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SILENT SUPERSTAR The tale of Idaho’s ﬁrst movie mogul
BIG ONES, FAT ONES Worm composting at North End Organic Nursery
SOUL SOUNDS John Nemeth ﬁnds new fans, new sound
VELO GONE Dreams of an elite bike track altered
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NOTE BW BIDS FAREWELL TO IAQ For eight years, the team at Boise Weekly has put blood, sweat and sometimes, quite literally, tears into something other than the pages of this weekly newspaper. It was an endeavor we undertook out of a passion to support the arts. It was a journey we began because we know how many of you out there share that interest. It was called Idaho Arts Quarterly, and it was dedicated to the study of all things aesthetic and their creators. Unfortunately, zeal can only take a publication so far in this business before the numbers start to intervene. Last week, the numbers ofﬁcially intervened, and Idaho Arts Quarterly was quietly laid to rest to live on only in Boise Weekly’s archives. “I want to thank all of the people who worked with us to create the latest incarnation of IAQ, particularly the contributing writers and artists,” said IAQ Editor Katy Dang. “I am extremely proud of what we accomplished.” Ultimately, IAQ suffered a fate many local artists face without the support of things like IAQ. What the magazine accomplished artistically and philosophically was lauded by many, but without parallel ﬁscal success, demise is inevitable. “We must realize that without that support, things can disappear,” said Dang. That goes for art galleries, dance companies, opera houses, orchestras and, yes, art journals. This week’s main feature, “Story-Girl” from writer Jeremiah Robert Wierenga, had originally been slated to run in IAQ. We’ve printed it here in Boise Weekly because of a common goal to celebrate all facets of the arts in Idaho, regardless of genre or notoriety or, in this case, the passage of time. Great art transcends time, carrying with it the message of its time and place. Great art is a history of its own time and place. Support it with your dollars, your presence and your spirit. —Rachael Daigle
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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.
SAGE GROUSE GETS A ‘SORT OF’ After a long delay, and a whole lot of speculation, the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued its decision on whether to include sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. The answer: kind of. Full story at citydesk.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN Tour Mode might be the best idea a reader has had for BW in a very long time. It’s the raw, unedited blog from local musicians as they wander the world, and it’s the brain child of inaugural contributors Finn Riggins, who are making their way to SXSW. Visit Tour Mode under “blogs” for more.
BIKES VS. CARS VS. THE LAW The Ledge cracks down on drivers and cyclists alike, and ﬁxies get a brake. Check out the most recent info on how the state says we should share the road at citydesk.
HEY, WINO Wine guru David Kirkpatrick has so many wine recommendations, he can’t squeeze them all into print. Log onto Cobweb and read about Quattro Mani wines, this week’s online wine of the week.
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TO BLOG, Or not to blog; is that a question? On this page three weeks ago, there appeared an item from an allegedly independent blogger calling himself “MulletBoy.” In the comment feature that follows the online version of my column, a young woman (alternate universe name: “Freedom4Sarah”) wrote that she wanted to know MulletBoy’s URL—whatever the hell that is—so that she might “... ﬁnd this hick-a-billy and set him straight on a few facts that he can then use to hopefully come to more enlightened opinions on the world in which he lives.” Freedom4Sarah, who signed off with her real name, went on to scold some persistent nags of mine, one of whom suggested in that same string of comments that I might be happier were I to go live in another state more compatible with my intellectual, cultural and political aptitudes. I write this week to Freedom4Sarah. The rest of you can read it if you want. Or not. Who cares? U Dear Freedom4Sarah—I won’t include your real name in this message. You might be the sort who embarrasses easily, and I would never knowingly do that to a supporter. By the way, thanks for your support. About MulletBoy: He is me. I am him. We are one and the same. I be the hick-a-billy you seek. Let me tell you how it got this way. You see, for many months now, I have been encouraged to start a blog on the BW Web page. It is not something I would have ever thought of doing on my own, for I have yet to see any evidence that blogging is contributing in a noticeable way to the general improvement of the overall human condition. In fact, the more blogging, Facebooking, tweeting ... whatevering ... there is, the more stupid and inconsequential seems the overall human condition. However, the stellar people who run BW have made a decision to dedicate more of their intense young energies to that Web site, to give it as much focus as they put into the actual paper paper. It’s something they picked up at a trade conference not long ago, that newspapers must become increasingly Internet-y if they wish to survive the Great Stupefaction. (I’m not certain I agree. It is counterintuitive to me that to combat the willful ignorance of so many Americans, we must turn to that which made them the way they are. But oh well … ) Going on: With this new emphasis, the encouragement for me to start blogging has only intensiﬁed. The thinking seems to be that I might add to BW’s electronic trafﬁc were I to slop something onto the Web page at regular intervals. Maybe so, maybe not, but there is only one way to ﬁnd out, so I have been giving it some serious thought. Trouble is, I still consider myself ﬁrst and foremost a humorist. That may not seem believable to some people—that I think I’m funny—but it’s true. I break myself up.
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Sometimes, I make myself laugh so damn hard, I think I’m going to choke, so I have to back off and think of Republicans until my breath returns. (In fact, I just this minute did it to myself again, and I had to walk away from the computer and visualize Sen. Jim Risch before I could continue.) Furthermore, the sort of comics I have always admired most are those with such proliﬁc and fertile minds that one persona simply isn’t enough for them. Take Lily Tomlin … where does Lily stop and Edith Ann or Ernestine begin? (“One ringy-dingy.” Genius!) Or Richard Pryor, that guy had more voices in him than David Berkowitz’s head. Robin Williams, George Carlin, Flip Wilson, Red Skelton, Jonathan Winters … those are all just ﬁgurehead titles under which a multitude of personalities congregate. So I thought to myself: “Bill, sometimes you’re one funny sumbitch, that’s for dang sure. But I’m just not convinced you can be funny every day, are you?” No, I wasn’t. There are days when my head is so full of Republicans and Internet-y stuff, I can’t think of a single funny thing. And were I to blog every day, it would soon become obvious that ol’ Bill’s humor muse is strictly part-time status. But … with two or three or four different characters under my belt, see, ol’ Bill could take a day off when he didn’t feel funny, and leave it up to one or more of those substitute creatures to provide the entertainment. And thus was born MulletBoy. He started out as an experiment, MulletBoy. I whipped him out fully ﬂeshed one Saturday morning with the intention of submitting him to the BW Web page for an audition the following Wednesday. Then I called my editor to tell her my plans, which is when I learned of BW’s policy, hard and fast, of no pseudonymous blogging. It’s a good policy, Freedom4Sarah. No offense to you, dear, since you did give your real name, but when people insist on exercising their freedom of speech, yet lack the integrity to identify themselves, let them dribble on down to the bottomless ooze of comment features. Where they belong. Instead of a guest blog, MulletBoy’s “Randem Thinking” ran as a column. I’m sure not everyone agrees it was worthy of being called humor, but I’m still laughing over it. “Arm teenagers so they can protect themselves from toddlers who are playing with their parent’s guns!” That’s funny, if I do say so myself. If you feel misled, Freedom4Sarah, I apologize. That’s not what I intended. I only meant to poke some fun at dumbshits. One more thing: Don’t you worry about me leaving Idaho for someplace less infested with dumbshits. I’m here to stay. And if I decide to do that blogging thing, so is MulletBoy. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
DON’T BE EVIL—EDIT IT A different take on the Italian Google verdict MUMBAI, INDIA—Should I be allowed to smear you? That’s the question we ought to be asking in the wake of an Italian court decision that found Google criminally responsible for content uploaded to one of its sites. (The case revolved around the video of an autistic boy getting beaten up in Turin. The father sued, arguing that his son’s privacy had been violated. Three Google executives were handed six-month suspended sentences in absentia.) Instead, the story has been framed as an attack on freedom of speech. “The Web as we know it will cease to exist” if the ruling stands, claim Google’s lawyers. “It absolutely is a threat,” afﬁrms Danny O’Brien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “If intermediaries like Google or the person who hosts your Web site can be thrown in jail in any country for the acts of other people and suddenly have a legal obligation to pre-screen everything anyone says on their Web site before putting it online, the tools for free speech that everyone uses on the Net would grind to a halt.” Even the U.S. State Department has issued public statements supporting Google. I think it’s time to civilize “the Web as we know it.” Should I be able to libel you as a drugaddicted child pornographer? This column appears in print. If I were to write that you were a drug-addicted child pornographer, my editors would demand I source my allegation. Publications are liable for what they print. On the other hand, I can post that atrocious lie to my blog. Within a few hours, thousands will have read it, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
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Not in Italy, though. Lawyers, juries and judges would look at my blog and ask: What difference does it make whether Ted Rall’s column ran on Blogger or in The New York Times? There is no difference. Without a medium, the libel wouldn’t have occurred. Google and other “intermediary” online companies argue they aren’t responsible for material hosted and posted on their services. “They didn’t upload it, they didn’t ﬁlm it, they didn’t review it, and yet they have been found guilty,” said Google’s senior communications manager, Bill Echikson, of the three execs. I suspect courts, and not just in Italy, will see Google’s argument as an admission of culpability. It might be different if Internet aggregators weren’t for-proﬁt, or if they were what they say they are: service providers. You can’t sue a service provider for the content it carries. The phone company provides a platform; it can’t be sued if someone uses their lines for slander. From a legal standpoint, Google is an old-fashioned content provider, relying on the same business model as the Times. They post content in order to generate ad revenue. A late 2009 study by the Fair Syndication Consortium found that Google was responsible for 53 percent of the overall piracy of copyrighted newspaper articles online. Google illegally scanned millions of books without asking the authors’ permissions. And the ad money rolled in—$1.97 billion in proﬁts during the fourth quarter of 2009 alone. It’s not like Google can’t afford to hire an editorial staff. Shouldn’t they have to make sure that, for example, I don’t libel you as some crazy porn gangster?
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CITYDESK/NEWS FURTHER DELAY FOR HOMELESS PREVENTION FUNDS And then it was March. With the cold winter months nearly over, more than half of federal stimulus funds slated for Ada County residents at risk of being turned out on the street are still sitting in a bank account. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association, which distributes the bulk of Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program funds in Idaho, has $730,000 slated for Ada County but has not been able to ﬁgure out how to distribute the money. As we reported in January, every other region of Idaho began distributing the funds in October 2009. Zoe Ann Olson, an attorney at Idaho Legal Aid Inc., said that the state and City of Boise knew they would be getting this money a year ago, knew the amount in April 2009 but still have not ﬁgured out how to handle it. “Our concern was that nothing had been done to facilitate that, and part of the HPRP regulations are to get the money out as quickly as possible,” Olson said. The glitch is that federal regulations prohibit IHFA from giving the money to an independent, for-proﬁt housing authority like the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority. IHFA asked for a waiver of that rule and was denied. Olson and Idaho Legal Aid have ﬁled a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, asking for a reconsideration of the waiver, but in the meantime, the City of Boise is taking another tack to get at the funds. Just this week, the city published a request for proposals for an agency—most likely the housing authority—that could handle disbursement of the funds. The plan is for IHFA to grant the money to the city and the city hire out the services. Jim Birdsall, who manages Boise’s Housing and Community Development Department, said the waiver would be the “cleanest” route but that the most likely solution is for the city to act as a go-between. IHFA could also have sought another agency, perhaps a nonproﬁt, to run the HPRP program in Ada County. The city has already distributed $530,000, through the housing authority and the El-Ada Community Action Partnership, that it received directly from the stimulus act. But that money is tapped out, and applications for further HPRP funds in Ada County have been put on hold pending the availability of the $730,000. The ﬁrst round of funding served about 270 people in about four and a half weeks, Birdsall said. The money goes to short-term rental and utility assistance for people who are at risk of becoming homeless or for those who have recently become homeless. Olson said there should never have been a gap in the funding because all parties involved knew the available options from the beginning. —Nathaniel Hoffman
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The ofﬁces of Insight Architects in Boise (left and center) and the College of Southern Idaho’s new Health Sciences and Human Services building (right) are sleek and modern but also good for you.
BOISE LAB MODELS GREEN Interest in green building grows in Idaho ANNE-MARIJE ROOK A lot has changed in energy efﬁciency and environmental awareness since architect Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg came to Boise in 2004 to run the University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab. His staff tripled, his projects got bigger and the demand for energy efﬁciency projects increased. Even in Twin Falls, where the College of Southern Idaho’s Health Sciences and Human Services building is potentially the most energy-efﬁcient public building in Idaho, the change is palpable. “The truth is in the pudding, so it’s too early to say,” Van Den Wymelenberg said, but modeling shows its more energy efﬁcient than U.S. Department of Energy recommendations. The IDL is a team of students, home owners, designers and builders dedicated to the development of high-performance energy-efﬁcient buildings in Idaho and eastern Oregon. IDL was involved with the energy modeling, goal setting and daylight modeling of CSI’s Health Sciences building, which opened last month. It was the second project IDL had worked on with CTA, a group of architect-engineers, after the success of building a geothermally heated student recreation building. “For this building, we applied a lot of strategies that aren’t typical for standard building,” said Bryan Hallowell, architect at CTA. Built according to the energy-saving LEED standards, the building’s key features include daylighting, use of recycled materials, a dedicated fresh air mechanical system, a sunreﬂecting roof and geothermal heating. The Health Sciences building models a hospital, with mock operating rooms, patient rooms, a fake dental practice, labs and other rooms that typically require lots of technical lighting, speciﬁc temperatures and high-energyusing equipment. But they managed to use technology in the right way to reduce the amount of energy the building uses. The building is designed around a massive skylight and sensors automatically dim the lights near windows, which minimizes the en-
ergy used and evens the light at the desk level. They also turn off lights when occupants leave the room. Hallowell said that working on this building has modiﬁed the approach CTA takes to designing buildings. “We use this as a major stepping stone to learn how to use recycled materials, daylighting, energy-efﬁcient methods, and sustainable and health-conscious products. It was a learning process for all of us,” he said. The U.S. Department of Energy has a goal that all new commercial buildings be designed with net zero energy use by 2030. While a groundbreaking report released by a team of researchers at Boise State recently shows that there’s a lack of consumer demand for green building due to preconceived notions of costs, Van Den Wymelenberg said there’s actually a large group of homeowners who look into energy-saving projects as a means to cut expenses. “It’s all a matter of perspective,” Van Den Wymelenberg said. “Compared to Seattle or Portland, perhaps, there’s less demand for green building, but compared to Idaho a few years ago, the demand has skyrocketed in the last six years I have been here.” “It’s a good idea to capture savings and reinvest in property. With the public awareness about sustainability, those investments will be a selling point to help you sell your house quicker,” Van Den Wymelenberg continued. He explained that up until now, what made a house sell was the location, the number of bedrooms, granite countertops, etc. “But granite countertops don’t pay you back,” he said. “Retroﬁtting does, and everyone wants to see payback.” With an older home, one can start with insulation and lighting—swapping out incandescent lights and glazing the windows, he said. But the foundation of any construction project is rooted in the concept and design stages. When it comes to energy usage, a building’s windows, its shape and orientation, the insulation and natural air ﬂow, all
play a big part. “We want the energy models to be used as a design tool rather than use it to validate a design,” said Gunnar Gladics, research scientist at IDL. This way, the building’s orientation and shape can be optimized before it is built. The concept of sustainable architecture is simple—to build sensibly by relying less on electricity to heat and cool our homes. But those wary of the green hype are quick to criticize the look, comfort and cost of an energy efﬁcient home or ofﬁce. Today’s green spaces, however, are sleek, urban and welcoming. One such building is the ofﬁce of Insight Architects on Broadway in Boise. IDL and Insight have worked together on several projects since 2003. BW visited the Insight ofﬁces recently with IDL’s Gladics to see what an optimal energy-efﬁcient ofﬁce space looks like. Built in 2003, this 1,600-square-foot ofﬁce building is optimized for daylighting. The building, a slanted square facing south, has a high ceiling, large high windows on the southern wall and Kalwall Panels that let in light through the east and west walls. At 3:30 in the afternoon, not a single lamp is on in the ofﬁce. “We rarely use lights in here,” said Robert TeBeau, architect at Insight. “In the morning, we’ll have them on until 9 or 9:30 a.m., but for the rest of the day, it’s all natural light.” The high windows are slightly tinted and dual shading devices can move up or down to diminish the glare. The high ceiling varies in shades of white, which gives a sense of volume. The walls inside the ofﬁce have earth tones— sand, olive green and dark red. If this were a home, compromises would have to be made: “Some people like dark colors but dark colors not only soak up the light but in contrast to the skylight, it would be visually uncomfortable,” Gladics said. For TeBeau, saving energy is the “conscious thing to do.” “That, and to save money,” Gladics added. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
IDAHO JOINS BMW Boise State and Brookings put heads together for a better future ANNE-MARIJE ROOK Last month, Melissa Lavitt, dean of the Department of Social Sciences and Public Affairs at Boise State, and Boise City Council Member David Eberle ﬂew to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to join the advisory board of Brookings Mountain West, a partnership between the prestigious Brookings Institution think tank and several Western universities. Brookings, based in Washington, D.C., is one of the most inﬂuential public policy think tanks in the country. Its Mountain West initiative will examine how federal policies can aid the rapidly growing region. “We’re pretty jazzed about this opportunity,” Lavitt said. “It will be useful, probably critical, for the state to look at this regional political partnership.” Since 1996, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program has been providing decision makers with cutting-edge research and policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas. Last year, a generous $14 million gift from the Lincy Foundation enabled the UNLV to create the BMW—a project that focuses speciﬁcally on metropolitan areas in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and now, Idaho. “This provides a great opportunity for students and faculty at Boise State University to conduct high-impact research with one of the country’s leading think tanks,” Lavitt said. Directed by renowned urbanologist Dr. Robert Lang, the research will provide information to help these metropolitan areas adapt to economic, social and environmental challenges. “Boise wasn’t included in our original Mountain Megas report, but we feel that its economy and its growth in many ways are similar to the other megas in the region,” said Mark Muro, Washington, D.C.-based co-director of Brookings Mountain West. Boise has since been included in BMW’s Mountain Monitor report, which looks at the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country—Boise ranks in the lower 80s. “Boise jumped out in the report as it has one of the more surprising stories,” Muro said. Muro explained that nationally, Boise was assumed to have an ideal and diversiﬁed economy, and its current economic struggles came as a surprise to many. “We strive to give a sense of what’s going on locally, be known nationally.” Eberle and Lavitt hope that this opportunity will help Idaho to have a voice nationally. “We have much to learn from them and they from us,” Eberle said. “Federal politics WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
tend to jump over us, and we’re largely neglected. This collaboration allows us to begin articulating our strengths and weaknesses and become a voice on a national level.” Eberle said that linking Boise State with the Brookings Institution will help satisfy the unmet need of a socio-demographic political center to complement existing business-economic research in Boise. In the recent Mountain Monitor report, it was shown that Boise has not performed well in relation to the other metropolitan areas through the recession. “That’s concerning,” said Boise urbanist Chris Blanchard, a project manager at Boise State’s College of Social Sciences. “What is really concerning to me, anyway, is what happens when people become mobile again. Once the real estate market improves, I think that people may look at reports like this and try to ﬁnd places where the long-term economic outlook is better and safer. That could cause us to lose some people in Idaho.” The initiative is looking to answer questions that will help policy makers improve the state’s economy, Eberle said. Questions such as, “How do we know we’re growing as an economy that is so different from our traditional economy of mining and agriculture? Where are our linkages? Where are our trading partners, and what do we have that they don’t?” Muro said that joining the advisory board will be advantageous for Boise, the state and the Intermountain region. “We’ll be looking to Boise for ideas and as a sounding board,” he said. “It will be a conduit to ﬁlter in national issues.” While there’s much to gain from the partnership, it does not come without hurdles. “There’s a large gap between the endowments we get here compared to the funding Arizona, Denver and Nevada are getting. Trying to climb into those heights is going to be a real challenge,” Blanchard said. At Boise State, the partnership with Brookings is seen as a boost, as the university attempts to reshape its image as a competitive research institution. “The beauty of this project is that we were picked to be Idaho’s branch of Brookings—a center of information which makes us the college to invest in, if you’re interested in furthering the public domain,” Lavitt said. Eberle, Lavitt and the other members of the BMW advisory board will meet again in the fall. Until then, they’ll be working to get the program up and running. A new Mountain Monitor report will be released this month showing some progress toward recovery, Muro revealed.
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LEGISLATURE GEARS UP Despite deaths, bike bills still tough sell at statehouse ANDREW CRISP “In the last year, there were six trafﬁc deaths. Driggs, Twin Falls and Boise all faced incidents of motor vehicle and cyclist death incidents. After these incidents happened, the public discussion was replete with misunderstandings, there was anger ...,” said Kurt Holzer, a Boise lawyer and avid cyclist. Sharing the road has been controversial in Idaho, with angry families of injured cyclists pitted against motorists who feel demonized—and it’s not just in the Treasure Valley. Road bike popularity has grown all over the state, from Idaho Falls to Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene. The issue: How do we share the roads? That’s why they call them road safety bills. But of the four brought to the Senate Transportation Committee recently, only two managed to make it out in their original form. This package is designed to smooth the interactions between bike riders and drivers, after a deadly summer for cyclists on Idaho roads. The committee approved the two bills, which place limits on cyclists, sending the more driver-oriented two to be amended. The two bills that the committee got hung up on, 1348 and 1350, were diverted by the more rural legislators on the committee. S.B. 1348 would provide a statewide “3 feet to pass” buffer for cyclists on roads, as the City of Boise recently enacted, even allowing motorists to cross a double yellow line if necessary. S.B. 1350 would protect cyclists from harassment by motorists and create penalties for such infractions. As Unda’ the Rotunda went to press, the two bills sat in the 14th Order of the Senate, where they’re essentially free game for any senator seeking to “tweak” the language. “I came in here thinking, you know, we need to be looking at bike safety,” said Sen.
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Joyce Broadsword, a North Idaho Republican. “The more I read the bill, though, the more I am concerned that it has some ﬂaws.” This statement came after unexpected testimony from Jerry Deckard, a lobbyist for the Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho. “I’d like to remind you that most of the roads in Idaho are different than here in the capital city. Most of our roads here in Idaho are for commerce. Remember, that vehicle could be hauling a 105,000-pound shipment of woodchips.” He continued, when questioned: “You can’t get ’er shut down, and you can’t get over that double yellow line because there’s another vehicle comin’ at ya. Where are you gonna take her? It’s either the bus or the cyclist.” “What I’m hearing you say is one way or another, you’re gonna kill somebody,” responded Sen. Elliot Werk, a Boise Democrat, cyclist and sponsor of all four bills. Deckard’s testimony came after that of numerous cyclists and runners from the Treasure Valley and beyond, including Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong—whom committee chairman Sen. John McGee welcomed profusely— and Boise Police Deputy Chief of Operations Jim Kearns, who served on a city cycling safety task force. “Within the circle of cyclists that I ride with, I hear of harassment once a week. This is anywhere from screaming out the windows to startle you, coming very close with extra extended mirrors to scare you. I’ve had ﬁrecrackers thrown at me,” Armstrong said. Kearns spoke about the impact of a statewide standard for biker-driver relations. “In May of 2009, there were three very tragic deaths of bicyclists in Boise. We lost three of our citizens in a very short period of
time,” said Kearns. “This bill is not about bicyclists, it’s not about the motorists, it’s about safety. As a police ofﬁcer, this bill is a good bill.” But lawmakers cannot help but take sides on biker-driver interactions. After Deckard mentioned his truckers, Broadsword also lovingly referred to “her” truck drivers back in District 2 (that’s Sagle, Idaho, if you’ve never heard of it). “When I say my trucks, I mean those trucks operating in my district; I don’t own them, personally. When I say ‘my trucks,’ I take ownership through the powers vested in me,” Broadsword blundered. The bills that did make it through the committee, however, place sanctions speciﬁcally on these “vulnerable road users.” S.B. 1349 bars cyclists from darting into intersections, and mandates brakes to stem the hipster-fueled ﬁxed gear craze. S.B. 1351 would create a fund into which the money from proposed penalties for bike-driver infractions would be funneled. Werk said the bill helps truckers by allowing them to safely cross a double yellow and by forcing cyclists who are holding up more than three vehicles to let them pass. “These aren’t cycling bills, they’re road safety bills. We’re calling them ‘vulnerable road users.’ That extends to pedestrians, to runners, to people in wheelchairs. This package acknowledges that these users have very little leeway on the roads,” Werk said. “When the mouse tries to share something with the elephant, it’s not an equitable sharing mechanism. If I’m the mouse, and I try to share room with the elephant, there’s not an equitable amount of space, regardless of how much I yell about it.”
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Nell Shipman, the little lass who “went up on stage” and never came down
JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA attempt to story one’s life has no single theme. I wish for a leit-motiv in this patchwork of past “ AnIfhappenings I’d symbolize it as a magic mantle, a covering into which was woven the warp and the woof of dreams...” —Nell Shipman, The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart
Nell Shipman as Faith Diggs The Grub Stake (1923).
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The primary thing to ken about Nell Shipman, one of Idaho’s earliest indie ﬁlmmakers, is that she was a storyteller, ﬁrst and foremost. This visionary vocation was a trade treasured above her work as wife, as mother or as businesswoman. She felt called to be a teller of tall tales, epic adventures of life-and-death dogsled chases through snowy straits, blind airmen making ludicrously improbable landings, and desert shootouts with mustachioed bandits. So when you hear of her history—as she would have had you believe—it’s a feast best seasoned with a Bunyan-sized grain of salt. As Nell told it, it began like a fairy story. It was a windy October in Victoria, British Columbia, and Helen FosterBarham, aged all of 10 days, was dead. Now this may have been 1892, but Little H. wasn’t birthed in a snowbound Saskatchewan outpost or a far-north ﬁshing village. This was the capital city of a well-peopled Canadian province, where a dutiful and degreed doctor would certainly know the difference between a kiddie cadaver and a tot with a timid ticker. So Mother Barham ran with her blue and breathless baby to the cliffside above the Straits of Juan de Fuca, mourning this little life lost, the expat English family’s anchoring Canadian connection. But then, an eyelid ﬂicker, an infant’s intake of breath. As Little H.—who would later adopt the appellation of Nell— inhaled the salty air mixed with the scent of heather and pine, Shipman believed a sprite must have secretly entered her soul as well. “Was there a dark-skinned bit of wild elf skittering among the sweet broom, born on the wayward sea-breeze, looking anxiously for a dwelling?” she would ask in her posthumously published autobiography, The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart. “A soul in limbo hanging between the Devil and the deep?” A changeling, then. Certainly a scrap of Fair Isle folklore might explain how this impish girl, all elbows and eagerness, born with a proper English pedigree, would take to the stage and, shimmering, become an actress. A scrappy 13 when she ﬁrst toured with stage sensation Paul Gilmore’s traveling company, young Shipman became acquainted with the lousy living quarters, crummy chow and slim salaries of an on-the-road show bizzer, but the stage, the lights, the thrill of the theater taught the underaged ingenue the postures and poise that would harness her star. And then, in 1910, came Ernest, the provider of Shipman’s marquee surname and the man who took her to Hollywood. What a decade they had: a rip-roarer years
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Shipman in a scene from Something New (1920), which was ﬁlmed in the California desert.
before the gaiety of the ’20s. Alongside her sophisticated husband—21 years her senior— Shipman scribbled serial screenplays, not the least of which was the six-part Egyptian adventure Under the Crescent (1915) or the bona ﬁde blockbuster Back to God’s Country (1919), a million-and-a-half grosser in those days, when that kind of cash was bank. Shipman bore a son, Barry, in 1912 and her ﬁrst screen appearance, a godawful never-released melodrama titled The Ball of Yarn, followed the next year. By mid-decade, Shipman was regularly working both sides of the camera, inking out the vamps and virgins she’d enact onscreen. Fifteen ﬂicks, excusing the rookie misstep, and a book (the novelized Under the Crescent), and Shipman was cookin’. But whatever puckish prankster or ﬁendish gnome had nipped inside her way back when wasn’t ready to leave its nest and let Shipman peramble down the easy path. With her customary capriciousness, she turned down a contract with the studio that would become Tinseltown titan MGM. “Probably as silly a move as a neophyte ever made,” she wrote. “But this was in the period of curly blondes with Cupid’s-bow mouths ... This long-legged, lanky, outdoors gal, who usually loped across the silver screen in fur parkas and mukluks, simply
gagged at such costuming. And had the nerve to refuse it.” So the Shipmans forged their own path. If the bigs wouldn’t make the pictures her way, then she’d do it herself. They hitched up with author James Curwood to form a Calgary-based production company. Only one ﬁlm was made before Curwood balked at Shipman’s creative control. But Back to God’s Country, featuring a society-shocking skinnydip that became the basis of its ad campaign, is considered one of the early jewels of Canadian cinema and its most successful silent ﬁlm. Following a near-fatal ﬂu bout, a falling-out with Ernest and just as quick a falling-in with manager Bert Van Tuyle, Shipman, having ﬁnished with Hollywood, was ready to build her own studio. And so, to Idaho.
They called her ‘Story-Girl’ because she listened to the voices of the wilderness and translated what she heard.” —Intertitle, The Trail of the North Wind (1924)
In a way, Shipman never quite got over Canada. Sure, she’d fashioned ﬁctions of the Far East, with imperiled princesses concealed in pyramids, or a Southwestern
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It was a dog’s death, a poisoning 60 years earlier that turned Boise State English professor Tom Trusky onto Nell Shipman in the early 1980s. She had eulogized her envenomed screen companion in a 1923 news bite published in the Priest Lake Times, an item that piqued the poet’s curiosity. “He was buried with all honor ...” she wrote. “And over his grave is written: ‘Here lies Champion Great Dane Tresore, an artist, a soldier and a gentleman. Killed July 17 by the cowardly hand of a human. He died as he lived, protecting his mistress and her property.’” After encountering this epitaph, Trusky tracked down Barry Shipman, Shipman’s son, to inquire about the suspicious circumstances of Tresore’s demise. “When my dad answered the phone in San Bernardino, Calif., he heard a voice from Boise, Idaho, ask, ‘Who killed Tresore?’” said Nina Shipman Bremer, Shipman’s granddaughter. “That phone call from Tom Trusky to Barry Shipman was the beginning of a long, exciting and highly productive friendship between Tom and the Shipman family.” Trusky would spend the next two and a half decades working to restore the shine to Shipman’s name, publishing her autobiography, The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart (1987), and her copious correspondences, Letters from God’s Country (2003), through Boise State. “Nell’s autobio strikes me as the big winner,” Trusky wrote BW in October 2009, just a month before his own death. “I fear [archivist Alan] Virta and I OD’d the public with Nell info in her letters!” Trusky also scoured the globe to procure and restore her ﬁlms, including Tresore’s starmaking appearance in Back to God’s Country (1919). Thanks to his repeated and sometimes pushy efforts—once holding an irritated archivist on the phone until a forgotten negative was discovered in a back-room depository—the extant of Shipman’s ﬁlms are all available for a new audience on DVD. “There is no question that Tom Trusky brought Nell back to life,” said Kay Armatage, professor of ﬁlm studies at the University of Toronto and respected Shipman historian. “He wanted to make her a household name.” In a 1984 letter from Barry, one month after that auspicious ﬁrst phone call, the screen star’s son expressed his excitement for the future plans Trusky was fashioning. “Mr. Tom, don’t ever stop feeling the way you obviously can,” he wrote. “Your poking around in ancient, archaeological humanness should be welcome as a mother’s kiss.” He never did. With Trusky’s passing on Nov. 27, 2009, a great champion of the Shipman legacy made his ﬁnal exit. His contributions to ﬁlm history and Shipman scholarship will not be forgotten. “Tom used to keep me updated on all things Nell,” said Bremer. “I’m going to miss that and his wacky and wonderful way with words. I’m sure, if there’s a heaven, that Nell, Dad and Tom are having the time of their afterlives together.” —Jeremiah Robert Wierenga
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Shipman was hired to make a short ﬁlm about the Maxwell car, instead she made Something New (1920).
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Shipman in costume with some of her animals at Lionhead Lodge on Priest River in North Idaho in 1924.
shootout touting the Maxwell auto—an early example of product placement—but her heart always compassed north. Canada was God’s country, the great white wastes and untamed topography of the Yukon, Nunavut and Newfoundland. But Idaho’s Priest Lake, pooled at the foothills leading north to the Selkirk mountain range of B.C., was a near-ﬂawless facsimile and would become Shipman’s Northern Territory. “Did you ever come to a place and instantly recognize it as your Ultima Thule, the one spot in all God’s world where you belonged?” she wrote. “Where your roots could go deep into the soil which would forever nourish you, where inspiration and spiritual blessing welled up from the earth to top the tallest tamarack, spread to the encasing bowl of sky, return on every waterway to feed you everlastingly? Such a spot, so it seemed to me, was Priest Lake, in Idaho.” The year 1923 saw the newly formed Nell Shipman Productions company pioneering to the panhandle, encamping at the grandly named, grossly underinvested Lionhead Lodge—a conclave of cabins and cages in which to nest the ﬂedgling ﬁlm company. Three ﬁlms deep, most recently an aptly titled adventure The Grub Stake (miners’ argot for a ﬁnancier’s funds), Nell Shipman Productions was a swell looker of an operation, hosting a summer picnic for locals and housing a coterie of camera-trained critters
ranging from birds to bears. Ah, the animals. Years earlier, Shipman had witnessed the death of a bobcat, shocked with electricity to make it bristle on cue, the sort of on-command cruelty common in the early ﬁlm industry. Well, it shocked her, too. “We humans do not own animals,” she wrote. “We borrow their companionship.” Shipman was determined to create ﬁlms picturing the pastoral connection between forest femmes and feral four-footers without a provoked performance. On set, these “wild ones” were coddled and cooed at, coaxed into position by burbles and becalming cuddles. She allowed no “in-case” pistols or prods to be used on the animals, once halting a shot mid-bearhug when she sighted a weapon’s gleam. “I was often asked if I were not scared, working with the bear, wolves, cougar, any of the supposed vicious beasts,” she wrote. “Truth is, I was afraid to be scared ... I would not allow a gun on the sidelines because the fact of the weapon connotated a possible need and was the seed of fear.” What a marvel, this modest Lionhead library. A pretty quintet of shorts, poetically named Little Dramas of the Big Places. Serial scenes of woodland wonders as Shipman, playing “Story-Girl” Dreena, cavorts with God’s creations, converts loggers into lovers and comforts crippled children. Adventures abounded as the virtuous heroine
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Shipman (center) and her crew, including her son, Barry (kneeling), at Lionhead Lodge in winter of 1923-1924.
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braves blizzards and rapids to rescue her backwoods neighbors, often assisted by forest friends. Son Barry, brought up from California, won a featured role requiring a fall through the ice. When the shots of Barry and Shipmanâ€™s waterlogged struggles to safety werenâ€™t deemed convincing by the star, the boy was belt-dragged back into the wet. Shipman would have it her way. He, as stubborn as she, chose never to work with his mother again. Of the ďŹ ve shorts, only four were completed; a ďŹ nal fairy story called The Love Tree (1926) only memorialized by a few phantasmagoric frames. On screen, at least, it was a pretty picture. But the company, backed almost entirely by outside investors, wasnâ€™t selling any work. Its ďŹ rst two ďŹ lms, tied up in distribution litigation, had dried up most of Shipmanâ€™s grubstake. A self-admitted bad businesswoman, she was parceling out IOUs to cast and crew and poaching wildlife to feed the pets. Starvation was staved off with a few poorly paying promotional appearances. January 1924 was marred by one terminal sign of the end. It wasnâ€™t to be the ďŹ nale of Lionhead Lodge, but it marked the beginning of its death. Bert, Shipmanâ€™s partner, lover and sometimes leading man, had chanced a bit of foot frostbite while ďŹ lming Back to Godâ€™s Country, a minor malady overshadowed by the lead actorâ€™s death due to pneumonia. Ignored nearly ďŹ ve years, the infection had festered, until the gnawing, agonizing pain outgrew his grasp of sane behavior. Bert couldnâ€™t think, couldnâ€™t sleepâ€”that goddamn gangrenous lumpstump! He abandoned Lionhead Lodge for the deep winter snows, determined to reach either Spokane, Wash., or a cold death. â€œIt was then that I saw his eyes and realized that the worst had happened ... He had broken,â€? she wrote. â€œHe seemed to hate me. I was some terrible creature who had kept him suffering and was even now executing a ďŹ endish dance of glee over his condition.â€? And here, in a scenario almost perfectly preďŹ gured in one of the Little Dramas, is where that Bunyan-sized salt-grain really sets the ďŹ‚avor. Shipman chased after Bert, her snowshoes somehow shufďŹ‚ing her faster than Bertâ€™s nine-dog sled, and caught him in time to hole up under a log to await rescue. After a local logger chanced upon the two, Shipman and Bert convalesced in Spokane, where a sacriďŹ ce of three toes was required on his part. A return to Lionhead, and a year passed with scant Shipman commentary. But it was a silence colored dusky, not golden. The following Christmas was when it all broke again. A ďŹ‚irtatious dance with a young actor pseudonymed Sidâ€”though no Sid ever appeared in a Shipman productionâ€”stopped cold as jealous, brooding Bert trained a gun on Shipman. Emulating the past winterâ€™s desperate gamble, she walked coatless out onto the ice, searching for the thin spot that would open the â€œdark silence.â€? But her boy, her â€œBareeâ€? was the one who would chase her down, take her from this wild place to Spokane and civilization. And that, the ďŹ nal little drama of that great big place, was truly the end. Shipman never returned to Lionhead. The menagerie was sold to the San Diego Zoo, her costumes and manuscripts lost in a ďŹ re, and Shipman became a nomad.
The time drifts by, eaten up by the daily worry dozen and the first thing you know itâ€™s been too longâ€”like my whole stay back here. Longâ€”God! An eternity. But necessary, every single minute of itâ€”and the end not in sight, yetâ€”but the hopesâ€”oh, so high!â€? â€”Letter from Shipman to Barry (1934)
Hollywood had shut its doors to Shipman, favoring the bosomy charms of Clara Bow and Betty Blythe, and the rise of the Big Five studio system ensured that independent productions would get no play. So Shipman wandered and wroteâ€”screenplays, storybooks, scads and scads of letters. In New York City, she met husband No. 2, Charles Ayers,
let the old dog ďŹ nally lie quiet. Thirty years to live a lifetime, then a fallow 50 to live it all down. In 1970, a year after completing her ďŹ nal work, an autobiographical adventure painted purely in the colors of her own imagination, the screen siren passed into that long-ago sought â€œdark silence.â€?
What is a star but a far-away glimmer, an impossible goal, a thing at the end of a telescope, a faulty human drawn into close focus by continued repetition of an image, a substance to fall blazing or fade unseen? The star dies but the picture lives on, at least in memory.â€? â€”Nell Shipman, The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart
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then on to Florida, Cuba and Spain, the 1926 birthplace of twins Charles and Daphne. A new lover in 1935, the self-styled Baron Amerigo Serrao, made ďŹ lms, too. A rented house in New Mexico was vacated for its new tenant, Georgia Oâ€™Keeffe. But, from Hollywoodâ€”nothing. Though Shipman received one ďŹ nal screen creditâ€”as one of ďŹ ve writers for the Cary Grant talkie Wings in the Dark (1935)â€”her face never shone silver again, no sound man ever snared her voice. Year after year of â€œno.â€? Year after year of romantic Bohemian starvation, garreted in tiny apartments. Tiny paychecks for tossed-off magazine fodder. But no movies. A few books and a couple decades on, Shipman gave up trying for that star, perhaps embarrassed by her faded beauty, perhaps ready to
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Canada’s fast-ﬁddling, step-dancing Partridge Family is bringing their big bus to Boise for a live performance at the Morrison Center. Leahy, previously known as The Leahy Family, consists of eight brothers and sisters who play a variety of instruments, sing and dance. The Leahy siblings, who number 11 in total, grew up on a farm in Lakeﬁeld, Ontario, playing Celtic pop instead of Pong. In 1985, the family inspired the Oscar-winning documentary, The Leahys: Music Most of All. After the brood grew up and settled down, they decided to get more serious about the band. In 1998, Leahy accepted an invitation to open for Shania Twain after she released Come On Over—which went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time by a female musician. That opportunity opened a variety of doors for Leahy, which has since gone on to win Canadian Juno Awards for Best New Group, Best Country Group and Best Instrumental Album. On their Web site, the band describes themselves as “a musical group of brothers and sisters, a sound, a style of music, a way of life, a volcanic explosion of talent and energy, intense emotion and feral passion.” If a pack of feral, ﬁddle-happy step-dancers (with a crazy amount of talent) sounds like your cup of moonshine, make your way to the Morrison Center on Saturday, March 13, for what is sure to be an exhaustingly stimulating performance. With Irish Dance Idaho, 8 p.m., $32 adults, $28 seniors, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609. Tickets available at idahotickets.com or by calling 208-426-1110.
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BALANCE LIKE A SECRET: A DANCE CONCERT
If eccentric Moldy Peaches darling Kimya Dawson and smoldering European bombshell Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were seated next to each other at a concert, we imagine their conversation might go something like this. Bruni-Sarkozy: “My husband’s shorter than Napoleon and I used to bang Mick Jagger.” Dawson: “I once wrote a song called ‘Who’s got the crack?’ and named my daughter Panda Delilah.” Silence. Luckily, the closest these two musicians will come to small talk is when their music is integrated into Chanel DaSilva’s newest dance piece, “Here I Am,” which shows at Boise Contemporary Theater from Thursday, March 11-Saturday, March 13. For Balance Dance Company’s latest production Balance Like a Secret: A Dance Concert, they invited DaSilva, a Trey McIntyre Project dancer, to collaborate. According to Balance Artistic Director Leah Stephens Clark, DaSilva’s demanding seven-part piece is about “looking internally and trying to give as honest a performance as you possibly can without manufacturing anything.” In addition to DaSilva’s dance, the production will also include an homage to choreographer Merce Cunningham by Clark titled “11:11,” and a piece by choreographer Charlotte BoyeChristensen called “In Between.” Balance Dance Company is a local contemporary dance company comprised of pre-professional dancers ages 12-18. According to Clark, the company provides an outlet for teenagers to express honest emotion through dance. “I like to see performers that are vulnerable and honest and real,” said Clark. “I think with all our performances, there’s not that fake smile with Vaseline on their teeth … it’s honest work.” Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $5 students; Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-3319224, balancedance.org.
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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Over the past month, connecting with Scout Finch and Boo Radley has been much easier than peering into tree trunks. As part of a National Endowment for the Arts’ nationwide Big Read program, Boise libraries have gone nuts hosting To Kill a Mockingbirdthemed events. We’re talking ever ything from a delta blues night at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge to “Sew Like Boo Radley” workshops to a way-out-in-left-ﬁeld lecture on “Nostalgia and Social Change: Food in Contemporar y America.” (To Kill a
Mockingbird apparently has more than 50 references to food. Go ﬁgure.) For their Big Read blowout ﬁnale on Saturday, March 13, the Boise Public Librar y has invited actors from Stage Coach Theatre to put on a live per formance of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel. The per formance, directed by Kim Sherman-Labrum, begins at 10 a.m. at the Boise Public Librar y Hayes Auditorium and continues after ward with a tour of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, presented by the Idaho Human Rights Education Center. Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, Boise Public Librar y Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4076, boisepubliclibrar y.org.
TUESDAY MARCH 16 ﬁlm DIRTY STRIPES Though the word “dirt” has frequently played supporting roles in Hollywood ﬁlms—Joe Dirt, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Dirty Dozen—it only recently stole the spotlight. The aptly titled DIRT! The Movie, directed by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow and narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, examines both the importance of soil as a source of fertility and the negative consequences that come from mucking up the dirt we’ve got—drought, climate change and even war. On Tuesday, March 16, the Boise State Cultural Center, Idaho Public TeleviWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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convenience FANNY PACK DAY What do you get when you pair a white elephant party, lots of alcohol, “World Famous” fruitcake and a shiny new fanny pack? If you’re Boisean Nick Yates, you get the seeds of inspiration for International Fanny Pack Day. On a fateful December eve a few years back, Yates received his ﬁrst fanny pack, which he promptly stuffed with fruitcake on his way to catch the bus in Portland, Ore. When Yates was stopped by a homeless man on the street, he unzipped his pack and handed the man the contents. “He was like ‘Nice fanny pack, chief’ and I was like ‘Thanks.’ I took the fruitcake out, which was wrapped in tinfoil, and he made one more comment toward my fanny pack,” said Yates. “I walked down the street half a block and I hear him go ‘A fucking fruitcake?’” Somehow, this random exchange forever linked fanny packs and food charity in Yates’ mind. He began to hand out extra street cart food to Portland’s homeless while sporting his signature pack. When Yates moved to Boise, he realized he had to keep the fanny pack tradition going. Three years ago, he began International Fanny Pack Day with a few friends. Now, the event has blossomed into an annual charity event for the Idaho Foodbank at Falcon Tavern—a place where passionate packers can celebrate their pouch pride over a few pints. “This year, we’ve publicized it a lot better to raise awareness that this is a food drive,” said Yates. “People should come down to the Falcon in their new location and just partake and show off their fanny packs—whether it’s a creative design that you’ve made off the top of your head or an iconic New Kids On The Block neon-colored one that you have from back in the day.” Don’t have a fanny pack of your own to ﬁll with fruitcake? Yates suggests Fred Meyer for a classy leather one, Walmart for a cheap one or eBay for a Bedazzled one. Saturday, March 13, 7 p.m., FREE with a non-perishable food item, Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111. For more information, search “International Fanny Pack Day” on Facebook.
sion and the Independent Television Service, will present a free screening of DIRT! The Movie at Boise State at 5:30 p.m. The movie is part
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Manchester Orchestra is not, as one may assume, an orchestra from Manchester, England. In fact, though Manchester does have a long-established, permanent, professional symphony orchestra called the Halle, the American indie/emo quintet that goes by the name Manchester Orchestra would likely not step foot inside the Halle’s hallowed halls. When lead singer Andy Hull came up with the name Manchester Orchestra in 2005, he had something different in mind—he wanted to pay homage to seminal ’80s New Wave bands like The Smiths and Joy Division/New Order that all hailed from Manchester. And though the band doesn’t sound much like any of the aforementioned acts—they’re often reminiscent of Nirvana or Pedro the Lion—Hull’s voice has a uniquely vulnerable quality that is at once both earnest and commanding well beyond his 23 years. After releasing a few LPs and a slew of EPs with names like I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child; You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, but Brilliance Needs a Good Editor; and Mean Everything to Nothing, the band has developed a sizeable following. It also doesn’t hurt that Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist and percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Jonathan Corley and drummer Jeremiah Edmond spend an insane amount of time on the road. Check out one of their many annual tour stops on Monday, March 15, at Knitting Factory with Biffy Clyro and O Brother. 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:15 p.m. show, $13-$25, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
If you prefer your dirt to come from the ﬁlthy mouths of unwashed rock ’n’ rollers, the Egyptian Theatre is also offering a special screening Tuesday evening. To celebrate the release of The White Stripes’ Under Great White Northern Lights live documentary, Record Exchange will host a screening of the movie, which follows the Whites as they tour Canada. Tickets are free with the purchase of the album or video, which can be bought at the show. A DVD,
NORTH END ORGANIC NURSERY With a ﬂick of a trowel, an unmoving mound of dirt became a writhing pile of earthworms. “We’re selling these guys for $25 a pound or $15 a half pound,” said North End Organic Nursery manager (and former BW owner) Bingo Barnes. Walking over to a row of plastic multi-shelved worm composters, Barnes explained the process—worms and kitchen scraps go in the bottom NORTH END ORGANIC and as the worms eat their way NURSERY up to the next shelf, fertile dark 2350 W. Hill Road 208-389casings are left behind. 4769 Worm composters are one northendnursery.com of many draws for conservationminded home gardeners at the recently opened North End Organic Nursery. A partnership between Sustainable Growth and Flutter By Gardens, the nursery offers weekly free classes and focuses on carrying all local, organic and sustainable items, as well as heirloom seeds. They also have a sizeable collection of fruit trees, including ﬁve-way grafted Asian pear, apple or plums trees. “We try to go local ﬁrst, and then regional, and then made in the USA,” said Barnes. “If it’s mass-produced in China, we’re not going to carry it.” Some of those local items include seed-saving kits produced outside of Moscow, circle hoes from Grant’s Pass, HoeDags made in Lewiston, and compost and potting soil from the Magic Valley. “It’s a niche. We’re not trying to be the nursery for everybody,” said Barnes. “But we will have those really unique things you’ll be hard-pressed to ﬁnd other places.” —Tara Morgan
Blu-ray or vinyl snags you two tickets, while a plain old CD gets you one. The Boise Rock School will also be channeling Jack and Meg for the evening. DIRT! The Movie, 5:30 p.m., Boise State Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom A, 1910 University Drive, 208-345-4453, dirtthemovie.org. Under Great White Northern Lights, 7 p.m., FREE with album or DVD, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY MARCH 10 Festivals & Events INAUGURAL WEDDINGS WEEK 2010—Your one-stop shop for everything wedding related. 5-9 p.m. www.weddingsweek.com. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise.
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., 208-4722940, www.gardencity.lili.org.
Michaelson, Cat Power, Norah Jones and more. In “11:11,” from Balance artistic director Leah Clark, audience members will choose the order of the dance as well as the music selections. Tickets at the door or by calling 208-891-8704. 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $5 students. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, www.bctheater.org.
THE PINK PARTY—Party in your favorite pink with the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho in a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute Patient Advocacy Fund. 10 p.m. FREE. Lucky Dog, 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-333-0074, www.luckydogtavern.com.
ALMOST MAINE—See Thursday. 8 p.m., $9-$11 adult. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.
BOISE STATE FACULTY VIOLA RECITAL—Linda Kline Lamar presents music by Ernest Bloch, Henri Vieuxtemps and Alexander Glazunov. 7:30 p.m. $5 general, $3 seniors, FREE students. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.
Green Talks & Lectures DRIVEWAYS, SIGNALS AND ROUNDABOUTS—If you’re interested in roadway design and operation, this presentation is for you. An interactive discussion all about trafﬁc signals, intersections and driveways. Held in Conference Room B. 5:30-8 p.m. FREE, RSVP to Jessica Wilson, 208-855-2558 Ext. 222. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway St.
Sports & Fitness IDAHO STAMPEDE VS. LOS ANGELES—7 p.m. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or Box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, www.qwestarenaidaho.com.
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WATER EFFICIENT IRRIGATION—Learn how to use drip irrigation, bubblers and micro-spray nozzles to get your garden water exactly where it needs to go without wasting a drop. 7 p.m. $10 member/$15 nonmember. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
FRIDAY MARCH 12 Festivals & Events PAPARAZZI CASINO NIGHT— Round out Weddings Week with an evening of fun and ﬂair. 6:30 p.m. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3850111, www.weddingsweek.com.
BALANCE LIKE A SECRET—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $5-$12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-442-3232, www. bctheater.org. FAIRY TALES AND FANTASY— BYU Provo’s Theatre Ballet presents a story of princesses, fairies, magic and romance. 7:30 p.m. $7-15, www.caldwellﬁnearts.org. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., 208-459-3405 or 208-454-1376. POPEYED—Popeye, Olyve, Wympy and Sweetie do their best to protect their sweet and sleepy 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.
Concerts ALL MOZART—Boise Baroque Orchestra tackles Mozart. While performing Requiem, four vocal soloists and the Boise State Chorale and Meistersangers will join in. 8 p.m. $18 general, $14 seniors and students. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com.
Festivals & Events INAUGURAL WEDDINGS WEEK 2010—Your one-stop shop for everything wedding related. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208333-8000, www.weddingsweek. com.
On Stage ALMOST MAINE—On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-ﬁlled sky above, Almost’s residents ﬁnd themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. 7:30 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org. BALANCE LIKE A SECRET—Balance Dance Company, ages 12-18, put choreographer and Trey McIntyre Project dancer Chanel DaSilva’s work on stage in “Balance Like a Secret,” featuring the music of Ingrid
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8 DAYS OUT LANGROISE TRIO—Featuring Geoffrey Trabichoff, Dave Johnson and Samuel Smith playing Mozart, Bach, Naumann, Borodin and Taniev. 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-345-9116.
Workshops & Classes SEXY CHAIR DANCE—AbSINthia Verre teaches her Sexy Chair Dance class. 7 p.m. Ophidia
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Sports & Fitness IDAHO STAMPEDE VS. LOS ANGELES—7 p.m. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, www.qwestarenaidaho.com.
SATURDAY MARCH 13 Festivals & Events BAG PIPERS—The Pipes and Drums of the Boise Highlanders perform at the Tavern at Bown Crossing at 2:45 p.m., Hyde Park Pub at 7 p.m., and Bad Irish at 9 p.m. boisehighlanders.com.
FANNY PACK DAY—See Picks Page 16. 7 p.m. FREE. Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-947-3111, www.falcontavern.com. PET ADOPTION EVENT—The Kiehl’s counter in Dillard’s at Boise Towne Square teams up with Idaho Humane Society in a pet adoption effort. Noon-4 p.m. Dillards, 430 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-321-4646, www. idahohumanesociety.org.
On Stage ALMOST MAINE—See Thursday. 8 p.m., $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org. BALANCE LIKE A SECRET—See Thursday. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $5 students. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, www. bctheater.org.
POPEYED—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13, 208-336-7383. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, www.pdplayhouse.com. SIXTH ANNUAL PRETTY IN PINK SHOW—The crew from the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho present a fundraiser show for the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute Patient Advocacy Fund. 9 p.m. $5 donation, www.idahogemcourt.org. Lucky Dog, 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-333-0074.
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8 DAYS OUT TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRDâ€”See Picks Page 16. 10 a.m. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, www. boisepubliclibrary.org.
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ALL MOZARTâ€”See Friday. 2 p.m. $18 general, $14 seniors and students, FREE children 17 and younger. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., 208343-7511, www.boisefumc.org.
STAR WARPS: MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOUâ€”Parts are for ďŹ ve men and four women. Arrive prepared to improvise and have fun. 1:30 p.m. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www. pdplayhouse.com.
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LANGROISE TRIOâ€”See Friday. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-5011.
SOUNDS LIKE FUNâ€”Boise Philharmonic presents a series of concerts designed for the whole family. 10:45 a.m. $6-$8. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-345-9116.
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IDAHO STAMPEDE VS. ERIEâ€”7 p.m. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-8497, www. qwestarenaidaho.com.
Talks & Lectures TREASURE VALLEY STORYTELLERSâ€”Check out a free, family friendly storytelling and wander the halls of the historic Boise Train Depot. 2 p.m. 2603 Eastover Terrace, Boise.
MONDAY MARCH 15 Literature PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOPâ€”With Dain Michael Down. Free and open to the public. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, Gipson Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union. boisestate.edu.
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CIGAR â€œTASTINGâ€? AND CLASSâ€”Steve Martin (not that Steve Martin) from Altadis USA cigar manufacturers, which produces Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, DaVinci, Upmann cigars and more, talks about the tastes of the Altadis brands. Special deals on Altadis cigars tonight only. Also, the Highlanders Bagpipers will stop by to help celebrate St. Pattyâ€™s Day. 4-9 p.m. FREE, www.treasurevalleysmokeshop.com. Treasure Valley Smoke Shop, 132 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-898-1420.
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ST. PATRICKâ€™S DAY BAG PIPERSâ€”The Pipes and Drums of the Boise Highlanders will be making the rounds on St. Pattyâ€™s Day. Hereâ€™s where to ďŹ nd them: noon at The Crescent, 5:15 p.m. at Bad Irish, 5:30 p.m. at Kopper Kitchen, 5:45 p.m. at The Crescent and the Tavern at Bown, 6 p.m. at Lindyâ€™s and Quinnâ€™s, 6:15 p.m. at Harryâ€™s in Meridian, 6:30 p.m. at Rudyâ€™s, Bardenay, Busted Shovel and Jumpinâ€™ Janetâ€™s, 7 p.m. at Bittercreek, 127 Club and Busterâ€™s on Broadway, 7:15 p.m. at Hyde Park Pub, 7:30 p.m. at The Refuge and Rickâ€™s Press Room, 7:45 p.m at Bill and Lynnâ€™s and The Ram in Boise, 8 p.m. at Murphyâ€™s, 8:15 p.m. at Angellâ€™s, 8:30 p.m. at Hannahâ€™s, Haâ€™Penny and The Ram in Meridian, 9 p.m. at The Crescent, Lindyâ€™s and Bad Irish, 9:15 p.m. at Crickets, 9:30 p.m. at Gilâ€™s K-9, 9:45 p.m. at Bittercreek, 10:15 p.m. at Bad Irish and 10:30 p.m. at Quinnâ€™s. www.boisehighlanders.org.
THE ODD COUPLEâ€”The female version of Neil Simonâ€™s play brought to you by Eagle High Schoolâ€™s Fourth Wall Players. 7 p.m. $4. Eagle High School, 574 N. Park Lane, Eagle, 208-9392189, www.ehs.meridianschools. org.
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POETRY SLAM DELUXâ€”Featuring Dain Michael Down. Open slam has $100 in prize money on the table. Ages 21 and older only. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, www.neurolux.com.
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Talks & Lectures BOOK SIGNINGâ€”Angeline Kearns Blain, the author of I Used to be Irish, is a sociology professor at Boise State. She will read from and sign copies of her new book. 7 p.m. FREE. Trip Taylor Bookseller, 210 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-344-3311, www. downtownboise.org.
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PART BLUES, PART SOUL John Nemeth ﬁnds fans, soul and juice bars
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AMY ATKINS “The best thing about playing in other countries is the juice bars. Everybody has fresh juice.” That’s not the only reason blues musician John Nemeth has enjoyed his recent tours abroad, but he isn’t kidding about that being one of the best things about his travels. “I’m serious,” Nemeth said. “It’s not like in America where you get 10 percent juice. There are juice bars everywhere.” Juice bars and John Nemeth fans, apparently. Nemeth, who will kick off his spring tour in Boise with a show at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, March 13, spent a week playing shows in Lebanon, followed by a week at home in the Bay Area and then a week in Russia. “It was a month of planes, trains and autoJohn Nemeth’s Mona Lisa smile might be due to his new album, Name The Day. mobiles,” Nemeth said, laughing. Or it might be from the honey-and-horseradish vodka. While touring is nothing new to Nemeth, able to pull from the likes of his soul and R&B paganda about Russia,” Nemeth said. “And I that kind of overseas travel was a big change icons Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Howard think English [with a Russian accent] sounds for the 34-year-old singer/harmonica player/ Tate or Hank Ballard. producer. Growing up in Boise, Nemeth cut his so cool. It sounds just like in the movies.” “Blues has to be scaled down,” Nemeth Another great part of playing outside of musical teeth as a blues wunderkind. He was said. “But soul draws from everything ... chord the United States was getting away from the playing bars in Boise for years before he was progressions didn’t have to be standard. I legally old enough to order a pre-show shot of restrictions Nemeth often has to deal with could just take the songs wherever I wanted in larger U.S. cities. When he plays in New anything stronger than soda. to.” Which he did. Sitting in a Target parking lot near his home York, for example, he often has to contend Independence and control of his craft have with a 60-day exclusive for a 100-mile while his wife shopped inside, Nemeth said he always been a big part of Nemeth’s process, was ﬁrst surprised that he had fans in Russia at radius, meaning that in a two-month period, but he feels like now, more than ever, he’s all—he’d never been there before. Then he was he can’t play two clubs within 100-miles of in a place where he can do what he wants. each other. In Russia, he played three shows shocked at what big fans they were. He produced both Love Me Tonight and “I had no idea,” Nemeth said, still amazed. in three different clubs and loved it, mostly because it reminded him of the days when he Name The Day despite how risky—writing, “I just had no idea at all that so many people performing and producing music doesn’t give knew about me. The ﬁrst show was a 700-seat lived and played in Boise. “I would play The Bouquet and Tom Grain- an artist much objectivity—that can be for a sold-out show in St. Petersburg of all places. musician. It has worked for Nemeth. In early ey’s and Pengilly’s and the Dutch Goose, all in It was really far out, man. It was really cool. I 2009, Love Me Tonight debuted at No. 10 one week,” Nemeth said, a hint of nostalgia was out in the lobby before one of the shows on the Billboard Blues chart. In November, it sneaking into his laidand signed old CDs zoomed back up the chart to outrank records back tone. that people had had Saturday, March 13, with Bodo Brothers Along with branch- by such luminaries as Robert Cray and Derek for a long time … and opening, 8 p.m., $22 advance, $24 door. Trucks. And also at the tail end of 2009, ing out into areas he concert posters; I don’t hasn’t played previous- Nemeth learned he had been nominated for even know where they EGYPTIAN THEATRE 700 W. Main St. Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year ly, Nemeth continues got them. There were 208-345-0454 to take creative strides. by the Blues Foundation. people there who had egyptiantheatre.net But no matter how far he travels or how When BW talked to seen me in the U.S., many accolades are heaped on him, Nemhim last year, he had too, which was cool.” For more information, visit johnnemeth.com. just ﬁnished his second eth is one of the most grounded, cool cats Even the club ownaround. He made sure while touring to take release, Love Me ers were at his shows, in the local culture—especially the food (and, Tonight, on Blind Pig Records. It was a musinot because they were keeping an eye on of course, juice). cal shift for him, one in which he was veering things but because they really like Nemeth’s “[In Russia] I ate what the locals eat,” off from pure blues and easing in a little more music. It wasn’t just the numbers of fans or Nemeth said. “Get this: They take lard and the participation of the club owners that took soul. In May Nemeth will release Name The chill it and then slice it and wrap it with Day, his most soulful album to date, which Nemeth by surprise. He was taken aback by contains 10 original tracks and one cover song. pickles. And they take vodka, and put fresh how his own preconceptions of Russia in honey and horseradish in it. So you take this He’s not giving blues the short shrift; it’s just particular were challenged. hot-and-sweet vodka and chase it with the lard that Nemeth’s inﬂuences are a huge part of his “Everyone there was super warm and and pickle. I did a lot of each.” music and with straight blues, he hasn’t been polite, not what you’d expect with all the proWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
TWO HOOTS FOR MAYHEM AND FAUXBOIS Northwest metal-heads are up to their mullets in excitement over the forthcoming Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on Wednesday, July 14, at the Idaho Center in Nampa. The fest will feature headliners Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God and Five Finger Death Punch, as well as supporting bands Atreyu, Norma Jean, 3 Inches of Blood, In This Moment, Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall and Winds of Plague. The specially priced “Get Off Your Ass” tickets are already sold out, but there are still regular tickets available for $39.50, plus $11 in processing fees. Day of the show tickets are $49.50 plus processing fees. The Idaho Center ticketing ofﬁce cautions that this could be their ﬁrst sold-out general admission show in a long time. And while Boise-area fans are amped that the fest is coming to Idaho, messageboard-happy metal hounds from elsewhere aren’t nearly as pleased. On the ofﬁcial Rockstar Mayhem Fest comment board, Iron Maiden Eddie imparted some choice wisdom: “Why the hell would Mayhem choose to go to Boise, but yet not visit New York, San Antonio, Scranton and other cities that deserve a date? I speak from experience as I was in Boise 2 years ago on a business trip and that absolutely has to be one of the most boring places on planet Earth, not to mention the most god awful Hooters that I had ever visited.” Because Hooters is totally metal ... Speaking of hooters, Owl City has already sold out his upcoming show at Knitting Factory on Tuesday, March 30. Adam Young, a fey, Ben Gibbard-ish lad who plays blinky bedroom pop, has amassed quite a local following after selling out his show last October at the Venue. His track “The Technicolor Phase” was recently featured on Almost Alice, the companion music comp inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. On the local album front, Boise band Fauxbois, fronted by Brian Mayer, has an album coming out on Tuesday, May 18, on local label Spark & Shine Records. Fauxbois has posted a few tracks off of Carry On at sparkandshine.com/fauxbois. Don’t miss the dreamy and delightfully distortiony “Teleportation.” —Tara Morgan
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY MARCH 10 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 WITH THE MALDROIDS—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
VISQUEEN, MARCH 13, NEUROLUX With the release of King Me, the debut from Seattle powerrock band Visqueen, audiences were introduced to petite frontwoman Rachel Flotard, a living example of the adage “big things come in small packages.” Other musicians also noticed Flotard’s high energy and talents: she worked with Neko Case and is featured on “Into the Mirror,” the single off fellow Seattlites Minus the Bear’s upcoming release, OMNI. And then last year, Flotard’s father lost his long battle with cancer. As part of the healing process, Flotard wrote and recorded Messages from Garcia. On her Web site, she talks about the album and her father: “He was our unrelenting hero for 35 years and never let us drop. These songs are my friends. I wrote them through a long ride of self-conscious anguish and joy. They are braided with sunny, ubiquitous problems and snare drums. They reﬂect the part of me that wants to be happy and make out with Bad Company.” —Amy Atkins Saturday, March 13, with Yarn Owl, 8 p.m., $5. Neurolux 111 N. 11th St., neurolux.com.
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JOHN CRAIGIE—8 p.m. FREE. Reef MEL WADE—6 p.m. FREE. Dry Creek Merchantile REBECCA SCOTT TRIO—8-10 p.m. FREE. Sin SKATE NIGHT—With Missionary Position (Washington), Bug Girl (Australia), Radillac, Black Cloud, Heavens Hellbombs Burlesque. 9 p.m. $5. Gusto Bar
THURSDAY MARCH 11 APPLE CHARM—9-11 p.m. FREE. Reef JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—10 p.m. Terrapin Station
JOSHUA TREE CD RELEASE PARTY—See Listen Here, Page 23. 7 p.m., FREE, RX MICHAEL MILLER—From Hollywood. With Haven Snow. 9 p.m. $5. The Bouquet THREE BAND THROWDOWN— Rooﬁed Resistance, Bukkit and Wakeup Dead. 9 p.m. FREE to listen, $1 to vote. Liquid
FRIDAY MARCH 12 BELOVED—6-9 p.m. $13 for dinner. The Blue Moose Cafe BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper Lounge BLAZE ’N’ KELLY—10 p.m., FREE. Bittercreek Ale House CHRISTOPHER THE CONQUERED—8 p.m. $2. Flying M Coffeegarage COSMIC FAMILY BAND—8 p.m., FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery
JANUS—Presented by 100.3 The X. Win tickets by listening to 100.3 FM. 7 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory KEYSER SOZE—9:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. $5. Reef
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MICHAEL RAY—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper Lounge
POST HARBOR—From Washington with Juntura and Entmoot. 9 p.m. $5. The Bouquet
BILL COFFEY, NED EVETT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub & Grill
BLAZE ‘N’ KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub & Grill
RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. The Quarterbarrel
CODI JORDAN BAND—9:30 p.m., $5. Reef
SOUL PURPOSE—10 p.m., $3, Tom Grainey’s
DAN COSTELLO AND LETA NEUSTAEDTER—7-9 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars
SPINDLEBOMB—9:45 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement THE VERY MOST, VONNY CAL, MT. JOY—Acoustic show. 8 p.m. FREE. Groove Coffee VOICE OF REASON—9 p.m. $1. Liquid WAYNE WHITE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine WILLISON, ROOS AND YOUNG—7-9 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room
GIZZARD STONE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s HILARIOUS HARLOTS HOEDOWN—The Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho gets down for fun and a good cause. 7:3011 p.m. $5. Neurolux
THE DEVIL WHALE—With Grand Hallway and Mighty Tigers. 9 p.m. $5. The Bouquet ELECTRONICA BLOW OUT—Two stages: one at Opa and one at Cazba. At Cazba is Stormshadow and Lost (People of Earth) at 10 p.m., TekFreaks from San Francisco at 11:30 p.m., Syd Girls from San Fran at 1:15 a.m. and Blake LaBounty from L.A. at 2:45 a.m. On the Opa stage is AiDJ at 8:30 p.m., DJ Flirty at 9:45 p.m., DJ Christeria from Denver at 10:30 p.m., DJs Ta and Tony Krave at 11:30 p.m., 4-Star Generals at 12:45 a.m. and DJ Aaron Liven at 2 a.m. THE ENTMOOT—7 p.m. FREE. Rembrandt’s
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SPINDLEBOMB—9:45 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement
JOHN NEMETH—The Boisegrown blues wonder returns to his old stomping grounds. Upand-coming teen blues rockers the Bodo Brothers open. See Noise, Page 21. Doors at 7p.m., show at 8 p.m. $22 advance, $24 door. Egyptian Theatre
TT MILLER—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
TUESDAY MARCH 16
VISQUEEN, YARN OWL—See Listen Here, Page 22. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
THE JACKS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery
LARRY CONKLIN—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine
SUNDAY MARCH 14
WEDNESDAY MARCH 17
APPLECHARM—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
BOISE HIGHLANDERS—The bagpipers will be all over town on St. Patty’s Day. See Page 20 for a full schedule.
LEAHY—The Canadian family of eight brothers and sisters. 8 p.m. $28 seniors, $32 adults. Morrison Center LEE PENN SKY—6-9 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe MOUSY BROWN AND APPLE THIEF—9 p.m. $1. Liquid RYAN WISSINGER—11 a.m. FREE. Red Feather SATURDAY NIGHT SANITARIUM—An insane dark-dance night presented by Wicked Wonderland Entertainment. 10:30 p.m. $3. Terrapin Station SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN—Set Your Goals with All Hands Go, Blackcloud, Obscure Beauty, Adamant Allies, Self Smartid, The Dude Abides, Bless the Martyr, Rest on This, The Listening Room, Bare Witness, The Maldroids, Brawl and 3rd to Last. 4 p.m. $6. The Venue SOUL PURPOSE—10 p.m. $3, Tom Grainey’s
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WEEKLY GIGS BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel FRIM FRAM 4—Thursdays, 8:45 p.m. Pengilly’s
SONGWRITER CLUB—Bernie Reilly and special guests. 8 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet WE WON THE SCIENCE FAIR, HAZEL AND VINE, YOUR FRIEND PETER GILES AND CODY BECK—6 p.m. $10. The Venue
CELTIC RESIN—6 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub & Grill
JEREMIAH JAMES GANG— Wednesdays, 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JIM FISHWILD—Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow KEVIN KIRK, JON HYNEMAN AND PHIL GARONZIK—Wednesdays, 7 p.m. FREE. Chandler
SOUL PURPOSE—10 p.m. $5. Tom Grainey’s
PAUL PETERSON BLUES CLUB—Wednesdays, 8 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet
SPINDLEBOMB—St. Patty’s Day blowout. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid
REBECCA SCOTT—Wednesdays, 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid ROCCI JOHNSON BAND— Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s
MONDAY MARCH 15 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA—With The Features, Biffy Clyro and O Brother. 6:30 p.m. $13. Knitting Factory
GET DIRTY THURSDAYS—Sax infused whiskey rock. Thursdays, 9 p.m. FREE. The Bouquet
TRAVIS MCDANIEL—Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s. Soul Purpose
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JOSHUA TREE, MARCH 11, RECORD EXCHANGE Local countr y band Joshua Tree’s debut Joshua Tree: Live at the VAC is made up of nine laid-back, slide and pedal-steel guitar cover tunes that the group has been playing for years, plus one original tune, “Tall Trees,” penned by member (and Old Boise Guitar Co. owner) John “Johnny Shoes” Pisano. Last fall, Pisano won a songwriting contest, which spurred him and, in turn, his bandmates Deborah Holmberg, Boyd Wilson, Jake Hoffman and Mike Rundle to start thinking more seriously about Joshua Tree’s music ... and the CD changes things even more. “[The CD] has opened up some new areas for us,” Pisano said. “We originally got together just because we like to play. But since putting the CD out, we’re going to play the Northern Rockies Festival, we’re going to play at a Labor Day festival in Bellevue, Wash., and I just got off the phone with a guy who wants us to play in McCall.” —Amy Atkins Thursday, March 11, CD release party, 7 p.m., FREE. Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., therecordexchange.com.
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Nicole Herden, detail of Cell(f), aluminum rings, beeswax, resin, thermoplastic adhesive and found objects, 2010
A SLEW OF NEW OPENINGS University of Idaho professor Jason Ferguson, labeled a “neo-conceptual absurdist” in Chicago’s NewCity Art, is known for interjecting a bit of humor into his conceptual pieces. Take, for example, his “Taxidermy” series, in which he dissects inanimate objects like an old shoe or velour La-Z-Boy recliners—which he cheekily dubbed “chair skin rugs.” Recently, Ferguson was asked to do a different kind of dissecting. For Boise State’s annual student juried exhibition, “Double Take,” he had to weed through a number of student submissions. “Double Take,” which opened last weekend at the Visual Arts Center, features a variety of work in all media and will be up through Saturday, March 20. Nearby, at the Visual Arts Center’s Gallery Two, Nicole Herden and Asaad Zangana’s MFA thesis exhibitions are also on display. Herden’s work “Cell” is a collection of random three-dimensional items displayed in petri-dish-like containers, which strives to present “a non-linear amalgamation of experience in a scientiﬁc fashion.” Zangana’s “Oppression, as Artist’s Experience,” is more explicitly personal, using video projection and images on ceramic tiles to convey the oppression and pain he went through during his life in Iraq. In other March opening news, last First Thursday brought a variety of new and old faces into downtown spaces. At Flying M Coffee House, M wall-curators Jerms Lanningham and John Warfel linked up with illustrator Andy Stauffer for an ever-growing month-long series. Each day, a new doodle will be tacked up on the wall from one of the three artists, which will culminate during the ﬁnal week of the show when they all collaborate on a larger piece. Down the street at another local coffeehouse, Thomas Hammer, Tomas Montano premiered the series “Viva Costa Rica,” a collection of colorful new mixed-media paintings on plywood. The Basement Gallery also opened a new show, the ﬁrst curated completely by new owners Jane and Michael Brumﬁeld. The show features a variety of local contemporary printmakers, including Matt Bodett, Kirsten Furlong, Denise Lauerman, Odessa Leedy, Benjamin Love, Susan Moore, Sarah Rapatz, John Warfel and Tarmo Watia, as well as British printmakers Alison Read and Sarah Ross-Thompson. —Tara Morgan
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Charles Gill, Chips (kebab) 408, oil and graphite on canvas, 31-inch by 62-inch, 2010.
MR. CHIPS Charles Gill exhibits his Abstract side CHRISTOPHER SCHNOOR blurs the boundaries between abstraction and What do the legendary post-minimalist realism, memory and imagination, marks Gill Bruce Nauman and Boise’s eminence grise of painting and printmaking, Charles Gill, have as a multi-faceted artist drawing from a deep in common? Both are self-assured, intellectu- well of source material and precedents. With this present body of work completed ally restless artists, preoccupied with what it over the last several years, Gill says he is means to be an “artist.” They are enamored revisiting his roots as an abstract painter in the with exploring the endless possibilities and 1950s. In those years, the heyday of abstract conceptual implications of the routine, proexpressionism led Gill to choose the path of ducing work that is all over the map. Jackson Pollock and company over the more Nauman recently told an interviewer that, for him, making art was a matter of “watching traditional one represented by Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper, which still held consideryourself ﬁgure out what to do next.” Gill, in able sway over art students at the time. his address at the opening of his new show at Later, Gill would come under the spell of Stewart Gallery, talked about the importance the photorealism of Robert Bechtle and Chuck of “reinvention” in his art-making, while Close, but in those earlier years he was an avid “exhaust the possibilities” has long been his credo in the studio. Both artists are exceptional devotee of the Ab-Ex phenomenon and nonobdraftsmen, products of the California art scene. jective art in general, which clearly still has an allure for him. Throughout their careers, Nauman and Gill True to Gill’s plebeian bent, this series of have remained steadfastly indifferent to labels, abstract “chip paintdefying convenient ings,” as he calls them, categorizations to the was inspired by an extent we can never be The exhibit runs through Monday, April 5. unlikely though readsure where they will STEWART GALLERY ily available source, head next. 1110 W. Jefferson St. i.e., the small, blank Gill’s current 208-433-0593 stewartgallery.com index cards on which exhibition of 11 recent Gill brushes daubs of oil paintings, which paint to test his colors opened at Stewart Feb. for a work in progress. Gill saves those cards 26, is his latest detour. While his strikingly and, over time, has acquired quite a stash of inventive ﬁgurative subjects and architectural color notations which, in many cases, suggest still lifes have perhaps been the most familiar abstract formal compositions in their own aspect of his output, we have increasingly right. Gill’s eye for visual patterns and rhythms come to see that they are only one side of his recognized their potential. Enlarged and reaesthetic. In 2008 at the College of Idaho’s created on canvas, these paintings come across Rosenthal Gallery, Gill exhibited conceptual paintings, mixed-media and assemblage works as fresh, original and strikingly contemporary despite the obvious references to the past. under the title “Head Cheese,” an ongoing, Gill borrowed Close’s technique by making long-term project in which he deconstructs and slides of selected cards and projecting them reconstitutes images of interiors and furniture onto the canvas to create full-size paintings. portrayed in a 1950s picture book on interior The result is what Gill describes as “paint decoration. His remaking of middle-class chips as still life,” which is appropriate given vernacular into a progressive art form that
his propensity for turning many subjects, including houses, room interiors, even people into unique variations on the still life theme. Indeed, several of the works like Chips 102 and Chips 103, with their upright, irregularly contoured forms in grays and browns, nudging each other like vessels in a tight space, evoke the modern master of the genre, Giorgio Morandi. For Morandi, too, the paint itself was the primary subject. These paintings, however, have the vibrant presence of American abstraction 50 years ago. Around the gallery, one is reminded of the palette and styles of Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Mark Rothko and Pollock in colorful orchestrations of earth tones, pale or crisp pastels, bright blues and robust reds on ﬁelds of soft- or off-whites. Some of Gill’s forms in dark hues and black have the look and feel of Robert Motherwell’s somber “Spanish Elegies” series of paintings and prints. A few canvases are more subdued than others but, generally, there is a warm, inviting light that seems to emanate from the work. The piece with the most commanding presence is Chips (kebab) 408, a 5-foot long painting comprised of two adjoined canvascovered panels. A mural-like work with ﬂoating “chips” of color, its center of gravity is the meeting point of the two panels, a vertical fault line around which congregates a stack of abstract forms that anchors the composition. It is a serene, beautifully balanced formal design, almost musical in its gentle rhythms and richly painted. Typically, Gill keeps us grounded with a few non-art details in the ﬁnished paintings. The torn off corner in Chips 207, the inclusion of a card’s punched hole, the newsprint peeking through thin paint, all serve to remind us of the humble origin of these handsome works of art. It is a gesture Nauman would understand and appreciate. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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REMIXED REVOLUTION TUNES Documentary examines the songs that spurred a movement JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA If you are like many young Americans, you know three things about Martin Luther King Jr. First, he gave a speech about his big dream, a dream shared by millions of marginalized U.S. citizens. Second, he was martyred for that dream. Third, his birthday Bystanders look on as Civil Rights activists march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. is celebrated with an extra day off of school. If you don’t know much else about this educational gleanings are gathered in spite turbulent times, such as Richie Havens and man and his pivotal role in the cessation of of the ﬁlm’s focus on music, not from it. But the Blind Boys of Alabama, ﬁnd a deeper racial segregation, the 2009 documentary an education is still imparted. It’s imposSoundtrack For A Revolution is intended to resonance. sible not to sympathize as Lynda Lowery, While Soundtrack For A Revolution is help you ﬁll in the gaps. 15 years old when she marched on Montan impassioned, well-intentioned ﬁlm, it Documentarians Bill Guttentag and Dan gomery, describes her scars from a series of misses the mark as an incisive look into the Sturman (Nanking) examine the Africanblows to her head, or when we see activist musicology of the movement. Interviews American civil-rights campaign of the ’60s with participating reverends, politicians and Medgar Evers’ stoic resolve shortly before from the angle of the movement’s musical involved citizens—in- his assassination in 1963. With a scant inspirations: the goscluding Coretta Scott running time of 82 minutes, it’s impossible pel tunes and marchto catch all the names and dates that ﬂy by, King and Congressing anthems that SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION (PG) but the disturbing picture of this dark time man John Lewis— helped sustain the Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman comes out clearly. frequently consist of crusade’s momentum Opens Friday, March 19, at The Flicks For the most part, Guttentag and Stursung snatches of reand resolve. Playing Starring The Roots, John Legend, man stay on topic throughout the documembered melodies over still-shocking Wyclef Jean, Harry Belafonte mentary. Only an out-of-the-blue tail-end followed by a glossy footage of brutal allusion to Obama’s presidency—a single in-studio rendition, beatdowns during inaugural still, which is onscreen for a few but Guttentag and lunch counter sit-ins seconds—and a reiterated injunction to keep Sturman skip over any examination of the and peaceful protests are updated covers ﬁghting gives a small feeling of soapboxing. music’s origins. The dual layer of lyrical of these tunes, sung by the likes of Angie But as a reminder—and in some cases an meaning—given the history of American Stone, Wyclef Jean and TV On The Radio. introduction—to the horrendous history of While the appeal of these artists might draw slavery that birthed this oppression—is a segregation and the tangential examination a younger audience to the ﬁlm—Guttentag’s discovery made at the viewer’s own discreof Dr. King’s revolutionary role, Soundtrack tion. Like the 2008 anti-slavery “rockustated intent—the heartfelt selections For A Revolution rings true. mentary” Call + Response, any important covered by artists who lived through those
SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings DIRT: THE MOVIE—Learn how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led to droughts, starvation, ﬂoods and climate change. Apparently, it’s all about the dirt. Mary Rohlﬁng of Morning Owl Farm speaks and leads a Q&A after the ﬁlm. See Picks, Page 16. Tuesday, March 16, 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-4261000, www.boisestate.edu.
UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS—A special screening of the White Stripes’ live documentary, which chronicles the band’s 2007 tour of every province and territory in Canada. Hosted by Record Exchange. Tickets are free with the purchase of Under Great White Northern Lights on DVD, Blu-Ray, CD or vinyl. Boise Rock School will perform prior to the movie. See Picks, Page 16. Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454, www.egyptiantheatre. net.
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opening GREEN ZONE—In the opening moments of the Green Zone trailer, we think Bourne is back; alas, no. But Matt Damon and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass promise to take audiences on a similar thrill ride. Weapons of mass destruction are out there and Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team are sent to track them down. However, at each site they visit, they come up empty handed. Could the government be using this ploy to cover up something even more terrifying? (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
REMEMBER ME—Robert Pattinson portrays Tyler, a rebel New Yorker who struggles to maintain a tense relationship with his successful father (Pierce Brosnan). After he is arrested by a surly police ofﬁcer (Chris Cooper), he plots revenge by dating his daughter, Ally (Emilie de Ravin). However, Cupid intervenes and her love begins to heal his ravaged soul. Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Hollywood Land) directs this story about reconnecting with family and with one’s own self. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE—Sometimes the good guys win. Such is the case for Kirk (Jay Baruchel), a geeky airport security agent. When Molly (Alice Eve), a beautiful and successful woman, falls in love with him, neither Kirk nor his bewildered friends can believe his luck. Can he make this odd pairing work? The ﬁrst full length feature from British director Jim Field Smith looks at the unlikeliness of love. (R) Edwards 9
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SCREEN/LISTINGS continuing ALICE IN WONDERLANDâ€” Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter portrays the evil Red Queen and 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. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards IMAX
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BROOKLYNâ€™S FINESTâ€”Wesley Snipes plays an ex-convict in Antoine Fuquaâ€™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. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE GHOST WRITERâ€”The controversial Roman Polanski brings Robert Harrisâ€™ 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, war-criminal past. When â€œThe Ghostâ€? (Ewan McGregor) signs on to ďŹ nish Langâ€™s memoirs, he becomes embroiled in a CIA scandal. (PG-13) Flicks THE WHITE RIBBONâ€”A schoolteacher narrates the events of a WWI village plagued by unexplained gruesome events. The townâ€™s pastor makes youngsters don a white ribbon to remind them of their purity. The color of innocence, however, does not suit some. (R) Flicks
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SCREEN/MOVIE TIMES WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10- TUESDAY, MARCH 16 ALICE IN WONDERLANDâ€”
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 1:35, 4:05, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1, 2:40, 3:45, 5:15, 6:30, 8, 9:10
ALICE IN WONDERLAND, IMAX 3Dâ€”
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30 a.m., 2, 7:20, 10
ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DIGITAL 3Dâ€”
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:35, 7:20, 10
Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:55
AVATAR, DIGITAL 3Dâ€” Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:15 a.m., 3:05, 6:35, 10:05 THE BLIND SIDEâ€”
BROOKLYNâ€™S FINESTâ€” Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:30 COP OUTâ€” Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:05 a.m., 12:30, 1:40, 3, 4:05, 5:30, 6:45, 8:05 THE CRAZIESâ€” Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 1:35, 2:45, 4:25, 5:20, 7:20, 8:10, 9:55 CRAZY HEARTâ€”
Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7:20, 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
COP OUTâ€”Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are two cops who attempt to track down a stolen vintage baseball card and, in the process, rescue a Spanishspeaking 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 CRAZIESâ€”A small town becomes poisoned by the water supply, leading to homicidal mayhem of zombie-like proportions. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
THE LAST STATIONâ€”
EDGE OF DARKNESSâ€”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 ďŹ nd her killer. (R) Edwards 22
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:50, 3:55, 6:40, 9:25
THE BOOK OF ELIâ€” Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25
EDGE OF DARKNESSâ€”
Edwards 22: W-Th: 9:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:55
THE GHOST WRITERâ€” Flicks: W-Th: 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; F-Su: 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; M-Tu: 4:40, 7:15, 9:40 GREEN ZONEâ€”
Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:25, 4:30, 7:25, 10 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Flicks: W-Th: 4:20, 7, 9:20; F-Su: 1, 4:20, 7, 9:20; M-Tu: 4:20, 7, 9:20
PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEFâ€” Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:25, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:45, 3:40, 6:20, 9:05 REMEMBER MEâ€” Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:20, 4:25, 7:20, 10:10 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 SHERLOCK HOLMESâ€”
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:50, 6:50, 10:10
THE LAST STATIONâ€”The deteriorating Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his wife Sofya (Helen Mirren) are at odds over whether Leoâ€™s considerable fortune from Anna Karenina and War and Peace will go to the Russian people or the coupleâ€™s many children. (R) Flicks
SHEâ€™S OUT OF MY LEAGUEâ€” Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:30, 4:35, 7:30, 9:55 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11:10 a.m., 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30
THE TOOTH FAIRYâ€”
Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:55 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:25, 9:45
PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEFâ€”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 boyâ€™s journey to return the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus, the ruler of Mount Olympus. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:10, 4, 6:55, 10
THE WOLFMANâ€”Benicio del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot in this remake of the 1941 classic ďŹ lm. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
SHUTTER ISLANDâ€” Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 4, 7:10, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 1:15, 3:15, 4:20, 6:25, 7:45, 9:35
WHEN IN ROMEâ€” THE WHITE RIBBONâ€”
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 Flicks: W-Th: 4:30, 7:30; F-Su: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30; M-Tu: 4:30, 7:30
THE WOLFMANâ€” Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30
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.theďŹ‚icksboise.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
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VELODROME SPINS OUT Hey, kids, watch where you stick your poles.
FREESTYLE BOGUS With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games passed, hot dog ski kids and their parents are getting serious about 2014. More than 500 people have fanned “Bring freestyle/ freeride skiing back to Bogus Basin” on Facebook. More than 300 like the Idaho Freeride Ski and Snowboard Academy there. While Bogus is the site of a growing freeride program, run by the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, some riders and their moms want a higher level of training that will provide young skiers access to nationallevel freestyle competitions and ultimately the World Cup and Olympic circuit. “I would love to see a [U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association] competitive freestyle program back at Bogus,” said Sam Sandmire, whose son trains in Park City, Utah. Sandmire recently wrote a guest opinion in the Idaho Statesman calling for someone to train the next “Speedy.” The BBSEF board bristled at some of Sandmire’s lines but has been steadily growing its hucking and big mountain training in recent years. “Our freeride/freestyle program, we take the kids all over the mountain and instruct them in the various techniques,” said Mike Sabin, president of the foundation. “The more athletes that we get … we’ll go the direction the kids/parents want.” Bogus was recently host to a ski cross race, which is one of the USSA freestyle— and Olympic—events, and BBSEF held a big mountain race under Chair Six, showcasing skiers’ ability to hold a line in the steeps. Three years ago, BBSEF ended its USSA-sanctioned freestyle program—about the same time Tamarack opened with a big half pipe and freestyle promises. Tamarack was not the only reason the foundation— prior to Sabin’s tenure—ended its freestyle program, but many of the freestyle competitors moved up to Tamarack. Now they are spread out between Sun Valley, Brundage and Park City, according to Sandmire. Five young skiers from Boise qualiﬁed for the USSA Junior Olympic Nationals in New Hampshire this week, Sandmire said. Sabin said he is interested in boosting the mogul scene at Bogus and that members determine whether they move from freeride toward USSA-sanctioned freestyle. Still, it is not likely that Bogus will build a large half pipe anytime soon because of the cost, Sabin said, and inverted aerials remain banned at Bogus. But moguls, jumps and ski cross are on the rise above the Boise smog. “It’s growing,” Sabin said. “With growth comes opportunities to expand our offering more.” —Nathaniel Hoffman
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Bike park adjusts its mission to the economy MIKA BELLE Amid the West Ada County Foothills lies an ovally vision, unique and unﬁnished. The roughly-6,000-square foot Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park patiently awaits its crown jewel: an actual velodrome. But velo ofﬁcials warn interested riders not to hold their breath. “There’s been plenty of donations that have been helpful, but $100,000 doesn’t go too Mountain biker James Runner likes the trails and jumps at the bike park, drome or no drome. far,” said Mike Cooley, treasurer of the Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park Association, the nonproﬁt group overseeing and managing the location to practice, race and socialize. He said is shared by different owners, including the park. “The money was used the best it could his shop has sponsored fundraisers to help City of Eagle and Ada County. be, but it’s all gone—we spent every penny.” raise thousands of dollars to support the park. “You could say that we are talking with Cooley said his association received about However, he believes the velodrome is on a Ada County to try and open up some of the $140,000 in grants and donations to dedying course. trails to cross-country racing,” said Brad velop one of the biggest bicycle parks found “The organizers have tried multiple fundNelson, a board member of the bike park anywhere, but that money was spent on an raisers to build it, but have had zero luck,” association. assortment of start-up costs before the actual he said. Nelson said some of the parkland is part velodrome could be built. Ground has been Nelson said many organizations and indigraded, but Cooley estimates the costs to ﬁnish of Ada County’s Ridge to Rivers trail system that forbids racing. He is working with coun- viduals donated money, but not in the generthe track at around $1.5 million. ous amounts organizers forecasted when they ty ofﬁcials to reach an agreement for race “We had to narrow down our wish list,” created the park as a nonproﬁt in 2006. He exceptions at the park. Currently, Nelson he said. said the start-up money was used to establish said the bike park offers cross-country racA velodrome is a highly groomed, smooth, ing, but opening up the the park by building dirt trails, in hopes to atindoor or outdoor tract more donations afterward. park’s Ridge to Rivers track used by singleIt is a similar story with other recreational trails could considergear bike racers. It parks in the area. A whitewater park on the ably extend the loops can be made of wood Boise River was envisioned as a $6.7-million used for such races. or grass. There are utopian dream for kayakers. And while the As the park stands, about two dozen such ﬁrst phase of the Boise River Recreation Park the dirt bike sectracks in the United is currently under construction, only one-third tion is massive, with States, according to of the total funds have been raised. miles of maintained ﬁxedgearfever.com, In Cascade, Kelly’s Whitewater Park was trails. Volunteers have and several more in only able to meet its construction goals after donated more than the planning stage. an unexpected $3-million donation came from 10,000 hours in the Despite lacking a a Florida couple who learned about that park last few years to create velodrome, an asmore than 15 bike trails while vacationing at their second home in sortment of dirt trails Tamarack. Organizers hope to have it ready that offer different make the bike park in styles (downhill, slalom to use by this spring. As for the velodrome, Eagle unique. Nelson surmised the tough economy ruined and cross-country) for “The park is their projected donations. different skill levels awesome. We are “I think it all comes down to money,” (beginner, hobbyist and really lucky to have he said. expert). The park also something like this It seems hard to imagine the velodrome includes a skate park, in Boise,” said James is on the park association’s radar anymore. restrooms and a picnic Runner, a local mounarea. Best of all, it’s free. Other than a sign at the track, which reads tain biker. “It’s been “riding soon,” the Web site is shut down “It’s unique. There’s great for bringing out and no ofﬁcial phone number is available. nothing else [as big] in a lot of young riders.” The sign at the Idaho Velodrome touts a However, Nelson said volunteers continue to North America,” said Runner has raced spring grand opening ... in 2008. work the dirt side of the track for mainPhil Vega, owner of at the park, which tenance and upkeep. Despite the mystery Joyride Cycles, a Boise IDAHO VELODROME already has a number AND CYCLING PARK surrounding the velodrome, he and Cooley bike shop that also of events planned 670 Old Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle assure the public that the park has become a sells Joyride Bike Park for this summer. In force to reckon with. Beans—coffee beans, fact, the association “I know people are coming down from all that is—and donates proceeds to the park. is meeting with Ada County in the hopes of over to ride it, even Canada,” said Cooley. “It’s Vega said he is thrilled about the park, opening up more trails for longer cross-country a great, ﬁrst-class asset to Ada County.” courses. Due to its sheer size, the park property which offers Treasure Valley riders a great WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NEWS/FOOD FOOD/REVIEWS On one plate then the other ... BW sends two critics to one restaurant.
LIFE’S KITCHEN Load your card. Get carded. Then get loaded.
LATE NIGHT NOSHING CARE OF THE BW CARD
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Over the past few months, BODO-ians have been courted by a slew of late-night dining love songs. First, 8th Street Bistro announced it would be occupying the space formerly known as Chef Lou’s, and it would be serving a variety of burgers, bar apps and south of the border specialties super late. As in open-’til-4 a.m.-stuff-yourdrunken-face-with-ﬁsh-tacos late. But after dangling the proverbial greasy French fry in front of inebriated after-hours revelers, it was promptly yanked away. Owners Gaby and Mike McGuinness recently changed the name of the space to Casa del Sol to highlight the unchanged menu’s focus on Mexican-American cuisine and also changed the restaurant’s hours. The charming wineand-beer-only cantina space—which is on the BW Card—is now open Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with breakfast Friday-Sunday starting at 8 a.m. On Friday and Saturday, the space closes at 11 p.m., and on Sunday, it closes at 2:30 p.m. It’s closed on Monday. When summertime business picks up, Gaby hopes to once again keep the doors open until 4 a.m., stufﬁng bellies with $2 street-style tacos. Casa del Sol, 409 S. Eighth St., 208-287-3660. Right around the corner, Liquid’s aptly named offshoot Solid (also on the BW Card), has ﬁnally made good on the 4 a.m. grub promise. The joint now serves up an array of eggy options—eggs benedict, steak and eggs, angry chicken omelet, huevos rancheros—from midnight to 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. But if you’d rather get your snack on while chain smoking and pounding PBR 40s next door at Liquid, you now have the option of ordering from a limited “Liquid Lunch” menu. The menu features classic bar gut-bombs like hot wings, nachos, sliders, ﬁngersteaks and Frito pie, along with a few dunky items like spinach artichoke dip and a French dip sandwich. If you’re a Sixth and Main-er sick of wolﬁng down chili dogs after a night on the town, there’s even more exciting late-night BW Card dining news. On Monday, March 8, Flatbread Community Oven opened a new location in the former Zutto’s space. Owner Rob Lumsden conﬁrmed that the joint will keep its doors open until 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and offer a late-night, full-bar happy hour from 9 p.m. until close seven days a week. —Tara Morgan
When ﬁlmmakers put together diner scenes in the movies, they go On my table at Life’s Kitchen were customer feedback forms, askfor a certain din. An ideal, low-level background noise does two ing if the volunteers (everyone who works there is a volunteer) had things: The voices make you think everyone in the scene is having made eye contact and whether hot food arrived hot and cold food an interesting conversation, and the fork-on-plate, pouring and cold. The brief list covered the basics of a dining experience—no chewing sounds impart a strong sense that everyone is really enjoyquestions on value, no “how did you hear about us.” Simply put, ing their food. they were report cards and a reminder that Life’s Kitchen customers The din at Life’s Kitchen’s can be just as dramatic as the best Holare only a small part of the restaurant’s larger mission. By patronizlywood restaurant scenes—Pulp Fiction, Ratatouille … even Seinfeld. ing the non-proﬁt life skills kitchen, you’re implicitly agreeing to be This “mission-driven” restaurant/catering company with its limited more than a hungry customer. You’re also agreeing to participate in hours and back entrance draws an in-the-know crowd. Located across a community service of sorts. Capitol Boulevard from Boise State in the back of the City of Boise’s You order at the counter from a brief menu on which the bulk of Housing and Comthe selections change munity Development seasonally, with a ofﬁces, Life’s Kitchen handful of rotatis a foodservice ing weekly specials. training program Then, you navigate for at-risk 16- to across a black-and20-year-olds—the white checkered ﬂoor students do the food in search of an empty prep, customers table to call your order from a brief own. Food ﬁnds you. menu at the counter What found me and volunteers serve last week was a the food. fresh burger ($7.50), The students and a Monte Cristo their trainers achieve ($7.50) and a char an ever-changing siu pork sandwich menu that I’d call so($7.50). Too bad I phisticated comfort was much too late to food. The braised score a slice of warm Kurobuta shank apple pie. The aptly ($7.75) is quite posnamed fresh burger sibly the most tender is ground onsite and meat I’ve sampled, then kneaded with a ever. It comes cut heavy hand of onions in small chunks, before being grilled ﬂecked with celery and served “hamburLIFE’S KITCHEN and carrot and plated with equal mounds of lightly guesa completa” style with a fried egg, bacon and cheese. 1025 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise sauteed garlic kale and steamed polenta. Kurobuta, Shoestring fries were the common denominator between 208-331-0199 Open Wed.-Fri., or Berkshire pork, comes from a black-colored British a burger plate and a Monte Cristo plate. I marked hand11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. pig made trendy in recent years in Japan. The pigs are cut, hot and crispy in the “pro” column and watched my lifeskitchen.org raised by a group of small pork farmers in the Middining companion tackle the only “con”—the tedium west and processed locally by Snake River Farms. of eating several dozen uber-skinny fries—with his fork. The pork is both sweet and garlicky and when If only the Monte Cristo’s con could have been tackled combined with a little ball of polenta and a sheaf of greens, reﬂects so easily. Melted between two ﬂuffy pieces of savory French toast were some kind of nouveau sub-Saharan African cuisine. turkey, jack cheese, bacon (which I chose as a substitute for ham that I started the meal with a cup of spring pea soup ($2.25), a had run out) and a smear of pineapple orange marmalade. Overall, I’d pureed, lightly creamy soup garnished with dried mint. Aside from rate it average, though I did learn a valuable lesson: bacon does not go the color—which reminded me of the eyes of an Irish gal I once well on everything. To take the sandwich up a notch would be to drop unsuccessfully courted—the soup went down like silken butter the whole kit and caboodle in the fryer and serve the jam on the side. without any of the lingering pea soup smell that often accompanies Dust with powdered sugar and voila. The Kurobota pork sandwich an overcooked legume. went home with me and several hours later, after I’d all but forgotten As I polished off the last of my Kurobuta, a slice of light golden what I’d ordered, I dug in and was initially thrown off by the sweet apple pie ($2.50)—the last slice of the day—arrived at the table. kick of char siu knocking around with a vinegar-heavy slaw. That While I prefer my apple pie chunky and crispy, both the ﬁlling and slaw, described innocuously as “marinated cabbage slaw,” was heavily crust of the Life’s Kitchen pie were so smooth and light and bursting reminiscent of kimchee—the pickled, spicy delicious Korean cabbage. with cinnamon that it tasted downright healthy. Tricky, Life’s Kitchen, and well played. I proceeded by tearing the chewy Even the fresh burger ($7.50), topped with bacon and a fried egg, egg bun into pieces and swaddling individual slices of pork, making tastes healthy and wholesome at Life’s Kitchen. The prices, too, are mini manapua wannabes. Then I polished off every last potato chip, wholesome, though other restaurateurs in town may complain that which were impressively still crunchy after a tour of duty in the fridge. Life’s Kitchen gets by on its cheap labor. With only four and half hours of serving time each week, you have Of course, those same restaurant owners may hire Life’s Kitchen to plan well to get to Life’s Kitchen and if you want a slice of pie, plan graduates after they complete the 16-week course. to be there early. And don’t forget to ﬁll out your comment card. —Nathaniel Hoffman likes chunky and crunchy but will take smooth on Fridays.
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FOOD/DINING Downtown + Fringe FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE— Offering tasty pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Features a stellar line of beers, including 14 rotating beer taps, 20 bottles of Belgian Ale and more to comprise over 60 beers to choose from. Eat -in or take-out. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-2879201. $ SU. GANDOLFO’S DELI—The Georgia based franchise of New York delicatessens provides sandwich fans with New York style hot and cold deli sands, specialty selections and side salads. 401 S. Eighth St., . Boise, 208-338-7827. $ GOLDY’S BREAKFAST BISTRO—A desperately popular breakfast destination and with good reason. Generous portions of eggs, hash, cinnamon rolls and more. Good gravy! Can’t make it for breakfast? They’ve got lunch, too. 108 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100. $ SU . GRAPE ESCAPE—Fine wine, delicious lunch and dinner, delectable desserts and light bites make this little bistro a great place to meet with great friends. And, if you can’t get to Grape Escape, they’ll bring their casual elegance to you at any of your functions or events with their fabulous catering. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-368-0200. $-$$ SU. GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA—There’s nothing like a slice (or three) of Guido’s New York-style pizza for lunch. Their giant pies are inexpensive and addictive. 235 N. Fifth St., 208-345-9011. $ SU OM. HA’ PENNY IRISH PUB AND GRILL—An Irish pub with beautiful dark wood seating offering a delicious mixture of American bar fare and classics from the Emerald Isle. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-3435568. $$ SU OM. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—It is a happy ﬁsh, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more including several creative vegetarian options and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad SU St., 208-343-4810. $$$ OM. JAVA—Three words: Bowl of Soul. This coffee/espresso/ chocolate concoction is liquid redemption. In addition to all things coffee, Java also ser ves scones, mufﬁns and tasty lunch offerings. 223 N. Sixth St., . 208-345-0777. $ SU
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JENNY’S LUNCH LINE—The menu, which changes every day, features fresh soups, salads and sandwiches made daily. Vegetarian and healthy options are the mainstay with a single yummy dessert. Get a menu by e-mailing Jenny at orders@jennyslunchline. com. Call the lunch line at 208433-0092, the catering line at 338-7851 or fax your order in to 208-433-0093. 106 N. Sixth St., OM. 208-433-0092. $-$$ KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE—Sometimes you want to get to a concert early to make sure you get a good seat. That might mean having to miss out on dinner, but not if you’re going to the Knitting Factory. While you wait for the show to start, you can dig into a heaping plate of nachos, sink your teeth into a stacked sandwich and fries or wrap your mouth around a pile of buffalo wings; you’ll be eating like a rock star. Open Sunday (show nights). 416 S. Ninth St., . 208-367-1212. $-$$ LA VIE EN ROSE—A Europeanstyle bakery where the digs are as beautiful as the grinds. Enjoy fresh-baked croissants, brioches, tarts, and more from chef Patrick Brewer. Check out their breakfast menu, featuring everything from omelets and frittatas to biscuits and gravy and pancakes. Lunch features a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads, and Illy coffee is available all day. 928 W. Main St., 208-331-4045. SU OM. $-$$ LE CAFE DE PARIS—The display case offers a glimpse of the height of French pastry baking. The food
is among Boise’s culinary elite—lush, buttery cooking. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889. $$-$$$ OM. LEKU ONA—Step into a little piece of traditional Basque home, family and heaven when you visit Leku Ona. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner, either inside or out on the patio on warm days. 117 S. Sixth St., 208-345-6665. $$$-$$$$ RES OM. LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—A Boise staple featuring some of the most well-reputed steaks and prime in town. 1100 W. Jefferson, 208-336-4266. $$-$$$$ SU OM. LUCY’S COFFEE AND ESPRESSO—No-nonsense coffee with homemade pastries and desserts. Brewing Cafe Mam coffee from native Mayan farmers that’s free of contaminants and is Certiﬁed Fair Trade. Lucy’s is committed to providing quality coffee, as to well as being a green business. 1079 Broadway Ave., 208-344-5907. $ SU. MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. $$ SU. THE MELTING POT—Delicious, savory and sweet, here’s fondue for every course. A cozy, classy place to repast. Order a drink from their extensive selection of wines and linger over a romantic dinner. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900. $$$-$$$$ RES SU .
FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED KAY AND TRACI’S 127 CLUB 1289 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-884-0122 “We expected the 127’s food to be mediocre at best. But we loved that the items that should be tender were just that, and that the crispy items crunched. The food was actually damn good.” —Amy Atkins
DARLA’S DELI Penthouse of the C.W. Moore Plaza, 208-381-0034, cwmooreplaza.com/darlasdeli “The chicken was the awkwardly shaped chunks of the real stuff rather than the deli sliced stuff, the pesto mayo provided a subtle garlic bite, and the bread ... oh, the bread.” —Rachael Daigle
PHO NOUVEAU 780 W. Idaho St., 208-367-1111, phonouveau.com “From fully feathered chicks served boiled in their eggs to bottles of snake-soaked booze, Vietnam is not a country for the food prude.” —Rachael Daigle
—Wine & beer —Full bar —Delivery —Take-out —Open late RE S —Reservations
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FOOD/DINING MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—Get pancakes, biscuits and gravy and eggs for breakfast, or just go straight to dessert and enjoy one of Moon’s famous milkshakes. Founded in 1955, Moon’s has the best breakfast and milkshakes in town, plus an online ordering option for fast delivery, check it out at www.moonskitchen.com. Another exciting development is the new selection of beer and wine which makes the latest addition to the milkshake ﬂavors possible—a milkshake made with Guinness Stout. 712 W. Idaho St., 208-385-0472. $-$$ SU OM . OLD CHICAGO—Delicious pizza, sandwiches, pasta, calzones and strombolis and beer. Some 110 varieties of beer. What more do we need to say? Try the $2 pizza at happy hour or check out the pool tables. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037. $$-$$$ .
PIPER PUB & GRILL—Perched high on 8th Street with a wraparound patio, “the Piper” serves up yummy, creative pub fare. The extensive apps menu is perfect for those who like to graze all night long while slinging back cocktails. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-343-2444. $-$$ SU OM. PITA PIT—Pitas galore: meats, veggies, cheeses and any combination thereof. Cheap, healthy fast food tucked into the heart of downtown Boise. Open late to satisfy those nocturnal hankerings. 746 Main St., 208-388-1900. $ SU.
POLLO REY—A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisserie-cooked chicken. There is a second location in the Edwards Theater complex. 222 N. Eighth St., 208-345-0323. $ SU. PROTO’S PIZZERIA NAPOLENTA—Unlike traditional pizzerias, Proto’s serves pizza and nothing but pizza in a hip joint with an indoor/outdoor bar that’s all the rage during summer. 345 S. Eighth St., 208-331-1400. $-$$ SU. RED FEATHER LOUNGE— Red Feather Lounge is all about wine and good food. You can get great macaroni and cheese for lunch, and for dinner, the menu turns deliciously swanky. If you can snag a seat in the cellar, count yourself especially lucky. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340. $$-$$$ .
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OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY—This Portland-based Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Boise has pasta lovers abuzz with its heaping plates of noodles. They have red sauce and white sauce; go with pesto or mizithra, the nectar of the gods. 610 W. Idaho Street, 208-336-2900. $-$$ RES SU.
PIEHOLE—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try their infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783. $-$$ SU.
ORIENTAL EXPRESS—In the heart of downtown, Oriental Express offers fresh, hot, delicious Chinese food seven days a week at very affordable prices. Open late, you can stop by after a night on the town for take-out or dine in and enjoy the really friendly service. 110 N. 11th St., 208-345-8868. $-$$ . OSAKA JAPANESE SUSHI AND BAR—The locally owned and operated Japanese restaurant has a subdued red interior with large vintage-inspired paper light ﬁxtures and a gold bead curtain. Though the inside hums with a low-lit romantic vibe, Osaka’s Eighth Street-facing patio offers a more vivacious atmosphere ripe for people-watching. And don’t forget about Osaka’s stellar happy hour: $2 select microbrews and $3 for a spicy tuna roll, spicy salmon roll or California roll. 800 W. Idaho St., . 208-338-8982. $$-$$$$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO—Corporate Chinese on the ﬁner side of other local favorites. They’ll mix you up a special sauce tableside that’s suited to your tastebuds. 391 S. Eighth St., 208-342-8100. RES SU. $$-$$$ PHO NOUVEAU—Vietnamese comfort food with a menu of cha gio with a mound of cellophane noodles, lily blossom salad of young lotus root, shrimp and pork, shaken beef salad and big bowls of pho. If strong brew is your thing order some Vietnamese coffee which comes properly served dripping from the Vietnamese “coffee pot”—a tin hat sort of thing that sits on top of a glass. 780 W. Idaho, 208SU . 367-1111. $-$$ PIAZZA DI VINO—As an art gallery and wine bar, Piazza di Vino offers an extensive collection of wines from around the world and art from around town. But that’s not all they offer: savory soups, chocolates, cheeses, salads, fondue and pizza (try the Italian hard salami and provolone) will bring you back again and again. 212 N. Ninth St., 208-336-9577. $-$$ .
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General’s Tofu rules the tofu world with an iron ﬁst.
ALL HAIL THE GENERAL How does a dish reach cult status? In the case of General Tso’s Tofu from Oriental Express ($5.50 lunch, $8.50 dinner), the slightly sweet, crispy batter is the answer. Picture this: an entire slab of tofu cut width-wise into long blocks, thickly battered, deep-fried, and doused in sweet, dark brown sauce with chopped water chestnuts and a hit of after GOLDEN PHOENIX heat, then garnished with sesaORIENTAL EXPRESS 110 N. 11th St. me seeds. Lump of rice on the 208-345-8868 side. Next to that, a few broken boisegoldenphoenix.com lettuce leaves for roughage. For best results, let the dish sit for a few minutes before diving in. The idea is to let the batter absorb maximum sauce, thereby transforming it into a thick chewy shell on the outside of the tofu. Not only does that allow the bean curd to chill out—literally—but the resulting sauce-soaked batter is a taste reminiscent of a donut. A plate of donut wrapped tofu? Yep, and it’s revered by a decent-sized swath of tofu lovers in Boise. Carnivorous types who aren’t fans of the soybean can get versions with chicken or beef, but take it from a carnivorous type: The tofu is where it’s at. —Rachael Daigle WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
DINING/FOOD THE RED ROOM TAVERN—Lowslung couches and dark, moody walls make for a dramatic backdrop while you throw back a couple of cocktails or a can of PBR. With ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows, velour Catholic paintings adorning the walls, live music, snowboard movie screenings and prime corner patio space at Sixth and Main, it’s deﬁnitely a place to watch and be watched. 601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034. $ SU. REEF—You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., SU. 208-287-9200. $$-$$$ SHIGE—Watching sushi master Shige create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a
portion, dunking it in a wasabi/ soy mix and popping it in your mouth. Umami! Tepanyaki at the Steakhouse, and Japanese-style foie gras and ﬁlet mignon on the ﬁne dining patio. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. $-$$ . SOLID—Two giant patios, an open dining room for lunch, dinner and late-night breakfast. A Northwest-focused menu. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620. $-$$ SU . SWEETWATER’S TROPIC ZONE—Serving up barbecue, Caribbean, Creole and island cuisine, Sweetwater’s features a menu that reaches far into the corners of the world with pineapple curry mussels, gator tots, conch fritters, Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian curry goat and Indonesian satay. Try selections from the raw bar like
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THREE NEW BELGIAN BREWS No country has a more diverse beer culture than Belgium. They brew everything from light and lively witbiers to big and bold tripels, along with everything in between. This week’s lineup certainly illustrates that diversity—three unique offerings that have only country of origin and their outstanding quality in common. Here are a strong pale ale, a hopped-up golden and a blond ale all worthy of your attention. DE DOLLE BROUWERS BOSKEUN SPECIAAL PAASBIER You’ll be tempted to pour this one delicately to avoid the thick sea-foam head. But you’ll want that head, otherwise this heavily carbonated brew will overwhelm your palate with ﬁzz. It takes a while for that ﬁrst sip, but oh, what a lovely sip. An exceptionally rich array of bright fruit ﬂavors leads off with mango, tangerine and apricot, backed by spicy almond and sweet pastry. This is one of the best beers I’ve tasted lately, but at 10 percent alcohol, caution is advised. DE RANKE XX BITTER This beer is touted as the “hoppiest beer of Belgium,” and even without having tasted them all, I’d still say they have a strong case. Labeled as a golden ale, Belgian IPA would seem more accurate. There’s a mouthful of resiny hops in each sip, blanketing the sweet malt and fruity phenolics that lurk in the background. For all that bitterness, the bite is not overly aggressive, and lively carbonation helps keep things in line. Hop-heads rejoice. VAN EECKE KAPITTEL BLOND ALE Smooth and refreshing best describe this abbey ale. Sweet malt and light grain dominate the palate with lively lemon and orange adding balance along with a nice backbone of chewy, balancing hops. There’s deﬁnitely a steely touch of mineral on the nose and in the mouth, which I found intriguing and enjoyable. Notes of green tea and spice come through on the ﬁnish in the sessionable offering. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) was called “the most famous actress the world has ever known.” She did a few films in the early days of cinema, but most of her work was in the theater. At age 70, she played the role of the 13-year-old Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I commend her on her refusal to act her age, and recommend that you make a comparable effort in the coming weeks. For example, if you’re in your 20s, try something you thought you wouldn’t do until you were at a very ripe age. If you’re over 50, be 25 for a while. It’s an excellent time to do this kind of time-traveling. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You might have to use primitive means to accomplish modern wonders. It may be necessary to hearken back to what worked in the past in order to serve the brightest vision of the future. Take your cue from Luis Soriano, a saintly teacher who carries a library of 120 books on the back of a donkey as he meanders around the backcountry of Columbia, helping poor kids learn how to read. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Humans have been baking and eating bread for at least 5,000 years. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that anyone figured out a fast and easy way to cut it into thin, precise pieces. Then Otto Rohwedder, who had been working on the project for 16 years, produced a machine that cut a loaf into individual slices. I bring him to your attention, Gemini, because I think you are in a phase of your life when you could very possibly create an innovation that would be as intimately revolutionary as Rohwedder’s was for the masses. In fact, why aren’t you working on it right now? CANCER (June 21-July 22): In order to heal deep-seated problems, people may need to engage in long-term psychotherapy, patiently chipping away at their mental blocks for many years. But some lucky sufferers get their neuroses zapped virtually overnight, either with the help of a monumental event that shocks them out of their malaise or through the work of a brilliant healer who uses a few strokes of kamikaze compassion to creatively destroy their deluded fixations. I think you’re now a candidate for this type of correction, Cancerian. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): To discover the most useful truths, you will have to peek behind the curtains and root around to see what’s cloaked in the dark and maybe even explore messes you’d rather not touch. What complicates your task is that the fake truths may be extra loud and shiny, distracting you from the down and
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dirty stuff with their relentless come-ons. But I have confidence in your ability to outmaneuver the propaganda, Leo. You shall know the hype, and knowing the hype will set you free. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The evil geniuses of the advertising industry are hard at work in their labs dreaming up seductive new mojo to artificially stimulate your consumer lusts. Meanwhile, the media’s relentless campaign to get you to believe in debilitating fantasies and divert you from doing what’s really good for you has reached a fever pitch. And here’s the triple whammy: Even more than usual, some of your relatives and cohorts are angling to convince you that what pleases them is what pleases you. So is there any hope that you will be able to hone in on what truly excites you? (It’s especially important that you do so right now.) The answer, in my opinion, is a qualified “yes”—if you’re willing to conduct intensive research into the idiosyncratic secrets of what makes you happy; and if you’re not scared to discover who you are when you’re turned on all the way. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you were living in Greece in the 5th century B.C., I’d urge you to bathe in the healing spring at the shrine of Asklepios in Athens. If you were in 19th century France, I’d recommend that you trek to the sacred shrine at Lourdes—being sure to crawl the last half-mile on your hands and knees—and sip from the curative waters there. But since you’re a busy 21st century sophisticate and may have a limited belief in miracles, I’ll simply suggest that you visit the most interesting tree you know and spill a bottle of pristine water over your head as you confess your sins and ask the sky for forgiveness and sing songs that purify you to the bone. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s quite possible that the nature of consciousness is in the midst of a fundamental transformation. The human race seems to be getting more empathetic, more compassionate and even more psychic. Many of us are having experiences that were previously thought to be the province of mystics, such as epiphanies that give us visceral perceptions of the interconnectedness of all life. Even as some traditional religions lose members and devolve into cartoony fundamentalism, there are ever-increasing numbers of intelligent seekers who cultivate a more discerning spiritual awareness outside the decrepit frameworks. If you haven’t been on this bandwagon, Scorpio, now’s a good time to jump on. If you’re already on board, get ready for an accelerated ride.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): This week you’ll be working overtime while you sleep. Your dreaming mind will be playing around with solutions to your waking mind’s dilemmas. Your ally, the wild conjurer in the ramshackle diamond-encrusted sanctuary at the edge of the dark forest, will be spinning out stories and rounding up help. So you should keep a pen and notebook by your bed to record the dreams that come. I suggest that you also try to keep the first part of your mornings free so you can integrate the full impact of the nights’ gifts. And don’t despair if you can’t actually remember any of your nocturnal adventures. Their tasty after-images will remain with you subliminally, giving your logical mind an intuitive edge. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There’ll be an abundance of unambiguous choices in the coming days. I’m not implying they’ll be easy, just that the alternatives will be clearly delineated. To get you warmed up for your hopefully crisp decisions, I’ve compiled a few exercises. Pick one of each of these pairs: 1. exacting homework or free-form research; 2. pitiless logic or generous fantasies; 3. precise and disciplined communication or heedless self-expression; 4. grazing like a contented sheep or rambling like a restless mountain goat. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Among Eastern religions, some traditions preach the value of getting rid of desires. To be attuned to current cosmic rhythms, however, I think you should rebel against that ideal and cultivate a whole host of excellent desires. Here are a few I highly recommend: a desire for a revelation or experience that will steer you away from becoming more like a machine; a desire for a fresh blast of purity from a primal source; a desire for an imaginary pet that teaches you how to be more playful with your energy; and a desire for a jolt of unexpected beauty that reminds you how important it is to always keep a part of your mind untamed. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I used to have an acupuncturist who liked to talk about her understanding of Chinese medicine. Once she told me every human being needs a “heart protector,” which is a body function that’s “like a holy warrior who serves as the queen’s devoted ally.” But the heart protector is not something you’re born with. You’ve got to grow it by building your fortitude and taking care of your body. I think the heart protector will be an apt metaphor for you to play with in the coming weeks, Pisces. It’s going to be an excellent time for you to cultivate any part of your life that gives your heart joy, strength, peace and integrity.
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