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NOT SO SECURE? Security in the sky is all about the loopholes

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THE IT LIST Where to be and what to do this week

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ANGRY BIRDS Time-sucking app hits 10 million downloads

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SCHOOL’S OUT Local school combines academics with the great outdoors

“... an anti-sex hypocrite hoisted with his own repressively prudish petard? Priceless.”

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THE PRICE OF CLEAN This week’s main feature, which we’ve reprinted from our fellow alt weekly friends at Salt Lake City Weekly, stirred such a spirited discussion in BW’s newsroom, we decided to give it a few column inches. It all came down to a simple debate that, seemingly, has no simple answers. Is altering films for language and sexual content acceptable? Nearly all of us have seen altered films—whether on airplanes or on network TV, and by and large, few seem to take issue. Introduce moral objections rather than legal restrictions—as is the case with films altered for flights— as reasons for scrubbing a movie clean and suddenly, the debate takes on a different color. This week’s feature “Scrubbed Clean,” explores a Utah professor’s struggle to understand not only why his students insist on scrubbed movies, but also why he cares what they watch. In Citydesk this week, you’ll read about Pfc. Andrew Holmes’ Article 32 hearing in Washington on Monday. Holmes, from Boise, is charged with gruesome crimes, including murdering Afghan civilians and keeping body parts as trophies. BW News Editor George Prentice traveled to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to report on the hearing earlier this week. We’ll continue to follow the story as it develops, with what to my knowledge is the only local reporting on the story. What can I say? Some media outlets have large budgets for covering faraway football games ... we skip the pigskin. And if you’re diligently picking up your BW on Wednesday, please do join us tonight at the ninth annual BW Cover Auction, where we’ll sell off the last year of BW covers to raise money for the local arts scene. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Idaho State Historical Museum, and we mean it when we say the auction starts at 6 p.m. You’ll find full details on Page 14 of this week’s edition. Finally, looking a few weeks ahead, early holiday deadlines are coming up. If you have an event in December or in the first week of 2011, start thinking about getting your info to calendar@boiseweekly.com and check back for a final deadline in the coming weeks. —Rachael Daigle

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AND THE TALLY IS ... Wednesday, Nov. 17, is BW’s ninth annual Cover Auction. Log on to Cobweb first thing Thursday morning for a full run down on the numbers, including the highest grossing piece, the night’s total and a final count on empty tequila bottles. (If you’re picking up BW on Wednesday, join us at Idaho State Historical Museum for the event. More on Page 14.)

FULL COVERAGE OF BOISE SOLDIER’S HEARING On Nov. 15, 20-year-old Andrew Holmes from Boise appeared in court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and Citydesk was there. Holmes is one of five soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians and keeping body parts as trophies. Read more in News on Page 9 and for full coverage, visit Citydesk.

SLEEP TIGHT, DON’T LET THE BED BUGS BITE The blood-sucking little buggers that had New York City residents avoiding movie theaters last summer have been found in Boise. Visit Citydesk for an original BW video report on bed bugs.

HENRY’S GETS THE GREEN LIGHT Those of you paying close attention to the barrage of specialty market news may be happy to hear that Henry’s, slated for the west end of downtown Boise, sailed through its design-review hearing. Maybe Whole Foods could learn a thing or two from them.

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INSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE

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NEWS Airport security isn’t so secure if you’re not flying commercial CITIZEN

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NOISE BW gets to know Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s

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MUSIC GUIDE

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ARTS Improv takes its cue in Boise

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SCREEN Fair Game

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REC Alzar School takes the lessons outside

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FOOD Going Old Country at Tres Bonne Cuisine

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NYT CROSSWORD

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MONEY IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES? Editor’s Note: A Citydesk post about a $5-million expansion for Bronco Stadium elicited a number of responses at facebook.com/ boiseweekly. Among them: I’m sure this will be above-the-fold headline, front-page “nooz” in the Mistakesman for at least a week. Bleh. —Geoff Baker All the haters need to realize how much money

goes into this school (non athletic!) because of the football program and stop whining about how much money is spent on sports. —Dan Moore @Dan Moore: You need to realize throwing a ball around isn’t a priority and has no place in an academic institution. Can you please point out what college-level concepts are being learned by the students that participate? —Andrew Kent

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A few things ... The expansion is estimated at $100 million. The $5 million in the headline is from private donors, so they can do whatever they want with their money. What about all the jobs that the expansion will add when they start working on it? —Quinn Modrak And from a similar discussion about the City of Boise’s $15,000 campaign to curb panhandling: Isn’t this treating the symptom rather than the disease? What a waste. —Amy Jarvie Knight It’s not what’s best for the panhandlers. They just don’t want homeless people standing around on street corners. —Susan Nelson-Sangiorgi

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BILL COPE/OPINION

GLOATING ON AIR Election analysis to a nutshell

“Cope, you must be desiccated.” “Desi-what?” Four days gone, and I come home to Red squatting on my front steps. He says he got there just before I pulled in, but I don’t believe him. There was quite a clutter of McRib wrappers and Mountain Dew cans scattered about, and I suspected he’d been there since the day I left. “Dessicated? Ain’t that what I mean? It’s how you must feel after the Tea Party kicked your socialistic patooties all over the U. S. and A?” “I think you mean devastated, don’t you, Red? Desiccated is how mummies get. All dried up and juiced out.” “Then I got the right word after all. You look purty dang dried up and juiced out to me.” “Oh yeah? Listen, you’d look all dried up and juiced out too if you’d just spent six hours on the road. And don’t lie, Red … have you been here since the election, waiting to gloat in my face?” “Well whose face was I supposed to go gloat in, Cope? You’re the only dang Dem’crat I know.” “That’s because I’m the only dang Democrat who’ll have anything to do with you. Now why are you here? I’m tired, my butt hurts and the last thing I want to do right now is listen to you. Or any other Republican, for that matter.” “Wull since’n your last two columns were zipped up afore time, I ain’t got the pleasure yet of hearing your wrap-up on hows come your side got thumped so good.” “What’s there to say? How’s this: On Nov. 2, 2010, roughly 42 million Americans stomped their feet, held their breaths and threw a hissy fit, mostly to show how pissed and peeved they are that the economy is still in crummy shape and how they want it to change right now or I’ll just scream!!!, and the number of voters who felt that way came out to roughly 3 million more than the number of voters who didn’t, excluding the roughly 126 million voters who didn’t bother to vote, being either too lazy, too self-involved, too ignorant or apathetic or stupid, and therefore, for the zillionth time in the nation’s history, the balance of power shifted perceptibly from one side to the other, and now, the people whose insane policies brought us this crummy economy are once again in control of many aspects of our governance, which means they’d better do something pee-dee-cue to fix the mess they made, which they can’t because all they know how to do is screw things up, not how to un-screw them, which means that in two more years, another batch of pissed, peeved voters will stomp their feet, hold their breaths and perceptibly shift the balance of power again, and eventually either something will work or it won’t, which would mean that America will continue on the downhill path WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

that leads to the shithouse of history, where it’s been headed since the day Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 … and there, Red, is my election wrap-up. Happy?” “Whoopy-do, I am honoraried. Mister OhSo-Smarmy-Pants Cope has cast me perks of wisdom. Please, Mister Old Bitterhead Crazy Bird, elucidate me more on hows your elitist intellect is so superior to little ol‘ mine.” “Jesus, Red. You’re starting to sound like that dip who leaves a comment online after almost every column.” “Which dip you mean, Cope? By my count, there’s three of ’em what are purdy regular with their disagreeablenesses.” “I used to think that, too. But over time, I’ve seen how they all write in the same insipid way, using the same stale cut-and-paste insults and arguments you know good and well they lift from somewhere else, and how they’re always stroking each other on how clever they are, and how they share a common comprehension level, which registers somewhere between shallow and nonexistent. But most of all, I noticed how often they leave a comment within minutes of one another, and I got to wondering if there are really three of them, or if it’s just one idle bore commenting under three monikers. You know … like in that movie where the last few Foreign Legion guys prop dead soldiers up on the walls to fool the enemy into thinking there was something formidable going on? Beau Geste.” “Gesundheit. Sos you don’t believe there really is that feller ‘dlb’ what hates you so much? Or that ‘Paddywack Good Dog?’” “Red, it’s impossible for me to believe in anyone who hides behind fake names. ‘dlb,’ for instance … it seems obvious to me that ‘dlb’ is short for ‘dingleberry,’ but what sort of person would call himself ‘dingleberry?’” “So outta the three of ’em, which one do you think is real?” “None of them. ‘Goodyboy,’ ‘Dinglepatience,’ ‘Berrybike’ ... they just represent interchangeable units of dullness. My money says they all boil down to one sad-sack who flops out of bed every Wednesday morning and tries to give some significance to his drab life by leaving another load of the same-old, same-old in the comment feature. Do you see anything real about that?” “Dang, Cope. What if’n you’re wrong and they really are different fellers? Ain’t ya’ worried they’ll be mad at you?” “Pfft. That would just mean there are three sad-sacks instead of one. And believe me, I’ve had better people than that mad at me. Now hows about you pick up your trash and scoot.” “Ain’t you interested in what I think of your election wrap-up?” “Red, surely you don’t mean to tell me that after all these years, you still haven’t figured out I don’t give a damn what you think?”

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OPINION/TED RALL

YES, I CAN

Straight talk on balancing the budget NEW YORK—The federal budget deficit is like the weather. Everybody talks about it; except for Bill Clinton, no one ever does anything about it. President Barack Obama’s bipartisan Fiscal Debt Commission released a draft report that starts out with a problem: even talking about reducing spending is insane when you’re in the midst of a depression. Triumphant Republicans say they want to balance the budget. So does Obama. Are they serious? Of course not. Theoretical budget-balancing exercises help enlighten us about where our tax dollars go. So let’s start some slashing. The 2010 federal budget shows $3.6 trillion in spending and $2.4 trillion in revenues. Net deficit: $1.2 trillion. It is nearly 13 percent of GDP, the highest since 1943. The goal is to close a $1.2-trillion budget gap. Can we find at least $1.2 trillion in budget cuts? Any serious budget cutter has to start with defense: it accounts for 54 percent of discretionary federal spending. Of that 54 percent, 18 percent is debt service on old wars. That leaves 36 percent, or $1.3 trillion, of which $200 billion a year goes to Afghanistan and Iraq. Let’s pull out. We’re losing anyway. New deficit: $1 trillion. In 2007 Chalmers Johnson wrote a book about the costs of American imperialism. “The worldwide total of U.S. military personnel in 2005, including those based domestically, was 1,840,062 supported by an additional 473,306 Defense Department civil service employees and 203,328 local hires,” he wrote. “Its overseas bases, according to the Pentagon, contained 32,327 barracks, hangars, hospitals and other buildings, which it owns, and

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16,527 more that it leased. The size of these holdings was recorded in the inventory as covering 687,347 acres overseas and 29,819,492 acres worldwide, making the Pentagon easily one of the world’s largest landlords.” It’s time to bring those 2.3 million men and women home. At an average of $140,000 per employee we could save $322 billion annually. New deficit: $676 billion. After defense, the other big costs are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The obvious place to start is with wealthy recipients. Why should Bill Gates, worth $58 billion, get Social Security or Medicare benefits? Eliminating benefits for the approximately 1 percent of families older than 65 who earn more than $100,000 a year could save $150 billion. New deficit: $526 billion. Now let’s talk about the other side of the equation: income. How can the U.S. government scare up some extra cash? Allowing the Bush tax cuts for the richest 3 percent of Americans to expire on schedule would bring in $70 billion a year. New deficit: $456 billion. When it comes to revenues, you have to go where the money is: the wealthy. Despite the economy, there are still 2 million households earning a whopping $250,000 or more per year. (Their average income is $435,000.) If we were to increase these superrich Americans’ income tax rate from 35 to 50 percent, we’d bring in an extra $131 billion. If we raised it back to 91 percent—the rate during the boom years between 1950 to 1963— the Treasury would collect $487 billion. Budget surplus: $31 billion. And we haven’t started on corporate taxes.

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NEWS/CITYDESK NEWS

HIGH ANXIETY Commercial travel becomes more draconian while security guidelines remain lax for private aircraft GEORGE PRENTICE Department, flying state employees across Idaho on a moment’s notice. “The business aviation world is very close-

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When the most famous pilot in America has a problem with airport security, you know the Transportation Security Administration has a problem. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger—who famously ditched his passenger jet in New York’s Hudson River in 2009, saving everyone on board—joined his pilots’ union last week in opposing full-body scans, saying “they pose radiation risk.” And alternative hand searches were “embarrassingly devoid of common sense,” said Mike Cleary, president of the Allied Pilots Association. TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird told BW from his regional office in Salt Lake City that his agency is committed to the strict procedures. “We are frequently reminded that our enemy is creative and willing to go to great lengths to evade detection,” said Baird. “We’re committed to intelligence-driven security measures, and that includes advanced imaging technology and the patdown procedure.” Baird said TSA is “doing everything possible to stay ahead of evolving threats.” Well, maybe not everything. Americans are expected to break passenger records on Wednesday, Nov. 24, which is predicted to be the busiest travel day of the year. But it turns out that three out of every four aircraft in the skies that day will have little to no security oversight. “Our guidelines for general aviation are not mandatory,” said Baird. Baird referred to the “recommendations” that TSA offers to general aviation aircraft. There are more than 200,000 GA craft in the United States, including everything from a $65 million business jet to a crop duster to a weekend pilot’s Piper Cub. Baird said private operators are expected to “police themselves” by following TSA’s recommendations. “We’re all concerned about what’s going on with our airplanes,” said Mike Pape. Pape knows as much about air safety as almost anyone in Idaho. Not only does he serve as a commissioner for the Boise Airport, but he’s also a lifetime pilot. Pape has flown the globe for Pan American and Eastern airlines. He also piloted private aircraft for Albertsons and Boise Cascade. Currently, Pape is the director of flight operations for the Idaho Transportation WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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knit,” said Pape. “It’s a pretty good gig.” But Pape shook his head when asked about the fate of current commercial pilots. “Did you know that a baggage handler at the Boise Airport makes more than the starting salary for a co-pilot of a commercial plane?” As a result, Pape said more pilots are turning to general aviation. And their passengers are following them. “Have you looked at a commercial flight lately? You’ll notice that the first-class section is no longer comprised of the business traveler. It’s the frequent flier being upgraded. More and more, the business traveler is going to private aircraft.” When they do, quite a few business travelers turn to Boise-based Conyan Aviation, flying since 1981. With a current fleet of 10, ranging from passenger jets to small turboprops, Conyan flies businessmen and women across the United States at all hours of the day. “I’d say three-fourths of our passengers are traveling for business,” said Eric Thomas, director of operations for Conyan. “We have 10 fulltime pilots, and at our peak they’re all in the air.” While TSA doesn’t mandate security, Thomas said Conyan does a pretty good job of policing itself. “First, we have strict security training each year for our entire staff: pilots, mechanics, everybody,” said Thomas. “Next, we have additional screening of our passengers through something called our 12-5 security program. That’s for any aircraft over 12,500 pounds.” Every employee at Conyan is cross-checked daily through the TSA advisory list. When BW asked for a tour of the fleet just south of the Boise Airport, Conyan’s security was present. But TSA was nowhere in sight. “TSA does not plan, at this time, to make any of its recommended security measures mandatory for GA operators,” said Baird. But Baird wanted to remind the thousands of passengers who will travel in and out of the Boise Airport over the holidays that TSA considers body scans and pat downs absolutely necessary. Because, in his words, security is imperative “to stay ahead of evolving threats.” But that’s only the case if you’re flying commercial.

BOISE SOLDIER INSISTS: “I DIDN’T MURDER ANYONE” Something terrible happened on Jan. 15 in the small Afghanistan village of La Mohammad Kalay. Someone tossed a U.S. Army grenade at a civilian. Someone else shot a civilian. Army prosecutors say the murderers were part of a “kill team,” made up of members of Bravo Company, Second Battalion, First Infantry Regiment, Fifth Brigade while stationed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise is alleged to be one of the killers. Half a world away on Nov. 15, Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise was led into a military courtroom and accused of murder, conspiracy and possessing body parts. Special Agent Benjamin Stevenson spoke of his discovery of two human fingers near the living quarters of Holmes and his company. A member of that company, Spc. Ryan Mallett, remembered Jan. 15, saying he saw Holmes fire his weapon at a male Afghan civilian. But in cross examination, Mallett said that Holmes’ shots may have missed the civilian. While witness after witness linked Holmes to the atrocities, Holmes’ defense team dropped a legal bombshell and its aftershock could reach as far the Pentagon. Two Army special agents testified that thencommander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, had been updated on the alleged crimes and, in turn, briefed Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. “It’s awfully troubling when you see indications that a high level of command could be influencing a criminal investigation,” lead defense counsel Dan Conway told Citydesk. As for exactly what happened on Jan. 15, Conway said his client was there but only taking orders. “At the time of the shooting, Pfc. Holmes did not know that his team leader was staging a killing and using Holmes as an unwilling participant,” said Conway. Conway said he asked the Army Court of Criminal Appeals to introduce into evidence a series of photographs of the slain civilian’s body. “These photographs will demonstrate that Pfc. Holmes shot and missed the civilian. There aren’t any bullet holes shot by a machine gun,” Conway told Citydesk. Due to the sensitive nature of the photographs, only descriptions of the pictures have been allowed thus far. “They’re making some very sensational charges,” said Conway. “We want to enter these photographs into the record and not conduct this hearing in secret.” Conway said his client was equally reluctant to handle body parts. “His superior insisted that Pfc. Holmes take a finger [from the corpse],” said Conway. “He never wanted the finger, but he took it and disposed of it soon after.” At the end of a long day of testimony, Conway asked for an unscheduled piece of evidence to be entered into the record: a statement from Holmes. The 20-year-old private stood at attention and faced Investigating Officer Michael Liles. “I didn’t murder anyone,” Holmes said. “I’m proud of my son,” Forest Holmes told Citydesk. “Andy’s a good kid and he’s a good soldier.” —George Prentice

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CHARLIE FEE Brushing up his Shakespeare GEORGE PRENTICE

How is the company doing ďŹ nancially? We’re doing ďŹ ne. Because, quite frankly, we’re good at planning. 2008 was, like for everybody else, down a bit. 2009 saw a bigger drop. In 2010, we are actually up on season tickets, but single tickets came down a little bit, so we came out ďŹ ne. We’ve been in the black for 15 seasons straight. These last few years, we tightened and tightened and tightened, and we managed to cut a lot of expenses. But for 2011, I’ve picked a giant, populist season. I do feel we can plan for, push for and hope for real growth this coming season. You’ll open the season next June when you direct Two Gentlemen of Verona. A big, big Shakespeare comedy, because we’re looking for the big comedies to anchor our season.

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Are you at a stage where you’re considering a cast for Two Gents? I went into Two Gents thinking I had the key players set. I actually ended up with none of them. I chose to go forward anyway. It’s exciting for us as a company because now I have an opportunity to cast the four lead roles with four young actors who haven’t been working with us for the last few years, or perhaps ever.

Do you have open auditions? Yes. Our union requires it. We plan to audition in Chicago in December and Los Angeles in January. You’ll be directing the second production as well, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). We had a blast with this show last summer in Lake Tahoe. I didn’t know this past summer whether we would bring the show here to Idaho. It’s fun but also a little scary because I’ve got a number of open roles to cast. Third will be the season’s big musical. Cabaret is a spectacular, dramatic piece of musical theater as opposed to traditional musical comedy. It’s set in a time [pre World War II] and a place [Germany] fraught with danger. I’m interested in engaging our audiences into an experience with musicals that are deeper than traditional fare. Have you thought about who you will cast in the lead roles? Eduardo Placer [Puck in 2010’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream] will play the emcee. Jodi Dominick [the baker’s wife in 2008’s Into the Woods] will play Sally Bowles. And your fourth production will be another Shakespeare comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. I chose this for two reasons. First, I picked it for Sara Bruner [2011 will be Bruner’s 15th season with ISF]. This will be a very different kind of role for her. Sara has played so many different ingenues and women in the Shakespeare canon: Rosalind, Viola, Juliet, Desdemona, Ophelia. But she’s never really had this opportunity. This is a great role for her at this point in her career.

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About the only thing on stage at Idaho Shakespeare Festival right now is the occasional snowake. Yet the home ďŹ res are burning behind the scenes as the pieces come together for the 2011 season. Early-bird tickets go on sale Thanksgiving weekend. Next year will mark Charlie Fee’s 20th season as producing artistic director with ISF. He is also producing artistic director of Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Nevada.

Plus simultaneously, I met a new director at the Shakespeare festival in Ashland, Ore., Tracy Young. She directed a 2009 production of The Servant of Two Masters, which I adored. I told her, “We have to work together.â€? So I have a new director with a style I just love: wildly improvisational with a deep background in physicality and commedia dell’arte. And Shrew sort of feels like that. So this is a very good match. Bringing a woman as a director to this play introduces a very different sensibility, because Shrew is considered the ultimate battle of the sexes story. Tracy is brilliant and I’m very excited about bringing a new director into the team. And the ďŹ fth production will be The 39 Steps. It’s so much fun. Four actors play all the characters. So, it’ll be a quick-change show. It’s a theatrical form that is a blast for our audiences but it’s technically very difďŹ cult. Because it’s based on the classic novel and the Alfred Hitchcock ďŹ lm, it brings together a 1930s period sensibility that’s a wild romp. Do you seriously consider building a second stage someday? Yes. All the time. But it’s still not the moment to launch a major campaign. That day will come. Building a new theater would be a big undertaking and you really have to plan carefully for that.

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UTAH PROFESSOR THINKS “CLEAN” MOVIES ARE A DIRTY SHAME

CLEAN ome short while after I accepted a professorship to teach communications in Utah, a strange business opened its doors around the corner from my new home and horrified me. It was called CleanFlicks, and the service it provided was to edit out the “dirty” parts of Hollywood movies for conservative audiences who wanted to watch them but didn’t want to look at naked breasts or hear the word “fuck.” The business was a commercial success, but was named in a lawsuit, along with a number of similar businesses, by a group of major Hollywood studios and the Directors Guild of America for copyright violation. CleanFlicks and the others lost their case in federal court and were forced out of business. But, one of the CleanFlicks franchise owners stubbornly reopened his store in the same location, under a different name, Flix Club, in a defiant, publicly supported act of conservative-media activism and radical civil disobedience. The local authorities never shut him down. The otherwise law-abiding patrons in Utah County kept on renting his illegally edited films. On it went for over a year after the court case, until one day, the owner, Daniel Thompson, was arrested for paying two 14-year-old girls for sexual favors. Alcohol and Lortab pills were also found on the premises, and the Daily Herald reported that, along with the sex acts, Thompson told the girls that Flix Club was a front for pornographic film production and distribution. It is difficult not to make jokes and wry observations. The story is so deliciously lurid, Freudian and full of irony. Talk about the return of the repressed. Poor Daniel Thomp-

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son. Perhaps he was right all along. Watching all those dirty scenes over and over will pervert one’s mind. Maybe he sacrificed his own psycho-sexual health so the rest of us could safely remain non-pedophilic monogamists. He’s like Marie Curie. Or Jesus. He got perverted for our sins, and his sacrifice means we can all watch clean movies and not get depraved, like he did. After his arrest, the same conservative customers who once went to Thompson to have him illegally edit steamy scenes out of their R-rated movies eagerly devoured explicit accounts of his X-rated escapades in their daily newspapers, continuing to enjoy their moral superiority while savoring every unseemly detail of his multiple transgressions. For the liberals in Utah, the cost of a morning paper was only 50 cents, but the pleasure in watching an anti-sex hypocrite hoisted with his own repressively prudish petard? Priceless. But that story is unfair, incomplete and belies the vexing challenges of the CleanFlicks phenomenon. Should people be able to choose to watch movies with nudity or vulgar language removed if they want to? Different cherished freedoms are at odds over the question: The freedom of expression of artists and their control of their work are poised against the freedom of expression of audiences and their freedom to use their property freely, even if the original owner who sold it to them doesn’t like the way they use it. It is also tangled up with the practice of fair use of cultural texts by other artists, such as sampling in hip-hop or parody in comedy. Something else is at stake, too. It has to do with our collective relationships to culture,

our worldviews and views of human nature. It is about the psycho/erotic/social/symbolic relationships that are intertwined with politics, big and small, from the micro-disciplinary pressures of daily community life to the macro-legitimating strategies of religious and cultural authority. Agreeing to participate as a consumer in the edited-movie business—which many, many people do—entails agreeing with and consenting to a lot of other things as well, things that are bound up with the lives of all of us, even those who think the whole CleanFlicks enterprise is utterly absurd and has nothing to do with them. love movies and I hate censorship, and the fact that CleanFlicks was cutting things out of movies in a misguided attempt to improve their morality, and that was where my new neighbors and students voluntarily went to rent their movies, filled me with dread. It was like waking up in a Twilight Zone episode in which a group of well-intentioned people, thinking they were ensuring their safety or that of their children in the face of some infectious threat, sacrificed an important part of their humanity to live in an antiseptic dystopia so sterile it threatened to exterminate not just the pests they feared, but all the people, too. I was repulsed and fascinated. I walked into the store one day and spoke with the manager. We were interrupted by a customer who had a question. The two of them proceeded to have a serious discussion about the artistic merits of some movies. The manager dispensed advice with the self-assured confidence of Roger Ebert. The customer acted like a discerning connoisseur of fine wine.

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The movies they talked about were crap. I couldn’t stand it and had to leave. The incident was part of the initial cultural vertigo I experienced when I first moved to Utah, a significant underscore to the first time I emptied a classroom when I showed a movie. I had taught at four different universities in three different states (Illinois, Michigan and Alaska) before moving to Utah. Always, before I showed a movie in class, I offered that if a student did not want to watch the movie, he or she did not have to. It had always been a cautious courtesy, a “just in case” sort of thing, like buckling a seat belt for a crash you never expect to have. I never had students actually take me up on it, let alone half of them before a movie had started, and the rest as the film played. I was shocked and hurt my first semester at Utah Valley University when students walked out while I was showing University of Massachusetts professor Sut Jhally’s documentary Advertising and the End of the World. It is not even an R-rated movie. It analyzes sexually suggestive ads from print and broadcast television, in part by juxtaposing them—one erotically charged ad after the other—to demonstrate the conventions of advertising, and it sent my students fleeing. For a pop culture guy like me, who had turned my love of media into a profession and taken a job in Utah to share whatever I had to share about it, the whole CleanFlicks/R-rated movie thing was deeply disturbing and bizarre. Where was I? Mayberry, 1955? I hated the idea that some self-appointed moral guardian with a business license in Orem would take a perfectly good movie and edit out the swear

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words, nude scenes and whatever else he found offensive, and that people, in America, would go watch that movie instead of the original version and think something moral had happened. I thought about it a lot—my students voluntarily getting their movies from CleanFlicks, as if that choice, that moment in which they become responsible for their own repression, would be the key somehow to unlocking their perspectives, their psyches, their experiences of the world and their senses of themselves within it. Talking about CleanFlicks and R-rated movies became a regular ritual of perspective exchange in my introduction to media studies classes. It was a way for all of us—professor and students—to examine our assumptions about our relations to media. Inevitably, a familiar argument would play out. “The prophet tells us not to watch Rrated movies.” “Actually,” I would say, “my understanding is that the prophet suggests you generally avoid them, but also that you exercise your own judgment. I agree, because most movies suck.” Someone would always bring up Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List as movies to consider watching. But many, maybe most, hold firm. “It’s better just to be safe and not watch any of them.” I try and try, and fail and fail, to take their perspective. “So, what are you afraid is going to happen if you watch an R-rated movie?” “Those images go in and you can’t get them out. It affects the way you think. It will desensitize you to the real thing.” “The real thing?” “Sex!” “Do you all read romance novels and watch romantic movies?” Oh, yes. “Does that desensitize you to romance?” “It’s not the same thing!” And that is failure No. 1: stop trying to win an argument for a while and try to take their perspective again. I acknowledge the philosophical tradition of their reasoning. It goes back to Plato. He didn’t like poetry and stories. He thought audiences were like children, their minds mesmerized by the images of poetry and their rationality captured and subdued by the emotions of drama. He thought such frivolities, which focused the mind on things other than the exercise of pure reason, were damaging to the psyche. His student, Aristotle, rebelled and argued that people’s minds were not in fact “captured” by stories and imagery, that people know the difference between “mimesis” and reality, and that challenging, complex narratives offer opportunities to exercise other aspects of the mind, like perspective-taking, moral judgment in novel situations, and the ability to proximately confront fear or terror. But even the relatively liberal Aristotle did not have an “anything goes” approach to cultural criticism. He recognized a special significance of art for the mind and thought that moral care should be practiced in its execution. ilms that make the heart race have long been feared to have special effects on the mind. I tell my own story. I was 11 years old when the book and then the movie Jaws came out. It was the first “adult” novel I ever

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The documentary film Cleanflix delves into the world of movies edited for morality—which brought major lawsuits from Hollywood.

Removing even mildly objectionable material from films became big money for edited video store owners, as highlighted in this still from the documentary film Cleanflix.

read. It scared the crap out of me. Then the movie came out, and my friends and I went to see it two or three times together. It thrilled and terrified me. It gave me nightmares. My family took a vacation to Florida soon after. I could hardly wait to swim in the ocean. As soon as I could, I jumped in the water and started swimming. Then I started thinking of shark attacks and getting eaten, and got scared, really scared, panicked, and swam to the shore. Then I stood on the shore, with my heart pounding, telling myself that there were no sharks. I got my courage up and ventured into the surf again. Then I became frightened of sharks and swam to shore again. Again and again. I remember feeling afraid of sharks in the hotel’s pool, swimming in the pool at night, panicking and swimming like hell to the edge, thinking a shark was bearing down on me, scrambling out of the pool, and quickly looking behind me, certain I would see a dark dorsal fin gliding through my wake. I had nightmares of being torn apart by sharks on that vacation and would wake up screaming. One night, I heard my father say he wished I had never seen that movie, and I thought, “But I love that movie!” And I did. Eventually, I overcame those irrational shark fears. I would call it part of my cognitive and emotional maturation, learning how to mentally manage film and other media. I grant my students the need to protect children. “But we’re adults,” I remind them. And when they press me on it, I tell them, no, I don’t think we should edit Jaws for kids to watch. I figure most kids should just wait until they are around 11 or 12 to watch it, have some nightmares and deal with them. With examples like that, I get past my original sense that the CleanFlicks endeavor is beyond all reason. I acknowledge that the media have influences and effects. Of course. But not in a simple, “cause/effect” sort of way. People don’t watch certain movies, listen to certain

music or play certain video games, and then get “caused” to do particular things like shoot up their local high school, Columbine-style. My students are genuinely worried about their mental health and the well-being of their communities. I advocate that culture should be challenging, and I remember that these students are challenged by culture. It’s a challenge I don’t like, just like R-rated movies and sexual references in PG-13 movies are challenges they don’t like. So, I sort of go there, for a while, really trying to be sympathetic. But my sympathy doesn’t stick. Before long, I’m back trying to change them, instead of understanding them. “If you don’t want to see the movie, don’t see it! But, taking something out? It’s crazy. You’ll miss something important. The narrative will have a hole in it. How about if I remove a few parts from your car’s engine? You don’t want that Chinese fan belt infecting the rest of the motor with its totalitarian socialism, do you?” One of my students once interjected, “What difference does it make to you if we watch edited movies?” Now, that was a good question. It should not make any difference to me—no more than it makes a difference to me, a vegetarian, what someone else eats. I am not against some else’s right to eat meat just because I choose not to. And I know that my soy-based porkless “bacon” isn’t authentic bacon. It is not the same, and, for other people, they cannot see why I bother. Why not just eat a piece of bacon if I want something that tastes like bacon? But, that’s the thing—I want something that tastes like bacon that isn’t bacon. Someone else wants something that is like Pulp Fiction, but that isn’t Pulp Fiction. It should not bother me, and yet, it drives me bonkers. It’s not just that I refuse to watch edited movies. It’s that I don’t want others to watch them, either. “The problem is, editing ‘goddamn’ out of a good movie blasphemes my religion,” I answered. “I worship art and culture. Films WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


are sacred. A movie, as it was produced, distributed, and collectively experienced at a certain time in history, is authentic as it is. Any edit is a shameful destruction of something worth preserving.” “Films are edited for airplanes and television,” the students counter. “I don’t like that, either! Never watch a movie on an airplane or broadcast television!” rt steals from art all the time. That’s how it works. Hip-hop samples. Comedy satirizes. Every example of genre fiction—romance, Western, tragedy, whatever—is a total rip-off. Those plot lines and characters were invented by others and used a thousand times again before they were appropriated, and slightly changed, in the hands of a new “author.” In French semiotician Roland Barthes’ famous essay “The Death of the Author,” he describes every text as being, essentially, “a fabric of quotations.” All movies, like all texts, are essentially fabrics of quotations, with no original author who came up with everything in it. Who invented this particular narrative structure? That type of plot device? This common sort of character? It goes on and on. Quentin Tarantino learned to make movies by watching other people’s movies. Pulp Fiction did not emerge, sui generis, from his mind. I tell my students I want them to watch real, authentic movies, the way they were “meant” to be seen. Yet I know the “real,” “authentic,” movies I love, by Tarantino, James Cameron, the Coen brothers, etc., are not pure expressions of their artistic visions. They are compromised products of a commercial industry, shaped by the interests of execu-

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tives, structured by the institutions in which they operate, and contorted to the demands of the markets they serve. Yet, I cling to my own myths of authority and authenticity—Tarantino’s authority, Martin Scorsese’s authority, the authorities I like and feel comfortable with, that support my worldview and my comfortable place in it—just like my students do. And my myths are just as convenient for me as theirs are for them. I want the authentic experience of the film preserved, but I don’t mind watching it on DVD on my television at home. Is the film I watch at home the same as the one I watch in the theater, on a real movie screen, the way it was “meant” to be seen? No, it’s not. But I don’t have a problem with that. And yes, I think I watched the movie. But really, I didn’t. But I think I did. I know my stories are fictions but, somehow, I live my life convinced, deeply, that my fictions are better than theirs: my false truths less falsely true; my partial knowledge less partial. And even writing this, knowing it is not really true, I believe it to be true. I am as comfortable with my authority and my fictions as they are with theirs. I am right. And in my righteousness, I impose my “authentic” interpretations on them, my authoritative definition of what a film means and how it was meant to be seen. Suddenly, I’m their oppressor, in the absurd position of wanting to insist that they look at naked titties. “Look at them! Look at them!” I imagine shouting. Is that freedom? The idea of “the death of the author” is really about the discovery of the audience as the source of meaning. It’s all about interpretation. Movies mean what people think

they mean. Whatever else it may be, this new, conservative, “viewer-freedom movement,” represented by CleanFlicks, is also a type of anti-authoritarian revolution on the part of the audience, asserting their values on films over and against the corporations (or “auteurs”) that produced them. But the “death of the author” also implies that the meanings of words and images are in people, at the moment and in the context of their interpretation, while clean-movie editing is based on the idea that the meanings of words and images are in the symbols themselves, fixed and stable across time, context and audience members. Thus, some words are good—here, there, now and always—and some words are bad—here, there, now and always. That’s why they call them “bad words.” The theory is that certain words and images have bad meanings and create bad thoughts, regardless of their contexts. They must, otherwise, the whole enterprise, of allowing this word but excluding that word (yes to “Jesus,” but no to “penis”), would be entirely absurd. Language codes (like George Carlin’s famous list of the seven dirty words you can’t say on TV) don’t work because language doesn’t work that way. The meanings of words don’t stand still long enough for us to put them into boxes with their meanings affixed like postage stamps. When a would-be verbal prison guard attempts to lock up a word, he doesn’t touch its meaning. Put a word in a box and its meaning leaks right out. Can’t say “sex”? Let’s just call it “rock & roll.” Can’t say “sexy”? I’ll just say, “that girl over there, she’s got it.” Are they going to banish the word “it”? Above all else, CleanFlicks presents an attempt to police sexual expression and desire

organized around the “clean/dirty” dichotomy. But the idea of “clean movies” and “dirty movies” is a fairy tale for children. It is as real as the Easter Bunny. There is no objective or moral science there. Words and images don’t have objective or scientific meanings. They have subjective, cultural meanings. They are contextual. People, with particular values, histories, vocabularies, patterns of cultural taste, etc., interpret them, in relation to a whole range of elements, inside the texts and out. But there is no room for interpretation in the consumption of “cleaned” films. Indeed, interpretation is over. Cleaned films are more than sanitized. They are pre-digested. Regardless of the intentions and moral rhetoric associated with the practice of editing movies, it doesn’t protect us from immoral things that are dirty. It cedes moral responsibility to a video editor, who makes sexuality shameful and unspeakable. CleanFlicks and the whole model of storefront-edited movie services may be gone, but the practice of selectively editing movies to fix their morality is here to stay. That genie is out of the bottle, thanks to new digital technologies (and the Family Movie Act) that allow automated editing of movies at the moment of playback. So this complex and contradictory viewer-freedom revolution continues in other forms, somehow managing to be both democratic and disempowering, anti-authoritarian and hyper-authoritarian, all at once—a paradox of freedom and control, anarchy and surveillance—a perfect emblem of our conflicted culture and confusing times. This story first appeared in the Salt Lake City Weekly

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Emilio Estevez, always an Outsider.

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WEDNESDAY NOV. 17 par-tay BW COVER ART AUCTION We’ve given you plenty of time to pump up your paddle arm and pad your bank account. Now the day has officially come: On Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m., it is Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction o’clock. If you aren’t familiar with the spiel, we’ll go through it one last time. The beauty-licious original art on all of our front covers comes from local artists and has nothing to do with the thoughtprovoking content that graces our pages. We fork over 150 bones to each and every artist, and in turn, they relinquish ownership of their art baby (muah, ha ha). After the oh-so-generous Rick Jackson at Blue Dog Framing professionally frames each piece, BW staff takes turns visually spooning and whispering sweet nothings to the artwork for the better part of the year. By the time November rolls around and all the covers have been carted to the Idaho State Historical Museum, we start suffering from severe fits of separation anxiety. Which brings us to tonight. The freshly art-deprived Boise Weekly is throwing a big ol’ masochistic party where we will ply you with free food—and, if you’re lucky, free shots—so that you can get screaming deals on all the art we have fallen madly in love with. All we ask is that you treat ’em right. Mingling and art-perusing begins at 5 p.m., feverish bidding starts promptly at 6 p.m. 5 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. auction, FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, boiseweekly.com.

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Before he played the bun-taping jock in the Breakfast Club or the reluctant hockey coach with the heart of gold in Mighty Ducks, Emilio Estevez cut his teeth as a small-time, punk-rock car repossessor in the 1984 cult film Repo Man. Not to be confused with 2010’s organ-reposessing sci-fi action flick Repo Men starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, Repo Man follows Estevez as he sinks into the drug-addled, hot-wiring world of car repossession. The movie takes a delightfully campy sci-fi turn when Estevez goes on the hunt for a 1964 Malibu—and the $20,000 reward for its return—which is rumored to have two dead space aliens in the trunk. Can he outsmart a gang of Mexican car thieves and a government secret agent and be the first to wrangle the car away from a crazy scientist? Find out for yourself on Thursday, Nov. 18, when Cult Camp presents a special screening of Repo Man. Cult Camp is a more-or-less monthly celebration of camp/cult/B/pulp/exploitation-movies that takes place in the Gamekeeper Lounge at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel. Those 21 and older can sip on cocktails, order snacks and recline in the Gamekeeper’s low, padded booths while watching terrible movies projected on the big-ish screen. Previous Cult Camp movie nights have included classic box office flops like Troll 2 and Rubin and Ed. All proceeds from this particular screening go to benefit Commit 65, a father/son duo who are attempting to fly an airplane for 65 days without touching the ground. 7 p.m., $5 donation, Gamekeeper Lounge at Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 W. Main St., 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com.

FRIDAY NOV. 19 books ROCK TO READ Those who aren’t well versed in first-wave American punk rock still might know the Los Angeles band X. Though the group has always lurked in the shadows of

mainstream success, their cover of the song “Wild Thing” was featured in the 1989 hit baseball comedy Major League. First-wave American punk rock diehards, on the other hand, are losing their mohawked minds over the fact that Exene Cervenka, lead singer of X, will be in Boise on Friday, Nov. 19, for the fundraiser Rock to Read. Organized by Go Listen

Boise and Rediscovered Bookshop, Rock to Read will bring together musicians, performers and authors to raise money to purchase a set of award-winning books for every school in the Boise Public School District. Event organizers estimate this should cost $70 per school. The event will also include per formances by Travis McDaniel, Lisa Simpson (Finn Riggins), Jonathan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Lawrence Dillon found the key to triumphing over disability.

hip-hop ETERNAL OF WU-TANG KILLA BEEZ The Wu-Tang Clan is sort of like al-Qaida. Both have complex, often apocalyptic mythologies and are primary forces in a culture war between East and West. Additionally, they both have vast decentralized numbers with membership earned more from acting upon the governing philosophy than by being officially sanctioned. The difference of course is that Wu-Tang are artists offering dark, introspective reflections of a society drowning in media and madness, while al-Qaida are sociopathic ass-clowns who offer the world nothing other than hope for a future without them in it. While Wu-Tang proper consists of nine members, the number of artists gathered under the umbrella is in the hundreds. But the acknowledgement that there is such a thing as a “Wu movement,” is further evidence that Wu-Tang Clan is as much a philosophy as it is a musical group. That philosophy is what drives the dark spacious atmosphere of their sound and the exiled and downtrodden American Bushido tone of their lyrics, a consistently compelling combination that is the foundation of modern East Coast hip-hop. This week Boise has a chance to experience that winning combo first-hand, when Eternal of the Wu-Tang Killa Beez plays Neurolux. His tracks are powerfully dark homages to comic books and samurai films that illustrate the realities of class disparity through gritty imagery and delivery. With Oly Ghost, S.O.D., Public Intoxication and Soulja Thugz. 8 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neuroulx.com.

Warren and the Billygoats, Boise Rock School, a.k.a. Belle, New Transit and Field Guide. In addition to the “rock,” there will be readings by Joy Steiner, Laura Bingham and Julie Fanselow, among others, and a special appearance by Sen. Nicole LeFavour. Add in a silent auction with swag from Bittercreek Ale House/Red Feather Lounge, Record Exchange and Bricolage, and we’re ready to fund-raise the roof. 6:30-11:30 p.m., $10, $5 kids 12 and younger,

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SUNDAY NOV. 21 stuff SUNDAY MARKET The holidays are rapidly approaching, and if you have issues involving family and friends who are impos-

FRIDAY-SATURDAY NOV. 19-20 music TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT Composer Lawrence Dillon lost 50 percent of his hearing due to a childhood illness. Despite the impairment, Dillon was accepted to the Juilliard School and became the youngest conductor ever to receive a doctorate from the school’s prestigious program. Today, he is the composer in residence at the University of North Carolina School of Arts and has composed pieces for symphonies and orchestras around the country. The world premiere of the Schumann Trilogy, the work co-commissioned by Boise Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Symphony, happens right here in Boise. If that’s not enough to evoke those warm and fuzzy feelings, get into the spirit of the evening with dinner with Peter Ashenden of the Boise chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness pre-concert. Ashenden is the director of consumer and family affairs with OptumHealth in addition to heading up USPRA. But what makes him stand out is that he has been hospitalized in psychiatric facilities several times and can speak first hand about being a consumer of mentalhealth services. Join in this celebration of the human spirit this weekend. Friday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m., $23-$43. Swayne Auditorium, Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 298-344-7849. Saturday, Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m. dinner with Peter Ashenden at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel $100 with concert at 8 p.m., $24-$75 without dinner. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.

sible to buy for, the Sunday Market at the Linen Building might just help you resolve some of them. Featured items include sculptures by Clay Simons, nurser y mobiles from Sugar Magnolias, jewelr y from Jamison Rae and tiny daily paintings by Rachel Teannalach. This month, a portion of the proceeds benefit Project

Here’s another reason to put an exclamation point next to Library! Beginning last week, patrons can access more than 800 e-books through the Boise Public Library’s website, boisepubliclibrary.org. In what’s being called a “soft launch,” downloadable books are accessed through the same link that points you to audiobooks and videos. Members will be able to access e-books through the library’s basic catalog or through an e-resources section. “We’ll have e-books from every section,” said Chrisanne Brown, acquisitions and collection development manager. “Bestsellers, classics, children’s books. Everything except reference.” Brown explained that reference resources are already available in abundance on the Internet. So here’s the scoop: You can “check out” up to five e-books at a time, and you’ll be asked if you want to check out the e-book for seven or 14 days. boisepubliclibrary.org/ Yes, you have to be a member ecollections of the Boise Public Library and your account must be in good standing. You can apply in person or online, and membership is free to residents of Boise and Garden City. Non-resident cards are available for $69.30 a year. Students enrolled in the Boise School District (who don’t live in the district) and seniors may receive a non-resident card for $17.33 per year. The folks at the library say they’ll soon make a big announcement about their new venture. But for now, the e-book system is the best kept secret in town. —George Prentice

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DANIEL TOSH—The stand-up comic brings his Tosh Tour Twenty Ten to Boise. Tickets available at the Morrison Center box office, Select-a-Seat outlets, idahotickets.com or by calling 208-4261110. 7:30 p.m. $37.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE—The Tennessee Williams play is performed by the Boise State theater department. Tickets available at Select-a-Seat outlets, 208-426-1494 or at idahotickets.com. 7:30 p.m. $15 general, $12 students, seniors and military. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.

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

Screen LES MISERABLES IN CONCERT—Concert event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beloved Broadway play. 7:30 p.m. $15. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7709 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com. REPO MAN—Check out the cult classic movie and get your altruistic groove on at the same time— proceeds are donated to a local non-profit. See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. $5, Gamekeeper Lounge, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza. com.

Art BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART AUCTION—What was your favorite Boise Weekly cover last year? This is your chance to own it. Cover art from previous issues will be auctioned off to raise money to fund grants for local artists and organizations that promote the visual arts. Enjoy food, drinks and music by Hillfolk Noir. 5 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, history. idaho.gov.

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“ONE TRICK PONY” BFA EXHIBITION “One Trick Pony,” the title of Boise State’s 41st biannual bachelor of fine arts thesis exhibition, is a bit misleading. Of the 17 graduating seniors featured in the show, a handful have already established themselves as dynamic talents in galleries around town. Perhaps the most recognizable name in the bunch is mixed-media artist and printmaker Benjamin Love. Known for his ambitious installations—covering the second floor of the Student Union Building gallery in Astroturf with an overarching 20-foot rainbow or constructing a Dr. Seuss-ish recycled tire playground in Helen B. Lowder Park—Love plays with space, provoking viewers to challenge their interactions with objects. One of his pieces in the show, An Accumulation of Bad Luck, features hundreds of miniature black cats crowding a random column, drawing attention to an oft-overlooked corner in Gallery Two of the Hemingway Western Studies Center. Another well-known name with an installation in Gallery Two is illustrator Julia Green. Green’s whimsical work has been featured on a number of local concert posters and in the solo show, “Wild Wilderness,” which lined the walls of Flying M Coffeehouse last January. Her found- and altered-objects installation Common Folly features a faux-wood-paneled mantle covered with random trinkets and tiny, framed illustrations of fairy-tale characters gone bad. But perhaps the most moving and well-executed work in the show comes from a couple of emerging names. Photographer Eli Craven’s 16 Self-Portraits: Pretending to Sleep in Other People’s Beds, is a poignant collection of sun-dappled shots featuring the artist cocooned in an array of colorful blankets. And straddling the more provocative end of the spectrum is mixedmedia/collage artist Willow Socia’s The Spectator’s Feast. Socia’s work features dozens of mounted, ’70s soft-core porn photos with the ladies’ fleshy bits replaced by oddly disturbing photos of spaghetti, gooey casseroles and egg yolks. “One Trick Pony” will be on display in both Gallery One of the Liberal Arts Building and Gallery Two of the Hemingway Western Studies Center through Tuesday, Dec. 7. For more info, visit artdept.boisestate.edu/vac. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


8 DAYS OUT Calls to Artists

Talks & Lectures

On Stage

FICTION 101 CONTEST—We want your story—in 101 words exactly, please. Submit your work for entry in this year’s Fiction 101 contest with your name, phone number and address on the back by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Winners will be published in Boise Weekly on Jan. 5, 2011, and will be eligible for more than $1,000 in cash prizes. Mail or drop off your entry to the Boise Weekly offices at 523 Broad St., Boise, 83702. $10 per entry, boiseweekly.com.

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON— Spend an evening with the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, host of NOVA scienceNOW and frequent guest on The Colbert Report. Part of the multidisciplinary project Cosmic: Artists Consider Astronomy. 6:30 p.m. $25-$35. Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Road, Ketchum, 208-726-5123, brehmcenter.org.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $15 gen., $12 students, seniors and military. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.

NINTH ANNUAL BAD CARTOON CONTEST— Send your bad cartoon our way, and you might win the distinction of being the creator of the baddest cartoon published in the city for a whole year. There is no entry fee. Enter a single panel or a strip. Entries must be accompanied by your name, address, phone number, any explanations you feel may be necessary and a SASE if you want it returned to you. Get your entry to the Boise Weekly offices at 523 Broad St., Boise, 83702, by high noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17. FREE, 208-344-2055, boiseweekly.com. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise.

THURSDAY NOV. 18 Festivals & Events ELEGANCE ON THIRD THURSDAY—Kick the jeans and T-shirts and dress to the nines for a glamorous night of dancing and romancing. Music by Beverly and Rex. Sponsored by Vrba Interior Design and Finishes. Ages 21 and older. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. FREE. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com.

Workshops & Classes INTRO TO POTTERY—Learn how to center clay and make simple stoneware pots wit professional potter Dave Crawford in this four-session course. 7-9 p.m. $58. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com.

Talks & Lectures BROWN BAG LUNCH PROGRAM—Join Idaho Families for Clean Water for a lunch-time discussion about how the Thompson Creek open pit mine near Challis may affect Idaho’s water supply. Noon. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.

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FRIDAY NOV. 19 Festivals & Events HOLISTIC AND WELLNESS FAIR—Ease the stress of the holidays with a card reading, massage, Reiki treatment, adjustment, psychic reading and more. Fee for services. Purchase unique holiday gifts too. 4-8 p.m. FREE. Her Spirit Center for Women, 5181 Overland Road, Boise, 208-345-3588.

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ROCK TO READ—Go Listen Boise and Rediscovered Book Shop present an evening of music and entertainment in an effort to raise funds to purchase books for school libraries in the Boise Public School District. Exene Cervenka will headline the event. Other performances include Joy Steiner, New Transit, Jonathan Warren, Lisa Simpson, Boise Rock School, Field Guide and a.k.a. Belle. See Picks, Page 14, for more information. 6:30 p.m. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.

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8 DAYS OUT On Stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL—Performance of the classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens, and dinner, of course. 6:15 p.m. $10-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $15 gen., $12 students, seniors and military. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.

Concerts TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT—World premiere of Boise Philharmonic’s commissioned work by world-renowned composer Lawrence Dillon. See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $45. Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790, nnu. edu/brandt.

Screen WILDWATER—Adventure film about the places, sounds and experiences only found on wild rivers in wild places. Contact skiparmstrong@gmail.com for more information. 7-9:30 p.m. $10. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $15 gen., $12 students, seniors and military. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu. CHICKS ’N’ GIGGLES IMPROV COMEDY—Live, interactive, improv comedy show, along with a beer and snacks. See Arts story, Page 24. 7:30-9 p.m. $710. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise. FUELED BY DESPERATION COMEDY SHOW—Gabe Dunn performs, followed by The Pop Cult Kids. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208287-5379, iquidboise.com.

Concerts TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT—Enjoy the world premiere of the Schumann Trilogy, an original work by world-renowned composer Lawrence Dillon. Pre-concert dinner with Peter Ashenden of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel. Tickets can be purchased for either or both portions of the evening. Visit boisephilharmonic. org for detailed information. See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $75-$100. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.

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SATURDAY NOV. 20 Festivals & Events

MINING IDAHO’S PAST—Familyfriendly event that includes a tour of the wastewater treatment plant, a talk about Idaho’s mining history, John Thomsen playing folk songs on a variety of instruments and a “mining camp” where kids can pan for

gold (cookies) and paint rocks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/bee/watershed.

Sports & Fitness BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS—Learn interesting info about historic buildings in downtown Boise during this 3- to 5-mile ride, sponsored by the Middle Snake River Group. Register by Thursday, Nov. 18. E-mail bentonnd@comcast.net. For more information, see Rec News, Page 27. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Sierra Club, 503 W. Franklin St., Boise, 208-384-1023, sierraclub.org. HARLEM AMBASSADORS BASKETBALL SHOW—The Harlem Ambassadors take on the Red Cross All-Stars. Be prepared for dazzling ball-handling tricks, slam-dunks and family comedy. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho. For more info contact 1-800-8532570. 7 p.m. $7-$12. Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-854-6230.

Citizen RAKE OUR PARKS—Form a team of volunteers or come on your own and help rake up the city’s parks. Must bring your own gloves and rakes—leaf bags will be provided. Contact Jerry at jpugh@cityofboise.org or 208-384-4060, ext. 319 for more info. 8 a.m. FREE. Boise City Recreation office, 110 Scout Lane, 208-384-4256, cityofboise.org/parks.

HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET—Local food and products from vegetables to doughnuts, all served from local vendors. Live music acts, plus local arts and crafts. Featuring Northwest cranberries, wreaths, floral arrangements, handmade cards and more for the holidays. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Downtown at Eighth and Idaho streets, Boise. WINE TASTING AND AUCTION—Lift tickets to Bogus Basin and Sun Valley, Boise State football tickets, glass art from Lisa Tate and overnight stays at the Bear Creek Lodge in McCall are up for grabs. Wish Granters is a nonprofit that grants wishes to adults 18 years and older. Register at wishgranters.org. 6:30 p.m. $10 adv., $15 at the door. Holiday Inn Boise-Airport, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208343-4900.

On Stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $10-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org.

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8 DAYS OUT HYMNS OF THANKSGIVING— More than 350 community choir members and orchestra musicians perform to benefit the Idaho Food Bank. Open seating. 7:30 p.m. FREE (monetary donation appreciated). Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208424-2200 or box office 208-3318497, qwestarenaidaho.com.

SUNDAY NOV. 21 Festivals & Events EAST END MARKET AT BOWN CROSSING—Fresh local and regional products and goods for sale at this neighborhood farmers market. This month, vendors incorporate a holiday bazaar vibe into their products, art and activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street and Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.

MONDAY NOV. 22 Workshops & Classes

SUNDAY MARKET—The main floor of the Linen Building becomes an indoor market where shoppers can find locally produced food and goods, including local arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and drink, live music and children’s activities. See Picks, Page 14. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.

BASIC WATERCOLOR PAINTING—Learn to paint by breaking down the subject to its simplest form and progressing to a complete picture in this four-week class. For ages 18 and older. 6 p.m. $60. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org. EXPLORING GODDESS—For women who are interested in exploring themselves as the energies of the Goddess. RSVP is required. 6:30 p.m. $25. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, facetsofhealing.com.

On Stage A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. $15 gen., $12 students, seniors and military. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4263980, theatre.boisestate.edu.

Odds & Ends PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at secondhand stores. $1 PBR, Oly, or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008, donniemacgrub.com.

Concerts DUO PIANO CONCERT—Barbara Attebery and Sylvia Hunt will perform, along with guest artists Gary Parkinson and his uncle Dr. Del Parkinson. Visit caldwellfinearts.org or call 208-459-5783 for more info. 2:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208454-1376, caldwellfinearts.org.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING—Get a workout, socialize, have an excuse to wear a kilt and get in touch with your Scottish roots (If you’ve got them) during this weekly class. 7:159:15 p.m. $5, $4 for members. Eagle Performing Arts Center, 149 W. State St., Eagle, 208338-4633, epacdance.com.

TUESDAY NOV. 23 Food & Drink TUESDAY NIGHT FARMERS MARKET—The parking lot of the North End Organic Nursery on Hill Road will host local growers and farmers selling produce. Gardeners and farmers interested in selling at the market should contact Bingo Barnes at bingo@northendnursery.com or by calling 208-389-4769. 5-7 p.m. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-3894769, northendnursery.com.

Workshops & Classes IMPROV MADNESS—Develop timing, confidence, learn to follow instincts and take risks in this popular adult class. Beginners welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.

Talks & Lectures

This Weekend!

THE POWER OF PREVENTION—Learn to protect yourself from identity theft. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.

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Festivals & Events FESTIVAL OF TREES—Kick off the holiday season with a week of special events for the entire family. Visit saintalphonsus.org for more info. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $4-$7. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre.com.

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Workshops & Classes

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

SNOWSHOEING BASICS FOR WOMEN—Everything you need to know to get started in snowshoeing. Register online at rei. com. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, rei.com.

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, vpsidaho.org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244. find even more events at boiseweekly.com.

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NEWS/NOISE LAU R IE PEAR M AN

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The Very Most for the very last time (for awhile).

LYRICAL LOCALS On Nov. 13, a handful of rockers put on a show to honor the troops at the Knitting Factory. Two of the groups—Karin Comes Killing and headliners Ripchain—may not be the most well known now, but they may be on their way to changing that. KCK—which includes ex-Midline guitarist Scott Elliott and exMidline bassist Stymie Grill—wowed a fairly packed house as energetic frontman Dave Waters (of OCD) sang, growled and bantered with the crowd. It’s good to see and hear Grill and Elliott together on stage again, as well as the chemistry they seem to have with Waters. Look forward to hearing more and more from them in the near future. Visit myspace.com/ karincomeskilling for more info. Ripchain, which has been together since 2004, has long had a reputation for being a little softer than some of their more hard rock/metal peers. Not any more. Only vocalist David Ford and lead guitarist Joff Stone remain of the band’s original members, but with the addition of management and ex-Aces & Eights drummer Rene Ramirez and bassist James Turner, the band has turned a corner and the volume has been turned way up. Any rounded edges Ripchain once had are gone, replaced by speed and power. It will be interesting to see where this new energy takes them. Visit myspace.com/ripchain for more on these guys. Turning it down a few notches, chanteur Thomas Paul has been out on the road with musician Nick Jaina for several weeks now. Paul will be back in town this week and plans to dive in to recording a new album, with a planned release date of Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. If it’s anything like his 2010 release, House on Fire, it’s sure to contain beautifully arranged, heart-wrenching material. Read updates from Paul at thomaspaulmusic.com. Got a yen for some sweet indie-pop? On Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Linen Building, lovely locals The Very Most will celebrate the release of their first-ever actual record. The vinyl 7-inch, titled Patricia, will be the last from these guys for a while since they will leave the stage that night for a year-long hiatus. They’re doing a video shoot that night and hope to fill the dance floor for the shoot. Admission is only $5 and TVM will be joined by Adam and Darcie, Fauxbois and A Seasonal Disguise. More on the show at facebook.com/theverymost. —Amy Atkins

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IN THE NAME OF ALTERNATIVE POWER Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s get back to their roots MATHIAS MORACHE Bands that thrive over multiple years and albums tend to develop a signature sound. For a band to progress musically often means climbing out of such niches. For Midwestern indie-rockers Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, their fourth LP Buzzard (Mariel Recordings, the band’s own label) is such an ascent into the next phase of their music. “So which one of you is Margot and which one of you is a Nuclear So and So?” In the last five years, the indie-rockers have released four albums in which they have established a definitive sound of singer/ with guitar and bass taking center stage. The Brian Deck and Tim Rutili, both of Califone and Red Red Meat fame. softer moments sprinkled throughout the songwriter material orchestrated with an “I’m not really a huge part of the young earlier material are gone. Still, it’s difficult to immense ensemble of strings, keys, horns Chicago scene. I feel like a transplant in that categorize Buzzard as a strictly new sound and even duo drumsets. Their ambitious for Margot—it’s more of a return to the roots way, but I do have a lot of older friends. I’m undertakings have seen them frequently dubbed “chamber pop,” a category often as- of the music Edwards and Margot co-founder fortunate to have a friendship and working relationship with Brian Deck who produced Tyler Watkins originally wrote together. sociated with artists such as Sufjan Stevens our record and played drums—he was re“That was exciting, getting together a and the Arcade Fire who also utilize many ally helpful. Red Red Meat was one of my really solid band that could maybe showcase instruments. favorite bands, so it’s the older guys like a different kind of energy. We had a few Margot’s vocalist and songwriter, lineup changes and it gave Tyler Watkins and that who I really kind of love and admire,” Richard Edwards, however, felt the band’s said Edwards. I an opportunity to go for making a record lavish instrumentation never entirely c Some of the mystery surrounding Margot that was more in semblance to our taste and aptured the message he was trying to conand the Nuclear So and So’s is the origin what maybe we were doing before Margot vey. That’s something he wanted to change of the band’s bizarre and lengthy name. properly started. with Buzzard. Stories include Edwards claiming Margot “I don’t think there was ever really a plan “In those [early] records I always thought is the name of a non-existent daughter and for Margot to be an orchestral sort of thing the anger and frustration didn’t really come that “nuclear” is a nod at George W. Bush’s but when you do your first albums like that across. It’s hard to get that across with such it’s understandable. Even when we were mak- inability to properly pronounce the word. pretty instruments,” said Edwards, whose Now, however, Edwards says the current ing Animal! [Epic, 2008], we were laughing ethereal vocals and moody instrumentation about how fun it was going to be to just take story is the closest to the actual truth yet. are a snapshot of a fantastical world and the “The most recent one is actually kind of melancholia of Midwestern winter, drugs and guitars next time,” said Edwards. the truth—which is that I’m not really sure. Originally from Indianapolis, the band love gone awry. I remember real vividly coming up with it did a stint in New York City before relocat“It’s really exciting having someone ing to Chicago, where in the minivan I owned in Indiana. It just come in and play Edwards feels inspired sounded trippy to me. I thought it gave kind cello on a song you of a levity to the music that at the very least by the change of wrote, and maybe With Jookabox and Burnt Ones Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., $10 could verge on outright dark humor and scenery. your judgement gets worst on outright misery,” said Edwards. “I’m a little clouded as to where NEUROLUX Currently in the middle of a two-month ignorant to it, but you actually need 111 N. 11th St. neurolux.com tour, Margot is set to play their second-ever there’s definitely a those things because show in Boise at Neurolux on Saturday, long illustrious hisit’s so exciting to have For more on Margot, visit margotandthenuclearsoandsos.net. Nov. 20. Despite losing a couple members, tory of bands that them,” Edwards said. Margot is still capable of covering a lot of live in Chicago. It’s So it’s not surprismusical territory. pretty humbling, esing that when Margot “We have six [members] now, so it’s still pecially being around the bands that I grew released Buzzard in September, noticeably not really a small band. There’s no second up being enamored with and listening to,” absent were the adornments and accouterdrummer anymore and no horn player, but said Edwards. ments. This album, their first release since the core of the thing is pretty similar to The benefits being in the Windy City has leaving Epic Records, was partially recorded provided include opportunities to work with what we can play off of those old records,” in an old movie theater in Chicago and was some legends of the indie rock realm such as said Edwards. mostly tracked live, driven by a rawer sound WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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GUIDE WEDNESDAY NOV. 17

KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s

ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS— With Ion Dissonance, Within the Ruins, And Hell Followed With and Destruction. 6 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. The Venue

ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $18 adv., $20 day of show. Bouquet.

BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s

SALLY CRAVEN—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

TERRY JONES DUO—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

CANDY CLAWS—With The Chain Gang of 1974. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

THE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA—7:30 p.m. $27-$59.75. Taco Bell Arena

CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

TRAVIS MCDANIEL—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s

THURSDAY NOV. 18

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ARTSWEST LIVE—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

CIRCLE PIT—With Therapy OD and Hot Dog Sandwich. 8 p.m. $5. VAC

BILL COFFEY—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

ETERNAL OF THE WU-TANG KILLA-BEES—With Oly Ghost, S.O.D., Public Intoxication and Soulja Thugz. See Picks Page 15. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux.

THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

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

CRYSTAL MONEE HALL—6:30 p.m. $20-$30. Sun Valley Opera House

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

DJ PAT BENOLKIN—With DJ Flow. 11 p.m. $3. Neurolux

JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

LITTLE BIG TOWN—8 p.m. $25. Knitting Factory

GARDENING, NOT ARCHITECTURE— With SNDTRCKER and Talk to Me. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

OAKHURST—8 p.m. $TBA. Bouquet

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY— See Listen Here, this page. 8:30 p.m. $22-$45. Knitting Factory.

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

GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

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

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

SPENCER BATT—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

STEVE EATON AND PHIL GAROZNIK—With Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

KEEP IT IRISH TOUR—Featuring Mac Lethal and F Stokes. 9 p.m. $5. Reef

WILLISON, ROOS AND YOUNG—7 p.m. FREE. Reef

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CARY JUDD—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill NATHAN J. MOODY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid ROBERT JAMES—5 p.m. FREE. Moxie Java-Garden City

ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS, NOV. 17, THE BOUQUET

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY, NOV. 17, KFCH

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Roger Clyne is probably the best songwriter you’ve never heard of. His songs strike a perfect balance between witty and mournful, using cowboy imagery and silky smooth melody to spin tales about love, loss and all the drinks that come with them. Between his breakthrough band, The Refreshments, and his current band The Peacemakers, the Arizonabased guitar slinger has penned 11 full-length albums with the consistent quality one expects from no one other than Tom Petty. “That’s kind of the story of our life,” Clyne said. “We’re the world’s most famous unknown band. It’s the Twilight Zone every day.” Clyne and the Peacemakers have toured the country regularly for the last 10 years, writing song after brilliant song for those who get it. Boise has a chance to get it on Wednesday, Nov. 17, when Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers play the Bouquet. If you’ve never heard ’em before, take a lot of cash to the show, because you’re going to want to leave with every one of their albums in hand. —Josh Gross 9 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of show. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main, 208345-6505. For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com.

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Electro glam duo Ghostland Observatory know how to bring the dance party. Comprised of the aviator-wearing, double dark braid-sporting Aaron Behrens and the mad-scientist synth whiz Thomas Turner, this over-the-top Austin, Texas, act has been injecting wailing soul and assshaking funk into electro pop beats since the release of 2005’s delete. delete.i.eat.meat. After packing the sweat-drenched dance floors in Austin for a solid year, Ghostland turned out their sophomore album, Paparazzi Lightning. The album won the duo national acclaim, landing them on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien in 2007, where they performed “Sad, Sad City.” The song was a Cure-tinted anthem for the white belt set, with Behrens pleading: “Well I need you / to want me, to hold me, to tell me the truth / Ain’t no party in a sad, sad city.” Ghostland released Robotique Majestique in 2008 and is now touring on 2010’s Codename: Rondo. —Tara Morgan With The Mighty Deltaone, 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, $22$45. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth Street, bo.knittingfactory.com. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


GUIDE ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—Hannah’s House Party with DJ Naomi Sioux. 9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s

ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS—8 p.m. $20-$40. Knitting Factory

SARA BAREILLES—With Cary Brothers. 8 p.m. $20-$45. Knitting Factory

MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S—With Jookabox and Burnt Ones. See Noise, Page 30. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 at the door. Neurolux.

SHERPA—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

HILLSTOMP—10 p.m. $5. Reef

SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

MIGUEL GONZALES—Noon. FREE. Casa del Sol

SPINDLEBOMB—9:30 p.m. $3. Dino’s

MY CHILDREN MY BRIDE—7:30 p.m. $10. The Venue

SWEET BRIAR—9 p.m. $3. 127 Club

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REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—Hannah’s House Party. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s

AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

BLAZE & KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

SOLE AND THE SKYRIDER BAND—With Egadz and Oso Negro. 9 p.m. $3. VAC

BOGUS BASEMENT BAND—9 p.m. FREE. Jumpin’ Janets BRIANNE GRAY—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown CHAD MCCULLOUGH AND MICHAL VANOUCEK QUINTET—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

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SPINDLEBOMB—9:30 p.m. $3. Dino’s SWEET BRIAR—9 p.m. $3. 127 Club TOM JENSEN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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

SUNDAY NOV. 21 BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon. FREE. Grape Escape THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE— With Black Veil Brides, Dommin and Aural Vampire. 7 p.m. $15 adv., $17 day of show. Knitting Factory GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JIM LEWIS—11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s

PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid ROB PAPER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SONNY MOON FOR FOUR—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door STEVEN TONEY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

TUESDAY NOV. 23 BEN BURDICK—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef BILL MCKEETH AND FRIENDS—6 p.m. FREE. Cobby’s

WEDNESDAY NOV. 24 BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge BRIANNE GRAY—7 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

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

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

JOHNNY BUTLER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

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

NORMA JEAN—With Reckoner. 6:30 p.m. $13 adv., $15 at the door. The Venue SMOOTH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

TRAVIS MCDANIEL—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown For more music listings, including open mic, Dj and Karaoke events, visit boiseweekly.com.

JEFF CROSBY—8 p.m. FREE. Reef

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

LARRY CONKLIN—11 a.m. FREE. Moon’s

STEVE EATON—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

JEREMIAH JAMES GANG—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

MONDAY NOV. 22

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

TREVOR EYRE QUINTET—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

M EGAN MILLER

VOICE OF REASON—10 p.m. $5. Reef

POKE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

THE VERY MOST CD RELEASE PARTY—With Adam and Darcie, Fauxbois and A Seasonal Disguise. See Noise News, Page 20. 7:30 p.m. $5. Linen Building.

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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DUE DATES, THE ART OF DANCE

Improv is improving in Boise AMY PENCE-BROWN

If you’re reading this deluxe issue of BW over early morning coffee on Wednesday, Nov. 17, then you’re the kind of person who plans well, and you may not need these reminders. But be a dear and do us a favor: For those friends of yours who wait until the last possible minute to schedule things— we all have them—here are a couple of important BW deadline reminders. Entries for our annual Bad Cartoon Contest are due in our offices by noon today. Entries for our annual Fiction 101 Contest are due in our offices by 5 p.m. today. And by 6 p.m. tonight, the BW staff and everyone else in town who loves local art will be gathered at the Idaho State Historical Museum for our annual Cover Art Auction. Check out Picks on Page 14 for more info and plan to join us. If today is, say, Friday, Nov. 19, and you’re giving yourself a *facepalm* for not having picked up this copy of BW before now, don’t feel bad. Go read Cope’s column, do the crossword and mark your calendar for next year. We don’t call them annual events for nothing. If you need more info on any of the above stuff, call BW office manager, Shea Sutton, at 208-344-2055. Speaking of planning, December’s First Thursday brings us the second installment of what is shaping up to be another one of those events you’ll want on your calendar every year—Trey McIntyre Project’s “9+1.” It started last year with an innovative idea. TMP Artistic Director Trey McIntyre asked local artists to find inspiration in his dance company. The work ranged from literal representations (photographs and paintings of company members) to highly abstract renditions (large plates of striped glass). This year’s “9+1” again promises a broad range of artistic expression as well as the addition of a more party-like atmosphere. It will all be exhibited in the company’s rehearsal space at 775 Fulton St. on Thursday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Visit treymcintyre. com for more information. —Amy Atkins

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The room at the back of Bull’s Head Station was roaring with laughter. Two servers maneuvered through the dark room, delivering tequila shots and fried calamari amidst yells from audience members in response to the boisterous blond in the spotlight. “Give me the name of a fictional character, a famous actor, and a superhero!” she yelled. The little bar came to life. “Willy Wonka!” “Christopher Walken!” “The Tick!” Three men and one woman, players in local improv comedy troupe Chicks ’n’ Giggles began bringing the suggestions to life in their “Why are you laying there in a dress?” “Oh, just for Chicks ’n’ Giggles.” rendition of “The Dating Game,” with mime, dance, song and some impersonations thrown the comedy scene in Boise for years,” says Ron mance, and that seems to be really popular in. This group is one of a handful currently with Idaho audiences,” explains Mike Hansel- Torres, a founding member of Insert Foot Theadding improv to the local cultural mix. Improvised theater goes back to the comme- man, managing director and founding member atre. “When it closed in 2008, it was a great loss to the comedy scene and the city.” of Improvolution. dia dell’arte performers in 15th century Italy Many of the original Recycled Minds playImprov games range from Return Desk, in who took the stage without a script and let ers caught the performing bug again recently which one player leaves the room while the their imaginations take over. Nearly 500 years audience suggests an object and something not- and have started their own improv groups. later, American actress Viola Spolin began Improvolution was the first, and Insert Foot so-obviously wrong with it, to Last Letter, in working with children in community theater in the 1930s, creating games and exercises that which every line spoken needs to start with the Theatre and Chicks ’n’ Giggles soon followed suit. But Boise isn’t the only city in the Northare the hallmark of the improv we see today. In last letter of the previous line. west seeing a resurgence of improv. “Improv, especially game-based, is much the early ’50s, Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, started In Portland, Ore., the improv scene is working with a group of Chicago actors called more difficult than scripted acting because you similar to Boise’s. Portland also has three local are putting yourself out there in front of a live the Compass Players. In 1959, some of the audience where you are the director, actor and improv troupes, all of which are really thriving, Compass Players went on to form Chicago’s writer of your show,” says Golden, “so if your said Virginia Jones, a stand-up comedian with Second City, the training ground for the likes the Main Stage Players at Curious Comedy. idea dies out there, you are held completely of Chris Farley, John Belushi and Bill Murray. “We have a few big comedy clubs in Portaccountable.” Today, Spolin’s ideas are still taught. land featuring great improv. They offer classes Local stand-up comedian and NYC trans“Improv is the basis on which all successful and have a pretty rigorous tryout process,” actors and comedians build their foundations,” plant Jen Adams agrees. says Jones. “The improv troupes are very “By performing improv there is constant says Joe Golden, College of Idaho theater popular here but are relatively young and still fresh development happening, it keeps your arts professor, longtime actor with Idaho building an audience.” comedy chops up. Improv is really easy to Shakespeare Festival and Boise ContempoAudience building might be the easiest learn, but it’s really hard to do well.” rary Theater and founder of the Fool Squad. aspect of the craft. Troupes try to set themselves apart with He explains that improv actors follow five “Improv troupes are so successful [in Boise] the addition of some signature piece or unique basic rules: don’t deny an offer made by your because they have such a community feel about trademark, like Insert Foot Theatre’s closing partner; don’t ask open-ended questions; you them. Internally they share the spotlight, proDance Party sketch. don’t have to be funny; you can look good if motion, marketing, advertising, what’s best for “We added it one night because we felt like you make your partner look good; and use the company as a whole, and also externally, dancing and needed storytelling to make it as they can perform at different venues, events the release at the end work. Improv actors and are really good at putting their group of the show, and it use those tenets in the Improvolution performs monthly at out there,” says Adams. “From the audience just stuck,” explains two basic types of perStagecoach Theater, boiselaughs.com. perspective, you get to participate in the show, Lisa Guerricabeitia, formances: long form Insert Foot Theatre performs at it’s fun and inexpensive entertainment.” an Insert Foot player and short form. Heirloom Dance Studio, Scott Hale of Chicks ’n’ Giggles agrees. and a veteran improv “Long-form improv facebook.com/insert-foot-theatre. “We’re serious about comedy, but we also artist, who performed is when the players Chicks ’n’ Giggles perform Saturday, Nov. 20, love the chance to just be stupid together.” with local high-school take a few audience at the WaterCooler, watercoolerboise.com. While there’s certain to be some off-color improv troupe Foul suggestions at the jokes and edgy humor, improv can be catharPuppets as a teenager. beginning of the pertic, theatrical and ridiculously fun. The Foul Puppets and formance and use them “You’re definitely going to see something improv group Recycled Minds performed for to create a longer story. Short form is when that’s off-the-wall,” says C.J. Sower of Insert years at Boise’s Funny Bone comedy club. a series of short games all driven by audience Foot. “Something you’ll never see again.” “The Funny Bone was really the center of suggestions make up the bulk of the perforWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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GAME ON Penn and Watts shine in real-life political thriller

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GEORGE PRENTICE It’s been a while since Hollywood had some success with dramatizing contemporary history. You have to reach back to All the President’s Men to find a really good example of holding a mirror up to an event that was still relatively fresh in our nation’s consciousness. The Dustin Hoffman-Robert Redford film came out a scant two years after the zenith of the Watergate scandal. Not only did the movie succeed critically in 1976 (claiming eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture), but it also holds up wonderfully as a crackerjack political thriller. Sure, Oliver Stone has spun his whacked-out tales of Kennedy, Nixon and George W. Bush but his efforts are more ham-fisted than meaty docudramas. So it was with trepidation but great expectation that I approached Fair Game, the cinematic treatise of the Valerie Plame Sean Penn and Naomi Watts star in a film about one of the President’s women. scandal. Keep in mind that her story comes with a supporting cast of Bush, Scooter Libby, Robert Novak and Karl Rove. mi Watts plays Plame. To date, Watts has played nuanced, troubled You don’t have to go much further than seven years to refresh characters (21 Grams, The Painted Veil, Mulholland Drive) but here your memory on this story. In his 2003 State of the Union speech, Bush spooked the nation with a revelation about “significant quanti- she balances ferocity and sympathy. And anyone who thinks that Watts is too glamorous for the role clearly hasn’t seen a photograph ties of uranium from Africa.” Months later, former ambassador of Valerie Plame. Penn is, well, Sean Penn. Joe Wilson wrote a scathing op-ed piece for It is quite possible that the second half of The New York Times, basically saying the Penn’s career is as good as, if not better than, president was full of malarkey. The White FAIR GAME (R) his first—and that’s considerable. House lashed back by leaking to the press Directed by Doug Liman Washington insiders are already at odds the disclosure of the identity of CIA agent Starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts over the film’s accuracy. I’d worry about Valerie Plame, Wilson’s wife. What followed that if it weren’t for the fact that it’s the was a political firestorm, a private one at Opens Friday at The Flicks same characters taking the same sides as first and then very public. they did when the real-life scandal was It’s a scintillating story to read in Plame’s playing out just a few years ago. memoir of the same name, but it’s not your typical foundation for a All said, Fair Game works on many levels: as an excellent adfilm. Yet, director Doug Liman (The Bourne Ultimatum) pulls it off aptation of Plame’s memoir, as a master class in acting, and maybe in fine style, peeling away the layers of the story like an onion. Sean Penn stars as Joe Wilson and in a career-defining performance, Nao- most of all as a fine drama.

THE TUBE/SCREEN FUNNY BUSINESS In the ’80s and ’90s, a slew of stand up comics found national name recognition with sitcoms on one of the Big Three TV networks. Bob Saget’s Full House and Roseanne’s eponymous show were exceptions, but more shows failed than succeeded. Some of the comics who attempted prime-time overcame those duds—Jeff Foxwor thy (The Jeff Foxworthy Show), Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) and Bob Saget (Sur viving Suburbia)—and rose to even greater heights in their standup careers. But sitcoms are still a risk and one not many networks (or comedians) are willing to take. With the growth of cable television, however, that risk may be slightly minimized. If a successful stand-up can make some magic, find a network that understands him/her and hope the planets are per fectly aligned, it might all work. You might know Nick Swardson from his role as rollerskating prostitute Terr y Bernadino in Reno 911 (or his recent cancellation of a scheduled Boise apWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

and will begin airing his new reality pearance), but he now has his own Comedy show Strange Days later this month. Saget Central show, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. will search out and hang out with It’s a clip show in which Swardmembers of odd subcultures. son revels in the surreal and Of course Daniel Tosh politically incorrect: Case in point, For complete TV has parlayed the Internet, its one segment is called “Wheellistings, visit ridiculous people and their outrachair Cat.” boiseweekly.com. geous videos into a huge followBob Saget is also at it again. ing with Tosh.0, his own Comedy Although his last sitcom (doesn’t Central clip show. Tosh screens, pokes fun this guy sleep?) was cancelled after one seaat and often offers redemption to accidental son, the A&E channel took a chance on him Internet stars. And then there’s Massachusetts-born Louis C.K. He turned to the FX channel for Louie, one of the smar test, funniest, most bittersweet sitcoms to ever hit the home viewing-screen. C.K. (who writes and directs) stars as himself, a middle-aged working comic and single father of two young girls living in New York. Thir teen episodes have aired to date and the network has ordered a second season. The first season of Louie is now available on Netflix. —Amy Atkins

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1—Daniel Radcliffe stars in a subtle art-house film that desperately needs to find an audience. Let’s pray that somebody actually goes to see this little gem. TAMARA DREWE—Gemma Ar ter ton stars as the girl most likely to get a nose job and come back to her hometown and tell ever ybody to suck it. This pleasant sex-comedy is based on a weekly British comic strip, which is based on the 19th centur y novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings 2010: TIME FOR CHANGE—Screening of a film that presents an optimistic view of the world come 2012. Friday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. $10. Sage Yoga and Wellness, 242 N. Eighth St., Suite 200, Boise, 208-338-5430, sageyogaboise.com. CARLA’S SONG—This is the story of a Nicaraguan exile who returns home and is immersed in the Contra insurgency against the Sandinistas. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Forum, 1910 University Drive, Boise. CULT CAMP: REPO MAN—Remember Emilio Estevez in 1984, when he was chasing down cars that may or may not have government secrets hidden in the trunk? Relive that magical time, and donate to a worthy cause. Proceeds go to Commit 65. See Picks, Page 14. Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. $5. Gamekeeper Lounge, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com. LES MISERABLES IN CONCERT—Concert event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beloved Broadway play. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. $15. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7709 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com.

NAMESAKE—The Agency for New Americans presents a special screening of this film about a Bengali boy who emigrated to the United States and his struggle to fit in while his parents cling to their old ways. Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., $12. Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com. WILDWATER—Special screening of the adventure film about the places, sounds and experiences only found on wild rivers in wild places. Contact skiparmstrong@gmail.com for more information. Friday, Nov. 19, 7-9:30 p.m. $10. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net. 26

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FAIR GAME—See review on Page 25. (PG-13) Flicks

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1—The first part of the last book’s movie finds Harry, Hermione and Ron on a hunt for pieces of nemesis Voldemort’s soul, which he has hidden in various objects. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 TAMARA DREWE—An Ugly Duckling story, but with affairs, attitude and writers looking to be inspired. (R) Flicks

T H E AT E R S EDWARDS 22 BOISE 208-377-9603, regmovies.com EDWARDS 9 BOISE 208-338-3821, regmovies.com EDWARDS 14 NAMPA 208-467-3312, regmovies.com THE FLICKS 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com MAJESTIC CINEMAS MERIDIAN 208-888-2228, hallettcinemas.com

FOR SECOND-RUN MOVIES: NORTHGATE CINEMA COUNTRY CLUB REEL NAMPA REEL 208-377-2620, reeltheatre.com OVERLAND PARK $1 CINEMA 208-377-3072, opcmovies.com NORTHERN LIGHTS CINEMA AND GRILL 208-475-2999, northernlightscinemagrill.com

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

I’M STILL HERE

How this one slipped by without being shown on the big screen in Idaho is beyond me. Countdown to Zero may be one of the best documentaries of the year (and there were some really swell documentaries this year). No matter your political persuasion, you will never look at global affairs the same way again. Do not make the mistake of simply categorizing this film as a left-wing doomsday doc. It’s anything but. It’s a thrilling, histor y-packed examination of the atomic choices we have made in the last 50 years. Plant your ass down and watch this great movie.

Knowing now that Joaquin Phoenix and director Casey Affleck were full of beans when they set out on a one-year scam, this movie is either a laugh riot or it’s unwatchable. It’s probably the latter. As the world found out in September, Phoenix tried to scam everyone from David Letterman to P. Diddy into thinking that he could be a world-class rapper. Of course, he was terrible. And obnoxious. This act was much funnier and more original when Andy Kaufman pulled the same shtick in the late 1970s. Sorry Joaquin, but get your act in gear and get acting again. —George Prentice

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ANGRY BIRDS Currently, this unbearably addictive little game is the top-selling app on iTunes (it has passed the 10 million sales mark), but word has it that Angry Birds will soon be available for game consoles. Lord help us all. But for now, the little game is mobile only and if it looks like all of your friends and coworkers have gone emo, they haven’t. They aren’t staring at their shoes: Their eyes are down, glued to their phones, unable to look away from Angry Birds. It’s a simple enough premise: using a slingshot, players shoot squawking little birds at little green pigs, which are protected by structures. The idea is to strategize how to break the structure with the handful of birds available to get to (and kill) the pigs. If the aim isn’t just right, the

little birds explode into a cloud of feathers and you have one less chance to wipe the smile off the fat little pigs’ faces. Shooting a bird at pigs could get old after a while, so each level is progressively harder and each variety of bird does something a little different. After flinging a bird from the slingshot, a tap on the screen might divide one bird into three, speed up a bird or cause it to stop in place and drop like a big bomb. While the premise is simple, game play is by no means simplistic and, again, is extremely addictive. If you have any other obligations in your life, you might want to get them out of the way before you download/buy this game. Or you’re going to have some angry humans to contend with. —Amy Atkins

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AN A FOR EFFORT Alzar School teaches reading, writing and rafting CHRISTIAN A. WINN

The Spanish word “alzar” means “to take flight, to rise, to hoist.” It’s a fitting name for the Alzar School, Sean and Kristin Bierle’s Boise-based high school where kayaking Chilean rivers, paddling canoes in North Carolina and backcountry camping in Idaho go hand in hand with math, history and science lessons. The Bierles, who started the Alzar School in 2004 as the Alzar Youth Adventures, Kristin and Sean Bierle may not look like sherpas, but they’re leading a whole new generation believe adventure-based learning can help into unfamiliar territory. high school students learn leadership, selfconfidence, a love for the outdoors and an the Alzar School programs do indeed express rivers, big and small. And as she began to appreciation for different cultures all while a this notion of a bridge, of a connection to a traditional high school curriculum is fulfilled. tell the Alzar story, her enthusiasm and acute larger purpose and a larger understanding of interests became very clear. It began with the Bierles’ idea to blend cultures and the natural world. “We started this school with the idea of a their beloved outdoor life with their training John Scott, an Alzar alum and now 19-yearpowerful connection between the outdoors and in education. Recruiting fellow educators old freshman at North Carolina State, spoke youth,” Bierle said, stirring a cup of tea. “We and students from around the country, Alzar to the larger understanding he gained on an wanted to use the outdoors as a hook, a pull, School began as an outward-bound program expedition on the Cal-Salmon River through a because for Sean and me, that was the case in which students earned a few high school section known as the Gaping Maw. and we wanted others to experience what we or college credits while taking short-term “I’d been on class-four rivers before,” Scott loved. Then, as our own educational careers expeditions to run the Chilean Rio Teno, said, “but the Cal-Salmon was massive. And advanced, we kept seeing and understanding or participate in Boise State’s White Water in the midst of it is the ‘Gaping Maw,’ aptly a mesh, a way of weaving outdoor adventure Immersion and Leadership Development, named with big old rocks that look like teeth and education. We thought it could all be a or to deliver school supplies to the remote and not-so-pleasant hydraulics that can work powerful mix.” Mexican Village of Xopilapa. you like no other. In approaching the Maw, She and Sean started the program on the Today, Alzar is still a school without a half my mind is saying, humans aren’t meant strength and enthusiasm of their own desires, building, but by 2012 the Bierles hope to to go down rivers in stupid mango-colored beliefs, histories. house Alzar School permanently in the pieces of plastic. “I grew up with a father who got my Long Valley area and to activate the school’s “But after everything, I fought through the siblings and I involved in the more, you might full accreditation. Gaping Maw and came out victorious,” Scott say, nontraditional sports: spelunking, hiking, Beginning in the fall of 2012, students will said. “And for me it was my favorite experiattend the Alzar School for full-time semesters, water sports,” Bierle continued. “With our ence of that trip with Alzar because it tested enrolling in traditional coursework and blend- students, I feel we push them just far enough me as a person and a paddler. I could have ing intensive classroom studies with an equally out of their comfort zones—as I was—so that spent my summer doing numerous things, but intensive dose of the great outdoors, both here they’re introduced to new ways of thinking, new ways of understanding life. And this gives nothing has prepared me for the transition in Idaho and on international expeditions. from high school life to college life more than them a perspective, a way to understand how Although the programs can be Alzar School.” to make decisions on a more mature level.” expensive, they are not only for children Lizzy Hester, who traveled with Alzar Bierle knows that kids are often asked, of wealthy families. School on the Rivers of Chile 2010 expedition, “What do you want to be when you grow “We work hard to subsidize the cost of completely agreed. Hester is now a Clemson up?” She thinks the better questions are: our programs through private donations and “What do you want to freshman, and she added a cultural spin to the grants, and have some depth of the adventure. accomplish?” “What financial assistance and “The most memorable and meaningful day do you want to change scholarships available. To learn more about the history and future of I spent in Chile was definitely at the orphanage in the world around Our summer program the Alzar School, as well as scholarships and we worked with toward the end of our trip,” you?” International costs $2,300, and tuition options, visit alzarschool.com. experiences, like those Hester said. “Seeing these children living in Chile costs $3,300, not poverty, with little hope of their future having the Bierles provide, including airfare,” said any better luck, but still living with such joy, give kids new skills Kristin Bierle, a youthit really blew my mind. These children were that, combined with a traditional education, ful, athletic woman in her mid-20s. living in filth, with nothing, and yet they took will make them active, strong members of Bierle, a small, unassuming woman rode care of and understood each other. It touched their communities. a motorcycle 3,600 miles through Mexico in me to my core. And being able to build them a “I feel like we’re giving this to our stuthe summer of 2007 scouting potential Alzar swing set and an outdoor chalkboard changed dents,” Bierle said. “We’re building bridges.” School expeditions. She is also a world-class Many of the students who have come out of my perspective on life from then on.” kayaker and a hard-core advocate of paddling WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

The one that didn’t get away.

STOKED FOR STEELIES, SPOKED FOR ARCHITECTURE On Nov. 10, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game released some 200 steelhead into the Boise River for fishermen—fly and spin alike—to tr y their hands at. This will be the first of at least three steelhead releases in the coming weeks, with the next releases slated to be in the 200 fish range also. These particular steelies spent two years in salt water rather than the typical one, thus yielding the 9-pound average for this batch, up from last year’s stocks. The older, larger fish mean that there won’t be as many as in previous years, but with the potential for a meaty monster—the range is anywhere from 6- to 12-pounds (drool)—it should make this and subsequent steelie releases much more exciting. Anglers, thread your reels. Visit fishandgame.idaho.gov for updates on release locations in the coming weeks. Now, what do Henry Miller, Elvis Costello, Steve Martin and Frank Zappa have in common? Give up? They’ve all been credited at some point with inventing the phrase, “talking about art is like dancing about architecture.” And though it speaks to art’s inexpressible beauty we think it would be fun to lace up your ballet slippers and twirl on the roof of the Aspen Lofts. Well, now thanks to the Middle Snake River Group of the Sierra Club, those who don’t know the difference between a flying buttress and a Corinthian column have another option: biking about architecture. “I wanted to make a bike tour of downtown and see some of the old buildings, [to] give a historic perspective of when it was built, some of its uses in the past, some little anecdotes about it, who used it, why it’s still important to Boise,” explained tour leader Lon Stewart. On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can join fellow architecture-curious bikers for a tour of significant downtown buildings. The free tour departs from the Sierra Club building and winds 3 to 5 miles through downtown, stopping at various buildings along the way. “I think it helps everybody appreciate the value of the downtown region ... if they know the previous history of it and why we should help preserve and honor our old buildings in downtown.” Tour-goers must pre-register by Thursday, Nov. 18, by calling 208-384-1023 or e-mailing bentonnd@comcast.net. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, donations accepted, Sierra Club, 503 W. Franklin St., 208-384-1023. —Andrew Crisp and Tara Morgan

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REC/PLAY GLENN LANDB ER G

NIGHTTIME 5K FUN RUN—5K run at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, on the Eagle Greenbelt. First 200 to register get headlamps. Register at raceforthenations.org through race day. $20. TURKEY TROT—Family friendly 5K fun run on Thanksgiving morning in Paul. Register on line at raceit.com through Tuesday, Nov. 23. $11-$21, minicassiaturkeytrot.com.

Recurring ADULT CLIMBING LESSONS— The staff at the YMCA can help any level of climber learn safe ways to master the sport. Participants must be age 14 or older. New classes begin the first Tuesday of every month. 7-8 p.m. full-facility member $36; program member $72. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208344-5501, ymcaboise.org. BOISE SOCCER LEAGUE—The co-ed soccer league is open to all levels. Player fees are $24 per season, plus $25 annual dues to U.S. Club Soccer. The team fees are $375 per season. Games are played Mondays on Boise Parks and Recreation playing fields with certified referees. For more information, call Dave at 208-284-9112 or Pat at 208870-5975, or visit boisesoccerleague.com. CYCLOCROSS TUESDAY NIGHT TRAINING RIDES—Ride with a group of cyclists for a great workout. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, idahocyclocross.com. Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise. DROP-IN ADULT BASKETBALL—The gymnasium is open for drop-in use from 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. $4 per visit. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, cityofboise. org/parks. SASSY SALSA—Drop in anytime for an aerobic workout with Salsa dance steps. No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable shoes (no black soled shoes) and clothing and follow the teacher’s moves. Wednesdays, 7-7:50 p.m. $5 per class. Forte Pilates, 518 S. Ninth St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-342-4945, fortepilates.com. WOMEN FLY FISHERS OF IDAHO—Women of all ages and all levels of fly fishing get together, compare catches and plan trips and activities. The group meets in the Trophy Room at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. FREE, 208-3381660, WFFID.com. Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.

Fish & Game WOOLLYBUGGER MEETING— Children ages 7-16 are invited to join the largest fly fishing club in North America for monthly meetings. Family membership fees are $20 per year. 208-3228118, bvff.com. Idaho Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.

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NO-SNOW SKIING At 5:45 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, I joined the Idaho Nordic Ski Club for one of their weekly dry land training sessions. We gathered on the northeast corner of the lawn at Fort Boise, carving out space among the 4-year-old soccer players and the 44-year-old softball players. Though I only recognized a few skiers, the group hadn’t been difficult to find. With bodyfat percentages obviously in the single digits, the striated hamstrings and washboard stomachs on these athletes set them apart. I became a member of the Idaho Nordic club last winter, hoping that mere association with a group of cross country skiers who compete and train together would catapult me to a new level of skill and speed. I can skate ski well enough to navigate most of the Nordic area at Bogus Basin, but I didn’t know Swix wax from Toko. When I heard about the club’s dry land training sessions, I connected the dots. Stealth training in the off-season might be the ticket to free speed when the time comes to grab my poles and click into the bindings. What I hadn’t realized was that the club had begun meeting for dry land workouts back in June. By showing up in the fall, still well before any hint of snow, I was already behind. Eyes trained on a pair of legs that would have been the envy of any woman even half their owner’s age, I was startled when the group dashed off at 5:47 p.m., as if in response to an inaudible gun shot. We lapped the softball fields at a brisk trot for a warm-up. Ah running, I thought, I can do this. But that lap ended quickly, and before I had time to catch my breath, we were quad-deep in vertical hops, side leaps and backward skipping—all explosive, plyometric moves designed to build strength, power and coordination. Done properly, their execution is guaranteed to send blood lactate levels through the roof. We moved on to skate-specific balance and strength drills that mimic skiing, but with long pauses to develop muscular endurance. I mirrored Joe Jensen, a club leader who doubled as a drill sergeant, raising both arms forward simultaneously and then yanking them down, slicing the air as if double-poling through deep snow. Jensen described the motion: “You always want to be driving forward from the hips. See how my hips are over my feet? When you pull down, it’s actually engaging your lats—like you’re gonna hug someone.” The remainder of the workout was a hypoxia-induced blur, and by the end of it, I needed more than just a hug. It was a good thing I’d heeded wise advice from more experienced training partners who had recommended that I avoid participation in dry land training if I had any upcoming events, like a bike race or a fun run, because muscle fatigue and soreness would surely result in a devastating performance. And they were right. During the days that followed, my running routine was preempted by couch-surfing and beer-drinking—not a good thing, since I am staring down the barrel of my next adventure: the Boston Marathon. But in the name of recovery, it was necessary. So much for my head start on ski season but at least now the marathon will seem easy by comparison. —Sarah Barber WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


FOOD/NEWS COURTESY BASQUE MARKET

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

TRES BONNE CUISINE

GLENN LANDBERG

Whether it’s a restaurant with a store or a store with a restaurant, It’s difficult to shake the feeling that you’ve just walked into your one thing European restaurants in town have that other ethnic grandmother’s kitchen when you cross the threshold into Tres Bonne eateries do not is a selection of wares. Tres Bonne Cuisine is equal Cuisine. Proprietor Barbara Haines may be standing, hands on hips, parts home-style cooking and European goods—walls and counamong the handful of tables draped in brightly colored homey tabletertops are covered in every kind of Eastern European cookie, cloths, or she may be seated at one, chatting up regular customers in cracker, jam, candy and dry good that you can imagine—includtwo languages. Regardless, she’s a stern yet friendly face. ing an entire room dedicated to wine and beer. Ask her for a food recommendation and she’s likely to shrug and Owners Barbara and Tom Haines were familiar faces to say, “You know what you like better than I would,” and leave you to downtown Bon Marche/Macy’s shoppers: for about 10 years, the the menu with a smile. couple ran Tres Bon, the anachronistic cafe housed in the baseOn one side of the bright dining room, floor-to-ceiling ment of the department store. Though the menu was made up stark white shelves and cupboards are stocked with dozens of vamostly of sandrieties of European wiches, salads and candies, chocolates, burgers, Polishcookies and even born Barbara often a small collection put her spin on a of toiletries in one dish and served corner. On the other up some authenside is a large passtic food from her through into a darkhomeland. ened room. Wander News that Tres into the abyss, turn Bonne Cuisine on the light, and had opened was you’ll find similar greeted with cheers stark white floorby old customers to-ceiling shelves, and huzzahs from which are stocked boozy folk looking with hundreds of for a different kind bottles of imported of brew. beer and wine. Barbara is usuTo navigate the ally at the front of brief menu, you may the house and her want to dust off furrowed brow your food dictionand curt “So, sit ary and bone up on anywhere,” when your “wursts”—livcustomers walk erwurst, schinkenin is a change wurst, bratwurst, from the overly chipper “Hi! Welcome to our giant weisswurst and knockwurst are all on the menu. TRES BONNE CUISINE homogenized restaurant!” often heard at chains. For the sausage shy, Tres Bonne also offers a few 6555 Overland Road 208-658-1364 With Tom cooking in the back, Barbara doesn’t familiar deli staples, a Reuben and a French dip among tresbonnecuisine.com mince words, but she will talk politics, the economy, them. And sometimes, even when you think you’re in Tue.-Wed., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; explain anything on the menu and share a bite of for something out of the ordinary, what turns up is Thu.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. dry Polish sausage on a bit of buttered rye that is surprisingly ordinary. The pork loin sandwich special her breakfast. ($5.75) was a functional lunch of thinly sliced ham, The menu is a melange of foods that could only unevenly sliced tomatoes, grated cheese and salad mix be described as comfortable from both American and European (with iceberg, carrots and cabbage), which rather awkwardly fell out stock. A big burger with bacon, mushrooms and two kinds of in pieces. A salty, smoky side of soup with an everything-but-thecheese ($5.25) shares space with a bratburger ($5.75), German kitchen-sink mix of ingredients was, like the sandwich, exactly the pot roast ($5.75) and a pork and sauerkraut sandwich called kind of hearty, no-frills food grandma would thrust at you for lunch. knacle head ($5.75). Or make like an architect and build your A German pot roast sandwich ($5.75) on light rye needed a own ’wich ($5.50) from the deli case—choose from beer sausage, healthy dose of brown mustard to offer some moisture to the dry krakau sausage, liverwurst and schinkenwurst. pot roast. The sauerkraut, however, was a standout. The cabbage Of course, in a place that specializes in German and Polish looked precut, but the kraut itself had the taste of homemade. The food, sausages make a featured appearance on the menu. The lightly burgundy-colored cabbage gave off only a hint of vinegar and grilled mild chorizo “from butcher in Idaho” ($5.95) actually finished sweetly rather than pungently. For those who may consider has a little bite to it that is quickly tamed by the delicious pile of asking for their sandwich or sausage sans ’kraut: Don’t do it. Tres more-sweet-than-sauerkraut that tops it, or a spoonful of accomBonne’s version is a refreshing change from the usual pre-made panying sweet homemade yellow potato salad laden with crunchy pucker-inducing stuff. bites of celery and onion. An order of homemade pierogi ($5.50) was similarly subtle— Breakfast is served from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and dinner is available perhaps too much so, with the clumpy potato and cheese filling on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Add that offering only the pop of orange, which it unfortunately acquired from to the fact that each table has a little bowl of gummy bears on it, the garnish. and eating at Tres Bonne Cuisine is like eating at Grandma’s—if Haute cuisine it’s not, at Tres Bonne Cuisine. But as the loyal regushe’s from the old country. lar crowd will tell you, it’s one of the homiest restaurants in the city. —Amy Atkins isn’t from the old country, she’s just old. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

—Rachael Daigle is not always hot for haute.

Tony Eiguren: Paella slayer.

BUTTS, BASQUES AND BIRDS There’s no shortage of songs about big butts. From Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” beefy behinds have long had a seat on the lap of popular music. Now Fatty’s, a new bar that has taken over the former Hijinx space on Eighth Street, is serving up a different kind of fat ass: Fat-ass beers. “What we really wanted to do is give people the option to get some fat beers and fat drinks,” said owner Justin Zora. “We actually carry a whole line of 32-oz. and bigger beers.” The space opened last Tuesday with a $300 cash prize beer pong tourney and $4 domestic pitchers. Zora will also offer varying nightly specials, including a late-night happy hour from 12:30-1:30 a.m. featuring $5 pitchers and 16-oz. cans for $1.50. The space is open Tuesday-Saturday from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. For more info, check out drinkfattys.com. Sticking with the bigger is better theme, the Basque Market will soon offer a fat pan of paella on its patio every Wednesday at noon. Those who fought through the Jaialdi throngs will no doubt remember the giant steaming pile of fresh seafood, chorizo and saffron-flecked rice sending out eat-me smells from the tiny patio. Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 24, you can get a bellywarming plate of paella and bread for $7. Attention last-minute bird hunters: You still have a couple of local, free-range turkey options available. As of press time, Morning Owl Farms’ Mary Rohlfing had a limited number of turkeys left at $4.25 per pound. Birds can be purchased by calling Rohlfing at 208-850-6798 or e-mailing her at morningowl@cableone.net. Kuna’s Vogel Farms also has some hormone- and additive-free turkeys left. You can order online at vogelfarmscountrymarket. com, and each purchase comes with a free pumpkin for pie-makin’. —Tara Morgan

FOOD/DEAL DEAL OF THE WEEK: Ghetto Bucket at Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine. Two PBRs, two Olympias and two Rainiers for $4. Because broke doesn’t have to mean thirsty.

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FOOD/DINING North Boise 13TH STREET PUB AND GRILL—The newest addition to Hyde Park is quite the patio destination in summer. Food is causal pub fare, the handle selection is decent and it’s your best option for late-night anything on that end of 13th Street. 1520 13th St., 208-639-8888. $-$$ SU 36TH STREET BISTRO—It may be smack-dab in the middle of the sprawling 36th Street Garden Center, but the bistro goes for simple European elegance with lofty ceilings and clean lines. Its garden-cafe feel is helped along by a full menu offering for a day’s worth of eating. Set in the windowed west wing of the store, the cafe serves espresso and pastries for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch and the dinner menu is ever-changing depending on what’s fresh and in season. 3823 N. Garden Center Way, 208-433-5100. 36streetgardenSU OM center.com. $-$$ BOISE CO-OP—Boise’s independent source for organic vegetables and meats, specialty items, holistic supplies and vitamins out the wazoo. You just can’t leave the Co-op without at least one deli delight in your bag. Each day brings a new selection of delicious foods made with the freshest ingredients. 888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500. boisecoop. SU OM com. $-$$ CAFE VICINO—Chefs Richard Langston and Steve Rhodes serve up fresh and innovative foods. They offer a casual lunch menu with choices like daily quiche, salads and portobello mushroom sandwiches. Dinner choices lean toward finer dining likecarpaccio, a variety of pastas and entrees that run the gamut from braised lamb shanks to New York steak to cioppino. 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463. RES cafevicino.com. $$-$$$ OM CASA MEXICO—With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 1605 N. 13th St. # B, 208-333-8330. casamexicoidaho.com. $-$$ SU OM GOODY’S SODA FOUNTAIN— From the moment you walk in, the smells of fresh caramel corn, homemade ice cream, hand-dipped chocolate and every kind of sugary delight hit you like a ton of gummy bricks. 1502 N. 13th St., 208-367-0020. goodysSU goodies.com. $ HAWKINS PAC-OUT—Classic burger drive-in in a classic location. Tots, twist cones and daily specials from Hawkins’ Facebook page. 2315 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-338-9627. $ SU

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HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE—Whether it’s the appetizers, the entrees or burgers and sandwiches, stopping in at Highlands Hollow after winter skiing or a summertime hike up Camel’s Back hill is always a great idea. This raucous brewery at the foot of Bogus Basin Road has always catered to the outdoors person in you. 2455 Harrison Hollow, 208-343-6820. highlandshollow. com. $-$$ SU OM HYDE PARK PUB—If there’s one little joint that’s always packed no matter the day or the time of the day, it’s Hyde Park Pub. A pub in every sense of the word, HPP has a menu of food you eat with your hands, TVs in every corner, a varied selection of tap brews and that neighborhood restaurant feel, which so many of its neighbors envy. 1501 N. 13th St., 208-336-9260. $ SU JIM’S COFFEE SHOP—Can’t question a place with a big chicken on the roof now, can you? 812 W. Fort St., 208-3430154. $-$$ SU LULU’S FINE PIZZA—Big Apple-style gourmet pie for pizza lovers of everywhere kind. Get a wheel or go by the slice. Check out the usual toppings or get adventurous with some tasty things you’re not used to seeing on a pizza menu. A great North End pizza place that prides itself on semi-sophisticated wine pairing and a fine beer list. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-3874992. ilovelulus.com. $-$$ SU OM

O’MICHAEL’S PUB AND GRILL—In Boise, it seems all roads lead to Bogus. Those same roads lead back home, and after a day on the hill, a person often needs to refuel with a stiff drink and big plate of grub … especially if that grub includes an order of O’Michael’s garlic fries. The menu is pub grub, including Irish specials like corned beef and cabbage every Thursday. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948. omichaelspubboise.com. $-$$ SU PARRILLA GRILL—Serving wraps and salads on another primo Hyde Park patio. This concrete and metal Hyde Park eatery is a popular place to chill during the halcyon days of summer, but Parrilla’s hot wraps and microbrews are a fine way to stay warm in the cold winter months as well. The primary colored sign and terra cotta walls welcome regulars and passersby equally and the casual atmosphere and good eats keep them all coming back. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ SU SUN RAY CAFE—During mountain biking months, Sun Ray’s coveted corner patio is a spandex catwalk and its fences lined with bikes. When the cold rolls in, the sprawling corner patio is empty, but the big renovated inside is packed. No happy hour but check for daily beer and food specials. 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887. $-$$ SU

FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED EIGHTEEN ONE 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle, 208-939-0402, eaglehillsgolfcourse.com “A few days later, it was left to Sunday brunch to redeem Eighteen One. And at the risk of mixing sports metaphors, I’ll happily say that the restaurant birdied. ” —Rachael Daigle

SOLID GRILL AND BAR 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620, solidboise.com “A portobello mushroom sandwich ($7.95) is always a pleasant surprise on a menu, and among its peers, Solid’s is one of the best.” —Amy Atkins

CASA DEL SOL 409 S. Eighth St., 208-287-3660 “Two egg-battered-and-fried green peppers oozed melted cheese, seasoned ground beef, melted cheese and more melted cheese. Did I mention the gooey, luscious melted cheese?”

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—Sarah Barber

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

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Dining/Food Superb Sushi at Lulu’s Fine Pizza—Superb Sushi continues to offer take-home sushi for lunches and dinners. Housed in Lulu’s Fine Pizza, one can still enjoy their non-traditional rolls that have become a local favorite or get them delivered. 2594 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-3385. superbsushidowntown.com. $-$$ SU OM

State Street 20th Century Lanes—The list of respectable establishments in which you can find a chili dog is no foot long. Indeed you can get one at 20th Century Lanes, but you can also get a family feeding of sliders and fries and Idaho’s ubiquitous fingersteaks. 4712 W. State St., 208-342-8695. 20thcenturylanes.net. $ SU OM

Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant—Family-run Mexican joint housed in a small clean space. 2870 W. State St., 208-3431001. $$ Big City Coffee—This coffee shop serves a variety of hot drinks for your on-the-go life and well-proportioned meals for the times when you slow down. The menu is surprisingly large and creative for both breakfast and lunch and the deli case has an assortment of bakery sweets and savory items. It’s like getting a meal in grandma’s kitchen. 5517 W. State St., 208-853-9161. bigcitycoffeeld. com. $ SU OM Burger ‘N Brew—Sixteen beers available for your consumption pleasure but beware the easy listening, RandB music. One visitor said, “This place feels like 2 a.m.

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even though it’s only 11 p.m.” The State Street location of this Boise mainstay is the last man standing in the Burger and Brew family. Bad news is, it’s the last of its kind; good news is, it does both the burger and the brew fine enough to keep it going for time to come. This is what a sport bar used to be: family restaurant, sports memorabilia on the walls, separate bar area for the serious-about-the-game crowd. A Boise favorite whose name says it all: burgers and beer. 4295 W. State St., 208-345-7700. $-$$ SU

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Corona Village—Gut-busting burritos, incredible chips and Dos Equis on tap make the Village stand out among Boise’s family style Mexican restaurants. 4334 W. State St., 208-3389707. $ Dutch Goose—Foosball, darts, pool, horseshoe pits and televisions galore keep those who go to drink from being talk-happy for hours and the food … oh, the food. Steamed clams, French dip and Reuben sandwiches, one of the best grilled chicken salads around and a selection of brilliant burgers guarantee plenty of repeat business. 3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887. dutchgoose. com. $-$$ SU OM Eddie’s Diner—’50s style diner with burgers and fries. 3095 N. Lakeharbor Ln., 208853-9800. $

Beaujolais: The Real Deal Beaujolais nouveau, that light and fruity quaff made from grapes that were hanging on the vine just weeks before, will be released Thursday, Nov. 18. They fly it over from France for the unveiling, and in wine venues around the world, the corks pop. But while it’s a fun celebration, beaujolais nouveau is a mere shadow of real beaujolais. Made from the same gamay noir grape, the real thing has all the lively fruit of a nouveau, but with more depth and better structure. Here are the panel’s top beaujolais picks: 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages, $9.99 From a man widely regarded as the king of beaujolais, this crowd-pleasing entry from the outstanding 2009 vintage shows why. This wine opens with lush aromas of dark cherry and juicy raspberry with hints of tobacco and spice. Ripe and round in the mouth and bursting with bright berry and cherry fruit flavors, the finish lingers nicely in this luscious Beaujolais. 2009 Terres Dorees Beaujolais L’Ancien, $14.99 Beautifully fragrant aromas explode from the glass highlighted by raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb and a touch of herb. Surprisingly complex on the palate, this wine leads off with creamy cherry and blueberry fruit playing against crisp acidity. Layers of mineral, mocha, spice and anise come through on the finish of this impressive wine. 2008 Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages, $10.99 The only 2008 in the tasting, this wine cracked the top three with its light but lovely floral aromas of sweet cherry and violet. It’s a charming wine with a nice richness, marked by silky, cherry flavors. Good acidity comes through, especially on the finish, making for a very food-friendly wine. —David Kirkpatrick www. b oiseweekly.c o m 

Fanci Freeze—Shakes, malts, spins, sundaes and the Boston shake (one part sundae, one part shake) are what have made Fanci Freeze a Boise favorite for years. But because we can’t live on ice cream alone, Fanci Freeze also serves a whole mess of burgers, some of the crispiest tots in town and even a grilled cheese for the non-meat-eaters. 1402 W. State St., 208-3448661. $ SU Flying Pie Pizzeria— The draw might be the pizza, but Flying Pie on State Street is proud to offer a “7-Day Beer Keg Forecast,” which is updated regularly so patrons know what to expect from the taps, and they even offer samples to help with the decision process. The place is a destination for locals and out-of-towners who are invited to stick push pins into a map of the world tracking how far they’ve come to enjoy a slice and a salutation. Both delicious locations feature a rotating selection of draft beer and a fun feature called It’s Your Name day meaning if your name is up on the marquee, stop in and make your own “whirled famous” pie from scratch. 4320 W. State St., 208-345-8585. flyingpie.com. $-$$ SU OM The Green Chile—Southwestern cuisine in Boise with green and red chilis, chimichangas and chile rellenos. The menu also features burgers and salads right alongside sopapaillas. 5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103. thegreenchileboise.com. $-$$ OM

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FOOD/DINING THE LIFT BAR AND GRILL—This sweet State Street spot always tempts traffic jammers with its ridiculous drink specials. Tuesday night is Holy Oly night, with 50-cent Olympia cans from 4 p.m.-close. And if you need something to soak up all that cheap booze, gnaw on a plate of State Street nachos or one of the dive’s many vegetarianfriendly dishes like hummus, fish tacos or the portobello and sun-dried tomato sandwich. Weekend breakfast is a hangover cure from the gods. 4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250. theliftboise.com. $-$$ SU OM MADHUBAN—A daily lunch buffet and a huge menu including all the favorites. You’re gonna love the curry. A great place for vegetarians. 6390 W. State St., 208-853-8215. madhubanindiancuisine.com. $$ SU OM

SMOKE INN—Old fashioned style restaurant. They serve a wide variety of meat and fab fried food. 3912 W. State St., 208-3447334. $$-$$$

SUNRISE FAMILY RESTAURANT—Serves a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Also serves desert and bakery items. 7135 W. State St., 208-853-2037. $-$$ VIKING DRIVE IN—Burgers, fries and shakes on the go. The best way to go on a calorie bender. 3790 W. State St., 342-7289. $ WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN—From the mind of “Boise’s Best Chef,” Chef Lou, comes some of the most scrumptious diner delights for dine-in, take-out or frozen to take home for later. 1939 W. State St., 208-342-2957. cheflou.com. $-$$ SU OM

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MAZZAH—Visit the Med over lunch or drop on by for dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. Try the fatoosh salad—you won’t be disappointed. 1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566 404 E. Park Center Blvd., 208-333-2223. mazzahboise.com. $-$$ SU OM

SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA AND PASTA—Big and airy bistro-style complete with checkered tablecloths. Restaurant boasts a big outdoor patio and an even larger beer selection. When you’re in the mood for a good, traditional pizza, this is the place. The pastas, starters, sandwiches and salads are equally delicious, and the list is as long as your arm. 1805 W. State St., 208-387-2727. smokymountainpizza.com. $-$$ SU OM

MERRITT’S COUNTRY CAFE—This 24-hour Boise mainstay is the place to land after a long night on the town. The “home of the scone”; serves up grub that turns the merely curious into regulars. 6630 W. State St., 208-853-1801. SU merrittscafe.com. $-$$ OM MONTEGO BAY—Montego Bay’s claim to fame is its outstanding patio—or layers of patios to be accurate—with levels cascading their way from the restaurant down to lakeside in the Lake Harbor development. Customers can find plenty to fill their stomachs besides boat drinks and beer thanks to the full menu. 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-853-5070. montegobayidaho.com. $-$$ NAM KING—Neighborhood Chinese focused on wok cooking. 4624 W. State St., 208-345SU 0260. $-$$ NORTH END CHINESE—The best drive-through Chinese downtown has to offer. 1806 W. State St., 208-343-1080. $-$$ PAPA MURPHY’S—Take-andbake pizza chain. 1736 W. State St., 208-336-0011. $-$$ SU OM PIZZALCHIK—PIZZa sALad and CHIcKen. Get it? Perfect robust salads, plus delicious original pizzas and whole chickens roasted in a 6,000-pound stone-hearth oven. Many toppings made in house. Good beer and wine complement great food at this oddly located and oddly named eatery along State Street. 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757. pizzalchik.com. SU OM $-$$ RAFIKI—7,000 square feet of space for kids to play in while adults enjoy some peace and quiet in the deli or coffee shop. 6202 W. State St., 208-8532626. rafikiplay.com. $-$$ OM

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NAAN AT MADHUBAN Naan at Madhuban. That sounds like the beginning of a haiku and if a bit of food ever deserved some poetry, it is Madhuban’s soft, warm naan bread. Naan is a ubiquitous Indian side dish, but at Madhuban, the fresh-baked versions can serve almost as a meal in themselves. Where most naan is often just plain white clay-oven cooked bread, Madhuban offers a variety of both savory and sweet options. MADHUBAN For less than $5, you can 6930 W. State St. order garlic naan (which is also 208-853-8215 baked with coriander) or one of the stuffed naan, including onion, lamb, chicken, aloo parotha with mildly spiced potatoes and a paneer kulcha stuffed with homemade cheese. On the sweeter side, try the coconut or the kashmiri, which is filled with raisins and cashew nuts. And if you want something simpler, the lachha parotha is unleavened, layered, whole wheat bread with butter; the tandoori roti is simple clay oven-baked wheat bread; and the poori is that same wheat bread, only deep-fried and puffy. But what if you’re a naan purist and want plain, simple naan on the side? Then visit Madhuban during lunch and sidle up to the buffet. There you can have all the naan you want to scoop up fragrant basmati rice or the leavings of vegetarian samosas. You can wrap it around some crispy fish pakora or sop up lamb masala or any one of the other rotating dishes on the ridiculously low-priced buffet ($7.99 per person for all you can eat). That Madhuban has one of the best selections of naan in town is naan-negotiable. —Amy Atkins

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “You don’t want to be the best of the best,” said Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. “You just want to be the only one who does what you do.” That’s always good advice, but it will be especially apt for you during the next few weeks. You’re entering a phase when competing with other people will get you nowhere fast. What will get you somewhere fast is nurturing your unique talents and proclivities. Do you know exactly what they are? If you’re even a little fuzzy, make it your quest to get very clear. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What is the soul, anyway? Is it a ghostly blob of magic stuff within us that keeps us connected to the world of dreams and the divine realms? Is it an amorphous metaphor for the secret source of our spiritual power? Is it a myth that people entertain because they desperately want to believe there’s more to them than just their physical bodies? Here’s what I think: The soul is a perspective that pushes us to go deeper, see further and live wilder. It’s what drives our imagination to flesh out our raw experience, transforming that chaotic stuff into rich storylines that animate our love of life. With the gently propulsive force of the soul, we probe beyond the surface level, working to find the hidden meaning and truer feeling. I’m bringing this up, Taurus, because it is Celebrate the Soul Week for you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Nothing changes until it’s changed in everyone’s memories,” said poet Alice Notley. I urge you to keep that in mind as you move forward, Gemini. In recent weeks, you have helped untie a knot that once seemed impossibly tangled and you deserve kudos for that. But your job isn’t done yet. Your next task is to work on loosening the snarls and smoothing the kinks that still linger in the imaginations of everyone involved. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the 1925 silent film The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin plays a prospector during the Alaskan Gold Rush. After a series of adventures, he finds himself stuck in a remote cabin on Thanksgiving Day with a ruffian named Big Jim. They’re out of food, so Charlie gets resourceful, boiling his right shoe in a big pot and serving it up steaming hot. What the audience doesn’t know is that the movie prop is made of sweet licorice, not leather. So while it may seem that dinner is a hardship, the actors actually had no trouble polishing off their meal. I see a similar scenario in your near future, Cancerian: something like eating a shoe that’s made of candy.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Lots of toddlers in Indonesia smoke, not just the chain-smoking 2-year-old in the famous Youtube video (tinyurl.com/SmokerKid). But don’t you dare let your inner child get started on a similar habit any time soon, Leo. Make sure that sweet young thing is exposed to only the very best influences; feed him or her only the healthiest food, air, water, sounds, sights, images and stories. The innocent, curious, wide-eyed part of you is entering a phase when rapid growth is going to happen, one way or another. It’s your job to guarantee that the growth goes in the right direction. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly,” wrote Anais Nin. “We are mature in one realm, childish in another.” In you, Virgo, the discrepancies have been especially apparent lately. For example, your brainy insightfulness has been on a hot streak, while your gut wisdom has not. But I suspect this situation to shift in the coming weeks. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that your emotional intelligence is set to thrive. It will be fine to concentrate on that phenomenon with all your heart, even if it means investing a little less energy in being an analytical whiz. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the old Looney Tunes cartoons, Wile E. Coyote is constantly chasing the Road Runner, a long-legged bird that prefers running to flying. Presumably, Coyote would eat the Road Runner if he ever caught him, but he never does; the bird is too fast and smart. In one recurring motif, the Road Runner dashes into the entrance of a cave that’s cut into a wall of sheer rock. When Coyote tries to follow him, he smashes into the rock, and it’s revealed that the cave entrance is just a very realistic painting. I suspect that you’re going to have the Road Runner’s power in the coming week: an ability to find and use doors that are inaccessible to other people. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I recently discovered a bluesgospel artist named Famous L. Renfro, who is also known as “The Flying Sweet Angel of Joy.” His soaring, gritty music had a medicinal effect. It seemed to say to me, “You have the power to change your life in the exact way you want to change your life.” Your assignment, Scorpio, is to find a new source of music or art or literature or film that has a similar effect on you: a flying sweet angel of joy that inspires you to do what has been hard to do. According to my reading of the astrological omens, such an influence is within your reach right now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your old self is the fuel you will use to burn your old self to the ground. This bonfire will liberate your new self, which has been trapped in a gnarly snarl deep inside your old self. You’ll feel freaked out by the flames only at first. Very quickly a sense of relief and release will predominate. Then, as the new you makes its way to freedom, escaping its cramped quarters and flexing its vital force, you will be blessed with a foreshadowing of your future. The intoxication that follows will bring you clarity and peace of mind. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Do we love heaven more than God?” asks poet Paula Cisewski in her book Ghost Fargo. I think that’s the kind of cryptic question you Capricorns would benefit from mulling over in the coming weeks. Your mind needs to get its customary categories shaken up and rearranged, needs its easy certainties flushed and abandoned. Can you think of any other queries that will help you accomplish this noble work? Let me offer a few to get you started: No. 1: Do we love love itself more than we love the people we say we love? No. 2: Do we fear failure so much that we interfere with our cultivation of success? No. 3: Do we obsess on our longing to such a degree that we miss opportunities to satisfy our longing? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Sanskrit word “buddhi” refers to the part of us that adores the truth. It’s good at distinguishing between what’s real and what’s false, and is passionately attracted to liberation. Although it may go into long periods of dormancy in some of us, buddhi never falls asleep completely. It’s always ready to jump into action if we call on it. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Aquarius, the buddhi aspect of your psyche will be extra special big strong and bright in the coming week. In my opinion, that’s better than winning the lottery. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I like how snowboarder Graham Watanabe described his experiences at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He wasn’t content with making a generic comment like “It was awesome!” or “No words could describe how great it was!” Instead he got florid and specific: “Try to imagine Pegasus mating with a unicorn and the creature that they birth. I somehow tame it and ride it into the sky in the clouds and sunshine and rainbows. That’s what it feels like.” As you break through your previous limits in the coming weeks, Pisces, I’d love to hear you summon some bursts of articulate jubilation akin to Watanbe’s.

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