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MINORITY SPENDING Hispanics and Tribes shopping the recession


GREEN ISSUE Boise’s hardest working residents are the ones with roots


SOCIAL CALL The cream of the 8 Days Out crop


HOLY MOLE El Gallo Giro sizzles in Kuna

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NOTE BW : THE BEST IN THE STATE Last year was not an easy year in the newspaper business, nor was it an easy year at BW. We had a couple of highlights over the year, a new Web site and a paper redesign among them, but more often than not, I was delivering bad news to readers and the editorial staff. We implemented officewide pay reductions, nixed our freelancer budget and then doubled our workload with the launch of We worked hard and long week after week, without any indication that things would improve. Ushering in 2010 was like turning a corner. Four months into the year, we’re happy to report that sales are up and the pay decrease has been lifted. But, there’s so much more than money, no? The Idaho Press Club held its annual awards banquet on April 17, honoring the best media to come out of the state in 2009. And BW needed a box, literally, to cart home the awards. Competing against all media, BW took first place for Best Use of Social Media. If you’re not following @boiseweekly on Twitter and, you’re missing out on half of what we do here, and we’re proud to be able to say that we do it better than any other media outlet in the state. In the weekly print division, BW took home 12 awards, including seven first-place plaques. We took first in general excellence, as well as first place in Web site general excellence and swept the entire A&E reporting category. Receiving validation from your peers that you’re doing something right always feels good. But this year’s awards are especially well deserved by the editorial staff here. Thanks to my team for kicking ass. I know how hard you worked to put out the best weekly newspaper in the state, and the following list of awards is proof in the puddin’. All staff: First Web Site General Excellence, First Best Use of Social Media, First General Excellence. Deanna Darr: First Serious Feature, “Birds, Bunnies and Power”; Second Outdoor Feature, “Home Slope Advantage”; First Environmental Reporting, “Unlikely Allies.” Amy Atkins: First Light Feature, “Up in Smoke”; First A&E Reporting, “Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should ... Without Some Help.” Jeremiah Robert Wierenga: Second A&E Reporting: “A Provincial Production”; Third A&E Reporting, “The New Era of Opera.” Tara Morgan: Third Light Feature, “What the Cluck?” Bill Cope: Second, General Column. Carissa Wolf: First Heath and Education Reporting, “The Forgotten Epidemic.” —Rachael Daigle

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MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC If you were one of the unlucky few who didn’t score a wristband to catch Josh Ritter’s in-store at Record Exchange on Record Store Day April 17, head to Cobweb for footage of soundcheck as well as video of Ritter playing “The Curse” from his new album So Runs the World Away. Also at Cobweb, the final lineup at this summer’s Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw series, which includes Merle Haggard, Barenaked Ladies, Jewel, Chris Isaak and Jackson Browne.

TEA PARTY LOVES MINNICK Idaho’s Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick accepted the endorsement of the national Tea Party Express, which landed the Blue Dog Dem on CNN explaining why he’s OK being on that list with Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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MAIL ELECTION FOOLS In response to your April Fools’ issue, I found it disturbing. But not as disturbing as the reaction of those who believed it as factual. If they really believed that their elected officials would entertain such a thought, perhaps they should think before voting in the next election. —Scott Farmer, Meridian

ON TACOS, ARIZONA AND IMMIGRATION Re: Citydesk by Nathaniel Hoffman Vol. 18-42. It doesn’t take a lefty to find Sarah Palin all sass, no substance. It does, however, take someone who’s lived in Arizona to steer him straight on tacos and immigration. Chilangos had the worst Mexican food I ever ate, period. Not only was there no heat, there was

no flavor, but the average Idaho Anglo is likely clueless on what real Mexican food is. A visit to a Phoenix taco joint says little about Arizona Mexican cuisine. On immigration: Even the liberals (and lots of native Latins) in Tucson were against it, but then those I knew didn’t run businesses addicted to ultra-cheap labor. Arizona was chaos five years ago when I left and well on its way to being Third World, U.S.A. Is it racist to accept the reality that a nation cannot be a nation without borders, anymore than a house cannot be a house without walls? Evidently so, huh? It would take a book to describe the harm of illegal immigration to someone in denial about it, but there’s a 300-word limit on letters here. Living near

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the largely open border provides a whole different perspective—there is also rampant drug smuggling, all sorts of crime, and now kidnapping. A rancher on the U.S. side was just shot and killed in Arizona, and property owners close to the border are finding it impossible to live there. The recent Idaho efforts to restrict illegal immigrants and those hiring them were doomed by local pro-business groups. Greed is destroying this country, and it takes more than excellent ethnic food to dispense with the concern some of us have that our nation is literally being invaded— at citizens’ expense. —Steve Vetter, 10-year Arizona resident, Boise

GAGGING ON GAS An open letter to all oil speculators: Even the dumbest rancher knows to fatten the steer before butchering. How about letting us get on our feet before bringing us to our knees again? —Mark Brusato, Boise



WHY THEY HATE PELOSI It’s in here somewhere; just keep reading

Hi Bill, it’s me again, anonymous chairperson from the Cope’s-Latest-Column Discussion Group. I hope you don’t mind me calling you Bill, but we almost know one another being as I have written you eight times now, even though only two of those letters were actually mailed, and even though you don’t know my name. Other than that, it’s like we’re buddybuddy, isn’t it? Bill, I am unfortunate to say the Cope’sLatest-Column Discussion Group is down in membership by a factor of over half since last we intercoursed. It started three weeks ago when I suggested we call ourselves “Copeies” for a nickname, as in the sentence, “So Joe, when are the Cope-ies throwing their next hootenanny?” Well wouldn’t you know, the very next week, this person who used to be my friend (but even back then I knew she was jealous of my chairpersonshipness position in the group) came to the meeting with a resolution to call ourselves “Cope-ers” instead of “Cope-ies.” She just did it to stab me in the behind because all she’s ever cared about before is if someone brings cookies and fruit punch to the meetings. We voted and slightly less than half of our membership liked “Cope-ers,” and slightly less than half liked “Cope-ies,” and three people said they didn’t give a doody one way or the other. So I used my chairpersonshipness to decree that “Copeies” would definitely be our nickname, and that’s when that person who used to be my friend declared she was starting up a whole new group and that they would be serving Domino’s and pops instead of the traditional cookies and fruit punch, and anyone interested should follow her to her place for the very first meeting of the What’s Cope Talking About? Club. In a nutshell, all the “Cope-ers” walked out and those three un-voter people went with them. I am just so mad I could spit, but as the loyal ones are looking to me for calm leadership, I have not spit in any way people could see me doing it. Anyhoo, I thought you would like to know how your admiring fan base is doing, and if you should happen to get a letter from someone supposedly representing the What’s Cope Talking About? Club, just tear it up and throw it totally away. —Yours Truly, Anonymous; Chairperson; C-L-T Disc. Gr. PS.: Most of us at last week’s C-L-C Disc. Gr. meeting were pleased to hear that you, too, were offended by that awful April Fools’ Day joke story in the newspaper you write for. I could just sense that you, like me, see nothing funny about dead people. If you want me to, I could write an anonymous letter of disapproval to that newspaper, but I think you ought to look around for another paper to write for. I’m sure there are many publications that don’t think dead people are funny, and they would be lucky to have you. PPS.: Why do Republicans hate Nancy Pelosi so much? WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

U Dear Anon, great to hear from you again, and I am sorry about the terrible schism in your group. Might the rift be temporary? Given time, might your organization cooperate with the What’s Cope Talking About? Club on particular matters, much like the Catholic Church and the Lutherans do when they find a common cause? Only, let us hope it doesn’t take 500 years. As to that awful April Fools’ joke Boise Weekly perpetrated on their readers, I am over my outrage. After a fruitful tete-a-tete with the author of the piece, Dr. Roberta T. Axidea, I was assured she never meant to offend anyone, and that if she had a target in mind for her mischief, it was the impression that nothing, not even our most revered memories, is sacred before the wrecking ball of mercenary modern sensibilities. Made sense to me. How about you? On to why Republicans hate Nancy Pelosi so much. Obviously, it didn’t help that she mopped the House with them during the health-care maneuvers, but I fear it goes much deeper than a dose of sour grapes. But before we explore that dark territory, I am announcing that in the future, I will be referring to the Republican Party as the Teabagger Confederacy, as it is now clear that nothing remains of my mother’s GOP. I am confident that neither Dwight Eisenhower or even Dick Nixon—let alone Teddy Roosevelt or Abe Lincoln—would touch these frothing fools with a stick. In fact, I can well imagine Ike, were he confronted with the sort of Dixie brownshirt bumpkinism that has taken control of the Right, saying, “Wait a gee dee minute here! I spent four years in Europe getting rid of this kind of trash, and now they want me to be one of them?” Given that the Teabagger Confederacy is fueled by the simplest perceptions of reality a mind can hold and still call itself sapient, it follows that along with their infantile attitudes of nationalism, faith and racial identity, we must include gender roles. Among such circles, it is natural their hatred would be directed toward smart and independent women—e.g., Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton—just as it is has been among every ignorant fundamentalist sludge the species has ever belched up. Yes, they will elevate individual females to the level of sideshow hootchy-kootch if those individuals show a little jiggle and a talent for parroting the menfolk—thus, Palin, Bachmann and the Fox dolls—but it is no coincidence that when RNC officials go out and play, they choose a lesbian bondage club to do it in. The Right continually demonstrates an old theory of mine, that sanctimony and deviancy are co-joined twins. Gotta run, Anon. Let’s have coffee as soon as you’re ready to tell me who you are.

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The case for professionalizing the U.S. military LOS ANGELES—The number of new U.S. Army recruits who are high-school dropouts soared during the Bush years, peaking at 29.3 percent in 2007. The economic collapse made life easier for military recruiters. “Only” 17 percent of soldiers who joined in 2008 failed to graduate from high school. But high unemployment hasn’t resulted in enough new high-quality soldiers and sailors. Recruit quality is important. Uneducated or incapable soldiers are less likely to do well operating high-tech equipment. And they’re more likely to do stupid things. The U.S. military is bigger than ever. But it’s becoming dumber and meaner: In 2008, one in five recruits received a “morals waiver” because they had a criminal record, including felonies. “The main reason for the decline in standards is the war in Iraq and its onerous ‘operations tempo’—soldiers going back for third and fourth tours of duty, with no end in sight,” reported Slate’s Fred Kaplan in 2008. As if that weren’t bad enough, America’s armed services are losing their smartest officers faster than ever. After graduating from West Point, cadets must serve five years. More high-caliber officers are choosing not to reenlist than at any time since the Vietnam War: 44 percent in 2006, up from 18 percent in 2003. Some analysts blame the endless wars against Iraq and Afghanistan. There isn’t much glory in shooting up buses and taxis at checkpoints in the hot dust of Central Asia and the Middle East. And it doesn’t help that, yellow-ribbon magnets aside, the United States doesn’t give a damn about its veterans. Whereas other countries

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treat their warriors like heroes, providing them with free housing and other benefits, the United States uses up and discards them like tissue. “Veterans make up almost a quarter of the homeless population in the United States,” reports CNN. “The government says there are as many as 200,000 homeless veterans; the majority served in the Vietnam War. Some served in Korea or even World War II. About 2,000 served in Iraq or Afghanistan.” Higher salaries would increase the military’s applicant pool and thus the quality and quantity of enlistees. But no one ever talks about the most obvious way to professionalize the U.S. military: treat servicemen and servicewomen like professionals. If the military wants to attract smart young men and women with high test scores and clean records, they’re going to have to start treating recruits like employees, not slaves or indentured servants. Fix enlistment terms, abolish both the current “stop-loss” rule scheduled to end next year and never start a new one. Let people choose their jobs. (They can request one now. That’s not enough.) Let people decide where they want to serve. The intelligent, independent thinkers a 21st century military needs demand and deserve the same respect they would enjoy in the private sector. What about war? Shouldn’t a president be able to send troops wherever he wants, consent be damned? No. When the public supports a war, there are plenty of volunteers ready to go and fight. If there aren’t enough willing to go, there isn’t enough political will to win. No one should be asked to fight—or die—for a cause they don’t believe in.



IDAHO’S ECONOMIC DIVERSITY Hispanics and Native Americans fuel the state’s economy ANNE-MARIJE ROOK


effect on the state’s economy is Idaho’s Native American population. A new University of Idaho study has found that the five tribal nations in Idaho collectively add more than 10,500 jobs and $850 million annually to the state’s economy. “For several decades, the five tribes have been significant forces for Idaho,” said Steven

role in diversification of rural economies, where jobs are often limited to one industry, Peterson explained. “The five tribes and their reservations offer another source of jobs and industries to the area, which are fairly stable avenues of economic activity,” he said. Peterson has spent the last 15 years working


The economic influence of Idaho’s five Native American tribes and of the state’s growing Hispanic population is larger than previously thought, according to two recent reports. Findings of a recent study by the Idaho Department of Labor show that while the buying power of all 1.5 million Idahoans increased only a half percent from 2008, the recession did not stop the growth of Hispanics’ economic influence. In fact, Hispanic buying power grew 10 times faster than the buying power of the state’s non-Hispanic majority, helping sustain the state’s overall economy. Buying power is the personal income people have left after taxes. This income covers necessities, such as food, clothing and housing but also luxuries. It is the money that feeds the local economy. In 2009, the buying power of Idaho’s Hispanic population rose 3.1 percent compared to a growth of .3 percent for the non-Hispanic population. “We’re really pleased the IDL is releasing this report, but its findings are not surprising to us,” said Margie Gonzalez, executive director of the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs. “We’ve been watching our population grow for years.” Gonzalez said that there is a lot of stigma around what the Hispanic population gives back to the state. “This report serves as an educational tool to show how our population gives back to the state economically,” she said. In the last 20 years, the Hispanic share of Idaho’s total buying power has doubled from 2.8 percent to 5.7 percent. The increase is primarily the result of a growing Hispanic population, the Department of Labor reports. “Increase in population growth naturally leads to a greater buying power. But it’s increasing faster than non-Hispanic buying power, which means the gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic buying power is closing,” said Bob Fick from the Idaho Department of Labor. “And closing the gap is good for everyone.” Fick said that assimilation into the Idaho economy is slowly improving the economic standing of the Hispanic population. “While everyone was hit by the recession, there has been an influx of the Hispanic population becoming economically acclimated and their businesses have been able to survive and suffer less than non-Hispanic businesses,” he said. Fick pointed out that while the increase in Hispanic buying power is significant as a percentage, there’s still a large gap between the dollar amount behind these percentages. Non-Hispanic buying power last year was $130 million in contrast to $75 million for the Hispanic population. Another group that has had a significant

Fort Hall Business Council members and other dignitaries at the ribbon cutting of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ new travel center and casino in Sage Hill, near Blackfoot.

Peterson, U of I research economist and instructor. “They have their own sovereign states with their own governments, health systems, fish and wildlife protection, hospitality industry, businesses and casinos. They employ 10,516 Idaho residents.” The tribes commissioned Peterson to conduct an economic impact study for each tribe and then to compile the results into a statewide study, which will be available as a full report later this spring. The preliminary results were released last week in Moscow. The study looked at the direct spending, employment and revenues generated by the tribes, as well as the multiplier effect of those dollars turning over in the local economies. According to the study, the five tribes are responsible for $488 million, or roughly 1 percent of Idaho’s gross state product. While gaming is a driving force behind the tribes’ economic growth, other substantial contributors to tribal economies are tribal government, reservation farming, federal programs serving tribes and other tribal businesses. The tribes play an especially significant

with Idaho’s tribes, but this is the first study of its kind with the full participation of all five tribes: the Kootenai, Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone-Paiute. “That’s really remarkable,” Peterson said. “A real change in attitudes.” If the five tribes’ economies combined were one Idaho county, the tribes would rank 23rd out of the 44 Idaho counties in economic activity, Peterson said. In total, the tribes directly employ 4,043 employees, collectively making them one of the top 10 employers in Idaho. “Economically, the five tribes have been largely and historically invisible,” Peterson said. “Despite the fact that in some regions they are the No. 1, No. 2 employer.” Studies like these—both the IDL and U of I report—confirm that minorities in Idaho are rapidly growing, significant economic engines in the state that continue to generate business opportunities across the board, Peterson said. “Diversity is an important component of the state’s economy,” he said. “The greater the diversity, the more favorable it is for outside entrepreneurs to come in.”

This week Citydesk features three short parables that are strangely related to one another. First off, after 22 years, the Idaho Women’s Network closed its doors, blaming a lack of access to funding for progressive causes in the State of Idaho. “Quite frankly, I think we’re seen as a lost cause to national funders,” former IWN Public Policy Director Taryn Magrini said. We spoke to Magrini on her last day on the job, and she said that two large foundations had recently pulled their grants in favor of states where they were making more progress. IWN lobbied on behalf of women, families, gays and lesbians, and other progressive causes, winning some victories including getting more women into elected office and onto the bench, fighting anti-gay ballot measures in 1994 and 1996, and most recently helping declare April 28 Equal Pay Day. Gail Heylmun, executive director at the Fund for Idaho, a local foundation that has supported IWN, confirmed that progressive foundations have pulled money from Idaho as it solidified as a red state during the last decade and especially as the recession took a bite out of their funding capacity. At the same time, a recent Associated Press story out of Boise documented the surge of mysterious conservative foundations that appear to be pouring money into the states, even funding journalistic ventures like This conser vative funding surge was evident on Tax Day, when tea partiers took to the streets across Idaho in their second annual Tax Day marches. Tea Party Boise march organizer Russ Smerz declared the event an anti-Obama/anti-big government rally. “I think if there was a focal point, it was anti-socialism, and really tying Obama into that as well,” Smerz said. And though he did not have a choice in the matter, Idaho Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick was drawn into the party as well with an April 15 endorsement from a national tea party group called the Tea Party Express. Minnick was their only Democratic endorsement. Minnick accepted the endorsement, appearing on CNN to describe the tea partiers as “just ordinary folks that think the government ought to balance its budget.” He also said the word “independent” six times during the four minute, 45-second inter view. And on April 16, the day after Tax Day, about 30 labor activists gathered on the Capitol steps to demand that candidates for office in Idaho clarify how they will address the state budget crisis to stave off further cuts in state services—and state jobs. “We need to start voting in candidates that support public services,” Idaho Association of Government Employees/SEIU organizer Daniel Wolf told BW’s Josh Gross. The speeches were drowned out by the sounds of a lawn mower cutting the grass at a public park across the street. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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DAVID IRWIN Speaking for seniors at the statehouse NATHANIEL HOFFMAN

You must be new here. I’ve been with the AARP now for seven years. I’ve only been in Idaho now for six months. I actually started with AARP as an intern, out in Seattle. I met my wife out there ... I started working with AARP in their New York legislative offices, in Albany. And then, I took another job in Chicago with AARP, the next position up the rung. Then we had a little one in Chicago, and we were living in this tiny little shoebox of a condo right smack in the middle of downtown Chicago, with a postage stamp-sized park, and we said, “Boy, let’s look at some options.” I’m from Seattle and her dad’s from Pocatello, so we moved out here and love it. I’ve never seen a spokesman for an Idaho organization have such a high profile as you had during a legislative session. Usually groups here have very little to say. I noticed that when I got here. I can tell you

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from having worked for AARP for a while, our members aren’t really quiet people. They have a pretty loud voice and they like to let it be known. When you’re hearing from me or from our state director, that’s really the voice of our members. We’ve got 180,000 of them here, we’re the largest membership organization in the state. The majority of our members vote. We just did a recent survey that found 90 percent of them are registered to vote, 83 percent of them vote in almost every single election. It’s a powerful group and they wanted to be heard. A lot of them, for one reason or another, didn’t really know a lot about what was going on with the state Legislature. Were you communicating to members significantly during the session? Yeah, from the time we got here, we set up an 800 number for them around budget issues and put them in touch with their legislators that way. We’ve got a pretty significant e-mail system set up that gets us to about 80,000 of our members who have said they wanted to be contacted. So we send them an e-mail on issues and say, “We just want to keep you in the loop ... here’s the position of the AARP and here’s what’s going on.” Did you get a response from legislators? We got some response from the majority of legislators this year. They were very good at listening to what we had to say. We took some stands on some pretty tricky issues this year, on some pretty big issues this year, from the Idaho Health Freedom Act to the health conscience bill to the no COLA [cost of living adjustment] bill. So we took a stand on some pretty heated issues. The legislators listened to us. They may not have liked everything that we had to say. We made a very early decision to very aggressively oppose the Idaho Health Freedom Act


If you watch the evening news or read the blogs, you may be familiar with David Irwin, the young government affairs director for the AARP of Idaho, who, in just six months on the job, has elevated the concerns of Idaho retirees to newsworthy status. Idaho seniors, nearly half of whom are AARP members, emerged as a third rail during the recent legislative session, irking lawmakers who attempted to score political points by attacking federal health-care reform efforts. Irwin took down names, telling 180,000 AARP members in Idaho who voted for the anti-reform Idaho Health Freedom Act. Irwin, who worked as a staffer at the Washington State Legislature and has served the AARP in three other states, is still taking names, preparing an AARP voter guide for the November elections.

because we felt that it was bad policy, that its intended and unintended consequences could be pretty vast and dire for the state of Idaho, and we went after them on it. We made it an accountability vote. It’s the first accountability vote that AARP has ever done in Idaho. They didn’t like that because we let our members know exactly who voted which way and what the implications of that may be and our members paid attention to it. It’s not an approach that legislators like, anywhere you do it. How many legislators are members? Somebody just came out with a statement, I want to say it was The Times-News down in Twin. They have a breakdown and I want to say it was something like 83 percent [82 percent] of them are of age. Our membership starts at 50; 48 percent of all individuals in the state who are over 65 are AARP members. A lot of them are NRA members, too. Did membership come up? It’s interesting, depending on the issue. If it was around the Idaho Health Freedom Act, take a stab in the dark on that one, we got some resistance. “I am an AARP member, I disagree with your position.” We had somebody say they were resigning their AARP membership from the House floor during that debate. Continue reading this interview at


The benefits of an urban forest in the concrete jungle ZACH HAGADONE

Boisean worth the appellation knows Capt. Benjamin Bonneville, the ParisAbornnyabout army officer, fur trapper and explorer whose party crested Boise’s scrubby eastern hills in 1833, looked over the dry valley and saw a distant ribbon of green along the Boise River. “Les bois, les bois!” he shouted. “The trees, the trees!” For Bonneville, who had been trekking with a company of soldiers from Missouri to Oregon, the Boise River was a welcome respite after weeks in the barren wilds of southern Idaho. His excitement was understandable. “You’ve been to Pocatello. I’d be tickled, too,” said Brian Jorgenson, Boise’s city forester. “That whole stretch of Southern Idaho would be pretty bleak.” The Boise area was pretty bleak back then too, with the only trees growing along the water’s edge. What Bonneville couldn’t have known was that 30 years later, a city named for his expedition’s relieved exclamation would be founded near the riverbank, and that almost 130 years later, his oasis would form the roots of a sprawling forest comprised of


about 290,000 trees. Trees give Boise its name, provide its residents with shade and add grace and balance to its streetscapes. Jorgenson said they are also one of the community’s greatest accomplishments. “You climb up on the Foothills, and it’s a forest. It’s an urban forest,” Jorgenson said. “And the vast, vast majority of what’s in the valley is planted. What you look at when you look over the City of Trees is human-made.” The largest tree native to the valley—and the likely bois of the Bonneville party’s happy cry—is the black cottonwood. Smaller trees like alders and serviceberry are also indigenous, but beyond those that grow naturally along the river, nearly everything else has been handpicked to take its place in the City of Trees. And their benefits go far beyond aesthetics. “The roots and the canopies make a natural stormwater filtration system. It would also be a lot hotter here, and trees do their part in keeping the air clean, too,” said Jorgenson, whose Community Forestry Office operates under the Parks and Recreation Department. “For us, it’s not about planting trees because

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1 Approximately 800 million tons of carbon are stored in U.S. urban forests with a $22 billion equivalent in carbon control costs.

2 A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.

3 Each person in the U.S. generates approximately 2.3 tons of carbon dioxide a year—roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon an acre of trees can store in a year.

4 An acre of trees absorbs enough carbon dioxide during a year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.

5 The cooling effect of a single large tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 24 hours per day. —From the Colorado Tree Coalition

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they look pretty. We recognize all the benefits they have and try to bring as many trees in as we can.” If you’ve only ever hugged a tree for safety, hug one now in gratitude. According to the City of Boise Municipal Forest Resource Analysis, conducted in 2007 by the U.S. Forest Service, Boise’s approximate 23,262 publicly managed street trees are among the city’s hardest working citizens. Each year, street trees intercept 19 million gallons of stormwater—a service worth more than $96,000 to the City of Boise. City-owned street trees also absorb and trap air pollutants like carbon dioxide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide. Researchers estimate that a full 900 tons of CO2 emissions are either pulled from the air or foregone because of photosynthesis each year, along with almost 7,000 pounds of ozone and 1,350 pounds of nitrogen dioxide. All that pollution control is worth a total of $6,292. One of the largest benefits of Boise’s trees comes in the form of energy savings. Shading and reduced temperatures from trees city wide each year decrease electricity use by more than 3,000 megawatt-hours and natural gas use by more than 129,230 therms. Total energy cost savings credited to street trees: $331,756 a year, an average of $14 per tree. What’s more, street trees contribute to the economy on their looks alone. According to the USFS study, homebuyers are far more likely to purchase a home with mature, attractive trees, and they’re willing to pay more for the luxury. By comparing the difference in sales prices between treed and non-treed homes, researchers estimate that Boise’s street trees contribute an average $24.16 per tree in aesthetic benefits. On top of that, trees increase property values, attract businesses and draw shoppers to retail districts. A survey conducted by the University of Washington in 2005 found that consumers think treed shopping areas are better maintained, have higher quality products and more helpful merchants. Survey respondents went even further, claiming they would be willing to pay 9 percent to 12 percent more for goods and services purchased in retail districts with large, well-cared-for trees. They even said they’d pay more for parking. These more intangible benefits are where Boise’s street trees really shine, accounting for about $562,000 a year in benefits. Taken as a whole, the City of Trees’ publicly managed urban forest provides more than $1 million a year in economic benefits and costs a little less than $771,000 to maintain, making for a 30 percent return on investment. Jorgenson said the 2007 USFS study only focused on city maintained trees. The benefits are likely higher when private trees are included in the forest inventory. According to the 2006 Boise Community Forestry Management Plan, there are more than 10,000 trees on the Greenbelt and river, and an additional 250,000 or so on private land. “I don’t know if there’s ever been a quantification of how much of a role they play, but it’s definitely a benefit,” Jorgenson said. “We can make assumptions based on that.” Just counting city-owned trees, the USFS study concluded that pollution scrubbing in 2005—the year of the inventory—was

equivalent to counteracting the carbon produced from more than 2 million driving miles. Stephen Coe, Boise regional air quality manager for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, confirmed that there hasn’t been a full study of the air quality effects from the city’s trees, but “we all assume and know there are benefits.” DEQ monitors air quality at three sites in the Treasure Valley: White Pine Elementary School, on Linden Street; the Idaho Transportation Department headquarters, on State Street; and St. Luke’s Meridian, on South Eagle Road. Coe said the latest readings show the ITD site, which is closest to the Greenbelt, has the lowest ozone levels, with 63 parts per billion. The St. Luke’s monitor registers 68 ppb and White Pine tops the list with 73 ppb. Boise has long had trouble with its air quality, particularly during its wintertime inversions, when total air pollution levels are among their highest, but it stands to reason that without such a robust urban forest, those troubles would grow even larger. “With the Greenbelt, specifically, the relationship to people commuting on bikes and things like that which would reduce vehicle miles, that’s going to be a benefit,” Coe said. Though its effect on the airshed hasn’t been studied specifically, the number of people the Greenbelt draws out of their cars and onto their bikes is substantial. Amy Stahl, marketing and communications coordinator at the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department, said a citywide survey showed 39 percent of residents use the Greenbelt one to five times a month. An additional 36 percent visit the 25-mile-long riverside path six or more times per month. As a component of city planning, it’s hard to go wrong with trees and parks, said Tricia Nilsson, Boise’s comprehensive planning manager. “From a streetscape to a park, the configuration of your vegetation can have a variety of micro-impacts throughout your city,” Nilsson said. “There are pocket parks, shaded areas on the Grove—it improves the overall livability of the city.” Boise’s greenscape is also one of its highest priorities, she added. As the city works on its new Comprehensive Plan, directives are being included to find and fill gaps in the urban canopy, promote tree-planting efforts and improve tree care and education efforts. The economics of the forest are a plus, but Nilsson said the big dividends are paid in quality of life. “The major theme is trying to promote a healthy, active lifestyle in Boise,” she said. “We’re the ‘City of Trees,’ and we do try to protect and encourage the growth and maintenance of our urban forest … There is a public value that’s recognized from the urban forest that’s in our policy document.” Rachel Winer, executive director of Idaho Smart Growth, also said it’s hard to overstate the benefits of urban trees and open space. “It’s about the community and providing people with a chance to be outside and in nature,” she said. “They play a critical role [in planning]. We’re not attracting people who want to live in concrete jungles—they’re attracted to Idaho for that WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

quality of life which is improved by those open spaces.” And Boise is rich in open spaces. Its 107 parks account for about 1,000 acres of open space, but the parks along the Boise River, often referred to as its “ribbon of jewels,” are by far the largest. Ann Morrison Park sprawls across 153 acres, Julia Davis Park tops 89 acres, Kathryn Albertson Park is 41 acres and Municipal Park, to the east of the others, covers 28 acres. According to the Parks and Rec survey, 64 percent of respondents said they visit Julia Davis Park as many as five times a month, and 63 percent reported going to Ann Morrison with the same frequency. As many as 66 percent of those surveyed reported living within walking distance of a park, and 34 percent said they could bike there. All that helps the airshed as well. According to the Colorado Tree Coalition, urban parks like Boise’s can reduce street-level particulates by up to 60 percent, and one acre of trees can store up to 2.6 tons of CO2 in a year—roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide produced yearly by each person in the United States. The coalition also states that the cooling effect of trees goes a long way toward eliminating emissions. Through evaporation, trees decrease heat islands—areas where heat has become trapped in concrete, asphalt or other structures. Heat islands, or “heat sinks,” can often be 19 degrees warmer than their surroundings, but the cooling effect of a single large tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 24 hours per day—an added benefit during Boise’s scorching summers. “When it gets hot, a lot of times, one of the first places I go is to the park by the river, where there’s trees and water, rather than getting into my car and running my air conditioning,” Winer said. “It’s an opportunity for us to enjoy clean air and clean water, and that’s a great thing especially about the Boise Greenbelt, because so many neighborhoods and communities are close to it and have access to it—you don’t to get into your car to get to it.” Maintaining that resource is “a science, along with everything else,” Jorgenson said. While the average Boisean may not notice, the species of trees selected for various locations around the city are meticulously planned and monitored. Among the most predominant planted tree species in Boise are silver and Norway maple, honey locust, green and white ash, American sycamore, Callery pear, sweetgum, black locust, elm and crabapple. “It runs the gamut of what will grow in this area,” Jorgenson said. “We try to keep a wide variety of tree species downtown so we’re not looking at some nasty bug or disease down there wiping everything out.” The individual selections also have a bottom-line impact measured in environmental benefits—pollution control and energy efficiency—as well as aesthetic benefits like increased property values, business attraction and recreation. According to the USFS analysis, Boise’s 1,926 silver maples provide the highest annual payoff in environmental and aesthetic benefits, totaling almost $174,000 a year, or $90 a tree. American sycamore is the next most valuable, worth $87 per tree, and EngWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

lish elms are responsible for $85 per tree per year. Callery pear and hawthorn provide the next lowest level of benefit, at $19 per tree, and poor old crabapple is riding the poverty line at $17 per tree. Tree-borne economic benefits are highest in the North End and West Boise along State Street, where the average is $50 a tree. On the Bench, trees average about $47 each, and the Greenbelt area downtown sees an average benefit of $45 per tree. There are 77 species of trees in Julia Davis Park, though most are either maple or oak. Pine leads the pack at Ann Morrison, Jorgenson said, and Municipal Park’s 225 trees are drawn from 10 species. Trees along the Greenbelt are pretty much allowed to run riot, he added. “We can’t control, nor do we really want to control, the vegetation along the river,” Jorgenson said. “The trees along there provide shade for fish, homes for wildlife, the river is cooler than it would be without the trees. The trees fall and leaves fall in the river. It provides organic matter for things to feed the fish, the mink, the beaver. Without those trees and plants, that ecosystem wouldn’t exist.” It’s a challenge to defend, however, with riverside real estate in high demand. “Everybody wants to be close to the water and be a part of that natural scene,” Jorgenson said. “We’ve definitely had our impacts … It’s not a wild river anymore. We’ve done our best to tame it.” Another challenge is vegetation’s effect on the city’s hardscapes—its concrete and asphalt surfaces are often the victim of straining roots. The highest single cost of maintaining Boise’s urban forest is tree removal, which runs more than $141,000 a year, followed by administration, which costs about $124,500. Because of their age and structure, silver maple trees account for the largest chunk of the maintenance expense, including removal, storm cleanup and property and infrastructure damage. In total, the city spends about $88,600 a year on repairs and liability due to tree damage. Still, the benefit-cost ratio is rosy. USFS figures report that Boise’s trees return $1.30 for every $1 spent on their management. That’s similar to numbers reported by Berkeley, Calif.; Charleston, S.C.; and Albuquerque, N.M. Cities like Fort Collins, Colo.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Bismarck, N.D., get a higher return on their forests, but Jorgenson said that’s simply because Boise isn’t a naturally treed environment. “We’re lower on the benefits of street trees simply because we’re in such a dry climate,” he said. “We are in a desert.” And that’s likely what Capt. Bonneville saw when he and his fellow explorers stood, exhausted, at edge of the valley: a parched, sage-dotted expanse unbroken but for the river and its copses of tall black cottonwoods. “The river is really kind of the backbone of the urban forest,” Jorgenson said. “It holds up the few remaining native trees in the area. It’s still a huge part of our urban forest and the reason people want to live here. The river would not be what it is without the trees, and the trees wouldn’t be there without the river.” Neither, for that matter, would Boise.

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Buddy Holly thinks it over in his pretty little head.

Andre the Giant and Diversity want you to obey the jazz.

FRIDAY APRIL 23 impersonation



jazz GENE HARRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL Maybe Boise doesn’t pop to the top of the list when it comes to hotbeds for jazz music but it should. Not only was it the longtime home to the late jazz great Gene Harris, but it’s also where he established the Gene Harris Jazz Festival to bring some of the best jazz artists to the City of Trees, where they play at night and teach young musicians during the day. Now in its 13th year, the festival continues to foster the next generation of jazz musicians and fans. The three-day festival will kick off with the Gene Harris Legacy Concert on Thursday, April 22. The Monty Alexander Trio will perform at the Stueckle Sky Center RR Ranch Club beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50. Things really get going on Friday, April 23, with a series of “jazz club” concerts, which basically means if you can’t legally down a martini, you’re not getting in. From 4-7 p.m., the AnschellJensen Duo, Diverse and the New Trio will be performing in three venues within the Boise State Student Union. Later that night, Diverse will open a show headlined by Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, a 15-piece horn band based out of Las Vegas. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. The Jazz Club concerts continue on Saturday, April 24, from 4-7 p.m. with Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet, the Anschell-Jensen Duo and the New Trio. That night, the festival wraps up with Latin jazz headliners Doug Beavers’ Latin Jazz Orchestra. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom and tickets are $35 for special seating or $20 general admission. All-event premium seating tickets are available for $140, and single-day tickets cost $50 and can be bought at Stueckle Sky Center and Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise. For more information, visit

FRIDAYSATURDAY APRIL 23-24 collaboration PHIL SALUTES BALLET The last artistic collaboration of the 2009-2010 Boise

Philharmonic season, A Salute to Ballet Idaho, combines three ballet performances with music by classical gurus. “[The performances] are uniquely choreographed for this show,” said Tina Kierce, director of sales and marketing for the philharmonic. Based on African mythology, the first selection, Milhaud’s La Creation du

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Monde, is choreographed by Alex Ossadnik. “It’s a very sensual display of dance,” said Kierce. The cheery Divertissement, by Jacques Ibert, harmonizes dance with a bright musical background. The final piece, Daphnis and Chloe, explores Maurice Ravel’s interpretation of an adopted boy and girl who fall

When Charles Hardin Holley, better known to ’50s rock ’n’ roll aficionados as Buddy Holly, got picked up by Decca Records in 1956, they accidentally misspelled the soon-to-be-icon’s last name on his contract. But the “aw, shucks” Lubbock, Texas-raised Buddy rolled with the punches, going on to use “Holly” as his stage name. Known for his signature black-rimmed glasses and vocal hiccups in songs like “Peggy Sue,” “I love you Peggy Sue / with a love so rare and true-a-uue”— Holly’s soulful rock ’n’ roll influenced the genre for generations to come. Rock legends like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen have all called Holly an inspiration. Many years after the tragic plane crash that killed Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in 1959, Holly’s influence has continued to rave on. In 1971, musician Don McLean immortalized the crash as “the day the music died” in his signature song “American Pie.” Years later, black spectacle-clad Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo paid tribute to Holly on the college-kegger anthem “Buddy Holly.” But covers and homages are no longer enough to satiate the public’s thirst for Holly. In the vein of Cirque du Soleil’s glitzy Beatles production, Love, Buddy Holly has gotten his own splashy live show. From Hyperion Productions, the company that brought us A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and Yesterday and Today, the Interactive Beatles Experience comes Rave On, the Buddy Holly Experience. Rave On will hit the Morrison Center on Friday, April 23, with impersonator Billy McGuigan on the mic and the six-piece Rave On band and horn section backing him up. Prepare for your heart to go piddle-dee-pat. 7:30 p.m., $15-$30, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-1609,

in love. Kidnapping, violence and pirate abduction, however, may threaten the lovers’ destiny. Ravel translates Greek author Longus’ work into a musical dynamo. “[The piece] kind of goes through an emotional rollercoaster,” said Kierce. Hold on tight. Friday, April 23, 8 p.m., $17-$36, Swayne Auditorium, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St. Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m., $21-$65, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-344-7849,

FRIDAYSATURDAY APRIL 23-24 sound EXPERIMENTING WITH MUSIC Now in its fifth year, Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival has seen the inside of several venues— Visual Arts Collective (in the Linen District), Neurolux, the El Korah Shrine—and is moving yet again. The Venue will

house this year’s event, and organizer Krispen Hartung is excited to hold it there. “Every year is different; we try to mix it up,” Hartung said. “What I like about this year is a new venue at The Venue, which I think is really cool because ... we will attract a younger audience ... I think a younger audience would be interested if we could get to them.” One aspect that will be included again this year is inviting visual artists to paint during the musical performances. Last year, the artists enjoyed the spontaWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




WHO BUILT THE ARK? SLOW FOODS. Roosters keep it fresh in Fresh.


It was a dark and story night.

film PATAGONIA’S WILD AND SCENIC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL Every year, the largest environmental film festival in the United States floods the tiny mountain town of Nevada City, Calif. Organized and hosted by the South Yuba River Citizens League, the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival unites filmmakers, filmgoers and activists to experience “environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.” Luckily, for those who couldn’t make the trek out to the Sierra Nevadas for the WSEFF this year, a small portion of the festival will be touring through Boise at the Egyptian Theatre. Hosted by Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, the touring festival will showcase an assortment of longer films and shorts. The 4 p.m. matinee film is Fresh—which won the 2010 “Food Theme” Jury Award—a look into the kinks in our food production system and how we can fix them. “It’s a profile of our food and agricultural production system and what’s wrong with it, what we need to change,” said Susie Sutphin, WSEFF tour director. “Re-localize, make it more sustainable, the whole nine yards.” Later, at 7 p.m., an assortment of shorts and mid-length films will screen, including Flathead Wild, an exploration of mountaintop removal in the Flathead River Valley; Greenhorns, a movie about the aging agricultural business and how the younger generation is carrying on farming traditions; and Nature Propelled, Seth Warren’s follow-up to the popular documentary about his petroleum-free cross-country journey, Oil + Water. “In this case, Nature Propelled refers to following the water cycle and how nature propels our passion,” said Sutphin. “So, there’s lots of adrenaline and adventure and sports mixed in with this thread of renewable energy.” 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., $12, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

neity of responding to music, working as improvisationally as the musicians. In keeping with his experimental bent, Hartung is introducing a “mix and match” portion this year. For a two-hour block, musicians will be paired up randomly for 15-minute sets.


Although there was some concern that the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is the same weekend, Hartung isn’t at all worried: He has percussion artist Tatsua Nakatani headlining Friday and renowned jazz artist Bill Anshcell on Saturday. Hartung sees it as a plus. “I think we can actu-

MONDAY APRIL 26 storytelling STORY, STORY NIGHT Public radio listeners have likely heard the following line: “True stories, told live on stage, without notes.” It’s the concept behind the popular series The Moth, a live storytelling forum in New York City that is frequently re-broadcast on This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour. Now, aspiring Moth contributors and audience members no longer have to flutter to the Big Apple. Alley Repertory Theater, the Boise State Story Initiative and the Cabin present Boise’s own version of The Moth—Story Story Night. The initial event was an invite-only premiere at Sun Ray Cafe in Hyde Park, which included a handful of media folks and Boise State faculty, along with local artists and writers. Three guest storytellers took the stage to each tell a fiveminute tale. One described the tense time her Midwestern boyfriend visited her family in Hawaii and faced the awkward wrath of the disapproving locals. Another spoke of camping in a remote area of Vancouver Island, B.C., just days before a crippling heart attack. And the final guest guiltily told a story of choosing to hit the slopes rather than help a cocky neighbor who he watched get in a skiing accident. After the guest speakers wrapped up, the audience was asked to submit ideas for on-the-spot story time. The theme “worst job” was plucked from the pile, and Alley Rep members Hollis Welsh and Jessica Holmes grabbed the mic to recount bad job experiences—Holmes worked on the line at an Alaska fish cannery when she was 19 (yikes) and Welsh unknowingly showed up to a fantasy porn warehouse in Los Angeles for a speaking role in a soft-core film (double yikes). The first official all-ages Story Story Night will premiere publicly at the Linen Building Gallery on Monday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The theme is “Busted! Stories about getting caught in the act,” and the event will keep the same format. 7 p.m., $5, Gallery at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111,

ally ride the coattails of that event. People see this, and they will make the connection: jazz, improvisation, free improvisation.” Friday, April 23, 7:30-10

When you plunge an organic tortilla chip into a chunky bowl of organic, locally sourced salsa, it’s hard not to let a smug smile spread across your face. But, hold up Senor Righteous, there’s a whole new level of gastroguilt that’s been heaped on the compost pile. Are the tomatoes in your salsa an dangered German Pink or Orange Oxheart heirloom variety? What about your tortilla chips? Are they made from Tuscarora White corn? If not, you’re helping contribute to the slow elimination of endangered food species brought on by industrial standardization and large-scale distribution methods. But take a deep breath, the U.S. Ark of Taste has your back. A program of Slow Food USA, the Ark of Taste has catalogued more than 200 rare regional foods—vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, cheeses, shellfish—at risk of extinction. Each of the products that make it on the list must be “outstanding in terms of taste, as defined in the context of local traditions and uses; at risk biologically or as culinary traditions; sustainably produced; culturally or historically linked to a specific region, locality, ethnicity or traditional production practice; and produced in limited quantities, by farms or by small-scale processing companies.” Every item found on the U.S. Ark of Taste’s Web site includes a photo, historical information and a list of producers around the country that carry the item. Move over localism, there’s a new ethicurean movement brewing. And it’s coming for your salsa. —Tara Morgan

p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-10 p.m. Admission to the festival is FREE. For a list of performers, visit The Venue, 521 Broad St.,

an event by e-mail to Listings are due by noon the Thursday before publication.


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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY APRIL 21 On Stage MINERVA JAYNE’S SAINTS AND SINNERS—Minerva, Selena, Godiva and special guest Victoria woo and wow the crowd with glitzy performances of lip-syncing stardom. Sin is a 21-and-older venue. 8-10 p.m. $2. Sin, 1124 W. Front St., Boise, 208-342-3375, www. NAMASTE MAN—One-man show by Andrew Weems about various experiences and characters he encountered as a child in South Korea, Zambia and Nepal and as an adult in New York City. 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-4423232,

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. 7 p.m. Ha’ Penny Irish Pub and Grill, 855 Broad St., Boise, 208-343-5568. www. IDAHO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS LUNCHEON—Idaho professionals meet on the third Wednesday of each month to socialize and swap ideas and knowledge in media-related subjects. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost averages about $10 for lunch. Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887.

Sports & Fitness TRICYCLE RACES—The disclaimer at the beginning of Jackass was about exactly this sort of thing, which is why it’s awesome. 10 p.m. FREE. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183.

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Green TREASURE VALLEY ORCHID SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING— The club meets at the Club House at Signature Point Apartments. 7 p.m. 3509 N. Cole Road, Boise. For more information, visit

THURSDAY APRIL 22 On Stage NAMASTE MAN—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.

BOOK RELEASE—Release of Quintessential Boise: An Architectural Journey, by architect Charles Hummel and journalist Tim Woodward. It is the ďŹ rst book in Boise State’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Metropolitan Research Series. See story on Page 24. 5 p.m. FREE. Borders Books and Music, 350 N. Milwaukee, 208322-6668,

Concerts GENE HARRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL—See Picks on Page 14 for more information. For a full schedule of events, visit www.geneharris. org. 7 p.m. $50. Stueckle Sky Center, Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State Campus.

TWELVE ANGRY MEN—The archetypal jury-room drama. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104,

Odds & Ends

Workshops & Classes

THE YARN CLUB—A place for all the knitters and crocheters to get together and chat. 1 p.m. FREE. Fuzz, 605 Americana Blvd., Boise, 208-343-3899,

IRAN 2010: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES—Idaho Peace Coalition member and Iranian native Azam Houle addresses the repercussions of the Iranian elections in June and the Obama administration’s approach. 7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-0273. BOOK LAUNCH DESSERT— Premier event for 90% Right Can be 100% Wrong, a self-help book. 7 p.m. FREE. Eagle Nazarene Church, 1001 W. State St., Eagle, 208-939-0661.

TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www.

FRIDAY APRIL 23 On Stage NAMASTE MAN—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www. STAR WARPS: MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU—Watch Luke Warmwater and Ham Rolo as they defend the galaxy against the malevolent Dark Vapors and his army of Storm Droopers. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, www. TWELVE ANGRY MEN—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,

Concerts A SALUTE TO BALLET IDAHO—Boise Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho share the stage. See Picks, Page 14 for details. Show starts at 8 p.m., but arrive at 7 p.m. to catch the stories behind the music at Musically Speaking. Held in the Swayne Auditorium. 8 p.m. $17-$36. Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-467-8011,



8 DAYS OUT BOISE PHILHARMONIC, BACKSTAGE WITH THE ARTIST—Attendees can get up close and personal with Maestro Franz and each day’s corresponding artist, composer and/or guest conductor to catch a glimpse into their experiences and personal lives. Noon. FREE, optional $8 pre-order lunch. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116. GENE HARRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL—See Picks on Page 14 for more information. For a full schedule of events, visit www.geneharris. org. 4-7 p.m. $20. Boise State Student Union Student Union Lookout Room, Boise State Campus; 7:30 p.m. $20-$35. Boise State Student Union Simplot Grand Ballroom, Boise State Campus.




LUNAFEST—Reel Women of the West present short films by, for and about women. 2:30 p.m. $8. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222.

A CHAIR AFFAIR—Furniture design competition and soiree. Includes the Re:Use Cup Challenge, a design competition involving the creation of a chair design out of a 12 oz. coffee cup, plastic lid, cardboard sleeve, and a plastic or wooden stir stick. See Arts, Page 24. 7 p.m. $20. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, www.

GROWING ORGANIC VEGGIES—A 15-to 30-minute class on what organic means in your garden and how to accomplish it. Noon. FREE. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-3894769,

Workshops & Classes WORLDWIDE PINHOLE DAY 2010 WORKSHOP— An introduction to pinhole cameras covering the history and usages of the pinhole camera followed by a hands-on course converting an industrial instant film camera. 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The Reuseum, 108 W. 33rd St., 209-375-7507,

ORCHID SHOW AND PLANT SALE—Presented by the Treasure Valley Orchid Society. Potting and care demos. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $3. Hilton Garden Inn, 7699 W. Spectrum, Boise, ORGANIC LAWN CARE—Learn how to ditch the fertilizer and get your lawn looking good without the chemicals. 3 p.m. FREE, North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Rd., 208-389-4769,

Screen PATAGONIA’S WILD AND SCENIC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL—Largest environmental film festival in North America. Win big raffle items featuring local outdoor gear and adventure items before the films. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $12. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Citizen NEW REPUBLICAN CLUB (TREASURE VALLEY PACHYDERMS)—Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. Call 208-375-5233 to reserve a seat for dinner. For more information, e-mail$5 for members and $6.99 for nonmembers; donations accepted. ArtsWest School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 3415 Flint Dr., Eagle, 208-938-5410, www.

Odds & Ends MAGIC JOHNSON’S TESTING AMERICA TOUR— Music, vendors and free rapid AIDS testing. Noon-8 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza, downtown, Boise.

SATURDAY APRIL 24 On Stage A SALUTE TO BALLET IDAHO—Boise Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho share the stage. See Picks Page 14 for details. Show starts at 8 p.m., but arrive at 7 p.m. to catch the stories behind the music at Musically Speaking. 8 p.m. $21-$65. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, NAMASTE MAN—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, STAR WARPS: MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $7-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383,

Concerts GENE HARRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL—See Picks on Page 14 for more information. For a full schedule of events, visit www.geneharris. org. 4-7 p.m. $20. Boise State Student Union Student Union Lookout Room, Boise State Campus. MERIDIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA—7:30 p.m. $7. Centennial High School, 12400 W. McMillan Rd.

Food & Drink PUB CRAWL—Proceeds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check-in at Chronic Tacos where crawlers will receive their drink-tickets, T-shirt, map of participating establishments and their drink/ food menu. Other participating establishments are Bardenay, Gernika, Bittercreek Ale House, Piper Pub, Old Chicago and the Falcon Tavern. 12:30-5 p.m. $35. Chronic Tacos, 106 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208345-3711,


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8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens LIMELIGHT NIGHT HIP-HOP DANCE—Hip-hop dancing for all ages every Saturday night at the Limelight. No smoking in the building and no alcohol in the dance center. 10 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425, SCIENCE SATURDAYS—Every Saturday, the Discovery Center features different topics with morning and afternoon sessions for different ages. Call for more information, or visit the Web site. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, www.

SUNDAY APRIL 25 Festivals & Events CHURCH OF CRAFT—Scratch all notions of church being reverent; church has been amended. Held once a month, COC aims to bring out the crafty creativeness in collected beings within the City of Trees. Bring any project you’ve been working on, from guitar pedals to video editing to sewing. VAC is a 21-and-older space. Expect good things. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, www.

On Stage MAIN STREET—The Boise State Theatre Arts Department presents a reading of Main Street, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis and adapted by Ann Hoste. 7:30 p.m. $9-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980,

together and tell live onstage unscripted stories based around a theme. See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111, www.thelinenbuilding. com.

Concerts JEFFREY COHEN—Solo Flutes from Five Centuries. 7:30 p.m. By donation. Saint John’s Cathedral, 775 North Eighth St., Boise. JIM COCKEY SHOWCASE—A showcase of composer Jim Cockey’s opera work-in-progress, Libretto, by playwright Bernadine Cockey. It is loosely based on the Odysseus story but set in modern, corporate America. Register to attend by calling 208-345-3531. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Opera Idaho, 513 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208345-3531,

Screen CASUAL BUSINESS— Free screening of Prestige Skate Shop’s new Boise-filmed video, featuring local riders Dillon Castillo, Eddy Meksovanh, Kelley William, Taylor Crandall, Lucas Erlebach, Shea Cooper and more. Snacks provided. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

Odds & Ends PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Participants are invited to work on their public speaking with the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, e-mail personalityon- 6-7:30 p.m. FREE. Perkins Family Restaurant, 208-559-4434. 300 Broadway Ave., Boise. THE YARN CLUB—A place for all the knitters and crocheters to get together and chat. 1 p.m. FREE. Fuzz, 605 Americana Blvd., Boise, 208-343-3899,

TUESDAY APRIL 27 Workshops & Classes FREE DANCE LESSONS—Take advantage of free dance lessons followed by social dancing from 8-9:30 p.m. 7-8 p.m. FREE. The Bull’s Head Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858.

Literature AUTHOR EVENT—Gregory Nokes will discuss his book, Massacred for Gold, the story of murdered Chinese miners in Hells Canyon, circa 1887. 6-8 p.m. FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208344-8088. POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and start waxing poetic at 7 p.m. For more information, email 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208338-1299.


Green ORCHID SHOW AND PLANT SALE—Presented by the Treasure Valley Orchid Society. Potting and care demos. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3. Hilton Garden Inn, 7699 W. Spectrum, Boise,

Odds & Ends LAST CALL TRIVIA— Hosted by Jen Adams. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise.

MONDAY APRIL 26 On Stage STORY STORY—A joint project of Alley Repertory Theater, the Boise State Story Initiative and the Cabin inspired by the New York City-based and NPR-broadcast Moth storytelling series, in which community members can come

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




Land Trust of the Treasure Valley presents

WILD & SCENIC on tour As a community celebration of Earth Day this event is brought to you by the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley. The Land Trust’s mission is to conserve and preserve nature close to home, such as the gems of our valley the Boise Foothills and the Boise River areas. To find out more about the Land Trust’s efforts visit our website at

WILD & SCENIC GRAND PRIZE DRAWING Land Trust Membership Special! Join as a new member at the special rate of $40 or make a donation of $40 and you will have the opportunity to enter the grand prize drawing for: A River Trip on the Middle Fork or Main Salmon from Canyons, an Autumn Wind Tent and Silverback Pad from Cascade Outfitters, and other grand prizes.


Feature film, speaker and question and answer session with the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, doors open 3:30 p.m., reception to follow POLYFAC E FAR M S


MATINEE, 4:00 p.m.

FRESH (70 min.) Wild & Scenic Jury Award 2010 Ana Sofia Joanes Let’s celebrate the farmers, thinkers and business people who are reinventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

EVENING, 7:00 p.m. doors open at 6:30 p.m.

THE FUN THEORY: PIANO STAIRS (2 min.) We believe that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change peoples behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do? See the results here.

SECRET LIFE OF PAPER (6 min.) Mark Sugg, Loch Phillipps Ever wonder what happens to the newspaper we read in the morning? Have you ever considered what impacts these products have on the environment, from beginning to end? INFORMs Secret Life Series is a collection of videos that highlight the environmental impacts of everyday products we all use.


FILM PROGRAM EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL (5 min.) (a.k.a. Change the World in 5 min. at School) Tristan Bancks, Wendy Gray Follow a class down under as they spend the first five minutes of every day at school taking action to change the world in positive ways.

TRADING BOWS AND ARROWS FOR LAPTOPS (8 min.) Denise Zmekhol Chief Almir Surui asked Google for help with preserving his Amazon tribe’s culture and protecting his indigenous territory from deforestation. The Google Earth Outreach team went to the Amazon to train over 20 indigenous tribes to use the internet to preserve their land and their way of life.

FLATHEAD WILD (23 min.) Trip Jennings, Andrew Maser “Images act as irrefutable evidence of the beauty of our planet and the critical resources we can’t afford to lose,” says Cristina Mittermeier, President of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). “We need strong, credible images to give a voice to places that cannot speak for themselves.” In July 2009 the iLCP sent a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) to the Flathead River Valley in British Columbia. The team of photographers, scientists, local conservation organizations, and cameramen documented the beauty and the destruction of this area, which is threatened by mountaintop removal and methane drilling proposals. “It’s so easy for mining companies to claim that there’s nothing in the Flathead, so we used our cameras to show how much there is to be lost.” This Film, Flathead Wild, produced by the Epicocity


Project, follows the Flathead RAVE and explores just what it takes to be a conservation photographer. Join the adventure; experience one of the cleanest river’s water, the camera trapping, the wildlife and the breathtaking views. The photographers have 13 days to make iconic images that can be used as tools for conservation and could possibly help to tip the scales in favor of protecting this pristine wilderness. Will they do it?

INTERMISSION GET UP, STAND UP (4 min.) David Gonzales Surfing in Wyoming? These guys make it look easy. Wyoming Short Film Contest Winner.

GREENHORNS (20 min.) Severine von Tscharner Fleming This spring found young farmers as unlikely poster children of a new zeitgeist. In many communities these bright 20- and 30-somethings are contributing and leading the way into a new world of agriculture, sustainability and economics.

RAFFLE, RAFFLE, RAFFLE! Buy raffle tickets at the show for a chance to win some great prizes including: REI hydration pack Osprey Packs Float Courier Bag Osprey DigiStow, camera bag for your backpack Chico Reusable Bags Aire Bowline & Wader Bag and more prizes.


NATURE PROPELLED (40 min.) Seth Warren Following the historic petroleum-free journey captured in his previous film Oil + Water, Seth Warren embarks on a new adventure with his nature powered fire truck named Baby, this time tracking the life cycle of water through the seasons. Featuring stunning and often daring footage, Seth’s new film demonstrates the connection between the elements, renewable energy, adventure sports, and practical ways that individuals can use these elements to power their lifestyles.

our local Patagonia Sponsor, at 13th & W. Main St. in downtown Boise, and ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE EVENT AND RAFFLE TICKETS.





8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends 7-8:45 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s Coffee Shop, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd.


BALLISTIC BEER PONG—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., 208-338-8939,

TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www.

CONGA FORUM—Facilitator Bryan Carrier leads a Conga forum. Some drums are available for use. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519,


IDAHO CAPITAL CITY KENNEL CLUB—The monthly meeting of the Idaho Capital City Kennel Club is open to all who are interested in showing your dog in conformation, agility, obedience or rally events. 7 p.m. FREE. Idaho Fish and Game, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. 208-3455197,

On Stage MINERVA JAYNE’S SAINTS AND SINNERS—See Wednesday. 8-10 p.m. $2. Sin, 1124 W. Front St., Boise, 208-342-3375,

LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. The Quarterbarrel, 4902 W. Chinden, Boise, 208-3223430. ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS— Meet up with other professional adults to collaborate on topics of community service and wellbeing. 5:15 p.m. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-395-1531. SOCRATES CAFE—Interested in life’s greater questions? Join a group of active and engaged listeners who meet every week to vote on a question and let the discussion begin. For more information, e-mail scott@scot-

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB—Adult readers meet to discuss the featured selection. For more information and to register, call 208-562-4996. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996. THE WRITE TO TELL THE TALE—The Boise NonďŹ ction Writers Critique Group meets to share critiques and ideas in a supportive and helpful atmosphere. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise. Writers.html.

Sports & Fitness

NAMASTE MAN—See Wednesdday. 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.

TRICYCLE RACES—The disclaimer at the beginning of Jackass was about exactly this sort of thing, which is why it’s awesome. 10 p.m. FREE. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183. .


Odds & Ends

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

BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels, beginning to advanced, welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. All that’s needed is a willingness to learn and play ukulele music. For more information, visit the Web site. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian.



VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO—Bring down your favorite instrumental music from any genre to share. The Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho aims to preserve vinyl music heritage by promoting the enjoyment of and education about vinyl records, record collecting, record playing and all associated matters of analog musicology regardless of listening tastes. Monthly meetings (held every fourth Wednesday of the month) include guest speakers and DJs, opportunities to buy, sell and trade vinyl and, of course, a chance to share the group’s favorite albums. Keep it spinning. 7-10 p.m. FREE. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244. www.




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ART SOURCE GALLERY NINTH ANNUAL JURIED SHOW— Juried by artist and Boise State professor emeritus John Taye. Open to all ďŹ ne artists and media (no video or crafts). Work must be original and completed in the last three years. Artists may submit up to three works. Application fee is $25. Entry deadlines is May 15. Opening is July 1. For more information visit











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MOVEMENT MUSIC One-stop shop for hip-hop AMY ATKINS Ruben Medrano stood calmly at the back of the Knitting Factory, his dark eyes moving between his cell phone screen and the stage. The show was “The Convention: Northwest,” and Medrano and his promotion company, Movement Music, were at the helm. The program featured acts from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah with guys who rapped self-referentially about tough upbringings, the oppressive American L-R: Ruben Medrano, Zak Taniguchi. The concentration you see on their faces? That could be working for you. government and women who are only after their money. And though he and his righthand man, Zak Taniguchi, were continually and push their music in Salt Lake City, running backstage, greeting performers at the word, it would be driven. His focus is someand push it in Seattle and Portland,” he times so intense that it can feel intimidating. door or on stage filming the performances, said. And in turn, he brings rappers like But it has served him well. Medrano was impeccable as always. At a Soprano—someone who also ascribes to When Lookin’ For Change dissolved, glance, he appeared casually dressed, but a the theory that pavement-pounding pays it wasn’t for lack of determination on closer look revealed an attention to detail: Medrano’s part. The duo sold or gave away off—to Boise. His oversized pullover and jeans were with“One day I was in Spokane, walking around 30,000 copies of their CD. out a wrinkle, his bright white runners were around a mall selling my CDs,” Soprano “By the end of Lookin’ For Change, I spotless, his expensive watch shining. As he said. “I saw Ruben [who was with Lookin’ had already met artists like Leezy Soprano stood at the back of the house, the 29-yearFor Change at the time] and he had a CD, from Tacoma, [Wash.], artists who have old greeted one out of about every four too. I said, ‘Let’s exchange.’” talent and want to be artists and they have people who walked by with an easy smile Soprano didn’t know it, but while he was and took a minute to discuss something with the time to be artists,” Medrano said. “And still in the mall hawking CDs, Medrano had Portland, Ore.-based rapper Cool Nutz (who I love business.” gone out to his car to listen Soprano’s. They Medrano also loves new challenges. had been on tour with Swollen Members) lost track of each other for a while, but before heading backstage for what would not Movement Music is handling all of the arwhen Soprano came to Boise to do a show, rangements for this year’s Boise Soul Food be the last time that night. he ran into Medrano. Extravaganza. And he is starting up a new That kind of music and those kinds of “We exchanged numbers this time,” company, Definite Branding, which will artists are what and who Medrano, forSoprano said, laughing. “He put me on a merly half of local hip-hop duo Lookin’ for design and print T-shirts, coffee mugs, pens and other things businesses are fond of put- show that 700 people showed up to. It’s Change grew up listening to. But it wasn’t been magic ever since, and now Boise is like ting their logos on. long into the duo’s run that Medrano my second home.” With everything he has going on, Melearned that his strengths and his love lay From an outsider’s perspective, the Condrano puts in 20-hour days applying his not in the act of rapping but in organizing, vention was lukewarm. The crowd was thin enterprise to the musicians he represents or managing and connecting rappers to the people and services they need to be success- assists. He’s a producer, manager, agent and and stayed mostly seated in the early hours, thickened slightly but kept to their chairs or PR company all in one and provides everyful. So in the spring of 2008, he founded clustered near the back of the bar, and then thing he thinks up-and-coming artists need Movement Music. thinned again before the last few performers to get on the right track: original beats, “We want to be a filter for independent had taken the stage. But Medrano saw it as studio time, networking (he puts them on artists, the go-to-guys for their needs,” a success, in part, because it was one more compilation CDs and shows), promotion, Medrano said. “We have a lot of contacts step toward his ultimate goal. Each show, graphic design, marketing, photo shoots. throughout the West Coast and Northwest each compilation CD he puts out, each The musicians don’t have to be rappers— … what I think we are bringing to local event he organizes, is bigger and better than rockers of all kinds artists is we have a the last. are welcome. What network of artists “I think as Boise is growing, and espethey do need, howwho are serious about cially in these times, it’s important that ever, is talent, desire their music. That’s For more information, visit people are still doing what they love,” and a willingness to what makes us Medrano said. “Throughout my time in this work hard. tant. Because we are industry, from my experiences, I’ve learned Medrano exserious, I believe it is how difficult it can be. It’s exhausting, but plained that Moveessential for us to find we have big plans for this year, and next ment Music is about these driven artists year will be even better. We, Movement bringing artists to Boise for shows like the and for them to find us. Two is better than Music, are serious about what we do and one, and the bigger our network, the bigger Convention, but is also about getting local we appreciate the good challenge ... I’m musicians to hit the road. our window for success.” looking forward to it.” “I think Boise artists need to step out If Medrano had to be summed up in one

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Sunday, April 25, with Tyler Hilton, AM Taxi, New Politics. 6 p.m., $15 door. The Venue, 521 Broad St.,

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APPLE THIEF—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock and Barrel

AS TALL AS LIONS—With Bear Hands. 8 p.m. $14. Neurolux

BONE DANCE—With Former Thieves and Halloween Swim Tea. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room

DR. DOG—With Sean Bones. See Listen Here, Page 23. 8 p.m. $14. Neurolux

THE RUSS PHEIFER QUESTION—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement

BROCK BARTELL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. Pengilly’s

BOISE CREATIVE AND IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL—For full schedule and info, see b-cimf. com. 7:30 p.m. FREE. The Venue

GO LISTEN BOISE BENEFIT—With Apple Charm, Sleepy Seeds and Beautician. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux


CANDREAD—With The Rizing Rezistance. 10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek Ale House

SOBER DOWN—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef





FREUDIAN SLIP—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery

JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow Brewhouse KEVIN KIRK, JON HYNEMAN AND PHIL GARONZIK—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LEE PENN SKY—With Matt Harlan. 7 p.m. FREE. SunRay Cafe PSYCHADELIC HORSE SHIT— With How’s Your Family. 8 p.m. $5. VAC




GHOST WRITER—With Hillfolk Noir. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengillys

NICK JAINA—With Thomas Paul and The Boise Rock School. 7 p.m. $7. The Linen Building

GO GO GANESH—Dance fundraiser for Ganesh, a mobile stage art car for the upcoming Esthetic Evolution Festival. 9 p.m. $7. Terrapin Station

THREE BAND THROWDOWN—Solar Roller, Apple Charm and Mousy Brown. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock and Barrel M E L A NI B R OW N

South Dakota. Black Hills and ... um ... oh, Mt. Rushmore. Or, if you’re into guitar-driven, radio-friendly alt-pop-rock, the Spill Canvas. Since forming in the mid-2000s, the band has seen a few ups and downs, one up being a successful run on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour. They’re in the middle of another up right now with a tour that kicked off on April 21, two new EPs—Abnormalities and Realities—and the single and video for “Our Song” off of Realities finding some radio traction and Internet buzz. Jaclyn Brandt, marketing manager for the Venue, thinks the EP, and particularly that tune, are worth the attention they’re getting. “I am going to just say right now, I think this will be the song of the summer,” she said. Looks like the Spill Canvas is trying to earn a monument of their own. —Amy Atkins

PEACE OF MIND ORCHESTRA—8 p.m. $5. The Bouquet


Nick Jaina


RAVE ON: A TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY—See Picks, Page 14. 7:30 p.m. $15-$30. Morrison Center

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED—8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage

SOUL SERENE—6 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

SATURDAY APRIL 24 BILLY ZERA, AWA AND SONY DISC—7:30 p.m. FREE. Mai Thai-Eagle BLUES ADDICTS—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s BOISE CREATIVE AND IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL—Schedule and info at 1:3010:30 p.m. FREE. The Venue ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GENE HARRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL—See Picks Page 14.



HOLLY GOLIGHTLY—With The Broke-Offs. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

EQUALEYES—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery

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

THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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



PATRICIA FOLKNER—7:30 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock and Barrel


CATHERINE FEENY—8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage

SCOTT TYLER—7 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s


SMOOTH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid

OPEN MICS—Wed: Donnie Mac’s, The Plank. Tue: Grainey’s. Thu: O’Michael’s. Fri: Rembrandt’s. Sun: Bouquet. Mon: Terrapin Station, Pengilly’s, Library Coffeehouse.

SILVERSTEIN—With The Dude Abides and Versailles. 2:30 p.m. $12. The Venue THE SPILL CANVAS—With Tyler Hilton, AM Taxi and New Politics. 7:30 p.m. $13. The Venue

SATURDAY NIGHT SANITARIUM—Dark-dance night. Second and fourth Saturday of every month. 10:30 p.m. $3. Terrapin


SYSTEM AND STATION—With Revolt Revolt, The Hand and DJ Rock Robb. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux

ANI DIFRANCO—The original Righteous Babe storms B-town, ready to bust a few guitar strings. 8 p.m. $32.50. Knitting Factory

VOICE OF REASON—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef YER MAMA—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’Penny



THOMAS PAUL—7:30 p.m. FREE. Red Feather Lounge

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

WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 ARCHEOLOGY—With Le Fleur, Hillfolk Noir and A Seasonal Disguise. 8 p.m. $5. VAC CRAVING DAWN—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

DAN COSTELLO—10:30 a.m. FREE. Red Feather Lounge





SONIC MINSTREL—8:30 p.m. FREE. Casa del Sol

GREEN RIVER ORDINANCE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory

DJS—Mon: Bad Irish, Balcony. Tue: Balcony. Wed: Bad Irish, Balcony. Thu: Balcony. Fri: Bad Irish, Balcony. Sat: Balcony, Dirty Little Roddy’s, Terrapin Station. KARAOKE—Wed: 44 Club, SIN. Thu: 44 Club, Hannah’s, The Plank, Shorty’s. Fri: 44 Club. Sat: 44 Club. Sun: 44 Club, Bad Irish, Balcony, Liquid. Mon: 44 Club. Tues: 44 Club, Shorty’s. For the week’s complete schedule of music listings, visit

DR. DOG, NEUROLUX, APRIL 22 Don’t judge a band by its name, even if it sounds like it belongs to a rapper. “We get that sometimes,” said Toby Leaman, bassist/vocalist for Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog. If you do judge, you might miss out on a band that rolls the raw energy of the Beach Boys and the Beatles’ skill for arrangements into a big, bright, beautiful ball of indie pop-rock. Dr. Dog has always been a studio band. “We record a lot, even when we’re not making an [album],” Leaman said. “We started as a recording band. That’s something we all really love.” But with their fifth album Shame, Shame out this month— their first on Anti-Records—they brought in producer Rob Schnapf to help create an album that more reflected their live shows. “We felt like that was the only real way to progress ... [But] we ended up making the record a lot more similarly to what we used to. We are so meticulous and we spend so much time, energy and focus and get really picky. We’re relentless.” Leaman said. —Amy Atkins

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

Thursday, April 22, with Sean Bones. 9 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.,

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—Norman Weinstein Hummel and Woodward will be at a book signing on Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m. at Borders Books in Boise Towne Square.

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TARA MORGAN When you see 6-foot-6 chair designer August Johnson draped over one of his contemporary steel rod and wood ball creations, it’s hard not to picture the Lincoln Memorial. “A lot of times, I’ll sit in them and think, ‘this one’s perfect.’ And then someone normal-sized will sit in them and say, “this is sweet, but my feet don’t touch the ground,’” laughed Johnson. A commercial real estate appraiser who professional design, best student design, best studied finance at Boise State, Johnson doesn’t have the pedigree of a typical furniture design- recycled materials design, best craftsmanship, best functional design, most creative design er. In fact, he didn’t even begin creating chairs and people’s choice award. until 2003, when he found out about Interior “Originally, chairs were picked just because Designers of Idaho’s annual Chair Affair. it’s an easy furniture piece to move around,” “After a bunch of people started telling me about the competition, I thought, ‘Well, I guess explained Sarah Baker, president of IDI. “But, I’ll build a chair,’” Johnson said. “It seems aw- we actually accept all furniture pieces—we often get a lot of tables. Last year, we had a fully boring, when you just think of your typicredenza, wine racks, lights … benches, sofas. cal chair. You think, ‘this isn’t that exciting.’” Chair Affair was chosen because it rhymes.” But, oh, was he wrong. Using a metal disk In addition to the gala at the Visual Arts from an old farm tractor as a base, Johnson Collective on Saturday, April 24, this year’s welded together dozens of quarter-inch iron event will also include rods to form a seat and a trade show and a a back, then topped off lecture series on Friday, the rods with small, dyed April 23, at the Grove and polyurethane-dipped Hotel. Lecture topics wooden balls. When include “Cognitive the Chair Affair crowd Ergonomics” by Kent marveled at his complex, Reyling, director of bed-of-nails Ballistic market education at Chair, it seemed more Kimball Office, and high art than functional. “The Future of Color” “They had my chair by Chair Affair head up on this little pedestal juror Stacy Garcia. thing and nobody could And it’s not only desit in it. I was like, ‘The sign professionals who whole deal is you’ve got have a seat at the Chair to sit in the chair to get Affair table. In years it,’” said Johnson. “So, past, everyone from an we took it down and emergency room nurse eventually there was a to a plumber who line to sit in it.” fashioned a throne out The Chair AfGUEST LECTURES: Friday, April 23, 9:30 of copper pipe have fair competition was a.m.-1:15 p.m.; $25 online, $30 door, $20 entered their creations started by Interior students; Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd. into the competition. Designers of Idaho, a GALA: Saturday, April 24, 7-11 p.m.; $20 “We’ve had enorcollection of almost online, $25 door, $15 students; Visual Arts mous pieces—we had 100 local designers Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, this Paul Bunyan chair who help promote a few years ago that professionalism and was a big log chair. Anhigh standards in other woman made a fairy chair. She went out interior design. Now in its 18th year, the into the woods and selected bits of twigs and annual event challenges design students and acorns and bark and built a chair for a fairy,” professionals across the Northwest to create said IDI member Salle Robinson. “Anything innovative furniture—not just chairs—and and everything you can think of, we get.” awards prizes in seven categories: best AUBREY BRO WE R

This graphically sumptuous guide to Boise architecture represents an ambitious attempt to encapsulate the best of Boise’s buildings. It also tackles a variety of urban issues connected to the city’s worst eyesores. The architectural commentaries are largely by Charles Hummel, Boise’s erudite and distinguished architect, who hails from Idaho’s longest lived family architectural firm. Keeping the book usefully on-track is a five-star rating system based on identity, scale, utility, consistency and impact, all valuable measures of architectural worth, even if mired in subjectivity. For example, the “impact” of Garden City architecture varies tremendously, depending on a person’s socio-economic standing. And the treatment of it here seems romanticized, transforming blocks of sleaze bars and substandard housing into “the valley’s service center.” Yet there is much that is admirable in this architectural guidebook. The overwhelmingly rich array of period photographs and maps makes judgments about architectural beauty come alive, particularly in the chapters focusing on Boise’s picturesque North and East ends. In terms of critiques, the Grove Hotel and Hampton Inn are properly assailed. Some judgments will be certain to stir public debate about design, something Boise has needed for decades. The Basque Block is docked one star because of an inconsequential storefront window array on a corner. While handsome Bown Crossing earns five stars, the equally embryonic Linen District is treated with mild doubt about its future viability. Some judgments of architectural quality are debatable because of how architectural beauty is detached from political and social context. Whether one finds the juxtaposition of the pastoral Idaho Botanical Garden with the Kafkaesque Old State Penitentiary “quintessential Boise” or jarringly surreal has much to do with personal political and philosophical preferences. And issues of sustainable architecture are bypassed largely, explaining why the Banner Bank building receives only one brief sentence. But five stars for Quintessential Boise for raising such provocative and necessary questions.

The 18th annual Chair Affair showcases furniture design

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire.

The competition also provides a foot in the door for Northwest design students. Twothirds of all applicants come from programs at the University of Idaho, Brigham Young University-Idaho, University of Washington and Boise State. This year, money raised at the Chair Affair—through entry fees and a raffle for an Eames chair—will fund two scholarships at U of I and two at BYU-Idaho. “It is a great networking opportunity, especially since we have so many students that enter … I know of designers that have spoken to students and, in turn, down the road, given them internships or they’ve gotten jobs because of that relationship,” said Robinson. But even if you don’t have access to soldering irons and table saws, you can still participate in the Chair Affair by entering the Re:Use Cup Challenge, in which participants craft a mini rump stump out of an old coffee cup. “It’s our fourth year, this year, that we will be doing our cup challenge. People can take a coffee cup and paper sleeve, a stir stick and the lid and make a little chair,” said Baker. “It’s kind of for those who don’t have the materials to make a larger chair. They can still be involved … it’s all made from basically recycled materials. We wanted something that was readily available to everybody. No matter what area you are in, you’ll find a coffee cup.” Whether it’s fairy chairs made from sticks and leaves, Barbie chairs crafted from old coffee cups or stately contemporary art chairs fashioned from steel and wood, the Chair Affair continues to push local designers to re-conceptualize a functional object that frequently goes unnoticed. For designers like Johnson, who won the People’s Choice Award twice and the Most Creative Design Award once, the Chair Affair has encouraged him to continue exploring the chair form as his primary creative outlet. “Really [the Chair Affair] was the whole reason this line was created. Without the design competition to stimulate me to build something, who knows if it would’ve ever come about,” said Johnson. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


HAUNTED HEARTS The Eclipse is a fleshy ghost story JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA All of us are haunted. We are each visited by ghosts of past relationships, terrified by indiscreet skeletons rattling in closets and stalked by specters of lost loved ones. In writer-director Conor McPherson’s (The Actors, 2003) new film, The Eclipse, a grieving Irish widower is confronted by ghosts both emotional and apparitional. Michael Farr (Ciaran Hinds) is a woodshop teacher and lapsed writer who volunteers at his seaside city’s annual writing “Hello, operator? Can you please connect me to the other side?” conference. As the festival begins, he starts hearing strange noises in his home and is foreboding interludes and odd anachronisms. contrast to the ghostly ephemera of memory. visited by a decaying specter of his dead Hinds, one of Ireland’s hardest working Ireland’s past is already rife with the ghosts wife’s father. But this paternal in-law hasn’t supporting players, is magnificent as Michael, of Catholic martyrdom and bloody warcrossed the great divide and is living just up his brooding physicality and bruised delivery the road in a retirement home. When Michael fare, and an oft-seen church steeple sharply reminds us of this haunting history. Although carrying much of the film. American actor is assigned to chauffeur supernatural fiction Quinn seems to delight in his send-up of billed as a ghost story, this black little drama author Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), the two find a connection, Lena having been visited by isn’t just concerned with things that go bump self-loathing, while the Danish Hjejle gives a sharp showing as the assured, but still cauin the night—although there are a few good an Italian ghost as a young girl. But her trip tious Lena. The Eclipse’s production team ones. As hinted at to the festival is also is also in fine form, with particularly good by the title, the film’s haunted, this time by THE ECLIPSE (R) work by composer Ronan Hill. His use of characters are entering ex-boyfriend NichoDirected by Conor McPherson elegiac piano music and requiem-inspired a dark time just before las Holden (Aidan choral pieces both remind us of the funereal the reemergence of Quinn), a pandering Starring Ciaran Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn subject matter and also surreptitiously setup sunlight, an emotional novelist who hates his the next sudden fright. McPherson has a midnight filled with reown hack writing. As Opens Friday at the Flicks great eye, the Irish seaside town of Cobh flection and the search a tenuous romance providing gorgeous vistas and ghostly counfor redemption. The emerges between try roads. With an intriguing premise and script, co-written by McPherson and author Michael and Lena, her past with Nicholas heartfelt performances, The Eclipse is a smart Billy Roche, would have been an interesting and his unresolved grief cast a pall over their drama that effectively commingles sadness piece even without a haunting, but the addibudding relationship. tion of perceptible specters makes an exciting and surprise. The Eclipse is a strange film, filled with

SCREEN/LISTINGS special screenings CASUAL BUSINESS—Get your skate on. Downtown Boise’s Prestige Skate Shop premieres this film featuring local boarders. Monday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, Boise State Campus. (NR) LUNAFEST—Reel Women of the West, a Treasure Valley organization that supports female filmmakers, hosts Boise’s second annual Lunafest at the Flicks. The festival features 10 short films made by and about women. Film topics include homelessness, mysticism, reproduction and the directorial debut of Courteney Cox-Arquette. Proceeds go to the Brest Cancer Fund and local charities. Saturday, April 24, 3 p.m. $8,

Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208342-4222, (NR) Flicks

opening THE ART OF THE STEAL— One of the biggest heists of all time comes in the form of the real-life struggle between modern art coinsures and the City of Brotherly Love. This documentary explores the story of Dr. Albert C. Barnes who in 1922 formed the Barnes Institute. Containing over $25 billion worth of modern art. He established the institute five miles outside of Philadelphia in order to educate the public. Powerful players in the city now want to bring the art to the capital, against Barnes’ will. (NR) Flicks


THE BACK-UP PLAN— Jennifer Lopez is back as the single and baby-hungry Zoe, who is artificially inseminated with a friend’s sperm. Dating complications arise when a pregnant Zoe meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin). (PG13) Edwards 9

film that explores the wonder of the planet’s oceans and the negative impact humans can have on the sea’s inhabitants. (G) Edwards 22

THE ECLIPSE—See review, this page. (R) Flicks

A PROPHET—An Arab youth sentenced to prison in France, gets brought under the wing of an organized crime leader and into a world he didn’t know existed. (R) Flicks

THE LOSERS—Based on the DC Comics series, this action film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans as operatives of a Special Forces Team on a mission in the Bolivian jungle. However, it’s not the enemy they should be worried about but betrayal from the inside. (PG-13) Edwards 9 OCEANS—James Bond loves nature. Pierce Brosnan narrates this Disneynature


ALICE IN WONDERLAND— (PG) Edwards 22 THE BOUNTY HUNTER— Jennifer Aniston stars as Nicole, the bail jumping exwife of rugged bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler). Car chases, handcuffs and taser guns pepper Nicole’s attempt to escape Milo’s

clutches. (PG-13) Edwards 22 CLASH OF THE TITANS— Avatar’s Sam Worthington takes on the remake of the 1981 cheese fest as Perseus, a warrior who leads an army into forbidden worlds to stop Hades (Ralph Fiennes) from usurping power from Perseus’ father, Zeus (Liam Neeson). (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 DATE NIGHT—Steve Carrell and Tina Fey star as the Fosters, a bored married couple, who pretend to be “the Tripplehorns” to snag their reservation at an exclusive restaurant. They quickly discover the Tripplehorns (James Franco and Mila Kunis) are a pair of thieves the mob wants to find. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

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SCREEN/LISTINGS DEATH AT A FUNERAL—The finest in sex, drugs, midgets and poop jokes. American remake of the 2007 British comedy, in which everything that can go wrong at a funeral, does. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22


DIARY OF A WIMPY KID— Middle school is hell. Such is the experience of Greg (Zachary Gordon) and his band of nerdish pals as they trudge their way through seventh grade. Based on the book by Jeff Kinney, Greg tells his story through his journal and drawings. (PG) Edwards 22


THE GHOST WRITER—Pierce Brosnan stars as former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, a mysterious war criminal. When “The Ghost” (Ewan McGregor) signs on to finish Lang’s memoirs, he becomes embroiled in a CIA scandal. (PG-13) Flicks


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO—Based on the bestselling novel by Stieg Larsson, this Swedish film revolves around the disappearance of the young Harriet Vanger, whose uncle is convinced she was murdered by someone in his wealthy and eccentric family. He hires a dishonored journalist and inked computer hacker to discover the horrifying truth. (R) Flicks HOT TUB TIME MACHINE— Title says it all. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON—To prove his manhood, the son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon. However, in the process he discovers that dragons may be man’s new best friend. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards IMAX THE JONESES—David Duchovny and Demi Moore play marketing agents, who promote products by going undercover as the family everyone wants to be in order to show them off. (R) Flicks KICK ASS—Superhero movies finally jump the shark when McLovin and Nick Cage team up to fight crime, despite not actually having any powers. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE LAST SONG—A classical piano prodigy, Ronnie (Mylet cyrus) refuses to follow in her father’s footsteps and attend Julliard. Can father and daughter reconnect over their love of music? In this family drama, signs point to yes. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 LETTERS TO GOD—Religious propaganda meets sappy drama when a child sick with cancer writes letters to God, and the poor schlub of a mailman unable to deliver them, decides to get personally involved, which ultimately renews his faith. (PG) Edwards 22 NORTH FACE—The film focuses on two climbers from Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s town of residence, who disagree with Nazi rule and their 1936 attempt to summit the north face of Eiger. In German with English subtitles. (NR) Flicks WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?—A seemingly normal vacation in the Bahamas with four couples turns into a nightmare in the sequel to 2007’s Why Did I Get Married? (PG-13) Edwards 22

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SCREEN/MOVIE TIMES Flicks: W-Th only: 4:35, 7


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:55, 3:45, 6:30, 9


Edwards 22: W-Th: 7:20, 9:45


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


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11 a.m., 1:35, 4:15, 6:55, 9:25

THE CLASH OF THE TITANS— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:35, 4:35, 7:45, 10:15; F-Tu: 1:05 4:05 7:05 9:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1, 2:30, 3:40, 5, 6:10, 7:35, 8:50, 10 THE CLASH OF THE TITANS 3D—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:20 a.m., 2:05, 4:30, 7, 9:30


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 1:45, 4:15, 4:45, 7:05, 7:35, 9:55, 10:25; F-Tu: 4:35 7:35 10:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 12:05, 12:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 4:35, 5:05, 5:35, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 9:05, 9:35, 10:20


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10; F-Tu: 1:50 4:50 7:50 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:25, 7, 9:20


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35 a.m., 1:55, 4:10, 6:20, 9:10 Flicks: F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20


Flicks: W-Th only: 9:20

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO— Flicks: W-Th: 4:25, 7:30; F-Su: 1:25, 4:25, 7:30; M-Tu: 4:25, 7:30 HOT TUB TIME MACHINE—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:55, 4:55, 7:55, 10:30; F-Tu: 1:55 4:55 7:55 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 10:10


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35; F-Tu: 1:15 4:15 7:15 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25 a.m., 1:05, 2:50, 3:50, 5:20, 6:25, 7:40, 8:55, 10


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 4:45

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON IMAX 3D— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:20 THE JONESES— Flicks: W-Th: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; F: 12:45, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; Sa: 12:45, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; Su: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 KICK ASS—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:45, 10:10; F-Tu: 1 1:45 4 4:45 7 7:45 9:45 10:25 Edwards 22: W-Tu: 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2, 2:10, 3:55, 4:50, 5:30, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:25, 10:10

THE LAST SONG— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:05, 7:15, 9:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:05 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:40 LETTERS TO GOD— THE LOSERS— LUNAFEST— THE NORTH FACE— OCEANS—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:25, 4, 6:35, 9:15 Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Flicks: Sa only: 3 Flicks: W-Th only: 4:35, 7 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 2:50 5 7:10 9:20

TYLER PERRYS WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO— Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:10, 4:05, 6:50, 9:40

T H E A T E R S Edwards 22 Boise, 208-377-1700,; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821,; The Egyptian Theater, 208-345-0454,; The Flicks, 208-342-4222,; FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: Northgate Cinema, Towne Square Reel, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208-377-3072, Movie times listed were correct as of press time. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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



I have spent most of my adult life in search of good mole. It seems very Though Kuna has become a sprawling suburban town in recent few restaurants can find the right combination of sweet, savory and spicy, years, it’s still easy to find El Gallo Giro. Just follow Meridian instead turning out something that gives the distinct impression a Reese’s Road south, around the big right bend and onto Main Street, Peanut Butter Cup has been melted into a watery tomato-based sauce. where everyone slows down. El Gallo is the place on the right with But I had high hopes when I spotted pollo en mole ($9.95) on the menu the line out the door. at El Gallo Giro in Kuna. After all, the Mexican eatery is a landmark, The line is not just hungry Kuna-ites who don’t want to drive to occupying one end of Main Street. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. Boise. El Gallo Giro is a destination, serving some of the best MexiThe tender chunks of chicken swam in a sauce that slowly revealed layers can food in Southwest Idaho. My first visit there—during lunch a of flavor: first the sweet as it hit the tip of my tongue, then the earthy, and few years ago—I walked in and noticed two things: a full bar stocked finally, a smouldering spice that I only became aware of minutes later. with dozens of tequilas and a woman sitting on a stool at the taco bar That lingering sensation reminded me to respect the mole. pressing and cooking handmade tortillas as people passed through The mole discovthe line. ery was just the topOn a recent Satping on an altogether urday night, we had wonderful dining exto wait out on the perience. It’s not like sidewalk for about Gallo Giro is a secret. 20 minutes before a Most weekends, the table in one of the line waiting for a two large dining table snakes down rooms opened. It the sidewalk. But for was a perfectly warm the patient—or those spring evening and who call ahead—it’s we watched the big worth the wait. pickups stopping for The restaurant pedestrians, drivers seems like a teenager flashing the old twowho has just had a finger wave that has growth spurt: It’s been all but forgotlarger than you ten in the rest of the expect, a little gangly, Treasure Valley. but full of characOn the inside, ter. An assortment dozens of servers and of bright turquoise bussers and bartendbooths and tables fill ers scurried about the restaurant, the carrying oversized layout of which is the margaritas and apparent result of the steaming molcajetes EL GALLO GIRO slow assimilation of neighboring real estate. Families of shrimp and tongue. We ordered an ice cold Tecate 428 Main St., Kuna and large parties are the norm, and conversations rise to ($3.95), the margarita special (two shots of Milagros, not 208-922-5169 a cacophony punctuated with laughter. from mix, $9.95) and the guacamole ($6). Everyone gets Mon.-Sat, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. I hijacked my Meridian-dwelling parents for the the guacamole because they bring a cart to your table Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. meal, and we started out with the signature appetizer: and make it in front of you (for tips). You can customize guacamole made tableside ($6). Arriving via a small the jalapeno factor and it’s served in an awesomely heavy wheeled cart, fresh avocados, onions, jalapenos and stone molcajete, the mortar part of mortar and pestle cilantro are turned into a finished product in a flurry of knives, whisks in which some of the best looking dishes at Gallo are served. Our and utensils before landing on the table with a thud thanks to the massive guacamole was a bit oversalted, but as with the salty rim of the big volcanic stone bowl in which it is served. We asked for medium heat, glass, the chilly margarita, which popped with fresh lime and wafted but the chunks of fresh jalapeno kept us on our toes, and the guacamole the scent of clear, distilled agave, salved all salty wounds. disappeared as quickly as it was made, especially when accompanied by a The mole at Gallo is not bitter at all and conveys many of the couple of house margaritas ($4.50) and a Negra Modelo ($3.25). flavors that a good mole should—you can taste the chocolate. Our My father’s meal made everyone turn to look. It was one of the signawaiter said the cooks take a mole base and enhance it with their own ture molcajetes—massive, three-legged stone bowls that arrive so hot, their spices, thus it’s not as good as his mom’s. The pollo en mole ($9.95) contents spit and sputter through the entire meal. His molcajete of choice, comes with a generous helping of chicken and tastes even better camarones borrachos ($14.45), was a concoction of massive shrimp saurolled up in a piping hot corn tortilla. ted with onions, jalapenos, mushrooms and tomatoes. The sauce had our The filete de pescado ($10.95) is served with a powerful dollop of spoons making raids across the table as we savored the rich, earthy spices roasted red chile salsa that brings huge flavor to the rubbed tilapia. and biting heat. Both the molcajete and the mole came with homemade The salsa is even better smeared on the fresh tortillas with chunks of flour tortillas so hot we had to juggle them between our hands. fish, Spanish rice and beans. My mother was impressed by her seafood burrito, the special of the El Gallo does not have to, but they still offer $1 tacos. day ($8.95), which was packed with real crab meat, shrimp and rice, and The cabrito—barbecued goat meat that looks like pulled pork, covered in a mushroom and red wine sauce—a surprising combination. comes overstuffed in a tiny double-walled taco and tastes like We scanned the impressive list of premium tequilas, but decided we the cobblestone streets of Michoacan—sent me over the top. No were pressing our luck. After all, it’s a long drive back from Kuna, but it’s desert necessary. worth every mile on the odometer. —Nathaniel Hoffman wants to know if the Cowgirls —Deanna Darr believes a good mole is holy. drunk bus stops for tacos. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Locavore’s come hither front entrance.

THE THREE B’S: BOWN, BASQUE AND BOTTOMLESS The white coats behind the popular Red Room Tavern and Pair dynamic duo have branched out once again, this time in Bown Crossing in southeast Boise. After opening and shuttering City Grill, then physically swapping Red Room and Pair (with a slight reposition of the latter), Christine Reid and Mitch Thompson quietly opened Locavore in the coffee shop and bistro space at Bown Crossing’s southeast corner. If the name isn’t an obvious tip-off to what you can expect from Locavore’s menu, we’ll spell it out for you: local-centric food and booze. While the snow melts and Locavore patiently waits for the tomato plants to go into the ground, Reid is focused on making local buys for the all-homemade menu. In addition to Ballard Family cheese and locally roasted Dawson Taylor coffee, Reid is up early every morning baking with Cloverleaf cream. Purple Sage Farms will supply the herbs and Reid is lining up local farmers to supply the veggies for Locavore’s menu of salads, sandwiches and soups. The restaurant gets an early start Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. with Belgian waffles and a pastry case full of house-made breads and scones. The coffee also gets a homemade hand with white and dark chocolate ganache for lattes. Brunchers can linger over bottomless mimosas and eggs on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch includes a giant selection of salads that, thankfully, gets beyond the usual chef salad business. Greek quinoa tops the list but a sampler with piles of three—choose from Greek quinoa, curry chicken, antipasto, Caesar, potato and house—is a mighty tempting entree choice. Paninis, a handful of sandwiches and a short list of nibbles round out the menu. In the coming week, expect news of a grand opening, as well as the addition of a dinner menu (“classic bistro fare,” said Reid) and beer and wine (with an emphasis on the locally produced). Cooking classes will gear up around Mother’s Day next month, and if you’re an artist looking for a space to hang new work, contact Reid at eatdrinkshare@ Locavore, 3110 S. Bown Way, 208-338-8887. The next Basque Market Sheepherders breakfast is coming soon. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 2, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May’s menu includes sheepherders bread, chorizos, Basque potatoes, egg piperade, churros and bottomless bloody marys or sangria blanco. Visit for more information. —Rachael Daigle

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FOOD/DINING West Boise BLUE JEANS CAFE—Breakfast (starting at 6 a.m. for you early birds) and lunch with some of the biggest biscuits and gravy in the state. Freshly baked pastries, salads and sandwiches. 9140 W. Emerald St., Ste. 300, 208-658-5053. $-$$ . CAFE OLE—Boise’s original Mexican restaurant has been serving for the last 28 years. 210 N. Milwaukee St., 208-322-0222. $$-$$$ SU OM. FRESH OFF THE HOOK—Gourmet seafood in a casual setting. Try the Halibut bruschetta or coconut prawns. It’s the best place in town for fresh, inexpensive seafood. 507 N. Milwaukee Ave., 208-322-9224. $-$$ OM . FUJIYAMA—Fresh sushi in a serene atmosphere incongruously nestled in a strip mall. For the sushi-phobes out there, they have an extensive selection of teriyaki and tempura dishes, soups and salads. Reserve one of the tatami rooms for the ultimate in private dining. 283 N. Milwaukee St., 208-672-8227. SU. $$ GOODWOOD BARBECUE—Great barbecue, Texas-style, right in the middle of the Treasure Valley. With everything from ribs and brisket to chicken, Goodwood Continues to be a valley favorite with a family friendly atmosphere. 7849 W. Spectrum St., Boise, 208-658-7173. $-$$$$ OM SU. ROBBIE’S DRIVE-IN—An old drive-in location on Fairview and Orchard is now Robbie’s Drive-In serving good and grilled food, award-winning chili and burgers accompanied by fries and homemade fry sauce. The menu also includes salads and shakes and options for the kids. 4822 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-376. 3150. $ SENOR FRESH—Fast-casual Mexican dining with all the usual suspects—burritos, enchiladas, nachos and fish tacos, to name a few. If you’re really hungry, try the Gordo Burrito. 12375 W. Chinden Blvd. #F, 208-3781888. $ . SOCKEYE GRILL AND BREWERY—Sockeye is the serious beer connoisseur’s brewpub. When the double IPA Hopnoxious is on tap, it’s a hophead’s liquid dream, and the Hell Diver Pale Ale gets rave reviews. The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent and free live music happens every Tuesday and Friday. 3019 Cole Road, SU. 208-658-1533. $-$$ NUTHOUSE SPORTS BAR AND GRILL—With 14 TVs showing all NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL games, Nut House is none other than a

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sports bar. Get lunch or dinner and believe it or not, Nut House claims to have Boise’s “finest nut menu.” 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-378-8273. $ SU.

Bench ANDRADE’S—From albondigas to zopes, Javier Andrade serves up some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town. Great service, generous portions, decent prices. 4903 Overland Road, 208-424-8890. $-$$ SU. BAD BOY BURGERS—This Bench burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walk-up/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises: it will take two of you to get through one of their burritos. 815 S. Vista Ave., 208. 331-1580. $ BAGUETTE DELI—Choose from 18 different 12-inch sub sandwich choices at the Vietnamese deli. Spring rolls, smoothies and French pastries round out the super value menu, on which no sandwich will set you back more than a five spot. 5204 W. Franklin Road, 208-336-2989. $ CASANOVA PIZZERIA—Fresh sauces, thin crusts, and toppings from figs and bleu cheese to prosciutto and arugula. And of course real clam pizza from folks hailing from the homestate of “clam pizza” Connecticut. 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535. OM.

CHAPALA—The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 1201 S. Vista Ave., 208-429-1155. $-$$ SU. CHIANG MAI THAI RESTAURANT—Casual for the whole family but elegant for just two. Traditional Thai food named after the infamous Thai cuisine capitol, Chiang Mai. 4898 Emerald St., 208-342-4051. SU. THE COOKIE LADY DELI— Fresh, handmade sandwiches offered in a variety of choices, including a tasty chicken salad. Don’t forget your homemade cookie on the way out. 880 Vista Ave., 208-385-7727. $-$$. CRESCENT NO LAWYERS BAR/ GRILL—The Crescent “no lawyers” Bar & Grill—Lawyers be damned at this popular bar, restaurant and game-lovers paradise. Though they’re famous for their Lawyer Fries and chicken gizzards, the menu is full of tasty pub food, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, tater tots and a most diggable meatloaf sandwich on sourdough. It’s been a Boise tradition since 1963, with a large patio, horseshoe pits and a rambunctious herd of TVs dialed in to the world of sports. 5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322SU OM. 9856. $ CUCINA DI PAOLO—After years of catering in the valley, Cucina di Paolo now offers heat and serve gourmet entrees, as well

FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED CASANOVA PIZZERIA 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535, “Burrowing beneath a layer of fresh, cold peppery arugula leaves were shriveled slices of salty prosciutto and bright white splotches of melted, fresh mozzarella.” —Rachael Daigle

DONG KHANH 111 Broadway Ave., No. 139, 208-345-0980 “The kung pao tofu was also satisfying—triangles of crispy, not-too-spongey fried tofu that poked out from a mound of broccoli, water chestnuts and mushrooms in a thick, spicy glaze.” —Tara Morgan

CINCO DE MAYO 10386 Ustick Road, 208-377-7959, “The dime-a-dozen Americanized Jaliscan fare, particularly on the lunch combo menu, did not match the heady feelings inspired by stepping into a restaurant to a herald of mariachi theme music.” —Nathaniel Hoffman

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DINING/FOOD as a deli case full of goodies to enjoy in the small dining area. 1504 Vista Ave., 208-345-7150. $$-$$$ OM. DELI GEORGE—Behind the upside-down sign on Fairview, look for over 30 sandwich options full of homemade ingredients and plenty of imagination. 5602 Fairview Ave., 208-323. 2582. $ FLYING PIE PIZZERIA— Boise’s longest-lived and most inventive pizzeria. They have their own beer (the impeccable Triple Pi Belgian-style ale), and pies to please even the pickiest eaters. 6508 Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000. $ OM SU. JUMPIN’ JANETS—Need a beer, a smoke and a meal? Jumpin’ Janet’s is one of the few places left in town where you can do all

three. But here’s the real draw for you health conscious out there: you won’t find a deep fryer in the kitchen at Jumpin’ Janet’s, it’s all baked. 574 Vista Ave., 208-342-7620. $ SU. THE OFFICE—This cleverly named sports bar is for the over-21 crowd only. Enjoy a meal, a smoke and a full bar while catching a game on one of The Office’s plasmas. Then, when you’re better half calls looking for you, the simple answer is: “I’m at The Office, honey.” Bar and late night menu until 2 a.m. 6125 E. Fairview, 208-377SU. 2800. $-$$ PANDA GARDEN—A huge selection of menu items. Generous portions from Chinese to sushi, and it’s all good stuff. The staff, too, is friendly and attentive. 2801 Overland Road, 208-433SU. 1188. $-$$


CHARDONNAY The continued popularity of chardonnay is undeniable, and it remains one of the most widely planted grape varieties. In the ’90s, big oak was all the rage, but mercifully, the prominence of those “chateau 2-by-4s” has subsided. The wines tasted this week were complemented, rather than overwhelmed, by oak. The specified price point was $15-plus, but there was one real surprise: 2008 ABEJA CHARDONNAY, $35 Walla Walla, Wash.-based John Abbott is making some of the finest wines in the Northwest, and this chardonnay is no exception. The nose is filled with unctuous aromas of ripe apple and peach laced with touches of basil, tarragon, vanilla and just the right kiss of oak. Round and elegant in the mouth with a palate of ripe peach, crisp apple and buttery apricot, this wine is impeccably balanced and amazingly persistent. 2007 CLOS DU VAL CHARDONNAY, $20 This is a California classic with a French connection in Bordeaux-born co-founder Bernard Portet. It opens with beautifully floral aromas highlighted by peach, pear and ripe lemon, along with notes of butterscotch and oak. Tangy citrus up front is backed by melon, apple and tropical fruit. A nice butteriness comes through on the finish that’s marked by light oak and food-friendly acidity. 2009 MORSE CODE CHARDONNAY, $8.99 This bargain-priced wine was an accidental ringer in the lineup of much more expensive bottles. It’s the second label from Henry’s Drive in Padthaway, Australia. The aromas are fruit driven and offer bright citrus and pear with just the lightest hint of oak. It’s a refreshing wine with tangy lemon, sweet melon and green apple flavors marked by touches of spice and orange zest at an amazing value. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

PATTY’S BURGER TIME—The only Idaho Preferred fast food restaurant keeps it good and local by serving Flying M coffee, Cloverleaf milk and local beef. The early riser menu includes breakfast burritos, diced potatoes and breakfast sandwiches using organic eggs and vegetables. Need more reasons to swing by? Patty’s serves fresh fruit milkshakes with more than 40 different varieties and hosts classic cars shows every Saturday night. 1273 S. Orchard, Boise, 208-424-5073. $ . THE PLANK—Excellent finger steaks and chicken strips to wash down all that beer. A special lunch menu and a punch card for extra lunch savings and a reverse happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. till midnight with $2 bar bites. 650 S. Vista, 208-336-1790. SU. $-$$ RAW—The owners of conjoined and very popular Willowcreek Bar and Grill opened up RAW to sate the sushi cravings up on the bench. Striving for “sushi art in a comfortably atmosphere and promising rolls that make your money worth it.” 2237 Vista Ave., 208-343-0270. $-$$$ OM. ROCKIES DINER—This old school diner blends in with the rest of Overland Road, but once inside, customers are greeted with perky waitresses on roller skates, classic rock emanating from the jukebox and guitars puncturing the ceiling-not to mention the massive Harley mounted above the checkerboard floor. The burgers are big and tasty, we recommend the jalapeno peppers. Even if you weren’t born before the ‘50s, you’ll have flashbacks. 3900 Overland Road, 208-336-2878. $ SU, . ROOSTER’S EATERY— Located in historic Vista Village, Rooster’s offers fine lunch fare. If you’re in the mood for salad try the San Diego with their own creamy Q-min dressing. For a hot sandwich, try the tri tip melt. For a cold one, check out the albacore tuna. 930 S. Vista Ave., . 208-339-9300. $-$$ SHANGRI-LA TEA ROOM—A basic menu of vegan and vegetarian offerings. Some items include five types of soup, pita sandwich and falafel sandwiches, curry and southwestern wraps, and one of the best organic salads in the valley according to customers. Teriyaki tofu, tea cakes, and cookies round out a variety of delightful items. On any given day, choose between 80-100 small batch, limited quantity teas produced on small tea farms. The owners pride themselves on knowing where their teas come from. 1800 W. Overland Road, 208-424-0273. $-$$ OM. SONO BANA—Boise’s oldest sushi joint can still hold its own against more stylish newcomers. Chef Yugi Hagino even offers ginger and adzuki bean ice cream. 303 N. Orchard St. $-$$ SU. For comprehensive restaurant listings throughout the valley, visit and click on “Find Restaurants” under the “Food” tab.

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53 Discover 55 Reasons to cry 56 Opting not to sunbathe? 60 Readies, as a firearm 63 Reagan-era program, in brief 64 Some of this may be picked up at a beach 65 Better at scheming 66 Union opposer: Abbr. 69 ___ Tribunal (international court) 70 Exactness in giving orders to toymaking elves? 74 Remote button 77 Japanese ruler 79 First lady after Bess 80 Crankcasesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bases 83 Civil code entry 86 Minneapolis neighbor 87 Brazilian beach resort 88 What a bunny buyer at a pet shop might want? 90 Choice of songs at a piano bar? 92 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lode-bearing 93 Pinkish 94 R&B singer Marie 95 12th-century Crusader state 98 Sets free 101 Actor Haley Joel ___ of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sixth Senseâ&#x20AC;? 103 Use a cell phone outside oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local calling area 107 ___ rima (verse form for Dante) 108 Hybrid sheepdog that moves ver-r-ry slowly? 113 Oscar : United States :: ___ : Mexico 114 Rack up 115 Drinking and dancing instead of sleeping? 116 Punks 117 â&#x20AC;&#x153;You good to go?â&#x20AC;? 118 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nascar Nowâ&#x20AC;? broadcaster 119 Conventional explanation for a tragic event

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2 Hardness scale inventor 3 Tiny perforation 4 Unpromising, as a chance 5 Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cry 6 Device at a drive-thru 7 Large-scale flight 8 Phrased for a quick answer 9 Lawbreakers 10 Tub filler 11 Remove gradually from, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;offâ&#x20AC;? 12 Med. specialty 13 City thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to King Fahd Road 14 Like some boots 15 Rush jobs? 16 Like 17 Neutral reaction to a revelation 18 Easily picked up, say 20 TV program set in Vegas 24 Light earth tone 29 Division of an Edmund Spenser work 30 Tiny tiger 31 With all haste 32 Bitterly cold 33 Where some hooks connect 34 Had nothing good to say about 35 Peace Nobelist Sakharov 36 One whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your business? 38 Swinging dance 39 Sharkey of TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;C.P.O. Sharkeyâ&#x20AC;? 40 Chamber group, often 41 Lessen, as pain 42 Unpaid workers? 44 Yellow-flowered perennial 45 Overwhelmingly 46 â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Meetingsâ&#x20AC;? novelist, 2006 47 Ripped 51 Follower of the philosopher Epictetus 54 Pac-10 competitor 57 Drink from a bowl 58 Puts together, in a way 59 It may be measured by a meter

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95 The Eagles of the N.C.A.A. 96 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ad majorem ___ gloriamâ&#x20AC;? (Jesuit motto) 97 Follow 98 ___ Beach (D-Day site) 99 Historical subject of a Boito opera 100 Vigor 101 Boat in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jawsâ&#x20AC;? 102 Small earring 103 Sales force member 104 Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. ___ College 105 Razor brand 106 Necessity when playing hardball 109 Together 110 Maker of fuel additives 111 Turtledove 112 Smiley dot Go to www.boiseweekly. com and look under odds and ends for the answers to this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puzzle. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply doublechecking your answers.

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My step father was like my real father for 24 years. I love and respect him. Since I was a child I was called SteďŹ and now I want to change it to SteďŹ . The petitionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father is living. The petitionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother is living. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock p.m. on June 3, 2010, at the County Courthouse. Objections may be ďŹ led by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Apr. 06, 2010. by D. Price. Deputy Clerk. E:I>I>DC:GEGDH:>CI=:9>HIG>8I 8DJGID;I=:;DJGI=?J9>8>6A9>HIG>8I D;I=:HI6I:D;>96=D!>C6C9;DGI=: 8DJCIND;696# Case No. CVN C 1004656. NOTICE OF HEARING. In the matter of name change of: TONYA LAURE ELTON, An Adult. A petition by TONYA LAURE ELTON, who was born on May 1, 1979, at Mountain Home, Idaho, and now residing at 2800 W. Cherry Lane, Apt K 208, Boise, County of ADA, State of Idaho, has ďŹ led with the above-entitled Court a Petition for Change of Name to TONYA LAURE BADLEY, for the reason that she desires to return to her maiden name. Petitionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father is Orland Badley, residing at 8023 W. Sagebrush Way, Boise, Idaho 83709. The Petition for Change of Name will be heard at 1:30 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock p.m. on the 13 day of May, 2010, at the County Courthouse, located at 200 W. Front Street, Boise, Idaho. Objections may be ďŹ led by any person who can, in such objections, show to the court a good reason against such a change of name. WITNESS my hand and seal of said District Court this 17 day of March, 2010. By D. Price. Deputy Clerk.

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BW JUST FRIENDS 96N9G:6B>C<LG>I:G>CLDC9:GA6C9 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m told Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m enchanting and addicting, the type of person to run into the fray before the troops are ready. If the world is a stage then why sit through a boring play? I need fellow adventurers. GoatsandKaleidoscopes, 21, #101162 ;JCCNHB6GI<>GAN<6B:G##ADA Lets talk! neonpinkrocker, 22, #101109 H:MN!HB6GI!6C9@>C9 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a good guy that loves his friends. If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a Man. boisebud77, 33, #101107 G:HIA:HH6B7>I>DC People/fun-loving workaholic always eager to meet new people, expand horizons & create the BEST memories ever by having as much fun as possible. Always pushing myself & searching for something bigger & better while enjoying every moment of life. MsDagnyTaggart, 29, #101085

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E:G7DH8:GDJH I heart the hell out of yer face. I know things have been hard for you these past few months, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing so well and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really proud of you. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got adventures ahead of us-sushi and go-karts and movies and cuddling and so much else--and I look forward to all of it.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people,” wrote French painter Theodore Gericault, “they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up ... All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overturning those obstacles, and producing masterpieces.” I’d like to make this idea one of your guiding principles. In order for it to serve you, you’ll have to believe that you do have some genius within you. It’s not necessarily something that will make you rich, famous, popular or powerful. For example, you may have a genius at washing dogs or giving thoughtful gifts. Whatever your unique brilliance, the challenges just ahead will be highly useful in helping it grow. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Yes, I know that the bull is your totem animal, but I’m hoping you’re willing to expand your repertoire because it’s a ripe time for you to take on some of the attitudes of the king of beasts. Consider this: The naturalist and shaman Virginia Carper notes that lions have strong personalities but cooperate well. They’re powerful as individuals but engage in constructive group dynamics. In many cultures, they have been symbols of nobility, dignity and spiritual prowess. To adopt the lion as a protective guardian spirit builds one’s ability to know and hunt down exactly what one wants. Would you like more courage? Visualize your lion self. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 2011, I may do a tour of North America, performing my show “Sacred Uproar.” But for the foreseeable future, I need to shut up and listen. I’ve got to make myself available to learn fresh truths. So, yeah, next year I might be ready to express the extroverted side of my personality in a celebration of self-expression. But for now, I have a sacred duty to forget everything I supposedly believe in and gratefully shuck my self-importance. By the way, Gemini, everything I just described would be a good approach for you to consider taking in the next three weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Is it true what they say—that you can never have too many friends? If you don’t think so, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your position. And if you do agree, then you should get busy. According to my reading, you’re likely to be extra lucky in attracting new connections and deepening alliances in the coming weeks. The friendships you strike up are likely to be unusually stimulating and productive. To take maximum advantage of the favorable cosmic rhythms, do whatever you can to spruce up your inner beauty.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I have compiled a set of four affirmations that I think will keep you on the right track in the coming weeks. Try saying them at least twice a day. 1. “I am cultivating relaxed alertness, because that will make me receptive to highquality clues about how to proceed.” 2. “I am expressing casual perfectionism, because that way I will thoroughly enjoy being excellent and not stress about it.” 3. “I am full of diligent indifference, working hard out of love for the work and not being attached to the outcome.” 4. “I am practicing serene debauchery, because if I’m not manically obsessed with looking for opportunities to cut loose, those opportunities will present themselves to me with grace and frequency.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The Great Wall of China is the largest human construction in the world, stretching for almost 3,900 miles. But contrary to legend, it is not visible from the moon. According to most astronauts, the Wall isn’t even visible from low Earth orbit. Keep this in mind as you carry out your assignment in the coming week, Virgo. First, imagine that your biggest obstacle is the size of the Great Wall of China. Second, imagine yourself soaring so high above it, so thoroughly beyond it, that it disappears. If performed regularly, I think this exercise will give you a new power to deal with your own personal Great Wall of China. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the early 1990s, actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were engaged to be married. In honor of their love, Depp got a tattoo that read “Winona Forever.” After the relationship fell apart, though, he had it altered to “Wino Forever.” If you’re faced with a comparable need to change a tattoo or shift your emphasis or transform a message anytime soon, Libra, I suggest putting a more positive and upbeat spin on it—something akin to “Winner Forever.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Bering Strait, Russia and America are 2.5 miles apart. The International Date Line runs through the gap, meaning that it’s always a day later on the Russian side than it is on the American. I suggest you identify a metaphorically similar place in your own life, Scorpio: a zone where two wildly different influences almost touch. According to my reading of the omens, it’s an excellent time for you to foster more interaction and harmony between them. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I have a group of colleagues who half-jokingly, half-sincerely refer to themselves as the Shamanic Hackers of Karmic Justice. The joking part of it is that the title is so over-the-top ostentatious

that it keeps them from taking themselves too seriously. The sincere part is that they really do engage in shamanic work to help free their clients from complications from old mistakes. Since you’re entering the season of atonement, I asked them to do some corrective intervention on your behalf. They agreed, with one provision: that you aid and abet their work by doing what you can to liberate yourself from the consequences of wrong turns you made in the past. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Weekly World News reported that a blues singer sued his psychiatrist for turning him into a more cheerful person. Gloomy Gus Johnson claimed he was so thoroughly cured of his depression that he could no longer perform with mournful sincerity. His popularity declined as he lost fans. I suspect you may soon be arriving at a similar crossroads, Capricorn. Through the intervention of uplifting influences and outbreaks of benevolence, you will find it harder to cultivate a cynical attitude. Are you prepared to accept the consequences that may come from being deprived of some of your reasons to moan and groan? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Educational specialist Dr. Howard Gardner believes I.Q. tests evaluate only a fraction of human intelligence. He describes eight different kinds of astuteness. They include the traditional measures—being good at math and language—as well as six others: being smart about music, the body, other people, one’s own inner state, nature and spatiality. (More here: I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because you’re entering a phase when you could dramatically enhance your intelligence about your own inner state. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to know yourself much, much better. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): South Carolina now requires subversive people to register with the state if they have the stated intention of overthrowing the government of the United States. I have no such goal, so I remain free to operate unlicensed in South Carolina. I am, however, participating in a movement to overthrow reality—or rather, the sour mass hallucination mistakenly called “reality.” This crusade requires no guns or agitation, but is waged by the forces of the liberated imagination using words, music and images to counteract those who paralyze and deaden the imagination. I invite you to join us. You’re entering a phase when you may feel an almost ecstatic longing to free yourself from the delusions that constitute the fake “reality.”



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