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HOLIDAY BILL Whether it’s financial, emotional or physical, the holidays will cost you NOISE 20

BRAINS AND BRAUN Micky and the Motorcars muscle their way into your head SCREEN 25

SPORTS MEETS SCREEN Predicting this year’s best, Sweet 16 style FOOD 29

HE’S GOT GAME What one chef does with a freezer full of wild game

“The best things in life are free ... Or at least cheap.”

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NOTE CHANGES, VACATIONS AND MAYONNAISE-COVERED DUDS A few months back, I wrote that we’ve been busy behind the scenes revamping a few things. One of those changes was the redesign of the Screen section, which we did a few weeks back. The other change is fairly major, and we’ll roll that out in the first issue of next year, but we’ll have a preview of what’s to come in next week’s issue. Here’s a hint: Look for a new byline in the Food section. If you’re a regular reader, bear with me a moment while I repeat myself out of necessity. By the time most of you have picked up this week’s paper or logged on to boiseweekly. com, we’ll have vacated the premises for a short break. After noon on Wednesday, Dec. 22, you won’t reach anyone at our offices until Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. The entire staff will be on vacation through the New Year. If you absolutely have to reach us, you’re going to have to wait. For those of you who, like us, will have a little extra time on your hands over the holidays, here’s something to keep you busy: enter our first-ever Frosty Goes to Hollywood video contest. We have a Bend Winterfest Package to give away that includes a two-night stay at the Riverhouse Hotel, two free lift tickets to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, dinner for two, two passes to Bend Winterfest, a Deschutes Brewery tour and tasting for two, and a Deschutes Brewery gift pack. Yep, it’s a haul. Submit your snow-related video before Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, for a chance to win. Readers will vote for the winner Jan. 4 through Jan. 12. To enter, visit and click on the blue Frosty Goes to Hollywood button at the top of the page. Next week’s issue is our annual year in review, Spuds and Duds, in which we award spuds to the best, duds to the worst and possibly a bucket of one or the other to the really, really good or the really, really bad. Who’s the lucky winner of a dud slathered in mayo? Find out next week. —Rachael Daigle


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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.






BUGS, THE OTHER PROTEIN TED presenter Marcel Dicke says we should eat more bugs. The average American eats 9 pounds of shrimp— the cockroach of the sea—each year. Why not eat 9 pounds of land’s cockroaches instead? Catch a video of Dicke’s comments at Cobweb.

BOISE TV PBS is all about Boise lately. Boise-based dance company Trey McIntyre Project and poet Karena Youtz both made recent appearances on the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer. Visit Cobweb for links to both pieces.

JUMPING OFF POINT The city may have finally approved JUMP, but a pair of the Design Review Committee’s most vocal opponents still don’t approve. So much so, in fact, that they’ve jumped shipped and resigned their posts.

MAKE A VIDEO, SKI FOR FREE Time to get those Frosty Goes to Hollywood entries in so that you can be skiing, staying, eating and drinking in Bend, Ore., for free. Details in Screen Listings on Page 25.

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FEATURE Holiday Price Tag










NOISE Micky and the Motorcars continue the family business




ARTS Heading back to school for DIY arts


SCREEN Rank the best movies of 2010, March Madness style


SCREEN TV Running Wilde brings the un-funny to the small screen


REC Recreating on the cheap 27 FOOD A hunter/gatherer’s dinner party












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AN EX-XIAN’S XMAS Part Two: Twas the fight before Christmas “Hypocrite! You don’t want nothing to do with what makes Christmas so holy and rejoicy and such. But then you wanna a share in all the goodies what comes with it. Pick your side, Cope! You cain’t not believe in the sweet cake o’ Jesus, then eat it, too!” “What’re you saying, Red? That I’m a hypocrite for wanting joy and peace and cheer as much as any Christian?” “That’s just the tip o’ the icicle, Cope. Tell me something, do you tinsel up a tree ever’ year? “Yes, I do. Or rather, my wife does. But I usually help her get it screwed straight into the … ” “And you go out a’shopping for stuff what your family will get all wrapped up and ribboned come Christmas morning?” “Of course I do. No way of getting around … ” “And come Christmas Day, do you sit down to a big spread of delectables with your loved ones all there chowing down, and you feel all gooey and fuzzy ’cause you’re all together?” “Red, you know I do. Why wouldn’t I want ...” “Far as I’m concerned, that makes you like one of them fellers what sneaks into a wedding without knowing neither bride nor groom, then goes through the Swede meatballs and the olives like he ain’t never seen food before.” “A wedding crasher?” “That’s right. Only you’ re a Christmas crasher! You go around with a big Christmas grin on your mug, eating up Christmas grub and whistling your favorite Christmas tunes. But you got no good reason to be acting so Christmasy because you ain’t got no Christ watching your back, Cope. You’re just putting it on. You’re just pretending.” “Actually … mostly … you’re right, Red. I do put it on. A lot of it, anyway. I go along, pretending it’s a special time, a special thing, because believe it or not, I want to think there’s something special about being alive and being loved and feeling love for others, and I do it because I think that what we are at our best ... this marvelous frail miracle we have become in the black empty universe … that it’s worth throwing a big-ass party over once a year. Know what I mean? It’s like a generic existential bliss and blessedness, grace and goodwill, and by God, it doesn’t belong to just you Christians.” “See? This is ’zactly what I mean! You don’t like us Christians, so ever’ year, you kick up a dang war on Christmas just to irritate the pee-wadding out of us.” “Phooey! I’m not waging any damn war on Christmas, Red.” “Oh yeah? Then do you say ‘Merry Christmas’ when you drop a dime in the Salvation Army pot, or do you say ‘Happy Holidays?’”

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“Ah, let me think. I guess as a general rule, I say ‘You bet.’ Like, the bell ringer says ‘Thank you,’ and I answer back ‘You bet.’ I don’t feel any need to make a grand declaration out of it.” “What you dropping money in that pot for anyways, Cope, if’n you don’t believe in Christian charity?” “Humbug crap! You can practice Christian charity without believing in the Christian part, Red. It goes to show how the Christmas spirit rises up from real fleshand-blood human hearts. That it’s not being dripped over us from on high like some kind of angel juice on a glazed ham.” “See? There ya go again! Angel juice? You don’t call that waging a war on Christmas?” “Let me tell you something. No one needs to wage a war on Christmas. Between the ever-expanding role of science in our culture and the ever-decreasing role of good sense among so many of your mouthier Christian leaders, my bet is that Christianity will dry up like last year’s poinsettia, just from the exposure. Think about this, Red: A hundred years ago, before all the radio preachers and televangelists and Religious Right crusaders, there weren’t more than a handful of Americans who would admit to being atheists. But now, we’re up to about 17 percent. Get it? The more your preachers talk, the more non-believers there are. We don’t need a war on Christmas. The whole thing is collapsing under the weight of its own absurdity.” “My Jesus ain’t absurd!” “Maybe not. But what got named after him is.” “I done changed my mind. I ain’t giving you no present after all, Cope! You don’t deserve no presents.” “Aw, darn. And to think I went out and got you something, just to show my appreciation for all the inspiration you’ve given me. But if you don’t want to accept a gift from a hypocrite atheist Christmas crasher like me, I’ll understand.” “You already got me somethin’? Wull, uh, truth is, I got you something, too. You like cheese, don’t ya?” “I think I know where you went. How many cheeses in yours?” “Four. And two kinds of sausage. And mustard in one of them little bitty jars.” “We got one another the same thing, Red.” “Dang. I suppose we might as well just hang onto the one we got then, huh? That’d save on ribbon and wrapping paper.” “Do what you want, but I’m going to wrap mine up anyway. And I’ll bring it over to you special. You know what they say … about how it’s not the gift that counts?” “And when you come over, Cope. I’ll see if’n we can’t get through the visit without an argument breakin’ out.” “Why, Red, you jolly old soul, you.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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DEATH OF THE MODERATE Extreme problems require extreme solutions

NEW YORK—“Given his druthers, Obama will pursue the most left-leaning course that he can get away with.” So says Jennifer Rubin, a right-wing pundit at the neoconservative-leaning Washington Post. “Obama would have marched through his entire liberal agenda—if he had the votes.” This, of course, assumes that President Barack Obama ever had a liberal agenda. There’s not much evidence of that. Moreover, Obama did have the votes in Congress to get almost everything that he wanted, but he chose not to even try. In recent years, minority Republicans in the Senate have threatened filibusters on most major Democratic initiatives. When they have more votes, Democrats file a cloture motion to stop filibusters before they start. In practice, Democrats say that it now takes 60 votes to pass a bill in the Senate. It isn’t true. Not now. Not ever. What Dems fail to understand is that they are depriving themselves of a political opportunity by embracing automated parliamentary procedure. If Republicans want to filibuster, let them drag out their District of Columbia white pages and start reading on C-Span. Footage of GOP senators stonewalling popular legislation—extensions of unemployment benefits, eliminating tax breaks for individuals who earn more than $1 million a year, or healthcare benefits for 9/11 first responders—would make for awesome attack ads in 2012. When the Bush administration enjoyed a razor-thin 50-vote majority in the Senate, it only needed a simple majority to pass major bills. Even though they should have, Democrats didn’t filibuster.

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There’s another factor at work: selfdelusion. Much liberal disappointment with Obama stems from the fact that, on several issues, he is doing exactly what he said he was going to do during the campaign. He told us that we were going to go deeper in Afghanistan. Liberals simply chose to pretend that he was lying. It’s not Obama’s fault if people are in denial. At the same time, Obama failed to realize that the world had changed dramatically between September and November 2008. During the 2008 campaign, there was a plausible argument to be made that the American people were fundamentally moderate. But after the economic meltdown of September 2008, the electorate moved to the left. Six months into Obama’s term, most Americans told pollsters they preferred socialism to capitalism. In early 2010 one in five Republicans said they have a positive view of socialism. Meanwhile, the right became more radical, too. This is what happens during a crisis when the “mainstream” system is unresponsive. Moderation? There are no more moderates. Moderates know their time has past. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently brought 1,000 people together to create a militant moderate group called No Labels meant “not to create a new party, but to forge a third way within the existing parties, one that permits debate on issues in an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect,” say organizers. For those who despair of the rise of political extremism, I ask: From multi-trillion-dollar deficits to endless war to mass die-offs of species and climate change, are the problems America faces so trivial that they can be resolved with more half-assed compromises?



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DAVID KENNEDY Echoes from history on a bad economy MARCIA FRANKLIN People point to the New Deal almost in distaste, saying this is what set us on our way to bloated government. Is that fair? No, I don’t think that’s fair. I think the New Deal has become kind of a talisman or a marker for political argument. And its historical reputation has thereby been tremendously distorted. One of the points I try to make is how modest were the set of New Deal reforms that were put in place in the 1930s, and how scrupulously careful the New Dealers were to do minimum possible disruption to inherited laws, inherited ways of doing business, inherited institutions. So for example, we have one of the very few old-age pension systems in the world that is self-financed entirely out of employer and employee contributions. In almost all the other countries that we compare ourselves with normally, those kinds of programs were funded out of general treasury revenues. And Roosevelt insisted, “No, that is not an American system.”

Is there an American character? I think there’s a bundle of things that have to do with the porous, disarticulated, free, open character of our society, which is among the reasons why the West is so often taken to being the most characteristic of American regions that distinguish us from other societies. We’ve had more space in which to operate, both metaphorical and physical space. We’ve had more choices in our lives and as a society. Where are we relative to that period? Sometimes the choices we face are delusory. When Franklin Roosevelt took office in We think we have a choice but we don’t, but the spring of 1933, the Great Depression we indulge ourselves in that fantasy nonethewas almost four years less. So, actually, I’m old. When Barack trying to write a large Marcia Franklin’s full interview with Kennedy Obama took office ... synthetic book about airs Thursday, Dec. 23, at 8:30 p.m. the Great Recession, this, and one of the on IdahoPTV, repeating if we date it from the titles I’m playing with Sunday, Dec. 26, at 5:30 p.m. collapse of Lehman is The Americans: A More information at Brothers in September Choosing People. of 2008, was only a few months old. So if we really want to With your book on the Depression, what compare the two crises at comparable points did you feel you could bring new to the table? in their respective cycles, the fall of 2010 is So what I thought I could do somewhat comparable roughly to the fall of 1931. And fresh ... was to focus less on “What were hisSeptember 1931 is when Great Britain goes torical antecedents of the Great Depression or off the gold standard and then the world the New Deal and World War II?” and more begins to understand that this crisis ... is on “What were their consequences?”

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David Kennedy’s scholarship has been described as good old-fashioned history. Simply put, Kennedy says history is storytelling. And when Kennedy tells a story, it’s worth noting. His book about the Great Depression, Freedom from Fear, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for History. Kennedy was a recent lecturer at the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference and is the guest for the Dec. 23 edition of Dialogue on Idaho Public Television. Kennedy says he was initially inspired as an undergraduate student when he took a course on the American character.

unprecedented, greater in scope and scale and velocity and likely duration than anything anybody has ever seen. Kind of depressing. It is, and it is not depressing. I believe that a lot of policy makers in both the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama administration actually knew some history and took some lessons from the history of the Great Depression. They absorbed the lesson that government can’t stand by and hope that a crisis on this scale will correct itself, that there has to be some very vigorous counterpunch from the public sector. You are deeply concerned that there is a chasm between civilian and military life in this country that didn’t exist during WWII. In World War II we took 16 million people into service, most of them draftees, in a country of roughly 130 million people. Something like 11 or 12 percent of the populace was in the armed forces. Today, less than 1 percent of the populace is in the armed forces. It was impossible for this society to ignore what the military was being told to do, asked to do, how it was being used. We felt it. We felt it in our homes, we felt in our economy. Today we don’t. The military is engaged on the front line and they’re giving blood and life and effort and service and civilian society hardly feels it. We can deploy the military as a society without breaking a sweat.


HOLIDAY PRICE TAG From your finances to your health, the season can take its toll Deanna Darr


mid the din of espresso machines and the crowds perusing tables brimming with handmade wares, Angel O’Brien sat quietly, a small cup of hot chocolate in hand. While much of the crowd at Nampa’s Flying M Coffeegarage was searching for the perfect unique gift, O’Brien had no designs on shopping. With the news that her job had just been cut to part-time, O’Brien was facing a new reality. “I’m just thinking about survival, let alone figuring out Christmas,” she said, a good-natured smile playing across her face. But “survival” isn’t supposed to be the benchmark for holiday success. The holidays are supposed to be a happy, joyous time filled with family, friends and frivolity—look at all those pop culture images of sweater-clad families gathered around the fire singing carols. But for many of us, those idealized images aren’t cutting it, and our celebrations are more likely to be reminiscent of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation than It’s a Wonderful Life. Unrealistic expectations of the “perfect” holiday are what drive most of us to do things that we either shouldn’t or normally wouldn’t do. They are also the impetus for the true costs of the holidays—be they financial, emotional or physical. Even in good times, the holidays— and everything that comes with them— can add up to a whole lot of stress, but these days, tight budgets, extended unemployment and an overall doom-and-

gloom outlook can seem overwhelming. While the loss of income heaped on top of the normal holiday trials might send many people into a stress spiral, O’Brien takes it all in stride. “I should be stressed more, but I’m not,” she said. “I love the holidays.” Keeping a good attitude despite the stress and pressures of life is sage advice for those who find the holidays more taxing than magical.

IN THE WALLET For many, the most ominous cause of holiday stress comes when trying to figure out how to pay for all that cheer. From the social pressure to buy fantastic gifts for everyone you know, to the desire to make holiday celebrations bigger and better, Christmas often comes with a hefty price tag. According to the Conference Board Christmas Spending Survey, the average American will spend roughly $384 on the holidays this year, up slightly from 2009. However, those of us living out West spend less on average than those living in other regions of the country: New England tops the list, where residents spend $473. Comparatively, the Mountain region spends an average of $404, with the Pacific region coming in at $343. While that amount may be well above what you actually spend, the pressure to buy gifts can drive many to outspend their limits. Of course, those limits have drastically changed in the last few years. As the economy tanked, many Americans’ habit of living on credit came



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back to bite them. And while recent consumer confidence indexes have shown an improvement, many have had to make some serious changes in their financial mentality. “To state the obvious, although we might have reached the bottom of the recession, we’re still in the recession,” said Don Holley, visiting professor of economics at Boise State. “We’re nowhere near where we were before.” Lavish spending on gifts just isn’t an option for many, especially those who are unemployed. Nationally, unemployment is hovering around 10 percent, while in Idaho, the rate is roughly 9 percent. But what makes those already sobering numbers even more so is the fact that more than half of the people in that category have been out of work for more than six months. That prolonged duration of unemployment is the worst since the 1940s when records were first kept, according to Holley. “People are unsure about their jobs and insecure in terms of their income,” he added. On top of employment shakiness, household net worth has plummeted. Between 2007 and 2009, American households lost more than $14 trillion in wealth, largely from the daunting combo of the burst of the housing bubble and the decline of the stock market. National estimates for holiday spending projected that consumers would spend more than in 2009, and early numbers seemed to support that, although the ultimate tally won’t be seen until 2011. But Holley looks at those numbers with a grain of frugal salt and a reminder that those estimates are in comparison to a year that was a dramatic decrease from previous years. “These are some very uncertain economic

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times,” he said. “[Businesses] can’t expect to have a record-breaking year. “We’ll spend like we spent before when our jobs and incomes are secure and our wealth is back to where it was growing at a comfortable rate.” That change in income has brought with it a whole new realization of the weight of unsecured debt, and more people aren’t willing to overextend themselves like they did in the past. Holley pointed to the fact that between 2006 and 2007, the savings rate was roughly 0 percent, and many people were using the value of their home and the stock market as savings accounts. Now national savings rates have increased to roughly 5.5 percent, a jump that Holley calls huge. “People are assuming less debt and spending less,” he said. So what’s the answer for not getting yourself into too much financial trouble when trying to make it through the holidays? How about not spending more than you can afford? Revolutionary? Not really. Experts from across the board have been weighing in on just how best to tackle holiday spending without getting sacked by the bills. One piece of advice nearly all of them offer is to make a list of exactly who is on the gift list and how much you’re going to spend on each one, and then stick to it. Additionally, try to spread your buying across the year. Or simply take the importance off gifts. “Give more and spend less,” said O’Brien of her approach to holiday gift-giving. Rather than focusing on buying material things, her family will continue its tradition of volunteering around the holidays.

“It helps put [things] in perspective,” she said.

IN THE HEART Of course, the need to spend may not come only from the need to buy things. The emotional weight of the holidays can’t be underestimated. For some, it’s one giant guilt fest, while for others the pressure to make this holiday season as great as the last can be daunting. Even more frequently, when friends and family gather, it can mean the reawakening of what we thought were buried feelings. Daniel Timberlake, psychologist and director of counseling services at Boise State admits that the holidays are the subject of much discussion and research in psychiatric circles. Much of the recent work centers on the idea of how people create associations through early attachments and relationships. Basically the theories boil down to the idea that the earliest attachments we make are some of the strongest, and they train our brain to associate a certain person or situation with a specific emotion. That could explain why, when we gather with family even as usually rational adults, we find ourselves acting like children. “Early important relationships and the nature of attachment sets up neural associations in our brain that we take with us forever,” Timberlake said. “[It’s] some pretty insightful research based in brain science that explains how we react to these people who are supposed to be the most important people in the world—the more important they are, the more associations they can create.

“We’re not as logical as we like to think,” he said. “Look at your family environment and you’ll see the roots of the relationships ... Our most powerful and early triggers are our family members. We go back there and they have the ability to trigger those old emotions.” Timberlake said many things can trigger those memories: a look, an eye roll, family politics. “When you’re a child, and you store the feelings associated [with childhood], people can feel a little more childlike as an adult. It’s upsetting and disconcerting. Those are the pieces we don’t like,” he said. Of course those associations don’t have to be negative, they can be reminders of security, safety, warmth, joy and love. “That’s why we keep going back,” Timberlake said. So, how do you make it through the holidays without reenacting one of your great sibling battles or yelling at your mother that it’s your life and you’ll date whomever you want? Recognizing your emotional reaction and realizing what triggers it is a start. From there, Timberlake said, you can start taking the power out of those early associations and accepting people for who they are. “The goal of perfection is a mistake,” he said, adding that no relationship is going to be without its negative points. But if you have five good reactions for every not-so-pleasant one, you’re doing pretty good. “We learn to accept people, and that’s what true love is,” Timberlake said. “They’re not perfect, and we can tolerate the 20 percent of the time when they really piss us off.” Also, give others a little leeway.


None of us are at our best when we’re under too much stress. When people

don’t feel like they have that much control over their environment, it erodes their ability and the quality of how they experience life.” — Daniel Timberlake, psychologist “It’s not about me and my expectations,” he said. “Have realistic expectations. Your family probably hasn’t changed since the last time you saw them.” The key, he said, is finding balance. Be connected, but not codependent, be an individual but stay open to others. “Don’t let others dictate how you’re going to react,” Timberlake said. “Ask before you react, it’s a powerful skill.”

IN THE BODY The manifestations of stress aren’t just in how we interact with our family and friends. Stress can have a very real impact on your physical health. Add that to the myriad of notso-healthy things we all do during the holidays, and it can lead to some larger concerns. Family practitioner (and occasional BW contributor) Dr. Waj Nasser is used to hearing the holiday excuse: people eating too much, drinking too much, not exercising and using the holidays as the ultimate get-out-of responsibility card. But he’s quick to point out that even if you only do it during the holidays, that adds up to roughly one-sixth of your life. “People take a vacation from taking care of themselves,” he said. “Don’t wait until after the holidays. Take care during the whole year.” Ignoring what we all know we should (or shouldn’t) do can aggravate existing problems, including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, migraines and back pain. And stress can make all of those things worse. When the holiday demands start stacking up, it’s sometimes hard to prioritize, but that’s exactly what those being pulled in every direction need to do. It’s an approach that has helped keep Boise resident Erika Knipe ahead of the stress curve. During a lull while manning her booth at the Flying M craft sale, Knipe described how she balances making handmade crafts with the demands of the holidays. Her greatest tool: the almighty checklist. Knipe sets mini-deadlines for herself starting just after summer so things don’t get pushed to the last minute. Knipe admits that there is a lot of pressure to create the perfect holiday, but she has her own survival strategy: keep it simple. Simplicity and staying organized are valid approaches to dealing with stress, and ones largely recommended across the board. Boise personal training business Your Fitness Your Life even offered a class earlier in the season to help the stress-ridden masses turn the holidays joyous once again. While class participants came from a WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

variety of backgrounds, owner Marilyn McAllister said common causes for stress emerged early on. Mainly, people said they want a peaceful, family oriented holiday, but the pressure to maintain traditional activities, attend/give parties and keep up with work can get overwhelming. McAllister and trainer Cortney Taul recommend learning one important word: “No.” Being able to prioritize and putting aside the rest can help people find balance. “Pick what’s important to you,” McAllister said. Regardless of how it is dealt with, experts agree that too much stress hurts across the board. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the common symptoms of emotional stress include anxiety, restlessness, irritability, depression, anger, feeling insecure, lack of focus and forgetfulness. “None of us are at our best when we’re under too much stress,” Timberlake said. “When people don’t feel like they have that much control over their environment, it erodes their ability and the quality of how they experience life.” O’Brien has seen the effects of stress firsthand in her job as an addictions counselor. As she approaches the holidays, she’s trying to follow some of the same advice she gives to her clients: keep a positive attitude. “What’s the point in worrying?” she said. Worrying, overscheduling and being pulled in a million different directions not only cause stress but make it easy to get run down, which in turn can lead to a mild depression. Nasser said that many of the most common complaints—tiredness, fatigue, muscle pain, upset stomachs—are often symptoms of a far from exotic cause: patients are in a holiday funk. But rather than turning to the Prozac, Nasser has a much simpler and less expensive cure: Try some physical activity. Whether it’s getting outside or going to they gym, getting your heart rate up can go a long way toward improving overall health. “You’re not allowing your body to jerk you around,” he said. “You take control back.” Nasser also cautioned not to rely on either caffeine or alcohol, both of which offer only temporary relief and have major drawbacks. “It’s easy to say, but not easy to do,” Nasser said. “People have to advocate for themselves.” Of course, taking care of yourself during the holidays doesn’t mean you still can’t have a little fun. “Splurge a little, but not to excess,” he said. “You’ve got to live.”

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Emily Braden gets a new kind of blue at the Linen Building.


Wieners and Boobs is no longer just a mammary. The crew is back at VAC.


The pool of soulful 20-something jazz singers is pretty small. Start talking soulful 20-something bilingual jazz singers and that pool quickly shrinks into an inflatable kiddie pool. One member of that group is Boise-native, English- and Spanish-speaker Emily Braden. Braden currently lives in New York City and released her debut album Soul Walk in 2009, which was co-written and produced by New York pianist Misha Piatigorsky. Rick Gibbs from Victoria, British Columbia’s Island Jazz called the album “such a resounding artistic success that it has the potential to launch Braden into the first rank of contemporary jazz vocalists.” Gibbs also went on to say: “If this album isn’t picked up by a major record label in the U.S. and Canada, I’ll eat my hat—no, make that my entire record collection.” Braden is once again returning to Boise for the holidays (she headlined Reef’s Funk and Soul Christmas Party last December) for a special show at the Linen Building. Braden will be performing with Andrew Cortens on keys, Jay Multanen on bass, Greg Belzeski on drums and other special guests. 7 p.m., $15-$18. Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111,

SEX A.K.A. WIENERS AND BOOBS Charlie Chaplin famously said, “Anyone can make them cry. It takes a genius to make them laugh.” And who wouldn’t want to see genius at work? The problem is that aside from fart jokes and small animals biting people in the crotch, comedy rarely endures. The incredibly nuanced understanding of what is absurd, daring and risque to one generation is often sad and bland to the next—see Gallagher for reference. However, the nature of tragedy endures. The death of a parent/pet/spouse/empire/revolution remains compelling infinitely, even if the particulars surrounding said tragedies get a bit dusty. This is the problem with getting young people interested in theater. Lacking the promotional and distribution capacity of film and broadcast media, it’s all too common that by the time a play reaches an audience, the jokes are three generations out of date, at best. Sometimes you have to have a master’s degree in history to get the jokes. And since every artist wants to create work that endures, tragedy is the more attractive project. The capacity of live actors to make with the ha-ha is consistently overshadowed by some whiny long-winded rich kid named Hamlet. This is why live theater has the reputation for being insufferably dull, especially among the young. But then along comes a play like SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs. If the title isn’t enough to make it clear this is no snoozefest like Death of a Salesman, then its authorship will. Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter and David Wain, all members of the cult sketch-comedy series The State and the authors of feature-length satire Wet Hot American Summer are the brains behind the script. Those are the kinds of credentials that get young people into a theater to see what they’re missing. And this is actually the second “coming” of SEX, a “remounting,” if you will. Last year’s production was Alley Repertory Theater’s most successful production, and the part of Alley Rep that broke off to become Welsh/Garcia Productions wanted to give Boise another taste. But those sticklers concerned with annoyances such as plot, know that the story follows a new sheriff in town trying to kick all the prostitutes out of Teaneck, N.J., only to discover that they are the primary economic engine. Oops. Between the subject matter and the authors’ masterful plays on the conventions of live theater, comedy is layered from the meta to the absurd, but all of it is genius to the core. Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 25, 8 p.m., $12. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

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Steve Eaton channels his best Ray Charles.


The saying goes: “when one door closes, another opens.” In this case, Old Boise Guitar closed its Main Street doors in October after 26 years in business and shortly thereafter, another specialty guitar shop opened

across the street at 574 W. Main St. River City Guitars is owned by guitarist and teacher Joe Cefalu and run by former Old Boise Guitar tech Randy Meenach. Located in the space WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



THINK BOISE FIRST GET IT LOCAL COUPON BOOK Ski Santa needs no damn reindeer.

SATURDAY DEC. 25 skiing SANTA TAKES A SKI BREAK If you had to travel around the world in a day, haul a big bag of gifts up and down countless chimneys and visit every shopping center on the planet in a couple weeks’ time, wouldn’t you want to play hooky for a while? Rumor has it that Santa needs a break, and he’s chosen Brundage Mountain as the spot where he can take a couple of hours to chill out on his busiest day of the year. The elf chief will be heading to the McCall-area ski resort at 2 p.m. to visit with kids and families who are spending their holiday on the slopes. Hanging out with Santa on this crazy-busy-special day is an opportunity that doesn’t come along too often and is something your wee ones are likely to remember as a holiday highlight far into the future. So even if your plans don’t include strapping on the skis that day, you can always just stop by to wish Santa a merry Christmas if you’re in the area. He’ll be in the Brundage Mountain kids’ center at 2 p.m. to visit for a bit and then plans to get in a few runs on the mountain, spreading holiday cheer and passing out candy canes before getting back to work. His sleigh leaves at 4 p.m.—tight schedules and all, you know—so be sure you’re there on time. 2-4 p.m., FREE. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 208-634-4151,

that once housed Perpetual Metals Jewelry and Mineral Gallery, River City Guitars offers mostly mid- to high-end, custom-made guitars that can’t be found elsewhere in town, in addition to full repair services, private lessons and guitar accessories. On Tuesday, Dec. 28, River City Guitars is hosting a holiday concert at the Linen Building to celebrate their grand opening. Musicians slated to perform include Ben Burdick, Dan Costello, Marcus Eaton, Steve Eaton, Steve Fulton, Randy Meenach, Nathan Moody and the


Quartertons, Rebecca Scott and even Johnny Shoes, fronted by former Old Boise Guitar owner John Pisano. In addition to soaking in some sweetly strummed tunes, be sure to grab a slice of Pie Hole pizza and a cocktail from the full bar while you wait for free giveaways. 6 p.m., $3. Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, For more info on River City Guitars, visit

Flight of the concord grapes.

TUESDAY DEC. 28 wine

Screw Bo-Go. (And whoever made the phrase an acronym.) Two-for-one deals are dead. In my book—the Think Boise First “Get It Local” coupon book—it’s all about the three-for-one. And this year, both Neurolux and Pengilly’s are offering three-for-one drink coupons. If you do the math, that means you can get six $4 cocktails for $8 total, and you’ve already made back the book’s $15 price tag. Or if you’re not into triplefisting, here’s a glimpse of what else the coupon book offers: one free pint of cherry tomatoes at Sweet Valley Organics; buy one lunch, get one free at the Basque Market; buy any two entrees, get half-off a bottle of wine at Mai Thai; one free pitcher of Sockeye beer at Lulu’s with the purchase any large specialty or two topping pizza; one free can of PBR at Gernika; 50 percent off any order of 50 shirts or more at Design Bandits, 15 percent off your purchase at Shoe Fetish and 20 percent off at Record Exchange. And there’s even the reverse three-for-one: Buy three new books, get one free at Rediscovered Bookshop. All told, you can save more than $6,000 at local merchants with the Think Boise First Get It Local coupon book. You deserve three cocktails for that. —Tara Morgan

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS Pug Ostling, the pur veyor of Boise’s Grape Escape, recently said that the “right” wine is the one that you like. Oh so true. Wine drinkers know that a grilled rib eye begs for a full-bodied red, and that a spicy Thai dish pairs well with a pinot grigio. Roasted chicken in a cream sauce? Bring on the chardonnay. Margherita pizza? Perhaps a nice syrah. But who says that these “rules” are steadfast? Ostling says to go with the one that grabs you—and he should know, he has run Grape Escape for 35 years. The wine bar and eater y has been offering wine flights—a great way to taste and compare several wines at once—for 16 of them. He and his staff, including chef Josh Jeffrey who was recently brought on (see for more), are committed to lining ’em up and providing a mid-week opportunity to find the one that makes you sit back and forget the daily grind for a while. Grab a table inside or brave the weather and plant yourself on the patio to people watch on one of downtown Boise’s busiest corners. Wine flights consist of five samples of different wines for $5, $6 or $7, depending on which ones spark your interest. Ostling and his staff are willing and more than able to help the novice wine drinker make a selection and to offer extra info to connoisseurs. If you didn’t know before, you do now—there’s a new day of the week to look forward to: T.G.I.Tuesday. Every Tuesday night, 5 p.m., $5-$7. Grape Escape, 800 W. Idaho St., 208-368-0200.

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WEDNESDAY DEC. 22 Festivals & Events CHRISTMAS AT SUNNYSLOPE—Enjoy a winter wonderland of light displays, bonfires, warm drinks, visits with Santa and Clyde the Camel and shopping in the gift shop. Bring a donation for the canned food drive. 5-8 p.m. FREE. The Orchard House Restaurant, 14949 Sunnyslope Road, Caldwell, 208459-8200,

On Stage GENERATION ME COMEDY TOUR—Hosted by Ben Hess with comics Ryan Novak, Heath Harrison and Reggie Melbrough. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR—The Rockettes kick-start the holiday season. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $47.50-$89. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive (Boise State campus), Boise, 208-426-1900, tacobellarena. com. SEX A.K.A WIENERS AND BOOBS—Welsh/ Garcia Productions brings back last year’s hit comedy show about a corrupt town in New Jersey. See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $12. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage the continuation of their work. FREE. 6:30 p.m. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien offer writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208331-8000, WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB—Readers meet monthly to discuss the featured selection. For more information and to register, call 208-562-4996. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996. THE WRITE TO TELL THE TALE—Nonfiction writers meet to receive and share critiques and ideas in a supportive and helpful atmosphere. 7-9 p.m. FREE, Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995.

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for the needy. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-4296520,

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SOLO SUE LATTA: “WORKS OF FICTION” AT VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE In a town noted for its dearth of accomplished sculptors working in a contemporary vein, Sue Latta stands out. “Steel Sue” is a confident competitor in the male-dominated world of metal sculpture and exhibits both in and outside of Idaho. In addition to steel, Latta’s sensibility has led to her innovative use of industrial materials such as concrete, rubber and resins, sometimes in a single piece. Her aggressive, expressionist style does not appeal to everyone’s taste but it is gutsy and personal in a way that contrasts sharply with the more restrained work in sculpture we usually find locally. In short, it has soul, if often a tortured one. Her powerful Protection Failure in the 2007 Idaho Triennial testified to the role played by physical or psychological wounds in her work. At the time she stated, “I have a deep well of painful experiences to draw The exhibit is up through from,” and they clearly informed Friday, Jan. 28. the results. VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE In her new show, “Works of 3638 Osage St. Fiction,” narrative is Latta’s focus, and an expanded use of resin and digital photography gives her compositions a new tenor. Its literary emphasis is underscored by the poets and songwriters to whom she dedicates the show. All the sculpture is wall-mounted (the absence of free-standing work seems uncharacteristic) and has an underlying theme of personal relationships. The caliber of Latta’s technical skills is intact, but her new approach has softened her work’s signature edginess, watering down its visceral impact. Latta’s sculptures using wood and/or resin in conjunction with steel or other metals are the most striking, such as the acidic, wounded Love’s Memento; a mysterious, copper-encrusted The Darkness Loves Her that draws us into the abyss; and the entwined steel/resin of Unravel. The triptych I’ve Come Undone is a resin, wood and photographic essay on an anonymous decaying hallway that seems to deteriorate before us, while the fragmentary Trespass, in which an intimidating metal bar with enormous screw heads, grasps the remnants of fractured resin mimicking shattered glass, presents an interesting dichotomy of the immovable and the fragile. Prominent is Latta’s suite called Love Story: nine three-dimensional resin vignettes that read like chapters in a romantic novel. Typical is Lake Pontchartrain combining digital images of handwritten letters imposed over an exotic architectural scene, a cast-bronze horn jutting out as a reminder that these mellow, pensive reminiscences were made by Steel Sue. —Christopher Schnoor WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens KID’S MAKE AND TAKE—A science and art program for children ages 6 and older held in The Secret Garden. 4 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2940,

Odds & Ends BIIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— You don’t have to speak Basque and there are no try-outs, just singing. 6 p.m. FREE. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-3756010, BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. Guest speakers and DJs. 7-10 p.m. FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.

THURSDAY DEC. 23 On Stage SEX A.K.A WIENERS AND BOOBS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Food & Drink BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. See website for more info. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208658-1364, tresbonnescuisine. com.

Workshops & Classes COUNTRY TWO-STEP LESSONS—Learn the basics and complicated patterns. 8 p.m. $25 for four weeks. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843. PRACTICE AQUI—Spice up your bilingual aptitude. You should have an understanding of English and Spanish. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2940,



PUFFY MONDAES’ CHRISTMAS PARTY—Bring a goodie to share and a project to finish. 7-10 p.m. FREE. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

Sports & Fitness TRICYCLE RACES—The disclaimer at the beginning of Jackass was about exactly this sort of thing, which is why it’s awesome. 10 p.m. FREE. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183, thelobbyboise. com.

Odds & Ends GOLDFISH RACING— Goldfish are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big effin’ bar tab and his or her fish. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-830-9977, THE MERIDIAN SINGERS—A group for enthusiastic women who like to sing a cappella in the barbershop style. The ability to read music is not necessary. 7:30-9 p.m. The Music Den, 245 E. Blue Heron Lane, Meridian, 208-724-6311. POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811. SYRINGA SOUND CHORUS— Women’s four-part a cappella chorus offering a Christmas chorus for women who love to sing. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian.

FRIDAY DEC. 24 On Stage CHRISTMAS SHOW AND HOEDOWN—Starlight Mountain Theatre presents I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Santa’s Holiday Hoedown. 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425,


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CHRISTMAS SHOW AND HOEDOWN—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$20 Fridays and Saturdays. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425,

Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.

SEX A.K.A WIENERS AND BOOBS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,



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8 DAYS OUT Food & Drink

Workshops & Classes

MIRACLE ON IDAHO STREET— Old Chicago welcomes homeless and displaced people for Christmas dinner, gifts and a visit with Santa. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Old Chicago-Downtown, 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037,

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,

Odds & Ends SANTA CLAUS GOES SKIING—Santa will be making a pit stop on the mountain to visit with kids who are spending Christmas Day on the slopes. See Picks, Page 15. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-8887544,

SUNDAY DEC. 26 Festivals & Events CHURCH OF CRAFT— COC aims to bring out the crafty creativeness within the City of Trees. Bring any project you’ve been working on, from guitar pedals to video editing to sewing. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Odds & Ends CANDLELIGHT CHURCH WALK—Houses of worship will be open for this self-guided walking tour. Check out various holiday decorations and enjoy music and refreshments at each of the nine participating downtown locations. Call 208-345-3441 for more information. 3-6 p.m. FREE. Downtown Boise.

HOLIDAY-BREAK ART STUDIO—Open studio time to work on projects in clay or paint. 3-5 p.m. $12-$15. Whirling Circles Studio, 125 Commerce St., McCall, 208-630-3660,

Citizen NETWORKING JOB CLUB—Get info on how to make your job search successful. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0011.

Kids & Teens KID’S ART CLASSES—Arts and craft classes for kids ages 5 and older during winter break. Preregister by calling 208-4073359. 10-11:30 a.m. $12 single class, $40 for four classes. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR COMMON GROUND CHOIR—Come and listen, meet the director and join the choir. 6:45 p.m. FREE, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731. MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL— Watch the game here and get in on drink specials, including $2 Coors Light drafts and $4 shots of Jameson. 5 p.m. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS—Participants are invited to work on their public speaking. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, e-mail 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-5594434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.

TUESDAY DEC. 28 Workshops & Classes HOLIDAY-BREAK ART STUDIO—See Monday. 3-5 p.m. $12-$15. Whirling Circles Studio, 125 Commerce St., McCall, 208630-3660,

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

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID SUNDAYS—Pool tournament and karaoke. Noon-6 p.m. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430.

MONDAY DEC. 27 On Stage CHRISTMAS SHOW AND HOEDOWN—See Friday. 7 p.m. $10. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425, STORY STORY NIGHT—The theme for this month’s event is Going Home: Stories of Returning. Mat Erpelding and Angela Baker are the featured storytellers. 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding. com.

Skeleton Blues by Conner Coughlin was the 1st place winner in the 9th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.

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8 DAYS OUT Literature


BOOK CLUB—Each month features a new book. Grab the list of titles from the library. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-5624995,

Festivals & Events LIGHT UP THE NIGHT—Celebrate Brundage Mountain’s 50th anniversary with a torchlight parade, a fireworks display and live music with Hillfolk Noir for free. The pasta feast is $6 for kids younger than 11 years old and $10 for adults. Smoky’s Pub will be open late. 4:30-8:30 p.m. $6-$10. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-888-7544,

Odds & Ends BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. What more could you ask for? 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, COMEDY NIGHT—Test out your routine on patrons during open mic night. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3223430.

On Stage NATE FORD—The locally grown stand-up comedian will perform. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379,

NAMI SUPPORT GROUP— Share your experiences, coping strategies and offer support and encouragement to others living with mental illness. Call 208-376-4304 for more info. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533,

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—See Wednesday. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,

Kids & Teens KID’S MAKE AND TAKE—See Wednesday. 4 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940,

Odds & Ends BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— See Wednesday. 6 p.m. FREE. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Rd., Boise, 208-3756010, POKER—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811.

Food & Drink WINE TASTING AND SALE— Stock up on your favorite wines for the new year with 10 percent off six bottles or more. Tapas and wine tastings with Idaho Distributing and BRJ Wine Cellars too. Call 208-433-1208 to reserve a spot. 6-8:30 p.m. $10$15. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208,

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, POKER—See Thursday. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208321-1811.

Workshops & Classes HOLIDAY BREAK ART STUDIO—See Monday. 3-5 p.m. $12-$15. Whirling Circles Studio, 125 Commerce St., McCall, 208630-3660,

POKER NIGHT—Prizes for first and second places. 6:30 and 9 p.m. Montego Bay, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, 208853-5070, montegobayidaho. com.

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

ON GOING BW COVER ART—Each week’s cover of Boise Weekly is a piece of work from a local artist. BW pays $150 for published covers. One stipulation of publication is that the piece be donated to BW’s annual charity art auction in November. To submit your artwork for BW’s cover, bring it to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. All mediums are accepted. For more information contact Art Director Leila Rader at leila@boiseweekly. com or 208-344-2055. FROSTY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD—Get out in the snow, get it on camera and win a chance to go play in the snow. We want your original homemade videos of you doing whatever it is you do in the snow. Upload your video to and win a prize package for two to Bend, Ore. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. FREE. HELICOPTER CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR—Get a bird’s-eye view of Boise all done up for Christmas. Tours depart nightly. E-mail or call 208-453-8577 for more info. 7 p.m. $50. Boise Airport, 3201 Airport Way, Boise. HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR—Openair tour on the Molly Trolley. Bring your parka, grab a warm drink and enjoy vintage holiday music while taking in holiday light displays. Contact 208-433-0849 for more info. 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. $4-$14, Moxie Java, 3301 N. Cole Road, Boise. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—The garden is decorated for the holiday season with more than 250,000 lights and special displays. Catch a glimpse of Santa and Prancer and enjoy warm beverages and holiday music as you stroll through the gardens. Through Jan. 9, 2011, 6-9 p.m. $8, $4 for Idaho Botanical Garden members and children 4-12 years old, FREE for children younger than 3. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,


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BRAUN TO SING Micky and the Motorcars carry on tradition AMY ATKINS

LOCAL MUSICIANS AND MOXIE JAVA BRING IT HO-HO-HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS When complaints about Christmas music start popping up on Twitter and Facebook—how it plays on ever y store’s PA system roughly three minutes after Halloween ends—I’m right there kvetching with the hoi polloi. But in the name of good cheer, I let my disdain for carols and noels be outweighed by local music, Moxie Java and a cutesy title, and I popped in the collaborative new CD, Idaho Ho Ho With Moxie Java: A Celebration of the Holidays with Idaho Artists. The CD opens with a slow burn by David Andrews (of Calobo fame) and then gets a little jazzy with Shon Sanders. And then from young Travis McDaniel, to seasoned Pinto Bennett, to multitasking Steve Fulton (Audiolab mixed and mastered the CD), to sweet Fauxbois, to Rebecca Scott, Field Guide, AKA Belle, Nancy Kelly, Rochelle Smith, Sherpa, Bill Coffey and Dan Costello, these local singers and strummers cover every possible Christmas mood better than dancing ladies, leaping lords, milking maids, swimming swans or pear-tree-sitting partridges ever could. Costello’s “Making Seasons Bright” (which he said was originally titled “Make The Season Bright”) is an especially bright spot on the CD. It’s a collaboration with Coffey and is so spot-on and sounds so traditional, that you’ll think it’s a cover. It’s not. Two things make this CD a must listen for even the bah-humbuggiest. First, many of the 14 tracks are original compositions, which is an impressive feat when you think about the thousands of Christmas albums that have been put out over the years. Who knew there were any original holiday ideas left? And second, proceeds from sales of the CD benefit the Idaho Foodbank. Leave it to a bunch of local musicians and Moxie Java to suck the grinchiness right out of me. The CD is available exclusively at participating Moxie Java locations. —Amy Atkins

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What do you do if your father and uncles are in a band and your brothers are, too? If you’re a Braun, you follow in their footsteps. From their hometown of Challis, brothers Micky and Gary Braun took the reins of the Americana/country music that was their legacy and formed Micky and the Motorcars, which will once again rock the Knitting Factory stage on Friday, Dec. 31. This will be the fourth time MMC will play the Knitting Factory on New Year’s Eve and Knitting Factory general manager Ryan Collis said they’re an amazing fit for that night. “They have a great following here. We do “We are family / I got all my brothers—and my dad and my uncle—with me.” so much business with the whole Braun family. We have such a good time with them. They’re different than the band is used to. opposite and they’d think they’re going to see some of our favorite people to work with,” “They’re very attentive. They don’t talk a Merle Haggard show, and we’re not that Collis said. at all while you’re playing,” Braun said either. [Calling it] alt-country or country rock The Braun’s musical history extends back emphatically. “Everybody’s dead silent and fine-tunes it a little bit.” to the boys’ paternal grandparents, their dad bobbing their heads while you’re playing and But country music is in the Braun blood. Muzzie Braun and uncles Gary and Billy (The when you’re done, the ending of every song Even in The Rock Farmers, Micky’s side Braun Brothers) and brothers Willy and Cody is almost like the ending of the show. As soon (Reckless Kelly), who all blazed the trail before project with all of his brothers, they cover old as you start playing another song, they quit country standards. Micky said Gary wants to them. It’s as if the Brauns are the country-muclapping and go right back to smiling at you put out a traditional country album at some sic equivalent of the Gottis: The name Braun and having fun. It was a great experience,” point. And on the title track of their 2008 is so recognized around these parts that no Micky said. release Naive (Smith Entertainment), MMC matter what other career choice the younger He laughed at the idea of German fans steers headfirst into the concepts that made boys made, they would always be peppered with, “Why aren’t you in a band?” But no one Dolly Parton wealthy enough to open her own walking around in MMC T-shirts. “That’s what I’ve been hoping for,” he said. theme park. ever had to ask. “We’re glad we had the opportunity to go.” “It’s awfully cold but the window’s wide Since forming MMC in 2001, Micky and MMC has already been asked to return to open / ashtray two cigarettes smoking. / I Gary relocated to Texas. They took the more might be naive but baby I’m not blind / I think Germany in October and will likely consider traditional country sound their kin are known touring through other parts of Europe as well. it’s time for you to go / I can’t believe you any for and gave it a twist, adding rootsy rock As they begin to expand into new territories, more / like I always did before.” courtesy of Micky’s gravelly voice and Gary’s the Reckless Kelly associations might eventuBraun sings as though he knows a little gutsy guitar. Micky looks more like Steven Tysomething about heart- ally catch up with them there, too. Micky said ler than Toby Keith. He break—the hallmark of that gets tiring after a while. may come from coun“Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorany great country song. try, but he’s more likely With Audio Moonshine. Friday, Dec. 31, 9:30 cars comparisons have gotten a little bit old. Call it what you to be in a trucker’s cap p.m., $25-$100, 18 and older only. I’ll do radio interviews where I’ve already done will, whatever MMC than a 10-gallon hat KNITTING FACTORY an interview with this DJ like 15 times. And is doing, it’s working. and the stage lights 416 S. Ninth St. he’ll say, ‘I understand your brothers are in a The band—which often twinkle off of his 208-367-1212 band.’ And I’ll be like, ‘Yeah. We went over includes Kris Farrow, earrings and the long this last time!’ That’s kind of annoying. He just Shane Vannerson and silver chains dangling childhood friend Mark said that two months ago.” from his pocketed walBut that’s purely external irritation. InterMcCoy—just returned from an inaugural tour let. So it’s not surprising that Micky and the nally, it’s nothing but love between the boys. in Germany where they had been trying to Motorcars’ music is most often described as MMC and Reckless Kelly tour together— alt-country. Micky said he sees that as a bonus. make inroads for a long time. something Braun said he loves doing—and, “It was actually a lot like when we first “I wouldn’t want to be called country,” of course, there’s the annual Braun Family got started playing around Texas,” Micky Micky said. “For one, we’re really not what Reunion blowout in Challis. In addition, this country is considered today, which is Nashville said. “There were places where we had a year, the family is releasing Christmas In These good amount of people showing up who were country. It’s a lot more poppy and has hook Idaho Hills, a CD of songs from 1987 featurinterested in hearing our music. [We played] lines and songs about girls thinking guys’ ing Billy, Gary, Muzzie, Cody (10), Willy (9), tractors are sexy, which is just not what we do. smaller venues and smaller crowds but they were really responsive and they bought a lot of young Gary (7) and little Micky (6). There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just not “I’m really proud of our family history,” merchandise.” what we sound like. I wouldn’t want people Braun said, the sentiment evident in his voice. They loved that part, but the way German to think that’s what they’re going to see and “I always have been.” crowds responded to MMC’s music was much then go, ‘This isn’t country at all.’ Or be the WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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


SHIRLEY VANPAEPAEGHEM—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s

CODI JORDAN BAND, DEC. 22, THE BOUQUET Self-described as “folk-hop-reggae-rock,” CJB’s influences include Snoop Dog and Jack Johnson—a winning combination for chill-out, fun-lovin’ dance tunes. The Eden, Utah-based band will make a stop in Boise just before Christmas and can help get you in a happy mood for what might be a hectic holiday. CJB currently have songs in heavy rotation on alternative and rock stations in Utah, and you can even hear them in your local Eddie Bauer store, since three of their songs are on the company’s playlist. But if you’re already stocked up on goose-down and khakis, catch them live at the Bouquet. We know—you’re busy getting ready for the big day, but trust us. Give yourself a little gift and take the time to go check them out. They might not play Christmas tunes, but with their high-energy beats, you’re bound to get that warm and fuzzy feeling anyway. —Heather Lile 8 p.m., FREE. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208-3456605,

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SHARIF—8 p.m. FREE. Reef

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



CHUCK SMITH—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

WILSON ROBERTS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

CODI JORDAN BAND—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. FREE. Bouquet DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid EMILY BRADEN—See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. $15-$18. Linen Building ETHAN TUCKER—8 p.m. FREE. Sego, Ketchum GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and Erin Hall. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LUNAR MOLLUSK—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid


SHON SANDERS AND AMY WEBER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel SINGER SONGWRITER CHRISTMAS SHOW—Featuring Jeff Crosby, Spencer Batt and Brandon Pritchett. 7 p.m. FREE. Reef STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—With Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

FRIDAY DEC. 24 DJ BODIE—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux

SATURDAY DEC. 25 CHRISTMAS SHOW AND HOEDOWN—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s DJ KATHY O’—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux ERIC GRAE—With Russ Pfeifer. 5 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Sally Tibbs. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


ARTSWEST LIVE—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

JIMMY BIVENS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

CHRISTMAS PARTY—With Jason Chacon, 3rd to Last, Silence the Reign, Critical Reform, Resisting Fate, Wasilla and Zachary Galyen. 7 p.m. $8. The Venue

KEVIN KIRK—With Camden Hughes and Brent Vaartstra. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

DANNY BEAL—5:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


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


RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

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

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


TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


JIM LEWIS—11 a.m. FREE. Focaccia’s

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club Ben Burdick





CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


JIMMY BIVENS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

CARMEL CROCK AND KEN HARRIS—7 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle

DJS—Wed: Bad Irish, Balcony, Grainey’s Basement. Sat: Balcony, Boise Cafe, Catcomb Club, Neurolux, Sin, Grainey’s Basement. Mon: Bad Irish, Balcony. Tue: Balcony, Grainey’s.

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

DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

BILL MCKEETH AND FRIENDS—6 p.m. FREE. Cobby’s-Overland

LARRY CONKLIN—11 a.m. FREE. Moon’s

GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s


OLD TIME JAM SESSION—With the Hokum Hugh Flyers. 6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

JAMES ORR—8 p.m. FREE. Sego, Ketchum

PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

THE SHAUN BRAZELL BAND— With David Veloz and Cody Ramey. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

RIVER CITY GUITARS HOLIDAY CONCERT— With Ben Burdick, Dan Costello, Marcus Eaton, Rebecca Scott, Steve Fulton, Randy Meenach, Johnny Shoes and Nathan Moody and the Quartertons. See Picks, Page 14. 6 p.m. $3. Linen Building


TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill



RUSS PFEIFER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and Erin Hall. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SOUL SERENE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid



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


BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s

WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

BEN BURDICK—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef



BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown


KARAOKE—Wed: 44 Club, Ha’Penny, Navajo Room, Overland, Savvy’s, Shorty’s, Sin, Terry’s. Sat: Sam’s Place, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Sun: 44 Club, Bad Irish, Balcony, Liquid, Navajo Room, Overland, Ranch Club, Savvy’s, Terry’s. Mon: 44 Club, The Buffalo Club, Overland, Navajo Room, Savvy’s, Terry’s, Willi B’s. Tue: 44 Club, Cricket’s, Liquid, Lucky Dog, Overland, Savvy’s, Shoty’s, Navajo, Terry’s, Willi B’s. OPEN MICS—Wed: Donnie Mac’s, Mon: 44 Club, Pengilly’s, Library Coffeehouse. Tue: Primo’s. For complete music schedule visit


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CHRISTMAS SHOW, DEC. 23, THE VENUE If all you want for Christmas is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, this show has you covered. This year, the Venue’s annual Christmas show features a lineup of seven different bands and musicians. Heading in a different direction from the metal scene, Archaelyda guitarist Jason Chacon performs his solo material: progressive acoustic folk with a keen ear for melody. Pop-punkers 3rd to Last, a high school group with a passion for playing energetic and uplifting punk in the vein of Blink-182 and Sum41, also take the stage. For those into a heavier sound, Meridian’s Silence the Reign will perform their spirituality-infused hardcore, along with happy-hardcore bands Critical Reform and Resisting Fate, who are guaranteed to have your head bobbing along before the set is over. Adding to the smorgasbord of music with an indie-rock sound and a knack for songwriting and arrangement are newcomers Wasilla. Finally, Christian rocker Zachary Galyen tops off the evening with upbeat acoustic and electric rock about Jesus. —Mathias Morache 7 p.m., $8, available through or at the door. The Venue, 521 Broad St.,

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CRAFTING NEW SKILLS How local artists are sharing their talents AMY PENCE-BROWN Stephanie Wilde has been a busy bee.

THE BUZZ AND THE SLAM Fancy yourself a public-art expert? Whether you prefer Andy Goldsworthy’s natural touch or Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s overthe-top wrapping of the Reichstag, the Boise City Department of Arts and History wants your 2-cents. The department is seeking to fill three vacant positions on its 12-member Visual Arts Advisory Committee. Members are appointed to three-year terms and meet on the third Wednesday of the month to develop “policies and goals for the selection, placement and maintenance of works of art acquired through the Percent for Art Program and other public/private arts programs.” To qualify, you must be an arts professional—artist, art educator, architect, landscape architect, curator, arts professor, arts writer—and you must submit a brief cover letter and resume along with the two-page online application, available at All applications should be sent to Karen Bubb at by Thursday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. If the gallery world is more your snifter of brandy, there are two exhibits currently on display at Stewart Gallery that shouldn’t be missed. Gallery owner Stephanie Wilde’s “The Golden Bees” is “a series of images in response to the unexplained disappearance of the honey bee,” while “Is Anybody Out There” is a group invitational. Artists with work in the exhibit include: Chad Buck, Garth Claassen, Larry Calkins, Christel Dillbohner, Charles Gill, Henry Jackson, Alan Macdonald, Kerry Moosman, Robert Marchessault, Troy Passey, Ada Sadler and Karen Woods. Both shows will be up until Tuesday, Jan. 4. Speaking of Tuesday, Jan. 4, that is the day Big Tree Arts will present a special poetry double-header at the Woman of Steel Gallery. At 6 p.m., check out a performance poetry workshop and then stick around for a 7 p.m. poetry slam of steel and haiku battle. 6 p.m., $5, $1 students. Woman of Steel Gallery, 3640 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632, —Tara Morgan

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From sewing and soldering to baking bread and raising chickens, Americans are in the midst of a resurgence to get back to basics. In an effort to reconnect with the home and the handmade, this movement can be partially attributed to a desire to participate in the green/ sustainable lifestyle and a reaction to our current economic recession. From New York to Los Angeles, the art world has taken note of this grass-roots effort to promote artisans and crafters as culturally important contributors, and it’s happening in It stands to resin that Sue Latta is crafting her own artistic niche. Boise, too. And while artists are becoming true do-it-yourselfers—marketing their art with hand-lettered fliers, Facebook posts and makedegrees, Ritter and Keller were both disenshift galleries popping up in defunct storefronts taking their new skills out there to spread to chanted with the local offerings for crafters and warehouses—they are also reaching out to others. I am always astonished at what the and artists who wanted to continue their students in my classes teach me, how they others by offering to teach what they know. education. Kids and adults without previous inspire my personal work,” Latta said. “The Teaching new art skills without pressure is experience are welcome, since the ISAC’s goal intermingling of ideas and sharing of differing something Sue Latta, a fine art sculptor and is to foster a supportive community of makers experiences these kinds of classes offer the loowner of the Sculpture Studio in Garden City, by just getting people’s hands on things. Class cal arts community is pretty great.” strongly believes in. prices range from $30 to $100 and run the Margarett Ritter and Michelle Keller also “There’s just a dearth of this kind of arts edgamut from sewing an appliqued pillow to ucation in the valley. There are lots of painting found those connections to be vital. They are crafting a silver ring to stitching a holiday tree co-directors of the Idaho School of Art and and drawing classes but really none aimed at garland from fabric scraps. three-dimensional work or learning traditional Craft, formerly the Mend Project. The Mend Twigs and Twist, owned by Gretel Care, is a Project, which started in 2008, was dedicated craft skills,” she said. crafters’ workshop space fronted by an eclectic Latta holds classes dedicated to a variety of to mending the gap between artists and local shop in Hyde Park. The store boasts unique nonprofit organizations, but Ritter and Keller techniques, like woodworking, paper casting, gift items, like felted soap and hand-carved welding, stone carving and working with resin quickly realized a different need from the arts wooden bowls by Care’s husband, as well as a community. one or two weekends a month in her warevariety of sewing notions, from vintage buttons “We pride ourselves on being flexible, house space. adapting our resources, classes and offerings to to rickrack trim. There’s a space dedicated to “I’ve had people with a lot of skills to small groups working on projects like beading what people want,” said Keller. people who are just curious, in the same class, or knitting, as well as classes devoted to paperThe warehouse and it works so well. based creations like artist trading cards. A space is part meeting Everyone is willing to larger room is designated for fabric projects rehall and part studio. help one another and THE SCULPTURE STUDIO quiring more space—art quilting and clothingKeller’s expertise is in share knowledge,” 504 45th St., No. 11, Garden City adornment classes—and includes a handful of metalsmithing, and said Latta. “There’s high-quality sewing machines and sergers. Ritter’s is with fabric, no pressure here. It’s THE IDAHO SCHOOL OF ART AND CRAFT Classes are inexpensive, costing $6-$30 for so the school contains not like signing up 701 E. 44th St., No. 11, Garden City 208-830-3644 an afternoon or evening session and are open work spaces dedicated for a lengthier, more to all experience levels. to both. expensive college “It’s a very supportive learning environ“We try to think course where you feel TWIGS AND TWIST ment, which is essential to the philosophy of about what sorts of required to produce 1304 W. Eastman St. 208-342-0600 the shop: ‘where people create,’” said Care. things artists and something. Here, it’s all Mark Jones, director of the celebrated Viccrafters can’t do at about learning how to toria and Albert Museum in London, summed home, either because do stuff. their space is limited or up the craft movement succinctly when the “Sometimes we museum partnered with the Crafts Council. the tools too expensive, and offer them here,” want to try new things, but we’re never given “Craft is remembering that art is seen, felt Keller explained. the opportunity to just check it out and see if and heard, as well as understood, knowing A corner dedicated to small woodworking we like it with little commitment,” she said. that not all ideas start with words, thinking projects and stretching canvases sits alongside While the Sculpture Studio has only been with hands as well as head,” he said. operating for six months, Latta has had several a spot set up for still-life and model painting And it’s this notion—that by learning a new and drawing. The ISAC has between five and students return to take different classes who skill with our hands we might all be able to 10 artist members at any given time who pay were excited about the skills they gained and create something unique and all our own—that $50 a month to utilize the space as an open looking to forge new ones. has inspired these local artists to open their studio with free use of supplies. “I have the fortune of inviting people into workshops to the rest of us. As recent college graduates with fine arts my space, sharing and creating with me, and WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

V i s i t b o i s e w e e k l y. c o m a n d c l i c k on Scr een for movie times.









Alice in Wonderland

Toy Story 3

How to Train Your Dragon

Harry Potter 7, Part 1

Shrek Forever After


Black Swan

Never Let Me Go

Fair Game

The Kids Are All Right

Waiting for Superman

Countdown to Zero


Winter’s Bone


The Fighter

BW’s picks for Oscar GEORGE PRENTICE


Toy Story 3

How to Train Your Dragon


Black Swan

Fair Game

Waiting for Superman

Winter’s Bone



Toy Story 3

Black Swan

Fair Game



Toy Story 3


Every March, the NCAA locks a dozen men and women in a hotel room and doesn’t let them out until they can produce a bracket. And thus launches the most talked-about and most successful contest in the calendar year: March Madness. As a result, just about everybody and their uncle becomes an expert on college hoops, although the accurate pick usually comes from an 8-year-old who picks winners because they have a nice face. So in the spirit of bracketology, we present our first (and maybe last) Movie Madness, a new way to judge the best in screen of 2010. Print out your own blank bracket at (click on Screen) and have some year-end fun.


The King’s Speech

Toy Story 3

SCREEN/LISTINGS Opening GULLIVER’S TRAVELS—Jack Black is bigger than life (literally) in this comic adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s classic novel. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS—Based on a true story, Jim Carrey stars as a gay cop who’s still in the closet, until a surprising event causes him to come out. (R) Flicks


The Social Network

The King’s Speech


Scott Pilgrim

Get Low


127 Hours

Played with Fire

The Town

The Social Network The Social Network


127 Hours

The King’s Speech The King’s Speech

The Social Network


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Date Night

Get Low

How Do You Know


True Grit


127 Hours

Played with Fire

Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Town

The Tourist

The King’s Speech












KING’S SPEECH—Based on a true story, Colin Firth plays the stamm-mm-ering king of England who secretly hires a speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) to help him overcome the impediment. See review at (R) Flicks LITTLE FOCKERS—The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights. Jack ends up moonlighting for a drug company. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SOCIAL NETWORK—Reopening at Flicks. Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven) directs the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook and the world’s youngest billionaire, and his controversial rise to power. Stars Jesse Eisenberg. (PG-13) Flicks TRUE GRIT—Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges team up to avenge the death of a young girl’s father in the Coen Brothers’ latest film. Based on the novel of the same name by Charles Portis. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

Special Screenings FROSTY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD—Get out in the snow, get it on camera, and win a chance to go play in the snow. We want your funny, crazy, silly, stupid, picturesque, amazing, original, homemade video of you, your pet, your friends or your mother-in-law doing whatever it is you do in the snow. Upload your video to by midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Prize package includes a two-night stay at The Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Ore., two lift tickets to Mt. Bachelor, dinner for two, two passes to Winterfest, a tour and tasting at Deschutes Brewery 26 and a Rock Star energy drink gift pack.

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SCREEN/LISTINGS IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE—Your entrance into this special screening of the holiday classic supports the Idaho Foodbank, Northwest Animal Companions and/or the Idaho Humane Society. Bring a can/bag/box of unopened people or pet food, sit back and enjoy. Dec. 22-Dec. 23, Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Donation only. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,



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


BACK FROM HELL: A TRIBUTE TO SAM KINISON Denis Leary, Chris Rock, Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Ice T, Norm MacDonald, Pauly Shore. Big names, but none as big as the one they all cite as an influence: Sam Kinison. Comedy Central has released a DVD that fans of the foul-mouthed comedian are going to love. Back From Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison, includes clips of some of Kinison’s best bits— “Don’t send them food, send them U-Hauls,” and thoughts from the likes of Chris Rock: “I miss my dad, and I miss Sam Kinison.” Bonus features include stories from The Comedy Store and Kinison’s performance of “Wild Thing.”

FAMILY GUY: IT’S A TRAP! Once again, the family from Quahog, R.I., riffs on one of the most famous franchises in the world. This third and final installment of Family Guy-does-Star Wars brings back Princess Lois, Stewie Vader, Chris Skywalker, Peter Solo and more as they take on Return of the Jedi. Carrie Fisher, Patrick Stewart, Adam West and Rush Limbaugh all contribute their vocal talents. Fans of the first two spoofs feel the same way about It’s A Trap! as Star Wars fans felt about Jedi, but the Lucas camp must be OK with it. At, it’s described as “spectacular and offensively uproarious.” You decide. —Amy Atkins

SCREEN/INTERNET RUNNING WILDE-LY UNFUNNY How can a show produced by the creator of Arrested Development that stars Will Arnett and David Cross be so unfunny? Running Wilde (Fox) features narration by a 12-year-old girl as well as broad musical cues to indicate transitions and punch lines. A laugh track would be funnier than the actual jokes. The music insists to viewers: “This is getting wackier and wackier. Laugh accordingly. Laugh now! Wait, this part is really romantic. OK, laugh at this situational comedy again!” Will Arnett’s character, Steven Wilde, is a rich guy trying to convince his eco-loving exflame Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell) that he’s not so bad even though he has never heard of a dollar store or a car payment. The main reason for the show’s general humorlessness might be that Will Arnett isn’t funny outside of Arrested Development. Remember the slow but incontrovertible revelation that Jason Alexander isn’t funny except when he’s playing George Costanza? Same thing here. Also, the characters are behaviorally disconnected from reality. David Cross plays

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Running Wilde is on Fox on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. For now.

an eco-terrorist who shows up after traveling on a garbage barge. Wouldn’t he at least wipe the Cheerio off of his neck? And even if he chose to ignore it, wouldn’t the Cheerio come off naturally? That’s the primary problem with Running Wilde—nothing comes off naturally. Whoops, Fox has not ordered any more episodes of the show. At least that’s kind of funny. —Damon Hunzeker WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



RECREATING ON A DIME Having fun outdoors doesn’t have to break the bank ANDREW MENTZER | ILLUSTRATIONS BY JULIA GREEN With the economy limping back from a rough couple of years, most people have had to reevaluate how they go about having fun. Many folks have even elected to give up their favorite recreational haunts until things get back on a reliable footing. If you are one of those people, there is hope. It comes in the form of the following budget-minded thrills that give credence to the old adage “the best things in life are free ... or at least cheap.” Give ’em a try: You may be pleasantly surprised.

FRISBEE GOLFING Can you throw a Frisbee? Do you like to drink beer in the park? Bundle up and jump on the Ann Morrison Park winter Frisbee golf course. Weather permitting, this is one of the best spots to get some fresh air and test your hand-eye coordination. This 20-hole wonder starts and ends near the Americana Bridge and takes one to two hours to complete. Discs run $10-$15 each, and many people use just a single driver to play the entire course. If you don’t loose your disc in one of the many course hazards, $10 could go a very long way. More info is available at:

SNOWSHOEING Yes, snowshoeing is quite literally walking around in the snow, but it’s an excellent way to get above the inversions that cloak Boise every winter. There are hundreds of great spots to snowshoe around the Treasure Valley. Novices should generally stick to well-established trail systems, while advanced trekkers routinely tie in various other mountain activities including snow camping and skiing. Be prepared for the terrain that you might come across and be aware of the capabilities of your gear. There are several different types of snowshoes, ranging from beginner to full-blown back-country setups, each with a different fit and function. You can rent gear from any number of local shops or purchase a setup for $50-$300, plus the cost of a good pair of warm boots.

TAKE A HIKE Winter hiking can be just the right activity after a long day at work. Boise residents enjoy fantastic access to some wonderful little spots that offer both peace, quiet and a decent workout. If you decide to hoof it out on a single track, be sure that the trails are completely frozen and open for use. Some local favorites include the Tablerock system (often closed, so check ahead of time), the Military Reserve/Sandstone trails and Camels Back/Lower Hulls Gulch area. Also, you can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned holiday walkabout through downtown Boise.


BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT Spend a few evenings this winter learning how to spiff up that old Schwinn for some spring riding ... or better yet, get that pony outfitted as your winter commuter. The good folks at BBP host open-shop hours a few days a week when patrons can work on bikes, donate gear, buy parts, volunteer or just chat with fellow cyclists. These people know bikes, so it’s a great place to learn how to keep your ride running smoothly. More info: WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

If you’re looking for a great way to keep fit this winter, cross-country skiing might be right up your alley. Way cheaper ($129 for a season pass at Bogus) and more fun than a gym membership, Nordic skiing is the wintertime equivalent of trail running. There are two common styles, classic and skate skiing. Most folks can pick up the classic technique on their own, however, a lesson or two is advised to ensure that you are doing it correctly. Skate skiing is generally higher intensity and requires considerably more practice to become proficient. You can rent gear locally or purchase a good used setup (skis, boots, bindings, poles) for less than $150. Now that the weather has officially turned funky, get out there and make the most of it. A glass of egg nog will taste all the better after a little play time.

Gary Segers and Jacki Liddell champion a fully bike-friendly Greenbelt.

A COG IN THE MACHINE On the north side of the Boise River sits a 1.5-mile stretch of Greenbelt buttressed by the Riverside Village subdivision. A sign at the entrance reads “Bicycle dismount zone: Garden City code.” In the other direction, the Greenbelt sports bike-friendly lanes to Boise’s downtown, all the way to Lucky Peak and beyond. But the city has called the section unsafe for bike use, hence the dismount zone. After a years-long battle with Garden City, the State of Idaho and residents of Riverside Village, Citizens for an Open Greenbelt is looking to open the section for cyclists. COG started a grass-roots movement to raise enough cash—roughly $4,000—for a suit against Garden City and the state. “I think a lot of our supporters are convinced that it’s simply because of the homeowners there,” said COG founder Gar y Segers. Originally slated to become part of a continuous pathway, the section has been a dismount zone for cyclists since 1980. In 1994, the state sued to get the Greenbelt path linked to Eagle. In 2008—at COG’s prodding—the Land Board weighed in on the lack of progress. Unfortunately for cyclists, they deferred to the city. According to COG, the section is suited for bike travel, and based on documents, COG claims it was always meant for bikes. “The difference is, most of the Greenbelt in Boise is paved. The thing is, if you look at the Eagle Greenbelt, it’s the same pathway: same kind of width, same kind of design to it,” Segers said. “Eagle’s perfectly fine with letting bikers use that pathway.” With newly enlisted pro bono legal counsel, COG is moving forward with its lawsuit to remove the limitations. “We are convinced this area, this Public Trust land, was intended by the State of Idaho—designed, created and intended—to be a bike path,” said Segers. Garden City states that the closure is legal and suggests cyclists take a detour that runs through neighborhood streets. Segers and COG were frustrated when 11 cyclists were issued tickets in the dismount zone. The ticket, according to Assistant Mayor Elizabeth Connor, is $74 plus court fees—about $100 per infraction—which adds up to $1,200 in total for the cyclists. According to Segers and confirmed by Conner, the tickets were issued by ATV patrol. “I just think it’s kind of funny,” said Segers. “The way to solve this problem is to use ATVs on this ‘unsafe Greenbelt’ for what’s supposed to be a bike path?” —Andrew Crisp

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BENCHMARK TRAINING— Members meet up Saturday mornings to run local trails and get discounts to various local races, tons of training information and access to coaches who can answer questions about everything from nutrition to clothing. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. $70 one-time membership fee, 208-888-2122, Parkcenter Mall, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise. BOISE FOOSBALL—Draw-yourpartner foosball tournament. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m., matches begin about 8 p.m. The first Saturday of every month is Super Saturday with all day tournaments. Singles start at 2 p.m. followed by bring -our-partner and draw-your-partner at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For more info, call 208-860-4990, Dutch Goose, 3515 W. State St. 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, EARLY BIRD MEDITATION— Rise and shine during two meditation periods, a morning chant and Dharma tidbits with walking in between. 7 a.m. FREE. Yoga for Wellness Studio, 300 Main St., Ste. 107, Boise, 208-4841053, FAMILY NIGHT—Quality entertainment and a meal at an affordable price. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 per person, including skate rentals, Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044. SASSY SALSA—An aerobic workout with Salsa dance steps. No experience is necessary to get in shape and work on your sexiness, just 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, TAI CHI AND QI GONG CLASSES—Learn Cheng ManChing Yang 37 Short Form tai chi and various qi gong methods. Beginner tai chi classes are Mondays from noon-1 p.m. and beginner qi gong classes are on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays. $200/12 weeks for either; $300/12 weeks for both classes. American Acupuncture Center, 450 W. State St., Ste. 250, Eagle, 208-938-1277, TREASURE VALLEY FAMILY YMCA TRIATHLON CLUB—The Treasure Valley Family YMCA’s new Triathlon Club (Boise Y Tri) is open to all ages and abilities. Get started in the sport with daily workouts and a variety of clinics. For more information, contact Harold Frobisher at 208-344-5502, Ext. 262. Mondays. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, More Rec events at

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THE BOGUS BASIN YURT If you are one of those people who curls up by the fire all winter, dreaming of a time when mother nature will give you the go-ahead to hit the trails and pitch that old tent in the Sawtooths, then the yurt at Bogus Basin may be the perfect off-season alternative for winter fun. The Bogus Basin yurt is a large, Central Asian-style canopy tent, which sleeps up to 12, with a wood stove, kitchen, patio, outdoor portable toilet and bunk beds. Last winter, eight of us reserved the yurt for no other reason than we wanted to get out of town to celebrate a birthday. We scheduled for just one night. Even then, the yurt, a 40-minute drive from Boise, was infinitely convenient due to the fact that it is relatively easy to find, user friendly and affordable. We snowshoed in to the yurt in mid-afternoon under flat light, with an enchanting ambience unexpected so close to town. The Nordic trail was well groomed and boasted excellent scenery from start to finish. In all honesty, the yurt is predictably unsexy but highly functional. It is an unassuming facility with epic panoramic views from its sturdy wrap-around paFor more information, visit tio. The trek in is fairly flat and forgiving, with the last stretch going down a slight grade. The two-thirds of a mile you have to hoof to the yurt generally takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on physical ability, and is something that most people with average navigation and outdoor ability can handle with ease. We packed in food, sleds, adult beverages, warm clothes and personal effects. A detailed list of recommended gear is available on the Bogus Basin website. Patrons are expected to clean up after themselves, pack out their garbage and treat this little gem with respect. It’s a fantastic option for people looking to get away without breaking the bank. For those who want to get out of town but not too far out of town. For those who like to rough it without totally roughing it but who want to give winter recreation a try. Our total cost for the overnighter, including yurt rental, gas and food: $25 per person. —Andrew Mentzer WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


HUNT, GATHER, GOURMET From field to freezer to food with friends RANDY KING refreshing complement to the spicy mole. The next course was a venison roulade: back-strap of venison wrapped around venison tenderloin and served with a gratin of local fingerling potatoes. But the meat was overcooked. I roasted the venison for about 15 minutes too long and ended up with something on its way to jerky. Fortunately, I was able to save it with a homemade elderberry sauce that some friends make and traditionally give out at Christmas. I popped open a jar and added it to my veal gloss, and the sweet and bitter notes of the elderberry saved the dish from being a


It took most of a year but the freezer full of wild game was worth it. That is until a frozen goose fell out onto my wife’s foot. Promptly thereafter, I had a pile of game on my kitchen counter that needed sorting. Looking it over, I was proud of my accomplishment. I had hunted, brought home meat for my family, even earned some “man points.” The wife simply shrugged and pointed at her red swollen toes. I explained that this kind of local food was the “greenest” food that we had in the house. I told her that we had sustainable, low-impact, locally-sourced, organic and free-range grub that we should hang on to. She nodded in agreement but said that I needed to find something to do with all of the game because “we don’t have room for the ice cube trays.” (I explained to her that we do not have ice cube trays. She said I was splitting hairs, and I should clean out the freezer.) Clearly I was not going to be able to keep these frozen trophies forever, so I called a few friends. It was time for a dinner party. Once I had the concept of a wild-game dinner party in mind, I knew I needed the right beverage accompaniment. Wild game and wine just didn’t strike me as the right mix, so I asked my friend Marvin Kinney, owner of Simian Brewing Co., to pair the beers for the evening. Wild Game and beer dinner invitations went out, and there was no lack of interest. Soon 12 adults and six children were confirmed. The first course was a mixed-game mole. I braised chukar, quail and jackrabbit in a sweet and spicy Mexican sauce made with Iberia chocolate and peanut butter. The braised meat was then removed from the bone, looking a lot like pulled pork. The jackrabbit took much longer to braise but held up well against the softer, sweetertasting game birds. We drank Jane Good Ale, a tropical fruit-forward beer that was a I N W




complete disaster. We paired the venison with a walnut brown ale, Gorillas in the Grist. It’s a low-alcohol “small beer” Kinney brewed with the leftovers from his high-alcohol barley wine. The beer was smooth and nutty with hints of caramel that paired well with the sageseasoned venison. It was definitely my favorite beer of the night. After the near disaster of the venison, I recovered with an old French staple: baked

trout with sauteed leeks, whole grain mustard and lemons. Cooking trout this way is an easy home-style preparation that is nearly foolproof and was made better by the fact that the fish had a fresh, just-out-of-the-Boise River taste even though it had been frozen for more than four months. The paired beer was a smoked ale called—un-ironically—Lil’ Smokey that overpowered the fish. If I had stuck to my original plan of smoking the trout, the flavors would have balanced out better. The mustard and leeks cut through the beer just fine and with smoked trout, the pairing would have been spot on. The final entree was an orange-stuffed goose wrapped in bacon and slow roasted over a lentil, salted wild hog and wild rice cassoulet. Whole geese have a reputation for being dry and chewy, and this goose did nothing to change that. The best part about the dish was the salt pork lentil cassoulet that baked under the goose. The flavors of the lentils, pork and goose mixed well, creating a flavorful, earthy combination. We matched this dish with a creamy, citrusy IPA called Gone Native, which complemented the orange flavors in the goose, the combination tasting like fruit and cream. No dinner party is complete without dessert, and ours was definitely the crowd favorite. We paired an unsweetened chocolate and raspberry stout called Mandrill with a homemade huckleberry ice-cream, chocolate crispy rice treats and candied wild hog prosciutto. Something about the candied, salty wild pig mixed exceptionally well with the tart cocoa of the beer. When the dishes were done and the guests had gone home, I went back to my almost empty freezer for a second helping of ice cream. I spied chicken strips, wontons and frozen vegetables in the freezer’s dark recesses. Then it came to me: I like having a freezer full of game, and I still have time left in the season to fill it again. Watch out geese (and wife: watch your feet). Here I come.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY Christmas is exhausting. This year, why not let someone else sweat glazing the ham, casseroling the green beans and scalloping the potatoes. Here’s a list of restaurants that will welcome your lazy, Christmas-weary head on Saturday, Dec. 25, with open arms—and maybe a tall glass of wine.

RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY: BERRYHILL & CO., 121 N. Ninth St., 208387-3553, Open for dinner starting at 5 p.m. CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE, 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, Open 4-10 p.m., featuring the regular menu with a few entree specials. COTTONWOOD GRILLE, 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800, Open for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Make a reservation. DENNY’S, 2580 Airport Way, 208-3449092, Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week without any holiday closures. FLICKS, 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4288, Dinner at the cafe and show times starting at 4 p.m. Opening two new movies: I Love You Phillip Morris and The King’s Speech. KYOTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE, 6002 W. Fairview Ave., 208-378-8808. Open 4-10:30 p.m. MADHUBAN, 6930 W. State St., 208-8538215, Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a FREE lunch buffet. MODERN HOTEL, 1314 W. Grove St., 208424-8244, Open for food and drinks 4 p.m.-midnight. MURPHY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL, 1555 Broadway Ave., 208-344-3691, Open from noon-8 p.m. SA-WAD-DEE THAI, 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-0701, sawaddeethai. com. Open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. with live music. THAI CUISINE, 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-658-0516, Open noon-10 p.m. Or maybe you already slogged through Christmas dinner with the fam and want to cap off your evening at a watering hole far, far away from your charades-playing extended cousins. Visit for a list of places where wise men and women are willing to pour you a stiff one in Christ’s honor. —Tara Morgan

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FOOD/DINING Garden City 34TH ST. DELI—No frills deli with breakfast and lunch. 3409 Chinden Blvd., 208-336-1903. $ ATZA PIZZA—Pies made with handmade dough and pizza sauce and topped with fresh ingredients. Hit the salad bar, order jumbo wings, or go for the sandwiches and breadsticks option. 5865 Glenwood, 208433-1112. $-$$ OM BOB’S TEXAS STYLE BBQ— Pulled pork, beef brisket and sides. If you want anything else, you best mosey on to a different restaurant pardner. 4379 W. Chinden Boulevard, 208-9219646. $-$$ OM CHAPALA—The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 3447 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-342-5648; 5697 Glenwood St., 208-321-8262. $-$$ SU OM COBBY’S—Serving up soup, salad, brews and wine since 1978. Enjoy deli meats like pastrami, bologna, mortadella, colto and genoa, in addition to all the standards. Every size soup and sandwich can be combined. Beef up your meal with unlimited helpings to the fruit and chip bar. 4348 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-322-7401. $-$$ SU OM

GRANNY’S RESTAURANT—Best known for breakfast, Granny’s is an American style diner. 6736 Glenwood St., 208-853-4327. $-$$ SU IDAHO PIZZA COMPANY— Pizza, sandwiches and an allyou-can-eat salad bar with prices that won’t break the bank. 3840 Glenwood St., 208-853-1224. $-$$ OM JADE’S CHOPSTICK—Reasonably-priced Chinese located near the Northgate Theater with lunch specials. 6970 W. State St., 208-853-1302. $-$$ JOE’S CRAB SHACK—At Joe’s, you’ll find seafood—a bucket of shrimp, garlic mussels and crab nachos—salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, chicken and pastas. Joe’s offers a wide variety of drinks to wash down all the ocean-inspired fare. The patio is a bonus with a view overlooking the Boise River and customers won’t be bothered by seagulls looking for a free meal. 2288 N. Garden St., 208-3369370. $-$$ OM MONGOLIAN BARBECUE—Look over the wide selection of Asian meats and vegetables. You pick it, they grill it. Culinary collaboration at its tastiest. 6920 W State St., 208-853-7964. $$ PASTRY PERFECTION—All-purpose bakery making everything from bagels to wedding cakes. 5855 Glenwood St., 208-3763700. OM $-$$

PHO 79—Family-run restaurant knows great soup comes from good stock. 7310 W. State St., 208-853-8889. $-$$ PIZZA HUT—“The” pizza chain. 5285 Glenwood St., 208-3225562. $-$$ SU OM THE RANCH CLUB—What was once a hangout for the senior set, The Ranch Club is a great hangout for anyone of legal imbibing age. Even college kids will appreciate lunch specials like brauts and sauerkraut, chicken alfredo or a hot meatloaf sandwich paired with an ice-cold brew and a shot of Jaeger or a rich, meaty prime rib dinner in this dark, homey bar. Just make sure your homework is done first or take your books with you. After you and your coed pals sidle past the giant rearing horse statue and slide into a booth or belly up to the bar, heading to the library to study is going to sound like even less fun. Menu features from hot and cold sandwiches to salads and prime rib dinners. Prime rib served on Friday and Saturday nights. 3544 Chinden Blvd., 208-343-7447. $ SU OM SHARI’S RESTAURANT—Hashbrowns, breakfast skillets and pie are what this chain diner does best. 8121 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-378-4700. sharis. com. $-$$ SU OM

DAIRY QUEEN-—Sure, they have burgers and fries. But this fast-food chain specializes in dessert. 5251 Glenwood St., SU OM 208-323-8189. $ EL GALLO GIRO—The authentic Mexican restaurant named after a white rooster has appetizers, salads and big ‘ol burritos plus famous tacos and tortas. Seafood orders come with oysters, shrimp and octopus. The fish tacos are fantastic but the real draw is the sizzling fajitas and any other house specialty. 5285 Glenwood St., 208-321-0355. elgallogiroidaho. SU OM com. $-$$ FORTUNE WOK—The restaurant is owned by the Fong family, whose great-great-grandfather immigrated to America from southern China five generations ago to work the mines in Idaho City during the gold rush of the late 1800s. They offer a good but not overwhelming selection of Chinese favorites. 5163 N. Glenwood St., 208-378-4645. $-$$ SU OM GOLDEN WOK—Offering Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese food. 3948 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-336-3399. $$-$$$ OM

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FOOD/RECENTLY REVIEWED WICKY WICKY SUSHI 6555 Overland Road, 208-367-1314 “The soup was a surprise, with slivers of seaweed and carrots and a healthy portion of cilantro floating around a wedge of lemon.” —Amy Atkins

TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944, “Ultimately, I couldn’t pass up the cod and potato pancakes ($9.99), a hearty combo that instantly plopped my butt down at a dark wood pub in Prague.” —Tara Morgan

THE EGG FACTORY RISE & SHINE DAYTIME CAFE 8061 W. Fairview Ave., 208-322-0191, “If it’s not what’s on the outside that counts when it comes to The Egg Factory, then it must be what’s on the inside.” —Rachael Daigle

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

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

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

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

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DINING/FOOD STAGECOACH INN—The Stagecoach Inn is a Boise staple. Back in the 1950s, there was gambling in the back, and heavy clouds of smoke filled the air. While smoking and betting are no longer allowed, little else has changed. The windowless, wood-lined bar and restaurant serves strong drinks and big steaks, and the waitresses wear fringe-lined mini dresses and know the names and orders of every regular who comes in. They specialize in steaks, prime rib, and prawns. 3132 Chinden Blvd., 208-342-4161. $$-$$$

TOP WOK—Traditional American Chinese menu and dishes served. 12375 W. Chinden Blvd. # C, 208-327-8889. $$

FANCI FREEZ BIG BUN DRIVEIN—Burgers, fries and shakes in a retro atmosphere. 5816 W. Overland Road, 208-375-5361. $-$$

South Boise

CK HAWAIIAN BBQ—Asian/Hawaiian fusion on a budget and a schedule. 7709 Overland Road, Ste. 110, 208-376-4380. ckhaOM $-$$

CHICAGO CONNECTION—Standard pizza and sandwich fare supplemented by a stellar beer menu. 3931 W. Overland Road, 208-323-0126. $$ OM


CAFE OLE—The mall zone sibling of the downtown Boise cantina, this Mexican eatery offers needed respite from the head-spinning chaos of the Boise Town Square. Escape the stores and saunter up to the bar for some needed cerveza while refill with some chips and salsa. 210 N. Milwaukee Road, 208-322SU OM 0222. $$-$$$


CAFE RIO—Chain fast-food Mexican food that puts its competition to shame with homemade tortillas and fresh ingredients. No mystery meat here. 8233 W. Franklin Road, 208-287-9400, $$ SU OM CANCUN AUTHENTIC MEXICAN—Authentic Jaliscan-style fare, homemade tortillas and complimentary chips and salsa —and bean dip. 6919 W. Overland Road, 208-375-3882. $$ THE CHEF’S HUT—Pancakes stacked a half foot high and other breakfast delights. 164 S. Cole Road, 208-376-3125. $-$$ SU OM

FRIED ZUCCHINI AT BAD BOY BURGERS A cheeseburger is not generally considered part of a balanced daily diet. But if you look at it carefully, the burger’s individual items have plenty of nutritional merit and follow the food pyramid guideline: meat (protein), cheese (dair y), lettuce/tomato/pickle (vegetables), bun (breads/grains), mayonnaise (fats). It’s this kind of thinking that makes eating deep-fried vegetables so much easier, psychologically at least. Yes, they are deep fried and probably going to get dipped into some kind of creamy sauce. But underneath all of that greasy, crispy breading is a vegetable, so it’s not all bad. Right? It’s not hard to get on board with this kind of thinking, especially after a taste of the fried zucchini at Bad Boy Burgers on Vista Avenue. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these little treats are tastier BAD BOY BURGERS than a truckload of fries. So 815 Vista Ave. 208-331-1580 what if the white paper bag, stuffed to overflowing, is nearly translucent with grease by the time you get it into the car? And who cares if the green and white of the zuke is hidden behind the golden brown of breading? Are you with me? Zucchini is so low in calories and so high in Vitamin C that a little batter couldn’t possibly cancel those benefits. Plus, consuming it is purported to reduce the risk of contracting multiple sclerosis. For $2.95 an order, you’ll not only get to satisfy your friedfood fetish, you’ll be able to tell yourself you ate something healthy and your wallet will also be in good shape when you’re done. Sometimes it’s all in how you look at something. —Amy Atkins WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

COBBY’S—Serving up soup, salad, brews and wine since 1978. Enjoy deli meats like pastrami, bologna, mortadella, colto and genoa, in addition to all the standards. Every size soup and sandwich can be combined. Beef up your meal with unlimited helpings to the fruit and chip bar. 6899 W. Overland Road, 208-323-0606. $-$$ SU OM DIGG’S PIZZA—Neighborhood pizza restaurant offering a large variety of pizza options. Free delivery. 4646 S. Cole Road, 208SU OM 362-3177. $$$ DUTCH OVEN CAFE—Burgers and fries made with a quickness. 599 N. Orchard St. $ GOODWOOD BARBECUE COMPANY—If it can be barbecued, chances are, Goodwood has it. If barbecue sauce isn’t your thing, they have steak, fish and chicken, too. Their motto is “Generous Portions, Moderate Prices,” so stop in and put them to the test. Healthy wine and cocktail selection. 7849 W. Spectrum St., 208-658-7173. goodwoodSU $$-$$$ HOOTERS—With a temperature that beat last year’s number one winner, this chain’s brew is downright nippy. Hooter’s lives up to its name; pneumatic female pulchritude abounds. Open, spacious eating area combining sports bar feel with diner vibe. Christmas lights are an odd touch, but no owls in sight. 8000 W. Franklin Road, 208-321-4668. hootersboise. SU OM com. $-$$ ICEBERG—Burgers, fries, seasonal shakes and all of the accoutrements that go with an old-fashioned style drive-in. 535 N. Milwaukee St., 208-3787003, $ OM

Berryhill’s Restaurant · Bar 121 N. 9th Boise 387.3553 [we’re open Dec 24th and 25th]



GLQQHUEXIIHWmenu on-line then rock in the new year greg

with john berryhill and friends martinez & don cunningham

Reservations Strongly Suggested

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FOOD/DINING IDAHO PIZZA COMPANY— Pizza, sandwiches and an all-youcan-eat salad bar with prices that won’t break the bank. 3053 S. Cole Road, 208-362-7702; 4218 W. Overland Road, 208-3435455. $-$$ OM JALAPENO’S BAR AND GRILL—Family-friendly Mexican food restaurant with a huge tequila selection. 8799 Franklin Road, 208-375-2077. $-$$ SU OM JAMBA JUICE—Smoothies and blended fruit drinks made to order. 7709 W. Overland Road, Ste. 150, 208-658-1765. jambaOM $ KEVA JUICE—Chain smoothie and juice bar. 8249 W. Franklin Road, 208-323-7200. kevajuice. com. $ OM

THAI CUISINE—Serving traditional Thai food in a casual and elegant environment. 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-6580516. $$ SU OM TUCANO’S BRAZILIAN GRILL—Meat served on swords. What else do you need to know? 1388 S. Entertainment Ave., 208-343-5588. $$ RES OM

TWISTED TIMBER—The neighborhood pub features a well-rounded selection of draft beers and plenty of entertainment from shuffleboard to a Nintendo Wii lounge. The menu is sports pub all the way with an list of apps and hot sammys. 4563 S. Cloverdale Road, 208-362-7157. $$ SU More listings and reviews at


LE COQ ROUGE—This quaint French restaurant is familyowned and run. They highly suggest reservations. 1320 S. Maple Grove Road, 208-3769463. $$-$$$ RES SU LEGENDS SPORTS PUB— Wrap your hands around frosty mugs of pales, IPAs and regional beer selections. Legends tries to stay away from domestics other than those ubiquitous water beers like Bud and Coors to concentrate on microbrews. Not into the taps? No worries. A full bar is available as well for sports-loving patrons who come in for the big games and to enjoy the food part of the business just as much as the spirits. 7609 W. Overland Road, Ste. 100, 208-377-1819, $$ SU OM MYSTIQUE—Fine-dining in an exotic environment with a live magic show. 1410 S. Entertainment Ave, 208-375-2141. $$-$$$ RES OM PAD THAI HOUSE—Pad Thai House is so confident that its Pad Thai is the best in Boise, the restaurant is named after it. 1473 S. Five Mile Road, 208-375-6014. padthaihouse. net. $-$$ OM PHO VIETNAM—Specializing in hearty bowls of Vietnamese soup and noodles. 8630 W. Overland Road, 208-375-9090. $$ PIZZA PIPELINE—Pizza? Check. Soda? Check. Churros? Jackpot! 10489 W. Overland Road, 208321-9800. $-$$ OM POLLO REY—A food hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisserie-cooked chicken. 7709 W. Overland Road, 208-3754642. $ SU OM PRONTO PUPS—Get your favorite carnival and state fair treats year-round, and wash ‘em down with lemonade. 7709 W. Overland Road, Ste. 140, 208377-1425. $ SHARI’S RESTAURANT—Hashbrowns, breakfast skillets and pie are what this chain diner does best. 8521 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-3696. sharis. com. $-$$ SU OM

MORE COLD WEATHER BREWS These three brews are all great for winter consumption but are all very different: a Finnish ale with juniper twigs, another stand out from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing and the much anticipated holiday release from Boise’s own Sockeye Brewing. HUVILA ARCTIC CIRCLE ALE There’s a distinctive herbal quality to this delightful Finnish brew, something like a cross between the pine notes of retsina and the aroma of those old school, unsweetened Y&S licorice sticks, all backed by light toast. That herbal licorice quality definitely comes through on the palate, but in a very appealing way, along with lightly sweet malt and spicy hops. Touches of rye and black tea color the finish in this uniquely delicious and exceptional ale. NEW BELGIUM LIPS OF FAITH VRIENDEN In collaboration with New England’s Allagash Brewing, New Belgium has created this unusual ale employing Brett yeast and Lactobacillus, while adding hibiscus flowers and endive to the mix. It sounds like a strange formulation but it works beautifully. You get the funky aromas expected from Brett— that earth and spice mix—along with a lightly sour tang. On the palate, that sour quality is present but subdued, blending nicely with smooth malt and subtle hops. Nice apple and citrus flavors are also present, but endive? Thankfully, not so much. SOCKEYE WINTERFEST This winter seasonal is brewed with the recipe that I prefer—there’s enough sweet malt to fit the style but with the balancing hop bite I love (think Sierra Nevada Celebration). It pours a dark amber with a thick tan head that slowly dissolves, leaving a nice lacing. Resiny hops dominate the nose, backed by notes of citrus and caramel. Again, balance is the key with those toasty malt flavors playing beautifully against the ripe citrus and bitter hops. I wish more Boise brewers bottled. —David Kirkpatrick

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B O I S E W E E K LY R E A L ES TAT E BW ROOMMATES 2 GOOD ROOMIES NEEDED My old roommates are moving out of the area. I have 2BD for $275 apiece. You would have to share a bathroom with one other person. Everything is included. I also have 2 cats who are good with other cats & small dogs. Prefer students and/or professionals because I am both. Please supply me with 2 excellent references. 284-2173. ALL AREAS - ROOMMATES. COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit:

BW RENTALS 2BD, 2BA apt. at State St. & Kessinger. $575/mo. Pets welcome. 371-6762. AVAILABLE Large 1BD apt available. W/D, DW incld. Please call 208-495-2484. Located on State St. BOISE DEPOT BENCH HOUSE 2BD +. $875/mo. Call 484-6407. CHARMING PRIVATE TRIPLEX 2504 West Irene St., 1,154 sq. ft., 3BD, 2BA, 1 car grg. Walk to Elm Grove Park and the foothills. Off-street parking. 9-15 mo. lease preferred. Credit report and landlord references required. Cat would be considered. No Smoking. Call 867-7435. Available 12/20th! CONDO FOR RENT Very cute 2-level condo. Boise. 2BD, 1.5BA. All appliances including W/D, DW. Very nice complex, very well kept. This unit is very close to pool, picnic area. Children’s playground available. Close to school, shopping, etc. $600/mo. Evenings 208-631-7865. DOWNTOWN HIGHRISE studio. 3rd/ Idaho. $450/mo. 343-5476.

DUPLEX BY COLLEGE Only 3 yrs. old. 2BD, 2BA large nice duplex by BSU great location. Ready for new tenants Jan. 2011. $850/mo. + some util. Call for photos and more info Cheryl 841-8949. HOME ON BENCH 3BD, 1BA central heat and air great location. $750/mo. + util. Photos or more info call Cheryl 841-8949. NW BOISE HOME This is a super clean, vacant home ready for some new tenants. 3BD, 2BA. Good pets are always welcome. No application fee. Please call 208-353-6529 or e-mail fx@ NW HOME AVAIL. IMMEDIATELY! 3BD, 2BA. Foothill Views! Pets welcome! Private Party! 353-6529.



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COMMERCIAL 3000 sq. ft. commercial building for sale. 6521 Ustick Rd. Boise. Between Cole and Mtn View. Great retail location. COMMERCIAL 6521 Ustick, between Cole & Mtn. View. 3000 sq. ft. Great piece of commercial property in Boise. listing/Profile/Profile.aspx?

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1/2 hr. $15. FULL BODY. Hot oil, spa/ showers, 24/7. I travel. 880-5772. Male Only. Boise & Nampa studios.

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BW FOUND FOUND BLACK LAB MIX Found 12/16 in the vicinity of Collister and Bloom. Small black lab mix, no collar. Very sweet & wellbehaved. Please call & be able to describe 429-0656.

9 Piece King Sleigh Bed Set Brand new. Dovetail drawers. List $2950. Sacrifice $799. 888-1464. Bed, Queen Tempurpedic Style Memory Foam Mattress. Brand new, w/warranty. Must sell $225. 921-6643. BEDROOM SET 7 pc. Cherry set. Brand new, still boxed. Retail $2250, Sacrifice $450. 888-1464. Couch & Loveseat - Microfiber. Stain Resistant. Lifetime Warranty. Brand new in boxes. List $1395. Must Sell $450! 888-1464. KING SIZE PILLOW TOP MATTRESS SET. New - in bag, w/ warranty. MUST SELL $199. Call 921-6643.


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BW ART, ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES CALL TO LOCAL ARTISTS If you are a local artist looking for a venue to sell your artwork

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

JASON: Three-year-old male indoor cat who is good with kids, cats and dogs. Litterbox-trained. Independent but loves to play fetch. (Kennel 44- #12049039)

GUNTHER: Three-yearold male Chesapeake Bay retriever. Strong, athletic dog. Good with dogs, not cats. (Kennel 316- #11861306)

ABU: One-year-old male Lab mix. Needs an owner who will work on manners. Good with other dogs. Will require daily exercise. (Kennel 411- #11917877)

PEANUT: Four-year-old male cat. Striking blue eyes and orange flamepoint markings. Friendly cat with a relaxed attitude. (Kennel 102#12013039)

GRANT: Three-year-old male Great Dane/hound mix. Leans into you when petted. Needs to be a house dog and be around people. (Kennel 416- #8571024)

NOEL: Eleven-month-old female cat. Talkative young cat who adores attention and petting. Petite in size. Keeps her coat gleaming. (Kennel 104- #12050241)

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

IBANEZ: Mellow lady seeks a kind loving home to call her own.


BOOTSIE: Sweet older woman desires warm lap and forever family.

DANICA: Give me time to come out of my shell. You won’t regret it.

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B O I S E W E E K LY LOCAL HONEY We are a local beekeeping family and we have 100% pure, all natural, unfiltered, honey for sale. Our honey is produced organically & tastes amazing. You can tell the difference between our honey and the store bought honey! $10/pint, $15/quart. If interested, please call Alex at 208-921-1503. Check us out on facebook, Idaho Bee Shop. Thank you!

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BOISE TROPICAL FISH I have some tropical fish for free. In Boise. Checkout the pictures at Dog & person attacked by off leash young Pit Bull following its owner on a mountain bike. Owner in his mid to late 20’s. On Crestline Trail, Nov. 16th, 4pm. Call if you can identify dog or owner 343-2310. GOURMET HOLIDAY PET TREATS Whimsical Treats for Spoiled Cats and Dogs! Visit shop/PetPatisserie to find gifts for your little buddies & all the pet lovers on your gift list! Treats include Holiday Carob Lollipops in fun shapes, Cat & Dog Holiday Samplers, Stocking Stuffers, and more!








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Doll Face you are beautiful! Thanks for being the realest BF! Lots of love, Grissle! M- The past 5 years have been the happiest of my life. You’re the best thing that will ever happen to me. Words cannot express my love for you. You’re the one. -Honey bunny MWAAAH! J., you rock my world! I love you unconditionally! XOX,UR Sweet Pea!

My little china girl, I’ll never stop loving you. Happy birthday -bottom T., MODEL OF COOLNESS Thank you so much for modeling my necklaces and headbands for the photo shoot. When you need a warm hat, you know who to call. J. T.K. Every day you make me laugh, we love you soooo much. Our future is as bright as the sun, don’t ever forget that! Love, Cealy and your adoring boys. To my boo and my baby boo, I want you to know that you both have captured my heart & I can’t even imagine how rich with love & happiness our lives will be together. Boo you make my heart sing. I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more. I can’t wait for our day, purple and green, you’re beautiful & amazing & never forget I will always be by your side to support you & take care of our family!

BW PEN PALS Pen Pals complimentary ads for our incarcerated friends are run on a space-available basis and may be edited for content. Readers are encouraged to use caution and discretion when communicating with Pen Pals, whose backgrounds are not checked prior to publication. Boise Weekly accepts no responsibility for any relationships that may arise from contacting these inmates. I am a 26 yr. old F with light brown hair, hazel eyes and a playful spirit. I am looking for a pen pal who is wanting a loyal, true friendship and possibly more. I have no children but, love them all the same. Samantha Macom #65649 C/O P.W.C.C. U4-12A-A Pocatello, ID 83204. I am a blonde hair, blue eyed 28 yr. old incarcerated F. Looking to make friends through pen pals. I’m fun loving and down to earth. I am open, honest and not afraid to tell you what I’m thinking. My interests include the outdoors, poetry, music and people who have a good sense of humor. I love to laugh. I also enjoy the simple things in life. Lynn Blankenship #67869 C/O Adams County Jail PO Box 64 Council, ID 83612. SWM, 44 yrs. Old, 5’9”, 180 lbs., brown hair, hazel eyes, muscular build. Bad boy with broken heart looking for F to write. Friendship and a relationship. Clinton Frakes C/O Ada County Jail 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704. 24, SWM looking for F pen pal or possibly more. Between ages of 22-28. I’m 6’5”, 162 lbs., brown hair and eyes. I’ve been down for a year on a grand theft charge and I have a year left. I’m a local boy that was a BSU student before coming here. I love heavy metal, computers and video games. If interested please drop me a line and I will tell you more. Chris Todd #85467 I.S.C.I. 24A-12A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. SWM, modern day Clyde looking for Bonnie. I am a country boy who works construction and enjoys the outdoors or Las Vegas nightlife. I am 30 yrs. Old, blue eyes, brown hair and have tattoos. I’m interested in any and all correspondence from ladies only! Ages 18-45. Jackson Ashdown #91084 L-11-A I.C.C. PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707.

I am temporarily incarcerated at the P.W.C.C. In Pocatello and am looking for a pen pal. I am 42 yrs. Old, outgoing, love the outdoors, love to camp, fish, hike, swim and anything else that is outdoors. I love dogs. I will be living in Boise upon my release and am looking for M or F to write. Christy Holloway #47231 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. I am looking for a writing companion. My interests are music, cars, and fast money. I hope to find and build a lasting friendship and see where it goes. Kelvin Boyd #58856 I.S.C.I. 9-A-11-A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. SWM, going to be 24 on 6/11/11 with dark brown hair, grayish blue eyes, 5’11” and looking for SF pen pals. I like to make people laugh at me or with me. Your bound to crack a smile when I’m around. Jonathan Schick #86213 I.S.C.I. 14-A-53-B PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. Ladies! Having problems in relationships or seeking collegiality? Seeking sensitive but significant answers? Let me know. Steven Leonard 1313 N. 13th Ave. BB307 Walla Walla, WA 99362. SWM, 52 yrs. Old, looking for SWF 52-60 for pen pal. I like camping, fishing, and going to walks. Lets write each other. Randy Gallegos #17942 M-A 28-B IDOC PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I am a SWM Scorpio. Fun and easy to get along with. I am 26 yrs. Old with long brown hair and green eyes with just a slash of brown. I’m 5’7” and weigh 180 lbs. I’m very fit and enjoy meeting new people. I write long detailed letters and am very open. I’m short of time and looking for a descent girl to get to know. Shawn Ogden #78425 ISCI 11A-24A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I am a 26 yr. old F inmate at Ada County Jail. First time in trouble, been stuck here 4.5 months, no clue as to a release date. Also from out of state with lazy homies that never write! Planning on going to culinary school in Boise when I get out. I’m a fire performer, huge rap fanatic, great lover of all things outdoors. If you could use a pen pal I could find a use for all these envelopes! Linnea Thoresen #1030523 Ada County Jail 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704. SWF, 26 yr. old, seeking pen pal with friendship and possibly more. I love the outdoors playing pool, movies and just hanging out. Jennifer Sayer #672724 C/O Ada County Jail 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704. I am 170 lbs., 5’9” and I’m looking for a F pen pal who is 18 or older. I should be getting out soon. Tiffen Jackson #81698 ISCI Unit 15 B64B PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I asked God for someone loving and true. I hope he answers my prayer by sending me you. You may have a man or think you can do better. Sure I made a mistake but all I want is a letter. Jeff Schoengarth #49386 16A-43A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. SWM, 25 yrs. Old, 5’8”, 165 lbs., blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m looking for a SWF to write and share ideas with. Preferably between 21-50 yrs. Old. Looks are not important but, heart is. I have no sexual or violent crimes so please write because I’m locked up and they won’t let me out. Shane Dwyer #68143 ISCI 15A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707.

SWM, 35 yrs. Old, brown hair blue eyes, 5’9”, 167 lbs., with an althetic build. I’ve spent most of my life locked up. (No sexual or violent crimes) I’m hoping to meet that special woman and have that fairy tale ending. I want to settle down an have a home. I’m charming, fun and attractive. I love the outdoors, fishing, camping, hiking, road trips etc. My tentative release date is 10/14/11. I’ll be going to the Boise Community work center soon. Robert Weliever #47572 ISCI Unit 15-A 17-A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I am a 37 yr. old WM, brown hair, brown eyes 5’10” and 175 lbs. Who is looking for a pen pal and friendship. Please write Jeremy Fisher #46612 SICI-ND PO Box 8509 Boise, ID 83707. Good looking 23 yr. old WM looking for F correspondence. I’m 5’10”, 165 lbs., and in need of intelligent correspondence and a steady connection to the outside world. I am interested in establishing a foundation for a new and long-term friendship and more. Michael Bravo #87675 SICI ND 43A PO Box 8509 Boise, ID 83707. I’m a 43 yr. old M with black hair, brown eyes, 5’8”, 175 lbs. I’m doing five years for assault. I’m here in Boise. I’m looking for pen pals and someone to come visit. Maybe more for the right person. Michael Rohrscheib ICC #88777 PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. 32 yr. old SWM, country boy at heart ISO a county girl or a fun loving girl. I have brown hair and eyes. I’m 5’9” and weigh 145 lbs. I’m gentle, honest, loyal, caring, cute, lovable, and fun. I enjoy dancing, singing, cooking, the outdoors and much more. Mike Phillips #85549 16B-22A ISCI PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. SWM, 29 yrs. Old looking for a pen pal. I enjoy outdoors, motor cross and cooking. I am looking for some one who has time to share and write letters to learn more about each other. Robert Bousquet #74268 ICI A3-246-B Hospital Dr. North #23 Orofino, ID 83544. 26 yr. old inmate ISO F pen pals. Bryan Thompson #67749 IMSI B-2-47 PO Box 51 Boise, ID 83707. SWM, 23 yrs. Old looking for a SF pen pal for the next year and possibly more. Ages 20-50 who are down to earth with a good sense of humor. Tyler Anderson #83006 ISCI 14C-17A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. Ladies 50 yrs. Or better interested in correspondence? Seeking collegiality or to share intriguing subjects. Send bio letter and if able a photo to Steven Leonard 1313 N. 13th Ave. #BB307 Walla Walla, WA 99362. Are you open to new experiences? I’m looking for a F pen pal with a sense of humor, common values, who is adventurous and out of the “norm”. Must like outdoors, music and off-road. I’m 6’3”, 210 lbs., athletic and from Seattle. Shawn Fahlsing #63554 ICC D1-105-A PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. 5’9”, 150 lbs., brown hair and blue yes. Born on 3/1/88. I’m healthy, fun, good looking man looking for a pen pal or long term relationship. Certified mechanic, love tattoos and piercing. Will be released by 12/13/12. Benjamin Lamphere #89851 ICI-O A3-241A Hospital Dr. N. #23 Orofino, ID 83544.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “There’s always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in,” wrote novelist Graham Greene. I’ll add to that: There are at least three moments in adulthood when a new door opens and invites the rest of the future in. Judging by the astrological omens, I’m guessing that one such breakthrough lies ahead for you in 2011. What can you do to expedite and encourage fate’s summons? Here’s one possibility: Surrender to the naked truth of what you love. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If oil companies were given permission to sink their drilling rigs into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the petroleum they produced would ultimately lower gasoline prices by 4 cents per gallon. To my mind, that’s not a good tradeoff. Let this scenario serve as a cautionary metaphor for you in 2011, Taurus. Don’t share your pristine wilderness or soulful beauty with exploitative types who offer iffy rewards. Hold out for those who appreciate you profoundly and whose own gifts help you to thrive. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Freud said that among all human endeavors, there were three “impossible professions” that inevitably yielded unsatisfying results. They were child-rearing, the governing of nations and psychoanalysis. My own experiences don’t entirely confirm this. My parents raised me pretty well and I’ve given my daughter a decent upbringing. Of the nine psychotherapists I’ve consulted in my life, two were excellent healers and none were damaging. But even those projects were sometimes fraught with unsolvable riddles, chronic frustrations and maddening uncertainties. I bring this up because I think 2011 will be a time when you will generate more gratification and success than usual in your own versions of “impossible professions.” Unsolvable riddles, chronic frustrations and maddening uncertainties won’t be absent, but they could be at an all-time low. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.” So said author Isaac Bashevis Singer. I encourage you to adopt that puckish thought as your motto in 2011, my fellow Cancerian. According to my reading of the astrological omens, this will be our year to supercharge our willpower and intensify our ability to carry out our plans—but always with good humor and a highly tuned sense of irony. In fact, one of the best ways to deepen our command over our own unconscious impulses and the caprices of fate will be to take ourselves—and everything else, too—less seriously.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The coming year will be a time to think big—maybe bigger than you’ve dared to think in more than a decade. That doesn’t mean you should be rash, reckless or unrealistic. On the contrary, your expansive dreams should be carefully wrought and anchored in a detailed understanding of how things actually work. As an example of what not to do, learn from Snoop Dog. The rapper wanted to rent all 62 square miles of the small European nation of Liechtenstein so he could film his music video there. Liechtenstein authorities turned him down, but only because his team didn’t ask far enough in advance. Had he been better organized, the whole country could have been his. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An Oregon man named Don Wesson stopped by the side of the road and took home a 40-pound rock that caught his eye. That was more than a decade ago. For years he used it as part of a border to keep his dog out of his garden. Then he saw a TV show about meteorites and brought the rock to scientists who told him it was a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite that fell to Earth long ago and came from the asteroid belt. Others told him he could probably sell the exotic artifact for as much as $40,000. I predict a metaphorically similar development in your life during the coming year: the discovery of a valuable old thing from far away that you will underestimate at first. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Richard Grossinger is my friend, my teacher and the brilliant author of numerous books. (His latest is called 2013.) He is also a humble adept in the high art of gratitude. On his website, he has a page devoted to expressing vivid appreciation for the 71 best teachers of his life ( YourTeachers). His testimony is a riveting and touching reminder of how each of us is a creation of all the important people we’ve loved and hated. Compiling such a list should, I think, be a rite of passage for anyone who aspires to be an authentic human being. There will never be a better time than 2011 for you to do this work yourself, Libra. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Just when I found out the meaning of life,” said comedian George Carlin, “they changed it.” I’m hoping that will be one of your top inspirational jokes in 2011, Scorpio. If all goes well, you will no longer be content with all your previous answers to the question “What is the meaning of life?”— either because “they changed it,” or because it’s no longer interesting or useful to you. You will have the invigorating privilege of going off in search of fresh answers to the riddle of the ages.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The United Nations has declared that 2011 will be the International Year of Chemistry—a time to honor the role chemistry plays in our lives. Meanwhile, you Sagittarians will be celebrating your own personal Year of Chemistry, although in a different sense of the word—the sense that means natural attraction, spontaneous connection, intuitive allure and uncanny synchronicity. Don’t let this abundance of grace make you overconfident, and don’t just sit back and let it run wild. Be a master chemist intent on rigorously cultivating the very best experiments. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I have tracked down a formula that I think should be one of your central meditations in 2011. It’s from newsman David Brinkley: “A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” In the coming months you will be extra smart about knowing which of these bricks to use and how exactly to position them in your foundation. And more than that, Capricorn, you will have special insight not only about bricks that have been flung fairly recently, but also about those that have been hurled at any time in your life. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The city of Stockholm, Sweden, consists of 14 islands that are spanned by more than 50 bridges. It’s a beautiful, clean, culturally rich place that’s ranked among the best urban centers in the world. I’m hoping that in the coming year you will develop a certain resemblance to it. With a little luck and a clear intention to forge strong new links, you will connect the many fragmented areas of your life, creating a unified network that ensures each part is humming in resonance with the whole. In fact, let’s call 2011 your Bridge-Building Year. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): At age 19, I wanted to be a poet when I grew up. My goal was to write a poem every day forever. And yet I had almost no ambition to get published. I was satisfied to bask in the ecstatic epiphany that accompanied each fresh poetic eruption. Then one day I was browsing in a bookshop and saw a flyer for a big upcoming poetry reading. It included every major poet in my then-hometown of Santa Cruz—except me. I was shocked and hurt. Why was I left out? Eventually I realized it was because all the other poets listed had written a book. From that moment on I was obsessively driven to publish my own tome. A year later, after much hard work, it came to pass. I would love to see you experience a similar wake-up call in 2011, Pisces: a friendly jolt that motivates you to rise to the next level.



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