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TAK EE E ON E! NEWS 9

WATERLOGGED Spring floods could put some in over their heads ROTUNDA 9

WHERE HAVE I HEARD THAT BEFORE? Plagiarism returns to politics PICKS 12

OUT OF THE COCOON Madama Butterfly soars with Opera Idaho FOOD 29

GIMME SOME SUGA’ The not-so-sweet story of GM sugar beets

“It takes a certain brand of human being to deal with my shit.”

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NOTE SPRING DREAMING If winter were a baseball game, the warm days last weekend would have been the seventh inning stretch, a time to venture outside without the parka, take a long run and drive without first defrosting and scraping the windshield. Now it’s time to hunker back down and let winter sputter out over the coming weeks. Personally, I’m ready for longer, hotter days. After reading Andrew Mentzer’s Play on single track on Page 28, I couldn’t help but wish the dry Idaho summer was just a little closer than it is. But first, it sounds like we’re in for some icky weather. And according to George Prentice’s story on Page 9, it looks like that wet weather may swell the rivers just enough to make a few homeowners slightly uncomfortable. If you don’t have flood insurance and you live in a place you might need it, it sounds like now is a good time to get a quote. Embedded into Prentice’s story, you’ll see another one of those QR codes I talked about in this space last week. If you missed it, here’s the short version: download a QR code scanner on your smart phone, scan the code and it will take you to additional content related to that story. In this case, it’s a video report that accompanies “Water Rising,” and on Page 4, the codes take you directly to the recommended online stories that you may have missed at boiseweekly.com over the last week. Here at BWHQ we’re just about to come out of a hibernation of sorts ourselves. Just as spring climbs out of the cave it’s been hiding in, we’ll start rolling out special issues rapid fire, starting with our annual Restaurant Guide next month, followed by Bar Bar, the third edition of our annual guide to boozing it up in the valley. And we’re already working on that monster called Annual Manual. Have some must-cover ideas for the guide to life as we know it in the Treasure Valley? Drop me a line. —Rachael Daigle

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

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THE SOUND OF NON-LAME MUSIC Maybe it was all that pre-Grammy talk last week, but BW writers blew up Cobweb with posts about music. Get to know catchy, poppy Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells’ “Rill Rill,” get “breathy” and “tinkly” with Powderdove’s “Birdsong,” or video-stalk local NeoTundra Cowboy with the latest installment of Scenes from a Scene.

STEP INTO MY OFFICE ... The faculty at Idaho State University ain’t happy. After a 50-page report detailing President Arthur Vailas’ shortcomings as a leader, the faculty issued a no-confidence vote.

GOING TO THE DOGS Last week local attorneys got the lowdown on a new witness-assistance program: courthouse dogs. While the program may not be ideal for victims testifying in dog biting cases (ba-dump-bump), the dogs are said to ease the stress of the courtroom, particularly for juveniles. See a video report at Citydesk.

NOTES FROM THE ROAD Trey McIntyre Project storms New Orleans, and Matt Hopper sends his salutations from the third floor of a Salt Lake City librar y with a serious view. Catch up with local artists and musicians out on the road at Tour Mode.

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EDITOR’S NOTE 3 MAIL 6 BILL COPE 7 TED RALL 8 NEWS Flood season cometh and it’s going to be a whopper 9 ROTUNDA 9 NEWS 2 Idaho Commission on the Arts fights for funding 10 CITIZEN 11 BW PICKS 12 FIND 13 8 DAYS OUT 14 SUDOKU 14 NOISE Um, Uh Oh, Eric Elbogen returns with new album 20 MUSIC GUIDE 22 SCREEN Oscar predictions 24 SCREEN TV Say goodnight to Guitar Hero 24 REC Petroglyph tour 26 FOOD The little understood sugar beet 29 FOOD REVIEW Pho Dac Biet at Pho Tam 30 WINE SIPPER 32 CLASSIFIEDS 33 NYT CROSSWORD 36 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 38

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MAIL PROPERTY OWNERS TAKE IT IN THE ... Residential property along the Clearwater Middle Fork of the Salmon and Lochsa rivers enjoys a premium value of at least 20 percent, according to local realtors, because it lies within the Wild and Scenic River corridor. The conversion of U.S. Highway 12 into a high-and-wide corridor for mega-loads would wipe out that premium. One realtor recently told the Missoula Independent: “If these [the international corporations] in fact start hauling 200 some loads, it will have in my opinion a negative impact on property values ... As much as half of the value could be lost. And the losses ... won’t stop at premiums for scenic easement.” If property values along Highway 12 in Idaho and Montana are negatively impacted by only 10 percent, the loss to property owners will be in the millions of dollars. The predicted losses of 20 percent to 30 percent, from Lewiston to Missoula, Mont., and up the Blackfoot River, could be staggering. This impact would also spread to realty sales and property taxes. In approving the megaloads, the state of Idaho— supposedly staunch defenders of private property rights—is requiring private property owners to assume this risk so the most profitable international corporation in the world can make greater profits. —Paula Willis, Kooskia

SNUS-SED OUT First of all, let me say that your work never fails to entertain me. A fresh copy of BW always brightens up my day. I recently noticed the controversy over the SNUS ad that appears in each week’s edition. I read the Note at the beginning of

the Jan. 26-Feb. 1 edition, and I agree with you. Why are people only complaining about a tobacco ad? Although it could be an influence to the nonsmokers or youth, so is the giant black “Warning: This stuff is bad for you.” While I personally do not support tobacco use, I think that if there is equal influence to both sides of the smoking/nonsmoking argument, then a tobacco ad is a viable sponsor of your publication. However, if there was a way to support a local industry that was controversy-free, then maybe this storm of angry opinionists could cease. Thanks for the newspaper. —Isaac Shaw, Boise

EASY READING? NOT SO MUCH. George Prentice’s recent report (BW, Citydesk, “Transportation Plan for Mega-loads is Heavy Readin,” Feb. 1, 2011) on the U.S. Highway 12 mega-loads project was a very well-received, informative contribution to the increasingly heated debate over whether mega-loads should be allowed on our highways. For months and months, I’ve heard opponents of shipments suggest that this major transportation project is poorly thought out, risky and dangerous. I was surprised to learn that the transportation plan is 700 pages long—200 pages longer than the Bible and 100 pages longer than Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Whether one agrees with these shipments or not, it’s hard to make the argument moving forward that the companies involved in these shipments haven’t done their due diligence. For my part, I’m far more comfortable with the safety aspects of this project today, knowing

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that so much thought and planning has gone into it. Mr. Prentice deserves credit for going beyond all the back-and-forth and reporting on an issue that really speaks to the merits of this proposed project. —Lori Bailey, Boise

AEHI: JUST STARTING On Feb. 9, Boise Weekly reported on the outcome of a federal hearing regarding Idaho nuclear company Alternative Energy Holdings Inc. The background provided in the article was comprehensive, but the conclusion was misleading. The article stated that “simply put, AEHI is back in business.” However, the outcome of the hearing is not that clear-cut. After the hearing, the company’s website declared that Don Gillispie and Jennifer Ransom would be back at work in a matter of days pending a board of directors vote of confidence. Instead, two board members resigned. No announcement of Gillispie and Ransom’s reinstatement has appeared. Furthermore, the release of AEHI’s assets came with strict stipulations that suggest the judge deemed it necessary to keep a close eye on AEHI’s conduct. Expenditures of more than $2,500 must be reported to the SEC and a monthly report must be filed with the commission. The court’s decision to put the company on a short financial leash suggests a greater consideration for the SEC’s concerns than for AEHI’s business operations. More importantly, the Feb. 3 hearing was not a trial. The main question— that of guilt or innocence— has yet to be decided or fully explored. Many of the SEC’s charges against AEHI remain unanswered, and the SEC is still in the process of gathering and examining evidence. The public should be careful not to mistake a limited lifting of an asset freeze for an unequivocal endorsement of innocence— this case is just starting to heat up. —Lisa Reppell, Boise WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS Part I: The student as commodity Parents, teachers, students, any and all who are alarmed by the cliff over which Idaho public education is in imminent danger of careening … I am pleased to announce the birth of a new foundation. This foundation’s immediate mission is to counter the absurd claim by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation that Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s ridiculous reforms must be adopted because everything they tried didn’t work. Its long-range purpose is to resist the ruination of America’s public school systems by disingenuous right-wing demagogues who pattern themselves after that patronizing saint of disingenuous rightwing demagogues, Ronald W. Reagan. In fact, I am tempted to call it the R.W. Reagan Foundation and would feel entirely justified in doing so for the following reasons: 1) like Joe and Kathryn, Reagan is not available to dispute his name being used to promote something he might not support were he still alive, and 2) as the man who pushed the dope of voracious privatization with which we still struggle, it’s high time Reagan did something for all the non-right-wing demagogues of this country, even if it’s only to lend his name to a worthy purpose. But until I decide for sure, let us call it the Save Our Students From Tom Luna Foundation. Those who have been paying attention to the tactical formations assembling for or against Luna’s ridiculous reforms—(in the pursuit of accuracy, SOSFTLF will never print the words “Luna’s” and “reforms” without inserting “ridiculous” in the middle)—will have seen JAKAF’s full-page Idaho Statesman ad two weeks ago. It came as a shock for those who believed JAKAF was a nonpartisan institution with the noble intention of improving our educational environment. But the ad showed a bitter truth: JAKAF has become no different from any of the other carnival barkers (i.e., Idaho Farm Bureau, Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry) who shill for the in-state corporate oligarchy. (The relationships are so incestuous, JAKAF’s CEO until recently sat on the board of directors of a Virginiabased online provider that contributed most generously to getting Luna elected. More on this in Part II.) The JAKAF ad might never have surfaced had the public’s response to Luna’s ridiculous reforms not been so overwhelmingly negative. But as JAKAF has injected itself into the debate, Idahoans need to examine seriously the arguments it makes. SOSFTLF would like to join with those who have made the enlightenment of our youngsters their purpose in life (i.e., the Idaho Education Association, more than 15,000 Idaho teachers, and thousands of conscientious parents) and refute JAKAF’s ridiculous support of Luna’s ridiculous reforms. Let us start with the claim that, by virtue of having shoveled $400 million into WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Idaho’s education system over a 15-year span, JAKAF is now an authority on the subject. That much money over that period of time averages out to less than $27 million a year—which alongside an annual budget of $1 billion is hardly an impressive figure. Yet from the vaunted position as a drop in the bucket, it feels confident in declaring: “While money matters, it is NOT the solution.” The ad goes on to explain how critical a college education is to the future workforce, and how poorly positioned Idaho is to contribute to that educated working population. “Only one in four high school graduates is deemed college ready,” the ad warns, and “Idaho is in the bottom 10 states for collegegoing rates, and dead last ... for our postsecondary retention rates.” We trust that JAKAF has those numbers straight. We are depressingly aware of how miserably Idaho ranks in most categories, including the money-per-student ratio— which is 49th in the nation—and average pay for our teachers, which is 39th. Those are inconvenient figures that JAKAF does not provide in its ad, and nowhere on the page does it admit that there may be a cause-andeffect between Idaho’s miserly investment in students and the dismal return they bring in terms of going to college and staying there until they graduate. (Nor does it bring up the reality that Idaho’s institutions of higher learning are, semester after semester, charging more and offering less, but that’s for another discussion.) Parents, if you knew your children were “dead last” at something, how would you remedy the problem? Would you adopt some goosey, ideology-driven solution that would eliminate as many of the field’s hands-on experts as possible—a la Luna’s ridiculous reforms? Or would you inquire as to why better performers are performing better? Why are so many other nations kicking our academic asses? Do you seriously suppose it’s by eliminating teachers and kindergartens, then steering students and tax dollars to online cronies? Why do Connecticut and Massachusetts have the highest percentage of degree holders in the nation? And pointedly, why are states that would never dream of electing a man of Luna’s caliber to the highest education office consistently at the top of the same lists Idaho is consistently at the bottom of? This will be a most crucial societal challenge confronting Idahoans, this choice between our kids’ best interests and a few extremists’ dogmatic fever to privatize things that should never be reduced to profit/loss. Next week, we will examine how out-of-state concerns are fueling this horror. Until then, ask yourselves: 1) if Luna is so damn proud of this plan of his, why’d he wait until the election was over to bring it up and 2) just how disingenuous does a guy have to be in Idaho to get himself recalled from office?

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Here is Egypt, America’s neo-con dream come true. Democracy! In the Middle East! And it isn’t costing us a single soldier. You’d think American policy makers would be pleased as punch. So why are they messing it up? At first glance, the uprising in Egypt puts the United States in an awkward spot. We’ve propped up Hosni Mubarak for three decades. But the Obama administration had an easy way out. They could have disavowed the policies of the past 30 years, policies they merely inherited. The president could have made a clean break, announcing that he is cutting off U.S. funding to the Mubarak regime until things settled down. Then shut up. Simple. Yet he didn’t. First, there’s the arrogance. On Fox News President Barack Obama agreed with Bill O’Reilly that he doesn’t want the Muslim Brotherhood to take over. “I want a representative government in Egypt,” Obama said. Dude, what matters is what the Egyptians want. There’s the shortsightedness. Like previous presidents, Obama doesn’t understand that repression isn’t a synonym for stability. There’s the failure to recognize the broader implications. Hated for Egypt’s joint blockade with Israel of the Gaza Strip, Mubarak is viewed throughout the Muslim world as the embodiment of American-funded corruption. Last but not least, there’s that classic Cold War-era mistake: backing the wrong side. In this case, Mubarak’s new vice president Omar Suleiman. Since 1993 Suleiman has run Egypt’s feared Mukhabarat intelligence agency. He is Egypt’s chief torturer.

As head of the General Intelligence Directorate, Suleiman was the Bush administration’s main liaison and coordinator for its “extraordinary rendition” program. Victims of extraordinary rendition are kidnapped by CIA agents and illegally transferred to other countries for the purpose of being tortured. According to experts on the war on terror, Suleiman is a torturer’s torturer, a hard man who sets a high bar—from which he hangs his bleeding victims. Personally. One of the CIA’s victims was Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born Australian citizen. U.S. agents bought him from Pakistani intelligence and shipped him to Egypt. “In Egypt,” reports Lisa Hajjar for Al Jazeera, “he was repeatedly subjected to electric shocks, immersed in water up to his nostrils and beaten. His fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks. At one point, his interrogator slapped him so hard that his blindfold was dislodged, revealing the identity of his tormentor: Suleiman.” Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi was a former trainer in the Afghan jihadi camps who famously “confessed” a connection between Saddam Hussein and al -Qaida while under torture in one of Suleiman’s dungeons. Colin Powell cited al-Libi’s “information” in his 2003 speech of lies to the United Nations arguing for war against Iraq. Note the word “was.” Al-Libi died in a Libyan prison in 2009. Suleiman’s fearsome resume may come as a surprise to you. But Egyptians know all about him. Headlines like “Obama Backs Suleiman-Led Transition” (from The New York Times) aren’t making us more popular.

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NEWS/ROTUNDA NEWS B EN W ILS ON

WATER RISING As a wet forecast looms, only 1.4 percent of Idahoans have flood insurance GEORGE PRENTICE We have been spoiled. December’s blast of snow left Idaho’s ski resorts knee-deep in white gold. January dried up roadways, leaving a driver-friendly journey to the slopes. In the Treasure Valley, record high temperatures in the 60s tempted us to consider short-sleeve shirts. That’s all over now. But don’t take our word for it. Consider the meteorologists. Not the weather boys on the 10 p.m. news. While Rick, Vin and Scott are checking their hair and make-up, the men and women at the Boise office of the National Weather Service are studying jet streams and radar and satellite imageries. While Larry’s seven-day forecast is something “where your weekend is always in view,” the scientists at the NWS are poring over an outlook for the next 60 days. “Let me show you what’s going on,” said Jay Breidenbach, rolling his chair to one of the nearly dozen monitors at the official Boise weather center. Breidenbach is senior hydrologist at the NWS, which means he’s the go-to guy for all things water—snow and ice and just about every other weather event. Breidenbach pointed to a techni-color map of equatorial sea surface temperatures from half a world away. “Look at this blue infrared reading at the equator,” said Breidenbach. “This is definitely an anomaly. Look at how cool the equatorial waters have become. Add that to the fact that we’re in a La Nina year, and we can expect a much colder, much wetter weather pattern.” Even the most casual viewer of the Weather Channel knows something about La Nina, the mysterious climatological condition occurring every five to seven years. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

“In La Nina, a high pressure system blocks the polar jet stream, allowing the Pacific jet stream to scoop up the West Coast of North America,” said Breidenbach. “It pile drives the Pacific Northwest with big storms like we had this past Christmas. It alternates with a pattern that brings in bitterly cold air down from Canada. So average that over a whole season, and you’ll get below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation.” Translation? There’s a good chance that Idaho’s snowpack will increase significantly during the next 30 to 60 days. Good news for the ski resorts. Scary news if you live anywhere near a river. “We just met with the weather service,” said Payette County Sheriff Chad Huff. “We’ve got a pretty good game plan in case of flood. The technology is so much better than it was in 1997.” Huff and his colleagues remember 1997 well: A record-breaking 14.5 feet of water filled the Payette River. “It cascaded over the river banks,” said Capt. Toby Hauntz of the Payette County Sheriff’s Department. “It filled the streets. Downtown Payette was flooded.” If 1997 is too far back for some to remember, Huff and Hauntz want Idahoans to recall June 2010. “Technically, it was labeled a moderate flood,” said Hauntz. “But it was the third-highest on record. The Payette peaked at 13.69 feet. It had great potential to be disastrous.” The Payette Sheriff’s Department will have a new gizmo at its disposal this flood season. “We have four new sandbag machines,” said Huff. “They can fill 800 bags an hour.”

Huff estimated one house near the river could easily require 3,000 to 4,000 sandbags. In Breidenbach’s just-released water supply forecast, the Payette River, and nearly every tributary in Idaho, is running at or above a 30year average. The Boise River, for instance, is forecast to run 102 percent of average through the spring. Heightened danger for flooding due to cresting rivers can, of course, lead to devastating damage. However, a recent report from the Federal Emergency Management System indicated that Idaho is poorly prepared. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program reports that only 1.4 percent of Idaho’s households are covered by flood insurance. The policies typically take 30 days to become effective. FEMA has launched floodsmart.gov as a clearinghouse for flood preparation. “We certainly see the river levels as an issue. And we’re keeping a close eye on the La Nina pattern, but let me show you something else,” said Breidenbach. He next accessed an imagery map of Idaho snowpacks. “You’ll remember that we had blizzard conditions in some parts of Idaho around the holidays, at Thanksgiving and again between Christmas and New Year’s Day,” said Breidenbach. “That dropped a ton of snow in the mountains. What’s very important is that high elevations have gained considerable snow-water equivalent. It’s not the depth of the snow that matters, but rather how much water would be in that snow if you melted it down. So, as the storms roll in over the next couple of months, precipitation is added to the existing snow, and the snow-water equivalent grows. When it begins to melt and run off, it’s a growing factor in possible flooding.”

“F” FOR THE IBCEE Christine Donnell should understand the consequences of plagiarism. When she was superintendent of the Meridian School District, the largest in the state, she oversaw a policy that prohibits stealing someone else’s words. District policy states that “the consequence for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment.” To that end, Vince Hannity, president of the Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence, flunked out Feb. 7 when he lifted someone else’s words for testimony before the Idaho Senate Education Committee. Yet Hannity wouldn’t take all the blame. He was quick to share the unsavory act with Donnell, executive director of IBCEE. “It wasn’t my statement,” said Hannity. “I just used it. One of my colleagues, Christine Donnell, gave it to me.” While testifying in favor of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s sweeping plan for education reform, Hannity lauded the proposals as “bold and innovative.” He didn’t stop there. “The world is indifferent to tradition and past reputations, unforgiving of frailty and ignorant of custom and practice,” said Hannity. It’s heady stuff but the words belong to someone else. In a 2010 essay for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Education Directorate Andreas Schleicher wrote: “In 2010, the world is now more indifferent to tradition and past reputations of educational establishments. It is unforgiving to frailty and ignorant of custom or practice.” In last week’s testimony, Hannity continued: “Success will go to those individuals, states and countries that are swift to adapt.” In 2010, Schleicher wrote: “Success will go to those individuals and countries that are swift to adapt.” When BW asked if he knew of Schleicher, Hannity said, “No, I’m not familiar with him.” Hannity said he had no problem lifting someone else’s words. “So?” responded Hannity. “So I used somebody else’s language. I’m not practicing journalism here. Lots of people do this, and they don’t always provide the attribution for it. Is that wrong as well?” When BW asked if Hannity or Donnell would issue a correction or proper attribution, Hannity said, “Why don’t you go ahead and do that for me?” —George Prentice

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NEWS GLENN LANDB ER G/ B W AR C HIVES

Michael Faison, executive director of Idaho Commission on the Arts: “We haven’t hit that breaking point, and I hope that we don’t.”

FOR ART’S SAKE Arts Commission faces risk of fewer grants ANDREW CRISP Not everybody on the take from Idaho’s general fund is duking it out with lawmakers over millions of dollars. Case in point: The Idaho Commission on the Arts is doing its best to hold onto a mere $700,000. “Creativity takes courage, and so does supporting a creative climate,” ICA Executive Director Michael Faison told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee Feb. 11. “Although culture cannot compete with national or social security, we do need to maintain our cultural traditions.” The ICA funnels thousands of dollars in grant money to artists and the communities every year. ICA administrators help with the business end of the arts world and collaborate on the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Lawmakers are looking at more than just Health and Welfare and Education dollars to balance the budget. Not that dwindling state funds are anything new over at the Arts Commission. In the case of ICA, the state hasn’t been able to match the federal funds allotted since 2009. “The state has to match the federal funding,” said Faison. “Right now we’re undermatched with the federal grants.” With most agencies, if the state doesn’t match it, the feds don’t gift it. Not so with the NEA, which Faison says breaks the mold for a federal agency. It’s floating the ICA the extra cash, but nobody can say for how long. What Faison worries about is the financial health of the endowment. A select group of congressmen in Washington, D.C., are looking into scaling back the NEA to help save the national deficit. “Idaho would be in an awful position if we were to lose the endowment,” said Faison. “States with small populations like Idaho

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are the greatest beneficiaries of that level of service.” As for the state level, Faison told Boise Weekly he appreciated how lawmakers responded to his presentation. That may have something to do with the legislative Sword of Damocles hanging above Idaho’s contribution to the ICA. “It’s still under wraps,” said Emmett Republican Steven Thayn. He’s putting forth a bill that would cut out the commission entirely. “I don’t have an emotional attachment to it or anything,” claims Thayn. Half of the 10 employees at the ICA are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Responding to a question fielded by JFAC member Meridian Republican Marv Hagedorn, Faison remained confident that the ICA could sustain the governor’s recommended cut. He even suggested they could sustain a bit more, if necessary. “I would expect that grant making would be smaller,” said Faison of less state funding. “At a certain gray point it becomes more difficult for the rural communities, so that’s a concern. We haven’t hit that breaking point, and I hope that we don’t.” But should Thayn’s bill become desirable by lawmakers, the ICA could be in trouble. “I would worry that we would start losing our ability to serve many of the rural communities,” said Faison. “We have a statewide mission. As much as we value [the urban areas], we also value those rural communities, and we have a charge to serve them. “We’re just putting ideas out on the table,” said Thayn. “And then people can pick, and go with what makes sense.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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TONI HARDESTY DEQ director clears the air GEORGE PRENTICE

How big is the department this year? We have about 340 employees statewide, the smallest number since we became an agency in 2000. What is your proposed budget for fiscal year 2012? Approximately $61.6 million with 58 percent coming from federal funds, 23 percent coming from state general funds and 19 percent from dedicated funds. What does state primacy mean? The federal government has environmental regulations that all states have to comply with. That’s for air quality, water quality and a number of other environmental programs. We have to meet the minimum federal standards. The state issues permits and negotiates compliance agreements. Idaho has had that primacy for many years. If we can’t meet those minimum requirements, the feds are going to come in and take over. Many of our programs are maintained by something called maintenance of effortmatching funds. If we don’t meet that effort, you have to give the money back to the feds, making the problem even worse. What’s the risk of losing that? On the matching funds for air quality we’re very close. The closest we’ve ever been.

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On the primacy issue, our biggest challenge is with water quality monitoring. Two years ago, the Legislature suspended our monitoring for what we thought would be one year. The suspension continued the next year. So now, if we don’t do it this coming year, it could be three years without any survey of hundreds of lakes, rivers and tributaries. The Clean Water Act says this is a responsibility. We have to submit a biannual report on the status of our waters. If we haven’t been monitoring, it’s going to be very hard to provide that report. Is the auto emissions testing program in Canyon County a success? Yes. The reality is that, in fact, we are identifying what we call “gross emitters,” vehicles that are exceeding the standards. And those vehicles are getting fixed. When that occurs, the air quality improves. We’ve been hearing that quite a few Canyon County vehicles still need to comply. What’s interesting is that if you look at Ada County, the number of registrants that have not complied is pretty much on par with Canyon County. I guess there is a sector of the population that will risk revocation of their registration just for not having their vehicle tested. I’m sure you know that there are some Idaho legislators who are not fans of this department and would like to see the DEQ gutted. We’ve certainly heard from some of them. But if you gut or cut the DEQ, it doesn’t mean environmental regulations go away. No matter how much some people may not like working with us, they really don’t like working with someone in some far-off federal office.

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Tonya Jones grew up in Kimberly, Idaho. Most everyone has called her Toni since she was a little girl. She met Doug Hardesty in 1987 and they married a year later. Today, Toni Hardesty is director of the Department of Environmental Quality. Working with a decreasing staff count and a shrinking budget, the DEQ continues to safeguard Idaho’s air, land and water.

Are you always working on relationshipbuilding? Absolutely. Going back to the budget issue, it’s one of the hardest arguments to make. Some lawmakers don’t necessarily connect the dots when talking about cutting or gutting the DEQ, but in the end they’ll get the exact opposite of what they want. Working with our customers, helping them to craft options and comply with regulations takes time, people and resources. Believe me, that takes a lot more time than simply issuing violations and threatening people with penalties. We’re committed to working out solutions. Your staff is doing a lot more with less. It has to be a major challenge to keep them. The people who work for DEQ are consummate public servants. These are incredible people who keep coming back year after year to serve the public. They haven’t had pay raises in years. Plus, they’re getting furloughed. Is that the worst part of your job? Without a doubt. It’s not being able to reward employees or keep their salaries commensurate with their skill sets and expertise. And what is the best part? Doing something that I believe makes a huge difference. I don’t think a lot of people go to work and by the end of the day, they’ve done something that really has a positive impact on the state. I get to feel that.

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A resurrection will take place in Boise at the Egyptian Theatre when Opera Idaho brings the 107-year-old opera Madama Butterfly back to life. The story was written for the stage by American playwright and Broadway producer David Belasco as a short play. It was not well received at its premiere, however, composer Giacomo Puccini saw the play and was inspired by the story of an American officer, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio San. The two have a child, but the officer abandons her for another woman, only to return years later in an attempt to take their child back. Over the next four years, Puccini spent tedious hours setting Madama Butterfly to music, and his production premiered in Milan in 1904. Now, more than 100 years later, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will be performed at the Egyptian Theatre, with soprano Eleni Calenos as Cio-Cio San and Christopher Bengochea as B.F. Pinkerton. Previews will be led by Executive Director Mark Junkert one hour before all performances, whetting your appetite for some good opera. Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m.; $22-$69 adults, $20-$62 seniors, $15-$54 children. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-3871273, operaidaho. org. LAU

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THURSDAY FEB. 17 music CHAD SUMMERVILL CD RELEASE For most people, realizing you’ve been working on something for 15 years might give you pause. You might think to yourself, “Self, why don’t you let this go? Move on. Try something new.” But for local musician Chad Summervill, songs that he has been performing since around 1995 have been as much a part of his life as, say, a favorite hat. So he decided to take some really old songs, some kind-of-old songs and some new songs and put them together on a new release, the 12-track Winter of Your Life, a CD that could be considered a musical memoir. “This CD is basically a culmination of a bunch of different songs that have always worked for me [live],” Summervill said. “It’s a pretty eclectic mix, and it’s eclectic because these songs span a long time.” Summervill also borrowed a couple of tunes for the CD, including the Irish song, “The Town I Loved So Well” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which like many of the other tunes on the CD has a Celtic flair. He also borrowed the talents of a number of well-versed musicians, and the CD sings with not only the usual suspects of drums, bass, guitar and keyboard but also fiddle, violin, saxophone and tin whistle. Winter of Your Life is a heartfelt journey through the music of Summervill’s own life, and while it is by no means a hard-rocking release, his CD release party at the Linen Building has the potential to rock, since all of the people who lent their talents to the album will join Summervill on stage—including his wife Vashti Summervill. 6 p.m., $7. Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com. Tickets available at Record Exchange or brownpapertickets.com.

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Let Eleni Calenos’ singing give you butterflies.

THURSDAY FEB. 17 soups BASQUE SOUPS We’re a bunch of Basque Market soup freaks here at BW. So much so, that when they whip up a new batch of our office favs, they pick up the phone and tip us off. But when we found out that the Basque Market is giving away the secrets to both their insanely creamy/ woodsy mushroom bisque and the pudding-thick tomato basil bisque at a special Basque soup-making workshop, we felt oddly conflicted.

Is it better to remain awestruck at their mad soup skills? Or pluck the proverbial apple and ruin the magic in exchange for DIY bisque bliss? After much deliberation, we decided knowledge trumps magic. For $30, you, too, can learn the secrets to some of the best bisques in town, then pass that knowledge down to your children, and your children’s children, and your children’s children’s robots. Just don’t forget to call ahead to reserve your spot. 6 p.m., $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-120, thebasquemarket.com.

FRIDAYSATURDAY FEB. 18-19 lady parts THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Valentine’s Day requires a little postmortem TLC, no matter what your relationship status. We’re all in luck. On Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, the post-Valentine’s Day weekend kicks off with something we can all appreciate: vaginas. The word vagina is intimidating for some and for others, it’s downright frightening. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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These Portlanders march to the beat of a different drummer.

SATURDAY FEB. 19 marching bands MARCH FOURTH MARCHING BAND The eclectic adult marching band isn’t a new concept. Brooklyn’s the Hungry March Band—a rag tag team of drumbeaters and horn-blowing hipsters—has been storming the streets of New York since 1997. San Francisco’s Extra Action Marching Band has also been blasting through bars and crashing parties complete with pom-pom-wielding cheerleaders since 1999. A number of niche marching bands have even sprung up amid the revival—Denver’s Itchy-O Marching Band bills itself as the “world’s only percussion-centered electronic marching band,” while Brooklyn’s Rude Mechanical Orchestra, comprised mostly of members of the queer and trans community, play “protests, demonstrations, direct actions, picket lines, marches, benefits and events for good causes.” But even amid all its eclectic marching band revivalist peers, Portland, Ore.’s March Fourth Marching Band—or M4—stands out for its wildly theatrical live performances. Comprised of musicians, stilt walkers, acrobats and dancers, March Fourth describes its vibe as “a Fellini-esque mix of Mardi Gras mayhem, afro beat, Mexican hustle, sultry samba, big band and gypsy folk.” M4 invaded Boise last summer as a part of the Tour de Fat bike circus, and now it’s returning for a special blow-out at the Bouquet with openers Lynx on Saturday, Feb. 19. 8 p.m. doors, $17 adv., $20 door. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St. For tickets, call the Egyptian Theatre box office at 208-387-1273 or visit egyptiantheatre.net.

And that’s exactly the point of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues: If you don’t truly love ever y part of yourself, you can’t really love others. But if you’re scared off by the thought of all that loinlove, see The Vagina Monologues for a good cause. The play is sponsored by Boise State’s Coalition Against the Abuse of Women, and the event supports V-Day, a

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campaign that seeks to end violence and sexual abuse of women. Boise State is one of many venues around the country participating in this event, raising both money and awareness. Friday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; $7 general, $5 students. Boise State Student Union Building, Special Events Center, 208-4264636, sub.boisestate.edu.

Collapse Theater: like a bull in a sweat shop.

SATURDAY FEB. 19 theater COLLAPSE THEATER The leading contenders for Boise’s anarchists-in-residence are Kelly Broich and the team behind American Films. Broich is a screenwriter and filmmaker by trade, with a genuine Hollywood agent and everything. But he spends most of his time making films in his garage—films that are not sent to festivals or theaters, though they’re occasionally uploaded to Youtube. They’re certainly not financially viable. In fact, whether other people like them or not doesn’t matter at all. Broich says if anything, he makes them as therapy. But that doesn’t mean no one is interested. Some of the videos uploaded to the American Films Youtube channel have up to 15,000 views. Last fall’s Absurdist Film Festival, which featured several of Broich’s films, was a hit—as far as independent film festivals go. This week, Broich launches a new venture: Collapse Theater, a monthly series of films and live theatrical presentations that aim to stretch the boundaries of comfort and taste. “It’s going to be a writer-driven theater group,” says Broich. “All the writing will be satirical/absurdist, avant-garde, subversive, etc.” The theme for Collapse Theater’s maiden performance is Corporate Night, which will feature short films and sketches skewering the cultish nature of motivational seminars, corporate culture and advertising tropes. Future planned themes include, Fuck the Earth Night (tentatively scheduled near Earth Day) and simply Fuck You Night. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297, facebook.com/collapsetheater.

The war on urban ugliness has reached an exciting new pinnacle. No longer does the burden of city beautification rest on hunched backs of guerilla gardeners flitting through the streetlight shadows. Now, thanks to Los Angeles-based design firm Common Studio, those who want to add a lush splash of color to an abandoned parking lot or a cracked sidewalk need only a little pocket change. Employing uber high-tech thecommonstudio.com quarter-operated candy machine technology, Common Studio has developed Greenaid seed bomb vending machines. Seed bombs—golf-ball-sized, self-contained flowerpots made from a mix of seeds, compost and clay—can be pitched, baseball-style, into junk-filled dumps or shot like a bullet from a slingshot into fenced-off lots. Greenaid’s mission is to be an “interactive public awareness campaign ... that engages directly yet casually with local residents to both reveal and remedy issues of spatial inequity in their community.” Though Boise doesn’t currently have any Greenaid seed bomb vending machines, local boutique Bricolage will be getting one soon. Any business or concerned citizen— nudge, nudge—can purchase or rent a machine easily. The company helps develop “a seed mix as well as a strategic neighborhood intervention plan.” This is a war we can dig. —Tara Morgan

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY FEB. 16 On Stage DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— Compelled to answer a dead man’s cell phone, Jean suddenly finds herself entangled with his family and friends. 7 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org. NORWAY—Idaho native Samuel D. Hunter wrote this play about two high school friends, their ultimate relationship and how it affected those around them. 8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. The event is a project of Living Liberally, an organization that is all about fostering progressive communities through social networks and events. 7 p.m. FREE. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3456620, drinkingliberally.org. PAELLA AND TAPAS CLASS— Learn how to make classic Basque dishes. Class fills up quickly, so call to reserve your spot. 6 p.m. $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.

Workshops & Classes KNITTING SKILL SET CLASS— Learn the basics to knowledgeably choosing yarn and projects, know how to make a gauge switch and more. Bring worsted yarn and sizes 6, 7, 8 and 9 needles to class. 1-3 p.m. $25. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com. WATERCOLOR PAINTING— Bob Fagan teaches watercolor techniques. Students must be at least 18 years old. Call Bob at 208-870-2568 for more info. 3:30-5:30 p.m. $40 for four classes, plus cost of supplies. Hobby Lobby, 3547 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-4798, hobbylobby.com.

Art ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests (age 62 and older) receive free admission all day plus a guided talk on the current exhibit. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.

Talks & Lectures CRIMINAL JUSTICE LECTURE— Kirk Bloodsworth tells his story about how he was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and spent eight years in prison for it. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000, boisestate.edu.

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TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY—Help 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, 208-5706900, boisepubliclibrary.com.

BACKYARD POULTRY CLASS— Informative three-session class for new chicken owners. Call Stephanie at 208-459-6003 for more info. 6-9 p.m. $20 per pair. University of Idaho Canyon County Extension Office, 501 Main St., Caldwell.

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TEN-DAY CLEANSE—Get a consult on an individually tailored cleanse with Dr. Emily Penney, ND. Fee includes the consult, all products and two group classes. E-mail boisenaturalhealth@gmail. com to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $195. Boise Natural Health, 4219 Emerald St., 208-3380405, boisenaturalhealth.com. VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—Surprise your sweetheart with an aerial tour of the Treasure Valley. Visit for more info. $99 per couple. Call 208453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

On Stage DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—A seriously funny comedy written by Oscar Wilde. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. Meyer-McLean Theater, 676 SW. Fifth Ave. (Four Rivers Cultural Center), Ontario, Ore., 541-881-8822, tvcc.cc.

NOISE/CD REVIEW MATISYAHU: LIVE AT STUBB’S VOL. II Have you ever gone to a concert of one of your favorite artists, only to realize that the music isn’t nearly as good live as it is on a CD? Matisyahu’s new album, Live at Stubb’s: Volume II—recorded at the famous Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas— is the perfect marriage of recorded and live music from the Jewish reggae/ hip-hop artist. The instrumentation takes center stage during long, jam session-esque interludes and Matisyahu’s voice shines through his unrestricted range and genre-blending delivery. On “Two Child One Drop,” he raps an impressive verse and then effortlessly transitions into a bass-heavy reggae chorus. However, Matisyahu’s genres aren’t limited to reggae and hip hop. On the song “I Will Be Light,” Matisyahu slows the show down with a vocal performance that would have Jason Mraz considering retirement. It is Matisyahu’s ability to transition between styles, musical genres and even languages that make him a needle in today’s musical haystack, in which so much sounds the same. His observations on the ills of the world also provide a much-needed breath of fresh air from the commercialized subject matter of mainstream music. Live at Stubb’s: Volume II reveals not only a passionate Matisyahu and his flawless band, but also captures the atmosphere of a live concert, from the sounds of the audience to Matisyahu’s interactions with the crowd, putting the listener in the front row. The only things missing from this live performance are the overpriced beers and week-long hearing loss. —Alex Blackwell WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


8 DAYS OUT NORWAY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org. 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 ticketturtle.com. Call 208-3850021 for more info. 7 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.

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EXPLORING TEAS—Gain insight about the cultivation and harvesting of teas, as well as the complexities and flavor profiles of different varieties. Taught by Victoria Chow, the owner of Morning Glory Tea. 6:30 p.m. $20. Her Spirit Center for Growth, 5181 Overland Road, Boise, 208-345-3588.

Workshops & Classes ITALIAN: LEVEL ONE—Full immersion language class taught by a native speaker. Call for more info. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $140 per month. CR Languages, 720 W. Idaho St., Ste. 32, Boise, 208-867-8011, crlanguages.com.

BASQUE SOUPS—Learn how to make traditional mushroom bisque and tomato bisque soups. See Picks, Page 12. 6 p.m. $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.

THREADBENDERS—All fiber workers welcome. Bring a project and a cup of tea and hang out with other threadbenders. 6:30 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.

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

Literature SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS—Group discussion where writers of science fiction can discuss their projects and current trends in the genre. 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.

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Talks & Lectures CANADA AS AN ENERGY SUPERPOWER—Roger Ramcharita of the Alberta Department of Environment will talk about environmental concerns and what the Canadian government and industry are doing in response. 3-4:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-2468. IRAQI WATER MANAGEMENT— Lecture on how the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Agency for International Development has been assisting the Iraqi government in renovating their water system. 5:30 p.m. $5 lecture only, $25 dinner. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208343-4611, owyheeplaza.com.

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

Odds & Ends CHANT MASTER PETER TANORIKIHO—Come experience chanting. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, facetsofhealing.com. 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, mackandcharlies.com. LAST CALL TRIVIA—Followed by Anarchist Karaoke on Tuesdays and Sundays. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811. VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—See Wednesday. $99 per couple. Call 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

Animals & Pets K9 UNIT: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL—Meet the canine members of the Boise Police Department and their officer handlers. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.

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DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org.

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8 DAYS OUT GABE DUNN—Fueled by Desperation Comedy Tour. 8 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. Meyer-McLean Theater, 676 SW. Fifth Ave. (Four Rivers Cultural Center), Ontario, Ore., 541-881-8822, tvcc.cc. MADAMA BUTTERFLY— Puccini’s classic opera based on David Belasco’s one-act play. See Picks, Page 12. 7:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454, egyptiantheatre.net. NORWAY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org. PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—The Starlight Mountain Theatre puts its own spin on the classic opera. Call 208-4625523 or visit starlightmt.org for more info. 7:30 p.m. $10-$22. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425. 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, 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. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES—Performance of the episodic play written by Eve Ensler, sponsored by the Coalition Against the Abuse of Women and the Boise State Women’s Center. See Picks, Page 12. 7 p.m. $5 students, $7 general. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.

POETRY READING—English majors from Boise State will read their work. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, rdbooks.org.

IMPROVOLUTION—Professional improv comedy show including skits, stand-up and audience participation. 7:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.

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

VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—See Wednesday. $99 per couple. Call 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

SATURDAY FEB. 19 On Stage COLLAPSE THEATER: CORPORATE NIGHT— See plays written by Kelly Broich, music with Brett Netson of Built to Spill and short films. See Picks, Page 12. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org. FAMILY SERIES BALLET: THE PIANO—Interactive introduction to the ballet for children. Noon. $10. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—See Thursday. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. Meyer-McLean Theater, 676 SW. Fifth Ave., Ontario, Ore., 541881-8822, tvcc.cc.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$22. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425. PITA PUN—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $8-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., 208336-7383, pdplayhouse.com. STEEL MAGNOLIAS— See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $5 students, $7 general. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, sub. boisestate.edu.

Food & Drink BEER DINNER—Kris from New Belgium Brewing will be on hand during this beer and food pairing dinner to talk about how different styles of beer are paired with foods. Ticket includes dinner and beer. Call to reserve a spot. 7 p.m. $35. Schooner’s, 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-8843737.

Concerts THE LANGROISE TRIO—The trio will perform Beethoven’s “String Trio in E Flat Major” and David Allen Earnest’s Opus and “String Trio No. 3.” 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

Art OPENING RECEPTION—Meet artists Lori McNee, Shanna Kunz and Cary Henrie during the opening of the gallery’s new exhibit “Elemental Nature.” 8 p.m. FREE. Kneeland Gallery, 271 First Ave. N., Sun Valley, 208-726-5512, kneelandgallery. com.

Literature BE STILL MY BEATING HEART—Local writers Amanda Turner, Brandon Follett and Jem Wierenga will wear their hearts on their sleeves as they read selections from their work related to Valentine’s Day. 7 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220, hydeparkbookstore.com.

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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 CHILI COOK-OFF—The Meridian Fire Department’s third annual chili cook-off to benefit their Pipes and Drums ensemble. Vote for your favorite chili and stick around for the judging at 3 p.m. Call 208-888-1234 for more info. Noon-4 p.m. $4-$5. Meridian Speedway, 335 E. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-2813, meridianspeedway.com.

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FAMILY FIELD TRIP DAY—Bring the family and enjoy a day of free activities featuring birds of prey, including games, films, tours and demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, peregrinefund.org.

TEEN FICTION FOR GROWNUPS GROUP—Discussion of Matched by Ally Condie. 3-4:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.

Kids & Teens

THE LANGROISE TRIO—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. (College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208-459-5011.

Workshops & Classes THE WATER-WISE HOME— Learn how to conserve water in your home and yard. There will be children’s activities including seed planting, painting and more. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/bee/watershed. SEED STARTING CLASS—Experts from all 10 Treasure Valley Zamzows stores will talk about how to start seeds indoors for the upcoming planting season. 10-11 a.m. FREE. All Zamzows locations, zamzows.com.

On Stage THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $6-$8. Meyer-McLean Theater, 676 SW. Fifth Ave. (Four Rivers Cultural Center), Ontario, Ore., 541-881-8822, tvcc.cc. MADAMA BUTTERFLY— See Friday. 2:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre. net.

MARIONETTE SHOW—Take in a puppet show at the library. All ages welcome. Noon-1 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, gardencity.lili.org.

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THERAPY DOGS—Each month children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.

SUNDAY MARKET—Local artisans showcase their arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and more during this indoor market. Part of the proceeds for this month will benefit the Discovery Center of Idaho, and musicians Lisa Simpson and Ryan Peck will perform. The Boise Rock School will also hold a free introductory class at 1 p.m. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3850111, thelinenbuilding.com.

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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, heirloomdancestudio.com.

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

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VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—See Wednesday. $99 per couple. Call 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

BLIZZARD BASH FUNDRAISER—Acoustic country concert featuring Danielle Peck and Jeff Bates, along with dinner catered by the Texas Roadhouse round out this evening of entertainment and fundraising to benefit the Special Olympics. Visit idso. org for more info. 6 p.m. $100. Sportsmans Warehouse, 3797 E. Fairview Ave., 208-884-3000.

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LAST CALL TRIVIA—See Thursday. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379, liquidboise.com.

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID SUNDAYS—Free pool tournament and karaoke. Noon-6 p.m. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3223430. VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—See Wednesday. $99 per couple. Call 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

MONDAY FEB. 21 On Stage

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

POETRY SLAM DELUX—Open slam, with a cash prize for the winner. Featuring Brit Shostak. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux. com.

Literature ANIMATICS—The rowdy group meets to share their love of Manga and Anime. 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org. PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP—Performance poet Brit Shostak will lead this workshop that is part of the Spoken Word Reading and Workshop Series. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-1677.

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8 DAYS OUT Citizen NETWORKING JOB CLUB— Club meets to offer leads, tips, insights and ideas with focus on career assessment, finding the hidden job market, networking, Internet success, developing a successful resume and interview coaching. Facilitator and guest speakers. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208853-0011.

ECLECTIC BOOK CLUB—Prepare to meet author Heidi Durrow in March by reading her novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky this month. 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org. TEEN READER—Discussion of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking: Book One by Patrick Ness. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.

Kids & Teens AMAZING JOURNEYS BOOK FIND—If you’ve already read Call of the Wild for Boise’s Big Read, librarian Jim Jatkevicius will help you find your next read about epic journeys, harrowing adventures and unforgettable stories. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.

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AFTER SCHOOL ART—A chance for kids ages 6-12 years old to express themselves artistically. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org.

TEMPERAMENT TESTING FOR A PLEASANT POOCH—The Meridian Humane Society will help determine the right pet for you. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-888-4451, mld.org.

BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. What more could you ask for? 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, drinkfattys.com.

Odds & Ends BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-6699. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR COMMON GROUND CHOIR—The community choir welcomes new voices. Come and listen, meet the director and join the choir. 6:45 p.m. FREE. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731, commongroundboise.org. 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, adalib.org. VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—See Wednesday, Feb. 16. $99 per couple. Call 208453-8577, silverhawkaviation. net.

TUESDAY FEB. 22 Screen JOURNEY INTO TIBET SLIDESHOW—Tim Brim presents a slide show highlighting Tibetan life in conjunction with a monthlong celebration of the country and its culture. 7 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-0273, shangri-la-tea.com.

Workshops & Classes ITALIAN: LEVEL ONE—See Thursday. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $140 per month. CR Languages, 720 W. Idaho St., Ste. 32, Boise, 208-867-8011, crlanguages. com.

Literature BOOK CLUB—Each month features a new book. This month’s book is The Call of the Wild by Jack London. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org.

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NOISE/CD REVIEW THE SOFT BOYS: A CAN OF BEES Robyn Hitchcock has been making noise for three-and-a-half decades. While you might know him from the Egyptians or the Venus 3 or his enduring solo career, before he was an Egyptian or a Venusian, Hitchcock was leader of the Soft Boys. The Soft Boys’ breed of jagged, confident rock ’n’ roll resists categorization: not quite punk, not quite psychedelia and not quite New Wave, but close enough to stay dry under the umbrellas of all three. This reissue of the longout-of-print 1979 debut captures Hitchcock’s eccentric surrealist swagger in a louder, rawer fashion than his later work. Although it lacks the scope and balance of their masterpiece, Underwater Moonlight, it is still a satisfying, worthwhile effort. The opening track, “Give it to the Soft Boys,” hits hard with sharp riffs and choppy chords that stab through Hitchcock’s wild screams preceding the chorus. “The Pigworker” sucker-punches the listener with a faster, more persistent guitar hook, and in “Human Music” the boys slow down, delivering a ballad of longing and absurdism: “I hung the phone up many times on angels when they rang / Their melodies were sickly sweet like overripe meringue.” The album finishes with three live recordings, including a faithful cover of John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey.” A sticker on the packaging promises a “Download of Digital Album plus 9 Tracks of Rare and Unreleased Music,” but at the Yeproc website, the only song provided was “Human Music,” which the CD already includes. When these issues surface, the decision to provide the bonus tracks as downloadable material instead of including them on the album makes little sense. Therefore, as an expanded reissue, this purchase is a letdown, but as a classic album in its own right, A Can of Bees is well worthwhile. —Eric Austin

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8 DAYS OUT 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 on patrons during open mic night. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208322-3430. PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at second-hand stores. $1 PBR, Oly or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008, donniemacgrub.com. POKER—See Thursday. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-3211811.

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

Odds & Ends BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian.

TEN-DAY CLEANSE—See Wednesday, Feb. 16. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $195. Boise Natural Health, 4219 Emerald St., Boise, 208-338-0405, boisenaturalhealth.com. VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—See Wednesday. $99 per couple. Call 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net. VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO—Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. Guest speakers and DJs. 7-10 p.m. FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, vpsidaho.org.

Animals & Pets SPOT SPAY DAYS—See Tuesday. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise, 208-342-3508, idahohumanesociety.com. “YAPPY” HOUR WITH HEIDI GANAHL—Meet the founder of the Camp Bow Wow franchise and hear her talk about her book Tales From the Bark Side and her personal experiences as an entrepreneur. Dogs are welcome and adoption opportunities will be available. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Camp Bow Wow, 3430 S. TK Ave., Boise.

POKER NIGHT—Prizes for first and second places. 6:30 and 9 p.m. Montego Bay, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, 208-853-5070, montegobayidaho.com. VALENTINE’S HELICOPTER TOURS—See Wednesday. $99 per couple. Call 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

Animals & Pets SPOT SPAY DAYS—In honor of National Spay Day, qualifying pet owners will receive 20 percent off spay/neuter surgery. Call 208-342-3599 for more info or to schedule an appointment. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise, 208-342-3508, idahohumanesociety.com.

WEDNESDAY FEB. 23 Festivals & Events CAREER FAIR—Boise State students and alumni are invited to meet with employers who have positions available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Boise State Quad, 1910 University Drive, Boise.

On Stage COMEDY NIGHT—Open mic comedy, followed by headliner Matt Bragg. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 Cole Road, Boise, 208-6581533, sockeyebrew.com. DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE—See Wednesday, Feb. 16. 7 p.m. $10-$28. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org.

Workshops & Classes BUSINESS PLANNING—See Monday. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $199. Alaska Building, 1020 Main St., Boise. WATERCOLOR PAINTING—See Wednesday. 3:305:30 p.m. $40 for four classes, plus supplies. Hobby Lobby, 3547 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208855-4798, hobbylobby.com.

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, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org. DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Twice a month, authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien offer writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. 6:308 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.

Talks & Lectures CLEAN WATER FOR VILLAGES LECTURE—Spend your lunch hour gaining insight into how Engineers Without Borders is helping improve access to potable water in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Bring your own lunch. Noon. FREE. Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd., Boise.

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OOPS, HE DID IT AGAIN Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen on his new release, Um, Uh Oh AMY ATKINS If his bio is to be believed, someone might think Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen is kind of an asshole. According to the info, he may decide that a bandmate is more troublesome than talented, and leave him or her in whatever city Elbogen suffered the final straw: “Say Hi has broken up 37 times in the last decade,” the bio reads. “Musicians have been fired more often than not, and for every conceivable reason. Some have quit. Others have simply stopped returning phone calls.” And on his website, ilikesayhi.com, Elbogen has an FAQ section—not so much to help fans discover intimate details about the musician but to dissuade them (and possibly sleep and not be in a tiny room all together the media) from annoying him: ... Certainly there have been some situations 1. Please do not ask about the name where I have just not gotten along with some change, it’s been more than four years. people, and either they quit or they’ve been 4. Referring to the band as “them” or fired. It’s a sad but mostly humorous thing to “you guys” is incorrect, there is only me. me at this point. When I hire new people, we When Elbogen released his first album, joke about it.” Discosadness, in 2002, it was under the And even if you were still not sure about name Say Hi To Your Mom—the name change referenced in No. 1. He now records his tyrannical nature, Elbogen would be easy to forgive in light of the craftsmanship on and performs under the shortened moniker his striking eighth release, Um, Uh Oh (Jan. Say Hi, but the project still is, and always 25, Barsuk Records). The album is quinteswas, Elbogen alone. He writes and records sential Elbogen with its lo-fi, pop-infused everything, employing other musicians for melodies and Elbogen’s low-key vocals. He touring and live performances. has also refined his craftsmanship of vocals On his FAQ page, Elbogen also asks that that are often deep-blue, sometimes skythose hoping to correspond with him avoid blue, pop-infused reflections on the past, the LOL-speak, refrain from sending requests or offering suggestions and, again, mentions present and the future as he looks look at what was, what is and what may never be. that he does not want questions about the In Um, Uh Oh’s opener, “Dots on name change. Based on the above examples, Maps,” a melancholy flute introduces you might want to jump into the Elbogenchunky guitar as a couple in a car hurtle is-a-tyrant camp, but spend a few minutes down a highway toward who-knows-what. chatting with him and you will probably be “We’re only in Dakota, dots on maps en persuaded to hop the fence. He’s an erudite, route to bigger cities pleasant, kind of / When it’s dark like quiet and surprisingly this, all that I can see humble fellow who With Blair, Thursday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., $8 adv. is the whites of her is isn’t a tyrant but a through ticketweb.com, $10 door. green eyes when she stickler. And he unNEUROLUX says, ‘Tell me is this derstands that better 111 N. 11th St. all it’s gonna be,’ / than anyone. 208-343-0886 and I say, ‘Oh, I don’t “I’m a perfectionneurolux.com know just how it’s ist and a workaholic, gonna be.’ / There’s and it takes a certain a trigger somewhere brand of human being to deal with my shit,” Elbogen said. “But I’m let’s pull it.” “Devils,” is an echo-y, almost-rocking working on that more and more. It gets easier ’60s throwback in which the up-tempo, as time goes by. More people will come out to shows, and we’ll make more money at the happier melodic moments are belied by the Elbogen’s restrained voice and sinister lyrics. door, so I can now afford a couple of hotel “Well the devil got my number and the rooms on the road and everyone can get good

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devil got my size / and the devil got my head and the devil got my eyes / Woe is me indeed, woe is me indeed, woe is me indeed, woe is me indeed.” “Devils” became the album’s default single after it was picked up for an episode of Gossip Girls last year. So far, Elbogen has found it easy to say yes to licensing his songs. “I haven’t encountered a situation yet where I wanted to say no. The reality of it is, that is how someone like me can pay my bills,” Elbogen said. “It gets harder and harder to sell records. Hitting reply to an e-mail and writing the word ‘yes’ will mean that I can spend more time not working for the man, making records, being able to tour more, paying my musicians better. It’s pretty much a no-brainer. I’m sure at some point the devil will approach me and try and license a song. I don’t know what I will do.” Elbogen understands that licensing individual songs may help him keep his day job as a musician, but he would prefer his records were heard as they were intended: as a whole. “The concept of the single is weird to me,” Elbogen said. “The entire record is a body of work that is intended to be listened to as a body of work. I know that there aren’t a lot of people left in this world to ingest records that way anymore, but it’s still always shocking to me that people buy single song downloads and not the whole record. That always seems to me like just going to see one scene from a film.” Though the album may be called Um, Uh Oh, as with Elbogen’s approach to his music, each line and each note are quite intentional. And he doesn’t mind if that makes him look like an asshole. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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GUIDE WEDNESDAY FEB. 16 AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire BARCELONA—With He Is We and Lady Danville. 7 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

BACK TO THE FUTURE TOUR, FEB. 19, REEF While Boise may get passed over by some marquis groups, the city is a perfect stop for underground artists, meaning we get the chance to see amazing music that might slip under the radar in a larger market. But even in a constant stream of great acts, some shows still stand out, like the upcoming Back to the Future Tour featuring Mistah F.A.B., Eligh (Living Legends), Opio (Hieroglyphics), The Bayliens, Xienhow, Canibal Lecture, Flossafee and DJs Lex and True Justice. At the high end of that lineup is an artist signed to Mac Dre’s label, Thizz Entertainment. At the low end—low being relative—are some of the Bay Area’s best underground DJs and emcees. Together, they’re setting a high bar for hip-hop tours in 2011, marquis or underground. You can see them here when the tour hits Reef on Saturday, Feb. 19. Why? That’s obvious: Boise is a great place for live music. —Josh Gross 9:30 p.m., $10. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200, reefboise.com.

BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown COME GATHER ’ROUND US— WIth LB Jeffries. 8 p.m. Donation. Flying M Coffeegarage DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid FIREFIGHTERS CANCER BENEFIT—Featuring Keegan Smith and The Fam. 7 p.m. $10 donation. Reef GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and Erin Hall. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LARRY KISER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel THE THROWDOWN—With Craving Dawn, Moonshine and Mayhem, and Dying Famous. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

THURSDAY FEB. 17 BATTLE OF THE BANDS: FINALS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory BLUE DOOR FOUR—With Arts West Live. 7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door CHAD SUMMERVILL ALBUM RELEASE PARTY—With A.K.A. Belle and Dan Costello. See Picks, Page 12. 6 p.m. $7, or $20 per family at the door. Linen Building FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill MURDER BY DEATH— With The Builders and The Butchers and Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets. See Listen Here, Page 23. 8 p.m. $12. VAC ROB PAPER—Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

JOHNNY DOWNING—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s

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

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

SAY HI—With Blair. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 at the door. Neurolux. See Noise, Page 20 SHON SANDERS AND AMY WEBER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

NERA—With Junior Rocket Scientist and Isaac Grambo. 8 p.m. $5. VAC RICHARD SOLIZ—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

FRIDAY FEB. 18 AUDIO MOONSHINE—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s BILL COFFEY—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s DJ DOUG MARTSCH—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux THE GETAWAY CAR—With Bridgeport. 8 p.m. $2. Flying M Coffeegarage THE IDAHO-DOWN THROWDOWN—Featuring Equaleyes, Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles and Jupiter Holiday. 8 p.m. $10. Knitting Factory JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub THE SMITH WESTERNS—With Unknown Mortal Orchestra. See Q&A at boiseweekly.com. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux. SONS OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN—7 p.m. $7 adv., $10 door. Linen Building SOUL SERENE—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THOMAS AHLQUIST QUARTET—With Blue Door Four. 6 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door TRUCK STOP TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek Grill-Eagle

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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE SATURDAY FEB. 19

MOUSY BROWN—With King Niko, Apple Horse and Bernen Fir. 8 p.m. $5. Knitting Factory

PUNK MONDAY—Featuring country/punk musician Christophe. 9 p.m. $2. Liquid

POKE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

AUDIO MOONSHINE—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s

BACK TO THE FUTURE TOUR—With Eligh, Opio, Mistah F.A.B. and the Bayliens. See Listen Here, Page 22. 9:30 p.m. $10. Reef BRANDON PRICHETT—9 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown DAKOTA MAD BAND—9 p.m. $2. White Water Saloon ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill INVISIBLE SWORDSMEN—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

SUNDAY FEB. 20 DJ DOUG MARTSCH AND BLAKE GREEN—10 p.m. FREE. Neurolux GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

JAZZ ’TIL YOU DROP FUNDRAISER—Noon. FREE. The Blue Door

THE LANDMARK TOUR—With Awol One, Factor, Ceschi, Cars and Trains, Oso Negro and Arthur Maddox. 8 p.m. $5. Reef.

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

REX MILLER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MARCH FOURTH MARCHING BAND—9 p.m. $17 adv., $20 day of show, $40 VIP. See Picks, Page 13. Bouquet

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MONDAY FEB. 21 BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

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

TUESDAY FEB. 22 CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid EQUALEYES—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers OLD TIME JAM SESSION—With Jonah Shue and the Hokum HiFlyers. 6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s RYAN BINGHAM IN-STORE CONCERT—12:30 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange RYAN BINGHAM—8 p.m. $18. Egyptian Theatre TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

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WEDNESDAY FEB. 23 AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid EVERYDAY SUNDAY—With A Rotterdam November and Stop, Drop and Party. 7:30 p.m. $8$20. Knitting Factory HELLOGOODBYE—With Jukebox The Ghost, Gold Motel, Now and Now Every Children. 6:30 p.m. $15. The Venue KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman, Phil Garonzik and Erin Hall. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel SHOOK TWINS AND SHAKIN’ NOT STIRRED—6:30 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Linen Building SPENCER BATT—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown THE THROWDOWN FINALS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

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MURDER BY DEATH, FEB. 17, VAC Naming your band after a 1976 comedic parody guarantees that a few people will check you out based on curiosity alone. But one listen to Indiana-based Murder By Death and inquisitiveness turns into a search for more. For more than a decade, the foursome has been pounding out layered post-punk that incorporates a Wild West-esque Americana with distorted guitar and rhythms that speed up and slow down like an opened vein pumping blood. Cello hangs heavy in the air in the title track from their 2010 release, Good Morning, Magpie, while “Kentucky Bourbon,” “As Long as There Is Whiskey In the World” and “You Don’t Miss Twice (When You’re Shaving With a Knife)” wouldn’t be out of place in a saloon or a vaudeville show. Murder by Death will be joined at VAC by The Builders and the Butchers, and Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets for a night that of music that is anything but parody. —Amy Atkins 8 p.m., $12. VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, visualartscollective.com.

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SCREEN/THE BIG SCREEN

WHAT IF YOU RAN THE OSCARS? BARNEY’S VERSION—Based on the life of Barney Panofsky, Mordecai Richler’s awardwinning novel comes to the big screen. Braiding life lessons with love and family themes, director Richard J. Lewis weaves the complex story starring Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver. (R) Flicks

Polling our peeps leads to some interesting answers GEORGE PRENTICE If BW readers comprised the Motion Picture Academy, what a wonderful world it would be. According to our online poll, our readers would dole out some gold to an audience favorite (Colin Firth), understand that youth should indeed be served (Hailee Steinfeld) and drop a bombshell by awarding the big prize to something edgy (Black Swan). We asked readers to tell us who they think will win the Oscar and more importantly, who should win.

I AM NUMBER FOUR—Falling in love with Dianna Agron (blonde cheerleader from Glee) leaves John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), a fugitive on the run, feeling connected and trapped at the same time. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 TINY FURNITURE—Acting alongside her real-life sister and mother, Lena Dunham wrote, directed and starred in the this story of the fictional Lena trying to figure out who she really is after graduating from college. Flicks (NR)

UNKNOWN—A man awakes from a coma to realize his identity has been stolen and not even his wife, January Jones, can help. Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Frank Langella and Aiden Quinn star in this thrilling mystery. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

Special Screenings CALL OF THE WILD—You’ve read the book, now here’s your chance to catch the cinematic version of Jack London’s classic tale. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. FREE. Star Library, 10106 W. State St., Star, 208-286-9755. JOURNEY INTO TIBET—A slide show highlighting Tibetan life in conjunction with a month-long celebration of the country and its culture. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., FREE, donations accepted. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-0273, shangri-la-tea.com. MI CHACRA—Director Jason Burlage’s film tells the stor y of a young indigenous Peruvian man and his love of the farmland he grew up on and the struggle within himself to leave it in pursuit of an education. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. $10 plus $3 ticket fee. Boise Contemporar y Theater, 845 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.

BEST ACTOR—BW readers know that Colin Firth is the man to beat in this category. Last fall we got our first glimpse of The King’s Speech at the Toronto International Film Festival. Firth has since heard hosannas from across the globe and filled his trophy case with statutes from every academy sans one: the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Science. On Sunday, Feb. 27, his life will change forever. From that moment on, he will be introduced as Oscar-winner Colin Firth.

Rumors are circulating whether Exit Through the Gift Shop’s Banksy will be bold enough to not only attend the ceremony but to accept the award should the film win.

SUPPORTING ACTOR—BW readers must know that Oscar loves South Boston (The Departed, Mystic River, Good Will Hunting) and actors in movies about South Boston: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Robin Williams. Christian Bale in The Fighter is about as South Boston as it gets. SUPPORTING ACTRESS—BW readers, a very astute group, think Melissa Leo (The Fighter) will win, but they think that Hailee Steinfeld should win for True Grit. Steinfeld gives a wonderful performance in what is truly a leading role. Placing her in the supporting actress category could make things very interesting.

BEST ACTRESS—BW readers think this Oscars air on Sunday, Feb. 27, on ABC. one is a slam dunk, BEST DOCUMENtoo. They think TARY—BW readers Natalie Portman think Exit Through the Gift Shop will win (Black Swan) will and should win. No one and should win. By the way, this category else comes close. could provide one of the more interesting

moments of the evening. Banksy, the subject (and eventual director) of Exit may attend the ceremony. So what, you say? Banksy is a wanted criminal. BEST PICTURE—BW readers have read the tea leaves on this one, seeing The King’s Speech has nabbed the most nominations (12) and already collected the best picture award from the Screen Actor’s Guild and Producer’s Guild. That’s why they think that it will win. But the real surprise, is they think Black Swan should win the Oscar (with The King’s Speech and Winter’s Bone close runners-up). The biggest buzz of the evening won’t be generated by any Hollywood superstar. It will come from a group of elementary schoolkids from PS 22 in Staten Island, N.Y. They’ve been invited to perform in front of a worldwide audience of about 1 billion people. You’re in for a real treat.

SCREEN/THE TUBE they require guitars, microphones and other musical instruments. While extra songs can be purchased for download, this isn’t enough to keep Guitar Hero was a spike in the timeline of the video game industry. the games profitable. But in spite of improvements across the board, “Activision’s shares tumbled after the aninterest in the game has been waning. The pubnouncement, but investors were more conlisher, Activision Blizzard, announced on Feb. 9 cerned with the disappointing financial forecast that it will discontinue the franchise. from the company than the demise of Guitar The series, first launched in 2005 for the Hero. As far as investors go, discontinuing an PlayStation 2, was a critical hit, but sales unprofitable product isn’t the end of the world, have declined over the years with successive even if Guitar Hero fans disagree.” releases. According to a report by the AsActivision has yet to release an official sociated Press, game industr y analysts have statement about the decision or the AP report, long lamented the “weakness in the music but at this stage, it appears that the 2010 genre,” as they call it—that is, the inability of release of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is the the games’ makers to drum up demand for final installment in the franchise. There is no the products after a surge in popularity in the word on whether new songs will be released as mid-2000s. downloadable content moves forward. “Music games are often more expensive Farewell weirdly rendered guitar gods. than your typical shoot-em-up game because —Michael Lafferty

ACTIVISION PULLS PLUG ON GUITAR HERO

Ye shall be missed.

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T H E AT E R S A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER

This directorial debut from Bahman Ghobadi earned a Camera d’Or award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. It portrays the struggles of an impoverished family of orphaned Kurdish children living on the Iranian-Iraqi border. The child actors are not professionals and are actually from the region depicted in the film. Led by the 12-yearold Ayoub, the children take work smuggling goods into Iraq, braving treacherous conditions and ruthless thieves as they cross the frozen hills on horseback. The goal of the family’s harrowing endeavor is a surgery to save the life of their disabled brother, Madi. The harsh conditions necessitate the practice of giving alcohol to the horses to urge them to continue, which explains the film’s odd title.

Woody Allen examines themes of marital stagnation, family drama, self-delusion and all manner of personal crises in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. The aging Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) sets the complicated plot in motion when he deserts his wife of 40 years to seek youthful pleasures, ultimately meeting Charmaine (Lucy Punch), a young prostitute. Alfie’s distraught wife, Helena (Gemma Jones), engrosses herself in the advice of a fortune teller who predicts new love. Meanwhile, Helena’s daughter and her husband have crises of their own. The family members include countless other characters in their often desperate attempts to secure their own ideas of personal fulfillment. —Eric Austin

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APP/SCREEN WHAT THE FONT Picture this: you are sitting at your favorite coffeeshop, slurping on an iced vanilla soy latte and flipping through the pages of a magazine or newspaper. A headline catches your eye: ”Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says.” You are fascinated, not because of the headline’s duh factor, but because it is set in a font so intriguing, you can’t look away. You must know what that font is. But how? What the Font wants to do for the alphabet-inquisitive what Shazam does for those who want to know the name of the song playing overhead in a bar or store. With What the Font, you take a picture of the text you want to identify, upload it to the program’s database and receive a list of possible matches. That’s right, a list of possible matches. Unlike Shazam, which either identifies a specific song or not, What the Font leaves it up to the user to decipher which of the 10, 20 or 30 fonts looks most like the one he or she is WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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tr ying to identify. Graphic designers or illustrators might find this app handy when tr ying to decide on what font to use. For the rest of us, does it really matter if the font is in Comic Sans or Papyrus? Probably not. What we should be more concerned about is who wrote that ridiculous headline. —Amy Atkins

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PARKS AND RIDES Hoping to glean some funds from state and federal grant pools, the Idaho City Ranger District has applied for a total of $170,000 in grants from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The district wants a shot at funds netted from state user fees and federal endowments. “Annually we open up for applications for those grants from those programs … we have state and federal agencies that appeal to the program for that funding,” said Jennifer Blazek, communications director at IDPR. The applications are reviewed by citizens associated with the uses and areas affected, who then prioritize the funding based on how it would benefit their community, since their user fees go toward the project. ICRD hopes to use the money on four separate projects: education on off-highway motor vehicle use and the new travel management rule with signs and literature, brush and survey miles of trail near the basin, blasting and maintenance of the Crooked River trail, and signage on the 55mile Idaho City Area Trail System. But maybe you don’t ride an ATV. You would, however, sell a kidney to buy a season ski pass at Bogus Basin. The problem is, you don’t have any money left over to put gas in your car. A survey conducted last summer by Community Planning Association found that many people would like to carpool to Bogus Basin but did not want to ride with strangers and lacked a way to meet potential ridesharers. That is no longer the case. Valley Regional Transit has launched three new rideshare programs to better connect people offering and seeking rides. They are all web-based, using Facebook, yahoo groups and a dedicated message board, ridesharetobogus.org. To use the programs, aspiring ridesharers can “join” or “like” the “Ride Share to Bogus” social networking groups or just post on the board their desire to share or catch a ride. The dedicated site was made by snowbomb.com, who made a similar board with over 3,000 users in the Lake Tahoe area. It’s specifically designed for riders and drivers to seek out like-minded and scheduled cohorts, providing search fields for snowboarders, tele-skiers, skiers, smokers, non-smokers, men, women, dates, meetings places and more. The programs are considered experimental, in that VRT is trying them all to see what to works. But VRT representative Steve Stuebner says if something else comes along, they’re willing to try that, too.

R ANDY K ING

Maybe the best new way to hitch a ride to Bogus Basin.

THE WRITING ON THE ROCKS (Not) understanding the petroglyphs here in our own back yard RANDY KING Taking a left onto Map Rock Road south of Nampa, I realized I was following modern road signs to find a set of ancient road signs: petroglyphs, which are intricate carvings found up and down the Snake River canyon outside of Boise. They are often located Small hands can touch thousands of years of history at one of a number of nearby petroglyph sites. on the flat faces of boulders left where prehistoric Lake Bonneville once was. The petroglyphs, created by ancient indigenous are most probably artistic. of the park coalesce around the rock art. people, are most often outlines and stick“David Whitely at the Rock Art Institute But possibly the best and most plentifigures etched into car-sized boulders. The at UCLA has argued that some lines curve, make circles and sometimes form ful example of petroglyphs art is associated with shamanin the valley are at Wees Bar. shapes of animals and people. istic activity or rituals ... indeed Cross the Guffy Bridge—built I recently took my son to Map Rock for [they] may have been produced by in 1897—south of Celebration an introduction to the etchings. It was a shamans for or during rituals,” he simple enough lesson to get to. We pulled off Park and head upstream about added. four miles. Be careful in this area the road at an unimproved parking area and Now that I knew what the in the warmer months because looked up at the boulders. It was instant imrock art might be about, I might it is home to rattlesnakes and mersion into Great Basin archaeology, and it also now have to explain art and scorpions. The area has more than was interesting enough to hold the attention shamanistic rituals to my third 90 boulders covered in symbols of a third grader for quite some time. grader. This ought to be an entertaining that vary from bird and animal shapes to Map Rock is not the only nearby area conversation opening up the possibility of complex geometric forms. with petroglyphs. Celebration Park near counseling sessions. Staring at the white squiggles at Kuna features a host of amenities, including But it’s important for him to know that Map Rock, my son asked a simple, yet difself-guided and guided tours of the rock art the petroglyphs do mean something, that located near the park. It also has restrooms, ficult to answer question, “So, Dad, what they aren’t simply “you are here” signs or do they mean?” boat ramps, a visitors’ center and fresh wadoodles. Taking the time to scrape shapes “I don’t know,” ter. You can view and animals into the sides of boulders had to was the best I could 12,000-year-old take some commitment. come up with, other Native American But what is the record trying to tell us? Is than pointing out rock art without the rock art some ancient code that we have the obvious animal ever leaving a shapes. I promised to yet to crack? paved road. “It’s not a writing system,” Plew said. find out. Celebration Park So maybe they are maps to hunting When we can be a full-scale grounds. returned home, I immersion into “I am not convinced that we have prehisasked Boise State’s ancient times. The toric maps,” Plew said. “I think our indigDr. Mark Plew, an guides not only enous populations got along well without expert in the field share the history them knowing where they were and where of Great Basin of the area but can they were going.” archaeology, to tell also talk about the Now I had to explain to my boy that me what the signs geology and flint maybe no one knows exactly what the petromeant. knapping, as well as You can get more information about Map “It has been widely glyphs mean. All I could tell him was that offer atlatl throwing Rock, Celebration Park and Wees Bar at visisomeone made them a very long time ago, believed that animal instruction. An attidaho.org and blm.com. Scan the QR code in they must be important, and while we don’t depictions serve as latl—a kind of a dartthis story for an accompanying video report. know exactly what they mean but we need signs ... markers of throwing spear—was, to preserve them. Maybe I took the wrong game trails and/or according to Celebrapresence of particular approach in trying to explain the petroglyphs tion Park’s website, to my son. When we got home, I asked if he resources,” said Plew. man’s first machine, developed 45,000 years had a good time at the petroglyphs. But, as my 8-year-old pointed out, not all ago to help throw a spear farther than pos“Yeah,” he said, simply. “They are really sible with a human arm. The park even hosts rock carvings are so identifiable. Some are cool to look at.” complex geometrical shapes and others look an annual atlatl state championship at its Sometimes, maybe that’s all that counts. like scratches on stone. Plew said that some spear tossing range. All of the great features

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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 race day. $30.50$35.50, plus $5 for your dog. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. DRY CREEK HALF MARATHON—To be held on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Course starts and finishes at the Merc at the Hidden Springs town square. Register online at bluecirclesports.com through race day. $38. LES BOIS 10K TRAIL RUN 2011—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 bluecirclesports. com through March 5. $28. WEISER RIVER TRAIL 50K RELAY AND SOLO RUN—Run this 50K solo or with a team on the scenic Weiser River Trail. Race to be held on Saturday, April 30, at 9 a.m. Register online at bluecirclesports.com through race day. $60 solo, $200 per team of five. YOGA THERAPY—Eight-week class meets on Friday mornings from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. beginning on March 11. Register by Thursday, March 3. $49 members, $69 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec. boisestate.edu.

Events & Workshops HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS— The world-famous basketball team will dazzle Boise crowds with their ball tricks and super skills. Monday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m. $21-$67. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-4242200 or box office 208-3318497, qwestarenaidaho.com. IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—Vs. Bakersfield Jam. 6 p.m. $12-$20. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208424-2200 or box office 208-3318497, qwestarenaidaho.com. IDAHO STEELHEADS HOCKEY—Vs. Alaska Aces. Friday, Feb. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:10 p.m. Price varies by night. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497, qwestarenaidaho.com. LADIES FUN RUN AND POTLUCK LUNCH—Bring a dish to share after you are done running this 2K, 3K or 5K race. Register at Frontier Point Lodge at 9:45 a.m. on race day only. Awards, raffle prizes and lunch to follow. E-mail Laurel at smithdonohoe@ cableone.net for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 10:15 a.m. $5 plus potluck dish. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area: Nordic Center, 2405 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-332-5390, bogusbasin.org. SKI AND SNOWBOARD WAXING CLASS—Get more out of your skis or snowboard by learning how to wax them yourself. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, rei.com.

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A little cold weather won’t stop a single-minded, single-speed biker.

SET YOUR SINGLE SPEED TO CRAZY AND BIKE Unseasonably pleasant weather has prompted a premature shift in the thinking of many Boiseans. All over town, as they stand in line at coffee shops or buy bread at the grocery store, they can be overheard remarking on the change. “Loving these sunny days. Spring is just around the corner, I can feel it.” But winter doesn’t really end until late March, so pump the brakes for a few more weeks. Or, if you’re like me, go ahead and guffaw at the naysayers and get out and play like it’s July. Two weeks ago, I busted out my Surly 1X1 single-speed mountain bike and decided to fire up the old lungs for the first time since November. It was, to date, my best decision of the year. While the vast majority of the Ridge to Rivers Trail System is sloppy right now, there are some excellent rides that die-hard bikers can jump onto without ruining trail conditions for the summer months. According to the R2R website, riders and hikers should stay off wet or muddy trails all together. The caveat is that riders are allowed to ride trails if they are dry or completely frozen, generally early in the morning or if they are of sandy composition. Do not ride around wet sections. That will lead to wider trails, crappy single track and more maintenance for trail crews throughout the year. Daily trail condition posts are available at ridgetorivers.org. If you don’t want to risk it, then here is a list of a few of my alternatives to the February single-track gamble: TABLEROCK ROAD—The road is mostly paved, but the last half mile to the top of the rock is dirt and offers a great opportunity for interval training. ROCKY CANYON ROAD—A steady eight-mile climb to Aldape Summit, you probably won’t make it to the top before midMarch. I was up there last week and ran into impassable icy slush about a mile from the summit. NORTH EIGHTH STREET—You can ride as far as the gate just before the loading docks. This is another decent interval ride. CARTWRIGHT ROAD—If you’re feeling bold, you can ride the entire “Dump Yer Lunch” loop, which goes from Bogus Basin Road by Simplot’s hut around past Hidden Springs to Hill Road. If you are strictly a member of the knobby clan like myself, you may be happier riding the old unpaved section of Cartwright to the summit near the overlook above Avimore/Spring Mountain Ranch. Just be sure to stay off of the private ranch properties back there. —Andrew Mentzer WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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FOOD GU Y HAND

MEET THE SUGAR BEET Idaho’s not so sweet sugar beet industry

Atza all folks.

GUY HAND

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I remember seeing them along the roadside. As a kid growing up in rural Idaho, those orphaned gray lumps were a common sight. I even kicked one once, then picked it up, dusted it off and bit into it. That was a mistake. I hadn’t thought much about sugar beets since, at least until they hit the news as one more of Monsanto’s contested, genetically modified crops. Like GM alfalfa, GM sugar beets are thought to pose a threat to organic farming by potentially spreading their tinkered-with genetic code via pollen to other breeders or the geneticists have been able to crops. Because of that risk, a federal judge make some modifications that got different banned this spring’s planting of so-called uses out of the same plant.” Roundup Ready sugar beets, a biotech beet In other words, sugar beets are the love modified to withstand Roundup, a Monchild of a kind of old-fashioned, low-tech santo herbicide that kills weeds but not the genetic modification that humans dabbled in genetically immune beet itself. But then, two millennia before Monsanto, the same kind of weeks ago, the United States Department of basic breeding that got us Labradoodles and Agriculture partially lifted that ban promptChihuahuas from the less cuddly wolf. ing environmental groups to file suit and the Before humans bred sugar beets into sugar beet industry to file counter suit. existence, they had to settle for honey and then This not-so-sweet courthouse controversy sugar cane to cure that sugar craving. In the got me thinking. Too often the only time the late 16th century, though, someone noted that average eater hears about commodities like a certain white beet, when cooked, yielded a sugar beets or alfalfa is when they get tangled very sweet juice. In the 18th century the chemin the courts. The botanical fundamentals get ist Andreas Marggraf found that same juice to lost. Just what the heck is a sugar beet anycontain sucrose, the precise sugar compound way? I may have grown up where sugar beets found in sugar cane. routinely tumbled off trucks and where I had With a tone that signaled he was letting even tried to eat one (finding it only slightly me in on a sweet little secret to understanding sweeter and as fiber-filled as a mouthful of human history, Morishita said, “Sugar beets rope), but that didn’t give me a modicum of and sugar cane are the only two species where insight into the thing itself. sucrose is the primary So, a few weeks ago I extract from that plant.” drove a sleety, semi-truckThat seemingly arcane choked Interstate 84 east tidbit was as significant to the annual Snake River as Morishita’s manSugar Beet Conference in ner suggested. After Twin Falls. There I asked all, sweetness was once professor Don Morishita a rarity in the world. of the Kimberly Research Entire lives were lived Center a seemly simple without a fleeting hint of question: it. There was honey, of “What is a sugar course, but it was as prebeet?” If you can’t beet ’em, join ’em. cious as liquid gold. Then “A sugar beet is a root came cane sugar. But the crop,” he said with the tall grass that produced it grew only in the affable air of a scientist both immersed in all tropics, and table sugar was a luxury that only things beety and relieved, I suspect, to meet a the rich could afford. Cane was also a crop writer whose first question didn’t contain the fertilized with slavery, colonialism and warfare. words Roundup or Monsanto. Until, apparently, the liberating influence of “It’s really kind of an interesting crop Napoleon. because it’s related to table beets,” he said, “The sugar beet industry actually came to leaning in for emphasis. “In fact they’re the existence in France in the days of Napoleon,” same species as table beets, and it’s also the said Vic Jaro, president and CEO of Idaho’s same species as Swiss chard. So Swiss chard, Amalgamated Sugar Company and another table beets and sugar beets are the same participant at the sugar beet conference, addthing. It’s just that over the years the plant

Beet sugar sweetens everything from soup to syrup.

ing another piece to the sugar beet puzzle. “It was very difficult to get access to some of the cane sugar because of the wars that were going on,” Jaro said. “And they wanted to be self sufficient on sugar, and so they came up with the sugar beet.” The French, under Napoleon’s urging, bred various strains of beet and by 1813 had more than 300 factories producing close to 4,000 tons of sugar. The humble sugar beet was slowly breaking the bitter monopolistic grip that tropical plantation barons had on the planet’s sweet tooth. By 1885 the world was producing more beet than cane sugar as production moved to far less tropical locales. Amalgamated Sugar, according to Jaro, opened a plant in Utah in 1897. Idaho’s sugar beet industry started not long after. “The first sugar beet factory in Twin Falls was built around 1915 or 1916,” Morishita added. Today, Amalgamated Sugar has three processing plants in Idaho, including the massive Mini-Cassia factory in Paul. “It’s the largest beet sugar factory in the country, and if you really want to take it in terms of how many beets are sliced there in a year’s period, it is actually the largest sugar beet factory in the world,” Jaro claimed. The farmers I talked to at the conference were as proud of Idaho’s sugar beet industry as Jaro. “It pays the mortgage,” they all said, often in unison. They said, too, that sugar beets are relatively easy to grow and dependable—they seldom experience the commodity price ups and downs of many crops. They’re a stable staple—at least until that federal judge, the USDA and the resulting suits and counter suits halted this spring’s planting of genetically modified beets. But when I mentioned the Monsanto word, those same farmers became far less effusive. More than 90 percent of the nation’s sugar beet farmers had adopted the extremely popular Roundup Ready beet variety before the federal 30 ban, and many are tired of being

Back in the day, this column read more like a restaurant obit page. Each week brought more sad news about struggling eateries that just couldn’t pull through the economic collapse. And while things have been on the up and up, there are a few food funerals we’re sad to announce. Sandwich spot Eli’s Italian Deli officially closed its second location, which opened in downtown Boise in 2009. “We just closed it down to focus on our Nampa facility where we first started,” said owner James Elizondo. Those with Bada Bing cravings can get their Eli’s fix at 122 12th Ave. S. in Nampa. Another relatively recent downtown Boise addition, Yen Ching Bakery, has announced, once again, that it will be shuttering its doors on Sunday, Feb. 27. Known for its selection of homemade Asian treats—egg custard tarts, milk breads and buns filled with red bean paste and barbecued pork—Yen Ching Bakery also closed unexpectedly for a bit in early 2010. “We will be closing at the end of the month,” confirmed manager Mike Chou. “We just couldn’t generate enough traffic through here … we’ll definitely be using the space for something. As far as what it is right now, we’ve got lots of ideas and we’re just going to take a little time and make sure we do it right.” Also on the recently closed roster is the Glenwood pizza eatery Atza Pizza. But for every funeral there’s a birth. And downtown Nampa will soon bring home a new family member. Simple–Sustainable Sushi and Sake Bar, one of a handful of sustainable sushi restaurants sprinkled throughout the country, is slated to open at 1214 First St. S. in Nampa on the Ides of March, Tuesday, March 15. Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Clif and Tracy Volpi and Chef Matteeo will bring this new concept to the Treasure Valley. “We’re offering all sustainable fish, which means that they’re not going to be over-fished,” said Tracy Volpi. “We’re adhering to the Monterey Bay guidelines.” The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., publishes pamphlets that rank fish based on their sustainability. The tiny, 19seat Simple will also offer a “very intense vegetarian and vegan menu.” Et tu, sushi? Speaking of sushi, Boise is getting another raw-fish purveyor. Sushi Joy Asian Cuisine will open in the building that used to house Chopsticks at 2275 W. Main St. And in Nampa to Boise news, Squeezers Giant Burgers is slated to open a Boise location at 9140 W. Emerald St. this spring. —Tara Morgan

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asked about what they see as a false controversy cooked up by environmentalists and organic growers. It’s a controversy, they say, that threatens their livelihoods. So I asked a question I thought would be less controversial. “Can you cook with sugar beets?” “What was that?” “Can you cook with sugar beets? Is there any sort of normal household use for sugar beets?” “No there isn’t,” one farmer said curtly, as if I’d asked if you could carve sugar beets into shoes. “I mean they’re just used in the, you know, process,” he said, apparently scanning me for possible head injuries. “It’s used in the process to get the sugar extracted at the factory.” From his let-me-spellthis-out-for-you syntax, I could tell that he’d identified me as someone orbiting well outside of his agriculture world—a foodie, or worse, someone who naively equated all farming to food. He, on the other hand, knew his job as something more complicated, an industrial pursuit planted with crops as often bred for the assembly line as for the kitchen table. Only an idiot, he seemed to suggest, would try to eat a sugar beet. Of course, he was right. The sugar beet is an inedible tuber that I now know helped, in its small way to break the back of colonialism, sweeten lives (including those of dentists) and provide high desert farmers with a crop they could (until recently) count on. Sadly though, sugar beets are a locally grown vegetable that won’t likely be embraced by locavores—although I gather you can, with a ridiculous amount of time and labor, make your own sugar. You can also—and this might perk up the moonshineinclined locavore with an excess of copper tubing and a hankering for the illicit— make your own sugar beet rum. 30

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PHO TAM Typically when a dish is cooked before your eyes, the cook is also there to make it. Not so at Pho Tam. The server deposits a giant, boiling-hot bowl of Pho Dac Biet (beef noodle soup with meatballs) on the table, and pushing aside a pile of green onions and cilantro, I spot a small mound of raw sliced beef atop a small hill of rice noodles. The beef poaches as I stir it into the broth. Pink, raw meat is startling for the uninitiated, but it cooks up fast and is tender once dropped in the boiling broth. A plate of bean sprouts, basil, sliced jalapenos and a lime wedge that arrive with the soup are stirred liberally into the broth, lending a crunchy freshness to soup. “Fresh” is not an adjective one often uses when describing soups, but Pho Tam’s version manages to be both fresh and light and still be PHO TAM a comfort food. 1098 N. Orchard St. Some pho restaurants 208-473-2386 dispense with seasonings in their broth, requiring diners to play chef with the bottles of hot, sweet and soy sauce left on the table. Pho Tam’s broth is great straight up. It’s lightly seasoned and not too beefy, with the faintest hint of sweetness. A couple of squeezes of hoisin, soy and hot sauce turn a good broth into a fantastic cacophony of flavors. Sliced meatballs and tripe make Pho Tam’s Pho Dac Biet seem traditionally Vietnamese and not dumbed down for local palates. But the chewy, fuzzy strands of tripe aren’t for the faint of heart. “Every time, I tell them if they are American that No. 1 has tripe,” said waitress Yesica Lopez. “Do you like tripe? Or do you want to do No. 1A that doesn’t? I let them know.” With an eye on a crime drama playing out on one of the restaurant’s two big flat-screen televisions, I scoped out the joint, and got the feeling that the place is old, even though it has been open only seven months. The fluorescent lighting makes Pho Tam look timeworn, as do the wall-mounted plastic flowers. But Pho Tam doesn’t need to feel like grandma’s house to prove its worth as a source for fresh comfort food. —Whitney Rearick

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FOOD/TREND FENNEL POLLEN Fennel pollen is to fennel as coriander is to cilantro. Though both come from the same plant, their flavors and uses vary widely. Dating back to ancient Greece, fennel appeared numerous times in Greek mythology and was portrayed as a cure for all things digestive. Though most are familiar with fennel in its licorice-flavored seed form, there’s another fennel product sweeping the market: fennel pollen. Fennel pollen is described as “elusive,” combining the flavors of honey, curry, anise and fennel with a deep, musty floral aroma. It’s small and granular, like that of salt crystals, and has a beautiful deep, yellowishgreen color. Fennel pollen works well with any food—pork, veal, seafood, poultry, vegetables—as well as in sauces and oils. The pollen’s distinct flavor is not as astringent as many herbs and spices and is a favorite of many chefs. Used primarily as a dry rub, fennel pollen is often mixed with other seasonings to enhance the natural flavor profiles of the item. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in California is a huge proponent of fennel pollen—so much so, that he has developed his own line of rubs featuring the golden delight. He says he was introduced to it while he was in Australia in the mid ’90s—the dish was whole roasted fennel-pollen-crusted barramundi with fresh clams and mussels. “The flavor just exploded in my mouth, like something I had never experienced before,” Guillas said. Locally, fennel pollen is used at the Boise Centre by Executive Chef Robert Finley. “It will be featured at this season’s Chef and the Gourmet dinner for the Boise Philharmonic,” said Finley. “It will be used as a dry rub for the farm-raised Tsar Nicoulai sturgeon, grown here in Hagerman. It’s a great product that leaves guests wanting more.” —Thomas Atkins

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NERO D’AVOLA Nero d’avola is the most widely planted red wine grape on the Italian island of Sicily. The region has been experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years by championing their unique indigenous varieties and by cutting back on production. Wines made from the nero grape are at the forefront of this quality revolution, offering good body, rich fruit and depth of flavor. Better yet, with a few exceptions, the wines are quite reasonably priced. Here are this week’s top picks:

2008 CUSUMANO NERO D’AVOLA, $13.99 This wine opens with richly perfumed and floral aromas marked by ripe raspberry and hints of anise, mocha and dusty tobacco. Made in an easy-drinking, fruit-forward style, it’s filled with fresh cherry and strawberry flavors, along with light spice and juniper. The finish is bright and lively with nice persistence.

2008 TENUTA RAPITALA CAMPO REALE, $11.99 In this remarkably fragrant wine, undeniably rich but with a surprising delicacy, the fruity aromas are dominated by plum, cherry and currant. Ripe fruit flavors fill the mouth, balanced by just the right hit of cleansing acidity. That acidity lingers on the finish, playing against creamy fruit backed by dark chocolate and spice. This is an excellent value.

2007 ZISOLA NERO D’AVOLA, $25 This wine is made by the Mazzei family whose roots in Tuscany date back to 1435. Recently they expanded to Sicily, planting vineyards near the coast, where cool sea breezes moderate the summer heat. That results in a surprisingly supple and elegant wine with soft red fruit aromas and touches of cola and oak. Bolder cherry and raspberry flavors fill the silky palate, colored by black pepper and spice, with smooth tannins coming through on the finish. —David Kirkpatrick

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls,” said comedian George Carlin. “There are mornings when your dreams are more real and important than your waking life,” says my favorite dream worker. “There are times when the doctor isn’t feeling well, and only his patient can cure him,” says I. Now it so happens that in the upcoming week, your life is likely to pass through an alternate reality where all three of the above conditions will prevail—as well as other similar variants and mutations. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Hua Chi, a Buddhist monk in China, takes his devotions very seriously. For the last two decades he has performed as many as 3,000 prayers every single day in the same exact spot at his temple. Part of me admires his profound commitment, while part of me is appalled at his insane addiction to habit. It’s great that he loves his spiritual work so deeply but sad that he can’t bring more imagination and playfulness to his efforts. I bring this up, Taurus, because I think it’s a good time, astrologically speaking, for you to take inventory of the good things you do very regularly. See if you can inject more fun and inventiveness into them. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “To the scientist there is the joy in pursuing truth which nearly counteracts the depressing revelations of truth,” said science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. The clear implication of this statement is that there’s always a sense of loss that comes with discovering the way things really are. I protest this perspective. As proof that it’s at least partially wrong, I offer up the evidence provided by your life in the days ahead. From what I can tell, the gratification that you feel while hunting down the truth will be substantial, and yet it will ultimately seem rather mild compared to the bliss of finding what you’re looking for. CANCER (June 21-July 22): People listen when Eric Schmidt speaks. He’s the CEO of Google, a company that has major power in shaping the future of information. Recently he has been riffing on the disappearance of privacy. Because our lives are interwoven with the Internet, he believes it will become increasingly hard to keep any secrets. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” he says. This is especially true for you right now, Cancerian. In the coming weeks, I encourage you to maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Six years ago, a friend of mine came to believe she had died in a previous incarnation by being thrown off a horse. From that time on, she felt stuck. She became convinced that her life energy would remain in a state of suspended animation until she learned to feel comfortable on a horse. Fear kept her from even attempting that for a long time, but recently she got up the courage to begin. As she gained confidence as a rider, every other aspect of her life bloomed, too. I think her experience could be useful for you to learn from in the coming months, Leo. What’s your biggest, oldest fear? Is there anything you could do to start dissolving it? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I’m not confused,” said poet Robert Frost. “I’m just well mixed.” I would love that to be your motto in the coming weeks. You’re entering a phase of your cycle when you should be extra curious about blending ingredients in new combinations. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that the cosmos will respond enthusiastically if you take steps to make yourself the embodiment of lush diversity. Celebrate complexity, Virgo! You will generate unexpected strokes of good fortune by experimenting with medleys and syntheses that appeal to the jaunty parts of your imagination. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In addition to their standard offerings, the yoga teachers at Atlanta’s Tough Love Yoga center sometimes offer exotic variations. During their Metal Yoga classes, for instance, the soundtrack for their stretching and breathing exercises is heavy metal music. Here’s their promise: “Melt your face off in a very relaxing, healing way.” That’s the spirit I’d like to see you bring to your life in the coming week: vehemently intense but tenderly curative; wickedly fierce but brilliantly rejuvenating. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I would love to see you play with your food this week. And draw pictures on walls. And have conversations with winking statues and talking trees and magic toasters. I’ll be thrilled, Scorpio, if you watch cartoons about furry animals outwitting maniacal robots and if you entertain fantasies of yourself pushing a cream pie in the face of an obnoxious authority figure. But given how dignified and discreet you tend to be, I realize the chances of any of this actually happening are miniscule. Can I at least coax you into hopping, skipping and dancing around a lot when no one’s watching?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Better keep yourself clean and bright,” said George Bernard Shaw. “You are the window through which you must see the world.” Take that advice to heart, Sagittarius. This is an excellent time for you to do any necessary work to get yourself cleaner and brighter. I’m not at all implying that you’re a dusty, greasy mess. But like all of us, there’s a continuous build-up of foreign matter that distorts the view and that must be periodically washed away. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Wisconsin is famous for its cheese, so it wasn’t a big surprise when its state legislature decided to honor the bacterium that’s essential in making cheddar, monterey jack and colby cheese. So as of last year, lactococcus lactis is the official state microbe. I would love to see you decide upon your own most beloved microbe sometime soon, Capricorn. How about naming ruminococcus or peptococcus as your personal favorite among all of your gut flora? It’s that time of year when it makes cosmic sense to acknowledge and appreciate all of the small and hard-to-see things that keep you thriving. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t put your shoes on before you put on your socks this week, OK? Refrain from polishing off a piece of cheesecake and a bowl of ice cream before dinner, and don’t say goodbye whenever you arrive at a new destination. Catch my drift, Aquarius? Do things in the proper order, not just while engaged in the fundamental tasks of your daily rhythm, but also in the longterm processes you’re carrying out. Each step in the sequence needs to prepare the way for the next step. Keep a clear vision of the organizing principle that informs your work. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Many people know John Mellencamp’s song “This Is Our Country” because it was used in a commercial for Chevy Silverado trucks. But if they’ve only heard it that way, they may be under a mistaken impression about its meaning. The ad quotes just a fraction of the lyrics, including “So let the voice of freedom / Sing out through this land / This is our country.” What the ad doesn’t include are other lines like “And poverty could be just another ugly thing / And bigotry would be seen only as obscene / And the ones that run this land / Help the poor and common man.” Let this serve as a cautionary tale for you, Pisces. Make sure you get the rest of every story—not just the partial truth but the whole freaking thing.

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