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WALKING AND CHEWING GUM Renee Montagne talks about why pubic radio is the multitaskers’ medium REC 27

TRAIL PROS Local mt. bike pros talk Boise’s racing scene FOOD 29

EXOTIC COMFORT Baguette Deli puts a new spin (and some pate) on the sandwich

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NOTE OTTER CAN AFFORD THE HOSPITAL, CAN YOU? Last week, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter was hospitalized for two nights for an unknown illness, which could have been dehydration and fatigue resulting from a possible bacterial infection. The governor started feeling poorly while castrating and branding cattle at Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s ranch over the previous weekend and, in the governor’s own words, “I wasn’t to the point where I was comatose. I wasn’t to the point where, you know, I was sleeping, but, you know, I would wake up and then I would be sweating.” With a temperature of 101.8, according to an AP report, Otter and his wife headed to the doc on Monday. Thursday, Otter was back at work and released the above statement. Let me tell you what would have happened in my house in the same situation. Under my roof live two healthy adults in their 30s. One, myself, has health insurance provided through a small business, Boise Weekly, at what are truly exorbitant monthly premiums. The other, my better half, works for a small business that does not offer its employees health insurance and has been completely uninsured for seven years. Had my better half gotten sick like Otter, I would have pumped him full of Gatorade and water, made a batch of chicken noodle soup and tried to convince him that if he absolutely had to go to the hospital, his health was more important than the ensuing bill. He would have declined and assured me that he had no intention of squandering his savings on some damn hospital bill, and then sent me to the store for more Gatorade. Had it been me who showed Otter’s signs of illness, my better half would have pumped me full of Gatorade and water, made a batch of chicken noodle soup and tried to convince me to go to the doctor. I would have considered it, because after all, I do have health insurance. Then I would start doing the math. No co-pay. A $5,000 deductible. Coinsurance at 30 percent. Nope, I wouldn’t be going anywhere near a hospital. This comparison is exactly what’s wrong with the big picture: Those making the laws—or suing over them—have good coverage. Many of the rest of us don’t. You want to be in touch with the people, guv? Pay that hospital bill out-ofpocket, without taking a penny from your health insurance company. Then maybe you’ll start to understand the pinch the rest of us—insured and not—are in. —Rachael Daigle

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THE UNEDITED STORIES OF THE FAR-FLUNG Finn Riggins checks in on Day 56 of their spring tour—from Boston. And Trey McIntyre Project checks in from South Dakota with some photos of a very surreal abandoned taco joint.

ADD ANOTHER ONE TO THE WALL Idaho’s Writer in Residence, Boise-based Anthony Doerr, just won a Guggenheim Fellowship. BW caught up with Doerr to get his take on winning the prestigious award, and if you’re not paying attention at, you missed it. Click “Arts” and then on “Arts News.”

DOWNTOWN BOISE’S MISSING LINK Three-time Seattle Mayor Charles Royer had a few things to say about the state of downtown Boise when he gave the keynote address at the State of Downtown address. Royer advocated for increased urban density, beefy public transit systems and cultural shifts that emphasize environmental protection and a healthy work-life balance. But Boise is lacking one crucial element. Visit Citydesk for more.

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IGNITE FIZZLED I entered Ignite Boise feeling as though I was helping the community but left feeling down. After reading the description on the event’s website and hearing people talk about it for weeks, I thought I needed to see what it was about. Within the ďŹ rst 10 minutes of the presentations, the projector

stopped working, as well as the microphone. The second half began with someone talking about how bad “Big Governmentâ€? is and people in the crowd yelling. The heckling continued throughout the evening, to a point where no one could hear the people presenting. I know the actions of the individuals do not reect those of

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the event, but the organizers seemed to encourage the yelling. Ignite Boise was a good idea, but when it came to reality, it was terrible. What could have been a springboard for the community turned into a microphone for people to talk about their inner Platypus, and how big government is bad. Ignite Boise was given a rare opportunity (a room full of people willing to listen), but instead they let the crowd yell. What could have been beneďŹ cial was instead detrimental. Ignite Boise, I would like two hours of my life back. —Jackson Carignan, Boise

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PROTECTING OURSELVES Who’s watching out when there’s no media? MIKE REINECK AND MIKE SILVA We suffer from the diminishment of mainstream journalism, both the loss of newspapers and the willingness of publishers and reporters to do more than just report the obvious. The causes really don’t matter; there is nothing to be done. It is too late. As journalism’s business model collapses, Robert McChesney and John Nichols’ book The Death and Life of American Journalism substantiates print’s move to intensive care: UÊ >ÃÌÊÞi>À]Ê£{äʘiÜë>«iÀÃÊVœÃi`° UÊ ˜Ê̅iʏ>ÃÌÊÌÜœÊ years, more than Îä]äääÊܜÀŽers were laid off. There are real journalists losing their jobs, especially in midsize and small cities. For example, the Statesman’s corporate owner, McClatchy, has >ˆ`ʜvvÊÎäÊ«iÀVi˜ÌÊ of its workers. UÊ ÃÊLi>ÌÊÀi«œÀÌiÀÃÊ are lost, government at every level is no longer routinely covered.


UÊ /…iʓœÀiÊ̅>˜Ê ÓääÊvœÀiˆ}˜ÊVœÀrespondents who worked overseas ˆ˜ÊÓäääʘœÜÊ ˜Õ“LiÀÊ£ää°ÊThe Washington Post announced in December the closure of bureaus in Berlin, Rio and Cape Town.

Newspaper circulation losses accelerated ˆ˜ÊÓää™]Êv>ˆ˜}Ê£ä°ÈÊ«iÀVi˜ÌÊvÀœ“ÊÓäänÊ>˜`Ê ˜œÜʅ>ÛiÊ`iVˆ˜i`ÊÓx°ÈÊ«iÀVi˜ÌÊȘViÊÓäää°Ê That pales in comparison to revenue losses. In the past two years, ad revenues fell 23 «iÀVi˜Ì]ÊvÀœ“Êf{™ÊLˆˆœ˜Ê̜ÊfÎnÊLˆˆœ˜° ˜Ê£™Èä]Ê̅iÊÀ>̈œÊœvÊ«ÕLˆVÊÀi>̈œ˜ÃÊ «iœ«iÊ̜ʍœÕÀ˜>ˆÃÌÃÊÜ>ÃÊ£‡Ìœ‡£°Ê˜Ê£™nä]Ê Ì…iÊÀ>̈œÊ…>`ʈ˜VÀi>Ãi`Ê̜ʣ°Ó‡Ìœ‡£°Ê œÜ]Ê ˆÌʈÃÊ{‡Ìœ‡£Ê>˜`Ê>ÌÊ̅iÊVÕÀÀi˜ÌÊÀ>ÌiÊVœÕ`ÊLiÊ n‡Ìœ‡£ÊLÞÊÓä£{°Ê ˜Ê>ÊÓää™ÊÀi«œÀÌ]Ê̅iÊ*iÜÊ i˜ÌiÀ½ÃÊ*ÀœiVÌÊ for Excellence in Journalism found that corporate, special interest and government *,ʓ>V…ˆ˜iÃÊÕÃiÊ«ÀiÃÃÊVœ˜viÀi˜ViÃ]ÊVœ˜ÌÀœi`Ê ˆ˜ÌiÀۈiÜÃʜÀÊ«ÀiÃÃÊÀii>ÃiÃÊ̜ʫÀœ`ÕViÊnÈÊ«iÀcent of stories in Baltimore and, by extension, the country. What is featured as news is really the powerful dictating what’s reported with little fact checking. With the diminished role of newspapers as democracy’s watchdog, who will protect

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the commonweal? Surely, we can count on the The New York Times, Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Los Angeles Times for a while. Certainly the jury is in a locked room deliberating whether television or cable news will ever take up the cudgel. Doubtful. The FCC is currently trying to obtain bandwidth that might be used in the public interest. /…iÀiʈÃÊ *,]ÊLÕÌʈÌʈÃÊÜ>ÌV…i`ʜÛiÀÊÜˆÌ…Ê such a heavy hand that its attempts to be balanced make out-right propaganda sound reasonable. The answer is closiÀÊ̜ʅœ“i°ÊÃÊ*œ}œÊ said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Who will protect the commonweal? “We” is the answer. We must wake up from the opiate of glee and entertainment that so fills our lives and focus on the real world and what is happening to it. We must—absolutely must—continue to educate ourselves and absolutely insist that our youth receive first-class educations that teach them to think, to read, to analyze and to add two and two and come up with the correct answer. We must stop believing every talking …i>`ÊvÀœ“ʈ“L>Õ}…Ê̜Ê"LiÀ“>˜˜ÊÌœÊ iVŽÊ to Brian Williams and use our own heads to cut through what is an outright lie, what is a government push, and what might be the simple truth. "˜iʜvÊ̅iÊ«ÀœLi“ÃʈÃÊ̅>ÌÊ̅iʈÀÃÌÊ Amendment allows speech that is outright lies that serve to damage someone or something— or get someone elected. When does such speech meet the test of shouting fire in a crowded theater? In addition to supporting efforts like *Àœ*ÕLˆV>Ê>˜`Ê̅iÊBoise Weekly, proposed fixes include public funding for independent news organizations, tax credits for purchasing newspapers, and other measures not politically probable. We repeat, the answer is “we.”

Mike Reineck has been an engaged Boise resident for 24 years. Mike Silva is a former longtime journalist, has been a community activist and observer of Boise and Ada County and has written about it for years. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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800 And the clock to 1,000 is ticking You all need to drop whatever you’re doing and give me a big pat on the back. I’m serious. This column—what you hold in your hands right now—is the 800th item I’ve had published in the Boise Weekly. Eight hundred! Figure an average of 1,300 words per piece—(not an unrealistically high estimate considering the feature-length articles and my early ramblothons that are included in the count)—that would mean I wrote my millionth word some 40,000 words ago. 1,040,000 words! That’s contingent upon me finishing this one, of course, but even if I stop writing right now, this second, I’m still at 1,039,440 published words or so. Do you know how many words Tolstoy wrote in War and Peace? Neither do I, but I bet it doesn’t come out to 1,040,000. Or even 1,039,440 words. Were I a 60-words-aminute typer, this would indicate I’ve spent 17,333 minutes writing articles for BW. But I’m not a 60-words-a-minute typer. I’m lucky to scratch out 20 wpm, and that’s when I’m hot. So now we’re up to 52,000 minutes I’ve dedicated to getting you something else to read every week. Do the division. That’s 36 days of round-the-clock writing. And these figures do not include the hours I spend staring at the wall trying to think of what to write next. After all these years and words and columns, I have worked out a little ratio of the time I spend actually pounding a keyboard to the time I spend just sitting there with a keyboard in front of me. Here it is: For every word my fingers manage to stick onto Mister Mac’s face, I spend an average of 2.3 minutes yawning, rubbing my belly, wondering what’s for dinner, wishing I were in Jackpot, Nev., trying to remember when I fed the dog, burping, feeling sorry for myself because I have to get this damn thing done or I can’t go bowling, thinking about getting up and wiping away a spiderweb I just spotted, re-reading what I’ve already written to remind myself what I’m writing about, lighting cigarettes, putting out cigarettes, checking out the length of the hair growing from my ears, making sure my fly is zipped … that sort of thing. So if my formula is correct, the real time I have put into writing these articles comes to 2,392,000 minutes, or slightly more than four and a half years. I have been at this column job since January 1995, so out of the last 15 years, I have sacrificed almost one-third of the last decade and a half for you, dear reader. Almost one-half, if we’re counting only the awake hours. Even more depressing, I am 62 years old, so I have spent 13.777 percent of my life so far trying to make you happy. And if I continue writing these columns, that number will climb. Fourteen percent! Fifteen percent! What if I live to be 90? That wouldn’t be so hard to imagine. Two of my closest neighbors are in their 90s, so it could happen. And if I were to live until I’m 90, and if I were

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still writing columns for the Weekly, now we’re talking 20 or 25 percent of my complete existence, given over in service to your reading habits! I sure goddamn hope you appreciate it! (I haven’t actually crunched those last numbers, but I bet I’m not far off. If you want to catch me in some puny mistake, feel free to extrapolate my figures on out. Just multiply one-half of my waking hours by the difference between 62 years and 90 years, then divide that figure into the projected nine decades, then take whatever the final answer is and cram it up your ass, you nit-picking little ninny!) Excuse me, but I think I’ll finish this up later. Something’s got me feeling a little tensed up all of a sudden. UÊÊÊ OK, I’m back. I took a nap and I feel all better now. What were we talking about? Oh, that’s right. Eight hundred columns. And now you’re probably wondering what I’m going to do to celebrate such an auspicious occasion. Right? Hey, after all, it’s not every day a fella slaps out his 800th article. Well, frankly, friends, I didn’t look far enough ahead to realize this would be Numero 800. It wasn’t until just this morning that I even noticed. So obviously, I didn’t get any big tootle-ee-oo planned. No Sweet 800th party, no Greek islands cruise, no engraved gold watch, no having the mayor hand me a commemorative plaque with a bunch of photographers flashing pictures of the event. And if there were anything like that planned as a big surprise, I would have had to plan it myself, you can bet on that. I don’t think anybody but me is even keeping track of how many articles I’ve had published in BW. I know my wife’s not. And I seriously doubt if anyone at the paper is. And if there were a regular reader out there somewhere who’s been punctiliously counting all these years and knows this is The Big Eight-Oh-Oh, I’m not sure that wouldn’t make me a little nervous. So no, no big tootle-ee-oo. But I do think I’ll take the rest of the day off. I have a couple of critical opinions I wanted to get to, but they can wait. I think I’ll just hand in what I’ve got as is and call it “800.” I’m not even going to indent for paragraphs. Screw paragraph indentation! And if a few readers just can’t live without paragraphs, they can do it themselves. So yeah, I’m gonna call it a day and maybe go buy myself some ice cream. Maybe if my wife sees me eating ice cream this time of day, she’ll ask why I’m doing it and when I tell her, she’ll get excited and maybe bake a cake to go with the ice cream. Who knows? So anyway, for anyone who’s keeping track, I figure my 1,000th will be published in late May or early June 2014. But if you’re planning on getting the mayor involved, I wouldn’t tell him any later than February. Seriously. Those commemorative plaques take a few weeks to get engraved, that’s what they told me. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


RIGHT DOESN’T GET IT It’s the intellectual inconsistency, stupid LOS ANGELES—Larry Elder, a black conservative columnist and Tea Party speaker, has a piece out titled “Tea Party: Why the Left Doesn’t Get It,” which unintentionally reveals the intellectual inconsistency of the Tea Party. For liberals the question about the Tea Party concerns the timing of its origin: February 2009. Where, they ask, were these self-declared deficit hawks when George W. Bush and his Republican Congress turned Bill Clinton’s budget surplus into record deficits? Where were these advocates of small government when Bush hired the biggest roster of federal employees in history and created a new federal department—the Department of Homeland Security? “As to Bush’s non-defense, non-homeland security domestic spending, [right-wing] people did complain—lots of them and frequently,” Elder points out. And he’s right. There was grumbling. But there weren’t anti-Bush rallies, much less guys showing up at presidential appearances brandishing weapons. “Better late than never,” Elder lamely retorts. Another right-wing columnist, Jonah Goldberg, goes so far as to call the Tea Party “a delayed Bush backlash.” But 57 percent of Tea Partiers say they like Bush. On most of the policies Tea Partiers claim to deplore—deficit spending, expansive government, the bank bailouts—President Barack Obama is identical to Bush. The only difference between the two men is the color of their skin. Which makes lefties think anti-Obama racism is the Tea Party’s true driving force. As Paul Butler wrote in The New York Times: “No student of American history would be surprised to learn that when the


United States elects its first non-white president, a strong anti-government movement rises up.” “Slanderous hogwash,” Goldberg calls the racism charge. If not racism, then what? Stupidity. Or at least intellectual dishonesty. Elder’s qualifier that righties didn’t like “Bush’s non-defense, non-homeland security domestic spending” is revealing. Bush’s two wars and tax cuts for the wealthy will account for 70 percent of the federal deficit over the next 10 years, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. (Obama’s bailouts will cost 5 percent.) My leftie friends find the Tea Party frustrating. They applaud Tea Partiers’ distrust of government, their willingness to express their grievances. Progressives also find much to like in Tea Partiers’ calls for a return to core values embodied by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But only in theory. The Tea Party’s selective approach to constitutional purity and small government is appalling. They’re loud and proud when it comes to the right to own guns, yet oppose or remain silent when it comes to the right of gays to marry whomever they want. They decry government intrusion in the form of health-care reform, but have nothing to say about the fact that the NSA is listening to their phone calls. They complain about illegal immigrants but not about the corporations that hire them. If the Tea Party is to emerge as a force in American politics, it will need a coherent platform with broad appeal. Otherwise, the Tea Party will be remembered as the latest incarnation of the nativist white wing of the GOP (c.f. “angry white males” circa 1995).

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PERSONNEL RECOVERY Will the U.S. negotiate Bowe Bergdahl’s release? NATHANIEL HOFFMAN Individuals claiming to represent the “Afghan Taliban” have made two public offers to swap Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army private from Hailey who has been held captive in Afghanistan since June 30, 2009, for militants held by the United States. But U.S. military officials will not say if the offers are real or if they are pursuing a trade. The idea of a prisoner swap was briefly debated after Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick endorsed the idea on Nate Shelman’s local AM talk radio show, which airs on 670 KBOI. “What the family is hoping for and what I’m hoping for is some kind of prisoner exchange that, down the road, might release him,” Minnick told Shelman. Minnick, who declined through a spokesman to further discuss his comments with Boise Weekly, clarified his position to the Idaho Statesman, saying that he’d like to see discussion of an exchange remain part of the military’s overall efforts to locate and free Bergdahl. “My first choice is that we can free him militarily without him getting injured. I don’t simply want to abandon him to his own devices in a hostile land where his options are limited. Would I talk to them? You bet,” Minnick told the Statesman. Discussion of prisoner trades is rare in the United States, and foreign policy experts say it’s unlikely in Bergdahl’s case. “The fact that the guy is a soldier makes it extremely unlikely that there’s going to be some kind of exchange,” Steven Simon, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who has written extensively about international relations and the Islamic world, told BW by phone from London. Simon weighed in on the idea of prisoner swaps in a November 2009 op-ed for The New York Times, writing that in the case of an Israeli soldier being held by Hamas, the benefits to Israel of facilitating an exchange far outweigh the costs of “rewarding terror.” Simon also pointed out in the Times, that while U.S. foreign policy allows for negotiations with terrorists, but not concessions, when it comes down to it, the United States has not

been above concessions either: The United States provided weapons to Iran in attempts to free hostages in Tehran in the mid-1980s. Another military and foreign relations expert whom BW contacted declined comment and even encouraged BW not to pursue the story, suggesting that the mere discussion of a prisoner exchange fuels Taliban propaganda. The U.S. military also calls the three videos that have been released depicting Bergdahl a form of propaganda. “The insurgents who hold Bowe are obviously using him as a means to ultimately cause pain to his family and friends. It continues to

number of prisoners” for Bergdahl. Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo visited Afghanistan in January and asked top U.S. officials as well as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of staff of the Pakistani army about Bergdahl. “The general reaction I had to that is that Bowe Bergdahl is definitely not forgotten,” Crapo told BW. Though he offered no specifics, Crapo said all the officials he asked had similar information about the recovery operations for Bergdahl, indicating a united effort to locate him. While more than 15,500 people have signed on to a Facebook page supporting Bergdahl and the town of Hailey has kept his name in the spotlight, adorning city streets with yellow ribbons, Simon said that the U.S. government does not face the same kind of public pressure to negotiate for Bergdahl’s release that the Israeli government faces for its missing soldier, Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive since July 2006. Israel, which has completed at least seven prisoner exchanges since 1983, according to Simon, has even considered trading thousands of Palestinian prisoners for Shalit, though no deal has yet been reached. “Even where there’s an expressed willingness to make a deal, the particulars of the deal really matter,” Simon said. Israel is a much more compact society with a conscripted army, whereas most Americans do not even personally know a soldier, he said. But many people in Hailey know Bergdahl or his family. Cory Ruch met Bergdahl in 2002 or 2003 when they took a fencing class together in Ketchum. Later they worked at the same Hailey coffee shop, Zaney’s River Street Coffee House, which became a hub for international media when news of Bergdahl’s capture broke last year. Ruch gets at least one question a day at the coffee shop about Bergdahl and tells people he only knows what he sees online. “I know he’s too tough to let anything happen to him,” Ruch said “He is going to make it back safely.” BEN WILSON

If elected lieutenant governor, Joshua Blessinger will spend the nine months of the year he is not presiding over the state Senate “taking underprivileged children fishing and especially visiting high schools.” And Steve Pankey would use the position to create an oversight committee for Idaho’s Appellate Public Defender Office. “The Idaho Judicial Counsel is an old-boy club that rubber stamps arbitrary judicial decisions leading to taxpayer-supported appeals. The Idaho State Bar rarely takes action against incompetent and/or corrupt attorneys—also leading to taxpayer supported appeals,” Pankey wrote in response to an informed question at Electionland. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who was reportedly branding and castrating cattle with Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter when Otter took ill with a bit of the heat fatigue, has not checked in with BW Electionland yet, and it’s almost too late. Electionland is Boise Weekly’s online voter guide for the Tuesday, May 25, primary. Readers have one more week to post questions to federal, statewide and Ada County Commission candidates, as the election date is quickly approaching. Sure, we are paid the big bucks to ask the tough questions, but sometimes you readers have legit queries as well. Like the reader who wants to know if the six Republican candidates for governor support amending the Idaho Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Or the informed and probing reader who asked Ada County Commission candidates for their vision of the ideal relationship between the county and its constituent cities. Wait. That was me. And this is what county commission candidate Roger Simmons had to say: “The one thing I stressed most often to my fellow county elected officials during my previous 10 years in office was that the citizens who live inside the incorporated city limits of Boise, Eagle, Garden City, Meridian, Kuna and Star are also Ada County residents, but perhaps more importantly, they are also Ada County taxpayers. Too often county officials tend to lose sight of that fact.” Incumbent Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre has not yet responded. In the First Congressional District, the five Republicans sparring to take on Democrat Walt Minnick have narrowed to three, only one of whom has responded to questions. Harley Brown came into BWHQ for Electionland lessons and graced the entire office with a lesson on napalm as he pecked away in all caps. To the question, how do your Republican values compare with Minnick’s, Brown responded: WALT MINNICK VOTED FOR … NANCY [ COMMIE ] PELOSI AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE … I AM NOT LIKE THIS UNPATRIOTIC PERSON NAMED WALT MINNICK … TO MINNICK : I HOPE YOU READ THIS, “COMRADE”! [sic] Which makes Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward—two men who are no strangers to political hyperbole—pretty much speechless, as indicated by their lack of responses on Electionland. —Nathaniel Hoffman

reflect the cruel tactics designed to deceive the Afghan people and the international community of their true intentions,” stated U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, director of communication for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Several military spokespeople in Boise, Washington, D.C., and Kabul declined to comment on the apparent offers for a prisoner exchange. BW could not confirm that the offers are even from viable groups or those holding Bergdahl. A Feb. 5 article at, an English language Pakistani news portal, cited an anonymous “Afghan Taliban” commander and a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui—convicted in February in U.S. Federal Court of attempted murder and assault for grabbing a rifle and firing it at Americans who were attempting to interview her in an Afghan police station—and other unnamed militants held by the United States. And a recent video of Bergdahl, released by a group calling itself the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, also names Mujahid in demanding the release of a “limited



RENEE MONTAGNE On being podcastable in a multitasking age NATHANIEL HOFFMAN

This morning, I read a great article about NPR’s website redesign, and it said people in radio had never thought about what NPR looks like. And then I saw your picture ... what does NPR look like? We have some amazing photography ... I’ve never had anyone ask me that, I’m actually thinking it through as I tell you. What on the website grabs me, in terms of what I think is NPR, amazingly, are the visuals. The way we do radio is the way public radio does radio ... It tells a story in a way that doesn’t have too many adjectives or too many descriptions, but between the tape of the people’s voices and between the story you’re telling, you feel like you are there. You feel like it’s three-dimensional, and you feel like you see the colors and the depth and the craggy face and the wild hair. The best of it is very visual, so when you transfer it to the website, sometimes the printed word ... the scripts are the opposite of what you heard. They actually are like the negative. It was all in the read and the tape and sounds that are applied that you can’t see on the page and the music that you can’t see on the page. It was always sort of wonderful not to be seen ... people would come up and say I


didn’t think you looked like this ... that you were taller. I’m more spontaneous, I think, in real life, I talk faster as you might have noticed. I can talk slower, but when I get all interested in something, I talk fast. I can’t even say what I look like, but it’s not what people thought. People say that about everybody on NPR, but we’re losing that because today we’re a click away to see someone’s picture. How much reporting do you do as a host and how do the jobs differ? I still get to report, but you have to pick and choose because the job really is different and it really is time consuming. There’s one real difference for me between reporting and hosting, and it was huge, and it took me years of substitute hosting to get into the groove of doing what I really do as a host. When I was a reporter, one thing I did really well, if I might say so, is I got what they call “good tape.” People were comfortable with me, even people on the street ... Oftentimes I would ask purposefully, kind of stumbly-type questions, which is how I am in real life, but I didn’t rein myself in ... I would say, “um do you mean, um, um, um,” that sort of thing. They’re going to tell me the answer. There are many natural things that I looked back on later, that I was doing spontaneously. So that’s a big deal when you become a host and it’s all about you. I wouldn’t be a good host if I didn’t hear myself in every interview, as present as any interviewee ... You’re creating a conversation that is two people somehow with their arms wrapped around all of the listeners. It’s like a good conversation where the listener doesn’t happen to be talking at the time. In print, we’re constantly talking about the Internet and the future of print. What


Renee Montagne gets to work at midnight to co-host National Public Radio’s Morning Edition news magazine from the network’s West Coast bureau. She goes on the air at the crack of dawn on the East Coast and, along with Steve Inskeep in Washington, D.C., teases out the news of the day on NPR affiliates across the nation, providing the mix of hard news, culture and entertainment that millions of Americans wake up to every morning. Montagne is coming to Boise this week to support Boise State Radio and wants to know how to pronounce the “s” in Boise.

does that discussion sound like in radio? Our discussion is a certain sadness at seeing our colleagues’ world shrink. Nobody in my form, my part of the media, knows any better than you guys do where it’s going to go ... but on our end of things, NPR itself, we’re gaining listeners ... we’re in a kind of upward trajectory, so it’s a very bittersweet time for people around me. We’ve inherited some print people and broadcast television, too. We’re just getting back a reporter who went to a network a couple of years ago. Also, we’re getting print people and we’re getting photographers. We swept some of the [White House News Photographers Association] awards. David Gilkey, who is a really brilliant photographer, who took a buyout from his last paper [The Chicago Tribune] and came to NPR. We couldn’t have lured him away a couple of years ago, and we didn’t even have anywhere to put somebody like that. Now we have some photographers who travel with us and who put work on the Web that’s being recognized. We are gaining listeners, and I think that’s because we are part of a medium that is portable and podcastable in a big way ... you can’t watch TV and drive a car, you can’t watch TV and stir your food. You can listen to radio and do one other thing fairly well. You cannot read a paper and do something else. Read more Montagne at

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Built to cross-hatch. The shape of things to come.






ALEX SEPKUS AT R. GREY Originally from Lithuania, New York-based jewelry designer Alex Sepkus has gained quite the loyal stateside following. Take a cursory look at his intricate, 18-karat gold and platinum jewelry pieces—with their signature square block patterns dotted with diamonds and sapphires—and you’ll be under his spell, too. Unlike so many generic engagement rings or blinged-out tennis bracelets, once you see a Sepkus, you’ll forever be able to spot a Sepkus. And lucky for local Sepkus fans, on Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29, you’ll be able to spot hundreds of signature Sepkus pieces at R. Grey Gallery in BODO. “This is actually going to be one of the biggest shows that we’ve done here,” said Emily Green, gallery manager at R. Grey. “It’s for two days only … One of the representatives from Alex Sepkus will be coming, and he’s going to have over 500 pieces that he’s bringing with him—that’s a huge amount for a trunk show.” Whether you’re in the market for rings, necklaces or earrings, remember one thing: Don’t show up to R. Grey without your spectacles in hand. “His signature is his finishing details that he puts into each piece. It’s all done by hand and all of his goldsmiths work under magnification, so it’s all the tiny little surface details that really make it,” said Green. “They’re incredible. It’s like looking into another world.” R. Grey will remain open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday to give browsers more time to try on Alex Sepkus pieces. And, according to Green, don’t even think about ordering his jewelry from eBay. You have to see a Sepkus first-hand—on your hand—to truly appreciate its beauty. “It’s much prettier in person, and we even have people say it’s prettier on, than on one of our stands,” said Green. “You really do have to try it on to appreciate it.” Wednesday, April 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday, April 29, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., R. Grey Gallery, 415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337,

SATURDAY MAY 1 culture AFRO CULTURE NIGHT “Boise has one of the largest refugee influxes in the country,” said David Andrews, coordinator for Afro Culture Night, which takes place Saturday at Boise State.

Afro Culture Night celebrates diverse cultures and this year’s theme, “Jumla,” is Swahili for “togetherness.” Beginning in the early 1990s, the night, originally African Night, was hosted by the Organization of Students of African Descent. In 2006, the name changed to Afro Culture Night to include African American and Caribbean culture. “[The event] is important because it raises awareness

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while promoting inclusion and diversity,” said Andrews. Activities include a traditional African drum and dance circle, fashion show, break dancing, reggae, African cuisine and prizes. According to Andrews, the event is an entertaining source of information on various cultures. “It also educates everyone in the Treasure Valley community on different culture, but in a fun way,” he said.

Though we have teased about Built To Spill’s benefit propensity in the past (Hoffburgers, anyone?), in all honesty, we feel pretty strongly about their charity. It’s a win/win situation: We get to see them play, and we get to do something good for someone else. On Friday, April 30, we’ll have a chance to enjoy one of those wins: Built To Spill, A Seasonal Disguise and the Boise High School orchestra will put on a benefit in which 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Partners In Health and the work they are doing in Haiti. Built To Spill frontman Doug Martsch said the inclusion of the orchestras stemmed from watching his own son during the years he’s participated in his school orchestras. “I’ve been watching my son play in the orchestra for years now, and I really enjoy it,” Martsch said. “I’ve never been much into classical music or seen many orchestra per formances, and I really enjoyed it.” A few years ago, Martsch received an e-mail from someone telling him about a series of concerts at which rock bands had played with orchestras and how well those per formances were received. Martsch borrowed the idea and started putting this show together. Prior to the hour-or-so of Built To Spill’s set that will finish out the night, local indie rockers A Seasonal Disguise will per form a regular set, with plans to don their troubadour hats and per form among the audience between the orchestra’s sets. Word is that because of funding issues, the orchestra won’t be participating in Music Week this year, so this is a great opportunity for them to per form before a live and ver y excited audience. This benefit really is win/win/win. 8 p.m., $18, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

In addition to educating the public, Afro Culture Night represents “Jumla” by bringing Boiseans together. “We want to do our part in helping various members and cultures ... discover their commonality with one another, while celebrating each other’s differences,” said Andrews. 6 p.m., $10 door, Student Union Building Jordan Ballroom, 1910 W. University Drive, 208-426-1551, sharonkahuha@u.boisestate. edu. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




Golden Archipelago-ing, going, gone.


INTENTIONS PERFUMERY When Brady Udall writes alone, he prefers to be by himself.

smarty pants SHEARWATER AT NEUROLUX When you think “island music,” you probably hear the wind-chime rattle of steel drums and picture a sandy beach filled with billowing white linen. But when Austin’s Shearwater makes island music, you hear the soundtrack to Darwin’s journey to the Galapagos—it’s unquestionably epic, filled with curiosity and tumult. Singer Jonathan Meiburg’s piercing falsetto echoes majestically off the churning waters as the piano hull of the boat crashes into the string-filled shore. What makes Shearwater’s latest release, The Golden Archipelago, island music is fairly literal—each track on the album depicts a different island somewhere in the world— everywhere from the Bikini Atoll to the Falklands. On the song “Black Eyes,” Meiburg sings of the South Pacific city of Nan Madol, a place that was inhabited until 1500, after which time it was slowly abandoned. Now, the decayed islands can only be visited with permission from the government of the Federated States of Micronesia. Sound obscure? Damn right it is. Recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship to study life in remote human communities, Meiburg has visited and been inspired by a number of these far-off locales. In fact, there’s so much information associated with The Golden Archipelago that the band had to put out a limited edition “Golden Dossier”—an envelope-bound catalog of various images and stories collected from Meiburg’s expeditions—to accompany the album. The “Dossier” is now out of print, but free copies can still be downloaded from, which we suggest you consider doing before heading to see the show at Neurolux on Saturday, May 1. In a recent interview with, Meiburg answered the question, “How do you feel when your album leaks?” in the following way: “Go, litel bok … And red whereso thow be, or elles songe, That thow be understood, God I biseche!” Makes you feel like going back to school, huh? 7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

haggard haricot vert. Saturday sees the inaugural Seedy Saturday Seed Swap sweep downtown Boise. Jacks juggling magic beans and princesses with pockets full of peas are encouraged to bring their dried bounty to share with other seed freaks on Eighth Street between Bannock and Jefferson streets from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. In addition to seed trading,

SATURDAY MAY 1 seeds SATURDAY SEED SWAP On Saturday, May 1, the Capital City Public Market gets seedy. And, no, we’re not talking about sleazy squash, tarnished turnips or


MONDAY MAY 3 lit BRADY UDALL AND THE LONELY POLYGAMIST How can a religious man with four wives, 28 children and an incontinent dog be utterly alone? Boise-based novelist and Boise State professor of creative writing Brady Udall explores the answer to that question in his latest novel, The Lonely Polygamist, due out on Monday, May 3 (W. W. Norton & Company). Boiseans will get a peek at Golden Richards— a man surrounded by those he loves most, yet completely isolated—at a book-release party at Rediscovered Bookshop on Monday, May 3, at 7 p.m., where Udall will read from and sign copies of his new 600-page book. Golden Richards is a large man who is under constant threat of being crushed by the weight of his responsibilities. His construction business is suffering, forcing him to find work farther from home, thereby keeping him away for days at a time. That, in turn, is causing a great deal of frustration among his wives, for whom time with their husband is already parceled out and spare. It also means that Golden Richards’ 28 children have little contact with, input from him, or respect for him. Golden is a man who is, at best, distracted and happy to leave the child rearing to his wives as he suffers his few triumphs and many tribulations in a self-imposed solitude. In large part through Golden and his misunderstood, misguided and sometimes misanthropic 11-year-old son Rusty and Golden’s fourth wife Trish, Udall gives us a rich, poignant look at a family whose lifestyle may seem absolutely aberrant, but for whom life’s issues are wholeheartedly normal. 7 p.m., FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, 208-376-4229,

the event will also provide a forum for local green thumbs to share gardening wisdom. Half-hour-long demonstrations will be given on the following topics: 10:15 a.m., how to save tomato seed (wet seed technique); 11:15 a.m., how to save beans, brassicas, beets (dry seed technique); and 12:15 p.m., have your seed-saving questions answered by a panel of experts.

Flip through designer perfume ads in a glossy mag and you might think they’re hawking heroin. Glassy-eyed waifs stretch languidly on couches or resort chairs, the bony curve of their hips or their clavicle crevasse somehow selling good smells. But Caitlyn Davies, proprietress of local perfume line Intentions Perfumery, views the Call 208-871-1233 allure of scent differently. for an appointment or visit “Regular perfumers blend for aesthetics or the way it smells, aromatherapists blend for the emotional, therapeutic and psychological benefit. I do both,” said Davies. “I love all the ancient lore surrounding the blends because some of them have been used for thousands of years. It is a science, but it’s more like magic.” Davies began working with essential oils when she was 15, but has only been perfuming for the last five years. Ask her what feeling each oil evokes and she replies with poetry. “One of my favorite essential oils is oak moss. It reminds me of standing near a lake in the early morning; it has that silt-type smell,” said Davies. “I love jasmine because it’s such an attracting oil; it’s a very lunar oil.” Davies comes out with a new line of perfumes every season, each packaged in lovely, mini art nouveau glass vials. Though her spring line is still in the works, amber, jasmine and gardenia are all set to make appearances. You can snag one of Davies’ locally made scents for around $12-$45 retail or $65 and up for custom. —Tara Morgan

Though you need not have seeds or seed-saving experience to join in, organizers do recommend that you label your seeds and bring extra bags or envelopes to take home the seed you score. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Capital City Public Market. For more information, contact Beth Rasgorshek at 208-6976208.

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 On Stage DON JUAN IN CHICAGO— Reworking of the Don Juan and Faust legends follows Don Juan as he lives in a squalid Chicago apartment 400 years after he signed a contract granting him immortality—as long as he seduces a different woman every day. Grappling with the sexual mores of contemporary urban America, Don Juan must now decide between love and eternal life. 7:30 p.m. $7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.

In recognition of World Fair Trade Day May 8, Dunia Marketplace is hosting its

Annual Oriental

Rug Event May 5–8

Over 300 handknotted rugs made by fairly paid adults

NAMASTE MAN—Oneman show by Andrew Weems about various experiences and characters he encountered as a child in South Korea, Zambia and Nepal and later as an adult in New York City. 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232,

Art ALEX SEPKUS—See Picks, Page 12. All day. FREE. R. Grey Gallery Jewelry and Art Glass, 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3859337, BOISE STATE GRAPHIC DESIGNERS AND ILLUSTRATORS SENIOR PORTFOLIO SHOW—See Arts, Page 24. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197,

Literature 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. Event held at:

Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship 1520 N. 12th, Boise Event hours:

Wed 10–8; Thu 10–9; Fri 10–8; Sat 10–6

Free Rug Seminar May 6, 7 p.m. Reservations @ 208-333-0535 Quality You Desire, Fairness Artisans Deserve

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB—Adult readers meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss the featured selection. For more information and to register, call 208-5624996. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.

Sports and 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.

Odds and Ends 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 website. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. GAME SHOW NIGHT—Live game show. 9 p.m. FREE. Lucky Dog, 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208333-0074, www.luckydogtavern. com.

VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— 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 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, www.vpsidaho. org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-4248244.

SUNGLASSES AND FRAMES EXPO—Prizes ranging from free sunglasses, free contact lens fittings, free lenses and many more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Ada Vision Center, 1333 W. Jefferson St., Boise,

NOISE/CD REVIEW INSANE CLOWN POSSE: BANG POW BOOM In typical Insane Clown Posse style, Bang Pow Boom, is a concept album. The songs are all wrapped around a character or event that plays into the band’s larger concept of the mythical dark carnival and could be described as ICP’s version of a biblical flood, in which those whose lifestyles they condemn (pedophiles, child abusers, rednecks, racists, haters, enemies of Juggalodom) receive special invitations to an appearance in ICP’s dark carnival, which promptly explodes, wiping them from existence. Unfortunately, however, it lacks some of the refreshing uniqueness of previous attempts that drew listeners into their elaborate mythology. One whole song is based on the insipid To Catch a Predator TV series. Another one, “I Found a Body,” is about finding a body (no surprise there) and trudges along lacking any of the insight or bizarre commentary on the macabre that was the foundation of ICP’s lyrical style for songs like “Three Little Pigs,” songs that made them as a group. Despite some catchy beats, much of Bang Pow Boom just seems trashy, as if ICP has sunk to the lowest common denominator of their fans, rather than challenging Juggalos to rise and meet them on a higher creative plane like they did on earlier efforts such as The Great Milenko and The Amazing Jeckyl Brothers. Overall, Bang Pow Boom, and ICP at this phase in their career, could best be described as trying too hard to live up to an abstract and impossible standard of delusion and depravity that ICP themselves created and yet somehow got away from them. They have to keep raising the bar to stay relevant. But when you start with hatchet murders and evil carnival magic, where do you go from there? This album might be an example of the joke now having run for so long that they’ve lost themselves in it. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT THURSDAY APRIL 29 On Stage DON JUAN IN CHICAGO—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, NAMASTE MAN—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.bctheater. org.

Food and Drink BOISE GREEN DRINKS—Eat, drink and be eco-friendly during a social gathering for anyone interested in environmental issues. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek Ale House, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813, www.

COSTUME FUN/WANNAMAKE—Artists Eliza Fernand and Noel Weber will host an evening of trying on costumes made by the wannamake collaborative, and playing with green screen video. Pick out a costume and a background, and do your stuff for the camera. The video will be edited and shown at the First Thursday opening in May. 6 p.m. FREE. Alaska Building, 1020 Main St., Boise.


Odds and Ends

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

GOLDFISH RACING— Goldfish are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big effin’ bar tab and their fish. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977, SUNGLASSES AND FRAMES EXPO—See Wednesday. 9 a.m.5 p.m. FREE. Ada Vision Center, 1333 W. Jefferson St., Boise, TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www.

Art ALEX SEPKUS—See Wednesday. All day. FREE. R. Grey Gallery Jewelry and Art Glass, 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3859337,




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On Stage DON JUAN IN CHICAGO—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980,


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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.

Auditions OPEN AUDITION FOR SPOTLIGHT THEATRE’S BYE BYE BIRDIE—Show will be directed by Glynis Calhour. Production dates July 29-31 and Aug. 6-7. Cast includes children, teens and adults. Auditions are open to all ages and will be held in the Columbia Performing Arts Center. E-mail spotlighttheatre@ and specify a day and two-hour time frame that would work best for you. Be prepared with a two-minute selection from a musical. Bring music sheet or a CD. 4-10 p.m. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208498-0571.

No compromises. No short cuts. No excuses.

Concerts HOLY MOTHER RUSSIA CONCERT—Six choral songs for treble voices, performed by the Whitney Women’s Chorale and the Boise State Angelis Women’s Choir, conducted by Phil Theodorou. 8 p.m. $5. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.




IRON JAWED ANGELS—Celebrate passage of women’s right to vote and the 19th Amendment with a free showing of Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hillary Swank. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters. 7 p.m. FREE. Idaho Education Association, 620 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-344-1341, www.


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8 DAYS OUT Literature LITERATURE FOR LUNCH—Join Boise State English professors Carol Martin and Cheryl Hindrichs for an in-depth discussion of a monthly chosen work. This month: The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion by Ford Madox Ford. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, www.

Odds and Ends SUNGLASSES AND FRAMES EXPO—Prizes ranging from free sunglasses, free contact lens fittings, free lenses and many more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Ada Vision Center, 1333 W. Jefferson St., Boise, www.adavisioncenter. com.

SPRING CRAFT FAIRE AND TEA—Homemade baked goods, barbeque condiments, needlework, woodcrafts, gift baskets, plants, and the all new Whitney Women’s Chorale Cookbook. Tea luncheon: 11:00-1:00, $5. FREE. Whitney United Methodist Church, 3315 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-343-2892, www. ZUMBA Y SALSA—As part of the 2010 Idaho Salsa Congress celebration, this two-hour event will be a fusion of the energypacked zumba you know and love with instructors from around the Treasure Valley. In addition, basic steps to 3 Latin social dances merengue, bachata and salsa will be taught. 10 a.m.-noon. $10. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352,

Auditions OPEN AUDITION FOR SPOTLIGHT THEATRE’S BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Friday. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-498-0571.

Concerts MERIDIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA—Pianist Jiwon Kim will perform the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 in D Flat Major and Violinist Jacqueline Audas will perform the Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D Minor. Also, Beethoven’s First Symphony and the William Tell Overture. 7:30 p.m. $7. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-4593405 or 208-454-1376, www.

On Stage

SATURDAY MAY 1 Festivals and Events CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—Open-air market with all manner of local food and products, from fresh vegetables to fresh doughnuts, all served from the freshest of vendors. Live music acts, plus local arts and crafts. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY PARTY—Local comic-book lovers and creators will meet to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with food, drinks, live music from local band Actual Depiction, and free comics. Party-goers can meet and greet with Damage Lab Studios founders among other local comic-book artists, writers, publishers and fans, as well as pick up some of their books completely free of charge. 9 p.m. FREE. The Plank, 650 S. Vista, Boise, 208-336-1790.

BALLET INNOVATIONS: DANCERS UP CLOSE—In this informal conversation through movement, thoughts and feelings, performers become creators for only two performances. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116. DON JUAN IN CHICAGO—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, 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, www.

Food and Drink 25TH ANNIVERSARY—Small waffle cones and yogurt cups only 25 cents. Noon-10 p.m. FREE. TCBY, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-338-1317,

Workshops and Classes USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCE—USA Dance Boise is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that promotes ballroom dancing in the Treasure Valley and educates the public regarding the benefits of ballroom dancing. Members and nonmembers are invited. A lesson is included with admission. 7 p.m. $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members and students with ID, Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise. 208-249-1715, www.

HER MAJESTY’S MASQUERADE BALL—Local designers’ reused, recycled, repurposed, reconstructed fashion designed for a masquerade ball plus models from local boutiques. All proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of Dress for Success. Silent auction in conjunction with show through May 1. 2 p.m. $15. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, IDAHO FAMILY FUN PET EXPO—Featuring an array of products and services to suit your pet’s needs. Don’t have a pet, yet? Great. The Pet Expo also features domestic and rare breeds for you to check out. Seminars and demonstrations will be presented throughout the two-day event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $2 general, FREE kids 12 and younger. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY— Drink mint juleps and enter the contest for best hat. 2 p.m. FREE. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

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


8 DAYS OUT Sports and Fitness


PACIFIC COAST RUGBY PLAYOFFS—Rugby tournament with teams from Arizona California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The winner goes on to play for the national championship. 10 a.m. FREE to watch. Falcon Crest Golf Course, 11102 S. Cloverdale Road, Kuna, 208-362-8897,

IRIS FLOWER SHOW—Iris Flower Show featuring mainly miniature dwarf and standard dwarf bearded iris. Exhibitors welcome. Flower arrangements featuring iris are also welcome and can be judged. Judging from 10:30-noon. Please contact Eileen at 208-888-2040 for information. Noon-6 p.m. FREE. Zamzows, 505 E. Chinden Blvd., Meridian, 208-846-7830, www.


SEED SWAP—Swap seeds from your favorite vegetables for others. Remember to label seeds you bring, and bring an envelope to take them home with you. Demonstrations on how to save different seed breeds. See Picks, Page 13. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208345-9287,

Kids and Teens LIMELIGHT NIGHT HIP-HOP DANCE—Hip-hop dancing for teenagers and 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, 208898-9425, www.limelightboise. com.

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 website. 9 a.m.-noon. FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, www.

Odds and Ends FREE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS—Eighth annual May Day free acupuncture treatments. To schedule an appointment for a free acupuncture treatment on May 1, please visit www. or call 208-409-7759. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The People’s Clinic, 710 1/2 W. Franklin St., Boise.

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8 DAYS OUT GOT NEWF?—Newf is short for Newfoundland, which is one of the giant breeds of dogs. If you have one, then get together with other dogs and owners and play because occasionally nothing beats a good romp with one’s own kind. For more information, e-mail First Saturday of every month. 5 p.m. FREE. Morris Hill Park, NE corner of N. Roosevelt Streets. and Alpine Streets, Boise. TOUR OF THE HISTORIC BOWN HOUSE—Part of Archeology week. Call 208-336-2233 to reserve a spot. 1-4 p.m. FREE. Riverside Elementary School, 2100 E. Victory Road, Boise, 208-854-5980,

Literary BOOK RELEASE: MAKING WEST HOME—Boise-based photographer Guy Hand and ethnographer Sarah Barsness documented the stories and food ways of Somali Bantu, Congolese, Bhutanese, Burundian, Meskhetian Turk, Colombian, Ethiopian, Burmese and Bosnian families living in the Treasure Valley in their new cookbook, Making West Home in Idaho: Stories and Recipes of Boise’s Refugee Community. Reception with food samples. 1-4 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3342120, museum.html.

SUNDAY MAY 2 Festivals and Events IDAHO FAMILY FUN PET EXPO—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 general, FREE kids 12 and younger. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650,


Talks and Lectures

SECOND ANNUAL IRON POUR—Watch the iron pour and make your own scratch molds. Take your own iron sculpture home with you. 4 p.m. FREE. Arts West School, 3300 W. State St., Eagle, www.artswestschool. org.

PRAXIS LODGE PUBLIC DIALOGUES SERIES—A monthly meet to engage in discussions pertaining to science, ethics, culture, philosophy, humanism and free masonry, hosted by Praxis Lodge. Each session features a presentation followed by open dialogue. Everyone is invited to attend. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-7272, www.

Sports and Fitness PACIFIC COAST RUGBY PLAYOFFS—See Saturday. FREE to watch. Falcon Crest Golf Course, 11102 S. Cloverdale Road, Kuna, 208-362-8897,

MONDAY MAY 3 On Stage 5 X 5 READING SERIES—The Krumblin Foundation, written and performed by Tom Willmorth and Joe Conley Golden. 7 p.m. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, BREAKING BARRIERS—Spring concert performed by the dance, contemporary music, classical music and video production departments, featuring concert pianist Dr. Del Parkinson and Kayla Radomski. 6:30 p.m. $8. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., 208-468- 5555, www.

Literature BRADY UDALL—Local author Brady Udall will read from his new novel, The Lonely Polygamist, in which a man with four wives and 28 children has a mid-life crisis. See Picks, Page 13. 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, 208-376-4229,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Odds and Ends PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Work on your 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 67:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.

TUESDAY MAY 4 Festivals and Events PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP AND POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE— The Idaho LoudWriters Program includes a performance poetry workshop with Tara Brenner at 6 p.m. followed by an all-ages poetry slam. The Slam of Steel is a chance for poets to perform their own brand of spoken-word poetry, a combination of literature and performance, in front of a crowd. Signups are at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. For more information, e-mail cheryl_maddalena@yahoo. com. 6 p.m. FREE for workshop; $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632.

Literature 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-noon99.

Sports and Fitness TEAM IN TRAINING—The world’s largest endurance sports training program, provides beginning and advanced athletes with experienced coaching while raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Call 658-6662 or visit for more information and meeting times/locations. 6 p.m. FREE. The Quarterbarrel, 4902 W. Chinden, Boise, 208322-3430.

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8 DAYS OUT Odds and Ends BALLISTIC BEER PONG— Compete for $300 in prizes. 10 p.m. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www. BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—The club meets the first Tuesday and second Friday of the month. For more information about BAS, search the website. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895. www.boiseastro. org. DIDGERIDOO FORUM—Facilitator Aaron Maynard invites anyone interested in didge playing and sharing to attend an open forum. 7 p.m. $5 donation. Drum Central, 2709 W. State St., Boise, 208-424-9519, www. KILROY COFFEE KLATCH—Join other WWII-generation people for a morning of conversation and friendship. All veterans are welcome and there are often guest speakers. For more information, e-mail 10-11:30 a.m. FREE. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446, www.


SOCRATES CAFE— Interested in life’s greater questions? Join a group of active and engaged listeners who meet every week to discuss burning questions like “what is the standard of beauty,” or “are happiness and pleasure the same thing.” Whatever is on ones mind; the group votes on a question and the discussion begins. For more information, e-mail 7-8:45 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s Coffee Shop, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd. TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www.

WEDNESDAY MAY 5 Festivals and Events LIQUID FORUM—Join in a discussion showcasing a different local nonprofit each month with a silent auction and local music. Hosted by Liquid Lounge and United Vision for Idaho. This month: the Idaho Association of Government Employees. From 5-6, then 6:30-7:30 guest musician Mike Rogers. 5-7:30

p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, www.

Literature BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS, SPEAKER SERIES—Join a group of nonfiction writers who meet to learn from guest speakers and from each other. Arrive at 6 p.m. to browse bookshelves and chat it up with other aspiring writers. For more information, e-mail First Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229. www.

Talks and Lectures GIRLS IN TECH—Join local Boise Radio host Stephanie Wick for an evening of humor as she discusses what it’s like to host her local program That’s Woman’s Work. 5:45-7 p.m. FREE. Boise Water Cooler, 1401 W. Idaho, Boise.

Sports and 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.

Calls to Artists ART SOURCE GALLERY NINTH ANNUAL JURIED SHOW—Juried by artist and Boise State professor emeritus John Taye. Open to all fine 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. Opening is July 1. For more information visit ARTS FAIRE AT THE RIVER—Accepting applications from artists and groups of all mediums for the juried fine arts fair to be held June 24-27, 2010, at the Arts West Campus lawn. Submission Deadline is May 1, 2010. More information at FREE. Galerie Belle Ame, 179 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1342,

BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART SUBMISSIONS—Every week Boise Weekly chooses one submitted original work for the cover. BW will pay $150 for every published cover plus a $25 gift certificate to Boise Blue Art Supply. All published original covers should be donated to a charity cover auction in the fall benefiting youth outreach programs in the arts. Works must be original, in any medium including digital and photography. Artists submitting digital covers must do so on archival quality or giclee print. Square format works preferred, but slightly rectangular works accepted. Final reproduction size is approx. 10” x 10” but original artwork may be any size. Works do not have to be framed. BW will handle all framing for the auction. Artworks not selected are available for pickup anytime. Drop your artwork by the BW office. Questions to Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, EMERGING ARTISTS EXHIBIT AT THE CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—Visit and click on the “Emerging Artists” icon at the top of the homepage. Or, if you’re typing skills are up to snuff, plug in this URL and get to the requirements directly: webads/emerging_artist_guidelines.pdf.

Auditions YOUTH STAGE AT BOISE REC FEST—UnderAid is accepting auditions for the Young People’s Stage in the Kid Zone at the Boise Rec Fest June 26-27 at Ann Morrison Park. Seeking clean musical, acrobatic, dance groups or individual entertainers for family entertainment. Artists will be volunteering their time and will not be paid for this event. Contact Sam Sandmire 208-8590560 Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. Still not enough information for you? Head to, where you’ll find even more event listings, as well as BW’s live music guide, rec listings, restaurant and bar listings, movie times, movie descriptions, reader reviews, photos, videos, world news coverage, local in-depth A&E and news coverage, wine recommendations, a place to share your own opinion on any of the above ... sheesh, about the only thing you won’t find at is a paycheck.

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Loudon Wainwright III in Boise May 8.

RUN WITH A CROWD OF OUTLAWS, GET LOUD(ON) AND JAM IN THE GEM STATE Knitting Factory’s popular Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series out at Idaho Botanical Garden brings a host of heavy hitters to the gorgeous outdoor setting this year. Tickets sell out fast, so get out your calendar and plan ahead for the following dates: Thursday, May 6, is Merle Haggard; Friday, May 21, brings the Barenaked Ladies with Serena Ryder; Monday, June 21, join Jewel and Brandi Carlile with Radney Foster; Thursday, July 3, wig out with Widespread Panic; Thursday, July 22, catch Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia with Idaho Collegiate Chamber of Orchestra Players; Monday, Aug. 2, jam out with Jackson Browne with David Lindley; and on Wednesday, Aug. 11, crank it up with Chris Isaak. For the most part, general admission tickets are $35 and preferred general admission tickets are $50. However, it will cost a little more to see Jackson Browne: $46 general, $68 preferred. For tickets or more information, visit Singer/songwriter/actor Loudon Wainwright III makes a stop in Boise at Boise Contemporary Theater on Saturday, May 8. The Grammy Award-winning folk singer’s new release, 10 Songs for the New Depression, speaks to the current climate of political unrest and apathy as well as more universal human issues. On his website, Wainwright offers a brief synopsis of each track, even if it’s just a personal message. On “Times Is Hard,” Wainwright explains, “This song was written following the 2009 Inaugural and asks or perhaps begs the question: ‘Can nihilism be used as a tool to remedy social ills?’ I suspect Pete Seeger would reject this premise, though I’d like to think that Will Rogers and Woody Guthrie might dig the concept.” Curtis Stigers hosts the show and Idaho’s own folk icon, Rosalie Sorrels, opens. Tickets are going fast, so if you want to get your folk on, you best get yours. Visit for more information. The Gem State Jam is back on this year, on Saturday, June 19, out at the Old Pen. Promoter Darren Goldberg from GSquare Productions said the solar-powered music fest promises big bang for the buck: Early tickets are only $10 and 10 acts are already penned in with more expected. Along with a slew of locals, Wendy Darling, Jerry Joseph and Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out are among the names on the docket. For more information, visit —Amy Atkins

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HOMEGROWN MUSIC Local CDs keep cropping up AMY ATKINS We groan at the idea that people outside of the Gem State might only know us for tubers and racists, but even within our ranks we don’t always recognize the quality and variety of music being produced here. So, Boise Weekly cobbled together a shortlist of CDs that are out—and a few that will be out in the very near future—that we think are examples of the sounds of this city. Some are by musicians you may know, some are by acts you’ve never heard of but all are a part of Boise’s vibrant music scene. And not one of them is a spud.


Minotaur in “Cyclops vs. Minotaur,” the Kraken in “Cylcops vs. Kraken,” the Romans in ... you get the idea ... as well as zombies and even a unicorn. The songs move at a short clip, as bruising guitar and Kravetz’s hoarse yell battle for the Cyclops’ supremacy. For more information, visit furyofthecyclops.

NEO TUNDRA COWBOY: DESERTED DULL PLAIN Taking it down a notch, electro-acoustic country-Americana group Neo Tundra Cowboy recently put out their second release, Deserted Dull Plain (Club Caboose Records). Slow guitar, banjo, harmonica and Christopher Thompson’s reedy vocals slide down country roads and kick up their heels at swing dances. The CD has a raw vibe with restarts, re-stops, hitches and glitches something Christopher Thompson, the Neo Tundra Cowboy himself, did intentionally. “I like that low-fi style recording,” he said. The CD is available at Record Exchange now, and Neo Tundra Cowboy is having a CD release party on Saturday, May 22, at The Plank. More information is available at myspace. com/neotundracowboy.

Late last year, psychobilly trio Demoni released Dawn of Demoni (P.I.G. Records), 21 tracks of fast-paced rock that howls from the dark side. With a hint of Motorhead and a modicum of The Misfits, the album is a nod to horror films, their makers and their stars. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead and John Carpenter’s In The Mouth of Madness serve as inspiration; George Romero and his zombies make a strong showing; and the devil, the Mummy, the Wolfman and even the Fly all get a shout out. The ripping melodic surf guitar on the Dawn of Demoni tracks come courtesy of frontman Andy Agenbroad, who you may know from Gig’s Music. He gets kudos for the high production value on this album, which FAUXBOIS: was recorded, mixed CARRY ON Follow all of BW’s Noise coverage at boiseand mastered at his Carry On (Spark at Tour Mode and Cobweb. Keep up to date on releases and shows with Projectseven Studios. & Shine Records), BW’s Music Guide. More information is the debut release by available at myspace. Fauxbois—brainchild com/demonipsycho. of former principal of Mayerforce One Academy of Arts and Sciences Brian Mayer—has a very real chance FURY OF THE CYCLOPS: of finding some serious traction. On Carry THE CHRONICLE On, Mayer does carry on in the tradition of Speaking of a monster concept CD, lowell-crafted indie rock and he’s not afraid cal band Fury of the Cyclops delivered The Chronicles (1332 Records). Fury rose from the to let songs wander in one direction before pulling them back and pushing them off ashes of zombie-punk-country band Wilson in another. Soft acoustic guitar riffs and a St. Pub and Sluthouse Band with Byl Kravetz chorus of voices wrap their arms around on vocals and Khalil Linane on guitar. The melancholy lyrics anchored by Mayer’s sweet Cyclops, a mythical a one-eyed creature, fights and bittersweet vocals. his way across The Chronicles, tackling the

Carry On is going to be one of those “remember when” CDs: “Remember when we took that road trip and I played ‘Ghosts and Fireflies’ over and over? I loved that trip.” Local artist Erin Cunningham designed the CD cover, and a number of local luminaries pitched in on Carry On with their own talents, including Lisa Simpson, Grant Olsen, Heather Bauer, Blake Green and producer Tristan Andreas to name but a few. Fauxbois celebrates Carry On on Saturday, May 15, at Visual Arts Collective. For more information, visit fauxboisidaho.

ALTER: DUSK-DAWN Also out is the debut from Alter, the alterego of PussyGutt’s Blake Green. While Green doesn’t completely let go of PussyGutt’s doom and gloom, Alter’s debut Dusk-Dawn has a slightly more chimerical bent. Though the album contains only two tracks— “Dusk” and “Dawn”—and is mostly sans vocals, calling it atmospheric won’t do. “It’s been called Western romantic doom,” Green said. “It’s like funeral doom meets Julee Cruise meets Twin Peaks.” The CD is available for free download and Green is going to debut Alter live on Friday, May 14, at Visual Arts Collective. For more information or to download, Dusk-Dawn, visit

MATT HOPPER: JERSEY FINGER Matt Hopper is wrapping up production on his fifth release, Jersey Finger, which contains both new tunes and some reimagined old ones. It’s an addictive collection of rock and pop with a little Americana thrown in and, like Mayer’s album, Jersey Finger is anchored by vocals—Hopper has a flair for the falsetto. That ability along with Hopper’s songwriting and arrangement skills are highlighted on Jersey Finger, which should be waggling in people’s faces by June. For more information, visit WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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ARCHEOLOGY—With Le Fleur, Hillfolk Noir and A Seasonal Disguise. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective

HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater Pizza and Pasta

A TASTY JAMM—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny


AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement

CRAVING DAWN—9 p.m. $2. Liquid GREEN RIVER ORDINANCE—With Angel Taylor and Jack Littman. 8 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory JEFF CROSBY—8 p.m. FREE. Reef JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow KEVIN KIRK, JON HYNEMAN AND PHIL GARONZIK—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

MALAIKAT DAN SINGA—With La Knots and With Child. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux REBECCA SCOTT BAND—9 p.m. FREE. Sin THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club WILSON, ROOTS AND YOUNG—7 p.m. FREE. Reef

BUILT TO SPILL—See Picks, Page 12. With A Seasonal Disguise and the Boise high school orchestras. Proceeds to benefit Partners in Health: Haiti. 8 p.m. $18. Egyptian Theatre THE CHICHARONES—See Listen Here, this page. 9:30 p.m. $5. Reef GARRISON STARR—With Jay Nash. 9 p.m. $5. The Bouquet

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

GENTLE ROWSER—9:30 p.m. FREE. Piazza Di Vino

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

HIGH ON FIRE—With Priestess, Black Cobra and Bison B.C. 8 p.m. $12. Neurolux

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BLAZE-N-KELLY—6 p.m. FREE. Piper

HURT—8 p.m. $15. Knitting Factory JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock and Barrel JOHN HANSON—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK, SALLY TIBBS, JOHN JONES, JON HYNEMAN, MIKE SEIFRIT—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PATRICIA FOLKNER—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Humpin’ Hannah’s SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

THURSDAY APRIL 29 A.B.K. AND THE APRIL FOOL’S FOOLIN’ TOUR—With Tragedy, Knothead, Twisted Insane. 6:30 p.m. $10-$15. Knitting Factory

SPOONDRAGON—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s THIS PROVIDENCE—With The Audition and Bigger Lights. 7:30 p.m. $12. The Venue THOMAS PAUL TRIAD—10 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek Ale House Malaikat Dan Singa

Garrison Starr





To name your band after a fried pork fat snack, you either have no idea what a Chicharone is or you have a serious sense of humor. The Chicharones’ Sleep of Old Dominion and Josh Martinez know exactly what a Chicharone is. Since 2006’s When Pigs Fly, the Portland, Ore.-based hip-hop duo has worked like mad on other projects. Martinez (who is huge in Canada) paid homage to Hunter S. Thompson with a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-esque video. Martinez hilariously channeled his idol for the insidiously addictive track “Underground Pop” off of his 2008 release, World Famous Sex Buffet. Sleep has been busy, too, releasing Hesitation Wounds in 2009, a groovy, orchestrated, futuristic, retro (listen for Real Life’s “Send Me An Angel” in “Talk About It”) CD. Stick the two MC/singer/songwriters together and you get the funny, foxy, far-out Chicharones. Back them with a live band and you get a big crazy, crunchy bowl of hip-hop. Can somebody bring the hot sauce?

When Bert McCracken of The Used and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance belt out their cover of “Under Pressure,” no other modern act can give David Bowie and Freddie Mercury more of a run for their money. Since forming in 2001, The Used have amassed a fairly solid pop punk pedigree. Not only did ska/punk all-star John Feldmann from Goldfinger produce the band’s first three albums, but McCracken also had a fling with Kelly Osbourne in the heyday of the starlet’s reality TV success. For 2009’s Artwork, The Used brought in Thrice and Panic at the Disco producer Matt Squire to give the record a noisier, darker feel. Describing the record’s cover—a giant syringe injecting the word “art” into an arm carved with the word “work”—in an interview with Clink Music Magazine, McCracken said, “It involves … the dichotomy between what the media and society thinks is legitimate artwork and what we know to be true. In a lot of ways the record cover represents media force feeding us stale and useless art whatever medium it might be.” —Tara Morgan

—Amy Atkins Friday, April 30, 10 p.m., $5. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St.,

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With New Medicine and Far. Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $25-$50, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement

AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement

BEN UNION—With Bill Coffey. 9 p.m. $5. The Bouquet


BILLY ZERA, AWA AND SONY DISC—7:30 p.m. FREE. Mai Thai-Eagle ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill JEFF KNOWLES—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

Rocci Johnson Band PATRICK KURDY, KEVIN KIRK AND SALLY TIBBS—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PILOT ERROR—9:30 p.m. FREE. Reef

LEE PENN SKY—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Humpin’ Hannah’s

MIKE QUINN—9 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club


SHEARWATER—See Picks, Page 13. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

DERBY DAY—9 p.m. FREE. Piper JIM LEWIS—11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s POWERMAN 5000— With Kryterium, The S1nd1cate and Ink Dot Boy. 8 p.m. $14. Knitting Factory




FUEGOGO!—9:30 p.m. FREE. Terrapin Station IRATION—With Pacific Dub and Through the Roots. 8 p.m. $12 advance; $14 door. Neurolux. JEREMIAH JAMES—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock and Barrel KEVIN KIRK, JOHN JONES—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers



THOMAS PAUL—11 a.m. FREE. Red Feather Lounge

SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. $2. 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.


THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

DJS—Wed: Bad Irish, Balcony. Thu: Balcony. Fri: Bad Irish, Balcony. Sat: Balcony, Dirty Little Roddy’s, Terrapin Station. Mon: Bad Irish, Balcony. Tue: Balcony.


THE USED—See Listen Here, Page 23. With New Medicine and Far. 8 p.m. $25. Knitting Factory

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

WAYNE WHITE AND RACHEL BEVRY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Music of the Vine

TOM GOSS—With Jeremiah Clark. Proceeds go to Boise Pride. 8 p.m. VAC

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. Tue: 44 Club, Shorty’s. For the week’s complete schedule of music listings, visit

YER MAMA—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

Audio Moonshine


Powerman 5000

Boise Blues Society Jam

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

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DESIGNING GRADS Boise State graphic design students polish their portfolios TARA MORGAN

Not by the hair on my skinny, skin, skin.

BIKES VS. SKINS If you love the bio-mechanical treebots, tie-wearing bears, precious crab clawwielding little girls or bike-riding goats of Ben Wilson’s creations and you are the proud owner of an iPhone, you might want to scoop up a Wilson-designed art skin from Four of Wilson’s grinning ghosties— ”Chad,” “Emily,” “Gregg” and “Jessica”— grace either a hard-shell or gel skin. Due to the lack of inventor y and the preorder business, it looks like Izozzi is just getting things rolling. But they do have a couple of other artists’ cool skins, as well as two band skins, including Boise’s own James Orr, which features a picture of the big-bearded musician standing large and in charge. Want to design your own skin or get your own musical mug on the back of fans’ iPhones? Visit for more info. To see more of Wilson’s work, visit Speaking of bike-riding goats (not really), ewe should hop on your baaad-ass cycle and pedal over to the Linen Building, ASAP. In celebration of Idaho lad Josh Ritter’s newest release, So Runs the World Away, the Linen Building recently unveiled a new mural featuring themes and artwork from the new album. The mural, which is made up of three large panels, climbs up the exterior west wall of the Linen Building and was conceived by artist Matthew Fleming and painted by Boise Rock School pioneer Ryan Peck and Kacey Martinez. And listen up little ladies with big crushes on Mr. Ritter: You only have three months to linger over the new mural. No kid-ding. In other bicycle and Linen Building news, the third annual Modern Art show is fast approaching at the Modern Hotel. This year, in addition to a butt-load of artists and street performers and wristband wielding artsters, the Boise Bike Project is bringing the Fixed Gear Gallery to Boise. Fixie and single-speed riders are encouraged to show off their bike babies to the judgmental masses in hopes of being crowned raddest ride. The top-five vote snaggers will be posted on —Amy Atkins and Tara Morgan

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From top to bottom: Akiko Fry, Rebecca Stich and Landon Larsen.

be feeling enthusiastic about getting out of school On the front page of the undergraduate portfolio and getting a job. However, I think all of them Web site, 15 Boise State graphic design students have been encouraged … to just get themselves out strike a pose, covering their faces with unique, there,” said Wood. “Going back to that magic dust vibrant posters. It’s part police lineup and part Disconcept, I think sometimes when you meet a new ney Channel promo—skinny jeans, bell-bottoms, Chucks and high-heeled boots peek out from under graduate who is inspiring and is inspired by the industry, there’s chances that positions could get their creations, hinting at each student’s eccentriccreated for you.” ity. As you scroll through the student-designed site, Jane Naillon, brand strategist at Brand Smack, just one part of ART 495, a semester-long elective a division of design firm Oliver Russell, has seen portfolio review course, students list what “mark” this inspiration happen firsthand. In addition to they hope to make on the graphic design world. “I want to leave my mark by creating advertising helping mentor a few Boise State graphic design students each semester, Oliver Russell also hired one that is self-aware, design that is intelligent and art a full-time designer, in part, because of the biannual that nobody understands,” writes Landon Larsen. senior portfolio show. Or, “I want to leave my mark by creating design “You want to have your finger on the pulse of that will make people look twice and ask questhe creative community, and every [portfolio] show tions,” writes Ashley Durand. puts out at least one really fantastic designer, from This semester marks the end of an era in the what I’ve seen,” said Naillon. “One of the women Boise State graphic design program, the largest that works here at Oliver Russell was hired from by-far of all programs in the art department. The the portfolio show as an intern, and then she was university recently decided to alter the curriculum promoted into a full-time position.” and among many new requirements, portfolio Unfortunately, snagging a full-time graphic classes like the one described above have become design job in Boise isn’t quite as easy in the current mandatory starting in fall 2010. economy. When Naillon recently put out an ad for “What we’re trying to do is streamline the an entry-level position, she received 60 resumes, program so that students can make it through in many from out-of-work graphic designers with a better amount of time than they do now, which sometimes can be five to six years,” said graphic de- years of experience. To remain competitive in this relatively small marketplace, Naillon recommends sign faculty member Jennifer Wood. “We’re doing that new grads be as well rounded as they can, esthat by creating more of a competitive atmosphere, pecially where technology is concerned. That means so ultimately by admitting fewer students.” knowing print design as well as Web site design and But for go-getters like Lindsey Ward, president of the student chapter of the AIGA, deciding to take animation. But nitty gritty aside, after working in the fastthe portfolio class was already a no-brainer. “Even if you don’t take the class, you’re going to paced New York graphic design world for 20 years, have to prepare your portfolio, and you’re going to Naillon is happy to be back in a smaller community, one that nurtures up-and-comers. have to do all this stuff anyway,” said Ward. “So, “What I’ve noticed in the Boise why not have a big show while industry is that people really pay you’re at it?” Wednesday, April 28, 5-6 p.m., attention to the youth that’s coming The 2010 biannual senior professionals’ hour; out because their perspectives are so portfolio show, “Re(Mark),” 6-9 p.m., general public fresh and they’re learning all of the takes place Wednesday, April POWERHOUSE EVENT CENTER new stuff,” said Naillon. “Coming 28, from 5-9 p.m. at the 621 S. 17th St. from New York City, I never went Powerhouse Event Center. On 208-433-0197 to a portfolio show, ever.” this particular night—these While there is an educational dents’ official introduction to support structure in place for new the professional graphic design community—many soon-to-be grads will glow with designers in Boise, according to Wood and Naillon, it still might be in a new graduate’s best interest to something Wood has deemed “magic dust.” look outside of Idaho. “I always say you have to use this moment in “I always recommend to my students that they your life really well because this is when you have really spread their wings and that they cast their net a lot of magic dust,” said Wood. “What I mean by that is, you’re really close to your work ... That con- to think about looking at markets outside of Boise that are bigger—Seattle or Portland [Ore.], San nection is a little bit deeper, maybe, than after you Francisco,” said Wood. get out and start working in the field.” But leaving Boise isn’t for everyone. While Ward Graphic design has often been cast as the deis realistic about her chances of getting a job after pendable artistic career choice—a way to integrate graduating, she still has no plans to leave the Treacreative passion with steady cash flow. And while the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects sure Valley. Well, if you don’t count backpacking through Europe after graduation. that employment in graphic design will grow 13 “I’d like to find a job here in Boise … It’s going percent by 2018—which translates to roughly 36,900 more jobs—that growth has been difficult to to be tough, but I’ll find a job eventually, even if I have to work at something else besides graphic see in the saturated Boise graphic design market. design for a while,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the best time in the world to WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


BACK UP ... BACK WAY UP FROM BACK-UP PLAN 98 painful minutes of watching J-Lo grow GEORGE PRENTICE Judith Crist and Rex Reed enjoyed celebrity status by turning bad reviews into a cottage “Oh, no. It’s positive. Even with a cute little dog in a wheelchair, this movie is positively terrible.” industry, and the website built its foundation by comparing some films my recess, I let six other people cut in to bad produce. But there’s something wrong 98 of the longest minutes of my life. front of me. When I get to the counter, about taking such glee in trashing an art MINUTE NO. 1: A pedicure joke. Somebody I’m still not hungry. I order coffee. Have form. I was really hoping not to write a bad shoot me. you ever had a cup of coffee at a cineplex? review. Honestly, I was. MINUTE NO. 15: The third in a long line of Somebody dig me up from my grave again I conducted a social experiment at the pee jokes. Somebody perform CPR, bring .... By the time I return to the theater, Zoe cineplex. I loitered near the box office while me back to life and shoot me again. and Stan are still in the same break-up taking a quiet tally of which movie was sellscene. Still. ing the most tickets in an hour’s time. The MINUTE NO. 30: The male lead makes finalists were: The Back-Up Plan (Jennifer cheese. He makes the MINUTES NO. 60 THROUGH 89: A long list Lopez with an EPT first “Would you like of cliches: a potty-mouthed grandma, a stick) or The Losers to taste my cheese?” guy who passes out in an OB/GYN exam THE BACK-UP PLAN (PG-13) (Zoe Saldana with a joke. Somebody dig room, strolls down spotless New York Directed by Alan Poul semi-automatic weapme up from my grave, City streets, even a shirtless guy riding a on). As the showtimes Starring Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin jam needles in my tractor. approached, it was eyes, and then shoot Now playing at Edwards 9 and Edwards 21 MINUTE NO. 90: A blooper reel. Really? clear that The Backme one more time. Up Plan was selling One scene stuck out rather vividly: Stan MINUTE NO. 45: Zoe more that particular is told by a father of three that “being a Dad (Lopez) and Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) have weekend evening. I watched scores of couples is awful, and then awful, awful, awful, and one of a string of break-up-to-make-up enter the theater, with many of the ladies then amazing, and then awful again.” scenes. I go to the concession stand. I’m in a rather ebullient mood and many of the The Back-Up Plan is the same, except for not even hungry. I just need to press my guys with a resigned look of disinterest. So, I the amazing part. mental reset button. Wanting to prolong manned up, bought a ticket and settled in for

SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings IRON JAWED ANGELS—Celebrate passage of women’s right to vote and the 19th Amendment with a free showing of Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hillary Swank. Friday, April 30. 7 p.m. FREE. Idaho Education Association, 620 N. Sixth St., 208-3441341,

opening CITY ISLAND—An offbeat comedy about a Bronx family with everything to hide. Corrections officer Vince (Andy Garcia) secretly takes acting class, but his wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies) thinks he is having an affair. The

introduction of Vince’s ex-con son throws the family into more chaos. (PG-13) Flicks FURRY VENGEANCE— Animals attack when a real estate developer (Brendan Fraser) attempts to build a housing development in a forest. A construction site turns into a battlefield in this animated comedy from Just Friends director Roger Kumble. (G) NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET—One, two, Freddy’s coming for you ...again. The remake of Wes Craven’s classic pits razor handed killer Freddy Krueger against a group of suburban teenagers he attacks in their dreams. (R)


continuing ALICE IN WONDERLAND— (PG) Edwards 22 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 connoisseurs and the City of Brotherly Love. This documentary explores the story of Dr. Albert C. Barnes who, in 1922, formed the Barnes Institute, which contains 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 Barne’s 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). See review, this page. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE BOUNTY HUNTER—A bounty hunter must bring in his ex-wife for jumping bail, despite her claims of being set up. His only weapon? Sexual innuendo. (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 DEATH AT A FUNEREAL— 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 funereal, does. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

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SCREEN/LISTINGS 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 ECLIPSE—Tony-nominted playwright, Conor McPherson, brings the story of an Irish writer whose dead wife mysteriously shows up to an annual meeting of authors. (R) 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— John Cusack, Rob Cordry and Craig Robinson from The Office go back in time with the help of booze, Chevy Chase and a Magic Hot Tub. Hilarity and young Cusack in the ’80s references ensue. (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 Nic 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 (Myley Cyrus) refuses to follow in her father’s footsteps and attend Juilliard. Can father and daughter reconnect over their love of music? In this family drama, signs point to yes. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22


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


Flicks: W-Th only: 5, 7, 9


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:10 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 3:15, 4:25, 5:35, 7, 8, 9:25, 10:25 BOUNTY HUNTER— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11 a.m., 1:35, 4:15, 6:55, 9:25 CITY ISLAND—

Flicks: F-Su: 12:35, 2:45, 4:55, 7:05, 9:15; M-Tu: 4:55, 7:05, 9:15


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:15 a.m., 1, 2, 3:40, 5:30, 6:10, 8:15, 8:50 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: 4:35, 7:35, 10:15 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 1:10, 2:45, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:15, 9:15, 9:45


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:30

Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:50, 10:05 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:35 a.m., 1:55, 4:10, 6:20, 9:10


Flicks: W-Th: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20;

F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 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, 10:35;

Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 10:10 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON—Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:25 a.m., 1:05, 2:55, 3:50, 5:20, 6:25, 8:55 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3D—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 4:40


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:20


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, Edwards 22


Get the most current movie times at

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


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

OCEANS—James Bond loves nature. Pierce Brosnan narrates this Disneynature 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

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Flicks: W-Th: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; F-Su: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 1:45, 4, 4:45, 7, 7:45, 9:45, 10:25

Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2:10, 3:55, 4:50, 6:45, 7:30, 8, 9:25, 10:15, 10:40 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—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:25, 4, 6:35, 9:15 Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:35, 10


Edwards 22: W-Th: 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:20

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



Graphing fandom kinda takes the fun out of it.


Jana Repulski, No. 110, took the women’s pro category at the inaugural Velopark Grandprix race.

Brett Nichols, No. 115, trains locally and races nationally. He won the men’s pro category at the VGP Race No. 1, completing six 4-mile laps in 1:28:31.

BOISE ADDS MOUNTAIN RACES Pro field still sparse in Idaho mountain bike scene NATHANIEL HOFFMAN Brett Nichols won the men’s pro catDespite the miles of trails for training, tons egory and is one of the few Boise pros who of athletes, hospitable weather and now competes in other parts of the country. He three mountain bike racing series, Boise is not the hotbed of professional mountain bik- moved to Boise to train, mainly because of the climate, but has been pleased with the ing it could be. trails and the Velopark’s looping course. “It’s pretty tough for the Idaho folks “The United States is really struggling to go on the national level and compete with finding venues that promote that kind because the national races are so far away … of racing, where you can see everything they’re back East or in California,” said Hal that’s happening,” Nichols said. Miller, one of the organizers of the Knobby The Velopark races utilize Foothills single Tire Series, six races that comprise the state track, as well as some of the engineered championship series. features in the bike park, including a four Along with the Knobby Tire races, Wild cross course, designed for four riders chasing Rockies Racing hosts eight cross-country one another, similar to the ski cross event in mountain bike races this summer, plus the Winter Games. The four cross is where downhill trials. The opening Barking Spider Repulski won the race, when her only comrace drew regional competitors. And the petitor crashed. newcomer to the racing circuit, the Velopark Jenny Tobin separated her shoulder and Grandprix, hosts four races this season at the Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park in the crushed her helmet in the race, but finished anyway, rather than sitting on the sidelines Eagle Foothills. waiting for her husband, Michael Tobin, also Jana Repulski, a physical therapist in a pro rider, to finish. Michael Tobin, a wellEagle, won the first Velopark race this known adventure racer, retired last year but month, in the women’s pro division. still races locally in the pro circuit. “I race in the pro field, but I also have a “We try to do as career that is not bike many of the local racing,” Repulski said. things as we can, and She’s had a national they’re fun and we ranking in past years don’t have to travel as but won’t be far,” Jenny Tobin said. ing much outside the All the racers BW Treasure Valley now. spoke with enjoyed Repulski said a the Velopark course, describing it as windy, good turnout for women pros at Idaho races with good downhills and a nice view of the is about five. Same for men. entire field. But Jenny Tobin said there might “When people show up, there’s good not be enough places to pass in the Velopark competition,” she said. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

to draw racers from outside. She also said Boise lacks some of the terrain that makes mountain biking so difficult on the East Coast or in the desert, like slippery logs and big rocks. Still, all the local races draw competitive riders in all the divisions and provide a good supplement to training. According to Jon Gould, promoter for the Velopark series, one of the best races was the trailblazer division—8 and younger—in which a girl who was in second place most of the race nosed out another 7-year-old five feet from the finish line for a win. Knobby Tire races are organized by the Broken Spoke Cycling team, a large team that has both road and mountain bikers. While mountain biking is largely an individual sport, Miller said they train together and take turns working the races so that other team members can actually race. The top rider in the Knobby Tire series is declared state champion. Wild Rockies hosts the longest calendar, with both cross-country and downhill races, including at Bogus Basin and Brundage. Several race organizers noted the dearth of female competitors. Repulski said one reason may be that the men’s teams often get sponsors to cover the cost of racing while women are usually paying their own way. “There’s definitely a lot of women riding, but not a lot of women racing,” she said. But racing is a really good supplement to training, pushing a rider to do their best over the course of the race, Repulski said. “I rely on those to get that early season fitness boost.”

Boise State undergrad Andrew Nies is not a football fanatic. But when it comes to the Broncos, he makes an exception with a twist. In order to more fully appreciate the sport, he wondered if there was a way to watch a game from a scientific perspective. There is. Late last fall, the geophysics major buried broadband seismometers around Boise State’s campus just before a home game. On a chilly November day when the Broncos soundly defeated their age-old rival, the University of Idaho Vandals, Nies’ gear recorded the underground waves or vibrations made by the crowd. Turns out the Bronco faithful are enthusiastic early in the first half of the game. All that cheering, stomping and screaming tapers off as the first half comes to a close. That’s one of many findings Nies discovered. He presented his research at a gathering of some 500 seismologists at the Seismological Society of America conference recently in Portland, Ore. The largest spike in activity happened in the final minutes of the first half of the game when the Broncos scored a last minute touchdown off a Vandal kickoff. “So we see the crowd isn’t responding as much. Then there’s this buildup,” said Nies. “Then bam! You have this big event.” In the geophysical world, these “big events” actually aren’t so big. They’re micro earthquakes. Seismologists usually study these tiny tremors in volcanoes. A tiny vibration almost too small to record happens when something like a rock breaks off inside a volcano. “We don’t have any volcanoes here [Boise],” Nies explained, “So I wondered what we could go out and monitor.” This was last fall, about the time when the Oregon Ducks were coming to town to take on the Broncos. Nies and geophysics assistant professor Matthew Haney were talking about the big matchup when it struck them both. Why not record the crowd’s response using seismometers? It didn’t happen for that game; there are permits involved, 2-foot holes to be dug for the equipment, the gear must be buried and volunteers are needed to jot down notes of major events—say when the cannon fires after a touchdown or the marching band performs. By the time the classic rival matchup with the Vandals rolled around, Nies and a team of 20 volunteers were ready. The seismometers recorded kickoffs and touchdowns and also some anomalies that took Nies by surprise. “We actually figured out we recorded a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Argentina,” he said. There was also a “little blip” in the data. Turns out it was the Vandals’ marching band as they headed toward the stadium right before the game. —Sadie Babits

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Brady will read

monday, may 3 7:00pm

Brady Udall

7079 Overland Rd





his new novel and sign first edition copies. Refreshments will be served.



INSTRUCTIONAL FITNESS PROGRAMS—Boise State Recreation offers a variety of threeand eight-week programs aimed to get you fit. Check out the list of classes and register online at instruction or call 208-4265644. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-426-1131,


launches his new book, The Lonely Polygamist.

selections from

KNOBBY TIRES SERIES COYOTE CLASSIC—Beginners and pros are invited to this points race for the Wild Rockies series. The 8-mile course runs through sagebrush and creeks with varied elevation. Great for single-speed racers. Race is Saturday, May 8. Information and registration at MOUNTAIN WEST OUTDOOR CLUB—Member-led recreational activities throughout the year including hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking. Upcoming trips include weekly Wednesday hikes of local Foothills and mid-week paddles. Check the members-only group website to keep current on all recently posted and spontaneous activities. Memberships cost $15 per year. For information, call 208389-2112 or 208-343-2111. SUN VALLEY HALF MARATHON—Registration is now open for the Sun Valley Half Marathon. Racers and spectators alike will dig the newly renovated course with a newly designated start/finish spot, making it easy for friends and family to catch you cross the finish line. Race is June 5, $40. For registration information, visit www.sunvalleyhalfmarathon. com. WALK TO CURE DIABETES— The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser to provide money for further research in the field of type one diabetes. Head down to participate in the 5K walk, followed by food, music and children’s entertainment. Sat., May 1, 10 a.m. FREE, donations encouraged. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard. WEST VALLEY 10K/5K RUN/ WALK—Fun-run/walk to promote arthritis awareness. For online registration, go to www. or For more details, call 208-455-3838. Sat., May 1, 10 a.m. $20. West Valley Medical Center, 1717 Arlington, Caldwell.

Events & Classes ADULT VOLLEYBALL CLINIC— An environment for adult play. Brush up on skills and incorporate them into the game. Coached by a certified USA volleyball coach. Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. $10. Rolling Hills Public Charter School, 8900 Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle, 208-939-5400, www.sde.idaho. gov. CHEN T’AI CHI—The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, 723 N. 15th St., 208-388-0206, www.

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Sarah Barber yucks it up early in the race.

POPPING THE ROBIE CREEK CHERRY As a 33-year-old Race to Robie Creek virgin, I’m not sure what I expected from my recent deflowering. It was hot. We were sweaty. There was some chaffing of exposed skin. But the end result, despite a few remaining sore spots, is a newfound confidence; my friends say they can see it when they look into my eyes. Ironically, the confidence didn’t come from running 13 miles or even from the successful face-off with Aldape Summit. It came from the 14th mile where, more than an hour after finishing the half marathon, my real race began. After weaving through a mass of iPod-wearing, hard-breathing grimacers on foot for nearly two hours, I knew the last thing I’d want to do was enjoy the aroma of their perspiration (and mine) in a poorly ventilated shuttle bus all the way home. With that in mind, my friends and I had devised an exit strategy. My husband had agreed to meet us somewhere on the road between the park at Robie Creek and Highway 21—he wouldn’t be permitted to drive all the way in, but we figured he’d make it as far as the nearest roadblock. With a pre-arranged meeting time, all we had to do was get to the roadblock in time for him to swing by and pick us up. Nothing to it. At precisely 15 minutes prior to the pre-arranged time, now clad in flip-flops and toting the last few swallows of our first (third?) pints of Mirror Pond Ale, we left the park on foot. Giddy with “runner’s high,” we spent the first few minutes of our blistered-toes shuffle congratulating ourselves for not allowing the amnesic effect of the booze to impede our plan. As we limped past the long lines of people waiting for the bus, I waved at another friend who stood patiently sandwiched between her future seatmates. On we walked, commenting to each other, “It can’t be more than a mile, can it?” It can, as a matter of fact, and it was. Fifteen minutes into our death march to Highway 21, the bus (which now contained my smug-looking friend) passed us. Five minutes after that, a man walking in full cycling attire, including road shoes with cleats, passed us. Apparently any wheeled device, even a bicycle, had not been allowed to proceed past the roadblock. And apparently, we were moving slower than we thought and losing the race against the clock. Our hopes of being on time for our pick-up evaporated. Ten minutes later, we were still walking. We could now make out an Ada County Sheriff’s rig blocking the road, shimmering like a mirage in the heat but not appearing to get any closer. In cycling parlance, we liken energy consumption to burning a book of matches, and on that Saturday, I burned every single one. Thinking I could easily walk one more mile after a race that bills itself as “the toughest half marathon in the Northwest” was an idea borne of sheer lunacy. I’m not Chuck Norris. But I made it! And fortunately, our chauffeur was almost as late as we were. —Sarah Barber


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



The two best things about fast food are portability and price. I want Vietnamese food is all about juxtaposition: the spicy and the cool playeats on the cheap that I can pick up and take home where nobody ing off each other to create ever-shifting flavor combinations. Even the stares at me if (when) I spill special sauce on my sweatshirt. But somecultural origins of Vietnamese fare are a study in diversity thanks to the times I want something different. I want cuisine with an ethnic flair but influence of France on its former Asian colony. That mix has led to the a modicum of the mundane. The Vietnamese fare at Baguette Deli— creation of a cuisine that has a surprisingly broad appeal. housed in a strip mall next to Fred Meyer on Franklin—is both foreign The same can be said about Boise’s Baguette Deli. The small and familiar. storefront eatery offers an array of Vietnamese-style sandwiches, each Very little visually distinguishes Baguette Deli from a typical franshowcasing the best of its cross-cultural influences, and doing it all at chise sandwich shop: It has a smattering of unremarkable tables and prices that are almost shockingly affordable. chairs and the two walls of windows look out over a parking lot. It We stuck to the Vietnamese side of the menu, where fillings include even shares the main menu item of a Subway or Blimpie: sandwiches. grilled beef, pork loaf, Cajun shrimp and even vegetarian “ham.” Each But the similarities comes with pickled end at roast beef, vegetables, cilantro pastrami and egg and thick slices of jasalad options. Balapenos. We grabbed guette uses ciabatta one of the handful of and baguettes baked small tables lining the at the nearby Oriwindows looking out ent Market, and on the Fred Meyer offers the likes of shopping complex, thit nuong, trung but hardly had time ga or cha lua. The to check out the dac biet, or house drink cooler filled special ($3.25), holds with Asian energy pickled carrots and drinks before our onions julienned order was waiting at into bite-sized strips. the small counter. Long flat slices of Served in simple pork loaf and pate. paper trays, our Thick slices of the cesandwiches were rise-tinged pork, usuanything but ordially served with seeds nary. The rotisserie and hot mustard in chicken, or thit ga Chinese restaurants. ($4.95 in a combo), Round teacup-sized was a surprise. I slices of pink-andexpected the simple BAGUETTE DELI white salami. Kelly taste of a traditional 5204 W. Franklin Road green cilantro leaves. Twelve inches of white-and-gold roasted chicken, but what I got was a generous portion (next to Fred Meyer) baguette so soft inside, the ingredients sink into pillowy of shredded chicken seasoned with an array of pep208-336-2989 dough. It’s fresh, interesting and safe. per and a hint of garlic. The spiciness of the meat was Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sandwiches can be washed down with a soda but offset by the cool crisp of the pickled vegetables and the are better complemented by a Vietnamese-style coffee refreshing bite of cilantro. But just when I thought I had ($2.50), boba tea ($2.50) or a smoothie ($2.75), which the flavor figured out, I was smacked with a surprise jacomes in a variety of flavors including avocado. Or, lapeno. I learned to stay on my toes with this sandwich. from the cooler near the counter, pull out a canned Asian energy drink, The barbecue pork, or thit nuong ($4.95, combo), was equally well banana-flavored grass juice, soy beverage, coconut milk or a tiny green received. Rather than being the traditional sweet, sauce-laden Amerbottle of an aloe drinks. ican-style barbecue, this thinly sliced pork was glazed with a tangy A foot-long sandwich will fill a hunger hole, but it’s tough to resist version that bordered on spicy. supplementing with a fried egg roll (85 cents) or a shrimp and pork goi But the real kicker in both sandwiches was the item the restaurant cuon or spring roll ($3.25): shredded lettuce, cilantro, white noodles, gets its name from—the baguette. This bread was, hands down, some paper-thin slices of pork and shrimp, wrapped with tight hospital corof the best I’ve ever had. Its golden crust was crunchy, while the inside ners in rubbery translucent rice paper accompanied by a cup of thick, stayed light and fluffy. Bite after bite, the baguette held up, and its sweet mahogany-brown peanut sauce. sweet, smooth texture offered yet another complementary flavor to the Next to the cash register, there might be a pan of beignets ($2.50 overall creation. for four) or, on occasion, an off-menu, unlabeled sweet like five shiny We tore ourselves away only long enough to try the shrimp and white round cakes and a packet of sesame seeds ($2.50). The petite girl pork spring rolls ($3.25 for three). The rolls were the definition of behind the counter said she didn’t know what to call them in English. fresh, packed with thin noodles, crisp lettuce, strips of cold cooked “In my language, they translate to cow cakes,” she said, blushing. pork, and pink and white shrimp showing through the translucent “Cow cakes is the closest I can say.” Milky and slightly sweet, the rice paper wrapping. The rolls were expertly wrapped, proving tight cakes offered an odd not altogether unpleasant dichotomy of chewy enough to hold their contents in between bites. and crunchy. While we had commented on the sheer size of the sandwiches when Sometimes I want fast food that is different but not too different. they arrived, we somehow managed to finish every last bite. Strangely, I want exotic but I want it wrapped up in something recognizable. there was nary a regret muttered as we waddled toward the door, Baguette Deli is on my way home. already planning who we had to bring with us next time. —Amy Atkins carries a Tide pen with her when she goes out to eat. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

—Deanna Darr believes in the healing power of bread.

MARKET REPORT AND MARTINIS Rolling into week three of downtown Boise’s farmers market, I bet local produce diehards are hitting the market hard hoping that the pros have miraculously eked more out of the ground so far this year than the rest of us. Or maybe that’s just me. I’ll confess, my garden is nothing but mud at the moment, and not being a decent meal planner, I get to the market and just kind of pick up whatever looks good without considering an actual recipe. It’s an OK strategy, but if I were more organized, I’d have pulled a crop of greens out of my garden already, and I’d make my way down Eighth Street every Saturday with a plan of attack. Guy Hand is going to help me change that. Hand, who has his fingers in literally every food-news-related pie in town, is the genius behind He’s also the voice you hear on Boise State radio’s monthly Edible Idaho, and in addition to radio and Web work, Hand is The Idaho Statesman’s restaurant critic. (As a side note here, I’d recommend logging on to and checking out the podcast of Hand’s recent Edible Idaho piece “The Contentious World of Restaurant Reviews,” featuring Hand, myself, BW’s Amy Atkins and Cottonwood Grille owners Peter and Hilary Blatz. The piece’s opening phone message is a gem.) Friday, April 30, Hand launches a new, weekly segment called the “Market and Garden Report.” One week, it’s all about the market, when Hand trolls area farmers markets looking for the most interesting food and offering up a little lesson on what it is and exactly what the heck to do with it. The next week, it’s all about the farm. Hand will head out to Peaceful Belly farm for lessons and helpful tips that we novice gardeners can put to good use. Then it’s back to the market the next week. The “Market and Garden Report” airs on Morning Edition on KBSU 91.5 FM and will be podcast at In booze news, the annual Martini Mix-off starts Thursday, May 6, but it’s no longer the weekly debauchery it was. It even has a new name, May Martini Month, which reflects the much tamer festivities planned this year. Rather than the roving band of judges, outrageous parties and coupon books for the martini quaffing public, all you have to do is show up at a participating bar any Thursday night in May and order a specialty martini for $5. Participating bars include Angell’s Bar & Grill, Bardenay, Bonefish Grill, Chandlers, Pair, Piper Pub & Grill and Red Feather Lounge. —Rachael Daigle

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FOOD/DINING Downtown + Fringe ADDIE’S—The language of breakfast is spoken here. You’ve never seen so many meats followed by “& Eggs” on one menu. Come early to beat the rush for Boise’s best gravy. 510 W. Main St., 208-338-1198. $ OM . ALIA’S COFFEEHOUSE—Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon pick-me-up. Bagel sandwiches are most definitely the main event. (Try the homemade hummus.) But for sure, don’t miss out on the Purple Bean coffee or the case full of desserts. Chocolate chip cookie dough brownie, anyone? 908 W. Main St., 208-338-1299. $ SU OM . ALI BABA—Middle Eastern cuisine and all the fun and flavor that comes with it. 111 S Broadway Ave., 208-343-4536. SU . $-$$$ ANGELL’S—Upscale dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Featuring such tasty delights as Idaho Trout and Crab, Rosemary and Juniper Lamb Rack and Halibut Oscar. 909 Main St., 208-342-4900. $$-$$$ RES, SU OM. ASIAGO’S—Innovative Italian pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials served amidst rustic Italian countryside decor. 1002 W. Main St., 208-336-5552. $$-$$$ SU. BARDENAY—The atmospheric, cavernous interior (with visible distillery) and huge patio is the place to eat, drink and be seen downtown. 610 Grove St., 208-426-0538. $-$$ SU OM. THE BASQUE MARKET—The market’s shelves are stocked with Basque food and wine (and often, you’ll find take-and-bake croquettas in the cooler), but there’s also a small cafe space for lunch. A list of sandwiches on the market’s freshmade baguette (we here at BW crave the turkey) all come with a side and if you’re lucky, a cookie. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208. $ OM . BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR—In its downtown location, Berryhill is open for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu offers finer casual food like a fig and feta grilled cheese sandwich, a buffalo burger and a crab melt of focaccia. A separate hors d’oeuvre menu features nibbles like baked escargot, and entrees include everything from rack of lamb to fish and steaks to both the white meats. Berryhill also offers a special kid-friendly, little foodie menu. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553. $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM .

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

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

FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED EL GALLO GIRO 428 Main St., Kuna, “The tender chunks of chicken swam in a sauce that slowly revealed layers of flavor: first the sweet as it hit the tip of my tongue, then the earthy, and finally, a smouldering spice that I only became aware of minutes later. That lingering sensation reminded me to respect the mole.” —Deanna Darr

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

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 gut-bomb, hello freshness. 2275 W. Main, 208-345-8965. $-$$ OM SU.

back on the patio. 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111. $-$$ OM.

COLDSTONE CREAMERY— There is nary a sweet substance on the planet that tops ice cream, and Coldstone does it one better by handcrafting a concoction for every customer. 276 N. Eighth St., 208-3449888. $ SU.

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

COTTONWOOD GRILLE—The food and ambiance here share a terrific, tasteful symbiotic relationship. Inside, it’s like a big hunting lodge; outside, it’s watching the world go by on the Greenbelt. 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800. $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM. DARLA’S DELI—The menu at Darla’s Deli includes breakfast and lunch ciabatta sandwiches, chef salad with bacon and avocado halves stuffed with tuna salad plus daily specials. Best find on the menu? Half a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for $2.83. 250 S. Fifth St. OM 208-381-0034. $ . DAWSON’S DOWNTOWN—The interior of Dawson’s is almost as tasty as their hand-picked beans (from everywhere from Sumatra to Ethiopia to Mexico) roasted the old-fashioned way. Owners Dave and Cindy Ledgard know where to find the best fair trade, organic, shade grown and just plain excellent coffees. 219 N. Eighth St., 208-336-5633. $ SU. DELI AT THE GROVE—Head in and enjoy a classic deli-style menu equipped with sandwiches, salads and soup. 101 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-3500. $-$$


DONNIE MAC’S TRAILER PARK CUISINE—Located in the developing Linen District, Donnie Mac’s Trailerpark Cuisine may be downhome, but it’s certainly not from the trailer park. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, o-rings, fries, some very tasty fry sauce, the valley’s only frozen custard, mac-n-cheese and breakfast. Yowza! 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008. $-$$ OM . THE EDGE—Get a cup of joe in between shopping for music at The Record Exchange and knick knacks at The Edge gift shop. 1101 W. Idaho St., 208-3445383. $ SU.

THE FIXX—Serving the needs of coffee drinkers hunkered down in the western end of downtown, The Fixx brews up locally roasted coffee from Eagle Coffee Roasting, and the eats are all provided courtesy of Le Cafe de Paris. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. 224 10th St., 208-331-4011. SU . FLICKS—Movie and a meal from a killer kitchen. Food good enough to bring you in without a ticket includes burgers, chicken and brie on ciabatta, lasagna, gyro wraps, salads and daily soups. 646 Fulton St., SU. 208-342-4222. $ FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—In addition to a fantastic atmosphere (cool tunes, friendly employees, art on the walls and comfy seating), “the M” makes killer coffee drinks. Don’t forget the Art-O-Mat. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320. $ SU. FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE—Offering tasty pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Features a stellar line of beers, including 14 rotating beer taps, 20 bottles of Belgian Ale and more to comprise over 60 beers to choose from. Eat -in or take-out. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201. SU. $-$$ GANDOLFO’S DELI—The Georgia based franchise of New York delicatessens provides sandwich fans with New York style hot and cold deli sands, specialty selections and side salads. 401 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338. 7827. $ GERNIKA—Basque favorites in a dark and cozy little bar. Croquettas, chorizo, salomo, paella and a simple cheese plates that is one of the most popular in town. Don’t forget Beef Tongue Saturday. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175. $ .

EMILIO’S—With Chef Chris Hain in charge of preparing cuisine and over 450 wines in this restaurant in the Grove Hotel, you’ll think you’re in some big city, not downtown Boise. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-333-8002. . $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM

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

ELI’S ITALIAN DELI—For the sandwich lover for whom a sandwich is a work of love. With fresh ingredients, homemade bread and artful touches, Eli’s turns out sandwiches, soups and pastas for the hungry masses. A recent second location in downtown Boise, in addition to the Nampa landmark is earning more fans. 219 N. 10th St., 208-473OM . 7161. $-$$

GRAPE ESCAPE—Fine wine, delicious lunch and dinner, delectable desserts and light bites make this little bistro a great place to meet with great friends. And, if you can’t get to Grape Escape, they’ll bring their casual elegance to you at any of your functions or events with their fabulous catering. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-368-0200. $-$$ SU.

FALCON TAVERN—This upscale downtown tavern has become “Boise’s neighborhood pub.” Known for their hand-pressed Kobe burger and ample beer selection, Falcon Tavern also has a variety of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Cozy up in their interior space or kick

GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA—There’s nothing like a slice (or three) of Guido’s New York-style pizza for lunch. Their giant pies are inexpensive and addictive. 235 N. Fifth St., SU OM. 208-345-9011. $


HA’ PENNY IRISH PUB AND GRILL—An Irish pub with beautiful dark wood seating offering a delicious mixture of American bar fare and classics from the Emerald Isle. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-3435568. $$ SU OM. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—It is a happy fish, indeed, that becomes an entree here. With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more including several creative vegetarian options and perhaps an even wider array of cocktails, kick back in this chichi restaurant and enjoy. 855 Broad St., SU OM. 208-343-4810. $$$ JAVA—Three words: Bowl of Soul. This coffee/espresso/ chocolate concoction is liquid redemption. In addition to all things coffee, Java also serves scones, muffins and tasty lunch offerings. 223 N. Sixth St., . 208-345-0777. $ SU JENNY’S LUNCH LINE—Soon to be located downtown, Jenny’s currently caters and delivers daily for personal or large group meals. The menu, which changes every day, always features fresh soups, salads and sandwiches made daily. Vegetarian and healthy options are the mainstay with a single yummy dessert treat for the times when your sweet tooth needs a little loving, too. Get a menu by e-mailing Jenny at orders@jennyslunchline. com. Call the lunch line at 208433-0092, the catering line at 338-7851 or fax your order in to 208-433-0093. 106 N. Sixth St., OM. 208-433-0092. $-$$ KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE—Sometimes you want to get to a concert early to make sure you get a good seat. That might mean having to miss out on dinner somewhere else, but not if you’re going to the Knitting Factory. While you wait for the show to start, you can dig into a heaping plate of nachos, sink your teeth into a stacked sandwich and fries or wrap your mouth around a pile of buffalo wings; you’ll be eating like a rock star. Open Sunday (show nights). 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212. . $-$$ LA VIE EN ROSE—A Europeanstyle bakery where the digs are as beautiful as the grinds. Enjoy fresh baked croissants, brioches, tarts, eclairs and more from chef Patrick Brewer. Check out their breakfast menu, featuring everything from omelets and frittatas to biscuits and gravy and pancakes. Lunch features a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads, and Illy coffee is available all day, every day. 928 W. Main St., 208-331-4045. $-$$ SU OM. LE CAFE DE PARIS—The display case offers a glimpse of the height of French pastry baking. The food is among Boise’s culinary elite—lush, buttery cooking. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889. $$-$$$ OM. LEKU ONA—Step into a little piece of traditional Basque home, family and heaven when you visit Leku Ona. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner, either inside or out on the patio on warm days. 117 S. Sixth St., 208-345-6665. $$$-$$$$ RES OM.

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FOOD/DINING LOCK, STOCK & BARREL—A Boise staple featuring some of the most well-reputed steaks and prime in town. 1100 W. Jefferson, 208-336-4266. $$-$$$$ SU OM . LUCY’S COFFEE AND ESPRESSO—No-nonsense coffee on Broadway with homemade pastries and desserts. Brewing Cafe Mam coffee from native Mayan farmers that’s free of contaminants and is Certified Fair Trade. Lucy’s is committed to providing quality coffee, as to well as being a green business. 1079 Broadway Ave., 208-3445907. $ SU. MAI THAI—Daily lunch specials, an always superior list of noodle dishes and wicked cocktails. This place is great day or night, hungry or just in the mood to nibble. 750 Idaho St., 208-344-8424. $$ SU.

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO— Corporate Chinese on the finer side of other local favorites. They’ll mix you up a special sauce tableside that’s suited to your tastebuds. 391 S. Eighth St., RES SU. 208-342-8100.

PHO NOUVEAU—Vietnamese comfort food with a menu of cha gio with a mound of cellophane noodles, lily blossom salad of young lotus root, shrimp and pork, shaken beef salad and big bowls of pho. If strong brew is your thing order some Vietnamese coffee which comes properly served dripping from the Vietnamese “coffee pot”—a tin hat sort of thing that sits on top of a glass. 780 W. Idaho, 208-367-1111. $-$$ SU . PIAZZA DI VINO—As an art gallery and wine bar, Piazza di Vino offers an extensive collection of wines from around the world and art from around town. But that’s not all they offer: savory soups, chocolates, cheeses, salads, fondue and pizza (try the Italian hard salami and provolone) will bring you back again and again. 212 N. Ninth St., 208-336-9577. $-$$ .


THE MELTING POT—Delicious, savory and sweet, here’s fondue for every course. A cozy, classy place to repast. Order a drink from their extensive selection of wines and linger over a romantic dinner. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900. $$$-$$$$ RES SU .

OSAKA JAPANESE SUSHI AND BAR—The locally owned and operated Japanese restaurant has a subdued red interior with large vintage-inspired paper light fixtures and a gold bead curtain. Though the inside hums with a low-lit romantic vibe, Osaka’s Eighth Street-facing patio offers a more vivacious atmosphere ripe for people-watching. And don’t forget about Osaka’s stellar happy hour: $2 select microbrews and $3 for a spicy tuna roll, spicy salmon roll or California roll. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-338-8982. $$-$$$$ .

MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—Get pancakes, biscuits and gravy and eggs for breakfast, or just go straight to dessert and enjoy one of Moon’s famous milkshakes. Founded in 1955, Moon’s has the best breakfast and milkshakes in town, plus an online ordering option for fast delivery, check it out at www. Another exciting development is the new selection of beer and wine which makes the latest addition to the milkshake flavors possible—a milkshake made with Guinness Stout. 712 W. Idaho St., SU OM 208-385-0472. $-$$ . MURPHY’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL—Oysters on the half shell, French onion soup served in an onion and the filet roquefort make this dark and elegant restaurant one of Boise’s favorites, and the scrumptious Sunday brunches are popular for good reason. 1555 Broadway Ave., 208-3440037. $$$-$$$$ RES SU. OLD CHICAGO—Delicious pizza, sandwiches, pasta, calzones and strombolis and beer. Some 110 varieties of beer. What more do we need to say? Try the $2 pizza at happy hour or check out the pool tables. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037. $$-$$$ . OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY— This Portland-based Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Boise has pasta lovers abuzz with its heaping plates of noodles. They have red sauce and white sauce; go with pesto or mizithra, the nectar of the gods. 610 W. Idaho Street, RES 208-336-2900. $-$$ SU. ORIENTAL EXPRESS—In the heart of downtown, Oriental Express offers fresh, hot, delicious Chinese food seven days a week at very affordable prices. Open late, you can stop by after a night on the town for take-out or dine in and enjoy the really friendly service. 110 N. 11th St., 208-345-8868. $-$$ .

A fish in the hand is worth a 50 cent Oly ... or something like that.

THE LIFT’S FISH TACO So much to love about The Lift. Let’s start with the $3 fish taco. When owner Jason Kovac, a surfer/skateboarder from Santa Monica, Calif., decided to serve the Pacific Coast staple at his popular bar and grill, he started with the essentials: good fish and shredded cabbage wrapped in a corn tortilla drizzled with white sauce. On Holy Oly Tuesdays, when cans of Olympia beer cost 50 cents and fish tacos go for $2, we love The Lift all the more. The State Street pub sells so much Oly that about a year ago, Olympia’s vice president flew from San Antonio, to shake Kovac’s hand and meet the man whose bar sells more cans of the iconic, 77-year-old lager THE LIFT than any other establishment in 4091 W. State St. the United States. 208-342-3250 The delectable taco starts with beer-battered cod placed atop corn tortillas that are lightly grilled to enhance their natural sweetness. Chopped cabbage provides a crunchy contrast to the warm, tender fish, and a refreshing salsa of pineapple and chopped red onion adds tangy sweetness. The dish’s requisite white sauce, which is drizzled over the whole affair, is seasoned with cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime. It’s a simple harmony of tastes and textures. A fish taco, a can of Oly and thou. Pure poetry. —Jennifer Hernandez

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DINING/FOOD PIEHOLE—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try their infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783. SU. $-$$

POLLO REY—A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisserie-cooked chicken. There is a second location in the Edwards Theater complex. 222 N. Eighth St., 208-345-0323. $ SU.

PIPER PUB & GRILL—Perched high on 8th Street with a wraparound patio, “the Piper” serves up yummy, creative pub fare. The apps menu is perfect for those who like to graze all night long while slinging back cocktails. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-343-2444. $-$$ SU OM.

POT BELLY DELI—We think the name says it all. Satisfy your belly from morning til night with breakfast burritos, gourmet sandwiches, salads and a selection of veggie choices. 216 W. . Front St., 208-336-2030. $

PITA PIT—Pitas galore: meats, veggies, cheeses and any combination thereof. Cheap, healthy fast food tucked into the heart of downtown Boise. Open late to satisfy those nocturnal hankerings. 746 Main St., 208SU. 388-1900. $

PROTO’S PIZZERIA NAPOLENTA—Unlike traditional pizzerias, Proto’s serves pizza and nothing but pizza in a hip joint with an indoor/outdoor bar that’s all the rage during summer. 345 S. Eighth St., 208-331-1400. $-$$ SU.


RED FEATHER LOUNGE—Red Feather Lounge is all about wine and good food. You can get great macaroni and cheese for lunch, and for dinner, the menu turns deliciously swanky. If you can snag a seat in the cellar, count yourself especially lucky. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340. $$-$$$ . THE RED ROOM TAVERN—Lowslung couches and dark, moody walls make for a dramatic backdrop while you throw back a couple of cocktails or a can of PBR. With floor-to-ceiling windows, velour Catholic paintings adorning the walls, live music, snowboard movie screenings and prime corner patio space at Sixth and Main, it’s definitely a place to watch and be watched. 601 W. Main SU. St., 208-343-7034. $ REEF—You can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore. An island retreat with an amazing rooftop patio in the middle of downtown Boise that serves up nuevo latino fare. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200. $$-$$$ SU. SHIGE—Watching sushi master Shige create his masterpieces is almost as awesome as chopsticking a portion, dunking it in a wasabi/ soy mix and popping it in your mouth. Umami! 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423. $-$$ .

ABITA BREWING COMPANY As great as our Western microbrews are, it’s nice to see the arrival of standout offerings from further east. Abita Brewing outside New Orleans opened its doors in 1986, making it the oldest craft brewery in the Southeast. The name comes from Abita Springs, which Louisiana citizens have been flocking to since the turn of the 20th century for its pure artesian waters, and the brewery uses that same water for its ales. Here’s my take on three new arrivals to the Boise beer scene: ABITA JOCKAMO IPA Compared to most Northwest versions, this is on the lighter side of the IPA spectrum. There’s a vibrant hoppiness on the nose that’s matched by sweet malt and honeyed biscuit. It has a good, lightly bitter hop presence throughout, matched by roasted malt and touches of caramel and citrus. This wellintegrated, stylish brew satisfies without overwhelming. ABITA PURPLE HAZE For this small-batch wheat beer, Abita adds fresh raspberry puree to the mix. The result pours a hazy beige with just the faintest hint of lavender. It’s a lively combination of soft wheat and sweet raspberry on the nose. Smooth and creamy, it offers bright raspberry flavors up front, backed by grain-laced malt and just the right hint of hops. All in all, a nicely balanced and pleasant quaff. ABITA TURBODOG Presented as a brown ale, it pours more like a stout—an opaque ebony with reddish tints. The aromas are highlighted by chocolate malt, caramel and dark fruit. This nicely textured ale with smooth mocha and toffee flavors, along with lightly sweet malt, is impeccably balanced by a smooth hop bite. A touch of smoke lingers nicely on the finish in this definitely worthy and delicious cult classic. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

SOLID—Two giant patios, a private room for your gathering and an open, airy dining room for lunch, dinner and late-night breakfast. The Northwest focused menu has a smattering of the usual suspects including nachos and mac and cheese, as well as a build-a-burger option (which includes a veggie patty) and, of course, the Northwest menu requisite--salmon. At midnight on Friday and Saturday, the lunch/ dinner menu is put away, and the breakfast menu--featuring fried chicken and waffles on the same plate—comes out to play. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620. $-$$ SU. SWEETWATER’S TROPIC ZONE—Serving up barbecue, Caribbean, Creole and island cuisine, Sweetwater’s features a menu that reaches far into the corners of the world with pineapple curry mussels, gator tots (from Idaho), conch fritters, Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian curry goat and Indonesian satay. Try selections from the raw bar like oysters on the half shell, conch salad, lomi lomi salmon and fresh ceviche. Sandwiches and lighter fare include Cuban and Havana selections and fresh and fanciful salads such as the Curried Avocado and Jasmine Rice or a Thai-Style Grilled Shrimp Salad. 210 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194. OM . $-$$$$ TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL—Great sandwiches, salads and entrees complemented beautifully by one of their signature brews. 705 Fulton St., SU. 208-342-0944. $-$$ TAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT— Daily lunch buffet and a seriously impressive beer selection. For the faint at heart when it comes to Indian food, there’s a menu with Greek choices. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 222, 208-473OM. 7200. $-$$

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “In a recipe for salsa published recently, one of the ingredients was misstated, due to an error,” said an apology run by a local newspaper. “The correct ingredient is ‘2 tsp. of cilantro’ instead of ‘2 tsp. of cement.’” This is an example of the kind of miscue you should be alert for in your own life during the coming week, Aries. As long as you pay close attention and spot the tiny booboos as they arise, you won’t end up dipping your chips into a gritty, gravely mess. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A little knowledge can be dangerous. I constantly meet people who have boxed themselves in by misusing astrological information. There’s no better example than the superstition about Mercury retrograde, which is supposedly a bad time to begin anything new. During one such period, an acquaintance delayed accepting a dream job offer. By the time Mercury returned to normal, the magazine had hired another applicant. I wish I’d have known, because I would have told her what I’ll tell you: Some of America’s biggest, most enduring Fortune 500 companies began when Mercury was retrograde, including Disney, Goodyear and Boeing. Of all the signs of the zodiac, it’s most important that you Tauruses don’t worry about launching new projects during the current Mercury retrograde. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Would you really prefer it if you had no problems? Do you imagine you’d enjoy life more if everything was pure fun and smoothly easy? Here’s an astrological perspective: People who have an overabundance of positive aspects in their natal horoscopes often turn out to be lucky but lazy bums who never accomplish much. So I say, be thankful for the complications that are visiting you. I bet they will make a man out of you if you’re a woman, or a woman out of you if you’re a man. If you’re white, they’ll help you get blacker, and if you’re black, they’ll make you whiter. Catch my drift? As you do your best to solve the knotty riddle, you’ll become better balanced and more versatile than folks who are rarely challenged. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Here’s the most important rule for you in the coming week: Keep your eyes fixed on a vision of your shining destiny. If you do, you’ll be unflappable, indefatigable and irrepressible. Your luck will be so crazy good, it’ll be almost spooky. Noble deeds you did in the past will finally bring the rewards you deserve. Allies will conspire to assist you, sometimes in ways you couldn’t have predicted. I’m not exaggerating, Cancerian. If you stay focused on the highest prize, you’ll live a charmed life.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1990, my rock band World Entertainment War played at a San Francisco nightclub on the same bill as the Beatnigs, an assemblage fronted by Michael Franti. Their avant-garde industrial music featured band members rhythmically hitting a steel bar with a power saw and slapping a long chain against a piece of sheet metal hanging from the back wall. Fast-forward to 2009, when Franti’s latest band Spearhead released a catchy romantic pop ditty titled “Say Hey (I Love You),” which reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. I predict a comparable development for you in the next six months, Leo: moving from a state of raw, dark, obscure power to a state of bright, refined, accessible power. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Mangosteens and rambutans are exotic fruits that grow in faraway places. The mangosteen is creamy and purple, with a peachy citrus taste, while the rambutan is like a big hairy red grape. This is a perfect moment, astrologically speaking, to invite them into your mouth. Likewise, the time is right for you to consider welcoming other colorful, striking and foreign elements into your life. So maybe consider making friends with a Paraguayan acrobat. Sing Vietnamese folk songs. Read the memoirs of an Iranian exile. Exchange conspiracy theories with an Icelandic fairy. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reader named Emory proposes that we add a new meme to the cultural lexicon: interpersonal intellectual orgasm. Here’s how he describes it: “It happens when your conversation with another person becomes so intense that nothing else matters except the dialogue you’re creating together. The two of you are so in-tune, so intellectually bonded, that the sensation is almost like making love. For that time, it’s like that person is in you and you are in that person; you are one because you understand each other so completely.” I bring this to your attention, Libra, because you’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when the interpersonal intellectual orgasm is far more likely than usual to occur. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Unlike people who cheat on their mates, polyamorists carry on two or more intimate relationships but don’t lie about it. Their lovers know about each other and have agreed to the arrangement. I applaud those who have the inclination to pull off this tricky work, even though I personally couldn’t manage it. Handling just a single intense bond takes improbable amounts of my ingenuity. If I were trying to weave my fate together with more than one partner, I

wouldn’t have any energy left over to write these horoscopes or do anything else. How about you, Scorpio? You’re in a phase when splitting your attention might be tempting, not just in regard to your love life but in other areas, too. Whether that’s the right thing to do, I can’t say. Here’s what I do know: You can either go deeper or wider, but not both. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Never bear more than one trouble at a time,” wrote author and clergyman Edward Everett Hale. “Some people bear three kinds—all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.” That’s good advice for you, Sagittarius. Please just stick to the trouble you have and drop the other two kinds. There’s no need to fill up your beautiful head with extra torment. Besides, you’re much more likely to wrestle the current trouble into submission if you’re not weighted down by unnecessary extras. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What excites you? What makes you itch with a longing to be surprised? What fills you to the brim with curiosity and an agitated sense of wonder? You may not know even half of what you could potentially realize about these matters. Have you ever sat down and taken a formal inventory? Have you ever dedicated yourself to figuring out all the things that would inspire you most? Do it sometime soon, please. According to my reading of the omens, it’s prime time to do so. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s a good thing Margaret Mitchell suffered a broken ankle back in 1925. She got so bored as she lay around the house recuperating that she started writing a book. Eventually it blossomed into the 423,000-word blockbuster Gone with the Wind, which sold 30 million copies and won her the Pulitzer Prize. Judging from your current astrological omens, Aquarius, I suspect that you, too, may soon be offered an opportunity disguised as a ho-hum problem. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I was pleased when I discovered a Web site with a video of quirky songstress Cat Power singing David Bowie’s iconic song “Space Oddity.” I love her, I love Bowie and I love the tune. And yet a wave of disappointment broke over me when I realized, 30 seconds into the performance, that it was actually a car commercial. I felt duped. Appalled. Outraged. Any pleasure I’d gotten from the experience was ruined. Don’t be like me, Pisces. You, too, may soon receive a blessing that has some minor annoyance. Don’t overreact like me. Look past the blemish and enjoy the gift.




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Boise Weekly Vol. 18 Issue 44  

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