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THE GLASS MAN Boise may see curbside glass recycling FEATURE 12

MEALS ON WHEELS Is Boise’s street food scene stuck in neutral? FOOD 34

RAISING THE STEAKS A beef with tasteless meat INSIDE

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NOTE THE WIDE WORLD OF FOOD I admit, it’s difficult not to play favorites with weekly editions. This week is one of those weeks that will make the short list of favorites because it’s the week Restaurant Guide hits stands. Special publications like Restaurant Guide, Bar Guide, Annual Manual and Gift Guide are typically considered an editorial team’s worst nightmares. Let’s face it: It’s extra work in addition to putting together a weekly paper and a constantly updated website. Lots of extra work. So much extra work, in fact, we have a full-time position in our department dedicated to getting them out the door. Despite the extra effort though, they sure are pretty. And— we hope—useful. This is the second edition of our Restaurant Guide, and as we put it together, we had a pretty singular focus in mind: to make you salivate. And, along the way, we hope we’ve introduced you to a few places you may not know about or at least reminded you of a few you may have forgotten. As you thumb through the pages of Restaurant Guide this week, we’re already pulling together the final details of Bar Guide, which you’ll find inserted into an April edition of Boise Weekly. If there’s one thing we love to do as much as eat, it’s drink. This edition of Boise Weekly is our annual Food issue. So, in addition to the Restaurant Guide, you’re also getting two feature stories about food in this edition. In the first, we talk street food—specifically food trucks and trailers. Food trucks are all the rage in many cities, and as much as some would like to see a street food culture here become as vibrant as it is, for example, in Portland, Ore., it just ain’t so. In “Food Cart-ography,” we talk about what is happening in Boise and why that may or may not change. In the Food section, Guy Hand examines the carnivore’s favorite meat: steak. In “Steak 101” Hand talks to one author who compares steak to wine in terms of flavor complexity, as well as one Idaho rancher whose grass-fed beef has beaten competition worldwide to be the best. Hankerin’ for a steak or a plate of street tacos yet? Just keep reading ... —Rachael Daigle

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MEGA-LOADS IN COURT AGAIN. SORT OF. It’s round two in court for megaloads on Idaho’s Highway 12. This time, the players are different and big oil gets a pass. On March 10, Idaho Rivers United slapped the U.S. Forest Service with a lawsuit in federal court. Citydesk has the whole story.

NO TO NUKE, YES TO WIND AND SOLAR Three large-scale wind and solar projects were proposed within a matter of days for the Mountain Home area. Elmore County P&Z, which had heartburn over rezoning to make way for a nuclear power plant, has given a preliminary thumbs up.

WEEKEND UPDATE We’ve immortalized the weekend in photos yet again. Check out pics from the Roadster Show at Expo Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre’s rehearsal/sneak peek of its spring show, and work at Boise State’s MFA thesis show.

JAZZ BLOWS UP THE RIVER Trey McIntyre Project and Preservation Hall Jazz Band blew away two audiences at the Morrison Center on March 12. But before the show, the band played the River’s Listener Lounge. Check out photos of the NOLA band—tuba and all—in studio.

TELL US SOMETHING WE DIDN’T KNOW Former Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer spoke in Sun Valley on March 10 and told his audience they “got it wrong” on Iraq. Full story at Citydesk.

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MIDDLE CLASS ATTACK I love the Boise Weekly and thoroughly enjoyed the coverage of the upheaval in the Middle East in the previous issue. So please cover the profoundly devastating political turmoil that has befallen our nation and state. Certain aspects of Tom Luna’s educational reform plan like tenure and merit pay obscure the larger and more troublesome issues of mandatory online classes and the erosion of middle- and working-class rights. This budget crisis comes on the heels of a multi-billion dollar bailout of the banking system precipitated by deliberately reckless and greedy decisions made by powerful CEO’s on Wall Street who still have not done a single day of jail time. This indicates a larger shift in American society and politics from a democracy of the people and for the people to an oligarchical system where the top strata of wealthy society control the government. Last year the Supreme Court allowed corporations and unions unlimited spending on political ads, making politicians more beholden to the interests of their campaign financiers than the people they represent. In Wisconsin, the people have agreed to cuts that will balance the budget, but Gov. Scott Walker is bent on breaking the unions. This issue

—Legalcitizen (“House Committee Approves Campus Concealed Weapon Bill,” Citydesk, March 9, 2011)

is not about being pro or anti-union, Republican or Democrat, it is about the destruction of the middle and working class through a systematic attack on their rights to organize and have a voice. —McCale Ashenbrener, Boise

TSK, TSK Driving by Riverside Elementary last week I saw, during school hours, a teacher and her students holding signs in opposition to the education reform legislation. She was using her students’ class time to advocate on behalf of her collective bargaining rights. I suppose any who disagreed with her were left back in the class (as if). The Idaho Education Association says to “remember in November” (apparently referring to 2012). Trust me, this taxpayer will. —Thomas V. Munson, Boise

GUNNING FOR IT AND AGAINST IT The following comments are from facebook. com/boiseweekly. They were posted in a discussion about a bill to approve concealed weapons on Idaho’s university campuses. This is both a good and bad idea. I don’t trust college students not to freak out under stress, even if they were approved to own a handgun and conceal it with a permit. Then

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again, if someone freaks out and no one is around to take ’em out, a lot of lives could be lost. —Lynne Martin Do you only feel safe on campus and in federal buildings? Idaho doesn’t require a permit to carry openly, and one can carry everywhere else. People who are afraid of guns only make them that much more dangerous. I don’t trust teenagers with cars or cell phones and we let them have both and they are 10 times more likely to kill someone than a person who responsibly carries a handgun. —Quinn Anderson If there is a problem with concealed weapons laws, then let’s talk about that and not worry about college campuses. This legislation is a waste of time. —Charlene Robertson The bill also says that students are not allowed to bring their guns into dorms. So what do they do, leave them out on the lawn at night? Or better yet, in the ultra secure Boise State parking garages. Great idea. —Lisa Dean-Erlander

CORRECTION In the March 9, 2011, edition we incorrectly stated the way in which Boise Contemporary Theater will use its Boise Weekly Cover Auction grant. While the funds will support the BCT Theater Lab, the program actually allows students to create new works for the BCT stage. Also, regrettably, we labeled Rep. Roy Lacey as a Republican. We regret both errors.

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FUTURE-RAM-YA’ Part 2: World of Class War Craft This is the second part of my prediction on what the future will look like if the kingly-rich on the ultra-right are successful at manipulating American politics and policies entirely to their liking. I have in mind the multi-billionaires David and Charles Koch for the bottomless-pocket control they have exerted over politicians eager to lick such wealthy boots, but of course they’re not the only ones. Last week, we met my projected grandson Billy and his wife on the very day he loses his job. “What’ll we do now?” It isn’t the first time Billy and his wife have faced an uncertain future. His first job was probably his most stable. They started him out at $3.10 an hour—(to stay competitive with the burgeoning Bangladeshi labor market, the legal minimum wage had been lowered to zero)—so he was doing as well as a 19-year-old could expect. Social Security had been privatized by then, and Billy was given a choice of having $1 (an hour) deducted from his check (to be invested in whatever manner his employer’s investment broker saw fit), or to forget the whole savings thing entirely and put his retirement hopes in the lottery—which is now owned and operated by the Sam Walton family. Not yet out of his teens, Billy was almost certain he would sooner or later win the big Wal-Ball pot. “And even if I don’t,” he said, “I’ll probably find an old famous painting or something like that at a yard sale and make a million bucks on it.” Billy was very optimistic in those days. And besides, since $3.10 an hour doesn’t stretch as far as one might imagine, the money he saved by not getting involved in the DSS (Desocialized Security System) came in awfully handy, especially after he got married. Then he got hurt. It was a work-related accident that would have never happened before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was cut from the national budget in order to pay for another round of subsidies to the oil industry. But happen it did, and Billy counted himself fortunate it only took one hand and an eye, leaving him with one of each for future use. His wife filled out the forms for disability relief (the hand he lost was the one he wrote with), but as luck would have it, they submitted those forms one day after disability provisions were dropped permanently from Idaho’s budget, thereby diverting the money saved into an incentive package to keep a high tech company from relocating entirely to Singapore. (It didn’t work; Micron’s marketing division, the only facility still left on U.S. soil, slipped off to Singapore and took the incentive package with them.) Unemployment benefits were out of the question, as that program had gone the way

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of the polar bear, and even proper care for his injuries was impossible, seeing as how his wife’s insurance didn’t cover blown-off body parts. Throughout this hard time, Billy and his wife subsisted on macaroni and cheese they found in a dollar store—if they got there early enough to beat the crowd, that is. Billy was out every day, a makeshift patch over his empty eye socket and an empty glove over his stump, pounding the pavement for work. It seemed hopeless. Anymore it takes a bachelor’s degree even to be considered for any job that doesn’t require rubber boots to perform, let alone the fastest-growing career option in the nation—which is helping industrial plants pack up everything in preparation for their relocation to one Asian country or another. Billy’s only higher education amounted to a semester in one of those for-profit, online colleges. He’d dropped out when a Canadian study proved that a degree from a for-profit, online college and a roll of single-ply toilet paper carry approximately the same worth. Billy thought his ship had come in when he was sub-subcontracted to help install solar panels on the roofs of government buildings. But within a month, somebody in Congress pulled all funding for any project that even hinted of being green (to provide cover for tax breaks to hedge-fund managers), and hundreds of the country’s government buildings were sold to Halliburton (which stripped them of the copper wiring, usable plumbing and light fixtures, then leased the space to military families for housing). Billy drifted through many jobs in the following years: cutting access roads through the ex-Frank Church Wilderness Area (which had been sold to Japanese timber interests); pouring used motor oil and out-dated pesticides into the Boise River (once the privatized Environmental Protection Agency had approved it as a disposal conduit); collecting a bounty from the Chamber of Commerce on every union organizer he could bring in. Before the string of salmonella poisonings laid him low, he was the official dog walker for a gated community of retired lobbyists. “What’ll we do now?” he asks his wife, who has her own problems. Her insurance policy has been revoked on the grounds that a proclivity to get fat is, by definition, a “pre-existing condition.” “So I may lose my job, too,” she cries. “Not only that, but Target just bought all the dollar stores in the country, and turned them into $3 stores!” I will leave Billy for now. Perhaps periodically, we might check in and see how he’s doing in this post-Koch world. For now, ponder this: Is there even one speculative detail in the scenario I have presented that seems impossible? WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


UNION YES? Labor leaders to blame for workers’ weakness NEW YORK—I will never understand why people who are jealous of unionized workers who earn $50,000 a year give a pass to bank executives who get $5 million. Given how companies have treated workers, you’d think Americans would be more receptive to unions. But organized labor’s bad rep isn’t surprising. Smears by big business and its media allies and sleazy laws passed by antiworker politicians (c.f. the Taft-Hartley Act) have established labor as corrupt and selfish. As if that propaganda wasn’t enough, unions have responded to attacks with poorly thought-out strategies. As a result, fewer than 7 percent of private-sector workers belong to a union, and the last union stronghold, publicsector employees (36 percent), is under siege in states like Wisconsin and Ohio. During the 1980s unions forgot what they were. They abandoned traditional oppositionalism to management on the ground that their fates were interlinked: If the plant closed, union members would lose their jobs. The results of hobnobbing with corporate executives were predictable: givebacks and concessions to companies. In 2009, for example, the United Auto Workers froze salaries to help save the big three Detroit automakers. Did the Big Three use those savings to invest in new plants? Hell no. They continued to outsource jobs and increase CEOs’ payouts. This “please let me sit at the jocks’ table” mentality persists. UAW President Bob King said in January that seats on the boards of each of the big three Detroit automakers are at the top of his wish list. Memo from reality: You don’t hang out with your enemy. John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO


from 1995 to 2009, spearheaded a drive to organize women, minorities and low-paid workers. The new emphasis neglected labor’s traditional base of white males, who happen to be politically influential swing voters. They became today’s right-wing Tea Party. Big labor’s abusive love affair with the Democratic Party has been bafflingly counterproductive. I don’t have a problem with the forced collection of dues, but it’s ridiculous to use those dues to support one party. Between 1990 and 2008 unions made more than $667 million in contributions, 92 percent to Dems. Which might be justifiable, if unions got anything in return. NAFTA, GATT and WTO (signed by Bill Clinton and continued by President Barack Obama) gutted manufacturing jobs. The 2009-2010 Democratic majority Congress ignored labor’s top priority, the Employee Free Choice Act. Neither Clinton nor Obama even considered repealing TaftHartley, which bans wildcat strikes, solidarity strikes, secondary boycotts, union shops and allows courts to break strikes arbitrarily. A bigger mistake has been labor’s inexplicable refusal to go after the ersatz “white collar” workplaces. The AFL-CIO and other unions talk about organizing the white-collar ghetto, but they aren’t doing much. Few workers in the tech sector, advertising, finance or the media have ever met a union organizer. If labor had its act together, no cubicle farm would go a year without an attempt to unionize. Labor is on the ropes. With the economy getting worse, however, there has never been a greater need for union leaders to get smarter and more militant—or a better opportunity to reverse their long slide.

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Sponsors of new horse-racing legislation say less is more. Lawmakers are saddling up with a proposal to clear the track for horsemen and race operators to negotiate for as few as 15 racing days (down from 46) in a calendar year. While 15 doesn’t seem like much to a thoroughbred enthusiast, it’s a whole lot more than last year’s activity (zero) or the year before that (zero) at Garden City’s Les Bois race track. If Senate Bill 1133 doesn’t succeed, promoters say the track will be silent again this year and maybe for good. “If we don’t do something this year, we may never get horse racing back,” Nancy Vannorsdel, board member of the Idaho Horsemen’s Association, told legislators. The bill, still being re-worked by the Senate State Affairs Committee, was expected to be the carrot-on-the-stick to get horses into the starting gate as early as this spring. But any chance of seeing the ponies run was handicapped on March 15 when Ada County Commissioners rejected the one (and only) bid to take over operations at Les Bois. A group, calling itself Treasure Valley Racing LLC, responded to Ada County’s request for new leaseholders at the Garden City track. TVR is comprised of The Greene Group (operators of a simulcasting facility in Post Falls) and at least three partners: Harry Bettis, Larry Williams and Jim Grigsby. None would talk to BW before Tuesday’s meeting and they were in no mood to comment when their bid was rejected. Each shook his head and waved off BW’s request for comment. “I’m not terribly surprised Ada County commissioners rejected their bid,” said Robert Cooke, managing editor of Boise-based The Racing Journal. “But I am surprised that they rejected the bid for so many reasons.” Commissioners cited five problems with Treasure Valley Racing’s bid, including an insistence of a lease over five years and an insufficient $10,000 cash bond. “It’s been nearly impossible to operate Les Bois the past couple of years,” said Cheryl Keshian, president of Idaho Thoroughbred Association. “Any new operator is not expected to make great profits.” But Keshian said the new bill before the State Senate, allowing a more limited racing season, could possibly curb a new operator’s losses. Duayne Diderickson, former operator at Les Bois, testified in support of the bill and told lawmakers that the economic boost would be significant. “The last impact study I saw said that the track generated $25-$30 million to the Treasure Valley,” Diderickson said. “And that didn’t even include our payroll, which ran about $1 million.” SB 1133 includes an emergency clause that would allow enactment sooner than later. The 2011 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for May 7, and up until 2008 that date had marked the opening weekend at Les Bois. But given the rejection of their latest bid to open the gates at Les Bois, Treasure Valley Racing may have to do some creative jockeying in the downstretch.

READING, WRITING AND BABIES Life lessons at Marian Pritchett GEORGE PRENTICE Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you cry. When you spend some time at the Marian Pritchett High School, you’re bound to do both. In fact, smiling through tears is not uncommon. While high school produces its share of melodrama, Boise’s school for pregnant teens and unwed mothers brings life and even death into sharp focus. New life is introduced continually as Senior Teddy-Lynn Pitka and her 17-month-old daughter Abilene look to the future. students give birth, introducing their infants to a new extended family at the school’s day care. But tragedy can also cast a shadow know it by its previous incarnation, The Booth are also expected to keep up with all of their over the school. A student lost her 4-monthHome (the school was renamed Marian Pritch- studies and assignments. old child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Teddy-Lynn Pitka acknowledged that carryett in 2002 for its longtime social studies inlast year. ing a full load of classes while carrying a baby structor). In 1921 The Salvation Army opened “Of course we all knew and loved the is daunting. a small hospital and home for unwed mothers baby,” said head teacher Deborah Hedden“I had a few complications,” said Pitka. in Boise’s North End. Residents learned about Nicely. “Many of the girls attended the fucooking, housekeeping and typing. In 1963 the “My baby kept trying to come early.” neral. The student asked if she could continue The 18-year-old senior had a tough go of it. Idaho Legislature decided to turn the Booth to go to class here. She didn’t want to face all The father of her baby wasn’t happy when he Home into a fully accredited high school. of the questions in a traditional school.” found out about the pregnancy. But what the Legislature giveth, the LegisAcross the hall from Hedden-Nicely’s “He tried to have one of his friends push lature taketh away. In 2010 the Legislature’s classroom, there’s a small room with a large me down the stairs,” said Pitka. “He’s not a Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee whiteboard. One of the students drew a keeper, that’s for sure.” zeroed-out specific funding for the school, picture of mom and child, mom and child, She said she has a keeper now—a boyfriend leaving it to the Boise School District to mom and child and finally a mom with a line in California. But first things first. Pitka is takeither find more than $500,000 to keep the pointing up to heaven. ing 10 credit hours in this, her last semester, doors open, or shutter the nearly century-old Hedden-Nicely smiled through teary eyes. which will give her more than enough credits institution. But the district and The Salvation “You should know that she’s doing very for graduation. Her plans include business Army accomplished what many considered well. She’ll graduate this spring.” school and in the not-too-distant future, a the impossible. Through a difficult combinaGraduation ceremonies for Marian career as a fashion designer. She’s building an tion of job cuts and service eliminations, a Pritchett seniors are impressive portfolio of drawings that she has bare-bones budget emotionally charged. was cut down to the already shared with two professionals. Each student is “It fascinates me that so many of the girls marrow. The same profiled in an audiohere don’t consider themselves very good budget challenge visual presentation, students,” said English and physical educalooms for 2012. complete with baby tion teacher Christine Murphy. “But they “It was a minor pictures—their own do so well here. When I look at their past miracle last year,” and, of course, those said Hedden-Nicely. transcripts with bad marks in traditional high of their children. schools, I’m certain it’s because they faded into “The Legislature Some students read could re-appropriate the background. I’m sure they would have poems. Some studropped out if they hadn’t come here. In a real the money at any dents sing. Everyone sense, getting pregnant has been a blessing in point in the future. cries. But there is more ways than one. They’re getting an educaThis school is still a great optimism and part of Idaho code.” tion and their child is getting a future.” The onsite day care at Marian Pritchett is with good reason. Murphy, who has taught at Marian Pritchalmost at its capacity of 30 infants/toddlers. The chief reason To the person, each ett for eight years, is a young veteran of Idaho for its special graduate has a placeschools. Following teaching assignments in consideration in ment: either a new Nampa, Weiser and at Borah High School, Idaho law is rather simple: The students job or higher education. In fact, the Marian she was transferred “involuntarily” to Marian are pregnant. Lumping the students into an Pritchett success rate is rather astounding. The alternative-school categorization would not Pritchett. school boasts a negligible dropout rate and “I was pretty frustrated at the time,” said consider their needs for maternity leave. The nearly 100 percent of students graduate. Murphy. “But when I arrived, someone told girls at Marian Pritchett are not afforded Most everyone who has lived in the Treame ‘Oh, you won the lottery.’ I didn’t know what some would consider a traditional sure Valley for a few years knows something what they meant at the time, but I sure know maternity leave of 60 to 90 days. They’re about the Marian Pritchett School. They might given two weeks (or 10 school days), but they now. It’s the perfect place.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Although plans are far from complete, Nothing is set in stone, or glass for that matWoods told Public Works commissioners that ter, but Boise’s Public Works Department, in collaboration with Allied Waste, is crafting the his staff and Allied Waste were considering a $9.50 per month voluntary fee for glass city’s first curbside glass recycling program. Twice a week, Allied Waste currently hauls recycling. A $1-$2 discount for diverting glass away from the city landfill could help lower 17 dumpsters packed with empty beer, wine the cost. Participants would be given a new and liquor bottles to a glistening dumping bin in which to recycle their empties. Allied ground south of Boise. But in a no-goodwould haul the glass to a location near the deed-goes-unpunished effort, the mountain of Boise Airport, where it would be glass continues to accumulate with crushed by Environmental Abrasives nowhere to go (BW, News, “The into fiberglass. Glass Ceiling,” Oct. 20, 2010). At “They’ll take as much glass as last visit, the piles filled the equivawe can give them,” said Chertudi. lent of two football fields and stood “Environmental Abrasives even said approximately 30 feet high. they’ll consider taking the glass from At a March 10 meeting of the huge glass piles currently south the Public Works Commission, of Boise.” Division Chief Paul Woods and WEIGH IN: Public Works commissioners Environmental Programs Manager Do you want curbside glass were optimistic about the plan and Catherine Chertudi unveiled a prorecycling? How gave Woods, his staff and Allied posal to provide not only curbside much will you pay? Waste thumbs up to move forward. pickup of glass receptacles but an Take our poll by Several important steps lay ultimate destination that provides scanning this QR code or visit ahead: a modified agreement betrue recycling. this story at tween the city and Allied Waste, a “Recent polling indicated that new agreement with Environmental up to 61 percent of Boiseans want Abrasives, an agreement on rates, curbside recycling,” said Woods. approval by the Boise City Council, “But when asked, only about 5 and a formal announcement by Mayor Dave percent would pay up to $15 a month for the Bieter. courtesy.” Woods said he hoped to launch the proAnd therein lies the biggest challenge for gram as early as this summer. Woods and the city: determining a price point Overriding questions remain: Would Boisethat encourages participation in a glass recyans approve of a curbside recycling program? cling program. How much would they be willing to pay “Initially, we’d like to see about 3,000 monthly for the service? customers participate,” Woods said. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


MICHAEL MASTERSON The chief talks guns, horses and cycling GEORGE PRENTICE

My guess is that you have no desire to be back in Madison right now. No. My son has put in over 100 hours of overtime just in the past 10 days. What sealed the deal for you in late 2004 when you decided to take the job in Boise? Boise is a blue circle inside a red state, much like Madison. There’s a strong university system here, with a strong percentage of educated people. I know it was a very competitive process, but it came down to my meeting with Mayor [Dave] Bieter. I arrived here on Jan. 1, 2005, and I’ve never regretted the decision. What are your work days like? I’m here most days by 6:30 in the morning. I usually talk with officers who are wrapping up the overnight shift. I sit in on the early morning briefing, and I occasionally drop in on meetings with detectives, neighborhood officers and school resource officers. Last summer, you instituted a ban of texting when driving any Boise police vehicle. Where did that come from? It was a reflection of my own bad habits. We are so tied to these devices. If we find ourselves deviating from traffic because of


that, what type of example are we setting to the community? But as far as a community or statewide ordinance, it’s really frustrating to see what’s going on, or not going on, over at the Legislature. Is it best that we have a state law banning texting while driving instead of municipal ordinances? I think it’s best that we’re uniform across the state. You need to know that it’s an expectation of roadway safety regardless of what community you’re in. Are you keeping an eye on the proposed legislation that would allow concealed weapons on campuses of Idaho’s public universities? We have an interest in that because we police Boise State. I think it’s a bad idea. I can only recall twice in the seven years that I’ve been here of instances where people have drawn a gun to prevent a crime. In one instance, a do-gooder pulled a gun on a suspect, and a second citizen, not knowing what the situation was, pulled a gun on the do-gooder. Are there places in Boise that you deem unsafe? Not at all. I think a person’s perception of crime and safety is based on their autobiography and whether they’ve been a victim of a crime. Walking around Boise, I’ve never sensed that my security was threatened in any way. On occasion, people will tell me that things get a little bad at Boise State football games. We used to kick out 100 people a game at the University of Wisconsin. It’s unusual if we kick out 10 people in a season here. In December 2004, 16-year-old Matthew Jones was shot and killed by a Boise police officer when he charged police with a rifle and


Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson oversees a department of more than 400 employees, 325 of them sworn police officers. He’s responsible for an annual budget of more than $40 million. Masterson has, arguably, the most difficult job in town, yet he wouldn’t go back to where he came from: Madison, Wis. Masterson worked on the Madison police force for more than a quarter century. His son is still on the Madison force, so Masterson keeps a close eye on news reports of massive protests and a citizen takeover of the Wisconsin State Capitol.

bayonet. How is the department any different following that event? That was a pretty emotional time for us. If we had shot and killed a bank robber, it would be entirely different. I don’t profess to always make a difference, but I think I can influence people to think twice in handling those situations. I think we learn a lot from all of our critical incidents. Where are you on putting together a new departmental budget? We’re working on it now. We’re looking at everything. It’s a two-year plan. When is it due? It would go into effect Oct. 1. It needs to be considered over the next three to four months. I’m presuming that it’s a process that you don’t enjoy. The first time I had to put a budget together here, I eliminated the horse patrols. I still get letters about that today. I love horses, but the stables were going to cost taxpayers $750,000. Bicycles are much more effective. Do you ride with the bicycle patrols? I go out twice a year. I’ve done 40-mile shifts with them. They cover a lot of ground. It’s very effective. When are you going out next? Maybe May or June. I don’t do winters.

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wo months ago, a few paces north of the intersection where Franklin and Curtis roads meet, an abandoned white truck was parked on a sliver of asphalt between the back of a gas station and railroad tracks overgrown with weeds. The vehicle looked like a cross between an old moving van and an old pickup hauling an oversized camper, but it was obvious from the signage that the truck had one very specific purpose: It was a food truck. Large, black lettering arching over a small red and green flag read “Portuguese BBQ Sandwiches” and around back were a couple of old, green vinyl bus seats and a glass-covered patio table. At first glance, it wasn’t clear whether the truck had been there an afternoon or the better part of a year. Nor was it clear, whether the truck was open for business. Though a bright red sign under the windows identified the truck as for sale by owner, a dim porch light glowed in mid-afternoon. The Portuguese Lunch Wagon was once the joint venture of Craig Row and John Lopes. After a six-month run selling sandwiches, Row and Lopes said the economy and the cold Boise winter weather got the best of them. It took them almost as long to sell the truck as they were in business. Food trucks and carts, especially those with a narrow culinary focus like that of Portuguese Lunch Wagon, are the foodie world’s hottest potatoes these days. From the cart-based Belgian waffle makers on the streets of Brussels to the propane tank and card table set ups on the streets of Bangkok to the artisan ice cream and taco trucks jostling for space in Brooklyn, street food—any food that’s not prepared or served from a brick and mortar establishment—is globally ubiquitous. And food trucks and carts in the United States, with their fancy-


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food meets throwback approach to delivery, are suddenly pop culture’s biggest food thing. Blogs, television shows and books now dish on food truck and food cart culture all over the country. In August, Food Network launched its first season of the Great Food Truck Race, an elimination-style reality show in which seven food truck teams competed in six cities across the country. In an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen last season, chefs competed against one another in a food truck challenge. After a revolution of sorts in street food culture in Portland, Ore., residents Kelly Rodgers and Kelley Roy recently published Cartopia: Portland’s Foodcart Revolution, detailing the city’s robust street-food culture. And if you find yourself in Los Angeles on a Sunday with a hankering for Filipino breakfast with a twist or red velvet and chocolate chip pancake bites, you can log onto a half-dozen websites like, where you’ll find an interactive map plotted with daily updates on food truck hours and whereabouts for not only Los Angeles but also Portland, Ore., New York City, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Having definitively usurped both bacon and cupcakes in the limelight, suddenly it seems like food trucks are everywhere where food matters. Think food cart in Boise and one raucous scene comes immediately to mind: the young and inebriated who gather on weekend nights a week at Sixth and Main streets for hot dogs and Philly sandwiches after a night of partying. In years past, the food cart choices were more varied, the crowds far thicker and the tendency for booze-fueled fights too tough for many to resist. In an effort to thin crowds, prevent fights and free

up sidewalks choked with 2 a.m. revelers, the City of Boise reworked the street vendor code, cutting down the number of carts in the area by requiring vendors to be located at “identified vending locations” demarcated by small sidewalk medallions. A limited number of medallions meant a limited number of vendors, all of whom were spaced out to prevent crowding. Judging solely by the popularity of late-night street food downtown, it seems as though demand exists in Boise for food carts, trucks and trailers. Online discussions about Boise’s food scene often lament the lack of street food options, and in some circles, pining for Portland’s food truck revolution to spread to Boise is as common as it is to pine for Boise’s local music scene to take a cue from Portland. Despite all that, Boise seems to be sitting this food fad out. City ordinances and state codes are easy scapegoats, but as some suggest, the trend is a perfectstorm result of economic, cultural and lifestyle factors—factors that haven’t congealed in the same way in Boise as they have in cities where street food is more popular. For Row and Lopes, the economy wasn’t the only killer for business. The pair also cite Boise’s winter climate and concede that perhaps, too, it was their choice of location. Maybe somebody else can do it there and have a good business, they said. True enough, their small lot alongside congested Curtis Road likely didn’t draw many pedestrian visitors. However, 500 yards away, just south of Franklin Road on the same side of Curtis as the lunch wagon is another food truck, Tacos Mobile Primo. In the vast, mostly vacant lot of a run-down shopping center, Tacos Mobile Primo might be that corner’s biggest draw. Tacos Mobile Primo is Jonathan Sadler’s favorite taco truck. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M







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Sami Lauritsen grills up sandwiches and ladels up soup at Native Taters, her food trailer at Protest and Boise avenues.

Sadler blogs about taco trucks at Taco Trucks Idaho. A photographer and photography teacher at Boise State, Sadler’s blog gained popularity almost as much for its “in-the-know” content as it did for the simple photos Sadler posted— like the hunger-inducing shot of bright red hot sauce splattered over the creamy green avocado slices of a tostada or the forlorn and distant picture of a long, white passenger bus parked among dead brush and painted with the word “Tacos.” Sadler, who’s originally from northern California and moved to Boise from Chicago four years ago, began blogging about Idaho’s taco trucks in 2008. “To me, it’s some of the best food you can get in the Boise area,” said Sadler about taco trucks. At first, Sadler kept things local on his blog. As his options grew slimmer, he ventured beyond the Treasure Valley, most recently to Portland and New York City. It’s a change brought about by the fact that Sadler has documented nearly all of the area’s taco trucks but also because that he no longer eats meat and has never been able to eat beans. A recent post was a note to entrepreneurs, urging someone to explore vegetarian fare at taco trucks. In another recent post, spurred by our conversation, Sadler deviated from taco trucks to revive the idea of a truck serving wood-fired pizzas or handmade donuts. Though he’s but one voice, Sadler’s blog sums up mobile food options in Boise: Taco trucks—good taco trucks—abound; anything more creative might be wishful thinking. One name Sadler does drop, whom he says he has not tried but whom he has heard good things about, is “the Saladman.” Chris the Saladman, aka Chris Olson, is a new food option on a mid-section of State Street. He’s also one of the longest-running street food vendors in Boise. Olson, a veteran of the Boise food business, has long been a fan of the mobile restaurant. In 1975, he ran one of several TJ’s Yankee Dog carts—the same TJ’s that still sells hot dogs in downtown Boise during lunch. When he lived in Los Angeles, he ate at the same taco truck nearly every day. In the mid-80s, Olson started selling restaurant food equipment and in 1999 opened Chris the Saladman. After more than a decade building his popular salads out of a food truck, Olson finally made the decision to sell his truck and move his Chris the Saladman gig permanently and

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entirely into a trailer. The truck, which was usually parked at 12th and Bannock streets downtown, or sometimes on 13th Street where the road bends near the Boise River, was Olson’s day-to-day kitchen. The trailer, which he pulled behind a truck, was his kitchen for special events like the Western Idaho Fair, Art in the Park and Hyde Park Street Fair. Recently, Olson accepted the fact that the truck had never equaled the success of the trailer, so he sold it and turned his trailer into his everyday workspace. Now, his trailer’s semi-permanent home is a rented space in an unpaved parking lot on State Street, and it hasn’t moved since Olson parked it there last November. He erected a large, heated event tent with tables to serve as a makeshift dining room well-equipped for Idaho’s winter weather. He also posted large signs advertising his business to the traffic moving swiftly past. According to Olson, the move has been good—business is booming. “I’m doing at least 25 to 40 percent more a day here than any of my days downtown,” said Olson. Ask him what accounts for that increase in business and he has some very definite opinions. Though he’s quick to admit that location is everything in his business, he doesn’t endorse his new State Street location as being somehow superior to his various downtown locations. At first glance, a high-traffic area difficult for both pedestrians and cars to access doesn’t have many advantages over an area rife with pedestrians, most of whom are in search of lunch fare and many of whom want something healthy to take back to their offices. According to Olson, the difference isn’t necessarily the location. It’s the wheels— or the lack of wheels, in the case of his trailer. One of Olson’s regular downtown locations when he was in his truck was outside of the Supreme Court building on the eastern end of State Street. “I sat by the Supreme Court everyday for a year and a half, and the same lady walked by everyday and wouldn’t even talk to me. She’d walk back by with a salad everyday,” said Olson. The problem, said Olson: the fact that he was in a truck. “Some people just will not eat out of those WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Chris Olson, aka Chris the Saladman, is known for his giant, fresh salads, which he now serves out of a food trailer on State Street.

trucks,” he said frankly. And yet, according to Olson, those same people are the first to line up in front of his trailer at events like Art in the Park or the Western Idaho Fair because his is one of the few healthy options. Truck, trailer, tomato, tomahto, some might say. In fact, in a business in which so much is dependent on location, it’s almost counterintuitive to think of wheels as a disadvantage. If one location doesn’t work, simply pick up and test out another. But if location is so important and the structure from which food is served is a deciding factor for many consumers, clearly success is dependent on more than finding the right corner or concealing a trailer’s wheels. Food Network star Tyler Florence, host of the network’s Great Food Truck Race, cites the economy as the reason street food is booming in many cities. In August he told Entertainment Weekly that chefs who were finding it difficult to finance start-up costs for a brick-and-mortar restaurant due to the economic downturn began to see the low financial barrier to food trucks as an easily accessible way to enter the market. At the same time, consumers wanted wellpriced food, and while they were willing to sacrifice a dining room, they weren’t willing to sacrifice quality. Where they exist in large numbers, food trucks offer widely varying fare and have become an economical way for chefs—and in particular young chefs—to show off their skills without having to work under a more established chef in a traditional restaurant. And as much as they have opened doors for chefs, so, too, have they opened doors for diners, who might not otherwise be able to patronize a restaurant with menu items like escargot, pork belly or beef cheeks. Furthering the idea of a revolution born of circumstance—one that naturally lends itself to exciting culinary interactions with fewer barriers—was yet one more necessary factor in the perfect-storm set: the rise of social media. While adventurous food at the right price put together by Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs is tempting in itself, success still rests upon customers actually finding a street truck or trailer, particularly in car-dependent WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

towns like Los Angeles—which is among the cities leading the food truck craze in America. Social media gives street food vendors without physical addresses an avenue to directly and cheaply reach a market without having to rely on pedestrian happenstance or traditional advertising. Back in the spring of 2009, just as the economy was really taking a turn south and Twitter was making its initial push into every aspect of modern life, one Los Angeles food truck was making headlines for its success thanks to social media. Kogi BBQ, a KoreanMexican food truck, was drawing so many customers through Twitter, the line was often more than an hour long. Just last summer, Kogi’s chef, Roy Choi, who trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America, became the first chef ever without a brick-and-mortar restaurant to make Food and Wine Magazine’s coveted Best New Chefs list. Today, Twitter has become such a driving force in the street food business that one need only search #foodtruck on the social media site to instantly access any serious street food scene in major American cities. Search #foodtruck in Boise, and the results are bleak. Bleaker still is the absence of a Roy Choi figure in Boise’s street food scene. But without serious interest from Boise diners, local chefs aren’t racing to get into the street food biz. And without pro-chefs behind street food menus, Boise diners may never get that push to take a serious interest in what people like Olson have to offer. However, all that may be about to change. On March 14, chef/owner Dustan Bristol at Brick 29 in Nampa confirmed that he and sous chef Greg Lamm were within days of purchasing a food truck. The pair hope to open B29 in Boise in the coming weeks. “It’s totally hot, and it makes total sense,” said Bristol about the food truck business. “It’s low build-out, low staff, it’s genius. It can be anywhere where the masses are.” B29’s menu will be reminiscent of Brick 29’s hyper-local, “comfort food reinvented” approach but will have truck-specific items that play on the B29 bomber association. “I can’t wait to get into it,” Bristol said of the street food business. “I can’t wait to do kick-ass pulled pork sliders, chicken confit, pumpkin bisque.” Based on the menu alone, it’s clear that Bristol and Lamm get the reasons why food trucks have taken off in other cities. They’re

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Lauritsen talks about when asked about her taking fine comfort food, created by trained years in the street food business. Lauritsen chefs, to the streets at a price few could scoff owns and operates Native Taters, a food at—Bristol’s chicken confit will be a mere $6. trailer at the corner of Protest and Boise What’s more is they get the buzz. Though avenues. She’s been serving comfort food— Bristol has a late-night location in mind, he sandwiches, soups and salads—out of her says he’s more interested in switching it up, trailer for the last four years. forcing diners to be in the know to find B29. “Business depends on the weather. If it’s They’ll rely on Twitter and that always-trendreally cold or really hot or there’s a change ing hashtag #foodtrucks to get the word out in the weather, it gets quiet,” she said. And about their whereabouts. independent of the weather, said Lauritsen, Just as Bristol and Lamm seal the deal business is just completely unpredictable— and prepare to launch B29, Bristol and his even on days when the weather isn’t severe. wife will head to San Francisco to make the Aside from the weather, one thing she rounds of food trucks. As for why they’re can’t do much about is perception, particunot already more popular in Boise, Bristol larly negative perception about food trailers. doesn’t know. “When we first started, I never “I don’t know why. The saw a woman. A woman will risk is less. It’s a lot em. Saladman l b not stop at a place like less start-up cost. o r p has No ah this,” said Lauritsen. It takes a lot less m? e o at ro ed Before getting into employees. It’s a g n the street food busicash-only business, Lauritsen ness. It doesn’t said her husband make any stopped at any sense why food trailer he there aren’t found, whereas more,” said she hadn’t been Bristol. likely to. After But four years in perhaps, business, she with Bristol said only about and Lamm a quarter of her blazing a trail customers are for “the new women. It’s a perfood truck”— ception that blogger one that embraces Sadler touched on briefly culinary excellence as well, saying some people on a budget and relies will not eat from a street food heavily on technology for vendor because they’re scared. marketing—the trend will start to “My close friends and family realize it’s take hold in Boise. good food, but I do have some friends who However, if Tyler Florence is right about think, ‘I don’t know if I want to eat from a economic factors being a primary driving truck,’” he said. “But the great thing about a force in the rise of food trucks, it may be that taco truck is that you can look inside and see street food never really takes off here like it how clean it is. There’s more disclosure at a has elsewhere. Perhaps the cost of doing busitaco truck than at a real restaurant.” ness in Boise is simply too cheap, relatively In Idaho, health regulations hold mobile speaking, to make the investment in a truck food units to the same food storage and worthwhile compared to a restaurant. cleanliness standards as brick-and-mortar resMichael Mohica, owner of Ono Hawaiian taurants. Beyond state health statutes, city Cafe and Kanak Attack Catering, has been ordinances dictate where trucks and trailone of the only chefs so far to straddle both ers, like carts, can park. In downtown, they the brick-and-mortar and street-food sides cannot park within the core bordered by of the restaurant business. Mohica, a Boise State and Myrtle streets between 11th and State culinary school graduate, started his Fourth streets. Cities around the country career in catering. When people asked where are facing similar challenges with the rise in they could get his Hawaiian food outside of street food popularity. In Los Angeles, food catered events, Mohica purchased a trailer trucks have drawn fire for disregarding and, like Olson, started serving at park fairs. parking laws. Chicago has yet to craft legisEventually demand dictated he grow larger. lation that will allow food truck and trailer “We were open every weekend for differoperators to actually cook food onsite. In ent summer events, and people kept asking Santa Rosa food trucks have been facing a where to get our food, so we thought it was ban after outcry from brick-and-mortar restime to open a restaurant,” said Mohica. taurant owners. Miami just instituted new Comparing his brick-and-mortar business rules on food truck permits. Seattle, which to his mobile business, Mohica said he loves has few food trucks due to city restrictions, the mobile business and even wishes Boise is looking to Portland—where city planhad a more robust food truck scene, but, he ners have embraced the street food scene said, certain aspects are more difficult. For as a means to achieving the city’s livability example, he pointed out, kitchen equipment goals—and may consider loosening restricis meant to be stable and traveling cretions to encourage business. ates movement that’s rough on equipment. Here in Boise, the opening of B29 could Weather is always a factor. And after seven signal the start of something new in the street years in the mobile food business, Mohica food scene. In the meantime, business is has learned that grilling is a far better option running again in the old Portuguese Lunch than pan searing, for example, which he does Wagon, but this time the red and green lettermuch of in his restaurant. ing reads: “Maria’s Mexican Food.” Boise’s weather is the first thing Sami se Boi

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BOISEvisitWEEKLY PICKS for more events THURSDAY MARCH 17 green beer ST. PATTY’S DAY GOINGS ON At least one day of the year, we all want to be Irish. On Thursday, March 17, you can be as Irish as you want to be. Here’s a little taste of the action. For more St. Patty’s Day events, visit Ha’ Penny: A special menu featuring classics like bangers and mash will provide the sustenance you’ll need while partaking in green beer and shot specials. The Irish dancers will perform around 6 p.m. and the Boise Highlanders at 8 p.m. Arm and Hammered and the Irish Volunteers start at 9 p.m. At some point during the night, a trip to Las Vegas will be given away. Best of all? No cover. Red Room Tavern: Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles will host a benefit concert to help local musician Thomas Paul cover medical expenses. The lineup also includes New Transit, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, Radillac and Piers Lamb. Wear green and get $2 off the $7 donation/cover charge. The show starts at 9 p.m. Liquid: Get your jig on with Fleet Street Klezmer who plans to “bring down the house with a set of Irish drinking songs.” Celtic Resin adds to the merriment with its own brand of Irish dance tunes, and drink specials include the ever-popular green beer. The party begins at 9 p.m. and is FREE. Hannah’s: Be the “greenest” person and win some o’ the green for yourself—as in $100. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Boise Highlander Bagpipers, Giant Leprechauns and the Rocci Johnson Band will provide the dance tunes. There will be drink specials, games and prizes. There is a $5 cover after 9 p.m.

It’s no Orr-dinary night at BAM.

FRIDAY MARCH 18 music JAMES ORR LIVE AT BAM Boise Art Museum came into being before there even was a physical building—its first exhibition was actually held in the Boise Hotel, now the Hoff Building. In 1937 a smaller version of the museum that we know today was constructed. On Friday, March 18, BAM presents James Orr in concert, whose music, like the steady expansions of the museum builds layer by layer, engulfing listeners in a sweet cacophony of sound. Orr’s concert is a benefit for BAM’s educational programs and will take place in the sculpture court. Artist Stephen Knapp’s refracted light paintings will serve as the backdrop, where the mixture of sound, light and color are sure to create a unique poly-sensual experience. On his website Knapp stresses that viewers of his work should approach with open eyes because “perception and interaction lead to an act of mutual discovery, a universal bond of our existence. There is no right answer hidden within each piece, only a shared journey.” For one night, that journey will feature a soundtrack. With the Early Grey. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show, $8 students and BAM members, $10 general. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330,


The cat in the Celtic hat says, “Oh, hai. I’m Irish.”

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Everyone needs a glamrock theme song, even city planners. In the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, a feisty city planner named Regina gets to belt out Jefferson Starship’s “We Built This City” and Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to protest the pending demolition of the Sunset Strip’s seedy rock ’n’ roll dive The Bourbon Room. The rest of the musical is also infused with lyrically appropriate and comedic tunes—Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” plays during a bathroom sex scene, and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” wraps up the tale.

Rock of Ages is currently being adapted to the big screen, with Tom Cruise slated to play sleazy rocker Stacee Jaxx and Mary J. Blige on board as Justice, the owner of a strip club. But if you can’t afford a trip to Broadway or wait for the theatrical release of Rock of Ages, be sure to check out Together Again, a collaboration between Boise Rock School and Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Drama School. The show will take place at Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts and feature selections from both Rock of Ages and Fame performed by kids from both schools. 6 p.m., $3. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-345-9116. For more information, e-mail info@

MONDAY MARCH 21 film FIGHT IN THE FIELDS People are protesting these days in numbers not seen since the Vietnam War. Even in Boise, thousands have marched to the Capitol demanding their voices be heard. Cesar Chavez would be proud. Chavez was a farmerturned-activist who inspired generations to stand up against injustice. He formed unions, swayed government officials and helped to create laws that gave basic rights to farmers. He’s a model of peaceful American protest to whom people can look as they craft their picket signs. March is Chavez’s month: Eight states have WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


FLAVORS.ME Gregg Bissonette can crank the drums up to 11.

SATURDAY MARCH 19 percussion DRUMMER FROM SPINAL TAP AT BOISE STATE Playing drums seems like it should be easy—hit the drum with the stick, repeat. But the variety of tones that can be made from different strikes and different drums, as well as the difficulty of maintaining multiple beats with various limbs, make drums among the most complex and challenging instruments out there. Despite their often aggravating level of difficulty, drums are also immense fun ... because you get to hit them with sticks. Again and again and again. They’re like a musical punching bag that you can choose to pummel with anything from pencils to tree branches, depending on your mood and personal style. Local drummers looking to advance their skills have an excellent opportunity to do so this week with the Percussive Arts Society’s Idaho Day of Percussion, an all-day percussion and drumming event on Saturday, March 19. The event will feature performances, clinics and master classes from master marimba malleteer Naoko Takada, percussionist Robin Sharp and drum set artist Gregg Bissonette, whose credits include playing with Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Electric Light Orchestra, David Lee Roth and Spinal Tap— though not all at once. And you know Bissonette is amazing because he somehow made it out of Spinal Tap without spontaneously combusting. In addition to the classes and performances, there will also be tons of door prizes including a drum set and limited edition Pearl snare drum. Only a guitarist would be somewhere else. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $12 PAS members, $15 non-members. Keith Stein Band Hall, 1910 University Drive, Boise State. For more information, contact

marked his March 31 birthday as a holiday. Boise will help celebrate the icon with a week of events at Boise State. Kicking off the week is The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle, a documentar y that chronicles Chavez’s life, passion and how he created the United Farmworkers Union. The film utilizes newsreel and archival footage combined with


inter views of those central to Chavez’s life and movement. The Fight in the Fields will leave you inspired—if not to protest yourself, then at least to join in for the remainder of the Chavez Week celebrations, which last until Friday, March 25. 6-8 p.m, FREE. Boise State Student Union, Simplot C Ballroom. For more information about Cesar Chavez Week, call 208-426-5950.

Head to VAC for some lunar-cy.

Between Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Blogger, Digg, Etsy and Bandcamp, it can be hard for even the most fanatical members of your fan club to keep up with your daily postings, links, creations and ramblings. Well, not anymore. has created a platform that unifies your online presence. With only an e-mail address and a password, you can create a free landing page emblazoned with your name, a personalized bio, a quirky picture and icons that link to each of your various creative Internet feeds. You can easily manipulate each of the elements on the page—choosing everything from the layout to the fonts to the color scheme—and in a few short minutes, create your own, totally profesh-looking home page. Or, if you want even more options, $20 per year gives you access to unlimited layouts and fonts, gives you a custom URL, lists your page in the directory, gives your real-time stats for who is visiting your various social sites and even allows you to upload custom content. Lifehacker dubbed “a simple and elegant personal portal” and Venturebeat commented that it’s what would happen if “Conde Nast built FriendFeed.” —Tara Morgan

SATURDAY MARCH 19 masks EQUINOX MASQUERADE BALL Grab a mask, unleash your inner Gaga and celebrate the long-awaited first eve of spring. As the center of the sun aligns with Earth’s equator, which only occurs twice a year, Garden City’s Visual Arts Collective will play host to myriad artistic stimuli during the Equinox Masquerade Ball. These celebrations give the unique opportunity to leave your identity at the door and parade around in whichever masked personality you feel like inhabiting. All the entertainment bases will be covered: visual and performance artists, dancers of various kinds, terrariums by Braden Jon Anderson, a hair show by D’Shaw Institute stylists, a wine tasting by Totally Random Sweet Red and musical performances by DJ Source Code, Pioneer Spirit, violinist Rumi Kuzmic and band Junior Rocket Scientist. This collaboration, more like an updated, hipster Renaissance fair, should be enough to pr y off winter’s cadaverlike grip. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $8. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY MARCH 16 Festivals & Events POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—A performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, e-mail There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. 7 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632.



IDAHO ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM—Todd Shallat, PhD, will use art to convey his understanding of science and cultural trends as they pertain to Idaho’s natural environment. 11:30 a.m. $5$13. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611,

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

TREASURE VALLEY ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING—Monthly meeting for orchid enthusiasts. $20, $30 per couple for yearly membership dues, Signature Pointe Clubhouse, 3509 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-322-1208.

Kids & Teens MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— Young designers, inventors and engineers can bring their creations to life with Legos. Bring a shoebox full of your own if you’ve got them. Some will be provided for you if you don’t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—Talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. This event is a project of Living Liberally, an organization that is all about fostering progressive communities through social networks and events. 7 p.m. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620,

Workshops & Classes INTERNALIZED OPPRESSION TRAINING—Learn to cope with and heal from the damaging effects of oppression and historical trauma. Attendance is limited—register at the Student Diversity Center in the Student Union. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Brink Room, Boise State Student Union Building, Boise. PAVER CLASS—Learn how to create patios, pathways and more. 6 p.m. FREE. FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000. TREE CARE CLASS—Learn how to take care of your trees this spring. Topics include biology, pruning, planting, insect and disease problems and fruit tree pruning. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, WATERCOLOR PAINTING— Bob Fagan teaches watercolor techniques. Must be at least 18 years old. Call Bob at 208-8702568 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,

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,

Literature LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES—Join local authors as they discuss the writing process and their books, and get a chance to ask questions. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,

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NOISE/CD REVIEW DANIELSON: BEST OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY Daniel Smith, devout Christian and art school experimentalist, has made records with a rotating lineup of his family and friends since 1995 under the monikers Danielson Famile, Brother Danielson and Danielson, among others. Best of Gloucester County, Smith’s first album in five years, is also the first that he has released on his own label, Sounds Familyre Records. His current lineup retains his wife, Elin, his sisters Megan and Rachel, and longtime collaborator Sufjan Stevens, and ushers in a few newcomers as well. Danielson’s lyrics speak of faith and devotion but these are woven in subtly and metaphorically, so that a listener may hear several songs without catching on to it. The music bends conventions and obeys Smith’s idiosyncratic whims, although the experimental departures feel more restrained here than on previous records. Likewise, you’ll hear Daniel Smith’s voice slide into childlike squeals but to a lesser extent than before. But as is the norm for Danielson, a joyful, celebratory tone strings the songs together. “This Day is a Loaf” features punctuating chords, a glockenspiel underlying the chorus and a bread metaphor: “This day is a loaf / Of fresh baking bread / Start with the crust / You got big things/ Right, right on ahead.” “But I Don’t Wanna Sing About Guitars” follows a loud-quietloud dynamic with emphatic bursts of cymbal crashes spaced out by a sharp rhythm over a background of meandering electric guitar effects. “Hovering Above That Hill” is a meditative mess of jingling, rattling and incomprehensible wailing melted together. The safer, more controlled approach makes for less groundbreaking unpredictability than previous releases such as Tell Another Joke at the Ol’ Choppin’ Block, but existing fans of Danielson will feel right at home, and newcomers may want to choose this album as a mild place to test the water. —Eric Austin WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION—Celebrate all things Irish with corned beef and cabbage, kings cake, green beer and Irish wine. Featuring the Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums. 5:30 p.m. $10. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-4049,

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


KARAOKE AND WINE ROCK STARS—Unleash your inner rock star. Don’t worry, the wine will help. 8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960,

On Stage MOLLY SWEENEY—A story about a woman who is blind, and her relationships with her husband and world-famous eye doctor. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, Corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise.

MEDIA PROFESSIONAL LUNCH—Members of the media in Idaho are invited to have lunch and mingle, as well as discuss issues related to the media in our community. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-429-0011,

ENCORE THEATRE: THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW—Local actors re-create sketches from the Carol Burnett Show. 7:30 p.m. $9-$12. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., 208-468-5555,

Animals & Pets

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,

Talks & Lectures CEO SPEAKER SERIES—Enjoy lunch while listening to the CEO of St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center speak. Noon-1:30 p.m. $30-$40. Double Tree Hotel Boise-Riverside, 2900 Chinden Blvd.,

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.


HORSE CUTTING SHOW—Bring the family to check out cutting horse entertainment at the Idaho Horse Cutting Association Aged Event and weekend show. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Horse Park, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd. (corner of 1st St. S. and 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-442-3335,

Food & Drink BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a selection of European wines and beers. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, 208-658-1364, WINE TASTING—Enjoy free wine tasting and live music with Big Wow. 6 p.m. FREE. The Blue Moose Cafe, 79 Aikens Road, Eagle, 208-939-3079,


Workshops & Classes

Festivals & Events

PRACTICE AQUI—Spice up your bilingual aptitude during this weekly gathering. Ages 13 and older. Attendees should have an understanding of English and Spanish. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940,

GET YOUR GREEN ON—Celebrate with the Boise Highlanders and food and drink specials. 5-9 p.m. $8.50-$20. Rick’s Press Room, 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0558,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

CHAIN GANG MEETING—First meeting of the new group of volunteers dedicated to help spread the word, and impact, of the Boise Bicycle Project’s mission in the community. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, NONPROFIT RESOURCE THURSDAYS—Thinking about starting a nonprofit or already run one? Learn about free and low-cost resources for funding, volunteers and other support. Each month specialists will be available to focus on a specific topic. For more information visit or 4-6 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

Kids & Teens MYSTERIES BY THE RIVER—A book club for boys with bestselling author Kristiana Gregory. The group chooses mystery and adventure stories from a reading list and meets monthly for reading, discussion and fun activities. Gregory is the author of Scholastic Cabin Creek Mysteries and Bronte’s Book Club. 4 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, gardencity.

Odds & Ends CHANT MASTER PETER TANORIKIHO—Experience chanting. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, 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,


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8 DAYS OUT POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811. THREADBENDERS—Get crafty and inspired at the library’s monthly meets. All skill levels are welcome. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, THE MERIDIAN SINGERS—A group for women who like to sing a cappella in the barbershop style. The ability to read music is not necessary. 7:30-9 p.m. The Music Den, 245 E. Blue Heron Lane, Meridian, 208-724-6311.

Animals & Pets HORSE CUTTING SHOW—See Wednesday. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Horse Park, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd. (corner of First St. S. and 12th Ave. S.,) Nampa, 208-442-3335, idahohorsepark. com.


TOGETHER AGAIN— Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Drama School and Boise Rock School will pair up to present selections from Rock of Ages and Fame. E-mail for more info. See Picks, Page 18. 6 p.m. $3. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

Concerts BOISE PHILHARMONIC—Boise Philharmonic performs the music of Brahms and Beethoven, with special guest Martina Filjak on piano. 8 p.m. $23-$43. Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790,

Food & Drink WINE TASTING—Enjoy wine tastings and music with Kim and Matt from the local band Yer Mama. Call to reserve a table. 8-10 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries. com.

On Stage

Workshops & Classes

THE FANTASTICKS—A musical fable about two fathers who scheme to have their children fall in love. 6:15 p.m. $16.50$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

CROCHET CLASS: CLOCHE HAT—Karen Brown will teach you her crocheting and felting technique. 6-9 p.m. $40. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

Kids & Teens MUSIC AND MOVEMENT— Loud, silly fun that focuses on rhythm, coordination and other skills. All ages welcome. 10:30 a.m. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

Religious/Spiritual MEXICAN AMERICAN RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY—Exhibit that features elements of Mexican-American religion and its ties to medicine. Noon-2 p.m. FREE. Student Union Brava! Stage, Boise State, Boise.

Odds & Ends BACKSTAGE WITH THE ARTIST LUNCH—Spend your lunch hour with the conductor of Boise Philharmonic, Robert Franz, and guest performer Martina Filjak. Call 208-344-7849 for more info. Noon-1:30 p.m. FREE. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116. BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then dance the night away. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

EL KORAH MELODRAMA—The Shriners shine during this 48th annual benefit performance, and a buffet dinner will be available for an additional $10. E-mail for more info. 8 p.m. $12.50 ind., or $90 for eight. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, IMPROVOLATION—Local improv comedy troupe will keep you entertained with sketches, skits and stand-up. There will be a full bar for those with ID and Pie Hole will serve slices. 7:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, OPERA IDAHO CHILDREN’S CHORUS—The little ones of Opera Idaho Children’s Chorus will perform a shortened version of The Mikado. Call 208-3453531, Ext. 2 to reserve tickets, or buy them at the door. 7 p.m. $10. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—The Starlight Mountain Theatre puts its own spin on the classic opera. Call 208-4625523 or visit 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,

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 Animals & Pets HORSE CUTTING SHOW—See Wednesday. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Horse Park, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd. (corner of First St. S. and 12th Ave. S.,) Nampa, 208-442-3335,

SATURDAY MARCH 19 Festivals & Events

TEA FOR TUTUS FUNDRAISER—This year’s event is titled Love and Lilacs and is a celebration of Ballet Idaho’s Sleeping Beauty. There will be movement workshops, tea service, cocktails and a dress parade. Reserve a spot by calling 208-343-0556 or visit for more info. 1-3 p.m. $35. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

CASUAL CLASSICS—A shortened version of Boise Philharmonic’s Brahms and Beethoven concert. Perfect for families. 11 a.m. $10-$15. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,


IDAHO DAY OF PERCUSSION—The Percussive Arts Society hosts this all-day workshop featuring Gregg Bissonette, Naoko Takada, Robin Sharp, James Harrison and more. Performances, clinics and master classes throughout the day. See Picks, Page 18 for more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $12-$15. Keith Stein Band Hall, Boise State, 208-426-1846.

BOISE PHILHARMONIC—See Friday. 8 p.m. $24-$75. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,

Workshops & Classes

VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instruction on classic Lindy Hop moves. All ages. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, GROWING GRAPES—Learn which varieties of grapes grow best here, and how to care for them. 10 a.m. FREE. Far West Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000.

CONTRA DANCE—Monthly dance series featuring a live contra band and local callers. Couples are welcome, but neither partners nor experience are required. The dances are smoke- and alcohol-free. For more information, e-mail boisecontradance@fastem. com or visit the website. 7:30-11 p.m. $8 adults, $3 youth (10-18 years old). Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843. HEALTH FEST 2011—Vendors offering healthrelated services will be on hand to answer questions and provide product demonstrations, screenings and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, INTERNATIONAL SONG AND DANCE FEST—Get a taste of the world when the Boise State International Student Association serves up traditional ethnic food, songs and dance. 6 p.m. $12-$16. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208426-1000, PIONEER SPIRIT—Celebrate the spring equinox with Braden Jon, who will premiere his project “Pioneer Spirit.” The evening will consist of a display of Jon’s terrarium creations, his music, a ribbon dance by Lila Rudow, a hair show, wine tastings, music by Jr. Rocket Scientist and more. See Picks, Page 18. 8 p.m. $8. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-4248297,

On Stage THE FANTASTICKS—See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $16.50$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—Boise’s newest comedy venue will feature someone new each week, from hot young newbies to established stand-up comedians. 8 p.m. $12. China Blue, 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-338-6604. COMEDY NIGHT—Featuring Danny Amspacher and Ryan Wingfield. 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested/pay what you can. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2875379, EL KORAH MELODRAMA—See Friday. 8 p.m. $12.50, or $90 for eight. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, GOD OF CARNAGE—See Friday. 9 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, IDAHO DANCE THEATRE: EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH—The dance company will tell the story about a magic genie and the wishes he grants to an unhappy dishwasher through various types of dance styles. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. MOLLY SWEENEY—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12$15. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise. OPERA IDAHO CHILDREN’S CHORUS—See Friday. 2 p.m. $10. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$22. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425. PITA PUN—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $8-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-3367383,


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8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens LIMELIGHT NIGHT HIP-HOP DANCE—All-age dance. No smoking and no alcohol in the dance center. 10 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425. 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, 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, WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATION—Kids can make mud art, musical wave makers and more. TRICA’s leap troupe of dancers will perform, and kids will have a chance to learn about issues concerning water resource management and issues around the world. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284,

Odds & Ends

BOOMER SHACK—Geared toward those who love to dance but feel too young for the senior center and too mature for the downtown nightclub scenes. Enjoy a fun atmosphere with dance lessons from Martha Bradford at 9:15 p.m. and live music by the Triple R Band until 2 a.m. Between sets, ballroom dance with music by a DJ. 9 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425. 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. Price varies, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, KARAOKE AND WINE ROCKSTARS—See Wednesday. 8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208286-7960,

Animals & Pets HORSE CUTTING SHOW—See Wednesday. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Horse Park, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd. (corner of First St. S. and 12th Ave. S.,) 208-4423335,

BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— See Friday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

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SUNDAY MARCH 20 On Stage PITA PUN—See Friday. 2 p.m. $8-$13. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208336-7383,

Odds & Ends LAST CALL TRIVIA—Prove that you know random info and you might just win a bar tab. Followed by Anarchist Karaoke. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, SUNDAY MARKET—Local artisans showcase their arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and more during this indoor market. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, 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.

Animals & Pets


HORSE CUTTING SHOW—See Wednesday. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Horse Park, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd. (corner of First St. S. and 12th Ave. S.,) 208-4423335,

NETWORKING JOB CLUB—Get 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. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0011.

MONDAY MARCH 21 Literature PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP—Practice performing your poetry with poet Javon Mays. Call 208-426-0383 for more info. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1677. POETRY SLAM DELUX—The winner of this open slam gets $50 cold hard cash. Visit for more info. 7:30 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, 208-343-0886,

Religious/Spiritual OPEN CIRCLE—The Universal Pagan Temple invites the public to grow and evolve mentally, spiritually and emotionally during service. 7 p.m. FREE. The Community Center, 305 E. 37th, Garden City, 208-336-3870,

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—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,

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, PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Participants are invited to work on their public speaking with the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, e-mail 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.

TUESDAY MARCH 22 Workshops & Classes KINDERGARTEN READINESS WORKSHOP—Designed to help parents learn how to prepare their preschoolers for early literacy success once they get to kindergarten, this is a sixsession class that meets every Tuesday and Wednesday at the same time and place for three consecutive weeks. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-5624996.


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

Kids & Teens PAJAMA STORY TIME AND CRAFT—Kids of all ages are welcome to get in their PJs, listen to stories and make craft projects. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, TODDLER STORY TIME AND CRAFT—For kids ages 18 months through 3 years old. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

Odds & Ends BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a cash prize. 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, 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, 208-3223430. IDAHO CAPITAL CITY KENNEL CLUB—The monthly meeting of the Idaho Capital City Kennel Club is open to all who are interested in showing their dog in conformation, agility, obedience or rally events. FREE, 208-3455197, Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. LAST CALL TRIVIA—See Sunday. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208287-5379, 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485, buffalowildwings. com. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP— Share your experiences, coping strategies and offer support and encouragement to others living with mental illness. Call 208-376-4304 for more info. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR— Bring your business cards or flyers and mingle with other likeminded people. There is a guest speaker each week to assist and inspire you. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Her Spirit Center for Growth, 5181 Overland Road, Boise, 208-3453588.



PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at secondhand stores. $1 PBR, Oly or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008, POKER—See Thursday. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208321-1811. POKER NIGHT—Prizes for first and second places. 6:30 & 9 p.m. Montego Bay, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-8535070,

WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 Workshops & Classes MUSIC MARKETING IN THE MODERN ERA—Matthew Stringer, formerly of Sony Commercial Music Group, will teach musicians how to market themselves in the rapidly changing music business. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080, history.idaho. gov/oldpen.html. TREE CARE CLASS—See Wednesday, March 16. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, WATERCOLOR PAINTING—See Wednesday, March 16. 3:305:30 p.m. $40 for four classes, plus cost of supplies. Hobby Lobby, 3547 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-4798,

Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage the continuation of their work. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Twice a month, authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien offers writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES—See Wednesday, March 16. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,


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


WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB—Adult readers meet monthly to discuss the featured selection. For more information and to register, call 208-5624996. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.

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8 DAYS OUT Talks & Lectures HIKING THE FOOTHILLS PRESENTATION—Learn about important trail etiquette, destinations within the Foothills and how to access trail heads open to bikers, horses and off-leash dogs. 7 p.m. FREE.. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-3221141,

Green COMPOSTING AND THE SOIL FOOD WEB—Learn how to create your own compost. 6 p.m. FREE. Far West Garden Center, 5728 West State St., Boise, 208-853-4000.

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—See Wednesday, March 16. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,

Kids & Teens KID’S MAKE AND TAKE—Stores and craft time for little ones. 4 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, gardencity. KINDERGARTEN PREP CLASS—See Tuesday. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, LEAP TROUPE—Dance class for kids 9-12 years old. 6-7 p.m. $150 for entire session. Trey McIntyre Project Headquarters, 775 Fulton St., Boise, 877-8672320, MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— See Wednesday, March 16. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org. VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE— Kids can play video games like Super Mario Bros. and more with others. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181,

Odds & Ends BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— You don’t have to speak Basque and there are no try-outs, just singing. The choir meets at Bishop Kelly High School. Call 208-853-0678 or e-mail for more info. 6 p.m. FREE, 208-853-0678. KARAOKE AND WINE ROCK STARS—See Wednesday, March 16. 8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries. com. VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. 7-10 p.m. FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, vpsidaho. org.

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LIT/BOOK REVIEW MICHAEL CORRIGAN: THESE PRECIOUS HOURS One of the formative events in author Michael Corrigan’s life happened in 2005: His wife Karen died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. Already a respected and published writer, Corrigan was ultimately inspired by the tragedy to write two more books. With a master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University, Corrigan went on to attend the American Film Institute and is currently a professor at Idaho State University. To help come to terms with his enormous sense of loss, Corrigan penned A Year and a Day, a nonfiction series of journal entries that account for the year following his wife’s death. Piggybacking on this heartfelt biopic delivery, Corrigan most recently presented These Precious Hours. Corrigan’s sixth book takes a fictional look at love, longing and grief. By interweaving story lines, Corrigan depicts various scenarios that all deal with a loss of some kind. Whether it’s familial or romantic, the loss of someone is ultimately universal and can alter the path of life to varying degrees. Corrigan begins the novel with a quote from Civil War-era poet Henry Timrod, which eventually became lyrics in Bob Dylan’s song “When the Deal Goes Down”: “More frailer than the flowers / These precious hours / That keep us so tightly bound.” This simple stanza conveys many metaphorical associations with the delicate and powerful nature of love. Corrigan sets the stage with these simple, profound words for his subsequent stories. What is perceived at first to be a collection of short stories are seven vignettes that evolve into an intertwined, cohesive tale, taking the reader from a widower’s view of a revisited Ireland in the first chapter, “These Seven Hours,” to a beautifully crafted unrequited love in “The Wife and the Monk.” The eventual death of a beloved mother with cancer makes the wedding scenes in “Paraguay Wedding” realistically bittersweet and also intuitively reflective of the painstaking sentiments experienced by the affected family. Although at times Corrigan tries to contribute too many ideas at once, which disrupts the narrative’s continuity, he eventually returns to what comes more naturally: scene setting and pointed dialogue, both of which help to round out the multi-dimensional characters and forward driving story lines. These Precious Hours tackles the topics of love, loss and recovery, allowing Corrigan to reiterate his consistency as a storyteller. His firsthand experience with life’s immense challenges showcases his credibility and talent. —James Ady WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


NOT PRETENDING Local band Actual Depiction paints a different picture AMY ATKINS

The walls of the large, low-ceilinged practice space at the Bomb Shelter are covered in a mishmash of gray carpet squares, bright posters and phallic doodles drawn in colored Sharpie. A friendly black dog is curled up on the cushions of a beat-up beige loveseat and an open bag of Skittles sits on a small, scarred coffee table. As the six members of local band Actual Depiction get ready to run through some of their new songs, the diverse group of 25- to 30-somethings naturally fall into their places: Guitarists Jess Grunder and Don Morris stand across the room from each other; bassist Darcy Erickson has her back to a stack of speakers; turntablist/keyboardist—he describes himself as a “tech”—Chad Lopez and is an industrious guy. He doesn’t let being tied to the boards keep him from exerting as much drummer Ken Richmond form a two-person energy as a stage might allow. He is constantly row, each man behind his respective equippumping his fist in the air and encouraging the ment; and vocalist Brian “Murdoc” Gordon audience to join him, whether the six memsits on a stool at what could be considered bers are packed onto the small stage at Tom both the starting and ending point of the Grainey’s or the slightly larger one at Liquid circle. They’re getting ready to rehearse their or the comparably vast space of the Knitting tightly knit reggae-influenced mix of rock and hip-hop that ticks along as perfectly as a Factory stage. What Lopez also brings to the table is a hip-hop flavor that spins what well-made timepiece. would otherwise be typical crunchy rock into In the spring of 2008, Actual Depicmore Kid Rock. Erickson said the band likes tion was born in an apartment Lopez and to describe the music as what it would sound Richmond shared. Morris and Lopez worked like if Incubus and Sublime had a baby. That’s together, and the story is that Lopez was cona good, albeit obvious comparison. Actual stantly “hounding” Morris to jam. With the Depiction regularly covers Sublime’s “What I inclusion of Gordon, Grunder and a former Got” and Gordon freely admits to an admirabass player (Erickson replaced the original tion for Incubus’ Brandon Boyd. bassist several months ago) Actual DepicAnd that Brandon Boydishness is another tion came to be. In the three years since, the bonus in the band’s wheelhouse. Gordon sings band has put out two albums—they released with his whole body: eyes closed, long limbs Peachfish late last year—and they’re headed alternately tense and roving. He has impressive into the studio to work on a third as part of a vocal control, ranging from a throaty hum to a first-place win at the Knitting Factory’s recent subjugated scream. And while he may look to battle of the bands. the Incubus frontman for style, lyrically, he and But they almost didn’t even perform at the the rest of the band look inward for inspiration Knitting Factory: An ex purportedly tried to and all contribute to the songwriting process. sabotage the gig. While that kind of de“It was a sweet mocracy sounds great victory,” Erickson says, in theory, it seldom especially after a slew For more information, works—except maybe of previous battles in visit in this case. which Actual Depiction “I like to draw watched other bands pictures,” Gordon says. “I want to tell a walk away with the prizes. story, I want to draw a picture with the words This win was well-deserved. Actual Depic... Jess writes more straightforward lyrics.” tion seems like a basic rock jam band at first, Straightforward is an understatement. One of but they have a few distinct advantages. For Grunder’s most notable contributions is the example, Lopez, who is ensconced behind song “Go Down,” a rocking story of a man a huge silver stand that holds a turntable, who isn’t getting as much oral sex from his a laptop, a board of sliders and a keyboard (which he taught himself to play only recently), girlfriend as he wants. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

This is no imaginary band.

“I wasn’t,” Grunder confirms. “I was thinking about it a lot, so I wrote a song about it.” As long as he feels the song fits his voice, Gordon is happy to sing whatever his bandmates bring to him. They’re also happy to let him rearrange a song or add lyrics to suit his tastes and abilities. With a melancholic intensity settling on his face. Gordon says his own lyrics are all about relationships. There’s a longtime one that ended badly on Valentine’s Day. There’s one with marijuana. In “Hello” he sings: “Exploding volcanoes fill the room / my head heats up like a hot air balloon. Good thing we didn’t clean up this thing / a permanent staple from which I can’t refrain / Hello, my old familiar friend / It’s good to see you again.” With each performance, something new comes through, even from the least showy of the members. Morris has a wicked sense of humor and when the conservative-looking Richmond stripped his shirt off in the humid rehearsal room, he revealed an arm covered in tattoos. Even Erickson, who seems shy and is generally hidden—or hiding—behind one of her bandmates, often reveals another side. “I like being in the pocket,” said Erickson, who played in local bands Sub*Vert, Inepogy and Rizing Rezistance prior. That appears to be true as she plucks at the bass. She responds to the music, but her movements are economic unless she has some room to move—or if she’s encouraged to play center stage, like at a recent show. An audience member kept yelling, “Bring the girl up front. Bring the girl up front.” Erickson did move up, let the fan back up and stand tucked in between her and her bass and she played a whole song that way. “She adds flavor [to the band],” Morris said.

LOCAL MUSIC YOU MAY HAVE MISSED Homegrown music can get lost in the mix, so we wanted to make you aware of a few new releases that you might want to add to your playlist. Incognito Tuxedo recently released Way Back Home. The band’s name may have you picturing a British kids’ show, but this is a rock/ metal album for grownups. Several of the songs pass the five-minute mark, which is too long for some of them, but if you like your hair big, your jeans tight and your music loud, you might like this one. Visit for more info. Alex Post, who performs as Customary, has also released a new album, Take Me Away. It’s well-produced, original sounding and has an up-front Christian message throughout—this one is safe one for the youngsters. You can find more at myspace. com/customaryhiphop. Changing course, we find Ocean Story Social’s new self-titled release. Bright guitar swirls under singer Josh Lake’s back-of-the-throat vocals that carry the slightest bit of ennui, making the album a chilled-out experience. This is a highly listenable CD and recommended for anyone who is a fan of the Northwest indie sound. Hear them at Local jammer Jeff Crosby recently released a five-track solo effort, Too Many Walls. Pedal steel and acoustic guitar in opener “The Otherside” hint at Americana, but the texture and arrangements of the rest of the tracks have a more pop-rock presence than folks may be used to hearing from Crosby’s other project, Equaleyes. This album less funk/reggae/jam—even though all of Crosby’s Equaleyes mates play on the CD—and more of Crosby’s smoky controlled vocals out front. Melodically, the songs hearken back to the likes of early James Taylor and Kenny Loggins due, in part, to Crosby’s smooth voice, which makes him sound more mature than the 20-something he is. Get more info on him at —Amy Atkins

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

ARM AND HAMMERED AND THE IRISH VOLUNTEERS—With the Boise Highlanders. See Picks, Page 18. 8 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, MARCH 16, KNITTING FACTORY The Drive-By Truckers’ new release Go-Go Boots (ATO Records) is in some ways almost a first album for the band. At, enigmatic frontman Patterson Hood explains that Go-Go Boots is “In many ways the polar opposite side of what we do as a band ... it’s the album where we finally fully embrace the music of our original hometown area of Muscle Shoals, [Alabama], exploring the waters of country/ soul and that mystical intersection between to two dominate poles of our shared musical heritage.” That heritage is expressed in 14 twang-filled tracks that are either yarns set to music or music wrapped around tales of small towns, sex and murder. The gutsy title track is the story of a philandering preacher who would rather hire someone to kill his wife than divorce her and disgrace himself in front of God and church. —Amy Atkins With Heartless Bastards. 8 p.m., $24-$55. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St.,

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THE COUNTRY CLUB—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

CLUMSY LOVERS—7:30 p.m. $17-$35. Knitting Factory



SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARTY—With Celtic Resin. 6 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

FAIR TO MIDLAND—With Periphery and Scale The Summit. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Venue

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club ST. PATRICK’S DAY BENEFIT CONCERT— Featuring Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, New Transit, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars and more. See Picks, Page 18. 9 p.m. $5-$7. Red Room

DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

FLEET STREET KELZMER—With Celtic Resin. See Picks, Page 18. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

DR. JOE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

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

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS— With Heartless Bastards. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $24-$55. Knitting Factory

JERRY JOSEPH AND THE JACK MORMONS—8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

BEN BURDICK AND BILL LYLES—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars

THE NAUGHTIES—9:30 p.m. $5. Grainey’s

BENEFIT CONCERT WITH JAMES ORR—7 p.m. $8-$10. Boise Art Museum

KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MELVIN SEALS AND JGB—With Prairie Sky Pilots. 8:30 p.m. $17. Bouquet THE THROWDOWN—Featuring White Bread, Controlled Burn and Boss Hawg and the Short Bus. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

O’HANNAHS ST. PATRICK’S DAY BASH—With Boise Highlanders, Giant Leprechauns and The Rocci Johnson Band. See Picks, Page 18. 6:30 p.m. $5 after 9 p.m. Hannah’s

ST. PATTY’S DAY BASH—With Tauge and Faulkner. 7 p.m. FREE. Angell’s

CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

GO-GLOW BALL—Featuring Jupiter Holiday Alpenflow Kent Price and more. 9 p.m. $8. Knitting Factory THE JACKS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye JOHN JONES MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JUMPING SHARKS CD RELEASE PARTY—See Listen Here, Page 29. 8 p.m. $5. VAC OLD MAN MARKLEY—10 p.m. $5. Reef PHILLYS PHUNKESTRA—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s THOMAS AHLQUIST QUARTET—With Blue Door Four. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door THOMAS PAUL AND FRIENDS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s VIVA LE VOX—With Poke. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux




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




BRANDON PRICHETT—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

FALER BELL—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

THE COUNTRY CLUB—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


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

GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

JESSICA FULGHUM—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown


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

KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

TREVOR HALL AND CAS HALEY—9 p.m. $5 adv., $7 door. Reef

PARLOTONES—With Imagine Dragons. 8 p.m. $10. Neurolux


TRUCK STOP TRIO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

TIM STILES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s WEST OF USTICK—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars

ARTS WEST—With Blue Door Four. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub BRIANNE GRAY—9 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown EQUALEYES—With DJ Zone. 9:30 p.m. $5. Reef ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FULL MOON FEST—Featuring Danger Beard. 7 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory MOONSHINE AND MAYHEM—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel PHILLYS PHUNKESTRA—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s

PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid

REBECCA SCOTT—9 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

RHYTHM RANGERS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— With David Veloz. 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

RIFF RAFF’S ROCK THEATER—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s ROMERO—9 p.m. $5. The Shredder RYAN WISSINGER—- 5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid


STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s

LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

POKE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

STARLIGHT MUSIC STUDIO— With Sonny Moon for Four. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

THE SOLOMAN DOUGLAS SWINGTET—With Arts West Live. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

THE THROWDOWN—Featuring the winners from weeks one, two and three. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid TROY WRIGHT—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe THE YOUNG DUBLINERS—8 p.m. $12.50-$30. Knitting Factory Visit for more live music events. Trevor Hall

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

JUMPING SHARKS, VAC, MARCH 18 There’s nothing particularly aquatic about Boise’s Jumping Sharks. The alt-psychedelic-indie act makes dark, dusty music that is more likely to make the devil jump up on a hickory stump than lure Jaws up from the salty deep. Tracks like “Tuvan Song,” off their first album, Dreams of the Dying, Light of the Living, combine whiskey-splashed, spaghetti Western guitars with galloping drums. On their Reverbnation site, Jumping Sharks sum up this aesthetic: “The red dirt diaspora swept from one panlike state to another and swirled and mixed many years with dark forests, big fires, bubbling waters, fuzz sounds, feedback and then simmered in Black Rock City where it was pressed into meat patties.” Jumping Sharks will serve up some sound burgers at their upcoming CD release party on Friday, March 18. —Tara Morgan With A Seasonal Disguise. 8 p.m., $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City,

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SHORT BUT SWEET Academy Awardnominated short films screened together 2011 ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORT FILMS—Includes Day and Night, Let’s Pollute, The Lost Thing (clip), Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage and a clip of The Gruffalo. See story, this page. Flicks

2011 ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS—Includes clips of The Confession, The Crush, God of Love, Na Wewe and Wish 143. See story, this page. Flicks LIMITLESS—Bradley Cooper—alongside tycoon Robert De Niro—takes on the financial world with the help of a pill that enhances intelligence. (PG13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

THE LINCOLN LAWYER—Matthew McConaughey represents a high profile Beverly Hills client. The case quickly turns into a cat-and-mouse game of manipulation. Also starring Marissa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe and William H. Macy. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 PAUL—This Sci-Fi comedy with an all-star cast, combines aliens and humans on an RV trip. Heading toward Area 51 in Nevada, two nerds come upon an adventure into the unknown and something they weren’t expecting. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

Special Screenings A FIGHT IN THE FIELDS SCREENING—A documentary about Chavez’s life and the movement he was an integral part of. Monday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Ballroom, 1910 University Drive. CHICANO!—Special screening of Chicano!: History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement, which provides insight into one of the least-studied movements of the 1960s. Followed by a question and answer period. Thursday, March 17, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, Boise State, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-2468. 31

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GEORGE PRENTICE Time is precious, yet less-than-average popular culture continues to abuse our senses while wasting our sought-after attention. Fortunately, the Motion Picture Academy has bundled together this year’s animated and live action short film Oscar nominees. There are 10 in all and each is a gem. The only thing that comes up short is the length. Here’s a tip: Try not to get up for a Pixar gives us a happy little tale of dark and light in Day & Night. popcorn refill because you might miss more than part of a movie—you could miss the similar theme: a boy’s coming of age. In The whole thing. Some of the films are as short as the screen evolves from detailed charcoal Confession, a young man’s simple prank six minutes; none are longer than 27 minutes. sketches into colored pencil-drawn landhas severe consequences, while The Crush scapes followed by a quick dissolve into There’s a good chance you may have reveals an 8-year-old’s first love: his second a mirage of watercolors. It’s a beautiful, already seen Day & Night. The Pixar short grade teacher. vibrant kaleidoscope. was shown before each screening of Toy Na Wewe explores the 1994 tribal The Gruffalo enjoyed some success on Story 3 last summer. Day & Night introduces genocide in the African nation of Burundi. the small screen when the BBC commisus to two jolly creatures, the embodiment of The performances in the 19-minute film are sioned the classic children’s picture book sunrise and sunset. While Mr. Day lives in a compact but terrific. world of meadows, butterflies and rainbows, into a new holiday television special. A Oscar-winner God of Love gives us the heroic mouse (Mickey his counterpart dances story of a goofball, lounge-singing darts chamwould be proud) through a night filled pion who is granted a box of mysterious loveencounters a series with drive-in movies, OSCAR SHORTS inducing darts. Writer/director/actor Luke of predators and a fireflies and fireworks. Opens Friday, March 18, at The Flicks. Matheny is a star-in-waiting. Believe it or not, mythical monster, all Let’s Pollute is a told in rhyming verse. the Sundance Festival passed on this one. riff on educational Finally, there is Wish 143, with a most The best of the anidocumentaries of the mated nominees is indeed the Oscar winner, unlikely theme: a young man, dying of can1960s. Here, chemical conglomerates and cer, whose last wish is to lose his virginity. profit-driven trash-meisters are celebrated as The Lost Thing, based on an Australian Once you get past the plot convention, the children’s book that reached cult status. It society’s champions. Quite sarcastic stuff. film is quite moving and a reminder of how is a personal examination of the universal Madagascar, carnet de voyage is an precious time is. Yours will be well spent at 11-minute dance through the island nation’s challenge of belonging. this compilation of the best of the best. Two of the live action short films share a Malagasy society. In a matter of moments

SCREEN/THE TUBE America, our senses of humor coincide and work well. But usually—Mr. Bean on one side and Mr. Belvedere on the other—neither country is The dumb guy from Friends has a new project, but enough about funny. (It should be noted that both of those characters are British.) David Schwimmer in Madagascar 3. It’s not Mr. Sunshine, nor is it Joey. In Episodes, Beverly and Sean seem like a British couple who have Also, oddly enough, it’s not horrible. sex by formal agreement to remove her King’s Speech-themed brasEpisodes is a half-hour comedy featuring Matt LeBlanc playing Matt siere in exchange for the promise of figgy LeBlanc, except slightly smarter. The show pudding before bidding each other tally-ho has been renewed for a second season until additional romance can be scheduled and airs on both BBC and Showtime. a fortnight later. As for America, Matt LeBThe story is, a successful British show lanc seems a lot like Matt LeBlanc. is transformed into a typical American But when the show focuses on network show, replacing an old, fat, effete British stooges and the American tendency to headmaster with LeBlanc but employing obliterate subtlety, it’s flawless. the original writers, Beverly and Sean LinIf nothing else, it’s great to see sitcoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan). coms on cable because of the swearing. A Hollywood executive offers a great but Just once, it would’ve been refreshing to doomed promise: “No farming this one hear Richie Cunningham say, “You know out to some shitty American writers.” what? Fuck you, Fonzie.” Sometimes, as in the case of the —Damon Hunzeker emigration of The Office from England to Episodes airs Mondays on Showtime.




IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE ENCORE—The Met’s presentation of Gluck’s interpretation of the Greek myth. Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m., $18, Edwards 22, 7709 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208377-9603, 30

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Movies like the Mega Shark vs. series, which has the animal duking it out with the Crocosaurus and Giant Octopus, embrace their cheese factor. Sharktopus, it would appear, is the latest slice of the B-movie/ giant animal treat, with bad CGI and ’80s pop culture stars. The trailer features Eric Roberts saying, “We’ve just created the Navy’s first super weapon!” While these movies do embrace the cheese and tend to lay it on a bit thick at times, look at it this way: Japan gave us the Godzilla series, in which he battles Gamera, Mothra and Megaguirus. OK, so maybe Sharktopus isn’t loaded with metaphor like Godzilla and won’t be half as memorable, but in the tradition of giant monster battles, Sharktopus doesn’t disappoint.

If The King’s Speech and The Social Network were the titans to beat at this year’s Oscars, The Fighter was the underdog, with strong per formances under director David O. Russell. It is the first film to win both Best Supporting Actor and Actress since 1986’s Hannah and her Sisters. But Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Melissa Leo aren’t the only reason to see this movie. Based on the life of boxer Micky Ward, The Fighter aspires to show honestly what goes into the “guts and glory” of boxing. As Wahlberg said of the film, “I’ve seen every boxing movie ever made ... but the fighting just wasn’t as realistic as what we hoped to accomplish in this movie.” And two Oscars suggest that they succeeded. —Jordan Wilson

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of the Show Me How bestselling book of 500 how-to tips. There are practical categories like sports and fitness, food and drink, and Let’s say you want to dye the Boise River emergency help, but the real fun begins when green for St. Patty’s Day. That’s actually No. you access the “wow” category 59. Need to have a memorable where you’ll learn how to wow first kiss? No. 54. No. 81 will with card tricks, appear to show you how to shuck an tate or breathe a ball of fire. oyster. No. 78 will guide you The $2.99 app doesn’t through rolling maki sushi. The require Internet access and is available for the newest know-it-all app is Show Me Now, and iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. it does just that: It shows you how to do all —George Prentice kinds of things. The iPhone app is an off-shoot



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If the ground is muddy, be a trail’s buddy.

TRAIL AND STREAM Mother Nature always seems a bit confused this time of year. The bluster and snow of winter one day followed by the blissful inklings of spring the next means that confusion infiltrates every aspect of life from what to wear (layers) to where you can go to get outside. But one rec-related quandary is actually pretty easy to answer: If a trail is muddy, stay off it. It’s the same seasonal reminder that the crew at Ridge to Rivers puts out every year in an effort to keep the trails from getting rutted, widened and otherwise destroyed. But with the recent cycle of rain, snow, sun, rain, foretelling the trail conditions is a bit like looking into a crystal ball. A voluntary trail closure program began several weeks ago, asking trail users to stay out of the most heavily used areas after 10:30 a.m., when trails usually begin to thaw. But with warmer overnight temps, even those time restrictions are blurry. David Gordon, trail program coordinator for R2R, said the group is providing daily trail updates on its website (ridgetorivers. Updates are posted early in the morning, and Gordon said he’s encouraging people to log on before heading out. He said by and large, the public has mostly respected the closures. “People have been fantastic,” he said. “It’s been light years better than I thought. There’s been terrific support for taking that step.” The voluntary closures will end once prevailing weather patterns begin to dry out and warm up, but until then, just remember, if the mud is sticking to your shoes or tires, stay off the trail. But even if things are too muddy in the Foothills, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is making sure there’s something to do on the water. The department has been busy releasing more than 17,000 rainbow trout—of catchable size—in rivers and waterways around the area throughout March. For more details on fish stocking, visit If you’re still dedicated to winter, the folks at Sun Valley Resort are making spring skiing just a little easier—at least for full-time college students. Students can pick up a three-day pass for just $99 through the end of the ski season on Sunday, April 24. Better yet, the pass does not have to be used in three consecutive days, so you can spread out a few last runs though the spring. Visit for more details. —Deanna Darr

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KEEPING TRACKS Skiing the backcountry, following those who have come before BEN WICKHAM I’m headed for the Shoulder, a pyramid-shaped, tree-gladed slope on the end of one of the ridges of 13,000-foot-plus Mt. Morgan in the Sierra Nevada. It’s a sunny day and it has barely snowed for over a month. Yet the beauty of the Shoulder is that it’s north facing— I’ve skied fresh powder up there weeks after a storm. I’m crossing the Tamarack Bench and there are ski tracks everywhere, traces of a dozen or more skiers traveling the Bench since our last major storm system. Passing over the parallel lines in the snow gets me thinking of who has been here and where they were going. A dozen tracks roll over and drop off the edge toward slopes that I know are lapped by backcountry skiers staying at the lodge. Other ski tracks—some in pairs, some alone—lead off into the trees. I see a set of tracks that I can tell are old, and I wonder if they’re mine from early January. Ski tracks can be a blessing and a curse. I’ve often worried, as I’m sure countless skiers have over the years, that they’ll betray entrance into some secret powder stash that should be kept hidden. But today, ski tracks give me something else. I’m looking for my friend Todd’s tracks because I know he was at the Shoulder a couple of days before me. I know his tracks will lead me straight to where I want to go. In a clearing where I can see the granite rim and jagged summits of the western edge of Rock Creek Canyon, I find what I’m looking for. I remove my pack and shove my jacket and gloves inside. I’m sure I’ve found Todd’s tracks because he told me this was his approach. But I can tell by the number of ski pole holes alongside the tracks that more than one person traveled this line, and I also know that about a week before, two guests at our lodge skied the Shoulder. I’m sure that this was their route as well. Even though I’m alone, I almost don’t feel like it. Knowing that Todd and the lodge guests gazed upon the same lodgepole pines, heard the same birds calling and maybe paused to take a closer look at the exposed wood core of a tree for the faded lines of a decadesold carving left by Basque sheepherders gives me the feeling that we’re traveling side by side rather than at different places in time. I pretend that they’re out of sight, a few hundred yards ahead of me. I imagine that I skied with them yesterday or the day before and they’re skiing with me today. It makes the skiing more worthwhile because I feel like I’m sharing my day with someone. And also the darker side of the traces that we’re leaving occurs

to me: the betrayal that these marks in the snow could lead to after I’m gone. A few years ago, my friend Jeff and I discovered my own favorite stash outside of Bogus Basin by following a faint set of tracks. They led us into a small bowl, maybe only 400 vertical feet, with a rocky face and rock columns enclosing an hourglass chute that gave the feeling of big mountain skiing, although there is no big mountain skiing anywhere around Bogus. It takes a while to get there and a while to get back, but one dry winter month, I was the only one to ski it. I know because I stopped at the bottom each time and counted the tracks and how many times I’d been out there. When the two numbers matched up, I felt thankful they all belonged to me. Once I skied out there and discovered an unknown set of tracks winding down the chute and I felt hurt, as if a secret had been revealed. Obviously I had no right, considering it’s public land and I was leaving my own set of tracks. But I wonder if I felt that I had no way to connect. Unlike heading up to the Shoulder now, where I can put a name and a face and that gives me a shared experience, that day back at Bogus I was unable to piece together any connection. The skiing on the Shoulder is uninspiring, but the sun feels good so I climb to the ridge and sit where I can see all of Rock Creek Canyon. The most direct way to leave the Shoulder is to descend the Malorn Tree Gully. It’s easy to see it from the top of the Shoulder, but once you drop down, it’s difficult to find your way. I’ve discovered that, while standing on top of the Shoulder, I can draw a line of sight from me over the gulch and off to a sub peak across canyon, and if I head toward that peak, it will lead me into the gulch. But today I have Todd’s tracks to follow. I’m still enjoying the sentiment of sharing my day of skiing with Todd and that somehow he is with me. I drop into a shallow bowl along with Todd’s tracks and while gliding across, I see a set of withered tracks like the petrified tracks from earlier in the day on the side hill above. I recall staying high like that my last time coming this way, and I also know this was Todd’s first trip through here this season. I calculate in my head that those must be my old tracks as I fly along the flats and I keep dropping toward the Malorn Tree Gully. I’m still following Todd’s way, but those old tracks stay high like I remember heading a month ago. It’s me following Todd’s tracks, which are following my old tracks. Maybe two days earlier while Todd skied down toward home he figured out to whom those tracks belonged. Maybe while he was following my tracks, Todd was feeling the same way I am feeling now. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

LISTINGS/REC Register 10TH ANNUAL HORNET 5K RUN/WALK—This 5K race to be held on Saturday, April 30, at 9:30 a.m., will benefit junior high athletics. Register at Shu’s Idaho Running Company or East Junior High School through April 29. $20. East Junior High School, 415 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-854-4730,

2011 SLAMMER ROAD RACE— Boise Development Cycling presents this road race on Sunday, March 20, at 10 a.m. The race begins and ends on South Cole Road, half a mile south of Ten Mile Creek Road. There is a cash prize. Register online through race day at sportsbaseonline. com. For more info call 208-3433782. $15.

PLAY/REC THE CALL OF THE WILD The sound of a bull elk bugling is intoxicating. Blood rushes to my face, I feel my heart rate go up, and I instinctively hunch a little to lower my profile. I am planning a backcountry elk hunt for September. I have my spot picked out, my topographic maps on order and I’m getting my packing gear in line. But I haven’t hunted elk in years, and frankly, I feel a bit rusty. On queue was the Idaho Sportsman Expo with a seminar titled “Elk University,” taught by Glen Berry, who is the Canadian and World Champion elk caller and owner of Berry Game Calls. He has called in hundreds of elk and has personally taken more than 44 bull elk with archery equipment. Berry also has a DVD series called Hot Bulls. This guy knows his elk hunting. The class started off with the normal technical difficulties of any small seminar: no sound out of the DVD player and too much high-end out of the microphone. And as soon as we got started I knew that Berry had given this speech before. He started with the basics of hunting elk. Keep an eye on the wind. Sounds simple enough, but making sure that the wind is in your face and not blowing your scent to a bull is a lot harder than expected. In general, he suggests a northeast approach to hunting game in the Western states, since it is the prevailing wind direction for most mountainous areas in this region. Approaching from the north you will have the wind blowing in your face, exactly what a hunter wants. This little tidbit already changed my September starting location. Berry then moved on to his real area of expertise: elk calling. The best bit of advice he gave on calling elk was to call only every 30 minutes if you do not get a response immediately. Bugle and then shut up and listen. Berry was clearly suggesting that too often, hunters over-call and scare the elk off. Of course, Berry demonstrated his own line of calls and explained how they were the “best on the market.” I can say I have never called in a bull elk before but plan to try this fall. I can’t wait to hear the extended whine followed by low grunts that make up an elk bugle. —Randy King

2011 WALK/JOG PROGRAM— Program designed for entry-level and intermediate runners who wish to train for a 5K, 10K, half, or full marathon. Call Matt at 208-433-9211 for more information. Saturdays, 9 a.m. $20 per month, $80 for entire program. Therapeutic Associates, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 114, Boise, 208-433-9211, BEAT THE DOC FUN RUN AND CANINE CANTER—5K loop course including off-road trails and a gravel road to be held on Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. Register online at spondoro. com through March 26. $30.50$35.50, plus $5 for your dog. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. DIRT BAG DASH—Bike race to be held on Saturday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. The course is 12 miles for riders 10-13 years old and 55 miles for expert riders. There will be a chili feed after the race. Register through race day online at dirt_bag_dash. $35. DRY CREEK HALF MARATHON—Half marathon to be held on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Course starts and finishes at the Merc at the Hidden Springs town square and is part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series. Register online at Through April 2. $38. HOUSE OF SHIMMY CLASS— Dance class for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. They will learn new moves and be accompanied by live music from local musicians. Wednesdays, 4-4:45 p.m. $150 for entire session. Trey McIntyre Project headquarters, 775 Fulton St., Boise, 877-867-2320, IDAHO BOCCE BALL CLUB— People of all skill levels are invited to get a team together and register for club play to begin Wednesday, April 13, at 6 p.m. Call Mike at 208-376-3171, Judy at 208-890-4178 or Lou at 208375-5228 for more info. Visit for more info. Register through May 31. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise. INSTRUCTIONAL FITNESS PROGRAMS—Boise State Recreation offers a variety of threeand eight-week programs aimed to get you fit. Check out the list of classes and register online at or call 208-426-5644. Wednesdays. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-4261131, MOUNTAIN WEST OUTDOOR CLUB—Member-led recreational activities throughout the year including hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking. Memberships cost $15 per year. For information e-mail or call Mike Fritz at 208-323-1383, com/group/mountainwest. WEISER RIVER TRAIL 50K RELAY AND SOLO RUN—Run this 50K solo or with a team on the trails from Council to Midvale on the scenic Weiser River Trail. Race to be held on Saturday, April 30, with staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m. Register online at bluecirclesports. com through the day of the race. $60 solo, $200 per team of five.


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STEAK 101 The book of beef and one Idahoan’s place in it GUY HAND Brewforia taps into a new market.

MORE TO LOVE On March 2 Flying Pie Pizzaria quietly passed into the hands of a new owner. The quirky Boise pizza institution, which opened in 1978, was sold by owner Howard Olivier to Florian Penalva, a Sun Valley transplant originally from France. “We’ve been looking for an investor for several years,” explained Flying Pie Marketing Director Lesley Juel. “We ran a ‘spare a million dollars’ campaign a few years ago, so it’s not an all-of-the-sudden thing. We have been looking for an investor to help Flying Pie grow.” When asked if “growing” means expanding outside of Boise, Juel responded, “Could be.” She also confirmed that both Flying Pie locations will keep their staff. “Almost nothing [will change], just the person signing our paychecks and the person who owns Flying Pie,” said Juel. “The sale went through last Wednesday, and almost nothing has changed. We continue to be a popular, happy, fun, profitable place.” In other growing news, the popular Meridian craft beer store Brewforia will soon be expanding to Bown Crossing. Brewforia’s second location is slated to open in mid- to late-April in the space that formerly housed the Tavern Wine Market. “We’ll have 600-700 beers at the new store, 10 taps, a patio,” confirmed owner Rick Boyd. “We are serving food, but the menu out there will have to be a little bit different than the menu here in Meridian because of Flatbread and some exclusive arrangements they have regarding pizza.” Also on the horizon for Brewforia is the inaugural BODO Craft Brewers Festival slated for Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, in BODO. “We’ll have about 40 different brewers there from throughout the Northwest and Intermountain West area,” said Boyd. “There will be over 100 beers, some great food, entertainment … It’s the kickoff for Boise Beer Week and American Craft Beer Week.” The BODO Craft Brewers Festival will take place in conjunction with the Idaho Green Expo and primarily showcase regional beers with a low carbon footprint. “We’re going to be bringing in beer from brands that people here in town are already familiar with,” said Boyd. “We’ll also have a pretty good selection of beer from some smaller, independent breweries that currently don’t have any exposure in this market.” In other restaurant-expansion news, Yokozuna Teriyaki opened another location on March 10 on Fairview Avenue between Locust Grove and Eagle Road in Meridian.

The flavor of great steak, like the flavor of fine coffee, chocolate or cabernet sauvignon is one of life’s deep, delicious and darkly subterranean flavors, a taste that can rock you to the bone like the bass line at a blues club. That’s no doubt why beef is Idaho’s No. 2 agricultural commodity (behind dairy)— bringing in nearly a billion dollars in 2009— and why waiters so frequently recommend steak. There’s nothing like the way meat eaters hunger for a deliciously primal, often bloody hunk of beef. And there’s nothing like the sense of betrayal that comes with bad steak. It seems to dishonor the West’s cowpoke past and fails to consummate that perfect union between beef and Idaho spud—bad steak happens way too Grand Cru Le Chambertin from Burgundy, often. After suffering a string of insipid, beef- has but 46 more. Yet, the wine world employs a voluminous vocabulary to describe lite slabs, I begin to wonder if I’ve just been chasing char-grilled ghosts or some misbegot- every nuance in a pinot noir while beef has little more than the USDA’s monosyllabic ten memory of an archetypal steak I actually grading system—prime, choice, select—to never ate. Then I sink my teeth into a great T-bone, and all that tasteless-steak frustration describe its nearly equal complexity. Not only that, Schatzker says, the USDA fades away. At least until next time. system is based on antiquated assumptions. Author and food writer Mark Schatzker Take the notion of marbling, the bedrock had the same experience. foundation of USDA grading. Abundant “Every time I’d go out and buy steak,” marbling—veins of fat that lace through a he says, “it seemed to let me down. But steak like the web of an every now and again, I overachieving spider—is would find myself eating required to classify beef as a spectacular steak, and I prime and is based on the had to question why.” To seldom questioned gospel find the answer, Schatzthat fat equals flavor. ker sliced through rib Schatzker says it doesn’t, eyes around the world— at least not anymore. Scotland, France, Italy, “Throughout history,” Argentina, Japan and, yes, he says, “we have found Idaho—then wrote Steak: that fatter cattle tend to One Man’s Search for the taste better than skinnier World’s Tastiest Piece of cattle, but traditionally Beef. In it he asks why this cattle gained weight slowly, most beloved of proteins on a diet of grass. In the so often tastes like “grilled last hundred years or so, tap water.” we have gotten incredibly “So why a book on good at getting cattle fat steak?” I ask this Torontovery quickly, which is why based writer in what turns we have the modern-day out to be an enlightening industrialized feed lot with phone conversation. steam-flaked corn, anti“Steak is the prestige For more information, visit biotics and beta agonists meat,” says Schatzker. [growth hormones] ... So “Steak is the king of meats. marbling is no longer a We have steakhouses. We good indication of quality.” don’t have porkhouses or In addition to the well-documented chickenhouses. Steak occupies a role, culturexcesses associated with factory feedlots— ally speaking, that no other meat does. But stress, disease, unnatural diet and drugs—the oddly, we know very little about it—and I sheer speed at which feedlots fatten cattle wanted to get to the bottom of steak.” may be, according to Schatzker, a significant It turns out the factors influencing steak flavor deterrent. Simply taking the time, flavor are varied and complex. For instance, he says, to let cattle gain weight naturally, grilled or roasted beef contains 340 “flavor slowly, may be the most fundamental reason compounds.” An exalted red wine, say a

A sight for sore rib eyes.

that great beef tastes that way. That, too, flies in the face of USDA doctrine. American meat is graded by maturity as well as marbling, younger animals being considered more tender and therefore better tasting. Hence, the average American beef cow is sent to slaughter at 14 months. Too young, Schatzker says, for deep, bone-rattling flavor to develop. “Think of veal,” he says. “Veal doesn’t have a lot of flavor. Well, the truth is, most of the beef that people are getting in steakhouses and buying in supermarkets and even at fine butcher shops is, in my opinion, closer to veal than true beef.” Schatzker says that 50 years ago, American cattle grazed a full year longer, on average, before going to slaughter. One of the most memorable steaks he tried during his research was from a 10-year-old cow in France. In Japan, land of the revered Kobe beef, cattle are often raised for four full years before going to slaughter. Schatzker does give credit to feedlot beef for one thing: consistency. During his travels, industrial beef never delivered the best steaks he ate, nor the worst. He credits standardized feedlot grain for infusing modern beef with a predictably uniform, if middling flavor. He likens industrial beef to jug wine. Both are consistent, relatively cheap, readily available and nearly always underwhelming. In contrast, Schatzker’s best and worst steaks were grass fed. That’s because grass, compared to commodity grain, is so variable. Not only are there good and bad grasses, but good and bad times to forage cattle on them. Season—even time of day can—affect the flavor. Again, Schatzker sees a comparison to wine: “When you talk to people who do grass-fed beef, I mean it’s like you’re talking to a wine maker,” Schatzker says. “They know more about grass in some ways than they do about beef. They’re experts in their soil. They’re experts in moisture. They’re experts in varieties of grass ... and I 36 would liken it to winemaking because

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Mark Schatzker on the prowl for a perfect steak in Argentina.

the ones that have good land and know what they’re doing produce a product that is beautiful.” Schatzker says Idaho rancher Glenn Elzinga is one of those producers of beautiful beef. In the last chapter of his book, Schatzker visits Elzinga’s ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley, between Challis and Salmon, and finds the mineral-rich soils, the native grasses, the frosty nights all add up to beef with a uniquely Idaho terroir—a sense of place you can taste. You can also see Elzinga’s ranch land from space. It’s that chunk of central Idaho near the Montana border that looks as if a giant cougar had clawed three deep gouges into the state’s rocky flesh. It’s classic basin and range country—the kind of grand geology that would get the likes of John Huston or John McPhee all misty-eyed—with three high, arid valleys locked in line by snow-capped, 10,000to 11,000-foot peaks. It’s the kind of Western landscape that Schatzker says gives Elzinga’s beef its delicious flavor. “In fact,” Schatzker says, “I think the socalled terroir effect is more pronounced with steak than it is with wine ... When you’ve got the right land, like Glenn does, it’s as though you’re tasting the land through the beef.” When I visited Elzinga’s land several years ago, he and his family were living one cougar gouge east of the Pahsimeroi, in the Lemhi Valley. The sky there was that deep, cloudless Idaho blue that goes nearly outer-space black at night. The grass was electric green. And Elzinga was on horseback, separating his new calves from their mooing mothers. “I just wonder if they know it’s this time of year,” Elzinga said as he worked his way between cattle and calves, “and they get that sinking feeling that this is the day, this is the day we must part ways.” Cowpoke-lean, his Stetson shading a bushy, Wild Bill mustache, Elzinga was all but apologetic as he ushered calves through the gate to 34

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new pasture. “Sometimes we call it Glenn and Caryl’s counseling center for wayward cows.” If Elzinga and his wife had been typical ranchers, their relationship to that herd would have been short-lived. They’d have sent those cattle to faraway feedlots to fatten them up quickly and efficiently on a diet of grain, antibiotics and growth hormones. At 14 months, those cattle would have been slaughtered. After moving to the Pahsimeroi Valley, the Elzingas didn’t quit coddling their cattle. Their calves spend nearly an extra year living solely on the pastures where many of them were born. They never touch grain or—since they’re certified organic—antibiotics or growth hormones. And then there’s the ground beneath their hooves. “The soils are kind of interesting here,” Elzinga says of the Pahsimeroi, “because when you look at the ground, you think, ‘Wow, they grow potatoes here.’ When you look closely you find out that the potatoes are very heavy—because they’re rocks. It’s just rock after rock after rock.” Combine that with the fact that the 5,000-foot-elevation Pahsimeroi Valley gets a sniveling eight or nine inches of rain a year— qualifying it as desert—and you might think it’s not a place to grow much of anything, let alone T-bones. Elzinga found out differently. The soil is packed with minerals. “When you run water through anything,” Elzinga says, “it’s like running water through a coffee filter; you get coffee out the other end. And what happens with the soils is the same thing. You get minerals out the other end, and those things are lost from the soil when it rains. Here it doesn’t rain, and as a result we have thousands of years of this soil just sitting.” A long-time rancher from the valley once told Elzinga that those highly mineralized soils, combined 38 with frosty temperatures that help fix WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Restaurants get one chance to hit BW with their best shot. LEILA R AM ELLA- R ADER

BOISE FRY COMPANY More soft than crunchy, these guys go well with curry pear ketchup. 111 Broadway Ave., Ste. 111, 208-4953858,

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a clam.

CAFE VICINO Cioppino is a “throw what you got in the pot” kind of soup. Similar to France’s bouillabaisse—a fish stew featuring a medley of seafood simmered in Provencal herbs—cioppino was born on San Francisco’s wind-bitten docks in the mid 1800s. As the story goes, Italian fishermen would return with their catch of the day—shrimp, crab, mussels, squid—and “chip in” to a collective pot filled with tomatoes, onions, garlic and wine. Cafe Vicino, a tranquil Italian eatery in the North End, makes a cioppino brimming with enough sea life to put a smile on a San Francisco seaman’s weathered face. “It’s a well-executed dish,” said Chef Richard Langston. “In the kitchen, we love making it … the smell wafting off of the dish is so good.” Cafe Vicino doesn’t draw much attention to itself—a single, easy-to-miss door faces Boise Co-op’s notoriously packed parking lot and a small, covered patio huddles on the restaurant’s Fort Street-facing backside. Inside the place is equally reserved—dark wood shelves hold up neat rows of wine and starched white linens cover small, brasserie-style tables. Glancing around the small, surprisingly packed dining room on a recent weekday evening, I saw a number of familiar North End faces quietly draining bottles of wine and politely carving away at steaks. While Vicino CAFE VICINO is most definitely not a raucous 808 W. Fort St. spot, its menu is spot-on—in a 208-472-1463 simple yet innovative way. Though dinner options include a couple of crowd-pleasers—like the grilled shrimp on risotto cakes or the potato-crusted salmon—the kitchen flexes its creative muscles with dishes like gorgonzola-stuffed figs wrapped with basil and prosciutto and drizzled with local honey or semi-boneless quail, stuffed with leeks, dried cranberries and pancetta on mashed yams. Even the sliced table bread comes with a garlic-and-citrus infused olive oil that leaves a lingering nip of thyme on the nose. But the cioppino ($23) is anything but subtle. Long, liquorice-flavored shards of fennel snake around plump shrimp, chunks of firm white fish, clams, baby calamari rings and purplish tentacles in a thin, though under-salted, tomato broth. Slices of hard, garlicky bread float in the red stew like half sunk rowboats circled hungrily by the bobbing seafood. In Italian, “scarpetta” describes the act of mopping up the last bits of sauce in your bowl with a hunk of table bread. Looking around at the composed Cafe Vicino dining room, I felt self-conscious swabbing up the last rivulets of my cioppino. Thankfully, those who prefer the wild arm gestures, scarpetta kind of Italian dining experience can soon raise their glasses on the Cafe Vicino patio. —Tara Morgan WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

DONNIE MAC’S Crisp and rectangular, dunk these dudes in a side of sweet Trashy sauce. 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008,

SOLID Topped with sea salt, Solid’s spf’s are served with a side of Bananaise. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620,

WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN Plump and crisp, these homies come with honey cinnamon butter. 1939 W. State St., 208-342-2957,

WILLOWCREEK GRILL Peppercorn twigs with chipotle aioli. Heavenly. 2273 S. Vista Ave., Ste. 150, 208-343-5544,

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Glenn Elzinga is home on the rocky range in the Lemhi Valley.

sugars in plants (the Pahsimeroi gets a mere 45 frost-free days a year), make the grasses grow, in that old-timer’s words, “hard.” That’s apparently a good thing. For whatever reason, the Pahsimeroi produces fat, tasty cattle. Schatzker conducted a steak taste test for a few years ago. He included both wet and dry aged, prime commodity beef; deeply marbled, Kobe-stye Wagyu beef; naturally raised grain-fed beef; and Elzinga’s grass-fed beef. Elzinga’s won. Over the 17 years Elzinga has been raising and finishing cattle on pasture, he admits having raised “some down-right rancid-flavored grass-fed beef.” But he also learned a lot about the variability of grass, uncovered some nearly lost wisdom from back when all cattle were grass fed and even came up with a few new ideas himself. Back when I first visited him, Elzinga said, “Really, I’m a grass farmer,” as he walked through a pasture with two of his then youngest daughters. “This grass is the foundation of my entire operation.” Elzinga pulled up a shaft of grass himself, and thoughtfully gave it a chew. “I think that wherever you get farther detached from the original way things were— like cattle originally ate grass—you know, fish swam in the ocean. And now we’re farming fish. The more we remove these animals from the original things that they were meant to eat, the more and more concerns we’re going to see as we eat them.” Subsequent scares over mad cow disease at feedlots and studies that prove grass-fed beef to be richer in healthful omega-3 fatty acids than feedlot beef confirm Elzinga’s belief. But rancher Elzinga had other reasons for growing grass-fed beef. 36

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“It’s a place to raise not only these cattle, but my family,” he said as his two daughters began chasing each other through the grass. “And they’re just my No. 1 priority. We have fun. We eat together and spend a lot of time together and, really, that’s why I’m here. It’s for these kids.” One daughter smiled a mischievous smile, then yanked a handful of grass out by the roots, tossing it at her sister. The other, in retaliation, tackled the first and both dropped to the ground. Elzinga quietly removed his Stetson, then dove in. You wouldn’t see that on a feedlot. After meeting the Elzingas and similar small beef producers around the world, Schatzker changed the goal of his book. The notion of steak terroir, that a great porterhouse from Idaho could have an excellent, if distinctive flavor; that a rancher, like a winemaker, could have great vintage years—in effect the beefy equivalent of a 2005 Bordeaux—well, that just flew in the face of commodity beef’s belief in unwavering uniformity and enthralled Schatzker. He abandoned his original quest “for the world’s tastiest piece of beef.” “By the end of the book,” he says, “I came to realize that it’s not the best steak I’m after, it’s the variety of steaks that I’m after. I get excited by the fact that a steak tastes different here in Ontario than it does there in Idaho.” On the second to last page of Steak, Schatzker writes: “Steak remains a mystery. Its greatness is, at best, only dimly understood. The one secret the world has mastered is how to produce steak in the greatest possible volume. But a few people [like Idaho’s Glenn Elzinga] have taken up the fight for quality ... The story, really, has just begun.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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FOOD/TREND MACAROONS So long cupcakes. After numerous years at the top of the dessert stratosphere, the cupcake’s frosted monopoly may soon be crumbling due to the equally versatile macaroon. Macaroons usually consist of a few simple ingredients: egg whites, sugar, vanilla and flaked coconut. They now come in all shapes, sizes and flavors, including more exotic varieties like chestnut-whiskey, coffee, pumpkin and espresso. Believed to have first appeared in Italy in the 1500s, the macaroon has been steadily gaining momentum among desserto-philes of late. According to the November issue of Food Network Magazine, macaroons “are popping up everywhere.” Macaroon recipes var y from countr y to countr y—Spain incorporates hazelnuts, Turkey and France use almonds, and Ireland and the United States utilize coconut as the main ingredient. “Our most popular macaroon is the chocolate-dipped coconut, which go like hotcakes, selling out everyday,” said Hannah Bowker of Pamela’s Bakery in Eagle. Part of macaroons’ longevity and popularity may also be due to the incorporation of the sweet, flourless treat during Jewish Passover, qualifying them for the eightday, yeast-free menu. “We make macaroons with a purpose,” said Andrea Maricich, owner of Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery. Maricich makes these popular desserts for her glutenfree customers and is also excited about incorporating cocoa nibs into her recipe. Whether your affinity lies with the French almond and meringue macaroon or the American coconut variety, these little cookies are making a singleserving splash on par with the great cupcake revival. —James Ady

A gluten-free macaroon from Salt Tears.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC This weekend marks the official beginning of spring, and for me, no wine embraces the season better than sauvignon blanc. Whether you like that in-your-face style typical of New Zealand or prefer the smooth, oak-laced wines from California and France, the grape always provides a freshness that appeals. Here are three very different sauvignon blancs: 2009 FORTY-TWO DEGREES SOUTH SAUVIGNON BLANC, $11.99 The name refers to the central latitude of Tasmania, the Australian island this winery calls home. Stylistically, their sauvignon blanc has a lot in common with those from its Kiwi neighbor. The aromas are on the sassy side, with racy grapefruit, lime, guava and grass. Vibrant gooseberry and citrus flavors fill the mouth, while crisp acidity keeps things clean and fresh. It’s springtime in a bottle. 2009 HALL SAUVIGNON BLANC, $18.99 There’s a certain elegance to the nose of this wine with its floral mix of citrus, peach and tropical fruit. Lush and creamy on the palate, the ripe gooseberry, guava and blood orange flavors are perfectly balanced by the right hit of acidity, while a nice touch of mineral and grass colors the finish. This Napa, Calif., classic sees just a bit of oak, which adds structure and texture rather than flavor. 2008 LADOUCETTE LES DEUX TOURS SAUVIGNON BLANC, $14.99 From France’s Loire valley, the Les Deux Tours is fermented and aged in stainless steel (no oak) and offers a unique array of aromas including grapefruit, clover, spring salad greens and dandelion. A bit of that clover comes through on the fresh and lively palate, with bright citrus and melon fruit backed by soft grass, mineral and herb. A deliciously different take on sauvignon blanc. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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43 Get Mr. Koch addicted to a modern reading method? 48 Fashion’s Gucci 49 To the point 50 “Pictures ___ Exhibition” 51 Down a submarine, say 53 Evade 57 Barrel in a bar 61 Kind of wave 65 Hungarian city known for its thermal baths 66 Preside over Mr. O’Neill’s baptism? 69 ___ Long, Union general in the Civil War 70 “___ Carter III,” bestselling album of 2008 71 Smallest member of the European Union 72 Idle 73 Criminalize 74 Letters on Ozzie Smith’s cap 75 Do Mr. Sullivan’s stand-up material? 79 French weapon 80 Montaigne work 82 “That seems to be the case” 83 Act of coming out 85 Madre’s hermano 87 Fur fighters? 89 Opinion pieces 90 Made in France? 93 Prohibit Mr. McMahon from ever socializing again? 100 Pool organism 101 12-Down soldiers, for short 102 Set as a goal 103 Perform brain surgery on Mr. Begley? 108 Mgr.’s aide 112 Singer ___ Khan 113 Virginia ___ 114 Military march 115 Suffix with Ecuador or Euclid 116 Put Mr. Meese in an Armani suit? 125 Mauna ___ 126 Treater’s phrase 127 Where the stars might be pointing?

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Like Bob Dylan in his 1962 song “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” you’ve done a lot of rough and tumble living lately. You’ve “stumbled on the side of 12 misty mountains.” You’ve “stepped in the middle of seven sad forests.” You’ve “been out in front of a dozen dead oceans.” Maybe most wrenching of all, you’ve “seen a highway of diamonds with nobody on it.” The good news is that the hard rain will end soon. In these last days of the downpour, I suggest you trigger a catharsis for yourself. Consider doing something like what Dylan did: “I’ll think it and speak it and breathe it / And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Mythologist Michael Meade says that the essential nature of every human soul is gifted, noble and wounded. I agree. Cynics who exaggerate how messed up we all are, ignoring our beauty, are just as unrealistic as naive optimists. But because the cynics have a disproportionately potent influence on the zeitgeist, they make it harder for us to evaluate our problems with a wise and balanced perspective. Many of us feel cursed by the apparent incurability of our wounds, while others, rebelling against the curse, underestimate how wounded they are. Meade says: “Those who think they are not wounded in ways that need conscious attention and careful healing are usually the most wounded of all.” Your task in the next few weeks, Taurus, is to make a realistic appraisal of your wounds. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Metallica’s frontman James Hetfield brashly bragged in Revolver magazine that he was proud his music was used to torture prisoners at the U.S. military’s detention camp in Guantanamo Bay. I urge you to make a more careful and measured assessment of the influences that you personally put out into the world. It’s time to find out how closely your intentions match your actual impact—and to correct any discrepancies. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “In the absence of clearly defined goals,” said Cancerian writer Robert Heinlein, “we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” If this description is even a partial match for the life you’re living, now is an excellent time to address the problem. You have far more power than usual to identify and define worthy goals—both the short-term and long-term variety. If you take advantage of this opportunity, you will find a better use for the energy that’s currently locked up in your enslavement to daily trivia.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): As I was mulling over your astrological omens, I came across a short poem that aptly embodies the meaning of this moment for you. It’s by Richard Wright, and goes like this: “Coming from the woods / A bull has a lilac sprig / Dangling from a horn.” Here’s one way to interpret this symbolic scene: Primal power is emerging into a clearing from the deep darkness. It is bringing with it a touch of lithe and blithe beauty— a happy accident. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You have one potential enemy in the coming weeks: a manic longing for perfection. It’s OK to feel that longing as a mild ache. But if you allow it to grow into a burning obsession, you will probably undo yourself at every turn. You may even sabotage some of the good work you’ve done. My recommendation is to give yourself the luxury of welcoming partial success, limited results and useful mistakes. Paradoxically, cultivating that approach will give you the best chance at getting lots done. Here’s your motto for the week, courtesy of Theodore Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): When I was 9 years old, one of my favorite jokes went like this: “What’s worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm? Give up? Biting into an apple and finding half a worm.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Libra, that’s a good piece of information for you to keep in mind right now. If and when a serpent offers you an apple, I hope you will sink your teeth into it with cautious nibbles. I’m not saying you shouldn’t bite, just that you should proceed warily. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Normally we think of a garbage dump as a spot where we go to get rid of trash and outworn stuff we no longer need. It emits a stench that wafts a great distance, and it’s not a place where you wear your finery. But there is a dump in northern Idaho that diverges slightly from that description. It has the usual acres of rubbish, but also features a bonus area that the locals call “The Mall.” This is where people dispose of junk that might not actually be junk. It has no use for them any more, but they recognize that others might find value in it. It was at The Mall where my friend Peter found a perfectly good chainsaw that had a minor glitch he easily fixed. I suspect that life may be like that dump for you in the coming week: a wasteland with perks. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): According to Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, time “is a tiger that devours me, but I am the

tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.” I believe he meant for that statement to be true for all of us. Luckily for you, though, you’ll soon be getting a temporary exemption. For a while, you’ll be more like the tiger than the one the tiger devours; you will have more in common with the fire than with the one consumed by the fire. In other words, Sagittarius, you will have more power than usual to outwit the tyrannies of time. Are you ready to take advantage? You’re primed to claim more slack, more wiggle room, more permission. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): San Francisco band Smash-Up Derby approaches music-making with a spirit that might be useful for you to emulate in the coming week, Capricorn. Each songs is a blend of two famous tunes. Typically, the instrumentalists play a rock song while the singers do a pop hit with a similar chord progression. Imagine hearing the guitars, bass and drums play Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” while the lead vocalist croons Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” The crucial part of the ongoing experiment is that it works. The sound coming from the stage isn’t a confusing assault. You could pull off a challenge like that: combining disparate elements with raucous grace. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Last August I wrote you a horoscope that spoke of opportunities to upgrade your close relationships. I said you’d be tested in ways that would push you to get more ingenious and tenacious about collaborating with people you cared about. Hoping to inspire you, I cited two people I know who have successfully re-imagined and reinvented their marriage for many years. In response, one reader complained. “Yuck!” his e-mail began. “I thought I was getting a horoscope but instead I got a sentimental self-help blurb in the style of Reader’s Digest.” I took his words to heart. As you Aquarians enter a new phase when you could do a lot to build your intimacy skills, I’ll try something more poetic: Succulent discipline and luminous persistence equals incandescent kismet. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If I had to come up with a title for the next phase of your astrological cycle, it might be Gathering Up. The way I see it, you should focus on collecting any resources that are missing from your reserves. You should hone skills that are still too weak to get you where you want to go, and you should attract the committed support of allies who can help you carry out your dreams and schemes. Don’t be shy about assembling the necessities, Pisces. Experiment with being slightly voracious.



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