LOCAL, INDEPENDENT NEWS, OPINION, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM VOLUME 19, ISSUE 07 AUGUST 11–17, 2010
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NOT MINE Proposed Central Idaho mine one step closer
NO JOKE(R) BW scores an interview with Steve Miller
SMELLS LIKE A WINNER Coco & Igor sizzle on screen
MOLTO BENE Gino’s: As saucy as ever
“Feminism is evolving, but it doesn’t feel like a wave.”
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NOTE WHATCHYA HIDIN’ UNDER THAT THERE SKIRT? Last Tuesday, as I stood sock-footed and beltless in the security line at Boise airport, I overheard this interaction between the passenger in front of me and a TSA agent: Passenger (shaking his head and muttering): “This thing better not give me cancer.” TSA agent: “I’m sorry sir, what did you say?” Passenger (louder and directly to the agent this time): “I said this thing better not give me cancer.” TSA agent: “Sir, it delivers less radiation to you than an hour in front of your TV.” Prior to that moment, I hadn’t been paying much attention. I’d been hastily answering e-mails on my phone, literally unpacking and disrobing for security, and mentally running through my to-do list for anything I’d missed. I hadn’t actually noticed what waited for me while my belongings went through the X-ray machine: a full-body scanner. The kind that sees all kinds of stuff you don’t generally want strangers to see. I’d ﬂown out of BOI just two weeks earlier, days prior to the full body scanners going operational. Until the moment the disgruntled passenger in front of me started complaining about radiation, I’d completely forgotten about them. I stepped into the machine, put my hands in the air as directed and cringed. Now, I’m no prude. So some security agent gets a glance at what I’ve got under my clothes. So what? I can guarantee he or she has seen more interesting things than what I have to offer. (I do rue the day these images hit the Internet, because though precautions have been taken to ensure maximum privacy, someone someday soon will ﬁgure out a way around the system.) Nor am I that concerned about radiation exposure. Hell, I ﬁgure I’ve been exposed to more harmful contaminants cycling to work on a polluted summer day in Boise. But I do have objections. Full-body scans are supposedly optional; I wasn’t given a choice. Full-body scans are supposed to eliminate the pat-down/wand routine; I still got the security grope. Finally, their use seems arbitrary. When I returned to Boise the next weekend, I brieﬂy watched the security area, and the full-body scanners weren’t in use at all. Maybe the line was too long. Maybe the threat level had been downgraded. Maybe it was just Sunday and six days of nakedness had already been enough. —Rachael Daigle
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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world. LAU R IE PEAR M AN/ B W AR C HIVES
GIVE BEER AND A BURGER, NOT CASH The city of Boise launched a PR campaign last week to redirect giving to the needy. Rather than handing the dude with a cardboard sign a ﬁve spot, the city is encouraging residents to give to homeless organizations. No word on the city’s policy when it comes to sharing your half-rack with the shamelessly honest sign-ﬂyer asking for beer.
TOUR TREKKER TRACKER Trey McIntyre Project headed back out on the road this week with some words of wisdom for the ner vous. (Hint: They reference Madonna and bowel movements in the same sentence. Ick.) And Finn Riggins heads back out on tour. This time they’ll be opening for Built to Spill throughout the South.
FLYING HIGH Every week BW and KBOI put together ETV with a preview of events and music for the weekend. Pizza week last week had KBOI’s Sean McBride at Pizzalchik, where owner Brad Breakell’s son, Montana, tossed some serious dough. Check out the video at video.boiseweekly.com.
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EDITOR’S NOTE MAIL / MONDO GAGA BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS A facelift for State Street Idaho mine could be largest of its kind in the country CITIZEN FEATURE We’ve Come a Long Way Baby—Or Have We? BW PICKS FIND 8 DAYS OUT SUDOKU NOISE BW chats up the man behind the Steve Miller Band MUSIC GUIDE SCREEN Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky MOVIE TIMES REC One World Soccer Camp plays melting pot FOOD Two reviewers safari to the hinterlands to check out Gino’s WINE SIPPER CLASSIFIEDS HOME SWEET HOME NYT CROSSWORD FREEWILL ASTROLOGY
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BU T, I ’ D RATHER NOT S UPPOR T R ELIGIOUS I NDOCTRI NATION EITHER ...” —Toastlette, boiseweekly.com (“Boise Launches Pilot Program to Discourage Giving to Panhandlers,” Citydesk, Aug. 5)
OTTER OVERWEIGHT In regard to Exxon/Imperial Oil’s plans to transport excessively over-sized loads on Highway 12 Gov. [C.L. “Butch”] Otter was quoted in the Lewiston Tribune as stating that, “... the impact to the highway probably won’t be any more than a 1-ton pickup.” People can argue about axle loads, tire loads and weight distribution, but one salient fact is overlooked: weight, total weight. To simulate the total weight of just one of these massive loads on the Kamiah bridge, one would need about 150 of the governor’s pickup trucks. Crammed three
abreast across the entire span, they would need to be stacked four layers high to equal the weight of just one of these proposed loads. It doesn’t matter how the weight is distributed; the bridge suffers the entire total weight load, unless Exxon has managed to change the rules of gravity. Mr. Governor, one pickup truck does not weigh 580,000 pounds. The potential damage to our roads and bridges is enormous. In these economic times, it makes absolutely no sense to subsidize these shipments at taxpayer expense. No sense at all. —Steve Adamczyk, Kamiah
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PATS ON THE BACK I was in Boise two weeks ago and picked up a copy of your July 21-27 edition. Here in Fort Worth, Texas, we have a lively alternative news source, Fort Worth Weekly, and I wanted to see what your weekly had to offer. What an unexpected treasure! I was impressed with the thoughtful articles and the incisive commentary. Idaho is known as a rather conservative state, as is Texas, but I’m sure it has many moderates and liberals, too. Judging from the responses to the commentary, your newspaper provides an alternative to the prevailing views and keeps the conversation going while providing the public service of informing the public on issues that may be overlooked by the mainstream press. —Sharon Salih, Fort Worth, Tex.
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ATTN: BOB KUSTRA What we have here is a failure to commensurate To start, Bob, let me make it clear that in no way do I speak for the University of Idaho— President Duane Nellis, the administration, faculty, student body, Vandal alumni or any other constituent or afﬁliation, ofﬁcial or otherwise, of that institution. With that said, when I ﬁrst heard your unkind words concerning the Boise State-Idaho football rivalry, I was furious. As an alum of the U of I who has recently had the pleasure of returning to the Palouse—my daughter now attends the school—I was offended that some Midwest transplant who probably never heard of either Moscow, Boise or Idaho before he applied for the job had the gall to say the culture is “nasty” and “inebriated” and doesn’t give Boise State fans the respect … blah, blah, blah. “Inebriated!?” My immediate reaction (and thank you, W.C. Fields, for the inspiration) was, “Yes, yes. True, true. Some of the students do get carried away with the drinking up there. But in the morning, they wake up sober, while you, sir, will still work for an ugly commuter college.” After a few days of reﬂection, though, I have come to agree with your position. Absolutely ... never again should your poor widdle Bwonco fans have to waddle their fannies up Highway 95 and be subjected to the inebriated nasties of Akey’s Army—most of whom are probably from the Treasure Valley anyway and know all too well what it’s like to be inundated by the orange and blue—and never again should the Brigadoon burg of Moscow be subjected to the incessant hype, the boorish self-satisfaction and the strident cheesiness that I, like many, have come to associate with Bronco Nation. But especially in these times, when Idaho’s institutions of higher learning are under such duress from budget cuts and hostile political forces, we must go further than merely calling the rivalry off. What I am suggesting is that Boise State and Idaho divvy up the functions associated with universities, go their separate ways, and cross paths nevermore. In other words, Bob, you take the college football part. All of it—lock, stock and jock straps. And the U of I takes the university part. This way, both schools can quit pretending they are proﬁcient in roles at which they are clearly dismal ﬂops. I again stress that I am not in a position to set any policy here, but even without being a high-up mucky-muck university prez, it is as plain as the hair growing from the nose on my face that the U of I’s chances of ever being ranked within ﬁeld goal range of the Top 25 are about as good as Boise State’s chances for ever developing a ﬁrst-rate school of, oh ... say ... anything. This is why your institution rightfully deserves to inherit all aspects of college football in the state of Idaho—(caveat: Idaho State University has yet to be consulted on this arrangement)—and as far as I’m concerned, you could take the basketball and
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track programs, too. Though as I understand it, Boise State’s dominance of those sporty activities isn’t quite so clear-cut. Think about it, Bob. If Gem State college ball was in the sole domain of Boise State and you no longer had to divide your administration’s attentions with crud like English 101 and graduation ceremonies, you might accumulate enough clout to change conferences every year, instead of waiting around like a country cousin for something to open up in more prestigious circles. What’s more, with what you would save on faculty and labs and such, you might even come up with enough money to keep Coach Pete from jumping ship if one of the big schools come a-knocking. (In time, you might even consider taking the whole program down to California so that the players might be closer to home come Christmas breaks.) All I ask is that we be realistic about this: What exactly would the Treasure Valley have to lose in the academic sense if all the state’s academia went to Moscow? A few hundred adjunct faculty jobs, for sure. But the adjuncts could all go back to the high schools from which they came, and no one would be the wiser. Literally. Oh, I suppose you should keep a couple of departments, just to give the athletes something to do when they aren’t lifting weights or being interviewed. The communications department, for instance … you ought to hang onto that. The NCAA might not look kindly upon a program that didn’t produce a charter plane of communications majors every year. And phys-ed, of course. We wouldn’t want your gridironers forgetting how to lift weights, would we? To the U of I’s beneﬁt—and I realize this is nowhere near as vital as which bowl games Boise State might be invited to—the citizens of Idaho might sleep a little better knowing that all the higher education stuff will be in the capable grasp of people who can actually run higher education. Possibly a few random examples might help illuminate the difference: While the U of I has graduate programs running out the Wah-Zoo (old Latah County joke), Boise State offers exactly four doctorate degrees; while the U of I operates a statewide extension program that has beneﬁted Idahoans for decades, Boise State gives us blue turf; while Moscow put together a world-class jazz festival that still thrives after 43 years in a town of 40,000, big ol’ Boise’s Gene Harris Jazz Festival has dwindled down to a whistle in the dark after 13 measly years; while the U of I clones farm animals, Boise State turns out parking garages. I could go on, but suddenly, I feel compelled to be more uncivil than I’ve been so far. Probably has something to do with living in Moscow for eight years. Excuse me, Bob, but I believe I’ll go tap another keg and start over. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Thanks to WikiLeaker, Afghan War will end soon MUMBAI—“An appalling irresponsible act.” That’s how Gen. James Nattis, at the helm of U.S. Central Command, characterizes the release of more than 76,000 classiﬁed Pentagon reports released by the website WikiLeaks. The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense, is the same outﬁt that loaded $24 billion in $100 bills onto shrink-wrapped pallets and loaded the cash onto C-130 transport planes bound for Iraq and guarded by enlisted men who earn $20,000 a year. Not one of those Benjamins has ever been heard from since. Which, given that the money was supposed to be paid to corrupt tribal sheikhs, is just as well. Speaking of behavior that falls short of the highest ethical standards (and is highly amusing), the involuntarily declassiﬁed material contains some real gems. My current fave—there will, no doubt, be others, for I am ﬁckle and the material is vast—comes from an August 2007 report that explains some of the ways Pakistan uses the billions in U.S. tax dollars former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama send it. Based in Waziristan in Pakistan’s western tribal areas, the Haqqani network is a neoTaliban-afﬁliated Islamist organization led by Sirajuddin Haqqani and his father Jalaluddin Haqqani. Ofﬁcially, the Haqqanis are American targets because they harbor members of al-Qaida and are involved in weapons smuggling. Unofﬁcially—on the ground, as they say—things are different. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (like our CIA) is supposed to help the United States arrest and/or kill the Haqqanis. That’s why the United States pays the ISI. Instead, the
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ISI pays the Haqqanis. With U.S. money. The ISI hires the Haqqanis to carry out interesting projects. For example, Pakistan used tax payer money to hire Haqqani assassins to kill Indian road engineers and workers in Nimruz province in western Afghanistan. Going rate: $15,000 to $30,000 each. The weirdest ISI-Haqqani business deal concerns 1,000 motorcycles. The ISI shipped the bikes to the Haqqanis for use in suicide bomb attacks in Khost and Logar provinces. It has been pointed out that the WikiLeaks documents don’t reveal much new. We already knew that Pakistan was our frenemy. We knew that drone planes kill more wedding guests than terrorists. We didn’t want to admit it, but we already kind of knew we were losing. The starred headline involves the likelihood that the Taliban have surface-to-air missiles. But the leaks are nevertheless a gamechanger. They conﬁrm what those few of us who opposed this war from the start have been saying all along. They prove that the military sees things the same way we do. So that’s the end of the debate. The war is an atrocity and a mistake. Everyone agrees. Public support for the war was already waning. Just 43 percent of the public still backs “the good war.” The leaks mark the beginning of the end of one of a stupid country’s countless stupid misadventures. I don’t see what else could have done it so quickly. Thanks to the leaker, thousands of lives will be saved in Afghanistan. Hundreds of U.S. soldiers will live out normal lives. Billions of dollars will stop pouring into the pockets of the Pakistanis. If that’s irresponsible, well, call me a fan of irresponsibility.
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State Street today between Eighth and Ninth streets.
A street of dreams according to JensenBelts’ vision of an urban streetscape.
QUICK, SAY IT THREE TIMES FAST State Street streetscape GEORGE PRENTICE If you’re one of the many who curse the trafﬁc west to east along State Street each morning, or east to west each evening, you might be hard-pressed to describe your journey. Most deﬁne State Street by its tire stores or parking lots rather than the street itself, which is quite different from, say Capitol Boulevard, where travelers might describe the view from the Depot, or the Basque Block, where they might say something about the design of the street, or landscape. But State Street is, well, not much more than a way to get in or out of town. “It’s a little like an unkempt hallway when you walk into your home,” said Mike Hall of the Capital City Development Corporation. “It’s just a room you walk through to get to the rest of the house. You’re immune to how it looks because you see it every day. It’s not until someone comes for a visit that you might notice that pile of laundry.” It’s Hall’s job to notice. He’s the development director for CCDC, responsible for longand short-term planning and development for Boise’s urban renewal agency. “If there’s a streetscape improvement project, that’s within my realm,” said Hall. Simply put, a streetscape is the appearance or view of a thoroughfare. And to put it bluntly, the current appearance of State Street is nothing to write home about. Or walk home on. “I walk to work most mornings, but I don’t walk State Street,” said Phillip Kushlan, CCDC executive director. “It’s not a particularly pleasant place to walk.” According to CCDC documents, much of State running from Eighth to 16th “is unattractive and doesn’t provide a comfortable environment for pedestrians. The width of the roadway varies substantially from block to block, causing confusion for drivers, and parts WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
of it are in very poor condition.” So in July, Kushlan and Hall presented to their board the State Street Streetscape Plan. “For most of our board, it was their ﬁrst look at something tangible,” said Kushlan. “I was quite surprised at their level of enthusiasm.” You have to go back to 2001 to trace Boise’s beginning of the streetscape idea. That’s when the Westside Urban Renewal Plan was adopted, setting speciﬁc standards for everything between the curb and the face of a building. The streetscape standards designated State Street as an “urban parkway.” The difﬁculty of implementing the urban parkway standard has been made all the more challenging by the nature of the businesses that line State Street. For instance, owners remodeled existing buildings, rather than build new ones, resulting in a lack of consistency. And as some businesses have grown, so have the number of so-called “curb-cuts.” A curb-cut is where the curb and sidewalk come to a temporary halt to make way for a driveway into a parking lot. And you’ll run out of ﬁngers and toes if you try counting how many curbs have been cut on State Street. Taking all of this into consideration, CCDC turned to JensenBelts Associates, Boise architects and urban designers. Chances are, if you know Boise, you know their work: the Ada County Courthouse, Boise Art Museum, the Linen District, Royal Plaza, the Veltex Building. “Eric Jensen pointed to the Basque Block,” said Kushlan. “It’s a special throughway that’s distinctive from anyplace else.” It’s no wonder. Jensen, principal of JensenBelts, was the chief project architect of the Basque block. Jensen drafted two design concepts for State Street between Eighth and 16th
streets: an urban streetscape and a parkway streetscape. The differences were subtle, but at July’s meeting, the CCDC board liked the urban streetscape a bit more. “The construction cost will be a little higher, but maintenance costs will be less,” said Kushlan. The ﬁrst draft estimates that the cost per block might be $239,000. Each block could see a 9-foot-wide sidewalk and up to eight trees and four historic Granville street lamps on each side of State Street. And intersections could include new features too, not unlike the Basque block: scored, colored concrete yielding a brick-like facade with a centerpiece featuring a logo or artwork molded into the pavement. The State Street streetscape has miles to go, with many yield signs in its way. Kushlan and Hall were given initial feedback by the CCDC board just a couple of weeks ago. Conversations are ongoing with Boise’s Public Works Department and the Ada County Highway District, the governing body of all things highway and byway. And soon, CCDC will launch what will be the critical element of jump-starting the project: meeting with businesses and property owners. “We’ll try to do as many one-on-one conversations as we can,” said Kushlan. “It affects everybody differently.” Don’t expect jackhammers anytime soon. Kushlan said the project would begin in 2012 at the earliest. How big a deal is this to CCDC? “There really hasn’t been this kind of investment in beautifying a major corridor in recent memory,” said Kushlan. If the vision becomes reality, some 30,000 daily commuters could have a new way of describing State Street: a tree-lined gateway to the City of Trees.
History is like lightning. It can light up the sky and terrify all at once. But blink, and you’ll miss it. As the summer’s biggest lightning storm ripped through Southwest Idaho on Aug. 9, history was being made in the safe conﬁnes of a Boise hotel ballroom. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission unveiled an exhaustive draft of an Environmental Impact Statement concerning Areva’s proposed uranium enrichment facility for Eastern Idaho: 664 pages worth. Eyes glazed over more than once during the session. But right about 7:20 p.m., lightning hit. “The NRC staff’s preliminary recommendation is that, unless safety issues mandate otherwise, Areva should be issued a license to construct and operate the facility,” said Stephen Lemont, NRC’s environmental project manager. And with that, Idaho moved a giant step toward a commercial nuclear age. The NRC, Areva and opponents would remind us that several important steps remain before full licensing of the proposed $3.3 billion uranium enrichment facility: a public comment period, another EIS in 2011, hearings on safety and environmental matters, and a ﬁnal licensing decision in January 2012. But on Aug. 9, the NRC laid the ﬁrst brick on a road toward licensing, and the burden now sits fully on the shoulders of opponents. That’s not to say that opponents are unbowed. About 45 minutes into the hearing, the Snake River Alliance laid bare the NRC’s assumptions. Liz Woodruff, energy policy analyst for SRA, took about 20 minutes to deconstruct the NRC thesis. “This draft is inadequate,” said Woodruff, challenging the commission’s impact analyses of land use, air quality, water resources, public and occupational health, and waste management. Woodruff preceded a long list of speakers, but for those expecting an even balance of pro vs. con, disappointment quickly settled in. Rich Barkley, a nuclear and environmental engineer, was hired by the NRC to serve as a facilitator. At the beginning of the evening, he promised to alternate between elected ofﬁcials and members of the public. He quickly broke his own ground rules. One by one, government ofﬁcials offered strong support of all things nuclear. All the familiar names were put into the record: Otter, Crapo, Simpson. But none showed. Each sent a staffer to read their letters. That was followed by a long list of supporters from Idaho Falls. Scores of Treasure Valley residents looked on in frustration, minutes turning into hours, waiting for their opportunity to speak. You may want to read the draft EIS for yourself at nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. The access number is: ML101890384. It is possibly the most important document you’ll read for years to come. —George Prentice
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Wild sego lilies grow in rural Boise County, the site of the proposed CuMo “exploratory project.”
WHERE WILL ALL THE FLOWERS GO? Digging for answers on a proposed mining operation GEORGE PRENTICE Think back to high school chemistry. Remember the dreaded table of elements? The chemical symbol for copper is Cu. The symbol for molybdenum is Mo. Put them together and you have CuMo. And now you know more than most Idahoans about the proposed CuMo mine, which could become the largest open pit mine of its kind in North America. The U.S. Forest Service would have you believe that they’re not really considering a mine for the Grimes Pass area, approximately 14 miles north of Idaho City. Rather, they’re considering something called an “exploratory project.” “We’re not even going to talk about mining,” said Russell Hicks of the Forest Service at an Aug. 7 open house at the Crouch community hall. “This is strictly an examination of a proposal to build 10 or 13 miles of roads through the area.” What can the Forest Service say about the privately owned mining company? “We’re not really here to discuss them,” countered Hicks. “We’re simply looking at the environmental impact from the process.” The company is Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines, out of Vancouver, B.C. Its largest single shareholder is International Energy and Mineral Resources of Hong Kong. Mosquito wants to build miles of new roads in Boise County, truck in equipment and drill approximately 260 exploratory holes across 7,000 acres. Not unlike other “outsiders” (think Areva’s nuclear ambitions and Bridge Resources’ natural gas drilling), Mosquito is all abuzz about jobs. Their investment prospectus tags Boise County as “one of Idaho’s poorest” and promises “trained mining-industrial
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workforce are available within 50 miles of the property.” “I don’t want to live in a mining community,” said Tina Marie Hoven of Garden Valley. “I’ve had too much. I’m ready to give up.” Ann Finley has no intention of moving. She’s lived in nearby Pioneerville on 31 acres that her parents bought from turn-of-thecentury homesteaders. Finley spends her days among the wild sego lilies and Indian paint brush lining nearby Clear Creek and Grimes Creek, headwaters to Lucky Peak and the Boise River. “I’ve already seen considerable erosion,” said Finley, “and mining would certainly dramatically impact the waters.” “Mining is the No. 1 toxic polluter in the nation,” said Pam Conley of Idaho Families for Clean Water, a coalition of organizations working to protect the Boise River watershed. Thus far, most media has painted the CuMo debate in pedestrian “business vs. environmentalists” cliches. But Forest Service geologist Hicks said his agency earnestly wants and needs public input on the matter. “We’re holding two more hearings. Then there’ll be about a 30-day comment period before a decision is handed down,” he said. The next hearings are slated for Thursday, Aug. 12, 6-9 p.m., at the Doubletree Riverside in Boise and Friday, Aug. 13, 4-7 p.m., at the Idaho City community center. Ironically, up in northern Idaho there are very different meetings taking place. That’s where they’re discussing a proposed expansion of superfund cleanups of mining waste. That work could cost $1.3 billion and last 30 years. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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BOB BATISTA A fair-minded guy GEORGE PRENTICE crews cleaned bathrooms every two hours. That was unacceptable. We used to tell people where to park. Now, we’ve added trams to help bring them from their cars to the gate. When I ﬁrst came here, I would hear, “It’s kind of dirty, and it’s the same old stuff.” So ﬁrst, we got the basics down: make certain that it’s well-lit, safe and clean. And then we tried to enhance the inside elements. There’s not an act here that stays longer than two years. We’re always aiming to bring in something fresh.
How many folks are working here when the fair is going full tilt? I’d have to say probably 600 people.
How do you manage food vendors? They pay a reservation fee to hold a spot. And then they pay 20 percent of their daily sales.
What’s the budget for the fair? It’s about $3 million dollars for the 10 days. As you get closer to opening day (Friday, Aug. 20), what’s on your to-do list? I’ve got my hands in just about every little thing at this point. By now, we’re past the “where do you put stuff” stage. Now, we’re talking about how we enhance things. Give us an example of that. When I ﬁrst came here, nobody picked up trash on the grounds. They just emptied the trash barrels. That was unacceptable. Our
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How do you determine what you want to change or add/subtract? A lot of it comes from my 11 years here. But we have a real good team. For instance, we have someone who helps us with commercial vendors. Six or seven years ago, we had a plethora of spa dealers, and people told us, “I really didn’t want to come to a spa fair.” So, we try and choose vendors/products that the public tells us they want to keep, and we’re always looking for something new.
How do you determine who stays and who goes? The public tells us based on their sales. But we also critique appearance, customer service, and overall satisfaction. Do you have a favorite fair-food item? It’s got to be the corn dog. Tell us about food safety standards. Inspectors from Central District Health are coming periodically through the day doing random inspections. They’re double-checking
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When Bob Batista was 12 years old, living in Great Falls, Mont., somebody asked him if he wanted to sell horse racing programs at the fair. He sold them for a quarter and kept a nickel. He never looked back. From maintenance crews to operations to fair management, Batista has worked at or managed fairs in Great Falls and Billings, Mont.; Vallejo, Calif.; and Boise. Eleven years ago, Batista took over as director of the Western Idaho Fair, and to date, he’s the longest running fair manager. The fair dates back to 1897 and has survived a century of change: It has witnessed quite a bit of history as well, including the ﬁrst ferris wheel West of the Mississippi (at the turn of the 20th century), Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, a plane from the Wright Brothers and a visit from Charles Lindbergh. Since the mid 1980s, the fair has been independent of any taxpayer monies. Dubbed an “enterprise fund,” it is now entirely self-funded, including salaries and capital improvements.
preparations, temperatures and cleanliness. How about games of chance? The carnival operators run the show with our input. Various staff members are always checking them out. Plus, sheriff’s deputies are always walking the grounds, making sure that the games are what they’re supposed to be. If the temperatures hit triple digits, what are your plans to keep things cool? We have tented areas to sit and eat. This year, we’ve expanded one of our larger tents. We have plenty of shady trees with seats nearby. All of our bleachers for the shows have canopies over them. Do you still have a bit of “kid” in you? After as many years as I’ve been doing this, it really becomes a business, but some days are easier than others. Especially when I see the sparkle in a kid’s eyes, with cotton candy all around their smile, and they truly love coming out here. You know, lately I’ve been watching how stressed people have become. They really need a place to go where they can unwind. People need to get away from their TVs and Blackberrys and they need to come and interact and be social with one another. And it really is all about the kids. To some, it’s a fairy-tale land, and everything is so exciting. I just know they’re thinking, “I can’t wait till the fair comes back next year.” It’s really all about creating the next generation of fair goers.
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We’ve Come a Long Way Baby —Or Have We? The state of feminism in Idaho by Carissa Wolf | illustration by Adam Rosenlund
y all outward appearances, the Idaho Women’s Network ceased to exist. You won’t ﬁnd an IWN ofﬁce. The website left the World Wide Web months ago. The phone line: dead. “We really don’t have any income now,” said IWN president Diane Donald. “Both our major funders looked at us last year and said that this is a lost cause.” When donors yanked funding to the nearly three-decades-old women’s advocacy groups last spring, the state’s once vocal voice for women’s rights dimmed to a mere whisper. The organization closed its ofﬁce doors in April and laidoff staff. A $20 check recently came into the IWN—just enough to help return the organization’s bank balance to the black, at least for a while. “We’re still here. We just don’t have a staff, ofﬁce or e-mail,” said Amanda Barber, IWN board member. The loss of funding translates into an absent voice for women’s rights in a legislature that activists say hasn’t always been sympathetic to women’s issues. Lawmakers’ recent action on two key pieces of legislation—the stalling of a bill recognizing the pay gap between men and women and the passage of a measure that could limit access to birth control—proved an unwillingness to put women’s rights ahead of politics, IWN members said. It was a time and an issue tailor-made for IWN, but that voice was notably absent, and activists and
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scholars said that the loss of a strong women’s lobbying group at the Statehouse could jeopardize women’s continued push for equality. “Legislators will ultimately not address issues important to women,” said Lisa McClain, Boise State’s director of Gender Studies. Some saw the loss of IWN grant money as a testament to the waning inﬂuence of progressive groups in Idaho and as evidence of a receding women’s movement in the state. But IWN supporters see the loss of funding as an opportunity—a chance to send the latest wave of feminism in a new direction. And rather than see it as a blow to the advancement of gender equality, they see the shuttering of the Idaho Women’s Network doors as part of the evolution of social movement. Organizations come and go, movements peak, recede and regain momentum. And a dead phone line doesn’t equate to the mortality of feminism in Idaho. “Is feminism dead? No. It’s moving in the direction that it needs to, which [is] to be multi-issue, more inclusive,” said Amy Herzfeld, executive director of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center and past IWN board member. “I think that every organization has its life cycle. And it transitions. And often organizations expand from their original missions to become broader, and that was certainly the case with the Idaho Women’s Network.” IWN members plan to rebuild the group as a multi-issue volunteer-based organization. But the IWN phoenix may look a little different than the IWN that arose in the 1980s—just as the latest wave of Idaho feminism looks different from the tides of the past movements. “Like any major social movement, [feminism] ebbs and ﬂows and experiences different measures of successes in response to other systemic conditions,” said Chandra Silva, professor of history and gender studies at Boise State.
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Is feminism dead? No. It’s moving in the direction that it needs to, which [is] to be multi-issue, more inclusive.” Generations of women have pushed waves of feminism toward Idaho’s shores. They brought suffrage to Idaho. They opened door after door for their daughters and granddaughters. “These are the women on whose great shoulders we stand,” Silva said. And feminism—political action that ﬁghts for women’s rights and the belief in gender equality—remains a present yet evolving force in Idaho, activists say. Today’s feminism just looks different, Silva noted. “People who identify as feminists have just become more integrated in human rights and social justice campaigns,” she said. “I see human-rights work as feminist work. I see racial-justice work as feminist work.” Herzfeld said. “I see countering xenophobia as feminist application for social justice. You can be a feminist and work on countering xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment in Idaho. You can be a feminist and work on racial equity ... We need to lift everyone up equally.” It started in the mid-1980s as most waves of feminism do: with a unity of women. Before the IWN became a lobbying force or even had its name, IWN founders started with a singular agenda: to gather women in what would be the ﬁrst of many conferences. “We thought it would be a small thing,” recalled Betsy Dunklin, one of IWN’s early founders, but 200 women showed up. “We’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. Collectively, the women started tackling issues and drawing up plans for what the IWN would eventually look like. On the agenda: health care, domestic violence, child care and reproductive rights. “We decided we were going to take on some tough decisions and really focus. And we did,” Dunklin said. “There were a lot of women who took a lot of leadership.” Those numbers created an awesome force as the organization met the ﬁrst of many proposals that would propel the IWN to mount a defense. House Bill 625 of 1990 proposed some of the strictest restrictions on abortion in the nation. The measure would have outlawed an estimated 93 percent of all abortions that were performed in the state at that time, limiting access except in cases of rape, incest, fetal deformity or when the mother’s life or health was threatened. The bill sailed through the Legislature but met opposition by vocal IWN supporters. Hundreds of IWN members lobbied Idaho lawmakers and thousands stood at the Statehouse to rally against the measure. “It was very exciting,” Dunklin said of the sheer numbers. “It was overwhelming.”
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Gov. Cecil Andrus eventually vetoed the legislation, and IWN’s efforts demonstrated the ability of Idaho women to organize, lobby, rally their numbers and draw the attention of the international press. As IWN’s momentum grew, members became a constant presence in the Legislature. “I more counted on them to be working on [women’s] issues and bringing people into the legislative process and training women to talk to legislators. That’s something they did very effectively,” said Boise Democrat Sen. Nicole LeFavour. As the IWN gained inﬂuence, its agenda evolved to include multi-issue causes that advanced women, families, gay and lesbian rights, racial equity and economic justice. It became a clearinghouse of information, disseminating news and legislative updates about how issues and proposals affected women’s everyday lives. “The Legislature was not really well versed in how legislation affects women’s lives,” said Krista Broderick, an early IWN member and volunteer. “And the Idaho Women’s Network brought that voice to the Legislature. And they still need that voice in the Legislature.” The IWN fought for coverage of women’s health care and sought funding for early childhood development and education programs. But their efforts often met resistance. Broderick recalls how one lawmaker responded to a measure that would have provided after-school programs for latchkey kids. “If kids have a place to be rather than go home to an empty house, that can only be good for the community. And [one] senator said ... ‘Well, if women would stay home with their children, we wouldn’t need a latchkey program. I don’t see any need to allocate any funding to it.’” Such attitudes often forced the IWN to ﬁght with an unyielding defense. “A lot of our donors said they wanted their money to go to a successful [organization], and they don’t think a little organization in Idaho can be successful,” Donald said. The IWN funding shortfall followed a waning membership base and high turnover on the board of directors. Members report getting fewer calls for volunteer help over the years, and last year’s annual IWN conference saw sparse attendance. Today’s IWN board members are all young, and the longest serving member has sat on the board only since March 2009. “We have very active women in the community, and I think they just overextended themselves,” said board member Kylee Morﬁtt. “It’s the same 20 or 30 people doing WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
everything,” Donald said. “Feminism is evolving, but it doesn’t feel like a wave,” said past IWN Public Policy Director Taryn Magrini. Women activists see a ripple ﬂoating across the waters of gender equality. New generations of feminists have helped sustain that momentum but they don’t see the numbers to turn their work into a formidable wave of change. “Feminism wasn’t the same as it was 50 years ago,” said IWN board member Jessica Epy. “Women still are not equal; it’s still something that needs to be worked on.” McClain said she sees the waning participation as part of a misperception that gender equality already exists, a trend that leaves activists like Magrini wary. “Just because we have this female Secretary of State doesn’t mean that we don’t have a glass ceiling.” Magrini said. Gen Xers and the millennial generation seem to have lost the sense of urgency and importance that helped propel their mothers and grandmothers into action, activists said. The ripple of today’s activism seems to bounce against the social pressures that leave people just struggling to survive. “People don’t always think of [women’s rights] as a major issue with all the things going on in the world. We have the economy, the oil spill ... It kind of gets overshadowed when you’re looking for a job and trying to support a family.” And would-be activists are simply exhausted, many say. “It takes a lot to always be beaten down in a systematic way,” said Melissa Wintrow, past Boise State Women’s Center coordinator and gender studies professor. “We’re tired, and we’re distracted.” And somewhere along the way, in some circles, feminism never stood for equality, justice, or as Silva sees it, an opportunity to examine social disparities from a political framework. Wintrow recalled a time when she was called into an administrator’s ofﬁce for using the word “feminism.” For some, “feminism” became little more than a political dirty word. And those attitudes may have trickled into the Idaho electorate, Epy said. “There are some people who have a negative connotation [of feminism], especially in Idaho,” she said. Epy points to conservative ideologies fueled by the commentaries of the likes of Rush Limbaugh that helped instill the “femi-Nazi” vocabulary into the vernacular of many and may have helped settle the waters of Idaho feminism. And some women, such as stay-at-home moms, may struggle to ﬁnd a place in the movement that advocates for equal pay and opportunities in the workforce. But today’s feminists say the movement is more inclusive than ever, embracing women of all socio-economic, cultural and racial backgrounds. “It’s a choice,” Epy said of women’s decision to stay home and raise kids, and that choice needs to be supported and valued. While some blame an over-worked constituency and technology-based activism for the decline in IWN membership, others look to the changing face of sexism to explain why women activists don’t show their numbers in the thousands as they did to oppose HB 625 in 1990. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
“I think today there’s not anything too loud like that right now,” Broderick said, noting that galvanizing anti-abortion legislation doesn’t surface as it did in the past. Feminists say that today’s opponents of gender equity don’t aim to demolish the equalizing structures built by the mothers of feminism with a single blow. Rather, they work to slowly erode the foundation of equality with single chips and subtle sexism. “I think that politicians have gotten smarter, and they chip away a little tiny bit at a time so it doesn’t become real obvious,” Broderick said. “And that’s the most dangerous approach.” Taryn Magrini sees sexism, but it’s not the blatant discrimination that rallied feminists of past generations. You don’t see the same kinds of efforts to rescind the
Equal Rights Act in 1977, while efforts to dismantle reproductive freedom don’t carry the same transparency as HB 625, Idaho feminists say. Instead, during the last legislative session, Magrini and others battled the “Conscience Bill,” which allows health-care practitioners to opt out of providing medical care or ﬁlling a prescription if doing so would go against their personal morals. Many see the new law as an attack on women’s reproductive rights since it could affect access to birth control. They also fought to pass legislation aimed at recognizing the pay disparities between men and women. Neither of the measures went as IWN had hoped, but the process demonstrated how lawmakers can use policy to slowly dismantle women’s rights.
“It’s all very subtle. And it’s a lot harder to ﬁght someone who’s being subtle,” Magrini said. “Sometimes the attack on women’s freedom rings loud and clear, as it did when the Legislature failed to recognize the pay gap between men and women’s earnings,” Magrini said. Similar legislation easily passed in 2009 without dissent, but this year’s bill failed without ever receiving a hearing before the House or Senate. “You could use that as a litmus test for how Idaho politicians feel about women,” Magrini said. And numerous socio-economic measures speak of the position still relegated to Idaho’s women: Women remain underrepresented in the highest-paying occupations and overrepresented in the lowest-paying jobs. And women still earn only about 80 percent of
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what men earn nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Idaho women earn even less—just 72 cents for every dollar that a man earns. And the U.S. Government Accountability Ofﬁce also found that when all employment variables remain the same, a pay gap still exists. But the socio-economic reality of minorities looks even more dire, Wintrow said. “Whenever you talk about women or men, you have to talk about which women and which men,” she noted. The pay gap for black women widens to nearly 70 percent and to 60 percent for Hispanic women. Idaho women in general face some of the lowest rankings on key socio-economic indicators, according to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research report. Idaho women rank 48th in employment and earnings, dead last in the number of women in managerial and professional occupations, and 39th in political participation and higher educational attainment. “Unless you’re willing to participate in patriarchy and not rebel, I don’t think this is a friendly place for women,” Wintrow said. Women said they also feel the unfriendly climate in more subtle ways. “It isn’t obvious. But isn’t that what oppression looks like now?” Magrini said. As a lobbyist for IWN, Magrini said she was often treated like a naive granddaughter by older male representatives and frequently saw male lawmakers patronize other female lobbyists. “I would see the men—male lobbyists— treat the female lawmakers with disrespect,” she recalled. “I think the maddest I ever got was not on my behalf.” She became accustomed to being called a “young lady” and often had her hand patted by paternalistic lawmakers. And on more than one occasion she witnessed representatives treat their female colleagues as if they were uneducated about the issues. The subtle sexist dynamics were usually expressed through nonverbal communication, she said. So Magrini employed her own nonverbal communication to reassert her power. A person blind to Magrini’s smarts can’t miss her height. Magrini stands tall. And in heels she towers at nearly 6 feet. So Magrini often wore high heels. “It’s really hard to look down on someone who’s taller than you.” Women recently stood tall as dozens of female heads of state departments gathered at the Idaho Statehouse on a mid-June afternoon to ﬁeld policy questions from the public. But they stood as more than experts in public policy and government. They stood as a testament of the accomplishments of Idaho women. The women—32 in all— ﬁlled the panel in the Statehouse’s Garden auditorium and spoke of agency agendas and ideas on ways to improve government. Yet the loudest message they delivered needed no words: Their presence spoke of what generations past viewed as unthinkable—smart, strong, successful women are leading us into the future. Displays in the Statehouse halls leading to the forum’s auditorium recalled times when such gathering would have been unimaginable. A chronology of women’s history celebrated Idaho’s women leaders and the gains made for women’s rights in the state.
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Tributes acknowledged the work of philanthropists such as Laura Moore Cunningham and the leadership of modern-day civil rights activist and legislative candidate Cherie Buckner-Webb. A timeline of Idaho history reminded forum participants of an oppressive past endured by generations of women. It also reminded onlookers that Idaho was once on the forefront of advancing gender equality; Idaho was the fourth state to pass women’s suffrage. “Idaho has been blazing trails for a long time,” noted forum panelist, Luci Willits, chief of staff at the State Department of Education. Idaho swells with stories of successful, trail-blazing women. One needs to look no further than the accomplished female panelists or the Boise State Women’s Center’s annual tribute to Women Making History to see the gains. Or look at the movers and shakers around Idaho ﬁghting for human rights, civil rights and social justice. Nonproﬁts around the valley, including the American Civil Liberties Union, United Vision for Idaho and the Idaho Human Rights Education Center are headed by young female executive directors who replaced male predecessors. The hard-fought victories and the changing face of leadership that made the Women’s Day gathering possible were not lost on the forum’s attendees. “The ﬁrst stories I did when I was a [cub] reporter were, ‘Oh my gosh, we have women truck drivers,’ and ‘Oh my gosh, we have a woman veterinarian.’ Those were the stories 30 years ago,” journalist Dee Sarton told the Women’s Day audience. “There’s still a long ways to go. We can see that reﬂected in policies and institutions. Women in the community in Idaho don’t have equal access or equal value in law,” Herzfeld said. “The work continues.” Part of that work includes pulling the youngest generations into the push for equality. The waves of feminism depend on new generations to push the tides forward, and some of today’s feminists worry that not enough young women stand ready to take up the cause. “I think young women take a lot for granted. I remember when I was in high school, if you got pregnant, you were stuck,” Broderick said. “They take for granted that if they want to do something, they can do it.” Still, the world hasn’t changed enough, Broderick said. “We still have the same work-place issues we had 20 years ago,” she said, noting the wage disparities, the under-representation of women in high-paying professions and the number of companies that have yet to enact woman- and family-friendly policies, such as in-house child care. And women remain absent in society’s most powerful social institutions. Just less than 24 percent of Idaho lawmakers are women, and not a single woman sits on the Idaho Supreme Court. Broderick found that some of the daughters of the second wave of feminism—Gen Xers born in the 1970s—haven’t always embraced the gains made by the women of their mother’s generation. Broderick sought to inspire some of these young girls to dream big and set their sights on achievement when they were teens. Her efforts put WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
We need to be mindful of the needs of women ... of the women who are not being represented. And the only way we can do that is to advance the station of all people.”
her in Boise classrooms before an audience of teenaged girls in the 1990s. She asked them what they wanted from their lives as adults. Did they want an education? Did they want to travel or volunteer in Africa? Did they want a nice house? The girls said they wanted comfortable lives and amazing experiences. Then Broderick asked how they planned to achieve their dreams. Few had answers. And those who did look to support themselves only considered occupations traditionally ﬁlled by women. Women who aim to inspire younger generations tell similar stories. Former Eagle Mayor Nancy Merrill told Women’s Day attendees about a young student who wanted to meet with her for a report she was working on about mayors. The young girl was shocked to ﬁnd a woman standing before her in the mayor’s ofﬁce. “She said, ‘I didn’t know women could be mayors,’” Merrill recalled. “I told her she could be anything ... Those are the things girls need to hear.” Still, many can’t forget the recent example of the Conscience Bill, even those who pushed for the bill. “Whenever you lose a collective voice, you lose something,” said Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder. “I think it’s really too bad for the process that they are not at the table.” Winder sponsored the bill, which proponents touted as an effort to ensure the moral freedom of health-care providers. The Conscience Bill followed failed 2009 legislation that would have given pharmacists the ability exclude themselves from ﬁlling prescriptions they found objectionable. House Bill 216 passed the House in 2009 but didn’t make it through a Senate committee hearing. Lawmakers said some wanted to rework that proposal so that it also exempted health-care workers, such as nurses, from participation in practices they considered at odds with their beliefs. Winder said he and other lawmakers tried to bring women’s voices into the Conscience Bill discussions and other debates, even if it was a voice of dissent. Winder said IWN concerns about the Conscience Bill were used to help draft amendments to the legislation that ultimately passed despite IWN’s continued opposition. But regardless of the differing opinions, Winder said IWN held an important place at the Statehouse. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
“They’ve always been a pretty legitimate force in representing their constituency,” Winder said. “They had a presence.” Today women continue the ﬁght for women’s rights as community organizers, champions of civil liberties and humanrights educators. And for many, that ﬁght began in their college years. A swell of ambitious Boise State feminists rose in the late 1990s and early 2000s to create one of the largest consortiums of political-action based clubs on campus. They began their activism by building feminist clubs with names hinting at their egalitarian agenda: Idaho Sisters in Solidarity, Idahoans Struggling in Solidarity, Feminist Empowerment, Students for Direct Action and the Idaho Student Progressive Alliance. That burst of energy, though shortlived, left a mark. Many of today’s young leaders and advocates in social justice rode that tide of activism to launch careers and forge volunteer partnerships in state equity movements. Some student activists joined IWN forces before going on to volunteer for political and social justice campaigns. And others, including Herzfeld, ﬁght for equality as nonproﬁt leaders. And although the women’s organizations that helped launch their activism have fallen away, they’ve kept feminism alive with an inclusive ﬁght for the rights of everyone. “There are more multi-issue groups popping up around town that aren’t singleissue or single-identity-based,” Herzfeld explained. “Identity-based and single-issue work isn’t especially relevant anymore if the goal is liberation for all people.” Herzfeld and equality advocates such as Adrienne Evans can’t separate women’s rights from human rights. Nor can they separate women’s rights from economic justice, civil liberties or social equality. “There are [Idaho] towns and counties where you’ve got 47 percent of single women with children under 5 living in poverty,” said Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho. We can begin to advance the position of women, Evans explained, by ending the systemic economic disparities that impoverish women. “We need to be mindful of the needs of women ... of the women who are not being represented. And the only way we can do that is to advance the station of all people.”
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KOKANEE OUTDOOR DAY
music VANS WARPED TOUR Still alive and kicking, the Vans Warped Tour is in its 16th year, and although it has diverged from its punk rock, D.I.Y., mid-90s roots into a commercial mega-festival, Warped still manages to pull thousands of excited teeny-bopping rebels and ’tween mall punks into its massive mosh pits and dusty free-for-alls. Nampa is one of the last stops on this year’s tour, and features Warped veterans Alkaline Trio, Anti-Flag, Dropkick Murphys, Reel Big Fish and Sum 41. The tour also includes newer acts that the kids are raving about, such as Andrew W.K., AM Taxi, Attack Attack and You Me At Six. As always, there will be professional skaters and bikers busting out moves on the half pipe, and various bands, labels, political groups and clothing companies will set up shop around the premises, creating a ﬂea-market-like atmosphere. Since Warped Tour is many youngsters’ ﬁrst introduction to outdoor festivals, it’s important to be prepared—one concert goer died in Kansas earlier this month, allegedly from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Warped attendees are allowed to bring in a water bottle, with multiple reﬁlling stations located around the premises. If things get too hot, check in at a mist tent or shaded area. It’s also a good idea to locate the ﬁrst-aid tent and wear plenty of sun block. But most importantly, dive in the mosh pit and have some fun. 1-10 p.m., $32 adv., $35 door, Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-1000, vanswarpedtour.com.
FRIDAY AUG. 13 wine WINEFEST After throwing one of the biggest and best parties in Boise, Jaialdi 2010, you’d think the good people of
the Basque block would be ready for a month or two of rest and relaxation, maybe take some time off for their worn-out livers and tired legs. But instead, they’ve chosen to throw a large wine festival, with a selection of nearly 100 domestic and import labels. The Basque Museum and Cultural Center’s 13th annual WineFest will take place
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on Friday, Aug. 13. In addition to the variety of reds and whites, restaurants in the area will supply a selection of tapas to pair with the wine. There’s also a silent auction with hotel stays, jewelry, artwork, gift certiﬁcates, specialty wine and more going to the highest bidders. The Oinkari Basque Dancers will be there, liven-
Fans of Kokanee Beer, most popular with our neighbors to the north in British Columbia may be a bit disappointed to learn that contrary to initial ﬁrst thoughts, “Kokanee Outdoor Day” isn’t going to involve an out-of-hand keg party in the middle of the Idaho wilderness. Quite the opposite. Kokanee Outdoor Day is a family style celebration dedicated to the other very important kokanee—salmon—along Highway 21 and John Brogan Park in Idaho City. Every year, kokanee salmon make a journey up Mores Creek, and thanks to Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club, Idaho Rivers United and the Be Outside Initiative, a celebration is held in their honor. There will be ﬁve road stops along Highway 21 between Boise and Idaho City between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m, where travelers can participate in interactive displays and activities. The ﬁrst stop involves a raptor-watching activity, where people can use the Golden Eagle Audubon telescopes to spot birds soaring in the sky. Kids and parents can learn about bugs and search for ﬁsh in Mores Creek during the second stop. Folks from the Idaho Gold Prospectors Association will be on hand at the third stop to give people the chance to strike it rich by panning for gold. Tour the Rocks water plant and taste fresh mountain spring water, and at the ﬁnal stop, plant a tree along Grimes Creek. Once explorers make it to Idaho City, they will head to John Brogan Park from noon to 6 p.m. for the main event. Perfect your casting techniques during ﬂy-casting demonstrations, make friends with a raptor from the World Center for Birds of Prey, enjoy story time in a teepee and get your fortune told by the “Fish Fortune-Telling Gypsy.” Also take advantage of Harley’s Beer Garden while listening to live music. And because you’ve been learning about ﬁsh, looking at ﬁsh and talking about ﬁsh all day, visitors are bound to get a bit hungry. Luckily, Trudy’s Kitchen is stepping in to host a massive salmon feed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, John Brogan Park, Idaho City, 208-392-4159, idahocitychamber.com.
ing up the atmosphere with their traditional Basque folk dancing. The entry fee gets you a commemorative glass and some scrip to purchase the tapas and/or wine. Fifteen different distributors and vendors will showcase their wines, with plenty of free samples. Proceeds beneﬁt the Basque Museum. 5:30-9:30 p.m., $27 adv., $30 door, four for $100,
Basque Block, Grove St., basquemuseum.com.
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FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Those with older siblings often possess haunting memories of being chastised for ruining favorite items of clothing and stuffed into uncomfortably small spaces. Nampa—Boise’s little brother—has become a victim of younger-siblingsyndrome, often teased for
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Don’t think twice about seeing Bob Dylan at Idaho Botanical Garden.
SUNDAY AUG. 15
The thymes, they are a’changin’.
music BOB DYLAN With each generation comes a new group of folk balladeers. Those who take music that has been passed down through generations—songs about the good Earth’s majesty or the backbreaking struggles of the working class—ﬁlter them through their own artistic lenses and make them relevant again. Back in the 1930s and ’40s, it was “Oklahoma cowboy” Woody Guthrie, who traveled across the United States reinterpreting old folk tunes, penning songs about the Great Depression, praising Works Progress Administration projects and drawing attention to immigrant struggles, often collaborating with black folk musician Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter. By the 1960s, Guthrie had inspired a whole new generation of folk singers, the most proliﬁc being Robert Allen Zimmerman—a man we know as Bob Dylan. Dylan put his own spin on a number of Guthrie classics and quickly became the voice of the ’60s civil rights and anti-war movements. After ﬁve decades of creating new music, Dylan is still at it, himself inspiring countless new folk acts with every generation. Most recently, Dylan’s rambling protest tunes have inﬂuenced a number of acts in the freak-folk genre. Local musicians and non-musicians alike who’ve been inspired by Dylan can catch the troubadour at a special outdoor concert at Idaho Botanical Garden on Sunday, Aug. 15. Just make sure to pack a picnic to keep your blanket from blowin’ in the wind. 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show, $52, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
For 24 years, the festival has attracted about 15,000 visitors to Lakeview Park to peruse more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, sample foods from concession
being less mature or less artsy than its big brother. However, with the annual Nampa Festival of the Arts, the town is ﬁghting to prove its creative street cred.
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TUESDAY AUG. 17 herbs COOKING WITH HERBS Now that backyard “victory” gardens have once again become de rigueur, fresh homegrown herbs have also charted a notable rise in popularity. Gone are the days of shaking crumbly dried chives or rock-hard dried rosemary onto your omelet. Now, if you want to add some pep to your pepperoni pizza, all you have to do is reach out your window and pluck a few sprigs of fresh basil from your happy little herb garden. But while chives, basil and rosemary are fairly common, run-of-the-mill spices, things get sticky when you start venturing into fresh tarragon, sage, oregano, coriander or Thai basil territory. Luckily for those with freshherbaphobia, you can learn how to properly spice things up in the kitchen with a Cooking with Fresh Herbs class led by Ava Whitlock at Edwards Greenhouse on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. Come late-August when your co-workers start hauling in watermelon-sized zucchinis and giant heirloom tomatoes, you’ll know just the right herb to use to draw out their fresh ﬂavors. 6 p.m., FREE, Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., 208-342-7548, edwardsgreenhouse.com. Call to register.
stands, take part in free children’s art activities and listen to live music. On Saturday, check out Title Wave, Red River Pow Wow, Xpressions Dance, Leta Neustaedter, Idaho Rhythm Cloggers, Chris Talbot and Bellamy Rose.
You know that look you shoot your brunch date when a server asks if you’ll be having anything else besides water? The I’ll-totally-day-drink-if-you-do eyes? It’s the precise moment when your Sunday either takes a responsible right turn into soberville or off roads into drinking-margaritas-by-the-poolall-day town. Well, lucky for you lushes, Quinn’s diner on Vista makes that important decision for you. With every two meals ordered off the breakfast menu on Sundays, you receive one free bottle of champagne. A. Whole. Freaking. Bottle. Quinn’s is greasy spoon, to a T. Brunch items are mostly combos of classic diner staples—eggs, meat, toast, hashbrowns, pancakes—but the menu also includes a healthy array of omelets, many with fresh avocado and cheese. Though it’s not the fanciest brunch around—the can-opener seems to get a lot of turns in the kitchen at Quinn’s—half a bottle of cheap champagne QUINN’S RESTAURANT makes any of those concerns AND LOUNGE melt away like butter on a hot 1005 S. Vista Ave. wafﬂe. Add to that a shady, 208-342-9568 hole-in-the-wall atmosphere with ample ﬂowery wallpaper, and Quinn’s will quickly become your new favorite hidden Bench brunch destination. But be forewarned, there is one caveat with the free champagne: If you want a mimosa, you have to pony up for the OJ. —Tara Morgan
On Sunday, catch Highlanders, JB Duo, Impulse Dance Academy and Billy Braun. Saturday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeview Park, Nampa, 208-4685858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.
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OTHELLOâ€”Shakespearean tragedy exploring the politics of love and war. 8 p.m. $12-$39. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Avenue, Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofďŹ ce 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.
CHICKS N GIGGLES IMPROV COMEDYâ€”Improv comedy troupe. Full bar. Performance not recommended for children. 7:30 p.m. $7. The Adelmann Event Center, 622 W. Idaho, Boise, 208287-3296.
Workshops & Classes DAY HIKERS GUIDE TO STANLEYâ€”Local author Scott Marchant shares slides highlighting his book, The Day Hikerâ€™s Guide to Stanley, Idaho, which describes 46 hikes in the Stanley area. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, www.rei.com.
AN IDEAL HUSBANDâ€” Oscar Wilde penned comedy of manners in which a woman tries to blackmail a politician. 8 p.m. $12-$39. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Avenue, Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofďŹ ce 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.
Concerts ORCHESTRA FESTIVALâ€”6:30 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, www.sunvalley.com.
Workshops & Classes GOURMET GARDEN CUISINE WITH CHEF MARK WILKERSONâ€”Learn how to incorporate eco-friendliness into your cooking. Wine served with each course. 6:30 p.m. $50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208368-0649. PRACTICE AQUIâ€”Spice up your bilingual aptitude during this weekly gathering. Designed for ages 13 and older. Attendees should have an understanding of English and Spanish. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2940, www.gardencity.lili.org.
Literature DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOPâ€”Twice a month, authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien offer writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Boulevard, Boise, 208-331-8000, www.thecabinidaho.org.
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