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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY SEPT. 29 Festivals & Events SCARECROW STROLL—Stroll the garden to view and vote for the most creative scarecrow. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

Food & Drink A CHEFS’ AFFAIRE— Black-tie fundraiser for the Idaho Foodbank featuring a five-course dinner, Idaho wines, live and silent auctions of the evening’s chefs and music by Curtis Stigers. See Picks, Page 48. 6:30 p.m. $100. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, www. FOOD AND FILM—A monthly fundraiser featuring a three-course meal followed by a movie and discussion. Proceeds from the night go toward the growth and

preservation of local foods. Held in the Cellar Room. September’s movie is Queen of the Sun: What the Bees Are Telling Us. 6:30 p.m. $25, tvfcfoodfundraiser. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340.

Screen GROWN UPS—Special screening sponsored by the Student Program Board. Free soda and popcorn. 7 p.m. $1 FREE Boise State students. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

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

Workshops & Classes COMMUNITY FORESTRY CLASSES—Certified arborists provide instruction on the care of green things in the class How to Prune Trees. Contact for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, IDAHO STATEWIDE NONPROFIT CONFERENCE—A weekend of networking and informational events for nonprofits to maximize their effectiveness. $110-$150. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.boisestate. edu.

THURSDAY SEPT. 30 Festivals & Events SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, IBG members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

On Stage BYE BYE BIRDIE—Classic musical comedy based on Elvis’ entry into the Army, performed over dinner. Order tickets for Friday and Saturday at least 24 hours in advance. 6:15 p.m. Price varies. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, OPERA IDAHO OUR TOWN PREVIEW—Discussion about the music and background of Ned Rorem’s opera based on Thornton Wilder’s prize-winning play, then stay to watch part of a rehearsal. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Opera Idaho, 513 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208345-3531,


NOISE/CD REVIEW THE WEEPIES: BE MY THRILL It’s a treat to come across a musical duo with as much singing, songwriting and playing ability as the husband-andwife team of Deb Talan and Steven Tannen, who comprise the California-based band, the Weepies. The release of their newest album, Be My Thrill, is a continuation of the unique, ethereal sound that captivated fans and earned them No. 34 on the Billboard 200 chart with their last album, Hideaway. Their music incorporates folk and jazz, spiced in a stew of pop melodies and acoustic guitar. Their sweet soft ballads have been featured in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl and Sex and the City and even in a Barack Obama campaign ad. Be My Thrill opens with the somber “Please Speak Well of Me,” with Talan’s sweet, resonant voice imploring, “Don’t say words / you don’t mean / when I’m gone / please speak well of me.” “Red Red Rose” is more upbeat, with Tannen’s vocals up front. The drum and guitar combination has a melodic, easy rhythm and the repetition of verse endings creates an easily singable, nigh forgettable number. One of the sadder tunes, “They’re in Love, Where Am I?” showcases Talan’s beautiful voice. Instantly stuck in your mind, the glassy notes she hits blend perfectly with the lullabylike music as she sings, “Lovers walk, two by two / doin’ things lovers do / they’re in love, where am I?” With the birth of their son as their last album was being finished and shipped out, Talan and Tannen stayed at home to build their family. In a press release, Tannen explained that it took about a year to finish Be My Thrill. “We wrote something like 70 tunes, and were able to experiment quite a bit before these 14 songs emerged as the record,” he writes. “We took as much time as we needed at every step and taking that pressure off made the whole thing a little lighter,” Talan writes. “This is the most fun we’ve had making a record.” With the new album comes a reason to tour, and the Weepies will hit points all across the United States, including a stop in Boise on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Bouquet. —Andrew Crisp


Boise Weekly Vol. 19 Issue 14  

Best of Boise 2010: Readers' Choices

Boise Weekly Vol. 19 Issue 14  

Best of Boise 2010: Readers' Choices