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SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED The life, death and rebirth of the martini


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NOTE GHOSTS OF BW PAST AND PRESENT On more than one occasion I’ve used this space to defend a writer. And in the two years I’ve been editor of Boise Weekly, there’s one writer I’ve had to defend here more than any other. From Nazi sympathizers to tea baggers to burgers for Jesus, Nathaniel Hoffman has spent the last two years as BW’s news editor pushing the boundaries a bit further than some readers can handle. A short list of the things he’s been called by readers includes a biased douche, phobic, bitter, tacky, libelous, defamatory, hateful, abusive, an unabashed Democrat/Statist propagandist, an idiot and most recently, someone accused him of having his head fully wired into the propaganda machine. But Hoffman has thick enough skin to take all that in stride and turn around the next week with a set of stories that kicks up the dust all over again. And this will be the last issue in which Hoffman has an editorial hand. He’s moving on to do what many writers from Boise Weekly move on to do: write a book. For those of you who love to hate Hoffman’s work, it should be no surprise that he’ll be tackling immigration in his next project. We wish him luck and hope to see the occasional byline from him in the future. Speaking of returning bylines from staffers who were equally insightful and inciting during their time at Boise Weekly, this week’s main feature is from former Editor/BW owner Bingo Barnes. In “The Martini is Dead, Long Live the Martini,” Barnes examines the rise and fall and rise again of the timeless drink just as May Martini Month, the latest incarnation of the Martini Mix-Off, has ended with a whimper. In completely different news: One of the year’s biggest Boise Weekly contests is coming up. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 30. That’s the final day (by 5 p.m., mind you) that we will accept submissions for BW’s annual Black and White Photo Contest. Submissions are currently being accepted. For details on size and entry fees, see Arts News on Page 32. —Rachael Daigle

COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Jany Rae Seda TITLE: Elevator Just South of the Tracks MEDIUM: Gouache and watercolor on gessoed paper ARTIST STATEMENT: The grain elevator paintings are a work in progress for I find that wherever I travel, I am making detours onto old less-traveled roads to photograph and document yet another elevator.

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UGLY BETTY PROMOTES FILM IN BOISE Boise filmmaker Heather Rae and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty herself) hosted a screening of their new film, The Dry Land, at The Flicks on May 27. BW caught up with writer and director Ryan Piers Williams and his longtime girlfriend, Ferrera, after the show.

DANZIG LOVES BOISE LOVE DANZIG Glenn Danzig—yes, that Glenn Danzig—told A&E Editor Amy Atkins why Boise was one of the nine stops on the band’s exclusive tour. Get the full story in Noise on Page 29 and visit Cobweb for a little behind-the-scenes banter.

IDAHO TAKES ITS TEA WEAK After the May 25 primaries, Citydesk did the teabag math (revisit BW’s Electionland Election Guide for a refresher on teabag math) and discovered that successful candidates averaged 1.9 teabags. Get the highly unscientific synopsis at Citydesk.

GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS AND VOTE Joshua Blessinger, who lost a run for lieutenant governor to incumbent Brad Little in the primary, sent out a concession letter in which he congratulated Little and then did some serious finger-wagging about low voter turn out.

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EDITOR’S NOTE 3 MAIL / MONDA GAGA 6 BILL COPE 8 TED RALL 9 NEWS The latest woe in Idaho’s private prison saga 10 CITIZEN 12 FEATURE The Martini is Dead, Long Live the Martini 13 BW PICKS 18 FIND 19 8 DAYS OUT 20 FIRST THURSDAY 23 SUDOKU 27 NOISE Getting to know Boise’s Curtis Plum 29 MUSIC GUIDE 30 ARTS Boise printers find a home at Wingtip Press 32 SCREEN Battle of the Persians: Prince of vs. the Cats 33 MOVIE TIMES 34 REC Miles Daisher: getting paid to jump off a bridge 36 FOOD When to get adventurous and when to play it safe at Jalapeno’s 38 WINE SIPPER 41 CLASSIFIEDS 42 HOME SWEET HOME 42 NYT CROSSWORD 44 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 46




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BIG OIL MOVING THROUGH IDAHO A major environmental and economic issue has arisen in North Idaho and, unfortunately, is flying under the public radar. ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil wants to truck giant earth drills weighing 350,000 pounds each up the narrow Highway 12 winding alongside the Middle Fork of the Clearwater and Lochsa, both designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. These behemoths go from Port of Lewiston to the destructive Tar Sands Project in Alberta. The issues are: 1. Safety and stoppage of traffic. The fragile highways and small bridges simply cannot accommodate these mammoth loads. What if one of these monsters tumbled into the river? 2. Disastrous impacts on the quiet rural lifestyle and economies of north central Idahoans. 3. Visual damage to the intrinsic values of the Wild and Scenic Rivers and disruption of rafting, camping and fishing. The Clearwater and Lochsa river corridors would be industrialized. It would have a pronounced detrimental effect on the $3.4 billion Idaho tourism industry, most particularly on the tourism-based livelihoods of Highway 12 communities. Why indeed should North Idaho taxpayers have their scenic river highway corridors trashed for Big Oil? ExxonMobil would make billions on the backs of North Idaho and Montana taxpayers. It’s obscene. Look at the national catastrophe BP and Department of Interior

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malfeasance has wrought! Please e-mail Mr. Alan Frew of ITD and tell ITD absolutely not to allow the necessary oversize load permits for this outrageous proposal. Alan.Frew@itd. Copy Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter at Please understand that this would be ruinous for the environment and tourism economy of North Idaho. It is heartless Black Oil vs. little people deja vu. Please contact ITD immediately. Insist that public hearings be held and a full EIS prepared per the law. Contact me for detailed information at ScottyPhi@ Repeat: This issue is of monumental importance. Time is critical. —Scott Phillips, Hailey I hope I speak for all Idahoans when I say that I am completely outraged with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Idaho Transportation Department for working in secrecy and failing to involve and inform the public about the Kearl Oil Sands Project tearing through the heart of Idaho. There has been absolutely no opportunity for public input and involvement, and until recently, there has been zero media coverage. In a few months, maybe sooner, the Pacific Northwest Scenic Byway will be assaulted by a couple hundred half-million-ton industrial megarigs headed to the tar sands strip mining project in Alberta, Canada. Highway 12 is about to be transformed into a corporate oil raceway and the Idaho public

is barely aware of it. At least Montana citizens had a 30-day period to comment on the project. Unlike Idaho, Montana has a state constitution that calls for an environmental review and gives its citizenry an opportunity to attend public meetings before a decision has been made. Why don’t we have this in Idaho? Both Gov. Otter and this current system need to be replaced with leadership and legislation that value and protect the landscape and includes the public in decision making. The time to act is now. We must stop ExxonMobil from destroying Highway 12. —Brett Haverstick, Moscow

AND NOW, TIME FOR POETRY I listen closely on the radio to the war, I listen and learn that we need something more, It’s about the money. We shouldn’t fight for that honey. We need peace and love. I wish I were a dove. NO War. If there was I could just fly away. There was an oil spill, not today. It happened a while ago, And it has been pouring into the ocean. I am afraid. —Marlowe McBride, age 10, Boise

ROAD SHARING 101 Patrick T. Storey’s letter (BW, Opinion, May 26, 2010) on road sharing contained so many misconceptions that it would be impossible to address them all in a short letter. I would simply suggest that WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

MAIL he (and all cyclists) just follow the guidelines contained in “Idaho Bicycling Street Smarts” (a publication funded by the ACHD and ITD), especially Chapter 2, titled “Where to Ride on the Road.” This can be ordered free of charge at: itd.idaho. gov/bike_ped/Commuter_ StreetSmarts.html. —Robert Tencate, Boise

ON HIDDEN PATIOS I was sad to see that the patio at The Flicks wasn’t in your article. (BW, Food, “Boise’s Hidden Patios,” May 26, 2010.) It’s my favorite, and I don’t think many people know about it, or that The Flicks actually has a great menu as far as theaters go. I’d love to see a piece on their patio. —Morgan Ross, Boise

17 AMENDMENT Mark Klinger’s letter to the editor of BW [May 19] criticizing Raul Labrador for supporting repeal of the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution is misguided (BW, Opinion, May 19, 2010). He made the argument that allowing senators to be appointed by state legislatures instead of being directly elected by the people would return us to the days of “back rooms filled with cigar smoke where the good old boys ... picked ... their best buds to go to Washington ...” The framers of the U.S. Constitution completely disagreed with Mr. Klinger. They saw a need to give the people a direct voice in the federal government through the House of Representatives, thus providing a check on the aristocracy, which, if allowed to go unchecked can oppress the peo-

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ple. However, having seen the equally disastrous effects of a populous unleashed, the framers saw the need to balance the voice of the people with the voice of the states. Thus, the Senate was meant to represent the states’ voice on the national stage and the House was meant to represent the people’s. History has shown that the voice of the people can be just as dangerous to democracy as consolidated power is. Since the 17th Amendment’s ratification in 1913, states’ rights have been lessened to the point of near non-existence when compared to the growth of the federal government. If big government is annoying to anyone, for the source of that annoyance they need look no further than the amendment that Idaho’s illustrious Sen. William Borah helped enact almost 100 years ago. Look at the fruits of each tree, one bearing that of directly elected senators and one bearing that of legislatively appointed ones: Are the fruits of the former really so much better than the latter? —Nic Chamberlain, Boise

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LOONIER THAN EVER Into the mouth of libertarian madness This is the third (but unlikely the last) in a series that revolves around what to this observer is obvious: Libertarians— those perennial “also-rans” in American politics—are loony. The first installment (BW, Opinion, “Libertarians Are Loony,” Jan. 23, 2008) addressed the attention this creaky little philosophy was getting because of the presidential campaign of squeaky little Ron Paul, and dealt with the unnatural and undeserved trust Libertarians put in the magical medicine of free markets, which can cure all ills if allowed to operate without government interference ... according to Libertarians. The second installment (BW, Opinion, “Still Loony,” July 29, 2009) was a direct response to a local libertarian who had accused me of knowing nothing about Libertarianism in particular and economics in general. It is common among Libertarians to insist that they, and only they, understand the truth about commerce and trade. And since unregulated, unfettered and unchallenged commerce and trade are as essential to their creed as the cross is to Christianity, anyone who doesn’t see things their way is a heretic. (Think of them as the Jehovah Witnesses of politics—only to their credit, they don’t walk our neighborhoods and foist little pamphlets off on us.) As you may have guessed, this entry (“Loonier Than Ever”) was born from the news of Ron Paul’s boy, Rand. (I am guessing that the younger Paul was named “Rand” in homage to the Holy Mother of libertarian gospel, Ayn Rand. But you never know. Having spent some time around Kentuckians, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that “Rand” was just a hillbilly spelling variation for “Ron, Jr.”) For several days, Paul the Lesser had been trying to extricate himself from some sticky doo-doo of his own making, the result of an explanation he gave as to why he continues to have reservations about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Had Rand been in Congress for the passage of that momentous legislation, he might not have voted for the provisions that made it illegal for private businesses to exclude African-Americans from their property and services. Even though he insists he’s not a racist, no, no, and has never, ever thought about being a racist, no, no, and thinks racism is just awwwwful, in accordance with Paul’s revered libertarian code, property rights are as fundamental to the Constitution as the rights of an entire ethnic group not to be treated like dog shit throughout their lives and throughout this land. Get it? It has absolutely nothing to do with the racist stain that has plagued our nation since long before its founding and continues to corrode the fabric of our society. It must all be about Mom and Pop’s freedom not to do business with whomever

they choose not to do business with, even if it means any number of people must suffer the consequences of having their own commerce and trade restricted. Which means, of course, that in effect, property rights are more fundamental to a Libertarian’s concept of America than the rights of a living, breathing human being. The human being’s color is simply incidental to the real principled stand here, which is that no one, least of all the federal government, should be able to tell a business man what he can or can’t do. And seeing as how the tea baggers—and by extension, the whole Republican Party— are now so enthralled with libertarian chic, I must say the libertarian lifestyle has gone beyond mere loony. It is now officially dangerous. U The trouble with the cult of libertarianism is that we are all Libertarians to one extent or another, depending on the issue before us. For instance, if smoking dope or engaging in homosexual acts is your only passion in life—the only matter you feel strongly enough about to rise from the Barcalounger and vote over—libertarian is the church for you. In theory, they are very sympathetic to dope smokers and gays. In practice, we don’t find them pushing nearly as hard for cultural liberties as they do for total economic licentiousness. But at least they talk a good live-and-let-live theology, even if they aren’t in any apparent rush to enact it. But be not deceived. The Libertarian defense of liberal social norms is not because they care dearly for pot smokers and drag queens. With an ideology so separated from the world of cause and effect, their articles of faith don’t include the results of what unregulated freedom can mean even for the participants, let alone the bystanders. This is why Rand Paul felt not only justified but down-right righteous last week when he attacked President Barack Obama for sounding “un-American” after the president criticized BP. To a devout Libertarian, such incidental damage as the death of an entire ecosystem must be secondary to the more sacred covenant of laissez faire. To a pious Libertarian, better that 1,000 consumers vomit up salad bar salmonella, better that 1,000 factory workers drop into the maw of the machine, than we suffer the evil of federal overseers. Libertarianism is that dimension where a principled stand must transcend the world of mere mortals ... as long as it’s a libertarian principle and a Libertarian making the stand. Like with any other blind faith, its congregation is willing to sacrifice what ever it takes, including the congregation, to bring the Word to life. And the Word? “Me! Now get outta my way!” And if you believe a modern society can survive like that, you’re as nuts as they are. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


OBAMA’S KATRINA The president can’t lead, so he should quit NEW YORK—British Petroleum isn’t dithering. Yes, it’s been five weeks since the most devastating oil spill in U.S. history. But it’s probably impossible to fix. A new BP document has come to light: To save a few bucks BP executives decided to go with a cheaper, riskier well casing at its doomed Deepwater Horizon platform—one without a redundant safety system that might have prevented the explosion and subsequent spill. Greg McCormack, director of the Petroleum Extension Service at the University of Texas at Austin, told The New York Times that BP’s choice was “without a doubt a riskier way to go.” This is Obama’s Katrina. And people are pissed. Not fake pissed, like the Tea Partiers who think he’s a socialist because of his lame health-care package. They’re actually, seriously, this-time-we-mean-it pissed. Because, get-the-guvmint-outta-my-life rhetoric aside, Americans expect their government to do something when something this big and this stupid happens. They have that right. Taxes ought to accomplish something other than killing Iraqis and Afghans. So where is President Barack Obama? Stuck changing planes on his way to Clueistan, evidently. “The spill in the Gulf, which is heartbreaking, only underscores the necessity of seeking alternative fuel sources,” he argued. Voila! That’s the extent of Obama’s response to Deepsix Horizon: talking about alternative energy. Reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and transitioning to solar, wind and other clean sources of energy is long overdue. But

that will take decades. Not that Obama is even trying. His new 2012 budget calls for a mere $6 billion increase—the same amount we spend to kill Iraqis and Afghans for three weeks—for subsidies to companies trying to develop greener fuels. From 2002 to 2008, while gas prices and profits were skyrocketing, Big Oil received $72 billion in your tax dollars. A preemptive bailout, I assume. If Obama were half as hopey changey as he claimed during the campaign, BP’s North American operations would now be U.S. government property, nationalized in order to compensate the fishermen and other injured parties in the Gulf. If he had an ounce of toughness he would require that every car sold in the United States beginning in 2011 be a hybrid. Sales of SUVs and light trucks would be banned; existing models would have to be retired from U.S. roadways within two years. All offshore drilling would be prohibited. He could do other things. The presence of U.S. troops in Iraq caused a huge leap in oil prices. Bring them home. Solar panels should be mass produced by government-owned and operated factories and distributed at federally subsidized prices to homeowners and developers. The wind power and geothermal industries could be radically expanded with the $2 billion a week we’d save by ending the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan. But Obama is in the pocket of Big Oil. In fact, he’s making things worse: Even after the spill began in the Gulf, his Department of Energy was still issuing new offshore drilling permits! Resign, Mr. President. You won’t be missed.

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Cece Gassner and Jim Hogge outside of the Greenhouse, Boise’s newest business incubator.

GREEN BIZ RISING Boise’s green future took a small, but tangible step last week with the announcement of a new, small business incubator downtown. The Greenhouse will primarily focus on the support and advancement of local alternative energy companies. Located at 520 W. Idaho St., the facility will house eight to 12 startup businesses, providing them with consultation from onsite staff, telephone and Internet access, as well as office space for only $150 to $300 a month. Companies focusing on the development of new alternative energy products including solar power, wind energy and geothermal will be given preference. The project, initially suggested by the City of Boise nearly a year ago, is to be run in partnership with the Idaho Small Business Development Center at Boise State. “We’ll consult businesses on a lot of issues, questions of ‘Where should I locate my business?’ ‘Who are my customers?’ pricing and ‘How do I manage this business?’” said Jim Hogge, director of the Idaho SBDC. “We hope to create a new generation of sustainable businesses that offer good-paying jobs along the way.” Admittedly a non-expert in the environmental sciences, Hogge defined sustainability has having three criterion: turning a profit, giving back to the community and helping the environment. “This is an outstanding opportunity to assist sustainable businesses that will develop innovative products and services to meet their customers’ needs. Boise has a history of great entrepreneurs and we hope many more are helped to reach their full potential at the Greenhouse,” stated Hogge in a press release. According to Mary Givens, director of the Office of Technology Transfer at Boise State, “[The Greenhouse] provides a portal for knowledge transfer between the university and small business. The partnership brings together the strengths of the city—infrastructure, planning—with the strengths of SBDC and their ability to work with small businesses in helping them grow.” Boise doesn’t have the richest history in environmental business and products, but companies like Renewable Energy Resources and Aero LEDs have paved the way for Idaho businesses keen on environmental stewardship. According to Cece Gassner, the mayor’s economic development assistant, “Lots of research is being done at both Boise State and University of Idaho in environmental sustainability. There’s more than enough interest here.” —Stephen Foster

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ASSAULTS AT ICC ACCELERATE Idaho prison chief warns private prison to lock doors NATHANIEL HOFFMAN Continued beat downs of inmates at the privately run Idaho Correctional Center have drawn a response from the Idaho Department of Correction, which is now demanding beefed up security to protect inmates from violence. The prison, which is also mired in a pending class-action prisoner civil rights lawsuit, reported a reduction in assaults in March, but increased violent incidents in April and May, earning a rebuke from IDOC. “We are seeing an increase in the number of incidents and violence at the Idaho Correctional Center,” Idaho prison chief Brent Reinke wrote in a May 26 letter that Boise Weekly obtained through a public records request. “During the month of April, six incidents were reported. Since the beginning of May, there have been 11 reported incidents.” Reinke wrote to Steven Conroy, vice president of Corrections Corporation of America, the Nashville, Tenn.-based company that runs ICC, demanding that the company better control the movement of inmates with a “lock-in, lock-out” protocol and make it a permanent part of operations. Lock-in, lock-out requires prison officials to keep cell doors closed when inmates are in common areas to prevent them from wandering unobserved into or out of cells. As of May 29, ICC was in total lock down because of a chicken pox outbreak. ICC spokesperson Linda Sevison said the company does not discuss security procedures but that IDOC had given them permission to use lock-in, lock-out in March. Sevison had not seen the May 26 letter. The IDOC letter was sent the same week that another ICC inmate was taken to the hospital twice with serious head injuries. On May 19, an inmate with golf ball-sized lumps on his temple and the side of his head acknowledged he’d been assaulted on T-Pod and was taken to St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center for emergency cranial surgery, according to ICC incident reports obtained by Boise Weekly. Three days later, ICC sent him to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for further evaluation. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and charges are pending. The sheriff’s office is also investigating an assault on May 24 when two inmates beat another inmate with a radio. On the day after Reinke sent the letter, a fight erupted during breakfast when an inmate threw milk and a food tray at another inmate. Other incidents reported in April and May include sharpened metal weapons found in the showers, a missing two-way radio, multiple fights, confiscated marijuana and homemade alcohol, and several uses

The ICC incident notification report above details an aggravated battery in which two inmates beat another inmate repeatedly with a radio. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

of pepper spray against inmates. After the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal prisoner civil rights action against ICC and IDOC in March, alleging that guards at ICC allowed—and even encouraged—a culture of rampant violence among inmates, CCA replaced the warden and deputy warden at its Idaho facility, which is the largest prison in Idaho. According to Reinke’s May letter, interim warden Timothy Wengler—recently named permanent warden at ICC—implemented lock-in, lock-out when he took over in March. The result was a marked decrease in assaults at the prison. At an April 1 meeting, Wengler told IDOC that he planned to ease the lock-in, lock-out protocol, “as housing units calmed down,” and said that if he saw an increase in assaults he would re-impose the stricter standard. But as the number of assaults rose in April and May, the looser security standard remained in place. The ACLU lawsuit details 23 assaults that attorneys claim were preventable and alleges that ICC was so violent that inmates call the prison “gladiator school.” IDOC and CCA filed motions at the end of May to dismiss the lawsuit because plaintiffs did not exhaust the grievance procedure first and argued the grievances they did file do not relate to the complaints in the lawsuit. The Prison Litigation Reform Act, which became law in 1996, requires inmates to exhaust their prison’s specific grievance procedure before filing a lawsuit. Stephen Pevar, the lead ACLU attorney in the ICC lawsuit, said that prisons have benefitted immensely from the PLRA by having the vast majority of lawsuits dropped for failure to exhaust the grievance process first. “They’ve literally profited by the PLRA, and they’ve had very little financial incentive to do the right thing,” Pevar said, naming a half-dozen Idaho inmates whose lawsuits were recently dropped for failure to exhaust. Pevar said they believe all named plaintiffs did follow administrative procedures prior to signing on with the class action lawsuit.

NEWS/EXTRA WENGLER NAMED PERMANENT WARDEN Corrections Corporation of America, which runs the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise, hired Timothy Wengler as its new warden. Wengler has served as interim warden since the company transferred its top brass in the wake of a major prison violence lawsuit filed in March by the American Civil Liberties Union. Wengler served in the Air Force for six years before entering the private corrections field and working his way up the CCA ranks, according to his official company bio. His last posting was at Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, Minn., which housed Idaho inmates for a period of time. Prairie has since shut its doors, blaming the closure on a lack of demand for cell space. Meanwhile, leadership at several state-run prisons has shifted in recent weeks. After Brian Underwood, most recently warden at the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center, was confirmed as U.S. Marshal for Idaho, IDOC named Chief Deputy of the Prisons Division Jim Woolf warden at Pocatello. Terressa Baldridge will take over as South Idaho Correctional Institution warden and Randy Blades is transferring to Idaho Maximum Security Institution as warden. —Nathaniel Hoffman WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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ALEJANDRO ANASTASIO “Just tying my shoes for kids can change their lives” NATHANIEL HOFFMAN

Tell me about “Spoke’n’Word.” My roommate got hit head-on by a car that wasn’t paying attention in the North End, and he broke his neck. I was talking to another good friend of ours, and he said what this city needs is a bicycling publication so I came out with one. I’m actually contemplating maybe bringing that back a little bit. Are you still riding? Not as much as I used to, since I’ve had the dojo. However, I didn’t own a car until I was 33. I spent the first third of my life on the bicycle. It’s a combination of things, simply my love for the planet, finances—living as an artist, sometimes it’s better to live simple—and health wise, it’s just a really good way to live. In this transition in my life I’m really excited to get back on the bicycle. Why did you eventually get a car? It’s a funny story. I ended up buying the dojo, March of 2001, and my co-worker wanted to sell me his car. I continuously turned him down. One day he said, look, you have a

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business now, you are going to need a car. So he ended up kind of giving it to me. He ended up passing away, and he willed me his car. So it’s an interesting thing in my life. I’ve never bought a car. I’ve had four cars in my life, and they’ve all been given to me. How does one start an aikido studio? In most cases you have to have a lot of years of training underneath you. Typically you have third-, fourth- or fifth-degree black belt rank and you are known to be a very good aikido practitioner. I didn’t have any of those, I simply had a lot of love for aikido. At that time I had no teacher, no affiliation and really no rank other than a couple of years training. So I took a big chance buying the building to run a martial arts studio. Up to that point I had about three years training in aikido. You got into martial arts as an adult ... how did that come about? It’s really a byproduct of spending my whole life without two hands. I was really looking for some kind of movement, tai chi, yoga, martial arts that really incorporated a lot of posture and energy work. I really wanted to keep my back more straight. Not having two hands I tend to be a little rotated. When I was living in Seattle, aikido was one of those words I started to hear a lot. Are you good at it? I’m very good at aikido. And I only say that because that’s what other people tell me. I probably travel two times a month to get more training. I have three black belts total: one in jiujitsu, one in kenpo karate and a third-degree black belt in aikido. For aikido, I spend a lot of time in Washington, California, Oregon and Colorado. I fly to seminars a lot, I go to see my mentors and my sensei, acquire the training,


I first met AlejAndro Anastasio about 10 years ago, after picking up a copy of his shortlived Boise bike newsletter, “Spoke’n’Word.” Anastasio is an avid biker, sculptor, musician and motivational speaker and was born without a left hand. When you walk into his aikido studio on 10th Street in the North End, it’s like stepping back centuries in time, when men lived by certain codes and art was given a primary position in society. Anastasio recently had to close the doors at 3 Shapes Aikido and his wood-paneled dojo with upstairs living quarters is for sale. But Anastasio is not going anywhere. You can catch him around town on his bike, in the Red Light Variety Show or at BlakBook Art Studio at 1708 W. Main St.

bring it back and filter it through my students. Have you ever had to defend yourself? I have never been in a position where I’ve had to defend myself. Typically as a martial artist we’re in positions where we’re taking care of other people. A good martial artist will diffuse any situation before it gets physical. What is a modern-day samurai? That’s how I live my life. Typically people understand samurais as bad and ninjas as good. But that’s totally backwards. Ninjas are assassins. They get paid to do bad things. Samurai defended the good; they’re like Jedi knights. But a modern-day samurai does very specific things. They take care of their community, which I do, they tend to their parents, which I do. Always do the right thing in the moment, speak and act appropriately, and pretty much it’s typically to be in a position of service, so serve my students, serve the community. Make sure things are safe, simply by watching things. How do you use your left arm? My left arm pretty much functions as a big thumb ... I look at it as one large finger. I’m using it for a lot of connection and movement. Since I cannot grab on that side, I have to be connected to things. In aikido that is a critical element, being able to connect with your partner. It’s so weird; not having two hands is actually an advantage in aikido.




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BARTENDING TRENDS Along with input from Michael Bowers, Boise’s own mixologist geek’s geek, we developed a list of what we might see in Boise. 1. An emphasis on the understanding of classic cocktail repertoire, history and knowledge. 2. Freshly squeezed juice. 3. Uniquely shaped ice cubes, different types of ice for different cocktails. 4. Obscure ingredients. This trend is already here and includes house-made bitters and simple syrups unique to specific bars. 5. Bartenders in the kitchen, looking to food for inspiration. 6. Cocktail pairings with food. 7. Juleps. 8. Umami. A few years ago the Japanese discovered a new type of taste receptor on the tongue and labled it “Umami,” loosely translated into English as savory. This discovery actually happened in 1908 but it took 100 years to lead to the atrocity of bacon-flavored vodka.

UBER HOT TRENDS 1. Aged cocktails. This trend sees some bartenders mixing up a batch of cocktails and storing them in wooden casks to mature. 2. Japanese bartending. Of all the hot trends on the coasts, it pains me to imagine a Boise bartender hand cutting a block of ice to perfectly fit my glass, pouring precise amounts to the milliliter and then stirring it an exact 13 and one-half times. 3. House-selected spirits. Some bar owners are traveling to far-off lands and buying a specific barrel from what is known as the “sweet spot” in an aging warehouse. 4. Smoke as a flavor. Imagine a smokeflavored ice cube in your drink. I can only envision finding a cigarette butt at the bottom of my black Russian. 5. Mezcal. Once tequila’s bastard cousin, it is now being produced by single-village distillation in the southern parts of Mexico. 6. Armagnac. You may have heard of Cognac, but its little brother is all grown up. 7. Gin. Well it’s about time. 8. Aroma-cocktailing. See that wooden swizzle stick in your drink? Now smell it. It’s been soaked in essential oils. More attention will be paid to how a drink smells at the beginning and end of a sip. After all, you taste more with your sinuses than your tongue. 9. Tiki. Yes, tiki.

TRENDS THAT ARE FAST FADING ON THE COASTS, BUT WE MIGHT STILL SEE FILTERING INTO THE INTERIOR INCLUDE: 1. Speakeasies. 2. House rules (dress codes). 3. Snootiness. The era of the bartender looking down his nose at you is over. 4. Molecular bartending. Foodies might remember the faddy foam and gelatin movement of a few years ago in high-end restaurants. It made its way into cocktails as well. 5. Carbonating drinks. Ever try a fizzy Manhattan? We hope you never have to. —Bingo Barnes

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“No question, we are in a cocktail renaissance,” said Michael Bowers, bartender at the Modern Hotel and Bar. “Liquor sales have skyrocketed thanks to the cosmo. The current wave is being driven by the food culture, by bold flavors, by people looking for new tastes and taste combinations. “All those nine-headed beasts that the cosmo spawned, it introduced people to new drinks,” he said. And with that new interest, drinkers began to take a new look at the old, including the classic martini. But not all bartenders agree that classic cocktails are where the action is. “Young bartenders don’t need to know the old school anymore,” said Jen Kobel, head bartender at Pair. “Drinks are transcending the bartending manuals.” Kobel thinks that people still love their martinis but also believes that the classic bartending knowledge is going to fall by the wayside. She described a customer who came in and asked for a trash can. Believing at first that he needed to throw something away, Kobel had to ask the customer to describe a drink he first encountered next door at Main Street Bistro, in which the crumpled can from the mixer is the garnish on top. Although these newly invented drinks and shots may be popular with the kids, she doesn’t see them having any kind of staying power. The reason some drinks are labeled “classic” is that they have staying power— especially considering that at the time many of them were invented, the country was not only going through the Great Depression but also a little thing called Prohibition. Cheap liquor wasn’t only the affordable choice, but in most cases, it was the only choice. Many books have been written about how drinks were created during this era with the dual purpose of disguising the taste of cheap liquor, and appealing to a new market of drinkers showing up at the speakeasies— women. In the past decade, the martini has once again been bastardized into sweet, syrupy concoctions primarily attuned to more feminine tastes. Efforts to educate a new generation of bartenders and drinkers are under way. The Modern’s Bowers recently returned from a bartenders’ convention and training seminar where he was afforded the pleasure of hobnobbing with living bartending greats such as Dale DeGroff and F. Paul Pacult.

Going to seminars and talking to bartenders from the coasts clued him in as to what is to come. His opinion differs from Kobel’s in that he feels it is even more important for young bartenders to know the history and the old school techniques. Bowers feels that we are blessed in Boise at this time because we don’t have to “keep up the bullshit” of the cocktail culture happening on the coasts. As an example, he describes a fad being adopted by many bartenders he encountered: the Japanese Bartending Technique. Involving ceremony, precision and a very specific way to shake a cocktail, the style is taken very seriously by bartenders on both coasts. “Bartending is a form of theater,” Bowers said. “You have an audience of 12 stools.” He should know. Bowers has been known to grow mutton chops and dress as the famed 19th century bartender Jerry Thomas, a character known to perhaps 1 percent of his clientele. Nonetheless, Bowers definitely plays the part. Lowell Edmunds, in his tome The Silver Bullet: The Martini In American Civilization said that “the mixing of a martini is a rite, whether performed by the host or by the bartender, either of whom may assume the role of priest.” Sharing a drink with Bowers one sunny afternoon, he said basically the same thing. “I consider myself a cocktail evangelist,” he said, sipping from his glass, a wry smile on his lips. “I am doing God’s work.” Technique and flash is definitely part of being a good bartender, as is knowledge, repartee, a bit of psychology and a chemist’s skill. If Bowers is the new mad scientist behind the bar, then Carden is Albert Einstein. He is old school with a capital “O” and has seen the martini rise and fall several times. “Thirty years ago people drank a lot of martinis,” he said, adding that the trend then was on the rocks. He said the ’80s saw a decline in martini sales, with the beginning of a resurgence about 15 years ago. He feels that the martini has been enjoying a renaissance for the last 10 years, with the recession just getting in the way for a few years. Recently, he sees people rediscovering gin as the spirit of choice in the martini, “which they never should have given up on,” he said. Younger drinkers attracted to cocktail culture during the last decade have matured in their tastes and are now drinking less-sweet drinks, Carden said. This, he feels, will lead to a new era of the martini.


1884: The Turf Club

1860: Jerry Thomas, at the Occidental Hotel

in San Francisco, makes a drink for a miner from Martinez, Calif., and calls it the martinez cocktail. This drink had Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, a dash of maraschino and bitters with a slice of lemon and two dashes of gum syrup.

1863: Martini & Rossi dry

vermouth is first imported into the United States. The alleged first instance of a bartender mixing some with gin and calling it a martini is not known.

1870s: The Martini-Henry rifle is

invented and some claim the cocktail is named in honor of this British rifle because “it has got quite a kick.”


A bartender named Julio Richelieu is credited for inventing the drink in his Martinez, Calif., saloon.

in New York claims the invention of the martini, whose recipe is orange bitters, maraschino, absinthe, French vermouth and Plymouth gin.

1887: Jerry Thomas’ bartending book is published with the Martinez recipe.


DRINKING FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLY The liquor business has had its ups and downs over the last century and a half, with one big notable 13-year down between 1920 and 1933. Ironically, while the legal liquor business was down during those years, on the other side of the law it was big business. Some of the era still say it was easier to drink when liquor was illegal than after Prohibition, which brought new regulations. And just like when the drinks still owed relatively freely during the Great Depression, during this recession, it doesn’t look like penny pinching is drying up the bottle. Mark Allen, head bartender at Red Feather Lounge in downtown Boise, said liquor sales are on the rise, and it’s not a move toward well drinks, either. While it may be cheaper to drink at home, Allen said he “can’t really see people making what we make at home.â€? Adapting to new trends has been a way for Red Feather to reach out to new customers. “The trickiest part has been localizing our inventory and picking up smaller craft spirits.â€? Looking at the restaurant’s cocktail menu, one sees a mission and philosophy at Red Feather, one of craft, quality and trusting the bartender’s experience. In fact, Allen said the bar just had one of its busiest weekends ever a few weeks ago. Kobel agrees with Allen in that she’s not seeing a decline in business due to the economy. She does say that there has been an increase in happy hour attendance at Pair. Bowers sees a similar increase in happy hour patronage, but tends to attribute it to a cultural shift of people seeking out the afterwork socialization rather than late-night dinner and drinks. His opinion is that there seems to be a return to the bar as a social scene. The fun is coming back. These beliefs are backed up with some impressive stats. According to the Idaho State Liquor Division’s annual reports from 1997 through 2009, liquor sales have increased at a pace equal to, or better than the population growth. Which means people are drinking more. In fact, during the past decade, until 2006, sales of liquor in Idaho were increasing at a rate faster than the rest of the country. After 2007, it paced with the rest of the other states. In the last ďŹ ve years, the number of bottles sold increased from just more than 7.5 million to almost 10 million in Idaho. A closer look shows only Boise and Star decreasing slightly

in liquor sales from 2008 to 2009, but the rest of Ada county more than makes up for it. As with any trend, cocktail preferences will rise, plateau and then fall. To use an old cliche about history, those who don’t know it are doomed to repeat it. That is an understatement when it comes to the martini. One of liquor’s side effects is that memory tends to get a little foggy anyway, so we just might be doomed to repeat it. It’s a curse. As I sipped a martini (gin—very wet—shaken with three olives, always an odd number) one evening, I wondered how the last martini decade compared to those before it. Many have announced the end of the martini, whether it was a slow death, much like cancer or a quick one like a car crash. Martini purists say that each generation, with the increasingly drier gin-to-vermouth ratio, was bringing the martini closer to its demise. Others claim that as we experienced the fear of communism in the ’50s , the illicit vices of that culture made their way into our own melting pot, and vodka began replacing gin as our sacred American spirit, and that was actually the end of the martini. (Author Ian Fleming tried to play peacemaker with the vesper, a martini ordered by his famous British character James Bond that included both gin and vodka, but purists saw that as an abomination, too.) The vodka era redeďŹ ned the martini, and the illicit spirit allegedly imported from the evil empire (even though it was mostly made in America) made the martini rise to the top once again. Personally, I believe that vodka should never be used in a martini. During the 1950s, the martini even made its way into the homes of the modern nuclear family. You would have been hard-pressed not to ďŹ nd a cocktail shaker and a set of martini glasses (albeit much smaller than today’s monster stemware) in every suburban home. The after-work martini was synonymous with the two-car garage, meatloaf Mondays and a dog in the back yard pooping on the lid of the bomb shelter. But the children of the 1950s started smoking pot and taking acid, not sipping their fathers’ drinks. The martini began a slow decline once again. Even though the 1970s were known among bar geeks as a time when fern bars serving California’s ďŹ nest amber wine knocked the martini from its corner barstool, the ďŹ nal nail wasn’t hammered in until Friday, Feb. 17, 1978, when President Jimmy Carter said, “As for the famous three-martini lunch, I don’t care how many martinis anyone has with lunch, but I am concerned




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1900: Martini & Rossi exports “extra dry vermouth� to compete with Noilly-Prat in the American market. Increased competition was said to give the martini its day in the sun.

1910: A bartender named

1953: James Bond in Casino Martini di Arma di Taggia at 1950s: Vodka Royale orders a vesper: three parts begins to inďŹ ltrate New York’s Knickerbocker gin, one part vodka, one part Kina the martini. Hotel lays claim to inventing a Lillet with a lemon peel garnish. In drink using half gin and half the novels, Bond actually prefers vermouth. John D. Rockefeller, bourbon, but in the movies he drinks who likes it, suggests that the vodka martinis—typical Brit. bartender name it after himself.


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about who picks up the check.” This was not a denouncement of the martini per se, but one of the expense-account culture of corporate America run amok. With the nation’s corporate movers and shakers no longer ordering three martinis for lunch, the drink fell out of favor. Efforts by spirits companies in the late ’70s tried to turn the tide. In an effort to expand the martini’s cultural and ethnic reach (basically anything other than WASPy America) Seagram’s advertised a handsome AfricanAmerican couple in black evening clothes drinking a “midnight martini” garnished with a black olive. They also tried to reach out internationally with a kimono-clad woman stirring a pitcher of martinis and adding a drop of sake in what looked like a tea ceremony. Efforts did not keep the martini from that era’s death. (It took 25 years for the saketini to make a comeback.)

THE MARTINI IS THE JESUS CHRIST OF COCKTAILS Rather than calling the martini the phoenix of cocktails, it seems more appropriate to refer to the martini as a religious icon who dies and is resurrected. Who hasn’t uttered a religious figure’s name the morning after a martini binge? (The ancient Mayans believed that the hangover was a god’s punishment for man pretending to be godlike while under the influence.) But as with any religious figure who is resurrected, while the soul might be the same, the eras are different, along with the new look of that time. The martini is no different. Charles Bork for the National Review Online, Nov. 7, 2007, compared five martinis from different eras. He also recorded the ginto-vermouth ratio and how each era differed. “The Gilded Age” (c. 1895-1920): gin to vermouth–3:1 “The Jazz Age” (c. 1920-1940): gin to vermouth–5:1 “The Greatest Generation” (c. 19401965): gin to vermouth–7:1 “The Worst Generation” (c. 1965-1985): gin to vermouth–15:1 “The Postmodern Age” (c. 1985-present): gin and one merely whispers “vermouth” over the shaker. No one challenges that all of these drinks are martinis, classic martinis at that. But they all differ in taste, character and essence. Bork also declares the 20th century as the “Martini Century.” So as we move into the second decade of the 21st century, we are left to wonder

how the drink will evolve compared to the last 120 years. The current incarnation of the martini is what happened when siblings marry: The offspring may have some unique and horrifying mutations. The true, classic martini, however, has made a short-lived comeback due to television in the last few years. Stephen Whitlock, in an article from the, states that Showtime’s Mad Men, with its romanticized 1960s-era Madison Avenue advertising culture, is helping to bring back at least one martini to Manhattan executives’ lunchtime tables. Mad Men’s martini popularity even found its way to Boise as the Modern hosted Man Men martini nights. Efforts continue to bring the classic martini back through educating the masses. An April 16 essay by Karl Kozel on Huffington Post discussed how to order a martini the old-school way. But while he tries to educate newbies on the arcane art of ordering a proper cocktail, he also tells of a time during the late 1980s when a cocktail revival began, first on the coasts and then worked its way to the interior. The martini had been dead, but it rose from the ashes once again. The cocktail revival got to Dallas sometime in the mid 1990s, about the time I started a magazine called Spirits & Cocktails. While the magazine lasted about as long as the cigar craze, cocktails and drinking liquor seemed to pick up speed through the big party of 1999 and on into the oughts. It waned with the seriousness of 9/11, but along came Sex and the City, bringing a new wave of popularity to drinking things in a V-shaped glass with a stiletto heel stem: namely, the cosmo era. Bowers does not think we’re at the criticalmass stage of a full-on cocktail culture in Boise quite yet, but he’s excited about being at the beginning of our own cocktail renaissance. “We can set the tone, and it doesn’t have to be the snooty, overwrought tone of the coasts,” he said with a sarcastic sneer. When the popularity of specific cocktails wane, most of the time they fade away like an old soldier. But when the popularity of the martini wanes, heroes often step forward and pick up the fallen flag, hoisting it for a new generation of drinkers to rally to the front. Bowers, for one, believes Boise is on the cusp of entering the big leagues of cocktails, especially since Boise drinkers’ palates have slowly been improved by inventive bartenders. Maybe it’s not so much about the classic cocktail in the future, but the neo-classic cocktail.

MARTINI TIMELINE CONTINUED 1960s: Martini drinkers mature

while their children party and do drugs. A generation of martini drinkers is lost.

1978: President

Jimmy Carter denounces the three-martini lunch.

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1983: Congress decides

not to discuss whether the three-martini lunch is a deductible tax item.

2010: Despite the end

1998: Sex and the City airs

and introduces the world to martini’s slutty cousin, the cosmo.

of the Martini Mix-Off in Boise, classic cocktail culture continues to hold its own.



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SATURDAY JUNE 5 Hobnob with the moo-vers and shakers of the local foods movement.


THURSDAY JUNE 3 localism UNDERSTANDING LOCAL FOOD ECONOMICS Data tilled up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that 80 percent of the retail value of food (around $800 billion every year) goes into the fancy sport coats of agricultural middlemen—food processors, brokers, buyers—while farmers bank only 20 percent. The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is fed up with those stats. A program of Sustainable Community Connections of Idaho, the TVFC is defined as “a network of community members working together to create a sustainable local food system.” In January 2009, the TVFC gathered citizens to discuss areas of the local food system that need to be assessed in order to revamp the local food economy. The TVFC raised funds to pay the Crossroads Resource Institute in Minneapolis to do a local foods assessment, answering questions like: How much money is spent on food in the Treasure Valley? And what potential is there for economic development and job creation by eating more locally grown food? On Thursday, June 3, at the Rose Room, Ken Meter of the CRI will present his findings. The TVFC will then take this data and help create a more robust and prolific local foods system, one in which we know the farmers who grow our veggies and pay them fairly for their work. 7:30-9 p.m., FREE, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-424-6665,

FRIDAYSATURDAY JUNE 4-5 drag LIPSINC! Behind the infamous big screen per formances of Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams in Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire is a longstanding tradition of female imper-

sonation. Because women were banned from appearing on stage, men took on female roles in ancient Roman per formances, Shakespearian plays and Kabuki theater in Japan. The act of taking on female roles continues when LipsInc!, Idaho’s first professional female impersonation troupe, per forms this weekend at The Balcony. In celebration of the group’s 13th anniversar y, Lucky 13 welcomes

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Pocatello-based guest performer Spyke Naugahyde for two nights of comedy and musical numbers. “People are going to be doing numbers and per formances dealing with being lucky or unlucky,” said producer Doug Flanders, who per forms in the troupe under the name Mar tini. Gina Te and Victoria will join Mar tini on stage for opening and finale production numbers, as well

Vampire fanboys and fangirls have reason to rejoice. June marks the release of the third installment in The Twilight Saga and the new season of HBO’s True Blood series. And for local vampire freaks, the official red-carpet opening of The Sanguinarian is on Saturday, June 5. Local director Analisa Ravella shot the film in Idaho. The Sanguinarian is the story of handsome Christoph, a suicidal vampire drawn to the decadence of underground blood bars. The film explores themes of good vs. evil and the entanglements of immortal life. It features a diverse soundtrack with a range of international artists, including Cylab, Culture Kulture and Iris. An eerie score was written by Seattle’s Jyri Glynn with help from Boise-based Brandy Angela. The red carpet screening is full of frills: Sanguinarian swag bags for the first 50 guests, a $100 Costume Shop gift certificate for winner of the “best dressed vampire” contest, red carpet photo opportunities, themed vendors and artists, a vampire raffle and a vampire bar. For those weary of daylight, there’s an afterparty at 10:30 p.m. (also at the Egyptian) featuring live music from Electronika and Cylab, giving vampire fans ample opportunity to commingle and swap bodily fluids. Read more about the film on Page 35. 7 p.m.-midnight, $10 or $8 in costume, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454. For more information, visit

as a series of individual per formances. The troupe will also be per forming a series of dramatic torch songs—think Judy Garland or Ella Fitzgerald with big hands. The show lasts two hours and will be the same per formance both nights. “People should expect to laugh their asses off and have a good time,” Flanders said. “I always tell people if we get you there once— you’re hooked!” 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, $15, The Balcony, 150 N. Eighth St., 208-368-0405,

SATURDAYSUNDAY JUNE 5-6 arts OPEN STUDIOS TOUR You can infer a lot from a person’s home. Ever ything from their couches (thrift store-vintage or Ikeamodern?) to the reading material on their coffee table (dog-eared Harper’s or folded Wall Street Journal?) weaves an intricate tale of the life led within. For the past eight years, the Boise Open Studios Collective Organization

has put ar t into context by providing local ar t fans with the oppor tunity to meet their favorite ar tists in their natural habitats. This year, Open Studios weekends will occur in both the summer and the fall: Saturday, June 5, through Sunday, June 6, and again in October. A First Thursday reception will take place on Thursday, June 3, from 5-9 p.m. at the Masonic Temple on 10th and Bannock streets. At the reception, you can check out work from 18 ar tists: John Killmaster, Kellie Cosho, Kelly Beach, Lisa CheneyJorgensen, Matt Laurance, Rick Friesen, Tarmo Watia, Theresa Fredricks, Wendy WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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WEDNESDAY JUNE 9 Scoop up a frozen treat at the Children’s Home Society.


SUNDAY JUNE 6 ice cream 17TH ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL The Children’s Home Society of Idaho keeps on giving, and this Saturday you’re invited to celebrate with a slew of activities and, of course, everyone’s favorite frozen dairy product. CHS was set up in 1908 as an orphanage and has been assisting the community’s youth ever since. CHS’s mission statement is “to provide behavioral health programs and related services to children and the families who care for them, regardless of ability to pay.” After sampling the frozen goodies, you can wander around the antique car displays, get your face painted, or take your kids over for the magic show, clown entertainment and balloon animal fun. Live music will be provided by pianist Ken Harris and high school guitar whiz Brock Bartel. Vendors will be on site. And the event will work in cooperation with the sixth annual Warm Springs Avenue Garage Sale, making it an all-out, East End community happening. You can check out the CHS website to get involved. Noon-3 p.m., FREE, Children’s Home Society, 740 Warm Springs Ave., 208-343-7813 Ext. 1231. For more information, visit

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left feet You know that embarrassing dad-dancing video that’s making its rounds on YouTube? The off-beat, elbow-throwing, funky chicken-mimicking pops who has come to represent dance floor killers at weddings the world over? Well, according to a study published in the Telegraph and conducted by Dr. Peter Lovatt, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, those awkward dance moves are biological. “Dr. Lovatt pointed to research showing that women could gauge the testosterone levels of their dance partners by the style and energy of their moves, and suggested that ‘dad dancing’ may be a way of warning women of child-bearing age that they might be better off looking elsewhere.” So, ladies, if you’re looking for a babydaddy, Liquid Lounge is not your meatmarket of choice come Wednesday, June 9. Bad moves maven Sarah Shamblin has organized Boise’s inaugural Best Bad Dancer Competition, which will bring together dad dancers from across the Treasure Valley to strut their rhythmless stuff for cash prizes. “I am a terrible dancer. I had this moment in a friend of mine’s kitchen, and he had music pumping and we were both dancing around and completely being spastic,” said Shamblin. “I thought, ‘We should do something to celebrate bad dancers like us.’” Three local judges will critique dancers on a number of criteria, including commitment, rhythm (or lack thereof), style and believability. First place will walk out with $100 cash, second $75 and third $50. But hold up there, pardner. If you think you’re going to plan out your shameless shimmying to take home the top gaudy trophy, think again. “We’ll have a list of dance music with a number assigned to each song. So, to level the playing field, every participant will pull a number … so no one will have the advantage of choreographing anything,” said Shamblin. 8 p.m., $3, Liquid Lounge, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-2875379. For more information, contact

Near a dragon, a glossy white man-sized rooster stands sentry at the gate of a lot of elephants, eagles and giant urns. That sounds like the setting for a Chinese mystery, but in this case, the dragon is the Twin Dragon restaurant, the rooster is ceramic and the lot belongs to Downtown Pottery. The wares available at Downtown Pottery range in size from little pots for petunias to cast-iron monoliths that weigh as much as a sedan. Some items are decorative, like the large, painted ceramic plaques with shining suns on them. Others are functional and are meant to house a cornucopia of marigolds, daisies and pansies. Many of the items are DOWNTOWN POTTERY shipped in from China, but man2216 Fairview Ave. 208-331-5058 agers Corrin Olson and Christoph Guigon (Guigon’s father owns the business) use quiet time at the store to work on Gospad Studios, where they create their own art, like Guigon’s metal trapezoidal planters, which are for sale. The items at Downtown Pottery aren’t cheap—Guigon’s large handmade planters range from $140 to $250—but the cast-iron stuff is 70 percent off through the end of the summer. Plus, Downtown Pottery offers delivery—Olson said they once even delivered a huge planter to Colorado. Whether you’re looking for a small pot to put a few kale starts in or a cast-iron urn big enough to fool the neighborhood kids into thinking you got an above ground pool, pull in next to the giant rooster on Fairview and start exploring. —Amy Atkins

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY JUNE 2 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—Liquid Lounge and United Vision for Idaho host a discussion forum showcasing a different local nonprofit each month, along with a silent auction and local music. This month, Idaho Human Rights Education Center’s Executive Director Amy Hertzfeld will speak followed by music from Dan Costello and Leta Neustaedter. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379,

Workshops & Classes BUSINESS KILLERS: I’M TOO BUSY RUNNING THE COMPANY—Workshop focused on the six mistakes that people make that could kill their business. 1 p.m. FREE. Idaho Small Business Development Center, 1021 Manitou Ave., Boise, 208426-1640, HIKING SUN VALLEY AND KETCHUM—Scott Marchant, author of The Day Hiker’s Guide to Sun Valley & Ketchum, will discuss the local area and highlight many hiking opportunities in the Smoky, Boulder and Pioneer mountains. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208322-1141,

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

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteer bicycle mechanics are on hand to answer bicycle repair questions, help with problem diagnosis and assist with repairs. Boise Bicycle Project relies on volunteers to continue its work of fixing up old bicycles and donating them to children of low income families and local refugees. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, www.

Kids & Teens SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER CAMPS: SING, ACT, DANCE OR MIX AND MATCH—Two-week camp to immerse students in the world of musical theater. Students learn the fundamentals of acting, dancing, singing and staging while also developing advanced theater skills such as character development, comedic timing and scene objective. This program fosters the unique strengths and talents of each student, no audition required. Working as a team, the kids produce a show to be performed on the last day of camp. Contact Steve Galka at the Downtown

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Family YMCA 208-344-5502 ex. 271 to register. June 2-Aug. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 7-18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 21-July 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and July 12-23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $187-$264. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501,

THURSDAY JUNE 3 On Stage THE BOB AND AL SHOW—A play following what happens when characters talk back to the playwright as they are being written. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000, www.

Leo comes up with Jennie Malone and she’s a keeper. Still, it is a bumpy trip on the road to dreamland for these not-so-young lovers. George and Jennie stumble on, overcoming both their hesitation on the rebound and emotional neediness. In a hilarious, farcical subplot, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie’s dizzy and neurotic married friend. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,

Workshops & Classes LOCOVORE GROUP POTLUCK— A monthly meeting to discuss trends, trade resources, information on where to get your food, and even gift or trade homegrown food. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-3894769,

CHAPTER TWO—A play following recent widower and writer George Schneider, who is encouraged by his younger brother, Leo, to start dating again, which sends George into even greater depression after a series of bad matches. Then

NOISE/CD REVIEW CABINESSENCE: NAKED FRIENDS Devoted fans will recognize “Cabinessence” as the title of a Beach Boys song from their 1969 album 20/20. However, washing ashore from the colder waves of the Pacific Northwest is a relatively new indie quintet that bears the same name. The group Cabinessence recently released their second full-length album, Naked Friends (Spark & Shine) in which co-front men Jacob Arnold and Nathan Maricle bare it all in their retro yet contemporary compilation of warm harmonies and sci-fi instrumentals. Selfdescribed as “space-hippie country” musicians, Cabinessence’s style is so varied that it seems to defy categorization, even with their own words. Genre fusion can be risky and sometimes ill-advised, but Cabinessence is fearless with experimentation. In “Get Down,” the woo-woo-woo-woos and nahnah-nah-nahs, are obvious nods to the likes of Brian Wilson and company, but repetitive lyrics give way to an interesting and discordant finish. Similarly, “Consider the Source” concludes with a cluster of childlike giggles that left me wondering if I had missed a joke. Frequent application of steel guitar and angelic falsettos suggest a vinyl vintage, but sophisticated mixing reminds us that these are not AM radio tunes. They probably aren’t FM radio tunes, either, but they’ll keep listeners guessing all the way through the dozen songs on Naked Friends. On the flip side, dedicated listening to this album is a little overwhelming. It might do better with the distractions and libations of an outdoor summer concert. —Sarah Barber WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

     8 DAYS OUT Art FIRST THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN BOISE—On the ďŹ rst Thursday of each month, downtown visitors can stroll through downtown Boise’s art galleries and enjoy unique entertainment and special events. The Downtown Boise Association provides free trolley service and a special event map for the evening. See Page 23 for a special First Thursday insert. 5-9 p.m. FREE, For more information, visit www. ROCK ART PERSPECTIVES: PICTOGRAPHS AND PETROGLYPHS— Summer exhibit presenting images and text by artists and archaeologists specializing in rock art of the Southwest, Great Basin and California. $3-$5. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120,

CLASSICS YOU FORGOT TO READ BOOK GROUP—Group will meet to discuss The Trial by Franz Kafka. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-3764229,

food comes from, and the potential for economic development and job creation by eating more locally grown food. 7:30 p.m. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483,

NANCY PEARL—Librarian and host of Book Lust with Nancy Pearl will discuss how to better appreciate what you read. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, www.boisepubliclibrary. org.

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Talks & Lectures PLANNING IN THE WEST—Architecture and design seminars for planners of all sorts to discuss development trends, showcase the best practices and help each other understand how thoughtful and place-inspired planning can shape the region in the most positive possible ways. 1:30-5 p.m. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise. Information at

Literature BOOK SIGNING—John Sackett Skinner will sign copies of his new book, High Desert Promise: a Skinner Family Legacy. 6-8 p.m. FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208344-8088.

THE REAL DIRT: UNDERSTANDING THE FOOD SYSTEM OF THE TREASURE VALLEY—Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Institute in Minneapolis will report on the economics of food and agriculture systems in the Treasure Valley. Topics like how much money is spent on food in the Treasure Valley, where the







HELMET PARTY: A BOISE RIVER BENEFIT—Watch two top mountain bike and kayak ďŹ lms to beneďŹ t the Ray Neef MD River Recreation Park and SWIMBA. 5 p.m. $7. Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871, www.

Kids & Teens ICE CREAM ZOOFARI—Enjoy the zoo after hours and dinner too. Admission includes hot dog, chips, drink and an ice cream treat. Proceeds beneďŹ t zoo education programs 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125,

Odds & Ends GOLDFISH RACING— GoldďŹ sh 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 efďŹ n’ bar tab and their ďŹ sh. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977,




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| SUDOKU FRIDAY JUNE 4 On Stage THE BOB AND AL SHOW—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3422000, www.stagecoachtheatre. com. CHAPTER TWO—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, LIPSINC! PRIDE SHOW—Drag show by Idaho’s ďŹ rst female impersonation group. Reservations recommended. See Picks, Page 18. 8:30 p.m. $15. The Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., second oor, Capitol Terrace, Boise, 208-336-1313, www.



Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.


Workshops & Classes VINTAGE SWING DANCE— Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves. All ages. No partner required. 7 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, www.

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8 DAYS OUT Art THE ART OF HEALTH—An openhouse setting where attendees can sit back to enjoy tea and a free acupuncture while learning about the expanding world of natural medicine. Hosted by Kristen and Tony Burris. 5-7 p.m. FREE. American Acupuncture Center, 450 W. State St., Ste. 250, Eagle, 208-938-noon77, ARTIST RECEPTION—Featuring the works of Rick Walter and Kelly Knopp. See Page 26. 7 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, www. FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Take a stroll through downtown Eagle and visit local merchants and galleries along the way. First Friday invites the public to stop in to shops and enjoy a drink, art and music. 4-9 p.m. Downtown Eagle, 310 E. State St., Eagle. OPENING RECEPTION FOR IDAHO WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION—Sixty-one watercolors are included in this year’s show, which represent some of the best water-media paintings by Idaho artists. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.

Talks & Lectures PLANNING IN THE WEST—See Thursday. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise.

Citizen GROCERY GRAB-PEDDLE PAST POVERTY—Boise State athletes will race in a competitive grocery grab through the Albertsons trying for the highest grocery bill, like Supermarket Sweep. Albertsons will then donate groceries equal to the grocery bill to Catholic Charities of Idaho. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Albertsons, 1653 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-331-1953.

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. Downtown Boise, on Eighth St., between Bannock and Front, Boise. CONDOR CLIFFS GRAND OPENING—Get a close-up look at endangered California condors in the new outdoor exhibit at the World Center for Birds of Prey. Games will show the recycling role that scavengers play in the environment and how microtrash affects wildlife. Use art supplies to make condor mask and wing tags. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES—Competitions include throwing weights and putting stones, hammer toss, caber toss, sheaf toss and weight over bar. Celtic music and dancers. Food and drinks, as well as local artisans and community events. All day. $10-$15. Festival Meadows, Sun Valley, Idaho. SUN VALLEY CELTIC FAIRE— Events include the Scottish Pub Crawl, challenge of the cities tugo-war and the Sun Valley Strongman competition. Time/costs vary. Sun Valley, Idaho. www.

On Stage THE BOB AND AL SHOW—See Friday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3422000, www.stagecoachtheatre. com.

CHAPTER TWO—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $11 adult, $9 senior and student. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,

Auditions TALENT QUEST—Audition/portfolio submission event to determine scholarships to ArtsWest. Categories are vocal, classical instrument, contemporary instrument, visual arts, photography, writing, film and drama. Information on the requirements in each category can be found online. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Arts West School, 3300 W. State St., Eagle,

Screen THE SANGUINARIAN— Drama/thriller feature film centered around Christoph, a suicidal vampire, drawn to the vibrant, decadent lot who dance at an underground blood bar, and the violent diplomacy of the damned. See Screen, Page 35. 7 p.m. $10 $8 in costume. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Workshops & Classes BEGINNING SPINNING CLASS—Students will learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn on a spinning wheel. Class fee includes supplies. Bring your own wheel or reserve one when you register. 2-6 p.m. $45. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, 27

Odds & Ends CIGAR TASTING EVENT—Sample award-winning cigars from around the world to find the right one for your tastes and budget. 21 and older. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Treasure Valley Smoke Shop, 132 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-898-1420,

SATURDAY JUNE 5 Festivals & Events ANNUAL BBQ COMPETITION AND COWBOY POETRY— Open cook-off with multiple categories for assorted meats. All recipes to be prepared on site and judged by local chefs. Cowboy poets and music by Saddle Strings. 11 a.m. $5. Hailey, 208-787-0183.

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



Nothing says pizza like a pensive panda and an angry grape with an eye patch. (Pie Hole, 726 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-0842.)

STREET (SM)ARTS Pie Hole’s graffiti for sale on First Thursday AMY ATKINS feels it’s a perfect fit. Sushi. Kuma. Employee. Nasty. Those “A lot of my clientele is high-school, colwords don’t engender thoughts of artistic lege and late-night bar people,” Crawforth expression (well, maybe sushi). But in the said. “I really want an organic, industrial hands of Pocatello-based “urban artists” feel to Pie Hole—an ‘against the machine’ Drae and Toenail, the letters of each word become bright, chubby, flashy spray-painted vibe … I like that angst-ridden feel.” In the Broadway store, he took that feeldesigns that grace walls inside and outing a step further and turned the acoustic side Pie Hole in Meridian, as well as some ceiling panels over to whomever wanted to stand-alone panels. Swaths of airbrushed create something on them (he plans to do black, and fierce primary colors shot the same with Meridian). But, as a savvy through with pinks, purples and turquoises business owner, he limited that random, fill the Pie Hole space, the words chosen free-for-all art to the ceiling. Crawforth more for the shape of the letters than their knew that he needed to maintain control meaning. Some of the stand-alone panels— over what went up on Pie Hole’s walls or he including one with the word Boise painted would end up with a chaotic ugly mess and on it—will be available for sale at the the organic style he was looking for would downtown Boise Pie Hole as part of First end up looking like an overgrown weed Thursday. patch. By commissioning artists to create Drae and Toenail are part of a Pocatello graffiti, he was able to get the urban look he skateboard/graffiti crew called PAK, which wanted, but still have some control. stands for Pocatello Assault Krew, though But by bringing graffiti indoors, so the “assault” refers to their approach to their art as opposed to any kind of physical to speak, and paying the artists to do it, Crawforth has in a way co-opted the graffiti violence or illegal activity. Drae took art classes in high school—and still paints more art form, something many graffiti artists would consider selling out. Getting paid for traditionally, using oils and acrylics—but was drawn to the large urban canvases pro- their work—Crawforth also fronted the duo nearly $350 for supplies— vided by building walls. has caused Drae and ToeBoise businessman nail a little blowback. Jason Crawforth (who PIE HOLE “The guys in P-town co-owns the four Piehole 205 N. Eighth St., Downtown Boise think we’re sellouts,” locations) found Drae and 208-344-7783 Drae said. Toenail through a call to But Drae is willing artists when he was lookto put up with a little ing for someone to give his questioning of his artistic Pocatello store some color. integrity if it means getting a paycheck— He had previously hired members of Boise and keeping the law off of his back. graffiti crew Sector 17 to paint at his store Like many a graffiti artist, Drae didn’t on Broadway and found that their designs always work inside buildings or inside the added a new flavor to the pizza joint. law. He got his start in graffiti a few years Crawforth wanted the same thing for Meridian, his newest location, and commis- back after he stole a few cans of spray sioned Drae and Toenail to do the work. He paint. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

“I still have the largest illegal and legal pieces in Poky,” he said. But creating their art illegally—vandalism, in the strictest sense—caused enough of a headache with authorities that Drae and Toenail decided to stick with commissioned work, regardless of any digs they may get from their peers. They two 21-year-olds were authorized to paint both inside and outside the Meridian Pie Hole, but the Meridian Police Department didn’t know that in advance. The graffiti artists worked after business hours on the Meridian store, something that understandably gave the Meridian police some cause for concern. “An hour after one cop came to talk to us inside, another came by and was like ‘What’s going on in here,’” Drae said. “We thought it was the same cop,” Toenail added. Crawforth, who leases the space Pie Hole is in, asked for and received permission from the building’s owners before hiring Drae and Toenail. That may be an important factor in how the Meridian Mayor’s Office feels about it. Shelly Houston, director of Community Programs for the Meridian Mayor’s office, said the city hasn’t really had many problems with graffiti—“knock on wood”—in their community. “And we want to keep it that way,” Houston said. “But with something like this that was well thought out and planned in advance and permission was gained, it is what it is.” The art vs. vandalism debate notwithstanding, Drae’s “spaghetti” (kind of wild) style coupled with Toenail’s more restrained approach results in brilliant, eye-catching designs that make words like “sushi,” “kuma” and “nasty” look as delicious as the Pie Hole pizzas they share space with.

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East BASQUE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER—Free admission 1 to the museum and tours of the Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga house starting at 6:30 p.m. Jam session with local musicians. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. 611 Grove St., Boise, 208-343-2671, DRAGONFLY—All wind chimes and solar lanterns are 20 percent off. FREE. 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208338-9234,

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—A 2 new three-feet by eight-feet painting entitled “Medusa Daydreams” by

IDAHO INDIE WORKS—Check 3 out a variety of artists exhibiting in the Pioneer Tent Building and a

illustrator and painter Noble Hardesty will be on display. Hardesty’s work has been seen on posters, coasters, saw blades, canvas and even as body art around Boise for nearly 20 years. FREE. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208345-4320.

meet-and-greet with two artists in the Idaho Indie Works boutique, along with wine tasting from Weiser Winery St. Regulus. FREE. 106 N. Sixth, Boise.

FRONT DOOR—Beer by Oscar Blues Brewery, cheese by Boise Co-Op and chocolates by the Chocolat Bar. FREE. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-2879201,


LEKU ONA—Display of Basque art “Lauburu Art” by Marianne Schaffeld and family, including ceramic ornaments and candle holders, etched glasses, wooden canes and walking sticks as well as photographs

of the Basque country. Music by Amuma Says No. FREE. 117 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-6665, www. THE MELTING POT—Art by Todd 5 Warner. Two-for-one on all drinks. $5 appetizers. FREE. 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-383-0900, www. PENGILLY’S—The Frim Fram Four. 8:45 p.m. FREE. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

South 8TH STREET MARKETPLACE AT BODO— 6 Artist in Residence Program. Jany Rae Seda will be painting with oils, continuing her Grain Elevators of Idaho series from 5-7 p.m. Suzanne Chetwood will be painting highly saturated and vibrant Idaho landforms in acrylic from her perspective as a rock climber. Brooke Burton, recipient of a BW Cover Auction grant, will offer a tour of her inspiration, process and artwork. FREE. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, Boise, 208-3385212, ATOMIC TREASURES—Celebrating re-use 7 with an eclectic mix of vintage retro and found objects. Featured artist Alyson Anne: drawings, graphic design, illustration and photography. Anne Creates otherworldliness with everyday situations. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3440811, BOISE ART GLASS—Make your own 8 paperweight. RSVP since 30-minute slots fill up fast. Come enjoy cheese, crackers and cider while watching free demonstrations. $30. 530 W. Myrtle, Boise, 208-345-1825, BOISE ART MUSEUM—Studio Art Explora9 tion: View the exhibition “Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey” and make your own artwork with clay. Dr. Shelton Woods, associate dean at Boise State, discusses the historical context and contemporary influences of ceramic sculptures. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, CASA DEL SOL—Celebrate First Thursday with live music and $2 tacos. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-3660. EDWARDS BOISE DOWNTOWN STADIUM 9—Coming attractions preview party. 7-8 p.m. FREE. 760 Broad St., Boise, 208-338-3821. HAIRLINES—Stop in and make an appointment for a new spring do by Lulu. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-383-9009. HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI 10 BAR—Nicolet Laurson is the featured artist for June. FREE. 855 Broad St., Boise, 208343-4810, HELLY HANSEN—Buy one regularly priced item, receive 10 percent off. Buy two regularly priced items, receive 15 percent off. Buy three or more regularly priced items, receive 20 percent off entire purchase. 860 W. Broad, Boise, 208-3422888. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM— 11 New exhibit, “Rock Art Perspective: Pictographs and Petroglyphs.” State Archaeologist Dr. Ken Reid, will speak on Idaho’s unique archaeology at 6:30 pm. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, www. QUE PASA—Check out hand-carved saints and virgins, black pottery, silver jewelry, suns and moons, fairies and dragons in steel, mirrors, stoneware and more. Special guest Jammin’ Gena’s Designer Jams and Jellies, will bring samples. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208385-9018. RENEWAL BASEMENT—Visual artist 12 Earl Swope is collaborating with five other artists to create an installation concerned with perceptions of beauty in art. The other artists involved are contemporary dancer and choreographer Kelli Brown, filmmaker Chad Rinn, vocalist Michal Jarolimek, belly dancer and filmmaker Cecilia Rinn and audio artist Jared Hallock. 517 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-5444. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Sample two new releases: the 2009 Riesling and a new off-dry rose. Last month’s Orange Muscat will be available for purchase. Also sample from San Francisco Chocolate Factory. FREE. 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-345-9463.

Central Downtown 8TH STREET MICRO MALL—Five different 13 stores each featuring a different artist. Bricolage hosts an opening reception for House Party, a group show featuring local art stars Ben Wilson, April Vandegrift, Julia Green, Richard Walter, Heather Bauer and Kelly Knopp—all with the theme of house party. Sibb Custom Rides

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS Designer Skate Boutique offers Alexx Claar, aka Waffle, featuring Anime art style. Box in the Basement has intricate patchwork clothing by Jessica Roberts. At the C-Store you can enter to win a beautiful handmade quilt. Dead Bird Gallery has Illustrations by Boise local John Robinson. FREE. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise. BASEMENT GALLERY— 14 View the installment “Where The Sky Meets The Earth,” featuring work by John Taye, Cynthia Guild Stoetzer, Tricia May, Pat Kilby and Valerie Stuart. It is the first of a series of annual exhibitions that will explore contemporary approaches to a traditional subject—the attempt to communicate the experience of the physical world and our natural environment. FREE. 928 W. Main St., Boise, 208-333-0309.

Group Show: “Yes, Maybe, No” at the Gallery at the Linen Building.

ART WALK Locations featuring artists

BRICK OVEN BISTRO—Live music by Rebecca Wright. FREE. 801 N. Main St., Boise, 208342-3456, www.brickovenbistro. com. CHOCOLAT BAR—Three Horse Ranch Vineyard will be pairing wine with chocolates. FREE. 805 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-3387771,



CITY PEANUT SHOP—Sample new mocha almonds along with Chef Brenda’s gourmet salads in combination with small-batch, roasted and flavored nuts. FREE. 803 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208433-3931.


THE ECLECTIC ART 15 STORE—Meet featured artist Michael Rusnack, an












BERRYHILL AND CO. RESTAURANT—Wine tasting by Syringa Winery and music by Ken Harris and Rico Weisman. 6:30 p.m. FREE. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553,



8TH 1. Basque Museum 2. Flying M Coffeehouse 3. Idaho Indie Works 4. Leku Ona 5.The Melting Pot 6. Ar tist in Residence Program at Eight Street Marketplace

11. Idaho State Historical Museum 12. Renewal Basement

20. Thomas Hammer 21.Ward Hooper Galler y 22. Alaska Building

13. 8th Street Micro Mall

23. Ar t Source

14. Basement Galler y

24. BOSCO at Masonic Temple

15. The Eclectic Ar t Store

25. Galler y 601

7. Atomic Treasures

16. Galler y Alexa Rose

8. Boise Ar t Glass

17. The Grove Plaza

9. Boise Ar t Museum

18. Lisk Galler y

10. Happy Fish

19. Sleep With Grace


GALLERY ALEXA 16 ROSE—Group show featuring Boise-area artists Ian Klein, Chad Kay and Lance Brown, as well as New Yorker Oliver Jackson. The show will include a wide variety of works such as painting, drawing, installation, and video. FREE. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise. ELLA’S ROOM—See the new space and get 20 percent off all regularly priced items for First Thursday. FREE. 413 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-331-3552.



engineer who expresses creativity through painting. Rusnack studied set design in England, where he also discovered watercolor and oil painting. FREE. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3442191.

26. The Galler y at The Linen Building

THE GROVE PLAZA— 17 Gypsies and friends will also host an ATC (Artist Trading Card) trading area. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza, Boise. LE CAFE DE PARIS—Mexican tapas and Mexican wine tasting with live music by Mallory Di Bartolo. FREE. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-336-0889, LISK GALLERY— 18 Landscape paintings by Carl Roew, plus wilderness and landscape photography by Mark Lisk, and paintings on aluminum by Jerri Lisk. Sawtooth Winery and Dream Chocolate. FREE. 850 W. Main St., 208-342-3773,

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OLD CHICAGO—Kids eat free. Karaoke from 10-close in the bar. FREE. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037, www.oldchicago. com. PIE HOLE—Graffiti art for sale on patio. See First Thursday, Page 23. $1 PBRs. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783, www. SLEEP WITH GRACE— 19 Enter a drawing for an Ironan Celsion Latex mattress set valued at $2,000. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. 110 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-9300. THOMAS HAMMER— 20 Photography by Michael Dean. FREE. 298 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-433-8004, WARD HOOPER GAL21 LERY—Art featuring bikes and dogs. Wine tasting. FREE. 745 W. Idaho St., Boise.

West ALASKA BUILDING— 22 Anna Weber and Eliza Fernand present Wannamake. Wannamake will lay the groundwork for public programs that will offer sewing, animating, collaging, costuming, painting, ceramacizing and other crafting processes. A newsletter/calendar will be available, debriefing their upcoming events, skill-shares and hours of operation. Find out more at FREE. 1020 Main St., Boise. ART SOURCE GAL23 LERY—“Ton-O-Color!: New Glass Works,” by Lisa Tate. Music by Nancy Kelly, Wine from Indian Creek Winery. Beer from Brewforia. FREE. 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, www.


BOSCO OPENING RECEPTION— Preview and reception for Boise Open Studios, in which artists open their studios for viewing, giving the public an intimate look inside their process. See Picks, Page 19. Complete listings at 5-9 p.m. FREE. Masonic Temple. 215 North Tenth St., Boise, 208-343-0721 GALLERY 601—Annual 25 Art For the Animals silent auction fundraiser for the Idaho Humane Society. A donation of three cans of pet food or a 5-lb bag will automatically enter you to win a framed John Weiss print. Highlands Hollow will be selling beer and donating the proceeds to the animal shelter. The Idaho Humane Society will be on-hand with pets in need of homes. FREE. 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-336-5899, THE GALLERY AT THE 26 LINEN BUILDING— Group Show: “Yes, Maybe, No,” featuring Boise State graduating students Ben Browne, Benjamin Love and Veiko Valencia, along with graduate student Matt Bodett. 5-9 p.m. 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www. MODERN HOTEL AND BAR— Music by Ned Evett and Bill Coffey FREE. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.

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Kelly Knopp’s house painting at Bricolage.

WHO LIKES TO PARTY? FIRST THURSDAY LIKES TO PARTY. It’s the setting for countless sex-fueled high school comedies: mom and dad wave as they drive away in the minivan. The oldest kid peers through the blinds and starts the house party phone tree. Soon enough, the bathtub is filled with Everclear punch, the faint chant “keg stand” echoes from the backyard and couples are making out sloppily on every unoccupied surface. Inspired by this shitshow coming-of-age tradition, 8th Street Micro Mall indie craft store Bricolage will host the themed art show “House Party,” on First Thursday, June 3. The exhibit will feature house party-themed work from Ben Wilson, April Vandegrift, Julia Green, Richard Walter, Heather Bauer and Kelly Knopp. House-partiers can also expect jungle juice and neighbor-infuriating beats by kid ’n’ play. Sadly, no cameos from Freddie Prince Jr. or Jason Biggs have been mentioned. If you’re sick of the high-heeled hoity-toity artsnobery that goes down on First Thursday (or just sauced on jungle juice), throw on your two-piece and cannonball into the Owyhee Plaza Hotel pool this Thursday, June 3. In addition to downing specialty cocktails, beer and appetizers, you can also relax to the tunes of the Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Weber from 5-10 p.m. And there’s yet another reason to party: This First Thursday, June 3, Flying M Coffeehouse will debut a new, large-scale wall adornment from long-time BW illustrator Noble Hardesty. Whether he’s working on posters, coasters, canvases or saw blades, Hardesty’s work is always eye-catching and provocative. His new 3-foot by 8-foot piece, Medusa Daydreams, is sure to be no exception. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCE—USA Dance Boise is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that promotes ballroom dancing in the Treasure Valley. Everyone is invited to attend monthly dances with introductory and intermediate lessons. A lesson is included with admission. 7 p.m. $10 for no-members, $5 for members and students with ID, 208-249-1715, Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise.

bring their own prewashed articles to dye and wear old clothes, as tie dying is messy. 1 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.


SUNDAY JUNE 6 Festivals & Events ART AND ROSES—Artists put their works on sale to benefit the Rose Garden. Food vendors and music but not crafts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

Citizen PEDAL PAST POVERTY FAMILY RIDE—Family bike ride to raise money for programs for the poor. 4.1 mile loop leaving from St. Mary’s Parish and ending at St. John’s Cathedral. 9:30 a.m. $20. St. Mary’s School, 2612 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7476,

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES—See Saturday. All day. $10-$15. Festival Meadows, Sun Valley, Idaho.

Odds & Ends

On Stage

BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson included in the cover at 9 p.m. and then practice dancing to music by DJ Tomas or DJ Saya. Loosen up with a beer or glass of wine. Empanadas from Tango’s are served Friday evenings. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe/ Cafe Bellisima, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

THE BOB AND AL SHOW—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3422000, www.stagecoachtheatre. com.

SUN VALLEY CELTIC FAIRE— See Saturday. Times/costs vary. Sun Valley, Idaho.

Food & Drink 17TH ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL—Free ice cream, along with antique car displays, a magic show, clown entertainment, balloon animals, face painting, and live music by pianist Ken Harris and Centennial High School guitarist Brock Bartel. Noon-3 p.m. FREE. The Children’s Home Society, 740 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-343-7813,

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 5 p.m. FREE. Morris Hill Park, NW corner of Roosevelt and Alpine streets, Boise. TIE DYE, JEWELRY AND ICE CREAM—Attendees can tie dye, make sand-art jewelry, and churn old fashioned ice cream all in one place. Participants should

Odds & Ends IDAHO ROLLING THUNDER BENEFIT RIDE—Benefit motorcycle ride for the Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Warmheart and the Idaho Guard Family Support Fund. 8 p.m. $20. High Desert Harley Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599, www.

MONDAY JUNE 7 On Stage INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Local improv comedy. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, www.

Talks & Lectures 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.

Citizen NETWORKING JOB CLUB— Networking Job Club meets to offer leads, tips, insights and ideas with focus on career assessment, finding the hidden job market, networking, Internet success, developing a successful resume and interview coaching. Facilitator and guest speakers. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0011.

Odds & Ends

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

BEER PONG—8 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-3226699. PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at second hand stores. $1 PBR, Oly or Rainer cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008, www.

TUESDAY JUNE 8 Festivals & Events PLAYING IN THE PLAZA—Food and craft vendors, along with live music by Desert Rain. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Generations Plaza, corner of Main Street and Idaho Avenue, Meridian,


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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes

Odds & Ends


DOG TRAINING DEMONSTRATION—Demonstration on dog training techniques by Paula McCollum, a professional trainer and search and rescue handler. Demo only; don’t bring dogs. 7 p.m. FREE. Salvation Army, 4308 W. State St., Boise.

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. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian.

BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteer bicycle mechanics are on hand to answer repair questions, help diagnosis and assist in bicycle repairs. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,

PCC MAILING AND SHIPPING EXPO—Learn how to reduce your mailing costs and improve mailroom efficiency through seminars and questions posed to the Boise Postmaster. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $10-$25. Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3431871,

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, e-mail Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-1299.

Odds & Ends 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.” The group votes on a question and the discussion begins. For more information, e-mail scott@ 7-8:45 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-7272, TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 9 Festivals & Events BOISE’S BEST BAD DANCER—Bust out your worst windmilling, Roger-Rabbiting, running-manning, high-kicking moves for the chance to be officially crowned, Boise’s worst dancer. Cash and prizes to the “winners.” See Picks, Page 18. 8 p.m. $3. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, www.liquidboise. com.

Workshops & Classes EDIBLE AND USEFUL PLANTS—Ray Vizgirdas shares his passion for the edible and useful plants of the Foothills. 78:30 p.m. FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755,

ARTS/BOOK SPYMOM: THE TRUE STORY OF A SOCCER MOM TURNED PRIVATE EYE For most people, the term “private investigator” conjures up a figure clad in a trench coat and a fedora, or even a mustached guy in a Hawaiian shirt, a la Magnum P.I. But a bewigged soccer mom driving a minivan that stinks of tuna sandwiches? That’s who Boise’s Val Agosta was, until metastatic breast cancer claimed her life less than a year ago. Agosta made it her mission to write and publish her memoirs before she died, and the result is Spymom: The True Story of a Soccer Mom Turned Private Eye (GuidepostsBooks, 2010). This limited autobiography consists of story after story of Agosta’s cases as a middle-aged Nancy Drew, but it is her insidious disease process—breast cancer with multiple recurrences— that provides a sinister undercurrent woven throughout the book and adds meaningful subplot to the drudgery of private investigation. Ironically, Agosta credits the initial diagnosis of a potentially fatal illness with having been the catalyst that spurred the pursuit of her dream career. As most real-life private investigators will admit, their work is rarely the suspenseful drama portrayed in bestsellers and movies. Instead, it’s more often hours of boring surveillance on behalf of reluctant insurance companies who suspect a faked injury or for a divorce attorney hoping to catch a cheating spouse. Essentially, detectives witness human behavior at its worst. Readers living in or around Boise might appreciate Spymom because of their familiarity with the local backdrop of a low-speed chase down Broadway Avenue, or the discovery of a meth lab in Garden City, but in general, Agosta’s escapades don’t translate to interesting lit. Her syntactically unsophisticated prose is written at such an elementary level that one wonders about the identity of her target audience. On the other hand, perhaps the clipped sentence structure intentionally emulates stereotypical detective speak, such as that of Sergeant Joe Friday from Dragnet. Unfortunately, the result neither thrills nor captivates. Without the visceral effect of pictures painted with words, readers are left to unaided imagination and real entertainment is elusive. However, what the published book lacks in fascination is easily made up for by Agosta’s remarkable character. Her resilience, ambition and endless optimism become apparent almost immediately. —Sarah Barber

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WHEELIES OF JUSTICE Local hip hop MC Curtis Plum lays down the law

Emma Hill and Her Gentleman Callers


PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL Take a shot of Katharine Hepburn, add a dash of Christopher Walken, shake it with a splash of smirking social commentary and serve in a glass of old school Casio hip hop beats and you’ve got a Curtis Plum cocktail. A fixture on the Boise skateboarding scene for years, Plum recently released his first album Call My Cellphone on Strange Famous Records, the label owned by indie rap pioneer Sage Francis. For an unemployed vagabond/prankster without a car, that’s a crazy-big break. Ask anyone who’s hung around Neuwe both roll back / and all I ever do is rub rolux or Rhodes Skate Park to describe Turtle Wax / on Vin’s bald head.” Plum, and you’ll hear the same off-beat Though he had finally found his sound, it tales. There’s the time he pretended to have wasn’t long before Plum pushed the project the same last name as pro-skater Chad aside and moved onto other things. Muska and wound up with a six-page “A lot of weird things in life happened. spread in Big Brother, a Larry Flynt skate I wound up out in Middleton. I’m bipolar, rag (true). Or the time he threw a party and I had a pretty bad manic episode—an with a keg of O’Doul’s and didn’t tell his up episode—and after that happens you guests, just to gauge their reactions (false). Both Plum and his tongue-in-cheek hip hop get medicated … which turns you into a are shrouded in a winking mischievousness. zombie for a while,” said Plum. “That was pretty rough because I was still into making On a recent overcast afternoon, Plum—a music, and I was like, ‘What happened to sturdy dude in his late 20s with a groomed, red beard—nursed a black coffee and fidgeted my imagination?’” Right when Plum thought he’d reached with a library copy of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Earnest, in a matter-of-fact way, he the end of his musical path, he won over an unexpected new fan—Sage Francis. Revered explained how he got into making music. as the father of socially conscious indie rap, “I started listening to Wu-Tang a lot Francis runs the label Strange Famous and and Ol’ Dirty Bastard was the guy that has recently collaborated with a number really inspired me to want to record some of indie greats—Will rap stuff. He just Oldham, Death Cab had a really distincfor Cutie’s Chris Waltive voice,” said To purchase a copy of Curtis Plum’s album la and Sparklehorse’s Plum. “All the music Call My Cellphone, visit Mark Linkous. BasiI’ve liked, whether cally, Francis was way it’s rock ’n’ roll or out of Plum’s league. anything, vocals are “I just randomly really important.” So in the early 2000s, Plum began rapping sent Sage a message on Myspace … and I aloud on his daily walks down Chinden Bou- was like, ‘I used to rap and I was wondering if you have any beats you could sell me?’ levard, experimenting with various voices. … He heard these two tracks that just hap“I didn’t really want to just rap in my regular voice,” said Plum. “So, I just started pened to be on my Myspace, and right off the bat he was like, ‘Did you do those? Are experimenting with weird things. I started with cartoon voices and imitating Ol’ Dirty those actually your songs? Would you be interested in putting them out professionBastard … then I started with a little bit ally on my label?’” of Christopher Walken and a little bit of Over the next couple years, as Plum’s Katharine Hepburn.” creativity waxed and waned with his bipoSomething about the Hepburn/Walken lar meds, he e-mailed new tracks to Francis. combo stuck. Plum recorded an entire “It was a total pet project of mine where album in one month, including the original I took it on and worked with him for over a version of the track “Vin Diesel.” Over a simple, almost childish, Casio piano melody matter of two years,” said Francis. “When he got around to making some more songs, and some basic loops, Plum raps absurd he would send them in. I’d mix them; I lyrics like, “He’s got a real nice pad where WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

How strange that local lad Curtis Plum got famous.

mastered the album. I still think there’s people around me who were really wondering if I was truly going to put out a record by Curtis Plum. And I was like ‘Hell, yeah. This shit is keeping me sane right now.’” While a number of songs like “Bike Cop” on Call My Cellphone toy with familiar hip hop themes (fuck the po-lice), they all take a comically lighthearted approach: “I’m a bike cop / poppin’ wheelies of justice / you hear the sound of my bike tires bustin’ / my mountain bike has a special name / it’s called you’re going to jail / what a shame.” Though Plum’s subject matter is totally over the top—see: “Lil Wayne Tried to Rape Me”—he adroitly navigates the bad taste balance beam without falling into Weird Al territory. “The style of hip hop he makes isn’t really what anyone would think I would listen to, but it had a great old school sensibility to it. It’s the simplicity that makes it work so well,” said Francis. “All of these elements that I look for in hip hop were prevalent in his music. It was a very natural thing. It didn’t sound contrived, it didn’t sound like he was making fun of rap. It sounded like it was a very genuine thing that he was doing for the fun of it.” While Call My Cellphone has done fairly well since its February 2010 release— “we’re out of the red right now,” Francis noted—it’s unlikely that Plum will ever be a Strange Famous cash cow. Not only does he not like to tour—the lifeblood of the current music industry—but in all likelihood, Call My Cellphone will be Plum’s first and final release. “If I had to predict it, I would say he’s going to totally flip the script and do something maybe not even music related,” said Francis. “I don’t think he’s married to the Curtis Plum sound or character. I think that he’s an artist by nature and he’s going to vent whatever thoughts or ideas or creative impulses that he has in other ways.”

In December 2009, we told you about the upcoming Promenade Music Festival, a three-day event that runs Oct. 7-9, which hopes to follow in the Sasquatch-sized footsteps of Austin, Texas’ SXSW and Portland, Ore.’s MusicFestNW (hell, maybe even the Gorge’s Sasquatch). Promenade will feature discussion panels and more than 100 local and out-of-town acts in eight venues during those three days. The current lineup is listed below, but more bands will continue to be added up until October. The event is brought to you by the fine folks at Impact Radio, Gold Link Media, Bittercreek Ale House, Red Feather Lounge, The Board Room, Boise Rock School, Audio Lab, Go Listen Boise and your friends at Boise Weekly. Venues that will host these performances include Bittercreek, Red Feather, The Bouquet, Egyptian Theatre, Hijinx Comedy Club, Knitting Factory, The Linen Building, Neurolux, Reef, Terrapin Station, The Venue and Visual Arts Collective. Tickets are $15 for one day or $30 for all three, and they go on sale Friday, June 11, at We’ll keep you updated as the event gets closer and you can always find more info at promenadeboise. com. Here’s a list of acts that have been confirmed thus far. 3rd to Last, a.k.a. Belle, Aan, Alameda, Andy Byron and The Lost River Band, Ashlea Jonesmith, Audio Moonshine, Astronautalis, Bank, Beargrass, Bellamy Rose, BlackSmith, Boise Rock School, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Bridgeport, Chad Summervill, David Robert King, Dawnya Clarine, Eastern Sunz, Education, Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers, End Roulette, Faux Bois, Finn Riggins, Frog Eyes, The Fun Police, GeorgeLife, Go Engine Now, Gravity, Hillfolk Noir, Hosannas, The Jacks, The Janks, Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Kent Jensen, King Cotton, Lee Penn Sky, Low-fi, The Maladroids, Man Without Wax, Marcus Eaton, Marinade, Matt Dodge and The Lobsters!, The McCleary Band, Michael Gross and The Statuettes, The Mission Orange, Neo Tundra Cowboy, Nick Jaina, Oso Negro, Pat McDonald and The Tropical Cowboys, Paul Jacobsen and The Madison Arm, Poke, Pravda, Project 4, Project Jupiter, Public Jones, The Rayls, Red Hands Black Feet, Reid Perry, RevoltRevolt, Roaming Royalty, Rob Walker, Rojos Calientes, Sarah Sample, Seven Feet Below, SONiA and disappear fear, Spondee, Spostah, Steve Fulton Music, System and Station, Tartufi, The Very Most, Warner Drive, The Wayne Hoskins Band and Yarn Owl. —Amy Atkins

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ALIVE AFTER FIVE—With Fishtank Ensemble and The Well Suited. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza

THE CHANCELLORS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Downtown Nampa Nights

AUDIO MOONSHINE—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

BILL COFFEY AND NED EVETT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


END OF SCHOOL BASH, JUNE 6, THE VENUE Back in the day, we celebrated the end of school by chanting Alice Cooper’s “School’s out for summer / School’s out forever ... / No more pencils / No more books / No more teacher’s dirty looks.” Though today’s youngsters may not have a theme to accompany their last-day-of-school joy, they can celebrate with some actual musicians on Sunday. Hip-hop rules school when Chingo Bling, Lucky Luciano, Boise-based Texas T, Double O Ryderz, Los Production and more blow out any semblance of studying at an all-ages, end-of-school show. Texas-born Bling sewed the seeds of his fame in Houston’s underground Latin rap scene. His bombastic braggadocio earned him a following among not only Latino youth, but critics, media and labels as well. Bling’s fame headed toward infamy with the title of his 2007 release, They Can’t Deport Us All. —Amy Atkins

DAMIEN JURADO—With Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground. 8 p.m. $10. Neurolux HAVOK—With Threshold and Krystos. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room Tavern IT PREVAILS—With Close Your Eyes, Brawl, Our City Skyline and Bare Witness. 6 p.m. $5. Brawl Studios JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—8:45 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

GOOD OLD WAR—With Yukon Blonde and Audra Mae. 7 p.m. $10. The Venue LOW-FI—With Bird’s Mile Home and New Transit. 9 p.m. $3. Terrapin Station

BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub CRAVING DAWN—9 p.m. FREE. Overland Bar

MUZZIE AND BILLY BRAUN—6:30 p.m. $6-$10. Idaho Botanical Garden

DONNYBROOK—With Lionheart, The Mongoloids, Venia, Brawl and The Dude Abides. 6 p.m. $12. Brawl Studios

PALEO—8 p.m. $2. Flying M Coffeegarage

FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. $3. The New Frontier Club


FLYLEAF: THE UNITE AND FIGHT TOUR—With Ten Years, Fair to Midland and Lacuna Coil. 8 p.m. $25-$65. Knitting Factory

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club


THE PRAIRIE SKY PILOTS—9 p.m. $2. Liquid SOUL HONEY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

LEVY’S ALLEY—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel

YAMN—9:30 p.m. FREE. Reef

THE MENZINGERS—8 p.m. $3. Red Room Tavern THE MOUNTAIN GOATS—With The Beets. 8 p.m. $14. Neurolux

8 p.m., $9.99. The Venue, 521 Broad St., theboisevenue. com. Tickets are available at

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. $2. Liquid THE RETREADS—9 p.m. FREE. Dino’s VOICE OF REASON—9 p.m. $4. Terrapin Station

SATURDAY JUNE 5 ARC BENEFIT SHOW—With Steve Fulton Music, Rebecca Scott and Matt Gambrell. 8 p.m. $10-$12. Visual Arts Collective AUDIO MOONSHINE—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement BODO BROTHERS CD RELEASE PARTY—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s BRIANNE BOWER AND JAKE VP—6 p.m. FREE. Lucky 13 Pizza/The Garage BRYAN MINUS AND THE DISCONNECT—8 p.m. $5. The Bouquet DELTA SPIRIT—With Ezra Furman and the Harpoons and The Romany Rye. 8 p.m. $10. Neurolux FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. $3. The New Frontier Club


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GUIDE THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE WHALER—With The Very Most and A Seasonal Disguise. 9 p.m. $4. Terrapin Station MOONSHINE AND MAYHEM—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel MORNING TELEPORTATION—9 p.m. $5. Neurolux THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. The Gamekeeper Lounge POKE—9 p.m. FREE. The Plank THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SOUL PURPOSE—9 p.m. FREE. Dino’s SOUL SERENE—Album release party. 9:30 p.m. $5. Reef SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

TAPROOT—With A New Revolution, Ice Nine Kills and Destrophy. 7:30 p.m. $13-$30. Knitting Factory YER MAMA—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny




BRYAN MINUS—With Sunshine in the Valley and Arctic Turtles. 9 p.m. $4. Terrapin Station

ANDREW ANDERSON—With John Pisano. 9 p.m. $2. Terrapin Station

CHINGO BLING—With Lucky Luciano, Texas T, Double O Ryderz, Los Production and more. See Listen Here, Page 30. 9 p.m. $10. The Venue

CONDITIONS—With Lower DeďŹ nition, End the Century, Assemble the Skyline and The Kinzie Affair. 7:30 p.m. $12. Knitting Factory

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—With Mountain Standard Time and David Robert King and the Lost River Boys. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove Plaza

MCKENNA—3 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe

THE CONSTELLATION BRANCH—With The Maladroids and Tugboat. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective

WHITE RHINO—With Radillac, Jar, Trigger Itch, Old One Two. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room

MONDAY JUNE 7 PUNK MONDAY— Millions of Dead Cops, RooďŹ ed Resistance and DC Fallout. 9 p.m. $5. Liquid ROBERT FRANCIS: A RIVER RENDEVOUS CONCERT—With Jack Littman and Nikki Lang. See Listen Here, this page. 7:30 p.m. Win tickets from 94.9 The River. Knitting Factory TALLER THAN TREES—With Blind Justice, Kelsey Swopes and Mt. Joy. 7 p.m. $5. Brawl Studios

DAN COSTELLO AND LETA NEUSTAEDTER—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye KEN MODE—With Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire, End of All Flesh, Black Cloud. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room Tavern


SKATE NIGHT—With Fatal and Ripshaw. 9 p.m. Gusto Bar SUPERSTAR RUNNER—With J.D. Valerio. 9 p.m. $2. Terrapin Station



REBECCA SCOTT—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub


SPONDEE—With Mickey the Jump. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage


Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats

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

With summer approaching, the buzz of warm-weather bugs and sweet, strummed guitar become part of the season’s soundtrack. On Monday, Robert Francis, sponsored by 94.9 The River, will bring both to Boise. OK, maybe not humming insects, but he’ll probably perform his popular hit “Junebug.� (Close enough?) Francis’ 2007 debut release One By One offered listeners a taste of his vocal range—he can go from ground level basstones to sky-high falsettos—and the emotional lyrical outpouring he has become known for. What makes this show all the more interesting are Francis’ special guests, singer-songwriters Jack Littman and Nikki Lang. Both are a part of a new Knitting Factory venture: High Adventure Management, an artist management arm of the Knitting Factory machine. Tickets to this show are free but are only available through 94.9 The River. —Amy Atkins 7:30 p.m., FREE from 94.9 The River. Knitting Factory, 416 S, Ninth St.,



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BIRDS OF A FEATHER Civilized Bat Boys prefer tea to blood.

Local printmakers flock to Wingtip Press TARA MORGAN

ISF SEASON OPENS, BW WANTS YOUR B&W’S Chop up your crudites and assemble your cheese plates, Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 34th season is packed with enough comedy, tragedy, camp and horror to keep your picnic baskets and low-backed chairs saddled in the trunk of your Prius. The season’s opener, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is an ISF signature piece set in 1960s London. The play opens Friday, June 4, and runs through Friday, July 30. “The story is about youth rebellion—a group of young kids, the four lovers in the show, trying to essentially go against the norms of their very establishment community,” said ISF Artistic Director Charlie Fee. Next in line is the campy, Twilight-meetsRocky Horror Picture Show production Bat Boy: The Musical, based on a Weekly World News tabloid tale of a half-bat, half-human. The show runs from Friday, June 11-Saturday, July 24. “It’s a stor y of the outsider in the community; the person who’s different, who doesn’t fit in with the normal world,” Fee said. Third on the roster is Oscar Wilde’s witty An Ideal Husband, which runs from Friday, July 16-Friday, Aug. 27. “It’s got all the best qualities of Oscar Wilde—outrageous characters, unbelievably witty dialogue—but it also has, at its heart, a little bit more of a dramatic situation,” said Fee. Next is Shakespeare’s heavyweight tragedy Othello, a play that explores jealousy and betrayal, centering on the character Othello, a dark-skinned Venetian general. Othello opens Friday, Aug. 6, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 29. “Without any question, you’re seeing a lot of productions of Othello these days, and it’s certainly a reflection of our own political situation with President Obama,” said Fee. Wrapping things up is The Woman in Black, a Gothic horror story adapted from the novel by Susan Hill. The play runs from Friday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 26. Listen up, photo nerds. You’ve got just one month to channel your inner black and white. The deadline for Boise Weekly’s annual Black and White photo contest is Wednesday, June 30, at 5 p.m. All prints must be at least 8 inches in one dimension, mounted on white 16-inch by 20-inch matboard, with your name, category (people, places, things), phone number and address scrawled on the back of each entry. Entries are $5 a pop and you can submit as many photos as you want. —Tara Morgan

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Printmaking is all about process. In a home garage printmaking studio off Allumbaugh called Wingtip Press, Amy Nack meticulously rolls thin layers of ink onto a printmaking plate, letting the zen of repetition take over. She places the plate onto a giant printing press, covers it with fancy paper and a thick piece of fabric, then cranks the machine’s large wheel. After passing under thousands of pounds of pressure, a unique piece of artwork emerges. Unlike painting or sculpture, printmaking is all about multiples. To achieve a set of perfectly replicated images—a feat more hindered by human imperfection than one might think—a printmaker must be conscious of a number of variables, including the exact number of times and in which diArts. “There was no commercial space availrection they ink the matrix, an etched plate able for a printmaker … with Wingtip Press, made from materials like copper, wood, the landscape is totally different.” linoleum or stone. When local artist Deb Jones Yensen “Printmaking is so process-driven that graduated from Boise State and was no it’s really hard to explain it to someone longer able to use its presses, she turned to unless they do the steps,” said Nack. “You Wingtip Press for her printmaking needs. have to think inside out because it’s going Because large printing presses are so hard to print backwards.” to come by, printmakers often have to share Two years ago, Nack and artist April space, which leads them to trade knowlHoff opened a public printmaking studio edge, as well. called Wingtip Press in Nack’s garage. “For myself, I really like being able to The studio features three large presses—a print in some kind of a communal enviConrad “Constantine” etching press, an antique Kelton “La Contessa” etching press ronment, so that we can bounce ideas off each other and talk about what you’re and an Ettan “Li’l Etta” etching press—as working on and just well as a book press, brainstorm different a hydraulic press for things,” said Yensen. papermaking and an Check out April Hoff’s work at Wingtip Press “I really prefer beassortment of etching during BOSCO’s Boise Open Studios weeking able to do work tanks, work tables, end, Saturday, June 5-Sunday, June 6, here rather than by paper cutters and Noon-6 p.m., 6940 Butte Court. myself.” storage cubbies. For WINGTIP PRESS But for artists printmakers who no 6940 Butte Court who still have access longer have access to Boise State’s printto college workshop making facilities—like facilities—or don’t Benjamin Love, Winghave $5,000 to plunk tip Press’ first member—the studio holds a down on a smash-through-your-living room-floor heavy press—the above tools are different draw. Nack hosts semi-frequent printmaker dinner parties that she has like a printmaking buffet. Though Wingtip Press isn’t the only com- dubbed A La Soupee, “where elite printmunal printmaking studio of its kind—Port- makers meet to eat … serving slow food land, Ore., has a number of cooperative stu- and slick talk, stone soup and poly plates.” dios like Flight 64 and Atelier Meridian—it Love has made connections with a number of local printmakers through is the first and only one to open in Boise. these gatherings. “Before Amy opened Wingtip Press, it “It’s a different community [at Wing[required you] having your own press or signing up for a class at BSU if you wanted to tip] in the sense that it’s people who aren’t students, generally …” said Love. “I went print anything,” explained Wingtip member Maria Carmen Gambliel, director of folk and to two dinner parties there that were really great just in terms of hanging out and betraditional arts at Idaho Commission on the

Pressure. Pushing down on me. Pressing down on you.

ing able to talk about art with people who are equally as committed and impassioned about making things.” In addition to Nack’s soup-filled dinner parties, she also hosts printmaking exchanges, where artists submit multiple prints around a single theme and walk away with a portfolio containing prints from every member of the group. And furthermore, Wingtip also hosts a number of educational workshops, like last weekend’s book arts workshop for kids. “[Nack] sponsors workshops by different local artists or artists from somewhere else,” said Gambliel. “Those are very helpful because we learn from each other and since we are not in class, we learn the short cuts and the long roads to something.” Though Wingtip is growing at a steady pace, it’s still only a part-time endeavor for Nack. In the future, Wingtip hopes to obtain 501(c)3 nonprofit status and eventually move into a larger location. “We’ve got plans to do more than just a little workshop with the refugee population,” said Nack. “We’re thinking of maybe finding some [refugees] who have interest in this and maybe mentoring them and getting them going. We’re working on that, but we don’t have anything official.” Whether she’s reaching out to new community members who are interested in the art of printmaking or connecting those who have been working solo on their own small presses for years, it’s obvious Nack has a knack for what she does. And lucky for local printmakers, she’s willing to share her expertise and her garage. “I’m totally sold on it,” said Gambliel. “Wingtip Press is our connecting point; it’s the community for us.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THE PRINCE OF PERSIA Who would have guessed you could see two movies in one week about Iran/ Persia ... and that one would be so good and the other so bad? GEORGE PRENTICE

These cool cats want to rebel against the establishment with music, but they live in a country where the price of rebellion may be their freedom.

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (PG) Directed by Bahman Ghobadi

I’m not certain that film can effect social change, Starring Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad but when popular culture clashes with extremand Hamed Behdad ism, the resulting political tsunami can shift time Now playing at The Flicks itself. Add No One Knows About Persian Cats to a very short list of films that demand our atraw and uneasy. But throughout the film, there tention. The fact that the backdrop of the story remains a tension that reminds us that those is contemporary Tehran is fascinating. The fact brave souls performing on rooftops and in that director Bahman Ghobadi illegally filmed in basements are all locked in a bigger cage—their Tehran is phenomenal. culture. The film has been vilified by the Iranian The title of the movie refers to how dogs and government, and while its lifeblood is indepencats are banned in public in Iran, as are Western dent music, it is possibly the most politicallyculture, and in particular, secular music. The charged movie of the year. movie follows Ashkan (Ashkan Koshanejad) and The irony is not entirely lost that while No One Negar (Negar Shaghaghi) as they piece together Knows About Persian Cats struggles to find an an independent rock band in an improbable effort to perform an underground concert and then audience, the Walt Disney corporation has carpetbombed the cineplexes with the flee the country with flat-footed Prince of Persia: The bootleg passports. Sands of Time. In an effort to We witness their create a new action franchise, journey through the producer Jerry Bruckheimer streets, back alleys and the Mouse House offer a and underground of swashbuckler that’s more buckle Tehran as they meet than a swash. real-life musicians: Unfortunately, they forgot drummers, guitarists, the cardinal rule of a successful even rappers. To blur action flick: begin with a comart and reality even pelling lead character. Unformore, many of the tunately, star Jake Gyllenhaal artists who perform doesn’t have the cinematic DNA in the movie have PRINCE OF PERSIA (PG-13) to inhabit the role of a rogue been jailed in real life. Directed by Mike Newell prince. Up until now, he’s been In one of the best Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, more believable as a reluctant performances of this Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina hero (The Day After Tomorrow). or any other year, Now playing Edwards 9 and Edwards 22 And the accents are terrible. Hamed Behdad plays Prince of Persia joins a long list Nader, a mash-up of of laughable movies set in the a manager, fixer and Middle East where the cast sounds more like an hustler. In one scene, he is accused of possessing Oxford production of Gilbert and Sullivan. Western DVDs, and to watch him con his way No One Knows About Persian Cats is a out of a punishment of 75 lashes, is terrifying controversial yet entertaining journey. Prince of and hilarious, all at once. Persia is more like a rickety amusement park ride As a piece of entertainment, No One Knows ... and you just want it to stop. About Persian Cats is imperfect. The editing is


When the battles at home are as difficult as those on the field.

COMING IN EARLY FALL: THE DRY LAND Producer Heather Rae’s next release will be one of the most talked-about movies of 2010. The Dry Land is a compelling portrait of a young veteran’s return and his descent into a purgatory of PTSD takes no prisoners. America Ferrera is attached to the film as co-star and executive producer. At a special screening on May 27, co-sponsored by the Flicks, Boise Co-op and the Modern Hotel, veterans and their families gave the movie a big thumbs-up. The Dry Land is set for commercial release this summer in New York and Los Angeles and is expected to reach Boise in early September. It is worth the wait, and you’ll be among the first to see the movie before it begins pulling in trophies come award season. —George Prentice


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SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings THE SANGUINARIAN—Local vampire film. First 50 guests receive swag bags. Live music with Anguisette, Electronika and Cylab, vampire costume contest, prizes including $100 gift certificate to the Costume Shop. Followed by Q & A with filmmakers and cast. See Picks on Page 18 for more info on the event. See Screen Extra on Page 35 for more on the film. Saturday, June 5. 7 p.m. $10 general. $8 in costume. (NR, but should be considered R) Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454.


Flicks: F-Su: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30; M-Tu: 4:30, 7, 9:30 Flicks: W-Th: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; F-Su: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15; M-Tu: 5:15, 7:15


Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:15 a.m., 4:25, 6:40


opening AJAMI—Set in the melting pot of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures in Tel Aviv, Israel. Five stories are intertwined and include the themes of romance outside the tribe, violence, misunderstanding and retaliation. Subtitled in English. (R) Flicks GET HIM TO THE GREEK—A music company assistant (Jonah Hill) is sent to London retrieve an outrageous rockstar (Russell Brand) for a concert at L.A.’s Greek Theatre. (R) Edwards 22 THE GOOD HEART— Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will be Blood) plays a homeless and suicidal youth, who is taken in by a gruff bar owner, (Brian Cox) who tries to offer him a new life. (R) Flicks KILLERS—After a romance on a whim while on vacation, a woman (Katherine Heigl) discovers her new husband (Ashton Kutcher) is a spy being hunted by assassins. (PG-13) Edwards 22 SPLICE—Two experimental geneticists (Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley), splice human DNA with animal DNA and attempt to raise the creature as their own child. (R) Edwards 22


Flicks: F-Su: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:25; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:45 a.m., 2:05, 4:15, 6:50, 9:05 IRON MAN 2— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:25, 1:15, 3:10, 4:05, 6:20, 7:20, 9:15, 10:30 KILLERS—

Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30 7, 9:30


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:35 Edwards 22: W-Th: noon, 2:35, 5, 7:35, 10:05


Edwards 9: W-Th: 4:50, 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:30, 2:55, 5:10, 7:50, 10

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN ERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS— Flicks: W-Th: 3:05, 5:05, 7:05, 9:05; F-Su: 1:20, 5:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 9:20 NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET—

Flicks: W-Th: 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10; F-Su: 9; M-Tu: 9:15


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55 Edwards 22: W-Th: 10:30 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:50, 1:20, 2:10, 2:50, 3:35, 4:10, 4:50, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 9, 9:50, 10:20, 11


HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON—To prove his manhood, the son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon. However,

Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:45, 9:30


BABIES—Documentary following the first year in the life of four babies being raised in different parts in the world in very different ways. (PG) Flicks

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

Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50



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 22

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Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 7:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:25


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). (PG-13) Edwards 22

Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 2:40, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 10:40 a.m., 12:20, 1:40, 3:25, 4:40, 6:30, 7:45, 9:55, 10:45 Egyptian: Sa: 7


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 12:40, 1:10, 3:50, 4:20, 7, 7:30, 10:10, 10:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:40 a.m., 12:40, 1:10, 3, 3:50, 4:20, 6:25, 7, 7:30, 9:40, 10:10, 10:35

SHREK FOREVER AFTER— Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:50, 1:20, 4, 4:30, 6:50, 7:20, 9:40, 10:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 12:55, 2:45, 3:15, 5:15, 5:45, 7:45, 8:15, 10:15, 10:40 SHREK FOREVER AFTER 3D— Edwards 22: W-Th: 11:30 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 2, 2:20, 4:30, 4:55, 6:45, 7:25, 9:10, 9:35 SHREK FOREVER AFTER IMAX 3D— SPLICE— SWEETGRASS—

Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11 a.m., 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 8:40

Edwards 22: F-Tu: 11:50 a.m., 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Flicks: W-Th: 2:45, 5, 7:10, 9:20; F-Su: 3:20, 7:20; M-Tu: 7:20

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, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208377-3072, Movie times listed were correct as of press time. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


in the process, he discovers that dragons may be man’s new best friend. (PG) Edwards 22 IRON MAN 2—Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, billionaire arms manufacturer and playboy with a heart of cold fusion and a superpowered exoskeleton he uses to fight the enemies of freedom. But one of those enemies, Ivan Venko (Mickey Rourke), isn’t so pleased with the fact that Stark has made his fortune with secrets stolen from his father and decides to seek super-powered revenge. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 LETTERS TO JULIET—Dear John’s Amanda Seyfried stars in this romantic comedy about an American’s journey to Verona, Italy, the home of Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet. When she begins to answers letters written to Romeo’s obsession, she gets entangled in the lifelong search for a long lost love. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 MACGRUBER—Spy spoof featuring cast members of SNL. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

If they all look like this, it’s no wonder vampires are getting so much attention lately.

BLOOD AND SWEAT FOR BLOOD The Sanguinarian is seductive. It’s allegorical. It is summarized as “a metaphorical and sensual drama of pseudoShakespearean language, where a suicidal vampire spirals out of control in an unconventional and surreal world.” It is a vampire movie. Vampires may be an overly familiar commodity right now, but director Analisa Ravella tackled the genre with an authentic “anti-Twilight” approach, spinning a real story in the style of a graphic novel. Ravella co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Beal, who also plays the lead character, Cristoph. Beal did not originally intend to play the part, but near the end of the writing process he felt he knew the character so thoroughly that, combined with his acting experience, he wanted to take a crack at it. Beal and Ravella said they wanted to tell a story using vampires because they “have a very allegorical nature to them. They’re full of secrets and a good way for people to relate to the themes of pain and failure.” The Sanguinarian was filmed entirely in Boise. The filmmakers created no definitive era, but the setting resembles a postindustrial metropolis, circa the 1940s. When Ravella started making the film a few years ago, skeptics told her that her film was too large to make in Boise. She ignored the naysayers and moved forward, employing a number of international musicians and costumers. Local filmmaker Michael D. Gough (America’s Core) served as cinematographer. After seeing a rough cut of the film, it’s safe to say that Ravella managed to prove her skeptics wrong. Given the state of the economy now, Ravella said she’s glad she started when she did, although it was still tough going. Ravella received help from the city but said she didn’t get much from the Idaho Film Commission. She said she’s not likely to make another film in Idaho, but she and Beal are glad Boise audiences will get to see The Sanguinarian on Saturday, June 5, before they submit it to national and international film festivals. They’ve already submitted it in Germany, England and Australia and have received interest from some studio executives. —Jacob Lyman For more information on the red carpet screening at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, June 5, see Picks on Page 18. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS—Academy Award-winning documentary telling the story of the Rand Corporation researcher who leaked thousands of pages of secret documents to The New York Times in 1971. (NR) Flicks NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET— 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) Edwards 22 NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS—Iranian youths try to form a rock band with the hopes of playing a festival in London, but must dodge the Iranian government at every turn in order to do so. See review on Page 33. (NR) Flicks PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME—Based on the video game, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a rogue prince who must race against dark forces to prevent them from using an ancient dagger from the gods to reverse time and rule the world. See review on Page 33. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 ROBIN HOOD—Russell Crowe stars as the Robin Hood in his third pairing with director Ridley Scott. In 12th century England, Sir Robin Longstride (Crowe) must rescue his village from the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Macfayden) while wooing the widowed Lady Marian (Cate Blanchett). (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SEX AND THE CITY TWO—Four NYC glamour-gals decide to go on vacaton to the Middle East. Crude and heartfelt hilarity ensue. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SHREK FOREVER AFTER— Bored, Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to feel like a real ogre again, but he’s tricked and sent to an alternate version of Far Far Away where everything is wrong. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SWEETGRASS—Documentary following the way of life for sheep farmers and their flocks on their last drive over the Beartooth Mountains in Montana. (NR) Flicks

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FLYING DOWN Hey, Government Trapper Man, I was hungry.

LOOK UP FOR GUNNERS The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program has pursued a pair of wolves in the Boise Foothills for almost a month now after the wolves killed at least 11 sheep grazing Upper Hulls Gulch. Wildlife Services is using a fixed-wing plane and ground shooters with wolf calls to locate and kill the wolves. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game authorized the action on May 5. “Most of the time when we confirm livestock predation, most of the time, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game gives us authorization to use lethal means,” said Wildlife Services Assistant State Director George Graves. The attacks occurred in four separate depredation incidents, the most recent of which was on May 24, Graves said. Frank Shirts, who grazes on public land in the Boise Front, owns all of the lost sheep. While Idaho Conservation League has supported delisting wolves and state management of the species, ICL Program Director Justin Hayes said that Wildlife Services has been “overzealous” in its wolf control efforts and that he is hearing lots of complaints about the agency. “Using aerial gunning to kill wolves in sight of the state capitol is a crazy and very bad idea,” Hayes said. Since Jan. 1, Wildlife Services has killed 24 wolves in authorized control actions. That’s an average of eight kills a month, the highest per month average since at least 2003, according to IDFG data. In 2008, Wildlife Services killed an average of 7.83 wolves a month, the second highest year. There have been established wolf packs in the Boise Foothills for at least a decade, though sightings so close to town are rare. Graves said the wolves are thought to be about eight air miles north of the Statehouse. The first predation in May was a few miles up the well-used Eighth Street Extension, past the winter closure gate. Graves said the service is not using leg traps or snares because of the number of people and dogs in the area. Ed Mitchell, a spokesman for Fish and Game, said each depredation incident is dealt with on a case-by-case basis. “One criteria is if there is a long history of chronic depredation in an area, or with a particular pack, then that calls for removal,” Mitchell said. Another criteria is keeping wolves out of areas that see a lot of human use, such as Hulls Gulch, he said. “With the growth in [wolf] population that we’ve had statewide we’ve gotten perhaps a bit more aggressive,” he said. —Nathaniel Hoffman

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Jumping off things in Idaho JIMMY JOE MAX Miles Daisher has dreams of falling and of flying. Then he wakes up and falls—with style—off a bridge. The 41-year-old from Twin Falls loves to jump out of planes and to jump off of high edifices and natural precipices, a sport known as BASE jumping. BASE is an acronym for buildings, antennas, spans (or bridges) and earth (or cliffs). Daisher has been jumping out of planes since 1995 and off of BASEs since 1996. I met up with Daisher at the Perrine Miles Daisher performs a gainer off the handrail of the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls Bridge in Twin Falls the first week of May and looks back for the bottom of the canyon. and watched him casually stroll to the center of the bridge, hop up on the rail and launch neath the span, it does not matter too much Daisher is also doing cutting-edge sky himself into thin air 486 feet above the Snake which direction the wind is blowing (and in work with a new sport he and a friend River. About the moment I grasped what the Twin Falls, the wind blows a lot). If it were invented called skyaking: skydiving while blazes he was doing (two or three seconds an earth jump, the wind could easily blow seated in a kayak. after his jump), Daisher opened a parayou into the cliff wall and create all sorts of This is a whole new dimension in skydivchute and gently continued his descent to a ing that Daisher and Scott Lindgren, a kayak complications. meadow alongside the river. In the afternoon, the wind picked up more designer, have pioneered. About eight years “I’m living the dream ... Falling is my ago, Lindgren asked Daisher if he would take than the trio of daredevils felt safe with, so motto for life,” he said. they called it quits. The following morning a kayak out of a plane with him. Daisher Daisher has BASE jumped 2,669 times I awoke several times dreaming that I was agreed, and set out to find someone with a and holds the world record for the number jumping off of the bridge just as casually and plane who would take him up. Apparently of jumps off that span in one day. On Sept. confidently as Daisher, sans parachute or that’s not a common request, and most 16, 2005, he jumped off the Perrine Bridge anything else to ease my own descent. I don’t pilots shy away from requests so far out of 57 times. think I’m suicidal, but I was curious about the box. Daisher eventually found someone There are no permits required to BASE having a dream like that so I called Daisher who would take them up in a plane, and the jump from the Perrine Bridge and according skayak team has been refining the equipment to ask him about it. to the BASE fatality list, there have been six Max: “Do you ever hear anyone talking needs for this new sport and promoting it fatalities related to BASE jumps here. The about taking a dive off the bridge ... or any next nearest place to BASE jump is in Moab, across the United States and Europe. BASE ... without a parachute?” The seated position in a kayak is unnatuUtah. Daisher: “Well some people have stepped ral for skydiving so it takes some getting used The bridge is under the jurisdiction of the off without a parachute and didn’t make it. I to. The skyaker can Idaho Transportation actually land on water think that was their plan. I’ve had dreams of Department. landing wing suits easily on a snowy slope. or on land. There are “The ITD has reThe Perrine Bridge stands 486 feet above I’m not gonna go out and do it but have no plans for this to be viewed its liability and the Snake River just north of Twin Falls demonstrated in Idaho thought a lot about it.” has determined that on U.S. Route 93. Completed in 1976, replacing an older span, the 1,500 foot long A wing suit, or squirrel suit, is a jump suit yet, though Daisher we are not liable or bridge over the river canyon has become worn by a skydiver that has material between did appear on the responsible for this use a Mecca for BASE jumpers. the legs and under the arms to make wings. Today show earlier [BASE jumping] of the this year to talk about When arms and legs are spread out, an airfoil bridge,” said ITD Disis created, which then allows the skydiver to the hybrid sport. trict Engineer Devin glide. This type of gliding does not afford adBack at the Perrine Bridge, Daisher Rigby. “They are not causing any problems with the primary use of the bridge. As long as landed, put the chute in a loose backpack and equate control to land safely, so a parachute is still necessary to tend the flight. this is the case, the ITD will continue to have hiked back up the side of the canyon. As he Daisher lives by another motto, too: In reached the top, two jump students, Thomas a hands-off policy.” Lanners and Shannon Jurdine, met him. They this game you need be present to win. Once a BASE jumper has performed all “This means a few things. Like you can’t came down from Alaska to get some jump four types of jumps, they can apply for a instruction with Daisher, and after a few days do it unless you are there and you need to BASE number. “I’m in the club and have jumped all four. of windy, unsafe conditions, they were finally be careful and stick around if you want to win the BASE game. Treat each jump with able to jump. When the weather was bad, Miles Daisher is BASE 779,” Daisher said. Daisher put them to work putting up drywall respect: respect for how things work in the Daisher is a professional skydiver and is world and respect for yourself while taking on the Red Bull Air Force skydiving team. He on his basement remodeling job. care of and being true to yourself,” he said. When the weather is good there can be has been married for six years to Nikki, who “Each decision you make may have a big BASE jumped once (on her birthday) and told several jumpers taking the plunge off of Perrine. According to Daisher, the Perrine Bridge outcome so train yourself to make good deciMiles he can keep it. sions every time.” is an ideal location because once you are beThey have three children, ages 1 to 5. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




6K RUN/WALK FOR CLEAN WATER IN UGANDA—Many people must walk 6K to get water, then return home carrying up to 50 lbs. on their heads. During the run/walk, participants will carry a 20-ounce bottle of water to remind them of the goal of getting clean water to those who need it. Course starts at the Murphy museum and goes up Rabbit Creek Road. Register online at Saturday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. $20-$35. Owyhee County Historical Museum, 17085 Basey St., Murphy, 208-495-2319.

Alex Hackett and Evan Chaney are on the road to Boston.

BOISE-BASED SF-TO-BOSTON RIDE UNDERWAY “San Francisco to Boston” reads the cardboard signs bungeed to the backs of our bikes as we huff and puff up the Sierra Nevadas, scream down into Carson City, and grab fruits, carrots and Odwalla protein drinks from Raley’s grocer y stores. We are just a week into our cross-countr y bike trip, and we have finished California and are on our way to Utah via Nevada’s Old Highway 50. We’ve been super blessed with some great weather as we’ve biked through downtowns, vineyards, desert highways and mountainous areas. Our trip is not a race. We have three months to go from coast to coast, so if there is something cool to stop and see, we’ll check it out. If it looks boring, we’ll just keep pedaling. While going through Sacramento, it was a warm day out so we decided to take a quick dip in the river. We are tourists on bikes, checking out the same water falls, fruit stands and whatnot on the side of the roads as do people in cars. We carr y ever ything for our trip: camp stove, sleeping bag, sunscreen, travel towel, nail clippers, extra tubes, books, computer and cables, tools and GPS trackers. We are prepared for snowstorms in the Sierras, hot spells in Nevada, and can purify our own water. Camping off the side of the road or in campsites is our normal sleeping arrangement, but we have been taken in a handful of times by some wonder ful people. The warm showers and beds are a real luxur y when you fly by the seat of your pants. People love to hear the stor y of why we are biking, and they are excited when they see our signs. People honk, wave, give us thumbs up and even tr y to talk to us while they’re driving by. For Evan Chaney and I, this is a great travel experience and a way to see our beautiful countr y, but we also are cycling for the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness in memor y of our mothers, who both passed away from cancer. They were wonder ful women who shaped us into the men we are, and I hope people start taking stock of their loved ones and not take them for granted. You never know how long you have with them. “You only live once” is our motto, and we hope to explore state and national parks along the way, as well as local cuisines, farmers markets and some tourist attractions. We eat a lot, so we like to ask the locals where we can find the hole-in-the-wall places. Whenever we stop, we tr y to update our blog with pictures and stories of our day. If you are interested in following us or donating to the ACS fund, check us out at If you know of any great places to stop or people along the way to hook up with, send us a message on our blog. —Alex Hackett WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

SPIRIT OF MAGIC VALLEY HALF-MARATHON—Walkers start at 6:30 a.m., runners at 7:30 a.m. and all 5K participants start at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet in the Woody’s and Pandora’s parking lot at Fifth and Hansen in Twin Falls. All proceeds benefit the trail system in Twin Falls. For information or registration, call Jaime Tigue at 208-732-6479 or Saturday, June 5, 6:30 a.m. $40 for half-marathon. $20 for 5K. $10 for youth. ST. ALPHONSUS CAPITOL CLASSIC CHILDREN’S RACE— One of the largest children-only races in the country. Proceeds to benefit patients at Saint Alphonsus. The one-mile race on Capitol Boulevard starts at the Boise Depot and finishes at Capitol Park by the Idaho Statehouse. Saturday, June 5, 11 a.m. $15$20. For more information visit

Recurring BOISE DART LEAGUE—Dart players of any caliber are welcome to sign up for the Boise Dart League. Team membership not required. Call 208-353-5830 or e-mail for more information. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $5 entry fee. VFW Post 63, 3308 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. DROP-IN ADULT BASKETBALL—The gymnasium is open for drop-in use from 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. $4 per visit. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, www.

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



On a Monday evening, so few cars were parked in Jalapeno’s giant parkIn Mexican cuisine, I steer away from any food or drink that ends ing lot, I thought it might be closed. Only two tables in the huge dining with the female diminutive suffix “ita.” In general, anything-ita area held diners, and the IT Guy and I had unobstructed views of the will be too small, too sweet or both. But the house margarita at decor melange, which included bright-colored walls, a horse-and-cowboy Jalapeno’s Bar and Grill is a welcome exception. It is only slightly print leaning against a horse-and-cowboy mural, a print of Gustav Klimt’s sweetened, allowing the tequila to shine through. But best of all, it stunning Life and Death, and a derivative Klimt-esque painting on an comes in a heavy, frosted beer mug, rather than a bowl on a stiletto. opposite wall. Over accordion-heavy Spanish-language music from the PA My first visit to Jalapeno’s for a late lunch was disappointing. bouncing around the nearly empty room, we talked about how the IdaThe place was nearly empty and the kitchen smelled a bit funky. hoPTV show Rick Bayless’ Mexico: One Plate at a Time causes us major The Mexican fajita ($8.50) was a passable griddle of meats, Mexican food cravings. In light of a recent episode, the IT Guy went for bolstered by the chorizo, but contained no strong flavors and did carnitas ($11.99). I instead opted for more adventure and ordered what not say “fresco.” I ate most of it anyway, tucked away in a bland, our solicitous server processed flour torexplained was new: tilla with salsa and the Leticia’s special— sour cream. grilled cod fillets over My wife’s chile rela bed of rice and leno, called Carmela’s topped with grilled Combo ($7.99), spinach, tomatoes tasted pre-made and and capers in cream a bit mushy. sauce, served with We returned for a guacamole salad dinner with a better ($13.99). attitude and a prelude The fishy smell shot of Tarantula reached our table Azul—a weak tequila before the server with a manly name carrying our plates that should be did. A white buttery changed to Tarantupuddle of cod pieces, lita—and I changed tomato and spinach my assessment. If you was surrounded by think of Jalapeno’s pale piles of orange as a family friendly rice and grayishsteakhouse near the purple refried beans, mall rather than an but no guacamole authentic Mexican salad. And nary a joint, you will enjoy caper graced the pool the place much more. JALAPENO’S BAR of pescado, though Compare to chains AND GRILL that may not have helped the bland dish. I pushed the like Shari’s, Hooters and Olive Garden in the Franklin/ 8799 Franklin Rd. plate away after a bite. Milwaukee vortex, rather than the nearby Cafe Ole, and 208-375-2077 The IT Guy spooned a few big, brown carnitas nugyou will be happier. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; gets onto a steaming flour tortilla. The pork was dry So I ordered the steak jalapeno ($15.99) and bit into Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; and as flavorless as the fish. We had gobbled up the adan extremely tender, if thin, rib eye garnished with grilled Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. dictive salty salsa that accompanied the complimentary jalapenos, shrimp, onion and tomato. The restaurant basket of tortilla chips. No bottles of Tabasco or Taadvertises Certified Angus Beef, and the steak was not patio graced our table, and if there had been even a spoonful of hot sauce too bad, pretty rare and served with a few piping hot flour tortillas anywhere in the dining room, we might have tried to salvage the carnitas. and a side of refrieds and Spanish rice. As it was, we left most of the food pretty much how it found us. My people ordered straight Tex-Mex fare—tamales, hard shell A return on a Tuesday night offered a study in change. The parking tacos and chicken enchiladas—and did all right. The masa on the lot was full, ipso facto, the dining room was packed. Rather than test tamale was not quite right—perhaps too much water in the batter, the boundaries of the specials at Jalapeno’s again, I ordered a simple robbing it of any tamale-like consistency. It was full of pork though. California burrito ($10.75) and a taco salad with chicken ($7.99) to go. The enchilada was acceptable to the kids. At home, a huge tinfoil packet revealed a crunchy home-fried flat-bottom Jalapeno’s has multiple spacious dining rooms with ample booth flour tortilla filled with guacamole, sour cream, jack cheese, lettuce and seating. The front of the restaurant features a fun-looking bar with tender white-meat chicken dotted with red chili pepper. The burrito was a few dozen tequila options. The dinner crowd was fairly steady, almost a foot long, and nearly as wide with julienned Angus steak, lettuce though mostly gringo. and guacamole swaddled in a soft flour tortilla and bathed in a white For dessert, we ordered the churros and discovered the cheese sauce. Remembering our previous meal, the IT Guy and I tentahouse specialty. The cream-filled, star-shaped fried pastries came tively dug in, but found both dishes quite likeable. We even bargained for to the table fresh out of the fryer, topped with whipped cream the remainder of the salad—I acquiesced, but got to take the rest of the and cherries. burrito for lunch the next day. If I go back a third time, I might make one more adjustment to Like the Klimt print juxtaposed with the hand-painted copy, Jalapeno’s my vantage point on this establishment. I plan to just sit at the bar should focus on tried-and-true Mexican food basics instead of trying to and order grilled jalapenos for 49 cents a pop as I make my way paint too far outside of the lines with experimental fare. That big-ass burthrough the tequila list. rito was a total hit. —Nathaniel Hoffman hereby dubs tequila, triple sec and lime —Amy Atkins sometimes speaks baby talk to big burritos. on ice and served in a beer stein a “margarante.”

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DINING/FOOD Southeast Boise ALI BABAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Middle Eastern cuisine from shish kebab to shawarma. 111 S Broadway Ave., 208-343-4536. $-$$ SU . BIG JUDSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Burgers as big as your head, the wall of burger fame for those who dared to down the one pound Big Jud, tots, pie, grilled cheese sandwiches, onion rings and fries. 1289 Protest Road, 208-343. 4439. $ BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Make a delicious and nutritious treat by choosing from nonfat, premium or no sugar added varieties. Twelve different frozen yogurt ďŹ&#x201A;avors, with everything from fruit to New York Cheesecake, plus low-fat options are offered in ever-changing rotation. Customers decorate their yogurt desserts by helping themselves to more than 30 hard, fruit and syrup toppings. Place the creation on the scale and pay by the ounce. 2333 Apple St., 208338-1000. $ SU OM . BOISE BARGAIN BASKETâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gourmet and deal donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often go hand in hand, but at â&#x20AC;&#x153;3Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the whole idea. Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest grocery store ďŹ nds the grocery worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dealsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overstock or manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discontinued itemsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and passes on the savings to its customers. Find everything from dog food and batteries to organic cookies and rarely found ethnic ingredients. Adjacent to the store is 3

Bzzz Coffee Bar, where a weary shopper can get a caffeine boost, take in some local art and sometimes, even some music. 2141 Broadway Ave., 208-3315092. $ OM. BOISE FRY COMPANYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;One would hope that the Boise Fry Company has great fries. And they do. Their tag line is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boise Fry Co. Burgers on the side.â&#x20AC;? Local favorites include purple fries and bison burgers. 111 Broadway Ave., Ste. 111, 208-495-3858, www.boisefrySU OM $ BUSTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A gazillion TVs, lots of male customers and the cutest bartenders and waitresses this side of the Payette. Satisfy those beer munchies with an extensive pub menu. Burgers, ďŹ nger steaks, loaded fries, beer, beer, beer. 1326 Broadway Ave., 208-345SU OM. 5688. $-$$ CASA MEXICOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 1605 N. 13th St. #B, 208-333-8330. $-$$ SU. CHEF ROLANDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chef Roland Joseph is serving up Cajun fare complete with hushpuppies, locally grown collard greens and red beans and rice. Choose between gumbo or jambalaya to go along with fried catďŹ sh, Cajun barbecue ribs or savory brisket. If there is room after all that ďŹ&#x201A;avor, go for a piece of key lime

RECENTLY REVIEWED/FOOD LE BARONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HONKER CAFE 1210 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-466-1551 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thick slices of garlic bread topped with parmesan and a sprinkle of oregano and garlic lining the plate were enough to induce a food coma.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Deanna Darr

RED ROOM TAVERN 601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not generally a fan of any drink preceded by the words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;strawberry blonde,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was hesitant to follow my serverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion. But, man, am I glad I did. The drink was strong, in a familiar way, and the house vodka was surprisingly not sweet and ďŹ&#x201A;ecked with fresh basil.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tara Morgan

THE GREEN CHILE 5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103, â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, the best option is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bowl of green,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a deep, ceramic vat of bubbling green chili, which is a somewhat mysterious concoction of tender pork, onions, chiles, jalapenos and cilantro topped with a web of melted jack and a swoop of sour cream.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rachael Daigle

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or sweet potato pie. 1221 W. Boise Ave., 208-344-4387. $-$$ SU. COBBYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Serving up soup, salad, brew and wine since 1978. Enjoy deli meats like pastrami, bologna, mortadella, colto and genoa, in addition to all the standards. Every size soup and sandwich can be combined. 1030 Broadway Ave., 208-3450990. $ SU OM. CORONA VILLAGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family style Mexican restaurants. 2137 Broadway Ave., 208-3366711. $-$$ . DONG KHANHâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Vietnamese goodness. Lunch specials are a great bargain and the banquet dinners are a deďŹ nite great crowd pleaser. 111 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0980. $. EDDIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WOOD FIRED DOGSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; A long list of wood-ďŹ red dogs and sausages and an even longer list of toppings. 2325 Apple St., . 208-331-3647. $ FOCACCIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chef Bill Green transformed his catering business into a full-service restaurant with a rotating menu featuring specialty food items ranging seafood and vegetarian all the way to French Classical, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Soups and salads may be a good choice if a diner is going for the house specialty dessert made in-house by the pastry chef. Selections include a Chocolate TrufďŹ&#x201A;e Ugly Cake best experienced with closed eyes and an open mouth. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-322-2838. SU OM . $-$$

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FOOD/DINING LIFE’S KITCHEN—Have a lunch, save a life. Serving lunch three days a week: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students learn skills for life and for the restaurant business at Life’s Kitchen under the supervision of chef instructor Maggie Kiefer. A new menu is published every Tuesday at www. 1025 S. Capitol Blvd., 331-0199. $$ . LUCKY 13 PIZZA/THE GARAGE—The former North End mainstay has moved essentially “as was” to Harris Ranch, where the best (and best-named) pizzas and sandwiches on the planet are still on the menu. 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-344-6967. $ SU OM. MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. Try the fatoosh salad; you won’t be disappointed. 404 E. Park Center Blvd., 208-3332223. $-$$ OM .

THE RAM—Beer brewed on site, more TVs than you can count and plenty of specials from happy hour to daily dinners. 709 E. Park Blvd., 208-345-2929. $-$$ OM SU. THE REFUGE—Serving the same menu as loved Harry’s of Hyde Park with burgers, fingersteaks, homemade chips from flour tortillas and other bar favorites and pool, beer and TVs to keep diners entertained. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-424-8211. SU. $-$$ SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA AND PASTA—When you’re in the mood for pizza, this is the place. The pastas, starters, sandwiches and salads are equally delicious, and the list is long. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., OM. 208-429-0011. $-$$

STUBS SPORTS PUB—This pub has a sports-devoted setting, including sports-tuned TVs and seating in The Den. Even the food is named with sports references. The pickled eggs are an alleged must-have. 3662 Findley Ave., 208-336-7882. $ SU. TAVERN AT BOWN CROSSING—Choose between the first level streetside balcony where all the passersby can watch you enjoy a bottle of wine and a steak, or lounge on the second level patio with a roll of sushi and a martini. 3111 S. Bown St., SU 208-345-2277. $$-$$$ OM. THAI CUISINE—Serving traditional Thai food in a casual and elegant environment. 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-6580516. $$ .


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., 208-344RES OM SU. 0037.$$-$$$

Powell’s is always packed. 3064 South Bown Way, 208-424-6099. $ SU OM.

ONO HAWAIIAN CAFE—A wide variety of the flavors of Hawaii are offered in the form of pupus, sushi, sandwiches and satays. And where ever Ono’s catering operation, the Kanak Attack van is parked and serving, a BW staffer is most likely in the vicinity with money in hand. 2170 Broadway Ave., 208-4299111. $$-$$$ OM . PAD THAI HOUSE—Pad Thai House is so confident that its Pad Thai is the best in Boise, the restaurant is named after it. 1473 S. Five Mile Road, 208-375-6014. $-$$ OM. PAPA JOE’S—Family owned and operated, Papa Joe’s uses family recipes for their pizza and pasta dishes. Food and drink specials all week long and a dozen flavors of gelato with which to reward your plate cleaning skills. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272. $-$$ SU OM. PAT’S THAI KITCHEN—Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” certainly hold true each and every visit. Tom Ka Gai like you find in Chiang Mai, noodles and rice of all varieties and curry done Thai spicy or mild for the farang in you. 577 E. Park Blvd. #C110, 208-345OM. 0026. $-$$ PIEHOLE II—Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones everyday. Try their infamous potato and bacon, or go cheap with the special of the day for two bucks. 205 N. 8th St., OM 208-424-2255. $-$$ SU. POWELL’S SWEET SHOPPE— Old-school, new-school, grossschool and too-cool-for-school school, Powell’s has just about every candy you, your grandmother and your kids have loved over the years. The original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory plays all day, and like it or not,

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TOSSED SALAD AT PIZZALCHIK The name “salad” comes in a conceptual box. Expectations translate to limitations and a general sense of whybother-ness. It sounds healthy and refreshing, a zesty hymn to the bounty of nature, but somewhere along the line people stopped trying. A salad became merely a side dish, an appetizer. Restaurants gradually stripped away the accoutrements, the artistry, until a skeletal pile of iceberg doused in bulkpurchased, no-name ranch had the audacity to usurp the title. What a sad state of affairs. Luckily, Pizzalchik is stepping up to defend the salad’s honor. Pizzalchik’s Tossed Salad ($9.95) not only puts the iceberg imposters to shame, but it shatters the conceptual limitations of the title. Spring mix is tossed with a plethora of finely prepared delights: spicy Asian noodles, broccoli marinated in orange vinaigrette, carrot slaw with currants, mango, shell pasta in tomato vinaigrette, pickled beets, kiwi, squash in orange cumin vinaigrette and more. Top that with your choice of fresh-made dressings and this salad Adonis is barely recognizable within the established concept. Just calling it salad is like referring to Zeus as Steve, just some guy who works over at Mt. Olympus. Death penalty law professor Evan Mandery has a joke that it’s easy to avoid being executed: just ask for the all-you-caneat salad bar as your final meal. You’ll stay alive, but you have to spend the rest of your life eating salad. Under normal circumstances, that’s a pretty crappy deal. But if it were Pizzalchik’s tossed salad, sign me up. This is one salad you can be proud to order tossed. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

DINING/FOOD THE TROLLEY HOUSE—The only remnant of Boise’s streetcar system and a favorite neighborhood diner. No-frills atmosphere, efficient service and a giant menu with everything from eggs Benedict to burgers to a lo-cal section. BYOB. 1821 Warm Springs Ave., 208-3459255. $-$$ SU .

Kuna EL GALLO GIRO—Main courses are huge and span Tex-Mex to authentic. The Carne Borracha is a good example of the fare delivered in a caldron made of volcanic rock with carne asada, jalapenos, onions and tomatoes with a side of tortillas. Other selections include lengua en chile verde (beef tounge in a tomatillo green sauce), zope (handmade tortillas with beans,

steak, salsa de tomatillo and cojita cheese) and menudo (tripe chile). 482 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-5169. $-$$ SU . LONGHORN LOUNGE—Gather round the horseshoe-shaped bar for late-night bar grub because the kitchen is open late to serve the blurry and bright eyed. Select from hot wings, chicken strips, finger steaks, stuffed tots, deep fried green beans and anything they can throw in the fryer, including potstickers. 458 W. SU. Third St., Kuna. $ PEREGRINE STEAKS AND SPIRITS—The steakhouse with more to offer than New York Steak, petite sirloin and T-Bone steaks, the menu features stuffed pork chops, chicken fried steak, salmon fillets and Italian chicken breast as well. Enjoy a fine meal and then pop in next door to the Creekside Lounge


inside the restaurant where every hour is an enjoyable experience. The lounge has big screen televisions, karaoke on Wednesdays and nightly drink specials. The Creekside patio offers a nice view of Indian Creek. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421. $-$$ SU. RED EYE—This country bar has a nice, dark vibe and friendly staff. Rest a bit on the padded elbow pads at the bar and order burgers and barbecue. 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797. SU. $ TANNINS WINE BAR—Choose wines by the glass or buy the whole bottle. Tannins also features specialty beers and a food menu featuring cheese, fresh baked baguettes and and handmade truffles. The wine list includes a wide range of selections from Idaho, the United State and the world. Each week, six house wines are featured by the glass along with live music and tastings from area distributors. The wine shop now serves double duty as a coffee shop throughout the day, and offers up cocktails in the evenings, along with the wine. 347 Ave. E, Kuna, 208-9221766. $$-$$$ OM.

Caldwell THE COFFEE SHOP—Espresso, drip coffee, fresh baked goods, hot dogs, Polish sausages, cheeseburgers and snow cones. 1115 Albany, Caldwell, 208-454-7300. $-$$ .

PINOT GRIS This wet-and-wild spring has been so cold that I’ve been hesitant to give up the red wines of winter. Spring is supposed to be a season of transition, but this is Boise, where weeks of record lows can be followed by a sudden shift to record highs. Still, I’m craving something white, though nothing too lean or crisp. The perfect choice? Pinot gris, with its combination of lively acidity and rich, ripe fruit flavors. Here are the panel’s top picks: 2009 ODYSSEA PINOT GRIS, $9.99 Argentina is more than just malbec and torrontes country, as this bargain-priced pinot gris proves. Fresh and floral on the nose, it’s a lovely mix of peach, citrus, pineapple and rose with a faint whiff of fresh grass. Odyssea is a well-balanced wine with lush stone fruit and sweet pineapple playing against tart apple and citrus. A light lemon zest comes through on the lingering finish. 2008 PONZI PINOT GRIS, $15.99 This entry from Oregon was a bit closed in at first, but opened up nicely to reveal layers of fresh herbs, pear, tangerine, papaya and mango. On the palate, silky peach and pear blend nicely with bright citrus (lemon, lime, blood orange). The remarkably persistent finish is filled with more ripe and creamy citrus. This was the richest of the three wines but was in no way overwhelming.

DUTCH GOOSE—Homemade finger steaks, fresh steamed clams, soup, sandwiches and great hot wings. They also serve up more than 17 beers. 2502 Cleveland Blvd., 208-459-9363. $-$$ SU OM. IMELDA’S—Imelda’s is known for the light, fluffy and fresh homemade flour or corn tortillas and a make-your-own-taco option. Select from a wide variety of meats including chile Colorado, beef guisado, and barbacoa, ground beef, cubed pork, chicken, chorizo, shredded beef, bacon and sausage; then choose from a variety of toppings that include rice, onions, lettuce, beans, cilantro, and even potato. 2414 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-454-8757. $-$$ . MANCINO’S—Caldwell’s Mancino’s is home to hot, oven baked sandwiches with melted cheese piled high with deli meats. Appetizers include mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers and boneless chicken wings. The menu doesn’t leave out soups, salads and of course, pizza. 2412 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, . 208-459-7556. $

This is not a complete list of restaurants in the Boise area. For even more food coverage, including reviews, the city’s best dishes and more restaurant listings, visit

2008 WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS PINOT GRIS, $13.99 This one opens with lovely floral apple and peach combined with hints of honeycomb, pine nut and basil. It is elegantly structured and undeniably rich with ripe apple fruit flavors mingling with soft melon and apricot. Blended with a little pinot blanc and muscat, the wine’s partial barrel fermentation adds a toasty touch to the velvety finish. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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CAREERS BW HELP WANTED 7D>H:<GDJE=DB:H Make a difference assisting adults w/ developmental disabilities. Must be 21 w/ clean driving record. Stop by 30 S. Cole Road, 9am-4pm. 7DD@>C<$B6C6<:B:CI Idaho Multimedia artist seeks collaboration with highly talented person to market/book multimedia presentation rich in history, art and song. The presentation plays beautifully in schools, parks, libraries, on concert stages, resorts, lodges, and great rooms everywhere! Many possibilities. This is commission-based work. Please send letters of inquiry and experience to artsidaho@gmail. com 8C6$C6 To care for adults with developmental disabilities. Must be 21 with clean driving record. Apply 30 S. Cole Road, 9am-4pm. IJGCHE6G:I>B:>CID86H= Just a few hours a week could make all the difference. Build an exciting career in health & wellness. Parttime opportunities available. Call 208-870-9277.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you’d like to be in supreme alignment with cosmic rhythms this week, I suggest that you completely avoid using the F-word. Likewise, you’ll maximize your chances for taking advantage of fate’s currents if you refrain from ever using the S-word, the C-word, the M-word, and the B-word. As a general rule, the more precise and the less lazy you are in using language, the more willpower you’ll have and the better able you’ll be to attract the experiences you want. It’s always invigorating to choose your words creatively and kindly, of course, but especially now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you grow a mere acre of peanuts, in a good year you’ll har vest a big enough crop to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. That might be more than you need. This is a good phase of your astrological cycle to be thinking thoughts like these, Taurus. You will have more insight and motivation than usual if you formulate longterm plans to create abundance for yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): As they orbit the planet, astronauts witness as many as 15 sunrises and sunsets each day. Time hasn’t really sped up for them, but it seems like it. I expect you to experience a similar feeling in the coming weeks, Gemini. You may have the fantasy that you’re living the equivalent of four days every 24 hours. The light will be brighter, the emotions richer, and the teachings more highly concentrated. If you give yourself to the surge with relaxed enthusiasm and focused receptivity, your evolution will be expedited. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I think you’re ready to stand up and reclaim your power from the soul-sucking influences that have been swindling you. But you don’t have to turn this showdown into a melodramatic epic that brings down the house or blows up the world. In fact, I think it’s better if you stay lowkey as you transform the dynamics that have been grinding you down. The adjustments may be nowhere near as major as you imagine. Why? Because most of what you need to do is make shifts in your own attitude. The necessary changes in outer circumstances will arise naturally once you’ve done that. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If I were writing the story of your life as a fairy tale, the current chapter would be filled with enchanted events. You’d hear animals’ thoughts in your head and you’d remember your past lives. You’d be able to find accurate oracles in the shapes of clouds, the

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ringing of distant bells and the patterns of shadows on the sidewalk. You would see the help that’s invisible to everyone else and know what to do in order to get the love you want. Take advantage of the available mojo, Leo. Use it to set people free, including yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): How skilled are you at getting things done and making things happen? This is different from just being busy; it’s not the same as scrambling around. I’m talking about actually cranking out excellent results that manifest a comprehensive vision of your intentions. I’m talking about working hard and smart to serve the big picture. You’re in a phase when these themes are especially important, Virgo. Be a master of the details; don’t let the details master you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In her essay “Write Till You Drop,” author Annie Dillard offers advice to aspiring writers. I’m going to quote a certain passage that happens to be apropos for you Libras right now. “Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for later ... give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In a Rolling Stone interview, musician John Mayer suggested that Tiger Woods could have avoided his terrible troubles if he had just chosen to masturbate more. Rather than literally acting out his obsessive sexual urges with a jillion women who weren’t his wife, why not contain them in the fantasy realm? I suggest you consider applying this principle as you make your decisions in the coming weeks—not just in regard to your sexual life, but in other areas as well. There may be times when you could prevent an influx of unnecessary chaos simply by conducting a conversation in your imagination rather than by having it with the actual person who seems to be agitating or enthralling you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There are very few people who can lick their own elbows, and up until now you have probably not been one of them. Judging from the current astrological configurations, however, I’m guessing that a lot of you

Sagittarians are about to be more flexible than usual—not just in your mental attitudes but possibly even in your physical abilities. At least metaphorically speaking, you’ll be able to bend over backwards without damaging your dignity. You could also stretch and twist yourself into poses that have previously been impossible. So who knows? Maybe you’ll find a way to plant a kiss on your own elbow. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The TV comedy series Community takes place on the sleepy campus of a community college. It features the hijinks of seven misfits who are older and weirder than their fellow students. In one episode, a female security guard chases the lead character. As she races along, she takes out her can of pepper spray and shoots several streams in his direction. The cloud of noxious stuff doesn’t reach him, but she runs face-first into it as she continues her pursuit. It irritates her eyes and forces her to halt. Later, in telling her associate what happened, she says she was the victim of “self-inflicted friendly fire.” I worry that you’ll soon be tempted to carry out a metaphorical version of that, Capricorn. Please don’t. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s how author Leo Buscaglia described the rigorous requirements for being a great lover. You must “continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar, and the fortitude of the certain.” I’m sorry to report that no one I’ve ever known has met those high standards! In the coming weeks, however, you Aquarians will have the potential to get halfway there. Life will conspire to boost every effort you make to be a great lover. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Recently I was remembering the names of streets near the house where I grew up in Allen Park, Mich. Although I didn’t register it at the time, they were lyrical, euphonious and evocative: Philomene, Shenandoah, Osage, Luana, Cleophus, Gahona. As I walked and played on them day after day, my imagination breathed in the magic. I bring this up, Pisces, in the hope of inspiring a comparable rumination in you. Think back on the riches of the past whose importance to your development you may have underestimated. It’s a good time to re-connect with the power and glor y of influences that brought out the best in you almost without your knowledge.



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Boise Weekly Vol. 18 Issue 49  

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