LOCAL, INDEPENDENT NEWS, OPINION, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM VOLUME 19, ISSUE 15 OCTOBER 6–12, 2010
TAK EE E ON E! NEWS 9
TIME FOR A CHECKUP Do you know how your health care has changed? FEATURE 13
ARTISTIC PULSE BW checks out the 2010 Idaho Triennial PICKS 18
THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING Promenade Music Festival kicks off FOOD 36
THE BRUNCH OF THE IRISH A review of a Star hotspot
“There was a lot of awful music as well, but also some really great moments ...”
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NOTE GET ONLINE, OR GET LEFT OUT As is the way of things in the newspaper business these days, and as I have been saying again and again for the last 18 months, if you’re only reading the printed version of Boise Weekly, you’re only getting a fraction of what we’re up to every week. Take, for example, this week’s News feature on the Affordable Care Act. Log on to boiseweekly.com, look for that same story online and you’ll ﬁnd a video companion piece put together on the streets of Boise. Or, take Promenade Music Festival, for example. Between Picks, 8 Days Out, Noise and the Guide, there’s plenty of info on where to ﬁnd who when at the inaugural event. But log on to Cobweb and you’ll ﬁnd daily updates on featured bands with completely fabricated yet still completely hilarious questionnaires from said bands. On a side note, nearly all of those proﬁles sport videos from the featured band and it’s damn impressive just how many local bands have their shit together with the music video. Claps all around. Still not convinced? How about a slideshow preview of work from the BOSCO artists participating in the weekend open studios event Oct. 9-10. First ﬁnd the work that speaks to you, then plan your BOSCO walkabout accordingly. New to the tangled web world of boiseweekly.com is an “interactive” Mail feature. I get copious amounts of mail. Letters to the Editor are not only far more numerous than the meager little print space for them allows each week, but many are often way, way over the maximum word length for mail. Hence the reason there’s a word count—print space is ﬁnite, friends. A few months back I started publishing letters that would never see newsprint in special, sporadic online editions. Now it’s time to get more serious about it. Many of the online letters, like this week’s contribution from Rep. Brian Cronin about his cheeky Best of Boise award, really deserved column inches but simply missed the print deadline. Other letters, like this week’s contribution from one cranky reader who has clearly not picked up a Boise Weekly all summer, are where the “interactive” part comes in. In other words, readers take the time to ask dumb questions, I take the time to answer. It’s a game I’m quite looking forward to. Finally, good luck reaching us next week. About one-third of BW’s staff is taking the whole week off, but don’t worry, we’ll get back to you the following week. —Rachael Daigle
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BURN, BABY, BURN? UM ... HOW ’BOUT NOT? What happens when property taxes can’t cover the ﬁre station’s tab? No more ﬁre station. Chinden Boulevard’s Station 18 closes, details at Citydesk.
MOVE OVER MORMON CRICKETS, MUSICIANS ARE COMING Hundreds of musicians, 11 venues, three days, one town. Promenade Music Festival. Get a daily dish on featured bands at Cobweb. For deets, see Picks on Page 18 and BW’s Music Guide on Page 30.
PAY UP, BIG PHARMA Idaho stands to collect $1 million from a Medicare fraud settlement in an off-label marketing suit against drugmaker Novartis.
GAME TIME And the big push begins in the gaming world. Big releases this month signal the start of the holiday (gasp!) shopping season in the world of video games. BW’s gamer guru has the goods at Cobweb.
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EDITOR’S NOTE MAIL / MONDO GAGA BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS Health-care reform quietly becomes a reality CITIZEN FEATURE 2010 Idaho Triennial BW PICKS FIND 8 DAYS OUT 1ST THURSDAY 1ST THURSDAY LISTINGS/MAP DOWNTOWN NEWS SUDOKU NOISE The Drums pound a rhythm at the Promenade Music Festival MUSIC GUIDE ARTS William Lewis’ new show at NNU SCREEN Jack Goes Boating and It’s Kind of a Funny Story MOVIE TIMES FOOD Two reviewers hit the road to check out Sully’s Pub and Grill in Star WINE SIPPER CLASSIFIEDS NYT CROSSWORD FREEWILL ASTROLOGY
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HOW MU CH LONGER UNTIL WE ADMIT TO OU RSE LV E S THAT WE TR EAT GAR DEN C ITY LI KE THE Y MOV ED HER E ILLEGALLY? ” —Mikey Pullman (boiseweekly.com, Citydesk, “Boise’s Fire Station 18 Closes,” Oct. 1, 2010)
MEDIA BLAME GAME Local media makes or breaks a local music scene. I, like many, feel very sad about last week’s story of Old Boise Guitar closing. It dawned upon me while reading the bad news that perhaps the biggest reason for the failure of the Boise original music scene to develop is the lack of coverage from local media. As the economy tanked in late 2007, I noticed more and more coverage of national music and less and less coverage of local music, including CD reviews and radio airplay. As local
bands and recording studios worked hard to produce quality music and shows, local media ignored the work and sought only to protect their bottom line. You, the media, have an inherent ability to make your local community a better place. America is now overrun with corporations and it is only going to get worse. In 20 years when the streets are littered with Walmarts, Taco Bells and Nickelback is on the radio 24/7, remember the role you played in it. Turning your head away from your own back yard is strangling the
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local music scene. —Jason Ringelstetter, Boise
IT’S BAD, SO BAD I fully understand that “Dude Howdy” was the ﬁrst-place winner in the eighth annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon contest, but will we ever be free of it? Surely there’s another bad cartoonist out there to which you can subject us for a while, just for some relief, if you feel you must pay weekly tribute to nonsense. And by the way, where’s Tom Tomorrow this week? —Charlotte Chaney, Boise
CORRECTION The Sept. 29 edition of Boise Weekly should have credited Patrick Sweeney for the photo on Page 14 and Laurie Pearman for the photo on Page 34.
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JOB INSECURITY I
Red takes a page from the Book of Bryan “Know what I think, Cope? I think there ought not be one more gull durn mosque built nowheres in America until every last one of them Mooslims refudiates that gull durn sherry law stuff and comes to baby Jesus, which is exactly what the Holy Founding Fathers meant to happen all along, anyhows. And I suppose you’ll be wanting to write this down whiles I say it, huh?” “Red, I’d love to hang here and listen to your nonsense, but I’m on my way out of town.” “Don’t you wanna hear ’bout hows I think homersexuals ought not be allowed to adopt dogs from the city pound?” “What!?” “That’s exactly right! Cats, neither. They ought not even be allowed to adopt no highways for cleaning the litter off’n. If’n you ask me, homersexuals lost all their adopting privileges the second they went out and started up that Nazi Tea Bag Party over in them German beer joints. And here’s another one for you … I think the City of Boise oughta build one of them Ten Commandments monuments up on Table Rock mountain, only one what’s big enough to be seen all the way over yonder to Nampa. And ol’ Dave Bieter ought to have to pay for it outa his own pocket for the way he treated the little-bitty one what was down in Jenny Davis Park. I’m telling ya’, you oughta be writing all this down, Cope, ’fore you forget it. And another thing … no woman ought not be allowed to get no gull durn abortion even if she gets herself knocked up by Sass-kwatch, hisself! Not for rape nor incest nor one of them alien orgy abductions nor nothing! That’s what I say. And shouldn’t you get out your tape recorder so’s you don’t muss up my quotes?” “What’s this have to do with Muslims? Actually, what’s any of this have to do with anything, Red? What the hell are you talking about? You sound demented.” “I’m spooning out my new positions for you, Cope. Man’s gotta modernate his positions now an‘ then, don’t he? Show me a feller who stays with the same old positions year after year, and I’ll show you a feller what’s apt to get left behind in the dust.” “Look, Badger Bob is up in the hills waiting for me. Says he has something important to talk about, so really, I have to scoot. But as soon as I get back into town, we’ll do lattes, okee-doke? I’m dying to ﬁnd out where you’re getting this crazy shi ...” “Bryan Fischer.” “Fischer? That bag of nuts we were rid of here in Boise last year?” “Yup. Good ol‘ Bryan Fischer. I ﬁgure if’n a position is good enough for Bryan Fischer, it’s good enough for me. And you know what? ... that what you calls a ‘bag o‘ nuts’ got himself on C, N an‘ N not long ago, and even on your precious N, P an‘ WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
R. That ‘bag o‘ nuts’ is going places, Cope. He’ll have his own hour on Fox before it’s all said and done.” “Bro, I’m ashamed of you. I thought you had more integrity than to emulate a despicable scuzz like Fischer.” “Oh yeah? Well least he has a job nobody’s trying to kick him outa.” “Listen, do you want to know why he’s been in the national glare lately? Because he’s spewing out some of the most contemptible, venomous crap imaginable, that’s why. The creep makes his living by stoking up the ﬁres in people too stupid to chew grits without someone on the radio telling them how. That’s what people like Fischer do, Red … dream up the most outrageous, hateful things they can say before one of the other ambulatory turds like Beck or Limbaugh or Colter gets to it ﬁrst. That’s his job you’re so damn happy he has, Red! Inspiring as much intolerance and division and bitterness as he can in the hearts of America’s least thoughtful people! I’m convinced he had to slink down to Mississippi because Idaho doesn’t have quite enough inbreds to keep a specimen like him in hair gel.” “Purdy durn excited there, ain’t you, Cope? Looks like I hitched a nerve, what you say?” “You hitched a nerve all right. All that speech therapy we worked on, all that hope I had that your reasoning abilities were improving along with your enunciation, and now I ﬁnd out you’re still capable of being impressed by a bottom-sucking fascist like Fischer.” “So’s what you’re saying is, I’m still so aggravatin‘ and so titillatin‘ that I still have a place in your column.” “Red, I’d no more expect you to quit coming up with screwball ideas than I’d expect Fischer to turn into a real follower of Christ. There’ll always be a place for you in my columns, believe me. But you don’t have to sink to Fischer’s level to keep it.” “But what if that MulletBoy feller starts saying screwier-ballier stuff than me?” “Aaah. So that’s what this is about. You’re worried because I ran MulletBoy’s blog a couple of times, huh?” “Wull, gull durnit, maybe so. I mean … I always been your go-to feller when it come to showing off the hayseed perspectum. An‘ now you got this MulletBoy character cutting inta my print time. Whats you need him for, Cope? Ain’t I enough red neck enough for ya’ no more?” I left Red satisﬁed I wasn’t about to dump him for a younger hillbilly and went to the hills, where I discussed with Badger Bob another man who would say anything, it seems, just to keep his job. Coming next week—Job Insecurity II: How far would Rep. Walt Minnick sink?
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THE NEW PESSIMISM
Will Americans act to prevent economic collapse? PHILADELPHIA—I am touring to promote my new book, The Anti-American Manifesto, which lays out America’s biggest problems and what we can do to ﬁx them. Before I started, I knew that Americans were angry. With high unemployment and a government that gave $1.4 trillion to banks instead of people, how could they not be? Americans have lost faith in the government’s willingness or ability to address their needs and concerns. But pessimism and their rage is deeper and broader than I thought. At the beginning of each book signing event I ask attendees to answer two questions. First: What is the worst problem that you face? Something the government could solve or at least mitigate? The top response is health care. Other answers include making college affordable and improving mass transit. Second: What is the biggest problem the world faces today? Whether it personally affects you, what should be job No. 1 for government? Most people say global warming or ecocide in general. Many complain about poverty and income inequality. “Now think about your two top issues,” I ask them. “Do you think there’s any chance— not a high chance, not even a 50 percent chance, but any signiﬁcant chance whatsoever—that this system, our American capitalist system and the two-party political structure that supports it, will impact either one of those two issues?” I reset for clarity. “Do you think you will see any improvement, on even one of those two problems, in your lifetime?” I ask for a show of hands. Depending on the city, between 10 and 30 percent raise their hands.
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Bear in mind, these are Ted Rall readers. According to the latest Gallup poll, 54 percent of Americans expect the economy to be the same or worse by this time next year. If you’re one of that 54 percent (or 70 to 90 percent of Ted Rall fans) who see the government as unwilling and/or unable to alleviate their suffering, what should you do? In my book I argue it’s time to stop putting up with a regime so incompetent that it can’t protect us from 19 clowns with boxcutters, who are allowed to ﬂy around the nation’s airspace because our military prioritizes killing Muslims over defending the United States. I say that it’s insane for the citizens of the richest nation in history to watch their living standards shrink while lawless corporations feed off the public trough. Why should we accept a $1.4 trillion handout to wealthy bankers, while the unemployed are told to pack up their children and get out of their homes? If you don’t think the government will do anything, why not get rid of it? There is one answer: it could be reformed. Could it? President Barack Obama is living proof that it can’t. Because, like him or not, this system is never going to give us a better president. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen since he took ofﬁce almost two years ago, he’s not good enough. There’s only one difference between President George W. Bush’s policies and Obama’s: opposition. Under Bush, there was a semblance of a left. So now Americans are faced with a choice. They can accept nothing will ever get better, watch the rich get richer while they get poorer, sit on their butts as the planet heats up and the coral reefs die off. Or they can act.
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GEORGE PRENTICE Idaho woke up to another gorgeous Indian summer morning on Sept. 23, and the morning headlines included a story about a local teen being arrested for vandalizing schools, a preview of the upcoming Boise State-Oregon State football game, and an Earth-shattering expose of how Katy Perry was too sexy for Sesame Street. But much less attention was paid to wholesale changes in our systems of care. The talking heads on major news networks were in highpitched discourse surrounding the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, better known as health-care reform. Wingnuts from both ends of the political spectrum suited up to kick around the political football, labeling health-care reform as everything from a panacea to the very depths of a socialistic hell. Most, however, missed the real game-changer. The new Patient’s Bill of Rights, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, went into effect Sept. 23 and began a new era in how we care for ourselves and one another. According to the new law: UÊ *>ÌiÌÃÊ`ÊÌÊ >ÛiÊÌÊ«>ÞÊ>ÊV«>ÞÊÀÊ deductible to receive preventive health care (mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal care). UÊ ÃÕÀiÀÃÊV>½ÌÊ`iÞÊVÛiÀ>}iÊÌÊ`ÃÊÜÌ Ê pre-existing conditions (diabetes, club foot, cleft palate). UÊ *>ÀiÌÃÊV>ÊÜÊii«ÊÌ iÀÊV `ÀiÊÊÌ iÀÊ insurance plan until age 26. UÊ ÃÕÀiÀÃÊV>½ÌÊV>ViÊÞÕÀÊ«VÞÊÜÌ ÕÌÊ proving fraud. UÊ ÃÕÀiÀÃÊV>½ÌÊ«ÕÌÊviÌiÊÌÃÊÊÞÕÀÊ beneﬁts. UÊ ÃÕÀiÀÃÊV>½ÌÊ`iÞÊV>ÃÊÜÌ ÕÌÊ>ÊV >ViÊ for appeal. While there’s some ﬁne print, the new rules impact all new policies, and all existing policies will be phased in to compliance gradually. About an hour after sunrise on Sept. 23, Susan Johnson was already spreading what she called “the good news.” “It’s a great day for families and children all across Idaho,” beamed Johnson. BW sat down with Johnson the morning after she tried out her new hobby, ﬂyﬁshing, on the Boise River. When she’s not in waders, Johnson is the Region 10 director for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. She’s the Obama administration’s point-person for all matters regarding health-care reform in an area that covers Idaho, Alaska, Oregon and Washington. “If you think it was all right for a child born with a disease to be denied insurance, then you can pine for the past,” Johnson said. “If you think it was all right that people are lined up on gurneys blocking hallways around emergency rooms because they have no medical home and they’ve waited too long until WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
things get out of control,” Johnson took a deep breath, “well then you can decide that the past was a better deal.” Such sweeping reform in care will require systematic adjustments, and to facilitate those changes, states will receive federal aid. For starters, Idaho will receive $3 million from the Affordable Care Act to build up the primary physician workforce. “As more people are insured, we’re going to need more family doctors,” said Dr. Ted Epperly, program director and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. His program will soon receive nearly $2 million to shore up its rural training tracks in Caldwell and Twin Falls. Epperly said the money couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment. While the need for primary care grows, particularly in rural Idaho, the number of family doctors isn’t keeping up. “The funds will allow our Caldwell track to grow by a third and our Magic Valley track to double,” said Epperly. “The front end of the law immediately tries to rectify some of the insurance issues that were devastatingly discriminatory,” said Epperly. “But the big piece comes next. We’ll expand the pipeline on the types of doctors that we’ll need to provide preventative care to more Americans.” But “expanding the pipeline” is where the great divide begins between those who see reform as a lifesaver and those that see it as unconstitutional. Earlier this year, Idaho joined a 20-state lawsuit against the federal government to halt the new health-care act. By mid-October, a federal judge is expected to rule on a motion from the U.S. Justice Department to dismiss the suit. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence
Wasden fully expects the case to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I agree that health care in this country needs to be improved, needs to be ﬁxed, needs to be remedied,” Wasden told BW. “But the question is really about the system and whether it ﬁts into the conﬁnes of the U.S. Constitution. It’s a legal issue.” On Sept. 29, a group of Idaho physicians met with Wasden and tried unsuccessfully to convince him to withdraw Idaho from the suit. Dr. Timothy McHugh, who runs a family medicine practice in Meridian, made the house call along with colleagues Dr. Andrew Wilper, and Dr. William Weppner. McHugh said: “What struck me as somewhat odd was that Wasden likened the Affordable Care Act to a hypothetical that Congress mandate all citizens wear blue hats. And he asked the question, ‘If Congress required that everyone buy blue hats, would you be in here asking me to drop that suit?’ And all three of us doctors were of a like mind that if buying a blue hat would save the lives of 45,000 people who die each year due to lack of health care, then absolutely! We’d be ﬁrst in line to buy those blue hats.” “But he assured us that in no way does his lawsuit impede the implementation of the law,” said McHugh. Wasden reiterated: “The federal legislation is now the law of the land, and all those
DEBATE OVER MEGA-LOADS MAKES ITS WAY TO IDAHO’S HIGH COURT Fall is the most idyllic time of year to travel U.S. Highway 12, possibly the prettiest stretch of Idaho. From end to end, the east-west highway connects the Paciﬁc Ocean to downtown Detroit. But in the Gem State, you’ll want to start in Lewiston, drive along the Clearwater River to Oroﬁno, wind past the Lochsa River and travel through remote sections of the Clearwater National Forest. You’ll cross some 40 Idaho bridges, and don’t do too much leaf-peeping—you’ll need to negotiate countless turns. The morning of Sept. 29, a truck out of Billings, Mont., didn’t do so well with one of those turns. The west-bound tanker slammed into a borrow pit, resulting in a minor rockslide. One of the rocks ruptured the tanker and more than 7,500 gallons of diesel began spilling. As BW was going to press, ofﬁcials with the Idaho Transportation Department reported that none of the diesel had made its way to the Lochsa River, as most of the spill had been contained in bedrock immediately beneath the roadway. The truck was registered to Keller Transport in Billings. The same company was cited for a 2005 accident on Hwy. 12 that saw 1,600 gallons of diesel spill into a roadside ditch. And the Missoulian newspaper reported that yet another truck owned by Keller was involved in an accident on Montana’s Highway 35 in 2008 that resulted in a 6,000-gallon fuel spill. The most recent accident was the topic du jour in the halls of the Idaho’s Supreme Court Building in Boise on Oct. 1. But not a word of the wreck was mentioned inside the courtroom, at least not when the high court was in session. The State Supreme Court gaveled in a special hearing to consider whether to clear the way for mega-loads of equipment to roll across Hwy. 12. The Idaho Transportation Department would have the court believe that the hearing pertained only to four loads owned by ConocoPhillips, sitting at the Port of Lewiston. Environmentalists and residents along Hwy. 12 say they know otherwise. About halfway into the 60-minute hearing, Justice Joel Horton addressed the “elephant in the room.” “It appears that we’re being asked to consider much more than these particular loads,” Horton told the packed courtroom. And it wasn’t an exaggeration to stereotype the loads as “elephantine.” Hor ton referred to
the 200plus loads (each as big as a T-rex) that Exxon/Mobil wants to ship across the same highway on the way up to the controversial Kearl Oil Sands region in Alber ta, Canada. (BW, News, “Taking the Scenic Route,” July 7, 2010.)
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NEWS/CITYDESK “We’re really considering the future of the Exxon/Mobil loads up to the Kearl Oil Sands project, aren’t we?” asked Horton. “No, no, no,” responded Lawrence Allen, attorney for ITD. “The department considers each load on a case-by-case basis.” Laird Lucas, of Advocates for the West, representing three Central Idahoans opposing the loads, vehemently disagreed. “Of course this is related to the Exxon/ Mobil loads,” said Lucas. “ITD even said if one company gets in, it’s going to impact everyone else.” Justice Jim Jones quizzed attorneys for ITD and ConocoPhillips on why the four massive coke drums were even sitting at the Lewiston port in the ﬁrst place. “If the ITD hadn’t granted any permits yet, why were they there to begin with?” asked Jones. Allen was contrite. “It was a business decision by Conoco.” Conoco’s attorney Erik Stidham was more sheepish. “My client is over a barrel, your honor.” “There’s really nowhere else for them to go to, is there?” asked Jones. “Not if ITD isn’t allowed to grant a permit,” resigned Stidham. The hour-long arguments may have been moot. Justice Warren Jones returned several times to the same theme: The case may not have belonged in the courts in the ﬁrst place. “I’m not so sure if this is a formally contested case,” said Jones. “You may not be subject to appeal or a right to review if there’s no jurisdiction here.” “This was more of an informal proceeding,” said Lucas. The plaintiffs’ attorney was referring to a hasty hearing before Second District Justice John Bradbur y to revoke ITD permits to allow the Conoco transport. Bradbur y agreed to block the permits pending more review. That prompted ITD and Conoco to request an expedited hearing before the high court, citing economic hardship. When might the parties get a ruling? Clerk of the Courts Stephen Kenyon told Citydesk that Idaho’s State Supreme Court has a median average of 60 days to hand down decisions. Rulings have come as short as two weeks and as long as nine months. Emotions aren’t expected to subside within any of those time frames. Meanwhile, some 359 nautical miles upriver from Lewiston, the ﬁrst of the Exxon/ Mobil shipments have just arrived at the Port of Vancouver. The ﬁrst 15 shiploads are slowly making their way through eight locks of the 14-foot navigation channel. Each module, manufactured in Korea and shipped across the Paciﬁc, is 140-feet long by 24-feet wide and up to 26-feet high. The timing of the shipments is critical. Come Dec. 13, all barge trafﬁc will come to a halt when scheduled lock maintenance begins and continues until mid-May. Budget crunchers at the Port of Lewiston are already forecasting a $100,000 revenue windfall for the coming ﬁscal year for docking and storage fees in connection to the Exxon/Mobil mega-loads. That may be conser vative. Ofﬁcials at the Port of Vancouver are predicting that moving the equipment through their gates will bring in roughly $1 million. —George Prentice
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WASDEN: ”WE’VE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH A LOT OF FOLKS ON THIS ISSUE. ANECDOTALLY, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CALLED OUR OFFICE ARE, BY FAR, SUPPORTING OUR LAWSUIT.” processes need to move forward.” One block away from Wasden’s ofﬁce at the Idaho Department of Insurance, those processes have landed on the desk of Bill Deal. Having worked in the insurance industry for nearly a half century, Deal now oversees the Department of Insurance as its director. “It’s a new time. It’s the law of the land,” Deal echoed. “And we have to interpret the changes as best we can.” Deal has three constituencies: Idaho citizens, some 74,000 producers or agents (10,000 are Idaho residents) and the roughly 1,600 insurance companies doing business in Idaho (only about 19 are headquartered here). When it comes to health insurance, that pool gets pretty shallow. There are only seven carriers who offer individual health-care coverage, and two of them—Regence Blue Shield and Blue Cross—hold the lion’s share of the lambs. Regence Blue Shield controls 30 percent of the Idaho market with premiums of more than $100 million. Blue Cross is second with 23 percent of the market and premiums nearing $78 million. Deal said the companies’ success in Idaho is due to administrative efﬁciency and competitive rates. “Idaho has the lowest rates in the nation,” Deal said. “Out of 50 states, according to the Internal Revenue Service, Idaho has the lowest group rates for health insurance in the United States. And for individual rates, we’re about 47th in the nation.” Deal clearly has a sense of how reform will impact those rates. “Take away exclusions for pre-existing conditions. Uncap the lifetime beneﬁt. Add new essential coverages and well-care,” Deal itemized. “As a result, you’ll have a more beneﬁt-rich package. You can certainly expect a rate redistribution.” But not everyone is convinced that rates will shoot up. Dr. Julie Welty is a family physician in McCall. She serves a part of Idaho that has seen the longest and darkest shadows of unemployment and poverty, and when she talks to her friends and colleagues who might be a bit more conservative, she reminds them that reform makes good business sense. “So many people come into our emergency rooms that have no coverage. And of course we have to treat them,” argued Welty. “We’re, more often than not, treating them for problems that could have been prevented. And
we’re all paying for that. It ends up in your insurance rates. It ends up in your taxes.” And Welty’s strongest sentiments surround preventive care. “We’re talking about a colonoscopy long before colon cancer. A pap smear before cervical cancer. A mammogram long before someone could die from breast cancer,” she said. Welty comes from a family of healers. Both her father and mother are physicians. Dr. Thomas Welty and his wife, Dr. Edith Welty, spent a quarter century serving the impoverished on Native American reservations for the Navajo and Sioux. In addition, for the last decade, they’ve been traveling once or twice a year to Cameroon in West Africa. “We feel empathetic toward people that we know could beneﬁt from systems of care but can’t access them, purely based on cost,” said Dr. Thomas Welty. “This lawsuit against the Obama administration is counterproductive,” said Dr. Edith Welty. “It’s so much better to just look at the new law and see how it can be best used to help Idahoans.” That’s why Dr. Welty … and Dr. Welty … and Dr. Welty all signed a harsh letter to Wasden. The letter included the following passage: “Your attempt to block the requirement to purchase insurance and the expansion of Medicaid threatens to harm our most vulnerable patients in Idaho that cannot afford health insurance or are being denied coverage. The lawsuit leaves uncertainty for families that desperately need access to health care.” After the letter was sent to the media, including BW, Wasden said he was more than happy to meet with the group. “I explained to them that legal issues are at stake. It’s not about policy,” said Wasden. “We’ve had conversations with a lot of folks on this issue. Anecdotally, I can tell you that the majority of people who have called our ofﬁce are, by far, supporting our lawsuit.” When HHS Regional Director Johnson visited Idaho, she told BW that she hoped Wasden would “slow down and take a deep breath before proceeding.” When BW asked Wasden to comment, he chuckled. “Coming from you, that’s hearsay. But I’d be more than happy to meet with her in person.” Meanwhile, the lawsuit moves forward. But so does sweeping reform. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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PAOLA GIANTURCO A life in focus GEORGE PRENTICE You’re well known for optimism. Where does it come from? I’m very optimistic about what I see. I’ve now documented women’s lives in more than 40 countries. The women in every single country have been making progress against terrible odds, especially in my most recent book, Women Who Light the Dark.
Tell us about one of those women. Zimbabwe has an organization founded by a high school English teacher, Betty Makoni. She organized an afterschool group of young girls. She started the group because the little girls of Zimbabwe were telling her that they were being raped. It turned out that the traditional healers in Zimbabwe were telling men that were HIV positive that they would be cured if they had sex with virgins. A terrible, terrible rumor that was spread like wildﬁre. So Betty thought that she could begin an after-school club for the little girls. And the girls themselves seized the initiative and mounted a movement against child rape using What was your Paola Gianturco will be the keynote poetry. In Zimbabwe’s ﬁrst camera? speaker at the Fall Symposium for the Shona culture, poetry is Like most people, it Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation traditionally written and was a little Brownie. My Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Boise State Jorthen performed in public father gave it to me when dan Ballroom. For more information visit idahowomenscharitablefoundation.org. meetings. The little girls I was 8. He took pictures began writing poems too—of people’s insides. about their experiences, He was a radiologist. It and when they began standing up in public was his decision that I shouldn’t shoot with color ﬁlm until I understood composition, how meetings—and these little girls are as young as 6 years old—the communities were mobilized not to clutter the edges of a photograph, how instantly against this terrible practice. I thought to hold a camera quietly. it was astonishing. So what kind of camera do you use today? Is your work dangerous? Always Canon. I take almost all of my I’ve never been afraid of where I’ve been. photographs with a Canon Rebel XTi. I work Maybe I should have been. I was in Kathmanin very rough areas, and I don’t really want a du in the spring of 2006 when they were just fancy camera.
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Paola Gianturco is coming back to Boise. Since leaving in the early 1990s, she’s become a world-class photojournalist, documentarian and author. In March, 2009, UNESCO commissioned Gianturco to create an exhibit for its world headquarters in Paris as part of the organization’s International Women’s Day event. Gianturco spent 35 years in marketing and corporate communications, and as executive VP of corporate communications for Saatchi & Saatchi, she worked with Boise Cascade and the former Idaho First Bank between 1982 and 1991. But in 1995 she was inspired when she read about women in the global south. She decided she wanted to tell their stories in pictures. She didn’t approach a publisher until two years after having traveled to 12 countries in six trips. She’s authored four acclaimed photo books since, asking her readers to engage with, learn from and support women around the world. On Thursday Oct. 7, she’ll be the guest speaker at the fall symposium for the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation.
about to overthrow the king and there was violence everywhere. I was photographing women who were being taught how to drive taxis, and it was quite difﬁcult to photograph because people were literally being shot all around me. Was I afraid? No. I was with people who lived there and knew the area. I got to Morocco when 10,000 people were rioting because Denmark had just published political cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. I wasn’t afraid because I didn’t think it was about me. But I suppose it is pretty dangerous every once in a while. Describe a recent photograph that you really enjoyed. I was in Ireland on something called International Grandmother’s Day. And the grandmothers teach their children’s children to plant locally and cook traditional food. I was privileged to photograph eight little granddaughters in Dublin with their grandmother. It made my heart sing. How many frequent ﬂier miles have you racked up? I totaled more than 1 million in the 35 years when I was in the business world. My husband had another 2 million. That’s how I can produce these books for relatively little money. It also allows me to give all my author royalties to organizations that I think are doing effective work in the subject area which the book addresses.
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Janet H. Norstrand, Night and Day 2, 2010, archival digital inkjet prints, two panels, 38.875” x 30” each
Kevan Smith, Windows (Pool), acrylic and graphite on canvas, 12” x 12”, 2010
Kevan Smith, Windows (Pool), acrylic and graphite on canvas, 12” x 12”, 2010
Matt Bodett, Anxiety, house paint and charcoal on unstretched canvas, 90” x 96”, 2010
2010 IDAHO TA KING THE PU L S E O F IDA HO ’S A RT WO RL D CH R I STO PH E R SCH N O O R he Idaho Triennial has had its ups and downs in the last decade. Two consecutive events were juried by out-of-state art ﬁgures—photography/video artist and curator Philip Brookman in 2001 and philosopher/critic Arthur Danto in 2004. To compensate for their lack of familiarity with Idaho artists, they relied on personal taste and experience in making the selections. The result was more a statement of their respective aesthetics than a reﬂection of art in Idaho. In 2007, Boise Art Museum’s then-new Associate Curator Amy Pence-Brown took the initiative and appointed herself juror and selected 71 artists out of hundreds of submissions to visit in person, crisscrossing the state to view art and settled on 81 works by 25 artists. The result was a more consistent level of quality than in previous Triennials. For the 2010 event, BAM once again chose
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an out-of-towner as juror, but not really. Beth Sellars, curator of Seattle’s respected Suyama Space, which she co-founded in 1998, has deep roots in Boise and knows the Idaho art scene well. Sellars was assistant director of BAM from 1975 to 1979, after which she served as graduate director of University Gallery at Boise State, director of Blatchley Gallery and visiting professor at College of Idaho, as well as visiting professor at the University of Idaho and director of its University Gallery before moving to Spokane, Wash., to become curator of art at Cheney Cowles Museum, a post she held for 13 years. Sellars is steeped in the art of Idaho and the Northwest while also having a reputation in the national contemporary art scene. For Sellars, curating the Triennial is like coming home, and her selections reﬂect that. This year’s Triennial acquired a certain notoriety before it even started with the
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Garth Claassen, Snorkels with Floating Prison, oil stick, oil paint on masonite, 35.5” x 48”, 2008
commotion stirred up by BAM’s decision to give the event the theme Sustain + Expand. As reported in these pages and evidenced by the chatter on the street, many artists were turned off, feeling the theme was unnecessary. In truth, it was necessary (a requirement for federal funding) and in the end, not much of an imposition. The theme is so broad, speaking as it does to the nature of art, that at most it required some thought in composing one’s artist statement. As Sellars pointed out in her essay for the catalog, the submitting artists addressed the theme “through metaphorical, environmental, visual and emotional interpretations,” or simply let the work speak for itself. Nevertheless, it may have discouraged more than a few artists from participating. After the impressive responses in 2004 and 2007, this year’s applicants totaled only 152, with the showing particularly thin from Northern Idaho. Still, the result is another competent, and at times stimulating, event with perhaps more of an edge than 2007’s. Inevitably, some of the of the 59 works by 46 artists are disappointing, but there is also art that is fresh, conﬁdent and even provocative. This is not a collection of newcomers by any means. Many of the names are familiar, but even those who are not are now well into their careers. A palpable sense of foreboding permeates a signiﬁcant portion of the exhibit (a barometer of the prevailing national mood) and crosses generational lines. Some of this angst is personal, and some pieces have political or cultural overtones, but the thread weaves through the show. Similar to last time, painting and sculpture dominate. Sellars not only selected the work but also had much to do with the layout of the exhibit. Knowing the BAM space, she could not resist putting together the ﬂoor plan, which she described as “the frosting on the cake.” She grouped works that shared a common sensibility and somehow informed each other, providing an added dimension. So although some adjustments had to be made to accommodate larger works, the Triennial contains an added aesthetic commentary by the juror on the art she chose.
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The ﬁrst gallery represents the earthier, elemental approach that has long informed a good portion of art in Idaho. It is a room dominated by earth tones, grays and blacks, and subject matter comprised of landscape, environmental/organic references, and somber narratives. Several artists instruct visitors in the often subtle, potentially powerful expressiveness of gray scales and dampened palettes. Pocatello artist Rudy Kovacs makes an encore appearance with his gray and black, multimedia fabric images of fragments of age-old structures. George Wray of Moscow, in his evocative charcoal drawing Canyon Mist on textured paper captures an aura of mystery and majesty through soft natural light on ancient, monolithic forms. The predictable landscape paintings nearby by old hands John Killmaster and Carl Rowe do not come close to Wray’s eye for the sublime. Although Killmaster’s Owyhee Canyon Landscape utilizes more lively color than most of his work, his technique is still heavy-handed and rendering natural light is not his strength. And while Rowe can paint light, he remains stuck in his Foothills fetish. Janet Norstrand’s black, white and gray digital inkjet diptych, Night and Day 2, is an imaginative use of contrasting positive and negative digital images of suspended dead vegetative matter in a ghostly afterlife, for which she won one of the cash merit awards. Two paintings by Karen Woods successfully capture natural and manmade light in her pedestrian, melancholy, yet provocative urban scenes of Boise trafﬁc caught in wet weather and noirish evenings, as seen through the windshield of her pickup. Her two works are a continuation of her closely cropped, intensely focused compositions, yet have graduated to a larger scale: a welcome departure from her typical miniaturist approach. Boise painter William Lewis’ impressive canvas, The Next Morning, depicts a smoldering, ashen pile of incinerated debris that fairly reeks with the hangover of stale smoke. Filling the canvas with charred remnants, Lewis instills a typical rural practice of burning accumulated garbage with a physicality and WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Anna Webb, Trio One, glass mosaic, 12” x 28.5” x 1.5”, 2010
Geoffrey Krueger, Unit 2 and 3 From Right to Left, oil on canvas, 20” x 48”, 2010
emotional charge that suggest the nimbus of more notorious conﬂagrations, reminiscent of Anselm Kiefer’s raw expressionistic works. Lewis won one of the four merit case awards. Geoffrey Krueger also focuses on an element of rural life in his painting Unit 2 and 3 From Right to Left of two forlorn-looking trailer homes, side by side: a rectilinear composition in drab, sun-faded colors and deteriorating curtains. An accomplished painter, Krueger has focused for some time now on residential structures in disrepair. Typically they are sensitively rendered in a spirit of melancholic romanticism, but these come across as deadpan and ﬂat. Earthiness is something Boise artist Leonard Klikunas literally achieves in his abstract painting HD1 with his mixture of high desert dirt and acrylic resins on canvas. It has a gritty rawness that can make you thirsty just looking at it, yet despite his claim that it constituted “hundreds of layers” of medium, it does not have the heft or surface presence one would expect from such an effort. Michael Cordell’s ode to ore, on the other hand, is a striking found material sculpture entitled Notes on Acquired Memory, whose lustrous bundles of thick copper wire, housed in a 90-inch-tall tower of clear Pyrex, is a virile metaphor for our entangled interior lives. Boise ceramist William Campton’s glazed stoneware Jade Garden is a strangely beautiful work combining deep, contrasting textures and organic form suggesting evolutionary changes over time. Anyone who saw Garth Claassen’s dark visions in charcoal at BAM last year, featuring brutish facilitators of America’s recent foreign adventures, will recognize the same vein in his two paintings, which also won a merit award. Although his renderings of this subject in charcoal were more dynamic, Claassen’s expertise WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
in the oil medium (both stick and paint) is applied here to chilling effect. The viscous, oily waters, windowless prison and fearsome, anonymous guards in Snorkels with Floating Prison depict a Goya-esque grave new world. The second gallery is more a mix of mediums and old and new names. Charles Gill, one of Boise’s most respected artists, is represented by a curious work called Still Life: Vermeer. Expertly painted, it features his small reproduction of a famous Vermeer, sharing a monochrome, drywall setting with only an electric outlet below. Unfortunately, his use of an appropriated image, turned into a still-life object in a nondescript setting, is a not-veryclear statement on the essence of art-making. Cheryl Shurtleff’s typically dense, exquisitely drawn graphite pieces depict eccentric interactions between birds and other animals, communicating a touching curiosity and empathy between species. Young Boise artist Kelly Packer’s colorful, lushly painted Hofmannesque, abstract-expressionist compositions contain vaguely recognizable organic and non-organic forms, exposing, as she states, the “guts and brick and bones” underneath the surface of things. Her two works stand out despite their reduced scale. Merit award winner Pamela de Tuncq’s 40 Days and 40 Nights spans an entire wall with cruciﬁxes fashioned from an array of mundane materials that put each into a personal, individual context, ﬂavored by our religious associations and needs (like the cruciﬁx of packaged sanitary toilet aprons connoting covering your ass). Informed by a Pop sensibility (including the Warholian serial format) de Tuncq’s project reﬂects the idiosyncratic nature of contemporary Christianity in America. The second half of the gallery is dominated by the wall-size, unstretched canvases of Matt Bodett, a Boise artist who addresses the
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Pamela de Tuncq, 40 Days and 40 Nights, mixed media, 96” x 72” x 3”, 2007
issue of mental health (including his own) in moving, emotional, psychologically charged images using house paint and charcoal. The loose, somewhat ratty looking supports are peopled by one or two whitewashed, silhouetted ﬁgures whose only discernible features are their grimacing or yelling mouths, rendered in detail. Everything else is nondescript: The bland institutional setting and scattered chairs are bathed in a generic ﬂuorescent light that intensiﬁes the sense of despair. The spirit and iconography of Francis Bacon’s art dwells in these tortured images of ﬁgures trapped inside their demons. Bodett won the juror’s second place award. Another prominent work in this space is Coeur d’Alene artist Rimas Simaitis’ suspended, strange-looking contraption called Self-contained Hydroponic Growing System constructed of plastic sheeting and mechanical/electrical components that nurture a growing patch of grass within. Though whimsical in appearance, it is a serious statement on achieving a balance between “traditional environmentalism and new eco-conscious technologies.” Practically hidden amid these larger pres-
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ences are two small gems by Boise printmaker Jill Fitterer entitled Hair Formations 1 and 2. The subjects of these laser engravings are shapes made of her own hair strands, which she has collected since 2006 and worked into various formations, some of which she portrays here. Delicate and unusual, organic and personal, she describes them as “myopic and solitary” contemplations. Another impressively focused work is Nancy Quinn’s alkyd painting on paper, Gray Boise Tree, a mosaic of organic colors and patterns, with a natural light that makes the image vibrantly alive. It is echoed by its neighbor, an intricately patterned and designed glass mosaic triptych by Anna Webb. Some of the Triennial’s best photography is in this room as well. Both Boise’s Carol Leonard and Nampa’s Chris Wethered’s close considerations of the colors, shapes and designs found in nature make for startling, painterly images. Peter Vincent of Moscow has an eye for the openness and timelessness of Western landscapes, and his Bonneville Start #6 demonstrates his talent for incorporating graphic elements that reference human interaction with that landscape in a
memorable minimalist composition. In the third gallery of the show, things really liven up. Bright abstractions cover the walls and share the space with unconventional three-dimensional works. There is a 1960s ﬂavor to much of it, a whiff of the post-Action Painting aesthetics and subversive playfulness of that period. Surel Mitchell’s painting Three Oranges is a cheerful, decorative abstraction of Matissean blues, oranges and ﬂoating arabesques, which compositionally does not make a lot of sense but lifts the spirit. Boise’s Kevan Smith’s exploration of spatial and chromatic relationships in abstract compositions has taken him in various directions over the past decade. A dyed-inthe-wool modernist, Smith’s three Window paintings in acrylic and graphite are improvisations of contrasting colors, values and surface texture, with trompe l’oeil effects to impart a 3-D aspect to the compositions. Dynamic and well-executed, they have a retro look that they share with their neighbors: Dennis DeFoggi’s Plasma Pods II, whose reverberating imagery evokes curiosity and playfulness; and Raymond WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Jill Fitterer, Hair Formation 1, handprinted laser engraving, 5” x 10”, 2009
Peter Vincent, Bonneville Start #6, giclee print, 44” x 44”, 2007
Obermayr’s captivating oil Scout Mountain, whose spider-web graphics ensnare auras of radiant color. All three artists recall the Op Art aesthetic of the ’60s while expressing their own personal infatuation with the possibilities of color design. Well-known Boise painter Christine Raymond continues working in her laborintensive color ﬁeld vein. Ever striving for exquisiteness of surface, her In the Moment seems to capture the last remnants of the day in its deep twilight blues and low horizon reds. Local artist Jack Bangerter departs from his better-known plein-air watercolors for the Triennial with a three-piece “Degradation” series inspired by Mondrian’s hardedge, primary color abstractions. Conceived and presented in a diamond format, they appear more ﬁnished in reproduction than in the ﬂesh. In terms of execution and concept these collaged abstractions have the formulaic look of a design project rather than a work of ﬁne art. Center stage in this gallery is the juror’s ﬁrst place award winner BOCOLAB, a collaborative team of sculptor Francis Fox, inventor Caleb Chung and designer John Sosoka. This WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
is their second Triennial, and their installation Objects with Empathy is comprised of three interactive, robotic sculptures that explore the evolving relationship between humans and their creations. Evolved Lamp and Evolved Chair keep cozying up to each other, with the lamp also checking out Evolved Table’s digital drawings. The work brought to mind ’60s sculptor Claes Oldenberg, whose irreverent wit and imagination changed the medium and our thinking about it. BOCOLAB’s marriage of left brain/right brain methodologies can be thought provoking, but are mostly fun. As Sellars pointed out in her awards address, these types of juried events are always controversial. People bring all sorts of expectations and personal perceptions to the Triennial, meaning there is a good chance they may be disappointed one way or another. But the Triennial provides exposure to young and little-known artists, as well as reviews what is happening statewide. BAM’s added feature of providing audio recordings of the artists discussing their work is helpful in understanding where they are coming from. The many high points and thoughtful presentation of this year’s exhibit make it worth a visit.
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THURSDAY-SATURDAY OCT. 7-9 music PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL
“Hello? Dead man’s cell phone, can I take a message?”
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY OCT. 6-10 theater DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE In this contemporary satire by Sarah Ruhl, Jean is just trying to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in a cafe, when a cell phone belonging to the man at the next table starts to ring. And ring. And ring. Jean realizes the man isn’t answering it because he’s dead. Out of confusion, annoyance and the tiniest bit of sick curiosity, she answers his phone. And takes a message for Gordon to call his mother back. But she doesn’t stop there, and before long Jean has found herself intertwined in Gordon’s life and affairs, both professional and extramarital. She fesses up that he’s dead, but his relations assume she has his phone because of her closeness with Gordon, not thievery. She dines at his mother’s house and spins wild yarns about his dying words to great comedic effect. Ruhl was a ﬁnalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. Dead Man’s Cell Phone debuted in New York in 2008 and has since received numerous productions all over the country. The Boise State Department of Theater will perform the play through Sunday, Oct. 10. Wednesday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.; FREE for Boise State students and staff, $15 general, $12 for non-Boise State students. Danny Peterson Theatre in the Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane. For tickets, call 208-426-1494 or visit idahotickets.com.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 6 lecture NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST TIMOTHY EGAN Because 1910 was an unusually dry year, the sparks from steam engines and lightning strikes set between
1,000 and 3,000 ﬁres in Idaho, Montana and Washington. But it wasn’t until the night of Aug. 20, 1910, that hurricane-force winds blew in, expanding and combining those individual ﬁres into one colossal maelstrom that the then 5-year-old U.S. Forest Service was completely unprepared to ﬁght. Smoke from the ﬁre was seen in New York state and impaired ships’ ability to navigate as far as
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500 miles into the Paciﬁc. By the time another storm brought rains several days later and extinguished the ﬁre, 3 million acres had burned, ﬁve towns had been completely destroyed, and more than 100 people had been killed. That event, still the largest ﬁre in America’s history, became the catalyst for the creation of the national parks system and the conserva-
Ever since we announced last winter that we’d be presenting the inaugural Promenade Music Festival from Thursday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 9, there has been serious debate circulating around BWHQ. Should the festival be pronounced promen-AID or promen-NOD? The laid-back AID crew argued that this is America, goddamit, and we shouldn’t elongate our A’s like a bunch of stuffy Brits. The NOD gang, on the other hand, rolled their eyes, took a pensive puff off their goldplated pipes and told the AIDers to eat cake. Well, the debate has ﬁnally been settled. We’ve ofﬁcially decided it’s promen-AID when you’re standing still, and promen-NOD when you’re mid-foxtrot. Now that this important debate has been sussed-out, here are a few highlights from the hundreds of bands you can check out this weekend at venues scattered Frog Eyes are toadally psyched across town: Surfer Blood (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Frog for Promenade. Eyes (Victoria, B.C.), Mike Herrera of MXPX (Bremerton, Wash.), K-OS (Toronto), The Drums (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Broadway Calls (Rainier, Ore.), Astronautalis (Seattle), Shad (London, Ontario), The Janks (Los Angeles), The Drowning Men (San Diego), Boy Eats Drum Machine (Portland, Ore.), Nick Jaina (Portland, Ore.), Michael Gross & The Statuettes (Salt Lake City) and Jared Mees and the Grown Children (Portland, Ore.). For more extensive coverage of the festival, including band previews, random mock-questionnaires and videos, head to boiseweekly.com. For a full festival line-up, visit promenadeboise.com. Thursday, Oct. 7-Saturday, Oct. 9, $15, one-day wristband, $30 three-day wristband, various venues. Tickets are available at Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., at the Promenade Festival ofﬁces on 5420 W. Franklin Road, Ste. B or at ticketﬂy.com.
tion movement under the leadership of President Teddy Roosevelt. Both the ﬁre and its effects on the political paradigm are the subject of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan’s new book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. Egan will be in Boise to discuss and sign his book at The Rose Room, on Wednesday, Oct. 6. 6-8 p.m., FREE, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483. For more
information, contact the Andrus Center for Public Policy at 208-344-0882 or visit andruscenter.org.
THURSDAY OCT. 7 fundraiser EAT, DRINK, READ Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, took a yearlong sabbatical from her real, messy life. She packed it in,
packed it up and took off to ﬁnd herself. The result: she ate some delish Italian food, found inner peace and wrote a best-selling book based on her experiences. OK, OK, that might be simplifying things a bit (you’ll have to read the book to get the whole story), but you get the idea. Don’t you wish you could take a year to travel and write? Easier said than done, but you can escape reality for a few hours at the Cabin’s Eat, Drink, Read beneﬁt on Thursday, Oct. 7. There will be no full-body WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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opera OUR TOWN Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town is quintessential Americana. The story is set in the ﬁctional small town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., and ﬁlled with all the stock characters you’d expect—a milkman, a newspaper editor, a local historian, teenage lovebirds, gossiping moms. With a deliberately sparse set and a narrator who breaks down the fourth wall, the play explores the trajectory of life, love and death in three acts. Despite the play’s success—it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1938—Wilder turned down offers by both Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein to turn it into an opera during his lifetime. But in 2006, 68 years after it was written, the Wilder estate ﬁnally authorized Ned Rorem to write a chamber opera for Our Town. According to a New York Times review of the piece, Rorem was an excellent ﬁt for the adaptation: “Our Town opens with a hymn, and Mr. Rorem retained and refracted the familiar melody, turning pat modulations slightly bitter, as if the music were heard through a lens of nostalgia that turned it sepia. This nostalgia proved a hallmark of the score,” wrote reviewer Anne Midgette. As a part of its “Made in the USA” series, which will bring one American opera to Boise each year for the next ﬁve years, Opera Idaho will present Rorem’s Our Town at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 10. The opera will be directed by David Cox and feature Sara Jobin as conductor, with local soprano Megan Starr-Levitt performing the lead female role. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m.; $15-$69, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273, egyptiantheatre.net. scan to go through. No need to worry about what to do with your cat while you’re away. No need to take notes. Simply show up and join fellow “travelers” for an evening of cuisine from Italy, India and Indonesia. Proceeds from live and silent auctions will beneﬁt the Cabin’s education
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fund, which works to fund writing camps and the Writers in the Schools program. Local cowboy poet Sam Mattise will perform some of his work, and a signed copy of his recent book will be among items auctioned off. So there you have it: food, drink, entertainment and the warm fuzzy
SATURDAY-SUNDAY OCT. 9-10 art BOSCO Safaris are undeniably cooler than zoos. Blazing through the African grasslands next to bounding cheetahs and galloping zebras beats the hot pants off of watching a lion nap in a cage while some snotty toddler drips ice cream on your shoe. Well, BOSCO—Boise Open Studios Collective Organization—is the safari of art viewing. The now biannual event provides the public with the rare opportunity to step into artists’ studios and observe them “in their natural environment.” BOSCO’s fall open studios celebration takes place on Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10, from noon-6 p.m. and will feature 21 local artists, including Zella Bardsley, Chris Barrietua, Barbara Bowling, Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen, Judy Deam, Theresa Fredricks, Rick Friesen, Jerry Hendershot, Belinda Isley, Pat Kilby, Chris Long, Angela Kelly Neiwert, John Killmaster, Marianne Konvalinka, Betty MaguireHayzlett, Pam McKnight, Eric Obendorf, Susan Rooke, John Taye, Tarmo Watia and Amber Waite. The BOSCO opening reception takes place on First Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5-9 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, where you can take a gander at some of the artists’ work and pick up an ofﬁcial BOSCO art safari map. Head to boiseweekly.com for a BOSCO slideshow preview. Opening reception, Thursday, Oct. 7, 5-9 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 215 N. 10th St. Self-guided open studios tours, Saturday, Oct. 9-Sunday, Oct. 10, noon-6 p.m. To download a map, visit boiseopenstudios.org.
feeling that you’ll get from helping some writer out there ﬁnd a way to ﬁnd themselves. Sounds pretty Zen. Silent auction 6 p.m., dinner 6:45 p.m., $100 a
Though India Gifts is technically an Indian gift store, it puts the bangle in Bangladesh. The 4-month-old shop, located west of Vista Ave. on Overland Road, has every glittery, sparkly, size, color and quantity of authentic Indian bangle bracelets that could possibly ﬁt into a small, 20-by-20-foot space. And the best part? They’re hella cheap. Like 12 for $1 on glass bracelets and 10 for $1 for the metal ones. After owner Joan Sherman’s INDIA GIFTS husband died of cancer, a friend 3203 Overland Road suggested she open an Indian 208-919-0925 gift import store to occupy her time. Now, the same pal sends her frequent Fed Ex shipments from India—everything from jewelry to wind chimes to purses to clothing to bindis—which line the walls and shelves of the ex-shoe-shine shop. The store, situated next to a massage parlor, is stocked with tons of gigantic costume jewelry necklaces, patterned scarves and row after row of diwali candle holders, all priced super duper inexpensively. The spot also houses some random tchotchkes like posters of female Indian celebrities, glossy Indian magazines with the shipping labels trimmed off and hanging window decorations. Sherman hopes to be getting in some more adult and children’s clothing soon and currently only accepts cash. —Tara Morgan
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY OCT. 6 Festivals & Events HAUNTED WORLD—The Northwest’s largest outdoor haunted spot. Tour the haunted grounds including a corn maze, dungeons, barnyard and hostel. Concessions and gift shop available. 7-10 p.m. $18, Hwy 20-26, hauntedworld.org. Buy tickets at boiseweekly.com. SCARECROW STROLL—Stroll the garden to view and vote for the most creative scarecrow. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM—The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society presents a class on how to ease the transition of children who have cancer back into the classroom for parents, educators and healthcare professionals. Dinner will be provided. To register call 541-345-0212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:308:30 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary.org.
THURSDAY OCT. 7 Festivals & Events HAUNTED WORLD—See Wednesday. 7-10 p.m. $18, Hwy 20-26, hauntedworld.org. Buy tickets at boiseweekly.com. PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL—Three-day music festival with more than 100 bands. See Guide, Page 30. www.promenadeboise.com. $15 one day, $30 festival pass.
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DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE—See Picks, Page 18. 6 p.m. $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, www.theatre. boisestate.edu.
When BW employees leave these hallowed halls, it is often to work on a book. Caldwell-based ex-BW Arts Editor Sara Beitia is no exception. When she left to pursue the life of a novelist, she did so with determination and an eye on young adult ﬁction. That focus led to the completion of her ﬁrst novel, The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon (Flux). Lily Odilon is a teenage girl, a free spirit driven to distraction by a secret. New kid Albert Morales has never had much luck with girls— or peers, authority or his parents. In Lily, he ﬁnds a connection, the blushes of ﬁrst love and a sense of self as he discovers there’s more to her than meets the eye. When Lily goes missing, leaving behind only a cryptic message, Albert and Lily’s sharp-tongued sister Olivia band together and take it upon themselves to ﬁnd her ... before someone else does. Beitia explained that she worked on the book for a little less than a year and the fast-paced narrative reﬂects that. The story For more information, visit sarabeitia.com. jumps timelines and rather than confuse readers, the ﬂash-backs and -forwards keep them engaged. And by continually expanding Albert, Lily and Olivia’s characters through these temporal shifts, the characters’ sense of urgency soon becomes the readers’. Jokingly agreeing that she writes young adult ﬁction because she herself is emotionally stunted, Beitia’s actual reason for writing in this genre is much more astute. “It’s hard to explain, but teenagers to me are in such an interesting and hopeful and highly emotional period of life.” Beitia says. “Everything is so important and it has so much meaning and the feelings are so strong and overwhelming. They haven’t been beat down by life. It’s a very hopeful state of being. The whole world is in front of them, they’re right on the cusp of being good, bad and indifferent. I found that really compelling.” And although you may have left that “hopeful state of being” behind years ago and Beitia’s debut novel begs for a sequel (she says that’s not the plan), The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon is a compelling read. —Amy Atkins
KILLADELPHIA: MIXTAPE FOR A CITY—Writer/solo performer Sean Christopher Lewis tells the story of the real-life murder of teaching fellow Beau Zabel featuring hip-hop, documentary techniques. 7:30 p.m. $10, $7 for students with ID. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www. thelinenbuilding.com. THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION PREVIEW—Satire in which a wealthy widow tries to start an arts foundation to transform her hometown into a cultural Mecca. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www. bctheater.org.
Workshops & Classes COMMUNITY FORESTRY CLASSES—Certiﬁed arborists instruct the public on the care of green things in the class How to Select and Plant Trees. Contact email@example.com for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, www.boisepubliclibrary.org.
Literature TIMOTHY EGAN BOOK SIGNING—Pulitzer Prize winning author will discuss and sign his critically acclaimed book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America.” See Picks, Page 18. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, www.parklaneco. com/roseroom.
Talks & Lectures GIRLS IN TECH—Stephanie Wick discusses what it’s like to host her local program “That’s Woman’s Work.” 5:45-7 p.m. FREE. Boise Water Cooler, 1401 W. Idaho St.
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8 DAYS OUT SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
On Stage BYE BYE BIRDIE—Classic musical comedy based on Elvis’ entry into the Army, performed over dinner. Curtain at 7 p.m. Price varies. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org. DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE—See Wednesday. 6 p.m. $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, www.theatre. boisestate.edu. KILLADELPHIA: MIXTAPE FOR A CITY—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $10, $7 for students with ID. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, www.thelinenbuilding.com. THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION PREVIEW—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www. bctheater.org.
Food & Drink BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-658-1364, www.tresbonnescuisine.com. ITALIAN CUISINE WITH TIZIANA LANCEDELLI—Chef Tiziana will prepare and share authentic family recipes accompanied by a wine tasting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $50, $40 for members. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649.
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garden decor using recycled material from Boise Bike Project. Dicaire crafts unique handbags from found materials. Both will have items for sale. 5 p.m. Urban Revival, 1607 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-283-9322. GRAND OPENING AND PHOTO EXHIBIT—Celebrating Boise State’s new Center on Main with a photo exhibit. University President Bob Kustra and Melissa Lavitt, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs will welcome guests. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Center on Main, 1020 W. Main St. STUDIO ART EXPLORATION— Art lovers of all ages and abilities are invited to drop in and explore art media in the Albertsons Education Studios. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, www.boiseartmuseum.org.
IDAHO WILDLAND FIRE CONFERENCE—Conference focused on the latest issues involving wildﬁres. Events for everyone including ﬁreﬁghters, homeowners, emergency managers and educators. Visit www. idahoﬁreplan.org/iwfc for more info or to register. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $85, www.idahoﬁreplan.org/ iwfc. Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871.
EAT, DRINK, READ—See Picks, Page 18. 6 p.m. $100, thecabinidaho.org. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise.
ARTIST RECEPTION—Meet local artists Jeff Hartman and Lori Dicaire at Hyde Park’s upscale, secondhand home decor store. Hartman creates yard and
CLOTHESLINE PROJECT— The Women’s Center and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance of Boise invite the public to decorate T-shirts in support of abuse survivors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE, 208-426-4259. Boise State, 1910 University Dr., Boise.
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EXPEDITION INSPIRATION— Dinner and auction to celebrate survivors and to beneﬁt research to ﬁnd a cure for breast cancer. 5:30 p.m. $50, limited FREE seating for breast cancer survivors. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900. LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK—Help raise money for the research of blood cancers. Registration begins at 5 p.m. 7 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise.
FRIDAY OCT. 8 Festivals & Events HAUNTED WORLD—See Wednesday. 7 p.m.-midnight. $18, Hwy. 20-26, hauntedworld.org. Buy tickets at boiseweekly.com. PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL—See Thursday. $15 one-day pass. $30 festival pass.
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SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—Celebrate the tradition of moving sheep for the winter. A parade, cooking workshops, music, dancing, storytelling, spinning demonstrations and children’s activities. 208-7200585, trailingofthesheep.org. Ketchum.
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8 DAYS OUT On Stage BALLET INNOVATIONS—Ballet Idaho presents original choreographed pieces by the 24-member company. 8 p.m. $15, Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116. www.balletidaho.org. BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Thursday. Dinner 6:15 p.m. Curtain at 8 p.m. Price varies. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org. DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE—See Wednesday. 6 p.m. $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu. FUELED BY DESPERATION— Comedy show hosted by Greg Dunn. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379, www.liquidboise.com. THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION PREVIEW—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www. bctheater.org. OUR TOWN—See Picks, Page 18. 7:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net.
Talks & Lectures WHY HUMANISM? WHY NOW?—David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association, will explain the beneﬁts and the cultural advantages of a positive life view. 7 p.m. FREE, americanhumanist.org. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-658-1710.
demonstrations and hands-on presentations. 10 a.m. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, www. scidaho.org. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Downtown at Eighth and Idaho streets, Boise. HARVEST FESTIVAL—Bring the pumpkin you grew to be weighed and measured. Admission is free with a donation to the Idaho Food Bank. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE with donation. Far West Landscape and Garden, 5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000. HAUNTED WORLD— See Wednesday. 7 p.m.-midnight. $18, Hwy. 20-26, hauntedworld.org. Buy tickets at boiseweekly.com. PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL—See Thursday. $15 one-day pass. $30 festival pass. ROCK AND SHOP EXPO—Shopping event for all things musical with 53 vendors on hand. Full bar and barbecue. 11 a.m.midnight. FREE. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, www.nampaciviccenter.com. ROLLER DERBY—Like pro wrestling on roller skates. 6 p.m. $10 from a Rollergirl or sponsor. $12 door. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, www. qwestarenaidaho.com. SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—See Friday. 208-720-0585, trailingofthesheep.org. Ketchum.
On Stage BALLET INNOVATIONS—See Friday. 8 p.m. $15, www.balletidaho.org. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116. www.balletidaho.org. BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Thursday. Dinner at 6:15 p.m. Curtain at 8 p.m. Price varies. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, www.kedproductions.org. DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE—See Wednesday. 6 p.m. $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.
Concerts PUNTIN CONCERT—Gospel Rap Artist of the Year will perform with guests B’sloan and SKYY. Sponsored by The Rock. 2:30 p.m. FREE. Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208467-8790, www.nnu.edu/brandt.
Workshops & Classes SQUIRREL NUTS ACTING CLASSES—Introduction to the world of theater for children ages 6-8 years old. 9-9:50 a.m. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www. boiselittletheater.org.
Citizen MATTHEW SHEPARD OBSERVANCE—Remember Matthew Shepard and hear speakers from the LGBT community. 3 p.m. FREE. Anne Frank Memorial, 27 770 S. Eighth St.
Kids & Teens FREDDY’S FRIDAYS—Free admission to the Discovery Center, every Friday until November. FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895, www.scidaho.org.
SATURDAY OCT. 9 Art BOSCO OPEN STUDIOS—BOSCO artists will be opening their studios for the public to see how and where they make their artwork. Maps and complete list of participating artists available at boiseopenstudios.com. See Picks, Page 18. Noon-6 p.m. FREE. Various locations.
Festivals & Events BOISE ’BOT COMPETITION— Reuseum and Obtanium Technology Recyclers host a weekend of robotics-ﬁlled activities,
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Dude Howdy by Steve Klamm was the 1st place winner in the 8th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.
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NEW ECONOMY STYLE Rethinking the traditional gallery TARA MORGAN
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he asked building owner and friend Garrett Goldberg if he could turn the space into a gallery. Johnson recruited painter Ed Anderson to cart in some of his large-scale Styrofoam pieces and the Fulton Street Showroom was born.
all of the curating for the Alexa Rose shows. It’s Bricolage in Gallery Alexa Rose.” Though Bricolage has been using the cavernous Alexa Rose space as a storefront for the past couple of months, the store had to
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The pop-up gallery phenomenon has taken hold. Since the start of the recession, developers and property owners sitting on empty space have opened their doors to artists thirsty to show their work. With some double-sided tape and a little hype, vacant meat-packing warehouses and unoccupied high-rise condos from Seattle to Chicago have been transformed into temporary art hot spots. In return, property owners have gotten increased visibility and some artistic street cred. The 8th Street Marketplace’s Artists in Residence program is a notable Boise pop-up success story. So is the recent one-night-only House of Art event at the Aspen Lofts and the frequent Gypsy Gallery gatherings. But pop-up galleries are only one of many ways artists have turned the recession to their advantage. This First Thursday, three new downtown Boise galleries are each adding a scrappy twist to the traditional gallery model. The 4Q Gallery ofﬁcially opened on Oct. 1 in the space that used to house the Eclectic Art Store in the basement of the Idaho Building. 4Q stands for fourth quarter, which is the amount of time the gallery plans to be open. Vicki Stevenson, an art student at Boise State, organized a group of 23 artists in less than a month. She hopes the space will provide a lowcost way for artists to sell their work. “I thought by having an inexpensive cost and a short period, it kind of gives people who have not been in every gallery a chance to kind of test the waters, especially during the holiday season,” said Stevenson. The multi-roomed gallery features art of every variety—Darin Anderson and Mark Baradziej’s blown glass pumpkins share a room with Allan Ansell’s black and white photographic nudes and Lisa Flowers Ross’ bright, wall-mounted textile pieces. For artist Bonnie Peacher, whose large-scale paintings dot various walls in the gallery, hanging work in 4Q is all about increased visibility. “I’m in a couple other galleries—I’m in one in Eagle and one in Sandpoint—and so I just feel like it’s a good opportunity to get more exposure in Boise, which never hurts in this economy,” said Peacher. In order to distribute the workload among the gallery’s juried members, each artist is required to work four hours a month. “That forces people to know their stuff and meet customers,” said Stevenson. “I guess I’m of the opinion that artists should be around meeting their clients anyway. I’m more likely to buy from somebody that I have met and heard stories from. It’s just a more personal approach.” In BODO, two up-and-coming artists are taking another approach to the traditional gallery model. When contemporary chair designer August Johnson noticed a large, empty hallway in the red brick building that houses Renewal,
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“We’re just getting started, and neither of us are full-time artists,” explained Johnson. “[Ed] also helps run a lodge up in Donnelly.” For Johnson, a commercial real estate appraiser, turning the hallway into a gallery was a no-brainer. Not only will it provide a permanent venue for people to view his steel- and wood-ball chairs and recycled computer-board cityscapes, but it also requires a minimal time and money investment compared to a conventional gallery space. It’s also an opportunity to draw more people into Renewal, which participates in the AIR program. “My friend is just trying to get some use out of the space and get trafﬁc in there,” said Johnson. Back in the basement of the Idaho Building, a more established gallery is undergoing a unique transition. Gallery Alexa Rose, which has shown a variety of contemporary multimedia exhibitions during the past two years, is having its second-to-last full-gallery show this month, Star Moxley’s “Safe Passage.” On Friday, Nov. 12, after a temporary Dia de los Muertos exhibit, local clothing and art store Bricolage will ofﬁcially take over. “We’re managing Alexa Rose Gallery. It still exists so we’re basically sharing a space,” explained Bricolage co-owner and ex-BW employee Chelsea Snow. “Bricolage will be doing
move all of its merchandise out for Moxley’s previously scheduled exhibition. By taking over the curating and management of Alexa Rose, Bricolage will be able to offer more regular exhibitions and gallery hours. “[Gallery owner Alexa Howell] was just looking for a way to have the gallery be open more,” said Snow. “As it was, it was only open one day a month sometimes. She just felt like the space needed to be put to better use.” And Bricolage is gearing up to do just that. Not only will the store carry a variety of crafty retail items, curate monthly art exhibitions and host semi-regular concerts, but plans are in the works for opening a classroom/community gathering space with a letterpress studio. “The building itself is sort of dictating what’s going to happen there,” said Snow. But even though Snow and business partner Juliana McLenna are taking an ambitious, multifaceted approach to their retail/art space, Snow is hesitant to say it’s a “requirement” to have so many irons in the ﬁre in order to stay aﬂoat in the current economy. “I don’t know that it’s required, new economy style ... We’re a handmade store, we’re an art store, and we’re going to have space for people to make things by hand and make art, so it’s not like a restaurant that also has a mini-golf course.”
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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East Side BASQUE MARKET—Celebrate fall with tapas at The Basque Market. 5-8 p.m. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.
BASQUE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER—Tours of the Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga house. Jam session with local musicians. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. 611 Grove St., Boise, 208-343-2671, basquemuseum.com.
DRAGONFLY—Buy one pair of Silver jeans and get another pair for half price. FREE. 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234, gama-go.com.
FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE— “Monsters in the Cupboard” art show and silent auction. FREE. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320, ﬂyingmcoffee.com. FRONT DOOR TAPHOUSE—Craft beer paired with cheese and chocolate. 6 p.m. $14. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201, thefrontdoorboise. com.
IDAHO INDIE WORKS—Check out fun recycled jewelry, children’s furniture and much more during the Fall for Handmade event. FREE. 106 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-342-0804, idahoindieworks.blogspot.com. PENGILLY’S—Frim Fram Four. 8:45 p.m. FREE. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.
South Side ATOMIC TREASURES—Celebrating reusing with an eclectic mix of vin-
tage, retro and found objects. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3440811, atomictreasures.com. BALLET IDAHO—Get a sneak peek at an open rehearsal. 5-6:30 p.m. FREE. 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3430556, balletidaho.org. BOISE ART GLASS—Make your 3 own glass pumpkin, or enjoy snacks while watching a demonstration. Call ahead to RSVP for a 30-minute time slot to make a pumpkin. 5-11 p.m. $40. 530 W. Myrtle, Boise, 208-345-1825, boiseartglass.com.
BOISE ART MUSEUM—At 5:30 p.m., artist 4 Stephen Knapp will discuss his installation at BAM. Studio Art Exploration is from 5-8 p.m. when visitors can experiment with light and color to create their own art. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org. BONEFISH GRILL—Buy one order of Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos and get the second order free. 855 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-433-1234, boneﬁshgrill. com. BUNS IN THE OVEN—Exhibit of an Artful Bra in honor of Pink Project’s Artful Bra Walk. Our specials include 20 percent off all bras and other pink items. Ten percent of all pink sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 413 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-5683. CASA DEL SOL—Feed your appetite and warm your soul with $5 margaritas, Gaby’s famous $2 a la carte tacos, and $2 Tecate drafts. Live music by Miguel Gonzalez. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-3660. THE COLE MARR GALLERY/COFFEE 5 HOUSE—The Cole/Marr Photography Workshops will present images created with large format ﬁlm and digital SLR cameras by Jim O’Toole. Music by David Marr, espresso bar will be open. Information and photos of the new north campus of Cole Marr in the Kootenai Valley will be shown. 6-9 p.m. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630. HELLY HANSEN—The annual MatchStick movie premiere, The Way I See It! Beer and wine are on the house and all new HH items will be 20 percent off. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. 860 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-342-2888. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM— 6 View the documentary In Pursuit of Color: Conversations with Local Artists at 6:30 p.m. This video and accompanying exhibit gives you an opportunity to see the work and hear the voices of local artists as they discuss how their art is created. 5-9 p.m. Donation. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, history.idaho.gov. MACLIFE—Check out new exclusive iPad and iPhone cases designed locally by Izozzi. It’s also the last night for the silent auction featuring a 1970 Pink Seasider HotWheels Car. All proceeds from the sale of iPad and iPhone cases and from the auction will be donated to Pink Project. View two Project Pink art bras. 421 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-323-6721, maclifeboise.com. R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART 7 GLASS—Check out the Sticks Furniture Show Oct. 15-16. Artist and representative from Sticks are coming to the gallery for two days. Make an appointment and design your own piece or check out all of the new game tables, mirrors and colorful home items. 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337, rgreygallery.com. SALON 162—Check out Boise artist 8 Dominique Kidder’s black and white mixed media oil and acrylic modern impressions series. Original acoustic music by Sarah Hughes. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-386-9908. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Stop by the tasting room for samples of just-picked wine grapes from the vineyard. Check out the art bra while enjoying complimentary wine tasting. Don’t forget the First Thursday discount of 20 percent on all purchases of a case or more. 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-345-9463, snakeriverwinery.com. TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL—Art 9 by Dustin Batt featuring rural and mountain scenes will be on display. 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-0944, tablerockbrewpub.com.
Central Downtown 4Q GALLERY—Grand opening of new 10 gallery of local artists. Watch Idaho School of Art and Craft’s working installation with metalsmiths and a ﬁber artist creating adornment as installation art. See story, Page 23. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise. AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Andrea Scott will be displaying and selling her photography. Her book, Women with Scars, has been exhibited at DIA Art Foundation’s Printed Matter in New York and she has recently won an award from Range Magazine. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A. Boise, 208-433-0872.
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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS BASEMENT GALLERY— 11 Check out new paintings and drawings by Bill Carman.
D.L. EVANS BANK—Pink 12 Project Bras on display. Breast cancer survivor and fash-
GALLERY ALEXA 14 ROSE—Solo exhibition “Safe Passage” by Star Moxley.
FREE. 928 W. Main St., Boise, 208-333-0309.
ion designer Bobbi Fuller and artists Marcia Way and Brady and Heidi Read present breast cancer survivor Kate Brusse’s “You’re More of a Woman Now.” Preview Boise Weekly’s notorious cover art prior to the auction on Nov. 17. Pink art … pink treats … pink prizes. 213 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-331-1399, dlevans.com.
She is known for her work as resident costume designer for Idaho Shakespeare Festival and is a former recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. 5-10 p.m. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise.
BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT—Book signing with Alan Minskoff, author of Idaho Wine Country, along with wine tasting from Idaho wineries. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and music by Ken Harris and Rico Weisman. 6:30 p.m. FREE. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553, berryhillandco.com. CHOCOLAT BAR—See the Pink Project Bra and join Brewer’s Haven, who will be pairing select beers with chocolate. Celebrate the changing of seasons with the delicious Autumn Crunch Bark and Autumn Harvest Bark. 805 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-3387771, thechocolatbar.com.
ELLA’S ROOM—Artful Bra entries by Three Oaks Academy. Twenty percent of all pink-tagged items sold throughout the entire month of October go to Susan G. Komen Foundation. FREE. 216 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3313552, ellasroom.com. FALCON TAVERN—A selection of Allan Ansell’s 13 photographs are on display. 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-9473111, falcontavern.com.
ART WALK Locations featuring artists
HAL DAVIS—Pink drinks, pink treats and pink jewelry specials in honor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness month. Also showcasing artful bras. Store hours extended to 7 p.m. 921 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-343-6151, haldavis. com. IDAHOSTEL—Boise’s ﬁrst and only travelers’ 15 hostel will be exhibiting seven large wall murals for First Thursday. Contributing artists include Nicolete Laursen, Kelly Knopp, Sector 17, Bricolage, Ben Gin, Corrin M. Olson and Sara Colson. 280 N. Eighth St., Suite. 103, Boise, 208-286-6476, idahostel.com. LISK GALLERY—Painter 16 Jerri Lisk releases “50 series #9,” another continued series of 50 small paintings on aluminum. Also featuring large prints, cards and books by photographer Mark Lisk, as well as large exquisite oil paintings by Carl Rowe. Chocolates on hand from Dream Chocolate. FREE. 850 W. Main St., Boise, 208342-3773, liskgallery.com. MAI THAI—Enjoy happy hour specials: two-for-one drinks at the bar, sushi starting at $1.59, and buy-two get-one appetizer free up to $6.95. 5-6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close. 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8424, maithaigroup.com. OLD CHICAGO—Kids eat free. Karaoke from 10 p.m.-close in the bar. FREE. 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037, oldchicago.com. PIPER PUB & GRILL—Enjoy happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Twofor-one drinks and a special happy hour food menu. Specials all night. 150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-2444, thepiperpub.com. REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP— Book signing for Hanged: A History of Idaho’s Executions by Kathy Deinhardt Hill. 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, rdbooks.org. ROSE ROOM—The ﬁrst presentation of the season for the Fettuccine Forum focuses on the Treasure Valley local food system, with speakers Janie Burns and Dave Krick. 5 p.m. FREE. 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, parklaneco.com/ roseroom.
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SOLEMATES—Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the local breast cancer foundation. Complimentary massage and refreshments. Four bras will be in the window for the Artful Bra Walk. FREE. 120 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-433-9394. TAJ MAHAL RESTAU17 RANT—Camille Myhre will be showing her art and photography for First Thursday. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 222, Boise, 208-473-7200, tajmahalofboise. com.
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N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-4338004, hammercoffee.com. THE VANDAL STORE—Get samples of the Vandal Meats that are processed on the school’s campus, along with some of our barbecue sauces. 821 W Idaho St., Boise, 208-433-1889.
West Side ALLIES LINKED FOR THE PREVENTION OF HIV AND AIDS— Celebrate the grand opening at a new location. Snacks, drinks and live entertainment. 5-9 p.m. 213 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-4331889, alphaidaho.org. ART SOURCE GAL19 LERY—Opening reception for Kay Coughran’s new work “Out on a Limb” featuring landscapes from Idaho and Oregon. Music by Rochelle and wine from Indian Creek. FREE. 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, artsourcegallery.com. BROWN’S GALLERY—An 20 exhibit by Idaho native John Horejs titled “Idaho and More.” Poet Brooke Axtell will be signing and reading selections from her new book Kore of the Incantation. Wine tasting by Sawtooth Winery. Music by Chris Anderson. 408 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-6661. GALLERY 601—Califor21 nia “winescape” artist June Carey will be in the gallery, fresh from her retreat in Italy. She will hand-enhance any images purchased this evening. We’ll also be part of the Artful Bra Walk. Wood River Cellars will be pouring tastes of their awardwinning wines. FREE. 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-336-5899, gallery601.com. THE GALLERY AT THE 22 LINEN BUILDING— Featuring Boise State faculty members Ryan Mandell, Caroline Earley, Chad Erpelding and Criag Peariso displaying ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. 5-9 p.m. 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com. MASONIC TEMPLE — 23 BOSCO Open Studios reception. Reception for the artists participating in the BOSCO Open Studios event. See Picks, Page 18. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 215 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-0721. MODERN HOTEL AND BAR— Live music by Lisa Simpson. 6 p.m. FREE. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com. THE RECORD EXCHANGE—$2 off any used CD or DVD $5.99 or more. All 12-oz. espresso drinks are only $2 and get $2 off any sale gift item more than $5.99. The Record Exchange also features local artists’ new releases for in-store play on First Thursday. FREE. 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com.
Bryan Moore, Maya, 3’ x 3’ acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 2010
FRESH AIR, PURSUIT OF COLOR AND GILDING The latest group of AIR artists have taken up residency in their temporary homes away from home, where for the next three-to-six months they will work on any number of creative endeavors. This program has proved to be successful with both artists and audiences. The artists are expected to interact with their audiences during First Thursday when they are in residence. Through March 2011, you can visit Chad Erpelding (painter/ mixed media), Bryan Moore (painter), Amber Grubb (painter/photographer), Elizabeth Rodgers (screenwriter/ﬁlmmaker) and Alan Heathcock (writer) at the 8th Street Marketplace. Both Rodgers and Heathcock are in new writers’ studios in the marketplace and throughout their residency, both will participate not only with visitors but also in a couple of regular activities each month, like writers workshops, open mic readings, staged readings, etc. At the Renewal Underground “gallery” space jeweler Alicia Jane Boswell and painter Lauren T. Kistner will also be creating art through March. The galleries are open during First Thursday. Visit 8thstreetmarketplace.com for more information. The Idaho State Historical Museum has long been a place where you can visit Idaho’s history, but this month, it is also a place where you can learn about some Idaho artists’ present and future. On Thursday, Oct. 7, ISHM will screen In Pursuit of Color: Conversations with Local Artists and an accompanying exhibit. Produced by well-known local photographers Susan Valiquette and Craig Clark, this video looks at how some Idaho artists ﬁnd inspiration and looks at both established artists and those new to the ﬁeld but quickly making a mark. The reception is FREE and begins at 5 p.m. with live music. In Pursuit of Color screens at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 23. 610 North Julia Davis Dr., 208-334-2120, history.idaho.gov. This First Thursday is full of surprises. Classic Design Studios, part of the Ming Studios collective, is not only staying open for First Thursday, but is inviting the public to see the work being done as part of the International Society of Glass Gilders’ workshop. To gild something is to layer it in gold, and the Society of Gilders works to preserve and promote this ancient art. It’s a complicated and delicate process and you can watch how it’s done on First Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Ming Studios are on the corner of Sixth and Myrtle streets. Visit classicdesignstudios.com for more information. —Amy Atkins
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TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—See Friday. 208-720-0585, trailingofthesheep.org. Ketchum, Idaho.
STAR PARTY WITH BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—Dress for the outdoors and bring a ﬂashlight with a red ﬁlter. After a presentation you’ll be heading outside to investigate the night sky. Part of the Second Saturday Series at the Foothills Learning Center. 6:30-9:30 p.m. FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755, www.cityofboise. org/parks/foothills.
On Stage OUR TOWN—See Friday. 2:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454, www.egyptiantheatre.net.
Food & Drink A BLACK HAT AFFAIR: HIGH TEA PARTY—Join Idaho’s largest pagan group for its second annual Black Hat Tea Party. Hats are a must. Noon. $20, 208-570-4247, bellasgrove.com. Comfort Suites Inn (Banquet Room), 2906 Vista Avenue.
Odds & Ends FILIPINO-AMERICAN HERITAGE EXTRAVAGANZA—Celebrate Filipino-American heritage at the fourth ﬂoor rotunda. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-5 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., 208-433-9705.
OCTOBERFAST—See Food News, Page 38. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-383-4300, www.chandlersboise.com.
Art BOSCO OPEN STUDIOS—BOSCO artists will be opening their studios for the public to see how and where they make their artwork. Maps and complete list of participating artists available at boiseopenstudios.com. See Picks, Page 18. Noon-6 p.m. FREE. Various locations.
Animals & Pets HOWL-O-WEEN BLACK DOG WALK—All dogs are welcome and non-black dogs are asked to wear something black in solidarity. 1 p.m. FREE. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 208-3452929, www.theram.com.
Festivals & Events
MONDAY OCT. 11
BOISE ’BOT COMPETITION— See Saturday. Noon. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
Festivals & Events
SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
On Stage INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Local improv comedy. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, www. heirloomdancestudio.com.
TUESDAY OCT. 12 Festivals & Events
SUNDAY OCT. 10
hauntedworld.org. Buy tickets at boiseweekly.com.
HAUNTED WORLD— See Wednesday. 7-10 p.m. $18, Hwy 20-26,
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
HAUNTED WORLD— See Wednesday. 7-10 p.m. $18, Hwy 20-26, hauntedworld.org. Buy tickets at boiseweekly.com. SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Food & Drink TUESDAY NIGHT FARMERS MARKET—5-7 p.m. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769, northendnursery.com.
Workshops & Classes CAN, FREEZE AND PRESERVE YOUR HARVEST—Learn how to preserve your garden produce with master canner Lori Reeves. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, www. boisepubliclibrary.org.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 13 Festivals & Events HAUNTED WORLD— See Wednesday. 7-10 p.m. $18, Hwy 20-26, hauntedworld.org. Buy tickets at boiseweekly.com. SCARECROW STROLL—See Wednesday. $2-$4, members and 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
On Stage THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15-$35. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, www.bctheater. org.
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A NOSTALGIC BEAT Mike Herrera and Tumbledown
THE LAST STEPS TO THE PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL, ROCK ’N’ ROLL READERS
PMF scores Brooklyn-based buzz band The Drums JEREMY HENDERSON
Promenade Music Festival takes place Oct. 7-9 at venues throughout downtown Boise (as well as VAC in Garden City). Organizer Jaclyn Brandt has been feverishly planning for the better part of the year and with the likes of Mike Herrera’s Tumbledown (you might know Herrera best from MXPX), Surfer Blood and The Drums on the bill, PMF is off to an amazing start for its ﬁrst year. Passes for the festival are $15 for one day or $30 for all three. Brandt recently sent an update explaining that she has added another ticket option: $10 individual show tickets will be available for some shows. For example, say you want to catch the rock showcase with Mike Herrera on Thursday at Knitting Factory and that’s the only show you have time for—$10 gets you in. Just remember that unlike buying an oneday pass, a $10 tickets gets you into that show only. If you decide another showcase sounds really cool, you’ll have to see if a single show ticket is available at the door. Your call. And if you ordered tickets through ticketﬂy.com, will call to pick them up is at Idahostel, 280 N. Eighth St. With more than 150 bands performing during the three-day festival, we wanted to give you a taste of what to expect, so at boiseweekly.com/cobweb you’ll ﬁnd a handful of videos for a few featured bands. New ones are going up each day. And speaking of music videos, if you have a few minutes of your favorite band performing live or have created a brilliant three-minute narrative of a meaningful song, post it on our new video platform, Magnify, at video.boiseweekly. com. You can make playlists and share videos with your friends. On Friday, Nov. 19, Go Listen Boise and Rediscovered Bookshop presents Rock to Read an evening of music, spoken word and auctions at the Linen Building to raise money in order to purchased books for some of Boise’s public school libraries. Headlining the night is Exene Cervenka of the band X (what?) followed by locals Joy Steiner, Workin’ on Fire, New Transit, Jonathan Warren and Finn Riggins’ Lisa Simpson. KRVB-94.9 The River’s Tim Johnstone hosts. —Amy Atkins
When local promoter Jaclyn Brandt began organizing what could become Boise’s biggest annual music festival, she hoped to have at least one or two big-name acts in the list of nearly 150 scheduled to play. Getting poppy buzz band The Drums on the bill— which may go a long way in putting the Promenade Music Festival on the national map—was a ﬂuke, but one she was more than happy to accept. “The Drums were booking their tour,” Brandt says. “They happened to be looking at playing Neurolux that night anyway, so they agreed to play as part of the festival.” Jonathan Pierce, The Drums’ charismatically understated 26-year-old frontman, doesn’t measure the success of a pop song by its commitment to classic chord changes but by how quickly it can make you feel like a teenager in the ’90s wishing you were in These Brooklyn boys dance to the beat of the same old drum but in a whole new way. the ’80s. By that standard, The Drums’ self-titled writing pop songs that have that nostalgic for wallowing in nostalgia for warped New debut album, released this past spring, is an feeling and this whole thing of your youth. Order cassettes, Pierce reveals a sincere unparalleled triumph. That’s what I do.” sense of duty to the good ol’ days—real or “I realized that after writing most of the Judging by reaching him at his hotel album, I was writing the songs and imagining imagined. That makes Pierce, whom pitchwhile waiting to play for 50,000 people fork.com (in a 7.5 out of 10 review of the myself 10 years younger in all these situat the Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland, band’s LP) describes as “bearing a passing ations,” Pierce says. “Like that song ‘Best things are going pretty well. resemblance to Ralph Macchio’s Karate Kid Friend.’ I was imagining myself 10 years Though born in Florida and currently nemesis William Zabka,” come across as a younger than I actually was and didn’t take based in Brooklyn, The Drums are riotously note that I was sort of writing this album as a sentimental badass. big in Europe, having charmed the pants off “We draw from other eras as well,” he teenager, even though I wasn’t a teenager.” a schizophrenic British press that recognizes says. “We’re inﬂuenced by anything, from Even the band’s name is intended to the Shangri-Las to the recycled New Wave when it hears it. But that evoke, as Pierce put it Ramones to even some doesn’t stop them singing along to the incredin an interview with ibly poppy “Let’s Go Surﬁng”—whose bridge modern inﬂuences.” Huck Magazine, “a The Promenade Music Festival happens “Down By the Wa- includes the root of ’80s playground anthem faux history. It feels Oct. 7-9 at various venues around town. The “Down Down, Baby”—or “Best Friend,” the ter,” the band’s latest like ‘The Drums’ is Drums play on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 10 p.m. at Neurolux. One-day passes are $15, three-day album’s ﬁrst track. single, is a decidedly a band that’s been passes are $30. Some single show tickets Listening to hipsters ﬂash chillwave gang ’50s throwback. The around for 20 years.” are available for $10. For ticket and calendar signs with Ebay-purchased Power Gloves song’s self-produced “I’ve never reinformation, visit the Promenade Music may no longer achieve the 88 mpg required video (they’re all selfally been drawn to a Festival page at boiseweekly.com or visit to get back to what Pierce calls “those mopromenadeboise.com. produced, actually) speciﬁc era so much ments you wish would never end.” But Pierce is an almost exact as I’ve been drawn move-for-move, angle- is positive that people want to get back there. to speciﬁc songs, and And that The Drums can take them. And that for-angle replica of a lots of the greatthere’s nothing wrong with that. Youtube-able Shangri-Las performance on est songs I’ve ever heard and that have “We have a friend who ﬂew to Helsinki to an episode of Shindig!, the early ’60s ABC inﬂuenced me just so happen to have been hang out with us, and we were talking and variety show. written in the ’80s,” Pierce says. “I’m not he said ‘escapism is awful,’ and I thought he If it ain’t broke, Pierce says, don’t ﬁx it. really sure why that is but there were some “There’s a tried-and-true recipe for a pop was just crazy,” Pierce says. “Why should incredible bands then and some incredible we spend our lives worried with reality? I’d song, but what makes a great pop song is songs. There was a lot of awful music as rather live a delusional, overly romantic life a nostalgic feeling and classic pop sincerwell, but also some really great moments instead of what was dealt me. That’s why the ity,” he says. “I think people want to feel in pop music. I mean, obviously, bands like comforted with nostalgia whether they want songs are a bit dramatic and romanticized. The Smiths,” who can be heard throughout That’s what makes pop music great—that to admit it or not. Whatever gives them The Drums’ entire oeuvre. As bloggers roll their eyes at certain genres that feeling. I think that’s why I’m drawn to sense of escape. It takes you away.”
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ACTUAL DEPICTION UNPLUGGED—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid
THE BEN BURDICK TRIO—With Amy Weber. 7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge
ADVERSIVES—With Trigger Itch, Hummingbird of Death and a surprise band from MA. 8 p.m. FREE. Red Room BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s
THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW, OCT. 8, EAGLE RIVER PAVILION Time might be spinning away from you. Or the bright, giant clock above the band and their legendary anthems of a more carefree age might make you feel like it is. Call it a metaphor for your younger, wilder days—maybe that’s the message the wizards of light and magic (aka the show’s producers) are trying to get across. Or maybe they just really like ﬂashy lights. Hailed as the world’s premier Pink Floyd tribute band, longtime fans and newcomers alike are sure to have an out-of-thisworld time. The ﬁve musicians from Australia know their stuff and are amazing musicians in their own right—and the laser show is spectacular. Supposedly Roger Waters saw TAPFS play Royal Albert Hall in May 2007, and they played for David Gilmour’s 50th birthday in 1996. This tells us two things. One, they’ve been doing this for a while (since 1993, actually), and two, they must be pretty damn good at it. —Heather Lile 7 p.m., $19.50-$59.50. Eagle River Pavilion, 827 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-2933, landofrock.com.
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BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge CASEY RUSSELL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE DEVIL MAKES THREE—6 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange; With Wyatt J. Hesemeyer. 8:30 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Bouquet GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s NEW TRANSIT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s RIBBONS—With The Arctic Turtles. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage TRAVIS MCDANIEL—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s VALIENT THORR—With Radio Moscow and Witchburn. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux
FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. FREE. Solid PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL—Neurolux, 7:30 p.m.: The Dewars, Surfer Blood and The Drums. Knitting Factory, 6 p.m.: Sprockets, Man Without Wax, Bank, Paradise Fears, All Hands Go, Warner Drive, Broadway Calls and Mike Herrera’s Tumbledown. Linen Building, 3:30 p.m.: Hosannas and Paean (FREE show, all ages); 6 p.m.: Boise Rock School, Bernen Fir, Matt Shockey, We Won the Science Fair and No Comprendo. Reef, 6:45 p.m.: Katy Marosok, Kelly Lynae, Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers, Rebecca Scott and Rochelle Smith. Bouquet, 7 p.m.: Kent Jensen, Sonia with Disappear Fear and DJ Giovanni (FREE show). Visual Arts Collective, 7 p.m.: DJ Snug the Joiner, Dedicated Servers, GeorgeLife, Gravity, Oso Negro, Damien Noir and Owlright. Red Feather, 7 p.m.: Will Bell, Rob Walker. Bittercreek, 6 p.m.: Johnny Shoes, Steve Bowes, Travis McDaniel and Hillfolk Noir. Liquid, 7:30 p.m.: Fun Police,
Soul Serene and Sherpa. $15 one-day. $30 festival pass. See Picks, Page 18. THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
FRIDAY OCT. 8 THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW—7 p.m. $19.50-$59.50. Eagle River Pavilion. See Listen Here, this page. THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe GAELIC STORM—8:30 p.m. $20-$35. Knitting Factory LIKE A ROCKET—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye THE MONEY SHOTS—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s NATHAN J. MOODY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL—Neurolux, 4:30 p.m.: Spondee, The Very Most, A Seasonal Disguise, Le Fleur, La Knots, Yarn Owl, Tartuﬁ and Frog Eyes. Bouquet, 7 p.m.: The Wayne Hoskins Band, The Janks, The Maladroids, Paul Jacobsen and The Madison Arm and Craving Dawn. The Venue, 5:45 p.m.: 3rd to Last, Public Jones, The Mission Orange, Courtesy Call, Stop Drop and Party, All Hands
Go and Project Jupiter. Pengilly’s, 5:30 p.m.: The McCleary Band, Andy Byron and the Lost River Band, Neo Tundra Cowboy, BlackJack Moonshiners, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, Lee Penn Sky, Hillfolk Noir and New Transit. Linen Building, 6 p.m.: Sarah Sample, David Robert King, Alameda, Low-ﬁ and Nick Jaina. Visual Arts Collective, 8:30 p.m.: After Abbey, Old Death Whisper and Audio Moonshine. Reef, 8:30 p.m.: DJ Snug the Joiner, Gabriel Teodros, Dark Time Sunshine, Sapient and DJ Nykon, DJ Abilities and Pigeon John. Red Feather, 8 p.m.: Chris Gutierrez, Brad Deteau. Bittercreek, 5 p.m.: Lisa Simpson, Brian Mayer, Chad Summervill, James Coberly Smith, The Jacks and Jonah Shue. $15 one-day pass. $30 festival pass. See Picks, Page 18. REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub REX & BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper RISHLOO—With Red Hands Black Feet. 6:30 p.m. $8. Brawl Studios THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid SWEET BRIAR—9 p.m. $3. 127 Club
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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE SATURDAY OCT. 9 BATTLE FOR THE GHOST INSIDE—With World These Kings, Lambs Become Lions, The Dude Abides, Here Till We’re Dead, Atlantis Falls Under, Versailles and Plague Years. 6 p.m. Mardi Gras THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub BRENT JENSEN AND KRIS HARTUNG—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage CODI JORDAN BAND—9:30 p.m. $5, Reef DANCE PARTY WITH DJ BUG—9 p.m. FREE. Plank JOHN HANSEN—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s THE MONEY SHOTS—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL—Visual Arts Collective, noon: With Child, Finn Riggins, FauxBois and Vagerﬂy. 6 p.m.: The Maladroids, Red Hands Black Feet, Spanish for 100, ATTN and Houseﬁre. Reef, 2 p.m.: Bellamy Rose, Pat McDonald & The
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Tropical Cowboys, The Jacks, Chad Summer vill, King Cotton and Poke. The Venue, 4:45 p.m.: Workin’ On Fire, Bridgeport, 3rd to Last, Seven Feet Below, Man Without Wax, Bank, Michael Gross & The Statuettes and Stop Drop and Party. Neurolux, 5 p.m.: Sleepy Seeds, Aan, And And And, Ty Segall, Monarques, Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Finn Riggins and Boy Eats Drum Machine. Knitting Factory, 5:30 p.m.: DJ Snug the Joiner, Eastern Sunz, Oso Negro, Eleven, Shad, Astronautalis and K-OS. Red Feather, 8 p.m.: Jerr y Fee, Lee Penn Sky. Bittercreek, 3 p.m.: David and Rosie, James Orr, David Robert King and Tuck Nelson. Egyptian Theatre, 6 p.m.: Reid Perr y, a.k.a. Belle, Rebecca Scott, Steve Fulton Music, Thomas Paul and Marcus Eaton. Bouquet, 5:45 p.m.: The Forgotten, The Construct, Mousy Brown, System and Station, Stealth Foxx, Education, Oxcart, Pravda. $15 one-day pass. $30 festival pass. See Picks, Page 18. THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SPINDLEBOMB—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid SWEET BRIAR—9 p.m. $3. 127 Club
SUNDAY OCT. 10 IWRESTLEDABEARONCE—With Eyes Set to Kill, Chelsea Grin, The Chariot, Vanna. 6 p.m. $12 adv. $14 door. The Venue
TREVOR EYRE QUINTET—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe WIZ KHALIFA—With Yelawolf. 8 p.m. $16-$35. Knitting Factory
WEDNESDAY OCT. 13
MONDAY OCT. 11
ALL ON SEVEN—8 p.m. Donations accepted. Flying M Coffeegarage
BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
ANBERLIN—With Crash Kings and Civil Twilight. 8 p.m. $18$40. Knitting Factory
PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid
APPLETHIEF—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid
SONNY MOON FOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe
BARBARA LAING—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe
STEVEN TONEY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
TUESDAY OCT. 12 CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid MATT AND PAT—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE—9 p.m. $18. Reef. See Listen Here, this page. NEW TRANSIT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s OCEAN STORY SOCIAL—With Jumping Sharks. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux
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KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE, OCT. 13, REEF Karl Denson might think his universe is tiny, but take that much horn, guitar, sax, keyboard, funk and groove and mix it up, and there’s no way one little solar system can contain it. Denson, a skilled saxophonist/ﬂautist/vocalist, is known for co-founding The Greyboy Allstars in the early ’90s as well as for his work with Lenny Kravitz. While jazz festivals across the world reveled in Denson’s sax jams, with KDTU he added more funk, soul, R&B and hip-hop. In an allaboutjazz.com article from earlier this year, Denson explained his sound. “My style is based in dance,” he said. “I love the idea of creating something that naturally makes people want to move. I think all music has the ability to unite people.” In 2009, KDTU released Brother’s Keeper a ridiculously soulful album so funky that if ’60s girl group inﬂuenced songs like “Shake It Out” don’t make you at least tap your feet, you might want to check to see if you’re dead. —Amy Atkins 9:30 p.m., $20, 18 and older only. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200, reef.com.
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IT’S A FAMILY A-FIRE New works by William Lewis at NNU CHRISTOPHER SCHNOOR Boise artist William Lewis loves what he calls the mystery of painting, by which he means he is never sure where it is going to take him next. Sometimes a grouping on one subject will lead him into another, or in the course of working out a visual idea, the medium speaks to him and draws him elsewhere. This, to a large degree, accounts for his impressive output and the diversity of subjects and techniques that make up his oeuvre. His new paintings at Northwest Nazarene University’s Friesen Gallery combine family history, and a deep interest in the history of landscape, then Tractor is the most tradithings and the endless process of change. tional painting of the lot. But this is not This current body of oils on canvas is enan attempt at the sublime. The substantial titled “The Burn Pile Series.” You can see one earthiness that has long informed Lewis’ art from this series at Boise Art Museum’s 2010 Idaho Triennial where Lewis’ The Next Morn- is evident here. The chill white sky, low light ing won a merit award. It offers a good idea of and barren vegetation all peg the seasonal setting as winter, and there is a damp brownwhat to expect at his solo exhibition at NNU. ness to the scene, highlighted by the red They are paintings that, as is his wont, depict of the tractor and white debris. The Pile, an ordinary situation in a way that reveals his expressionist powers and romantic persuasion, with its pre-burn close-up of the awaiting garbage, is painted in a ﬂat, blue-gray palette evoking physical sensations, mental associathat looks monochromatic in the tions and universal themes. They shadows of approaching night. constitute some of Lewis’ best It has the somber feel of work to date. an eminent existential The series is a narrative experience. of sorts, inspired by the Lewis’ large tondo semiannual ritual on painting, Night Fire, is his family’s farm in both the centerpiece Alabama in which the of this narrative accumulated debris and the image that of rural life is pushed kicks his subject into into a huge pile and elemental drama. His torched. It’s a perenﬁrst shot at a circular nial family affair, the canvas, it is a composivarious stages of which tion of light-and-dark he has documented with contrasts and reﬂections. snapshots. It is a conﬂagraDominated by the immense tion that takes days to burn ﬁre at its height, its and weeks—maybe intense light (and heat) a month—for the Nightﬁre, oil on canvas, 64” in diameter turns the ﬁgures standsmoldering mass to die (a tondo painting), 2010 ing watch into glowing out. Each stage of this William Lewis’ “Burn Pile” exhibit is on coals and reﬂects off process of ﬁery decomview at NNU’s Friesen Gallery through the body of water in position is treated difFriday, Oct. 8. the foreground with ferently by Lewis, who FRIESEN GALLERY red-tinged smoke stainalters his technique to 623 Holly St., Nampa ing the night sky. The 208-467-8011 capture the essence of nnu.edu scene is Vulcan-esque, the moment. an inferno that dwarfs In the ﬁrst two mere mortals. Lewis reveals himself as a ropaintings at Friesen Gallery, Lewis sets the manticist in the vein of J.M.W. Turner when he stage and the season of this drama. If you describes the scene as “a source of terrible awe consider farm equipment pushing together and great exhilaration.” debris in an outdoor setting conventional
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Medusa, oil on canvas, 60” x 76”, 2010
Five of the paintings that follow Night Fire capture the various stages of the ﬁre’s aftermath during which red-hot embers slowly die and lingering ﬂames fade out. There is an aura of desolation in several of these, with white skies echoing the thick white smoke and ashes covering the ground like dirty snow. The most dramatic of these is the imposing Medusa, which is the largest piece in the exhibit and, outside of Night Fire, the most compelling in its execution and associations. It is almost a work of abstract expressionism given Lewis’ vigorous application of pigment pinned together with interwoven linear forms, and an edge-to-edge composition. But it is also a haunting scene, evoking an immolation site. In the center, a blackened round mass resembling a giant head lies next to the remnant of a collapsible draftsman’s lamp which reaches up like skeletal remains in rigor mortis. Lewis can induce our imagination to run away with us. Medusa and several other paintings here are reminiscent of German artist Anselm Kiefer’s considerations of “Blut und Boden” (Blood and Soil) German culture in multimedia paintings like The World-Ash. Lewis’ art is of a similar historical sensibility and caliber. The last painting in the exhibit stands out for different reasons. Relic is a breath of fresh air after the images that precede it. It is a painting about renewal and moving on. A couple of rusted, bent metal objects that the ﬂames could not consume sit on the ground in warm sunlight waiting for recycling, with greening vegetation in the background. Winter is over and so is the ﬁery ritual of which these leftovers are a relic. One of the most appealing aspects of Lewis’ art is the way he instills such throw-away objects with character, even personality. In a way they represent a continuity with the past and the future. A lead-in to a sequel series perhaps? WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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LIFE, LOVE AND THE WHOLE DAMN MESS Two weirdos, two amazing movies GEORGE PRENTICE There are dual universes when movies explore romance. In one, couples meetcute—the giggly blind date, the car accident in which people get bruised but not hurt or in the workplace where snappy repartee usually leads to sexual tension. This universe is usually sprinkled with characters played by Katherine Heigl, Kate Hudson and the Jennifers (Aniston and Lopez). The plot often his ultimate triumph. winner Philip Seymour IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (PG-13) Emma Roberts is lumbers through a bump-and-run series of Hoffman. This ﬁlm Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck events that equate to emotional junk-food. In radiant as 16-yearhas some nice grownStarring Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, old Noelle, a fellow the alternate universe, there is awkwardness, up heart-tugging Zach Galiﬁanakis patient who yearns for pain and, if we’re lucky, some healing. Two from Hoffman, the Opens this Friday at The Flicks movies opening this week come from the lat- connection as much wonderful Amy as resolution. Nice ter. They explore the human condition with Ryan, John Ortiz and dignity and respect yet invite us to laugh and supporting perforDaphne Rubin-Vega (a mances are offered from Viola Davis, Lauren Broadway thunderbolt who may have ﬁnally maybe sob at just how broken we all are. It’s Graham and Jim Gafﬁgan. And then there’s a rare treat. They’re two of the best movies found her break-out movie). Hoffman’s Jack Zach Galiﬁanakis. This bearded teddy-bear of the year. is sweet and hopeful but, alas, broken. He It’s Kind of a Funny Story is destined to be- has made everything he has appeared in mea- is a prisoner of his days, and when he meets surably funnier: The Hangover, Dinner for Connie (Ryan), he hurts. He hurts because come a minor hit. It’s one of those ﬁlms that Schmucks, he wants to take the most human of risks: you can’t Bored to to connect to another soul. And the result of wait to Death. matching Hoffman and Ryan is a wonderful tell your And as ache. Their nuance and subtlety (in delicate friends Bobby tics or audible stumbles) comfort us because and colin this we recognize them so well. leagues movie, It’s not giving too much away to tell you about. Galiﬁthat when Jack and Connie meet, she offThe anakis handedly mentions that she’d like to go on a movie, builds his rowboat in Central Park some day. So, that based most fully becomes Jack’s resolve. It’s a good thing that on the realized they meet in the dead of winter because it novel of perforturns out that Jack can’t swim. His journey, the same mance to and ours, takes him from the pool to the boat name date. He to Connie’s heart. by Ned waltzes Hoffman starred in the original OffVizzini, through Broadway production of Jack Goes Boating, explores tragso he chose wisely for this, his debut as a feathe edy and ture ﬁlm director. It shouldn’t be any surprise mineﬁeld comedy that he is indeed an actor’s director. He takes of teen all the while navigata simple story that has already been told in so depression. If you’re a JACK GOES BOATING (R) ing the movie from many variations, and he focuses the lens on parent or relative of a a nice independent the joys and sorrows that are carefully mined teenager or 20-someDirected by Philip Seymour Hoffman comedy toward a 21st from his acting depths. thing, this should be Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan century companion If you’re looking for a romantic comedy required viewing. Opens this Friday at The Flicks to One Flew Over the that isn’t much more than electronic wallpaSixteen-year-old Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s per, you might be best advised to head to Craig (Keir Gilchrist) Kind of a Funny Story the Cineplex. I’m sure Katherine and Kate is living the middlewill become a touchstone ﬁlm for a new and the Jennifers will oblige. But if you’d class nightmare with way too much internal generation. like something with a healthier reﬂection of and external pressure, so he checks himself Also opening this week is Jack Goes Boat- the human experience, these two ﬁne ﬁlms into a mental health clinic. For the next ﬁve will provide. days we follow his shame, his healing and ing, directed by and starring Oscar
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SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings
SCREEN/MOVIE TIMES WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6-TUESDAY, OCT. 12 ALPHA AND OMEGA 3D—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:15, 4:35, 6:55, 9:05
OCCUPATION 101: VOICES OF THE SILENCED MAJORITY—Award-winning documentary about the occupation of Palestine. Saturday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m. FREE. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-6581710, www.boiseuu.org.
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:45
Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7:10, 9:25 F-Tu: 9:15
Flicks: F-Su: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; M-Tu: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20
Edwards 9: W-Th: 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15
EAT PRAY LOVE—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:30, 3:30, 6:25, 9:35
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40
Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:20, 5, 7:50, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:10, 5:10, 7:15, 9:15
THE EXPENDABLES— GET LOW—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:45, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20 Flicks: W-Th: 5:05, 7:20, 9:30; F-Su: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10; M-Tu: 4:50, 7:10
Flicks: F-Su: 12:45, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:35; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:25, 9:35
JACK GOES BOATING—
Flicks: F-Su: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9; M-Tu: 5, 7, 9
LEGEND OF THE GAURDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE— Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:40, 4, 6:35, 8:50 LEGEND OF THE GAURDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE 3D— Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:10, 4:40, 6:50, 9:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 LET ME IN—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT—
Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1:10, 4:10, 7, 9:40
MAO’S LAST DANCER—
Flicks: W-Th: 4:40, 8:55
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 2:05, 4:25, 6:45, 9
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE 3D—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:15
Flicks: W-Th: 7 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 10
Edwards 9: F-Tu: 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30
THE SOCIAL NETWORK— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1:30, 2:40, 4:15, 5:25, 7, 8:10, 9:45 SOUL KITCHEN—
Flicks: W-Th: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15
THE TOWN— Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 4:10, 7:30, 10:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 1:35, 2:45, 4:20, 5:30, 7:05, 8:15, 9:50 TOY STORY 3—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:30, 4:40, 7:50
IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY—
VIVA ZAPATA—A ﬁlm about the peasant leader who led the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Part of the Latin American Film Series. Wednesday, Oct. 13, noon, FREE. Boise State Student Union, Brink Room, 1910 University Ave., Boise.
BURIED—Ryan Reynolds plays a truck driver taken hostage and buried alive with a cell phone and a ﬂashlight. He is told that if he can get $5 million, he will be freed. Told in real time. (R) Flicks IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY—A clinically depressed teenager meets a bizarre cast of characters and ﬁnds new perspective during a stint in the adult psychiatric ward. See Review, Page 34. (PG-13) Flicks JACK GOES BOATING—Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, in which two New York couples navigate life and love. And go boating. See Review, Page 34. (R) Flicks LIFE AS WE KNOW IT—Holly and Eric (Kathryn Heigl and Josh Duhamel) meet when they become godparents to Sophie. But after one disastrous date, they decide to hate each other, which makes it all the more awkward when Sophie’s parents die and Hollie and Eric are left to raise her. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 MY SOUL TO TAKE—Wes Craven makes his ﬁrst 3D ﬁlm, the story of a serial killer who swore to return and kill seven children born on the night he died. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:55, 3:55, 6:30, 8:55
THE VIRGINITY HIT—
Edwards 22: W-Th: 10:05
WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS—
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 3:30, 4, 6:30, 7, 9:30, 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:10, 2:10, 4:05, 5, 7, 8:05, 9:55
Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 9:45 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:15, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10
T H E A T E R S Edwards 22 Boise, 208-377-1700, www.regmovies.com; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821, www.regmovies.com; The Egyptian Theater, 208-345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net; The Flicks, 208-342-4222, www.theﬂicksboise.com; FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: Northgate Cinema, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, www.reeltheatre.com. Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208377-3072, www.opcmovies.com. Movie times listed were correct as of press time. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
SECRETARIAT—The story of racehorse Secretariat, widelybelieved to be the greatest racehorse of all time, and his against-the-odds victory in the triple crown. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 Visit boiseweekly.com and click on “Screen” for a full list of movie synopses, as well as upto-date movie times.
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Sully’s Pub and Grill is a dark, wood-lined pub complete with a ﬁreplace “I think the difference between breakfast and brunch is if they and long, polished bar—the kind of place where patrons can tuck into have mimosas.” bowls of Irish stew or ﬁsh and chips. But it’s not something you expect to —My mother discover in Star—the British Isles or even the East Coast, sure, but not Star. Yet claiming a prime piece of real estate on the main drag of the still Roughly 20 miles from downtown Boise sits Sully’s Pub and Grill sleepy, rural town, Sully’s is bringing a touch of the pub tradition to in the heart of Star (with a population of less than 2,000, technically a place where the designation of “bar” or even “saloon” seems much anywhere in Star is its heart). The bar features the dark, heavy woods more apt. associated with most Irish pubs, and little green cafe curtains in the A large interior space greets patrons with pubby charm and a windows facing the parking lot give it an instantly homey feel. heavy dose of modern, airy sensibilities. A see-through ﬁreplace ofA 50-inch ﬂat screen provides an audio and video backdrop for fers a glimpse of the expansive outdoor offerings, which include both the huge patio and back yard that, according to a couple of the servcovered and open ers, is a popular wedpatios, as well as ding rehearsal locaan outdoor bar and tion. Several smaller two horseshoe pits. ﬂat-screen TVs share Add friendly service, wall space inside with a laid-back atmotypical pub signs sphere and a full bar, (“Lovely day for a and there’s suddenly Guinness”). All of a reason to make the the TVs were tuned drive to Star from to NFL football on a Boise. recent Sunday mornThe menu is a ing, and snippets of mix of traditional conversation about pub fare and AmeriBoise State’s drubbing can bistro offerings. of New Mexico the The ingredients are night before drifted fresh, the combinathrough the room. tions creative and Brunch it was, the portions generbecause mimosas ($2 ous—it’s a mixture each) are deﬁnitely that works whether on the menu. The you’re in Galway, day’s brunch special Ireland, or the tiny was a ribeye and Idaho town the govtwo-eggs ($9.95). ernor calls home. The stuffed French Entree options toast with fruit SULLY’S PUB AND GRILL include the pub staple halibut and chips ($11.50), compote ($7.95) sounded enticing: thick slices of 11123 State St., Star, 208-286-7743 and just like at sister restaurant the Dutch Goose, bread stuffed with bananas, walnuts, brown sugar and sullys-idaho.com the big hunks of ﬂaky white ﬁsh are some of the best cinnamon, topped with almond cornﬂakes. A Guinness Mon.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. around. The handcut chunks are only lightly battered malt wafﬂe ($4.95) intrigued. Sun.: brunch, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., so diners don’t end up with overwhelming piles of The ribeye slice was a little ﬂat and a little too fatty, open until 11 p.m. discarded fried breading. Bonus points for the beerbut it’s hard to hurt a ribeye, and cooked medium, it battered fries. was tender and well seasoned. Big bits of green pepper Sully’s has a respectable list of intriguing sandwiches—including ﬂirted with chunks of perfectly fried red potato, and beautifully a tri-tip dip, barbecue pork loin and a roasted turkey that includes oozy eggs would have been great for sopping with the slightly roasted red peppers and pepperjack cheese—but a recent daily special, sweet ﬂaky biscuits on the plate had the biscuits not been a little the Malibu chicken sandwich ($8.50), was a construction project of a charred on one side. culinary concoction that had me gazing semi-longingly at my favorite The dense Guinness malt wafﬂe was an earthy brown color, round dining companion’s meal. and cooked exactly like a wafﬂe should be: crunchy on the outside, A grilled chicken breast was topped with a thick slice of grilled ham, soft and moist on the inside. With butter and only a slight drizzle a thicker slice of pineapple, lettuce, tomato and mayo, ﬁnished off with of syrup it was a meal in itself, not too sweet, not too savory. The a heavy drizzle of teriyaki sauce. It was all sandwiched between slices of stuffed French toast was as thick as a Stephen King novel, its almondwas called a hoagie roll, but the bread’s artisan crust and airy interior cornﬂake and brown crust crispy like a fresh-baked loaf of bread. A seemed more like a baguette. hot berry compote was delicious and would make a ﬁne accompaniA constant drip of sauce did make the sandwich less than graceful ment to any meal that needs a hint of sweet. The French toast deﬁto eat but somehow more satisfying. All the same, ask for some extra nitely didn’t need that. The cinnamon overwhelmed the anticipated napkins. tender ﬂavor of bananas, walnuts and brown sugar, but were the Dinner items include steaks, chicken, salmon and even steamed clams, spice toned down a bit, that dish would be worth the drive. but the meal that perked my attention was the weekly Sunday brunch. The morning menu at Sully’s also includes $4 bloody marys, With multiple versions of eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, Guinness Captain Crunch French toast, and three different egg and hollanmalt wafﬂes and chicken-fried steak joining a menu of other breakfast daise specialties. Based on the number of bikers, families, seniors favorites, it may mean I’ll be setting my alarm early on Sunday mornings and football watchers, Sully’s is a popular Sunday morning stop for from now on. breakfast—er, brunch. —Deanna Darr thinks Guinness should be added to every dish.
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FOOD/DINING North Boise 13TH STREET PUB AND GRILL—The newest addition to Hyde Park is quite the patio destination in summer. Food is causal pub fare, the handle selection is decent and it’s your best option for late-night anything on that end of 13th Street. 1520 13th St., 208-639-8888. $-$$ SU 36TH STREET BISTRO—It may be smack-dab in the middle of the sprawling 36th Street Garden Center, but the bistro goes for simple European elegance with lofty ceilings and clean lines. Its garden-cafe feel is helped along by a full menu offering for a day’s worth of eating. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or peruse the menu while sipping a glass of wine or beer. Set in the windowed west wing of the store, the cafe serves espresso and pastries for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch and the dinner menu is ever-changing depending on what’s fresh and in season. The rotating menu features locally grown and raised foods. 3823 N. Garden Center Way, 208-4335100, www.36street gardencenter.com. $-$$ SU OM BOISE CO-OP—Boise’s independent source for organic vegetables and meats, specialty items, holistic supplies and vitamins out the wazoo. You just can’t leave the co-op without at least one deli delight in your bag. Each day brings a new selection of delicious foods made with the freshest ingredients. 888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500, www. SU boisecoop.com. $-$$ OM CAFE VICINO—Chefs Richard Langston and Steve Rhodes serve up fresh and innovative foods. They offer a casual lunch menu with choices like daily quiche, salads and portobello mushroom sandwiches. Dinner choices lean toward ﬁner dining likecarpaccio, a variety of pastas and entrees that run the gamut from braised lamb shanks to New York steak to cioppino. 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463, www. cafevicino.com. $$-$$$ RES OM CASA MEXICO—With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 1605 N. 13th St. # B, 208-333-8330, www.casamexicoidaho.com. $-$$ SU OM GOODY’S SODA FOUNTAIN— From the moment you walk in, the smells of fresh caramel corn, homemade ice cream, hand-dipped chocolate and every kind of sugary delight hit you like a ton of gummy bricks. 1502 N. 13th St., 208-367-0020, www. SU goodysgoodies.com. $
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HAWKINS PAC-OUT—Classic burger drive-in in a classic location. Tots, twist cones and daily specials from Hawkins’ Facebook page. 2315 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-338-9627. $ SU
LULU’S FINE PIZZA—Big Apple-style gourmet pie for pizza lovers of everywhere kind. Get a wheel or go by the slice. Check out the usual toppings or get adventurous with some tasty things you’re not used to seeing on a pizza menu. A great North End pizza place that prides itself on semi-sophisticated wine pairing and a ﬁne beer list. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-3874992, www.ilovelulus.com. $-$$ SU OM
HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—Whether it’s the appetizers (Monty’s Hummus, Hollow Hot Wings), the entrees (Pan Fried Oysters, Mess-OChops) or the burgers and sandwiches (Black Bean Chili Burger, Reuben), stopping in at Highlands Hollow after winter skiing or a summertime hike up Camel’s Back hill is always a great idea. This raucous brewery at the foot of Bogus Basin Road has always catered to the outdoors person in you. Our favorite brew is the ginger wheat, but Highlands serves up a list of its own beers and has bottles from all over the world on display, and to drink. 2455 Harrison Hollow, 208-343-6820, www.highlandshollow.com. $-$$ SU OM
O’MICHAEL’S PUB AND GRILL—In Boise, it seems all roads lead to Bogus. Those same roads lead back home, and after a day on the hill, a person often needs to refuel with a stiff drink and big plate of grub … especially if that grub includes an order of O’Michael’s garlic fries. And O’Michael’s isn’t just a wintertime pit stop. The outdoor patio—no smoking inside, folks—is a great place to watch some of Boise’s craziest folks on two wheels shooting down Harrison Boulevard after a day tackling the surrounding hills’ summertime terrain. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948, www.omichaelspubboise.com. $-$$ SU
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FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED JEFFREY’S NEXT DOOR 1716 Broadway Ave., 208-336-3334 “The simple stuff is well executed: Thick chunks of halibut came thinly battered and a moderately thick rib eye was perfectly cross-hatched on the outside and a perfect medium rare on the inside.” —Rachael Daigle
FIREHOUSE PUB & GRILL 1767 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-849-9538 “Within minutes, I was mowing through crisp lettuce covered in shredded cheese, sliced olives, salsa and a generous heap of fajita-seasoned diced chicken.” —Sarah Barber
LA BELLE VIE 220 14th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-0200, labellevienampa.com “The soup of the day, a Southwestern corn chowder, was at once both delicate and hearty, with ﬂecks of bell pepper and sweet corn swirled in a creamy broth so light and comforting it made me ache for my slippers.” —Tara Morgan
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FOOD/DINING PARRILLA GRILL—Serving wraps and salads on another primo Hyde Park patio. This concrete and metal Hyde Park eatery is a popular place to chill during the halcyon days of summer, but Parrilla’s hot wraps and microbrews are a ﬁne way to stay warm in the cold winter months as well. The primary colored sign and terra cotta walls welcome regulars and passersby equally and the casual atmosphere and good eats keep them all coming back. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ SU SUN RAY CAFE—During mountain biking months, Sun Ray’s coveted corner patio is a spandex catwalk and its fences lined with bikes. When the cold rolls in, the sprawling corner patio is empty, but the big renovated inside is packed. No happy hour but check for daily beer and food specials. 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887. $-$$ SU SUPERB SUSHI AT LULU’S FINE PIZZA—Superb Sushi continues their offerings of take-home sushi for lunches and dinners. Housed in Lulu’s Fine Pizza, one can still enjoy the non-traditional rolls that have become a local favorite or get them delivered. 2594 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-3385, www.superbsushidowntown.com. $-$$ SU OM
State Street 20TH CENTURY LANES—The list of respectable establishments in which you can ﬁnd a chili dog is no foot long. Indeed you can get one at 20th Century Lanes, but you can also get a family feeding of sliders and fries, Idaho’s ubiquitous foods, ﬁngersteaks, and—believe it or not—breakfast. 4712 W. State St., 208-342-8695, www.20thcenturylanes.net. $ SU OM DUTCH GOOSE—A no-smoking policy offers a nice respite from many a bar’s smoky ozone layer (and means the cool kids are hanging around outside every half hour). Foosball, darts, pool, horseshoe pits and televisions galore keep those who go to drink from being talk-happy for hours and the food … oh, the food. Steamed clams, French dip and Reuben sandwiches, one of the best grilled chicken salads around and a selection of brilliant burgers guarantee plenty of repeat business. 3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887, www. dutchgoose.com. $-$$ SU OM FANCI FREEZ—Shakes, malts, spins, sundaes and the Boston shake (one part sundae, one part shake) are what have made Fanci Freez a Boise favorite for years. But because we can’t live on ice cream alone, Fanci Freez also serves a whole mess of burgers, some of the crispiest tots in town and even a grilled cheese for the non-meat-eaters. 1402 W. State St., 208-344SU 8661. $ FLYING PIE PIZZARIA— The draw might be the pizza, but Flying Pie on State Street is proud to offer “a remarkable bunch of exceptional quality beers.” They offer a “7-Day Beer Keg Forecast,”
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Fast driving—wait, scratch that—driving not recommended after too much Oktoberfasting.
FOOD, FOOTBALL AND FAST CARS Forgive me in advance, readers: This Food News column is all about football and fast cars. But not in that order. First, the fast cars. Chandlers Steakhouse, winner of Best Steak and Best Fine Dining in BW’s Best of Boise Readers’ Choice edition last week, is hosting the annual Oktoberfast car show featuring one make of car in particular: Porsche. What is possibly the largest collection of these German automobiles in the state will gather from noon to 4 p.m. on Grove Street between Ninth and Tenth streets on Sunday, Oct. 10. The mission of this all-German celebration is three-fold. First, to show off/gawk at what organizers estimate will be about 100 sweet rides; second, to raise money for the Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack program, which provides kids with weekend meals to take home; and third, to indulge in a bit of Oktoberfest with the three Bs: brats, beer and Bavarian music. For more information visit chandlersboise.com. Now, the football. What’s the best way to deal with a hangover Sunday morning after a beer-soaked college football Saturday? More football and more beer. During NFL season, a number of TV-laden pubs that aren’t exactly on top of the breakfast destination list any other time of the year ﬂing open the doors early, ﬁre up the ﬂat-top and invite the football-loving crowd in for the ﬁrst meal of the day—with, of course, beer and/or bloody marys. Perhaps the best thing about NFL brunches all over town— whether you’re a fan of the pigskin or not—is the price. At The Ofﬁce on Fairview Ave., breakfast starts at $2.99 with drink specials (6125 Fairview Ave.). Crescent No-Lawyers Bar and Grill is for the group who can’t decide between breakfast or lunch. Both menus are available starting at 10 a.m., with $3 bloody marys and mimosas (5500 W. Franklin St., 208-3229856, no-lawyers.com). For the beer-drinking crowd that’s dedicated to a deal while still getting breakfast grub, Dutch Goose has $6 pitchers of Coors Light for breakfast ... er ... to go with breakfast, which is served 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887, dutchgoose.com). The Goose’s cousin out in Star, Sully’s (see review page 36), has both brunch and the NFL ticket every Sunday starting at 9 a.m. And for the crowd that needs a real microbrew, Sockeye Grill and Brewery opens the taps at 10:30 a.m. with a breakfast menu that’s true to its Northwest pub food roots. Bennies come in country, ham or Coho salmon varieties. Micro pitchers and mimosa carafes are $10, and breakfast will run you $5 to $8.50. (Added bonus, next weekend, Sockeye is adding three more ﬂatscreens, one of which will be on the patio.) Last but not least, The Lift (4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250, theliftboise.com) just might have the most raging Sunday morning party. Seriously, ride your bike because getting a parking spot is almost impossible. Brunch is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with 16-ounce mimosas. That’s right, 16 ounces of champagne and OJ for $3. Yet another reason to leave the car at home. —Rachael Daigle WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
DINING/FOOD which is updated regularly so patrons know what to expect from the taps, and they even offer samples to help with the decision process. The place is a destination for locals and out-of-towners who are invited to stick push pins into a map of the world tracking how far they’ve come to enjoy a slice and a salutation. Both delicious locations feature a rotating selection of draft beer and a fun feature called It’s Your Name day meaning if your name is up on
the marquee, stop in and make your own “whirled famous” pie from scratch. 4320 W. State St., 208-345-8585, www.ﬂyingpie. com. $-$$ SU OM THE GREEN CHILE—Southwestern cuisine in Boise with green and red chilis, chimichangas and chile rellenos. The menu also features burgers and salads right alongside sopapaillas. 5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103, www. thegreenchileboise.com. $-$$ OM
THE LIFT BAR AND GRILL—This sweet State Street spot always tempts trafﬁc jammers with its ridiculous drink specials. Tuesday night is Holy Oly night, with 50-cent Olympia cans from 4 p.m.-close. And if you need something to soak up all that cheap booze, gnaw on a plate of State Street nachos or one of the dive’s many vegetarianfriendly dishes like hummus, ﬁsh tacos or the portobello and sun-dried tomato sandwich. Weekend breakfast is a hangover cure from the gods. 4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250, www. theliftboise.com. $-$$ SU OM MADHUBAN—A daily lunch buffet and a huge menu including all the favorites. You’re gonna love the curry. A great place for vegetarians. 6390 W. State St., 208-853-8215, www.madhubanindiancuisine.com. $$ SU OM MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. Try the fatoosh salad—you won’t be disappointed. 1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566 404 E. Park Center Blvd., 208-333-2223, www.mazzahboise.com. $-$$ SU OM MERRITT’S COUNTRY CAFE—This 24-hour Boise mainstay is the place to land after a long night on the town. The “home of the scone” serves up grub that turns the merely curious into regulars. 6630 W. State St., 208-853-1801, www. SU merrittscafe.com. $-$$ OM
VIOGNIER A few years back, it was a difﬁcult task to put together a tasting of six different viogniers. But the grape has caught on since then, with almost two dozen different wines vying for top honors this time around. It’s not surprising—viognier has a deﬁnite appeal, offering beautiful ﬂoral aromas and a certain richness on the palate that works especially well as a coolweather white. Its popularity has spread around the globe, and our top three wines all come from different regions. Here are the panel’s picks: 2009 CALERA VIOGNIER, $16.99 Barrel fermentation has contributed a deﬁnite depth to this California entr y, while full malolactic fermentation (where the stronger malic acid is conver ted into softer lactic acid) adds a pleasant creaminess. Honeysuckle and peach dominate the nose, backed by rose petal, tangerine and spice. Impeccably well balanced on the palate, the ripe stone fruit plays against bright citrus. Touches of orange zest and jasmine mark the ﬁnish. 2009 DOMAINE DE COURON VIOGNIER, $10.99 Cold fermentation in stainless steel really brings out the bright fruit in this wine from France’s Rhone Valley. It opens with enticing gooseberry and citrus aromas colored by nuances of honeyed melon, pear, herb and cinnamon. Balance, again, is the key to this wine’s appeal with its smooth mango, papaya, peach and pear ﬂavors giving way to soft citrus on the ﬁnish. It’s an appealing bargain. 2008 KESTRAL VIOGNIER $18.99 This wine from Washington is on the lighter side of the viognier spectrum with an emphasis on freshness. The aromas of honeyed tropical fruit, gooseberry and lemongrass have a lively crispness to them. In the mouth, ripe melon ﬂavors ﬁll the palate, balanced by racy citrus. A nice touch of basil and lemon zest color the lingering ﬁnish. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
NORTH END CHINESE—The best drive-through Chinese Boise has to offer. 1806 W. State St., 208-343-1080. $-$$ PAPA MURPHY’S—Take-andbake pizza chain. 1736 W. State St., 208-336-0011, www.papamurphys.com. $-$$ SU OM PIZZALCHIK—PIZZa sALad and CHIcKen. Get it? Perfect robust salads, plus delicious original pizzas and whole chickens roasted in a 6,000-pound stone-hearth oven. Many toppings made in house. Good beer and wine complement great food at this oddly located and oddly named eatery along State Street. 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757, www.pizzalchik. SU OM com. $-$$ TCBY—Chain ice cream and frozen yogurt. 1790 W. State St., 208-384-0994, www.tcby. com. $ VIKING DRIVE IN—Burgers, fries and shakes on the go. The best way to go on a calorie bender. 3790 W. State St., 3427289. $ P WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN—From the mind of “Boise’s Best Chef,” Chef Lou, comes some of the most scrumptious diner delights for dine-in, take-out or frozen to take home for later when cooking is the last thing you want to do. 1939 W. State St., 208-3422957, www.cheﬂou.com. $-$$ SU OM
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JOSIE: 10-month-old female yellow Lab. Very excited around people. Needs committed owner willing to socialize and train. (Kennel 310#11517975)
WHISKERS: 1-year-old male terrier mix. Very happy dog. Housetrained. Good with young kids, cats and other dogs. (Kennel 300- #11488224)
NALA: 3-year-old female Siamese mix. Beautifully marked. Extremely talkative. Litterboxtrained. (Kennel 04#11536194)
TOBY: 5-year-old male black and white domestic shorthair. Would prefer to be the only pet. Litterbox-trained, funny and very loving. (Kennel 14- #11527987)
CLAIRE: 6-year-old female Catahoula leopard dog mix. Does well with other animals, but only older children. Housetrained and loyal. (Kennel 312- #11498411)
ASHES: 1-year-old female gray and black domestic shorthair. Still acts like a kitten. Litterbox-trained. Gets along with other cats. (Kennel 02- #11537366)
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DOWN 1 Melville’s “Billy ___” 2 Italian bell town 3 Dead ends? 4 Formerly, once 5 Public knowledge 6 Ph.D., e.g. 7 Barge ___ 8 “Don’t give ___ lip!” 9 Beverage that may be foamy 10 A wishbone has one 11 Director Vittorio 12 48th state: Abbr. 13 Begins energetically 14 Explosive trial, for short 15 Place for a date, frequently 16 “___ Restaurant” 17 Not likely 19 “… ___ the queen of England!” 23 “And to those thorns that ___ bosom lodge”: Shak. 24 St. Patrick’s land 30 One of the 12 tribes of Israel 33 Shipwreck locale 34 Ship locale 35 Last dynasty of China 36 Links org. 37 Susan who co-starred in “Five Easy Pieces” 38 Actor Neeson 39 “Cómo ___?” 41 Shopping locale 45 Indulged 47 Pre-broadcast activity 49 David Cameron, e.g. 50 Normandy battle town 51 More ___ enough 52 Dark time, in verse 54 Just got (by)
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Much of the reader mail I receive is friendly. But now and then I’ll get a message like this: “I’ve followed your horoscopes with pleasure for years. But I must say, you’ve really lost it lately. I can’t stand the garbage you’ve been slinging. What happened to you?” My response is to wonder why the person never wrote to me while he was happy with my efforts. It reminds me of a quote by Leon Uris: “How often in life it is that we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.” It also reminds me of how tempting it is to focus on what repels and scares us, shortchanging the dreams that excite us. Your assignment in the next four weeks is to reward what you like and pursue what you want. For now, forget about what you don’t like and don’t want. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The worst painting in history is in San Francisco’s De Young Museum. It is Noel and Bob by Joan Brown. It’s so awkwardly garish and trivially monstrous that I can only conclude Brown possessed what might be termed “negative genius.” It’s not just that she had no talent. She actually had the opposite of brilliant talent. And yet I must confess I thoroughly enjoyed laughing at it, and was quite pleased at the jokes my companions and I made. I suggest that in the coming week you try something similar: enjoying the entertainment value and educational merit of clumsy, ungainly, out-of-whack stuff. Doing so will sharpen your wits for the not-toodistant future, when you will come into proximity to understated beauty, elegance and grace. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is my enjoyment of The Temptations’ song “My Girl” diminished by the fact that it was used in a commercial for Sun Maid Raisins? Does Jose Gonzalez’s tune “Heartbeats” evoke less feeling in me because I know it was used as the soundtrack for a Sony TV commercial? Well, yeah, actually. The songs haven’t been totally wrecked for me, but neither do they make my heart soar anymore. Is there anything like that in your life, Gemini? Some pure and innocent pleasure that has been tainted or watered down? Believe it or not, you could restore it to its original state in the coming weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): For the moment, set aside your complaints about the transgressions of your original family. Cease your laments about the struggles you had to endure as a child. If you enjoy marinating yourself in those sorrows, you can always return to them at a later date. Here are the opportunities that are now available to you: to focus on the gifts that your early life blessed
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you with, to celebrate and access the primal power that has been yours to draw on since the day you were born. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nose jobs are at an all-time high. Every year, American plastic surgeons cumulatively scrape away more than a mile of flesh and bone from their patients’ sniffers. I predict that in the coming weeks, the noses of the entire planet’s Leo tribe will shrink 10,000 times that amount, at least metaphorically. Why? Because I expect an epidemic of truth-telling to break out among you. There’s going to be a mass outbreak of the Pinocchio effect in reverse. Congratulations in advance for the candor you’re about to unleash. Be kind and diplomatic if you can, but insist on revealing the whole story. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Many American towns with “burg” in their names used to end as “burgh.” In the late 19th century, a federal bureau demanded that they drop the silent final “h.” The people of Pittsburgh rose, up, however, and demanded the right to retain their precious “h.” Their wish was granted. I strongly advise you to be inspired by Pittsburgh’s adamant insistence on maintaining its identity, Virgo. Don’t let yourself be truncated, abbreviated or standardized. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Dear Rob: A professional astrologer who read my chart told me that I have no willpower and that there is basically nothing I can do to change that. Any suggestions? I’m feeling helpless and passive at a time when I could really benefit from standing up for myself. —Listless Libra.” Dear Libra: What the supposedly professional astrologer told you is totally inaccurate. No one’s chart ever indicates that they have no willpower. Astrology doesn’t speak in such stupid ways. Besides that, you and the Libran tribe will soon have an excellent window of opportunity to bolster your willpower. The fun begins now and lasts until at least Nov. 18. Get ready! SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Is it a dragonfly or a maple leaf / That settles softly down upon the water?” asks Amy Lowell in “Autumn Haze,” a poem from her book Pictures of the Floating World. She doesn’t need to know the answer to her question; either would be fine. In fact, the luxuriance of the moment lies in its ambiguity. The lolling sweetness thrives because of her freedom from having to define its origins. She is simultaneously alert and relaxed; attentive to the scene in front of her but content to let it be whatever it is. I highly recommend that you enjoy extended excursions into this state of being several times in the coming week.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): This morning I had to interrupt my meditation on your horoscope. I’d studied the astrological configurations and said my usual prayer, asking for guidance to come up with the oracle you need most. But nothing had occurred to me yet, and it was time to leave the house for an appointment. As I closed the door behind me, I was still in deep thought about you. Then my face hit something gauzy, and I pulled back. Overnight, a spider had spun a huge web spanning the entire porch frame. I’d knocked it a bit off-kilter, but it was still intact. “That’s got to be an omen,” I thought to myself as I stooped under it and continued on my way. An omen of what? A little voice in my head gave the answer: Sagittarius is ready to merge more directly with the great web of life. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you have been in tune with the cosmic rhythms these past 10 months, you’ve been erecting bridges like a master builder. Your careful planning and guidance have conquered an abyss or two. Seemingly irreconcilable differences are no longer irreconcilable. Unlikely connections have bloomed. You’ve combined ingredients that no one thought could be blended. Between now and your birthday, your good work should reach a climax. It’s time to inspect your craftsmanship, polish any rough edges, and be sure that your creations will last. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I have no financial interest in the product known as Bacon Air Freshener (tinyurl.com/ baconaroma). When I urge you to consider buying it and placing it in your favorite environment, it’s not because I’ll get a kickback, but only because I suspect you’ll benefit from its specific aromatherapy effects. In my astrological opinion, your yearning for delicious fatness needs to be stimulated; certain key elements in your future require you to feel excited about thick, rich, tasty sensations. I think this is true even if you’re a vegetarian, although maybe you’d prefer having an avocado, coconut or chocolate air freshener. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In Germany, people can pay the weather service to have a storm or weather system named after them. A normal rainstorm costs just more than $250. That’s the kind of event I’d want to give your name to in the coming week, Pisces—not a full-on destructive tornado or hurricane, but rather a healthy squall that makes everything wet and clears the air. You definitely need to release some tension in a dramatic way, but not in a melodramatic way.
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