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BAD CARTOON, BAD! Your annual dose of illustrated punishment 1ST THURSDAY 27

FIRST THURSDAY Plan your attack with a map and event listings NOISE 35

BASS-TER OF PUPPETS Metallica’s Robert Trujillo might have the best job ever SCREEN 39

BW IN BUHL A visit to the set of the new film Buhl, Idaho

“You’d go into construction offices and there’d be Playboys and Penthouses up on the wall.”



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NOTE BAD CARTOON. IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT MAKES BW … WELL, BW. In addition to our serious side, which we employ for breaking news at, in-depth reports on gritty stuff like the current state of HIV/AIDS cases in Idaho, and the occasional finger wagging at other media outlets, we believe it’s important to have a lighter side. Our weekly cartoons help us embrace that side and, in keeping with being the most unique and community-focused game in town, the majority of our cartoons are from local artists. But even those cartoons have a bit of serious in them. Mike Flinn’s weekly pictorial editorial puts his acerbic wit to the test every seven days in “Mondo Gaga,” which has been a reader favorite since it first started running in Boise Weekly. He takes the serious stuff, puts his Flinn spin on it and puts it back out as a sort of enlightening rearrangement of the world. Flip to the Arts and Entertainment section of Boise Weekly and you’ll find the wildly popular “Mild Abandon.” People who don’t know E.J. Pettinger always seem so surprised to find out he’s a Boise guy. Yes, that biting yet mundane take on life is homegrown. It’s also award-winning and featured in alt weeklies across the country. Somewhere near “Mild Abandon” each week, you’ll find “Eye-Spy,” the not-so-award-winning-but-often-pee-yourpants-funny visual rendering of the city’s eavesdropping skills. “Eye-Spy” is for those moments when the cell phone yapper in front of you in the coffee-shop line says something so outrageous you just have to share it with Boise Weekly readers everywhere. E-mail your one-liner to, and we’ll pair it up with a ridiculous clip art snippet. But back to award-winning. This week, we add a new toon to the lineup: “Dude Howdy.” It’s been eight years since the first Bad Cartoon contest, and we still don’t have the answer to the question most often asked: is Bad Cartoon bad? Or is it good? Or is it so bad it’s good? Or is it bad like Michael Jackson bad? The answer, we think, is a resounding yes to all of those questions, but you, readers, will have 52 weeks to size up “Dude Howdy” and decide for yourself. Thanks to Jacob Good and Daria Kanevski, who were last year’s winners and whose “Sockratic Method” delivers its swan song in this issue. Keep it bad, kids. To have a look at their replacement, turn to Page 13 to get the rundown on this year’s winner and many of the almost-winners. —Rachael Daigle



ARTIST: Jaki Katz Ashford TITLE: Never on Sunday MEDIUM: Giclee process fine art print, 3/100 ARTIST STATEMENT: Six days a week “Poker Alice” Ivers Duffield Tubbs earned her living as a successful card player, saloon owner and madam. Her day of rest was always devoted to the Lord. See Jaki Katz Ashford and her creations on First Thursday, Dec. 3, 5-9 p.m., at the American Clothing Gallery, corner of Eighth and Main streets.

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—ObeyMyObama, BW online

EXTENSION CUTS? I am disappointed that there has not been more widespread concern over the fate of the University of Idaho Parma (Agricultural) Research and Extension Center. The proposed closure is not only a problem for a few orchard owners and wine producers, but should alarm every Treasure Valley resident who cares about locally owned business and sustainably grown regional food sources. Contrary to growing national awareness of the food security problems and high resource costs of industrialized agriculture, our land grant university is proposing to shut down the only research center in southwestern Idaho when it should be expanding its efforts to support small acreage food production. When budgets are tight, it’s time to focus on the original mission and reduce non-agricultural cooperative extension services available at other organizations. Farming will continue to be a major contributor to our state economy—even technology workers need to eat. There is no point in keeping the faculty if they have no means to conduct field research. The orchards and vineyards, with their carefully documented history of cultivation, are irreplaceable. Funding has been found to keep Parma R and E open until June 2010, a rather “fruitless” gesture

if UI pulls the plug at the beginning of the growing season. Consumers need to tell our educational institutions that support of this region’s agriculture is a critical obligation to the public. —Gena Delucchi, Boise

MICRON BAILED This month (November) I have finally sold my house for 40 percent less than what the assessor thinks it’s worth, now I have my family in the closest place to the Boise style: Olympia, Wash. My job has been here for 14 months, but I kept having to lower the price on my house until someone decided they wanted it. This after 14 months out of work since Micron sent my high-paid software job to India for 16 guys to do for cheaper. After nearly two and a half years, I’m finally working and coming home to my family. I had to go out of state; I had companies pulling job offers after they were tendered; in one case I had signed my W4 and had a day to start. When I showed up, they decided the job was no longer available. And from the looks, several other jobs were going byebye as well. I was told by one person hanging on, “good riddance,” apparently hoping for the return to the glory days when downtown was a ghost city. Well, unless you’re willing to work like the Chinese and Indians

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(12-hour days, seven days a week, $1.25 an hour, live in company-provided housing to save money, buy in company stores), you are not getting those jobs back. The last production 8-inch fab at Boise is shut down. So when Aptina needs more 8-inch CMOS sensor wafers, they now go to Micron Japan’s still functioning 8-inch fab. Because we all know how much cheaper it is to live in Japan than Boise. Ask your elected ones, ask your investigative reporters (if there are any left in the world) why did Micron toss Boise under the bus yet build and acquire in Manassas, Va., and Lehi, Utah, and they still have Italy, China, Singapore, Japan, Formosa. Take the LDS advice if you’re currently working for Micron. Have two years food, money and gas put away because when the last high-tech place in Boise goes to Bangalore, you can’t go. Bonne chance to my friends I leave behind in Boise. I will miss you. Farewell to the “friends” I had at work who never called me, I know now what a friend is. Learn and move on. Idaho for Idahoans, huh. Have fun while it lasts. Whoops, it’s gone. Sorry. —Dave Coffman, Olympia, Wash.

GUNS VS. TASERS Tasers are the best new tool for law enforcement in years (BW, News, “Do You Feel this Lawsuit on Your Nuts?” Nov. 25, 2009). I am a convicted felon and have been shot with a real gun. I only wish they had Tasers then. —Dailylarrna, BW online WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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The Trojan Horse inside the Trojan Horse I believe I’ve made my opinions clear enough throughout this months-long spectacle, but here they are again in the condensed version: I think we ought to have a government-run healthcare system like the civilized countries do, and I think that a great many insurance company executives ought to be getting their meals slopped onto aluminum trays by a prison kitchen work crew for the crimes they have already committed against humanity. I think that Americans’ health, lives and futures are too precious to be left to the discretion of jackals who would rip whole families to shreds and then abandon their gnawed, bankrupt bones on the dismal Plain of Pre-Existing Conditions or in the soulless Caves of Lifetime Limit. I think health care may not be a right on the same exalted level as freedoms of speech, worship and assembly, but it’s a hell of a lot closer to being a right than it is to being a privilege. Being awarded the key to the city, being allowed to ride on Air Force One, being accepted into the Shriners ... those are privileges. Being given equal access to health care in the wealthiest, most medically advanced nation in the history of the world is not a privilege. It is what decent men and women owe one another. It is an understanding—common to all but the Republican Party, it seems—that no human should suffer, wither away, die, when the only thing standing between him and his remedial salvation is his inability to pay for it. I think that the biggest reason so many on the Right find a government system abhorrent is because they’re worried a few of their tax dollars might go to heal an African American or a Mexican illegal. And I think that even if it doesn’t happen this year or even under this administration, it is only a matter of time before what I think should happen will come to pass, just as it’s always been a matter of time before liberal attitudes and solutions are adopted by an evolving human nature and expanding human consciousness. U Whew! I wrote that all in one breath. I wanted to get it all down before anything final happens in the Senate with the youknow-what. And you bet, I meant what I said a couple sentences back about the racist element to this struggle. I know and anticipate that the racists in the audience are going to howl like hungry hounds about how it doesn’t have anything to do with race, but let ’em howl. It’s not important whether racists admit their racism. It’s only important that the rest of us recognize it for what it is. Sadly (and I write this without knowing what the final bill will look like), I will probably not get everything I’d wish for with this diluted version of decency. As Sen. Joe Lieberman and the 40 senatorial thieves WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

are intent on killing all hopes for a public option, it’s likely we’ll have to wait a few years—at the going rate of 45,000 unnecessary deaths per year—before the ratchet advances another notch or two and we get that government plan. But it’s coming. And if you’re one of the uninsured, just try to hang on until it gets here. In the meantime, should we indeed end up with a public option, I’m sort of hoping that “opt-out” compromise comes with it. A full, unsabotagable, Republican-resistant public option would be the ideal, of course, but between the 40 Republicans in the Senate and the four quaking Democrats who seem to think their puny political careers are more important than providing relief to suffering people, I suspect a public option with the “opt-out” feature will be the best we can get this time. But think about it. Say the opt-out ends up in. And let’s say the predictable Republican governors and legislatures actually opt out. Take Idaho. This may be somewhat unfair to Butch who, unlike some of his more nittier-wittier gubernatorial brethren, did accept the stimulus money. But if not Otter, then I would expect that annual gathering of geniuses—our State Legislature—to make the opt-out move. They may even want to be the first state to opt out. They may even hold a special session, dedicated to one thing only: a grandiloquent opt-out. Aaaah, but then: In a couple of years, maybe sooner, the people of Idaho—even the Republicans—would start to notice how folks in those other states—those Democratic states—are paying less for health insurance. A lot less. And how they’re not being denied coverage because of some contrived condition. And how everyone is covered. And how nobody is going bankrupt to pay for Mom’s chemo or Dad’s dialysis. And how everyone but the insurance hawkers are as happy as clams with the way it’s going. And how small businesses are prospering and how employees are getting raises because their employers no longer carry the burden of insurance benefits and how new businesses will not even consider setting up shop in states that have opted out and how the entire economic sector has surged ahead of Idaho because insurance companies can no longer smother families unmercifully with outrageous premiums and how budget shortfalls are a thing of the past and how all of the sudden, the leaders who opted out look like demented idiots and the opposition party, which promises to opt us back in, are looking pretty, pretty good. Whew! I wrote that all in one breath, too. Had to, I was so excited thinking about it. And wouldn’t you be, too ... to imagine the entire Republican Party, state by state, opting itself out of existence?


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RISE OF THE CODGERS aka, return of the generation gap

DAYTON, OHIO—One topic towers over all others in my circle of friends: the future of journalism. Print media is in trouble; online media is ascendant. But consumers don’t pay for online content, and online advertisers pay much less for readers online than in print. As NBC CEO Jeff Zucker famously warned last year, the media is “trading analog dollars for digital pennies.” But not everyone is worried. Many aspiring journalists and cartoonists in their 20s have embraced the Web. They don’t dread a future without print. “Considering most political journalism is editorializing disguised as reporting, what would be the big deal,” asks Shawn Mallow, a blogger at wizbang. com. “Does anyone have any illusions as to which way The New York Times leans in its political reporting?” At, Erick Schonfeld adds low quality to the list of old media sins: “The newspaper industry wants to go back to the world before the Web, when each newspaper was a small media bundle packed with stories, 80 percent of which sucked.” Remember the “generation gap”—the cultural chasm between rock ’n’ roll-loving hippie Baby Boomers and their stodgy Lawrence Welk-watching parents? It came back in the 1990s, when snotty 20-somethings derided their Boomer elders. Generational detente has prevailed since then. Gen Xers are now in their 40s and get along with Gen Y types, who are roughly 25 to 35 years old. We’re both cynical, distrusting of authority, pessimistic about our economic prospects, and dig a lot of the


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same music and movies. Generation gap? We’re too cool for that. But here come the Millennials, whom generational demographic gurus William Strauss and Neil Howe define as Americans born after 1982. They’re challenging Xers, and the generation gap is back. This generation gap is the opposite of previous versions, in which young insurgents attacked their elders for being too arch and moralistic. Millennials desperately want to believe: their leaders, their government, their corporate executives. And they really want to believe in technology. In my little world of journos, they toil on blogs like the Huffington Post for pennies or nothing at all, perfectly happy because they’re sure it will pay off someday. How? They don’t know, but someone is bound to figure it all out. A recent blog post at brought it home for me. “I’m starting to not comprehend Ted Rall’s politics at all,” wrote Jesse Levin, almost certainly under age 27. “His current slate of strips basically targets Obama’s lefty ineffectuality. His blog rails against Bush ...Things may not be black and white, but where on Earth do ya stand as a political cartoonist? Unless you’re just an independent spraying hateful buckshot at all authority figures, I think Ted’s logic centers are failing on several levels.” “An independent spraying hateful buckshot at all authority figures.” Sounds like the perfect definition of a Gen X pundit to me. And perfectly calibrated to piss off upand-coming Millennials.



LOWE FIRES BACK Former roads boss alleges sexism, cronyism at ITD NATHANIEL HOFFMAN


staff, Jeff Malmen, told her that she should not have said she’d renegotiate the CIP contract. “There were a lot of legislators that were darn unhappy with that contract,” Lowe said. The CIP contract was initially set at $52 million by former ITD director David Eckern,

me. In the end, despite her claims, Pam was ineffective and lost the faith and confidence of the board, my office and many in the Legislature,” he stated. During the last legislative session, Sen. John McGee, chairman of the Senate Transporta-


Though she made a career in the male-dominated world of highway construction, Pam Lowe says that the combination of sexism and politics cost her her job as director of the Idaho Transportation Department earlier this year. Lowe, a civil engineer who was a project engineer at the Federal Highway Administration, a program manager at the Arizona Department of Transportation and came to ITD in 1993 after a stint with a private consulting company, said that women get a lot of attention and a lot of scrutiny in the business. “I was the first woman project engineer for the Federal Highway Administration. This was 25 years ago—almost 30—and you’d go into construction offices and there’d be Playboys and Penthouses up on the wall,” she said. “I mean, that’s just the way things were and you just do a great job and you turn a blind eye to a lot of things, and I did.” But Lowe did not turn a blind eye when she was fired in July. In August she filed a tort claim against the ITD Board alleging gender discrimination and political retribution. This month, after the state failed to respond to her claim, Lowe filed a wrongful termination lawsuit. A response is due from the state next week, but Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter has released a statement backing the board’s action. “I support the decision of the board to remove the former director and go in another direction,” said Otter. “The issue over the past legislative session became Pam and ITD, instead of fixing ailing roads and bridges and addressing the backlog of projects to keep Idaho’s roads safe.” Lowe maintains that the issue was discrimination and Otter protecting his financial backers. Lowe alleges that before she was hired as director in 2006, board member Gary Blick stated that “no little girl would be able to run this department.” Lowe, ITD’s first female director, told BW that there are other instances of sexism that affected her job and those will come out if the suit goes to trial. But Lowe also faced serious political pressures in her job for her attempts to scale back a major construction contract managed by URS-Washington Division and CH2M HILL, both major Otter supporters. The two contractors, working as the Connecting Idaho Partners, manage part of Idaho’s $998-million Connecting Idaho highway construction program—a plan to rebuild highways across the state paid with bonds called GARVEE bonds, which are backed by future federal highway funding. The Legislature and then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne approved GARVEE in 2006. In February 2007, Lowe told the legislative budget committee that ITD could handle much of the program management for GARVEE in house, rather than contracting it out. In her suit, Lowe alleges that Otter’s then-chief of

A Lowe down dirty shame: Former ITD Director Pam Lowe on sexism, roads and politics.

who left the department in 2006, after just three years, when a report was published showing low morale and fear at ITD. ITD pulled some $7 million worth of program management work back to the department, and when the CIP contract was renegotiated in 2008, had pared it down to $30.8 million, according to ITD spokesman Jeff Stratten. The contract is currently under negotiation again, and ITD intends to bring even more management tasks under its direct control, in line with Lowe’s efforts. “It is the intent of the Legislature and the department to retain as much GARVEE work within the department as possible,” Stratten said. In the 2007 GARVEE reauthorization, the Legislature made it clear that “to the extent feasible and practical, the Idaho Transportation Department perform project-related work within the department itself.” ITD already manages a large number of GARVEE projects and all of the federal stimulus projects in house. But Otter, in his statement, said that Lowe never spoke with him about the CIP contract. “Over the course of three years, Pam never once raised concerns about the contract with

tion Committee and a supporter of Otter’s transportation initiatives who also receives campaign contributions from URS and CH2M HILL, proposed a bill to give Otter, rather than the board, the power to fire the ITD director. In her suit, Lowe alleges that the board was concerned about this move and agreed to get rid of her if McGee would drop his bill. “There was definitely a contingent at the Governor’s Office and McGee that did not want me messing with that contract,” Lowe told BW. “I think they cut a deal with McGee: ‘Hold your bill, we’ll get rid of her.’ And then the board, in their rush to protect themselves from McGee’s bill, didn’t follow any levels of process. They didn’t give me an opportunity to discuss my performance.” Lowe claims that she received only positive performance reviews during her tenure. McGee and two ITD Board members declined comment for this story. In November, ITD hired Brian Ness, a regional engineer from the Michigan Department of Transportation, as its new director. Lowe, meanwhile, is looking for a job. If not her old job, at least her lost wages and her name back. “I plan to take it as far as I need to,” she said.

STUDENTS GET DIGITAL DAILY Since about August, every Boise State student, faculty and staff member has gotten a five-day-a-week e-mail from the Idaho Statesman. The e-mail provides five headlines from the paper, three from the university’s communications office, a few ads—furniture, jewelry, Bronco wear—and a link to a digital edition of the morning paper. Boise State approached the paper with the idea about a year ago, but the Statesman may be the first daily paper to enter into such an arrangement with a local university. “The Statesman and the university sat down a while back, looking for ways in particular to provide students with easier access to news and information and to help them become better informed citizens,” said university spokesman Frank Zang. Statesman publisher Mi-Ai Parrish announced the partnership in her October address to the City Club of Boise. Parrish credits Boise State President Bob Kustra with the idea. “They came to us with the hope and idea that it would help make more informed citizens,” Parrish told citydesk. The university pays the Statesman $5,000 a year for the service, which Parrish said just covers the cost of producing the digital edition, a well-designed, zoom-able and searchable flip book of the complete paper. It also allows the paper to count digital editions toward its circulation. Parrish said only a few hundred people click through to the digital edition, but numbers are growing. An un-audited Publisher’s Statement provided by the Audit Bureau of Circulations shows that the Statesman is reporting an average of 1,614 paid electronic editions— presumably the Boise State edition—for the 26 weeks ending Sept. 27, 2009. A recent Associated Press report detailed the recent inflation of newspaper circulation numbers based on paid online content. Since April, papers that charge at least a penny per reader, can count those readers toward paid circulation numbers— whether they deliver content on paper, online or via .pdf. This is what bumped the Wall Street Journal, which charges for much of its online content, to the top of the circulation charts, according to the AP. Parrish said the Statesman only reports audited digital edition circulation numbers— people who click through to the online version of the paper—separate from its daily paper numbers. But in an un-bylined October story in the Statesman, the paper reported a daily circulation of 52,169, a 10 percent drop from the prior year, and Sunday circ of 72,042, a six percent drop. Those numbers include the 1,614 electronic daily editions, according to the ABC report. The ABC has counted college copies for years, as long as the university or a sponsor pays for students to read the paper. “That’s nothing new, the fact that a newspaper is distributing its paper to a college,” said Kammi Altig, communications manager at ABC. The daily e-mail may be a novel approach to distribution, however, and Parrish said other McClatchy 10 Company papers, including the


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ROUNDABOUT RED OUT Warm Springs calming scaled back MATHIAS MORACHE

Look familiar, Boise State?

Tri-City Herald, The State in Columbia, S.C., and the Fresno Bee are 8 considering a similar model. Zang said the $5,000 cost to the university is not covered with student fees; it comes out of the Provost’s budget. There is an opt-out on the bottom of the e-mail, but Zang said the opt-out numbers have not been large. Zang said that the university, in its discussions with the paper, has also arranged for several internships at the Statesman, asked that its faculty experts be consulted more frequently, encouraged teachers to use the paper and incorporate current affairs in their lectures, and plans other yet-to-be-determined “special projects” with the paper. Of the students that citydesk spoke with, some read the e-mail, some click through to the paper and others did not even notice the daily newsletter in their clogged inboxes. Zang, who reads the print Statesman front to back over his morning coffee, said it’s just another way of delivering the news. “They do a really nice job of tailoring it to what college students would be interested in knowing,” he said. “And so the stories that are highlighted in the e-mail carry a relevancy for this particular audience.” Since we’re on the topic, and since the Thanksgiving week was a slow news week, we’ll stay with the Statesman here for another minute. The paper reported last week that some Treasure Valley legislators are considering making it more difficult for Boise to create a Local Improvement District to help pay for a downtown streetcar. You may recall from the Nov. 25 BW— available both online and in a paper version for free—that the city wants downtown property owners to cover some of the cost of building a streetcar line downtown. Rep. Mike Moyle, a Republican from Star, told the Statesman that he’d like to require a vote of property owners before a city passes an LID worth more than $1 million. “We have gotten away from the initial purpose of an LID, which was to help on small projects—very local, small projects,” Rep. Raul Labrador, an Eagle Republican who also says he is running for Congress, told Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell. Boise Democratic Rep. Branden Durst countered that the Legislature needs to help empower local governments, not trample on them. It was just a matter of time before Boise’s streetcar plan made waves at the Legislature. We wonder how many Boise State students are following the streetcar debate in their personal digital edition of the Idaho Statesman. —Nathaniel Hoffman


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Driving past the Victorian-style houses and old trees that line Warm Springs Avenue, the apparent placidity masks a heated dispute over traffic calming that has plagued the neighborhood for the last decade. Ada County Highway District’s plan to incorporate a roundabout at the intersection of S. Granite Way and Old Penitentiary Road has now been canceled. But the agency settled on building an improved cross-walk and bulbouts, doubly irking those who opposed the roundabout in the first place—particularly those concerned about the $86,000 already spent in planning for the now canceled traffic feature—and those who preferred improvements to some of the East End’s uncontrolled interior streets. “It was unfortunate this got to a point where it became so divisive,” said Steven Lord, president of the East End Neighborhood Association. Lord advocates the new plan to make minor calming improvements on Warm Springs, a busy residential street that in 2007 saw more than 10,000 cars each day. When the construction is complete, Warm Springs will feature new crosswalks and bulb-outs—a feature that expands the sidewalk and narrows the roadway. These renovations have the double function of slowing traffic and also shortening the distance across the road for easier pedestrian crossing. “If you go out to the Warm Springs/Granite/Old Penitentiary Road intersection, you’ll see that the crosswalk that takes people across is a really dangerous crossing. It’s also a designated walk-to-school route. The hope is we can improve safety for everyone,” said Lord. Although the roundabout is out of the picture, the long process of planning it ran up a lengthy tab for which ACHD had secured a federal grant. The drawing for the roundabout would have required property owners bordering the area to cede some land, and although homeowners initially agreed to do this, they rescinded their offer when they learned how much land it would require. Additionally, the state-owned former correctional facilities to the north of Warm Springs agreed to donate land on the condition that ACHD construct a dividing wall to separate the facilities from the roadway, which would have had an estimated $20,000 to $40,000 price tag. Because of these complications, the ACHD Commission voted to cut the roundabout on Oct. 28. But canceling the project put ACHD in jeopardy of losing the federal grant, which was dependent on a local match of funds, for which the land donations would have served. In order salvage the funds, EENA agreed to reallocate part of another $30,000 grant intended to improve crosswalks on Jefferson and McKinley streets.

The author of the Jefferson/McKinley grant, East End resident Cathy Fischer, disagreed with EENA’s plans to divert funds. “I’m very disappointed that it happened because a lot of hours and years of work had gone into obtaining that grant and I was disappointed seeing it diverted for a different cause. I’m hopeful that they can still do something with the money that they have left,” said Fischer. EENA and ACHD officials argued that the Jefferson/McKinley grant was going to expire before ACHD got around to doing the work and that it could be applied to Warm Springs quicker. The grant to improve Jefferson and McKinley was awarded by the City of Boise through federal transportation enhancement funds. City of Boise transportation planner Karen Gallagher oversaw the grant, and from her perspective, it was not clear that the Jefferson/McKinley project had run out of time. “The neighborhood reinvestment grant issued in 2007 typically gives a three-year time frame to complete the work. And that’s not a hard number. If nothing is moving, we’d like them to return the money and see it used elsewhere,” said Gallagher. While the improvements for Jefferson/ McKinley are on hiatus, Lord is optimistic they will be done eventually. “EENA will be applying for the same grant funding. There is still $12,500 left over,” said Lord. “In order for projects like this to work, it’s important for the original people to stay involved in the outset and all phases of execution. Everyone needs to stay engaged, collaborate and work together. It can’t happen just because the neighborhood association takes on the project. I happen to do this because it’s my passion,” said Lord. ACHD public information officer Robbie Johnson explained that getting a grant is only part of the process. “ACHD thinks the pedestrian safety improvements on Jefferson/McKinley is a good project. However, getting a grant doesn’t automatically trigger ACHD to do a project,” she said. “Our traffic department got involved and tried to get it going, but there were issues with not enough staff. We needed to prioritize compared with other projects to establish what it’s going to cost. There are a lot more steps that need to be taken. That project wasn’t ready to go, so the funding was used for something else with a serious deadline.” After the Warm Springs renovations, ACHD has an eye on Jefferson/McKinley. “The last piece of the puzzle is what to do about the improvement on Jefferson/ McKinley. ACHD is still interested in moving forward and seeing what can be done about that. We think it’s a good idea. It just wasn’t ready to go yet,” said Johnson. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


JACK KLEEB A calming effect over the flock NATHANIEL HOFFMAN

How many of your customers are commercial? It is hard to tell because we get more every year, but I would say the percentage of our customers right now that wholesale poultry, such as I do, are probably no more than 10 percent. The rest are just farmers, people from Boise here that raise a couple dozen chickens that need a place to have them processed. And we were the first state-certified processing plant in the state of Idaho. There is one more now, as I understand. Who certifies you? Our certification comes from the [Department of] Health and Welfare. To be state certified means that any product, poultry item, turkey, chicken, goose, duck, quail, whatever, can then be sold to any entity,


person, whatever, in the state of Idaho. To sell outside of the state of Idaho, we would have to be USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture] certified, which we’re not. We looked at it, but we have decided that it’s just not what we need right now. Too much red tape. Too much bureaucracy. Are your Turkey Ridge Farm birds organic? They are natural, naturally raised. We have what I call an organic farm, but we’re not certified organic. I have neighbors that never met a chemical they didn’t like. But we don’t use any chemicals on the farm at all. Everything is done with organic intent in mind, and we feed only a grain-based ration, with the clean water from our well. And everything is pastured. It’s turned out on a green growing pasture—chickens and turkeys and everything. Did you eat one of your turkeys for Thanksgiving? I raised a few heirloom turkeys, the old traditional turkeys that are the heirloom bronze. That was the original turkey, and these broad-breasted bronze and broadbreasted whites came later. They developed them for the large amount of breast meat that is produced. Well, I have the old style. I had two toms, a year old, so I processed them with one of the broad-breasted toms. My wife at the last moment decided she was going to have her two sons and their families, so I said that one heirloom that we were going to have was only like 16 pounds and that other one was like 21 pounds, and so we had it. My wife’s a professional cook, she cooks at BSU and she can turn out a top-notch turkey. She put that turkey in at noon—21 pounds—and took it out 6 o’clock yesterday


When the processing plant that Jack Kleeb used closed down, he and Janie Burns of Meadowlark Farm in Nampa started Homegrown Poultry, a butchering plant in New Meadows that caters to small- to mediumsized operators. This year, they butchered about 1,500 turkeys for Thanksgiving. Kleeb also raises 4,000 to 6,000 meat chickens a year, and delivers 800 dozen eggs a month to Boise Co-op and Bittercreek Ale House. Kleeb grew up on the farm in Broken Bow, Neb., worked as a buckaroo in Texas, and after he fell into a pile of rocks holding a screaming chainsaw, he went back into the chicken business. “I was in amphibs in the Navy during ’Nam, and I said I am never going to raise another damn chicken,” Kleeb said, the morning after Thanksgiving at Red Feather Lounge, after making his delivery. Now he is a key link in the burgeoning homegrown poultry movement in Southwest Idaho.

evening, we ate at 7, and that thing was just like the most moist turkey. I’ve eaten a storebought turkey and they are what they are. For the people that can’t get a turkey of mine or someone else’s that raised ’em like that, they’ll do. But I tell you what, once you’ve eaten the type of turkey that I raise or that my peers would raise like that, you’ll never go back. There is just so much difference there. What’s the difference? The moistness, the flavor. The commercial turkeys are raised on a feed-starved diet of whatever they are going to get cheap and can run it through a mill and run it through an extruder to make a pellet ... and that’s what they’re fed. Same old, same old. Do you have any advice for backyard poultry farmers? I understand the law in Boise says you can’t have roosters and that’s a shame. Of course, I understand the noise aspect. You will have some neighbors that love it, some that don’t. I think for a few hens, it’s kind of important to have rooster. He has a calming effect over the hens, and also, a rooster can be detrimental to some predators, not large predators, but some predators. I like to see people that want to have a few chickens go back to the old breeds of chickens. The wyandottes are some of my favorite breeds of chickens. The buckeyes, they’re a real nice chicken.


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Attention, shoplifters, burglars and pursesnatchers: ’Tis the season—for Tasing. While you bargain shoppers are out this holiday season, the dregs are out in full force as well, ready and willing to relieve you of your holiday purchases. Or, in some cases, your hard-earned cash. Just ask one Boisean, who was out and about shopping on the afternoon of Nov. 23, in the 8300 block of West Overland. While returning her cart to the store, the woman saw two men remove her purse from the passenger seat of her car, then drive away in another vehicle. She called police and was able to give authorities a detailed description of the suspects and their ride. Officers coming to the scene met the suspect vehicle as it was going. A traffic stop was attempted, but the suspects failed to cooperate. A chase ensued, but didn’t last long. As the driver of the fleeing auto sped nor thbound on Maple Grove Road, he lost control. The car hit a curb, then a stop sign before crashing to a halt near the intersection with Emerald Street. Though their gig was up, the suspects made a run for it. The alleged perp caught first by police turned out to be a juvenile. He refused to cooperate to the bitter end, until cops quieted him down with a Taser jolt. Suspect No. 2 made it about 300 yards from the crash before he was brought down by police. The adult member of the dim-witted duo, a 38-year-old Boise man, was rewarded with two felony charges—burglar y, and fleeing and evading—for his effor ts. The juvenile faces similar charges.

The banging on the back door of a Boise residence star ted about 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 27. Witnesses who called the Boise Police Depar tment said the man doing the banging was also yelling the name of a female who did not live at that address. Oh, and he appeared to be ver y intoxicated. When officers arrived at the home in the 5300 block of Cassia Street, they found a 26-year-old Boise man in the back yard. He was unable to tell police where he was or where he was going. But his search for female companionship had brought him to the wrong house, that much was apparent. The subject of a cab ride home was raised. The suspect began emptying his pockets to see if he had the cash on hand for the fare. What popped out instead was a pill bottle with the label peeled off. Which, quite naturally, caught the officer’s attention. The bottle contained several pills. Turns out, they were ecstasy, according to a BPD press release. A subsequent search of the suspect also allegedly turned up a baggie containing a small amount of meth and a prescription medication but, alas, no prescription. So instead of ending his Friday night bacchanal with a member of the fairer sex, the suspect crashed with the all-male orangejumpsuit crowd at the county jail. He faces two felony charges of controlled-substance possession—one each for meth and ecstasy—along with a misdemeanor count for the prescriptionless prescription drug. —Jay Vail







ude Howdy.” No, that’s not a colloquial greeting. It’s actually the name of this year’s Bad Cartoon Contest winner, created by Steve Klamm. Based on his drawings, Klamm seems to be a pretty chill chap. He’d have to be to create the hairy-legged ice cream characters that won him the honors of being published in Boise Weekly every week for one year. This year’s judging panel consisted of Boise Weekly Art Director Leila RamellaRader, BW graphic designer Adam Rosenlund, BW cartoon contributors Mike Flinn and E.J. Pettinger, and yours truly. And along with the bad-but-oh-so-good confections that earned first-place bragging rights, we perused a number of illustrious illustrations that made us laugh, cry and throw up in our mouths a little.

We saw religious entries, political entries, entries misogynistic in nature, some about health care, several that highlighted drinking, and others in which it looked like the sender gave a stubby pencil sans eraser to a toddler and said, “Here ya go, Sunny Jim. Draw whatever is on your tiny, unformed mind. I’ll send that in to the Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.” But between the great and the grating, we saw several cartoons worth not only a mention, but also a special, individualized category. To them and to the other contributors, thank you for your submissions. As gross and frightening as some of them were, you reminded us how weird and wonderful this community really is. And if a picture is worth a 1,000 words, you people said more than we ever expected to hear. —Amy Atkins




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Are you a player? If you like to play on the mountain, it’s time to buck up. Now’s the time to cash in on the “Get More Bonus for Your Bucks” deal for a limited time only. The deal? If you plan on playing on the mountain, you can get a 20 percent bonus! Here’s how it works: put $100 on a card and Bogus Basin super-sizes it by adding 20 percent, turning your initial $100 into $120. Presto-changeo. Then, use your Bogus Bonus Bucks on the mountain—anywhere Bogus takes credit cards. Bogus Bonus Bucks are good for food, tickets, passes, rentals and lessons. The bonus is good on cards of $25 or more. Stop by the Bogus Basin sales office, call or order your Bogus Bonus Bucks online. Hurry! The sale ends Saturday, Dec. 12. 2600 Bogus Basin Road, 208-332-5162,

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet ...” Idaho Shakespeare Festival isn’t planning a name change, but its 34th season is looking pretty suh-weet. With such classics on the bill as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello, and more diverse and eclectic offerings like Bat Boy: The Musical and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, you won’t want to miss a single show. And now is the time to get season tickets and save big on ticket prices—up to 37 percent. Buy tickets or get gift certificates now for early bird savings. 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., 208336-9221,









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THE BASQUE MARKET Open the innocuous door in the middle of the Basque Block and, like magic, you’ll step into a foodie Santa’s workshop of delight. Choose from threads of delicate saffron and other imported spices, decadent chocolates or a bottle of unique imported olive oil. Or pick up a tasty treat or side—or two, or three—from the Market’s Holiday Pick-Up Menu. Choose from appetizer tapas trays to a variety of holiday side dishes including roasted garlic smashed potatoes, silky smooth Eiguren potatoes, chorizo dressing, lamb stew, manchego potatoes, sheepherder’s bread, pears poached in red wine and pumpkin flan. There’s also a huge selection of imported meats and cheeses (don’t forget to stop in for sandwich and soup lunches) and “probably the largest selection of Spanish wines in the Northwest,” said co-owner Tara McElhose-Eiguren. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208,

IDAHO POWER Drill this fact home: A number of manufacturers now offer high-efficiency power supplies (typically “switch-mode” power supplies) and a growing number of products are sold with these improved devices. The best boast efficiency levels of more than 90 percent. The worst performers are only 20-40 percent efficient (they waste more than half of the electricity that passes through them). High-efficiency power supplies also are much smaller and lighter than the traditional power supplies they replace, saving room under your desk and in your briefcase. ENERGY STAR-qualified power supplies are now available and are being sold with a growing number of electronics products. Get the details at the Idaho Power Web site,

THINK BOISE FIRST Oh no! Did you miss the free shipping deadline? Was your credit card denied? How will you ever get your shopping done? Don’t worry, no sense in sending those greenbacks to never-never land anyway. Shop local and keep the money floating around in your own back yard. Think Boise First—which promotes a think-local, shop-local and buy-local attitude and mentality—is helping you buy local and save money. Pick up a Think Boise First coupon book with more than $3,500-worth of great local deals for only $10, and let everybody know you’re all about keeping it local. Pick up a TBF T-shirt, for only $20—they make great stocking stuffers. And, hey, there’s a new sustainable kid in town: Think Nampa First. Get your coupon books and T-shirts at the TBF office or call for more locations. 210 N. Sixth St., 208-424-6665,,

FLYING M Sip a latte, meet a friend, munch a sweet and shop to your heart’s content, all at the M. Don’t miss the annual Hip Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa. It’s the fourth year and will feature more than two dozen local crafters filling the garage to the rafters with perfume, soaps, knitwear, jewelry, toys, kids’ accessories and more. Bonus: This year, a gift basket valued at more than $200 will be raffled off. Get $2 raffle tickets at Flying M Coffeehouse in Boise, where the basket will be on display until it moves to Nampa on Dec. 5. All proceeds will buy blankets for those in need. Flying M Coffeehouse: 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320; Flying M Coffeegarage: 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-4675533,


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J’S ULTIMATE CAR WASH Get your car babied at the only hand car wash in town. At J’s Ultimate Car Wash, “Our slogan is ‘we baby your baby,’” said owner Jason Smullin. It’s a totally hands-on experience; no brush or equipment touches the car. All services are guaranteed, plus you’ll get your car cleaned in record time. The $14.99 full-service car wash, inside and out, takes 15 minutes or less. The $6.99 outside wash and towel-dry service will get you in and out in eight minutes or less, Smullin said. And, if you really want to baby your baby, get the $24.99 Ultimate’s Ultimate car wash. It includes the full-service treatment plus triple foam conditioner, clear coat sealer, Rain-X protectant, underbody flush with rust inhibitor and your choice of dashboard dressing or shampooed front carpets. Holiday specials: Buy four full-service car washes (inside and out) and get two free or buy six outside-only washes for just $30. 3756 Chinden Blvd., 208-336-0435,

DOWNTOWN NAMPA ASSOCIATION Take a trip to downtown Nampa. You’ll be there before you get through the last chorus of The 12 Days of Christmas. And go hungry because there are so many gastronomically delightful coffee houses, cafes and restaurants to try, all within a few blocks’ radius: Brick 29, Copper Canyon, Flying M Coffeegarage, Cafe de Coco, Huong Vi Vietnamese Restaurant, Lebaron’s Honker Cafe, Elena’s Bakery and Restaurant, House of Kim, Eli’s Italian Deli and The Hong Kong Cafe. For down-home, smoked meat comfort food, check out newly opened Darby’s at the Market. They have baked goods to order (there’s an in-house bakery), daily, weekend and drink specials (full bar), a wine loft upstairs and a Las Vegas-style glitzy bar downstairs. Oh, and did we mention catering? Get more details at

THE PAUL GREEN SCHOOL OF ROCK MUSIC Give your little rock ’n’ roller the gift of music. The Paul Green School of Rock Music is the nation’s premier performancebased rock music program. Students from ages 7 to 18 learn how to play the instrument of their choice and then are turned into genuine rock stars. How does it work? Students receive 45-minute private lessons (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or vocals). They also participate in weekly three-hour supervised rehearsals to prepare them for the main event, The Show! Past shows have included tributes to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen and the Beatles. The Paul Green School of Rock Music has found that the combination of private lessons and group band practice with peers is the best way to motivate kids to practice hard, overcome stage fright and become amazing musicians. Schedule a free trial lesson and select a show today. For more information, call or visit the Web site. 539 S. Fitness Place, Eagle, 208639-2242,

ART FOR ART This Christmas, get a gift that gives back. If you’re all about supporting local artists and wanna help keep them from starving this year, stop in at Art for Art. This holiday hot spot, located in Vista Village (next to Reilly’s), is stuffed to the rafters with beautiful art created locally. Plus, it’s an artist co-op that gives 5 percent back into the youth arts community. You’ll find special gifts and unique stocking stuffers for everyone on your list, from $3 and up. Choose from Christmas ornaments, belts with lampworked buckles, perfumes, lip balm, lotions and potions, mosaic busts and mirrors, calendars, handmade stockings ready to stuff, restored vintage ceiling tiles, photography, pottery, paintings, framed origami, light switch covers, jewelry and more. You’ll find tulle tutus in a rainbow of colors and repurposed wallets and bags made from used inner tubes. Store hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. 1002 Vista Ave., 208-440-2412,




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SIERRA TRADING POST Baby, it’s cold outside and gosh darn it, you’d like to go out and play but you just don’t have an adorable and snuggly, cute and cuddly, trendy and toasty hat. Bombs away! You can go flaps up or down with this unisex Mad Bomber Hat with rabbit fur. It’ll keep that melon wickedly warm with Ga Ga-riffic style. It’s all about warming your brain purse with rabbit fur while impressing the planet with your singular fashion savvy. Made with real rabbit fur and lined with rayon, this pet of a hat comes in olive, ginger and bordeaux, in sizes medium and large. And, with STP’s low, low prices, you save 35 percent off the regular retail price. 530 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 208-898-0261, DK M P HOT OGRA P HY /



Idaho Shakespeare Festival offers a unique Idaho experience: star-studded performances in an enchanting woodland theater under the stars. Arrive a half-hour before curtain time for pre-show award-winning wit and merriment courtesy of the Fool Squad—Joe Conley Golden and Tom Willmorth. Then, after a few side-splitting antics, settle in with gourmet food and drink from Cafe Shakespeare or spread your own picnic on the lawn as the live action spreads out before your very eyes. Bring the clan for family nights, the first Sunday after a play’s opening night, when you can bring young children at discounted prices (children under the age of 6 are admitted on family night at no charge). Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 34th season promises to be the best one yet. 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,

IDAHO HOUSE OF SCOOTERS Vroom, vroom. Like the Mods in Quadraphenia, we love scooters. At Idaho House of Scooters, you can pick your favorite color and brand from the large in-stock selection. Or if you don’t see it on the floor, they’ll special order it for you. Choose from authentic Vespa, Piaggio, Vectrix and Schwinn scooters. In-house financing starts at 4.9 percent. IHS also has free pickup and delivery throughout the Treasure Valley, plus same-day service, factory-trained technicians, riding assistance programs and group riding events. Got a vintage scooter that needs a little TLC to giddyap? No problem, manager Justin Daniels said. “We work on and provide service and parts for other scooters. Customer service? We live and die by it.” Idaho House of Scooters also works with Treasure Valley Clean Cities and is now an electric vehicle recharging station. 2374 E. Cinema Drive, No. 104, Meridian, 208-8980818,

BOGUS BASIN If you’re looking to give the most snow-tabulous present ever, get your passports ready. Bogus Basin’s Passport Package for beginner skiers and snowboarders is an award-winning, nationally recognized program at an unbeatable price. It’s an awesome way to learn to ski or ride. During each four-lesson session, instructors give hands-on—and skis- or snowboardson—training in a fun and friendly and well-paced learning environment. Each lesson is a snow-worthy one hour and 45 minutes long. The BB Passport Package also includes lease equipment or rentals for the entire season—and that’s not all. After lessons are completed, every passport holder gets a complimentary 2009-2010 season pass. All for a measly $289. This deal rocks. But hurry—it’s only offered in December and January. 2600 Bogus Basin Road, 208-332-5162,


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IDAHO POWER Laptop vs. desktop: Laptop wins. The average annual energy use of a desktop PC is 255 kilowatt hours vs. a laptop that uses only 83 kilowatt hours per year. To realize even more power savings, the EPA recommends setting computers to enter system standby or hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity. To save even more, set monitors to enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity. The lower the setting, the more energy you save. Get the details at the Idaho Power Web site,

J’S ULTIMATE CAR WASH If you want your car to be as shiny as Rudolph’s legendary honker, let the pros at J’s Ultimate Car Wash do the buffing. It’s the only hand car wash in town. “We’re very big on quality control,” said owner Jason Smullin. “All our employees are trained to cater to the customer.” Besides a variety of custom and holiday-special car wash selections, J’s has a full range of detailing services, including scratch removal and Swirl-Free three-step polish. Would you like your wheel wells cleaned and painted black? No problem. Other detail services include steam cleaning for all carpets, interior vinyl and leather, mats and upholstery, including all nooks and crannies; engine steam cleaning, and “we can even do some stain removal,” Smullin said. All services guaranteed. “We’ll make it right or give you your money back.” 3756 Chinden Blvd., 208-336-0435,

SIERRA TRADING POST Laura knew what she wanted—a good man, a thick steak (medium rare, please), a bottle of mellow red wine and a crackling fire. After trading some witty barbs and scintillating conversation, they’d go for a walk, feet crunching through the drifted snow. They’d come to a field of unblemished white. “Let’s make snow angels,” Laura would laugh, “ha, ha, ha,” knowing her hands would stay warm inside her Manzella insulated fleece gloves with heat-trapping elastic cuffs that were reinforced with the power of windproof Gore Windstopper and 40g Thinsulate insulation for protection from the cold. Go to STP and you can get a pair, just like Laura’s. And, as always, Sierra Trading Post’s everyday price is always right at 35 to 70 percent below retail. 530 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 208-8980261,

THINK BOISE FIRST Go loco and get local. Think Boise First wants to help you support local businesses and the local economy. Get the TBF coupon book, stuffed with more than $3,500-worth of offers, for a measly $10. Get one—or more, they make great stocking stuffers—and support local businesses. There are a lot of good reasons for keeping it in your own back yard. It promotes the local economy. It brings more jobs to the local workforce. It keeps businesses purchasing local, cutting down on transportation costs. It promotes a healthier community with less sprawlfactor, less pollution, less habitat loss and less congestion. Think local, shop local, buy local. This holiday season, do your part and “get it local.” 210 N. Sixth St., 208-4246665,




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FLYING M COFFEE HOUSE “But this isn’t like other coffee joints,” Harry said to Molly. “Gee, Harry, you’re right,” said Molly, breathing in the rich coffee aroma laced with sweetness. “Look at the art—and all those baked goods,” Molly cried, pointing at the cakes, cookies and desserts. “Molly,” Harry called, “did you see? This gift shop— it’s out of this world!” Check out the M’s unique ornaments (blown glass with feathers inside, how’d they do that?), local stuff like books by E.J. Pettinger and Bob Phaff, Mixed Greens body products, and—in Boise only— jewelry by MaryMakesArt, Miso, Ravishing Jane, M. Kobold. Plus, Holiday Blend coffee while it lasts. Flying M Coffeehouse: 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320; Flying M Coffeegarage: 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533,

BOGUS BASIN Yeah, yeah, we know: Bogus Basin is just minutes away and though it’s only 16.5 miles north of downtown Boise it has more than 2,600 skiable acres for skiers and riders, including downhill and Nordic day and night trails and snowshoe trails. But one thing we keep forgetting about is that awesome Pepsi Goldrush Tubing Hill. It’s an 800-foot-long downhill slide, dude, and the only decision you have to make is: Are you going down Superman-style or the Idaho couch-potato way? Sessions last for two hours and are guaranteed to give you rosy cheeks and a hankering for hot chocolate that must be satisfied. Ahh. 2600 Bogus Basin Road, 208-332-5162,

DOWNTOWN NAMPA ASSOCIATION We love the smell of old books in the morning. And in the afternoon and night, for that matter. In fact, we think there’s nothing better than curling up with an old book and getting swept away. And if you like old books like we do, you won’t find a better selection of them than in downtown Nampa. Yesteryear Shoppe (1211 First St. S.) and Twice Sold Tales (1215 First St. S.) are conveniently located just steps apart in the same block. At Yesteryear Shoppe, you’ll be hypnotized by aisle after aisle of used tomes, including a large selection of rare books, plus their selection of vintage vinyl. Twice Sold Tales boasts that it has Idaho’s largest out-of-print and used book selection on two floors and one of the best children’s selections in the West. Details and more stores and shops to explore at

HIGHLANDS HOLLOW Highlands Hollow Brewhouse is one of those places tucked into a quiet neighborhood where everybody loves to go. It’s conveniently located on the road to Bogus Basin and is a favorite place for skiers and boarders needing before and apres food and drink. Great burgers and sandwiches are complemented by hand-cut fries. The menu also includes fresh salads, soups, pastas, entrees, desserts and more. And with a brewery on the premises, the handcrafted ales—including Fiegwild, Spoon Tongue and Hippie Shake—are some of the best in the Northwest. The Hollow has happy hour from 3-6 p.m. daily, lunch and dinner specials, and live music from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Pick up a growler to go. Kegs are available for holiday parties (advance notice required). Gift cards make great stocking stuffers. Check out the other merch, including T-shirts, pints and portable doggie water bowls. 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, 208-343-6820,


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IDAHO HOUSE OF SCOOTERS Got scooter envy? Go ahead, get your own scooter, you deserve it. And, with Idaho House of Scooter’s year-end closeout sale, you can actually afford it. Brand-new Vespas are available until 2010 for $1,000 less than normal cost. In addition to its lines of traditional scooters, IHS offers all electric Vectrix scooters, Piaggio’s MP3 three-wheeled scooters (two wheels in front, one in back) and a selection of pre-owned scooters. Plus, there is a huge selection of scooter paraphernalia, helmets, jackets and more (check out the green light changer and you’ll never get stuck at a red light again). For that someone who has everything on your list, how about the getting the only Bronco-licensed and sanctioned vehicle, a blue and orange bedecked Vespa? 2374 E. Cinema Drive, No. 104, Meridian, 208-898-0818,

THE PAUL GREEN SCHOOL OF ROCK MUSIC Just like Santa and his reindeer, the Paul Green School of Rock Music is rockin’ and rollin’ into the Treasure Valley. “Saving rock and roll, one kid at a time,” is the school’s motto. The school runs in a series of three seasons, each culminating in a show. Included with the price of monthly tuition are weekly 45-minute private lessons in the instrument of the student’s choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or vocals. Additionally, there are three-hour, supervised rehearsals held weekly to prepare students for the main event, The Show! Shows center on a theme, and the students spend time delving into the catalogs of certain artists, styles and periods of rock music such as Van Halen (David Lee Roth era, of course), AC/ DC, best of the ’80s, punk rock, Devo, Frank Zappa, Queen and many more. In addition to weekly lessons and rehearsals, rock classes, open jams and seminars are free to students and cover such themes as songwriting, music business 101, tightening up the rhythm section, what really goes into a tour, how to get gigs and promote your band, and more. Also, professional, touring musicians come to the school and meet, talk with, and, most importantly, jam with the student musicians. For more information, call or visit the Web site. 539 S. Fitness Place, Eagle, 208-639-2242,

IDAHO POWER Don’t get “side” tracked. Can you guess which one wins in this battle: freezer on the bottom refrigerator vs. side-by-side refrigerator freezer? Side-by-side refrigerator/freezers use more energy than similarly sized models with the freezer on the bottom, even if they are ENERGY STAR qualified. The government holds the two categories to different standards, allowing side-by-sides to use 10-30 percent more energy. Icemakers and through-the-door ice devices also add to energy consumption. To compare energy performance, look on the yellow EnergyGuide label. Don’t forget to visit Idaho Power’s Home Products Web page, to find an ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerator that qualifies for a $30 rebate.

POTTERY GOURMET KITCHEN If you want to whet the culinaryskills appetite of that gourmet on your list, bring tears of joy (not onions) and put a Julia Child grin from ear to ear on your sweet foodie’s face, get him or her the latest and greatest kitchen tools of the season: Kyocera ceramic knives at the Pottery Gourmet Kitchen. While you’re there, check out PGK’s huge selection of Polish Stoneware, all handmade, hand-painted and signed by the artists. It is all oven-, freezer-, microwave- and dishwashersafe, chip-resistant, doesn’t fade and the more you bake with it, the stronger it gets. Bonus: cleanup is a breeze. PGK also carries All-Clad, Le Creuset, Peugot and 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. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M



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Alan Stanford, Palouse Farm, watercolor, 10” x 10”.

THURSDAY DEC. 3 ALAN STANFORD AT IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM Not all artists are ready to bow down to the tyrannical might of the computer. Some, like watercolor artist Alan Stanford, prefer to use centuries-old mediums to express themselves. On Thursday, Dec. 3, Idaho State Historical Museum will open a new exhibit featuring Stanford’s paintings. A Treasure Valley resident, Stanford’s work focuses on the places, people and objects that make up Idaho’s past. His exhibit, “A Watercolor Journey Through Idaho,” features more than 80 pieces, all with their own short narratives detailing their place in Idaho’s history. Viewers can expect to see paintings depicting early Native American history, changes in Idaho’s transportation, famous moments of exploration and more. Last year, his painting of Voorhees Hall became the main image for the College of Idaho’s holiday card. The muted colors and barren trees give the building a haunting quality, showcasing Stanford’s top-notch brush skills. Stanford’s work reveals a different time, before the glitz and glamour of the modern age. Idaho State Historical Museum displays this ode to the past through Feb. 27, 2010, but Stanford himself will only be on hand to sign commemorative postcards on the exhibit’s opening day. Thursday, Dec. 3-Feb. 27, 2010. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $3-$5, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120,

WEDNESDAY DEC. 2 IDAHO BREWERIES Unemployment usually sucks. Unless you’re Bob Phaff. Bob wasn’t really unemployed, but the unapologetic, ambitious Brit didn’t have a work permit when his wife Jen dragged him across the pond—and the Rockies—to Boise last year. So he hopped in his


trusty Ford Escort and drove up and down Idaho drinking. (Not drinking and driving, mind you.) Phaff visited all 17 breweries in the state and typed up a pamphlet he calls, “One man’s journey across his new home of Idaho, led by a passion for quality beer.” Phaff’s fresh, British taste buds provide a keen perspective on our beer. He says he’s now tasted more hopped-up IPAs than

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any other Englishman alive, though he shows his true colors knighting the Coeur d’Alene Brewpub’s Lakeside British Ale and Grand Teton Brewery’s Au Natural Organic Blonde the two top brews in the state. So he’s still a nationalistic ale guy who likes blondes. Forced to pick a top Boise beer, Phaff tells BW he likes the Stimulator Stout at Tablerock.

If you have a consumerist itch to scratch, hop on I-84 and keep going straight past the mall. Steer your happy ass straight through downtown Nampa (making sure to obey the speed limit at all costs) and slide into a parking spot in front of the Flying M Coffeegarage. Inside, in addition to the M’s usual array of kitschy gag gifts and heart-palpitating espresso, you’ll find 25 booths crammed with some of the Treasure Valley’s most clever crafters. The fourth-annual Hip Holiday Market draws an array of local small-business owners—many with online Etsy shops—to sell their wares to gift-hungry hordes. Sellers like Mary Portteus (of marymakesart) will offer scarves and jewelry while other sellers like BW’s Chelsea Snow (of csnow) offer Idaho-themed purses and bike bags. Other goodies available include perfumes, soaps, T-shirts, aprons, knitted accessories and kids items. Be sure to stick around for the 5 p.m. raffle drawing, which features a basket full of items from various vendors and is currently on display at Flying M Coffeehouse in Boise. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533,

Phaff’s book, A Guide to the Beers and Breweries of Idaho ($3.50), introduces each brewery or brewpub in the state, includes comments from the brewmasters and rates each label with a score from 1 to 5. Phaff provides the brewer’s notes as well as his own poetic observations. Phaff eventually found legal employment, working on Morning Owl Farm, a Boise organic farm and duck egg hatchery. You Yanks can meet him, grab a beer guide, get it signed and hear his tales of Idaho brew lore at a release party sponsored by Boise Co-op and The Front Door. Bring a pocket translator though, ’cause the dude speaks English. 6-8 p.m., FREE, The Front Door, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201,

WEDNESDAYSATURDAY DEC. 2-5 SUBURBIA Here’s a bit of film-nerd trivia knowledge: One of Richard Linklater’s earlier films, subUrbia, was actually a play before it landed on video store clerks’ “littleknown favorites” shelves. Penned by Eric Bogosian, perhaps better known as Capt. Danny Ross on TV’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent, subUrbia revolves around a group of aimless 20-somethings as they camp out in front of a gas station waiting for the return of an old friend who has become a minor rock sensation. The play examines the idea of rootless youth, change and a fear of the future, all set to

a ’90s backdrop. Characters lash out with concerns of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll as they mock the suburban society that has confined them. David Richards of The New York Times wrote, “If Mr. Bogosian is following a Chekhovian blueprint, it is Chekhov high on speed and Twinkies.” On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Boise audiences will taste those Chekovian Twinkies. Boise State’s Theater Majors Association premieres subUrbia, directed by Aaron Kiefer. Boise State’s TMA was crowned Best Student Organization at this year’s Boise State Campus Awards, which means this play is not to be missed. Wednesday, Dec. 2-Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, The Danny Peterson Theater, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-3957, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Grab your platform Sketchers, baby, it’s disco time.

SUNDAY DEC. 6 TRICA DISCO PARTY Nothing says wholesome family entertainment like a holiday disco party, and that’s exactly what the Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts has planned on Sunday, Dec. 6. TRICA sets the stage for an evening of fancy footwork as it ushers in the holiday season with its family dance party. A DJ will be on hand spinning music that’s both catchy and clean. Jolly ol’ Santa and his wise-cracking wife will be teaching the Santa Waltz, which should work off a few excess cookies-andmilk calories. While waltzes and discos usually hang out in different dancehalls, at TRICA, there is plenty of dance floor for both. All disco-dressed enthusiasts will get a chance to do their best John Travolta impression amid dance lights, a fog machine and a disco ball. Afraid you don’t have the moves? Don’t fret, there will be a disco expert on hand to show you the electric-sliding ropes. Those born ready to shimmy can take center stage on the go-go dance platforms and compete in a winner-takes-all dance-off. The night will also feature a dance per formance by TRICA’s Leap Troupe and an art exhibit by local young artists. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., $12, $40 for a family of four, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-344-2220,

FRIDAY DEC. 4 SANTA BABY Boisean Lauriel Loyst, comedienne and cabaret crooner, is returning to the stage for a two-performance run of Santa Baby, her follow-up to October’s Broadway Baby Wannabe and November’s The Spice of Life. A 15-year cruise ship veteran, Loyst has also tried her hand at theme park performances and the New York cabaret circuit. Loyst’s flair for the fantastic is evident with every sequined step she takes, and this time, she’s ready to put her own spin on


Christmas cheer. Santa Baby will feature Loyst performing a number of Christmas favorites. Audience members can expect to be fully involved as Loyst sashays between the tables and the stage. The El Korah Shrine Temple will be offering what Loyst calls “an amazing” buffet during the show. And while Loyst admits that the venue may be untraditional, she adds that her father is a Shriner and she loves “the good work the Shriners do.” Friday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 11, 6:15 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. show, $15 show, $30 show and dinner, El Korah Shrine Temple, 1118 W. Idaho, 208-939-8218,

Tillotson tickles the ivories at his annual holiday gig.


There has long been a rift in my household. A war, of sorts, that split the family into two factions: those who prefer Cheez-Its and those who like Cheese Nips. From ancient snacking grudge broke new cracker mutiny, where cheesy crumbs made civil hands unclean. Though the ferocity of the battle has lessened over the years, it is still a point of contention. Until now. With the release of Scrabble Junior Cheez-Its, which are each stamped with a different letter, Sunshine has forever solidified its spot at the top of the snack cracker pyramid. Now, not only is the Cheez-It the superior snack—ridged, deep orange squares dusted with ample salt kernels—it is superiorly fun to eat. Can you spell “delicious” with Cheese Nips? I think not. While it should be noted that refraining from eating the tiles in a Cheez-It Scrabble game is much more difficult than in a regular Scrabble game, the sheer delight of playing with your food overshadows any logistical pitfalls. Not to mention, at 140 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving, Scrabble Junior Cheez-Its are better for you than original Cheez-Its, which are 150 calories and 8 grams of fat. One possible explanation: Scrabble Cheez-Its have a slightly smaller, yet totally fitting, 26-cracker serving size. Adorable.

Last week, we reminded you that Paul Tillotson’s annual Christmas-time per formances are fast approaching. We’re reminding you again because we don’t want to hear you complaining, “Wah, I missed the Paul Tillotson Trio.” If you like jazz and miss this show, you will complain. In 1986, when Tillotson was barely old enough to drink, the master purveyor of the piano started playing a weekly gig at Lock Stock & Barrel. His fondest memories of those times were when Gene and Janie Harris would come down and listen. Even via e-mail, Tillotson’s excitement is evident when he reminisces about sitting at the piano with Gene and the two of them playing “four-hands piano together. Incredible!” Other than a couple of years when Tillotson moved away, tickling the ivories in Boise twice a year became a tradition. Few people can say they’ve been doing the same thing for more than two decades, but Tillotson can. “If you do the math (forgetting about a couple years we weren’t around), it’s been something like 23 years,” he wrote in an e-mail to Boise Weekly. Tillotson explained that the support from the great crew at the LS&B and Dunkley Music—who loan Tillotson a piano—go a long way in making the decision to return each year an easy one. That, and the fans. “We have kept the fun going for a long time,” Tillotson wrote. “We do it each year because our fans keep coming out to support the music. We really have a genuinely clean, musical, fun time with all the people who come out for the gig. It ain’t nothin’ but a party!” Tuesday, Dec. 8-Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m., FREE, Lock Stock & Barrel, 1100 W. Jefferson St., 208-336-4266,

—Tara Morgan

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Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

2009 HOTTEST FIREMAN COMPETITION—Here’s your chance to vote on oiled-up muscle men. True story. 7 p.m. $20. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212,

FREEKNIK—Celebrating African dance with live music from Candread and the Rizing Rezistance, along with ethnic cuisine. Presented by the Black Student Alliance. 8 p.m. For tickets, e-mail Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-4261000,

50 WOMEN—Kim O’Brien and Carol Deasy host a cocktail party in honor of BCT’s production Animals Out of Paper. 6 p.m. R. Grey Gallery Jewelry and Art Glass, 415 W. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337, www.rgreygallery. com. 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,


GABRIEL DUNN’S COMEDY SHOW—This is the launch of the Fueled by Destination Tour, in which Dunn and friends book their own shows to avoid paying agent/booking fees. 8 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, www.liquidboise. com.

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,

Peter Anastos, Artistic Director

continues the classic holiday tradition

The Nutcracker At the Morrison Center

Friday, December 11at 8 pm Saturday, December 12 at 2 & 8 pm Sunday, December 13 at 2 pm or call 426-1110


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WINTER ALES 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,


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IDAHO BREWERIES, WHAT’S YOUR FLAVOR?—See Picks, Page 24. 6-8 p.m. Front Door Northwest Pizza and Tap House, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201,

“From our family to your family”

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,

IDAHO INDIE WORKS CHRISTMAS SHOW—A local artisan fair featuring a ton of handmade goods. Pioneer Tent Building, Sixth and Main, downtown Boise. 5-9 p.m.

Art WINTER WINDOW GALLERY STROLL—Take a stroll through downtown Boise to view beautiful outdoor works from local artists, with carolers and musical entertainment at each location. Info at

Literature HOLIDAY PUBLICATIONS SALE—See Wednesday. 9 a.m.3 p.m. FREE. Boise State Liberal Ar ts Building, 1910 University Dr., Boise,

FRIDAY DEC. 4 Festivals & Events 9TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER—Head over to Hyde Park and browse the huge selection of fairly traded handmade items from around the world. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds benefit the Idaho Peace Coalition in their effor ts to promote peace and justice. 6-9 p.m. Dunia Marketplace (formerly Ten Thousand Villages), 1609 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-333-0535, boise.tenthousand 31

NOISE/CD REVIEW VOLCANO CHOIR: UNMAP (JAGJAGUWAR) Justin Vernon has biased my opinion of Volcano Choir’s first album, Unmap. How couldn’t he? Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, brought us one of the most beautiful and hauntingly passionate albums in many years with For Emma, Forever Ago. In Volcano Choir, Vernon teams up with fellow Wisconsinites and math rockers, Collections of Colonies of Bees, to create an album of familiar subtleties and unfamiliar instrumentation. Unmap, their debut album, came out on Jagjaguwar in September. Though the title Unmap conveys an idea of new paths and deconstructed norms, the album is ver y accessible and just mildly experimental. Vernon’s style of singing is so per vasive that any chance of going musically cosmic is grounded in his vocal consistencies. The second track, “Seeplymouth,” is the culmination of the group’s young collaboration with nearly seven minutes of thoughtful noise, intermixed with guitar notes, pounding drum, recorded talking and Vernon’s slow, minimal yet deliberate singing. Unmap is a definite thumbs-up, but not quite a five star. It is full of some great singles but lacks a true identity as a complete album. The highlights are the aforementioned “Seeplymouth,” as well as “Island, IS” and “And Gather,” while many of the other tracks are too loud to be dinner music and too subtle to stand alone. While this may not be the album you would use to showcase your musical tastes, it does have many wonder ful headphone moments. —Benjamin McLenna WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Food & Drink

I’LL BE WARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS—The Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho kicks off the holiday season with their Annual Court Christmas Show. Proceeds benefit the Holiday Fund, helping the homeless. 7 p.m. $5 or bring a warm coat to donate. The Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., second floor, Capitol Terrace, Boise, 208-3361313, 26

37TH ANNUAL MADRIGAL DINNER—An evening of Medieval music and Renaissance festivities. 6 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. For tickets, contact 208-854-4291. Boise High School, 1010 Washington St., Boise. REGIONAL AMERICAN THEME DINNERS—Chef Jered Couch presents a Victorian American Christmas Dinner, featuring wines from the Zhoo Zhoo label. Make reservations by calling 208-949-9583. 7 p.m. $45. The Griddle in Eagle, 177 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-939-9070,

REUSE MARKET OPEN HOUSE—Check out the everchanging array of unique art and craft materials, as well as interior design samples. 2-5 p.m. Donations accepted. The White Pine Boutique, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-9083, www. SANTA BABY—See Picks, Page 25. Dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. Show runs from 7-9 p.m. $30 dinner buffet and show, $15 show only. Reservations are required. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, www.


VARIETY SHOW—The International Student Organization performs traditional dancing, singing and other cultural acts from many countries. 6 p.m. $5 general, FREE with College of Idaho ID and children 12 and younger. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-4593405 or 208-454-1376, www.

ARTIST’S RECEPTION: APRIL VANDEGRIFT AND MEGAN LAURSEN—April Van De Grift and Megan Laursen get nostalgic with themes of family, memory and relations running thick in their joint exhibition entitled “A Stitch in Time.” 7 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

ARTIST RECEPTION—Featuring oil paintings by Alan MacDonald. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson, Boise, 208433-0593, www.stewartgallery. com.



ARTIST’S RECEPTION: “ART FOR THE HOLIDAYS”—Featuring paintings by gallery artists, including Tricia May, Mark Davis, Dwight Williams, Polly Barrett, Hugh Mossman and more. 6-8 p.m. Artisan Gallery, 124 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-5889. FINE ARTS FESTIVAL— Celebrating the launch of this year’s fine arts festival, the opening reception showcases the works of more than 15 local artists. Featuring live music by Leta Neustaedter and Dan Costello and wine tasting from Woodriver Cellars Winery. Also, 10 percent of any purchase by a BAM member will be donated to the BAM. 6-9 p.m. FREE. The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, www.

SATURDAY DEC. 5 Festivals & Events 30TH ANNUAL WINTERLAND PARADE—Hip, hip, it’s a holiday parade. Join parade marshals from the Quintieri Family of the Meridian Bowling Lanes for a fun time celebrating the holiday season. This year’s theme is Childhood Memories of Christmas. The parade route begins at Storey Park, then heads north on Main Street to Fairview, then east on Fairview and returns via Second and Third Streets, downtown Meridian. 10 a.m. FREE. CLAUS ‘N PAWS—Zoo Boise celebrates the holidays with free entry all day, musical entertainment and photos with Santa for $3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3844125, EAGLE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS—It’s Christmas, country-style. Enjoy an abundance of kids’ activities, artistic treasures and community-driven services. Events going on all day. Visit the Web site for a detailed list of activities. 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. HIP HOLIDAY MARKET—See Picks, Page 24. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, flyingmcoffee. com. 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.



Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers. © 2009 Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.



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 streets area for pictures. For more information, visit www.oldboise. com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. The Pioneer Building, 106 N. Sixth St. (Third floor), Boise. REUSE MARKET OPEN HOUSE—See Friday. Noon-3 p.m. donations accepted. The White Pine Boutique, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-9083,


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8 DAYS OUT On Stage A SEASON OF HOPE—A holiday musical variety show suitable for the whole family. 6:30 p.m. $39 dinner and show, $20 show only. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3850021,

Auditions AUDITIONS: THE ADVENTURES OF SHEERLUCK HOMES— Prairie Dog Playhouse is prepping for its first show in 2010: The Adventures of Sheerluck Homes. Auditions are being held for multiple parts, including five men and four women. If you’re interested, be sure to show up on time with a willingness to improvise. 1:30 p.m. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www.

Concerts BOISE TUBA CHRISTMAS— An ensemble of high school students, Boise State students, directors, and community members present a collection of holiday carol classics on tuba and baritone. 4:30 p.m. FREE. First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-3441, OPERA IDAHO SINGS CHRISTMAS—Presenting Amahl and the Night Visitors. 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454, SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION—The Meridian Symphony Orchestra presents the finale to the Christmas in Meridian festivities with a feature of holiday classics. 7:30 p.m. $5 seniors and students, $7 adult, $18 family. Meridian Middle School, 1507 W. Eighth St., Meridian.

member will be donated to the BAM. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, www. GALLERY GRAND OPENING— Welcome Art and Soul Gallery of Idaho, featuring a revolving exhibit of local artists. The gallery also features works of artist, author, art teacher and counselor Tammi Baliszewski. 6-10 p.m. FREE, Art and Soul Gallery, 480 Thurman Mill St., Waterfront Development, Garden City.

Talks & Lectures DOES GOD EXIST?—The Boise State Secular Student Alliance, Humanists of Idaho, Idaho Atheists and American Atheists host a debate between ordained Reverend and Christian radio host Matt Slick, and life member of American Atheists Eddie Tabash. Held in the Grand Ballroom. 6-8 p.m. FREE, donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO,

SUNDAY DEC. 6 Festivals & Events CUPCAKES AND CAROLS— Following the reading of A Christmas Carol, join the cast in the theater loft for delicious cupcakes and the singing of your favorite Christmas carols from the cast. 3:30 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232,

TRICA HOLIDAY DISCO PARTY—See Picks, Page 25. 4-5:30 p.m. $12 individual, $40 family pass (4 or more of the same household). The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

On Stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL—The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man with no Christmas spirit whose life was turned around in one ghostly night. 2 p.m. $8 children (4-12 yrs), $12 adults, kids 3 and under FREE. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-4423232, SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS—A Christmas musical and morning of festive worship celebrating the holiday season, presented by Boise New Hope Musical Ministries. 10:45 a.m. FREE. New Hope Center, 9460 W. Fairview Ave., Boise.

Concerts ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT ADVENT CONCERT—Featuring choirs and musicians from local churches to celebrate the spirit of the season through a rich variety of musical styles. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Our Lady of the Rosary, 1500 E. Wright St., Boise, 208343-9041, HOLIDAY CONCERT—A celebration of holidays and music, presented by the Boise State music department with special guest emcee Dee Sarton. 7:30 p.m. $8 general, $6 seniors, FREE students and Boise State faculty and staff. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

Food & Drink 37TH ANNUAL MADRIGAL DINNER—See Friday. 6 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, For tickets, contact 208854-4291. Boise High School, 1010 Washington St., Boise. REGIONAL AMERICAN THEME DINNERS—See Friday. 7 p.m. $45. The Griddle in Eagle, 177 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-9399070, SONS OF NORWAY TRADITIONAL LUNCHEON BAZAAR—A traditional Norwegian event, featuring Scandinavian crafters, a variety of baked goods, full lunch including open-face sandwiches, yellow pea soup, desserts and glogg. The Scandinavian Triplet Band will be playing all day while family dancers perform in costume. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Maple Grove Grange Hall, 11692 W. President Dr., Boise, 208-376-1120.

Art FINE ARTS FESTIVAL—Showcasing the works of more than 15 local artists. Also, 10 percent of any purchase by a BAM


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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 OPERA IDAHO SINGS CHRISTMAS—See Saturday. 2:30 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454,

wine. Perfect for an evening getaway with friends. 5 p.m. $35. The Melting Pot, 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-383-0900, www.



FINE ARTS FESTIVAL—See Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, www.

VISUAL ARTS ALLIANCE—Local artists and art lovers are encouraged to voice their opinions and volunteer their skill sets to help secure spaces and opportunities for the arts. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, www.

GALLERY GRAND OPENING— See Saturday. Noon-5 p.m. FREE, Art and Soul Gallery, 480 Thurman Mill St., Waterfront District, Garden City.


HOLIDAY GLASS SHOW— Fourth annual glass show featuring works by local artist Simon Roy. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, 723 N. 15th St., Boise, 208-388-0206.

Festivals & Events A CELEBRATION OF REMEMBRANCE—An inclusive, interfaith program to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. Cloverdale Chapel, 1200 N. Cloverdale, Boise, 208-375-2212.

MONDAY DEC. 7 Festivals & Events

EXAMINING WINTER SOLSTICE—Discuss solstices, equinoxes and the events that bring them about. Participants will view constellations and planets as seen in the winter sky. 7:30 p.m. $4 adults, $2 children ages 5-18. Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho, Boone Science Hall corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore, Caldwell.

BOISE STATE HOLIDAY CHEMISTRY DEMO SHOW— Boise State faculty members perform cool and wacky scienceminded tricks to wow the kid in every one of us. The whole family is invited and hands-on science activities for the kids will be available after the show. 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE, donations accepted to benefit the chemistry club. Contact Lisa Young, 208-841-8587, Boise State Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise.

Workshops & Classes. WETLAND CONSERVATION— Steve Humphries and Mond Warren discuss various restoration projects and migrating waterfowl, focusing on the public role in sustaining wetlands for everyone. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208-4679278,

Food & Drink HOLIDAY GIRLS NIGHT OUT—A party for the girls, enjoy a threecourse fondue dinner, with an additional free drink or glass of

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Talks & Lectures BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES—Succeeding in Difficult Conversations by Robert R. Rainville and Larry Hauder. Noon1 p.m. FREE for friends of the Historical Museum; nonmember fees are $3 youth (6-12), $4 seniors; $5 adults; children 6 and younger FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3342120, museum.html. LAND AND ANIMALS IN COLOMBIA—Matt Miller shares stories of his travels in Colombia and how, through a clouded lens of violence and crime, the people of Colombia have maintained a sense of hope and persistence in survival through their connection with the land and wildlife. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755, foothills.

WEDNESDAY DEC. 9 Festivals & Events BW CARDHOLDER PARTY—Stoked on the fact that you’ve been scoring 40-percent discounts around town? Eager to meet other folks in the know? Per fect. Boise Weekly thinks it’s about time, too, so we’re throwing a party. If you’ve been considering picking up a BW Card, head over to Idaho Botanical Gardens for an evening of fun and folly. To receive your free card(s): Attend the party. Ask the kind lady behind the desk for a card. Put money on the card ($12=$20, $60=$100, for example). Be happy. Gift it to yourself or someone else to enjoy the huge variety of BW cardmembers’ goods. Live music by Frim Fram 4. 6-8 p.m. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiar y Road, Boise, 208-343-8649.

On Stage SEX A.K.A. WIENERS & BOOBS—See Arts, Page 38. VAC is a 21-and-older venue. 7 p.m. $10. A limited number of $7 rush tickets will be available each night., Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278.

Concerts BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— Presenting traditional songs full of rich harmonies and a capella performances. 7 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. St. Mary’s School, 2612 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7476, www.



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8 DAYS OUT ONGOING Holiday GIVING TREE—Pull a tag off 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. TROLLEY HOLIDAY LIGHT TOURS—Hop aboard the holiday trolley for a splendid tour of the sweet city of Boise, lit by holiday lights. All passengers receive a free grande barista beverage prior to departure. Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30-8:30 & 8-10 p.m. $9.95 adults, $7.95 students, $6.95 children 12 and younger. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact Jill at 208-6299750 or e-mail jill@tullysidaho. com. Tully’s Coffee, 794 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-343-2953,

On Stage ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER—See Stage, this page. 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. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.bctheater. org. ANNIE—A classic story of the spunky, orphaned redhead. Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $15 adult adv., $14 senior, student and child adv., $20 door, Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 208-468-2385. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER—Delight in the outbreak of terrible children behaving badly during the church Christmas pageant tryouts. Fri., Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m., and Sat., Dec. 5, 7 p.m. $9, 208-426-1034. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise,


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JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL—A spin on the classic tale of Christmas, this time focusing on Scrooge’s longtime partner and only friend, Jacob Marley. “It’s like the wicked of the Christmas Carol story,” said director Jennifer Dunn. “This play

sees A Christmas Carol from a whole new perspective.” Fridays, Saturdays, 8:15 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. $10 Thur. and Sun.; $12 Fri. and Sat. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208342-2000, SUBURBIA—See Picks, Page 24. Dec. 2-5, 7:30 p.m. $7 general, $5 students. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. 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. Fridays, Saturdays, 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www.


WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—Idaho Botanical Garden is 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 idahobotanicalgarden. org. Daily, Dec. 4-Jan. 4, 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,

A CHRISTMAS STORY—Boise Little Theater puts its theatrical spin on the classic film from 1983. 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. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 6, 2 p.m. $11 general, $9 seniors and students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,

Richard Klautsch and Nylda Mark in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda, directed by Maureen Towey, who also directs Animals Out of Paper.

ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER, BCT Last week, Boise Contemporary Theater opened the second play of its 2009-2010 season, Rajiv Joseph’s Animals out of Paper. In it, Ilana Andrews (Renata Hirichs), a world-renowned origamist, faces loss by feeling little. She meets Andy (Nat DeWolf), a self-deprecating excitable high-school math teacher and origami acolyte who asks her to tutor 17-year-old Suresh (Debargo Sanyal), a calculus prodigy with an innate talent for paper folding. Andy protects himself by maintaining a frightfully sunny disposition and sees everything—both good and bad—as a blessing. After the sudden death of his mother, Suresh keeps the world at bay with hip-hop in his headphones and an affected urban swagger in his step. Both Andy and Suresh fall in love with Ilana, and though unable to return their feelings, she does begin to unfold some of the rigid creases in her life. Though Sanyal is a little long in the tooth to be a teen, his portrayal of a brilliant boy is rife with laugh-out-loud humor, sincerity, deep sadness and strength of character. His face is unbearably expressive at times, especially compared to both Andy and Ilana’s one-dimensionality—intentional or otherwise. Animals Out of Paper has uncomfortable moments—Andy professes his unrequited love; Suresh mistakes his misguided mother-figure feelings for sexual attraction—but that’s what BCT does best: plays in which characters are forced to face their frailties, and audience members, unwitting voyeurs that we are, have nowhere to turn. —Amy Atkins Through Saturday, Dec. 19. For more info., visit WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


MING-LE BELLS Ming Studios hosts fourth-annual holiday party TARA MORGAN


area. There, a small group clustered around furnace and torch demonstrations. In adAfter the street lamps flicker on at the cora sand blaster while Weber Sr. and daughter dition to the array of glass pieces for sale ner of Sixth and Myrtle streets and nearby Anna gingerly painted signs. The vibe was in the gallery—including art from 12 local businesses close up shop, you’ll find a at once focused and symbiotic. and three out-of-state artists—Vogelpohl handful of folks hunched over tables inside “It’s one of the bigger senses of commuwill also have an assortment of inexpensive Boise Art Glass, burning the midnight oil. nity that I have,” said Weber Jr. “It’s nice to hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments. Well, more accurately, they’re burning the midnight torch. Wearing special bug-eyed goggles, they ease colored glass rods and tubes into bright flames, rotating the pieces like they’re roasting glass marshmallows. Originally known as lampworking because oil lamps were used to heat the glass, this particular practice is now commonly called flameworking or torchworking. “One of the reasons we opened a torchworking facility is because there aren’t too many in the United States,” said Filip Vogelpohl, Boise Art Glass owner. A refugee from the Czech Republic, Vogelpohl opened Boise Art Glass in 2005. In addition to the glass-work he creates in the space—swirly jewelry, curvy vases and giant, sea creature-ish chandeliers— Vogelpohl also hosts classes and rents out workspace to other local glass artists. And while all this activity keeps Boise Art Glass bustling day and night, Vogelpohl decided he wanted to further expand the shop’s offerings. Recently, he acquired a soft glass furnace—a tool that will open new doors for local glass-workers. “For the last three-and-a-half years, Filip Vogelpohl throws flames, not stones, in his house of glass. we’ve been strictly doing torchwork, so we melt the glass on a torch, which means you take a hard piece of glass—a rod or be able to work with someone but also be “Typically, First Thursday isn’t really a tube—and you melt it. Then, once it’s totally independent of them, too. Usually, if molten in the flame, we blow it if it’s a tube a big shopping night ... But the Christmas we need something, we just ask each other.” or we shape it if it’s a rod,” said Vogelpohl. one has always been when people come in Though Boise Art Glass, Rocket Neon and really support the studio and do their “With the furnace, there’s a crucible inside and Classic Design don’t combine their talChristmas shopping,” said Vogelpohl. of it … and it’s going to be filled with molents for clients, they do help each other out But shopping and glass demonstrations ten glass, so you take a pipe and bring out a aren’t the only draw to Sixth and Myrtle on in small ways every day—offering up bits of blob of molten glass.” First Thursday. Adjoining neighbors Classic technical wisdom and varied perspectives. Vogelpohl’s new furnace, a small, Besides sharing a space, the three businesses Design Studio and Rocket Neon are also insulated unit that rests unassumingly in keeping their lights also share a common creative vision. the front corner of the “We’re all sort of inventing what we do on late for a colshop, will allow for the Thursday, Dec. 3, 5:30-9:30 p.m. as we do it; we’re all entrepreneurs, and I laborative holiday use of softer glasses MING STUDIOS don’t think any of us has a real background party, featuring and the creation of Sixth and Myrtle streets. in business development, but we’re able to neon demonstramuch larger pieces. AcFor more information on classes at Boise Art tions, live jazz, free do it intuitively, I guess,” said Weber Jr. “I cording to Vogelpohl, Glass, call 208-345-1825 or visit think we’re all just creative individuals that wine and beer and there’s only one other don’t want to have normal jobs.” a set of giant huplace in Boise that has With lit torches blazing, furnaces roaring man teeth. a glass furnace, and it’s and neon signs humming, First Thursday “I’ll have the neon going, and I’ve got a the private home of local artist Lisa Tate. at Ming Studios promises to be an eyelot of new fused-glass pieces,” said Rocket “Her studio is the only furnace place in opening How It’s Made for the Boise art Neon owner Wil Kirkman. town, until this one,” said Vogelpohl. “But community. These three businesses, housed in a it’s more private; it’s at her house. So not “It’s all about just getting the community anyone off the street can just walk in ... It’s building they’ve collectively dubbed Ming Studios, collaborate on more than just their involved in the making of art—raw materidefinitely going to change, as far as me beals coming to fruition into something really ing able to offer classes. It’s going to relieve annual holiday party. On a recent weekday unique. All three of us do a lot of commisafternoon, Kirkman and Noel Weber Jr., a lot of stress from Lisa.” sion-based work,” said Vogelpohl. “People son of Classic Design owner Noel Weber, On First Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to come in with a vision, and we make that 9:30 p.m., anyone off the street can saunter discussed a plaster project briefly before vision become a reality.” Weber wandered back into the main shop in to Boise Art Glass and check out both WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M



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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS east side THE BASQUE MARKET—Sample traditional Spanish tapas while enjoying live, festive music. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208.


THE BASQUE MUSEUM—Learn about one of Boise’s unique ethnic groups through art and music. 611 Grove St., Boise, 208-343-2671. BOISE ART GLASS—Celebrating 2 four years with a Christmas open house and the grand opening of the hot glass studio. Enjoy jazz music,

complimentary food and drinks and live glass-blowing demonstrations. See Page27 for more. 530 W. Myrtle, Boise, 208-345-1825. CHRONIC TACOS—Head over for a hot taco-eating contest and $1 beers. 106 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-3453711. DRAGONFLY—Moon River will be distributing free wine samples. 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234.


FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—The Intertribal Native Council, Boise State’s American Indian Student Orga-

nization, will be selling hand-beaded ornaments in an effort to raise money for the annual Seven Arrows Pow-Wow held on campus each spring. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320.

THE MELTING POT—Five bucks will get you a lot these days. Featuring $5 appetizers, wine flights and beer flights. 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208383-0900.

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THE FRONT DOOR—Cheese, chocolate and beer. Head over for pairings from Boulevard Brewing Co., Boise Co-op and Chocolat Bar. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201.

OLD BOISE—Idaho Indie Works 4 showcases more than 20 local artists and crafters selling unique and

exploring figurative subject matter; and Kate Masterson, creating three large-scale paintings. Alaska Building at 1020 Main St. Lisa Bufano, multi-media performance artist; and Sue Latta, using mixed media to sculpt forms. 517 S. Eighth St. Erik Sande, with an array of abstract paintings. Boise, 208-338-5212.

LE BELLE EPOQUE—Celebrate the season with a $20 credit toward each $100 spent. 106 N. Sixth St., Boise.

handmade products. Free wine tasting and live music. 5-9 p.m. Sixth and Main streets, Boise. PENGILLY’S SALOON—Live music from Frim Fram 4 at 8:45 p.m. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

8TH STREET ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 5 PROGRAM—404 S. Eighth St. Ted Apel, with interactive sound sculptures; Jess Sanden,

ATOMIC TREASURES—Explore a world 6 of retro and vintage treasures. C. Stevens presents a new collection of art and jewelry. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-0811. BALLET IDAHO—Join Peter Anastos and Carl Daugenti for a sneak peek at this year’s production of The Nutcracker. 5-7 p.m. FREE. 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556. BOISE ART MUSEUM—Drop in at 5:30 p.m. 7 and join Sharon Tandy to discuss the history of the various quilts on display in “Patchwork: Historic Quilts.” Experiment with printmaking after the discussion. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-345-8330. THE COLE/MARR GALLERY COFFEE 8 HOUSE—Exhibiting new works by John de Veuve, New Beginnings, with large format film and digital formats. New images from David Marr’s trip to Canada will also be on display in the lower gallery. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630. ELLA’S ROOM—Holiday cheer, refreshments and 15 percent off all purchases. 413 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-331-3552. HAIRLINES—Stop in for a complimentary makeover and style-update consultation. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-383-9009.


IDAHO BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM—Free admission to view the current series in the exhibit, “The Invisible Idahoan: 200 Years of Blacks in Idaho.” 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 508 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-433-0017. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM— 10 View Alan Stanford’s exhibition: “A Watercolor Journey Through Idaho,” presenting more than 80 images coupled with short narratives. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120. MR. PEABODY’S OPTICAL SHOPPE—Celebrating the holidays with a party and an Oliver Peoples trunk show. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-1390. QUE PASA—Featuring an array of arts 11 and crafts from Mexico. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9018. R. GREY GALLERY—Showcasing Utah 12 jewelry artist Winston Gamble. 415 W. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337. SALON 162—Giclee prints by internation13 ally recognized child prodigy Akiane Kramarik. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-386-9908. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Sip on hot 14 mulled wine while enjoying carols by The Four Shillings and Kris Hudson’s holiday window artwork. 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-345-9463.

central downtown AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Two 15 trunk shows: Lisa Dean Erlander, with a collection of jewelry, and Jaki Katz Ashford, showcasing one-of-a-kind hand-painted jean jackets. Claudia Snyder of Snyder Winery will be on hand pouring her latest wines. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, Boise, 208-433-0872. BAD IRISH—Pop in for a round of team trivia at 8 p.m. 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939. BARBARA BARBARA AND CO.—Open late with holiday treats and cheer. 834 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-342-2002. BERRYHILL RESTAURANT—Champagne and appetizers complement live music in the lounge. 6:30-8 p.m. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3873553.


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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS life coach and author Joan Endicott and works from artist Sandy Marostica. 5-9 p.m. 213 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-331-1399.

CHEERS—Join local author Eve Chandler for a signing of her new book Building Bogus Basin. Bill Fraser will be pouring for Fraser Vineyards. 828 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-342-1805.


THE ECLECTIC ART STORE—A co-op gallery featuring a live abstract painting demonstration from Norman Nelson. Live music by Kevin Hall. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208703-5149.

CHOCOLAT BAR—With pairings from Boise Co-op’s Wine Shop. 805 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208338-7771.


DAWSON’S DOWNTOWN—Featuring photography by David Day. 219 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3365633.

GALLERY ALEXA 19 ROSE—“Make Your Mark” features 13 local artists’ works, including painting, illustration, metal and light sculpture, mixed media, baked goods and performance art. 5-9 p.m. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise.


D.L. EVANS BANK—Featuring the creativity and talent of young artists from Longfellow Elementary, a visit from internationally known speaker,

ART WALK Locations featuring artists


and works by local artist Kelly Friederich. 6-8 p.m. 249 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-342-5660. LISK GALLERY—Featur21 ing a collection of small paintings by local artist Erin Ruiz, paintings on aluminum by Jerri Lisk, oil paintings by Carl Rowe, photographs by Mark Lisk and contemporary chairs by August Johnson. 850 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3773. LUX FASHION 22 LOUNGE—Cool local works including the exotic animal art by Tim Schmidt, performance art in the form of live mannequins and an in-store DJ. 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-4589. MACY’S—Santa is at Macy’s for an evening of Christmas wishes and letters. 5-8 p.m. 918 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-388-7000. MAI THAI—Buy two entrees and get a free appetizer. 750 Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8424. OLD CHICAGO—With karaoke and free food for the kids. 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3630037.


PAISLEY ROBERTS—Warm your body with complimentary hot tea from Tea Forte and enjoy 20 percent off all Tea Forte items. 237 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208345-5015.


PIE HOLE—Featuring 23 Boise industrial artist, Angi Grow, and rhythmic melo-


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Kelly Friederich and food favors by Flavors Catering. DJ MikeO will be spinning mellow tunes. 6-9 p.m. 204 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-344-3115.

SOLEMATES—Check out the new Dansko collection. 120 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-4339394.


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

SCOT CHRISTOPHER 24 HAIR DESIGN—Featuring works by artists Shari Olivari and

SHOE FETISH—Hosting a shop and share program, get and give simultaneously. 310 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-336-0393.



REEF—With live music from local Brandon Pritchett. 7-10 p.m. FREE. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200.

23. Pie Hole

THOMAS HAMMER 25 COFFEE COMPANY— Featuring photography by Mike

24. Scot Christopher Hair Design

Thometz. 298 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-433-8004.

25. Thomas Hammer

3. Flying M Coffeehouse

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4. Old Boise

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26. Zions Bank

ZIONS BANK—Hosting a 26 holiday open house with singing, music, food, wine and

5. 8th Street Ar tist In Residence Program

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a variety of works from local artists. 5-9 p.m. 100 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-344-5523.

6. Atomic Treasures

16. Dawson’s Downtown

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7. Boise Ar t Museum

17. D.L. Evans Bank

8. The Cole/Marr Galler y Coffee House

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18. The Eclectic Ar t Store

30. Belle Boutique

9. Idaho Black Histor y Museum 10. Idaho State Historical Museum 11. Que Pasa

19. Galler y Alexa Rose

31. Brown’s Galler y

20. Idaho Advantage Credit Union

33. The Galler y at The Linen Building

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west side A NOVEL ADVENTURE— 27 Live music by Thomas Paul will accompany works by featured artist Dan Looney. Local author Aaron Patterson will also be in-store with copies of his new book Dream On. 6-9 p.m. 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208344-8088.


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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS ART SOURCE 28 GALLERY—New ceramic works from Alan Giltzow. Music


by JB Duo, wine from Indian Creek Winery and beer from Brewtopia. Also, Deschutes Brewery presents its full lineup of Jubelale illustrations in poster form. 5-9 p.m. 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374. BASEMENT GALLERY— 29 With the 13th annual X-mas X-hibition, featuring artists John Padlo, Tony Rios, Cody Evans, Kelly Knopp, Keith Farnsworth, Scott Brown, Kevin Flynn and Mandy Riley. 928 W. Main St., Boise, 208-333-0309. BELLE BOUTIQUE— 30 Browse the new selection of handcrafted jewelry by local artist Shannon Miller. 224 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-1039. BROWN’S GALLERY— 31 Check out the myriad of different works created in the spirit of giving. Music by Terri Eberline. 5-9 p.m. 1022 Main St., Boise, 208-342-6661. EYES OF THE WORLD—With a fresh selection of uniquely styled cardigans and beautifully sparkling holiday dresses. 1576 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-331-1212. GALLERY 601—Receive 32 50 percent off all artwork and displays. 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-336-5899. THE GALLERY AT THE 33 LINEN BUILDING—Enjoy live music, beer, wine and Corrin M. Olson’s “Urbanscapes” exhibit in the second-floor, loft-style gallery. 5-9 p.m. 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111. THE GAMEKEEPER LOUNGE— Live music from the Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Weber. 5-10 p.m. 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-3434611, GRAEBER AND CO.—Take a tour of the spa while browsing through a variety of gift options. 350 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208343-4915. J CRIST GALLERY—See 34 News, this page. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 223 S. 17th St. (at Fairview), Boise, 208-336-2671. MCU SPORTS—A trunk show with goods brom Bianca and Bianca Belts and Buckles, as well as switch covers and earrings from local artists. Refreshments served. 2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-336-2300. MODERN HOTEL AND BAR—A winter beer tasting. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244. NEUROLUX—Catch Local Natives and Le Fleur. 8 p.m. $5. 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-3430886. THE RECORD EX35 CHANGE—First Thursday at the RX kicks off this year’s Munny auction. Treat yourself to any 12 oz. espresso drink for only $2, and get $2 off any used CD or DVD $5.99 and up, as well as any gift item more than $5.99. Also featuring local artists’ new releases for in-store play. 6 p.m. FREE. 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010. SWEETWATER’S TROPIC 36 ZONE—An art showing by the Gypsy Art Gallery. Live music by Soul Serene and Voice of Reason starting at 5:30 p.m. 210 N. 10th St., Boise, 208433-9194.


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Molly Hill’s Duet, acrylic on stretched canvas, 11" x 9"

A WINDOW INTO BEERY STRING THEORY December is the big cheese of First Thursdays. With roving gangs of holiday shoppers on the prowl, every shoe store and sandwich shop tries to lure folks in with discounts and thimbles-full of wine. One particularly rad thing about First Thursday in December is the ample eye-candy distracting you as you wander from gallery to gallery. The fourth-annual Winter Window Gallery Stroll invites local artists to spruce up downtown storefronts with colorful window accoutrements. Rick “Paste Eater” Walter’s fantastical cartoonish snow monster adorns the windows of Flying M Coffeehouse while Kerry Tullis, Amy O’Brien and Blaise Lawless’ designs will be splattered over the windows at the Modern Hotel and Bar. If you’re a humansicle from all the outside window gazing, head into Art Source Gallery at 1015 Main St., and defrost with a dark brew from Deschutes Brewery. Each year, Deschutes commissions an Oregon artist to create the label for its holiday Jubelale beer. In addition to viewing the artwork and sampling this year’s spicy concoction, beer-lovers can also cart home a free limited-edition retrospective poster. Those who want to escape the downtown chaos can tie a ribbon around their First Thursday evening with a stop at painter Molly Hill’s “String Theory” exhibit at J Crist Gallery. Though the space at 223 S. 17th St. has been closed for a while, owner Jacqueline Crist offered to let Hill rent the gallery for a show that runs through the weekend. “My plan was to rent a downtown storefront space, and just in conversations, in chatting with Jacque … she said, ‘Well, why don’t you rent the gallery?’” explained Hill. For this exhibit, Hill decided to further explore a theme that has wound through her work for the past few years: strings. “I started thinking about strings being active, wrapping and connecting and the term string theory popped into my head,” said Hill. “Physicists are discovering that objects aren’t as separated as we think; everything is connected in some way.” One of Hill’s new pieces, Duet, features a somber-faced Asian acrobat character holding a red string attached to the leg of a zebra. Hill’s underlying message? Everyone’s connected. Even the zebras. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


MADE OF METAL(LICA) Bassist Robert Trujillo on the past, present and future of Metallica AMY ATKINS

In 2001, when the members of Metallica agreed to let a documentary film crew chronicle the making of the album that would become St. Anger (Elektra 2003), the result was the illuminating rock doc Some Kind of Monster. It is in Monster that the world gets its first Come, children. You know you can’t resist ... we’re (Death) Magnetic. glimpses of bassist Robert Trujillo’s 2003 entry into the exclusive club that is Metallica. Trujillo, a long-haired anachronism at a time when being free? How were you arranging songs in been sitting in on bass, the band had a $40,000 guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and druma month “performance enhancing coach” in the Master of Puppets years?’” mer Lars Ulrich had trimmed their signature the studio and Hetfield was headed for rehab. Metallica took that mantra to heart and tresses—although guitarist Kirk Hammett still With Death Magnetic, Metallica gave new wears his long—took a spot so well established it became the blueprint for Death Magnetic. meaning to the old saying, “what doesn’t kill They recaptured the same creative energy that by former bassist Jason Newsted, that when flowed through the music as far back as 1983’s you makes you stronger.” Newsted left (producer Bob Rock played bass “There’s a lot of fire in James now and Kill ’Em All. Initially, the band may have been for St. Anger), it seemed as though a vacuum he’s a joy to be around. He enjoys playing afraid to reunite with those early, thrashy elehad sucked the position into space and that music again and having fun. We’re up there ments; those sky-high levels of success would Metallica would have to make do as a trio. be difficult to exceed. But at the end of the day, on stage breaking out jams from the Kill Despite his surfer dude personality (the dude ’Em All record, playing stuff that hasn’t been it wasn’t about that. It was about having a actually does love to surf) and the fact that played in a very long time. We’re embracing good time and making the best possible music he cut his teeth on hardcore punk music—he the past and having fun with the present but that 21st century Metallica could make. And played in seminal Los Angeles band Suicidal also looking at the future. The magic is there Tendencies—Trujillo made the rocking rhythm it worked. When Death Magnetic hit the Billand the inspiration to create music that hopeboard 200 at the top, position his own and fully will remain relevant.” Metallica became the showed fans and his Monday, Dec. 7, with Machine Head and Relevancy doesn’t seem to be an issue for first band ever to have new bandmates that he Volbeat, 7 p.m., $51.50-$71.50 Metallica fans. During a show, when Hetfield five consecutive No. 1 was worth every penny IDAHO CENTER asks, “How many of you guys are seeing us for debuts. of the million-dollar 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa the first time?” thousands of hands shoot into “I don’t know if [the signing bonus they of208-406-1000 the air. The youngest haven’t left grade school album] sparked a new fered him. flame or rejuvenated or behind yet, the oldest are their head-banging Trujillo’s sonorous, parents and grandparents. And it would be a fueled one, but there smoky voice is as deep safe bet to suggest a number of those seasoned seems to be quite a buzz,” Trujillo said. as some of his bass lines, probably a result of fans are hard-working family men and women And the buzz is all about the new album. size and genetics as well as a friendship with for whom both the music and the members “People aren’t just interested in the old Mr. Jameson (one of Trujillo’s nicknames is of Metallica strike a chord. Those fans waited material, they seem very fond of the new stuff Whiskey Warlord). Calling just hours before a show at Madison Square Garden on the World as well. The scary thing is I feel like, you know, patiently during the long five-year space bewhat we have to offer beyond Death Magnetic tween St. Anger and Death Magnetic. But for a Magnetic Tour behind Metallica’s platinumchange, it wasn’t infighting that kept Metallica is even more exciting. We’re developing as a selling 2008 release, Death Magnetic (Warner out of the studio. Blame it on the kids. Bros. 2008), Trujillo explained why the new al- live band. I feel we’ve grown. As writers, too, “We had five children born during this just creatively kind of collaborating. I think bum runs the rock gamut of metal, hard rock, time,” Trujillo said. “I had two kids, Kirk had ballad and thrash and why, after more than 20 there’s a lot of positive things in the near two children and Lars has a baby boy. Between years, Metallica is becoming less easily defined future. Beyond another record, we’ll see. But kids being born and the kids that were already right now, we feel good, we feel strong.” ... and why that’s a good thing. born and school schedules and getting break And while much of the draw fans have to “It’s always been an interesting dichotomy, time after two years of touring, there was a lot the new album is a result of having Rubin at the music of this band. There were those the helm—Trujillo said they’ve tapped him for in that mix.” years where people were saying, ‘Wow, And as any parent knows, taking care of the their next album as well—the pull they feel to Metallica’s playing with an orchestra. Now kids can be as exhausting as any job—even if the band during a live performance is due in Metallica’s writing three-minute songs with your job is about as cool as it gets. large part to the band’s captivating frontman. two chord changes.’ I think a lot of it has to “I’ll get home to California and get off “This is the album where James really got do with Rick Rubin [who produced Death his juju back,” Trujillo said. “It was like walk- a plane at four in the morning after touring, Magnetic]. He has reunited Lars and James ing on a tightrope with him when I first joined and I’m up at seven taking the kids to school. to their thrash years. One of the things that in 2003 with St. Anger and was coming out of When we start to tour together, James always he said when he first came on board was, says, ‘OK, we’re back on the road. Now we that whole transition.” ‘Imagine yourselves back in the early days. can sleep.’” At that time, Newsted had left, Rock had What head space were you in when you were

Hawthorne Heights

WELL, GOOOOLLLLY. REACHING FOR NEW (HAWTHORNE) HEIGHTS Surprise, surprise. The Bouquet still has live music and some interesting upcoming music at that. On Thursday, Dec. 3, it’s The Black Lillies, an Americana/country collective from down in Knoxville, Tenn., whose harmonies and strumming steam ahead faster than a freight train, taking all toe-tapping two-steppers along for the ride. The show is free. On Friday, Dec. 4, Boise rock band Clyde kick things off at 9 p.m. A listen on their Myspace page (myspace. com/therealclyde) reveals a penchant for a little pop and a little hip-hop poetry as well. Taking over at 10 p.m. are the laid-back guitarscapes of a local band named for a little something we could all use: Sunshine and the Valley. This show is also free. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, Oregon’s Eric Tollefson strums and sing his mellow music on the Bouquet’s big beautiful stage. It will cost you a mere three bones to check him out. And finally, on Sunday, Dec. 6, it’s open mic night starting at 8 p.m. Details are scarce, but take a chance, take an instrument and just show up. Fey emo/screamo Dayton, Ohio, band Hawthorne Heights makes a Boise stop on their Never Sleep Again ’09 tour on Sunday, Dec. 6, at The Venue. Hawthorne Heights has suffered a few tragedies in the nearly nine years they’ve been together. While they were on tour in 2007, the band’s 26-year-old guitarist, Casey Calvert, died of an accidental mix of medications. The album that followed Calvert’s death didn’t chart high and that, combined with legal issues they were having with their label, Victory Records, would have been enough to send a lesser band emoing and screamo-ing back to Ohio to look for day jobs. Rather than let that dissolve the band, Hawthorne Heights manned up and continued to rock on. While they’re big enough to play a larger venue, it should be a treat for fans to see them in the intimate setting of The Venue. I might even walk over to the bus when they pull up in front (BWHQ and The Venue are in the same building) and say hi myself. —Amy Atkins



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BATTLE OF THE BANDS FINAL— Wake Up Dead, Above the Dead. $3. Terrapin Station


BEN BURDICK—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

CAMDEN HIGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

BILL MCKEETH—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La


THE BLACK LILLIES—8 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet



ERIC JOHN KAISER—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine


FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. FREE. Monkey Bizness


ERIC CHURCH, ASH BOWERS—Two country artists steadily climbing the Billboard charts. 8 p.m. $15 general, $40 VIP. Knitting Factory KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m. Berryhill LOCAL NATIVES, LE FLEUR—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux THE SUITS—9 p.m. Terrapin Station

Matt Hopper

UGLY SWEATER PARTY—Featuring Sacramento band Hazel and Vine, supported by local bands My Paper Camera, Apple Horse, We Won the Science Fair, and Self Conclusion. One fan will win a free shirt from each band playing, and a grand prize will be given to the individual sporting the ugliest sweater. 6 p.m. $6 adv., $6 with an ugly sweater or 3 cans of food for the Idaho Foodbank, $10 door. The Venue


GARDEN CITY LIMITS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye JIMMY BIVENS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SATURDAY DEC. 5 AUDRA CONNOLLY, ERIC JOHN KAISER—7 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s CANDREAD AND THE RIZING REZISTANCE— See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $5. Reef CHURCH, ATTN, LE FLEUR—Portland dwellers Church are rolling in with force. Joined by indie power-pop ATTN and local goodness Le Fleur. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective CRAVING DAWN, MORTAL ENEMY, A NEW AGENDA—8 p.m. $3. Terrapin Station ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ERIC TOLLEFSON & THE TOWNIES—8 p.m. $3. The Bouquet

KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

FIVE SMOOTH STONES— 9 p.m. FREE. Monkey Bizness

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

JACK BROWN—7:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

PIERS LAMB, CAPTAIN DAN-O— 10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek

JIMMY BIVENS—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s



SEX IN THE CITY PARTY—9 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish SINGLE CAR GARAGE BAND— 6 p.m. FREE. The Blue Moose VELORUTION—9 p.m. Terrapin Station







We complain about how early the holidays “start” every year—Halloween candy is on store shelves in August and cardboard Valentine’s Day cutouts line aisles in January. But not all early reminders are cause for an eye roll and curses against capitalism. The Boise State music department’s holiday concert is an annual evening of classic Christmas tunes to help get in the true spirit of the season. This year, the Morrison Center will ring with the sounds of Boise State’s Symphony Orchestra, Faculty Brass Quintet and several other ensembles. KTVB’s Dee Sarton will emcee the event as the audience sings along to the likes of “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells”—carol books will be provided—and gets wrapped up in Christmas with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.” And the concert is an opportunity to give as well as receive; proceeds benefit the Boise State Music Department Scholarship Fund. —Amy Atkins 7:30 p.m., FREE to Boise State students; $1 non-Boise State students; $6 seniors; $8 general. Tickets at


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With waves of continentals—as in the African continent—arriving in Boise, it was just a matter of time until a homegrown Afro-pop reggae band gelled. Rizing Rezistance, fronted by Mozambican Candread Gadaga, is a glimpse into the world music sound that could be. Heavy on reggae ballads, Rizing’s debut album, Hard Work, also boasts a few surprising numbers informed more by African percussion from Ghanaian Harrison Tei and Sudanese drummer Jackson Lino. “Chuma,” a rousing soukous number, is the best example of this. Another nod to the band’s African roots, “Rhumba,” provides a slower but equally booty-shaking good time. Backed by Shamsuddin Kadre on lead guitar and vocals, Blake Fischer on keyboards and Darcy Erickson on bass, Gadaga croons about his Mozambique, love lost and Jah in five languages. The closing ballad, a slow number called simply “Mozambique,” is an insightful, can-dread end to what Rizing Rezistance hopes is a tour around the world for Boise audiences. —Nathaniel Hoffman 9:30 p.m., $5. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

GUIDE THE LYARS—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s



REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

BILLY BRAUN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

B3 SIDE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Sundays, Noon. FREE. Grape Escape

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

METALLICA, MACHINE HEAD—See Noise, Page 35. 7 p.m. $51.50, $71.50, Idaho Center

KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

BILLY BRAUN—Mondays, 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

PAUL TILLOTSON TRIO—See Picks, Page 25. 8 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock and Barrel

BILLY ZERA, AWA AND SONY DISC—Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Mai Thai-Eagle.

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


PUNK MONDAY—Sonic Boom Six. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

SOUL SERENE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

TOBY MAC’S WINTER WONDER SLAM—Toby Mac, Relient K, Stephanie Smith, B. Reith. 7 p.m. $28-$78, Idaho Center



THE BUSINESS—British Oi band, The Business, live with fellow Londoners Control. The show will be opened by local acts. 8 p.m. $12 adv., $14 door. Gusto

CLYDE, SUNSHINE & THE VALLEY—9 p.m. Terrapin Station HOONY, BILLY ZERA—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

GARY ALLAN, JACK INGRAM, ELI YOUNG BAND—7:30 p.m. $39.50. Taco Bell Arena

KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill




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 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

Rembrandt’s; Featuring Kevin Kirk Tuesday-Saturday and The Sidemen on Sundays. 7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers JEANNIE MARIE—Fridays, 7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s JEREMIAH JAMES AND NED EVETT—Tuesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JEREMIAH JAMES GANG— Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s 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 LIVE LOUNGE—Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper

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 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

LIVE SETS—Fridays, 10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Pitchers and Pints

THOMAS PAUL—Sundays, 11 a.m. and Mondays, 7 p.m. FREE. Red Feather

MATT HOPPER, CARIBOU BILL—Live DJ sets. Thursdays, 8 p.m. $3. The Bouquet

THE TIX—Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club

JAM NIGHT—Wednesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. Montego Bay Sonic Boom Six

Sunshine & the Valley

JAZZ NIGHTS—Monday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill; Thursdays, 7 p.m. FREE.

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BASEMENT GALLERY SOLD TO NEW OWNERS For the last couple of months, word has been circulating that Basement Gallery— the subterranean space below the Idanha Building at 10th and Main streets—is being sold. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, as a couple of customers browsed the gallery’s annual “Xmas X-hibition,” Allen finally confirmed the rumors. The gallery is being sold to Jane and Michael Brumfield, a couple who also own the Weekend Gallery in Hastings, East Sussex, England. “Yes, they will keep it a gallery,” said Allen. “No, the name won’t change ... They’re buying the name and the reputation.” Asked if the new owners will keep some of the same artists—local favorites like Bill Carman, Ben Wilson and Mike Flinn who were nurtured by Basement Gallery over the years—Allen shrugged his shoulders. “As far as who she will retain and who she won’t? I have no idea.” A glance at the new owners’ Weekend Gallery “Christmas ’09” exhibition on their Web site reveals an assorted collection of paintings, porcelain lamps, ceramic sculptures and jewelry. Though the work represented is far from traditional, it’s missing the thick pop-surrealism thread that runs through most Basement Gallery exhibitions. That might be changing, though. When Jane first wandered into Basement Gallery, she immediately bought up a bunch of Bill Carman’s paintings, which she will exhibit in England from Jan. 7-Feb. 14, 2010. “Long story short, she’s buying up a bunch of Carmans so I approach her and say, ‘Hey, why don’t you just buy the gallery?’” explained Allen. “She looked at me and did a double take. She said, ‘Is it actually for sale?’ And I said, ‘Yes, it is.’” “The decision to buy the Basement Gallery was very spontaneous and may yet prove to be a bit bonkers ...” wrote Jane via e-mail. “We are hoping it will prove to be a sound business decision despite the current economic climate. Both my husband, Mike, and me feel there is a much greater connection to a place when you own a business, rather than just live there.” Though Allen had listed the gallery for sale a couple of months before meeting the Brumfields, he wasn’t intending to receive interest in the space so soon. “It’s bittersweet, simply because this has been my life for 13 years, and I’ve built it basically from the ground up with a little help from others,” said Allen. “It’s not an easy thing to walk away from, but I have future plans, and part of the plans are to relinquish the business and move on.” Those plans? Hula skirts and sandy beaches: “I’m wanting to relocate to Hawaii,” said Allen. —Tara Morgan


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Perry Allen bids farewell to Basement.

FISHING POLES AND FUN BAGS Alley Repertory Theater’s irreverent new play TARA MORGAN First, a disclaimer: Alley Repertory Theater’s new play Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs is about as sexy as a small town New Jersey hooker. Penned by Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter and David Wain—of The State and Wet Hot American Summer fame—the play is crammed with all the sophomoric, smart-ass irreverence that one might expect from its creators. Local director Nick Garcia saw the play when it premiered in New York City in 1998 and immediately fell in love. “I was not expecting it to be as hilarious and strange as it was. It was the stupidest thing Alley Repertory Theater hopes audiences won’t wig out at Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs. I had ever seen, and I hadn’t laughed that hard in I don’t know how long. Ever since I saw irreverent but also intelligent kind of humor, this really evil, mean, mean guy,” says Garcia. it, I was like, ‘I would love to do that show that’s what it is.” someday or something very similar to it,’” says “It’s a showdown story essentially … But the But one aspect of the play that fans will story serves more as a structure, which they Garcia. “When I got involved with Alley Rep, can just throw this other stupid shit on top of.” find familiar is its penchant for the unrefined. the first thing I wanted to bring to them was Everything from the unpolished acting to the So, exactly what kind of stupid shit can something really different than what a normal unadorned set is meant to remind the audience audiences expect? Garcia won’t blab. But theater company out here would put on.” that they’re watching a play. A silly one at that. everything, from the characters’ names to Sex a.k.a Wieners and Boobs will kick off “They make a bunch of jokes about how their slipshod costumes and crappy wigs, he Alley Repertory Theater’s third pillar, Alley amateur the show is,’ said Garcia. “In the explains, is part of the play’s humor. One of Underground. Meant to supplement Alley direction, they say, ‘It should be put on like the actresses, Lisa Guerricabeitia, whose seven Rep’s Mainstage and New Works programa bunch of kids putting on a show for their varied roles include Madam Tuso and head ming with more cutting-edge material, Alley parents.’” Underground gravitates toward “silly, unusual, crime boss Tad’s mom, explains that Sex’s wit With a loose plot, crude humor and a lies in its ability to turn weird, cool, hip, rock audience’s expectations cobbled-together aesthetic, you might wonder ’n’ roll, square pegs in Preview on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. exactly what audience Sex a.k.a Wieners and upside down. round holes” types of Runs through Dec. 19. Boobs hopes to attract. According to Garcia, “[The play’s writproductions. ALLEY REPERTORY THEATER Alley Underground productions cater to folks ers] have these very The plot, only a Visual Arts Collective who already patronize Visual Arts Collective— sophisticated ideas minor character in 3638 Osage St., Garden City the rock ’n’ roll crowd. about genre, stereoSex, follows Jewish “I would like them to have more of a rock types, things that we’ve sheriff Jack Greenberg’s show feel,” says Garcia. “And I don’t mean seen done over and ambitious crusade to over, that have become that in the sense that we’re in the middle of the run all the gigolos and fucking play and somebody’s like ‘Freebird!’ hackneyed,” says Guerricabeitia. “They know prostitutes (wieners and boobs, respectively) But in the sense that I like rowdier theater, them well enough to depict them and then out of Teaneck, N.J. how we can explore bigger ideas about life in divert them. And the way in which they divert “Basically there’s this new sheriff in this unconventional ways.” them is very juvenile.” speck-on-the-map town ... and he’s there to But will the Boise show-going crowd turn Guerricabeitia continues. “It’s stuff that’s clean up all the hookers and gigolos. He’s this out to watch a play, even if it has wieners and so ingrained in our culture, from high-quality man with this quest. He wants justice to be art to low-rent television movies, it really pulls boobs in the title? Garcia and Guerricabeitia served,” explains Garcia. “But in the midst of hope so. But just in case people need a little characters and scenes and situations and dythis, he’s got the whole town against him. No guitar riffage to sweeten the deal, they’ve one wants this to happen, including the mayor, namics that span all of these different forms.” invited local musician Travis Ward (of Hillfolk While the play includes elements that fans because the economic contribution is so much. Noir) to compose the play’s soundtrack. of the ’90s MTV sketch comedy show The Basically, without the wieners and boobs, the “I think that there’s a huge audience for State and sweater-fondling summer camp film town would sink.” stuff that’s irreverent and intelligent. People in But of course, what good is a play about the Wet Hot American Summer will enjoy, it isn’t their 20s and 30s …we’re more comfortable closely related to either of the two. sex industry without a little romance? Sheriff with stuff that’s offensive, and we almost need “If somebody came to the show expecting Greenberg falls for local divorcee Hillary, that in order to engage with things. It keeps to see either of those projects, they might be played by Renee Knappenberger. us interested because it’s pushing some sort “He falls in love, so there’s a love story. But disappointed,” says Guerricabeitia. “But if of normative,” says Guerricabeitia. “And this they like the tone of that type of humor, that of course, she’s afraid for his life because the sort of irreverence, that very new movement of play certainly does that.” guy he’s going up against—the main pimp—is WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


A PROVINCIAL PRODUCTION BW visits Buhl, Idaho JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA It’s a frosty midmorning on the corner of 12th and Birch streets in Buhl. If not for the massive generator and truck-side snack table, the day’s filming location—a whitewashed, dilapidated dwelling—could have been any house on the block. As coproducer Laura Mehlhaff gets up, abandoning the warm stoop huddle of producer Heather Rae and art intern Hayley Curby, we hear calls for sound, speed and action echo from around the corner. It’s Day 13—as indicated by the mark in Sharpie on the back of Mehlhaff’s hand—and things seem to be running smoothly on the set of Buhl, Idaho, the biggest little film to blow through the Magic Valley since Breakfast of Champions was shot in Twin Falls a decade ago. “People haven’t seen [this] before,” says Mehlhaff, “and they haven’t had bad experiences with film crews yet, which a lot of people in larger states have. We hope that we don’t change that.” Although boasting substantial Hollywood credentials—such as actors Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) and Kyle Gallner (The Haunting in Connecticut)—the cast and crew have embraced the rural charms of their lessthan-glamorous surroundings. “People are excited to see you in a small town,” says actor Johnny K. Lewis, a series regular on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy. “In Los Angeles, they’re like ‘get off our lawn!’ ... and I’ve seen more awesome mullets in the past two weeks than in the previous five years!” With daily mustache comparisons and late-night karaoke sessions, the serious and tightly scheduled business of filmmaking here is animated with a quirky atmosphere of cooperation. While a significant portion of the crew and a few key cast members are

Director Jaffe Zinn finger frames a shot for his new film, Buhl, Idaho.

new to the film industry—including firsttime feature writer/director Jaffe Zinn— even novices are expected to pitch in. “Everyone’s kind of filling in where they can, wearing multiple hats,” says Boisean Kirk Calzacorta. “I got hired as a driver, but I’ve been helping in the art department and as a production assistant. It’s kind of a collaborative effort—all hands on deck.” The communal experience seems to have left some cast members loathe to move on. At lunch time, actress Alison Elliot (Wings of the Dove) was already seated at the local Moose Lodge, despite having wrapped her scenes two days previously. A lot of the credit for this protracted participation goes to Sundance award-winning producer Heather Rae, who produced last year’s Oscar-nominated Frozen River. “She’s good at making connections with people,” Mehlhaff says. “I think part of her success is the fact that she’s nice and knows how to surround herself with good people.” A longtime proponent of Idaho filmmakers, Rae first met Zinn, a former Buhl resident now residing in New York, after accepting his short submissions into the now defunct True West Film Festival. After penning the full-length script for Buhl, Idaho—a darkly comedic examination of

small-town secrets—Zinn approached Rae. The decision to shoot in his hometown became an opportunity both to support the local community and provide valuable experience for area filmmakers. “It’s been really fun shooting in Idaho and being able to bring out some Idahoans as crew to help put this together ... there’s immense talent here and immense drive,” says Mehlhaff. “We’re trying to make this a local and community thing, giving people in the community jobs and trying to go to mom-and-pop stores as opposed to Walmart for items that we need.” While eyes both in Idaho economic sectors and on nearby neighborhood streets watch Buhl’s production, on set it’s the daily concerns of an expedited shoot that holds everyone’s attention—the thickness of a stunt crash pad for Boise actress Rachel LeMar and final make-up retouches. But for those Idahoans around after the final shot, this experience is just the beginning. “This is an opportunity to prove to our local government that Idaho can make films, we can bring productions into the area and boost the economy,” says Calzacorta. “... to set the stage and really get people involved in thinking that Idaho is a film community.”

SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings

Boise, 208-342-4222, www.

CRUDE—In association with Treasure Valley Community Television, the Flicks presents Crude, a documentary that follows a class-action lawsuit filed by Ecuadorians against Texaco—now Chevron—for their ruthless polluting of the Amazon forests. A discussion, led by a panel of local experts, follows the screening. Sun., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. $11. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St.,

GLENN BECK’S CHRISTMAS SWEATER: A RETURN TO REDEMPTION—An intimate evening with bestselling author and motivational speaker Glenn Beck. Recorded live, Beck shares personal stories that inspired him to write A Christmas Sweater, then speaks about the overwhelming response he received from readers whose lives were drastically changed by the


book. Thur., Dec. 3, 6 p.m. $20. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-1700, www.

opening BROTHERS—This war drama’s star-studded cast—which includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire—portray how the victims of war aren’t always those fighting

it. When her husband Sam (Maguire) goes missing in action in Afghanistan, Grace (Portman) turns to his younger brother Tommy (Gyllenhaal) for comfort. When Sam returns home, what he sees happening between Tommy and Grace and what is really happening between them may not be the same thing. (R) Edwards 9

United football (soccer to us Americans) team from his rival, the much loved football coach Don Revie (Colm Meany). Driven by a desire to best Revie, Clough rubbed everyone the wrong way, especially the players who he would no longer let play dirty—even if it meant they might not win. (R) Flicks

THE DAMNED UNITED— In 1973, Brian Clough (Michael Sheen) took the reigns of the Leeds

EVERYBODY’S FINE— When a widower (Robert De Niro) gets dissed by his busy kids for the holidays (Drew


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SCREEN/LISTINGS Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell), he takes a road trip to visit them. What he observes about their real lives is less than perfect, but all the more human. (PG-13) Edwards 9 LA DANSE—La Danse: Le ballet de l’Opera de Paris is an incredible behind-the-scenes look at the world of the Paris Opera Ballet, showing the immense amount of work it takes to produce just one dance. In this film, director Frederick Wiseman documents the seemingly insurmountable task of producing seven. (NR) 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 nasty 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 A SERIOUS MAN—The Coen Brothers’ latest film. It’s 1967 and physics professor Larry Gopnok (Michael Stuhlbarg) is watching his life disintegrate around him. He turns to three rabbis for guidance on becoming a mensch, a serious man. (R) Flicks 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 THE BLIND SIDE—This film tracks the story 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. (PG13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 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 FANTASTIC MR. FOX—It’s “pure, wild, animal craziness” inspired by the work of Roald Dahl and directed by Wes Anderson. Discover the fabulous world of Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and his super-sneaky-spy 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) starts looking into a super secret U.S. Army division of psychic spies, he finds Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). After Cassady is called up for a special mission, Wilton convinces Cassady to let him tag along. (R) Edwards 22


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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 A CHRISTMAS CAROL—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:25, 7:10, 10:20; F-Tu: 1:30, 4, 7, 9:45

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

AN EDUCATION— 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—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:45, 7:50, 10:40; F-Tu: 1:10, 4:20, 7:25, 10:10

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:10, 1, 2:05, 4, 5:05, 7:15, 8:05, 10:15 BROTHERS—

Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:20, 4:15, 7:30, 10:25


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:35, 10:15


Flicks: F-Su: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:05, 4:30, 7:40, 10:05


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


Flicks: F-Sa: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30; Su: 1:30, 4:30; M-Tu: 4:30, 7:30


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25, 1:50, 9:20

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:35; F-Tu: 1, 4:10, 7:05, 10:15

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11, 11:30, 12, 12:50, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9 NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU— NINJA ASSASSIN—

Flicks: W-Th only: 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:25; F-Tu: 1:25, 4:40, 7:50, 10:35

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 OLD DOGS—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15; F-Tu: 1:40, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 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


Edwards 22: W-Th: 5:15, 7:40, 10:10 Edwards 9: W-Th only: 1:40, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:15, 12:15, 1:45, 2:45, 4:15, 6:35, 8:55 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE— YOU THE LIVING—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:10, 3:40 Flicks: W-Th only: 5, 7, 9

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. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU— Eleven directors teamed up to present an 80-minute film broken into 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) Ends Thursday Flicks NINJA ASSASSIN—As a young boy, Raizo (Korean pop star, Rain) is orphaned and must fight to sur vive among his fellow castaways; scarred and battered, he never breaks. 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, action-packed flick. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

Take a glimpse at what you’ll be doing in 2010—watching FlashForward.

PREDICTING THE FUTURE: FLASHFORWARD IS TV’S NEXT LOST When I learned that Lost—one of my all-time favorite TV shows—will end in 2010, I started looking for a replacement. Then ABC announced the second coming of Lost: an hourlong sci-fi/action show called FlashForward, which debuted in September. Despite having lambasted ABC earlier this year for bailing on all its best programs, I closed my eyes and set my DVR, knowing I was playing a game of chance in hoping that this show would replace my Lost. Annnd ... jackpot! So maybe FlashForward isn’t yet on par with Lost, but it answered all of the Vidiot’s prayers. I am still a winner. As the opening credits rolled, and knowing essentially nothing of the show’s plot, I recognized two of the screenwriters: David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga. Goyer wrote the scripts for both of the most recent Batman movies and Braga scripted many episodes of my beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation. Surely, putting these guys in the same room was bound to yield incendiary results. The show’s first hour too quickly tried to set up the complicated family dynamics of its characters, but the premise was too good to fret: On Oct. 6, 2009, every human on earth blacked out for 137 seconds and got a brief glimpse of what they will be doing on April 29, 2010, at 10 p.m. This might seem like a trivial thing to witness, but what if in that window you were cheating on a spouse or being strangled? Or worse yet, what if during the worldwide blackout, all you experienced was literal blackness? Suddenly, the world unites to interpret what their visions mean. And a top FBI agent (Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare in Love)—the show’s primary character thus far—follows clues from his “flash forward” to uncover the phenomenon’s cause. Like so many hit shows, FlashForward continually elaborates on back stories and visions, slowly developing a broader profile of its characters and potential plot avenues. And like Lost, it delivers consistent episode-ending cliffhangers. If you haven’t yet experienced FlashForward and want to, I wouldn’t wait the months until season one reaches DVD; I would visit and catch up now. With Lost nearing its conclusion, Vidiot’s gonna throw an epic temper tantrum if this show gets canceled prematurely because of a lack of viewership. No joke. —Travis Estvold WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY— When a young middle-class couple moves into a new house, they find a presence in their new home. The increasingly disturbing creature haunts their dreams in this Blair Witch Project-esque thriller. (R) Edwards 22 PLANET 51—Astronaut Chuck Baker (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) lands on a far away planet inhabited by happy little green men. But they aren’t the ETs, he is. The “people” 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 Earth. (PG) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 22 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON—Following the romance of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a teenager recently transplanted to cold and wet Forks, Wash., and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), her vampire boyfriend. As the dangers of a human/vampire relationship increase daily, Edward makes the difficult decision to uproot his family, leaving Bella to find comfort 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 Ends Thursday YOU THE LIVING—An absurd comedy from 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 painful in its blunt reckoning of disappointment and failure. It is also extremely funny.” (Not Rated) Flicks Ends Thursday


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FULL HOUSE Sibling rivalry at the poker table BILL ENGLISH

Mike Shuman keeps racking up honors.


GOT BIKEWAY? Sure, plenty of people have buildings, chunks of roads or even schools named after them, but how many have their very own bikeway? Well, if you happen to be Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Kristin Armstrong, you have one. On Nov. 12, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced that an eight-mile stretch of Bogus Basin Road will be named in honor of the hometown athlete (and part-time chocolate milk proponent), who used the twisting uphill climb as part of her training regime before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. And while there will be signs officially marking the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway— beginning at Curling Drive near Highlands Elementary and running to the Ada County line—the official name of Bogus Basin Road will not change, nor will street signs or addresses along the route. So, while you can’t live on Kristin Armstrong Bikeway, you can proudly point to the honorary signs—well, after they go up this spring, at least. —Deanna Darr


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being witnessed from my point of view. “But the dealers are getting tired,” Stevie insisted. “No, we’re not,” one female casino worker stated plainly. “We don’t get to see brothers battle it out every night.” The poker room at Club Cal Neva, at the rear of the casino, is small and intimate with just half a dozen tables. Most of the staff and some of the players we’d knocked out had gathered around to watch. A cloud of mid-


If it seems like you’ve read this before, it’s because we’ve written it before. Once again, Shu’s Idaho Running Company has been named one of America’s 50 Best Running Stores by Formula4Media and Competitor Magazine. The Boise-based store was honored while at a trade show for specialty running retailers on Nov. 11. Shu’s made the cut thanks to nominations from runners. Formula4Media and Competitor then asked for feedback from the people out there buying specialty running shoes about where they go and why. According to Formula4Media, more than 200 stores were nominated, and each was visited to judge them on 20 different points, including how knowledgeable they were about the products, as well as how involved each store is in their own community. It’s not a new experience for Shu’s to show up on a “Best of” list. The store won the same award last year, and was given a readers’ choice award in Runner’s World. Judging by the number of events, running groups and fundraisers hosted or sponsored by Shu’s, it’s pretty safe to say the store is ver y involved in the Boise community. You can check out the details on the award (as well as the other 49 best running stores in the country) in the November/ December issue of Competitor Magazine, out now.

My younger brother Stevie still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where we grew up. Since I moved to Boise nine years ago, I don’t see as much of him as I’d like, but recently we decided to get together for some poker bonding in Reno. Some brothers like to camp or fish together, others prefer to ski or climb mountains. Stevie and I like to push chips across faded felt. Ever since we were boys, we’ve battled over card games. Reno isn’t the most sentimental city in the West, but there’s something about two old brothers hanging out together in their twilight years that warms the hearts of even the most jaded casino employees. On our first night in town, Stevie and I managed to fight our way to heads up in an 18-player tournament at Club Cal Neva. The downtown poker room, just a stone’s throw from the “Biggest Little City In The World” arch is legendary for being both seedy and great fun. For a $30 buy-in, you get $2,000 in chips and can play No Limit Texas Hold ’Em just like on television. Nicknames are huge in poker, and Stevie and I like to introduce ourselves as the Brothers Cheerful. But as we sat staring across the table at each other that night, there was nothing bright or merry about our demeanor. My predatory eyes were hidden behind a pair of wraparound Ray Bans as I prepared to do battle. “Hey, bro, let’s just chop the prize money,” Stevie suggested. “No way. I want to play it out,” I snapped. “It’ll be better for my story if I win.” Strong players know there’s more to poker than the cards you’re dealt. You have to create an elaborate dreamscape that engulfs your competitors and forces them to play your game. I’d deliberately let everyone know that I was a journalist on assignment. It gave me an edge; the whole game was now

grade cigar smoke had formed over the table like a brewing storm. Stevie and I were fairly even in chips, with about $50,000 in front of us, but there was no way I was going to call this thing a draw. The crowd cheered as I got my brother down to $2,500, but he rallied back to even by winning seven hands in a row. Finally, I got an ace-high straight and knocked him out. I jumped to my feet and pumped my fist in victory. I felt like we were kids again and I’d just hit a home run. “You’re a cartoon character, Billy,” Stevie said with a tight smile. I shrugged off the insult. I’d won the evening tournament in one of the roughest poker rooms in downtown Reno, and nothing was going to tarnish my accomplishment. I’d earned the princely sum of just more than 200 bucks in real money, but it felt like a million. “You guys coming back tomorrow night?” asked a man with a shaved head and tattoos of lizards crawling all over his

arms as he watched us cash out. “I’d like another shot at you.” “Oh, we’ll be here,” Stevie assured him. The following night, I sat down in the same tournament and informed everyone I was living out a poker dream. “Fair warning, people. I won this thing last night, and I plan on winning it again tonight.” I patiently folded a dozen hands waiting for premium cards. Finally, I doubled up with a pair of pocket kings and began to set my master plan into motion. Most people need to concentrate to play their best game. Me, I can chat a mile a minute about almost anything and still focus on getting your chips. “So, if you could sleep with any movie star, past or present, who would it be?” I asked innocently. There were no ladies at our table, so the men spoke freely. “What about Morgan Fairchild from her days on Dallas?” “Are you nuts? I’ll take Halle Berry.” My brother immediately picked up on the strategy and goaded the testosterone-fueled conversation to the next level. “Any real man would go for Sophia Loren,” he stated. Before long, the poker game was delegated to a backstory as the argument gained momentum. Meanwhile, I was gathering up chips like a squirrel at a picnic. Stevie got knocked out early, so it was left to me to get into the money. An hour later, I knocked out a drunken cowboy from Wyoming to win my second title in a row. “Impressive, big brother,” Stevie conceded. I gave him a hug. “It’s all part of the Brothers Cheerful poker lore now.” “Am I going to have to listen to this for the rest of my life?” Stevie asked, rolling his eyes. “Oh, it’s much worse than that, baby brother,” I grinned. “You’re going to have to read about it in the newspaper.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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

KRUNG THAI RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR Ice cold moo from Reed’s Dairy in two flavors.



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At Boise Weekly, we’ve been talking about a return to the simpler times of food for a while now. Snagging a dinner salad from your own dirt or a breakfast egg from your own coop. The profusion of backyard gardens and the rise of urban chicken raising may be an indication of a larger cultural shift back toward the days of DIY, or it may just be a fad. Either way, both are the result of something with staying power—people consciously circumventing the industrial food process. Though BW can’t help you grow backyard tomatoes in December, we can tell you about Boise Milk. Almost four years ago, Boise State student Andrew Stolworthy decided to do something about the obvious absence of home milk delivery service in Boise. He approached Reed’s Dairy, based in his native Idaho Falls, and got the go-ahead to start hauling milk across the state and delivering it to doorsteps throughout Ada County. Become a Boise Milk customer and what you’ll get is hormone-free milk delivered in plastic, returnable jugs. But milk is not all Boise Milk does; that’s just where it all started. The company also delivers orange juice and a line of products from DairyGold (including cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt and butter), but the really cool thing about Boise Milk is its dedication to local producers. Need eggs? I’ve been getting Oakdell eggs from Boise Milk, but Kuna-based Vogel Farms’ eggs were just added to the delivery store, having been raised specifically for Boise Milk. The weekly minimum delivery order is either two gallons of milk or a gallon and a half each week plus eggs or bread. Since I would never go through that much milk in a week, A&E Editor Amy Atkins and I have worked out a deal. She gets the milk, I get the eggs and the whole order goes to her house. In addition to eggs, I’ve also been adding a loaf of Zeppole’s ciabatta bread to the order every once in a while. Boise Milk delivers a huge selection of Zeppole products, and just in case you’re wondering, the $3.89 I pay to have it delivered is the same $3.89 I’d pay to go fetch it myself. Although I’ve yet to tack on an order of Treasure Valley Salsa (based in Eagle) or an order of Ferranti Fresh Pasta (based in Boise), I keep threatening to. Once I polish off my stash, I’ll also be adding Dawson Taylor beans onto Atkins’ weekly delivery. For more information on Boise Milk, visit For more information on how much you’ll save when your husband doesn’t go to the store ever y night for milk (and donut holes and cigarettes), just ask Amy Atkins. —Rachael Daigle

Though thousands of miles apart in origin, the food of Thailand and When we pulled into the Krung Thai parking lot on a frigid fall evethe food of Japan find a happy meeting place thousands more miles ning, I was taken over by a distinctly David Lynch-ian feeling. A strand away on the white china at Nampa’s Krung Thai Restaurant and Sushi of multi-colored Christmas lights wound around the perimeter of the Bar. A few months ago, a BW reader sent a note stating that the place lone building, and through the open blinds, witness-interrogationhas the best sushi he’s found in Oregon, Washington, Montana or bright lamps hung over a row of empty booths. Surrounded by rickety Idaho, and that he makes excuses to watering holes and scrap yards on an come to Idaho on business to eat at eerie stretch of Garrity Boulevard in Krung Thai. On a weekday afterNampa, Krung Thai seemed at once noon, I went out of my way to see out of place and oddly at home. (taste) what he was raving about. Luckily, the chill of the facade The restaurant appears to be a quickly dissolved once we got inside. popular lunchtime destination, with An assortment of couples and families 20 or so people braving the Garhunched over a sprinkling of tables, rity Boulevard traffic on a weekday. and the place seemed unusually busThe diners’ voices, a gurgling indoor tling for a Tuesday night. My date and waterfall and high-pitched, foreignI were led through the carpeted dining language shouts from the kitchen proroom, past a gushing fountain and duced an atmospheric cacophony. seated at one of the booths. Set on the My friends—an English profestable were three beastly, leather-bound sor and a college student—and I menus—two Thai and one sushi. started with the fried tofu ($5.95). After a quick glance at the first Giant dough-covered cubes that plastic coated page, the diversity of smelled and tasted like fair food were the menu became apparent—satay, accompanied by a spicy-sweet Thai fried baby back pork ribs, dumplings, peanut dipping sauce and an artfully tempura veggies or crab Rangoon. It arranged pile of onions and tomatoes. was a veritable Asian Epcot Center of The English professor said they were appetizer menus. To test Krung Thai’s too oily, but by meal’s end, he’d chopThai chops, we went with the Tod Mun sticked all but a few of the tofu pieces ($6.95): fried fish patties with a vininto his mouth. egary cucumber relish. The lightly curWith a dinner menu, a lunch ried nuggets, filled with chopped green menu and a sushi menu before us, beans and flecks of Kaffir lime leaf, had price points became our decider. The such a uniform, spongy texture that I student opted for pad Thai with tofu assumed they contained egg or bread ($6.50), the professor picked a plate crumbs. Nope, our waitress shook her of mixed vegetables with tofu ($9.95) head. Just fish, green beans and spices. and, wanting in on the Thai/Japanese The secret, which she seemed hesitant fusion, I took the Thai-sushi lunch to reveal, involves lots of mashing. plate ($8.95): pad Thai and a tiny With pulverized fish cakes and spicy tuna roll with two crab rangoon miso soup mingling in our bellies, we pockets. I added on Krung Thai’s embarked on round two: sushi and pad namesake roll ($11.95)—mixed Thai. The Red Dragon roll ($10.95), sashimi and crab topped with a spicy From Krung Thai’s kitchen cometh awesome pad Thai. stuffed with tempura-fried shrimp and sashimi aioli—assuming that with the avocado and topped with tuna and restaurant’s name, it would be either spicy aioli, solved one of the greatest KRUNG THAI RESTAURANT unique or incredible. It was neither. tempura-fried-sushi dilemmas. The batAND SUSHI BAR The pad Thai was quite good and was what pad Thai ter retained its fried crunch even after wading into a bath 3008 Garrity Blvd., Nampa 208-442-5254 is: a dish in which every restaurant in Idaho that serves it of murky wasabi soy sauce. Though the deep fried fish seems to follows the same recipe, which is fine by me. and ample mayo combo seemed more British pub than Open Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 A lemony bite in the middle of the Krung Thai roll Japanese, the roll somehow managed to pull off being p.m.; Sat. noon-9:30 p.m.; was a pleasant, citrus surprise, but I almost didn’t get to both hearty and fresh. closed Sunday it. The sashimi atop the slices had the color, texture and To my delight, the pad Thai with tofu ($8.95) also taste of canned tuna, and the peachy-colored aioli wasn’t enough to avoided a common shortfall of its peers. It walked the tightrope of disguise it. While food presentation across the table was otherwise a deliciousness between being overly peanut buttery or overly vinegar-y major plus, this dish would have been best consumed eyes closed. and finished with a mildly spicy bow. The flat, silken noodles were Either the scarlet-red dot of sriracha on the tuna roll or something cooked to perfection and the bean threads, which can also ruin a good in the aioli was set at so many Scoville units, neither a glass of water pad Thai by being too juicy or too limp, were joyfully inoffensive. It nor the sweet ambrosia of my iced Thai coffee ($2) cooled the burn, was the best pad Thai I’ve had in a while. and I sweated like I was running a marathon in August. As we bit into a couple of post-meal York Peppermint Patties and From the time I left my desk until I returned, lunch took a long made our way to the door, something caught my eye. Propped up on three hours, meaning I probably won’t go back during the week. But the restaurant’s front counter was a fleshy pink watermelon hacked up when a friend learned he can get Thai and sushi in one place, he made to spell “Happy Thanksgiving Day.” It was just the right odd touch to me promise to take him to Krung Thai. Looks like I’m going back to bring back the David Lynch goosebumps from earlier and send us off Nampa this weekend. into the cold Nampa night with an eerie wink. —Amy Atkins trains for a 5K by eating wasabi-covered habaneros.

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FOOD/DINING Southeast Boise ATZA PIZZA—The pizza place, formerly Shy Simon’s Pizza in the Columbia Village Shopping Center, uses handmade dough and pizza sauce and fresh ingredients. Hit the salad bar, order jumbo wings, or go for the sandwiches and breadsticks option. Decide between thin or original crust and you’re halfway done building your own pie, or you may choose one of Atza’s specialty pizza creations. The Pizza Patrol Car even delivers within a certain range. 6564 S. Federal Way, 208-433-1112. $-$$ OM . AUBERGINE—Bistro/deli fare of grilled panini sandwiches, decadent salads and stellar bread pudding. Leave at your own risk without the addictive strawberr y lemonade. They also boast breakfast sack lunch menus. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., . 208-429-8775. $ BARBACOA—Theatrical tableside ser vice is the standard in this carnivore’s restaurant. In the style of Argentine parrillas, meat is grilled over an open flame and ser ved on ironwood platters. 276 Bob White Court, SU 208-338-5000. $$-$$$$ OM. BIG JUDS—Burgers as big as your head, the wall of burger fame for those who dared to down the one pound Big Jud, tots, pie, grilled cheese sandwiches, onion rings and fries. 1289 Protest Road, 208-343. 4439. $ BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURT— Make a delicious and nutritious treat by choosing from nonfat, premium or no sugar added varieties. Twelve different frozen yogurt flavors, with ever ything from fruit to New York Cheesecake, plus low-fat options are offered in ever-changing rotation. Customers decorate their yogurt desserts by helping themselves to more than 30 hard, fruit and syrup toppings. Place the creation on the scale and pay by the ounce. 2333 Apple St., 208-338-1000. $ SU OM . BUSTER’S—A gazillion TVs, lots of male customers and the cutest bartenders and waitresses this side of the Payette. Satisfy those beer munchies with an extensive pub menu. Burgers, finger steaks, loaded fries, beer, beer, beer. 1326 Broadway Ave., 208-345SU OM. 5688. $-$$ CASA MEXICO—With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 1605 N. 13th St. #B, 208-333-8330. $-$$ SU. CHEF ROLAND’S—Chef Roland Joseph is serving up Cajun fare complete with hushpuppies,

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locally grown collard greens and red beans and rice. Choose between gumbo or jambalaya to go along with fried catfish, Cajun barbecue ribs or savory brisket. If there is room after all that flavor, go for a piece of key lime or sweet potato pie. 1221 W. Boise Ave., 208-344-4387. $-$$ SU. COBBY’S—Serving up soup, salad, brew and wine since 1978. Enjoy deli meats like pastrami, bologna, mortadella, colto and genoa, in addition to all the standards. Every size soup and sandwich can be combined. 1030 Broadway Ave., 208-3450990. $ SU OM. CORONA VILLAGE—Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boise’s family style Mexican restaurants. 2137 Broadway Ave., 208-3366711. $-$$ . DONG KHANH—Vietnamese goodness. Lunch specials are a great bargain and the banquet dinners are a definite great crowd pleaser. 111 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0980. $. FOCACCIA’S—Chef Bill Green transformed his catering business into a full-service restaurant with a rotating menu featuring specialty food items ranging seafood and vegetarian all the way to French Classical, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Soups and salads may be a good choice if a diner is going for

the house specialty dessert made in-house by the pastry chef. Selections include a Chocolate Truffle Ugly Cake best experienced with closed eyes and an open mouth. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-322-2838. SU OM . $-$$ FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Stone fired pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. A sleekly lined interior and two large fire pits beckon flatbread lovers to Bown Crossing. 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177. $-$$ SU . GOODWOOD BARBEQUE COMPANY—If it can be barbequed, chances are, Goodwood has it. If BBQ sauce isn’t your thing, they have steak, fish and chicken, too. Their motto is “Generous Portions, Moderate Prices, so stop in and put them to the test. 7849 W. Spectrum St., 208-658-7173. SU. $$$-$$$$ HOOTERS—Hooters is infamous for a few things unrelated to food, but their edible wares have a well earned reputation as well. Try the gourmet hot dog with the optional chili. 8000 W. Franklin Road, 208-321-4668. $-$$ SU. HUGO’S DELI—Unique sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese, fried chicken, deli salads and some of the biggest and best fries in town. 2789 Broadway Ave., 208-385-9943. . $

FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED THE ORCHARD HOUSE RESTAURANT 14949 Sunnyslope Road, Caldwell, 208-459-8200, “It was a setting missing only a roaring fire and hot mugs of cider. It was love at first sight. If only the spell had been cast upon the food, as well.” —Rachael Daigle

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 a hot fudge brownie sundae ($3.49). Choosing among the homemade ice cream flavors is no easy task, even though only about a dozen flavors of the 40 Delsa’s makes are readily available.” —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.’ I approached the window and asked for pepper. Wendy handed me a pepper grinder. Fresh ground pepper on homemade drive-thru soup.” —Nathaniel Hoffman

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DINING/FOOD ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE—A sushi and sashimi bar as well as tepanyaki grill. The Ichiban roll is a tasty mouthful of soft shell crab, shrimp tempura, eel, cuke, lettuce, avocado and cream cheese with sweet sauce. If you’re in for the grill, the chef’s slice and dice and entertain all at once. 1233 Broadway Ave, 208-426-9188. $$-$$$$ . LIFE’S KITCHEN—Have a lunch, save a life. Serving lunch three days a week: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students learn skills for life and for the restaurant business at Life’s Kitchen under the supervision of chef instructor Maggie Kiefer. A new menu is published every Tuesday at www. 1025 S. Capitol . Blvd., 331-0199. $$ LUCKY 13 PIZZA/THE GARAGE—The former North End mainstay has moved essentially “as was” to Harris Ranch, where the best (and best-named) pizzas and sandwiches on the planet are still on the menu. 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-344-6967. $ SU OM. MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. Try the fatoosh salad; you won’t be disappointed. 404 E. Park Center Blvd., 208-3332223. $-$$ OM . ONO HAWAIIAN CAFE—A wide variety of the flavors of Hawaii are offered in the form of pupus, sushi, sandwiches and satays. And where ever Ono’s catering operation, the Kanak Attack van is parked and serving, a BW staffer is most likely in the vicinity with money in hand. 2170 Broadway Ave., 208-4299111. $$-$$$ OM . PAD THAI—Pad Thai House is so confident that its Pad Thai is the best in Boise, the restaurant is named after it. 1473 S. Five Mile Road, 208-375-6014. $-$$ OM. PAPA JOE’S—Family owned and operated, Papa Joe’s uses family recipes for their pizza and pasta dishes. Food and drink specials all week long and a dozen flavors of gelato with which to reward your plate cleaning skills. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. $-$$ SU OM. PAT’S THAI KITCHEN—Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” certainly hold true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you find in Chiang Mai, noodles and rice of all varieties and curry done Thai spicy or mild for the farang in you. 577 E. Park Blvd. #C110, 208-345OM. 0026. $-$$ PIEHOLE II—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try their infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. 8th St., OM 208-424-2255. $-$$ SU. POWELL’S SWEET SHOPPE— Old-school, new-school, grossschool and too-cool-for-school school, Powell’s has just about every candy you, your grandmother and your kids have loved over the years. The original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


plays all day, and like it or not, Powell’s is always packed. 3064 South Bown Way, 208-424-6099. $ SU OM. THE RAM—Beer brewed on site, more TVs than you can count and plenty of specials from happy hour to daily dinners. 709 E. Park Blvd., 208-345-2929. OM SU. $-$$ THE REFUGE—Serving the same menu as loved Harry’s of Hyde Park with burgers, fingersteaks, homemade chips from flour tortillas and other bar favorites and pool, beer and TVs to keep diners entertained. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-424-8211. SU. $-$$ SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA AND PASTA—When you’re in the mood for a good, traditional pizza, this is the place. The pastas, starters, sandwiches and salads are equally delicious, and the list is as long as your arm. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., OM. 208-429-0011. $-$$ STUBS SPORTS PUB—This pub has a highly sports-devoted setting, including sports-tuned TVs and seating in The Den. Even the food is named with sports references. Try their chili, taquitos, pizzas or buffalo tenders, as well as a variety of tasty sam-iches. The pickled eggs are an alleged must-have. 3662 Findley Ave., 208-3367882. $ SU. TAVERN AT BOWN CROSSING—Choose between the first level streetside balcony where all the passersby can watch you enjoy a bottle of wine and a steak, or lounge on the second level patio with a roll of sushi and a martini. 3111 S. Bown St., OM 208-345-2277. $$-$$$ SU . THAI CUISINE—Serving traditional Thai food in a casual and elegant environment. 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-6580516. $$ . THE TROLLEY HOUSE—The only remnant of Boise’s streetcar system and a favorite neighborhood diner. No-frills atmosphere, efficient service and a giant menu with everything from eggs Benedict to burgers to a lo-cal section. BYOB. 1821 Warm Springs Ave., 208-345SU, . 9255. $-$$

Kuna EL GALLO GIRO—Main courses are huge and span Tex-Mex to authentic. The Carne Borracha is a good example of the fare delivered in a caldron made of volcanic rock with carne asada, jalapenos, onions and tomatoes with a side of tortillas. Other selections include lengua en chile verde (beef tounge in a tomatillo green sauce), zope (handmade tortillas with beans, steak, salsa de tomatillo and cojita cheese) and menudo (tripe chile). 482 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-5169. $-$$ SU. LONGHORN LOUNGE—Gather round the horseshoe-shaped bar for late-night bar grub because the kitchen is open late to serve the blurry and bright eyed. Select from hot wings, chicken strips, finger steaks, stuffed tots, deep fried green beans and anything they can throw in the fryer, including potstickers. 458 W. SU. Third St., Kuna. $

PEREGRINE STEAKS AND SPIRITS—The steakhouse with more to offer than New York Steak, petite sirloin and T-Bone steaks, the menu features stuffed pork chops, chicken fried steak, salmon fillets and Italian chicken breast as well. Enjoy a fine meal and then pop in next door to the Creekside Lounge inside the restaurant where every hour is an enjoyable experience. The lounge has big screen televisions, karaoke on Wednesdays and nightly drink specials. The Creekside patio offers a nice view of Indian Creek. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421. $-$$ SU. RED EYE—This country bar has a nice, dark vibe and friendly staff. Rest a bit on the padded elbow pads at the bar and order burgers and barbecue. 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797. SU. $ TANNINS WINE BAR—Choose wines by the glass or buy the whole bottle. Tannins also features specialty beers and a food menu featuring cheese, fresh baked baguettes and and handmade truffles. The wine list includes a wide range of selections from Idaho, the United State and the world. Each week, six house wines are featured by the glass along with live music and tastings from area distributors. 347 Ave. E, Kuna, 208-922-1766. $$-$$$ OM .

Eagle AHI SUSHI—Traditional Japanese sushi in new swanky Eagle digs. The rolling team is composed of imports from San Diego, who followed the restaurant’s owner to Idaho from So Cal just to work at Ahi. 1193 E. Winding Creek, Ste. 104, Eagle, 208-938-3474. $-$$$ OM. BARDENAY—Located in a new development along the Boise River, the little brother of the Boise bar still features the distillery’s own hooch, as well as an impressive array of beer, wine and assorted liquors. The drink menu is longer than the food menu and features unique concoctions from the bar’s award-winning bartenders. Munch on the anything-but-standard pub food while you try to pick your favorite. The riverside patio is the real highlight of the Eagle location, so be ready to fight for a table on warm summer evenings. 155 E. Riverside Dr., Eagle, 208-938-5093. $$-$$$ SU OM. BELLA AQUILA—The riverside restaurant boasts one of the best patios in the area. With an impeccable attention to every dining detail, the food, service and atmosphere make for a lovely experience. The restaurant serves a wide selection of Italian fare plus breads with every meal. Sweet options include sweetened ricotta and mascarpone-filled cannoli dipped in dark chocolate and pistachios or try a fancy drink like a blueberry cobbler martini with vanilla and blueberry vodkas and a graham cracker crust rim. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, RES 208-938-1900. $$-$$$$ SU OM.


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FOOD/DINING THE BLUE MOOSE CAFEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;With moose-inspired decor, an eatery where diners can get tasty bistro fare like soups and salads, sandwiches and wraps. Think about dining in their new sunroom or outside. 79 Aikens Road, Eagle, 208-939-3079. $ . BUSTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BAR AND GRILLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; The neighborhood sports bar/ family restaurant is suburban sports getaway. Servers in tiny outďŹ ts deliver selections from a full menu of pub food and use the glow of big TVs to ďŹ nd their way to the tables. 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-1800. $-$$ SU


FLAME NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Venture outside of the standard, thick doughy foundation and sample Flameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultra thin, crispy on the outside, foldable on the inside, light-as-air pizza base. Piled on top of the pie are gourmet ingredients like caramelized onions, rosemary, chevre, Cuban ham, creme fraiche and baby arugula. Basic components are not ignored. Choose from barbecue chicken, artichoke and the unique Idaho Potato pie with Yukon gold potatoes, bacon, green onion, creme fraiche and garlic-infused olive oil. 228 E. Plaza Road, Ste. F, Eagle, 208-938-5413. $-$$$

. REMBRANDTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE SHOPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Located in a restored church on Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main drag, Rembrandtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has become a neighborhood gathering point for more than just coffee. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustenance you seek, Rembrandtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has hot and cold libations aplenty, a pastry case full of homemade mufďŹ ns, sweets, breads and quiches, and a short lunch menu with largely portioned sandwiches, soups and salads. The cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; literallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ceilings and plush

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TULLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Small-batch roasted coffee from the PaciďŹ c Northwest. 150 E. Riverside Dr., Ste. 100, Eagle. $ SU. ZEN BENTOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Zen Bento does well by its simple little menu. This mostly take-out, affordable, lunch-only joint serves up healthy, fresh, tasty salads and bento boxes. 103 N. 10th St., . Eagle, 208-388-8808. $

SEASONS BISTRO WINE BAR AND CATERINGâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The recipe for success here is one part upscale market, one part deli and catering, one part wine tasting room. Add a couple of chef demos, a high-end wine store, a giant patio and viola ... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a versatile little place to kick up your heels for a spell. 1117 E. Winding Creek Road, Eagle, 208-939-6680. $-$$$ OM.

Caldwell THE COFFEE SHOPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Espresso, drip coffee, fresh baked goods, hot dogs, Polish sausages, cheeseburgers and snow cones. 1115 Albany, Caldwell, 208-454-7300. $-$$ .


COOL HAND LUKEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STEAKHOUSE/SALOONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Think meat and potatoes dressed up with a cowboy hat and a whole lot of Western theme. Of course thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chicken and seafood, but the star of the menu is beefsteaks in particular. Everything comes ranch-style with sourdough rolls, soup or salad, campďŹ re beans and a bevy of side dishes. 291 E. Shore Dr., Eagle, 208-939-5860. $$ SU OM. DAVINCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Casual Italian cuisine in quaint downtown Eagle, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;localsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Italian restaurantâ&#x20AC;? is housed in a historic bank building with a full-service bar area. A wide variety of Italian selections such as lasagna and chicken parmesan are accompanied by warm bread and all-you-can-eat salads. 190 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-2500. $-$$$ SU.


ROADHOUSE BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A carnivoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valhalla. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about a hunk of expertly â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cued meat served up with glorious barbecue sauces and delectable side dishes that reminds us of primitive days chasing furtive prey across the ancient savannah. 1059 E. Iron Eagle Dr., Eagle, 208-939-8108. $$-$$$ OM.



CAFE RUSSIAN BEARâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Owner Oleg Mironov and his wife make every single thing on the menu from scratch. Borscht, Russian crepes, beef stroganoff, potato pancakesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all homemade. If you are as hungry as a bear, the cafe serves up borscht in up to 18 ounce servings, or try the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Russiaâ&#x20AC;? salad, a combination potato, ham, eggs, onion, peas, carrots, pickles and mayo. The pirogi is a unique pastry selection made fresh daily. No preservatives or pre-made ingredients, ever. 600 S. Rivershore Lane, Ste. 160, Eagle, 208-939-1911. $-$$. .

THE STUFFED OLIVEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Eagle has decided to tattle on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;best kept secretâ&#x20AC;? and share this bistroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh sandwiches, pastas, roasted meats and fresh baked desserts with the rest of us. 404 S. Eagle Road, Suite A, Eagle, 208-938-5185. $$ .

furniture lend the atmosphere a deďŹ nitively welcoming and serene feeling. 93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1564. $. SU OM .

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BREAKFAST NACHOS AT FOCACCIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S I have a few friendships that have ďŹ&#x201A;ourished upon a foundation of regular breakfast dates. A few of those relationships that were at one time merely cordial have risen to a comfortable level of closeness in large part due to my introduction to and subsequent shared love of Focacciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakfast nachos. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dish that the little bistro on Parkcenter Boulevard could tout as a signature offering. The nachos are comprised of fried won tons, Mexican pot beans, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, avocado, pico de gallo and a sour cream sauce. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rearranged version of both traditional morning fare and nacho expectations. Won tons, unlike tortilla chips, are too fragile to hold a hefty ser ving of beans and cheese by hand. But on a fork, that fragility provides the basis for a cornucopia of unexpected but delightful textures and tastes. Fluffy scrambled eggs that taste as though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been acquainted with plenty of butter, cool avocado and crunchy pico, dense sweet/salty pintos and long lines of tangy sour cream sauce dripping down the nacho pyramid. Although the sour cream sauce is so ďŹ&#x201A;avorful that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d put it on cereal, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the combination of ingredients that makes the breakfast nachos such a standout dishâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one unlike any other Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found in town. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Amy Atkins WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

DINING/FOOD DUTCH GOOSE—Homemade finger steaks, fresh steamed clams, soup, sandwiches and great hot wings. They also serve up over 17 beers. 2502 Cleveland Blvd., 208-459-9363. $-$$ SU OM. IMELDA’S—Imelda’s is known for the light, fluffy and fresh homemade flour or corn tortillas and a make-your-own-taco option. Select from a wide variety of meats including chile Colorado, beef guisado, and barbacoa, ground beef, cubed pork, chicken, chorizo, shredded beef, bacon and sausage; then choose from a variety of toppings that include rice, onions, lettuce, beans, cilantro, and even potato. 2414 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-454-8757. $-$$ . MANCINO’S—Caldwell’s Mancino’s is home to hot, oven baked sandwiches with melted

cheese piled high with deli meats. Appetizers include mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers and boneless chicken wings. The menu doesn’t leave out soups, salads and of course, pizza. 2412 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-7556. $ .

Nampa BRICK 29 BISTRO—Chef Dustan Bristol is co-owner of Nampa’s casually upscale eatery which serves fancy takes on common foods. Asian pork tacos come with a side of applealmond coleslaw and fancier still, an open-face Reuben sandwich with a cup of pumpkin bisque all topped off with flourless chocolate cake. Delicious and delectable. 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-4680029. $-$$ SU OM.


COPPER CANYON—If you’re looking for a delicious steak, Copper Canyon in downtown Nampa deserves your attention. It may be a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip to enjoy their fine dining in an intimate setting. 113 13th St. S., Nampa, 208-461-0887. $$$. RES. FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE— First Flying M moves out to Canyon County and makes a home out of a former garage shop. Now that space is chock full of coolness in the form of a coffeeshop, gift shop and allage art and music venue. Food selections to go along with the in-house roasted coffee include pastries made at the in-house bakery. 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533. $ SU. HOUSE OF KIM—Great food, topnotch service and unique ambience makes House of Kim worth a drive to Nampa. The food is fresh, portions are plentiful and the selections aren’t soaked in soy sauce. If that doesn’t get you to gas up the car, maybe this will: HOK offers spicy, spicy, spicy Thai options as well. 1226 1st St. S., Nampa, 208-466-3237. $$ . MONA LISA—This atmospheric restaurant specializes in fondue served in an intimate setting inspired by a single piece of art (you know the one). This isn’t just for fine dining—it’s positively decadent. Great for special occassions or when you just want to take your time over dinner. 102 11th Ave. N., Nampa, 208-442-1400. $$$ RES SU.

HOLIDAY BREWS, PART THREE When it came to holiday brews in the past, I’d always been something of a Scrooge. With few exceptions, I found most of them to be painfully out of balance. Too many were packed with cloyingly sweet malt and fruitcake flavors, or tricked up with excess spice and pine needles. Well, either my taste buds have adapted or the seasonal lineup has improved. Since drinkability and balance appear to be the goal of more and more offerings, I’m sticking with the latter. Good news for all but the most masochistic among us. Here are three new entries deserving of your attention: ANCHOR CHRISTMAS (OUR SPECIAL) ALE 2009 This was first brewed in 1975, but the 2009 is the darkest pour I remember from this holiday classic. The flavors are on the dark side as well, with smooth, toasty malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The traditional spice is there, but it lurks in the background, adding complexity and interest. Anchor really hit the mark this time around. HAIR OF THE DOG, DOGGIE CLAWS 2009 Pour this one with caution—it throws one of the thickest, gusher-like heads I’ve ever encountered. Drink this one with caution—it weighs in at a hefty 11.5 percent alcohol, and being unfiltered, that last swallow is filled with yeast detritus. That said, this is a completely worthy, seriously hedonistic barley wine. With its layers of flavor including orange, caramel, herb and sweet apple, it is almost irresistible now, but should age beautifully as well. JOLLY PUMPKIN NOEL DE CALABAZA SPECIAL ALE If you’re fond of Flanders farmhouse ales, you will love this barrel-aged brew. It’s on the tart side with sour cherry and apple fruit up front, light cocoa and soft tannins in the middle and smooth oak throughout. To be honest, this is not my style, but I appreciate and recognize the quality of this ale. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Garden City EL GALLO GIRO—The authentic Mexican restaurant named after a white rooster has appetizers, salads and big ‘ol burritos plus famous tacos and tortas. Seafood orders come with oysters, shrimp and octopus. The fish tacos are fantastic but the real draw are the sizzling fajitas and any other house specialty. 5285 Glenwood St., Boise, 208-321-0355. $-$$ SU OM. JOE’S CRAB SHACK—Seafood like a bucket of shrimp, garlic mussels and crab nachos along with salads, burgers and sandwiches, steaks, chicken and pastas. Joe’s offers a wide variety of drinks to wash all the ocean-inspired fare. The patio is a bonus with a view overlooking the Boise River and customers won’t be bothered by seagulls looking for a free meal. 2288 N. Garden St., Garden City, OM. 208-336-9370. $-$$ THE RANCH CLUB—Menu features from hot and cold sandwiches to salads and prime rib dinners. Prime rib served on Friday and Saturday nights. 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-7447. $ SU OM. STAGECOACH INN—This Boise institution has been in the same space, with the same decor and the same menu for 45 years. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And make sure you try the prawns. 3132 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, . 208-342-4161. $$-$$$


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): When Carolee Schneeman was a kid, her extravagant adoration of nature earned her the nickname “mad pantheist.” During her career as a visual artist, she described her relationship with the world this way: “I assume the senses crave sources of maximum information, that the eye benefits by exercise, stretch and expansion towards materials of complexity and substance.” I hope that you’re attracted to that perspective, Aries. To be in most productive alignment with the cosmic rhythms, you should be in a state of nearly ecstatic openness, hungry to be stretched—like a mad pantheist. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Dear Rob: Last night my son and I were star-gazing. When we focused on the constellation Cassiopeia, an owl started hooting. Then a brilliant shooting star zipped by as a huge bat flew right over our heads. Was this a bad omen? Bats are creepy— associated with vampires. And in Greek mythology, Cassiopeia got divine punishment because she bragged that she and her daughter were more beautiful than the sea god’s daughters. But I don’t know, maybe this blast of odd events was a good omen. Owls are symbols of wisdom and shooting stars are lucky, right? What do you think? Are we blessed or cursed? —Spooked Taurus.” Dear Spooked: The question of whether it’s good or bad luck is irrelevant. You Tauruses are in a phase when the hidden workings will be shown to you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The week ahead will be a ripe time to pull off magic reversals. May I suggest recycling the dead energy of a lost cause in such a way as to generate raw fuel for a fresh start? I’m confident, Gemini, that you’ll be able to discover treasure hidden in the trash, and that you’ll find a way to unleash the creative zeal that’s trapped inside polite numbness. Now ponder this riddle, please: Do you think there’s any mystical significance in the fact that the word “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backward? CANCER (June 21-July 22): Lately you remind me of the person Robert Hass describes in his poem “Time and Materials”: “someone falling down and getting up and running and falling and getting up.” I’m sending you my compassion for the times you fall down, and my admiration for the times you get up, and my excitement for the times you run. It has probably become clear to you that the falling isn’t a shameful thing, but rather an instrumental part of learning that is teaching you secrets about getting back up.


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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I burn for no reason, like a lantern in daylight,” writes poet Joseph Lease. I think that’s a succinct formulation of one of your central issues, Leo. Burning for no reason, like a lantern in the daylight, can be the cause of either failure or success for you, depending on subtle differences of emphasis. This is how it can be failure: when you’re mindlessly and wastefully burning through your prodigious reserves without any concern for the benefits they may provide. This is how it can be success: when you are exuberant and selfdisciplined in shining your light and radiating your warmth just because it feels so good and so right and so healthy, and without any thought about whether it’s “useful” to anyone. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In one of his short poems, John Averill describes a scene that I think captures the essence of your current astrological omens: “Today is the day of the photo of moonrise over Havana in a book on a shelf in the snowbound cabin.” Here’s a clue about what it means: The snowbound cabin is where you are right now in your life. The moonrise over Havana is where you could be early in 2010. How do you get there from here? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): An estuary is a bay where sea water mixes with the fresh water of rivers. These days, you remind me of such a place. You are two-toned, Libra. You’re a hybrid blend of the yes and the no, the give and the take, the extravagant and the traditional. And somehow this has been working out pretty well for you. You’re not so much a dysfunctional contradiction as an interesting juxtaposition. You’re not being crushed by a squeeze of opposites so much as you’re getting massaged by the oscillating throbs of complementary influences. Keep doing what you’ve been doing, only more so. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Big shiny egos with flashy tricks may be mucking around in everyone’s business, calling narcissistic attention to themselves as they pretend to do noble deeds. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll be doing the hard, detailed work that must be done to serve the greater good—quietly and unpretentiously improving people’s lives without demanding major tribute. That approach will stir up some sleek, silky karma that will come in handy when you undertake the building of your masterpiece in 2010. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Dear Rob: I love to be proven wrong. That’s not an ironic statement. I actually get excited and

feel creative when I acquire new information that shows me I’ve been operating under a misunderstanding. One of my very favorite life moments occurs when I am convincingly liberated from a negative opinion I’ve been harboring about someone. As you can tell, I’m quite proud of this quality. The way I see it, emotional wealth and psychological health involve having so much self-respect that I don’t need to be right all the time. —Sagittarian Freedom Fighter.” Dear Freedom Fighter: Thanks for your testimony. The capacity you described is one that many Sagittarians will be poised to expand in 2010. And this is an excellent week for them to start getting the hang of it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In an early version of the tale of Pinocchio, friendly woodpeckers chiseled his nose back to its original size after it had grown enormous from his incorrigible lying. From a metaphorical perspective, Capricorn, a comparable development may soon occur in your own life. A benevolent (if somewhat rough) intervention akin to the woodpeckers’ assistance will shrink an overgrown, top-heavy part of your attitude, allowing you to proceed to the next chapter of your story with streamlined grace. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “There is light enough for those who wish to see,” wrote French philosopher Blaise Pascal, “and darkness enough for those of the opposite disposition.” I’m hoping you will align yourself with the first group in the coming week, Aquarius. More than ever before, what you choose to focus on will come rushing in to meet you, touch you, teach you, and prompt you to respond. Even if all the smart people you know seem to be drunk on the darkness, I encourage you to be a brave rebel who insists on equal time for the light. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): White dwarfs are small and extremely dense stars. They’re typically no bigger than the Earth, but as heavy as the sun. You currently have a resemblance to one of those concentrated balls of pure intensity. I have rarely seen you offering so much bang for the buck. You are as flavorful as chocolate mousse, as piercing as the scent of eucalyptus, as lustrous as a fireworks display on a moonless night. Personally, I’m quite attracted to your saucy and zesty emanations, and I think most people with strong egos will be. But some underachievers with lower self-esteem may regard you as being more like astringent medicine. My advice: Gravitate toward those who like you to be powerful.




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