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POWER HOUR New smart meter tracks use by the hour


MINI MT. A look at Idaho’s Mom and Pop ski hills


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NOTE IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WHITE STUFF THIS WEEK My seasonal clock is all screwy after an early October overnight stay in South Lake Tahoe resulted in a morning under what looked to be about 8 inches of snow. Now, as we head into November, I’m not sure if winter is almost here or if it’s almost over. Yep, it’s going to be a looong winter with that kind of attitude. Good thing I’ll need a looong winter to improve my wanting skills on the mountain. Although I’m almost exclusively a Bogus devotee when it comes to wintertime play, this week’s main feature from Deanna Darr has me considering new destinations. Darr, whose family once owned a mom-and-pop hill in Oregon, pulls the limelight away from the big guys who usually get to hog all the powder glory. In “Home Slope Advantage,” Darr highlights the quaint and often quirky smaller mountains around the state, detailing how some of them got their start and how they’ve managed to keep the lifts running year after year against the larger resorts. If you’re the kind of hill bunny lured less by the pace of a smaller hill than by simple geography, I’ll point you in the direction of our annual pull-out mountain guide. It’s meant to be tacked onto your fridge, stuffed into your glove box and generally abused throughout the winter so that you can find your way to a mountain armed with all the relevant information—like how much you’ll pay for lift tickets, whether riders are welcome and just how many runs and lifts you’ll have to play on. Gear heads: turn to Page 42 for the latest and greatest. And if you’re jonesing for a pre-season big screen snow fix, flip to Page 39 for a look at the annual Backcountry Film Festival presented by Winter Wildlands Alliance. Not wooed one tiny bit by the white stuff? No worries, we’ve left a few things for you to read in this week’s edition. A&E Editor Amy Atkins chatted up the one and only Lily Tomlin recently. Read that story on Page 38. And, as always in our first issue of the month, we’ve put together the lowdown on First Thursday with comprehensive what-to-do listings, a handy map to help you find your way and a few highlights on what’s happening in downtown Boise. —Rachael Daigle



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“WHY DOES BOISE HAVE SUCH TERRIBLE BANDS?” That’s what one Questionland user wanted to know last week, and since we couldn’t let such a ripe opportunity for pot stirring go by unnoticed, it became “the burning question of the day” on Oct. 26. The answers offered by BW readers—aka, the sloppy aftermath—spilled over Questionland and into the Facebook realm. Check ’em out at

DROP YOUR PANTS AND GRAB YOUR ANKLES It started with a few words about the cornucopia of fall harvest. It ended with memories of his grandmother giving him an enema. Bingo Barnes at Blingo.

AMERICA, BHUTANESE-STYLE The Grip’s newest writer, Bhutanese refugee Deepesh Subedi, talked about the Bhutanese community in Boise now that they’ve had some time to settle in and get to know the American way of life.

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I have really enjoyed Bill [Cope]’s “That One Thing” in the Oct. 28 issue. He eloquently expressed our experience (we are not black). We are from the South and knew we were at one time prejudiced/racist and worked on not being that way. We moved to Arizona and found most of the people there proudly say they are not racist. However, their conversations are replete with derogatory comments about Mexicans and Indians, all the while speaking about the South being racist. I believe most of it is unconscious. We find the same conversations here in Idaho. It is great that the young people, our children’s generation, seem unaware of color of skin and elected [President Barack] Obama. However, it unfortunately has raised the nasty and sometimes buried racism to the forefront. Maybe it needs to be aired. —Belva Kerstetter, Boise

Even though I applaud the City of Boise’s vision of a trolley system in downtown Boise, I do not think now is the time to usher in a $60-million project for a two-mile loop. It is time, however, for Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Ontario and Mountain Home to combine resources, write grants, and get folks educated about the need for a light rail system that would serve the entire valley. In these economic times, this effort is warranted to maximize our public transportation dollars, spending them wisely to realize a more efficient relief from the daily commuter congestion and wear and tear on our highways. We cannot continue to spend dollars on an antiquated road system that takes up more space, adds pollutants to our environment, and demands constant mending and patching. A year ago, I wrote a small piece pointing out the need for mass transit in the valley. In that piece, I delineated some suggestions of already existing rail corridors, such as the old Amtrak route. Or, we could start construction of an elevated rail system that parallels the I-84 corridor through the state. Yes, the initial outlay would be staggering, but the long term benefit to us, the residents of the valley, would be enormous, particularly as our valley continues to grow. Other progressive states have already done this,

RACE FOR LIGHT GUV A citydesk post on Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s campaign run stirred up some dust. Idaho needs to rid itself from its wealthy, cowboy dress’n, pseudo-ranch’n, flag wavin’, Rush lovin’, tree cuttin’, wolf kill’n, land pavin’ McMansion building, river damnin’, water polluting, right wing Republican stigma. —Jim Sutton, Facebook

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saving them, in the long run, tremendous amounts of taxpayer transportation costs. We have the great fortune of many resident experts in rail transportation living here in the valley. Many are retired, but I am sure they could be coaxed to join any effort to plan and design the infrastructure, promulgate operating rules, and plan for the equipment to be used without having to import workers from other areas. We need to stop thinking small and address our upcoming transportation needs. There will be a day in the not-to-distant future when it just won’t be expedient to drive down the highway in our fourby-fours, heading to the market to buy our daily loaf of bread and gallon of milk. We need to think about that day before it gets here. A mass transit system would also alleviate the burden of those in the lower income brackets to own, insure and maintain a vehicle. It would lower the emissions from internal combustion engines; it would reduce the accidents on our poorly maintained highways. One never knows—it might be successful enough that it could expand, or at least be linked, with bus service to the outlying areas of our valley. —Doug Clegg, Nampa

CORRECTION Last week, citydesk incorrectly attributed a quote from Shoshone-Paiute cultural resources director Ted Howard about the removal of Rocky Canyon Hot Springs to KTVB, when in fact, it should have been attributed to the Idaho Statesman. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


POSEIDON SHRUGGED Then choked on a plastic Nemo

I have something to say to those people who may believe in global warming but refuse to admit that the puny efforts of mankind could possibly be responsible for it. But first, let’s talk about that area in the Pacific Ocean where all the plastic is floating around. An estimated 100 million tons of it—or 200 trillion pounds, if you prefer. You know about this, surely you do. How could you not know about a plastic Atlantis, roughly twice the size of the continental United States, bobbing about in the middle of the Pacific, destroying birds and fish and sea turtles and anything else unlucky enough to confuse it with something edible, habitable or natural? Oceanographers know it as the North Pacific Gyre, referring to the pattern of wind and water currents that contribute to a slow-moving maelstrom effect of enormous scale, pulling flotsam and jetsam into the center and keeping it there. Others call it the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, referring not so much to the natural vortex phenomenon as to the unnatural accumulation our modern consumption habits have made of it. With a name like “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” one is tempted to picture a pleasant little coastal cul-de-sac where on Saturdays, Dad loads the trash barge up with clippings from the frontyard shrubbery and maybe a derelict dishwasher or water heater, then tugs it out to a maritime landfill and dumps it under the supervision of a kindly naval sanitation engineer. Sorry. Nothing so benign as that. This garbage patch is all plastic, the largest share of which has broken down into bead-like particles, the form it started out as before it did its time on a store shelf somewhere. Most of it isn’t bobbing about over the waves, either, but is instead suspended in a stratum just below the surface. And it’s thick. In some areas, the particles have been found to be seven times more concentrated than the indigenous zooplankton—which, of course, is the foundation of the food chain in any respectable ocean. It got there because for too long, plastic consumers in the Americas conspired with plastic consumers in Japan and China and the Philippines, etc., and as a species, decided not to think long-term about all the plastic we have been consuming. (It’s likely just a matter of time until Europe and the East Coast have their own plastic raft fouling the Atlantic.) None of us actually realized we belonged to this huge cabal of plastic profligacy, of course. We were just going our wasteful way, glugging liquid refreshment from plastic bottles, toting home groceries in plastic bags, swathing leftovers in plastic wraps, entirely unaware that 200 trillion pounds of plastic (34 pounds for every man, woman and child currently on WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Earth) was getting loose and making a run for it, down to the sea in garbage scows (and sewers and cruise ships and fishing fleets and off-shore winds). Other garbage gets away, too. Apple cores and coffee grounds; pop-top cans once sparkling with Mountain Dew and Coors; Kleenex tissues, weighted with clots of snot from swine flu victims; pizza boxes slick with pepperoni grease; cigarette butts and banana peels; those hamburger blankets and french fry cradles that poorly raised people toss unconcerned from car windows. But plastics hold a special place in God’s Creation in that God neither created them, nor does He seem to know how to get rid of the crap once we are done with it. While other materials rot or rust or wither away, plastic just rolls on and on. That hard-shelled sippee cup you are cradling in your lap as you drive to work will outlive you, your children, your bones, and very possibly the civilization that provided us with the questionable concept that nothing lasts forever. U To this mortal, though, the most remarkable thing about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t its size, its composition, or the stupefying inconsideration that made it possible. The most remarkable thing about all that plastic is the remarkably short time it took to fill an ocean with the stuff. Think about it: Before 1855, there was no such thing as plastic. (Credit Alexander Parkes, a Brit, for concocting the first clot of plastic.) And even after that, all the plastic for almost a century was the sort they shaped into egg timers, telephones and bowling balls. It wasn’t until the 1950s—with the arrival of delightful sounding goops such as polystyrene, high-density polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate—that we started to think we could wrap our entire gross national product in plastic packaging, then haul away the discarded packaging in plastic garbage bags. Yes, by the time Mr. Robinson told young Benjamin Braddock to “think plastics” (The Graduate, 1967), the Age of Plastics was really just getting started. Plastics, in the sense we think of them now, are younger than me, and by at least 10 years. Plastic is still a baby. Yet in 50 years or less (18,000 days, if you prefer) we have used enough of it, and inadequately disposed of enough of it, that it is—more rapidly than we dare to think— killing the largest ocean we have. So this is what I would say to those people who may believe in global warming but refuse to admit that the puny efforts of mankind could possibly be responsible for it: How could two centuries of industrial licentiousness not be tipping whatever balance an indifferent Nature provides?

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President maintains ‘right’ to kill American citizens NEW YORK—Shortly after 9/11, President George W. Bush secretly signed two executive orders. Both violated basic constitutional protections as well as U.S. obligations under international treaties, yet both carried the force of law. They still do. The first order grants the president (and the secretaries of defense and homeland security) the right to declare anyone—including an American citizen—an “unlawful enemy combatant.” A person so declared has no redress, no appeal, no ability to challenge that designation. Once a person has been named an enemy combatant, he has no rights. He can be held without charges forever, tortured, you name it. In the second covert executive order, Bush authorized the CIA to target and assassinate said “enemy combatants.” These orders came into play on Nov. 3, 2002, when a CIA-operated Predator drone fired a Hellfire missile at a car containing Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, supposedly al-Qaida’s No. 1 man in Yemen at the time. U.S. officials didn’t know that an American, Kamal Derwish, was riding along. “The Bush administration said the killing of an American in this fashion was legal ... this is legal because the president and his lawyers say so—it’s not much more complicated than that,” CBS News reported at the time. “I can assure you that no constitutional questions are raised here,” said then national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. Congress tried to clarify matters in the Military Commissions Act of 2006, part of which—the section that eliminated the writ of habeas corpus—was struck down by the


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U.S. Supreme Court last year. But the rest of the MCA remains, including a passage that defines an enemy combatant as anyone who provides “material support” to the “enemy.” Now that times have supposedly changed, it’s time to ask: Why hasn’t President Barack Obama abrogated Bush’s controversial executive orders? Simply put, no one man ought to claim the right to suspend a person’s constitutional rights. Not in America. But that’s not the case. In 2002, Scott Silliman, director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University asked: “Could you put a Hellfire missile into a car in Washington, D.C., under [the Bush] theory? The answer is yes, you could.” Nothing much has changed. Obama has eliminated the use of the phrase “enemy combatant,” but The New York Times reported that the change is merely to “symbolically separate the new administration from Bush detention policies.” The words may have changed, but Obama Attorney General Eric Holder’s definition of who can be held, said the Times, is “not significantly different from the one used by the Bush administration.” These days, Obama has ramped up the assassination of political opponents of the U.S.aligned regime in Pakistan, deploying more Predator drone attacks than Bush. But that’s just for now. Obama could still personally order a government agency to murder you. That’s not as weird as the fact that you probably don’t care enough to do anything. Ted Rall is the author of To Afghanistan and Back.



CLEVER POWER Idaho Power slowly rolls out smart grid technologies NATHANIEL HOFFMAN On Oct. 27, President Barack Obama announced $3.4 billion in funding for 100 high-tech electrical grid improvement projects across the country, using stimulus funds to set energy policy for the nation. The device that makes the so-called “smart grid” possible is a digital electric meter installed on people’s homes. Stimulus funds will boost the number of these smart meters to about 40 million in a few years time. “Smart meters will allow you to actually monitor how much energy your family is using by the month, by the week, by the day, or even by the hour,” Obama told a crowd outside a Florida solar power plant. “So, coupled with other technologies, this is going to help you manage your electricity use and your budget at the same time, allowing you to conserve electricity during times when prices are highest, like hot summer days.” Most Ada County residents can already do that, though few know about it. Idaho Power, which has been reluctantly experimenting with smart meters since 1998 and began installing them system wide in January, nabbed $47 million in stimulus funds for a variety of smart grid projects, including meters, hardware to process the new information and better protect the grid, and software to interpret the data both internally and for customers. One key to encouraging customers to change their electricity habits is offering tiered rates depending on the cost and demand for power, something that has been available in the Emmett area for a number of years, and will soon be available statewide. “As long as we’re not harmed by the programs, we’re more than willing to offer them,” said Dave Angell, delivery planning manager at Idaho Power. “Luckily in this state, the Idaho [Public Utilities Commission] has been working with us toward removing the disincentives to having new programs.” While Idaho Power called the Emmet program a pilot project, the PUC called it Phase One of Idaho Power’s Advanced Meter Reading, or AMR, initiative. The PUC has encouraged Idaho Power to adopt smart meters and AMR since at least 2001. But the company fought the decree for several years, arguing that the technology was not fully developed and that the costs of installing the meters outweighed the benefits. In September 2008, Idaho Power assembled a “manager-level WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

committee” to define what the smart grid would mean for the company, and in January, began to install smart meters across Ada County; 120,000 have been installed so far. Next year, the company will begin replacing meters in Canyon County and points west, and in 2011, the meter replacement program will spread to southern Idaho.

revenues go down,” he said. Another aspect of the smart grid touted by the Obama administration is the ability to integrate clean energy sources like wind and solar into the grid. “If I were running a utility, one of the things that would drive me crazy is this daily fluctuation in load, and one of the things the smart grid can do is level that out,” said John Gardner, associate vice president for energy research, policy and campus sustainability at Boise State. Gardner said that utilities will have the ability to tell customers the source and amount of power available so that if it’s a windy day and there is an excess of wind power coming on the grid, customers can be alerted to charge their cars or run electricity-hogging appliances. “I don’t think that that’s a piece of information that any utility is that eager to share,” he said. Mike Youngblood, Idaho Power manager for rate design, said that if the company has excess power, they sell it to other utilities,

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To Idaho Power, the smart grid is three things: the smart meters themselves, the information they provide to help consumers better use electricity and more control over the backbone of the grid including management of power outages. But to the Obama administration, the potential of a more intelligent power grid can be a lot more. One example, according to George W. Arnold, the national coordinator for smart grid interoperability, is a new clothes dryer that communicates with the electrical grid through the power lines to determine the price of electricity and to plan the most efficient time to dry clothes based on weather and demand. But using that type of technology depends on the regulatory environment of the state and the attitude of the utility, Arnold said. “If the utility companies view their business as basically selling electrons, if you help customers reduce their use of electrons, their

which benefits ratepayers. While only a few hundred people in Emmett have taken advantage of variant pricing, on average, they have been able to save money and reduce Idaho Power’s peak summer demand for electricity. The stimulus funds assume that Idaho Power will offer optional variant pricing to about 5,000 new customers a year for the next three years, starting in Ada County sometime in the next year, Youngblood said. In a few weeks, Idaho Power will meet with the Department of Energy to negotiate the terms of the stimulus grant. It is a matching grant, so the Feds will chip in up to $47 million of the $94 million in smart grid improvements Idaho Power has planned. But Dave Angell is not worried about people shaving too many electrons off of their energy diets. “They still have the same energy content, but peak power is reduced,” he said. “What we’re doing is managing demand. As more people move into the state and more industry and commercial business, there’s always this increase in demand.”

PUSH POLLING IN THE LOCAL PAPER The Idaho Statesman on Oct. 31 boasted an above-the-fold stor y on a poll the paper commissioned that asked about the Boise streetcar proposal. At first, we were thrilled to see the daily paper getting back to its roots and dishing out some of its Sacramento-based cash for an old-fashioned sur vey. But then we read the fine print. “Data for the Statesman sur vey was collected from Sept. 25 to Oct. 17 by POPULUS, a nonpar tisan research company in Garden City. Par ticipants were solicited from three sources: newspaper ads, e-mail lists provided by the newspapers and a list of volunteers maintained by POPULUS,” wrote Bethann Stewart in the ar ticle, headlined “Sur vey: A Third of Boiseans Back Streetcar.” A more accurate headline would have reflected the fact that nearly all respondents were volunteer Statesman readers, as in: “Sur vey: Half of Statesman Respondents Opposed to ‘Trolley.’” Though Populous owner Paul Butcher stands behind the data, this was not a random sur vey of Boise residents. Butcher took a self-selected group of people who responded to solicitations in the Statesman and at, a Statesman e-mail marketing list, e-mail lists from Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the United Way and his own list of people, mainly par ticipants in another sur vey he conducted for Idaho Business Review—a total of about 3,000 people—and garnered some 670 online responses to his 100-question sur vey. He then compared respondents’ demographics to Treasure Valley Census numbers to “balance” the data. “For the most par t, it is a reader survey,” Butcher told citydesk. But if extrapolated to the city level, Butcher said his numbers are good with a 5 percent margin of error and 90 percent confidence. “If you took those odds to Vegas, you’d come back a ver y, ver y wealthy person,” Butcher said. “You don’t bet against those odds if you are a politician.” The Statesman did correct the margin of error on its own poll, after rushing to publication before Tuesday’s city elections. But the paper did not address the wording of the question. The streetcar query was only one of 100 questions in the survey. It was phrased thus: “Boise should have a downtown trolley paid for by taxpayer money,” and participants were asked to strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat agree or strongly agree. That question sounds more push polllike than unbiased newspaper sur vey-like. Opponents to the project have taken to calling it, inaccurately, a trolley largely because it rhymes with folly. And the streetcar is to be paid for with a mix of federal and local funding, not a citywide general proper ty tax increase. Butcher said that’s just semantics: “That’s a distinction without a difference,” he said. But Butcher posed the same loaded question when soliciting sur vey respondents on the Statesman editorial page last month.


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“Say that an over whelming majority of the sur vey par ticipants in Boise oppose the Downtown trolley. This fact will be repor ted in The Statesman, and city leaders will be forced to address the issue,” Butcher wrote in an op-ed, while his survey was still open. It was the only specific sur vey example he gave. Even stranger, Butcher conducted the exact same sur vey in Idaho Falls on behalf of the Post-Register, including the Boise trolley question. We’ve seen our fair share of polls, but don’t just take our word on it. Republican pollster Greg Smith had some questions as well. “If my understanding is correct, their methodology is deeply flawed,” Smith said. “You cannot reach the conclusion they have using the sampling frame they did, if I understand it correctly.” The city also has some anecdotal evidence of its own to tout: 57 percent of the people who filled out comment cards at a recent open house on the streetcar favored the plan. And Mayor Dave Bieter has used another scientific sur vey to defend his streetcar proposal. Boise contracts out an annual citizen sur vey, which polled a random sampling of 511 city residents in Januar y. The sur vey firm Opinion Research Corporation found that 43 percent of Boiseans list some aspect of transpor tation and mobility as their highest budget priority for the city, with 21 percent mentioning public transit. The Statesman is not done with its polling, planning more low-cost online sur veys on health care, education, transportation and the economy in the next year. Butcher promises to publish the full results of these studies after the Statesman and the Post-Register get first crack at them. But there’s one more item of note in this tale of modern polling. Butcher offers his ser vices to news outlets as, “a turn-key oppor tunity for newspapers to increase their adver tising revenue and improve the prosperity in their local communities by providing local, credible, and exclusive content based on scientific reader sur veys.” We look for ward to hearing about more the findings. The Boise City Council looked at a different sor t of findings last week as well, the results of a bike safety task force study from this past summer. The Boise City Council enthusiastically accepted the repor t, requesting a sit down with the Ada County Highway District and a briefing on ACHD’s bike plan, indicating that it would consider implementing many of the suggestions in the repor t. Michael Zuzel, with help from police and lawyers, presented the findings of the committee, including suggestions for infrastructure, enforcement and education. As Zuzel had predicted, the three-feetto-pass law garnered the most discussion, with Councilman Alan Shealy suggesting that writing “when possible” into the law would give drivers and excuse not to follow it. “I’m just concerned that ‘when possible’ is going to completely emasculate the three-feet-to-pass,” he said.

Picketers from Idaho Main Street Alliance demanded reform recently outside Regence Blue Shield.

YOU’RE THE REAL COST Spinning health-care reform to the end game NATHANIEL HOFFMAN The Regence Group, which sells Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance in Idaho, Washington, Utah and Oregon, has launched a high-tech political and marketing campaign that the company says helps people understand health-care reform. But critics say the campaign places blame on doctors and patients and ignores the role of the insurance industry in skyrocketing rates, lack of coverage and administrative waste. The campaigns, which include a well-designed Flash-based Web site called, television commercials airing on some stations and—making the rounds on the Web—a new branding headlined “Share the Well” and a fading Facebook/ Twitter push, ask people to take more command over their health, including challenging doctors and pharmacists. “The whole goal of this campaign is a consumer education cost campaign,” said Georganne Benjamin, who works in public affairs at Regence in Boise and helped to design the games on the Web site, including one called Resist the System. “How you win at that one is by challenging the system and not just being compliant with what she’s suggesting.” Don McCanne, a senior health policy fellow at Physicians for a National Health Plan, which advocates for a single public or quasi-public health insurer, argues that the administrative expenses at private health insurance companies are the largest wasted cost in the system. “How many people do you know that request health care that they know they don’t need but they want to have ‘because it’s covered?’ In over 30 years of my very busy family practice, I cannot recall one single patient with such a request. Yet the thrust of this Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield campaign is to blame the patient for requesting too much health care,” McCanne wrote in his daily health-care reform e-mail.

Mike Tatko, media and public relations manger at Regence in Lewiston, said the company is not playing a blame game. “It’s more of a take charge, take a little bit of personal responsibility in your life,” he said. “We talk a lot about personal responsibility.” What about responsibility at the company? “Our administrative costs are about 9 cents on the dollar,” Tatko said. “We’d like to be at 7, we’re not there.” Bob Vestal, a retired medical director at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boise and a steering committee co-chairman at Idaho Health Care for All, PNHP’s local affiliate, said Regence has a point about personal responsibility. “I think people in this country do need to take more responsibility for their health and well-being and make good choices,” Vestal said. “There’s no way to deny that. On the other hand, what it looks like the insurance industry is doing is shifting the blame. I think they have abused their role in the health-care system by creating difficult challenges for policy holders and making it impossible for some people to afford and retain health insurance. I continue to ask the question, ‘what is the value added that insurance companies bring to the health-care system?’” With both houses of Congress considering viable health-care reform bills, neither single payer advocates nor the health insurance industry are satisfied. John Geyman, author of Do Not Resuscitate, a book that argues for dismantling the private insurance industry, said health insurers say they want reform, but really want universal coverage, or 50 million new subscribers. “I think the insurance industry as a whole is trying to posture like they are reformers and want to help make health care affordable, control prices and all that but they’re a big part of the problem themselves.” Geyman said.

—Nathaniel Hoffman


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MARK MENLOVE Advocating for the peace and quiet of winter NATHANIEL HOFFMAN

You worked at ski resorts before this gig? My background is in the ski resort industry. I worked for the U.S. Ski Team for a while in the late ’80s doing communications and media relations stuff. And then I worked for Park City Resort for a number of years, still tied in closely with the U.S. Ski Team and what they were doing with World Cup racing and things. And then I ran Ski Utah and the Utah Ski Association, which is the trade organization and marketing arm of the ski resort industry in Utah. You know, a lot of it was really great, but it also seemed like the farther up I got within the resort industry side of things, the less it seemed to have to do with skiing and the more with, you know, the bottom line. And I got kind of disillusioned with the whole growth for growth’s sake mentality that was really rampant at that point in the mid-90s. So I just dropped out and went back to graduate school, actually in creative writing, or as one of the Ski Utah board members put it at my last meeting, “Mark is leaving


us to pursue a degree in poverty,” which turned out to be prophetic. Are you a really good skier? I like to ski. I ski a lot. It’s been a passion of mine since as long as I can remember. I grew up right at the base of the Wasatch in the Salt Lake Valley and skied a lot growing up. I still enjoy ski resorts, but my passion these days is backcountry skiing and that has added a whole different realm in terms of my enjoyment. What is the status of your Yellowstone snowmobile case? It is our highest profile issue, and it’s also interminable. We’re actually making real progress. The National Park Service announced [recently] a two-year rule that limits the number of snowmobiles to 318 a day. They all have to be the best available technology, which is a four-stroke machine, and they all have to be commercially guided. And that’s less than half of what the daily limit was up to this point. We still think it should go farther. The situation on the ground in Yellowstone is night and day from what it was eight or 10 years ago. Do you think they should be eliminated from the park? I’m not sure I’d go that far. We’re a lot closer to striking a balance now. The bottom line for us is the park needs to be protected. It’s a magical place in winter. It’s our first National Park and one of our icons as far as a sanctuary, and we need to treat it as such. And to their credit, I think, the snowmobile industry has come closer to being able to do that and certainly, this guiding requirement and the best available technology requirement are helping.


Mark Menlove is the executive director of Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national group that advocates for “human-powered winter sports” on behalf of 34 grass-roots winter rec groups in 11 states. Menlove worked in the ski resort industry before moving into public lands activism. His 9-year-old organization has been involved in a high-profile dispute over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park for years and is working with National Forests, including the Payette and Clearwater, on managing winter travel to provide “places of quiet and places to really rejuvenate and recreate, in the truest sense of that word, which is to re-create,” as Menlove put it.

What are the impacts of snowmobiles? Treetop damage. There’s soil compaction, especially when they ride them on low snow levels. And the issue for us that really comes to bear is quiet. We believe that the natural sights and sounds of winter—and especially quiet—that’s a resource that the Forest Service should be managing. There needs to be places where we can go into the backcountry and find quiet, get away from all of the city noise. So that’s an impact that clearly snowmobiles have. And then there’s the air quality issue, which in a place like Yellowstone, where you have snowmobiles confined in one area, it can be a huge impact. Do you have plans for the winter? We do an annual hut trip with my family. The kids ski in and haul their own stuff in. We’ll do that for sure in February or March. I’m hoping to get back over to Yellowstone again with our family. I’ll do at least another hut trip in Idaho with probably grown ups. My kids are both in the ski program at Bogus, which by the way I think is just a fantastic resort. With my background in the ski industry and that disillusionment that I talked about, when I look at Bogus, it’s everything a ski resort should be and none of the things that it shouldn’t be. Read more about WWA on Page 39 and at


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NEWS/TRUE CRIME PIT STOP SNARES ALLEGED GARDEN CITY BANK ROBBER Rush hour on Chinden. Boise and Garden City cops patrolling near Garrett Street spot a white Olds Alero. It matches the description of the getaway car from a bank robber y called in only minutes before. At 4:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, the Mountain West Bank on State Street at Glenwood had been relieved of some of its depositors’ hard-earned cash. Witnesses gave police a good description of the perp and his ride. At 5:07 p.m., the squad cars light up. Instead of pullJoshua David Johnson ing over, the Olds takes off westbound on Chinden. Despite the rush-hour traffic, the Boise Police Depar tment’s watch commander OKs a pursuit, which reaches speeds of up to 80 mph. Ada County Sheriff’s Office units join the chase. The racing swarm approaches Eagle Road. The Olds swer ves. Hits two patrol cars, neither of which are disabled and both of which continue the pursuit as it heads south down Eagle Road. At 5:09 p.m., officers make a PIT stop just south of McMillan. That’s PIT as in “pursuit inter vention technique.” Officers use their patrol cars in what they like to euphemistically


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call a “controlled collision” to halt chases. Don’t kid yourselves. At 80 mph, they’re nothing if not dangerous liaisons. The escape attempt through rush-hour traffic was over two minutes after it began. Without casualties, unless you count the three patrol cars—one from each of the three cop shops involved—that were damaged. Garden City Police took Joshua David Johnson, 33, of Boise, into custody. He was booked into the Barrister Home for Wayward Motorists. His pending charges include robber y, eluding police officers and two counts of batter y on police officers. Felonies all.

BOISE BANDITS COLLAR SUSPECTED HORSE PEDDLER It’s a troubling trend for Boise Police BANDIT Narcotics Task Force detectives: more teens are riding the white horse. And, evidently, selling the drug, too. BANDIT officers arrested an 18-year-old Boise man Thursday, Oct. 29, on a felony charge of possession of heroin with intent to deliver. But his self-inflicted ordeal began nine days earlier during a traffic stop—for a possible noise-ordinance violation. During that stop, police asked the suspect for permission to search him. He consented. They allegedly found several small packaged bundles that tested positive for the aforementioned illegal substance. Note to stupid teenagers: If you’re intent on dabbling in the black market, at least make sure that killer sound system of yours isn’t violating the noise ordinance while out making deliveries. It just might delay your inevitable transition from high-school playa to Big House plaything for a little while, anyway. —Jay Vail


HOME SLOPE ADVANTAGE For many, the little local ski hill holds a special place



hen I was little, there weren’t a lot of child care problems—at least in the winter. Once a thick layer of snow had covered our mountain home, my parents always had the option of just dropping me off at the small local ski hill, where I could spend hours whizzing down the slopes, along with all the other kids whose parents had dropped them at the base. We would conquer the mountain via the rope tow. Later, when a single chairlift was installed, no one could hold us back. We were a pint-sized gang on tiny skis. We ruled the slopes, hurling ourselves downhill with reckless abandon, brushing off the occasional tumble with laughs and recuperating in the small lodge with a cup of hot chocolate and a frosted donut. That mountain was nothing short of glorious freedom. It was more than a decade later before I learned my “freedom” was actually being closely monitored by every employee on the mountain, who radioed my goings-on to my father. See, at the time, my grandparents owned the little hill—Summit Ski Area on Mt. Hood in Oregon. For a short time, that chairlift was actually named after me, and every morning, my grandmother made those donuts we devoured. The ski business was my family’s business long before even my father was born, but I wasn’t the only one who felt at home on the handful of runs at Summit. It was the local ski hill, not the iconic Timberline just up the road, or even Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, where flocks of skiers from Portland would head every evening after work for night skiing—and one in which my family also had an interest.




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But when it comes to mom-and-pop ski areas, the sense of community ownership often outweighs legal ownership. In other words, Mom and Pop don’t actually have to own the ski area to feel possessive about it. It’s a feeling shared by nearly every skier and snowboarder, most of whom learned the sport on the slopes of a small ski area close to home rather than the big resorts with names known around the world. Idaho is ďŹ lled with small ski hills, places where “high-speed quadâ€? refers to four fast skiers, and equipment comes in two varieties: used and new-to-them. “We have a very strong sense of ownership among community members,â€? said Mary Reichman, general manager of Pebble Creek Ski Area, south of Pocatello. “This is their hill.â€? And while their glitzier neighbors get more of the attention, it’s the small areas that are the backbone of the ski and snowboard industry. In fact, 269 of the 473 operating ski areas in the United States are considered small areas, according to Troy Hawks, communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association. NSAA measures capacity by how many vertical feet per hour a ski area can move visitors (via chairlift, rope tow or other method of conveyance). The majority move skiers and riders 2,999 feet or less, and an additional 85 move them less than 5,999 feet per hour. Only 60 resorts have the capacity to move visitors more than 12,000 feet per hour. “Clearly, there’s a lot of smaller ski areas,â€? Hawks said. Many of these smaller areas are privately owned, nonproďŹ ts or owned by municipalities, although several are part of larger corporations. But the common characteristic remains a connection to the community not seen in the big resorts. “There’s a certain quaintness to them that cannot be artiďŹ cially replicated,â€? Hawks said, recalling the small ski area where he learned to ski in Wisconsin. “ A lot of resorts try, but they can’t do it.â€? A case study can be found just north of Boise at Tamarack Resort, where developers tried to plop down a ready-made ski resort rather than letting one grow organically

from the support of a community and skiers. And while Tamarack’s much-publicized ďŹ nancial woes make a 2009-2010 season doubtful at best, its neighbor, the Little Ski Hill in McCall, continues to chug away after more than 70 years. The hill—which features just 400 vertical feet, a single T-bar, ďŹ ve runs and night skiing—opened in 1937 as a private ski area for employees of the Brown Tie and Lumber Company and their families. When the company left, the ski hill continued and is now under the stewardship of the nonproďŹ t Payette Lake Ski Club. On any given winter day, between four and ďŹ ve employees can run the hill, with only the lift operators and the manager drawing a salary. The rest is done on a volunteer basis. “It’s a labor of love,â€? said Colby Nielsen, the Little Ski Hill’s program director. Nielsen, who moved back to McCall just a few years ago, learned to ski on those same slopes. The area depends heavily on donations, grants and the proceeds from an assortment of fundraisers held throughout the year. The limited funds mean the budget for upgrades is minimal, but thanks to the work of volunteers, the hill runs a large after-school program for students in the area. “The advantage for us is where we are, and what we do, caters to the kids and the community and getting them out to learn to ski and snowboard,â€? Nielsen said. Up to 90 kids a day will turn out to take advantage of lessons and a ski pass, and considering an adult day pass is only $11, locals are apt to turn out whenever they have the time. There are no rentals, and the area is closed on Sunday and Monday, but still, locals stay true to the Little Ski Hill. “[The area is] cool because of the history in the community,â€? Nielsen said. “There are so many people who have gone through over the years who have run and kept it going.â€? That sense of nostalgia often brings skiers and boarders back to the hills where they ďŹ rst learned. Even after years of building up to the bigger mountains, it’s often those little hills where they return as they get older, like the ski version of spawning salmon. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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Such is the case at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort in Ririe, near Idaho Falls, where mountain manager Danny Harris learned to ski on the same hill where his grandchildren are now taking up the sport. Kelly Canyon was founded in 1957 by a group of farmers who decided they wanted their own ski hill after visiting Sun Valley. “They just wanted to ski,” Harris said. They already owned the land, so, come winter, they would put a tractor at the top of the hill and attach a cable that would haul up a makeshift sled full of skiers standing sideways in their skis. Usually, this worked just fine, but occasionally, a group of would-be skiers took an unexpected sledding adventure. The area’s first two lifts were made in a farmer’s shed in 1960.


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Now, with the addition of land leased from the U.S. Forest Service, Kelly Canyon has four lifts, roughly 950 vertical feet and night skiing. The ski area is still privately owned and still depends on the loyalty of the community. Like the Little Ski Hill, Kelly Canyon runs a large after-school ski education program for regional schools, but the crowds come at night. Harris said on an average night, between 400 and 500 skiers and boarders will be on the slopes, many of them making the easy 25-mile drive from Idaho Falls after work. The vast majority of clients are locals, and most of those are families who want to take advantage of an intermediate hill. A full 80 percent of people on the hill are usually snowboarders, and Kelly Canyon has created a terrain park with at least 10 features to

draw the high-school crowd. And while Kelly Canyon is larger than the Little Ski Hill, with a 1,000-foot elevation drop, 26 runs, four lifts and two rope tows spread across 640 acres of mostly beginner and intermediate terrain, it still puts its focus on being the community ski hill. “It’s more of a hometown feeling,” Harris said. “People come up all the time, and all the employees know them. “Those who return, we see them years and years and years,” he said. “That’s one thing that’s nice; as they get older, they come back.” Keeping those skiers coming back is key not only to individual resorts, but to the industry as a whole. Even the biggest ski areas see the importance of the small hills as a way to create the

next generation of skiers. “You learn at a smaller area, and as you progress, you hope to go visit the larger [resorts]. But the smaller [area] is the firsttime experience for skiers and boarders in the U.S.,” Hawks said. “It adds to the health and longevity of the industry.” “I’ve had many mangers at bigger hills say it’s their farm team,” said Cliff Tacke, former director at Cottonwood Butte Ski Area. While every ski area is competing for limited discretionary dollars, most of the small guys don’t see it as a matter of competing against each other, or even against the larger resorts. “Even though, technically, we’re competitors, for the most part, we’re family with other resorts,” Pebble Creek’s Reichman said. “If anyone makes a new skier somewhere, it benefits all of us.” Pebble Creek is doing its part to get skiers on the hill, creating numerous specials designed to keep people skiing, despite tight budgets. “We realize that within the community we have people who might want to ski, that have been laid off or have different income levels,” Reichman said. “We feel very strongly about giving back to the community.” Those specials include major discounts for tickets bought with advertising partners or free skiing for kids after 3 p.m. following the switch to daylight savings time. “Because we’re small, we can do things like that,” Reichman said. In its 60th year, Pebble Creek has grown from a rope tow-only resort started by a private group of skiers, to a hill with three triple chairlifts, 2,200 vertical feet of drop, 54 named runs and a reputation for backcountry glade skiing. Still, community remains the focus with an expansive after-school program and specials for families. “With being a small area, we are able to get to know our guests and specially design programming for our community,” she said. “We have a lot of kids that, over the last 20 years, learned to ski in after-school programs that are coming back with their small kids.” That’s exactly what Tacke did at Cottonwood Butte Ski Area, north of Grangeville in North Central Idaho. Tacke started skiing on the small hill when he was in the eighth grade, later returning with his own children and eventually joining the ski area’s the board of directors. The hill was started in the 1960s by a group of locals who secured lease agreements on private land. The group bought Bogus Basin Mountain Resort’s old T-bar, hired someone to log the runs and built a small lodge. The private corporation was replaced in 1990 by a nonprofit, which continues to run Cottonwood. When the original used T-bar finally wore out, the volunteer board of directors found two old T-bars at other small Idaho resorts and cobbled them together. Now, one T-bar (which happens to be 3,000-feet long) and a rope tow take local skiers up the 845 vertical feet to explore seven largely intermediate runs spread across the 260 acres of the area. Of course, it’s not the amenities that make Cottonwood interesting, it’s the location. To reach the base, visitors drive along the outer fence of the North Idaho Correctional Institute—a minimum-security prison—and WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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at the top of the butte lie the remains of a Cold War era radar station. Its unique location, along with some tongue-in-cheek humor, inspired the ski area’s slogan of “Escape to Cottonwood Butte.” It’s the same sort of individualistic attitude that has kept the ski area going on a limited budget. “There’s some pride of, not necessarily ownership, but pride of keeping it going and making it work,” Tacke said. “[When I was on the board, we] took a lot of satisfaction in keeping it going and having it financially solvent.” Part of survival mode has been a willingness to scrounge hand-me-down equipment from the bigger areas for the hill and the rental program. “Sometimes we get last year’s new stuff,” he said. Cottonwood Butte is only open on Friday nights and weekends, but it has endeared itself to the community. “The community has loyalty,” Tacke said. “They know that they can go there and they’ll be treated well, and your rig is really unlikely to be vandalized and, if it is, there will be hell to pay. “[Parents] can drop their grade-school-aged kids off and be assured they’ll be taken care of. If the kids misbehave, they’re going to get a phone call,” he added with a laugh, explaining the many advantages of life in a small town. Of course, small towns also mean an end to night skiing once high school basketball gets going since there just aren’t enough people around to turn on the lights for. Getting enough people up the hill is not


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a problem Bogus Basin, Boise’s own community ski hill, has had to deal with much in recent years. While Bogus seems too large to be considered a small ski area, with 1,800 feet of vertical drop, 54 runs, two quad lifts, one triple and four doubles, its staff still see it as a community hill. “We’re fond of saying we’re the best local ski resort in the country,” said Bogus spokes-

the business and her parents own Pomerelle Mountain in Southeast Idaho. “Everyone loves their own small, hometown hill,” she said. “It’s where you learned to ski or snowboard. “People have a soft place in their hearts.” While Bogus Basin has no anticipated opening date, crews are readying the area to be able to open as soon as there’s enough snow on

“[Parents] can drop their gradeschool-aged kids off and be assured they’ll be taken care of. If the kids misbehave, they’re going to get a phone call.”

—Cliff Tacke

woman Gretchen Anderson. “We’re not a destination resort, we’re the grandmama of mom-and-pop areas.” While skier visits were down by 5,000 last year compared to the 2008-2009 season, totaling roughly 334,000, the area was still able to finish a profitable year, and 2,200 season passes have already been sold for the 20092010 season, Anderson said. Bogus has long been a nonprofit organization, which has been the starting place for many local skiers and snowboarders. Anderson has a unique understanding of the realities of small ski areas. She grew up in

the ground. In the meantime, the resort is still cutting locals a deal with discounted season passes through the end of November. While being the small guy on the block can be challenging, as the economy turned last year, the little ski hills found themselves in an enviable situation. “We found, last year, that smaller resorts were in a more ideal position,” Hawks said, explaining that smaller size equates to smaller lift ticket price and a more family oriented experience. Additionally, local ski hills are temptingly close, cutting the cost of transportation and

eliminating sometimes costly lodging expenses. “In this economy, we believe [our location] benefits us,” Anderson said. “Our sales are down in terms of lessons and lease packages, but we know that our skiers and riders are going to stay close.” Nationally, skier visits were down roughly 5 percent last year in comparison to the previous season, but it still managed to be the sixth best season on record, Hawks said. “In tough economic times, the ski industry holds up well,” he said. “Skiers and riders have to go or they will go crazy and their heads will pop off.” Small ski areas around the country are doing what they can to prevent that kind of frustration-induced mass decapitation by giving skiers and boarders an inexpensive and nostalgic outlet for their winter needs. As for my own winter needs, they have changed over the decades. These days, I’m far more likely to be found enjoying apres ski, or even pre-ski, than barreling down the slopes. When I am on snow, it’s usually with my Nordic skis or snowshoes. But I can’t help but smile as I remember those early days on the mountain. I can almost hear my mother yelling at me to let go of the rope and roll out of the way as my prostrate form was being unceremoniously dragged uphill by the rope tow. The smell of fresh donuts still transports me back to childhood on the hill. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll return to the mountain where I took my first turns. Although, like with all things we experience as children, I’m a little worried the hill will look much smaller than it did when I was 3.




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Seated, these three ladies don’t seem so tall.

Councilman David Eberle.


Work those bodies, Idaho Dance Theatre dancers. Work ’em.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY NOV. 5-8 IDT’S BODY WORKS Idaho Dance Theatre has been hard at work preparing for its 21st season, and this month, the dancers are ready to show off their fancy footwork. The 2009-2010 season leaps off on Friday, Nov. 6, with the premiere of “Body Works,” followed in January with “Figuratively Speaking” and then “Motion Pictures” in April. Founded in 1989 by Fred and Marla Hansen and Carl Rowe, Idaho Dance Theatre “creates and performs educational outreach and rural touring” in order to bring the arts to a wide swath of people, both in Idaho and surrounding areas. “Body Works” will offer the premiere of two new pieces—one from Marla Hansen and one from Rowe. Hansen’s “Homespun” is set to contemporary bluegrass and evokes images of “children running through the woods, a flirtatious encounter, a poignant pas de deux of forbidden love, a summer rain shower, and the sheer joy of life in a simpler time.” Rowe’s substantially darker new piece “Of This Time” is set to music by Michael Nyman and explores the pervasive tension created by “our challenging economic environment.” Rowe will also present two older works, the dramatic “Brothers” and the fast-paced Afro-Caribbean number “Caliente.” According to IDT’s managing director Becky Breshears, each piece in “Body Works” will have its own distinct feel. “It’s going to be kind of all over the place—from the quiet comfiness of home to the edginess in the environment to ‘Let’s have a party,’” said Breshears. In order for “Body Works” to reach the maximum number of arts enthusiasts, IDT is offering a preview night for the upcoming performance, which has been dubbed Economic Stimulus Night. Instead of charging regular admission, IDT is instead asking attendees to pay whatever they can afford, though they do caution “your donation should be commensurate with what you can afford to pay and you must make a donation in order to get in.” Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. $14-$28, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., 208-331-9592,

WEDNESDAY NOV. 4 GEORGE PARKER LECTURE No-bullshit Boise-based adver tising guru George Parker will kick off the


Boise Adver tising Federation’s speaker series on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Parker has created adver tisements for products ranging from Qwest to cameras, for Cyrix, and big name companies like IBM, Dell and MCI. Parker’s Web site show-

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cases his accomplishments, but his blog, “AdScam/TheHorror,” is more personal. There, he pokes fun at the peers in his profession, like liberally dropping the word “fucktard” in reference to the likes of Tom Ellis of Volkswagen marketing.

This month’s Fettuccine Forum presents a discussion led by Boise City Councilman David Eberle, Ph.D. The talk, Our Great Recession: Its Impact on Idaho and the Boise Valley will host a panel of local economists to engage the public in a discussion about our nation’s economy and what the recession has done to change our state. This Fettuccine Forum is a chance to ask questions about the state of our city, as many residents wonder what the future may hold and when things will turn around. Eberle is more than qualified, holding degrees from the University of Nebraska, University of New Mexico, as well as the Colorado College. He has done consulting work and taught at Boise State University and College of Idaho. The forum, as its name suggests, will offer the option to partake in fettuccine, provided by Life’s Kitchen, for $6. Free appetizers are available and drinks are provided by Jo’s Traveling Bar. The series is produced by Boise City Department of Arts & History with Boise State College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. 5 p.m., FREE, Fettuccine $6, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-433-5670.

In the ’80s, Parker created an ad for O&M in New York, a Compaq spread that stated “Now you can afford COMPAQ instead of a clone.” Dell claimed that the advertising was critical of their products, suing Compaq to the tune of $100 million

THURSDAY-SATURDAY NOV. 5-21 THREE TALL WOMEN Looking for something to do that’s right up your alley? Try the Alley Repertory Theater, now in its second season. In November, Alley Mainstage will bring Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women to life. Directed by Tim Saunders, Three Tall Women shows just how tricky personality and its self-deceptions can be. The play revolves around—you guessed it—three tall women of different ages and backgrounds. The women (a young lawyer, a middleaged caregiver and a rich, bitter old matron) are nameless, and the audience is forced to stay on its toes as the ladies navigate through a conversation that is as stingingly funny as it is haunting and unsettling. The dialogue provides a verbal battle as the women talk rings around one another in an attempt to create, or avoid, any sort of connection. By the play’s end, the women’s true identities are revealed and the audience is allowed one collective “Oohh” of realization. Best known for penning the hilariously sharp Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (“Martha? Rubbing alcohol for you?” “Sure. Never mix, never worr y!”), Edward Albee creates well-crafted and insightful examinations of the modern condition. Three Tall Women was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for best drama in 1994, the third in Albee’s successful career. The play can be viewed as autobiographical in context, as the relationships Albee describes are based on moments of his own life. So whether you’re a group of three tall women, four short guys or just a family looking for a little entertainment on these cool nights, the Alley Repertor y Theater has you covered. 7 p.m., $15, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-388-4ART,

dollars. Compaq fired back, countersuing Dell for the same thing and claiming that their advertising had been derogatory. When the two found out that Parker had created both the companies’ campaigns, they dropped the case. The high-profile ad man promises to provide an educational, albeit risque, take on the world of advertising, because: “No matter how bad you think it is, it’s actually worse!” Following Parker will be a per formance by Boise’s The Naughties, a cover band that specializes in hits from bands like Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Arcade Fire and U2. 5:30 p.m., $25 mem-

bers/$35 nonmembers/$5 for The Naughties only, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483, for more information call 208-336-7511.

FRIDAYSUNDAY NOV. 6-8 BOGUS SKI SWAP It’s that magic time of year again, the one skiers and snowboarders across the Treasure Valley mark on their calendars nearly a year in advance. The Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation’s 59th annual Ski Swap will fill Expo






Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Possible giants! Hide your children, maybe!




THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS They may not be giants, but they certainly are a big deal. This Sunday, Nov. 8, They Might Be Giants will take the stage at the Egyptian Theatre to share their unconventional blend of theatrics and alternative rock. Comprised of duo John Flansburgh and John Linnell and an ever-evolving backing band, this double Grammy Award-winning group has been rocking stages with their catchy tunes since 1982. Those parents who built a little birdhouse in their souls for the infamously quirky Brooklyn-based band back in the day can introduce them to their kids. TMBG’s are tripping to Boise to promote their latest album, Here Comes Science, the third in a line of educational albums following 2005’s Here Comes the ABC’s and 2008’s Here Comes the 123’s. Here Comes Science includes tracks such as “Roy G. Biv,” “Photosynthesis” and “Science is Real.” While perhaps not the most-stimulating release for adults (but then again, neither was “Particle Man,” which was actually for adults), Here Comes Science promises to entertain your brood of beaker-wielding mini mad scientists with a healthy dose of rock ’n’ roll. Be it the intricacy of science, the simplicity of the ABC’s or the magic of a sweet guitar riff, TMBG are apparently as popular with the kids these days as they once were with a generation of people who are now parents. 7 p.m., $22-$25, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273,

Idaho with tens of thousands of pieces of used ski and snowboard equipment and assorted winter gear for a three-day extravaganza of all things winter. The sale is the foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds go to support the ski training programs, making them more affordable for the young riders who participate. Here’s how it works: Those with gear they no longer want bring it to be sold, while those in need of


gear at a great deal come to buy said gear. The seller gets 75 percent of the sale price, while the Ski Education Foundation takes a 25 percent commission. The ski swap welcomes nearly ever ything snow-sport related, including Alpine, Nordic and snowboarding gear, clothing and assorted equipment. Sellers can drop off sale items Thursday, Nov. 5, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; or Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ensuring a fresh flow

The Cabin will offer the final reading of the year in its Readings and Conversations series with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie next week. A native of Nigeria, Adichie has received numerous accolades for her work throughout her relatively short writing career. A 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, Adichie also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her creativity and accomplishment. The author graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2001, received a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and is a 2008 Yale University graduate with a masters in African Studies. She published her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, in 2005 at the age of 26. The novel went on to win the Best First Novel in the 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, was released in 2006 and received acclaim from such publications as The New York Times Book Review and The Los Angeles Times, garnering Adichie the Orange Prize for fiction. Her newest release, a collection of short stories entitled The Thing Around Your Neck, has been similarly lauded. Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian novelist and author of the most widely read book in modern African literature, Things Fall Apart, said regarding Adichie: “We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient stor ytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria’s civil war. Adichie came almost fully made.” With such lofty credentials and continuous praise, The Cabin will end the 2009 Readings and Conversations series with a leather-bound bang. 7:30 p.m., $12-$28, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-331-8000,

of merchandise throughout the event. The swap is open to the public from Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but lines start forming at roughly 3 p.m. on Friday. Organizers promise

Nothing says “Thanks for your many years of invaluable service” like a giant, bloody, T-bone steak-shaped going-away cake. Furthermore, nothing says, “We respect your vegetarian lifestyle” like a giant, red-food-coloringsplattered T-bone steak-shaped cake oozing fake blood next to a smaller faux-bacon wrapped filet mignon cake. To celebrate a McCall police officer’s recent retirement, her co-workers pitched in some cash and called up Pamela’s Bakery, Cafe and Espresso in Eagle. The order? One sheetcake-sized hunk of delectably sweet faux-flesh, well done. Complete with a fake bone, char marks and everything. “She’s a long time vegetarian, so they gathered money and called and wanted to get her a T-bone steak for her retirement—the size of a sheet cake,” explained Pamela’s “cute little counter girl” Lisa Keyes. “ … I think it should’ve been red velvet, but they went with carrot cake.” So, not only has this lady had to avoid numerous “one little bite won’t hurt you” fork airplanes over the years, but now she has to clean out her desk while stuffing carrot cake-flavored fake flesh into her meat-free mouth? Awesome. No seriously, awesome. Every retiring vegetarian should dream of being treated to a T-bone carrot cake from Pamela’s. Or any other custom-made, super random, gory cake creation they can dream up. To get your own meat cake, call 208-938-6585. —Tara Morgan

that the checkout lines at this year’s event will be ramped up, thanks to the addition of an automated barcode system. For more details, check out bbsef. org, and happy hunting.

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY NOV. 4 On Stage THE PAVILION—Written by Craig Wright and directed by Matthew Cameron Clark, The Pavilion is about a couple of sweethearts who meet again during their 20th high school reunion. Interacting with various characters in their past, the two realize how going away and returning home again, nothing is ever quite the same. Dwayne Blackaller plays Peter, Hollis Welsh plays Kari and Andrea Caban is the narrator. Artist Dwain Carver is the scenic designer for the production. 8 p.m. $21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.

Calls to Artists INITIAL POINT GALLERY ARTIST SUBMISSIONS—The Meridian Arts Commission is looking for artists interested in exhibiting in Initial Point Gallery for the 2010-2011 series. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 20. Details and forms are available online at

Talks & Lectures AN EVENING WITH GEORGE PARKER—See Picks, Page 20. A night of righteous indignation, brutal honesty and surprising inspiration from legendary ad man, George Parker. Musical entertainment by The Naughties will follow. 5:30 p.m. $25 members, $35 nonmembers, $15 students, $5 after 8 p.m., 208-336-7511. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, www.

Citizen FUN FOOD DRIVE—Inkvision Tattoo is hosting a fun food drive. Through Dec. 30, drop off donations in exchange for raffle tickets. $5 gets you one or $20 for five and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Idaho Foodbank. There is also a barrel in the lobby accepting food donations. Inkvision Tattoo Studio, 516 Americana Blvd., Boise, 208-3830912,

THURSDAY NOV. 5 On Stage IDAHO DANCE THEATRE—See Picks, Page 20. Performing “Body Works.” 7 p.m. “Economic Stimulus Night,” offering viewers to pay what they can for entry. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise. THE PAVILION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $21. Boise Contemporary


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Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232,

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC—Based on the story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein is a musical for the entire family. Settle into the seat for the beloved story of Maria, the high-spirited postulant who becomes governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp. 7 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-385-0021,

BEGINNING POTTERY—Join instructor Dave Crawford to learn how to throw on the wheel. 7-9 p.m. $58 for a 4-week class. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www.

THREE TALL WOMEN— See Picks, Page 20. Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical play about the elusiveness of character. VAC is a 21-and-older venue. 7 p.m. $15, available at the door or online at www. A limited number of $10 rush tickets will be available directly before each show. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278,

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR PAINTING—Join professional watercolorist Bill McCusker for an in-depth course in watercolor theory and techniques. 7-9 p.m. $58 for a four-week class. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www. TIPS FOR BEGINNING GENEALOGISTS—Presented by Carter S. Wilson, vice president of the Idaho Genealogical Society. This course will show participants how to locate, collect, organize and store information for genealogical purposes. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise,

NOISE/CD REVIEW ANDREW ANDERSON: AS LONG AS THIS THING’S FLYIN’ A bearded singer in a cowboy hat hailing from Boise collected drummer Luke Meade and guitarist J.R. Harris to form the “country/post punk/Western swing” band of no-nonsense country blues that would bare his name: Andrew Anderson. The group’s philosophy could be described in the track, “Damn It Man”: “I smoke too much / I drink too much / I swear too much and my life is riddled with sin.” But Anderson himself might, in a nutshell, best be described as an original homestyle voice paired with altruistic acoustic accoutrements. It’s this blending of Dylan-style vocals with structured rock chords and bittersweet subject matter that creates a wholesome album, As Long As This Thing’s Flyin’, their fourth fulllength endeavor. The fast-paced number “The Hawk,” in particular, makes this reviewer want to dance with a pretty lady. The band has a variety of influences. On their MySpace profile, they quote Ernest Hemingway, Jack London and J.K. Rowling, and those inspirations are expressed via guitars, banjos, mandolins, drums, pianos and harps. In the track “Necessary Casualties,” Harris plays a delicate mandolin intro as Anderson croons a political message about war and its futility, questioning “this other guy / who sits at a desk and writes checks / that constantly send our nation further into debt.” Anderson and company celebrate the release of the CD with a shindig at Terrapin Station on Tuesday, Nov. 10. They’ll share the party, which starts at 9 p.m., with friends SGFY and Jeremiah James. Best yet, the show is free. As Long As This Thing’s Flyin’ harkens back to the days before synthesizers when fingers were callused, throats were sore and makin’ your own sweet music hurt so good. —Andrew Crisp To hear Anderson’s music, visit WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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CLASSICS YOU FORGOT TO READ—Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 6:30 p.m. FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www.

AMAZING ATHLETES—A funfilled four-week sports program designed for children ages two to five highlighting physical fitness, muscle tone and gross motor skills. 10-10:30 a.m. Continues through Dec. 3. $41 Boise city residents, $63.55 nonresidents, Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486.

Talks & Lectures BODY IMAGE AND SELFESTEEM GROUP—These group sessions will help young women build self-esteem, develop a positive body image, increase awareness of negative societal influences, and learn techniques to build confidence. The group accepts young girls in grades 7 and 8. 3-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17. $30, 208-343-7797 Ext 1211. The Children’s Home Society, 740 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, www.

FRIDAY NOV. 6 Festivals & Events IDAHO FOLKLORE SOCIETY SQUARE DANCE—Bring the family down for a stompin’ good time. Instruction provided before each dance. 7:30 p.m. $6 general, $4 IFS/BCDS members, $5 students and seniors, $2 children under 12, $14 family, 208-323-7654. Idaho Outdoor Assn. Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise.

FETTUCCINE FORUM— See Picks, Page 20. The topic is Our Great Recession: Its impact on Idaho and the Boise Valley with David Eberle. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. 5 p.m. FREE, 208-433-5670. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, www.

MISSING IN AMERICA CEREMONY—The public is invited to attend a special ceremony to inter the remains of 13 U.S. veterans. 11 a.m. Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, 208-334-4796, www.veterans.



SKI SWAP—See Picks, Page 20. 5-10 p.m. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, www.expoidaho. com. THE SPICE OF LIFE—Featuring the spicy side of Lauriel Loyst. Dinner seating at 6:30 p.m., show runs 7-9 p.m. $30 dinner and show, $15 show. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise,

On Stage IDAHO DANCE THEATRE—See Picks, Page 20. Performing “Body Works.” 7 p.m. $28 adults, $20 seniors 62 and over, $14 students, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise. THE PAVILION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.bctheater. org. THE SOUND OF MUSIC—See Thursday. 6:30 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208385-0021, www.kedproductions. org. THREE TALL WOMEN— See Thursday. 7 p.m. $15, available at the door or online at www.alleyrep. org. A limited number of $10 rush tickets will be available directly before each show. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278, www.alleyrep. org.

Concerts BOISE MASTER CHORALE— The Boise Master Chorale recognizes the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn. Dr. James Jirak leads the Chorale in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Magnificat and his Psalm 42. Both works employ an expanded orchestra with strings, full brass, doubled woodwinds, organ and timpani. 8 p.m. $20, 208-3444794, www.boisemasterchorale. net. Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 150 W. Maestra St., Meridian. BOREALIS QUARTET—7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Campus Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208426-1000.

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Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.


REGIONAL AMERICAN THEME DINNERS—Chef Jered Couch offers A Northwest Tasting Menu, designed to reflect the flavors found in and around Idaho. The four-course menu will feature sun choke soup, smoked trout, beef tenderloin, poached pears and more. Dinner will be paired with wines from Hells Canyon Winery. 7 p.m. $45, includes the tasting menu and one glass of selected wine. For reservations, call 208-949-9583. The Griddle, 177 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208939-9070,

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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes BACK TO BASICS—An informal social to kick off a journey in the basics of journalism featuring seminars and panels designed to help working journalists improve their skills. 5 p.m. FREE. Boiler Room, Bardenay, 610 Grove St. BEGINNING SEWING—Learn how to make a reversible apron with seamstress Mary K. Christensen. 5-9 p.m. $35, covers fabric and pattern. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www.

Art ARTISTS NINETY-NINE DOLLAR PAINTING SALE—Attend the opening reception for the Artisan Gallery Artists Ninety-nine Dollar Painting Sale. This show features the work of gallery artists including Tricia May, Dwight Williams, Hugh Mossman, Mark Davis, Polly Barrett and Karen Niederhut. 6-9 p.m. Artisan Gallery, 124 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-5889. FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— ”The Miniatures Show” on display through Nov. 30 features more than 20 local, regional and national artists showing artist studies and miniature works. The artists include Venture Coy, Gregg Russell, Sherri Carter, Steve Kellaway, Monna Kay, Kaycie Yeager and more. Event parking is available at Albertsons. 4-9 p.m. FREE. Galerie Belle Ame, 179 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-9381342, FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST GALLERY—Woodriver Cellars highlights a different local artist every month and hosts the featured artist to present and discuss their art. On the first Friday of the month, guests enjoy the scenery of the winery, art, live music, food and awardwinning wines. 6-10 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, www.

and a free-will offering, RSVP to Sherry, 208-722-6886. Dave’s Grille, 1411 Shilo Dr., Nampa, DINING FOR WOMEN FUNDRAISER—The Boise Chapter of the National Giving Circle Organization presents its annual fundraiser. All proceeds go to selected charities around the world that aim to empower women. Items featured at the market include shirts, totes and cards. Held outside in the gazebo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. www. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500. SKI SWAP—See Picks, Page 20. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, VETERANS DAY PARADE—A onehour parade held to honor veterans and service persons. The route goes east on Bannock between 10th and Fifth streets, and west on Idaho, in downtown Boise. 10 a.m. WINE BAR ART AUCTION—A fundraiser for Global Emergency Care Collaborative, a local nonprofit committed to developing emergency care systems in under-developed countries. Bruno Segatta, a talented painter, will be auctioning his work for the cause. 7 p.m. $20. Tavern Wine Market, 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-343-9463.

On Stage AN EVENING OF CLASSIC LILY TOMLIN—The one and only Lily Tomlin entertains audiences with her most popular characters including Ernestine, Sister Boogie Woman, Mrs. Beasley and Edith Ann. 8 p.m. $35, $43, $48, $57.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar

Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, IDAHO DANCE THEATRE—See Picks, Page 20. 2 p.m. $28 adults, $20 seniors 62 and over, $14 students, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise. THE PAVILION—See Wednesday. 2 p.m., $21, and 8 p.m., $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, THE SOUND OF MUSIC—See Thursday. 6:30 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3850021, THREE TALL WOMEN— See Picks, Page 20. 7 p.m. $15, available at the door or online at www. A limited number of $10 rush tickets will be available directly before each show. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278,

Concerts AAGE NIELSEN, DOUCAINE— Aage Nielsen performs a concert dedicated to the doucaine, a double-reed instrument recently discovered in the excavated flagship of King Henry VIII. Nielsen will be accompanied by numerous other guest artists. 2 p.m. FREE. Saint John’s Cathedral, 775 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208342-3511, BOISE PHILHARMONIC—7:30 p.m. $10-$18. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208-4541376,

Citizen TRAINING TO HELP ANIMALS IN DISASTER—The Humane Society University and Idaho Humane Society present DART (Disaster Animal Response Team), a workshop to familiarize participants with the coordinated response structure used in disaster situations and train them to be effective emergency animal relief responders. Register online using the keyword: DART. Fri.Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $150 (if registered by 10-23-2009), Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise, 208-342-3508.

SATURDAY NOV. 7 Festivals & Events AGLOW FALL GATHERING— Aglow West Idaho Leadership Team presents their fall gathering, themed “Reality Walk.” 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 covers lunch


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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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techniques for a successful job interview. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. University of Phoenix-Idaho campus, 3080 E. Gentry Way, Ste. 150, Meridian, 208-888-1505,

JFK BANQUET 2009—Featuring live music by Dan Costello, cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m. and a silent auction. Dinner at 7 p.m. followed by a delectable desserts and sweets sale. The Keynote Speaker will be Congressman Peter DeFazio. Red carpet welcome and photography by Fame Fifteen. Semiformal attire requested. 5:30 p.m. $65, 208-331-2128, Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise.

Green A HORTICULTURAL SYMPOSIUM: RE-THINKING IDAHO LANDSCAPES—Score great tricks and tips about gardening in Idaho’s unique climate. Experts will introduce participants to a variety of hardy plants and discuss how to turn lawn areas into “outdoor rooms.” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $40, space permitting, 208-343-8649, www. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise.

REGIONAL AMERICAN THEME DINNERS—See Friday. 7 p.m. $45, includes the tasting menu and one glass of selected wine. For reservations, call 208-9499583. The Griddle, 177 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-939-9070,

Kids & Teens Workshops & Classes

JUNIOR LEAGUES’ KIDS IN THE KITCHEN—Educating children about making smart, healthy choices when it comes to what they eat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. West Family YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center, 5959 Discovery Pl., Boise, 208-3779622.

BACK TO BASICS—A journey in the basics of journalism featuring seminars and panels designed to help working journalists improve their skills. 8:30 a.m. $10 Idaho Press Club members, $20 nonmembers. US Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol, Boise, 208-345-8519, www.


BEGINNING SPINNING CLASS—Lonna Steele will teach participants how to spin wool into yarn. 2-6 p.m. $45, $40 with another Lonna Steele class on this weekend, 208-407-3359. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa,

Festivals & Events SKI SWAP—See Picks, Page 20. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650,

FIBER CARDING AND BLENDING CLASS—Join Lonna Steele to learn how to use drum carders and hand cards. 10 a.m.1 p.m. $45, $40 with another Lonna Steele class on this weekend, 208-407-3359. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa,

SUNDAY AT THE DEPOT— Honor Veterans Day with live performances by Treasure Valley Storytellers. Presented in a family friendly art gallery atmosphere. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace, Boise.

RESUME/INTERVIEW WORKSHOP—The University of Phoenix offers free workshops on how to create a dynamic and effective resume as well as strategies and

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

VETERANS’ BREAKFAST— Join the folks at Warhawk Air Museum for a classic breakfast. 9-11 a.m. $6 adults, $3 seniors, veterans and children ages 5-12, 208-465-6446. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, www.

On Stage IDAHO DANCE THEATRE—See Picks, Page 20. 2 p.m. $28 adults, $20 seniors 62 and over, $14 students, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS—See Picks, Page 21. John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants’ new album, Here Comes Science, is full of educational songs geared toward children, that adults can enjoy. 4 p.m. $20 adv., $23 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Concerts BOISE MASTER CHORALE— Boise Master Chorale recognizes the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn. Dr. James Jirak leads the chorale in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Magnificat and his Psalm 42. Both works employ an expanded orchestra with strings, full brass, doubled woodwinds, organ and timpani. 2 p.m. $20, 208-344-4794, Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise.

Workshops & Classes YARN DYEING CLASS—Join Lonna Steele to create handpainted yarn using four different techniques. 1-4 p.m. $55, $50 with another Lonna Steele class on this weekend. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208407-3359, www.puffymondaes. com.

Kids & Teens BOYS ONLY BOOK CLUB—November’s pick is Escape the Mask by David Ward. 4 p.m. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www.

MONDAY NOV. 9 Art 2009 SPECIAL OLYMPICS TRIBUTE—Join athletes, families, volunteers, friends and special guests for a short program to unveil the Special Olympics World Winter Games cauldron in its permanent home. The Special Olympics Cauldron was designed by Rene Lagler and fabricated by Irene Deely of Woman of Steel. Mayor Dave Bieter will commemorate the event. 12:15-1 p.m. Boise Airport, 3201 Airport Way, Boise, 208-384-5000.



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spread across two mountains, with even more trails available beyond the resort’s borders. Skiers and boarders can also test their stuff in the terrain park or try their luck on the superpipe. Vertical drop: 4,139 feet. Lift tickets: $91 adults (15-64), $66 seniors (65+), $54 juniors (14 and younger). 307-733-2292, jacksonhole. com. Snow report: 307-733-2291.

JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT, JACKSON HOLE, WYO.—Ranked 23 No. 1 for steeps and backcountry access by Skiing Magazine, this 2,500acre resort is a true test for the expert skier. The resort features 116 named runs

at Hoodoo. Vertical drop: 1,035 feet. Lift tickets: $42 adults (12-64), $29 juniors (6-11) and seniors (65+), FREE kids 5 and younger. 541-822-3799, Snow report: 541-822-3337.

ows offers everything from ski lessons, night skiing and “Paradise Parks,” Meadows’ collection of six freestyle terrain parks. Vertical drop: 7,300 feet. Lift tickets: $57 adults, $35 juniors (7-14) and seniors (65+), $9 children (6 and younger). 503-337-2222, Snow report: 503-227-7669.

for something different, check out a snowmobile or get scenic with a sleigh ride. Vertical drop: 1,500 feet. Lift tickets: $44 adults (13-64), $24 juniors (7-12) and seniors (65-71), FREE children (6 and younger) and seniors (72+). 503-272-3206, Snow report: 800-SKI-BOWL.


PEBBLE CREEK SKI AREA, INKOM—Having recently updated the lodge area with enhanced seating, larger windows and an all-around “homier” feel, Pebble Creek continues to be a southern Idaho favorite. Both experts and newbies will enjoy the many runs available within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Vertical drop: 2,200 feet. Lift tickets: $39 adults (13-65), $25 children (6-12), $25 seniors (66+), $3 children (5 and younger). 208-775-4452, pebblecreekskiarea. com. Snow report: 208-775-4451.

are available for enthusiasts of all levels. Vertical drop: 845 feet. Lift tickets: $15 Full day, $10 Half day. 208-962-3624,

COTTONWOOD BUTTE, FERDINAND—Small in stature with two lifts, four 07 groomed runs and several powder filled trails, this north Idaho family-friendly destination offers the quieter side of winter. Ski instructors and equipment rentals


ANTHONY LAKES, NORTH POWDER, ORE.—Idaho’s neighbor has a lot to offer, with the highest base elevation in Oregon, some of the driest powder in the region and little to no lift lines. Vertical drop: 900 feet. Lift tickets: $39 adults (19-69), $34 students (13-18), $25 children (7-12), $10 children (6 and younger), $25 seniors (70+). 541-856-3277,


$23 youth (7-17) and seniors (62-69), $27 college students, FREE for children (6 and younger) and seniors (70+). 208-764-2526,


WHITE PASS SKI AREA, YAKIMA, WASH.—White Pass is constructing a new lift area to go along with the 350 inches of average annual snowfall. Thirty-two trails, a terrain park and night skiing round out this mountain experience. Vertical drop: 1,500 feet. Lift tickets: $50 adults, $30 juniors (7-12) and


LOST TRAIL POWDER MOUNTAIN, CONNER, MONT.—This small resort, family owned and operated, has long been a southeast Idaho favorite. The resort now offers three terrain parks, including powder-heavy Powder Park, a new addition. Vertical drop: 1,200 feet. Lift tickets: $34 adults (13-59), $24 juniors (612), $26 golden-agers (60-69), $10 seniors (70+), FREE children (5 and younger). 406-821-3211,

of all skill levels, and the longest run hits 2.5 miles. Vertical drop: 2,020 feet. Lift tickets: $30 adults, $20 juniors and seniors (70+). 406-834-3454, skimaverick. com.

27 secrets,” Maverick Mountain offers nearly 2,000 vertical feet of snow with minimal crowds. The mountain features 24 trails designed for skiers and boarders

WHITEFISH MOUNTAIN RESORT, WHITEFISH, MONT.—Formerly Big Mountain, this sprawling resort covers 3,000 acres, 94 marked trails and a large amount of bowl and tree skiing. Toss in night skiing and you’ve got a good time. Vertical drop: 2,353 feet. Lift tickets: $61 adults (19-64), $54 teens (13-18), $49 seniors (65-69), $32 juniors (7-12), FREE for children 6 and younger and super seniors (70+). 800-858-3930, Snow report: 406-862-SNOW.


six separate slopes and terrain features aimed to give new skiers some practice and experience. Vertical drop: 2,400 feet. Lift tickets: $61 adults (13-61), $42 youth (7-12) and seniors (62-69), $12 children (6 and younger) and seniors (70+). 206-236-1600, Snow report: 425-434-SNOW.

THE SUMMIT AT SNOQUALMIE, SNOQUALMIE, WASH.—One ticket here 41 will cover you for four areas—Summit East, Summit West, Summit Central and Alpental. If you’re just starting out head to the Adventure Zone, which features



CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, ENUMCLAW, WASH.—The largest ski area in Washington, Crystal Mountain has a total of 2,300 lift serviced acres, over 50 named runs, a terrain park, challenging black runs and night skiing. Vertical drop: 3,100 feet. Lift tickets: $60 adults (18-69), $55 youth (11-17), $35 seniors (70+), FREE for children 10 and younger. 360-663-2265, Snow report: 888-754-6199.

closer look at the untamed wilderness, or catch your thrills with the winter zipline. Vertical drop: 4,350 feet. Lift tickets: $79 adults (18-69), $59 juniors (11-17) and college students, $69 seniors (70+), FREE kids 10 and younger. 800-548-4486, Snow report: 406-995-5900.

BIG SKY, BOZEMAN, MONT.—Spacious and snow-filled, Big Sky offers ev38 erything from open-bowl skiing to terrain parks for all skill levels. Looking to take a rest from the mountain? Try the Lone Peak Tram, a tram ride that provides a

400 inches of snow per year and plenty of trails and terrain parks, this resort aims to please. Vertical drop: 1,150 feet. Lift tickets: $34 adults (18-61), $24 junior (7-17), $32 college/military (with ID), $24 seniors (62+), FREE children 6 and younger. 208-744-1301, Snow report: 208-744-1301.

LOOKOUT PASS SKI AREA, WALLACE—Lookout Pass has been busy, 37 adding a new loft to the lodge, expanding the rental shop and providing three acres of additional terrain to the new Last Chance glades. With a region high


SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT, KELLOGG—With two mountains, 73 trails, 1,600 acres of terrain, 2,200 vertical AND an indoor waterpark—this resort is sure to have something for everyone. Located in the panhandle of north Idaho, this high-profile resort also offers ice-skating, snowshoe trails and a snow skatepark. Vertical drop: 2,200 feet. Lift tickets: $49 adults (18-61), $34 youths (7-17), $44 college students, $39 seniors (62+), FREE for children 6 and younger. 800-204-6428, Snow report: 509-838-2725.

into the extreme, 30 percent of the runs are marked for experts only. Check out Bridger’s new Schlasman’s Chairlift, which leads to expert ski slopes on the renowned “Ridge.” Vertical drop: 2,600 feet. Lift tickets: $45 adults, $37 seniors (65-71) and disabled, $16 child (7-12), FREE child (6 and younger) and seniors (72+). 406-587-2111, Snow report: 406-586-2389.

STEVENS PASS, SKYKOMISH, WASH.—Offering 10 lifts, over 1,125 acres of skiable terrain and 37 primary runs, this resort is passionate 40 + about its snow. After hitting the slopes, check out the base village and three lodges nestled within the heart of the mountain. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet. Lift tickets: $63 adults (13-61), $40 youths (7-12) and seniors (62-69), $15 seniors (70+), $8 MORE THAN SIX HOURS AWAY children (6 and younger). 206-812-4510, Snow report: 206-634MAVERICK MOUNTAIN, POLARIS, MONT.—One of Montana’s “Best kept

Oregon’s newest lift/terrain combination, Still Creek Basin, which provided roughly six more miles of lower mountain terrain. The expansion created eight more alpine trails and a cross-country skiing trail, providing lots of new stuff to check out. Vertical drop: 3,620 feet. Lift tickets: $59 adults (18-64), $48 teens (15-17), $34 juniors (7-14) and seniors (65-70), FREE seniors (71+). 503-272-3158, Snow report: 503-272-3391.

SOLDIER MOUNTAIN, FAIRFIELD—This affordable destination is getting TIMBERLINE SKI AREA, GOVERNMENT CAMP, ORE.—Boasting one 05 some new digs with a new lodge scheduled to be open and ready for the upof the longest ski seasons in North America, Timberline is looking for a 26 coming season. With 1,150 acres of inbound terrain, snow enthusiasts of all levlot of snow this winter at the 6,000-foot elevation. Last year Timberline launched els can find something to enjoy. Vertical drop: 1,425 feet. Lift tickets: $33 adults,

snowboard runs with rails and jumps for those living dangerously. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Lift tickets: $28 adults (18+), $19 youth (7-17), FREE for children 6 and younger. 208-734-5979,

HOOD SKI BOWL, GOVERNMENT CAMP, ORE.—The largest night MAGIC MOUNTAIN, TWIN FALLS—Want to get in some snow time but 25MT. skiing area in the nation, Ski Bowl offers mountain trails for the serious 04 can’t stand the crowds? Here’s the place to do it, with plenty of expert trails skier and an adventure park for all your snow tubing needs. For those looking to go along with that peace and quiet. Under new ownership, the resort has added

as well as a small terrain park. Nordic skiers can take advantage of the more than 30 km of groomed trails at the new Nordic center near Little Bear Basin. Vertical drop: 405 feet. Lift tickets: $11 adults (18 and older), $9 child (5-17), FREE for ages 4 and younger. 208-634-5691,


MONTANA SNOWBOWL, MISSOULA, MONT.—So big they say you’ll never run the same run twice in a week, this resort offers 950 lift-served skiable acres. Try the three-mile-long cruiser run Paradise or brace yourself for the 2,000 vertical feet that is the Grizzly. For those bringing the family, check out the Lavelle Creek Area located at the back side of the Snowbowl. Vertical drop: 2,600 feet. Lift tickets: $39 adults, $36 students/seniors, $18 child (6-12), FREE kids 5 and younger. 406-549-9777,

HOODOO SKI AREA, SANTIAM PASS, ORE.—Though it isn’t the biggest 22 resort, it still offers five ski lifts and over 806 acres of terrain. Try the deep BOWL, BOZEMAN, MONT.—Flanked by two large bowls to the and challenging powder of Hoodoo’s back side or opt for an easier ride down the 35BRIDGER north and south, this resort offers ski areas with wide open terrain and a front. With night skiing and the popular Autobahn Tube Hill, there’s plenty to do variety of landscapes including long slopes, glades, chutes and gullies. For those

fear of overcrowding or a lift line. Here solitude is key. Vertical drop: 2,047 feet. Lift tickets: $62 adults (14-69), $39 juniors (7-13), $42 seniors (70+), FREE children 6 and younger. 801-536-5786. Snow report: 801-536-5777.

SOLITUDE, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—With runs and trails aimed at both 21 seasoned vets and those just starting out, there’s bound to be something for everyone at this 1,200 acre resort. Enjoy the well groomed slopes with little

MT. HOOD MEADOWS, HOOD RIVER, ORE.—With one of the longest verLITTLE SKI HILL, MCCALL—McCall’s favorite in-town hill has both history 24 tical drops around, this resort offers a variety of groomed and un-groomed 03 and character aplenty. It has night skiing, but hours are limited to accommotrails for your carving pleasure. Nestled on the tallest mountain in Oregon, Meaddate a nearly all-volunteer crew. One T-bar services the area with a handful of runs,


BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, MCCALL—Famous for its wide variety of runs and its long-lasting powder, this Idaho classic is perfect for any snow lover. Boise’s northern neighbor is a must, having expanded its course significantly in recent years. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet. Lift tickets: $54 adults (ages 18-69), $37 youths and seniors (ages 12-17, 70+), $23 children (ages 7-11), FREE for children 6 and younger. 208-634-4151, Snow report: 208-634-SNOW.


BOGUS BASIN MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA, BOISE—No winter in Boise would be complete without hitting the powder at these local slopes. With more than 2,600 skiable acres for skiers and boarders, Bogus continues to impress in its 67th year. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet. Lift tickets: $48 adults (ages 12-69), $20 children (ages 7-11), FREE for children younger than 7 and seniors (70+), $22 nightonly. 208-332-5100, Snow report: 208-342-2100.





DELICATE STEEL R. Grey premieres new antique line for First Thursday TARA MORGAN




room are machines that most lay jewelers “The spikes are about 3 inches long, and At his 15-acre turquoise mine in Battle wouldn’t have a clue how to turn on—laser they used to put these in railroad telegraph Mountain, Nevada, jeweler Robert Grey cutters, cleaning machines, plating equippoles,” says Kaylor. “After a certain amount Kaylor flips over jagged stones to check ment, wax injectors and even an espresso of years, they would remove the pole knowfor the tiniest fleck of robin’s egg blue, a machine. Fidgeting with a piece of jewelry, ing that it was dry-rotting at the base. I teardrop in the arid desert terrain. Though bench jeweler Rick Olmstead explains that think my earliest is a 1921, and my latest is Kaylor uses a good amount of turquoise in he shares the space with Kaylor three days a a 1939.” his handcrafted work—and some of it has been culled from his mine, Concho Blue— he’s quick to note that the mine is more for fun than for profit. “We just do it as a hobby. It’s all over lying on the ground up there,” explains Kaylor. “You drive up the mountain, and you can see it from the highway and start picking off the old dump that’s been there since the ’70s.” Formed when groundwater seeps through aluminous rock in the presence of copper, turquoise deposits congregate in Nevada along a tectonic belt that runs from northern Elko County down to the California border. The stone comes in many gradients, some of them, Kaylor explains as he slips a bracelet made from extremely rare Lander Blue turquoise on his wrist, are more prized than diamonds. “Diamonds are a perceived value, they’re not a true value. Some of the heirloom turquoise that I own, you’ll never ever see it again because of the way that they’re doing gold and copper mining right now,” says Kaylor. “Now they’re doing cyanide leech and it all just goes from a big dump into a truck into a cyanide lake and dissolves the Jeweler Robert Grey Kaylor explores the juxtaposition turquoise.” between new and old at his Merged Metals Jewelry Show. And though Kaylor has been obsessed with turquoise since the 1970s—crafting exquisite turquoise jewelry for his own R. Grey week. An ex-high school metalwork teacher For Kaylor, it’s the history of the mateGallery in Boise since 1985—his latest line in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Olmstead meticurial—be it rare Blue Gem turquoise or an casts aside this signature stone completely in antique telegraph pole spike—that makes the lously crafts his own pieces and also helps favor of a less flashy material: antique steel. Kaylor work on larger projects. finished product so unique. That quality, he “I started perusing antique stores for “This is a pretty extensive shop, and believes, has set R. Grey Gallery apart from found objects that would be really cool and this kind of room, you don’t see this,” said work in my jewelry design,” explains Kaylor. big box jewelry stores and kept the space Olmstead. “Even if you go to Lee Read, you flourishing for more than 20 years. “The first thing I found were the old cabinet aren’t going to see this kind of space and this “It’s not just like, ‘Hey, I have a pair of keys, which were getting harder and harder type of equipment.” cuff links on.’ These used to to find. That was the basis But when Kaylor isn’t tinkering away in be stuck in a telegraph pole,” for the first piece that I did. his shop, twisting nails and adding delicate says Kaylor. “That’s what I Then I found the old antique Thursday, Nov. 5, gold, silver and diamond accents to his new like to see, jewelry, or art in furniture square nails, and I 5-9 p.m., FREE general, with a story behind it, line of jewelry, he’s off pedaling his new coldeveloped a way to hot forge R. GREY GALLERY not just a piece of art because lection to other galleries around the country. them into forms—twist them 415 S. Eighth St. 208-385-9337 In the days leading up to his official First I thought it was cool to do.” and manipulate them to make rgreygaller Thursday opening reception, Kaylor will But that’s not to say that bracelets.” likely be driving past turquoise mines very Kaylor runs a folksy, smallThe keys Kaylor speaks of time operation. His two-tiered similar to his own on a long road trip to are of the classic L-pronged Tucson, Ariz. With all the stories wrapped up variety, the kind the evil stepmother slips into gallery is filled with colorful glass artists, in his new line, and the history latent in each her coat pocket after locking Cinderella in the jewelry makers and furniture designers from individual nail, he can’t trust just anyone to across the United States, and even some attic. Though these 1-inch-long antiques are tell it the right way. from as far away as Germany. If that sounds made from firm, steely metal, attached to a “A representative that takes your work simple gold chain and embellished with a dia- impressive, it doesn’t hold a candle to the to other galleries doesn’t always understand workshop Kaylor hides in back. Down a mond, they become the more delicate pieces hallway at the far end of the gallery, Kaylor’s what went into it, so they don’t always know in Kaylor’s new collection. The other new how to explain it and how to sell it propgolden retriever Alta comes bounding out of pieces—bracelets and cuff links made from erly,” notes Kaylor. “I feel it’s important to the shop’s double doors. Filling every inch old furniture nails and numbered telegraph keep my hand in it.” of available counter space in the large, open spikes—have a much more rustic demeanor.


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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS east side THE BASQUE MARKET—Sample traditional Spanish tapas while enjoying live, festive music. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, www. BASQUE MUSEUM—An opportu1 nity to learn about one of Boise’s unique ethic groups through art and music. Tours of the historic Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House will be offered. 611 Grove St., Boise, 208-343-2671,

BOISE ART GLASS—Cruise in to 2 warm your belly with hot cider and a snack while enjoying a live glass

20-percent-off store discount. 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234, www.

blowing demonstration. Featuring new works by owner Filip Vogelpohl. 530 W. Myrtle, 208-345-1825, www.


CERAMICA—Be the artist this first Thursday. Featuring a half-priced studio fee and complimentary snacks. 510 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3423822. DRAGONFLY—It’s Dragonfly’s 26-year anniversary! Celebrate with complimentary margaritas and a

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE— November’s artist Teresa Johnson will introduce new paintings in an exhibition titled “You are Seeing the Situation Clearly.” Visit for work samples. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320. THE MELTING POT—Enjoy $5 appetizers, $5 wine flights and $5 beer flights from 5-8 p.m. 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-383-0900, www.

OLD BOISE—Sample wine and shop for handmade gifts at the Idaho Indie Works’ Etsy Street Team booths located in the Pioneer Tent Building. Local Etsians will be selling jewelry, children’s items, cards and art. Visit Sixth and Main streets, Boise, 208-3457852. PENGILLY’S—Enjoy a free performance by Frim Fram 4 at 8:45 p.m. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3456344.

south side 8TH STREET ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 4 PROGRAM—Featured artists-in-residence at 404 S. Eighth St. include Benjamin Love, with sculptures, paintings and drawings; Kelli Brown, featuring new nurser y rhymes and other poetr y; and Goran Fazil, experiments with art decor. Artists-in-residence in the Alaska Building at 1020 Main St. include Sandy Marostica, with adventures in painting polyester lithography plates; and Rachel Reichert, completing her series “Taxonomic Collection of Stilled Life,” which explores the connection between opposing forces. Artists-in-residence in the Renewal Basement at 517 S. Eighth St. include April VanDeGrift, with works related to memor y and its functions; and Emily Wenner, concluding her 6’X15’ oil painting titled The Only Solution. 404 S. Eighth St. Mercantile Building, Boise, 208338-5212, ATOMIC TREASURES—Explore a world of 5 retro and vintage treasures, including jewelry, accessories, clothing, books and collectibles. Photographer Donna Brown presents her collection of magical moments caught through the lens. 409 S. Eighth St. (lower level of Foster Bldg. in BODO), Boise, 208-344-0811, atomictreasures. com. BOISE ART MUSEUM—Drop in at 5:30 6 p.m. to discuss one of the studio’s current exhibitions, “A Survey of Gee’s Bend Quilts,” and then design a quilt of your own. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-345-8330, www. BUNS IN THE OVEN—Shop for adorable and unique maternity and baby goods while enjoying sweets provided by a Cancer Benefit bake sale. 413 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-5683. CHRONIC TACOS—Mexican tamales, $1 beers and a hot taco eating contest. 7:30 p.m. 106 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-3711. THE COLE/MARR GALLERY COFFEE 7 HOUSE—An opening and artist reception for the annual Student Show, on display during the month of November. Entertainment and food will also make a showing. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630. ELLA’S ROOM—Stop in for complimentary bra fittings, refreshments, free gift wrapping and gift certificates. Visit the shop online at ellasroom. com. 413 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-331-3552. HELLY HANSEN—For one night only, receive 10 percent off any regular priced merchandise, buy two items and get 15 percent off or buy three or more and get 20 percent off your entire purchase. 860 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-342-2888. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM—Stop 8 by the museum for a peek at what Boise Weekly’s upcoming cover auction has to offer. All works, collected from artwork that has graced the cover of BW during the past year, will be on exhibit. 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-3342120, LUNATIC FRINGE SALON—The first five guests to stop by after 5 p.m. receive a complimentary brow shaping. Also, any services booked between 5-7 p.m. receive a 10 percent discount. 874 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-955-0400. R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART 9 GLASS—Artist Robert Grey Kaylor presents his new steel jewelry. Stop in to try on his new creations while enjoying wine and treats. 415 W. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337, RE BOUTIQUE—Check out jewelry maker April Brenisholtz’s unique line of “re-made” selection. Music and goodies provided. Gift certificates available. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3927940. SALON 162—Stop in to view portrait 10 drawings of Native Americans by selftaught artist Joshua Gray. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-386-9908. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—The winery hosts a Vinturi sampling along with a preview of the fabulous world of gift baskets. If you’ve ever wondered whether that Vinturi really makes a difference, join Vinturi’s representative from 5:30-8 p.m. to discuss and taste pairings. A wide selection of gift baskets and stuffers will be available for purchase. 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-345-9463.


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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS central downtown

CHOCOLAT BAR—Enjoy a chocolate/beer pairing. Beers provided by neighborhood locals The Front Door and Sockeye. 805 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-338-7771,

AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Presenting Blue Willi’s Annual Trunk Show with sweaters and jackets from the Fall 2009 collection. Enjoy wines from Snyder Winery. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, Boise, 208-433-0872.


DAWSON’S DOWNTOWN—Photography by Michael Margulies. 219 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3365633,

ARTISAN OPTICS, DOWNTOWN—Head down and check out the collection “Face a Face.” 1-8 p.m. 190 N. Eighth St., Boise.


THE ECLECTIC ART STORE—Showcasing the newest co-op artists with a variety of mediums, including fused glass and photography. Also featuring live music and refreshments. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-703-5149.

BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT—The ninth annual Berryhill Wine Sale, with hundreds of great deals. Chill out in the lounge and enjoy a drink during happy hour, 4-6 p.m., followed by live music at 6:30 p.m. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553,

FETTUCINE FORUM—On the first Thursday of every month, the public is invited to attend a different educational forum about the history and cultural life of Boise and the Treasure Valley. Complimentary appetizers are served and fettuccine is available for $5. The topic is Our Great Recession: Its impact on Idaho and the Boise Valley with David Eberle. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the presentation starts

CHEERS—All boxed holiday cards are 10 percent off. 828 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-342-1805.

ART WALK Locations featuring artists

IDAHO ADVANTAGE 13 CREDIT UNION—Displaying works by local artist Kelly Friederich. 249 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-342-5660. LISK GALLERY—Sample 14 treats from Dream Chocolate and take in new images from Mark Lisk, a photographer known for his deserted and wild landscapes; Jerri Lisk, with vibrant oil paintings; and Carl Rowe, one of the Northwest’s renowned oil painters. 850 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3773, THE LOBBY—Stop by to check out a local artist collective at Boise’s newest “after-work hangout.” 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183. MACY’S—Presenting the inaugural Fragrance Gala. Delight your senses with fragrances from around the globe. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, door prizes and more with every fragrance and cosmetic purchase. 918 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-388-7000. MAI THAI—Buy two entrees and get a free appetizer. 750 Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8424, www. OLD CHICAGO-DOWNTOWN— With karaoke and free food for the kids. 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037, www.



PIE HOLE—Featuring 15 Boise’s industrial artist, Angi Grow. 205 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-7783, www.


POTTERY GOURMET—Check out the goodies that the pastry chef has to offer, along with dessert wines. Receive 10 percent off Polish stoneware and handmade baskets. 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649.











at 5:30 p.m. FREE, 208-4335670. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, www.




1. Basque Museum 2. Boise Ar t Glass 3. Flying M Coffeehouse 4. 8th Street Ar tist In Residence Program 5. Atomic Treasures

SOLEMATES—Check out the new Dansko collection. 120 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-4339394. TANZANITE SALON AND SPA— Stop by for complimentary chair massages, skin care consultations and make-up how-tos. Drinks and small bites provided. 220 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208344-1700. THOMAS HAMMER— 16 Featuring paintings and sketches by Noble Hardesty. 298



SHOE FETISH—“Shoes, Cider and Scentsy.” Sip cider while shopping for shoes and savoring scents provided by Melissa Burnett. 310 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-336-0393.

N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-4338004, 8. Idaho State Historical Museum

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9. R. Grey Galler y Jewelr y and Ar t Glass

17. A Novel Adventure

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16. Thomas Hammer

19. Basement Galler y 20. Brown’s Galler y 21. Galler y 601 22. The Galler y at The Linen Building

west side A NOVEL ADVENTURE— 17 Featuring works of world-renowned father and son watercolor artists Mark and Jack Bangerter. Author Doug Copsey will be signing copies of his book With Our Good Will 30 Years of Shakespeare in Idaho. To top it off, troubador Thomas Paul will be delivering his lyrical feast. 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-8088.


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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS ART SOURCE 18 GALLERY—Presenting new work by photographer


Michael Falvey in an exhibition titled “Pixelated: Boise Images Create Images of Boise.” Accompanied by music from Dave Linger, wine from Indian Creek Winery, beer from Brewtopia and Nibbles, and a weaving and spinning demo by artists Bev Blank and Kathy Kostka. 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, www. BASEMENT GALLERY— 19 Basement’s 13th Annual X-mas X-hibition, featuring the works of eight artists. John Padlo, oil paintings; Tony Rios, fun and nonsensical mixedmedia pieces; Cody Evans, a collection of drawings, mixed-media paintings and digital illustrations; Kelly Knopp, new demented artistic illustrations; Keith Farnsworth, a series of mixed-media pieces; and Scott Brown, Kevin Flynn and Mandy Riley, a wide variety of ceramics. 928 W. Main St., Boise, 208-333-0309. BELLE BOUTIQUE—Cruise in to see the new line of fall attire. 224 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208345-1039. BROWN’S GALLERY— 20 Celebrate artist Wendy Blickenstaff’s November exhibition at Brown’s, entitled “Moments.” Wine tasting by Sawtooth Winery and a commemorative initial pour by winemaker Leslie Preston from Coiled Wines. 1022 Main St., Boise, 208-342-6661. FOOT DYNAMICS—Meet pedorthist Jeffery Jacobs. 1021 W. Main St., Boise, 208-386-3338.


GALLERY 601—Featuring landscapes by artists Steve Lyman, Rod Frederick, Robert Bateman and many others. Visit to preview the show. 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-336-5899, www.

THE GALLERY AT THE 22 LINEN BUILDING—Enjoy the grooves courtesy of DJ Pedro while taking in the fine art of Corrin M. Olsen’s new exhibit, “Urbanscapes.” 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www. GRAEBER’S—Complimentar y hand massages and spa tours. Become a pure privilege member and receive double points all day. 350 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-343-4915. MOSAIC ESSENTIAL—Anyone age 16 and older can drop in between 7-8 p.m. for an open level hip-hop drop class. The First Thursday of the month is free. These classes are taught by Janelle Wilson. 7-8 p.m. 5123 N. Sawyer Ave., Boise, 208-841-5988, THE RECORD EXCHANGE— Treat yourself to any 12 oz. espresso drink for only $2, and get $2 off any used CD or DVD $5.99 and up, as well as any gift item over $5.99. Also featuring local artists’ new releases for in-store play. 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, www.

Loretta Bennett’s Blocks and Strips, is a featured quilt in of one of Boise Art Museum’s latest show.

OH, GEE’S This fall, Boise has been bitten hard by the Gee’s Bend bug. On Oct. 10, Boise Art Museum unveiled its newest exhibit, “A Survey of Gee’s Bend Quilts,” and on Oct. 30, Stewart Gallery also opened a similar exhibit titled “Gee’s Bend.” Gee’s Bend, Ala., is a small African-American community near the Alabama River. According to, the women of Gee’s Bend have been creating quilts since the middle of the 20th century 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 are filled with colors seldom used in modern textiles. In 2002, 70 of the quilts were exhibited in the Houston Museum of Art, followed by an exhibition in 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.” The BAM exhibit features 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. Stewart Gallery will also feature a selection of quilts and etchings made by Gee’s Bend artists Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett and Loretta Pettway. This First Thursday, BAM is offering a quilting demonstration with Gee’s Bend quilters from 10 a.m. to noon. Later that evening, BAM will also host a panel discussion with artists Louisiana Bendolph and China Pettway from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and a studio art exploration from 5-8 p.m., during which attendees can design their own textiles inspired by the exhibition. —Amy Atkins and Tara Morgan Stewart Galler y’s exhibit runs through Nov. 24. Stewart Galler y, 1110 W. Jefferson St., 208-433-0593, stewartgaller BAM’s exhibit runs through Jan. 17, 2010. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330,


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luck with a special 340-foot-long superpipe. Vertical drop: 3,240. Lift tickets: $72 adults (13-64), $39 children (7-12), $15 children (6 and younger), $59 seniors (65+). 801-933-2222, Snow report: 801-933-2100.

SNOWBIRD, SALT LAKE CITY UTAH—With 2,500 acres of premium 20 powder and 89 trails available to try, this high altitude resort has a lot to offer. Cut loose in the terrain park, check in to the mountain school and try your

four terrain parks and 108 trails spread across 3,300 acres. Vertical drop: 3,100 feet. Lift tickets: Prices vary daily. 800-222-7275, parkcitymountain. com. Snow report: 435-647-5449.

PARK CITY, PARK CITY, UTAH—Known across the country as a top 19 notch winter destination, Park City has received numerous accolades from many top ski and snowboarding publications. Check out the nine bowls,

to explore with numerous runs and trails. Bring the family but leave the boards—Deer Valley is for skiers only. Vertical drop: 3,000 feet. Lift tickets: $86 adults (13-64), $62 seniors (65+), $53 children (4-12), $21 tots (3 and younger). 435-645-6625, Snow report: 435-649-2000.

DEER VALLEY RESORT, PARK CITY, UTAH—Named the No. 1 ski 18 resort in North America by Ski Magazine the past three years in a row, Deer Valley looks to live up to the hype. Skiers will have six mountains

The eight mountains include 155 trails, an 18-acre terrain park and more. Vertical drop: 3,190. Lift tickets: $81 adults, $48 juniors (7-12) and seniors (65+), FREE children 6 and younger. 435-615-3410, Snow report: 435-6153456.

THE CANYONS, PARK CITY, UTAH—Huge doesn’t even begin to describe 17 it. The largest single ski and snowboard resort in Utah and one of the five largest in the United States, The Canyons offers seemingly endless possibilities.

school, Brighton has it all. Check out the four terrain parks, try some night skiing, and carve up the mountain in a resort that expects 500 inches of annual snowfall. Vertical drop: 1,745. Lift tickets: $58 adults, $30 youth (11-12), $30 seniors (70+), FREE kids 10 and younger. 800-873-5512,

BRIGHTON, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Can’t board in Alta? Then head 16 over to Brighton, where skiers and boarders shred in harmony. With the New Millicent Chalet, three additional day lodges and a high quality ski and snowboard

starting out, don’t fret—you’ll find runs for every skill level. Vertical drop: 2,020 feet. Lift tickets: $66 adults, $34 children (12 and younger). 801-359-1078, alta. com. Snow report: 801-572-3939.

ALTA, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Sorry riders, this is ski country. No board15 ing is allowed on these slopes, ranked fourth by voters of Skiing Magazine as the best ski area in North America in terms of variety of terrain. If you’re just

Forest near the Snake River, this resort mixes serene with good snow. Vertical drop: 938 feet. Lift tickets: $36 adults (12 and older), $28 children (5-11) and seniors (65+), FREE children (4 and younger). 208-538-7700,

KELLY CANYON, IDAHO FALLS—Founded in 1959 after locals decided that 14 Sun Valley’s resort just wasn’t close enough, Kelly Canyon provides short challenging runs, night skiing and a terrain park. Located in the Targhee National

cade, with plentiful powder for both Nordic and Alpine skiing. For those who prefer to sit down, the resort also offers SnowCat trips and even dogsled rides. Vertical drop: 2,419 feet. Lift tickets: $69 adults (13-64), $19 juniors (6-12), $39 seniors (65+), FREE children (5 and younger with paid adult). 307-353-2300, grandtarghee. com. Snow report: 800-827-4433.

GRAND TARGHEE, ALTA, WYO.—Pebble Creek’s Wyoming neighbor was 13 recently recognized for Best Snow for the 13th consecutive year by Ski Magazine. The resort has continually placed in the top five of said category for over a de-


MOUNT BACHELOR, BEND, ORE.—With challenging terrain parks and excellent snow conditions, this resort is continually on the up and up. As an added bonus, the mountain is actually a dormant volcano. Vertical drop: 3,365 feet. Lift tickets: $49-$69 adults (based on lift service terrain and daily weather factors), $39-$59 teens/seniors, $28-$42 youth/70+, FREE children (5 and younger). 800-829-2442, Snow report: 800-829-2442.


Valley continues to dominate the radar with excellent snow and exhilarating runs. Vertical drop: 3,400 feet. Lift tickets: $82 adults, $55 seniors, $48 children (12 and younger). 208-622-4111, Snow report: 800-635-4150.

SUN VALLEY SKI RESORT, SUN VALLEY—You can’t say Sun Valley without 11 thinking snow, as this famous resort is a hot spot for skiers and boarders from around the world. With two-high profile mountains, Dollar and Baldy, Sun

perfect for families. Vertical drop: 400 feet. Lift tickets: $17 adults, $15 seniors. 208-983-3866,

SNOWHAVEN RESORT, GRANGEVILLE—Grangeville’s city-owned resort 10 looks to once again offer a great “haven” for downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Open only on weekends and holidays, these small town slopes are

land. Vertical drop: 1,000 feet. Lift tickets: $32 adults (13-69), $20 youths (7-12) and seniors (70+), FREE for children 6 and younger. 208-673-5599, pomerelle-mtn. com. Snow report: 208-673-5555.

POMERELLE, ALBION—A longtime Idaho family favorite, this destination at 8,000 feet in the Sawtooth Mountains features a 450-foot magic carpet 09 boardwalk lift. Explore 24 runs and plenty of Nordic loops on nearby Forest Service


MT. SPOKANE, COLBERT, WASH.—Located within the Mt. Spokane State Park, this resort offers affordable skiing and snowboarding with five double chairs over 1,425 acres and 2,000 vertical feet. Also included is a mile-long terrain park, a tubing hill, night skiing and 45 runs, all available just a short drive from Spokane. Vertical drop: 2,000 feet. Lift tickets: $42 adults (18-69), $36 college and military (with ID), $33 youths (7-17), $26 seniors (70+), FREE children (6 and younger). 509-2382220, Snow report: 509-4331397.


BLUEWOOD, DAYTON, WASH.—With a top elevation of 5,670 feet and 24 runs covered with fresh Cascade powder, this is a little resort that can. Already receiving snow, Bluewood hopes to be a one-stop spot for “day-cationers” everywhere. Vertical drop: 1,125 feet. Lift tickets: $42 adults, $38 students, $33 children (grades 1-8) and seniors (65+), FREE preschoolers (kindergarten and younger). 509-382-4725, Snow report: 208-833-1056 (Moscow), 208-799-0445 (Lewiston).

as a “corduroy lover’s paradise.” Vertical drop: 1,670. Lift tickets: $48 adults (1869), $39 youth (7-17), $42 college/student/military/seniors (70+), $5 children (6 and younger). 866-376-4949,

49 DEGREES NORTH, CHEWELAH, WASH.—With wide-open groomed runs, desert dry powder and hundreds of tree skiing acres, this resort has a 31 lot to offer. Try some night skiing, check out the 68 runs and see the snow billed

covery Basin. Vertical drop: 1,670 feet. Lift tickets: $35 adults, $18 children (12 and younger) and seniors (65+), FREE children (5 and younger). 406-563-2184,

BASIN, PHILIPSBURG, MONT.—This mountain has three 30DISCOVERY faces and plenty of terrain to cover, with a terrain park and 5 km of Nordic trails. Add in two bowls and a 8,150-foot summit, and you’ve got a full day at Dis-

seniors (65-72), FREE children (6 and younger) and seniors (73+). 509-672-3101, Snow report: 509-672-3100.

Tahoe, North Star at Tahoe, Sierra at Tahoe and Squaw Valley USA. Lift tickets range from $10-$81.

LAKE TAHOE, LAKE TAHOE, CALIF.—Head to Cali and you’ll find no less 46 than six world-class ski areas near Tahoe. Check out some world class skiing in resorts such as: Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mount Rose-Ski

black diamond chutes of Cole Creek, while intermediates can try their luck on the 2.5 mile “Lazy M.” Vertical drop: 2,400 feet. Lift tickets: $47 adults (19-64), $40 juniors (13-18), $30 college/military (with ID), $17 child (6-12), $39 seniors (6569), $12 super seniors (70+), FREE kids 5 and younger. 800-4448977, Snow report: 406-446-2610.

RED LODGE, BILLINGS, MONT.—Celebrating its 50th year, this high eleva45 tion resort offers 65 trails and groomed slopes, 60 acres of gladed tree skiing and more. Expert riders will have their work cut out for them in the double

the other for beginner and intermediate, this resort has created an equal opportunity skiing experience. Vertical drop: 2,400 feet. Lift tickets: $59 adults (18-64), $42 juniors (7-17), $48 college students and seniors (65+), FREE for children 6 and younger. 208-263-9555, Snow report: 208-263-9562.

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT, SANDPOINT—You’ll find 2,900 44 skiable acres, 92 trails, night skiing, premium powder and open bowl skiing at Schweitzer. With half the mountain divvied up for advanced and expert trails and

tain atmosphere with skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Vertical drop: 1,563 feet. Lift tickets: $45 adults (11-64), $27 youths (6-10) and masters (65+), $1 child (5 and younger). 541-345-SNOW, Snow report: 541-345-SNOW.

WILLAMETTE PASS SKI AREA, EUGENE, ORE.—Featuring Oregon’s only high-speed six-pack, this resort also offers 29 downhill runs, six lifts and 20 43 km worth of Nordic activities. Experience big mountain terrain in this small moun-

8 DAYS OUT Religious/Spiritual FILM AND DISCUSSION—Enjoy a screening of the film 2012: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dimensional Shift followed by a discussion on indigenous prophecies and global transformation. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard, Boise, 208-388-3884,

TUESDAY NOV. 10 Festivals & Events UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS ANNIVERSARY PARTY—An annual event to celebrate and commend Marines and family members. All retired, former and active Marines are invited to share their stories. Cake cutting ceremony at noon and 7 p.m. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-345-0135.

Literature JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY BOOKCLUB—Join in to discuss Austen. 7 p.m. FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www. NANO WRITE-IN—Encourage one another to whip out that novel that’s stored inside. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-8088. POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and start waxing poetic at 7 p.m. For more information, email 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208338-1299.

Talks & Lectures BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES—A discussion on Harry Morrison by Steve Hanks. 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. CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE—See Picks, Page 21. The Cabin presents author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as part of their Readings and Conversations series. Adichie will discuss her novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. $12-$28, www. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454. WHITTENBERGER PLANETARIUM FALL SHOW— The Whittenberger Planetarium on The College of Idaho campus is recognizing the autumnal equinox and the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing this fall as part of the ongoing International Year of Astronomy series. 7:30


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p.m. $2 children 14-18, $4 adults. Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho, Boone Science Hall corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore, Caldwell.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 11 Festivals & Events ALL-AGES VINYL COLLECTOR MEETING—Vinyl Preservation Society and The Record Exchange have set up a partnership to share the love of vinyl with all ages. Their first meeting will include a “Vinyl Virgins” presentation, DJ sets by VPS members, raffle prizes and free drinks. 5-7 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208344-8010,

Literature DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—The workshop is held twice a month and offers writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Author and poet Norman Weinstein facilitates the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000, JAMES MACE BOOK SIGNING— Local author and Idaho Army National Guard veteran James Mace will be in-store for a special Veterans Day event. 6 p.m. FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-8088.

NOISE/CD REVIEW PORTUGAL THE MAN: THE SATANIC SATANIST When an album comes dressed up so grandiosely, taking the concept of cover art to new planes of existence, the music therein has to be good. Otherwise the whole ordeal becomes unbearably tragic. Do you recall the pop-up/lift-the-flap books from first grade? You’d pull back a flap to reveal a surprise underneath. The same goes for Portugal The Man’s new release, The Satanic Satanist, but with a healthy dose of psychedelic imagery, swirling pinks and blues, and mindblowing patterns. And rest assured, there is some fine music beneath all the colorful flaps that make up the CD cover. Musically, Portugal is a band that continues to refine themselves every time around. With their last few albums, their psychedelic indie-rock adorned with falsetto vocals, Zeppelin-esque fills and progressive rhythms have evolved into sharper songwriting while still adroitly orbiting the same concept. You won’t hear it all the first listen or even the first dozen listens. Tracks like the strong opener “People Say” set the stage for what is to come with catchy, assertive and thoroughly trippy rock. Strong drums and rhythm form the backbone for Satanist, seamlessly bridging into the mysteriously anthemic “Work All Day” or crafting a tabla-reminiscent introduction to “The Woods” or directing a driving torrent in “Guns and Dogs.” While not exactly telling a story in the traditional sense, Portugal forms a deliberately fractured narrative across the album littered with motifs of war, home and the mountains. “The Home,” a raucous organ romp, features a manifesto of sorts for the album: “I don’t know what the palace knows / but I don’t run with sheep / the shepherd can’t herd me. / My feet ever slow with the age that takes me / I’ll slip out to the mountains where nobody knows me.” While still a long way from cookie-cutter indie-pop that gluts the scene, The Satanic Satanist has a polished feel sure to dissuade the hipster factions. But, really, who wants a fan base of fickle hipsters anyway? Ultimately, Portugal knows how to rock and rock hard and promises some thrills. —Mathias Morache WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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SNOW SOUNDS A soundtrack to thaw your winter thoughtsicles AMY ATKINS AND TARA MORGAN

Lethe go and catch the show at Gusto.

LETHE, MICROBABIES AND BEAUTICIAN AT GUSTO The original microbaby—a blinky-eyed, giggling mini baby doll produced by Tomy— has a few things in common with local Boise band Microbabies. For one, both are intense, in a slightly creepy way. Also, both might entice you to utter the words “sleepy” and “pee pee” in the same sentence. Fronted by Mike Johnston on vocals and drums, Luke Hayhurst on guitar and Jeremy Martin on bass, Microbabies recently self-released their first EP, Sleepy Pee Pee EP. The album throbs with six irreverent, intense and atonal tracks with song names like “Space Boners,” “Baby Bits” and “Sex Breakfast.” Self-described as “Rib cage rattling, genital pounding, eardrum shattering, hell rock,” Microbabies are sure to provide a nice foil for Seattle’s psych-stoner-rock outfit Lethe (Members of Sod Hauler) and local drum and bass duo Beautician. The three bands are slated to play Too Much Distortion skate night at Gusto on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m., $3, Gusto, 509 W. Main St., 208-343-5159, myspace. com/gustobar.


MOVING DOWN FROM THE NO. 1 SPOT: BTS For a couple of weeks, Built to Spill’s new release, There Is No Enemy, held the No. 1 top-seller spot at Record Exchange. After what must have been a terrific concert at Knitting Factory on Oct. 30, The Airborne Toxic Event’s self-titled release has pushed its way to the head of the class for the week ending Nov. 1. The RX Top 25 Sellers is as eclectic a list as the citizens who buy the music. This week’s list includes the luscious I and Love and You by the Avett Brothers at No. 5; I Told You I Was Freaky by New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk parody duo, Flight of the Conchords, at No. 6; The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) by the Black Eyed Peas at No. 10; and Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart at No. 16. —Tara Morgan and Amy Atkins


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Susan Boyle, sings “Silent Night” on her debut release I Dreamed a Dream out later this month. Isn’t her 15 minutes of fame over yet? 4. And Winter Came (2008), yet another release by the ephemeral Enya. 5. Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart (2009). “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” is particularly difficult to stomach. 6. Elvis Presley Christmas Duets (2008),

SONGS FOR THE DREADED TASK OF SHOVELING SNOW. 1.“Snowball” by Devo. A kicky little pop tune. 2.“Snowballed” by AC/ DC. This one rocks so hard, it may melt the snow for you. 3.“Snowman” by XTC. This song is about feeling the cold sting of indifference. Snow doesn’t care about you either. 4.“Snowbound” by Arch Enemy. A flying-V-guitar-heavy instrumental that will transport you to the snowcapped alps of this band’s homeland. 5.“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. OK, this one doesn’t have snow in the title, but you can revel in the arm-pumping Rocky moment when you scoop that last bit of heavy wet stuff. Job well done. BE N WI LSO N

Local stickman Louis Ruiz will be one of 214 drummers moving on to district finals (on Thursday, Nov. 5) in Guitar Center’s 21st Drum Off competition. Winners of the district finals move on to regionals and from there, five drummers will go for ward to the grand finals, where one will be crowned the winner, netting $40,000 in cash and prizes, bragging rights and some recognition that may be the start of a long successful career in music. For more info, visit

From the moment the first wet, white flakes begin to fill Idaho skies, winter activities— both the outdoor, recreational types and the tedious, sludgy kinds—are at full steam. Whether you’re kicking it indoors or out during these upcoming cold months, the right tunes can help time move faster, crank the fun level up a notch or act as the perfect companion when you’re home alone, wallowing in self-pity and gulping eggnog straight from the carton.

SONGS/ALBUMS FOR DRIVING OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS TO GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE THAT WILL MAKE YOU LONG FOR YOUR FAMILY’S SNIDE COMMENTS JUST TO MAKE THE MUSIC STOP. 1. American Idol runner-up Elliott Yamin’s sexed-up My Kind of Holiday (2008). The kid can sing, but one of the tracks on the album is titled “Back Door Santa” (what the what?) and his version of “Jingle Bells” is barely recognizable. 2. Holiday Magic (2009) by Britain’s Got Talent child phenom Connie Talbot. The kid will probably be outstanding in a few years, but for now, it’s all too contrived. Plus, she looks undressed on the cover. Ewww. 3. Another Britain’s Got Talent runner-up,

an album on which the likes of Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson and Olivia Newton-John sing with The King. No wonder reports of Elvis sightings linger. No one will let the man rest in peace.

SONGS BY BANDS WITH SMITH IN THEIR NAME TO THROW ON A HOLIDAY MIX TAPE FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND THAT WILL WARM HER HEART WHILE LETTING HER KNOW THAT YOU TOTALLY GET HER BUT DON’T SUPPORT CONSUMERDRIVEN HOLIDAY BULLSHIT. 1. Anything by The Cure’s Robert Smith. Even that song “Close to Me.” Handclaps can be serious sometimes. Seriously awesome. 2. Anything by The Smiths. Mix tapes were invented as a place to showcase your favorite quirky Morrissey tunes. His light will never

go out, always keep that in mind. 3. Anything by Elliott Smith. Dude was not merely a tourist in sadtown. And your lady probably scrawled tearful figure 8’s on her binder circa 2000.

SONGS TO KEEP YOU COMPANY ON YOUR LONG WALK BACK FROM THE BAR ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT AFTER YOU ANGRILY STORMED OUT ON YOUR BICKERING FAMILY AND ARE CONTEMPLATING WHERE TO REST YOUR WEARY, SPICED RUMCLOUDED HEAD. 1. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “It’s You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight.” When you need a little yuletide company, you can always depend on your good friend Jack. Or Johnny. Or that one foreign exchange student you used to keep in touch with but haven’t e-mailed in five years, Jagermeister. 2. Willie Nelson’s “Walkin’.” Because, as the song explains, “Walkin’ is better than runnin’ away / and crawlin’ ain’t no good at all.” That is, unless you’re so canned that you’ve been reduced to crawling, and that’s always better than passing out in the snow. 3. The Weakerthans’ “Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961).” Remember when you told the bartender that a penguin taught you French back in Antarctica? Oui? How embarrassing. 4. John Denver’s “Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas).” Bask in the irony here for a brief second. Then get mad at your family all over again for being a bunch of drunks and passing along the alcoholic gene. 5. Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight.” When you see that weeping willow, cryin’ on his pillow, stop and have a good cry, too. You deserve it. It is Christmas, after all. And you’re drunk and alone. 6. Pearl Jam’s “Let Me Sleep.” Eddie totally wrote these lyrics for you. He really gets you. Sniff. “Cold wind blows on the soles of my feet / Heaven knows nothing of me / I’m lost, nowhere to go ... Oh, please let me sleep / It’s Christmas time.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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ANDY DAVIS, GIZZARD STONE— 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux


BUCK SHOT BAND—9 p.m. $3, FREE if you’re wearing a cowboy hat. Shorty’s


ELECTRIC TICKLE MACHINE, THE UNIVERSAL—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage FIVE SMOOTH STONES— 9 p.m. FREE. Monkey Bizness

JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel


JON DAVIDSON—4 p.m. FREE. Hastings on Fairview

HIGH DESERT BAND— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater

LEE PENN SKY—7 p.m. FREE. Buzz Cafe

KOFFIN KATS—See Extra, Page 37. 8 p.m. $8. The Grizzly Rose


MATT LEWIS BAND—9 p.m. $5. Reef


THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper Lounge

COSMIC FAMILY BAND— 9 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet FABULOUS FLOYD STANTON— 6 p.m. FREE. Cafe Ole-downtown JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

LEE PENN SKY—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s LETHE, MICROBABIES, BEAUTICIAN—See Noise News, Page 34. 9 p.m. $2. Gustos LIVE DJ—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish NATHAN J MOODY & THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid NIKKI HUSTON—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe OPEN MIC—8 p.m. FREE. The Plank ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s THE TIX—9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club

JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

MOONDANCE—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars


Electric Tickle Machine PIMPS AND PRINCESSES PARTY— DJ Wryan, AIDJ, Tony Krave and DJ Dave. 9 p.m. TBD. Terrapin Station PUSSYGUTT RECORD RELEASE PARTY—See Listen Here, this page. 6 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange; 8 p.m., with Beautician and Cat Crap. $3. Neurolux. QUEENSRYCHE—8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door. Knitting Factory ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s

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

SHON SANDERS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine

SWOLLEN MEMBERS—7 p.m. $12 advance, $15 door, $40 platinum skybox. Knitting Factory


TERRI EBERLEIN DUO— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


TOP 40 WITH DJ DAVID— 8 p.m. FREE. Cowgirls

VOICE OF REASON— 9 p.m. $1. Liquid Queensryche




In 2007, a pal handed me a copy of Words Are Dead, an album by an old College of Idaho friend and current Portland resident Justin Ringle. Under the name Horse Feathers, Ringle and fellow musician Peter Broderick crafted a delicately haunting record that echoed with a soft, snowy loneliness utterly steeped in the Northwest. Ringle’s Sam Beam-esque quivering high vocals paired with Broderick’s light banjo strums and weepy violin swirled together into one of my favorite albums that winter—a soundtrack of sorts. Since then, Horse Feathers has gone on to garner considerable attention for their lovely folk pop, playing NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series last spring, signing with label Kill Rock Stars and touring across the United States. Their 2008 release, House With No Home, saw the addition of Heather Broderick on cello and backup vocals. On Tuesday, Ringle will swing back through his home state to play with his touring band, comprised of Nathan Crockett, Catherine Odell and Sam Cooper.

When Blake Green tendered his resignation at BW, it was in order to spend more time with the gloomy music of his band, PussyGutt, and to tour behind the band’s new vinyl-only releases: the moody Gathering Strengths (on Olde English Spelling Bee) and the self-released Dusk-Dawn (put out by side project Alter), of which neither Green nor co-Gutt Brittany McConnell, jokingly, will take ownership. As is the Gutt way, both albums contain only two songs each. Gathering Strengths’ “Silence Within” and “Spirit Walker” are luxurious, tension-filled instrumentals with wave after wave of slow repetitiveness. It’s better not to fight it and just let it pull you under. Green suggested that Alter’s Dusk-Dawn might best be described as “romantic doom,” and the vocals and keys support that, lending both “Dusk” and “Dawn” an almost Victorian aspect. Layers build like petticoats as vocals, keys, strings and low drum beats serve as the perfect suspense film soundtrack. —Amy Atkins



—Tara Morgan Tuesday, Nov. 10, with Hillfolk Noir, $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.


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Friday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St.; 8 p.m. with Beautician and Cat Crap, $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M





ABRUPT EDGE, DROP DEAD JULIA, LUCID, MALAHI— 7:30 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory


ANDREW ANDERSON CD RELEASE PARTY, XGFY— See CD Review, Page 22. 9 p.m. TBD. Terrapin Station

THE ALWAYS ALREADY— 8 p.m. $2. Flying M Coffeegarage

ALPACA, POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—9 p.m. $5. Terrapin Station BILLY ZERA, AWA AND SONY DISC— 7:30 p.m. Mai Thai-Eagle BUCK SHOT BAND—9 p.m. $3, FREE if you’re wearing a cowboy hat. Shorty’s CODI JORDAN BAND— 9 p.m. $5. Reef DJ ERIC G—9 p.m. $5. Dirty Little Roddy’s FIVE SMOOTH STONES— 9 p.m. FREE. Monkey Bizness THE HEADLIGHTS, ANNI ROSSI, POMEGRANATES— 8 p.m. $8 advance, $10 door. Neurolux

Rocci Johnson Band JAMES DEWBERRY—7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room JIM LEWIS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine MOONDANCE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub THE MURDERS, HASH KINGS—9 p.m. FREE. The Plank THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper PATRICIA FOLKNER— 7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars

THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

MONDAY NOV. 9 BILLY BRAUN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

REBECCA SCOTT TRIO— 9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s



ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s



NOCTURNUM WITH DJ BONES—9 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station

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

THE SALOONATICS— 9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club

The Headlights

JIM LEWIS—11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s

TAUGE AND FAULKNER— 9 p.m. $1. Liquid

THE INSOMNIACS—7 p.m. $3 Boise Blues Society members, $5 nonmembers. Rodeway Inn

BLESSTHEFALL, OF MICE AND MEN, LET’S GET IT, THE VAST DOMAIN—6 p.m. $12 advance, $14 door. The Venue HORSE FEATHERS, HILLFOLK NOIR—See Listen Here, Page 36. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux JEREMIAH JAMES AND NED EVETT— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

BATTLE OF THE BANDS— Wake up Dead. 9 p.m. $2. Terrapin Station CROWN CITY ROCKERS, THE PRIME—9 p.m. $7, advance, tickets available at Reef and through, $10 door. Reef FINN RIGGINS, NEON NADA, SCARF— 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. Lock, Stock & Barrel MERRILL—5:30 p.m. FREE. Hastings-Boise Avenue


MOONDANCE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Sa-Wad-Dee Thai Restaurant

KEVIN KIRK, JOHN JONES— 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers



ROCCI JOHNSON BAND— 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s UNDERSCORE—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe


GUIDE/EXTRA KOFFIN KATS, NOV. 4, GRIZZLY ROSE Do you ever feel like your day would be perfect if only you could bang your head to the beats of a tatted-up trio of Michigan-based psychobilly/punk rockers? Well, call it serendipity, but on Wednesday, the Koffin Kats will be here in Boise. On the heels of a new release, Forever For Hire, the Koffin Kats create punk for grownups—your dad’s music if your dad ever wore a Mohawk, put a safety pin through any part of his body or knows exactly how to skank. Maybe you should stay home and let him go to the show. —Amy Atkins Wednesday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m., $8. Grizzly Rose, 1124 W. Front St., 208-342-3375.

V E N U E S Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats

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NEWS/ARTS WANT TO SEE A SMACKDOWN, KIDS? THEN READ! Do you have a ’tween or teen who loves the three Rs: reading, ’riting and ’restling? Then sign that bad boy or girl up for a chance to win a trip to WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix this year. Youngsters in grades 5-12 who want to participate in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge at Boise Public Library will read one item a week (book, graphic novel, magazine) for 10 weeks and keep a reading log to be turned in by Jan. 19, 2010. To compete for prizes, which include $2,000 for the library’s ’tween and teen collection, they will also design a bookmark about the value of reading. The importance reading plays in a young person’s life is not up for debate, and World Wrestling Entertainment, Mattel and the Young Adult Library Services Association have joined together to find a way to get kids who are totally into a Raw smackdown to add reading to their list of favorite things. Plus, the more they read, the better they can follow the exploits of John Cena, Ricky Steamboat, Chris Jericho or Slam Master J. For information on ways to participate in the challenge, visit or stop by any of the library branches for details: the Main Library at 715 S. Capitol Blvd.; the Library at Hillcrest at 5246 W. Overland Road in the Hillcrest Shopping Center; the Library at Cole and Ustick at 7557 W. Ustick Road in the Library Plaza; and the Library at Collister at 4724 W. State St. in the Collister Shopping Center.


—-Amy Atkins


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WOMAN OF A THOUSAND FACES Lily Tomlin brings a host of friends to Boise AMY ATKINS

For more than 40 years, iconic actress Lily Tomlin has infused the roles she takes with a joie de vivre wholly unique to her. Precocious, 6-year-old Edith Ann, sitting in her oversized rocking chair. The voice of Magic School Bus teacher Ms. Valerie Fizzle. Vivian, half of a detective duo who deals with matters beyond the physical realm in I Heart Huckabees. And hundreds of live theater performances. The 61-year-old Tomlin brings a cast of characters to the Morrison Center this weekend with her live theater show as part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series. With television, film and stage roles, Tomlin follows a work schedule that would have many 20-year-olds begging for mercy. Calling from her home in Los Angeles, she said she doesn’t really see it that way. “I’m sure it’s demanding, but it’s like being an athlete. You prepare for the game,” Tomlin said. It’s a game in which she’s been a star

are imbued with humanity and humility that player since her first appearances in the early make them lovable, and Tomlin herself consid’70s on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Fast ers them friends. And like her, they change forward four decades, and Tomlin is still with the times. Even feisty nasally telephone a regular face on television, recently playoperator Ernestine. ing nosy neighbor Roberta, half of a sister “I could never get tired of doing Ernessleuth team living on Desperate Housewives’ tine,” Tomlin said. “She’s lately been workWisteria Lane. She is currently developing an ing in a health-care idea for a series starinsurance corporation ring Roberta (Tomlin) Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., $35-$57.50 denying health care and her sister Karen to everyone. She just McCluskey (Kathryn MORRISON CENTER wants to have a place Joosten) in the vein of 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane 208-426-1609 of power ... ErnesHousewives. tine is particularly “Kathy [Joosten] For ticket information, adaptable that way and I would both want visit because there are a lot something that’s not of institutions that retotally sitcom,” Tomlin quire somebody who’s said. “It would be a comedy primarily … more like Monk. We’d be ruthless and has very few principles.” Tomlin takes the same dedication she some kind of investigative team.” pours into her stage shows to her acting roles. Along with developing a series, filming for Memorizing lines, dealing with directors: another and continued big screen roles—she They’re all elements of her art. plays Eleanor in the upcoming Sweet Baby “You adapt,” Tomlin said. “You hope you Jesus, currently in pre-production—Tomlin bring the right mix to begin with and there’s has more than 30 live shows scheduled going to be a little shaping along the way.” between October of this year and But adapting doesn’t mean relinquishing March 2010. She is always control or stifling emotions. Sometimes the drawn back to the stage. passion that goes into a role isn’t just turned “I started putting on off when the director yells, “Cut!” shows on my back Between takes on the set of the 2004 I porch when I was Heart Huckabees, the cameras were still roll8 or 9 years old” ing when Tomlin exchanged heated words Tomlin said. “So with director David O. Russell and again that’s always later with co-star Dustin Hoffman. Nearly been sort of four years after Huckabees was released, both the focus of videos became YouTube sensations. my life.” “I was doing an interview much like this And so one morning with someone in Miami and he many of the said, ‘So what do you think about this film on characters YouTube?’” I said, ‘I don’t know. What is it?’” Tomlin brings It was the first she’d heard of it. By the to the stage have time the videos appeared on YouTube, they’d been a part of been around for awhile, and it never occurred her audiences’ to Tomlin that they would end up on the lives for a long Internet. But as far as Tomlin is concerned, time as well. what’s done is done. She has accepted that the The charincidents happened and has moved on. And it acters hasn’t seemed to hurt her. She still has plenty of work. She’s already flown back and forth to New York a couple of times to tape one of the six episodes she’s appearing in on the critically acclaimed FX channel drama Damages, which stars Glenn Close. Regardless of her fame, Tomlin appears both down-to-earth and quite approachable. Having watched Tomlin for years both onscreen and onstage, it’s easy to feel like she and her characters are people you know. Like neighbors. Just be careful what you say around Edith Ann: It won’t be long before the whole neighborhood knows your business. B. PATTERSON

On Monday, Nov. 9, a 24-foot steel creation will make its permanent home at the Boise Airport. Designed by Emmy Award-winning production designer Rene Lagler and created by Woman of Steel’s Irene Deely, the sculpture is a giant cauldron titled, appropriately, the 2009 World Winter Games Cauldron. The piece was commissioned by Special Olympics’ 2009 World Winter Games and is being gifted to Boise to commemorate the important relationship formed between the city and the organization when the games were held here earlier this year. Mayor Dave Bieter, airport director Richard McConnell and Chris Privon, who was on the World Winter Games board of directors, will be present for the unveiling, and music will be provided by Steve Fulton and Steve Eaton, as well as by special guest, flautist Ronald Sam. Sam, a member of the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, will play “From The Heart,” a song he wrote specifically for and then played during the opening ceremonies of the 2009 World Winter Games. The event takes place on the lower level at the west end of the terminal and is scheduled to begin promptly at 12:15 p.m., so arrive early to park (it is the airport, after all). Parking is not free. If you would like to attend, RSVP Heather Hill at




PRE-SEASON SNOW FLIES ON SCREEN Backcountry Film Festival satisfies snowlust JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA Fall weather is such a tease. Although the Treasure Valley got its first sprinkling of snow over the weekend, expectations of an early ski slope opening are about as wise as planning a picnic. So what’s an anticipatory powder-head to do? Slide on over to Watch guys and gals catch wicked air during WWA’s fifth annual Backcountry Film Festival. the Backcountry Film Festival, where big air pleasure meets proactive production. calligraphy strokes and hillside carving. by other grass-roots organizations. Last Now in its fifth year, the Backcountry Generations, by extreme sports producers Film Festival is both a celebration of winter year’s festival visited 28 locations, and that Teton Gravity Research, is an examinarecreation and a creative fundraiser for con- number has grown this year, ranging from tion of the demonstrable impact of global servation efforts. The showcase is produced Talkeetna, Alaska, down to McMurdo, warming on the future of snowsports, Antarctica. Proceeds from these showings by the Boise-based Winter Wildlands Alliwhile Flakes, a piece by the globe-trotting go directly toward the local groups who ance, which works to preserve backcountry ski bums at Powderwhore, is an unabashed present the festival. lands for non-motorized snow enthusiasts. gawk-fest capturing some of the world’s “We’re a local film festival with interna“I see a lot of sit-down dinners out there top telemark skiers in action. Rounding tional films supportas fundraisers,” says ing national causes,” out the festival will be Fast Grass and Whitney Rearick, Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., $10 Dirty Corn, a four-minute short about a says Rearick. “This advocacy director for EGYPTIAN THEATRE group of Vermont skiers who refused to let festival that people the WWA. “Those 700 W. Main St. patchy snowfall and half-thawed condiare seeing here will are great, this is 208-345-0454 tions halt their winter fun. be shown elsewhere something just a little While none of this year’s entries qualify to raise funds in bit different. It gets Tickets available through or at the door. for the Best Local Film award—no Idaho those local areas. It you that early-year films quite fit the BCFF’s narrow niche— does create a comjones, satisfies that Rearick hopes next year’s selections will munity.” urge and gets you in include some Treasure Valley submissions. Although preserving the great white the mood for winter.” “You couldn’t get your homemade wastes and woods is WWA’s primary conThis year’s BCFF has six short films on the docket, from the freeheel fantasy Winter cern, the BCFF keeps the showcase balanced jacket into REI. Here, that door is wide open,” she says. “I’m really trying to enDreaming, which pictures the fleeting fun of between passionate proaction and powdercourage people to grab your video cameras carving prowess. skiing the Australian Alps, to Red Lady, a and take some footage of the fun you’re “It’s more about having fun,” says documentary about an embattled proposed having in the backcountry. Shoot, whatRearick, herself an avid snow cutter. “I mining site in Colorado. ever. Backcountry sledding. As long as it’s want people to realize that you don’t have “Ours is a film festival with a confun, makes you smile, tells a story or shows to be this hard body with $4,000 worth of science,” says Rearick. “We love to feature something pretty.” gear to get out there and enjoy.” shots of dudes hucking big air, but we also Also in this year’s lineup is Gentemstick, have two films that highlight environmental BCFF’s Best of Festival winner about a problems facing our communities.” See this week’s Citizen on Page 11 for Japanese snowsurfer—a type of no-binding an interview with WWA executive director Following its inaugural screening here boardsport—who draws analogies between Mark Menlove. in Boise, the festival will be presented

SCREEN/LISTINGS special screening

Boise, 208-345-0454, www.

BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL— See Screen, Page 39. Winter Wildlands Alliance presents its fifth Annual Backcountry Film Festival. The festival highlights the magic of our winter backcountry. Sat., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St.,

THE GOOD SOLDIER—Boot camp trains soldiers to kill without remorse, to follow orders, to be a “good soldier.” But what happens to these men and women when they return home? The Good Soldier chronicles the stories of five combat veterans who discuss their participation in wars ranging from WWII to


Vietnam to Iraq. It’s haunting and emotional. “This is the nature of war. You can’t turn on and off the faucet. It doesn’t work like that.” Tue., Nov. 10, 7 p.m. $8.50 general, $6.50 military, veterans, seniors 65 and older and students with ID. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, www.

HILLSONG UNITED THE I HEART REVOLUTION: WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER—Live from Australia, this one-night event features an introduction by lead singer Joel Houston, followed by a Hillsong United performance from their home church in Sydney and ends with the debut of their cause-based documentary The I Heart

Revolution: We’re All In This Together. The documentary follows the band as they are confronted by the stories of remarkable individuals facing injustice and hardships around the globe. Wed., Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m. $15, Edwards 22, 7701 W. Overland Road, 208-555-8355.


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SCREEN/LISTINGS opening THE BOX—Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur (James Marsden) are in dire financial straits when a mysterious box with a big red button shows up on their doorstep. With the box comes an offer: Press the button and get $1 million, but somewhere, someone is killed. With 24 hours to decide, they have more than moral implications to weigh as the full influence of the supernatural power behind the box comes into focus in this psychological/sci fi/horror flick. (PG-13) Edwards 9 COCO BEFORE CHANEL— Audrey Tautou stars in this biography of Gabriele Coco Chanel’s life as she built her famed clothing empire. The French film follows Chanel through her life, beginning in the orphanage where her father left her. Thelma Adams of U.S. Weekly describes Coco Before Chanel: “Rich, sensuous, inspiring, Dickensian, the rags to riches stor y of Coco Chanel seduces.” In French with English subtitles. (PG-13) Flicks THE FOURTH KIND—Due to a series of inexplicable disappearances, accusations of a federal cover-up have sprouted dissent among habitants of Nome, Ala. In attempting to solve the case, local psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler star ted taking video of traumatized patients in the area, and, hauntingly, discovered some seriously sketchy abnormal activity, of the four th kind—alien abductions. (PG-13) Edwards 9 DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL—Disney presents classic tale of the old curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who’s sharp attitude is changed after the visiting of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yetto-Come (Jim Carrey). Through the course of one Christmas Eve, Scrooge’s reflections of whom he once was soften his oncehardened heart. (PG) Edwards 9 THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS—When journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) starts looking into reports of a super secret U.S. Army division of psychic spies, he finds Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). After Cassady is called up for a special mission, Wilton convinces Cassady to let him tag along and gets to the hysterical and unbelievable truth behind the story. (R) Edwards 9


A SERIOUS MAN— Flicks: W-Th: 4:50, 7, 9:15; F-Su: 12:40, 2:45, 4:50, 7, 9:15; M: 5:05, 7:15, 9:15; Tu: 4:50, 9:15 AMELIA— Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7:15, 9:30; F-Su: 12:25, 2:40, 5, 7:10, 9:25; M-Tu: 5, 7:10, 9:25 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:25, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 ASTRO BOY—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:30; F-Tu: 1:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40, 1:55, 4:10, 6:45, 9:05


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:05, 4:30, 7:10, 10:15


Flicks: W-Th: 7:20; F-Su: 2, 6:55; M-Tu: 6:55


AMELIA—Hilar y Swank stars as famed aviator Amelia Earhar t. Alongside Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor, the film explores more than just the successes and failures of flight, but also the trials of love and relationships. (PG) Flicks, Edwards 22 A SERIOUS MAN—Coen Brothers latest film. It’s 1967 and physics professor Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is watching his life disintegrate around him. Rather than let himself be dragged under by his circumstances, Larry turns to three rabbis for guidance on becoming a mensch, a serious man. (R) Flicks


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Flicks: W-Th: 4:55, 9:35; F-Su: 4:30, 9:10; M-Tu: 4:30, 9:10:

CIRQUE DE FREAK: THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT— Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1:45, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 3D— Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:55, 3:10, 5:35 COCO BEFORE CHANEL—


Flicks: F-Su: 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30; M-Tu: 5:05, 7:15, 9:30

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:10, 7, 9:45; F-Tu: 4:10, 7, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:55, 1:45, 2:45, 4:30, 5:30, 7:05, 8:05, 9:30, 10:35


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:25, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10


Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:10 Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1, 4:05, 7:10, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:40, 4:40, 7:25, 10:25

MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS— Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:20, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 MICHAEL JACKSON’S: THIS IS IT—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15; F-Tu: 1:10, 4:15, 7:45, 10:25 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 12:15, 1:10, 2:10, 2:45, 3:50, 4:40, 5:15, 6:30, 7:10, 7:45, 9, 9:40, 10:15


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 4:35, 7:40, 10:25; F-Tu: 1:40, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50, 12:50, 2, 3:05, 4:20, 5:15, 6:55, 7:35, 9:20, 9:50


Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1:20, 4:25, 7:20, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:45, 5:25, 7:40, 9:25, 10



Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1, 4:25, 7:30, 9:50


Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:55, 6:35, 9:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:20, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30, 9:45


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 4, 7:55

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05; F-Tu: 1:30, 4:05, 7:05, 9:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 1:15, 2:10, 3:40, 6:05, 8:30 ZOMBIELAND—

Edwards 9: W-Tu: 1:50, 4:45, 7:50, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:20


Edwards 22 Boise, 208-377-1700,; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821,; The Egyptian Theater, 208-345-0454,; The Flicks, 208-342-4222,; FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: Northgate Cinema, Towne Square Reel, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208-377-3072, Movie times listed were correct as of press time.


LISTINGS/SCREEN ASTRO BOY—This classic Japanese manga series is an actionpacked tale of a robot boy who discovers what it means to be a hero and a human. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his neighbor, outspoken fashion student Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). (PG) Flicks CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY— Michael Moore presents the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have. (R) Flicks

BRIGHT STAR—In 19th centur y London, a secret love affair has formed between English poet


CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT—Two teenage boys are in for more than they can guess when they attend a one-night-only freak show that’s a little freakier than usual. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS—Inventor Flint Lockwood creates an apparatus that makes water into food. (PG) Edwards 22 IMAX COUPLES RETREAT—Add one adulterous couple, one cradlerobber, one couple on the verge of divorce and one happy couple, and you get a hilarious look at real world problems. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE INVENTION OF LYING—In a world where ever yone speaks the absolute truth, Mark Bellison (Ricky Ger vais) invents a remarkable thing: the ability to lie. (PG-13) Edwards 22 LAW ABIDING CITIZEN—Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) and his family become victims of a brutal home invasion. Ten years later, Shelton kills one of the invaders and orchestrates a series of brutal murders from jail. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

“You want a piece of me? You want a piece of me? Wait, I have to go take a nap first.”

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DRAMA: WHO WOULD THINK IT WOULDN’T STINK? When the Netflix Web site recommended JCVD, a 2008 project wherein action star Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself in a so-called “comic action” film, I chuckled. Netflix must be nuts, but I added it anyway, mostly with the intent of devoting a column to how poor I was certain it would be. But, as I am often wont to do, I prematurely judged the proverbial book by its cover—er, synopsis—and wound up pleasantly surprised. First, I didn’t know this until after my viewing, but JCVD was a hit with critics. Time magazine even suggested Van Damme deserved an Oscar. Whaaat?! I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it’s definitely the man’s most mature film, if that’s saying anything. Embroiled in a child custody battle, a penniless Van Damme returns home to Brussels, Belgium. Upon his return, he’s taken hostage during a bungled robbery and mistaken by the police for the culprit. Let me tell you, there may be awkwardly funny moments, but this ain’t no comedy. If it’s a ridiculous quasi-biographical action comedy you want, locate Bruce Campbell’s My Name is Bruce, released earlier this year on DVD. Because JCVD is dark in both mood and lighting, this feels a little more like 2005’s Unleashed in which martial artist Jet Li flirted with dramatic action. I get why critics would enjoy this film. When Jim Carrey branched out from comedy, the results were spectacular. Similarly, Van Damme blazes a new trail here, and a few of his scenes—especially a six-minute monologue when he’s alone with the camera, seemingly baring his real life soul—are drenched in emotion. Good for him, and good for the movie. While it doesn’t make him Paul Newman or Johnny Depp, Van Damme is perhaps more than just the Muscles from Brussels. I should probably mention that the dialogue is about 90 percent in French—Van Damme’s native tongue. An English soundtrack can be activated, but the crummy voiceovers are distracting. I managed to enjoy it with subtitles alone. Besides, I speak un peu de Francais. Though he hadn’t released a major Hollywood movie in a decade, and though his acting during his heyday was less than stellar, Van Damme takes a bold, very likeable step forward in JCVD. Much as I hate to admit it, you were right, Netflix. This time. But if I find you pitching me a Steven Seagal romantic comedy, so help me ... —Travis Estvold WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

MICHAEL JACKSON: THIS IS IT—A companion to the single “This Is It,” this film offers a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jackson before his death, as he readied for a 50-night concer t residency at London’s O2 Arena that was to take place this year. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY— When a young middle-class couple moves into a new house, they find a presence in their new home. The increasingly disturbing creature haunts their dreams in this Blair Witch Project-esque thriller. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SAW IV—Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw’s twisted legacy. But as the FBI closes in, he sets in motion a game that is designed to reveal Jigsaw’s grand scheme. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 STEPFATHER—Nip Tuck’s Dylan Walsh takes an evil turn as the charming David, the new man in Michael’s mother’s (Sela Ward) life. Michael (Penn Badgley) knows David makes his mom happy, but something just ain’t right about David and as Mr. Hyde begins to replace Dr. Stepdad, Michael has to find evidence to suppor t his suspicions that David is a killer before the stepdaddy turns his deadly sights on his new family. This film looks to be a remake of the 1987 original starring Terr y O’Quinn. (R) Edwards 22 TOY STORY: 3D DOUBLE FEATURE—Disney and Pixar’s Toy Stor y and Toy Stor y 2 make a comeback to the big screen. (G) Edwards 22 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE—Spike Jonze brings the beloved classic to life in an adventure tale for all ages. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 ZOMBIELAND—When brainhungr y zombies overrun the world, what do you do? If you’re Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) you kick ass. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22


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NEW SEASON, NEW TOYS From rocker skis to green snowboards, it’s time to check out winter’s new gear DEANNA DARR

Sun Valley: Classic winter escape.


out with their own version of the rocker ski, including K2, Vogel and Solomon, but it’s K2 that is coming out with a limited edition tribute ski for Shane McConkey, who died last year while BASE jumping and whose designs were the basis of the rocker ski. Proceeds from the 500 pairs of the numbered tribute ski will be donated to


OK, so you want to hit the slopes in Sun Valley this winter but ponying up $82 for a day pass seems a little, ahem, steep. There’s some good news: Sun Valley Resort is still offering some early season specials on passes, as well as some ski/ lodging combos. The 2009-2010 winter pass, which includes six days of skiing at Snowbasin in Utah, will set you back $1,999, but you can save nearly a grand and still get some serious time on Baldy with the 20-day pass for $1,000. Still too much? If you’re a card-carrying, full-time college student, you can take advantage of a new-this-year $249 College Six-Pack, valid for any six days during the season. Trick is, this one is not for sale via phone or Internet, and cannot be bought until the season actually opens. If you’d be happy with a discount, the resort is offering a season discount card for $160, or a weekend discount card for $60, both of which will get you on the lift for a reduced rate. If you’d prefer to skip the crowds and ski the shoulders of the season, the Early/Late pass gets you access to the renowned runs from opening day through Dec. 14, and then from March 29 until the end of the season for $199. For those who consider themselves avid bunny-hillers, a season pass for Dollar Mountain runs $300 for adults or $150 for kids age 5-12. But, since a jaunt to Sun Valley usually requires at least one night’s lodging and food, the resort is also offering a few package deals, starting with a Thanksgiving Package good Wednesday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Nov. 29. Get four nights’ lodging, three days of skiing and a full Thanksgiving dinner starting at $282 per person (plus tax). The Pre-Holiday Package (Friday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Dec. 20) will set you back $67 per person double occupancy or $107 single for a night’s stay and one day of skiing. Good news is that this deal can be booked for several days, making it quite the bargain. The resort also expanded its Ski Free Special: Stay any number of nights in a standard or medium room at the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn between Saturday, Dec. 19, and March 25, 2010, and you pay $94.50 for the room (double occupancy) and get a free day lift ticket for each day you stay. Of course, most of January is blacked out, but it’s still a deal. For more info on deals at Sun Valley, visit or call 800-786-8259.

of binding is perfect for those who are still trying to figure out what works best for them on the hill. For boots, the focus remains on fit and comfort, regardless of the discipline. Last year, Solomon introduced a custom shell for Alpine boots that allows the boot to be stretched just by the skier’s foot without the need of a stretcher, making things far more customizable, Cremer said. When it comes to board boots, Cremer said the industry is moving toward a boalacing system, which allows for easy, onehanded adjustment with a tight fit. Snowboards themselves are continuing a trend that first saw light just a few years ago. Now, reverse camber boards are all the rage. “Everyone was trying to buy or build [a reverse camber board],” said Evan Cecil, salesman at Newt and Harold’s. The board moves the contact points down the board, giving it the distinct appearance of a bird in flight when seen in profile. While Cecil said it’s a matter of preference among riders, the reverse camber boards have been continually selling out. Boards are also going increasingly green this year as well. One standout company is Lib Tech, which uses soy-based top sheets and sidewalls, low-VOC epoxy resin and renewable forest product for the cores, in addition to an impressive list of Even snowboards are getting curvy with the popular reverse camber boards at Newt and Harold’s. environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques. Snowboard manufacturing is not good for the environment, Cecil said. “They’re all McConkey’s family. McU Sports is the only both the tips and tails, giving them a slightly petroleum-based products, but everyone’s retail location in the Boise area that will be bowed profile and, combined with broader trying to lessen those impacts.” selling the special ski. width, make them ideal for powder skiing. Nordic skate skis continue to get lighter, Shellhorn also points to Armada’s Al“People are loving it,” said Megan Shelland Fischer has upped the ante this season pha1 as being one that has proven popular horn at Greenwood’s Ski Haus. with a new ski that reduces since it’s not as wide as some Chuck Cremer, hard goods manager at the swing weight via a keyofferings and its light weight McU Sports, said the inspiration for the dehole. The RCS Carbon Lite makes it more of an all-terrain sign came from waterskis, which are wider BOGUS BASIN SKI Hole Ski has a large keyhole ski than many other offerings. in the middle than they are at the ends. EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S SKI SWAP cutout in the tip of the ski, Women-specific skis are Over the past few years, various manufacFriday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, giving hard-core speed skiers also continuing to gain moturers have been playing around with the Nov. 7 at Expo Idaho. a slight weight advantage. design, experimenting with how much curve mentum, with more manuGet there early and check “It’s very important for facturers expanding their to put at what point in the ski. out Pages 20-21 for details. some skiers,” said Idaho offerings. Shellhorn said the Now, most of the companies have Mountain Touring ski buyer industry is quickly approachreached some level of consensus, creating Jared Rammell with a laugh. ing a 60/40 split between men’s and woma range of rocker skis for different needs. Whether that hole in the tip makes a en’s skis, and the trend is not unnoticed. Need a more versatile ski? Look for one difference will probably depend on the “Women are responding to it,” she said. with early rise in the tip, but little to none perspective of the skier, but there will “They appreciate the fact that they have in the tail. Want to be able to pull some undoubtably be more than a few willing to more choices now.” serious jumps in the terrain park, with the test it out. This year, bindings are also getting a bit option to land backward? Look to the other Of course, those who might not be able of an overhaul thanks to the Schizo from end of the scale for something with lots of to afford new gear this season can always Marker. Like its split-personality name rise at both ends of the ski. try their luck at scoring an early set of rocksuggests, the binding allows skiers to move “They’re making powder and crud so er skis at the Bogus Basin Ski Education it up to 3 cm after it has been mounted, much easier than the traditional powder Foundation’s Ski Swap Friday, Nov. 6, and letting skiers customize their ride depending skis, but they still carve on the trail super Saturday, Nov. 7, at Expo Idaho. For more on the daily conditions or their mood. well,” Cremer said of the new rockers. information, see Picks on Page 20. Shellhorn added that the moveable style Nearly every ski manufacturer has come This year, it’s all about the curves. When it comes to the season’s latest skis, the curves can be found at the tips and tails of the latest rocker skis. In this case, “rocker” has more in common with a rocking chair than a leather-clad musician. Slowly introduced over the last few seasons, rocker skis feature a higher rise at

—Deanna Darr


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LISTINGS/REC Events & Classes 2010 INFORMATIONAL NIGHT AND MEMBERSHIP—Presented by Team Therapeutic AssociatesDobbiaco. Head down to meet up with other cyclists and check out the variety of benefits Team Therapeutic Associates-Dobbiaco has to offer. Wed., Nov. 4, 6:30-9 p.m. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604, www. A LEGACY OF SERVICE HALF MARATHON—An event to benefit ALS. Visit for registration information. Sat., Nov. 7, 10 a.m. $45 for the half marathon, $20 for the 5K, $15 for kids, 208-327-0107.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION— Leagues are open to players 16 and older. Find registration details online at parks. $510 per team. Boise City Recreation office, 110 Scout Lane, Boise, 208-384-4256,

Recurring BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT OPEN SHOP—Donate unwanted bicycles or equipment to a good cause and receive a tax write-off. The shop is open for volunteers interested in working on bicycles for children of low-income families, refugees and

Boise’s homeless population. During open shop time on Saturdays, use tools and stands to work on your own bike or bikes for the community. No experience is necessary. Volunteer orientations are on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. For more information, e-mail Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., 208-4296520, CYCLOCROSS TUESDAY NIGHT TRAINING RIDES—Ride with a group of cyclists for cross-training workouts. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise.

ANNUAL CYCLING CALENDAR MEETING—A meeting for those planning to promote any cycling races/rides in 2010. Thu., Nov. 5, 7-8 p.m. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 208-3452929, BEGINNER-FRIENDLY CLASSES—Learn the elements of yoga, tai chi, chi gong in a beginner friendly environment. Instructors guide students through yoga and movement mediation. The classes are free; however, all donations go to support the studio so that it can continue to offer affordable and diverse classes. Thu., Nov. 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Muse Yoga Studio, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-345-2704, www. IDAHO WHITEWATER ASSOCIATION MEETING—An open meeting with a presentation by Idaho Dept. of Agriculture and Idaho Parks and Recreation on Idaho’s new aquatic invasive species program. Wed., Nov. 4, 7 p.m. FREE. Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208-336-4844, STREET SMART CYCLING— Still confused about bike laws and etiquette? Attend this basic course designed to teach riders how to interact positively and confidently with traffic. Wed., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208322-1141, WWA SNOWSCHOOL VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION—Join Winter Wildlands Alliance for an evening slideshow presentation about becoming a SnowSchool volunteer leader. WWA will also introduce participants to new ecology topics volunteers are expected to address when teaching. Wed., Nov. 11, 7 p.m. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208322-1141,

Register EIGHTH ANNUAL ZEITGEIST HALF MARATHON—The eighth annual Zeitgeist Half Marathon is Saturday, Nov. 7. Runners and walkers are welcome. The course is on paved and dirt roads in the Foothills northwest of Boise. Register online or pick up an entry form at area sporting goods stores and health clubs. Volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit or call 208-853-1221.


PLAY/REC BLAST FROM THE BOGUS PAST Books chronicling the early development of ski areas seem to be a trend, and Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has hopped on the bandwagon. Building Bogus Basin by local author Eve Chandler hit stores earlier this fall, although BW had the scoop two years ago. Clocking in at 224 pages and retailing for $27.95, the book looks at the history of Boise’s local ski area, from the rise of skiing in the 1930s through the development of the modern ski area. Filled with photographs, the book is as much a romp through the history of Boise as through Bogus Basin’s history. Chandler spent years interviewing hundreds of players involved in Bogus, as well as community leaders and skiers. Personal stories dot the pages, outlining not just the business side of the resort, but the community side, as well. As for the most often asked question: How did Bogus get its name? Well, some swindling miners in the 1860s set up shop in the basin that now holds the ski area, melting together silver, sand and a little gold to create fake gold dust they pawned off as the real thing. They were found out, and the basin was christened Bogus Basin. Local artist Ward Hooper created the cover image, and prints of the design are being sold at the Bogus Basin corporate offices at 2600 Bogus Basin Road. The book is also available at Greenwood’s Ski Haus, McU Sports, Idaho State Historical Museum, A Novel Adventure, Hastings at 7500 W. Fairview Ave., and Borders Books and Music at Boise Towne Square mall. Chandler will be doing a series of book-signing events as well. She will be at the Bogus Basin booth at the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation’s Ski Swap Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 8, (see Pages 20 for details) as well as at McU Sports on Sunday, Nov. 15. She will also be at Bogus Basin’s annual Bridge Builders dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Warren Miller Ski Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, Borders on Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sierra Trading Post on Sunday, Nov. 22, —Deanna Darr


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

ANGELL’S BAR AND GRILL Chef Jered Couch is cooking up dinner.



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Whether you’re in charge of a dish or an entire meal come the third Thursday of the month, we’d recommend one little cheat: the pie. A pie is one of those things everybody seems to think they can make and, really, so few of us do it well. It’s also one of those Thanksgiving things that takes massive amounts of time and love and face it, maybe you don’t have either left after you’ve put together a whole table of food. Whatever your reason or your comfort level with ser ving outsourced pie, at least pre-screen the goods to be sure your Turkey Day pie is all it can be by stopping into Pamela’s for the annual pie-tasting fete on Thursday, Nov. 5. Sample pumpkin, bourbon pecan, Dutch apple or tart cherr y from 3-7 p.m. completely free of charge. Pamela’s, 360 S. Eagle Road, 208-9386585, pamelasbaker And since no one actually expects you to make your own wine for Thanksgiving dinner (unless, of course, you own a winer y), you can feel a lot less guilty about this one. Stock up for the all the holiday festivities with wine (aka family coping mechanism) at Berryhill & Co.’s ninth annual wine sale. Wine experts will offer tastings before you commit to a case, and although you have to commit to a case, you can mix and match your selection. Like Pamela’s pie-tasting event, this sale also happens Thursday, Nov. 5, so get an early start at Pamela’s before heading over to Berr yhill and First Thursday. Berr yhill, 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553, berr Sale is 4-9 p.m. From wine to wine dinner ... Chef Jered Couch of The Dish and Six-OneSix is back on the scene in a pretty unlikely spot: The Griddle, which is best known for the earlier meals of the day. Couch, however, has ventured into wine dinner territor y and will offer the four-course “A Northwest Tasting Menu” Nov. 5-6 featuring Sockeye salmon, beef tenderloin, a sun choke soup with trout, a warm chanterelle tart and poached pears for dessert. Oh yeah, and wine. All from Hells Canyon Winer y. This week’s dinner is the first in a series Couch will present. Dec. 4-5, he’ll pair up Hells Canyon Winer y’s Zhoo Zhoo label wines in a “Victorian American Christmas Dinner.” Take note: Couch’s dinners happen at the Eagle location. The Griddle, 177 Eagle River St., 208-939-9070, Reser vations at 208-949-9583. —Rachael Daigle

Angell’s Bar and Grill has been a Boise haunt for more than 20 years, The bar at Angell’s is a good place to hide out. Flickering electric serving up Northwest classical cuisine from its semi-subterranean candles cast a soft glow on the groomed and perfumed bodies sipping location. When the landmark restaurant came under new ownership cocktails in the sunken space. Though you can still see the tops of cars and announced it was undergoing a makeover with an African safari through the wrap-around windows as they zip down Ninth Street, theme, I wasn’t the only one who was a bit nervous. something about the spot feels hidden, even slightly forgotten. But my fears of a cheesy theme decor were put largely to rest this On a recent weekday evening, I sat at the bar and took in the spring when I made my first visit to the newly reopened restaurant. “regal safari” flourishes at this recently revamped downtown fineAngell’s managed to maintain a casual classiness while upping the hipdining staple. Decorative brass elephants wrap their trunks assertively quotient with smatterings of bamboo, plants, assorted animal prints around the bar’s ledge as curved wicker fans twirl overhead. Though and an occasional spear. More importantly, the food was still memoraone might expect to see khaki-clad British hunters spilling out of tiger ble, tasteful and beautiful without being pretentious. The menu is filled print booths, the space is instead filled with an assortment of middlewith familiar items aged urbanites. from the NorthwestAfter a short ern grocery list, but wait, my mom and I hipped-up with adwere led through the ditions of ingredients packed restaurant like currants, roasted and past a cluster pine nuts, mangoes of giant bamboo and wasabi. sculptures to a booth. The same proved Looking up from the true during a recent menu, we smiled, lunch outing. It noticing the six silverwas surprisingly haired ladies who packed on a Tuesday were also having a afternoon, and tables girls’ night next to us. full of the suit-andThough the extentie crowd were nice sive, seafood-heavy to see amid reports appetizer list would of the languishing normally paralyze restaurant business. me with indecision— Lunch fare at AnDungeness crab cakes gell’s consists of the ($9.50), Oysters standard soup, salad Rockefeller ($2.25 and sandwiches, but each), calamari with the kind of artiswith artichoke aioli tic touches required ($9.50)—our opto stand out from the tions were narrowed This African safari ends with a stuffed belly, not a stuffed cheetah. franchise masses. considerably by my While the mom’s shellfish allerpear and chicken gy. When the artfully ANGELL’S BAR AND GRILL 999 Main St., salad ($8.50) held the presented Ahi Tartare 208-342-4900 promise of bacon, along with pine nuts and currants, the “Two Ways” ($9.50) arrived, we each reached for a biting wind outside drove me to the warmth and heartipuffy sesame cracker and went to town. Though the Lunch: Tue.-Fri. ness of the sandwich. two piles of raw, cubed yellowfin tuna looked notice11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thur. 5-10 p.m., A French dip sandwich ($9) is something I take very ably different—one was coated in a creamy wasabi Fri. and Sat 5-10:30 p.m., seriously, and have been too often disappointed by sauce and the other glistened with a sweet soy Sun. 5-9 p.m. gristly meat, flavorless bread and au jus that is more glaze—neither version was particularly interesting. akin to a salt lick than the rich broth it’s supposed to be. The soy side cried for a citrus kick and the creamy Thankfully, I was not disappointed. The prime rib was corner could’ve used a good deal more heat. sliced to extreme thinness and was so tender it gave way easily to the My mom’s filet mignon ($27) was an entirely different beast. She slightest bite. The accompanying horseradish sauce was also a pleasant polished off every last beefy bite of the “perfectly cooked” steak, maksurprise. It was no weak-willed, watered-down condiment with a kick. ing frequent, closed-eye exclamations about how well it went with the Nope, this one had just enough burn to smolder in your sinuses. The accompanying buttery bearnaise sauce. My Idaho trout ($22) was also addition of a just-salty-enough, beefy au jus topped off the meal along a winner—covered in a crispy sliced-almond batter—but it would’ve with seasoned fries that managed to shrug off any hint of oil. given a good-sized bear difficulty finishing. I boxed up the leftover My date opted for the fish and chips ($8.50). The three generous trout, a healthy dollop of garlic mashed potatoes and a few broccoli hunks of Alaskan cod came in a wonderfully thin, crunchy ale batter crowns and had the feast for both lunch and dinner the next day. that gave the fish a complete coating without throwing off the fishOn another evening, as big flakes of the season’s first snow came to-batter ratio. The flaky, non-oily fish was accented by a housemade cascading down from the dreary sky, I decided to take refuge in the bar lemon aioli tartar sauce that had a welcomed tang. at Angell’s once again. Holing up in one of the booths, I opted for a Checking out the plates in front of other diners, we were pleasantly classic, dirty martini ($10) and two tiger prawns with tamarind marsurprised by the gracious portions, as well as the balance of beauty and malade ($2.25 each). As I watched the flicker of a football game reflect simplicity of each meal. Now that I’ve tried both lunch and dinner, a off faces around the bar and felt a warm martini glow wash over me, I further visit to explore tapas and cocktails at Angell’s may be in order. decided to stick around and hide out a little while longer. —Deanna Darr likes an African safari where she’s not on the menu.

—Tara Morgan really hopes Angell’s inspired that Aerosmith song. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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FOOD/DINING Downtown + Fringe ADDIE’S—The language of breakfast is spoken here. You’ve never seen so many meats followed by “& Eggs” on one menu. Come early to beat the rush for Boise’s best gravy. 510 W. Main St., 208-338-1198. $ OM . ALIA’S COFFEEHOUSE—A bagel shop that’s not just bagels. Get pastries, smoothies and lattes, or get beyond breaky with a cheesesteak sandwich, a ham and brie bagel, or any of River City’s fresh soups and salads. 908 W. Main St., 208-338-1299. SU OM, . $ ALIBABA—Middle Eastern cuisine and all the fun and flavor that comes with it. 111 S Broadway Ave., 208-343-4536. SU . $-$$$ ANGELL’S—Upscale dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Featuring such tasty delights as Idaho Trout and Crab, Rosemary and Juniper Lamb Rack and Halibut Oscar. 909 Main St., 208-342-4900. $$-$$$ RES, SU OM. ASIAGO’S—Innovative Italian pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials served amidst rustic Italian countryside decor. 1002 W. Main St., 208-336-5552. $$-$$$ SU. BAR GERNIKA—Basque favorites in a dark and cozy little bar. Croquettas, chorizo, salomo, paella and a simple cheese plates that is one of the most popular in town. Don’t forget Beef Tongue Saturday. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175. $ . BARDENAY—The atmospheric, cavernous interior (with visible distillery) and huge patio is the place to eat, drink and be seen downtown. 610 Grove St., 208-426-0538. $-$$ SU OM. THE BASQUE MARKET—The market’s shelves are stocked with Basque food and wine (and often, you’ll find take-and-bake croquettas in the cooler), but there’s also a small cafe space for lunch. A list of sandwiches on the market’s freshmade baguette (we here at BW crave the turkey) all come with a side and if you’re lucky, a cookie. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208. $ OM. BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR—Chef John Berryhill has carefully pieced together a discerning selection of dishes at his eponymous downtown Boise restaurant. The lunch menu is a fair balance of cosmopolitan comfort food (meatloaf sands, crab melts and baked mac and cheese) and walk on the lighter side (grilled veggie pitas and a handful of salads). Dinner pulls out all the stops with local Kobe

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cuts, a variety of chicken and pasta dishes, as well as rack of lamb and plenty of seafood. Although Berryhill is ideal for a romantic dinner for two, it’s also ideal for a large group or private party. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553. $$$-$$$$ RES OM . BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—Enjoy a frosty microbrew and gourmet hamburger at this distinguished bar and grill with one of the best selections of scotches in the region. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813. $$ SU OM. BLUE SKY BAGELS—Hot Asiago bagels, soups, morning egg combos and lunchtime sandwiches—the real steal is the veggie sandwich stacked high with all the roughage you want (including avocado). 407 W. Main St., 208-388-4242. $ SU . BOMBAY GRILL—The only Indian food you’ll find downtown. A smoking deal on a smoking delicious lunch buffet and a full menu at dinner. 928 W. Main St., 208-345-7888. $-$$ OM. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—Lovingly called the Beanery by longtime patrons, this Grove hot spot with

everything homemade has some of the best comfort food around. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456. SU OM. $ THE BRIDGE CAFE—Stop in for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Continental breakfast and coffee, build-your-own wraps and sandwiches, hot lunch and a rack of snacks for the in-between times. 123 N. Sixth St., . 208-345-5526. CAFE OLE—Boise’s original Mexican restaurant has been serving for 28 years. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-344-3222. $-$$ SU OM. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—Sustainable community connections are made and both nutritious and delicious local products are offered at the weekly farmers’ and artisans’ market. Every Saturday (mid April-Nov.) between 9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., shop for fresh, local produce, specialty foods, wines, cheeses and baked goods. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, 208-345-9287. CARRE CHOCOLATES—This is the place in town for genuine, handcrafted Belgian chocolates that (drumroll, please) melt in your mouth. 733 W. Broad St., 208-342-7697. $.

FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED ALIBABA ARABIC RESTAURANT 111 Broadway Ave., 208-343-4536 “Luckily, a bowl of creamy lentil bisque (which came with the meal) erased all previous thoughts. It was by far the best lentil soup that’s ever warmed my tongue—welcomingly hearty, without any of the thick mealiness that often afflicts its peers.” —Tara Morgan

BOISE FRY COMPANY 111 Broadway Ave., 208-495-3858, “It’s a menu of meat and potatoes—which we further humbled by ordering to go—but our meal was so damn delicious, it should have been prefaced by a maitre d’ checking for our reservation and ended with us each dabbing our mouths with linen napkins folded in the shape of a crane. It was that good.” —Amy Atkins

SOCKEYE GRILL AND BREWERY 3019 N. Cole Road, 208-658-1533, “I ordered a seven-beer sampler ($6) and studied the menu. Sampling from light to dark, I was struck by two things. First, each of the seven beers shared a common Sockeye flavor. It was a slightly soapy and not quite bitter enough taste, but unique and highly drinkable nonetheless. Second, I realized as I ran the gamut from the seasonal and blonde ales to the Hell Diver Pale Ale and the Powerhouse Porter, that I really do prefer darker, thicker beers, as much as I support our regional hoppy IPA love affair.” —Nathaniel Hoffman

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DINING/FOOD CAZBA—Cazba transports you to the Eastern Mediterranean with cloud-painted walls, elegant dĂŠcor and food from Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran (with a few Indian, Japanese and American dishes). Brunch on weekends. 211 N. Eighth St., 208-381-0222. $$ SU. CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—Chandler’s is for the ďŹ ne-diner in you. With melt-in-your-mouth ďŹ let mignon, porterhouse and Kobe cuts, as well as an appetizer menu that deviates from the red meat and offers oysters, lobster cakes, escargot and mussels. It’s as popular a stop for cocktails as it is for a ďŹ ne dinner. 981 Grove St., 208-342-4622. $$$$ RES, SU OM. CHOCOLAT BAR—For all you chocolate-obsessed purists out there, the Chocolat Bar makes batches of sinful delicacies daily. 805 W. Bannock St., 208-3387771. $. CHOPSTICKS GOURMET BUFFET—Veering from traditional buffets, where the food is prepped in hiding and served in abundance, Chopsticks Buffet is gourmet. Hence, the name. The restaurant features an open kitchen, which allows diners to browse fresh offerings while watching how the cooks prepare them. Goodbye gut-bomb, hello freshness. 2275 W. Main, 208-345-8965. $-$$ OM SU.

mac-n-cheese and breakfast. Yowza! 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008. $-$$ OM, . THE EDGE—Get a cup of joe in between shopping for music at The Record Exchange and knick knacks at The Edge gift shop. 1101 W. Idaho St., 208-3445383. $ SU. EMILIO’S—With Chef Chris Hain in charge of preparing cuisine and over 450 wines in this restaurant in the Grove Hotel, you’ll think you’re in some big city, not downtown Boise. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-333-8002. . $$$-$$$$ RES, SU OM ELI’S ITALIAN DELI—For the sandwich lover for whom a sandwich is a work of love. With fresh ingredients, homemade bread and artful touches, Eli’s turns out sandwiches, soups and pastas for the hungry masses. A recent second location in downtown Boise, in addition to the Nampa landmark is earning more fans. 219 N. 10th St., 208-473OM . 7161. $-$$ FALCON TAVERN—This upscale downtown tavern has become “Boise’s neighborhood pub.� Known for their hand-pressed Kobe burger and ample beer selection, Falcon Tavern also has a variety of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Cozy up in their interior space or kick back on the patio. 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111. $-$$ OM.

COLDSTONE CREAMERY— There is nary a sweet substance on the planet that tops ice cream, and Coldstone does it one better by handcrafting a concoction for every customer. 276 N. Eighth St., 208-3449888. $ SU.

FANCI FREEZ—Burgers, tots, fries and lots and lots of ice cream. This neighborhood landmark has been serving up the comfort food for decades. 1402 W. State St., 208-344SU . 8661. $

COTTONWOOD GRILLE—The food and ambiance here share a terriďŹ c, tasteful symbiotic relationship. Inside, it’s like a big hunting lodge; outside, it’s watching the world go by on the Greenbelt. 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800. $$$-$$$$ RES, SU OM.

THE FIXX—Serving the needs of coffee drinkers hunkered down in the western end of downtown, The Fixx brews up locally roasted coffee from Eagle Coffee Roasting, and the eats are all provided courtesy of Le Cafe de Paris. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. 224 10th St., 208-331-4011. SU .

DARLA’S DELI—The menu at Darla’s Deli includes breakfast and lunch ciabatta sandwiches, chef salad with bacon and avocado halves stuffed with tuna salad plus daily specials. Best ďŹ nd on the menu? Half a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for $2.83. 250 S. Fifth St. OM 208-381-0034. $ . DAWSON’S DOWNTOWN—The interior of Dawson’s is almost as tasty as their hand-picked beans (from everywhere from Sumatra to Ethiopia to Mexico) roasted the old-fashioned way. Owners Dave and Cindy Ledgard know where to ďŹ nd the best fair trade, organic, shade grown and just plain excellent coffees. 219 N. Eighth St., 208-336-5633. $ SU. DELI AT THE GROVE—Head in and enjoy a classic deli-style menu equipped with sandwiches, salads and soup. 101 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-3500. $-$$

. DONNIE MAC’S TRAILER PARK CUISINE—Located in the developing Linen District, Donnie Mac’s Trailerpark Cuisine may be downhome, but it’s certainly not from the trailer park. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, o-rings, fries, some very tasty fry sauce, the valley’s only frozen custard,


FLICKS—Movie and a meal from a killer kitchen. Food good enough to bring you in without a ticket includes burgers, chicken and brie on ciabatta, lasagna, gyro wraps, salads and daily soups. 646 Fulton St., SU. 208-342-4222. $ FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—In addition to a fantastic atmosphere (cool tunes, friendly employees, art on the walls and comfy seating), “the M� makes killer coffee drinks. Don’t forget the Art-O-Mat. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320. $ SU. FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE—Offering tasty pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Features a stellar line of beers, including 14 rotating beer taps, 20 bottles of Belgian Ale and more to comprise over 60 beers to choose from. Eat -in or take-out. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201. SU. GANDOLFO’S DELI—The Georgia based franchise of New York delicatessens provides sandwich fans with New York style hot and cold deli sands, specialty selections and side salads. 401 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338. 7827. $

GOLDY’S BREAKFAST BISTRO—A desperately popular breakfast destination and with good reason. Generous portions of eggs, hash, cinnamon rolls and more. Good gravy! Can’t make it for breakfast? They’ve got lunch, too. 108 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100. $ SU . GRAPE ESCAPE—Fine wine, delicious lunch and dinner, delectable desserts and light bites make this little bistro a great place to meet with great friends. And, if you can’t get to Grape Escape, they’ll bring their casual elegance to you at any of your functions or events with their fabulous catering. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-368-0200. $-$$ SU.


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HA’ PENNY IRISH PUB AND GRILL—An Irish pub with beautiful dark wood seating offering a delicious mixture of American bar fare and classics from the Emerald Isle. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-3435568. $$ SU OM. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—It is a happy ďŹ sh, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more including several creative vegetarian options and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., SU OM. 208-343-4810. $$$

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FOOD/DINING out their breakfast menu, featuring everything from omelets and frittatas to biscuits and gravy and pancakes. Lunch features a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads, and Illy coffee is available all day, every day. 928 W. Main St., 208-331-4045. $-$$ SU OM. LE CAFE DE PARIS—The display case offers a glimpse of the height of French pastry baking. The food is among Boise’s culinary elite—lush, buttery cooking. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889. $$-$$$ OM. LEKU ONA—Step into a little piece of traditional Basque home, family and heaven when you visit Leku Ona. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner, either inside or out on the patio on warm days. 117 S. Sixth St., 208-345-6665. $$$-$$$$ RES OM. LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—A Boise staple featuring some of the most well-reputed steaks and prime in town. 1100 W. Jefferson, 208-336-4266. $$-$$$$ SU OM . LUCY’S COFFEE AND ESPRESSO—No-nonsense coffee on Broadway with homemade pastries and desserts. Brewing Cafe Mam coffee from native Mayan farmers that’s free of contaminants and is Certified Fair Trade. Lucy’s is committed to providing quality coffee, as to well as being a green business. 1079 Broadway Ave., 208-3445907. $ SU. MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. $$ SU. THE MELTING POT—Delicious, savory and sweet, here’s fondue for every course. A cozy, classy place to repast. Order a drink from the extensive selection of wines and linger over a romantic dinner. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900. $$$-$$$$ RES, SU . MESA TAQUERIA—Without a can opener or a freezer, the intrepid crew at Mesa Taqueria delivers up the goods as fresh as they get. It’s a traditional taqueria set up with everything from quesadillas to tacos and burritos on the fly. House made salads and soup too. 215 N. Eighth St., 208-336-0987. $-$$ OM. MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—Get pancakes, biscuits and gravy and eggs for breakfast, or just go straight to dessert and enjoy one of Moon’s famous milkshakes. Founded in 1955, Moon’s has the best breakfast and milkshakes in town, plus an online ordering option for fast delivery, check it out at The new selection of beer and wine makes the latest addition to the milkshake flavors possible—a milkshake made with Guinness. 712 W. Idaho St., 208-385SU OM . 0472. $-$$ OLD CHICAGO—Delicious pizza, sandwiches, pasta, calzones and strombolis and beer. Some 110 varieties of beer. What more do we need to say? Try the $2 pizza at happy hour or check out the


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pool tables. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037. $$-$$$ . OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY— This Portland-based Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Boise has pasta lovers abuzz with its heaping plates of noodles. They have red sauce and white sauce; go with pesto or mizithra, the nectar of the gods. 610 W. Idaho Street, , RES, 208-336-2900. $-$$ SU. ORIENTAL EXPRESS—In the heart of downtown, Oriental Express offers fresh, hot, delicious Chinese food seven days a week at affordable prices. Open late, you can stop by after a night on the town for take-out or dine in and enjoy the really friendly service. 110 N. 11th St., . 208-345-8868. $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE SUSHI AND BAR—The locally owned and operated Japanese restaurant has a subdued red interior with large vintage-inspired paper light fixtures and a gold bead curtain. Though the inside hums with a low-lit romantic vibe, Osaka’s Eighth Street-facing patio offers a more vivacious atmosphere ripe for people-watching. And don’t forget about Osaka’s stellar happy hour: $2 select microbrews and $3 for a spicy tuna roll, spicy salmon roll or California roll. 800 W. Idaho St., . 208-338-8982. $$-$$$$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO—Corporate Chinese on the finer side of other local favorites. They’ll mix you up a special sauce tableside that’s suited to your tastebuds. 391 S. Eighth St., 208-342-8100. RES SU. PHO NOUVEAU—Vietnamese comfort food with a menu of cha gio with a mound of cellophane noodles, lily blossom salad of young lotus root, shrimp and pork, shaken beef salad and big bowls of pho. If strong brew is your thing order some Vietnamese coffee which comes properly served dripping from the Vietnamese “coffee pot”—a tin hat sort of thing that sits on top of a glass. 780 W. Idaho, 208SU . 367-1111. $-$$ PIAZZA DI VINO—As an art gallery and wine bar, Piazza di Vino offers an extensive collection of wines from around the world and art from around town. But that’s not all: savory soups, chocolates, cheeses, salads, fondue and pizza (try the Italian hard salami and provolone) will bring you back again and again. 212 N. Ninth St., 208-336-9577. $-$$ . PIEHOLE—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try their infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783. $-$$ SU. PIPER PUB & GRILL—Perched high on 8th Street with a wraparound patio, “the Piper” serves up yummy, creative pub fare. The extensive apps menu is perfect for those who like to graze all night long while slinging back cocktails. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-343-2444. $-$$ SU OM. PITA PIT—Pitas galore: meats, veggies, cheeses and any combination thereof. Cheap,

healthy fast food tucked into the heart of downtown Boise. Open late to satisfy those nocturnal hankerings. 746 Main St., 208388-1900. $ SU. POLLO REY—A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisserie-cooked chicken. There is a second location in the Edwards Theater complex. 222 N. Eighth St., SU. 208-345-0323. $ POT BELLY DELI—We think the name says it all. Satisfy your belly from morning til night with breakfast burritos, gourmet sandwiches, salads and a selection of veggie choices. 216 W. . Front St., 208-336-2030. $ PROTO’S PIZZERIA NAPOLENTA—Unlike traditional pizzerias, Proto’s serves pizza and nothing but pizza in a hip joint with an indoor/outdoor bar that’s all the rage during summer. 345 S. Eighth St., 208-331-1400. $-$$ SU. RED FEATHER LOUNGE—Red Feather Lounge is all about wine and good food. You can get great macaroni and cheese for lunch, and for dinner, the menu turns deliciously swanky. If you can snag a seat in the cellar, count yourself especially lucky. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340. $$-$$$ . THE RED ROOM TAVERN—Lowslung couches and dark, moody walls make for a dramatic backdrop while you throw back a couple of cocktails or a can of PBR. With floor-to-ceiling windows, velour Catholic paintings adorning the walls, live music, snowboard movie screenings and prime corner patio space at Sixth and Main, it’s definitely a place to watch and be watched. 601 W. Main SU. St., 208-343-7034. $ REEF—You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200. $$-$$$ SU. SHIGE—Watching sushi master Shige create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a portion, dunking it in a wasabi/ soy mix and popping it in your mouth. Umami! 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. $-$$ . SWEETWATER’S TROPIC ZONE—Serving up barbecue, Caribbean, Creole and island cuisine, Sweetwater’s features a menu that reaches far into the corners of the world with pineapple curry mussels, gator tots (from Idaho), conch fritters, Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian curry goat and Indonesian satay. Try selections from the raw bar like oysters on the half shell, conch salad, lomi lomi salmon and fresh ceviche. Sandwiches and lighter fare include Cuban and Havana selections and fresh and fanciful salads such as the Curried Avocado and Jasmine Rice or a Thai-Style Grilled Shrimp Salad. 210 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194. OM . $-$$$$ TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL—Great sandwiches, salads and entrees complemented beautifully by one of their


DINING/FOOD signature brews. 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944. $-$$ SU. TAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT— Great food, daily lunch buffet and a seriously impressive beer selection. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 222, 208-473-7200. $-$$ OM. THOMAS HAMMER—With all the coffee and sweet goodies necessary to keep you moving during the day, all served up in eco-friendly cups. 298 N. Eighth SU. St., 208-433-8004. $ TONY’S PIZZERIA TEATRO— European-style cafe serving salad, soup and brick oven Napolean-style pizza. 103 Capitol Blvd., 208-343-1052. $-$$ SU. TWIN DRAGON—No fuss, no frills—just delicious Americanstyle Chinese food at prices that won’t cripple your wallet. This

place doesn’t need any bells and whistles to satisfy a hungry diner. 200 Fairview Ave., SU. 208-344-2141. $-$$ YEN CHING—Yummy Chinese food at a decent price, with all the usual favorites one looks for in a menu, and then some. This is one of Boise’s favorite Chinese restaurants. 305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384. $-$$ SU OM. WILLI B’S SANDWICH SALOON—Hide out in the maze of wooden booths, plunk down at a table or saddle up at the full bar. Willi B’s specializes in bunkhouse cooking which means dishes that can be made just as easily in a kitchen or by Dutch oven. Lunch specials are homemade daily by the friendly and accommodating staff and rotate between hefty hot and cold sandwiches, side salads and soups


and irresistible sweets. 225 N. Fifth St., 208-331-5666, www. $ OM . ZEPPOLE—Nothing beats the low prices and fresh-baked goodness of Zeppole on a lunch break, unless it’s taking home a loaf of their near-legendary bread to enjoy later. 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149. $ OM.

West Boise BLUE JEANS CAFE—Breakfast (starting at 6 a.m. for you early birds) and lunch with some of the biggest biscuits and gravy in the state. Freshly baked pastries, salads and sandwiches. 9140 W. Emerald St., Ste. 300, 208-658-5053. $-$$ . CAFE OLE—Boise’s original Mexican restaurant has been serving for the last 28 years. 210 N. Milwaukee St., 208-322-0222. $$-$$$ SU OM. FRESH OFF THE HOOK—Gourmet seafood in a casual setting. Try the Halibut bruschetta or coconut prawns. It’s the best place in town for fresh, inexpensive seafood. 507 N. Milwaukee Ave., 208-322-9224. $-$$ OM. FUJIYAMA—Fresh sushi in a serene atmosphere incongruously nestled in a strip mall. For the sushi-phobes out there, they have an extensive selection of teriyaki and tempura dishes, soups and salads. 283 N. Milwaukee St., 208-672-8227. SU. $$

WINTER BREWS It seems like the holidays are becoming more commercialized and pushed further forward. Fall wasn’t more than a few hours old when the first holiday brews started rolling into town. That was much too early for me, but with the mercury dropping below freezing the last few days, it’s time to give in, I guess. Here is the first installment on a few of my favorite cold weather beers. LAUGHING DOG COLD NOSE WINTER ALE, 2009 I’m usually impressed by this Sandpoint brewery’s seasonal offerings, and this one is no exception. It’s the darkest of the trio both in color and in style. The enticing toasted malt aromas make you think of a campfire that’s winding down. That toasty malt dominates the palate with a lovely warmth that plays against the balancing hop bite. Layers of caramel and cream with hints of orange and cherry make this a complex, almost contemplative bottle. SAMUEL SMITH’S WINTER WELCOME ALE, 2009/2010 A consistent favorite, but if memory serves, this year’s edition is a little different from the past few offerings. It opens with earthy aromas of fresh-mown hay backed by citrusy hops. The sweet malt seems to have been toned down from Winter Welcomes past, making for a more refreshing, impeccably balanced brew. Superbly smooth and creamy with just the right hop bite—absolutely delicious. SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE, 2009 Another favorite, and the one winter brew I’d drink year round. Sierra Nevada eschews the typical big-bodied, rich malt style, as well as the tricked-up, over-spiced route. Instead, it is a celebration of the hop, with an overt, but not overly aggressive hop bite throughout that’s nicely balanced by malty undertones. This one ages surprisingly well, so buy an extra six-pack to enjoy a year or two from now. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

GOODWOOD BARBECUE—Great barbecue, Texas-style, right in the middle of the Treasure Valley. With everything from ribs and brisket to chicken, Goodwood Continues to be a valley favorite with a family friendly atmosphere. 7849 W. Spectrum St., Boise, 208-658-7173. $-$$$$ OM, SU. ROBBIE’S DRIVE-IN—An old drive-in location on Fairview and Orchard is now Robbie’s Drive-In serving good and grilled food, award-winning chili and burgers accompanied by fries and homemade fry sauce. The menu also includes salads and shakes and options for the kids. 4822 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-376. 3150. $ ROMIO’S PIZZA AND PASTA—A Mediterranean hybrid with pizzas, pastas, calzones, hot subs and sandwiches, gyros, lamb chops and souvlaki. With its emphasis on Italian fare, Romio’s house specialties concentrate on Greek dishes. 535 N. Milwaukee St., 208-658-1550. $-$$ SU. SOCKEYE GRILL AND BREWERY—Sockeye is the serious beer connoisseur’s brewpub. When the double IPA Hopnoxious is on tap, it’s a hophead’s liquid dream, and the Hell Diver Pale Ale gets rave reviews. The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent and free live music happens ever y Tuesday and Friday. 3019 Cole Road, 208-658-1533. $-$$ SU.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): There was a time when wetlands were considered dismal and unproductive. At best, they were thought to be a waste of space. For more than 200 years, they were filled with dirt and transformed into farms, houses and recreational areas. But all that has changed in the last 30 years. Science has rehabilitated the reputation of wetlands, showing how crucial they are. The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to make a comparable conversion, Aries. Something you once demeaned or underestimated could become an inspirational catalyst. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the coming week, you will have the potential to articulate what has never been spoken before and to name truths that everyone has been avoiding. Uncoincidentally, you may also be able to hear what you’ve never been able to hear up until now and tune in to truths you’ve been oblivious to. As you might imagine, Taurus, you must fully activate both of these capacities in order for either to function at its best. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Nature’s rhythm is cyclical. Everything alive waxes and wanes. If you’re smart, you honor that flow by periodically letting parts of your world wither or go to sleep. If you’re not so smart, you set yourself up for needless pain by indulging in the delusion that you can enjoy uninterrupted growth. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Gemini, this is your time to explore the creative possibilities of ebbing and slackening. Ask yourself the following question, which I’ve borrowed from the Jungian author Clarissa Pinkola Estes: “What must I allow to die today in order to generate more life tomorrow?” CANCER (June 21-July 22): Pregnant women sometimes have unusual cravings. My friend Marta was beset by the longing to eat toothpaste. I’ve known other women who fantasized about nibbling on mud, coffee grounds and chalk. Fortunately, they all resisted the urge, which is what health practitioners recommend. Instead, they tried to figure out if their bodies were trying to tell them about some legitimate deficiency of vitamins or minerals. I offer this to you as a metaphor to keep in mind. As your own special creation ripens, you may experience odd desires. Don’t necessarily take them at face value. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It might be tempting to turn your home into a womb-like sanctuary and explore the mysteries of doing absolutely nothing while clad


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in your pajamas. And frankly, this might be a good idea. After the risks you’ve taken to reach out to the other side, after the bridges you’ve built in the midst of the storms, after the skirmishes you’ve fought in the Gossip Wars, you have every right to retreat and get your homebody persona humming at a higher vibration. So I say: Be meticulously leisurely as you celebrate the deep pleasures of self-care. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Hey Rob: I was having trouble finishing my novel—typical writer’s block. So I sidetracked myself into making silly creative projects—papier-mache chickens, masks made out of junk mail, collages incorporating bottle caps and dryer lint. I can’t say any of it is ‘art,’ but I feel creative again and my house is full of colorful stuff I whipped up myself. If you wait to be perfect, I concluded, you’ll never make anything. I tried something I knew I’d be bad at, so failure didn’t matter. Now I’m branching out with my inadequacy—not waiting for Mr. Perfect but having a beer with Joe Flawed, forgetting to be right all the time, admitting that I haven’t a clue. I’ve become smilingly, brilliantly dumb. —Inappropriate Virgo” Dear Inappropriate: Congrats! You’re doing exactly what I want to advise all Virgos everywhere to try. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): At a yard sale today, I paid a dollar for a stained, pocket-sized horoscope book with many of its pages missing. The reason I made such an odd investment is that it had a forecast for Libra for the first part of November 2009, and this forecast struck me as even more useful than the horoscope I had composed for you. As a public service, I’m providing it here. “The graceful dragonfly lives for just a few months. But a sequoia tree’s time on earth can last 2,000 years. In the same way, some bonds, some creations, some worlds, endure for a mere blink in eternity, while others are destined to outfox the ravages of time. What will be the lifespan of the dream you recently hatched, Libra? It is time to decide and take action.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your anti-role model—the person you should be the opposite of—is the Scorpio warrior, U.S. Gen. George Patton, also known as “Old Blood and Guts.” He once said, “Practically everyone but myself is a pusillanimous son of a bitch.” That’s an attitude you should especially avoid in the coming weeks, since your success will depend on you seeing the best in people—even if they sometimes don’t seem to

warrant it. P.S. It may be OK to think of yourself as “Old Blood and Guts” if and only if you dedicate your ferocity to the service of smart love and ingenious collaboration. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Congratulations, Sagittarius! Free Will Astrology’s Task Force on Creative Suffering has confirmed that your current dilemmas are exceptionally interesting and useful. You have demonstrated an impressive talent for getting embroiled in riddles that promise to bring out your dormant reserves of vitality and ingenuity. The dumbfounding questions you’ve been wrestling with are high-caliber tests that have drawn you closer to the heart of the reasons you’re here on Earth. Take full advantage of this beautiful mess, my dear. Chaos this fertile is hard to come by. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When Dante was 9 years old, he fell in love with Beatrice, an 8-year-old girl he met at a May Day party. They never had a close relationship, but Beatrice played a crucial role throughout Dante’s life, although she died at age 24. She was not just his muse, but also his “beatitude, the destroyer of all vices and the queen of virtue, salvation.” Dante even wrote her into his Divine Comedy in the role of a guide. Is there any person or influence in your life equivalent to Beatrice? Any once-upona-time blessing that might be ready to give you the fullness of the gifts it has been waiting all this time to deliver? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I would love it if you could find a sword that could cut itself. Or a fire that could burn itself. Or some water you could wash. But even if you can conjure the magic to attract an experience that simply resembles one of those marvelous paradoxes, it would set in motion a series of epiphanies that would liberate you from an inferior paradox—a confusing absurdity that is not worthy of you and that has been draining your life force. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The planets are aligned in such a way that suggests you may be able to experience an orgasm solely by meditating. This rare cosmic alignment also means that it’s conceivable you could generate money or attract new resources by following your bliss. But I can’t say for sure that you will actually be able to capitalize on any of these remarkable opportunities. It will depend on whether you can more fully express one of the skills that is your birthright as a Pisces: being wild and disciplined at the same time.




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Boise Weekly Vol. 18 Issue 19  

Idaho's Only Alternative