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PAYING FOR TRACKS Downtowners pencil out their streetcar bills FEATURE 11

MISSING: THE AIDS EPIDEMIC New HIV cases increasing, attention decreasing SCREEN 33

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND The world according to Paris REC 36

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NOTE WHO’S STILL TALKING ABOUT HIV? By the time I was 17, I was too busy being an obnoxious teenager to hang out with my parents on weekend afternoons. One particularly cold Saturday afternoon in Omaha, Neb., however, my parents rounded up the whole family, packed us into the minivan and left the suburbs for downtown, where the AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display. I’d expected to see a bed-size blanket, but what I saw was an arena-size tribute. And if memory serves me, that was only a fraction of the whole thing. Looking back over the last two decades, I remember the ’90s being permeated by HIV/AIDS benefits, education, research. As a teen, I was downright scared of contracting HIV. Back then, it was an epidemic. People were dying, red ribbons were everywhere, my teachers and parents hammered in the certainty of death and the absence of a cure. Almost two decades later, all that seems to have changed. Today, I stand on the sidelines watching my single friends fret more over herpes and pregnancy than HIV. Contracting HIV as a patient in a medical setting is highly unlikely. These days, people don’t die from AIDS, they live with HIV. And sometimes, they live for decades—just look at Magic Johnson. Our perceptions of the disease have changed, as have our misconceptions. Education has curbed social stigmas and discrimination. Advances in medicine make it possible for the HIV-positive to live longer with a better quality of life than ever before. But do these accomplishments come at a higher cost? HIV/AIDS education is not mandatory in schools. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will make only one stop in Idaho this year—in Idaho Falls. And in Boise, the rates of HIV have actually risen among 20- to 29-year-olds in recent years. Although I’ve only recently aged out of that demographic, my adult self never embraced the fears of my teen years as I perhaps should have. And from what I hear coming out of the straight, young and single demographic in Boise—which is to say, almost nothing—I don’t think I’m the only one who’s no longer afraid. World AIDS Day is Tuesday, Dec. 1, and in this issue of Boise Weekly, we ask: Despite our acceptance of HIV/AIDS, have we forgotten about the epidemic? —Rachael Daigle



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ROTUNDA GETS FINISHING TOUCHES We sent intern Andrew Crisp over to the Capitol to check out the moving-in process, and he snapped about a dozen pics of the new digs. Watch a slideshow of the new basement skylight, the oculus from below and the empty inner chambers at citydesk. Click on “Intern Statehouse Gander Induces Dizziness.”

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GRIP GLOBETROTTIN’ THIS WEEK It’s almost business as usual at The Grip this week: Rep. Brian Cronin is still blogging from Jordan, and FMB Fidel Nshombo is still obsessed with football (the soccer version, that is). We also throw in some coverage of Riverstone School alumna Yordanos Refu’s talk at her alma mater.

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Can being Right and being honest co-exist? Pretend you’re a Republican. Oh c’mon, hippie! You don’t have anything better to do at the moment, do you? If you have time to sit around reading this publication—as you obviously do—you have time to humor me for a minute or two and pretend you’re a Republican. And look, I’m not asking you to pretend you’re one of the really stupid ones. You know ... a Michele Bachmann-grade Republican. I’m not asking you to slobber and drool and join the Association of Bat-Shit Crazy Americans (ABSCA) or anything like that. No, all I’m asking is for you to pretend you’re a Republican of moderate intelligence who is nervous about the deficit and jobless rate and a few other matters (mostly of a economic nature) that our nation is struggling with at the moment. You’re not one of those who see socialist plots in every closet and Nazis hiding under your bed. You are simply worried about the fiscal future of our country and how the president’s policies will affect that future. With me so far? And as a Republican—even though you are moderately intelligent—you have accepted the notion that the news you get from the “Main-Stream Media” (MSM) is tainted, though it has never been fully explained to your satisfaction exactly what it is that Wolf Blitzer and Katie Couric are doing to the news to taint it. But just to be on the safe side, you get most of your news from Fox because you’ve been assured that what Fox offers is fair and balanced. Which is all you want out of life, isn’t it? “Fair and balanced” stuff. Now, as a moderately intelligent and moderately honorable person, you are uncomfortably aware that Fox News isn’t quite as “fair and balanced” as they would have you believe. But what’re ya’ gonna do? You want to know what’s going on in the world, but you can’t trust Wolf or Katie. Or Charlie or Brian or anyone else, for that matter. Those MSM people don’t even bother to tell you how “fair and balanced” they are. So you continue getting a little more worried with each passing day. Alarmed, at times—because the way Fox tells it, if we don’t disarm this Obama bomb PDQ, the game’s over, man! Eek! Then you turn off the tube and go to bed, and as a moderately intelligent, moderately reasonable adult, you calm down enough to get to sleep, reminding yourself that things probably aren’t as bad as it seems when you’re watching Fox because, well, as a moderately honest individual, you can’t help but notice the people on that network do have a tendency to exaggerate a tad. Not to say you aren’t concerned. You feel like you should be doing something, but you don’t know what. And then good ol’ Glenn offers you a way. He’s got this 9/12 thing coming up in D.C. on Sept. 12, and he wants everyone who’s concerned to show up and WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

make their voices heard. So as a moderately involved citizen, you go. Pretty big crowd, wasn’t it? (Remember, we’re pretending you’re moderately intelligent, so you can count.) You went to an Ohio State game once and that’s about how many people were there, the way you calculated it. And the D.C. Fire Department pretty much confirmed what you, with a moderately reasonable sense of numbers, figured out yourself. Sixty ... maybe 70,000 people. You are pleased so many showed up to protest Obama’s policies—even if about half of them apparently were charter members of ABSCA—and you went home happy just to have done something. Then you turn on Fox and there’s ol’ Glenn again, talking about how that university of such-’n’-such—(good ol’ Glenn couldn’t remember the university’s name at the time, and to this day, it hasn’t come to him)—put the 9/12 crowd at 2 million. Two million! You say to yourself, “Hey wait a minute! Can Glenn Beck be so stupid that he can’t tell the difference between 70,000 people and 2,000,000 people? Or could it be that he’s ... (gulp!) ... lying!?” U Three months later, and here you are: still a Republican and still moderately intelligent. A couple of days before Sarah Palin’s new book hit the shelves, you’re listening to good ol’ Rush and you hear him say, out of his own mouth, how Going Rogue is “truly one of the most substantive policy books I’ve read.” So you’re down at Borders when the store opens, charge card in hand, eager for some of those substantive policy statements. That’s something else you’d like out of life, isn’t it? “Substantive” stuff. And you read the book. Twice! You’re even thinking about reading it again because something’s wrong. Dreadfully wrong. After getting through all the sections about how McCain’s campaign team did Sarah dirty and how Tina Fey and Katie Couric did Sarah dirty, you somehow missed out on the “substantive” part. And then it hits you: “Hey, wait a minute! Can Rush Limbaugh be so stupid that he can’t tell the difference between real substance and the self-absorbed carping of a shallow and vindictive dunce? Or could it be that he’s ... (gulp!) ... lying!?” U OK, granola, you can relax. I could go on. Hardly a minute passes without a new doozie from the Right, but we’re done for now. Good thing you were just pretending to be a Republican, isn’t it? And wouldn’t you hate to really be one of them? Especially one of the moderately intelligent, moderately reasonable and moderately honorable ones ... where every damned day, you’d have to kiss another chunk of your integrity good-bye, just to keep up with the others.

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AMERICA ON TRIAL Right-wingers have reasons to worry

NEW YORK—One of my favorite books is Integrity, conservative Stephen L. Carter’s 1996 primer on ethics. Carter writes that integrity requires doing the right thing, “even at personal cost.” In politics, the example of Al Gore’s father comes to my mind: Sen. Al Gore Sr. openly opposed segregation and the Vietnam War even though he knew his outspokenness would cause him to lose his 1970 re-election campaign. Faced with the choice between integrity and expediency, Republicans are taking the low road. We are talking, of course, about Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court in Manhattan, within walking distance of the World Trade Center memorial. It’s interesting to watch law-and-order conservatives like Rudy Giuliani talk away basic legal rights like habeas corpus. “[Mohammad] should be tried in a military tribunal,” Giuliani says, “He is a war criminal. This is an act of war.” No, Mr. Mayor, he’s not. Sept. 11 was a criminal act, and a terrible one: mass murder, air piracy and property damage. Until Mohammed is tried and convicted in a court of law, he is innocent until proven guilty. The attorney general’s decision should be commended. He was correct to act independently, without consulting with President Barack Obama. Still, Holder’s pseudo-conservative critics have good reasons to worry about how the trial will unfold. For example, Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan fears accused terrorists will exploit their trials. He worries they will


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“disrupt it and make it a circus and allow them to use it as a platform to push their ideology.” Well, yeah. In political proceedings, the defendants always try to put the state on trial. Unfortunately, the military, CIA and Bush administration made that outcome inevitable by refusing to treat 9/11 as a crime. John “Torture Memo” Yoo frets in The Wall Street Journal that “KSM and his codefendants will enjoy the benefits and rights that the Constitution accords to citizens and resident aliens—including the right to demand that the government produce in open court all of the information that it has on them, and how it got it.” Though self-serving, it’s an excellent point. The whole sordid story of America’s post-9/11 torture program will be internationally televised. The government could have avoided this unpleasantness by not torturing. And, when we learned of reports that our government was torturing, we could have racked up some integrity points by taking to the streets by the million to demand that it stop. Now it’s time for America to take its lumps. Even if that means putting Mohammed on a plane to Pakistan and watching him arrive home to a hero’s welcome. Release is how a judge and jury typically treat a man who has been tortured. What does Stephen L. Carter think about this? I don’t know, but I’d like to think he would agree with me. Integrity requires one to accept responsibility for one’s actions. Ted Rall is the author of the new graphic memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously.



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The proposed LID extends three blocks north and south of the tracks. Estimates are based on a $10 million LID and remain preliminary.

TAKING THE LID OFF Who will pay to build the streetcar? NATHANIEL HOFFMAN At the corner of Ninth and Main, which could be a future downtown streetcar stop, Steve Rambo is not that excited. He has no idea how much his rent will increase to help pay for train tracks in front of his 25-year-old jewelry store, and he’s not sure he wants to pay up, especially since he watched as the old tracks were torn up years ago. “I feel it really has little benefit to the merchants downtown,” Rambo said. And at the corner of 11th and Idaho, another future stop, and the likely site of a transit station, Michael Bunnell and Jill Sevy, owners of Record Exchange, are still debating the project in their back office. Sevy is enthusiastic about the streetcar, imagining high school kids swarming down to the trains after the last bell and imagining herself finally getting the urge to travel all the way to Sixth Street to try the new Chronic Tacos. Bunnell worries about the impact the downtown circulator—a modern streetcar that would run 2.2 miles, from 15th Street to just past First Street and back—will have on future public transportation plans. He also worried about the cost to small business owners until he did the math. Using a formula that combines square footage and track frontage, Bunnell, an owner of the quarter block where Record Exchange and Neurolux sit, figured he’ll owe about $22,000 toward the construction of the system. “Over 20 years, that’s not the end of the world,” Bunnell said. Mayor Dave Bieter wants to build a no-fare streetcar line downtown that will roll by any stop every 10 minutes and cost an estimated $60 million to build. The public remains skeptical of the city’s plan to build a downtown streetcar line, according to a recent poll commissioned by the Idaho Statesman and a series of unscientific Boise Weekly interviews of downtown business owners along the proposed line. “I thought it crashed,” said Stan Minder, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

sitting behind the counter at Hannifin’s, a century-old cigar shop at the corner of 15th and Main streets. “This isn’t San Francisco.” Some 900 property owners will be asked to pay for about $10 million of the $60-million price tag under the city’s current financing plan. Bieter hopes to pay for the bulk of the project with a $40-million federal stimulus grant, though the grant is very competitive with other cities vying for the same pot of money. Assuming the $40 million Tiger grant comes through, the city plans to split the remaining $20 million cost evenly between downtown property owners and public agencies, namely CCDC and the City of Boise. Kushlan said CCDC would have to incur some debt, borrowing against future development, to pony up its $5 million. The city is hoping to pay its $5 million share with onetime money, possibly reserve funds. Downtown property owners are just starting to work out their bills, assuming the $10 million number, which could go up or down. Some are surprised at the numbers, often at how small they work out to when spread among tenants. Clay Carley, an early champion of the streetcar project, member of the Streetcar Task Force and owner of Old Boise, a historic district at Sixth and Main, would contribute almost $265,000 toward the project. “I could send both boys to private colleges for that,” Carley said. But it breaks down to about $22,000 per year for 20 years. Or $2,000 a month, spread over 17 downtown parcels. Or $340 a year for small tenants. An average downtown block along the tracks would cost the property owner $133,140, which can be paid over 20 years at 5 percent interest, Kushlan said. “This is not an ROI [return on investment] exercise,” Carley said. “This is a community benefit exercise.”

Carley, whose properties front the proposed streetcar line on Main Street, would be part of the local improvement district, or LID, that the city wants to form along the streetcar line. LIDs allow municipalities in Idaho to improve roads and sidewalks, put in street lighting and landscaping, sewers and parking and canals or, “to make any other improvements now or hereafter authorized by any other law, the cost of which in whole or in part can properly be determined to be of particular benefit to a particular area within the municipality.” The streetcar LID would extend three blocks from the tracks, north to State Street and south to Broad Street. Properties in the first block will pay the full assessment, including a frontage fee. Owners on the second block away from the line will pay two-thirds of the assessment and the third block will pay a third. The largest contributor to the LID would be St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, which estimates its bill at some $1.5 million. St. Luke’s recently surveyed its employees to gauge their interest in the streetcar and one of the hospital’s concerns is the impact on its parking. “We’re supportive of public transportation and anything that can be done to help that,” said hospital spokesman Ken Dey. “We just want be sure this is the right project.” CCDC is working with a parking consultant to allay the hospital’s fears that streetcar users will monopolize its free parking. About 70 percent of the traffic through downtown comes from the west side, Kushlan said. Scott Schoenherr, a partner at Rafanelli and Nahas, another large property owner along the route, said he still has questions about how many people will ride the streetcar and how much development it will spur. But he shared Dey’s assessment about using the downtown circulator as a first phase in a wider public transportation plan. “If this is the first step in doing that then I support the streetcar,” he said. “I don’t know yet that it does.”


DO YOU FEEL THIS LAWSUIT ON YOUR NUTS? ’Tis the season for lawsuits. The City of Boise was sued again on Nov. 13, this time by Gerald Amidon, the man who was repeatedly shocked by a Boise Police officer’s Taser, including on his genitals, on Valentine’s Day. Amidon was initially charged with three crimes, but all Gerald Amidon filed suit charges were against BPD. dropped. Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson told BW in July that the officer who deployed the Taser displayed “conduct unbecoming of an officer.” Amidon filed a brutality claim in July, and the city never responded, so he filed a federal action earlier this month, claiming violation of his Fourth Amendment rights to protection from unreasonable search and seizure. A response is due from the city in the next few weeks. The City of Boise filed a response last week in another federal lawsuit, this one brought by seven homeless people. They accuse the Boise Police Department of violating the cruel and unusual punishment and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution by arresting them for sleeping outside, when they have nowhere else to sleep. In Boise’s 10-page response, assistant city attorney Scott Muir denies any wrongdoing or constitutional violations by the BPD and details some of the arrests cited by the plaintiffs. Muir said the merits of the lawsuit would be argued in further motions, after discover y begins. And a lawsuit against the state is proceeding as well, but first this news. The Idaho Transportation Board selected Brian Ness, a regional engineer in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s northern region, to head up the Idaho Transportation Department. Ness has a master’s degree in public administration and worked with MDOT—a $3-billion agency, compared to Idaho’s $500-million budget—for 30 years. “Ness possesses the professional background, leadership skills and energy to make an immediate impact on transportation in Idaho,” stated ITD Board Chairman Darrell V. Manning in the ITD press release. “We know that his degree in public administration coupled with his transportation background will ser ve him well in effectively leading the transportation department.” There is one potential problem for Ness, though: former ITD Director Pam Lowe still wants her job back. Lowe, who threatened a lawsuit in August, filed suit a few weeks ago and added six more counts to her complaint last week, according to the Spokesman-Review. She alleges sex discrimination by the ITD board, for which she told the Spokesman’s Betsy Russell, she has proof that will emerge at trial. But she also alleges cronyism,

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NEWS/CITYDESK corruption and political favors all the way up to the Governor’s Office that thwarted her efforts to do her job. As Russell reports: “Lowe contends that she Pam Lowe wants was fired because her job back she insisted on cutting back a $50-million contract with a politically well-connected contractor to manage a string of bond-funded highway projects, with Otter’s then-chief of staff, Jeff Malmen, and Transportation Board Chairman Darrell Manning directly pressuring her to keep the big contract intact. Malmen hasn’t responded to requests for comment; Manning has disputed Lowe’s charges.” Some of Boise’s homeless population did get some reprieve this month as the Boise Rescue Mission dedicated a new, 58-bed women’s and children’s shelter to accommodate the overflow they have seen all year at the City Light Home for Women and Children across the street. The new shelter, called City Light Guest House, 1417 W. Jefferson, is in what was once a parking area for the apartments above. The Mission fully renovated the space with mostly donated labor and materials. “Women with children have been the fastest growing population of homeless people over the past decade. With the economic situation as it is, we have seen that number rise even faster. For the past several months, we have had up to 46 women and kids sleeping on the floor at City Light. In order to be sure we can meet this growing need, and to better accommodate the women and kids we’re ser ving, we are pleased to accomplish this project,” said Mission director Bill Roscoe. The Mission also installed 82 new beds at its men’s shelter on 13th Street. All the new beds are a step toward filling the shortage of beds for homeless people in Boise, but the Mission is clearly not on board with those homeless folks who sued the BPD for harassment. Roscoe effusively introduced Boise Police Chief Masterson at the ribbon cutting for the new shelter, calling BPD the “finest and most compassionate” police force. Masterson avoided the topic of the lawsuit altogether, talking about volunteering at the Mission and officers handing out meal tickets. Speaking of meal tickets, the Idaho Statesman commissioned a Mason Dixon poll on the city’s plan to install a downtown streetcar loop and found that 63 percent of Boise residents oppose the plan, with a 4 percent margin of error. Respondents also disagreed with Mayor Dave Bieter that a streetcar line will help with traffic congestion, spur development, improve the economy or catalyze further transportation options. Incidentally, it was the second poll the paper commissioned, after BW raised questions about the methodology of the first poll, which found that 50.3 percent of Boise residents opposed the streetcar.


RAW DEAL Idaho moves to combat illegal sales of “real” milk MIKA BELLE In Idaho, there are two licensed raw-milk producers. And then there is the black market for raw milk. Although the substance is legal, costly restrictions have caused it to go underground. “We know that there’s a number of backyard sells going on throughout this state,” said Marv Patten, chief of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s dairy bureau. He offered no estimate of the number of such sales, but said there are enough for the department to take note. He hopes a new proposal under legislative review next year makes raw milk more safely available. “It’s legal in Idaho, but only under certain statutes,” said Raine Irving Saunders, a Boise food activist and publisher of the Agriculture Society blog. The feds have left such decisions up to each state. In Idaho, two specific permits are involved for farmers to sell milk: a Grade A production license, and a Grade A processing license. Small farms argue the price of the required processing equipment is cost prohibitive, leaving them out in the cold. Patten hopes the new legislation will help those farms with fewer than three milking cows sell raw milk legally if they agree to publicized inspections, which will in turn offer more people safe alternatives to traditional, processed milk. Milk is supposed to do a body good, but is all milk created equal? Proponents of raw milk (what they call “real” milk) promote its alleged health benefits, stemming from the fact that it is free from pasteurization, a traditional means of processing that kills unwanted bacteria, including E. coli, that can lead to severe illnesses. However, some food activists say pasteurization kills many healthy milk ingredients that can improve human immune systems. They also say modern farm hygiene techniques can be perfectly adequate to ensure safe raw milk. “I’m always working to educate people about the benefits of consuming it,” Sanders said. “We get ours from Saint John’s Organic Farm in Emmett.” Saint John’s has about 100 milking cows, steers and calves roaming 160 acres on a farm that has been in the family for about 70 years, according to owner Peter Dill. He said

his raw milk is high in vitamin E, omega 3 and other important vitamins and enzymes that are depleted when farmers feed grain and pasteurize milk. “People have drunk raw milk for centuries,” Dill said. “The consumers need to be


able to make their own decision.” His farm is one of two that earned the permits to sell raw milk at the retail level in Idaho this past year. The farm is clearly providing consumers more decision-making power, but its milk is still only offered to members of its “raw milk co-op,” which requires dues to enjoy the milk mustache. Boise Weekly contacted Boise Co-op to ask the regional purveyor of organics if it was interested in providing raw milk. “We would love to be able to sell it,” said manager Ken Kavanagh. “As long as it’s inspected by the state.” Dill said that the permits Saint John’s has require the state agriculture department to perform routine, quarterly inspections of his milk for pathogens, and farm equipment for proper operation. Regardless, other hidden costs must be addressed. “I think the Boise Co-op would like to have our milk, but it is just not financially feasible at this time—maybe in the future,” Dill said. He explained the high cost was due to a combination of things, including packaging. Dill is optimistic but realistic about the future of raw milk: “I think raw-milk consumers are intelligent and zealous, but they are probably few.”

—Nathaniel Hoffman


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ROBYN LOCKETT Capitol restoration by Excel ANDREW CRISP

So how’d you get into this position? Prior to this position, I worked for a couple different non-profits. I worked with Habitat for Humanity, right out of college, at their international headquarters, in a tiny, tiny town in southwest Georgia. I went as a volunteer and I loved it. I loved it so much that I stayed a second year, and they hired me on as a staff person. After those two [years] I was kind of ready to move back home. Boise’s my home, I love it here. I was born at St. Luke’s, graduated Boise High. My husband’s from here, too. We didn’t meet until later; it’s nice now that we’re married, we both have our families here. I think I got the job because I approached it as a big event. I had managed events and the planning and logistics of people, places, things, etc., for Habitat and AmeriCorps, so I just approached the moving of the Capitol as one big choreographed event. How’d you “move” an entire building? When you talk about keeping track of computers and printers and phones and little coat racks and coat hooks, it’s tens of thousands of items. So basically, we’ve built a giant matrix of furniture. I’ve kinda become an Excel nerd. Just to keep track of everything,


which agency or group it belongs to, which staff person’s office it’s in, whether we’re going to reuse it back in the Capitol or not, whether it’s surplus or not. When we moved out of the Capitol, I think it was something like 25 semis worth of just stuff—cartons of files, etc. There were vault rooms that, in and of itself, just had hundreds and hundreds of boxes of historical records. So we worked with the Historical Society. How’d you organize it all? There’s another gal who does a similar position; she oversees the executive branch—Kelly Berrard. She’s great. I’ve learned a lot from Kelly. She’s very, very detailed. I thought I was detailed-oriented; she makes me look like I’m crazy and ditzy and all over the place. We have a giant inventory. I have a furniture inventory, and it has thousands and thousands of items on it. Basically, over the last couple years, we’ve gone and inventoried every piece of furniture. Anything that was worth keeping we sent to the Historical Society. We made many generous donations to the Idaho Youth Ranch, and some local agencies, some school groups, Computers for Kids, with our furniture and stuff that was obsolete. But most of it we brought over here to the Annex. We moved everyone out in April of 2007, over here to the Capitol Annex, where we held two legislative sessions, and it was kinda like camping out. And the trouble was there wasn’t a lot of room for the public. And one of the main reasons we did the restoration was to provide more space for committee rooms for the public. Actually, once we got everybody in, we were working on the logistics of moving everything back.


Robyn Lockett holds the rare and little known title of “relocation specialist.” Never heard of it? That’s because she works behind the scenes on the renovation of the Idaho State Capitol, coordinating the movement and cataloging of furniture during the now substantially complete upgrade of the original early 20th century building. She focuses on the legislative branch of government, keeping track of desks, chairs, coat racks, phones and more for Idaho’s lawmakers.

Tell me about some of the items. All of the different state agencies used to be housed in the Capitol, and when they left, they took their furniture with them. So all of the original Capitol furniture is sort of spread out across the state. The antique coat trees are my favorite. I can’t say I know why. I picture the legislators coming in since the ’20s. I picture them coming in with their big coats and taking them off and hanging them on the original coat hooks, coming in on whatever mode of transportation. One of the neat things, one that I’m most proud of, is we had a lot of the original furniture replicated. There’s the existing stuff, everything you see, and the historical furniture, and of course, the new furniture. And our goal was to replicate as much of it as we could. This is pretty close to what the new desks look like. They have these special bronze-capped feet and the original brass pulls. They’re simple and classic, and they’ve really worn well. We found a foundry here in Idaho that would cast these for us, these coat hooks. Are all of the original pieces going back? A lot of the original items have gone back to the original owner, some of them were only on loan to the Capitol, and a lot of them have been put on hold until we can find a good place for them.


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NEWS/TRUE CRIME COLD-WEATHER RITUAL LEADS TO GRAND THEFT AUTO ARREST When the weather outside turns frightful, the morning commute can be a frigid affair. That gives rise to a couple of dangerous temptations it would do well for all of us to resist. The first temptation—to which we admit succumbing on many occasions—is to warm up the car while we go back inside to finish getting ready for work. The second temptation—particularly potent to polar-iced pedestrians—is to jump in that unattended vehicle and drive away. A resident of North Hartman Street in Boise failed to resist the first temptation on Friday, Nov. 20. She fired up her car at about 6:30 a.m., then hightailed it inside. But when she came back out, her ride had vanished. Fast-forward to 5:30 p.m. the same day. A Boise Police Department sergeant patrolling the area of Irving and Orchard streets spotted a vehicle matching the description and license plate of the stolen car. The spotting was evidently mutual because the driver took off at high speed into rush-hour traffic. For safety reasons, no pursuit was initiated. But the car was found moments later anyway. It had been abandoned on a canal access road near the intersection of Orchard and Franklin Road. A search of the immediate area came up suspectless. But witnesses gave police “valuable” information, according to a BPD press release. And at about 11 p.m., officers nabbed their suspect—a 23-year-old Boise man—at a residence on the 100 block of West 37th Street in Garden City. For allegedly failing to resist the second cold-weather temptation, he faces a felony grand theft auto charge. As for our victim, she was lucky. Her vehicle


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was found undamaged, which is not usually the case with stolen cars. Most are stripped for parts or trashed, leaving their owners out in the cold. Makes a warm morning commute seem not quite so tempting after all.

ATTEMPTED BAMBI MURDER LANDS CANYON PAIR IN JAIL In a variation on our failure-to-resist-temptation theme, a Boise resident reported to police that shots had been fired in the vicinity of Warm Springs Avenue and Eckert Road at about 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. A search of the area—with the help of concerned citiEdison and Chase zens—located the suspected perps, two 28-year-old dudes, Dustin L. Edison of Nampa and Dustin H. Chase of Caldwell. Investigators allege the clueless pair sat on their asses in their vehicle and, using a flashlight and what the cops called a “.410 shotgun handgun,” fired repeatedly at a deer they spotted from the road. So our escapees from Canyon County now each face misdemeanor charges of hunting without a license, hunting with the aid of artificial light and shooting from a public highway. What’s more, the Nampan has a prior felony conviction on his record, so he received an additional parting gift: a felon-in-possession-ofa-firearm charge. Which is, what else? A felony. —Jay Vail


Is anyone talking about HIV and AIDS anymore?

he student commons area at Meridian High School more closely resembled the epicenter of a 1960s anti-war demonstration. Students ditched class en masse to protest. Their numbers rivaled the turnout at school pep rallies. They chanted. They waved condoms. Some displayed an articulation beyond their years as they faced news cameras. They weren’t protesting a war overseas but another kind of battle. They were fighting for information. Their war cries were calling for the education they knew young people needed if they were to emerge victorious against the rise of HIV and AIDS. The year was 1991. Just days before the student rally at Meridian High School, a school nurse presented information about HIV and AIDS to students at Lowell Scott Middle School. Word of the presentation leaked home to parents, false allegations flew, and district officials slapped teachers with a gag order, preventing them from teaching students anything related to sex education or HIV and AIDS. The censorship drove Meridian High School students from classes in protest. The biggest news story of the year at Meridian High School made it into newspapers around the country. As a high school reporter for the school’s student newspaper, I jumped on the story along with my colleagues. We planned for full, front page coverage of the event. But no one ever read the story. It never made it to print. Instead of a news story about the protest and gag order, Meridian students opened the next issue of their high school newspaper to find a near-blank front page. A few words broke the emptiness: “This space was reserved for the story that everyone expected to see but we weren’t



allowed to print.” Meridian students faced a media blackout of HIV and AIDS coverage through the early 90s. Nearly 30 years after the identification of the disease, and 17 years after the censorship in the Meridian School District, HIV and AIDS activists say the issue still remains in the dark—largely dismissed and stigmatized by the mainstream media. Researchers found that the reporting of HIV has fallen out of vogue. And activists say that when the media fails to accurately portray the realities of HIV and AIDS, one of society’s most influential social institutions misses the opportunity to educate, inform and save lives. “More and more people are getting HIV, and that’s because they’re not aware they’re at risk. And the media can play an enormous role in educating people, raising awareness and making people understand that they can actually get this disease,” said Regan Hofmann, a journalist and editor-in-chief of POZ, a lifestyle magazine for those living with HIV and AIDS. Activists aim to close the information gap as part of this year’s World AIDS Day campaign. The Dec. 1 celebration of HIV and AIDS awareness not only encourages people to take a proactive approach to preventing the spread of HIV but to broaden their understanding of the realities of those living with HIV—realities often eclipsed by the mainstream media, activists say. Sensationalized news coverage often swallows accounts of the reality of living with HIV, said Idaho activist Duane Quintana. The founder of Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (ALPHA) noted that local media coverage of the epidemic remains largely absent until a dramatic story surfaces. He pointed to a dark spell in local coverage of the issue until prosecutors recently alleged that Kerry Stephen Thomas, a former Boise State

basketball player, knowingly spread the disease. Local news outlets dedicated airtime and ink to the allegations, ensuring trial and guilty plea in volumes that surpassed typical coverage of positive news stories about HIV and AIDS, Quintana noted. President Barack Obama’s recent and historic lifting of bans prohibiting HIV-positive people from entering the country received only scant coverage in the local media—just a paragraph mention in the Idaho Statesman. “It can be very frustrating when we send press releases out all the time, and we can’t get any hits,” Quintana said. “And then this Kerry case was the top story.” Punitive disclosure laws that activists say can sometimes result in “he said, she said” accusations and the sensationalized media coverage that follows cases like Thomas’, have consequences, Quintana said. They stigmatize. And that deters people from getting tested and seeking treatment. “There’s no incentive to test positive,” Quintana said. “And we can keep people alive if they know they have HIV.” AIDS-related deaths in Idaho have declined since 1995, but the number of people living with HIV in the state has steadily risen, according to the state Office of Epidemiology and Food Protection. The office estimates that 1,028 Idahoans are now living with HIV or AIDS. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.1 million Americans were living with HIV and AIDS, and 20 percent of them were unaware they had been infected with the virus. In 2008, the CDC estimated that in 2006, approximately 56,300 people were newly infected with HIV. “The pandemic is so severe, and we need every arsenal to fight it. And the media is such a powerful tool,” Hofmann said. Sociologists recognize the important role the

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mass media plays as an agent of socialization. It’s full of symbols that create meaning for us about the world. It shapes our ideas, beliefs and understanding about ourselves and others. “(A) good news story can really educate people about what can and cannot be done and show that people can’t only survive [HIV] but live full lives in spite of it. And at the end of the day, it makes people less afraid of the disease and more likely to get tested,” Hofmann said. A 2004 study published in the Columbia Journalism Review found that the overall media coverage of the U.S. AIDS epidemic has decreased since 1981. Researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Princeton Survey Research Associates International attributed the decline to what some have called “AIDS fatigue on the part of media organizations.” Domestic coverage of the epidemic spiked in 1987, then declined with minor peaks following Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he was HIV-positive and the introduction of highly effective anti-viral drug therapies in 1996. Those minor peaks began to paint a picture of HIV as a manageable, chronic disease. “That’s good and bad,” Quintana said of the media’s spotlight on Johnson and lifesaving therapies. Quintana and other activists worry that apathy has become a side effect of such coverage. “People just aren’t worried. And maybe that’s why it’s just not getting covered as much … fewer people are dying,” Quintana said. “We’re keeping people alive, and that needs to be celebrated to some extent. But we also need to keep other people from getting it as well. And we keep people alive if they know they have HIV.” ALPHA encourages Idahoans to KYS or “Know Your Status,” and each year more and more people line up at ALPHA testing sites for


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Dr. Clay Roscoe works daily with HIV patients at the Wellness Center, the only clinic in Idaho dedicated solely to the care of HIV patients. Despite better care options, infection rates have yet to drop.

a quick mouth swab that can reveal their status in minutes. More than 1,000 people have taken HIV tests through ALPHA this year. “Every year that goes by there is an increased awareness in the health-care provider community. Each year I see more health-care providers doing HIV screenings,” said Dr. Clay Roscoe, a physician at Boise’s Wellness Center, Idaho’s only clinic dedicated solely to the care of HIV patients. “[Yet] we really haven’t seen a drop in new infection rates, and I’d like to see that in my lifetime.” Apathy partly stands in the way of that drop, Roscoe said. “There’s more of a laissez-faire attitude because it’s known that the anti-viral treatments are well tolerated. I’m always a bit worried the guard is down, especially with the younger generation.” Generation Y never woke up to headlines reporting the death toll of a mysterious new disease called AIDS. For some, it seems Magic Johnson has lived a lifetime being HIV-positive. Idaho’s youngest generation can’t recall the time their Meridian predecessors walked out of class to protest a gag order that silenced discussion about STDs. And activists note that editors aren’t clamoring to fill newspapers and newscasts with HIV stories. “It isn’t a sexy issue,” said Jose Alfredo Hernandez, a case manager at the Wellness Center. The Meridian School district eventually lifted the gag order and offered parents the option of enrolling their students in sex education classes that covered information about HIV and other STDs. And administrators scaled back their censorship of Meridian High School’s student newspaper. As the veil of silence lifted, students started reading about what it was like to live with HIV. In a 1994 Meridian Warwhoop article, Meridian students met a vibrant young man who loved photography and painting. Rick Clara was a popular Borah High School student. He liked to use the word “normal” as the adjective that best described him. He also contracted HIV at the age of 22.


Clara started his days by swallowing four pills. He took another four pills in the afternoon. He finished his day with a dose of another seven pills. Intravenous drips punctuated the 17 pill-a-day regimen. “What I dislike most about having AIDS, is people judge you before they even know you. There’s this stigmatism that comes with having AIDS—that you’re gay, a drug user, a bad person,” Clara told student reporters. Young, white men, the demographic profile Rick Clara fit at the time he was exposed to the virus, still test positive for HIV at a rate that surpasses any other Idaho demographic group. Idaho’s 20- to 29-year-olds are contracting the virus faster than any other age group in the state. The rate of infection for that group increased by 147 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Office of Epidemiology and Food Protection. But the disease cuts across race, class and gender lines—a fact that not everyone gets, Hernandez said. He said that race, class and gender play roles in who gets tested and when. “We know that Latinos are not getting tested until very late into the disease,” he said. Whites accounted for 77 percent of Idaho diagnoses between 2002 and 2007. But the Office of Epidemiology and Food Protection noted increasing numbers of diagnoses among Hispanics and blacks. “We’ve done a good job with [testing] women as it relates to pregnancy. At primary care health clinics like Terry Reilly, for example, they do a really good job of doing OB [HIV] screenings for their patients, and we’ve gotten a handful of patients through that process,” Hernandez said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that women undergo pre-natal HIV screenings. It’s just one of the many new guidelines that have changed the way HIV is now treated and diagnosed. Activists and doctors say a lot has changed, and at the same time, too little has changed since students first meet Rick Clara.

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Duane Quintana, founder of ALPHA, is a vocal activist for HIV and AIDS education and prevention. His group has become the state’s largest HIV testing organization.

In 1994, ALPHA was nearly a decade from inception. Wellness Center funding was still down the pipeline. And many considered the disease a death sentence. “It’s night and day,” Roscoe said of the treatment he has seen evolve since his med school days in the ’90s. “I was seeing people take a cereal bowl full of pills with lots of side effects.” Now many HIV patients stave off AIDS with just one pill a day. Many can even hold off on taking medications. “You’re not going to die of AIDS in this country,” Roscoe said, noting that with monitoring and treatment, people with HIV can have a normal life expectancy and now die of the same things that kill the general non-HIV positive population. The care of HIV patients has also become less fragmented, said Wellness Center manager Jamie Perry. People who test positive for HIV can now find a health-care home at the clinic housed under the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho program. Beginning next year, the program is slated to become just one of two residency programs in the United States that trains HIV specialists. The Wellness Center brought HIV medical care, referral services, support programs, nutrition, testing, counseling and case management under one roof in 1998. The center and its satellite clinic in Pocatello saw 511 patients last year. Between 2007 and 2008 the number of patients treated at the clinic jumped between, but for the most part, patient volumes have held steady over the years with only slight increases from one year to the next. And the center treats everyone—regardless of if they have health insurance. A joint study between Harvard and Stanford universities estimates the average cost of treating an HIV patient at $20,000 per year. Funds from the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act help the Wellness Center cover medical costs for middle- to low-income patients. And the clinic works with all patients to ensure that they get the care that they need. If a person is diagnosed as HIV-positive tomor-

row, they can be assured that they can access medical care through the clinic, regardless of their ability to pay, Perry said. But challenges still slow the fight against the disease. More physicians need to make HIV tests as routine as cholesterol tests, Roscoe said. “If you’re a health-care provider in rural Idaho, it’s not going to be on your mind every day,” he said. And HIV patients still face a host of social challenges, Hernandez said. Low incomes, difficulty accessing housing and a shortage of rural health-care providers may hamper some patients’ ability to comply with treatment, he said. And there’s still a fight to change attitudes. Nearly 30 years after researchers first identified HIV and AIDS, people with the infection still face stigmatization. People still hold prejudices about who gets HIV, POZ’s Hofmann said. And many still face an uncompassionate community, according to Hernandez. The Wellness Center recently changed its name from the HIV Services Clinic at patients’ request. They felt stigmatized just walking into an office displaying the letters HIV, Hernandez said. If Hofmann fits a stereotype, it’s that of a successful, professional woman. She’s well educated and well published. She excelled in her journalism career, earning command posts at East Coast magazines. And the cover of Hofmann’s memoir shows a beautiful woman with a long mane of blonde hair, perched atop a horse. The book’s title also hints at the secret she kept for so long. I Have Something to Tell You reveals how Hofmann came out as HIV-positive. “I wanted people to know that HIV was alive and well. And I wanted to contribute to the de-stigmatization of the disease.” In I Have Something to Tell You, Hofmann reflects on coming out very publicly— on the cover of POZ—and about life as a journalist, and the power of the media in fighting the disease. “One of the things that I think about as a journalist is, ‘Why do we always have to go to WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

the negative, the dark side?’” Hofmann said. “There are some remarkable stories about remarkable people doing extraordinary things in and around the world of HIV.” Quintana will tell you remarkable stories, if you ask. He’ll tell you about the scores of volunteers who have passed through the doors of ALPHA headquarters. He’ll tell you about how ALPHA grew from his single vision to become a hub for HIV education, outreach and testing. And if you prod him, he’ll humbly tell you his own remarkable story—of how he grew from a school kid in small-town Wendell, Idaho, where sex education wasn’t on the curriculum, to a filmmaker, activist and sought-after HIVAIDS educator. He’ll tell you that as a 19-yearold living in Phoenix, he didn’t think HIV could touch him. So when a friend went to get tested for HIV on a regular May day nearly a decade ago, Quintana merely went along for support. Quintana’s test came back positive. “Ever since that day in May, I have struggled with myself. I struggle with my health, my self-worth, my thrive for life, my hopes of love, and my dreams of success,” Quintana wrote during the infancy of his activism career on a Web site he launched to help others cope with an HIV diagnosis. Quintana, like Hofmann, could have kept his disease private. But like Hofmann, he saw silence as fuel for stigma. Today, Quintana thrives and survives despite struggles— struggles that activists say shouldn’t be eclipsed by media hype of the innovations in HIV treatment. “People want to see people who are well. So you may be sick, but you’re smiling about it. And when people see that,


they don’t get the reality of what you go through,” Quintana said. It’s hard not to feel Quintana’s forceful spirit: It’s inspiring. Relentless. Real. And honest. “Even though I feel like I can live, something deep inside me tells me the worst thing I can ever do is transmit this to someone else. That it’s a horrible thing to go through, and I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through that,” Quintana said. Quintana sinks back in his chair and pauses for a moment. The homey ALPHA meeting room filled with overstuffed, slip-covered furniture grows silent as Quintana mentally rewinds the last decade of his life. “I feel like a lot of my youth, a lot of the things that you do as you grow older, were robbed from me ... not being able to be a dude. I’ve been the AIDS boy.” Quintana‘s truthfulness and openness have helped pushed HIV awareness forward in Idaho. It helped lift ALPHA from a little known nonprofit to becoming the state’s largest HIV testing organization. To many students, he is the gentle herald of HIV prevention. He breaks stereotypes as a vocal advocate of prevention. Once you see Quintana, once you talk to him, you realize he could be just like you—a young, affable Boise guy known to offer hugs and to frequent coffee shops. He gives HIV a face. And he shares his story again and again—in classrooms, on the Web and on film. His ambitious film documentary, I’m Just Me, Just Like You, presents the extraordinary journey of Quintana and his family’s experience with HIV. Through a camera lens and Quintana’s brute honesty, viewers realize that

Quintana is, in many ways, just like them. But Quintana’s education efforts haven’t always been met with open doors. He has struggled to reach students. He found some schools welcome HIV-positive women into the classroom but won’t allow HIV-infected males to speak to classes. There’s still ignorance to penetrate, he said. “A lot of people have no clue that they should be nervous about HIV.” Meridian High School students rallied on behalf of their peers and successors left without a clue. They demonstrated in 1991 because they knew that to prevent the next generation of HIV and AIDS infections, young people would have to have a clue. They would have to learn about sex and protection and STDs. They knew students had to talk about HIV and AIDS. By 1992, the Meridian School District lifted its gag order. And soon after, sex education was put on the curriculum. But not all Meridian students learned about HIV and AIDS at school. The sex education courses developed by the district offered parents and students one of three options: They could sign up for a health course that delved into all issues surrounding sex—reproduction, sexually transmitted diseases and contraception; they could take a course that just covered biological reproduction; or they could take a health course that skipped over sex ed. District spokesperson Eric Exline said most students sign up for the class that puts sex under the microscope and delves into issues surrounding the transmission and prevention of STDs, including HIV and AIDS. And be-

cause in recent years, fewer students opted for the class that didn’t cover STD education, that course is no longer offered. “The numbers were so small. You just can’t afford to offer a class for seven students,” Exline said. Parents who don’t want the Meridian district teaching their children about STDs can have their students opt out of their health classes when talk rolls around to sex education. The district offers these parents the option to homeschool their children on the issue instead. But some AIDS activists say that when sex education is left to parents, kids may not get all the facts. Information and education still isn’t reaching some of the most-at-risk groups, Quintana said. People still have unprotected sex, and many still engage in unsafe sex practices with little fear, he said. In that way, for some, little has change since the 1990s, when media coverage of the disease continued a steady nosedive. In 1994, Meridian school administrators halted student’s efforts to reverse that trend. Despite putting sex education back on the curriculum, school officials still wouldn’t let the Meridian High newspaper staff survey students about their awareness surrounding HIV. Another hole, with a short explanation, appeared on the pages of the newspaper: “A story based upon student’s attitudes and degree of knowledge about STDs was planned for this space ... However because of the subject matter of the survey, the school board would not allow us to continue with our research. For now, just pretend that sex and STDs don’t exist.”


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Help Spay Neuter Idaho Pets fight black dog discrimination at a parade on Saturday, Nov. 28. ’Tis the season.

FRIDAY NOV. 27 noise THE SWELL SEASON When scruffy, redheaded Irishman Glen Hansard first harmonized with the frail, wispy-haired Czech pianist Marketa Irglova in 2007’s Once, it was obvious these two weren’t merely a movie band. Glancing at each other with soft, encouraging smiles, they belted out: “Take this sinking boat and point it home / We’ve still got time.” As it turns out, the two had already recorded their debut album The Swell Season in 2006, more than a year before the low-budget, filmed-in-three-weeks Once raked in $20 million at box offices worldwide. After landing best original song at the Oscars for “Falling Slowly” and subsequently falling quickly for each other, the two started touring as The Swell Season. For the pair’s second album Strict Joy, they invited producer Peter Katis (The National, Fanfarlo, Interpol) to add his layered touches. The album is at once hushed and lush, aching with an underlying sadness that most likely stems from the pair’s breakup. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Hansard describes that sadness as oddly joyful for audiences. “It’s an interesting idea, when you think of the guy with the blues guitar in the bar, who’s singing ‘I’ve got


Think you can scarf more turkey than a lion? Find out at Zoo Boise.

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anthropomorphism THANKSGIVING DAY THE ANIMAL WAY Remember the post-Thanksgiving there’s-a-monster-ofa-meal-bloating-my-stomach feeling from last year? You’re kinda sleepy, sorta happy and all-around content? This year, Zoo Boise wants to share that feeling with all of their furr y and feathered friends. For the first time since opening, Zoo Boise is bringing Thanksgiving to the animals. Leopards and hyenas will tear into some turkey; bears and monkeys will dip their collective paws into some homemade pie; and pumpkins will be given to ever y penguin and porcupine. Sound weird? According to Liz Littman, Zoo Boise’s director of development and communication, that’s the point. By thinking outside the box, Littman said that the Black Friday Fest will offer an entertaining destination to those burned out on shopping. The idea was borrowed from a Texas zoo from which one of Zoo Boise’s new veterinarians came. Littman believes it’s only fair that the animals get to enjoy the same tasty treats we do. “We thought that since we got such a good meal, they should get one, too,” said Littman. Feeding schedules for the animals will be staggered for the event, allowing zoo-goers a chance to see all their favorites devour their treats. “There’s no guarantee what will happen, but I imagine most of the animals will tear right in,” said Littman. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6.50 adults (12-61), $4 seniors (62+), $3.75 children (4-11), FREE children (3 and younger), Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., 208-384-4260,

no girl, I don’t know where I’m going to sleep tonight, I’ve lost my job.’ … There’s something transforming in the idea that you sing about your sadness, and yet there’s actually some joy that comes out of that, you know?” Boise audiences can experience that sad joy on Fri-

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day, Nov. 27, when Hansard, Irglova and members of the Frames take over the stage at the Egyptian Theatre. With Rachael Yamagata, Friday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m., $36 adv., $39 door, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

Though President Barack Obama taking office has made this a symbolic year, there is still one marginalized group that faces constant discrimination—black dogs. That’s right, we’re talking doggie racism. As more and more dogs and cats fill the nation’s pounds and animal shelters, black animals continue to be the most consistently euthanized bunch. Often overlooked in lieu of their lighter-haired brethren, it is believed that many people view black animals as mean or dangerous. Jerks. This holiday season, Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Inc. will host a holiday parade exclusively for black dogs as a way to raise awareness for Black Dog Syndrome. SNIP hopes to break this stereotype at the parade, as participants congregate and witness hundreds of the happiest, goofiest black dogs scampering around. Participants are invited to bring their friends, families and black four-legged furballs to help dispel the myth that black dogs are any different from other pups. The parade route begins at University and Capitol, heads north toward the Capitol building, west to Ninth Street and south to University Drive. Those who don’t own a dog but still want to participate, you’re in luck. Local shelters will have several shelter dogs on hand that would appreciate an early morning mosey. Camp Bow Wow, H3 Pet Foods and Bandanna Running and Walking will sponsor the event, the last of which will be providing bandannas for all participating pooches. So if you know a dark-haired doggie looking for a good holiday hike, help SNIP promote awareness by attending their holiday parade. 7:30 a.m. for walkers, 9:30 a.m. parade, FREE for viewers, $10 suggested donation for walkers, University Drive and Capitol Blvd., 208-968-1338,

FRIDAY NOV. 27 soup BOWL-ING FOR SOUP After a full morning of stampeding crowds and wallet-draining Black Friday gift-hunting, the Idaho Foodbank invites you down to the Grove for a soul-replenishing bowl of soup. The Empty Bowls fundraiser, now in its 12th year, collects handmade bowl donations from artists throughout the community then charges chowder hounds and bisque buffs $10 for a hearty ladle

of gourmet soup from a local restaurant. Last year, Empty Bowls sold out of its 2,392 bowls before the event was slated to end, raising a staggering $22,573.75 for the Idaho Foodbank. This year, bowl donations are still pouring in, with the largest numbers coming from paint-your-ownpotter y studios Ceramica and Artist for a Day. “That’s where people go and paint their own stuff, and then both of those studios are great enough to glaze and fire and collect all the bowls, and then they bring them to us in big chunks of like 300,” said Idaho Foodbank

events coordinator Shauna Stonehocker. Local restaurants including Asiago’s, Emilio’s, Highlands Hollow, Leku Ona, Bar Gernika and Cafe Vicino, among others, are all donating pots of soup for the event, which runs Friday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or however long supplies last. “Chandlers is doing Idaho corn chowder … we have ever ything from miso soup from Mai Thai to chicken tortilla from Cafe Ole,” said Stonehocker. “We have a little bit of ever ything, and it just filters through throughout the day. Once the pot’s gone, we just move onto the WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Imagine how many boxes of wine could be made from these barrels. Add one part indie rock, one part prog rock and subtract one bear.





If you sigh with delight at the seeming endlessness of wine in a box, prepare to have your standards set unattainably high. This Thanksgiving weekend, wineries across the Treasure Valley are flinging open their gates and letting in hordes of Turducken-stuffed wine lovers to slurp straight from the barrel tap. Well, not exactly. But they are twirling open some barrel spigots for a post-harvest barrel-tasting weekend. “We try and facilitate events a couple of times per year, and Thanksgiving is a great time for consumers to go out to the wineries and visit,” said Melissa Witt, marketing coordinator at Idaho Wines. “There’s lots of barrel tastings that you can do. We try and tell wineries to open their doors and offer extended hours or special discounts.” Those looking to pile grams and gramps into the minivan for a wine-drenched afternoon in Caldwell can hit up a smattering of vineyards offering case discounts—including Koenig, Williamson Orchards, Ste. Chapelle and Bitner—all within a short jaunt from one another. Those looking to remain in the Boise hood can sample Fraser Vineyard’s 2007 cabernet sauvignon along with wine and chocolate pairings at the downtown winery. And those wanting to spend the afternoon wandering amid the glorious, rolling vineyards of Garden City can hit up Cinder, Vale and Syringa at the Urban Winemakers Cooperative. “At the Urban Winemakers Cooperative, they’re doing a barrel tasting, which is kind of cool because there’s three in one spot. And it’s really close if you live in Boise,” said Witt. Friday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Nov. 29. Various times and locations. For more information on specific times, discounts and locations, visit

next one.” 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or whenever supplies run out, $10, The Grove Plaza, downtown. For more information, call 208-336-9643 or visit

SATURDAY NOV. 28 fundraiser BURMA AND PUSSYCATS Raves and civil wars don’t often hang out in the


same sentence. That is, unless someone happens to be throwing a pussycatthemed rave to benefit war-orphaned children in Burma. Makes sense, right? On Saturday, Nov. 28, the Ilowan’s Children Temple is holding From Boise to Burma, a fundraiser with hopes to raise $5,000 to help a woman named Vasti build a new orphanage in Manipur, India. “It’s going to cost $5,000 to purchase a piece of land ... where she’s at and a building to house the 200 children,” said Tara Daniels, earth shaman at

MINUS THE BEAR Seattle’s Minus the Bear is a band that sneaks up on you. The name is a bit twee and sounds like a character in a kid’s picture primer about multiplication. But avoid the pitfalls of being the kind of person who judges bands by their names as well as being a person who misses out on the Minus. MTB’s 2007 Planet of Ice is a Mutemath-y fantasy trip into proggy indie rock Narnia. Wondrously experimental, Planet of Ice, like all of MTB’s albums, is full of surprises from song to song, chord to chord and even note to note. Songs glisten and shine as psychedelic jams are wrapped in keyboard clouds that bounce across echo-y, distorted guitar. MTB’s brand new single, “Into the Mirror,” illustrates the band’s growth musically and lyrically and exemplifies their willingness to wander in different sonic directions. If you’ll just take their hand, they’ll take you on a journey to interesting, beautiful, well-crafted dark pop. With As Tall As Lions and Meese. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $16, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-3671212,

Ilowan’s Children Temple in Boise. Before the rave gets going, the fundraiser kicks off Saturday morning at the Rose Room on Eighth and Idaho streets following the downtown Holiday parade. Santa will be on hand for pictures along with an assortment of food and drink vendors selling goods from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The day continues with a free live per formance from the traditional West African drum and dance ensemble Ka Sali Ka Fo from 4:30-6 p.m., and then a group of belly dancers will shake their booties for Burma from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees can also tr y their luck at the event’s daylong raffle or place bids at the silent auction. Things heat up when the Pussycat Ball starts at 8

As I stood at the register, a thought forced its way into my mind: “Is it bad etiquette to use a coupon to buy a gift?” Then, a second thought appeared, beat the first thought into submission and victoriously cried: “What the hell are you talking about? Saving money on something you already planned to buy isn’t rude, it’s smart planning!” The internal struggle settled, and I left All About Games with $5 extra to my name. I proceeded to sit in my car reviewing Think Boise First the Think Boise First coupon coupon book book. Buy-one, get-one espresso THINKBOISEFIRST.ORG drinks at Flying M? Um, hello. Two-for-one drinks at Pengilly’s? Yes, thank you. Twenty percent off at the Record Exchange? Hell, ya. Half-price refill of my growler at Bittercreek Ale House. No brainer. Finally, Think Boise First put together discounts from more than 100 local businesses that the average person would actually use. For those who have a weird aversion to using coupons: get over it. This book will help you. The coupon books are available at more than a dozen locations for $10 a pop, and the discounts are good for a year. Check for a list of locations. Reaching the back of the book, I found my holy grail coupon: a free haircut with the purchase of a color service from my very own stylist. Here’s a warning, Jen, I’ll be calling in December, and I have a coupon. —Deanna Darr

p.m. and keeps going until the paws stop pattering. The Burning Man-affiliated event will feature live bands, DJs and plenty of costumed ravers. While dressing up in a glitter y cat suit may seem like the least productive way to raise moola for Burma’s orphans, all proceeds from the ball and its preceding events will go to the cause. “The daytime events are open to ever yone, and then the night-time events will have a little bit of a sexy, wild, over-21 kind of thing,” Daniels said. “There’s going to be at least 400-500 people because the burners will all come.” 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., FREE, Pussycat Ball, $8 until 9 p.m., $10 after, The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-919-0807,

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Festivals & Events

Odds & Ends

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE—Pastor Dick Sansgaard of Trinity Lutheran Church will speak. A collection will be taken to benefit Healthy Families Network. 7 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11288 Roosevelt, Nampa.

VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— November’s theme: paying tribute to the gods of guitar. Members and guests are encouraged to bring albums featuring their favorite guitarist. Keep it spinning. 7-10 p.m. FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.

HANNAH’S HELPING HANDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS—Hannah’s and 103.3 KISS FM are teaming up to pack an airplane full of food destined for the Idaho Foodbank. Bring a non-perishable food item or donate cash and you will be entered to win some great swag. All proceeds benefit the Idaho Foodbank. For more information, visit 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557. FESTIVAL OF TREES—Once beautified by a mere 14 trees, this festival has become one of the premiere fundraisers in Boise, making it an astoundingly popular holiday event. Craft corners, art contests, photos with Santa and a fun, challenging scavenger hunt are some of the many events taking place daily. See the Web site for a detailed list of times and activities. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $6 adult, $3 child, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900.

THURSDAY NOV. 26 Festivals & Events FESTIVAL OF TREES—See Wednesday. 2-9 p.m. $6 adult, $3 child. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900,

WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—The gardens are glowing with more than 250,000 sparkling lights. Families and friends will enjoy the magic of the valley’s lights with views from the top of the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden, holiday music, hot refreshments and roaring bonfires. Santa will make special appearances throughout the event. Proceeds benefit the Garden’s education and horticulture programs. Be sure to check out their online auction at 6-9 p.m. $6 general, $4 IBG members, $4 children ages 4-12, FREE children 3 and younger. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.

Food & Drink FEED THE NEED—Cazba, along with other local restaurants and volunteers, is working to lend a hand to Boise families in need by providing a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey donations and volunteers are accepted and greatly appreciated. For more information, call 208-381-0222.


TURKEY BIKE SALE—Step up, turkey. Show BBP a little support and receive $10 off all bikes and memberships. Also, they’ll be trading frames for five bucks. Noon-7 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,

On Stage ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER—A flighty foray into the lives of origami artist Llana Andrews, child prodigy and calculus student Suresh, and Andy, the professor who brings them all together. Play by Rajiv Joseph. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, Tugboat: pulling their own weight.

Food & Drink PRE-THANKSGIVING FEAST— Chef Roland is serving up a mean feast with all the Thanksgiving goods. In Roland’s words: “This is my way of saying ‘Thank you’ to the community and what I am thankful for is my restaurant. I just want to be able to share that with everyone, especially during these tuff times. God bless.” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE, donations appreciated. Chef Roland’s, 1221 W. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-344-4387.

Literature NOVEL WRITE-IN—Still working on that book? Stop by for help with the creative flow during NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. 6:30 p.m. FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop,


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TUGBOAT, TERRAPIN STATION, NOV. 21 Sometimes playing in one band isn’t quite enough. This is where a side project or another group can take a musical journey to places where the first band just can’t or won’t go. On Saturday at Terrapin Station, two members of Boise rock act Fighting Cassius left the moniker behind to take the stage with their other group, Tugboat. Within Tugboat—which played a short instrumental set, drifting into heavier indie rock—the roster has changed around a bit recently. The same musicians are there, but on different instruments, which in turn makes for a slightly different sound. During their set, they maintained a dual focus on both rhythm and melody, and crunching guitar riffs were offset by a stark violin, all held down by a cataclysmic thunder of drums. Tugboat delivers an endearing and enthusiastic show, in which the members always have a good time and transfer that feeling to the audience as well. —Mathias Morache WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Cazba, 211 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208381-0222, THANKSGIVING DINNER—Melting Pot will be serving a classic four-course Thanksgiving dinner cooked fondue-style. 2 p.m. $45. The Melting Pot, 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-383-0900, www.


FESTIVAL OF TREES—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $6 adult, $3 child. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, www. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Thursday. 6-9 p.m. $6 general, $4 IBG members, $4 children ages 4-12, FREE children 3 and younger. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.

On Stage

Festivals & Events BLACK FRIDAY FEAST—See Picks, Page 14. Ditch the madness of shopping and head over to Zoo Boise for a glimpse of the animals dining on Thanksgiving treats. Yes, we said it: leopards eating turkey, primates savoring pie and penguins pouncing pumpkins. Good times. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6.50 adults, $4 seniors ages 62 and older, $3.75 children. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125, www. EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER—See Picks, Page 14. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 and up per bowl. The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.

THE X-MAS FILES OR MIRACLE AT AREA 51—Agents Smolder and Scullery are on the scene to keep Christmas in order by solving a mysterious sleigh-andreindeer crash. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383,

Food & Drink

ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, A CHRISTMAS STORY—Set in 1940 in the northern Indiana town of Hohman, all 9-year-old Ralph “Ralphie” Parker wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 00–short range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock. But everyone’s response is the same: You’ll shoot your eye out. 8 p.m. $11 general, $9 seniors and students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL—A spin on the classic tale of Christmas, this time focusing on Scrooge’s long-


time partner and only friend, Jacob Marley. 8:15 p.m. $12. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000, www.


BLACK FRIDAY SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP FAMILY FONDUE DINNER—Get out of the crowds and into the food with a fondueinspired three-course meal including chicken, teriyaki sirloin, shrimp and fresh vegetables. 4 p.m. $22. The Melting Pot, 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-3830900,

SATURDAY NOV. 28 Festivals & Events BOISE HOLIDAY PARADE—With Olympic Gold medalist Kristin Armstrong as this year’s grand marshal, the traditional holiday parade promises a spectacular family celebration. The parade begins at the Morrison Center parking lot on University Drive and Capitol Boulevard, then heads north to Battery, west to Ninth Street and down Ninth to University Drive. For more information, visit 9:45 a.m. FREE. BOISE’S HOLIDAY PARADE GOES TO THE DOGS—See Picks, Page 14. Black dogs are snuffing their syndrome and strutting their stuff in a holiday parade. Expect 150 prancing pets donning their holiday finest. Woof-woof! The parade route begins at University and Capitol, heads north toward the Capitol Building, west to Ninth and back south to University Drive. To walk your black dog, contact SNIP at 208-968-1338. Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Dog-walkers are asked to show up at 7:30 a.m. FREE for viewers, $10 suggested donation for those participating. CITY SANTA AT MACY’S—For a small donation, visit Santa and have your picture taken. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Macy’s, 918 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-388-7000.


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FROM BOISE TO BURMA—See Picks, Page 15. Burma’s war outbreak has left several children without homes. Boise’s Angel Peterson is asking us to help out in a very fun way: Attend a parade, pose with Santa, shake your booty to the sweet sounds of African drums, munch on freshly baked goods and wrap it all up with a handful of costumed ravers with the annual Pussycat Ball. It’s a day’s worth of fun all wrapped up in the notion of giving. Events


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8 DAYS OUT starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs all day. Coffee, baked goods and lunch served until 2 p.m. FREE The Pussycat Ball, ages 21 and older, starts at 8 p.m. FREE. The Pussycat Ball is $8 until 9 p.m., $10 after 9 p.m., Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483. HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET—This market puts a holiday spin on things with the addition of wreaths, floral arrangements, handmade cards, holiday art and more. Held on Eighth Street from Bannock to the Grove, downtown Boise. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. IDAHO INDIE WORKS CHRISTMAS SHOW—A local artisan fair featuring a ton of awesome handmade goods. Browsers may also enjoy caroling and a visit from Santa himself. Held at the Pioneer Tent Building on the corner of Sixth and Main, downtown Boise. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. OLD BOISE N-SCALE MODEL RAILROADERS—Model trains and towns take over Old Boise. Santa will be available in the Old Boise Sixth and Main Street area for pictures. For more information, visit www.oldboise. com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Pioneer Building, 106 N. Sixth St. (3rd floor), Boise. FESTIVAL OF TREES—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $6 adult, $3 child. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, www. TOYS FOR TOTS—Presented by the U.S. Marine Corps. Help fill Santa’s sleigh with toys for more than 20,000 kids. For more information, visit www.boise-id. 5-7 p.m. The Grove Plaza, downtown, Boise. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Thursday. 6-9 p.m. $6 general, $4 IBG members, $4 children ages 4-12, FREE children 3 and younger. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.

THE X-MAS FILES OR MIRACLE AT AREA 51—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www.

Citizen FUN FOOD DRIVE—Inkvision Tattoo is hosting a fun food drive. Through Dec. 30, drop by 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, 208-383-0912, TOYS FOR TOTS SUPPORT— Idaho Bike Racing is calling all cyclists and citizens to come out to support of Toys for Tots. With over 8,000 kids signed up for the program this year, the team is calling Boiseans to bring their bikes for a ride and an unwrapped present for the kids. 10 a.m. FREE, 208-343-3782. WinCo, 110 W. Myrtle St., Boise,

SUNDAY NOV. 29 Festivals & Events BOISE’S GOT TALENT FINALE— Voice your opinion to determine the winner of this year’s Boise’s Got Talent, hosted by Donnie Mac’s. A variety of groups and artists will be participating, including The Blue Aces, Rob Paper, Out of Order and Dan Costello. 6:30 p.m. $5. Boise

Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, CHURCH OF CRAFT— Scratch all notions of church being reverent; church has been amended. Held once a month, COC aims to bring out the crafty creativeness in collected beings within the city of trees. Bring any project you’ve been working on, from guitar pedals to video editing to sewing. Special this week: Embrace giving by bringing in a used item to be donated to Northwest Animal Companions for their new thrift store. VAC is a 21-and-older space. Expect good things. 5-9 p.m. FREE, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297. IN HONOR OF ST. ANDREW— Break out the kilts for an evening of Scottish music, readings and prayer in honor of St. Andrew. Guest musicians include the Boise First Tintinnabulators and others. 6 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731, FESTIVAL OF TREES—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $6 adult, $3 child. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, www. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Thursday. 6-9 p.m. $6 general, $4 IBG members, $4 children ages 4-12, FREE children 3 and younger. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.

ZIONS BANK HOLIDAY TREELIGHTING CELEBRATION—With live music, caroling, food and beverage and candle lighting, join Zions Bank and the rest of the Boise community in the lighting of the community Christmas tree. For more information, visit 5-7 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.

On Stage ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, A CHRISTMAS STORY—See Friday. 8 p.m. $11 general, $9 seniors and students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www. JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. $12. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000,


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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.


8 DAYS OUT On Stage JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Friday. 2 p.m. $10. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3422000, www.stagecoachtheatre. com.




Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

GIVING TREE—See Monday. The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.

50 WOMEN—Kim O’Brien and Carol Deasy host a cocktail party in honor of BCT’s production Animals Out of Paper. Each year, 50 women come together to sponsor a play and celebrate BCT’s season. 6 p.m. R. Grey Gallery Jewelry and Art Glass, 415 W. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3859337,

WORLD AIDS DAY EVENTS— The Student Involvement and Leadership Center hosts a day of events in honor of World AIDS Day. Rapid HIV testing will be available in the Gipson Room from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. An HIV/AIDS prevention speaker will share stories and personal experiences from noon-1 p.m. To close out the evening, the center hosts an AIDS vigil at Ann Morrison Park at 8 p.m. Student Union Brava! Stage, Boise State, Boise.

POETS AT THE BOISE TRAIN DEPOT—Calling all poets and poetry enthusiasts to read and enjoy personal works. The poetry theme for this meet is “Poems of Thanksgiving and Joy.” Poets, please check in 20 minutes before performance. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace, Boise.



GIVING TREE—See Monday. The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.

NANCY KING AND STEVE CHRISTOFFERSON—Jazz vocalist Nancy King with pianist Steve Christofferson, presented by The Boise Jazz Society. Seating is very limited. 7 p.m. $45. Boise Blue Note, 461 Main St., Boise.

Festivals & Events GIVING TREE—Pull a tag of the community tree inscribed with a list of items to meet the needs of families involved in the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the WCA or participating Zions Bank locations. For a complete list and more information, visit The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.

Literature POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and start waxing poetic at 7 p.m. For more information, email 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208338-1299.

Literature NANOWRIMO CLOSING PARTY—Join your fellow writers for the culmination of the personal quest of completing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. 6:30 p.m. FREE. The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www.

FALL JAZZ BASH—Presented by the Boise State music department. 7 p.m. $5 general, $3 seniors, FREE students and Boise State faculty and staff. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Join John Survivor Blake for a slamming of all things poetic. The slam and battle follow an all-ages workshop. 7 p.m. $5, $1 with student ID. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208331-5632,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

On Stage ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-4423232, SUBURBIA—When a nowfamous rock star is reunited with former high school classmates, his longtime friends realize that with all their grandiose desires, they have done nothing to get out of their small town. Hoping to make something of themselves, the friends discuss their dreams and try for success. Intended for mature audiences. Tickets will be sold at the door. 7:30 p.m. $7 general, $5 students. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.

Food & Drink FOUR FRENCH SOUPS FOR THE SOUL—Culinary educator Sylvie Ryan presents French soups. 6:30-9 p.m. $40 member, $50 nonmember. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, WINTERALES BEER TASTING— Winter provokes a different body of beer altogether. Head over to try out a variety of ales created just for the upcoming winter months. 6-8 p.m. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-8884049,

Literature HOLIDAY PUBLICATIONS SALE—An exciting opportunity to snag some of the English department’s publications for your home collection. Publications will be available from Ahashta Press, Cold Drill, The Idaho Review and the Western Writers Series. All proceeds go to support the English department’s small-press publications. Baked goods will be offered by students. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Boise State Liberal Arts Building, 1910 University Dr., Boise,



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BOISE ART MUSEUM Shop unique. Boise Art Museum Store is proud to carry ceramics by Northwest artists. Choose pieces of delicately burnished elegance made by locally renowned ceramist Kerry Moosman from Atlanta, Idaho, or hand-constructed vases and cups by Barb Campbell from Corvallis, Ore. BAM Store also features colorful, vibrant, whimsical pottery by Kristin Nelson from Seattle and crystalline glazed porcelain by Boise artist Carol Gay Cantor. And, while you’re visiting the store, check out the large selection of unique puzzles, games and stocking stuffers for children, art books, and imported silk scarves from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. No admission fee for store shopping. Free parking. Gift-wrapping available. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-2247,


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IDAHO POWER Maybe there are no bats in your belfry but do you know what’s up in your attic? Your energy use could be going through the roof in more ways than one. By upgrading your attic insulation you can help reduce the cost. And now, with Idaho Power’s Home Improvement Program, you can even make money: Idaho Power offers a cash incentive of 15 cents per-square-foot for the professional installation of attic insulation. First, you’ll need to choose an insulation contractor (Idaho Power advises customers to get at least two bids and be sure to check references and the Better Business Bureau). Caveats for the money-back program include: It must be for attic insulation, not wall or under-floor insulation. It must be for attic insulation installed over conditioned spaces—garages do not qualify. Insulation must be professionally installed. An incentive will be paid on added attic insulation up to R-50. New insulation must increase the R-value by R-10 or greater. This applies to both batt and blow-in insulation. Only existing, single-family Idaho Power residential homes qualify, and homes must have central air conditioning or be electrically heated. For program details, visit the Idaho Power Web site,






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DRAGONFLY If you’re looking for one stop that can give you something for everyone on your list, fly down to Dragonfly. You’ll find a huge and kicky selection of umbrellas, tons of cards for any and every occasion, a large variety of oracle cards, stunning picture frames and Himalayan salt lamps (they put out negative ions and are said to relieve asthma, sinus troubles and allergies). Dragonfly has shopping bags made from 95 percent recycled materials, Maruca handbags handmade in the United States and, say, were you looking for jewelry? “I think we have the best sterling silver selection in Boise,” said store manager Sierra Heavin. Sweaters, scarves, pashminas, trapper hats, bamboo fiber tights and socks ... and you’ve got to check out the sock wall! Soy candle sets, silly flasks and tampon cases, a toy wall where you’ll find things for kids and adults, a large selection of 2010 calendars, ornaments, sock monkeys, thumb wrestling masks, fridge magnets, pins, buttons and whimsical gifts you won’t find anyplace else. 414 Main St., 208-338-9234.

BOISE ARMY/NAVY ’Ten-hut and swab the decks! March yourself on down to Boise Army/Navy for some holiday shopping that’ll pop the buttons right off that worn out old pea coat you’ve been meaning to toss. This place really does have something for any and everyone. New pea coats in new colors— cocoa and fawn for women and baker blue for men—military helmets from all over the world, a variety of camo (you can never have too much camo) in an assortment of colors, K-Bar knives, Mexican wrestling masks and, of course, for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list: hand grenades. Ka-pow. Get your Booty Camp undies here, too—ooh la-la. Plus there’s a large selection of ponchos, M.O.L.L.E. Gear, Aussie oilskins, jackets, dusters and chaps, ball and chain with ankle cuffs, handcuffs, binoculars, compasses, waders boots and more. Much, much more. 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-0660.



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Idaho Shakespeare Festival, featuring stars under the stars, has some delicious delights coming your way in its 34th season. One not-to-be-missed is An Ideal Husband by that sly wit Oscar Wilde. It’s a comedy of manners that showcases the struggles between love and politics, honor and desire. Wilde holds the mirror up to society, disarming and endearing the very same class he oh-so-lovingly mocks and skewers. Cheer for true love and relish the grand master Wilde as he revels in worlds and words. Get your season tickets now and save big on ticket prices—up to 37 percent. Buy tickets for early bird savings for yourself and get gift certificates; they make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. The 2010 season runs June through October. For more information, call or visit the Web site. 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-336-9221,

BODO: HELLY HANSEN Wanna know how polar bears stay warm? Their hair is hollow so moisture doesn’t get trapped next to their bodies. In fact, the hollow hair strands move the moisture out and away. Shop at Helly Hansen and you, too, can be like the polar bear. With Helly Hansen’s proprietary Lifa Stay Dry Technology, you can play all you want and as hard as you want in the freezing cold, but you’ll stay warm and dry where you want to be warm and dry and you’ll keep cool where you want to be cool. HH feels so strongly about its base layers, it guarantees them: Nothing keeps you drier. And that’s not just talk. “We work and play in the harshest environments on the planet to learn what’s needed to create the best performance gear possible,” according to the HH Web site. Shop HH for all your high quality, protective gear for work survival and sport, from base layers to skiing and snowboarding. All Helly Tech jackets and pants are waterproof, breathable—and all seams are taped. And check out the accessories, they make great stocking stuffers. (Not a hair on a polar bear’s head was harmed in the writing of this blurb.) 860 W. Broad St., 208-342-2888,


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SMILE TRAIN You really can help change the world. With a donation to Smile Train, you can help change the world “one smile at a time.” During the past 10 years, Smile Train, now in 76 countries, has provided free cleft surgery for hundreds of thousands of children suffering because they were born in poverty. Being born with a cleft in a developing country is a curse. In fact, every baby born in Uganda with a cleft is given the name Ajok, which means, literally, “cursed by God.” And no one knows how many newborns with clefts are killed or abandoned right after birth. Those lucky enough to find a Smile Train free cleft surgery program not only survive, they thrive. After a 45-minute surgery, they get back their future, and a second chance at life that they might not get otherwise. Make a donation. Change the world.

DUNIA MARKETPLACE “Dunia” means “world” and “life” in multiple languages. Apropos, considering Dunia Marketplace (formerly Ten Thousand Villages) is a local, nonprofit fair-trade import store and is all about creating a world of opportunity for people around the world. Step through the doors, and you’ll see fairly traded rugs, textiles, baskets, coffee, tea, food, jewelry, accessories and musical instruments. Each item comes with its own story and, even better, your purchase provides vital fair wages and dignity to those in need. It’s one of those feel-good-about-shopping experiences, and what’s not to love about that? And, in an effort to lend a helping hand to local nonprofits, Dunia Marketplace is hosting community shopping events, partnering with area nonprofits to help with fundraising. During each event, 15 percent of the sales go to that day’s partnering organization. Go to the Web site to learn more. Or just stop in and shop. Guilt free. 1609 N. 13th St., 208-333-0535,

RECORD EXCHANGE Duh. You already know Record Exchange is the best store in Boise for CDs and vinyl. But did you know it is also the must-shop-stop for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers you won’t find anywhere else? You could shop ’til you dropped, and you’d still come home empty-handed compared to one, single shop-tastic trip to the RX. A little taste of the shopping adventure that awaits: Homer Simpson advent calendars (mmmm, chocolate), pole dancer and disco ball alarm clocks, designer pillowcases and wooden spoons that double as drumsticks. Body jewelry for bellybuttons, eyebrows, noses and, well ... you know. Anything and everything for your love-at-first-biters: We’re talkin’ Twilight, True Blood and Buffy. Got hippies on your list? Get your patchouli here and some of the coolest and wildest incense burners we’ve seen. 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010,

BODO: MISS MOLLY Good golly, if you need a fancy holiday party dress, better go to Miss Molly. You’ll find the season’s top fashion trends: bright colored, satiny fabrics with metallic detailing. And don’t forget to accessorize with glitz and glam. To properly bedazzle fingers, necks and wrists, Miss Molly features local jewelry artists Monica Macha and Kristie Bean. Miss Molly also has cool casual. The denim wall features Citizens of Humanity, Paige Premium Denim and Hudson’s Jeans. Top it off a with purr-ific cashmere or tunic sweater and you’re ready for holiday by the fireside or apres ski. Plus, Miss Molly isn’t just strictly for the girls anymore. Now MM carries men’s clothing. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 150 B, 208-433-8300. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M



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SIERRA TRADING POST You’ll be able to tell where your very own wild things are with these Redfeather Shoe Paw snowshoes. Your kids will love them. Making snow angels is fine, but with these buckled on over your child’s snow boots, she will be able to stomp monster tracks in the snow or make a monster trail in the yard. Made with durable plastic straps, these g-r-r-reat snowshoes come in pink and blue for girl monsters and green and blue for boy monsters. And remember, when you shop at STP, the low, low prices save you up to a whopping 77 percent off the regular retail price. 530 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 208-8980261,

PRESTIGE SKATEBOARDS If there’s a skateboarder on your holiday list, you gotta go to Prestige. It’s insane. Skateboards, sneaks, jeans, chinos, flannels, tees and caps ... only the finest fittings the skateboard industry has to offer from 4 Star, Matix, Nike, Vans, Lakai, Cons, Brixton, Girl, Chocolate, Anti Hero and more. A whole wall o’ boards to choose from, plus the brand new signature Prestige board. And don’t miss the Black Friday Goes Bonkers sale on every-effin’-thing you can wear (clothes and shoes). This 25-50 percent off, major price-chompin’ sale lasts all weekend. 106 11th St., 208-424-6824,

ALL ABOUT GAMES Hey, here’s an idea: Next time you play a game, try doing it with a real, live person. No computers, no electronic game system. Just you, a friend or two and a game. That’s the whole idea behind All About Games. Tucked behind the glassed-in storefront are about a bajillion games, “all the games you play with people and not computers,” said co-owner Bruce DeLaney. There are hundreds, if not thousands of board games—most you’ve never heard of before—from around the world, with many from Germany. “Germans love board games,” DeLaney said. There are card games, dice games, chess, cribbage; there are miniatures games—and the miniatures and paint used to fix them up—and role-playing games from World War II to fantasy. And, there’s a back room that is totally set up to accommodate you and your friends when you want to, that’s right, play games. Tip: Tuesday is board game night. 7009 Overland Road, 208-343-5653.

IDAHO POWER Did you know that old fridge or freezer down in your basement or out in your garage is pulling double duty? Not only is it keeping Uncle Tony’s annual venison contribution ready and waiting for the big thaw, it’s probably running up your utility bill by an average of $100 a year. Recycle that energy hog and lower your energy use and Idaho Power will even put some greenbacks in your pocket for your effort. With its See Ya Later Refrigerator program, Idaho Power will pay you $30 to give your old unit the heave-ho. And you don’t have to lift a finger. Idaho Power’s program partner, JACO Environmental, will pick up the unit for free from your home. Then, JACO gets to work. Up to 95 percent of components are reused or recycled, keeping them out of the landfill and the environment. You must be an Idaho Power residential customer to participate in the See Ya Later Refrigerator program, and the unit must be in working condition and plugged in at pickup time. Based on inside measurements, the unit must be a minimum of 10 cubic feet and a maximum of 30 cubic feet to qualify. All of the details and additional terms plus how to schedule a free pickup and more can be found at the Idaho Power Web site,


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POTTERY GOURMET KITCHEN Dish it up. There’s an old saying: “Beauty is as beauty does,” and these beauties do a beautiful job of baking and serving your best Julia Child recipes. The Pottery Gourmet Kitchen has a huge selection of Polish Stoneware, all handmade, hand-painted and signed by the artists. And, because it is all oven-safe, freezer-safe, microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe, it’s very user-friendly. It’s chip-resistant, glazed three times (so it doesn’t fade) and the more you bake with it, the stronger it gets. Bonus: nothing sticks to it. You don’t even need to use any oil so cleanup is a breeze. Pottery Gourmet also carries Kyocera ceramic knives, All-Clad, Le Creuset, Peugot salt and pepper shakers and peppermills, bread makers, rice makers, a variety of gourmet oils and vinegars, specialty wines, cooking rubs and artisan salts and, psst, check out the gadget wall for stocking stuffers. Gift certificates available for kitchen items and gourmet cooking classes. 811 W. Bannock St., 208-368-0649.

BOISE ARMY/NAVY If you’re looking for a one-stop shop this holiday season, step right this way. Need something for the kids and don’t want to shop at the store that rhymes with “Boys Far Gus?” How about a marshmallow tree? Puts the stick to shame. Cap guns and airsoft guns (won’t put your eye out!) and boomerangs, too. Have campers, hikers or river runners on your list? How about a Pelican Box? It’s waterproof and guaranteed (“You break it, we replace it ... forever.”) and comes in a variety of sizes from small for sunglasses and change to the big 20-inchby-20-inch-by-20-inch box. Lots of in-between sizes, too, for camera equipment or whatever you want to keep bone-dry. There’s also a huge selection of Dutch ovens, hats, watchcaps, raccoon tail caps, sailor caps, Civil War caps, cool fingerless gloves (like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp wear), berets, belts, suspenders, German utensil kits, French ammo bags, skunk tails and rabbit furs. And more, more, more. 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-0660.


Get your season tickets now— you won’t want to miss a single show. This year, Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents its 34th season, including Shakespeare’s greatest tale of deception: Othello. In a bed of friendship and trust, a seed of jealousy is delicately—and wickedly—planted. This tale turns on the tiniest impulse to believe what, in our hearts, we know can’t be true, and to look for signs of falsehood where none exist. Don’t miss this moving tale of love discovered in fondness—and lost in fury. Get your tickets before Dec. 31 for big savings and the perfect seats. Tickets and gift certificates make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. For more information, call or visit the Web site. 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-336-9221,



BODO: YOI TOMO “Yoi Tomo” means “good friend” and at this hot, new, trendy sushi restaurant, that’s a mouthful. With the all-you-can-eat sushi deal, you can gnosh and graze the day or evening away. Or, since it is right across the street from Edwards Theater, you can stop in before or after a movie for one of Yoi Tomo’s “movie specials,” a customized variety of rolls for moviebuffs, named in honor of blockbusters like Ocean’s Eleven, Rambo, Titanic, Twilight and more. There’s even a fruity dessert roll, What Women Want. You can also get appetizers, hot stuff from the grill—ramen, udon, yakisoba, teriyaki, katsu—lunch and dinner box specials or order by the roll or nigiristyle. There’s even a kids’ menu. It’s true Japanese sushi, said Yoi Tomo’s co-owner, and all the recipes come from Japan. “We make our own sauces; we fly in our fish. We order this morning and get it this evening.” Sake, wine and beer. Boise State, seniors and happy hour discounts. 405 S. Capitol, 208-344-3375, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M



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NEWT & HAROLD’S Bored? Get board. Rider-owned and operated Newt & Harold’s is the place to go for all of your snowboard, skateboard and inline skate needs. They have a huge selection of snowboards, boots, bindings and skateboard products and more than 150 years riding experience (collectively speaking). Lease, rent and get your snowboards repaired here, plus expert boot fitting is guaranteed. What, you want more? How about board duds for dudes and chicks? It’s all here. Hot find of the season: the Smith I/O goggle. This performance-minded goggle comes with an extra spherical high-end lens so you can flip and switch out lenses, bright to dark, as needed, fast and easy. 2009 BW Best of Boise Local Board Shop. 1021 S. Broadway, 208-385-9300,

J’S ULTIMATE CAR WASH Details, details. It’s all in the details. We’re not sure where that phrase originated, but it’s a mantra at J’s, where you can get spit-spot detailing services for just about anything you— or your precious baby—desires. That’s right, at the only hand car wash in town, “We baby your baby,” owner Jason Smullin said. And that means J’s is the name, detailing is the game, and you get to call the shots. Need a scratch removed? Check. Carpets shampooed? Check. How about those wheel wells, wouldn’t you like them all shiny and painted black? Check and check. You also can get your mats and upholstery and interior vinyl and leather steamcleaned English muffin-style—that includes all the nooks and crannies. They’ll even do some stain removal. And to keep your baby looking Christmas star shiny, check out J’s holiday specials: Buy four full-service inside and out car washes, get two free or buy six outside washes for only $30. 3756 Chinden Blvd., 208-336-0435,

BODO: PARADIGM For the hippest hipster on your list. If you’re looking for truly authentic designer jeans, clothing and accessories, look no further. You’ll get the real deals here. True Religion, Juicy Couture, William Rast and more. Paradigm lives up to its name, with a 3,000-square-foot store jam-packed to the rafters with shoes, bags, jewelry, hats, shirts, tees, jackets and jeans, plus in-store, live, break dancing performances, DJs and, of course, Lola, the store owners’ hairless cat. It’s all part of Paradigm’s promise: “Shopping, reinvented.” And, did we mention jeans? There’s not just one wall o’ jeans here, there are two. Open ’til midnight on weekends year-round. Shopping alert: Don’t miss the Paradigm Black Friday event, featuring the 20-Spot Rack where everything is $20, and designer denim starts at $40. 321 S. Eighth St. (also at Boise Towne Square across from Macy’s, lower level), 208-338-6875.

BOISE WEEKLY This Christmas card comes with built-in ho-ho-hos. The Boise Weekly Card will keep you laughing all the way to the bank because when you use it, you save money. Big time. How big, you ask? Well, we don’t like to brag about the size of our card, but let’s just say it’s true, not all cards can, um, satisfy you with as much, uh, bang for the buck. Seriously. With the BW Card, you can get a whopping 40 percent off at participating businesses. Going Christmas shopping? Stop in for a downtown dining respite. You deserve it. And don’t stop there. Use your card to eat, drink, dance and be merry. All while saving 40 percent. It only takes $24.95 to get started and you can add more credit whenever you want. After you sign up on the BW Web site, your fully loaded card will arrive in the mail in a couple days. Then the fun begins. Just use the card like cash at participating businesses for everything but the tip. Ho-hoho! You’ll also get regular member updates by e-mail so you’ll know about any last-minute, must-see, must-do or must-shop special offers—new restaurants, concert discounts, live performances, sporting events and more. For more information or to get your very own Boise Weekly Card, visit the Boise Weekly Web site.


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IDAHO POWER It’s a mod, mod world. ENERGY STAR-qualified compact fluorescent lights are a modern alternative to standard incandescent light bulbs, and they save money and energy and time. The ENERGY STAR-qualified bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. For the most savings, put them in the light fixtures you use most—actually, for the most savings, you should change out all the bulbs in your home, or start one room at a time. They last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs, and using them helps preserve natural and energy resources and the environment. Idaho Power recommends you use CFLs throughout your home. The CFL bulbs come in a variety of wattages, colors and applications, including bulbs for three-way and dimmable fixtures. For how to choose the right bulb, lighting efficiency energy tips, proper CFL disposal and more details, go to the Idaho Power Web site,

BOISE ART MUSEUM Puttin’ on the glitz. Let the Boise Art Museum deck you out—with baubles. BAM Store carries a variety of jewelry hand-crafted by American artists. Joli jewelry is created by a Brooklyn artist and features vintage and re-worked bead work, making something fresh and new from the classics. JL Walsh is a metalsmith from Bozeman, Mont., who fashions all sterling-silver, organic jewelry, using pearls and riverstones, offering both strength and beauty. Sterling Jules from Manhattan, Mont., takes freshwater pearls and wraps them delicately in silver strands to create tiny, exquisite bird’s nest earrings and necklaces. No admission fee for store shopping. Free parking. Gift-wrapping available. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-2247,

RECORD EXCHANGE Here’s a prescription you’ll love to fill, and you don’t even need a doctor’s signature. Get down to the RX and they’ll fix you right up with the musical remedy for whatever ails you. This holiday season, the RX has boxed CD and DVD sets for The Beatles, MJ and Neil Young lovers on your list. And a h-u-g-e selection of vinyl. The How Tie is the perfect gift for the young entrepreneur. Get your 2010 calendars here, too (uh-oh, Mormon Muffins may be sold out), plus there’s a gigantic and hi-larious selection of holiday cards, art books, Lucha Libre items and very cool ornaments, gift bags and wrapping paper. 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-3448010,

BOISE ART GLASS Get blown away. With a dozen local artists, each with his or her own unique style, Boise Art Glass offers a variety of art glass: magnets, Christmas ornaments, figurines, wine glasses, delightfully gorgeous jellyfish lights and jaw-dropping chandeliers. “You’ll find something unique here that you won’t find at the mall,” said Filip Vogelpohl, owner and glass artist. “And you’ll be supporting local artists, which supports the community.” Prices range from $5 to $6,000. Hand-blown Christmas ornaments and wine glass gift baskets are popular holiday items. And here’s a different Christmas gift: Boise Art Glass also offers classes in lampworking (hot shop furnace blowing classes begin Dec. 3); gift certificates available. 530 W. Myrtle, 208-3451825, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M



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CAFE VICINO While you’re out shopping this holiday season, you may get a little hungry. No problem. Just make a neighborly stop at Cafe Vicino (va-CHEE-no). Vicino is Italian for “neighborhood.” The Mediterranean bistro-style menu draws on influences from Italy, Spain and France, and the recipes are innovative, ingredient-driven and flavorful, pleasing even the most sophisticated palate. Menus change seasonally to take advantage of local produce and fresh fish, meat and game. And look for chef-created daily specials. Cafe Vicino is a popular place for holiday gatherings with family and friends and will be open special hours for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so make your reservations now. Holiday gift certificates are available in any amount. There’s no wrapping, they’re easy to mail, and even at the last minute, they make a perfect gift. 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463,

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MENA’S CATERING What could be more delicious than a pan of handmade holiday tamales? You can enjoy this Mexican holiday tradition thanks to Mena’s Catering. “For many, many years, we have been making traditional Mexican tamales while trying to conserve both our rich heritage and culture in the Mexican-style cuisine,” owner Juan Mena said. The family business has been operating for the last seven years, “dedicated to original, handmade food with the flavor of Mexico.” Mena and his family honed their cooking skills in restaurants, hotel kitchens and private golf courses, learning new cooking styles and techniques. Mena’s Catering is offering their famous, 3.5-ounce tamales for $14 a dozen, the same price as last year. Handmade chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian tamales are available for pickup in three locations: in Boise at La Unica Estrella Bakery, in Meridian at Muggsy’s Sports Bar and in Eagle at the Blue Moose Cafe. If you order five dozen or more, they’ll deliver. 208-570-2641,

SIERRA TRADING POST Shush. Shush. Shush. That’s the sound of you trekking along the trail in your brand-new Redfeather Hike 30-inch snowshoes with easyadjust webbing and buckle bindings. Take a walk in your own winter wonderland. The snowshoes have a live response hinge that lifts the tail of the shoe for greater speed and mobility, and less fatigue. The stainless steel crampons are powder-coated to prevent ice and snow build-up and also to give you secure footing in icy conditions. And, the TX35 vinyl decking is securely riveted to extruded 6000 series aluminum frames for extreme durability, plus the rounded Western tail design floats over deep snow. And, as always, Sierra Trading Post’s everyday price is always 35 to 70 percent below retail. 530 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 208-898-0261,

SMILE TRAIN No matter if it’s an ear-to-ear grin or Mona Lisa-esque, a smile is one of the finest things on the planet. This holiday season, give the gift that really and truly keeps on giving: Give the gift of a smile. Smile Train, now in 76 countries, is the world’s largest and most effective cleft charity, “changing the world one smile at a time.” In developing countries, there are millions of children with unrepaired clefts. Most of these kids can’t eat or speak properly, and aren’t allowed to go to school or get a job. Plus, they face a lifetime of shame and isolation, pain and heartache. The good news is that children with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes. Make a donation to Smile Train. You can help give these kids the smiles—and the lives—they deserve.


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PLAYING WITH FIRE Laura Veirs chats about her seventh album, July Flame

These Northwest Pilots aren’t distracted by their laptops.

TARA MORGAN With thick blankets draped over the windows of her Portland home, musician Laura Veirs and an assortment of local legends— including The Decemberists’ Chris Funk and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James—composed music to chase away the winter chill. As the cold rain pooled in the gutters outside, Veirs filled the house with her warm banjo strums, delicate acoustic guitar and lyrics buzzing with folksy pastoral themes—pollinators, flowers, fireworks and buffaloes. Though July Flame—Veirs’ seventh studio album, which will be released in Jan. 2010—took its first breath on a dark winter day, it is most assuredly a child of summer. “We recorded it in January, February and Laura Veirs isn’t moving to the country, but she is going to eat a lot of peaches. March, so it was already rainy and dark out. We just put blankets on the windows because there for very long.” songs for that crucial first read. For July some of the street sounds were coming in As a whole, Veirs explains that July Flame and we didn’t also want our sounds to go out Flame alone, Veirs penned 80 new songs, which had to be whittled down to the 13 that is intentionally more pared down than her … so it was kind of like a cave for winter,” previous album, Saltbreakers. Though Viers made it on the album. said Veirs. “And it’s funny because we were brought in artists like Jim James to add haunt“It’s been pretty clear to me and Tucker recording summery songs in that environing, lonesome-cowboy vocals to the song “I which songs are working and which songs ment, but it doesn’t matter because you just Can See Your Tracks” and the Tosca String aren’t. So it’s not like 80 amazing songs and get into the flow.” Quartet to play on several other songs, her 13 great ones, it’s mostly 80 clunkers and 13 While most musicians don’t have the luxpriority was making an album that she could ury of shuffling out of their bedroom directly great ones,” explained Veirs. “The great ones are few and far between with me. I don’t know perform unaccompanied. into a recording studio, Veirs has found the “There is, at the core, an idea that these about other songwriters, maybe they work and perfect solution—date your record producer. work and work and craft a song over time and songs need to stand up on their own, which Her longtime boyfriend Tucker Martine was hasn’t always been the top thing on my list,” then they’re done and it’s great. For me, I just recently named one of the top 10 producers said Veirs. “But also you can hear that there of the decade by Paste Magazine for his work write a bunch of songs and most of them are is density to some of the tracks, like the string with Veirs and other acts like The December- crap and then a few of them are good.” quartets.” The album’s title ists, Sufjan Stevens But Veirs’ current tour isn’t a solo effort. track, which is availand Bill Frisell. Monday, Nov. 30, with Blind Pilot, able for free download With a solid few months of touring ahead, “It’s fun to record at 7 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door on Veirs’ Web site, was Veirs has back-up band members Alex Guy, home because it’s just inspired by a trip to the Jordan Chenall and Eric Anderson to keep her all set up in the living THE LINEN BUILDING company on the long drives. On Monday, Nov. farmers market. When room and the mics are 1402 W. Grove St. 208-385-0111 30, Veirs and the Hall of Flames will swing Veirs happened across there for months on a July Flame peach, she into Boise for a show at the Linen Building end, ready to go at any opening for Blind Pilot (see Noise News, this immediately felt the time,” said Veirs. “We page). When Veirs isn’t on the road or recordwords inspire somekeep a strict schedule, ing in her living room cave, the blankets get like, ‘OK, let’s work from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ev- thing inside her. In the song, Viers’ carefully pulled off the windows to let in light for her eryday.’ Since we’ve made six records together, plucked guitar takes the lead as her echoey guitar and banjo students, a passion Veirs has voice chants, “July Flame / sweet summer we’ve just always had that kind of work ethic, maintained throughout her prolific career. peach / high up in the branch / just out of my like ‘This is our schedule, this is our job.’ But “I get back into [teaching] on and off reach,” and a rolling drum beat pulses like a of course it’s looser than if you were renting a through the years. When I’m not touring, I’ll far-off thunderstorm. studio space and watching the clock.” build up my students because I really like to “The peach theme worked because a Martine has produced all but one of teach, and it kind of brings a sort of extra folot of what I’m interested in this record is Veirs’ albums—including 2005’s acclaimed people struggling for a sense of security and cus and schedule to my day, which I like,” said Carbon Glacier and 2007’s marine-themed permanence in the world and realizing that’s Veirs. “Also, it reminds me of what it’s like to Saltbreakers—but the two have only been be a beginner and get in touch with a sense of very rarely there,” said Veirs. “A peach is linked romantically for the past few years. good for that because a peach is beautiful in wonder about music that can sometimes get According to Veirs, Martine’s influence seeps lost if you’re just focused on touring and the the moment and tasty and sweet, but then into her songwriting process from its earliest basics all the time.” it will rot if you don’t eat it because it’s not phases—she now passes Martine her raw

SEEING YOUR WAY TO BLIND PILOT, A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLIDAY TRADITION Portland, Ore.’s Blind Pilot rolls into Boise again on Monday, Nov. 30, to headline a show that includes indie folk darling Laura Veirs. When Boise Weekly caught up with Blind Pilot this summer, they were riding high on the buzz created around their 2008 debut release 3 Rounds and a Sound (Expunged Records). Founders Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski founded more than just a band; they created a sound that garnered comparisons to The Shins and notice from National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. The band hit the road on their own headlining tours as well as playing some opening spots with The Hold Steady and Idaho native Josh Ritter. The buzz around Blind Pilot hasn’t even begun to quiet down, and they’re still wending their way across North America. It will be nice to see them on a Boise stage again, and it’s a helluva good reason to get in from the cold. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 (or $12 at the door). In jazzier news, we take you back to 1986, when a weekly gig became a 20-plusyear tradition. Back then, jazz-meister Paul Tillotson played every week at the then-Bench-area restaurant Lock Stock & Barrel and tickled the ivories while folks dined. Even after he moved to the East Coast and hit the big time in the Big Apple, Tillotson continued to make a regular trek back to Boise. When LS&B moved downtown, Tillotson and his trio took a couple of years off. Then, a few years ago during a visit to Boise, Tillotson stopped by LS&B and noticed a photo on the wall. It was a picture of himself and jazz legend Gene Harris playing four-hand piano. “I couldn’t resist the invitation to come back and play,” Tillotson wrote in an e-mail. “The tradition started again, and with the support of the great crew at the LS&B, Dunkley Music (the piano) and the owner, Scott, we have kept the fun going for a long time. If you do the math (forgetting about a couple years we weren’t around), it’s been something like 23 years!” Tillotson and guests play LS&B Dec. 8-12. That may sound like plenty of time to get in and see them, but it’s a wildly popular event, so you might think about making reservations soon. Lock Stock & Barrel, 1100 W. Jefferson St., 208-336-4266, —Amy Atkins



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Red Fang

WEDNESDAY NOV. 25 BERNIE REILLY—A local guy with a solid, acoustic jazz sound. 6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe


With A New Agenda, Blue Mask, Four Star Generals; 7 p.m., $6. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St.,

ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KRYTERIUM, FINAL UNDERGROUND, A LIQUID EMBRACE, FOR MY OWN— 6:30 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory RED FANG—Portland-based grunge. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux



BLACK FRIDAY: THE S1ND1CATE—Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory. Get free tix at

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BUILT TO SPIN DJ DOUG MARTSCH—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux Rachael Yamagata

BLAZE-N-KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars

DJ REVOLVE—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux

POKE—9 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

ERIC GRAE— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill EUFORQUESTRA—Expect an eclectic sound and diverse repertoire from this Colorado reggae-funk band. 9 p.m. $5. Terrapin

DJ SAM I AM—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish

SOUL SERENE—Local rockers bring a blend of classic, soulful rock. 9 p.m. $5. Reef


STONEY HOLIDAY—9 p.m. $1. Liquid

JOHNNY SHOES—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s


THE SWELL SEASON, RACHAEL YAMAGATA— See Picks, Page 14. The Swell Season is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova with a full band including members of The Frames. Rachael Yamagata opens. 8 p.m. $36 adv., $39 door, Egyptian Theatre

LARRY CONKLIN—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine

JAIL BREAK—9 p.m. $5. Terrapin


MARK CARLSON—7:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


TT MILLER—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s WAYNE WHITE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine

STEPHANIE L’HEUREUX— 3 p.m. FREE. Chandlers Blaze-N-Kelly





Black Friday gets a little darker with Boise hard-electro rock band The S1nd1cate’s post-Thanksgiving blowout. Mike Lee (vocals, multi-media) and musical partner Vert Sin (guitars, programming) have been together since 2002 mixing “goth-free industrial” music with “post-apocalyptic” lyrics. “It sounds gimmicky, but we’re like ICP in that we have a story. Fans get into that,” Lee said. “We have fans coming from out-of-state for this show.” S1nd1cate’s hybrid of genres and instrumentation has a commercial appeal: They’ve licensed music to Fox Sports, ESPN, Nash Bridges and the creepy TV series Harper’s Island. Lee said they have a lightshow and a special surprise planned for the Black Friday show and that everyone—even goths—should find something to enjoy. “Our music is aggressive, but danceable. It’s even a little sinful,” Lee said. —Amy Atkins

DJ KATHY “O”—10 p.m. $3. Neurolux


The Quartertons



MINUS THE BEAR, AS TALL AS LIONS, MEESE—See Picks, Page 15. 8 p.m. $16. Knitting Factory MOONDANCE—6:30 p.m. FREE. 36th Street Bistro OCTANE—9 p.m. $1. Liquid PUSSYCAT BALL—See Picks, Page 15. DJs and kitties are rounding out a day’s fundraiser for Burmese orphans. Costumes encouraged. 8 p.m. $8 before 9 p.m., $10 after 9 p.m. Rose Room THE QUARTERTONS—Hendrix inspired, this local band brings a blues-rock passion unique to the area. 10 p.m. $5. Reef ROOFIED RESISTENCE—9 p.m. FREE. The Plank SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

Norma Jean

MONDAY NOV. 30 BLIND PILOT, LAURA VEIRS—See Noise News, Page 29. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. The Linen Building NORMA JEAN, HORSE THE BAND, THE CHARIOT, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS—6:30 p.m. $14 adv., $16 door. The Venue P36, UPINATEM—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid REX MILLER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

Johnny Shoes


THOMAS PAUL—8 p.m. FREE. Red Feather

TUESDAY DEC. 1 SHARE THE FIGHT—The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be hosting an evening of performances in honor of Hilary Horton Brown and in memory of Lisa Parker. The event will feature live and silent auctions, proceeds of which will benefit the society, which works to help find cures for blood cancers. The David Andrews Band and James Orr will be playing. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Reef SOUL SERENE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny Irish Pub TERRI EBERLEIN DUO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


WEEKLY GIGS BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Sundays, Noon. FREE. Grape Escape BILLY BRAUN—Mondays, 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers BILLY ZERA, AWA AND SONY DISC—Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Mai Thai-Eagle. BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—Mondays, 8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge BUD GUDMUNDSON, MATT HARTZ—Thursdays. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews COSMIC FAMILY BAND— Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet COUNTRY NIGHT—Featuring Kissin 92.3 with Steve Shannon. Fridays, 9 p.m. FREE. Cowgirls COUNTRY AND TOP 40—Saturdays, 9 p.m. $5. Cowgirls DAVID MARR—Fridays, 7 p.m. FREE. The Cole/Marr Gallery FABULOUS FLOYD STANTON— Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Cafe Ole-downtown FUEGOGO!—Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station HIGH DESERT BAND— Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater Pizza JAM NIGHT—Wednesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. Montego Bay

JAZZ NIGHTS—Monday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill; Thursdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Rembrandt’s; Featuring Kevin Kirk Tuesday-Saturday and The Sidemen on Sundays. 7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers JEREMIAH JAMES GANG— Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JEREMIAH JAMES AND NED EVETT—Tuesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JIM FISHWILD—Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Highland’s Hollow JIM LEWIS—Sundays, 11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s JOHN CAZAN—Fridays, 5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHNNY SHOES—Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Lock, Stock & Barrel LARRY CONKLIN—Tuesdays, 11 a.m. FREE. Moon’s Kitchen MATT HOPPER, CARIBOU BILL—Live DJ sets. Thursdays, 8 p.m. $3. The Bouquet NATHAN J MOODY & THE QUARTERTONS—Hendrix inspired, this local band brings a blues rock passion unique to our area. Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

NOCTURNUM WITH DJ BONES—Sundays, 9 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station OPEN MIC NIGHT— Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Bad Irish; Mondays, 7 p.m. FREE. Library Coffeehouse; Thursdays, 7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s; Mondays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s; Sundays, 4 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station; Tuesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s PUNK MONDAY—Mondays, 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid ROBIN SCOTT—Saturdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—with DJ Naomi Sioux. Wednesdays and Fridays. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s THE SALOONATICS—Thursdays and Saturdays. 9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club SMOOTH, GIZZARD STONE— Tuesdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Liquid SOUL SERENE—Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’Penny SPINDLE BOMB—Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s THE TIX—Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club

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DO I HEAR $14,000? Remember when we won the Governor’s Awards in the Arts?


AMY ATKINS “Let’s start this bid at $50.” That’s how the excitement of last Wednesday’s Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction began. And from that point on, professional auctioneer Johnna Wells spent the better part of three hours auctioning off the art that graced the covers of 51 issues of Boise Weekly between October 2008 and October 2009. And she helped us break a few records. This was our eighth annual Cover Art Auction, which serves to publicly showcase and bring attention to the work of local artists—well-known and undiscovered, professional and amateur—to provide a place for hundreds of art appreciators and collectors to see new works and to raise money that goes directly into our art community. Recognizing that visual art is but one medium Boiseans excel at, we invited performance artists to join us as well. The youngsters of Boise Rock School played us in, slam poetry mavens from Big Tree Arts provided an exceptionally witty introduction, and dancers from Trey McIntyre Project acted as our own Carol Merrills (the display queen of The Price is Right) and walked—or danced as was often the case—each piece through the crowd as it was being auctioned off. Our friends at Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta and Sockeye Brewery generously donated their culinary skills in the shape of fine food and drink while Idaho State Historical Museum hosted us for the third year in a row. With financial worries being what they are, we here at Boise Weekly were a little uncertain how the evening would unfold. We knew that the artwork would sell, what we were unsure of was how well. Contrary to some of our own expectations, we broke three records: We had the highest auction attendance ever at 350 people, a record number of registered bidders at 94, and gross proceeds reached more than $14,000 with an average of $278 per piece— prices ranged from $60 to $1,200 for the painting of President Obama titled Enjoy The Moment by the artist P.R. For comparison, in 2002, we raised a little more than $3,000. One especially interesting change was from those of us who live with the work before it goes off to auction. Each piece used on a cover is framed by Blue Dog Framing Gallery and hung at BWHQ. We staffers live with and come to love the work. At auction, we bid ferociously and, in the past anyway, a big portion of our own paychecks are earmarked for pieces we’ve won. As a group, in 2007, we spent $3,520. In 2008, we spent $1,160. But


It seems like only yesterday that we announced the recipients of the 2008 biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts, rambling on about Excellence in the Arts winners John Collias, Becky Gili, Cynthia Guild Stoetzer and the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre; Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts winners Gary Keithley and Nahum Hersom; Support for the Arts award recipients Susan Jacklin and the Idaho Community Foundation; Excellence in Arts Administration winner Julie Kilgrow and Lifetime Achievement recipient Nez Perce elder Horace Percy Axtell. Now, our governor and his 13 volunteer commissioners are looking to pass the torch to the 2010 generation. Started by the Idaho Commission on the Arts in 1970, the Governor’s Awards seek to “recognize and encourage excellence in the arts in Idaho.” Every two years, the community submits recommendations for nominees in the following: Excellence in the Arts, Excellence in the Folk and Traditional Arts, Support of the Arts, Support of Arts Education, and Excellence in Arts Administration. Nominees must be Idaho residents, businesses based in Idaho or “organizations or communities that have made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the state.” Forms may be picked up at the ICA office at 2410 N. Old Penitentiary Road or at and must be postmarked by March 19, 2010. If you prefer bad-ass birds to fancy-pants awards ceremonies, then the Bureau of Land Management Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and the Western Heritage Foundation have the arts contest for you. In anticipation of next year’s Snake River Birds of Prey Festival on May 14-16, 2010, these organizations are seeking local artists with a penchant for painting majestic prairie falcons or soaring golden eagles to design their promotional poster. Though the prizes are sizeable enough to start a nest egg—first place is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $200—the list of contest rules is longer than the wingspan of a northern goshawk. Each artist must be 18 or older and can only submit one original color entry. The piece must be completed on 11-inch by 17inch art board, must incorporate Southwest Idaho birds of prey and their environment and must include the words “Snake River Birds of Prey Festival, 2010.” Completed entries, with an attached entry form, should be submitted no later than Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, to the BLM-Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA at 3948 S. Development Ave., Boise, 83705.

Boise Weekly Cover Auction nets record proceeds

Auctioneer and auctionees are entranced by the work at the eighth annual Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction.

this year, we kept our wallets shut and let the other attendees do all the bidding. In the past, the proceeds from the auction went to one arts organization. But three years ago, BW owner and publisher Sally Freeman decided to enrich a broader art community. In 2006, proceeds were used to commission a public art sculpture by local artist Michael Cordell (it stands outside the BW offices). Then in 2007, Freeman created the Cover Art Grants, which are open to any local individual artist or arts organization. Last year, we raised a net sum of $10,087, which was awarded to The Cabin, Thee Art Of, BOSCO, The Mend Project and the Basque Project. This year, once we account for hard costs (framing supplies, administrative fees), we’ll have about $12,000 available for the grants. We will also have another first. For the past several years, we regularly featured the intricate black, white and gray work of local artist PJ Dean. Earlier this year, Dean passed away at the age of 36 due to complications from diabetes. To honor

Dean’s contribution to both BW and the arts community, we will offer the inaugural PJ Dean grant this year. We’ll be accepting Cover Art Grant submissions soon, and the deadline to apply will be early February 2010. We’ll keep you updated, but for the time being, if you’re interested in submitting an application, start thinking about answers to the following questions: 1. How does your organization support local visual artists? 2. Will this grant fund a new or existing project? 3. What’s the budget? 4. How will the grant be used? 5. What’s the location/accessibility? 6. How will it benefit the community and support the Cover Art Auction mission? Thank you to everyone who participated this year, and thanks in advance to those of you who didn’t make it this year but don’t want to be left out next time. We’ll save a seat and a bidding number for you.

—Tara Morgan


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SIX DEGREES OF JULIETTE BINOCHE New French film connects a city full of dots JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA Stop me if you’ve seen this one already: a singly titled film picturing multiple intersecting stories starring an acclaimed cast of Juliette Binoche is the apple of viewers’ eyes in Cedric Klapisch’s Paris. talents. No, it’s not a political thriller a la Traffic (2000) or Syriana (2005), and it isn’t It’s sometimes difficult to view variegated the film contains an abundance of familset in Los Angeles, like Magnolia (1999) works such as Paris without feeling a bit iar, picturesque locations—sometimes or Crash (2004). And it’s not Wonderland cheated. Certain characters and story lines, intrusively inserted—and doesn’t have (1999 and 2003). The film in question is unless balanced very carefully against the Paris, director Cedric Klapisch’s melanchol- the hard-hitting punch of many similarly rest, feel truncated, spurious or unnecessary. structured films, it isn’t an unblemished ic tableau of Parisian lives. Pierre’s story is genuinely the heart of the ode. These are real Parisians, their joys The film focuses on the high-rise surveiland annoyances, break-ups and make-ups film, but the overlong treatment of Roland’s lance of housebound former dancer Pierre mid-life crisis sours in the last 40 minutes. elevating the film above an unabashed (Romain Duris), who awaits a heart transBinoche gives excellent support but leaves travelogue. Its replant while visually currently ramshack- the film dimmer when she is off-screen. tailing the people le quality is partially Duris—who ironically starred in a film below. This generPARIS (R) explained in Pierre’s entitled The Beat That My Heart Skipped ous cross-section of Directed by Cedric Klapisch (2005)—is a great talent, while Laurent, the final discourse on humanity includes Stars Romain Duris, Juliette Binoche, striking surprise of Inglourious Basterds the French disposia shrewish bakery Fabrice Luchini tion. “No one’s ever (2009), gives a mature, insinuatingly charmowner (Karin Viard), Now playing at The Flicks ing performance. With a few over-expressive happy. We grumlecherous profesble,” he muses. “We moments and an occasionally buffoonish sor Roland (Fabrice story line, only Luchini’s character felt love that.” Luchini), whose extraneous, while many of the smaller subLike the curmudgeonly attitudes of the infatuation with student Laetitia (Melanie plots deserved further treatment. characters, Klapisch’s lens seems drawn to Laurent) is mildly returned, and Elise (JuThe currently in-vogue vein of multithe less-than-perfect parts of Paris: an overliette Binoche), Pierre’s social-worker sister plot movies has brought forth a mixed flowing garbage bin, a meat market’s cold who moves in—with her three children—to bag of results. In the case of Paris, we’re storage. But he transforms this ugliness care for him during his convalescence. Alintroduced to many fine French actors and into something human and beautiful, mothough these characters differ in economic treated to a pleasant reminder of human ments of emotional elevation in the midst and social status, Klapisch (who also wrote kinship. Conversely, we’re left discontented the screenplay) examines the minute connec- of bottom-floor conditions. He’s a clever by the simplicity of the “we’re all connecttions that tie together the bustling humanity director, opposing esoteric CGI dream ed” message and the unresolved story lines. sequences with wide-angle cityscapes and of this major metropolis. These elaborately interwoven tales are more larkish dance numbers. Although clocking Although ostensibly a cinematic love gimmick than genre. As with any clever in at more than two hours, the inventive letter to the titular city, Paris is a shoddy conceit, it’s good once or twice, but grows editing and poppy soundtrack keep the sort of valentine, one smeared with glue old quickly. pace moving. stains and edged in tattered lace. While

SCREEN/LISTINGS opening NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU—Eleven directors teamed up to present an 80-minute film broken into eight 10-minute segments. Based on the idea of Paris, I Love You, this film introduces viewers into the wondrous and vibrant beats of New York City through snippets. (R) Flicks

NINJA ASSASSIN— As young boy, Raizo (Korean pop star Rain) is orphaned and must fight to sur vive among his fellow castaways; scarred and battered, he doesn’t break. Raised to become a ninja assassin, a betrayal pits him against the ver y clan he was raised to protect. Directed by James McTiegue (V for Vendetta),


this is a bloody, actionpacked flick. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 OLD DOGS—The director of Wild Hogs revisits the theme of old guys tr ying to stay young. Best friends and business par tners Dan (Robin Williams) and Charlie (John Travolta) are faced with the challenge of raising children while simultaneously embarking

on the biggest business deal of their career. It’s a lot of cliches and a little bit of mildly funny Disney humor. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 YOU THE LIVING—In this dark, absurd comedy by Swedish director Roy Andersson, a large woman wearing a shiny military helmet rides naked atop a thin prone man; a tiny

gent with a bouquet of right orange flowers rings the bell of a dingy door; and a girl dreams she marries Micke Larsson, guitar player for the Black Devils, and they wave goodbye to well wishers standing at the platform as their apartment building pulls out of the station. The New York Times calls this film “slow, rigorously morose and often


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SCREEN/LISTINGS painful in its blunt reckoning of disappointment and failure. It is also extremely funny.” (Not Rated) Flicks

continuing 2012—Dec. 21, 2012, marks the end of the Mayan calendar. This date—significant to multiple civilizations, religions and scientists—will mark a dangerous shift in the world we know ... in this movie at least. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 A CHRISTMAS CAROL— Disney presents the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), whose sharp attitude is changed after visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come (Jim Carrey). (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards IMAX


Edwards 9: W-Tu: 3:45, 7:10, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 12:40, 3:35, 4:05, 6:20, 6:55, 7:25, 9:40, 10:25, 10:55


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

Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 A CHRISTMAS CAROL, IMAX 3D— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:25 A SERIOUS MAN—

Flicks: W-Th: 4:50, 7:05, 9:15; F-Su: 12:40, 2:45, 4:50, 7:05, 9:15; M-Tu: 4:50, 7:05, 9:15


Flicks: W-Th: 4:30, 9:30


Flicks: W-Th: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20

THE BLIND SIDE— A SERIOUS MAN—The Coen Brothers’ latest film. It’s 1967 and physics professor Larr y Gopnok (Michael Stuhlbarg) is watching his life disintegrate around him. He turns to three rabbis for guidance on becoming a mensch, or a serious man. (R) Flicks AMELIA—Hilar y Swank stars as famed aviator Amelia Earhar t. Alongside Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor, the film explores more the successes and failures of flight, and also the trials of love and relationships. (PG) Flicks Ends Thursday

Edwards 9: W-Tu: 1:10, 4:45, 7:50, 10:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 10:10, 11:10, 1, 2:05, 4, 5:05, 7:15, 8:05, 10:15, 10:50


Flicks: W-Th: 5:05, 7:15, 9:25

COUPLES RETREAT— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:35, 10:15 FANTASTIC MR. FOX—

Edwards 9: W-Tu: 1:05, 3:55, 7:25, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:55, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35

MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25, 1:50, 4:20, 7:05, 9:20 NEW MOON—

Edwards 9: W-Tu: 1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30, 12:50, 7


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

NINJA ASSASSIN— AN EDUCATION—It’s 1960s London and teenager Jenny (Carey Mulligan) meets and falls for the charming and much older David (Peter Sarsgaard). She forgets her struggle to get into Oxford and the more time she spends with David, the more she forgets who she really is. Screenplay by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity). (PG-13) Flicks


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Edwards 9: W-Tu: 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:25 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45


Edwards 9: W-Tu: 1:25, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Edwards 22: W-Th: 10:35, 11:20, 12:10, 12:55, 1:40, 2:35, 3:10, 4:10, 4:50, 5:25, 6:25, 7:10, 7:50, 8:40, 9:25, 10:20, 10:45 PARIS—

Flicks: W-Th: 6:55

THE BLIND SIDE—This film tracks the stor y of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless African American high school student who was taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her wealthy white family. Oher goes on to academic success and an NFL football career. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22


Edwards 9: W-Tu: 1:40, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50

COCO BEFORE CHANEL— Audrey Tautou stars in this biography of Gabriele “Coco” Chanel’s life as she built her famed couture empire. The film follows Chanel’s life, beginning in the orphanage where her father left her. In French with English subtitles. (PG-13) Flicks Ends Thursday

T H E A T E R S 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.

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:15, 12:15, 1:45, 2:45, 4:15, 5:15, 6:35, 7:40, 8:55, 9:50 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE— Edwards 22: W-Th: 10:40, 1:10, 3:40 YOU THE LIVING—

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



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 22

Which one of these is not like the others: a winner?

LESS-THAN-STELLAR SEASON SIX RUNWAY BIDS “AUF WIEDERSEHENâ€? Last Thursday, the ďŹ nale of Project Runway season six aired. A big deal was made of the show’s switch this year from airing on Bravo to Lifetime, the “entertainment for womenâ€? network. You’d think it wouldn’t matter, but this season accordingly fell at. Other than DirecTV not offering Lifetime in high deďŹ nition, which left the picture out-of-proportion and blurry on a big screen, the titling, music and tempo all felt on par with seasons one through ďŹ ve. I read blogs blaming a new production company and a lack of quality judges, which are valid observations, but I say the season’s major letdown was less-than-charismatic contestants. If you’ve never watched, 16 aspiring fashion designers live together while competing in design-then-construct-clothing challenges. When the contestant roster is pared down to three or four, the ďŹ nalists spend several months designing a 12-piece runway collection to be shown at Bryant Park’s Fashion Week, the Super Bowl of textiles. This type of reality game show is highly dependent on the personalities of its players. Supermodel/host Heidi Klum is never exciting, but she champions catch phrases —“I’m sorry, but you are out. Auf Wiedersehen.â€?—so stewardship of the show’s “soulâ€? falls to mentor Tim Gunn. He shows up to outline challenges and visits the workroom each episode, offering feedback and encouragement. He’s an odd mixture of immaculately dressed and teddy bear-huggable and consistently the best thing from season to season. The show’s contestant pools are known for larger-than-life personas, divas and goofballs. This year, no such luck. A single space cadet was eliminated ďŹ rst, leaving a bunch of temperate women, tearfully effeminate men and one raging bitch—eventual winner Irina Shabayeva. It was no surprise to see 27-year-old New York City designer Shabayeva win since her execution had been a step ahead of the competition, but what a downer when a villain emerges victorious. She spent the better part of the show mocking others’ designs and accusing them of copying her. In prior years, Project Runway has been a decent show for both sexes. Clearly, the channels on which it’s aired suggest women enjoy it, but the competitive nature and allure of weekly cuts have assured that I, a manly man, will continue to be addicted. With season six complete, it’s back over to Bravo on Wednesday nights to catch the last few episodes of the Project Runway of cooking shows: Top Chef, another of my reality favorites. Or, it became a favorite after I discovered that Survivor’s new subtitle each season—as in, Survivor: Gabon—means I’m never able to properly set my DVR to record it. So, sorry, CBS; it’s fashion and food for me from here on out. —Travis Estvold WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

FANTASTIC MR. FOX—It’s “pure, wild, animal crazinessâ€? inspired by the work of Ronald Dahl and directed by Wes Andersen. Discover the fabulous world of Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and his super-sneakyspy crew on a mission to keep the rude and rowdy farmers from demolishing their homes. It’s Ocean’s 11 with a delightful animation twist. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS—When journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) star ts looking into a super secret U.S. Army division of psychic spies, he ďŹ nds Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). After Cassady is called up for a special mission, Wilton convinces Cassady to let him tag along. (R) Edwards 22 PARIS—Pierre, a successful dancer, has been diagnosed with a dangerous hear t condition, forcing him to leave his dancing career behind. Now, he must ďŹ nd new life in the Parisian world around him that he previously ignored. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday PLANET 51—Astronaut Chuck Baker (voiced by Dwyane “The Rockâ€? Johnson) lands on a far away planet inhabited by happy little green men. But they aren’t the ETs, he is. The “peopleâ€? of Planet 51 think he’s a dangerous alien. Baker enlists the help of his nerdy new friend Lem (voiced by Justin Long) to get back to his spaceship and planet Ear th. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22




“More action. More romance. ‘New Moon’ delivers a powerful and passionate punch.� –– Sandie Sandie Newton, Newton, CBS-TV CBS-TV

“Awesome in every way – a must-see event.â€? THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON—Following the romance of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewar t), a teenager recently transplanted to the cold and wet Forks, Wash., and Edward Cullen (Rober t Pattinson), her vampire boyfriend. As the dangers of a human/vampire relationship increase daily, Edward makes the difďŹ cult decision to uproot his family, leaving Bella to ďŹ nd comfor t in her old friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner), and learns he, too, holds secrets. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE—Spike Jonze brings the beloved classic to life in an adventure tale for all ages. (PG) Edwards 22



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SQUAT, THRUST, SKI OK, there’s not this much snow at Sun Valley, at least for now.

A little preparation makes the ski season last DEANNA DARR

HOLIDAY SKIING Anyone hoping to hit the slopes for the holiday weekend is going to have to look a little farther than Bogus Basin. Fortunately, you won’t have to look all that far. Sun Valley Resort will open its season on Thursday, Nov. 26—largely on man-made snow—with five lifts running on Baldy, including access to the entire River Run and Warm Springs side of the mountain. Open lifts will include River Run, Roundhouse gondola, Christmas, Challenger and Kinderspielplatz. A progressive terrain park will be at Lower River Run through midDecember. Lower lifts will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., while upper lifts will run from 9 a.m.3:45 p.m. Dollar Mountain will also open for the holiday weekend, with three lifts. For more info, check For those with a little more travel time, Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood opened more than a week ago, and further down the mountain, Mt. Hood Meadows is open as well. Over in Government Camp, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl opened on Nov. 20. A little farther to the south, Mt. Bachelor opened last week as well, reaping the benefits of the storms that have been hammering the Pacific Coast.

WOLF HUNT EXTENDED Last week, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to extend the wolf hunting season through March 31, 2010, in all hunting areas that have not already reached set limits. Originally, the majority of the state’s 12 hunting zones were scheduled to close on Dec. 31, with just two areas remaining open through March. The extension, in large part, is because only half of the wolf-hunt limit has been taken so far, said Fish and Game spokesman Ed Mitchell. The decision does not change the area limits, and hunting zones will close as soon as those numbers are reached. For hunters, this means that while their wolf tag will be valid through the season, they will need to purchase a new Idaho hunting license after the first of the year to use that tag. Three hunting zones have already closed for the season: the Dworshak-Elk City zone in North Idaho, as well as on the McCallWeiser and Upper Snake zones. As of Monday, Nov. 23, 112 of the 220wolf limit has been reached. For up-to-date wolf hunt information, check out

On a recent evening, a group of roughly 15 skiers ranging in age from 20-somethings to 50-somethings marched through the small treatment room at Therapeutic Associates in Boise, pulling their knees tight to their chests before locking their hands behind their heads and dipping down into deep lunges. It was the final night of the first session of ski fitness offered by the physical therapy There’s no getting around the squats, even at the Downtown YMCA’s ski fitness class. clinic, and therapist Jessica Smith-Blockley was putting the group members through their paces. While some members have had ski Connor suggests some one-leg squats by Skier Liz Fitzgerald was a ski-fitness coninjuries in the past, many are just trying to putting one foot up on the couch and eventuvert the first time she took Smith-Blockley’s avoid them in the future by facing those two class after hearing about it from other skiers. ally adding some weight. little words that can strike more fear in the Smith-Blockley suggests a series of six That year, the ease of her first day on the hill hearts of skiers and snowboarders than any exercises to hit target areas: convinced her the work paid off. black diamond run: “squats” and “lunges.” First, for hip and knee strength, do a deep “I work out all the time, but you really, In the world of snow sports, squats and truly cannot have your first day on the ski hill squat, standing with your feet shoulder-width lunges are unpleasant necessities, at least and depend on the workout you do all year,” apart and keeping your head up. Do two to among those willing to do what it takes to three sets of 10 a few times per week. Fitzgerald said. have as long and as painless a season as Also, try a walking side-lunge by stepping The athletes of the Bogus Basin Ski Educapossible. to the side with one leg, your hips back and tion Foundation do Pre-season condihead and chest up. Keep your weight on your dry-land training tioning, or ski fitness, YMCA offers a half-price deal to jump in the heels as you stand up. Do three sets of 10 on through the summer is becoming a yearly last portion of the ski fitness class, which each side a couple of times a week. but amp up the trainrite of passage as skiruns through Dec. 10. Call 208-344-5501 for For your legs and glutes, go for old-fashing schedule in the fall, ers and snowboarders information. ioned lunges with your legs hip-width apart alternating days of amp up for the coming Smith-Blockley is also offering a second cardio and plyometrics and your head up. Step forward and drop season by trying to session on Tuesdays beginning Dec. 1 straight down until your thigh is parallel to with days of strength beat their bodies back through the end of the month for $40 for the entire session. Call 208-336-8433 for more the floor, then repeat. Do three sets of 10. training. For coach in shape. And while information. With the addition of the small investment Colin Connor, the best several regional ski of an elastic resistance band, try the side-step ski fitness program areas have already as well. Put the band around your ankles and starts simple. opened, it’s never too side step across the room without dragging “One of the best things to do is to basilate to remind your muscles just what’s going the back leg, then head back with the other cally get out and start getting active, and do to be required of them. leg in the lead. Do two to three laps with so with a lower body focus,” he said. Gyms across the country have joined about 20 steps in each direction. That includes those squats and lunges. physical and sports therapy clinics and ski For core strength, try a bridge with a The Downtown YMCA has been offering clubs in offering programs designed specifistraight leg raise. Lie on the floor and put a ski fitness class for several years and is cally with snow sports in mind. your feet flat on the floor. Set your abdomen roughly half-way through its current sixSkiing and boarding require that muscles and raise your hips to keep a straight line, week class. Angie Gribble, health and fitness work in ways unlike any other sport, with then extend one leg at a time. Do three sets assistant director, said the class is a circuitexplosive action, side-to-side weight shifts of 10. training program, working on core strength, and instant balance changes. Finally, get down on all fours and, with a balance, stability, leg strength and cardio, “That’s part of the reason pre-season tight stomach, raise one leg and the opposite conditioning is so important,” Smith-Block- while being adaptable for different abilities. Gribble has seen more interest earlier each arm and repeat on the other side. Do three ley said. “We don’t do a lot of that at other sets of 10. year. A Nordic skiing conditioning class oftimes of the year.” If you want a little help, the Downtown fered in late August was packed. The key to being able to do that withYMCA offers a half-price deal to jump in And while the hard-core skiers have been out injury is to develop leg muscles while the last portion of the ski fitness class, which working toward the season for months, strengthening hip and core muscles, SmithSmith-Blockley, Connor and Gribble all agree runs through Dec. 10. Smith-Blockley is also Blockley said, adding that everything ties offering a second session on Tuesdays begintogether: Strong hips lead to a straight femur, that it’s never too late to start. ning Dec. 1 through the end of the month for “Just a couple of weeks before you get on which allows for proper knee alignment, and $40 for the entire session. the snow ... can make a difference,” Smithit’s all rooted in the strength of the core. However you choose to do it, there’s no Blockley said. “The core is the base of support your way to get around those squats. Just remind But if you don’t have the time to dedicate whole lower body works off of,” she said. yourself that apres ski will be so much more to a structured program, there are still some “Your core is like the foundation of your enjoyable with a little preparation. things you can do at home. house.”

—Deanna Darr


| NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 1, 2009 | BOISEweekly



Have an insane need for physical activity on Thanksgiving? You are not alone (although most of us are happy to act like vegetables).

THANKSGIVING RULE BREAKING Here are my rules for Thanksgiving: No. 1, you stay home and do as little as possible other than move between the dining room and the living room; No. 2, you give the day its due. I know some people feel the need to do an inordinate amount of physical activity on, or just after, the holiday in some misguided attempt to justify the caloric intake, but they don’t know one little, and very important, rule: Calories don’t count on holidays. It’s something I learned long ago, and it has gotten me though many a holiday relatively guilt free. Athletic pursuits on Thanksgiving just seem to go against the natural order, like fish that fly, birds that swim or obnoxious reality television stars being considered role models. Still, there are those who insist on flouting the rule. And these unnatural Thanksgiving-movers are only enabled by events globally referred to by the unpleasant-sounding name Turkey Trots. Blasphemy. But for those wayward souls who don’t care about breaking the holiday rules, yet don’t want to be held to a structured schedule, Intermountain Orthopedics Cycling and the Lost River Cycling Club will host the eighth annual Thanksgiving Day Pre-Bird Informal Group Ride. Both road and mountain bike riders can meet at 11 a.m. at the Boise Co-op parking lot to join a group ride—weather and trail conditions permitting, of course. The roughly two-hour rides are a planned casual event, so participants can break the Thanksgiving rules in a non-committal sort of way. All riders are asked to bring some canned food or dry goods to donate to the Idaho Foodbank. Those who are less audacious about their rule breaking can head for the St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees at the Boise Center. The annual event runs from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 29. The display of elaborately decorated Christmas trees will be open on Thanksgiving day from 2-9 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. And while the festival isn’t as blatantly active as a sporting event, it does break rule No. 2 by running dangerously close to co-opting the one day Thanksgiving is supposed to call its own. Come on, Christmas gets nearly six months these days. Another event that skirts both the mixing-holidays and active-Thanksgiving rules is the Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Not only is the garden all festive with more than 250,000 sparkling holiday lights strung across just about anything that doesn’t move, but it requires walking the garden paths and warming yourself around bonfires. Of course, the availability of hot cider and cocoa does lean toward the calorie-intake requirement of Thanksgiving, but it’s a thin line. The garden will be open from 6-9 p.m. daily from Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 29, and then reopen daily from Friday, Dec. 4, through Jan. 10. Admission is $6 general, $4 for Botanical Garden members and children ages 4-12, and free for children age 3 and younger. Those of us who hold true to the rules of Thanksgiving will be ensconced at home, limiting activity to watching football on television or maybe, maybe, dragging out the Monopoly board. —Deanna Darr WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Events & Classes DOWNHILL SKIING MADE EASY—Join authors Judy Liedtke and Stephen Phipps to learn tips on how to become an expert skier. Wed., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, www. MINI-CASSIA TURKEY TROT—Get in a run before the big feast. A fun, family event that has turned into one of the biggest Turkey Trots in the state. Walk, run or stroll the 5K. Packet pick-up is Wednesday, Nov. 25, at West End Fire and Rescue from 3-7 p.m. or 8 a.m. on race day at West Minico Middle School. Thu., Nov. 26, 9 a.m. $15 until Nov. 24, $20 race day, $6 trot tot, 208438-4511, PRE-BIRD GROUP RIDE—All riders are invited to the eighth annual Thanksgiving Day cycle excursion, promoted by Intermountain Orthopedics Cycling and Lost River Cycling Club. The event is to promote the Idaho Foodbank, so please bring canned or dr y goods for the on-site donation barrels. Thu., Nov. 26, 11 a.m. FREE. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500,

SNOWSHOEING FOR WOMEN—Backcountr y adventurist and naturalist Edna Ray Vizgirdas teaches participants the advantages of different types of snowshoes, and where to go for the best hikes. Wed., Nov. 25, 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141,


Recurring BOMBB SQUAD—The Boise Off-Road Mountain Bike Babes is a biking group for women of all ages in the Boise area who enjoy mountain biking. Activities include group rides, maintenance clinics, riding clinics and monthly potlucks. For more information, e-mail idbikegirl@ or call 208-4844649. Mondays. www.groups. DROP-IN HIP-HOP CLASSES— Anyone age 16 and older can drop in at the Trey McIntyre studio for an open level hip-hop dance class. No experience is necessar y, just a willingness to have fun and get a great workout. The First Thursday of the month is free. These classes are ongoing and taught by Janelle Wilson. Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. $10 per class, $80 package of 10 classes, 208724-6537. Trey McIntyre Project studio and office, 775 Fulton St., Boise, www.treymcintyre. com.


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


Hey, kids. Be careful with those!

What to do after the big day has come and gone and the relatives are still in town this weekend? Hit the wine trail. Idaho wineries throughout southern Idaho from Parma and Marsing to Eagle and Garden City will be open for barrel and bottle tastings. Tip back a new offering from 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards called Vivacious, kick it with winemaker Melanie Krause at Cinder or take a tour at giant Ste. Chapelle. For details and a map, visit If your self-guided holiday wine barrel tasting tour takes you to Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, stop by Tannins Wine Bar to check out the huge overstock sale with discounts on the wine bar’s inventory. Once the Thanksgiving food coma has subsided, the post-Thanksgiving wine hangover (see the above paragraph) has cleared and you’re ready to stuff yourself silly again, sign up for Rick’s Press Room’s first-ever wing off. Compete in one of three heat levels depending on either your wussy tolerance for heat or your mad fire-breathing skills. Heat 3, aka Fire, is open to all ages, and he or she who scarfs the most in three minutes wins a $75 gift certificate to Rick’s Press Room. Heat 2, aka Blazin’, is open to the over-21 crowd only; the winner gets a $100 gift card. And Heat 1, aka Insane, is also only for the over-21 crowd, and the grand prize is either a really sweet holiday gift for yourself or a re-gift to the gamer in your life: a Wii gaming system. How about we recap that for you: A $10 entry fee gets you as many wings as you can eat so long as you can tolerate some serious Scoville units for a chance at a Wii. Sounds like a decent trade for one extreme eater—possibly without tastebuds or at least willing to sacrifice them for a win—with a hankering for Super Mario. Competition is Saturday, Dec. 5, at high noon. Call Rick’s to register at 208-288-0558. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, —Rachael Daigle


| NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 1, 2009 | BOISEweekly



We drive into the setting sun past rolling meadows, fields of tall grass Should you be standing in the parking lot of The Orchard House on a and lazy cows, a rustic dairy farm in the distance. Not so long ago that blustery fall night after the sun has dipped back below the horizon, it’s would have been the view on the 30-mile drive to The Orchard House important—as you take in the low-slung adobe building—to rememrestaurant. Now, the vista is clogged with SUV brake lights and neon ber the old adage about judging books by their covers. signs guiding the way to a giant new Costco. Step beneath the bare grape vines that wrap around a sturdy wood From the outside, The Orchard House looks like a wedding desentry way covering, and inside, the scene is a storybook combination tination, rock pavers and garden seating perched against a stunning of grandma’s kitchen, quaint mountain town cafe and warm log cabin. backdrop of the Owyhees. The Cracker Barrel-esque entry—a clutch Deli cases, homemade pastries and a coffee menu vie for space with of T-shirts, candy and other knick-knacks fill every flat surface—and shelves spilling with locally produced jams, mustards and popcorn, the blonde-wood seating indicates a casual vibe, one well-suited to a and Orchard House T-shirts and caps. Down a few steps to the dining weekday evening meal with my parents. room, stained concrete floors give rise to walls layered in lacquered As the only three blond wood and a diners in the place, stamped tin ceiling. we unselfconsciously “Mele Kalikimascarfed our shared ka” set a Christmas appetizer plate soundtrack; pump($11.95): savory kins in the window bacon-stuffed mushinvoked late fall; the rooms (hell, yeah) winter wonderland buttery salt-and-peplight show being per prawns (raise the erected outside beckroof) and thick, salty oned snow. It was a chicken-and-bacon setting missing only quesadilla (there’s nira roaring fire and hot vana and then there’s mugs of cider. bacon and melted It was love at first cheese). We spooned sight. If only the spell chilled pico de gallo had been cast upon across the ’dilla, our the food, as well. tongues telling us We feasted: a that the kelly green trio of appetizers chunks were jalap($11.95), a cup of enos or, according to corn chowder, one my sweating father, house salad, a plate maybe habaneros. of chicken-fried steak We gulped water with country gravy until our extremely and parmesan red The Orchard House: Home cookin’ far away from home. friendly hostess/servpotatoes ($12.95), er/cashier brought a burger so audaour entrees. cious it was named THE ORCHARD HOUSE Hello again bacon, after the restaurant 14949 Sunnyslope Road, Caldwell my old friend. A large square plate holding my salad of ($9.95), a side of flat finger-long tater tots, and one 208-459-8200 bright, meaty spinach, bacon, roasted red pepper, shaved slice of Dutch apple pie. Best in show proved to be the parmesan, slivered almonds, sauteed prawns, all lightly finale, which we carted home and decided that it nicely Open Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-8 swept by a warm bacon vinaigrette ($9.95) graced the paired pucker-tart apples with a thick dusting of sugared p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. space in front of me, as my parents looked down at a crumb topping. In a close second were two logs of handplatter of medium well flat-iron steak, prawns, mashed breaded, fried mozzarella from the starting trio. A third potatoes with country gravy and Texas toast ($15.95) standout, unfortunately so, was a pale platter of peppery and a plastic basket of golden-brown deep-fried halibut and potato chicken-fried steak. Although the utter lack of presentation detracted wedges ($9.95). Three small plates and a large amount of affection from its appeal, ultimately it was the bone-dry reheated potatoes that allowed for sharing and I made short work of two fat round hunks of forced us to push aside the dish after a few bites. The flavor of the halibut, white fleshy flakes wrapped in doughy-inside/crispy-outside namesake burger—topped with cheese, ham and a fried egg—was breading, dipped in a dilly tartar sauce negating any of the health benaverage but reeked of flattop, an effect avoidable with the aid of open efits incurred by the salad. The mashed potatoes with pleasantly pepflame on the beef. A comparison of chicken on the app trio at least pery gravy didn’t help in that regard either. I found the flat iron steak ended in a draw. Bacon and flavorless chicken quesadilla triangles tough and rather tasteless, but mi padre scooped each bite through a undoubtedly needed the kick of house-made pico de gallo, while bonemound of potato, nary a word of complaint on his lips. in hot wings were nicely kissed with ubiquitous Frank’s, rather than A meal opened with apps doesn’t often close with dessert, and this slathered in the hot sauce as some joints insist. dinner was no exception, though my father teared up briefly at his Given its location on the fringe of wine country, it’s reasonable to decision to bypass a dish of warm apple cobbler. expect the usual clientele is looking for exactly what Orchard House Driving home, I was glad I had asked my parents to join me. Will I offers: affordable food without bells and whistles. But in order to atdrive that far again just to eat at Orchard House? No with one exceptract serious attention from the capital city crowd making a long drive, tion. If my parents promise to go with me and we order the baconOrchard House is going to have to rely on more than just its looks. stuffed mushrooms again. —Rachael Daigle knows the thing to say on —Amy Atkins bacons bacon while baconing her bacon. a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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FOOD/DINING Meridian BIG BIRD BURGERS—The 11 different burgers range from the basic Big Bird Burger that comes with thousand island dressing to a peanut butter and bacon burger. Choose from other mainstay selections like the mushroom, jalapeno or pastrami burger, and a chicken breast can be substituted on any of the sandwiches. The fries and onion rings are homemade, big appetizers include fried pickles, ďŹ nger steaks and big bird gizzards and daily specials include letting the order taker know you’re tired to receive 10 percent off your entire order. 2031 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 103, Meridian, 208855-2510. $ . BLUE SKY BAGELS—Hot Asiago bagels, plus a variety of other avors ranging from plain to garlic to sunower seed, plus soups, morning egg combos and lunchtime sandwiches—the real steal is the veggie sandwich stacked high with all the roughage you want (including avocado). 3161 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 130, Meridian, 208-8559113. $ SU . BUFFALO WILD WINGS—Gnaw on some spicy wings drowned in sauce or go for some ribs, sandwiches or tenders. The menu is full of food and drink choices including grazin’ green salads and mojitos. 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian, 208-288SU OM . 5485. $-$$



THE BULL’S HEAD PUB—A little bit of England tucked above the bistro, the pub serves up English fare (upside down Shepherd’s pie, anyone?) with plenty of spirits to wash it down. Stay entertained with games including shufeboard, darts and pool, and for the spectators, at screen TVs are scattered everywhere. 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858. SU. $-$$ BUSTED SHOVEL—The bacon cheddar ranch burger is purportedly the best burger in town, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the menu is four pages of tempting pub food from ďŹ nger steaks and chicken strips to ďŹ sh and chips and deli sands. 704 W. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217. $-$$ SU OM. CHEERLEADERS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL—The chicken club wrap is popular, so are the handmade ďŹ sh and chips. If the mood strikes for pasta, try the chicken shrimp alfredo. Burgers, tantalizing ďŹ nger foods and the baby back ribs, available with house raspberry or plain barbecue sauce are all highlights of the menu. The ďŹ nger steaks go well with the thing and crispy fries. 3541 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-939-9209. $$ SU OM .

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EPI’S BASQUE RESTAURANT— For top-notch Basque cuisine served in a cozy, homey atmosphere, this is the place. Meals are served family-style, so sides can be a surprise, but always a pleasant one. Dessert is just decadent. Closed Sunday and Monday. 1115 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-0142. $$$-$$$$ RES.

bend-over-backwards service. 3015 McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710. $$ . GOODWOOD BARBECUE—Great barbecue, Texas-style, right in the middle of the Treasure Valley. With everything from ribs and brisket to chicken, Goodwood Continues to be a valley favorite with a family friendly atmosphere. 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-884-1021. $-$$$$ OM SU.

FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Stone ďŹ red pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. The Neapolitan pizzeria prepares the food with fresh ingredients daily. 830 N. Main St., Suite A (Generations Plaza, Meridian, SU OM. 208-288-0969. $-$$

GRAINS OF MONTANA—All the wheat our used for the freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, gourmet sandwiches and stone oven pizzas is grown and harvested on a family farm in Nashua, Mont. The selection of sandwiches range from cold to hot to toasted BLT and build-yourown. Pizza, calzones and a different homemade soup every day go great with a variety of salads. Beverages include fountain drinks, fruit smoothies and espresso. 1505 S. Eagle Road, Ste. 190, Meridian, OM 208-888-8883. $$-$$$ .

FUSION ASIAN GRILL—Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean in Meridian. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208855-5930. $-$$. 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. 2020 E. Overland Road, Suite 130, . Meridian, 208-884-3354. $

HARRY’S BAR AND GRILL—The original Harry’s is re-open in new digs. The walls are full of Harry paraphenilia from Dirty Harry posters to larger-than-life size smiles on Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally). The menu is a collection of

GINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—If you’re going to name a restaurant after yourself, you want the food to be good. Gino, as owner and chef, has made sure it’s superb. This little bistro offers ďŹ ne Italian dining and wonderful, friendly,

FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED DELSA’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR 7923 W. Ustick Road, 208-377-3700 “But I’d come for dinner, so I stuck to my guns and ordered a banana split ($4.79) and hot fudge brownie sundae ($3.49). Choosing among the homemade ice cream avors is no easy task, even though only about a dozen avors of the 40 Delsa’s makes are readily available.â€? —Rachael Daigle

PATTY’S BURGER TIME 1273 S. Orchard St., 208-424-5073 “Yes, I just wrote ‘al fresco’ in a drive-thru review. In a minute I’m going to write ‘fresh ground pepper.’ As in I approached the window and asked for pepper. Wendy handed me a pepper grinder. Fresh ground pepper on homemade drive-thru soup.� —Nathaniel Hoffman

ANGELL’S BAR AND GRILL 999 Main St., 208-342-4900, “A French dip sandwich ($9) is something I take very seriously and have been too often disappointed by gristly meat, avorless bread and au jus that is more akin to a salt lick than the rich broth it’s supposed to be. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. The prime rib was sliced to extreme thinness and was so tender it gave way easily to the slightest bite.â€? —Deanna Darr

—Wine & beer —Full bar —Delivery —Take-out —Open late RES —Reservations

needed/recommended —Patio SU —Open on Sunday OM —Online menu —Breakfast —Boise Weekly Card

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Updates from diligent readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged. E-mail to or fax to 342-4733.


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DINING/FOOD burgers, a huge list of apps and just enough salads to make you feel guilty. 2032 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-888-9868. SU. HARVEST BUFFET—Featuring Chinese and American cuisine, Japanese sushi, Mongolian BBQ and seafood. Lunch and dinner buffets as well as a la carte lunch specials, a Weight Watchers menu and a 10 percent discount for seniors. 48 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-888-0322. $-$$ SU. HUNGRY ONION—A Meridian institution that thankfully hasn’t changed in decades. The hot, tasty food arrives on a tray at your window—don’t forget to tip the server. 334 E. First St., Me. ridian, 208-888-0051. $

JAKER’S STEAK, RIBS & FISH HOUSE—A full menu of meat, with everything else a patron would expect to see on the menu including appetizers, burgers, chicken and fun foods plus nightly dinner specials. Sit in high backed booths or at the curved, wrap-around bar. 3268 E. Pine St., Meridian, 208-2880898. $-$$ SU OM. KAY AND TRACI’S 127 CLUB—It may be a full bar, it’s full food, too. Prime rib every Friday is what they’re known for, but it’s the homemade soup that’s the house specialty. 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, . 208-884-0122. $ LOUIE’S PIZZA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT—American Italian food, big on variety and little on price. Louie’s is a locally-owned restaurant that puts as much


2007 SOUTHERN RHONE REDS In France’s southern Rhone Valley, Grenache dominates the blends. The best-known wine is from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which is typically the most expensive as well. But in a particularly fine vintage like 2007, the quality spreads. With that in mind, we turned to the workhorse of the Southern Rhone, the Cotes du Rhone. Here are the panel’s favorites: 2007 CLOS DU CAILLOU COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, $18.99 Old-vine grapes result in a uniquely complex red. The nose is filled with cherry liqueur and dark berry, laced with sweet licorice, cinnamon and clove. Deeply extracted cherry and berry flavors carry through on the palate, while the finish, with chocolate and spice, has amazing persistence. 2007 DOMAINE DE COURAN COTES DU RHONE, $10.99 This wine is a bit closed in at first, but it opens up nicely to reveal an appealing array of aromas highlighted by black currant, raspberry, green tea, anise and dried flowers. Round and rich in the mouth with creamy cherry and dark berry fruit. This is a well-balanced wine with a lingering velvety smoothness. 2007 DOMAINE DE COSTE CHAUDE COTES DU RHONE, LA TRUFFIERE, $15.99 The aromas are subdued but intriguing, with layers of cocoa, coffee, cherry, earth, game and bacon fat. Nicely balanced in the mouth with a core of cherry fruit backed by dark chocolate and light spice. Smooth tannins and a hit of just sour cherry brighten things up on the finish. Another fine value. —David Kirkpatrick This week’s panel: Dave Faulk, Porterhouse Meats; David Kirkpatrick, Boise Co-op Wine Shop; Cindy Limber, Bardenay; Karen McMillin, Young’s Market; Kevin Settles, Bardenay; Leslie Young, Boise Co-op Wine Shop WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

care into their service as their infamous pizza. Boasting traditional cannellonis, tortellinis and eggplant parmigana, Louie’s also has a selection of salads and pizzas for all your dining and catering needs. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200. $$ SU OM. MULLIGANS’ BAR AND EATERY—Pub food with a few knife and fork staples like salmon and steak. And, one of the few places in town to get Rocky Mountain Oysters. 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884SU. 3737. $-$$ THE RAM—The second location of Ram family in Idaho is part sports bars, full restaurant and home to the Big Horn Brewing Company, maker of the Buttface Amber Ale. 3272 E. Pine, Meridian, 208-888-0134. $-$$ SU OM . RICK’S PRESS ROOM—Chef owner Rick Valenzuela has created a menu of simple, gourmet food for his newsthemed neighborhood pub. Lunch and dinner are both casual with sandwiches, salads and steak options. And after dinner, cigar fans can retire to the plush smoke room, conjoining the restaurant with the Treasure Valley Smoke Shop. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, . 208-288-0558. $-$$ RUDY’S PUB AND GRILL— Rudy’s is a pub that cares about its customer’s health. With locally grown beef and no trans fat in the fries, the menu runs the gamut of pub fare including starters, platters and sands that come with a half-pickle. Soups are homemade daily and entrees served after 5 p.m. include pastas, salmon and steak. 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 150, Meridian, 208-884-4453. $$-$$$ SU OM. SA-WAD-DEE THAI RESTAURANT—This Meridian Thai restaurant offers an extensive menu of traditional Thai cuisine. From the expected (Orange Beef) to the unexpected (Frog Leg Basil), there’s something tasty for everyone. We happen to like the sound of the Chicken Volcano. 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. B, Meridian, 208-884-0701. $-$$ SU. SIAM THAI—Siam is known for its consistent, fresh, delicious Thai food in family-style proportions, cozy setting and impeccable service. Dishes are spiced to your liking. 590 E. Boise Ave., Meridian, 208-3839032. $-$$ SU. THE GRIDDLE—Two whopping menus to satisfy all your from-scratch breakfast and lunch cravings. Get crepes, hotcakes, quiche, good ole bacon and eggs for breakfast, or if lunch is what you require, order up a house specialty sandwich or stick with something more traditional like a Philly cheesesteak or hot roast beef sandwich. 2310 E. Overland SU Road, 208-288-1848. $ . YOGEE’S YOGURT AND GELATO SHOP—Yogee’s has 40 different flavors of yogurt rotated with 12 to choose from at any given time for customers to create custom yogurt treats. Try 12 flavors of gelato, premium Italian ice cream with less fat, less calories and more flavor. 3327 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208SU. 884-4944. $


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): One of the greatest superpowers a human can have is the ability to change herself in accordance with her intentions. Let’s say you’re tired of feeling shame about something there’s no reason to feel shame about. You decide to do whatever it takes to dissolve that shame, and you succeed. Or let’s say you no longer want to attract bad listeners and flaky collaborators into your life. You resolve to transform that pattern, and you achieve your goal. These are acts of high magic, as amazingly wizardly as anything a shaman does. It so happens, Aries, that this superpower is especially accessible to you right now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your story is taking a hotter, wetter and more cosmically comical turn. The splendor and the rot are all mixed up. The line between your strengths and liabilities is hair thin. But have no fear. One of your dormant talents will activate in the nick of time. Your wild guesses will shed light whenever the darkness creeps in. And you’ll have more emotional intelligence than usual. P.S. If your psyche tingles like a funny bone that has been tapped, it means that unanticipated help or useful information will arrive within 12 hours. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The more you do what you want,” says Santa Fe, N.M., artist Erika Wanenmacher, “the more magic happens.” And what she wants, in part, is to be surprised by how life’s random events ask to be included in her creative process. During long walks along the irrigation ditch near her home, for example, odds and ends on the ground call to her, suggesting that she use them in her art pieces— heart-shaped rocks, miniature liquor bottles, bent spoons, parts of toys. One of her gallery pieces, Spell Wall, consists of amulets made from found stuff. “I’ll make whatever I want,” Erika says. “Out of whatever I want. About whatever I want.” She’s your role model, Gemini. Borrow from her perspective. Go in quest of unexpected clues that make you feel loose and free and fertile. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Needing a creative disruption in my routine, I hiked into a forest I’d never visited. The late afternoon light was wan and the wind was chilly. In places, the trail narrowed to a scruffy rut barely big enough for me to walk on, leading me to wonder if I was reading my map wrong. Three times this happened, but always the wider path resumed. Were there bobcats here? When I spied a flash of fur in the distance, I wished I’d researched that subject before I’d come. Still I pressed on. Then I came upon a single segment of a wooden fence, inexplicable in this remote area. One end of its


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upper slat had come loose and fallen. Moved by a whimsical urge to insert order into the midst of my disorientation, I fixed the slat. My mood brightened, my anxiety dissipated, and the rest of my hike was filled with small epiphanies. Everything I just described, my fellow Cancerian, is an apt metaphor for your week ahead. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In the coming weeks you’ll enjoy experiences that have an emotional resemblance to those referred to in this passage by French novelist Gustave Flaubert: “I want to cover you with love, with caresses, with ecstasy. I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh ... I want you to be astonished by me, to confess to yourself that you had never even dreamed of such transports ... When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours. I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them.” Please note, Leo, that I’m not necessarily saying the pleasures you gather in will stem from an engagement with an actual lover. They might. But your delight may also have a more mysterious origin. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s not just our era that has a tormented relationship with time. Many cultures have been frustrated by its tyranny. During France’s July Revolution in 1830, for instance, rebels shot guns at public clocks. While I think that’s too extreme for you, I do recommend that you perform a ritual to empower yourself as you wrestle with the passage of the hours and days and weeks. How about smashing a cheap alarm clock with a hammer? Or spending an entire day without ever referring to a timepiece? Or taking 10 deep breaths as you imagine you’re inhaling eternity and exhaling the grinding tick-tock? It’s a perfect moment to claim more freedom from temporality. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I agree with football coach Lou Holtz, who said, “The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren’t in a very good mood.” But it’s possible to work around this difficulty. Before you unleash your levity, conjure up empathy for the sourpuss in question. You should also make sure that your intention is not to mock or poke at the person, but instead offer a potential escape from his or her locked energy. By my calculations, you could be an expert at this kind of psychic judo right now. For best results, practice on yourself. Whenever you’re headed toward a negative thought or emotion, nudge yourself away with a jest or wisecrack. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know what you’re really worth? Not as measured by your bank account and luxurious pos-

sessions. Not as reflected by your boss’s or parents’ or enemies’ images of you. Not as distorted by what you wish you were worth or fear you’re not worth. I’m talking about taking an illusion-free inventory of the skills you have that are fulfilling to you and useful to others. I’m talking about your wisdom more than your knowledge, your self-love more than your popularity, your ability to be good more than to look good. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The surest way to beat the system, my dear, is to elude it and erect your own system. The strategy most likely to leave your competitors babbling in the mirror, sweetheart, is to go over their heads. That doesn’t mean, darling, that you should be a remote and grandiose narcissist who listens to no one but yourself. Smile sweetly as you describe why your way is the best way, you gorgeous genius. Enlist worthy collaborators through the irresistible force of your guileless charisma. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “A neurosis is a secret that you don’t know you are keeping,” wrote theater critic Kenneth Tynan. Your assignment is to uncover one of those secrets in yourself. It may not result in an instantaneous cure of your minor personality glitch, but it will be a potent first step that will set in motion a series of healing events. Be brave, Capricorn. I guarantee that any ugliness you might find lodged deep inside you will be entangled with surprising beauty. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Seventy percent of the world’s fresh water is locked away in Antarctica’s ice, which is 7,000 feet thick. Let’s hope it remains that way for the foreseeable future. If global warming melted that giant slab even a little, sea levels all over the planet would rise and coastal lands would be inundated. As for your frozen areas, however: I’d really like to see at least 30 percent of them thaw. Would you consider doing whatever it takes to release a mini-flood of summery feelings? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): While walking in an unfamiliar neighborhood, I saw a huge red wooden chair on someone’s front lawn. It was big enough for a 20-foot-tall giant and an oversized martini glass was perched on the arm. Nearby was a sign that read, “I have flying monkeys at my command, and I’m not afraid to use them.” I assumed this scene was the handiwork of an adorable crazy person who admires The Wizard of Oz mythology. I flashed on how I could totally see you sitting in that chair. Metaphorically speaking, you too have flying monkeys at your command. I just hope you use them to accomplish good deeds, not evil ones.



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