In a world where lying does not exist, everyone speaks the absolute truth at all times. One day, Mark invents a remarkable thing: the ability to lie and discovers that being dishonest can lead to the fulﬁllment of his wildest dreams. But when his words take on a meaning all their own and things get out of control, Mark realizes that even white lies have consequences. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 21
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SCREEN/LISTINGS SCREEN/MOVIE TIMES WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 TO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 9—
LORNA’S SILENCE—Sokol and Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. Through a sham marriage between Lorna and junkie Claudy, Lorna can gain citizenship. But when Andrei, the high-proﬁle Russian mobster hears of this plan, he wants to marry Lorna to satisfy his own Belgium citizenship needs. Driven by money and the coveted EU passport, will Lorna be able to remain silent with the plots unfolding around her? (R) Flicks
CRAFT IN AMERICA
art in the twenty-first century
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 9:50; F-Tu: 1:45, 4:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:20, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:10
500 DAYS OF SUMMER— ALL ABOUT STEVE— BRIGHT STAR—
Flicks: W-Th only: 5:10, 7:10
Edwards 21: W-Th: 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 Flicks: F-Sa: 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30; Su: 2, 4:30, 7:05; M-Tu: 4:30, 7:05, 9:30
CAPITALISM, A LOVE STORY— Flicks: W-Th: 4:20, 7, 9:30; F-Sa: 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:35; Su: 1:45, 4:20, 7; M-Tu: 4:20, 7, 9:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 9:45; F-Tu: 1:40, 4:25, 7:25, 9:50 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 3D— Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 2:10, 4:35, 6:55, 9:20
TOY STORY: 3D DOUBLE FEATURE—Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2 make a comeback to the big screen, this time, in the 3D action the stories deserve. Fans of the timeless classics will see both the original and its sequel in succession to mark the coming of Toy Story 3. (G) Edwards 21.
Flicks: W-Th: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; F-Sa: 5:10, 9:10; Su: 5:10; M-Tu: 5:10, 9:10
THE WAY WE GET BY—At a tiny airport in Maine, three senior citizens, on call 24/7 for the past six years, have greeted nearly 1 million U.S. troops on their return, and deportation, for service in Iraq. Director Aron Guadet has created a piece not just about troops and troop greeters, but their unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality. This ﬁlm celebrates three heroes who share their love with strangers who need and deserve it, demonstrating the true meaning of community. (Unrated) Flicks.
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE IMAX— Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:40, 3:50
COUPLES RETREAT— FAME—
Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:20, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 1:45, 4:30, 7
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:55; F-Tu: 7, 9:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:15, 2:40, 4, 6:45, 7:55, 9:35, 10:30
Edwards 22: W-Th: 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40
I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL— Edwards 22: W-Th: 2:20, 4:50, 7:35, 10:05 INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS— Edwards 9: W-Tu: 3:55, 7:10, 10:25 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:35, 3:45, 6:55, 10:15 THE INFORMANT!—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1 4, 7, 10:05; F-Tu: 1:10, 4, 7:05, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 10
THE INVENTION OF LYING— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:15, 7:25, 10:30; F-Tu: 1, 4:05, 7:45, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 2:05, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05 IT MIGHT GET LOUD— JENNIFER’S BODY— JULIE & JULIA—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 2, 5, 7:40, 10:25
Flicks: F-Su: 1:10, 3:10, 7:10; M-Tu: 7:10
Flicks: W-Th only: 9:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:35, 5, 7:50, 10:20
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:05, 7:50, 10:35; F-Tu: 1:05, 4:20, 7:40, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:35, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 2:35, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15
Flicks: W-Th only: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15
STAR TREK IMAX— WHIP IT—Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut stars Ellen Page as Bliss, a small-town Texan girl fed up with her mother’s overbearing dream of making her into a beauty pageant star. When she discovers the tenacious rollerderby team, The Girl Scouts, Bliss ditches her crown for her old pair of Barbie roller skates. Marcia Gay Harden and Kristen Wiig also star in this girl-punk comedy. (PG13), Edwards 21.
Wednesday, October 7, at 8:00 p.m. See it on HD at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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Wednesdays, October 7 – 28, at 10:00 p.m. See it on HD at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
ZOMBIELAND—When brainhungry zombies overrun the world, what do you do? If you’re Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), you kick ass. Tallahassee and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) team up when the United States becomes infested with the undead, and the last few survivors have to survive both hordes of zombies, as well as each other. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21.
Edwards 22: W-Th: 7, 9:45
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 7:45, 4:20, 10:15; F-Tu: 1:25, 4:40, 7:50, 10:05 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:25, 1:20, 2:50, 3:55, 5:05, 6:40, 7:30, 9, 9:55
THE WAY WE GET BY— Flicks: F-Sa: 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45; Su: 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 6:45; M-Tu: 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 TOY STORY 3D DOUBLE FEATURE— WHIP IT—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 3, 7
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:25, 7:20, 10:10; F-Tu: 1:30, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 1, 2:30, 3:20, 4:40, 5:40, 7, 8, 9:25, 10:20
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CAMPERS’ BOOK OF ETIQUETTE How to get along in the great outdoors BY DEANNA DARR Last month, we posted an entry on our BW blog, Cobweb, outlining some suggested rules for a ﬁctional Campers’ Book of Etiquette. Judging by the responses we received, we touched a nerve. We had so many responses, in fact, that we decided to create a sort of ﬁrst draft of the BW Campers’ Book of Etiquette. They are listed in no particular order, but they are grouped by subject matter. We’re sure we’ll hear from more of you.
in the middle of the night, and never—even under threat of painful death—should you play “Reveille” at the crack of dawn unless you are at a government-sanctioned military boot camp. #2: If you want to scream and yell and blast your radio at all hours of the night, make sure you’re far away from anyone else, or consider staying home. Just because you like your music doesn’t mean the people three sites down do.
#1: When heading out to do some primitive camping, don’t set up camp right next to someone else. People who grab their tents and head out into the boondocks usually want to get away from others. #2: If your favorite campsite is already ﬁlled by the time you get there at 8 p.m. on a Friday night, don’t sit at the entry road to the camp and loudly complain that someone else is there and that it’s always available. Obviously, it’s not, so move on. #3: If you pitch your tent in a low spot and it rains, you are not allowed to throw tent poles at your amused companions on the hill.
RE: POTTY ETIQUETTE #1: Camping where there are no bathrooms? Pack that stuff out. You can rig an affordable portable toilet by using Wag Bags, a cheap plastic toilet seat and a 5-gallon bucket. #2: Dig a hole to do your business in and bury it. Nobody else needs to see/smell/step in it. #3: Do not leave your toilet paper anywhere where others can see it. #4: Put a bag near your potty area and put your used toilet paper in it. No one really cares to encounter your used wiping mechanism.
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RE: MISC. ETIQUETTE #1: Don’t walk through other campsites. Walk around—don’t use it as a short cut.
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looking. Remember that if you do it, chances are others are doing it, too, and imagine 1 million people doing what you’re thinking of doing. How would you like wads of toilet paper from 1 million people, or beer cans or tabs or ﬁre rings or whatever?
#2: The boat ramp isn’t there as your personal sun bathing site. It’s there for getting in and out of boats. It’s also not a picnic area. #3: If you are going camping to get seriously drunk, do it a long ways away from where anyone else is camping. We get the idea, we just don’t want to watch you.
RE: SAFETY #1: Put out your ﬁre when you leave camp. Nuf said.
RE: MOTORIZED VEHICLES #1: ATVs and motorcycles: Go slowly when passing camps, especially when it’s dusty. #2: Don’t be a pest. Stay on the trails.
RE: CLEANING UP # 1: When breaking camp, clean up after yourself. Don’t leave your trash or your bent tent stakes behind. And most importantly, don’t leave your used underwear half buried near camp. That’s just gross. #2: Clean up after yourselves. Seriously. This means campsites, hiking areas, hot springs and basically anywhere you go. #3: Put your dirty dishes away when in bear country. We don’t want to put any more dents in our good pans chasing bears out of your campsite. #4: Don’t clean your dishes under the camp faucet. The food attracts bugs. #5: Pack it in, pack it out—including diapers. #6: Don’t do something just because no one’s
# 4: When using a campsite, don’t cut down all the trees and bushes around the campsite. Especially don’t cut down small trees; they are too fresh to burn well anyway. Bring your own wood and try not to damage the environment. #5: Don’t burn things in a ﬁre ring that shouldn’t/can’t be burned (plastic, glass, foil). They stink while burning and/or make a mess for the next person. #6: Don’t have ginormous ﬁghts with your spouse/date/family—go home for that stuff. Remember, sound travels and we really don’t need to hear your sordid details.
RE: ANIMALS AND CHILDREN #1: Put food away so that animals won’t be tempted to wander into all camps. #2: If your dog barks all day at home while you are gone, guess what your dog does all day when you are gone and that dog is locked up inside your camper? #3: If you bring along a dog, don’t let it run amok. Not everyone loves your dog like you do, and clean up after it. #4: Control your screaming babies. #5: Are your little ones early risers? Your campground neighbors might not be. It might take a village to raise a child, but the villagers should be willing.
WORKIN’ ON THE RIVER At long last, construction on the River Recreation Park is getting started. Work on the ﬁrst phase of the project, which will create a permanent whitewater park on the Boise River at the end of 36th Street, is scheduled to begin in October. First up on the construction schedule is to build a new dam at the old Thurman Mill diversion dam. As part of this phase, crews will also build an “articulated adjustable Waveshaper,” according to the City of Boise. The feature basically will create a permanent play wave at all water levels. During the construction of the whitewater park, both the north and south sides of the Greenbelt will be affected, but speciﬁc closures have yet to be announced. When the project is completed, it will carry a roughly $4-million price tag. The City of Boise has already pledged at least $750,000 and is expected to chip in more, while the family of Ray Neef has donated another $1 million. Volunteers are working through Friends of the Parks to raise the rest of the money. For more information about the project, check out boiseriverpark.com.
DODGEBALL WARFARE Time is running out to join in the brainjarring, bruise-inducing fun of Eight Man Mayhem Dodgeball Tournament. The deadline for team registration for the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County fundraiser is Friday, Oct. 16, and space is limited, so it’s time to ﬁnish ﬁlling out your rosters. Here’s how it will work: Teams of eight players (age 18 and older) will face off against each other on Saturday, Oct. 31, for a chance at more than $4,000 in prizes. But more than that, there are bragging rights at stake, not only for the ultimate champion, but for the best team name, best uniforms and best team spirit. The tournament will be held at the Boys and Girls Club in Garden City beginning at 9 a.m. that day. Entry fee is $200 per team and bags players an event shirt, a sponsor bag, a team photo and a minimum of two matches. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club. For more info, contact Kelly Knopp at 208-376-4960 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAUNTED BOISE This year, Boise Trolley Tours is jumping on the haunting bandwagon with tours of haunted Boise. The 75-minute tours will lead to rumored haunted locations in downtown Boise, as well as to two cemeteries and the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. Tour-goers will ride around town in a Halloween-decorated, open-air trolly on which they will hear local ghost stories. The event also includes a walking tour, so be prepared to move. For those who really want to get in the spirit, costumes are encouraged. But don’t confuse this with some kid-centric event: No one younger than 13 will be allowed on the trip. The haunted tours will be on Friday and Saturday nights through October. Tickets cost $18 for adults or $16 for students and military personnel. Call 208-433-0849 or see boisetrolleytours.com for information. —Deanna Darr
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REC/LISTINGS Events 2010 CYCLING CLUB MEMBERSHIP PARTY— Cyclists of all shapes, sizes and abilities can get information about joining the Intermountain Orthopaedics/ Lost River Cycling Club. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:30-9 p.m. FREE, www.lostrivercycling.org. Reed Cycles and Ski, 238 E. Main St., Eagle, 208-938-7894. ICEBREAKER DEMO—Stop in to participate in a demo of Icebreaker’s products and enter to win some free Icebreaker goodies. Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., 208-344-6604, www. idahorunningcompany.com.
RUN FOR THE HILLS HALF MARATHON 2009—Pass by apple orchards, vineyards, cattle ranches and the majestic Snake River. The hills are challenging and the route will be well-stocked with drinks and snacks for the racers to rehydrate and refuel. All racers enjoy a barbecue with hamburgers and all the ﬁxings at the ﬁnish. Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. $50, www.runforthehillshalf.com. PRISON BREAK HALF MARATHON—A 10K, 5K fun run or walk prison-escape race. As the escape siren blares, runners and walkers take off on a scenic route through the high desert starting from the Idaho State Penitentiary, ﬁve miles south of Boise. The exciting dash includes highlights such as performances of the Star Spangled Banner, a ﬂyover by a squadron of elite Formula One race planes and a buffet. Proceeds from the race beneﬁt Boise Rescue Mission and the Idaho Peace Ofﬁcers Memorial. Packet pickup at Shu’s Oct. 22-23 and race day is Oct. 24. Race day late registration ends at 8:30 a.m. For more information, e-mail info@ prisonbreakhalf.com. Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. $45-$65, 208-639-1434, www.prisonbreakhalf.com. VANDAL 5K—The 5K race, beneﬁts the Vandal scholarship fund. Following the race will be a watch party in the Hawks Nest of the stadium. Saturday, Oct. 10. Registration begins at 3:15 p.m., race at 4:15 p.m. $25. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-3225000, www.boisehawks.com.
Classes AN INTRODUCTION TO IDAHO CAVING—Presented by Gem State Grotto. Paul Smith and other Grotto members will share their knowledge about the exhilarating sport of caving. The evening will include basic
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restoring health and balance. For info, contact Kristopher at Facets of Healing. Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. $15 per class or $55 monthly. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., 208-429-9999, www.facetsofhealing.com.
EARLY BIRD MEDITATION—Rise and shine during two meditation periods, a morning chant and Dharma tidbits, with walking in between. Mondays, 7 a.m. $14 per class; class punch cards available. Yoga for Wellness Studio, 300 Main St., Ste. 107, 208-484-1053, www.yogaforwellnesspro.com.
TENNIS SKILLS AND DRILLS FOR MATCH PLAY—Adults can improve their tennis skills by signing up for instruction on the Fort Boise tennis courts led by LeeAnn Berry. The classes are open to players in the 2.5-3.0 level. Class is limited to 10. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10 a.m.noon. Through Oct. 15. $73 Boise residents; $112.60 nonresidents. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, www. cityofboise.org/parks.
TAOIST QI GONG MIX—The Taoist qi gong is derived from tai chi and bagua zhang martial arts. The Buddhist medical qi gong is standing gong for healers. Blended together, these classes meld body/mind consciousness,
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2009 BUDDY WALK—The walk, which raises awareness of Down Syndrome, begins at Capitol Park, proceeds up Capitol Boulevard and ends at the Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park. Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m., $15 general; $6 youth up to age 13, www. idahodownsyndrome.org. Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson St.
safety and roping techniques, environmental impact guidelines and a slide show of local caves. In addition, learn about unique ﬂora and fauna in cave habitats. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, 208-322-1141, www.rei.com.
WHERE THE SHEEP ROAM What images does the phrase “sheep jam” conjure in your head? Forget the grisly ones involving any method of putting a sheep in a jar. Think of it as a more rural version of rush hour, and Central Idaho has some of the best sheep jams around. I ﬁrst ran into one while living in Sun Valley, where my car was suddenly surrounded by big, woolly, baahing beasts slowly making their way down the highway on an annual migration to winter grazing grounds. It seems unlikely that ﬂocks of hundreds of sheep could sneak up on you, but they can. The ﬂocks have been coming out of the hills around Sun Valley for more than a century and the tradition continues. But now, instead of shepherds and ranchers gathering at the general store, the community comes together for a three-day celebration called the Trailing of the Sheep. This is the 13th year of the formal event, which is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 11. The sheep still come, in ﬂocks of up to 1,500, but so too do the visitors who take in the history, culture and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho— which means a hefty dose of Basque and European inﬂuence alongside traditional Western offerings. Event organizers promise a full weekend of activities, including something called sheep poetry readings, which we’re assuming means readings of poems about sheep, not sheep reading their own poetry. On Friday, things start with an Art of Lamb Foodie Fest/ gallery walk followed by storytelling, music and those sheep poems. Saturday will be ﬁlled with the Sheep Folklife Fair in Hailey, as well as the Trailing of the Sheep Dog Trials from 7 p.m. to dusk. The main event is at noon on Sunday when area ranching families lead the Trailing of the Sheep parade, which features historic sheep wagons as well as the sheep. —Deanna Darrr Visit trailingofthesheep.org for a full schedule of events, more on the history of sheep in Idaho, video of past events and a long list of lodging contacts. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
FOOD/NEWS REVIEWS/FOOD On one plate then the other ... BW sends two critics to one restaurant.
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Having his picture on Big Juds Wall of Fame is both a sense of pride Vegetarians, consider this your warning: stop reading this now. We and a source of nostalgia for my younger brother. He was in his 20s are going to talk about meat because, let’s face it, no one really goes and playing rugby for Boise State when he downed the regular Big to Big Juds for the grilled cheese. They go for the burgers. Jud Special: the giant one-pound burger, side of fries and drink that They have chicken and even halibut, but Big Juds has made its one must consume if one wants his or her photo on the wall. reputation in Boise for its signature burgers, and it’s not hard to see The home of my brother’s—and countless others’—ground beef why. From the quality ground beef used in its patties to the array of greatness is a nearly featureless four-walls-and-a roof on a street that toppings—enough to ﬁll a menu on their own—Juds knows how to is home to convenience stores, apartment complexes and a rundown do a burger the right way. small machine repair shop—not exactly the place you’d expect to There’s nothing polished about the longtime Boise establishﬁnd the burger that Food Network Magazine named Idaho’s mustment near Boise State with its small wooden tables and padded try burger in their 50 States, 50 Burgers feature earlier this year. black metal chairs. But that’s part of its charm. Not a mile from On a midweek Boise State, Big Juds afternoon visit, the is a favorite among small dining room the college crowd was packed with a but not exclusive to mixture of people. them. The dining The friendly staff demographic runs maneuvered around the gamut from the room, while 20-somethings in diners waiting for orange and blue takeout orders to suited execs to checked out the hall plumbers in Carof fame photos that harts (my brother) memorialize the to ladies in mom gastronomic achievejeans and appliqued ments of those who sweatshirts. have managed to ﬁnIt doesn’t matter ish off the behemoth that the booth seats one pounder (which, are sculpted from the disturbingly, includes same torturous mathe option of orderterial molded school ing a double). chairs are made Feeling a bit less from. It doesn’t ambitious, I went matter that the only with the hickory decoration in the burger ($4.99), place are the photos which combined sevSee? That kid can handle a Big Juds burger. So can you. of grinning people eral of my favorite who bested the Big things burger items: Jud Special chalbarbecue sauce, BIG JUDS lenge. What brings bacon and cheese. 1289 Protest Rd 208-343-4439 the hungry, hungry humans into Big Juds is fresh, juicy While my arteries screamed something about blockbigjudsboise.com burgers at price points that don’t mean you have to ages, I drowned them out with my stomach’s sighs of Open Mon.-Sat., ignore the electric bill. happiness over the simply seasoned meat, ideal amount 11 a.m.-9 p.m. We ignored the one-pounder impulse and ordered of barbecue sauce, crispy bacon and even a couple of closed Sun. regular burgers and vacillated between thoughts of onion rings, which I pulled off and ate as an appetizer “Oh, god. This is going to be too much food,” and rather than a condiment. Every ingredient had enough “Woo hoo! This is going to be too much food!” It was the latter. ﬂavor to stand on its own, so the combined effect was a study in the My bacon cheeseburger ($4.59) was stacked almost two-hands way a burger should taste. high, a cornmeal bun teetering over pickle, onion, lettuce, tomato My eyes were the next organ to register an opinion as they nearly and fat, chewy slices of bacon. Bleu cheese crumbles poked out the popped out at the sight of my small order of fries ($2.09). These side of my brother’s burger ($4.99) and the pungent taste I snagged weren’t fries, they were potato-based Lincoln Logs. The descriptors from him afforded me a new favorite burger topping. “steak fries” or “homecut fries” come nowhere near describing the Some of Big Juds skin-on, home-cut fries were as thick as lodgegargantuan size of these fresh-cut, skin-on fries that laid stacked on pole pine two-by-fours and equally as dense. I’m partial to crispier top of each other, giving the distinct impression of the storied walls fries, and Big Juds’ giant ones would have to boil in oil for an hour of ancient Troy. to come close to crunchy. But the thick, softer fry is ﬁne by my But despite their sheer size, the fries were cooked just enough to sibling, who left nary a shaving of potato skin behind. be soft and warm on the inside without becoming inedible morsels If burger isn’t a word you use when ordering food, Big Juds will of charcoal. They arrived unseasoned, allowing the simple freshness be happy to toss chicken strips, ﬁsh, ﬁngersteaks or shrimp into the of the fries to take center stage. deep fat fryer. Meat lovers, if your vegetarian cohorts are turning While I eyed the selection of ice cream near the front counter, and green, Big Juds does grill a mean cheese sandwich and offers a raft list of shakes and malts on the menu, my digestive system begged me of ice-cream choices. Oh, and they also have a green salad on the to give it a break. Between the burger and just a couple of the fries, menu. Pfffft. it was already overtaxed, yet extraordinarily happy. —Amy Atkins would love to have her picture on a Wall of Fame.
COLD WEATHER MEANS SERIOUS WINING AND DINING SEASON Now that summer has migrated much further south than the 43rd parallel, what I consider the serious food season has begun. It starts with harvest, a ﬁnal celebration of the summer garden and a nod to the wine-making industry. Then Oktoberfest barrels down with a singular purpose devoted to the consumption of beer and a few brats. And then there’s Halloween, and food is arguably an integral part of the trick-or-treat experience. After that, we have the mother of all food-centric holidays: Thanksgiving. Take it on through holiday baked goods, Christmas dinner, New Year’s champagne and Valentine’s Day boxed chocolate, and you have one helluva calorie-laden cold season. I say embrace it. Pay up on your gym membership and indulge in all the comforts of wine and fattening food. But don’t wait until Thanksgiving to get started. In celebration of the grape harvest, start now with a little wine tasting. The original gathering point for wine connoisseurs in town, Grape Escape, is still hosting Tuesday night ﬂights. Get ﬁve wines for $5 starting at 5 p.m. Grape Escape, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-368-0200. This Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m., Kuna’s Tannin’s Wine Bar is hosting its grand re-opening with a wine tasting, 50 percent off selected wines and a full dinner menu. Tannin’s Wine Bar, 347 Avenue E, Kuna, 208-922-1766, tanninswinebar.com. Wednesday nights from 5-8 p.m., the Tavern Wine Market at Bown Crossing offers deals on wine ﬂights with a pairing nibble. The draw here is that Tavern Wine Market is a BW Card member. Price varies depending on the evening’s selection. Tavern Wine Market, 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-343-9463, tavernatbown.com. Every Thursday night, Divine Wine Bar in Meridian offers themed wine ﬂights featuring wines from around the world from 7-9 p.m. If your palate needs a little education, wine enthusiast Garry Scholz will conduct an informal class on Great Wines of the Rhone Valley on Friday, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m., for $20 per person. Divine Wine Bar, 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 105, Meridian, 208887-6262, divinewineidaho.com. And because you never know when the mood to do a little wine tasting might strike, Woodriver Cellars opens its tasting room seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. I’d recommend planning a Friday night outing in the near future, when you’ll be able to sit down, listen to live music and have a proper dinner (the menu is limited but prime rib and cedar-smoked salmon have been recent features). The winemaker is usually hanging out, giving impromptu tours and, if you’re lucky, barrel tastings. Dinner and music also happens Saturday. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-2869463, woodrivercellars.com. Not into wine? Oktoberfest is in full swing at Tablerock Brewpub through Oct. 17 with specials on Oktoberfest Ale and German food. If you want a seriously festive experience, go Oct. 9-10, when Edelweis plays “oompah” music from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 16-17, Brasskellar provides the music from 7-8:45 p.m. Tablerock Brewpub, 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944, tablerockbrewpub.com.
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FOOD/DINING North Boise 36TH STREET BISTRO—Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sprawling 36th Street Garden Center. Set in the windowed west wing of the store, the cafe serves espresso and pastries for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch and the dinner menu is ever-changing depending on what’s fresh and in season. The rotating menu features locally grown and raised foods. 3823 N. Garden Center Way, 208-433-5100. $-$$$ SU OM . BUNGALOW RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE—Sometimes sweet and other times savory, always delightfully delicious. Stop in for a light lunch (served Monday through Friday) with items varying from soups and salads. The entrees cover the dining spectrum as well, with stuffed halibut, braised lamb shank and Hagerman trout. Breakfast includes mom’s French toast and mimosas. 1520 N. 13th St., SU 208-331-9855. $$-$$$ OM . CAFE VICINO—Chefs Richard Langston and Steve Rhodes serve up fresh and innovative foods, offering a casual lunch menu with choices like daily quiche, salads and portobello mushroom sandwiches. Dinner choices lean toward ﬁner dining, offering carpaccio, a variety of pastas and entrees that run the gamut from braised lamb shanks to a New York steak to cioppino. 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463. OM. $-$$$ FANCI FREEZE—Shakes, malts, spins, sundaes and the Boston shake (one part sundae, one part shake) are what have made Fanci Freeze a Boise favorite for years. But because we can’t live on ice cream alone, Fanci Freeze also serves a whole mess of burgers, some of the crispiest tots in town and even a grilled cheese for the non-meat-eater. 1402 W. State St., 208-344SU OM. 8661. $ GOODY’S SODA FOUNTAIN— From the moment you walk in, the smells of fresh caramel corn, homemade ice cream, hand-dipped chocolate and every kind of sugary delight hit you like a ton of gummy bricks. 1502 N. 13th St., 208-367-0020. $ SU. HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—Whether it’s the appetizers (Monty’s Hummus, Hollow Hot Wings), the entrees (Pan Fried Oysters, Mess-OChops) or the burgers and sandwiches (Black Bean Chili Burger, Reuben), stopping in at Highlands Hollow after winter skiing or hiking up Camel’s Back hill in the summer is always a great idea. 2455 Harrison Hollow, 208-343-6820. $-$$ SU OM.
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HYDE PARK PUB—Harry’s is that special bar that’s inviting no matter what your mood. With its dog-friendly patio and a menu chock full of twists on American classics, this is a neighborhood bar that feels like it’s in your neighborhood. 1501 N. 13th St., 208-336-9260. $ SU.
O’MICHAEL’S PUB & GRILL—The casual menu is full of traditional and specialty sandwiches (check out the slaw burger that’s no burger at all), ﬁsh and steaks, and the best giant fried prawns in town. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948. $-$$ SU.
LULU’S FINE PIZZA—Big Apple-style gourmet pie for pizza lovers of everywhere kind. Get a wheel or go by the slice. Check out the usual toppings or get adventurous with some things you’re not used to seeing on a pizza menu. Order sushi from in-house Superb Sushi. 2594 Bogus Basin Rd., 208-387-4992. SU OM. $-$$$
PARRILLA GRILL—If a wrap is what you want, Parrilla is one of the best in town. Serving breakfast, wraps and burritos, Parrilla’s patio is a summer favorite. 1512 N. 13th St., SU. 208-323-4688. $
MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. 1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566. $-$$ SU OM .
SUNRAY CAFE—SunRay holds down the coveted corner patio at the cross of 13th and Eastman streets. The menu is familiar to that location, featuring salads, subs and pizzas named for geographical features in Idaho. Bring your dog, all your friends and break pizza crust with a pitcher of beer. 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887. $-$$ SU.
FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED ASIAGO’S RESTAURANT AND WINEBAR 1002 W. Main St., 208-336-5552, asiagos.com “The jazz music was just right. The light and fresh air coming in off of the patio mixed with the garlic and olive oil emanating from the back. We savored the kid-free, downtown meal, feeling, if only brieﬂy, like landed Italian gentr y. Then we remembered to ask for the bill, along with a cappuccino and an espresso—worthy substitutes to the nightcap we both deser ved.” —Nathaniel Hoffman
THAI NALYN 2203 University Dr., 208-344-5905, thainalyn.webs.com “My date ladled us each out a pungent bowl of the tom kha kai, and we sat, puzzled, as hunks of tomato splashed out along with the mushrooms, lemongrass, galangal, Thai basil and oily red broth. As tom kha kai fans used to a creamy white coconut broth and no tomatoes, we wondered if there might’ve been a soup switch-up in the kitchen. But as we slurped up successive spoonfuls, the very mild coconut taste began to claw through the other competing ﬂavors.” —Tara Morgan
GOOD THYME GRILL AND CATERING 750 S. Progress, Ste. 170, Meridian, 208-898-9888, goodthymegrille.com “The turkey was thin-cut, and obviously high-quality, and came accompanied by said cranberr y, alfalfa sprouts, tomato and either mayo or cream cheese on wheat bread. I went with the cream cheese, which added a nice counterpoint to the tang of the cranberr y. And while I enjoyed the overall ﬂavor combination, I, too, wished there was something else that jumped out just a little more—maybe smoked turkey would have done the trick.” —Deanna Darr
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DINING State Street BURGER ’N BREW—A Boise favorite whose name says it all: burgers and beer. 4295 W. State St., 208-345-7700. $-$$ SU. CORONA VILLAGE—Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boise’s family style Mexican restaurants. 4334 W. State St., 208-338. 9707. $-$$ DUTCH GOOSE—Homemade ﬁnger steaks, fresh steamed clams, soup, sandwiches and great hot wings. They also serve 17 beers. 3515 W. State St., SU OM. 208-342-8887. $-$$ FLYING PIE PIZZARIA— Boise’s longest-lived and most inventive pizzeria. They have their own beer (the
impeccable Triple Pi Belgian-style ale), and pies to please even the pickiest eaters. 4320 W. State St., 208-384-0000. $$ SU OM. THE GREEN CHILE—Southwestern cuisine in Boise with green and red chiles, chimichangas and chile rellenos. The menu also features burgers and salads right along side sopapaillas. 5616 W. State St., 208-853. 0103. $-$$ THE LIFT BAR AND GRILL—A neighborhood bar and grill boasting daily homemade soups and chili, Angus burgers, sandwiches, vegetarian options and an extensive variety of beers and wines to choose from. Bring your dog by to relax on the back patio. 4091 W. State St., SU OM. 208-342-3250. $-$$
MADHUBAN—A daily lunch buffet and a huge menu including all the favorites. You’re gonna love the curry. A great place for vegetarians. 6930 W. State St., 208-853-8215. $-$$ SU OM. MERRITT’S COUNTRY CAFE—This 24-hour Boise mainstay is the place to land after a long night on the town. The “home of the scone” serves up grub that turns customers into regulars. 6630 W. State St., . 208-853-9982. $ MONTEGO BAY—We love this restaurant/bar on the water. With docks right on the lake, a sprawling patio, an outside bar, two bars in side and live music, it’s a happening party nearly every night of the week. And then there’s the food. Pub food is the standard. 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-853OM. 5070. $-$$ PIZZALCHIK—PIZZa sALad and CHIcKen. Get it? Perfect robust salads, plus delicious original pizzas and whole chickens roasted in a 6,000-pound stone-hearth oven. Many toppings made in house. 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757. SU OM . $-$$ WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN—From the mind of “Boise’s Best Chef,” Chef Lou, come some of the most scrumptious foods for dine-in, take-out or frozen to use when cooking is the last thing you want to do. 1939 W. State St., 208-342-2957. $-$$ SU OM .
Garden City IN PRAISE OF CANS Ask the question, “Which is better, beer in bottles or cans?” and you are likely to start a heated debate. In the end, bottles will usually win out, with cans being condemned as adding a metallic taste. I, for one, like cans. The big plus is that they are impervious to light and guard against that skunky quality that results from such exposure. As for the metallic taste, a waterbased coating lines the interior of modern beer cans, making the point moot. Their biggest downside is that most higher-end brews aren’t available in cans. Here are three of my favorite exceptions: GUINNESS DRAUGHT With this, you get the bonus of the now-famous plastic widget. When the can is opened, the widget releases a small amount of beer and nitrogen, resulting in that swirling surge of froth and brew that could only be had on tap before. This is the ultimate smooth and creamy charmer with touches of chocolate, dark fruit and coffee. It’s an easy drinking pleasure. NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE This has always been a favorite, but one I seldom drink unless I ﬁnd it on tap. Why? Because it’s packaged in clear, light-absorbing bottles. Enter the can—problem solved. This is a smooth and silky quaff that’s gentle on the palate. You can just taste the hops, and the malt is light and fruity with a little nutty caramel in the background. All in all, a great all-around ale. OSKAR BLUES DALE’S PALE ALE Putting beer in cans used to be an expensive proposition before a Canadian ﬁrm came up with an affordable alternative. Colorado-based Oskar Blue was the ﬁrst to take advantage of the new system. Their Dale’s Pale sports enough hops to please most anyone, with the malt to keep things in balance. Lots of nice fruit-laced ﬂavors come through along with a light touch of butterscotch. Refreshing, but with a bit of complexity.
3 GIRLS & JOE GOURMET ON THE GO—Along with fair trade organic coffees from Eagle Coffee Roasting, the place serves a soup du jour like Spectacular Split Pea, Zesty Minestrone and Asian Hot and Sour, along with specialty sandwiches served on focaccia made in house. Order crisp gourmet green salads and pastas or breads and rolls made fresh in the 3 Girls Bakery. Desserts include signature cookies, bars and cakes. 305 E. 37th St., Garden City, 208-336-9225. $ OM . JOE’S CRAB SHACK—Featuring seafood, such as a bucket of shrimp, garlic mussels and crab nachos along with salads, burgers and sandwiches, steaks, chicken and pastas. Joe’s offers a wide variety of drinks to wash all the ocean-inspired fare. The patio is a bonus with a view overlooking the Boise River. 2288 N. Garden St., Garden City, SU 208-336-9370. $-$$ OM. THE RANCH CLUB—Menu features from hot and cold sandwiches to salads and prime rib dinners. Prime rib served on Friday and Saturday nights. 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-7447. $-$$ SU OM. STAGECOACH INN—This Boise institution has been in the same space, with the same decor and the same menu for 45 years. If it ain’t broke, don’t ﬁx it. And make sure you tr y the prawns. 3132 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-342-4161. $$-$$$ .
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The poet Stephen Mallarme wrote the following in a letter to a friend: “I don’t know which of my internal climates I should explore in order to find you and meet you.” I love that passage. It alludes to one of the central facts about the nature of reality: The quality of your consciousness is crucial in determining whether you’ll be able to attract the resources that are essential to your dreams coming true. In order to get what you want, you have to work on yourself as hard as you work on the world around you. This is always true, but it’s especially true for you, Aries. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Is there anything in your life that you don’t really want, but find it hard to part with? A situation that gives you a perverse sense of comfort because of its familiarity, even though its steep emotional cost doesn’t serve your higher dreams? If so, the coming week will be an excellent time to change your relationship with it. You will make dramatic progress if you brainstorm about how you could break up the stagnant energy that keeps you entranced and entrapped. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): One of my New Age friends says that the Seven Lords of Time will reconvene in their Himalayan sanctuary on Dec. 21, 2012, and reinvent the nature of time, as they last did back in 3114 BC. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but if it is, I say “hallelujah!” We would all benefit from some big-time reinvention of time. But that happy event is still more than three years away. What to do in the meantime? Luckily, you Geminis have major personal power to do some time reinvention of your own. To get the meditations rolling, ask yourself what three things you could do to stop fighting time and start loving it better. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Soup is your metaphor for the week, Cancerian. Symbolically speaking, it’s the key to your personal power and a model for the approach you should take in everything you do. On the most basic level, you might want to eat some soup every day. That will make suggestions to your subconscious mind about how to mix lots of ingredients so their value and beauty are more than the sum of their parts. In every area of your life, blend many little miscellaneous things into one big interesting thing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Change your password. Ask a question
you’ve never asked. Dream up a new nickname for yourself. Make it more difficult for people to peg you. Do the research to discover why one of your opinions may be wrong. Feel appreciation for a person whose charms you’ve become numb to. Surprise yourself at least once a day. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of the best modern Turkish poets was Seyfettin Bascillar, who worked as a meat inspector in New Jersey for years before his death in 2002. Nobel Prize-winning poet Czesław Miłosz lived in Berkeley, Calif., while writing his books in Polish. Iceland’s great poet of the 20th centur y, Stephan G. Stephansson, lived in Canada most of his life but always wrote in Icelandic. These people remind me of what you’re going through: striving to do what comes natural in a situation ver y different from where you learned to be natural. The interesting fact is that this feeling of displacement could ver y well be the key to your success. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The sun shines brighter on my new home. The old place resemblanced a cave, surrounded by tall trees. My new space is surrounded by a wide sky. As you might expect, my plants need to drink a lot more than they used to. The watering ritual at the old house came once a week, but now it’s every other day. According to my reading of the astrological omens, a comparable shift is occurring in your rhythm, Libra. Metaphorically speaking, more heat and light are coming your way. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Amazingly, the good deeds you do in the next 21 days could alone qualify you for a permanent exemption from hell. It seems God has cooked up some imminent tests that will give you a chance to garner some ridiculously sublime karma. You don’t believe in either God or hell? Well then, interpret the opportunity this way: The good deeds you perform in the coming weeks could ensure the sins you’ve committed thus far will not stain the world or be passed on as IOUs to the next generation. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1968, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn finished his book The Gulag Archipelago, an indictment of the oppression suffered under the totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union. Banned for years, it was never formally published in
his countr y until 1989. Even then, the Russian government tried to control the teaching of histor y by suppressing texts like Solzhenitsyn’s. This year, all that changed. The Gulag Archipelago became required reading in Russian high schools. At last, the truth is officially available. I celebrate this breakthrough as a symbol of the events that are about to unfold in your personal life: the long-lost truth finally revealed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): John, a colleague of mine, is a skillful psychotherapist. His father is in a similar occupation, psychoanalysis. If you ask John whether his dad gave him a good understanding of the human psyche, John quotes the old maxim: “The shoemaker’s son has no shoes.” Is there any comparable theme in your own life, Capricorn? Some talent or knowledge or knack that should have been but was not a part of your inheritance; a natural gift you were somehow cheated out of? If so, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to start recovering from your loss and getting the good stuff you have coming to you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Let’s imagine that a filmmaker has been following you around for a movie based on the story of your life. This week, he or she would face a dilemma. That’s because unexpected new subplots may arise, veering off in directions that seem to be far afield from the core themes. And there could be anomalous intrusions that impinge on the main scenes. Yet I can’t help wondering if this chapter of the tale won’t be extra intriguing for just these reasons. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Tenderness and rot / share a border,” writes the U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan in one of her poems. “And rot is an / aggressive neighbor / whose iridescence / keeps creeping over.” Your job in the coming week, Pisces, is to reinforce that border so that the rot cannot possibly ooze over and infect tenderness. It is especially important right now that the sweet, deep intimacy you dole out and stimulate will not get corrupted by falseness or sentimentality. I urge you to stir up the smartest affection you have ever created. Homework: To tr y the exercises and experiments in “Pronoia Therapy,” an excerpt from my new book, go here: tinyurl. com/95ykn.
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