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RISING VOICES Idaho’s Hispanic population poised for political power ARTS 26
SEARCHLIGHT Local trio illuminates Idaho eccentrics SCREEN 28
THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT First quarter ﬁlms fail to impress FOOD 32
PIE EYED AT PIE HOLE A look at late night nourishment
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NOTE BUSTING IMMIGRATION MYTHS In 2006 I wrote a story about two undocumented workers here in Boise. One was 19 years old at the time. He was a high school senior, worked in a local restaurant and had come to the United States to join his mother, who’d left him alone and homeless in Mexico at the age of 14. At 16, he’d crossed the border with a coyote, traveled through California in the back of a refrigerated semi-truck and eventually made his way to Idaho. The other was in his 40s, married with children and also worked in a local restaurant. In Mexico, he and his wife had successful careers, she as a secretary, he as a university teacher and accountant. When he lost his job, he and his wife lived off their savings and then their credit cards. Eventually he came to Idaho to work in order to support his family in Mexico, pay off their debt and save enough to live on back in Mexico. His wife and kids joined him for a short time in Idaho, but like him, they missed home and eventually returned. Unlike the 19-year-old I spoke with, the former teacher was in the United States legally and ﬂew home regularly to visit his family. However, he was working illegally in Boise. When I spoke with both men about their work here, they each pointed out that they pay into Social Security and they pay state and federal taxes with each paycheck. Neither would ever collect on the Social Security they’d paid into the system. I doubt either ﬁled taxes and collected returns due them. This week’s News feature on immigration legislation is going to rufﬂe some feathers. In fact, I fully expect that in this space next week, I’ll have to address some of the comments the story will garner. And I suspect the one part of George Prentice’s story that will draw the most ﬁre will surround taxes and Social Security. I’ve brieﬂy revisited the stories of those two men from 2006 because I remember their tears. I remember the younger man’s optimism and the elder man’s resignation. I remember their frustration at the language barrier. Neither wanted to be the face of such a charged issue—each merely wanted a future beyond the shadowy existence they led at the time. I’m going into this week’s edition hoping for the best and expecting the worst on Prentice’s story. But I wouldn’t mind one bit being proved wrong. —Rachael Daigle
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EIGHTH STREET CATWALK MAKES CNN Boise street-fashion photographer Thomas Lea’s blog Boise Style was featured on CNN this week, showing off some of the City of Trees’ most notable fashionistas.
RUN, FIDO, RUN The Boise City Council went hogwild with off-leash areas for canines last week, authorizing seven new areas where Fido can run free.
MULTI-TASKING RALLY Last week moveon.org rallied at City Hall to protest several pieces of state and national legislation ranging from budget issues to education reform to attacks on unions. Read an excerpt of Bill Cope’s speech at the rally on Page 6 or scan this QR code to see the video.
LOCALS AT SXSW SXSW is rockin’ Austin, Texas, and Boise’s Muffalo took the stage at the world’s largest alley dive bar last weekend. Read what fellow altie Gary Hizer from Urban Tulsa Weekly had to say about the band at Cobweb.
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EDITOR’S NOTE MAIL BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS Rise of the Hispanic political movement ROTUNDA CITIZEN FEATURE Sunshine Week BW PICKS FIND 8 DAYS OUT SUDOKU NOISE Ha Ha Tonka rises from the South MUSIC GUIDE ARTS Searching for Quartzburg SCREEN Lamenting the lack of quality spring ﬂicks SCREEN TV Bob’s Burgers REC Rookie run to Robie FOOD The surprising depth of dandelions FOOD REVIEW Pie Hole CLASSIFIEDS NYT CROSSWORD FREEWILL ASTROLOGY
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CAN WE S T OP C A L L I N G L U NA’ S BI LLS ED U C AT I O N R E F OR M B I L L S? THE Y CONTA I N CHAN G ES F O R S UR E . T HE Y I N NO WAY REP R ES EN T A N Y R E F OR M . . . ” —idahoh2o (boiseweekly.com, Citydesk, “Revised Third Education Bill Revealed,” March 18, 2011)
THE DUDE WOULD NOT APPROVE Shame on you for the words that are used in your full-page, full-color advertisement for the Cocktail Compass. Your words are, and I quote, “You need the closest bar and you need it now.” Balderdash. It reads like you’re encouraging uncontrollable consumption of alcoholic beverages. Is this what the Big Lebowski believed in? I think not. —James Bammert, Boise
GOLF CLAPS A big thank you to the Red Light Variety Show. I was fortunate to see the Time Machine hosted at the Visual Arts Collective. I thought the individual performances, pace of action and the variety of skits all combined to make this a remarkable show. My personal favorite was the robot ﬁght. Thank you for all of your hard work, and I look forward to the next Red Light Variety Show. —Richard Mussler-Wright, Boise
MORE FAMILY HOLIDAYS Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. One hundred years before we had automobiles, families lived close to each other. But now young people have to go where the work is, in most cases
500 or more miles from their parents’ home. Consequently family members, siblings, children, grandchildren, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins don’t see each other very often, and in many cases don’t know each other. Plan A: To make it easier for families to get to know each other better, the Friday before Labor Day should be a legal federal paid holiday. That way family members could travel on Friday, visit and get better acquainted on Saturday and Sunday, travel home on Monday and go back to work and school on Tuesday. The roads are not icy on Labor Day weekend as they are for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plan B: For those who think that we don’t need another paid federal holiday, consider moving Veterans’ Day, which is close to Thanksgiving, to the Friday before Labor Day. From World Book Encyclopedia we read: “In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day ... In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans’ Day to honor all veterans.” Now that Frank Buckles, the last WWI veteran, passed away on Feb. 27, I think that Veterans’ Day should be moved to the Friday before Labor Day, and it would be called Veterans’/Family Day. That would give us a four-day
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BW READERS ARE ALL ABOUT THE CHOICE At facebook.com/ boiseweekly, the following comments were made regarding the Senate State Affairs Committee’s passage of a 20-week abortion ban measure. Unbelievable! Did I step into a time machine or what? Why are we revisiting old issues when there are much more important things to discuss? —Dawn Scott I believe we are seeing the rise of America’s very own Taliban with the increased efforts to inject religion in our lives and to restrict the rights of women. —Michael T. Bishop I ﬁnd it disturbing that the same people who want this are also the same people who call themselves “patriots” while they advocate taking away people’s freedoms. —John Mayton Ridiculous! Catering to a conservative agenda while putting women’s health at risk is unethical. How can anyone say that a fetus is more important than a woman? Besides, what happens to a woman’s body should be her choice. —Jacqueline Wayment
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STAY HOT Wisconsin/Idaho: Two battles, one war This column was distilled from a short speech I made last week at a local rally to support the Wisconsin protesters ... Two weeks ago, I overheard a disagreement between two men. One objected to the way Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was forcefeeding people his agenda, especially since Walker hadn’t had the courage or integrity to run on that agenda in last year’s election when the citizens of Wisconsin could have freely judged for themselves whether they thought it was a good idea or not. (This, of course, is a phenomenon we here in Idaho have encountered recently: Political leaders just smart enough to know what they have planned for us could never pass the test of the ballot, so they drop it on us like a bad stink once they think they are securely in ofﬁce.) The other man was all for Walker’s agenda. He seemed to resent the union people like a D student resents a valedictorian. “They get paid vacations,” he argued. “Why should they get paid vacations. Or dental plans. Or pensions. Or weekends off. Or collective bargaining. I don’t get anything like that on my job.” His reasoning—“Why should they get more than us?”—and he never once indicated that he understood that the tax breaks Walker and so many like him handed out to corporate backers is a glaring example of somebody getting far more than us and of us having to compensate for the gouge left behind by those tax breaks. But the pro-Walker guy was asking the wrong question, anyway. The question he and all working people in America should be asking is not, “How do I bring those union people down to where I am?” But, “How do I raise myself up to where those union people are?” U I was born into a union family. The proudest thing in my father’s life was his journeyman status and what he accomplished to earn it. He was loyal like a soldier to his union. He trusted the people who administered it, and when they called strike, he walked, because he knew they wouldn’t take such an action without good cause. Dad fought for his union. In return, he fulﬁlled a better life than he would have ever expected when he was young. Because he was a union man during the heyday of union activity, he had the home of his dreams, the ability to help his four kids through college and the comfort to die knowing that the medical bills from his dying wouldn’t erase everything he’d spent his life working for. He understood that the future of his union and the future of his family were inseparable, that the fate of his union and the fate of his country were the same. He
understood that where goes organized labor, so goes America. My dad would be here with you now, ﬁghting this assault on our America. In the present ﬁght, our worst enemy is memory. Were the recalls in Wisconsin of those conniving Republican Senators and the conniving governor held today, they would be out of ofﬁce before the snow melts. Were the recall of Tom Luna held today, he would soon be out looking for work. But the law says we have to wait. Two days after she started, Nancy Berto had thousands of people ready to sign Luna’s recall petition before she learned she had to wait until mid-April. Walker’s recall petition has to wait until next January. It’s the law, and isn’t it convenient that politicians came up with laws imposing mandatory waiting periods on recall petitions for politicians? So in Wisconsin, here in Idaho, or anywhere else these saboteurs are undermining America’s workers, the question is: Will we still be angry enough when the required time has passed to do what, right now, we know needs to be done? Will the tens of thousands of Idahoans who are repulsed by Tom Luna’s sneak attack on our school system still be so repulsed a month from now when the petitions go out? Will the Wisconsinites so repelled by Scott Walker’s strong-arm ambush of working men and women still feel the outrage come next January? However it turns out, we must not be deceived into believing it is just about what a teacher deserves to earn for his or her work, or whether a computer screen can guide our children into the future as well as a dedicated human presence, or even whether a coalition of working people have the right to bargain with one voice. This is about a coalition of the wealthy—the corporate, the powerful—coming together with an organized intent even as they would deny workers the same right. It is increasingly clear their ultimate goal is to strip America of anything and everything they don’t as yet have their hands on. Their vision does not include you or me. It does not include the teachers or the students, the workers or the work, the sick or the poor or the wellness of America in any shape or form, from the classroom to the crumbling infrastructure, to the unemployed, to the nurturing arts of NPR and PBS, to the mothers who rely on Planned Parenthood for their health, to the fathers who can no longer afford to insure their families against either physical or ﬁnancial devastation. Their vision is about one thing only and it is to be gained at our expense. If we forget what we know right now, if we let our passions cool and our commitment ebb, then the future will belong to them. In Wisconsin, in Idaho, we’ve just seen the beginning. And believe me, the best is not to come. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
WORSE THAN JAPAN Apocalypse looms in landlocked Central Asia NEW YORK—The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan has killed at least 10,000 people. It is terrible. It may be a sneak preview of something 100 times worse. Lake Sarez, in the eastern Pamir mountains of Tajikistan, is known to Central Asians as the region’s “Sword of Damocles.” A mile wide and 600 feet deep, Sarez is one of the biggest high-altitude bodies of water on earth, at an elevation of 11,200 feet. Lake Sarez was created just over 100 years ago in a remote corner of what was then czarist Russia. On Feb. 18, 1911, a 7.4-scale earthquake, common in the Pamirs, shattered a mountain adjacent to the Murghab River. The resulting landslide formed a half-mile high natural dam that blocked the river. Today the lake is 37 miles long. Scientists say the dam is going to burst. Whether a quake dislodges a rock slide that creates a wave that crests the dam, or melting glaciers bring the water to the top, computer models predict a devastating inland tsunami sooner than later. Seventeen cubic kilometers of water will be instantly released. A wall of water 800 feet high will cascade down a series of river valleys in four countries. In 2007, I trekked up to Sarez in order to research a magazine article for Men’s Journal. The following is from that piece: “The 75-mile Bartang Valley, cultural and spiritual heartland of the Ismaili Muslims, would lose 30 villages and 7,000 people. The Bartang empties into the Pyanj, a large river that marks the border with northern Afghanistan, then Uzbekistan, then Turkmenistan. Six hundred miles downstream from Lake Sarez,
the ﬂood would cross into another time zone. “Five million people—mostly residents of landlocked deserts that routinely reach 125 degrees—would be drowned by snow melt.” Most of the arable land in Central Asia will be destroyed by silt. Tens of millions of Turkmen, Uzbeks, Afghans and Tajiks could starve. This might happen in 10 years, or next week. It could be happening now. The dam can be shored up. A bypass to release pressure can be tunneled through bedrock around the left ﬂank of the natural dam. Liberal cost estimates of such an engineering project run around $2 billion. Tajikistan is desperately poor. The Tajik government doesn’t have the cash. However, $2 billion is small change to Western countries. The United States spends that amount to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan for one week. When Men’s Journal published my piece on Lake Sarez in 2008, I hoped it would prompt the United States to act. I sent copies to Presidents Bush and Obama, members of Congress, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international organizations. No one replied. Interestingly, Japan is one of the few donor countries to have taken interest in Lake Sarez, having coughed up a few million dollars for a monitoring station. But there’s still no way to evacuate people living downstream in the event of a breach. A ﬂood that will make the current disaster in Japan look tiny by comparison is becoming increasingly likely. And it will be mostly our fault.
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POWER BROKERS-IN-THE-MAKING Idaho Latinos keep close eye on new immigration reforms in Utah GEORGE PRENTICE Idaho lawmakers hoping to push hard-line immigration reform may do so at their political peril. Certainly not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday soon, when Idaho’s Latino population takes a ﬁrm hold of its ever-increasing political clout. “Latinos are a sleeping giant,” said Idaho Hispanic Caucus Chair Alex Zamora. “But the population is waking up. Latinos may not have been very active at the polls yet but it’s going to happen. Someday soon, there’s going to be a tipping point. The numbers are there.” The 2010 Census counted 176,000 Hispanics in Idaho: 6,000 more than forecasted. That’s a whopping 73 percent more than the 2000 Census. The latest count will serve as a foundation for what is expected to be a volatile redistricting process, slicing up Idaho’s political districts to better reﬂect population shifts. “Redistricting could see lines drawn around very distinct Latino communities in Canyon County and in the Magic Valley,” said Zamora. “That would have a huge impact on future elections.” There are other numbers to be reckoned with: 20,000 to 45,000, which is the just-released estimated range of unauthorized immigrants in Idaho. That’s a 40 percent jump from 2000 and 250 percent higher than 1990. A year ago, Arizona ﬁlled the nation’s front pages with broad measures aimed at its illegal immigrants, including making the failure to carry immigration documents a crime. In 2010, 20 states including Idaho ﬂoated Arizonastyle immigration bills. Some passed. Most didn’t. In Idaho, an unlikely coalition mounted an opposition to quash the measures. “It’s good to make new friends,” said Brent Olmstead. Olmstead is an Idaho Statehouse ﬁxture, a lobbyist for Idaho’s dairy industry and former vice president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. “Last year we pushed back [against the immigration bills] in a big way. We had a combination of groups that you don’t often see at the Idaho Legislature,” said Olmstead. “Idaho’s business coalition led the opposition, joined by IACI and the Farm Bureau. But sitting alongside us were Idaho Catholic Charities and community action groups like the Idaho Community Action Network and the Idaho Migrant Council.”
ers across Utah, even the attorney general signed off on it.” Olmstead said the bills were built on a strong foundation—something called “The Utah Compact,” a simple but direct declaration of principles to guide the immigration discussion. “It’s a single page that is incredibly powerful,” said Olmstead. “It states that immigrants are a huge part of our history. They contribute to our communities, churches and families. They are a welcome source to our workforce and education systems. And above all, it states that we shall pass no bills that denigrate or hurt the immigrant population, legal or illegal.” According to Olmstead, there’s no reason something similar couldn’t be written for Idaho. “There are a lot of organizations and businesses that are working on something along the line of what Utah did. I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like the Utah Compact surface in Idaho in 2012,” said Olmstead. That would be music to the ears of Humberto Fuentes, a veteran Latino activist and chairman of the board of the Idaho Hispanic Cultural Center in Nampa. “Every state, including Idaho, needs the immigrant worker, whether they’re willing to admit it or not,” said Fuentes. “There are so many myths ﬂoating about immigrants. So many lies.” Fuentes pointed to a recent report from the Social Security administration. “Did you know that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net beneﬁt of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from undocumented immigrants?” asked Fuentes. Latino activist Rafael Ortiz 6iÌiÀ>Ê>ÌÊ>VÌÛÃÌÃÊÕLiÀÌÊÕiÌiÃÊ>`Ê,>v>iÊ"ÀÌâ “There are so many myths ﬂoating about immigrants. So many lies.” read the same study. “Undocumented workers contribute a lot more to this country than they take,” said Ortiz. “According to the Internal Revenue included a guest worker program allowing Service, between one-half and three-quarters unauthorized foreigners to work legally in of undocumented immigrants pay federal the state. The hybrid package of legislation was a progressive alternative from traditional and state income taxes, Social Security and red state power brokers—social and political Medicare taxes.” Ortiz and Fuentes agreed the debate is conservatives—and landed a quiet but allcomplex. important endorsement from the Church of “We have to look at the whole picture,” Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. “The LDS church cannot be ignored,” said said Fuentes. “We need to examine whether the undocumented worker is hurting or helpOlmstead. “The reform package had formal ing the economy. And if they’re helping, why and informal support from the Mormon can’t we do something humane?” Church, the Catholic Church, business leadJust last month, another coalition surfaced in an unlikely setting: the Utah Legislature. Economists, faith leaders and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle came together to craft a unique package of immigration reform in one of the reddest of the red states—in Utah, where Republicans have won every U.S. Senate election since 1970. In a stunner, the GOP-driven Utah Legislature passed progressive immigration bills that
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Depending on who you talk to, March 23, either marks the ﬁrst anniversary of the Affordable Care Act or it’s a reminder that Obamacare has gone on 365 days too long. “It’s worth celebrating,” said U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director Susan Johnson while meeting with Idaho small business leaders on March 21. But at the exact same hour, Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri was pushing through his latest effort to stop the health reform law in its tracks. “Its constitutionality is still in question,” countered Barbieri. The Dalton Gardens Republican has been down this road before. A previous swing at what quickly became known as “nulliﬁcation” sailed through the Idaho House but stalled in the Senate recently when the Idaho attorney general indicated that the bill not only violated the U.S. and Idaho constitutions, but lawmakers’ oath of ofﬁce. Barbieri tweaked the wording to reintroduce the nulliﬁcation effort, directing state agencies to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ﬁnal ruling on healthcare reform. Barbieri also wants to prevent Idaho agencies from taking any federal money for reforms, pending a ruling from the high court. “I thought this was put to bed a couple of weeks ago,” said Bill Hoffman of the Idaho Main Street Alliance, a coalition of small business owners in favor of the reform. “The previous bill was deemed unconstitutional. I can’t understand why they’re raising this again.” Hoffman and his small business colleagues said they want to move forward. On March 23, they planned on attending one in a series of stakeholder meetings hosted by the Idaho Department of Insurance. The department will be huddling with insurance carriers, agents and third party administrators as well as employers and consumer advocates for the next three weeks in an effort to gain public input for an Idaho insurance exchange. The exchange is a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act. Its intention is to provide a competitive and transparent insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses. Johnson said the Affordable Care Act had already impacted thousands of Idahoans through a number of initiatives including:
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DENNIS DOAN Fire chief on stairs, smarts and “sleepless knights” GEORGE PRENTICE
Do you remember your ﬁrst critical event? Believe it or not, it was my ﬁrst day on the job. I had two structure ﬁres, a grass ﬁre, a woman sliced her arm open in an accident and then we responded to a gunshot to the head. At the end of my shift, I called my dad and said, “This is exciting, but I’m wondering if I can keep up this pace for 30 years.” Do you still recall some of your toughest days on the line? I can still picture mothers handing me their babies who died of SIDS. I can even remember the smell of the scene. Watching little kids get hurt or die, those were the most difﬁcult. What ﬁrehouses have you worked in? I worked almost exclusively, for more than 15 years, at Station No. 5 on S. Sixth Street. I was a ﬁreﬁghter, a driver and the captain there. That’s the busiest house in the state of Idaho. The unofﬁcial names for the ﬁreﬁghters are the “Sleepless Knights.” How many calls a year do they respond to?
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About 2,400 to 2,600 a year. JER EM Y LANNINGHAM
Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan comes from good stock. His great-grandmother traveled in a covered wagon from Oklahoma to Idaho. His great-grandfather, a mason, helped build the Idaho Statehouse. His grandfather was also a mason, as was his father. But Doan broke the mold. In 1988 he had a part-time moving job. He hauled boxes and couches with some other part-timers—three Boise ﬁreﬁghters—who encouraged him to take the written test to become a ﬁreman. Nine months later, Doan got the call to take a physical and suit up. Following training, Doan joined the Boise Fire Department. At 21, he was one of the youngest on the line.
How many calls are there departmentwide in a year? About 22,000. I notice that you have quite a few photographs with some dignitaries on your wall. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Gov. Cecil Andrus. I was the union president for the State Professional Fireﬁghters Union for many years. That’s really how I met many of them. These are tough days for unions in Idaho and across the nation. What do you make of the recent anti-union fervor? I’m confused as to why the working people are blamed for something that Wall Street committed. I think we need to stop and look at what caused many of our problems. There are CEOs who are making huge bonuses off of taxpayer bailouts, yet we’re tearing down our neighbors. For some reason, blame is being laid on public employees like teachers, ﬁreﬁghters and police ofﬁcers. I frankly don’t understand it. Can you empathize with Idaho teachers through the current legislative session? Absolutely. Teachers work so hard and do such a great job. I have a friend who has been out of the teaching profession for a while. She said, “Why would I ever want to get back into teaching?” It’s sad. How big is the ﬁre department? About 290; 280 of them are ﬁreﬁghters on the line. What’s the mix of men versus women ﬁreﬁghters?
We have only three female ﬁreﬁghters. Why so low? When you’re a white male ﬁreﬁghter and you’re telling your peers that you love your job, we end up attracting more white males. We need a little girl to see a young lady on a ﬁre engine and tell herself that she can do that too someday. But I think during the last ﬁreﬁghters test, we had only seven females. How difﬁcult is the test? Very difﬁcult. I read yesterday that it’s harder to become a ﬁreﬁghter in this nation than it is to get into an Ivy League School. We give the test every two years in Boise. We had about 1,500 take the test during our last go-around. We hired zero. Some of your ﬁreﬁghters participated in the recent Seattle Stair Climb. The event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. One of our ﬁreﬁghters had a sister with leukemia, so that’s how we got involved. We had 31 ﬁreﬁghters travel to Seattle, all on their own dime. They did amazing. Out of 118 teams across the nation, our guys came in ﬁfth. They ran up 69 ﬂights. On occasion you may see an engine or truck parked outside of the U.S. Bank Building in downtown Boise. You know what they’re doing? They’re running up and down the stairs as a workout.
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ince 2005, the national Sunshine Week movement has sought to promote both open government and freedom of information on a large-scale public stage. The nonpartisan initiative is built around the principle that the public deserves to know what its government is doing. The project is headed by the American Society of News Editors, and many news outlets across the country support the effort by writing and publishing op/ed stories on a variety of topics surrounding the idea of open access to information. The following is a selection of these stories, offering readers the national perspective on openness in government.
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see on a government website who is behind the torrent of spending in American politics. Speciﬁcally, any organization making electioneering communications must disclose its donors in enough detail to follow the money. Furthermore, the laundering of contributions must be avoided, by requiring donors to organizations that make electioneering communications to also disclose their donors. For this disclosure to be meaningful, all of this information must be posted online in real time. This is not about limiting anyone’s free speech; it’s about empowering all Americans to know who is trying to inﬂuence their vote. Likewise, the public has a right to know how special interests and lobbying help shape legislation—for better or worse. After Citizens United, campaign ﬁnance and lobbying disclosure have become even more closely linked. How? The lack of election spending disclosure rules for corporate spending owing to the Supreme Court’s decision has allowed special interests to inﬂuence public policy through the very real threat of unlimited—and often anonymous— spending on campaign ads. In effect, lobbyists can—without ever saying a word—threaten that their clients will spend millions on ads if senators or representatives do not do what the lobbyist wants. The solution is meaningful lobbying disclosure reform, so journalists and citizens alike can “follow the action,” even if they can no longer follow all of the money. Online reporting of lobbying information is critically important in today’s Washington. We need better lobbying disclosure laws to create real-time, online disclosure for lobbyists’ activity, so we know what’s happening while it’s happening. We can’t let our democracy go to the highest bidder. Let’s put the pressure on to redeﬁne the public’s right to know. A DAM ROSEN LUN D
This Sunshine Week, a time when we reﬂect on the public’s right to know and the importance of open government, isn’t it time to address the Pandora’s box left open by the Supreme Court last year? In two landmark decisions—Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and, subsequently, Speech Now v. Federal Election Commission—the Supreme Court radically altered longstanding campaign ﬁnance disclosure requirements, ultimately giving corporations the right to spend as much as they want on campaign ads—often without disclosing the donors who funded the ads. As a result of that decision, spending on American elections now looks more like a money laundering scheme than democratic self-expression. “Dark money” spending to elect or defeat candidates in the 2010 midterms topped $450 million dollars, or about 15 percent of total spending on elections. Of that amount, $126 million came from secret donors. After the Citizens United decision, the White House and Democratic lawmakers rallied around a bill, the DISCLOSE Act, to create transparency for the new money being unleashed into our political discourse. Despite the House’s prompt passage in the last Congress, Republicans blocked the bill in the Senate. And so far, no action has been taken by the 112th Congress to address this problem. If you think spending on the 2010 election broke records, wait until the 2012 race heats up later this year. So long, campaign disclosure. Hello, unlimited secret spending. The good news is there is a promising way to counteract this problem. One key ingredient to empowering the public’s right to know is the Internet. The other is demand. Public pressure does affect Congress. A groundswell of support convinced Congress to let us all “read the bill” by posting bills on the Internet before consideration. The House even passed a rule this year requiring all legislation to be publicly available 72 hours before Congress takes action. It’s time to put the heat on the 112th Congress to pick up where the last Congress left off. Congress should require real disclosure for political spending, so anyone can
The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonproﬁt that uses technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable. Visit sunlightfoundation.com to learn more about Sunlight’s projects.
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R EB OOT IN G TR AN SPAR E N C Y B Y EDW IN B EN DER , EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MONEY IN STATE POLITICS
The promise of the developing transparency movement in this country is greater accountability of our elected ofﬁcials. Embedded in that promise is a hope for more openness, greater efﬁciency and accountability in how lawmakers and government ofﬁcials care for the public’s interests, spend taxpayer money and combat corruption. When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis made his famous statement— “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants”—in 1913, he was focused on the corrupting inﬂuence of major corporations and monopolies in all aspects of American life. It’s now nearly a century later, and in many ways the promise of transparency is being reﬁned, enabled by the Internet and ever-expanding troves of data. Watchdog groups and new media outlets are mixing and matching different types of information to tell the story of how our electoral system affects our public policy process and how our tax money is spent. Call it sunlight rebooted. I’m sure Brandeis would approve. But for all the good work done over the past two decades by groups like the Center for Responsive Politics, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, Project Vote Smart, the Center for Public Integrity and others, we understand that we’ve just scraped the surface of what is possible. The Center for Public Integrity’s recent work with the Wall Street Journal to examine the Medicare claims database for patterns of fraud and abuse is a glaring example of how access to basic data can save the taxpayers millions by revealing where abuses appear to be prevalent. Texas launched an expenditures database for vendors and purchases in 2007. Comptroller Susan Combs reported in Governing magazine in May 2009 (“SeeThru Government” by Ellen Perlman) that
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the state had found $4.2 million in “efﬁciencies,” or potential savings, simply by combining all state spending into one database and looking for patterns. The promise is real. But it isn’t easy. The National Institute on Money in State Politics (followthemoney.org) takes on a Herculean task, compiling campaignﬁnance data from all 50 states, which have 50 different sets of laws, 50 different disclosure agencies, 50 reporting requirements and 50 report formats. Despite the obstacles, the institute’s efforts have resulted in a database of more than 19 million records chronicling $16 billion in contributions. Combining that with ofﬁcial lobbyist registrations from all 50 states reveals the types of patterns that tell voters when a group’s legislative activities reveal it is trying to protect itself over the public’s best interest. The institute and other watchdog groups that harvest public data understand the power of accurate information and put it on the Web, open-source, for others to innovate with. We also understand that data is just a tool. It needs a curious, determined individual or group to put it in context, which gives it value. While the promise of transparency is a more accountable democracy and efﬁcient government—and it is a promise that can be realized—it will only happen when citizens and voters pick up the tool and put it to good use. Only then will the sunlight reboot be complete. The nonproﬁt, nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics collects and analyzes campaign contribution information on state-level candidates, political party committees and ballot committees. Explore the free, searchable database of contributions online at followthemoney.org.
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U N ITE D STATE S A L O N E A M ON G WE ST E RN DE M O CR A CIES IN PRO TE C TIN G “ HATE SP EEC H ” BY P E TE R SCHE ER , EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION
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An inebriated John Galliano, sitting in a Paris bar, unleashes an anti-Semitic rant (“I love Hitler”) that is captured on a cellphone camera and posted on the Internet. Within days the Dior designer is not only ﬁred from his job but is given a trial date to face criminal charges for his offensive remarks. In the same week, the U.S. Supreme Court extends First Amendment protection to the homophobic proclamations of a fringe religious group whose founder and members, picketing near a funeral for an American soldier killed in Iraq, hold signs stating, among other things, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God hates fags” and “You’re Going to Hell.” The court, in Snyder v. Phelps, bars a suit against the religious group for emotional distress because the demonstrators’ message, although causing “emotional distress” to the dead soldier’s family, dealt with “matters of public concern.” The contrast between these cases reﬂects fundamentally different views about the role of free speech in a democracy. France, hardly an intolerant or autocratic country, imposes criminal ﬁnes for racial epithets, Holocaustdenial, anti-immigrant advocacy and other forms of “hate speech.” And the French are not alone. To varying degrees, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada—liberal democracies, all—enforce similar laws banning hate speech. The United States is an outlier when it comes to freedom of expression. Although we share other countries’ repugnance for hate speech, particularly the race- and religionbaiting variety, the First Amendment reﬂects a uniquely strong aversion to government censorship of any kind. As interpreted in Supreme Court decisions going back nearly a century, the First Amendment forbids government suppression of ideas, no matter how vile, deranged or offensive—as long as the speaker doesn’t cross the line separating speech and illegal action (or succeed in inciting others to engage in violent crimes). Galliano, if he lived in New York, could not be prosecuted for giving vent to his bigoted views. (His defenestration from Dior, on the other hand, likely would stand.) In New York he would be a free man, although there are certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn and elsewhere that Galliano would be well-advised to avoid (to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart speaking to a Nazi ofﬁcer in Casablanca). The Constitution’s protection of hateful WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
speakers and their hateful speech is based on considerations that are fundamentally pragmatic. One is the insight that trying to block the spread of an idea is self-defeating because it serves only to give that idea legitimacy— why else would government wish to discredit it?—and, by making the idea illicit, to increase its potential audience. This hypothesis is supported by the experience of China and other autocratic governments in censoring the Internet. The First Amendment also reﬂects the view that the best way to neutralize a bad or dangerous idea is to force it to compete in an open “marketplace of ideas” where its defects and shortcomings will be exposed through debate. For example, blogger-critics of Galliano—whose background is Jewish and Gypsy—were quick to skewer him with the observation that his affection for Hitler would have been reciprocated, during World War II, with a one-way trip to Dachau. France’s piling on of criminal charges is hardly necessary to discredit Galliano’s views. Still another consideration embedded in First Amendment cases is the prevention of self-censorship caused by uncertainty about what is, and isn’t, protected. The court has sought to minimize this uncertainty by adopting rules, in the case of expression about public ofﬁcials or issues of public importance, that are highly speech-protective—even to the point of protecting, in some circumstances, expression that is false or extremely hurtful. To foreigners, America’s protection of hate speech is bafﬂing because the rants of bigots and hate mongers are not worth protecting. Americans do not really disagree. Let’s be frank, the speech of the religious extremists in the Snyder v. Phelps case, like Galliano’s tirade in a public bar, has absolutely zero social value. We nonetheless protect such speech, not out of an excess of tolerance, but because even more than hate speech we fear a government that has the power to decide what speech to protect and what speech to ban. Intolerance of censorship is a powerful First Amendment value. It is a value worth remembering, and honoring, during Sunshine Week. The First Amendment Coalition is a nonproﬁt organization dedicated to protecting freedom of speech and the public’s right to know, ﬁrstamendmentcoalition.org.
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A S EA C H A N GE LO N G O V E R D UE B Y N IC K PAPPAS , EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR AT THE TELEGRAPH AND NEW HAMPSHIRE SUNSHINE WEEK COORDINATOR
During the presidential campaign of 2008, it was not unusual for then-candidate Barack Obama to talk about transparency and the importance of open government. So it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that on his ﬁrst full day in ofﬁce, the president issued a memorandum to the heads of all executive departments restoring the original presumption of disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a reversal from the previous administration. “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government,” he said. “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efﬁciency and effectiveness in government.” While there have been some broken promises along the way—posting all bills on the Internet ﬁve days before signing them and the pledge for televised health-care negotiations on C-SPAN—the Obama administration has introduced a number of initiatives to, in essence, do what Toto did to the Wizard of Oz—pull back the curtain for all to see. Prime among those initiatives was the Open Government Directive, an order issued through the Ofﬁce of Management and Budget to all executive departments, directing them to take steps to implement the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration in their dealings with the American public. Speciﬁcally, the Dec. 8, 2009, directive called for executive departments and agencies to: 1. Publish government information online 2. Improve the quality of government information 3. Create and institutionalize a culture of open government 4. Create an enabling policy framework for open government The directive also set speciﬁc deadlines to get some of this work done. By Feb. 6,
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2010, for example, each agency was to have launched its own open government webpage. The administration also was going to set up an Open Government Dashboard, where citizens could peruse each agency’s open government plan, as well as other information. A recent visitor to the dashboard would have found the vast majority of the 29 departments listed to have met expectations in the four key areas: posted three high-value data sets, assigned a high-level senior ofﬁcial to data integrity, launched an open government webpage with all the required elements, and incorporated mechanisms for public feedback on that page. Some departments already are far ahead of schedule, both in terms of deadlines and content. The U.S. Department of Transportation site, for example, already has posted a draft of its “open government plan,” which isn’t due until April 7, and is seeking feedback from the public through its “citizen engagement tool.” It has also made available three data sets from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration rating 4,200 lines of tires, child safety seats and the performance of new cars in crash and rollover tests. The website also features detailed information on how to ﬁle a Freedom of Information Act request, as well as a blog by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Youtube. While still a work in progress, for sure, we ﬁnd it refreshing that the Obama administration is following through on its commitment to instill a culture of openness and collaboration between the federal government and the American people. The fact that we are even having this discussion today is a testament to what Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, refers to as a “sea change in culture” in Washington. A sea change that certainly is long overdue.
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Wade Crossman helps Rachael Montoya slip into something more comfortable in Cinderella.
Michael Benjamin Lerner practices his telekinetic abilities.
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music TELEKINESIS Based on the sweet, upbeat sounds of Seattle-based, pop-infused indie rock band Telekinesis, one might assume that frontman Michael Benjamin Lerner is a die hard romantic. “I wanna care for you when you are all alone / sit inside our house and unplug all our phones,” he croons over a strumming acoustic guitar in his song, “I Saw Lightning” off his debut album Telekinesis! This is primo makeout music, people. But that doesn’t mean Telekinesis doesn’t know how to rock. On the song “Coast of Carolina,” Lerner lulls you in with bare guitar and then kicks it up a notch with thumping, raucous electronic beats. But no matter how loud the music gets, when stripped down, it’s about love—from loving a good woman to loving Tokyo. Lerner is the heart of Telekinesis and earns his indie cred with thick-rimmed glasses and head of shaggy brown hair. Though he tours with a live band, Lerner played drums, guitar and sang on his debut album. Released in 2009, the album has garnered some serious indie cred of its own. It was released by Merge Records (which boasts bands such as Arcade Fire, Spoon and She & Him) and crafted with the help of Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. Lovers of indie and lovers of love beware: Telekinesis might just charm you. With The Globes. 8 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 workshop MUSIC MARKETING IN THE MODERN ERA Our world has become dependent on technology.
Instead of looking something up in an encyclopedia, you Google it. Instead of herding the family into the minivan and driving to the Boise Towne Square Mall, you get on sears.com and order a new washer/dryer combo in your underwear. With all this technology at your ﬁngertips, you’d be crazy
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not to take advantage of it. However, technology beneﬁts more than just the curious bookworm and soccer mom. It beneﬁts musicians, too. With the help of social networking websites, musicians now have no trouble getting their music out. But that’s only half of the battle. On Wednesday, March 23,
Every year, the music and theater departments at Boise State team up on a production, alternating between an opera and a musical. This year’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella promises to be a magical collaboration. The musical will feature live accompaniment by the university’s orchestra and a community-based collective of wind instruments. “The quality of the cast is really strong, the voices are terriﬁc, and the comedic aspects of the show are going to be outstanding,” said Director Richard Klautsch. With this production, Boise State tries to capture the family fun of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which was the ﬁrst musical production written for television. Originally airing in 1957, it featured Julie Andrews as the eponymous character. Klautsch said that Cinderella was perfect for this year’s collaborative production because of its timeless themes. He also hinted that the set will be awash with lights, to contribute to the magic feel. “We’re not trying to set the show in any one particular moment in time. We’re trying to emphasize the magic of the production,” said Klautsch. Thursday, March 24, and Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 25, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m.; $6-$15, FREE for full-time Boise State students, staff and faculty. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate.edu.
the Boise City Department of Arts and History will bring in Matthew Stringer, formerly of Sony Commercial Music Group, to lead a workshop titled “Music Marketing in the Modern Era.” Stringer will teach aspiring musicians how to use technology to their advantage by showing them which websites to utilize, how to be adaptable in the always-changing music industry and how to stand out from other artists. Stringer will host this
workshop at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. You don’t stay up for the 10 o’clock news to ﬁnd out the forecast for the week now that there’s weatherchannel.com, so why use old, outdated tactics of music marketing? 5:30-7 p.m., FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-368-6080, artsandhistory.cityofboise.org.
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Pig out at Pigapalooza.
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FRIDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 25-27 ﬂowers BOISE FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW Spring heralds the return of many favorites in our little town—bikers riding gleefully down the Greenbelt, Capitol City Public Market and the smell of all those ﬂowers and plants wafting thick through the ever-warming air. The only problem with these lovely happenings? Often they wait until April to truly appear, making some of us feel like the groundhog who didn’t see his shadow, only grumpier. Luckily, some of the beauty of spring is coming to downtown Boise early this year. The Boise Flower and Garden Show will soon arrive at the Boise Centre for two full days of ﬂowers. Plant lovers and all of us who could use a dose of pretty will rejoice—the event boasts a long list of activities that will leave you itching to mess around in the garden. Education is also a priority at this year’s event. There will be vendors on site who can assist with all your unique gardening questions and guide you to the appropriate gadget. Gardening seminars will also be held, covering basic to advanced ﬂower gardening. Bring the kids for crafting and an empty stomach to sample Idaho food products. Wake up, Boise. Spring is here. Friday, March 25, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, March 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $7 adults, $2 ages 7-12, FREE for children under 6. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., gardenshowboise.com. straight from the barrel with the glass held a number of feet away from the spout. Like Bavarian beer halls, sagardotegi are loud, crowded spaces where the locals go to unwind with cider and Basque edibles, like egg omelets, cod,
er for the Oinkari Basque Dancers: cider. Basque cider is notably sourer than its sweet and often sparkling American peers. Traditionally consumed at sagardotegi, or Basque cider houses, Basque cider is ser ved
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Carnivores, grab your deﬁbrillators and vegetarians beware: This experiment in cholesterol maximization will focus all its culinary attentions on the versatile swine. Not for the faint of heart or stomach, Brewforia Beer Market will soon host a 12-hour, porcine-inspired feast appropriately entitled Pigapalooza. All proceeds will go toward breast cancer research. Rick Boyd opened Brewforia Beer Market in November 2009 after noticing a frustrating lack of beer selections in the Treasure Valley. Brewforia’s Meridian location not only carries more than 700 beer varieties, both local and exotic, but also sells glassware and hot food, has regular tastings and hosts community fundraisers like the upcoming Pigapalooza. Although numerous cultures, past and present, have utilized and digested almost every part of the pig—such as the feet, bellies and tails—this pig spectacular will include more well-known pork delicacies like ribs, pulled pork and bacon. Chef Ryan Hembree from Life’s Kitchen will assist Boyd, Brewforia staff and a number of volunteers in pulling an all-nighter to smoke all the meats necessary to feed the 500 to 1,000 guests expected. “C’mon squeal!” is not just a disturbing line from the movie Deliverance but also what you’re likely to do after committing to this all-you-can-eat charitable event. 10 a.m-10 p.m., $25. Brewforia Beer Market, 3030 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-888-7668, brewforia.com.
cheese and quince. On Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m., the Basque Center will transform into a sagardotegi for the Ciderhouse Dinner and Auction. The fundraiser will feature allyou-can-drink Basque cider with all the requisite Basque trappings—dancing, music and lots of grub. Tickets are $50 and proceeds help send
Metalheads are, by most anecdotal evidence, the most enthusiastic music fans out there. The spirit of their favorite albums is present in nearly everything they do, say and wear. Metal is a religion as much as it is a musical style. But to the uninitiated, metal can be an incomprehensible sonic slush—“noise,” to use the vernacular. Especially when you get into the myriad mapofmetal.com sub-genres with names like math-core, blackened crust and deathgrind. The inability for outsiders to speak metal can drive a wedge in relations. For years, metal has needed a ﬂowchart. Now, thanks to Australian Web designer Patrick Galbraith, it got one better. Map of Metal is an interactive pirate map showing the connections between metal sub-genres along with deﬁnitions, history and hundreds of audio tracks. Now non-metalheads can more easily understand the “strong focus on melody and uplifting, positive themes” that deﬁne melodic power metal bands like Helloween and Blind Guardian, and how that differs from the “trademark gruff vocals and highly distorted, de-tuned guitar rifﬁng” of death ’n’ roll bands like Leech and Wolverine Blues. With the help of the Map of Metal, parents might be able to understand their children again and childhood friends may ﬁnd ways to reconnect after so many regrettable things were said about what Slayer would do to Rick Springﬁeld. Also, Map of Metal is loaded with some gnarly tunes. —Josh Gross
the Oinkari Basque Dancers and band Amuma Says No to Spain to showcase Boise’s Basque culture. 7 p.m., $50 or two for $90. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., 208-331-5097, basquecenter.com. For tickets, contact Nick Bicandi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-608-5488.
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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. See Picks, Page 16. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080, history.idaho. gov/oldpen.html. ORGANIC LAWNS AND GARDENS—Master Gardener Lindsay Schramm will share info on how organic gardening leads to a healthy garden. Call to preregister. 7-9 p.m. $10. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS—Learn about lenses, ﬂash and digital camera operation in this Photo II class. Call 208-336-630 to register. 6-9 p.m. $95. The Cole Marr Gallery/Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630.
Literature DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Twice a month, authors and teachers Malia Collins and Adrian Kien offer writers of all levels a chance to create and share work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, thecabinidaho.org. 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, boisepubliclibrary.com.
Talks & Lectures HIKING THE FOOTHILLS PRESENTATION—Learn about important trail etiquette, destinations within the Foothills and how to access trialheads open to bikers, horses and off-leash dogs. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, rei.com/stores/boise.
Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers may donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for those in need. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org. CAKE AND PETITION—Have a slice of cake in honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday and show your support for making it a national holiday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE Boise State students, faculty and staff, $5 general, $3 seniors. Boise State Quad, Boise.
Kids & Teens VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE—Play video games such as Super Smash Bros., Brawl, Mario Kart, Lego Rock Band and more on six screens with other gamers. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
Odds & Ends 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, helinamaries.com.
VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Meet with other analog music enthusiasts. 7-10 p.m. FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, vpsidaho.org.
THURSDAY MARCH 24 On Stage THE FANTASTICKS—Two dads scheme to get their kids to fall in love. 7 p.m. $16.50-$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-3850021, kedproductions.org.
NOISE/CD REVIEW SUFJAN STEVENS: THE AGE OF ADZ Sufjan Stevens is an irresistible enigma. The multiinstrumentalist has the songwriting strength and appeal of a stripped-down folk pop master but also the sonic versatility to record electronic epics. This combination helps him craft technologically impressive music that still retains an organic feel. The creator of two U.S. statethemed concept albums knows that an album is an experience. The Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty) would be best enjoyed in its entirety on vinyl with the phone unplugged. “Futile Devices” begins the record with sweet melodic ﬂair and warm sentimentality. Then “Too Much” throws in computer beats, synth and various electronic buzzes, hisses and whirs—a complicated delight that you’ll be pleased to have rattling in your head after it ends. When the title track begins, it sounds like a fantasyadventure ﬁlm score playing inside a factory of steam-powered equipment—a factory with some top-notch acoustics. It continues in a start-stop dynamic, alternately leaving the vocals by themselves and escalating to dizzying crescendos. The layered, technical sound creates some magniﬁcent moments but the grandiosity becomes too much. Sufjan hits the sweet spot for the ﬁrst part of “Impossible Soul,” but then stacks so many sounds, effects and singers on top of each other that it begins to sound like the music editing computer threw up all over the 25-minute song about halfway through. The computerized vocal effects begin to feel unnecessary, and by the end, we’ve heard the refrain, “Boy, we can do much more together” much more than we needed to. And spellbinding as the music is, this becomes an issue on several songs, including the title track. Stevens ﬁnds the perfect balance, then oversteps it, proving that knowing when to stop is just as important as knowing how to start. However, his dulcet voice and earnest songwriting craft keep us with him for the album’s meandering entirety. —Eric Austin
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8 DAYS OUT CINDERELLA—The Boise State music and drama departments collaborate to present a take on the classic fairy tale. See Picks, Page 16. 7:30 p.m. $6-$15. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.
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.
THE FANTASTICKS—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $16.50-$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.
Food & Drink Odds & Ends
BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-658-1364, tresbonnescuisine.com.
GOLDFISH RACING— Goldﬁsh are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big efﬁn’ bar tab and their ﬁsh. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977, mackandcharlies.com.
Workshops & Classes COMPOSTING WORKSHOP— Jennie Rylee will take you through the simple steps necessary to set up a composting system in your back yard. Call 208-493-2534 for more info. 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org.
LAST CALL TRIVIA—If you know more random tidbits of info than the next guy, you might just win a bar tab. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208287-5379, liquidboise.com. POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811.
PRACTICE AQUI—Spice up your bilingual aptitude during this weekly gathering. Attendees should have an understanding of English and Spanish. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2940, gardencity.lili.org.
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VEGETABLE GARDENING WORKSHOP—Learn how to plant and grow your own garden with master gardner Howard Little. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-888-4451, mld.org.
Festivals & Events BOISE FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW—Enjoy displays, seminars and more when downtown Boise springs to life during this expo featuring all things soon-to-be blooming in our community. See Picks, Page 17. $2-$7, FREE for children 6 and younger. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre. com.
Talks & Lectures WORLDS CONNECT: BHUTAN— Meet Nepalese refugees and enjoy food, culture and discussion as part of the Our World Connect Series. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.
CINDERELLA—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $6-$15. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu. PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—The Starlight Mountain Theatre puts its own spin on the classic opera. Call 208-4625523 or visit starlightmt.org for more info. 7:30 p.m. $10-$22. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425.
Workshops & Classes GARMIN INFORMATION CLASS—Learns the ins and outs of using your Garmin to best suit your needs. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604, idahorunningcompany.com. MAKE-IT-YOURSELF GLASS ART—Create your own fused glass artwork with the help of a studio artist. No experience necessary. All ages are welcome. 3-9 p.m. $15-$35. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055, fusions-idaho.com.
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MEMORIAL DISPLAY—Learn the history behind the civil rights movement and Cesar Chavez. Call 208-426-5950 for more information. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE Boise State students, faculty and staff, $5 general, $3 seniors. Student Union Brava! Stage, Boise State, Boise.
Kids & Teens MUSIC AND MOVEMENT— Loud, silly fun that focuses on rhythm, coordination and other skills. 10:30 a.m. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
Sports & Fitness IDAHO STEELHEADS HOCKEY—vs. Ontario Reign. 7:10 p.m. $13.50-$32. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-3318497, qwestarenaidaho.com.
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Kids & Teens
HIP-HOP 101—Family friendly break dance battle featuring hiphop performers and music by Dedicated Servers. 7 p.m. $5. The Pursuit, 6151 N. Discovery Way, Boise.
HOW TO BUILD A RETAINING WALL—Learn how to install natural rock or concrete retaining walls in your yard. 10 a.m. FREE. FarWest Garden Center, 5728 West State St., Boise, 208-8534000.
THERAPY DOGS—Each month children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
MAKE A PYSANKY-UKRAINIAN EASTER EGG—Learn how to use dye and wax to make traditional, colorful Easter eggs with complex designs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $3-$4. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, history. idaho.gov.
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SATURDAY MARCH 26 Festivals & Events BOISE FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW—See Friday. $2-$7, FREE for children 6 and younger. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre. com. HOLISTIC AND WELLNESS FAIR—Check out vendors offering services such as quantum touch energy massage, Reiki healing, tarot card readings and more. 1-6 p.m. FREE. Her Spirit Center for Growth, 5181 Overland Road, Boise, 208-3453588.
On Stage THE FANTASTICKS—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $16.50-$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—Boise’s newest comedy venue will feature someone different 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.
VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves. All ages. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, heirloomdancestudio.com.
Art GRAND OPENING—Check out Boise’s newest artist co-op and gallery. Festivities include live music, children’s art activities, dancing and drawings for prizes. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7111.
Green COMMUNITY SEED SWAP— Bring your saved or purchased seeds to swap with fellow gardeners and learn about volunteer opportunities with the Idaho Community Garden. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, edwardsgreenhouse.com.
BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then commence dance to music from a live DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-3433397. PROM IS FOR EVERYONE— Constance McMillen will speak at this celebration of the Bill of Rights. She successfully sued the Itawamba County School District in Mississippi for not being allowed to bring her girlfriend to the prom. Dinner will be followed by her talk, a live auction and a Prom dance party. Tickets to the dance only are available for $10. 6 p.m. $50-$100. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197, powerhouseevent.com. TURKEY HUNTING SEMINAR— Learn all you need to know about hunting turkey in the area. The class will cover calling, hunting techniques, decoys, camo options and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Sierra Trading Post, 530 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 208898-0261.
CINDERELLA—See Thursday. 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $6-$15. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc. boisestate.edu. PIRATES OF PENZANCE GOES WEST—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$22. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425.
Food & Drink CIDERHOUSE DINNER AND AUCTION—Enjoy an evening of Basque music, dancing, food and all the hard cider you can drink. Proceeds will help send the Oinkari Basque Dancers to Spain to show off Boise’s Basque culture. See Picks, Pages 16-17. 7 p.m. $50. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., 208-331-5097 or 208-342-9983, basquecenter. com. PIGAPALOOZA—Support breast cancer research by partaking in this celebration of everything porcine. Admission price covers all you can drink and eat. See Picks, Page 17. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $25. Brewforia, 3030 E. Overland Road, 208-888-7668, brewforia.com.
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 SUNDAY MARCH 27 Festivals & Events BOISE FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW—See Friday. $2-$7, FREE for children six and younger. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre. com.
On Stage CINDERELLA—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $6-$15. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
Odds & Ends LAST CALL TRIVIA—See Thursday. Followed by Anarchist Karaoke. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208287-5379, liquidboise.com. THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID SUNDAYS—Free pool tournament and karaoke. Noon-6 p.m. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3223430.
URBAN ADVENTURE—Join the Sierra Club for this easy 3.75mile, family friendly walk. 11 a.m. FREE. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise.
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MONDAY MARCH 28
AFTER SCHOOL ART—A chance for kids ages 6-12 years to express themselves artistically. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org.
On Stage INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Local improv comedy. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, heirloomdancestudio.com.
Workshops & Classes EXPLORING GODDESS—For women who are interested in exploring themselves as the energies of the goddess. RSVP is required. 6:30 p.m. $25. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, facetsofhealing.com.
Citizen NETWORKING JOB CLUB—Get leads, tips, insights and ideas on how to ﬁnd your next job. 10:3011:30 a.m. FREE. Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0011.
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ADA BABIES—Story time for children infants through 18months-old. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
KIDS CLASS: RECYCLED POP BOTTLE BUGS—Kids ages 5-18 years are invited to make magnetic works of art using 90 percent recycled materials. Please call to register in advance. 10-11:30 a.m. $12. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
Odds & Ends BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-6699. BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. KNITTING CLUB—Bring your projects to work on, or come to learn. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
TUESDAY MARCH 29 On Stage CLOSER—Black Linen Production’s debut production about two couples who swap partners, written by Patrick Marber. 6:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
Talks & Lectures FLOOD: MARVEL OR DISASTER?—Hear local experts speak about what steps can be taken now to ensure that the community is prepared in the eventuality that the Boise River ﬂoods. 6 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, gardencity. lili.org.
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Kids & Teens KIDS CLASS: CERAMIC PAINTING—Kids can paint an Easter egg or other ceramic piece of their choice. Please call to register in advance. Kids aged 5-18 years old are welcome. 10-11:30 a.m. $12. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-4073359, puffymondaes.com.
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BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a cash prize. What more could you ask for? 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, drinkfattys.com.
LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES—See Wednesday, March 23. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary. com.
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. LAST CALL TRIVIA—See Thursday. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485, buffalowildwings.com. 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, donniemacgrub.com. 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, montegobayidaho.com.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 30 On Stage CLOSER—See Tuesday. 6:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com. COMEDY NIGHT—Leif Skyving headlines open mic comedy hosted by Danny Amspacher. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 Cole Road, Boise, 208-658-1533, sockeyebrew.com.
Workshops & Classes LANDSCAPE DESIGN BASICS—Learn hot to apply the principles of form, function, ﬂow and aesthetics to your landscape design. 6 p.m. FREE. FarWest Garden Center, 5728 West State St., Boise, 208-853-4000. WATERCOLOR PAINTING—See Wednesday, March 23. 3:305:30 p.m. $40 for four classes, plus cost of supplies. Hobby Lobby, 3547 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-4798, hobbylobby.com.
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BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—See Wednesday, March 23. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Kids & Teens KIDS CLASS: DYEING SILK SCARVES—Kids ages 5-18 years old will learn basic dyeing techniques. Please call in advance to register. 10-11:30 a.m.
$12. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
Odds & Ends KARAOKE AND WINE ROCK STARS—See Wednesday, March 23. 8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries. com. LADIES GARAGE PARTY—Ladies, this is your opportunity to learn all you need to know about riding a Harley. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. There will be activities, food and more to get you ready to ride. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 p.m. FREE. High Desert Harley Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599, highdeserthd.com.
NOISE/CD REVIEW GIRL TALK: ALL DAY You know you’ve got something good if you can get the viral media’s knickers all in a twist and have ever yone believing that you managed to shut down the damn Internet after your latest creation dropped. When Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, released All Day (Illegal Art) it only shut down the label’s website and a few other designated remotes. Impressive nonetheless, much like Girl Talk’s scientiﬁc dedication toward ﬁre bombing the musical barriers that most call genres. And to the multitudes possessing a miniscule attention span, it remains a synaptic lightning storm of audible pleasure. Make no mistake: What Gillis does with a couple of Macs, a terabyte of ever ybody else’s music and Olympian obsessive-compulsive disorder is, indeed, an irrefutable science. Whether you hear All Day as an entire piece or as separate tracks, you’ll ﬁnd that in “Oh No” the lead sample, which is Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” runs a cool two minutes—the longest clip Gillis has sustained yet. Some reviewers like to emphasize Gillis’ lack of critical voice in his works—no real message—just clever mashing to keep the keyed up hordes sweating on the dance ﬂoor. That means nothing until you reach the end of this 71- minute crushed Adderall odyssey to hear a deﬁnitive message from John Lennon. An asinine over-analysis, perhaps, as no one considers Girl Talk a political pontiff but there’s no denying the power of sending bodies into a frantic ﬂail with raps from Ol’ Dirty Bastard on top of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Ultimately, All Day remains free and, simply, another Girl Talk record. Play it all day. —Justin B. Peterson WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
NOVEL SOUNDS OF THE NOUVEAU SOUTH Ha Ha Tonka is nothing to laugh at JOSH GROSS Ha Ha Tonka isn’t a band name that evokes strong Southern rock imagery. It sounds more Ha Ha Tonka trucks through a variety of genres in their latest release, Death of a Decade. like a rejected character from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out than a band that creates guitardriven, denim-clad rebel anthems steeped in is analogous to psychobilly’s take on rock country. Their 2007 album, Buckle in the the rich oral mythology of the Ozarks. ’n’ roll, revving it up while imbuing it with Bible Belt, was described by Josh TimmerBut it doesn’t take more than a cursory a darker vibe and themes. Songs like “St. listen to the thick warmth of the guitar riffs mann from the blog Popmatters as “the best Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor” and “Close rock record I’ve heard this year.” and the mournful gospel-inﬂuenced vocals Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart” are The reason fans and critics are paying that make up Ha Ha Tonka’s new album, what the Allman Brothers might sound attention to Ha Ha Tonka is that the band Death of a Decade, to know it’s pure like in the goateed Spock dimension in Star has a knack for taking sounds and themes Americana. The only vaguely video-game Trek’s “Mirror, Mirror” episode. written off long ago as dusty relics of the element is the slight similarity between the The music is a new breed, perhaps best eight-track age and ﬁltering them through a tones plucked on the electric mandolin to illustrated by the video to the song “Caney modern lens—Novel Sounds of the Nouthose of a Pachinko machine. And it’s not veau South, as the title of their 2009 album Mountain.” The song is a retelling of an all that similar. Ozark legend about a traveling preacher Word association isn’t a new problem for put it. And the band is keeping that vibe who sleeps with a woman he meets, drowns Ha Ha Tonka. In 2007 the Missouri quartet rolling for Death of a Decade. her to save her soul, and is then lynched by “The current album is somewhere bedecided to ditch the hippie-jam vibe the the townsfolk. The video is an animated band felt they’d locked themselves into with tween Alabama, which we all grew up on, version of the story with horriﬁc imagery. and Arcade Fire,” said Bone. the original name, Amsterband. That pairing of old themes with a new Death of a Decade starts with a peppy “Obviously, we’re not very good at namaesthetic has been the rebirth of many a mandolin riff and Southern twanged vocals ing things,” said Ha Ha Tonka’s drummer musical genre, and Ha Ha Tonka may be at in “The Usual Suspects,” but it isn’t long Lennon Bone, with a laugh. the forefront of a renaissance. before it descends into dark atmospheric Bone said the band took the new name “As far as who our contemporaries are, guitar riffs on “Made Example Of” and from Ha Ha Tonka State Park, a caveI couldn’t tell you,” said Bone. “Hopefully “Jesusita.” The album’s title track is a riddled region of central Missouri famous we’re on the cusp of a new movement in brooding mid-tempo soundtrack for the for the burnt-out ruins of a stone castle, to this style.” drive home from a funeral. Even when the show their Ozark pride. It’s a style that extends beyond the mandolin comes back, it’s clear this isn’t “We knew we weren’t going to have rampant regional poverty, religious zealotry your drunk uncle’s Southern rock. to worry about someone else being called and meth epidemics from which Ha Ha “We get compared to Kings of Leon a that,” said Bone. Tonka draws lyrical inspiration. Much of it lot,” said Bone. “Reviewers are looking Ha Ha Tonka has spent the last decade comes from the gospel themes present in the for modern bands to draw comparisons to. furiously building a reputation as a band music. “Hangman,” the a cappella opening I don’t necessarily listen to Southern rock to be reckoned with, touring with acts like now like I did when I track from Buckle in the Bible Belt, is a rich the Meat Puppets exploration of harmonic soul that sounds was a kid, so I don’t and Violent Femmes. more like an African-American spiritual really know who we They’ve also had nuWith Hoots and Hellmouth. $8, 9 p.m. than it does contemporary rock. Back-up sound like.” merous appearances NEUROLUX vocals throughout other songs achieve the While Ha Ha at CMJ, Lollapalooza 111 N. 11th St. same gloomy, yet stoic soulfulness. neurolux.com Tonka has the same and no shortage of But whatever movements Ha Ha Tonka rich overtones that showcases at SXSW. are or are not a part of, whatever genres Kings of Leon built But to Bone, all they may or may not encompass and their sound on, the style isn’t the same. that is just a matter of trajectory. He said whatever inﬂuences they may or may not be the biggest accomplishment is just managing Kings of Leon are about as Southern rock drawing from, there’s one simple truth that to be a working band for the last ﬁve years. as Neil Young, but Ha Ha Tonka sounds And work they do. Bone said Ha Ha Tonka ready to pen lyrics telling them off, Townes describes their music: “It’s cool, it’s fun, it’s rock ’n’ roll,” said Van Zandt style. logged nearly 200 shows last year alone. Bone. 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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 THE COUNTRY CLUB—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DELICATE STEVE—With Finn Riggins, Owlright, Teens and Hosannas. 8 p.m. $5. VAC GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
ERIC TOLLEFSON, MARCH 24, REEF Bend, Ore., isn’t the musical hotbed that Detroit, Athens, Ga., or Austin, Texas are. But 27-year-old singer/songwriter Eric Tollefson found enough inspiration there after quitting his job as a stockbroker to become a full-time musician. It didn’t hurt that Tollefson, who grew up in Juneau, Alaska, worked for Bend-based Breedlove guitars for a few years after leaving Smith Barney or that he befriended Boise balladeers Matt Hopper and James Orr, with whom he has continued to play. Though he has been playing since middle school, Tollefson only really dug in about two years ago. Since then he has reﬁned his bluesy, funky, pop sound and has a sophomore release due out in 2011. Tollefson said he loves to play live but is really looking forward to getting into the studio. “At the moment, I have more fun performing,” he said. “But when a song comes together, that’s the best.” Hear the best of both worlds when Tollefson and his full band play live on Thursday, March 24, at Reef. —Amy Atkins 9 p.m., $7. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., reefboise.com.
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JESSICA FULGHUM—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PARLOTONES—With Imagine Dragons. 8 p.m. $10. Neurolux THE THROWDOWN—Featuring the winners from previous weeks. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid THE YOUNG DUBLINERS—8 p.m. $12.50-$30. Knitting Factory
THURSDAY MARCH 24 ALLEN WENTZ AND FRIENDS JAM AND OPEN MIC—9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet
BITCH—With The Bois of Boise. 8 p.m. $10. VAC BOISE ROCK SCHOOL—5:30 p.m. $5. Linen Building ERIC TOLLEFSON—See Listen Here, this page. 9 p.m. $7. Reef FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE NAUGHTIES—9:30 p.m. $5. Grainey’s RYAN WISSINGER—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club TELEKINESIS—With The Globes. See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
FRIDAY MARCH 25 B3 SIDE—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel THE BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper BILL COFFEY—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
CASTANETS—With Holy Sons and Dolorean. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux CODI JORDAN BAND—8 p.m. $TBA. Bouquet DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill LETA NEUSTAEDTER—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars MASS CHEEKS—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire MOTORFLOWER—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef POEINA SUDDARTH—With Hillfolk Noir, TriFecta and Brianna Russell. $5. Linen Building POP CULT KIDS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SHERPA—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye SINGLE CAR GARAGE—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub THOMAS AHLQUIST QUARTET—With Blue Door Four. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
SATURDAY MARCH 26 ABANDON KANSAS—7 p.m. $10. The Venue THE BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY WEBER—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper BRIANNE GRAY—9 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown DEFTONES’ CHI BENEFIT—7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Quarter Barrel DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL —9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE EX-GIRLFRIENDS—With Brandon Follett. 8 p.m. $2. Flying M Coffeegarage JARED MEES AND THE GROWN CHILDREN— With Typhoon and Jonathan Warren and the BillyGoats. See Listen Here, Page 25. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux JOHNNY DOWNING—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s MASSY FERGUSON—9 p.m. $TBA. Bouquet MATT WHITE—With Brendan James and Lauren Pritchard. 9:30 p.m. $7 adv., $10 door. Reef
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WHISKEY WRANGLE—With Neo tundra Cowboy and Snake Muzzle. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Bouquet
MONDAY MARCH 28 ASKING ALEXANDRIA—With Emmure, Chiodos, Miss May I, Evergreen Terrace and Lower Than Atlantis. 6:30 p.m. $17 adv., $20 day of show, $40 VIP. Knitting Factory DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ELECTRIC SIX—With Constellations. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid
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THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— With David Veloz. 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
FOSTER THE PEOPLE—With James Orr. 9 p.m. $5. Reef
SONNY MOOR FOR FOUR—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—5:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
STEVEN TONEY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
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BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe
AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid JAMES ORR AND TYLER FORTIER—8 p.m. FREE. Reef
BOISE FEST—Featuring more than 30 hardcore and metal bands. 5:30 p.m. $25 for fourday pass. Mardi Gras
JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
CHUCK SMITH—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
LARRY CONKLIN—11 a.m. FREE. Moon’s
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
OLD TIME JAM SESSION—With the Hokum Hi-Flyers. 6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
REBECCA SCOTT BAND—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
SOUL SERENE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ROCKY VOTOLATO—With Star Anna. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux SPYN RESET—8:30 p.m. FREE. Reef STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s
STONEY HOLIDAY—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
HAMBONES ON THE BEACH—4 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe
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TYPHOON, MARCH 26, NEUROLUX Portland indie-rockers Typhoon are masters of the space between sounds. Their 2010 album Hunger and Thirst has so much space it could be melodic Morse code. Drum rims and staccato guitar subtly interweave with horns and choir-style backup vocals for a near-perfect chamber pop sound that brings instruments and voices in only when appropriate. That approach keeps the arrangements ﬂuid like a symphony. Overall, Typhoon sounds like Arcade Fire ﬁltered through a wedge of swiss cheese. The space in their music is like the difference between seeing a building and seeing its blueprints and that mastery of empty space is an achievement made all the more impressive by their 10-person lineup. So impressive, in fact, that the band has earned slots at MFNW, SXSW and even featured slots on NRP’s “All Songs Considered.” —Josh Gross With Jared Mees and the Grown Children and Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. 9 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., neurolux.com.
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ARTS/CULTURE S ETH OGILVIE
SEARCHING FOR QUARTZBURG August Voss’ vision set in stone.
MAYOR DAVE BIETER’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE It’s no secret that this city is ﬁlled with creative people who strive for excellence. But to make sure the creme de la creme of creativity is acknowledged accordingly, Mayor Dave Bieter rewards those most deserving each year as part of the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts and History. The Boise City Department of Arts and History is now accepting nominations. Any individual or organization is eligible for nomination as long as he/she/it has shown excellence in “distinguished service, creative accomplishment, a record of publication, presentation, or research that enhances the artistic, historic and broader cultural life of the City of Boise.” Awards (eight total) will be presented in the following categories: ÊUÊ"À}>â>Ì\Ê ÝViiViÊÊÌ iÊÀÌÃ]Ê Excellence in History ÊUÊ`Û`Õ>\Ê ÝViiViÊÊÌ iÊÀÌÃ]Ê ÝVilence in History ÊUÊ ÕÃiÃÃ\Ê-Õ««ÀÌÊvÀÊÌ iÊÀÌÃ]Ê-Õ««ÀÌÊ for History ÊUÊ `ÕV>Ì\Ê ÝViiViÊÊÀÌÊ `ÕV>Ì]Ê Excellence in History Education The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 31, at 3 p.m. Forms can be ﬁlled out and submitted online or printed and mailed to: ATTN: Mayor’s Awards in Arts and History, Boise City Department of Arts and History, P.O. Box 500, Boise, ID 837010500. Visit artsandhistory.cityofboise.org to download a form or call 208-433-4671 to have a hard copy mailed to you. Recipients will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 22. Speaking of acknowledging excellence, the American Gem Trade Association is paying attention to local carver August Voss. Voss was recently awarded the Spectrum Cutting Edge Award by the AGTA during the 2011 Gem Show for an intricate piece he carved out of crystal quartz. While the piece is more abstract and shows Voss’ ability to create depth and beauty from a stone, he also carves ﬁgures out of materials that would seem impossible to transform, such as obsidian. You can ﬁnd a photo of Voss’ winning piece at agta.org. —Amy Atkins
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Documenting Idaho’s dreamers, visionaries, eccentrics and hermits TARA MORGAN When legendary Idaho loner Richard “Dugout Dick” Zimmerman died in 2010, his famous junk caves were boarded up and the property was taken over by the Bureau of Land Management. His trash huts, cut into the rocky cliffsides outside of Elk Bend, were fashioned from dented car hoods, rusting chicken wire Billy O. Flynn, Queen of the Caves, surveys her former kingdom. and treadless tires that Zimmerman had scavenged from the area since the late ’40s. once you’ve talked to enough people in little Searching for Quartzburg was born during Billy O. Flynn, known by many as Queen a road trip Reichert and Ogilvie took in search communities, you start getting leads.” of the Caves, lived in one of those post-apocaCurrently, the trio’s travels across the state lyptic, off-the-grid dwellings with her dogs and of the small town of Placerville outside of and some snippets of their audio ﬁeld recordSilver City. After making several wrong turns, loaded pistol off and on for 20 years, sliding the pair eventually stumbled upon a lonely for- ings are documented on their blog, searchDugout Dick $20 a month. ingforquartzburg.com. But that’s not the ﬁnal est service worker living in a camper who told “I haven’t been allowed in here since they format these tales will take. them about the “fabled city of Quartzburg.” told me I had to leave,” Flynn said in a recent “The blog is just a reference for us, for “I realized that this dead end was far more interview with Searching for Quartzburg. “I whatever the end product will be,” said Bower, interesting than anything on the right path,” about cried on the way here.” Searching For Quartzburg is an audio and Ogilvie wrote at, searchingforquartzburg.com. who linked up with SFQ as an audio engineer after it was founded. “It’s also to keep people photo documentary project led by local artist “This man was a wormhole to the unknown, motivated and excited about it. It’s not the he could be a poet warrior, a fugitive on the Rachel Reichert, photographer Seth Ogilvie and audio engineer Eric Bower. The trio spent lamb [sic], an artist in exile or a snake oil sales- ﬁnal product. That’s not the end-all.” The website also features a handful of man, and even though I feared I may be raped two days with Flynn, recording stories and other proﬁles—a roadside poet evangelist, a snapping chilling photos of half-empty water and/or killed he was far more interesting than family who runs an exotic hunting preserve, the plethora of right decijugs and UFO Files books a hermit nun and an Elvis impersonator sions we had made earlier scattered around her dusty who crafts his own costumes and performs that day.” former abode. In a raspy, regularly at Baxter Regional Medical Center In Reichert’s opinion, lightly Midwest accent, in Mountain Home. the project is about seeking she described warding off “We try really hard to make these people out stories and personal predatory strangers with a histories from characters she not shown in an exploitive light,” explained ﬂash of her gun. Reichert, “because I think it’s a very thin line, couldn’t even begin to con“You’ve gotta kind take and we’re trying to bring a sense of beauty to jure up in her imagination. care of yourself. You’ve gotta their lives.” “The idea is that we’re be pretty much prepared for Ogilvie added: “I think, as opposed to searching for something that whatever’s gonna happen bringing beauty to it, it’s when you can see the we’re either never going to to you,” said Flynn. “I’ve beauty in what they’re doing … I think inherﬁnd or that it’ll be totally had some crazy people come ently they are beautiful people.” romanticized even if we through here.” Recently, Searching for Quartzburg do ﬁnd it … We decided Flynn is one of approxireceived a BW Cover Auction Grant to pay Searching for Quartzburg mately 20 “dreamers, vifor room, gas, board and post-production was a perfect title because sionaries, eccentrics, hermits expenses as they explore unique personalities the people that we’re and those who live outside living in the North Idaho panhandle. The trio interviewing are the people of mankind’s self-imposed hopes to have the project mostly completed that we also romanticize on boundaries” that SFQ plans by the beginning of 2012 but that all depends some level.” to document in Idaho. on their subjects. But that romantic “I grew up in Idaho, so I’ve For more information, visit “All these people are such individuals— vision also has an inherent pitalways been really fascinated searchingforquartzburg.com. look at the Elvis guy, who would’ve thought fall. Loners, by nature, want with people who have that that person even existed? How do you deﬁne to be alone. sort of individualist mentality. boundaries around these people? They kind “I think the fundamental problem with the I have family members who live off the grid,” of deﬁne them for us in a way,” said Bower. explained Reichert. “Originally, [SFQ] was go- project is that we’re involved in a dichotomy. “We’re open to ideas and to people that we ing to be photography and a series of wearable We want to talk to people that don’t want to lockets. It sort of evolved into an audio project be talked to. So that inherently sets up a major encounter, but we can’t pick out who they’re going to be until we meet the person.” problem for us,” said Ogilvie. “But I think and … it’s still evolving.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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WINTER’S BANE Throwing tomatoes at these stinkers is a waste of good tomatoes GEORGE PRENTICE
SUCKER PUNCH—This is the tale of a woman who loses everything and is locked away, only to discover that the key to her freedom lies in the adventure on which she must embark in the fantasy world of her subconscious. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
Special Screenings ADELANTE, MUJERES!—A ﬁlm about the history of Latina women in American history, from the Spanish invasion to the present. Presented by the Multicultural Student Services at Boise State. For more info call 208-426-5950. Thursday, March 24, 6-8 p.m. FREE Boise State students, faculty and staff, $5 general, $3 seniors. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1677. THE ROOM—Yell, scream or dance along with the characters on screen and other audience members during the screening of this cult classic. Friday, March 25, 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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com, in the last decade there were more than 130 major studio releases during the early months of each year. Almost all of the ﬁlms were either disliked or dismissed by critics. Audiences didn’t feel much love either. Only three pulled in more than $100 million at the box ofﬁce: Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Green Hornet (2011) and The Passion of the Christ (2004). Adjusted for inﬂation, Alice wasn’t so wonderful, and the Hornet didn’t pull down that much green. What really deﬁes logic is that lately, these stinkeroos came in the wake of three solid months of quality. The end of 2010 saw Black Swan, The Fighter, The King’s Speech and True Grit embraced by audiences and critics alike. Appetites were whetted, but a buffet of junk food followed. Why would any BR business build up expectations from a customer base and then proceed to purposely lower the quality of its product? Year to date, the national box ofﬁce take is down a whopping 22 percent from this time a year ago and lower than any year in nearly a decade. Yet the high-priced crapfest continues. Memo to Hollywood: snap out of it. Your current economic model is unsustainable and don’t even think about a bailout. N
GARBO: THE SPY—This intense drama follows a Spanish farmer turned secret agent named Garbo. He inﬁltrated the Third Reich, gained their trust and manipulated the D-Day landings at Normandy, altering the course of history as we know it. Spanish with English subtitles. (NR) Flicks
(March), MASH (January), The Silence of the Lambs (February), The Sound of Music (March), Taxi Driver (February). The list includes action, comedy, drama, musicals ... you name it. They’ve all succeeded big in the winter months. But a quick look at the big January to March releases of the last 10 years is
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES— Sibling torture combines with the coming of age tale of a younger brother trying to make life better at school and home. This family comedy shows some of the ups and downs of growing up. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
I think I’ve discovered where the creeps who laid waste to our economy are hiding out: They’re running the major movie studios. I’m certain of it. The same bone headed logic that threw good money after bad risks in subprime mortgages is eerily similar to the big money thrown after subprime movies that are dumped into cineplexes between January and March. Some entertainment “insiders” argue that big, quality releases should be held back until Memorial Day, kicking off the summer blockbuster season. But a closer look at the numbers indicates that neither history nor logic can justify a box ofﬁce model that purposely packs a full 25 percent of its calendar with high-priced trash. 1. History. There is an assumption that any “serious” contender for a Best Picture Oscar should be released in the ﬁnal quarter of the year. Nonsense. Good is good. Great is great. For exhibit A, I give you this list of ﬁlms released in a ﬁrst quarter: Cabaret (February), Casablanca (January), Cinderella (March), Dr. Strangelove (January), Fargo (March), The Godfather (March), Gone with the Wind (January), The Hunt for Red October
pretty depressing: 27 Dresses, The Bounty Hunter, Bride Wars, My Bloody Valentine and, of course, that classic gem Paul Blart, Mall Cop. 2. Logic. According to boxofﬁcemojo.
SCREEN/THE TUBE BOB’S BURGERS: CARTOON BURGERS SHOULD BE FUNNY, RIGHT?
new hamburger show probably owns a few seasons of Dr. Katz on DVD. H. Jon Benjamin voices Bob. He’s the drowsy-voiced guy who has characterized many cartoon oddities, most recently the titular Archer of the new show on FX. He’s talented, but you often wonder if he’s actually Alan Arkin. And a lot of Bob’s Burgers relies on kids who have stinky feet or are, to quote the show, “pubin’ out.” First of all, gross kids aren’t exactly a novelty. Look around —the next kid you see will likely be doing something gross, have just done something gross, or be preparing to do something gross. Also, I doubt that anyone will ever quote Bob the way they do Peter Grifﬁn or the way they used to quote Homer Simpson? Cow-related material can be amusing but it seems unlikely that “I’m not taking a bath with Moo-lissa” will become a cultural touchstone. —Damon Hunzeker
If you think kids who mistake raisins stuck on their stomachs for moles—and then eat those moles are funny—there’s a new show for you. Bob’s Burgers, about two months into its debut, is a show about Bob Belcher and his family—a wife with a grating New York accent (voiced by a man), a dumb son who doesn’t understand anything and two dumb daughters who don’t understand anything. They’re trying to run a proﬁtable hamburger shop. And that’s about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with a small world. Taxi was pretty limited to cab stuff, after all. It’s just that Bob’s Burgers is one of those shows for your stupid, stoned friends that you secretly despise, which is much different than a show for the stupid, stoned friends you actually like. Fox is clearly incapable of producing tonally consistent animated fun, and anybody Watch Bob’s Burgers on Fox Sundays at 9:30 p.m. who expects Family Guy fans to revere the
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T H E AT E R S THE TOURIST Ricky Gervais might have hit the nail on the head when he referred to The Tourist at this year’s Golden Globes: “I haven’t even seen The Tourist. Who has? But it must be good because it’s nominated, so shut up, OK? Also, I’d like to crush this ridiculous rumor that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the foreign press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.” Ouch. But admit it: either you haven’t seen it or the reason you did was to see the sexpot leading man and lady. And damn it, Ricky, there’s no shame in that. The reviewers of the ﬁlm agree, prompting Richard Roeper to say, “Sure, the plot is preposterous, but the two stars look great.” I think we all have days when a little sex appeal can go a long way. The Tourist guarantees that if nothing else.
THE VENTURE BROS., SEASON 4, VOLUME 2 Fans of Adult Swim’s iconic animated series The Venture Bros. must believe good things come to those who wait. Due to the old-school animation—each frame is hand drawn—years can pass between seasons. Season One premiered in 2003; Season Two didn’t arrive until 2006. Fans of the show know loyalty like few others. But once you’re in, you’re in. The Venture Bros. is post-modern, dense with reference and allusion—an ultimate homage to ’60s car toon Jonny Quest. The show is about Dr. Venture, his idiot twin sons Dean and Hank and their bodyguard Brock Samson as they battle a host of neurotic villains. But don’t rely on an explanation. Go become another loyal fan yourself. —Jordan Wilson
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ﬁlled balloon dropped from a hot air balloon, or last year’s mating dance, performed by Idaho Dance Theatre—I started concocting extraction plans should my ﬂat, eight-mile training program fail me. Can I take my cell phone? Sure, but it won’t work beyond mile ﬁve. Can I stash a mountain bike along the course? Mountain bikes are deﬁnitely discouraged. Once the apprehension had set in, I turned to friends. One, affectionately dubbed the ﬁttest fat man I know, ran the race a few years back and ﬁnished. That gave me hope. I chatted up a fellow newspaper type who was also a ﬁrst-timer and mileage wise, we were averaging about the same. So far, so good. Another friend gave me race-day advice: Go your own pace and take water when it’s offered. A few weeks and many miles later, I consulted Race to Robie Creek organizer Robert Grisham, who has run the race “about eight times,” about my progress. I’d been running up Eighth Street, and while it seemed ideal, I passed mountain bikers and joyriders but never saw any other runners. Maybe I was missing something? “Some of the pitches on Eighth Street are similar to the last mile before Aldape Summit, and it is a great training run,” said Grisham. I patted myself on the back for all the grunting it took to get up the hill. But then Grisham said, “In my opinion, you don’t need to incorporate those steep pitches in a lot of your training runs.” Grunting wasted. “I think that Hull’s Gulch up to the waterfall is one of the best training runs you can do. It has a great pitch that I think helps prepare you for both the uphill and downhill of Robie.” The damn downhill again. Despite all the advice to run the course before the race in order to know what to expect, I’d decided not to, taking an “ignorance is bliss” approach. The idea that I actually needed to train to run downhill got me thinking otherwise. Grisham’s advice: “You don’t need to run Rocky Canyon a ton of times to prepare for the race. I think that if you run it consistently, you will start to dread it. However, I think it is critically important to know the course.” Critically important. And from what I hear, the course was actually crowded last weekend. So with one last long run ahead of me, let me tell you where you’ll ﬁnd me come this Sunday: Running/walking/shufﬂing up over the damn summit in double knee braces without my cell phone and cursing my good luck with the registration process. Come this time next week, I expect I’ll be getting a pedicure. BE N WI LSON
The signs of spring are everywhere—tulips are popping out of the ground, birds are singing in the morning, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is auctioning off bits and pieces of animals. In a sure sign of the season, the annual Fish and Game Fur Auction will put all those chunks of animals that have been either seized or salvaged over the last year up for sale for anyone looking to pick up some antlers, a hide or do a wee bit of taxidermy. The department will be selling furs, antlers and skulls (elk, moose, deer, black bear, mountain lion, otter, beaver, bobcat and fox) as well as whole carcasses. But before you start thinking about your favorite wild game recipes, remember, these critters have been sitting around for a while and are not ﬁt for consumption—they’re just being sold for the inedible parts. Outdoorsmen looking for less, um, biological items can even pick up miscellaneous hunting and ﬁshing equipment. Of course, getting a killer deal on a set of antlers to hang above your ﬁreplace will require a trek to Lewiston. The auction will be held on Saturday, April 2, at the Fish and Game Clearwater Regional Ofﬁce in Lewiston. An auction preview will begin at 8 a.m., with the sale starting at 10 a.m. Remember, a taxidermist/fur-buyer’s license is required to bid on certain items or if you plan to resell them. And, no, anyone who illegally killed an animal cannot buy that animal back. For more info, call 208-799-5010. If you’re not really part of the hoof and antler set, there are still plenty of things to do to mark the season. Broken Spoke Cycling is hosting the second of two short-track mountain bike training races on Friday, March 25. The course is roughly a 20-minute drive east of Boise and it costs only $10 for adults to try their skills at short-track racing. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. For more info, visit brokenspokecyclng.org. Of course you can still feel the chill of winter during several spring break specials being offered by Idaho Ice World. If you don’t know what to do with the kiddies over the break, teach them how to focus their aggression with a week-long hockey camp March 28-April 1. The cost for the camp is $100 and full hockey equipment is required. For kids new to the ice, there’s also a learn-to-skate camp for ages 5 to 11 for $100. For more info on either program, call 208-331-0044. —Deanna Darr
knees a break. I’d been running recently, but I Three weeks loom until the race billed as hadn’t signed up for a race in 16 years. “the toughest in the Northwest” sends 2,434 “Slowly build mileage up until a couple of runners, walkers and shufﬂers up Aldape weeks before race day, then taper in those last Summit, and this is the week training for the two weeks,” he advised. race should be at its most intense. For me, a Six weeks out from the race, he suggested ﬁrst-time Race to Robie Creek runner, it’s also the week anxiety has really kicked in. The notoriously brutal 13.1mile run turns 34 this year, and as usual, the limited registration sold out in minutes—21 minutes this year, compared to last year’s 13. Limited to 2,434 racers (actually, it’s limited to 2,400 racers with allowance for an extra racer each year the race has been in existence), registration has become so competitive that Robie is really two races: the ﬁrst is the race to register and the second is the run itself. And though both races are a right of passage, only one has an unmatched reputation for destroying toenails. “You will suffer,” said Brian Rencher, a Robie committee member and 24-time Robie racer. In fact, said Rencher, one of the race’s previous winners has been known to say that whether you’re ﬁrst or last in the race doesn’t matter, you will suffer at Robie Creek and you will work hard the whole time. The trick is to train well and ﬁnish quicker, thereby suffering for a shorter period of time than the sucker who’s an hour behind you. With those words, the initial elation I’d had over scoring a registration all but disappeared. “I ran for seven years before I tried it,” said Rencher. “I’d run Barber to Boise but I never went to the summit before the ﬁrst time I ran it. Some friends told me you cross the second cattle guard and a steep section—then you’re close. Those lying dogs. It’s long runs should be 60 to 90 minutes. They another three miles to the summit.” were. Shorter runs should be more like 40 to The race starts in the valley at Fort Boise. 60 minutes. They were. The course winds up Rocky Canyon Road But, he said, don’t think just because you for 8.5 miles, gaining 2,100 feet in elevation can run eight miles on ﬂats you’ll be ﬁne. before cresting Aldape Summit and dropping Ooh, trouble, I thought. In fact, I’d decided to 1,700 feet in the ﬁnal 4.6-mile stretch. sign up for Robie after ﬁnishing an eight miler Though the 8-mile slog uphill sounds inalong nice ﬂat Hill Road one weekend—if I timidating, it’s the steep downhill section that can do eight, surely 13 is easy enough. Rencher said is the culprit behind the toenail And, he said, don’t damage for those with think you can train poorly ﬁtted shoes. It’s Saturday, April 16, noon. Registration is on a treadmill or an also the reason that closed. For more information, indoor track. Double among the oddball visit robiecreek.com. trouble: I’d followed advice I’ve received up my Hill Road run as a ﬁrst-timer was a with a mind-numbing nine-miler on a treadrecommendation to wear double knee braces. mill the following weekend. When I mentioned to Rencher that I was As Rencher briefed me on how the start a ﬁrst-timer, he asked if I’m a runner. At one works—there’s no start gun; rather, it’s somepoint in my life I was logging an average of thing utterly unusual like the splat of a Jell-O40 miles a week but then I needed to give my
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THE DANDY DANDELION Why the weed is actually wonderful
Fro yo, fo sho.
GUY HAND Back when we were all involuntary locavores—meaning most of human history—March was the meanest month. The larder was low, the stored fruit long gone and we were left nibbling away at beans and pickled meat. There were no corner stores with shippedin oranges, bananas or baby greens, and therefore our vitamin C levels—a vitamin only available from fresh foods—were sinking dangerously low. Our teeth might have loosened in their sockets, the hair on our pale heads drifting off in feathery clumps, our joints aching with each labored step as scurvy, that then-common killer, was quietly settling in. Despite the warming weather, it would be weeks before anything fresh and edible would sprout. Except for dandelions. In those lean days we gazed upon those ﬁrst dandelions of March far more affectionately than we do today. Even under a layer of late snow, those hardy perennials sprouted, tonic, blood puriﬁer, anemia arrester, vision slowly spreading their spiky, vitamin-rich improver, reducer of cholesterol and blood leaves and saving lives. If we still had the pressure levels, and a host of other things.” strength to hunt for them, we carried deep Williamson, who sells herbal products and gratitude and a pair of scissors to those teaches herbal practices through her business young dandelion plants—not, as is our habit From the Forest in McCall, says that Idaho has today, a spray bottle full of herbicide. a few of its own native dandelion species with After all, Taraxacum ofﬁcinale, the nutritional properties similar to their Eurodandelion’s botanical name, means “ofﬁcial remedy for disorders.” Idaho herbalist, author pean cousin. Those natives are not, however, as proliﬁc or as early sprouting as Taraxacum and lover of dandelions Darcy Williamson ofﬁcinale and therefore not as well timed to says dandelions were prized enough in days scurvy season. past that European She says that early immigrants carried American settlers their seeds with Where you can get dandelion products: knew all about the them to the New BOISE CO-OP health beneﬁts of World. Dandelions Dandy Blend herbal blend drink (with barley, rye, dandelions but also were so medicinally chicory, dandelion and beet root) $8.69 and $10.59 Dried dandelion leaf in bulk $18.29 lb. how to moderate crucial that in the Dried dandelion root in bulk $16.82 lb. the leaves’ inherent mid-1800s, WilHerb Pharm dandelion tincture $9.09 1 oz. bitterness. liamson says, they Fresh red and green dandelion greens $1.59 packet “The pioneers “were brought over DARCYFROMTHEFOREST.COM would, in the auen masse to treat an Dandelion tea 4 oz. tin $4.50 tumn, go out with outbreak of hepatitis Dandelion tea 3-by-5 inch cloth bag $5.95 old feed sacks or in New York City.” Dandelion root capsules 50 per bag $9.95 Dandelion Tincture $10.95 4 oz. whatever they had “Besides trace Common dandelion seed $3 packet on hand, and they minerals,” she Mountain dandelion seed $3 packet would cover their writes in her “From dandelions,” she the Forest” newsletsaid. “Then as soon ter, “dandelions contain more beta-carotene than carrots, more as the snow melted back enough in spring so they could pull back that covering, that’s how potassium than bananas, more lecithin than they harvested them.” soybeans, more iron than spinach, and loads Shielding the tender young plants from of vitamins A, C, E, thiamin and riboﬂavin, sunlight kept the leaves from becoming calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. All bitter—and today, putting a bucket over a these nutrients, even without the other subdandelion plant for several days will also stances contained in dandelions, are enough moderate its harsh bite (which gets even to explain the reputation they have as a liver WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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harsher once the plant blooms). Dandelions were so popular in 19th century America that they were sold in seed catalogues. Dandelion ﬂowers were even exhibited in ﬂower shows under names like “French Largeleaved” and “American Improved Dandelion.” Thoreau, of course, admired dandelions. Only the early 20th century popularization of the American lawn caused the dandelion to fall out of favor. In a big way. We now spend billions of dollars annually on lawn care, a good chunk of which is devoted in a futile ﬁght to pull and poison this savior-of-our scurvyplagued-ancestors out of existence. Futile because a dandelion’s tap root can drill to a depth of 15 feet and its seeds can soar high into the jet stream. That makes dandelions notoriously tenacious. Rather than waging chemical warfare, Williamson suggests dispatching them in the kitchen. “They’re a very smart plant,” she says. “They’re a people-friendly plant. Dandelions, it doesn’t matter what you do to them, they’re still smiling at you the next year. If we just would use them as they were originally intended to be used, I think we would develop a much better appreciation of them.” There are plenty of websites, articles and at least one book available to help you learn to appreciate dandelions. They’ll teach you to love a good dandelion salad, make soothing dandelion tea, turn those golden ﬂowers into dandelion wine and maybe even prep you for the National Dandelion Cook-off set for the ﬁrst Saturday in May in Dover, Ohio. And just in case you don’t have enough dandelions already, Williamson sells seed.
If BW’s March 16 steakspose on Idaho beef got you salivating for a sirloin, you’re in luck. The space that formerly housed Darby’s at the Market in downtown Nampa ofﬁcially reopened on March 5 as Darby’s Bistro and Lounge. “The menu has changed. We shrunk it a little bit,” said manager Jared Sullivan. “We do a prime rib, rib-eye and sirloin steak dinner on Friday and Saturday nights only from 5-9 p.m., and then we have a bistro menu that has burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, fried pickles.” The restaurant closed in August 2010 for remodeling. “The construction took a lot longer than we wanted it to. It was only supposed to take about three months,” said Sullivan. The space now features a full bar upstairs with pool tables and a bistro menu served Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner service on Friday and Saturday nights ends early at 9 p.m., when the new downstairs dance club ﬁres up the live music. 112 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-461-0113. Longtime Fair view Ave. sandwich shop Deli George is in a pickle. Owner George Blumenschein planned on expanding into a new location on Emerald and Orchard streets beginning June 1 but the deal went sour. “We started to outgrow our place, and my son is a chef from Boulder, [Colo.], and he wanted to do a few more things and needed a bit more space so we found a nice location … we signed the lease and put forth the deposit and something went south on both of our ends,” said Blumenschein. “Great Har vest, next to us, who was excited about expanding, took our lease [on Fair view].” Now Deli George is searching for a new location to house their operation, temporarily or permanently, before June 1. “Right now we have until June 1 to ﬁnd a home,” said Blumenschein. “We have leads and most of them are what we call a ‘desperation lead.’ If nothing shakes out of the bushes, that’s just where we’re going to have to go to continue operation.” In opening news: Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt on Eighth Street will have its ofﬁcial grand opening on Saturday, March 26. Chinese restaurant Asian Wok is now open on State and 35th streets. And 44 North Vodka has opened an online store that offers, among other things, Magic Valley pearl cocktail onions. —Tara Morgan
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SMOKED PAPRIKA American paprika can be a pretty innocuous spice. Dusted on roasted potatoes or speckled on hummus, its vibrant rusty hue commands more attention than its mild sweet pepper ﬂavor. But in Spain, paprika, or pimenton, is a vital ingredient. So much so that there are even Denominations of Origin for Spanish paprika. “Just like with wine, they have DO’s for certain food products,” explained Tara Eiguren, co-owner of The Basque Market. “It just means that it has to be from that region and it has to be cared for with the laws and regulations that DO puts on that item.” Made from dried, ground red chiles, Spanish paprika comes from either the Murcia or La Vera province and is divided into three categories: pimenton dulce (sweet), pimenton agridulce (medium-hot) and pimenton picante (hot.) Paprika from La Vera has a notable smoky ﬂavor, which is imparted during the region’s traditional drying process in special oak drying houses. “It’s really good on pork loin or solomo,” said Eiguren. “We use a little bit of it even in our paella. Traditional paellas were cooked over an open ﬁre. We don’t get to do that on a daily basis … it gives it a little smokiness.” Smoked paprika has gained notoriety of late, showing up in countless glossy mag recipes and even snagging a spot on Epicurious’ top food trends of 2011 list. “It’s always been a very popular ingredient for us, but now I ﬁnd that people are reading Bon Appetit or Gourmet and ﬁnding recipes where they need it,” said Eiguren. The Basque Market sells paprika in both sweet and hot, which runs $5.69 for 75 grams. —Tara Morgan
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Any way you slice it, this Pie Hole-in-the-wall is a nice nightcap.
PIE HOLE DOWNTOWN Some spots have a signature dish. Others have a signature vibe. Others still, have a signature time. At Pie Hole on Eighth Street, that time is half past drunk o’clock. Though the pizza joint does steady weekday business—slinging slices to the lunch crowd and poppin’ PBRs for the happy hour hounds—it really shines during the weekend’s wee hours, when it’s open until 4 a.m. On a recent Friday night, after last calls echoed and died through downtown dives, the party moved to Pie Hole. A line snaked out the door of the small space, growing more and more shitshow as the clock edged toward 2:30 a.m. Inside, the open kitchen hummed with the heat of a couple of ovens working on overdrive and the hustle of four or so dreaded/tattooed employees chopping toppings, slicing pies and ringing up the greasy, cheesy gutbombs that drunk dreams are made of. Pie Hole isn’t made for lingering—it’s a slice and split kind of place. The walls are shellacked in stickers and cartoonish grafﬁti, and the handful of tables are often littered with greasy paper plates and abandoned crusts. Though a few arcade machines—Super Mario Bros., PIE HOLE DOWNTOWN Metal Slug, Galaga—crowd 205 N. Eighth St. 208-344-7783 around the unisex bathroom, pieholeusa.com serious gamers might be offended by all the heedless elbow bumping. As I eyed the six or so rotating by-the-slice pizzas behind Pie Hole’s plexiglass shield—everything from plain cheese to potato bacon—the gurgle of too many beers in my stomach started to keep time with Ghostland Observatory blasting through the speakers. Turning to my equally sauced neighbors in line, I asked what they were hoping to get from their pizza experience. “I want a nice slice of pizza to settle my stomach after all the drinking I’ve done to allow me to go home and go to sleep,” said one dude. “Hot shit on a plate with a little bit of peppery sauciness,” said the girl behind him. When I ﬁnally got my hot shit on a plate—mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, tofu and pesto ($2.36)—and doctored it up with Sriracha and Parmesan, my date and I decided to escape the chaos and move to an outside bench. Folding the piping hot, thin-crust New York-style pie in half, I scarfed down the greasy mess in a few bites. Turning to my date a few seconds later, I asked for a reminder of what was on my pizza. Though Pie Hole pizza is about as memorable as a passing bar conversation, it ﬁlls a deﬁnite niche in downtown after-hours dining culture. As one guy in line put it: “Pie Hole’s where you go when you’re done drinkin’, right?” —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Were you under the impression that the sky is completely mapped? It’s not. Advances in technology are unveiling a nonstop flow of new mysteries. In a recent lecture, astronomer Joshua Bloom of the University of California described the explosion of wonder. One particular telescope, for example, detects 1.5 million transient phenomena every night, and an average of 10 of those turn out to be previously undiscovered. Reporting on Bloom’s work, space.com compared astronomers’ task to “finding a few needles in a giant haystack night after night.” I see this challenge as resembling your imminent future, Aries. Mixed in with all the chatter and hubbub, there are some scattered gems out there—rich revelations and zesty potentials. Will you have the patience to pinpoint them? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you’re thinking of calling on a ghost to provide you with information, make sure you know how to banish it when you’re finished. If you’re considering a trek into the past to seek consolation or inspiration, drop breadcrumbs so you can find your way back to the present. Catch my drift, Taurus? It’s fine to draw on the old days and the old ways but don’t get lost or stuck there. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): From an astrological point of view, it’s a favorable time for people to give you gifts and blessings. You have my permission to convey that message to your friends and associates. Let them know it’s in their interest to be generous toward you. The truth, as I see it, is that they will attract rewards for themselves, some unexpected, if they help you. So what’s your role in this dynamic? Be modest. Be grateful. Be gracious. At the same time, rake it all in with supreme confidence that you deserve such an outpouring. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Nobel Prizes are awarded to geniuses for work they’ve done to elevate science and culture. But have you heard of Ig Nobel Prizes? The Annals of Improbable Research hands them out to eccentrics whose work it deems useless but amusing. For instance, one recipient was honored for investigating how impotency drugs help hamsters recover from jet lag. Another went to engineers who developed a remote-control helicopter to collect whale snot. In 2000, physicist Andre Geim won an Ig Nobel Prize for using magnetism to levitate a frog. Unlike his fellow honorees, however, Geim later won a Nobel Prize for his research on a remarkable substance called graphene. I think you’ll soon have a resemblance to him, Cancerian. Some of your efforts will be odd
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and others spectacular; some will be dismissed or derided and others will be loved and lauded. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you have ever fantasized about setting up a booth at the foot of an active volcano and creating balloon animals for tourists’ kids, now is an excellent time to get started on making that happen. Same is true if you’ve ever thought you’d like to be a rodeo clown in Brazil or a stand-up comedian at a gambling casino or a mentor who teaches card tricks and stage magic to juvenile delinquents. The astrological omens suggest that playfulness and risktaking would synergize well right now. There’s even a chance that if you found a way to blend them, it would lead to financial gain. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You’ve arrived at a phase in your cycle when you’ll have the opportunity to scope out new competitors, inspirational rivals and allies who challenge you to grow. Choose wisely! Keep in mind that you will be giving them a lot of power to shape you; they will be conditioning your thoughts about yourself and about the goals you regard as worthy of your passions. If you pick people of low character or weak values, they’ll bring you down. If you opt for hard workers with high ideals, they’ll raise you up. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “There’s no key to the universe,” writes Swami Beyondananda. But that shouldn’t lead us to existential despair or hopeless apathy, adds the Swami. “Fortunately, the universe has been left unlocked,” he concludes. In other words, Libra, there’s no need for a key to the universe. I offer you this good news because there’s a similar principle at work in your life. You’ve been banging on a certain door, imagining you’re shut out from what’s inside. But that door is unlocked and nothing is stopping you from letting yourself in. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): When you travel to Mozambique, the Ministry of Fish and Wildlife gives you a warning about the frequency of human encounters with lions out in nature. “Wear little noisy bells so as to give advanced warning to any lions that might be close by so you don’t take them by surprise,” reads the notice you’re handed. I’m certain, Scorpio, that no matter where you are in the coming week—whether it’s Mozambique or elsewhere—you won’t have to tangle with beasts as long as you observe similar precautions. So please take measures to avoid startling goblins, rascals and rogues. If you visit a dragon’s domain, keep your spirit light and jingly. If you use a shortcut that requires you to pass through the wasteland, sing your favorite
nonsense songs as you hippityhop along. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Few things make me more excited than being able to predict good tidings headed your way. That’s why, as I meditated on your upcoming astrological aspects, I found myself teetering on the edge of ecstasy. Here’s what I foresee: a renaissance of pleasure ... an outbreak of feeling really fine, both physically and emotionally ... and an awakening of your deeper capacity to experience joy. Here’s your mantra for the week, generated by my friend Rana Satori Stewart: yum yum yum yum yum / yum yum yum. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): CNN reported on two neo-Nazi skinheads from Poland, a married couple, who discovered they were actually Jews. It turned out that during World War II, the truth about their origins had been hidden by their parents for fear of persecution. Years later, when the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw informed them that they were members of the group they had hated for so long, they were shocked. Since then, they have become observant Jews who worship at an orthodox synagogue. The new perspective you’ll be getting about your own roots may not be as dramatic as theirs, Capricorn. But I bet it will lead to a shift in your self-image. Are you ready to revise your history? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): My astrological colleague Antero Alli says that a lot of good ideas occur to him while he’s taking a shower. He also finds frequent inspiration while riding his bike. Why, then, does he not enjoy biking in the rain? He doesn’t know. I bring this up, Aquarius, because you’re entering a phase of your cycle when flashes of insight and intuition are likely to erupt at a higher rate than usual. I suggest you aggressively put yourself in every kind of situation that tends to provoke such eruptions— including ones, like maybe riding your bike in the rain, that you haven’t tried before. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A Canadian man named William Treble once found over a thousand four-leaf clovers in a single day. Niamh Bond, a British baby, was born on the tenth day of the tenth month of 2010—at exactly 10:10 a.m. and 10 seconds. My friend Allan told me he was driving in suburbia the other day when two white cats bolted across the road right in front of him. And yet as lucky as all that might sound, it pales in comparison to the good fortune that’s headed your way, Pisces. Unlike their luck, which was flashy but ultimately meaningless, yours will be down-to-earth and have practical value.
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