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DARLA’S DELI The penthouse pit stop vs. two BW reviewers
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NOTE IMMIGRATION IN TWO PERSPECTIVES Immigration. Because the word “illegal” so often precedes “immigration,” the latter has taken on an almost permanent political charge, evoking a variety of responses ranging from what some would call fervent patriotism to those who express more tolerance for those who cross our borders. In Southwest Idaho, immigration issues tend to center on undocumented workers in the valley, but that’s only a portion of the larger picture both historically and presently. Without the historical immigration that’s taken place in Boise, the city’s cultural framework might look much different. Imagine a downtown without the Basque Block or a phone book without the common last names of Ysursa, Goicoechea or Bieter. More recently, Boise has welcomed large numbers of Bosnians and refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Bhutan and a number of African countries. This week’s Boise Weekly, in two separate stories, unintentionally touches on two points of immigration in Boise. The ﬁrst takes a sort of bird’s-eye historical view of Basques in Boise as writer Tara Morgan travels with a large group of Boiseans to New York City, where a Basque Museum exhibit celebrating Basque immigration will be on display at Ellis Island through May. It’s a story of celebration and triumph, and the kind of story that can only be told in retrospect. News is where you’ll ﬁnd the second story of immigration in this week’s edition, and it hones in on the ugliness and difﬁculty that often precedes a population’s full integration into its new society. While croquettas and Mladi Behar are familiar to Boiseans, many newer arrivals are still learning the basic day-to-day tasks of ﬁrst-world life. Sometimes those lessons are much more difﬁcult than how to properly use an oven, and sometimes they are tinged with the perception of injustice. In “Take a Village” writer Nathaniel Hoffman tells the story of a Burundian woman whose six children were removed from her care by the State of Idaho after she was found unﬁt as a parent. Advocates for the woman contend that the state’s perception of her inability to care for her children is the result of a cultural differences. How the case unfolds in the coming months could set an interesting precedent for an entire generation of new immigrants. As developments occur, we’ll keep you updated. —Rachael Daigle
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ALL THAT GLITTERS Read about the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho featuring Idaho’s most drag-tastic queens on Page 24 and then head to Cobweb where you can catch video of Sin’s Saints and Sinners show as well as clips of Amy Atkins’ interview with Selena.
CAR BANGLED BANTER Who’s lip syncing at the Olympics? The gold medalists, that’s who. New blogger Sarah Barber talks about the pressure of millions of people watching as medalists sing, lip sync or, for those who don’t know the words, just stare off contemplatively as their national anthem plays in celebration of their victory. What did Boise’s Olympic gold medalist do? Barber called Kristin Armstrong to ask. Visit boiseweekly.com for the answer.
BOISE LIKES IT FAST. REAL FAST. At BWHQ, our bandwidth is a pokey 1.58 megabit per second. Google wants to build an experimental 1 gigabit per second ﬁber optic network in one or more communities across the country and is looking for willing guinea pig cities. Boise has raised its hand to volunteer.
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A BIG BOX OF ROCKS I was going to write a response to Ted Rall’s article, “Dumber Than Palin,” (BW, Opinion, Feb. 17, 2010) with a title, “Dumber Than Rall.” But after doing extensive research, I couldn’t ﬁnd anyone who qualiﬁes. Rall went off on a rampage about [President Barack] Obama and his stupidity. Let me say that President Obama has left many supporters frustrated with the lack of real, positive change during his early days. But, people, we ﬁnd ourselves in a very dysfunctional
relationship which may just be the real cause of our anger. The relationship? It is to be found in our Congress, not in Obama. It seems that it is time to stop complaining and grousing and begin to channel that energy into needed changes in our system of government. Teabaggers are nice, I guess, but what positive changes have actually begun as a result? Nada. Zilch. None. It is time to consider amending our Constitution. Here is one to consider: Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States
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that does not apply equally to the senators and representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the senators and representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States. For example: 1) Members of Congress can retire with the same pay after one term in ofﬁce. 2) They don’t pay into Social Security. 3) They are exempt from many of the laws they pass, such as the fear of prosecution for sexual harassment. We have a system of government [that] has become above the rest of us. Why on earth would they worry about reforming health care when they are well cared for right now? —Tom Edgar, Boise
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SPREADING DENSITY The more some people learn, the dumber they get I found the following in the July 16, 2009, issue of The New York Review of Books. It is excerpted from a letter written by a British citizen in response to a previous article (March 26, 2009) in which the author (Amartya Sen) “ ... stresses the need to improve public understanding of how a national health service works.” “I live ... in a small town with a population of around 5,000. We have a National Health Service medical center staffed with ﬁve doctors and the necessary support staff. Each registered patient can ask to see a doctor of his or her choice and the center is run on a predetermined appointments system. “Where necessary, doctors will issue prescriptions for drugs that can be purchased at a local drug store for a ﬁxed fee, at present 7.20 pounds or around $12, although this charge is not levied on senior citizens. In addition, patients who are not satisﬁed with the treatment they are getting have the right to transfer to another medical center or surgery. NHS doctors exercise complete medical control over their patients and deal with referrals to consultants for specialist advice and operations. “Apart from the prescription charge, the service is free to all patients. The NHS deals with the majority of U.K. citizens but everyone has the right to opt out of the system and seek private medical advice and treatment for which, of course, they will pay.” —John Dean, Westerham, Kent U And that, Mr. and Mrs. America— stated so simply that even a teabagger could understand it—is socialized health care. It’s what scares the peewaddin’ out of insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, corporate HMOs, conservative politicians and, of course, teabaggers. Was I surprised to learn how simple and rational and un-insidious a national healthcare system could be? Not at all. You see, this writer had already learned—in a process going back four decades, in fact, to when I was a young, young man—how simple and rational and un-insidious universal health care can be. I had learned from several and varied sources how successful societies from Japan to Sweden to Canada to Hawaii—along with virtually all of the industrialized world— had managed to negotiate some sort of public option without doing any serious damage to their capitalist roots, except possibly to those who proﬁt excessively off the misery and despair of a large part of their respective populations. I hadn’t set out to discover this overwhelming body of evidence. Young guys seldom give much of a hoot about the healthcare setup in their own country, let alone all the others. Yet over the course of those ensuing decades, I picked it up. A little here,
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a little there—like running across that letter in The New York Review of Books, I didn’t go looking for it, it just showed up. When you’re paying the least bit of attention to the world around you, learning is like osmosis. (For the beneﬁt of any teabaggers who might be reading this: Strictly speaking, “osmosis” is the diffusion of a ﬂuid through a semipermeable membrane. But in a metaphorical sense, “osmosis” is often used to describe the absorption of anything transferable—knowledge, for instance—by a receptive individual when exposed to that transferable substance from sources ranging from a wide variety of reading materials to direct contact with educated and lucid individuals.) Of course, I had the beneﬁt of accumulating most of the assorted knickknacks tucked away in my brain before the Internet came along. Useful information can be found on the Internet, certainly. But aside from the ﬂuffery of social networking sites, the Internet’s most pervasive inﬂuence has been to spread pornography far and wide, and to inﬂame the fevered passions of stunted people. And by “stunted people,” I mean those who spend hours and hours a week (if not a day) rummaging through the Internet dumpster, snufﬂing up evidence that their obsessions are legitimate. It matters little how meager (or even laughable) that evidence may be, they are content just to know they aren’t alone in their raving lunacy. For instance: A recent and alarming poll reveals that 63 percent of self-identiﬁed Republicans believe President Barack Obama is a socialist, with another 16 percent not sure. Twenty-four percent believe he wants the terrorists to win, and 33 percent can’t decide. Seventy-seven percent want Genesis taught in biology classes as the explanation for life, 53 percent think Sarah Palin is qualiﬁed to be president, and 44 percent either believe all contraception should deﬁnitely be outlawed or are open to the option. And thus, through the osmosis of the Internet—through an electronic membrane of un-educated and un-lucid people—spreads another transferable substance: ignorance. U Make no mistake, Democratic leaders share in the blame for the public’s dismal lack of understanding of the health-care issues they have struggled with for the last year. But if that poll accurately reﬂects what is going on in the minds of Republicans, we must ask: Are these people even capable of grasping concepts as simple as the wheel and toilet paper, let alone a health-care system? Could they even describe what we have now, let alone what is proposed? And the larger question: How does a civilized nation stay healthy with people like these clogging up its arteries? WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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YOU’RE LEFTISTS! Time for progressives to reclaim populism NEW YORK—Born of the Great Recession and ongoing economic collapse, the Tea Party movement is America’s latest contribution to a long tradition of populist agitation. The Tea Party doesn’t have a platform. Which makes sense, since it isn’t a party. The Tea Party movement is a loose, decentralized coalition of radical libertarians, Goldwater Republicans, Sarah Palin-loving populists, blackhelicopter militia types, nativist Minutemen obsessed with the New World Order, members of the retro John Birch Society, even a group of sheriffs who swear not to obey “stupid laws.” Some of them hate President Barack Obama. They say they hate his policies, but some use racist rhetoric. They are almost all white. (The Tea Party also doesn’t have a media spokesman. Or one willing to talk to columnists, anyway. I reached out, but never heard back. If any major Tea Partiers want to chat, please get in touch.) What unites the Tea Party, which is more or less symbiotically afﬁliated with the so-called “Patriot” movement, are three issues. First, they’re Constitutional purists. Second, they want the federal government to shrink or go away entirely. Third, they want lower taxes and government spending. So why is the Tea Party seen as a right-wing movement? Many Tea Partiers ﬁercely deny they’re a branch of the Republican Party. Tea Partiers have declared jihad against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (because he accepted federal stimulus money) and forced Sen. John McCain of Arizona to tack right in his re-election bid. But, from the Palin connection to the openly stated goal of “taking over the Republican Party,” the GOP-Tea Party overlap is undeniable.
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Which makes no sense. True, America First immigrant-bashing doesn’t ﬁt in with the politically correct Democrats of the 21st century. On the big issues, however, the Tea Party belongs on the Left. Tea Party followers are obsessed with privacy rights. They want the government out of their lives. Worried about creeping totalitarian tyranny, they’re against Obama’s health-care reform proposal in part because they believe it would grant the feds access to heretofore private medical records. Americans have good cause to fear the Democratic Party on privacy rights. During the 1990s, the Clinton administration ramped up the National Security Agency’s Echelon system, which supposedly intercepts and automatically analyzes every single e-mail, phone call, fax and wire transmission on the planet. Obama has kept the USA-Patriot Act and Bush’s domestic wiretapping program in place. But on privacy rights, Republicans have been just as bad. The Patriot Act was their idea. They abolished habeas corpus, created the Total Information Awareness data-mining program, and after Congress protested, they canceled it, renamed it and quietly reestablished it. As much as Tea Partiers hate Democrats, they ought to hate Republicans more. If the Left were smart it would talk to the Tea Party folks. “To hell with the Republicans,” they’d say, “and to hell with the Democrats, too. We might not like the same music, and we might talk a little different, but we’re all tired of getting ripped off and lied to by a bunch of government scumbags and their dirtbag pals on Wall Street and corporate America. And we’re going to stop them.”
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TAKE A VILLAGE A Burundian woman’s struggle to keep her kids, in America NATHANIEL HOFFMAN Sitting on a couch in her sparsely decorated Meridian apartment, Christiana Niyonzima clutches a Christmas photo of her six kids and a drawing her youngest daughter sent her through an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare caseworker. The drawing depicts a stick ﬁgure of a girl ﬂying in the clouds with the inscription,
her six kids into adoption proceedings. She has not seen them since then. “I’m very sad,” Niyonzima said in English. “I’m not dead, and I’m not crazy,” she continued in Kirundi, the national language of Burundi and the only language in which she is ﬂuent. “I don’t know why they did that.” Court records in the case are sealed, as NATHANIEL HOFFMAN
We tested our bandwidth here at BWHQ this week and got a pokey 1.58 megabit per second download speed. We use Fiberpipe for our ISP (that’s Internet Service Provider to some of you) and happen to be across the street from some kind of Internet hub fortress for the entire region. A recent commenter at boiseweekly.com suggested the Japanese get more like 28 megabits per second. Google wants to build an experimental 1 gigabit per second ﬁber optic network in one or more communities across the country. That means we can blog 1,000 times faster, for one. It also means we can do things online that aren’t even imaginable right now. This is how Google describes it: “In the same way that the transition from dial-up to broadband made possible the emergence of online video and countless other applications, ultra high-speed bandwidth will drive more innovation—in high-deﬁnition video, remote data storage, real-time multimedia collaboration and others that we cannot yet imagine. It will enable new consumer applications, as well as medical, educational and other services that can beneﬁt communities. If the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that the most important innovations are often those we least expect.” That’s got Boise economic developer Cece Gassner thinking. Since Google announced the test project, Gassner has received some 50 e-mails encouraging the city to throw its hat in the ring. “We have a pretty temperate climate and a relatively easy terrain to navigate,” Gassner said. “With the natural need in this area for better broadband service ... I think it would be a great addition to Boise.” Gassner is ﬁlling out an application on behalf of the city, but anyone can nominate their city (see citydesk.boiseweekly.com for a link). Google will accept applications through Friday, March 26. They are looking to roll out ﬁber optic cable to between 50,000 and 500,000 consumers and businesses in one or more towns as part of the test. We’re still ﬁguring this all out, but recently we wrote about federal broadband grants that appear to be overlooking many small, worthy, innovative projects in favor of existing ISPs. It’s clear that Google’s move is a direct challenge to those existing ISPs, going directly to interested city and county ofﬁcials to make their best pitch for why super-high-speed Internet would unleash a ﬂood of innovation. Google wants us to do a little jig though, producing little videos and executing little social media strategies to get their attention. Seattle and many other cities are interested in being picked, so Gassner is planning to at least set up a Facebook page for Boise soon. The city has another, high-tech initiative that is not going quite as well: its attempts to court money for a downtown streetcar. The city learned in the last week that it was not one of the 51 winners of $1.5 billion in transportation grants the U.S. Department of Transportation is handing out. They are called TIGER grants. Boise did not make the ﬁnal list with its proposal to fund the bulk of a downtown streetcar system. The city had requested $40 million to help fund the up to $60-million project.
Christiana Niyonzima at New Heart Christian Ministries International, a primarily African congregation in Boise. Niyonzima has not seen her kids since July.
written by an adult: “[Girl’s name] pretending to ﬂy. Mommy watching.” “I think … I am not sure if they are safe or not,” Niyonzima said through an interpreter. “But I know they think of me sometimes.” Niyonzima, who came to Boise in late 2006 with ﬁve children and pregnant with her sixth, had already led a difﬁcult life, growing up in refugee camps in Tanzania. Originally from Burundi, Niyonzima, 32, said that her family was killed in the ﬁghting there, forcing her to ﬂee to Tanzania at a young age. She later ﬂed an abusive partner in one refugee camp, landing with her children in another camp. She did not have electric lights or ﬂushing toilets and only had very basic schooling. But no matter the difﬁculty of life in the refugee camps, Niyonzima says now she never would have left if she had known what would happen to her children in the United States. About a year after arriving in Boise, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare took Niyonzima’s children away from her and placed them in foster care. And in July 2009, a judge terminated her parental rights, placing
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they are in almost all termination of parental rights and child welfare cases in Idaho, and Health and Welfare will not comment on speciﬁc cases. But Boise Weekly spoke extensively with several people familiar with the case, including Niyonzima, in order to piece together what happened to her. Jody Schneider was one of the ﬁrst people to meet Niyonzima upon her arrival. Schneider was a volunteer with World Relief, the refugee resettlement agency that facilitated Niyonzima’s move here. Niyonzima and her ﬁve kids stayed with Schneider and her husband for a few days until an apartment in Boise was ready. Schneider said she helped the family four to ﬁve times a week, and sometimes more, taking Niyonzima shopping and playing with her kids. Eventually Niyonzima, who was a devout Christian in Africa, asked to go to church and Schneider took her to Common Ground Covenant Church in Meridian. At the church—a small evangelical church described as a place for people who don’t like church—several other families, including the pastor, Tom Bowen, began to
assist Niyonzima as well. At ﬁrst, Niyonzima was thankful for their help, though she was not sure exactly how to respond. When the pastor and three women from the church came to her house and asked her how they could help, she responded, “How can you help me?” rather than ask them for money or anything speciﬁc. As Niyonzima recalled, they offered to take the older kids and teach them English. Niyonzima consented. But the next thing she knew, the families had taken all of her kids, including the baby, who was still nursing, Niyonzima said. “The people from church, they were like my family,” she said. “Back home, people in the church would come and help with a good heart.” The chronology of events after she ﬁrst allowed the kids to be taken is not totally clear, but several times, Niyonzima said, she found herself demanding her own kids back, screaming on the phone, “Give me my babies.” At one point, the families helped her move to Meridian to be closer to the church, but that also moved her farther away from the small Burundian community in Boise. Niyonzima began to suspect the church members’ motives as they constantly criticized the way she disciplined the children, undermined her in front of her children, discouraged her from nursing the baby and twice took her to the hospital, where she was placed in the mental health ward. “I didn’t know that the medicine they gave me was for crazy people,” Niyonzima said. “I felt so bad about it, and I wished that there was someone there to tell me why I took the medicine.” Pastor Bowen said that they helped her for as long as she asked for help and then backed off. “Christiana had approached our church in helping with her kids, and then when she had asked us to no longer do that, we really weren’t involved,” he said, stressing that it was individuals from the church, not Common Ground, providing the assistance. “We followed every channel of legal responsibility and civic responsibility. We are not in a position where we can make decisions for other people’s children,” Bowen said. “When we got to the point where that got beyond individual opinion … without hesitation, we turned to the legal channels that were necessary to handle that.” In late 2007, about a year after she arrived from Africa, child protective services began to investigate Niyonzima, after reports from either the church families, the hospital, or others. By the end of the year, the state removed all of the children from her care, and placed them with several families afﬁliated with Common Ground. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
NEWS/CITYDESK NEWS “They needed to be removed when they were removed. Whether it needed to be permanent or not, I can’t say,” Schneider said. “I do know when they did take them away, that was the right thing to do. We were all afraid for the kids’ safety.” Schneider said Niyonzima left the kids alone and that her home was not a good place for them to be. Neither Schneider nor Bowen have custody of the kids now, though Schneider said they are doing well and that she sees them occasionally at church. To protect the privacy of the children, BW did not contact the foster families. In late 2008, another church came into Niyonzima’s life when a couple who had been sent from Oregon to start a new church in Meridian knocked on her door. By their account, the ﬁrst thing she said was that someone had stolen her children and she needed help getting them back. “Their big case against her is that she is mentally incapable of taking care of her children,” said Christina McMillan, a woman from Oregon who met Niyonzima through the tiny Meridian branch of her church, the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship. McMillan, who ﬁrst contacted BW a year ago to discuss the case, has pored over thousands of pages of documents, personally arranged and paid for several witnesses in Niyonzima’s parental rights termination trial and continues to push her case at a national level. She has ﬁled at least two federal civil-rights complaints against Idaho health providers for failure to provide adequate interpretation, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is investigating, according to letters McMillan provided. If those charges are substantiated, they could call into question the validity of her psychological diagnoses and land the case in federal court. Health and Welfare’s Bureau of Facility Standards has already agreed that Niyonzima received inadequate help from interpreters at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and the agency’s Medicaid certiﬁcation bureau reported to McMillan that psycho-social rehabilitation sessions at Mountain States Group, which provides services to many refugees in Boise, were done in large part without interpreters, through pantomime. Staff at St. Al’s even remarked to the Health and Welfare reviewer that Niyonzima reported hallucinations—at the urging of her church friends—but when an interpreter was eventually called in, it turned out she was complaining of nightmares. (Niyonzima is not named in the Bureau of Facility Standards review, which is posted on the agency’s Web site, but the dates and circumstances match her case. St. Al’s has since improved its interpretation services to the state’s satisfaction.) While Health and Welfare has only had a handful of refugee child welfare cases, Region IV Program Director Steve Sparks said it is always their priority to keep children with their parents. Of 5,548 child welfare cases in the WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
ﬁscal year ending June 2009, there were 355 adoptions and a third of the adoptive parents were relatives, Sparks said. Idaho has a higher rate of keeping kids in their extended family than other states, and it’s the direction that many experts would like states to move in. “My general philosophy is that the best way for anyone to help children in crisis is to help the family,” said W. Warren H. Binford, director of the clinical law program at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore., and an expert in family law. “To the extent that people want to help, they best help by strengthening a family, not by destroying it.” Binford was not aware of Niyonzima’s case, but said that while Burundians may view letting kin care for their kids as a positive thing, in the United States, it’s seen as a great act of parental irresponsibility. And she said that even mental illness is a cultural construct. “Even mentally ill people have children all the time, and are able to care for them,” Binford said. Kathy Tidwell, director at the Child Welfare Center at Boise State’s School of Social Work and founder of Tidwell Social Work Services, which works with Boise’s growing refugee community, said that federal child welfare laws provide strict time limits for terminating parental rights. If children are in foster care for 15 out of 22 months, the case goes to termination. “For many refugees who come here not speaking English, who come as women from countries where the expectations of women are very different, who have trauma histories … 15 months may not be enough time,” she said. But 15 months is also a long time for kids, long enough to forget their mother tongue and even lose the ability to communicate with their parents, Tidwell said. “Knowing who you are ethnically and culturally is very important for identity formation,” she said. Tidwell is working with Health and Welfare to recruit a more diverse pool of foster parents, including refugee foster parents, though Sparks said recruitment is difﬁcult. Sparks, speaking in general about child welfare cases, said caseworkers are able to separate families struggling with poverty and cultural adaptations from those struggling with keeping their children safe. “It’s the abuse that we’re concerned about, irrespective of their culture,” he said. Niyonzima and her advocates maintain that accusations of neglect against her were misconstrued and even twisted. She has appealed the termination of her parental rights to the Idaho Supreme Court and still hopes to win back her children. “There is a lot of things that they are missing, that I can tell them,” Niyonzima said of her kids. Things about their home and culture. “How we walk, how they should behave in this country and the way they should walk as far as God is concerned.”
But Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said that the director of the Federal Transit Administration’s Region 10 said Boise had a strong application. “Within the last couple of weeks, federal ofﬁcials told us they were impressed with our application,” Bieter said. Four other streetcar projects were funded including expansions and improvements to existing lines in Portland, Ore., and New Orleans and new urban streetcars in Tucson, Ariz., and Dallas, Texas. Those cities all have one thing in common, Bieter told Boise Weekly: a local option tax. For many years, a group of cities and transportation authorities in Idaho, chieﬂy in the Treasure Valley, have attempted to get local option taxing authority through the Idaho Legislature. That would allow municipalities to implement their own sales or other taxes to pay for public transit. In 2006, 60 percent of Tucson voters approved a half-cent sales tax hike to pay for the streetcar and other transit needs. Tucson’s 3.9-mile streetcar will connect its downtown to a hospital, the University of Arizona, retail and entertainment centers, as well as sites of future development. The FTA also told Boise ofﬁcials that a local-funding mechanism was a factor in the decisions, but gave the city credit for ﬁnding alternative funding options. The 2.3-mile downtown route for which Boise sought funding also connected downtown to a major hospital and to areas for future development, but the initial route left out a connection to Boise State, for which the city received much local criticism. For the past few months, the city was waiting to hear if that plan would get the funding, but in some ways the TIGER announcement took some pressure off. “Without an application pending, it does allow us to broaden the discussion,” Bieter said. In a few weeks, the city will review an assessment of the north-south route, which Bieter said he considered three or four years ago, even driving the route to check his odometer. Bieter said there will be one or two more applications for federal funds in the next 18 months and that he does not expect a project like the streetcar to happen overnight. “It’s rare for something of substance to happen the ﬁrst time,” Bieter said. Bieter said he is ready for the downtown Streetcar Task Force to submit a report to the City Council, though he said a vote of the task force may not be necessary since funding is still up in the air. “I want to hear from them but I think it’s less important to have a speciﬁc vote,” Bieter said. —Nathaniel Hoffman
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TAXING SOME Idahoans rich in tax exemptions ANDREW CRISP On Friday, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee announced an ongoing 7.1 percent across the board budget cut for state agencies. JFAC’s plan calls for movement of more than $140 million in federal stimulus dollars, dedicated moneys and reserve funds to lessen the impact on some. Part of the caulking requires an injection of roughly $80 million into public schools, leaving very little in the Public Education Stabilization Fund. What’s left in reserves? Not quite $100 million. Cathy Holland-Smith, the legislative budget director, ran the numbers: “We took $24 million out of reserves to get out of ’09. We took $50 million out at the beginning of this year. The governor suggested $20 million, but we took another $33.5 million and $49 million out of PESF … there’s still another $60 million we’ve got to come up with [in 2011].” So far, all numbers cited in this column— for budget cuts and for reserves—have been in the millions. Let’s look at a number in the billions. Idaho has $1.7 billion in sales tax exemptions on the books. That’s in contrast to just $1.2 billion per year that the state actually collects in sales taxes. Sen. Chuck Winder and Reps. Wendy Jaquet and Grant Burgoyne, have resolutions designed to establish conditions for tax exemptions. Winder’s bill recently gained traction in the Local Government and Taxation Committee on the Senate side. “Let’s bring ’em out in the light of day and see what they are,” said Winder to the committee, which agreed unanimously to hear the bill. The plan calls on the Legislature to review current tax exemptions every ﬁve years and adds a mandatory ﬁve-year expiration on
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exemptions enacted after July 1, 2010. If the Legislature chooses to enact any more tax exemptions, that is. A bill that sought to provide sales tax exemptions for all homeless shelters, the brainchild of Rep. Branden Durst of Boise, recently died in the Senate committee, sending a clear message: no exemptions this session. “It passed unanimously in the House ... but the committee chose my bill to be the sacriﬁce,” Durst said. There’s no way to get it through without that Senate committee, Local Government and Taxation. Durst’s bill to help homeless shelters won’t rise to the ranks of other state tax exemptions—some of which were implemented decades ago—like exemptions for purchases on interstate trucks, funeral caskets or the numerous agriculture exemptions. Rep. Dennis Lake of Blackfoot is the chair of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. He holds an inﬂuential position as the gatekeeper for Idaho tax-related bills, which can only originate in the House. Each bill in regard to revenue—tax hikes, cuts and exemptions—must go through this man. In spite of the hot debate over the exemption processes, Lake feels that the current taxexemption system works ﬁne the way it is. “I say if you want a new tax exemption, bring me a bill. I say the same thing if you want to repeal one, bring me a bill,” said Lake. “When did we last review tax exemptions? 2008! When was the last time before that? 2003! If there’s a need to repeal an exemption, we look at it,” said Lake. “In those interim committees we brought nine—we prepared 14—brought nine bills to repeal individual tax exemptions, and two were actually repealed by the Legislature.” Another option for staving off budget cuts
unda’ the rotunda involves actually raising taxes, something most lawmakers and Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter continue to rule out as an option this year. They may not have that luxury in 2011. With JFAC already setting budgets for agencies for next year, now is the time to bring forth any bill that raises taxes. “If they’ve got one, we’d like to see it,” said Rep. Mike Moyle of Star, the majority leader. “If you wanna raise taxes before we set budgets, they better do it soon.” Sen. Nicole LeFavour, a Boise Democrat, has a bill that would create a new tax bracket for higher earners. “It would be for one year only, for the 2010 tax year. It would change the ﬂat rate of 7.8 percent to a progressive tax for those earning from $50,000-$500,000 per year,” said LeFavour. Rep. Shirley Ringo of Moscow, also a Democrat, also has a revenue creation bill, which would net the state an additional $40 million per year. “It’s just an extra 5 percent on people with taxable incomes over $50,000 per year. So a hypothetical family of four earning $75,000 a year, with their taxable income at $50,000, would pay just an extra $164,” she said. Lake remains mute on when these bills will get a hearing. “I have several RSs [proposed bills]. I’m hoping we won’t need them this session,” he said. As JFAC goes about setting budgets drastically lower, another day looms on the horizon for the Idaho Legislature: Election Day. “Rep. Lake hasn’t scheduled my bill yet,” Ringo said. “But if the public reaction is a call for more revenue, rather than more cuts, we may see that happen.”
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A BA S Q U E TA L E Boiseans return to Ellis Island to celebrate shared identity TARA MORGAN
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mid a ﬂurry of wet ﬂakes—hemmed in on the north by a snow-blanketed Battery Park and the south by the icy slosh of the Upper New York Bay—we lined up, shivering. Hundreds of us, many from Boise and some from as far away as Spain and Quebec, had been cattle-packed into industrial metal gates that snaked around like a lower intestine before eventually spitting us out at the ferry for Ellis Island. Tall with curly blonde hair, I towered over the sea of short ladies with purplish-black bobs making small talk around me. A casual onlooker could’ve mistaken most of the group as Spanish—dark features and loud, boisterous laughs—but the unfurled red, white and green Ikurrina ﬂag at the head of the line said otherwise. They were Basque, and damn proud of it. Like many of their ancestors from the little smudge of land straddling northern Spain and southern France had done decades before, the group waited—tired, huddled masses, so to speak—to make a reverse pilgrimage to Ellis Island. There, the Boise Basque Museum and Cultural Center’s new exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques” was being unveiled. Ninety years prior, on Aug. 21, 1920, my step-great-grandmother Luciana Aboitiz Garatea also made a journey to Ellis Island. When she arrived at age 15, Garatea stood stunned at the sight before her. “[Ellis Island] was enormous. None of us had ever seen anything like it. It was a huge surprise to us, a tremendous surprise. We stayed right there. We were there for 11 days,” explained Garatea in a video interview with the Basque Museum. At the request of an aunt who ran a boarding house in Boise, Garatea had left her hometown, the small ﬁshing village of Lekeitio in the Basque province of Bizkaia, on Aug. 8, 1920. Travelling with a 19-year-old female acquaintance and a male chaperone, the three headed to America. But before their plans could be put into place, they had to navigate the whirling chaos of languages and ethnicities that was Ellis Island.
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“All kinds of people were coming; we didn’t have a place to sit or nothing,” said Garatea. “We’d just go back and forth, back and forth. Everybody, back and forth. Every day, more come … We didn’t have any place to change—we didn’t change—just washed our faces in the basin.” Though Garatea jokes about the cramped sleeping quarters being like “chicken coops” or the big dining hall where everyone stole ﬁstfuls of sugar, she also recalls a fear of the unknown and a sense of unspoken solidarity with other immigrants. “Everybody was mixed together and scared,” said Garatea. “But they were just like we were.” Garatea’s experience, while unique, echoes the quintessential American immigrant story we’ve all heard countless times in many variations. They left their homes, left their families, embarked to an unfamiliar place—often without speaking the language—and began their lives anew. And though that story is so ingrained in the American identity that it has become something of a cliche, it’s not often that we stop to recognize exactly what “starting anew” entails. “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques” does exactly that. The exhibit spans six rooms on the third ﬂoor of the Ellis Island National Monument Museum, featuring dozens of freestanding panels with stories, photos and artifacts that document Basque immigration and assimilation. The comprehensive exhibit winds through topics like immigrating, sheepherding, whaling and the bombing of Gernika. The Basque Museum spearheaded the exhibit, collaborating with the autonomous Basque government of Euskadi, the Boise State Basque Studies Program, the University of Nevada, Reno Center for Basque Studies and the Museo Vasco in Bilbao, among many others. “Originally, the folks from the Basque government had visited maybe three or four years ago, I think it was around the time Ellis Island started doing the temporary exhibition program ... focusing on different ethnic groups,” explained Basque
Museum curator Michael Vogt. “The Basque people thought, ‘Wow, what a great place to tell our story,’ so they came to us, being the only Basque Museum in the country.” Unfortunately, the museum’s original proposal was rejected and had to be tweaked. With the help of the Boise State Basque Studies Program, they submitted a second proposal, which was approved in May 2009. “We ﬁgured with the size of the museum, people aren’t going to spend as much time as we would like just in this one little space, so we really wanted to try and focus it to about 30 minutes for the casual visitor, just strolling through,” said Vogt. One of the exhibit’s main themes, and primary obstacles, in telling the story of Basque immigration to the United States is the fact that “Basque” has never been an ofﬁcially recognized nation-state. Though the Basque region—comprised of four provinces on the Spanish side and three provinces on the French side—has a culture, language and cuisine distinct from other areas of Spain and France, its people have been historically lumped into one nationality or the other. “They say ‘hidden in plain sight’ because the Basques are invisible; they’ve never been recognized as Basque,” said Basque Studies Program director Dr. Alberto Santana Ezkerra. “So, you have to look under this surface of Spanish or French and ﬁnd the Basques. That is a real problem because we have a lack of real numbers and ﬁgures for Basque immigration.” In order to tell the story of Basque immigration that national ﬁgures and documents have glazed over, the Basque Museum turned to their archives and the Basque Oral History Project, which chronicles oral tales of Basques in the American West. They selected stories that spoke eloquently to the Basque immigration experience. Garatea, now approaching 105, recounts one of those stories at the start of the exhibit in a grinning video interview. The exhibition also tells the stories of brothers Alejandro and Ambrosio Otazua, who came to work in the West
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and Juan Lejardi, who skipped Ellis Island and jumped ship in New York City. Lejardi, the eldest of a large family, left home at 15 or 16 to work for a dairyman in the Basque country before ﬁnding employment on cargo ships. During his second trip across the Atlantic, at the age of 18, Lejardi decided to jump ship and stay in New York City. “When he was ready to jump ship, he said he put on a pair of pants and then another pair over it, and a shirt and another shirt over. He was prepared because he wasn’t coming back,” said his son John. “They were docked so he wasn’t literally jumping. There was an individual on the ship who sent him to town with $5 to buy a pack of cigarettes. He bought the cigarettes and sent them back with someone else and kept the change. He always felt bad about that because he wanted to pay this guy back but he didn’t have any money.” Once in New York City, Juan met up with Valentin Aguirre, a Basque who ran a wellknown boarding house named Santa Lucia Hotel in Greenwich Village. Aguirre put Juan up for six weeks, providing room and board, then set him up with work as a cook’s aid. After Lejardi had saved up some cash, he went out and bought a presentable suit. “He bought a suit and had his picture taken and sent the picture back to the Basque country,” said John, laughing. “Later he found out, of course, they knew it all along; they knew he was taken care of by Valentin.” Boisean Miren Artiach’s father, Joaquin Renenteria, also jumped ship when he arrived in New York in his late teens. For reasons still unclear to Artiach, her father used a false name, Urza—the name of a family from his hometown of Navarniz—when he ﬁrst arrived. Fortunately, he was able to head straight for Boise, where he had two brothers waiting for him with work opportunities. “His mother had to raise a family of six— four boys and two girls—basically by herself, because [his father] wasn’t able to work. For my dad, there wasn’t any possibility—with no education and with a family where the mother was the main support—that he was going to be able to do much [in the Basque country],” said Artiach. “So, he took that brave step to come here, and he was probably more fortunate than others in that he already had two brothers here.” But after a number of years working in sheep, construction and logging, Renenteria eventually returned to the Basque country. There he met Artiach’s mother, Trinidad Minteguia, a political prisoner under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and survivor of the 1937 bombings of Gernika. The couple returned to New York in 1948, when Ellis Island was no longer used regularly for immigration, and stayed with family in Brooklyn before eventually heading back to Boise. “I was born 11 days after my mom got to Boise, so this whole time on this trip over she was so sick. The trip was supposed to take them nine days and it took them 17 because the ocean was so bad,” said Artiach. With more than 12 million documented immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954, when the island ofﬁcially closed as an immigration station, stories like Artiach’s, Lejardi’s and Garatea’s are abundant. But one thing that separates Basque immigrants from other nationalities who came in the ﬁrst couple decades of the 20th century, is they did not, by and
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large, immigrate because of religious persecution or national catastrophes. Migration has been a long-standing Basque tradition. “Most of the traditional territories of what we call the Basque Country, especially the ones where the Basque language and ethnic culture has been preserved, are farmlands … These farmsteads are the core of the Basque culture, it’s where the family traditions, where culture, mythology and religion are transmitted to generation after generation,” explained Ezkerra. But these farmsteads, approximately 40,000 that have been in the same locations since the Middle Ages, are only 20 to 25 acres apiece. In a rainy climate with steep hillsides and acidic land, 20 to 25 acres can only produce enough food to sustain one family. Which means each generation, only one heir inherits the entire family farmstead and the others have to pack their bags and move on. “What people have done since the mid1400s is assign the whole package—the farmhouse, the forest, the orchard, the ﬁelds—to only one chosen son or daughter. And what do we do with the rest of our siblings? You pay for the ticket and for giving them an education and sending them somewhere else to start a new life,” said Ezkerra. “So, the survival of this core element of the Basque civilization, the farmstead, depends on sending away all but one of the children, every generation.” After the discovery of the New World, those “sent away” Basques began migrating to new Spanish colonies in the Americas. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the vogue immigration destination had become the United States—where there was an ample amount of land out West. Many of those who left the Basque Country in the early 1900s for work opportunities—and, later, those who left because of the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s—came out West to work with sheep outﬁts. The continuous ﬂow of sheepherders necessitated Basque boarding houses where they could shack up. These boarding houses became epicenters for Basque culture, ﬁlled with Basque language, song and dance. Lucy Garatea, my great-grandmother, worked in her aunt’s boarding house when she ﬁrst arrived in Boise, then in 1948 opened her own boarding house, the Plaza Hotel in Bend, Ore. Widowed 13 years earlier, Garatea ran the boarding house single-handedly from 1948 to 1963, cooking and cleaning for boarders and her four children. “Mom was a very good proprietress. She was extremely clean. She always had a good clientele and she became known for her cooking,” said daughter Rosie Williams. “Mom has fed politicians and all kinds of bankers. She entertained a lot of professional people because she was such a good cook. In the meantime, she still had to feed her little boarders and whomever else.” Boarding houses just like Garatea’s in various towns across Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and California were integral to keeping Basque cultural identity thriving for those who had recently immigrated from the old country. They were places where Euskara, the Basque language, was spoken, where Basque food was served and where many jotas were danced. “The boarding house played a great role in keeping our culture alive, because music and dance and food and language, those elements were kept alive in the boarding houses,” said WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Patty Miller, executive director of the Basque Museum. â€œAs those started disappearing, really for lack of need because there werenâ€™t many people coming over, then the Basque Center started being built and Basque groups started being formed.â€? Back at Ellis Island, those Basque cultural groups were out in full regalia. An array of generations had traveled thousands of miles to celebrate their ancestors and their shared heritage. Before the ofďŹ cial ribbon-cutting, the Biotzetik Basque Choir, comprised of older Boise Basques, warmed up the crowd for the Oinkari Basque dancers, 20-something guys and gals who came ďŹ‚uttering out in a whirl of high kicks, twirls and fancy foot tricks. â€œAs a group, we demonstrate the Basque culture to people who arenâ€™t quite familiar with it,â€? said Oinkari president Tyler Smith. â€œThe choir, having them there representing some of the older generations of Basque people, it shows the balance of the old and the young and how everyone is involved with their community and their ethnic culture.â€? While many were there to bask in the thriving Basque culture, many more traveled to New York to pay their respects to family. â€œSomebody asked if it was more a celebration of our culture and what weâ€™re doing to keep things going. I said, â€˜Certainly thatâ€™s true with the choir and the dancers and the band, we can prove that itâ€™s going on,â€™â€? said Miller. â€œBut as important as anything, if you ask most people, is paying tribute and honor those people who came here and got this whole thing started. Theyâ€™re the ones that really sacriďŹ ced, coming without speaking the language and leaving their families.â€? Boise Mayor David Bieter, whose Basque grandparents also originally came through Ellis Island, was proud to return to New York and speak at the exhibitâ€™s opening. â€œFor a lot of us, itâ€™s close to 100 years since our relatives came through, and itâ€™s really something to have our group come back to New York after that much time,â€? said Bieter. â€œTo be able to come back as the mayor is a very, very nice thing. I donâ€™t think that [my] grandparents thought that their grandson would be the mayor.â€? Later that evening, the New York Basque Club hosted a ritzy multi-course dinner for the hundreds of Basquesâ€”and Basques-in-training, like meâ€”who had traveled to New York. In true Basque form, the food and revelry were abundantâ€”pintxos were passed around and wine glasses were continuously topped off. When the Boise rock band Amuma Says No commandeered the stage, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons grasped hands in a variety of group dances. Near 2 a.m., my grandma Rosie had to be dragged off the dance ďŹ‚oor. While events like this show that thereâ€™s little risk the Basque culture of celebration will disappear, some are worried about the survival of the Basque language, the last remaining preIndo-European language in Europe. Artiach, who has served the Idaho Secretary of State (both Basques Pete Cenarrusa and Ben Ysursa) for 38 years and whose husband, Jose Maria, owns the Basque restaurant Leku Ona, raised her two boys speaking Basque in their home. More than anything, she hopes they pass on that element of Basque culture to their kids. â€œMaybe sometime in their life, if they ever get married, I would hope that they realize the importance of language,â€? said Artiach. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
â€œThe language is the most important element of our culture because of its uniqueness.â€? For Mara Davis, director at Boiseko Ikastola, a Basque language immersion preschool, preserving the language is as crucial for immigrants as it is for natives. After Franco declared Spanish Spainâ€™s only ofďŹ cial language, the Basque language all but died out. â€œOlder generations in the Basque country now have always been almost afraid to speak it in the Basque country, so Spanish or English is usually their ďŹ rst language,â€? said Davis. â€œNow that their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are growing up and going â€˜Hey, wait a minute, this is who I am,â€™ theyâ€™re becoming more interested in learning Euskara and keeping it growing.â€? John Lejardi and his wife Gloria (a grand-
daughter of Lucy Garatea) also taught Basque to their two daughtersâ€”Miren and Yasone. The two girls have both shimmied with the Oinkari dancers, and Yasone recently got engaged to one of her fellow Oinkaris. But for Lejardi, in addition to maintaining the language, the continuation of Basque culture depends on the passing down of stories. â€œWe all have stories in our lives that are special. You fear that youâ€™ll lose something, and you will lose something a little bit, like when my dad passed away,â€? said Lejardi. â€œBut it is important to tell those stories, and I hope my kids will tell those stories to their kids.â€? Out at the colorfully decorated assistedliving community where Garatea now resides, she holds court, entertaining guests with her stories and wild gesturing. After the Basque
Museumâ€™s exhibit went up, she became somewhat of a local celebrity. â€œIâ€™m famous. See how I do it? Itâ€™s real easy. Well, not that easy,â€? she jokes. At almost 105, Garatea blazes through the hallways on her cherry-red walker. As she does her stretches at the daily seated exercise class, a Frank Sinatra song drifts through the stereo: â€œAnd if you should survive to 105 / Look at all youâ€™ll derive out of being alive / Then here is the best part / You have a head start / If you are among the very young at heart.â€? If you ask Garatea how sheâ€™s made it through the last centuryâ€”leaving her home, making her way through an unfamiliar country, losing her husband and eventually her three sonsâ€”she has one simple reply, â€œIâ€™ve always been happy in my heart.â€?
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This is what happens when Charles Gill chips away at the ordinary aspects of his immediate surroundings. The Off Center Dance Project takes a ﬁeld trip.
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art CHARLES GILL ARTIST RECEPTION When Boise oil painter Charles Gill talks chips, he doesn’t mean potato or chocolate. Gill’s latest series of works, which features titles like Chip 101 and Chip 107, opens Friday, Feb. 26, at Stewart Gallery. The series is more abstract than some of Gill’s other recent work, which has included realistic portraits of old dolls or tree-shaded houses. The Chip pieces feature canvases daubed with large squares of bright and muted colors that look almost like a neat-freak’s easel. In his artist statement on the Stewart Gallery Web site, Gill describes his inspirations in the following way: “I am inspired by close observation of the most ordinary aspects of my immediate surroundings, the here and now, the quotidian stuff of every day. Mow the lawn. Clean the garage. Paint a picture: sober little strokes, scrapes, swipes and smears of colored mud accumulate like thousands upon thousands of otherwise unremarkable moments.” To check out Gill’s Chip series, and maybe munch on a few of the edible variety, hit up the Stewart Gallery on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Gill will give a special artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m. 6-8 p.m., FREE, Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson, 208-433-0593, stewartgallery.com.
THURSDAY FEB. 25 refugees MICHEL GABAUDAN If you think a master’s in supply chain management from Boise State sounds a bit obscure, try a master’s of science in tropical public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. That’s the degree Michel Gabaudan, speaker at the City Club of
Boise’s program Protecting Refugees through Resettlement: US/UN Partnership, graduated with in 1980. That degree has led Gabaudan to a successful 25-year career with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Currently, Gabaudan is working as the UNHCR regional representative for the United States and Caribbean. On Thursday, Feb. 25, Gabaudan will be joined at the Grove Hotel by chair JoAnn Thiry and moderator Marcia Franklin.
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If you can’t make it for lunch, head to the First Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, to catch Gabaudan speak again at a forum hosted by the International Rescue Committee. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., lunch and presentation $16 members, $23 nonmembers, $5 listen only, Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-333-8000, cityclubofboise.org. 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., 208-3441792, theirc.org.
dance OFF CENTER DANCE PROJECT When author Emily Post pieced together Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home in 1922, she likely didn’t imagine that the proper placement of table utensils would one day be conveyed through dance. (Leap. Spoon to the right of the knife. Leap.) The Boise-based Off Centre Dance Project—a small modern dance company started in 2008 by artistic director Kelli Brown, a Drop Dance Collective and Idaho Dance Theatre alum—will do something similar to that with its premiere of Rules of Etiquette and Other Short Stories. On Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., you can check out ﬁve new works choreographed by Brown and guest choreographers Katie Ponozzo and Jo Brynes. The evening’s dances have been created using text as a basis for the choreography, which includes Etiquette by Emily Post and The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. Another text-inspired piece will feature two dancers in an improvisational performance based on letters written over the course of a year. In addition, the show will also include a collaborative piece with cellist Melissa Wilson. If you don’t have OCD and can handle your dancing a little off center, pop into the Fulton Street Theater this weekend to watch Brown guide the OCD project into its second season. Tickets are 20 bones for adults and 10 for students. Friday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20 adults/$10 students, Fulton Street Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, offcenterdance.org.
SATURDAY FEB. 27 nature OUTDOOR AUTHORS The Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center wants to be your “face to ﬁsh connec-
tion.” While we’re not exactly sure what that means, we fully support the MKNC’s brave foray into punsville. Another thing we fully support is the center’s upcoming Idaho authors book-signing and sale on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 1-4 p.m. “When we did this event last year, we were just
looking to try something new that wasn’t necessarily about a critter or an education program,” said wildlife educator and volunteer coordinator Cass Meissner. “The funds go to directly to support our education program. The authors share some of their proceeds with the MK Nature Center and, in return, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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FRIDAY-SATURDAY FEB. 26-27 bikes SEVENTH ANNUAL BOISE BIKE SWAP In all caps on the Boise Bicycle Swap Web site you’ll ﬁnd the cautionary line, “NO USED SHORTS OR BICYCLE HELMETS.” So there you have it. Anyone who was hoping to score some new-to-you padded spandex crotch huggers or gently sweated-in protective headgear at this weekend’s seventh annual bike swap can save the $1 door fee. Those not in the market for gross things can mosey over to the Cole Village Shopping Center on Friday, Feb. 26, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to check out the array of new and used bikes. Presented by Team Therapeutic Associates, Dobbiaco Cycling and Multisport and BODE Cycling, the swap provides Treasure Valley cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to sell and purchase bicycles and various equipment and accessories. Sadly, if you plan to sell your squeaky Schwinn or persnickety Peugeot at the swap, online registration for sellers already closed on Feb. 23. You can still register your gear on-site on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6-9 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 26, from noon-4 p.m., though event organizers will lop a 25 percent commission off of your sale instead of the 20 percent offered to online registrants. To check if an item sold, visit boisebikeswap.com on Sunday, Feb. 28. To claim unsold equipment, pick up items on Feb. 28, from 1-5 p.m. Anything left unclaimed will be donated to charity. Friday, Feb. 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1 at the door (13 and younger free), Cole Village Shopping Center, Cole and Ustick, boisebikeswap.com.
we offer them ... a landing spot for the afternoon.” At the event, authors of travel, wildlife and outdoor books—including A. Scott Earle, Natalie Bartley, Kitty Fleischman, Leon Powers, Rochelle Johnston and Rick Just—will each do a 10- to 15-minute reading. The center, operated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, boasts a 4.6- acre site on the Boise River Greenbelt and is visited by 300,000 people a year. If you’re an author who’d like to participate, e-mail cass.meissner@idfg. idaho.gov. 1 p.m., FREE, MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut, 208-
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SATURDAY FEB. 27 politics FRANK CHURCH BANQUET To show that they can get down with the working class, Idaho Democrats are removing their political coats and slipping into their party Wranglers. On Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m., after the annual Frank Church Banquet wraps up at the Boise Centre, they’ll bring local
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SUNDAY FEB. 28 castration SPAYGHETTI NO BALLS On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, your pets will lose their balls, for limited fees. For the second year in a row, Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets is hosting a spaghetti feed to raise money to assist low-income pet owners and caregivers of feral cats with the costs of spaying and neutering. Makes sense, right? When most people think of chopping off their cat’s cojones, they think of spaghetti and meatballs. No? Are we nuts? On Sunday, Feb. 28, at Rembrandt’s Coffee House in Eagle, you can join your fellow ball buddies and castration cohorts for a spaghetti spay-cation. The $25 feast includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and no-host beer and wine provided by Woodriver Cellars. And while it might feel a little strange to chomp down on that meatball or slurp up a long noodle, rest assured that your awkward dining experience will help out a good testi-cause. According to SNIP, more than 12,000 dogs and cats were killed in Boise-area shelters due to overpopulation in 2009. To show all your pals that you say “no to nads,” you can also purchase a fetching Spayghetti No Balls T-shirt while enjoying the sounds of Blaze ’n’ Kelly and the hip-shaking of Star Belly bellydancers. 4 p.m.-7 p.m., $25, Rembrandt’s Coffee House, 93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1564, snipidaho.org.
troubadour Jeremiah James to serenade their troops. For $10, the public can catch James and the gang as they bust out “Rocky Mountain outlaw honky tonk” jams. James, with his signature pearl-snap shirts and scruffy beard, has whipped up quite a local fan-base— his album Idaho Cowboy, was the Record Exchange’s No. 1 local release in 2008. Before James gets warmed up, those who plunk down $65-$85 for a ticket to the Frank Church banquet can schmooze with another Rocky Mountain outlaw(maker)—keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Jon
THE CARROTBOX Growing up in the ’80s, I loved to accessorize, and the cheaper I could get a piece of costume jewelr y, the better. Twenty-some years later, I’m more appreciative of craftsmanship but still love totally tubular accoutrements. And thanks to a friend who told me about the site, I now get both thecarrotbox.com from the Carrotbox. Canadian entrepreneur Alice (no last name given) star ted the Carrotbox because she’s allergic to metal but loves wearing rings. So she made it her mission to craft and to ﬁnd unique rings of incredible quality and sell them to like-minded people. The rings are made from a variety of materials: Murano glass, acr ylic, resin, stone, wood and even tagua nut or vegetable ivor y. The attention to detail in each ring is impressive, and while the Carrotbox may have a few of the same style available, these rings aren’t being pumped out in a factor y. Showing up at a par ty and running into 20 women wearing the same piece is highly unlikely. What is likely is that those 20 women are going to gather ’round and ask where they can get a gorgeous, huge, square, orange, red and purple acr ylic ring. It just goes to show you can take the girl out of, like, the ’80s, but you can’t take the ’80s out of the girl. The girl can, however, learn to appreciate quality. —Amy Atkins
Tester, a Democrat from Big Sandy, Mont. Though Tester is pro-choice and an alternative energy advocate, he also has a rugged Montana individualist streak, supporting Second Amendment rights. In their free time, Tester and his wife Sharla also run an organic farm. Whether you prefer your outlaws to wield guitars or ploughs, the Frank Church Banquet has a little something for you. 5:30-9:30 p.m. closing banquet; 10 p.m. after-party, Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., 208-336-8900, idahodemocrats.org.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY FEB. 24 Literature AUTHOR VISIT WITH ELLEN HOPKINS—Teens are invited to an informal meeting with author Ellen Hopkins to discuss her writing and request autographs of books. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, www. boisepubliclibrary.org.
Talks & Lectures LEGISLATIVE INFORMATIONAL—Join Taryn Magrini, public policy director and lobbyist for the Idaho Women’s Network, for an informational presentation about Idaho’s economic situation and how our legislators are trying to best balance revenue shortfalls with growing demands. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Honey Baked Ham and Cafe, 6103 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-377-8664.
Odds & Ends VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO—February’s theme: Don’t say a word. It’s instrumental night at the Modern. Bring your favorite instrumental music. The Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho aims to preserve vinyl music heritage by promoting the enjoyment of and education about vinyl records and all associated matters of analog musicology. Monthly meetings (held every fourth Wednesday of the month) include guest speakers and DJs, opportunities to buy, sell and trade vinyl. Keep it spinning. 7-10 p.m. FREE, www. vpsidaho.org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.
SPRING CAREER FAIR—Gain some insight into the working world with a fair designed for students. Employers will be on hand to discuss their ﬁeld and employment opportunities. Held in the Career Center. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Boise State, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-4261000, www.boisestate.edu.
On Stage YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN—Columbia High School Performing Arts presents the staged tales of good guy Charlie Brown and his pleasing pals based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts. 7 p.m. $8. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-498-0571.
Citizen 2010 CENSUS PORTRAIT OF AMERICA NATIONAL ROAD TOUR—Cruising across the country to increase awareness of the Census. Today’s rally will host speakers and a variety of musical and cultural entertainers. Noon-4 p.m. FREE, 2010census.gov. Idaho Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson, Boise.
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Workshops & Classes CREATIVE BOOK ARTS—Instructor Nadine Chaffee will lead participants through the process of creating their own handmade paste papers and hardcover ﬂag books. 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $120, www.wingtippress.com. Wingtip Press, 6940 Butte Court, Boise. PRACTICE AQUI—Spice up your bilingual aptitude during this weekly gathering. Designed for ages 13 and older. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2940, www.gardencity.lili.org.
Festivals & Events CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION—Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with an evening of dance, music and kung-fu. Presented by the Chinese Club. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $2 students, $3 general. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.boisestate.edu. RALLY FOR WILD TROUT AND CLEAN WATER—Join speakers from Idaho Rivers United, Sierra Club, Idaho Conservation League and the Wilderness Society for a fun and informational rally full of interactive activities. Support Idaho’s endangered bull trout and preserve our rivers. 6:15 p.m. FREE. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, www.boisecentre.com.
Literature AUTHOR VISIT WITH ELLEN HOPKINS—See Wednesday. 4 p.m., FREE, Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www. boisepubliclibrary.org; and 7 p.m., FREE, Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, www. boisepubliclibrary.com. BOOK CLUB—Each month features a new book. Today: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., www.boisepubliclibrary.org. PRESENTATION AND BOOKSIGNING—Authors Randall Hudspeth and Verlene Kaiser discuss their new release Charting Idaho Nursing History. Signed copies of the book will be available for a pre-publication price of $32.50. 7 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, 2205 N. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-334-3356.
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Odds & Ends WINTER SOCIAL—Catch up with members of the Society of Women Engineers during their winter social after a brief update. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Moxie JavaBistro, 4990 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-246-8528, www.moxiejava.com.
Talks & Lectures CITY CLUB OF BOISE SPEAKER SERIES—See Picks, Page 14. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $16 members, $23 non-members, $5 listen only. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-333-8000. INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE FORUM—See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. FREE. First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-3441, www. ﬁrst-presbyterian.org. E-mail your eyespys to email@example.com.
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8 DAYS OUT JAZZ: A BRIEF HISTORYâ€” Featuring guest speaker John Wilkins. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-433-0017, www.ibhm.org.
FRIDAY FEB. 26 Festivals & Events SEVENTH ANNUAL BIKE SWAPâ€”See Picks, Page 15. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $1, FREE children ages 13 and younger, www.boisebikeswap. com. Cole Village Shopping Center, 3255 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-376-1942.
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ALMOST MAINEâ€”All is not what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover, Almostâ€™s residents ďŹ nd themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised, hearts are broken in this midwinter nightâ€™s dream. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, www.boiselittletheater.org. DOUG STANHOPEâ€” Grab a seat for some refreshingly perverse stand-up comedy from Doug Stanhope. Often rude, always opinionated and mostly honest. 8 p.m. $19. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, www.neurolux.com.
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ROSSINIâ€™S CINDERELLAâ€” Performed for the ďŹ rst time in Boise since 1979, Gioacchino Rossiniâ€™s comical version will be staged by the touring Western Opera Theater and sung in Italian with English supertitles. 7:30 p.m. $17-$71. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454, www.egyptiantheatre.net.
and Boise State faculty. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.
Art ARTIST RECEPTIONâ€”Celebrating a new exhibition â€œBill Blahd Paintings: Artists, Faith, Medicine, Religion,â€? culminating ďŹ ve years of work by Boise artist Bill Blahd. Curated by Karen Bubb. 7-9:30 p.m. FREE. The Gallery at The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www.thelinenbuilding.com. CHARLES GILL ARTIST RECEPTIONâ€”See Picks, Page 14. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson, Boise, 208-433-0593, www.stewartgallery.com.
SATURDAY FEB. 27 Festivals & Events 7TH ANNUAL BIKE SWAPâ€”See Picks, Page 15. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1, www.boisebikeswap.com. Cole Village Shopping Center, 3255 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-376-1942. FRANK CHURCH BANQUETâ€”See Picks, Page 15. 5:30-9 p.m. $65-$85. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, www.boisecentre.com. IDAHO ARTISTRY IN WOOD SHOWâ€”An exhibition featuring wood works. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 per day, $5 both days, FREE ages 12 and younger. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900. IN YOUR FACE OPEN REHEARSALâ€”Meet the dancers and directors of Idaho Dance Theatre and get a taste the
spring show, Motion Pictures. 2-3 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
On Stage ALMOST MAINEâ€”See Friday. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, www.boiselittletheater.org. RULES OF ETIQUETTE AND OTHER SHORT STORIESâ€”See Picks, Page 14. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10 students, $20 general, www. offcenterdance.org. Fulton Street Center for the Arts, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224. THE SOUND OF MUSICâ€”See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $16 adults, $15 seniors, $14 children, $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, www.nampaciviccenter.com. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRDâ€”A one-night-only performance. Proceeds beneďŹ t Stage Coach Theatre. 8:15 p.m. $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 208-342-2000, mockingbird. hamillcreative.com. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000. YOUâ€™RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWNâ€”See Thursday. Noon and 7 p.m. $8. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-498-0571.
Concerts ORGAN, CHAMBER AND VOICE RECITALâ€”The Boise State music department presents the music of Barber and Bach. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5 general, $3 seniors, FREE students and Boise State faculty. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.
RULES OF ETIQUETTE AND OTHER SHORT STORIESâ€”See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $10 students, $20 general, www.offcenterdance.org. Fulton Street Center for the Arts, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224. THE SOUND OF MUSICâ€” Musical Theatre of Idaho brings this beloved classic to the stage. 7:30 p.m. $16 adults, $15 seniors, $14 children, $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com. TIERNAN IRISH DANCERSâ€” Proceeds from the performance will beneďŹ t area student dancers who have qualiďŹ ed for the Worldâ€™s Irish Dance Championships to be held in Scotland in April. 7 p.m. FREE. Middleton Middle School, 200 N. Fourth Ave. W., 208-5853251, mms.msd134.org. YOUâ€™RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWNâ€”See Thursday. 7 p.m. $8. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-498-0571.
Concerts AMERICAN PIANO DUOâ€”Featuring Del Parkinson and Jeffrey Shumway. 7:30-10 p.m. $5 general, $3 seniors, FREE students
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8 DAYS OUT SOUNDS LIKE FUN—Boise Philharmonic presents a series of concerts for the whole family. 10:45 a.m. and Sat., March 13, 10:45 a.m. $6-$8. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.
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National Finals in Washington, D.C., in April. 7-9:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.
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IDAHO AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING AND SALE—See Picks, Page 14. 1 p.m. FREE. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, ﬁshandgame. idaho.gov.
Festivals & Events IDAHO ARTISTRY IN WOOD SHOW—See Saturday. 10 a.m.4 p.m. $3 per day, $5 both days, FREE ages 12 and younger. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-3434900.
CHURCH OF CRAFT— Monthly COC brings out the creativeness. Bring any project you’ve been working on. VAC is a 21-and-older space. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, www.visualartscollective.com. SPAY-GHETTI NO BALL(S)—See Picks, Page 15. 4-7 p.m. $25, includes dinner and dessert. Tickets can be purchased at Rembrandt’s and online at www.
snipidaho.org, Rembrandt’s Coffee Shop, 93 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 208-938-1564.
On Stage ROSSINI’S CINDERELLA—See Friday. 2:30 p.m. $17-$71. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www. egyptiantheatre.net.
Workshops & Classes SHINE YOUR FIERCE LIGHT WORKSHOP—Connect with community during a four-hour workshop led by ﬁlmmaker Velcrow Ripper. 1-5:30 p.m. $35$50. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 208-891-4522. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, www. spiritual-living.org.
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8 DAYS OUT DISCOURSE IN KRIYA YOGA— Participate in a question-and-answer session followed by group meditation exploring Kriya Yoga. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.kriya-idaho. com. Boise Water Cooler, 1401 W. Idaho, Boise. TRANSFORM INTO AN ACTION HERO—Workshops designed for those in media, ﬁlm and theater who want to learn more about the craft of martial arts and movement on stage to enhance a realistic portrayal. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $75 general, $50 IMP members. Ultimate Jiu-Jitsu, 68 E. Fairview Avenue, Meridian, 208-846-9119, www.idahoujj.com.
Literature POETS AT THE BOISE TRAIN DEPOT—Calling all poets to read and enjoy personal works. E-mail Barbara Martin-Sparrow at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. FREE. Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace, Boise.
MONDAY MARCH 1 Concerts CHRISTIAN CONCERT—With BarlowGirl, Stellar Kart and VOTA. Presented by People for
Christ Ministry. 7 p.m. $12.50 adv., $18 door, $25 VIP package including a meet-and-greet with BarlowGirl. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0011.
Talks & Lectures PRAXIS LODGE PUBLIC DIALOGUES SERIES—Discussions pertaining to science, ethics, culture, philosophy, humanism and Free Masonry, hosted by Praxis Lodge. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-7272, www.papajoesboise.com.
TUESDAY MARCH 2 Festivals & Events PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP AND POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Includes a poetry workshop with Tara Brenner followed by an all-ages poetry slam. E-mail cheryl_maddalena@yahoo. com. 6 p.m. FREE for workshop; $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, www.boisepoetry. com. Woman of Steel, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-331-5632.
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Literature POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their work or favorite poems. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. show at 7 p.m. E-mail ScottBerge@ live.com. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-1299.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 3 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—Discussion showcasing a local nonproﬁts with a silent auction and local music. Liquid is a 21-and-older venue. Hosted by Liquid Lounge and United Vision for Idaho. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379, www.liquidboise.com.
Literature BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS, SPEAKER SERIES—Join a group of nonﬁction writers. For more information, e-mail hshaklee@ uidaho.edu. March 3: Don Gura and Lori Van Deman will be in store discussing varying aspects of working with graphic designers and indexers. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE, www.sageecosci.com/Writers. html. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229.
Talks & Lectures GIRLS IN TECH—Featuring Boise Radio host Stephanie Wick as she discusses what it’s like to host her program “That’s Woman’s Work.” 5:45-7 p.m. FREE. Boise Water Cooler, 1401 W. Idaho, Boise.
CALLS TO ARTISTS ART METALS STUDENTS WANTED—The Art Metals Club is seeking artwork from all past and present students for their upcoming exhibition, which runs April 22-May 25. Students may submit their works and gather more information by contacting Anika Smulovitz via e-mail at anikasmulovitz@boisestate. edu. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union. boisestate.edu.
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GRANDADDY OF CRITICISM
Their fame and fortune is in the Bank.
Rock journalist Paul Williams and his family cope with his dementia
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SARAH NARDI As the door opens to a modest Encinitas, Calif., apartment, I’m reminded that those who devote their lives to cultural enrichment are seldom rewarded with material gain. The ﬁrst person I see is Alexander, 8 years old. “Who is she?” he asks, his stare meeting mine with a steadiness uncharacteristic for a kid his age. “She’s here to talk to us about Daddy,” answers his mother, Cindy Lee Berryhill, California blonde with a voice like honey. Alexander pauses for a beat then nods his approval, retreating to the kitchen to resume work on his laptop. “He wants to be an astrophysicist,” Berryhill explains, a left-brain aspiration that places parents and progeny on opposing sides of the cerebral divide. Berryhill is a singer-songwriter, notable for her witty and emotive brand of rock-infused honky-tonk, as well as for her role as co-founder of the anti-folk movement in the 1980s. Her husband, Alexander’s dad, is Paul Williams, creator of Crawdaddy magazine and largely regarded as the father of rock criticism. “Seminal” is a word that tends to get thrown around a lot, but in Williams’ case, there’s simply no other word that applies. Crawdaddy, started in 1966 when he was just 17, was the ﬁrst publication to treat rock as a serious subject (paving the way for future mags like Rolling Stone), and Williams was the ﬁrst to realize that the music was less a generational byproduct than a cultural catalyst. He had the prescience to recognize history taking shape around him and assumed the crucial role of its interpreter. In an era populated by genius and deﬁned by iconic moments, Williams was almost magically omnipresent. He smoked his ﬁrst joint with Brian Wilson while listening to the masters of what would become Smile; he counseled a struggling Springsteen on musical direction (just before The Boss ﬁnally broke through with Born To Run); he and pal Timothy Leary spent a night with John and Yoko during the Toronto Bed-In-For-Peace, and Williams later rejoined the couple to sing on “Give Peace a Chance.” He bitched out Jim Morrison for leaving a book Williams lent him behind on a plane; he hitched a ride to Woodstock in a limo with The Grateful Dead; and all the while, Williams was writing—refracting the pure creative energy around him through a
The essence of Paul Williams will live on.
powerful critical lens. And he did it so well that he, as an individual ﬁgure, doesn’t tend to register in our contemporary consciousness. Rock criticism (and its various offshoots) has become such an integral thread in the cultural fabric that we assume, in a way, that it’s always existed. But ask anyone familiar with its history, and they’ll tell you that the genre was born of Paul Williams. The reason I’m in Encinitas to talk about this man rather than to him is that Williams suffers from early-onset dementia, a condition likely brought on by a bicycle accident in 1995. After making what appeared to be a near total recovery from the traumatic brain injury sustained in the accident, Williams’ health began to decline shortly after Alexander was born in 2001. He became irritable and fatigued, forgetful and foreign. He grew increasingly less like himself. Eventually, Berryhill could no longer manage his care, and now Williams, 60, lives in a nursing home not far from the apartment he used to share with his wife and son. While he can recall certain aspects of his past, the dementia has severely affected Williams’ short-term memory, meaning his ability to maintain a grasp of the present is steadily deteriorating. “For Paul,” Berryhill says, “the life of a thought is short.” To dwell on the reality of Williams’ present condition would be to risk inspiring a level of pity that he would likely neither want nor appreciate. Berryhill, in order to introduce a dimension of Williams’ mind that is no longer accessible, gave me a copy of one of his earliest works, Das Energi. It’s best described as a collection of aphorisms—
scattered bits of hippie wisdom composed while he was living in a Canadian commune. “The afﬁrmation of one’s own life—the acceptance of one’s destiny as it manifests itself in each moment—is the supreme act of faith. / It’s incredibly fucking easy. / It’s a hell of a commitment.” This is a mind that betrays no tendencies toward victimhood, consciousness in seemingly perpetual ascent. But I ask, anyway, if Berryhill thought what befell Williams was a special sort of tragedy since he, more than most, was deﬁned by his thoughts. “I asked Paul not long ago if he missed writing,” Berryhill says, hands encircling a mug of tea and radiating an unbelievable sense of calm (the strain, both emotional and ﬁnancial, has been immense). “Because he was the kind of person for whom it was never enough. No matter how much he accomplished, he was never done. When he ﬁnally had to stop working, he left a few unﬁnished manuscripts behind. “So I asked him if he missed it, and he told me ‘no,’” she says. “‘No,’ just like that. Quickly and deﬁnitively.” I ask if somehow, beneath it all, Berryhill gets the sense that Williams is still anchored in a sense of self. She smiles. “Very much so. Paul has a sense of self,” she says. “He’s just lost his sense of place.” “Energy is what ﬁlls the universe / Energy is what comes and goes / Consciousness is what deﬁnes the energy / Under that consciousness we’re each in touch with all of it.” Originally published in the San Diego City Beat.
The lineup for the Sasquatch Music Festival, a Memorial Day weekend music festival to end all Memorial Day weekend music festivals, has just been announced. Big names include the newly reunited Pavement, as well as Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Kid Cudi, LCD Soundsystem and Band of Horses. Less big but equally exciting are The Hold Steady, Minus the Bear, The Drive-By Truckers, Mumford & Sons, Brother Ali, Portugal. The Man, She and Him, and Yacht. I attended the fest in 2005 and, even at my advanced age, it was one of those events that changed the way I look at music. There was something powerful about sharing the adoration and awe I felt about a particular musician or band with 20,000 people who felt the same way. The roar when Beck and his puppets came on stage ... the silence when Ben Harper played ... it was some heady stuff. Tickets for Sasquatch went on sale Feb. 20. For a full list of acts and ticket info, visit sasquatchfestival.com. A little closer to home, comedian Doug Stanhope will be making a one-night appearance in Boise at Neurolux on Friday, Feb. 26. His manager, Brian Hennigan, called BWHQ to conﬁrm a phone interview and from him, I learned that Stanhope used to work as a telemarketer, has a huge fan base in Helsinki and only took the stint on The Man Show to pay off gambling debts (he hated doing that show). And still at home but in not too distant future, The Eagles are coming to town. No, they aren’t the Rolling Stones, but I’ll still bet this show sells out. They will play the Idaho Center on Tuesday, May 18. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 1, and range in price from $55-$180. The nice thing about this tour is that it includes original members, not some guy who played drums for them once in 1974. And right here at home but in the near past, local indie rockers Bank were featured in the January issue of AP magazine. In the mag’s unsigned bands of the month section, the sometimes-a-trio, sometimesa-quartet are likened to Jimmy Eat World and The Kings. The writer goes on to say that Bank is a band worth knowing because they are “tireless self-promoters [who] have elevated themselves within their local scene thanks to an unwavering work ethic and the strength of their glossy full-length, The Hope Inside Your Sleep.” So true, AP. So true. —Amy Atkins
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Hailey/Ketchum-based six-piece the Damphools are hoping to lose what they feel is their “cruise-ship” vibe: playing too regularly in their home town. “We’ve been together about two years and are trying to separate ourselves from the resort-town band scene,” said Texas-born guitarist Rico Hood. So the country band has been branching out, traveling to Montana, Wyoming and Utah with plans to descend on California, Oregon and Washington this spring. Calling a band “country” can be a limiting and scary term, but Hood said they’re OK with that. What they do is a little different ... it has an edge. “We’re not a vanilla, country/Americana band ... if we play a Johnny Cash song, it’s not ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ ... And the new record we’re working on has more swing and jazz chords.” Rumor has it, a Damphools show can get a little crazy, but as long as you don’t try to get on stage with them, they’ll make sure you have as much fun as they do. —Amy Atkins Saturday, Feb. 26, $5, 9:30 p.m. Reef, 106 S. Sixth St.
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THE FUTURE HISTORIANS, LOW-FI—8 p.m. $3. Neurolux
OCEAN STORY SOCIAL— 9 p.m. $4. Terrapin Station
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, REDEYE EMPIRE—See Listen Here, Page 23. 8:30 p.m. $20-$39. Knitting Factory
THURSDAY FEB. 25
BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM BENEFIT—With Belle, Thomas Paul and Harvey Krishna. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
RYAN PECK—6 p.m. FREE. Tablerock
THE QUICK AND EASY BOYS, STONEY HOLIDAY— 9 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet
SCENIC BYWAY—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s
REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper
SONS OF THUNDER—8 p.m. FREE. Reef
SOUL SERENE— 8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
CHAD COOKE—5:30 p.m. FREE. DaVinci’s
THE DAMPHOOLS, FEB. 26, REEF
JEFF PALMER BAND—9 p.m. FREE. Darby’s at the Market
WEDNESDAY FEB. 24
THE CHARIOT, GREELEY ESTATES, INHALE/EXHALE, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, THE COLOR MORALE—6 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. The Venue HUMAN EQUALITY AND RIGHTS BENEFIT SHOW—With Clariﬁed Butter and A Rotterdam November. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Reef KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill MEL WADE—6 p.m. FREE. Dry Creek Merc PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel SKATE NIGHT—Black Locust, Defenders of the Faith (a Judas Priest cover band) and Krytos. 9 p.m. FREE. Gusto
TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
FRIDAY FEB. 26 APRIL SMITH AND THE GREAT PICTURE SHOW—6:30 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange THE COSMIC FAMILY BAND— 9 p.m. $1. Liquid THE DAMPHOOLS—See Listen Here, this page. 9:30 p.m. $5. Reef DESIRAE BRONSON CD RELEASE PARTY—With Nate Fowler, Mel Wade and Anna Sali. 8 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. FREE. Barb’s Barr HILLFOLK NOIR—10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek
THE INVISIBLE SWORDSMEN—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
TT MILLER— 8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s VELORUTION— 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye WAYNE WHITE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine
SATURDAY FEB. 27 ARMED AND HAMMERED— 9 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Pub DEFENDERS OF FAITH—10:30 p.m. $3. Terrapin Station FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. FREE. Barb’s Barr FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER, SETTLE—9 p.m. $1. Liquid
JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—Performing during the Frank Church Banquet after party. 10 p.m. $10. Boise Centre on the Grove JOHNNY SHOES—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill LOVE ROCKS—With Juntura, Le Fleur, Ian Waters, A Seasonal Disguise, With Child, Vagerﬂy, A Modern Balloonist, Mere Cat and dancing with DJ Doug Martsch. 8 p.m. $5, beneﬁts SNAP. Visual Arts Collective MIKE QUINN—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub OAKHURST—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef OCEAN STORY SOCIAL—9 p.m. FREE. The Plank PATRICIA FOLKNER—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper SHAKIN’ NOT STIRRED— CD release party. 7 p.m. $7. The Linen Building
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and Jordan Fife, Carmel Crock and Ken Harris, Russ Pfeifer Question and Underachievers Overachieving. This venue offers free parking on Sundays. 2-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, www. parklaneco.com/roseroom.
ALESANA, A SKYLIT DRIVE, OF MICE AND MEN, THE WORD ALIVE, WE CAME AS ROMANS—6:30 p.m. $13 adv., $15 door, $30 platinum skybox. Knitting Factory DAN COSTELLO—5 p.m. FREE. Tablerock THE REBEL SPELL, DREADFUL CHILDREN, ROOFIED RESISTANCE, OHADI—8 p.m. $5. The Red Room SCHROEDER BENEFIT—An all-ages beneﬁt concert for longtime local sound engineer Rich Schroeder, featuring music by Jimmy Lloyd Rea and Rockin’ Ron Carnes, Gerry and the Dreambenders, Less Batteries, Hoochie Coochie Men, Cosmic Family Band, Bell Curve, Americana Jazz Saxophone Quartet, Sonic Minstrel, Darian Renee
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CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $35. Boise Contemporary Theater REVOLTREVOLT, ZEN ZERO—8 p.m. $3. Neurolux
YER MAMA—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
SUNDAY FEB. 28
WEDNESDAY MARCH 3
MONDAY MARCH 1
SEVENDUST, DROWNING POOL, DIGITAL SUMMER, THE FLOOD—7:30 p.m. $24-$60. Knitting Factory VISQUEEN—5:30 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange
BLUE GIANT (FORMERLY VIVA VOCE), JUNTURA—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
WEEKLY GIGS TUESDAY MARCH 2 CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $35. Boise Contemporary Theater HOLDEN YOUNG AND SAFETY FIRST, KYLE JAMES HAUSER—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS—7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT. Knitting Factory RYAN PECK—7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s WAKE UP DEAD—9 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet
BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—Mondays, 8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge THE BUCKSHOT BAND—Saturdays, 9 p.m. FREE for anyone in a cowboy hat. Shorty’s FRIM FRAM 4—Thursdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s FUEGOGO!—Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station JAZZ NIGHTS—Berryhill: Mondays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. FREE.
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Rembrandt’s: Thursdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers: Featuring Kevin Kirk Tuesdays-Saturdays and The Sidemen on Sundays. 7 p.m., FREE. JEANNIE MARIE—Fridays, 7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s JEREMIAH JAMES GANG— Wednesdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LIVE SETS—Bittercreek: Fridays, 10 p.m. FREE. Pitchers and Pints: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Tablerock Brew Pub: Thursdays, 6 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m. FREE. PAUL PETERSON BLUES CLUB—Wednesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet REBECCA SCOTT—Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid ROBIN SCOTT—Saturdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s SOUL SERENE—Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’Penny SPINDLE BOMB—Wednesdays, 10 p.m. FREE. Fridays, Saturdays, 9:45 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s THURSDAY THROWDOWNS— Three bands battle for the title. Thursdays, 9 p.m. FREE to listen, $1 to vote. Liquid
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G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE, FEB. 27, KFCH I can’t hear the name G. Love and Special Sauce and not think ’80s cheese pop. Special Sauce? Sounds skanky. Or Flavor Flav-ish. It’s neither. G. Love channels soulful ’70s funk as well as incorporates twangy guitar, front-porch harmonica, goosebump-inducing harmonies and a little gospel organ into his sometimes crockpot-slow hip-hop. The Philadelphia native has an urban vibe that is appealing to listeners beyond a city-dwelling 14- to 18-year-old demographic who might be drawn to street music. G. Love combines the forms of hip-hop with the lyrical expansiveness often expressed by singer-songwriters. In the titular track “The Hustle” off of his debut solo release, he waxes lazily on how “runnin’ is a hustle / livin’ is a hustle / everythin’s a hustle / but loooooove.” One listen, and it’s easy to love G. Love. Maybe it is all in the name. —Amy Atkins Saturday, Feb. 27, with Redeye Empire, 8:30 p.m., $20$39. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.org.
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THE ROYAL FAMILY The Imperial Court in Idaho and beyond AMY ATKINS
Paul Shambroom, Level A Hazmat Suit, aluminized, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco.
SPYING AIN’T HALF BLAHD Psst. You’re being watched. Every single day. Every word you say. Every game you play. They’ll be watching you. When Sting penned those creepy stalker lyrics decades ago, he could’ve never imagined the extent to which surveillance would become a part of our daily lives. Whether we’re at the ATM, the grocery store, the airport or on the Internet, piles of information are continuously collected and stored about our daily routines and consumer habits. To explore the ramiﬁcations of all this spying, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is opening “I Spy: Surveillance and Security: A Multidisciplinary Project.” The exhibit will try to answer the questions, “Is this a good thing or a bad thing?” and “Where do concerns for our safety intersect with our desire for privacy?” In addition to lectures from Frederick Lane on Wednesday, March 10, and John Lehman on Thursday, April 1, the exhibit will also feature four distinctly different contemporary artists: sculptor Deborah Aschheim, installation artist Hasan Elahi and photographers Trevor Paglen and Paul Shambroom. The exhibit opens Friday, Feb. 26, with artists’ talks from Aschheim and Elahi at 6 p.m., along with drinks and appetizers from 5:30-7 p.m. If the thought of Big Brother-themed art creeps you out, truck on over to the Linen Building on Friday, Feb. 26, from 7-9:30 p.m. The exhibit “Bill Blahd Paintings: Artists, Faith, Medicine, Religion,” curated by Boise City Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb, features a collection of oil paintings created by Blahd during his ﬁve-year retreat from the public eye. Blahd has described his work as taking “a critical view of established social and religious norms.” His pieces—bright, mostly realistic portraits with a historical bent—aren’t afraid to be a little tongue in cheek. In Portrait of the Performance Artist at Work in His Studio, Blahd depicts a little Dutch boy in knee-high white socks and a solid white tube covering his head, holding a sheep. Zing. —Tara Morgan
Thirty-ﬁve-year-old Empress Selena Blaque stands about 6-feet 5-inches tall from the tip of a tiara to the points of a pair of gold stiletto heels. Accompanied by Emperor JD Morgan, Selena bows before each performer, hands him a dollar bill and receives a deep bow in return. Performers, court members and audience alike are gathered at Visual Arts Collective for the Imperial SovMirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the most glamorous hairpiece of them all? ereign Gem Court of Idaho’s annual Closet Ball, a competition in which experienced drag queens have one hour to transform a on his own at 14—which seems to have young man who has never done drag before Mother of the Americas. Outside of the instilled two things in him: an incredibly into a (hopefully) gorgeous woman. After a courts, he is addressed as commissioner, as in city commissioner of San Diego, Calif., a strong drive to mentor and help young lip-synched performance, one new queen— gays, and a strong separation between the position that requires he wear a suit and a and his sponsor—walk away with winner’s tie. Regardless of which role—or outﬁt—he identities of Jamie and Selena, something bragging rights. so different from Murray-Ramirez’s public is in, his legal name At the end of the melding of his personas. is Nicole and people night, ISGCI had “It’s funny, because I don’t pay much often do a double raised about $250 The next ISGCI event “Broadway: A Night of Musicals,” is on Saturday, March 6. attention to [Jamie],” Staton said. “I’m a take upon ﬁrst meetfor myriad charities completely different person when I put on ing him, especially in they support. And CLUB SIN Selena. Jamie is very shy ... he is the type of his political circles. although fundraising 1124 Front St. 208-342-3375 person who would go to the bar and sit in Like the time he met is ISGCI’s main missinboise.com the corner.” He is unlike Selena, who loves Bill Clinton. sion, functions like fashion, makes her own costumes, doesn’t “[Clinton] looked these, which almost Visit idahogemcourt.org for more information. down at my name tag believe in secrets and does backﬂips off the always include drag stage during her performances. and said, surprised, shows, also allow Staton never wants another young and ‘Your name is Nicole?’ I said, ‘Yes (his deep those who reign to don splashy jewelry, sparkling dresses, perfectly applied makeup voice taking on a high affectation). Can you upcoming queen to feel like a shrinking violet. He’d like to see them all have the guess why?” Murray-Ramirez said over a and teased coifs—and their other personas. conﬁdence that people like himself and The ISGCI is in its 30th reign—although throaty laugh. Murray-Ramirez have, or at least embrace The loquacious Murray-Ramirez is a it’s in its 32nd year—and Empress Sela persona that allows for that. Embracing— prominent ﬁgure in Southern California ena, aka Jamie Staton, is Idaho’s highest or not embracing—that persona, however, politics, California’s LGBT community and ranking member, along with his emperor, the Latino community. He was friends with can sometimes be complicated. JD Morgan. Staton’s full court title is The During the Closet Ball, Selena invited Harvey Milk, has served ﬁve mayors of San Illuminating Amethyst Empress, Her Most Princess Andrea Morgan on stage, but when Diego in various roles and is a recipient of Imperial Sovereign Majesty, Empress 32 the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Award. His Andrea—a man—came on stage in men’s of All of Idaho. The Gem Court monarchy charitable work with organizations through clothes, Selena wasn’t sure how to refer to also includes a prince and a princess and is him. They joked, but it was a small glimpse the umbrella organization for the Tree Fund the Imperial Court is no less impressive, at the confusion drag queens are so often though it is slightly less visible. (they plant trees as memorials to people confronted with. “Every court is required to raise money who have died from AIDS), Miss Gay Idaho What Staton hopes is to help upcoming for the Matthew Shepard Foundation,” and Miss Gay Boise Pride. Murray-Ramirez said. “We raised $100,000 queens gain enough conﬁdence in themThe ISGCI is a nonproﬁt organization selves to outweigh whatever hardships dollars one month. and part of a larger court system with they may have faced. He wants to be a sup“We’re like the gay and lesbian chapters in 68 cities in Canada, the United portive mother ﬁgure to them, something States and Mexico. The Imperial Court was Shriners,” Murray-Ramirez added with he never really had. It was only recently founded in San Francisco in 1965 by World a chuckle. that Staton’s mother asked to see pictures That service aspect was a big pull War II veteran, LGBT activist and drag of Selena. for Staton. queen Jose Julio Sarria, who is rumored to “[I want to tell her] no matter who you “We’ve raised hundreds of thousands have said he started the court because, he see in front of you, I’m always going to be of dollars. Basically what we do is [drag] said, “there are too many queens around your son,” Staton said. “No matter how shows and food fundraisers and we go out here and I want to be the queen.” many name changes I go through, no matter in the community,” Staton said. “At the When Sarria stepped down in 2007, his end of the year, we give all the money we’ve how many stages of becoming a woman, heir apparent, LGBT and Latino activist I’m always going to be ... I’m going to say raised to other non proﬁt organizations.” Nicole Murray-Ramirez, assumed the role it for the ﬁrst time on record ... the name I Born in Virginia into a religious family, of ruler. Within the courts, Murray-Ramirez was born with: Enoch Paul Staton.” Staton had an ugly childhood—he lived is addressed as Nicole the Great, Queen
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ISLAND INSANITY Scorsese ﬁlm belies its misleading marketing JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA Something about 1974 must have stuck with Martin Scorsese. That year, the director’s ﬁlm Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore garnered three Oscar nominations, his ﬁrst recognition by the Academy, but lost two, one to neonoir classic Chinatown and the second to the all-star mystery ﬂick Murder on the Orient Express. It also marked the birth of future frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio. In their fourth feature together, the pair present Shutter Island, a thriller that is equal parts U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) balances precariously on the cliff’s edge of sanity. psychological drama, murder mystery and good old-fashioned ghost story. a consistently solid director, but heavy fore- on others at the cost of a life. Scorsese’s U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) answer seems to be sometimes yes, someshadowing and excessive emotional asides has been assigned to search for an inmate times no. The physicians on Shutter Island, (Emily Mortimer, or is it Patricia Clarkson?) render the surprise ending impotent. The although eschewing the pacifying practice of ﬁnal twist, when it comes, feels inevitable. who has escaped from the island asylum. lobotomy, struggle with knowing how else There are plenty of jumps and suspenseWorking with new partner Chuck Aule to control certain dangerous patients. Even ful sequences leading up to it—the best (Mark Ruffalo), Teddy arrives onshore Teddy’s implied ﬁnal dilemma—to say more being an extended on-edge foray into Ward minutes before a typhoon leaves the two would spoil it—seems to point to a different stranded with the inmates and their caretak- C—but the thrill of this thriller isn’t found directorial intent. The threat of violence and in its red-ﬂagged red ers (including Ben the sometimes crazy reactions to actual or herrings. Kingsley and Max imagined peril seem to be Scorsese’s true It’s tempting to von Sydow). The SHUTTER ISLAND (R) theme, not the thrills of a psychological assert that Scorsese marshals are permitDirected by Martin Scorsese crime drama. didn’t intend to ted to scour the Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Production-wise, Shutter Island is spotmake Shutter Island island, but forbidden Ben Kingsley on. While in general, not much can be said of as a mystery/ghost to approach Ward C, Now playing at Edwards 9 and Edwards 22 DiCaprio—an actor given only moderately story, which is how which houses most it seems to have been difﬁcult roles in challenging ﬁlms—the entire violent offenders. But cast makes a marvelous ensemble. Particular marketed. The ﬁlm’s Teddy, still mourning praise should be reserved for Clarkson and frequent allusions to humanity’s heinous the recent arson-related murder of his wife bit player Jackie Earle Haley as a Ward C actions—an abused housewife who axed (Michelle Williams), has another reason for inmate, their cameo appearances each progoing to Shutter Island. His wife’s murderer her problem, the H-bomb, concentration viding a memorable addition to the island’s camps—point toward a subtler message may also be an inmate there. mania. Thelma Schoonmaker’s tight editing Considering the critical and ﬁnancial suc- about the inherent insanity of “sane” men. juxtaposes serene real-time scenes with Early on, von Sydow, playing one of the cess of the ﬁrst two adaptations of author face-slap ﬂashbacks, and the back-and-forth Dennis Lehane’s work—Mystic River (2003) asylum’s top physicians, delineates the soundtrack, featuring such diverse composers difference between men of violence and and Gone Baby Gone (2007)—it probably as Brian Eno and Gustav Mahler, feeds the violent men. This deﬁnition colors a later seemed like a smart move to put Shutter conversation in which Teddy is asked, “Can audience’s festering paranoia. While Shutter Island on the screen. But Lehane, who says Island doesn’t deliver on its ghost-story my violence conquer yours?” It’s a touchy the book was inspired by B-movies and trailer promises, as a meditation on moral topic, the question of whether mankind pulp ﬁction, probably wasn’t hoping for a compulsion, Scorsese scores. has an obligation to enforce a moral order buy-it-in-paperback production. Scorsese is
SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings CELINE: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD— Celine Dion presents footage from her 20082009 world tour featuring dramatic edits from her live performances infused with a reality-show-esque ﬂair highlighting the behind-thescenes world of touring with family in tow. Thu., Feb. 25,
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opening A PROPHET—Illiteracy rarely leads to success
in crime. However, for prisoner Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) his lack of skills gets him involved with the Corsican maﬁa. Jacques Audiard’s thriller about one man’s rise to dominate the French crime syndicate won the Grand Prix Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Former convicts work as advisors and extras in this widely critically acclaimed ﬁlm
inspired by the director’s shock at the conditions of a real life French penitentiary. In French with English subtitles. (R) THE ART OF THE STEAL— Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on Philadelphia. One of the biggest heists of all time comes in the form of the real-life struggle between modern art coinsurers and the City of
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SCREEN/LISTINGS Brotherly Love. This documentary explores the story of Dr. Albert C. Barnes who, in 1922, formed the Barnes Institute. Containing more than $25 billion worth of modern art, he established the institute ﬁve miles outside of Philadelphia in order to educate the public. Powerful players in the city now want to bring the art to the capital, against the literal will of Barnes. Will they succeed? COP OUT—Bruce Willis takes time off from saving the world from asteroids and cyber terrorists to star with 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan in this buddy comedy from director Kevin Smith. Two cops (Willis and Morgan) attempt to track down a stolen vintage baseball card and in the process rescue a Spanish-speaking damsel in distress and tangle with money laundering gangsters. Think of it as Dragnet with a Rush Hour twist. (R) THE CRAZIES—Even though water from Warm Springs smells like sulfuric death, at least it won’t make you crazy. In Breck Eisner’s remake of the 1973 George Romero horror romp, a small town is poisoned by the water supply. This leads to homicidal mayhem of zombie-like proportions. Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant, Live Free or Die Hard) and his wife (Radha Mitchell, Silent Hill) struggle to survive in a town where everyone, literally, has gone insane. (R) FORMOSA BETRAYED—Not to be confused with the choice brunch drink, Formosa Betrayed relates the true story of the murder of a Carnegie Mellon University professor in 1981. Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek stars as FBI agent Jake Kelly. Assigned overseas to investigate the death of the Taiwanese instructor, he unravels a world of governmental conspiracies and maﬁa ties. John Heard of CSI: Miami fame also stars in director Adam Kane’s (Heroes) engaging thriller. (R) THAT EVENING SUN—Oscarnominated actor Hal Holbrook in the award-winning tale of an elderly farmer’s ﬁght to win back his home. Abner Meecham (Holbrook) breaks free from assisted living and returns to his Tennessee homestead to ﬁnd it sold by his son to the brutal and abusive Lonzo Choat (Ray McKinnon, The Blind Side). Tension simmers beneath the surface until it inevitably explodes into a volatile conclusion. (PG-13) Flicks THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF—Bella Swan breaks free of her disturbing vampiric obsession long enough to portray a teenage runaway in this post-Hurricane-Katrina-Louisianabased ﬁlm. Kristen Stewart stars alongside a bristled William Hurt whose ex-convict character Brett Hanson attempts to reunite with lost love, May (Maria Bello, A History of Violence). Along the way he encounters fellow outcasts Stewart and the geeky Gordy (Eddie Redmayne, The Other Boleyn Girl). This independent drama is loosely based on a short story by journalism legend Pete Hamil. (PG-13) —Movies listed as opening are in accordance with the most up-to-date information as of press time.
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SCREEN/MOVIE TIMES WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24 – TUESDAY, MARCH 2 AVATAR—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:55, 4:15, 7:45
AVATAR, DIGITAL 3D—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35 a.m., 12:45, 3:05, 4:20, 6:35, 7:55, 10:05
AVATAR, IMAX 3D—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50 a.m., 3:15, 7, 10:20
THE BLIND SIDE—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35
THE BOOK OF ELI—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25
BROKEN EMBRACES— CRAZY HEART—
Flicks: W-Th only: 9:10 Flicks: W-Th: 4:20, 7:05, 9:35; F-Su: 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35; M-Tu: 4:20, 7:05, 9:35
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25 a.m., 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 DEAR JOHN—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:45, 7:50, 10:35
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:50 a.m., 2:35, 3:40, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 EDGE OF DARKNESS—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:55
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 7:40
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS— THE LAST STATION—
Flicks: W-Tu: 9:25
Flicks: W-Th: 4:40, 7, 9:35; F-Su: 1, 4:30, 7, 9:30; M-Tu: 4:40, 7, 9:30
Edwards 22: W-Th: 9:45
PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30 a.m., 12:40, 2:25, 3:35, 5:10, 6:25, 7:50, 9:05, 10:35 SHERLOCK HOLMES—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:50, 6:50, 10:10
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 1:05, 4, 4:05, 7, 7:05, 10, 10:05
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30 THAT EVENING SUN—
Flicks: F-Su: 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:20; M-Tu: 4:55, 7:10, 9:20
THE TOOTH FAIRY— UP IN THE AIR—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:55 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:25 Flicks: W-Th: 4:55, 7:15; F-Su: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15; M-Tu: 5, 7:15
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 1:20, 4, 4:35, 7, 7:20, 10, 10:20
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1:10, 1:45, 3:10, 4, 4:30, 6:20, 7, 7:20, 9:15, 10, 10:20 WHEN IN ROME—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 3:55, 10:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:35, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 12:20, 12:55, 2:10, 3, 4:40, 5:30, 7:10, 8, 9:40, 10:40 THE YOUNG VICTORIA—
Flicks: W-Th only: 5, 7:10
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continuing AVATAR—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards Digital 3-D, Edwards IMAX THE BLIND SIDE— (PG-13) Edwards 22 THE BOOK OF ELI—Starring Denzel Washington and Gar y Oldman. (R) Edwards 22 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. In Spanish with English subtitles. (R) Flicks Ends Thursday CRAZY HEART—(R) Flicks, Edwards 22 DEAR JOHN—A fair ytale romance is torn apart by war. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
The Vidiot is glad he took a Chance on hunky Human Target.
FOX HITS THE BULL’S EYE WITH COMMITTED ACTION OFFERING Quick: Name the best three action shows on TV. What’s that? You couldn’t even name two? Me neither. Problem No. 1: There aren’t enough pure action shows on the air today. The action shows that do make it to TV are almost always tinged with other genres: sci-ﬁ in Fringe, drama in Sons of Anarchy, some of both in Lost, comedy in Chuck. Problem No. 2: Contemporary television shows are episodic. Successive installments rely largely on viewers knowing what’s already transpired. Miss a week and you might as well wait for the show to come out on DVD. Finally, Fox has realized enough is enough, and that’s where Human Target comes in. Originally a DC offshoot comic book, this show once lived a short life in 1992 on ABC in a version starring Rick Springﬁeld. Brought back to life on Fox, Human Target follows Christopher Chance, a military-operative-turned-private-investigator-andbodyguard-for-hire. The original storyline depicted Chance impersonating his clients. The new show, which debuted on Jan. 17, instead sees him pose as a client associate in order to ﬂush out murderous conspirators. Fox’s interpretation of Human Target is all about minimalism. The plotlines are relatively simple, and the regular cast roster consists of only three men. Chance is played by hunky 46-year-old Mark Valley, who at ﬁrst glance seems the poor man’s Thomas Jane (Hung, The Punisher), but who is actually more charming and charismatic than anyone else who could’ve been chosen. Years of performing in TV dramas, including a three-year stint on Days of Our Lives, helped him develop his spark. Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies, Boston Public) plays Chance’s partner, Winston, who brokers all the protection deals. And former child star Jackie Earle Haley, who brilliantly reinvented himself as Rorschach in 2009’s Watchmen, plays dubious sometimes-collaborator Guerrero. Bolstering the show’s credibility is one of its executive producers, McG, who directed last year’s big-budget blockbuster Terminator Salvation, wrote 2002 buddy-cop action show Fastlane, and has produced gobs of other television programs. Human Target is not the answer to those craving mind-altering adventures in television. But it is a 100 percent fulﬁlling solution to the aforementioned problems: it provides unfettered action, and even though a bit of back story is woven in, each episode needs very little to no prior understanding. The leads are all quite likeable, and the hand-to-hand combat scenes are frenetic and deftly ﬁlmed. Pure action shows don’t often last long (ABC’s version lasted only seven episodes), but given a chance to thrive, Fox’s Human Target may create a decent following. —Travis Estvold WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM— Takes viewers into the heart of a crime and drug ridden sector of Paris. The sequel to 2004’s Banlieue 13. English dubbed. (R) EDGE OF DARKNESS—(R) Edwards 22 FROM PARIS WITH LOVE— (R) Edwards 9 FROZEN—Three friends become stranded on a ski lift at nightfall, hundreds of feet off the ground. With the resort closed for a week, frostbite, star vation and hypothermia set in. (R) I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS— (R) THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS—(PG-13) Flicks LEGION—(R) Edwards 22 PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF—(PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SHERLOCK HOLMES— (PG-13) Edwards 22 SHUTTER ISLAND—Two U.S. marshals probe the vanishing of a patient from a criminally insane inﬁrmar y on a secluded island. Violent weather, deranged patients and bizarre hallucinations imprison the marshals on the island and in their own minds. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 TERRIBLY HAPPY—(NR) In Danish with English subtitles. THE TOOTH FAIRY—(PG) Edwards 22 UP IN THE AIR—(R) Flicks VALENTINE’S DAY—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 WHEN IN ROME—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE WOLFMAN—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE YOUNG VICTORIA—The stor y of Queen Victoria during the infancy of her reign of England. (PG) Flicks Ends Thursday For complete ﬁlm descriptions, visit boiseweekly.com.
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Canada’s curling team scrubs the ice en route to winning a match against Denmark.
Snowsports meet wind sports in Hill City
TRUE STORY: CURLING IS A SPORT. BW’s Winter Olympics correspondent in Vancouver has been contributing to Cobweb at boiseweekly.com since just before the games started two weeks ago. In a post on Feb. 17, Sadie Babits wrote: “Every place I visit in Vancouver, B.C., usually has a deﬁning sound. Seaplanes and the Gastown Steam Clock are top contenders. I discovered both while working on a piece for NPR’s ‘Only a Game.’ In Whistler, the gondolas and the shredding of snowboarders deﬁnitely characterize this ski town. Every place has a unique sound. Sometimes you have to close your eyes and listen.” Log onto boiseweekly.com and head to “Sights and Sounds” for an audio postcard of Vancouver and Whistler just days before the Winter Olympics began. As the games got under way, Babits—with tickets she scored on ebay—checked out men’s curling, women’s speed skating and men’s luge. About curling, Babits wrote: “I’ve never considered curling to be a serious sport. How can sliding a 45-lb. stone along a sheet of ice be a sport? What’s up with these men and women scrubbing the ice with a broom to make the stone slide in a particular direction? Seriously. Curling, a sport and at the Olympics? No way. “I decided I should check curling out before I poked more fun at it. I bought a ticket—where else but on ebay—and Friday afternoon, I sat for three hours in the bleachers, caught up in curling. “Let’s start with the fans. All 5,000 seats at the Vancouver Olympic Center were ﬁlled and each section seemed to represent a country. Switzerland was right across from me. I was sandwiched between Canadian curling fans, U.S. faithful and Denmark. Norway was loud and raucous across the curling ﬁeld. So when Canada beat Denmark 10-3, the bleachers shook with Canadians stomping their feet and cheering. Curling, it turns out, is a big deal in Canada. In fact, the head of Canada’s Olympic Committee told me that Canadians are either born with hockey skates on their feet or curling brooms in their hands. “Curling is also about funky fashion. (Check out the photo of the pants worn by Norway’s curling team. How can you not love a competition where argyle rules?) “Curling is an intelligent game and it takes a lot of upper body strength. I was told by an amateur curling player that curlers burn 1,800 calories per game. “So I’ve revised my opinion about curling. I’d like to try this game, which seems to be the one Olympic event that anyone could do. But I better try curling here in Canada where it’s popular like American football.” —BW Staff
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KITING WITHOUT THE WIND JEFF BARNEY Eighty miles east of Boise, among the rolling hills of the Camas Prairie, lies ground zero for snowkiting in Idaho, where last Saturday the third annual Kite Soldiers Snowkite Event took place in Hill City. Snowkiters rocket across windswept K2 and team Ozone rider Ken Lucas rail sliding during the annual Snowkite Soldier winter kiting snowy terrain using wind-powered kites event in 2009 ... when the wind was blowing. while strapped onto traditional snowboards or downhill skis. The colorful kites, designed in fact, remarked about their own crossand Kiteboard Magazine, among others. speciﬁcally for the sport, facilitate aerial acover from water sports. Many were or are For folks more inclined to watch, robatics, long distance jumps and incredible windsurfers and kiteboarders, and most use snowkiting can be a great spectator sport. speeds—at times exceeding 60 mph. snowkiting as a means of extending their Said one participant, “People want to see Or in the words of veteran kiter Renee boarding season through the winter. extreme underground sports like the XDeCosse of British Columbia: “Get pow“You see a lot of the same faces on the Games. People like watching it. Seven out ered up, laid over, then fuckin’ cruise.” of 10 people would rather watch kiteboard- water at Baja and the Dominican Republic Favorable winds, unfortunately, were not ... A large part of why we come here is it’s a to be had on Saturday, nor most of the week- ing than ﬁgure skating.” great group of people,” Sabella said. Even the city leaders of Fairﬁeld, 20 end. Undaunted, competitors and sponsor Snowkite trainer and Ozone brand miles to the east, are taking notice. reps teamed up to construct an articulated promoter Amanda Weldy of Chicago talked “Our hotels are ﬁlled. Restaurants and rail, crank the tunes and crack a few beers. about women’s advantages in snowkiting. bars are doing a brisk business. Events Snowboarders and skiers alike ﬂew down “There’s little strength needed. It’s more like this help keep small towns in busithe rail, some with beverages in hand, to the about technique,” said the wispy 30-yeardelight of their fellow athletes and spectators. ness between seasons,” said Jeff Kreyssig, old. “Women invariably know how to feel representing the Fairﬁeld City Council and The annual Kite Soldiers event attracts the wind better and not try to overpower Chamber of Commerce at the event. competitors from as far away as Norway the kite.” “This place blows and Australia. ParticiIn the last ﬁve years, improvements Colorado away. This pants compete in one to snowkiting equipment have improved is the terrain Coloof three categories: a snowkitesoldier.com the safety of the sport, making kites more rado doesn’t have. long distance race, a specialized to better handle a wider range These open, rolling rider-judged terrain of wind speeds. Likewise, the newer harness hills, this is ideal,” park aerial competiand rigging systems allow more control of said Topher Sabella, a 10-year veteran of tion or the always popular poker run. direction, lift and speed. More importantly, the sport who also runs a kiteboarding Event organizers Monte Goldman and snowkiters can instantly dump their kites school near his home in Seattle. Trisha Smith, both from Boise, have seen through one of three methods, including a When the wind conditions are right, their Kite Soldiers Snowkite Event grow each quick release system, should a hazard sudSabella continues, pointing to the top of a year from its modest local roots. Originating denly appear. mountain 4 miles away and 1,000 feet up, from a small group of snowkiters, the event And although Idaho affords snowkiters “I can be to the top of that in 15 minutes.” now draws in nearly 100 male and female an expanse of public lands worthy of And that wind is the primary difference athletes. Despite the weekend’s uncooperative wintertime exploration, like all outdoor between snowkiting and other winter gravwinds, you won’t ﬁnd two more enthusiasrecreationists in the state, snowkiters are ity sports. Equipped with only a kite and tic and gracious organizers than this Boise cautioned to know where property boundcouple: Goldman with his evangelical-like en- snowboard, snowkiters can ride up incredaries lie and to always ask permission thusiasm and Smith with her buoyant natural ibly steep terrain and cross vast, ﬂat exbefore accessing private land. Though some panses, including frozen lakes, at fantastic charm and all-American smile. riders say many private property owners speeds. In fact, many boarders will kite up What makes the Camas Prairie particuseem more willing to allow access to their a mountain, stow their kite in a backpack, larly unique is its expanse of open terrain, then traverse fresh, untrammeled backcoun- land due in part to the benign, quiet nature easy access and remarkably consistent of the sport, others sheepishly admit to try powder without the aid of a ski lift or winds. It’s the quality and quantity of the recent trespassing confrontations. wind, the lack of trees and the parallel road motorized gear. Similar to windsurﬁng on Trespassing wasn’t an issue, however, at water, modern snowkites allow the more (Highway 20), that make this spot so spelast weekend’s Kite Soldiers event. Without experienced athletes to utilize the wind in cial to snowkiters, Goldman noted. wind, competitors stuck together and played any direction. For example, snowkiters can “Our Norwegian snowkite visitors say with gravity instead. Even still, Whidbey cut across the wind (reach), move upwind ‘this is home, this is the best,’” he said. Island, Wash., rider Jesse Thetford summed at an oblique angle (tack) or sail directly Indeed, both the Camas Prairie and the up the sport this way: “It’s as addictive as downwind (run). Kite Soldiers competition have received crack, but you have to want this sport.” Most of the snowkiters BW talked to, noteworthy press from National Geographic
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FOOD/REVIEWS On one plate then the other ... BW sends two critics to one restaurant.
DARLA’S DELI Yen Ching Bakery is most deﬁnitely open.
OPEN, CLOSED AND CARDED
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If you’ve been catching your Food News at boiseweekly.com, you may have already read about Yen Ching Bakery’s about face on business. Last week, the monthold baker y announced its closure due to unforeseen circumstances but the ver y next day issued a “just kidding.” It wasn’t actually a joke—management just nipped those unforeseen circumstances straight in the bud—and long stor y short, short: Yen Ching Baker y is open. What’s not open is Bungalow in Hyde Park. As of press time, BW had not heard back from Bungalow management on the ofﬁcial word, but the restaurant has not been open during stated business hours. When I peeked in last Thursday night, a private employee party was in full swing, and a few days later an “absolutely no trespassing” sign was posted. Looks like good-byes if you ask me. On to hellos ... Basque Market is starting something new: a Basque Sheepherders Breakfast. Get buffet-style sheepherders bread, chorizos, Basque potatoes, eggs and more for $10. Add bottomless bloody marys for another $5. The ﬁrst go-round is Sunday, Feb. 28, but look for it to possibly be a once-a-month gig. A block north in downtown Boise, the very lonely, very vacant former Zutto’s space on Main Street is getting a new tenant, and it’s one with a proven track record in Boise. Flatbread Community Oven, which has locations in Bown Crossing, Meridian and Bend, Ore., has claimed the space as its own, and owner Robert Lumsden told BW he expects to have the space up and running by March 8 with an early and a late-night happy hour. Like its other Idaho locations, Flatbread downtown will also be a BW Card member, which means you can save 40 percent at yet another downtown restaurant. But wait, there’s more on the BW Card front. Newly opened BODO restaurant Solid joined the BW Card member roster last week. Get your wafﬂes and fried chicken until 4 a.m. and now, do it on the cheap. Fresh off the Hook in the mall area also joined the BW Card last week, and in the very near future, a non-restaurant client will join the card that I know all you foodies will be excited about. But I can’t spill those beans just yet, so you’ll have to wait on that news, as well as to ﬁnd out where you’ll soon be able to get Basque food on the card. Yes, BW Card is taking over the restaurant world, and if you don’t have one, you’re missing out on deals. Get one at boiseweekly.com and we’ll snail mail it, or stop by BWHQ at the corner of Sixth and Broad streets to pick one up. —Rachael Daigle
The lunch bell just rang and you’re foodless. Here’s the plan: Head to the Do you want to eat at Darla’s Deli? To get to Darla’s Deli, you have C.W. Moore building at the corner of Fifth and Front streets, board the to really want to eat there. But try her chicken, cheese and spinach west elevator and press the penthouse button. When the doors open, take quesadilla and you’ll soon have the code to get to Darla’s memorized. a hard right into Darla’s Deli, and when the view hits you like a ton of Housed on the penthouse ﬂoor of the C.W. Moore Plaza, you bricks, try to play it cool. First veer left, where you’ll ﬁnd Darla’s workwouldn’t know Darla’s was there if you didn’t know it was there. A space and from where her friendly without-fail hello will emerge. Head poster on an easel sits in the lobby of the building, but if you enter to the far end of the counter, peruse the succinct menu and pay for your from the west side, you won’t see the sign until you’re on top of it; it lunch (cash only, please). always seems to be facing east. The elevator to the penthouse requires Now, while lunch is on the make, take a moment to gawk. a passcode, which isn’t much of a secret because it’s engraved on a Directly opposite the deli counter is your lunch companion—a coast to plaque near the doors. But there’s no indication as to whether the coast view of Boise and the Foothills. passcode should be entered or the up button pressed ﬁrst. And the As eateries go, elevator is painfully Darla’s occupies slow, which leaves a sort of space in you wondering if the between. It’s a space pushing order was whose purpose is wrong. reminiscent of the Once on the top school lunch cafeteria ﬂoor, the penthouse where patrons with view makes the odd brown-bag lunches trek worthwhile. The share tables with handful of building friends who’ve relied employees seated on Darla for their at the smattering of midday meal. Singles tables and chairs add linger over copies of a sense of camaradeBoise Weekly, lunch rie and the vistas of meetings take place the Foothills beyond over the faux red and and glimpses of the white roses in glass city life below make vases, and Darla, as leaving the eating she crafts sandwiches space almost as difﬁand ladles soup, cult as ﬁnding it. And greets customers by Darla’s cheerfulness name. Country music as well as delicious hovers over the whole food make it that scene, and even if much harder. DARLA’S DELI you’re not a fan, you With only a gasPenthouse of the shrug it off because the omnipresence of the Foothills at ﬁred griddle and a microwave, she turns out surprisingly C.W. Moore Plaza 208-381-0034 Darla’s trumps just about everything. delicious, joyfully affordable food. And specials are cwmooreplaza.com/darlasdeli Luckily the food holds its own. And luckily, it’s far suthe payoff for the trip upward, like the half-quesadilla Open Mon.-Fri., 8 am.-2 p.m., perior to anything coming out of a school cafeteria near special ($6.99): three warm triangles of thick crispyclosed Sat. and Sun. you. Recently, the special ($6.35) was a hot, open-faced on-the-outside ﬂour tortilla stuffed with chunks of chicken sandwich on village bread with a swab of pesto chicken, tangy Monterey jack and cheddar cheese, and mayo, smothered in melted Swiss and bleu cheese, and sprinkled with dried fresh spinach leaves pressed against a small bowl of chicken tortilla cranberries and walnuts. The chicken was the awkwardly shaped chunks soup full of colored corn-chip strips, corn, tomatoes and beans. Or of the real stuff rather than the deli sliced stuff, the pesto mayo provided a the rich open-faced chicken, walnut, cranberry, bleu and Swiss cheese subtle garlic bite, and the bread … oh, the bread. The day before, I’d had melt with pesto mayo on Zeppole’s village loaf bread ($5.75). Even the Turkey Village ($5.75)—lunch meat turkey and provolone with sunthe regular menu items, like a simple BLT ($4.95)—which can be the dried tomatoes, pesto mayo and lettuce on village bread—and the bread signature of a decent deli—is easy to savor, while you watch the tales stole the show. When asked what village bread is, Darla replied that it’s of the city unfold below. like sourdough only better. In texture, village’s bubbly innards are similar If you’re a shiny, happy early riser, Darla is behind her counter at 8 to sourdough, though in taste it’s much milder. Despite its brawny crust, a.m., ready to pile Black Forest ham, bacon, soft, ﬂuffy eggs and Swiss village—unlike sourdough’s sometimes painful crust—is the ideal sandwich cheese on toasted village loaf for less than ﬁve bucks. She’ll even wrap vehicle, holding up under the weight of a loaded hot turkey sandwich up a breakfast burrito full of egg, hashbrowns, bacon and cheese, alwhile still giving easily even after a stint in the toaster. though if she’s out of the ’browns, it’s a 13-minute wait for fresh ones. Darla’s also serves up her rooftop view for the ﬁrst meal of the day When I attended Boise High, I used to occasionally get lunch in with a selection of burritos, sandwiches (which come on a variety of difthe Boise Cascade employee cafeteria just up the street. When my ferent starches, including the laudable village loaf) and omelets at prices husband worked at Morrison Knudsen, I’d join him in MK’s cafeteria. competitive with your favorite fast-food stop. When I worked at First Security, I ate in the cafeteria nearly every With well-priced crave-worthy food and an enviable perch in the sky, single day. (Weird how all of those businesses no longer exist in their Darla’s sounds like some cafeteria Mount Olympus. If Darla’s has an original form—is it me?) I’ve missed that feeling of familiarity but I Achilles heel, it’s the menu’s brevity—though there is something nice to be sure as hell don’t want to go to work for a huge corporation to get it. said about doing only a few things and doing them really well. With Darla and her deli so close, I don’t have to. —Rachael Daigle thinks it takes a village (loaf) to make a great sandwich.
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DINING/FOOD Southeast Boise ATZA PIZZA—Atza Pizza in the Columbia Village Shopping Center uses handmade dough and pizza sauce and fresh ingredients. Hit the salad bar, order jumbo wings, or go for the sandwiches and breadsticks option. Decide between thin or original crust and you’re halfway done building your own pie, or you may choose one of Atza’s specialty pizza creations. The Pizza Patrol Car even delivers within a certain range. 6564 S. Federal Way, 208-433-1112. $-$$ OM . AUBERGINE—Bistro/deli fare of grilled panini sandwiches, decadent salads and stellar bread pudding. Leave at your own risk without the addictive strawberry lemonade. They also boast breakfast sack lunch menus. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., . 208-429-8775. $ BIG JUDS—Burgers as big as your head, the wall of burger fame for those who dared to down the one pound Big Jud, tots, pie, grilled cheese sandwiches, onion rings and fries. 1289 Protest Road, 208-343. 4439. $ BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURT— Make a delicious and nutritious treat by choosing from nonfat, premium or no sugar added varieties. Twelve different frozen yogurt ﬂavors, with everything from fruit to New York Cheesecake, plus low-fat options are offered in ever-changing rotation. Customers decorate their yogurt desserts by helping themselves to more than 30 hard, fruit
and syrup toppings. Place the creation on the scale and pay by the ounce. 2333 Apple St., 208338-1000. $ SU OM . BOISE BARGAIN BASKET— Gourmet and deal don’t often go hand in hand, but at “3B’s,” that’s the whole idea. Boise’s newest grocery store ﬁnds the grocery world’s deals—whether it’s overstock or manufacturer’s discontinued items—and passes on the savings to its customers. Find everything from dog food and batteries to organic cookies and rarely found ethnic ingredients. Adjacent to the store is 3 Bzzz Coffee Bar, where a weary shopper can get a caffeine boost, take in some local art and sometimes, even some music. 2141 Broadway Ave., 208-3315092. $ OM. BUSTER’S—A gazillion TVs, lots of male customers and the cutest bartenders and waitresses this side of the Payette. Satisfy those beer munchies with an extensive pub menu. Burgers, ﬁnger steaks, loaded fries, beer, beer, beer. 1326 Broadway Ave., 208- 345SU OM. 5688. $-$$ CASA MEXICO—With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 1605 N. 13th St. #B, 208-333-8330. $-$$ SU. CHEF ROLAND’S—Chef Roland Joseph is serving up Cajun fare complete with hushpuppies, locally grown collard greens and red beans and rice. Choose between gumbo or jambalaya to
RECENTLY REVIEWED/FOOD PHO NOUVEAU 780 W. Idaho St., 208-367-1111, phonouveau.com “From fully feathered chicks served boiled in their eggs to bottles of snake-soaked booze, Vietnam is not a country for the food prude.” —Rachael Daigle
BULL’S HEAD PUB 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858 “This dish, ﬁve long fried sticks huddling around a hot tub of marinara and classed up with a sprinkling of dried parsley, looked and tasted like a hybrid ... mozzamari? Or maybe calimarella?” —Tara Morgan
ELI’S ITALIAN DELI 219 N. 10th St., 208-473-7161, elisitalian.com “There needs to be a full campaign, warning everyone that trying this sandwich just once can lead to profound and undeniable cravings and the urge to run out to Eli’s Italian Deli in downtown Boise and grab one at all times of the day.” —Deanna Darr
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go along with fried catﬁsh, Cajun barbecue ribs or savory brisket. If there is room after all that ﬂavor, go for a piece of key lime or sweet potato pie. 1221 W. Boise Ave., 208-344-4387. $-$$ SU. COBBY’S—Serving up soup, salad, brew and wine since 1978. Enjoy deli meats like pastrami, bologna, mortadella, colto and genoa, in addition to all the standards. Every size soup and sandwich can be combined. 1030 Broadway Ave., 208-3450990. $ SU OM. CORONA VILLAGE—Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boise’s family style Mexican restaurants. 2137 Broadway Ave., 208-3366711. $-$$ . DONG KHANH—Vietnamese goodness. Lunch specials are a great bargain and the banquet dinners are a deﬁnite great crowd pleaser. 111 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0980. $. FOCACCIA’S—Chef Bill Green transformed his catering business into a full-service restaurant with a rotating menu featuring specialty food items ranging seafood and vegetarian all the way to French Classical, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Soups and salads may be a good choice if a diner is going for the house specialty dessert made in-house by the pastry chef. Selections include a Chocolate Trufﬂe Ugly Cake best experienced with closed eyes and an open mouth. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-322-2838. SU OM . $-$$ FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Stone ﬁred pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. A sleekly lined interior and two large ﬁre pits beckon ﬂatbread lovers to Bown Crossing. 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177. $-$$ SU . GOODWOOD BARBEQUE COMPANY—If it can be barbequed, chances are, Goodwood has it. If BBQ sauce isn’t your thing, they have steak, ﬁsh and chicken, too. Their motto is “Generous Portions, Moderate Prices, so stop in and put them to the test. 7849 W. Spectrum St., 208-658-7173. SU. $$$-$$$$ HOOTERS—Hooters is infamous for a few things unrelated to food, but their edible wares have a well earned reputation as well. Try the gourmet hot dog with the optional chili. 8000 W. Franklin Road, 208-321-4668. $-$$ SU. BROADWAY DELI—Unique sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese, fried chicken, deli salads and some of the biggest and best fries in town. 2789 Broadway Ave., 208-385-9943. . $
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DINING/FOOD ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE—A sushi and sashimi bar as well as tepanyaki grill. The Ichiban roll is a tasty mouthful of soft shell crab, shrimp tempura, eel, cuke, lettuce, avocado and cream cheese with sweet sauce. 1233 Broadway Ave, 208-426-9188. $$-$$$$ . LIFE’S KITCHEN—Have a lunch, save a life. Serving lunch three days a week: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students learn skills
for life and for the restaurant business at Life’s Kitchen under the supervision of chef instructor Maggie Kiefer. A new menu is published every Tuesday at www. lifeskitchen.org. 1025 S. Capitol . Blvd., 331-0199. $$
MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. 404 E. Park Center Blvd., 208-333-2223. $-$$ OM .
LUCKY 13 PIZZA/THE GARAGE—The former North End mainstay has moved essentially “as was” to Harris Ranch, where the best pizzas and sandwiches on the planet are still on the menu. 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-344-6967. $ SU OM.
ONO HAWAIIAN CAFE—A wide variety of the ﬂavors of Hawaii are offered in the form of pupus, sushi, sandwiches and satays. And where ever Ono’s catering operation, the Kanak Attack van is parked and serving, a BW staffer is most likely in the vicinity with money in hand. 2170 Broadway Ave., 208-4299111. $$-$$$ OM .
PAD THAI—Pad Thai House is so conﬁdent that its Pad Thai is the best in Boise, the restaurant is named after it. 1473 S. Five Mile Road, 208-375-6014. $-$$ OM. PAPA JOE’S—Family owned and operated, Papa Joe’s uses family recipes for their pizza and pasta dishes. Food and drink specials all week long and a dozen ﬂavors of gelato with which to reward your plate cleaning skills. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. $-$$ SU OM. PAT’S THAI KITCHEN—Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” certainly hold true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you ﬁnd in Chiang Mai, noodles and rice of all varieties and curry done Thai spicy or mild for the farang in you. 577 E. Park Blvd. #C110, 208-345OM. 0026. $-$$
SPRING SEASONALS: PALE ALES As I write this, a cold fog has enveloped the valley. With the stretch of overcast days we’ve had, I’ve almost forgotten what the sun looks like (round, yellow and kind of bright, right?). But no matter. A number of spring seasonal brews have already hit Boise, and I’m ready for anything that makes me think of spring. All three are pale ales, that user-friendly style typically offering equal parts of malt and hops for a ﬂavorful balance. Here’s the lineup: DESCHUTES RED CHAIR NWPA Lots of fruit-laden, citrusy hops come through on the nose with resiny touches of pine, grapefruit and light spice. The palate is punctuated by crisp hops throughout, but there’s a good malt base and an ample array of creamy fruit ﬂavors— grapefruit, berry, papaya and mango. This beer ﬁnishes with a drying hit of bitter hops colored by spruce, herb and a soft echo of sweet fruit. This is a classic Northwest pale ale from this Oregon standout. NEW BELGIUM MIGHTY ARROW PALE ALE A medley of fruit cake aromas is highlighted by sweet cherry, biscuit, herb, earth and very soft hops. The biscuit deﬁnitely carries through to the palate, along with lightly spiced orange and just the slightest touch of piney hops in the background. The ﬁnish is dry and spicy with intriguing nuances of earth, herb, white pepper and sweet citrus. This is an intriguing take on the style from this Colorado brewery. PYRAMID FLING PALE ALE This beer offers lovely ﬂoral aromas of honeyed citrus, apricot, melon and herb laced hops. The easy drinking, eminently sessionable brew scores big in the balance department. The just sweet malt has notes of caramel that play nicely against bright citrus and smooth hops. Touches of orange zest and peach add interest, and the lightly bitter ﬁnish lingers nicely in this crowd pleaser with Washington roots. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
PIEHOLE II—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try the infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day. 205 N. 8th St., 208-424-2255. $-$$ OM SU. THE RAM—Beer brewed on site, more TVs than you can count and plenty of specials from happy hour to daily dinners. 709 E. Park Blvd., 208-345-2929. OM SU. $-$$ THE REFUGE—Serving up burgers, ﬁngersteaks, homemade chips from ﬂour tortillas and other bar favorites and pool, beer and TVs to keep diners entertained. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-424-8211. SU. $-$$ SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA AND PASTA—When you’re in the mood for a good, traditional pizza, this is the place. The pastas, starters, sandwiches and salads are equally delicious, and the list is as long as your arm. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., OM. 208-429-0011. $-$$ TAVERN AT BOWN CROSSING—Enjoy a bottle of wine and a steak or lounge on the patio with a roll of sushi and a martini. 3111 S. Bown St., 208- 345OM SU. 2277. $$-$$$ THAI CUISINE—Serving traditional Thai food in a casual and elegant environment. 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-6580516. $$ . THE TROLLEY HOUSE—The only remnant of Boise’s streetcar system and a favorite neighborhood diner. No-frills atmosphere, efﬁcient service and a giant menu. 1821 Warm Springs Ave., 208-345-9255. SU . $-$$
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Everything is complicated,” wrote poet Wallace Stevens. “If that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.” I hope you will choose his wisdom to serve as your guiding light in the coming weeks. It is high time, in my astrological opinion, for you to shed any resentment you might feel for the fact that life is a crazy tangle of mystifying and interesting stories. Celebrate it, Aries! Revel in it. Fall down on your knees and give holy thanks for it. And by the way, here’s a big secret: To the extent that you do glory in the complications, the complications will enlighten, amuse and enrich you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This is one time when you can be both the river and the bridge. In fact, I strongly suggest that you make every effort to be both the river and the bridge. I’ll leave it up to you to interpret how this metaphor applies to your life, but here’s a clue to get you started. Be a force of nature that flows vigorously along even as you also provide a refuge for those who want to be close to your energy but are not yet ready to be inside it and flow along with it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Almost exactly 10 years from now, you will be blessed with an eruption of personal power so crafty and practical that you will be able to visualize a solution to a problem that has stumped you for a long time. It may take months to actually carry out that solution, but you will have the luxury of feeling perfect certainty about what must be done. And you know what the weird thing is? Something very similar is in the works for the next few weeks: an eruption of crafty, practical power that will help you materialize the key to solving an old dilemma, hopefully followed by months of carrying out your lucid plan. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Last night, I had a dream in which I was addressing a crowd of Cancerians in a large stadium. I was referring to them as dolphins rather than as crabs. “I say unto you, my fellow dolphins,” I proclaimed, “that you have been given a sacred assignment by the great gods of time themselves. And that assignment is to master the art of Timeology.” When I awoke from the dream, I was awash with feelings of deep relaxation and ease, although I wasn’t sure why. I had never before heard that word “timeology,” so I googled it. Here’s how the Urban Dictionary defined it: “spending time doing what you want to do, not accomplishing anything major but also not wasting time.” It so happens that this prescription is well-suited to our current astrological omens. I sug-
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gest that you and I be as playful as dolphins. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In an episode of the animated TV sci-fi series Futurama, we get to see inside the headquarters of Romanticorp, where “love research” is being done. One of the experiments involves robots delivering various pick-up lines to actual women. The line that works best is, “My two favorite things are commitment and changing myself.” I recommend that you make that your own catchphrase, Leo—not just this week but for the foreseeable future. The entire year will be an excellent time to deepen your commitments and transform yourself, and the weeks ahead will bring unprecedented opportunities to intensify those efforts. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers,” advises a passage in the Bible, “for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” While that’s always good counsel, it’s especially apt for you in the coming days. I believe you will come into contact with people who can provide you with valuable teaching and healing, even if they’re disguised as baristas or pet shampooers or TV repairmen—and even if this will be the one and only time they will provide you with teaching and healing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Metaphorically speaking, you have recently begun crossing the water in a dream boat that has a small leak. If you keep going, it’s possible you will reach the far side before sinking. But that’s uncertain. And even if you were able to remain afloat the entire way, the shakiness of the situation would probably fill you with anxiety. My suggestion, then, is to head back to where you started and fix the leak. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some Scorpios bring out the worst in people. Other Scorpios draw out the best. Then there are those members of your tribe who sometimes bring out the worst in their fellow humans and other times bring out the best. Where do you fit in this spectrum? Regardless of your position up until now, I’m betting that in the coming months you’ll be moving in the direction of bringing out more of the best. And it all begins now. To get the process under way, think of five people you care about and visualize the wonderful futures that it might be possible for them to create for themselves. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): More than a few fairy tales feature the theme of characters who accidentally find a treasure. They’re not searching for treasure, don’t feel worthy of it and
aren’t fully prepared for it. They may initially not even know what they’re looking at, and see it as preposterous or abnormal or disquieting. Who could blame them if they ran away from the treasure? In order to recognize and claim it, they might have to shed a number of their assumptions about the way the world works. And they might have to clear up a discrepancy between their unconscious longings and their conscious intentions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Everyone alive has some kind of learning disability. I know brilliant physicists who are dumb about poetry. There are fact-loving journalists whose brains freeze when they’re invited to consider the ambiguous truths of astrology. My friend John suffers from dyslexia, while I myself am incapable of mastering the mysteries of economics. What’s your blind spot, Capricorn? What’s your own personal learning disability? Whatever it is, this would be an excellent time, astrologically speaking, to work with it. For the next few months, you will be able to call on what you need in order to diminish its power to limit you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “We cannot change anything until we accept it,” said psychologist Carl Jung. “Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” Make that your hypothesis, Aquarius, and then conduct the following experiment. First, choose some situation you would like to transform. Next, open your heart to it with all the love and compassion you can muster. Go beyond merely tolerating it with a resigned disappointment. Work your way into a frame of mind in which you completely understand and sympathize with why it is the way it is. Imagine a scenario in which you could live your life with equanimity if the situation in question never changed. Finally, awash in this grace, meditate on how you might be able to actually help it evolve into something new. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you were going to launch a career as a rap artist any time soon, I’d suggest that maybe you use the alias “Big Try” as your stage name. If you were planning to convert to an exotic religious path and get a new spiritual name, I’d recommend something like “Bringit Harder” or “Pushit Stronger.” If you were about to join an activist group that fights for a righteous cause, and you wanted a new nickname to mark your transformation, I’d urge you to consider a tag like “Radical” or “Prime” or “Ultra.” And even if you’re not doing any of the above, I hope you’ll carry out some ritual of transition to intensify your commitment to your life’s vital dreams.
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