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NOTE BW’S ANNUAL LOVE ISSUE HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN SO LOVEY DOVEY. Last year, we approached the holiday with the detachment of an academic, examining the heart and love in disciplines from history to English to gastronomy. In 2008, we were a rather bitter bunch in retrospect, slicing into the heart of a breakup, dissecting the when and where and how of splitting up after 2007’s intimate and eloquent epistolary Love feature. Reaching back to 2006, when we augmented the Love Issue with sex to create the inaugural Love and Sex Issue, it almost seems as though we’ve come full circle. From Sex to a letter sent on a wedding anniversary to breaking up to understanding the fundamentals of love, and now, back to marriage and the disasters it may bring with it. Why wedding disasters in our nod to Valentine’s Day? Because the holiday in itself is a bit of love and disaster rolled into one, both historically and metaphorically. And because disdaining the holiday for either its commercialization or as uncoupled singles is passe. And most simply because there is humor in the fact that such weighty expectations of perfection are heaped on a single day of one’s life, and we’re suckers for a good laugh. A few weeks back, Features Editor Deanna Darr explained the nature of her piece by saying, “The worse the wedding, the better the marriage.” Each of the couples about whom you’ll read here are still married, perhaps lending some credence to that old saying. Thanks to those who shared your stories with us. After we put the call out through Twitter, Facebook and in Note several weeks ago, we received some truly horrendous disaster stories. If these disasters leave you inspired to take a trip down the aisle yourself—or to start planning that trip down the aisle to which you’ve already committed—Boise Weekly has a little something for you next week: our first ever wedding guide. Copies will be inserted into BW and a full PDF will be posted at for you to download. Until then, you’re stuck with other people’s disasters. Happy reading. And happy Valentine’s Day. —Rachael Daigle

COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Tim Andreae TITLE: Year of the Tiger 2010 MEDIUM: Sumi ink on Ho Sho paper ARTIST STATEMENT: I used to think I was a Tiger because that’s what I would read on the place mats at the Chinese restaurant in Front Royal, Va.: Tigers born 1974. Later I realized that since I was born in January before the Chinese New Year that I am an Ox who thinks like a Tiger.

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Boise Basques were in New York, and BW was with them. They headed to Ellis Island for the unveiling of Boise Basque Museum’s exhibition “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques,� which will be on display in the Empire State through May. More at Cobweb and in future editions of BW.


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If you were one of the unlucky few who picked up a BW a few weeks back and found a very DIY-looking ier spouting a slew of nasty racial verbiage related to AIDS, we apologize. Some wanker thinks it’s funny to exercise his/her right to the First Amendment by inserting hate speech into our newspaper, tucked under windshield wipers and posted at Boise State. Boise Police have apparently identiďŹ ed said wanker. More at Cobweb.


Artist in Residence Ted Apel with sound sculpture

Last week, the House State Affairs Committee sent a Joint Memorial—that’s when the Idaho Legislature decides to send a letter to Congress—back to its Democratic sponsors, demanding they be nicer to corporations and at least a little mean to unions. Play nice, kids. More at citydesk.

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MAIL RALL IS SO WRONG ON HAITI I enjoy the Boise Weekly, but Ted Rall’s article “The Haitian Earthquake: Why the blood is on our hands” (BW, Opinion, Jan. 20, 2010) reeked of crazy. His assertions that somehow the United States and the evil corporations are responsible for the shoddy construction, poverty and political instability of Haiti is similar to Pat Robertson’s assertions that God is punishing the people of Haiti for practicing voodoo. While we all know that we must keep both eyes on corporate practices and it is clear our government is badly in need of reform or revolution, it is a mighty big leap to go from problems on the home front to our love of cheap products causing earthquakes and falling buildings. You see,

the problem with crazy people is that they see the world through the lens of their insanity, so they think they are being rational and objective, and when things don’t support their beliefs, it is the ethereal “they” that are conspiring against the truth. I’m sure that Mr. Rall would be happy to explain how the United States is the leading cause of all the world’s problems and also responsible for the terrible forces of nature. I mean Sumatra, Katrina and Turkey were all clearly our fault. Maybe someone should ask the CIA to turn off the weather-changing machines and earthquake makers. In the meantime, all of us crazy capitalist consumers are reaching into our wallets to again come to the aid of people in need, despite the biggest recession since the Great Depression. The oppressive

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U.S. military is mobilizing to help restore order, bring food, shelter and clean drinking water to people who will never be able to repay us, no matter how many cheap products they make. Finally, massive evil corporations that are responsible for fleecing the world are digging into their profits to send food and clothes and every type of aid at breakneck speed to hurting people. If you want to know how a seemingly intelligent person could strap a bomb to themselves and kill a bunch of innocent people, look no further than to the same type of fundamentalism without reason that Mr. Rall is exhibiting. If we look at it logically, it becomes clear that earthquakes are no one’s fault. Imminent death is also a part of the precarious nature of all things living, and when heavy things fall on fragile living things the outcome is predictable. This is also no one’s fault. Of course, there are better ways to build homes than what we saw in Haiti. Strangely, there are better methods than the stick frame junk we build

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MAIL here, too, but strangely that is what we live in. So if it’s no one’s fault, then what are we to do with all these negative feelings; I mean, it would be so helpful if we just had someone to pin it on. I suppose we could always hunt down that damned Mother Nature. I’ll bet she’s hiding out with Osama Bin Laden. I’m pretty sure if we try her in Louisiana, we could get a needle stuck in her arm. —Josh Moen, Caldwell

STICK IT TO ’EM Your response is far too tepid and mannered (BW, Note, “All Press is Good Press,” Jan. 27, 2010). These know-nothing spiritual Luddites need to get their teeth kicked in by righteous editorial indignation (BW, Food, “Big Bird’s Burgers,” Jan. 20, 2010). You, young lady, are just too nice. These “persons” have no

problem with the promotion of Jesus (shout amen! sister) in this establishment but rail against [Nathaniel] Hoffman’s lukewarm and wholly apt commentary? The thought that these lowbrow motherfuckers feel empowered to lecture a skilled journalist on this front chokes one. Let them eat snakes or handle them as they may wish. —Gary Addington, Boise

BANK LOCAL It’s time to take action with the irresponsible banks that have taken advantage of our patronage for way too long. The “too big to fail” Wall Street banks do not deserve our business any longer. After gambling in their custommade casinos of CDOs, CDSs and bucket-shop betting parlors, the card house crumbled and they were rescued by trillions of dollars of our taxpayer

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money, then paid us back by using our money to hire bribe men to convince Congress to kill financial rules. They took our money and cut back on lending, continued with risky plans, pay themselves more bonuses from record profits and then charge you huge interest rates for cards that even if you had been paying your bills on time, cut your credit limits down without telling you. Here’s what you do about it. Get your money out of their vaults of insecurity and to a local, community-based bank, pronto! It’s smarter and safer and it will send a powerful message to these super-egotistical barons of bad behavior that we are serious about how we feel. Congress is too afraid to take action, so take the action yourself. You’ll feel much better. —Kevin Bayhouse, Boise



—GTeye, BW Online, in a comment on the story “Great White: The giant palouse earthworm can’t be found—yet it’s dividing the Palouse.” (BW, Features, Jan. 13, 2010)

QUOTES OF THE WEEK: PARTS II AND III *Editor’s note: There were too many good ones to choose from, so we bring you three of the week’s best quotes. “Yeah Cope, you and your pompas [sic] ilk, and that pony you rode in on.” —tva, BW Online,

comment on Bill Cope’s column (BW, Opinion, “The Kill Joy,” Feb. 3, 2010) about Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s intent slash Idaho Public Television’s state funding. “How about Gov. Cowboy allowing us to designate where our personal tax dollars get spent. I don’t use the state parks

or the schools. I don’t drive on Hwy. 21. I don’t hunt, fish or own a boat. I don’t want the part-time legislature to get full-time health care and benefits ... how about it cowboy?” —FedUpTaxpayer, BW Online, in response Bill Cope’s column “The Kill Joy.” (BW, Opinion, Feb. 3, 2010)




Talk of closing state parks is woefully shortsighted BY STEVE STUEBNER All of this talk about closing Idaho parks to balance the state budget is outrageously shortsighted. It’s high time for all Idahoans to speak up and let Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and legislators know that gutting the Idaho

Lake, paddled a canoe under Thousand Springs, climbed to the top of the Bruneau Dunes, ridden my bike on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Farragut State Park and so much more.


Department of Parks and Recreation is not only wrong, it would crush rural counties and eliminate one of our state’s greatest assets. I’m a longtime outdoor recreationist who has had the privilege to visit all of our state parks, from Priest Lake to Bear Lake. I’ve fly fished in Harriman State Park, marveled at the turquoise-clear waters of Bear


Visiting our state parks reminds us of why we love Idaho, and why we live here. It’s an integral part of our quality of life. It’s also a key part of our tourism economy. Idaho parks visitors generated $40 million in economic impact in 2009. Why would we want to undermine that? We’re trying to rebuild our economy, right?

The first park on the chopping block, Dworshak, triggered an avalanche of opposition from Clearwater County. The county has double-digit unemployment. Dworshak is an important economic asset that brings in-state and out-of-state visitors to the area. Local legislators and county commissioners descended on the Idaho Parks and Recreation Board on Feb. 3, asking for reconsideration. Lewiston Democrate Sen. Joe Stegner said closing parks is not the answer to balancing the budget ... “not now, not ever.” The Parks Board vowed to redouble efforts in the next 30 days to reopen the park next summer. Pick another park to close, any park in Idaho, and you’ll hear loud opposition, and rightly so. Idahoans love our parks. Under the governor’s budget plan, our state parks don’t stand a chance. IDPR is coming under extreme duress. At least 25 full-time positions could get chopped, park fees would increase and services would decline. We can’t run state parks on user fees alone. There isn’t a state parks agency in the United States that has done it. Plus, we don’t want to make visiting parks unaffordable.

Anyone remember all the fallout from federal recreation fees? There might be a silver bullet to solve this mess. We could tack on a $5 fee to vehicle registration fees to raise general ongoing funds for IDPR, and in return for paying the extra fee, Idaho residents could drive into our state parks at no charge. The $5 million proposal was presented to legislative budget writers this week as part of a forwardthinking business plan. The registration fee approach is similar to what Montana and Washington have already adopted. Encourage your legislators and the governor to get behind a legislative proposal like this to halt the damaging talk about eliminating state parks. Become a fan of the Friends of Idaho State Parks page on Facebook. Sign the online petition to save parks. We need a long-term solution to funding IDPR in a way that preserves our state parks for perpetuity. Steve Stuebner is an avid outdoor recreationist from Boise who has visited every state park in Idaho. Contact Steve at sstuebner@

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DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, Hello, sir. It’s me, Bill Cope from Idaho. Remember? I wrote to you about a year ago, suggesting we pawn off one of the lesser states to raise money for economic recovery. I still think it’s a good idea, but I can understand why you chose not to use it. I don’t suppose it would have helped much in your attempts at bipartisanship had you sold some conservative crapper like Mississippi or Oklahoma to the Chinese. But onwards to the future, eh? I have a few more ideas, each and every one intended to remind average Americans who’s working for ’em, and who ain’t. First, I want to congratulate you on your remarkable performance in Maryland last week when you mopped the floor with that Republican caucus. Terrific job, sir. It must be most unnerving to dingleberries like Reps. Mike Pence, John Boehner and Eric Cantor to have their own glaring insufficiencies handed to them on a such an eloquent and wellreasoned platter. You make me proud I’m on your side of the noble bipartisan effort, and not those a-holes. OK then, here are my ideas: Idea 1. C.L. “Butch” Otter, who is our governor here in Idaho (much to the dismay of the more agile minds) is so worried the Dems might get some health-care reforms through Congress, he has threatened to sue the federal government to keep any such reforms out of our state. Furthermore, our Legislature—as fine a collection of blithering bed bugs as you’ll find anywhere in the nation—is already preparing to reflexively opt out of any solutions the Democrats have to offer. I’m sure the same thing is happening in other states, notably those controlled by the same sort of ideologue goons we have running Idaho. What I suggest is that the Democratic National Committee establish a voluntary fund committed to giving financial support for countersuits (or other appropriate legal action) against any governor or legislature who would deny reforms to the people of their states. If nothing else, it would force Republicans to explain why they are spending constituents’ tax dollars to keep health-care relief from their constituencies. Idea 2. Another pool of contributed money, this one designed to assist in a medical matter rather than a legal one. This fund—I have tentatively named it “The Poor Girls Have Choices, Too Endowment”—would supply the means for low-income women to get the same quality care when seeking to terminate a pregnancy that the girlfriends of hedge fund managers and South Carolina politicians have available to them. Mr. Obama, I’m certain you appreciate the need for such a resource, after watching the health-care bill being held hostage by those Blue Dog birds. So fine, let Sen. Ben Nelson and Rep. Bart Stupak have their way—no government funding for abortions. But just because they are such office-clinging

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cowards should not restrict the choices of less privileged women. Idea 3. This one comes in response to the decision five dwarves on the Supreme Court made giving corporate entities unlimited influence over the political process under the guise of free speech. Sir, I don’t believe there is an honest American alive who believes a corporation is entitled to the inalienable rights of an individual. Yet it seems there is nothing to be done about that travesty of a judicial ruling short of amending the Constitution. So by golly, let’s amend the Constitution! Amendment 28, it would be, defining what an individual is, and what the hell an individual isn’t. After all, the Constitution was adopted to protect the freedoms of people, but they forgot to include a section explaining exactly how to tell people apart from non-people. I don’t blame them. How could they foresee a future in which twisted freaks like Justices Antonin Scalia and John Roberts could ascend to the highest court of the land? I have taken the liberty to hash out a rough draft of this proposed amendment. You could put a few lawyers on the job to polish it up to Constitutional standards, but the following, basically, is the general gist of the thing: We the People recognize through the Agencies of Common Sense and Conspicuous Reality that the term “Person” applies only to such an Entity as meets the Singular Requirement for being a Person—e.g., belonging to the Human Race—and does not apply to that which is not a Person, even if some number of Human People are a part of that Entity which is not, in and of itself, a Person. Furthermore, no Rights or Liberties may be accorded to any Non-Person Entity other than the specific Rights and Liberties granted to any Individual Human Persons who may incidentally be Components of said NonPerson Entities. Furthermore, no Non-Person Entity may attempt to redefine itself, even through the agency of Corrupted Members of the United States Supreme Court, as belonging to the Human Race—thereby transforming itself from a Non-Person to a Person entitled to Individual Rights and Liberties—for such a Contrivance patently defies Common Sense and Conspicuous Reality, and would be attempted only for the Lowly Purpose of accumulating and concentrating Wealth or Power, or as is likely, Both. Just imagine, Mr. President: The effort to kill such an amendment would expose Republican leaders for the corporate whores they are. And I am quite certain Americans are in no mood for more favors to big business, sexual or otherwise. Must close for now, but I’ll write again soon. —Fidelis vestri, Bill WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


CONTRARIAN MANIFESTO Boom or bust? We’re always wrong NEW YORK—My father taught me to go left. Not politically. He was a right-wing Republican. At the movies. “Most people choose the right entrance,” he told me. “There are usually more seats on the left side of the theater.” He dressed like a conformist, but Dad was a contrarian. “If you don’t know what to do,” he said, “do the exact opposite of what everyone else is doing. On average, conventional wisdom is always wrong. Run away from the crowd—and you’ll come out ahead in the long run.” Never has the wisdom of his words been more apparent. Acting like Chicken Little proven right, government and business are making decisions that are the exact opposite of the right ones. Which is nothing new. Politicians and businessmen also do the exact opposite of what they should do during boom times, too. If the leaders of our government and major corporations were smart, they would respond to booms and busts the opposite of the way they do. During a boom, salaries are high, stock prices rise, state and federal tax revenues go up and governments run a surplus. Soon we hear calls to cut taxes. As a result, tax rates fall. So do government revenues. This is stupid. During a period of growth governments should increase taxes. After all, people can afford to pay more when they earn more. During a bust, salaries stagnate or decline. Securities markets crash, governments run into trouble. So they raise taxes. This is stupid, too. People are broke. The last thing they can afford is higher taxes. Governments should cut taxes when the economy sucks. They should be drawing on that nest egg


they should have stashed away to pay bills and stimulate recovery. The Stupid Opposite Game has been in full effect since the mid-1990s. Bill Clinton, who presided over the largest and longest economic expansion in U.S. history, slashed income taxes. President Barack Obama, dealing with the gravest economic catastrophe since the 19th century, is effectively increasing them. To Obama’s credit, he doesn’t have a choice. The cycle can only be broken during a boom. It has to begin with that nest egg. Then there’s spending. Obama is a victim of the fear reflex, proposing a freeze of federal spending for the rest of his term—except for the military. Hit especially hard would be the Army Corps of Engineers. This is the opposite of what he ought to be proposing. The Corps of Engineers builds the massive public works projects that immediately employ thousands of workers and leave a legacy of infrastructure that can promote future growth. As FDR did during the 1930s, Obama ought to increase spending on infrastructure. The military budget ought to be slashed. True, wars stimulate the economy. But they cost more than they earn—in lives, subsequent foreign aid and international contempt. If CEOs and government officials were smart, they would be hiring like crazy. Millions of smart people are out of work. They can be hired much more cheaply than in the late 1990s. Venture capitalists ought to be loosening their purse strings. There’s no better time to start a new business. So what is a good contrarian to do? Celebrate. Take chances. Because the sky really is falling—and that’s great.

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FIBER OPTICS, NOT MAGIC BEANS Rural Idaho hopes to liberate broadband through stimulus GAVIN DAHL Bruce Patterson is the one-man IT department for Ammon, a small town of 13,000 near Idaho Falls. He is fed up with companies overlooking the town when they discover the cost of Internet is prohibitive. “There’s a tremendous business in medical imaging and legal services in Idaho Falls, a city of 50,000 that has municipal fiber optic. But we can’t attract any of those businesses,” he said. “Metro areas are the dominant market

North Idaho Panhandle Area Council, which wants to drive economic development in Boundary and Bonner counties. “Every entity we need to work with is already a stakeholder; we’re ready to go,” he said. “And we will use revenues for expansion and build out. We’re trying to expand the concept of a service provider and services beyond just the triple play, voice-video-data,” he said. “Telemedicine is a service, hospitals are LAU RIE PEARMAN

Though he lives 70 miles south of the Canadian border, in Athol, Idaho, Rep. Phil Hart went down to Sasabe, Ariz., in 2008 to spend a night with one of the Minutemen groups. Those are the private citizens who take it upon themselves to prowl the borders looking for people crossing from Mexico. Hart went down to see it for himself. “What it firmed up in my mind is that we really have a big problem,” Hart said, adding that the Minutemen at the border were helping curb illegal crossings. This week, Hart introduced a bill that would penalize businesses that “knowingly” hire undocumented immigrants with suspension or cancellation of their business licenses and would label any jurisdiction that did not enforce the law a sanctuary city. Hart brought a similar bill last year that stalled in the House State Affairs Committee. But this year, there’s already a bill in the Senate with a similar aim, though Hart said he had not read the anti-immigrant bill from the Canyon County delegation. That bill, S.B. 1271, awaiting a hearing in Senate State Affairs, makes it a misdemeanor offense for employers to knowingly accept false identification in hiring. It also criminalizes the person using the false ID and the person manufacturing it. But there’s a third election-year immigration bill out there, also to be heard in Senate State Affairs. That one is being sponsored by Sen. Mike Jorgenson of Hayden Lake, who brings similar legislation almost every year. Jorgenson got his bill this year from Kris Kobach and his law school class at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Kobach, who worked for former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and was recently profiled in the New York Times, is on a crusade to fight illegal immigration at the local level. According to the Times, Kobach is partially paid by the legal arm of FAIR, a well-known anti-immigration group. Jorgenson’s bill, S.B. 1303, would prohibit Idaho employers from hiring people illegally in the United States, negate driver’s licenses issued to “aliens” in other states, limit Idaho’s driver’s test to English only, reinforce the E-Verify system for checking work documents and make “sanctuary cities” in Idaho ineligible for state grants. There was no discussion of the contribution of illegal workers to the economy or to the state coffers. Or of the many Idahoans who speak other languages and still need to drive. Since we’re on the topic of contributions, a nascent effort to respond to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate meddling in elections was sent back to the drawing board last week. The House State Affairs Committee sent a Joint Memorial—that’s when the Idaho Legislature sends a letter to Congress— back to its Democratic sponsors, demanding they be nicer to corporations and at least a little mean to unions.

Mary DeWalt, director of the Ada Community Library, awaits word on the library’s broadband stimulus grant. It is one of 12 Idaho applications for the broadband money.

for the big companies. A lot of communities are facing that we will be the last served.” So three years ago, Ammon began planning a project to reach 4,500 unserved and underserved Internet users with a high-speed “virtual broadband gateway” run by the city. Patterson is one of a dozen broadband leaders in Idaho eagerly awaiting decisions from the two federal agencies doling out $7.2 billion in the first round of broadband stimulus funds. Although the guidelines seem to favor large telecoms, Idaho’s little guys say they are qualified and their projects are necessary. “This project would allow us to attract businesses into the city of Ammon that would make use of high bandwidth applications, medical imaging, call centers and data centers,” Patterson said. He figures the project itself will create 40 to 50 jobs over two years. Out of more than 22,000 broadband stimulus applications filed late last year, only 12 Idaho-based organizations sought to provide new connectivity to Idaho. Ernie Bray is directing an initiative for the

service providers. We want to take fiber to every home and every business, then connect them to libraries, schools and job services so they can take advantage of programs to help lift them up.” Bray thinks existing telecoms can be a problem, pointing out that Verizon controls downtown Sandpoint. “At hotels in Sandpoint, it is so slow you can’t even get e-mail,” he claimed. “So is that area served? Quest [Aircraft], who builds the Kodiak airplane, they’ve gotta exchange large engineering files in real time; 250 jobs are at stake. Verizon only employs 12 people in our two counties. Who’s more important?” Patterson said the rumor is that the Panhandle application is the best in Idaho. Although Ammon has not received a rejection letter, Patterson is pessimistic about his chances. “I wouldn’t say we’re in the running for round one. Our whole sales pitch was: we’re building a network infrastructure that has never been done before. But they want people who built and managed and are running

networks now.” Municipalities and economic development agencies tend to have less experience as broadband administrators. Asked why Qwest sat out the first round, several sources suggested the nation’s most powerful companies won’t take any money that forces them to sign the government’s nondiscrimination policy—the rules state that grantees “not favor any lawful Internet applications and content over others.” Qwest, Idaho’s largest residential provider, has a relatively clean record of neutrality compared with AT&T, which muted criticism of President George W. Bush during a live Pearl Jam Webcast in 2007. Comcast was caught slowing down access to competing content services and Verizon was criticized for stopping pro-choice text messages. A Qwest spokesman told BW that higher government funding formulas make the second round of broadband stimulus more appealing to the company. Still, they would not be allowed to profit while building out a project. Bray said neutrality is the key to facilitating competition. “As a conservative Republican who gets accused of sounding like Hugo Chavez, I can tell you: Where you don’t have competition, prices are high and you don’t have innovation.” “The City of Ammon wants to be the road, not the traffic,” Patterson said. “Nondiscrimination is what we believe is the right thing. We wanna be completely open to every consumer and provider.” The local applicants are also competing with dozens of national groups that want to use the same funds to expand into Idaho. According to a loud chorus of applicants, Rep. Walt Minnick’s office took the lead in helping the Idaho dozen prepare applications. “Although Walt voted against the stimulus bill, he recognized once it did pass, it was his job to get as much money for Idaho as possible,” Minnick spokesman John Foster said. At press time, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utilities Service, the federal agencies administering the broadband stimulus, have yet to award any Idaho project. The Ada Community Library has found that as population grows in some areas, Internet access isn’t as easy. Capacity at certain branches is over-extended. Their application is for a public computer center that would provide free access to high-speed Internet, as well as Web and office applications classes. “Some people thought, now that we have the Internet, libraries won’t be needed anymore,” library Director Mary DeWalt said. “What we’re finding is that people are using the Internet even more. When students are doing reports, there’s a need for them to analyze and find the best information.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


POWERING AMERICA An Idaho company that thinks it’s possible SADIE BABITS On Feb. 5, Scott Brusaw demonstrated a 12foot by 12-foot solar road panel in a friend’s garage in Sagle. A cameraman filmed the event, and officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation will likely visit the demonstration by the end of February. This full-bearded North Idaho tinkerer wants to rip up the pavement and replace it with an intelligent road system complete with solar panels to generate electricity. It may sound like a wacky inventor’s pipe dream, but the U.S. Department of Transportation gave Brusaw, an electrical engineer, a $100,000 contract last year to research solar roads. The money came through the DOT’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. That initial money is meant for research, but Brusaw has taken it a step further. “I thought, you know, I can build this,” said Brusaw. He started Solar Roadways four years ago with his wife Julie. “If they’re going to give me 100 grand, I’ll take half of it and buy the parts I need and put it together.” So Brusaw spent the last six months in his home electronics lab building a small solar panel road prototype. By Feb. 12, he’ll submit a final report detailing his project’s feasibility to the USDOT. The demonstration was the realization of a childhood fantasy for Brusaw who grew up playing with his electrical train set and little HO slot cars that race around an electric track. He always thought it would be brilliant if people would make roads that way and even as a kid drew up the concept. Brusaw’s life has revolved around electricity. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and working three years in oil fields, Brusaw got his degree in electrical engineering. For his master’s thesis, he created a computer system for hospital patients so they could order flowers and send text messages through their TVs. He eventually became an independent contractor based in Sagle. That’s where he and his wife Julie—they’ve known each other since they were in preschool—started hearing about climate change. Julie Brusaw suggested that he dust off his electric road idea and build it with solar panels. At first Brusaw thought it wasn’t possible. “You can’t drive on a solar panel because you’d crush it. But then we started batting this idea back and forth and thought if we could make an engineered case to protect the solar cells, you could do anything you want on it,” he said. Now he envisions a world where his technology would create thousands of green jobs and move the country further away from dependency on fossil fuels. Scott Gates, the renewable energy specialist for Idaho Power, sees promise in solar technology because it’s available when demand for power is high. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

“For this particular type of technology where it would have its highest [power] production in the summer and the afternoon, that’s when we’re desperate for it,” Gates said. Brusaw’s solar roadway would work like this: You’d drive on a layer of high-strength translucent glass that has the same traction as asphalt. That glass protects a layer of electronics—solar collecting cells with LEDs and the ability to store the sun’s energy for later use. Underneath, another layer distributes the power and data signals to homes and businesses connected to the solar roadway. It’s a smart system able to display LED messages on the road or even sense when something is blocking the way, like a deer, and send a message a few miles up the road to warn drivers of potential danger. Brusaw calculates that by covering every square mile of asphalt in the continental United States with his solar roadways, “we could produce three times as much electricity than the U.S. needs.” He estimates that greenhouse gas emissions from power generation would be cut in half by an intelligent roadway. It would take 5 billion solar panels to cover every road, parking lot and driveway in the United States. At $10,000 for just one panel, the cost would be enormous. But Brusaw believes an intelligent roadway would pay for itself by generating electricity. “We’d be shutting down coal-fired plants by generating electricity in a different way, and it would also allow electric cars to recharge wherever they wanted,” Brusaw said. Electric car owners could plug their vehicles in at rest stops along any solar highway or at a business that has an intelligent system in their parking lot. That’s not all. Brusaw envisions driveways covered in solar road panels that would connect into the solar highway. Electricity would flow through that grid to your home, eliminating power lines. The United States has the largest highway system in the world, and the cost to maintain this network continues to rise. Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Jeff Stratten called Brusaw’s concept interesting. “We are glad it is being developed in Idaho,” he wrote in an e-mail. “And we look forward to seeing the results of the work.” After the demonstration, the USDOT will decide whether to give Brusaw an additional $750,000. That money would be used to build highway-size solar road panels that could be driven on and thoroughly tested. Eventually, he’d like to install a solar roadway system at a Walmart Supercenter parking lot or better yet, pave the 45-mile section of road between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint with solar panels. Brusaw said that would be the ultimate test to find out if his intelligent roadway could handle a harsh North Idaho winter.

Rep. Brian Cronin, a Boise Democrat, agreed to both changes and hopes to resubmit the document to the committee for a potential hearing. The memorial urges Congress to “negate the deleterious effects of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.” That’s the decision that defines corporations as people with regard to electioneering expenditures. The memorial starts out downright patriotic: “We the People of the state of Idaho are endowed with certain unalienable rights that are expressly conveyed to people, and not to corporations ...” Seems obvious enough. But the electioneering law that the Supremes negated applies equally to corporations and unions, and the first draft of the Idaho memorial left out mention of labor unions (Idaho AFL-CIO boss Dave Whaley sat in the back of the hearing). So several Republicans suggested Cronin take his letter back and add some language reigning in labor as well. The committee also got hung up on the word “evil,” which appeared in the text in the context of a 1907 Senate report on campaign finance. The report stated: “[t]he evils of the use of [corporate] money in connection with political elections are so generally recognized that the committee deems it unnecessary to make any argument in favor of the general purpose of this measure.” We have no argument either. Just don’t be evil. Though “evil” is a bit too strong a word for it, the Legislature is continuing its project of stripping local authorities of any power they may have to raise revenue. This time, it’s Local Improvement Districts, which are meant to raise cash for infrastructure improvements in parts of municipalities. Rep. Raul Labrador, a Republican from Eagle and candidate for Congress, is bringing a bill, H.B. 489, to stop city councils from creating an LID more than $250,000 without a vote of the members of the LID—either 60 percent of resident owners or two-thirds of all property owners within the district. Though it appears aimed squarely at the City of Boise, which has been discussing an LID to pay for part of a downtown streetcar, Labrador reminded the House Revenue and Taxation Committee that he’s brought the bill before and it’s passed the House before, only to be stopped in a Senate committee. A few years ago, a similar bill targeted the City of Eagle, which wanted to buy a municipal water system through an LID, though that version applied to all LIDs, not just those over $250,000. Whether or not it’s inspired by the threat of Labrador’s bill, Boise has taken a different tack of late, suggesting that the streetcar might get built without imposing an LID on downtown property owners. Streetcar spokeswoman Cece Gassner told the City Club of Boise in a recent debate on the project that if the amount needed from the LID gets low enough, it would not be worth it to pass an LID. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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CAN I GET A J.O.B. Democrats get in front on job creation ANDREW CRISP In a deserted committee hearing room in the east wing of the Idaho Capitol, Boise Democratic Rep. Bill Killen told Unda’ the Rotunda a story from his time in law school. “We were reading the minutes from a congressional hearing under Teddy Roosevelt, in 1913, I think …” Killen said, deciding that it was actually 1916. At the time, Roosevelt was advocating for a graduated tax on estates. Killen recalled Roosevelt’s intentions: “He said, ‘if you don’t do something about this, you’re going to have a class structure like Britain’s, but not based on nobility, based on wealth ...’ “You know, I read that the disparity between the top 5 percent of earners and the lowest is the highest it’s ever been since 1928,” Killen said. The 60th session of the Idaho Legislature, which started off wallowing in declining budgets, is quickly becoming about jobs. Republicans and Democrats alike have bills that focus on keeping small-business growth steady and helping new entrepreneurs get a leg up on the competition. The Democrats have even put together a package of bills specifically about job creation. The Idaho Jobs and Opportunity Blueprint package includes six bills. “When developing IJOBS, we talked to the governor, and we said, ‘How do we get out of this?’” said Rep. John Rusche of Lewiston, the House minority leader. “We tried to look and see if we couldn’t use our resources in a more effective manner. I’m a doctor. When patients came to me, they didn’t just want a diagnosis. They wanted a diagnosis and a plan to get better.” Each IJOBS bill targets a specific aspect of growing small businesses, which according to Democrats, create over 80 percent of

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the new jobs in Idaho. The Small Business Incubator and Jobs Act calls on the departments of Commerce and Labor to help incubators, which house small businesses in a central location, allowing them to share support, space and services during the critical start-up phase. The Idaho Small Business Jobs Development Act provides a tax credit for small businesses that hire new employees. Rep. Mike Moyle of Star, the House Majority leader, tells Unda’ the Rotunda that this bill is essentially already on the books, but under a different name, and with slightly different numbers. The Small Employer Incentive Tax of 2005 offered a similar tax break to small employers but required a dedicated building. “Some of the Democrats actually fought that bill when it came through,” said Moyle. “They’re playing a little political game by taking a law that’s already around and changing the name.” But Moyle is working across the aisle on this bill, negotiating with Rusche on the logistics of the legislation and considering signing on as a sponsor. Still, it might not fly in the Senate, which is skeptical of adding tax credits. “The problem with a tax credit is if you give a new jobs credit to a new business, there’s this other guy that’s been struggling all along to keep from firing people—he gets nothing,” said Republican Sen. Brent Hill of Rexburg. “The new guy hires up the fired employee and gets a tax break.” The Idaho Small Business Venture Capital Investment and Jobs Act, H.B. 479, is slightly more complicated, offering large tax credits on non-interest earnings from venture capital investments in Idaho companies, which

Democrats claim will create 1,000 new jobs at businesses with fewer than 20 employees. “There might be something to that,” admitted Hill. The plan will get a hearing in the House Revenue and Tax Committee. Senate bills 1273, 1274 and 1275 are mired in Senate committees right now, perhaps awaiting jobs action on the House side. On the Senate side, there is the Grow Green Idaho Jobs Act, S.B. 1273, which seeks to foster innovation in the field of renewable energy from Idaho businesses. The 2010 Idaho Jobs Council Act, S.B. 1274, builds a task force of state and private sector leaders to focus on jobs through the legislative session. And the Idaho Home Grown Business and Jobs Act, S.B. 1275, works with the departments of Labor and Commerce to provide market information to small Idaho businesses, to better compete with out-of-state endeavors. Rep. Max Black, a Boise Republican, agreed with the Democrats’ vision. “I’m personally in favor of what they’re trying to do with these jobs bills. In fact, I’ve got one I’m sponsoring myself,” Black said. The Idaho Entrepreneur Finance Act would create the “Idaho Entrepreneur Fund Corporation,” with a five-member board of trustees appointed by the director of Finance. The fund would benefit Idaho businesses, presiding over $30 million in contingent tax credits. And in another sign that jobs are spurring some bipartisan discussion, Moyle and Rusche introduced a bill together this week that would help Boise-based Western Aircraft by providing tax rebates to out-of-state owners who have their jets serviced here. Why are they teaming up on this? “We just talk,” Rusche said, smiling. “We talk all the time.”


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Find the Wedding, If You Can Amanda and Brian Anderson’s challenge was just getting the ceremony to take place. The couple had been together since high school, and when they decided to make it official, they planned their perfect rustic mountain wedding, renting out Warm Lake Lodge for an October ceremony. And while she bought her dress to complement the color of the fall aspen trees, there wasn’t anything Amanda could do about the raging forest fires of that summer. In July—despite Amanda’s best encouragement of her wildland-firefighting fiance to save their venue—the fire burned all the way to the edge of the lodge. Scorched aspens probably weren’t what she had in mind. Try as she might, Amanda couldn’t reach anyone associated with the lodge (or her deposit) and then heard on the news that the lodge was closing down for good. The news

came as she was sitting in Bardenay, and the otherwise laid-back bride admitted she kind of lost it at that moment. It wasn’t until September that she was able to reach anyone and reclaim her deposit. While a hasty change of venue moved the event to her uncle’s back yard, that still wasn’t why the Andersons had a hard time getting the word out. Not long after she had sent out the invitations, Amanda started receiving empty envelopes, then entire boxes from the Post Office containing bits and pieces of her invitations. Turns out, despite the extra glue she had added, her invitations dissolved in the mail, leaving various bits of paper floating through the system. While the couple has been happily married for more than two years, they still hear comments from family members who think they weren’t invited to the wedding.

Where’s the Bride?

Amanda Sandmeyer might have just been happy to have been included in the ceremony at her wedding. Turns out, the minister performing the ceremony was an old family friend who might have been a little bit nervous, considering he had dated Sandmeyer’s cousin years before and that cousin’s mother was sitting in the audience. As Sandmeyer and her father were on the sidelines, waiting for the music to start, she realized the minister was talking. Her father assured Sandmeyer that the minster was just greeting the guests, but he kept going. The minister had gone on for five minutes before Sandmeyer could get her sister’s attention, at which point the maid of honor leaned over and told the minister, “I think the bride might want to be here for this.”

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Pro Disasters

But in the wide world of possible wedding disasters, no one has seen more craziness than wedding coordinators. These are the professionals we amateurs turn to in order to predict all those little things that can go so terribly, terribly wrong. But no matter how much experience a wedding coordinator has, things are still going to happen—that’s what you get when you mix high emotions, stress, family and alcohol. Most wedding coordinators were reticent to talk about any of the crazy, chaotic or unbelievable things they have witnessed. But, with a whole lot of coaxing, we finally got a few to spill the beans ... with promises of confidentiality. Covering a source’s identity is a small price to pay to learn about the wedding cake that never showed up and had to be replaced at the last minute via a trip to Costco, or the entire bridal party whose dresses were made in the wrong sizes, a fact that was discovered the day before the wedding. We did feel a little bad for the bride who, thanks to a stress-induced diet, hadn’t eaten much of anything all week and nearly fainted during the ceremony, then spent most of the reception lying down, away from her guests. Some disasters sound more like things pulled directly from the script of a really bad soap opera. Take, for example, the couple whose best man and matron of honor (who were married) announced their divorce just a few weeks before the wedding. While some last-minute adjustments were made to keep people apart as much as possible, no one could have predicted that the reason for the split was that the best man had been fooling around with another woman, who just happened to be one of the other bridesmaids. It might be safe to say that the communal feeling of good will and love was a little overshadowed at that reception. Or, there was the instance of the bride who got a little too tipsy at the reception. That in itself is not entirely unheard of, but when she failed to get the response she wanted to the money dance (during which WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

guests fork over some cash to dance with the bride or groom), she grabbed the microphone from the DJ and started berating the guests about how much money had been spent on the wedding, then blackmailing specific guests, pointing out how much she had spent attending their weddings and demanding more cash. Unfortunately, the DJ kept egging the situation on, undoubtably leading to the painful hangover/shame spiral combo. One wedding coordinator found herself in a very delicate position after chairs broke under the bride, her maid of honor and the bride’s uncle. Turns out, each surpassed the chairs’ 350-pound weight limit, leaving the coordinator wondering how to possibly broach that topic in the future with other brides-to-be. But even those who make it through the ceremony and the reception aren’t necessarily in the clear. One set of happy newlyweds headed out to their car after the reception, surrounded by friends and family who wanted to give them a big send-off. The bridesmaids had even decorated the car but, unfortunately, they failed to remember to lock the door when they were done. As the bride and groom were about to make their grand exit, they discovered that a homeless man had decided their back seat looked like a good place to take a nap. It took a call to the police to get him to relinquish his resting spot.

Avoiding Disaster

So, how do those planning their own weddings avoid the type of craziness that lives eternally in the believe-it-or-not files? The pros advise using their services. While some DIY projects may sound appealing, those in the biz say they might not be worth either the expense or the stress. Also, plan ahead, don’t start any project less than three weeks before the event. And remember, usually you get what you pay for. We suggest just going with the flow because regardless of how much planning goes into the event, something is going to happen. Your challenge is to be able to laugh along with everyone else, because sometimes you’re just going to end up cakeless with a stranger in your back seat.

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It’s three days before Valentine’s Day. Your plans for Feb. 14 are to 1) spend the night slugging tequila with your equally bitter and love-hating single friends bitching about how V-Day is almost more over-commercialized than Christmas, 2) curl up in your designer Snuggie on your couch with a pizza, six-hours of slasher horror films and your dog, the only creature in the world that really loves you (which is why he is also willing to wear a designer Snuggie), or 3) make out with that super hot “Could Be Mr. Right” (or “Could Be Mr. Right Now”), whom you just met at BW’s Personals party. Door No. 3 it is—come on, what single guy or gal doesn’t like a hot make-out session with a new pair of lips? But first, you have to get yourself to the BW Personals party. Here’s how: Log onto and create your free Love profile. Shower, deodorize and get yourself looking good. Then head to The Lobby in downtown Boise, where you’ll find a room full of BW Love members playing games, hanging out with FameFifteen and throwing back $2 wells and domestic drafts, $3 micros and $5 FameFifteenis. Show up, scope out the crowd, have a drink and mingle. No obligations. No strings unless you want them. No blind dates. No speed dates. No cover charge. 7 p.m., FREE, The Lobby, 760 W. Main St. Information at or call BW at 208-344-2055.

Of choreographer Trey McIntyre, Dance Magazine wrote, “When so many people are trying to figure out how to make ballet accessible, McIntyre is doing it.” That’s true not only for audiences but for his dancers as well. As dancers, he gives them steps, and as artists, he gives them the freedom to express and explore their art. The work that 22-year-old dancer Ashley Werhun does with TMP is so important to her, she was willing to fight the federal government to continue doing it. A technicality with her work visa sent Werhun back to her home country of Canada last year and initially both she and TMP were unsure of when or if she would return. But with a three-year permit tucked into her toe shoes, Werhun leapt into rehearsals for the Saturday, Feb. 13, show with vigor, especially excited to work on a brand-new, as yet untitled piece—this will be its world premiere—and be a part of that constantly metamorphosing creation process. Those rehearsals are anything but rote. “When we create a new work, it’s never just doing the same thing over and over again,” Werhun said. “Each time something will change, and Trey will either say, ‘I love that’ or ‘Let’s change it a little.’ Often times with Trey, choreography will change up until a few days before the show. And even then, while on tour, it will change as we get a better understanding of the piece.” A piece may also be different choreographically because McIntyre is likely to make slight changes after each show. “It’s always evolving, which is exciting,” Werhun said. An audience member who sees, say, the Feb. 13 show and then catches another performance in another city three or four weeks later probably won’t notice changes in individual steps, but might perceive differences due to the dancers themselves. “It’s like meeting someone for the first time and then after a few weeks with them, you become more comfortable and you’re able to open up more,” Werhun said. “It’s like that with a new work; you open up more and more each time you do it. It’s a journey each time you do it on stage.” 8 p.m., $15-$50 (no children under age 6). Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Drive, 208-426-1609,

THURSDAY FEB. 11 Takin’ Note BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT IDAHO BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM This month, the Idaho Black History Museum celebrates Black History Month with a new exhibit, a new mural, two presentations and longer hours. The new exhibit, entitled “Economic Empowerment,” looks at a handful of black

Idaho business people, including former Boise City Council member Jerome Mapp; Dr. Karl Watts, founder and executive director of Genesis World Mission and the American Academy of Family Physicians Physician of the Year 2010; and Chef Roland of Chef Roland’s Cajun Cuisine. IBHM also now has a lending library, as well as a stunning new mural by local artist Pablo Rodriguez titled Slave to President. And on Thursday, local activist Yvonne McCoy will give a talk entitled, “The Audacity of Hope.”

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McCoy was born in Virginia in 1947, the last of nine children. As a youngster, she handed out fliers for John F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign and rallied against segregation by attending lunch-counter sit-ins and boycotts against public places with segregation policies. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Howard University, she stayed in Washington, D.C., mentoring young women from Anacostia, a disadvantaged area of metropolitan D.C. McCoy and her husband moved to Boise about six

years ago. 6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Drive, 208-4330017, IBHM is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through the month of February.


If you think Binary Code is all about ones and zeroes, you’re sorely mistaken. Nosegrinds, kickflips and ollies? That’s more like it. Local clothing company MTtheory will host the premiere of their full-length skateboarding video Binary Code WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Kill Uncle gets drunk-le.

SATURDAY FEB. 13 Rockin’ out


LIVE AND LOCAL SERIES If you happen to see children in masks downtown on Saturday, Feb. 13, don’t worry, they know it’s not Halloween. Local music organization Go Listen Boise is hosting “A Night of Music and Masquerade” at the Linen Building on Saturday, Feb. 13. The all-ages, family friendly event features Boise Rock School musicians and local bands Kill Uncle, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, and Thomas Paul. Give your craftiness a whirl by making a mask. BYOS (that’s bring your own shirt) and screenprint it with the Go Listen Boise logo or buy a tee already screenprinted for only five bones. Event organizers recommend attendees arrive in Mardi Gras/masquerade attire. Pig out on goodies from Boise Fr y Company, chill out with a cold one or class it up with vino, but be sure to bring your ID. Support Boise’s only independent music school and local musicians by celebrating Big Easy-style. 6 p.m. doors, $5 per person or $20 per family at the door, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-3850111,

on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Knitting Factory. “We have a skateboard team, a snowboard team, a kayak team and a breakdance team,” said MTtheory owner Mat Thompson. “The skateboard team is mostly local guys—there’s a couple of guys from Northern California and one guy from Eastern Idaho. Those guys got together and did some


Dem Gourds are good beeble.

SATURDAY FEB. 13 Sippin’ on Gin and Juice THE GOURDS Remember back in the day when that one countr y band covered “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg and the singer was all: “I’ve gawt bitches in the livurn’ room getting it awn, an they ain’t leavin’ till six in the mor-nin’,” with that way-exaggerated Southern drawl? That band is The Gourds, and they’d really appreciate it if people would stop requesting that song at their shows so they could just move on already, thankyouver ymuch. The Gourds have been cranking out countr y jams since 1994 from a “sloppy hilltop” in Austin, Texas. Known for their live shows and extensive touring, this alt-countr y act has put out nine full-length albums including 1996’s Dem’s Good Beeble, 2000’s Bolsa de Agua, 2006’s Heavy Ornamentals, and 2009’s Haymaker! In addition to all that, The Gourds also found time to record soundtracks to two different documentaries: Growin’ a Beard (2003) and Something’s Brewin’ in Shiner (2004). Growin’ a Beard follows Austinite Scotty McAfee as he heads to Shamrock, Texas, for an annual beard-growing contest. Since 1938, the men of Shamrock have upheld the tradition of growing a Donegal beard (which sprouts along the chin sans mustache) from New Year’s Day to St. Patrick’s Day. The Gourds narrate this stor y with their unique bluegrassy twang, singing tunes like “Shamrock Bound,” with lyrics like “I got whiskers on my chin and jowls / Got me the Donegal beard / I’ve been growin’ since New Year’s Day … I’m goin’, I’m goin’ / Over the hills to claim my crown / Shamrock I am bound.” Whether it’s songs about growin’ chin hair, comin’ up with funky ass shit, or any of the band’s other less-gimicky, but equally awesome ditties that draw you out to the Bouquet on Saturday, Feb. 13, we recommend you grab a gin and jiz-uice and check it out. 8 p.m., $16 adv., $19 door, The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208.345.6605,

traveling in a big van in the Northwest and into California and shot some footage at skate parks and street locations and put together a full length video.” Trevor Atkinson of Tre Juice Productions did the video editing for the 47-minute long Binary Code, which features skaters like Seekie Dixey, Brad Beech, Keith Oliver, Bryant Chapo and Jaison

Brooks. But, as Thompson explained, the video isn’t the only attraction. “They’re letting us have microphones, and we know some guys that are really good at beatboxing and freestyling,” said Thompson. “We’re going to show some other short videos before the main video starts, and then I think the breakdancers are going to do some-

Skiers and boarders: It’s time to seize the moment and save some dough before you hit the slopes. Mark your calendars for Monday, Feb. 15, when Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area brings back its $199 season pass sale. Before you start BOGUS BASIN MOUNTAIN squealing with glee, let us give RECREATION AREA you some details: Not only do 2600 Bogus Basin Road 208-332-5162 you get to hit the Bogus slopes as much as your winter-loving heart desires through the 20102011 season, you can also use that same pass to ski for the rest of this season. But if you want this killer deal, you must act quickly—the $199 deal is only available through Sunday, Feb. 21. And if you come in a family pack, the one-week-only deal includes an $800 family pass. Passes can be purchased at, by calling 208-332-5162 or in person at 2600 Bogus Basin Road. Don’t even try to buy them on the mountain. If you’re planning more of a getaway, you can save some cash by making a stop at valley Costco locations, which are selling adult lift tickets to Sun Valley Resort and The Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. Two tickets to Sun Valley cost $127.99 (plus tax) compared to the day ticket price of $82 per person, and two tickets to The Canyons are a mere $109.99 compared to the $81 price tag for a single day ticket charged on the mountain. —Deanna Darr

thing after the film.” Tickets for Binary Code are $6 at the door, but Thompson has distributed tons of free tickets to local skate shops and will hand out more to anyone who emails 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $6, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-3671212, mttheory/events.

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WEDNESDAY FEB. 10 On Stage AT HOME AT THE ZOO—See review, this page. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporar y Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, www.bctheater. org. AVENUE Q—This smash hit, Tony-winning musical stops at the Morrison Center stage. A stor y about real life in New York City, Avenue Q follows Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to NYC with big dreams. Expect singing, adult content, and oh yeah, puppets. 7:30 p.m. $28-$48. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.

Workshops & Classes DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—The workshop is held twice a month and offers writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien facilitate the workshops. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, www.

Talks & Lectures ENERGY LOBBY DAY TRAINING—Learn how to effectively communicate with your legislators about important issues in this training session gathering. They’ll discuss a variety of topics related to energy, prepping participants for the upcoming Energy Lobby Day on Monday, Feb. 15, at the Capitol. 6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-0273, www. REAGAN BIOGRAPHER STEVEN HAYWARD—Discussing Ronald Reagan’s initiatives as part of the Presidents’ Day celebration at Boise State. 78:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-2388, www.

Odds & Ends STUDENT RECRUITMENT OPEN HOUSE—Garden City Community School incorporates multi-age classrooms small in class size and emphasizes the arts and environment. Meet the staff and check out what’s new in the classroom. Please call in advance. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Garden City Community School, 9165 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-3770011.

Gordon Reinhart and Matthew Cameron Clark star in Boise Contemporary Theater’s production of At Home at the Zoo by Edward Albee.

BCT’S AT HOME AT THE ZOO “We should talk,” huffs Ann (Christina Lang), barefoot and cross-armed in the first scene of Boise Contemporary Theater’s production of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo. Unphased by this loaded conversation instigator, Peter (Gordon Reinhart) remains engrossed in his thick textbook. When he finally peers up, Ann has left the couple’s sparse modern living room—light wood paneling, an uncluttered coffee table and a sleek green sofa (designed by Rick Martin). When she reemerges, she gets exactly what she asked for—“talk” is about the only thing the couple does for the rest of act one. They go on about everything from breasts to circumcisions to sleepless nights to lingering regrets, all with a candor that lets us know this type of connection between them doesn’t occur often. Through Ann and Peter’s dialogue—filled with classic Albee truisms and turns of phrase—a picture emerges of two outwardly happy, yet estranged and ultimately disconnected adults. Act one, or Homelife, was created by Albee in 2001 as a companion piece to his classic 1958 play, A Zoo Story (which becomes act two in At Home at the Zoo). Through Homelife, the audience is introduced to Peter’s attributes—he’s Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 p.m. distracted, naive, submissive— Continues through Feb. 20 which, in act two, are tested by a talkative transient named BOISE CONTEMPORARY Jerry (Matthew Cameron Clark) THEATER on a bench in Central Park. 854 Fulton St., Boise 208-331-9224 For the most part, these three actors manage to pull off Albee’s dialogue-heavy, action-bare drama with spot-on performances. Though Lang’s excessive gesturing and overemotive delivery was a bit distracting at the beginning of the first act, she eventually eased into her role of the nagging, unfulfilled wife who yearns for more excitement with believable grace. Reinhart, on the other hand, played the role of Peter, a balding, bookish, upper-middle-class pushover, convincingly from the start, as he channeled the flawed optimism of Frasier Crane (minus the snobbery). But the show really belongs to Clark, who, for all his twitchy, crazy-man rocking and confrontational lack of social graces, was able to convey all too well the captivating pathos of Jerry. While long-time Albee fans should find lots to love in BCT’s performance of At Home at the Zoo, it’s Clark’s superb turn as Jerry that will make converts of the uninitiated. —Tara Morgan

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8 DAYS OUT THURSDAY FEB. 11 On Stage AT HOME AT THE ZOO—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232,


Festivals & Events BW PERSONALS PARTY—Join Boise Weekly and FameFifteen to celebrate BWLove, BW’s new online personals. Meet other local singles and test out that love-at-first-sight theory. Delicious drink specials, including $2 wells, $2 domestic drafts, $3 micro and import drafts and $5 Fame Fifteenis to put a spin on your otherwise boring martini. Create a free profile today at boiseweek- and start checking out other singles in town. 7 p.m. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183.

Food & Drink L’80S NIGHT—An explosive night of French synth-pop and other musical delights from the European stage. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Parisian style. Drink specials will run throughout the night. 9 p.m.-2

a.m. Catacomb Club, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-392-7747, WINE TASTING AND LIVE MUSIC—Join Idaho Conservation League for a deliciously informative evening. Attendees can sample wines from Idaho winemaker Cinder while discussing a variety of environmental practices to help sustain our clean air and protect special places. Accompanied by music from local musician Todd Palmer. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE first 40 guests, $5 for the rest of you.

Urban Winemakers Cooperative, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City, 208-376-4023,

Workshops & Classes A CHAUTEAUBRIAND DINNER FOR TWO—Chef Dean Fuller serves up a menu once prepped for the Hollywood stars. 6:30 p.m. $50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-3680649.

SOCK KNITTING CLASS—Participants will learn the basics of sock making. Designed for those who are already able to knit and purl. 6:30-9 p.m. $25, includes yarn and 4-inch double-pointed needles. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www.

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8 DAYS OUT Literature DAILY EROTICA BOOK SIGNING AND WINE TASTING—The creators of Daily Erotica, a 366page collection of poems and daily affirmations of love, will be on hand to read bits from the book. Written by Rachel Hatch, Liza Long, Gretchen Anderson and Elaine Ambrose, Daily Erotica promises to wake up your sleeping libido. 6-8 p.m. FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-8088.

Talks & Lectures THE AUDACITY OF HOPE—Featuring guest speaker Yvonne McCoy. See Picks, Page 16. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Dr., 208-433-0017,

FRIDAY FEB. 12 Festivals & Events ART AND CRAFT SALE—An artistic warehouse with goods for everyone across the board with a focus on repurpose and reuse. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The old Treasure Garden, 6521 Ustick Road, Boise, 208-323-7717. ISN’T IT ROMANTIC—The South Junior High Choirs present an evening of dinner and theater with love songs from the stage and screen preceded by dinner. Seating for dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. $15 adults dinner and show, $10 children ages 10 and younger, dinner and show, $5 show only. South Junior High School, 805 Shoshone St., Boise, 208-854-6110.

AT HOME AT THE ZOO—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, THE MURDER ROOM—A witty comedy about a money-hungry wife and her numerous attempts to kill off her wealthy husband to claim it all. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. $39 dinner and show, $20 show only. Dinner must be purchased at least one day in advance. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, THIS IS OUR YOUTH—A play written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Karissa J. Murrell Adams. Presented by The Broken Illusion Projects, an amateur youth theater troupe. Held in the Black Box Theater within Boise Little Theater. 9 p.m. $4. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.

Concerts RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITY CONCERT—A charity concert featuring original compositions produced by Thomas Kresge, senior student at ArtsWest School. Performing his works will be a full, 70-piece symphony orchestra comprised of local musicians. Conducted by Kendall Nielsen. 7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students. Centennial High School, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-939-1404,

followed by a chocolate-rimmed glass of ruby port and silky cheesecake. 7-9 p.m. $25. Reservations required. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Hwy. 44, Star, 208-2867960,

Workshops & Classes DUTCH OVEN COOKING—Not so savvy in the world of cooking away from the stove? No problem. Pack up your Dutch oven, if you have one, and head over to Nampa Recreation Center for an introductory course in the art of dutch oven cooking. Bring your appetite, they’ll provide the food. 6 p.m. $20. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, www.

Literature DAILY EROTICA BOOK SIGNING—See Thursday. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Bueno Cheapo Vino, 770 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 209-3361930, www.buenocheapovino. com. And from 5-8 p.m. FREE. Hastings, 680 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-9428.

SATURDAY FEB. 13 Festivals & Events

Food & Drink

ART AND CRAFT SALE—See Friday. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The old Treasure Garden, 6521 Ustick Road, Boise, 208-323-7717.

A TOAST TO PASSION—Looking to dunk your lover in love? Helina Marie’s offers an elegant evening of fine wines and decadent desserts. Begin the night with champagne and strawberries

EAGLE CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY 2010—Get outside to browse local goods and produce at Eagle’s appreciation day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Eagle Church of the Nazarene, 1001 W. State St., Eagle, 208-939-0661.

THE MEET AT THE MARKETPLACE—Swapping goods and feeling good about it, the Marketplace hosts Boise’s newest portal of great deals. Ample parking is provided. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Boise City Marketplace, 5050 Overland Road, Boise, 208-331-5014, www. VALENTINE’S WEEKEND HELICOPTER RIDES—Fly high with your honey on a romantic helicopter ride above the Boise scene. $99 per couple. Silverhawk Aviation Academy, 4505 Aviation Way, Caldwell, 208-453-8577, WELLNESS FAIR—With Valentine’s Day love card, intuitive readings, tarot, reiki, energy healings and more. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $1 per minute. Art and Soul Gallery, 480 Thurman Mill St., Waterfront Development, Garden City.

On Stage THE ADVENTURES OF SHEERLUCK HOMES—Watch as Sheerluck Homes gets lucky, or not, in solving cases with his powers of happenstance. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., 208-336-7383,

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


8 DAYS OUT THE MEET AT THE MARKETPLACE—See Friday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise City Marketplace, 5050 Overland, Boise.

THE MURDER ROOM—See Friday. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. $39 dinner and show, $20 show only. Dinner must be purchased at least one day in advance. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

MUSIC AND MASQUERADE—See Picks, Page 16. Go Listen Boise and Boise Rock School present a night of fun and folly full of music and masks fit for the entire family. 6 p.m.-midnight. $5 person, $20 family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www.

THIS IS OUR YOUTH—See Friday. 8 p.m. $4. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT 2—See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $15-$50. Grab tickets online at Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

PRE-VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE RIDE—Bicycles need love, too. Hook ’em up during an evening of tacos, drinks and dancing as members of the Boise Bicycle Project roll through town. Couples and singles are invited to meet at Parrilla around 7:30 p.m., followed by a ride to Bittercreek around 8:30 p.m. and then to Pengilly’s around 10 p.m. 7:30 p.m. FREE,

Concerts NEW DIMENSIONS JAZZ CHOIR—Dinner and a show presented by the Meridian High School New Dimensions Jazz Choir featuring vocals, solo and group numbers to raise money for their upcoming choir and jazz trips. 6-8 p.m. $10 adults, $6 students. Meridian High School cafeteria, 1900 W. Pine Ave., Meridian, 208-888-4905, www.

VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY— DJs, dancing, costume, games, prizes and bottomless energy. They’ll be serving endless cups of the high-energy drink Cthulhu for just $3. An all-ages event. 7 p.m.-midnight. $6 per person, $10 per couple. Cole Village Shopping Center, 3255 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-376-1942. VALENTINE’S WEEKEND HELICOPTER RIDES—See Friday. $99 per couple. Silverhawk Aviation Academy, 4505 Aviation Way, Caldwell, 208-453-8577,

SOUNDS LIKE FUN—Boise Philharmonic presents a series of concerts designed for the whole family with a host of upbeat and interactive musicians. Today’s performance focuses on the brass section. 10:45 a.m. $6$8. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

On Stage THE ADVENTURES OF SHEERLUCK HOMES—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www.

Food & Drink SWEETHEART SPECIAL—A three-course dinner paired with live entertainment by Bernie Reilly. 8-10 p.m. $45 per couple, $25 single. Reservations required. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-4049, www.

AT HOME AT THE ZOO—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

TORCH!—Join cabaret superstars Lauriel Loyst, Danny Beal and other guest artists for an especially sassy celebration of love. A four-course dinner topped off with champagne and romantic music will precede the show. Dinner seating at 6 p.m., show from 7-9 p.m. $50 person dinner and show. Reser vations are required by Feb. 10. $25 show only, Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197. VALENTINE’S DAY CHOCOLATE BUFFET—Looking for a sweet and dreamy way to show your honey some love? We spell it ch-o-c-o-l-a-t-e, and this year’s annual Sweetheart Sweet-fest has lots of it. Bursting at the seems with a buffet of chocolate pastries and desserts, they’re also ser ving up a fountain’s worth of the dark stuff. Literally. Live music by Wayne White and Rachel Bevr y. 6-9 p.m. $8. Music of the Vine, 2805 Blaine St., Ste. 130, Caldwell, 208-454-1228, www.

Workshops & Classes BASICS OF BIRDING—Bird man Robert Mortensen leads an introductor y walking course in bird identification. Be sure to bring a raincoat, just in case, as well as binoculars and sturdy shoes. Children are welcome. 10-11 a.m. FREE, Avimor, north of Eagle on Highway 55 at Avimor Drive, Eagle, 208-939-5360. EARTHQUAKES—Join National Science Foundation fellow and Boise State geology grad student Jessica Sousa for an informational, all-ages workshop about the cause and effects of earthquakes. Sousa will discuss shifting plates and slipping faults. Attendees can create their own mini earthquakes and participate in other activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE, donations accepted to benefit the American Red Cross efforts to assist Haiti earthquake sur vivors. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208493-2530, FOCACCIA BREAD—Bread mender and maker extraordinaire Margie Sanders leads a course in bread preparation. Sanders will teach participants both handmade and manual kneading skills. 11 a.m. $40. Potter y Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649. MAKE AN ORIGAMI VALENTINE—Drop in anytime between 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to create your own origami valentine with wings. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $2. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www.

Kids & Teens STOP ANIMATION—A course for the kids introducing the basics of stop-motion animation. 1 and 1 p.m. FREE. Librar y at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrar


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8 DAYS OUT SUNDAY FEB. 14 Festivals & Events ART AND CRAFT SALE—See Friday. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The old Treasure Garden, 6521 Ustick Road, Boise, 208-323-7717. VALENTINE’S WEEKEND HELICOPTER RIDES—See Friday. $99 per couple. Silverhawk Aviation Academy, 4505 Aviation Way, Caldwell, 208-453-8577,

On Stage THE ADVENTURES OF SHEERLUCK HOMES—See Friday. 2 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www.

Kids & Teens STOP ANIMATION—A course for the kids introducing the basics of stop-motion animation. 1 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise,

Odds & Ends BLACK DOG WALKS—Black dogs gather here. A month-appropriate-themed walk designed to raise awareness of black dog syndrome. February’s walk: Mardi Paws Black Dog Walk. 1 p.m. FREE, Military Reserve, Mountain Cove Road and Reserve Street, Boise.

MONDAY FEB. 15 Festivals & Events POETRY SLAM DELUX—Throw down the best verse and take home 100 bucks. This month features young and nationally acclaimed slammers Andi Kauth and Eric Breland, visiting as part of their Full Circle Tour. Pengilly’s is a 21-and-older venue. 8 p.m., sign-up at 7:30 p.m. $5. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.


Food & Drink THE ART OF LOVE—If your honey’s any sort of artsy-loving food connoisseur, this is the ticket for you. The folks at the Linen Building have prepped a pretty party, including a five-course meal provided by Open Table, live music by local jazz and folk musician Patricia Folkner and a visit through the gallery to view “Joyride,” a joint exhibit presented by longtime couple Dick and Judy Deam. For more details on the menu, contact Open Table Boise at 208-761-0042. Reservations Required. 6 p.m. $75 per plate, which includes beer, wine and champagne. A nohost bar is also available for an additional fee. The Gallery at The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www. TORCH!—See Saturday. Dinner seating at 5 p.m. Show from 6-8 p.m. $50 person dinner and show. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 10. $25 show only, Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197. VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCHEON—An afternoon suggesting savory and social do go together after all. The public will dine with legislators from across the state followed by self tours of the new grounds and discussions regarding the course of social work in Idaho. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $50 couples, $30 individuals. Guests are asked to RSVP to lunchatthecapitol@ Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-433-9705.



OPEN HANDS FOR LITTLE HEARTS—An informational session about the benefits of play therapy, encouraging the exploration of creative thinking and connectivity to release stress and relieve boredom. 12:30-2 p.m. Donation. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511, www.boisefumc. org.

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS: YOU JUST RELAX, HONEY For someone particularly neurotic, the words, “You just relax, honey,” would fall on deaf ears. But for even the most anxious, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats’ debut full-length album of the same name is as comfortable as a favorite chair. Warren’s alt-country style compels beer-drinking and front-porch lounging, while the consistent rhythms and simple themes help erase away any mental chaos. Warren brings an authenticity to his craft that speaks of an earlier generation, as if he and his Billy Goats—David SatherSmith on cello and vocals, Conor Madden on cajon, Ty Clayton on mandolin and vocals, and Tim Pennington on banjo—grasp “old-timey” in a way that even actual old timers might not. And Warren’s singing hearkens back to a long ago time, too. In “Strangetown,” he whispers a soft tangent about an uncertain and inhospitable future, but the very next track, “Dig a Ditch,” takes a different tone and an aggressive growl while describing the same subject. Need more cowbell? The upbeat chorus has a cheerful and unmistakable clank in the background. Reminiscent of a church hymn, “Drop” would easily fit on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. Imagine a hot summer day, a blanket laid out on the grass, a picnic basket, a bottle of wine and a live performance by Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. Just relax? You bet. —Sarah Barber

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8 DAYS OUT On Stage


THE CARPETBAGGER’S CHILDREN—This staged-reading showcases the monologues shared between three sisters: Cornelia, Grace Anne and Sissie. Share in their dramatic and often funny meditations on their lives and their land, a family staple. Written by Horton Foote. A performance of BCT’s 5x5 Reading Series. 7 p.m. $12 general, $10 students. Tickets can be purchased online at www. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, www.

ENERGY LOBBY DAY—Join legislators and lobbyists to discuss the implementation and benefits of energy-saving resources. 9:30 a.m.-noon. FREE. Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-433-9705.

Workshops & Classes PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP—Join young slam master and mentor Andi Kauth for a workshop in mixing up and delivering the spoken word. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, RAW: THE POWER FOODS— It’s time to strip your food. Join Shangri-La Teahouse chefs Alicia Hodge and Tracy Maret for a course in raw foods. To give you an idea, the menu includes avocado-date-pecan kale rolls with coconut-macadamia-pineapple glaze. Delicious. 6:30 p.m. $50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649.


TUESDAY FEB. 16 Food & Drink FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION— Score beads and masks and bits of Kings Cake to celebrate Mardi Gras. 6-7 p.m. $10. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-8884049, FOOD AND WINE PAIRING— Chef and wine industry professional Brad Cowan shares his pairing knowledge. 6-7:30 p.m. $10. Brick Oven Bistro, 801 N. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3456,

Talks & Lectures ANNIE PROULX—Featuring acclaimed novelist and shortstor y author Annie Proulx for an intimate evening of readings and discussion. Hosted by The Cabin. 7:30 p.m. $22-$28.


SOLD OUT, though there is a waiting list. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208345-0454, FINANCE—Get your financial life in order using techniques learned in this program led by speaker and certified financial planner Tama Borriello. 5:30 p.m. $15 program and dinner, $5 program only. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900. STEVE FAINARU—Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru discusses a world without news. 7 p.m. FREE, no ticket is required. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,

WEDNESDAY FEB. 17 On Stage AT HOME AT THE ZOO—Set in New York City on a sunny afternoon, Home at the Zoo follows three sundr y folks, Peter, Anne and Jerr y, as they meander in and out of secrets and truths. Another bit of brilliance by Edward Albee. 8 p.m. $12-$32. Boise Contemporar y Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, www.

Food & Drink IDAHO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS LUNCHEON—Socialize and swap ideas and knowledge in mediarelated subjects with members of Girls in Tech. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost averages about $10 for lunch. Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887.

Workshops & Classes FOR THE LOVE OF PASTA— Pasta is precious. Pasta is power ful. Pasta could quite possibly be the world’s only meal, and we’d almost be OK with that. Join Sylvie Ryan for an evening of tips and tricks on how to create handmade pasta and sauces. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, www.





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


THE WRITE TO TELL THE TALE—Join a group of successful and aspiring nonfiction writers who learn from guest speakers and from each other through discussion and critique. Show up with something you’ve written that you’re willing to share, and be prepared to get the creative juices flowing. The Boise Nonfiction Writers Critique Group meets to share critiques and ideas in a supportive and helpful atmosphere. 7-9 p.m. FREE, Writers.html. Librar y at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise.

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Be careful, Low-fi. That fence may be high-voltage.


Matt Hires and Jason Castro on tour together AMY ATKINS “America has voted and ... you will be moving on to the next round.” Matt Hires was discovered on Myspace. Jason Castro got a boost from reality TV. Welcome to the future of making music.

Week after week in early 2008, young blue-eyed, dreadlocked Texan Jason Castro waited to hear these words from American star, but Castro, who is working on his Idol host Ryan Seacrest. And until there were only three contestants left, he did. The debut CD, is sure the novelty soon turns to a genuine appreciation of his music. first AI contestant to play a guitar and/or a “That’s definitely the case with anyone ukulele on the show, Castro made it as far who comes off of American Idol,” Castro as third place before being bumped by the said. “[The show] is an amazing experiDavids (Cook, the winner, and Archuleta, ence and a cool way to throw your name the runner up). But considering how the musical careers of some past winners (ahem, out there, but ... I see it as a beginning. The Fantasia) and first runners-up (ahem, Justin career building is now. “Now it’s about my music. Before it was Guarini) fall quickly into obscurity, coming just about my voice. If you remember me, in third on AI might be a blessing. you come check out the music and hopeCastro, 22, has recently had time to fully get turned on to the music not just think about his blessings—and his upcombecause, as you said, of the novelty, but ing debut album—riding in a van, supbecause it’s music you like and can take porting Atlantic Records label-mate Matt Hires on the State Lines Tour 2010 that will with you for life.” Taking Castro and his music on the road take them to more than 30 smallish venues has no doubt been a beneficial experience (including Reef here in Boise on Thursday, Feb. 11) across the United States by the end for tour headliner Matt Hires. People may come to see Castro, but they hopefully stay of this month. to see Hires. However, During his time the 24-year-old from with American Idol, Tampa, Fla., has been Castro toured the Thursday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., 18 and older only doing well on his own. country with his cast $7 adv., $10 door Via his Myspace page, mates, running from REEF Hires came to the flight to flight, per105 S. Sixth St. attention of Gregg Naforming for screaming 208-287-9200 del, an A&R executive ’tweens. The downfrom Atlantic Records home, aw-shucks and, subsequently, demeanor that made Hires was the first act Castro a popular to be signed to Nadel’s F-Stop Music, an imcontestant shouldn’t be mistaken for gullibility, and he isn’t resting his reputation on print of Atlantic (on which Castro is signed). fleeting reality-TV fame. And though Castro When he received an e-mail from Nadel is now out on his own in some respects, not expressing an interest in his music, Hires said sharing the stage with 11 other AI hopefuls, he thought it was a joke. “There’s so many sketchy things on Myshis appearances certainly gave him a leg up pace, I thought it was fake,” Hires said. “So as well as a core audience: teens. I called the number Gregg left, and it was “In most of the cities, we play a high Atlantic Records ... I forget who I called school in the morning and through the first [with the good news], but I’m sure it lunch hour ... sometimes we play three or was either my parents or my girlfriend.” four lunch hours ... I play two or three Even before he had an inked contract songs and then hang out and take pictures in hand, Hires had some experience on and sign autographs,” Castro said. “It’s like, ‘Here’s Jason Castro. Check him out.’” the road. But touring with Castro, singer/ songwriter Caitlin Crosby (who was dating Giddy teens aside, there’s little doubt Chuck star Zachary Levi until early last people go to his shows to lay eyes on a TV WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

month) and a full band backing him up, this is the first time as a solo artist that Hires has been on the road with this much support. “Pretty much all of the touring I’ve done before was just me and the guitar ... now I have another guitarist, a bassist and a drummer on stage with me,” Hires said. “That’s new about this tour. And it’s the longest I’ve been out ... I’m used to opening spots and playing for half an hour, now I play for an hour ... I’m still trying to find my place in that [dynamic].” Hires’ set list consists mainly of tunes from his successful debut release Take Us To The Start with the sweet, hooky single “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song.” But with other musicians to bounce things off of and someone else to drive the van, this tour has also afforded Hires a chance to try out new music, and he has been including a song that he wrote just a few weeks ago. Regardless of what covers, reimagined versions of his own songs or even brandnew tunes he performs, Hires is beginning to see his fans follow right along. “It’s always awesome to see that. [Feb. 4] we played in Chicago and there were a lot of people singing along, which is cool,” Hires said. “I think that was like the fifth time I’ve played in Chicago and it was good to see that I’m connecting with people.” Born and raised in Florida, Hires spent his formative years watching bands who played in St. Petersburg. As he and his tour mates wheel back and forth across the country performing small to mid-sized clubs, it’s one stage he wouldn’t mind being on someday. “One place I haven’t played at home isn’t that big of a place,” Hires said. “It’s in St. Petersburg, and it’s called the State Theatre. Growing up, all the bands I liked played there. I’ve seen so many good shows there. It’s where a lot of my musical inspiration and early influences came from. I’m still very much looking forward to playing there some day,” he added with a laugh.

Ever watched an episode of a favorite show and heard a tune so catchy, it bounces around in your brain pan for days? Have you ever Googled the show find out who the musician was and then rushed to your favorite retailer or online music site and bought the track? That’s what the musicians who have created those songs are hoping for, and local band Low-fi (Josh Gilmore, Mike Rundle, Tod Sloan) has just joined the ranks of the hopeful. On Feb. 8, the CW’s One Tree Hill featured the title track from Low-fi’s 2007 debut release Where You Are. “It may be sort of background music, but it’s really cool,” said Low-fi drummer Mike Rundle. “And the show puts out a compilation CD at the end of the year. And there’s other stuff that could come of it. It’s another way to get our name out there.” They were on the shortlist to get a song on the NBC drama Mercy and even though that didn’t pan out, they’re happy with the One Tree Hill exposure. Rundle gives bassist Josh Gilmore the credit for pursuing licensing agreements. “Josh is really good at promoting Low-fi outside of Boise,” Rundle said. And people outside of Boise are paying attention. Low-fi was recently nominated in the Ninth Annual Independent Music Awards in the category Sing Out for Social Change for their anti-war tune “War.” “We didn’t win,” Rundle said. “But it was still cool. Tom Waits was a judge.” But being nominated for an indie award and being played on a highly rated television show have two very different values: one may line Low-fi’s pockets with a few bucks, something that others in the indie rock community might see as selling out. Rundle said that’s absolutely not the case. “We put out our CD totally ourselves, completely independently,” Rundle said. “I’m good friends with Bart and Steff Bell [of Hot Dog Sandwich]. They were like, that’s awesome, that’s so cool. They are total do-it-yourselfers, which is inspiring for people to see. I respect their opinion, and they were completely congratulatory.” So are we. —Amy Atkins One Tree Hill airs on Mondays on the CW at 7 p.m.

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BERNIE REILLY—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m. FREE. Crusty’s Gourmet Pizza Steve Eaton

LIVE JAZZ, NIGHTLY, CHANDLERS On a recent night at Chandlers, while I devoured Chilean sea bass and succulent sauteed mushroom caps and let the juniper jump of a gin martini wash away the week’s headaches, the dulcet tones of local singer Sally Tibbs drifted on the air, giving the whole place a classic Vegas hotel restaurant feel. Seven nights a week, live jazz music by some of this city’s best musicians emanates from Chandlers’ lounge. Though the schedule is subject to change, you can catch Kevin Kirk—who also serves as Chandlers’ music director—most nights as he tickles the ivories, followed by or accompanying the likes of Tibbs, John Jones, Phil Garonzik, Steve Eaton, Billy Braun, Jon Hyneman, Mike Seifrit, The Sidemen and more. Music begins between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and plays on until 10:30 p.m. or 11:30 p.m.—plenty of time to fill your belly while you fill your ears. —Amy Atkins For more info, visit Chandlers in Hotel 43, 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300.

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KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK, JON HYNEMAN AND PHIL GARONZIK—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LOVE/HAITI RELATIONSHIP BENEFIT—With The Very Most, With Child and guests. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel REVOLTREVOLT, HERMIT THRUSHES—8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage SINIZEN, DUBIOUS— 9 p.m. $2. Reef

KEVIN KIRK, STEVE EATON—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MATT HIRES, JASON CASTRO, CAITLIN CROSBY—See Noise, Page 25. Ages 18 and older. 9 p.m. $7 adv, $10 doors. Reef PATRICIA FOLKNER, JOEL KASERMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Tablerock Brewpub and Grill RICCARDO BARTOLOME—7 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews SLAIN IN SILENCE, THRESHOLD, NIBIRU—9 p.m. $3. Terrapin Station THREE BAND THROWDOWN— Dude Bro Man And The Funk Yeahs, Apple Thief and The Arctic Turtles. 9 p.m. FREE to listen, $1 to vote, Liquid THE WELL SUITED—9 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet

THE POP CULT KIDS—9 p.m. $1. Liquid RED STONE—9 p.m. FREE. Darby’s at the Market REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub


TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

CARTER FREEMAN—10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek

TT MILLER—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

THE DAMPHOOLS—9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

WILLISON, ROOS AND YOUNG—Acoustic rock and folk originals. 7 p.m. FREE. ShangriLa Tea Room

DAVID ANDREWS UNPLUGGED—7 p.m. $15. The Linen Building EQUALEYES—10 p.m. $5. Reef HILLSTOMP, NEW TRANSIT—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux


JACK BROWN—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine JIM LEWIS—7 p.m. FREE. Buzz Cafe

BERNIE REILLY—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews


BOISE ROCK SCHOOL, KILL UNCLE, JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS, THOMAS PAUL—See Picks, Page 17. 6 p.m. $5 per person, $20 per family. The Linen Building



WEATHERBOX, THE UNIVERSAL, VAGERFLY— 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective

LETA NEUSTAEDTER AND DAN COSTELLO—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. FREE. The Whiskey River

CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe COSMIC FAMILY BAND—7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s

Ken Harris



MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. FREE. The Whiskey River

DAVID ROBERT KING & THE LOST RIVER BOYS—8:30 p.m. $3. Terrapin Station

REBECCA SCOTT—10 p.m. $5. Limelight

ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE GOURDS—See Picks, Page 17. 8 p.m. $16 adv., $19 doors. The Bouquet HOT LOCAL KNIGHTS FINALS— Rounding out the five-week Battle of the Bands, which featured 66 local rockers, these 10 bands compete for the title: In the Pause, Clusterfunk, Versailles, The Vast Domain, Red Hands Black Feet, Stop Drop and Party!, A Liquid Embrace, Threshold, Blind Justice, 23 and Homeless. 5:30 p.m. $10. The Venue JIM LEWIS—7 p.m. FREE. Buzz Cafe JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT, JON HYNEMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MATT LEWIS BAND—10 p.m. $5. Reef MIKE BARRIATUA—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s MIKE QUINN—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub MOSTLY MUFF, HAIRLESS WHISKER, MATT DAMON’S LOVE CHILD, DJ DOUG MARTSCH— See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective


RED STONE—9 p.m. FREE. Darby’s at the Market REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper RIFF RAFF—Playing for the ICMS Valentine’s Day Dance. 9 p.m. Creekside Lounge THE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE, KARIN COMES KILLING—With Black Tooth Grin, Ripshaw and Fault Paradox. 8 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory WAYNE WHITE AND RACHEL BEVRY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine


BEN BURDICK—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef

FAT TUESDAY—Mardi Gras frolicks with The Red Light Variety Show. Grab advanced tickets online at or through Facebook at Red Light Variety Show. 9 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Neurolux

FERVOR—9 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet

SIX CENTS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

RUSS PFEIFER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

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



ANNUAL TA TA TUESDAY BASH—The return of Mardi Gras mayhem with DJ Naomi Sioux and the Rocci Johnson Band. Free big beads and a whole lot of cajun-styled swampin. Become a King or Queen: Eat some cake, find the baby, scream, get crowned, score free drinks for the next hour. Awesome. 6 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s

DAVID ROBERT KING, THE LOST RIVER BOYS—Performing live as part of his record release event. 7 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange


BIG WHEELS 6—7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s

PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel REX MILLER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ROB PAPER—8 p.m. FREE. Reef


V E N U E S Don’t know a venue? Visit for addresses, phone numbers and a map.

Lisa Simpson is keeping her mouth shut about the Mostly Muff set list.

MOSTLY MUFF, VAC, FEB. 13 After the release of Monsters of Folk in 2009—featuring Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and M. Ward—the term “indie rock supergroup” was bandied about. Now, Boise has its own indie rock supergroup—with a winkingly yonic twist. “We decided that if we’re going to be called Mostly Muff, we have to have a guy in the band,” said Lisa Simpson from Finn Riggins, laughing. “So, Sam [Stimpert], who co-owns the Visual Arts Collective, is our token male member of the band.” Mostly Muff, an ’80s male-hair-metal cover band, features Simpson on guitar, Stimpert on tambourine, Ivy Meissner from Le Fleur on bass, Gia Trotter from The Very Most and Spondee on keyboards, and Tristan Trotter on drums. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Mostly Muff will be joined by Hairless Whisker, Matt Damon’s Love Child and DJ Doug Martsch with proceeds benefiting ALPHA. —Tara Morgan Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297,

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STAYING ALIVE The Basque Arborglyph Mural Project.

COVER GRANT TIME While arts organizations and programs are having their budgets slashed, Boise Weekly is doing what it can to keep the arts alive in the Treasure Valley. BW is now taking applications for the 2009 Cover Auction Grant, a private arts grant program that has allowed BW to support art and artists while enriching the community. This year, the grant program will award more than $12,000 to applicants, including the introduction of the PJ Dean Artist Grant, a $1,000 award open to individual visual artists. For six years, Boise Weekly has featured the work of local artists on the cover. Once a year, we auction off the original artwork from the past year, with the proceeds supporting the arts in our community. For the first four years, funds were distributed to youth arts organizations, but in 2007, the grant program was founded to open up the opportunities for other artists and arts organizations. Since the cover auction started in 2002, it has raised more than $90,000 for local arts. This year, the inaugural PJ Dean Artist Grant will be the first time individual visual artists may apply for a grant, which must be used for a project or exhibition that Boise Weekly will sponsor. The grant is named in honor of late artist and frequent BW contributor PJ Dean, who died from diabetic complications last year. The rest of the funds will be allocated by a selection committee, which will review applications. Last year, grant recipients included The Cabin, Thee Art Of, BOSCO, The Mend Project and the Basque Arborglyph Mural Project. All arts organizations are invited to apply, be they focused on visual or the per forming arts. Regardless, anyone applying needs to fill out an application (available at and answer the following questions: 1. How does your organization support local arts? 2. Will this grant fund a new or existing project? 3. What’s the budget? 4. How will the grant be used? 5. What’s the location/accessibility? All applications must be returned to BWHQ no later than Monday, March 1. They can be dropped off in person to 523 Broad St., faxed to 208-342-4733 or e-mailed to —Deanna Darr

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Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theater opens at new space TARA MORGAN On a recent January morning, a group of volunteers gathered outside of Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theater’s former home on Ninth and Broad streets. Current cast members, season ticket holders and executive board members hoisted furniture, costumes and props into a fleet of vehicles before departing for the nonprofit theater’s new location in the aging Parkcenter Mall. “We were looking for something that Urban Marketplace [sic].” was within our price range” explained Mary Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, or JUMP, is McGreaham, executive board member and the Simplot family’s proposed park/art studio director of The Murder Room. “We tried to space/concert facility/tractor museum/J.R. stay close to the downtown core, there are a Simplot corporation headquarters/playland lot of theaters in the area … We also wanted to continue as a dinner theater. That made our that will occupy four-blocks west of BODO— considerations a little bit different—we needed property that includes the buildings that formerly housed both the Emerald Club and to have a kitchen facility. We feel like we’ve Knock ’Em Dead. Though J.R. Simplot Comfound a lot here.” pany spokesman David Cuoio said they’re still The theater, known primarily for musicals hammering out details, working with ACHD and comedies, first began producing shows in on permits before heading back to the city’s 1984, a time when other local theater groups design review board, things are progressing like Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Stage Coach with considerable speed. They hope to break Theatre and Boise Little Theater were each ground in late summer, said Cuoio, and if beginning to carve out niches. everything goes according to plan, JUMP will “It seems like, at that time, there was be up and hopping 24 to 30 months later. But nobody that was doing Shakespeare, then the before any of this can happen, the buildings Shakespeare Festival filled that hole. Stage that housed KED and the Emerald Club—now Coach took on doing the more avant-garde theater, and Knock ’Em Dead basically started silent spaces that once rang out with Evita and Madonna—must first be bulldozed. doing musicals,” said Scott Beseman, KED “I suspect a lot of people are expecting co-founder and president. massive impressive demolitions like they’ve The company’s initial play, Dracula, seen in Las Vegas. That’s was performed at the not going to be the case; Women’s Club, one of it’s going to be pretty several locations KED The Murder Room runs through Feb. 20. low-key,” said Cuoio. “I used before securing a KNOCK ’EM DEAD DINNER THEATER don’t know exactly what permanent spot at its 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd. the process is, but it’s 15-year home on Ninth 208-385-0021 not going to be anything Street in the summer of dramatic, and I think we 1995. Old and musty anticipate that happenwithout central heating ing sometime later this or air conditioning, the month or early in March. It’s fairly soon.” space was a blank slate that the company Though KED had six months to find a could completely transform for each new new space, it took them until the 11th hour to show. During performances, patrons would secure a spot in the Parkcenter Mall. gather around an assortment of communal “The day the announcement came out in round tables, where cast and crew would all the paper was the day we were notified,” said pitch in to serve themed meals—like ketchupcovered mashed potatoes at a murder mystery, McGreaham. “So it was several months notice, but they said, ‘You have to be out by Dec. 31.’ for example. … We knew that the end of the year was the “It was a big warehouse, about 7,500 square feet, 16-foot tile ceilings; it was about deadline, and we were just scrambling working toward that and came in just under the wire.” 40 feet across. We were able to do a lot Once home to semi-fancy establishments bigger shows—we did Sound of Music and like Talbots and Aubergine, the Parkcenter Titanic, Into the Woods,” said Beseman. “But that’s all being torn down to form Jack’s Mall is now a dated, mostly forgotten space

Some well-placed lace graces KED’s new space.

consisting of a trickling fountain, a TCBY, a Smoky Mountain Pizza and some random offices. Though KED is not particularly glam, their presence has brought a new sparkle to the space. In addition, the recently constructed theater—with its fresh paint smell and shiny new stage—has also inspired a sense of pride among KED actors. Kelliey Chavez, a longtime KED musical performer and the current golddigging red-headed star of The Murder Room, views the new space as a big step up. “A lot of people would go in and see that the old theater was threadbare ... this new space is so much cleaner, and I feel more proud to have people come see me at a show at the new space than I did at the old space,” said Chavez. “Now I’m happy with the whole experience.” And while many improvements have been made to KED during the transition—like more free parking, a more efficient dining experience and an overall more comfortable feel with heating and air conditioning—the new theater lacks the history and well-worn charm of its previous location. Though Beseman has embraced the theater’s transition, he’s understandably wary of the development that will be erected in KED’s old space. “They were nice enough to let us have the place for 15 years, so I’m thankful for that,” said Beseman. “Do I think it’s a good idea? It’s not really the time, I think, to do some of that stuff. There’s so much empty space in town—so many warehouse spaces—all that kind of stuff. I’m not sure if we really need to tear down to build more. Boise tends to always jump to the brand-new and then it kind of wears off.” Whether Beseman intended the pun, and whether enthusiasm for the JUMP project will eventually wear off, it’s inevitable that Boise’s maturing performing arts scene will continue to push out the quirky old in favor of the cutting-edge new. Luckily for those who want the best of both worlds, the new Knock ’Em Dead is only a five-minute jaunt from the old. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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STRAINING REFRAINS Crazy Heart is crazy good JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA Not every story need be unique. Not every film needs to fashion an unexampled fantasy for big-studio script-monkeys to sample for seat-selling sensationalism. It’s the absolute normality, the unfortunately everyday drama, of a film like Crazy Heart, actor Scott Cooper’s directorial debut, that makes it compelling. The tale may be nothing new, but like a well-worn hat or pair of boots, the portrayal of a washed-up country crooner inhabits a comfortable—though rarely comforting—corner of our social psyche, creating a relatable tragedy. What Following that humbling experience, Bad sets Crazy Heart apart from similar films is a superlative script, a right-pitch soundtrack takes an extended hiatus at home in Texas, where Jean and her young son join him for and a knockout lead performance. In this Oscar-nominated role, Jeff Bridges a visit. But Bad’s hard-living ways catch up to him, and a mid-afternoon bar stop plays Bad Blake, a one-time headlining leads to the boy’s disappearwarbler who now, at age 57, ance. Although the event plays pickup gigs in sidesobers Bad up—literally and street saloons and tiredly CRAZY HEART (R) figuratively—it’s a transfortours the Southwest in his Directed by Scott Cooper mation that may come too beat-up Suburban. A man late for Jean. as comfortable cradling the Starring Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal It sometimes takes a neck of a whiskey bottle as mediocre performance to he is the neck of his Fender Now playing at The Flicks. demonstrate the brilliance guitar, Bad’s path to self-deof another. The salt-of-thestruction seems an open road earth society Bad inhabits is until he meets journalist Jean one peppered with shy talkers and let-it-be Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal). The two enter a slow, confused romance, Jean aware lassitude, so it’s initially difficult to appreciate the subtlety of Bridges’ performance. that Bad can’t make a good partner—with Bad Blake is not a wordy man and his a zero-for-four record—and Bad hoping he emotions are best expressed by the lyrics can learn to be. As part of his reformation, of his music. “I used to be somebody,” Bad agrees to open for his former protege, he sings early on. “Now I am somebody Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), whose star else.” It’s only with the interjection of a less has far surpassed that of his mentor.

Jeff Bridges gives a good performance as Bad.

lived-in appearance, in this case an antsy showing by Farrell, that manifests how fully comfortable Bridges is in the role. His take on the weary, hopeful, slothful, repentant Bad is a revelation. Both Bridges and Farrell perform their own songs in the film, demonstrating a remarkable amount of talent. Gyllenhaal gives strong support, and Robert Duvall’s small appearance adds a sweet harmony. Director Cooper, working from his own screenplay, has crafted a delicate, finely tuned work. Like 2008’s redemption tale The Wrestler, Crazy Heart avoids saccharine storytelling to present a subdued story of second chances. Grammy-winning producer T-Bone Burnett’s (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) deftly compiled soundtrack serves both as a tribute to old-time country music and, lyrically, an underlying narration of the characters’ thoughts. Although Crazy Heart’s plotline may be familiar, an old song sung well is well worth a repeat play.

SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings


AS WE FORGIVE—A film documenting the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda. Wed., Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. FREE, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise.

BROKEN EMBRACES—“I want to be an actress. I always have.” Penelope Cruz embodies the adulterous thespian Lena in Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces. Set in the 1990s and 2008, the film delves into the lives of four individuals and their disastrous love affairs with one another. Almodovar shot this Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 1950s noir style with brilliant color. In Spanish with English subtitles. (R) Flicks

BINARY CODE— See Picks, Page 16. Fri., Feb. 12, 8 p.m. $6. Knitting Factor y Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, www. knittingfactor

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS—Easily misconstrued as a proclamation of adoration for the cigarette

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giant, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film relates the true story of con man Steve Jay Russell (Jim Carrey). When the multitalented Russell is imprisoned once again for his mischief, he falls in love with cellmate Phillip Morris, portrayed with delicately femininity by Ewan McGregor. Russell, soon released, uses his skills to free Morris from prison but their life together is plagued with Russell’s misdeeds. (R ) PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF—For most, the Empire State Building provides a majestic view of the New York City skyline. For Percy Jackson,

it provides a portal to a new world. Jackson, the demigod son of Greek god Poseidon, teams up with the daughter of Athena and a satyr to stop a festering war between the gods. Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan also star in the tale of one boy’s journey to return the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus, the ruler of Mt. Olympus. Chris Columbus, the veteran director of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, brings the novel by Rick Riordan to life. ( PG) VALENTINE’S DAY—Stuffed with star power, Gary Marshall (Pretty Women) directs this tale of 10 separate love stories taking place over Cupid’s birthday. Gaggingly

affectionate high-school athletes, a closeted football star and a desperate female executive pepper the diverse cast of characters. Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey, Jaime Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah and Kathy Bates star. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE WOLFMAN—This is not your New Moon werewolf. Benicio del Torro stars as Lawrence Talbot in the remake of the 1941 classic film. Talbot ventures home to find his brother slain by a mysterious creature. Vowing to avenge his death with the support of his father



(Anthony Hopkins) and brother’s fiancee (Emily Blunt), Talbot becomes entrenched in the world of the beast. Hugo Weaving also stars as a suspicious and finely mustached Scotland Yard inspector. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 *MOVIES LISTED AS OPENING ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FANDANGO’S MOST UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF PRESS TIME.

continuing ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL—Alvin, Simon and Theodore return to school to save the struggling music program by winning $25,000 in a music competition. (PG) Edwards 22

“I am Spartacus ... sort of.”

ROMAN FORTUNE TO FAVOR THE OLD WITH SPARTACUS REHASH? Many of the silver screen’s most famous stars—both in front of and behind the camera—have been involved in Roman entertainment offerings: Charlton Heston, Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Russell Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Frank Miller are just a few. Heck, even Shakespeare couldn’t resist the appeal of those crazy ancient Italians. And if Rome means popularity, why shouldn’t Starz, long considered the weakest of the premium movie channels, cash in on the phenomenon, too—while at the same time creating competition for rivals HBO and Showtime? The answer: no reason at all, of course. In January, Starz unveiled what might become the jewel of its network, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. With mountains of special effects yet few famous actors in play, 2010’s version of the slave-turned-gladiator story seems only vaguely reminiscent of the 184-minute epic of 1960. Gone are the nuanced performance by Douglas and the subtle camera angles of director Kubrick. Instead, viewers are treated to crazed combat, salacious sex scenes and massive muscles at every turn. If any more advance notice were needed, the show’s opening even comes with a disclaimer, above and beyond the TV-MA rating and gamut of standard content warnings (AC, AL, GV, N, SC): “Spartacus depicts extreme sensuality, brutality and language that some viewers may find objectionable.” In my experience, programs with the most explicit warnings beforehand usually garner the most viewership. I won’t be surprised if Spartacus follows suit. Just getting past the in-your-face gratuitousness of it all (which is quite a task, mind you), the show seems like a surefire winner. The acting is quality; the storyline, though clearly plucked from history and other films, is appealing; and the heavily computer-enhanced expositions land about halfway between the backdrops of Gladiator (2000) and 300 (2006). Gladiator school headmaster Batiatus (a role that garnered Peter Ustinov an Oscar in 1961) and his wife are played by John Hannah (The Mummy) and Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) respectively. Happily, though, Spartacus and Mrs. Spartacus—and the gladiators and Romans around them— are mostly unknowns. (I truly hate when an otherwise good TV show or movie forces a famous face into the lead role.) The Starz channel programming may lag behind its competitors, but by latching onto the seemingly universally popular Roman theme, it may also escape irrelevance quite soon. And with the “intensity of the content” Spartacus offers, I’m betting subscribers will be tuning in, in great numbers, even if it’s just to see what the fuss is about. —Travis Estvold WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

A SINGLE MAN—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 AN EDUCATION—A romantic drama about falling hard in young love. (PG-13) Edwards 22 AVATAR—James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic) is back as both director and writer of this 3D, graphically gorgeous sci-fi flick. Paraplegic war vet Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is sent to the planet Pandora to make contact with the planet’s natives, the Na’vi, through an avatar. Hopefully his avatar can also help stem the rising conflict between the humans and the Na’vi. Critics are calling this one “jaw-dropping,” “mind-blowing” and “the most dazzling film of the decade,” ... and they aren’t just talking about the $400 million price tag. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards Digital 3-D, Edwards IMAX BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS— Arthouse director Werner Herzog brings to life the story of New Orleans police sergeant Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) who injured his back while saving a life during Hurricane Katrina. Pain medication leads McDonagh down a path of addiction, until he finds himself wrapped up with notorious drug dealer Big Fate. This formerly good lieutenant quickly turns terrifyingly bad. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday THE BLIND SIDE—This film tracks the story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless African American high-school student who was taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her wealthy white family. Oher goes on to academic success and an NFL football career. (PG13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE BOOK OF ELI—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 CRAZY HEART—I’m Bad Blake; my tombstone will have my real

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SCREEN/LISTINGS name on it. Until then I’m just gonna stay bad.” Jeff Bridges stars as Blake, a 57-year old alcoholic fading star of country music. When the sensitive yet cragged Blake meets young journalist Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), he resolves to turn his life around. Scott Cooper directs a star-studded cast featuring Colin Farrell and Robert Duval in this film adaptation of Thomas Cobb’s 1987 novel. In the same vein as The Wrestler, Crazy Heart champions the human spirit. See review on Page 30. (R) Flicks DEAR JOHN—Nicholas Sparks brings yet another tearjerker to the big screen. Army man John (Channing Tatum, Public Enemies) meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfried, Big Love) during an annual leave. Their fairytale romance becomes torn apart by war when John is deployed overseas. Over the years, the two exchange letters but the distance creates an emotional rift between them. Acclaimed Swedish director of The Cider House Rules, Lasse Hallstrom once again breathes celluloid life into the printed word. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 EDGE OF DARKNESS—Mel Gibson attempts to resuscitate his career and public image in director Martin Campbell’s (Casino Royale) dark thriller. Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a widowed Irish Boston cop whose daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) suddenly returns home. When Emma is murdered in front of him, Craven goes on rampage to find her killer. With the help of an oddly friendly, yet informative hitman (Ray Winstone), Craven discovers a world of corporate conspiracy and terrorism. Could Emma have gone from daddy’s little girl to a national security threat? (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES—Harrison Ford stars as eccentric Dr. Robert Stonehill, a man tasked with searching for a cure for a rare genetic disorder affecting John (Brendan Fraser) and Aileen Crowley’s (Keri Russell) children. Based on a true story, the Crowleys struggle to raise enough money to fund Stonehill’s research learning as much about themselves and Stonehill as they do the disease. The tagline for this tear-jerker? “Don’t hope for a miracle, make one.” (PG) Edwards 22 FROM PARIS WITH LOVE—John Travolta as slick, chin-bearded FBI agent Charlie Wax. When U.S. Ambassador employee James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is hired as Wax’s assistant, he takes on more than his pencil mustache can handle. Explosions, wise cracks and good ole fashioned violence pepper Wax and Reese’s endeavor to stop a terrorist from attacking the City of Love. (R) Edwards 9 THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS—The story of Dr. Parnassus and his magical traveling show, in which visitors are treated to more than entertainment. The good doctor leads viewers to visions of their spirits freed but, not unlike Pandora’s Box, when a door is opened for good, sometimes evil finds a way out as well. (PG-13) Flicks IT’S COMPLICATED—Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) were married, had three kids, and subsequently divorced

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Edwards 22: W-Th: 2:10, 7:05


Flicks: W-Th: 7:05; F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:15; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:15


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:50, 7, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 9


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, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:55, 3:55, 6:45, 9:40


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

BROKEN EMBRACES—Flicks: F-Su: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:35; M-Tu: 4:30, 7, 9:35 CRAZY HEART—

Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7:20, 9:35; F-Su: 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:30; M-Tu: 4:25, 7:05, 9:30


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:25, 7:30, 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1:50, 2:45, 4:35, 5:25, 7:20, 8:10, 10:05, 10:45

EDGE OF DARKNESS— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25, 1, 2:05, 4:05, 5, 7, 7:50, 9:55, 10:40 EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 4, 6:55

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:30, 7:25, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:!5, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS— Flicks: W-Th: 9:25; F-Su: 9:25; M-Tu: 9:25 IT’S COMPLICATED— LEAP YEAR—

Flicks: W-Th only: 4:30, 7 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:50, 3:30, 6:35, 9:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:25, 2:55, 5:20, 7:55, 10:15


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40, 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:45, 3:40, 7:15, 10:35


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:40, 3:35, 6:30, 9:25


Flicks: W-Th only: 5:05, 9:05 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30, 4:25, 9:35


Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:15, 9:45


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Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:40, 4:10, 7, 9:30

UP IN THE AIR— Flicks: F-Su: 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15; M-Tu: 4:55, 7:15 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:35, 7:50, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 VALENTINE’S DAY—

Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 1, 4, 7, 10


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:40, 7:45, 10:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:20


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:10 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11:45, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45

THE YOUNG VICTORIA— Flicks: W-Th: 4:50, 7:10, 9:15; F-Su: 12:30, 2:45, 4:50, 7:10, 9:15; M-Tu: 4:50, 7:10, 9:15


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LISTINGS/SCREEN after Jake’s extramarital affair with a stunning 20-something named Agness. But when Jake’s new marriage to the younger woman hits the skids, an innocent meal with Jane turns into an affair with her ex. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday, Edwards 22 LEAP YEAR—When Anna’s (Amy Adams) long-term boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) announces he’s heading to Ireland instead of proposing, she decides to take matters into her own hands. (PG) Edwards 22 LEGION—Good and evil battle it out once again in this Scott Stewart-directed horror as Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) leads a band of strangers trapped in a diner against a horde of angry angels. God, unhappy with mankind once again, sends a legion of his winged masses to straighten out the mess, turning Paradise Falls into anything but. (R) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 22

WHEN IN ROME—Love-starved New York art curator Beth (Kristen Bell) ventures to Rome for her sister’s wedding. In a desperate attempt to rejuvenate her love life, she takes coins from the fountain of love. An eccentric bunch of suitors including a clumsy painter, a street magician, a self-absorbed model and a sausage mogul follow her back to New York. Josh Duhamel, Will Arnett, Jon Heder and Anjelica Huston also star in this romantic comedy, a loose remake of the 1954 film Three

Coins in the Fountain. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE YOUNG VICTORIA—In one of histor y’s greatest love stories, this film tells the stor y of Queen Victoria during the infancy of her reign of England. Known as one of the great rulers of Britain, Victoria’s early years are little known, until now. Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend, as Prince Albert, portray the power ful tale of intrigue, deception, politics and love. (PG) Flicks


THE LOVELY BONES—When 14year old Susie Salmon (Saorise Ronan) is brutally raped and murdered in 1973, her family becomes obsessed with finding her murderer. Looking down from Heaven, Susie struggles with how to help her family, while also coming to terms with her own death. (PG-13) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday PRECIOUS—Newcomer Gabby Sidibe stars as Precious Jones, an overweight, illiterate teen who suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her mother. Precious is also pregnant—for the second time— by her father. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday, Edwards 22 TO SAVE A LIFE—A popular teen comes face-to-face with the challenges of high-school life after the death of a childhood friend. Rated PG-13 because of mature themes, such as teen drinking, drug use, sexuality and suicide. (PG-13) Edwards 22 SHERLOCK HOLMES—In a break from the traditional view of a stuffy, stodgy detective and his straight-man counterpart, Guy Ritchie’s new film pairs Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE TOOTH FAIRY—Derek Thompson (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is a ruthless, molarmutilating minor league hockey player. But after smashing a kid’s dreams, he gets summoned to do one week’s hard labor as a real-life tooth fairy. (PG) Edwards 9 Ends Thursday, Edwards 22 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON—The continuing saga of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), her vampire boyfriend. As the dangers of a human/vampire relationship increase daily, Edward makes the difficult decision to leave Bella behind. (PG-13) Edwards 22 UP IN THE AIR—As a corporate downsizer, Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) travels extensively, but right as he is about to reach 10 million frequent flyer miles, his company grounds him. So used to living on the road on his own, Bingham finds it hard to make the connections that really matter: human ones. (R) Flicks, Edwards 9, Edwards22

Amy Atkins taking her own picture. It’s kind of like cutting your own bangs.

OFF THE PRESS AND ON THE TUBE We’re taking the print shtick hi-def, folks. This Wednesday, as you read this week’s edition of Boise Weekly, we’ll be busy filming the third episode of ETV. That’s right: filming. Two weeks ago, Boise Weekly, Channel 2 and Citadel Broadcasting launched the first episode of ETV, the valley’s only locally produced show dedicated solely to local entertainment. BW’s Arts and Entertainment Editor What’s in store for this Amy Atkins and Channel 2’s weekend? Check out the Sean McBride join host Brad half-hour show every Thursday Rowen weekly for a weekend at 10 a.m. on KYUU-Retro TV, update on what’s happenThursday at noon on CBS, and ing in Boise and beyond. Friday and Saturday mornings at 12:35 a.m. on CBS. McBride kicks things off with a look at weekend theater on both the silver screen and the stage. “Sean the Movie Guy,” as McBride is known, reviews the weekend’s opening movies and then switches gears into local theater with updates on what’s opening and what’s closing on the stage. From there, Atkins covers everything from the fine-arts stages to the comedy circuit and the rec scene to G-rated family fun, delivering a rundown of what should be getting you off your couch and out of your house every weekend. Covering the live music beat with concerts big and small, bands touring and local, is a different personality each week from one of Citadel’s stations. Last week, Magic 93.1’s DJ David Dickman enlightened audiences with the history of rapid-fire rapper and beat boxer Yoni, Rowen got the scoop on this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival from Dave Fotsch, and because life’s not all fun and games, Sara Freeman from the American Heart Association sat down with Rowen to talk about the fact that heart disease is the leading killer of women in America. —Rachael Daigle


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THE GLORY OF THE GOLD While the Olympic Games seem to be another victim of globalization and media decline—in our small digital world, internationalism has become commonplace, if not corny—there are still reasons to tune in. Local reasons. That’s right. Even if you regularly watch international sporting events on your YouTube, the Winter Games are palpably close to home this year. And the large number of athletes with Idaho connections making the trip to Vancouver, B.C., this week are enough to make even the most casual skier think, “I coulda’ been a contender.” If you are not scouring Craigslist for tickets to the luge as we speak, check out the schedules at Southwest Idaho’s NBC affiliate will carry the games and sent a local crew, including Mark Johnson and Carolyn Holly, 10 hours north to keep track of Idaho gold. Boise Weekly also has a reporter on location. BW correspondent Sadie Babits is in Vancouver this week as well, and she will be blogging about the games at boiseweekly. com and producing reports for several other media outlets while she’s there. Starting Friday, Feb. 12, with the opening ceremonies, you can watch Idaho’s fastest, most coordinated and truly daring winter athletes hit the slopes with the best in the world. Here are the 11 Idaho-centric athletes to watch, according to KTVB’s thorough roster: Freestyle skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson graduated from Timberline High School and is perhaps the best known of the Idaho competitors. Emily Cook, another freestyle skier, trained at Bogus with Peterson. Patrick Deneen earned his freestyle chops on Silver Mountain. Snowboarder Elena Hight hails from South Lake Tahoe but spent her younger years riding at Bogus. Nate Holland started out snowboarding at Schweitzer. Graham Watanabe is a snowboarder from Sun Valley. Skier/martial artist Hailey Duke is from Sun Valley and has lived in McCall and Boise. She will compete in the downhill slalom. Erik Fisher is an alpine skier from Idaho who used to race motocross. Bi-athlete Sara Studebaker honed her cross-country chops at Bogus. Morgan Arritola learned to cross-country ski in Sun Valley. And Nick Cunningham ran track at Boise State but now runs the rails on the U.S. bobsled team. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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Sara Studebaker can ski. She can shoot.

IT TAKES GREEN TO MAKE GREEN Who pays to maintain Idaho’s parks and trails? NATHANIEL HOFFMAN While the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will continue to exist after Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter threatened to dissolve it last month, it will have much less juice to maintain the state’s 30 state parks. And some who are intimately familiar with the department are concerned that the large network of trails and recreational facilities it supports all across the state and the department’s conservation and historic preservation values could suffer as well. Part of the problem is that many people, including lawmakers, do not realize that the parks side is funded differently and operates differently than the rec side. “We still do not have a complete understanding in the Legislature of the difference in these programs,” said Steve Klatt, chairman of the Parks and Rec board. That means lawmakers could attempt to rob some of the recreation funds, which come almost exclusively from fees and taxes paid by user groups—snowmobilers, ATV and motorbike riders and a small group of cross-country skiers and snowshoers—to prop up the parks. Parks and Rec Director Nancy Merrill took over the department in September 2009. Last month she found out that she’d have to figure out a way to make state parks pay their own way or lose her agency. Merrill has promised to maintain the budgetary wall between parks and recreation, but her business plan for the agency includes trimming some 25 people from the agency’s staff, including finance, purchasing, planning and tech support. That could affect the processing of permits, research and planning on recreation programs and general support for the recreation side. It could also affect garbage collection and maintenance at some trailheads at state parks. “When you have an agency as small as ours, really everyone in the agency is going to be impacted,” said Jennifer Wernex, spokeswoman for the department. And it’s not clear how the department’s small non-motorized recreation program, which has scant independent funding, will fare. “We have really tried to hang onto a nonmotorized program,” Klatt said. “We have a statutory requirement to do that … but there is no funding for that.” The non-motorized program is responsible

Some of the non-motorized trail programs at IDPR. Who will pay for these amenities in the future?

for 16 park-and-ski areas (including the ones near Idaho City), develops backcountry yurts, coordinates the cross-state Idaho Centennial Trail and manages a rails-to-trails program. The state’s 30 parks are expensive to run, but the bulk of the agency’s budget goes directly to grants for recreational opportunities across the state. Last year the department handed out more than 100 grants, from $4,000 for picnic shelters at McTucker Ponds in Bingham County to $120,000 to Idaho Department of Fish and Game for a boat launch expansion on Spirit Lake. The grant money comes from several sources. Some of it comes out of the state gas tax, from fuel that is spent on off-highway riding or boating. Otter has tried to take that money away from the agency as well, but the Legislature is recommending against that. Much of the recreation funding comes directly from registration fees on off-highway vehicles—ATV riders or snowmobilers can specify where they ride and which county they would like their fees to assist. “We spend our money where we actually ride,” said Sandra Mitchell, executive director of the Idaho Recreation Council and public lands director for the Idaho State Snowmobile Association. “We are very involved with recreation and with our funding, and that’s really important because it is private money.” Mitchell said that the off-road community willingly pays to register their machines, and with their user fees, they get to sit on Parks and Rec advisory councils, which direct the department’s many grant programs. But much of what Mitchell calls “private money” goes to build trails on public lands, and there is very little money spent on hikers, bikers and skiers. The Idaho Conservation League supports motorized use in appropriate places, but conservation associate Brad Smith said that while federal fuel taxes provide some funding for non-motorized recreation, the state fuel tax does not.

“If I go up to the Sawtooth Wilderness for example, to go on a hike, I am buying fuel to get to the Sawtooths … I’m still paying for the gasoline to get there, I should get a share of that,” Smith said. Mountain bikers are again considering a registration program to help fund mountain bike trails, and horse packers are working on a bill this year to establish registration fees for horse trailers to help pay for backcountry horse camps (it would not apply to agricultural use). And Mitchell said backcountry skiers and hikers are free to use improved snowmobile parking areas. But that gets back to the whole idea of state-sponsored parks and recreation services in the first place: If these amenities are good for everyone, if skiers and snowmobilers alike can utilize the parking areas and groomed trails, why shouldn’t everyone in the state support them with a little tax money? Kate Chase of Island Park has been instrumental in setting up the Friends of Harriman State Park to coordinate fund-raising and volunteers for her local park. She has faced some criticism for asking for donations to help the park when many people think the state should continue to support it. “We’re hoping that through organizations like the Friends of Harriman State Park, we’re going to try to form a cushion for the park,” Chase said. But Chase, who describes herself as a treehugger who is engaged to marry a sledneck, acknowledges privately funded programs change the notion of public parks and trails. “There is a real paradigm shift when the funding is no longer coming from the tax rolls,” Chase said. For his part, Klatt acknowledges the lack of state resources right now to pay for parks. But he does not see the move to cut Parks and Rec off the tax rolls as permanent. “You could say in the future, I would not be embarrassed to go back to the Legislature to put some money back into the park system,” he said. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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NORTHERN NEPAL TRAVELS, A SLIDE PRESENTATION—Mike Creamer shares stories and photos from his travels throughout northern Nepal, including his trek to Kala Patthar near Mt. Everest. Creamer also discusses the Sherpani people and their culture. Wed., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141,

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EXTREME SLEDDING 101 What began as a beautiful, sunny afternoon on the hill ended with my almost 5-year-old daughter, Petra, locked in the car yelling her head off that I don’t know shit about sledding. She didn’t actually curse at me as I tried to reason with her. No one knows anything about sledding, I explained. Besides general fitness, an understanding of the laws of gravity and basic rolling skills, sledding is one winter activity that anyone can do. Petra didn’t buy it. (Maybe she’s seen the extreme sledding YouTube vids.) Then I tried to bribe her with hot chocolate. Surprisingly, no go. What would cause such misery in a kid graced with an afternoon of sledding with her friends? Let’s break it down: As we pulled up to the parking lot outside the restaurant at Terrace Lakes, an improbable golf resort just beyond Crouch on the Middle Fork of the Payette River, the birthday party for a 2-year-old took on the trappings of any other winter expedition. Each group geared up behind their ride, pulling gaiters from bags, matching little fingers to finger holes in gloves, placing thick hats, donning shades. Day packs with carrot slices. Muffins. One last swig of cold coffee. Then we traipsed out over the hard snow to the sled-at-yourown-risk hill, 100 yards from the cars. The first runs were fine. We started out a third of the way up, to test out the jumps and moguls. I rode with Petra on our red sled, making sure her legs were securely inside. But at some point, around our third run, she got spooked. It didn’t help that the other kids were cruising past us, sledding and crashing on their own. In any expedition, group dynamics are key, and when there are young minds in tow, this becomes even more important. While to us it was just a little hill 100 yards from the car, to the small kids, it was a mountain and the conditions—hard pack, hot sun—were extreme. While I downplayed the risk, my wife had, unbeknownst to me, played it up just moments before, telling Petra to be careful. Our mixed signals combined with the growing chaos on the hill proved too much for her. She laid face down in the snow and cried about being the worst sledder. I took her back to the car to calm down, but it was too late. She was the worst sledder, but she also didn’t want to miss anything. To keep her from running barefoot through the muddy snow, I had to put her in her car seat and lock the doors, a technique that now seems pretty cruel but that I don’t feel too bad about, since she obviously knows how to roll down the window and jump out. While we hung at the car, one of the kids suffered a minor head wound, and we all packed up and headed over to a nearby hot spring. Within 20 minutes, the sledding disaster was forgotten and we were playing shark in the hot pools, the snowy mountains in the background. We’ll try sledding again on a powder day. And the wife and I will try to get our stories straight. —Nathaniel Hoffman


BEAT COACH PETE SCHOLARSHIP RUN—Nike, Boise State Campus Recreation and Shu’s Running Company are sponsoring a three-mile fun run starting at campus, along the greenbelt through Julia Davis and Ann Morrison parks and looping back around. Packet pick up is scheduled for April 9 from 4-8 p.m. and the run will be held on April 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online at beatpete. Early registration: $10 Boise State students, $20 general. Family registration available for $50. HOOFIN IT 5K—Head out to the backcountry for a beautiful 5K run to raise money for the American Blazer Horse Association. Register online at www. Packet pick up is scheduled for Fri. April 23 from noon-5 p.m. and the run is on Sun. April 25 with the one-mile fun run/walk at 1 p.m. followed by the competitive 5K at 1:30 p.m. $20 for 5K, $15 for one mile, $5 late fee for entries received after April 19.






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MOUNTAIN WEST OUTDOOR CLUB—Member-led recreational activities throughout the year including hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking. Upcoming trips include: Weekly Wednesday hikes of local Foothills and mid-week paddles. Check the members-only group Web site to keep current on all activities. Memberships cost $15 per year. For information, call 208-3892112 or 208-343-2111. ROBIE CREEK SIGN UP—Drop in and get registered for this year’s run to Robie Creek. Shu’s will provide computers and instore specials to get you geared up and ready to run. Mon., Feb. 15, noon. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604, SAWTOOTH RELAY—Get your team together for the 19th Annual Sawtooth Relay, a six-mile, six-person relay in which runners catch wind all the way from Stanley to Ketchum. Athletes finish up at Atkinson Park with a post-relay party featuring food, awards and live music. The registration deadline is April 14 and this years entries cap out at 300 teams. Visit the Web site at for more information. SUN VALLEY HALF MARATHON—Registration is now open for the Sun Valley Half Marathon scheduled for June 5, 2010. Racers and spectators alike will dig the newly renovated course with a newly designated start/ finish spot, making it easy for friends and family to catch you cross the finish line. For registration information, visit $40.

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

BULL’S HEAD PUB Chefs Steve Rhodes and Richard Langston at Cafe Vicino.


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At this late date, if you’re hoping to treat your special someone to a night off in the kitchen, you’ll be lucky to get a reservation. And with Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday, dinner reservations could be particularly difficult to come by since many of Boise’s most popular eateries take a day of rest on Sunday. But you may get lucky. With a table, that is. Berryhill and Co. offers two options on Valentine’s Day: brunch and dinner. Brunch is a new weekly thing at Berryhill, and the $14 buffet and well-priced mimosas could be your official dining out on the big day if you’re planning to cook up dinner—or skip dinner and head straight for dessert—at home. If dinner it is, Berryhill will be open for dinner with an a la carte menu starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are a must. Call 208-387-3553 or visit Cozy North End Cafe Vicino, which is usually closed Sundays, will open for Valentine’s Day dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., serving from the regular menu in addition to some Valentine’s specials both Saturday and Sunday nights. Again, reservations are a must. Call 208-472-1463 or visit Cottonwood Grille will be open for dinner on Valentine’s Day, though reservation slots are quickly dwindling. If you want a spot near the fireplace, you might be out of luck at this point; you’ll be lucky just to get a table. If you miss out on a dinner reservation and you’re set on Cottonwood, don’t forget Sunday brunch at the riverside restaurant. Call 208-333-9800 or visit cottonwoodgrille. com for reservations. Also by the river but out in Eagle, Bella Aquila is open for dinner especially for Valentine’s Day. Very few time slots remain available for dinner, but in addition to Sunday brunch, Bella Aquila—as well as each of the restaurants above—is encouraging lovers to consider Friday or Saturday night. Make reservations by calling 208-938-1900 or visit Chandlers is taking the all-weekend Valentine’s Day celebration seriously on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a prix fixe menu for $40 per person. Entree choices include lamb, prime rib, scallops, sea bass, salmon and pork. And, of course, reservations are a must. Call 208-383-4300. And finally, if you want a break from the typical restaurant scene but don’t want to cook, check out the Linen Building’s Art of Love, featuring a five-course meal of aphrodisiacs courtesy of Open Table catering. The party starts at 6 p.m. Call 208-761-0042 to make a reservation or e-mail —Rachael Daigle

I can attest to the fact that it is possible to make your way across the Through an empty fire-station-themed restaurant, up a wide set of stairs United Kingdom and Ireland by eating nearly exclusively in pubs. In and past a bright-white art deco lamp, we stumbled upon a couple awkfact, it’s pretty much expected. wardly clasping hands in a hallway. To the steady count of “1, 2, 3, 4,” While we’re a long way from the Pond, let alone from being across they moved their feet clunkily while a dance instructor looked on. In the the Pond, the Bull’s Head Pub in Meridian is attempting to bring a little room next to the Bull’s Head Pub, our dinner destination, a wide array of that pub flavor to Idaho, albeit in a relatively new, two-story building of other couples practiced their footwork, dodging chairs and the sharp on Eagle Road rather than a centuries-old building on High Street. The corners of low bar tables at a weekly dance night. result is not quite British pub, but more casual bar. While the menu The vibe inside the pub, which is linked to the adjacent nightclub offers a smattering of traditional British pub fare, including the requisite space and the all-ages Bull’s Head Station restaurant below, was authenfish and chips and shepherd’s pie, it’s also filled with decidedly more tically pub-ish—dark lighting, scratched wooden tables and long booths American items like burgers, steaks and assorted pasta dishes. lined with brass rivets. Glancing around the room, my dinner date and On a recent I noted a peculiar evening, my dining lack of people eating. companions and Uneasy, I flagged I headed up the down the inattentive switch-backing stairs bartender and asked to the second story, for menus. where the actual Taking a swig pub is located. The off a coffee-laced entire building is a Pipeline porter ($2), bit maze-like, with I noted a handful an all-ages version on of influences on the the ground floor. Upmenu—British (Shepstairs, the pub section herd’s pie, $7.95), is relatively small, Italian (baked penne with a high-backed pasta, $12.95/$8.95 dark green bench linhalf), Asian (egg rolls, ing one wall, fronted $7.95) and Southern by sturdy tables and American (baby-back worn wooden chairs. ribs, $18.95/$14.95 Around the corner is half). While the appea game/activity area tizer menu had a few that can be home to a enticing selections— number of pastimes. champagne mushDepending on the rooms in a garlic-lemnight, one might on butter ($6.95) and wander in to a poker BULL’S HEAD PUB Red Hook-battered 1441 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian tournament or a bunch of polka-dancing seniors. shrimp ($8.95)—we were ultimately lured in by the cala208-855-5858 After a dedicating some time to our pints of Bass mari ($6.95), served, oddly, with a marinara sauce. Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; ($2.25 on a half-price special), we dug in. I’m pretty Before we had pushed the menus aside, our calamari Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. versed in fish and chips ($11.95) and fear being served came flying out of the kitchen. As a childhood fan of hunks of fish dripping in grease. This was definitely not mozzarella sticks and an adult appreciator of calamari, I greasy. In fact, the chunks of cod were rather dry and flahad never before thought the two to be similar. But this vorless, and chewing them and their sturdy batter took more effort than dish, five long fried sticks huddling around a hot tub of marinara and necessary. The fact that they did not soak in much of the malt vinegar I classed up with a sprinkling of dried parsley, looked and tasted like a drowned them in was evidence of the dense breading. hybrid of the two. Mozzamari? Or maybe calimarella? My usual dining companion fared better with the shepherd’s pie On the main course front, inspired by our environment, we decided ($7.95). Bull’s Head has literally turned the traditional dish upside to stick with British fare, ordering the cod fish and chips ($11.95) and down, building it on a large mashed-potato volcano filled with Guinshepherd’s pie. My date’s shepherd’s pie looked savory enough—beef ness-marinated beef and covered in a gravy seasoned with a healthy shot crumbles stuffed into a mashed potato crater and ladled with a dark red of wine. The marinated beef was easily the standout of the meal, with wine gravy and a layer of cheese. But on his first bite, he noted that even that slow-cooked tenderness that puts the comfort in comfort food. The the rich gravy couldn’t mask the dryness of the beef. He also added that, addition of the wine to the gravy was a nice touch that gave an earthy sadly, he had been hoping to excavate a few customary veggies—corn, flavor to what could have been a rather bland dish. carrots, peas—but his dig came up unsuccessful. My basket of fish and Our guest diner went for what he knew, the All-American Cheesechips was equally disappointing. While the fluffy golden batter, again, burger with bacon ($8.95) accompanied by fries. While the thick patty looked inviting, the first bite revealed nothing more than bland white looked pre-formed, it was still large and juicy, and the bacon was crisp fish shrouded in a soggy sweater. The fries hanging out beneath the fish and plentiful enough to show up in every bite. Considering this diner’s were better, but not particularly memorable. To add insult to gastroonly comment was, “Hmm. Burger’s good,” we’ll consider it a success, nomic injury, when we got the check, my date’s draft Newcastle turned although his fries were only lukewarm. out to be a wince-inducing $4.50 a pint. Ouch. While the food was marginal, we appreciated the dry humor of the With our wallets $45 bucks lighter, and not much to show for it, bartender who acted as our server, keeping us entertained as well as hy- we made our way past the adjacent room—now filled with crooning drated. Bull’s Head doesn’t hit the pub theme, but it’s definitely a place karaoke-ers—down the wide flight of stairs, through the mostly empty where you can have a close and rewarding relationship with a bar stool. restaurant and into the sobering evening. —Deanna Darr thinks everything is better with a cuppa and a pint.

—Tara Morgan wants to star in the deep fried fairy-tale, Calimarella. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

DINING/FOOD Downtown + Fringe ADDIE’S—The language of breakfast is spoken here. You’ve never seen so many meats followed by “& Eggsâ€? on one menu. Come early to beat the rush for Boise’s best gravy. 510 W. Main St., 208-338-1198. $ OM . ALIA’S COFFEEHOUSE—A bagel shop that’s not just bagels. Get sandwiches, salads, soup and allow the most tempting desserts in town to work their magic on your will power. 908 W. Main St., SU OM . 208-338-1299. $ ALI BABA—Middle Eastern cuisine and all the fun and avor that comes with it. 111 S Broadway Ave., 208-343-4536. $-$$$ SU . ANGELL’S—Upscale dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Featuring such tasty delights as Idaho Trout and Crab, Rosemary and Juniper Lamb Rack and Halibut Oscar. 909 Main St., RES 208-342-4900. $$-$$$ SU OM. ASIAGO’S—Innovative Italian pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials served amidst rustic Italian countryside decor. 1002 W. Main St., 208-336-5552. $$-$$$ SU. BAR GERNIKA—Basque favorites in a dark and cozy little bar. Croquettas, chorizo, salomo, paella and a simple cheese plates that is one of the most popular in town. Don’t forget Beef Tongue Saturday. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175. $ . BARDENAY—The atmospheric, cavernous interior (with visible distillery) and huge patio is the place to eat, drink and be seen downtown. 610 Grove St., 208-426-0538. $-$$ SU OM. THE BASQUE MARKET—The market’s shelves are stocked with Basque food and wine (and often, you’ll ďŹ nd take-and-bake croquettas in the cooler), but there’s also a small cafe space for lunch. A list of sandwiches on the market’s freshmade baguette (we here at BW crave the turkey) all come with a side and if you’re lucky, a cookie. 608 W. Grove St., OM. 208-433-1208. $ BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR—Whether you’re looking for a ďŹ ne dining experience for a date night with your better half or you need an elegant space for a private or semi-private party, Berryhill delivers. Chef John Berryhill has carefully pieced together a discerning selection of cosmopolitan comfort dishes at his eponymous downtown Boise restaurant. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553. $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM .

AVERAGE PRICE PER ENTREE: $ —Less than $8 $$ —$8 to $14 $$$ —$14 to $20 $$$$ —Over $20

BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE—Enjoy a frosty microbrew and gourmet hamburger at this distinguished bar and grill. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813. $$ SU OM. BLUE SKY BAGELS—Hot Asiago bagels, soups, morning egg combos and lunchtime sandwiches—the real steal is the veggie sandwich stacked high with all the roughage you want (including avocado). 407 W. Main SU St., 208-388-4242. $ . BOMBAY GRILL—A smoking deal on a smoking delicious lunch buffet and a full menu at dinner. 928 W. Main St., 208-345-7888. $-$$ OM. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—Lovingly called the Beanery by longtime patrons, this Grove hot spot with everything homemade has some of the best comfort food around. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456. SU OM. $ THE BRIDGE CAFE—Stop in for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Continental breakfast and coffee, build-your-own wraps and sandwiches, hot lunch and a rack of snacks for the in-between times. 123 N. Sixth St., . 208-345-5526. $ CAFE OLE—Boise’s original Mexican restaurant has been serving for the last 28 years. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-344-3222. $-$$ SU OM.

CARRE CHOCOLATES—This is the place in town for genuine, handcrafted Belgian chocolates that (drumroll, please) melt in your mouth. 733 W. Broad St., 208-342-7697. $. CAZBA—Cazba transports you to the Eastern Mediterranean with cloud-painted walls, elegant dĂŠcor and food from Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran (with a few Indian, Japanese and American dishes). 211 N. Eighth St., 208-381-0222. $$ SU. CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE—With melt-inyour-mouth ďŹ let mignon, porterhouse and Kobe cuts, as well as an appetizer menu that deviates from the red meat and offers oysters, lobster cakes, escargot and mussels. It’s as popular a stop for cocktails as it is for a ďŹ ne dinner. 981 Grove St., 208-342-4622. $$$$ RES SU OM. CHOCOLAT BAR—For all you chocolate-obsessed purists out there, the Chocolat Bar makes batches of sinful delicacies daily. 805 W. Bannock St., 208-3387771. $. CHOPSTICKS GOURMET BUFFET—Veering from traditional buffets, where the food is prepped in hiding and served in abundance, Chopsticks Buffet is gourmet. The restaurant features an open kitchen, which allows diners to browse fresh offerings while watching how the cooks prepare them. Goodbye gut-bomb, hello freshness. 2275 W. Main, SU 208-345-8965. $-$$ OM .

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RECENTLY REVIEWED/FOOD ELI’S ITALIAN DELI 219 N. 10th St., 208-473-7161, “There needs to be a full campaign, warning everyone that trying this sandwich just once can lead to profound and undeniable cravings and the urge to run out to Eli’s Italian Deli in downtown Boise and grab one at all times of the day.� —Deanna Darr

SWEETWATER’S TROPIC ZONE 210 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194, “There’s nothing subtle about Sweetwater’s Tropic Zone. From the moment you step into the color-splashed space—with its lightweight cantina tables, ceiling-mounted pink amingos and echoing reggae—you know you’re on Jimmy Buffet’s turf.â€? —Tara Morgan

BIG BIRD’S BURGERS 2031 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-885-2510, “Big Bird says avor is the most important part of any meal, and he isn’t afraid to mix tastes not usually paired together. He likes to share that proclivity with visitors to his restaurant.â€? —Amy Atkins

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

needed/recommended —Patio S U —Open on Sunday O M —Online menu —Breakfast —Boise Weekly Card

Boise Weekly Dining Guide offers selective listings of editorial recommendations. Listings rotate based on available space.

Updates from diligent readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged. E-mail to or fax to 208-342-4733.


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FOOD/DINING COLDSTONE CREAMERY—There is nary a sweet substance on the planet that tops ice cream, and Coldstone does it one better by handcrafting a concoction for every customer. 276 N. Eighth St., 208-344-9888. $ SU. COTTONWOOD GRILLE—The food and ambiance here share a terriďŹ c, tasteful symbiotic relationship. Inside, it’s like a big hunting lodge; outside, it’s watching the world go by on the Greenbelt. 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800. $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM.

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

FLICKS—Movie and a meal from a killer kitchen. Food good enough to bring you in without a ticket includes burgers, chicken and brie on ciabatta, lasagna, gyro wraps, salads and daily soups. 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222. $ SU. FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—In addition to a fantastic atmosphere (cool tunes, friendly employees, art on the walls and comfy seating), “the M� makes killer coffee drinks. Don’t forget the Art-O-Mat. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320. $ SU.


DARLA’S DELI—The menu at Darla’s Deli includes breakfast and lunch ciabatta sandwiches, chef salad with bacon and avocado halves stuffed with tuna salad plus daily specials. Best ďŹ nd on the menu? Half a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for $2.83. 250 S. Fifth St. OM 208-381-0034. $ .

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

DAWSON’S DOWNTOWN—The interior of Dawson’s is almost as tasty as their hand-picked beans (from everywhere from Sumatra to Ethiopia to Mexico) roasted the old-fashioned way. Owners Dave and Cindy Ledgard know where to ďŹ nd the best fair trade, organic, shade grown and just plain excellent coffees. 219 N. Eighth St., 208-336-5633. $ SU. DELI AT THE GROVE—Head in and enjoy a classic deli-style menu equipped with sandwiches, salads and soup. 101 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-3500. $-$$




Teriyaki Chicken Fettuccine Sonoma Chicken Ragin’ Cajun Fettuccine Alfredo w/Chicken !NDFORDESSERTA

Blackberry Crème BrÝlÊe to share! /NLYPERPERSON

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

Burgers are best with some old-fashioned crafting and an egg, like the offering from Life’s Kitchen.

LIFE’S KITCHEN FRESH BURGER In the ever-evolving world of meat choices, there are certain thresholds that must be met. While ideal, not every burger can come from a cow raised in your neighbor’s back yard. But if you don’t source your own beef, at least you can grind and press your own patties. That’s a lesson that the masters at Life’s Kitchen wish to pass onto their chef understudies. “For some kids in the program, a hamburger is what comes out of a frozen box,â€? said Life’s Kitchen kitchen manager Ryan Hembree. That’s a sentiment Life’s Kitchen quickly quashes. Life’s Kitchen is a food/life development program for youth in trouble. So Hembree and Chef Maggie Kiefer teach LIFE’S KITCHEN students to grind, season and 1025 Capitol Blvd. press their own burgers. In the 208-331-0199 ďŹ nal phase of the 16-week gram, Life’s Kitchen students prepare the food at their threeday-a-week cafe, which is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. After preparing the ground beef—seasoned with onion, garlic, salt and pepper—the students top it with sharp cheddar and thick-cut bacon. Then they throw a large, slightly runny fried egg on top, and stick it on a multi-grain roll with some mixed greens and a side of fries (that they also cut themselves). While the program itself is a life-changing experience, giving at-risk youth a new lease on life, the egg- and bacon-draped burger will remind any at-risk diner that whenever life’s rudder is loosened from that sturdy grip, just add bacon and eggs. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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DINING/FOOD FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE—Offering tasty pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Features a stellar line of beers, including 14 rotating beer taps, 20 bottles of Belgian Ale and more to comprise over 60 beers to choose from. Eat -in or take-out. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201. SU.

LUCY’S COFFEE AND ESPRESSO—No-nonsense coffee on Broadway with homemade pastries and desserts. Brewing Cafe Mam coffee from native Mayan farmers that’s free of contaminants and is Certified Fair Trade. Lucy’s is committed to providing quality coffee, as to well as being a green business. 1079 Broadway Ave., 208-344-5907. $ SU.

GANDOLFO’S DELI—The Georgia based franchise of New York delicatessens provides sandwich fans with New York style hot and cold deli sands, specialty selections and side salads. $ 401 S. Eighth St., Boise, . 208-338-7827. $

MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. $$ SU.

GOLDY’S BREAKFAST BISTRO—A desperately popular breakfast destination and with good reason. Generous portions of eggs, hash, cinnamon rolls and more. Good gravy! Can’t make it for breakfast? They’ve got lunch, too. 108 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100. $ SU .

THE MELTING POT—Delicious, savory and sweet, here’s fondue for every course. A cozy, classy place to repast. Order a drink from their extensive selection of

wines and linger over a romantic dinner. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900. $$$-$$$$ RES SU . MESA TAQUERIA—Without a can opener or a freezer, the intrepid crew at Mesa Taqueria delivers up the goods as fresh as they get. It’s a traditional taqueria set up with everything from quesadillas to tacos and burritos on the fly. House made salads and soup too. OM. 215 N. Eighth St., 208-336-0987. $-$$ MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—Get pancakes, biscuits and gravy and eggs for breakfast, or just go straight to dessert and enjoy one of Moon’s famous milkshakes. Founded in 1955, Moon’s has the best breakfast and milkshakes in town, plus an online ordering option for fast delivery, check it out at Another exciting development is the new selection of

beer and wine which makes the latest addition to the milkshake flavors possible—a milkshake made with Guinness Stout. 712 W. Idaho St., 208-385-0472. $-$$ SU OM . OLD CHICAGO—Delicious pizza, sandwiches, pasta, calzones and strombolis and beer. Some 110 varieties of beer. What more do we need to say? Try the $2 pizza at happy hour or check out the pool tables. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037. $$-$$$ . OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY—This Portland-based Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Boise has pasta lovers abuzz with its heaping plates of noodles. They have red sauce and white sauce; go with pesto or mizithra, the nectar of the gods. 610 W. Idaho RES SU. Street, 208-336-2900. $-$$

GRAPE ESCAPE—Fine wine, delicious lunch and dinner, delectable desserts and light bites make this little bistro a great place to meet with great friends. And, if you can’t get to Grape Escape, they’ll bring their casual elegance to you at any of your functions or events with their fabulous catering. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-368-0200. $-$$ SU. GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA— There’s nothing like a slice (or three) of Guido’s New York-style pizza for lunch. Their giant pies are inexpensive and addictive. 235 N. Fifth St., 208-345-9011. $ SU OM. HA’ PENNY IRISH PUB AND GRILL—An Irish pub with beautiful dark wood seating offering a delicious mixture of American bar fare and classics from the Emerald Isle. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-3435568. $$ SU OM. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—It is a happy fish, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more including several creative vegetarian options and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810. SU OM. $$$ JAVA—Three words: Bowl of Soul. This coffee/ espresso/chocolate concoction is liquid redemption. In addition to all things coffee, Java also serves scones, muffins and tasty lunch offerings. 223 N. . Sixth St., 208-345-0777. $ SU JENNY’S LUNCH LINE—The menu, which changes every day, always features fresh soups, salads and sandwiches made daily. Vegetarian and healthy options are the mainstay with a single yummy dessert treat for the times when your sweet tooth needs a little loving, too. Get a menu by e-mailing Jenny at Call the lunch line at 208-433-0092, the catering line at 338-7851 or fax your order in to 208-433-0093. 106 N. Sixth St., 208OM. 433-0092. $-$$ KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE—Sometimes you want to get to a concert early to make sure you get a good seat. That might mean having to miss out on dinner somewhere else, but not if you’re going to the Knitting Factory. While you wait for the show to start, you can dig into a heaping plate of nachos, sink your teeth into a stacked sandwich and fries or wrap your mouth around a pile of buffalo wings; you’ll be eating like a rock star. Open Sunday (show nights). . 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212. $-$$ LA VIE EN ROSE—A European-style bakery where the digs are as beautiful as the grinds. Enjoy fresh baked croissants, brioches, tarts, eclairs and more from chef Patrick Brewer. Check out their breakfast menu, featuring everything from omelets and frittatas to biscuits and gravy and pancakes. Lunch features a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads, and Illy coffee is available all day, every day. SU OM. 928 W. Main St., 208-331-4045. $-$$ LE CAFE DE PARIS—The display case offers a glimpse of the height of French pastry baking. The food is among Boise’s culinary elite—lush, buttery cooking. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889. $$-$$$ OM. LEKU ONA—Step into a little piece of traditional Basque home, family and heaven when you visit Leku Ona. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner, either inside or out on the patio on warm days. 117 S. Sixth St., 208-345-6665. $$$-$$$$ RES OM. LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—A Boise staple featuring some of the most well-reputed steaks and prime in town. 1100 W. Jefferson, 208-336-4266. $$-$$$$ SU OM.


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FOOD/DINING ORIENTAL EXPRESS—In the heart of downtown, Oriental Express offers fresh, hot, delicious Chinese food seven days a week at very affordable prices. Open late, you can stop by after a night on the town for take-out or dine in and enjoy the really friendly service. 110 N. 11th St., 208-345-8868. $-$$ . OSAKA JAPANESE SUSHI AND BAR—The locally owned and operated Japanese restaurant has a subdued red interior with large vintage-inspired paper light fixtures and a gold bead curtain. Though the inside hums with a low-lit romantic vibe, Osaka’s Eighth Street-facing patio offers a more vivacious atmosphere ripe for people-watching. And don’t forget about Osaka’s stellar happy hour: $2 select microbrews and $3 for a spicy tuna roll, spicy salmon roll or California roll. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-338-8982. . $$-$$$$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO— Corporate Chinese on the finer side of other local favorites. They’ll mix you up a special sauce tableside that’s suited to your tastebuds. 391 S. Eighth St., RES 208-342-8100. $$-$$$ SU. PHO NOUVEAU—Vietnamese comfort food with a menu of cha gio with a mound of cellophane noodles, lily blossom salad of young lotus root, shrimp and pork, shaken beef salad and big bowls of pho. If strong brew is your thing order some Vietnamese coffee which comes properly served dripping from the Vietnamese “coffee pot”—a tin hat sort of thing that sits on top of a glass. 780 W. Idaho, 208-367-1111. $-$$ SU . PIAZZA DI VINO—As an art gallery and wine bar, Piazza di Vino offers an extensive collection of wines from around the world and art from around town. But that’s not all they offer: savory soups, chocolates, cheeses, salads, fondue and pizza (try the Italian hard salami and provolone) will bring you back again and again. 212 N. Ninth St., 208-336-9577. $-$$ . PIEHOLE—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try their infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783. $-$$ SU. PIPER PUB & GRILL—Perched high on 8th Street with a wraparound patio, “the Piper” serves up yummy, creative pub fare. The extensive apps menu is perfect for those who like to graze all night long while slinging back cocktails. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-343-2444. $-$$ SU OM. PITA PIT—Pitas galore: meats, veggies, cheeses and any combination thereof. Cheap, healthy fast food tucked into the heart of downtown Boise. Open late to satisfy those nocturnal hankerings. 746 Main St., 208-388-1900. $ SU. POLLO REY—A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisserie-cooked chicken. There is a second location in the Edwards Theater complex. 222 N. Eighth St., SU. 208-345-0323. $

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POT BELLY DELI—We think the name says it all. Satisfy your belly from morning til night with breakfast burritos, gourmet sandwiches, salads and a selection of veggie choices. 216 W. Front St., 208-336-2030. $ . PROTO’S PIZZERIA NAPOLENTA—Unlike traditional pizzerias, Proto’s serves pizza and nothing but pizza in a hip joint with an indoor/outdoor bar that’s all the rage during summer. 345 S. Eighth St., 208-331-1400. $-$$ SU. RED FEATHER LOUNGE— Red Feather Lounge is all about wine and good food. You can get great macaroni and cheese for lunch, and for dinner, the menu turns deliciously swanky. If you can snag a seat in the cellar, count yourself especially lucky. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340. $$-$$$ . THE RED ROOM TAVERN—Lowslung couches and dark, moody walls make for a dramatic backdrop while you throw back a couple of cocktails or a can of PBR. With floor-to-ceiling windows, velour Catholic paintings adorning the walls, live music, snowboard movie screenings and prime corner patio space at Sixth and Main, it’s definitely a place to watch and be watched. 601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034. $ SU. REEF—You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200. $$-$$$ SU. SHIGE—Watching sushi master Shige create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a portion, dunking it in a wasabi/ soy mix and popping it in your mouth. Umami! 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. $-$$ . SWEETWATER’S TROPIC ZONE—Serving up barbecue, Caribbean, Creole and island cuisine, Sweetwater’s features a menu that reaches far into the corners of the world with pineapple curry mussels, gator tots (from Idaho), conch fritters, Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian curry goat and Indonesian satay. Try selections from the raw bar like oysters on the half shell, conch salad, lomi lomi salmon and fresh ceviche. Sandwiches and lighter fare include Cuban and Havana selections and fresh and fanciful salads such as the Curried Avocado and Jasmine Rice or a Thai-Style Grilled Shrimp Salad. 210 N. 10th St., OM . 208-433-9194. $-$$$$ TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL—Great sandwiches, salads and entrees complemented beautifully by one of their signature brews. 705 Fulton St., SU. 208-342-0944. $-$$ TAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT— Great food, daily lunch buffet and a seriously impressive beer selection. For the faint at heart when it comes to Indian food, there’s also a menu with Greek choices. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 222, 208-473-7200. $-$$ OM. THOMAS HAMMER—Boise has been loving Thomas Hammer for years in various locations and now its own downtown location.

With all the coffee and sweet goodies necessary to keep you moving during the day, all served up in eco-friendly cups. Order up a heaping stack of the infamous Hammer T-shirts and mugs, or some beans and merchandise in stores or online. The Web site lists different organic, fair trade and even rare varietals coffees. 298 N. Eighth St., 208-433-8004. $ SU. TONY’S PIZZERIA TEATRO— European-style cafe serving salad, soup and brick oven Napoleanstyle pizza. Slices sold 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with pies available any time. 103 Capitol Blvd., 208-343-1052. SU. $-$$ TWIN DRAGON—No fuss, no frills—just delicious Americanstyle Chinese food at prices that won’t cripple your wallet. This place doesn’t need any bells and whistles to satisfy a hungry diner. 200 Fairview Ave., 208-344SU. 2141. $-$$ YEN CHING—Yummy Chinese food at a decent price, with all the usual favorites one looks for in a menu, and then some. This is one of Boise’s favorite Chinese restaurants. 305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384. $-$$ SU OM. WILLI B’S SANDWICH SALOON—Saunter into the restaurant/saloon, past a display of old-fashioned mailboxes on the wall and you’ll find customers taking refuge from the busy city life any time of day. Hide out in the maze of wooden booths, plunk down at a table or saddle up at the full bar. Willi B’s specializes in bunkhouse cooking which means dishes that can be made just as easily in a kitchen or by Dutch oven. Lunch specials are homemade daily by the friendly and accommodating staff and rotate between hefty hot and cold sandwiches, side salads and soups and irresistible sweets. 225 N. Fifth St., 208-331-5666, OM . $ ZEPPOLE—Nothing beats the low prices and fresh-baked goodness of Zeppole on a lunch break, unless it’s taking home a loaf of their near-legendary bread to enjoy later. 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149. $ OM.

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


DINING/FOOD dining. 283 N. Milwaukee St., 208-672-8227. $$ SU. GANDOLFO’S DELI—The Georgia based franchise of New York delicatessens provides sandwich fans with New York style hot and cold deli sands, specialty selections and side salads. 8151 W. Fairview Ave., 208-377-4376. . $ GOODWOOD BARBECUE—Great barbecue, Texas-style, right in the middle of the Treasure Valley. With everything from ribs and brisket to chicken, Goodwood Continues to be a valley favorite with a family friendly atmosphere. 7849 W. Spectrum St., Boise, 208-6587173. $-$$$$ OM SU. ROBBIE’S DRIVE-IN—An old drive-in location on Fairview and Orchard is now Robbie’s Drive-In serving good and grilled food,

award-winning chili and burgers accompanied by fries and homemade fry sauce. The menu also includes salads and shakes and options for the kids. 4822 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-3763150. $ . SENOR FRESH—Fast-casual Mexican dining with all the usual suspects—burritos, enchiladas, nachos and fish tacos, to name a few. If you’re really hungry, try the Gordo Burrito. 12375 W. Chinden Blvd. #F, 208-378-1888. $ . SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA AND PASTA—When you’re in the mood for a good, traditional pizza, this is the place. The pastas, starters, sandwiches and salads are equally delicious, and the list is as long as your arm. 1805 W. State St., 208-387-2727. $-$$ SU OM.


SOCKEYE GRILL AND BREWERY—Sockeye is the serious beer connoisseur’s brewpub. When the double IPA Hopnoxious is on tap, it’s a hophead’s liquid dream, and the Hell Diver Pale Ale gets rave reviews. The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent and free live music happens every Tuesday and Friday. 3019 Cole Road, 208-658-1533. $-$$ SU.

Bench ANDRADE’S—From albondigas to zopes, Javier Andrade serves up some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town. Great service, generous portions, decent prices. 4903 Overland Road, 208-424-8890. $-$$ SU. BAD BOY BURGERS—This Bench burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walkup/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises: it will take two of you to get through one of their burritos. 815 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-1580. . $ BAGUETTE DELI—Choose from 18 different 12-inch sub sandwich choices at the Vietnamese deli. Spring rolls, smoothies and French pastries round out the super value menu, on which no sandwich will set you back more than a five spot. 5204 W. Franklin Road, 208-336-2989. $

A TRIBUTE TO SAISONS If there is one thing you can expect from Belgian brews, it is the unexpected. Saisons are a case in point. They originated in the French-speaking section of the country and were brewed to quench the thirst of local farm workers. As such, they were typically low in alcohol and high in hops. Today, widely varied styles of saison are gaining in popularity around the globe. The Belgian benchmark, brewed by Dupont, is still not available in Boise, but there are interesting alternatives. Here’s a trio—two from the United States, one from Italy—that pays homage to the newly diverse saison style. BOULEVARD SAISON-BRETT This one is filled with ripe-fruit aromas laced with straw and spice. There’s a nice complexity on the palate that centers on creamy malt flavors surrounded by apple and melon fruit with enticing layers of lemon grass, pepper and spice. A nice hit of crisp citrus keeps things lively on the finish. This is definitely a great take on the style. NORTH COAST LE MERLE SAISON This California entry has a fruity nose highlighted by fresh apricot that’s backed by a pleasantly sour component. A bit drier than the Boulevard, tart apple favors play against smooth malt. This beer shows lightly sour citrus on the finish with touches of pepper and spice. There’s lots of mouth-tingling fizz from start to finish in this very refreshing brew. WAYAN SAISON STYLE ALE It’s been almost two years since I last tried this particular bottling of the Italian Wayan, and it has evolved nicely. There’s still a lot of orange fruit on the nose but with an intriguing sour mash and herb component. Bright citrus plays against sweet fruity malt with earthy herb and spice adding to the flavor mix. Exceptionally well integrated and surprisingly fresh, this one comes highly recommended. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

CASANOVA PIZZERIA—Pizza made like traditional pizzerias in New York and Naples make. Fresh sauces, thin crusts, and toppings from figs and bleu cheese to prosciutto and arugula. And of course real clam pizza from folks hailing from the homestate of “clam pizza” Connecticut. 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535. $-$$ OM. CHAPALA—The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 1201 S. Vista Ave., 208-4291155. $-$$ SU. CHIANG MAI THAI RESTAURANT—Casual for the whole family but elegant for just two. Traditional Thai food named after the infamous Thai cuisine capitol, Chiang Mai. 4898 Emerald St., 208-342-4051. $-$$ SU. THE COOKIE LADY DELI—Fresh, handmade sandwiches offered in a variety of choices, including a tasty chicken salad. Don’t forget your homemade cookie on the way out. 880 Vista Ave., 208-3857727. $-$$.

CINDER’S SPRING RELEASE CAN NOW BE RESERVED AT OUR WEBSITE! You can now reserve Cinder’s 2008 Syrah, 2009 Viognier and 2009 Dry Rosé. We’ll have them ready for you to pick up at our winery starting Saturday March 6th. These wines sold out quickly last year, so drop by our website and secure your order now. Cheers! -Joe & Melanie


CRESCENT NO LAWYERS BAR/ GRILL—The Crescent “no lawyers” Bar & Grill—Lawyers be damned at this popular bar, restaurant and game-lovers paradise. Though they’re famous for their Lawyer Fries and chicken gizzards, the menu is full of tasty pub food, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, tater tots and a most diggable meatloaf sandwich on sourdough. It’s been a Boise tradition since 1963, with a large patio, horseshoe pits and a rambunctious herd of TVs dialed in to the world of sports. 5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856. $ SU OM. CUCINA DI PAOLO—After years of catering in the valley, Cucina di Paolo now offers heat and serve gourmet entrees, as well as a deli case full of goodies to enjoy in the small dining area. 1504 Vista Ave., 208-345-7150. $$-$$$ OM.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Hate leaves ugly scars,” wrote author Mignon McLaughlin, but “love leaves beautiful ones.” If I’m reading the astrological omens correctly, Aries, you’re scheduled to receive at least one of the beautiful kind of scars in the coming months—maybe even two or three. In fact, I think they’ll be such lovely booboos that they will markedly add to your overall attractiveness. Rarely if ever have you been privileged to hurt as good as you will in 2010—thanks to the benevolent jolts of love. Happy Valentine Daze!

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In my view, 2010 is the year you should expand your world. That could mean enlarging your circle of allies or build a bigger web of connections. It might mean broadening your appeal or widening your frame of reference or opening your mind to possibilities you’ve been closed to. It may even involve extending your territory or increasing the range of your travels. However you choose to expand, Taurus, I urge you to put love at the heart of your efforts. Love should be the fuel that motivates you and the reference point that ensures you’re always making smart moves. For inspiration, memorize this line by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” In your case, Taurus, “thee” should mean the whole world. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Of all the signs of the zodiac, you Geminis are most likely to thrive if you experiment with new approaches to kissing in the coming weeks. To whip up your fervor, read incendiary texts like William Cane’s The Art of Kissing. Conspire with an imaginative partner to conjure up a new kissing game or even a sacred kissing ritual. And come up with your own interpretations of the following kiss techniques: the throbbing kiss, the sip kiss, the butterfly kiss, the tiger kiss, the whispering kiss. Happy Valentine Daze! CANCER (June 21-July 22): Happy Valentine Daze, Cancerian! After meditating about what advice would be most valuable for your love life in the coming months, I decided on this challenge from poet William Butler Yeats: “True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self.” In other words, create in your imagination a detailed picture of your loved ones at their best. Each day, make it a point to feel joy and gratitude for their most excellent beauty and power—as well as the beauty and power that are still ripening and will one day appear in full bloom.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A friend of mine has woven her life together with a Leo who doesn’t fully appreciate the ways she expresses her adoration. She asked me to use my bully pulpit as a horoscope writer to convey a message to her lover, and I agreed, because I think it’s excellent advice for all of the Leo tribe this Valentine season. Here’s what she said: “Just because somebody doesn’t always love you the way you wish they would, doesn’t mean they don’t love you the best they can and with all they have.” Are you willing to consider the possibility that maybe you should take that plea to heart, Leo? I hope so, because then you’ll be able to get some of the good loving you’ve closed yourself off from. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Happy Valentine Daze, Virgo! I meditated on what message might best energize your love life, and what I came up with is a declaration by author Mignon McLaughlin: “Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.” In other words, the love you should be most interested in during the coming months is the kind that opens your eyes to sights that were previously invisible and that creates new possibilities you’ve barely imagined. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Happy Valentine Daze, Libra! My astrological hunch is that you’d benefit from the specific teaching that would come from exploring a three-way relationship. But wait. Don’t jump to conclusions. Here’s the form I think it should take: Fantasize that the merger of you and your lover or ally has created a third thing that hovers near you, protecting and guiding the two of you. Call this third thing an angel. Or call it the soul of your connection or the inspirational force of your relationship. Or call it the special work the two of you can accomplish together. And let this magical presence be the third point of your love triangle. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Happy Valentine Daze, Scorpio! After meditating on what advice would best serve your love life, I offer you the words of psychologist Carl Jung: “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” Acting on Jung’s wisdom will help you carry out your primary task in the coming months, which is to bring novel experiences and fresh perspectives to your most engaging relationship. The best way to accomplish that is not with nonstop serious talk and intense analysis, but with a generous dose of playful improvisation and experimental fun.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): To prepare your Valentine horoscope, I did a lengthy meditation on your love life. I’ll give you the single most important piece of advice I came up with: The coming week will be an excellent time for you to survey the history of your love life, starting with the first moment you ever fell in love. I mean you should actually stream the memories across your mind’s eye as if you were watching a movie. Feel all the feelings roused by each scene, but also try to maintain some objectivity about it all. Watch for recurring themes. Be especially alert for unexpected insights that emerge about the past. And through it all, be wildly compassionate toward yourself and your co-stars. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “If I love you, what business is it of yours?” wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Now I’m offering his words for you to use as your mantra in the coming months. Your main job, as I see it, is simply to be a lover of pretty much everything—to generate, cultivate, and express love in abundance—and not to worry about whether your love is reciprocated or how it’s regarded. It’s a tall order, I know—one of the most difficult assignments I’ve ever suggested. And yet I think you have the soul power and the crafty intelligence necessary to accomplish it. Happy Valentine Daze, Capricorn! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Happy Valentine Daze, Aquarius! In my search for the counsel that would be of greatest help to your love life in the coming months, I decided on this observation by psychologist Albert Ellis: “The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” I hope you take that in the spirit in which I’m offering it. It’s not meant to suggest that you will be deprived of love’s burning, churning pleasures; I just want to make sure you know that your best bet for experiencing burning, churning pleasures is to be dogged and devoted and disciplined in your cultivation of burning, churning pleasures. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2010, you will have more cosmic assistance than you’ve had in a long time whenever you seek to increase your experience of pleasure. Do you want to get more sensual joy out of eating and drinking and dancing and listening to music? This is your year. Do you want to heighten your perceptiveness and find more beauty in the world and cultivate new ways to stimulate positive feelings and liberating emotions? This is your year. And the coming weeks will be one of the best times in 2010 to move from charging up your pleasure to supercharging it. Happy Valentine Daze, Pisces!


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:8A:8I>8HL::I=:6GI H::@>C<8D"69K:CIJG:G I ďŹ nd magic in singing softly while looking up at the stars. Winter is a great time to spend outdoors and I am hoping to meet someone special who would like to join me in planning adventures and making memories. Satorii, 29 #101093 NDJG)I=H=DID;:HEG:HHD Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m what would happen if Oprah got it on with Stephen Hawking & had South Park babies. Love talking about politics, religion, philosophy, science, paradigm shifts...nerdy stuff like that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to meet fellow nerds & build on my nerdome. ShannonYouGiveGoodQuoteMorgan, 29, #101082 <::@ND76B6A:;I>: I am a computer geek with far left liberal political ideals. I read sci-ďŹ and political books, like to ride my mountain bike and my dirt bike, and hate jogging/running but like hiking. LeftOfCenter, 41, #101069 B6HD8>HI>8!E6I=:I>8!9DAA Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived in Boise my whole life. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the nicest girl, and I get along with just about anyone. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m addicted to movies, strong lyrics, and jeans. I have a unhealthy texting habit and I love Seattle and tattoos. redrummufďŹ n, 22, #101065 8G6ON!;JC6C9A:II>C<<D Life is too short not to just wing it and have fun. I am a very busy lady, with a good job and several years till retirement. But I enjoy life and love to be outdoors. Openheart, 60, #101061 HJCH=>C:8DB>C<NDJGL6N# Are you looking for a really nicelooking woman who is interested in a lifetime commitment? Looking for a man about 55-69 who has a zest for life and has a great sense of humor. I am an ex-Georgia Peach. Sunny. irishlass, 64, #101057 BJAI>;68:I:9!8=6G>HB6I>8!IL:CIN" HDB:I=>C<H:6G8=>C<69K:CIJG: From shopping Fifth Avenue to rafting the rivers of Idaho my interests will keep you guessing. Always on the move, I embrace the culture of my community. Motivated by friends/family, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always looking for lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next great challenge. UrbanAsset, 28, #101039 HL::ICC:LANH>C<A:### What can I say, I am truly an open minded, easy going girl. I love doing everything from outdoor activities and camping to

reading and watching movies. I will try anything at least once! SweetGirl1981, 28, #101036

MEN SEEKING WOMEN E:68:;JA Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;M an honest man looking for a good honest woman one who respects herself and her man who is loving, careing and warm.just a good old fashion woman. latinlover69, 47, #101135 ADD@>C<;DG8DBE6CN Looking for a conďŹ dent woman who is open minded. idahored915, 58, #101131 6G:6B6C;DG6G:6LDB6C not a native Boisean, I live here because I like it. I enjoy people! My interests are varied, nothing spectacular. My best friend is my BSU ID, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to cheap tickets to lots of fun stuff like the shakespeare festival! areaman, 24, #101130 6AL6NHG:69N;DGNDJ Looking for a very sexual and open minded lady. Must love to laugh and smile. playmate1, 49, #101118 8DJCIGN7DN I am into anything outdoors, yes I mean anything. I am not looking for anything serious, right now. just friends, and maybe some with beneďŹ ts. If this tickles your fancy let me know. country_boy, 34, #101113 IJGCD;;NDJGB>C9G:A6M Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a down to earth guy that is looking for someone that wants have a good time and not try to be my mother. I enjoy the outdoors and going to rock shows. thewalrus, 23, #101112 9G>C@B>A@;DG=:6AI=N7DC:H I am a good music guy and love a good conversation and food. I am a musician, engineer, love dietary supplements. I love a good hearted women,that is cool as dig! Godofthelame, 27, #101111 8:AJA>I:>HH:MN BHM in search of BBW. Age,race,looks not important honesty is a must. I have many interests.Looking forward to hearing from you. recarter64, 45, #101095 :C8DJCI:GHHDJ<=I!B6N7:L>I=NDJ### Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m easy going, but love to explore and have new experiences. Mostly I am looking for someone

I can really connect with that respects my autonomy. blueye, 39, #101091 A6>9768@!=6EEN!HL::I! =:AEA:HHGDB6CI>8 I prefer the simple things in life, and the ďŹ ner things too. I like long walks and I always stop to smell the ďŹ&#x201A;owers. another mans trash is my treasure. pestorpet? between the lines there is always a gray area. mcsquared, 22, #101087 =DE>C<IDE>FJ:NDJG>CI:G:HI### I am a very spontaneous person and I like to surprise the one I am with. I enjoy the ďŹ ner things in life. Expect it when you least expect it. sboisean, 46, #101080 8>G8A:H jack of all trades. what attracts me most is someone who is not afraid of life, who has talents herself (dancing, singing, playing an instrument, SOMETHING) and is of culture and worldiness. Brandon2lpol, 24, 101077 96<:GDJHAN8DBEA>86I:9 6C96L:HDB: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Fun, easy-going, intelligent, and I love to laugh... I am pretty much super awesome... I was born and raised here in Boise, I have lots of roots and I love to have a good time. DonQuixote, 33, #101076 H8G6LCN=6>GNL>9:":N:9;A6C:JG New to town, writing novels and meandering about. I-like-to-readtoo-preferably-with-a-partner-I also-like-irony-and-absurdity, but too much cynicism makes me nauseous. Also: surrealismcute-cats-the-history-of-upheavals (reformation, the transition from feudalism to capitalism, from hunter-gathering to landed settlements, etc.)people-watching-people-meeting-sharinglife-stories, counter-cultures, marxist-humanist-philosophy (not that orthodox shit)creativityof-all-kinds, and-warm-heartedpeople-who-havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-given-up-on the-dreams-of-their-childhoodoh-and-getting-around-arbitraryword-limits-using-dashes. TaylorG, 23, #101074 69K:CIJG:HDB:B6CH::@HLDB6C I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet women at work and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hang out in Bars........ I am a divorced man, emotionally available and open to a relationship with the right woman. I am attracted to women who are height and weight proportionate. Togiak, 55, #101062

>6BA>@:67>G9# Hello there, My name is Nathaniel. I am kinda shy like a bird and very mellow. I love women most of all. Women always remind me of colorful ďŹ&#x201A;owers so beautiful. I am not a talker. I keep to myself. nathaniel112, 30, #101059 =6C9HDB:!:M;DA>6I:9!8DBEA:M seriously? 40 freakin words? Im good looking, smart, funny, and very giving to the person Im with. I love my son above all else. I love the outdoors and chillin with a cute girl. just_rob, 37, 101058 L6>I6H:8DC9####>B8DB>C< SWM looking for a fun friend to hang with. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make you laugh if youâ&#x20AC;?ll make me ______? Jahlicious, 52, #101055 I=:HE>G>IL6G8DCI>CJ:H Healthy and active looking for nature girl, Mother earth, spirit warrior for love and life... beautiful and vivacious martial arts and weightlifting â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Islandâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Matrixâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterbornâ&#x20AC;? by Cruxshadows Prepare for the future, Spiritual Special Forces No â&#x20AC;&#x153;sex for moneyâ&#x20AC;? types!! Phoenixwarrior, 45, #101052 CDI>CI=:;68: Just looking for someone to have an eventual or pre-made family with. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really an outdoors person these days, but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty funny, fairly shy to being with, but I warm up quickly. HummerDriver, 39, #101051 L=6IÂźHC:MI4 I am very outgoing and constantly seeking my next adventure in life. I love music and would be lost without it. I love to ski above all else. I love to travel and experience new countries and cultures. skidazed>, 27, #101043 >HI=>H8G6><HA>HI4 These days I just drink a lot and forget to eat food. I also used to read and study things that I wanted to learn, now I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I love to love. Jerome, 29, #101041

MEN SEEKING MEN 9>6BDC9>C6G=>C:HIDC:LDGA9 Wildly creative, down to earth in a head in the clouds kind of way, Bombshell. I have a wicked sense of humor, a deep quiet side, and a hopelessly romantic side. I value hearts before heads and humor

before handsomeness. BoiseBombshell, 28, #101121 7D>H:8N8A>C<<JN Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for others to hang out with, dinner and a movie, cycling, or just relaxing. I enjoy coffee shops, bookstores and cooking. cycleman83713, 37, #101090 ;JC!:C:G<:I>8HA><=IAN8G6ON Social and always up for a good time. I do like to have nice quiet evenings at home. I can tend to be very sarcastic at times. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for almost anything. Let me know what you think. SSutton, 23, #101014

JUST FRIENDS ;JCCNHB6GI<>GAN<6B:G##ADA Lets talk! neonpinkrocker, 22, #101109 H:MN!HB6GI!6C9@>C9 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a good guy that loves his friends. If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a Man. boisebud77, 33, #101107 G:HIA:HH6B7>I>DC People/fun-loving workaholic always eager to meet new people, expand horizons & create the BEST memories ever by having as much fun as possible. Always pushing myself & searching for something bigger & better while enjoying every moment of life. MsDagnyTaggart, 29, #101085 9>G:8I!>CI:AA><:CI!6IIG68I>K: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a divorced woman with 3 children who is looking to meet new people.Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a very direct person and I have no difďŹ culty in speaking my truth so no games here. Love to laugh and have a dry/sarcastic sense of humor. Beck, 35, #101079 86AAB:E6E>8=JAD Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a single parent of 3, a Hip Hop artist, and some how found my self single! Craziii, but seriously Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hella kool! Also known as a Bboy (Break Dancer), so ya I can difďŹ dently out dance ya ex ;). Papi_Chulo, 30, #101067 <G:6IDJI<D>C<<JN# Im a shy,outgoing,great listener, and great sense of humor. elitegamer, 23, #101040

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