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SHACKLED Department of Correction feels the pain of other agencies’ cuts


EARTHLY ART BAM exhibit puts the planet in the spotlight


MAP AND LISTINGS INSIDE Plus Fiction 101 live at Rediscovered


FOR SIZZLE Barbacoa turns up the theatrics

“So you need to start calling them for what they are. ‘Gun deviants.’”


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NOTE MOBILE IS ABOUT TO GO VIRAL This time last year I hammered out a Note from a Berkeley, Calif., coffeeshop after having spent four days at a conference learning how to better integrate the digital world of Boise Weekly with our print world. At the time, I wrote that we didn’t have a choice about throwing ourselves headlong into the digital world. “These days,” I wrote, “a good local newspaper does more for its readers than sit on a shelf for a week.” At the time that meant providing a constant stream of robust web content through video, blogs and slideshows. It meant developing solid social media strategies to better connect readers with content. I returned from the same conference earlier this week with a long to-do list. Much of last year’s conversation— how to monetize the web, how to produce more content with fewer resources—has evolved into a discussion that starts from the assumption that we have those issues figured out and moves forward on a mobile mission. According to one speaker this weekend, mobile ad revenue has more than doubled in the last two years. Given that smartphones only account for about 30 percent of the market, mobile is poised to become a money maker. But my business is content, not money. And this weekend, I learned about all kinds of new editorial tools within both the mobile world and the social networking world. One of them, Storify, I’ve put to work at with coverage of the mega-loads that started rolling on U.S. Highway 12 this week. You’ll find it online in News. In this week’s edition of Boise Weekly, you’ll find the usual monthly First Thursday coverage. Rediscovered Bookshop will host a reading of work from winners of Boise Weekly’s Fiction 101 contest. You’ll find details on Page 21, as well as detailed event listings and a map to help you find your way on Pages 22-24. Also kicking off this First Thursday is Valentine’s for AIDS at Flying M Coffeehouse, a preview of which is on Page 28. And in keeping with what seems to be an art-heavy theme this week, don’t miss this week’s main feature, an in-depth look into Boise Art Museum’s current exhibition Critical Messages. —Rachael Daigle


ARTIST: Tim Andreae TITLE: 2011 Year of the Hare MEDIUM: Sumi ink and rice paper ARTIST STATEMENT: When I finished this painting, I found myself leaning back from it and squinting with one arm lifted. That’s when I realized it was a self-portrait.


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HEY MAN, CAN I BUM A RIDE? Dude, eyeing the sick pow on the hill, but you’ve got no wheels to get to Bogus? No worries! Valley Regional Transit has launched a new ride-share website to help get your sorr y butt to the mountain. Check the details at Cobweb.

MEGA-LOAD RELOAD As the first of the ConocoPhillips mega-loads are set to roll on U.S. Highway 12, a group of opponents has decided to pursue further legal action—at least this time around ... See where they’ll put their energy at Citydesk.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOWNFALL Just where does Idaho stand when it comes to helping victims of domestic violence? Not in a very good spot, actually. A new survey shows that many appeals for help go unanswered because there isn’t enough funding for programs. Check out the details at Citydesk.

WANNA BE IN PICTURES? Attention wannabe filmmakers: Mark your calendars for June 3-5 because these are the dates for the annual i48 Film Festival. It’s never too soon to start planning. Get the scoop at Cobweb.

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EDITOR’S NOTE 3 BILL COPE 6 TED RALL 7 NEWS Department of Correction’s budget might not be cut, but slashes to other agencies might change the equation 8 ROTUNDA JFAC Health and Welfare hearings get personal 8 CITIZEN 9 FEATURE Beauty and the Beast 10 BW PICKS 14 FIND 15 8 DAYS OUT 16 SUDOKU 17 FIRST THURSDAY BW’s Fiction 101 goes live for the first time 21 FIRST THURSDAY LISTINGS Full listings plus a map 22 MUSIC GUIDE 26 ARTS Valentines for AIDS is all grown up 28 SCREEN Staying up All Night in the City of Trees 30 REC Snowbound in the Sierras 32 FOOD Keeping local food honest 34 FOOD REVIEW Taking the temperature at Barbacoa 35 WINE SIPPER 36 CLASSIFIEDS 37 NYT CROSSWORD 40 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 42



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MAGNUM FORCE FETISH Badger Bob takes on the gun cult “Cope! Want me to write your column this week? I’ll do it for nothing.” “Uh ... why? Bob, you’re not usually so eager to fill in for me. What’s going on?” “Deal is, I have an important new concept to introduce into the cultural and spiritual zeitgeist of our age. It’s relevant, it’s sure as hell timely and it’s gotta be said. I’d be happy to pass it on to you, but Cope, I just don’t believe you’d have the guts to use it.” “What do you mean? I got plenty of guts! Anything you got the guts to say, I got the guts to say, gosh darn it! That’s about the meanest thing you ever said to me, Bob Berserquier! Sometimes you treat me like I’m some kind of scaredy-pants little wuss, and I’m tired of it. Just tired of it! You think you can say just any darn thing that ...” “All right! For Christ’s sake, calm down! I’m sorry I said it. I apologize. You have the guts, definitely. There, you feel better?” “Uh, OK ... what is it? Must be a pretty hot concept if you want to make it part of the cultural and spiritual zeitgeist of our age.” “Cope, know how whenever you write a column about the ‘open carry’ clowns or Second Amendment fundamentalists or those NRA swine, you always call them ‘gun nuts?’” “Yeah. I do it on purpose. I figure it’s the least I can do ... to piss off the gun nuts by calling them ‘gun nuts.’ Seeing as how any kind of sensible or reasonable control or regulation is out of the question with these birds, I’m trying to get them all so mad, maybe they’ll break out in a rash. Hah, wouldn’t that be funny? If old Wayne LaPierre and Ted Nugent weren’t able to stop scratching their crotches. Hah!” “Yup, that’s quite a plan you got there. But calling them ‘gun nuts’ doesn’t go far enough. Not anymore. Not when they won’t compromise even on the capacity of ammunition clips. I’ve finally seen it like it is, Cope. We’re not dealing with comically stunted men-babies who can’t stop playing with their Roy Rogers. No, these freaks are twisted. Perverted. That’s the concept I want to get out there ... that there’s something seriously unnatural about them and their morbid fixation. So you need to start calling them what they are. ‘Gun deviants.’” “Holy smokes, Bob! I can’t say that!” “I knew it! I knew damn good and well you wouldn’t have the guts!” “Well, jeez. ‘Deviants?’ I mean, that takes it to a whole ’nuther level, Bob. ‘Gun nuts’ … that’s one thing. ‘Gun whackos!’ ‘Gun loons!’ ‘Gun dingbat Elmer Fudd monkeys’ ... heck, I could call them things like that all day long. But ‘deviants?’ ‘Perverted?’ ‘Twisted?’ Gosh, that makes them sound like they should all be wearing ankle bracelets that alert the police anytime they leave the house. I can tell you right now, they’re not gonna like being called ‘deviants.’”

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“Cope, close your eyes for a minute while I draw a mental picture for you. Come on, just do it. Imagine this guy, see, who’s watching the news when he hears about a Congresswoman and 18 other people being shot down like tin cans off fence posts. But rather than being stunned and repulsed and saddened like decent folk are, he scoots down to a gun store as soon as he hears what the murderer used and buys himself the same gun. The same f***ing gun! What would you call somebody like that? You probably heard, sales of that model Glock went through the roof following the Tucson, Ariz., killings. So how would you describe that kind of abnormal behavior?” “Um, well, Bob, it’s not exactly what I’d call normal, I admit. In fact, it’s pretty ghoulish. And creepy. And demented. And no, I wouldn’t want that guy on my bowling team. And I can’t help but wonder if people like that aren’t but a hop, skip and a tequila bender away from going Jared Loughner, themselves, given the slightest push. And I think it’s atrocious that we’re supposed to sit on our thumbs while 30some Americans are blown away each and every damn day because these delusional lunatics insist their right to own any firearm they want supersedes everybody else’s right not to get shot.” “Makes you mad, doesn’t it?. These f***ers have forced their obsessive aberrations onto society like an open sewer stinks up a whole town. You’d agree with that?” “Sure, I agree. But ‘deviant?’ That’s a mighty strong word, Bob. Can you imagine how many angry responses I’d get if I were to call them ‘gun deviants’ in print? Even if that’s what they clearly are?” “That’s why I volunteered to write the column, Cope. We wouldn’t want all those yappy a**holes bruising your delicate feelings. But I couldn’t care less what they say. And I’m tired as hell of watching mass murders come and go without something being done to stop it. People need to realize that it’s not just the unhinged killers who are unhinged. It’s this whole f***ing gunworshipping a**-backwards mob we need to watch out for.” “Welllllll, OK then. You go ahead and write the column this week. But make sure you make it clear it’s you calling them ‘gun deviants,’ not me. And tell them not to bother writing nasty letters calling me a wussy and stuff, because it’s not my fault— and you never open your mail. So make sure you tell ’em that, Bob … that if they don’t like being called ‘gun deviants,’ there’s not a darn thing they can do about it. You tell them that, OK?” “Will do, Cope.” “And Bob, do watch the language, won’t you?” “Don’t I always?” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


KILLING OUR INNER CHILD Blame politicians’ lies, not apathy LOS ANGELES—I can’t stop thinking about what President Barack Obama said about Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl killed in Tucson, Ariz. Green, said the president, saw politics “through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often take for granted.” Those are disturbing words, but not in the way Obama intended. Obama relies on a deeply flawed assumption: that becoming cynical is an inherent part of growing up. But as Americans travel the road from childhood to adulthood, their political system repeatedly lets them down. Cynicism is taught. As years slip by, they watch the problems they worry about go unaddressed by their socalled representatives. On those rare occasions that the government impacts their lives, it does so negatively: with taxes, fines and paperwork. Meanwhile, the pols fatten themselves at the public trough. I found countless articles and studies that try to explain why the United States has one of the lowest voter-turnout rates. Most suggested ways to get more Americans to the polls. None focused on the supply side of the equation: improving politics so they become more appealing. Ask not, Mr. President, what Americans can do to become less cynical, but rather ask what you and your pals in Washington, D.C., can do to deserve our trust. It’s interesting to ask why many Americans register to vote, but rarely cast a ballot. A 2006 Pew Research survey found that 42


percent of these individuals were “bored by what goes on in Washington,” 14 percent were “angry at the government,” 32 percent said “issues in D.C. don’t affect me,” and 30 percent said “voting doesn’t change things.” These people aren’t stupid or lazy, they’re cynical. They think the government is evil, irrelevant, or both. Lords knows politicians give them lots of reasons to hold those beliefs. Start with Obama himself. In a September 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Obama claimed to have “accomplished 70 percent of the things that we said we were going to do—and by the way, I’ve got two years left to finish the rest of the list, at minimum.” You can’t assume a second term when you’re president. Moreover, no one who voted for Obama in 2008 wants to wait until 2016 to see the fulfillment of a 2008 promise. Anyway, Obama has kept a mere 24 percent of his promises, according to Politifact. Broken promises include the following: close Guantanamo, pull U.S. troops out of Iraq, let the Bush tax cuts expire, eliminate warrantless wiretaps, eliminate torture, create a national publicly funded health-care system. Politicians lie and lie. Then they accuse us of being faithless. What about them? “I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it,” Obama said. “All of us—we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.” “All of us” don’t have to do jack. It’s not our job to take an interest in politicians. It’s the politicians’ job to take an interest in us.

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FINANCIAL LOCKDOWN Department of Correction next up in budget battle SHARON FISHER Editor’s Note: On Friday, Feb. 4, and again on Monday, Feb. 7, Idaho’s budgetwriting lawmakers begin hearings to consider the state’s third-largest agency. The Department of Correction comes third only to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Welfare (Fiscal Year 2011 included more than $145 million in general funds for the Department of Correction). A companion story is posted at Citydesk on As the Legislature’s Joint FinanceAppropriations Committee prepares for the Department of Correction’s budget hearing, it might seem that Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke is sitting in tall cotton. Unlike the many departments that are facing deep cuts, Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter recommended a budget for DOC with a 4.2 percent overall increase and a 5.5 percent increase in the general fund. However, while Reinke is satisfied with his own budget, the department doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Cuts in other areas such as the departments of Labor or Health and Welfare could end up affecting his department. “We are so interconnected,” Reinke said. “If you apply pressure to any one area, it’s going to affect something else.” As an example, prison populations were steady in the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years, which run from July through June, but went up 3 percent in 2010 and are projected to rise another 3 percent in 2011, due to cuts in mental-health, substance-abuse and other support services from Health and Welfare. “There have been enormous cuts in that agency,” said Reinke. “Our clientele are people who will access those.” Last September, Pocatello resident Ryan Mitchell was shot by a man alleged to have been removed from a state program in July that had paid for his medication, due to budget cuts. Mitchell spoke to the Idaho Health Care Task Force in November, pointing out that the costs of his situation, including the prosecution and potential incarceration of his attacker, would likely end up costing the state more than it had saved. Otter’s proposed budget calls for an additional $25 million in cuts to Medicaid

services, which due to Federal restrictions would need to come primarily from adult services. In addition, because state funding matches federal funding, services could be cut by up to $90 million.

some Republican legislators are concerned that Otter’s budget won’t hold together should revenues continue to fall. While JFAC agreed to accept the governor’s revenue prediction, for now, things could change if January revenues also come in below expectations, resulting in the possibility of further cuts. DOC is also considering a series of revenue enhancements, including new fees, which would need to be approved by the governor and the Legislature. These include a pre-sentencing investigation fee of $100 to offset the $2.2 million spent last year on such investigations, increasing the current supervision fee for probationers and parolees from $50 a month to $60, and charging $10 per family for background checks on prison visitors. While the department might not be able to collect the full amount from everyone, it could collect at least part of it, and the fees are projected to total about $1 million in extra revenues. Michael Blankenship, professor of criminal justice at Boise State, is concerned about where such fees could lead. “I think it’s terrible. We’re almost back to debtors’ prison,” he said. “If I don’t pay my supervision fee, they could revoke my probation or parole and send me to jail. It’s cash-register justice.” Unlike some other states, Reinke said Idaho isn’t likely to have to release masses of inmates to deal with budget issues. Instead, he said he is working to keep them from coming in, through programs such as its retained jurisdiction initiative. This could go further in the future. “In states such as Missouri, before you sentence Joe Sixpack to prison, you have to calculate the cost of incarceration,” Blankenship said. “If judges were confronted with the actual cost of prison, which can approach $20,000 a year, would they be so quick to send everybody to this very expensive hotel?” One factor that does give Reinke hope is what he describes as improved transparency and openness in state governments with other groups, such as the way he has been meeting with Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney to discuss best practices. “I’ve never seen the state government interact and communicate the way it is now,” said Reinke. BEN WILSON

With tears in her eyes, Republican Rep. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint summed up the collective worries of her fellow lawmakers: “What do we do next?” After four hours of public testimony to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, Keough and her fellow committee members were visibly moved by Idahoans who came to share their stories. Out of the 140 people who signed up to give a three-minute speech, a total of 82 testified. They came from all over the state to speak out on Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s proposal to fill some of the $84 million hole in the 2012 budget. According to his proposal, cuts to the Department of Health and Welfare could range from $20-25 million—and that’s if tax growth projections prove true. In his State of the State address, Otter referred to moving the responsibilities of care to volunteer and church organizations. “Catholic Charities of Idaho is now maxed out” Andrew Schumacher, a Catholic priest and chairman of the statewide CCI, told JFAC. “If Medicaid support is withdrawn from people with disabilities, what would happen to them? Will they be institutionalized? Or will they be hidden behind closed doors and ignored?” Many citizens who stepped up to testify were a parent or adoptive parent of children with special needs. Joni Sullivan, the mother of a 23-yearold son described how her son has Down’s syndrome, but he also has a job, pays taxes and volunteers. “Some of his proudest moments are telling people we know in the community about how his life is going; how his job is going, his paycheck—he pays taxes—that he pays his bills,” she said. Some parents spoke for their young children, asking JFAC to understand that treatment doesn’t end at adulthood. “At 18, I was a dysfunctional mess. There were road blocks, but I was able to pass them,” said Mark Reinhardt. “Without these services, I would be institutionalized and/or in prison.” That was the situation before current policies. Many members of the public pleaded for things not to return to the institutionalization of the ’60s and ’70s. “I’ve been in two group homes, and believe me, it’s not very fun,” said Jack Hansen, representing Special Olympics athletes. “And I know for a fact that if you make these cuts, I will have to go back to a group home. I made a promise to myself you guys, that I would not go back, not without a fight. You guys are my only hope.” Applause erupted, to which Chairman Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert asked, “Please, please. Don’t detract from it.” Overwhelmingly, the consensus was to find revenue to avoid cutting services. Some advocated for the proposed $1.25 cigarette tax increase. Other suggested reviewing tax exemptions or taxing Internet sales. Curiously, House Speaker Lawrence Denney sidelined the Internet sales tax bill as testimony continued on Jan. 28. Katherine Hansen of the Idaho Association of Developmental Disability Agencies said she has collected more than 14,000 signatures supporting a tax increase to spare cuts to services. She said she hopes to get more in the coming weeks. —Andrew Crisp

The cuts could be worse. Otter’s proposed cut was predicated on an additional $33 million in revenue for 2010, which was the figure collected in December 2010 when Otter and his staff wrote the budget. However, December tax revenues came in $10.7 million lower than expected, and



JOHN FOLTZ Dr. Ag goes to Washington GEORGE PRENTICE

What’s your scholastic background? I have a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Ohio State. I stayed there for my master’s. After working for Ralston Purina for six years, I got my Ph.D. at Purdue University. I joined the ag-econ faculty at the University of Idaho in 1991. And how long have you been associate dean at the U of I ag school? Six years. How many students does the ag school have this year? This year we have the largest group ever, a little over 1,300 students split between the undergraduate and graduate schools. Is the growing number of admissions to the ag school some kind of economic barometer? I believe so. If you look at Idaho’s economy, agriculture has always been a stabilizing force. While ag may not share in the boom periods, we don’t share in the bust periods either. Idaho certainly has an up-and-comer with the tech sector, but that took a pretty good size hit when the economy languished. Meanwhile, ag has continued to be solid.


What’s the state of the family farm in Idaho? That depends on your definition of a family farm. While most people might think a family farm is a mom and dad with a couple of kids milking cows or raising wheat, in many cases that stereotype doesn’t fit so well. A family farm could easily be a closely held corporation between a father and son, or a group of siblings that have chosen to incorporate. The public might say that’s a corporate farm, but it’s basically still owned and operated by a family. How might new ag research influence how we access food in 20 years? A significant game-changer is happening right now up here on Idaho’s Palouse. We can now reduce tillage by using Roundup weed killer in the fall, and then follow up with some new planting that doesn’t require tilling and that significantly reduces soil erosion. So, we’re trying to come up with products that are immune to pesticides or herbicides like Roundup. I know some people have some angst over genetic modification, but because of this possible modification, we will till the soil less, have less erosion and have higher crop yields. A lot of companies are working on advances that consumers will value. What’s your assignment in D.C.? I was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s advisory committee on statistics. That will include the National Agricultural Statistics Service. As an agricultural economist, I always access NASS. That’s where you’ll find anything you would ever want to know about agricultural production in Idaho and across the nation.


John Foltz is heading back to Washington, D.C., this month. He has a personal connection to the region: His boyhood home sat on land once owned by George Washington. He even played in a fife and drum corps with full regalia. While he won’t be unpacking his tri-cornered hat and there’s nothing revolutionary about his visit, it will have historic significance. Foltz will help shape a new farm bill, the nation’s primary agricultural and food policy tool.

We’re familiar with a traditional census of people and households, but the logistics of counting farms must be considerable. Sure. There are going to be farmers who give you data with no problem, but there will certainly be some who take a lot more effort. My sense is because you’re dealing with rural settings, you run the risk of leaving something out or over-counting, and that could have an adverse impact on the survey. Most definitely. There’s great concern over the validity and accuracy of the data. There are a lot of very critical decisions based on this information. I can see how an economist might use the NASS, but would a farmer use this data? Most farmers would probably tell you that they read a journal or an economic outlook put out by a university, or maybe they talk with crop experts. Well, where do you think all those people get their information? They turn to the NASS. A farmer may say he’s never looked at a copy of Idaho ag statistics. That may be well and true, but somebody they depend upon is reading those stats. The new congress has threatened some serious budget cuts. Will that impact your work? Yes, and that’s one of the first things we’ll address in D.C. We need to help the USDA economize. We’ll offer some possible suggestions on areas that could be cut.

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Jana Demartini, Landscape Defaced, lithograph, 12 by 9.5 inches, 2008. Courtesy of Blackfish Gallery.

n the Boise Art Museum’s entrance hall the ambience is immediately, and literally, thrust in visitors’ faces with Washington artist Vaughn Bell’s installation of “personal biospheres” entitled Village Green. Clear acrylic terrariums, suspended from above, house miniature landscapes complete with soil and growing vegetation into which viewers can pop their heads through a hole in the bottom. It is a multi-sensory experience that invites visitors to get close to indigenous natural specimens and the processes of growth and decay. As a portable retreat from urban captivity, it sets the welcoming tone for a show that some might otherwise approach with apprehension. The message of Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment is not new. Global warming, climate change, resources management, rampant consumption and the environment in general are not only leading political issues of the day but increasingly aesthetic and cultural ones as well. The artists of the Northwest have been at the forefront of environmentally engaged contemporary art, which makes sense, given that the region is brimming with lush, natural wonders, bred-in proclivity toward ecological responsibility, and its own set of pollution and growth problems. The touring survey, currently showing at the Boise Art Museum (its third and last stop) and billed as “the first critical examination of some of the key environmental issues that face our region,” forcefully captures that sensibility through the creative responses of Northwest artists. It is a tribute to the region’s ecological fragility, and a thoughtful—at times even subtle—indictment of mankind’s destructive impact upon it.


The Northwest encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, an area represented by 26 participating artists. Critical Messages makes a point of emphasizing the ecological diversity of the region: It is not just coastal tidal pools and endangered old growth forests, but the grasslands of the Palouse as well. Another important contribution that this (not incidentally) good-looking show makes is to bring attention to art being made today on a more accessible scale in both traditional and nontraditional mediums, and that there is more going on in this genre than the increasingly popular large-scale sculptural installations that tend to dwarf or envelop the viewer. The BAM exhibit is a reaffirmation of the art object, with artists dramatically conveying their message in painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Curated by Sarah Clark-Langager, director of the Western Gallery at Western Washington University in Bellingham, in collaboration with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Critical Messages includes a number of names familiar to those who have followed Northwest art over the years. Old hands like Rick Bartow, Michael Brophy, Lanny DeVuono, Craig Langager, Buster Simpson and others mix with a younger generation of artists, some of whom, like John Grade, will be familiar to BAM patrons and Boiseans who know the Seattle art scene. The cumulative years of experience represented here make for an interesting blend of techniques and perspectives. As curatorially conceived, the exhibit is thematically more WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Karen Rudd, Last Stand: Cedar, recycled cardboard, lower section: 48.5 by 98 by 96 inches, upper section: 18 by 30 by 30 inches, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

Michael Brophy, Beaver Trade, oil on canvas, 78 by 83.5 inches, 2002. Boise Art Museum permanent collection.

than a bit complicated. In her catalog essay, Clark-Langager identifies 11 categories characterizing the environmental issues faced by the region and touched on by its artists. These are not neatly delineated—there is considerable overlap since any particular artist’s contributions often address more than one of these issues. This explains why different works by several artists are found in various parts of the show. Trying to keep track of it all can be a daunting task, necessitating reading the ample wall texts and artist statements. While BAM has streamlined the process by not posting every category, this is not an exhibit for viewers in a hurry. But it is time well spent. Whether or not a particular piece strikes your fancy, these are works that look both directly and obliquely within us and examine how our routine habits—even with the best of intentions—have an unforeseen impact. It is a message which says, in the words of the catalog’s guest essayist, William Dietrich, “technological cleverness has outrun stewardship’s wisdom.” That we are by no means entering the den of angry environmental activists but rather a realm of sensitive, yet provocative art is further affirmed at the entrance of the show’s first gallery. There is a serenity to much of this work and a palpable sense that there is more to see than initially meets the eye. The promise of discovery invites you to take your time with the art and view it with an open mind. For example, Karen Rudd’s timeless sculpture Last Stand: Cedar strikes the keynote with its mixture of strangeness and familiarity. Rudd’s meticulous re-creation of a preserved old-growth cedar stump recently discovered in WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

western Washington is a memento mori made more poignant by the fact that she has sculpted it in densely layered corrugated cardboard, an end product of the forest industry. A large, severed section of tree suspended above is a surreal symbol of the systematic dismantling of ancient forests. A kindred spirit of Rudd’s with a prominent presence in the exhibit is Oregon painter Michael Brophy, whose dramatic canvases also reference the region’s depleted natural resources. Brophy is a strong painter; his canvases are often filled with off-center compositional quirks, partial views and anonymous traces of human encounters. In one of his three works in the show, the 2004 Tree Curtain, heavy drapery parts to reveal a clear-cut wasteland. It is not as incongruous an image as you might suppose. Think of those mountain highways throughout the Northwest where a fringe, roadside stand of trees has been left to shield a viewer’s eyes from the desolation beyond—a Potemkin Village of greenery geared to soothe eyes and conscience. It is interesting how the landscape tradition in painting is used in these environmental critiques through the unconventional use of color, which in the hands of these artists becomes an innovative formal element. Philip Govedare, in his oils on canvas Excavation #3 and Flood, depicts aerial scenes in which the land and sky blend together in a mix of pollutiontainted natural and unnatural hues. No factories or cars are in sight, and the culprit could just as well be the “unintended consequence of the human impact on a fragile environment” as the calculated machinations of industry. In either case, they make for haunting panoramas. The mixed-media paintings of

Cynthia Camlin, Melted #10, watercolor, ink, acrylic, 60 by 52 inches, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

Canadian Margaretha Bootsma, on the other hand, leave no doubt who is to blame for environmental blight. Her shoreline views with murky, shallow waters and heavy skies have a dirty haze over them, like looking through a filthy window. In Construction II, a mammoth industrial structure is parked right in the water’s edge, just beyond the bathers and strollers. Yet particularly disturbing is the fact these weekenders seem totally oblivious to the state of things, as if the presence of such conditions no longer phases them. It is difficult to know what to make of Adam Sorensen’s electric landscapes, in which normal mountains, water and vegetation are rendered in the most artificial, Day-Glo-like colors, another instance of familiar grandeur and alien effect. Sorensen describes his technique as “a liberal misuse of color,” and the result resembles another poisoned, chemically altered natural habitat. His Hide Out, with its dark cliffs and high-key colors, is a forbidding, strangely compelling scene, like stumbling into Mordor on acid. Particularly impressive are Cynthia Camlin’s large-scale watercolor/acrylic/ink paintings on paper from her Extremities series, which are both above- and below-surface portraits of arctic ice, broken from the ice pack and adrift at sea. Movingly executed, they float as the proverbial “tip of the iceberg,” contrasting the minimal remnants of exposed ice to the immense submerged ice forms attached below. They seem almost mammalian, like whales flashing their humps as they cruise below the surface. They are some of the most eloquent images of the exhibit.

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Craig Langager, Tille, All Primped and Ready for Wall Street, poultry feathers, urethane, lobster claw, 72 by 34 inches, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

Cynthia Camlin, Melted #5, watercolor, ink, acrylic, 60 by 52 inches, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

Steve Davis, Lime, Oregon, archival inkjet print, 40 by 50 inches, 2007-09. Courtesy of James Harris Gallery.

The sculptural component of the exhibit is both earthy and, well, feathery. Jan Hopkins creates vessels and basket-like forms from found skins, shells and rinds that exude an intelligent optimism about alternative resources. Susan Robb has two installation-size works in the show. Her muddled reference to Walter de Maria’s famous 1977 outdoor installation Lighting Field, which she has transformed into a symbol of the animal kingdom’s surrender to “ecological assault,” just does not click. Conceptually confusing, its combination of materials and forms is rather cold, and the intended “narrative of triumph and destruction” does not resonate. More successful is her audio piece Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment in which she re-creates how plants exchange ecological information to their mutual benefit, whispering to each other, “It’s in the air; it’s in the water.” Two Washington sculptors offer beautifully crafted, unique perspectives on the environment. Matt Sellars’ hand carved and painted trawlers stranded on a lifeless, waterless plain is a powerful image of oceanic changes and a diminishing, over-fished resource. Craig Lan-

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gager’s dolled-up, mutated birds made from feathers, urethane and shell/bone are an amusing commentary on our technological tinkering with the food chain, animal genetics, and meeting the demands of human consumption. His Tille, All Primped and Ready for Wall Street with its Phyllis Diller hairdo, feather/ faux-fur coat, and painted nails is a clever combination of twisted human attributes and misguided science. No exhibit of contemporary Northwest environmental art would be complete without John Grade, whose sculptural projects epitomize the “artist and nature as co-agents” theme of the show. He has introduced a fresh paradigm into environmental art by which he creates art through landscape. Collector, constructed from a latticework of laminated teak wood, was immersed for one year in the waters off the Washington coast, where it became host to oysters, seaweed, shells and barnacles. Removed from the bay and its oysters harvested, the piece with its remaining marine debris was transported to the Utah desert. During the journey, it acquired bug guts WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Adam Sorensen, Hide Out, oil on linen, 64 by 47 inches, 2009. Courtesy of James Harris Gallery.

John Grade, Collector, wood, 72 by 78 by 8 inches, 2007. Courtesy of Davidson Galleries.

Vaughn Bell, Village Green, glass biospheres, 27 by 42 by 26 inches each, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

and road dust. There, it was suspended in a framework for local birds and insects to feast on. The work on view is the end result, a sculpture constantly in transition, added to, and subtracted from via the environment. By relinquishing ultimate control over his art, Grade allows nature to finish—or perpetuate—the piece, leaving a history of the process. There is a mutual reinforcement in BAM’s triangulation of Robb’s audio sculpture, Langager’s Tille and Grade’s Collector. Robb’s work, with its incantation of “It’s in the air; it’s in the water,” serves as a background narration to Collector’s double environmental experience, while Langager’s birds are often an instrument of these various processes. Part of the intrigue of this exhibit is the way individual works collaborate in revealing the nuances of an entwined ecology. Photography and printmaking play a significant role in Critical Messages. Idahoan Laura McPhee’s evocative chromogenic prints of open range and forest scenes in Custer County are poetic portraits of isolated areas with only hints of a human presence that WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

nevertheless leaves its mark. The photography of Washington’s Chris Jordan is practically indecipherable from painting. His “Running the Numbers” series is composed of detailed, large-scale, ink-jet prints which are composites of thousands of smaller photographs that create handsome yet nightmarish landscapes out of the staggering statistics on human consumption. Plastic Bottles seems at first like an immense pointillist abstraction until it registers as a sea of empty discards representing a mosaic of industries—plastics (ergo petroleum), paper, commodification of water, processed beverages—on a staggering, yet very real scale. The vastness of the landscapes portrayed or captured in these works and the iconic West, which in its immensity would seem impervious to actions of mere mortals, is striking. In Critical Messages we are the beast who, wittingly or not, manages to cumulatively and negatively violate many forms of natural beauty. This exhibit appeals, though, to the sensitive, intelligent side of the beast which, like in the fable, may redeem us in the end.

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Christoph Rehage gets a shave and a haircut after a 3,000-mile walk in The Longest Way.

SUNDAY-MONDAY FEB. 6-7 Costaki Walkie Talkie.




comedy COSTAKI ECONOMOPOULOS If blessed with a name like Costaki Economopoulos, one might foster a career in the food industry: “Welcome to Costaki’s. Would you like to try our spanakopita, moussaka and baklava special?” Or one might go into comedy. Economopoulos, who will perform at Reef on Friday, Feb. 4, chose the second route. Economopoulos spent the last couple of decades not only honing his craft, but also pursuing ways he could make a living as a full-time comic—something he knew he wanted to do from the time he was at the University of Georgia studying political science. Though he can now afford to spend less time on the road and more time at home with his wife and kid—with gigs like his weekly spot, “The Economonologue” on the highly rated Bob and Tom radio show—he never had any delusions of monetary grandeur. “Unlike most of my peers, I set the bar very low,” Economopoulos said. “When I was in college, my goal was to make $20,000 a year telling jokes. I still remember doing my taxes the first time that was true. I fucking cried. It was a beautiful moment for me. I remember thinking, ‘I am a full-time comic.’” Although he’s married to someone he admits is far more famous than he—fellow comic Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)—there are a couple of other reasons to go see Economopoulos when he’s here in town: He’s an incredible joke craftsman, and if you ask nicely, he might give you the family recipe for keftedakia. 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,


cess of the first Sun Valley Nordic Festival in 2010, more than 30 area organizations are partnering up again to put on the nine-day event. Whether you are an avid cross-countr y skier or just enjoy all the great food, music, art and people watching that Ketchum and Sun Valley have to offer, the Sun Valley Nordic Festival

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is bound to be your bucket of snow. This year’s event lineup is filled with many more outdoor activities including competitive and non competitive skiing, twilight ski activities, snowshoe races and dance competitions. To cap off the plethora of festivities, the Nordic Festival will culminate with

It’s tough to plan an outdoor getaway after the holidays. When you’re strapped for cash, it’s painful just thinking about that kayaking trip your friends have talked about for months. Well, on Sunday, Feb. 6, and Monday, Feb. 7, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to town and will show a number of award-winning short films ranging from outdoor action sports to environmental movies, which should help quench your thirst for mountain adventure. Though it might not be the same as an actual trip, tickets for the Banff Film Festival are $13-$15, which is a heck of a lot more affordable. In conjunction with the screenings on Sunday, Feb. 6, a raffle will be held to benefit the Bogus Basin Junior Nordic Team. On Monday, Feb. 7, the Reef will also host a dinner and a movie night. For $39 per person, you get a full meal followed by a visual getaway at the film festival at the nearby Egyptian Theatre. These dinner and a movie tickets will be limited to the first 50 buyers, and proceeds benefit the Snow School at Bogus Basin. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, while the film festival begins at 7 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday nights at the Egyptian Theatre. Take a date, go with friends or go alone if that’s your style, and get ready to sate your mid-winter wanderlust. Sunday, Feb. 6, and Monday, Feb., 7, $13-$15 movie, $39 dinner and movie. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

the Boulder Mountain Tour and Half Boulder, a 32K cross-countr y race boasting up to 1,000 par ticipants ever y year. The Wood River Valley boasts 300 days of sunshine a year and breathtaking landscapes, with more than 200 kilometers of groomed ski trails for both classic and skating techniques. Wednesday, Feb. 2-Sunday, Feb. 6; Price and location var y by event. Sun Valley. For more information, call 208-788-6751 or visit

THURSDAYSUNDAY FEB. 3-6 theater STAGE COACH THEATRE’S BEDSIDE MANNERS Is it wiser to moralize about infidelity or play it off to your advantage? In Bedside Manners, British playwright Derek Benfield explores the latter scenario. The comedic farce follows Ferris through a single evening as he takes care

of his vacationing sister’s rustic hotel. Confronted with the wanton infidelity of his patrons, Ferris agrees to keep ever yone’s affairs under wraps for a price. This is complicated when the guests’ spouses have secret romantic getaways of their own at the same hotel. Ferris struggles to keep the cheating couples from crossing paths. Allison Remley directs Stage Coach Theatre’s version of this production, with the help of actors Jodi Nelson Deerfield, Brian Zuber, Layne Taylor, Greg Simons and Darian Barovetto. Stage Coach was reWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




Hot pink lace-up boots are the epitome of Elle-gant.


Don’t miss smiley Maile Meloy at the Egyptian Theatre.

bend and snap LEGALLY BLONDE Blondes get a bad rap. And tabloid blondes like Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson haven’t been helpful in dispelling fair-haired stereotypes. Dolly Parton had a good handle on the pressures of blonditude when she said, “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb ... and I also know that I’m not blonde.” Although Parton is a notorious bottle-blonde, blondes everywhere who are sick of the masses judging them according to the trappings of the few blonde reality TV wash-outs should take note: Parton built a multi-million dollar franchise out of being a ditzy blonde, which includes her very own theme park. Parton learned to play the part, showing it’s not actually about the color of your hair, but what you make of yourself. If you’re a blonde, or just in need of an uplifting, good time, then you’re in luck. This week, Fred Meyer’s Broadway in Boise will bring Legally Blonde the musical to the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. The musical has been adapted from the popular MGM film, and Elle Woods is at the top of her game, proving blonde or not, she can take on Harvard Law School. With three shows running Monday, Feb. 7, through Wednesday, Feb. 9, there are plenty of chances to check out the show Time magazine called “an Elle of a show.” Monday, Feb. 7-Wednesday, Feb. 9; 7:30 p.m.; $28-$50.50. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1110,

cently forced to vacate the space it had been operating in for the last 14 years, but the theater company is using temporar y locations while searching for a home. All per formances of Bedside Manners will be held at the Idaho Outdoor Association.


Thursday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., $12; Friday, Feb. 4-Saturday, Feb. 5, 8:15 p.m., $15; Sunday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m. $12. Idaho Outdoor Association, 3401 Brazil St., Boise, 208-342-2000,

TUESDAY FEB. 8 reading MAILE MELOY Everyone is talking about Maile Meloy. Author Curtis Sittenfeld said: “She’s such a talented and unpredictable writer that I’m officially joining her fan club.” When reviewing her latest book—Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It—The Los Angeles Times raved about her skill as a storyteller: “Superbly crafted, these hard little tales wind through the ways people fail to relate to each other and even to themselves.” Even mighty Oprah deemed Meloy’s writing as worthy of note, saying it’s “like a Bruce Springsteen album sounds: raw with a tender wildness and loaded with adolescent ache.” But these accolades are nothing new. Meloy is the author of two novels and two short-story collections and is fast on her way to becoming a literary rock star. In her relatively short career, Meloy has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Hot damn. But now, it’s Meloy’s turn to talk. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Meloy joins Idaho writer-in-residence Tony Doerr for The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations series at the Egyptian Theatre. Meloy and Doerr will come together for one night of reading and discussion about their work, illuminating their respective points of view and answering any questions the audience dares to ask. So scratch that lit itch and join these two authors for an evening filled with culture and conversation. But buy soon: according to The Cabin, the first floor has already sold out. 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-331-8000,

The decline in the volume of snail mail sent and received by Americans is such that the price of postage goes up every week, and the U.S. Postal Service is considering no longer offering Saturday delivery to make up for lost revenues. It’s sad because there is still something so wonder ful and anticipator y about receiving a package. What if that package contained shoes, a handbag or jewelr y? Better yet, what if that package contained one of those items chosen for you based on a style profile? Best of all, what if it arrived at your doorstep each month for $39.95? hits on something brilliant. A quick profile gives stylists an idea of whether you’re more Ke$ha or Madonna, dig Stella McCartney or Dolce and Gabbana, and then they give you five trendy items to choose from. You can always skip a month if nothing selected tickles your fancy, shipping is free and returns are easy. It’s an innovative approach that everyone from Oprah magazine to The Today Show to Forbes to has praised. guarantees that at least one day a month, you will make your postal carrier’s day with the giant grin on your face as he or she hands you your package. —Amy Atkins

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY FEB. 2 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—A discussion forum showcasing a different local nonprofit each month, along with with a silent auction and local music. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL—A week-long festival celebrating one of the world’s premier ski spots. Highlights include snowshoeing, skiing, music festival and a fundraiser for the upkeep of the trail system surrounding the area, ice sculptures and races. Visit for details. Price varies by event. Sun Valley. See Picks, Page 14 MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL— Celebrate all things winter in the mountain town. Activities for the entire family include snow sculptures, live music, carnival games, snowshoe golf, fundraising events for local charities and lots of food and drinks. Visit for a complete list of events and details. Price varies by event. McCall.

On Stage COSTAKI ECONOMOPOULOS—Comic talks about family, being a father and vegetarian meatballs. 8 p.m. $12 adv., $15 day of show. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, reefboise. com. See Picks, Page 14 NORWAY—Idaho native Samuel D. Hunter wrote this play about two college friends and their ultimate relationship. 8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, NORWAY PRE-SHOW FUNDRAISER—Enjoy drinks and snacks during this pre-show party/fundraiser for the Pride Foundation, then catch the play and join the actors for a discussion afterwards. 6:30 p.m. $20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224,

Workshops & Classes WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING—Series of four classes focusing on planning and perfecting a water-efficient lawn. Class meets on four consecutive Wednesdays. To register call 208-362-7336 or e-mail 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200,

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

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Kids & Teens

Odds & Ends

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 if you don’t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR—You don’t have to speak Basque and there are no try-outs, just singing. Please call 208-853-0678 or e-mail for more info. 6 p.m. FREE, 208853-0678.

TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY—Take on a leadership role in helping plan events by becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board. Gain experience in program planning and satisfy volunteer hours for school. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,

THURSDAY FEB. 3 Festivals & Events SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL—See Wednesday. Price varies by event. Sun Valley. MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL— See Wednesday. Price varies by event. McCall.

NOISE/CD REVIEW CAKE: SHOWROOM OF COMPASSION After a seven-year hiatus, ’90s alt-rock staple Cake released its seventh record, Showroom of Compassion (Upbeat Records). Recorded entirely in a solar-powered sound studio, the release isn’t just off the electrical grid. Somehow surviving into the rocky music world of 2011, Cake’s known for a noapologies blend of satirical, talk-sung lyrics with wacky synth sounds, aggressive rock instrumentals and gratuitous brass (which isn’t ska). And Showroom is no exception. Rather than evolve into something more contemporary, Cake has boldly stuck to its brand of rock. The album opens with an overtly political epic titled “Federal Funding,” which speaks like Cream’s “Politician” but with the best parts of Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4” and the classic Cake of Comfort Eagle to boot. John McCrea’s monotone balances out a piano interlude and harrowing bass line. “Sick of You” charted as the album’s first single and is a perfect gateway into the days when Beck’s “Loser” was making the rounds on MTV. The album is squeaky clean. It feels as though the band went back and listened to everything it had made in its 20-year career, and found ways to do it one better. “Bound Away” manages to seem vintage folk, mariachi and modern-day indie. At the other end, the same pairing of synth, brass and rock that garnered them major success with “The Distance” is rife in “Easy to Crash.” This song shows experimentation in the work done by the guitars, the synth funk lines and the brass accoutrements. “Clouds hung hugely and oppressively,” McCrea drones, “We didn’t notice, we didn’t care.” There’s something to love for both the faithful and new Cake fans. A long hiatus could’ve meant relative obscurity, and pandering to only the fan base. Rather, Cake smoothed the rough edges of its musicianship, and came out better for it. —Andrew Crisp WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT On Stage BEDSIDE MANNERS— Stage Coach Theatre presents this farce about one crazy spring night in the country. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise, 208-3422000, See Picks, Page 14 NORWAY—8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224, STEEL MAGNOLIAS— The story of several women whose lives, loves, secrets, pain and strengths are shared in the setting of a Southern beauty parlor. Purchase tickets at 7 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.

WATERCOLOR PAINTING— Learn to paint with watercolors in this four-session class that meets on Thursday nights in February. 7-9 p.m. $58. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL—See Wednesday. Price varies by event. Sun Valley.

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,

BEDSIDE MANNERS— See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise, 208-342-2000,

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,

Food & Drink BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-658-1364,

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

TEA AND TAROT—Hostess Midge Woods pairs delicious tea with teachings about each Major Arcana tarot card. Take your friends and your cards for an opportunity to practice readings. 7:15 p.m. $10. Spirit at Work Books & Beyond, 710 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-388-3884,


There’s something for everyone at the

MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL— See Wednesday. Price varies by event. McCall.

NORWAY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, PITA PUN—The Prairie Dog players put a new spin on the childhood classic. 7:15 p.m. $8-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208336-7383, STEEL MAGNOLIAS— See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. TOTALLY RANDOM VARIETY SHOW—Launch party for Totally Random sweet wine featuring belly, sword, burlesque and ribbon dancers competing for $200 cold hard cash. 8 p.m. $5. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise.

This Friday & Saturday! Feb 4 &5 Fri 12 - 6 p.m Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m Admission Only $2 free with your Boise Weekly card

Festivals & Events HOKUM HOEDOWN—The Hokum Hi-Flyers will provide the dance tunes, and various callers will direct you where to go during this monthly square dance. The whole family is welcome, Pie Hole will dish up pizza and there will be a full bar for those with ID. 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

Workshops & Classes INTRO TO POTTERY—Learn to center clay and use a potter’s wheel to make simple stoneware. Class fee covers materials, the four-session course and firing. 7-9 p.m. $58. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Art FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST GALLERY—Woodriver Cellars highlights a different local artist every month and hosts the featured artist to present and discuss their art. On the first Friday of the month, guests enjoy the scenery of the winery, art, live music, food and awardwinning wines. 6-10 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463,

Kids & Teens IGNITE YOUTH—High school students can take the stage to share their ideas or present information on a topic they find interesting. They get five minutes and can use up to 20 slides. Register at ignite. 7 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Rocky Mountain High School, 5450 N. Linder Road, Meridian, 208-350-4340, rmhs. PUPPET SHOW—Best friends Dog and Cat get into an argument and have to figure out a way to resolve their differences. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200,

Odds & Ends ART AND SCIENCE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE—Meet doctors and ask questions about naturopathic medicine. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Natural Health, 4219 Emerald St., 208-3380405,


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Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL—See Wednesday. Price varies by event. Sun Valley.

SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL—See Wednesday. Price varies by event. Sun Valley.

MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL— See Wednesday. Price varies by event. McCall.

MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL— See Wednesday. Price varies by event. McCall.

On Stage

On Stage

BEDSIDE MANNERS— See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise, 208-342-2000,

BEDSIDE MANNERS— See Thursday. 2 p.m. $12-$15. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise, 208-342-2000,

NORWAY—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,


PITA PUN—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $8-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, pdplayhouse. com. STEEL MAGNOLIAS— See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.

Workshops & Classes 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,

DIDO AND AENEAS—Boise Baroque Orchestra presents Purcell’s opera and Vivaldi’s “Concerto For Two Flutes.” 2 p.m. $15-$20, FREE for children 17 and younger with paid adult. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.

Odds & Ends ARTFUL BRA EXHIBIT—Exhibit of decorated bras created in the spirit of finding a cure for breast cancer. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Three Oaks Academy and Clinic, 211 W. State St., 208-3423430,

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID SUNDAYS—Free pool tournament and karaoke. What better way to spend a Sunday? Noon-6 p.m. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430.

MONDAY FEB. 7 On Stage LEGALLY BLONDE— This is the Broadway musical version of the hit movie about stylish sorority girl Elle Woods, who discovers that being true to oneself never goes out of style. 7:30 p.m. $28-$50.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, See Picks, Page 15

Calls to Artists 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. To submit your artwork for BW’s cover, bring it to BWHQ. For more information contact Art Director Leila Rader at leila@boiseweekly. com. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055,

Kids & Teens CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION—Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with an informative program followed by arts and crafts and a parade. 1 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208562-4996.

Animals & Pets GOT NEWF?—Newf is short for Newfoundland, one of the giant breeds of dogs. If you have one, then get together with other dogs and owners and play. For more information, e-mail tandb26@ 5 p.m. FREE. Morris Hill Park, NE corner of N. Roosevelt and Alpine streets., Boise.

Odds & Ends BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then salsa it up with a live DJ while enjoying drinks and snacks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

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

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8 DAYS OUT Literature SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS—Monthly meeting featuring a discussion on writing, illustrating and publishing children’s books. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE for SCBWI members, $3 nonmembers. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229,

Citizen EAGLE KIWANIS LUNCHEON— Grab lunch and learn how you can become a member and help serve the community. 11:45 a.m. FREE. MickeyRay’s Roadhouse Barbecue, 395 W. State St., Eagle, 208-939-7427, NETWORKING JOB CLUB—Networking Job Club meets to offer leads and tips on finding a job. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0011.

Kids & Teens MINI MASTERS CLASS—Art class for kids with a different focus on technique and theme every week. 4 p.m. FREE. Donations accepted. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940,


ON THE TRAIL: DOGSLEDDING—Dog sledder Linda Carlsgaard and some of her sled dogs will be visiting the librar y to introduce kids to the spor t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Librar y, 10664 W. Victor y Road, Boise, 208-3620181,

Odds & Ends

TUESDAY FEB. 8 On Stage LEGALLY BLONDE— See Monday. 7:30 p.m. $28-$50.50. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,

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

Workshops & Classes

HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK OPEN HOUSE—Open house for anyone interested in learning more about a holistic approach to parenting. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett St., Garden City, 208-658-1710,

BEEKEEPING IN YOUR BACK YARD—A local beekeeper will answer your questions about keeping bees in your own back yard. 7 p.m. FREE. Librar y at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrar

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, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL— Watch the game here and get in on drink specials, including $2 Coors Light drafts and $4 shots of Jameson. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430.

Literature KIDS’ CLUB—The featured book is Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story about two kids’ walk across the Sudan. 4-6 p.m. FREE for SCBWI members, $3 nonmembers. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229,

READING AND CONVERSATIONS SERIES—Celebrated authors Malie Meloy and Anthony Doerr will read from and speak about their published work. Presented by The Cabin. 7:30 p.m. $12-$35. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre. net. See Picks, Page 15

Talks & Lectures STOP ALIEN INVADERS—Discover how to control invasive weeds. Part of the Wild About Life lecture series. 7 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208467-9278,

Odds & Ends BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-5142531, BOOZE CLUES—Trivia and prizes with the one and only E.J. Pettinger. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344. COMEDY NIGHT—Test out your routine during open mic night. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430.



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LAST CALL TRIVIA—Prove that you know random info, and win cool stuff. 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485, PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at secondhand stores. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3849008, POKER—See Thursday. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208321-1811.


3DUHQW·V 1LJKW2XW While you’re out making the most of your few precious hours of freedom, our licensed staff will make sure that everyone has loads of laughs, plays hard, and enjoys Planet Kid indoor playground, rock climbing, inflatable games, gym games, and foam pit play!

Saturday, February 12 208-376-3641 Off I-84 near Cole and Overland

On Stage LEGALLY BLONDE— See Monday. 7:30 p.m. $28-$50.50. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, NORWAY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporar y Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage the continuation of their work. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Offering writers a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 208331-8000,

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—See Wednesday. 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 like Super Smash Bros. and Lego Rock Band and more on six screens with other gamers. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, 208362-0181,

Odds & Ends BOISE UKULELE GROUP—Instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome, no age limit. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Lane, Meridian.

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Mark (Arthur Glen Hughes) asks Brent (Clint Morris) to help him come to terms with his son Andy’s (Evan Sesek) suicide.

NORWAY AT BCT Boise Contemporary Theater’s production of Norway by Idaho native Samuel D. Hunter is heartbreaking, endearing, haunting and insightful in ways that remind audiences of the power of live theater, weaving a bond between viewers and characters and creating a shared experience that lingers in the mind for days. Norway marks the first time one of Hunter’s plays has been performed in Idaho, and the BCT staging is a co-world premiere of this touching story. From the opening scene, the audience is thrust into a stark, cold world as one-time high school friends Brent and Andy meet under a light post in a parking lot in Lewiston. Soon after, Andy (Evan Sesek) strips off all his clothing in that same parking lot, and commits suicide by freezing to death. From that point on, the audiences is taken along as Andy’s grieving father, Mark (Arthur Glen Hughes) desperately tries to put his son’s death into Norway runs through Saturday, Feb. 19. some kind of context that fits within the regimented confines BOISE CONTEMPORARY of his world. As an ex-military, THEATER fundamentalist Christian preach854 Fulton St. 208-331-9224 er, Mark’s world is black and white. Complicating Mark’s reality is Brent (Clint Morris), who was forced to out himself as a teenager and whose very existence is an affront to everything Mark clings to. Brent is a touring pianist, and when Mark discovers that Andy spent the last months of his life following Brent’s performances, he tracks down and confronts Brent, demanding to know the truth about his son. What follows is a downward spiral played out through flashbacks and juxtaposed against Brent’s interpretation of the work of Beethoven, which he plays fast and loud to challenge listeners to reexamine the classics. He explains that just because we’re used to hearing them one way, doesn’t mean that’s the only way to play them. The music, like life, depends on who’s behind the keyboard. The music leads the way as the characters explore ideas of personal identity, expectations, love and happiness, all set against a winter backdrop—a season that seems to promote reflection. All three actors turn in strong performances, and Hughes and Sesek both open windows into characters tortured by a growing loss of control. Morris is a standout; his ease and humor provide needed grounding, and his musical skills—he performs on a baby grand piano placed at center stage—are an impressive addition. A simple set of parking lot lines, a light pole and the piano— coupled with restrained lighting—help illuminate the characters’ raw emotions, and the stark, cold landscape creates a powerful reality that leaves the audience with something to think about. —Deanna Darr WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


THE TRUTH BEHIND FICTION 101 Winners of Boise Weekly contest read short and sweet fiction SHEREE WHITELEY



reaction,” Christensen says. “People facing Don’t let the phrase “Fiction 101” scare you. job she could obtain, most of which she calls extraordinary situations, how they behave “very unglamorous.” She also ran a literary This won’t require any late-night typing or and why. I think it’s something everyone can magazine with a friend for three years, leads painful peer-editing. This Fiction 101 only relate to.” requests that you head to Rediscovered Book- a number of workshops for writers and was Christensen—whose entry “The Anniverthe featured storyteller at Story Story Night on shop on Thursday, Feb. 3, and sit back and sary” includes the words “pink,” “crunchy,” Jan. 31. However, McKetta says her greatest listen to the power 101 words can have. In November 2010 Boise Weekly held our Ninth Annual Fiction 101 contest. We received more than 100 entries of super-succinct word art, and dished out cash to the winners as selected by a panel of judges. The Jan. 6 issue of BW featured the winning entries, and now many of those writers will bring their masterpieces to life when they read them aloud as part of First Thursday festivities. This was the second year that Rick Ardinger, executive director of the Idaho Humanities Council and owner of Limberlost Press, helped judge the contest. He says picking winners was no easy feat, but ultimately he chose “something that struck me immediately and is memorable, and also something that lasts with me.” Ardinger says he has seen the Boise literary and arts scene mature during the past 30 years. “The arts scene has definitely changed— it’s amazing,” Ardinger says. “In 1980 I knew one person published by a New York publisher; now that has changed tremendously. We have world-class writers in Boise and across Idaho.” Illustration for second-place winner Michael Prenn’s “Shoot The Dog, Burn the Truck.” We’d like to think of Fiction 101 as a contributor to that growth, offering a platform upon which writers are allowed to “guts” and “pooped”—had been so busy look anywhere for inspiration, albeit within a accomplishment is her new baby girl, who arrived two days before McKetta learned she had with grad school applications, he forgot he’d strict 101-word guideline. entered the contest. He didn’t discover that placed in the Fiction 101 contest. First-place winner Jesus Jose Silveyra he’d won until he logged onto boiseweekly. “It really was a reaffirming thing,” McTapia, a citizen of Mexico, says his writKetta says of her eventful week. “[It was] kind com after a night on the town. ing stems from “frustration and ignorance.” The day after discovering his victory, Chrisof the merging of both continents of writing Tapia’s cites Juarez, Chihuahua—the city he tensen was featured on the Boise Public Radio and motherhood.” grew up in and where he currently lives—as a Honorable-mention winner Daniel Clausen program Writer’s Block. source for inspiration. Juarez is considered one “It’s kind of like hitting a home run,” describes finding out that he’d placed in the of the most dangerous cities in the world. Christensen explains. “All of my hard work contest as “a fist-pump moment.” “I can’t say if that’s true, but it seems “To know that someone else enjoys what is starting to pay off. I think everyone wants like every time I take a breath, a person dies I write, that’s always encouraging,” he says. to have opportunities to share what they’ve violently,” Tapia says. “It’s frustrating. It’s worked hard on.” Clausen, who incomprehensible. After obtaining a degree in psychology from grew up in Idaho, is So, out of ignorance, an outdoors enthusi- Idaho State University, Christensen worked I try to create worlds Fiction 101 Readings as a mental-health specialist and then decided ast—he climbed Mt. that function on inner First Thursday, 6 p.m., FREE that he wanted to take a different direction. Borah in 2008—and rules ... Truth is really REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP “I want to do what’s going to make me hapis currently working stranger than fiction.” 180 N. Eighth St. py,” Christensen says. “And that’s writing.” on a master’s of fine Tapia’s short-term 208-376-4229 Christensen’s long-term goals include pubarts degree at Boise literary goal is to finlishing short stories, teaching and giving back State. He pictures ish his first book, and to the community that he says has given him his winning entry, he hopes “to be able so much. to write a story that’s as wonderful on paper as “What a Shot Can Do,” in which a man McKetta, Christensen, Clausen and several kneels in the cold gray of morning waitit is in my head.” other winners will be in attendance and ready ing for a doe, taking place somewhere like Third-place winner Elisabeth Sharp Mcto read on Thursday, Feb. 3. Unfortunately, Owyhee County. Ketta believes that “everything is fodder for Tapia will be unable to attend, although his Honorable-mention winner Tyler Chrisfiction” and uses part real-life experiences and winning story, “Radio Sound Designer,” read tensen also draws inspiration from real life— part fiction in her works. After finishing her by his publisher, promises to be one of the and a little from his psychology degree. undergraduate degree at Harvard, McKetta highlights of the evening. “I’m interested in cognitive action versus took a year off and accepted every freelance WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East Side BASQUE MARKET—Enjoy tapas and wine tasting and stock up for Valentine’s Day with 10 percent off select bottles of bubbly and sweets. 5-8 p.m. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208433-1208, BESIDE BARDENAY—Join Opera Idaho for the annual Puccini Martini Blast for an evening of music, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Drinks are not included in ticket price, but are available. $20. 612 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538,


DRAGONFLY—Take 40 percent off all winter coats, jackets and accessories through Saturday, Feb. 5. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208338-9234,

IDAHO INDIE WORKS—Craft a valentine and contribute to Operation Valentine, which sends love to our troops around the world. FREE. 106 N. Sixth St., Boise.

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—Art is 1 displayed, and bidding begins for the annual Valentine For AIDS silent

MELTING POT—$5 wine specials and 25 percent off cheese and chocolate fondue in the bar. 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-383-0900,

auction and benefit for the Safety Net for AIDS Program. See Page 28 for more. FREE. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320,

MOXIE JAVA—Your choice of 20 percent off any coffee drink or a free cookie with any drink purchase. 570 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-9033,

PENGILLY’S—Live music with the Frim Fram Four. FREE. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

South Side


ATOMIC TREASURES—An eclectic mix of vintage, retro, art and found objects on sale. Featuring found-object art by local artist Pamela McKnight. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-0811,


BOISE ART MUSEUM—Studio Art Exploration: Combine materials to produce artwork that can be illuminated, as Stephen Knapp has done with pieces from his current exhibit “Lightpaintings.” FREE. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, BOISE ART GLASS—Make your own heart5 shaped paperweight—$40 for a 30 minute session, or enjoy snacks and a demonstration for free. 5-11 p.m. $35. 530 W. Myrtle, Boise, 208345-1825, BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY—Kick off the library’s First Thursday event series with music from Shakin’ Not Stirred. FREE. 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, BROWN’S GALLERY—Featuring jewelry by 6 Neil Schornock, encaustic works by Barbara Michener and glass art by Tamara Coatsworth. Enjoy wine tasting, music by Dr. Todd Palmer and free chair massage from Yvette Zoe. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 408 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-6661. CASA DEL SOL—$5 margaritas, $2 tacos, $2 Tecate drafts and live music by Miguel Gonzales. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-3660. THE COLE MARR GALLERY/COFFEE 7 HOUSE—View traditional black and white photos by David Marr. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630. EIGHTH STREET MARKETPLACE AT BODO— 8 View Chad Eperling’s mixed-media paintings on the second floor, along with Bryan Moore’s acrylic, oil and mixed-media paintings on found boards. The basement is home to Amber Grubb’s photo images. Part of the Artist in Residence program. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, Boise, 208-338-5212, 8thstreetmarketplace. com. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM—Ac9 tor/scholar Michael Oakes will tell the story of Jack London’s life as part of Boise’s Big Read event. Also view the exhibit “Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure” featuring toys made from found objects by children from impoverished nations around the world. 5-9 p.m. Donations accepted. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208334-2120, LUNATIC FRINGE SALON—Make an appointment tonight and receive a complimentary deepconditioning treatment on your next visit. 874 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-955-0400. QUE PASA—Check out the best selection of Mexican artwork in town, including wall fountains, silver, pottery and blown glass. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9018. R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART 10 GLASS—Check out the heart-shaped jewelry made from steel antique furniture nails enhanced with precious metals and stones created by Robert Grey Kaylor in honor of Valentine’s Day. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337, RENEWAL CONSIGNMENT HOME11 WARES—Part of the Artist in Residence program. Features work from painter Lauren T. Kistner and metalsmith artist Alicia Jane Boswell on the lower level. Also featuring work by Ed Anderson and Gus Johnson in The Fulton Street Showroom. 517 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3385444. SALON 162—Collaborative works by Peter 12 Schott and Jeff Baker: mixed media on random flat surfaces. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-386-9908. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Enjoy sweet treats, 20 percent off case prices and get Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your sweetheart. 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-345-9463. SOLID—Complimentary scotch tasting, 13 music from Ryan Wissinger and an art show starting at 4 p.m. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

Central Downtown AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Great gifts for Valentine’s Day, plus all fall and winter merchandise is 50 to 80 percent off. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, Boise, 208-433-0872.

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landscapes. FREE. 928 W. Main St., Boise, 208-333-0309. BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE— Hillfolk Noir will be playing. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3451813, BRICOLAGE HUMAN16 MADE—Opening reception for new artwork by Brittany A. Miller in an exhibition titled “You Are Here.” 5-8 p.m. 280 N. Eighth St., Boise, 345-3718, CHOCOLAT BAR—Chocolate and wine pairings—great ideas for your loved one for Valentine’s Day. 805 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-338-7771, thechocolatbar. com.

Brittany A. Miller’s show “You Are Here” opens at Bricolage. CITY PEANUT SHOP— 17 Nut pairings with beer from the Boise Co-op and artwork by Boise local Anne Boyles. 803 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-4333931.

ART WALK Locations featuring artists

THE 805 IDAHO BUILDING— Join Preservation Idaho for a tour of the historic building and get a sneak peak of Fork’s menu before the new restaurant opens later this month. 805 W. Idaho St., Boise. ELLA’S ROOM—Receive 20 percent off all red items, just in time for Valentine’s Day. As always, we offer complimentary bra fittings, bridal registry and free gift wrap. FREE. 216 N. Ninth St, Boise, 208-331-3552, IDAHO STATE CAPI18 TOL—Idaho State Capitol Gift Shop, featuring artist Toni McMillan’s sketches of Boise street scenes. 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-433-9705. IDAHOSTEL—The almost19 completed muralscape by local artists will be on display, as well as the 20-foot-long community mural that resulted from the Scarving Artist party. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 103, Boise, 208286-6476, LE CAFE DE PARIS—Special tapas, live music and wine tasting. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-336-0889, lecafedeparis. com. LISK GALLERY—New oil 20 paintings by Carl Rowe, photography by Mark Lisk and paintings on aluminum by Jerri Lisk. Enjoy wine tasting from Sawtooth Winery and Dream Chocolates. FREE. 850 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3773, MAI THAI—Enjoy happy hour specials: two-for-one drinks at the bar, sushi starting at $1.59, and buy-two-get-one-free appetizers up to $6.95 from 5-6:30 p.m. and from 9 p.m.-close. FREE. 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8424, maithaigroup. com.

1. Flying M Coffeehouse 2. Idaho Indie Works

10. R. Grey Galler y Jewelr y and Ar t Glass

18. Idaho State Capitol Building 19. Idahostel

3. Atomic Treasures

11. Renewal Consignment Homewares

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4. Boise Ar t Museum

12. Salon 162

21. Rediscovered Bookshop

5. Boise Ar t Glass 6. Brown’s Galler y 7. Cole Marr Galler y 8. 8th Street Ar tist In Residence Program 9. Idaho State Historical Museum

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22. Sage Yoga and Wellness 23. Thomas Hammer 24. Ar t Source Galler y

16. Bricolage Humanmade

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17. City Peanut Shop

26. The Galler y at The Linen Building


MOON’S KITCHEN CAFE—Boise TweetUp and Behind the Menu are hosting a fundraiser for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Enjoy and vote on your favorite soup from local chefs. 712 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208385-0472, MOXIE JAVA ON THE GROVE PLAZA—Your choice of 20 percent off any coffee drink or a free cookie with any drink purchase. 345 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, OLD CHICAGO—Kids eat free. Karaoke from 10 p.m.-close in the bar. 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037,

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PIPER PUB & GRILL—Happy hour from 3-6 p.m. features two-for-one drinks and a special menu. 150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-2444, thepiperpub. com. REDISCOVERED BOOK21 SHOP—Check out the winners of Boise Weekly’s Fiction 101 contest. Authors will read their original work. See Page 21 for more. 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks. org. ROSE ROOM—Fettuccine Forum—exploring the environmental conditions surrounding Civil War battle sites. 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, SAGE YOGA AND 22 WELLNESS—Featuring live music and artwork by Sol Rasmussen, who will play during the Yoga for Skiers class and into the evening. Drinks and appetizers available. 242 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-338-5430, sageyogaboise. com. THOMAS HAMMER— 23 Check out mixed-media art by Jason Gregor y. FREE. 298 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-4338004, TWIG’S CELLAR—Substantial savings on bottles and cases during the distributor closeout sale. 816 Bannock St., lower level, Boise, 208-344-8944, WASHINGTON TRUST BANK— Stop in and enjoy art, wine and food. 901 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-343-5000.

West Side ART SOURCE 24 GALLERY—Opening reception for Jaki Ashford’s new exhibit “The Art and Mind of Jaki Katz Ashford.” Enjoy wine from Indian Creek, beer from Brewforia, music and snacks. FREE. 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, artsourcegaller BEN & JERRY’S SCOOP SHOP—It’s $1-a-scoop night. 103 N. 10th St., Boise, 208342-1992, FOOT DYNAMICS—Rex Miller will play while you browse the clearance rack and new selections for spring. 1021 W. Main St., Boise, 208-386-3338. GALLERY 601—Pick up 25 Will Bullas’ ski poster and enter a raffle to win an Ed Steckmest rocking chair. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Boise Nordic Foundation. Enjoy wine from Wood River Cellars. FREE. 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-3365899, galler THE GALLERY AT THE 26 LINEN BUILDING—New and recent work by Bill Blahd, Corrin M. Olson and Matt Bodett. 5-9 p.m. 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, OWYHEE PLAZA HOTEL—Live music with the Ben Burdick Trio and Amy Weber. Featuring wine flights from Snake River Winery. 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-3434611,

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The new City Peanut Shop is totally nuts.

DOWNTOWN NEWS An inexplicable pull to greatness has inspired many important historical and literary figures, including Jack London, the noted author and adventurer. This First Thursday, London will be brought back to life at the Idaho Historical Museum. The museum hasn’t uncovered a secret ritual that brings noteworthy authors back from the dead, but it has teamed up with the Ada Community Library to bring Boise the next best thing: Michael Oakes of Live Oakes Educational Theater. Oakes will breathe life into Jack London during Call of the Wild: The Life of Jack London, an interactive living-history show that is a part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. When asked how one goes about reenacting a historical figure like London, Oakes said, “It takes many months of study to even begin.” He spent years talking with scholars, London’s surviving family members and even bartenders that knew London. “After all this, I get to feel like I know him and his life, as well as my own,” said Oakes. 7 p.m., Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120. Moving from literary gods to Egyptian gods, local mixedmedia painter Tomas Montano has a new series of work on display in the window of the Egyptian Theatre titled, “Egyptian Gawds, Gaudysses and Other Kitsch.” Montano is known for his wildly colorful wood-panel pieces that swirl spiral notebook doodles with Catholic iconography and snippets of poetry. His work will be on display through Monday, Feb. 28. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. If you want to awaken both your inner devil and inner literary great this First Thursday, stop by Solid Grill and Bar for a free MaCallan and Highland Park scotch tasting from 4-8 p.m. While you’re there, reclining and swirling your scotch, check out art from The Fabulous Rase Photography and live music by Ryan Wissinger from 5:45-9 p.m. Solid Grill and Bar, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620. —Katherine Thornton and Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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UNDEROATH AND THURSDAY— With Animals As Leaders and A Skylit Drive. 7:30 p.m. $19.99 adv., $21 door. Knitting Factory



ANDY FRASCO—9 p.m. $5. Reef

LEHNEN—With Voice of Reason. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid

BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s

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

BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown Way

THE GET UP KIDS, KFCH, FEB. 3 Though it’s been more than a decade since the release of their seminal album, Something to Write Home About, The Get Up Kids can’t get away from three little letters: emo. Frequently cited as some of the pioneers of second- or third-wave emo—depending on who you talk to—this Kansas City, Mo., fivesome inspired countless kids to wield guitars and wear their hearts around their throats. But before lead singer Matt Pryor was performing to the tune of 10,000 lisps, he had to find his own inspiration. “When I was younger, I got into music because of Motley Cru and Guns ’n’ Roses, and then that eventually led me to like Metallica, which then—because of garage bands—led me to the Misfits, which then also led me to Fugazi, and that completely changed my life,” said Pryor. For a more in-depth interview with Pryor, visit boiseweekly. com. —Tara Morgan 7 p.m., $17-$35. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208367-1212,

DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s THE GET UP KIDS—With Steel Train and River City Extension. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $17 adv., $20 day of show. Knitting Factory

GIZZARD STONE—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

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RUSS PFEIFER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill WILSON ROBERTS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub BOSS HAWG AND THE SHORT BUS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

LEE MITCHELL—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

JAMES MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

LOW FI—With The Steelwells and Mark Doubleday. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux

BLACKSMITH—With The Universal. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux

JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

HASTE THE DAY—With MyChildren MyBride and Plea For Purging. 6:30 p.m. $13 adv., $15 at the door. The Venue

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


THE QUARTERTONS—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

THE NAUGHTIES—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

REBECCA SCOTT—With Rob Hill and Debbie Sager. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

OPEN MIC—With Brock Bartel. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

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

TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

THOMAS AHLQUIST QUARTET—With Blue Door Four. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

SATURDAY FEB. 5 ARTS WEST JAZZ INSTITUTE QUARTET—With Blue Door Four and Brent Jensen. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door THE BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper ELEPHANT REVIVAL—With Sugarcane and Dan Costello. See Listen Here, Page 27. 8 p.m. $7.50 adv., $10 at the door. Linen Building ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FORREST DAY—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef HOT LOCAL KNIGHTS: POPPUNK NIGHT—With Critical Reform, Anti-Core, Freezeout Hill, Stop Drop and Party!, Two Thumbs Down, No High Five, Inshallah, 2 Week Notice, The Little Giants, Light the Sky, Darian Renee, Freshman Year and 3rd to Last. 5 p.m. $8. The Venue


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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE JOHNNY DOWNING—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JUNIOR ROCKET SCIENTIST— With The Well Suited and Shipshape. 7 p.m. $3. Neurolux




ARTS WEST CLASSICAL NIGHT AND CHESS—With Linda Yordy and Dr. Joe Baldassarre. 7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

REX MILLER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

MONDAY FEB. 7 Like a Rocket

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


GIZZARD STONE—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s




THE QUARTERTONS—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

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


SONNY MOON FOR FOUR— With The Darin Gere Trio. 7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door


TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s




JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

MARCUS EATON CD RELEASE PARTY—With Steve Meyers. 8 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory


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

DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid


RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid



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

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s

BLUE DOOR FOUR—With Arts West Live. 7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and Erin Hall. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s THE TOASTERS—With Voice of Reason, Hotel Chelsea and The Useless. 8 p.m. $8. Red Room THE VANPAEPAEGHEMS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown Find even more live music events at

ELEPHANT REVIVAL, FEB. 5, LINEN BUILDING They travel in a converted school bus that runs on vegetable oil from their home in Nederland, Colo. Their influences include Woody Guthrie, the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Their sound is a little reggae and a little bluegrass with some Appalachian thrown in. Some describe their earthy sound as transcendental folk, while others call it neo-acoustic. Whatever you want to call it, their music is delivered with the intention of nurturing sustainability and raising eco-awareness among fans. Formed in 2006, the diverse quintet is a regular fixture in venues across the Rockies—playing in clubs, private residences, theaters and festivals—including Stanley’s Sawtooth Music Festival in 2009. Elephant Revival released its sophomore album Break in the Clouds last year, and band member Bonnie Paine recently returned from Ghana, where she was studying African music to add to the band’s already varied repertoire. —Heather Lile

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

8 p.m., $7.50 adv., $10 door, Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111,

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For 18 years, Flying M Coffeehouse has hosted Valentines for AIDS, an art exhibit featuring hundreds of the valley’s finest artists, all of whom create a work of art with heart in mind. The work is for sale via silent auction and proceeds benefit the Safety Net for AIDS Program, an organization that helps people with AIDS afford basic human necessities like food and shelter. Since it began, the scope of the event has grown so much that nearly 300 artists participate each year—every February, the Flying M looks like a room in Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s house. Some of the artists, like Richard Allen, have been participating since year one, others, like Thomas Lea, are relatively new, but all are contributors to what is one of the most anticipated—and heartfelt—art events of the year.

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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings

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


NOCTURNAL NARRATIVES BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL—The tour of the famous film festival featuring outdoor, action-adventure and environmental movies makes a stop in Boise for two nights. A raffle to benefit the Bogus Basin Junior Nordic Team will be held in conjunction with the screening. Monday, Jan. 7, is “dinner and a movie night,” with Reef hosting the dinner portion of the evening. Tickets for both are $39 and are available online at Sunday, Feb. 6, and Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. $13-$20. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,


ANOTHER YEAR—A slice-of-life look at a year in the life of an ordinary couple who find themselves bored with life and love—and they’re the stable ones among their friends and family. Directed by Mike Leigh. (PG-13) Flicks

Local film All Night features the freaks who frequent the dark JEREMIAH ROBERT WIERENGA According to some literary theorists, there are only 16 master archetypes from which to draw fictional characters. All Night, a new feature-length film by local writer/director (and ex-Boise Weekly intern) Jacob Lyman, is primarily peopled with a 17th: the screw-up. Or, more generously, the character-emergent. As the film’s gypsy wise-woman (Virgil Doyle) intones, “These young people, fresh young “Remember people, this is a DIY movie. We have one shot to get this right ... we can’t afford more film.” souls ... they don’t know much.” The events that take place one wild night form such Almost completely funded by the filmmakers, meandering storyline mirrors a multitude of youngsters’ characters. it’s one of the latest Treasure Valley produclate-night encounters and oddities. The film follows 11 20-somethings in a “All Night actually came from us wanting tions to receive a last-minute jolt in the arm small city (presumably Boise) who band-up, from the community-sourced funding website to make a movie that really shows off the hook-up and break-up. There’s Marty (Marc Kickstarter. The success of All Night’s recent lifestyle in Boise, growing up here, being a McKevitt Ewins), the wannabe rocker who campaign ensured the funding necessary for young person in Boise,” Lyman told BW. is trying to pursue Julie (Annie Bulow) while this weekend’s premiere at the Egyptian The“The reason [these avoiding her volatile atre and submission to several international characters] fit all of ex, Vern (producer film festivals. those different archeJohn Kyle Sutton). All NIght premieres Saturday, Feb. 5. “It was a great way to find out how types is that almost Prepping for a Reno, Tickets are $8, show begins at 7:30 p.m. much support the project has from people all of them are based Nev., road trip are Ira EGYPTIAN THEATRE you know and how much merit the project off real people that (Lyman), Danni (Shea 700 W. Main St. 208-345-0454 has from people who aren’t familiar with we know or have met Hall), Jared (Rich it,” said Lyman. “We hit our necessary limit before.” Kilfoyle) and Kortney in five days and we had a lot more support With a spritely (Jennifer Boudreau), than we realized.” pace, cheeky cameratwo couples who Part love story, part puckish buddy work and an upbeat soundtrack (featuring come across a series of kidnappers, strippers, comedy, All Night is a heartfelt tribute to the tunes from locals Eleven, the Mosquitones lotharios and losers. strange and unpredictable affairs of those who Filmed during a two-year period, All Night and House of Hoi Polloi), All Night displays dwell between dusk and dawn. is not a typical Point A-to-Point B picture. The the exuberance found in DIY filmmaking.

SCREEN/THE TUBE SANCTUM—Produced by Jim Cameron, this realistic thriller follows a team of divers who venture into one of the least-accessible South Pacific cave systems, only to have their diving abilities put to the test and their lives threatened. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22


BLACK SWAN—Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star as a ballerina and her understudy in an exploration of vicious backstage rivalry. Suspenseful thriller in the world of professional ballet. (R) Flicks


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over the Bush/Gore election results. It’s a magical place where the hobos hand out hugs and every tattooed stereotype comes true. Nobody ever goes home, because if you There’s a moment in the movie The Saddest Music in the World click your heels three times, your ankle piercings will just get entangled when Isabella Rossellini’s character announces, “If you are sad and like and make you trip over the rusted Ralph Nader campaign signs. beer, I’m your lady.” If the city of Portland, Everybody has a band in Portland, Ore., could talk, that’s what it would say, but nobody makes any money from it, perhaps adding something like, “Don’t because, well, that’s just so Midwestern. forget to recycle your tears.” But that last Bathrooms are offensive because part wouldn’t be a joke. they encourage “labels”—specifically, The Independent Film Channel’s new they “label” people as having to go to the six-episode sketch-comedy show, Portlandbathroom. ia, was created, written by and stars Fred The city also has a slight gang probArmisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie lem, but they can usually be bribed away Brownstein (of the band Sleater-Kinney). with crystals and foot massages. In one skit, Armisen astutely observes, See how easy it is to make fun of Port“Portland is a city where young people go land? That’s why the show is funny but to retire.” also why it could run out of material faster It’s not uncommon in the City of Roses than a delusional relativist can declare to discover that someone you’ve never fluoride to be the new fascism. met lives on your couch. It’s constantly Portlandia airs on IFC Fridays at 10:30 p.m. You can raining, which makes it difficult to deter—Damon Hunzeker also watch at mine if the residents are wet or still crying




BLUE VALENTINE— Stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams (R) Flicks

KING’S SPEECH—Stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and more. (R) Flicks RABBIT HOLE—Stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. (PG-13) Flicks

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A whole slew of scar y screeners are out—or are creeping out—on DVD. Some are flicks that barely made a bump in the theaters, others are classics, like 1951’s The Prowler. In this noir thriller, Evelyn Keyes stars as Susan Gilray, an attractive, lonely housewife. When she calls the cops to report a peeping tom, she discovers that responding officer Webb Gar wood (Van Heflin) is more dangerous than any lookyloo. The two are soon entangled in an illicit affair, and as Susan is drawn into Webb’s web, she is oblivious to his plans to kill her husband for the insurance money. They are drawn in ever deeper when Susan discovers she is pregnant—her now-dead husband was sterile—and Webb begins to panic.

Then there’s the likes of Chain Letter, a teen-scream of the 21st centur y in which breaking an e-mail chain means cer tain death for a group of high-school friends. Each e-mail they receive— usually on their cell phones, natch—comes with the warning that if they break the chain, they will lose their life. The sender of the letters, The Chain Man (ugh), isn’t kidding around and each teen who treats the letter as a hoax is brutally murdered. The tagline on this winner is “Ever y chain has a link, ever y link is a life. Break the chain, there will be pain. Pass it on.” Here’s another warning: Unless you’re a diehard horror flick fanatic, you might want to just pass. —Amy Atkins

EDWARDS 9 BOISE 208-338-3821, EDWARDS 14 NAMPA 208-467-3312, THE FLICKS 208-342-4222, MAJESTIC CINEMAS MERIDIAN 208-888-2228,


INTERNET/SCREEN EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY Rap battles are about more than just rhyming skills. They’re the ultimate showdown of personalities, combining elements of comedy, debate and Kabuki to see who reigns supreme. And let’s be honest, there are some personalities we’d like to see clash, even if they don’t know how to rap. Like, say, Chuck Norris and Abe Lincoln. One has a long reach and legendar y lexicon, and the other once kicked a baby elephant and even Dar th Vader vs. Hitler. into puber ty and is the reason Waldo is At the conclusion of each video, viewers are hiding. Sounds like it could be quite the invited to vote on who won and what historishowdown. cal figures they’d like to see battle Luckily for the curious, “Epic next. Suggestions include Osama You can find more Rap Battles of Histor y,” a new vs. Obama, Mike Tyson vs. Einstein from Nice Peter at web-based series from Los Angeand Jesus vs. Michael Jackson. les comedian Nice Peter, explores If there’s a more “impor tant” this conflict and others. Besides viral series on YouTube, BW Norris vs. Lincoln, you can see John Lennon doesn’t know about it. vs. Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin vs. Lady Gaga —Josh Gross WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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MOVING SNOW Lost in a sea of white BEN WICKHAM My boss Jan claimed it was one of the biggest storms she had ever seen in the 25 years she’d worked in this canyon. In December 2010, 103 inches of snow fell in five days at Rock Creek Lodge, the backcountry lodge in the Sierra Nevada where I work. As one friend put it, that’s like Manute Bol standing on Yao Ming’s shoulders: two 7-and-a-half-foot-tall NBA players buried with maybe only a raised forearm reaching out of the snow. Everything was lost in the For days at Rock Creek Lodge, all we did was move snow, move snow, move snow. storm: windows, doorways, chimneys, snowmobiles, buildings. All of it buried. What the storm meant for me was the humMammoth, anticipating a real shower, clean bling act of moving snow. I’d wake at first light were the plain hues of winter: whites, grays sheets, beer from a tap and ice cubes in our and open the door of my cabin to a waist-high and blacks, with only the occasional flash whiskey. Hell, maybe even a television. We ate of Jan’s orange jacket or the scoop of a blue wall of new snow. I’d push through it, using shovel breaking the flat view of the storm land- in a Mexican restaurant with piercing pastel my thighs and knees to force a path outward, walls and dozens of people swarming around scape. I felt like the only thing I ever touched and if I was lucky, Tim had run the groomer, us. I don’t know if we said a word during was the cottony inside of my gloves. packing a way up to the dining room 100 I’ve always thought of being at Rock Creek dinner. Molly’s dark brown eyes were huge yards away. But instead of eating breakfast, I’d and she sat low in her chair, hunched over as if Lodge as living in a soft wilderness. In the grab a shovel and start digging. trying to lean away from all of the sights and summer, there’s a paved road that goes up to Every morning we shoveled. As the storm sounds. I felt like I was doing the opposite. I 10,000 feet. The lodge has electricity, plumbintensified, all of that snow resulted in sagging couldn’t focus on any one thing: the waitress, ing and Internet. Even in winter, we attach power lines stretched under the weight that a little kid running through the restaurant, a needed to be cleared. I climbed roofs to relieve ourselves to the outside by transporting guests brightly colored painting, someone outside on by snowmobile. There’s the possibility of hunrusted chimneys from the pressure of the seta bike, the waitress again. I was unsettled and tling snow pack, and then cleared roofs before dreds of people flowing by in a day. wished I was back at Merced Lake. Years back, the experience of spending two buildings caved in. During our 103-inch storm at Rock Creek summers at the High Sierra Camp in the YoI was always soaking wet by lunchtime, semite wilderness felt more separated from the Lodge, I began to feel like I always had in the and the spaces that I’d shoveled in the mornYosemite wilderness. I realized I was glad to be modern world than where I now live at 9,400 ing had another 2 feet of snow on them by getting that back. feet in the Eastern Sierra. The buzz of electric afternoon. A doorway that had been cleared But after nearly a week, we reconnected was covered again by nightfall. I felt like I was power was nonexistent. The only colors we to the world. That day felt like rush hour. saw for months losing against time The lodge snow groomer and country plow were the green of fir and there was no trees, the blue water driver raced back and forth in the parking lot, catching up; as if I shoving tons of snow out of the way. Incessant of Merced Lake was losing some silly beeping while the machines reversed made me and the gray of the game while the gods panic. It sounded like an emergency. granite valley walls. above reveled in the There was no moment to enjoy the first They are the sorts of humor of watching cloudless sky in a week and no pause to look colors that are premy weak attempts to up the canyon and be thankful to see pointed dictably unstartling, defy them. reliable and comfort- mountains again. Our reactions were dictated Then the phones by the hum and the buzz of equipment; the able without any went out, and I grating of the plow shovel on pavement; the flashing or blinking. realized I hadn’t seen oranges, yellows and reds of moving vehicles; We’d challenge ouranyone other than the shouts of people in a hurry to get a job selves to go all summy five co-workers— ROCK CREEK LODGE mer without seeing the done. These were things we had become not a Nordic skier or a 7497 Rock Creek Road road; without jumping unaccustomed to. And everything that my lodge guest—in days. Mammoth Lakes, Calif. senses had started to meld into with the into the leather seats I leaned on my broken 760-935-4170 long, gray, quiet snowy days—all the ways I of a car. I imagine the plastic shovel, took in wonderment of tourists noticed my body and mind changing to the the thousands of white landscape and how I wished it could stay upon seeing crazed flakes floating toward like that—had dissipated to somewhere else High Sierra Camp employees running across the ground and felt the sublime eeriness of the minute the reverberations from the plow Highway 120 in Tuolumne Meadows while this storm that lacked the renowned howling filled my chest. covering their eyes with their hands. Sierra wind. All I could do was lower my plastic shovel My friend Molly and I caved in to our modMaybe it was the result of overwhelming fainto the snow and lift it out of the way—keep ern impulses one weekend in September 2002, tigue, but the concern and stress of wondering doing what I’d been doing for days, but now it if it would ever end left me. Everything became after having been in the wilderness for three didn’t feel the same. months. We jumped in my car and headed to calm. Senses softened. The only colors I saw

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2011 NIGHT LEAGUE RACING—Downhill race series to be held through Saturday, March 9. Teams can consist of more than five people, but only top four finishing times qualify. All teams must include at least one female and all members must be 21 or older. Register online through Feb. 2. $275 per team. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208332-5100, 2011 SLAMMER ROAD RACE— Boise Development Cycling presents this road race on Sunday, March 20 at 10 a.m. The race begins and ends on South Cole Road, half a mile south of Ten Mile Creek Road. There is a cash prize for the winner. Register online at through March 20. For more info call 208-343-3782. $15.

NEW TIMES AT TAMARACK If you haven’t been up there yet, you might still be wondering what the deal is with the re-opened Tamarack. We took the two-hour trip north for a nice little day of powder and concluded that the “new” resort is better than ever. Tamarack seems to have transitioned into more of a locals’ haunt, an identity that both homeowners and Valley County residents have embraced. As we passed through the roundabouts at Tamarack’s entrance, we still sensed a little feeling of incompleteness: Many construction projects are still unfinished, and the majority of resort operations remain in large commercial tents. That aside, the general aesthetic of the resort is much the same as in years past. Jumping on the Tamarack Express lift, an odd nostalgia set in that made us wonder what we were in for. After all, the resort is being run with roughly 30 percent of the personnel and budget that it ran on before. Apart from fewer people—which meant no lift lines—and the closure of the Buttercup and Wildwood lifts, very little has changed. The lift operators are still polite and engaging, and the design and separation of the mountain still offers many terrain options—from dropping the cornice, to tree skiing, to wide open groomers. We made several quick runs off the summit lift before hiking south for a little backcountry excursion. I haven’t skied powder that light in Idaho in many moons—it was comparable to Utah’s Wasatch front, thanks to generous early season dumpings from La Nina. Tamarack’s hub—the Canoe Grill and surrounding Sports Dome and Seven Devils Pub— For more information, visit was bustling with activity. The food was good, and there were plenty of opportunities to grab a beer between runs. All said and done, the new Tamarack appears to be right on track, whereas the previous iteration had a bit of a pretentious feel to it. This more modest and socially comfortable version provides a great alternative to Bogus Basin or Brundage, especially with the good conditions and a fraction of the crowd. “Powder Thursdays” began Jan. 6 at Tamarack. Rough translation: With the resort closed Monday through Wednesday, it’s possible to get first tracks on Thursday mornings after three full days of untouched snow accumulation, if mother nature has been cooperative. According to Tim Flaherty, executive director of the Tamarack Municipal Association, “This is where the real skiers are coming to ski.” Tamarack isn’t just for the upper crust anymore. We average bearcats were perfectly happy making turns at this more modest operation. —Andrew Mentzer WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

BEAT THE DOC FUN RUN AND CANINE CANTER—5K loop course including off-road trails and a gravel road to be held on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Register online at spondoro. com through March 26. $30.50$35.50, plus $5 for your dog. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. DRY CREEK HALF MARATHON—Half Marathon to be held on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Course starts and finishes at the Merc at Hidden Springs, and is part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series. Register online at through April 2. $38. LES BOIS 10K TRAIL RUN 2011—10K run to be held on Saturday, March 5. Course is out-and-back on dirt trails, 3.1 miles each way, behind Fort Boise Park. Register online at through March 5. $28. WEISER RIVER TRAIL 50K RELAY AND SOLO RUN—Run this 50K solo or with a team on the trails from Council to Midvale on the scenic Weiser River Trail. Race to be held on Saturday, April 30 with staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m. Register online at bluecirclesports. com through the day of the race. $60 solo, $200 per team of five.

Events & Workshops DIVA DAY—Ladies 18 and older can take advantage of half-priced lift tickets, free chair massages and apres-ski yoga in the lodge at 4 p.m. Happy hour drinks at Smoky’s Pub and drawings for spa packages from Spa Del Sol. Saturday, Feb. 5. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-8887544, IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—The Stampede vs. Reno Bighorns. Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5. $12-$20. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497, LINE DANCE EXPLOSION— Anyone wanting to learn to line dance is welcome to attend this lesson, followed by a dance. Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. $5. Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise, 208-342-0890.

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13th Street Pub and Grill: Prix-fixe dinner special, limited availability. No reservations. 208-639-8888. Barbacoa: Four-course dinner menu, $85 per person. Candy, 12 roses and a card on Valentine’s Day. Reservations required. 208-338-5000, barbacoa-boise. com. Berryhill and Co.: Special Valentine’s menu starting at 5 p.m. Dishes like oyster champagne shooters and truffle creme spaghettini. Reservations recommended. 208-387-3553, Blue Door Cafe: Three-course dinner for $50-$75 per person with a rose for the lady and an autographed copy of Daily Erotica. Live jazz. Reservations required. 208-938-6123, Brick 29 Bistro: Special menu with white sturgeon caviar and organic, free-range veal. Live music. Reservations recommended. 208-468-0029, Cafe Vicino: Open Sunday, Feb. 13, 5-9 p.m. and on Valentine’s Day with a special menu. Reservations recommended. 208-472-1463, Casanova Pizzeria: Featuring “Me Love You Long Time” pizza with smoked oysters, jalapenos and cherry tomatoes. No reservations. 208-331-3535, Chandlers Steakhouse: Regular menu. Limited reservations available. 208-3834300, Coolwater Creek: Full dinner menu with prime rib and salmon, and roses for the ladies. Limited private horse and buggy rides available. Reservations required. 208-887-7880, coolwatercreekevents. com. Emilio’s: Five-course dinner for $99 per couple. Reservations recommended. 208-333-8002, La Belle Vie: Four-course, prix-fixe dinner plus wine pairing for $40 per person. Featuring items like scallop ceviche and cappuccino souffle. Reservations recommended. 208-466-0200, Le Coq Rouge: Aphrodisiac menu with lobster bisque, veal carpaccio and escargot, $59 per person. 208-376-9463. Ono Hawaiian: Five-course aphrodisiac menu with lavender-crusted Kobe beef and red velvet cake. Reservations recommended. $40 per person, $75 couple. 208-429-6800, Red Feather: Special menu with cellar seating. Reservations highly recommended. 208-939-6680, Seasons Bistro Wine Bar: Five-course dinner, $55 per couple. 208-939-6680, Twig’s Cellar: Open Saturday, Feb. 12 for a port and chocolate tasting, $14 per person. 208-344-8944,


Where to wine and dine before getting supine:

THE SEEDY SIDE OF LOCAL Maintaining the integrity of farmers markets GUY HAND Farmers markets are multiplying across the country faster than zucchinis in summer. That’s in large part because they promise consumers a personal connection to their food—a connection that chain supermarkets and faceless distribution systems can only feign to match. That one-on-one contact with farmers—and the assumption that said meat and produce were raised sustainably, humanely and locally—is why loyal fans of farmers markets are often happy to pay a premium Local farmers band together to weed out rocket rackets and carrot cons. for those products. But that premium price is also a magnet markets to the menus of restaurants that also “We have had a good reputation,” Ellis for fraud. tout local food. Dave Krick, owner of Red says of the farmers market advertised as An investigation carried out by an NBC Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House in selling 100 percent producer-grown proaffiliate in Los Angeles last summer caught Boise, chimed in. duce. “And I don’t want to be made a liar. several so-called farmers actually buying “When we highlight on our menu things produce from as far away as Mexico, then re- I don’t want the market to be made a liar, that are local, it would be better if that selling it at L.A. area farmers markets as farm and I hope the individual businesses don’t came with some kind of vetting,” he said. want to be made into liars.” She paused, fresh and locally grown. Markets in New Frequently, he added, a restaurateur doesn’t her voice quivering. “So the integrity thing York and other cities have uncovered similar have the time to do much more than take is big for me.” scams. In Boise, such problems appear to be Without that integrity, Ellis said, farmers the word of the farmer delivering produce to less egregious, but they still have occurred. markets and the local-food movement could the back door. Capital City Public Market managers But trust only goes so far. In order to be co-opted into irrelevance. (In another noticed one vendor selling peaches with protect the integrity of farmers markets, type of co-optation, branded produce stickThe Wall Street Journal restaurants serving local food, and the ers still absentmindedly larger local-food movement, this informal reported a few months attached to his “locally ago that Albertsons and working group decided it was time to move grown” fruit. Another from the unstructured policing policy to a Safeway chains in the was busted when the system with sharper, more precisely honed Northwest had been vendor’s children veered posting farmers market teeth: an actual local food verification and off script, announcing certification program. banners over outdoor proudly to passersby To that end, the group asked Annie Beridisplays of produce, that the family had harcal, who does exactly that kind of work for in essence declaring vested some of their their open-air stands de the Organic Crop Improvement Association bounty at Costco. facto farmers markets.) International, to join them. According to its In the past, the nearly website, the OCIA is one of the oldest and That’s why Ellis and 17-year-old Capital City largest organizations in the world working market board president Public Market has dealt and farmer Josie Erskine on organic certification. As an independent with such incidents on contractor, Berical said she could apply to the gathered a dozen local an individual, informal food leaders together on Treasure Valley’s local-food movement the basis. Lisa Duplessie, same verification techniques she’s successfully Jan. 11 to talk over the assistant director of used to certify date orchards in the Mojave, threats and solutions. the market, says in the Amish farmsteads in Iowa and food processErskine said at the seven years she’s been ing operations in Texas. private meeting that involved in the market, “One idea that I have is spending time in she didn’t want to look only three vendors—inI say “tomato” you say “to-fraud-o.” the farmers market and going around and back in a few years and cluding the two menhave to ask herself “Why looking at people’s booths and seeing what tioned above—have been didn’t anybody step up to they’ve got for sale, and then going out to asked to leave. That’s their farm and saying ‘show me where you the plate, create some standards, some certifia low percentage considering that Boise’s grew those lovely radishes that I saw in your cation? How did we all just sit back, ride the market is Idaho’s largest, with around 50 booth,’” Berical said. vendors participating on any given Saturday wave and just watch it wash away?” She would also explore farmers’ It became clear as the group talked that during the season. records for anomalies. the issue of integrity—of vendors growing Still, Karen Ellis, the market’s executive di35 “They would have to show where rector, says she wants to nip abuses in the bud. what they sell—reached beyond farmers

—Tara Morgan

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Hot rock around the clock tonight.

BARBACOA When my main course arrives, that hoary Madison Avenue mandate to “sell the sizzle, not the steak” is made utterly, sputteringly physical. As my waitress pours green-peppercornstudded, creamy cognac sauce over a filet mignon that smokes atop a fiery-hot slab of black granite (the Hot Rock Filet, $34), a Vesuvian-esque eruption of sizzle arcs theatrically toward my freshly laundered sweater. And thus flows, at pyroclastic speed, my introduction to the new Barbacoa (which rose recently from the literal ashes of the old Barbacoa). I have nothing against bombast and magma. I am, in fact, a fan of demolition derby, Blue Oyster Cult and chili cheese fries. What I am less enamored of—and this I say with the faith that a just universe will always exalt Shakespeare over Madison Avenue—is a platter of sound and fur y signifying nothing that also requires a trip to the dr y cleaners. BARBACOA Let’s face it, a hot rock doth not a great steak make. A hot 276 Bobwhite Court 208-338-5000 pan, on the other hand, or the flames of a righteous fire would, Open Mon.-Sun., and always should, suffice. It is, 4 p.m.-close. as the Bard might say via the simplest soliloquy, “physics.” Heat is heat and steak is steak, and when one embraces the other for the proper ticking of time, life again is made livable. Theatrics, however, can get in the way of a good meal (or a short review). Therefore I shall cut to the chase: Barbacoa is all about the sizzle. It’s big and bold and full of Mexi-kitsch artwork and loud, bass-heavy music and commensurately louder conversation and a wine-bottle-lined arch and two big bars and glass bobble raindrops that hang from a very high ceiling and flaming torches, glowing skulls and one crazy chandelier that looks like icicles frozen to antlers and lots of doors that suggest secret rooms and a not-cheap nor particularly Caribe/Mex menu with food that is dramatic if not dramatically delicious, all flowing together into a messy magmatic whole that feels— despite or because of all the above—kind of fun. Yet alas, Barbacoa is not my first choice for a steak-fat facial ... or serious food. —Guy Hand WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M


they purchased their seed, how much seed they purchased and how much they planted,” Berical

said. The idea would be to prove that the quantity of produce the farmer sold made statistical sense. It would also be possible to eventually expand the program to include verification of “no-spray,” “cage-free” and other common claims. To the uninitiated, this may sound all big-brotherish and bureaucratic, but Berical was confident she could make the program far less cumbersome than the certification process that organic growers already have to follow. All but one of the farmers in the meeting (he worried about the legal implications of self-policing) embraced the extra work as a way to distinguish ethical players from the occasional bad agricultural apple as well as protect the integrity of the local-food movement as a whole. Krick said he also saw the process as a business opportunity. “I think an effort like this is going to be more successful if it’s less about what’s wrong and more about the promotion of what’s right; creating a brand around those things that we think are right would have a lot of value.” Krick suggested a kind of Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for the localfood movement, where businesses that opt into and pass a certification process could then display a logo that formally guarantees the food they sell or serve meets agreed-upon, verifiable standards. Ellis nodded with enthusiastic approval. “Everybody is on the local movement,” she said. “Everybody is on the green movement. Everybody is on the sustainable movement. We have to put some teeth behind it. We have to really do what we say we’re doing, or we’re useless.”

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FOOD/TREND GOCHUJANG Korean cuisine has hit cities across the country like a pungent waft of kimchi. Restaurants like New York City’s Momofuku Ko and Los Angeles’ Kyochon have blazed the way for innovative new takes on Korean fare. Heck, there’s even a Korean food truck in Los Angeles that sells kimchi quesadillas. Mmm, kim-cheesy. And though you currently can’t order a steaming bowl of bibimbap in Boise—rice topped with veggies, meat, a fried egg and gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste)—you can pick up gochujang and whip it up at home with a quick stop into one of Boise’s numerous Asian markets. Gochujang—an earthytasting, dark red paste made from red chili powder, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, sugar and salt—is a Korean staple. Gochujang can be added to ever ything from sauces to soups to eggs to marinades. Commenters on the popular food forum Chowhound have even gone so far as to say gochujang is “the next sriracha.” I recently picked up a container of gochujang paste ($4.99) from Orient Market on Orchard and Emerald streets. A couple teaspoons of the pungent, spicy paste went a long way in flavoring a sesame tofu and cabbage stir fry. Though I’m not sure it can ever replace sriracha, if you’re down with a smoky, fermented, miso-ish flavor, make gochujang your go-to condiment. —Tara Morgan


CABERNET SAUVIGNON It’s been almost 35 years since Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars topped the rankings at the Judgment of Paris and put California cabernet on the map. Today, wines from that state take a back seat to none. But as this tasting proved, the Northwest is coming on strong. Two wines from Washington made the top three in our tasting of American cabernet. Here are the panel’s top picks: 2007 JANUIK CABERNET SAUVIGNON, $28 Mike Januik is one of the most acclaimed Northwest winemakers, quietly crafting some of the finest wines in Washington. This 2007 cab is no exception. Packed with rich cherry and blackberry aromas that are backed by fresh herb, dark chocolate and vanilla, it’s just as rich in the mouth, where juicy red fruit and cassis mix with soft oak, mocha and earth. Velvety tannins come through on the long, long finish. An outstanding wine. 2007 MERRYVALE STARMONT CABERNET SAUVIGNON, $24 In the tradition of Bordeaux, this Napa standout is a blend of cabernet, merlot, petit verdot and a dollop of (not so traditional) syrah. It’s a beautifully scented wine with notes of dark cherry, vanilla, cedar, green olive and coffee. Nicely balanced on the palate, this wine is dominated by dark berry and plum, and backed by soft cranberry, with touches of anise and black pepper. This is an excellent value for a Napa cabernet. 2006 THURSTON WOLFE CABERNET SAUVIGNON: THE TEACHER, $21 This 100 percent cabernet from Washington offers classic aromas of cassis and dark berry with accents of tobacco, earth and spice. The palate is filled with creamy fruit flavors—plum, blackberry, cherry—while silky smooth tannins add texture, and a nice kiss of lightly toasted oak adds depth. Lovely touches of vanilla and mocha come through on the long finish. —David Kirkpatrick

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118 Former Pakistani P.M. Bhutto 120 Spanish pastry 122 Last-second bidder on eBay 123 Marathoner’s need 124 Mountain homes 125 *House coverer 126 Like a turkey’s wattle 127 *One of Sean Combs’s aliases 128 Steak ___

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now and then, members of other astrological signs complain that I seem to favor you Aries above them. If that’s true, I’m certainly not aware of it. As far as I know, I love all the signs equally. I will say this, however: Due to the idiosyncrasies of my own personal horoscope, I have worked for years to get more skilled at expressing qualities that your tribe tends to excel at: namely, being direct, acting fearless, knowing exactly what you want, cultivating a willingness to change and leading by example. All these assets are especially needed by the people in your life right now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I’ve found that even when people are successful in dealing with a longterm, intractable problem, they rarely zap it out of existence in one epic swoop. Generally they chip away at it, dismantling it little by little. Judging from the astrological omens, though, I’d say that you Tauruses are ripe for a large surge of dismantling. An obstacle you’ve been hammering away at for months, or even years, may be primed to crumble dramatically. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): My brother Tom and I used to be on a softball team. For one game, he showed up with a new glove that still had the price tag dangling from it. I asked him if he was going to snip it off. “Nope,” he said. “It’ll subtly distract the batters and give me an advantage.” That day he pitched one of his best games ever. His pitches seemed to have extra mojo that kept the hitters offbalance. Were they even aware they were being messed with? I don’t think so. In fact, my theory is that because Tom’s trick was so innocuous, no one on the opposing team registered the fact that it was affecting their concentration. I suggest you try a similar strategy. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A famous atheist named Edwin Kagin has incorporated performance art into his crusade against religious believers. Wielding a hairdryer, he “debaptizes” ex-churchgoers who want to reverse the effects of the baptism they experienced as children. The stream of hot air that Kagin blows against their foreheads is meant to exorcise the holy water daubed there way back when. Could you benefit from a similar ritual, Cancerian? If you have any inclinations to free yourself from early imprints, religious or otherwise, you’re in a favorable phase to do so. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In an old Star Trek episode, a woman visits the starship’s medical facility seeking chemicals she

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needs to start a hydroponic garden. The chief doctor, who has a high sense of self-worth and a gruff bedside manner, scowls at her. Why is she bothering him with such a trivial request? “Now I know how Hippocrates felt when the King needed him to trim a hangnail,” he complains. (Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is referred to as the father of medicine because of his seminal influence on the healing professions.) I suspect that sometime soon, Leo, you will be in a position similar to the ship’s doctor. Unlike him, however, you should carry out the assignment with consummate grace. It’ll pay off for you in the long run—probably in ways you can’t imagine now. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem,” he sings “There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” From what I can tell, Virgo, the week ahead will be one of the best times all year for welcoming the light that comes through the cracks. I urge you to consider widening the cracks a little—maybe even splitting open a few new ones— so that the wildly healing light can pour down on you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): When was the last time you created a masterpiece? I’m not necessarily talking about a work of art; it might have been an exquisite dinner you prepared for people you love, or a temporary alliance that allowed you to accomplish the impossible, or a scaryfun adventure you risked that turned you into a riper human being with a more authoritative standing. Whether your last tour de force happened seven weeks ago or seven months ago, my sense is that you’re due for another one. The cosmic rhythms are conspiring to make you act like an artful genius. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Why is everything so eerily quiescent right now? Should you be worried? Has the momentum been sucked out of your life? Personally, I think you’re doing better than you realize. The dormancy is a temporary illusion. To help give you the perspective you need, I offer you this haiku-like poem by Imma von Bodmershof, translated by Petra Engelbert: “The great river is silent / only sometimes it sounds quietly / deep under the ice.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I saw ex-Poet Laureate Robert Hass read his poem “Etymology.” He said that while many bodily fluids are named with English words, at least one isn’t: the moisture of a woman who is sexually aroused. The Anglo-Saxons did have a word

for it, he noted: silm, which also referred to the look of moonlight on the water. “Poor language,” Hass concluded, bemoaning a vocabulary that ignores such an important part of human experience. Your assignment, Sagittarius, is to correct for any problems caused by poor language in your own sphere. If you’ve been lazy about articulating your meaning or needs, then please activate your deeper intelligence. You could even coin some new words or borrow good ones from foreign tongues. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Stand-up comedian Arj Barker says that when he writes his jokes, he’s thinking that all he needs to do is make it funny enough to get at least three people in the audience to laugh. More than three is gravy. But if he can just get those three, he believes, he will always get a lot of work in his chosen profession. In accordance with the astrological rhythms, Capricorn, I urge you to adopt a similar approach. To be successful in the coming days, you don’t need an approval rating of 80 percent. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The renegade spiritual sect known as the Church of the Subgenius values one treasure above all others: not salvation, not enlightenment, but rather slack. And what is slack? It is a state of being in which everything flows smoothly—a frame of mind so unfettered and at ease that the entire universe just naturally cooperates with you. When you’ve got abundant reserves of slack, you don’t strain and struggle to make desired events unfold, and you don’t crave things you don’t really need. You’ve surrendered to the greater intelligence that guides your life, and it provides you with a knack for attracting only what’s truly satisfying. Happy Slack Week, Aquarius! I suspect you will have loads of that good stuff, which means your freedom to be your authentic self will be at a peak. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense,” said writer Gertrude Stein many decades ago. Isn’t that about a thousand times truer in 2011? It takes rigorous concentration not to be inundated with data. But that’s exactly your assignment, Pisces. It’s absolutely crucial for you to be a beacon of common sense in the coming days. To meet your dates with destiny, you will have to be earthy, uncluttered, well grounded and in close touch with your body’s intuition. If that requires you to cut back dramatically on the volume of information you take in, so be it.



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