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NOTE BOB THEN, NOW AND NEXT WEEK In the very first edition of Best of Boise, which published way back in 1994, the winner of the “Best BSU Sports Team” was not the men’s football team. Gasp! What could it have possibly been, you ask? Try this: the women’s basketball team. You’ll have to wait until next week, when the Readers’ Choice edition his stands, to find out who won that category—which has evolved into the more inclusive “Best Local Sports Team”—this year. Two editions of Best of Boise is another big change from those first years of BOB. In fact, this is only the second year we’ve split the behemoth issue into two editions. This week, you might notice that what was known as the “Editors’ Picks” edition for many years is now called “Staff Picks.” It’s a simple change in words, not in philosophy or approach. And it’s an implied editorial staff. Neither the sales team nor their clients have any sway over who gets a Best of Boise Staff Pick seal of approval. And, of course, as everyone knows, Readers’ Choice is all up to the readers. As you thumb through this edition, you may notice some regular content is MIA. For example, columnist Ted Rall, who recently returned home after his trip to Afghanistan, is not printed in this issue, but you can log onto boiseweekly. com for your weekly fix. “This Modern World” will also return next week after taking a little breather. Major content sections—like Noise, Food, Rec, News and Arts—are all on hiatus for the week, but you will find our complete weekly guide to events. Picks, 8 Days Out and the Music Guide are all in print so that we don’t leave your social calendar totally high and dry for the week. Now, to leave you with one more oldie but goodie from years past ... In 1994, Rich Hazzard, who was a bartender at—get this—Joe’s All American Bar and Grill, was voted Best Bartender. Whether you know it or not, that particular category is a pretty heated competition this year, with several of Boise’s well-known bartenders trying to de-throne threetime winner Mark Allen at Red Feather Lounge. Will Allen take the title again? Check back next week to find out. And one nine-year winner is in the running for 10 years straight in one category. Oh the suspense. It’s killing you, right? —Rachael Daigle

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WIDE LOAD GOES NATIONAL The Los Angeles Times picked up the Highway 12 story, calling the scenic byway along which oil giants Conoco/Philips and ExxonMobil plan to ship gargantuan drilling equipment the real “God’s country.”

NOT EVEN THUGS LIKE A HATER Idaho Values Alliance—which was helmed by the contentious Br yan Fischer until he moved on to epic levels of Muslim-hating and gay-bashing with the American Family Alliance in Mississippi—has a new president. Citydesk spoke briefly with newly appointed Gar y Brown about whether he plans to follow in Fischer’s footsteps or take the high road.

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TAKE A TOUR OF SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE This weekend’s Unique Parade of Homes is a BW Pick of the week, and when you visit boiseweekly.com/video you’ll find a sneak preview video of what’s on the tour.

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RANDEM THINKINGS 2 MulletBoy has more on his plate than loose hairs I have come to a decision about whether to wade into BW’s blog-pool. I’m not going to do it, that’s my decision. I am perfectly happy producing one healthy, big-boned 1,000-worder a week. I have no wish to shmutz up my routine, straining to contrive truncated mini-opinions about whatever rolls across the dashboard of my attention, just so I can call myself a “blogger”… which I believe to be, at best, a dubious distinction, anyway. In coming to this decision, I have had to notify a number of cellar dwellers in my aggregate essence that their services will not be needed. You see, had I decided to blog, it was my intention to allow several disparate voices a share of the stage, all under the Bill Cope blog brand. There is Doris (marmalademaven@sweetmeats.org), the self-described “Queen of West Kuna” who is driven to critique a different jam or jelly every week. I have never known anyone who relishes preserves more than Doris, and I would happily have overlooked her penchant for mixing those reviews with rather lurid observations on which celebrities she would love to lick which jam off of. (One recent example: She insisted that Russell Crowe would go best with a cinnamony apple butter, spread not too thickly.) Then of course, there is MulletBoy (randemthinkings@whistlingdixie.csa) of whom I presented a taste earlier in the year (BW, Opinion, “Red’s Good Idea, Feb. 17, 2010). I am particularly fond of Mulletboy’s exuberance. I sometimes think, “There, but for the grace of God … along with a few dozen I.Q. points and a high school diploma … go I.” With that said, you will understand why I have agreed to run an occasional Mulletboy piece in the space BW allows for my column. And since his account of what he did to commemorate 9/11 illustrates perfectly why I find him fascinating, let us start with that. Sept. 12—The last time I blogged you up was the morning Ripster and I headed out for that big ol‘ thing good ol‘ Glenn Beck was throwing last month. We cut out of Nampa with two whole days to get back east to Washington, D.C., and we’d o‘ made it, too, if’n we hadn’t got lost in Pocatello. We took Ripster’s big ol‘ Dodge truck, and we had to get off the freeway to fill up, and somehow or tother we got turned around and before you know it, we were headed for Utah instead of whatever dang state Washington, D.C.’s, in. Sos I says, “Ain’t you got no map in this rig, Cuz?” And he says, “Look in the jock box,” and I did, and he did. But it was a map of Idaho and I says, “Whoo-ee, Dawg! This ain’t gonna help. We already know how to get outta Idaho.” It took us a few hours but we got headed right again. We never did get to that big ol‘ Glenn Beck thing, though. If you want to know the truth, we never got closer to Washington, D.C., than Cheyenne, which is somewhere in Wyoming, which is one state

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over from Idaho if you’ve never been that way. That’s where we run out of money. Ripster was filling his big ol‘ Ram up for like the fifth time and he says, “Hope you brought lots of money.” And Whoo-ee, Dawg! That’s when I remembered I’d forgotten to cash my last check from the Lube & Scoot. Good ol‘ Glenn Beck says there were like 500,000, maybe a million people there at that big ol‘ thing of his. I’m thinking that if everybody had a gotten there that set out to get there, there woulda been like 10 million or so. Like, Ripster and me woulda sure been there if only we’d o‘ gotten there. Makes you think, doesn’t it? Sos not much else happened until a couple weeks ago when that preacher over in Florida told everyone he was a gonna burn up some Muslim Ko-Rans. I says to Rip, “Hey, why don’t we drive over to Florida and help that preacher burn them Ko-Rans?” And he says, “Sure, why the hell not!” Then he wants to know how far it is to Florida and I look it up on my kids’ jigsaw puzzle of the good ol‘ U.S.A. and tell him, “It’s way the hell the other side of Cheyenne.” So he says, “Screw it.” So then I says, “Hows about if we burn some Ko-Rans right here in Nampa?” And Rip says “I got a idea. What if we microwave some KoRans instead?” Whoo-ee, Dawg! I thought that sounded like a dang good idea. So I bought two KoRans from a Barnes Noble discount bin, then I called the TV station and tell them we’re holding a Ko-Ran-zapping rally at my place. Rip says, “Which TV station you call?” And I tell him it’s the one what runs good ol‘ Glenn Beck on it. And he says, “Ain’t that one way back East somewheres?” And I says, “Yeah, but I used my wife’s cell phone, sos I won’t have to pay the bill.” They didn’t show up anyhow. I thought about calling a closer TV station, but by then, we had the Ko-Rans in the microwave, all ready to nuke. My wife was out yard saling, and it was just me and Ripster and a couple dudes I work with from the Lube & Scoot. We wrapped the Ko-Rans up in tin foil because Rip says his Mom wraps ever thing in tin foil when she cooks it. Then I turn the microwave to about 12 minutes and after a couple of minutes, those Ko-Rans start to pop and shoot off sparks. I figure it’s God’s way of taking our side in the war against the Muslims. Whoo-ee, Dawg! Turns out you’re not supposed to put tin foil in microwaves. I think I knew that once, but forgot. Now I have to buy a new microwaver or my wife says she’ll never cook weenies again. And it looks to me like those Ko-Rans came out of it just fine. Tomorrow, I’m gonna see if I can get my money back from ol‘ Barnes Noble. P.S. “Whoo-ee, Dawg!” is my new motto. I just thought of it this morning. Someday, I’ll make a U-Tuber of how to say it right sos you don’t sound like you’re Chinese. Chow for now. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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ou remember the cool kids in high school: The ones who seemed to have it all, know it all, were on the cutting edge of every trend and were the thermometer by which all standards of cool were measured. We were never those kids. We were the kids behind the bleachers, hiding in the library, skipping class or even in the band, but we were never—by just about anyone’s definition—cool. But that’s how we know the universe has a sense of humor. See, the dorks and the socially awkward grew up to work at Boise Weekly and are more than ready to wield their power to declare the standard of cool in Boise. And that’s just what we do every fall when we roll out the Staff Picks edition of the Best of Boise. That’s right, the first of two annual editions of the Best of Boise is devoted to those people and things we

think deserve a little extra recognition. It’s a bit of a popularity contest—but so was high school—and this time around, the geeks are calling the shots. This issue gives us the opportunity to fawn over some of our favorite things, and like always, everything we highlight is one of the truly local things that makes the Treasure Valley stand out from the rest of the nation. As usual, we like to have a little fun with our Staff Picks. Things will get more serious next week. Readers get their turn on Wednesday, Sept. 29, when the much anticipated Readers’ Choice edition will hit the streets, revealing the results of more than a month of online voting. For now, we’re going to revel in our edition. If you want us, we’ll be sitting in the back of the bus, where all the cool kids sit—or so we’ve been told. —Deanna Darr WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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STAFF PICKS PUBLIC EYE QUICK GUIDE TO PUBLIC EYE Best Gun-In-Your-Mouth Moment Rex Rammell Calls for Obama Tags 10 Best Purple Politician Rep. Walt Minnick

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Best Hope You Went Last Year Because You Ain’t Going This Year Idaho Wolf Hunt 10 Best Reason to Bust into the Piggy Bank Foothills Land Deal

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Best Reason to Learn New Math Education Funding

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Best You Can Keep Her Laura Silsby in Haiti

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Best Reason to Get Scales Sound Money Legislation

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Best Point A to B Parkcenter Bridge

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Best Love Letter Otter Woos Northwest Businesses

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Best Reason to Buy Stock in Guardrail Manufacturers Conoco’s Highway 12 Trip

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Best Doh! Texting and Driving

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Best Idea to Balance Eagle’s Budget Piss Off the Mayor So He Quits and Don’t Hire a Replacement 14 Best Panties in a Twist Beat Butch Underoos

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Best Excuse for the Munchies Brian Cronin’s Hemp Ice Cream

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Best Thing to do with the Boise Hole Move it to Avimor to Live With Other Half-Built, Half-Failed Projects 14 Best Shit-Show Vaughn Ward

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BEST HOPE YOU WENT LAST YEAR BECAUSE YOU AIN’T GOING THIS YEAR

Perennial candidate Rex Rammell is no stranger to controversy, nor does he shy away from a quality publicity event, but he may have bitten off more than he could chew back in April. During a GOP fundraiser in Eastern Idaho, Rammell—who was running for governor at the time—joked about issuing Obama Tags after chiding Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for not buying the first wolf tag issued in the state. Rammell quickly issued a clarification but that only dug a deeper hole. He stated that everyone should have known he was joking because Idaho doesn’t have jurisdiction over hunting seasons in Washington, D.C. One group we’re sure didn’t get the joke was the Secret Service. They tend to take threats on the president’s life pretty seriously.

OK, you win. This is us putting up the literar y white flag. We give up. We’ve spent decades writing about the wolf issue: people love them, people hate them; they need to be protected, they need to be hunted; they’re on the endangered species list, now they’re not. Oops, they’re back on … and they’re off again … on again … hold it, off again. We’ve had it. We’re throwing in the towel and never writing about wolves again. Of course, that statement will last about as long as it takes someone to file an appeal to get them back on/off the list—we forget which.

REX RAMMELL CALLS FOR OBAMA TAGS

BEST PURPLE POLITICIAN

REP. WALT MINNICK

Idaho’s junior representative has become the purple elephant of the political scene; neither party knows quite how to handle him. He’s a Democrat who is willing to cross the aisle, so the far left Democrats are not quite sure if they want to claim him. But he’s a Democrat, therefore the far right Republicans want to hang him out to dry. But he’s making it awful hard for both sides. If he would just stop standing in the middle and putting logic above party politics, it would make things a whole lot clearer.

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BEST REASON TO BUST INTO THE PIGGY BANK

FOOTHILLS LAND DEAL

If you’re going to drop $4.1 million on a land deal, we can’t think of many better deals than the one the City of Boise inked with the former developers of the proposed Cliffs development in East Boise to secure more than 700 acres of Foothills land for conservation. Now, instead of a massive housing development in a sensitive wildlife area, Hammer Flats will be remain open space. We give that one a “yee” and a “haw.”

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EDUCATION FUNDING

If a better educated workforce + quality schools to draw new business + opportunities for continuing education + fostering creativity through arts education = a more competitive and vibrant economy, then why does the need to grow the economy + the need for more jobs + the need to diversify = gutting the state public education budget? Maybe we’re not good at math, but this doesn’t seem to add up.

BEST YOU CAN KEEP HER

LAURA SILSBY IN HAITI

She went to Haiti with a group of volunteers to help orphans. Boy, did she screw that one up. Whether through inattention to detail or just not giving a damn, the Boise resident created an international incident, landing herself in a Haitian jail for months and taking up precious resources and attention that could have been used to actually help the people of Haiti after, say, a major natural disaster. Here are a couple of tips for the future: make sure the orphans are actually orphans, get permission to take children into another country, and make sure your pile of legal issues at home are taken care of before you leave.

BEST REASON TO GET SCALES

SOUND MONEY LEGISLATION

Thanks in large part to Texas Congressman Ron Paul and his Libertarian “Rloveution,” a pair of Idaho state legislators caught gold and silver fever last session. Reps. Phil Hart, an Athol Republican, and Lenore Hardy Barrett, a Republican from Challis, both pitched bills that would establish precious metals—specifically silver—as legal tender in the Gem State, though the Yukon Cornelius-inspired “sound money” measures went down in defeat. Hart said he’s fixin’ to reintroduce his bill next session— termed “The Idaho Silver Gem Act”—and you never know: Pretty soon all that neglected silverware you only bring out on special occasions might be paying for your next vacation.

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BEST PERSISTENCE

U.S. 2010 CENSUS

First came the celebrity-studded television advertising campaign. Then there were the handy reminders mailed to our homes. Then came the traveling bus tour. And, if we hadn’t caught on by then, they sent people to knock on our doors. OK, U.S. Census, we got it. You want us to turn in our Census form. Seriously, stop stalking us! Have you heard of personal space? You’re making us very uncomfortable.

BEST ONE-WAY TRACK

BOISE STREETCAR

It’s no secret that Boise Mayor Dave Bieter wants a public rail system to address transit needs across the Treasure Valley. But when the Boise City Council announced plans for a downtown streetcar, which would run a circular route through the heart of downtown, the wheels on that “trolley” came to a screeching halt. Despite the city’s best efforts to show that the downtown circulator was just the first phase in a plan that would eventually link downtown with Boise State and the Boise Airport, opposition came fast and furious. In the end, it was the lack of federal stimulus funding that put a stop to the plans—at least for now. We’re still dreaming of that light rail system linking the valley.

BEST FLIP FLOP

GOV. C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER VS. IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION

In his State of the State address earlier this year, Otter announced his plan to phase out all public funding of Idaho Public Television, leaving the station to depend on its private donors. Otter admitted he didn’t watch the station, and that’s probably why he forgot that public funding of IdahoPTV is what allows for the broadcast of the state legislative session each year. When the TV folks said they ran the risk of having to limit broadcasts to Southwestern Idaho without the funds, Otter seemed to think IdahoPTV was all sorts of praiseworthy. In the end, the Legislature declined to cut funding to the station. Maybe it’s an example of why we should all watch Nature, Masterpiece and Sesame Street instead of professional wrestling.

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When former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin galloped into Boise to stump for Vaughn Ward this past spring, she brought her usual array of “you bet’cha” folksisms along for the ride. But there was one term in particular we were surprised to hear as we were sequestered in the media pit at the back of Qwest Arena: “lamestream media.” Youch. We can’t refudiate such a genius new term.

BEST POINT A TO B

PARKCENTER BRIDGE

What can we say other than “finally.” The powers that be have been talking about another bridge over the Boise River for years, and now it’s a reality. Besides, now Bown Crossing makes so much more sense.

BEST LOVE LETTER

OTTER WOOS NORTHWEST BUSINESSES

There’s no doubt about it, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is a hopeless romantic. His heart beats lustily, his cheeks flush crimson and he gets that “OMG-I-think-I’mgonna-barf-but-I-like-it” feeling whenever he sees his dearly beloved: other states’ businesses. Butch made his intentions known earlier this spring—when love is in the air—with gushy missives addressed to businesses in Washington and Oregon, asking them to move in with him here in the Spud State. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire spurned the erstwhile Romeo, stating that Washington firms are already in a stable, fulfilling relationship and they don’t swing. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said he recognizes that tax concerns are making for a rocky relationship, but it’s just a rough patch and it’ll pass.

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BEST REASON TO BUY STOCK IN GUARDRAIL MANUFACTURERS

CONOCO’S HIGHWAY 12 TRIP

When the load in front of you weighs more than half a million pounds, stands nearly three stories high and spans twothirds the length of a football field, you can just forget about getting anywhere anytime soon. Just as Idaho’s Transportation Department was about to give the green light to ConocoPhillips to move the giant loads across U.S. Highway 12, Second District Judge John Bradbury, who clearly has been in the middle of his share of roadblocks, said wait just a pea-pickin’ minute. The whole mess is expected to shake out in front of Idaho’s Supreme Court. But four ConocoPhillips loads is a just a drop of oil on the driveway compared to the more-than-200 that ExxonMobil wants to ship across central Idaho. FYI, each is about the size of a T-Rex.

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TEXTING AND DRIVING

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BEST IDEA TO BALANCE EAGLE’S BUDGET

PISS OFF THE MAYOR SO HE QUITS AND DON’T HIRE A REPLACEMENT

Clearly, $71,000 a year plus benefits was not enough for Phil Bandy. So hizzoner took a part-time job at Boise State. That set off a shitstorm of nasty remarks at Eagle City Hall, so Bandy promptly took his toys and went home. Without saying a thing to his colleagues or the media, Bandy quit and Eagle has been without a mayor ever since. The city council still hasn’t figured out a way to choose a new leader. Probably because most of them want to be mayor. Be careful what you wish for.

BEST PANTIES IN A TWIST

BEAT BUTCH UNDEROOS

Former gubernatorial candidate Pete Peterson ran his primary campaign on a single two-word platform that just so happened to fit quite nicely smattered across the butt cheeks of anyone who donned Peterson’s campaign swag. The booty: women’s white briefs with two bright blue words: Beat Butch.

BEST EXCUSE FOR THE MUNCHIES

BRIAN CRONIN’S HEMP ICE CREAM In support of Moscow Republican Rep. Tom Trail’s drive to legalize hemp production in Idaho, Boise Democrat Rep. Brian Cronin took a trip down memory lane and the grocery aisle to show lawmakers that hemp is good for everything from drafting a declaration of independence and covering wagons to, yes, making ice cream. At a hearing for the proposal, which ultimately went up in smoke, Cronin produced a box of hemp “milk” available at Boise Co-Op in an effort to show how lame it is that you can buy hemp products but the plants themselves are illegal. Lame. Lame, indeed, dude.

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BEST THING TO DO WITH THE BOISE HOLE

MOVE IT TO AVIMOR TO LIVE WITH OTHER HALF-BUILT, HALF-FAILED PROJECTS

Glance over the more or less permanent plywood shielding around the Boise Tower Hole and what you’ll see is one wince-inducing, overgrown jungle of rebar. The trees are so rooted and growing so swiftly in that mess, before we know it, we’ll have that park some folks hope for. For now, it’s still in that awkward ’tween stage that looks like a decade-old train wreck. We say scoop it out—rebar, trees and all—and move it out to Avimor where the blight can join other projects of its kind. Let’s finally put the Hole out to pasture, literally.

BEST SHIT-SHOW

VAUGHN WARD

Vaughn Ward, the Sarah Palin-endorsed Republican primary candidate for Idaho’s First Congressional District, had a bit of a rough run. And by that we mean his gaffes made George W. Bush look downright smart. Not only did the Iraq War vet insist Puerto Rico was a country in a debate, he also admitted to not voting in the 2008 election after serving as John McCain’s campaign director in Nevada. And the cherry on the shit-show sundae? Days before the primary, a video was released that showed Ward plagiarizing one of President Barack Obama’s speeches, almost word for word. We’re proud to present Vaughn with the a-Ward for worst primary campaign.

BEST I SAW THE SIGN AND IT OPENED UP MY EYES

TEA PARTY RALLY SIGNAGE

This year’s innumerable flag-waving, “don’t tread on me” Tea Party rallies introduced some wacky new slogans on hastily scrawled signs. From the snarky ones, “I’ll keep my freedom, my guns, my money. You keep the change” to the punny ones, “Obama Bin Lyin’,” to the downright hilarious ones, “Make English America’s offical [sic] language” and “Thank you Fox News for keeping us infromed [sic],” tea partiers developed their own nonsensical language: Teabonics.

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STORY STORY NIGHT storystorynight.org

Remember the time you got caught peering in your next-door neighbors’ bathroom window? Or the time you starred in that soft-core porn? Well, thanks to the monthly storytelling forum Story Story Night, you can share those mortifying/uplifting/hilarious/magical tales with hundreds of your closest strangers.

BEST PLACE TO GEEK OUT OVER YOUR LIT CRUSH

SUN VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS 191 Fifth St., Ketchum, 208-726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org

Michael Chabon. David Sedaris. Salman Rushdie. Junot Diaz. Ira Glass. The list of lit stars who have trekked to Sun Valley as a part of Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ multidisciplinary programming is enough to make a librarian’s panties drop.

BEST DO-SI-DO

GO LISTEN BOISE’S GRAND OL’ TIME SQUARE DANCE NIGHT golistenboise.org

ADAM ROSENLUND

GLB’s monthly old-time music and square-dancing series has made “Swing your pardner ’round and ’round,” a surprisingly hip rallying call.

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Best “No, Honey, Really. I Rented a Room For Art. I Swear.” Modern Art 17

Best Reason to Replace Office Supplies Trey McIntyre Project Spurbans 17

Best Open Arts Relationship Boise Philharmonic Hooking Up With Every Major Arts Organization in Town 19

Best Polygamous Paperback Brady Udall’s The Lonely Polygamist 17

Best Miming/Jump Roping/ Singing/Stand-Up Comedying/Dancing Event That Draws Everybody Boise Curb Cup 18

Best Gray Be Gone Boise Mural Art Project 19

Best Shorts Support i48 Film Competition and Festival

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Best Fountain of Youth Classic Rock Concerts

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Best What Is Art? Pie Hole’s Graffiti

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Best Way to Ante Up for Arts Boise Contemporary Theater Meets Kickstarter 19 Best “Down In Front” Lawn Chairs at Concerts 19

Best Danger, Will Robinson! Robots at BAM 19 Best Event Name Honoring Its Location Outlaw Concert Series 19 Best Place to Get Schooled The Idaho School of Art and Craft 20 Best Cheerleader for the Arts Michael Faison, Idaho Commission on the Arts 20

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Best Way to Sing a New Tune Eagle River Pavilion 20 Best Way to Learn Your ABCs Kids’ Library Programs

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1314 W. Grove St., 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com Modern Art, the annual event in which artists take over the Modern Hotel’s hip rooms and transform them into mini galleries has become a highly anticipated event for both artists and attendees. There’s something contemporary and a little salacious about squeezing through the halls, pressed against strangers as you try to get from room to room and discovering, once you do get through, high-caliber art of every possible incarnation created by people in this community. It’s kind of hot.

BEST POLYGAMOUS PAPERBACK

BRADY UDALL’S

THE LONELY POLYGAMIST

When we first heard about Brady Udall’s The Lonely Polygamist, we were so excited. We loved The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. When we saw the 700-page polygamist’s tale, however, we panicked a little: It was as big as the family it was about. But as we began to read about Golden Richards and his 28-member clan, we couldn’t put it down. In fact, we were willing to risk an injury just to keep the tome close.

BEST SHORTS SUPPORT

I48 FILM FESTIVAL idaho48.org

Aspiring and old-hat filmmakers spend a frenetic 48 hours creating—from start to finish—a short film. The results are sometimes crazy but are just as often brilliant indicators that film is still reel important here in Idaho.

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BEST REASON TO REPLACE OFFICE SUPPLIES

TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT SPURBANS treymcintyre.com

It’s no secret that Boiseans are fans of TMP. Hell, according to The New York Times, we could be considered stalkers. But it’s not all our fault. The TMP dancers are always out, dancing in the streets, office buildings and other random places you don’t expect to be exposed to an enrosque or approached by an arabesque. Spurbans, or Spontaneous Urban dances, can happen any time, any place, even right in the middle of your office. It’s hard not to fall for the group of smiling steppers, especially when they show up unexpectedly, dance their firm little butts off and then leave as quickly as they came. And if they happen to knock a stapler, tape dispenser or even a monitor off the desk, ah, so what. You just got danced at.

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It’s weird. We still don’t know for sure how many people attended the inaugural Boise Curb Cup last year: reports quote somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 (organizers expected less than 1,000). That’s a huge gap and one that would make planning for the next one daunting. But that didn’t stop organizer Mark Rivers from doing it all over again this year and making it even bigger. On Aug. 29, the rain stopped and the clouds parted as hundreds of performers and thousands of spectators descended on downtown Boise like a mob of brides-to-be at a Vera Wang 70-percent-off sale. Music, performers, dogs, strollers, chatter and laughter filled BODO, the Grove and Eighth Street for three hours straight, after which the Summerwind Skippers walked away with a $1,000 prize and the big silver Curb Cup. And even if reports come back listing this year’s attendees at somewhere between eleventeen and dodecahundred, you can bet it will happen all over again next year.

BEST FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

CLASSIC ROCK CONCERTS

Aural memories live in a drawer in the same cabinet where your brain stores scent memories. Just like the smell of lilacs can trigger a memory of your grandmother, a song can transport you to the halcyon days of youth. And Boise has been a veritable time machine this year. The Psychedelic Furs turned the Egyptian Theatre all pretty in pink. Idaho Botanical Garden let people stay with Jackson Browne and shone some light on rainy day women with Bob Dylan. The Eagle River Pavilion filled the air with the ubiquitous stylings of the joker Steve Miller and also took a ride on the Marrakesh Express with the harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash. At the Idaho Center, The Eagles acted like the new kid in town. And at each concert, hundreds—or thousands—of middle-aged people acted like the hormonal kids they were when they first heard these bands.

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BEST WHAT IS ART?

PIE HOLE’S GRAFFITI

205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783; 1016 Broadway Ave., 208-424-2255; 726 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-2842, pieholeusa.com From the time Pie Hole opened its first location, co-owner Jason Crawforth knew he wanted it to attract all kinds of people. Ultimately, he wanted his restaurants to be cool, even the ones outside of the hip downtown Boise corridor. Pocatello-based graffiti artists Drae and Toenail helped in that regard. Their big, bright murals both inside and outside Pie Hole locations in Pocatello and Meridian transformed otherwise dull buildings into swirling scapes that you’d expect to see in much larger cities. It’s a brilliant way to give a business an edge that combines an urban art form with one of the simplest foods on Earth.

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Boise Philharmonic Music Director Robert Franz just can’t commit, at least when it comes to staging rendezvous with other major arts organizations in town. During the 2009-2010 season, Boise Philharmonic collaborated with the likes of Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Master Chorale, Boise State Chorus and Boise State Orchestra. And there’s even more collaboration planned for the next season. Talk about poly.

BEST GRAY BE GONE

BOISE MURAL ART PROJECT 280 N. Eighth St.

One day Buddy Van Buren was in the parking garage of the Idaho Building and thought that it could use a little brightening up. So he made some calls. The idea quickly snowballed and one mural turned into two floors of murals. And that’s how more than 50 local artists clustered into the garage, turning a gray blight into a giant public art display. From the humble idea, a landmark was created and community spirit thrived. Someone paint this man a giant gold star.

BEST WAY TO ANTE UP FOR ARTS

BCT MEETS KICKSTARTER

854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater.org If you can’t be an artist, be an arts supporter. Boise Contemporar y Theater embraced this idea when it created a Kickstarter campaign to finance a new production, The Krumblin Foundation, for its 2010-2011 season. Patrons were asked to give what they could so an additional play could be seen by all. We can’t argue with the results: more theater in Boise.

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Few outdoor venues offer a natural bowl shape for watching a concert. That means that the people in back—who paid just as much to be there but couldn’t get out of the house as quickly as the people closer to the front—can only see if everybody is sitting at the same level. That means that if you bring a standard sized beach chair to sit in, two things become apparent: 1. You are clearly more important than everyone else at the show. 2. You’re lucky you got anyone to go to the concert with you. Sadly, it was someone who also thinks a 3-foot-high back is perfectly acceptable in the middle of general seating.

BEST DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!

ROBOTS AT BAM 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org

Since early in the 20th centur y, we have looked at the robot as a symbol of the future. Earlier this year, Boise Art Museum presented “Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon” examining artists’ interpretations of how humans feel about their metal counterparts. Ever ything from drawing to painting to 3D sculpture filled the museum’s vaulted halls and made us examine our relationship with a technology we created in our own image.

BEST NAMED EVENT HONORING ITS LOCATION

OUTLAW CONCERT SERIES 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org

Michael Franti, Barenaked Ladies, Jewel, Jackson Brown, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan performing outdoors among thousands of bushes, grasses, flowers and trees with the Old Idaho Penitentiary as a backdrop. Hell, yes.

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THE IDAHO SCHOOL OF ART AND CRAFT

EAGLE RIVER PAVILION 827 E. Riverside Drive, 208-938-2933

Formerly the Mend Project, the Idaho School of Art and Craft now offers monthly workshops, drop-in studio hours, artists’ critiques and even live nude drawing sessions. Who said arts and crafts had to come after naptime?

Since opening earlier this summer, the Eagle River Pavilion has proved a prime player in the concert scene. Promoter Creston Thornton helped turn an undeveloped swath of Eagle property into an outdoor venue that people are clamoring to get to. So far, the venue has hosted shows from such legacy acts as Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Steve Miller Band. And if things keep going the way they are out there, we can expect to see plenty more of the same.

BEST CHEERLEADER FOR THE ARTS

BEST WAY TO LEARN YOUR ABCS

701 E. 44th St., Ste. 11, Garden City, theidahoschoolartandcraft. wordpress.com

MICHAEL FAISON, IDAHO COMMISSION ON THE ARTS arts.idaho.gov

Since arriving in Idaho to take his post as executive director of Idaho Commission on the Arts, Michael Faison has championed arts in the Gem State. He has fought continually shrinking budgets to not only keep grant funding available to struggling arts organizations, but he has also led the effort to bring more arts into small communities across the state. And the whole time, he’s just so enthusiastic about it that no one questions his passion for his job. Thanks to the work Faison is doing now, the arts will be a bigger part of the lives of all Idahoans. Not to mention, he’s just a damned nice guy.

BEST THING TO GET YOUR BEHIND BEHIND

INTERNATIONAL FANNY PACK DAY

What started as a one-man-fruitcake show—and yes, we do mean that in sooo many ways—in Portland, Ore., has become an annual food drive in Boise. Every year Nick Yates gets a group of fanny pack owners/wearers/supporters/ lovers together at a local watering hole as a quirky way to have a food drive and a party. If only you hadn’t donated that neon pick NKOTB fanny pack to IYR, then you could’ve been the coolest, can-carrying cat at the party. Better start scouting thrift stores now; you only have until March before it’s IFPD 2011.

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BEST WAY TO SING A NEW TUNE

KIDS’ LIBRARY PROGRAMS boisepubliclibrary.org

If you want people to actually enjoy a lifetime of reading, you’ve got to get ’em when they’re young. And to do that, you’ve got to make it fun. That’s why we give a tip of our literary hat to the public library for its plethora of youth reading programs. From summer-long campaigns and weekly story time to interactive parties that literally bring a book to life, the library is giving writers job security. And that’s good news for us.

BEST REASON WHY ESTHER SIMPLOT ROCKS

VISIT FROM NEA PRESIDENT ROCCO LANDESMAN

Earlier this year Rocco Landesman, the president of the National Endowment for the Arts, spoke to representatives from several Boise arts organizations as part of his tour across America, looking at where NEA grant money goes and how it is spent. Landesman spoke about how impressed he was with communities like Boise that aren’t very large in size but are huge in scope. The best part of the lecture, though, was after Landesman spoke at length about the importance of arts education and how that has to be included in every grant, the distinguished Mrs. Esther Simplot stood up and said, “I understand the importance of education, but why can’t we fund art just for art’s sake?” Esther Simplot rocks.

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Best Way to Get High in the Mountains U.S. Paragliding Nationals

Best Track to Nowhere Les Bois Racetrack 22

Best Reason to Take Out Life Insurance Skyaking 22 Best Reason to Hang in There The Front Climbing Club 23

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SEE SPOT SPLASH

Once the kids have been officially kicked out of the pool for the summer, Parks and Rec throws one last hootenanny. For the dogs. For a few, short glorious hours each summer, Fido and his friends have the run of the pool. But sorry, pups, the hydrotube is still off limits until you learn how to go down on your backside.

BEST WAY TO GET HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS

U.S. PARAGLIDING NATIONALS usparaglidingnats.com

OK, put away the jokes about the liberal attitude toward pot in Ketchum. The folks really getting high were the international competitors who soared over Central Idaho in their quest for the national paragliding championship. It’s the first time the competition has come to the mountain town, which hopes to bring the world championships to the area in the future. We can’t wait to see what will come—at least as soon as we get the kinks out of our necks.

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BEST REASON TO TAKE OUT LIFE INSURANCE

SKYAKING

Kayaking and skydiving: The two go together like peanut butter and jelly, or rather, an anvil and a helium balloon. But that didn’t stop Miles Daisher and Scott Lindgren from blending the two seemingly unblendable spor ts to create skyaking. It’s pretty much what you think it is: A person in a kayak drops out of a plane, eventually deploys a parachute and (hopefully) lands gracefully on water. So far, Daisher is the only one who has done it, and he has demonstrated it on national TV on the Today Show. Still, it’s not something we’re planning to tr y anytime soon.

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3235 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-336-7625, frontboise.com

Rock jocks far and wide can celebrate the addition of a spankin’ new bouldering gym in Garden City, but what we particularly like—besides the constantly rotating routes—is the gym’s commitment to youth programs. Nothing like bringing in the next generation of climbers, one handhold at a time.

BEST TRACK TO NOWHERE

LES BOIS RACETRACK

Aaaannnndd coming around the corner is … absolutely nothing! It has been more than a year, and the owners of the horse racing track formerly known as Les Bois, Ada County and horse owners still can’t come to an agreement on how to bring live racing back to Boise. Until such a time as the ponies are running again, may we suggest urban gladiatorial fights? Or perhaps some jousting?

BEST REASON TO BE PATIENT

BEST CROSS-DRESSING

ANIMAL DRESS-UP AT THE WESTERN IDAHO FAIR idahofair.com

Picture rabbits in gingham dresses, chickens in tiny Boise State football uniforms, miniature goats dressed like cowboys, dogs in business suits and annoyed cats wearing tiaras and tulle. Prizes are on the line. It’s pretty much the best thing you’ll see all summer.

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FREESTYLE AT BOGUS BASIN MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” When it comes to the much-anticipated whitewater park in the heart of Boise, the answer is “almost.” Work has started on the first phase, and while fundraising is ongoing, we’re hopeful that by this time next year, we’ll be too busy splashing in the standing wave to have time to write this.

The demise of Tamarack Resort left a giant void in the world of freestyle skiing and boarding—a void that, logically, Bogus Basin could step in and fill. Alas, despite the presence of a terrain park at the popular ski hill, true freestyle is still a pipe dream. Here’s hoping mountain management pulls a 180.

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MK NATURE CENTER 600 S. Walnut St., 208-334-2225 fishandgame.idaho.gov

Next time your job has you ready to staple a coworker to the wall, take a breath, put down the office supplies and head to the MK Nature Center next to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game headquarters in downtown Boise. Hidden next to the river is a little Shangri-La, where babbling streams attract birds and provide a home for native fish. Yes, it’s educational, but the real payoff is when you find enough inner calm to make it through the day without attacking anyone with Wite-Out.

BEST ESKIMO ROLL

KELLY’S WHITEWATER PARK Highway 55, Cascade, kellyswhitewaterpark.com

While we’re still waiting for a whitewater park in Boise, Cascade beat us to the punch with Kelly’s Whitewater Park. The splashy addition to Cascade’s whitewater landscape is already attracting kayakers and even tubers to its standing waters. But one area in which it trumps most water parks is its stunning visitors center. (The carved stone sinks in the bathrooms are worth the drive.)

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BEST MAD DASH

MAIN STREET MILE mainstreetmile.com

The Main Street Mile happens at the hottest part of the day in the hottest time of the year. Hot as it may be, it’s good fun. And we’re not sure what’s better: watching a squad of firemen take the loop, watching kids take the loop chasing after an ice cream truck, or taking bets on which poor mascot will pass out first from heat stroke. And men, if that’s not enough fun for you, take advantage of the Main Street Mile’s reason for being: free prostate screenings.

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3200 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-385-9642; 3243 Federal Way Ste. B, 208-385-9642, bikramboise.com Holding yourself nearly upside down in a hot room might not be your preferred activity after a night on the town has left you wishing you could take back the last three hours you spent at a bar. But what better way to get it out of your system than sweating it out? It’s all about sweat at the hot yoga classes being offered at both Bikram Yoga locations, where students pose in a heated room. Sure, there’s that whole thing about improving your health and fitness, but the quickie detox ain’t bad either.

BEST LAWN LEISURE

KUBB

What could be more entertaining than throwing wooden rods at wooden blocks? Try throwing wooden rods at wooden blocks while talking mad shit and slugging back cold brews. Kubb, a Swedish lawn game that’s a combo between bowling and horseshoes, might seem simple, but it’s a damn good time. Good job, Swedes. You win this round.

BEST REASON TO SING “HOOP, HOOP BA-DOOP”

HULA HOOPING CLASSES

Though Salt-N-Pepa might not be showcasing their hooping skillz anytime soon, the rest of us can get an abs-busting, nostalgic workout at one of the many hula-hooping classes offered at Boise State and the Downtown YMCA. In the immortal words of Ice Cube, “You can do it, put your back into it.”

BEST SOCIAL CLIMBING

BOISE STATE MOVES TO THE MOUNTAIN WEST

Really, Western Athletic Conference, it’s not you. It’s us. Yes, we’ve already moved on with someone else, but please don’t be jealous. Sure, we’ll be playing bigger teams, spending more time on TV and getting even more national attention, but that doesn’t mean we regret our time together. We both grew, and we’re sure you’ll find someone else.

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There’s something noble about how motorcyclists, when they pull up next to one another other at a red light, nearly always share a nod and moment of camaraderie. For a moment, personality, brand, politics, horsepower—none of it matters. They’re both just ridin’ dudes or dudettes, even if one is on a BMW and the other on a rusty old Yamaha that sounds like a lawn mower. You’d think that bicyclists would share a similar connection, and yet as the song says, it ain’t necessarily so. Those in tight pants and sporty sunglasses on carbon fiber frames do their thing, those on $10 Centurions from the Idaho Youth Ranch do theirs. No nods at red lights, no half-waves on the Greenbelt. Anymore, you’re lucky to get an “on your left” before being left in a cloud of dust and pine needles. You know … just saying is all (sniff).

BEST WHEELIN’ AND DEALIN’

TREASURE VALLEY ROLLERGIRLS

treasurevalleyrollergirls.net With names like Raggedy Ann-ihilation, Hellen Brimstone and Ana Rampage, the Treasure Valley RollerGirls have proven they ain’t no wimpy roller weenies.

BEST WAY TO GET AROUND BRONCO NATION ON TWO WHEELS

THE TAILGATER BIKE

Despite the best efforts of public shuttles, it seems inevitable that Bronco games will always make the roads—and parking—a nightmare. But this year, something was done about it. The Tailgater is a custom bike made by local craftsmen Steve Noyes and Dave Fotsch to avoid the transportation hassles. It has a fold-down platform for a barbecue, cooler or whatever else can be easily transported by attaching it to a trailer hitch, making fans free to cruise to the game in style. The bike was sold in an auction to benefit Boise Bicycle Project during Boise Bike Week for more than $900. When it cruises by as you’re stuck in a traffic jam or searching for a parking spot, you will be jealous.

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BEST KEPT SECRET

BOISE UNDERGROUND (FOOD) MARKET

It’s such a good secret we won’t even tell you here. The enterprising can figure out what it is with a good Google search. Have at it. Meanwhile, we’ll be saving our scratch for the next top-secret market.

BEST INTERNATIONAL BEER CRAWL

BREWFORIA BEER MARKET 3030 E. Overland Road, Ste. 100, Meridian, 208-888-7668, brewforia.com

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Got a hankerin’ for an ale from Japan or a pilsner from Bavaria? Maybe a good Scottish stout or a Brazilian black beer? Stepping into Brewforia is like jumping on the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland—if those little animatronic characters were offering you a brewsky rather than doing all that irritating singing, that is. In fact, that ride might be a lot more popular if it were more like Brewforia. Just a thought.

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Best International Beer Crawl Brewforia Beer Market 26 Best Place to Get a Tenpenny Nail Without a Bout of Agoraphobia Overland Lumber

Best Pretty Picture Maker Blue Dog Framing 27 Best Way to Smell Local Intentions Perfumery 30

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Best Literary Movement Rediscovered Bookshop 27 Best Booze Tool Cocktail Compass

Best Goddamn Delivery Dudes in the Universe Northstar Cycle Courier 27

Best Other Reason to Visit Boise Art Museum BAM Gift Store 30 Best Way to Survive on the Cheap BW Card

Best You’re a Peach Watson’s Sunnyslope Farm Peaches Best Green Thumb North End Organic Nursery

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Best Place to Find a New Aussie Boyfriend Idahostel 31 Best Reason to Be a Carnivore Smoky Davis

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Best Way to Get Your Calcium Boise Milk Home Delivery

Best Won’t You Be My Neighbor North By Northwest

Best Flat Fix in a Fix Mobile Bike Bicycle Repair

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Best Place to Pick Up a New Dress on the Cheap Before a Hot Date Repeat Boutique 31 Best Back to the Future Reuseum

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Best New Kid on the Thrift Store Block Northwest Animal Companions Re-Style Thrift Store

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Best Place to Get Some Indie Street Cred Idaho Indie Works Boutique 32

Best Place to Find a T-Shirt So Soft, It Will Feel Like You’re Wearing a Second Skin (But Not in a Buffalo Bill, Silence of the Lambs Kind of Way) Palmercash 32 Best International Brews Served Up With a Tall Glass of Sass Tres Bonne Cuisine

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OVERLAND LUMBER 4100 W. Overland Road, 208-336-4600

They might be Nirvana for the DIY home remodeler, but big-box home improvement stores are overwhelming, especially if you’re just looking for a couple of nails or a few planks of MDF lumber. At Overland Lumber you can still find all the stuff you need for home repair. You just won’t need to walk a few miles through a store to do so.

BEST LITERARY MOVEMENT

REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP

180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org You know when you move and you pack all your books into a couple of boxes, then you try to pick up one of those boxes and you throw your back out and have to go to the emergency room for Xrays and then you have to hire movers to move your boxes of books? Well, imagine if all you owned was books—a whole store full. We can’t imagine that the moving process was easy for Rediscovered Bookshop when it left its old Bench location for new digs in Downtown Boise, but boy are we glad they did. Now all those book signings, author discussions, book groups and, of course, books, are all that much closer. We bibliophiles thank you.

BEST BOOZE TOOL

COCKTAIL COMPASS

Who needs to know where north is when you know where the closest happy hour is? Pointing you toward the cheapest, closest booze 24 hours a day, seven days a week is Cocktail Compass Boise. Get it at the iPhone app store.

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BEST GODDAMN DELIVERY DUDES IN THE UNIVERSE

NORTHSTAR CYCLE COURIER northstarcourier.com

If we thought we had to be all proper about what exactly it is Northstar does, we’d describe them as bike messengers. Need legal docs ferried to your ex-whoever? Northstar. Need an urn of coffee ferried across downtown? Northstar. Need several thousand copies of BW distributed throughout downtown Boise every week? Northstar. We love ’em.

BEST PRETTY PICTURE MAKER

BLUE DOG FRAMING 208-407-4045

With few exceptions, every piece of work that graces the cover of Boise Weekly gets a matching frame. The man who makes it all look good, week after week, year after year is Rick Jackson at Blue Dog Framing.

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INTENTIONS PERFUMERY 208-871-1233, intentionsperfumery.com

You can eat local, drink local, shop local, why not smell local? Intentions Perfumery’s Caitlyn Davies crafts lovely, essential oil-based perfumes in mini Art Nouveau glass vials. Dreamy.

BEST OTHER REASON TO VISIT THE BOISE ART MUSEUM

BEST YOU’RE A PEACH

670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org

13243 Sunnyslope Road, Caldwell, watsonssunnyslopefarm. blogspot.com

Looking for a little purse-sized notebook by Galison New York? They’re hard to find—unless you ask BAM Gift Shop manager Melissa Swafford. She made a special order, didn’t charge anything extra for doing it, ordered one with a particularly cool Andy Warhol design and called when it came in. The gift shop also has an amazing selection of art jewelry, cool contemporary finds and gifts that reflect some of BAM’s exhibits.

This could also go under the title “Best Reason to Rob a Fruit Stand at Gunpoint.” Some people don’t get it. They look at a peach and think it’s a piece of fruit. Those who know better are rejoicing, complete with sticky fingers and chins, since the peaches from the Sunnyslope area around Marsing are finally in season. An overripe one can be had for a song at any fruit stand in town, and as any of those shirtless fruit-stand dudes will tell you, a peach isn’t ripe until it’s overripe. Listen quietly and you may be able to hear slurping noises.

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BEST WAY TO SURVIVE ON THE CHEAP

BW CARD boiseweekly.com

It’s simple math: A card holder gets a 40 percent discount on goods and services from participating merchants. Follow along: Put $12 on your card, and you get $20 worth of food, booze, spa services, movie tickets, books or tattoos (that’s right, tattoos). And with more than 40 merchants and growing, like we’d go anywhere else.

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WATSON’S SUNNYSLOPE FARM PEACHES

BEST GREEN THUMB

NORTH END ORGANIC NURSERY

2350 Hill Road, 208-389-4769, northendnursery.com Let’s see: It’s locally owned, specializes in keeping what should be green alive and does so with an enviro-friendly eye. Yup. It’s a BW favorite.

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280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 103, 208-286-6476, idahostel.com Boise just got a new youth hostel, and y’all know what that means. Pretty soon there’ll be drunk dudes from down under with dog-eared Let’s Go guides begging to be shown around town. Put on your tour-guide hats, ladies.

BEST REASON TO BE A CARNIVORE

SMOKY DAVIS

3914 W. State St., 208-344-1885, smokydavis.com Sometimes, it really pays off to eat meat, like when you walk into an old-time meat shop like Smoky Davis, which has been keeping Treasure Valley carnivores happy since 1953. There are the fine cuts of beef and pork, the melt-in-your-mouth beef jerky, homemade ropes of pepperoni, in-house smoked fish and a bevy of made-in-Idaho products. But for our money, nothing—absolutely nothing—beats the bacon. In fact, we’re drooling a little as we write this. Excuse us a moment, we have to go grab a pound of the thickcut, pepper-cured, applewood-smoked deliciousness right now.

BEST WAY TO GET YOUR CALCIUM

BOISE MILK HOME DELIVERY 208-562-8885, boisemilk.wordpress.com

You stop at the store to get a halfgallon of milk or a dozen eggs. An hour and $60 later, you have several bags of chips, crackers and soda and a big dent in your wallet. With Boise Milk Home Delivery you save time, energy and money and can avoid the guilt of accidentally leaving your reusable bag in the car. Sign up and once a week, before the sun even comes up, milk is delivered to your door. But man/woman cannot live on milk alone. So Boise Milk Home Delivery also offers all kinds of dairy, Zeppole breads and pastries, Ferranti pastas, Dawson Taylor coffee and—in the summer—fresh produce from Vogel Farms and Cabalo’s Orchard. Plus, you can add to or change your order online until the eve of your delivery for most things. The per item price is a little higher than at the grocery store, but you’ll save by not going to the grocery store to buy one thing and coming home with bags full of stuff you didn’t need.

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REPEAT BOUTIQUE

500 S. Vista Ave., 208-389-4623 Repeat Boutique, a clothing consignment and re-sale store, always pulls through in a “what the hell am I going to wear tonight?” flinging-clothes-aroundyour-room pinch. How about a new-to-you designer dress for $8?

BEST BACK TO THE FUTURE

REUSEUM

108 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-375-7507, reuseum.com Have you been trying to find a PE64931 six-pole transformer? Maybe a vintage photo slave flash? The parts to fix your grandfather’s old Lafayette 9925835 SWR & Field Strength Meter? Or maybe you’ve been searching high and low for a hydraulic actuator or a 1965 dual trace oscilloscope. If you have been looking for any of these things, you probably need to get out of the house ... and head straight to the Reuseum where you’ll find vintage electronics “from the realms of science, industry, government and Americana.” Everything from scopes to servos sit on Reuseum shelves where gadget garage geeks like yourself will help you find just the hex inverter you need to finish your project. By the way, what exactly are you building, hmmm?

BEST FLAT FIX IN A FIX

MOBILE BIKE BICYCLE REPAIR 208-327-5555, mobilebike.com

Ever get two flat tires at once while pedaling down State Street miles from the nearest bike shop? Mobile Bike, which specializes in on-site mobile bike repairs and service, has your spandexclad back. Mobile Bike carries a full line of replacement parts in its superhero van and can special order any part or accessory you can dream of. Also, they accept Visa and Mastercard. Suh-weet.

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NORTH BY NORTHWEST

601 W. Broad St., 208-345-7870, nxnw.com At BWHQ when our water is turned off for repair, our power blinks out or our copier needs a tune-up (during an important meeting, of course), our friends next door at North by Northwest are always accommodating. They are happy to let BW staffers traipse through their building to use the washroom or help us out with a copy or two. If they had one, we’d offer to mow their lawn to say thanks.

BEST NEW KID ON THE THRIFT STORE BLOCK

NORTHWEST ANIMAL COMPANIONS RE-STYLE THRIFT STORE

4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-429-6600, nacrescue.org Clean and well-lit like Savers but much cheaper. And proceeds benefit Northwest Animal Companions, a low-cost spay and neuter and adoption center for animals. Super duper score.

BEST PLACE TO GET SOME INDIE CRED

IDAHO INDIE WORKS BOUTIQUE

106 N. Sixth St., Ste. C, 208-342-0804, idahoindieworks.blogspot.com This new downtown boutique is Etsy in the flesh. Now, instead of pining for a pair of locally made knit gloves online, you can slide the fuzzy little lovelies onto your cold digits without waiting for the mail. Beat that, Internet.

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BEST JUMP START

SEED STARTING AT EDWARDS GREENHOUSE 4106 Sand Creek St., 208-342-7548, edwardsgreenhouse.com

Ever wonder how some jerks have strapping, verdant young pepper plants bursting out of their gardens at the first yawn of summer? They cheat. Take your seeds to Edwards Greenhouse and have them start the little buggers for you in their moist, warm greenhouse, and you’ll have popping peppers in no time, too.

BEST PLACE TO FIND A T-SHIRT SO SOFT, IT WILL FEEL LIKE YOU’RE WEARING A SECOND SKIN (BUT NOT IN A BUFFALO BILL, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS KIND OF WAY)

PALMERCASH

807 W. Idaho St., 208-344-0028, palmercash.com Palmercash was one of the most popular T-shirt sites on the Internet, selling thousands of hip, vintage-looking, trendy, soft, fresh tees. Now that Palmercash’s brick and mortar location is open on Idaho Street, we can walk in and run the buttery John Lennon, Elvis and Mork from Ork inspired T-shirts through our fingers—which means we feel even more compelled to wear them against our skin.

BEST BREWS SERVED UP WITH A TALL GLASS OF SASS

TRES BONNE CUISINE 6555 Overland Road, 208-658-1364, tresbonnecuisine.com

Tom and Barbara Haines do Eastern European hospitality right. Frothy dark beer? Czech. Plate of cured meats? Czech. Enough good-natured ribbing to make you wish you could dish out sass like a former Soviet? Czech, mate.

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BEST REASON TO SUCK DOWN GIMLETS, CHAIN SMOKE AND PRETEND THAT FEMINISM NEVER HAPPENED

MAD MEN AND MARTINIS AT MODERN HOTEL AND BAR 1314 W. Grove St., 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com

Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want Don Draper to slap her (or his) ass?

BEST IRONIC BAR NAME

JO’S SUNSHINE LOUNGE 1115 N. Curtis Road, 208-376-2700, jossunshinelounge.com

We’re guessing Jo’s Fabulous Cavernous Dive must’ve been taken because there isn’t a single drop of sunshine in Jo’s Sunshine Lounge. Well, unless you find sunshine in the bottom of a cold beer. In that case, bust out your shades and bottoms up.

BEST WAY TO DRINK AWAY YOUR POCKET CHANGE

WILLI B’S SANDWICH SALOON

225 N. Fifth St., 208-331-5666, willibs.com When you’re parched, broke and need a stiffy, there’s only one way to go: Willi B’s $4 happy hour martini. (In case you’re not much of a martini drinker, we can assure you, that’s the best deal in town. In fact, it may be the best deal in the country.) ADA M RO SE N LUN D

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Best Hole-in-the-Wall Bar Pitchers and Pints 34

Best (Non)Uniform Balcony Club

Best Who Knew Party Place The Ranch Club 34

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Best Delayed Adulthood Tricycle Racing/ Goldfish Racing 35

Best Ironic Bar Name Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

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Best Visit From a Big-Wig Beer Exec The Lift for Holy Oly Night

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THE RANCH CLUB

3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-7447 Maybe it’s the Myspace page with bikini-clad friend pics and hott (with two T’s) Halloween, skin-to-win photos. Could be the Jaeger-cape-wearing pony or perhaps the dirt-cheap drinks on Sunday Funday or Tuesday Boozeday. Or maybe it’s just the bartender, Pritch. Whatevs, but the Ranch Club, which was once the two-stepping Saturday night fun spot for the early-to-bed crowd, is now the Garden City hot spot for the party people. Who’s got the next round of trailer bombs? We’ll take two, thanks.

BEST GHETTO DRUNK

GHETTO BUCKET AT DONNIE MAC’S 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008

You know that old tune, “There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza?” Well, if you find a hole in the Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine Ghetto Bucket—two PBRs, two Olys and two Rainiers for only $4 during Pabst Bingo Night—don’t worry about plugging it. Just order another. And put it on Liza’s tab.

BEST REASON TO BE A KNOW-IT-ALL DRINKER

BOOZE CLUES AT PENGILLY’S SALOON 513 Main St., 208-345-6344

BEST PLACE TO MEET THE GREEN FAIRY

RED FEATHER LOUNGE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com Absinthe is shrouded in a languid cloud of Art Nouveau mystique. Red Feather, as booze connoisseurs might expect, has the most elegant absinthe presentation in town. A glass container filled with ice lets loose a slow trickle of water, which hits a slotted spoon holding a cube of sugar. The chilled syrup slips into the shot of jade green absinthe, and voila, the licorice-flavored firewater becomes palatable.

BEST HOLE-IN-THEWALL BAR

PITCHERS AND PINTS

1108 W. Front St., 208-287-0351 In size, Pitchers and Pints is the baby of Boise’s gay-friendly joints. Affectionately called P and P, the tiny little shack that faces Front Street may not look like much, but step inside and you’ll find a surprising variety of folks sipping cheap wine or beer. The interesting bars that called the little place home before P and P seem to have left some of their aura behind, which P and P has built upon. You’ll always find friendly faces, loud danceable music on the juke and some well-dressed partiers either on their way to or from somewhere else.

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E.J. Pettinger is a genius. Regular BW readers know this, having had their funny bones tickled weekly for seven years by Pettinger’s off-kilter, blunt-as-it-comes humor in “Mild Abandon.” Booze Clues, though, is a chance to watch that wit in action. Tuesday evenings, Pettinger takes his post up on stage at Pengilly’s. When the action starts, it’s the kind of trivia game that could only happen in the digital age. Pettinger asks the question. Participants in varying degrees of inebriation huddle and consult briefly about the answer before one or all of the group members hit speed dial on their cell phones and dial up Pengilly’s. Pettinger answers deadpan: “Booze Clues.” The crowd is always thick, and the phone line is often busy. If you’re lucky enough to get through, you better be lucky enough to have the answer.

BEST (NON)UNIFORM

BALCONY CLUB

150 N. Eighth St., 208-336-1313, thebalconyclub.com The gay-friendly club is an icon in its own right, but step inside its doors and you’ll find even more iconic figures—like Boise social butterfly Miss Minerva Jayne calling Bingo on Tuesdays. Or hit the clizzub on a Friday or Saturday night and watch “Cocktail,” as he is affectionately known, swoop through clusters of revelers in his undies. He’s the perfect accompaniment to a club that is part people-watching, part great-place-to-dance and part seeing-and-being-seen. And with the disco ball spinning, the lights sparkling and the conversation and cocktails flowing, what a terrific view: a gorgeous drag queen and a handsome boy in his BVDs.

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760 Main St., 208-343-3388, thelobbyboise.com; 507 W. Main St., 208-343-5159, mackandcharlies.com There comes a time to put away adultish things. And that time is Thursday night. At Mack and Charlie’s you can race goldfish. At The Lobby you and a partner can each chug a beer and do two laps around the bar on an oversized tricycle. Both are such fun they take you back to the days before you cared about things like the housing market.

BEST BENDER MAKER OR DEAL BREAKER

BW BLOODY MARY CONTEST

It’s been said that the line between a little hair of the dog and a two-day booze bender is a fine one. But ever y once in a while, a bloody mar y is the only thing that’ll get you past noon on a Saturday after a hard night of par tying the night before. And although this has happened to a friend of ours in Vegas but has definitely never happened to us, it’s entirely possibly to accidentally let one bloody mar y turn into two or three and before you know it ... the laundr y isn’t getting done and the lawn suddenly doesn’t seem in such dire need of a mow. But if you’re going to let the chores fall by the wayside, not just any bloody mar y will do. Recently BW hosted a friendly competition to find a favorite bloody mar y destination. Readers selected a total of four bars from a list of 15 par ticipants, and during the first-ever Big LeBoise we held a showdown. Taking top place overall, as well as in the Bakon vodka and 44 Nor th categories, was Piper Pub. Quinn’s fought a hard battle for second place all around. Thanks for playing, guys. Now, go drink one off.

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BEST VISIT FROM A BIG-WIG BEER EXEC

THE LIFT FOR HOLY OLY NIGHT

4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250, theliftboise.com The Lift’s Jason Kovac got a special visit from Olympia Brewing Company’s vice prez to congratulate him for selling more cans of the working-man’s brew than any other joint in the country. Holy freaking oly!

BEST DUDE, WHERE’S MY BIKE

BAR GERNIKA “THE ABYSS”

202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175, bargernika.com Last winter, Bar Gernika snagged one of only four kegs in Idaho of Deschutes’ 11-percent seasonal brew “The Abyss.” Suffice to say, the name is apt. Throw back a couple of those beefy beers and you’ll need to slap a GPS on all of your belongings to find them the next morning.

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353 Ave. E, Kuna, 208-922-9522, cowgirlsaloon.com

We here at BW are quick to encourage drinking. It’s good for the economy, and it makes you more attractive. The only exception is when you pair it with driving. That combo is just a bad idea. A DD is fine, but let’s be honest, everyone thinks they can have just one and be OK. And they’re wrong. But when you want to get out of downtown to do your boozing, what other choice is there? The Cowgirls Express. Make a reservation Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights and they’ll pick up you and your pals and then drop you back off at the end of the night. They’ll also be glad to scoop you up from all major concerts to schlep you back to Kuna where you can keep the party rocking. This way, everyone stays employed and alive.

BEST ’70S THROWBACK

DINO’S

4802 Emerald St., Boise Back in the day, guys put on their tightest bell-bottoms, combed their mustaches, jumped in their Camaros and headed to Dino’s, where the girls, who had spent the evening making sure their bangs were feathered perfectly (and liberally doused with Aquanet) were waiting, sharing a Derailer and tapping their feet to the band. Honestly, other than the fashions and an interior facelift, not much has changed. It’s still a destination for those who want to drink, dance and possibly make a love connection.

BEST SUNDAY STAR GAZING

DOUG MARTSCH SPINNING AT NEUROLUX

BEST REASON FOR A NEW ROCK SUB-GENRE

VAGERFLY

Rock duo Vagerfly is local living proof that a band that sings about the cooter can rock. Vagerfly’s Michelle Fast and Sara Mclean don’t get on stage and worr y whether the crowd is going to feel all safe and comfor table. With a keyboard set to sound like a 17th centur y harpsichord, they sing about the girls who spend hours getting dressed up just to go “shake their genitals” all up on some guy. Vagerfly doesn’t take anything too seriously, and they hope audiences respond in kind. Sometimes Fast and Mclean look like they’ve just left a crime scene—where one was the victim and the other was the perpetrator. Other times you might catch them per forming in what look like animal masks on their jumblies (nope, it’s paint). But no matter what they are—or aren’t wearing—they are always making great music. Vag rock anyone?

113 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com

How friggin’ cool is that? Seriously.

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BEST REASON TO KNOW YOUR LEGUMES

CITY PEANUT SHOP 803 W. Bannock St., 208-433-3931, citypeanut.com

Roasted peanuts, salted peanuts, seasoned peanuts, peanut butter, peanut brittle—one little nut, so many uses. City Peanut Shop does its best to honor this humble little legume by custom roasting special blends each and every day, along with tasty tidbits like wasabi sunflower seeds, cinnamon almonds and chili lemon pistachios. But we’ll stick to the peanut, be it chili cherry, Spanish, honey-roasted or bacon-flavored.

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Best Bowl of Baked Potato Native Taters 40 Best Reason to Hit the Bricks Brick 29 Bistro

Best Sketchilicious Snack the Size of Pangaea Los Betos Breakfast Burrito 41

Best Morning After Red Feather Breakfast Pizza

Best Reason to Go Dutch Tuesday 2-for-1 Burgers at Dutch Goose 41

Best B’s in Your Bonnet Boise Bargain Basket 42

Best Reason to Wipe Your Chin While You Watch Traffic Gyro Shack 41

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PATTY’S BURGER TIME 1273 S. Orchard St., 208-424-5073

At Patty’s Burger Time, a burger isn’t just a burger. As the only Idaho Preferred fastfood joint in Idaho, nearly every bite comes from homegrown meat, produce and dairy. Patty not only sources everything locally, she makes a concerted effort to make it all taste homemade as well. And, unlike other fast food joints, Burger Time is open early so Bench dwellers can stop for a cup of Flying M roasted coffee on the way to work. Or stop by at lunch and you might score a bowl of homemade roasted red pepper soup. Swing in for take-home dinner and you might run into a classic car show happening in the parking lot. At Patty’s it’s always burger time.

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1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535, casanovapizzeria.com

615 W. Main St., 208-287-4757; 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177; 830 N. Main St., Ste. A, Meridian, 208-288-0969, flatbreadpizza.com

THE MEDUSA AT CASANOVA PIZZERIA

Gorgonzola, pineapple and figs, hold the serpents. Resistance. Is. Futile.

BEST “NO YOU’RE THE BEST”

BAR GERNIKA

202 S. Capital Blvd., 208-344-2175, bargernika.com We are simply incapable of choosing one single thing to like best about Bar Gernika. If we did, we’d feel like parents trying to choose their favorite child. We love the croquettas and they always love us back. The spicy lamb grinder is ohso-sassy and spunky. The salty handcut fries never fail to make us pucker up. The three-cheese plate with paper-thin green apple slices is unfailingly smart. Then there’s the too-thick tuna melt, the too-gooey grilled cheese and the too-giant paella. Gernika, you’re just the best.

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“Excuse me, sir, all carr y-on luggage must be able to fit in the overhead compar tment or under the seat in front of you.” “That’s not my luggage, that’s my lunch.” “But sir, it’s the size and shape of a large briefcase!” “That’s the way Flatbread does to-go. They’re not messing around. A compartment for everything and everything in its compartment.” “Sir, you may have to purchase an extra seat to accommodate that thing.” “Just give me a minute … here, have a slice of pizza.”

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8061 W. Fairview Ave., 208-322-0191; 820 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-466-2728, eggfactorycafe.com Where is the place beyond downtown where you can swing into an strip mall parking lot and find a line out the door for breakfast from a place you’ve probably never heard of? The Egg Factor y. A recent special was Key Lime Pancakes: two graham cracker crust pancakes with a layer of key lime filling in between ser ved with whipped cream, two eggs and a choice of meat for $6.99. Bit too sweet for your sweet tooth? Check out the pages and pages of egg options (it is, after all, an “egg factor y”). Loaded hashbrowns fulfill your sodium and fat quota for the week, but they’re worth ever y extra calorie splurge. Homemade syrups run the gamut from butter pecan to marshmallow to coconut. All that sugar saturates the ser vice, too. It’s the kind of place where your ser ver calls you “sweets” and you’re so plum happy with hot coffee and butter y food you don’t mind atall.

BEST MATCH MADE IN ANIMAL HEAVEN

EDDIE’S DOGS AND BLUE COW FROZEN YOGURT 2325 Apple St., 208-331-3647, eddiesdogs.com; 2333 Apple St., 208-338-1000, bluecowfrozenyogurt.com

Somebody loves the idea of the choose-your-own-food adventure on Apple Street. First there was Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt. Fill the one-size-fits-all container with as many flavors as you want. Then head to the topping bar and load up on one topping or all. One chunk of cookie dough and extra strawberries? Whatever you want. Pay by the ounce, not the flavor, not the scoop. Loves it. Then came Eddie’s Dogs. Pick a meat. It gets the smoke-fire treatment while you decide what to smother it with. We’d need our long-lost algebra skills to figure out all the possible combinations of dogs, toppings, yogurt and more toppings, but simply put: It’s enough to please the whole famn damily.

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BEST YOU’RE NOT SURE OD & D I NI N G WHO THE HELL THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO MIX FRIED CHICKEN AND MAPLE SYRUP BUT WHO REALLY CARES CUZ IT’S EFFIN’ GOOD AT 3 A.M. WHEN THE MUNCHIES STRIKE FO

BEST KEPT BREAKFAST SECRET

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES AT SOLID

405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620 Same plate. Same time. Dig it.

BEST LANGUAGE LESSON

BAGUETTE DELI

5204 W. Franklin Road, 208-336-2989, baguettedeli.net You may not be able to pronounce the menu items but don’t let that stop you. You only need to know that Vietnamese sandwiches, the hottest food trend, are available at Baguette Deli. And that you can get delicious ingredients on crusty baguettes, fresh chewy spring rolls, beignets and bubble tea. And that you can stuff your gullet for under $10. Oh, and maybe you also need to know that a second location opens downtown this fall.

BEST VEGGIE COMFORT FOOD

HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE 2455 Highlands Hollow, 208-343-6820, highlandshollow.com

Thanks go to Highlands Hollow for throwing a metaphorical bone to the vegetarians. Not only does the menu have go-to veggie staples like hummus, garden burgers, and beans and rice, but “the Hollow” has also perfected what is quite possibly the best smoky, grilled polenta in the galaxy. Think you can top it, Mars? Bring it.

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KANA GIRL’S HAWAIIAN BBQ

1735 W. Franklin Road, 208-891-0813, Meridian, kanagirl.com Got a hankering for salty, smoked kalua pork swaddled in ti leaves the island way? Just showing up at the house of Kana Girl might not be enough of a commitment to score you a plate of lau lau. Nope, you need to take the next step and give up your digits. You do that and Kana Girl herself will send you a photo message with a food alert.

BEST BITE-SIZED HEART ATTACK

RED ROOM TAVERN

603 W. Main St., 208-343-7034 When Red Room moved from its tiny space and took over the huge corner spot formerly occupied by Pair, it took with it the San Francisco-esque urban vibe and then expanded on it. Some of the nicest ser vers in town were hired and a menu was added that is as diverse as the music that plays over the PA or live on the stage. Red Room ser ves ever ything from dinner to a totally affordable brunch with choices like a delicate smoked salmon platter, thick sausage gravy and biscuits and pb&j French toast (and bottomless mimosas). But one of the best bits is the little black box explaining that if you buy one cocktail, you can get ever ything on the happy-hour menu for only $1.95 each. What better way to soak up an appletini or giant can of PBR than with an order of battered and fried dill pickle chips or bacon strips? The saying that ever ything tastes better with bacon needs to be modified to include “especially if the bacon is deepfried, sided with a cocktail and costs less than two bucks.”

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BEST BOWL OF BAKED POTATO

NATIVE TATERS Corner of Boise and Protest avenues

Food from a trailer or a truck is always an adventure. At Native Taters, which sits in the parking lot on Boise Avenue, the risk is worth the payoff. The owner whips up delicious sandwiches from inside what looks like a junior high-school portable classroom. And her baked potato soup with the works—cheese, sour cream, green onions and bacon—is so savory, we’ve been tempted to hook her trailer to the back of the BW truck and haul the works back to BWHQ.

BEST REASON TO HIT THE BRICKS

BRICK 29 BISTRO

320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-468-0029 Suck it up and drive your butt out to Nampa already. Brick 29 Bistro’s locally sourced comfort food is well worth the trek, cross our heartsies.

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824 S. Vista Ave., 208-377-3064, yokozunateriyaki.com With a devilishly grinning sumo wrestler as its logo, Yokozuna Teriyaki in the Vista Village shopping center looks like one of those marginal everything-comesin-a-combo eateries you find in mall food courts. Looks can be deceiving. The only thing Yokozuna’s Japanese-influenced cuisine has in common with mall food is that it is served fast, but that’s where the comparisons end. Big portions of sticky rice, flame-broiled meats, sauteed veggies, noodle dishes, sushi, katsu, curry, miso soup, gyoza, bubble tea ... and if you can’t leave your home or office to go get a healthy meal, Yokozuna will deliver it to you. Turns out the sumo is smiling because he knows one of the best-kept secrets in town.

BEST SKETCHILICIOUS SNACK THE SIZE OF PANGAEA

LOS BETOS BREAKFAST BURRITO

5220 W. Fairview Ave., 208-658-1185; 6906 W. State St., 208-853-1494 Los Betos has a drive-through for a reason. At 4 a.m. when you get a craving for a gargantuan snack and cruise your ride down vacant Fairview Avenue to the 24-hour Mexican fast-food chain, you’d be wise to keep your doors locked. But don’t bother rolling up the windows. If someone’s gonna try to steal your breakfast burrito, they won’t be able to fit it through the window.

BEST REASON TO GO DUTCH

TUESDAY 2-FOR1 BURGERS AT DUTCH GOOSE 3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887, dutchgoose.com “Hey, babe, this burger is on me. You get the beers.” It’s a win/win.

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The little blue-and-white Gyro Shack on Ustick Road (and its cousin on Overland Road) serves up some of the best gyros this side of Cypress at prices that made us wonder if they hadn’t left off a zero. Warm pita bread filled with thick strips of spiced lamb, generous swaths of tzatziki munched while sitting on plastic bench overlooking Ustick Road turned out to be such a delicious experience all around that we couldn’t wait to repeat it.

BEST WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

GREEN CHILI AT GREEN CHILE

5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103, thegreenchileboise.com In the Southwest, green chili is serious business, and that obsession was brought to Boise by the owners of State Street’s Green Chile. Now, while the restaurant name refers to the actual fruit of the plant—the hatch chile—the dish we’d like to tip our hat to is chili, like the soup, though its staple ingredient is indeed the hatch chile. It’s a spicy bugger, thick like snot, bubbling hot and it’ll whoop your ass if you let it. Now go in there and show it who’s boss.

BEST MORNING AFTER

RED FEATHER BREAKFAST PIZZA

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather Red Feather Lounge is flouting convention with its breakfast pizza. With an oven-baked crust covered with country gravy, scrambled eggs, cheese, chopped bacon and vegetables, it’s kind of like an omelet on top of an order of biscuits and gravy. It also happens to be one hell of a hangover cure. And at only $10 and easily big enough for two, it’s without doubt your best bet for the morning after.

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BOISE BARGAIN BASKET

2141 Broadway Ave., 208-331-5092, boisebargainbasket.com

When 99 cent and liquidation stores began popping up in ever y strip mall in ever y city in the United States, consumers flocked to them like flies to, well, you know what. We didn’t even mind that what we were buying was shit. But the Boise Bargain Basket has helped raise our expectations and still give us huge discounts. When manufacturers want to stock a new line of items on big-box store shelves (what are they, fashion designers?), BBB scoops up the old ones and sells them at, well, a bargain. At BBB, you can also find fresh produce and a great wine selection, and when you’re done shopping, stop into the adjoining coffee shop for a cuppa and a sandwich. The only caveat is if you find something you love at BBB, buy a ton of it. It may not be there the next time you go in. We’re still bummed that we didn’t buy ever y jar of dolmas on the shelf.

BEST DIAMETRIC DELIVERY

LULU’S FINE PIZZA AND SUPERB SUSHI

2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-387-4992, ilovelulus.com When Ridley’s on Bogus Basin Road closed its doors, we were thankful that Superb Sushi had its downtown location, but we were saddened that we wouldn’t be able to get a dragon roll on the Foothills end of town. Fortunately, the pizza purveyors at Lulu’s were willing to open their door—and their cash register and their delivery drivers—and welcome the sushi slingers in. Now, you can get the weird but sublime combination of sushi and pizza in one place, and you can get it delivered ... uhhhhhk ... annngh ... thppbbt ... brraaap braaapp, braaapp ... Ahem. Sorry. We were so overjoyed and overwhelmed at the idea of eating pizza and sushi together and not having to get off our butts to get it, we had a kind of out-of-body experience.

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BEST 2-FOR-1 LEFTOVERS

ZEPPOLE BAKERY

983 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-338–1499, zeppolebakery.com Picking up a loaf of Zeppole’s freshbaked bread is one of the best stops on the Saturday Market circuit, but what happens if you stay out way too late one Friday night and don’t get out of bed until after 1 p.m.? Reeking of last night’s spontaneous beer fest, you slap on a pair of sunglasses and hobble down to Eighth Street to find that the banners are down, the tents are packed away, and the goods are boxed up until next week. And all you wanted was a couple of challah rolls to go with your bacon and eggs. Don’t despair. Hotfoot it over to Zeppole’s Parkcenter location where all of the leftover bread from the market (if there is any) is shipped. Not only can you get your fix, but it’s all BOGO.

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BOISEvisitWEEKLY PICKS boiseweekly.com for more events GEOR GE B AR C OS

Alyson Hagy captures the spirit of the Old West in Ghosts of Wyoming.

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 22

One hot piece of Glass.

SATURDAY SEPT. 25

reading ALYSON HAGY READING Wyoming is a fading facade of the Old West, where wood-slat homes sit in fields off the main highway. Alyson Hagy’s Ghosts of Wyoming tackles Western folklore as well as modern Wyoming, painting tales of characters, haunting and haunted. In “Brief Lives of the Trainmen,” Hagy, a professor at the University of Wyoming, depicts the hard life of railroad workers laying ties across Wyoming Territory. Through multiple perspectives, she squeezes various levels of biographical and historical information into a few sentences. “Alyson is one of our favorite contributors to The Idaho Review,” said Mitch Wieland, an English professor at Boise State and editor of The Idaho Review. “Beneath her lyrical and wonderfully graceful prose, one finds a writer of great caring and heart. Her wisdom and fierce intelligence shine forth in every line.” Hagy received the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine and The Best American Short Stories. Hagy kicks-off of Boise State’s fall MFA reading series. 7:30 p.m., FREE, Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, 1910 University Dr., 208-4261677. For more information contact Torin Jensen at torinjensen@boisestate.edu.

SATURDAY SEPT. 25 architecture BOISE PARADE OF UNIQUE HOMES Though this parade won’t have any Vaseline-toothed beauty queens or snazzy, tissue paper-covered floats, it will definitely pack a fair amount of “oohs” and “ahs.” The inaugural Parade of Unique Homes—sponsored by Trout Architects, Boise Weekly and Urban WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Agent Team—depar ts by trolley from BWHQ on Saturday, Sept. 25, at noon and returns at 4:30 p.m. Along the way, the tour will stop at five The “hill house” at 1170 Shenandoah Dr. unique architectural wonders $25 and can be purchased scattered throughout the at boiseuniquehomes.eventcity, including the “hill brite.com. house,” at 1170 ShenanNoon-4:30 p.m., doah Dr. and a classic mid$25, BWHQ, 523 Broad St., centur y modern at 1405 208-344-2055, boiseuniquePromontor y Road. homes.eventbrite.com. Tickets for the parade are

awesome IRA GLASS IN SUN VALLEY Growing up in Baltimore in the 1960s, Ira Glass didn’t have his eyes, or ears, set on a career in radio. His parents encouraged him to become a doctor, or at least to do something useful with himself, as his mother used to say. But ask the nearly 2 million fans of Public Radio International’s This American Life who listen to the show on more than 500 stations nationwide, and they would likely say that the reedy-voiced Glass is more than just useful; he is deeply valued. On Saturday, Sept. 25, Glass will bring the quirky, hipster-nerd sensibility that has defined This American Life to Sun Valley as part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ lecture series. Glass explained that he performs seated with a mixing console, armed with “quotes and music that will recreate the sound of the radio show onstage.” When he was just 19, Glass “stumbled into an internship” at National Public Radio. He continued to pursue a pre-med degree in college but radio became a more and more central part of his life. “[My parents] totally disapproved of what I was doing. They didn’t see the point,” Glass said recently from his Manhattan offices. “I was in my mid-30s when my mom stopped saying to me that I could go to medical school.” And in an interesting twist, This American Life brought Glass and his parents closer together. “I put them on the radio show a lot in the early years. It gave us something to do together,” Glass recalled. “Interviewing your parents on the radio is always a sure-fire segment. There are so many complex dynamics to the relationship that people can immediately relate to. You can’t go wrong with it for entertainment value.” After his mother passed away in October 2003, Glass wrote about her in an article for New York Times Magazine. Dr. Shirley Glass was a respected psychologist and a woman known as “the godmother of infidelity research,” Glass wrote. “She appeared on all sorts of TV shows whenever a public figure had trouble keeping it in his pants.” In her studies, Dr. Glass, who was married to Ira’s father, Barry, for 48 years at the time of her death, seemed to satisfy a deep curiosity for the more mysterious and destructive aspects of the human condition. Decades later, her son also explores the human condition, and he shares his discoveries with millions. “She claimed all credit for everything I went on to do,” Glass said of his mother. “And I guess I see that. A lot of doing this kind of reporting is just listening to people.” 6:30 p.m., $25 members/$35 non-members, Community Campus Auditorium, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Sun Valley, sunvalleycenter.org.

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Wait a sec. This is Hanson? More like Handsome.

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’Bout Somethin’,” with its funkier beat and brass background, makes for a great music video, complete with Blues Brothersesque dance sequence. It makes you almost forget

mmmbop HANSON

these guys were once such a guilty pleasure. 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:15 p.m. show, $25-$50, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.

If the awkward, blissfully unaware ’90s have somehow left your mind and you’ve managed to break away from the painfully repetitive “MMMbop” bubblegum hit, brace for a flashback to 1997. That’s right—Hanson’s baaaaack. Except they’re not the baby-faced trio of brothers they used to be. Now they’re all grown up and stylish. The Tulsa, Okla., natives are back with a new album after a three-year hiatus (who knew?) with Shout it Out, their eighth studio album. With their matured sound and new image, the boys will stop in Boise on Tuesday, Sept. 28. “Waiting for This” has Taylor playing the piano and crooning into the microphone like a British pop singer. The beat is catchy and the other brothers add in background vocals that make the song feel like a Baptist church choir, complete with handclapping. “Thinkin’

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LIQUID’S TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BASH—Drink and food specials, as well as fun, fun, fun till daddy takes the T-bird away. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208287-5379, www.liquidboise.com.

GOVERNOR’S AWARDS IN THE ARTS 2010—Annual ceremony honoring some of Idaho’s finest artists and arts supporters. 5 p.m. $25-$75. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre. net.

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MFA READING SERIES: ALYSON HAGY—See Picks, Page 43. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000.

BYE BYE BIRDIE—Classic musical comedy based on Elvis’ entry into the Army, performed over dinner. Order dinner/show tickets at least 24 hours in advance. Doors at 6:15 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Price varies. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org.

Odds & Ends VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. Guest speakers and DJs. 7-10 p.m. FREE, www.vpsidaho.org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.

Food & Drink CAMILLE BECKMAN DINNER FOR THE ARTS—Fund-raising dinner to benefit the construction of a performing arts center in Eagle. Contact mbrodt@galeriebelleame.com for more info, for location and or to register. 5:30 p.m. $85.

Screen TAPPED—Documentary about bottled water, shown as part of the Sun Valley Center For the Arts multidisciplinary exhibition, Water. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-9491, www.sunvalleycenter.org.

Workshops & Classes BEGINNING QUILTING—Sixweek class teaching the basics of quilting. Includes instruction and the use of machines and sewing tools. See website for more info or to register. 6:30 p.m. $80. Bluebird Quilt Studio, 1309 Second St. S., Ste., A, Nampa, 208-467-4148, www. bluebirdquiltstudio.com.

Literature STEPHEN PYNE—Historical author Stephen Pyne, will be in Boise to give a presentation on the great fires of 1910 and how they changed our nation. 2 p.m. FREE. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208343-4900.

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SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL—Weekend full of events focusing on Idaho regional sustainable foods, wines, spirits and craft beer featuring cooking demonstrations and presentations by local and guest chefs. See website for full schedule. $125-$195, www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com. Sun Valley, Idaho.

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BYE BYE BIRDIE—Classic musical comedy based on Elvis’ entry into the Army, performed over dinner. Order dinner/show tickets at least 24 hours in advance. Doors at 6:15 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Price varies. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org.

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8 DAYS OUT Concerts JEANNE BELFY-OBOE, AND DAVID SAUNDERS-HORN—The program features two trios for oboe, horn and piano performed with guest artist Svetlana Nagachevskaya Maddox. 7:30 p.m. $3-$5. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.

Odds & Ends BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then commence salsa-ing it up to music from a live DJ until 2 a.m. while enjoying drinks and snacks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. STAMP AND SCRAP FEST— Rubber-stamping and scrapbooking event where amateurs can learn from the pros. 10 a.m. $3. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, www.expoidaho.com.

SATURDAY SEPT. 25 Festivals & Events AFRICAN HARVEST CELEBRATION—Featuring farm-fresh African cuisine prepared with recipes from the recent “Making West Home” cookbook project. Program live music by Mosqui, a Somali Bantu performer from Salt Lake City. 6:30 p.m. $20-$30. King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N. Maple Grove Road, Boise, 208-377-0220, www.koglutheran.org. SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Friday. $125-$195. Sun Valley, Idaho. www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com.

and when you need pressure canners. Fee covers basic supplies for the class. Register by e-mailing info@northendnursery. com 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769, northendnursery.com.

Talks & Lectures IRA GLASS—See Picks, Page 43. 6:30 p.m. $25-$35. Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey, 208-788-3481.

Sports & Fitness BOISE STATE VS. OREGON STATE—1 p.m. $99-$471. Bronco Stadium, 1910 University Dr., 208-426-1900, www.boisestate.edu. BOISE STATE HOMECOMING TAILGATING PARTY—Special beer and barbecue menu provided by Life’s Kitchen and Brewforia. Starts three hours before game time. $50. US Bank, 1000 Broadway Ave., 208-383-7868. MERIDIAN LIONS RODEO— Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, break-away roping, bull riding, tiedown roping and steer wrestling. 1 p.m. $7-$10. Meridian Lions Rodeo Park, Corner of McDermott Road and Cherry Lane, Meridian, www.meridianlions.org.

Green LITTER’S NOT FOR CRITTERS— Volunteer to do cleanup and improve wildlife habitat. Bring water and gloves. Preregister by calling 208-467-9278. 2 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208-467-9278, www. fws.gov/deerflat.

Odds & Ends CANYON COUNTY OREGON TRAIL AUTO TOUR—Jim McGill, local researcher and historian, and author of Rediscovered Frontiersman: Timothy Goodale will lead a car caravan of “21st Century Explorers” across new-found remnants of the Oregon Trail in Canyon County. 8:30 a.m. $15. Nampa Train Depot Museum, 1200 Front St., Nampa, 208-467-7611, www. canyoncountyhistory.com. ISGCI PRESENTS PRETTY IN PINK—Cancer awareness drag show. 9 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, www.neurolux.com. PARADE OF UNIQUE HOMES—Travel by trolley to tour five unique Boise homes inside and out and receive information about the thinking behind their design and the process of their construction. See Picks, Page 18. Tickets at boiseuniquehomes.eventbrite. com. Noon, $25. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, www.boiseweekly.com. STAMP AND SCRAP FEST—See Friday. 10 a.m. $3. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, www.expoidaho.com.

Animals & Pets MODEL HORSE SHOW—There will be four halter divisions and a smattering of performance classes. Open show is a North American Nationals qualifying event. Spectators welcome. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$30. Cloverdale Church of God, 3755 S. Cloverdale Road, Boise, 208-3621700, www.cloverdalechurch.org.

SUN VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL—Blues and gospel music festival featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bill Sims Jr., Lew Soloff and The Paul Tillotson Love Trio. 5 p.m. $45. Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, www.sunvalley.com.

On Stage BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Thursday. Doors at 6:15 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Price varies. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org. THE COLOR PURPLE—Stage adaptation of the acclaimed film and novel about an abused black woman in the 1930s. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $28-$48. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.

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

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8 DAYS OUT formers include Social Antidote, Little Miss and the No-Names, Sandusky Furs, The Well-Suited, and Trey McIntyre Project, as well as The Treasure Valley Rollergirls and skate teams from Newt and Harold’s, Prestige and The Board Room. 2 p.m. FREE. Rhodes Skatepark, 15th and Grove, under the connector, Boise.

SUNDAY SEPT. 26 Festivals & Events GEORGE AT THE MODERN— Wine and cheese tasting featuring live music from Travis McDaniel, Ryan Bayne and Zach Forsman. Silent auction. Tickets available at www.eventbee.com. 4 p.m. $20. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, www.themodernhotel.com.

MERIDIAN LIONS RODEO—See Saturday. 2 p.m. $7-$10. Meridian Lions Rodeo Park, Corner of McDermott Road and Cherry Lane, Meridian, www.meridianlions.org.

SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Friday. $125-$195, com. Sun Valley, Idaho. www. sunvalleyharvestfestival.

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THE COLOR PURPLE—See Saturday. 2 p.m. $28-$48. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.

INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Local improv comedy. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, www. heirloomdancestudio.com.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK—A young man searches for the identity 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, 208-4299908, box office 208-336-9221, www.idahoshakespeare.org.

Workshops & Classes EXPLORING GODDESS—For women who are interested in exploring themselves as the energies of the Goddess. RSVP is required. 6:30 p.m. $25. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, www.facetsofhealing.com.

Concerts WESTWARD HO: COWBOYS AND THE AMERICAN WEST IN SONG—Concert featuring songs about America’s westward expansion and cowboy poetry. 7 p.m. $20. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-6581710, www.boiseuu.org.

Odds & Ends BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-6699.

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TUESDAY SEPT. 28 Workshops & Classes EATING FOR LIFE WITH CHEF VERN BAUER—This class will focus on ingredient identification, portioning and the healing properties of chocolate. 6:30 p.m. $40-$50. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208368-0649. IDAHO STATEWIDE NONPROFIT CONFERENCE—A weekend of networking and informational events for nonprofits. $110$150. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.boisestate.edu. WATERWISE LANDSCAPING— Community Lecture series with a program on landscaping with native and drought-resistant perennials and ground covers. Diane Jones, owner of Draggin’ Wing Farm, will explain how to beautify your landscape, escape lawn tyranny and reduce water use with easy-to-care-for plants. 6 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, www.gardencity. lili.org.

Lectures ARTHUR HART PRESENTS IDAHO’S RAILROAD HISTORY—Part of the library’s ongoing discussion series of books about the railroad. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, www.adalib.org.

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RIDE THE DIVIDE—A feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike ride. 7 p.m. $8.50. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222.

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Food & Drink BOISE URBAN GARDEN SCHOOL FARM STAND—Purchase fresh organic produce harvested by BUGS students. Proceeds benefit BUGS programs. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. FREE. BUGS Garden, 4821 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-424-6665, www. boiseurbangardenschool.org.

Workshops & Classes IDAHO STATEWIDE NONPROFIT CONFERENCE—See Tuesday. $110-$150. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, www.union.boisestate.edu. More events at boiseweekly.com.

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ALIVE AFTER FIVE—With Jerry Joseph and Acousticats. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove

AGAINST ME!—With The Flatlines and Young Livers. 8 p.m. $18.50-$40. Knitting Factory

BEN BURDICK—9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet

BRAD PAISLEY—With Darius Rucker (Hootie) and Justin Moore. 7:30 p.m. $25-$59.75. Taco Bell Arena

BATTLE FOR STICK TO YOUR GUNS—With World These Kings, Lambs Become Lions, The Dude Abides, Plague Years, Years From Now, Breakin’ Bricks and Nine Dead. 6 p.m. $TBA. Brawl Studios

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $25-$50. Knitting Factory

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, SEPT. 22, KFCH “Bone, bone, bone, bone ...” Not many self-described thugs could get away with starting a hit single with the word “bone,” repeated nine times in multi-part harmony. But Bone Thugsn-Harmony, in so many ways, was the exception. Bone Thugs are also famous for the 1995 super-hits “Tha Crossroads” and “1st of Tha Month” off the album E. 1999 Eternal. These fast-rappin’ harmonious lads recently released a new album, Uni-5: The World’s Enemy, with the seven-minute single “Rebirth.” While the song title might sound more upbeat that “Tha Crossroads”—“But when it’s time to die / gotta go byebye / all a thug could do is cry, cry”—it still throws a bone, or three, to old fans. “Everybody wanna sound like / Bone Bone Bone / Everybody wanna rap like / Bone Bone Bone.” You can bone up on new Bone with Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone at Knitting Factory on Wednesday, Sept. 22. —Tara Morgan 8 p.m., $25-$50, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.

GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s LEE MITCHELL—6 p.m. FREE. Tavern at Bown Crossing NETHERFRIENDS—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND—6 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND—With Larry and his Flask. 10 p.m. $10 adv. $12 door. VAC SCOUT NIBLETT—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux SETTLE—With The Material, We Are!, The New Year, The Paris Funds and Third to Last. 6 p.m. $7. Brawl Studios SOUL HONEY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub THRIFTSTORE COWBOYS—With Warren Jackson Hearne 9 p.m. FREE. Reef

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CONCERT FOR THE CURE— Concert benefitting the Susan G. Komen foundation featuring Candy Coburn, Rebecca Scott and Rosalie Sorrels. 7 p.m. $20$60. Humpin’ Hannah’s HILLFOLK NOIR—6 p.m. FREE. Modern Hotel and Bar

THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door Cafe BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub DAVID ALLEN COE—With Audio Moonshine. 8 p.m. $22-$45. Knitting Factory

MOUSY BROWN—With We Won The Science Fair 9 p.m. 21+ FREE. 18+ $3. Reef

GAVIN CASTLETON—With Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

NUMBER 5 IS ALIVE—With Forever Calling My Name 6:30 p.m. $TBA. Brawl Studios

IAN MCFERON—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

REGGAE JAM WITH CANDREAD—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid STRFKR—(same great band, new vowel-less name) With Jumping Sharks. 8 p.m. $8 adv. $10 door. Neurolux SUNS OF THE BEACH—6 p.m. $10. Idaho Botanical Garden VOXHAUL BROADCAST—See Listen Here, Page 49. With Fauxbois. 8 p.m. $5. VAC

JACOB MERLIN—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid JAPANDROIDS—With P.S. I Love You and Make Out Video. 8 p.m. $8 adv. $10 door. Neurolux MARLEY IN THE MOUNTAINS— Featuring Richie Spice, Carlos Jones and Michael Rose. $5. downtown Ketchum PILOT ERROR—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef PRAIRIE SKY PILOTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

SIMON TUCKER—9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet SPINDLEBOMB—10 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s THE STATE OF—With Jen Korte and Spondee. 8 p.m. $5. VAC STEVE EATON—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge

SATURDAY SEPT. 25 THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door Cafe JENNIFER KNAPP—8 p.m. $15$35. Knitting Factory JESSE MALIN—4 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange JESSE MALIN AND THE ST. MARKS SOCIAL—With Money Brother 9:30 p.m. $5. Reef MARLEY IN THE MOUNTAINS— See Friday. $5. downtown Ketchum MIKE MINEO—9 p.m. $3. Bouquet MOJO ROUNDERS—8 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s NEO TUNDRA COWBOY—9 p.m. FREE. The Plank POKE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE SPINDLEBOMB—10 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s SUN VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL—Featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bill Sims Jr., Lew Soloff and The Paul Tillotson Love Trio. 5 p.m. $45. Sun Valley Pavilion WOLVSERPENT—(Formerly PussyGutt) Record release. 8 p.m. $TBA. VAC

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BEN BURDICK AND BILL LILES—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek Grill

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and The Jeremiah James Gang. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove

FAT FACE MELON—9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid ROB PAPER—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SONNY MOON FOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door Cafe

SUNDAY SEPT. 26 CROWN POINT—9 p.m. FREE. Reef GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MARLEY IN THE MOUNTAINS— See Friday. $5. Ketchum THE ROGER KELLAWAY TRIO—7 p.m. $40. Esther Simplot Center

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BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s

Wolvserpent YER MAMA—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

BEN BURDICK TRIO—7 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Pub

TUESDAY SEPT. 28 EVETT AND COSTELLO—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel HANSON—With A Rocket to the Moon. See Picks, Page 44. 7:15 p.m. $25. Knitting Factory

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KILL COUNTRY—With A Seasonal Disguise and Hillfolk Noir. 9 p.m. $5. Bouquet REBECCA SCOTT—Poolside performance. 7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge

DJS—Wed: Bad Irish, Balcony, Grainey’s Basement. Thu: Balcony, Grainey’s. Fri: Bad Irish, Balcony, Catacomb Club, Boise Cafe, Neurolux, Sin, Grainey’s Basement. Sat: Balcony, Boise Cafe, Neurolux, Sin, Grainey’s Basement. Mon: Bad Irish, Balcony. Tue: Balcony, Grainey’s. KARAOKE—Wed: 44 Club, Ha’Penny, Navajo Room, Overland, Savvy’s, Shorty’s, Sin, Terry’s. Thu: 44 Club, Hannah’s, Navajo Room, 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, Willi B’s. Sat: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Hooligans, Sam’s Place, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Sun: 44 Club, Bad Irish, Balcony, Liquid, Overland, Ranch Club, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Mon: 44 Club, The Buffalo Club, Overland, Savvy’s, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Tue: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Liquid, Lucky Dog, Overland, Savvy’s, Shoty’s, Navajo, Terry’s, Willi B’s. OPEN MICS—Wed: Donnie Mac’s, Thu: O’Michael’s. Mon: 44 Club, Pengilly’s, Library Coffeehouse. Tue: Primo’s.

SMOOTH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid TREVOR EYRE QUINTET—7 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door Cafe WATCHERS AND HUNTERS— With The King’s Divide, The Dude Abides, Lambs Become Lions and Psalter. 6 p.m. $7. Brawl Studios

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VOXHAUL BROADCAST, SEPT. 23, VAC In the video for Voxhaul Broadcast’s surf-fuzzy song “Rotten Apples,” long-tall beardy frontman David Dennis rides a coin-operated horse through the Old West. When you watch the video, keep an eye on Dennis’ shoes. Since releasing their debut, Rotten Apples, in 2008, the Los Angeles-based band has received kind words from the likes of LA Times Magazine and NME Radio and have performed on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller wrote: “Lead singer David Dennis howls out his words as if they were intended to be the first impressions for women he’d like to impress in a meaningful way, not just to get flirty with. It’s kind of like the way Springsteen would sing if he were trying to get a wife ... lines about the chase and the unsettling race to be successful, popular, older and ready for the hits and the black eyes to establish a mood.” We don’t always understand Moeller, but we’re totally with him on this one. —Amy Atkins With Fauxbois. 9 p.m., $5, VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, visualartscollective.com.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh is a person whose ideas and attitudes repel me. But in the dream I had last night, I enjoyed hanging out with him. He was affable and humorous. We had fun adventures. Here’s how I interpret the dream: It doesn’t necessarily mean that Limbaugh is a better human being than my bias allows me to imagine. Rather, I think I’m becoming more relaxed about people I disagree with. I’m less susceptible to being motivated by hatred. I’m able to maintain a live-and-let-live approach to things that used to knock me off center. You’re now set up for a similar shift, Aries. I hope you take advantage of it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have entered a phase in your astrological cycle when your best lessons will come from doing hard work. I mean that in the most literal way: intensifying your commitment to doing your job with maximum integrity and intelligence and excellence. But I also mean that you should concentrate on what needs fixing, refinement and upkeep in other areas of your life. Could your best relationships use some tweaks that would pump up the collaborative energy? Would you consider making a course correction in your spiritual path? Is there any part of your rhythm that could use more discipline and organization? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m getting excited to see what you’ll create in the coming weeks. You’re slipping into the most expressive groove you’ve been in for a while. I’m guessing that any minute now your imagination will start churning out a wealth of fresh perspectives and new approaches. Half-rotting problems that have just sat there for weeks or even months will begin morphing into opportunities as you zap them with your frisky grace. Misunderstandings that have festered far too long will get cleansed and salved by your tricky ingenuity. Get the party started! CANCER (June 21-July 22): As I stood by the creek at dusk, the silhouette of a woman in a kayak came flowing my way. The last crease of the orange hovered on the horizon behind her. I spied the reflection of the planet Venus shimmering in the violet water before I saw it in the sky. Nine geese in V-formation trumpeted as they soared overhead. When the woman got close enough for us to see each other’s faces, she addressed me. “We win!” she exclaimed jubilantly, then paddled onward. I agreed. We were basking in a great victory, paradise having temporarily descended into our midst. This is the kind of triumph I expect you’ll be capable of achieving several times over in the coming week.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Focus on what’s small and slippery, Leo. Turn your gaze away from what’s big and obvious. Exult in the salamander on the rock, a friend who has a new trick or the guilty pleasure you just discovered. Excuse yourself from obsessing about the economy, the meaning of life or the clash between science and religion. Your pleasurable duty is to love what’s in the midst of changing and not fixate on trying to make arrangements that will supposedly last forever. Don’t just grudgingly attend to the mercurial details; dive in as if playing with them were your central purpose. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Artists suffer for their work, but they don’t mind,” read the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle. The article featured interviews with five artists who all said they enjoy doing their creative work so much that they gladly put up with the privations it causes. That’s the spirit I’d like you to embrace in the coming weeks. See if you can immerse yourself in a labor of love with so much enthusiastic devotion that you drive away some of your aches and anxieties. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Albert Einstein was extremely famous during his lifetime. Although he had no publicity machine promoting him, his face became an iconic symbol for genius. “Einstein” was, in effect, a brand name that made people think of creativity, wisdom and imagination. There were times that it bothered him. “I am no Einstein,” he said, preferring to be his raw self rather than the idol on a pedestal. I offer his example up to you, Libra. You can benefit from slipping away from, ignoring and even rebelling against your image right now. Return to the source of your ever-evolving life energy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): My assignment for you is fun, but it won’t be easy. It requires you to dissolve at least one of your fixations, escape at least two of your habits and override at least three of your dogmatic beliefs. I’ll understand if you’re not up for the challenge. But if you’re game, read the following excerpt of a poem by Pablo Neruda (translated by Alastair Reid), and incorporate its attitude into your daily rhythm. “I have a mind to confuse things, unite them, make them new-born, mix them up, undress them, until all light in the world has the oneness of the ocean, a generous, vast wholeness, a crackling, living fragrance.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I love to listen to DJ Schmeejay on San Francisco radio station KUSF. Like a throwback to the golden age of FM radio in the 1970s, he plays a “visceral, cinematic” mix that delights you

with a flow of unpredictable juxtapositions. Unlike some music experts who harbor haughty elitist prejudices, the dude is an openminded aficionado. His playlist may include a psychedelic tune, flapper-jazz, a pretty pop song, a barbershop quartet, 1960s folk, polka and trip-hop. He understands that good entertainment keeps you guessing about what’s going to come next. I urge you to borrow his approach as you cruise and schmooze in the coming weeks. Charm people with good surprises. Expand your bag of tricks and use everything in it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I’m not a big believer in the idea that dreams are prophetic. I’ve recorded thousands of my dreams and just three have foreshadowed waking life events that actually occurred. However, I have often found it valuable to regard my dreams as pointers on how to develop unripe aspects of myself. For example, when I was 19, I had a series of dreams suggesting that the best way to become a writer was simply to write at least three hours every day. I acted on those prompts and they worked. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because it’s prime time for you to tap into your own dreams for tips on how to create your best possible future. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In his opening comments on an episode of his TV show, Stephen Colbert announced, “I have butterflies in my stomach. I just ate a cocoon quesadilla.” If I’m reading the omens correctly, you, too, will soon have fluttering sensations in your gut but not because of your food choices. Rather, you’re likely to be atwitter due to encounters with the Great Unknown—arrivals from beyond the Wild Blue Yonder that will blow your mind and recalibrate your philosophy of life. Don’t worry. Your appointments with the numinous are likely to be stirring, even awe-inspiring, but not frightening. P.S. You should celebrate the fact that you feel free enough to go exploring so far and wide. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “If we wish to outline an architecture that conforms to the structure of our soul,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, “it would have to be conceived in the image of the labyrinth.” I take this to mean that clarity, assuredness and singlemindedness are luxuries the ego may indulge in, but they are not the natural state of our deepest selves. Rather, at our cores, in the essential primal source that sustains us, we are complicated and meandering ... mysterious and exploratory ... curious and questioning. In other words, it’s perfectly healthy to be in a labyrinthine state of mind. I hope this meditation helps you enjoy your upcoming Season of Soul.

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