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CUBA OR BUST Boise Hawk Juan Serrano talks about why he can’t go home FIND 21

EATS, SHOOTS AND PAINTS New artists collective and tea house SCREEN 28

SEE YA, SUCKERS BW movie guru Escapes to the Toronto Film Festival FOOD 31

ONE WING LEADS TO ANOTHER Things heat up at Firehouse Pub and Grill

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NOTE I KNOW YOU ARE, BUT WHAT AM I? I knew there’d be no middle ground on last week’s main feature, “Cow Country.” The debate/name-calling in the story’s comments section online has been interesting to follow. As is typical with stories like this one, the comments range from “well done” to “shame on you.” One commenter in particular stood out: “Janey,” who identified herself as Jane Miller Ledbetter, owner of one of the mega-dairies Scott Weaver reported on. Ledbetter’s dairy, according to ISDA records, violated rules governing dairy CAFOs in Idaho five times in the span of 10 years, including a 2008 discharge when one of the dairy’s honey wagons (aka manure takers) dumped its contents into a canal that flows into the Snake River. After last week’s story hit stands, Jerome County P&Z approved Ledbetter’s request to expand her dairy by 1,120 animal units, bringing the total to 4,080 (see Citydesk at for a full update). Weaver’s attempts to reach a representative from Ledbetter’s dairy prior to publication were not successful. However, after leaving a comment on Weaver’s story at explaining the ownership of her dairy, Ledbetter contacted editors at Boise Weekly via e-mail. We’ve put her in touch with Weaver, and as of press time this week, we’re hoping to give Ledbetter some column inches in the near future. Indeed, if we’ve bungled the facts, we’re happy to set the record straight. But we’re also hoping to ask Ledbetter a few tough questions, too. Hopefully she is as eager to explain the steps her dairy has taken to prevent another spill or non-compliance in the future as we are to ask her about it. Looking at this week’s main feature, it looks like it’ll be an encore of last week’s debate/name-calling in the comments section come Wednesday. Some of Jody May-Chang’s story on homophobia in Uganda you’ve heard before. If you’ve read any of writer Jeff Sharlet’s work on The Family, or heard him on NPR’s Fresh Air, much of what you’ll read in “Exporting Homophobia” will not surprise you. This month, Sharlet is back on the airwaves and back on stands with a follow-up, and May-Chang interviewed him earlier this year as that work was just going public. It’s a dense read, but one I think is worthy of the page space and your time. Finally, this week News Editor George Prentice, who pulls double duty as BW’s film reviewer, heads to the Toronto International Film Festival and will be keeping us in the loop while he’s checking out possible Oscar nominees. Keep an eye on for updates. —Rachael Daigle


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IS BIGGER ALWAYS BETTER? Last week’s main feature, “Cow Country,” reported on a Magic Valley CAFO that has repeatedly violated waste laws. Just as the issue hit stands, Jerome County P&Z gave the CAFO thumbs up to expand by nearly one-third.

NUKE ’EM Continuing its plan for world energy domination, Payette officially endorsed Alternative Energy Holdings Inc.’s plan to build a nuke plant nearby.

ALL NEW VIDEO GAME COVERAGE Catch the first installments of BW’s new video game coverage at Cobweb. Writer Michael Lafferty previews the month’s upcoming releases, as well as reviews a few of the most high-profile games to hit the shelves.

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MAIL BW: NO BRONCOS There are three things I particularly like about the Boise Weekly. Ted Rall, Bill Cope and the fact that you do not attempt to emulate the Idaho Statesman by shoving Bronco crap down my throat every single day. Today’s front page feature (“Maryland or bust for one family of Bronco fans on their way to the Boise State season opener,” Idaho Statesman, Sept. 1, 2010) about a family renting an RV they obviously can’t afford to drive cross-country to see the game is a perfect example. Then I pick up BW and find an article on some ex-Bronco who hasn’t played for 200 years or so. I don’t care, and I’ll bet most of your readers don’t either. Stop right now. And take a vow that you’ll never do it again. —George Parker, Boise

CAFOS TURNING IDAHO INTO A SEWER Great article and much needed for those in the political and connected world to read about (BW, Feature,“Cow Country,” Sept. 1, 2010). Gooding County stinks, the air is unhealthy and the water is tainted with unknown chemicals. All the cries for intervention by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture has fallen on deaf ears. I cannot understand why Oregon and Washington have not sued the state of Idaho for degrading and contaminating the water that flows down the Snake River into the ocean. When will this become such an issue that the farmers and ranchers of Idaho will wake up and realize that the Idaho they love and depend on is a sewer with sterile non-productive land. I hope your article is forwarded to

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the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and to the federal government as something needs done and the state will not do it. —Judith Stockham, Gooding

KUNA IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A PARKING LOT I sure appreciate the nice, cultural, artsy pix of most areas and the parking lot/tract house pic of Kuna (’Hoods, Annual Manual). Hopefully that will keep dirty, stinking, unwashed hippies from the North End from coming out to see any of our highbrow cultural amenities. —Mark Weaver, Kuna

BW BLOWS I have been anticipating tickets for Primus/Portugal the Man. I usually count on the Boise Weekly for concert info, but in the case of this particular concert, you failed to inform me when the tickets were available for purchase. Now I am discovering that tickets are either sold out or are at least $70 each.

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I ALSO FIND THIS ARTICLE REPULSIVE A ND FI LLE D W ITH LIES .” —ICARE, (“Cow Country: The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho,” Feature, BW, Sept. 1, 2010)

Obviously, Boise is lackluster as far as culture and the availability to said culture, but being the only decent alternative periodical here, I would hope you would try to push just a bit harder to inform the people of the valley that actually care to pursue good music/art. I admit that it is my fault for not looking elsewhere for what I want to know, but it is your fault as “the only decent alternative periodical” in the valley for not fulfilling the desires of your consumers. I am not expecting that every tour and/or band that comes through gets highlighted. I am, however, expecting your publication to print adequate information about the limited shows that we thankfully have access to. I am tired of having to drive to Portland/Seattle/Eugene/ Bend/San Francisco to go to shows. I am also tired of expecting more from the Boise Weekly. Perhaps I should lower my standards. I guess that I, like you, have faith in this city. Perhaps we are both misguided. In the end what I really am getting at is that among the few uses for the Boise Weekly, concert information is not among them. P.S. Your block party was a waste of time and effort. —Aaron Bennion, Boise

placing acoustic musicians next to electric ones. From what I have heard this was the second year in a row where this was the case at the Boise Curb Cup. The electric acts not only almost totally drowned out the acoustic acts’ music to the audience members, they also made it nearly impossible for the acoustic musicians to hear (and therefore enjoy) themselves while performing—thereby putting them at a huge disadvantage. I talked to one acoustic band member who definitely will not consider participating next year unless this situation is seriously addressed. One solution is to place all the loud acts (including those with loud recorded music) together down by the fountain and all the softer acts up toward the old Post Office. I heard similar complaints from many musicians and audience members, and the audience group I was in finally gave up and spent the rest of the time in a coffee shop. Again, I ask organizers to put the feelings of the performers first and adopt a scenario enacted at most other similar events I have attended where acts are segregated by volume level. —Ken Harris, Boise

*Editor’s Note: While we make it our mission to be the source for live music in Boise as it happens, we could do a better job letting readers know when tickets go on sale. Keep an eye on Cobweb, where we’ll be posting regular updates.

I love the new Annual Manual! However, I take exception to the piece featuring Merritt’s Cafe. Those fried things they serve are not scones. Scones are an Irish quick bread— fluffy on the inside and baked until golden on the outside. My mother was from rural Idaho and grew up with the item Merritt’s serves; she called them “dough gods.” I’m not saying one can’t enjoy a dough

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god, but when you call their fried dough a scone you only encourage them in misrepresenting what they are selling. —Carole Skinner, Boise

MESSY, MESSY Yes, Afghanistan is truly a mess (BW, Opinion, “New War, Same Fears,” Aug. 25, 2010). In fact it is so bad, that I have come to ask, “Just why are we there, anyhow?” We let [George W.] Bush and his buddy Dick [Cheney] convince us of those awful weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I remember our esteemed president smirking on the deck of a aircraft carrier and declaring, “Mission accomplished!” Never told us what our mission was. Those who poo poo’d our invasion there were declared unpatriotic, clearly unAmerican and troop haters to boot. Remember not too many years ago, Russia tried to invade the country. We were outraged and did our best to help those poor souls stand against those heathen barbarians. But it is time to ask, “What is our mission? Just why are we there?” Could it be that we are busily involved in empire building one country at a time? And of course our defense system together gets about 64 percent of our national budget. We spend more every day over there than we spend on our educational system in a year. If we quit invading, invading, invading we would surely face a fearful financial depression. No senator or representative would offer a bill to cut defense spending in their district, of course. Take a hard, hard look, folks and ask, “Just why are we there. Really?” —Tom Edgar, Boise WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Fellows and Mesdames in good standing— (FAMIGS, which is what we call Society members who are up to date with their dues and are not currently serving a prison term)—Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! As I compile material for Issue 7 of our beloved Flutter, summer is adwindling down. The children have returned to their mobile classrooms, the Pronto Pup distribution centers down at the Fairgrounds have been dismantled, and the stink of Bronco pheromones fills the air. We look forward to a few more weeks of tolerable temperatures and wafting spiderwebs, then months of ever-rising heat bills, sodden piles of leftover leaves, the unrelenting drab of the Boise Front and leering television gargoyles reminding us that Christmas is right around the f***ing corner. So then, on this cusp of the season of our discontent, discomfort and clinical depression, what better time to look back on our summer and rejoice in all the fun we had throughout those halcyon days of sun and barbecue sauce, eh? I’ll go first, as I am still the Society’s Grand Marshal, after all. What’s more, I intend to use the opportunity to add a rule or two to the Revised SFMPB Rule Book. Don’t worry. Nothing heavy or hard to comply with. Any new rules we acquire today will simply reflect whatever eternal truths I divined over the course of the summer. As an example, Rule 12 reads, quite simply, “Earth, Wind & Fire is the best band ever, and we must never allow anyone to tell us otherwise.” That rule isn’t difficult to comply with, is it? Yet I imagine a handful of you would want to ask, “But what about the Stones? What about Lady Gaga? What about the Beatles, for God’s sake?” To which I would reply, “Excuse me, but I will hear none of that crazy talk. And if you can’t stifle yourself, perhaps your interests would best be served in another organization.” See? I only wish all the rules were that easy to comply with. U Now, as to what I did last summer. It was remarkably uncomplicated, my summer. It would all fit comfortably into four cubbies: 1) plant the garden, 2) water the garden, 3) weed the garden, 4) go see Earth, Wind & Fire. From May to last weekend, my summer fun consisted entirely of the first three items on that list. Oh yes, I went barefoot on occasion, ate some watermelon and managed to avoid catching the West Nile virus. But essentially, summer at my house is a barrage of lawn and garden chores, interrupted sporadically by a neighbor’s rottweiler running loose or the distant scream of a child going laterally off a trampoline. Last weekend, though, was different. Along with a nice couple from the ’hood

(not the ones with either the rottweiler or the trampoline) my wife and I motored to the Columbia River, sat on the banks overlooking that impressive gorge and enjoyed our all-time favorite musical ensemble from the last century of popular culture. I told her ahead of time I wouldn’t dance, but the band got the better of me. We had seen Earth, Wind & Fire in Dayton, Ohio, 30 years ago when the two of us were barely out of our 20s. They were in their prime, as were we. Maurice White, the man who put them together and fronted the stage, lit up like a Christmas tree as they performed. Some of the more spiritually deaf called them just another funk band or just more disco. But EW&F transcended all that, reaching for something ever higher. They could lead a crowd to common awe over what human beings can do, they were so damn good. I danced that night, too. From the first blast to the last. I was asked before the weekend if I was trepidatious about revisiting such a gleaming memory, and I was. Maurice White has fallen from the stage, stricken with Parkinson’s, and not only is the rest of the group 30 years older, but so are Ma and Pa Cope. Three decades of crust and disgust have built up on my boogie shoes, and I feared there was no music left that could take me up, up and away so thoroughly. Good old EW&F, though, they haven’t dropped a beat. From the first blast to the last, old Cope’s booty was ashaking. When the miraculous voice of Philip Bailey soared into the stratosphere, my spirits soared with it. I had either a stomp, a clap or a finger snap for every punch the horn section blew. More than once, I watered up. That’s how damn good they are, still. Joyous and transcendent and inspired. Enough to make a grown man cry. And enough to make a grown man dance. It wasn’t pretty to watch, I’m sure. But at least my knees didn’t give out. Toward the end of the concert, I came up with both Rules 12 and 13. The former you already know about, and the latter was a repeat of an epiphany I’d had earlier in the summer on one of those evenings when the sun sets below a cloud cover and lights up the hills with a living golden glow. It’s a rare bit of Treasure Valley meteorological magic, and I have loved it since I was a kid. And when the same, exact same thought came to me, there overlooking the Columbia with the best band ever making my summer, I realized it would make a pretty good rule for the Society For Making People Better. So without further ado, I give you Rule 13: “Do remember that every time you experience something you love, it may well be for the last time.” Should be self-explanatory, but if enough FAMIGSs complain they don’t get it, I’ll spell it out in some future Flutter. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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IF I DIE IN AFGHANISTAN Please spare me the hypocritical obituaries SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN—I am traveling from Kunduz to Heart via Mazar-i-Sharif and Mainana. By the time you read this, I should be about to turn south toward Zaranj on the Iranian border. I could die. I probably won’t. Thousands of Americans and other Westerners go to Afghanistan every year. Only a few get killed. But it is a dangerous place. The possibility of death is something you have to consider when you go to Afghanistan, especially when you leave Kabul. Last time around, three of my colleagues came back in coffins. If I die, I would like to ask my colleagues in the media—those assigned to write my obituary, should I rate one—to spare me hypocritical bullshit praise. I don’t believe in an afterlife. Still, whatever remains of my spirit would be incredibly annoyed if The New York Times were to give me the Howard Zinn treatment. Zinn, the brilliant leftist historian who wrote The People’s History of the United States, was lauded both in a Times obit and an op-ed column by Bob Herbert. When Zinn was still alive, however, you’d never know it by reading the Times. The Paper of Record never ran Zinn. If they reviewed him at all, his books were given the short shrift. He was correct about most things, and thus too far left for the Times. During the 1990s, I was the most frequently reprinted political cartoonist in The New York Times. They ran my op-eds. Then 9/11 happened. Editors got scared. Publishers started sucking up to President George W. Bush and his right-wing supporters. I


vanished from the print edition. I’m not whining. It’s their paper. But, Times editors, please don’t sing my praises in the obituaries. Don’t talk about how I was once the youngest syndicated cartoonist in the country, how I won a bunch of awards, how I helped revolutionize an art form, how my work was controversial and widely discussed, how cool it was that I went to Afghanistan and Central Asia. If you really thought I was great, you would have run my stuff. You didn’t. You thought I sucked. Or you didn’t have the guts to deal with angry readers. This also goes for USA Today. You never ran one of my cartoons. I’ve done more than 4,000 of them. Not one ever appeared in USA Today. If you mention my death, please include an explanation of why I’m worth mentioning but not worth publishing. Newsweek deserves special mention as well. Newsweek publishes the worst cartoons by the worst cartoonists. If I die in Afghanistan, one advantage of being dead will be that I never have to lay eyes on that p.o.s. again. They ran me one time. Once! Special you-ignored-me-my-entire-careerso-don’t-suck-up-after-I-die shout-outs also go to The Washington Post, which canceled me in response to a write-in campaign by right-wing extremists, and The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR and every newspaper in my home state of Ohio. When I shed this mortal coil and shuffle off to the great open bar full of funny cartoonists and loose women in the sky, whenever that happens, I beg you to do me one last favor: say that I suck. Or, better yet, don’t mention me at all.






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“SUFICIENTEMENTE BUENO PARA ESTAR AQUI.” Translation: “I’m good enough to be here.” GEORGE PRENTICE

Ramadan ends but not the noise over proposed mosques.


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Politicians have been fumbling a political football in an attempt to answer the burning question: Is America anti-Muslim? Protests have sprung up coast to coast in the shadow of a perceived fear of Islam. In the streets of New York, angry relatives of 9/11 victims clash with supporters of a planned mosque/cultural center near Ground Zero. Outside of Nashville, Tenn., vandalism and arson mar the construction site of a future mosque in Murfreesboro. President Barack Obama extolled the first amendment as protection for the controversial Manhattan project but backpedaled on full-out support of the effort. And the lower Manhattan Muslim leader, Imam Feisal-Abdul Rauf has come under fire by those who confuse radical, fundamentalism with the peaceful Islam that is practiced by millions. Anti-Muslim sentiment in communities across America has sprung up to oppose new mosques in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, California and Florida. Turn on cable news at any hour of the day, and you’ll hear from both sides of the political spectrum about the proposed mosque/cultural center on Park Place in New York City, two blocks from Ground Zero. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Obama, and the Imam have all spoken at length about the project. Bloomberg acknowledged the fact that for some families of Sept. 11, 2001, victims, the project sits too close to what for them is “hallowed ground.” “There’s already another mosque down there within four blocks of the World Trade Center,” said Bloomberg on The Daily Show. “There’s porno places. There’s fastfood places. It’s a vibrant community. It’s New York.” How will Boise respond? In a city of immigrants from all over Europe and the Middle East, Boise is home to mosques for Turks, Bosnians and even one for Shia Muslims exclusively. The nonspecific Islamic Center of Boise is by far the largest, filled by waves of refugees transplanted to the Treasure Valley by the U.S. State Department and several agencies. During the month of Ramadan, the ICB rents extra space in a separate building to accommodate its growing membership. The ICB has secured a piece of land on

Agriculture. “You may want to check with the man, former BW news editor, who attempted In the spring of 1962, President John F. KenU.S. Department of Agriculture.” to follow the delegation. “They went out of nedy asked his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, “Nope,” said Vince Matthews from the their way to give me the slip. They’d give me to buy some Cuban cigars. No problem. The Idaho offices of the USDA. Have you tried the man known as Lucky Pierre would, more often false information about when and where they state Ag. Department?” We had. “Well, how were traveling. They hid from me for days.” than not, have a cigar close at hand. In his about the Idaho Department of Commerce? When Otter and his delegation, which inmemoir, Salinger remembered what happened cluded dozens of businessmen and government They usually track those types of exports.” the following day. “Have you spoken to Ag. or the USDA?” “How did you do, Pierre?” asked the presi- officials, returned to Idaho, there was plenty asked Bibiana Nertney from commerce. This of back-slapping. An official release from the dent as I walked through the door. was starting to sound familiar. “We “Very well,” I answered. In don’t show anything.” fact, I’d gotten 1,200 Petit Upmann So, in spite of four trips and a Cubans. Kennedy smiled, and opened highly paid grocery salesman in the up his desk. He took out a long paper Governor’s Office, Idaho remains which he immediately signed. It was frozen out of the Cuban marketplace. the decree banning all Cuban prodBut it’s not as if Cuba doesn’t need ucts from the United States. Idaho meat, potatoes, wheat and so El bloqueo (the blockade) remains much more. to this day. Commercial, economic “They desperately need food,” and financial embargoes to and from remembered Hoffman. “A lot of Cuba still hold, and unless special restaurants just aren’t any good. In permission is granted, any U.S. citizen fact, if you’re looking for anything illegally traveling to Cuba can be decent to eat, you’re told to look for fined up to $1 million and imprisoned a line coming out of an alley. If you for up to 10 years. But that could follow the line, it usually leads to change very soon. someone’s house where they’re selling President Barack Obama wants to their personal food. There’s a huge try something that each of his eight underground economy.” predecessors has failed at: to expand Hoffman has traveled secretly to opportunities for Americans to travel Cuba twice, the first time in 2005. to Cuba in an effort to encourage “It was pretty stressful,” said more contact between people in both Hoffman. “I felt as if I was being folcountries. The decades-old embargo lowed a few times.” is expected to be left intact, but the In both instances, Hoffman had to White House is helping to draft a bill make his way to the forbidden island that would make food sales to Cuba on his own. easier. The measures couldn’t make “I flew through Mexico both two men happier: Idaho Gov. C.L. times,” he recalled. “The first time, “Butch” Otter and starting pitcher I went to a hole-in-the-wall travel for the Boise Hawks baseball team agency in Mexico City and bought Juan Serrano. But that’s where their a round trip ticket with cash. It only similarities end. cost about $150. In 2007, I flew Otter has traveled to Cuba four through Cancun, but it was a similar times in an effort to relive the days circumstance, with cash.” when he exported capitalism (and Hoffman said he was more than Idaho products) to communists. Otter a bit nervous when he approached is never shy in talking about the days security in Havana. when he successfully pitched frozen Juan Serrano has stared down much more than a starting lineup. “But there wasn’t any problem french fries to China after marrying at all. They were like, ‘Come on in. into the J.R. Simplot family/company. Coming to Cuba is an American One divorce and a few elected offices problem.’ But don’t get me wrong. I didn’t later, Otter was convinced he would have simi- Governor’s Office touted deals to sell biovolunteer that I had traveled to Cuba when technology, seed potatoes and plenty of meat. lar success in Cuba. When he was a congressI came home. I told them that I had spent Falls Brand Independent Meats of Twin Falls man, Otter led three delegations to Havana. announced a plan to ship more than 50 tons of my time in Mexico. That’s pretty much what He helmed a fourth, as governor, in 2007. everyone says.” boneless pork, valued at more than $100,000, “I have high hopes that the work we’ve There are few, if any, gaps between social in a matter of months. None of it happened. done will result in a fruitful harvest for Idaho strata. In fact, BW found a very cold trail in an producers and businesses,” Otter boasted in “It really doesn’t matter who they are,” re2007. Publicly, the governor said the Idaho/Cu- attempt to track any business between Idaho membered Hoffman. “The man who drives the and Cuba. ban connection was a match made in heaven. bus pretty much goes home to the same type of “We don’t show any records,” said Pamela Privately, he was more clandestine. 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NEWS/CITYDESK NEWS and eat the same food. Everybody’s poor.” Juan Serrano remembers the poverty. He grew up in Santa Clara in central Cuba, home to a mausoleum that houses the remains of Che Guevara, “El Gran Hotel” (a run-down former Hilton) and Estadio Augusto Cesar Sandino, a baseball stadium and Cuba’s field of dreams. Serrano had a dream of his own: playing at the stadium. He even dared to dream about playing baseball in America. But dreams can be costly. A visit from a baseball scout from the Dominican Republic landed Serrano in Cuban jail for three days. But that seems a lifetime ago to the 22-year-old pitcher. “Es imposible para mi volver.” “He said it’s impossible for him to go back,” Serrano’s translator told BW. On an early September afternoon, we sat about 2,400 miles from Serrano’s homeland, in the dugout of the Hawks Memorial Stadium in Boise. We were joined by Ricardo Medina, Hawks’ hitting coach and Serrano’s interpreter. We talked about Serrano’s new Idaho home, his family and baseball. “Tenia seis anos de edad.” Serrano said he was 6 when he first picked up a baseball. He played in alleys and sand lots, and after spending time behind bars for simply thinking about playing in America, he made up his mind. In February 2009, Serrano and his girlfriend, Lisandra Rodriguez, packed into a speedboat with 27 others and faced massive waves for the better part of 24 hours before reaching the shores of Miami. They were beneficiaries of the better half of the U.S. “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy. Simply put, if a Cuban refugee is caught while still in water (even a few feet from shore) they are returned to their homeland. If they set foot on American soil, they are allowed to pursue resi-

dency. Rodriguez went the traditional route: obtaining a green card and inching her way toward U.S. citizenship (she was a medical student when she left Cuba). Serrano made a more circuitous journey, opting to declare Dominican Republic citizenship in order to play in the D.R. and obtain a showcase tryout for the Chicago Cubs. In a matter of months, the Cubs signed Serrano. Neither he nor his agent will say for how much, but ESPN reports it was for $250,000. But Serrano still needs to make his way from Boise to the majors. I asked him to rank his best pitches. “Bola rapida, deslizador, cambio de velocidad, curva.” That’s fastball (he’s been clocked as high as 93 mph), slider, changeup and his breaking curveball. I gave my Spanglish a try. “Bueno que eres?” Translation: “How good are you?” “Suficientemente bueno para estar aqui.” Translation: “I’m good enough to be here.” “Su familia sabe que estas hacienda?” Translation: “Does your family know how well you’re doing?” A long pause. His translator gave me a slight nod to give Serrano some time to think. “Hablamos un poco.” Translation: “We talk a little.” Serrano hopes to bring his family to America someday. That would include his mother, father, grandparents, two brothers and one sister. Serrano looked out on the perfect baseball diamond that he would command in a couple of hours when he took the pitcher’s mound. His slight grin broadened to a huge smile. “Algun dia pronto.” Someday soon.

THE TROLLEY ROLLS ON Operator takes biz elsewhere GEORGE PRENTICE On Aug. 27, Citydesk wrote the following headline: “End of the Line for Boise Trolley Tours.” That was wrong, apparently. If by now you haven’t read the comments after several of Citydesk’s blog posts following the trolley story (which are currently some of the most entertaining reading in the Treasure Valley), you’re missing a treat. Here are a few samples: “She’s a spiteful and sick person that would benefit from taking a final Trolley Tour to a padded room.” “This newspaper is a disgrace. This is a one sided defamation of my character.” “You’re a wingnut.” “You park ‘patrons’ are a bunch of denigrates and vagrants.” “Beware, this wingnut has major stalkerific tendencies.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Here’s the short of it: Boise City officials had accumulated a pretty thick file of complaints against Debra Miller, owner and operator of Boise Trolley Tours. Among other things, customers and visitors to Julia Davis Park accused Miller of rude, profane and disrespectful conduct and language. Miller said that her lease gave her the right to kick people off of nearby park benches and tables if they weren’t her customers. This went on for the better part of two years. Ultimately, city attorneys sent a final warning letter, Miller lawyered up and she was told to shut it down. A sign on the door of the small shack from which Miller operated her tours says: “We’ve moved to 1911 State St. We will be opening again soon. Stay tuned!”

which to build a new masjid, or meeting place for prayer. Now they just have to raise the money. Is Boise too close to Ground Zero? “We have had windows broken, and three years ago there were swastikas, actual swastika stickers from a local antieverything group,” said Marissa [who asked not to use her last name], administrator of the facility. Marissa said the ICB serves Muslims from more than three dozen countries. While they haven’t had any vandalism on this issue, she said they have been targeted in the past. “As an individual, I’ve had pretty blatant resentment,” said Marissa. With an important Islamic holiday, Eid ul-Fitr, falling on Friday, Sept. 10, this year, Marissa said the center isn’t taking any chances. The celebration marks the traditional end of Ramadan with a series of feasts following a nearly month-long fast. “There’s fear that people will misconstrue the festivities as a celebration of the Sept. 11 attacks. “We’re very concerned about security. We’re being cautious,” she said. —Andrew Crisp

TIME TO SAY FAREWELL, FOR NOW On Friday, Sept. 10, some 1,500 Idaho citizen soldiers will wrap up two weeks of training at Boise’s Gowen Field and head home for seven days. It’ll be time for them to say goodbye to family and friends. Sometime on Friday, Sept. 17, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will officially sign over control of the Army National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team to the Pentagon. In addition to the 1,500 Idahoans, the 116th includes about 600 Oregonians and 600 Montana citizen soldiers. About 75 percent of those deploying with the 116th CBCT are traditional guardsmen and women, meaning they hold careers as civilians. By the end of the month, the 116th will be par t of Operation New Dawn. They’ll spend two months at Camp Shelby, Miss., for mission-specific training. In mid-November, they’ll be off to Iraq. Their mission there will be to provide convoy and installation security and to provide logistical suppor t for other militar y and civilian delegations. For about half of the soldiers, it will be their second or even third deployment. But this is unlike the last assignment for the 116th, when they had only 90 days to prepare. The Defense Department gave the brigade 150 days between its September 2009 alert and the official mobilization in April of this year. The U.S. combat mission in Iraq officially ended on Aug. 31. Five days later, U.S. soldiers opened fire on suicide bombers who sneaked into an Iraqi army base in Baghdad. A gun battle raged for more than two hours. The involvement of American soldiers underscored that while they are no longer officially in a combat mission, many among the roughly 50,000 U.S. soldiers still in Iraq remain in harm’s way. —George Prentice

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ROSIO GONZALEZ She says goodbye to Catholic Charities of Idaho, howdy to the Lone Star State GEORGE PRENTICE

Are you and your husband always talking about social work at home? All the time. It’s our life. Our professions and commitment to the community enriches our marriage. I have a deep passion for working with immigrants and working in the Latino community. Will has a passion for issues involving poverty and homelessness. So, we engage each other with our issues, and we embrace that. How did you meet? We were both undergrad social work students at San Jose University in 1994. We’ve been together ever since. But this is the first time we’ve been physically apart. Will has been in San Antonio for a month and a half now. It’s an interesting dynamic. Tell us about your replacement at Catholic Charities. Landis Rossi will start Monday, Sept. 20. She’s been serving as program manager for service integration at Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare. She also previously worked with Easter Seals/Goodwill. She has wonderful connections in the community, and she’s very passionate about her work.

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What influenced your decision to take the job of Catholic Charities executive director in 2006? I’m a person of faith, and I’m also a social worker by profession. I must admit, as a Catholic, I had no idea what Catholic social teaching was. When I learned more, I thought: This is what I believe in. The teachings focus on values that respect the human dignity of people, and God’s creations, including the environment. And I thought this was a unique opportunity to blend my faith perspective with my work perspective. Can you describe the face of poverty in 2010? The most recent Kids Count survey indicates that there are more children in Idaho in poverty, and that means more families in poverty. Let me tell you about a man I met about a year and a half ago. He was a leader in the financial market, and he was interested in some volunteer opportunities. He told me: “I’ve never seen anyone living in poverty in Idaho.” He and I started a series of conversations about poverty. And a couple of weeks later, he said to me, “Rosio, I must have walked by them all the time and never seen them. I see them now.” I was so impacted by his observation that the homeless had been invisible to him. He was finally recognizing those who may be living on the edge of poverty. How did the controversy over the Loaves and Fishes fundraiser erupt? We had held three successful similar events modeled after the Al Smith dinner in New York. It included some political humor, but by no means was it a political


Idaho is losing two of its staunchest advocates for the needy. Rosio Gonzalez, executive director of Catholic Charities of Idaho, will soon be joining her husband Will Rainford in San Antonio, Texas. Rainford, former chair of Boise State’s social work masters’ program and co-founder of Interfaith Sanctuary, recently took a teaching position in the Lone Star State. Gonzalez will join him in early October.

debate. We had invited Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, his challenger Keith Allred, Congressman Walt Minnick and his challenger Raul Labrador. We simply looked to people who are prominent in the community, yet willing to make fun of themselves in order to raise funds for charity. [Gubernatorial candidate] Jana Kemp sent an e-mail expressing her concerns and wanting to participate. Some people asked us, “Why don’t you just make her happy and invite her?” The response is: This isn’t a political forum, and it’s not an open invitation to come and discuss politics. Our board met on the issue and because we’re in transition and we simply didn’t want to spend stewardship dollars in order to defend ourselves, we postponed the event until Jan. 29. But we will review our procedures and purpose so that if we’re in a similar position in the future, we can defend ourselves and move forward. Our desire is to have our fundraiser in the fall. What do you think you’ll miss the most about your job and your life in Idaho? I will miss the community terribly. And such wonderful people here at Catholic Charities. This is such a wonderful organization. Do you know what you’ll be doing in Texas? I have no idea. I’m open to all possibilities and opportunities.


EXPORTING HOMOPHOBIA American far-right conservative churches establish influence on anti-gay policy in Africa BY JODY MAY-CHANG

eter Yiga is a Ugandan born-again Christian with a degree in computer engineering. He is the father of a young child and is also a known gay activist in a country that is on a witch hunt. In February, Yiga attended a human rights conference in the capital city of Kampala. “I saw a member of parliament who attended, talking very bitter and vowing to kill everyone—including their sons and daughters—if they were proved homosexuals,” he told BW by Internet video conference from Uganda. Yiga described how he and his friends are psychologically tortured and forced to endure daily warnings and promises of being hunted down and killed. “The church and other leaders have done a lot to brainwash people, and all the community now is readily spitting fire against homosexuality. They are planning to kill or panga [machete] us. We have been running from house to house because when a neighborhood learns about your orientation, then you should expect mob justice anytime,” he said. Although homosexuality has been illegal in Uganda since the colonial era, there has been an unprecedented escalation of hatred fueled by Uganda’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. If passed in its present form, the wide-ranging legislation calls for the death penalty for gays and lesbians who engage in sex and are HIV positive, have committed the offense of



homosexuality more than once, have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a sexual encounter or one partner has a disability. For other, less “aggravated” offenses, they face life in prison. The bill also affects heterosexuals. Nongovernmental organizations including human rights, advocacy or aid organizations will be prosecuted if any material or advocacy support is provided to or on behalf of LGBT people. This includes family members, friends, medical professionals and clergy. There will be nowhere to run for Yiga or his friends. While the issues facing Yiga and other homosexuals in Uganda seem a world away, the situation has direct ties to the United States through a combination of social pressures and monetary funding from a select group of powerful conservative Christian groups. In the midst of the controversy, some have gone so far as to say the American groups had a direct hand in drafting the Ugandan legislation and lent the anti-gay movement a mainstream appearance. Big names like Kenneth Starr, former White House investigator and president of Baylor University; Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church; Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy; and Stephen Noll of the American Anglican Council and vice chancellor of Ugandan Christian University, have all played a role on the African stage. Victor Mukasa, a Ugandan in selfimposed exile in South Africa working with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, told BW there were struggles for LGBT people in Uganda before, but it was not until American evangelicals came to Uganda that things took a turn for the worse.

SEMINAR STOKES THE FIRES America’s influence in African politics goes back centuries, but this most recent anti-homosexual movement can be traced, in part, to a three-day seminar in Kampala in March 2009

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HIV/AIDS physician Dr. Thomas Mukasa (far left), Maria Nagadya, Big John (center, in pink), subject in Currant TV’s Missionaries of Hate series, Peter Yiga (center, in blue) and Pastor Mark Kiyimba (right, in red), members of EDDOBOOZI Human Rights Defenders Network during in February 2010 gathering in South Africa.

called “Exposing the Truth behind Homosexuality and the Homosexual Agenda.” It was led by Scott Lively—a conservative known for his Holocaust revisionist book, The Pink Swastika, which claims homosexuals founded the Nazi party and were responsible for many death camp atrocities—and fellow evangelicals Caleb Lee Brundidge and Don Schmierer. According to sources who attended the conference, Lively told his Kampala audience, “I know more about this [homosexuality] than almost anyone in the world ... The gay movement is an evil institution. The goal of the gay movement is to defeat the marriagebased society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.” Lively acknowledged, “I am not a medical doctor. I am not a psychiatrist. I am a pastor and an attorney. I don’t have any special training to treat homosexual dysfunction. But I am an attorney and a scholar; I am very capable, more than capable, of being able to analyze professional documents, scientific data, etc.” Lively went on to outline what he believes are the three causes of homosexuality: “sexual abuse, gender identity confusion or rebellion against authority.” The effects of the seminar were immediate. “The community has become very hostile now,” Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, told BW. “We have to watch our backs very much more than before because the community thinks if the Ugandan government is not passing the law, they will deal with people on their own.” As a prominent transgender activist, Victor Mukasa battled the Ugandan courts for three years, claiming his rights were violated by a warrantless raid on his home in 2005 when he and a Kenyan friend were arrested without cause. Mukasa ultimately prevailed in 2008, but with a cost: He was forced to go into hiding to escape harassment and death threats. “I think when these evangelicals from the United States came in, of course that struggle took a different turn,” Mukasa explained. “They came in very tactically, the message that they had, a very tricky one, I mean. Any Ugandan could fall for it. I could fall for it if it were not about homosexuality. “The seminar defiantly escalated hatred

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toward gays,” said Mukasa. “It incited a lot of violence in various parts of Uganda and people started attacking homosexuals and breaking into their houses and handing them over to the police as homosexuals.” Rev. Kapya Kaoma, a Zambian Anglican priest and project director at Political Research Associates who authored the 2009 report, “Globalizing the Culture Wars, U.S. Conservatives, African Churches, and Homophobia,” attended the Kampala seminar undercover, documenting many of Lively’s statements on video. Kaoma believes Lively helped author portions of the first draft of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Kaoma said that on March 9, 2009, Lively met with the Ugandan Parliament in a fourhour closed session. By Lively’s own account, “50 to 100 persons [were] in attendance, including numerous legislators and the minister of ethics and integrity [with] whom I enjoyed a personal chat.” After Lively left Uganda, Kaoma attended a “strategic meeting” on March 15, 2009, in which participants were informed that the Parliament felt they needed a new law to address the international homosexual agenda. In his report, Kaoma said the Western gay equality movement has caused a “kind of invisible collateral damage” for gays in Africa. In January, Kaoma told BW about the use of homophobia as a tool. “Any victory in America means more suffering for our brothers and sisters in Africa,” Kaoma explained. “That is why I call the report the ‘Globalizing of the Culture Wars.’ They have taken the war global; it is time for us to take the war global.” The first draft of the bill was introduced to Parliament on April 29, 2009, by its sponsor, member of Parliament David Bahati. After seeing the bill for the first time, Kaoma said he thought, “This bill [should] be called the Lively Bill ... in that bill you are going to find the talking points of Lively.” The danger is not just that the bill might pass, it’s that the majority of Ugandans already believe it is law, or it should be. Kaoma, Yiga and other sources in Uganda fear vigilante mob justice will break out at any moment. But neither American evangelicals nor WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Lively claim responsibility for the bill. In December 2009, Lively wrote on his website, “All of my suggestions were ignored, despite which fact I am being blamed for the proposed law ... Let me be absolutely clear. I do not support the proposed anti-homosexuality law as written. It does not emphasize rehabilitation over punishment, and the punishment that it calls for is unacceptably harsh.” On March 11, 2010, Lively told ABC News about his 2009 trip. In his trip report, he wrote about being told “his campaign” was “like a nuclear bomb against the ‘gay’ agenda in Uganda” and that he prayed that was true. When pressed further, Lively responded, “I hope the nuclear bombs spread across the whole world against the gay movement!” Phone messages left for Lively at his Family Law Center and e-mails sent to him at Abiding Truth Ministries were not returned. The powerful American far-right Christian think tank, Institute on Religion and Democracy, is known for its abject opposition to gay rights. But when asked by BW about the Ugandan bill, IRD President Mark Tooley said, “No ... I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to it, but it sounds extreme.” Questioned why homosexuality was so much a part of IRD’s focus, Tooley replied, “Well, it would have been preferable if the orthodox side, 40 and 50 and 60 years ago and more, had fought battles over biblical authority and the identity of Jesus Christ rather than waiting around ’til the debate disintegrated down to sexual addicts. But that did not happen, so we’re stuck with the battles we’re stuck with.” Tooley, who became IRD president in April 2009, has been the chief architect and director of the UMAction program since 1994. Prior to joining IRD, he spent eight years as an East Africa CIA analyst. With Lively at the Kampala seminar was Don Schmierer, board member of the American ex-gay advocacy group Exodus International, which claims through Jesus Christ, homosexuals can become heterosexual. According to New York Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman, Schmierer advocated rehabilitation of homosexuals but said he didn’t know that some Ugandans were contemplating the death penalty for homosexuality. “I felt duped ... That’s horrible, absolutely horrible,” Schmierer said. “Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay people.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

TENSIONS RISE BETWEEN ULTRACONSERVATIVE AND MAINSTREAM CHURCHES But the fight is not just on the ground in Africa. IRD and the American Anglican Council—a network of Christian renewal groups— are at odds with their mainline counterparts, specifically the American Episcopal, United Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. An internal IRD document obtained by Kaoma, “Reforming America’s Churches Project 2001-2004,” calls for building direct connections with orthodox churches in Africa, pushing for the dismantling of the National Council of Churches and “[exposing] prohomosexual bias of mainline church agencies.” IRD’s campaign was so divisive, the April 2007 Desert Southwest Conference of the UMC enacted a resolution calling on United Methodists to consider withdrawing all support from IRD because of its efforts. Although strife between conservative and progressive factions of the Anglican Communion began years earlier over issues like the role of women in the church, abortion and homosexuality, it reached a flash point in June 2003 when Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Shortly after, the American Episcopal Church began offering blessings for gay and lesbian couples. This enraged conservative Anglicans. American Christian Right groups asserted to African leaders that Western homosexual activists, as part of the Western “gay agenda,” would be spreading homosexuality to Africa, posing a threat to their society. As a way to build support, many conservative groups have looked to African religious leaders, encouraging them to cut ties with more progressive, mainstream churches. In order to recruit key African religious leaders, Kaoma reported, “U.S. religious conservatives warn of the dangers of homosexuals and present themselves as the true representatives of U.S. evangelicalism.” Financial funding plays a major role in cementing that support. Kaoma said African religious leaders have “been in the forefront of severing relationships with mainline denominations or threatening to do so if denominations refuse to drop their social witness.” An unnamed Kenyan professor told Kaoma, “American conservatives have been

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in my office several times requesting that we cut ties with [the Episcopal Church] and other progressive funders in exchange for their funds.” Confirmed by the Uganda Church’s providential secretary Rev. Aaron Mwesigye, a retired bishop told Kaoma, “Americans send money to the archbishops office, who later distributes [it] to dioceses ... contributing towards remuneration and salaries of the provincial staff since 1998 ... American conservatives provide money to Africans not as donors, but as development partners in mission.”

U.S. MONEY BRINGS POWER AND INFLUENCE Jeff Sharlet, author of the book The Family; The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, told BW that in the past several decades—especially during the Cold War—“Uganda has been essentially an American proxy. We’ve given them billions of dollars of aid ... it is fair to say probably [President] Museveni wouldn’t be in power without The Family.” Sharlet describes The Family as a secret religious society, “a 70-year-old movement of elite fundamentalism bent not on salvation for all but on the cultivation of the powerful, ‘key men’ chosen by God to direct the affairs of the nation.” The Family claims not to have a membership, but Sharlet asserts otherwise. In his book, he reveals a network of powerful business and political elites that include key members of Congress, most notably, anti-gay Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, who has deep connections in Uganda. Sharlet broke news Jan. 7 on The Rachel Maddow Show revealing just how deep Inhofe is in The Family and Uganda. Sharlet has also written extensively on the issue in his soon-to-be-released book, C Street, an excerpt of which recently ran in Harper’s Magazine. “I obtained a budget for The Family’s work in Africa identifying Inhofe as the designated point man selected to work with 11 African leaders, most of them presidents— including the President of Uganda, Museveni, President of Rwanda, Kagame—and to work with them to help set their nations on sort of a Jesus footing on every level from economy to morals to everything. There’s a budget. There’s money. There’s support staff. It’s a

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very formal effort that he’s undertaking.” Core members of The Family in Uganda include author of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill David Bahati and Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Buturo. In February 2007, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., put out the report, “Following the Money.” Author Jim Naughton laid out the complicated flow of millions from American conservative donors and foundations to African church coffers, facilitated by IRD and its affiliates. “Millions of dollars contributed by a handful of donors have allowed a small network of theologically conservative individuals and organizations to mount a global campaign that has destabilized the Episcopal Church and may break up the Anglican Communion,” Naughton wrote. His examination of tax records and donor statements revealed that funds originated from savings-and-loan heir Howard F. Ahmanson Jr., the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation—which, according to Andrew J. Weaver of Talk 2 Action, has long-time ties to the radical-right John Birch Society—the Adolf Coors Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Trust, the Scaife Family Foundations and John M. Olin, all of which, Naughton said, “[have] frequently accounted for more than half of the operating budgets of the American Anglican Council and the Institute on Religion and Democracy; both groups are major Christian Right players in Africa.” After Robinson’s election as an openly gay bishop, the African independent news agency, Afrol, reported Ugandan Archbishop Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo asking “Ugandans to reject gays and lesbians,” stating homosexuality and lesbianism was slowly taking root. The Church of Uganda joined President Yoweri Museveni in asserting that homosexuality was a “foreign” or “non-African practice.” The Anglican Church of Uganda and the Episcopal Churches of Nigeria and Rwanda severed ties with the American Episcopal Church. When Robinson was officially consecrated in November 2003, the Church of Tanzania also severed ties, and the Kenyan church refused to recognize Robinson.

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beyond money to core cultural differences, including how Americans and Africans interpret the terms “family values” and “evangelical,” words regularly brandished by the U.S. Christian right in Africa. In America, “family values” is often synonymous with anything conforming to the 1950s version of the ideal family. In Africa, Kaoma said, “‘family’ expresses the idea that to be human is to be embedded in community, a concept called ‘ubuntu.’” In a 2009 interview with U.S. Catholic, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “‘Ubuntu’ is the African view that a person is a person through other persons. My humanity is caught up in your humanity, and when your humanity is enhanced, whether I like it or not, mine is enhanced as well. Likewise, when you are dehumanized, inexorably, I am dehumanized as well.” Tutu added that African society has a “deep yearning” for “communal peace and harmony” and what is best for the “greatest good.” For Bahati and his supporters, the bill has become the remedy to eradicate homosexuality, which is portrayed as harmful and destructive to African society While in the United States “evangelical” is understood as being both religiously and politically conservative, Africans have traditionally been theologically conservative but have largely remained socially progressive on social welfare and economic justice issues. Kaoma pointed out Africans don’t make the distinction between progressive and conservative churches, and therefore American Christians who identify as “evangelical” are automatically granted religious credibility. The impact of Christian missionaries and British colonial rule has had a profound effect on the African psyche over time. Kenyan journalist Edwin Okong’o summed this up in his op-ed, “Why Ugandans Embrace U.S. Christian Right’s Anti-Gay Agenda.” “There is a joke among Africans about how colonialism began,” Okong’o wrote. “A Christian missionary came with a Bible in hand, told our ancestors to bow their heads in prayer, and when they opened their eyes their land was gone. Today, the same can be said about African constitutions.” This demonstrates the legacy of African resistance to the “foreign influence” of Western culture and how well-documented, peer-reviewed Western science on sexual orientation and gender identity can be flatly disregarded. Okong’o offers a provocative explanation for why Africans accept anti-gay rhetoric. “Africans take such filth without questions because they suffer from a severe case of inferiority complex. Even worse, they staunchly believe in the supremacy of the white man ... Adding ill-informed Christians places the white man below the holy trinity, a belief with roots in the colonial era.” According to Kaoma, IRD and other renewal movements attacked mainline churches for their fight against apartheid in South Africa and the subsequent building of schools and hospitals. “Despite such attacks, U.S. mainline churches enjoyed warm relations until recently when conservatives used these churches’ social witness on LGBT issues to encourage African churches to reject their aid,” Kaoma wrote to BW. “It is one of the renewal movement’s key tactics to use a variWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

ety of wedge issues, such as accusations that mainline churches support homosexuality or terrorism, to separate African churches from their international partnerships and to realign them with conservative replacements. “IRD and other U.S. conservatives present mainline denominations’ commitments to human rights as imperialistic attempts to manipulate Africans into accepting homosexuality, which they characterize as a purely Western phenomenon,” Kaoma wrote. “This campaign is part of a long-term deliberate and successful strategy to weaken and split U.S. mainline denominations, block their powerful progressive social witness promoting social and economic justice, and promote political and social conservatism in the United States. Using African leaders as a wedge in U.S. conflicts is only its latest and perhaps most effective tactic,” Kaoma continued. IRD and other conservative groups don’t apologize for their stance against homosexuality. Heralding earlier successes in combating Marxism and radical feminist theology, former IRD President Jim Tonkowich admits his organization is “deeply engaged on issues of homosexuality” and “beginning a project to research how the action of the Episcopal Church promoting homosexuality is negatively impacting Christians in Africa.” Since IRD and others present themselves as experts on homosexuality and the “gay agenda,” they are regularly sought out. In renewal scholar Miranda K. Hassett’s book Anglican Communion in Crisis: How Episcopal Dissidents and Their African Allies Are Reshaping Anglicanism, Hassett describes a 1999 Kampala “secret meeting to consider the fate of the Episcopal Church,” where AAC associate, Rev. Geoff Chapman, requested from high-ranking African bishops “a new jurisdiction on American soil, under temporary oversight of an overseas province” in Africa. After Robinson’s consecration, angry conservative churches looked to move out from under U.S. regional church jurisdictions. Many sought to be placed under African churches instead. Rev. Eric Dudley of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee, Fla., was featured in a July 2008 PBS episode of Religion and Ethics News Weekly. Dudley was rector at the St. John’s Episcopal Church for 10 years, but became increasingly upset about the liberal theological direction the national denomination was heading in, particularly on gay issues. In 2005, Dudley left the Episcopal Church and started a new congregation, St. Peter’s, placing it under the authority of the Anglican Church of Uganda, where St. Peter’s American bishop, John Guernsey, was consecrated. Today several U.S. conservative churches operate under the Churches of Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria.

POLITICAL CONNECTIONS IN AFRICA RUN DEEP Connections between American conservative Christian groups and African leaders expand beyond the confines of the church. Following the trail in the labyrinth of associations, well-known names occasionally turn up, like Rick Warren, pastor of the Southern California Saddleback mega church and author of the book Purpose Driven Life. Warren has been a high-profile supporter of California’s Yes on Prop 8, and according

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to Kaoma, Warren established “particularly influential” partnerships with Anglican churches in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. In mid-2005, Warren met with Rwandan cabinet ministers, governors, clergy and entrepreneurs. “One dinner was attended by one-third of the Parliament,” Kaoma said. During Warren’s many East African trips promoting his “purpose-driven nations,” a 2005 project started with Rwanda, Warren established relationships with many powerful anti-gay African religious leaders like archbishops Henry Orombi of the Church of Uganda, Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda, Peter Akinola of Nigeria and Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya. Warren’s closest ally in Uganda was Rev. Martin Ssempa, one of the most outspoken anti-gay extremists in the country. Ssempa is best known for staging condom burnings for Jesus, publishing gayhunting guides in Uganda newspapers that listed activists’ names, addresses and photos, showing gay pornography in churches and staging mass protests in several areas of the country where marchers chant “Arrest all Homos” and “Kill the Gays.” Warren and Ssempa’s relationship is well documented by’s Max Blumenthal in his Jan. 7, 2009, piece, “Rick Warren’s African Problem.” Blumenthal refers to Ssempa as “Warren’s man in Uganda” and characterizes the relationship as having “almost grown familial.” Blumenthal also said Ssempa “enjoyed close ties with Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni” and was “a favorite in the Bush White House.” But after two months of silence on the Anti-Homosexuality bill, Warren issued a statement on Dec. 10, 2009, repudiating the bill and enraging Ssempa. Ssempa publicly responded to Warren, “Your letter has caused great distress and the pastors are demanding that you issue a formal apology for insulting the people of Africa by your very inappropriate bully use of your church and purpose-driven pulpits to coerce us into the evil of Sodomy and Gaymorrah.” But Kaoma asked, “Ugandans are demanding an apology from Warren, the question is why are they demanding an apology? “Warren misrepresented what he said in Uganda, and [it] is very different from what he is saying now.” Kenneth W. Starr, former dean of law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., is famous for championing conservative causes, like during his role as special prosecutor in the

Clinton/Lewinsky investigations. In March 2009, representing Protect Marriage, a Christian conservative nonprofit, Starr argued the validity of Proposition 8 before the California Supreme Court. BW left several messages for Starr at his office at Pepperdine, but neither calls nor emails were returned. Starr is a long-time board member of Advocates International Inc., a group of conservative nonprofit Christian lawyers whose vision is to create “a worldwide fellowship of advocates bearing witness of Jesus Christ through the legal profession.” AI links Christian lawyers across the globe, placing special emphasis on Africa. Starr’s associations as Pepperdine’s dean of law includes one with the Ugandan Christian University, which is owned by the Church of Uganda. Although Archbishop Orombi is the —PETER YIGA “chancellor,” the man who ran the show was Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Stephen Noll, who after 10 years retired in August and returned home to Pittsburgh. UCU is proud of its relationship with Starr. “Renowned American lawyer, Kenneth Starr, has praised the context in which Uganda Christian University provides education, saying it offers complete guidance for human behavior,” states a UCU story. Pepperdine’s fall 2009 issue of Law Magazine reported that during Starr’s last trip to Uganda, “Together with members of the Ugandan judiciary, Dean Starr signed a memorandum of understanding, a document that made official Pepperdine’s clerkship program with the Ugandan judiciary. Starr committed Pepperdine would work collaboratively with the Ugandan judiciary to develop academic and legal reform measures.” Many are troubled by the mix of Starr’s ideology and his power and influence within the Uganda judiciary, AI’s Ugandan Christian Lawyers Fellowship and the students and educators at UCU he rubs elbows with. Starr left Pepperdine in June to become president of Baylor University, the largest Baptist educational institution in the world. Now retired, Noll was with Uganda Christian University from 2000 until 2010. He is still active in AAC with close ties to major players of the U.S. renewal movement. When Noll spoke to BW, he didn’t directly answer questions about his position on the bill. “[The bill] has been one of those matters where I don’t think, on the whole, the Ugandan leadership is particularly open to advice from people overseas ... I have not been directly involved in much of that affair.”


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Noll went on to talk about several aspects of the legislation. “[Ugandans] look out at the rest of the world and the Western world, and they see all of this promotion of the homosexual agenda and legislation that makes homosexuality a virtual right, they are afraid that will come to Uganda.” Kaoma said about one-quarter of the UCU’s funding comes from the American nonprofit Uganda Partners. Noll disputes that, saying 95 percent of his $10 million operating budget comes from student fees. Tax records show Uganda Partners gave UCU about $6.2 million between 2002 and 2008; of that amount, $2 million came from the U.S. Agency for International Development between 2005 and 2008. On Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C., before the nonpartisan Lantos Human Rights Commission, Kaoma testified at a hearing on the Ugandan bill that, “We need to review U.S. aid policies to avoid supporting African institutions like Uganda Christian University that diminish human rights.” Kaoma told BW: “The basis of that statement is that the University discriminates against unmarried persons, only employs persons who are married under ‘Christian marriage,’ discriminates against sexual minorities and hinders religious freedom by forcing students and the staff to accept, believe and sign conservative creeds.” Students, faculty and staff are required to uphold UCU’s “Rules of Life, faith and prayer,” which include “We shall shun all sexual immorality, polygamy, adultery, fornication and homosexual practice ... Jesus Christ is Lord and has received all author-


ity in heaven and Earth ... Old and New Testaments, is God’s Word written ... We expect all full-time staff members to affirm this rule without reservation. We encourage other staff and students to agree with this rule and expect them to refrain from denying it.” “How do you expect a Muslim to refrain from denying the rule of life, prayer and faith? If homosexuality is a sin, how can you accept students who identify as homosexuals?” Kaoma asked.

FEAR PERMEATES DAILY LIFE FOR GAYS IN UGANDA But the broader, society-wide impacts for gay Ugandans are more daunting. “What is being overlooked here is the idea of genocide,” Sharlet told BW. “It’s simmering below the surface. Genocide in Uganda is very much a reality for them, they think about it, they worry about it ... It’s within their memory.” If genocide were to take place in Uganda, Sharlet believes it will be anti-gay but not necessarily targeted strictly at homosexuals. He suggests it will be used for achieving other political ends. Sharlet tells a story, confirmed by news reports, about how churches in Uganda are fighting each other, competing for American funding. Allegations of homosexual rape have been levied against prominent pastors in order to discredit and eliminate the competition. Last year several pastors, including Ssempa, accused Pastor Robert Kayanja—Uganda’s equivalent to Rev. Billy Graham—of sodomizing several young boys. Kayanja was ultimately cleared when his

accusers retracted their statements, but not until after a media frenzy. Police shifted the investigation toward the accusers for making false statements to police amidst allegations Ssempa and the others had paid the boys to accuse Kayanja. The status of the investigation is not clear. When pastors from America come to Uganda, Sharlet said there is “big money to be made.” Competition is fierce to attract American pastors to come to their church or revivals. Often providing huge offerings, Ugandan pastors gain access to the money-making American Christian speaking circuit. In the case of Kayanja, he was targeted “because he’s got all the money,” said Sharlet. “So what’s the best way to stop him? You say that he’s gay. So they hire a bunch of guys to say Kayanja raped me ... What you need is a category, you need them to be Jews, you need them to be Tutsis.” Right now in Uganda, it’s homosexuals. Sharlet laid out a potential scenario in which homosexuality may be used as a political tool for genocide. Like Saddam Hussein did in Iraq, Museveni has kept the peace between various ethnic groups that do not like each other. If Museveni were to die, ethnic conflict is likely to break out. For example, Sharlet suggests that if a particular tribe is said to be tolerant of homosexuals, the tribe could be wiped out in the name of protecting society. Pressure by the Obama administration has been helpful in trying to stop the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Along with several countries threatening to withhold aid, reported in January that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had

a 45-minute conversation with Museveni about the bill. In February, a bipartisan resolution was introduced into the U.S. Senate condemning the bill and calling for the Uganda Parliament to reject it. In March, two diplomats from the U.S. Bureau of African Affairs met with gay-rights leaders in Uganda at the American embassy in Kampala. As of May, a Uganda government cabinet committee recommended withdrawing the bill. Still, the fear is very real. “I cannot stand by and watch as my community is being exterminated,” declared Unitarian minister Pastor Mark Kiyimba. “[Nelson] Mandela identified South Africa as a vulnerable nation because there are so many different people, and now all of them live side by side. That is what I would like to see in Uganda.” Whether the bill passes, is watered down, or is stopped, many believe the damage has been done. Long after the Americans that stoked this fire are gone, Peter Yiga and his friends will still endure the day-to-day fear that at any moment, their government or an angry mob will come for them. Yiga said he has been getting more threats. “I got lots of threatening sms [text messages] and calls threatening to kill us one by one if Museveni isn’t ready to wipe us out of Uganda,” he said. “Most of them are saying [that] if Museveni has coiled back by allowing us to be free. When someone tells you how you were dressed and what you did and what taxi you took to town, you realize how close they are. Sincerely, I don’t know what can befall us any time.”

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Lovely ladies let loose at Art in the Park.

KC and the Sunshine Band wear their sunglasses at night.


al fresco art 56TH ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK

disco KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND With the whole ’80s dance party explosion in the mid-aughts and the ’90s neon nu-rave flashback a few years later, one might think we’ve all but exhausted kitschy appropriations of trends from previous decades. Think again. The time is ripe, friends, for a disco comeback. Recently, a number of fashion-types have been proclaiming the death of the skinny jean and the triumphant resurrection of the bell-bottom. Add to that mass “hustle” hysteria sweeping the streets and dance clubs of urban metropolises*, and you’ve got a definite nudisco detonation. What better way, then, to usher in the revival of the sweaty, polyester-clad early ’70s disco era than by catching disco icons KC and the Sunshine Band at Taco Bell Arena? KC and the Sunshine band were responsible for some of the most memorable disco hits— “Get Down Tonight,” “Shake, Shake, Shake (Your Booty),” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Keep It Comin’ Love” and “That’s the Way (I Like It)”—from a time many who lived through it probably don’t remember. For only $15, including fees, you can boogie oogie oogie on down to the Taco Bell Arena at 7:30 p.m. to catch these pioneers before the impending nu-disco explosion. *This statement is totally false. 7:30 p.m., $15, Taco Bell Arena, Boise State, 208-426-1766,

SATURDAY SEPT. 11 canning INTRO TO CANNING AND FOOD PRESERVING Botulism starts with a dry mouth and trouble swallowing. Then it progresses to blurred or double vision and drooping eyelids. Next it’s an onslaught of slurred speech and muscle fatigue. Untreated, botulism culminates in


muscle paralysis and—in the most severe cases—respiratory failure. Recovering from botulism paralysis requires the growth of new nerve endings and can sometimes take months. Though it’s a rare illness—there are usually around 145 cases a year reported in the United States according to—approximately 15 percent of them come from improperly home-canned items with low acidity—asparagus, green beans, corn or beets. If botulism sounds sucky

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to you but you still want to find a safe way to preserve your garden’s bounty this fall, the North End Organic Nursery has the solution. On Saturday, Sept. 11, and again on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., it’s offering a special canning, pickling and dehydrating class. The class will cover which foods are safe to can in a water bath and which ones need pressure canners. For $10, you’ll receive basic supplies and the peace of mind that you and botulism won’t be kicking it

Need a place to take your out-of-town aunt—the sassy one with the auburn dye job and bedazzled bifocals who used to slip you wine coolers when you were underage at family barbecues? Or somewhere to check out the latest ergonomically designed Swedish baby strollers without having to deal with pushy salespeople at high-end mommy-to-be boutiques? Then head on down to the 56th annual Art in the Park, which runs from Friday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 12. Art in the Park brings together around 260 painters, jewelry makers, metalworkers, photographers, clothing creators, pottery sculptors and gourd artists from across the Northwest in Julia Davis Park at the end of summer every year. The event has become an annual madhouse tradition, drawing in thousands from across the Treasure Valley and Sun Valley. Be sure to stop by Jazz in the Garden on Saturday, Sept. 11, which includes the ArtsWest Jazz Quartet from 6-7 p.m. and the Boise Philharmonic Quintet from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Boise Art Museum Sculpture Garden. For more information on goings on at Art in the Park, including info on the crafty children’s art tent, flip to the guide inserted in this week’s Boise Weekly. Your eclectic auntie will be so thrilled with her new teal teardrop earrings and watercolor Foothills painting that she scored at Art in the Park that she might just buy you a legal wine cooler. Friday, Sept. 10-Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m-8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Julia Davis Park, 208-345-8330,

paralysis-style anytime soon. Saturday, Sept. 11; Saturday, Sept. 25; 11 a.m.1 p.m.; North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, 208-389-4769,

SATURDAY SEPT. 11 Latino culture CORRIDO MUSIC CONCERT In Pioneer Cemetery there is a simple, thigh-high

headstone with a one-word epitaph: Papa. The headstone marks the grave of one of Idaho’s most prominent citizens, a self-made man who revolutionized the mining industry, contributed heavily to the development of Boise and its economy and who was instrumental in the Basque community’s choice to settle in Boise. He was the J.R. Simplot of his day. But you may never have heard of Jesus Urquides, the best mule packer Idaho has ever known. “The history of the Latinos was left out of the

history books,” says Ana Maria Schachtell, a local Latino leader. After helping to translate a book about Jesus Urquides, Schachtell decided to do something about it. Together with Errol Jones, a history professor emeritus at Boise State, and the Mexican Consulate, she began to put together a program of Mexican songs called corridos—folk songs that were traditionally used to spread news or recount oral history—telling stories of Mexican history in Idaho. The project started with WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Shooting the breeze at the future location of Green Shoots.

GREEN SHOOTS Make a mad rush to Sun Valley to catch author Salman Rushdie. David Bazan, heart-breaker, lion-tamer.



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DAVID BAZAN David Bazan, former lead singer of Christian emo act Pedro the Lion, is known for his knife-sharp lyrics and molasses-slow, baritone delivery. Songs off of Pedro the Lion’s 1998 debut album, It’s Hard to Find a Friend, include lines like, “Laziness cuts me like fine cutlery” and “The breakfast cereal talked / more than we did all day long.” Bazan went on to record three more albums and five EPs under the moniker Pedro the Lion—touring with the likes of Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and Casey Wescott from Fleet Foxes—before embarking on his own solo career. Curse Your Branches, Bazan’s first solo LP released under his own name in 2009, isn’t too much of a drastic departure from Pedro the Lion—Bazan is still a storyteller at heart, with a low, slow enunciation that forces listeners to linger on every syllable. The album’s title track includes the chorus, “All fallen leaves should curse their branches / for not letting them decide where they should fall / and not letting them refuse to fall at all.” Bazan will stop into Neurolux on Friday, Sept. 10, with Seattle’s Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

Jones assembling 25 worthwhile stories. Schachtell then reached out to musicians she knew to translate the stories into song. She also approached Idaho Commission on Arts. Everyone approached thought it was such a good idea, that they suggested other participants, until 18 musicians joined the project. After months of work, the result is a collection


of dreamy Spanish guitar ballads following the official format: an introduction, a request for permission to tell the stor y—“Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song”—then a chronological recount of events, finally thanking the audience and saying farewell, often with a metaphor. Those songs will be per formed in a concert at Boise State on Saturday, Sept. 11, to celebrate 150

British-Indian author Sir Salman Rushdie is known for his magical-realist style. In the first few pages of his breakthrough Booker Prize-winning 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children, Rushdie paints a picture of the protagonist’s grandfather: “One Kashmiri morning in the early spring of 1915, my grandfather Aadam Aziz hit his nose against a frost-hardened tussock of earth while attempting to pray. Three drops of blood plopped out of his left nostril, hardened instantly in the brittle air and lay before his eyes on the prayer-mat, transformed into rubies.” This perplexing event causes Aadam to vow to never again “kiss earth for any god or man,” which opens a hole inside of him, leaving him “vulnerable to women and histor y.” This blend of rich language and vivid description with a touch of magic is reminiscent of Spanish author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s style, though Rushdie tackles uniquely different themes in his work. A movie adaptation of Midnight’s Children is going into production in September 2010 with Rushdie collaborating on the screenplay and Deepa Mehta directing. You can hear Rushdie speak on Midnight’s Children as well as his other highly contentious 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses—which caused Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to declare a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s execution—on Friday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Sun Valley Pavilion. This lecture was originally slated to occur in February as a part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ recent exhibition “Outside In: Indian Art Abroad,” but was rescheduled. 6 p.m., $30 members, $40 non-members, Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley, 208-726-9491,

years of Latino histor y in Idaho. “It’s going to be a very ... Bohemian-type concert, where the musicians sit in a circle to sing the corridos,”

Green Shoots, a new artist co-op and gallery opening in the Collister Shopping Center, will act like nutrient-rich soil for budding artists. The 12,000-square-foot space will double as a storefront and workspace with monthly memberships. GREEN SHOOTS “We want to represent all 4616 W. State St. 208-344-1153 forms of media through there, from students clear out to pro(coming soon) fessionals,” said Nancy Zurcher, Green Shoots operator. According to Zurcher, who owns Once Upon a Time, interest is already germinating in the artistic community, though the co-op won’t open until Monday, Nov. 1. “There’s quite a few people ... from weavers to soap makers to watercolorers, painters, potters, so we’re really getting a wide variety of people,” said Zurcher. Artists pay a $60 monthly fee to display work at Green Shoots and are required to carry $2,000 in merchandise. “We’ll have lots of couches and tables,” said Zurcher. “We want to encourage people to hang out and be inspired.” Another perk to joining the Green Shoots Co-op: Salt Tears, a new cafe/bar venture from former-MilkyWay owner Andrea Maricich, is also slated to open in the space. —Tara Morgan

says Schachtell. 7 p.m., FREE, Boise State Special Events Center, 1910 University Dr., 208-3368863, anasch@cableone. net.

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WEDNESDAY SEPT. 8 Literature DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Twice a month, authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien offers 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 Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, www. FREEDOM NOW AUTHOR MARK BUTLER—Four-week lecture and discussion series covering topics of healthier living and achieving your potential. 7 p.m. FREE. Eagle Literary Foundation, 222 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-7444, THE WRITE TO TELL THE TALE—Nonfiction writers meet to receive and share critiques and ideas in a supportive and helpful atmosphere. 7-9 p.m. FREE, html. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise.

Talks & Lectures BORAH: LION OF IDAHO—Idaho Humanities Council speaker Marc Johnson will discuss William Edgar Borah, the longest serving United States senator in Idaho history. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers may donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for the needy. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, BOISE COFFEE PARTY—Prefer your political parties without the tea? The Boise Coffee Party may be just the thing. Discussion of issues and actions surrounding education and the election in November. See, or contact duane@ for more info. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. The Fixx, 224 10th St., Boise, 208331-4011.

Odds & Ends BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811. SPLASH BASH—Poolside party with live music, food and drink specials and weekly drawings for prizes. 6-10 p.m. FREE. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, www.

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Looks like everyone is in black in ISF’s The Woman in Black.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s latest production leaves as lingering a presence as its title character. The Woman in Black is at once simple and intriguing, and it’s the perfect sort of tale to accompany a cool fall night. Pulling off an effective ghost story with a two-man cast in an outdoor theater is a challenging task, but like a frightful tale told around a campfire, ISF manages to draw the audience in and hold them captivated. It’s probably the reason the play has been a mega-hit in London for the better part of two decades although, surprisingly, it’s little known on this side of the pond. The story is a play within a play, as a man tormented by the supernatural events of his past attempts to purge himself of their dark memory by putting The Woman in Black runs them to paper and then sharing through Sunday, Sept. 26. the tale with his friends and Visit family with the coaching of a for more information. professional actor. Mr. Kipps (Dudley Swetland) is reluctant from the start, but his is drawn out by the actor (Chad Hoeppner), who eventually plays the role of a young Kipps, while Kipps himself takes on the roles of associated characters in his story. As a young lawyer, Kipps is called to a remote house to settle the estate of an eccentric widow. While there, he discovers a dark secret and is pulled into it with torturous results. As the plot is established under the bright blue sky and with a reluctant narrator, it’s hard to imagine the story becoming a gripping thriller. But the production is timed perfectly so that as the tension builds and the tale begins to flow, the skies darken to complete the atmosphere. Both actors turn in strong performances, holding the audience in rapt attention, although the use of microphones coupled with the use of the aisles for entrances and exits makes it a bit disorienting to find the actors on occasion. Still, the production effectively weaves the web of the story, relying on the basic, but time-honored tools of the theater to do so. The set is an ode to the magic of the theater, designed to emulate an old playhouse, where the energy of past productions oozes from the walls and magic lurks within the cacophony of well-worn props. A minimal crew takes full advantage of lighting and sound to create atmosphere—not to mention a heavy dose of fishing line to set objects (and even the occasional tree) into motion seemingly on their own. There is a decidedly Dickensian feel to the production, which completes the dressing for a good ghost story. The simple, yet effective approach to the entire production is a perfect example of how theater can lead an audience so completely into an imaginary world. Besides, it’s hard to deny the appeal of a good, old-fashioned ghost story. —Deanna Darr WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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THURSDAY SEPT. 9 Festivals & Events RED FISH AND BLUE MUSIC SALMON BARBECUE—Event to raise funds for biology and salmon education for fifth graders, featuring food, kid’s activities and live music from Joshua Tree. 5:30 p.m. $3-$10. Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.

On Stage NOISES OFF!—Farce following the backstage antics of a touring theatre troupe. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000,

Workshops & Classes GOURMET GARDEN CUISINE WITH CHEF MARK—Menu includes asparagus spirals, garden gazpacho and plum crisp with basil ice cream. 6:30 p.m. $50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649. PRACTICE AQUI—Practice your Spanish. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940,

POETRY READING—Poetry host Scott Berge invites poets to share their own work or favorite poems during a fun night of poetry readings. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and start waxing poetic at 7 p.m. For more information, email 6:30 p.m. FREE. Alia’s Coffeehouse, 908 W. Main St., Boise, 208338-1299.

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,

Odds & Ends THE MERIDIAN SINGERS—A group for enthusiastic women who like to sing a cappella in the barbershop style. 7:30-9 p.m. The Music Den, 245 E. Blue Heron Lane, Meridian, 208-7246311. POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811.



FRIDAY SEPT. 10 Festivals & Events ART IN THE PARK— More than 260 artists will have their work on display along with live music at the bandshell. See Picks, Page 20. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. OWYHEE SUMMER NIGHTS— Two-day event featuring live music, food, a car show, vendors, product demonstrations and outdoor movies. $10. Melba.

On Stage NOISES OFF!—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3422000, www.stagecoachtheatre. com. THE RED LIGHT VARIETY SHOW—Featuring Zoe Boekbinder of Vermillion Lies. 8 p.m. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-4248297, www.visualartscollective. com.

Concerts MY FAVORITE CHOPIN—Concert piano from Del Parkinson. Presentation will incorporate images to dramatize the composer’s life. 7:30 p.m. $3-$5. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-4261609.

Food & Drink TROPICAL LUAU—Tropical island feast with authentic South Pacific dances in a butterfly habitat full of tropical plants. Reservations required. 6-8:30 p.m. $30-$40. Stonebridge Gardens, 9600 W. Brookside Lane, Boise, 208-938-2003,

Literature SALMAN RUSHDIE LECTURE—The celebrated and controversial author of The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Midnight’s Children and more will speak. See Picks, Page 21. 6 p.m. $30-$40. Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley,

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Odds & Ends BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—Club meets twice a month. See website for more info. FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895. BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then commence salsa-ing it up to music by DJ Tomas or DJ Saya until 2 a.m. 9 p.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

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8 DAYS OUT FREDDY’S FRIDAYS —Free admission to the Discovery Center every Friday. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895, TREASURE VALLEY TRAIN EXPO—Exposition and contest of model railroads in various scales. Noon-8 p.m. $5. O’Connor Field House/Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-455-3004.

SATURDAY SEPT. 11 Festivals & Events ART IN THE PARK—See Friday. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. HOLLYWOOD AND WINE—Fundraiser event for the Nampa Depot restoration effort. Entertainment includes live jazz, hors d’oeuvres and live and silent auctions. 7 p.m. $30-$50. Nampa Train Depot Museum, 1200 Front St., Nampa, 208-467-7611, www. IDAHO PEACE FESTIVAL— Booths from local nonprofit organizations and live music from David Rovics, the local Matthew James Trio featuring Matt and Grace Gambrell and Carl Bookholdt and Leta’s Singers. 1-5 p.m. FREE. Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise. OWYHEE SUMMER NIGHTS— See Friday. $10. Melba.

On Stage THE FIREFLY GIRLZ—Neoburlesque dance revue. 9 p.m. $5. Dino’s, 4802 Emerald St., Boise.

Workshops & Classes INTRO TO CANNING AND FOOD PRESERVING—Learn the basics of canning, pickling and dehydrating, including what foods you can safely can with a water-bath and when you need pressure canners. Fee covers basic supplies for the class. Register by emailing info@northendnurser y. com. See Picks, Page 21. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. North End Organic Nurser y, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769, northendnurser


CHAMPAGNE GALA—Dinner from Le Cafe de Paris with performances reprised from KED’s greatest hits, as well as songs from the upcoming season. 6:15 p.m. $50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, CLASSIC CAR SHOW—Classic cars, burgers and shakes and live 60s rock’n roll from The Mystics Band. 5 p.m. FREE. Patty’s Burger Time, 1273 S. Orchard, Boise, 208-424-5073. HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT— One of only two places in which “close” counts. 11 a.m. FREE. The Plank, 650 S. Vista, Boise, 208-336-1790.

A CELEBRATION OF IDAHO’S FINEST—Formal gala fundraiser event for The Idaho Peace Offers Memorial Fund, a foundation that offers financial support to the families of police officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. 6 p.m. $55. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3338000.

TREASURE VALLEY TRAIN EXPO—See Friday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. O’Connor Field House/ Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-4553004.

ICL: AN EVENING ON THE RIVER—Idaho Conservation League’s annual fundraiser to help protect Idaho’s clean water, clean air, wilderness and quality of life. Event features locally produced food, fine wine and beer, live entertainment, live and silent auctions and conservation displays. 5 p.m. $75. Barber Park Education and Event Center, 4049 S. Eckert Road, Boise, 208-577-4577, www.adaweb. net.

FREE DOG DAZE OF SUMMER BLACK DOG WALK—Event to call attention to black dog syndrome, the phenomenon that black dogs are adopted less and subject to higher rates of euthanasia. All dogs are welcome and non-black dogs are asked to wear something black in solidarity. Rescue and shelter groups will be on hand with black dogs available for adoption. 1 p.m. FREE. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 208-345-2929,

Odds & Ends 2010 END OF SUMMER SHOWDOWN—Custom car and truck show with games, raffles, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 3 p.m. FREE. Creekside Lounge, 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208922-4421.

Animals & Pets

TOUR DE COOP—Maps of local chicken coops will be handed out at the Capitol City Market info booth. Use a map to visit the coops and get ideas for your own coop or sustainable living in general. See Food News on Page 31 for more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5. Downtown at Eighth and Idaho streets, Boise.

NOISES OFF!—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3422000, www.stagecoachtheatre. com.

Concerts CORRIDO MUSIC CONCERT—See Picks, Page 21. 7 p.m. FREE. Tickets available at Mexican Consulate. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, CRITICAL MASS CHOIR—Semiprofessional chamber choir organized by Boise State Department of Music performing songs in tribute to 9/11. 7 p.m. Donation. Borah High School, 6001 Cassia, Boise, 208-322-3855, www.

Food & Drink GARDEN TRATTORIA BUGS HARVEST DINNER—Wine, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music in a leisurely garden environment. E-mail to reserve a ticket. 6 p.m. $50. BUGS Garden, 4821 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-424-6665, www.

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


8 DAYS OUT TREASURE VALLEY TRAIN EXPO—Exposition and contest of model railroads in various scales. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. O’Connor Field House/Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-455-3004.

SUNDAY SEPT. 12 Festivals & Events ART IN THE PARK—Over 260 artists will have their work on display along with live music at the bandshell. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

Animals & Pets ICCKC FALL MATCH—Mini-dog show that serves as a warmup event for the AKC championship series in October. Events include conformation, obedience, rally and canine good citizenship. Information on breeds and breeders will also be available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard., Boise.

On Stage NOISES OFF!—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-2000, www. THE WOMAN IN BLACK—A young man searches for the identity and story of a woman he saw at a funeral but whom no one is willing to talk about. 7 p.m. $12-$39. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box office 208-336-9221, www.

MONDAY SEPT. 13 On Stage INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Local improv comedy. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, www.


A TAILGATING EXTRAVAGANZA—Comic Chef Pat Mac from Ultimate Camp Cooking will be sharing some of his favorite meals in this class. 6:30 p.m. $50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-3680649.

Talks & Lectures NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD: THE MEN WHO BUILT THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD—Part of the library’s ongoing discussion series on books about the railroads. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, www.

Odds & Ends BALLISTIC BEER PONG—Compete for $300 in prizes. 10 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, www. POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811. TEXAS HOLDEM POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. Dino’s, 4802 Emerald, Boise.

Odds & Ends

CRITICAL MASS CHOIR—See Saturday. 7 p.m. $10. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-344-3011. MY FAVORITE CHOPIN—Concert piano from Del Parkinson. 4 p.m. $3-$5. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.

Odds & Ends

POOL TOURNAMENT—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. Dino’s, 4802 Emerald, Boise.



Festivals & Events

Workshops & Classes

BAR OLYMPICS—Poker, pool, darts and ping pong. Who will emerge champion and claim a bar tab as a prize? 1 p.m. FREE. Dino’s, 4802 Emerald, Boise.

BUMPS’N GRINDS—Cardio workout based on the movements of burlesque dancers and cabaret queens. 7 p.m. Ophidia Dance and Art Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd, Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, www.

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION—Parade and festival to celebrate Hispanic heritage including music and dancing. 8 p.m. FREE. Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise.

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. The event is a project of Living Liberally, an organization that is all about fostering progressive communities through social networks and events. 7 p.m. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

Literature FREEDOM NOW AUTHOR MARK BUTLER—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. FREE. Eagle Literary Foundation, 222 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-7444, www.

Calls to Artists BOOKERS DOZEN—Please submit your artist’s book or books for the 2011 edition of Idaho’s longest-running juried traveling artists’ book exhibition. Mail in or drop off submissions by Sept. 10. FREE. Idaho Center for the Book, 1910 University Dr., Boise,


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POKE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s





ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring Rooster McCabe and Soul Serene. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove



5 GEARS IN REVERSE!—10 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s

BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

SKIN AND NEEDLES—Featuring Max MacVeety and DJ Zeph of Crown City Rockers and BBoy showcase from MTtheory. 9 p.m. FREE. Reef


SOUL HONEY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

DESIRAE BRONSON—6 p.m. Bardenay-Eagle

STEVE EATON—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown


SUCKERS—With Finn Riggins. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow Brewhouse JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND—7:30 p.m. $15. Taco Bell Arena

MALAIKAT DAN SINGA—With La Knots and With Child. 5 p.m. $5 donation. Bricolage MOONDANCE—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek Grill REGGAE JAM WITH CANDREAD— 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

THE FLING—With Mickey the Jump. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s

LIGHTS OVER PARIS—With Some Hear Explosions and Hollywood Heartthrob. 7:30 p.m. $10. SOLD OUT. The Venue


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

BRANDON PRITCHETT—10 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian


THE STARLINGS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Reef


KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

FREUDIAN SLIP—6 p.m. $10. Idaho Botanical Garden


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

LEE MITCHELL—6 p.m. FREE. Tavern at Bown Crossing

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

LUBRIPHONIC—With Prairie Sky Pilots. 8 p.m. $12. Bouquet


CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub CRAVING DAWN—With Apple Thief. 9 p.m. $5. Dino’s DAVID BAZAN—With Saint Helen’s Vietnam Band. 8 p.m. $10 adv. $12 door. Neurolux ERIC JOHN KAISER—6 p.m. FREE. Le Cafe de Paris GENTLE ROWSER—9:30 p.m. FREE. Piazza Di Vino GRAND OL’ TIME—Square dance event featuring James Coberly Smith, Johnny Shoes and the Rhythm Rangers and Hokum Hi-Flyers. 6 p.m. $5. The Linen Building JAZZ ON THE GROVE—Featuring Lao Tizer and the Boise Philharmonic Brass Quintet. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove JIM CASTANEDA—7 p.m. FREE. Buzz Cafe JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock and Barrel KEVIN KIRK AND SALLY TIBBS— With John Jones, Jon Hyneman and Mike Seifrit. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

Cahalen Morrison




Joziah Curry: “What color is my hair?” Hair stylist: “Mousy brown.” Their name may have simple beginnings, but since forming a little more than a year-and-a-half ago, “Mousy Brown” has now come to represent the collaboration of locals Connor Robinson, Steven Toney, Ben Clingan, Mike Swain and Curr y. On Friday, the Boise band will celebrate hundreds of hours of rehearsals and plenty of studio time with the release of their first full-length album, Bronze Turbo. The band blithely refers to their sound as “Bill Cosby rock.” But all kidding aside, Bronze Turbo contains 11 tracks of eclectic jazz-rock and Minus the Bear-esque dreamscapes with a sprinkling of reggae beats, some saxophone and a sense of joy. “Our intent is to release dopamine in the people listening to our music,” Swain said. “We have a great time when we play, and we want ever yone listening to have as much fun as we are.” —Amy Atkins

When the English Beat’s Dave Wakeling (who was born in Birmingham, England, but has lived in L.A. for the last 20 years) is touring—or shopping, or driving, or walking, or eating—one thing is often at the front of his mind: politics. The band’s mainstream fame peaked in the early ’80s, but they still have a huge following. Wakeling has a new album coming out in 2011, and in 2009, played roughly 170 live shows. He’s a lovely, loquacious man with plenty of time between cities to read, watch the telly and think about the current state of affairs in his adopted country. “There’s a huge sea change going on in America now, isn’t there?” Wakeling asked rhetorically. “We’re climatizing to the loss of empire ... It’s alright talking about democracy as long as you’re the one in charge.” When the English Beat plays Reef on Saturday, Sept. 11, you can be sure Wakeling will have something to say about the date.



—Amy Atkins With Rebecca Scott and Soul Serene. 8 p.m., $6. Knitting Factory 416 S. Ninth St., Read more of our interview with Mousy Brown at

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With Redeye Empire. 9 p.m., $15 available through Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

GUIDE LIONS, TIGERS, BEARS—With Eyes Like Diamonds, Duck Duck Goose, Artifex Pereo, Versailles and Lambs Become Lions. 6:30 p.m. $7. Brawl Studios MARY CUTRUFELLO—With LowFi 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s MOUSY BROWN CD RELEASE PARTY—With Rebecca Scott and Soul Serene. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory NATHAN J. MOODY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper RED LIGHT VARIETY SHOW FEATURING ZOE BOEKBINDER—8 p.m. $5. VAC SALEM—With Anders Johnson. 9:30 p.m. $5. Reef THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club SPINDLEBOMB— 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

SATURDAY SEPT. 11 5 GEARS IN REVERSE!—10 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s THE ENGLISH BEAT—With Redeye Empire. See Listen Here, Page 26. 9 p.m. $15. Reef ERIC JOHN KAISER—With AKA Belle. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s ERIC GRAE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill IDAHO PEACE FESTIVAL—Featuring David Rovics, the Matthew James Trio, Matt and Grace Gambrell, Carl Bookholdt and Leta’s Singers. 1-5 p.m. FREE. Capitol Park JIM CASTANEDA—7 p.m. FREE. Buzz Cafe KEVIN KIRK, SALLY TIBBS, PATRICK KURDY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

MAJIC KIDS—With Candy Claws and The Very Most. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. VAC

WAYNE WHITE—6 p.m. FREE. 36th Street Bistro

NEW TRANSIT—9 p.m. FREE. The Plank THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper REVOLTREVOLT—With The Universal. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club

Johnny Shoes


SEX ROBOTS—With Little Miss and The No Names, Third to Last, Light The Sky and Self Smatid. 6:30 p.m. $5. Brawl Studios SHERPA—8 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid TAUGE AND FAULKNER—6 p.m. Angell’s


BEN BURDICK AND BILL LILES—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek Grill CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE—With Otouto and Alas. 8 p.m. $5. VAC FAT FACE MELON— 9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid ROB PAPER—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

CROOKED FINGERS—With Fauxbois. 8 p.m. $8 adv. $10 door. Neurolux DYING FAMOUS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid JJ GRAY AND MOFRO—With Cory Mon. 8 p.m. $16. Knitting Factory

TITUS ANDRONICUS—With Free Energy. 8 p.m. $10 adv. $12 door. Neurolux

KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and John Proulx. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


REX MILLER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill



EVETT AND COSTELLO—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock and Barrel

ANBERLIN—With Crash Kings, Civil Twilight. 8 p.m. $18- $40. Knitting Factory

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring The Stone Foxes and Rebecca Scott. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove


GIZZARD STONE—9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet



KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SMOOTH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

LIPBONE REDDING AND THE LIPBONE ORCHESTRA—9 p.m. FREE. Reef MINISTRY OF LOVE—With Before the Fall. 6 p.m. $7. Brawl Studios MONEY SHOTS—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s

SONG & DANCE DJS—Wed: Bad Irish, Balcony, Grainey’s Basement. Thu: Balcony, Grainey’s. Fri: Balcony, Catacomb Club, Boise Cafe, Neurolux, Sin, Grainey’s Basement. Sat: Balcony, Boise Cafe, Catcomb Club, Neurolux, Sin, Grainey’s. Mon: Bad Irish, Balcony. Tue: Balcony, Grainey’s. KARAOKE—Wed: 44 Club, Ha’Penny, Overland, Savvy’s, Shorty’s, Sin, Terry’s. Thu: 44 Club, Hannah’s, Overland, The Plank, Quarter Barrel, Savvy’s, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Fri: 44 Club, Navajo Room, Nuthouse, Overland, Sam’s Place, Savvy’s, Sunshine Lounge, Terry’s. Sat: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Sun: 44 Club, Bad Irish, Balcony, Liquid, Overland, Ranch Club, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Mon: 44 Club, Buffalo Club, Overland, Navajo Room, Savvy’s, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Tue: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Liquid, Lucky Dog, Overland, Savvy’s, Shorty’s, Terry’s.

NED EVETT AND TRIPLE DOUBLE—Album release party. 8 p.m. $10. The Linen Building

OPEN MICS—Wed: Donnie Mac’s, Thu: O’Michael’s. Mon: Pengilly’s, Library Coffeehouse. Tue: Primo’s.

RANDY HOUSER—With Stealing Angels. 7 p.m. FREE. Win tickets from KIZN 92.3 FM. Cowgirls

For complete music schedule visit

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

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TAKING OFF, HOSERS Heading north for the Toronto Film Festival GEORGE PRENTICE You know that feeling you get just about a week before vacation, when your brain has basically already checked its baggage and made its way to security? That’s me this week as I get ready to head to the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, I won’t create an international incident by attempting anything illegal on behalf of Boise Weekly, but I do plan on bringing you as close to TIFF as allowed. I’ll cajole, sweet talk and pretty much use all tactics possible to slip into as many world premieres as can fit into a day. But squeezing in more than 300 films in only a week-and-a-half might prove a bit challenging. So the first task was to check out the schedule at It’s a pretty healthy list: big-cast blockbusters, musicals, animation, superheroes, bio-pics and an Oscar contender—or two or three. Here is a list of a few out-of-the-ordinary films that caught my attention: BLACK SWAN—Natalie Portman is a prima ballerina who just might be a sadistic killer. CONVICTION—Oscar two-timer Hilary Swank portrays Betty Anne Waters in an almost-unbelievable true story. THE CONSPIRATOR—Robert Redford (someone who knows a thing or two about film festivals) tells the story of Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. NEVER LET ME GO—Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley star in the movie adaptation of what Time Magazine called “an

Natalie Portman is a ballerina out for blood in Black Swan.

improbable masterpiece.” foxsearchlight. com/neverletmego WAITING FOR SUPERMAN—Director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) breaks down our public school system and then shows us how we can rebuild our kids’ dreams. I’d bet my last nickel on this one. JACK GOES BOATING—Philip Seymour Hoffman will unveil his latest project as both director and star. It’s based on a wonderful off-Broadway play. If this one is even close to the trailer, it’s going to be a gem. Also screening at TIFF are movies with Clint Eastwood, Nicole Kidman, Robert DeNiro, Helen Mirren, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell and even Bruce Springsteen, who stars in a new documentary. But the three movies I’m most intrigued by are even more unconventional and definite must-sees. Colin Firth will fly in to premiere The King’s Speech, the true story of King George VI’s stuttering problem. The always heartbreaking Michelle Williams stars in Meek’s Cutoff, a tale of pioneers

making their way across the Cascade Mountains who get lost on the Oregon Trail. And, are you ready for this one? Passion Play stars Mickey Rourke as Nate, a troubled trumpet player (is there any other kind?) who meets Lily (Megan Fox), a caged circus freak with wings (is there any other kind?). The cast also includes Bill Murray as a ruthless gangster. Wonderful or terrible, it’s probably going to be an instant cult classic. TIFF is known for showcasing dozens of short films and documentaries. It also features a special exhibition, “The Essentials,” which will screen what TIFF calls the 100 greatest films of all time: Battle of Algiers, Bladerunner, The Godfather, La Dolce Vita, Lawrence of Arabia, Singing in the Rain, The Searchers and 93 more. I’m going through my Toronto checklist now: Comfortable shoes? Check. Passport? Check. In love with movies? Check. I’ll be blogging regularly at boiseweekly. com starting Saturday, Sept. 11, and throughout the run of the festival.

SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings BLESSINGS—Film shows as a teaser for the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival with the proceeds benefitting the Nangchen Nuns. Saturday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. Sliding pay scale. Geodesic Dome, 3802 Taft St., Boise. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT— Free outdoor screening of Up!, the academy-award winning Pixar animated feature in which an old man tries to honor the memory of his dead wife by tying balloons to their house and flying it

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to a South American jungle. Saturday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. FREE. BanBury Golf Club, 2626 N. Marypost Pl., Eagle, 208-939-3600, www.

Opening LEGENDARY—Skinny, nonathletic Cal (Devon Graye) joins his high school wrestling team after his father’s death. Cal needs help from his missing brother. (PG-13) Flicks

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE 3D—Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her group that survive zombie apocalypse, join the 3D bandwagon. Looking for safety in Los Angeles turns into an orchestrated trap. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 WILD GRASS—When Georges (Andre Dussollier) finds the stolen wallet of Marguerite (Sabine Azema) he becomes unexpectedly attracted to her. In French with English subtitles. (PG) Flicks


artillery, the villainous Gru, (Steve Carell) is plotting to steal the moon when three orphaned girls get in his way. (PG) Edwards 22

THE AMERICAN—George Clooney plays an assassin hiding out in Italy afer trying to leave his profession behind him. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 AVATAR: SPECIAL EDITION—A marine takes remote control of an alien body to infiltrate a tribe on the planet Pandora. Re-released with unseen bonus footage. (PG-13) Edwards 22 DESPICABLE ME—Armed with a score of threatening

DINNER FOR SHMUCKS— Tim’s (Paul Rudd) boss hosts a monthly event in which the employee who brings the biggest buffoon gets a careerboost. (PG-13) Edwards 22 THE DRY LAND—Local producer Heather Rae’s new film about a soldier returning from Iraq and struggling to adapt to life at home. (R) Flicks



Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 10:15


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:35, 4:20, 8


Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:50, 4:05, 6:50, 9

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS— Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:45, 3:25, 6:45, 9:15 THE DRY LAND—

Flicks: W-Th: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:30, 3:30, 6:25, 9:25


Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:45, 4:15, 7:05, 9:30


Flicks: W-Th: 5:05, 7:15, 9:20

GET LOW— Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7:20, 9:30; F-Su: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:30; M-Tu: 5, 7:20, 9:30 THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE— Flicks: W-Th: 4:20, 7, 9:25; F-Su: 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:25; M-Tu: 4:20, 7, 9:25 GOING THE DISTANCE— Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:40, 2:50, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15 INCEPTION—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:50, 6:20, 9:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:20, 3:40, 6:55, 10:05


Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:30, 4:40, 7:50

THE LAST EXORCISM— Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:30, 5, 7:50, 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:25, 12:50, 2:35, 3:15, 4:45, 5:35, 7, 7:45, 9:20, 10 LEGENDARY—


Flicks: F-Su: 12:40, 2:50, 5:05, 7:15, 9:35; M-Tu: 5:05, 7:15, 9:35 Edwards 9: W-Th: 3, 5:30, 8, 10:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10

NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS— Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:15, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50 THE OTHER GUYS—


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:20, 4, 7:15, 9:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 2:10, 4:25, 6:35, 8:45


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10


Edwards 22: F-Tu: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:30

Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 2:45, 5:05, 7:35, 9:55

SCOTT PILGRIM VERSUS THE WORLD— Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:40, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 SOLITARY MAN—

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

EAT, PRAY, LOVE—On the heels of a painful divorce, a woman (Julia Roberts) sets out to explore the world and seek out her true destiny. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE EXPENDABLES—A group of mercenaries undertake a near-impossible operation. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE EXTRA MAN—Kevin Kline stars as a lousy playwright and social-climbing escort. (R) Flicks GET LOW—A hermit (Robert Duvall) asks a mortician (Bill Murray) for a living funeral so that he can know what people have to say about him. (PG-13) Flicks THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE—Expert hacker and heroine Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is framed for murder. In Swedish with English subtitles. (R) Flicks GOING THE DISTANCE—Justin Long and Drew Barrymore star in a romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 INCEPTION—(PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards IMAX THE LAST EXORCISM—Horror film in which a minister known for performing exorcisms allows a documentary crew to attend his last hurrah. (PG-13) Edward 9, Edwards 22 MACHETE—An ex-Federale seeks revenge on his former employers who tried to have him killed. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 NANNY MCPHEE—A magical nanny arrives to help a mother whose husband is away at war. (PG) Edwards 22 THE OTHER GUYS—Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as cops. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 PIRANHA 3D—Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd and Jerry O’Connell ain’t going down without a fight. (R) Edwards 22 SALT—A CIA officer (Angelina Jolie) is accused of being a Russian spy. She eludes capture by superiors as she struggles to uncover the real traitor. (PG-13) Edwards 22 SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD—When Ramona Flowers skates into Scott Pilgrim’s (Michael Cera) heart, he must fight off an evil army of her exboyfriends. (PG-13) Edwards 22


Edwards 9: W-Th: 2, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:25, 4:10, 6:40, 9:05

SOLITARY MAN—Michael Douglas stars as a disgraced businessman. (R) Flicks


Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50

THE SWITCH—Kassie’s (Jennifer Anniston) plans for artificial insemination go awry when her sperm sample of choice is secretly switched with one from her best friend. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:55, 3:55, 6:30, 8:55


Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:35, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10

Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:30, 3:35, 5:45, 7:55, 10 Flicks: F-Su: 12:25, 2:35, 4:40, 7:05, 9:15; M-Tu: 4:40, 7:05, 9:15

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 OISEWEEKLY.C O M

TAKERS—A hard-boiled detective disrupts a gang’s plan for a high-stakes bank robbery. (PG13) Edwards 22 TOY STORY 3—The toys are donated and must survive a daycare center. (G) Edwards 22 TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE— Teen vampires gone wild. (PG-13) Edwards 22 VAMPIRES SUCK—A parody of vampire movies, most notably the Twilight saga. (PG-13) Edwards 22

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ALTITUDE AT ELEVATION BBP asks you to vote early and vote often.

BOISE BIKE NONPROFIT MAKES A BID FOR $250K OK, BW readers, now is one of those times to put your money where your mouth is. In last year’s Best of Boise poll, you voted Boise Bicycle Project the city’s best nonprofit. This year, BBP is asking for your votes once again, and while the group wouldn’t mind another Best of Boise nod, there’s another vote organizers have in mind, and this win will bag the nonprofit bicycle co-op more than bragging rights: It’ll get ’em a $250,000 check. Yowza. Each month the Pepsi Refresh Project accepts 1,000 ideas from people, businesses and nonprofits. Those 1,000 ideas get whittled down to several hundred and the voting begins. Grant sizes range from $5,000 to $250,000 and because BBP is not only Boise’s best nonprofit, but also perhaps Boise’s most ambitious nonprofit, it’s competing for the big enchilada. Its pitch is in the $250K category, and in order to win, BBP needs the most votes. Both first and second place in the $250K category get a check, and when BW first pulled up BBP’s rank, it was No. 190 out of 272. Twenty-four hours later, BBP had climbed to No. 72. As of press time a few days later, it had dropped to No. 84. BBP Executive Director Jimmy Hallyburton said he knows the competition is stiff. He’s going up against organizations fighting pancreatic cancer, recycling zoo poop and—the top competitor as of this writing—Clint Black’s pitch to fund research on Rett Syndrome. Hallyburton said BBP launched a marketing campaign in the Boise area to rack up the votes from local supporters, as well as reached out to bicycling organizations nationally and internationally. If they come out on top, BBP plans to use the money to purchase the building on Lusk Street near Boise State that it currently calls home. In addition, the money will help remodel the space, adding on a classroom and making the whole structure as green as green gets. Voting continues through Thursday, Sept. 30. Log on to to vote once a day every day all month. —Rachael Daigle

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Flying at Sun Valley paragliding nationals MATT FURBER Lawn dart, grassy skid, ballet hop, pancake flip and Fosbury Flop were signature landings in the park at the south end of Wall Street in Stanley, the first goal for the final part of the 2010 U.S. Paragliding Nationals hosted in Ketchum last week. The competition with a “race to goal” format began in Chelan, Wash., earlier this summer and is a set of daily cross-country flight tasks, in which pilots ride thermals and course through the air, much like sailors, tagging aerial checkpoints, columns of air reaching up to 18,000 feet en route to speedy approaches at each day’s final goal. The best views of Sun Valley come from high above the valley floor for paragliders competing at the U.S. Paragliding Nationals last week. The view for those on the ground wasn’t bad either. At 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 2, after three hours of catching thermal lifts from the tops of infinite “On good days we’ll crack off 100 miles,” gliding pilot ... meteorology, air-loss, learning peaks between Bald Mountain and Stanley, Greece said, adding that he is looking forward how the equipment works, topography, radio former Ketchum resident, paragliding world to traveling to Turkey for the final races of communications, safety, CPR and rescue, champion and Czech citizen Martin Orlik international competition for 2010. climbing trees to free lines ... there are so (“Orlik” is Czech for “eagle”) finessed his last Part of the excitement at the finish is seeing many aspects to flying. It makes you an overall bubble of air before plopping in a patch of just who makes it to the final goal, said Jug better-rounded human being,” Boryniec said. sagebrush a mere step from the park’s grassy Deep Aggarwal, who organizes 17 tasks a year Pilots from around the globe traveled to center. He was close, but he did not win the in the San Francisco Bay Area—home to likely Sun Valley to compete, and the competition day’s task despite a soaring effort the largest population of paragliding pilots. is making U.S. pilots better, raising skills to After launching to a brilliant dog-fight “Our aim is to get junior pilots in the air,” the level of the best international pilots, said above Baldy, one competitor yelled, “I love Aggarwal said, adding that part of the fun in Anchorage-based flier Jack Brown. you man,” as the fliers started the first of two “Now he is in sink,” Neser said at the finish paragliding is that everyone is an international aerial races made up of a gaggle of other intercompetitor. Many American pilots originally in Stanley, pointing out a rapidly descending national pilots last week. The three-hour race came from other countries and vice-versa. “In pilot as he described the intricacies of relying began at 12:45 p.m., when a cloud of colorful the air there is only one language … finding the on the Earth’s reflection of solar radiation to wings simultaneously turned north. The seemthermal and getting away.” pump the sails. “There is nothing more he can ingly clumsy landings of professional pilots On the race to Challis, tourists reported do to stay in the air.” who arrived in Stanley after crossing Galena At least half the field of each day’s race bails seeing dozens of fliers sinking out of the sky Summit, revealed the wear and tear of flying at around 6 p.m., just shy of the day’s goal when out before landing at the final goal, which high altitude above four mountain ranges on the Earth’s heat could no longer keep them is measured by a kilometer diameter safety a day of high pressure—which creates greater aloft. Among them was Venezuelan pilot buffer, after which pilots are obliged to lay off turbulence—said veteran paraglider Walter Jorge Atramiz, exhausted after running out the speed and circle for a landing somewhere Neser of South Africa. of supplemental oxygen and coming from his within the 400 meter diameter finish area. Earlier in the week, when weather shut home base at sea level on Oahu. “I think I got fifth today, but I was real down the first three days of competition, “I fly with feeling. This is a unique flight. close,” said Brad Gunnuscio of Neser launched base-jumper It’s just so huge all around. Being able to conSalt Lake City as he stripped Brad Geary for a stunt above quer the peaks, really go slow and enjoy the off the layers of insulation paragliding headquarters in AtRace results are available view,” he said. that protect pilots from cold kinson’s Park. During free time, Not only pilots enjoyed the views provided temperatures at high elevations. pilots also enjoyed Wagon Days, Gunnuscio is the reigning 2009 by the sport pilots call “vacation competition,” mountain biking, trail running, which means they are largely self-funded. national champ and showed fly-fishing—all extra-curricular “I was working in Hulen Meadows on Friperhaps the finest landing of the day. activities that add to a week-long event where day and I looked up to see a rainbow of color,” “I was cruising along and got in a place action depends on mother nature’s mood. said Hailey resident Michelle Meixner. “It was where I had to be patient. When you compete “I travel the world—South America, Asia, Europe and North America—to fly,” said Van- your focus is on [finding thermal lift], but every so magical to see them all flying north above once in a while I have to look around. [Redfish Griffin Butte. I thought, ‘When will I ever see couver, B.C.-based Polish pilot Pavel Boryniec something so beautiful in the sky again?’” Lake] over here is beautiful.” as he and other pilots waited for the task of It might be soon. “The thermals were just gone. But, then I the first day’s race to be announced. Boryniec “I look forward to coming back here saw what I think was a golden eagle rising up came to Sun Valley not only to compete, but … that bird totally saved me,” Gunnuscio said. for the Paragliding World Cup next year,” also in the capacity of reviewer to check that Boryniec said, giving his final estimate for the The day’s victor was Nick Greece of Sun Valley has the necessary amenities to host possibility of international competition in Sun Jackson, Wyo., the U.S. Hang Gliding and a segment of the 2011 World Cup. Valley in 2011. Paragliding Association’s magazine editor. “It is a lifelong process becoming a paraWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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



Why the wing? It’s so much work for such a small pay-off. Plus, there Having been married to a firefighter for almost 10 years, I’m a commitis no way to eat a sauce-covered chicken wing delicately, so they don’t ted fan of all things “firehouse,” from those who dwell in them to what make for the best first-date food. And plus, tearing meat off the bone is goes on in their kitchens. One thing is certain: apart from an emergency not everyone’s cup of protein. Ugh. dispatch, nothing comes between a firefighter and his next meal. However, hot wings have become a way for chefs to show their metThe key word in firehouse cooking is “enough.” Meals must be flatle—communities large and small hold festivals in honor of the app— vorful enough to suit different palates, varied enough to provide choices, and hot wings are a staple in pubs across the United States. Meridian’s and most important, there must be enough food to satisfy a hungry guy Firehouse Pub & Grill is high in the ranks of wing-slingers, which is who spends his days spraying water on flames. Meridian’s Firehouse not necessarily a draw for those in the “what’s the big deal with the Pub & Grill meets that criteria and adds the enhancement of a full bar, wing?” camp, like me. Until those naysayers taste a Firehouse wing. including 20 beers on tap, big screen TVs and bright red pool tables. Cavernous inside, Firehouse has high stools and tables that rival the Hidden behind a Subway, the Firehouse Pub & Grill lurks in a number of taps at the mini-strip mall, its bar and on a recent generic exterior decidweeknight, most edly inconspicuous. of the seats were The firehouse theme occupied. It didn’t was not immediately appear to be a special evident until I raised occasion, so it’s a my eyes to the ceilsafe bet that the place ing and saw several is usually busy. 2-and-a-half-inch hose A basic pub menu lines draped across the reveals burgers, exposed H-Vac system wraps, a couple of like streamers. A few salads and sandwichfire agency T-shirts es. It’s easy to do a hung high on one wall burger well, so the were easy to overlook real test lies in the amongst numerous more complicated beer signs. Smack in dishes. the middle of the lunch Wings are availhour, I was surprised able in a choice to find myself alone at of sauces, from the bar. not-hot to burnThe easy-to-navigate your-face-off: honey menu offers a primal teriyaki, barbecue, selection of hand-held spicy barbecue, hot eats: burgers, sandand sweet, garlic wiches and wraps, all Parmesan, lemon pepper garlic, mild buffalo sauce, hot of which come with fries or tots. Eyebrow cocked, I opted FIREHOUSE PUB & GRILL and flaming hot. The garlic parm sounded sublime, but for a fajita chicken salad ($7.50), wondering if this man1767 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, when our server explained that the spice doesn’t only nish sports pub could do fresh produce with confidence. 208-849-9538, come from the garlic, we played it safe with the honey Within minutes, I was mowing through crisp lettuce Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; teriyaki. We sat on the mid-sized patio that overlooks a covered in shredded cheese, sliced olives, salsa and a Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight lovely pond and a tranquil waterfall, and dug into fish generous heap of fajita-seasoned diced chicken. A pair of and tots ($8.50), a Reuben and tots ($7.50) and a baspackaged saltines seemed an odd garnish for a south-ofket of 10 wings drenched in sauce (ten with one flavor, the-border style salad when tortilla chips were available $8.75; 20 with two flavors, $15.75; 40 with four flavors, $28.75). for nachos, I noted. Also, I would have preferred darker greens in the Two huge battered and fried tilapia filets were barely contained mostly iceberg salad, but the portion was deceptively large and kept me by the little red plastic basket they came in, their deep-brown color grazing for three innings of a ball game on the flat screen behind the bar. suggesting a few too many minutes in the fryer. But the bright white, I welcomed the ninja heat of the chicken that crept up without warning flaky fish and thick-but-not-pasty coating indicated the perfect amount and couldn’t be extinguished with ice water. Thank goodness for my of cooking time, something the semi-soggy tater tots would have frosty pint of Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale ($3.75). benefited from. The lack of malt vinegar to accompany the fish was Feeling virtuous for having dined on rabbit fare, I decided to mitigate disappointing and a side of balsamic was a really poor substitution on the excess fiber with an order of 10 wings ($8.75), mostly because I was our part, but slathers of tartar sauce appeased our need to dip. The interested in the long list of sauces with varying levels of heat. The helpdark rye of the Reuben was too dry and too soft to hold the kraut and ful bartender watched me wrestle with indecision (lemon pepper garlic dressing, however, with the bread set aside, the tender pink pastrami or sweet-and-sour? Hot or “flaming” hot?) for several minutes before stood strong on its own. suggesting his most popular sell, the garlic Parmesan. The parmeseanBut oh, the wings. For me, sweet without heat. Crispy enough to crusted wings kicked out a well-calibrated warmth that was assertive seem battered. Fried to a mahogany color. Glistening with honey. enough to warrant a dip in the accompanying bleu cheese dressing, but Chicken falling from the bone. Dipped in a dill-infused ranch and not so much that it would take a fire hydrant to soothe my tongue. tangy homemade bleu cheese. Fingers greasy and sticky. Lips the Whether you’re a guy with the appetite of a firefighter, or a girl same. Delish. with an appetite for a firefighter, at Firehouse Pub & Grill, you’ll get The Firehouse might be a long drive—way out Franklin Road in enough—enough flavor, enough variety and more than enough food. Meridian—but for pond-side wing eating, the pay-off is worth it. —Sarah Barber didn’t start the fire. It was always burning, —Amy Atkins is a big chicken when it comes to bone-in meat. since the world’s been turning. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Ogle chicks on Saturday, Sept. 11.

HARVEST MOON RECAP AND COOP SCOOP Under swaying lanterns strung low across the Grove, you could just make out the firefly glint of hundreds of half-full wine glasses. On the evening of Sept. 4, the Harvest Moon Dinner—an annual local food and wine event hosted by the Capital City Public Market—celebrated late-summer’s bounty with plenty of fresh, local produce, abundant wine and lots of conversation. The six-course meal featured a number of local culinary stars, including Brick 29 Bistro’s Dustan Bristol, who made a braised pork belly BLT salad with heirloom tomatoes; Red Feather Lounge’s Andrew Mayer, who crafted zucchini and sweet corn fritters with a tomatillo verde sauce; and Paul Faucher, who whipped up local chicken two ways, with caramelized onions and potato puree. And though the vibe was mildy swank, local-foods aficionados didn’t let things get too stuffy. Before the live auction, a few farmers and musicians took to the stage to perform a “local foods” musical. “Philip Morris says they are the largest food firm in our land / a reason for great confidence / oh you bet / Makes us wonder if we need a special filter for our food / like the one that brings good health to cigarettes.” The musical number culminated in a sing-along chorus, complete with scrawled out signs, “Buy local / Help out the farmers / Won’t you come and join the local market band? / Bring your neighbors!” For more information on next year’s Harvest Moon Dinner, visit Speaking of clucking awesome times, on Saturday, Sept. 11, you can embark on “an extreme urban chicken adventure” with the inaugural Boise Tour de Coop. For $5, tour registrants receive a map guiding them to a number of notable local chicken coops. You can wander into strangers’ back yards around town from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., checking out coop design and learning how backyard chickens contribute to the local food economy. After 2 p.m., head over to the North End Organic Nursery for a free, family friendly after party with food, drinks and prizes. Early-bird registration at view/tvfctourdecoop2010. Day-of registration, 9:30 a.m., $5, Capital City Public Market information booth, boisechickens. —Tara Morgan

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FOOD/DINING North Boise 13TH STREET PUB & GRILL—Giant patio, upscale pub menu, full bar and all the Hyde Park action you can take in. 1520 13th St., 208-639-8888. $-$$ SU . 20TH CENTURY LANES—The list of respectable establishments in which you can find a chili dog is no foot long. Indeed you can get one at 20th Century Lanes, but you can also get a family feeding of sliders and fries, Idaho’s ubiquitous food (fingersteaks), and—believe it or not—breakfast. 4712 W. State St., 208-342-8695, $ SU OM . 36TH STREET BISTRO—Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sprawling 36th Street Garden Center. Set in the windowed west wing of the store, the cafe serves espresso and pastries for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch and the dinner menu is ever-changing depending on what’s fresh and in season. The rotating menu features locally grown and raised foods. 3823 N. Garden Center Way, 208-433-5100, SU OM . $-$$ BOISE CO-OP DELI—You just can’t leave the Co-op without at least one deli delight in your bag. Each day brings a new selection of delicious foods made with the freshest ingredients. 888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500, www. SU $-$$ OM. CAFE VICINO—Chefs Richard Langston and Steve Rhodes serve up fresh and innovative foods, offering a casual lunch menu with choices like daily quiche, salads and portobello mushroom sandwiches. Dinner choices lean toward finer dining, offering carpaccio, a variety of pastas and entrees that run the gamut from braised lamb shanks to a New York steak to cioppino. 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463, $-$$$ RES OM. CASA MEXICO—Shakes With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 1605 N. 13th St., 208-333-8330, www. $-$$ SU OM. FANCI FREEZE—Shakes, malts, spins, sundaes and the Boston shake (one part sundae, one part shake) are what have made Fanci Freeze a Boise favorite for years. But because we can’t live on ice cream alone, Fanci Freeze also serves a whole mess of burgers, some of the crispiest tots in town and even a grilled cheese for the non-meat-eater. 1402 W. State St., 208-344SU OM. 8661. $

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GOODY’S SODA FOUNTAIN— From the moment you walk in, the smells of fresh caramel corn, homemade ice cream, hand-dipped chocolate and every kind of sugary delight hit you like a ton of gummy bricks. 1502 N. 13th St., 208-367-0020, www. SU. $ HAWKINS PAC-OUT—Whether Classic burger drive-in in a classic location. Tots, twist cones and daily specials from Hawkins’ Facebook page. 2315 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-338-9627. $ SU. HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—Whether it’s the appetizers (Monty’s Hummus, Hollow Hot Wings), the entrees (Pan Fried Oysters, Mess-OChops) or the burgers and sandwiches (Black Bean Chili Burger, Reuben), stopping in at Highlands Hollow after winter skiing or hiking up Camel’s Back hill in the summer is always a great idea. 2455 Harrison Hollow, 208-343-6820, www. $-$$ SU OM. HYDE PARK PUB—If there’s one little joint that’s always packed no matter the day or the time of the day, it’s Hyde Park Pub. A pub in every sense of the word, HPP has a menu of food you eat with your hands, TVs in every corner, a varied selection of tap brews and that neighborhood restaurant feel, which so many of its neighbors envy. 1501 N. 13th St., 208-336-9260. $ SU.

LULU’S FINE PIZZA/SUPERB SUSHI—Big Apple-style gourmet pie for pizza lovers of everywhere kind. Get a wheel or go by the slice. Check out the usual toppings or get adventurous with some tasty things you’re not used to seeing on a pizza menu. Superb Sushi is set up inside Lulu’s, too. Order up a roll to go with your pie. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-387-4992, www. $-$$ SU OM. MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. Try the fatoosh salad—you won’t be disappointed. 1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566, $-$$ SU OM . O’MICHAEL’S PUB & GRILL—It’s a North End institution with one waitress who’s been serving there for 40 years. The casual menu is full of traditional and specialty sandwiches (check out the slaw burger that’s no burger at all), fish and chips, and the best giant fried prawns in town. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, SU 208-342-8948. $-$$ . THE PANTRY—Offering daily specials. Kitschy comfort joint serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch items. Killer weekend brunch deals and specials. Free coffee refills. Their menu tops out at $11.75 for prime rib and eggs and starts out around $3.95 for a basic eggs,

FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED JEFFREY’S NEXT DOOR 1716 Broadway Ave., 208-336-3334 “I knew immediately that chef/owner Joshua Jeffrey shares my philosophy that it’s far better to do a few things well than do many things only so-so.” —Sarah Barber

YOI TOMO SUSHI AND GRILL 405 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-3375, “Sushi should be simple. Fresh hunks of high-grade raw fish, maybe a veggie or two, some sticky rice and nori. That’s it. It’s the kind of meal that makes you want to do jumping jacks or learn the cello after you’ve polished off your last slice of pickled ginger.” —Tara Morgan

THE WRAP SHACK 5830 E. Franklin Road, 208-468-8833, “The pork in the Southwestern looked pretty much like the juicy, shredded chicken, but my dining companion confirmed it was flavorfully matched with the Southwestern ranch sauce and cold corn salsa.” —Deanna Darr

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DINING/FOOD hashbrowns and toast meal. They hook up phones to each table for old-school phone ordering during lunch hours throughout week. 1545 Shoreline Dr., 208-344-5486. $-$$ SU . PARRILLA GRILL—Serving wraps and salads on another primo Hyde Park patio. This concrete and metal Hyde Park eatery is a popular place to chill during the halcyon days of summer, but Parrilla’s hot wraps and microbrews are a fine way to stay warm in the cold winter months as well. The primary colored sign and terra cotta walls welcome regulars and passersby equally and the casual atmosphere and good eats keep them all coming back. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ SU .

SUN RAY CAFE—SunRay holds down the coveted corner patio at the cross of 13th and Eastman streets. The menu is familiar to that location, featuring salads, subs and pizzas named for geographical features in Idaho. Bring your dog, all your friends and break pizza crust with a pitcher of beer. 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887. $-$$ SU.

State BURGER ’N BREW—An old-school Boise sports bar whose name says it all: burgers and beer. 4295 W. State St., 208-345-7700. $-$$ SU.


CHIANTI Before the 1990s, when most people talked about chianti, they were referring to chianti classico, located in the heart of the region. But there are seven other zones that can call themselves chianti. With the rise in cost for classico, these other contenders have grown in popularity, in many cases offering excellent quality at a very good price. That is certainly the case with this week’s wines, all made from the sangiovese grape. In our blind tasting, they beat out several higher priced chianti classicos. Here are the top picks: 2007 BUSI CHIANTI RUFINA, $12.99 Dusty, dark cherry fruit aromas dominate on the nose of this wine, segueing to lively notes of sweet cranberry and creamy caramel. Bright berry fruit drives the palate with its silky texture and light layers of black pepper, green tea and red licorice. Soft tannins mark the finish that lingers nicely. 2008 POGGIO STELLA CHIANTI COLLI SENESI, $13.99 This chianti has nice bold berry fruit aromas that pour from the glass with an enticing touch of earth and leather that is oh-so-Italian. Very fruit-forward in style, there’s a sucker punch of ripe cherry flavors backed by savory hints of licorice, herb and spice in this one. Just the right hit of acidity keeps things in balance on the sweet fruit finish. 2004 TRAVIGNOLI CHIANTI RUFINA, $12.99 Most wines are meant to be drunk young, but with the right wine, a few years of bottle age can allow flavors to evolve nicely. This is the right wine—an elegantly smooth red marked by subtle dark fruit aromas with earthy notes of herb and spice. It’s beautifully balanced in the mouth offering round, ripe black and boysenberry fruit flavors that play against tart plum with an admirably persistent finish. The Travignoli is a lovely value.

BUZZ CAFE—Coffee, lunch and breakfast early in the day. 2999 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-3444321. $-$$ SU . CORONA VILLAGE—Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boise’s family style Mexican restaurants. 4334 W. State St., 208-3389707. $-$$ . DUTCH GOOSE—Homemade finger steaks, fresh steamed clams, soup, sandwiches and great hot wings. They also serve up over 17 beers. 3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887. $-$$ SU OM. FLYING PIE PIZZERIA— Boise’s longest-lived and most inventive pizzeria. They have their own beer (the impeccable Triple Pi Belgian-style ale), and pies to please even the pickiest eaters. 4320 W. State St., 208-384-0000, www. $ SU OM. THE GREEN CHILE—Southwestern cuisine in Boise with green and red chilis, chimichangas and chile rellenos. The menu also features burgers and salads right along side sopapaillas. 5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103. $-$$ OM . THE LIFT BAR AND GRILL—This sweet State Street spot always tempts traffic jammers with its ridiculous drink specials. Tuesday night is Holy Oly night, with 50-cent Olympia cans from 4 p.m.-close. And if you need something to soak up all that cheap booze, gnaw on a plate of State Street nachos or one of the dive’s many vegetarianfriendly dishes like hummus, fish tacos, or the Portobello and sun-dried tomato sandwich. Weekend breakfast is a hangover cure from the gods. 4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250. $-$$ SU OM . MADHUBAN—A daily lunch buffet and a huge menu including all the favorites. You’re gonna love the curry. A great place for vegetarians. 6930 W. State St., 208-853-8215, $-$$ SU OM. MERRITT’S COUNTRY CAFE—This 24-hour Boise mainstay is the place to land after a long night. The “home of the scone” serves up grub that turns customers into regulars. 6630 W. State St., 208-8539982, SU OM . $-$$ PIZZALCHIK—PIZZa sALad and CHIcKen. Get it? Perfect robust salads, plus delicious original pizzas and whole chickens roasted in a 6,000-pound stone-hearth oven. Many toppings made in house. 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757. SU . $-$$ WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN—From the mind of “Boise’s Best Chef,” Chef Lou, come some of the most scrumptious foods for dine-in, take-out or frozen to use when cooking is the last thing you want to do. 1939 W. State St., 208-342-2957, www.cheflou. SU OM. com. $-$$ More listings and reviews at

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BW SHARED HOUSING ALL AREAS - ROOMMATES. COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: ROOMMATE FOR HYDE PARK HOME 2BD house in Hyde Park. I am looking for someone that is responsible, laid back, and a dog lover; to share a awesome 2BD house in the heart of Hyde Park. 2 car grg., nice fenced yard, W/D, & tons of charm. $425/mo. + 1/2 util. Pet negotiable. 208-484-3629.

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BW FOR SALE ATLANTA IDAHO LOT FOR SALE 1.3 acre level lot, well and septic approved. Access to power, road access on 2 sides. Located on main street next to schoolhouse. Beautiful view of mountains, minutes from hot springs and Middle Fork of the Boise River. Perfect for hunting cabin and corral. Hunting out your front door. $45,000. Call 208262-6191 for more information. FINANCING AVAILABLE! 2 BD, 2BA. This 1993 Marlette is convenient to public transportation, airport & interstate. New vinyl in master bath. Base rent is $325/mo. & incl. water and dumpster trash. Financing is available! Virtual tour at or call Deborah with Idaho Properties at 208-484-0752. Available for immediate purchase and occupancy. Located in the Country Club Estates Mobile Home Park at 5209 Targee St. Space #28,Boise,Id. Only $ 21,900. THE BENCH! Great home for First Time Home Buyer or Investment Property! This home is not a short sale/foreclosure/or REO & has no HOA dues! Adorable 2BD, 2BA. Master bedroom has sitting balcony. Remodel completion date is 8-312010. Call Craig 283-2269. Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group. $124,900.



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Great service, great location, freshly remodeled~Sun Spa on Broadway. Massage~Bath~Sauna. 1512 Broadway Ave. 345-3570. BOISE’S BEST! With Bodywork by Rose. 794-4789.



Free Foot Bath for Body Detox with 1 hr. foot massage. Treatments for acute and chronic cold hands & feet. Body Massage with special techniques. Pain Relief. 377-7711. Stop by 6555 W. Overland Rd near Cole.


MODELS, ACTORS, EXTRAS! New bookings! Up to $895 daily. All ages. 208-433-9511. Temporary Farm labor: Wyoming Premium Farms, Wheatland, WY, has 20 positions for hay, silage, corn & swine. 3 mos. experience required w/ references; valid and clean DL; tools & equipment provided; housing and trans provided; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $9.90/hr; work period guaranteed from 10/1/10 – 8/1/11. Apply at the nearest State Workforce Agency with Job Order 2468186.

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Healthcare, Graphic Arts, Technology, Business & Accounting. Financial Aid is available for qualified students. Day, Evening and online classes start next month. Stevens-Henager College, Boise Branch, 800-716-5645.

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ADOPT-A-PET These pets can be adopted at the Idaho Humane Society. 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise | 208-342-3508

CAREERS BW HELP WANTED. CASE MANAGER/PSR WORKER All Together Now, a nonprofit community mental health agency, is hiring. Must be a LSW or have similar degree such as psychology. $15 billable/hr. plus benefits. Please fax resume to 336-0720. SOUTHEAST BOISE RESTAURANT Day & evening help needed to perform all aspects of small restaurant except cooking. Call Eddie’s Dogs 908-9523 for interview.

JAKE: 4-month-old male white and gray domestic medium-hair cat. Feisty, playful, connoisseur of cat toys. Incredibly soft coat. (Kennel 97#11378194)

MOMMY: 2-yearold female gray cat. Talkative. Focused on socializing with people. Petite for an adult cat. Adorable. (Kennel 01#11345912)

BELLA: 1-year-old female cat. Social, content cat. Keeps her coat very tidy. Prefers adults or older children over toddlers. (Kennel 20- #10571889)

CALLAHAN: 10-yearold female Australian shepherd mix. Great with kids. Gentle on the leash, perfect walking companion. (Kennel 308- #11328169)

SAMSON: 5-year-old male Australian shepherd/Shetland sheepdog mix. Needs an indoor home, healthy diet and regular grooming. (Kennel 401- #11287988)

JUDE: 4-year-old male Lab. Well trained. Active and strong. Needs regular exercise. Enjoys playing with toys. Needs a cat-free home. (Kennel 300- #11134067)

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FOR SALE BW STUFF 9 Piece King Sleigh Bed Set Brand new. Dovetail drawers. List $2950. Sacrifice $799. 888-1464. High speed Internet and/or phone. 1st yr. free. 649-3274.

Bed, Queen Tempurpedic Style Memory Foam Mattress. Brand new, w/warranty. Must sell $225. 921-6643. BEDROOM SET 7 pc. Cherry set. Brand new, still boxed. Retail $2250, Sacrifice $450. 888-1464. Couch & Loveseat - Microfiber. Stain Resistant. Lifetime Warranty. Brand new in boxes. List $1395. Must Sell $450! 888-1464.

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Multiple dealers, two floors of antiques & furniture. Vendor space avail. Mon.-Sat. 10-5:30. 2nd St. South in Downtown Nampa. 468-0900.

PETS BW FREE YELLOW LAB NEEDS NEW HOME 7-year-old purebred yellow lab, “Mulligan,” needs new home. Has lived with loving family since birth but needs room to run and play. Great dog, but unpredictable with small children and dogs. Would love to find him a good home. Please call 208-867-8429.




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NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE Case No.: CVNC1014846. A Petition to change the name of Benjamin Alan Kelley, born 9/30/88 in Boise, Idaho, residing at 9236 W. Brogan Dr. Apt. 204, Boise, has been filed in Ada County District Court, Idaho. The name will change to Leikin Rayne Kelley because I am dissatisfied with current name. The petitioner’s father is living and his address is 737 N. Celeste Ave. Star, ID 83669. The petitioner’s mother is living and her address is 304 W. Washington Meridian, ID 83642. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 o’clock pm on Sept. 30, 2010, at the County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Aug. 02, 2010. By: D. Price. Deputy Clerk. Pub. Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2010.

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BW CLASSES LIFE’S KITCHEN TRAINING Life’s Kitchen, a local nonprofit, offers training for at-risk youth 1620 yrs. of age in a 16 wk. format. Schedule is M-F from 9-3:30 and covers foodservice theory, kitchen skills and life skills in a hands-on atmosphere. Classes start every 5 wks.; come by Thursdays at 2pm to take a tour and learn about the program! Or call 208-331-0199, ask for Jaime.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL COURT, IN AND FOR DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2010-DB-558-EM Division: EMG EZRA WAYNE METZ, Petitioner and ANNA J. METZ, Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: {name of Respondent} Anna Jaylyee Metz {Respondent’s last known address} 500 E. 42nd, Garden City, ID 83714 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on {name of Petitioner} Ezra Wayne Metz, whose address is 6051-B Eagle Run, Jacksonville, FL 32212 on or before {date} 9/28/2010, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at {clerk’s address} Duval County Court 330 E. Bay ST Rm 103 Family Law Jax, FL 32202 before service on Petition or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal of striking of pleadings. Pub. Sept. 1 ,8, 15 & 22, 2010. FREE ON-LINE CLASSIFIED ADS Place your FREE on-line classifieds at It’s easy! Just click on “Post Your FREE Ad.” No phone calls please.

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NORMA K. JUSTICE, DECEASED. CASE NO. CV IE 1014964 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above named estate. All persons having claims against the deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be presented to the undersigned Co-Personal Representatives of the estate, c/o Michael P. Wasko, 505 Oak St., Box 10, Nezperce, Idaho 83543, and filed with the Court. DATED this 16th day of August, 2010. JENNIFER A. JUSTICE 3990 Whitehead St. Boise, Idaho 83703 (208) 921-8772 Pub. Aug. 25, Sept. 1 & 8, 2010.

CABARET LULLABY BLUES Looking for trombone, trumpet/cornet, tenor or baritone sax, stand up bass, especially if you can play with a bow but cello or electric bass could work as well. Listen to my music at rebecasuarez if you’re interested send me a message. Please only contact me if you are serious about rehearsing. Looking for musicians who are in it for the love of music. Enthusiastic keyboardist wanted to play original material. Ed 3899619. WORKIN’ ON FIRE AUDITION Teen band seeks possible fourth member. Keyboardist/backing vocalist preferred. Commitment required. Email/Facebook; or call Austin at 631-8189 or Aaron at 371-3793.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): My friend Alana suffered from a mysterious ailment for months. After being treated unsuccessfully by six health-care practitioners—both mainstream and alternative—she went to see Dr. Ling, a Chinese herbalist recommended by a friend. Ling was a dour woman who made no eye contact. Her office was dingy, cramped and windowless. Alana felt a bit depressed by the visit. Yet when she took Dr. Ling’s herbs, she felt better. In three weeks she was cured. The moral of the story, Aries: The restorative agent you need may not come in the most inviting form. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A spider spun gorgeous cobwebs on my car’s back window. Anchored on the window wiper, they’re artfully woven spiral tunnels decorated with white flower petals sent by the wind. This sculpture is so beguiling that it caught the attention of a stranger who was walking through a parking lot as I was getting in my car, and we struck up a conversation that led to him inviting me to a party where I had maximum fun. So kudos to me for not mindlessly sweeping away the cobwebs. My decision to honor the spider’s small masterpiece proved fortuitous. I encourage you to learn from my example in the coming week. Be alert for nature’s subtle gifts. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The band Tinariwen is from the Sahara Desert, and its members describe themselves as “soul rebels.” Their influences include traditional West African music, Santana, Jimi Hendrix and the Berber music of northern Algeria. I listen to them whenever I’m feeling wan and spiritually tired. Their infectious melodies and serpentine rhythms have a medicinal effect; they toughen me up, fueling the rowdy love I need to keep fighting for truth and justice. As you face down the dangers of apathy, you could use the shot of courage and audacity they might provide. Listen here: toughspirit1 and toughspirit2. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Afghanistan harbors huge deposits of minerals that are critical to the industrialized world. There’s a complication, though. Successful mining needs lots of water and electricity, as well as political stability and a good infrastructure— all of which are in short supply in Afghanistan. In offering this scenario, I’m suggesting that you make a comparable re-evaluation of a certain situation in your life. According to my reading of the omens, someone or something you’ve considered barren may harbor resources that are useful to you. Here’s the rub: Are you in position to get access to them? If not, what would it take to do so?

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): For years I’ve been in love with a woman who is also in love with me. Hooray! But when I was younger, I sometimes got embroiled in obsessive adorations of unavailable women. One didn’t want me, another was already in a committed relationship, still another lived 6,000 miles away and a fourth was a lesbian. The pain of those impossible attractions eventually prodded me to retrain myself so as to not keep repeating the pattern. Can I convince you to learn from my hardship? According to my reading of the omens, the next few months should be a time when you put a strong emphasis on allies who are available, not on the other kind. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I’ve been playing with a fun hypothesis lately: that absolutely everyone in the world has the power to heal someone else. At one end of the spectrum are the doctors and shamans and therapists who can summon the means to cure lots of people. At the other end are individuals with the power to improve the health or smooth out the distortions in just one other person. Wherever you fit in this range, Virgo, I’m happy to tell you that your healing mojo is now at a peak. Please invoke it in all of its intensity and point it in the direction of whoever can benefit. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As I studied the astrological configurations for you, I realized I had to leave the bubble of my office. The omens suggested that you would benefit from escaping your usual frames of reference, and I felt I had to do the same if I wanted to get the best oracle. So I hiked out to my favorite boulder, where the creek forks into two streams. I sat down and addressed the spirits: What’s the advice Libras need most? Soon, a dragonfly landed on my shoulder. For the next 10 minutes, I asked it questions about how you should proceed. Here’s the gist of its telepathic message: “I gently shatter illusions. My power is graceful and lilting. I sew up the wounds of snakes. Nothing eludes my uninhibited vision. I don’t bite. I am a professional and primeval transformer.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Of all the noses of all the famous actresses in the world, my favorite is Cate Blanchett’s. It’s strong and forceful, yet buoyant and irregular. It’s wider and fleshier than most noses that are considered “feminine,” but sensual and seductive. Best of all, it has so many different aspects, and looks so varied from a variety of angles, that it seems to shift its shape as you watch it. It’s gorgeous! Please take a cue from me as you evaluate the unacknowledged beauty in your own sphere, Scorpio. It’s crucial that

you rebel against our culture’s absurdly generic standards. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The best guide in life is strength,” said Swami Vivekananda. “Discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it.” In accordance with the astrological omens, Sagittarius, I’m making that your rallying cry. You not only have the right to align yourself with only the most potent, life-giving sources; you have an urgent need to do so. So be audaciously discerning as you evaluate each person and situation that comes before you. Ask, “Will this feed my vitality or will it not?” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What happens in your bedroom, Capricorn? What stories swirl around in your mind while you’re there? What secrets simmer and ferment? What feelings do you gravitate toward? Judging from the astrological omens, I’d say it’s time to expand your notion of what goes on in that sanctuary. How about embarking on a new playtime activity or introducing a pleasurable commotion you’ve never tried? At the very least, unleash your imagination while relaxing there. Give yourself permission to have bigger fantasies. Tell yourself more epic stories, develop a more active relationship with your secrets and welcome unfamiliar feelings. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Last May, riots in Santa Cruz, Calif., trashed 18 buildings in the downtown area. But for one store owner, the mayhem brought unexpected blessings. She was able to tap into a city fund that not only paid for her broken front window, but also allowed her to make several improvements, like adding fresh paint, a new awning, and better lighting. “I never would have thought when I got that call at 1 in the morning that this was going to turn into such a wonderful thing for us,” Diane Towns told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. I predict a similar progression for you, Aquarius. An event that seemed like bad luck at the time will ultimately lead to good luck. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): French painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) declared early in his career that he wanted to “conquer Paris with an apple.” He meant that he wanted to become a major force in the art world by revolutionizing the way that stilllife paintings were done. He must have been successful, because two prominent modern painters, Picasso and Matisse, referred to Cezanne as “the father of us all.” Your assignment in the coming months, Pisces, is to make a splash in your own chosen field with an innovation that’s as simple and basic as Cezanne’s reconfigured apple.



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Boise Weekly Vol. 19 Issue 11  

Idaho's Only Alternative

Boise Weekly Vol. 19 Issue 11  

Idaho's Only Alternative