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DOCTOR VISIT BW meets the alleged barroom doctor


POWER TO THE PEOPLE Talking energy at the Legislature


CLIMATE CHECK Busting the top 10 myths of global warming


HARD CORE The cider revival in a glass

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NOTE FOOD AIN’T ALL ABOUT RESTAURANTS Change has been a long time coming in the Food section, and this week’s edition represents the culmination of several months of work. Back in October, I alluded to an impending major overhaul, though I did not name the Food section specifically as the target. More recently, however, I’ve been using this space to walk you through some of the section’s evolution. Unlike the recent changes in the Screen section, which were rather drastic changes with little forewarning, I’ve tried to be gentler with news of changes in Food. Our coverage of restaurants is among our most popular content and it’s content about which, it seems, everyone has an opinion. It’s also content that I’ve long thought we could improve upon. The biggest change in Food is that after eight years, we’ve retired the double restaurant review. The new review format is a spin on an occasional element we called Hot Dish, in which we’d highlight a single, notable food find. What is now simply “Dish” is a less forgiving restaurant review that’s reminiscent of the Hot Dish model. One reviewer, one dish, one chance to hit us with your best shot. Our reviewers have been equipped with instructions on how to best ferret out that single dish, and I can tell you that it requires everyone on a restaurant’s staff to be good at what he or she does, from the server to the pantry chef. Along with a weekly review element, every week this year we will publish a piece from Guy Hand on the Year of Idaho Food. As you’ll remember from last week, those pieces highlight food and agriculture in Idaho, with a focus on the economic, cultural and social challenges of our food choices. Food News will also make regular appearances in the Food section, with updates on restaurant openings, menu changes and other foodie gossip. In Wine Sipper and Beer Guzzler, Dave Kirkpatrick will continue to advise us on the best ways to stay … ahem, hydrated. The last major change is the elimination of restaurant listings. In years past, it was actually possible to print a fairly thorough list of restaurants in town. Today that list is simply too large. You can, of course, find an enormous database of restaurants at, but in print where those listings once were, we’ll be covering what falls under the broad category of “everything else.” Basically it’s all the stuff that we’ve been missing—the bits the former Food section was too limiting to accommodate. Bon appetit. —Rachael Daigle


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THAT’S SOME RACK YOU GOT THERE Does a 526-inch rack sound like the kind of thing you’d like to lay eyes on? Yep, that’s some kind of record, but it’s the subject of a fierce debate: should the record count if that rack is what some consider “manufactured.” More on the great elk debate (yes, elk, what did you think we were talking about?) on Cobweb.

BROKE BUT WELL BEHAVED Thomas Paul is out and about and musing about class warfare, gas mileage and the notable absence of maidendeflowering and destroyed hotel rooms in his modest log.

EVEN VACATION IS A DEMOCRACY And they’re off. Voting has begun to determine which Frosty Goes to Hollywood submission will take the big prize, a vacation for two to Mt. Bachelor, in Bend, Ore. Log on to and click on the “Frosty” button at the top of the page to vote before midnight on Sunday, Jan. 16.

STATE OF THE WORLD ... OR JUST IDAHO Miss the State of the State from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter this week? Visit Citydesk for a recap of the big and not-so-big news.

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GOLF CLAPS Kudos to E.J. Pettinger and Boise Weekly for producing a thoughtful and (more importantly) critical review of Stephen Knapp’s “Social Commentary” at BAM (BW, First Thursday, “Site-Specifics,” Jan. 5, 2011). More please. —Ben Browne, Boise

HOTLINE ALTERNATIVE I agree with you that mental-health services in Idaho have always been underfunded. However, I was worried that your “dud” given to the State Legislature for not funding a suicide hotline may leave the impression that there simply are not any hotline resources available (BW, Feature, “Spuds and Duds,” Dec. 29, 2010). Idaho residents are welcome to use this number I give to my own clients as a psychologist: 1-800-564-2120. This is staffed 24 hours a day. Knowing how poorly Idaho funds mental-health services and education, I and my colleagues are also dedicated to offering the community frequent free presentations on topics such as parenting, couples relationships, anxiety and depression/suicide prevention. Visit for a calendar of events. —Stephen H. Hill, Ph.D, PLLC, Jefferson Street Counseling and Consulting, Boise

WHAT CIEDRA IS NOT I enjoyed your “Spuds and Duds” article, but the items related to CIEDRA

—sickntired (BW, News, “What State Are We In?,” Jan. 5, 2011)

show that you apparently don’t really understand the issues at all. CIEDRA has never been about “protection.” As part of the SNRA, the Boulder-White Clouds are already protected permanently against development, mining, logging and motorized use off of the handful of designated and mapped roads and trails. Sens. Risch and Crapo withdrew their support of the bill not because they are weasels, but because they reacted to the concerned letters and phone calls of their constituents, and because they listened to the congressional testimony on the bill. During this congressional testimony, the main proponents of CIEDRA admitted that the only “protection” the bill would offer would be to close a handful of existing designated roads and trails, most of which have been in use for many decades and are considered to be quite valuable recreational resources. —Mark Weaver, Kuna

BIG, BAD MONEY What a shock and surprise to see the three fullpage ads for Camel Snus in the Dec. 22, 2010, issue. For an alternative paper who claims its mission is to contribute to the well-being of the community, this certainly flies in the face of that. Snus is hardly harmless. Boise Weekly must be scraping the bottom looking for ad revenue. Looks to me like you’ve sold your souls to the devil. Tobacco companies spend $58 million a year in Idaho to advertise, and now I know where

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some of that moolah is going. Thank goodness there are a few other alternatives to news in Boise. —Jean Calomeni, Boise

MEGA LOADS BAD BIZ ExxonMobil, the world’s largest international corporation, has hired a Dutch company to transport 207 loads of Asian-made equipment bound for Canada across Idaho and Montana. They will also hire the state police to make sure American citizens give up their right to free-flowing travel on U.S. Highways and access to “public” turnouts along those highways. Once Harvest Energy begins its 40-63 shipments, our police will be contracted to a foreign sovereign power. Harvest Energy is fully owned by the Korea National Oil Corporation, an arm of the Korean government. Idaho Transportation Department records show that 247-270 shipments are already planned for 2011. Evidence grows that the megaload transports to Canada’s tar sands will continue for at least the next 10 years. The new high and wide transportation corridor now being developed will facilitate the export to Asia of billions of dollars worth of American manufacturing jobs. Idahoans and Montanans will subsidize international corporations and foreign governments with lost time at rolling roadblocks, taxes to repair damaged roadways, lost property values along the transportation corridor and our personal freedoms— and even our state police. Welcome to the new plutocracy where wealth and power reign. —Linwood Laughy, Kooskia

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BOTH SIDES? NO! Labrador licks the hand of equal culpability “We have to be careful not to blame one side or the other, because both sides are guilty of this. You have extremes on both sides. You have crazy people on both sides.” The preceding is a quote from Rep. Raul Labrador, the newest member of Idaho’s Congressional delegation. He said it on Jan. 9 on Meet the Press, less than 24 hours after 20 people were gunned down in Arizona— with six never to rise again—and less than four days after he was sworn into Congress. Lest we start thinking of Labrador as a some sort of analytical genius who can cut through the most convoluted national dilemmas with only four days of experience under his belt, it must be pointed out he was merely aping what he’d heard from the big kids in his sandbox. Republicans across the land had barely let the smoke clear from that Safeway parking lot before they were Johnny-on-the-job of pulling their fannies out of the accountability fire. It wasn’t even clear whether or not Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had survived, and spinsters for the right (along with plenty of servile complicity from national newscasters) were spouting that if indeed it turns out the Tucson violence was incited by the toxic tone of current national politics, let everyone remember that “both sides are guilty of this.” Alrighty then, Congressman Labrador, let us see if you can put your memory where your mouth is. Let us say that you and the people you doggedly mimic are correct, that there is an equal portion of toxic tone coming from the left as comes from the right. Of course, we both know there isn’t. But for the time being, I will play along by conceding that for every Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, Michael Savage or Ann Coulter, there is a voice on the left spouting equally vile and fraudulent sewage. I will, however temporarily, pretend that for every mob of gun-toting, race-baiting clowns dressed up like Ben Franklin, there is an equal mob of demented, hate-dripping leftists gathering in a public forum somewhere, screaming that Republican leaders are Muslims and anti-American and aren’t even real citizens of the United States. I will agree, even though we know it isn’t true, that the left has in its corner a network of propagandists every bit as dishonorable and dishonest as Fox News and the goons of talk radio. So, Congressman Labrador, having come to your phony and contrived position that “both sides are guilty of this,” it’s your turn to do something for me. I ask you to name one Republican representative who is currently lying in a hospital with a bullet wound through his or her brain put there by a deranged leftist. Just one, that’s all I ask. Because if you can do that, name one, then we are still equivalent, as I have a

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name to match yours. Rep. Giffords, whose bullet wound is compliments of a deranged asshole whose anti-government ravings put him, I think you would agree, more to your side of the ideological cut than mine. Also, name one liberal who has stormed into a public museum and gunned down an employee on the basis of that employee’s ethnicity, as in the case of James W. Von Brunn, a very un-liberal racist who attacked the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009 and killed black security guard Stephen Johns. Name one progressive church group that plotted to kill a cop, then bomb the funeral in order to slaughter policemen en masse, as did a radical right Christian militia just last year. Name one progressive who fired on a conservative congregation, killing two and wounding five, as did a Tennessee conservative on a progressive congregation in 2008 because, as the killer himself admitted, he objected to their tolerance of gays. Name one figure in the anti-abortion cause who was murdered by a crusading Pro-Choicer, as was Dr. George Tiller, Barnett Slepian before him and six other abortion providers since 1993. And before we leave the subject, name one anti-abortion office or institution anywhere in the country that has been bombed. We could continue, Congressman. There is an ever-expanding dossier of right wing terrorism, which we sure wouldn’t want to call “right wing terrorism” for fear of upsetting right wingers. And I’m not even including the pervasive campaign imagery of guns and crosshairs, the rhetoric of “Don’t retreat … reload,” the threats of “Second Amendment solutions” and using bullets if the ballot doesn’t work, of watering the Tree of Liberty with blood, all of which erupted from your ideological soulmates during recent years. But there is one incident I don’t believe we can afford to pass over, Congressman Labrador, even if every right winger in the country gets his nose out of joint because I bring it up. So, final question, Congressman: name one Democrat, liberal, progressive, leftist, socialist … whatever you wish to label my side with … who parked a truck filled with hundreds of pounds of explosives outside a federal building—or any other building—and intentionally, willfully, blew 168 of his fellow Americans, including children in a day care center, to kingdom come. The proof is in who pulls the trigger. Even if your party-line horseshit of shared culpability were true—which it’s not—it’s always my side that ends up with the dead people. And what are we to make of that, Congressman? That there is something about your ideology that attracts deranged assholes? Or perhaps the ideology comes first, then the derangement. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


DOES NOT EQUAL Liberal BS on income inequality NEW YORK—Everyone talks about income inequality but no one does anything about it. “The United States is the rich country with the most skewed income distribution,” Eduardo Porter asserts in his upcoming book The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do. Porter continues: “According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average earnings of the richest 10 percent of Americans are 16 times those for the 10 percent at the bottom of the pile. That compares with a multiple of eight in Britain and five in Sweden. Not coincidentally, Americans are less economically mobile than people in other developed countries. There is a 42 percent chance that the son of an American man in the bottom fifth of the income distribution will be stuck in the same economic slot. The equivalent odds for a British man are 30 percent, and 25 percent for a Swede.” According to Nicholas Kristof, also at The New York Times, we live in a time of “polarizing inequality” during which “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess a greater collective net worth than the bottom 90 percent.” Cornell economics professor Robert Frank notes the correlation between financial stress and social dislocation. He argues that quality of life is suffering due to income inequality. Citing the work of the British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Kristof blames just about every societal ill on income inequality. Among the highlights: infant mortality, drug abuse, teen pregnancies, heart disease, even higher obesity among people who don’t eat more than others. Porter notes that the income gap is increas-


ing across the spectrum. One study shows that in the 1970s the top 10 percent of corporate executives earned twice as much as the average exec. Now they get four times more. So what is to be done? Here the incomeinequality-is-bad crew falls flat. Kristof’s prescription: “As we debate national policy in 2011 ... let’s push to reduce the stunning levels of inequality in America.” Porter’s solution: “Bankers’ pay could be structured to discourage wanton risk taking.” But bankers aren’t the only culprits. How would this restructuring take place? Who would force bankers to accept it? Frank’s answer: “We should just agree that it’s a bad thing—and try to do something about it.” But these guys are all smart. They know what is causing this relentless increase in income inequality. Ruling elites have exploited globalization and technological advances to increase profits through deregulation, union busting and lobbying for subsidies and tax benefits. We’re witnessing exactly what Karl Marx predicted at the dawn of industrialization: capitalism’s natural tendency to aggregate wealth and power in the hands of fewer people and entities, culminating in monopolization so complete that the system finally collapses due to lack of consumer spending. Nothing short of revolution stands a chance of building a fair society. If working within the Democratic Party and the election of President Barack Obama prove anything, it’s that reform within the system is no longer a viable strategy for progressives. The sooner we start talking about revolution, the closer we’ll be to a non-BS solution to the ills caused by inequality of income.

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WHO IS KRISTINA ROSS? Exclusive interview with woman charged with barroom breast exams JODY MAY-CHANG On Jan. 12, Kristina Ross, who is accused of posing as a plastic surgeon and fondling women in local bars, is scheduled to enter a plea in Ada County Court. Before the hearing, during two visits to the Ada County Jail where she is held in protective custody on a $100,000 bond, Ross spoke exclusively to BW. She said the only thing she is guilty of is being a “bull shitter.” Ross was arrested Nov. 17, 2010, and charged with two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. “I did not ever think you could get thrown in jail for lying in a bar,” said Ross. “Guys told me all the time they were doctors or police and they lied. I was just playing the game.” According to Boise Police, Ross, using the name Berlyn Aussieahshowna, convinced two victims that “she was a female plastic surgeon ... by diagnosing a breast condition through a physical exam and offering to provide surgery. The victims were convinced as though they were [Ross’] patients,” but found out later “that Kristina was not a licensed medical doctor nor a female.” “I never touched anyone,” Ross told BW. She said the first incident occurred in a Meridian bar on Halloween. Ross said she was dressed as Catwoman, complete with a black latex bikini and a whip. Ross said she had a conversation with a woman dressed as a “naughty nurse” about breast enlargement surgery. By Ross’s account, the second incident took place at Humpin’ Hannah’s in Boise, where she claims to be a regular and people know she is “full of shit.” In a conversation with a bartender, Ross said the woman behind the bar wanted to show her something. Ross said the two went to the bathroom where Ross claims the bartender opened her cardigan, revealing a tank top. Ross told BW that it was easy to see one breast was considerably smaller and lower than the other. Ross admits telling the woman that it looked like a deflated implant and she would need surgery. Ross said she gave the women what she admitted to be “bogus information.” Ross said she made up the address and phone number to a doctor, but Boise Police say both women, from Meridian and Boise, called a legitimate medical office, asking for appointments. Suspicious, the doctor’s office called law enforce-

ment. BW has learned the medical office is that of Boise plastic surgeon Susan Hegstad, whose office confirmed that they were “cooperating with the investigation.” The case took a twist and quickly garnered national attention when Ada County Prosecutor Ana Mamani said at Ross’ Nov. 17

“There is a concern, obviously, that perhaps this is a sexual assault in nature,” said Fisher. “[It] doesn’t really have anything to do with our charging decisions at all. I think if that is an issue that comes up, that is something for the experts to look at.” “I’m not a male,” said the 37-year-old Ross, who described herself instead as a heterosexual woman living as a full-time female since she was 12 years old. Currently Ross is being held in solitary confinement on the women’s side of the jail. Her identification bracelet says “Sex: F,” while the police report indicates “Sex: M.” Sitting just feet away separated only by a clear partition at the Ada County lockup, it was difficult to see Ross as anything but a woman, even in jailhouse orange and without make-up. Ross appeared to have breasts and her alabaster complexion showed no signs of facial or arm hair. Her voice and mannerisms were demonstrated as very feminine. This is not Ross’ first time behind bars. In 2003 she was convicted of aggravated battery and spent two years in Idaho’s maximum security men’s prison. Prison records indicated Ross’ gender as MTF, male to female. Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, said, “By calling the defendant a ‘man pretending to be a woman,’ Prosecutor Mamani’s comments were illinformed and potentially inflammatory. The substantive issue is not the defendant’s gender, but allegations that she misrepresented herself as a doctor. Legally, the fact that Ross is transgender doesn’t matter.” Emile Jackson-Edney, transgender educator and advocate worried about a fair trial. “In our society and culture transgender people face alienation, hatred and misunderstanding and are told by religious institutions they are an abomination,” said Jackson-Edney. “I know a lot of trans people who are productive citizens who are living their lives with good relationships and families.” Ross admitted to low self-esteem and even suicidal thoughts. “I just wanted people to like and respect me. When you have been discriminated against over and over again, it changes you,” said Ross. “It’s weird that a flap of skin that means nothing to me, means so much to everyone else. Instead of bigotry, everyone thinks it is a moral judgment, something dirty, a fetish or a perversion.” BE N WILSO N

“I think the issue of tearing down the Qwest Arena has been sufficiently put to bed,” said Greater Boise Auditorium District Board Member Michael Wilson at the board’s Jan. 10 meeting. In their pursuit of increasing Boise’s convention space, GBAD explored multiple options, including a controversial proposal from board chairman Stephenson Youngerman: buying and demolishing the neighboring arena for a brand new facility. “We said we would explore Qwest Arena until no stone is left unturned,” said Board Member Mike Fitzgerald. “I think it’s time to start on a new pile of stones.” The board shelved the idea, leaving two final two options: build an entirely new center on two blocks of land between Myrtle and Front streets or remodel the existing Boise Centre. In a conceptual plan for building a new facility on the now vacant lot, the district could net another 50,000 square feet of convention space in a two-phase project. The first phase could include an approximate 32,000 square feet, including new meeting rooms and a larger lobby entrance area. The second phase of architect Neil Hosford’s proposal would see a second level for more convention, ballroom and meeting space. “We have a cash reserve of over $10 million,” Pat Rice, general manager of the Boise Centre told the GBAD board. Phase one would exhaust the $10 million and could take five years to complete, but at least the city would have convention space open in the interim. And if room tax revenues hold strong (read: the economy holds up), $20 million may not be out of the question. The most attractive and perhaps optimistic aspect of the plan is the potential for development of the other half of the lot between Myrtle and Front. “Once the district committed to constructing phase one, I think you could essentially market some really viable convention facility areas,” said Hosford. “I think it really makes this site really valuable and desirable.” If a new facility is built, GBAD would be operating two separate facilities—one (the existing Boise Centre) for local events and a new building for long-sought-after larger conventions. The board disagreed on the need of a public bond on top of GBAD’s cash reserves. Fitzgerald said that regardless of the money raised, either option would be outside of the board’s funding. He cited the success of an unnamed sister city’s ballot initiative. He also asked why not—if a bond is needed for completion of phase one—go all out and ask for an extra $20 million for phase two. The board ultimately agreed to have Hosford put together a detailed breakdown of the proposed plan, including a more accurate cost and engineering analysis. The board will review it in the coming months. “Well, this is an idea for us to put in our pipes and smoke it,” Wilson said.

arraignment, “The most concerning facts here are that the defendant is not a doctor and that the defendant is a male touching a woman’s breast under the guise of being a female.” Instantly the story evolved from a groping incident into a felony highlighting Ross’ transgender identity. Camille Brandt, Ross’s former roommate, said her transsexual support group was upset with how Ross was portrayed in court and by the media. “She’s not some guy that decided to put on a wig,” said Brandt. “That is really insulting.” Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Jean Fisher told BW although Mamani’s remarks were “unartful,” she said she did not think the statement was about Ross being transgender.



IDAHO’S BALANCE OF POWER Energy may be the big winner at the Statehouse GEORGE PRENTICE There’s little doubt which agency is Idaho’s biggest loser in Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Otter requested a $25 million reduction for Health and Welfare’s Medicaid Division. The Departments of Environmental Quality and Veterans’ Services are also projected to take significant hits. But if you’re looking for a winner, you won’t have to drill too deep into Otter’s request to see a pattern: energy-related initiatives are earmarked for healthy increases. Take the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, for example. CAES is a public/private partnership including Idaho’s three public universities, the Idaho National Laboratory and private industry. The governor wants to pump more than $1.5 million of Idaho’s general funds into CAES, so it is little coincidence that the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has plugged into the grid to make energy innovation the touchstone of its annual legislative forum on Thursday, Jan. 13. The name CAES will be dropped more than a few times by Ric Gale, senior vice president at Idaho Power. He’s the go-to person for CAES’ Idaho Energy Efficiency Research Institute. “I fully expect that we’ll be opening a public interactive research center in Boise this year,” Gale told BW. “Imagine a ‘green’ building where everyone from practitioners to engineers to consumers would come to workshop or learn about energy efficiencies coming through their lives.” Who’s on board? You name it. Boise State, the University of Idaho, Idaho State, the INL, Intermountain Gas, Avista, Micron, Simplot and Idaho’s Office of Energy Resources. Gale’s bosses at Idaho Power have allowed him to redefine his job to help spearhead the initiative. “Ultimately we’d like to see a curriculum in our public schools, K through 12,” said Gale. “Imagine kids getting a fundamental understanding of energy economics.” They haven’t compared notes, but Gale could have been reading Clay Young’s mind. Young, co-founder and CEO of Inovus Solar, will implore lawmakers at the same forum to re-engineer K-12 public education to have a greater focus on math and science. “I’m not the first to say this, and I won’t be the last,” Young said. “But we are not producing the kind of math and science talent that we need to be an innovative culture. Right now, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Liz Woodruff, coordinator of the Idaho Energy Collaborative: “Diverse stakeholders can come together on things that make sense.”

the focus seems to be getting kids to pass the minimum standards of No Child Left Behind. Those minimum standards are unacceptable.” Young said he sees the issue through a prism that he’s familiar with: as a businessman. “We need to focus on the outcomes,” said Young. “Think of how successful organizations work: they set a goal, they put a series of actions in place and they measure themselves on the progress along those actions. They reward the right behavior and strongly disincent the behavior that isn’t in line.” Young knows a thing or two about outcomes. Only two years ago, Inovus Solar received its first purchase order. The Boise company has experienced 100 percent annual growth rate since, with customers in the Middle East (Dubai, Egypt, Jordan), Asia (Korea, Vietnam) and Europe (Italy, Spain). Inovus has even more customers domestically in cities, military bases and university campuses. But don’t think that Young is satisfied with the current growth rate. “I’d hire twice the number of people next year if I had greater access to capital,” said Young. And that’s his second message to lawmakers: a new economic strategy. “We have to re-focus on a key sector that isn’t agriculture,” said Young. “It’s classic portfolio management. We have to diversify. The cost of energy is a huge, huge problem for the world, which means it’s a huge, huge opportunity for our state.” If Idaho doesn’t step up to the energy plate, Young said Utah will. “In Idaho right now, investment capital is an absolute black hole,” said Young. “But there’s a model in Utah where the state is playing an active role in soliciting capital participants into their market. They’ve successfully funded 21 start-ups out of the University of Utah. That’s an incredibly high number—second only to MIT.” They haven’t compared notes but Young

could have been reading Liz Woodruff’s mind (we detect a pattern here). Woodruff recently assumed the position of executive director of the Snake River Alliance. But when the legislature is in session, she also carries the mantle of coordinator for the Idaho Energy Collaborative, a group of 30 state agencies, non-profits, academics and advocates looking for common ground on energy efficiency and renewable energy. “We’ve been planning our legislative work since last spring,” said Woodruff, outlining the collaborative’s agenda for the 2011 session, including a push for something called PACE, or property assessed clean energy. It would enable new financing mechanisms for new energy projects. PACE would require a constitutional amendment in Idaho because it would allow municipalities to incur indebtedness. The collaborative also wants to renew a tax rebate for renewable energy projects above 25 kilowatts, grow more green jobs in Idaho and put together a 20/20 plan—an energy-driven economic vision of Idaho in the year 2020. When Woodruff testifies or represents herself during the legislative session it’s usually as a member of the collaborative. But she acknowledged that being the executive director of the Snake River Alliance, Idaho’s selfproclaimed nuclear watchdog, may carry some political baggage. “I think some people may define us based on the nuclear divide, but I think that’s because they haven’t had the opportunity to talk with us on our clean energy work,” said Woodruff. “We find legislators on both sides of the aisle that would say we’ve been incredibly helpful in advancing clean energy in Idaho. There’s always going to be stereotypes or a desire to exclude a group that you disagree with, but I think the message we’re trying to advance is that diverse stakeholders can come together on things that make sense. That’s the only way we’re going to get things done in this state.”

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LAUREN MCLEAN New council member: the responsibility is daunting GEORGE PRENTICE How did your interest in the City Council start? I think the roots of my interest came from my work with the Parks Commission and Planning and Zoning. But I must tell you that it was hard for me to “pull the trigger.”

Where did you grow up? I lived in Houston until I was 16, then we moved to a small town, Cazenovia, in upstate New York. We went from a city of 3 million to a village of 3,000.

My guess is you’ve been through your share of interviews over the years. Did you approach this any differently? Not really. I was going to be honest about the issues, and I would let the chips fall where they may. I thought it was real important not to try too hard to please Mayor Bieter during the two interviews.

What would you say to someone who may think that you would be lockstep with whatever the mayor wants? I would say they don’t know me very well. I fully expect that there will be times that we whole-heartedly agree and times we don’t. I’m very much my own person and that’s why I went into this.

You certainly have to be looking at this as much more than just an appointment. Presuming you’re successful, you would face a special election in November and yet another election for the same seat in 2014. Have you ever run for office before? I haven’t. I think other than having my name in the paper, that’s the part that made me think twice. It will be very different than anything I’ve done before. I hope that I’ll be comfortable by then. But for now, I really want to focus on the process of being a City Council member: learning about the issues, talking to people who know the most about the issues and figuring out what my niche is on the council.

What do you do to relax? I run most mornings. When I’m running with friends, it’s social. When I run alone, I’m sorting things out. I ran a 50K marathon a couple of years ago. And this April, I’m running the Boston Marathon.

And you attended college at Notre Dame. It was perfect for me at the time. I spent a lot of time volunteering and learning about active engagement. And I spent a year of studies in Angers, in France’s Loire Valley. What was the big dream for you then? It was bifurcated. Before I went overseas, I really wanted to do foreign service work. But when I returned, I spent a summer in Montana, working in the governor’s office on natural resource planning. It really got me thinking about the west. What brought you to Idaho? My husband Scott got a job at HewlettPackard in 1998. [He’s currently a professional services consultant for Healthwise.] I went to BSU for graduate school and got a master’s in Public Administration in Environmental Policy.

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What was the hardest part of it? Having my name printed in the paper. It really was. Even though my husband assumed I would do it, I kept rehashing all of our conversations about the possibility. Was he more sure than you were? Oh, yes. Because it’s my name, not his.


Lauren McLean, 36, is not Boise’s youngest City Council member. T.J. Thomson still is. “I’m older by one month,”McLean said with a laugh. McLean was sworn into office Jan. 11 and she’s expected to take her civic activism into a much bigger spotlight. Mayor Dave Bieter hand-picked McLean to fill the seat vacated by Vern Bisterfeldt when he was elected to the Ada County Commission. McClean’s resume includes time as manager of the Foothills Open Space Initiative and as commissioner for both Boise’s Parks Commission and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Do council members have niches? I think that in almost any social environment, you end up with a niche. Right now, I’m most interested in quality of life, economic development and transportation.

Do you feel that when you add something to your professional life that you have to closely protect your personal life? I’ve really focused on that in the last year and a half. It’s really important to me. What are you looking forward to most? Being even more involved in making my home a place I’m very proud to call home. The responsibility is daunting. It really is.


CLIMATE IQ DISPELLING THE TOP 10 ARGUMENTS O F C L I M AT E C H A N G E S K E P T I C S STEPHANIE ROGERS now in the South, ice gain in Antarctica and scientists seemingly fudging climate data. Is the global warming debate over? Definitely. But skeptics aren’t on the winning side. Global warming naysayers have gleefully seized on recent scandals and misinterpreted data to bolster their collection of arguments, but there are these pesky things called facts that keep getting in the way of their agenda. How do you respond to that impassioned neighbor, cranky uncle or annoying cocktail party guest who uses sunspots, Al Gore’s supposed greed and a limited grasp of climate science to claim that global warming isn’t really happening? Presenting the Top 10 global warming denier arguments and the facts that thoroughly debunk them.

mention his status as a wealthy former politician) make him an easy one. Some claim that scientists “follow the money right onto the man-made global warming bandwagon.” But most funding for global warming research comes from government grants, and the money is doled out before the results are determined. Meanwhile, dirty energy companies and anti-climate-action groups shower scientists who are willing to argue against climate change with cash. ExxonMobil was one of the largest sources of funding for such scientists for over a decade and purported to stop in 2008. Surprise! They lied. Records show that the oil giant paid out $125,000 that year to several climate action opposition groups.


“It’s going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries ‘uncle,’” tweeted South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint on Feb. 9, 2010, as a fierce winter storm dropped foot after foot of snow on the nation’s capital. “Record snowfall illustrates the obvious: The global warming fraud is without equal in modern science,” trumpeted an editorial in the conservative Washington Times. And let’s not even get started on The Donald. Right—because winter is never cold, and all that snow can’t possibly have anything to do with a near-record amount of moisture in the air. Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains that heavy precipitation events are increasing as the world warms and guess what? At the freezing


“You fools are being taken for a ride! Al Gore just made all this stuff up about global warming so he can roll in the Benjamins at his mansion.” Fact: Gore donates all of the proceeds from both the book and DVD of An Inconvenient Truth to environmental causes. He also donated 100 percent of his Nobel Peace Prize award as well as the salary from his venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to the Alliance for Climate Protection. Al Gore isn’t the only target, though a few poorly worded statements and oversimplified points in the Inconvenient Truth documentary (not to




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point and below, that means snow (and lots of it). Global warming doesn’t mean winter is going to go away. And guess what? The United States isn’t the entire world— it’s only 1.5 percent of the globe. The Earth’s atmosphere is getting warmer, but different climates will be affected in different ways. Local weather is becoming more volatile across the board due both to warming and normal variability, but while that has translated to more frequent, more severe snow events in North America, Brazil has experienced a near-record heat wave at the same time.

7. CLIMATE CHANGE IS PART OF A NATURAL CYCLE “How can we, petty little humans that we are, possibly alter something as huge in scope as the planet’s climate? After all, when you think about just how complex the Earth really is, we’re just not that important. So why should we change our habits?”

“Break out the grill, swimsuits and daiquiri mix—a huge chunk of the world is about to turn into tropical paradise.” OK, so not everyone using this argument paints such a laughably simplistic picture of supposed global warming benefits, but it’s still bad: Many believe that global warming would be good for the Earth—and us. Some cite fewer winter deaths, an ice-free Northwest Passage and increases in the number of certain species. Others argue that if the climate were to cool instead, even a little bit, a feedback effect would make things worse as growing Arctic snowfields caused more sunlight to reflect away from the ground. And another Ice Age wouldn’t exactly be kind to humanity. But while a few select regions could benefit from a warmer overall climate, most of the world would suffer on a nightmarish scale, and the feedback effect applies to warming as well. Raging wildfires, extreme water scarcity, expanding deserts, changing ecosystems. Heat-wave deaths, the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases, growing dead zones in the oceans, death of healthy trees and other vegetation, coral extinction. War. Climate refugees. That’s only a small fraction of the projected consequences—taken from material published by the National Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society and Science, among other places—but it’s surely more than enough.



That might have been true until about two centuries ago, when the Industrial Age came along and we first started burning massive quantities of filthy, CO2-producing coal. Since then, as technology has advanced and our population has multiplied to more than 6 billion people, we’ve gotten a bit big for our britches, pushing the limits of just how much pollution we can pump into the air before seeing catastrophic global effects. There’s no doubt that historically, temperatures and greenhouse gas levels have fluctuated naturally, but those fluctuations are nothing compared to what we’ve seen in the past century.

6. TEMPERATURE DATA IS UNRELIABLE Skeptics like to claim that temperature records showing a

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warming trend are unreliable because weather stations are often located in areas that absorb and radiate heat, like rooftops and asphalt parking lots. But in reality, the Urban Heat Island Effect has had a very small influence on temperature readings and climate scientists adjust the data to account for it. All major temperature reconstructions for the past 1,000 years published in peer-reviewed journals show some variability in surface temperatures over centuries, with a dip in the Little Ice Age—and a huge uptick during the past century. Even if those reconstructions are excluded and we only look at the last 150 years, there’s a significant rise. When it comes down to it, surface temperature records are far from the only evidence of global warming. notes that borehole analysis, weather balloon temperature data, satellite measurements, glacial melt observations, sea level rise and other indicators can be used completely independently of surface temps.

5. ANTARCTICA IS ACTUALLY GAINING ICE, NOT LOSING IT Melting at the Earth’s poles has long been considered a major warning sign of global warming, so when two recent studies indicated a slowing of overall surface warming across Antarctica—and even some ice gain—skeptics took it as solid proof of their point. The problem is, NASA satellite data shows that Antarctica has been losing more than 24 cubic miles of ice each year since 2002. The “discrepancy” boils down to two things: First, there’s a big difference between land ice and sea ice. Sea ice is increasing, but it’s not because Antarctica is cooling—in fact, the Southern Ocean is warming faster than any other ocean on earth. It’s due to a series of events including the hole in the ozone layer and wind currents pushing sea ice around. Second, scientists suspect that Antarctic ice shelves are being eroded from underneath by warming seas and satellites can’t measure under the ice. While there’s not much happening in East Antarctica, which is a high, dry desert making up twothirds of the continent, West Antarctica—a series of ice-covered islands that rest on the ocean floor—is retreating at a dramatic


pace, especially along the southern portion of the Antarctic Peninsula. The peninsula is the farthest point from the South Pole, so its deterioration could be a sign of what’s to come for the rest of the continent.

different countries all support the consensus, and a survey of all peer-reviewed abstracts on the subject of global climate change published between 1993 and 2003 found that not a single paper rejected the consensus position.




When hackers stole e-mails written by England climate scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit in November 2009, skeptics hailed it as “the final nail in the coffin for global warming.” To much of the public, the content of some of the e-mails seemed damning: The scientists, including Phil Jones, joked about physically harming opponents and referred to their work in terms that seemed to boast of intentionally manipulating data. But the quotes were clearly taken out of context. Few people took the time to read the e-mails in full before deciding that their contents proved global warming a scam. While Jones himself admits that the personal attacks in some of the e-mails were “awful,” an extensive independent examination of all 1,073 e-mails by the Associated Press and a panel of moderate climate scientists found no evidence whatsoever that the science of global warming was faked. A British panel in July rebuked the scientists for their behavior but found the same thing. In fact, a New York Times story that came out after the British panel issued its decision noted that after a handful of separate investigations, “All five investigations have come down largely on the side of the climate researchers, rejecting a number of criticisms raised by global-warming skeptics.” When “Climategate” fizzled, skeptics homed in on a new target: a few minor errors in a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That’s an entire article in itself; to get the facts—including at least one high-profile retraction of a story by London’s Sunday Times—see

3. THERE’S NO CONSENSUS AMONG SCIENTISTS The 31,000-strong “Petition Project” is proof that there’s no scientific consensus on climate change. Except that it’s not a legitimate petition. An investigation by the Seattle Times into the “scientists” who signed the petition found that dozens of names were made up including “Perry S. Mason,” “Michael J. Fox,” “John C. Grisham” and Spice Girl “Dr. Geri Halliwell.” Only .1 percent of the Petition Project signers have a background in climatology. An unrelated survey found that 97.4 percent of actual climatologists who actively publish research on climate change believe that human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures. Twenty-four scientific organizations and the Academy of Sciences from more than a dozen WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

This wholly inaccurate argument is a favorite of Glenn Beck and his ilk. Here are the facts: 1998 was a recordbreaking, blazing hot year. Since average global temperatures haven’t quite reached those levels since, some critics have claimed that the Earth hasn’t continued to warm over the past decade—or even that the Earth is in a cooling period. That’s just wrong. Though there were several years in the past decade of relatively cooler global temperature averages, that has to do with normal short-term climate variability caused by climate events like El Nino and La Nina. The combination of global warming and El Nino produced the dramatic spike in 1998, while La Nina has contributed to slight cooling in years like 2008—which was still the 10th warmest year on record. In fact, NASA research has found that the past decade was the warmest on record and 2010 temperatures were on track to reach near-record levels. Or, put in simple terms: A year of record-breaking heat (1998), followed by a decade more of still-record breaking heat, isn’t cooling. It’s record-breaking heat. Moreover, surface temperatures aren’t everything. The entire planet, including the oceans, is accumulating heat. Skeptical Science puts the data in terms that are easier for the layperson to understand: The amount of heat that the oceans have accumulated since 1970 is roughly the equivalent of “190,000 nuclear power plants pouring their energy output directly into our oceans.”

1. IT’S ALL THE SUN’S FAULT In 2004, a group of researchers announced that the sun is increasingly active, and that a rise in the number of sunspots corresponds to the rise in temperatures over the past century. Of course, global warming skeptics jumped on this as an easy explanation for warming. But the fact is, the sun has shown a slight cooling trend—in direct opposition to the warming trend on Earth. Naturally, the sun does have a lot of influence on the climate, and during the 1,150 years for which scientists have records, temperatures on this planet closely correlated with solar activity. It was right around 1960 that the Earth’s temperatures began to break away. Numerous peer-reviewed studies have concluded that the sun’s role in warming trends is, in fact, negligible. Stephanie Rogers writes for, where a version of this story first appeared.

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Wolves in thrift store clothing.

THURSDAY JAN. 13 music PETER WOLF CRIER Eighties sleaze rockers remember Peter Wolf as the lead singer of the J. Geils Band—the fey lad singing “My blood runs cold / My memory has just been sold / My angel is the centerfold,” while prancing on school desks in the hit ’80s jam “Centerfold.” Others still think of Austin, Texas, psych folkster Red Hunter, aka Peter and the Wolf. Well now there’s another act to add to the lupine list: Peter Wolf Crier. The Minneapolis-based folk duo is comprised of Peter Pisano on vocals and guitar and Brian Moen on percussion. Peter Wolf Crier’s recently released debut album Inter-be (Jagjaguwar Records) swims in a sepia-hued dusty haze, Pisano’s Bon Iver-esque vocals curling around Moen’s energetic slap-and-rattle percussion. On tracks like “Crutch and Cane” there are wafts of Devendra Banhart, in his more subdued, sincere moments, while songs like “Saturday Night” take a bluesy turn, channeling Scout Niblett’s raw yelp. The video for the track “Hard As Nails” is appropriately haunting for the song’s foreboding feel. Pisano walks through a darkened old house with a flashlight as Moen’s drums pound like a thumping heartbeat. His yellowed flashbacks to moments spent with a love culminate in a ritual burning of her photos as her ghost sweeps past. Catch Peter Wolf Crier with Retribution Gospel Choir at Neurolux on Thursday, Jan. 13. 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

SATURDAY JAN. 15 books STEVE MCQUEEN Though actor Steve McQueen was crowned “the king of cool,” a more accurate epithet is “the king of cool hard cash.” In 1974, McQueen became the high-

est paid actor in the world. And even though McQueen passed away in 1980, Forbes ranked him one of the top 10 highest-earning dead celebrities of 2008, right under Marilyn Monroe. McQueen is most known for his roles in The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt and The Sand Pebbles, among others. McQueen’s third wife, model Barbara Minty McQueen, released a book in

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2007 titled Steve McQueen: The Last Mile, which documents the last three years of McQueen’s life. Barbara will host a special book signing and photo exhibit in Meridian on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 5-8 p.m. 5-8 p.m., FREE. Sevoy Fine Arts and Antiques, 650 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian. For more information call 208-884-4599.

This Red Light Variety Show performance requires a top hat and cane. And a hula hoop.

FRIDAY JAN. 14 burlesque TIME MACHINE Due to their period-focused aesthetic, burlesque shows are almost a time machine in and of themselves. But Boise’s Red Light Variety Show wanted to push further. Artistic Director Anne McDonald said that while putting their next show together, members of the troupe kept putting out ideas that were time-specific in their presentation, so they decided to run with it and make the whole show lurch through history thanks to a broken time machine the cast encounters at the London World’s Fair in the opening scene. Dances and routines will include post-apocalyptic visions, robotic futures and trips back to the American Leave it to Beaver era. The latter will include sound effects and sitcom laughter as part of an acrobatic act. For Time Machine, Red Light made the decision to lay much of their vaudeville aside in order to be more experimental. There will be no emcee. “This show is more ethereal than what we usually do,” said McDonald. “The goal was to capture the feeling of the era more than anything.” To do so, the cast had to thoroughly research the time periods to ensure their dances and costumes were specific. McDonald said The Burns and Allen Show offered heavy inspiration. Another skit, a hula hooper’s discovery of the wheel, promises to be illuminating. The show will be staged three times at VAC. Friday, Jan. 14; Friday Jan. 28; and Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., $8. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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Lousy with virginity.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY JAN. 14-15 musical GREASE What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Grease? John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in body-hugging black singing and dancing their way into each other’s hearts, right? Or maybe you just wanted to say “… is the word.” You’re not alone. People have fallen in love with the 1978 movie version of the tale, but before it was the movie most can quote verbatim, it was an off-Broadway production that originated in Chicago in 1971, and it was grittier and darker than what we know today. After being nominated for seven Tony awards in 1972 Grease moved to Broadway where the likes of John Travolta and the thenunknown Richard Gere were members of the cast. A year later, the musical jumped the pond and Richard Gere scored the lead role. Since then it has been revived and remade, with the most recent reincarnation being the one that will make a stop in Boise this week as part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series. So bust out the poodle skirts and black leather, practice your Hand Jive, and cruise on down to the Morrison Center to get your kicks in “while you’re still young enough to get ’em.” And while the show is in town. Friday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $15 students, $28-$50.50 adults. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609,

SATURDAY JAN. 15 resolutions GET DOWN WITH YOUR BAD SELF And by that we mean “bad” only in the fun-loving kind of way. As the saying goes, some rules are made to be broken and so are New Year’s resolutions. Because most of the time, you’re OK just the way you are. Right? So forget your empty promises to stop eating, drinking, doing whatever


it was that made you think you were having a little too much fun in the first place, and celebrate your wicked/ charming self at the Linen Building during the 2011 Broken Resolutions Ball. Musicians Interstate, Inner City Wildlife and Brianne Gray and the Jake VP Band will provide the dance tunes. You provide the guilt-free, feel-good moves. And don’t forget to partake in the Pie Hole pizza and full bar while you’re there. What’s a little pizza and booze after you’ve already made up your mind to not sweat the small stuff?

All ages are welcome, so in addition to your best playmates, you can bring your younger cousins/coworkers/family friends and introduce them to the sort of debaucher y you relish. Then, when it comes time to make and break those New Year’s resolutions again next year, you’ll have even more good company whose self-control is a little bit questionable. 7 p.m., $8, Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St.,

Actor and playwright Dwayne Blackaller thinks school is boring. Well, maybe not “boring,” but not exciting enough to truly capture kids interest. But he has a plan to change that. Blackaller’s goal is to take his play, H.G. Wells: The Science of Fiction, on the road to schools to get kids interested in science, literature and performance, then hook ’em with a series of supplementary activities and workshops on everything from optics to the idea of a book as a time machine—a way to speak to people in the future. “If you’re going to do children’s theater, then first you have to be sure you’re telling a compelling story,” says Blackaller. The story in question is that of a young H.G. Wells struggling with his writing as he works in a shop around the turn of the 20th century. Two of Wells’ friends, an apprentice lamplighter and an elderly co-worker assist him in exploring the nature and importance of his classic stories, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds. Blackaller was drawn to Wells’ work after performing in a series of Victorian-era period plays. When he saw a stripped down version of Moby Dick that kept first graders riveted, he knew that the primary problem with children’s theater was that so many people just did it badly. Blackaller will be presenting a staged reading, including sound effects, at Boise Contemporary Theater on Sunday, Jan. 16. The reaction it receives will help shape the final play, which he hopes to take on the road sometime next year. 2 p.m., $8-$12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-3319224,

FIND GREETING CARDS AT JOHN CARPENTER’S FLOWERS In the mid-January wake of Christmas past and New Year’s present, it’s not easy to get excited about greeting cards. After all, most of us were lucky to mail holiday cards on time. But if you’ve got a soft spot for brightly colored stock printed with clever salutations, here’s a surprise. John Carpenter’s Flowers, situated next to Big City Coffee in the Linen District, offers more than flowers. Though perhaps JOHN CARPENTER’S FLOWERS best known as a hub 1414 Grove St. for wedding and event208-433-9691 planning, this shop also has an impressive selection of greeting cards. MikWright Cards, self-proclaimed pace-setters for “outlandish and provocative humor,” live up to that claim on every level. They use candid snapshots of family, friends and business associates and then print hilarious snippets of dialog inside the cards. It’s the kind of stuff no one really says—but they could if they weren’t afraid to shock. We spent a half hour pouring over 50 different cards for different occasions, constantly erupting in side-splitting giggles. If your sensibilities need an even heavier assault, look no farther than Offensive + Delightful cards, which are fouler in language but every bit as funny. For example, “Although this birthday card is late, I really think you’re fucking great— happy belated birthday!” Nothing is sugar-coated, as these cards have been created “exclusively for the wicked and the brilliant.” But if your card recipients are neither faint of heart nor easily offended, they will certainly be delighted to chuckle at what’s barely fit to print. —Sarah Barber

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY JAN. 12 Workshops & Classes BEGINNING KNITTED MITTEN CLASS—Bring your own size US 6 and 7 needles and be prepared to make your own mittens. This is a two-session class. Call to pre-pay and reserve a spot. 10 a.m.-noon. $45. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Avenue S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, LEAN START PROGRAM—Interactive series of six classes designed to help incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into your routine for the new year. . 7-8 p.m. $60. BridgeTower Chiropractic, 3120 W. Belltower Drive, Meridian, 208-846-8898,

Kids & Teens DIDGERIDOOS AND STORYTELLING CLASS—Children in fourth through eighth grades will explore the ancient Australian Aboriginal culture and create their own Didgeridoos. E-mail to register. 4:15-5:15 p.m. $15 plus registration fee. Sage International School, 457 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7243, MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— Young designers, inventors and engineers can bring their creations to life with Legos. Bring a shoebox full of your own if you’ve got them. Some will be provided for you if you don’t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

Odds & Ends ANNIVERSARY PARTY—Celebrate the downtown wine bar’s first anniversary with a complimentary glass of champagne. See Food News, Page 30. Twig’s Cellar, 816 Bannock St., Lower Level, Boise, 208-344-8944, TEAM IN TRAINING INFORMATION MEETING—Get info on how you can join to train with this running group and help raise money for cancer research. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, 208-362-0181,

THURSDAY JAN. 13 On Stage CHICKS N’ GIGGLES IMPROV COMEDY—Interactive improv comedy show featuring skits and games. 7:30 p.m. $7. Bull’s Head Station, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858.

Food & Drink BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Rd., 208-6581364,

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NOISE/CD REVIEW NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A SWATH OF SINGLES Once in a while, this here reviewer gets thrown a change-up or two in the quest to review ever-widening swaths of the music scene. This time around, the switch is that instead of getting an album or two, a handful of singles were tossed my way. Since most music fans are well-acquainted with the mixtape, mix CD or—for you real young ’uns—the mix playlist, here’s a mix review. QUINN MARSTON: “CAN YOU HEAR ME SEE ME NOW?” Not a good start to this batch. Whiny, fast-paced, overenunciated: one out of three isn’t good. This track from the New York-based singer/songwriter is like listening to Beth Orton front Throwing Muses and not with the good points of either act. Of course, this might just be the loser track in an otherwise killer album, but based on this song’s limp lyrics and generic music, I’m not eager to find out. Eminently forgettable. THE PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND: “THE JOURNEY TO SERRA DA ESTRELA (FUJIYA & MIYAGI REMIX)” This is an awesome name for a band, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Heavy synth lines and driving drums make this song a perfect choice for driving fast through empty deserts, at least for the first three-quarters of the song. Then the instrumentation drops out, as if to remind the listener these guys can do more than just rock, damn it. While pointless, the end underlines how good the first 75 percent of the song is. DIEGO AND THE DISSIDENTS: “NERVE STORM” These dudes show up as remixers a little later on, but this outing as a band is a little problematic. Diego and the Dissidents seem to listen to a lot of Jimi Hendrix, which shows good taste, but this track sounds like the opening riff to “Purple Haze” hooked up with the beat and general vibe of “Crosstown Traffic” … and just couldn’t get anywhere. Good thing this one is less than three minutes long. Even the string-and-sample break can’t make this track interesting once it’s clear that Hendrix isn’t going to make an appearance. CALIFORNIA WIVES: “PURPLE” AND “BLOOD RED YOUTH” Take some of the jangle of power pop and throw in a little OMD-like vocal yearning and out pops California Wives’ “Purple.” When said that way, it sounds derivative but good power pop is always welcome, and this track brings it in just the right dose. It gets to the point and doesn’t overstay its welcome, an increasingly rare commodity in pop. The resemblance to OMD is even stronger on “Blood Red Youth,” though CW have the edge in that they can comfortably range outside synth-based pop into more rock-based sounds. It’s impossible to judge a band’s oeuvre accurately on the basis of two songs (not that it’ll stop any self-respecting critic/ reviewer from trying), but based on these tracks, these guys could have a career mining the mope rock strains The Cure started and The Smiths perfected. DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.: “VOCAL CHORDS (DIEGO AND THE DISSIDENTS REMIX)” This band has a crappy name but let’s not hold that against them. The remix is a bouncy yet low-key pop-rock romp, echoing some of the Manchester sound of groups like the Doves without spilling over into mopiness. (And what the hell is it with English bands and melancholy? It can’t just be the weather, else Morrissey could be from Seattle.) If nothing else, it makes for a nice dance tune. —Brandon Nolta WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes

POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE HOMES—Learn to use your utility bills to determine how efficient your home is and find ways to make your home more efficient. Co-sponsored by Green Remodeling, Renewable Energy Solutions and Idaho Power. 7 p.m. $10, $50 for eight-month series. Integrated Design Lab, 108 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-429-0220, idlboise. com.

TEAM IN TRAINING INFORMATION MEETING—See Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208468-5858,

TIME MACHINE—The gang from Red Light Variety Show travels through time in its latest production. Featuring hula hoop, burlesque, aerial, acrobatics, belly dance and pole dance performances. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

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Sports & Fitness

On Stage

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.

CASH ON DELIVERY—Farce about a con artist who plays the welfare system and makes a small fortune doing so. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, GREASE—The classic Broadway musical hits the stage in Boise as part of the Broadway in Boise series. 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609, mc.

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 their fish. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977,

IMPROVOLUTION—Fast-paced interactive show incorporating everything from stand-up to skits and games. 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,


KNITTED CABLED NECK WRAP—You will learn how to make a knitted neck wrap. Bring size US 8 needles to class—yarn is provided. 10 a.m.-noon. $35. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

Citizen PATCHWORK FOR PIX—Quilt show and raffle to benefit the renovation of the historic Pix Theater in downtown Nampa. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-465-7845.

Odds & Ends BOISE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY—Learn how to use a telescope to view the sky during this month’s meeting. See website for more info. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895.

| SUDOKU SATURDAY JAN. 15 On Stage BOILESQUE—The Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho presents this burlesque show. Proceeds benefit Boise Pride. 9 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux. com. CASH ON DELIVERY—See Friday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, GREASE—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,



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

WILL ACT FOR FOOD BENEFIT—On Friday, writers created original one-act plays to be directed and produced in a day. Check out the results of the 24-hour play festival tonight. Proceeds will benefit the Idaho Food Bank. Visit for more info. 8 p.m. $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980,


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8 DAYS OUT Concerts

Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

BOISE PHILHARMONIC FAMILY CONCERT SERIES—Boise Philharmonic performs the musical scores from The Lion King and Peter and the Wolf. Honor choirs from across the valley will provide vocals. 2 p.m. $15-$25. Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790, nnu. edu/brandt.

BORG MEETING—Boise Robotics Group meetings are held the third Saturday morning of each month in a classroom at the Discovery Center of Idaho. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. varies, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895.

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID SUNDAYS—Free pool tournament and karaoke. Noon-6 p.m. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3223430.


SNOWSHOE BIRDING—Join the Environmental Resource Center and Poo Wright-Pulliam to check out local wildlife. Call 208-7264333 to preregister. 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE members, $10 nonmember, $25 family. Silver Creek Nature Preserve, Off of Kilpatrick Bridge Road, Ketchum.

Workshops & Classes BEGINNING SPINNING CLASS—Learn to spin your own yarn on a spinning wheel with instructor Keren Brown. Call 208-407-3359 to reserve a spot. 2-6 p.m. $45. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208407-3359, VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves. All ages, no partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352,

Art STEVE MCQUEEN EXHIBIT— Photos from Steve McQueen’s widow Barbara’s book Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool will be on display, and she will be on hand to answer questions. The photos span 1977-1980—the year he died. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Sevoy Fine Arts and Antiques, 650 E. Fairview Avenue, Meridian, 208-8844599,

On Stage THE SCIENCE OF FICTION—Contemporary play adapted for young audiences. 2 p.m. $8-$12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, See Picks, Page 15

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Workshops & Classes

MLK ACTION DAY—The first part of a two-day event features community organizing skills training with a political focus. Please call 208-385-9146 for more info. 4-7:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho Education Association, 620 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-344-1341,

PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP—Seth Walker speaks as part of The Spoken Word Reading and Workshop Series. Contact Cheryl at 208426-0383 for more info. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, Boise.

PATCHWORK FOR PIX—See Friday. Noon-4 p.m. $5. Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-465-7845.

Literature TEEN FICTION FOR GROWNUPS BOOK GROUP—Discussion about how Todd Hewitt must leave everything behind to learn who he is in The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking: Book One. 3-4:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229,

Citizen PATCHWORK FOR PIX—See Friday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-465-7845.

Kids & Teens FAMILY FIELD TRIP DAY—Bring the family and enjoy a day of free activities featuring birds of prey, including games, films, tours and demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, WATERSHED WEEKEND: FIRE AND ICE—Explore a trash volcano, view a model of how geothermal heat works, create an earthquake and make your own aquifer. 10:30 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-4891284, WaterShed. Skeleton Blues by Conner Coughlin was the 1st place winner in the 9th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.

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MLK IDAHO HUMAN RIGHTS DAY—Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, Rose Beal and Fidel Nshombo speak about human rights in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Noon. FREE. State Capitol Building, 700 W. Jefferson, Boise.

MARVELOUS MASK-MAKING CLASS—Children in Kindergarten through third grade will create masks from various cultures. E-mail to register. 4:15-5:15 p.m. $15 plus registration fee. Sage International School, 457 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7243,

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.

Literature NOVEL ORCHARD POETRY CRITIQUE—Critique and discuss poetry with other writers. 6:30 p.m. FREE. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208344-8088.

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR COMMON GROUND CHOIR—The choir welcomes new voices. Listen and 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.

POETRY SLAM—Bring your best. Poetry, that is. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886,

KNITTING CLUB—Bring your projects to work on, or come to learn. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

Citizen FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN MOBILE PACK POTATO EVENT—Volunteer with Idaho Potatoes and the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children to help prepare and package 100,000 potato-based meals to send to malnourished children in Haiti and other developing countries. Visit for more info and to register you and/or your group. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and/or 2-4 p.m. FREE. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-3756010,

TUESDAY JAN. 18 Festivals & Events THE SCREENWRITERS GROUP—Learn and practice pitching your screenplay or project at the Idaho Screenwriters Group. For more information, e-mail 6:30 p.m. Idaho Pizza Company, 405 E. Fairview Ave, Meridian, 208-375-4100,

MLK ACTION DAY—Follow-up event to the community organizing training class that happened Sunday, Jan. 16, with a focus on social, racial and economic justice. Will take place at the Capitol, after an initial meeting at the Idaho Educational Association building. Please call 208-385-9146 for more info. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Idaho Education Association, 620 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-344-1341,

There’s something for everyone at the

Workshops & Classes MAGIC LOOP KNITTING CLASS—Learn the magic loop method of knitting. Class fee includes a set of circular 40-inch needles for you to keep. 7-9 p.m. $30. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

Kids & Teens PAJAMA STORYTIME AND CRAFT—Kids of all ages are welcome to get in their PJs, listen to stories and make craft projects. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181,

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. PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at second hand 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,

This Weekend! Jan. 15-16 Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m Admission Only $2 free with your Boise Weekly card

POKER—See Thursday. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208321-1811. POKER NIGHT—Prizes for first and second places. 6:30 & 9 p.m. Montego Bay, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, 208853-5070, montegobayidaho. com.


TEAM TUESDAY TRIVIA—How many random bits of trivia do you know? 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian, 208-288-5485,

Real Dialogue from the naked city

WEDNESDAY JAN. 19 Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. The event is a project of Living Liberally, an organization that is all about fostering progressive communities through social networks and events. Visit for more info. 7 p.m. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3456620.


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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes EXPLORING TEAS—An introductory class into the complex world of tea harvesting, brewing and varietals. Take home samples to taste. Pre-register by calling 208-343-8649. 6:30 p.m. $15 member, $20 non-member. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, LEAN START PROGRAM—See Wednesday. 7-8 p.m. $60. BridgeTower Chiropractic, 3120 W. Belltower Drive, Meridian, 208-846-8898,

Art DIDGERIDOOS AND STORYTELLING CLASS—See Wednesday. 4:15-5:15 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16. $15 plus registration fee. Sage International School, 457 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7243,

Literature JUNGIAN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP—Dr. Jeff Hartford and analyst Scott Hyder will facilitate the philosophical discussion based on Lara Newton’s book Brothers and Sisters: Discovering the Psychology of Companionship. The author will be visiting Boise in February. Visit for more info. 7-9 p.m. $5-$10 donation. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000,

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

Kids & Teens MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— See Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE— Play video games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart, LEGO Rock Band and more on six screens with other gamers. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org.

ON GOING BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART SUBMISSIONS— 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. Proceeds from the auction are reinvested in the local arts community through a series of private grants for which

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all artists are eligible to apply. To submit your artwork for BW’s cover, bring it to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. All mediums are accepted. Currently, grant applications are also being accepted for funds raised at 2010’s annual auction. For more information on the application process, see Arts News on Page 26. For more information on cover submissions, contact Art Director Leila Rader at leila@boiseweekly. com or 208-344-2055. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, CONTEMPORARY NORTHWEST ARTISTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT—Now showing at Boise Art Museum. Participating artists’ work reflects the environmental issues society is dealing with today and includes a variety of mediums. Pulitzer-prize winning science reporter and professor of environmental journalism at Western Washington University wrote the accompanying info. Visit for more information on this show. Shows through

April 10. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY—On Monday, Jan. 17, non-profit Feed My Starving Children will be in town with their MobilePack truck to prepare and package 100,000 potato-based meals to send to malnourished children around the world, and they need your help. Visit to register you and/or your group. You can make a donation by following that link as well. Sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. Volunteer sessions are from 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. and/or 2-4 p.m. FREE. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-3756010,

NOISE/CD REVIEW LOCKSLEY: BE IN LOVE When you hear Locksley’s latest release, Be in Love, you want to like them. They have all the good looks and charisma, and they’re hitting all six cylinders with their blend of garagerock thrashing and Brit-pop vocals. The foursome sound best when they’re emulating The Beatles (after they jumped the pond). They’re pushing for swooning masses of female fans and hysteria but that kind of fandemonium died out with The Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. And Locksley certainly isn’t captivating enough to induce that kind of adoration. “I writhe when you’re gone, so I wait at your door / You pull up in some guy’s car around four,” starts the chorus of “The Whip.” “I punch him, kiss then carry you inside / Why? Oh well just because.” Locksley has gotten plenty of play on MTV, on shows like Rock the Vote and Jersey Shore. In “Love You Too,” arguably the best song on the album, “I want you, need you, love you too,” gets the singer riled up. But if this album is the marketing tool to get someone to see them perform, I’d rather stay home. Similarly, if I saw them live, loved their show and then bought this album, I’d feel cheated. Every part of Locksley’s sound feels a little too perfect. In between the sophomoric stand-alone songs in which you expect a heartfelt tune, more of the restrained guitar chords and crooning backup chants chime in. Soulful acoustics, raspy barroom track and pounding bass-and-guitar meltdowns are missing. It would be great to hear Locksley cut loose, and break out of the straight-laced pop. If music is meant to bore into the listener’s soul—this just bores. —Andrew Crisp WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Eric John Kaiser speaks the language of music in both English and French.

TROUBADOUR FRANCAIS The two worlds of Eric John Kaiser AMY ATKINS I’m the French guy singing in French in the Four years ago, Parisian singer/songwriter United States. A lot of people are fascinated Eric John Kaiser followed a girl to Portland, by that. When I’m here, I’m the French guy Ore. The relationship with the girl didn’t singing in French. I never get away from it,” last, but Kaiser’s love affair with his new he said. “That’s just the way it is.” country flourished. Kaiser’s smoky singing voice is full of the The 37-year-old Kaiser is known as the rich, throaty vowels of his native language. “French Troubadour.” But if you didn’t know In some songs, accordion, trumpet and organ he was Paris born, you might assume his provide a European tone, while in others, guitar heavy, poppy, folky indie rock sound is guitar bridges the difference between the two informed by his adopted hometown (he often worlds. The music on his first full-length, sings in English). It isn’t until he sings in his L’Odyssee (2006), which are heartfelt songs native tongue that the dichotomy becomes about Paris (all have French titles) and that he clear and that switch between English and wrote before setting off for Portland, are, for French has made Kaiser kind of an anomaly. the most part, rockers. On any given Friday When he plays Pengilly’s on Wednesday, Jan. night, these are the sounds that would be 19, some people will go to see him for that pouring from a Northwest coffeeshop. reason alone. Kaiser is OK with that. French Troubadour (2009), which was Since becoming a full-time musician a few recorded in Portland, also has a couple of years ago, Kaiser has released a few EPs, two serious strummers but has a more European full-length albums (one he finished while still bent. It opens with a song titled “La Marseilliving in France) and is working on a third, laise,” and though it isn’t a straightforward putting them all out on his own. While quick rendition of France’s national anthem, it to sing in French to American audiences—usdoes include phrases ing his anomalous played by a mournful, nature to his advanpatriotic trumpet. tage—he doesn’t sing in With Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. Then, it seems the English much when he Wednesday, Jan. 19, 9 p.m., FREE. farther he gets from performs back home, PENGILLY’S France, the more which he does at least 513 W. Main St. 208-345-6344 French some of his once or twice each year. music becomes. In “French music is his 2010 EP, Portland different. A lot of it is Rendez-Vous, all four tracks evoke images of on the words,” Kaiser said, his lilting accent Parisian cafes and strolls along the Seine. carrying the last syllables of some of his It’s a creative necessity for Kaiser to reflect sentences high, making statements sound like on his roots as well as the influences of his questions. “French music is a lot based on new home. the lyrics. [The French] have a very strong “There is a kind of artistic need and this literary culture, so I think the words are thing of growing as an artist,” Kaiser said. really important. Everything is a question of “The music and the people I’m surrounded perception. Over there when I go back now, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

with that I discover help me grow and get perspective. I hope my art improves constantly. It’s a never-ending story in a way. When I’m in Paris, it’s not at all the same as when I’m in Portland.” Portland works for the musician as a home base. When people think “singer/songwriter,” they think Northwest, specifically the City of Roses. The music scene is conducive to Kaiser’s motif and he says the move there was to the right place at the right time. But he is more than just the French guy singing in French in Portland pubs. Kaiser lives up to the “troubadour” in his moniker as well. He tours constantly—he’ll be in Rhode Island and Boston for the first time in the spring. For him it’s more than just getting in front of new fans who might want to buy his records. In nearly every new person he meets, he finds another story, another song idea. “The more I travel, the more I discover stuff and I have to put it down in music. More and more I find I like writing about people on the road who inspire me. The more people I meet, the more I want to write about.” And the more people meet him, the less likely they are to see him as a novelty act. Being the French Troubadour certainly gets people in the door, if only out of curiosity, but Kaiser knows once they’re in, he can speak to them in their language. “There’s not much I can do about [being the French guy],” Kaiser said laughing. “I never lived outside of Paris before moving here four years ago. That’s just my story. It’s also, I think, it’s about communication. You need to share music with people. If it helps draw them into what I’m doing and makes them intrigued, I’m fine with that. It doesn’t bother me.”

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CASH’D OUT—With Poke. 8:30 p.m. $10-$20. Knitting Factory

BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s

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

JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian BRANDON PRITCHETT—8 p.m. FREE. Reef BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

WHISKEY WRANGLE, JAN. 16, THE BOUQUET Neo Tundra Cowboy’s “electro-acoustic country-Americana” music is a good fit for any honky tonk—or Sunday night at one of Boise’s oldest landmarks: the Bouquet. Every other Sunday, NTC hosts a new event called the Whiskey Wrangle in which two bands take the stage. NTC will play the first set, the other band will play the second set and then the two bands will join together to create a whiskey-fueled jam that, if it gets rolling, could take them hootin’ and hollerin’ right into Monday morning. NTC’s frontman Christopher Thompson said the first WW was a helluva lot of fun with Snake Muzzle (the side project for NTC guitarist Chris Thaete) playing second. But rather than have NTC as the only faces on the stage, Thompson would love to see more bands come down and jam with them. And the Bouquet has drink specials those nights. Whiskey and music jams? Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday. —Amy Atkins 9 p.m, every other Sunday, FREE. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.,

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DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill PETER WOLF CRIER—With retribution Gospel Choir. See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 at the door. Neurolux

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

REHAB—Featuring Moonshine Bandits and BD. 9 p.m. $15. Reef


ROB PAPER—Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and Erin Hall. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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

PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown


GIZZARD STONE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid NO COMPRENDO—With Colby Meade, The Maladroids and John E. Combat and The Jungle Fucks. 7 p.m. $5. ColorCube OCEANO—With For the Fallen Dreams, Upon a Burning Body, The Great Commission, I The Breather and Lambs Become Lions. 7 p.m. $15. Mardi Gras REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub RHYME INFLUX—With Sab the Artist, Mr. Chief, Protoman, Arthur Maddox and DJs Auz the Tableist and Snug the Joiner. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux RUSS PFEIFER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SIX CENTS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

SATURDAY JAN. 15 2011 BROKEN RESOLUTIONS BALL—With Interstate, Inner City Wildlife, Brianne Gray and the Jake VP Band. See Picks, Page 15. 7 p.m. $8. Linen Building ARTS WEST JAZZ INSTITUTE QUARTET—With Blue Door Four. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GIDEON—With Skyward Collapse, Dynasty, Sun Heights and more. 5:30 p.m. $5. Mardi Gras HOT LOCAL KNIGHTS: ALTERNATIVE NIGHT—With Arms Around the Stereo, Robbed Ether, Good Mourning, Wasilla, Zack Galyen Band, The Spanish Flies, Red Hands Black Feet, Purplerock The Creeper and Sick Mafia, Detonate, Customary and Reckless Abandon. 5 p.m. $8. The Venue JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers



PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

LIKE A ROCKET—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. $2. Overflow

BUDDY WAKEFIELD—8 p.m. $7. Neurolux

QUARTERTONS—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper


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

RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. White Water Pizza ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SALSA CALIENTE—9 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory SEX MONEY POWER PARTY— Featuring DJ Complex. FREE. Reef

GUSTER—With Good Old War. 8 p.m. $20.50-$50.50. See Listen Here, this page. Knitting Factory RUSS PFEIFER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill WHISKEY WRANGLE— With Neo Tundra Cowboy. See Listen Here, Page 24. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Bouquet

SONIC MINSTREL—With Unitahs. 7 p.m. $5. ColorCube SWEET BRIAR ACOUSTIC—6:30 p.m. FREE. Seasons


Thomas Paul THOMAS PAUL CD RELEASE PARTY—8 p.m. $5, $3 with canned food donation. VAC



RUSS PFEIFER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


WEDNESDAY JAN. 19 BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown


DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


ERIC JOHN KAISER— With Jonathan Warren and the BillyGoats. See Noise, Page 21. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and Erin Hall. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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


ARTSWEST LIVE—6:30 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door

SOUL SERENE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill More live music events at

GUSTER, JAN. 16, KNITTING FACTORY Boston band Guster met their freshman year at Tufts University in the late ’90s and their sound reflects the alt-rock doctrine of that decade. But with their third album, Keep it Together, they left their freshman days behind in favor of Yo La Tengo producer Roger Moutenot. Now Guster is in a weird nether region of pop-rock, touring with folks like Ben Folds, Pete Yorn, John Mayer and Nada Surf, with whom they’ve spent hours on the road. But surprisingly, the guys didn’t lose focus or stride in modernizing their infectious style of vintage pop. Rather, they’re pioneering a new sound for themselves—a la ukulele, synthesizer and vocals— as more than just forlorn crooning. The band is known for in-concert gags: From The Price is Right re-enactments to fictional hillbilly band The Peace Soldiers, the guys of Guster are big on sound and personality. —Andrew Crisp

V E N U E S Don’t know a venue? Visit for addresses, phone numbers and a map.

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FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE—A film about the healing power of music among a unique group of singers and musicians, all of whom have mental or physical challenges. Misti Melody, a choir made up of cancer survivors, will perform before the film. Vicky Jakech will lead a discussion after the screening. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000.


THE DILEMMA—Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer team up for this all-star comedy about two friends who have been through it all together. But how do you decide what to leave unsaid when things get personal and business depends on it? Vince Vaughn and Kevin James find out. Also starring Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah. (PG-13) Edwards 9

Made in Dagenham shows plight of female workers in the ’60s GEORGE PRENTICE I keep a short-list of actresses who inspire me to buy a movie ticket no matter the quality of the story. I’ve added Sally Hawkins. For the record, the only other two on the list are Greta Gerwig and Kate Winslet. Hawkins doesn’t necessarily light up the screen, but she certainly illuminates any movie that she’s in. Her award-worthy “What do we want?” “Equality!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” performance in Made in Dagenham showcases an everywoman who catapults a complete with bobbed hair, miniskirts and intense heat. The women were industrial very personal story into a history-making a ’60s soundtrack. It’s a better-than-average seamstresses, stitching fabric for new car sea change. movie through the first hour and a half, and seats. But when Ford management chose In the swinging ’60s, London was rockit’s a great movie in the homestretch. to demote all of the “girls” to an “uning to Lennon and McCartney, Carnaby And then there’s Sally Hawkins. With skilled” status and slash their pay, enough Street and Twiggy. But down the Thames her wide-as-the-English Channel grin and was enough. The women launched a work in the industrial hamlet of Dagenham, the liquid eyes, she turns what could have been stoppage that shook Ford motor plant was a pedestrian David vs. Goliath story into a the British Empire pushing out thouFull Monty meets Norma Rae. and changed labor sands of new cars MADE IN DAGENHAM (R) When a reporter asks her how she might laws in the Western daily. At the time, it Directed by Nigel Cole cope if she doesn’t win her labor struggle, World forever. was the fourth largest Starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, she waits a beat. Some film critics in the world. Miranda Richardson “Cope?” she responds. “Cope? We’re have dismissed Made In 1968, there Opens Friday at The Flicks in Dagenham as light women. Don’t ask such a stupid question.” were 55,000 men Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson and fare. But my appreworking at the stateRichard Schiff (The West Wing) costar. ciation grew due to of-the-art DagenYou say you want a revolution? If the fact that Dagenham does not go too ham line. But in a nearby warehouse, 187 Sally Hawkins is on the picket line, hand dark as so many “issue” films do. Made in women were toiling in a literal sweat shop, me a sign. Dagenham is a journey of empowerment, stripping down to their bras due to the

SCREEN/THE TUBE THE GREEN HORNET 3D—They fight crime and only break a few laws while doing so. But when you are the heir of a media empire and/or have super ninja-esque powers, some things can be forgiven. Seth Rogan is the Green Hornet and Jay Chou plays his faithful sidekick Kato in this film based on the comic. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

MADE IN DAGENHAM—Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and many more star in the true story of women machinists who, after fighting for equal wages, left their jobs at the Ford Motor Company in England in 1968. See Review, this page. (R) Flicks


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Compared to most science fiction, the scary-government symbolism in V is subtle—and, even if you’re the kind of person who attributes noble motives to state-sponsored doctor visits, the show is worth watching. If nothing else, it’s fun to guess who has secret lizard skin. V’s creators have denied the obvious political parallels—despite dialogue that includes “hope,” “change” and “universal health care”— but authorial intention is irrelevant to interpretation. If the show isn’t at least partially a commentary on the dangers of surrendering to the “help” of an authoritarian government disguised by fake compassion, what is it about? Fancy spaceships and sharp-fanged lizard/people babies? If so, it’s probably still worth watching until it inevitably jumps the shark or nukes the fridge or switches Darrins or hires Hayden Christensen or whatever pop-cultural metaphor fits. The new season has already begun but, assuming you don’t mind Internet commercials for other Internet commercials, you can catch up at

A massive new world order arrives with good looks and smiles, claiming to cure diseases while providing free health care to ever yone. Small sacrifices are required in exchange for the ser vice—minor inconveniences such as enduring 29 city-sized spaceships hovering above humanity and spying on ever ybody. The magic medical providers are actually reptilian murderers from outer space tricking us into voluntarily enslaving ourselves by accepting the claims that their interstellar road to Earth was paved with charitable intentions. That’s the premise of ABC’s V, which has returned for a second season. It’s quite an allegorical stretch, of course, to think that sort of thing could ever happen in our world. Governments never hurt anybody, and besides, what harm could come from an inescapable program that makes anything anybody does or eats the business of everyone else? Plus, outer space V airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. alien lizards have been extinct for years.

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RABBIT HOLE—Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star as a happily married couple who lose their son in a tragic accident. Mourning is the topic but humor breaks it down. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Opens Friday, Jan. 21. (PG-13) Flicks

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LOUIS C.K.: HILARIOUS On Jan. 9, Comedy Central aired Louis C.K.: Hilarious and on Jan. 11, the channel released this live standup film written, directed, produced and performed by funny man Louis C.K. The film premiered at Sundance in 2010 and was also the first of its kind ever presented at the festival. In Hilarious, the caustic comic waxes about Christians, divorce, kids and idiots who sit around in coffeeshops and use the word “hilarious” unsuitably. C.K. does what only the best comics have been able to master: He says what we’re all thinking but are too embarrassed to say out loud. And even if we said it, it wouldn’t be nearly as funny. If you’ve seen Louie, C.K.’s show on FX, you won’t want to miss this film, which includes an additional 40 minutes not aired on TV.

COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DAVID HASSELHOFF What makes Comedy Central roasts so funny and yet so cringe-worthy is that the roastees are often already kind of a joke: William Shatner, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget and now, The Hoff. There are some laugh-out-loud moments in this uncensored DVD, but it’s like seeing someone hold a bottle out of a baby’s reach—it’s painful to watch. The Hoff sings “Hooked on a Feeling” (shiver) before he is poked at by Pam Anderson, the late Greg Giraldo, George Hamilton, Hulk Hogan, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeffrey Ross, Jerry Springer, roast master Seth MacFarlane and more. MacFarlane sums it up well when he asks, “How do you put someone down when he’s already lying shirtless on the floor?” How indeed. —Amy Atkins

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WEB/SCREEN DISPOSABLE: TED RALL GETS ANIMATED Most efforts to morph print cartoons into animation usually stink. I still cringe at the animated versions of Dilbert or Doonesbur y. (If you don’t remember those abominations consider yourself blessed.) So it was with some trepidation that I approached Disposable, the pilot of a new Internet-only series by Boise Weekly columnist/cartoonist Ted Rall. “Oh, no,” I thought. Ninety seconds later: “Yes!” At a one-minute, 35-second run time, it’s lean and mean, just like Rall, with animation by David Essman. Rall keeps a sign above his drafting table that reads: “What do actual people care about?” Well, here you have it. According to Rall, it’s the economy, stupid. In Disposable, Disposable Dan’s “boss’ boss’ bosses” rake in millions, while downwardly mobile, disrespected Dan is laid off. He then has to rely on his wife and her job WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

at Conglomco to keep them living the American nightmare. Rall promises webisodes will come out frequently and run shor ter than stand-alone car toons. Dear Mr. Rall, More, please. Sincerely, A fan —George Prentice

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At the end of December, Citydesk’s George Prentice reported that the City of Boise’s Department of Arts and History would participate in a study that looks at the economic impact of arts organizations on a community. Arts and Economic Prosperity IV is a research study being conducted by Americans for the Arts that will look at what nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences have on local economies. Boise is one of 200 study partners, each providing event attendance data. In Boise, more than 800 patrons will be surveyed at arts and culture events in 2011. In the last study, performed in 2005, it was estimated that arts and culture organizations and their audiences had a $38 million impact on the area economy. The industry employed more than 1,200 local residents. We’ll keep you up to date on this year’s study results. Speaking of a healthy community, here at BWHQ, we look at the use of art by local artists on our covers as a way to support them, and we hope the exposure affords them new opportunities. Matthew Chambers, whose work graced the cover of Boise Weekly in December 2004, was recently featured in Interview Magazine in an article written by the magazine’s editor-at-large, Christopher Bollen. Chambers spoke on his inspiration and his process. “The subject matter comes from an onslaught of ‘classical’ sources—junk mail, advertising fliers, magazines and basically whatever else lands near the artist’s feet to grab his attention (he tends to shy away from Internet searches),” Bollen wrote. “In effect, Chambers seems to be taking an anti-conceptualist stance with his work, refusing to play philosopher, spiritual guide and translator for his audience.” Read more at matt-chambers. Speaking of our covers, it’s time for us to start giving away the proceeds of the 2010 Boise Weekly Cover Auction. We netted a record $17,000, so there’s plenty to go around. BW Cover Auction grants have been used Work from previous grantee The Cabin. for everything from public art to dance to literature. Organizations and individuals are eligible to apply and at least one artist will be awarded the PJ Dean Grant. Applicants should submit a proposal answering the following questions: How do you or your organization support local artists? Will this grant fund a new project or an existing project? What is the projected budget? How will the grant be used? Where is the location of the project and what is its accessibility? And how will this project benefit the community and support the mission of the Boise Weekly Cover Auction? Proposals are due at BWHQ by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. For more information, call Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055 or shea@ —Amy Atkins

ALL ACCESS ARTS The Creative Access Arts Center opens in BODO TARA MORGAN It was the first blizzard of the season. Shelves of snow slid off the trunks of cars and hit the road with pillowy thuds. Through a cave-like opening in my windshield I squinted to find 1878 Overland Road, the building where the Boise City Department of Arts and History was offering a free artists’ professional development workshop. Evelyn Mason (left) puts finishing touches on the new Creative Access Arts Center. Confused, I pulled open the door to Idaho Parents Unlimited, a statewide organization $150,000 from the Idaho State Independent evolve with the program and the needs of that houses programs assisting families of Living Council to develop an artist employ- the artists,” said Mason. Idaho residents with disabilities. Down an Though VSA Idaho is still settling into ment program in Boise to assist both those empty, low-lit carpeted hallway I heard a its new digs, there are big plans for the with and without disabilities. The first step dim chatter. To my surprise, the snow hadn’t future. In addition to having adaptable deterred more than 30 folks from packing the was partnering with the arts and history department to create the professional devel- gallery, conference and classroom space, the building’s small conference room. nonprofit also acquired a large amount of opment workshop series. With notebooks cracked open and pens “We had staff so we could put it together, artists’ equipment—saws, drills, nail guns— poised, artists waited patiently to hear Jane at closeout prices from Boise Blue. [VSA] had the funding and didn’t have the Brumfield, guest speaker and co-owner of “It’ll give artists a place to exhibit, staff,” explained Terri Schorzman, director Basement Gallery, give pointers on how to to work on their artists statements, to of the department. “It ended up a being reassemble a professional portfolio. In the back of the room, arts and history ally nice partnership ... because we can each come to workshops, to teach in classroom space, to take workshops, to mentor each bring something different to the table.” department employee Janelle Wilson chatother, to bring in speakers and trainers,” But VSA’s artist employment program ted with local artists James Sharp and Erika reaches much further than a few free work- said Mason. McGinnis about previous artists profesArtist and VSA volunteer Marilyn Coshops. The majority of the grant went to sional development workshops they had fund the renovation of a stunning new IPUL sho—who was diagnosed with Asperger’s attended in the fall—utilizing social media, office space, framing shop and art gallery— Syndrome in her early 50s—is thrilled with photographing artwork and the business the new space. Her whimsical miniature dubbed the Creative Access Arts Center— side of being an artist. fairy chairs made from found natural obwhich opened in mid-December in BODO. “The photography one—photographjects and thimble-sized fairy houses are on “In order to be a universally designed ing your art—from my perspective, not display in the back of the gallery, while her knowing much about photography … it was or inclusive program, you have to be in framed, mixed media pieces line the office the cultural district,” explained Evelyn great. They showed us light angles, they cubicle walls. Mason, executive director of Idaho Parents taught us how to refract light, how to take “For artists with disabilities, this can Unlimited. “You can’t be out somewhere pictures of all sorts of stuff,” said Sharp. be a great place to come together and talk else and talk about promoting employment McGinnis agreed, chiming in that the free artists workshops have been both infor- and careers and really being part of it unless about art and to take classes and to meet other artists with disabilities … It’ll tap a you’re right there with everybody else and mative and stimulating. whole different community that can become doing the same things that other cultural “It can be depressing, scraping to make inspired,” said Cosho. organizations are doing.” money. I think with [these workshops] we But according to Mason, the Creative The former Idaho Candy Company all feel a little bit energized,” said McGinnis. Access Arts Center isn’t solely intended for warehouse space is innocuous from the The workshops, though partially orgaartists with disabilities. outside—an easynized by the Depart“It serves all of the arts disciplines and to-miss brown brick ment of Arts and Hisbuilding on the corner all artists. We kept it inclusionary … [Those tory, wouldn’t have CREATIVE ACCESS ARTS CENTER with disabilities] need the same things that of Myrtle and Eighth 500 S. Eighth St. been possible without 208-342-5884 streets—but inside, it’s all artists need, they just might need some financial backing more support,” said Mason. breathtaking. Natural from Idaho Parents While it’s still being determined exactly light floods the open, Unlimited’s VSA arts what kinds of workshops, classes and wood-floored space of Idaho. exhibitions will be offered in the new space, and temporary walls are arranged to display Part of an international nonprofit Mason is confident local artists will step up artwork from a handful of area artists, founded in 1974, VSA (formerly Very Speincluding Goran Fazil, Robert Neal, Matt Bo- to help shape the center’s future. cial Arts) strives to “create a society where “This is the foundation that now the comdett, Christine Barrietua and Sarah Creamer. people with disabilities learn through, munity can come in and support and take it “The purpose of the space is not to be participate in and enjoy the arts.” Last permanently built in so that it can grow and where it needs to go,” said Mason. year, VSA arts of Idaho received more than WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Want to hobnob with fly fishing experts? Then hit the seventh annual Fly Fishing Expo at Expo Idaho on Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15. The expo will include workshops by fly-tying masters, a casting pond to master your flick and face time with the folks from Boise Valley Fly Fishermen and Women Fly Fishers of Idaho. There will be a ladies program, children’s face painting and fly tying, and guest presenters. The cherry on top is all the insider tips you’ll snag from pros: where to fish, how to use special lures and new flies to tie. On Saturday evening, fly a-fish-ionados will dress up and enjoy a banquet at the Doubletree Riverside complete with presentations, dinner, raffle and auction. Membership and meal packages range from $50 to $150. Funds raised will benefit the Boise Valley Fly Fishermen’s conservation activities in the region. Celebrating its 40th year, BVFF is an advocate for the sport and touts the joys of fishing. For more information, visit Taking your recreation opportunities from the rivers to the mountains, McCall’s Brundage Mountain Resort is offering a new way to pick up skiing or snowboarding. The Learn to Ski Guarantee claims that the program will teach anyone the basics of skiing or snowboarding. Prospective snow bunnies 12 years and older are given as many beginner lessons as they need. For $129, the package allows for learning at your own pace, without fear of missing a lesson, as well as two days of equipment rentals and lift tickets. “We want to take the risk out of learning to ski,” said April Russell, Brundage’s spokesperson. “Different people learn at different paces, and it’s important to know that you can come back for as many lessons as you need without making a huge financial commitment.” This comes as part of a push to get more people on the slopes. As a part of National Learn a Snowsport Month, the package deal just might be your ticket into 2011 snow success. So if you can’t manage “pizza, French fries,” can’t finagle the chairlift or can’t cut carving, here’s a good—and cheap—way to get started. Visit for more info.


EVEN A CAVEMAN CAN DO IT Flintknapping: a primer RANDY KING Flintknapping is not for the faint of heart. I realized that while looking down at the blood pooling in my dad’s hand. The razorsharp glass shard had sliced the tip of his finger, right through the thick leather glove he was wearing for protection. When he saw the blood, he winced and dropped the coming–to-shape arrowhead to the ground. I went looking for the first aid case. “That’ll happen,” said Gabe McDaniel, my arrowhead knapping instructor. In fact, McDaniel prefaced the trip with an e-mail invite that read: “Make sure to bring leathimpressed when he cut cleanly through a er gloves, safety glasses and the willingness piece of rawhide with little effort. It was to chum with the inevitable bloodletting on: I needed to know how to knap. We that knapping entails.” scheduled a knapping/camping adventure at At least he was honest about how the CJ Strike Reservoir. day would pan out. Any amorphous rock lacking in a specific Flintknapping is the ancient craft of crecrystalline structure will work for knapating tools from stone. The tools used for knapping are basic: A length of copper wire ping—agate, jasper, flint, chert, obsidian or small-grained quartzite—can all be worked is inserted through the middle of a wooden handle (antler works well, too). Holding the into a weapon capable of killing. The primary principle underlying all wooden handle in one hand, the stone in knapping is the Hertzian cone, or how the other, the copper wire acts as a pressure-point applicator that, with each stroke, the stone breaks when pressure is applied. Imagine a BB going through a plate of glass. chips or flakes off pieces of rock from the On one side is a small hole and on the main body of what will become the arrowother is a 100 degree slope creating a much head or stone tool. larger hole. Knapping works on the same The size of the copper wire determines principle. Apthe size of the ply pressure chip: the bigat a certain ger the wire angle and point, the bigthe pressure ger the chip. will cause It is a reducchipping. The tive process trick is findthat removes ing the angles, flakes, kind of imagining like chipping them in 3D away at ice and then carewith a pick. fully removThe rock ing stone. is initially When shaped with sections large-gauged wire, then Even a thick pair of leather gloves is no match for flintknapping. flake off the rock smallerblank they gauged wire is make a popping noise. That noise is actuused for final detail work. I found out McDaniel, who is a mechani- ally the breaking of the sound barrier as the fracture travels through the inner core of cal engineer by trade, is a knapper by accident. I was showing him an arrowhead near the material. “You can almost tell how much experimy truck in the Owyhees when he suddenly ence a person has with knapping by the darted to his truck and fetched a wooden box full of knapping equipment. He started sound of their flaking,” Gabe said. The more consistent, the sound the more likely explaining the process and showing off some of his beautifully barbaric tools. I was the person knows what they are doing.

The art of flintknapping is seriously old-school DIY.

“You can tell if they are doing it right without even looking, just by the noise.” My flaking noise was never consistent. McDaniel said if I had to push too hard then I was doing it wrong. The angle of pressure, not the amount of pressure is the critical factor. To knap correctly, the strike point needs to be 130 degrees from where you want the flake to be removed. Looking down at my ugly oblong hunk of semi-worked stone I was amazed at the precision and grace that must have been used to make stone tools. Knapping is one of the world’s oldest traditions. In Idaho, coming across ancient stone work is not uncommon. I have come across Native American artifacts in many areas of the state, the most common being broken obsidian arrowheads, which are what I hope to learn how to replicate. Apart from historical use in Idaho, the study of stone work also has an excellent Idaho connection. Although he died in 1980, Don Crabtree, a Twin Falls native, is still known as the dean of American flintknappers. His seminal work, An Introduction to Flintworking, is the source for most of today’s terminology. Watching my dad bleed through yet another Band-Aid I thumbed the pages of Crabtree’s book familiarizing myself with the basic tools and methods. “It’s so easy a caveman could do it,” McDaniel said while tossing a flake of obsidian in my direction. But I found it exceptionally difficult work that made my hands cramp. I likened it to trying to pinch a quarter with thick gloves in the middle of a snowstorm and nail file the edges smooth. “What are the keys to learning to knap?” I asked McDaniel, looking down at my broken arrowhead attempt. Without hesitation McDaniel spouted, “Patience, super glue and Band-Aids.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




DRY CREEK HALF MARATHON—To be held on Saturday, April 2. Course starts and finishes at the Merc at the Hidden Springs town square and is part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series. Register online at through April 2. 10 a.m. $38. FREEZE OUT CHALLENGE— Take the short course (3.7 miles) or the long one (6.5 miles) for this run on Saturday, Jan. 22. Register online at through Jan. 22. 10 a.m. $23-$28. Gem County Fairgrounds, 2199 S. Johns Ave., Emmett, 208-3656828,

WARM UP WITH A HOT SOAK IN A NOT-SO-SECRET HOT SPRING Just because Old Man Winter has a stranglehold on the weather right now doesn’t mean you have to wait until May to feel warm again. Wouldn’t a nice soak in a hot tub feel great right about now? If you don’t own a hot tub yourself or don’t want to risk climbing the fence in the cold, dark night to slip into your neighbor’s tub, there are some great hot springs within a two-hour drive of Boise that can kill the chill. SKINNYDIPPER—Touted as one of the best hot springs in Idaho, these pools are not particularly easy to get to. Off of Banks to Lowman Road (South Fork of the Payette River), you have to park on the side of the highway and hike up a steep, rocky hillside. The trail can be especially tricky during the winter months. If you make it, the upper pools are piping hot and the scenery is well worth the trip. KIRKHAM—Just past Lowman on Highway 21, these roadside springs are easy to get to and very relaxing. Just a short hike from the publicly managed Kirkham campground, these springs run right into the crystal blue waters of the Payette River. GOLD FORK—If you find yourself in the McCall-Donnelly-Cascade neck of the woods, Gold Fork Hot Springs makes for a worthy visit. Bring cash since these springs are privately owned and properly built-out. Get more information at BAUMGARTNER—Also adjacent to a publicly managed campground, Baumgartner hot springs is great place to sit back and take it all in. Being 11 miles past Featherville, access may be tricky depending on the weather. BONNEVILLE—Also just north of Lowman, Bonneville is an awesome spot if you enjoy hiking. These springs are about a quarter-mile hike/snowshoe from the Bonneville campground and have a “soak shack” that guests can enjoy. PINE FLATS—Another Highway 21 hot spot, Pine Flats hot springs are best enjoyed during the summer and fall months, since the river blows out the lower pools during the early spring. Just a few miles before Lowman off of Banks to Lowman Road, these springs are a short hike from the scenic Pine Flats campground. GARDEN VALLEY/MOONDIPPER/PINE BURL/SILVER CREEK PLUNGE—The Garden Valley area has many excellent hot springs, both improved and unimproved. With all of these hotspots, don’t let the desire to soak your self override your common sense. Check conditions before heading into the mountains and keep in mind that some Forest Service roads are closed during snow season. Be prepared for any number of scenarios, including but not limited to the following: nude hot-tubbers, nude hot-tubber-loving mountain animals, Johnny Law (if you become a nude hot-tubber), and piping-hot water temps (dip your toes before you dive in). —Andrew Mentzer WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

HEART TO HEART 5K FUN RUN—Bundle up for this race to be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Albion City Park. Get registration forms online through Feb. 12 at Proceeds to benefit the Mini-Cassia Christmas Council and Rock and Traci Temple. 10 a.m. $20-$25. JUST TRI INDOOR TRIATHLON—Do eight laps in the pool, six miles on a Precor bike and two miles on a treadmill for this triathlon to be held on Saturday, Jan. 15. Register by Jan. 12 at the Caldwell YMCA. For more info e-mail 8:30 a.m. $15. Caldwell Family YMCA, 3720 S. Indiana Avenue, Caldwell. LES BOIS 10K TRAIL RUN 2011—10K run to be held on Saturday, March 5. Course is 3.1 miles out and back on dirt trails behind Fort Boise Park. Register online at through March 5. $28.

Events & Workshops 2011 WESTERN IDAHO FLY FISHING EXPO—Everything you need to know about fly fishing from some of the area’s experts. Demonstrations, children’s activities, professional demonstrations for the whole family. Guest presenters include Jack Dennis, Roger Phillips, Nate Brumley, Marv Taylor and more. Friday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 individual, $5 per couple, FREE for children 14 years and younger. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, IDAHO STEELHEADS—Vs. Utah Grizzlies: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:10 p.m. $13.50-$32.50. Vs. Victoria Salmon Kings: Jan. 1416, 7:10 p.m. $13.50-$32.50. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497, MILITARY FAMILY SATURDAY— Free admission and skate rental for military families with valid ID. Saturday, Jan. 15, 1:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-3310044, TEAM IN TRAINING INFORMATION MEETING—Meet coaches, mentors and teammates. Get info on how you can join to train and help raise money for cancer research. Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. FREE. AmeriTel Inn Boise Spectrum, 7499 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3232500.

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THE HARD TRUTH Drink free champagne. We bubble dare you.

FREE SPIRITS, POTTERY AND THE JAVA PULPIT Free Champagne. Aside from “free money” or “unicorn rides” those might be the two most magical words in the English language. In celebration of its first anniversary Twig’s Cellar is offering a free glass of Champagne to patrons on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The wine bar on Eighth and Bannock streets also offers a sweet selection of small plates if you start feeling like too much of a freeloader. 816 Bannock St., lower level, 208-344-8944, Across the street at Pottery Gourmet, the mood is much less celebratory. As we reported last week at, the specialty Polish pottery store announced it will shut its doors by the end of January. In addition to its selection of pottery and kitchen supplies, Pottery Gourmet also offered specialty amateur cooking classes. Owner Sandra Merritt confirmed that all classes have been cancelled and inventory is currently marked down 30 percent. 811 W. Bannock St., 208-368-0649, If you like a few shakes of proselytism in your soy latte, downtown Boise has a brand new coffeeshop. The District Coffee House opened last month in the Belgravia Building on Fifth and Main streets in the space that formerly housed Mortimer’s. Though the sign features a snazzy font, a giant acorn and a couple adorable squirrels, the real nuts will gather inside. According to the Calvary Chapel website, The District Coffee House’s mission is to “reach the people of downtown Boise and have a facility that connects them to believers in the downtown area. We want to make it an atmosphere that relates and fits into the youth of downtown Boise without compromising the model that Jesus exemplified for us.” Coffeeshop volunteers will also take to the streets on weekends, employing “street evangelism, mobile coffee kiosks, and … a video interview station to allow people to ask questions and also voice their beliefs and thoughts about the Christian faith.” 110 S. Fifth St., On the opposite end of the debauchery rainbow, Broadway Bar—the Broadway den of hedonism known for its surly staff and stiff sips—has reopened. George Wade and Lou Pejovich, former Bronco Hut and Busters on Broadway owners, purchased the bar from the Ves Bartlett family and reopened the dive’s doors on Dec. 27. Wade and Pejovich plan to “keep prices, atmosphere and attitude the same at the Broadway Bar,” which means … cheap, dank and cantankerous. Why mess with a winning combo? 1712 Broadway Ave.

Getting reacquainted with an old friend: cider GUY HAND “I love the sweet and dryness of this one,” says Chris Oates as he raises a glass of amber liquid to the light, narrowing an eye as if sighting through a scope. “It goes sweet and then finishes very, very dry, especially on the top of your palate.” Rick Boyd of Brewforia Beer Market in Meridian agrees. “There’s also a tartness, an underlying It’s hard to choose which hard cider to drink at Brewforia. tartness,” he says. “It’s more of a cider vinegar note that comes through.” Here in the back room of their shop, both plant. The examples we’re tasting all hail from fruits, you can produce it with pears or Brewforia employee Oates and owner Boyd do a little wrist swirl with their glasses, getting apples, you can make a dry cider, a sparkling somewhere over the horizon. Between sips of a Michigan cider, Boyd recalls a Sandpoint that liquid turning like a golden whirlpool. I do cider, a still cider, a sweet cider. There’s just cidery called Seven Sisters that closed shop so much variety.” my best to imitate them, then take a sip. The some 10 years ago. Several of those around And so many varieties of apples appropriflavors are surprising. After all, we’re not tastour tasting table think Idaho is now more ing beer or wine here. It’s bright, slightly sweet, ate to cider making. Native crab apples and cider-receptive. but far from cloying, and as Oates says, makes rare apple varieties can produce excellent “With the amount of producers of wine a U-turn on the tongue toward a kind of fruity cider. John Dadabay, another home brewer, and beer,” home cider maker Justin Stewart says Idaho’s backcountry is prime habitat for astringency. I don’t know much about hard says, “and the amount of consumers consumapple cider, but the education they’re giving me cider apples. He prowls old homesteads in a ing more and more cider, it’s just going to be a search of odd and nearly extinct apple types, is starting out pretty damn delicious. matter of time before somebody jumps in and the kind that might curl your toes if you bit I’m learning, too, that hard or fermented into one, but which, when pressed, offer depth starts producing it on their own.” apple cider is far more American than apple Boyd offers another reason why Idaho is and complexity. pie. Cider sailed over on the Mayflower, and ripe for cider production: Basque culture. He “You’ll find a lot of them on the homeJohnny Appleseed definitely wasn’t thinking dessert when he scattered all those seeds across steads along the Salmon River,” Dadabay says. opens a Basque cider, our first still cider, and as is the tradition, stands to pour the drink into “You’ll find apples and cherries and all kinds the land. Like most Americans, he had a thing glasses from up high. of things up there and it opens a whole new for hard cider. It was, after all, the nation’s “We want to pour it as long and hard area for people to make craft ciders—and delimost popular alcoholic drink. Then came proas we can from the greatest distance to give cious craft ciders.” hibition. After a solid In fact, in cider hot us more carbonation and aerate the cider,” century of obscurity, spots like Yakima and Boyd explains. hard apple cider is This cloudy, sediment-rich cider is to cider Port Townsend, growagain climbing up pop what speed metal is to a lullaby. It’s sharp, ers are re-planting the charts. It’s big in aggressively sour and finishes with a feral old-fashioned cider New England. In the twang. Tony Eiguren, owner of the Basque apples, varieties that Northwest, Washingwere long ago yanked Market, says hard cider is central to Basque ton and, to a lesser cuisine but also an acquired taste, admitting from the ground in degree, Oregon are it reminds his wife Tara of vinegar. On the favor of commercial getting props for proother hand, New York Times wine critic Eric table apples, which ducing fine craft cider. Asimov writes that Basque country “produces are often too cloying Idaho could, too. some of the greatest and most unusual ciders in for high-end cider. As we work our Chris Oates and Rick Boyd of Brewforia Beer the world” with aromas like “wet wool” and (Of Washington’s way through half a Market in Meridian. 225,000 acres of apple “animal fur.” dozen samples, I’m Not exactly mouth-watering descriptors but orchards, only about struck by how distincGuy Hand’s stories on that zippy—if furry—flavor would cut through 30 acres contain cider apples.) tive each tastes. Unlike apple Idaho food and agriculture a seafood paella as cleanly as a prized and In that sense, the hard cider juice or low-end ciders, which also air on Edible Idaho movement is slipping on Johnny equally feral New Zealand sauvignon blanc. In snarky connoisseurs call “cider every Friday and Saturday on Boise State Public Radio and the cider houses that dot the Basque countryAppleseed’s shoes by offering pop,” many of the better hard at side, whole dinners orbit around the pairing of a little pomey biodiversity in a ciders are dry and pleasantly land tilted too far toward apple cider to Basque foods like salt cod, egg tortillas tannic, like carefully crafted and desserts of sheep milk cheese, walnuts and monoculture—the insipid Red beer or Champagne. membrillo (quince paste). On occasion, at their Delicious makes up more than 40 percent of Jeremy Wheeler, one of several home cider Basque Market, the Eigurens offer their own America’s commercial crop. makers who’ve mysteriously materialized version of a cider house dinner starring several Although a number of Idahoans have around our cider-clogged table, agrees. types of Basque cider. “There’s so many different styles of cider,” the apples and interest, the state is currently Back at our Brewforia tasting table (and home to nary a single commercial hard cider Wheeler says. “You can infuse it with other

—Tara Morgan

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FOOD on to a warm, mulled-wine like cider) home brewer Nick Phillips thinks Idaho’s burgeoning wine industry is another place ripe for sparking an Idaho hard cider industry. “I think if we could impress winemakers to set aside some of their storage for it, I think that would be great because back in New England, where it first started here in the States, they made [cider] in barrels. And we already have plenty of barrels, and I can imagine a delicious fresh cider that was aged in a chardonnay barrel would be fantastic.” Phillips punctuates his sentence with a goofy smile and a slightly giddy laugh that seems to spring from a well of enthusiasm more lasting than the cider settling in our bellies—most ciders have a moderate alcohol content of 6 percent. Fellow brewer Jeremy Wheeler adds that with Idaho’s high-desert climate, “We have an opportunity to produce cider that’s got a unique Boise/ Treasure Valley terroir.” Cider with a Treasure Valley terroir? With every sip that sounds more inevitable and deliciously logical. So why the holdup? “It’s just one of those things that’s probably the last thing you think of,” says Phillips. “Cider isn’t the first thing you pull off a shelf. Oddly enough though it’s something everyone enjoys. Some prefer it dry, some prefer it sweet. Everyone enjoys hard cider.” Our founding fathers certainly did. America’s second president, John Adams, supposedly drank a tankard of hard cider every morning before breakfast. According to Boyd, Martin Van Buren used his love of cider as proof of character during elections. A cider barrel was William Henry Harrison’s campaign symbol. Clearly it’s time for patriotic Idahoans to take a cue from America’s elder statesmen and bring hard cider back to the table. We’ve got the climate, the culture and the expertise. A perfect cider storm? Except for maybe that breakfast part. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M


BARLEY WINE ALES Barley wine—the English term for a very strong ale—is definitely not meant as a session brew, but the rich and robust flavors and high octane make them the perfect thing for a cold weather nightcap. The first new releases are just starting to trickle into valley beer venues. Here’s the premier trio: 2010 ALASKAN BARLEY WINE ALE, PILOT SERIES This offering pours a dark mahogany with a mocha froth that fades quickly but leaves a nice lacing. The aromas are like a malt-soaked fruit cake with lots of sweet citrus and caramelized brown sugar. While it weighs in at 10.7 percent alcohol, you feel it more than taste it. The flavors are definitely malt driven, with a cake quality and a smooth creaminess, while the hops lurk in the background, coming through on the finish along with a nice toastiness. ANCHOR BREWING OLD FOGHORN BARLEY WINE STYLE ALE A hazy amber in color, the light tan head of this brew is very thick and shows excellent retention. It’s a little boozy on the nose with toffee, plum and herb aromas and a surprising hit of fruity hops. At a relatively mild 8.8 percent alcohol, the flavors are a mix of smooth malt and lightly sour cherry and other fruits. Touches of anise and fig color the finish, along with a whisper of bitterness. FISH BREWING REEL ALES 10 SQUARED BARLEY WINE ALE Packed with 10 different hops and weighing in at 100 International Bitterness Units, you might conclude that this is a Double IPA masquerading as a barley wine. But it also boasts 10 percent alcohol and enough malt richness to keep things in balance. All told, the hops are big but not overwhelming, at least not to my hop-loving palate. They definitely contribute a nice dry, resiny bitterness from start to finish, while fruity, vanilla-laced malt lurks in the background. This one is excess at its delicious best. —David Kirkpatrick

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A decade ago, bitter was bad. Keystone Light ran those hokey “bitter beer face” commercials and Green Apple Pucker was a legit martini ingredient. Now, chocolate is labeled with the percentage of pure cocoa and beer is ranked in International Bitterness Units. As a part of this bitter revival, bitters themselves have gained popularity. Originally marketed for their medicinal qualities in the 19th century, bitters come in countless varieties, each involving a unique blend of roots, herbs, barks and botanicals. Thanks to the revival of classic cocktail culture, there are a number of new bitters varieties—like mole, celery and lavender. Many cocktails on The Modern Hotel’s bar menu feature bitters, including the Zig Zag, with rye whiskey, Amaro Ramazzotti, Fernet Branca and orange bitters. Red Feather also offers a healthy selection of cocktails jazzed up with bitters. Drinks like the Vieux Carre are a bitters blast, while others like the Averee, with Aztec chocolate bitters, add a touch of sweetness. According to Red Feather Wine Steward Bobby Rowett, bitters add complexity to a drink’s flavor profile. “There are four to five basic cocktails. Everything is a variant,” explained Rowett. “When you introduce bitters … it spruces up a classic drink and makes it exciting.” But before you get dash happy with the bitters bottle, Modern bartender Michael Bowers offered a few words of caution. “There’s a phrase that bartenders have used for years: ‘Bitters makes everything better,’ which isn’t really true,” said Bowers. “It’s true to a certain extent, but you can’t just dash bitters into everything.” —Tara Morgan

I pita the fool who’s not hungry at Ishtar.

ISHTAR MARKET AND RESTAURANT As word gets out about Ishtar, I predict it’ll be a place where little gray area exists for diners. With the ghosts of its former occupant still lingering—most notably the carved wood booths that read “Chapala” in halty script—and its overall plain-Jane attitude, Ishtar will immediately be a turn off for some. For others, it will be quaint crush at first sight. Lunch is a simple choice from a double-sided picture menu: kabobs, shawarma, falafel. As directed by the one-man-show, an affable 20-something, who runs both the attached market (selling everything from bleach to baklava) and the restaurant kitchen, kabobs were my dish of choice. As the lone diner one weekday afternoon, I sat in an utterly silent dining room while my host bounced between the kitchen and the store. It started with the beeping of microwave buttons followed by a flurry of vegetable chopping. After a few moments, he flew into the store to ring up a few chatty customers and then it was back to the kitchen with a loud clanging of pots and pans. ISHTAR MARKET In all, the meal was two AND RESTAURANT courses. First: a basket contain4516 W. Overland Road ing two soft, golden pieces of 208-275-8437 home-baked, sesame seedOpen daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. dusted bread, the size and shape of flattened footballs, and three small plates—one with an earthy sumac-sprinkled hummus, a second with a mint, chopped cucumber and yogurt salad, and a third with a heavily garlicked baba ganoush. The second course was a golden hill of steaming saffron rice, two long and heavily seasoned beef kebobs, one grilled and smashed bitter tomato, and a moat of chopped romaine. The first course had been enough food for two meals and with the addition of the main course, another two meals sat before me on the table. As a whole, it was an impressive spread for $8, and of the eight items that comprised my lunch, I’d rate them all well. Being of the latter category of diners—those who fall squarely on the quaint-crush side—I’ve already put Ishtar on a short list for future lunch choices. And I’ve made a mental note to go with the falafel in the future. Heck, for that matter, I’d be happy with just the starters. Or even the bread alone, which is also sold daily in the market. —Rachael Daigle WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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126 Prefix with sphere 127 Classic brand of hair remover 128 2003 Economics Nobelist Robert 129 Forest homes 130 Abbr. in many a mailorder address 131 Tests for coll. seniors

DOWN 1 Bike brand 2 One forming a secret union? 3 Visit during a trip 4 It’s often visited during a trip 5 Failure to communicate? 6 Music on a carnival ride 7 As a friend: Fr. 8 Daily or weekly 9 Part of GPS: Abbr. 10 Novelist Hoag 11 Author Steinhauer with the 2009 best seller “The Tourist” 12 Use logic 13 “On the Road” journalist 14 Muchacha: Abbr. 15 Like some goodbyes 16 Puts under the yoke 17 Purifying 18 English dramatist Thomas 28 Immigrant from Japan 29 Ultrasecret org. 30 ___-jongg 35 Feminist Germaine 37 Pre-college yrs. 39 Cookout discard 40 Some Korean exports 41 “And who ___?” 42 “Yikes!” 44 D.C.’s Union ___ 47 Très 48 Senate Armed Services Committee chairman after Goldwater 49 Hockey’s Lindros 50 Retail giant whose logo has blue letters in a yellow oval 51 Dostoyevsky’s denial 52 Area crossed by Marco Polo 53 Pottery need

54 Carol start 59 Year of the first Spanish settlement in Cuba 61 A.T.F. agents, e.g. 62 Some trim 63 Home of Galicia 65 Something that may be glossed over 67 “Waking ___ Devine” (1998 comedy) 69 Numerical prefix 70 Linguist Chomsky 71 Jacobs of fashion 72 “The Praise of ChimneySweepers” essayist 73 “Like ___ not …” 74 Mozart opera title opening 75 Rich rocks 79 Skin care brand 80 About 10% of Africa 81 “Any day now” 83 ___-majesté 84 Setting for Cervantes’s “El Gallardo Español” 86 Turn-___ 87 Kind of torch 90 Bat wood 91 Starting point on a French map 92 Eh 93 1990s Toyota coupe L A S T









94 Comic who said “A short summary of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat” 96 Everlasting 100 “South Park” sibling 101 Gourd 102 Manly 103 ___ de coeur 104 The Supreme Court, e.g. 106 Invoice issuer 107 Parisian palace 108 Dogmata 112 Drop off 115 “Reader, I married him” heroine 116 Iberian eyes 117 Custom 118 They may be high or heavy 119 Forces on horses: Abbr. 120 Alphabet trio

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): What empire are you building, Aries? What master plan are you in the midst of carrying out? As you gaze out upon your realm, are you content with the way it’s evolving? Judging from the current astrological omens, I’d say it’s an excellent time to ponder questions like those. And if your inventory reveals that you’re missing some pieces of the big picture’s puzzle, I suggest you set out on a quest to locate them. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In a famous psychology experiment, test subjects watched a video of six people passing basketballs to each other. Their assignment was to count how many passes were thrown and caught by the three people wearing white shirts, while ignoring passes between the three wearing black shirts. But midway through the video, a person in a gorilla suit ambled into the scene, thumped his chest, and quickly departed. Half of the test subjects did not notice this intrusion. (Watch it here: tinyurl. com/TrickGorilla.) In the coming week, Taurus, I expect that you will experience at least one similar trick. Look for the unexpected. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Astrologer Hunter Reynolds says that when you are at your best, you Geminis specialize in “enlightened impatience.” You don’t get trapped expressing polite deference in situations that drain your energy. You don’t tolerate boring experiences just because they’re supposed to be good for you. You’d rather “err on the side of learning through too much movement” than get bogged down in “principled sluggishness.” But while that’s how you are when you’re at your peak, you can also be susceptible to the dark side of this talent. Sometimes you abort a potential breakthrough by prematurely fleeing a useful but difficult scene. I suspect you may be prone to that kind of behavior right now. My advice: Be skeptical of your escape reflex. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In her poem “Heathen,” Lesley Wheeler describes a young boy who puts his ear up against his mother’s ear “so that the god in your head can talk / to the god in mine.” The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to try something similar with people you care for. It’s a ripe moment to raise the stakes in your intimate life ... to get closer than you’ve dared to get before ... to retire the familiar stories you and your allies are in the habit of exchanging so that you can tune in to the deeper hum of each other’s wilder truths. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a guy on the Internet—Tian—whose mission is to correct Westerners who misunderstand and misuse

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Chinese characters. Many of the people who write to him for advice are Americans who have come to suspect that the Chinese characters they got tattooed on their flesh don’t really mean what they were led to believe ( WrongTat). For example, Tian informed one person that a tattoo whose character supposedly says “to learn as much as possible” actually means “empty, hollow, bare, deserted.” I offer this up as a cautionary tale, Leo. In the coming days, make sure you’re not under a misapprehension about what you’re taking on and taking in. Choose only the very best imprints—and verify that they are what you think they are. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I regard 2011 as an excellent time for you to cultivate your unique talents, some of which may still be latent or undiscovered. With that in mind, consider these thoughts. Ernest Hemingway said a person had to have “the guts of a burglar” to develop his or her talent. Neurologist and author Dr. Alice W. Flaherty believes that the drive to use one’s talent is even more important than the amount of raw talent one has. And here’s novelist Erica Jong: “Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that ‘talent’ to the dark place where it leads.” P.S. If you do venture into those dark places, you’ll eventually uncover 10 suns’ worth of illumination. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Back in 1962, an American company named Corning created a product that was so revolutionary, no one could figure out how to exploit it in practical ways. It was “gorilla glass,” a glass that’s so strong it’s almost impossible to break or even scratch. Only recently has it found a commercial application, first in cell phones and other mobile devices and next in a new generation of ultra-thin TV screens. I foresee a comparable development in your immediate future, Libra, some ahead-of-itstime breakthrough you made a while ago that can finally be used to improve your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): When I arrived at my acupuncturist’s waiting room, there were two magazines on the table next to my chair: The celebrity rag People Style Weekly and the spiritually oriented Shambala Sun. The first offered articles on “hot new handbags and shoes under $99” and “easy ways to get gorgeous hair, skin and nails.” The second provided a “guide to mindful living,” with advice about how to get centered, focused and relaxed. I thought that was metaphorically similar to the choice you will face in the coming week, Scorpio. It’s up to you: Which way do you want to go?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I can almost categorically guarantee that in 2011 you will have no encounters with fire demons, wart-ridden vampires, two-headed dogs, moaning ghosts, wayward werewolves or extraterrestrial robots. Nope. You can pretty much go ahead and make plans based on the assumption that you won’t have to account for intrusions like that. But I can also assure you that the lack of crazy encounters with unhinged monsters does not mean your life will suffer from blahs or boredom. On the contrary: I think this could be one of your most interesting years in a decade. To prepare yourself, make sure you don’t unconsciously equate adventure with chaos; imagine what it would be like to experience mystery and intrigue that uplift you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past,” said comedian Lily Tomlin. I recommend that you make this a keynote during the next six months. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, you will have the best opportunity you’ve had in a long time to put some of your unsettling memories to sleep for good. This is your big chance to graduate from old anxieties that can never be resolved. You’re finally ready to declare your independence from messy burdens and maddening riddles that have haunted you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20--Feb. 18): If you want to be healed, whether from a physical malady or a psychic wound, there’s one prerequisite you have to meet: You have to be willing to learn a lesson that your suffering has invited you to study. I would go so far as to say that no one, no matter how skilled a healer, can help cure you until you have taken that first step. So what teaching is it that you would need to explore in order to transform your distress into wisdom? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Are you ready to get the fun surprise you were promised in your dreams? Are you fully prepared to collect the elegant prize you were guaranteed before you were born? I don’t think you are—mostly because you’re not thoroughly convinced that you deserve these wonders. From what I can tell, your self-doubts are still more substantial than your self-worth. And as long as that holds true, you will continue to hold your just rewards at bay. So let’s make it your project in the next three weeks to elevate your levels of self-worth. It doesn’t mean you’ll have to completely shed your self-doubts. All you need to do is adjust your self-worth to self-doubt ratio so it’s at least 51 percent to 49 percent.



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