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NOTE TOSS THE WOODS, KEEP THE GREEN It’s fair to say that the diversity of opinions in our own newsroom regarding Ted Rall’s weekly column is likely a pretty accurate representation of the community at large. One staffer has ﬁnally let up on a long-standing campaign to replace Rall with someone local and less vitriolic. Another proofreads his column each week while muttering four-letter words and sometimes scribbling counterpoints in the margins of the proof copies. I may be Rall’s only solid supporter in the newsroom, and though I may be easily outnumbered, BW isn’t a democracy so Rall stays. Columns like this week’s rant about Tiger Woods are among the reasons I keep Rall around. Surely even you Obamaites—who were all with Rall through his years of Bush bashing and have been lobbying for his exile from BW since his ﬁrst words against thencandidate Barack Obama—can agree that Rall ﬁnally said what many of us have been thinking: enough about Tiger Woods. I don’t care one iota if he cheated on his wife with one or 100 cocktail waitresses. And I certainly don’t need an apology from the man. What Tiger should have done is told his adoring public, “none of your business,” and gotten his ass back out on the golf course. Instead, three months later, we’re still suffering through it. A few pages beyond Rall in this week’s edition is Sadie Babits’ piece on rethinking how Idaho can meet its energy needs. Babits traveled to a small German village, which is partly powered by a recently built bio-fuel plant that converts manure from the town’s dairy farm into energy, to learn more about how U.S. communities can look to their own back yards for innovative energy sources. As Babits reports, Ketchum and Sandpoint are among 150 designated transition cities in the United States focused on relocalization, particularly in the areas of food and energy. It’s an interesting read and one that makes the possibility of solar highways, on which Babits previously reported (BW, News, “Powering America with Roads,” Feb. 10, 2010), even more intriguing. If you missed that one, head to boiseweekly.com. —Rachael Daigle
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PARTY LIKE IT’S 2014 Olympics correspondent Sadie Babits offered up some of her last words on the Vancouver, B.C., scene with a post on Russia’s Sochi House, one of the games’ “it” places and the ﬁrst look at what’s to come in the 2014 Russian Olympics.
TO HELL WITH PHIL Who’s “Phil,” the “little man” who makes blogger and chef Randy King’s life such hell? First clue: It’s not Phil Collins. Second clue: It’s no part of King’s anatomy. Phil barks, spits and lays blame. Read more at Cobweb.
BW VIDEO EXCLUSIVE Last week, comedian Vicki Barbolak was slipped the tongue by a ﬁreman, had Minerva Jayne do her ’do better than her own wig lady, and humped a chair on stage at Hijinx. She also squeezed in coffee with A&E Editor Amy Atkins to explain why she won’t open her own club (she’d probably lose the keys) and why it’s tough to be a girl in stand-up.
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FEATURE Harnessing green energy in Idaho’s back yard 11 BW PICKS
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THE BEST REFUGEE CAMP IN AFRICA
Fidel Nshombo talks about living like a “rock star” in a refugee camp in Zimbabwe before the collapse of the country. According to Nshombo, it was the best refugee camp in the world, with bathtubs, hot water and electricity.
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MAIL WILLIAMS’ FIRST DEATH
CINDER’S SPRING RELEASE IS HERE! Come try Cinder’s 2008 Syrah, 2009 Viognier and 2009 Dry Rosé at our winery on Saturday March 6th from Noon-5pm. These wines sold out quickly last year so don’t miss out! Cinder Winery is located at 107 E. 44th St. Garden City Cheers! -Joe & Melanie
I was saddened to read about the fate of Paul Williams (BW, Noise, “Granddaddy of Criticism,” Feb. 24, 2010) whose talents have been ravaged by dementia. As the legendary rock critic who founded Crawdaddy magazine in 1966, Paul was an important inﬂuence on the entire counterculture generation. But he was also someone I knew personally. In 1985 his imprint, Entwhistle Books, published my ﬁrst novel The Cultivator. I still read rock biographies and always like to check the bibliographies for familiar names. Whether the subject is Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan or any number of other rock gods, Williams is usually mentioned. He sat face to face with John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and countless others. Although Paul’s later career did not
reach the heights of, say, a Ben Fong Torres or Greil Marcus, he is nevertheless held in reverence for his pioneering efforts in a new genre. As to the question of whether he misses writing, all I can say is that he was very passionate about his work for all the years I knew him in California. A true writer suffers two deaths, one when he actually dies, and the other when he lays down his pen. –Bill English, Boise Weekly contributor
PORTRAIT OF A COMMENTER Editor’s note: The following are from one of boiseweekly.com’s most proliﬁc commenters, “bikeboy.” The ﬁrst is on Bill Cope (BW, Opinion, “Spreading Density,” Feb. 24, 2010) and the second on Ted Rall (BW, Opinion, “You’re Leftists,” Feb. 24, 2010).
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Mr. Cope has obviously become enamored with the term “teabagger.” It’s perfect for him! Or is it? Teabagger: 1) one who carries large bags of packaged tea for shipment. 2) a man that squats on top of a woman’s face and lowers his genitals into her mouth during sex. 3) one who has a job or talent that is low in social status. 4) a person who is unaware that they have said or done something foolish, childlike, noobish, lame or inconvenient. 5) also see “fagbag,” “lamer,” “noob” (Urban Dictionary). Personally, I ﬁnd the term rather noobish and pedestrian (pedestrian: commonplace and unimaginative). U “To hell with the Republicans, 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.” I’m scared! It’s like Ted Rall read my mind! Ted Rall!
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SEQUEL TIME, AL Truth for inconvenient dummies Last week, we discussed why people on the right have such a difﬁcult time comprehending what’s going on in the world. At the time, I put much of the blame on the Internet, which I regard as culpable of disseminating at least as much crap as reliable information. If you doubt what I say, Google up “chupacabra” or “Obama + antichrist,” and you will soon realize how many people there are who seemingly have little else to do than shovel more meaningless bullshit onto endless piles of meaningless bullshit. But with another week to think about it, I have come to the understanding that we can’t blame every epidemic of conservative ignorance on the Internet. We must give some measure of credit to the right’s natural propensity to always be on the slippery up-slope of the Bell curve. And as recent meteorological events have shown, there is no subject on which they are more decidedly slippery than the matter of Global Warming. (Note to copy editor: I capitalize “Global Warming” as I believe everyone who is serious about it should, to give the situation the gravitas it deserves. In fact, as the threat deepens, we should consider capitalizing all the letters and adding a series of exclamation points, as in “GLOBAL WARMING!!!” It may not help, but it can’t hurt.) Of course, I speak of the cackling from high-proﬁle fowl—the most concentrated collection being in the Fox News coop—who acted like they had invented the concept of irony when much of the East Coast was hit by record snow storms. In the minds of Beck and Hannity—if “minds” is the proper term when applied to those gentlemen—20 inches of white stuff in Washington, D.C., proved that Al Gore is a fraud. You know … as though they understood what Gore was saying in the ﬁrst place. Never mind that at the same time the snow was falling in the East, California was doing a downhill mud run because years of drought and wildﬁre have left that state the poster environment for climate change. Never mind that as the Winter Olympics opened, they were trucking snow to Vancouver because Ma Nature wasn’t providing it for them. Never mind that meteorologists have been predicting from the beginning that Global Warming will bring extreme conditions at both ends of the thermometer. To the geniuses at Fox, decades of research by actual smart people were wiped out by a couple of snow days in Baltimore. What I have decided is that Al Gore must put together a sequel. An Inconvenient Truth II, if you will. Only this time, he has to ﬁlm it so that even Republicans can understand. No more graphs and charts and fancy talk from professional climatologists. No, he must use those tricks that educators have employed for years to give particularly slow children a chance to learn something. Starting with: puppets! WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
U As Global Warming deniers seem to have the most trouble when it comes to holding in their brains two contradictory conditions, I would—if I were in Al Gore’s shoes—start with a pair of lovable fuzzy faces. Bert and Ernie, sort of, only I would call them Dry and Wet. In their adorable way, little Wet and Dry would start out bickering, each insisting that the other does not represent anything of conclusive value. Example: Dry says, “Al, I think you should kick Wet out of the movie because there is no ﬁrm science that proves he belongs here!” To which Al answers, “Well, what about huge hurricanes, Dry? And what about rising sea levels and blizzards in unusual places?” Wet says, “Nyah nyah, Dry! It ain’t me that shouldn’t be here. It’s you that should get ﬁred!” To which Gore answers, “Now, now, Wet. That’s not true, either. What about prolonged drought and enormous wildﬁres? What about glaciers and the polar ice shrinking? That’s all Dry’s doing, you know. And fellas, try to remember, the conditions we’re worried about go all the way around the world. We can’t talk about just what’s happening in your neighborhood.” Obviously, no movie that will hold the attentions of conservatives can be all dialogue. To provide bright colors and shiny objects, there would have be other characters who (using only one-syllable words) demonstrate stuff like the greenhouse effect and the impact of fossil fuels. I envision a clown from the mythical land of Exxon who stomps about the set (in size 27/quadruple E carbon footprints), foolishly declaring that no one can prove Global Warming is a result of human activity. Just when you think the clown might prevail, a heroic cowboy (in a green hat, of course) rides in, saddlebags packed with irrefutable data. I would also include animated characters (in the manner of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) who wouldn’t say much, as they all have their heads crammed up their hilariously fat cartoon asses. On their shirts would be written their names—“Imhoff,” “Ricky Perry,” “Limbaugh,” etc. In the surprise ending—which I would ask that you don’t reveal to your conservative friends—it turns out that Wet and Dry are two noggins on the same fuzzy dilemma. Like a two-headed worm, maybe, only they don’t know it until Al shows them their indivisibility. As they all hug in understanding, Dave Matthews sings the movie out with “It’s a Small World After All.” You get the general idea. Something excruciatingly simple. I have serious doubts it will help, as there is no way Al Gore could make himself simple enough for anyone who would listen to Hannity and Beck. But then, it couldn’t hurt.
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SAY IT’S SO, TIGER
In defense of Tiger Woods and good fun sex KUWAIT CITY—Why does Tiger Woods owe us an apology? Let’s assume that all the accusations of serial philandering are true. What right do we, the public, have to be upset? Woods never presented himself as a pillar of moral virtue. He marketed himself as a great golfer. His job was to knock balls into holes, which he did. He didn’t cheat at golf. Nowhere in America lives a kid who looked up to Tiger because he thought he was faithful to his wife. Woods wasn’t some rightwing hypocrite. He didn’t preach. His church was the Chapel of Sports Excellence. I’m not even sure he owes his wife an apology. According to various reports (although I can’t fathom how said accounts were sourced), Woods’ wife lost interest in sex after having kids. If she turned colder, oh well. Tiger didn’t have the right to demand that she put out. But he had every right—the duty, even, if there was to be any chance of his keeping his family intact—to have some fun on the side. If Mrs. Woods wanted it 10 times a day, on the other hand, he owes her an apology. Her. Not us. Yet the media is tearing Tiger a new one. “The fact that he isn’t allowing questions and is positioning his friends and handpicked reporters as props [at his tele-apology] is the height of arrogance,” publicist Nick Ragone told The New York Post. “At some point, he’ll be shamed into doing a true mea culpa.” Another PR ﬂack said: “He didn’t think enough of his fans back then [three months ago, when the scandal broke] to do the right thing.” How is Tiger’s sex life his fans’ business? Several years ago, a book appeared with a provocative title: Against Love. Who could be
against love, I wondered, and why? Not the author, Laura Kipnis. “Clearly no one can be against love,” she writes. It turned out that she was actually against monogamy. Monogamy, Kipnis argued, stiﬂes passion. “Adultery is basically a referendum on the sustainability of monogamy, which means a referendum on the basic premises of modern coupled life, namely that desire will persist throughout a decades-long relationship,” writes Kipnis. “If it doesn’t, apparently you’re supposed to either give up sex, or ‘work harder’ at it. Adultery is the collective—if secretive—rebellion against these strictures, but also a backdoor way of experimenting with possibilities for more gratiﬁcation than what we’re ofﬁcially allowed, a workshop for wanting ‘more’ than what current social institutions provide.” Tiger Woods is merely the latest of billions of human beings who have been victimized by a crummy, worthless system that has only been around less than 1 percent of human history, one that everyone hates but is afraid to admit. He hates it, his wife hates it, most of us hate it. Yet we all pay it lip service. Truth be told, the Tiger Woods “scandal” exists mainly in the minds of media gatekeepers. The topic was discussed in bars and break rooms, but nary a “what a pig!” has been heard. The reason is obvious: Most Americans have cheated. Against logic and reason, the ﬁdelity hoax goes on. Tiger Woods isn’t a sex addict— he’s a human being who likes to have sex. Lots and lots of sex. Tiger Woods shouldn’t apologize—he should teach classes.
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NEWS/CITYDESK FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES IDAHO HOPEFULS TWO THUMBS DOWN
DRUG MONEY Meth war’s money matters raise questions CARISSA WOLF
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In February, an appropriations request meeting left IMP ofﬁcials defending the program as members of the Millennium Fund Committee questioned efﬁciency. “Last year, there were some reports that circulated around the Legislature that called into question the effectiveness of the program,” said Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Janice McGeachin. “When you see these things, it forces us to stop and say, ‘Is this the right way to spend money?’” McGeachin suggested the committee fund
cess. But an independent review of these early reports found support for the campaign was weak and research methods lacked validity. According to a 2008 Prevention Science article, the MMP campaign was actually associated with increased acceptance of meth and a decrease in the perceived danger. The article’s author, David M. Erceg-Hurn of the University of Western Australia wrote, “On the basis of current evidence, continued public funding and roll-out of Montana-style methamphetamine programs is unadvisable.” © The Meth Project
You’ve seen the ads. The meth baby, the meth pimp, the meth dealer … Finally, a gaunt, scabby-faced ﬁend warns the curious not to use the drug, “Not even once.” It’s the Idaho Meth Project’s push to steer Idaho’s youth away from a drug that numbs users and strains state resources to the tune of $66 million a year in incarceration costs, according to the project. IMP hammered the anti-meth message forward last month with a third wave of dark, multimedia public service messages and a request to inject the campaign with additional state dollars. The ad campaign portraying meth addicts in the most grisly conditions was boosted by an in-house report that touted the project as a strong deterrent to future drug use. But the campaign has some Idahoans, lawmakers and drug policy experts wondering if the in-yourface ads are an effective use of state dollars. IMP ofﬁcials say the $3.5 million ad campaign launched in 2008 has already yielded results: Young people report that they’re less likely to touch the drug, according to research released by IMP in January. “We certainly believe the campaign has had a signiﬁcant impact in the way young people view this drug. Teens and young adults tell us they believe there’s great risk in using meth,” said IMP Executive Director Megan Ronk. “And they’re speciﬁcally telling us that the Idaho Meth Project’s ads that they’ve seen make them less likely to try meth.” But there’s no independent source to support IMP’s ﬁndings. And research on similar anti-drug campaigns casts doubt over the efﬁcacy of the project’s gruesome, scare-tactic approach to keeping Idahoans meth-free. The Idaho public even has doubts about the program. Cutting funding for IMP was one of the public’s top suggestions for saving state money on a Web site launched by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, efﬁciency.idaho.gov. But the project doesn’t draw from general funds or tax-based revenue. Still, it depends on the support of lawmakers and policy leaders. “I think there’s been some misinformation about where our funding really comes from,” Ronk said. Roughly 45 percent of the program’s money comes from the state Millennium Fund, money set aside from the tobacco settlement to ﬁnance drug and tobacco abuse prevention and treatment programs. The remainder of IMP’s budget comes from donations. The project has drawn about $1.5 million from the Millennium Fund since it began, and must apply for funds annually through the Joint Millennium Fund Committee’s grantlike application process. The Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee must approve ﬁnal allocations.
The ad campaign promoted by the Idaho Meth Project is facing more criticism from those holding the purse strings.
only about half of IMP’s $500,000 appropriations request. The project competes for funds with other programs aimed at reducing the abuse of drugs, including prescription drugs and alcohol. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration notes that meth-related crimes have steadily declined in recent years and the number of meth labs in Idaho decreased from 90 in 2003 to 11 in 2007, although some attribute the decline to measures that have limited manufacturing and distribution. IMP also earned one of the lowest performance rankings—13 out of 16—of anti-drug programs vying for funds this year. But it still received its full $500,000 funding request, and as of press time, the appropriation was awaiting ﬁnal approval from JFAC. Commissioned studies give IMP credit for changing attitudes about meth. A January survey paid for by IMP reports that teens are 11 percent more likely to see meth use as a “great risk” compared to 2007 reports. Teens are also more likely to associate meth with brain damage, insomnia and tooth decay, according to the survey. The Montana Meth Project lauded its own campaign, launched in 2005, citing data from in-house reports that portrayed MMP as a suc-
Erceg-Hurn’s data analysis found that MMP misrepresented its research, only publishing data that supported the campaign’s agenda. He found that it excluded ﬁndings showing the number of people who believed there was no risk associated with meth use almost doubled. Other research ﬂaws included inconsistent sampling methods. Ronk said the IMP has had the beneﬁt of being a few years behind the MMP, letting them learn from the mistakes. While addiction experts don’t question the motives of the project, noting that prevention has the potential to save dollars that might be spent on the treatment and incarceration, some still question if such campaigns are effective. A 2008 University of Missouri study found that anti-tobacco ads based on fear or disgust are counterproductive as they decrease viewers’ attention and memory. Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said that ads based on fear tactics can lead viewers to believe that the effects of a particular drug are being exaggerated. And kids may begin to think that they’re being lied to by the prevention campaign. “People will tune out,” Piper said. “So they just killed their message.”
The Panhandle Area Council’s proposal for a ﬁber optic network was rejected last week by the Rural Utilities Service, according to project manager Ernie Bray. He’s anxious to make adjustments and reapply for round two, but there’s a huge problem: The deadline for round two is Monday, March 15, and he doesn’t know why RUS denied the application. “The problem is, we got an e-mail saying we were rejected. We’ve been in phasetwo due diligence for weeks and gotten no word,” he said. “Just all of a sudden, nope, you’re rejected. But we don’t have a letter yet.” Bray is frustrated because he knows the two federal government agencies responsible for awarding and distributing broadband stimulus funds from the American Recover y and Reinvestment Act are going to be getting stronger applications because of clearer priorities for round two. But he doesn’t know what RUS didn’t like about his round-one materials. “You’re thrown out on your ear two weeks before the new deadline, and they still haven’t given us the reason,” he said. “Plus a lot of stakeholders only meet once a month. How can you make your second application better? You can’t.” City of Ammon IT director Bruce Patterson told BW that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration denied its application, as well. “We intend to revise it and tr y and comply with the second-round priorities and resubmit,” he said. Mar y DeWalt, director of Ada Community Library, is not planning to reapply for public computer center funds after also receiving a rejection letter from NTIA. “We’ll still have public-access computers in the new [Lake Hazel] branch,” she wrote in an e-mail. “Just not as many and no special equipment or formal instruction setting, unless we can ﬁnd another way.” DeWalt previously asked BW to clarify for the record that no one helped the library prepare its application (BW, News, “Fiber Optics, Not Magic Beans,” Feb. 10, 2010). However, DeWalt agreed that the Congressional staff was good about communicating information about the process. While the Utah Education Network was awarded $13 million this week, BW was not able to conﬁrm that any of the 12 Idaho-based applications had been funded. All notiﬁcations from the two agencies were expected to be made by March 1. BW has been working with RUS to secure an inter view with Chairman Jonathan Adelstein. Look for updates on citydesk as the stor y progresses. —Gavin Dahl
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STATE BENNIES State workers’ beneﬁt packages get political ANDREW CRISP At a recent event hosted by the Idaho Press Club, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter stood for questions from a bevy of Idaho reporters. Unda’ the Rotunda asked the governor: Does the state really compete as an employer anymore? “I think so, yeah, there’s a huge advantage,” said Otter. “Some businesses have had to resort to 15 to 20 percent cuts to employees’ wages or salaries. When I’ve looked at cuts to our people, job security for state employees is probably greater than it is in the private sector.” Boise Republican Sen. John Andreason disagreed with Otter’s endorsement of the state as a competitive employer. He believes the state is falling behind in its ability to retain workers. “We’ve always been able to say: ‘We don’t pay that well, but the fringe beneﬁts are great.’ We can’t say that anymore. We’re giving no salary increases, and we’re increasing health care costs, especially to our part-time employees. Because of the economy, we’re still able to get employees.” With increasing health-care costs for state workers, layoffs and impoverished budgets, how can these state-funded agencies afford to keep trained employees? When it comes to schools, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is forced to make a big decision. “We have to preserve student-teacher contact times. I suspect that we will see the amount of money we see needed come from district pay cuts. All the teachers that are currently employed may need to work for less money.” JFAC was poised to set budgets for public schools March 3, rescheduled from March 1, and Luna has sat with members of multiple state workers associations and legislators to discuss how the cuts to schools will take shape.
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While much of the hole left in the schools budget will be backﬁlled with one-time monies, the $1.2 billion budget still faces an ongoing cut of general fund appropriations, down from $1.4 billion in 2009. “This budget is a result of the worst economy we’ve seen in a lifetime,” Luna said. “How do we operate our schools with less money than we had last year—considerably less? How we structure this budget is going to decide on whether we minimize the negative impact or not.” Negotiations involve cutting some programs, including ﬁeld trips and, potentially, eliminating line items for school supplies and other things deemed nonessential. Sherri Woode, president of the Idaho Education Association, feels the state can’t simply cut schools. “To say that we’re going to keep these cuts away from children is just not true. You can’t cut 10 percent from school budgets and not affect kids. How you keep things together is talking about how to increase revenues. Trying to cut our way out of this economic downturn is not going to work. If we continue down this route, we will not have any public services in this state.” Teachers’ retirement plans are also in question. Last week, the House cast a party-line vote to block a 1 percent cost of living adjustment for state retirees. The Public Employee Retirement Service of Idaho suggested an increase for former employees receiving beneﬁts. After the Commerce and Human Resources committee put HCR 42 on a fast track, numerous groups opposed the move. The AARP of Idaho, the Idaho Educators Association, the Idaho Retired Educators Association and the Idaho Public Employees Association all balked at the measure to reject the PERSI
board’s recommendation. The bill met its demise when it hit the desk of Andreason, chair of the Senate Human Resources committee. “It affected 33,000 people with no cost to the general fund,” said Andreason. “It seemed like the thing to do to take care of it.” “It was a concern for us, I think, because it sorta represented the politicization of PERSI,” said Alex Neiwirth with the Idaho Association of Government Employees. The 33,000 Andreason mentions are retirees receiving payments out of the PERSI fund, which has grown to about $10 billion, according to Don Drum, director of the board. The state is only one of 728 employers with workers paying into the fund. Another large contributing group? K-12 educators. “We currently, in teachers, we have a little over 18,000 that pay in. The salaries that we’re collecting beneﬁts on are $894,819,000 per year,” said Drum. “Payment for state employees is generally 15 to 16 percent lower for the same work in the private sector,” said Bob Fick, administrative support manager at the Idaho Labor Department. “Offsetting that is the deﬁned beneﬁt pension plan. That’s a plan where you are guaranteed a beneﬁt when you reach retirement age. The beneﬁt is calculated based on your retirement pay. In most companies today, you don’t get a guaranteed beneﬁt. In a deﬁned beneﬁt plan, it’s guaranteed, and you’re going to get that the rest of your life.” There’s a signiﬁcant advantage in a guaranteed-beneﬁt program. Not many businesses can afford to offer such a package. But with the “politicization” of PERSI, that may change. “We think there’s a big battle comin’ next year,” said Donna Yule of the IPEA.
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UMWELTSCHUTZ FOLLOWING THE GREEN-LIVING TRAIL FROM
ONE GERMAN VILLAGE TO AN IDAHO TOWN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SADIE BABITS
Dairy cows provide most of the raw material—in the form of manure—that powers the bio-energy plant in the tiny German village of Juhnde. The town is a leader on the green energy frontier.
t’s a late fall morning in Lower Saxony— the kind that numbs your ﬁngers if you’re outside too long. For now, I’m warm, traveling with a group of other U.S. journalists in a bus that’s almost too big for Juhnde’s narrow streets. Brick buildings are barely visible through the fog as we drive through the village. Juhnde is more than 1,000 years old. Its 750 residents live among rolling farmland and wooded hills. It’s like many German villages with its narrow streets and small stone homes with terra-cotta roofs. A towering church steeple rises from the heart of town—a landmark if you stand on any one of these hills. But talk to any of the town’s villagers, and they’ll tell you Juhnde is special, different from other small communities. Juhnde is Germany’s ﬁrst community to be powered and heated by cattle manure and grain. Juhnde’s bio-gas power station and heating complex is nearly hidden by cornﬁelds. It’s on the edge of town, and it’s become quite a tourist attraction in the last ﬁve years. Thousands of tourists visit this facility every year. The power station is the reason I’m here—to ﬁnd out how this German village went off the grid. Gerd Paffenholz is only too happy to oblige. He’s lived in Juhnde for 20 years. At
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70, he does what a lot of retired people do: He volunteers. “Now if you are retired, you have much time to work for the bio-gas station,” joked Paffenholz. We start the tour of the bio-energy plant outside in the fog and biting wind from the top of a large concrete underground storage tank. The liquid manure in this tank gets pumped to a massive green tank, the anaerobic digester. There, microorganisms have a heyday eating manure and grains supplied by farmers in Juhnde. The bacteria create bio-gas, which then is combusted into heat and electricity. You might expect the odor of manure to permeate the air. Instead, the smell is that of the freshness of the dew-covered countryside. Paffenholz says Juhnde used to have a distinct smell thanks to a dairy operation in town. But he said the bio-energy plant solved the odor problem. Now cattle manure from the dairy farm gets sent to the facility. This plant with its two domed fermentation sites generates 700 kilowatts of power. The electricity gets sent to the public network, providing Juhnde with renewable power and an added bonus. Energy that’s normally lost while making bio-gas is captured to heat water, and that hot water is delivered through a series of underground
pipes to heat most of the homes in Juhnde. Back in 2005, the town ripped up its sidewalks to install a hot water network. The pipes connect to 75 percent of Juhnde’s homes and deliver hot water to heat these often drafty, old houses. Paffenholz takes me into his basement to point out the small black plastic pipes bringing hot water to his home. He used to store a large oil tank here. “The life quality for me is much better than before. I don’t have to think about oil. I have warm water every time in my house without doing anything.” The oil tank is gone and so is the uncertainty of trying to buy oil at a good price. “Our cost to heat our houses is lower than heating with oil, and what’s important is this is stable,” Paffenholz explained. The village’s bio-energy plant went live ﬁve years ago and cost nearly $8 million. The money came through a government grant and from residents like Paffenholz, who each ponied up thousands of dollars to join the plant cooperative. The village has also cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half. It now meets targets set by the European Union for 2050. Juhnde has become a poster child among green circles in Germany, an example of what happens when a community agrees to
become sustainable. It didn’t happen overnight. Paffenholz acknowledges residents started to talk about the bio-energy plant in 1998. Seven years later, the plant went from the drawing board to reality. Neighboring towns have followed Juhnde’s lead. Just three miles away, another village is building a bio-energy plant to go off the grid and four other towns are doing the same, although Germany imports 70 percent of its energy. “Our fossil fuels are running out by the end of century. And it’s not just us, but the whole world,” said Dr. Hans-Jurgen Froese, the deputy director of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. That, and climate change, has motivated Germany’s government to develop renewable energy from solar and wind to bio-energy plants. Froese explained in order to have half the country powered by renewable energy by 2050, Germany will need about seven times more renewable energy than it currently has. Already, individuals can sell any excess renewable energy they generate to the grid. There are also high incentives and subsidies for farmers who grow crops for energy and for food. The country’s push for renewable energy is catching on. Fly over Germany and you’ll
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Gerd Paffenholz takes thousands of visitors through Juhnde’s bio-energy plant every year. Tourists come from all over the globe trying to learn how this community of 750 people went off the grid.
Tree Care Classes Learn about trees in FREE classes taught by the experts from Boise Community Forestry and the College of Western Idaho. March 3 “Tree Growth and Biology” with Horticulture Instructor Gary Moen, College of Western Idaho
March 10 “Tree Pruning” with City of Boise arborist Dennis Matlock
March 17 “Tree Selection & Planting” with City of Boise arborist Ryan Rodgers
Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Boise Public Library Hayes Auditorium 715 S. Capitol Blvd. To register: 384-4083 TDD/TTY 800-377-3529 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cityofboise.org/parks/forestry
March 24 “Tree Problems, Insects & Diseases” with City of Boise arborist Debbie Cook
see wind turbines scattered across farmland—20,000 to be exact. Farmers and energy co-ops operate some 4,000 bio-gas plants across the country. Ofﬁce buildings, hotels and apartments sport small solar panels built into windows and on rooftops. In Berlin, Germany’s capital, some 7,000 photovoltaic panels cover rooftops. Even the Reichstag—Germany’s parliament building—runs on renewable energy. It’s heated and cooled through a stored underground water system. The switch to green power was meant to boost the country’s reputation as a leader in renewable energy. In fact, Germany wants to be the ﬁrst industrialized country in the world to be powered entirely by green energy. But sustainability efforts that seem old hat in Germany are just beginning to catch on in the United States. Idaho already generates a considerable amount of power from renewable sources like water. But there’s a new effort underway to get communities to create their own energy portfolio based on what’s right in their back yards. The Idaho Ofﬁce of Energy Resources is behind this push. The agency, which Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter formed three years ago, wants to develop what are called Renewable Energy Enterprise Zones around the Gem State. Paul Kjellander, executive director of OER, said when he took the job, he wanted to ﬁnd ways to get counties and cities excited about renewable resources like dairy waste and wind. The renewable energy enterprise zones are meant do that, by funding projects communities propose. On one level, it’s about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but Kjellander explained these zones are also about generating jobs and development in Idaho’s rural counties. Last year, counties and cities proposed 26 small-scale projects. OER used $1.5 million in federal stimulus dollars to award grants to 12 projects. Kootenai County received money to start turning landﬁll waste into methane to generate power, while Twin Falls will do something similar at its landﬁll and also set up wind turbines. In McCall, ofﬁcials plan to install solar panels throughout the community. “We have a good mix of projects,”
Kjellander said. “This will give rural communities an opportunity to explore what’s in their own back yard and ﬁgure out ways to utilize it for future development.” OER expects more money to come through the federal stimulus to fund additional projects this year, and Kjellander believes the increased interest in renewable energy will continue. “You’re seeing across the board more of a desire to go after that low hanging fruit, which is energy efﬁciency,” he said. Some Idaho towns, though, are working harder than others to do that. Take Sandpoint, for example. OER awarded the North Idaho community $250,000 for what’s being called the Sandpoint Woody Biomass Project. The money will help build a combined high-pressure steam woody mass boiler system to create both heat and power, and is estimated to create about 35 kilowatts of power. The total project is expected to cost $835,000. That project has roots in a growing global movement known as the Transition Initiative, dedicated to creating sustainable communities that don’t rely on fossil fuels. The initiative began in Ireland and England. It’s the brainchild of Rob Hopkins, a British educator who has taught permaculture and natural building in Ireland and beyond. He launched the ﬁrst two-year full-time permaculture course in the world at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland and started the ﬁrst eco-village development in that country before relocating to Totnes, England. That’s where Hopkins began an effort to re-localize that town. The volunteer effort brought old skills back like darning socks and planting trees. There are now more than 80 transition initiatives around England. In the last ﬁve years, the transition initiative has spread through Europe and now into the United States. There are now more than 150 U.S. communities that have been designated “transition towns,” including Sandpoint and Ketchum. Sandpoint was the second community to receive this designation, following Boulder, Colo. Ketchum was the third. Visitors to Sandpoint know almost instantly that they’ve found someplace special. From the Long Bridge, the two-mile
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Juhnde’s anaerobic digester produces energy and sends it to the national grid, and the excess energy heats water to provide heat to the town’s drafty, old houses.
strip of pavement ﬂoating like a hover board over Pend Oreille River, to the cluster of red brick buildings that make up Sandpoint’s quaint downtown, there’s something different about Sandpoint and the some 6,000 people who call it home. Karen Lanphear has seen it since she and her husband bought a home in Sandpoint in 1985. They lived abroad for years, coming and going. Now Lanphear is a permanent resident, and she’s passionate about Sandpoint’s future. This 63-year-old former educator has
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a vision for the community that’s “sustainable, resilient and vibrant.” Lanphear hopes to accomplish that vision through Sandpoint’s Transition Initiative, which she helped found two years ago. Now, she spends 40 to 50 hours a week trying to get more Sandpoint residents to buy into the idea of a sustainable community, much like Juhnde’s residents did more than 10 years ago. She explains it this way: There’s a catastrophic earthquake in Idaho. Major roads are damaged. Gas stations can’t refuel and store
The the once distinct smell of Juhnde has been diverted to help the village get off the grid and slash its carbon footprint.
shelves are nearly empty. What does a community like Sandpoint do? Transition towns prepare for the unimaginable and become self-sufﬁcient. This isn’t about building a bomb shelter stocked with canned food and water. It’s more about living close to the earth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and kicking oil to the curb. Germany and Europe are years ahead of the United States in energy efﬁciency. “They’ve had to deal with high energy prices and low amounts of domestic energy
resources for a long time,” said Jim McMillan, who works in research and development of bio-fuels at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. There’s another major distinction between the United States and Europe. “Europe signed up to Kyoto. We didn’t,” said McMillan. The 37 countries that signed onto the Kyoto Protocol agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5 percent compared to 1990 levels. The reductions are over a ﬁve-year period, which ofﬁcially began in 2008.
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Still, McMillan believes Juhnde has created an attractive model that could work in the northern United States and Canada, where people are more remote and winters are long and hard. “It shows you what some wise investments and collective thinking can make happen,” said McMillan. While McMillan is impressed by Juhnde’s model, it could be a tough sell in the United States. “In Europe, I mean, they’re built out much more than we are, and they are doing a lot more in building. Their density of building, the size of their square foot of their homes are much more right size, and so these solutions are easier to implement there, than they are here,” he said.
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Our attitudes are different, too. It took several years to get Juhnde’s residents to buy into the idea of going off the grid, but now most everyone is on board. Here, a more individualistic spirit could hamper that effort. But McMillan sees promise in what Juhnde has accomplished. “So one village is a good example, but we need to apply it across the board.” Those changes have different catalysts, but a common goal. “In 2008, I was despondent about the state of the world,” Lanphear explained of what got her involved in the initiative. Rapidly melting glaciers, the ongoing war in Iraq, U.S. dependence on foreign oil: It was all getting to her. Then Lanphear met fellow Sandpoint resident Richard Kuhnel,
an Austrian with a degree in eco-social design. Kuhnel had just returned from Totnes, England, where he learned about Hopkins’ work and he wanted to bring those lessons back to Sandpoint. “You have to subscribe to the principles of transition, which is about raising awareness and recognizing that the world is changing and we need to change with it,” Lanphear said. The goal is to develop a plan for how Sandpoint residents want to live in the future. Communities then make decisions on everything from transportation to food production and energy needs. Before that happens, the Transition Initiative calls for a great unleashing in each community. Two years ago, some 500 people packed Sandpoint’s old movie theater, the
Panida, for what Lanphear calls “the great unleashing weekend.” It was basically a major push to “generate energy and awareness around this environmental movement and recruit volunteers” she said. “We live in a county with 42,000 people surrounded by trees and water, and that’s our heritage,” said Lanphear. That’s why she wants Sandpoint to come together to ﬁgure out the best way to use the land and its resources. “We are either going to sink or swim together,” she said. Now, some 25 to 30 active volunteers help spread the transition message around Sandpoint. They work in groups that address everything from health to energy needs. “As a working group, you have to do demonstrable projects that bring more people
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in,â€? explained Lanphear. There are 12 steps communities like Sandpoint follow to get rid of oil and reduce their carbon footprint. There is even a handbook outlining these steps, which include forming a steering committee to guide the initial efforts and then disband. Other steps include raising awareness, and facilitating a great â€œre-skilling.â€? Thatâ€™s what really excites Lanphear. She talks about bringing back those skills our grandparents and great grandparents knewâ€” canning vegetables and fruits, gardening, cooking and dying wool. â€œItâ€™s not going back to ignoring the technology. Weâ€™re not falling back into the dark ages,â€? Lanphear said. But she does believe that we were more self-reliant in the early 1900s than we are now. Sandpointâ€™s transition efforts are meant to restore that self-sufďŹ ciency. Eventually, Lanphear envisions Sandpoint with its own bio-energy plant that would power the town and address greenhouse gas emissions. The transition initiative is â€œdesigned to empower communities, to take back their communities and lives,â€? she said, adding that itâ€™s about â€œcreating a world thatâ€™s positive and enjoyable. This whole materialistic craze has to stop.â€? In the United States, a few townsâ€”including those in Idahoâ€”are attempting parts of Juhndeâ€™s efforts. Reynolds, Ind., replaced the townâ€™s vehicle ďŹ‚eet with cars and trucks that run on bio-fuel. Itâ€™s now working with a company to turn algae into power. Grand Marais, Minn., plans to build a central-heating system for the community that burns wood chips from the local saw mill. In Oregon, dairy farms in the Tillamook area truck manure to the Tillamook Digester Facility, which opened in 2003. This bioenergy plant consists of two 400,000-gallon digester cells. The bio-gas runs two Caterpillar engines, which are tied to a 200 kilowatt generator, and the electricity is sold to the local power company. Idaho is also tapping into the power of manure. Last year, the Big Sky Dairy near Gooding ďŹ‚ipped the switch on an anaerobic digester, fueled by the farmâ€™s roughly 4,700 cows and their manure. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission buys the power and the facility generates 1.5 megawatts of electricity. These are large-scale efforts, but towns like Ketchum and Sandpoint are working more at the grass-roots level through transition initiatives. Eiron SchoďŹ eld is one of the founding members of Community Rising in Ketchum and now sits on the steering committee. This transition effort began two years ago, about the same time Sandpoint began its transition initiative. SchoďŹ eld said that Community Rising has held awareness events over the past year, screening movies such as End of Suburbia and Food, Inc. â€œWe have given presentations to the local schools,â€? SchoďŹ eld said. â€œAnd we have a close relationship with our local food coop, Idahoâ€™s Bounty, and have done several projects together, including producing a local food guide.â€? The goal, like in Sandpoint, is to â€œreduce our dependence on fossil fuels and rebuild a more localized economy,â€? SchoďŹ eld said. Focus has been largely on creating a sustainable food supply. â€œNinety-eight percent WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
of our food is trucked in,â€? SchoďŹ eld said. â€œThatâ€™s why weâ€™ve put so much time and energy into working with Idahoâ€™s Bounty to create and sustain a local food network.â€? Since Community Rising began, groups involved with the movement are working to eliminate plastic bags and have explored creating a local currency. Thatâ€™s hit a snag, said SchoďŹ eld, since First Bank of Idaho has closed. â€œWe were working very close to having them on board to back a local currency.â€? Part of the transition movement is to develop a local currency meant to help communities withstand a disaster or an economic recession. Boise doesnâ€™t have a transition initiative, although there is similar work being done through Sustainable Community Connec-
tions of Idaho. Its mission is to promote all things local from business to green development. Whatâ€™s happening in Boise, Sandpoint and Ketchum is part of a growing trend. Communities and states are taking action on climate change, local economies and energy sustainability instead of waiting for Congress to act. Kjellander believes projects like the stateâ€™s Renewable Energy Enterprise Zones will help address climate change and the economy. â€œItâ€™s not about green for the sake of being green. Itâ€™s green for the sake of greenbacks,â€? he said. The dollar will, in the end, change behaviors. â€œItâ€™s not brain surgery to add insulation in your house or to put
in energy efďŹ cient windows. These arenâ€™t difďŹ cult or impossible to do, and they have tremendous dollar values.â€? It can be as simple as planting your own garden or as complex as uniting a tiny German village to build a bio-energy plant. But Lanphear believes it has to start somewhere. â€œIn America, thereâ€™s such a maverick attitude about everything,â€? she said. â€œWe donâ€™t look to our European brethren.â€? While she can see Sandpoint being entirely self-sufďŹ cient, sheâ€™s also realistic. She knows it will take economic incentives and small steps for towns like Sandpoint and Ketchum to move in Juhndeâ€™s direction. Ultimately, Lanphear believes making changes comes down to education. â€œHow else will we change our fears?â€? she asked.
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noise TWO FACES OF CURTIS STIGERS Other than a couple of annual shows—two jazz nights at Boise Contemporary Theater and the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza—Boise audiences seldom have the opportunity to hear Curtis Stigers play live. To appease his local fans and celebrate the release of his 2009 album, Lost In Dreams, Stigers told his jazz bandmates to make arrangements to ﬂy out from the East Coast and then scheduled a ﬁve-day run at Boise Contemporary Theater. “[BCT] is such a great place to play. People love that intimacy and how close we all are. It’s like playing a concert in my living room,” Stigers said fondly. His performances at BCT have been extended into a week-long residency, splitting the week into two no-jazz nights for fans of his pop/singer-songwriter stylings and three nights of straight-up jazz, because that’s a big part of his repertoire. Stigers has embraced his role as mayor of the No-man’s Land Between Pop and Jazz for a long time. With each successive album he releases, a little more pop music—something Stigers’ soulful, throaty voice is well-suited for—sneaks in. He’s looking forward to the ﬁrst two nights because he gets to really express his poppy side ... and he gets to play the new guitar he received as a Christmas gift from Nick Lowe (“Cruel to Be Kind,” “Peace, Love, and Understanding”). Plus, he enjoys the particular thrill of being alone (Ned Evett will join him for a few songs) on a stage where he can talk, joke and relate with the audience. But the pop and jazz nights won’t be entirely separate—it’s inevitable that there will be some musical crossover during the week. “I’ve become known for taking modern songs and turning them into jazz tunes,” Stigers said, “like ‘Jealous Guy’ [John Lennon].” But Stigers has also proven himself capable of taking those songs, paring them down and strumming them as the lovely, simple pop tunes they are. Even jazz snobs might enjoy the ﬁrst two nights of shows. 8 p.m., $35. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, curtisstigers.com.
WEDNESDAYFRIDAY MARCH 3-5 party JAPAN FESTIVAL
THURSDAY MARCH 4
What do origami, samurai and calligraphy have in common? Originating in Japan, they will all be highlighted as part of the thirdannual Japanese Festival in Boise during Japan Week. In the past, Japan Week has been primarily celebrated on the Boise State
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campus and has focused on student-centered activities. This year, several off-campus events also aim to raise awareness of Japan Week throughout the community. Boise’s small, tightly-knit Idaho Japanese Association consists mostly of ﬁrstgeneration Japanese im-
Sometimes it seems as if a coin toss determines whether international concert tours include Boise on their list of stops. Luckily, that coin landed on heads, and the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be rumbling into town on their rock ’n’ roll-fueled hogs. This trio originated in San Francisco and now hails from Los Angeles. BRMC’s psychedelic garage rock has a hint of folk revival with occasionally religious lyrics. Citing inﬂuences like rock icons John Lennon and The Rolling Stones, the band has a distorted ’60s feel. Heck, even their name is a nod to the past—Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is the name of Marlon Brando’s motorcycle gang in the ﬁlm The Wild One. Those who are more familiar with contemporary mmmbop pop culture might recognize BRMC’s song “Done All Wrong” off the 2009 installment of the Twilight series, New Moon. BRMC’s current tour takes the band all across North America and Europe throughout 2010, but with Boise as one of the earliest stops, the group should be able to muster all the vitality and enthusiasm that pulses through their soon-to-be released sixth studio album Beat The Devil’s Tattoo. An opening performance by The Whigs will set the stage. 8 p.m., $15-$35, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
migrants who do much more to honor their culture than scar f down dragon rolls at the plethora of sushi restaurants in this land-locked valley. Last year, the IJA contributed to Japan Week by hosting a sneak preview of the Japanese movie Departures at The Flicks. IJA will also kick off this year’s festivities on Thursday with a free viewing of The Twilight Samurai, which will be shown at Idaho State Historical Museum following demonstrations of origami and calligraphy. On Friday, the IJA brings you Japan Night,
which promises demos of kendo and Iaido, Shorinji kempo, traditional ﬂower arranging and a Shamisen per formance. Area highschool students who study Japanese language will also be hanging around, ready to belt out songs in Japanese. While you won’t ﬁnd any raw ﬁsh here, bring cash for Japanese sweet treats and green tea. Also, be sure to hit up the ﬂea market, which will be going on throughout the event. Event organizer Shigeru Yokoyama says he hopes to beat last year’s record attendance, adding, “The
Japanese consulate from Portland, Ore., is in charge of Idaho, and he will be there.” Sounds like you’d better make an appearance, too. March 4, 6-8:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, idahohistor y.net; March 5, 6-8 p.m., FREE, Idaho Power Building, 1221 W. Idaho St., 208-388-2200. For other Japan Festival events and times throughout the week, visit idahojapaneseassociation.org.
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pasta FEMINIZED FETTUCCINE FORUM Though you’re unlikely to ﬁnd much about city and regional planning in Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique or quippy treatises on open-space preser vation in the pages of Bitch Magazine, the two issues have, nonetheless, helped women change the face of Western cities like Boise, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. On Thursday, March 4, Jennifer Stevens, the principal of local historical consulting ﬁrm Stevens Historical Research Associates, will give a presentation titled, “Feminized Nature: The Ladylike Greening of the Urban West.” The lecture, which starts at 5:30 p.m., is part of the Boise City Department of Arts and Histor y’s monthly speaker series, the Fettuccine Forum. And while the topic sounds interesting enough, our inner feminists raised their ﬁsts in protest when we read the following line on the city’s press release: “While their activism launched a new role for women in public life long before the bra-burning days, you needn’t worr y— these ladies never missed a chance to host a dinner party or don a new dress, and most of the time, they were well-behaved.” Whew. That’s good to know. We wouldn’t want our little post-war, city-planning, open-space preser ving forefems to be running around in, gasp, old pants—or even worse—letting their dinner party duties fall by the wayside. But you know how the saying goes, “Wellbehaved women make for an obscure histor y lesson.” Wait? Is that how it goes? Either way, if you can’t feed your inner feminist, you can at least feed your inner fettuccine-ist with a $6 plate of pasta catered by Life’s Kitchen. 5 p.m. doors, 5:30 p.m. presentation, FREE lecture, $6 fettuccine, The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-433-5670, cityofboise. org/artsandhistor y.
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FRIDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 5-7 kitties ... no wait, scratch that ... ﬁber arts PUFFY MONDAES 2010 FIBER ARTS RETREAT “Sleep in, let someone else cook, take a class, knit, take a nap.” If the following schedule sounds like something you could seriously get behind, then join a crew of crocheting connoisseurs and weaving whizzes at the Pilgrim Cove Camp in McCall for the Puffy Mondaes 2010 Fiber Arts Retreat. From Friday, March 5, through Sunday, March 7, attendees will have the chance to take courses like beginning weaving, dyeing yarns, core spinning, knitting/crocheting with alternative materials and Nuno felting (Japanese wet felting). While the registration fee is a steal at $135 per person, which includes lodging and grub on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as breakfast on Sunday, each ﬁber arts course also carries an additional fee that ranges from $30-$55 a pop. “This is our second-annual retreat. We did it last year and it was a big hit,” said Puffy Mondaes co-owner Aaron Brown. “We went to Albion, Idaho. There’s a big women’s college there, where they restored one of the buildings so it was pretty cool.” Puffy Mondaes, an organic and Fair Trade yarn and craft store in Nampa, has been offering community craft classes since it opened last year. Teaching everything from pottery-making to yarn-spinning to mosaic, the store draws in craft-minded folks from all around the Treasure Valley. This weekend’s ﬁber arts retreat, which already has 25 registrants, has drawn in both Puffy Mondaes newbies and seasoned vets. “I think that probably half the people registered so far haven’t been to the retreat before and maybe haven’t even taken classes here before,” said Brown. For more information on the weekend’s schedule, carpooling to McCall and a suggested packing list, visit puffymondaes.com/retreat. Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7, $135 plus course fees, Pilgrim’s Cove Retreat Center, 1075 Plymouth Road, McCall, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com/retreat.
THURSDAYSUNDAY MARCH 4-7 play ALMOST, MAINE Harking back to the snow-bundled, quirky ’90s TV show Northern Exposure, Almost, Maine shows the myriad intersections of love and heartbreak on a crisp
winter night in the small ﬁctional town of Almost, Maine. Penned by playwright and actor John Cariani, Almost, Maine has been hailed by Charles Isherwood of the New York Times as “A comedy comprising almost a dozen two-character vignettes exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows.” Almost, Maine’s four actors portray about 20 characters, including Glory
There’s a moment of redemption at the end of every Grocery Outlet trip. After loading your bags with pistachio cheese logs, organic frozen butternut squash puree and Scharffen Berger chocolate bars, the checker will gingerly tear your receipt from the register and utter a heavenly phrase. “Today you saved $54.75,” she’ll say, handing you proof of your unparalleled shopping prowess—a savings report card to display proudly on the refrigerator. Though the Grocery Outlet (affectionately dubbed the Gross Out) doesn’t exactly dazzle shoppers with its dated ’70s facade—a tri-color rainbow GROCERY OUTLET peeking out of a giant brown 5544 W. Fairview Ave. 208-376-2953 paper sack—it saves the razzlegroceryoutlet.com dazzling for the inside. Shoppers wind rickety carts through aisles ﬁlled with you’re-nevergoing-to-ﬁnd-this-again-so-you-might-as-well-buy-10-right-now steals. Though you will run into a few token bargain grocerytype items—like a giant, dented white can labeled simply “meat sauce”—a large percentage of the stuff at Grocery Outlet is organic, not-expired and totally edible. Frozen Amy’s Eggplant Parmesan, anyone? Or maybe you’d prefer a syrahrose made with organically grown grapes for only $2.99? While the Gross Out is not a swing-in-for-your-daily-necessities kind of joint, it is a place where you can cavalierly cast your shopping list aside and let yourself be guided by the call of frozen organic tofu pad Thai. —Tara Morgan
and East in “Her Heart.” When Glory chooses East’s yard as her Northern Lights viewing spot, she packs an interesting picnic, with the remnants of her broken heart, which her cheating husband broke before his death. Can East, who is a repairman, ﬁx it for her? Through March 13. $5-$11 adults, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY MARCH 3 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—A discussion beneﬁtting the National Association of Social Workers. Music from Blaze ’N’ Kelly. 21-andolder. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., 208- 2875379, www.liquidboise.com.
Concerts CURTIS STIGERS—See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $35, 208-331-9224, www.curtisstigers.com. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise.
Art GYPSY GALLERY—A collection of local artisan travelers. Participating artists include Zella Bardsley, Pam McKnight, Michael Falvey, Kay Seraut, Todd Warner, David Day and many more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Empire Building, 205 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-3446315.
Literature CHANGE BEGINS WITH YOU— Yehuda Berg, best-selling author of Kabbalah: The Power to Change Everything. 6 p.m. FREE. Borders Books and Music, 350 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-3226668, www.borders.com.
Talks & Lectures GIRLS IN TECH—Join Boise Radio host Stephanie Wicks as she discusses what it’s like to host her program “That’s Woman’s Work.” Register at gitboisemeetings.event-brite.com. 5:45-7 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho, Boise.
BALLET IDAHO OPEN HOUSE— An introduction to Ballet Idaho’s Academy. The Ballet Idaho Youth Ensemble perform Peter and the Wolf at 6 p.m. 4-7 p.m. FREE. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet Idaho Annex, 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556, www.balletidaho. org.
Concerts CURTIS STIGERS—See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $35, 208-331-9224, www.curtisstigers.com. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise.
Workshops & Classes BEGINNING WATERCOLOR PAINTING—Acclaimed artist Bill McCusker instructs a four-week course. 7-9 p.m., Thursdays in March 4-25. $58. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, www.puffymondaes.com.
Talks & Lectures FETTUCCINE FORUM— See Picks, Page 16. 5 p.m. FREE, 208-4335670. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, www.parklaneco.com/ roseroom.
Kids & Teens DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY PARTY—Readings from Dr. Seuss’ collection and enjoy birthday cake. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, www.gardencity.lili.org. TEEN VIDEO SHOOT—Teens are invited to make a movie about the library. Participants will use a ﬂip VideoTM camera to record a video. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995. www. boisepubliclibrary.org.
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FIRST THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN BOISE— See pages 19-22 for more. 5-9 p.m. FREE, For more information, visit www. downtownboise.org.
CELEBRATE IDAHO, BOISE PHILHARMONIC BENEFIT GALA—Celebrate with a gala featuring Idaho’s wines and cuisine. Live entertainment by the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Oinkara Basque Dancers. Both live and silent auctions with gift getaways. 6 p.m. $175 per person, $1,500 for a table of 10, 208-344-7849. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, www.boisecentre.com.
TRANSIT: JAPANESE ART JOURNEYS EASTWARD, ARTIST RECEPTION—Drop by to meet the artists behind the collaboration of works inspired by Japanese art featuring artists Kaoru Hirabayashi, Naohiko Wantanabe and the students of Nagoya Zokei University. Presented by the Visual Arts Collective and Boise State University. 6 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, www.visualartscollective.com.
JAPANESE FESTIVAL— See Picks, Page 16. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Idaho Power Building, 1221 W. Idaho 23 St., Boise, www. idahojapaneseassocation.org.
THURSDAY MARCH 4 Festivals & Events JAPANESE FESTIVAL— See Picks, Page 16. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., 208- 334-2120, www.idahohistory.net. VIVA LA WCR—An evening of fun and frills, Vegas style. Live music, prizes and photos with Elvis. Bring your old eye glasses to donate to the Lions Club. 7-11 p.m. $30, includes appetizers and one free drink, wcr.org. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., 208-343-4611.
On Stage ALMOST MAINE—See Picks, Page 17. 7:30 p.m. $9-$11. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.
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Nonproﬁt sews new community seeds
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HIGH HOPES TARA MORGAN
Past a smattering of dormant sewing machines and a pile of colorful fabric scraps, a single cloth purse handle lies in the middle of a table. Looking at the mess of zig-zagging lines that makes up the seam, it’s obvious this handle was used in a practice demonstration. Hanging on the wall adjacent from the handle is a collection of completed cloth bags, seams perfectly straight. But this bright, airy third-ﬂoor space in a building near Fifth and Idaho streets is no sweatshop. In fact, it’s the opposite of a sweatshop. Run by an array of previously Boise refugees learn that sewing isn’t as simple as it seams. retired ladies, Artisans4Hope is a nonproﬁt organization that helps train refugees in sewWe talked about slang at the last meeting. equipped to do that. So, I personally was ing, knitting and English language skills. All handling the sales … I was looking for a legal Somehow the word ‘bummer’ came up.” of the money made from scarves or purses For the refugees involved with Artisanssold through the nonproﬁt goes back directly structure to work under.” 4Hope, the weekly classes help strengthen Coincidentally, Ayer and a group of her to the refugees. book-club pals were also considering forming their communication skills and build the “We want to specialize in elegant, vintage, a nonproﬁt group that would help teach refu- conﬁdence that they need to thrive in their unique raw materials, whether it’s silk or yarn gees how to work with textiles and give them new community. or whatever,” said Artisans4Hope president “In one class, a woman broke a sewing the opportunity to become self-sufﬁcient Hildegarde Ayer. “That’s part of the point of this organization—to create products using na- income earners. After watching the documen- machine needle and she was distraught,” said Ayer. “I said, ‘This is not a crying thing, it’s tive ethnic skills combined with Western design tary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the group a ‘bummer.’ And she looked at me and she solidiﬁed their decision to form Artisanthat sell and produce income for refugees.” started to laugh, and she said, ‘Yes, bummer!’” s4Hope. Realizing the similarities between And for a relatively new, donation-based For Bahija Sayed Quasim, an Afghan organization, Artisans4Hope made a sizeable Ayer’s and Cloonan’s goals, Keziah Sullivan, refugee who came to Boise in late 2005 with community outreach specialist at the IRC, chunk of money in its ﬁrst year. professional sewing skills, Artisans4Hope brought the two together. In January, thanks “Last year, in 2009, we made about provides an opportunity for her to make $10,000—all of which went back to the refu- to a space and utilities donation from Steve connections and improve her English. Sayed West at Centra Consulting, they moved into gees, except for what went to the tax guy,” their new downtown location. Every Monday Quasim already does custom sewing for Desaid vice president Joan Cloonan. sign West Interiors, and she eventually hopes from 9 a.m.-noon, they hold a formal threeCloonan—former vice president of envito open her own business. hour sewing lesson, and every Wednesday ronmental affairs for J.R. Simplot Company “The sewing group, they are so friendly from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and a recent political and they teach us everything,” said Sayed they host informal candidate—and Ayer, a Quasim. “If we have any questions, they workshop hours. former nonproﬁt leadGrand opening on Thursday, March 4, 4:30-8:30 p.m. answer all the questions and also if we have Soon, they will also er, credit the formation any problems. They have the machine, everybegin hosting smaller of Artisans4Hope to ARTISANS 4 HOPE thing, and they give the fabric to sew. They knitting circles. 413 W. Idaho St., Suite 301 a series of fortuitous 208-345-6716 In one of the space’s help a lot with refugees.” events. It all started artisans4hope.org Dieudonne Boussoukou, a refugee from large storage rooms, after Cloonan, an avid the Democratic Republic of Congo and the giant reusable grocery knitter, linked up with group’s only male, also knew how to sew bags overﬂow with Boise’s chapter of the before joining Artisans4Hope. But after athundreds of colorful knitted scarves and hats. International Rescue Committee in 2008 to In the next room, shelves are lined with stacks tending a few lessons, he’s excited to put his work with its informal knitting group. new skills to use. of various fabric scraps. Because of donations “We got donated yarn, donated needles, “I think I’d like to make some new dereceived from fabric and yarn stores around donated everything,” said Cloonan. “Most of them already knew how to knit, and those the Treasure Valley, as well as individual dona- signs, some designs from my home country,” said Boussoukou. “Maybe it will be good for tions, Artisans4Hope is now able to provide who didn’t, we taught them how. We taught Americans to see.” refugees with the skills and materials they them new techniques, ﬁnishing techniques, While Ayer and Cloonan are currently quality type things. We then decided we need need to be successful. In addition to learnwrapped up in the day-to-day aspects of the ing craft skills and producing much needed to sell this stuff. We started selling at a few income, these refugees are also able to practice nonproﬁt—and piecing together their First markets here and there and home parties Thursday grand opening bash—they have their English and make new friends. before Christmas.” high hopes for the future. “We start our classes in a circle and talk After the group’s knitted scarves began to “We hope to teach these refugees the take off, Cloonan realized she needed to set up about family, talk about terms that they need to understand in order to understand the les- techniques and get them to the point where, a more solid legal framework for the group. eventually, we’d like to see them take over son,” said Cloonan. “Then we get into a lot “IRC couldn’t handle the sales part of the business,” said Cloonan. of discussions, cross-cultural things, as well. this,” explained Cloonan. “They’re not WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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THE BASQUE MARKET—Give your palate the gift of Spanish ﬂavors this Thursday with tapas and wine. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, www.thebasquemarket.com.
Miller, Ann Winslow, Naomi Elton, Joy Cobbs and Christine Howard. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 622 W. Idaho, Boise, 208-287-3296.
ARTISANS4HOPE—A gathering place for Boise’s refugee population to meet and share in the creation of handmade goods. Check out an assortment of pieces from some of our new neighbors. See story on Page
CERAMICA—Celebrate 15 years in downtown Boise and the upcoming move to Vista Village with complimentar y snacks and half-price studio fees. 510 W. Main St., Boise, 208342-3822.
CHRONIC TACOS—With live music by Psyko Jake and the Hypno Crisis, $1 beers and menu specials all day long. 106 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208345-3711. DRAGONFLY—Twenty percent off everything in the store. 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234, www. gama-go.com.
THE MELTING POT—Score 2-for-1 drinks, $5 appetizers and wine ﬂights. 5-8 p.m. 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208383-0900, www.meltingpot.com. OLD BOISE—Idaho Indie Works 4 Etsy Street Team showcases more than 20 local artists and crafters sell-
Chapter Emerging Professionals and Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to kick off the 2010 Eco-House Design Competition. Head down to learn more about the competition while enjoying free food and beverages. 108 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-343-7851.
ing unique and handmade products. Sixth and Main streets, Boise.
FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—It’s 3 doodle mania with work by Flying M curators Jerms and John and their
PENGILLY’S—Live music by Frim Fram 4. 8:45 p.m. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.
illustrating buddy Andy Stauffer and a doodle a day. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320.
8TH STREET AIR—Artists-in-residence at 404 5 S. Eighth St. include Ted Apel with interactive sound sculptures; Jess Sanden using diverse
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mediums to explore ﬁgurative subject matter; and Kate Masterson creating three large-scale paintings. Artists-in-residence in the Alaska Building at 1020 Main St. include Lisa Bufano, multi-media performance artist; and Sue Latta, using resin, metal and colored pigments to sculpt forms. Artists-in-residence at 517 S. Eighth St. include Erik Sande, with an array of abstract paintings created with acrylic color and various techniques and Kristy Albrecht with paintings that explore lifestyles of the modern woman. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, Boise, 208-3385212, www.8thstreetmarketplace.com. ATOMIC TREASURES—Featuring Boise artist 6 Julianna Thomas’ collection of hand-sewn creations inspired by vintage slips and cotton nighties from the ’40s and ’50s. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-0811, atomictreasures.com. BALLET IDAHO—An introduction to the academy programs with dance, rhythm and creativity demonstrations. The Ballet Idaho Youth Ensemble will perform Peter and the Wolf at 6 p.m. 4-7 p.m. FREE. 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556, www.balletidaho.org. BOISE ART MUSEUM—Explore the current 7 exhibit, “Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon,” then take a shot at creating your own 3D robot. Local engineers, designers, artists and historians will discuss robots in a panel discussion at 5 p.m. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, www.boiseartmuseum.org. BUNS IN THE OVEN—Tina Richards, owner of Muddy Hands, will be in store to demonstrate her line of fun designs using your child’s handprint to make a unique and personal gift. 6-9 p.m. 413 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-5683. COLE MARR GALLERY—With a naturalistic 8 exhibition of bird photography by David Marr. Light snacks will be served. 6-9 p.m. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630. HAIRLINES—Catch up with Lu for a new do. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-383-9009. HELLY HANSEN—With a store-wide end-of-season sale featuring 20-50 percent off all merchandise. 860 W. Broad, Boise, 208-342-2888. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM—Enjoy origami and calligraphy stations, and the Japanese ﬁlm The Twilight Samurai, presented as part of Japan Week. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., 208-334-2120, www.idahohistory.net. JOS A. BANK—Catch the winter clearance sale and the new spring line. Open late until 8 p.m. 380 S. Eighth St, Boise, 208-331-3224. MAC LIFE—Featuring “Macro” photography 9 capturing a variety of subjects by advanced photo students at Timberline High School. 421 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-323-6721, www.maclifeboise.com. OZZY’S METAL DESIGN—Browse a collection of recycled metal pieces, including lamps, candleholders and more. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-284-5048. QUE PASA—Featuring an array of arts 10 and crafts from Mexico, including steel sculptures, blown glass, mirrors, stoneware, hand-crafted jewelry, and carved saints and virgins. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9018. R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART 11 GLASS—Hosting the Boise State Art Metals seventh annual fundraising auction to help beef up the studio with new tools and equipment. See Downtown News, Page 22. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337, www. rgreygallery.com. SALON 162—Stop in for a glance at pho12 tographer Yvette Sedlewiez’s exhibit “What You See is What You Get,” combining her photo skills with colorful acrylics and watercolors. Salon staff will be in store offering free consulta-
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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS tions. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-386-9908. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Winemaker Scott DeSeelhorst will be in store to discuss new wines. Light snacks and complimentary wine ﬂights offered. 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-345-9463. THE STYLISH STORK—Winter merchandise needs to pack its bags to make way for the new spring line. Open late until 9 p.m. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-336-5655.
Central Downtown AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Here’s your chance to snag a deal on all works done by American artists during the art sale. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, Boise, 208-433-0872. ARTISAN OPTICS—With an imaginative collection of handmade frames by Anne et Valentin. Live music by James
Orr from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and artwork by Charles and Tracy Hoffman. 190 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-0500. BASEMENT GALLERY— 13 Explore the world of contemporary printmaking with works by artists Matt Bodett, Kirsten Furlong, Denise Lauerman, Odessa Leedy, Benjamin Love, Susan Moore, Sarah Rapatz, John Warfel, Tarmo Watia and British printmakers Alison Read and Sarah Ross-Thompson. 928 W. Main St., Boise, 208333-0309. BRICK OVEN BISTRO—With live jazz music by Rebecca Wright. 801 N. Main St., Boise, 208342-3456, www.brickovenbistro. com. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET ANNEX—Showcasing works by more than 20 local market artisans, featuring hand-blown glass, pottery, beadwork, bath and body products and specialty foods. Open until 9 p.m. 130 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-
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9287, www.capitalcitypublicmarket.com. CHOCOLAT BAR—Pair your evening with wines from Holesinsky Vineyards and chocolates from the bar. 805 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-338-7771, www. thechocolatbar.com. DAWSON’S DOWN14 TOWN—Presenting “Western Landscape and Cityscape Photography,” by Tim Buckley. The exhibit also includes images from the Idaho Public Television special Picturing Idaho and the 2007 book Ethnic Landmarks. 219 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-336-5633, www. dawsontaylor.com. THE ECLECTIC ART 15 STORE—Join artist Vicki Stevenson and other members of IMAG for metal art demos and displays. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208344-2191. EGYPTIAN THEATRE—Special screening of Wings, the ﬁrst ﬁlm to win an Academy Award in 1927. Tickets available at the box ofﬁce. 7 p.m. 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www. egyptiantheatre.net. FETTUCCINE FORUM—Complimentary appetizers are served and fettuccine is available for $5. The topic is “Feminized Nature: The Ladylike Greening of the Urban West” by Jennifer Stevens. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. See Picks, Page 17. 5 p.m. FREE, 208-433-5670. 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, www. parklaneco.com/roseroom. HEIRLOOM DANCE STUDIO—A group of Boise percussionists lead a small performance highlighting music from the Malian Empire of West Africa. Audience participation will be encouraged. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE, www. boisedrumcentral.org. 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, www. heirloomdancestudio.com. IDAHO ADVANTAGE CREDIT UNION—Stop by for an open house providing details on ﬁnancing a loan. 6-8 p.m. 249 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-342-5660. IDAHO STATE CAPITOL 16 BUILDING—Work by Idaho Photographic Workshop, including photographers Allan R. Ansell, Heidi Bailey, Gay Bauwens, Gordon Bowie, Carol Leonard, Ken Levy, Lana Levy, Susanne Lomatch, Michael Luque, Linda McDougall, Tony Morse, Anita W. Quick, Tobin Rogers, Jane Rohling, Mike Shipman, Mary Stieglitz, Keith Walklett and Bob Vestal. 4-8 p.m. 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-433-9705.
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LISK GALLERY—Take 17 a seat in artist August Johnson’s contemporary chairs that will stimulate your eyes and your derriere. Also featuring 75 new black and white images by photographer Mark Lisk. Works by Carl Rowe and Jerri Lisk also on display. 5-10 p.m. FREE. 850 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3423773, www.liskgallery.com. MAI THAI—Free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees. 750 W. Idaho St., 208-3448424, www.maithaigroup.com. MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE— Sample hand-dipped shakes, food and specials. 712 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-385-0472, www. moonskitchen.com.
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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS OLD CHICAGO—Kids eat free and karaoke starts at 10 p.m. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-3630037, www.oldchicago.com.
POTTERY GOURMET—Open late with wine and appetizer samplings as well as 10 percent off purchases. 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649. SEE JANE RUN—Proceeds from sales beneﬁt Boise Komen for the Cure. The ﬁrst 10 people in receive a free gift. 5-9 p.m. 814 W. Idaho St., 208-338-5263. THOMAS HAMMER—Fea18 turing Tomas Montano’s series “Viva Costa Rica!” 298 N. Eighth St., 208- 433-8004, www. hammercoffee.com.
West Side ART SOURCE GAL19 LERY—Exhibiting “Through the Years” with works in oil, acrylic and collage by Jan Weston. Music by Dave Linger, beer by Brewforia and wine by Indian Creek Winery. 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, www.artsourcegallery.com. BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT—Enjoy free appetizers from 4-6 p.m. and a wine tasting by Holesinsky Winery. Live jazzblues from Ken Harris and Rico Weisman at 6:30 p.m. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553, www.berryhillandco.com. BROWN’S GALLERY— 20 Featuring David Tinnon’s exhibit “Landscape Views.” Wine tastings offered by Sawtooth Winery. 1022 Main St., Boise, 208-342-6661. GALLERY 601—Browse 21 the collection of vintage ski posters from around the world; receive 25 percent off the cost of framing. 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-336-5899, www. gallery601.com. THE GALLERY AT THE 22 LINEN BUILDING— Presenting “Bill Blahd Paintings: Artists, Faith, Medicine, Religion” featuring works he’s created during the past ﬁve years. Curated by Karen Bubb. Live music by Dan Costello and Leta Neustaedter and DJs during and after the show. 5-9 p.m. 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www.thelinenbuilding.com. GYPSY GALLERY—Catch 23 a collection of local artisan travelers during the threeday stay in the Empire Building. See 1st Thursday News, this page. 5-9 p.m. 205 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-344-6315. LOCK, STOCK & BARREL— Enjoy live music by Patricia Folkner. 7-9 p.m. FREE. 1100 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-3364266, www.lsbboise.com. MODERN HOTEL AND BAR— Where ’60s costumed attendees can throw back mid-century cocktails and appetizers in Mad Men Style. 5 p.m. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244. THE RECORD EXCHANGE— Treat yourself to a 12-oz. espresso drink for $2, and get $2 off any used CD or DVD $5.99 and up, as well as any gift item over $5.99. Featuring local artists’ new releases for in-store play. 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, www.therecordexchange.com.
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An exquisite corpse you want to hang around your neck.
JEWELRY, GYPSIES AND BALL CHAIRS In order to create the 26 jewelry pieces up for auction this First Thursday, Boise State Art Metals students had to cede creative control to their peers. Every 45 minutes, they passed their works in progress from student to student until they reached the last person in line, who was tasked with making the hodge-podge creation into a ﬁnished necklace or brooch. Utilizing orange or lavender stones, the resulting pieces are hairy, felty, shiny, steely, ribbony and just plain weird. If those are qualities you like in your jewelry, make your way to R. Grey Gallery for the seventh annual Art Metals Fundraising Auction, which has its opening reception this First Thursday, March 4, from 5-9 p.m. All proceeds from the auction, which ends on Saturday, March 20, will go to fund the purchasing of new equipment for the Boise State art metals studio. For more information, contact Anika Smulovitz at 208-426-4060 or the R. Grey Gallery at 208-385-9337. If you’d rather sit on your weird art than wear it around your neck, the Lisk Gallery is the place to be this First Thursday. From 5-10 p.m., artist August Johnson will open a show of his “ballistic” chair creations—uber-modern chairs that look like a bunch of giant, welded-together push pins. Interestingly enough, Johnson promises that they are comfortable to sit in. A couple of blocks away, the Gypsy Gallery, a collection of local artists who show their work in ever-changing venues around town, will invade the Empire Building at 10th and Idaho streets on First Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Gypsy regulars Zella Bardsley, Miriam Woito, Pam McKnight, Kevin Flynn, Cherry Woodbury, Michael Falvey, Jenifer Gilliland and Kristy Albrecht will be joined by guest artists Betty Rodgers, Gay Bauwens, Todd Warner, Kay Seurat, Melissa Kunz, Bernie Jestrabek-Hart, Marcia Warne, Zion Warne, David Day, Michael Luque, Marjorie Bjornsen and Melissa Nodzu. The show ofﬁcially opens Wednesday, March 2, and has a brief run, closing on Friday, March 5. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION— The celebration begins with brunch, followed by a ceremony awarding this year’s honoree Evelyn Mason. 9 a.m. FREE. For more information, contact Jeanette Ross at 208-378-1217. Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, www.spcboise.org.
On Stage ALMOST MAINE—See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.
treatment while learning about the natural medicine. 5-7 p.m. FREE. American Acupuncture Center, 128 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 208-938-1277, americanacu. com.
WONDER AND MYSTERY IN THE NATURAL WORLD— Featuring musician, storyteller, artist and naturalist Douglas Wood in an evening of music and discussion. Presented by the Idaho Environmental Education Association. 7 p.m. $5 donation, www.douglaswood.com. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611.
ARTIST RECEPTION—Metal artist Amber Conger, as well as Fonny Davidson, Venture Coy, Gregg Russell, Fred Choate, Ken Newman and Jerry Snodgrass. 4-9 p.m. FREE. Galerie Belle Ame, 179 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1342, www.galeriebelleame.com.
Workshops & Classes BRAZILIAN SAMBA PERCUSSION AND DANCE WORKSHOP—A workshop designed for all levels, focusing on samba percussion. Closing ceremony will take place Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. with a free Brazilian potluck and performances. 6:30-8 p.m. and Sat., March 6, 2-3:30 and 4-5:30 p.m. Adults, $15 a day or $25 for both days; students, $5 a day or $10 for both days. Scholarships are available, For more information, contact Jan Morrison (White) at 208-382-5613.
POPEYED—Join Boise’s local theater as Popeye, Olyve and Wympy do their best to protect their town from the likes of evil Bruno and his gang. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13, 208-336-7383. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, www.pdplayhouse.com.
CURTIS STIGERS—See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $35, 208-331-9224, www.curtisstigers.com. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise.
BOISE MASTER CHORALE— 7:30-9 p.m. $20, 208-344-4794, www.boisemasterchorale.net. Centennial High School, 12400 W. McMillan Rd., Boise.
FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Take a stroll through downtown Eagle and visit local merchants and galleries along the way. 4-9 p.m. Downtown Eagle. FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST GALLERY—Woodriver Cellars highlights a different local artist every month. Guests enjoy the scenery of the winery, art, live music, food and awardwinning wines. 6-10 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, www. woodrivercellars.com.
THE ART OF HEALTH—Openhouse attendees can enjoy tea and a free acupuncture
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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF VIBRANT COLOR—Featuring works by Mark Davis, Tricia May and Gary Holland. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Artisan Gallery, 124 E. State St., Eagle, 208-9395889.
LITERATURE FOR LUNCH— Join Boise State English professors Carol Martin and Cheryl Hindrichs for an in-depth discussion of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., www.boisepubliclibrary.org.
Kids & Teens SOMETHING GREEN—Puppets share stories. The show lasts about 25 minutes and is most suited for children 6 and younger. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary.org.
Odds & Ends SAINT PATRICK’S SQUARE DANCE—All-ages dance for the family featuring a live band. 7:30 p.m. $6 general, $4 IFS/BCDS members, $5 students and seniors, $2 children under 12, $14 family. Idaho Outdoor Assn. Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise.
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SATURDAY MARCH 6 Festivals & Events 2ND ANNUAL GALA EXTRAVAGANZA—Beneﬁting Idaho Dance Theatre. Theme is Dancing Through the Decades. Don ’80s attire for a night of fun, auctions, music and more. 6 p.m.-midnight, $100 per person, $850 for a table of 10, 208-331-9592, www.idahodancetheatre.org. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise.
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8 DAYS OUT BOWLING FOR RHINOS—A conservation effort for Africa and Indonesia. Help the rhinos, help Zoo Boise. 6-9 p.m. $20, includes two bowling games, a T-shirt and rafﬂe tickets. $70, teams of four. 20th Century Lanes, 4712 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-8695. NORTH END ORGANIC NURSERY—Grand opening with organic gardening supplies and seeds. Also attend one of the short short informational gardening sessions. Ribbon cutting is at noon, classes are FREE. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Rd., 208-389-4769, www.northendnursery.com.
On Stage ALMOST MAINE—See Picks, Page 17. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org. CELTIC RHYTHM—The Tiernan Irish Dancers kick off St. Patrick’s Day with a show and visit from special guests the Giant Leprechauns. 7 p.m. $10-$12, www.tiernanirishdancers.com. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555. POPEYED—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13, 208-336-7383. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, www.pdplayhouse.com. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD—A special performance of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Seating is limited and on a ﬁrst-come basis. 1 p.m. FREE. Borah Building, 304 N. Eighth St., Boise.
Concerts BOISE MASTER CHORALE—7:30 p.m. $20, 208-344-4794, www.boisemasterchorale.net. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise.
CURTIS STIGERS—See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $35, 208-331-9224, www.curtisstigers.com. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise. MERIDIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA—Featuring pianist Mark Fearey performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and violinist Jennifer Sullivan performing Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Pablo de Sarasate. 7:30 p.m. $7 adult, $5 seniors and students, $18 family. Meridian Middle School, 1507 W. Eighth St., Meridian, www.meridiansymphony.org. RED GRAMMER—Family concert featuring Red Grammer. Presented by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA and Open Door Children’s Theatre. 4 p.m. $10 ages 2 and older, FREE for kids younger than 2, 208-344-2220, ymcatvidaho.org. Boise High School, 1010 Washington St., Boise.
Odds & Ends ROCK AND GEM SHOW— Gathering of dealers, displays and demonstrations in all things rock related. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $3. O’Connor Field House/Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-455-3004.
SUNDAY MARCH 7 On Stage ALMOST MAINE—See Picks, Page 16. 2 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.
Concerts RECITAL—Boise Philharmonic members Peter Stempe, principal oboe, and Jeffrey Barker,
principal ﬂute, present the works of Hindimith, Dring, Telemann and Prokoﬁev. 3 p.m. FREE. First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-3441, www.ﬁrst-presbyterian.org.
MONDAY MARCH 8 Kids & Teens ROCKETS! LIBRARY FUN THAT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD— The Discovery Center of Idaho hosts a program for kids ages 6-12. Participants will design, build and launch stomp rockets. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, www. boisepubliclibrary.org.
TUESDAY MARCH 9 Art ARTIST TALK—Transit: Japanese Art Journeys Eastward is collaboration of works inspired by Japanese art featuring artists Kaoru Hirabayashi, Naohiko Wantanabe and the students of Nagoya Zokei University. Presented by the Visual Arts Collective and Boise State. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., 208-4261000, www.boisestate.edu.
Talks & Lectures BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES—Face to the Storm: The NW Journals of Ross Hall (Idaho’s Ansel Adams) by Dan Hall. Noon-1 p.m. FREE for Friends of the Historical Museum; nonmember fees are $3 youth (6-12), $4 seniors; $5 adults; children 6 and younger FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3342120, www.idahohistory.net/ museum.html.
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
WEDNESDAY MARCH 10 On Stage MINERVA JAYNE’S SAINTS AND SINNERS—Minerva, Selena, Godiva and special guest Victoria woo and wow the crowd with glitzy performances of lip-syncing stardom. Sin is 21-and-older. 8-10 p.m. $2. Sin, 1124 W. Front St., 208-3423375, www.sinboise.com.
Literature IDAHO AUTHOR BOOK DISCUSSION AND SIGNING—Join author Gary D. Jones to discuss his book Hiking Idaho’s Seven Devils: The Complete Guide to Every Trail, Lake and Peak. 6 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, www.gardencity. lili.org.
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DOUBLING DOWN ON 311 Veteran rockers reﬂect on 20 years and hunt for new label PATRICK FLANARY
The place isn’t hard to ﬁnd: Just look for the rainbow. Its spray-painted spectrum, weathered and sprawled along the length of a concrete building off 64th Avenue, has been known to lead certain musicians to gold records. Beyond the music shop facade, down the hall of wall-to-wall guitars and past piles of drums, a modest setup of microphones and vintage equipment showcases an unsung Omaha, Neb., landmark. This back room at Rainbow Recording Studios once hosted Willie Nelson. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks cut a record here not long ago. And it was at this studio, in July 1991, that the guy in charge convinced local band 311 to put its songs to tape. “I badgered them into recording at a real studio,” remembers Nils Anders Erickson, After 20 years and 10 million albums, 311 frontman Nick Hexum has earned the right to rock plaid pants. Rainbow’s founder. “I told them if they were going to press a thousand CDs they’d Records executive Don Schmitzerle, who brilliantly precise backbeat on the textured better keep the quality up, or it would haunt signed 311 in June 1992. Twenty years and ballads “Golden Sunlight” and “Two Drops them the rest of their musical life.” Erickson fronted the band $2,000 to cover the session. in the Ocean.” These softer gems highlight the nine albums later, the band plans to start harmonies between Hexum and 311 co-leader recording again following the spring tour— Twenty years later, the funky reggae parwith or without a label. S.A. Martinez and allow a break from the tiers known as 311 regularly sell out shows “We’re free agents now, and so we’ve got band’s more formulaic output of songs like and have moved almost 10 million albums. a lot of options on the table,” says Hexum. “Hey You,” a single suited for those content The group’s promotion of peace and positivThe band satisﬁed its contract with Volcano with the familiar, radio-friendly side of 311. ity through live music culminates every two Records, their label since 2000, last year. Be“There’s plenty of 311 fans that say, ‘Just years on March 11—“311 Day”—an event that draws some 15,000 spectators from all 50 do the heavy stuff,’” says Hexum. “The truth fore the band moved out to L.A. two decades ago, 311’s tradition meant Monday night is that we have to make music that’s just states. Next week, the band will play its biengigs at the Ranch Bowl in Omaha. Now the from the heart. You can’t make music by a nial blowout at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. guys have their own holiday. 311 Day, the focus group.” “The only way you band’s ﬁve-hour display of continuous classic “If we were just can really screw yourcuts, climaxes with a drum solo performed, the same band every self as a musician is Friday, March 5, with Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, in unison, by every member of the group. To record, maybe we to think you’ve got it 8 p.m., $41-$100. watch it is to witness unity at work. wouldn’t even be all ﬁgured out,” says KNITTING FACTORY “311 really showed us how to be a band, a band anymore,” 311 frontman Nick 416 S. Ninth st., how to tour, how to make it a business,” admits drummer and Hexum. bo.knittingfactory.com says Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath. songwriter Chad SexThat’s why he “They’re really underestimated for what ton. “I think the last and his reggae-rap one is the most formu- great musicians they are. They’re working architects returned on another plane.” lated musically on the songs, but in a good to the drawing board with a new mentor This year, that plane inevitably leads four way, a way that 311 absolutely needed.” in 2008. Uplifter, the band’s ninth album, of the band’s ﬁve members to age 40, a time While Los Angeles bands Fishbone and ﬁnds longtime Metallica producer Bob Rock Red Hot Chili Peppers drew up the funk-met- when, as the adage goes, life begins. If all pushing 311 beyond its comfort zone. While his years of making music hadn’t already al blueprint in the early ’80s, 311 pioneered the group hasn’t left behind its trademark convinced Hexum of this, the realization hit and popularized the call-and-response, approach to songs, the rap-rock style isn’t double-frontman concept of the ’90s on early home six months ago when he and his wife leading the charge this time around. welcomed their ﬁrst child. “Too Much Too Fast” emphasizes guitarist albums like Music and Grassroots. “It’s just a very fulﬁlling thing,” he says, “They had this ability to cross-pollinate all Tim Mahoney’s soaring tropical riffs over a “a sense of purpose that you can never really these different musical genres in a seamless shufﬂing Beatlesque time signature. P-Nut’s fully understand until you’re in it.” kind of way,” remembers former Capricorn rich bass throbs in time with Chad Sexton’s WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
Eric Gilbert isn’t sweating the tour diary.
NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE Finn Riggins’ Eric Gilbert sent a communique to Boise Weekly the other day asking/ suggesting/encouraging that we make a spot on the bright and shiny boiseweekly. com for tour diaries. “Tour diaries?” we asked. “Yes, tour diaries,” he replied. “The Willamette Week in Portland does this cool thing on their site where they host tour diaries of local bands ... and they stay on the site archived over time ... I was wondering if the BW might be interested in doing such a thing? We’d gladly post stuff from time to time on the road to update folks at home with what we’re up to out there on the battleﬁeld,” added Gilbert. We loved the idea and told Gilbert to put his thinking/writing cap on. Finn Riggins— who, as we reported a couple of weeks ago, are out conquering the East and West coasts—will be the ﬁrst travelers to have a tour diary. While the whole setup is not quite ready at this printing, it won’t be long before a visit to boiseweekly.com/boise/ music will reveal a multitude of multimedia missives from Finn Riggins and other local troubadours as they spread music and love to the rest of the world (or at least Pocatello and Idaho Falls). Want to participate? The rules for contributing are as simple as the village idiot: 1. You must endeavor to include photos and video. 2. You must be from Boise or the surrounding areas. 3. You must actually be out on tour. We want you to write about ﬂat tires, missed shows, stolen equipment, drunken hook-ups, cool connections, asshole bar owners, crazy co-eds, couch surﬁng—we want to read about all of it. And as for us, we will not rule with an iron ﬁst over this crazy kingdom: The entries will post as written, warts and all. If you are a terrible speller, have a propensity for palaver or can’t write yourself out of a paper bag, not our problem. We will not be responsible for your stupidity nor will we take credit for your brilliance. These are your stories in your words. If you are in a local band and would like to contribute, drop me a note at amy@ boiseweekly.com and let me know. Once the diaries are set up and running smoothly, I’ll let you know how to get in on it. —Amy Atkins
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY MARCH 3 BRANDON PRITCHETT—8 p.m. FREE. Reef CURTIS STIGERS—See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $35. Boise Contemporary Theater REVOLTREVOLT, ZEN ZERO—8 p.m. $3. Neurolux
BENEFIT FOR THE HAITIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION, MARCH 6, VAC We’ve waxed on about the generosity of local musicians and here they go again. Josh Galloway, bass player for instrumental rock trio Beautician has organized a concert to beneﬁt the Haitian Health Foundation, a 28-year-old organization that works hard to make sure money gets where it needs to be. With overhead of only 8 percent, 92 cents of every dollar goes directly to help the Haitians. Galloway gathered some of the fore-rockers of Boise’s music scene to help him raise funds—don’t feel guilty if you’re going because of them: Dirt Fisherman (pictured), Farm Days, Beautician and Tim Andreae. Beautician now includes Brett Netson on guitar; Farm Days is Doug Martsch, Brett Nelson and Ian Waters and was their ﬁrst band; and all of the Dirt Fishermen—Gina Gregerson, David Grapp, Dan Krejci, Glenn Newkirk and KT Shanafelt—will be there. —Amy Atkins Saturday, March 6, 8 p.m., $5-$15 donation. VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, visualartscollective.com.
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SEVENDUST, DROWNING POOL, DIGITAL SUMMER, THE FLOOD—7:30 p.m. $24-$60. Knitting Factory
CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $35. Boise Contemporary Theater DAN COSTELLO AND LETA NEUSTAEDTER—6 p.m. FREE. The Gallery at The Linen Building NATE FOWLER—8 p.m. FREE. Reef REBECCA SCOTT TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Sin REVOLTREVOLT—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s THREE BAND THROWDOWN— Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, The Alex Richards Band The Well Suited. 9 p.m. FREE, $1 to vote. Liquid
VISQUEEN—5:30 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange
THURSDAY MARCH 4 BELLY UP—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish BEN BURDICK TRIO, AMY WEBER—7 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, THE WHIGS—See Picks, page 16. 7 p.m. $15 adv., $17 door, $35 platinum skybox. Knitting Factory
FRIDAY MARCH 5
DOUGLAS WOOD—7 p.m. $5 donation. Owyhee Plaza Hotel FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. FREE. The New Frontier JIM LEWIS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine JIMMY BIVENS— 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—10 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish MIKE QUINN—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper SOUL PURPOSE—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef SPINDLEBOMB— 9 p.m. $1. Liquid SPOONDRAGON—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s WARSAW—10 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s
311, TOMORROW’S BAD SEEDS—See Noise, Page 25. 7 p.m. $41-$100. Knitting Factory ALPENFLOW—8 p.m., FREE. Sockeye BROTHERS OF THE BALADI— Smoke-free show. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $35. BCT
SATURDAY MARCH 6 ACTUAL DEPICTION—10 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s ALMOST DANGEROUS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine
BENEFIT FOR THE HAITIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION—See Listen Here, this page. Dirt Fisherman, Farm Days, Beautician, Tim Andreae. 8 p.m. $5-$15 suggested donation. VAC CHRONICLE, ZELLY ROCK, BROTHERS KEEPER, MARKO—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef THE CONVENTION: NORTHWEST—See Listen Here, Page 27. 8 p.m. $8. Knitting Factory CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $35. BCT FIVE GEARS IN REVERSE—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. FREE. The New Frontier JIMMY BIVENS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub JOHN HANSEN—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LEE PENN SKY—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper PAT MCDONALD AND THE TROPICAL COWBOYS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe SOUL HONEY—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. $1. Liquid
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TUESDAY MARCH 9 ALAMEDA, FIELD GUIDE, SLEEPY SEEDS—8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective
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KEN HARRIS, RICO WEISMAN—8 p.m., FREE. Sockeye
AUTOMATIC LOVELETTER—6:30 p.m. $10. The Venue
KEVIN KIRK, JOHN JONES—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE STRANGE BOYS, SCARF, MICROBABIES—8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective
REBECCA SCOTT AND DEBBIE SAGER—7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s
THE YOUNG DUBLINERS—8 p.m. $13.50-$40. Knitting Factory
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MONDAY MARCH 8 BILLY BRAUN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m., FREE, A New Agenda, Sleeve of Wizzard. Liquid
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, OBSCURA, AUGURY, HATESPHERE—6:30 p.m. $13 adv., $15 door. The Venue CAMILLE BLOOM—8 p.m. $4. Lucky Dog JAGUAR LOVE—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
JOHN CRAIGIE—8 p.m. FREE. Reef
JEREMIAH JAMES GANG— Wednesdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—Mondays, 8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
JIM FISHWILD—Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
THE BUCKSHOT BAND— Fridays, 9 p.m., FREE for the ladies; Saturdays, 9 p.m. FREE for anyone in a cowboy hat. Shorty’s
JOHNNY SHOES—Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Lock Stock & Barrel
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THE CONVENTION: NORTHWEST, MARCH 6, KNITTING FACTORY Ruben Medrano understands hip-hop, he understands hustle and he understands hard work. Medrano was half of hip-hop duo Lookin’ For Change and during their few years together, they moved nearly 30,000 copies of their CDs. What Medrano took away from that was a greater insight into how helpful it would be to have a place where independent, up-and-coming hip-hop artists could turn for beats, recording, promotion and management. So he founded local promotions and management company Movement Music. As part of its continued mission, Movement showcases artists it represents. On Saturday, Mar. 6, Movement Music will pull out all the hip-hop stops with Portland, Ore.’s Cool Nutz (pictured), joined by Pleasantville Killers, Jay Barz, Leezy Soprano, Hogg Boss, Dubble 00, Sic Society, Soulja Thugz and J Boi. —Amy Atkins Saturday, March 6, 8 p.m., $8. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
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Stills from Boise director Will Schmeckpeper’s new fantasy-adventure ﬂick Vagabond Lane.
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Local ﬁlm Vagabond Lane is an infernal adventure JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA ous with each encounter, until her enslaveCreation is rarely a linear process. Ask any ment by the wicked Desert King (Vincent painter, choreographer or musician if their Sanchez) requires her to escape once more. ﬁnal product was exactly what was ﬁrst “I didn’t set out to create a Christian alleplanned. gory,” says Schmeckpeper, who says the ﬁlm’s Filmmaking, on the other hand, seems to allusions to Dante’s novel came while editing. come across as a carefully scripted, meticu“I’m not particularly religious, but at the core lously planned endeavour. Just ask Boiseof any belief worth its salt is that God tells based director Will Schmeckpeper. Budget you what to do, and you have the freedom to and scheduling constraints require months make the choice.” of pre-production to ensure an expeditious While Vagabond Lane can be viewed as an shoot. Last minute switches, while common, adventure story—and action-wise, it’s mostly can sometimes cost studios too much to family appropriate—its emphasis on decision continue. But sometimes, a ﬁlm not under the and liberation highlights the ﬁlm’s deeper watch of a ﬁnance-focused exec can emerge, message about breaking the cycle of abuse its artistry and intent improved by the ﬂexand victimhood. As Carrie learns to take ibility of its creators. action when imperiled, she simultaneously Such a case is Vagabond Lane, Schmecklearns to allow other captives to choose their peper’s new ﬁlm. It’s a scrappy, heartfelt freedom. story that doesn’t Shot in the summer shrink from embracSpecial screenings Saturday, March 6, of 2006, Vagabond ing the strictures of its 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $6. Lane doesn’t have small budget. EGYPTIAN THEATRE the slick production The ﬁlm tells the 700 W. Main St. values of a Hollytale of Carrie (Chelsea 208-345-0454 wood blockbuster, but Scheets), a shy, emoegyptiantheatre.net Schmeckpeper uses tionally abused teen lower camera quality who runs away from and intrusive visual overlays to accentuate her drunken stepfather (TJ Johnson) into the eerie, danger-ﬁlled fantasy world of Vagabond Carrie’s disturbing circumstances. “No matter what you do with it, it’s not Lane. There she encounters monsters, powergoing to be pretty,” Schmeckpeper says. “So hungry preachers and heroic knights while for those moments when her world is ugly, I discovering the courage to face her fears. As wanted to make it look really bad.” in Dante’s Inferno—after which the ﬁlm is The ﬁlm’s ﬁrst 20 minutes are in blownloosely modeled—she descends further into out, grainy black and white, layered over an otherworldly hell that grows more hazard-
with images of religious icons, alcohol bottles and—to stunning effect—images from the Hubble telescope. After reaching Vagabond Lane, it shifts into color, the weedy greens and dried brown bracken in sharp focus. Throughout the ﬁlm, Schmeckpeper shifts the resolution and color balance to indicate the safety of the characters. And it’s a charming cast, from Bill (Charles A. Beal), the chatty Celtic knight, to nomadic drifter Joe (Gary Winterholler) and his wise goldﬁsh companion. While certain segments perhaps too effectively communicate the drudgery of Carrie’s captivity, it’s a lively, engaging story with a message. “The adventure part of [Vagabond Lane] makes it accessible for the deeper part to make an impression on audiences,” says Schmeckpeper. “I realize that this medium is a motion picture; there should be some action. You have to give the audience something exciting to last them through the slower beats.” Vagabond Lane premieres with a special screening at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, March 6, with showings at both 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and a cost-effective ticket price of $6. “We’re making local movies the best we can, but the reality of it is, we should be showing it to local people at a price they can afford,” he says. “If I can get two people to my movie for just about the price that it would cost a single person to go to a standard release, I think they come out ahead and I come out ahead.”
SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings FROM CHEYENNE TO PENDLETON: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE RODEO COWGIRL—World famous Boisean cowgirl Bonnie McCarroll died doing what she loved: busting broncos. Idaho State Historical Museum hosts Steve Wursta’s documentary ﬁlm From Cheyenne to Pendleton: The Rise and Fall of the Rodeo Cowgirl, The ﬁlm explores the lives of three rodeo pioneers: McCarroll, Colorado’s Bertha Blancett and Washington’s Mabel Strickland and what forced females out of the sport in
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1929. Steve Wurst of Bend, Ore., documents the 25-year legacy of women in rodeo in his fourth ﬁlm. A discussion will follow. Museum admission of $5. Tuesday, March 9, 6 p.m., $5. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr., 208-334-2120, idahohistory.net. VAGABOND LANE—An all-Idaho ﬁlm crew brings Will Schmeckpeper’s sixth feature ﬁlm to the Egyptian Theater for a one-night event. See story this page. Cast and crew will be available after the ﬁlm for discussion. Due to the subject matter, parental guidance is advised.
See full story this page. Saturday, March 6, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $6. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., egyptiantheatre.com.
opening ALICE IN WONDERLAND— Any Tim Burton experience is a journey down the rabbit hole. Only this time, it is literal. Burton’s take on the classic Lewis Carroll story stars longtime collaborator Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Helena Bonham Carter (Burton’s other half) portrays the evil Red Queen while
the delicate Anne Hathaway depicts the righteous White Queen. Unknown Mia Wasikowska plays 19-yearold Alice who is summoned by the Hatter to defeat the Jabberwocky, the terrorizing dragon of Wonderland. Along with Burton’s attachment, Depp’s shock of mercury poisoned orange hair should clue one in that this is not your typical fairytale. (PG) BROOKLYN’S FINEST— Famous (or is it infamous?) tax evader Wesley Snipes ironically plays an ex-convict in Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) crime thriller. A band of cops struggle with career
loyalty as they work to clean up notorious drug den, the BK housing project. One week away from his pension, Dugan’s (Richard Gere) apathy may get the best of him. Clarence (Don Cheadle) wrestles with life undercover while shifting his allegiances to prison buddy and drug dealer Caz (Snipes). Down on his luck Sal will stop at nothing to provide for his pregnant wife and family. Written by Michael Martin, a former New York subway ﬂagger, Fuqua’s drama explores the conﬂict between desire and judgment. (R)
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No one will be able to ﬁll Simon Cowell’s tight black T-shirts.
THE GHOST WRITER—Being an author was never so dangerous. The controversial Roman Polanski brings Robert Harris’ novel, The Ghost, to the big screen with big names. Pierce Brosnan stars as former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, a man with a mysterious and war criminal past. When “The Ghost” (Ewan McGregor) signs on to ﬁnish Lang’s memoirs, he becomes embroiled in a CIA scandal. Writers take note: Don’t work for just anyone. (PG-13) Flicks THE WHITE RIBBON—Creepy German children dominate the black-and-white, Academy Award nominated Austrian ﬁlm from Michael Hanoke. A schoolteacher narrates the events of a WWI village plagued by unexplained gruesome events. The town’s pastor makes youngsters don a white ribbon to remind them of their purity. The innocence of the color, however, does not suit some. (R) Flicks
continuing AMERICAN IDOL STILL WORTH A LOOK I know, I know, you only watch American Idol during the initial “audition” weeks because you like watching Simon Cowell obliterate the spirits of Idol wannabes who think they’re the next Carrie Underwood but are really the next Roseanne Barr. I get that, and I enjoy those weeks, too. But there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had in sticking with the show—especially this time, with a talented group of contestants and Cowell’s ﬁnal season as a judge. Every reality contest on TV today lauds its newest season of participants as “the most talented group of contestants yet,” but simply judging by the skills of some of the singers already sent home, this year’s talented crop of AI-ers may yet live up to the billing. Granted, several of them appear to have more talent in the looks department than in the vocal department, but many a memorable performance has already been laid down in the early rounds. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres appears as the fourth judge this season, occupying the seat vacated by Paula Abdul after the show’s ﬁrst eight go-rounds. Thus far, Abdul’s bizarrely sympathetic criticisms are sorely missed, but DeGeneres’ upbeat attitude and carefully placed wisecracks aren’t so bad. Hard-ass Cowell—who boasts, correctly, that the feedback he offers is simply what the audience is thinking—is still the star of the show, but if his rumored departure come season’s end is true, expect the show to ﬁzzle and die. I have a knack for picking singers to win who end up voted off immediately afterward, but there are a couple of contestants I’m pulling for this year who may go further in the competition than any I’ve championed in the past: 24-year-old California guitarist Andrew Garcia, who busted out a killer rendition of Abdul’s 1988 hit “Straight Up” during Hollywood Week, and 20-year-old Jim Morrison clone Tyler Grady, whose singing is bolstered by a penchant for goofy comments. This week brings the second round of semiﬁnalist eliminations. The top 10 females performed last night, the top 10 males go tonight, and another four contestants will be sent home Thursday. The rounds of the competition in which Cowell bags on the William Hungs of the world may be over, but hang in there. This year’s class of Idol hopefuls will be worth continued viewing, and if you miss the end of this season, you may never get a chance to see American Idol in its full splendor again. As always, don’t be that guy. —Travis Estvold
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AVATAR—(PG-13) Edwards Digital 3-D, Edwards IMAX THE BLIND SIDE—This ﬁlm tracks the story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless African American high-school student who was taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her wealthy white family. Oher goes on to academic success and an NFL football career. (PG13) Edwards 22 THE BOOK OF ELI—The Book of Eli follows Eli (Denzel Washington) on his trek across the wasteland that once was America. Driven by his hope for the future, Eli serves up some serious ass-kicking, putting members of murderous gangs in their place. But Carnegie (Gary Oldman), the ruler of a makeshift town of thieves, wants to stop him. (R) Edwards 22 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) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE CRAZIES—A small town becomes poisoned by the water supply, leading 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) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 CRAZY HEART—Jeff Bridges stars as Blake, a 57-year old alcoholic fading star of country music. When the sensitive yet cragged Blake meets young journalist Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), he resolves to turn his life around. (R) Flicks, Edwards 22 DEAR JOHN—Nicholas Sparks brings yet another tearjerker to the big screen. Army man John (Channing Tatum, Public Enemies) meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) during an annual
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SCREEN/LISTINGS leave. Their fairytale romance is torn apart by war when John is deployed overseas. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 EDGE OF DARKNESS—Mel Gibson is Thomas Craven, a widowed Irish Boston cop whose daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) suddenly returns home. When Emma is murdered in front of him, Craven goes on rampage to ﬁnd her killer. (R) Edwards 22 FROM PARIS WITH LOVE—John Travolta is slick FBI agent Charlie Wax in this action ﬁlm directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). When U.S. Ambassador employee James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is hired as Wax’s assistant, he takes on more than his pencil mustache can handle. (R) Edwards 9 THE LAST STATION—This movie focuses on the end of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s life. The deteriorating Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his wife Sofya (Helen Mirren) are at odds over whether Leo’s considerable fortune from Anna Karenina and War and Peace will go to the Russian people or the couple’s many children. (R) Flicks PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF—The Empire State Building provides a portal to a new world when the demigod son of Greek god Poseidon teams up with the daughter of Athena and a satyr to stop a festering war between the gods. Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan also star in the tale of one boy’s journey to return the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus, the ruler of Mount Olympus. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SHERLOCK HOLMES—Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. (PG-13) Edwards 22 SHUTTER ISLAND—Eternal pin up boy Leonardo DiCaprio teams up for the fourth time with director Martin Scorsese. Two US marshals (Mark Ruffalo, DiCaprio) probe the vanishing of a patient from a criminally insane inﬁrmary on a secluded island in Massachusetts. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE TOOTH FAIRY—Derek Thompson (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is a ruthless, molarmutilating minor league hockey player. But after smashing a kid’s dreams, he gets summoned to do one week’s hard labor as a real-life tooth fairy. (PG) Edwards 22 VALENTINE’S DAY—Ten separate love stories taking place over Cupid’s birthday. Gaggingly affectionate high school athletes, a closeted football star and a desperate female executive pepper the diverse cast of characters. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 WHEN IN ROME—Successful, love-starved New York art curator Beth (Kristen Bell) ventures to Rome for her sister’s wedding. In a desperate attempt to rejuvenate her love life, she takes coins from the fountain of love. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE WOLFMAN—Benicio del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot in the remake of the 1941 classic ﬁlm. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
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SCREEN/MOVIE TIMES WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3- TUESDAY, MARCH 9 AVATAR—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:55, 4:15, 7:50
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, 6:35, 9:25
THE BOOK OF ELI— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 COP OUT—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3, 4:30, 5:30, 7, 8, 9:30, 10:35
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 4:35, 7:20, 10
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1:35, 2:45, 4:25, 5:20, 7:20, 8:05, 10, 10:35 CRAZY HEART—
Flicks: W-Th: 4:20, 7:05, 9:35; F-Su: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:35; M-Tu: 5, 7:20, 9:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25 a.m., 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:35, 4:45, 7:10, 9:50
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 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15
THE GHOST WRITER—
Flicks: F-Su: 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; M-Tu: 4:40, 7:15, 9:40
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS—
Flicks: W-Th only: 9:25
THE LAST STATION— Flicks: W-Th: 4:30, 7, 9:30; F-Su: 1, 4:20, 7, 9:20; M-Tu: 4:20, 7, 9:20 PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 4:50, 7:40, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35 a.m., 12:40, 2:25, 3:35, 5:10, 6:25, 7:50, 9:05, 10:30 SHERLOCK HOLMES— SHUTTER ISLAND—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:50, 6:50, 10:10 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 1:25, 4:05, 4:25, 7:05, 7:25, 10:10, 10:30
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 1, 3:15, 4:10, 6:30, 7:10, 9:35, 10:10 THAT EVENING SUN— THE TOOTH FAIRY—
Flicks: W-Th only: 4:55, 7:10, 9:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:55 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:25, 9:45
UP IN THE AIR—
Flicks: W-Th only: 5, 7:15
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:10, 7, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:10, 4, 7, 10
WHEN IN ROME—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20
THE WHITE RIBBON— THE WOLFMAN—
Flicks: F-Su: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30; M-Tu: 4:30, 7:30 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:55, 7:45, 10:20
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40
T H E A T E R S Edwards 22 Boise, 208-377-1700, www.regmovies.com; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821, www.regmovies.com; The Egyptian Theater, 208-345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net; The Flicks, 208-342-4222, www.theﬂicksboise.com; FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: Northgate Cinema, Towne Square Reel, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, www.reeltheatre.com. Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208-377-3072, www.opcmovies.com. Movie times listed were correct as of press time. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
FOOD/NEWS LEILA R AM ELLA- R ADER
REVIEWS/FOOD On one plate then the other ... BW sends two critics to one restaurant.
KAY AND TRACI’S 127 CLUB
LAU RIE PEARMAN
As I pulled into a parking space in front of Kay and Traci’s 127 Last week I, accomplished two tasks: I met my friend’s new boyfriend, Club, Ma and I leaned forward and surveyed the scene through the and facilitated the IT Guy’s and my mother’s joint quest for the perfect windshield. prime rib. They were two separate tasks, but I completed them both “Looks like a real bar, bar,” I winced. Ma doesn’t really drink and quite successfully at Kay and Traci’s 127 Club in Meridian. she deﬁnitely doesn’t smoke. Nor does she much care to eat in the presAs is probably often the case, Monday night at 7 p.m. was quiet ence of smoke. time at the 127. Sharing the several-thousand-square-foot, wood“Here’s the plan,” I said. “Let’s walk in and check it out. I can paneled space with a handful of drinkers, a couple of pool players always come back for a solo lunch later this week.” and no other diners (not counting staffers), we ﬂopped into low chairs In we went. A quick count had the smokers outnumbering the eatand grinned at the ashtray on our table. We lit up and talk-shouted ers by everyone to none, and I offered to take Ma down the street for over the too-loud jukebox until the deluxe sampler appetizer ($9.50) pizza instead. She declined, and we made our way up to the bar, where arrived and we were stunned silent. A large round metal pizza pan Ma was promptly was nearly covered carded. She was ofin a tower of tortilla ﬁcially won over. We chips slathered in ordered a beer and nacho “cheese” sauce an iced tea and stood (anything that color at the bar counter has no right to call with little laminated itself a dairy product) menus in hand. After ringed by piles of laboring over the battered and deepright combination, fried ﬁngersteaks, we ordered a feast. chicken wings, jalapBy the time I’d eno poppers, shrimp wandered the dance and mozzarella ﬂoor, peeked in on cheese sticks. By this the back gaming time, I already liked area with a handful the new boyfriend, of pool tables and but I fell hard for pulled up a table him when his smile in the main seating broadened and he area, the food began generously ﬁlled his to arrive. First was a plate with fried ﬁnside salad of rust-free gerfoods (just as my iceberg, grated carfriend and I had). rots and cheddar, and Full but comlarge chunks of fresh mitted, we tackled tomato. Big enough a ﬁngersteak dinner KAY AND TRACI’S to eat as a meal and made with fresh specimens of garwith a mess of golden-brown onion rings ($9), a one-third 127 CLUB 1289 E. Idaho St., Meridian den variety garden salad, it was a sign. Sure, we weren’t pound cheeseburger with salad ($6) and a chicken Swiss 208-884-0122 going to have a gourmet meal, but that didn’t mean Kay burger sided by tens of Tater Tots ($7). In the smoky haze, Open Mon.-Fri., and Traci were going to ignore quality control. jukebox country music at top volume, we expected the 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Food paraded out of the kitchen quickly, carried by 127’s food to be mediocre at best. But we loved that the Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m. closed Sun. either the bartender or the cook, who’d informed us items that should be tender were just that, and that the there was no cocktail waitress but still took great care of crispy items crunched. The food was actually damn good. us tableside. At ﬁrst, we moved along at a pretty good On Friday with the IT Guy and my mother in tow, we clip, putting down six butterﬂied ﬁnger-length fried shrimp ($7) and arrived to a chorus of conversations as loud as the louder-than-Monday a $2 beef taco so loaded with lettuce and tomato we had to knife and music on the juke. Kay herself stopped by, and with an arm sweetly fork it. As we were staring down a cheeseburger with fries ($6) and a draped across my mother’s shoulder, suggested if we had indeed come basket of ﬁngersteaks with tots ($7.25), our eyes started to catch up for prime rib, we should order soon: It goes fast and even a matter of to the size of our stomachs. For the record, when Kay and Traci say minutes can make the difference between a mouthful of beef or a tear in cheeseburger, they mean the cheese part. Pepperless pepperjack cheese your beer. We screamed out two orders of the 10-ounce prime rib dinner oozed out from between every bit of soft cornmeal dusted bun. Like the with baked potato and salad ($14.75) for Mom and the IT Guy, and the salad, burger vegetables were crisp and good looking (extra points for a shrimp dinner with tots and salad ($9) for me. nice fat slice of tom). Ma, who has lived in Idaho more than a decade, Good lord. Each ﬂeshy, pink and brown slice of beef was coated with tried her ﬁrst ﬁngersteak—one of the pre-made variety, which are pretty a crusty salty, peppery rub and accompanied by small metal ramekins inconsistent in meat-to-gristle ratio from piece to piece. She’d gnaw on of butter, au jus, sour cream and horseradish with which to coat and all gristle in one before discarding it in search of a meaty piece. dip the meat and potato. I expected my picky mother and the pickier IT We lingered, stuffed, over half-empty plates for a long time in that Guy to shrug their shoulders and start planning for the next prime rib smoky bar, picking at Tater Tots and fries. location. To my surprise, when they came up for air, it was to conﬁrm Eventually we boxed up the leftovers, but we did so reluctantly and that their quest may have come to a close. only after a pod of smokers camped out too close for comfort. While I love it when I can cross things off my to-do list. I have a new friend the 127 isn’t exactly destination dinner for a homemade meal, we had a ... check. I assisted in giving the IT Guy and my mother something to great time hanging out. And my guess is that hanging out a little longer smile about ... check. And I found a place that serves a tower of nachos than expected is exactly how most people ﬁnd their way to food at Kay (and fried goods) on a pizza pan ... check. and Traci’s. —Rachael Daigle’s mom gets carded buying lottery tickets. —Amy Atkins has a to-do list to keep track of her to-do list.
A take-home menu of meaty goodness.
BUFFALO A GO-GO Back in the day, if you had a carnivorous hankerin’, you headed to the neighborhood butcher rather than toward the shrinkwrapped, processed options of the local supermarket. Cottonwood Grille is bringing back a little of that old tradition by offering some of the same meat and ﬁsh served in the restaurant for sale for would-be cooks to prepare at home. Chef/owner Peter Blatz and his wife, Hilary, saw the fresh market as a way to expand the business without stretching things too far. “It’s in response to the fact that everybody is feeling the same pinch economically,” Blatz said. “They can’t go out and dine as much, but they haven’t stopped eating good food.” Cottonwood is offering pre-cut portions of some of its most popular game meats, including locally raised elk, buffalo, venison and lamb, as well as a selection of exotic ﬁsh and seafood from around the world, depending on what’s fresh. Take-out portions cost between $6 and $13 each, and a new blackboard just inside the main door of the restaurant lists the daily offerings. Patrons always have the option of calling ahead to have their chosen chunks of meat ready, but walk-in meatbuyers are always welcome, Blatz said. Blatz has included some helpful recipes on Cottonwood’s Web site, cottonwoodgrille.com, but said gourmet preparation isn’t necessary. “It’s not something you want to do a whole lot of crazy stuff to,” he said. Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com. —Deanna Darr
NEW TO THE BW CARD OK, you’ve been waiting a full seven days for this news. Last week, Boise Weekly welcomed a very exciting new addition to the BW Card: The Basque Market. Yeah, that diggable spicy tuna sand, it’s now 40 percent off. And Tuesday tapas? Yep, those and the vino tinto, too. But be forewarned, you cannot use the card for catering or grocery items. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., 208433-1208, thebasquemarket.com. —Rachael Daigle
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FOOD/DINING Kuna EL GALLO GIRO—Main courses are huge and span Tex-Mex to authentic. The Carne Borracha is a good example of the fare delivered in a caldron made of volcanic rock with carne asada, jalapenos, onions and tomatoes with a side of tortillas. Other selections include lengua en chile verde (beef tounge in a tomatillo green sauce), zope (handmade tortillas with beans, steak, salsa de tomatillo and cojita cheese) and menudo (tripe chile). 482 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-5169. $-$$ SU. LONGHORN LOUNGE—Gather round the horseshoe-shaped bar for late-night bar grub because the kitchen is open late to serve the blurry and bright eyed. Select from hot wings, chicken strips, ﬁnger steaks, stuffed tots, deep fried green beans and anything they can throw in the fryer, including potstickers. 458 W. SU. Third St., Kuna. $ PEREGRINE STEAKS AND SPIRITS—The steakhouse with more to offer than New York Steak, petite sirloin and T-Bone steaks, the menu features stuffed pork chops, chicken fried steak, salmon ﬁllets and Italian chicken breast as well. Enjoy a ﬁne meal and then pop in next door to the Creekside Lounge inside the restaurant where every hour is an enjoyable experience. The lounge has big screen televisions, karaoke on Wednesdays and nightly drink specials. The Creekside patio offers a nice view of Indian Creek. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, SU. 208-922-4421. $-$$ RED EYE—This country bar has a nice, dark vibe and friendly staff. Rest a bit on the padded elbow pads at the bar and order burgers and barbecue. 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797. SU. $ TANNINS WINE BAR—Choose wines by the glass or buy the bottle. Tannins also features specialty beers and a food menu featuring cheese, fresh baked baguettes and handmade trufﬂes. The wine list includes a wide range of selections from Idaho, the United State and the world. 347 Ave. E, Kuna, 208-922-1766. $$-$$$ OM.
Eagle AHI SUSHI—Traditional Japanese sushi in new swanky Eagle digs. In addition to selections “fresh off the boat,” you can get chicken katsu, teriyaki bowls and, of course, a bento box. 1193 E. Winding Creek, Ste. 104, Eagle, 208-938-3474. $-$$$ OM. BARDENAY—Located along the Boise River, the little brother of the Boise bar still features the distillery’s own hooch, as well as
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an impressive array of beer, wine and assorted liquors. The drink menu is longer than the food menu and features unique concoctions from the bar’s award-winning bartenders. Munch on the anything-but-standard pub food while you try to pick your favorite. The riverside patio is the real highlight of the Eagle location. 155 E. Riverside Dr., Eagle, 208-938-5093. SU OM. $$-$$$ BELLA AQUILA—The riverside restaurant boasts one of the best patios in the area. With an impeccable attention to every dining detail, the food, service and atmosphere make for a lovely experience. The restaurant serves a wide selection of Italian fare plus breads with every meal. Sweet options include sweetened ricotta and mascarpone-ﬁlled cannoli dipped in dark chocolate and pistachios. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, RES 208-938-1900. $$-$$$$ SU OM. THE BLUE MOOSE CAFE—With moose-inspired decor, an eatery where diners can get tasty bistro fare like soups and salads, sandwiches and wraps. Think about dining in their new sunroom or outside. 79 Aikens Road, Eagle, 208-939-3079. $ . BUSTER’S BAR AND GRILL— The neighborhood sports bar/ family restaurant is suburban sports getaway. Servers in tiny outﬁts deliver selections from a full menu of pub food and use the glow of big TVs to ﬁnd their way to the tables. 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-1800. $-$$ SU
CAFE RUSSIAN BEAR—Owner Oleg Mironov and his wife make every single thing on the menu from scratch. Borscht, Russian crepes, beef stroganoff, potato pancakes—it’s all homemade. Try the “Old Russia” salad, a combination potato, ham, eggs, onion, peas, carrots, pickles and mayo. The pirogi is a unique pastry selection made fresh daily. No preservatives or pre-made ingredients, ever. 600 S. Rivershore Lane, Ste. 160, Eagle, 208-939-1911. $-$$. . COOL HAND LUKE’S STEAKHOUSE/SALOON—Think meat and potatoes dressed up with a cowboy hat and a whole lot of Western theme. Of course there’s chicken and seafood, but the star of the menu is beefsteaks in particular. Everything comes ranch-style with sourdough rolls, soup or salad, campﬁre beans and a bevy of side dishes. 291 E. Shore Dr., Eagle, 208-939-5860. $$ SU OM. DAVINCI’S—Casual Italian cuisine in quaint downtown Eagle, the “locals’ Italian restaurant” is housed in a historic bank building with a full-service bar area. A wide variety of Italian selections such as lasagna and chicken parmesan are accompanied by warm bread and all-you-can-eat salads. 190 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-2500. $-$$$ SU. FLAME NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA—Venture outside of the standard, thick doughy foundation and sample Flame’s ultra thin, crispy on the outside,
FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED DARLA’S DELI Penthouse of the C.W. Moore Plaza, 208-381-0034, cwmooreplaza.com/darlasdeli “The chicken was the awkwardly shaped chunks of the real stuff rather than the deli sliced stuff, the pesto mayo provided a subtle garlic bite, and the bread ... oh, the bread.” —Rachael Daigle
PHO NOUVEAU 780 W. Idaho St., 208-367-1111, phonouveau.com “From fully feathered chicks served boiled in their eggs to bottles of snake-soaked booze, Vietnam is not a country for the food prude.” —Rachael Daigle
BULL’S HEAD PUB 1441 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, 208-855-5858 “This dish, ﬁve long fried sticks huddling around a hot tub of marinara and classed up with a sprinkling of dried parsley, looked and tasted like a hybrid ... mozzamari? Or maybe calimarella?” —Tara Morgan
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DINING/FOOD foldable on the inside, light-as-air pizza base. Piled on top of the pie are gourmet ingredients like caramelized onions, rosemary, chevre, Cuban ham, creme fraiche and baby arugula. Basic components are not ignored. Choose from barbecue chicken, artichoke and the unique Idaho Potato pie with Yukon gold potatoes, bacon, green onion, creme fraiche and garlic-infused olive oil. 228 E. Plaza Road, Ste. F, Eagle, 208-938-5413. $-$$$
REMBRANDT’S COFFEE SHOP—Located in a restored church on Eagle’s main drag, Rembrandt’s has become a
neighborhood gathering point for more than just coffee. If it’s sustenance you seek, Rembrandt’s has hot and cold libations aplenty, a pastry case full of homemade mufﬁns, sweets, breads and quiches, and a short lunch menu with largely portioned sandwiches, soups and salads. The cathedral— literally—ceilings and plush furniture lend the atmosphere a deﬁnitively welcoming and serene feeling. 93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1564. $. SU OM . SEASONS BISTRO WINE BAR AND CATERING—The recipe for success here is one part
upscale market, one part deli and catering, one part wine tasting room. Add a couple of chef demos, a high-end wine store, a giant patio and viola. 1117 E. Winding Creek Road, Eagle, 208-939-6680. $-$$$ OM. THE STUFFED OLIVE—Eagle has decided to tattle on its “best kept secret” and share this bistro’s fresh sandwiches, pastas, roasted meats and fresh baked desserts with the rest of us. 404 S. Eagle Road, Suite A, Eagle, 208-938-5185. $$ . ZEN BENTO—Zen Bento does well by its simple little menu. This mostly take-out, affordable, lunch-only joint serves up healthy, fresh, tasty salads and bento boxes. 103 N. 10th St., . Eagle, 208-388-8808. $
Caldwell DUTCH GOOSE—Homemade ﬁnger steaks, fresh steamed clams, soup, sandwiches and great hot wings. They also serve up over 17 beers. 2502 Cleveland Blvd., 208-459-9363. SU, OM. $-$$ IMELDA’S—Imelda’s is known for the light, ﬂuffy and fresh homemade ﬂour or corn tortillas and a make-your-own-taco option. 2414 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-454-8757. $-$$ . MANCINO’S—Caldwell’s Mancino’s is home to hot, oven-baked sandwiches with melted cheese piled high with deli meats. The menu doesn’t leave out soups, salads and of course, pizza. 2412 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, . 208-459-7556. $
WHITE RHONE VARIETIES The best-known white grape from France’s Rhone Valley is viognier, a variety that does particularly well here in Idaho. It produces a rich and ﬂoral wine with an unctuous texture that’s particularly well suited for the current cool, wet weather. But there are other intriguing grape varieties from that region, and they too are ﬁnding favor in vineyards outside of France. Typically blended, they also have the stufﬁng to ser ve as cool-weather warmers. Here are the panel’s favorite other Rhone whites: 2008 LINE SHACK ROUSSANNE, $14.99 This is 100 percent roussanne from San Antonio—no, not Texas, but the new American Viticultural Area in California. This wine offers rich aromas of peach and dried apricot on the nose. Balance is the key in this yin and yang of wine, where ripe honeydew melon and peach ﬂavors meld perfectly with the tart citrus and green apple. An enchanting take on the grape. 2008 PERRIN RESERVE COTES DU RHONE BLANC, $11.99 This French entr y offers a cornucopia of Rhone varieties including grenache blanc, bouboulene, marsanne and roussanne. The aromas are light but lively, dominated by soft citrus with accents of rhubarb, dried fruit, rose hip and clover. Elegantly structured, the palate is highlighted by soft melon with a nice hit of lemon zest on the ﬁnish. This is an exceptional value. 2008 VILLA CREEK WHITE, $24 From Paso Robles, Calif., this blend of grenache blanc, roussanne and just a kiss of viognier (10 percent) has all the richness you’d expect from this warm-climate region, but with a sense of balance you might not. Enticing aromas of honeydew melon and peach play against bright citrus and orange zest. There’s a nice mix of crisp pineapple and sweet mango in the mouth with a smooth and creamy ﬁnish. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
Nampa BRICK 29 BISTRO—Chef Dustan Bristol is co-owner of Nampa’s casually upscale eatery which serves fancy takes on common foods. Delicious and delectable. 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-468-0029. $-$$ SU OM. COPPER CANYON—If you’re looking for a delicious steak, Copper Canyon in downtown Nampa deserves your attention. It may be a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip to enjoy their ﬁne dining in an intimate setting. 113 13th St. S., Nampa, 208-461-0887. $$$. RES. FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE— First Flying M makes a home out of a former garage shop, now chock full of coolness with a coffeeshop, gift shop and allage art and music venue. Food selections to go along with the in-house roasted coffee include pastries made at the in-house bakery. 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533. $ SU. MONA LISA—This atmospheric restaurant specializes in fondue served in an intimate setting inspired by a single piece of art (you know the one). This isn’t just for ﬁne dining—it’s positively decadent. Great for special occassions or when you just want to take your time over dinner. 102 11th Ave. N., Nampa, 208-442-1400. $$$ RES SU.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): To place yourself in smooth alignment with planetary rhythms, do conscientious work on the foundations of your life. Take extra care of the people who take care of you. Make sure you have a good supply of the various resources that keep you strong and steady. Check to see if maybe you need to rev up your emotional connection with the traditions you hold dear. But that’s only half your horoscope, Aries. Invite your most rambunctious playmates over for a raucous home-blessing ceremony.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Two-thirds of people surveyed said they would rather look good than feel good. I hope you’re not one of them. The ironic fact of the matter is that if you put the emphasis on looking good in the coming week—creating favorable impressions, acting dishonest in order to curry favor, wearing uncomfortable but attractive clothes—you will end up feeling sub-par and looking mediocre. On the other hand, if you put the priority on feeling good—treating your body like a beloved pet, seeking out encounters that nurture your secret self, and hanging out in environments that encourage you to relax—you will look good and feel good. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you’re bogged down in the humdrum routine, astrology can illuminate fascinating patterns that have been invisible to you. It can reveal the big picture of your life story. But reliance on horoscopes can also have downsides. If you’re superstitious, it might make you even more so. If you’re prone to be passive, believing that life is something that happens to you, it might further diminish your willpower. That’s why, as much as I love astrology, I’m wary of its potential to deceive and lead astray. Is there anything comparable in your world, Gemini? Something that feeds and inspires you, but only if you’re discerning about it? This is a good time to ratchet up your discernment. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I don’t care whether you call it uncanny intuition or plain old telepathy: In the next three weeks, you will have unusually abundant access to that way of knowing. So please use it. It could steer you away from twisty wastes of time that don’t serve your highest good. It might also allow you to ferret out disguised or hiding opportunities. There’s one catch: If you don’t believe in them, your psychic powers won’t work as well as they can. So I suggest you set aside any dogmatic skepticism you might have about them and proceed on the hypothesis that they are very real.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Let’s poke around to see if we can stir up some good trouble. You’re in need of a friendly disruption or two. Fortunately, I’m sensing there’s a forbidden temptation that isn’t so forbidden any longer ... as well as a strange attractor you might find inspiring and a volatile teaching that would turn you inside-out in a good way. Are you willing to wander into a previously offlimits area? I wonder what would happen if you pressed that green button. Go ahead. Don’t be ... Gaaaahhhhh! Unnhhh! Wha?! I mean WOW! That was very interesting. Try it again! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You may be prone to overreaction. You could be on the verge of uncorking an excessive response to a modest prompt. On a regular basis, you should ask yourself: “Are the feelings rising up in me truly appropriate for what’s happening now? Or are they mostly the eruption of material that I repressed in the past?” Also consider Hoare’s Law of Large Problems, which says that inside every large problem is a small problem scrambling to get out. Be alert for the possibility that minor adjustments will work better than epic struggles. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Temple Grandin is a successful autistic person. Diagnosed at an early age, she nevertheless went on to earn a Ph.D. in animal science and became a bestselling author whose work has led to notable improvements in the humane treatment of livestock. Although she acknowledges that her autism has caused problems, she also believes it gives her abilities that non-autistic people don’t have. For example, her extreme sensitivity and extraordinary visual memory are at the root of her unique insights into the needs of animals. If there was a cure for autism, she says, she wouldn’t take it. She’s an advocate of neurodiversity. Now here’s my question for you, Libra: Do you have a supposed weakness or disability that’s actually an inherent part of one of your special talents? Celebrate and cultivate it this week. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Selfhelp author Barbara De Angelis wrote a book that offers to help us learn “how to make love all the time.” Maybe I’ll read it someday, but right now I’m more interested in your take on the subject. How would you make love—not have sex, but make love—with your sandwich, with the music you listen to, with a vase of flowers, with the familiar strangers sitting in the cafe, with everything? Your expertise in this art is now at a peak.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It’s not a good time to treat yourself like a beast of burden or to swamp yourself with dark, heavy thoughts. You’re extra sensitive, Sagittarius—as delicate and impressionable as a young poet in love with a dream of paradise. You need heaping doses of sweetness and unreasonable amounts of fluidic peace, smart listening and radical empathy. If you can’t get people to buoy your spirits and slip you delightful presents, do those things for yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In some of the newspapers that publish my horoscope column, my carefully wrought text is buried in the back pages amidst a jabbering hubbub of obscene advertisements for quasi-legal sexual services. For readers with refined sensibilities, that’s a problem. They do their best to avert their eyes, narrowing their focus down to a tight window. I think you’ll be wise to adopt a similar approach in the coming week, Capricorn. Only a small percentage of information coming your way will be truly useful, and it may often be embedded in a sparkly mess of distracting noise. Concentrate on getting just the essentials that you want so you won’t be misinformed and worn out by the rest. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Do your own stunts, Aquarius. Don’t use a stunt double to do them for you. Accept blame and claim credit that rightfully belong to you. Don’t scare up scapegoats or tolerate plagiarists. Deliver your own messages and sing your own songs and kick your own butt. No stand-ins, please. There’s just no way for you to get to where you need to go by having a substitute do the traveling for you. Your only hope of claiming the reward that will be crucial for the next chapter of your life story will be to do the work yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of the best new bands of 2009 was the Girls. Spin magazine selected their debut release as the fifth-best album of the year. After touring for months and selling scads of records, the band came back home to San Francisco to do a sold-out show. Lead singer Christopher Owens wore baggy orange flannel pajama bottoms and a rumpled green flannel shirt, proving that his new-found fame had not rendered him self-important or excessively dignified. I nominate Owens as your role model this week, Pisces. I’d like to see you move on up toward the next level in your chosen field of endeavor, even as you remain perfectly comfortable, full of casual grace and at home in your excellence.
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