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ALMOST EXTINCT Where are all the giant lily scented spitting worms? NOISE 19

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ARTIST: Julia Green TITLE: Owl 1 MEDIUM: Acrylic, gesso and marker on cardboard ARTIST STATEMENT: Who doesn’t love barn owls and cute forest creatures? If you want to see more, come to my show at Flying M starting Jan. 7 till the end of the month. The place will be filled with trees, bears, acorns, owls and more.


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CITYDESK GONE WILD Last week at started with news that Boise City Ada County Coalition for the Homeless is increasing its visibility to shed light on Boise’s homeless. And if you’re not reading citydesk, you might have missed these tidbits: Boise State President Bob Kustra’s three ideas for saving higher education, Boise City Council’s announcement to consider the 3-feet-to-pass addition to the bicycle law, and Boise Weekly’s live blog coverage of the State of the State.

BASQUE MUSEUM GOES NATIONAL Boise got a glimpse of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center’s “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques,” a six-part exhibition on the journey Basque immigrants made to the United States in the early 20th century. The exhibit will be displayed at Ellis Island National Monument Feb. 6 through May 9. Full story plus video at Cobweb.

BLOOD SUCKING BODY GUARDS AND THE FUNNY MAN BANJO SHOW In A&E coverage, you’ll find online-only reviews. What say we about Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath, a book about a vampire tasked with protecting the president? And what’s up with comedian Steve Martin’s musical ode to the five-string banjo? Log on to for the scoop.

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NOISE Seattle band Tripwires blows up Neurolux




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MAIL COUCH POTATOES Recently I received another e-mail from a dear friend who thinks I should support her causes. After a year of deleting her e-mails without comment, I finally decided to answer and here is what I wrote: I do believe in everyone’s right to an opinion even if it disagrees with my own. I love President [Barack] Obama. He is doing the best that he can given the tremendous circumstances that he inherited. For all of those people who think the majority that elected him somehow has disappeared let me advise you: I am starting a new party. I call my party the “couch potato” party. That is because for various reasons, we tend to sit on the couch and don’t come out unless there is dire need, like there was in the last election. The couch potatoes are, by and large,

an educated community who discount the ravings of others (particularly the tea baggers) as non-threatening, so we while away the hours with more important issues, like mortgage foreclosures, paying exorbitant doctors’ fees not covered by our health-care plans, and loved ones who are dying in foreign wars for no reason other than oil profits. We are tired of detrimental e-mails about our current president, who was duly elected by a majority of the public, but we sometimes delete these e-mails as trivial and not worthy of response. So, in closing, let me simply say that we are out there. We support President Obama in every way; and if there is a need, we will turn out in droves to the election polls to have our voices heard again in 2010 and in 2011 and in 2012 and so on. Oh, and by the

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way, thanks for listening to me rant. —Patricia Ann Murphy, a citizen and a voter, Boise

TRIAL BY TV As a U.S. citizen and veteran, I write on the proposed civil trial for the 9/11 detainees to say and to ask your readers: Why do the detainees receive a civil trial and not a military trial? They are not U.S. citizens. Civil trials must be conducted pursuant to the U.S. Constitution. How many detainees will walk free? Violations of their Constitutional rights, speedy trial, etc. Why do the American people—taxpayers—have to defray the cost of a trial that will last two years plus? Depending on how many family members testify at those [trials] 3,000 men, women and children were murdered on 9/11. To reduce the cost of housing, transportation, feeding—not to mention security—why is the trial not being conducted on closed circuit television like many of our courts have been doing for years? —Richard Temple, Boise




G.A.G. ON BRONCOS Enough is never enough

Attn.: Bill Oope, Sir, My name is Carol Dee O’Mealy and I am the new H.R. director for the G.A.G. Media Group here in Boise. I replaced Rick Dorge-Bertvallantz last fall when he took a media liaison job with the Idaho Ewe Breeders Association. I have been going through Mr. Dorge-Bertvallantz’s records to acquaint myself with his human assets and I came across your name several times. Mr. DorgeBertvallantz seemed to have great trust in your potential as a G.A.G. associate, judging by the number and variety of positions he has offered you over the years. My reason for contacting you is to inquire if you would be interested in a job where your only duties would be to report on Coach Pete and the Boise State Bronco football players, full-time. You are no doubt wondering why I would make such an offer now that the season is over. But that is precisely the point. There is little reason for more unimaginative news sources to continue fawning over college athletes who, by and large, have returned to their communications classes and are busy trying to remember how to read something other than a play book. However, several minutes into the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl (I performed an on-air role in the tailgate coverage, ďŹ lling in for one of our news anchors who fell off a bar stool the night before the game and broke a tooth), I asked myself, “Carol Dee, what are these loyal Bronco Nation people going to do with themselves now that Bronco football is winding down?â€? Mr. Oope, there are thousands and thousands of people living here in the Greater Boise impact area for whom that team seems to be the center of their lives. Or if not their lives, then at least their wardrobes. So an inspiration came to me: What if KGAG was the ďŹ rst news organization to offer year-round, continuous reportage on what the team members and their coach are up to? What, for instance, are running back Doug Martin’s favorite television shows when he doesn’t have a game coming up on Saturday? How does Coach Pete decide which hair stylist best accomplishes the image he would like to project to the defensive line? Do the fellows mind being around nerdy and serious students in the off-season, or would they rather go drinking as a group? What do they do during school breaks when they return to their hometowns in California? Is anybody on the team planning to ask his girlfriend to marry him anytime soon, and when he does it, might we broadcast the proposal live? These are but a few examples of what I have in mind, and you can see the potential, certainly. There are no limits on what you might report except those dictated by good taste. And as you may have already realized, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

what zealous football fans deďŹ ne as good taste is anyone’s guess. My vision is that your report would run nightly at 6 and 10 p.m., with an airtime of approximately 12 minutes each. Contrary to traditional sports reporting, which usually ends a broadcast, your segment would lead off the KGAG News Hour, and we would promote it with the slogan, “The First 12 Minutes? Nuttin’ But Broncos!â€? (We could interrupt that schedule should any serious news event occur, but I can’t imagine that happening.) Interviews and proďŹ les would be interspersed with slo-mo footage of the most exciting plays from the previous season. Furthermore, every Saturday, we would re-run an entire Bronco game, complete with live commentary by the Statesman’s sports editor and rotating guest appearances by area mayors who could speak about what the Broncos mean to their respective towns. You would be on hand to provide personal and moving anecdotes from the players’ lives. Our television presence would be enhanced with Internet resources, of course. Facebook, Twitter, etc. And since this concept occurred to me, I have not been able to get “Billy’s Bronco Blogâ€? out of my head. But the most relevant issue here is why should the fans be deprived of their raison d’etre just because there is no more Bronco football to watch? It is my feeling that if we here at KGAG don’t pursue this opportunity, other news organizations will. There are rumors oating about that KTVB has applied to the FCC to have their call-letters changed to BRNK, and Channel 12 is re-designing their set using a two-color scheme. I will let you guess which two colors those are. Believe me, Mr. Oope, time is short. I feel we must seize this ball and run with it. Let us arrange a face-to-face before the week is out to discuss the details. —Respectfully, Carol Dee O’Mealy/H.R. dir./G.A.G. Media Group U Dear Ms. O’Mealy, I thank you for the consideration. I, too, have been wondering what will happen to our community now that the blue turf lies dormant. Most notably, I fear for the Statesman’s very survival. If it weren’t for Bronco news and the legal notices, you could fold that paper up and carry it in a wallet. But I am not your man. I mean, literally, I’m not your man. I’m “Cope,â€? not “Oope,â€? but don’t feel bad. They’re always getting our mail mixed up. Should you get hold of the real Bill Oope, it’s entirely possible he would be interested in your proposal. As for me, I was actually considering it until you conjured up a scenario where I might be trapped in an enclosed space for three hours with a sportswriter and Tammy DeWeerd. Sorry, Ms. O’Mealy, but there’s not enough money in the world.

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Lost your job? The IRS thinks you’re loaded. NEW YORK—My friend was a survivor. She’d made it through 14 rounds of layoffs at her accounting firm. Then came No. 15: “I was a telecommuter. When my boss told me to come into the office for a meeting, I knew I was done for. I told her to cut the crap, save me the trip, and fire me over the phone.” I told her how to file for unemployment benefits. In New York, you can get up to $405 a week plus $25 in extra “Obama bucks” approved by the feds back during the hope and change days. (Most states pay less.) Then I warned her: “Remember, set some of that aside. Unemployment benefits are taxable.” In New York, that means roughly 40 percent. She was shocked. You probably are, too. When people lose their jobs, they spend their savings. They take out loans against their house. They’re poor—but that’s not how the federal government sees them. The IRS sees them as big, fat cash cows. Hey, someone has to pay for those missiles we shoot at Afghan wedding parties—not to mention those bonuses for executives at AIG and Goldman Sachs. Why not people a couple of months away from foreclosure? The unemployed are living phat! The bizarre unemployment tax goes back to 1985, while the Reagan administration was busily waging class war against the poor and middle class. It was Reagan’s idea, marketed as an easy way to raise $2.3 billion over five years. But it was Congressional Democrats, exhibiting their characteristic cowardice, who pushed through the measure. “This is a real step back from a traditional Democratic position,” said Massachusetts Rep. Brian Donnelly at the time. “Under the guise of tax reform, we

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agreed to raise $2.3 billion from people who don’t have jobs.” It was also hypocritical for Republicans, who rail against “double taxation” when they argue for the repeal of taxes on the estates of the wealthy. Unemployment benefits, after all, were already taxed once; while employed, workers pay into the federal and state unemployment compensation systems. When they get downsized, they’re merely getting back what they put in. The official unemployment rate is more than 10 percent and rising. With lots of folks out of work for at least a year, savings are running out. Tight credit and the housing bust means they can’t subsist on home equity loans. And there’s no recovery in sight. In other words, if you’re not out of work yet, you could be soon. As banks and insurance firms wallow in hundreds of billions of federal bailout dollars, it seems unbelievably churlish to tax unemployment checks, which are the only “income” received by millions of people—and are keeping many of them just barely afloat. It’s also utterly absurd. The Obama administration should repeal the Reagan Tax on the unemployed, and it should do so this instant. Call your Congressman (it’s more effective than e-mail) and demand that he or she take action on the Unemployment Benefit Tax Suspension Act of 2009 (S. 155), currently stuck in committee because Congress cares more about bankers than struggling unemployed Americans. You can find contact information for your representative and senators at




Treasure Valley may already violate health recommendations, if not federal limits NATHANIEL HOFFMAN


program designed by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Bruce Louks, air quality modeling and monitoring manager at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, said there are several other efforts under way to control ozone. Many gas stations have installed vapor controls and the valley has some nascent carpooling, ride sharing and public transit efforts. “We’re looking at a number of emission reduction strategies,” Louks said. The three-year average ozone high for the Treasure Valley, called the design value, dropped from 75 to 72 ppb last year. If this year’s high (which is technically the fourth highest eight-hour average for the summer at the worst of two monitoring stations in Ada County) is 73 ppb or higher, we would be in violation of a 70 ppb standard. And the EPA could set the new level even lower. “The lower it gets, obviously, the worse the scenario gets,” Louks said. Kootenai County is the only other area monitored in Idaho and it has registered lower ozone levels than the Treasure Valley in recent year. There are no monitoring sites in Canyon County, and though it’s not required and DEQ can’t afford it, Louks said they’d like to have a site there eventually. While the Treasure Valley Air Quality Council has little ability to do public outreach, a nonprofit called the Treasure Valley Partnership, comprised of most of the valley’s mayors and commissioners, has taken upon itself to blog and tweet about air quality. Bill Larsen, director of the partnership, said there have been many sessions about vehicle emission testing in recent years, but that everyone agrees with the scientific information on ozone and particulates presented on the or @treasurevallair on Twitter, though the updates are a few months old now. Larsen said new information on winter air pollution, which is exacerbated by inversions, will be posted soon. The EPA will also beef up a secondary standard for ozone, aimed at protecting wildlife, vegetation and crops. Recent studies point to negative effects of ozone on plant and animal life, as well as crop yields. Four Idaho counties, including Ada and Canyon, would likely violate a lower secondary standard by 2020, according to the EPA. ADAM ROSENLUND

lar effort here, though it has not garnered the Ada County recorded less smog in 2009 than in recent years. But the valley would already be same kind of regional cooperation reported in Austin. in violation of federal standards had the Bush Nor has it garnered any funding. administration adopted ozone limits recom“We have limited amount of impetus mended by a panel of scientists and health experts in 2008. And while another low smog year in 2010 could buy the region some time, recent trends suggest the stricter standard being adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency under Lisa P. Jackson will plunge Southwest Idaho into nonattainment. “It is difficult to convince a community there’s a problem unless it kind of hits you in the face a little bit,” said Krishna Viswanathan, a top environmental scientist with the EPA’s Region 10, based in Seattle. The EPA is expected to lower the ozone standard from 75 parts per billion, as set during the later years of the Bush EPA, to something between 60 and 70 ppb, as the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee recommended in 2008. The public will be able to comment on the new level before it goes into effect by August. An EPA chart shows Ada County in violation of a 65 ppb standard by 2020, along with hundreds of other communities. Viswanathan said that the Treasure Valley has been working proactively to curb smog, but that other communities are working harder to stave off nonattainment, which comes with a slew without money,” said Dale Stephenson, of federally imposed timelines and expensive co-chairman of the council and a professor consequences. “If a community can take charge of this and of environmental and occupational health at say ‘we’re going to be in the driver’s seat,’ it’s a Boise State. The council recently lost its Web site win win,” Viswanathan said, citing the exambecause of a lack of funding, but it still meets ple of the Austin, Tex., area, which has united monthly and is revising a broad coalition of the 2007 Treasure government and busiUÊ/…iÊ *ÊiÃ̈“>ÌiÃÊ̅iÊÛ>Õiʜvʅi>Ì…Ê benefits of reducing ozone to 70 ppb Valley Air Quality ness interests to create would range from about $13 billion to $37 Plan and watching the incentives to combat billion per year in 2020. For a standard of Legislature for any summertime smog and 60 ppb, the value of benefits would range bills that might affect other pollutants. from about $35 billion to $100 billion per year in 2020. air quality, particularly The Treasure Valley bills being pushed by Air Quality Council, UÊ/…iÊVœÃÌÃʜvÊÀi`ÕVˆ˜}ʜ✘iÊ̜ÊÇäÊ««LÊ Canyon County. would range from an estimated $19 bilcreated by the Legislalion to $25 billion per year in 2020. For Canyon County has ture and appointed by a standard of 60 ppb, the costs would resisted testing auto the governor in 2005 range from $52 billion to $90 billion. emissions for years. “to protect, preserve But by this summer, and, where necessary, improve the quality of the air in the Treasure based in part on a report from the council and a mandate by the Legislature, Canyon County Valley while accommodating private, public and commercial interests,” represents a simi- is supposed to adopt an emissions testing

GOOD GOVERNMENT≠FACEBOOK It’s 2010. Do you know where your legislative debate is? On Facebook, of course. During and after Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter’s State of the State speech this week, several lawmakers, with whom citydesk is “friends,” posted their reactions on the ubiquitous social networking site as well as on Twitter, the ubiquitous social stalking site. Sen. Dean Cameron, co-chairman of the budget committee, posted this: “First day of session has come to a close. The Governor gave a difficult but good speech. Tomorrow we will get some of the details of his budget reccomendations [sic]. I am now doing homework reading proposed legislation and budget documents.” He got four comments and three “likes.” Rep. Mar v Hagedorn of Meridian wrote: “Consolidation is the name of the game for Idaho to save money and balance budgets. Combining some agencies and as well as some functions to reduce redundency [sic]. Good State of the State by Gov. Otter, we have challenges ... but Idahoans are up to the task!” Boise Rep. Nicole LeFavour wrote with her usual poetic flair: “Otter offers no solutions. No leadership. Horrid ideological cuts (these are tiny par ts of the budget) he says he will eliminate all state $ for Idaho Public Television, Idaho Human Rights Commission, Commission on Hispanic Affairs & the 3 agencies who advocate for people with disabilities. So little regard or respect. So cruel.” But the best was found in the comments to Boise Rep. Brian Cronin’s status update, in which he used the word “decimate” in the same sentence as school funding. Hagedorn piped up in the comments: “I’m not sure I would call a recommended 1.6% reduction ‘decimating’ Brian ... looking at the budget recommendations, it appears that the lowest cut recommended was to K-12. Where would you have reduced to meet the revenue estimates?” And Cronin responded in kind: “Mar v: ‘Decimate’ may be a tad strong for current K12 holdbacks, but I think it’s a fair description of what we’ve done to higher ed over the last several years.” Maybe they can just use Facebook’s voting app and save on the Statehouse power bill this year. Gov. Otter got into the social networking game himself Monday, setting up a new budget forum on his office’s Web site. You can find the link to the discussion forum on the upper right of A dozen ideas appeared on the site over night. Anyone can register, post an idea to save money and then use their 10 votes to pick the best ideas. You can also leave comments that the state will monitor for profanity but not necessarily craziness. Among the ideas submitted: four-day work weeks, no kindergar ten, move the Office of Species Conser vation under the Idaho Depar tment of Fish and Game, and reduce smoking related diseases. The state did not have to pay for the Web technology, by the way, saving a few hours of staff time. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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As agencies drop off public dole, expect less public interest, narrow reach ANDREW CRISP Boise State President Bob Kustra, on the eve of the legislative session, questioned the continued inclusion of the word “State” in the university’s name, as students pick up more and more of the tab. Idaho Public Television, state parks and a half dozen small agencies that assist workers facing discrimination and the state’s disabled and minority populations could make the same argument after Otter’s 2010 State of the State speech before a joint session of the Idaho House and Senate. While Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter called for a “no-growth budget” next year, most agencies will see their new suggested funding level as a cut. The agencies listed above may view the cut as a form of state-sanctioned hara-kiri. Now what does this mean for the average Idahoan? It means that Idaho is continuing to operate on a shoestring budget. It means that general fund appropriations this year will suffer more, with across the board cuts, on top of the holdback that was instituted in September 2009. It means the dissolution of roughly 400 government jobs, a $27.9 million mid-year cut in public school budgets, the first such mid-year cut to public education in the state’s history. And that’s on top of Otter’s other first from last year: the first public schools budget to pass at a lower level than the prior year. Otter eulogized the move in his State of the State speech: “I’m proposing that for the balance of Fiscal Year 2010, we hold back an additional $40 million from all state agencies and operations—including public schools. That is among the toughest recommendations I make today.”

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Otter also announced what he continually calls “consolidations” of state agencies, stating that we must avoid any “duplication of effort” or “inefficiency.” What that boils down to is a four-year phase-out program for the group of agencies mentioned above that Otter said, in a not-so-veiled sleight, have “similar clientele” and “can rely on federal grants.” The agencies include the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Idaho Public Television, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Council and others. Otter failed to mention these cuts in his State of the State message. The plan, which Unda’ the Rotunda has to assume constitutes the bulk of the “sweeping changes to the way we do business in state government” to which Otter refers, will save the state $2.4 million a year, according to Wayne Hammon, his budget director. That’s on a $2.5 billion budget. A savings of 0.1 percent. The Department of Parks and Recreation, a cherry red line item in the governor’s chart, faces a 100 percent reduction. The governor suggests that the employees, less a liquidated 25, be moved under the umbrella of the Department of Lands. The state’s universities have also seen substantial cuts. After the $15 million held back from the universities in September, Otter’s plan, if accepted, calls for another $3.8 million in cuts this fiscal year. The already strained institutions are balking at what the state is asking them to do, which ultimately results in a rise in tuition. Kustra and University of Idaho President Duane Nellis came out swinging against the

continued leeway taken with higher education funding. The presidents were joined by their lobbyists, former state budget director Marty Peterson of the University of Idaho, and former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb at Boise State, who agreed: Colleges and universities, with access to tuition and fees, have become a bank for public schools, prisons and health and welfare. Kustra implied that public universities were heading toward being entirely cut out of state budgets, and that all 50 states need to make a conscious, joint commitment to the value of higher education. Armed with a host of graphs and budget numbers, Stacy Pearson, vice president of finance and administration at Boise State, outlined the drastic increase in tuition for Boise State students. While a full-time resident pays $2,432 per semester this year, the same student paid only $897 per semester in 1997. That same year, 78.3 percent of the operating budget for Boise State was funded by the state. In 2010, just 58.7 percent is covered by the state. Student fees have increased at 5 percent or more, sometimes even up to 10 percentage points, every year since 1997. “With so many people losing jobs and going back to school, we can’t slap them with higher tuition fees on top of that,” Pearson said. “What we try to avoid around here is not say, ‘I’m not going to tell you, but I’m going to come and get your funds,’” Pearson said. Well, this week, Otter put her and every other state agency on notice. He’s coming to get your funds.


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odi Johnson-Maynard will tell you this is not a quest. It’s not her personal mission or a scientific crusade. She’s reluctant to call it much of anything, in fact. Her search for the giant Palouse earthworm is one she conducts with calculated scientific professionalism: She refuses to take sides, she will only comment on facts—the black and white. Not the gray. What she will firmly tell you is that the giant Palouse earthworm—a pale white worm that can grow 3 feet long, smells like lilies and spits when aggravated—exists. She’ll also tell you that its numbers are plummeting, that it lives somewhere under the Palouse and that it has only been found four times in the last 100 years. She just can’t tell you how to find it. Behind the wheel of her gun-metal blue Honda Pilot, Johnson-Maynard drives like the native Californian she is—fast, braking infrequently—down the gravelly, back roads south of Moscow. She flies past a tiny bed and breakfast, a Mr. Cabinet store, a trailer park, in and out of curves and bends, deep into the yellowing waves of the Palouse. She’s a soil scientist, but during the last nine years that she’s worked at the University of Idaho, she’s become an authority on local worms—particularly the elusive giant Palouse earthworm. Her interest in the native worm swelled in 2005 when a grad student unexpectedly struck gold. “She went to this pit and put her shovel in and she pulled one out,” Johnson-Maynard recalls. “It’s like a million in one chance…


We, like everyone else at that time, thought it was gone.” But unearthing that one white worm—now dead and decaying in a test tube that sits on Johnson-Maynard’s desk—has since plowed deep dividing lines through the Palouse. Local environmental groups started calling for the worm to be listed as endangered in order to save any last living specimens. They argue that the worm is the last surviving link to the original Palouse prairie. “The worm can’t exist without the prairie, and there are some people [who] say the prairie can’t exist without the worm,” says Steve Paulson, a board member for Friends of the Clearwater. “The initial step to salvaging the whole is to save the parts. We’ve got to salvage the parts of this ecosystem.” But some local farmers say they’ve never seen the thing and that protecting a worm that can’t be found could drive them out of business, or worse—capsizing the agriculturebased economy of the whole region. “You’d have a civil war on your hands,” says Andrew Duffin, a Palouse historian. Perhaps most worrisome, say scientists, is how little we know. What makes this worm different from other species? What happens if it goes extinct? What knowledge of our world would die with it? “There’s a lot of reasons why it’s bad to lose a species,” says Noah Greenwald, endangered species director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “They are a source of information. Who knows, maybe with this earthworm some disease could be cured by

some chemical in its body? … It’s a 3-foot-long white earthworm that spits and has lily smell to it. It’s an interesting creature.” “I just have to stay neutral,” JohnsonMaynard says, acknowledging the politics surrounding the worm. Today, we’re driving to a third-generation farm on Paradise Ridge, just southeast of Moscow, to take advantage of the wet fall weather. She says mid-springtime is best for earthworm hunting, but giant Palouse worms have also been found on fall mornings just like this one. On a north-facing ridge on the property, Johnson-Maynard stops on the flattest ground she can find. Karl Umiker, her research support scientist, and Shan Xu, a 25-year-old master’s student from China, help her unload their crude collection materials: shovels, milk jugs, wooden-framed screens, a Coleman cooler (with cup holder top), a heavy orange generator. They awkwardly carry them to what they call Zone Two, a hillside covered in dying sticky geranium, Idaho fescue and buckwheat that is nearly impossible to stand on comfortably. None of them will say that they are here to find a giant Palouse earthworm. Instead, they say they’re experimenting with sampling techniques—the best ways to effectively tempt worms out of the ground. “You know, it’s one of those things where if you come out trying to catch one, you’d go away disappointed,” Umiker says, looking out over the withering grasses and shrubs. They didn’t pick this place randomly: The

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team’s steep collection site is just one of a few slivers of original prairie that still exists. Today, just 1 percent of Palouse prairie is actually pristine—but that’s nothing new. Duffin—author of Plowed Under: Agriculture and Environment in the Palouse—says that nearly every hill, plain and field here was overturned and developed into farmland by 1900. And scientists like Johnson-Maynard and local environmental groups believe that may be the very reason no one can find the Palouse earthworm. Duffin says little thought was given to what effect such a drastic turnover might have on the natural landscape of the Palouse or to its biological makeup: the soil and animals native to the area. “Farmers were in business to do business,” he says. “The farmers didn’t care … They knew exactly what they were doing—they knew they were skinning off the land.” At the same time farming was taking root, a zoologist named Frank Smith documented giant Palouse earthworms for the first time, describing them as “abundant” in journals he kept, dated 1897. The foremost authority on Northwest earthworms, William Fender, found two giant Palouse earthworms in 1978. He says that this species is very real, unique and “excruciatingly hard to find.” He believes that’s because their habitat is shrinking. When it comes to giant worms—particularly the giant Palouse earthworm and the related, much larger Oregon giant earthworm— Johnson-Maynard says Fender is “the only person I know of who can identify [them] to the species level.” Laughing, she says that he has a “unique skill.” “They are as endangered as anything I’ve had to deal with. I’m quite sure of that,” Fender says. “And the thing is: They don’t have any possible refuge. “Even the Oregon giant earthworm, which is clearly very rare, has a mix of habitat and little pockets of things here and there—that species has a much better chance. The Palouse worm—all they’ve got is a heavily disturbed habitat. I just think they are in the most precarious position of any Western native earthworm.” Fender has even returned to sites in Ellensburg, Wash., and Lewiston, where he collected the Palouse worms in 1978 in hopes of trying to coax more out of the ground. “Of the two places that I collected 30 years ago, one of them now has been bulldozed and has a gravel parking lot and a steel shed on it. And one of them is just at a major intersection, tucked back in amongst the trees,” Fender says. “I’ve collected there and I’ve found nothing of interest. I think it’s probably been wiped out there.” Karl Umiker smiles as he pushes electric probes—long metal rods with plastic screwdriver-like tops—through the crunchy, fading plants into the soil below. He’s hoping to shock the ground with up to 400 volts using this method. “I don’t have high hopes for this,” he says, still smiling—something he seems to do constantly. “It was shallower than I thought it would be.” Shan Xu, in throwback Nikes, jeans and a purple plaid raincoat—the rhinestones on her back pockets sparkling in the late morning sun—starts digging a hole. When asked about her soil studies, her answers are flat. But when

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the giant Palouse earthworm comes up, she laughs, breaking the scientific stoicism of her colleagues: “It’s really exciting.” They’re trying three worm-hunting techniques today, all flawed or experimental in some way: hand-sorting soil through screens, applying an active ingredient from hot mustard to the soil, and shocking the soil with enough electricity to get worms to come to the surface. Johnson-Maynard starts hand-sorting, dumping buckets of soil onto the screens, carefully brushing the brown earth back and forth with her fingertips, almost as if she’s looking for nuggets of gold. The earthworms are scarce today, but when she finds an everyday species—a bronze-colored worm curled up in a ball—she’s delicate with it, handing it to Xu to label in a container with soil. “Earthworm sampling is a little like fishing—you have to be patient,” she says. “It’s like fishing without the beers.” Later, as Umiker begins running voltage to the electrical probes, Xu calls out hesitantly to him and Johnson-Maynard: “I found an earthworm.” Johnson-Maynard lets her guard down for a split-second: “Is it big?!” Xu holds it out for her to see: just a small, everyday earthworm. “Mmm. Trapezoides,” Johnson-Maynard says, deflated, turning back to the electric probes. It’s an invasive earthworm, Aporrectodea trapezoides, an exotic species that outnumbers native worms on the Palouse by a long shot. They’re another reason Johnson-Maynard speculates that she can’t find more giant Palouse worms. Worms like the one Xu found are resilient, can reproduce without a mate, eat almost anything in the soil and can survive drastic temperature changes; essentially, they’re the ultimate competitors. There are lots of theories about how the Palouse became overrun with exotic species of earthworms like Trapezoides. As people rooted plants from other areas in the soil, they inevitably brought foreign species of worms with them. Another theory speculates that early American settlers used soil as ballast on their ships, dumping it onto the shores upon arrival here. That soil scattered inland. Birds picked up earthworms from it and brought them even further inland. They reproduced rapidly, perhaps out-competing native worms more and more as time passed. Exotic species present an even greater problem than just competition to the native Palouse worm: They change the entire makeup of the soil. Fender says worms create channels that aerate and hydrate the soil and, depending on what kind of worm they are, they constantly cycle nutrients through the soil—potentially changing the “soil profile,” including the pH level, which can obliterate native plants. But today, Johnson-Maynard, Umiker and Xu are less worried about what kind of worm species they gather—just that they collect some. They pull out three adults—none of them giant ones—by hand-sorting. The mustard technique does nothing. The generator that powers the electro-shocking system emits a loud, constant purr, but attracts no worms. “It’s kind of variable. On one dig, you won’t find any—and then 1 or 2 feet away, you’ll find some, which is part of the frustrating thing about it,” Johnson-Maynard says, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

not seeming very frustrated at all. In Oregon, to aid in their search for Oregon giants, some scientists have argued that dogs could be trained to sniff out the lily-like smell of these worms. Dan Rosenberg, a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, credits the idea to his dog, Raven, an Australian shepherd who pulled a dead 51-inch Oregon giant from under a Himalayan blackberry bush in Corvallis. “Up to that date, we knew it was looking for a needle in a haystack,” he says. “If the dog didn’t alert my wife to it, even though she’s aware of the species, she wouldn’t have seen it. “Most of the findings have just been accidental.” At a late-October meeting in Moscow, 30 people are passing a test tube around the room. Inside it, the phantasmic giant worm found in 2005 is yellowing with age, its severed sections shriveling over time. It doesn’t look giant, and it hardly looks like much of a worm. The tube isn’t a regal resting place— it’s just a glass vial with one end plugged by a brownish top that’s affixed with a few layers of heavy-duty packing tape. The gathering was organized by the Friends of the Clearwater, the local environmental protection group that recently filed its second petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Palouse earthworm as threatened or endangered. Each person in the room pauses with the vial, trying to make something out of the mangled thing inside. Johnson-Maynard stops for a confession. “I wanted to take a minute to address this ‘giant’ thing. I don’t know that we should be calling the giant Palouse earthworm a ‘giant,’” she says, projecting images of 20-footlong Ecuadorian earthworms onto the screen behind her. “A colleague of mine says we should start calling it the ‘larger-than-average Palouse earthworm.’” The crowd laughs, unfazed by this revelation. Most of them already know the worm isn’t a giant, Beetlejuice-sized sandworm; they just want to know how to find it. “I’ve had people come to my office who thought for sure they have a giant Palouse earthworm, and they just really have a really big earthworm,” Johnson-Maynard says. “It’s kind of a disappointment for them.” That hope of finding more Palouse worms is shared by environmental organizations interested in protecting them. But protection isn’t an easy sell. Sarina Jepsen, endangered species program director for the Oregon-based Xerces Society, says that people are quick to rally around cute, cuddly animals like polar bears and penguins, but aren’t so eager to protect species at the bottom of the food chain. “The charismatic mega-fauna get the lion’s share of attention,” she says. “There are so many insects and invertebrates in need of protection.” But Dan Wood, director of local affairs for the Washington State Farm Bureau, says he gets concerned when a species like the Palouse worm is protected—especially when it means regulating how farmers can use their own land. Or worse: when an endangered species means farmers can’t use their land at all. “Every time there’s a listing filed [to protect a species], it’s followed by a discussion of restrictions,” he says. “The state and federal WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

regulatory agencies typically do not seem concerned about maintaining the viability of agricultural lands.” Wood seems jaded; he says the treatment is always the same when a species gets protected. The Washington State Farm Bureau has seen it before with spotted owls, salmon, gray squirrels, loons—even slugs. “It doesn’t matter whether they find one worm or thousands of worms—the response from the agencies is the same,” he says. “It’s layer upon layer upon layer of set-asides and restrictions.” Duffin, the Palouse historian, says telling farmers that they can’t farm because of a worm would be nearly impossible. “I think there should be a lot of environmental controls put on farmers,” he says, suggesting a government-sponsored buy-back program could help save the endangered prairie lands and the organisms living in it. But then he corrects himself: “There’s not a politician anywhere in the state who would ever sign on to that.” When Ding Johnson unearthed six giant Palouse earthworms accidentally in the late 1980s, he couldn’t tell if they smelled like lilies—but he chalks that up to “30 years of sinus problems.” While searching for beetles in a forest of Douglas fir trees at the foot of Moscow Mountain, giant worms were the last thing that Johnson expected to find. But when he and a grad student pulled up a dense mat of moss, they found six white worms on the surface of the soil. Once exposed, Johnson (who works with JohnsonMaynard at the U of I; no relation) says they “moved fast like night crawlers.” They grabbed three successfully—all around 1 foot in length. While Johnson missed the lily aroma the worms are notorious for, he did notice something else. “They will spit when harassed,” he says. “It’s not actually spit—they’re regurgitating mucus. It’s fairly abrupt—it doesn’t travel any distance, it just blops out on your hand. [But] I’m a field biologist—it takes a lot to gross me out.” Johnson preserved and shipped the worms immediately to Fender. Indeed, they were giants. “I’ve taken a worm quest group out within feet of where we got them,” he says. “We keep holding the thought that we’ll go out again on a wet spring day and find some.” Knowing how random some finds are, Johnson-Maynard seems to keep her hopes in check. “My studies really don’t center just on finding the giant Palouse earthworm because I would never get anything done,” she says. “Because it’s hard to find. My earthworm ecology work is broader.” Today, Ding Johnson laughs as he recalls his encounter with the giant white worms. He’s shocked at how cavalier he was about his discovery when it happened. “We were just so blase about it, we figured we could go back and find more whenever we wanted,” he says. “I guess serendipity is still a factor in the sciences.” Leah Sottile is a writer based in Spokane, Wash. This story originally ran in The Pacific Northwest Inlander.

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Don’t despair, HIjinx has plenty of Lar to spare.

These alt-rock machines sport women’s jeans.


performance art UNCLE LAR AT HIJINX

alt-rock JON AND RUSS AT REEF On Jon Davidson’s pimped-out Myspace page, just below the black and white photo of him—hair gelled into a faux-hawk with an acoustic guitar flung over his shoulder—is the line “more than meets the eye.” If you stumble across this phrase while listening to Davidson’s debut solo album Perfect Cliche—a highly produced assemblage of nasaly, ’90s alt-rock-tinged radio-friendly pop tracks—you might call bullshit. But a less cursory scan of Davidson’s site yields a surprise. It turns out, the dude is quick-witted and damn good at poking fun of himself. One of his most recent blog entries includes a history of the origins of the Gregorian calendar and a debate over what to call the new year: “Ten or oh-ten ... Ten, though, just doesn’t flow,” he writes. “It seems more appropriate when used in reference to my pant size in women’s jeans.” Or in a post about his mismatched mountain biking outfit, he writes: “For a guy who refuses to brush his teeth with a toothbrush that doesn’t match his shirt, this outfit was the Titanic on a collision course with the iceberg of Goodwill.” We have high hopes that Davidson’s sense of humor, along with the musical stylings of Aussie popster Russell Stafford, will keep things interesting when the two Portland, Oregonians take over Reef on Wednesday, Jan. 13. But be prepared for a little ’90s nostalgia: The dudes do a mean cover of Tonic’s “If You Could Only See.” 4 p.m., Hastings Books and Music, FREE, 680 E. Boise Ave.; 8 p.m., FREE, Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,

FRIDAY JAN. 15 art ARTISTS’ GROOVE PARTY Shout out the first words that come to mind when you read the term “ar tists’ cooperative.” “Linen pants,” “yoga,” “macrobiotic diets” and “marijuana” are all acceptable answers. Thankfully, not all ar tist co-ops are housed in ashrams or sustainable urban treefor ts. Some, like Ar t4Ar t! Idaho, even promote free market capitalism.


In a shared storefront in the Vista Village Shopping Center, a collection of local ar tists display and sell their work to the public ever y Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Items offered at Ar t4Ar t! Idaho include photography, painting, potter y, fused glass, lampworked glass, blown glass, origami, mosaics, per fume botanicals, bath and body items, jewelr y, tutus and repurposed vintage furniture. And the cooperative donates 5 percent of the store’s gross earnings back to local youth ar ts organizations. To celebrate all their mold-breaking and do-good-

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er y, Ar t4Ar t! Idaho hosts a monthly Ar tists Groove Par ty. This month’s throwdown takes place on Friday, Jan. 15, from 5:30-9 p.m, with audio jams provided by the magically named Spoondragon at 6:30 p.m. Browse work from blownglass ar tists like Lisa Tate and Filip Vogelpohl, steady your steely gaze on Zella Bardsley’s metal and mixedmedia work or get smelling pretty with Caitlyn Davies’ per fume botanicals. 5:30-9 p.m, FREE, Ar t4Ar t! Idaho, Vista Village Shopping Center, 1002 Vista Ave., 208-440-2412, ar t4ar

When he tells a joke, Larry Reeb often follows a standard set-up/punchline method. But the Chicago-born comic—whose Midwestern accent and laid-back, weighted enunciation evoke images of an old-timey radio sportscaster—is anything but standard. He’s funny, he’s caustic, and he’s deceptive. Uncle Lar, as he’s known, is usually dressed in a suit and tie and looks like he actually could be a relative. The nice, quiet one with the decent job and not too much to say. So it’s surprising to hear Uncle Lar open his wide mouth, blink slowly and begin a deliberate no-holds-barred delivery on everything: He drawls out jokes about people on welfare, how an artist tried to convince him taking a dump was performance art and how ridiculous he thinks it is that hunting is legal but bestiality is not. Uncle Lar has an opinion on everything and useful advice to go with it, ending his bits of wisdom with, “That’s a tip from your Uncle Lar.” For example, even though he doesn’t have any children (a trip to a Toys ’R’ Us store on a Saturday afternoon apparently squelched that desire), he has some ideas when it comes to discipline (you can find this clip as part of the “Funny White Guys” series on “You know what works on kids? Embarrass ’em. They hate to be embarrassed. I was with my nephew in a restaurant. He was actin’ up and I go, ‘You keep it up and I’m gonna take off my pants and sit in the butter.’ So now I’m on probation. But he don’t act up in restaurants anymore. Another tip from your Uncle Lar.” Wednesday, Jan. 13-Sunday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, second show starts at 10:15 p.m., 800 W. Idaho St., Suite 200, 208-947-7100,

MONDAY JAN. 18 stage BCT’S 5X5 READING SERIES For the past 16 years, Boise Contemporary Theater has invited professional actors to the stage for a onenight-only bare-bones reading of a cutting-edge play. At the 5x5 Reading Series, BCT performs one play a month from January through May, giving audiences an opportunity to see new work while also allowing BCT to test out material on a crowd of dedicated guinea pigs. “It’s an opportunity for us

to see how plays are read in front of an audience and the audience’s reaction; to see if in the future we want to produce it,” explained BCT Managing Director Helene Peterson. “It gives feedback in that way.” And it’s been a successful experiment. In the 2008-2009 season, two 5x5 plays were turned into full-on productions—Jenny Schwartz’s God’s Ear and Sonja Linden’s I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda. Though none of the plays in BCT’s 20092010 season are part of the 5x5 series, Peterson has hopes that the first reading on Monday, Jan. 18—Sam-

uel D. Hunter’s Atlasing Sodom—might be produced next season. Other readings in this year’s 5x5 series include: The Carpetbagger’s Children by Horton Foote on Feb. 15, Lady by Craig Wright (author of this season’s stunning The Pavilion) on March 22, Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo on April 19 and The Krumblin Foundation on May 3, which will be written and performed by Boise’s own Fool Squad, Tom Willmorth and Joe Conley Golden. Mondays, Jan. 18-May 3, 7 p.m., $12 adults, $10 under-25 or students, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224,



Traipsing through the Brazilian brush in Sandra Kogut’s Mutum. These boots are made for stompin’ ... and this kilt is made for flashin’.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY JAN. 15-17 subtitles




What do a sensitive, rural-Brazilian farm boy, a spirited Indonesian prostitute named Sita and three sisters looking to escape their lives in post–communist Macedonia all have in common? These varied characters are central figures in the films Mutum, The Photograph and I Am From Titov Veles (respectively), all of which are making their Boise debut on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Egyptian Theatre. The Global Lens film series—which is also currently screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Palm Springs International Film Festival—brings award-winning international movies to more than 35 locations across the United States and Canada. From Friday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 17, Boise’s subtitle-loving masses can catch films from far-off locales like Kazakhstan and Mozambique. On Friday at 6:30 p.m., check out the Chinese comedy Getting Home, and at 8:30 p.m., catch the more somber Sleepwalking Land. On Saturday, I Am From Titov Veles plays at 2 p.m., Mutum shows at 4 p.m., The Photograph plays at 6:30 p.m. and Possible Lives shows at 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, the festival wraps up with My Time Will Come at 2 p.m., Those Three at 4 p.m., Song from the Southern Seas at 6:30 p.m. and What a Wonderful World at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to each screening are $6 and may be purchased at the Egyptian box office. For more information on the films showing, visit Various times, $6 per film, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273,


Please just stop gagging for one second and pay attention. Yes, this is a frozen log of vegetarian ham. No, it doesn’t roll down stairs, alone or in pairs or over your neighbor’s dog. (But it might start if you keep wincing at it.) This little faux-beast is a mighty tasty combo of good oldfashioned grow-hair-on-your-chest ingredients like fibrous soy protein, cornstarch, egg white powder and wheat protein. Mmm, Mmm. Just like mama used to make. But in all seriousness, this myster y un-meat is one fantastic vegetarian substitute. While not nearly as common as its faux-chicken and un-sausage peers, veggie ham holds its own in the land of flesh impostors. From its moist, meaty texture to its uncanny pork flavor, veggie ham captured my heart (without raising my cholesterol) the first time I ordered it at a tiny campus vegetarian restaurant in Austin. Now, thanks to the recently expanded Orient Market on Orchard and Emerald streets in Boise, I finally have a diamond-corrugated ham log of my ver y own. But if you’re too timid to invest in an entire pillarcandle-sized log ($7.99), pop into Baguette Deli, a Vietnamese sandwich shop adjacent to Fred Meyer on Orchard Street, and tr y a veggie ham sandwich. You’ll cr y “we, we, we!” all the way home. —Tara Morgan

THE THISTLE AND GHILLIES While “ghillies” might sound like an unfortunate souvenir you bring back from a particularly debaucherous trip to Thailand, it is in fact a type of Scottish dancing footwear. The soft leather lace-ups, which look like a cross between Teva hiking sandals and ballet shoes, allow men and women to boogie down to fast-paced reels and jigs, as well as slowerpaced strathspeys. If any of the above terms sound more confusing than vegetarian haggis, join the Thistle and Ghillies—Boise’s own Scottish country dancing group—for weekly lessons starting Monday, Jan. 18, and continuing until March 14. The Thistle and Ghillies describe Scottish country dancing as a “cross between square or contra dancing (although there is no caller) and ballet.” The dances are done in sets of six or eight people, with bonnie lasses on one side and lads on the other. The Thistle and Ghillies promise “an enjoyable time among pleasant people,” but also note that attendees should be prepared to switch dancing partners frequently and be comfortable getting their dance on with members of the same sex. Classes are held at the Eagle Performing Arts Center at 149 W. State St. from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. and dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Ghillies optional. Mondays, Jan. 18-March 14, 7:15.-9:15 p.m., $4 members, $5 nonmembers, Eagle Performing Arts Center, 149 W. State St., Eagle, 208-342-2812,

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entertainment. 4-6 p.m. FREE, ArtsWest School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 3415 Flint Dr., Eagle, 208-938-5410.

$50 with a 10 percent discount for siblings, www.got2getfast. com. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208853-0011.



Workshops & Classes

Festivals & Events

BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE BUSINESS WORKSHOPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jenna Haener looks at social media marketing tools such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook and more, teaching participants how to build relationships using online tools. Lunch from Chronic Tacos. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $20. U.S. Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol, Boise, 208-345-8519,

REUSE MARKET OPEN HOUSEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Check out the everchanging array of unique art and craft materials, as well as interior design samples, available for artistic re-use. 2-5 p.m. FREE. Donations appreciated. The White Pine Boutique, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-4669083,

Festivals & Events ALL-AGES VINYL COLLECTOR MEETINGâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vinyl Preser vation Society and Record Exchange have set up a partnership to share the love of vinyl with all ages. Including a brief presentation by Chad and Travis Dr yden, DJ sets by VPS members, rafďŹ&#x201A;e prizes and free drinks. 5-7 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, www.

Kids & Teens BROADWAY SPLASHâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A class designed for children ages 6-9 in which students will interpret and act out a scene from a well-known Broadway play. Kids will incorporate drama, music and dance. 4:15 p.m. Register through the YMCA at 208344-5501 or www.ymcaboise. org. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise,


LIVING WITH ARTHRITISâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sandy Jensen presents a discussion on Our Arthritis. 1-2:30 p.m. FREE. Come early to enjoy a $4 lunch ser ved at noon. Boise Senior Activity Center, 690 Robinson Road, Garden City, 208-345-9921.

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CARDIOVASCULAR/PULMONARY EDUCATION SERIESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Participants can stop by for an informative session about fat, sodium and ďŹ ber, and how they can aid or dampen your diet. 2-3 p.m. FREE. Mercy Medical Center, 1512 12th Ave., Nampa, 208-463-5199.

BOYS ONLY BOOK CLUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Januar yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pick: Alex Riderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stormbreaker. Gather and discuss. 4 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www.


SPEED DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL SPORTSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A class providing hands-on guidance to help students ages 14-18 to develop speed, agility and core strength. Led by Boise Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head track and ďŹ eld coach. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD CRITIQUE GROUPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Revisit and revise the many fruits of your labors produced during National Novel Writing Month. This group aids folks in sprouting their writing skills. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-3764229,

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On Stage IN YOUR FACE OPEN REHEARSALâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Meet the dancers and directors of Idaho Dance Theatre and get a taste of what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on for the upcoming Januar y show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Figuratively Speaking.â&#x20AC;? Noon-1 p.m. FREE, 208-331-9592. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise,

Concerts LANGROISE TRIOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Featuring the music of Geoffrey Trabichoff, Dave Johnson and Samuel Smith. 7:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Esther Simplot Center for the Per forming Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

BOOK RELEASEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Join author Craig Zuber for the release of his new book In the Trenches: Do Or Die Lessons From the Business BattleďŹ eld, a rigid business guide combining discipline and business. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197, DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The workshop is held twice a month and offers writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Author and poet Norman Weinstein facilitates the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000,


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RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Celebrate the opening of ArtsWest Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Creative Arts Campus and Dance Studio. Staff will be on hand offering private tours and students will provide live

Dude Howdy by Steve Klamm was the 1st place winner in the 8th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.


8 DAYS OUT SATURDAY JAN. 16 Festivals & Events CONTRA DANCE—The monthly third-Saturday contra dance features live music by Contraband with calling by Denise and Gary. Couples, singles and children 10 years and older are welcome. Partners are not necessary. 7:30-11 p.m. $8 adults, $3 youth (10-18 years old). Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843. DYKES IN DRAG CLOSET BALL—Presented by the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho. All performers are welcome. 7:30 p.m. $5, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297. SHITTY MUSIC PARTY 2010—Highlight the diva in you. SMP 2010 begins with cocktails and ends with a hangover breakfast the following day with a lot of photos, martinis, booze and music in between. Visit the site for a full list of details, including reservation information. 8 p.m., $5, Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208287-9200. For details visit www.


W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-4891284,

LANGROISE TRIO—Featuring the music of Geoffrey Trabichoff, Dave Johnson and Samuel Smith. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. (College of Idaho campus), Caldwell, 208-459-5011.

Kids & Teens THERAPY DOGS—Dogs at the library? Indeed. Bring down the family for a reading session with various therapy dogs. 2 p.m. Hayes Auditorium, Boise Public Library, Boise,

Workshops & Classes ACTING 101—Presented by Clam City Productions, this acting class is designed for beginning and intermediate actors. Ages 16 and older. For location information, visit www.clamcity. com. 9 a.m.-noon, $29.

Talks & Lectures SIMPLE STEPS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING—EcoHome Solutions representative Todd McGiverin shares a variety of ways to make your home more sustainable while improving the health of your indoor environment. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818



SUNDAY JAN. 17 Festivals & Events A.F.I. CD SIGNING—A.F.I. will be in store signing CDs. Anyone who purchases the deluxe edition of their new release Crash Love will receive a free ticket to their show at Knitting Factory on Monday, Jan. 18 (while supplies last). 5 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, www. SUNDAY MARKET—The main floor of the Linen Building becomes an indoor market where shoppers can find locally produced food and goods, including local arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and drink, live music and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

MONDAY JAN. 18 On Stage ATLASING SODOM— Secrets soar in Samuel D. Hunter’s play about Brent, Andy and Mark, friends and a father whose sordid pasts sprout an unner ving present. 7 p.m. Series tickets, which includes five readings, are $50 adults, $40 students and anyone ages 25 and younger. Boise Contemporar y Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-4423232, POETRY SLAM DELUX—Gear up your vocals and participate in an open slam with 100 bucks going to the winner. Also featuring a per formance by Laura Yes Yes. Neurolux is a 21-and-older venue. 7:30 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-3430886,

Literature ANIMATICS MANGA GROUP— Celebrate the Animatics Club’s first anniversary with all things anime and manga. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229,




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PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP—Drop in for a spoken workshop with Laura Yes Yes, presented by Big Tree Arts. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208426-INFO,

Sports & Fitness YOGA FOR RUNNERS—Check out the variety of ways in which yoga can assist you in running. 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604,

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8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Participants are invited to work on their public speaking with the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, e-mail 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.

TUESDAY JAN. 19 Workshops & Classes BODY IMAGE AND SELF-ESTEEM GROUP—Inviting all teen girls ages 11-16 to participate in a group session focusing on self-confidence, building a positive body image and increasing awareness of societal influences. 3-4 p.m. $30 per session. Warm Springs Counseling Center, 740 Warm Springs Ave., Boise.

Literature GREEN READER BOOK GROUP—Gather with likeminded folks for an evening of all things green. The group discusses titles and text from a variety of topics, including alternative energy technologies and other eco-centered ideas. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, www.

Workshops & Classes

11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 general, $4 seniors, FREE children under 12. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,

CREATIVE ARTS CAMPUS CLASSES—A nine-week course offering a variety of lessons in color mixing, shading, water-color techniques, paper mache and more. Wednesdays, Jan. 20-March 24. Two classes offered at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. $140 pre-pay for all nine classes, $20 per lesson. ArtsWest School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 3415 Flint Drive, Eagle, 208-938-5410,

Talks & Lectures A CONGRESS ON WESTERN RANGELANDS—A three-day dialogue focusing on various innovative strategies designed to manage the workings of Western landscapes. Speakers will discuss the current and proposed permits affecting federal grazing and much more. Speakers include Dan Dagget, Ed Marston, Courtney White and Bob Budd, as well as various other land managers, writers and scientists. Wed. Jan. 13-Fri. Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $65-$150. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900,

PIZZA AND MEN’S PARENTING WITH MIKE AND JOE—Pay the dues, read Stephen Glenn’s Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World, eat pizza and discuss. Guys gather to watch videos and discuss kids and parenting during this eight-week course. Thursdays, Jan. 14-March 4. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $75-$105, includes pizza and a copy of the book. Montessori Academy, 1400 Park Lane, Eagle, 208-939-6333.

On Stage

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASSES—The Thistle & Ghillies Scottish Country Dancers are hosting classes for all those interested in learning an old-school, traditional dance in a fun way. No partner necessary. Comfortable shoes and street clothes are advised. Mondays, Jan. 18-March 8, 7:15-9:15 p.m. $5 per class, Eagle Performing Arts Center, 149 W. State St., Eagle, 208-338-4633.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHEERLUCK HOMES—Watch as Sheer Homes gets lucky, or not, in solving cases with his powers of happenstance. Fri., Jan. 15 and Sat., Jan. 16, 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-3367383, FOOLS—Leon Tolchinsky has landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian town, where upon arrival he finds a town that has been cursed with chronic stupidity for more than 200 years. It is Leon’s job to break the curse. If he doesn’t succeed within 24 hours, he, too, will fall victim. Fri., Jan. 15 and Sat., Jan. 16, 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,

WINTER ACTING CLASSES— Kids ages 6 and older, teens and adults can establish their skills or hone their disguises in an eight-week acting course. New students will be introduced to theater while returning students will simply improve their craft. More information on varying classes and times can be found online. Saturdays, Jan. 16-March 9. Times vary. $75-$160. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.

WEDNESDAY JAN. 20 Food & Drink FIT AND FABULOUS IN 2010— Join Sylvie Ryan, Boise Co-op’s culinary educator, and Dylan Haas, a certified aerobic dance instructor, for a little lesson in gourmet goodness that’s great for your taste buds and your body. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, www.


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Odds & Ends GENEALOGY AT THE LIBRARY— Join reference librarian Buffy Macdonald for an informative session on the basics of genealogy research. 6 p.m. FREE. The Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave. N., Ketchum, 208-726-3493,

MULTIPLE DAY Festivals & Events RV SHOW AND SALE—Presented by the Treasure Valley RV Association. Jan. 14-16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 17,

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Seattle supergroup The Tripwires release super CD AMY ATKINS

Owl City: Rock hugs and adult jammies.

PRECIOUS THINGS AND SELLOUTS Last weekend, what sounded like a particularly twinkly new Ben Gibbard anthem started streaming through a thrift

What do you get when you mix four guys who have played in several seminal Seattle bands including The Minus 5, The Screaming Trees and Young Fresh Fellows? The Tripwires new release House to House is the bomb. You get explosive powerpop. You get a cross-section of the last few decades of Seattle’s music scene. You get an addictive new CD Watching Johnny work on the album 12-string guitar. And that label puts The Triptitled House to House (Spark & Shine Regave Ramberg first-hand knowledge of the wires in very good company. cords). You get The Tripwires. producer’s detail-oriented nature. And Johnny “I don’t mind it because I usually like the From the time they formed The Tripwires things that fall under that umbrella,” he said. seemed to be having as much fun fine-tuning in 2006, the term “supergroup” has followed the album as he did playing the songs. And “It varies from The Beatles to the Fountains Mark Pickerel, John Ramberg and broththat’s what matters most to Ramberg. Making of Wayne ... The Knack was a classic powerers Jim and Johnny Sangster across nearly good music is important, but it’s second nature pop band.” every column inch of space devoted to them. to musicians of the quartet’s caliber and hisThat’s quite a stretch across the musical Among fans of powerpop—especially those in tory. They’re all getting older and have been timeline, but considering that powerpop is Washington, Oregon and Idaho—the names around long enough that if it stops being fun, often categorized as such because of highPickerel, Ramberg and Sangster evoke a sense they don’t want to do it any more. That atenergy harmonies, catchy hooks and major of both familiarity and awe. titude combined with the four members’ innate keys—“There aren’t any minor-key dirges “People think, ‘I know all four of these musical talents reads loud and clear on House names,’” Ramberg said. “So it’s sort of a math in power-pop,” Ramberg said—it’s a broad to House and that fun factor will play a large enough classification to incorporate a myriad that happens with people writing about us.” part in the album becoming a standout among of music, a bounty of bands. That recognition is definitely part of the other similar releases. House to House is as The Tripwires may not look like a classic attraction of the band to Spark & Shine. The entertaining to listen to as powerpop has ever power-pop group—no skinny ties, mod suits label’s strategic coordinator, Barbara Mitchell been, even from its earliest incarnations. said, “It’s hard to start a label from scratch, so or Rickenbacker guitars slung across their While Pickerel, Ramberg and the Sangsters frames—but they do gravitate to a guitarhaving a band with the recognition and integmay not dress like their early counterparts, driven, harmonic sound. In House to House, rity of The Tripwires helps immensely.” the power in The Tripwires’ pop emanates not sonically, House to House hearkens back to But that’s not all they have to offer. a time when British new wave was taking “They’re respected and admired and, most of only from their sound, but from the producover the airwaves. From the first festive notes all, really well liked,” Mitchell said. “They’re tion value as well. Having well-known producer Johnny Sang- of “Drawing a Blank,” to “Ned Beatty’s in a great part of the fabric that is the Seattle Love,” to “S. Charleston Blow-By,” House to ster at the helm of any music scene.” House is a callback to vintage late ’70s/early album all but guarAnd with superSaturday, Jan. 16, 4 p.m., FREE ’80s Squeeze. “We’ve heard that a lot. It’s nice antees an imminently group being used to deRECORD EXCHANGE to hear because we all love Squeeze,” he said. listenable and ultiscribe bands like Them 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, And while a fan of either—or both— mately sing-alongable Crooked Vultures, product—a single listen would certainly be able to tell which song Saturday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m., which includes Queens with The Universal, $5 belonged to which band, a mix tape comof House to House is of the Stone Age’s Josh NEUROLUX prised of alternating Squeeze and Tripwires nowhere near enough. Homme, Nirvana/Foo 113 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, songs would not only be a fantastic listen, the Johnny has served as Fighters’ Dave Grohl For more information, visit musician, engineer and/ transitions between the songs would also be and Led Zeppelin’s smooth. Ramberg wasn’t surprised to hear or producer for the John Paul Jones, The the Squeeze comparison. likes of The Posies, The Supersuckers, MudTripwires might best be served by the term “I’d always had their Greatest Hits,” he honey and more, and Ramberg worried about “junior supergroup.” said. “But about two years ago a friend gave Johnny playing, engineering and producing “I’d like to encourage that,” Ramberg me a bootleg of a live [Squeeze] performance House to House—not because the vision for said. “I don’t know if the other guys will from like 1978. It was then that I realized what the final product would become myopic but like it so much, but can we launch that?” an amazing band they were, and I went out because he had so much on his plate. Ramberg asked. and bought everything they did. I spent a lot of “There were moments when we were So, along with being a junior supergroup, recording that I realized he was working really time absorbing their music.” they are also a part of Seattle’s “powerpop” With House to House as their sophomore hard,” Ramberg said. “I like bands that have scene. Ramberg, who serves both vocal and effort, that’s exactly the kind of thing someone as equal a distribution of labor as possible ... guitar duties, doesn’t mind that designation. may be saying about The Tripwires 10 or 20 When he was mixing, I kept checking on him, He likes and listens to that kind of music and years from now. asking if he was OK,” Ramberg said. he’s an especially big fan of jangly electric WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

store radio: “I’d get a thousand hugs / from 10,000 lightning bugs / as they tried to teach me how to dance.” I turned to a friend and asked: “You know this isn’t Postal Service, right?” She looked at me, confused, then replied “Really? I thought something was a little off.” That little something goes by the name Owl City—a sprightly Midwestern laptoppopper named Adam Young. The aforementioned single “Fireflies” off Young’s second album Ocean Eyes, recently fluttered to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, beating out another unstoppable teen dream machine, Miley Cyrus. Owl City, who sold out a recent show at the Venue, is returning to Boise on Tuesday, March 30, to play the much larger Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now at If the end of March seems like a tediously long wait, make the time pass more comfortably by waddling around in a footed Owl City adult onesie from Speaking of Ben Gibbard and Miley Cyrus, there’s big news from both camps: one got hitched and one quit her day job. Gibbard and 500 Days of Summer actress/ She & Him co-singer Zooey Deschanel tied the knot in a small ceremony near Seattle in September. And Cyrus announced last week that she’ll be leaving the Disney Channel’s cash-cow Hannah Montana after her contract expires in 2011. The 17-year-old pop star has expressed a desire to pursue more adult roles down the line. Finally, in news completely unrelated to anything precious, grunge band Alice In Chains’s upcoming Knitting Factor y show on Monday, Feb. 8, is sold out. AIC recently released Black Gives Way to Blue, their first studio album in 14 years, which was recorded with new lead vocalist William DuVall. —Tara Morgan

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BRANDI CARLILEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;7 p.m. $23 adv., $25 door, $60 platinum skybox. Knitting Factory

AARON REHNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8 p.m. FREE. Willi Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

BELLE OF LE BOISE, NIGHT GENESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

JON DAVIDSONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;4 p.m. FREE. Hastings

AFI, KNITTING FACTORY, JAN. 18 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to be the lead singer in a hardcore punk band with a name like David Marchand. How pedestrian. Luckily, when Marchand and some high school buddies began AFI (A Fire Inside) 19 years ago, he adopted the clenched-ďŹ sts stage name Davey Havok. Now, after a complete genre change and innumerable fey haircuts, AFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;horror punkâ&#x20AC;? is more successful than ever. Though the band was on various punk comps back in the day (Cinema Beer Nuts) they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach mainstream success until 2003 with Sing the Sorrow. That album went platinum, selling more than a million copies. Then, in 2006, the glam-diculous single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Murderâ&#x20AC;? off Decemberunderground crested at No. 1 on the Billboard modern rock charts. On Sunday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 18, AFI will sashay their chart-topping, eye-linerwearing selves into Boise for two performances. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tara Morgan Sunday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m., FREE in-store, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, Monday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $24, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212,

JON DAVIDSON AND RUSSELL STAFFORDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. FREE. Reef REVEREND PEYTONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DIG DAMN BANDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux

THURSDAY JAN. 14 ASHLEY & THE ASTRONAUTS, LA KNOTS, THE POWER COSMIC, HUNGER MOONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 7 p.m. BeneďŹ t show for Boise musician Andy Rayborn. $3. Heirloom Dance Studio BATTLE OF THE BANDSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cosmic Family Band, Stoney Holiday and Voice of Reason. 9 p.m. FREE to listen, $1 to vote. Liquid THE FAB FOURâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A Beatles tribute band. 7:30 p.m. $22-$40. Knitting Factory KILL UNCLEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8 p.m. FREE. Reef

THE DOPE WINTER BALL TOURâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;With Tash of the Alkaholiks, X-Kid, League 510 and Oly Ghost. 9 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux FROYDIAN SLIPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye JEREMIAH JAMES GANGâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JIMMY BIVENSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;7 p.m. FREE. Buddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub MCKENNA FAMILY NIGHTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe OCTANEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;9 p.m. $1. Liquid REBECCA SCOTTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper SHON SANDERSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine SOUL SERENEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub TRIBAL SEEDSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Roots, rock and reggae. 10 p.m. $5. Reef VOICE OF REASONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;9 p.m. BeneďŹ t show for Boise River Volunteers. $5. Terrapin Station WILLISON, ROOS AND YOUNGâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Acoustic rock and folk originals. 7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

The Universal THE TRIPWIRESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;4 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange

BLAZE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; KELLYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

THE TRIPWIRES, THE UNIVERSALâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

ERIC GRAEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

TT MILLERâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 p.m. FREE. Willi Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

HOT LOCAL KNIGHTSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A ďŹ ve-week Battle of the Bands, featuring 66 local rockers. Tonight is alternative punk: Let the Games Begin, Psycho Jake and the Hypnocrisis, The Listening Room, The Maladroids, 3rd to Last, Stop, Drop, and Party, A New Agenda, Gernika, Save Your Sorrows, Red Hands Black Feet, Crossing the Rubicon, Rest on This and Dance With the Fallen. 4 p.m. $8. The Venue

WAYNE WHITEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine

SUNDAY JAN. 17 ALL HANDS GO, OHADI, THE MAGNETICSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8 p.m. $3. Visual Arts Collective

JIMMY BIVENS BANDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9 p.m. $1. Liquid REBECCA SCOTTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper


SMP 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A costume party featuring a ton of locals, including Pop Cult Kids and Eleven. Dress up as your favorite pop icon. 9 p.m. $5. Reef

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;8 p.m. FREE. Crustyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gourmet Pizza

STONEY HOLIDAYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9 p.m. FREE. The Plank

ROBERT CRAY BANDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Blues and soul make this man whole. 7:30 p.m. $26-$50. Knitting Factory

SUB ZERO SALSA NIGHTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory



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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE MONDAY JAN. 18 AFI, CEREMONY—See Listen Here, Page 20. 7 p.m. $24. Knitting Factory JAZZ JAM—7 p.m. FREE. Reef. PUNK MONDAY—Third annual Battle of the Bands. Free to listen, 5 bucks to vote. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid TERRY JONES— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

TUESDAY JAN. 19 BEN BURDICK—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef THE JACKS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS— 7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s KEN HARRIS— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill UMPHREY’S MCGEE, CORNMEAL—6:30 p.m. $17.50$40. Knitting Factory



COUNTRY NIGHT—Featuring Kissin 92.3 with Steve Shannon. Fridays, 9 p.m. FREE. Cowgirls

THE AGGROLITES, ALL HANDS GO—8:30 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Reef

DAVID MARR—Fridays, 7 p.m. FREE. The Cole/Marr Gallery

HOWIE DAY, SERENA RYDER—7 p.m. $17.50-$40. Knitting Factory IAN WAGNER, MIKE BLOMQUIST—9 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


COUNTRY AND TOP 40—Saturdays, 9 p.m. $5. Cowgirls

FABULOUS FLOYD STANTON— Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Cafe Ole-downtown FRIM FRAM 4—Thursdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s FUEGOGO!—Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station JAZZ NIGHTS—MondaysSaturdays, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill; Thursdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Rembrandt’s; Featuring Kevin Kirk Tuesdays-Saturdays and The Sidemen on Sundays, 7 p.m., FREE, Chandlers JEANNIE MARIE—Fridays, 7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

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

JEREMIAH JAMES AND NED EVETT—Tuesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel

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

JEREMIAH JAMES GANG— Wednesdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—Mondays, 8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

JIM FISHWILD—Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

THE BUCKSHOT BAND— Saturdays, 9 p.m. Shorty’s BUD GUDMUNDSON, MATT HARTZ—Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

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 LIVE SETS—Fridays, 10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Pitchers and Pints NOCTURNUM WITH DJ BONES—Sundays, 9 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station POLYPHONIC POMEGRANATE—Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid 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 SMOOTH—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 THOMAS PAUL—Sundays, 10 a.m. and Mondays, 7 p.m. FREE. Red Feather

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KIP ATTAWAY, JAN. 15, THE BOUQUET When Kip Attaway puts out a new CD, it’s time for fans to get out the aspirin because there’s bound to be a party brewin’. Attaway’s December release, Let’s Drink! Hazardous Material 9, is the ninth in his comedy CD series and his 14th CD total. Recorded live with two bonus studio tracks, Let’s Drink includes songs with titles like “Old and Ugly,” “Pubic Hair Song” and “Rich Young Dumb Nymphomaniac.” This is not an album for the timid, nor are his live performances for the prudish. Attaway, who recently came to Boise with the Famous Motel Cowboys Reunion, promises a helluva CD release celebration. “I’ll do a regular show, although I don’t know if there’s anything regular about my shows,” Attaway said. “Plus, the CD has only been out a couple of weeks and it’s terrible. It’s worse than the rest of them.” Um, yeah. It’s so bad, you’ll laugh until beer spurts out of your nose. —Amy Atkins Friday, Jan. 15, doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m., $10. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.,

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EARLY RELEASES What’s in store for cinephiles

JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA AND TRAVIS ESTVOLD BW film reviewer Jeremiah Robert Wierenga, aka Jem, is known for in-depth analyses of arty and foreign films, while Travis Estvold, BW’s resident Vidiot, typically takes on mainstream movies and television. Different as they are in style and taste, the pair met online for a chat session devoted to a few anticipated movies coming out early in 2010. The process: watch a film trailer, then discuss. The result: why these films are ones to keep an eye out for.


(Friday, Jan. 15): Peter Jackson directed feature about a young girl’s life after death. VIDIOT: This movie just looks vivid to me. I get some of the vibe that I once got from What Dreams May Come—which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time. JEM: Yeah, Peter Jackson’s always had a good fix on visuals. This feels a bit creepier than What Dreams May Come, to me. I might liken it more to The Cell. VIDIOT: Creepier, yes. And when you’re dealing with pre-teens being murdered, it opens the door to viewers being turned off. But the emotional levels that Jackson is or is not able to generate will make or break this film. JEM: Right, but it comes from a popular book, so its fan base is built in. Of course, Saoirse Ronan has demonstrated her ability to carry a film. Her performance in Atonement was vital for holding the film together. VIDIOT: Absolutely. She was that perfect love-to-hate type of character. I’m curious to see what else she can achieve. JEM: Here’s a funny reminder regarding preteens being murdered—Jackson’s breakout film was Heavenly Creatures about two teens murdering one’s mother. It was also Kate Winslet’s first role. In a sense, Jackson’s taking a break from the epics (King

Johnny Depp’s turn as Alice In Wonderland’s Mad Hatter seems like a role written just for him— and with Tim Burton at the helm, it probably was.

Kong, Lord Of The Rings) and returning to the sort of smaller drama that first got him noticed. Apparently, he’s taking what he’s learned visually along with him, though.


(Friday, Jan. 22): A renegade good angel teams with humans to fight off an army of bad angels. VIDIOT: This movie screams Constantine meets The Seventh Sign but cranked up to a whole other level. JEM: Right, I was thinking Mars Attacks! (in the creature-design department) crossed with Resident Evil crossed with Bless the Child crossed with Max Payne. I sometimes worry about those films because I think they look so awesome, but somehow disappoint when it comes to actually having a story to connect those visual pieces. VIDIOT: If it can remain anything like Constantine—sort of the religious-toned sci-fi thriller—then I think it can be a winner. JEM: I’m not fully convinced that “epic” good and evil stories always need to be played out with angels and demons. Even the supernatural ones. I do think Paul Bettany makes a great anti-hero. VIDIOT: I think Paul Bettany makes a good just about everything.


(Friday, March 5): Lewis Carroll’s beloved

children’s story gets a Tim Burton makeover. JEM: I sort of feel bad for other actors in Burton films. He makes great films, but if you’re not a semi-deranged, semi-fro’ed performer like Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, you barely register. VIDIOT: That’s true. I definitely don’t dig all of Burton’s work. I loathed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and yet thoroughly enjoyed Sweeney Todd. I am, however, always on board to simply see what he creates. And given Alice is in 3-D ... sign me up! JEM: There are some directors (Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry) who may not always make a good film script-wise but always make something eminently watchable and generally intriguing. Burton is on that list. Jackson, too, to a lesser extent. VIDIOT: And clearly [Christoper] Nolan. But I’ll definitely say Burton belongs there. JEM: Well, Nolan, while having a great visual sense, really is talented as a storyteller from the script side. He doesn’t substitute oddity for intriguing subtext, which Gilliam and Burton might both be guilty of. VIDIOT: Yeah, but Nolan’s films are harder to sing along to. JEM: Right, and he rarely provides jobs for “little people.” Read an extended chat and leave your comments at

SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings GLOBAL LENS FILMS— Presenting a stellar collection of cross-cultural films. Visit www.egyptiantheatre. net for a detailed list of titles and times. Fri. Jan. 15-Sun. Jan. 17. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. $6. Egyptian

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Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: CARMEN—Endowed with more than four hours of drama, sex, violence and unruly behaviors, George Bizet’s opera Carmen airs on the big screen from a live per formance captured at the MET. Sat., Jan. 16, 11 a.m.

$7 adult, $6.75 children and seniors. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3771700,

opening A SINGLE MAN—Fashionmogul Tom Ford financed

and directed this film, which is based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood. The 1960s-era story follows a single day in the life of gay British professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) after his long-time companion dies. With production design by the Mad Men team matched with Ford’s meticulous eye for beauty, A Single Man is

a visual and emotional stunner. (R) Flicks THE BOOK OF ELI—Another addition to the ever-growing canon of post-apocalyptic films, The Book of Eli follows Eli (Denzel Washington) on his trek across the wasteland that once was America. Driven by his hope for the future, Eli serves up some serious ass-kicking, putting



members of murderous gangs in their place. But Carnegie (Gary Oldman), the ruler of a makeshift town of thieves, wants desperately to stop him. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

Flicks: F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:15; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:15

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, THE SQUEAKQUEL— Edwards 9: W-Th: 11:35, 12:20, 1:15, 1:50, 2:45, 3:40, 5:10, 6, 8:20; F-Tu: 1:40, 4:35, 7:50, 10:05 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:20, 12:50, 2, 2:45, 3:25, 4:30, 5:10, 5:40, 7:05, 7:35, 9:25, 9:50 AVATAR—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 3:15, 7, 10:30; F-Tu: 3:40, 7:05, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:35, 4:10, 7:45


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 1:10, 3:45, 4:40, 7:20, 8:15


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50, 3:15, 7, 10:20


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05; F-Tu: 1, 4:05, 7 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:55, 4:05, 6:50, 7:30, 9:40, 10:20


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

BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY— Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 2:40, 5:25, 8:05 DAYBREAKERS—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40; F-Tu: 1:40, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40, 2:05, 4:35, 7, 9:30


Edwards 9: W-Th: 10; F-Tu: 9:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50, 2:10, 4:55, 7:15, 9:45



Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20; F-Tu: 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:50, 6:40, 9:35



Flicks: W-Th: 4:20, 7, 9:35; F-Su: 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:35; M-Tu: 4:20, 7, 9:35

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25; F-Tu: 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 3:40, 7:50, 10:10; F-Tu: 9:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:25, 3, 5:20, 7:55, 10:15


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


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:40, 3:35, 6:30, 9:30


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:25 Flicks: W-Th: 5:05, 7:20, 9:30; F-Su: 12:40, 2:55, 5:05, 7:20, 9:30; M-Tu: 5:05, 7:15 9:30



Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 4, 7:15; F-Tu: 1:45, 4:40, 7:05 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9


Flicks: W-Th only: 4:30, 7:30



Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45 F-Tu: 1:05, 4:25, 7:20, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 1, 1:55, 3:15, 4, 4:50, 6:20, 7, 7:50, 9:20, 10 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10; F-Tu: 1:10, 4:40, 7:50, 10:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55



Flicks: W-Th: 4:50, 7:05, 9:20; F-Su: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20; M-Tu: 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35; F-Tu: 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05


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.


THE LOVELY BONES—When 14-year-old Suzie Salmon (Saorise Ronan) is brutally raped and murdered in 1973, her family becomes obsessed with finding her murderer. Looking down from heaven, Suzie struggles with how to help her family, while also coming to terms with her own death. Based on a bestselling novel by Alice Sebold, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings). (PG-13) Edwards 9 The new movies opening at Edwards 22 are listed here, but the movie times were not in by press time. Call 208-377-9603 for current times.

continuing ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKWAL—(PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 AVATAR—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards Digital 3-D, Edwards IMAX THE BLIND SIDE—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY—(R) Edwards 22 DAYBREAKERS—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS—(PG-13) Flicks INVICTUS—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 IT’S COMPLICATED—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 LEAP YEAR—(PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 NINE—(PG-13) Edwards 22 PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE—(R) Flicks THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG—(G) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 RED CLIFF— (R) Flicks Ends Thursday SHERLOCK HOLMES—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON—(PG-13) Edwards 22 UP IN THE AIR—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards22 THE YOUNG VICTORIA—(PG) Flicks YOUTH IN REVOLT—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

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

WILLI B’S A new spot for sweet, savory and spicy treats.


BRICK OVEN HOPS ON THE FOOD CLASS BANDWAGON A newcomer has added its name to the roster of venues offering food and wine classes in downtown Boise. Brick Oven Bistro starts a series of cooking classes with Chef Brad Cowan on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 26, with Wine Tasting 101. Sure, that’s nothing sexy, but for the novice, classes build from there with French wines on Feb. 2, Northwest wines on Feb. 9 and a pairing class on Feb. 16. Take one class for $10 or the series for $36. All run 6-7:30 p.m. at Brick Oven Bistro, located on The Grove in downtown Boise. Make reservations by calling 208-342-3456 or send an e-mail to —Rachael Daigle

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Longtime downtown denizen Yen Ching has added something new to the menu—a full-service bakery. Mike Chou, whose family owns the restaurant, invited BW down for a taste of what the confectionery, appropriately named Yen Ching Bakery, had to offer. The bakery adjoins the restaurant but with only three small bistro tables, and long rows of baskets where the baked goods will be, it caters to a to-go crowd. We arrived expecting a few pastries, maybe a doughnut or two, and were surprised to see tray after tray of sweets, savory and spicy treats set before us. We tasted crispy butter cookies, dainty little egg custard tarts, slices of sushi sandwiches, lovely layered milk bread and tons of buns—barbecued pork filled, spicy bacon, coconut creme, onion and more. Chou said the bakery already sells its baked goods to a couple of the Asian markets in town and made sure we tasted their two biggest sellers: taro root buns with purple threads running through soft, airy bread and sweet dense red bean buns (the milk bread comes in at a close third). A pastry chef and cake master—both from Los Angeles—are behind the delectable creations. Yen Ching Bakery is open seven days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bakery (and the restaurant) are located at 305 N. Ninth St. —Amy Atkins

Willi B’s is the cowboyed-up IKEA of downtown Boise restaurants, When Willi B’s opened last summer next door to Guido’s, too many with less Swede and a good deal more wood paneling. The designers of benches, tables and barstools made the tiny space feel claustrophobic this restaurant cram more seating, more bar and more entertainment— and the Western saloon—with full bar—and sandwich shop seemed an not to mention character—into the closet-sized space than any modern odd addition to coffee-shop/pizza-joint corner. But those feelings faded European soup kitchen. Walk in and you feel instantly welcomed, like with the first smile, the first bill and the first bite. bellying up to the chuck wagon for your midday feed. For me, Willi B’s is all about the lunch combo: a sandwich, a side and There’s even a brand on the bar, signed by Gov. Tight Pants himself. a beverage. Other places in town serve a sandwich, sure. Some of them Steve, the jeans and apron-clad restaurant manager, welcomes every use higher-quality ingredients. But few have found that magic place guest, points out the daily specials and gives time to find a built-in between quantity, cost, consistency and comfort. high-backed wooden booth among the maze of seating. Since the day Willi B’s threw open its metaphorical swinging saloon At Willi B’s, you only have to order once. Every meal comes with doors, six bucks lassos a meal big enough to make me feel I’m getting one or two sides and my money’s worth: a bottomless drink, a sandwich, a side including fresh iced and a drink (and a tea and lemonade. mini corn muffin or And every meal is a two). Each day of deal—a generously the week, the menu sized sandwich or features a regular wrap, a bowl of list of hot and cold beans that go down sandwiches including like butter, potato huge, overflowing salad with a little wraps. Chicken with kick to it, slaw or crunchy cashews and pasta salad. tart craisins; tangy The chunky chickbarbecued pulled en salad wrap ($4.95, chicken with a heap with a side and a of shredded cheddar; drink), which you tuna salad with hard can get on a hoagie boiled egg; and my if you ask real nice favorite, the Italian like, is always fresh club, a heart-stopping and full of crunchy combination of veggies, though it pepperoni, salami, can sometimes use a provolone, lettuce little more salt. The and tomato on a cashew chicken salad hoagie ($5.75). The ($5.95) has an even homemade sides are Willi B’s: home of the $4 martini and lunch on the cheap. better flavor, with just as simple: pasta nuts and Craisins. salad, potato salad, WILLI B’S The basic sandbunkhouse beans—in 225 N. Fifth St. wiches (tuna, cheese, a semi-sweet sauce 208-331-5666 turkey, Italian club, ranch chicken) are always complewith chunks of ham—or raw vegetables dressed with Open Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; mented by hot specials. I’ve become a regular for lunch. Italian dressing. It’s such cozy food that when Sarah puts Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, But for this review, I returned for dinner, dropping my to-go order in a brown paper bag, I half expect her closed Sun. $15.95 for a rib roast, a large fistful of mashed red to write my name on the side like we used to do in grade potatoes and a piece of chocolate cherry cake. The thick school. Wrangle me the Italian sub with a side of bunkrib roast dominated my plate and was finished off a medium pink in house beans and a Diet Coke on the cheap, and I am one happy camper. the center but still juicy and well done on the edges. It came with a cup Willi B’s recently made itself even more like a favorite hometown waof its own juices and some horseradish mayo, which was also good on tering hole, by adding new sides and hot lunch specials: chicken tortilla the mashers. A cheap, happy-hour gin and tonic washed it down. casserole, shepherd’s pie and stuffed green pepper to name a few. I also sampled the veggie lasagna ($7.95; Willi B’s can present a Craving something hot on a recent blustery day, I ignored the Italian problem for vegetarians). It was layered with broccoli, squash and club and walked back to work with a heavy bag holding the stuffed zucchini and baked in a soft, hot rectangle: no crispy corners. Both pepper special, sided with blue cheese green beans au gratin ($6.50). suppers came with big chunks of garlic bread. I opened my to-go container to a green pepper overflowing with a With a cozy bar from which you can watch the kitchen, read the mixture of rice, onions, tomato sauce, sausage and hamburger and a paper, guard the digital juke box and monitor sports and news on the side of green beans and bacon in a white sauce with chunks of a grainy multiple flat screens, Willi B’s has already attracted a crew of firstcrust across the top. The beans had the texture and tinny taste exclusive name-basis regulars. to canned veggies and while the sausage offered a seasoned bite, the Sharing a block with Flying M and Guido’s, Willi B’s is a welcome mixture as a whole could have used a little more. new addition to the low-cost comfort-food Mecca that is Fifth and I won’t turn down a taste of something new at Willi B’s, but for me, Idaho. You could easily kill a day sitting on a sofa and drinking a chai, it’s all about the sandwich. 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon sees the foodstuff as grabbing a greasy slice for lunch and downing a PBR and turkey wrap the great equalizer: “I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to before heading home. Not that I’d ever take such luxury. sit in peace and eat a sandwich,” she says. If she could see me with my Willi B’s Italian sub combo, she’d know she was right. —Nathaniel Hoffman thinks chai and PBR could be friends in his universe. —Amy Atkins bows to the Earl of Sandwich. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

DINING/FOOD Kuna EL GALLO GIRO—Main courses 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. 482 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-5169. $-$$ SU.

PEREGRINE STEAKS AND SPIRITS—In addition to steak, the menu features stuffed pork chops, chicken fried steak, salmon fillets and Italian chicken breast. Pop in next door to the Creekside Lounge for nightly drink specials. The Creekside patio also offers a nice view of Indian Creek. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421. $-$$ SU.


HOP HEAVEN I have nothing against malt, but I really love hops. India pale ales are among my favorite brews. While some turn to that style only when the weather warms up, my favorite winter brews are also hop-driven efforts like Celebration Ale or Laughing Dog’s Cold Nose. If you’re a fellow hop head, here are three new releases you’ll want to try, all bottled in 22-ounce bombers: DESCHUTES HOP HENGE EXPERIMENTAL IPA This beer opens with surprisingly elegant aromas of herb and pine-laced hops. Even more surprising is how smooth and creamy it is. It’s hard to believe they crammed enough hops in to bring this one up to a whopping 95 International Bitterness Units. Thanks to the rich and fruity caramel-laced malt, those hops have been toned down. The result is a beautiful brew with amazing persistence. FULL SAIL SLIPKNOT IPA, BREWMASTERS RESERVE The employee-owned Full Sail has always produced reliable offerings. The Reserve line is intended to amp things up. This 2010 Slipknot is definitely worthy, with a bit more body than previous incarnations and lots of resiny hops on the nose backed by a nicely floral fruitiness. At 80 IBUs, it definitely has a resonating hop bite but it’s balanced by smooth malt, with the bitterness lingering nicely on the finish. Great on its own but this one shines with food—try spicy Asian. NINKASI TRICERAHOPS DOUBLE IPA This Eugene, Ore., brewery is named for the ancient Sumerian goddess of fermentation. Tricerahops is the first brew I’ve tried from Ninkasi, and it’s certainly true to its name with taut citrus and pine-laden hops coming through on the nose. That resiny pine carries over to the palate with a hop kick that’s just lightly masked by smooth malt. There’s a nice bitterness throughout, but it’s so well integrated that it would be hard to guess this one tops 100 IBUs. —David Kirkpatrick AVERAGE PRICE PER ENTREE: $ —Less than $8 $$ —$8 to $14 $$$ —$14 to $20 $$$$ —Over $20

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

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 handmade truffles. The wine list includes a wide range of selections from Idaho, the United States 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 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. $$-$$$$ SU OM. CAFE RUSSIAN BEAR—Owner Oleg Mironov and his wife make every single thing on the menu from scratch. Borscht, Russian crepes, beef stroganoff, potato pancakes—it’s all homemade. If you are as hungry as a bear, the cafe serves up borscht in up to 18-ounce servings, or try the “Old Russia” salad, a combination potato, ham, eggs, onion, peas, carrots, pickles and mayo. The pirogi is a unique pastry selection made fresh daily. No preservatives or pre-made ingredients. Ever. 600 S. Rivershore Lane, Ste. 160, Eagle, 208-939-1911. $-$$. . REMBRANDT’S COFFEE SHOP—Located in a restored church on Eagle’s main drag, Rembrandt’s has become a neighborhood gathering point for more than just coffee. If it’s sustenance you seek, Rembrandt’s has hot and cold libations aplenty, a pastry case full of homemade muffins, sweets, breads and quiches, and a short lunch menu with largely portioned sandwiches, soups and salads. 93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1564. $. SU OM . ROADHOUSE BBQ—A carnivore’s Valhalla. There’s something about a hunk of expertly ’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.

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BOOKER: 12-year-old male Australian shepherd/springer spaniel mix. Friendly, low key and gentle. (Kennel 401 - #9397587)

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PASCAL: I’m quite the playful chap who needs for some love.


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CHANCE: I’m looking for someone who will spend some quality time with me.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Earth’s north magnetic pole is not the same as the geographic North Pole. If you take out a compass to orient yourself toward due north, the compass arrow will actually point toward a spot in the frigid wilds of Canada. But what’s really odd is that the north magnetic pole has been on the move since 1904—scientists don’t know exactly why—and has dramatically sped up in recent years. According to National Geographic, it’s now zooming toward Siberia at the rate of almost 40 miles per year. I suspect that your own metaphorical version of magnetic north will also be changing in 2010, Aries. By January 2011, the homing signal you depend on to locate your place in reality may have migrated significantly. This is a good time to start tracking the shift. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous,” wrote W. Somerset Maugham. “On the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind.” I think the trajectory of your journey during the last 12 months tends to confirm his theory, Taurus. According to my analysis, you set new benchmarks for your personal best in 2009, while at the same time becoming a wiser, riper human being. Congrats! Now get out there and capitalize on the grace you’ve earned. Be as organized as possible as you share the fruits of your progress. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Onion, which describes itself as “America’s Finest News Source,” ran a feature on the inventor Thomas Edison. He “changed the face of modern life in 1879,” said the report, “when he devised the groundbreaking new process of taking ideas pioneered by other scientists and marketing them as his own.” The tone was mocking, of course, but I’m perfectly sincere when I urge you to imitate Edison in the coming weeks. Given the current astrological omens, you’d be wise to take advantage of the breakthroughs of others and make good use of resources created by others. Just be sure that you give credit where credit is due, and you’ll actually be doing everyone a service. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A Scorpio is willing and maybe even eager to share secrets with you. Can you marshal just the right amount of self-protection—not too much, not too little—to trust a little more and go deeper? As for Virgo: That under-self-confident person would really benefit from getting more appreciation from you. Don’t be stingy. Meanwhile, I think you’re suffering from a misunderstanding about an Aquarius. It will be in your selfish interest

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to clear it up. A few more tips: Don’t give up on Pisces. There’s more to come when the coast is clearer. Browse but don’t buy yet with a Leo. And make business, but not love or war, with a Capricorn.

its serpentine tones and it will agitate you with its rippling commands to spring into action. How will you respond to these summonses from your supreme inner authority? This week will be a good test.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I like it best when the creek that runs near my home is wide and deep. It gets that way at high tide, when the moon shepherds in a surge of water from the bay. As I gaze out at the swollen cascade, I feel full and fertile; everything’s right with the world. Inevitably, though, the tide goes out and the flow turns meek and narrow. Then my mood is less likely to soar. A slight melancholy may creep in. But I’ve learned to love that state, too—to derive a quiet joy from surveying the muddy banks where the water once ran, the muck imprinted with tracks of egrets and ducks. Besides, I know it’s only a matter of time before the tide shifts and the cascade returns. Enjoy your own personal version of the lowtide phase, Leo. High tide will be coming back your way soon.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “You can have it all,” says fashion designer Luella Bartley. “It’s just really hard work.” That’s my oracle for you, Sagittarius—not just for this week, but for the next three months as well. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the cosmos will indeed permit you to have your cake and eat it, too, as long as you’re willing to manage your life with more discipline, master the crucial little details everyone else neglects, and always give back at least as much as you’re given.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If you asked me to make you a mix tape that would be conducive for making love to, I wouldn’t be in the least surprised. These long January nights are ideal times for you Virgos to be unleashing your dormant passion and sharing volcanic pleasure and exploring the frontier where delight overlaps with wonder. In the compilation of tunes I’d create for you, I’d probably have stuff like “Teardrop” by Massive Attack, “Breathe Me” by Sia, “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse, and “6 Underground” by the Sneaker Pimps. But I think it’s a better idea for you to assemble your own soundtrack. Tell me about it if you do. I’m at LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The world’s tallest waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela. It was named after Jimmie Angel, an American who was the first person to fly a plane over it in 1933. Recently, Venezuela’s president suggested that this place should be officially renamed Kerepakupai Meru, which is what the indigenous Pemon Indians have always called it. The coming weeks happen to be a favorable time for you to consider making a comparable move, Libra: restoring a natural wonder to its original innocence; rehabilitating the truth about a beautiful resource; returning an old glory to its pristine state. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the first half of 2010, your calling will be calling to you more loudly and insistently than it has in years. It will whisper to you seductively while you’re falling asleep. It will clang like a salvation bell during your mid-morning breaks. It will soothe you with

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The number of bacteria per square inch on a toilet seat averages about 50. Meanwhile, your telephone harbors more than 25,000 germs per square inch and the top of your desk has about 21,000. I’d like you to use this as a metaphor that you can apply more universally. According to my analysis, you see, you are over-emphasizing the risks and problems in one particular area of your life and underestimating them elsewhere. Spend some time this week correcting the misdiagnoses. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): One of my readers, Judd, shared his vision of how to cope with the blahs of January. Given your astrological omens, I’d say his strategy perfectly embodies the approach you should take right now. Please study his testimony below and come up with your own ingenious variation. “On the coldest of days, my friends and I celebrate ‘scrufting,’ the art of enjoying the great outdoors with indoor furniture, while listening to loud indie-rock and adorned in our grungiest slop-ware. Aided by Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, we curse and laugh at the constraints of winter by playing our favorite summer sports like Frisbee, hacky-sack, and soccer.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s graduation time. Not in any officially recognized sense, maybe, but still: You have completed your study of a certain subject in the school of life. At a later date, maybe you will resume studying this subject on a higher level, but for now you’ve absorbed all you can. I suggest you give yourself a kind of final exam. (Be sure to grade it yourself.) You might also want to carry out a fun ritual to acknowledge the completion of this chapter of your story. It will free up your mind and heart to begin the next chapter.






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