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MONEY PIT Keeping up the Simplot mansion
ASKING WYE Wye Oak’s new album is a tidal wave of sound SCREEN 28
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DODGE, DUCK, DIP, DIVE, DODGE Adult dodgeball: danger and beer
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NOTE THE OTHER GOTCHA JOURNALISM Recently a reader with whom I am personally acquainted stopped me in a bar with one very direct question: Given all the hullabaloo over the SNUS ads BW has recently run, and given the paper’s general for-the-good-of-the-community attitude, why are you running those ads? I stumbled through an answer fraught with resignation over the issue and some lame line about it not being my call, seeing as how my responsibility is solely over the words and not the ads. Ironically, that was also the day I read the ﬁrst draft of this week’s feature “Up With Smoke.” I’ve said time and again in this space that we maintain an ironclad wall between advertising and editorial at Boise Weekly. Judging by the number of times I’ve recently had to explain that to readers and advertisers alike, it’s clearly extremely confusing. So here we go again: editorial does whatever the hell it wants regardless of what our advertisers may like. That does not mean we don’t appreciate them, it simply means they don’t buy our affection. The reason I’m re-covering all that ground is to explain this week’s main feature. Since long before the SNUS controversy played out in BW’s Mail section, Dr. Roberta T. Axidea has been investigating this week’s story with reporting gathered from across the globe. While Axidea’s ﬁndings are extraordinary, I’d like to be clear that it is in no way tied to any recent dustups over advertising. Regular BW readers will remember Axidea’s past work. The good doctor has a reputation for producing groundbreaking material. Last year she uncovered an unsettling plot afoot among development circles to relocate the city’s dearly departed in order to make room for condos. And several years back, Axidea reported on the possibility that Basques are indigenous to Idaho, exposing a serious potential wrinkle in the map of human history. I trust this year’s read will be as convincing as anything Axidea has written previously. —Rachael Daigle
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INSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE
NEWS Idaho House, the Simplot mansion—whatever you call it, it’s a looming issue 9 ROTUNDA CITIZEN
SAY CHEESE From the opening of Green Chutes and Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery to the buds of the Boise Flower and Garden Show to the right ’round spinning of the Vinyl Preservation Society’s last confab, BW has the week in photos.
LIZ TAYLOR ADIEU In continuing with recent tradition, BW gathered memorial haikus from readers for the departed last week when Elizabeth Taylor met her maker.
PERCHED ON THE IDAHO LEDGE The Idaho Legislature had a big week. The Senate killed the Guns on Campus bill and approved higher ed’s lowest budget in more than a decade. Luna’s third education reform bill limped through the Senate, and as BW was on its way to press, the Senate was slated to take up the last of its controversial issues this session: cuts to the Department of Health and Welfare.
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FEATURE Up With Smoke
8 DAYS OUT
NOISE Why Wye Oak deserves your attention
SCREEN Sucker Punch
SCREEN TV RuPaul’s Drag Race
REC Dodgeball, the grown-up version
FOOD REVIEW The Creperie
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CONSUME LESS It is estimated that if the whole world were consuming as much as the wealthy countries are consuming, we would have to use up ﬁve Earths. To increase the world’s sustainability, the wealthy need to shift to smaller, more efﬁcient homes, i.e. multi-family units. Also, we should make sure that range-fed meat isn’t from animals over-grazing. —Alexander Michael Sokolow, Santa Monica,Calif.
BRAVO I just wanted to let you know that I always enjoy reading your food reviews. And as someone whose favorite food is plain French bread from Albertsons, that’s saying something. Thanks, BW. —Megan Mizuta, Boise
WHY WON’T OUR LEGISLATURE ACT IN A POSITIVE WAY TO REDUCE THE BUDGET? We are seeing the results of some of the many cuts being proposed. Many will add to the number of unemployed. Adding to the number of unemployed doesn’t do much to reverse the recovery of the economy. Cuts only will not solve the problem.
One or two enhancements could reduce some of the pain that will result from bills already passed and signed into law. Here are some ways to reduce budget shortfall: One penny sales tax increase limited to two years. Increase taxes on cigarettes and liquor. Repeal the many tax loopholes or at least some of them. Collect uncollected taxes. Reform the tax code so that we do not have another recession by putting in place a service tax. Do not include medical services. Change the deﬁnition of middle class from $25,000 a year to a more realistic ﬁgure. Repeal some of the 89 sales tax exemptions that take away $1.7 billion from the revenue stream. Many of these are far outdated and need to be repealed. I agree that some cuts are necessary. The Ofﬁce of Endangered Species attached to the Governor’s Ofﬁce should be eliminated. Legislators and other state agencies are escaping cuts. Why? Prisons are getting a huge increase that will largely go out of state to a large corporation. Why are not one or two of these enhancements all buried by our current Legislature being considered?
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Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s current bill to give tax credits to companies hiring new people is at least a minimum start. —Fred Christensen, Caldwell
ED REFORM The following comments were posted at Facebook.com/boiseweekly about the Senate’s passage of SB 1184, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s third education reform bill. I have been all over the United States and I can say that Idaho is one of the worst states for education. From kindergarten not being mandatory to these asinine laws just passed, Idaho has one of the worst records in education I have seen. It is like they are anti-education and that a majority of the people look down on people going to school. This is one of the ﬁrst places I have been where most of the high school seniors do not have any plans on going to college. —John Mayton Holden This is not the state I grew up in ... for shame! But, I guess there’s a bright side: As this proves the amount of ignorance in our state, I guess there’s really no more need for education. Apparently, it’s too late. —Sean Small Sean, you’re right. This is not the state I grew up in. I remember what it felt like to be proud. — Judy Ferro
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Self-gratiﬁcation for disappointed readers Dear Bill, My goodness, I never thought it would come to this, but as founder emeritus and president in perpetuum of the Cope’s Latest Column Discussion Group, it is my duty to warn you that our members have grown pretty darn dissatisﬁed with your output in recent weeks. You are letting too many crucial news items slip by without commenting on them. We understand why you might think Tom Luna’s diddling with the school system was worth spending ﬁve or six columns on (I’ve lost count, to tell you the truth), but there is more than just Tom Luna’s diddling going on, and they are deserving of attention, none of which they are getting from you. For instance, how can you not have commented on Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter’s statement about how a ﬂoating golf hole in Coeur d’Alene is worth more than our whole Frank Church Wilderness Area? Guns on college campuses? Is that not worth a column? Unleashed dogs in our city parks? Japanese radiation on our thyroids? Good? Bad? Or what? What I am trying to say is, you are the closest thing to Rachel Maddow we have here in Boise, and we count on you to write what we think we are thinking. So c’mon, Bill. Get your head out of Tom Luna Land and move on. Your No. 1 Fan, Anonymous My dear old pal Anon, I am so, so sorry to have put you in the position of having to scold me for my news negligence. I admit, I have been undeniably preoccupied with grim visions of what a mediocre, mercenary man such as Luna can do to generations of Idaho school children. However, you are entirely right; there are more comment-worthy events going on right now than, as the saying goes, you can shake a stick at. It generally happens about this time of year, when Idaho’s squawky legislative birds are all roosting under one roof, spewing all their pent-up crap over anyone who will listen. But this year is extraordinary, what with the tea bagger victories of last November having dumped so many high-decibel/low-substance specimens into governors’ mansions and state legislatures, not to mention the trashy tide that rolled into Congress. The truth is, I am overwhelmed. In such an environment, when something incredibly dumb is coming out of the Legislature almost daily, there is simply not enough of me to go around. Even in calmer times, it is an inherent drawback to being the only local opinionist for the only local alternative newspaper. Yet I agree that the examples you cited, and many more, deserve an opinion. Therefore, seeing as how I don’t have the wherewithal to be everywhere at once, I am passing out commentary start-up kits, designed for those who want their opinions known but are usually content to let someone else do the work of expressing those opinions. As anyone who has struggled with a school theme or a letter to the editor knows, the hardest part of writing anything is in how to get started, yes? For example, in the matter of our governor and the ﬂoating golf hole, it is not enough simply to think Butch is a fool for saying what he said. You have to enunciate why you think he’s a fool, then support your reasoning without sounding too foolish yourself. (Notice: If this topic is a start-up kit anyone would care to check out, I will include a suggestion: Since Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman has already proven Otter wrong on the ﬁscal side of this matter, you might want to expand upon how Otter’s dismissive attitude toward the grandest wilderness in the Lower 48 exposes a certain spiritual bankruptcy in our governor, as well as a … what we might call ... a “loosey-goosey” attitude with the factual nature of what comes out of his mouth. If you still ﬁnd yourself a few hundred words shy of a column, you could pad it out with the irony of how a man who has spent his life pretending to be a cowboy would, in the end, prefer our state be developed into a string of gimmicky roadside attractions than be left alone in its natural Western wonder.) Also available is a starter kit for the guns-on-campus bill, in which I recommend the commentator pursue either (or both) of the following streams of thought: A) That the family (or families) of any (or all) student (students) gunned down as a result of the Legislature’s enabling of excitable, disturbed or drunken persons to tote ﬁrearms around school property be entitled to bring criminal and/or civil charges against the sponsors of the legislation, as well as every lawmaker who voted for it, on the grounds of aiding and abetting in murder and mayhem; B) That if the self-defense argument trumps every other consideration as these gun loons would have us believe, then anyone so inclined should be allowed to carry a gun into the Capitol and observe the Legislature in action from the gallery above, and if said person is challenged by law enforcement ofﬁcers, that person should insist he has the right to self-defense in case some crazy sonofabitch is sitting there in the gallery with him and that S.O.B. starts shooting the place up because he’s disgruntled over something happening below. More kits will become available as I get around to assembling them. But from the preceding examples, you can see how simple it would be to create your own opinions. Just mix the ingredients I provide into another 1,000 words or so, and voila! Instant column! Be forewarned, though: The kits do not come with a publisher included.
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A WAR NOT TO BELIEVE IN Why won’t Obama explain his third war?
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NEW YORK—U.S. forces ﬁred 110 cruise missiles at Libya on the ﬁrst day of the war. Each one cost $755,000 to build and $2.8 million to transport, maintain and shoot. Austerity and budget cuts abound. Note to union negotiators: The government has lots of money. They’re spending it on war. For people too young to remember Bosnia, this is what a violent, aggressive, militarist empire looks like under a Democratic president. No one believed ex-oil man George W. Bush when he said he was out to get rid of the evil dictator of an oil-producing state. President Barack Obama, the former community organizer, gets a pass under identical circumstances. But Obama is not a dictator. He can’t declare war. And while he might be able to lie his way into one, he and his party will pay at the polls if he fails to explain why we’re attacking a nation that poses no threat to the United States. Obviously, we’re broke. How can we afford this? Also: 1. Whom are we helping? The United States and its allies are destroying Libya’s air force in order to tip the balance in the civil war in favor of anti-Gaddaﬁ forces. A similar approach, aerial bombardment of Afghan government defenses, allowed Northern Alliance rebels to break through Taliban lines and enter Kabul in 2001. It could work again in Libya. But who are these anti-Gaddaﬁ forces? What kind of government will they establish if they win? What are their ideological and religious afﬁliations? If anyone in the media or the White House knows, they’re not telling. 2. Does Gaddaﬁ have the right to defend himself? From Shea’s Whiskey Rebellion to the Confederacy to the Red Scares to the
Black Panthers and the Weathermen, the U.S. government has violently suppressed armed rebellions. How then can the United States claim moral authority to prevent other governments from doing the same thing? 3. What about self-determination? If the Libyan people overthrow Gaddaﬁ, that’s great. Shouldn’t that struggle be a Libyan matter, to be settled between Libyans? Isn’t a government that emerges from indigenous internal struggle more likely to enjoy widespread support than one that results from outside intervention? 4. Why are we OK with some dictators, but not others? Since the Middle East began blowing up, we’ve heard a lot of talk about Obama’s dilemma: How do we reconcile American values with American strategic interests? Ideology and policy must be consistent to be credible. If we have a policy to depose dictators, then all dictators must be targeted. We can’t just take out those in countries with lots of oil. We ought to start with tyrants for which we bear responsibility: authoritarian regimes in Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Jordan, Yemen and elsewhere. 5. Is Libya our geostrategic business? The United States has no substantial historical ties with, innate cultural understanding of, or geographic proximity to Libya. Even under the imperialist doctrine of “spheres of inﬂuence,” Libya falls under the purview of other would-be interventionists. Italy, and to a lesser extent Britain and France, are former colonial masters. The Arab League and African Union have interests there. Even if you buy the argument—“Are we going to stand by and watch Gaddaﬁ slaughter his own people?”—why us? Why not the Africans or Europeans?
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THE HOUSE ON THE HILL Nobody’s home at Idaho House (aka the Simplot mansion) JAY PATRICK
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Frozen french fry pioneer J.R. Simplot, who died in 2008, gave the $2.8 million house to the state in 2004 for use as the ofﬁcial residence of the governor. The governor at the time, Dirk Kempthorne, eagerly accepted the gift and put together an effort to raise private money to pay for renovations and upkeep.
Gay, for 29 years before they divorced in 1993. He worked for nearly 30 years for the J.R. Simplot Company, starting at a low-level position and rising to the level of executive. In February, a proposal went before the House State Affairs Committee to sell the Simplot mansion in order to help fund the state parks system. Boise Democratic Rep. Phylis King, who is a member of the ﬁve-person Governor’s House Committee, said that although she wants to sell the house, she did not support Boise Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne’s proposal to force a sale by 2012. “That’s their mansion,” said King. She added that the Simplots should be contacted before legislators consider selling the property. Ultimately, a majority of the House State Affairs Committee, including King, voted against even printing the bill. For now, King said she’s OK with the governor and ﬁrst lady using the house to have private parties or to host friends overnight. In addition to concerns over putting the mansion up for sale in a questionable real estate market, like King, several legislators expressed concern over insulting the Simplot family with the sale of the house. At the gifting ceremony, Simplot said: “It’s been awful good to me. I love this hill. I built this ﬂag, and I love it. I just think the world of Idaho, and I’m just pleased to let someone have it like the governor. As governors come and go, they’ll enjoy it, I hope.” “We just are not wanting to insult the family,” said Boise Republican Rep. Max Black. “To that end, I think we need just to move a little bit slower and not make it look like we’re dumping it.” The Simplot family offered only a statement regarding their stand on the possibility of the state selling the house: “J. R.’s home was given to the state with the understanding that it would be used as the governor’s house. It’s a special piece of property that the Simplot family intended to be used for a special purpose, and being utilized as the ofﬁcial residence of the governor would fulﬁll that intent. We are satisﬁed with the agreement we made with the state,” read the statement provided by a Simplot spokesman. So for now, the Idaho House and grounds are available for ofﬁcial state events, cabinet ofﬁces and constitutional ofﬁcers, Tuesday through Thursday. That is, of course, when the Otters aren’t there. BEN WILSON
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and his wife have chosen not to live in the 7,200-squarefoot Mediterranean-style ofﬁcial residence of the governor. But that doesn’t make the bill to maintain the often unoccupied home easy to swallow. As summer approaches, so does lawncare season. The property’s 36 acres of hillside are carpeted by thick Kentucky bluegrass, which sucks up water and electricity—the latter because pumps are needed to push water uphill. It costs about $140,000 per year to maintain the home (ofﬁcially called Idaho House, but known to some as “Fort Simplot”) with much of that money going to the landscaping. The upkeep is paid for out of the Governor’s Residence Fund. The Department of Administration charges $150 per day for meetings of more than 21 people. Groups of 20 or less can use the lower level of the house for four hours for $50. In 2010 the house hosted 22 meetings, and the Department of Agriculture, the Idaho Meth Project and the Liquor Division were among several repeat visitors. Though the governor and his wife steal-away to the mansion above Boise on occasion, how often isn’t clear. The Governor’s Ofﬁce and the State Department of Administration, which coordinates use of the building, said the ﬁrst couple’s comings and goings are not tracked. “This is considered their residence; they do not need to check in with me or anyone else to use it,” wrote Jon Hanian, the governor’s spokesman, in an e-mail. “As such, I do not have a ‘document or documents’ that would keep track of their comings and goings at the Idaho House. They have used the residence both to host events and they have stayed overnight in the home.” Two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a library, two kitchens and a dining room are on the main level. Upstairs is an ofﬁce, bathroom, entertainment area and ballroom. Huge windows afford a sweeping view of the Treasure Valley. “[The Otters] have access 24-7,” said Jennifer Pike, management assistant with the Department of Administration. Only the governor can approve requests for use of the home on Fridays or Mondays. The Department of Administration can approve requests for the middle of the week.
“It can be a tool for economic development. It can help philanthropically,” Kempthorne said at the time. “There’s a lot of different uses it can be put to.” Kempthorne vowed to live in the home but was tapped by President George W. Bush to serve as Secretary of the Interior in 2006 and left town before renovations were complete. Kempthorne’s replacement, Otter, has no such love for the house. When about $300,000 in renovations wrapped up in 2009, Otter declined to live in the house, choosing instead to stay at his ranch in Star. When criticized for not living in the house, he has responded that he never asked for a mansion. Otter was married to Simplot’s daughter,
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DAVE FICKS A 20-20 vision for sustainable connections GEORGE PRENTICE
What were your professional intentions in your formative years? I knew I wanted to do something big and meaningful, but at 21 I hadn’t really deﬁned that yet. When my soon-to-be wife Shelli introduced me to her parents, they asked me what I wanted to do. It was hard for me to articulate but I pretty much told them that I was going to be a psychologist/astronaut. Were you serious? Kind of. Were they impressed? No. When did you leave behind your vision of going into space? Probably later that evening. I couldn’t believe it when it came out of my mouth. I remember Shelli looking at me with one eyebrow that went way up. Fortunately I married into a very realistic family. What I’ve learned about myself, fairly recently, is
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that when I’m around a group a people with extraordinary visions, I’m really good at ﬁnding a way to make those visions work. That’s why I think I’m going to be very effective in this organization. So what would you tell a stranger about Sustainable Community Connections? SCC exists to create local connections in eight different sectors, including local businesses, local food and farms, local exchange, local arts and culture, renewable energy, alternative mobility, built environment and social equity. SCC is the umbrella for these sectors— to provide leadership, vision and guidance. Is it possible that eight may be too many sectors for SCC to guide? I don’t think it is. It’s not too many if this organization can ﬁnd a coherent way to allow the sectors to grow over time. Take Think Boise First, a corresponding program inside our local business sector. When I try to tell people where I work, I mention Think Boise First, and they say, “OK, I know them.” It’s a great program. They promote engagement with local, independently-owned businesses. There’s also Think Nampa First, but they’re small and growing. And inside the local food and farms sector, the corresponding SCC program is the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. But the other six sectors have no programs yet, or they’re still in development. They’ll grow organically. How will they grow? I’m not sure. But I do know that we’ve got to give the sectors an opportunity to grow. What is your model for funding? It’s our 20 by 20 sustainers program. We’re inviting individuals who are passionate
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Dave Ficks is an emotional man. He cried a few times during our conversation, and on a couple of occasions he openly sobbed when we spoke of his family and old friends. But he wouldn’t mind us telling you that his emotions are on his sleeve, because he said he’s an open book. His 40 years have been ﬁlled with stints as a community education coordinator, a student volunteer service director, an instructor at Life’s Kitchen, a computer skills trainer, a website developer and even a waiter at Emilio’s. He has a degree from Boise State in psychology and a doctorate from the University of Idaho in adult education. His newest and biggest challenge is as executive director of the Idaho nonproﬁt Sustainable Community Connections.
about committing to these initiatives by making a $20 monthly contribution. And then I’m asking them to get 20 of their friends to do the same. And 20 is the recurring theme? It is. In the local sector, we’re asking you to purchase 20 percent of your goods and services from local businesses. For local food and farms, we’re asking you to ensure that 20 percent of the food you consume is produced locally. For local arts and culture, we’re asking you to allocate 20 percent of your entertainment to local arts and cultural events. We’re asking you to reduce your electricity and water use by 20 percent and rethink, reduce, reuse or recycle 20 percent of what you consume, and so on. And now you have your 20 by 20 campaign. I’m hoping to tie this into something I’m calling 20 by 20 by 22. In other words, by April 22. That’s Earth Day. It’s very personal for me. I was actually born on the ﬁrst Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I asked my Mom and she said I was born for this job. Tell me about your colleagues. Just amazing people. I know I got choked up about 10 times during this interview, but this is a good place to get choked up about. Everybody is very authentic here. I’m honored to be at a place where I can be myself.
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SMOKE Getting ﬁt in a surprising new way DR. ROBERTA T. AXIDEA AND DR. SAM E. GARCIA
April Gambado ﬁrst noticed improvements in her general health about three months after she went back to work. The new job was as an operator associate at a technical-support call center, and when she was hired, the understanding that she would be trapped for eight hours a day, staring at a computer screen in a 48-square-foot cubicle, was daunting at best and depressing if she allowed herself to dwell on it. But Gambado, recently divorced at 36, felt she had to take the job, if for no other reason than the health insurance that came with it. There was no possibility she could afford coverage on her own, and the thought of being uninsured terriﬁed her. With her persistent weight problem and her family history, she knew she was at risk for diabetes. “Maybe it was all in my imagination but I was getting this numb feeling in my feet and ankles. It only happened now and then but it had me scared,” she said. She had also begun to suspect she was developing asthma or something like it. On occasion she experienced a shortness of breath and refused to believe her pack-a-week cigarette habit would account for that. The premium co-pay at the new job was steep, but it was a respectable policy and the human resources director assured her that she could not be denied coverage for any pre-existing conditions. The work was every bit as tedious as she had imagined it would be, but the shift supervisor was generous in allowing smokers the beneﬁt of breaks. “Just keep it away from the building,” Gambado was warned. After a week of using the elevator to get to the front entrance and the street, a co-worker who also smoked invited her along for a mid-morning trip outside. Instead of the elevator, they used the ﬁve ﬂights of stairs at the back of the building. And instead of the front entrance, they went out over the loading dock into the alley. A half block away was a quiet nook, hidden away under an unruly hedge of syringa bushes. This served as the smoking area for employees from four separate businesses, including Gambado’s employer. The actual owner of the property—dubbed “Camel Pack Park” by its users—was a real estate manager who joined the smokers at every opportunity and welcomed their presence, as they provided him with the excuse to ﬁre up another of AD AM ROSEN LUN D
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Some nonsmokers have grown envious of the liberal amounts of fresh air and breaks their smoking counterparts are afforded. Some have even threatened to take up the habit in order to have an excuse to leave their desks more often.
his enormous Honduran cigars. Three months, three trips every day—midmorning, lunch hour, mid-afternoon—to the spot, and Gambado started seeing a spring in her step that she hadn’t felt since her teens. The intermittent numbness in her ankles and toes had stopped, and she’d gone for weeks without any shortness of breath. Her skin tone was more robust than it had been in years, and by the time she hit the threemonth mark, she had lost 5 pounds. Her doctor asked what she had been doing differently. “Going up and down a lot of stairs, that’s all I can think of,” she told him. “And maybe the time I spend outside.” He recommended that she keep it up, and also that she quit smoking.
HAVE YOUR HEART SET ON A CIGARETTE? Gambado’s experience reﬂects a phenomenon seen increasingly in places that have taken strict measures against smoking in public. When the Republic of Ireland banned smoking from its iconic pubs in 2004, observers began noticing that the men and women who regularly slipped outside for a cigarette seemed to be noticeably more alert and energetic than those nonsmokers who were content to hunker over their pints of Guinness for hours on end without stirring. “A lot of times, I’d pop down to the canal bank for a puff or two and when I come back, me little brother’s nodded off in a corner. That’s not right. He’s only 67. So I got him going on Sweet Aftons [an Irish brand of cigarettes] just to brighten him up a bit,” said Eddy Coyle, a patron of Limerick County’s The Reeling Priest Public House. The Cardial Health Union of Eire (CHUE), the Irish version of the American Heart Association, decided to put the anecdotal reports to the test. Using volunteers from dozens of pubs in three Irish cities (Dublin, Limerick and Killarney), they did exhaustive physical examinations and extensive follow-ups on just fewer than 1,500 subjects, each of whom frequented their favorite drinking establishment at least four evenings a week. Approximately half of the testees were smokers, or “duckers,” as they had become known in the pub scene for their habit of ducking outside every few minutes
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for a nicotine ﬁx. Cardiovascular problems associated with smoking are numerous and not to be taken lightly. And as expected, the rates of atherosclerosis (a buildup of fatty substance in arteries), arrhythmia, congestive heart disease and coronary thrombosis were found to be above the norm among the smoking “duckers.” However, elevated levels were also found in the non-smoking “nesters,” who rarely move for anything other than a toilet call. However, the statisticians were undeniably shocked when it was shown the duckers had a 32 percent better overall showing than the nesters. This rather impressive percentile differential was the result of the nesters control group including two more subjects found to have life-threatening blood clots in their lower extremities than the duckers group. (The statistical spread would have been 37.5 percent broader had the survey not ended less than a week before Anges O’Mickle, of the nesters group, was felled by a massive stroke as he sat on the very bar stool that had been named for him in recognition of the 30-plus years he had occupied it.) Word of the results of the CHUE survey spread quickly throughout Europe, and a continental bevy of outraged medical researchers, convinced a mistake had been made, set about to refute those ﬁndings. However, after intensive testing in various public settings ranging from work environments to coffeehouses to Amsterdam’s ubiquitous brothels, the CHUE results were duplicated in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands and Turkey. Only in Turkey were the CHUE results not reinforced to within a 4 percent margin. Gahlil Kibran, speaking for the Turkish Ministry of Health and Well-Being, offered a feasible explanation for what became known as the Istanbul Discrepancy. “In our country, smoking is not so prohibited as elsewhere. And even if it were, probably half of our tobacco is imbibed by hookah. No self-respecting Turkish man would be seen carrying his hookah out to the alley for a smoke. You see what I mean, do you? It just would not happen,” he said. Yet in spite of the Istanbul Discrepancy (as well as a contrarian Italian survey that is WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
spider droppings, furniture varnishes, ﬂoor polishes, deodorants, hair sprays, elevator grease, bidet humidity, intestinal efﬂuvium and etceteras. N’est-ce pas?” The Ars Lunga researchers have primarily centered their attentions on the personnel of large business concerns, contrasting the pulmonary health of open-air smokers with that of nonsmoking employees who stay inside the closed buildings and sealed physical plants for up to 10 hours at a time. “I have to say, I am happy for my friend Giselle. I am glad she goes out to smoke her Gaulboros [a French brand]. I never hardly see the out of doors. Without Giselle, we don’t know if the sun shines or it rains. I am considering myself taking up the habit, only so I can see a blue sky now and then,” said Magrit Phroggierre, a non-smoking clerical worker for McDonalds la France. The Ars Lunga study has not been completed as of yet, so there are no ﬁrm results to be announced. Meanwhile, in South Korea, a similar study was undertaken— and completed—among PURE AIR AND BLUE 1,000 personnel of the SMOKE, UMMM giant Hyundai company. While the beneﬁts of Secretarial and customer “kinetic smoking”—so service employees voluncalled by a Swedish adverteered to spend up to an tising ﬁrm that represents hour a day smoking in the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco the gardens and parking Company in Scandinavia lots outside the enormous and Germany—on the Accent Ofﬁce Complex, cardiovascular system are located on the outskirts borne out by European of Seoul. research, the effects of At the end of a full enforced open-air smoking year, the goal was to on the body’s pulmonary system have, to date, been Biggerettes, a brand of cigarettes compare their lung capacless studied and are therethat contain whey protein, are one ity to that of a control of the new tobacco products on population who stayed in fore less clear. the shelves looking to cash in on their cubicles and ofﬁce One thing is certain the current “kinetic smoking” fit- pools throughout every and was well expressed by ness trend. break and lunch period. writers Theodore Frech and However, midway Rev. Luther Higley many through the year, the years ago (from The Evils of research team recognized Tobacco, 1916): “The body that their testing method was ﬂawed. The needs food, clothing, sunshine, bathing and drink. But none of these wants are as pressing pollution in Seoul’s air space is so bad that even on the best of days, being outside meant as pure air.” the smokers were getting a double dose of One of the few global organizations to toxic materials in their lungs and very little tackle head on the question of fresh air of that “pure air” whose beneﬁts the test was smoking was the French association Ars intended to measure. Lunga, which concentrates its efforts on So as not to waste the expenditure and matters related to pulmonary health. For time already committed to the procedure, the more than three decades, Ars Lunga has researchers changed the description of what sponsored and conducted research into identifying environmental stimuli for the in- they were doing and redeﬁned their work as crease in incidents of such breath-inhibiting an important survey of smoking as it relates to dermal health. When the year was up, afﬂictions as asthma, emphysema, bronthey released their ﬁndings, which asserted chitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary that those subjects who spent an hour outdisease, and of course, lung cancer. side every day most deﬁnitely demonstrated At the time they undertook their inside/ a more “vigorous skin coloration” than the outside smoking study in 2009, Mimyette Deludeaux, Ars Lunga’s directeur de commu- control group who stayed indoors. “Furthermore,” they concluded, “as smoknications, expressed the dilemma they faced. ing was the reason the subjects were outside, “What we must strive to know is improving the tint-related factors of their skin whether God’s pure air, even if it is diluted in the process, then there was an obvious and with a little tobacco smoke, is not preferable over the conﬁned, inside air so polluted undeniable health beneﬁt to smoking. “As long as it is done outside,” clariﬁed by radon gas, perfumes, colognes, cooking team leader Kim Ahn, and added, “Preferresidues, cleaning chemicals, plastic emulably on sunny days. And preferably if the sions, carpet dust, linen mites, atomized widely believed to have been contaminated by false data supplied by Neapolitan gangsters aligned with a radical anti-tobacco faction) over the past four years, the original CHUE ﬁndings have been conﬁrmed repeatedly. It is now to the point at which the United Nations Health Implementation Panel—“Help On Our Longevity” (UNHIPHOOL) issued the following statement in November: “With corroboration coming in almost monthly from researchers as far aﬁeld as Argentina, Singapore and Canada, it has become increasingly hard to deny that a collateral effect of stricter smoking laws is an improved cardiovascular functioning in smokers over their more sedentary counterparts.” Repeated inquiries on this matter have been forwarded to the various American organizations that focus on the perils of tobacco, only to be met with a deafening refusal to comment.
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In a study by the Cardial Health Union of Eire, a sample group of approximately 1,500 regular pub goers were tested for their physical health, with smokers ranking a staggering 32 percent healthier on average than nonsmokers.
‘vigorous skin coloration’ does not turn to melanoma at some later date.”
WHEEZE TO THE BEAT Back on American soil, ironically the ancestral home of Nicotiana tabacum, there is virtually no research being done on the health beneﬁts of smoking. To the contrary, the intransigent American medical establishment seems hell-bent on proving there is nothing but negative effects to any use of tobacco, and judging by their snubbery of the foreign research, they will not even consider an alternative scenario in which smoking plays a wellness-enhancing role. Yet in spite of Mainstream Med’s blind spot, word of that foreign research has reached the ears of an American subpopulation starved for a hint of good news about smoking. Having endured at least three decades of being treated like infectious pariahs, sent outside to fume like ﬂatulent dogs, denied the pleasantry of conversation and companionship in restaurants, theaters, bowling alleys and often their own homes, and treated like a bottomless tax well whenever state leaders thirst for some extra revenue, smokers at last had something to justify their inability to kick the habit. As near as can be determined, aerobic smoking classes started in a women’s ﬁtness facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The instructor, Victoria Zecreta, claims she got the idea from her grandfather, who told her of how he clambered up the beach at the Bay of Pigs with his companions, an invasion force of anti-Castroites, and every last one of los patriotas smoked like a chimney. “I bet we each lost 10 pounds that night,” she remembers Popo Zecreta telling her, and she never forgot his words. “We go outside to do it. Around the block ﬁve times for every session. ‘Salsasmoke marching,’ I call it,” Zecreta said. “I lead and give them the moves. I have a boy who carries a boom box so we can march to music. Gloria Estefan is best, but J-Lo works OK, too. I carry a few Bic lighters in my fanny pack to make sure everyone is lit up, but they have to bring their own smokes.” Aerobic smoking has caught on in a big way. Those 45 million smoking Americans
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who have heretofore shunned gymnasiums and workout centers now feel they have a place to go where they will be accepted as they are, musty smoke smell and all. Variations to the aerobic smoking craze have also arisen. Back to Gambado: She and 15 to 18 other women meet three evenings a week in the back yard of a private home to do pilates while smoking—or as they like to call it in the class, “Virginia Slimming.” Just two months ago, there were fewer than 10 in the class. It is rapidly growing in popularity. The instructor, Helen Bach, is seriously considering leasing a commercial outdoor space and going about it full time. “I have a dream of getting my hands on a used golf course,” Bach said. “A whole, 18-hole golf course. We could meet on a different green every week. Wouldn’t that be spectacular?” “The trick for me was learning how to not burn a hole in my exercise ball with the cigarette. Once I got how to keep the hot end away from the rubber, it was easy,” Gambado said. “The smoking makes the pilates go quicker, and the pilates makes up for what I’m doing to myself by smoking ... I hope. And best of all, I’m down 17 pounds since I started.” Next fall in what may well become the ultimate challenge in the smoking ﬁtness craze, Winston-Salem, N.C., will sponsor the very ﬁrst Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em marathon, in which runners will be encouraged to keep a lit butt dangling from their lips throughout the entire 26-mile course. Nonsmokers are invited to enter the event, but they must agree to keep their snide comments and disdainful looks to themselves. Dr. Roberta T. Axidea’s professional credential is a Ph.D. in English literature earned online from Thomas A. Edison State College in New Jersey. To hide her smoking from her children, she locks herself in her home ofﬁce and pretends she is writing a novel. Dr. Sam E. Garcia is a Guatemalantrained cardiologist. He neither conﬁrms nor denies that he owns nearly 200,000 shares of stock in R.J. Reynolds. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Learn how to get scrap happy with compost expert Jennie Rylee.
THURSDAY AND SATURDAY MARCH 31 AND APRIL 2 dirt COMPOSTING WORKSHOPS
She’s one step Closer to the edge and she’s about to break.
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY MARCH 30-31 theater CLOSER Celebrated novelist Kurt Vonnegut once wrote a letter advising Loree Rackstraw, one of his writing students, that plays were easier to write than novels: “Write a play, lamb. The theaters are empty. You don’t have to describe characters in depth. Simply put words in their mouths. Then a producer hires graceful, enchanting people to speak and move.” Amusing pith from one of America’s boldest literary talents, for sure. But most playwrights and playwriting texts don’t agree. Stuart Spencer, author of the The Playwright’s Guidebook, refers constantly to the central action of a scene—not the words spoken by the characters but the subtext. For characters to seem believable on stage, they must emulate genuine human behavior—and people generally speak around issues rather than communicate them directly. The words a playwright puts in the actor’s mouth are far less important than those deliberately left out: the subconsciously communicated words in the white spaces of the text. One of the modern masters of things left unsaid is Patrick Marber. His play Closer is the story of four characters whose communication with one another is comprised almost entirely of lies. And yet it is a play as honest as VIDEO: An many works of nonﬁction. The romantic liaisons, breakups and sexual politics interview with portrayed are the kind any viewer can relate to personally, though few are likely Black Linen Productions to admit it in polite company. The original stage production of the play in London won numerous awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play, and the 2004 ﬁlm adaptation of the play directed by Mike Nichols received two Academy Award nominations. Boise’s newest theater company, Black Linen Productions, will tackle Closer at The Linen Building this week. The play features partial nudity and adult themes and is not recommended for children. Wednesday, March 30-Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
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Mother Nature makes dirt production look easy. Take some dead things, a little excrement, add sunlight, sprinkle on some rain. Wait a while, then presto! Brown stuff. Anyone who has ever tried the noble pursuit of composting knows it’s not nearly that easy. Who would guess that banana peels and coffee grounds aren’t enough to sustain a thriving compost pile? (Or a balanced diet, for that matter.) According to compost-info-guide.com, the secret to a happy compost pile is the right ratio of brown, carbon-laden material to green, nitrogen-rich material: “The microorganisms in our compost bins need both carbon and nitrogen to thrive; carbon for energy and nitrogen for protein synthesis. For every one unit of nitrogen used by the bacteria they also consume about 30 units of carbon.” According to the handy chart on the website, dry autumn leaves have a ratio of 50:1, kitchen scraps have a ratio of 12:1 and grass clippings have a ratio of about 20:1 to 30:1. Sound like too much math to make a mound of dirt? Let the Foothills Learning Center simplify things for you. Compost expert Jennie Rylee will teach you how “compost happens” (niiiiiiiice) by demonstrating “a simple recipe for foolproof composting options for containing your pile and how to use the ﬁnished product.” Two separate composting classes will take place this week, one on Thursday, March 31, at the Library at Hillcrest and the second at the Foothills Learning Center on Saturday, April 2. Thursday March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road. Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road. For more information, call 208-493-2534 or visit bee.cityofboise.org/foothills.
WEDNESDAYSATURDAY MARCH 30APRIL 2 music BOISE FEST Have you ever wanted to meet an alien? How about three? You may just get that chance this week. PeelanderZ will be in town as part of the four-day-long punk/ metal/hardcore extrava-
ganza Boise Fest. Members of Peelander-Z hail from the Z-area of planet Peelander. The band—whose Earth home is New York—had a brief hiatus when PeelanderBlue left, but they soon welcomed a new band member, Peelander-Green. On their schtick as aliens their website notes: “At their live show, you’ll see the band in colorful costumes reminiscent of Japanese animation, though they describe their outﬁt as their skin.” But their music harkens back to their punk roots— “Taco Taco Tacos” will have
you toe tapping and craving a tortilla-wrapped treat. Boise Fest will feature 32 other bands including ’80s metal rockers Legend, It Prevails and Lionheart. At noon fans can trade gently loved vinyl and CDs for sweet broken-in band tees or vice versa. At $25 for four nights ﬁlled with punk, metal and hardcore, it’ll to be a rocker’s wet dream. Wednesday, March 30-Saturday, April 2, 5 p.m., $25 adv., $40 door. Mardi Gras 615 S. Ninth St., 208-3425553. Tickets at ticketﬂy.com or Record Exchange. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
FIND PAVEL SIDORENKO “RE_VINYL” WALL CLOCKS
The Library is a Force to be reckoned with.
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Eastern Rises is a ﬁlm for ﬂy-ﬁshing fanatics.
the force BE A JEDI KNIGHT What do Jedi knights have in common with Boise libraries? That’s easy: the Force. For those of you less dorky, a cursory deﬁnition of the Force may be in order. According to Wookiepedia, the Star Wars wiki, the Force is “a metaphysical, binding and ubiquitous power. An energy created by all living things.” Now, the library is not a living thing (though many bibliophiles might insist otherwise), however, one can enhance the strength of his or her Force through knowledge, and libraries are stacked high with inﬁnite knowledge. The Jedi Archives, keepers of sacred information in Star Wars, were inspired by real-world libraries. Without these holy bearers of all the information in the universe, the Jedi’s Force could never be fully realized. This is where Boise Jedis come in. Not many of us have been granted the opportunity to wander the halls of our own libraries like Obi-Wan Kenobi. Until now. The Library at Hillcrest is inviting young Jedis to participate in an afternoon of Star Wars activities. These include light saber training, a Dagobah obstacle course and a station for making Yoda ﬁnger puppets (it’s always wise to have a Jedi master at your side). And there’s plenty more, including special guests from the Empire’s 501st Legion who, along with the library, can help you hone your use of the Force. This event welcomes Jedis of all ages, from baby to adult. Registration, though free, is required to get a ticket. Costumes are encouraged, so don’t miss the chance to either express your own inner Jedi or dress your kid in full Jedi regalia. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Library At Hillcrest, Lemhi Room, 5246 W. Overland Road, 208-562-4996, boisepubliclibrary.org.
THURSDAY MARCH 31 theater TWELFTH NIGHT We’ve all heard of the classic cross-dressing comedies of the 20th centur y: Some Like it Hot, Tootsie, Mrs. Doubtﬁre, Just One of the Guys. But have you ever wondered what one of these gender-confusion ﬁascoes looked like in the 17th cen-
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tur y? If so, you won’t want to miss a free per formance of the Bard’s take on the genre. Join Shakespearience at the Boise Public Librar y on Thursday, March 31, for a 50-minute adaptation of the comedy Twelfth Night. Duke Orsino of Illya, who is in love with the lady Olivia, hires Cesario to help him win the reticent girl’s love. Apparently, Orsino needs a lesson on how romantic comedies tend to get complicated. Olivia ends
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6 ﬁlm TELLURIDE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Outdoorsy ﬁlms allow you to live life on the edge vicariously—mountain climb without the heights, snowboard without the cold and enjoy outdoor views from the warmth of your theater seat. The Telluride Mountain Film Festival is offering Boise a treat-ﬁlled trifecta: independent movies, beer and the Egyptian Theatre, all in one evening. Hosted by the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, the best ﬁlms of the Colorado-based festival will be shown in Boise for one night only. Sit back, relax, drink beer from Sockeye Brewing Company and focus your energies on picturesque, outdoor ﬁlms that highlight the environment, adventure and the inexhaustible human spirit. Before the show, attendees can also take part in the pre-party at BODO’s Helly Hansen from 5-6 p.m., which will provide free beer, a live DJ and special sale items to help promote the festival. Throughout the event, rafﬂe tickets will be sold to raise funds for an environmentally conscious cause. Just a few dollars in tickets will not only help trail maintenance and wilderness stewardship in the Frank Church River of No Return and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas but also you increase your chances at winning free swag. Rafﬂe prizes include a two-day rafting trip and gear from NRS, Patagonia and Osprey. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. ﬁlms. $12 general, $10 students. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, selwaybitterroot.org. For more information please visit telluridemountainﬁlmfestival.com.
up taking a liking to Cesario. And did we mention that Cesario is actually the shipwrecked Viola disguised as a man? Orsino also happens to have a secret admirer of his own: Viola, whom he believes to be his trusted male ser vant. The Main Library Hayes Auditorium will house the performance, and the
When we ﬂipped into daylight savings time a couple of weeks ago, clocks all over the place stayed an hour behind due either to laziness or the inability to reach a clock hung way too high without a ladder—or calling in a favor from the tall neighbor. If you owned a Pavel Sidorenko “Re_Vinyl” designer wall clock, you might not care what time it is or that you’re 60 minutes early for a meeting because you forgot to set it back an hour. These pieces, made from vinyl records, are as much about form as they are about function. According to his Facebook page, Sidorenko is an Estonian multidisciplinary designer who aims to “create functional and playful products that pavel-sidorenko.com retain their simplicity while interacting with the space and user ... to not only incorporate pragmatic necessity, but also transmit an emotional quality within the everyday environment.” It’s hard not to feel some kind of emotion about these carved clocks: scenes of a skyline in Paris, a six-person rock band, a bird on a branch, a whimsical umbrella, a bunny, a cuckoo clock, a pipe-smoking penguin in a fedora. They’re cute, smart, clever and in some cases so intricate, that it’s easy to forget they’re made from the somewhat unforgiving plastic of vinyl records. And unlike the boring clock that hangs above your cubicle (which—from staring at it—you know as well as you know the back of your own hand), when the battery dies in one of these Sidorenko sweeties, you still have a piece of art—and not a non-working eyesore—to stare at. —Amy Atkins
actors are regulars with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. The production is deemed appropriate for seventh graders and older, and its length should help their attention. 7 p.m., FREE. Boise Public Librar y, Hayes Auditorium. For more information, call 208-384-4200 or visit boisepubliclibrar y.org.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY MARCH 30 On Stage CLOSER—Black Linen Production’s debut production about two couples who swap partners, written by Patrick Marber. See Picks, Page 16. 6:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, 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, 208658-1533, sockeyebrew.com.
Workshops & Classes LANDSCAPE DESIGN BASICS—Learn how to apply the principles of form, function, ﬂow and aesthetics to your landscape design with designer Bill Vander Pol. 6 p.m. FREE. FarWest Garden Center, 5728 West State St., Boise, 208-853-4000. WILDERNESS MEDICINE BASICS—Learn basic responses to common injuries and situations in the wilderness, taught by Mat Eprelding of the Wilderness Medicine Training Center. 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, 208-322-1141, rei.com/ stores/boise.
Calls to Artists SIXTH ANNUAL BOISE CREATIVE AND IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL—Anybody interested in performing at this event is asked to e-mail bcimf2011@ gmail.com with the following info: artist or group name, number of performers, a brief description of the group, url, contact info and a link to audio or video representation of your work. Deadline is Friday, April 1.
Literature LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES—Local authors discuss the writing process and their books and you get a chance to ask questions. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
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. SPRING BREAK ACTIVITY DAYS—Activities include painting with plant pigments, making paper from recycled materials, craft projects and more, followed by a tour of the wastewater treatment plant. E-mail email@example.com for more info. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise Watershed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/bee/watershed.
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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. LADIES GARAGE PARTY—Ladies, this is your opportunity to learn all you need to know about riding a Harley Davidson. Staff will be on hand to answer questions,and 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.
THURSDAY MARCH 31 On Stage THE FANTASTICKS—A musical about two fathers who scheme to have their children fall in love. 7 p.m. $16.50-$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. CLOSER—See Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-3850111, thelinenbuilding.com. TWELFTH NIGHT—Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents a short version of Shakespeare’s comedy. See Picks, Page 17. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.
NOISE/CD REVIEW THE JOY FORMIDABLE: THE BIG ROAR You have to stare at the cover of The Joy Formidable’s The Big Roar for a minute to ﬁgure out what’s happening in the picture. At ﬁrst it looks like something going on in the ocean. Then you see the frightened people onshore, and the something going on suddenly starts to look like a giant crab monster. And their music is kind of like that. With a name like The Joy Formidable, you’d almost expect the Welsh band to produce a smart strain of candy-coated pop music. Instead, you get a smart strain of something sweet-tasting that just might kill you. The opening track, “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie,” starts off sounding like a spaceship engine full of popcorn popping. Eventually, the swelling guitar cuts through to the foreground, and when Ritzy Bryan commands your attention to wail “My love / Love is the ever-changing spectrum of a lie,” you immediately want to know what else she has to say. The cacophony of sounds at the end of the song is overstretched, though, especially coming at the beginning of the record. There’s always some kind of atmospheric buzz or hum underscoring the songs, songs mostly operating on a formula that works marvelously well. They start with quiet, steady rhythm and then detonate into heavy riffs and distortion and a lot of what Rolling Stone’s Will Hermes calls “face-melting.” This song structure puts the musicians’ prowess on display. Ritzy Bryan’s voice goes from sweet to commanding quickly, and her ﬁerce guitar shouts along with her. Drummer Matt Thomas works with purpose and urgency. The drumming resembles the fast precision of Gary Young on a good day. The Joy Formidable’s music goes for the jugular in a way that couldn’t be more pleasing. —Eric Austin WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. See website for more info. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, 208-6581364, tresbonnescuisine.com.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY WRITING WORKSHOP—Let author Elisabeth Sharp McKetta guide you in writing your autobiography during this ﬁve-week workshop that meets on Thursday nights through April 28. Visit website for more info. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $150, Boise, elisabethsharpmcketta.com
NOODLE BOWL FUNDRAISER— Join Van Tran Schiff of Boise for an evening of Vietnamese dancing and appetizers in an effort to raise money for more than 700 minority orphans in the central highlands of Vietnam. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, 600 N. Robbins, Boise, 208-4894444, idahoelksrehab.org.
BOISE GREEN DRINKS—Eat, drink and be eco-friendly during a social gathering for anyone interested in environmental issues. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek Ale House, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813, bittercreekalehouse.com. FOOD AND FILM—A fundraiser featuring a three-course meal followed by a movie and discussion. Proceeds from the night go toward the growth and preservation of local foods. This month’s movie is Pig Business. Visit tvfcmoviefeb2011.eventbee.com for info and tickets. 6:30 p.m. $25 includes dinner, tvfcfoodfundraiser.eventbrite.com. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340.
Workshops & Classes VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION— Learn about the refuge and upcoming volunteer opportunities during this informative meeting. 7 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208-467-9278, fws.gov/deerﬂat.
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.
Green COMPOSTING WORKSHOP—Jennie Rylee will take you through the simple steps of setting up a composting system in your own back yard. Call 208-493-2534 for more info. See Picks, Page 16. 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.
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Kids & Teens KIDS CLASS: MOSAIC STEPPING STONE—Using 100-percent recycled materials, kids ages 5-18 years old will make a garden stepping stone. Please call to register in advance. 1011:30 a.m. $12. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208407-3359, puffymondaes.com. SPRING BREAK ACTIVITY DAYS—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/bee/watershed.
Odds & Ends GOLDFISH RACING— Goldﬁsh are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big efﬁn’ bar tab and their ﬁsh. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977, mackandcharlies.com. 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.
FRIDAY APRIL 1 Festivals & Events HOKUM HOEDOWN—The Hokum Hi-Flyers will provide the dance tunes and various callers will direct you where to go during this monthly square dance. The whole family is welcome. 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
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REOPENING CELEBRATION— Formerly known as Idaho Indie Works, the re-vamped artisanowned store is now in a bigger space, has a new name and more artists have joined the ranks. Help them celebrate with prize drawings, wine tasting, appetizers, music and more. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Indie Made, 108 N. Sixth St., Boise.
On Stage THE FANTASTICKS—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $16.50-$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208385-0021, kedproductions.org.
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8 DAYS OUT LIPSINC! APRIL FOOLS’ SHOW—The newest star of the troupe, Brenda Starr, will join Victoria and Martini and special guest Spike Naugahyde for the ﬁrst April Fools’ show in three years. 8:30 p.m. $15. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., second ﬂoor, Capitol Terrace, 208-3361313, thebalconyclub.com.
Art FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Take a stroll through downtown Eagle and visit local merchants and galleries along the way. Stop in the shops and enjoy a drink, art and music. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Old State Street and Eagle Road, Eagle.
Kids & Teens IDAHO GEOGRAPHIC BEE FINAL—Almost 100 students will compete for the chance to represent Idaho in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. 12:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu. KIDS CLASS: PAPER MAKING—Kids ages 5-18 years will make their own paper. Please call to register. 10-11:30 a.m. $12. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
Odds & Ends ART AND SCIENCE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE—Open house to meet doctors and ask questions about naturopathic medicine. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Natural Health, 4219 Emerald St., Boise, 208-338-0405, boisenaturalhealth.com.
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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.
RESIN CASTING WORKSHOP— Learn the basics of rubber mold making, experiment with resin and pigment and create a work of art of your own during this two-day class. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $245. The Sculpture Studio, 504 E. 45th Ste. 11, Garden City, 208-867-9922, thesculpturestudio.org.
CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—Boise’s newest comedy venue will feature someone new each week, from hot young newbies to established stand-up comedians. 8 p.m. $12. China Blue, 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-338-6604. FAMILY SERIES BALLET—Hourlong interactive introduction to the ballet for children and their families, featuring Sleeping Beauty. For more info or to purchase tickets call 208-3430556. Noon. $10. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116. LIPSINC! APRIL FOOLS’ SHOW—See Friday. 8:30 p.m. $15. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., second ﬂoor, Capitol Terrace, Boise, 208-336-1313, thebalconyclub.com.
Food & Drink AUTISM AWARENESS LUNCH— Join Blythe Johnston, Mrs. Idaho 2011, to raise funds for the Idaho Autism Awareness Organization by having lunch at Red Robin. Visit mrsidaho2011.com and print the ﬂyer you will need in order for the restaurant to donate 10 percent of your bill to the organization. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Red Robin, 267 N. Milwaukee Road, Boise, 208-323-0023.
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 MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE GALA—Local artists have created original artwork using Boise Art Museum patrons as models. Join them and members of the community for an unveiling of the artwork. For tickets and info call 208-345-8330, Ext. 10. 6 p.m. $150 BAM members, $175 nonmembers, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.
Green COMPOSTING WORKSHOP—See Thursday. See Picks, Page 16. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755, cityofboise.org/ parks/foothills.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE—Get a great deal on paperbacks, hardbacks, coffee-table books, cookbooks, records, CDs and more when the library does a little spring cleaning. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
SATURDAY APRIL 2 Festivals & Events LGBT HEALTH AWARENESS HEALTH AND INFO FAIR—Community partners including Project Filter, a.l.p.h.a., Dr. Charles Bunch, Idaho Safe Schools Coalition and more will be providing information and free services to all participants during the fair. Noon-4 p.m. FREE, donations welcome. The Community Center, 305 E. 37th St., Garden City, 208-336-3870, tccidaho.org. SEVEN ARROWS POW WOW— Experience the richness and diversity of Native American culture, customs and histories. Featuring traditional song, dance, crafts and storytelling. Noon. $3 general, FREE for students with ID. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, 208-426-1000, boisestate.edu.
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BOWLING FOR RHINOS—Join Zoo Boise for an evening of bowling, prizes and more during this fundraising event to beneﬁt rhino conservation in Africa and Indonesia. Entry fee includes two games and a rafﬂe ticket. 6-9 p.m. $20 individual, $17.50 per person on a team of four to eight people. 20th Century Lanes, 4712 W. State St., 208-3428695, 20thcenturylanes.net.
GOT NEWF?—Newf is short for Newfoundland, a giant dog breed. If you have one, then get together with other dogs and owners and play. For more information, e-mail tandb26@ yahoo.com. 5 p.m. FREE. Morris Hill Park, corner of N. Roosevelt and Alpine streets, Boise.
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COMEDY FOR A CURE—Join the Prairie Dog Players for a night of music and comedy to beneﬁt the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Also get a sneak peek of the upcoming production of Willy Wanka. 7 p.m. $10. Prairie Dog Playhouse, 3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, pdplayhouse.com.
Festivals & Events SEVEN ARROWS POW WOW— See Saturday. Noon. $3 general, FREE for students with ID. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-4261000, boisestate.edu.
FIREMAN’S BALL—Join the Caldwell ﬁreﬁghters for an evening of music, dancing and a silent auction in an effort to raise money for the Burn Out Fund. Semiformal dress. 8 p.m. $10 single, $15 couple. Elks Lodge-Caldwell, 1015 N Kimball Avenue, Caldwell, 208-4541448, caldwellelks.org.
On Stage POETRY AND FICTION READING—Writers from Montana will read their work during Mouth and Thistle: Montana Special. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., 208-345-6344.
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MONDAY APRIL 4 Workshops & Classes BOOKING YOUR MUSIC PERFORMANCE—Bring your questions and join in the discussion about booking shows with Tony Harrison, talent representative; Sam Stimpert, Visual Arts Collective; and Eric Gilbert of Finn Riggins. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080, history.idaho. gov/oldpen.html.
Talks & Lectures PRAXIS LODGE PUBLIC DIALOGUES SERIES—A monthly meet to engage in discussions pertaining to science, ethics, culture, philosophy, humanism and Free Masonry, hosted by Praxis Lodge. Each session features a presentation followed by open dialogue. Everyone is invited to attend. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-7272, papajoesboise.com.
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BE A JEDI NIGHT—Special Star Wars program for all ages. See Picks, Page 17. 1 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996.
Workshops & Classes RESIN CASTING WORKSHOP— See Saturday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $245. The Sculpture Studio, 504 E. 45th St., Ste. 11, Garden City, 208-867-9922, thesculpturestudio.org.
Odds & Ends FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE—See Friday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Odds & Ends FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE—See Friday. Noon4 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
KARAOKE AND WINE ROCK STARS—See Wednesday. 8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208286-7960, helinamaries.com.
LAST CALL TRIVIA—See Thursday. Followed by Anarchist Karaoke. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208287-5379, liquidboise.com.
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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. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Participants are invited to work on their public speaking with the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.
TUESDAY APRIL 5 Festivals & Events INTERNATIONAL CLUB—People of all ages are invited to dress to the nines and enjoy a reﬁned evening of dancing and live music from Adam Goettesman. There will also be ballroom dance lessons and complimentary appetizers from Mai Thai. 6 p.m. FREE. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605, thebouquet.net.
Workshops & Classes KNITTING: RETRO SHRUG— This four-session class includes a copy of Lace Style and is to be held on consecutive Tuesdays in April. You will need straight or circular needles sized 8, 9, 10, 10.5 and to be conﬁdent in your knitting abilities. Call to register. 7-9 p.m. $65. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
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PREGNANCY AND PARENTING WRITING WORKSHOP—Local author Elisabeth Sharp McKetta will guide writers of all skill levels in putting their experiences with pregnancy and parenting to paper during this ﬁve-week workshop to be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $150 for ﬁve-week session, elisabethsharpmcketta.com.
THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— Eric Coble’s 60th play featuring Lillian, a feisty artist who’s not willing to go gracefully into the retirement home her children have deemed to be the best place for her as she grows older. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org.
RECORDING CONTRACT CLASS—Matthew Stringer will discuss how to go about promoting your music, and the business of recording contracts. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-368-6080, history.idaho.gov/oldpen.html.
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Talks & Lectures AUKERA: A HISTORY OF THE BASQUES IN IDAHO—Dr. John Bieter will discuss Basque inﬂuence in Idaho. Visit drycreekhistory.org for more information. 7 p.m. FREE. Hidden Springs Clubhouse, 5525 Hidden Springs Drive, 208-229-2323 Ext. 26.
LADIES’ NIGHT OUT—Bring your own feather boa or buy one there for a glamorous night out with friends, wine tasting, free appetizers, drawings for prizes and networking. 6-10 p.m. $5 wine tasting. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries.com.
LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES—See Wednesday, March 30. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
Kids & Teens TEEN ANIME CLUB—All teen fans of anime are welcome to watch volume one of Suzuka. 4:30-6 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.
NOISE/CD REVIEW WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS: GOLD IN THE SHADOW
Odds & Ends BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. What more could you ask for? 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, drinkfattys.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.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—Learn about and celebrate the work nonproﬁt organizations do for the community. Sponsored by United Vision for Idaho. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Part of the Idaho Loud Writers’ Program. Includes a performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. 6 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, boisepoetry.com. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632.
On his sixth album, Gold in the Shadow, William Fitzsimmons doesn’t stray far from his signature sound: a heavy dose of acoustic guitar providing a slow, meditative sound perfect for listening to while wallowing in relationship misfortunes. Fitzsimmons’ voice mirrors his quiet instrumentation, singing in a near whisper to the sounds of a piano, banjolin and various percussion instruments creating an atmosphere that leads you deep inside your thoughts, and in turn, Fitzsimmons’. And that’s where Fitzsimmons wants his listeners: inside their own minds. Fitzsimmons, a psychotherapist, draws inspiration from his patients as well as from his own struggles with his recent divorce, which can be heard in “The Winter From Her Leaving.” Fitzsimmons sings, “Shove me out to see the sea / the quiet of December to the deep I turn / from the wreck I bless this mess / for what I can remember, your ghost I burn.” But even with the melancholy lyrics, the steel-drum provides a cheerful chime that may be symbolic of a transition out of sadness and into a brighter future. Everything on Gold in the Shadow would make Jack Johnson’s laid-back style seem like ﬁst-pumping techno house music—it’s that slow. But the slow pace is essential to setting the right backdrop for his lyrical content and putting the listener into a trance-like state that is perfect for meditating on life’s struggles. That’s what Gold in the Shadow seems to be: Fitzsimmons’ meditation on the hardships in his life with divorce at the forefront of his issues. If your own heart is torn, Gold in the Shadow might be a needle and thread. —Alex Blackwell
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MIGHTY WYE OAK Baltimore band grows tall with latest album, Civilian TARA MORGAN It’s a rare voice that can channel the maddening allure of Homer’s sirens. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner has one of those voices. On her island stage, she beckons those not bound to bar stools, foamy waves of distortion crashing around her and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack’s ankles. Like the ﬁrst pull off a cigarette, her smoky pipes give you a serious case of the spins. “What happens when I play my songs isn’t a put-on or an act, it’s actually just the most straightforward, honest, genuine delivery I can muster,” said Wasner via e-mail. “I can’t really play these songs without being affected by them and going to a certain place in my brain, and I guess people sometimes notice that.” But there’s nothing polite about a Wye Oak live show—Wasner and Stack drift Wye Oak? Wye not see for yourself at Flying M Coffeegarage. alternately between smoldering intimacy and exploding walls of noise. “I like defying people’s expectations of together four years ago, we had a lot to learn. And though her lyrics are frequently what we’re capable of,” said Wasner. “Also, “In my mind, our ﬁrst two records and the difﬁcult to understand, Wasner weaves in a it was very important to both of us that we were able to be an adequately dynamic band. number of weighty themes on Civilian, which EP we made were practice for the record we just released,” said Wasner. “I think we both she sums up in the album’s liner notes as We didn’t want to have to settle for being “aloneness (the positive kind), loneliness (the feel more comfortable and conﬁdent now—as quiet all the time. Honestly, the really loud writers, as performers and as humans.” horrible kind), moving on, and letting go (of stuff is a pretty easy trick to pull off. It’s Wye Oak recorded and mixed their people, places and things).” being convincingly quiet and nuanced that ﬁrst two albums, If Children (2008) and “It was less a coming of age and more a is really difﬁcult—and something we’re still The Knot (2009), themselves. For Civilian coming of independence,” noted Wasner. “I working on.” wrote the songs on this record during a time (2011), they brought on mixing engineer With Wye Oak’s third full-length album, John Congleton, who has worked with such when I was really working to be a self-sufCivilian (Merge), the Baltimore indie indie luminaries as St. Vincent and Shearﬁcient person, physically and emotionally, shoegaze duo has struck a balance between water. NPR streamed Civilian on its First blowing your hair back and making it stand and less dependent on others for my own Listen program before the album’s March 8 happiness.” on end. release, describing it as “10 brooding songs The album’s title track explores this “These songs are a bit more subtle and about the mostly futile pursuit of comfort unfold more slowly and cautiously, I think,” maturation and longing for self-sufﬁciency and connectedness.” with lyrics like: “I still keep my baby teeth said Wasner. “We’re comfortable enough as “NPR has always been incredibly good to / in the bedside table with my jewelry.” a band by now that we’ve come to rely less us,” said Wasner. “Personally, I rarely buy The song begins with on quick tricks (bam! music without knowing what I’m in for, so Wasner’s delicately volume! surprise!) and the First Listen series is the perfect way to picked guitar, and are willing to let our With Callers and Sleepy Seeds. Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 door. Tickets provide that opportunity for many people soon Stack’s drums songs be a bit more on sale at either Flying M location or at and tambourine come who probably wouldn’t hear the record subtle.” brownpapertickets.com. otherwise.” galloping in—a la One of those songs FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE Fresh off a wearying week at SXSW, Wye Mirah’s “Cold Cold is the album opener, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa Oak will teeter between intimacy and thunWater”—only to “Two Small Deaths,” 208-467-5533 dering tumult at Flying M Coffeegarage in drown three-fourths which builds from ﬂyingmcoffee.com Nampa on Thursday, March 31. of the way through a ﬁeld recording of “I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for anyin a river of squallambient conversaing guitars. The drums come up for one last thing,” said Wasner. “There was a point at tions into a twinkling, airy number evocagasp of air before the track dies out. Though which I would not have been comfortable tive of fellow Baltimoreans Beach House. saying that. But I’m sure if I had spent the the song plunges fully into “bam! volume! Other songs, like “Holy Holy,” bust out of duration of the last four years sitting at surprise!” territory, it still highlights the the gate at an accelerated clip, Stack’s trash home in Baltimore, I’d be clawing my eyes band’s blossoming songwriting skills. can-rattle drums and synth ﬁlling out the out by now.” “When we started playing in this band single-worthy jam. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY MARCH 30 AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire BOISE FEST—More than 30 hard-core and metal bands. 5:30 p.m. $25 for four days. Mardi Gras BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
MICHELLE SHOCKED, MARCH 31, THE BOUQUET Her dad was a carny and her mom was a “good girl” who ended up in a bit of trouble after the carnival left town. After her mom married a military man, she spent her childhood traveling the world as an Army brat and eventually ended up in San Francisco playing music. Her inﬂuences were varied, but she somehow maintained her east Texan, working-class poor, not-gonna-take-anybody’s-shit artistic and stylistic autonomy. She found an audience among those who appreciate honest lyrics and universally catchy melodies. The results are embedded in life’s soundtrack for anyone who was a teenager in the late ’80s or early ’90s. The self-described “sophisticated hillbilly” will make a stop in Boise as part of her tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Texas Campﬁre Tapes: her ﬁrst album and one that she recorded on a Sony Walkman—bootleg style. —Heather Lile With Roadworks All-Stars. 9 p.m., $20 adv., $23 door. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208-345-6605. Tickets at egyptiantheatre.net. Win tickets at boiseweekly.com (click on Promo).
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PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel ROCKY VOTOLATO—With Star Anna. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux SPYN RESET—8:30 p.m. FREE. Reef SUPER SOULFIGHTER—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s TRAVIS MCDANIEL—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s
CHUCK SMITH—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill DAME ALEXANDER—With Gizzard Stone. 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DAVID MARR—6 p.m. FREE. Cole Marr DEAD RELATIVES—With Rooﬁed Resistance and Social Antidote. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room JESSIE FULGHUM—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
THURSDAY MARCH 31 BOISE FEST—5:30 p.m. $25 for all four days. Mardi Gras FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s HA HA TONKA—With Hoots and Hellmouth. See story at boiseweekly.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater Pizza
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
OPEN JAM SESSION—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
MICHELLE SHOCKED— With Roadworks All-Stars. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $20 adv., $23 door. Bouquet MILAGRES—With Malachi. 9 p.m. Red Room THE NAUGHTIES—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s RYAN WISSINGER—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire THE SEEDY SEEDS—With Joshua English. 8 p.m. $3. Reef WYE OAK—With Callers and Sleepy Seeds. See Noise, Page 25. 8 p.m. $6 adv., $8 door. Flying M Coffeegarage
DUB-AUCHERY—Featuring Roommate, Freddy Sin, DJ Manic, Dan Kaye and Spastik. 9 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel FALER BELL—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill IAN MCFERON CD RELEASE PARTY—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
FRIDAY APRIL 1 AYURVEDA—9:45 p.m. $3. Grainey’s THE BAND OF HEATHENS— With David Mayﬁeld Parade. 8:30 p.m. $10 adv., $13 door. Bouquet BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub BOISE FEST—5:30 p.m. $25 for all four days. Mardi Gras THE CHICHARONES—9:30 p.m. $5 adv, $7 door. Reef
LARRY CONKLIN—5 p.m. FREE. Piazza Di Vino THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SHARON VAN ETTEN INSTORE—3 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange SHARON VAN ETTEN—With Little Scream. See Listen Here, Page 27. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux SUPER SOULFIGHTER—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s TIM STILES—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s
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TUESDAY APRIL 5
ARTS WEST JAZZ INSTITUTE QUARTET—With Brent Jensen and Wellstone Conspiracy. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
THE BITERS AND THE BOOZE—9 p.m. Gusto
ARTS WEST LIVE—With Divit and Fonny. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
BLAZE AND KELLY—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
DAVID MARR—6 p.m. FREE. The Cole Marr
CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
HELVETIA—With Disco Doom and Fauxbois. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage
BOISE FEST—5:30 p.m. $25 for all four days. Mardi Gras EDDIE MONEY—With Faler-Bell. 8 p.m. $25-$100. Knitting Factory ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GIZZARD STONE—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—5:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers HAMBONES ON THE BEACH—4 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe
MONDAY APRIL 4
HILLFOLK NOIR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE— Featuring Jah Sun and The Redemption. 10 p.m. $5 adv., $7 door. Reef
LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
KATCHAFIRE—9 p.m. $15. Reef KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
JESTA—9:45 p.m. $3. Grainey’s
PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6
JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— With David Veloz. 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
O’DEATH—With The Strange Boys and Natural Child. 7 p.m. $8. Neurolux
STEVEN TONEY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
BLUE DOOR FOUR—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
POKE—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s STRINGS AND CHEMICALS— With Rooﬁed Resistance and Dripset. 8 p.m. FREE. Red Room
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SHARON VAN ETTEN, APRIL 1, NEUROLUX Sharon Van Etten is an unimposing name, which is maybe why the indie/folk rocker titled her latest release Epic (Ba Da Bing), lest you mistakenly discount the passionate guitarslinging singer. Fresh off a trip to SXSW, Brooklyn-based Van Etten will play Neurolux on Friday, April 1. When you see the wide-eyed brunette on stage, don’t think it’s time to grab a glass of grenache and spend the evening chatting with pals. Van Etten’s vocals can go from hushed hymnal croon to gutsy gruffness in the space of a phrase, and her lyrics are often as dark as her melodies are sweet, as in “Love More”: “Chained to the wall of our room / Yeah you chained me like a dog in our room / You were high when I was doomed.” You might want to secure a pint or a pitcher and be prepared to pay some serious attention to this powerful performer. —Amy Atkins 3 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., therecordexchange.com. With Little Scream, 9 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, neurolux.com.
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THIS REALLY SUCKS FROM PRADA TO NADA—Based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, this version takes on a more Latin-inspired ﬂavor. After their father’s untimely death, sisters Nora and Mary Dominguez are forced to uproot and live with a distant aunt in East Los Angeles. (PG-13) Flicks
HOP—With a surprisingly A-list cast (James Marsden, Russell Brand, Hank Azaria and Elizabeth Perkins), this farce revolves around a CGI bunny trying to save Easter from a power-hungry chick. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
SOURCE CODE—Jake Gyllenhaal plays a former military man who awakes to ﬁnd himself in a different body and part of a mysterious plan, which threatens to kill millions of people in downtown Chicago. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
What Sucker Punch lacks in dignity, it makes up for in bad taste GEORGE PRENTICE Sucker Punch is the most expensive piece of pornography to come out on the big screen. Not that I’m a regular viewer of porn, mind you. But much like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said, “I know it when I see it.” Sucker Punch introduces the newest porn genre to date: PG-porn, in which the PG stands for Preening Garbage. The danger is that a PG-13 rating allows pre-pubescent boys and Well hello, sailor. Welcome to my fantasy—and ﬁlm lovers’ nightmare. girls to see young women sexualized in every unhealthy way possible. After watching this they-thinking club. eyeliner and too few clothes. In a bizarre and ﬁlm, young boys, though titillated, might be Babydoll and her fellow whack-jobs act as embarrassing performance, Carla Gugino plays messed up for life. Young girls, falsely assumsexual playthings for the asylum’s staff and ing that watching chicks with guns is somehow Dr. Vera Gorski/Mrs. Shultz, a psychologist the town’s sex-crazed hoi polloi. To escape the empowering, will hopefully see right through a in the real world and a ballet instructor in the exploitation, the girls retreat into daydreams movie that is nothing more than the imagining fantasy one who prefers S & M wear to a lab that are, in fact, more exploitative. Withcoat or a leotard. Gugino must have lost a bet of some middle-aged pervert. to writer/director Zack out smearing any makeup or staining their Sucker Punch is a bustiers, the vixen warriors blast and maim Snyder: She previously fantasy seen through SUCKER PUNCH (PG-13) their way through a series of fantasies. In one shamed herself in Snythe mind’s eye of a particularly insulting scene, they disgrace any der’s Watchmen. Directed by Zack Snyder young woman who is man and woman in uniform by strutting their Rounding out abused and orphaned Starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, way through a World War I re-enactment. the cast are other before the opening Carla Gugino Glancing around the packed movie theater young ladies who can credits ﬁnish. Emily Now playing at Edwards 9 and Edwards 22 (anything to avoid looking at the screen), I hopefully someday Browning (Uninvited) recognized that the audience for Sucker Punch forget this debacle: plays Babydoll, a was an embarrassing amalgam of over-aged Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Vanessa Hudgens young woman shipped off to a mental institufan boys, young kids with chagrined parents (High School Musical) and Jena Malone tion, which doubles as a house of horrors, (Stepmom). Their costumes become skimpier and date-night couples who clearly made the which doubles as a house of whores. That’s a lot of doubles with a single intention: to debase while their weapons become more grandiose. wrong choice. All in all, Sucker Punch is an epic. Epically young women. Sucker Punch’s mental patients, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) and offensive. Jon Hamm (Mad Men) join the what-wereall women, are adorned with too much
Special Screenings AFRICA’S LOST EDEN—Idaho philanthropist Greg Carr will speak about his campaign to save Africa’s animals that are facing extinction due to loss of habitat as a casualty of war. Sponsored by Zoo Boise. Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. $5. Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theﬂicks. boise.com. THE HERETICS—Special screening of the 2009 ﬁlm by Joan Braderman featuring the founding members of the magazine Hereesis: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. Harmony Hammond, one of the founders, will speak in conjunction with the screening. Tuesday, April 5, 11:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. boisestate.edu. MY RUN—Terry Hitchcock, 57, ran 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days. This ﬁlm tells his powerful and uplifting story. He will answer audience questions following the movie. Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7709 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com. TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL— Join the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation for an evening of ﬁlms dedicated to preserving wilderness culture and environments. Sockeye Brewery will be serving up suds during the show. Tickets are available at
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SCREEN/THE TUBE In a recent episode, contestants recorded messages for our troops stationed overseas. RuPaul Charles is a celebrity who has achieved much success—TV “Different ethnicities and cultures, they’re all just out here for the shows, hit records, a book, various acting roles in ﬁlm and television— tasting. Try something new—do it with an Indian guy,” said one. with few people noticing. That’s an odd thing for a ﬂamboyantly gay man Another offered further patriotic inwho dresses like a woman and records sight: “If you don’t love America, how the songs with titles such as “Call Me Starhell are you going to love yourself?” rbooty” and “Jealous of My Boogie.” Yeah, so take that, silly Taliban. RuPaul’s Drag Race is in its third In all fairness, the drag-queen season on Logo and yet it’s tough to ﬁnd aspirants don’t just dress like anyone who’s heard of it. women—Charles also forces them to It’s also difﬁcult to talk about RuPaul “lip-sync for your life” to crappy club because of the attendant pronoun confusongs, so it’s quite the grueling display sion. What do you call someone who usuof artiﬁcial effort. ally looks like a woman but once played a The season three ﬁnale of RuPaul’s guy named Bob on Walker, Texas Ranger? Drag Race airs Thursday, May 26, so It’s best to stick with the surname. you’ll have to wait to see who will lead Charles hosts the show and co-judges the nation in guys putting on bejeweled contestants who compete to become dresses and talking about eyeshadow. “America’s next drag superstar.” If you Meet RuPaul Charles in a dark alley and you may have can’t name America’s previous superstar, to lip-sync for your life. —Damon Hunzeker don’t feel bad: It was James K. Polk.
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This documentary featuring mind-blowing footage from the Hubble telescope never came to Boise big screens, prompting outcry from science and space enthusiasts. They even started a Facebook page, aptly titled “Bring the Hubble 3D Movie to Boise.” The space lovers were on to something. The ﬁlm garnered rave reviews throughout the country, including from Roger Ebert, who remarked: “A ﬁlm like this can get you thinking.” With such a short run time—43 minutes—that is high praise. The ﬁlm focuses on a repair mission of the Hubble Telescope, intercut with footage of what Hubble sees— the depths of our universe with astonishing clarity. And while a DVD might not be the IMAX, for sights as spectacular as this ﬁlm promises, it’s better than nothing.
Dubbed a psychological thriller, Black Swan is more horror than it would like to admit. This movie isn’t just dark, it’s pitch black, visceral and disturbing and stays with you like a bad dream. Natalie Portman’s Oscar win wasn’t a vanity prize. Her character, Nina Sayers, a rail-thin overachieving ballerina, suffers in this movie, and she takes you with her. With the dark sexuality of The Piano Teacher and the horror of obsession a la Misery, this isn’t one to see with the parents. Between Portman and Mila Kunis’ infamous sex scene and the ﬁlm’s sweep through the award season, Black Swan provides steamy scenes as well as bona ﬁde talent, from the screenwriting to the acting. The ﬁlm is a well-executed nightmare worth experiencing. —Jordan Wilson
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APPS/SCREEN prentice, the new non-ﬁction account of one of Spain’s trendiest restaurant. Previous lists I’m not sure if I love the EW Must List app have previewed the upcoming because of its simplicity or HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, because it’s cutting edge. Each Win Win—a Paul Giamatti week, editors from Entertainmovie that will open at The ment Weekly put together a Top Flicks later this spring—and 10 list of what’s new, what’s the new Garage Band iPad app. cool and what’s about to break Ten new picks are sent every out and become a pop culture Thursday. Movies, television, phenomenon. Weekly subscribbest sellers, video games, ers of EW are quite familiar apps and even new plays on with the front-of-the-magazine Broadway are included. Each feature that is popular because pick allows you to sample muit’s a perfect blend of popular sic and video clips in high-def culture (TV favorites, box ofﬁce and the app lets you purchase hits) with ahead-of-the-curve songs, e-books and movie tickpicks (independent ﬁlms, just ets directly. EW’s Must List app released novels). For instance, is free for iPhones and iPads. last week’s list included the new ABC series Body of Proof, Visit itunes.apple.com for —George Prentice the release of Black Swan on more information. DVD and The Sorcerer’s Ap-
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HELL’S BALLS Guess Red Bull does give you wings.
Giving the devil his due in dodgeball TARA MORGAN
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS By late March, we’re usually not thinking about skiing fresh powder lines, but with plenty of fresh snow in the hills, what else are you supposed to do? But as temperatures begin to show the ﬁrst signs of spring closer to the valley ﬂoor, daydreams start turning to the trails, which will soon be dr y enough to be the scenes of mountain biking adventures. This accursed recreational confusion thankfully has one clear treatment option: Do it all. First up, think spring. Even if you can’t get on the trails yourself, you can live vicariously through the epic big-screen adventures of the 2010 Red Bull Rampage. The Southern Idaho Downhillers and the Boise Area Mountain Bike Association are hosting a screening of the ﬁlm—shot last fall in Utah—on Thursday, April 7, at the Northgate Reel Theater. The ﬁlm highlights top riders in downhill mountain biking, with footage that will have viewers reaching for ice packs and Advil. The event not only appeases mountain biking wishes but it serves as a fundraiser for the Eagle Bike Park. All proceeds from the ﬁlm and associated rafﬂe will beneﬁt upkeep and improvement of the park. Tickets will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. The $10 admission charge includes one rafﬂe ticket and additional rafﬂe tickets cost $5 each. For more info, visit southernidahodownhillers.com. To see a clip of Rampage, visit redbullusa.com. If your mind is still anchored in winter, you have lucked out this year. Recent storms have transformed spring skiing into mid-winter conditions. In fact, area resorts are pushing their seasons well into April. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has already ended night skiing and the tubing hill has closed down but day skiing will continue through Sunday, April 10, with lifts running until 4:30 p.m. daily. Brundage Mountain in McCall will continue operating seven days a week through Sunday, April 10, at which point the resort will open only on weekends. Brundage spokesperson April Russell said the resort—which now has its deepest snow depths of the season—will stay open on weekends as long as the snow holds out, which typically gets skiers into May. Sun Valley Resort received a similar dumping of snow from recent storms and plans to stay open through Easter Sunday, April 24. So, maybe rather than convulsing in seasonal confusion, rejoice that you can, in fact, have it all. —Deanna Darr
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Peeling back an iron-on transfer from a Hanes Beefy-T, the toothy cartoon likeness of actor Clint Howard comes into focus. For this Saturday only, I get to be an ofﬁcial member of the newly co-ed Clint Howard’s Oblivion Express dodgeball team. As I slip on my new, church-white team jersey, I realize something awkward: I have no idea who Clint Howard is, nor, in fact, do I know how to play dodgeball. Pump-up jams pulse through the stereo and full beer bottles rattle in the trunk as our caravan of six ladies and eight dudes pulls into the Wanna be a ... dodge-baller, shot-caller. Meridian Home Court Y parking lot. Meridian Parks and Recreation is hosting today’s co-ed rainbow-arced duds that instantly get me out, Legends of Dodgeball tournament, which con- you want—it could be six guys, it could be six I decide my strategy is to throw as little as sists of two pool-play matches that seed the 12 girls, whatever you want to do.” possible. I hold tight to a ball, reﬂecting fastOut on the court, our group is divided teams into a double-elimination tournament. I pitched thuds head-on and duck as balls whiz into two teams—the Clint Howards and the also have no idea what that means. Oblivion Express. We’re a hodge-podge-dodge past various appendages. As long as I don’t After entering the chilly, partitioned threeget out, I rationalize, the other team will only court gym, I sit down with Colin Moss—Parks assembly of mid-20 and 30-somethings; some get one point. Turns out, that strategy isn’t of us rock short shorts and knee socks, while and Rec employee, tournament referee and a particularly good offense. I am often one others are suited up in track pants and sweatdodgeball slayer—to chat about the game. bands. But we have nothing on the Fire Ballers, of the last remaining players on the court, “When everybody comes out … they which leads to a full-on foam ball blitzkrieg. know what dodgeball is, but they’ve never re- a team of local ﬁreﬁghters whose players are Our team, the Clint Howard’s, is eliminated decked out in mullets and pink tulle skirts. ally experienced it,” says Moss. “They were “We get lots of people that will … show up after three games, while the Oblivion Express making fun of the people that were playing lasts considerably longer—snagging before, but after they come out and play, they with their short shorts and their headthird place. bands and Afros and things like that just have a blast.” After we all down some defeat ... Of course, people have watched Moss pioneered the Meridian adult dodgebeers in the parking lot, I head back the movie Dodgeball, so they want to ball league—where Clint Howard’s Oblivion inside to chat up the ﬁnal two teams: dress up,” says Moss. Express competes—which consists of eight the Wrenches and the 5 D’s. The game works like this: Three regular season games in the fall culminating in “I kind of thought it would be a ﬁnal double-elimination tournament. Today’s minutes are set on the clock, and six SLIDESHOW: a little bit lame, but I’m surprised balls are placed on the center court spring tournament, Moss informs me, is a Legends of how much fun dodgeball is,” says the line. Players start at the baseline and just-for-fun event that has no bearing on the Dodgeball Wrenches’ Chris Cain. The Wrenches race to grab the three right-most balls regular dodgeball season. tournament are the more intimidatingly athletic of after the whistle is blown. You can “We had 22 teams in the league this last the ﬁnal two teams—I can still feel the year, and everybody seems to enjoy it a lot, and only pitch a ball at the opposing team sting on my upper lip from a ball they ﬂung so we thought it would be fun to get a tourna- after you carry or pass it to another teammate at my face earlier. The 5 D’s—which, I’m told, behind the attack line. According to my seament going,” says Moss. soned CHOE teammates, ﬂinging the ball back stand for dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge— Much like the gut-whomping games of are having a bit more fun with it. speedily to another player already behind the dodgeball you were traumatized by in grade “It’s like a dream come true so far. We lost attack line is called a “Tom Sawyer.” school, adult dodgeball takes place inside the in the ﬁrst game,” says the 5 D’s Chris Keith. If you get grazed by a ball anywhere on volleyball lines on a squeaky basketball court. “But we’re comeback kids,” interjects 5 D’s your body or clothing—or if an opposing But unlike the grade school game, grown-up player Veronica Rodriguez. dodgeball uses foamy, Nerfy neon balls instead player catches your ball—you’re out. You can “‘A team of destiny’ would describe us also block a ball that’s thrown at you while of the red rubber ones that left deep, hatched you’re holding another ball. If you mow down best,” quips Keith. smacks on your 8-year-old thighs. At this coAfter the ﬁrst few rounds of the championeveryone on the opposing team before the ed tournament, no more than six people are ship game—which the Wrenches unsurprisclock runs out, your allowed on the court team gets two points. If ingly win—we head back out to the parking at a time, and at least To sign up for the fall adult dodgeball league, anyone remains on the lot to drown our sorrows in more suds. I ask three of them have contact Meridian Parks and Recreation court, you get one. The the Oblivion Express’ notoriously competitive to be girls—which is at 208-888-3579 or ﬁrst team to ﬁve points, Greg Smith how he feels about the day: where my unabashedly firstname.lastname@example.org. “It was fun, but we lost,” says Smith. in this tournament, unathletic utility comes “Tell me what you really think,” I prod. wins the game. into play. “We fucking lost, I’m pissed! But overall it With all those rules rattling around in my “In the co-ed divisions you can’t have more was good … I only want to beat up a couple than three guys on the court at any time,” says head, my teammates and I grab balls and people, not everybody,” smiles Smith. Moss. “Open divisions, you can have whatever get dodging. After lobbing a couple weak, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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CHAIRHOOPS TOURNAMENT— First time wheelchair users as well as skilled veterans are invited to participate. Call 208608-7680 or visit cityofboise. org/parks for more info. Friday, April 1, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $140 registration fee for a team of 10. Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., 208-854-6230. DRY CREEK HALF MARATHON—Half marathon to be held on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Course starts and ﬁnishes at the Merc at the Hidden Springs town square and is part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series. Register online at bluecirclesports.com through April 2. $38.
GEOCACHING: AN ADVENTURE FOR THE URBAN EXPLORER We all have those friends who are active people. As you stare at a computer screen, they’re outside running, hiking, biking and boasting about the healing power of nature while they take vitamins and wear shoes that are gloves for the feet. For the video game loving, would–rather-watch-Planet-Earththan-actually-go-outside types, geocaching is something those people do. Geocaching is like an old-fashioned scavenger hunt, but instead of a list of items, you use any GPS-enabled device to ﬁnd treasure. Geocachers leave the GPS coordinates of a cache, which is a hidden, weather-proof box of goodies that range from toys and trinkets to beer. The rules are simple: replace what you take and sign the logbook. Geocaching isn’t new. In fact, it has been around in some form for 150 years. What is new is that instead of using a compass or portable GPS system, people now use smart phones to locate caches. Geocaching.com has even created an app called Geocaching that changes the art of the hunt. The nature-maladjusted can now, with a touch of a screen, join the ranks of outdoor masters. As a newcomer, I decided to do some urban exploring near my house, with a walk on the Greenbelt and through the North End. I wanted to test out urban geocaching to see how accessible it is for those of us geocaching.com who might not have the time (or inclination) to go full-on Amazon adventurer. I downloaded the free app for iPhone (the full version is $10), which, despite having limited functionality, displayed three caches within walking distance of my house. With each step, there was a helpful tutorial, and once I’d chosen which cache to search for, the GPS location popped up on my phone. Within 10 minutes of walking, the GPS was ﬂashing, but I still had to ﬁnd the cache. Eventually, I spotted it: a rusted Altoids tin hidden among stones. Inside, I found a small plastic brown bear with a mouth in full roar and a neon green sticky hand—the kind you ﬁnd in 25-cent toy dispensers. I took the bear and replaced it with a small green Brontosaurus. I spent an entire day looking for the 10 caches in my neighborhood, eventually ﬁnding seven of them. Even when I couldn’t ﬁnd a cache, it was about the experience and getting to know my own stomping ground like never before. It was better than any video game could ever be, and that is coming from a bona ﬁde nerd. Some geocache purists insist that going the GPS route can spoil the fun, and they still use a compass with coordinates, to ﬁnd their way through forests and river beds. But for the tech-savvy among us who want to impress both our eco-friends and our Vitamin D receptors, the urban geocache makes for a perfect day trip—with prizes. —Jordan Wilson
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Events & Workshops CRAZY DAZE—Bring the family for a day of fun on the slopes including a poker run, treasure hunt, costume contest and more. Pond skimming starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. FREE, $10 to pond skim. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-8887544, brundage.com. GIMME A BREAK SKI DAY— Kids 17 years old and younger can ski for FREE all day. Sunday, April 3. FREE. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-888-7544, brundage.com. IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—vs. Utah Flash. Friday, April 1, 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. $9-$23. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208331-8497, qwestarenaidaho. com. IDAHO STEELHEADS HOCKEY—vs. Utah Grizzlies. Wednesday, March 30, 7:10 p.m. $13.50-$32. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-3318497, qwestarenaidaho.com. KOHA YOGA INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP—“Flying” yoga is a fusion of yoga, meditation, massage and acrobatics that helps develop trust and core strength. Visit thekohacenter.com for more info. Monday, April 4, 7-9 p.m. $20. Grace Place, 3008 Grace St. ROAD CYCLING ROUTES— Steve Stuebner, author of The Boise Road Cycling Guide, will speak about some of the best routes to take in the Treasure Valley. Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. FREE. REI, 8300 W. Emerald, 208-322-1141, rei.com/ stores/boise.
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21ST AMENDMENT BREW FREE! OR DIE IPA This beer has a slightly hazy, golden pour with a thick creamcolored froth that collapses quickly but leaves a lovely lacing. Resiny hops dominate the nose along with touches of tropical fruit. The hop proﬁle in the mouth is a little lighter than you might expect, but there’s just enough of the bitter to let you know it’s an IPA. A fruit-ﬁlled mid-palate with creamy malt balances things, making for a very pleasant quaff. ANDERSON VALLEY HOP OTTIN’ IPA This beer is bright amber in the glass with a three-ﬁnger head that has admirable persistence. The aromas are fresh and hoppy and colored by herb, tea and a hint of spearmint. The ﬂavors are a nice mix of toffee-laced malt and subtle cherry, playing against a pine-hued hop bitterness. There’s just a hint of sweetness on the otherwise crisp ﬁnish. ANDERSON VALLEY BOONT AMBER ALE A huge, soft tan head tops this dark amber brew, clinging to the glass as it slowly collapses. There’s a nice tinge of earth and green tea on the nose with a mufﬁn-like malt presence. Biscuit, nutmeg, light hops, citrus and smooth, toasted malt play out on the palate. This one is tasty but on the dry side for an amber, which, for me, is a plus. —David Kirkpatrick
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I love beer in cans. Compared to bottles, it tastes fresher, chills more quickly, is lighter in weight, is more easily recyclable and makes a much better choice for on the river or in a backpack. Frost is on the car windows as I write, so unless you are very intrepid (read insane) or own a dry suit, that river thing is a little premature. The three newest entries on the canned beer scene in Boise all hail from California.
THE CREPERIE JOSH GROSS A good crepe isn’t as much an alchemical combination of ingredients as it is a vehicle to let the ﬂavors of its stufﬁng shine. It depends on quality ingredients: A good spinach and cheese crepe tastes like good spinach and cheese with a light, somewhat neutral-ﬂavored wrap. The Creperie, a new brick and mortar incarnation of Boise’s popular crepe cart at the Capitol City Public Market that opened in December 2010, succeeds in that respect. The selection of sweet and savory crepes are packed with tender meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables and house-made sauces. The Creperie’s most popular item is the De Poulet—chicken, bacon, cheddar, mixed greens, tomato and balsamic honey-mustard sauce ($7)—which co-owner Will Loverde says and cheddar. It even brought out the subtle is likely popular because of its familiarity. ﬂavors of the pancake itself. It was just what “A lot of people coming in have had a crepe should be. crepes in the past, but Whether The Creperie is what they’ve mainly been breaka creperie should be is another fast or dessert crepes like THE CREPERIE matter. The location at the Edat IHOP,” said Loverde. 7709 W. Overland Road, wards 22 cineplex is neither a “They’re looking for someSte. 130 charming street cart nor a dimly thing familiar. Chicken, ba208-949-3536 thecreperieboise.com lit, funky cafe serving red wine con and cheddar are things late into the night. The interior they’re accustomed to.” is decorated to evoke the latter, There wasn’t a single with fake exposed bricks on the wall and slightly wilted leaf or inconsistently ﬂavorful faux cafe tables. But the quaint cafe illusion piece of chicken in the De Poulet. The tang doesn’t carry past the plastic forks and of the balsamic honey-mustard sauce was ambient buzz of FM radio commercials. The a perfect compliment to the mildly herbed illusion is also unlikely to sustain the weekchicken and the smoky ﬂavor of the bacon
So I crepe, yeah, just keep it on the down-low.
end crowds rushing to make the 7:40 p.m. blockbuster. This makes it hard to think of The Creperie as a destination worth suffering the Overland/I-84 junction for. But it is a good place to grab dessert before you hit up the IMAX and stare into George Clooney’s dreamy 8-foot-tall eyes. The Creperie even offers a movie deal: two crepes, two drinks and two movie tickets for $29.95. Soon, Edwards will also allow patrons to bring their crepes into the theater. According to Loverde, the Edwards location was chosen to accommodate the concessionaire’s desire for foot trafﬁc. “Storefronts are good. But it’s hard to get people out of their cars. Here we don’t have to.”
FOOD/YEAR OF IDAHO of the economic, social and environmental effects of eating food produced in Idaho. The House had already jumped on the YOIF For a state with a $1 billion-plus agricultural bandwagon—and actually jump-started it—and industry, it’s surprising that it’s only been the the Senate didn’t want to be left out. SCR 103 past few years that Idahoans have begun to turn up our noses at industrialized, commercial was passed earlier this month, and it takes the whole thing a step further by giving Year of food production and started talking about the importance of consuming locally produced food. Idaho Food its own special day: Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 (Labor Day), will be known as the Day It became such a widespread issue that in 2010, the House passed HCR 59, a resolution of Idaho Food. Burns said organizers wanted one day to “support the consumption of Idaho-grown because a whole year “sounds foods and encourage Idahoans so onerous.” Even people who to celebrate and get to know For a list of Year of Idaho felt they couldn’t commit to their growers and to purchase Food events, visit an entire year of eating locally and consume more food pronwfoodnews.com and follow sourced food could realistiduced in or near Idaho.” @yearoﬁdahofood on Twitter. cally, for one day, eat something The word “celebrate” rang grown in Idaho. especially true for Meadowlark “We chose Labor Day simply because things Farm owner Janie Burns, who co-founded the are growing then,” Burns said. “And presumgrassroots project the Year of Idaho Food. YOIF hopes to bring about a better awareness of not ably, everyone in the entire state could have something from their garden or a local farm.” only what we eat and where we get it but also
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BW PEN PALS Pen Pals complimentary ads for our incarcerated friends are run on a space-available basis and may be edited for content. Readers are encouraged to use caution and discretion when communicating with Pen Pals, whose backgrounds are not checked prior to publication. Boise Weekly accepts no responsibility for any relationships that may arise from contacting these inmates. Widowed WM, 45 yrs. Old, like to hunt, ﬁsh, camp, play guitar and collect gemstones. I’m looking for F pen pals or more ages 35-50. Dave Manning #30772 ISCI 15A 43A PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. A little about myself. I am 6’ and 210 lbs. I have dark brown hair, green eyes and I love to hang out with my friends when I can. I love to cook all different types of food. So I hope to hear back from someone soon and thanks for your time. Sean Hunt #93236 ICC S10B PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. Seeking a connection. 33 yr. old WM, 6’1”, hazel eyes, athletic, artistic and open minded. ISO a pen pal for friendship. I love tattoos, animals, cooking and mysticism. What about you? John Bond #88934 B119A ICC PO box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. Recipe: To friendship and more. Add: 1 pinch of chance, 3 tbs. of fun, 4 cups of sincerity, 2 leafs of laughter, ﬁnely chopped, thinly sprinkle great listener. Fully roll ingredients. Heat honesty until warm at 350 degrees. Let mature communication take it’s course until thoroughly cooled. Two shakes of yes, then taste. If this made you smile or curious write Christopher Smith #291523 Bar Units Baker B30L WSP 1313 N. 13th Ave. Walla Walla, WA 99362.
SWM, 24 yrs. Old, 5’10”, 170 lbs. Seeking SF 20-35 yrs. Old who wouldn’t mind writing a convict. I have two years to top and would like someone just interested in a friendship nothing more nothing less. I like the outdoors, cooking, books and some sports. J. Nichols #86283 ICC PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. My name is Kaitlyn Palacios. I’m 22 yrs. Old and my sign is Cancer. I’m 5’3” and 130 lbs. I have brown hair with caramel streaks and brown eyes. I love listening to music, dancing, playing pool swimming, boating, and horse back riding. I also love reading and writing. I’m currently incarcerated at SBWCC. Kaitlyn Palacios #88205 SBWCC 13200 Pleasant Valley Rd. Kuna, ID 83634. Looking for a pen pal. Joseph Lemere #71901 ICC P3-08-B PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. I think my friends have forgotten about me! WM, 33 yrs. Old, 5’10” with steel blue eyes. Looking for people of ALL TYPES to write. I’m interested in giving back to the community and right the wrongs of my life. If you want a loyal and nonjudgmental friend, write James March #83200 ISCI 16B37B PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. SWM looking for friendship with someone with similar interests. 5’8”, 200 lbs., brown hair and eyes. I enjoy reading, movies and TV I love outdoors. I’m into siﬁ and fantasy and horror movies, books and TV shows. I love RPG and video games and I love sports as well. I write poetry. I’m looking for someone who is non-judgmental and will look beyond past mistakes and see a person from the inside. If you read or see anything you like I would love to hear from you. Please write Thomas Ezwell #55292 ICC E2-201B PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707.
SWM, 48 yrs. Old Country boy at heart seeks F pen pal-friend? Love the outdoors, long horse back rides in the mountains to picnics on the beach & anywhere in between. I have a short vacation at ISCI, but drop me a line or two and lets start new what we may continue later! Peter Smith #96956 ISCI U-14-D-15 PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I am a 34 yr. old male who is 185 lbs., in shape with blue eyes, sandy blonde hair and a big heart. Looking for women who believe in chances. I’m real, old fashioned and love to laugh. I would love to develop some friendships/ pen pals. I’m worth the time to check out so write me at NICI Nick Fagerland #78520 236 N. Radar Rd. Cottonwood, ID 83522. Bad boy. 44 yrs. Old and some more, crazy Gemini Love to have fun (hence treatment in cottonwood prison.) 5’9”, 185 lbs., brown hair with hazel eyes. SWM looking for F pen pals for friendship and more. Clint Frankes NICI 236 Radar Rd. Cottonwood, ID 83522. 59 yrs. Old, 6’2”, 180 lbs, German/ Irish/Italian M with tattoos, shaved head and a rock N’ roll attitude. Many interests, artist, outdoors, etc. Seeking correspondence with/ women 50-60 yrs. Old and possible relationship. I’m sincere, loyal and looking for same. Getting out soon and looking to ﬁnally settle down and staying free. Wm. H. Jones #18664 SICI H House #15 PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. 20 yr. old F currently incarcerated at SBWCC. I’m looking for a friend to write while I’m her for the next few months. Amanda Gouge #94579 SBWCC #1 13200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Kuna, ID 83634. I lost touch with everybody over the years. I’m getting out super soon! Old friends and new please write Nick Soward #68278 ISCI Unit 10 PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707.
Lonely inmate looking for a pen pal for friendship or a long relationship. Looking for women 30-45 yrs. Old, any race, must be liberal and serious. Will answer all letters. Take a chance. Patrick Keith Knight #26529 ICC I-117-B PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. WM 26 yrs. Old Good looking, kind and sincere seeks new friends. Currently incarcerated. Interests include music, ﬁlm, social issues and life in general. Michael Osborn #69712 ICIO 381 W. Hospital Dr. Oroﬁno, ID 83544. Looking for a woman willing to write or visit. I am 26 and in on aiding and abetting burglary. A non violent crime. Chris Lynn Williams #68489 SICI MD-1-45 PO Box 8509 Boise, ID 83707. I’m 5’7”, 185 lbs, hazel green eyes light skinned Hispanic, tattooed down looking for a pen pal. Anyone who would like to write and share a letter write Marcos Sickler #96925 PO box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I’m incarcerated for about 2 years. I don’t have any support from the outside. I’m 4’11” with blue eyes (sometimes green.) I love the outdoors, ﬁshing, camping or just a movie. I’m easy going so if you are interested write me. Jennifer Fisher 410 E. 1st St. Emmett, ID 83617. I am 30 yrs. Old, 5’4”, 170 lbs, looking for someone with a sense of humor and willing to be a good friend. M or F. Rachel Daniels 410 E. 1st St. Emmett, ID 83617. I’m currently looking for M to be pen pals with. I’ve been down 8 months and I’m a great pen pal. I enjoy writing. I like kicking’ back and watching movies. I love to party. 27 yrs. Old, Native American with black hair and brown eyes. I stand at 5’6” tall. So short and simple. Hallar! Simone Miller #88187 1451 Fore Rd. Kuna, ID 83634.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is an excellent time to study the book Assholeology: The Science Behind Getting Your Way—And Getting Away With It. In fact, the cosmos would not only look the other way if you acted on the principles described therein; the cosmos is actively encouraging you to be a successful jerk. April Fool! It’s true that you’re in a phase when it makes sense to be a little extra selfish and eager to bend the world to meet your needs. But according to my analysis, it’s crucial that you do this politely and graciously. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It’s a great time to get breast implants, a penis enlargement, nose enhancement or surgery to elongate your tongue. Anything you could do to yourself in order to stick out further and make a bigger impression would be in harmonious alignment with the astrological omens. April Fool! Everything I just said was a dirty lie. Here are the facts: It’s high time to work creatively and appreciatively with what nature has given you, not try to force it to accommodate some soulless desire. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Between now and April 16, you really should try to party every night. You should experiment with at least 100 different altered states of consciousness, talk to at least 500 fascinating people, explode with at least 800 fits of laughter and change your mind 1,000 times. You need stimulation, Gemini. You need record-breaking levels of variety and mood swings. Be everywhere! Do everything! April Fool! While it’s true that this might be one of those times that the visionary poet William Blake was referring to when he said, “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom,” please take care you don’t end up slobbering face-down in the gutter without any pants on halfway along the road of excess. Remember the goal: to actually reach the palace of wisdom. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You have cosmic permission to brag like a coked-up pimp. You have poetic license to swagger and show off like a rock star who has sold his soul for $30 million. You have my blessing if you’d like to act as if everyone in the world should be more like you. April Fool! I was exaggerating a little. It’s true that you have every right to seize more authority and feel more confident and spread your influence farther and wider. But the best way to do that is to explore the mysteries of humble courage and ply the art of magical truth-telling and supercharge your willpower with a big dose of smart love.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What is your most far-fetched desire? I dare you to pursue it. What is the craving that would take you to the frontier of your understanding about yourself? I urge you to indulge it. April Fool! I don’t really think you should try to carry out your most extreme fantasies. Maybe in a few weeks but not now. I do hope, however, that you spend some time this week getting to know them better. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If you develop symptoms like a dry mouth, twitching eyebrows, sweaty palms or goose bumps in places you don’t usually get them, you may be suffering from anatidaephobia, which is the fear of being watched by a duck. So please, try to avoid places where ducks congregate. April Fool! I lied. The truth is, you will not contract an exotic affliction any time soon. You may, however, notice yourself experiencing waves of seemingly irrational elation. You may frequently feel like something oddly good is about to happen. Why? Because according to my analysis of the omens, you are more likely than usual to be watched by secret admirers, future helpers, interesting strangers and your guardian angel. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you’re a straight man, this would be a good time to ask Halle Berry on a date. If you’re a straight woman, you’ll have a better-than-usual chance to get Jake Gyllenhaal to go out with you. If you’re a gay man, you might want to try your luck with Adam Lambert, and if you’re a lesbian, I encourage you to propose a rendezvous with Portia de Rossi. April Fool! I lied. It’s never a good time to try to hook up with unavailable dream girls or dream guys. I will say this, though: You now have extraordinary power to turn yourself into a better partner, ally and lover. And that suggests it’s well within your means to cultivate a more exciting kind of intimacy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Dear Rob: I just walked in on my boyfriend of over a year in bed with another woman. My mind is beyond blown; it’s a splay of sparks in a drenched sky, a fireworks display in a downpour. Any advice on moving forward? —Shocked Scorpio.” Dear Shocked: I’ll tell you what I’d like to tell all Scorpios right now: Start plotting your wicked revenge. April Fool! The truth is, revenge would be a dumb waste of your precious time. Any surprises that come your way in the coming days are basically disguised gifts from life to get you back on course. Use their motivational energy wisely and gratefully.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It’s an ideal time for you to explore the intimate wonders of ecosexuality. Nature’s libidinous pleasures are calling to you. How about trying some erotic experiments with trees and waterfalls? Or skinnydipping in wetlands and doing skyclad seduction dances for the clouds? April Fool! It’s true that this is a good time to expand your sexual repertoire and seek new sensations of intimate bliss, but it’s possible to accomplish that by confining your erotic communion to human beings. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The astrological omens are practically screaming for you to go out and buy a luxurious new home. Preferably, it should have every feature you’ve ever dreamed about, whether that’s a cinema theater room or a spa with a sauna and hot tub. If you have to go deep into debt, that’s fine. April Fool! I lied, sort of. It is an excellent time for you to upgrade your domestic scene, either by making comfortable and attractive changes in the decor of your current home or by enhancing your relationships with your family and roommates. But there’s no need to make crazy expenditures that will cripple you financially. In fact, cheap is probably better. That’s what the astrological omens are really suggesting. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s absolutely critical for you to be consistent and uniform right now. You must be pure, homogeneous and regular. Don’t you dare dabble with anything that’s even vaguely miscellaneous. April Fool! Everything I just said was a lie. In astrological fact, the best way to thrive is by being a cross between a mishmash and a medley. By being part hodgepodge and part amalgamation. Your strongest impact will come from blending the most diverse influences. The best elixir will result from mixing several different potions. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I hope you take full advantage of this unusual moment in your astrological cycle, Pisces. According to my interpretation of the cosmic signs, it’s prime time to unleash an ocean of tears. And not just the kind that wells up out of sadness, either. I hope you will give more time to crying because of unreasonable joy, cathartic epiphanies and visions of the interconnectedness of all life. Let it flow! April Fool! I slightly overstated the possibilities. Yes, it will be a wonderful time to feel profound states of emotion and surrender to the tears they induce. But you need to get a few things done, too, so don’t risk drowning.
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