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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS The sharp edges of Boise’s glass recycling, part 2 CITIZEN 10

KATE KELLY Senate Dem drops out just when Idaho might need her most PICKS 18

WHEN, WHERE, HOW Keeping your social calendar full, one Halloween party at a time FOOD 31

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NOTE VOTE ALREADY AND GET IT OVER WITH Tuesday, Nov. 2, cannot come soon enough as far as I’m concerned. I hate the anticipation and speculation of the final weeks of election season, particularly in Idaho, where so many races seem like a foregone conclusion. But, in keeping with keeping on, the endorsements rolled in as we put this issue to press. In the governor’s race, the Idaho Hispanic Caucus threw its support behind Keith Allred, which is no surprise since according to the caucus, ol’ guv C.L. “Butch” Otter’s camp didn’t even take the time to fill out its questionnaire. Confirming every far-right suspicion that the Idaho Statesman really does have a strong liberal bias (a claim that never fails to me make me giggle), the daily paper put its support behind Allred and Democratic incumbent in the First Congressional District Walt Minnick. Just to even out the scales a bit as far as the bigger races are concerned the paper also took two republicans: Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson. Boise Weekly, as most of you know, doesn’t do endorsements. Of course there is some good, solid journalistic reasons why we don’t—among them is that we simply lack the time and resources to put together an editorial board that could take the time to interview each candidate thoroughly—but then there are a few other reasons. Like the fact that I don’t particularly care to tell you what to think. If you’re looking for endorsements here, you’re not going to get them. This week’s main feature hones in on one race: the race for governor. Regular readers know that we haven’t been too easy on Otter over the last year. Between flubbing speeches to the under-40 crowd and suing the federal government, he hasn’t exactly wowed the liberal media in town (ahem). But has his Democratic opponent? Not exactly. After all, it took Allred until two weeks before the election to finally put some skin in the game with hard stands on popular issues. But who cares what we think? We wanted to know what voters have to say about the candidate who is earning their vote. We sent reporters to all corners of the Gem State, rolled up our sleeves and got busy talking to locals. The result is this week’s feature, “The Campaign That Wasn’t.” After finishing the print version, log on to to see the responses each candidate offered to Boise Weekly’s series of questions on a variety of topics. Due to press deadlines for the Nov. 3 issue, we won’t have election results in next week’s edition. Head to Citydesk for updates and results through next week. —Rachael Daigle

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NEWS Figuring out how to level Boise’s mountain of glass 9

ON THE ROAD AGAIN Finn Riggins is representing with a short West Coast tour and Wolvserpent (formerly Pussygutt) heads to the East Coast with a whole mess of photos to prove it.

ZOMBIES: NOW ON SALE Just in time for Halloween, the video game guy gets all gory with zombies, zombie bashing, guts, blood and the new Dead Rising 2 from Capcom. Says reviewer Michael Lafferty: “Storyline? Who cares. It has zombies ... ”

GRAND RE-OPENING BOOKED IN HYDE PARK The dusty little bookstore in Hyde Park is getting a makeover and on Friday, Oct. 29, it’ll be showing off its new look, new selection and all new vibe with a grand reopening.

WHO’S GOT YOUR VOTE? Election coverage ramps up as Nov. 2 looms. Keith Allred takes a long awaited stand against Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Hispanic vote gives the Dem challenger a thumbs up. More at Citydesk.

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NOISE Catching up with Azure Ray




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Zach Hagadone’s excellent article about nuclear Idaho demonstrates the difficulty of comparing energy subsidies when estimates differ by $50 billion (BW, Feature, “Nuclear Idaho,” Oct. 20, 2010). Data shows that extreme green rants about subsidies to nuclear power fail the reality test. Nukes provide 20 percent of U.S. energy supplies. Although the costs of nuclear power are jacked up by extreme green obstruction and extortion. Nukes get only 12.4 percent of subsidies, not much more than the subsidy going to ridiculous and destructive ethanol. (Jimmy Carter and the greens told us that pouring food in our gas tanks would save us from oil.) So-called sustainable energy alternatives—wind and solar—provide a tiny fraction of our power but get a big fraction (7.5 percent) of our subsidies. Nukes get less than they give. “Sustainable” alternatives are sustained only by getting lots more than they give back. Do the math. —Cody Kerns, Boise

I enjoy George Prentice’s work, and it’s good to see him writing for Boise Weekly. But his enthusiastic review of Waiting for Superman in the Oct. 20 issue deserves a cautionary coda (BW, Screen, “Waiting for Superman,” Oct. 20, 2010). Superman is set mostly in big cities. The largest district in Idaho enrolls about 35,000 students, while the New York City Public Schools have more than 1 million kids. Obviously, solutions that work in big East Coast cities may not be the best ones for Idaho— and given this month’s resignation of Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, portrayed as a heroine in the movie, they may not even be the best ideas for the big cities. Superman cheerleads for charter schools as the catchall solution to improving public schools, and charters have a legitimate place in public education. But in this era of scarce education funding, there’s no getting around the fact that charter schools siphon money away from the neighborhood schools that most of our

children attend. We need to be sure that every child has an excellent school, whether it’s charter or traditional, public or private. In heavy-handed fashion, Superman identifies teacher unions as the Lex Luthor in the tale of what ails public education. Are there teachers who should choose another profession? Certainly, but the vast majority of Idaho’s teachers are committed, creative professionals working daily to help our children succeed. In summary, Superman presents a powerful yet simplistic look at a complex issue. But viewers need to question how much its rhetoric applies in Idaho, where parents, teachers and many administrators are already working together to be sure that our schools meet the needs of every child. Here, the real enemies are historic budget cuts, long-term state disinvestment in our schools and a thinly veiled push for privatized, for-profit education. Full disclosure: I work at the Idaho Education Association. —Julie Fanselow, Boise




The governor chews some fat Let me be straight up with ya, pardner. Ever now and then, come nights like this when the campfire’s a-crackling like a Kuna saloon during happy hour and the stars are blinking up o’erhead like a drunk stripper’s eyes ... when them Canuck wolves are yipping their fool heads off over yonder where old Scotsman Andy used to graze his woollies and all I got to call dinner is this here simmering pot o’ beans and porker scraps … I get to wondering why I ever chose to ride this trail. To go this cowboy way. Comprendee? It ain’t been easy, ’meego. Since I was but a whippersnapper, straight out o’ the Vietnam-days National Guard (where I could play soldier boy without actually having to meet up with any wild Viet Cong), ain’t hardly been a two-year stretch go by that I didn’t have to strap on my chaps, ride out and wrangle enough votes to keep a place at the town square watering trough. Yessir, I’ve gone through more than my share o’ rough brush and dry fundraisers, roundin’ up them independent dogies and Libertarian steers. Signed on for my first voter drive back in ’72 … my poly-sci degree weren’t nearly dry behind the ears ... but it got me where my heart were itching t’ be: the big ol’ statehouse over Boise way. From then on, it t’weren’t nothing but uphill. Lieutenant governor for more years than any other swinging belt buckle in Idaho history, then back east to the dude Congress for three terms—not to mention a pension sweet as sarsaparilla. When I had that corralled, I high-tailed it back here to the open range for a turn in the governor’s saddle. What I’m a-yapping about is, I done spent my whole grown-up life making sure I had a tin star in the same gov’ment posse I’ve been belly-aching about since I started. And I’m damn proud that for all those years, I’ve worked like a chuck-wagon mule to get the gov’ment to do considerable less for regular folk than it’s done for me. But dag nabbit, I cain’t be taking all the credit. I cain’t sit here and pretend that I could o’ done any of it without my boots, my hat, my snap-button rodeo shirts and a walk-in closet full of straight-leg Wranglers. The tighter the better. And I suppose I should throw some oats out to all those trusty little Idaho clod-hoppers who think that a man in a spiffy felt Stetson cain’t possibly be a big ol’ posturin’, posin’, $3-bill phony. U It didn’t hurt none neither that early on I got hitched to a little filly name o’ Simplot. If’n you’ll recall, I spent a good long spell working on her daddy’s spread, and I suppose you’d have to say he treated me a might special, seeing as how I’d up ’n’ married his darlin’ daughter. Hell, a buckaroo like me might o’ never had to put on a pair o’ lace-up shoes nor a silk necktie, if’n old WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

J.R. hadn’t made me one of his top hands. As it were, I could mosey down t’ that Arid Club for some hot grub anytime I got the notion, and by gum, them downtown slickers would perk up an’ pay attention when I swung through them swingin’ doors. That’s pretty good for a plain ol’ cow-poker like me, don’t ya think? Even if I never actually poked no cows. But ’bout the time me and her split the horse blankets, the old boy decided he didn’t want my gear taking up space in his bunkhouse no more, and that’s when I put a fresh coat o’ whitewash on my campaign buggy and went to doing the only thing I knew how to do. Other than being a billionaire’s son-inlaw, that is. Yup, from then on, I went to full-time politickin’, which meant I had to keep dancin’ a full-time cowboy two-step, or else people would think they were voting for just another tenderfoot in a tailored suit. So I found myself a pretty little ranchero down on the river to raise a heifer or two, got myself a calf ropin’ pard, and between trips to Washington, D.C., and trade missions to China, I got folks roundabouts convinced that if I had to, I could take out for Claude Dallas country, ride fence and plink coyotes for the rest o’ my days. U Ya know, just twixt you and me, that’s what all this fandango over those damn fool wolves is about. A feller like me what knows his way around a political gimmick cain’t help but figure that now ... couple, three weeks before another election … is one hell of an opportune time to strut down the center o’ High Noon Street and call out that Fish an’ Wildlife bunch for a showdown. And say, ain’t that why we like ol’ Shane so dang much? Or Marshal Dillon? Or ol’ Clint back in his Pale Rider period? ’Cause there they stand ... tall an’ alone … in the center o’ town when there’s a whole gang o’ gunslinging desperadoes against ’em, and they got no one on their side. Course, I got me some state lawyers on my side. And a slew of political advisors. And all the special interest fancy pants what have a stake in keepin’ Idaho gov’ment in their back pocket. And let’s face it ... in these parts, when you draw down on the feds, you got nearly every galoot with a deer rifle and a rusted-out 4x4 rig on your side. But what counts is who’s got the cameras pointed at ’em, ain’t that correct? An’ that’s what I aim t’ do, right up until I hang up my spurs and go to living off my government pensions. Keep them cameras pointed at me. Now, ’meego ... how’s about we throw the rest o’ them beans on the fire and get some shut-eye? Got me another fund-raising shindig to waller through tomorrow. An’ after that, I’m thinking ’bout heading up the hill t’ the official gov’ner’s mansion, just to see if I can go inside without getting that spooky feelin’ like someone don’t want me there.

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TOO PIG TO JAIL? Ban foreclosures now

SAN FRANCISCO—What would happen if you got caught forging a mortgage application? You’d go to jail. In Florida, an employee of GMAC Mortgage admitted under oath that he forged 10,000 foreclosure affidavits. This low-level schlub is one of countless “robo-signers” whom banks including GMAC, Bank of America, Citibank and JPMorganChase hired to kick American families out of their homes. Ignoring state banking laws, which require bank officers to review foreclosure documents, banks instead hired low-wage “Burger King kids,” as B of A execs called them, to sign thousands of foreclosures. Many were signed under someone else’s name. Hundreds of thousands of foreclosures— maybe millions—were processed illegally. “Behind the question of improper foreclosure documentation lies a more important issue of whether lenders even have legal standing to foreclose because they lack the original mortgage note as required by law,” reports The New York Times. One guy was evicted from his house in Florida despite the fact that his mortgage had been paid off years earlier. Thousands of people who purchased illegally foreclosed properties may not have a legal title. When the scandal broke on Oct. 8 the banks declared a temporary moratorium on foreclosures. Two weeks later, they declared the whole fuss a simple matter of paperwork and resumed their work of reducing millions of jobless Americans to homelessness. “There is not a single case where a foreclosure was made in error,” said B of A spokesman Dan Frahm. “The facts supporting the

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foreclosures are correct.” Bank of America plans to evict 102,000 families next month alone. “These are banks going to court and committing fraud,” said Ira Rheingold of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. “For them to say this is a minor technical problem is mind-boggling.” It is time to stop foreclosures. Not for a few weeks. Not temporarily. Forever. At this writing millions of American families are in default on their mortgages. It’s only going to get worse. The global economy is still tanking. And the Obama administration hasn’t even bothered to propose a jobs program. If this keeps up, we’ll all be living outside while our empty former homes fall apart. It’s not as though banks don’t have other ways to induce people to meet their monthly nut. If you default, they can trash your credit rating. Good luck getting another mortgage. Even if you don’t care about common decency or social stability, consider the cause of justice: The banks are criminal enterprises. Their executives are gangsters who think nothing of charging 40 percent interest on credit cards and lines of credit. The banks don’t deserve to get “their” houses back through foreclosure. We need neighborhoods to form mutualdefense organizations. When a family gets evicted, everyone should help them move back in and keep out the fraud-happy banksters. What of the banks? Lock them in prison. And seize their property. Or, if they’re “too big to fail,” rescue them—through nationalization. A nationalized bank might still do evil, but their profits would belong to us.



Ed Jackson (Mountain Home Air Force Base), Ted Hutchinson (Ada County), Rachele Klein (Allied Waste) and Paul Woods (Boise Public Works) inspect the city’s new glass crusher.

“WE’RE QUIETLY PRAYING” Boise’s possible solutions to the mountain of glass GEORGE PRENTICE No good deed goes unpunished. In its effort to divert glass away from landfills, Boise has created a Foothills-sized predicament. But Megan Kershner, the city’s solid waste program coordinator remains optimistic. “Boise’s taking the lead on this,” said Kershner. “I know for a fact that people from Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell drive here just to drop off their used bottles at our collection sites. It’s because no one else has a glass recycling program.” It is Kershner’s job to oversee 17 glass dropoff sites at fire stations and retail and grocery parking lots across Boise. In addition to those, 13 more private glass collection dumpsters sit outside Boise restaurants and taverns. They all fill up fast. The newest public location, outside of Albertsons on Vista Ave., now reaches capacity on a weekly basis. “It’s a good thing,” said Kershner of glass recycling while escorting a load out to property owned by the Ada County Highway District south of Boise. Maybe too good. Two 4-year-old mountains of glass now stand south of Boise, and officials with the highway district aren’t too happy about it (BW, News, “The Glass Ceiling,” Oct. 27, 2010). “You know anybody who needs some bottles?” joked Jim Michaelson, ACHD’s maintenance superintendent. About seven years ago, ACHD and Boise officials agreed that the city could bring its glass to the highway district, where it would be ground up and used as an aggregate for road construction. “Bad idea,” Michaelson told BW from his ACHD office. “We did it as a trial basis, and there was never a formal agreement.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

But glass hasn’t been crushed there, or anywhere in Idaho, for nearly four years. The old crusher at ACHD broke down and was never replaced. “We haven’t been building many roads, and when we do, we usually subcontract the job out,” said Michaelson. Michaelson looked out on the acres of glass and compared the scene to the size of two football fields, each about 30 feet high. The city received a formal communication from ACHD, saying it could no longer send its glass to the South Boise location. And that was in August. “They gave us some time to come up with an alternative,” said Paul Woods, manager of the city’s Environmental Division, part of Boise’s Public Works Department. “We’ve asked Allied Waste [Boise’s trash hauler] to put together a plan where we could offer residential curbside glass collection.” Such a big change to Boise’s trash program would be by subscription only. “They’re going to give us some suggested rates, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes to about $10 more a month,” said Woods. It’s a tough sell, but Woods is convinced that the more Boiseans who subscribe, the more the cost would gradually decrease. “In all of our surveys, almost everyone says, ‘Yes, I want curbside glass recycling.’ But almost as many people say, ‘No, I don’t want to pay anything more,’” conceded Woods. So what would subscribers be paying for? “Right now, we’d have to haul all of the glass to crushing companies in Portland, [Ore.], or Salt Lake City,” said Woods, shaking his head. “Not one company in Idaho does anything with mass amounts of used glass.”

Boise’s self-described trash czarina, Catherine Chertudi who is the city’s environmental programs manager, said the city has some new ideas about how to solve the problem. “For instance, we’re getting a new glass crusher,” said Chertudi. “Well, maybe not new, but it’s pretty exciting. Now we just have to convince someone to get into the glass crushing business.” Chertudi said Boise recently purchased an used glass crusher from Mountain Home Air Force Base. The base had been misusing the equipment to crush spent ammunition shell casings. Through the federal surplus system, Boise bid for the equipment and easily won. “I think the official description is ‘screaming good deal,’” laughed Kershner. She’s right. New, the equipment is worth close to $500,000 and though its current value is at least $20,000, the city of Boise paid only $250. There weren’t any other bidders. The crusher is being tested by Environmental Abrasives, a 10-year-old subsidiary of Boise-based Nelson Construction. “We’re all quietly praying,” said Kershner. “In a perfect world, we would collect the glass, send it to Environmental Abrasives, and they could turn it into a marketable industrial product.” But Kershner cautions not to look for a profit for the city. “Boise wants to recycle glass because it’s the right thing to do, not because it’s going to make us any money. When the economy bottomed out, a lot of cities across the nation ended their recycling programs. Not just pieces of it but recycling altogether. For this city to keep this program going, and also look for new alternatives, well that’s commitment.”

IS STEVEN TEPPER SUPERMAN? The great debate over public education in America made its way to the big screen as the controversial Waiting for Superman (BW, Screen, “Waiting for Superman,”Oct. 20, 2010) opened this past week in Boise. The documentary and its director Davis Guggenheim, of Inconvenient Truth fame, boldly claim that the education we’re providing our children is woefully unable to prepare them for the real world. Steven Tepper of Vanderbilt University echoes a similar charge: We need to update the nation’s universities. He brought his message to Boise State on Oct. 19 as part of the program “Time for a ‘C’ Change in Higher Education,” sponsored by the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In a challenge to higher ed in general, and Boise State in particular, Tepper said, “If you’re not surprised every day, there’s a problem.” Tepper is associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. “It’s about building knowledge across disciplines, about making the classes our students pick a part of learning, rather than just unrelated stepping stones to a degree,” said Tepper. “College is supposed to be about interrogation. Unfortunately, many of my own students have no idea how to approach a creative question.” “What makes a modern company like Google so successful?” challenged Tepper. “They weren’t the first in their field, and they weren’t doing things that other companies hadn’t. Rather, they succeeded not because of the ‘what,’ but because of the ‘why.’ As evidenced by their sprawling fun house-style campus, their play-as-work and work-as-play mentality has been part of their continued growth. The whole persona of their company asks for one thing: creativity. Let your inner curiosity guide your work.” Tepper said the same “Google logic” was behind select universities pushing to make creativity inherent in every degree. “They’re starting off small, like Michigan State’s Work/Play North Campus, Dartmouth’s Innovation ‘Play Cube,’ and Syracuse’s Co-Lab, essentially a ‘make shit happen’ room,” said Tepper. Both Superman and Tepper suggest that it is attitude that matters in changing the education system. They suggest radically rethinking curricula, the quality of teachers and how students learn. “Ever ything has changed in the last 100 years— shouldn’t education?” asked Tepper. –Andrew Crisp

“My students have no idea how to approach a creative question.”

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KATE KELLY “It’s someone else’s turn now.” GEORGE PRENTICE

What are your memories of the late senator? What a guy. Clint was so gracious. To me, he had the most wonderful sense of humor. I was looking at some old pictures of him and he was smiling in everyone one of them. Clint was probably my mentor more than anybody. I had worked in the State Attorney General’s Office for five years and the Department of Environmental Quality for six years. I helped write laws and I regularly testified before the legislature, and sometimes I thought, “I could do that job,” and in some cases I thought, “I could do that job better.” So the first person I called was Clint Stennett and he gave me more encouragement than anyone. Do you think politics is a noble profession? Absolutely. I believe more than ever in our democracy. It’s a beautiful system contingent on elections, but voters need to make informed decisions and stay engaged.

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So why did you step away? People always say to me “the politics must have just worn you down.” But that wasn’t it at all. My problem was that before I ran for office, I had never thought about what a financial stress it would be. What does the position of state senator pay? $16,000 a year. While I served in the legislature, I applied for a couple of legal jobs that I really wanted. The employers said “we’d love to have you, but we can’t let you go for three, four or five months a year.” What put me over the edge was when I became Minority Leader two years ago. It’s essentially a full time job. I had to supervise staff and travel across the state regularly for committee, commission and task force meetings. And of course, every two years I had competitive campaigns to run. How much did it cost you to run? I had to raise $80,000 every time. And I find it hard to believe when I hear about some legislators waging a campaign for only $30,000. How do you handicap the race for governor between Keith Allred and C.L. “Butch” Otter? Keith has done a great job and come so far with his political base. But Gov. Otter is sophisticated, and I think people are very loyal to incumbents and the bar is that much higher. Sometimes I think incumbents have to do what Larry Craig did before they have to lose. Do you think the next legislative session will be even more austere? I do. If Otter gets re-elected and the State Senate takes a further turn to the right, I think it’s going to get uglier.


Kate Kelly is sitting this Election Day out. After six years in the Idaho Legislature, Kelly decided to step down as one of only seven Democrats in the 35-member state Senate. “You have truly enhanced my life,” said Kelly on March 29, the final day of the 2010 session. “It’s been a wonderful experience.” Kelly is a single mom to three sons: a 20year-old studying pre-med at Tufts University in Boston, a 19-year-old who will soon start the University of Idaho’s pre-law program, and a 16-year-old at Boise High. When BW sat down with Kelly on Oct. 15 to talk politics, the conversation was a bit melancholy. Her friend and colleague Sen. Clint Stennett had passed away several hours earlier. Following a long battle with brain cancer, Stennett died at his Ketchum home at the age of 54.

What’s the state of the Democratic Party in Idaho? We have a difficult time growing our “farm team.” Because Democrats hardly hold any major statewide offices and can’t make key appointments, it’s difficult to nurture new political talent. At least Congressman Walt Minnick has afforded us some of those opportunities. Aren’t there a slew of Republican legislators who will retire soon? They’ve been saying that for years. But they hang on. We have the oldest legislature in the country. Have you seen those pictures at the Capitol of lawmakers 10 or 20 years ago? It’s the same guys as today. You known, people stop me all the time in the grocery store telling me they were disappointed that I had stepped down. I’ve received hundreds of e-mails and letters from across the state saying how disappointed they were in my decision. It was like a knife in my heart every time. I had no idea that I had touched so many people. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, my new response is, “It’s someone else’s turn now. Why don’t you run for public office?” I put in my six years. Maybe I inspired someone else to run. But isn’t it possible that some day you might return to politics? Everything’s possible. Even in Idaho.



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onventional wisdom tells us that a statewide campaign is a marathon of fundraising, handshaking and speechmaking. But the same wisdom tells us that there are critical moments when media, issues and candidates collide, and it is in those moments that a campaign’s mettle is tested. Debates naturally fall into the critical category, and while each encounter between Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Keith Allred has been engaging, neither side scored any punishing blows. But there have been other critical moments, some expected, most spontaneous, where both campaigns had ample opportunity to seize not only the moment but undecided votes. One of those moments came at high noon, Jan. 11, 2010. Otter, in an overly long State of the State address, took dead aim at public school funding. He also proposed taking a cleaver to Idaho parks, public television, the Human Rights Commission and the Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Lawmakers, department heads and the media were shell-shocked. Allred, who had only launched his campaign a month earlier, made himself available for interviews. When the critical moment came to step before an anxious media, Allred asked if the cameras and recorders were rolling and cleared his throat.

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“What Idaho needs right now is a governor who understands Idahoans are as capable as we’ve ever been, and we can come barreling out of this downturn if we have the right vision.” The words were neither memorable nor appropriate for the moment. But Otter’s speech showed him as ready and willing to take Idaho into a new era of austerity not seen in two generations. Through the next three months, while Otter and the Republican-driven legislature crafted wholesale changes to Idaho, Allred stayed in the weeds. When headlines trumpeted budget slashing to public schools and Health and Welfare, Allred was fundraising in living rooms across the state. While Otter was setting the pace to the 2010 race, it would be months before Allred could begin catching up. Ten months later, on Oct. 23, Allred stood on the steps of an empty Capitol lambasting Otter on Medicaid (which saw its problems surface in July), mega-loads on Highway 12 (another controversy which erupted in July) and wolves (where a key ruling from a federal judge came down in August). At the same moment in Eastern Idaho, Otter was announcing the creation of a new Allstate call center with 500 new jobs. While Allred was catching up, Otter had shifted the issue again. Through the final weeks of the 2010 campaign, Boise Weekly sent reporters to each corner of Idaho to question voters and pundits on how they would deconstruct the race for governor. Even voters who considered themselves independent or conservative told us they initially would have opted to vote for anyone but Otter, but in the end, probably wouldn’t. Some of our findings include: UÊ7ˆ`iÊÃÜ>̅ÃʜvÊۜÌiÀÃÊÜiÀiʏœœŽˆ˜}Ê for a strong alternative to Otter. UʘÊiµÕ>Þʏ>À}iÊLœVŽÊœvÊۜÌiÀÃÊÜiÀiÊ only vaguely familiar with Allred, the man, but not at all with his issues or platform. UÊ>˜ÞÊۜÌiÀÃʘœÀ̅ʜvÊ̅iÊ{x̅ʫ>À>iÊ said they felt “disengaged” from the race and, at times, ignored. UʘÊëˆÌiʜvÊ܅>ÌÊiˆÌ…iÀʏÀi`ʜÀÊ"ÌÌiÀÊ said, or didn’t say, in Eastern Idaho, a candidate’s faith matters. Understanding that anything from a fullblown scandal to a game-changing revelation could tilt the results come Election Day, here’s what we found in the six regions of Idaho.




COUNTIES Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone

COUNTIES Adams, Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Nez Perce, Valley, Washington



2006 ELECTION Otter won Benewah, Boundary and Kootenai Counties

2006 ELECTION Otter won each county except Latah, Nez Perce and Valley



n the rural counties of the North Idaho Panhandle, people sometimes feel like they live in the land that electoral politics forgot. Pundits have a tendency to write the region off as a haven for extremists, while candidates most often just assume voters will side with whoever best tickles their conservative fancy. This election, however, might see Northern Idaho end up playing a much bigger role. “I think Allred is going to do much better in Eastern Idaho and the Magic Valley than Democrats have done in recent history,” said Jasper LiCalzi, chair of the Political Economy Department at the College of Idaho. “Allred will do well in Boise also, and Otter will do well on the western side of the valley. So then that leaves it up to the North. “It’ll be the first statewide election in 20 years that we’ll have to wait for the late returns from North Idaho,” he said. But that might come as a surprise to people who actually live in the counties north of Moscow. This election season—and the gubernatorial campaigns in particular— has been eerily quiet. “Most people around here probably think it’s a foregone conclusion, and it hasn’t garnered much attention,” said Richard Tanksley, an instructor of political science at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. “The campaign ads, the media coverage hasn’t been nearly that of the Minnick-Labrador race, simply because it’s not considered to be as contested. “Based on the governor’s race in 2006 from Shoshone, Kootenai, Benewah and Bonner counties, Otter lost only in Shoshone County, and Bonner County was relatively close. I do not see why there would be that much change in Northern Idaho,” Tanksley said. Part of the reason for that is the difficulty of using media in the region. All the major


television and radio stations broadcast out of Spokane, Wash., and the most widely read newspaper in the region—the SpokesmanReview—is also based in Spokane. “You’re wasting a lot of your money up there because it’s going to a lot of people in Washington who can’t vote,” said LiCalzi. That leaves good, old-fashioned handshaking, baby kissing and door knocking, but again, Otter and Allred have focused their attentions almost exclusively in Southern and Eastern Idaho. And while Allred visited Sandpoint and Lewiston as part of his forum series, and Otter drew a crowd for an event in Post Falls and passed through North Idaho on the GOP’s bus tour on Oct. 22, it’s hard not to notice how low profile the race has remained. And that works to Otter’s benefit, Tanksley said. “Otter has the advantage of incumbency, and though the economy in Northern Idaho is far from its potential, Otter has not had any large mishaps that would derail his campaign,” he said. As governor, Otter has been on hand to cut the ribbon at several large road and bridge projects, including the $98 million Sand Creek Byway in Sandpoint. Holding a golden shovel is almost always campaign gold. “It might be said that Otter can take credit for the federal government’s shovelready projects in Idaho, while Obama and Congress can be accused of fiscal irresponsibility and have gained only the ire of many voters,” Tanksley said. “That’s the advantage that incumbents have,” LiCalzi agreed. As political legend and 21-year Chicago Mayor Richard Daley used to say, “Challengers don’t cut ribbons.” And Otter has cut a lot of ribbons in the last three and a half years.



he sign outside the Church of Christ in Lewiston reads: “You Never Learn Anything With Your Mouth Open.” KRLC, Lewiston’s “hometown” AM radio station, broadcasts a call-in show that features very little sniping or arguments from the political fringes. While many Idahoans label themselves as independent, it is perhaps North Central Idaho that “walks the walk,” with Nez Perce county sending Republican Joe Stegner to the Idaho Senate for 12 years, yet turning thumbs down to Otter in 2006 and even his predecessor, former Republican Gov. Dirk Kempthorne in 2002. Pete Gertonson likes a side order of politics with his morning coffee at Sage Bakery, a downtown Lewiston hangout for the politically engaged. Gertonson, a Democrat, has decided to test the political waters himself, running for Nez Perce County commissioner. “Our voter base is very independent,” said Gertonson. “It can swing either way depending on the candidate. If there is no solid opposition, voters usually go Republican, but if there is a quality candidate waging a solid campaign, it doesn’t matter which party they’re in. They’ll carry this region.” So what catapults a “quality” candidate in Idaho’s second largest city? “Robo-calls irritate the hell out of us,” said Gertonson. “Here, it’s all about good old-fashioned retail politics. Door to door. Person to person.” Gertonson said people in his region were pretty miffed when the Otter campaign opted out of a previously scheduled debate in Lewiston. “If Otter had come here to debate, he’d have a really good chance of looking dumb,” said Gertonson. “We had plenty of questions, especially about the possibility of mega-loads travelling across U.S. 12.” He was referring to the controversy surrounding the possibility of huge pieces of oil equipment travelling

across north-central Idaho (BW, News, “Taking the Scenic Route,” July 7, 2010). “People here are pretty upset about it,” said Gertonson. One might think that the Otter campaign would feel a little more love at North Central Idaho’s GOP headquarters. But not so much. “I’d personally like to get rid of Otter,” GOP volunteer Denice Osterberg told BW while she was surrounded by Otter campaign signs in the middle of Republican headquarters for Nez Perce, Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho and Latah counties. “I’m a staunch Republican,” Osterberg said. “But I know a lot of us conservatives were really looking for an alternative to Otter. I think he sold us down the river.” Jocelyn Parkhurst keeps her eye on all things political. It’s her job. She teaches national and international politics at Lewiston’s Lewis-Clark State College. “I’m pretty certain my students cover all sides of the political spectrum,” said Parkhurst. “If anything, they lean more conservative.” But Parkhurst bemoans a lack of engagement in Idaho’s political season. “I look out the window and all I see is green space,” said Parkhurst. “Not just on campus, but throughout the region. Where are the billboards? Where’s the campaign signs? You’d be hard pressed to determine if there was an election coming up.” At least Gertonson knows that an election is coming up. He’ll be sharing the ballot with Allred. “I think Keith Allred will carry Nez Perce,” said Gertonson. “But I think there are a lot more votes on the table. I like Allred, but I’ve gotten to know him. I think if people saw him in the Lewiston area more often, retail politics would give him a solid plurality.”

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SOUTHWEST IDAHO COUNTIES Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette APPROXIMATE POPULATION 651,716 2006 ELECTION Otter won each county except Ada



hen it comes to politics, Idaho’s great divide is neither the Rocky MounÌ>ˆ˜ÃʘœÀÊ̅iÊ{x̅ʫ>À>i]ÊLÕÌÊ܅iÀiÊ̅iÊ Treasure Valley is split at the Ada-Canyon county line. Simply put, Ada leans toward Democratic candidates, Canyon tends to vote Republican. In 2006, Democratic challenger Jerry Brady handily defeated Otter in Ada County by 7,000 votes, and Otter swamped Brady in Canyon County by more than 10,000 votes. [Disclosure: Michael Ames, a contributor to this article, worked for the Brady campaign in 2006.] But if insiders are looking for nuanced trends come election night, they may want to look deep inside Ada County, where four key districts could readily indicate whether Allred can break through Otter’s political armor. In the heart of left-leaning Ada, these four neighborhoods continue to grow in size, and with them, Republican inroads: UÊ`>Ê œÕ˜ÌÞ½Ãʘˆ˜Ì…Ê«ÀiVˆ˜VÌʈÃÊLœÀ`iÀi`Ê by State Street and Chinden Boulevard and Meridian Road. Otter picked up 62 percent of the vote there four years ago. UÊ*ÀiVˆ˜VÌÃÊ{ÓÊ>˜`Ê{ÎÊ>ÀiÊLœÀ`iÀi`ÊLÞÊ Ustick, Franklin, Ten Mile and McDermott roads. While Democrats won smaller, surrounding neighborhoods, Otter secured preVˆ˜VÌÃÊ{ÓÊ>˜`Ê{ÎÊLÞÊÈÓÊ«iÀVi˜ÌʜvÊ̅iÊۜÌi° UÊ*ÀiVˆ˜VÌÊ££Çʈ˜ÊÜÕ̅ÜiÃÌÊ`>Ê œÕ˜ÌÞʈÃÊ bordered by McDermott, Meridian, Amity and Hubbard roads. In a neighborhood that grew by more than 33 percent since 2000, Otter won in 2006 with 62 percent of the vote. Poll watchers will be keeping a close eye on each key precinct come election night. Across the Ada County line sits Idaho’s fastest growing county and, according to the U.S. Census, Canyon County is the 39th fastest growing county in the United States. Canyon County’s biggest media outlet, KTRV Fox 12, recorded Allred and Otter’s

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advertising spending at roughly even in September with $8,500 and $8,800 respectively. But the numbers shifted dramatically ˆ˜Ê"V̜LiÀÊ̜Êf{]ÇääÊvœÀʏÀi`Ê>`ÊLÕÞÃÊ>˜`Ê a whopping $17,500 for Otter ads. Otter recently joined a GOP bus tour in Canyon County, stopping at schools and private and public clubs along the way. But according to campaign records, Allred hasn’t hosted a high-profile event in Nampa, Caldwell, or surrounding towns since appearing at a debate at Caldwell’s College of Idaho on Oct. 13. Of the county’s estimated 186,000 residents, Idaho’s Department of Labor reports 21.5 percent are Hispanic, a 62 percent leap from 2000. The Nampa-based Idaho Hispanic Caucus, anxious to participate in the hotly contested race, sent out a questionnaire to both candidates with questions surrounding issues that it says are important to Hispanics. A caucus official said he was surprised by the response and the non-response to the questionnaire. “The only candidate in the gubernatorial race that responded was Keith Allred,” said Alex Zamora. “The candidates say they want us to be a part of the conversation. The lack of response from the Otter campaign doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t want Latinos involved, but I think that’s pretty telling.” In the end, the caucus opted to throw its support behind Allred. “We’re supporting Mr. Allred because of his involvement with the Latino population of Idaho,” said Zamora. The Otter campaign chose not to comment on the questionnaire or endorsement. Zamora said Canyon County and its evergrowing Hispanic population could be the gubernatorial race’s biggest wild card. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

CENTRAL IDAHO COUNTIES Blaine, Butte, Camas, Custer APPROXIMATE POPULATION 29,862 2006 ELECTION Otter won each county except Blaine



f Idaho politics had a custom-themed Monopoly board, the Wood River Valley would be where politicians “Pass Go.” For candidates of both parties and for nearly any office—from governor to congress and even local county commissioners—having deep-pocketed friends in Sun Valley is smart politics and a fundraising necessity. Politically, this is Democratic territory, a liberal island in a conservative sea, a place where NPR plays on two stations—but good luck finding Glenn Beck on your AM radio dial (seriously, try it). So when the Idaho GOP bus tour rolled through the valley on Oct. 22, it was a change of scenery in the usually static stage-craft of Idaho political theater. The first stop of the day was in Hailey, and the bus—plastered with signs for every statewide Republican candidate—parked across the street from the Sun Valley Brewery. Days earlier, the brewery’s roof had been freshly painted a brilliant red, but Republicans shouldn’t get too excited. The owners said they just needed a new coat of paint. “If anything, I think just about everybody here is a Democrat,” one of the brewery’s bartenders told BW. A hundred yards or so down the street is the Blaine County Democratic headquarters. Otter didn’t seem to notice. “The politics is changing dramatically,” Otter told BW. “I’ve had a lot of Democrats come out and say, ‘We are usually on the Democrats’ side, but we appreciate how you balanced the budget and are encouraging business creation, so we’re crossing over.’” The GOP road show had been met by substantial crowds earlier that day. A reception in Burley met the bus with more than 300 residents. Republican operatives said the response in Gooding was “incredible.” But in Hailey, not so much. Only about 15


stood in the Sun Valley Brewery parking lot. Otter faces a tough sell in most of the Wood River Valley, but the Idaho GOP could certainly get some overflow from independents caught up in the national anti-President Barack Obama frenzy, even in Sun Valley. How realistic are Otter’s hopes? In 2006, Otter was clobbered by Jerry Brady’s 70 percent of the vote in Blaine County. Otter won a few districts in the county, like Carey and Picabo. He also fared well in Sun Valley, an enclave of Republican retirees. But in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue, Otter didn’t top 32 percent in 2006. In all of Blaine County, Hailey was the most lopsidedly Democratic town, where 76 percent of voters chose Brady. Allred is poised to not only win Blaine County but potentially outdo Brady’s success here. Though Allred is from Twin Falls, the Allred family goes back a long way in Central Idaho. At campaign events, Allred notes that his family was one of the original ranches to drive cattle and sheep up over Galena Pass to the Sawtooth Valley. “If you go into the Pioneer Saloon and you order one of their giant steaks, they bring it out on a plate with the brands of all the family ranches in the area,” said campaign spokesman [and former BW editor] Shea Andersen. “The ‘A’ on that plate stands for Allred.” Local elected officials, like Wendy Jaquet, former Idaho House Minority Leader, are in full-throated support of Allred. And in the closing weeks, quiet fundraisers will help bankroll Allred’s insurgent attacks. Blaine County votes Democratic, and this year will be no exception. For Otter, the best he can hope for is to minimize the damage. For Allred, this is his base.

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COUNTIES Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls APPROXIMATE POPULATION 153,543 2006 ELECTION Otter won each county



hen the sun sets in Twin Falls, the huge, neon martini on the roof of the Turf Club comes alive. It’s an inviting beacon at one of the oldest and most beloved social halls in the Magic Valley. But on Oct. 21, the Turf Club was host to a more sober kind of business. The Kiwanis Club of Twin Falls was hosting a Meet Keith Allred luncheon for the Democratic challenger for governor. The Turf Club “is world famous,” Alex Allred said as he unpacked boxes of brochures and bumper-stickers for his older brother’s bid for Boise’s highest office. The Allreds are from Twin Falls, but one gets the sense that they have spent substantial educational time outside of their native Magic Valley. “I’ve been in other countries, and when I tell people that I’m from Twin Falls, Idaho, they ask me about the Turf Club,” the younger Allred said. Keith Allred still likes to remind voters that he’s a real Idahoan—a horseback-riding, cattle-ranch-tending kind of guy. Kay Hummel, an Allred supporter from Boise, made the trip to Twin Falls to champion Allred’s cowboy credentials. “Butch is always out there on his horse,” said Hummel. “But I bet Keith could outride Butch any day.” At the Turf Club, when Allred told the story of a challenging summer on his grandfather’s cattle ranch, there was a clear sense of what this Harvard-educated, Ivy League professor was up to. It wasn’t just about proving that he’s not really, not by blood at least, a Democrat. The cattle ranch story is ultimately about the fact that no one political party can claim title to a state’s heritage. A Republican Idahoan, Allred seemed to say, is no more authentic than any other Idahoan. This year, some Idaho Republicans are in full agreement. Laird Noh is a GOP veteran from Kimberly and a Republican who served Twin Falls ˆ˜Ê̅iÊ`>…œÊi}ˆÃ>ÌÕÀiÊvœÀÊÓ{ÊÞi>ÀðʘÊÓääÈ]Ê

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he chaired Jim Risch’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor in Twin Falls County. This year, he switched sides; Noh is the state co-chair for the Allred campaign and one of a dozen outspoken Republicans for Allred. Twin Falls businessman Mark Melni said that there has been a perennial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy about supporting Democrats in Twin Falls. But according to Noh, this year might be different. “It’s hard to find negatives with Keith Allred,” Noh said of the silver-haired professor with the sterling resume. As polls tighten—Allred trailed in the Magic Valley and Eastern Idaho by just 6 points in the most recent poll—Noh thinks the Otter camp is “getting desperate.” “His opponent wants to somehow say that because Keith taught at Harvard, that is a negative,” Noh said. “To that I say: Harvardgraduate Mike Crapo is a capable U.S. senator for Idaho. Harvard-graduate Walt Minnick is a capable Congressional representative. The Boise Cascade Corporation was founded by Harvard Business School graduates.” But how does a Democrat win in Idaho? What about anti-Democratic fervor in the Magic Valley? What about the 3,000 more votes that Otter won over Democrat Jerry Brady in Twin Falls in 2006? Noh is a soft-spoken politician. He’s not into fervor. Before now, he had never set foot in a Democratic event. But when he looks at today’s GOP, both within Idaho and nationwide, he sees “real angst about what has happened among practical Republicans.” In the Tea Party, he said he sees a movement of “ex-John Birch Society types” and infighting between the establishment and the fringe that “is not serving us well.” Sitting in a high-back, black-leather booth at the Turf Club, Noh—the Republican cochair of a Democratic campaign—seemed free of all that turmoil. He even seemed confident. In Twin Falls, Noh said, “Butch is running scared.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


COUNTIES Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Caribou, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Power, Teton APPROXIMATE POPULATION 344,351 2006 ELECTION Otter won each county except Bannock and Teton



n the morning of Sept. 21, the Allred and Otter campaigns woke up to a minor political tremor. Not enough to crack the foundation, but certainly enough to shake things up. A survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research indicated that Southeast Idaho was very much in play. According to the poll, Otter’s margin in Southeast Idaho was only 6 percent over Allred with 13 percent of those questioned saying they were still undecided. David Adler, director of the University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy said what many had been thinking. “I think Allred’s religion is one of his niches in this race,” said Adler. A lot of Eastern Idahoans BW spoke to agree, at least privately. With few exceptions, none wanted their names printed, yet almost all said their faith mattered in every part of their lives, including politics. Each was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Each said they were voting for Allred. Allred is a former LDS missionary to Germany, a Sunday school teacher and has twice served as a bishop in the Mormon church. However, Allred did everything but run away from the issue when BW asked him about the importance of his faith. “I hope that no one will vote for me or against me because of my faith,” Allred responded. The most blatant exploitation of faith in the gubernatorial race came on Oct. 6, not from the Allred camp but during two Otter campaign rallies, one in Idaho Falls and another in Boise. Otter wrote a political IOU when one-time presidential hopeful and one of the nation’s most famous Mormons, Mitt Romney parachuted in for some politicking. It wasn’t Romney who took direct aim at fellow Mormon Allred, but rather Idaho Falls multi-millionaire Frank Vandersloot. “Keith Allred has been sending Eastern WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Idaho Mormon’s the message, ‘I’m Mormon so vote for me because I’m one of you guys.’ My answer to that is, well, Harry Reid is a Mormon.” Democratic Sen. and Majority Leader Reid is in the fight for his political life in Nevada. Allred responded cautiously. “It’s unfortunate that Frank Vandersloot wants to use religious and partisan labels to distract people from the actual positions held by the candidates.” A week and a half later, Sharon Parry of Idaho Falls stirred the faith pot once more. Parry knows a thing or two about politics, and a thing or two about Otter. She’s an Idaho Falls Republican who coordinated Otter’s campaign in Bonneville County in 2006. In a guest column in the Idaho Falls’ Post Register, Parry said Allred had been endorsed by Clayton Christensen, a prominent Republican Mormon. The op-ed set off a tornado of blog posts, opinions and personal slams aimed at Parry, Allred and anyone who supported, or for that matter, opposed them. The Post Register’s government reporter Corey Taule even weighed in, writing, “Parry should have known better than to play the Mormon card.” The El Herradero in Pocatello is known by locals as the place to get the most food for the least money. Most lunch hour patrons identified themselves to BW as Republican and members of the LDS faith. And most said they were voting for Allred. “What’s he afraid of?” asked Jacob Lam, a 50-something early retiree. “Allred should just start talking publicly about being Mormon. It’s a good thing.” Meanwhile, Otter hasn’t mentioned Allred’s faith once, at least publicly. As for his own, when BW asked him to explain how his faith informs him, Otter wasn’t shy at all. He replied: “As a Catholic, I turn to my faith often. My faith is most definitely a guiding principle in my work and in my everyday life.”

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THURSDAY OCT. 28 music Giant eagle vs. mega dragon. Cinema magic.

THURSDAY OCT. 28 conference 27TH ANNUAL FRANK CHURCH CONFERENCE Youtube is rife with animal battles to the death. Spider vs. mouse. Centipede vs. tarantula. Praying mantis vs. scorpion. This animal kingdom WWF even weaseled its way into the Hollywood mainstream with films like Eagle vs. Shark and Giant Shark vs. Mega Octopus. On Thursday, Oct. 28, at the 27th annual Frank Church Conference, a very different—and much more peaceful—meeting of animals will take place with Eagle and Dragon: The U.S. and China in the 21st Century. The day-long conference will explore economic, political and cultural relations between American and China and feature a number of experts on the world’s top two powerhouse economies. The conference’s keynote address will be delivered by David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Other experts speaking at the conference include Robert Oxnam, former president of the Asia Society; Jeff Snyder-Reinke, professor of Asian history at the College of Idaho; Ruan Zongze, minister counselor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; and Shelton Woods, professor of Chinese studies at Boise State. Except for Shambaugh’s lunch address, which costs $35, all lectures are free and open to the public. In tandem with the conference, there will also be an International Economic Summit focusing on international trade for college and advanced high school students. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, lunch address $35, registration required. Boise State Student Union Simplot Ballroom, 208-426-2941,

THURSDAYSUNDAY OCT. 28-31 books FALL BOOK SALE AT THE LIBRARY The librar y’s fall book sale is sort of like that scene in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast when the Beast flings open the heavy,

musty curtains in his secret librar y to reveal billions of books stretching up to the ceiling. But instead of lifting your petticoats to coast across hardbacks on a sliding ladder, you get to dig through mounds of new and used books—classics, pocket and trade paperbacks, computer books, coffee table books and cookbooks. And bibliophobes, fret not: Books aren’t the only

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draw to the librar y’s fall book sale because the sale will also feature a limited selection of videos and music. But unlike the spring sale, when you can score super rare, hand-scrawled Neil Young bootlegs and Some Girls on vinyl for 50 cents, we hear the musical selection at the fall sale tends to lean heavily toward holiday classics. So if you’re looking to beef up your Perr y Cuomo collection, this

ELF POWER Elf Power has been crafting psych pop/indie folk since Devendra Banhart was in middle school. The Athens, Ga., act formed in 1994 and is comprised of Andrew Rieger (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Hughes (guitar), Derek Almstead (bass), Laura Carter (keyboards) and Eric Harris (drums). The fivesome is also part of the Elephant 6 Collective, a defunct record label and group of buddies, which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, The Apples in Stereo, The Olivia Tremor Control and Beulah. With 10 full-length albums under their belt—including everything from 1997’s fantasy concept album When the Red King Comes to 2004’s Walking with the Beggar Boys—Elf Power has remained a powerful, if under-the-radar, indie force. On the current tour, which includes a stop at Visual Arts Collective on Thursday, Oct. 28, Elf Power will also feature a screening of their short film Major Organ and the Adding Machine. The film is a companion piece to their latest self-titled album and includes cameos by a number of Elephant 6 notables. With Storie Grub and the Holy Wars. 8 p.m., $8. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297,

book sale is more your bag. Hosted by the Friends of the Boise Public Librar y, the biannual sale runs from Thursday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 31. Last year’s sales raised more than $140,000 to benefit the librar y. A special preview night for Friends of Boise Public Librar y members goes down on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., and new members can join at the door. Sadly for superdeal seekers, the fall book sale doesn’t offer by-thebag specials. Thursday, Oct. 28-Friday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 31, noon-4 p.m. Hayes Auditorium, Boise Main Librar y, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4198, boisepubliclibrar

SATURDAYSUNDAY OCT. 30-31 spooks HALLOWEEN EVENTS Some say it’s demented. Some say that they can’t be scared. Some might even think it’s silly. The pur veyors of Nampa’s Haunted World beg to differ. “Gristle” and his dearly departed wife still haunt the farm they once owned, as the legend goes. The corn grows high due to the bodies buried in the ground beneath it, and the buildings have been abandoned over the course of years due to tales of vanishing strangers who strayed too close. If you dare, take a tour of the house, grounds and fields that comprise the

Northwest’s largest haunted spot. Plan on spending a couple of hours—you might need time to recover in the gift shop and concession area. Frightful festivities start at dusk each night through Sunday, Oct. 31. Dusk-10 p.m. MondayThursday, dusk-midnight Friday-Saturday, $18, corner of Chinden and Northside boulevards, Nampa, If you prefer that your chills come in a more refined manner, don’t miss Jekyll and Hyde on stage at the Nampa Civic Center. Music Theatre of Idaho’s musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s creepy stor y about the chemical-induced personality transformation of the good Dr. Jekyll is sure to give pause to even the most stalwart of dispositions. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

TUESDAY NOV. 2 skulls

Lon Chaney will “socket” to you.

FRIDAY OCT. 29 film PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Early silent film star Lon Chaney took grotesque to a new level. The attractive actor had the uncanny ability to transform himself into hideous characters like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera using black paint to color his eye sockets, jagged false teeth and wire to hold the tip of his nose up like a skull snout. His stage makeup prowess led him to be dubbed “the man of a thousand faces.” On Friday, Oct. 29, you can catch Chaney’s various deformed faces in a special screening of Phantom of the Opera at the Egyptian Theatre with organ accompaniment by Dennis James. The 1925 silent horror film follows the phantom as he lurks through the Paris Opera House, dropping chandeliers and spooking opera staff and audience members in an attempt to procure the leading role for his romantic interest, Christine Daae (Mary Philbin). Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $18 adv., $21 show. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

Catch per formances on Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30. Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 30, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $14 kids, $15 seniors, $16 adults, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-2385, And if you’re looking for something to entertain the little monsters in your life, check out Boise Philharmonic’s Philharmonsters. This up-close and personal per formance will engage the youngsters with the promise of actually getting


to investigate the instruments and other kid-friendly activities such as face painting, musical games and a magician. The musicians will be in costume, so be sure to dress the kiddos in their Halloween finer y as well. Satisfy curiosity rather than a sweet tooth during this once-a-year encounter on Saturday, Oct. 30. Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., $10. Esther Simplot Center for the Per forming Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116,




Stop by a Mexican baker y, or pasteleria, near the end of October and amid the bright pink and yellow pastries, you’ll find an array of creepy calaveras de azucar— sugar skulls. Though you could lop off a frontal lobe to sweeten your coffee, the sugar skulls are most often used to adorn Dia de los Muer tos altars. In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov. 2. The holiday is more festive than mournful and offers an opportunity to celebrate memories of the deceased by throwing a fiesta and decking out their graves with flowers and food offerings, or ofrendas. Unlike Halloween, Day of the Dead is a chance to embrace the cycle of life instead of cramming an old pillowcase full of miniature processed sweets. To celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Idaho State Historical Museum and the Consulate of Mexico in Boise will present “Dia de los Muertos—Traditional and Contemporary Altars and Art.” The exhibit opens on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Idaho Historical Museum and features altars and art from 10 Latino artists alongside work from local school children. Also on Tuesday, be sure to check out an accompanying traditional graveside ceremony from 5-7 p.m. at Pioneer Cemeter y off Warm Springs Road. 6-9 p.m., FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208334-2120, history.

For audiosnobs, mix tapes are a well-honed art form. You anguish over the bands, the lyrics, how the tempo changes from one song to another and the mix’s overall flow. When done right, mix tapes can be more emotionally revealing than a wax-sealed love letter. But sometimes it’s hard to find that one obscure, vinyl-only track that you’re certain would tie the whole mix together. Luckily, there’s, a free website that turns Youtube videos into MP3s that can be played directly in iTunes. Want to get your hands on Warren Storm’s 1958 swamp pop hit “Mama, Mama, Mama” without ordering the rare, used 45 online and waiting weeks for it to ship to your door? Listentoyoutube. com allows you to convert the song from a Youtube flash video to an MP3 audio file in less than a minute, no sign-up or software downloads required. The site’s administrators make a point to stress that is “to be used for converting non-copyrighted content only! We do not condone any type of piracy.” For now, at least, there are no limits on the number of files that you can convert to MP3s through, though the system unfortunately doesn’t work with Vevo or Vimeo formats. —Tara Morgan

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY OCT. 27 Literature MFA READING SERIES—Poet Susan Schultz will read from her published work, including Dementia Blog. Contact erinryan@ for more info. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Farnsworth Room.

DEATH AND TAXES—In this production an IRS agent is murdered and the entire city council seems to know something about it. 7:30 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater. org.

Concerts SPOOKESTRA—Timberline High School’s orchestra presents a concert and silent auction. 7 p.m. FREE. Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208854-6230.

THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15-$35. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232,

On Stage THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION— Satire in which a wealthy widow tries to start an arts foundation to transform her hometown into a cultural Mecca. 8 p.m. $15-$35. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232,

Screen IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES—Movie about the resistance to dictator General Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Noon. FREE. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom.

Workshops & Classes PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS IN KIDS—Learn how to present the seven Leave No Trace principles to kids. Workshop for parents, educators and youth leaders. Register online at 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208322-1141,

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

THURSDAY OCT. 28 Festivals & Events NIGHT OF THE ARTS—Readings, art exhibit by Amos P. Kennedy Jr., and a jam session with the Northwest Nazarene University Jazz Revival and improv students. Coffee and dessert will be served after the performance. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790, nnu. edu/brandt.

On Stage BYE BYE BIRDIE—Classic musical comedy based on Elvis’s entry into the Army. 7 p.m. $10$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

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NOISE/CD REVIEW RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES: JUNKY STAR It’s an unfortunate truism that happy artists don’t often make good art. Happiness tends to preclude the spiritual and personal conflicts that produce the finest artistic endeavors. That doesn’t mean that you have to be a miserable bastard to create something worthwhile, but it helps. Ryan Bingham, the Texas roots rocker who’s still riding the career boost of winning an Oscar for his song The Weary Kind, is probably not a miserable bastard. But his latest album, Junky Star, definitely takes a turn for the melancholy, and it turns out to be a good move. Fans of his previous albums, Mescalito and Roadhouse Sun, know Bingham is a hardscrabble singer-songwriter in the vein of James McMurtry and Joe Ely, a dab hand with an electric guitar and possessing a raspy blues-soaked voice that sounds way older than he is. What Junky Star reveals, is that on top of his blues and roots-rock skills, he has Dylan and Springsteen running through his veins, too. The Dylan influence is evident in the cheeriest song on the disc, “Direction of the Wind,” a protest screed that masks discontented lyrics with a mid-tempo thump and slide, but the Springsteen strains shape the album. Beginning with “The Poet,” a subdued ballad that would fit right into the Boss’s Devils and Dust album, and continuing through with the widescreen rumble of “Hard Worn Trail” and the minimalist despair of “Lay My Head on the Rail,” Bingham paints in various shades of melancholy and economic failure. In fact, addiction and recession run through Junky Star like third rails, charging every downbeat note and giving Bingham’s distinctive growl that much more of a defeated edge. This sounds like it might be a soundtrack for suicide, but that’s not where Bingham is going. As a genre, blues is cathartic music, and Bingham understands that. While there aren’t any barn-burners on this CD, he does throw in a couple of mid-tempo bright spots, including the ironically named “Depression,” to up the ante a little bit. By the time he gets to the album closer, “All Choked Up Again,” Bingham the singer has come through an album’s worth of darkness and made it back up to rueful, which is a good place to end up. Junky Star is not a party album, unless your idea of a good time is hanging around a funeral parlor. But for introspective roots-rock and a tour through Texas blues, it’s damn hard to beat. — Brandon Nolta WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Food & Drink STIR THINGS UP FONDUE CLASS—Learn to prepare several fondue dinner and dessert courses with chef Helen Wasserstein. 6:30 p.m., $40-$50, Boise Co-op members. Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-368-0649.

Literature FALL BOOK SALE—New and gently-used books for sale. Proceeds benefit the Boise Public Library. See Picks, Page 18. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

Talks & Lectures 27TH ANNUAL FRANK CHURCH CONFERENCE—Eagle and Dragon: The U.S. and China in the 21st Century. Experts on China from around the nation discuss the relationship between the United States and China. David Shambaugh from the Elliott School of International Affairs is the keynote speaker. See Picks, Page 18. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $35 for luncheon, conference discussions FREE. Boise State Student Union (Simplot Grand Ballroom), 1910 University Drive.

FRIDAY OCT. 29 Art DIA DE LOS MUERTOS OPENING—Opening of the exhibit of works by local artists honoring the Mexican holiday, which is time to honor loved ones who’ve passed away and the cycle of human life. Meet the artists and participate in making your own offering. 5-10 p.m. FREE. Gallery Alexa Rose, 280 N. Eighth St., Boise.

On Stage BROADWAY’S HEROES & VILLAINS—Starlight Mountain Theater performs favorite tunes from Broadway shows. 8 p.m. $20. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-8989425, BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. Price varies. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.,208385-0021, DEATH AND TAXES—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,


JEKYLL AND HYDE— Musical adaptation of the Robert Louis


Stevenson classic, in which a man must battle with his chemically induced alter-ego. 7:30 p.m. $16 adv. $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15-$35. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, MR. MARMALADE—Black comedy about a precocious 4-year-old girl who has a frighteningly active imagination and an imaginary friend named Mr. Marmalade. E-mail for more info. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 at the door. Idaho Outdoor Association. Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise. WICKED WONDERS—Vaudeville Productions presents an hourlong “evil” magic show in the spirit of Halloween. 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. $15, includes one drink. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

Screen PHANTOM OF THE OPERA—Special screening of the silent film, accompanied by live theater organist Dennis James. Proceeds benefit the Egyptian Theatre Robert Morton pipe organ restoration fund. 8 p.m. $18 adv., $21 day of show. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Literature FALL BOOK SALE—See Thursday. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, HYDE PARK BOOKS GRAND REOPENING—Local poet J. Reuben Appelman and musician Jody Bateman will be on hand to celebrate new owner Jem Wierenga taking the helm. 5-10 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-338-1152,

Art MUNNY SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER—The auction comes to a close as the kids from Boise Rock School perform. Proceeds from the month-long silent auction will benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance of Boise. 5:30 p.m. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010,


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Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.


Odds & Ends FIT FOR THE CURE—Free bra fittings. They will donate $2 of every Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra purchased to the Komen Foundation. For more info contact or ktuller@ 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Macy’s, 370 Milwaukee, Boise, 208-373-6000.

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8 DAYS OUT FRIGHTENED FELONS—Get a look at what life was like for prisoners during the Old Pen’s creepy past. Activities include dice-making, bean flipping and scavenger hunts. Friday’s event is geared toward visitors 10 years and older. On Saturday, visitors must be at least 13 years old. 7-11 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080,


Concerts AMERICAN JOURNEY—The Boise Master Chorale and the Boise State music department collaborate in this concert featuring guest artists Jackson and Amanda Berkey. 7 p.m. $15-$40, FREE for Boise State students. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise. PHILHARMONSTERS— Boise Philharmonic’s spooktacular Halloween concert. A pre-concert party with games and a musical petting zoo followed by a 25-minute concert. See Picks, Page 18. Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. $10. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

Festivals & Events FRIGHT FEST—All-ages Halloween dance party featuring more than 10 DJs. Full bar for those 21 and older. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 adv, $15 at the door. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-331-5097 or 208-342-9983, basquecenter. com. HALLOWEEN PARTY—Featuring Candread and Rizing Rezistance. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub & Grill, 150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-2444, thepiperpub. com.

Literature FALL BOOK SALE—See Thursday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

Kids & Teens

HALLOWEEN PARTY—Costume prizes and drink specials. Music by Upinatem, Demoni, Gravity Bong and Trigger Itch. 9 p.m. FREE. The Refuge, 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208424-8211.

BOO AT THE ZOO—Take your little monster or lion or superhero to the zoo for trick-ortreating with vendors from the community. Face painting and Halloween-themed games and activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4.25$7. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125,

On Stage

Odds & Ends

BROADWAY’S HEROES & VILLAINS—See Friday. 8 p.m. $10 Mondays, $20 Friday and Saturday. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425,

FRIGHTENED FELONS—See Friday. 7-11 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080, history.

SPECTRUM SPOOK-TACULAR— Starve a vampire and donate blood during this family-friendly event. Jump houses, face-painting and prizes for all, but you must be 17 or older to donate blood. Schedule an appointment online at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Joker’s Wild, 7115 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-327-7788.

SUNDAY OCT. 31 On Stage DEATH AND TAXES—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, WICKED WONDERS—See Friday. 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. $15, includes one drink. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

Literature FALL BOOK SALE—See Thursday. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

Animals & Pets HALLOWEEN PARTY AND PET COSTUME CONTEST—Bring the family and your pet for games, hot dogs, a pet costume contest and photo contest. Proceeds from the cost of pictures ($3) and donations go to the Women and Children’s Alliance. 2-4 p.m. Donation only. Broadway Veterinary Hospital, 350 E. Linden Ave., Boise, 208-344-5592.

BYE BYE BIRDIE—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $10-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, DEATH AND TAXES—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, JEKYLL AND HYDE— See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $16 adv. $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, THE KRUMBLIN FOUNDATION— See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15-$35. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-442-3232, bctheater. org. WICKED WONDERS—See Friday. Kid-friendly shows are those scheduled before 7 p.m. Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. $15, includes one drink. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

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

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8 DAYS OUT MONDAY NOV. 1 On Stage BROADWAY’S HEROES & VILLAINS—See Friday. 7 p.m. $10 Mondays, $20 Friday and Saturday. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425,

Citizen HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK BENEFIT—Trick-or-treaters can sell their Halloween candy to the dentist for $1 per pound. The sweets will then be sent to troops serving overseas. 3:30-6 p.m. FREE. Castlebury Dental, 3209 W. Bavaria St., Eagle, 208855-0080.

Talks & Lectures PRAXIS LODGE PUBLIC DIALOGUES SERIES—A monthly meeting to engage in discussions pertaining to science, ethics, culture, philosophy, humanism and free masonry. Everyone is invited to attend. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272,

TUESDAY NOV. 2 Festivals & Events DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION—Featuring Day of the Dead art and altars. Meet the artists and enjoy kids’ art activities, music and food. See Picks, Page 18. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120,

POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Part of the Idaho Loud Writers’ program featuring Robbie Q. Telfer. Includes a performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, e-mail 6 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632.

Odds & Ends BALLISTIC BEER PONG—Compete for $300 in prizes. 10 p.m. FREE. Bad Irish, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8939, KILROY COFFEE KLATCH—Join other WWII-generation people for a morning of conversation and friendship. All veterans are welcome and there are often guest speakers. For more information, e-mail 10-11:30 a.m. FREE. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446,

WEDNESDAY NOV. 3 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—Liquid Lounge and United Vision for Idaho host a discussion forum showcasing a different local nonprofit each month, along with a silent auction and local music. This month will feature Meet the Candidates. Voters can come hear the candidates speak on issues before the upcoming elections. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379,

Screen QUILOMBO—Special screening of the film from director Carlos Diegues about Palmares, a runaway slave colony in 17th century Brazil. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Forum, 1910 University Dr., Boise.

Workshops & Classes BOGUS BASIN’S HISTORY— Learn about the ski area’s beginnings, development and history from Eve Chandler, author of Building Bogus Basin will share pictures, film and stories. Register online at 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, BUMPS’N GRINDS—Workout based on the movements of burlesque dancers and cabaret queens. 7 p.m. Ophidia Dance and Art Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd, Ste. A, Garden City, 208409-2403,

Literature BOISE NONFICTION WRITERS: GUY HAND—Learn how local writer, radio producer and photographer Guy Hand uses words, pictures and sound to tell stories of food and the environment. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks. org.

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers donate time to help build and repair bicycles for the needy. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,

ON GOING Festivals & Events

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

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. See Picks, Page 18. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight and Monday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m. $18, MONSTERS IN THE CUPBOARD EXHIBIT—Group art show featuring local artists’ depictions of spooky scenes painted on old cupboard doors. Bid on the pieces through the month of October. Proceeds will benefit the Idaho Food Bank. FREE. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320, SCARECROW STROLL—Stroll the grounds to view and vote for the most creative scarecrow. $2-$4, Idaho Botanical Garden members and ages 5 and younger FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

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BLUE SKIES AHEAD Music duo Azure Ray rejoins, rejoices JEREMY HENDERSON Maria Taylor was still in bed when BW called. She was in Los Angeles visiting Orenda Fink, the other half of the recently reunited dream pop damsels Azure Ray, and she was hungover from one of those big city nights that she’s grown so fond of over the years. She misses times like these since moving back to her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Eat, drink and be Maria Taylor. It’s a living, she says—for as long as it will last. When the moon hits your eye: Azure Ray back together again and still making folky dream pop. “It’s a very strange state right now in the music world,” says Taylor, 34. “I’m very it, too. I try not to, especially if it’s a band my children.” curious to see what’s going to happen. Is not on a big, major label. Then I’ll defiShe was essentially still a child herself anyone going to make a career out of this nitely buy it. But if there’s like a Michael when she made up her mind to pursue a anymore?” Jackson song I really want to hear, then ... It’s a valid question: The rock band busi- music career at all costs. But things were you know.” different then. Costs were different. People ness model that earned Taylor and Fink a When asked if she worries about her bought albums. right-place, right-time contract with Geffen future, Fink says something in the back“I realized when I was 18 that this was Records in the mid-90s with their Veruca ground, then Taylor laughs and responds, one of those careers that you couldn’t Salt-inspired, high school-born band Little “Yeah. I worry about it. I don’t know what dabble in,” Taylor says. “If you wanted to Red Rocket is all but extinct. the hell I’ll be doing when I’m 44. But my make it as a musician you had to give up For most of the aughts, just before and dream is still to just be able to make a living everything and go for it. I quit school to during their six-year hiatus that started in doing this 10 years from now.” go on the road. It has definitely taken its 2004 and that came about so they could She probably hoped Drawing Down the toll on things each pursue Moon (Saddle Creek), Azure Ray’s eagerly like personal solo projects, anticipated, recently released reunion rerelationTaylor and ships. It’s very cord, would have her off to a better start. Fink have “We started hanging out more again and hard to keep earned most it just seemed like the right time to make everything of their living a record and take this party on the road,” stable. But from regular Taylor says. I take every touring, merEqual parts dream-pop and country, opportunity I chandise sales Drawing Down the Moon has received can to be on and, increasmixed reviews, simultaneously panned and the road, all ingly, licenspraised by critics for wading around in lyrithe time.” ing deals. cal and stylistic nostalgia. But she’s The “The upside is that it sounds warmly still coming band’s songs familiar, a reminder of why we missed them to terms with have been in the first place,” writes, the reality featured in “but the downside is that the album gives that she has soundtracks very few indications of what Fink and Tayto take every for The lor have learned during their hiatus.” opportunity. Tim Fite for your right to look like this and still be a rock star. Devil Wears Pitchfork is presumably referring to “Now the Prada, Buffy Fink and Taylor’s multiple collaborations only way to the Vampire with various luminaries such as Now It’s really make it is just Slayer and Six With Tim Fite and James Husband Overhead, Bright Eyes and, in Taylor’s case, tour all the time,” Feet Under. “We 8 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door even Moby. she says. “But with threw a viewing NEUROLUX Talking with Taylor, it’s hard not to this new economy, party for that one,” 111 N. 11th St. think that think that an ignorance-is-bliss people who saw you Taylor says. approach to what critics might have to say three months before “Licensing. was, at least on some level, intentional. are probably going TV shows. That’s “I may grow tired of all of this eventuto have a hard time probably most of coming out to see you ally, especially if I ever have kids,” she the money,” Taylor again. The biggest thing is that people don’t says, “but right now, who wouldn’t want to adds. “It’s just crazy how you can basiplay mellow indie-pop and get paid at least buy records and it’s just getting harder and cally take your royalties check from selling something for it. I get paid to meet people records and pretty much split it in half now. harder to make money doing this. No one I would never advise [a career in music] for buys music. Everyone steals it. I’m guilty of and drink wine and make music.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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THE BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

AMY WEBER AND SHON SANDERS—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

AZURE RAY—With Tim Fite and James Husband. See Noise, Page 25. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux

BRIANNE GRAY—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown CATTLE DECAPITATION—With Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, Burning of the Masses and Son of Aurelius. 6 p.m. $12 adv., $14 door. The Venue

RUSSIAN CIRCLES, OCT. 29, THE VENUE When we talked to Brian Cook, bassist for Chicago-based instrumental rock/metal trio Russian Circles, late last year, the band was touring behind their brand new third album, Geneva (Suicide Squeeze). The road was bumpy—an expensive guitar had been stolen (and hawked for a mere $200)—but Cook was optimistic about the rest of the tour. Things worked out. Fast forward a year and the trio is still on the road and working on new material, with an album slated for late 2011. “There was only a little gap between Station and Geneva,” Cook said. We would have liked to do that again, but we’ve been touring more on this record ... once we have time to sit down and focus on the writing, it will come pretty quick ... but we don’t want to get in such a hurry that we compromise.” And besides a chance to hear dense, layered post-rock/ metal, one cool thing about seeing Russian Circles live is that you never look like a jackass for trying to sing along but not knowing the words. —Amy Atkins With Keelhaul and Call Me Lightning. 7 p.m., $10. The Venue, 521 Broad St.,

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THE CONSTELLATIONS—8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s IQEQ—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid LYRICS BORN—Featuring Joyo Velarde and LB Mixed Review Chali 2na and Raaka. 9 p.m. $18. Reef PATRICIA FOLKNER WITH JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel STICK TO YOUR GUNS—With As Blood Runs Black, Attila, For The Fallen Dreams, Close Your Eyes and Nine Dead. 6 p.m. $12 adv., $15 day of show. Mardi Gras

ARTSWEST LIVE—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe ELF POWER—With Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars and a screening of the film Major Organ and the Adding Machine. See Picks, Page 18. 8 p.m. $8. VAC

BOSS HAWG—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub CARY JUDD—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

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


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

HALLOWEINER—Halloween party featuring Owlright, LNDA, Beautician, Wolvserpent and the Red Light Variety Show. 7 p.m. $10. VAC

JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. FREE. Solid OLD MAN MARKLEY—9 p.m. $3. Reef RED FANG—8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux REGGAE JAM WITH CANDREAD—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid, THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club SPENCER BATT—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

INGRID MICHAELSON—With Guggenheim Grotto. 8:30 p.m. $17-$35. Knitting Factory JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel MOONDANCE—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Moose NATHAN J. MOODY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s

RUSSIAN CIRCLES— With Keelhaul and Call me Lightning. See Listen Here, this page. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Venue THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SPINDLEBOMB—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

SATURDAY OCT. 30 BEETLEJUICE HALLOWEEN PARTY—9 p.m. $5. Reef BLACK AND ORANGE BALL—7 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s THE BOGUS BASEMENT BAND—9 p.m. FREE. Jumpin’ Janet’s BRIANNE GRAY—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown CD RELEASE PARTY—Joseph L. Young releases his CD of Native American flute music. 7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room FELT NEIGHBOR REUNION HALLOWEEN BASH—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY—Featuring the Hoochie Coochie Men. $5. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge HALLOWEEN PARTY—Featuring Candread and Rizing Rezistance. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE HALLOWEINER—Guidance Counselor, Copy, Nollifur, Owlright Wolveserpent and the Redlight Variety Show. 7 p.m. $10. VAC

HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH—Featuring Jupiter Holiday, IQEQ, Soul Serene and Actual Depiction. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

HASTE THE DAY—With Sleeping with Sirens and Ms. White. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. The Venue


LOOSE CHANGE HALLOWEEN PARTY—9 p.m. $15 for dinner and cover charge. Blue Moose

JIM LEWIS—11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s

MIGUEL GONZALES—Noon. FREE. Casa del Sol PAPA ROACH—With Skillet. 6 p.m. $29.50. Idaho Center REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

LAST SHOW AT SIXTH AND MAIN RED ROOM—With Adai, Name, Feast for Crows, Tears of the Wizard and Beautician. 8 p.m. FREE. Red Room PEPPER—With Mishka and Pour Habit 8 p.m. $17-$35. Knitting Factory

SPINDLEBOMB—10 p.m., $3. Grainey’s TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s THE THERMALS—With The Coathangers. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux




BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid


GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

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


MAVIS STAPLES—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $31 adv., $35 door. Egyptian Theatre

SALLY CRAVEN—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown Way

ORGONE—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef SMOOTH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid TREVOR EYRE QUINTET—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club



STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS— With Assassinators, The Useless, Little Miss and The No Names and The Anti-Core. 7 p.m. $8. Mardi Gras TRAVIS MCDANIEL—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s TYRONE WELLS—With Andrew Belle and Crown Point. 8 p.m. Knitting Factory. $13-$25. VERSAEMERGE—With Anarbor, The Dangerous Summer and Conditions. 6:30 p.m. $10. The Venue WILSON ROBERTS—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown


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MAVIS STAPLES, NOV. 2, EGYPTIAN THEATRE For his 2006 platinum release, Duets: An American Classic, 80-year-old Tony Bennett reached new ears by singing with Tim McGraw, Bono, John Legend, Michael Buble and more. Legendary gospel/R&B singer Mavis Staples also tapped an unlikely source to help with her latest album, You Are Not Alone (Anti, September 2010): Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. With Tweedy as producer, Staples not only gave her longtime fans a new record to listen to but also introduced her uniquely gutsy, powerful voice to a whole slew of indie-rock lovers. You Are Not Alone is in some ways a retrospective of Staples’ work. But with Tweedy at the helm, even previously recorded songs sound new. Tweedy’s guitar-strumming sensibilities give them a rich quality and sound not so easily dropped into either a gospel or an indie-rock box. And then the duo guaranteed themselves a spot on the cool kids’ list by appearing together on shows like “The Colbert Report” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” —Amy Atkins 8 p.m., $31 adv., $33 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St.,

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SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH Conviction may be an Oscar hat trick for Hilary Swank GEORGE PRENTICE In a little more than a month, the National Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Associations all begin revealing their lineups of the best of 2010. Hilary Swank plays Betty Anne Waters a woman willing to put in as much time But sometimes when swinging for an Oscar as her convicted brother to prove his innocence. home-run, a movie can hit a foul ball. For every Wall Street, unfortunately there’s Wall story is too good to be true” sweepstakes, but for life. Peter Gallagher portrays legal eagle Street II; for each Silence of the Lambs, Barry Scheck, who created the Innocence it is indeed the real-life story of Betty Anne there’s Lions for Lambs; for every Seven Waters, an unemployed high-school dropout, Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to Samurai, there’s Nine, the Musical. overturning wrongful convictions. who earns her GED, bachelor’s and master’s During October through December, The dense screenplay was penned by degrees, and 18 years later, graduates from Colin Firth, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon, Music law school, all in an effort to exonerate her Streep suit up for an awards season that of the Heart) and, in possibly the film’s brother of his murder conviction. The story seems to stretch into extra innings each biggest surprise, is directed by actor Tony is a crackling legal drama and a study of year and includes a lineup of VIP players. Goldwyn, who is best known as the bad guy unconditional love between a brother (Sam But then there’s Hilary Swank. Even her in Ghost and who is currently starring in the Rockwell) and sister (Swank). Rockwell average movies (Amelia, Freedom Writers) Broadway production of Promises, Promises. (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Moon) deserve attention. And when she’s in sync Goldwyn nurtured Conviction for nine years, with a great script and top-notch cast, she is is wonderful as Kenneth Waters, a screw-up working on the first draft of the screenplay, who is increasingly difficult Oscar bait. At 36, Swank has waiting for the ideal cast to become available to defend. Yet Betty Anne a 100 percent Oscar batting and finally dragging the movie across home endures, in spite of her crumaverage. Two nominations, CONVICTION (R) plate when studio financing dried up. bling marriage and doubting two wins: Boys Don’t Cry, Directed by Tony Goldwyn At the world premiere of Conviction at family. The always lovely MinMillion Dollar Baby. ConsidStarring Hilary Swank, Sam the Toronto International Film Festival in nie Driver plays Abra Rice, ering that her performance Rockwell, Peter Gallagher September, the audience choked back tears Betty Anne’s classmate, legal in Conviction is as good as Opens Friday at The Flicks while applauding cast and crew. But when colleague and best friend. anything she’s done to date, Swank, Rockwell and Goldwyn pointed to Conviction also stars MeSwank ought to pick out a lissa Leo (Frozen River) as the the real-life Betty Anne Waters, who had particularly nice dress to wear tucked herself into the crowd, applause policewoman who arrests Kenny for murder on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, when the golden evolved into cheers. Now, that’s a pretty and Juliette Lewis as a town drunk who statues are handed out. good Oscar campaign. offers key testimony that sends Kenny away Conviction is this year’s entry in the “this

SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings GHOST BIRD—Scott Crocker’s documentary about the rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, presented by the Golden Eagle Audubon Society. Wednesday, November 3, 7 p.m., $ 8.50 general, $6.50 students with ID and seniors. Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222, IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES—Movie about the resistance to dictator General Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Wednesday, Oct. 27, Noon. FREE. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom.

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA—Benefit screening of the silent film accompanied by live theater organist Dennis James. Proceeds benefit the Egyptian Theatre Robert Morton pipe organ restoration fund. Friday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. $18 adv., $21 day of show. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, QUILOMBO—From director Carlos Diegues about Palmares, a runaway slave colony in 17th century Brazil. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Forum.

Opening CONVICTION—Based on a true story, Hilary Swank portrays a woman who dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction that sent her brother to prison for life. See Review, this page. (R) Flicks. SAW VII 3D—The seventh installment finds Jigsaw’s surviving victims seeking counseling from a fellow survivor-turned-self-helpmentor whose dark past is resurrected. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER—In this most recent tale of unfulfilled longings, Woody Allen’s screenplay tells the story of interconnected lives that begin to unravel with the expectations that come with being in a relationship. (R) Flicks

Continuing CASE 39—Renee Zellweger plays a social worker who takes in a child whom unexplained deaths seem to follow. (R) Edwards 22

CATFISH—So maybe Facebook isn’t the best place to meet someone, as documentarians Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman find out as they film their friend Nev Schulman who embarks on a quest to meet his Internetbased soulmate. What he finds isn’t necessarily what he expected. (PG-13) Edwards 9 EASY A—(PG-13) Edwards 22 HEARTBREAKER (L’ARNACOEUR)—Juliette’s father hires hunky Alex to break up her and her fiancee, but things don’t exactly go as planned. In French with English subtitles. (NR) Flicks



Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:35, 4:40, 7:35, 10


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:20, 3:40, 6:10, 9:30


Flicks: F-Su: 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:20, 9:35; M-Tu: 4:55, 7:20, 9:35


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:10, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:40


Flicks: W-Th: 7:05; F-Tu: 9:25


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


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:45, 4:25, 7:50


Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7:20, 9:35; F-Tu: 9:25

Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:50, 3:20, 6:20, 9 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:05, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:25


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:30, 4, 7, 10:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:05, 3:20, 5:40, 7:55, 10:05

LEGEND OF THE GAURDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE 3D— Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:45, 4:20, 6:40, 9 LET ME IN—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:50, 5, 7:40, 10:35


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:55, 3:35, 6:45, 9:30


Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:20, 2:50, 5:25, 8:05, 10:30


Flicks: W-Th: 5:05, 9:10

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2— Edwards 9: W-Th: 2:30, 4:40, 7:20, 9:40 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:15, 1:15, 2:30, 3:30, 4:45, 5:45, 7, 8, 9:20, 10:20 RED—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:10, 3, 7:10, 9:50 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12:25, 1:30, 3, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35


Edwards 9: F-Tu: 2, 4, 7:30, 10 Edwards 22: F-Tu: 12:50, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:20

SECRETARIAT— Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:20, 3:10, 6:30, 9:10 Edwards 22: W-Th: 12, 1:10, 3:15, 4, 6:30, 7:20, 9:15, 10:25 THE SOCIAL NETWORK—

Edwards 9: W-Th: 12:30, 3:30, 7:30, 10:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:20, 4:10, 6:55, 9:50


Edwards 9: W-Th: 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20 Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:40, 4:30, 7:25, 10:10


Flicks: W-Th: 5, 7:15, 9:25; F-Su: 12:35, 2:45, 5, 7:15; M-Tu: 5, 7:15

WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS— Edwards 22: W-Th: 2:10, 5:10, 8:15 THE WILDEST DREAM: CONQUEST OF EVEREST— Edwards IMAX: W-Th: 12, 2:10, 4:20, 6:50, 9 YOU AGAIN—

Edwards 22: W-Th: 1:10, 3:55, 6:35, 9:05

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER— Flicks: F-Su: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; M-Tu: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10

T H E A T E R S Edwards 22 Boise, 208-377-1700,; Edwards 9 Boise, 208-338-3821,; The Egyptian Theater, 208-345-0454,; The Flicks, 208-342-4222,; FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: Northgate Cinema, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, 208-377-2620, Overland Park $1 Cinema, 208377-3072, Movie times listed were correct as of press time. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

HEREAFTER—Damon plays a psychic trying to deal with his “curse” when he becomes intertwined in the lives of two other people worlds apart in the wake of a natural disaster. Directed by Clint Eastwood. (PG-13) Flicks, Edwards 22 INCEPTION—(PG-13) Edwards 22 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. (PG-13) Flicks JACKASS 2D AND 3D—(R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE 3D—Animated feature about an orphaned young owl’s obsession with a legendary group of heroes called the Guardians, who he believes will help free him and his fellow orphans from slavery. (PG) Edwards 22 LET ME IN—(R) Edwards 22 LIFE AS WE KNOW IT—(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 22 NEVER LET ME GO—(R) Flicks PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2— This follow-up to last year’s supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity depicts a family unable to explain mysterious goings on in their home. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 RED—A group of ex-CIA agents who know too much about one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history are targeted by the agency they’ve retired from in an effort to shut them up. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SECRETARIAT—(PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE SOCIAL NETWORK-—The story of the controversial rise to power of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook and the world’s youngest billionaire. Stars Jesse Eisenberg. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE TOWN—Ben Affleck directs his second film, the story of a bankrobber in love with a bank teller he held up and who’s running from the FBI on the streets of Boston. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 WAITING FOR SUPERMAN—Documentary about the educational system in the United States and how it is failing the children in our country. From the director of An Inconvenient Truth. (PG) Flicks WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS—(PG-13) Edwards 22 THE WILDEST DREAM: CONQUEST OF EVEREST—George Mallory died trying to reach the summit in the 1920s. Recently, climber Conrad Anker retraced Mallory’s steps in an attempt to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death on the mountain. (PG) Edwards 22 IMAX YOU AGAIN—(PG) Edwards 22

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Eagle Bike Park is a wheels up, wheels down, wheels up zone.

ON TRACK FOR BMX IN EAGLE On Oct. 13, the Eagle Bike Park—formerly known as the Idaho Velodrome Cycling Park—celebrated the future addition of a new racing track to its considerable grounds. Bicycle Motocross, or BMX, is a competitive racing sport for pedal-powered transport. Kids of all ages on smaller bikes take jumps on dirt tracks, gunning for the inside in time-trial races. If you’ve ever ridden on the Greenbelt past the Veterans Memorial Bridge, you’ve probably seen a smaller version of what’s in store for Eagle. About six months ago, Edward Newgen stepped forward to take the reins on bringing a BMX track to the already established Eagle Bike Park. “They’ve talked about putting a BMX track out here for four or five years,” said Newgen, whose son participates in the sport. “I always thought somebody else was leading it up, but nobody was.” Working with the community, Newgen and the bike park helped push for the track, and this month it’s anticipated to become a reality. The new track will help kids from Eagle to compete on a local or national level. “It can be as competitive as you want it to be,” said Newgen. “You can just race local races … or you can go for district points.” Those district points can add up to both regional and national championships for intrepid cyclists and offer the opportunity for riders to prepare to go pro at the age of 17. Concerns about the lease agreement, which is separate from that of the Eagle Bike Park, brought by former Idaho Velodrome president Dave Beck temporarily put a kink in the chain. Without a signed lease, the American Bicycle Association couldn’t send a builder to sculpt the track to specifications for free. But Newgen doesn’t foresee any permanent hold up. “I’ve been working with the ABA and the city to come up with an agreement so they can send a builder up sooner.” Newgen and the park had an ABA builder headed out to Eagle last week. The plan is to have the track built five days after he arrived, and they hope to be race-ready about a week later. We’ll keep you posted.


BACK ON TRACK: THE ROAD TO HOPE RUN—A 5K run to be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Brothers Park in Caldwell. Visit to register through race day. $20-$25. FARM MAN RUN—A 5K and 10K race to be held at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Farmstead Corn Maze. Wear your costume for this run through corn mazes and over hay bales. Register at active. com through race day. $33-$36. The Farmstead, 8685 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-9225678, LIGHT THE NIGHT 5K FUN RUN—A 5K run at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, on the Greenbelt in Eagle. The first 200 to register get headlamps. Register at through race day. $20. RAPTOR RUN—A 5K and 10K run to benefit the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation to be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Contact 208-731-8940 for more info or to register through race day. $20. More information at Race starts at The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., 208-345-2929. TRAIL CREEK 12K TRAIL RUN—This 12K run takes place on Halloween weekend. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Costume must be worn from start to finish. Start time is 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. To register visit through race day. For more information contact info@sunvalleyrunning. com or call 208-720-3759. $20-$25. Trail Creek Cabin, Sun Valley. ZEITGEIST HALF MARATHON— This half marathon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Boise Foothills. For more info or to register visit or call 208-853-1221. Register through race day. $40-$90.

Recurring 2010 SOUTHERN IDAHO CYCLOCROSS SERIES—The series is comprised of eight races at multiple locations held through Nov. 14. No preregistration necessary. See for full schedule. $25 per race. $125 for whole series.

Classes PILATES CLASSES—Mondays, noon, and Thursdays, 10 a.m. $8-$12. Ophidia Dance and Art Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd, Suite A, Garden City, 208-4092403, WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP—Basic self-defense techniques and prevention strategies to avoid becoming a victim. Sponsored by Campus Recreation and the Boise Police Department. Register at rec. or call 208-4265644. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec.boisestate. edu. More at

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood ... who you gonna call?

GETTING IN THE SPIRIT WITH GHOST HUNTERS It is pitch dark at 8 p.m. when the Boise chapter of the International Paranormal Reporting Group meets at Idaho City’s Pioneer Cemetery. Beau Beaucher, one of the paranormal investigators, loans me a flashlight. I didn’t bring one because I thought the light might hinder our search for ghosts. “No, you’ll need it out there,” he says. Then he tells me the rules. No whispering because it can cause false identification on audio recordings. No shouting because it can cause a panic. But most importantly, no wandering off alone. We break up into groups and head through a spiked iron gate, bent and rusted with age, into the cemetery—if ever there was a cemetery likely to be haunted, this is it. There are no lush green lawns or neat rows of gleaming marble headstones. The cemetery is a sprawling network of overgrown trails through dense forest on the side of a mountain. The graves are crudely marked if marked at all; many have rotted wooden signs bearing the word “unknown.” Some are just patches of disturbed earth. Beaucher’s team is armed with a camera, digital voice recorder, handycam with For more information, night-vision and a combination visit electromagnetism detector and digital thermometer. We stop and sit down and begin to ask questions of the darkness: “Is there anyone here?” “What was your job?” “Why did you come to Idaho?” If any of the investigators make a noise, they announce it for the benefit of the audio recording. Satisfied that the site is a dud, Beaucher ushers us on. Between the headlamps and glow of assorted instruments, our procession looks like something from a sci-fi film as we search for the oldest graves possible. We stop and ask more questions. Again there is no response. Beaucher says paranormal investigations are the last unexplained field of science and that not finding evidence is still valuable data. “Plus I always wanted to be a detective as a kid,” he says. “But this way there isn’t anything on the line if I don’t solve the case.” Then a team member with a thermometer tells us he may have found something: a noticeable temperature fluctuation over the space of several feet. We stop, cameras armed, as Beaucher examines the readings. “The battery’s dead,” he says. “It was a fresh one. So this might be a power drain.” The others nod knowingly. It’s getting late, so we start back toward the cars and the team explains that spirits are known to affect and manipulate energy. IPRG and their fellows are deadly serious about their work. For them, it’s not a quest into the darkness, it’s research. The difference between their lab and a university’s is that the white coats have been replaced with parkas, and test tubes with graves. That, and like Beaucher said, even the lack of evidence is still data. —Josh Gross

—Andrew Crisp

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



During the summer, the $2 tacos at Casa del Sol were my mainstay. It has been a strange trip watching the place that once housed the An excellent fish taco made a perfect bargain of a pre-concert Koffee Klatsch go through a number of metamorphoses. From the bite with the Knitting Factory right across the back alley. But Koffee Klatsch, a coffeeshop maverick around before the explowithout a shot of tequila to wash them down, there was always sion of the latte; to the beloved Kulture Klatsch, its expansion something missing. into vegetarian dining where many a Boisean was introduced to Fortunately, things have changed. After a year-and-a-half in alfalfa sprouts; into sit-down dining by nationally recognized lobusiness, Casa del Sol recently obtained a liquor license, and now has cal chef Lou Aaron, best known for his State Street joint Westside a full bar with a wide assortment of booze, from tequila to Kahlua. Drive In, the one thing the spot has always offered is comfort More in the mood to satisfy hunger than quench thirst, the econo- food. That spirit lives on in the eatery’s new rendition as Casa del mist in me was pleased to discover that every item on the Sol, Mexican and American Dining. lunch menu was less than $7. Meanwhile, the omnivore in me appreOn Casa del Sol’s Facebook page, visitors are invited to try ciated that nearly the Super Burrito all the entrees ($8.99), a big burhad a vegetarian rito filled with either counterpart on a chicken, shredded or separate menu. ground beef in bed The Deluxe with another burrito Taco Salad ($6.99) filled with rice and proved a perfect beans all wrapped lesson in dietary up together—two paradox. Fistfuls different but equally of shredded iceberg savory sleepers snugtook cover beneath gled together. Beans a confetti of diced and rice held their tomatoes, sliced form and the chicken olives, guacamole, was moist, two cheddar and chickthings that can make en. A giant flour or break a burrito. tortilla had been Nothing suffered fried to a crisp and from being encased shaped to create a in sour cream and bowl for the salad, cheese and although negating whatever a drizzle of burrito imagined virtue sauce snaked across a “salad entree” the top, the dish as might imply. Still, a whole could have it was warm and used a hint more crunchy, without so much as a hint of greasy shine. spice and heat. At $8.99, it’s a good dish to share CASA DEL SOL If I hadn’t been scarfing away with such gusto, I because of its size and heft. 409 S. Eighth St. 208-287-3660 might have thought to ask for a side of house made Those tantalized by tacos often debate about who Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; salsa. Though the chicken was moist and flavormakes the best version de pescado. On the banner Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight; ful, a little firey spice would have added depth and that hangs outside Casa del Sol’s Ninth Street alley enclosed Sunday uniqueness to the dish. trance, $2 a la carte tacos and Tecate are a campaign My husband’s chiles rellenos ($6.99) vanished alupon which they could run for top taco. The small most before I had a chance to steal a few bites. But fish taco is a delightful treat: a crispy, battered chunk those bites explained his rush. Two egg-battered-and-fried green pep- of well-seasoned fish—nearly as thick as a cube of butter—lays pers oozed melted cheese, seasoned ground beef, melted cheese and on a soft, warm corn tortilla wrapped in an afghan of cabbage, more melted cheese. Did I mention the gooey, luscious melted cheese? tartar sauce, tomato cubes and cilantro. Served in a red-and-white Casa del Sol’s special sauce was drizzled across the top, cutting the paper tray (think French fries) with a plastic cup of verde sauce, cheesy dominance with its smoky heat. Ubiquitous Mexican sides of it is reminiscent of street food, the kind of dish that might win rice and refried beans formed a levee along the river of melted cheese you kudos among other taco testers when you turn them onto it. and balanced the plate. Fortunately they’re cheap, because one is hardly enough. I could have lingered all afternoon in the cozy space, soaking up The menu at Casa del Sol is not as simple as the dishes. At pretend warmth from the half-dozen artistic renditions of the sun lunchtime, three menus offer options from south of the border, that clung to the brick walls of the low-ceilinged interior. With two salads, apps, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and daily specials. And flatscreens for prime TV watching and a double-sided stainless steel in an acknowledgment to the growing non-meat-eating sector— bar, there was no shortage of entertainment. Happy hour, which and maybe an unintentional nod to the space’s earliest resident— promised 50-cent discounts on all drinks, would begin at 4 p.m., and is a respectable list of vegetarian dishes. a lonely microphone on a stand made me wonder if there might be Though it now sports a cantina vibe, the spirit of all of those live music later. Besides, the place wasn’t busy, and the hard-working who have come before still lingers in Casa del Sol’s dark, cozy owner, who has been my server every time I have visited Casa del space that is as welcome to a new generation of hip kids as it was Sol, was a good conversationalist. It’s comforting to know I’ll have a to the hippies. If the walls of the BODO restaurant could talk, south-of-the-border getaway all winter long. they’d probably say they’d seen a little of everything. —Sarah Barber’s love of the sun makes her a terrible candidate to be a vampire. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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DINING/FOOD Kuna EL GALLO GIRO-KUNA—Main courses are huge and span Tex-Mex to authentic. The Carne Borracha is a good example of the fare delivered in a caldron made of volcanic rock with carne asada, jalapenos, onions and tomatoes with a side of tortillas. Other selections include lengua

en chile verde (beef tongue in a tomatillo green sauce), zope (handmade tortillas with beans, steak, salsa de tomatillo and cotija cheese) and menudo (tripe chile). 482 W. Main St., 208-922-5169. $-$$ SU OM

and enchiladas. A full menu tempts you to choose a not-so common dish. 3552 S. Findley Ave., 208-424-8580; 704 E. Fairview Ave., 208-884-0161; 780 W. Avalon St., 208-9224311. www.fiestasguadalajara. com. $-$$ SU OM

FIESTA GUADALAJARA—Traditional Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos, burritos,

LONGHORN LOUNGE—Nobody seems to know just how long the Longhorn has been in Kuna, that’s how long it’s been there. They say you never know what kind of crowd will end up bending an elbow at the bar, but one thing’s for certain: at the end of the night, it’s a hungry crowd. The Longhorn is the only game in town for late-night bar grub. Prices are so cheap, the Longhorn don’t need no stinking happy hour. Get a draft, bottle or can of beer for $2.50 and a shot of Crown Royal for $4.25 anytime you please. The horseshoe-shaped bar is the definite centerpiece of the place, good for bands and dancing. Gather round the horseshoeshaped bar for late-night bar grub because the kitchen is open late to serve the blurry and bright eyed. Select from hot wings, chicken strips, finger steaks, stuffed tots, deep fried green beans and anything they can throw in the fryer, including potstickers. 458 W. Third St., SU 208-922-4163. $


UTAH BREWS Yes Virginia, they do brew beer in Utah. Despite the pervasive influence of a certain teetotaling church, at last count there were some 30 breweries in the Beehive State. It started way back in 1986 when Wasatch Brewing set up shop in Park City. Their irreverent labels (and billboards) drew national attention during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Now it is what’s in the bottle that is worthy of your attention. FOUR + BREWING WYLD ORGANIC EXTRA PALE ALE A brand extension from Salt Lake City-based Uinta Brewing, the four refers to the primary ingredients: hops, water, yeast and barley. The “plus” is the magic that happens when those ingredients come together. The Wyld is a golden-hued ale with a frothy head. Fresh and clean with a nice balance between lightly sweet malt and herbal hops, it has a solid citrus component, and finishes crisp and dry. A modest 4 percent alcohol makes this a great session brew candidate. UINTA BREWING CROOKED LINE LABYRINTH BLACK ALE This black ale comes in a cork-finished 750-ml bottle and pours a dark ebony with a thick mocha froth. The coffee-like, roasted malt aromas only hint at what’s to follow. This is a seriously rich ale, with just-bitter chocolate, smooth oak, bright licorice, molasses and a touch of bourbon. Given its size (and 13.2 percent alcohol content), you should share this one. WASATCH BREWING POLYGAMY PORTER This brew asks “Why have just one?” The beer opens with aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and plum. Smooth and creamy on the palate with latte-like flavors colored by caramel and milk chocolate, there’s just enough hops to add balance. —David Kirkpatrick

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—Wine & beer —Full bar —Delivery —Take-out —Open late RES —Reservations

PEREGRINE STEAKS AND SPIRITS—The steakhouse with more to offer than New York Steak, petite sirloin and T-Bone steaks. The menu features stuffed pork chops, chicken fried steak, salmon and Italian chicken breast as well. Enjoy a fine meal and then pop in next door to the Creekside Lounge inside the restaurant where every hour is an enjoyable experience. The lounge has big screen televisions, karaoke on Wednesdays and nightly drink specials. The Creekside patio offers a nice view of Indian Creek. 751 W. 4th St., 208-922-4421. www.creekSU OM $-$$ RED EYE SALOON—Dark, no windows: Perfect for losing track of time. Made for watching a band or NASCAR on satellite. Country bar vibe and friendly staff. The Red Eye in Kuna has been a part of the itty bitty city forever. A decade ago, the owners forbade swearing in the bar, an offense that carried with it removal from the building. New owners have changed things, but the Red Eye continues to instill a desire to get stinkin’ drunk, while still behaving oneself. The Red Eye is known for its regularly scheduled theme parties. Jagermeister comes straight out of the super-chiller machine and you can get your Guinness surged. This country bar has a nice, dark vibe and friendly staff. Rest a bit on the elbow pads at the bar and order burgers and barbecue. 414 W. Main St., SU 208-922-9797. $

needed/recommended —Patio SU —Open on Sunday OM —Online menu —Breakfast —Boise Weekly Card

Boise Weekly Dining Guide offers selective listings of editorial recommendations. Listings rotate based on available space.

Updates from diligent readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged. E-mail to or fax to 208-342-4733.

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R E A L ES TAT E BW ROOMMATES BENCH HOME TO SHARE Wanting a roommate to share this cute home with someone that appreciates a nice neighborhood & a nice place to live. $350/mo. +1/2 util., $300 deposit, I am in my 40’s hoping to find someone who is neat and not a partier. Unfurnished room. W/D incld, carport & grg. Gay or gay friendly. Sam at 412-9677. THEBRICKHOUSE If you live in Boise, you should know of thebrickhouse. For years we have been a home for Boise’s most innovative artists, engineers, writers & the like. The one year lease is up and we are looking for the best of Boise to share ideas, to continue making Boise one of the greatest places to live in the west. We are looking for 4 new members to share this home with vintage charm. Built in 1937, hardwood floors, fireplace, skylights & a detached 2 car grg. that makes for a Jackson Pollock style art studio. To apply contact Skyler Pierce at 646-525-9397.

BW FOR RENT 2BD, 2BA. State St. & Kessinger. $575/mo. Pets welcome. 371-6762. HYDE PARK HOME 3BD, 2BA. W/D, doggie doors, wood floors, extremely cool light fixtures. Fireplace and beautiful bay windows. The basement could also be great media area or guest area. All of this uniqueness and fun located smack dab between Hyde Park and Camel’s Back Park. Come take a look and see all the care and hard work that’s been put into this lovely cottage-house! $1275/ mo.See videos!: http://www. Rentals/1715_N._12th.html Studio. Bench area. W/S/T pd. Avail. Nov.1. $425/mo. 343-9562.

MOVE IN NOVEMBER 1 1BD, 1BA & 2BD, 1BA both upstairs end units. Large living area. Quail Glen Apartments, 4025 W. State St. Boise. 208-495-2484 Come by and pickup an application. Beautiful and spacious 2BD apt. in an attractive 6 plex at the base of the Foothills in Boise’s classic North End. Security deposit is $320. This 1100 sq. ft. Included are an outside storage unit and a carport. No pets or smoking. Phone Warren at 208-340-2172 or 342-4530. Details at : http://www. OREGON BEACH HOUSE Gull’s Nest is a 3BD home in quiet Waldport. Just a short walk from miles of sandy beach. Gull’s Nest has basic cable and internet, 1 queen, 1 full, two twins and 1 queen sofa sleeper. 15 mi. south of Newport and the aquarium. Winter rates: $95/night, the third night is free. Well-behaved dogs are welcome with a fee. Call 1-866-540-5951 for reservations.

BW BEAUTY 2010 BEST OF BOISE To thank clients that voted us Best of Boise 2010, Danielle at Euphoria Salon is offering 50% off any color service when booked with a haircut + a free brow wax or threading! Our great clients make us strive to be great. Call 344-0500 for appointments and pricing. *HAIR BY HANNAH* Mention this ad and receive $10 off any Beauty Service by Hannah! Located at Oliver’s Salon. 508 S. 5th ST. 214-755-1059/208-336-8200.

Hot tub available, heated table, hot oil full-body Swedish massage. Total seclusion. Days/Eves/Weekends. Visa/Master Card accepted, Male only. 866-2759. Prof. therapeutic massage only by trained & experienced masseur. New client special. Robert 4846251.




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1/2 hr. $15. FULL BODY. Hot oil, spa/showers, 24/7. I travel. 8805772. Male Only. Boise & Nampa studios.

BW COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL BUILDING 3000 sq. ft. commercial building for sale at 6521 Ustick Rd. Great deal! lid/16372493 LONG CREEK LODGE In beautiful Grant County of Oregon between Pendleton & John Day, the NE sector of Oregon. The Malheur National Forest sits only 15 mi. from the Lodge, as well as lakes, the Middle Fork of the John Day River, and three hunting units. Long Creek Lodge: 9 rooms all with their own bathroom/cooler/ Direct TV, parking, laundry room , single apt. $225,000 Contact: Leslie Barnett 541-421-9212.


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BW CHIROPRACTIC CHIROPRACTIC ORIENTATION Enter to Win a FREE YEAR of Chiropractic Care by coming to one of our weekly, 45-min orientation talks. No gimmicks, no strings, no BS. Simply attend and be entered into a drawing for a FREE YEAR of care. A new winner will be drawn every six weeks! Seating is limited, so please RSVP. More information, directions and RSVP on-line at Orientation is held every Tuesday 6:15pm at our office 500 W. Idaho St., Suite 240, downtown Boise at 5th and Idaho, upstairs, above the Flying M Coffeehouse. Dr. Ed Rabin, Chiropractor. 208-955-7277.

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B O I S E W E E K LY CA R E ERS BW HELP WANTED CHACHA IS HIRING! ChaCha is hiring home based guides! Customers text questions from their phone, it comes to your computer and you get paid per question you answer (depending on your position, between 2-20 cents). It adds up fast! Full time or part time, pick your hours. Right now they are only hiring those who are referred by current employees so apply at http:// and enter chachamommy86@yahoo. com in the referral box. **Type the email address, do not copy and paste as sometimes it will leave spaces and you will get an error message. Paid In Advance! Make $1000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! www.

HAIRVANA STATION FOR LEASE Hairvana is looking for a dynamic stylist to join our team and grow your clientele in this exciting salon located at 4414 Overland Road. 6 mo. lease option and you carry your own product! If you are interested in joining this great salon, please call Jackie at 794-1929. SALES AGENT Don’t find a sales job, find a sales career. Combined Insurance is looking for quality individuals to join its sales force. We provide training, a training completion bonus, comprehensive benefits and leads for your local market. For immediate consideration please contact Joanne Berk, Recruitment Specialist, at 847.953.8326, or email a resume and cover letter to joanne. . You may also apply directly in the Careers tab on our website: EOE. We will be conducting interviews in the Boise area immediately so apply today! FREE ON-LINE CLASSIFIED ADS Place your FREE on-line classifieds at It’s easy! Just click on “Post Your FREE Ad.” No phone calls please.

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WANTED MODELS International artist needs models M/F for country music video. Call Cheri 208-629-4874.



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SEL UNIV. BUSINESS MANAGER Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) in Pullman, WA, seeks a professional, innovative and detailed individual for our SEL University Business Manager. If you are looking for an opportunity to direct and promote technical training to employees and industry participants to excel in the power industry, then this may be the position for you! SEL’s corporate office is located in Eastern Washington where you’ll enjoy an unmatched quality of life. Enjoy the smaller town life: country space, freedom from traffic, easy access to recreational activities in nearby mountains, rivers, and forests, as well as great schools and universities. For a complete job description and to apply, please visit our website: http://www.selinc. com/careers/applynow.aspx Temporary Farm labor: Yellowstone Produce, Savage, MT, has 2 positions for grain, hay, sugar beets, livestock & oilseed crops. 3 mo. exp. req. w/ ref.; valid & clean DL; tools & equipment provided; housing and trans. provided; trans. & subsistence expenses reimb.; $9.90/hr; work period guaranteed from 11/26/10 – 9/26/11. Apply at the nearest State Workforce Agency with Job Order 3513802.

MOVIES YULE LOVE Come support the Salvation Army November 8 at Edwards Theater and the Gateway Center in Nampa by watching family-friendly Christmas movies, for only $2! Concessions (popcorn and soft drinks will only be $2 as well). 100% of the proceeds go to the Salvation Army. The first movie is shown at 11am and last one is shown at 10pm.

BW HOLIDAY BAZAAR BW CAREER EDUCATION & TRAINING NAMPA CAMPUS NOW OPEN! Get the career education you want, where you want it. StevensHenager College’s Boise campus is opening a satellite campus on North Marketplace Blvd in Nampa. Call Right Now! 800-716-5645.


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

CO M M U N I T Y BW ANNOUNCEMENTS NEW PT AT THRIVE! Thrive Physical Therapy + Pilates is pleased to announce that Stacey L. Scanlan, PT, MPT has joined our practice. Stacey graduated from the University of Utah in 1998 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree. Stacey is accepting new patients. Please call 344-0737 or email to schedule!

DANCELINE HOLIDAY BAZAAR!! Cougar Danceline will be hosting their first annual Holiday Bazaar. Saturday, November 6, 10am6pm. Come join Us! Booths are still available! Contact Caldwell High School.

BW VOLUNTEERS BELL-RINGING VOLUNTEERS! Volunteer to be a bell ringer at any of our kettle stands in Boise or Meridian. Volunteers are welcome any Monday through Saturday. Shifts are available in 2-4 hr. increments. Singers and musicians make great bell ringers! Encourage your family and friends to join you. The money raised helps support our all of our programs throughout the year. HELP WANTED: LANG. TEACHERS Boise Schools Community Education is seeking Foreign Language Teachers for our upcoming Winter 2011 session. We offer inexpensive courses for the community and are seeking teachers in: Spanish, French, German & Italian instructors. Volunteer to teach with us, and teach one night, 2 hrs. for 6 wks. Great addition to your resume! 854-4047. Call Boise Weekly to advertise your Yard Sale. 4 lines of text and a free Yard Sale kit for an unbeatable price of $20. Kit includes 3 large signs, pricing stickers, success tips and checklist. Extra signs avail. for purchase. Call Boise Weekly by 10AM on Monday to post your Yard Sale for the next Wednesday edition. 344-2055.


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LESSONS IN SATIRE Join local group American Films as they provide a learning experience through the medium of film. The Absurdist Film Festival includes several short films from artists across this great nation. Hosted by Robert Frost. November 6 at Visual Arts Collective. Tickets are $10. Doors Open at 8pm.

LOST MALE WELSH CORGI/MIX Please help me find my dog. He means the world to me. Male 3.5 yrs. Red and white with striking blue eyes. 3/4 Welsh Corgi and 1/4 Mini Australian Shepherd. “Tillman.” Extremely affectionate and would have gone home with anyone. I live on Mallard/Highland cross-streets. Missing 10/16 evening when I came home. Please call 208-514-7542.

LOST PUPPY-PLEASE HELP Reward!! Yorkie, approx. 6 lbs, mostly black, with gray hair on the top of his head and he has tan colored hair on his legs. He had Boise City license tags and rabies tags on. His name is Otis and he will respond to Ots, Oters, Otis... etc. He was last seen in the parking lot on the corner of Ustick and Five Mile. If you have any information, please contact me. No questions asked. I just want him back!! My heart is completely broken! Please call 208-859-3286 or email me at





Cash Only. Everything from baking racks to yard tools to self watering flower pots. October 30th. 9-5pm. 921 N. Gossett Ave.

F O R S A LE BW STUFF 9 Piece King Sleigh Bed Set Brand new. Dovetail drawers. List $2950. Sacrifice $799. 888-1464. Bed, Queen Tempurpedic Style Memory Foam Mattress. Brand new, w/warranty. Must sell $225. 921-6643. BEDROOM SET 7 pc. Cherry set. Brand new, still boxed. Retail $2250, Sacrifice $450. 888-1464. Couch & Loveseat - Microfiber. Stain Resistant. Lifetime Warranty. Brand new in boxes. List $1395. Must Sell $450! 888-1464. IDAHO HONEY We have 100% pure and local honey for sale. Our honey is produced organically, unfiltered, and tastes amazing. $10/pint, $15/ quart. If interested, please call Alex at 208-921-1503. KING SIZE PILLOW TOP MATTRESS SET. New - in bag, w/ warranty. MUST SELL $199. Call 921-6643. Leather Sofa plus Loveseat. Brand new in crate w/Lifetime warranty. Retail $2450. Sell $699! 888-1464. QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS SET. Brand new-still in plastic. Warranty. MUST SELL $139. Can deliver. 921-6643. SOLID WOOD ROUND TABLE The table is approximately 45” across. This is a heavy wood table that shows signs of being used. $30 or OBO. Please call Dennis at 208-322-2597. Yakima bike carrier. 4 bikes. $50 good condition. 376-4956.

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

ZORRO: 7-year-old male Alaskan malamute (107 lbs.). Gentle on the leash. Good with older kids and dogs. Coat requires brushing. (Kennel 321- #11694417)

MATILDA: 9-month-old female black/orange, domestic longhair. Loving cat with a luxurious coat. Gentle and calm. (Kennel 74#11733831)

RAY: 6-month-old male border collie mix. Enjoys other dogs and good with kids. A sensitive puppy who will grow up to be very devoted. (Kennel 326- #11703907)

SPARKY: 4-year-old male Jack Russell terrier mix. Best in an adult-only home. Housetrained. Good with other dogs. Full of life. (Kennel 314- #11699877)

BUDDY: 2-year-old female cat. A sensitive, shy cat whose owners lost their home. Litterbox-trained. Gets along with other cats. (Kennel 44- #11716794)

MARLEY: 4-year-old male orange and white cat. Large, friendly, good with kids and very easy going. Gets along well with dogs. (Kennel 117- #11573773)



We buy general household items for CASH. Call 331-2366.

These pets can be adopted at Simply Cats. 2833 S. Victory View Way | 208-343-7177

MAGELLIN: I will navigate myself straight into your heart.


KALO: I love sunbathing OTTO: I am cat of and snuggling with my the month! favorite people.

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Need used chain link dog run or any size chain link panel. Barter for items to equal value for fair trade. 336-9127.

UPSIDE DOWN ON YOUR HOME? House value dropped? Loss of Income? Behind on your payment? If you own a home and answered yes to any of these 3 questions you may be a candidate for a short sale of your home. Don’t just walk away from your home!! This could lead to severe consequences to you in the future. Let us negotiate with your bank on your behalf and help you to unburden yourself! Unsure what your options are or how a short sale works? We offer a FREE consultation. Simply visit and click the Short Sale link to get started. There is no obligation, but we feel you deserve to know what options are available to you. We are fast to respond and helping our clients is our top priority! Krista 860-1650 and Heidi 440-5997. Market Pro Real Estate, Your first and last stop for short sale help!


M U S IC BW MUSIC INSTRUCTION VIOLIN & FIDDLE LESSON Violin and/or Fiddle lessons for all ages are given for 30 min. or 1 hr. each week. One on one with a private instructor. Opportunity to play with a group once tunes have been learned. Instruments available for purchase or rental. For more infomation 344-7297 or email

BW MUSICIANS’ EXCHANGE Amateur guitarist looking for someone to jam with. 371-0247/Keith.

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AFFORDABLE TILE INSTALLATION Affordable tile installation. For a free estimate call 208-891-0323. BOISE ANIMATOR Very Reasonable. www.shontoon. com Call 208-908-1608.

BOISE DIVORCE AND CUSTODY If you are getting divorced and you have child custody issues you can’t afford to mess around. Call Kershisnik Law today 472-2383. With 17 yrs. of exp. you will get the best at a price you can afford. Visit us on the web at http://www. ISB# 4607


T R A N SPO RTAT I O N BW 4 WHEELS 2001 FORD TAURUS SES SEDAN This super reliable. 101,900 mi. Drives GREAT! With a 3.5L V6 and a six speed automatic transmission that is perfect for city and highway driving. Includes all power options, keyless entry, and great tires. This car will sell fast. Call, text : 208-880-3705. 1956 CHEVY BEL AIR Classic! 4 dr. Blue on blue. Coker whitewall bias plys. 235 cu. in six cylinder. Good glass, decent straight body w/a few rust spots. Interior needs attention. Reliable Gal. No tire kickers, time wasters, scammers. $4000 firm. 208-724-7437. 2008 SAAB 9-3 2.0T I am selling my laser-red Saab 9-3 2.0T. Low 19K mi. It has an automatic transmission with Sentronic shifters. $16,500 for this car that has been kept in exceptional condition, but may be willing to go a bit lower depending on the arrangement.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the Chinese province of Fujian, people used to believed they could communicate directly with the dead. If they slept on the grave of the person they wished to reach, their dreams during the night might lead to a meeting with the spirit. I propose that you consider something similar, Aries, because according to my reading of the astrological omens, you would benefit from communing with your ancestors. If you can’t actually spend the night near their final resting place, find another way to contact them in dreams. Put their photos under your pillow, maybe, or hold one of their beloved objects as you sleep. Halloween costume suggestion: the ancestor whose influence you need most right now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, performance artist Marina Abramovic stared into the eyes of a succession of different strangers for 700 hours. Actresses Marisa Tomei and Isabella Rossellini were among those who received her visual probes, as well as 1,400 less famous folks. I think it would be fun for you to do a variation on her ritual to get closer to the allies with whom you’d like to develop a deeper bond. Are you up for some deep eye gazing? Halloween costume suggestion: a mystic seer, a god or goddess with a third eye, a superhero whose power is X-ray vision. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Have you ever seen truffles? They are bulbous, warty clumps. Because they grow underground near trees, specially trained pigs and dogs are needed to sniff out their location. In parts of Europe their taste is so prized that they can sell for up to $6,000 per pound. In my opinion, the truffle should be your metaphor of the month for November. I expect that you will be in the hunt for an ugly but delectable treasure or a homely but valuable resource. Halloween costume suggestion: a Frankensteinian beauty queen or underwear model, a rhino in a prom dress, a birthday cake made of lunchmeat. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t try harder, Cancerian; try easier. Don’t turn your focus into a whitehot beam of piercing intensity; relax your focus into a soft-eyed enjoyment of playing around with the possibilities. Don’t tense your sphincter, marshal your warrior ferocity and stir up your righteous anger at how life refuses to conform to your specifications. Rather, send waves of tenderness through your body, open your heart to the experiment of blending your energy with life’s unpredictable flow, and marvel at the surprising revelations and invitations that are constantly flowing

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your way. Halloween costume suggestions: Mr. Smooth, Ms. Velvet, Dr. Groovalicious, DJ Silky. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I wanted to change the world,” said writer Aldous Huxley. “But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” I suggest you adopt that as your operative hypothesis. Maybe in a few weeks it’ll make sense for you to shower your loved ones with advice, and maybe you’ll eventually get re-inspired to save humanity. But for now, your assignment is to fix, refine and recalibrate your own beautifully imperfect self. Halloween costume suggestion: hermit, anarchist, keeper of a gorgeous diary, do-it-yourself brain surgeon. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In May’s national election, none of Britain’s three political parties got a majority. For a while, the country had no leader. Eventually, the rightwing Conservatives and the leftwing Liberal Democrats formed a coalition. Some people had mixed feelings about the deal. “I said it was like a cross between a bulldog and chihuahua,” London’s mayor announced. “But what I meant is it will have a fantastic hybrid vigor.” I suspect that a certain merger you have in the works could yield similar feelings. Halloween costume suggestion: half-bulldog, half-chihuahua; part hummingbird, part-crocodile; equal mix of Gandhi and Napoleon. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Five white tigers at a Chinese wild animal park became way too tame for their own good. Maybe they’d hung around humans too long or their lifestyle was too cushy. Whatever the reason, one of their essential instincts atrophied. A zookeeper put live chickens into their habitats, hoping they would pounce and devour, but instead they retreated as if unnerved. Tigers scared of chickens?! Since then the zoo officials have been taking measures to boost the big cats’ bravado. I bring this to your attention, Libra, because I’m worried you might be headed in the tigers’ direction. Undomesticate thyself! Halloween costume suggestion: a big fierce creature. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You could really use your own personal doorman or doorwoman— someone who would accompany you everywhere you go and help you gain entrance through the portals you encounter. In my vision of what you require, this assistant would go further. He or she would find secret camouflaged doors for you, and do the equivalent of uttering Ali Baba’s magic words “Open Sesame!” He or she would even create doors for you, allowing you to penetrate obstacles—going into carpenter mode and fashioning a

passageway for you right on the spot. If you can’t find anyone to fulfill this role for you, do it yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a doorman or doorwoman; a gatekeeper from a fairy tale. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Is the highest form of courage embodied in a soldier fighting during a war? Irish poet William Butler Yeats didn’t think so. He said that entering into the abyss of one’s deep self is equally daring. By my reckoning, that will be the location of your greatest heroism in the days ahead. Your most illuminating and productive adventures will be the wrestling matches you have with the convulsive, beautiful darkness you find inside. Halloween costume suggestion: a peaceful warrior. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The average spammer sends out 12,414,000 e-mails before snagging the money of just one gullible dupe. You’re not going to have to be quite that prolific in order to get the word out about what you have to offer, but you’ll have to be pretty persistent. Fortunately, to improve your odds and raise your chances of success, all you have to do is purify your intentions. So please check in with your deep self and make sure that your gift or idea or product or service has impeccable integrity. Halloween costume suggestion: a holy salesperson; an angel hawking real estate in paradise; a TV infomercial spokesperson for free cake. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Sunlight may smell spicy or musky to you these days. The wind might have a flavor like chocolate liqueur or a ripe peach. The hum of the Earth as it turns may sound like a symphony you heard once in a dream. Your body? Electric. Your soul? Sinewy. In other words, Aquarius magic is afoot. The hills are alive with future memories that taste delicious. Your feet will touch sacred ground far more than usual. Halloween costume suggestion: a character from a film that changed your life for the better. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the middle of the last century, avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger threw a masquerade party called “Come as Your Madness.” One of the invited guests was the Piscean writer Anais Nin. She appeared as the ancient fertility goddess Astarte, but with an unexpected wrinkle: She wore a birdcage over her head. This Halloween I urge you to be inspired by Nin’s decision to portray her madness as a goddess, but reject Nin’s decision to cage the head of her mad goddess. Find a disguise that allows you to embody the best and most beautiful part of your craziness, and let it roam free.



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