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BUMPER TO BUMPER Expanding State Street to seven lanes FEATURE 11

DRILL, BABY, DRILL The unknowns of natural gas drilling add up NOISE 23

HEAD SPINNING Record Store Day cranks up the volume FOOD 30

GYRO WORSHIP Catch a ride on the Bosnia Express

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NOTE A QUASI-EXISTENTIAL DILEMMA I’ll just come right out and say it: fracking sounds like a word I would have gotten my mouth washed out with soap for using in front of my mother as a kid. But it’s a word you’re likely to hear much more about in the future. As Idaho prepares to venture into the world of natural gas drilling—if Payette County officials give Canadian company Bridge Resources the green light to turn their exploratory wells into fully operational wells—the process of fracking will likely take center stage in the preliminary discussion. What it is, how it’s different than mini-fracking (which is what Bridge says it will do in New Plymouth, and which is so safe, Bridge’s exploration manager told the Idaho Statesman, she’d eat the substance the company uses in minifracking just to prove the point), whether it is harmful to the surrounding environment, and if and how it affects water quality. This week’s main feature from ProPublica attempts to answer some of those questions, though, as you’ll read, it’s unclear whether sufficient evidence exists to provide definitive answers in some areas. Also facing a quasi-existential dilemma: the state commission charged with potential regulation. The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is that body, and until several weeks ago, the commission hadn’t met in nearly two decades. Lucky for Idaho, the folks at Bridge know exactly what they’re doing, so they can be especially helpful throughout the process. Wink, wink. Moving on in this edition, you’ll find another piece on Idaho’s dairy industry on Page 30. Last week, we reported on the FDA’s concern that contaminated tissue samples taken from slaughtered dairy cows may be indicators of contaminated milk. Truthfully, it’s coincidental that we’re touching on dairy again in this issue, and it’s no surprise that a certain amount of suspicion has arisen among the state’s dairy industry as it gains lawful approval to retreat further from the public’s prying eyes while simultaneously facing increased federal scrutiny. We’re still hoping to meet with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, and we’ll keep you posted should that pan out. —Rachael Daigle


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DIRT COULD FLY, MAYBE NOT BALLOONS The Ada County Commission has been busy. Up for a vote: possible restrictions on hot air balloon flights and the auction of Les Bois’ lease. Visit Citydesk for the verdict on both.

SOON, WE’LL ALL GLOW IN THE DARK After Idaho rainwater samples tested the highest in the nation for iodine-131 from the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, Snake River Alliance asked the EPA to test milk in the same areas where the rainwater samples were taken.

ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ Rec writer Andrew Mentzer launched a new motojournal series at Cobweb this week. In the coming months, Mentzer and his War Pig will knock out many of the sites listed on the Idaho Adventure Motorcycle Club’s 2011 Challenge. His first report has him on his trusty gas-powered steed for 51 miles to Pearl and back.

AND WE’RE ... WYLD STALLYNS At BWHQ, we’ve been trying to line up Bill and Ted’s next journey—with Bill Cope and Ted Rall. But, duuuuude, no need for us to take on part three now that it looks like Hollywood will beat us to the punch. More at Cobweb.

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EDITOR’S NOTE 3 MAIL 5 BILL COPE 6 TED RALL 8 NEWS Big plans, and a big price tag, in the future for State Street 9 CITYDESK 9 CITIZEN 10 FEATURE Natural Gas Drilling: What We Don’t Know 11 BW PICKS 16 FIND 17 8 DAYS OUT 18 SUDOKU 20 NOISE Record Store Day 23 MUSIC GUIDE 24 ARTS Checking up with Eighth Street’s Artist in Residence program 26 SCREEN The Conspirator 28 SCREEN TV The Confession 28 FOOD New laws make accessing ag info even harder 30 FOOD REVIEW Bosnia Express 32 BEER GUZZLER 33 CLASSIFIEDS 34 NYT CROSSWORD 36 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 38



IT I S PR OV E N T HAT H E T E R OSE XU A L ME N WH O AR E UNS UR E OF T HE I R MA SCU LI NI TY SPIT I N T H E P R E S E N C E OF O THE R ME N . . . ” —itstrue (BW, Rec, “Us Against Phlegm,” Aug. 29, 2007)

MONEY. MOUTH. Since balancing the Idaho budget is so vital, there is one more thing anybody who voted to take education from Idaho children and further deplete health care for the elderly or disabled of the state must do: All payments (and benefits) should be returned to the state coffers. Anybody who is such a true believer should be willing to sacrifice for what he/she knows is right. After leaving office, those same persons should make sure that they do not receive any retirement or discounted health insurance. I have been willing to work without any compensation to help accomplish goals I truly believed were important. I think all of us, as residents of this great state, need to know without a doubt, who is a true believer and who is “serving” for the perks, the power or (perhaps) to see his/her name in the paper or talking head on television. True believers: stand up (or show up) and be counted. —Kathy Zuckerman, Boise

CHEAT SHEET Dear Idaho Dairymen’s Association: Please let us know when you expect to have all your records scrubbed, books cooked, syringes destroyed and your really sick

animals into hospital barns so we can schedule our random milk testing. Albert Einstein once said, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” As you know, that’s pretty much been proven over the centuries, but even the rubes in Idaho will eventually wise up if we don’t pretend to do something pretty quickly. Yours in protecting the health of everyone’s bank accounts—the FDA. P.S.: Please tell Lance Armstrong and Barry Bonds that their next random, surprise drug tests are scheduled for mid-May and mid-June, respectively. —Vern Goldsmith, Boise

THE OTHER VICE TAX With the annual tax filing date just around the corner, pundits are searching for ways to make our tax code fairer and more reflective of our social incentives and burdens. In this regard, there is a growing interest in a tax on meat, eggs and dairy products designed to curb the self-destructive health impacts of their consumption and to effectively compensate society for the associated devastating environmental impacts. The concept is hardly radical. We already pay similar taxes on tobacco and alcohol products. A

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number of states have or are considering imposing taxes on soft drinks and other junk foods. The revenue would reimburse the Medicare and Medicaid programs for treating victims of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other chronic killer diseases that have been linked conclusively with consumption of animal products. It would pay for restoration of waterways and wildlife habitats that have been devastated by production of these items. Mark Twain said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Yet, the first can be deferred and the other reduced selectively by a tax on meat and dairy products that reflects the associated social costs. —Bradley Genna, Boise

PILL POPPERS From Boise Weekly’s Facebook page on news that prescription drug abuse is on the rise: Just another example of how Boise law enforcement has nothing better to do. —Colin Glendon I love how this is “new information being uncovered” when all they have to do is look at the arrest records for the past five years to realize nothing has changed. These are ongoing issues in the community that need support all the time, not just when it’s convenient for the cops to pull their heads out of their asses and make light of it. I swear, the next headline is going to read: “Boise PD Says Sky is Blue!” —David Leavitt

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DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA, I got me a bad dose of the “what ifs?” Delighted to hear you’re running for reelection, sir. You can count on me. But before we get started, I have a question. When you’re sitting alone in the Oval Office, in between crises and catastrophes and budget confrontations and having to put up with attacks from creeps like Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann, do you ever wonder how things might be different today if right after you took office, you’d told Nancy Pelosi and Eric Holder to go ahead and investigate the hell out of the Bush bastards? I got to thinking about it last weekend, while watching that movie about Valerie Plame. Fair Game. I recommend it most highly if you and Michelle haven’t seen it. Both Naomi Watts and Sean Penn are near to perfect in it. Plus watching Penn act always makes me reflect on how those Hollywood liberals the whiny conservatives are always bitching about have all the talent and intelligence, while all the right has is Chuck Norris and Dennis Miller. But listen, if you do a Redbox run, I’d get something else for Sasha and Malia because Fair Game probably isn’t something they’d enjoy. What we did when our girl was their age, we’d rent Free Willy or Babe whenever we got ourselves something too grown-uppy for her. ’Course, you need two DVD players and two TVs if ... ah, but look at me here, telling you how to raise your kids. Don’t mind me, Mr. President. You’re doing just fine without any advice from me. And that’s not why I wrote, anyway. The deal is, Fair Game was ultimately a damn depressing movie because going into it, I already knew how it turned out, which is, essentially, that all the vermin in the Bush administration got away with it. Karl Rove and Dick Cheney exposed a CIA agent, ruined her career and got away with it. Scooter Libby, the little sap actually convicted of the treason, was given a full pardon and got away with it. And need I say, Mr. President, the larger offense is that they lied America into an endless war, killing and maiming thousands of U.S. soldiers and God only knows how many Iraqi civilians in the process, and got away with it? Frankly, I didn’t need to see any movies to know what criminals those crumb-bums are. By now, their treachery is a matter of record, and everyone but what I call the “M & MMs” (Moral and Mental Midgets) knows it. But a well done and historically accurate film can turn such treachery from a distant distraction into a tangible experience, don’t you agree? I mean, just knowing that decency was violated is one thing, but witnessing the living effects of those violations on people is quite another. Our demand for justice is most urgent when we learn what it truly means to be victims of a crime, and that’s as true with the Bush administration as it is for some punk who shoots an innocent kid during a drive-by. (But then, when you think about it, the only difference

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between the street punks and the Bush people is that the Bushies spent $1 trillion on their drive-by, and they always sent other people to do the actual shooting.) So as good as the movie is, I came out of Fair Game with a renewed frustration that justice was left dangling. And even while the movie ran, I couldn’t help but wonder how different things might be today had you’d gone after the a-holes and called them to account for the misery they caused. Oh, I know. You promised a different, more inclusive approach to governing than the “Screw you!” attitude the Bush mob took with its opposition. It still shows, more than two years later, that you want to build coalitions and transcend partisan lines. But I’m afraid that by letting bygones from the Bush reign be bygones, you conveyed the message that anything goes to people who, even under normal conditions, have to cheat just to meet the minimum standards of civilized behavior. I realize it’s too late now, but let’s say you’d gone straight at them. That instead of taking investigations off the table for Pelosi, you’d set her free. That to Holder, you had said find the lies and indict at will. Imagine, Mr. President, how Cheney and Rove, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice would have looked after a month or two of Congressional hearings or Justice Department grand juries. Do you suppose Cheney would still be out there acting like a deposed pope had he spent a few months on the Spiro T. Agnew cell block for contempt and perjury? Do you suppose Rove would now be squatting on Fox after he’d ratted out everyone else in a hysterical effort to stay out of a prison shower? I’m sure the right wing sewage machine would have made you out as something horrible and unnatural. But they did that anyway and continue doing it to this day. Think about it, what are the tea baggers but fleas carried in the mange of the diseased hound Bush/Cheney let out of the cage? In the bigger picture, though, had you shown a willingness—nay, an eagerness—to prove there is nobody too powerful to be prosecuted, maybe some of those swinish Wall Street bankers wouldn’t have been so quick to award themselves billions in bonuses after mercilessly sodomizing the middle class. And maybe the middle class wouldn’t feel so abandoned in their struggle to not go extinct. But most importantly, maybe a few prolonged, televised trials with the top bums facing an incoming tide of accusations with nothing but their arrogance and incompetence as a defense … maybe that would have kept fresh in the minds of all (but the M & MMs, of course) what a miserable and despicable regime we rejected so resoundingly in 2008, and how easily we could return to that. Oh, well, que sera. Just wanted to get that off my chest, is all. So now about this reelection ... what do you want me to do? WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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FOOL US TWICE? Can Obama get re-elected?

NEW YORK—I am fascinated by President Barack Obama’s re-election bid. I’m dying to hear him make his case for another four years. I can’t begin to guess how the president can convince a majority of voters to choose him over the Republican nominee, whether he be Mitt Romney or she be Michele Bachmann. The president only has one major accomplishment to his credit: health-care reform. However—assuming Republicans don’t repeal it—it doesn’t go into effect until 2014, which helps Obama. After people find out how it transforms the First World’s worst health-care system into something even crappier and more expensive, they’ll be burning him in effigy. “Socialized” health care has driven away the Reagan Democrat swing voters who formed half of Obama’s margin of victory in 2008. The other major component of the Obama coalition, young and reenergized older liberals, see ObamaCare as a right-wing sellout to corporations. On other issues, it seems that Obama has missed few opportunities to alienate the Democrats’ liberal base. “The combination of Afghanistan and Libya could bring a bitter end to the romance between Democratic liberals and Obama,” Steve Chapman writes in Reason magazine. “Many of them were already disappointed with him for extending the Bush tax cuts, bailing out Wall Street, omitting a public option from the health-care overhaul, offering to freeze domestic discretionary spending, and generally declining to go after Republicans hammer and tong.” Lefties are also angry about Obama’s other lies and betrayals: keeping Gitmo open, signing off on assassinations and even the torture


of U.S. soldiers (Pfc. Bradley Manning), redefining U.S. troops in Iraq as “support personnel.” Just this week, he reneged on his promise to get rid of Bush’s kangaroo courts and put 9/11 suspects on trial. Everyone is furious about his lack of concern over the economy. What, exactly, will be Obama’s 2012 sales pitch? I want to know. How many other presidents have been so disappointing that they distributed lists of their accomplishments so their supporters would have talking points? Among the highlights: 1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending. 5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB. 14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research. Will micro-mini-accomplishment lites be enough to pry liberal asses off the sofa on Election Day? I think not. On the big issues that really matter—war, the economy, civil liberties—Obama is a right-wing Republican. He’s only a Democrat on the little stuff. That goes double for the youth vote, a big bloc for O in 2008. From student loan debt to unemployment (which hits Americans under 30 harder than other age groups), Obama hasn’t delivered. They’ll sit on their hands. “We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily,” began Obama’s official campaign announcement. “It begins with us,” will apparently be one of the slogans for Obama-Biden 2012. That’s the problem Obama faces next year. In 2008, he told us it was going to begin with him.

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The recommended plan would expand State Street to seven lanes between 23rd Street and Eagle Road, including HOV lanes and dedicated bicycle lanes.

SSTTOP WAITS FOR GREEN LIGHT aka: State Street Transit and Traffic Operational Plan GEORGE PRENTICE


with an elaborate recommendation: expand When Kathleen Lacey, a senior planner for the State Street to seven lanes between 23rd Street City of Boise, tells people about a proposal to and Eagle Road, introduce high-occupancy expand State Street into seven lanes by 2035, lanes for buses and multi-passenger vehicles, it’s usually met with a reaction somewhere commit to new pedestrian and bike lanes, between shock and awe. But the alternative is dramatically expand Valley Regional Transit’s a real jaw dropper. commuter bus system and build a system of “All of our figures indicate that we would bus bays, which allow buses to pull out of need nine lanes on State Street just to accomtraffic near park-and-ride locations. Kittelson, modate our growth,” said Lacey. “If we don’t with offices in Boise and seven other cities, go with expanded bus rapid transit, and if we was contracted by the City of Boise, ACHD don’t get a HOV [high-occupancy lane], we and VRT to facilitate the State Street Transit would fill up nine lanes of traffic by 2035.” and Traffic Operational Plan. The Ada County Highway District has The SSTTOP was the highlight of the counted more than 30,000 vehicles on State March 31 Boise City Council work session, Street on an average weekday, and a quick rebut the real show-stopper was the price tag. view of the traffic reveals thousands of singleMore than a few council members’ eyebrows passenger automobiles and very few buses. arched when Kittelson Senior Engineer Andy “It’s unsustainable,” said Lacey. “In terms Daleiden revealed costs totaling $423 million. of traffic flow, we simply can’t keep pace “Will with the any of us increase in even be populaalive to see tion.” this?” Boise The Mayor numDave Bibers are eter asked. daunting. “Don’t According answer that. to a projecI’m joking.” tion from Expandthe Coming to seven munity lanes would Planning require Association miles of of Southland acquiwest Idaho, sition, but population Imagine another 26,590 cars at the already traffic-choked Lacey insists near State intersection of Glenwood and State streets. that eminent Street will domain is not grow 93 on the table. percent by “Absolutely not,” said Lacey. “But there 2035. Imagine dropping 26,590 more cars are a couple of ways we can do this. In the into State Street traffic. short term, we could secure the setbacks [land The mind-numbing vision of nine lanes acquisition] through new agreements when along State Street was never seriously owners want to develop or redevelop their considered, but for nearly a decade, planland. In the long term, we could secure some ners have been drafting more than a half dedicated funds, through grants, to purchase dozen scenarios, each more complex than its the land.” predecessor. On March 31, Lacey and a team As Daleiden sped through a fast-paced of transportation engineers from Kittelson and PowerPoint presentation, the issue of how to Associates unveiled a 100-plus-page analysis WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

fund the massive project couldn’t come soon enough for the council members. “We don’t even know if we can afford this,” said Bieter. “That’s the trouble with this whole exercise: the funding source.” Daleiden’s presentation laid out a big assumption: 48 percent of the improvements could be funded through state and local revenues (gas and property taxes, vehicle registration and impact fees) and federal monies (Highway Trust Fund, grants and earmarks). If Daleiden’s assumption is right, the cost would still have a funding shortfall of $217 million. New Boise City Council Member Lauren McLean, who spent five years on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, pressed the funding question. “How do we get there?” asked McLean. Council Member David Eberle, an economist, leaned toward McLean and answered in a loud whisper. “Local option tax,” said Eberle, referring to the controversial concept of a voter-approved sales tax that could help fund such a project. Eberle, Bieter and the majority of the council support a so-called LOT, but the state legislature has blocked several bills that would allow LOTs in Idaho’s large municipalities. Moving the proposal into a passing lane requires partnership with several entities. “We started with a memorandum of understanding in 2006,” said Lacey. “The original partners were the cities of Boise and Garden City, Ada County, the Ada County Highway District and Valley Regional Transit. We’re in the process of adopting a new MOU to include our original five, plus we’ve added Eagle, the Idaho Transportation Department, the Capital City Development Corporation and COMPASS.” The Boise City Council is expected to include its recommendations and changes to the plan by late May. “Quite frankly, I’ll be putting my teeth in a glass on my nightstand before I see this happen,” said Council Pro Tem Alan Shealy. “I may need you to stop here,” Bieter said, asking Daleiden to cut short his presentation. “It’s the funding part that could drive someone to drink.”

SPINNING THE BOTTLE CLEAN While Boise’s issue with empty bottles continues to mount, literally (BW, News, “The Glass Ceiling,” Oct. 20, 2010), one Boise entrepreneur has revealed her plans to take glass recycling to a whole new level: by selling used, professionally scrubbed bottles to local wineries. The business, which received a conditional use permit April 4 from Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission, will convert an old soft drink bottling plant on Franklin Road near Curtis Road into a commercial glass recycling facility. Not only would Idaho Glass Recycling support the city’s future vision of recycling, but it would offer wineries cheap, locally accessible and eco-friendly bottles. The company’s owner, Carlyn Blake, said her new, green business has a primary challenge. “We have some things to prove,” said Blake. “First, we have to prove that the bottles are clean.” The centerpiece of the operation would be a custom-built industrial bottle washer. One manufacturer of the niche-industry visited Boise in March, accompanying Blake on a visit to Ste. Chapelle winery in Caldwell. “The company I’m working with, Niagara Systems from Perr y, Ohio, delivers these custom-built washers all over the world,” said Blake. “But the United States is really behind when it comes to washing recycled bottles.” Blake’s meeting with Ste. Chapelle must have gone well. She said the winery committed to buying bottles from her company. “Everyone that I talk to is interested,” said Blake. “But my price has to be less expensive than the new glassware they’re currently buying. One winery, 3 Horse Ranch in Eagle, has supported this project from the beginning, and they’re absolutely on board. Everyone else is just sort of waiting to see what happens.” One distinct advantage for Idaho Glass Recycling would be its Boise location. The closest bottle manufacturer is in Yakima, and according to Blake, some of its products come from China. “There are only six wine bottle manufacturers in the United States,” said Blake. “So no matter where they order their glass from, they have to pay for shipping, which can often cost wineries as much as the glass itself.” Even when the custom-built bottle washer is operational, Idaho Glass Recycling will need to be an intensely manual operation. Staff will have to sort between 400-500 different bottle types by hand before the bottles can be scrubbed. Idaho Glass Recycling will share its Franklin Street space with Blake’s other employer: Sustainable Futures. It’s a good match. Blake is the executive director of the nonprofit that recycles bottles, turning them into drinking glassware for several Treasure Valley clients: Bittercreek Ale House, Cafe de Paris, Fork, Locavore, Red Feather Lounge and Solid. Sustainable Futures employs men and women recently released from prison, refugees and at-risk young adults. The nonprofit is shutting down temporarily at the end of April in anticipation of the move to its new home on Franklin. —Jordan Wilson

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MOVING ON Debra Bonkoski and Cade Hulbert GEORGE PRENTICE

How did your collegiate experience change over four years? Bonkoski: My freshman year was really tough. It wasn’t until I changed my major from mechanical engineering to economics that I was happy. I got way more involved in clubs and social activities after that. Hulbert: I had a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football for Brigham Young University. But I was very unhappy and left after two months. I had thought that I would play football for the better part of my life, but I was young and a little too naive. I took about a year off. When I came to Boise State, I played on the practice squad. NCAA rules wouldn’t let me play in a game for at least a year. But it just wasn’t fun any more. It was really hard to go into Coach [Chris] Peterson’s office and tell him I was done. But I have to tell you, I’ve been so happy since the change. And Debra, you have a football connection as well. Bonkoski: I received a full-ride scholarship made possible with revenues that Boise State received when they won the Fiesta Bowl. Cade, when you quit football, you lost your athletic scholarship. Did you qualify for

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academic assistance? Hulbert: I did. For the past two years, I’ve received the Psychology Department scholarship. About $2,000 a year. That’s helped a lot.


There’s street-smart, book-smart and smartsmart. Debra Bonkoski and Cade Hulbert are smart-smart. They’re two of Boise State’s top scholars being honored Tuesday, April 19, by the Boise State Alumni Association. To qualify, a student must have a 3.85 or higher grade point average. But Bonkoski’s and Hulbert’s grades don’t define them. They’re more inclined to talk about their entire collegiate experience, and they’re extremely anxious to talk about life beyond graduation.

Debra, since your major is economics, let’s talk money. A fair amount of your contemporaries are saddled with significant debt from credit cards and huge student loans. Bonkoski: Absolutely. I have friends from high school who have taken out $30,000 loans each year to go to school. When they graduate, they have to go straight to work, and they’re not able to do something like I’m doing: joining the Peace Corps.

What would you tell an incoming freshman? Bonkoski: I think some people get so stressed about what classes they’re going to take. I took classes from almost every single major until I found something I really wanted to do. Hulbert: I would tell a freshman that you’ve got to get internships. You really need real-world applications.

Tell us about your Peace Corps plans. Bonkoski: I’m leaving in June to be a junior high school math teacher in Ghana, West Africa.

What have your study habits been like? Bonkoski: I’m a really big note-taker. And I always rewrote my notes. I never did a lot of specific studying for tests. I just did it periodically through the semester. Hulbert: It really helped me to record my notes. I would get reinforcement through my voice and my written notes.

Have you been overseas before? Bonkoski: In 2009, I won a scholarship from the U.S. State Department to spend a summer in an intensive Arabic study program in Tunis, Tunisia. When I returned to Boise State, I became the language lab tutor for a beginning Arabic course. Cade, what do you want to do with your degree in psychology? Hulbert: I’ve always had law enforcement in the back of my mind. I’ve been interning at the Ada County Jail, where I’ve been helping inmates study for their GED high school equivalency exam. I fell in love with it. My end goal is to become a detective or even sheriff or second-in-command.

And for those students who try to catch up and cram for tests? Bonkoski: It doesn’t work. Hulbert: I wouldn’t recommend it. Do you have senioritis? Hulbert: I’m really trying to stay motivated with my last assignments. But I’m looking forward to the real world. I can’t wait for real-life applications with my skills. Bonkoski: I had a great four years here, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I’m excited for what’s next.



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The other side of the controversial process | t takes brute force to wrest natural gas from the Earth. Millions of gallons of chemicalladen water mixed with sand—under enough pressure to peel paint from a car—are pumped into the ground, pulverizing a layer of rock that holds billions of small bubbles of gas. The chemicals transform the fluid into a frictionless mass that works its way deep into the earth, prying open tiny cracks that can extend thousands of feet. The particles of sand or silicon wedge inside those cracks, holding the earth open just enough to allow the gas to slip by. Gas drilling is often portrayed as the ultimate win-win in an era of hard choices: a new, 100-year supply of cleaner-burning fuel,



Abrahm Lustgarten, Propublica

a risk-free solution to the nation’s dependence on foreign energy. In the next 10 years, the United States will use the fracturing technology to drill hundreds of thousands of new wells astride cities, rivers and watersheds. Cash-strapped state governments are pining for the revenue and the much-needed jobs that drilling is expected to bring to poor, rural areas. Drilling companies assert that the destructive forces unleashed by the fracturing process, including the sometimes toxic chemicals that keep the liquid flowing, remain safely sealed as much as a mile or more beneath the earth, far below drinking water sources and the rest of the natural environment.

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More than a year of investigation by ProPublica, however, shows that the issues are far less settled than the industry contends, and that hidden environmental costs could cut deeply into the anticipated benefits. The technique used to extract the gas, known as hydraulic fracturing, has not received the same scientific scrutiny as the processes used for many other energy sources. For example, it remains unclear how far the tiny fissures that radiate through the bedrock from hydraulic fracturing might reach, or whether they can connect underground passageways or open cracks into groundwater aquifers that could allow the chemical solution to escape into drinking water. It is not certain that the chemicals— some, such as benzene, that are known to cause cancer—are adequately contained by either the well structure beneath the earth or by the people, pipelines and trucks that handle it on the surface. And it is unclear how the voluminous waste the process creates can be disposed of safely. “This is a field where there is almost no research,” said Geoffrey Thyne, a former professor at the Colorado School of Mines and an environmental engineering consultant for local government officials in Colorado. “It is very much an emerging problem.” The lack of scientific certainty about hydraulic fracturing can be traced in part to the drilling industry’s success in persuading Congress to leave regulation of the process to the states, which often lack manpower and funding to do complex studies of underground geology. As a consequence, regulations vary wildly across the country and many basic questions remain unanswered. ProPublica has uncovered more than 1,000 reports of water contamination from drilling across the country, some from surface spills and some from seepage underground. In many instances, the water is contaminated with compounds found in the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing. ProPublica also found dozens of homes in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado in which gas from drilling had migrated through underground cracks into basements or wells. But most of these problems have been blamed on peripheral problems that could be associated with hydraulic fracturing— like well failures or leaks—without a rigorous investigation of the entire process. ProPublica has also found that drilling procedures that can prevent water pollution and sharply reduce toxic air emissions—another frequent side effect—are seldom required by state regulators and are mostly practiced when and where the industry wishes. Another uncertainty arises from the enormous amounts of water needed for “fracking.” The government estimates that companies will drill at least 32,000 new gas wells annually by 2012. That could mean more than 100 billion gallons of hazardous fluids will be used and disposed of each year if existing techniques, which often involve 4 million gallons of water per well, are used. Proposals for new regulations that might prevent many of these problems almost always lead to a fight. And more often than not, that fight devolves into stark, overdrawn choices between turning on the lights or having clean drinking water—getting rich or staying poor. Energy lobbyists portray skeptics as hysterical and would-be regulators as

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over-reaching. Environmentalists cast the dangers as more proven than is the case and as unsolvable. In less contentious settings, even the industry acknowledges the lack of science on key issues. In a conference call with reporters this spring, American Petroleum Institute Senior Policy Adviser Richard Ranger, an industry expert who has spoken frequently on the fracturing issue, was asked for evidence that fracturing is without environmental risk: “Have there been any recent studies done on the safety of this?” a reporter asked. “The issue of where do these fracking fluids go, the answer is based on the geology being drilled,” Ranger said. “You’ve got them trapped somewhere thousands of feet below with the only pathway out being the well bore. “I’m just not sure that that study is out there,” Ranger said. “To be clear, we are saying this is a totally safe technology but we can’t point to any recent studies that say this is a safe technology?” the reporter asked. “Or that says it is unsafe,” Ranger replied. ProPublica reporters have posed similar questions to more than 40 academic experts, scientists, industry officials and federal and state regulators. No one has yet provided a more definitive response. ProPublica’s reporting over the last year points to four looming questions: Where are the gaps in the environmental science and what will it take to address them? How will the wastewater be safely disposed of? Are regulations in place to make sure the gas is extracted as safely as possible? And are state and federal regulatory agencies equipped to keep up with the pace of drilling? “Most likely there are not a lot of winwin propositions,” said David Burnett, a scientist at Texas A&M University’s Global Petroleum Research Institute who specializes in industry practices to reduce environmental harm. But, he said, there is opportunity for compromise on enough issues “so that everybody wins sometimes.”

What we think we know Drilling industry officials say they use a slew of engineering techniques—from sonar to magnetic resonance imaging—to study the underground explosions and strictly control the reach of hydraulic fracturing. They say that the actual fracturing happens thousands of feet from water supplies and below layers of impenetrable rock that seals the world above from what happens down below. Yet there are reasons for concern. Even if layers of rock can seal water supplies from the layer where fluid is injected, the gas well itself creates an opening in that layer. The well bore is supposed to be surrounded by cement, but often there are large empty pockets or the cement itself cracks under pressure. In many instances, the high pressure of the fluids being injected into the ground has created leaks of gas— and sometimes fluids—into surrounding water supplies. A recent regional government study in Colorado concluded that the same methane WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



ABOVE: Hydraulic fracturing is a process used in nine out of 10 natural gas wells in the United States, where millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart the rock and release the gas. Scientists are worried that the chemicals used in fracturing may pose a threat either underground or when waste fluids are handled and sometimes spilled on the surface. BELOW: Anatomy of a gas well. Several layers of steel casing typically enclose a well bore. The empty spaces between can be sealed with cement.


gas tapped by drilling had migrated into dozens of water wells, possibly through natural faults and fissures exacerbated by hydraulic fracturing. Dennis Coleman, a geologist in Illinois, has seen an example where methane gas has seeped underground for more than seven miles—several times what industry spokespeople say should be possible. He is a leading international expert on molecular testing whose company, Isotech Laboratories, does scientific research for government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and the oil and gas industry. “There is no such thing as impossible in terms of migration,” Coleman said. “Like everything else in life, it comes down to the probability. It is never a hard and fast thing.” In another case, benzene, a chemical sometimes found in drilling additives, was discovered throughout a 28-mile-long aquifer in Wyoming. “It is common knowledge that the lower layers are full of irregularities and inconsistencies,” said Patrick Jacobson, a rig worker who manages drilling fluid pumps and has worked on Wyoming drilling projects for more than 20 years. “I think anybody who works in the oil fields, if they tell you the truth, would tell you the same thing.” Scientists have found it difficult to determine whether hydraulic fracturing is responsible for these problems. In large part that’s because the identities of the chemicals used in the fluids have been tightly held as trade secrets, so scientists don’t know precisely what to look for when they sample polluted streams and taps. Drilling companies disclose enough information to comply with labor regulations meant to keep workers safe, but that information normally consists of a product trade name and rarely includes a complete list of the chemicals it contains. Recently, this has begun to change. In September, New York State—as part of a lengthy environmental review meant to assess the risks of fracturing— made public a comprehensive list of 260 chemicals used in drilling fluids, which it

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Natural gas drilling in Payette County has raised numerous concerns among residents.

New Plymouth Fracking Plans Up for Public Meeting On Monday, April 18, Canadian-owned Bridge Resources will hold a town hall meeting in an effort to update Payette County residents on the company’s natural gas exploration in their back yards. Bridge has spent in excess of $20 million to drill 11 exploratory wells near New Plymouth (BW, News, “Hell of a Well,” July 14, 2010). According to Bridge, three of the wells produced gas at economic levels naturally, four were dry, and the other four would require stimulation through fracking. “But there’s a big misunderstanding of what fracking means in context to what we’re doing,” cautioned Kim Parsons, Bridge’s exploration manager. “The only reason we have to call it a frack is because the physics are the same.” Parsons said a good example of the difference between what her company wants to do and traditional large-scale fracking is that Bridge proposes to inject 714 barrels of fluid at 2,000 pounds per square inch through a 150-foot radius vs. large-scale fracking of 25,000 barrels of fluid at 10,000 pounds per square inch through a 5,000-foot radius. The fluid that Bridge proposes to inject would be comprised of 99.5 percent water with a concentrated mix of silica sand to keep the fractures open. Additional additives would be included to thicken the water-sand mixture: guar, soap, detergent enzyme and acetic acid. At a Feb. 15 meeting of the state’s Oil and Gas Conser vation Commission (the first meeting in at least 18 years)—made up of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the state’s four other top elected officials—Parsons and Bridge officials were quizzed on their plans before the commission decided to implement a new regulation process—a half-cent per cubic-foot levy on each 50,00 cubic feet of natural gas produced in the state. The commission also told Bridge it would have to pay the levy up front. Payette County commissioners, who instructed Parsons that Bridge can’t move for ward with any fracking until the company acquires an amendment to its drilling permit, told Otter and the commission that the county still suported the drilling and looked for ward to the operation stimulating their struggling economy. Parsons and Payette County officials will huddle with residents at what is being billed as “an informational meeting” at 7 p.m., April 18, at the New Plymouth Senior Center. —George Prentice

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had compiled from disclosures it required drilling companies to make. And several companies themselves have begun to advocate for more disclosure, in the hope that transparency may quell the public outcry that has kept them from drilling in valuable parts of New York State. Chesapeake Energy, which last year told ProPublica that the chemicals are kept secret because “it is like Coke protecting its syrup formula,” now says that disclosure would bring honest discussion. “We as an industry need to demystify,” Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon said at an industry conference in September, “and be very up-front about what we are doing, disclose the chemicals that we are using, search for alternatives to some of the chemicals.” What is now needed most, according to scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency and elsewhere, is a rigorous scientific study that tracks the fracturing process and attempts to measure its reach into underground water supplies. In Wyoming, EPA scientists with the Superfund program are conducting the first federal investigation of this kind, sampling available water sources and looking for any traces of the chemicals used in drilling. But Colorado’s Thyne says a proper study would go a step further. “The critical thing that has to be done is a systematic sampling of the background prior to drilling activity, during and after drilling activity,” Thyne said. “Ideally, we would go out, we would put monitoring wells in and surround an area that was going to be fractured as part of normal operations. The budget for that kind of project would run ballpark $10 million. It’s a relatively small project for the U.S. Geological Survey or the EPA to undertake.”

Where should the waste go? On the East Coast, one of the most important unanswered questions about drilling is how to dispose of the chemically tainted wastewater that hydraulic fracturing produces. Most drilling wastewater in other parts of the country is stored in underground injection wells that are regulated by the EPA under the Safe Drinking Water Act. However, the geology in the East makes injection less viable and less common. In New York and Pennsylvania, millions of gallons of drilling wastewater could eventually be produced each day. That wastewater will likely be trucked to treatment plants that don’t routinely test for most of the chemicals the wastewater contains and that may not be equipped to remove them. Currently, the plants also can’t remove the high levels of total dissolved solids found in drilling wastewater— a mixture of salts, metals and minerals— that can increase the salinity of fresh water streams and interfere with the biological treatment process at sewage treatment plants, allowing untreated waste to flow into waterways. High TDS levels also can harm industrial and household equipment and affect the color and taste of water. After the wastewater passes through the treatment plants, it is dumped back into public waterways that supply drink-

ing water to at least 27 million Americans, including residents of Philadelphia and New York City. But without identification and routine testing for the problematic chemicals, it will be impossible to know how much of them are making their way to drinking water sources, or how they are accumulating over time. Evolving medical science says low-dose exposure to some of those chemicals could have much greater health effects than the EPA or doctors have previously thought. “Managing produced water has always seemed like one of the large challenges, because this area geologically doesn’t have the extensive network of underground injection wells,” said Lee Fuller, vice president of government relations for the Independent Petroleum Association of America. “One challenge that industry has got is looking at developing [treatment] technology, which could be very costly.”

All equal under the law The gas industry, and hydraulic fracturing, is subject to widely different laws in different states. Some of those laws are tough, perhaps burdening the drilling industry unnecessarily. Others are lenient, perhaps leaving much of the country subject to environmental danger. One thing is certain: There is no national standard for an industrial process that is used prolifically in 32 states and will be used even more in the future. Gas drillers receive special exemptions from seven federal environmental regulations that apply to countless other industrial activities across the country. Drilling companies are not required, for example, to report the discharge of toxic chemicals for the Toxics Release Inventory under the Superfund law—including the wastewater that threatens Eastern water supplies. They do not have to comply with the section of the Clean Water Act that regulates pollutants at construction sites. And they don’t have to abide by the Clean Air Act, which regulates industrial emissions. Gas drilling also has its own individual exemption, approved by Congress during the George W. Bush administration, that explicitly prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the way the agency regulates almost all other types of underground fluid injection, including those injection wells used for wastewater in the West. The argument behind these exceptions is that state regulations sufficiently protect the environment from drilling. But the result is that drilling regulation is left to a patchwork of state laws. A recent report by the Ground Water Protection Council, a research group that once had energy executives on its board but now consists mainly of state regulators, revealed that only four of the 31 drilling states it surveyed have regulations that directly address hydraulic fracturing and that no state requires companies to track the volume of chemicals left underground. One in five states don’t require that the concrete casing used to contain wells be tested before hydraulic fracturing. And more than half the states allow waste pits that hold WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

toxic fluids from fracturing to intersect with the water table, even though waste pits have been connected to hundreds of cases of water contamination. Although energy companies have developed many techniques that can reduce the spills and seepages that have occurred across the country, they are usually left to implement them when and if they choose, meaning protections can be entirely different between drilling fields a couple of miles apart. In northern Pennsylvania, for example, drillers do not have to supply regulators with a complete list detailing every chemical they will pump underground, while 15 miles away, in New York, state authorities have said that such disclosure is a must because it is essential to protecting the water. Many scientists and members of Congress are arguing for a sturdier national standard that would require minimum environmental protections and ensure that a national energy policy based on natural gas extraction can be pursued without jeopardizing the country’s other natural resources. “What we’re talking about is just putting some basic parameters around it,” said Colorado Democrat Rep. Jared Polis. “If companies are able to operate within those parameters ... then that’s fine. If they can’t economically do that, then that is because they are causing more damage than they are creating value, and they probably shouldn’t be operating in the first place.” Polis is one of 50 sponsors of the FRAC Act, a bill before Congress that would restore the EPA’s authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act and would require the disclosure of the chemical additives. Congress also recently asked the EPA to conduct a new peer-reviewed study of hydraulic fracturing’s effect on water resources, reassessing its old position. The EPA recently voiced its most explicit concerns in a decade about the environmental risks presented by drilling, in its response to New York State’s plan for drilling in the Marcellus Shale, the layer of rock stretching from central New York to Tennessee. The agency said it had “serious reservations” about whether hydraulic fracturing was safe to do inside the New York City watershed and urged the state to consider possible threats to public health. EPA scientists have also told ProPublica that the study suggested by Congress may soon be under way. If that research is coupled with a congressional reversal of the exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act, hydraulic fracturing could eventually be regulated like any other injection well in the United States. That would require, among other things, thorough testing of the rock miles below the surface to confirm that it can safely contain whatever is injected into it—a stipulation that addresses some of the uncertainty and is inconsistently found in state drilling laws. EPA regulation “would essentially create a base level,” said Steve Heare, director of the EPA’s Drinking Water Protection Division. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, states “would basically have to make a showing that their regulations were as effective as ours.”


Better policing All the laws and protections in the world won’t ensure that drilling can be done safely if effective enforcement isn’t in place to oversee it. Yet for all the debate about environmental protections, new laws and national benefits, very little emphasis has been placed on bolstering the agencies that issue drilling permits and go out into the field to make sure the processes are done right. ProPublica’s recent analysis of 22 states that account for the vast majority of the country’s drilling found that regulatory staffing has not kept up with the drilling boom, meaning that the nation’s ability to enforce rules that provide environmental safeguards is systematically weakening. New York, one of the hot spots expected to supply this gas-based national energy paradigm, has cut its oil and gas regulatory inspection staff 20 percent since 2003, even while it has approved a 676 percent increase in the number of new wells being drilled each year. Other states have added a few people but almost none have kept up with the crushing pace of new drilling. In West Virginia, the third-most-active gas drilling state in the nation, four new enforcement employees have been hired since 2003, but each inspector is still responsible for some 3,300 wells. “Crisis management is not the best management in the world, and we had to deal with crisis management 90 percent of the time,” said Jerry Tephabock, a former head of state oil and gas inspections in West Virginia who retired in 2007. “There were wells out there that had been drilled that have never been inspected in 15 to 20 years.” Even if states manage to keep staff levels where they are now—a challenge since 39 states have projected budget deficits for 2011s—the growth that would come from placing more emphasis on natural gas as a part of the nation’s energy strategy may still present sizeable risks for both the environment and the economy. Either enforcement would have to slacken or the permitting of new wells would slow so much that it would stifle the economic growth and energy independence that drilling is expected to bring. Different states are choosing different paths. Texas regulators promise they will issue new permits to drill within 72 hours, even though their regulator-to-well ratio is one of the most demanding in the nation. New York, in contrast, has pledged to bring new drilling to a crawl until its staff can catch up. However, neither approach addresses the scientific or regulatory gaps that represent drilling’s long-term threats to the environment. And it remains to be seen whether politicians and environmental regulators will make sure precautions are taken at the beginning of this new energy boom or if they will leave the nation to clean up the mess after the boom goes bust, as it has had to do so many times in the past. ProPublica reporters Joaquin Sapien and Sabrina Shankman contributed to this report.

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art WE ART WOMEN Stats released by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence are sobering: One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, an estimated 1.3 million women suffer physical assault each year by an intimate partner, and 85 percent of all domestic violence victims are women. For 16 years, former domestic violence victim and Humpin’ Hannah’s co-owner Rocci Johnson has helped the Women’s and Children’s Alliance assist victims of domestic violence with her annual We Art Women event. The bustling fundraiser brings female artists from across the Treasure Valley together in a celebration of art and music. Sadly, 2011 will mark the final year for WAW. On Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., you can peruse hundreds of paintings, sculptures and illustrations at Visual Arts Collective, while listening to music from Gayle Chapman, Rebecca Scott, Deb Sager and the Divas of Boise—comprised of Johnson, Peggy Jordan, Kathy Miller, Dana Oland, Carrie Padilla, Sager, Scott, Margaret Montrose Stigers, Sirah Storm and Mary Weaver. Available raffle items include round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and a weekend stay at a beach house in Mexico. If you can’t make it out on Thursday night, you can see 46 pieces from the exhibit, which will adorn the walls at VAC through the end of May. 5-10 p.m., $20 tax-deductible donation. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

FRIDAYSATURDAY APRIL 15-16 philharmonic BOISE PHILHARMONIC’S CARMINA BURANA Do you enjoy springtime? Does something about the magic of the Earth reborn draw you to seek company

and merriment with spirits? We all know how quickly the intoxication of warm weather can lead to amore. These spring themes are all key to the heart of Carmina Burana. Carl Orff composed Carmina Burana in the 1930s after he read the Carmina Burana manuscripts, a collection of medieval poems from the 12th century that were uncovered in Bavaria, Germany, in 1803. These poems inspired Orff to create

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a legendary composition for instruments and choir. The opening movement, “O Fortuna,” is widely used in mass media and easily recognizable. This weekend, Boise Philharmonic’s brass quintet, Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Opera Idaho Childrens’ Chorus and the College of Idaho Chorus will take on Orff’s stirring classic. Composer Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher will open the show. Shadowcatcher was inspired by photography

From Lara Croft’s cleavagey tomb raiding to Sucker Punch’s gun-wielding temptresses, we love a woman who will take names and kick ass. In Idaho, we have our own lady badasses: the Treasure Valley Roller Girls. With derby names like Hellen Brimstone and Ana Rampage, you know they mean business. Heavily adorned with tattoos, scowls and flexed muscles, these gals make enemies run (or skate) away terrified. Any fan of Uma Thurman’s The Bride in Kill Bill will worship these ladies—each derby is an act of sometimes-bloody vengeance. And, luckily for us, the season is about to begin—with a double header, no less. This Saturday, April 16, the Treasure Valley Roller Girls take on both the Salt City Shakers and the Southern Oregon Rollergirls at the Qwest Arena. The night promises lots of action with the ladies slamming, pushing and forcing their opponents out of the rink. Scores will be settled, bones could be broken and fights will be won. So don’t miss the TVR season opener—these girls have some blood-lust to satiate. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. bout, $4-$12. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-8497,

of Native Americans in the early 1900s, and on Friday, April 14, artist Ward Hooper will paint live during the show. Pre-recorded video of artists Geoffrey Krueger and Christine Raymond will be projected during Saturday night’s performance. The art will be auctioned after each evening’s performance. “The idea of the program was to create more than a concert, to create a happening. Both works are inspired by other art forms, and both works are written on a grand scale,” said Robert Franz, musical director at Boise Philharmonic. Each per formance will have an optional pre-show lecture so you can learn more of the fascinating histor y behind the music.

Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16; 8 p.m., 7 p.m. pre-show lecture; $24-$75. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1110,

MONDAY APRIL 18 wine tasting VINO! SWIRL. SIP. SAVOR. Not only is Walla Walla, Wash., home to the Washington State Penitentiary, the state’s largest prison, it’s also home to Whitman College, where Magic: The Gathering was originally cre-

ated. But convicts and nerds aside, Walla Walla is also gaining notoriety for its sizeable wine industry. The city has more than 100 wineries and 1,800 acres of grapes. If you’ve been looking to sample some Walla Walla cabs or syrahs but haven’t felt like making the drive from Boise, Monday, April 18, is your lucky day. The Linen Building is hosting Vino! Swirl. Sip. Savor, an event that offers tastings from more than 20 Walla Walla wineries. “The event will be technically a two-part event. The first part in the earlier afternoon, we open it up for the local wine industr y to grow anything that’s available in the wine shops and restaurants … and then we’ll open WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Lions and tigers and ... bunnytigers, oh my?

Miss Idaho’s roller derby name: Ivana Help.



fundraiser IDAHO JAPAN AID On Sunday, April 17, the Idaho Japanese Association, the Idaho Korean Association and the Idaho Chinese Cultural and Business Center are hosting Idaho Japan Aid, a fundraiser for earthquake and tsunami relief for Japan at the Nampa Civic Center. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with complimentary food and a no-host bar, but tickets will be required after 2 p.m., when performers will take the stage. Performances will include traditional Japanese music, bamboo dancers from the Philippines, a Japanese magic show, a singing performance by Miss Idaho Kylie Kofoed and more. The proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund. KBOI Channel 2’s Natalie Hurst will emcee the event, which will hopefully raise a considerable amount of money for Idaho Japan Aid to donate to the American Red Cross. The Nampa Civic Center waived the venue rental fee, allowing event organizers to maximize the amount of money raised. 1-2 p.m, FREE before 2 p.m., $30-$50 after 2 p.m.. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, For more info, visit

it up to the public for the evening tasting, where we’ll have hors d’oeuvres catered by Open Table and some local entertainment,” explained event organizer and former Walla Walla resident Jaclyn Wolske. For $40, you can sample



wines from vineyards like Dunham Cellars, Dusted Valley Vintners, Le Chateau Winer y, Spring Valley Vineyard, Tamarack Cellars and Walla Walla Vintners while listening to tunes by local musician Brock Bartel. At least 25 percent of the

Zoo Boise has long provided the backdrop for childhood photos. In addition to the main attractions—the animals— the zoo also hosts numerous events for Treasure Valley families. At Halloween, parents giddily dress up their kids in Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob costumes, cameras clicking away like paparazzi. In other words, Zoo Boise is the place to see and be seen for the toddler set. Luckily, these activities aren’t limited to fall. With each season, Zoo Boise offers new opportunities for parents and kids to not only see giraffes and penguins but to get all dressed up. On Sunday, April 17, Zoo Boise welcomes Easter with Eggstravaganza, which will be filled with plenty of egg- and bunny-inspired activities. The Easter Egg Scramble is a hunt/race to scoop up as many of eggs as possible. Different age sets will have different times to scramble, so no need to worry about the big kids. And of course, no Easter egg hunt is complete without an appearance from the egg-bearer himself: the Easter Bunny. Also, don’t forget to stop by the face-painting booth—a must for photo-hungry parents. When the kids are sufficiently worn out, grab a stroller or rent a wagon—all those zoo animals will be waiting for you. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; FREE for kids 3 and younger, $4.25 for children, $4.50 seniors, $7 adults. Zoo Boise, Julia Davis Park, 208-384-4260. For more information, visit

evening’s proceeds will benefit the Idaho Foodbank, Wolske said. “It depends on where expenses come in at, but anything after expenses is

When Erin Miller moved to Boise from England, the everyday dishes her mom had cooked suddenly became a precious, if tenuous, bridge to home. “I didn’t know how to cook all the things that she used to make,” Miller said. “And that’s how I became really passionate about passing down recipes.” So she and her American husband Ted designed a Erin Miller, owner of software program to catalogue Cookbook Outlet, pictured above. and archive family recipes. The Millers started The Cookbook COOKBOOK OUTLET People in 2007, which offered 2033 N. 35th St. their recipe-compiling software 866-961-6344 online. The business took off. They then added a line of colorful recipe binders and folders and now sell their wares all over North America and have shipped to Australia and Europe. Success also led to boxes upon boxes of inventory crowding the couple’s home. So, on March 21, the Millers opened a brick-and-mortar storefront at 2033 N. 35th St., just off State Street. The Cookbook Outlet acts as both a warehouse for all those boxes and as a tiny retail space where they sell their recipe archiving program, folders and binders. But to be clear, the Cookbook Outlet doesn’t actually sell cookbooks, just recipe-collecting materials. —Guy Hand

going to the Foodbank,” said Wolske. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $40. The Linen Building, 1402 Grove St., 208-385-0111,

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 13 On Stage THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— 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. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Literature BOOK SALE—Book sale to benefit library projects and purchases. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2900, LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES—Local authors discuss the writing process and their books, and get a chance to ask questions. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,

Citizen EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER— The Nampa High Art Club will be serving up homemade soup, served in ceramic bowls made by students. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Nampa High School, 203 Lake Lowell Ave., Nampa, 208-465-2760.

Kids & Teens GET LOUD AT THE LIBRARY— Bring the family to the main library or the Collister, Cole and Ustick or Hillcrest branches for an evening of science-related events. Visit boisepubliclibrary. org for details. 5-8 p.m. FREE.

THURSDAY APRIL 14 On Stage THE FANTASTICKS—Two fathers scheme to make their children fall in love. 7 p.m. $16.50$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER—A widower is faced with caring for an elderly father he has never really loved when his mother suddenly dies. 7:30 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S SPRING SHOW—Tonight is preview night—pay what you can (cash or check only) to see the show; $5 minimum. 7 p.m. $10$35. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

Principal dancers Phyllis Affrunti and Jared Hunt bring Ballet Idaho’s 2010-2011 season to a regal end.

BALLET IDAHO’S THE SLEEPING BEAUTY The lobby at the Morrison Center was a sea of tiny pink and purple tutus, small sweaters and khakis, hair-bows, clip-on ties, a tiara or two, and a cacophonous symphony of children chattering on Saturday afternoon as a nearly packed house waited for the final bell to signal the beginning of Ballet Idaho’s matinee performance of The Sleeping Beauty. Voices hushed as BI’s Artistic Director Peter Anastos took center stage and asked principal dancer Heather Hawk (The Fairy Carabosse) and company dancer Angela Napier (The Lilac Fairy) to demonstrate the pantomime they would use in the ballet to tell the story: The wicked Fairy Carabosse casts a spell on infant princess Aurora, so that on her 16th birthday, Aurora (principal dancer Phyllis Affrunti) will prick her finger on a poison spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy mitigates the curse so that instead, Aurora will sleep for 100 years until a handsome prince (principal dancer Jared Hunt) wakes her with a kiss and they live happily ever after. It’s no wonder that hundreds of parents brought their young ones to see the fairy tale writ large on the Morrison Center stage. Both young and old were entranced by the lush costumes, dramatic stage design and Tchaikovsky’s moodsetting music. Hawk, dressed in the dark green and purple of a canopy-covered forest at night, excelled as the villain, her movements sharp and crisp as she gathered her minions— young students from BI’s academy—around her. Napier, a tall, sturdy dancer, was quite fairy-like as she danced a bourree, and both she and Hawk brilliantly mimed with big, broad gestures to further the story along. Affrunti and Hunt were visions, whether dancing solo, during a pas de deux or amid an ensemble. They maintained a regal air as their skills as dancers were put to the test: Affrunti presented the rose adagio with great grace and Hunt’s jumps were beautifully executed. Unfortunately, BI dancers may have been concentrating too hard on adages and arabesques to transmit the high level of energy and emotion—be it fear, sorrow or joy—that a ballet like The Sleeping Beauty needs to keep an audience from slipping into slumber. However, credit is due to the academy students who, though not tasked with the same degree of technical difficulty, brought enthusiasm to their small but necessary roles whether in Carabosse’s court or during the Garland Waltz or wedding scene. They danced from their heads to their ballet slippers, and their genuine smiles brought needed light and life to the story. With The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Idaho leaves its 20102011 season, crowned heads held high, knowing it succeeded at staging an incredibly difficult ballet. And the academy better prepare: After watching Saturday’s performance, there might be hundreds of young people hoping to join and dance their way into next season’s shows. —Amy Atkins

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8 DAYS OUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—Students perform Oscar Wilde’s comedy about lovers who favor style over sincerity. 7 p.m. $5-$6. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-375-6010, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Literature BOOK SALE—See Wednesday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2900,

Citizen WE ART WOMEN FUNDRAISER—Enjoy an evening of music and art to benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Local female artists have created original artwork that will be available for sale. The Divas will perform, along with Gayle Chapman, Rebecca Scott and Deb Sager. Pizza and a no-host bar will be available. See Picks, Page 16. 5-10 p.m. $20 donation. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,


THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

On Stage THE FANTASTICKS—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $16.50-$37.50. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. ANNIE—Starlight Mountain Theatre presents its take on the favorite musical. Visit or call 208-4625523 for more info and tickets. 7 p.m. $7-$15. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425. I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S SPRING SHOW—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10-$35. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $5-$6. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-375-6010,



Concerts CARMINA BURANA— Boise Philharmonic and Boise Philharmonic Master Choral perform together, along with guest composer Eric Ewazen. See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $25-$75, $10 students. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

Art BFA THESIS EXHIBIT OPENING—Opening reception for The View From Here, The 2011 BFA Thesis Exhibition. The exhibit features diverse works by Boise State students. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994, art.

Literature BOOK SALE—See Wednesday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2900, BOOK SIGNING—Children’s book authors Judy Cox, Carol Lynch Williams and Sydney Salter will be signing their books in the store before they participate in the SCBWI conference the following day. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, MFA READING—Poet Julinan Spahr will read excerpts from her soon-to-be published book Well Then There Now. This is the final reading of the 2011 MFA Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Farnsworth Room, Boise State, 208-426-3275. NATIONAL POETRY MONTH READINGS—Local authors Ken Rodgers and Danny Stewart will be reading from their published works. 8 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220,

Talks & Lectures

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MATHEMATICS: INVENTED OR DISCOVERED?—Kit Fine, professor of philosophy and mathematics at New York University, will speak about mathematics, his research and philosophies. 7 p.m. FREE. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-3434611,


Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers. © 2009 Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.



Citizen AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FUNDRAISING DRIVE—Stop by the St. Luke’s booth to make a donation or to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win items donated by the other vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. The Chicken Koop Fleamarket, 241 Kings Road, Nampa, 208-6974145,

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8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends BACKSTAGE WITH THE ARTIST LUNCH—Meet Boise Philharmonic conductor Robert Franz and featured composer Eric Ewazen. Noon. FREE. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-345-9116. RADIO BOISE LAUNCH/RECORD STORE DAY PARTY— Celebrate Radio Boise and independently owned record stores with performances by Finn Riggins, Hillfolk Noir, Owlright, DJ Tony B and more. See Noise, Page 23. 8:30 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S SPRING SHOW—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10-$35. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $5-$6. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Roadd., 208-375-6010, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,



CARMINA BURANA—See Friday. 8 p.m. $25-$75, $10 students. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

Festivals & Events

Food & Drink

CAPITAL CITY MARKET—Find a wide variety of locally made products including specialty foods, wines, baked goods, vegetables and handmade arts and crafts. See Food News, Page 30. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287,

DINNER TRAIN—Enjoy dinner, music and a relaxing ride along the Payette River. Visit for more info and tickets. 6 p.m. $45-$69. Thunder Mountain Line Scenic Train Rides, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDA-RAIL or 208-793-4425,

EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET— Local vendors and growers display their wares of fine art, jewelry, crafts, herbs/flowers, local produce, live music and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. IDAHO CINEPOSIUM—Two-day film and new media conference for industry professionals. Topics include production management, budgeting, game design and animation. Visit filmidaho. org for info. $95, $45 students. Red Lion Downtowner, 1800 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-3447691,

GREAT HARVEST BREAD FUNDRAISER—Stop in for your favorite loaf or other goodie, and 100 percent of the day’s sales will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All day, Great Harvest Bread Company, 12570 Fairview Ave., 208-322-2378 and 5608 W. Fairview Ave., 208377-5587, greatharvestboise. com.

Sports & Fitness ROLLER DERBY SEASON OPENER— Double-header, vs. the Salt Lake City Shakers and the Southern Oregon Roller Girls. Visit for tickets. See Picks, Page 16. 7 p.m. $12. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497,

Literature BOOK SALE—See Wednesday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2900, BOOK SIGNING: PIXIE CHICKS—Get your copy of An Eclectic Collage signed by members of the Pixie Chicks. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Rembrandt’s Coffee Shop, 93 S. Eagle Road, 208-938-1564, BOOK SIGNING: GRETCHEN ANDERSON—The humor columnist will speak about her new book The Backyard Chicken Fight. See Arts News, Page 26. Noon-2 p.m. FREE. Zamzows, 505 E. Chinden Blvd., 208-8467830,

Citizen FAMILY FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER—Fundraiser for an Eagle mother who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The day includes family friendly activities, an auction and live music. Noon-5 p.m. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000,

RECORD STORE DAY—Check out exclusive new releases, Go Listen Boise’s bake sale, an in-store concert with El Ten Eleven, food from Parrilla Grill and Superb Sushi and more. See Noise, Page 23. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-3448010,

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, ANNIE—See Friday. 7 p.m. $7$15. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, 208-898-9425. 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, 208-345-9515. I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208-342-5104,

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


8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens

HOLI: SPRING COLORS FESTIVAL—Celebrate spring by throwing colored powders and gels at your friends. Wear something you don’t mind getting stained. Call 208-344-4274 for more info. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Hare Krishna Temple, 1615 Martha St., 208344-4274,

WATERSHED WATCH—Participate in on-site water testing, learn about water bugs and meet some of the inhabitants of the Boise River. Visit for more info. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284,

IDAHO CINEPOSIUM—See Saturday. $95, $45 students. Red Lion Downtowner, 1800 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-3447691,

Odds & Ends On Stage

MERIDIAN SPRING FEST— Featuring Buy Idaho and Idaho Preferred products with local vendors offering products for your home and garden, jewelry, food and arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Rocky Mountain High School, 5450 N. Linder Road, Meridian, 208-350-4340, rmhs.

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S SPRING SHOW—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $10-$35. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.

ROCKIE AWARDS SHOW 2011—Honor those who’ve fought the hard (advertising) fight and won during the Rockie Awards. It’s the 100th anniversary of the Idaho Advertising Federation. 6 p.m. $45. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212,

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $5-$6. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Rd., Boise, 208-375-6010,



IDAHO JAPAN AID—Join the Idaho Japanese Association, Idaho Chinese Culture and Business Center, Idaho Korean Association and the American Red Cross Greater Idaho Chapter for an evening of entertainment to benefit the earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. See Picks, Page 17. 1 p.m. $30 or $50. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555,

Festivals & Events EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA—Bring the kiddos for a day of egg scrambles, animal enrichment activities, face painting and more for the zoo’s annual Easter celebration. See Picks, Page 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4.25-$7. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125, zooboise. org.

Odds & Ends SUNDAY MARKET—Local artisans showcase their arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and more during this indoor market. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,


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On Stage ANNIE—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $7-$15. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425. POETRY SLAM DELUX—8-11 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux. com.

Food & Drink RADIO BOISE’S AIR-CHECK COCKTAIL PARTY—Take a tour of the studio at 4:30 p.m., followed by cocktails, an auction and live music. Proceeds to benefit Radio Boise. $35. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340, VINO! SIP, SWIRL, SAVOR—More than 20 regional wine makers will be pouring their wines for you to enjoy. See Picks, Page 16. 5:30-8 p.m. $40. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

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

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

STORY STORY STUDIO—This three-part workshop can help get you ready for the popular Story Story Night held at the Linen Building once a month. 7-9 p.m. FREE. The Cole Marr Gallery/ Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630.

TUESDAY APRIL 19 Concerts ARTS WEST CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CONCERT—Enjoy an evening of music by Arts West students. Tickets are available at Green Chutes, Arts West School and at the door. Proceeds benefit the Contemporary Music Department. 7 p.m. $10. Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7111.

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8 DAYS OUT 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, PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at second hand stores. $1 PBR, Oly, or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008,


Matthew Cameron Clark and Mary Portser portray Tom and Lillian, a son and mother with more in common than they know in BCT’s The Velocity of Autumn.

On Stage BCT’S VELOCITY OF AUTUMN THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. The event is a project of Living Liberally. 7 p.m. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3456620.

Workshops & Classes REAL TEENS REAL PRESSURES WORKSHOP—Jean Kilbourne, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher and Nan Stein will examine the sexual harassment and violence that teens face. Participants will explore prevention strategies. Space is limited. To register by Monday, April 18, visit 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., 208-336-8900,

Literature PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP—Big Tree Arts presents the loud Writers’ Program, including a workshop and all-ages poetry slam. 6 p.m. FREE. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632,

Talks & Lectures THE NAKED TRUTH: ADVERTISING’S IMAGE OF WOMEN— Jean Kilbourne will speak about how advertising poses risks to women including violence, eating disorders and addiction. Part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. High school and college students and faculty can get free tickets by emailing Kandis 7-8:30 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

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Few things are as infuriating as family. Those whom we hold dearest are often those who can frustrate us the most. They’re also the ones who bring us joy, laughter and security. When parents get older and children take on the role of caregivers, it’s a scary situation for everyone, and it’s not easy to proceed gracefully. Such is the world of Velocity of Autumn, the latest play by Eric Coble, having its world premiere at Boise Contemporary Theater. Audiences are introduced to Lillian (Mary Portser) and her son Tom (BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark), who are thrust back into each other’s lives after years of estrangement when Lillian threatens to burn down her New York brownstone if her other two children try to force her to move into a retirement home. What follows is a delicate tale that walks a tightrope between sadness and joy, fear and hope, and love and frustration—much like family does. Anyone who has ever watched a family member age or faced aging themselves, will relate to this well-written, touching production that leaves audiences both reflective and contemplative. At nearly 80 years old, Lillian is faced not only with the unpleasant realities of aging, but with an overwhelming fear of losing herself in the process—a particularly painful realization for someone who has always prided herself on independence. With the threat of being forced from her home, Lillian barricades herself inside and booby-traps the house with homemade Molotov cocktails. Tom is a wayward soul, moving from place to place, Through Saturday, searching for somewhere he April 30 fits. When he shows up at his BOISE CONTEMPORARY mother’s second-story window THEATER and climbs in, the kindred 854 Fulton St. souls begin the painful journey 208-331-9224 of admitting to their own fears and failings, while redefining the complicated parent-child relationship. Portser and Clark turn in strong performances in the 90-minute production, each drawing out the nuanced undertones of the poignant dialogue. Their world is another skillfully designed set where a lifetime of memories penetrates the walls of an aging brownstone, juxtaposed with the Molotov cocktails found in nearly every nook and cranny. Coble’s dialogue is both playful and touching and had the opening night audience not only laughing but nodding their heads with understanding. While the realities of getting older can be frustrating and frightening, a little humor, a whole lot of heart and a helping hand can go a long way toward mixing the ugly and the beautiful—much like family and The Velocity of Autumn. —Deanna Darr WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Finn Riggins and Hillfolk Noir take sides on their new split 7-inch.

VINYL HOLIDAY What’s in store for Record Store Day TARA MORGAN the record was a small way to unite the Boise Record nerds are a ravenous bunch. They music scene. meticulously comb thrift store bins for out-of“We’re pretty different bands, but we’re in print vinyl, bid whole paychecks on eBay for the same scene here, and it’s just about teamrare first-pressings and clutch their chests in ing up with another local band that we respect horror at bent corners and lightly scratched regardless of the fact that … normally we surfaces. But in the digital era, people who don’t hang out musically,” said Gilbert. cherish—and pay for—physical albums are a The festivities continue on Friday night at coveted crowd. So coveted, in fact, that a few Neurolux with a Radio Boise kick-off, featuryears ago, they got a holiday celebrating their ing Vinyl Preservation Society DJ Tony B., sacred temple: Record Store Day. Owlright and Almost Famous Karaoke. But Initially conceived in 2007 as “a celebrathe real Record Store Day madness gets going tion of the unique culture surrounding over bright and early on Saturday, April 16. Eager 700 independently owned record stores in the customers will be let in the doors at The Edge USA, and hundreds of similar stores internaat 8 a.m. to grab a coffee or bagel and snag a tionally,” Record Store Day has turned into place in line. The first 25 people will receive an all-out industry throw down, with special vouchers with purchase for a free gift bag that releases, in-store performances and avalanches could contain a $50 gift card. of free swag. To make this year’s Record Store Go Listen Boise will hold a fundraising Day—Saturday, April 16—even more insane, bake sale outside the Record Exchange all day, the Record Exchange turned the event into while local musicians busk on the sidewalk. Record Store Weekend. And later in the afternoon at 5 p.m., there will “Last year, all of the events were focused be an in-store performance by instrumental on Saturday, but we thought it would be fun rock duo El Ten Eleven. to make it a weekend party since Record Store Of the more than 200 special RSD releases Day is kind of our Christmas,” said Record Exchange Marketing and Promotions Director that the Record Exchange will receive from labels this year—everything from Bob Dylan, Chad Dryden. Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones to Fleet Record Store Weekend will kick off with Foxes, The Decemberists and Sonic Youth— free in-store performances by both Finn there are a few standouts. One is the Flaming Riggins and Hillfolk Noir on Friday, April Lips’ five album reissue box set that includes 15, at 6 p.m. The bands are celebrating the Hit To Death In The Future Head, Transmisrelease of their special limited-edition split sions From the Satellite 7-inch, which includes Heart, Clouds Taste the new tracks “Indie Metallic, The Soft Rock Song Blues” For more information on Record Store Day Bulletin and Yoshimi by Hillfolk Noir and events and Go Listen Boise street buskers, visit Battles the Pink Robots “Some Are Knightz” on 140-gram vinyl. by Finn Riggins. Other gems include “This is something a collaboration between Mumford & Sons, that these two bands brought to us, they took Laura Marling and Dharohar Project on 10the initiative to make this special split 7-inch inch vinyl, a split 7-inch featuring Jenny and specifically for Record Store Day,” Dryden Johnny and Gram Parsons with The Fallen said. “It’s cool to see that some local bands Angels and Emmylou Harris, and Built to have jumped on this and got behind it without Spill covering the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” on us going out and reaching out to people.” 7-inch picture disc. According to Finn Riggins keyboardist “The stuff that does really well is the clasEric Gilbert, who regularly shoots hoops sic rock stuff and the indie rock stuff,” said with Hillfolk Noir frontman Travis Ward, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Dryden. “There’s a lot of special 7-inches where it’s exclusive tracks or it’s a picture disk or it’s colored vinyl or that sort of thing.” Other more mainstream classic rock artists like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will also have special re-releases coming out for Record Store Day. “It’s a celebration of the Record Store as a physical place to go look at and buy music and interact and discuss music with other music fans,” said Dryden. “These classic rock artists, if you want to call them that, they grew up with record stores and their careers were built in the pre-iTunes era. So having brickand-mortar record stores was very important to these artists not only for their development but also for the records to sell.” All of the Record Store Day releases or reissues, even the big names, are printed in limited quantities—only between 1,000 and 5,000 copies are made of each release. For indie labels like Seattle’s Sub Pop, deciding exactly what fans and collectors want for RSD can be tricky. “It’s a discussion our A&R group has, figuring out what music is available, what makes sense timing-wise and where the enthusiasm is,” explained Sub Pop retail honcho Richard Laing. “It’s more complicated than you would think, particularly when talking about bringing back some out-of-print titles.” This year, Sub Pop has some top-notch RSD offerings. Not only are they dropping the debut album from BW favs The Head and the Heart, they’re also releasing Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues b/w Grown Ocean and a free 19-song compilation featuring bands like Blitzen Trapper, Low and J Mascis. “A significant part of our business is still through independent record stores,” explained Laing. “Not only are they good accounts but we feel are incredibly important in developing artists … These stores are run by and filled with people who are true fans of music and the support they bring to turning people on to records in their communities is hugely important.”

COLORCUBE GOES DARK When we first heard that all-ages music venue/art gallery/classroom space Colorcube had rescheduled a few of its upcoming shows, we crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t go under. Sadly, the space is now officially closed for good. According to co-proprietor Clint Vickery, Colorcube received a notice that it was in violation of a zoning ordinance at the beginning of March. “The city put a notice on our door saying that there was a zoning issue,” said Vickery. “They didn’t say what it was. It took us about three weeks to figure out that our building was zoned to be a concert house and social hall … but because we were within 300 feet of a residential area, they require a conditional use permit and they were unwilling to grant that CUP to us for some reason.” But according to Hal Simmons, planning director at Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission, there might have been a misunderstanding. “Nobody can recall having spoken to them and most of them probably would’ve encouraged them to come in rather than discourage them,” said Simmons. “I really don’t think they got any advice to not file a CUP here. I don’t know, my guess is maybe there’s some problems with bringing the building up to code.” Colorcube is currently in the process of removing all of the sound equipment from the space and contacting artists to pick up their work. They will search for a new home in the ensuing months. “We’re going to keep looking and investigating, but we’re going to touch a little lighter around town because we’ve lost money doing this already,” said Vickery. “We really want to continue to do it, but we’re also young and it’s not like we’re built of money by any means.” Despite the setback, Vickery and his partners—wife Melissa and their friends James and Lindsey Lloyd—will not be disappearing from the city’s cultural scene. “We’re going to be doing booking and promotions around town still promoting under-represented genres in all-ages settings, helping young Boise bands get their start,” said Vickery. “That’s still our focus. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to do it in our previous location.” But they will be able to do it in venues like the Linen Building. Which brings us to... “O Lay,” a track by Boise’s newish psych, garage-rock outfit Teens began streaming last week on MTV Hive. Though we had no idea there was such a thing as MTV Hive until a few days ago, the Teens track shared front webpage space with new songs by Panda Bear and O’Death, which is totally legit. You can download a free copy of Teens’ self-titled debut from Barn Owl Records. You can also catch them live at the Linen Building on Friday, April 15. See Listen Here on Page 24 for details. —Tara Morgan

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TEENS, YOUTH LAGOON, ADAM STIP MUSIC AND CASTANELLI, APRIL 15, LINEN BUILDING On tax day, you might be feeling mighty sad and want to wallow in your dwindling wealth or joyfully celebrate with some anticipator y tax-return glee. Either way, the Linen Building will be a good place to see and hear Teens, Youth Lagoon, Adam Stip Music and Castanelli when Colorcube presents this University Pulse Night Live. You’ll get high-energy, pop-infused guitar rock from Castanelli, thoughtful banjo-y ballads from Adam Stip, beautiful orchestral swells from Youth Lagoon and the cool echoes of sur f rock from Teens. Read Noise News on Page 23 for more info on Colorcube and Teens. —Amy Atkins 7 p.m., $5, all ages. Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St.,

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BLAZE AND KELLY—8 p.m. $3. Lucky Dog

SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

TALK MATH TO ME—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire

FALER-BELL—8 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle

TIM STILES—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s

EGYPT CENTRAL—8 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory


UNIVERSITY PULSE NIGHT—Featuring Teens, Youth Lagoon, Adam Stip Music and Castanelli. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $5. Linen Building

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

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


JIMMY BIVENS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

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

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





BLUE DOOR FOUR—With Sandon Mayhew. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door

AMY WEBER AND SHON SANDERS—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

CIVET—With Continental, Hotel Chelsea and The Useless. 9 p.m. $8. Red Room DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KATIE MORRELL—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

MARK WARD—8 p.m. FREE. Reef RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid RYAN WISSINGER—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire

STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE THROWDOWN—With Innocent Man, Talk Math to Me and Ella Ferrari. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid WILLISON, ROOS AND CHARLIE BURRY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef

FRIDAY APRIL 15 ACTUAL DEPICTION—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s B FOUNDATION—With Katastro. 10 p.m. $5. Reef

ACTUAL DEPICTION—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s



LEE PENN SKY—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

ARTS WEST JAZZ INSTITUTE QUARTET—With Brent Jensen, Aaron Miller and Steve Lyman. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door


RICO AND KEN—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown


RIZING REZISTANCE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SHELLEY SHORT—With Darren Hanlon and L.B. Jeffries. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage SONS OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

DAN COSTELLO—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub DANGER BEARD—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid EL TEN ELEVEN—With Girlfriends. See Listen Here, Page 25. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux EL TEN ELEVEN—5 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange



EMILY BRADEN—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

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


DAN COSTELLO—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

HINDER—With Black Stone Cherry. 8 p.m. $26-$65. Knitting Factory

DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

GO LISTEN BOISE BUSKING— All day. FREE. Boise Community Radio KEVIN KIRK AND SALLY TIBBS—With Jon Hyneman. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers KOLE MOULTON AND LONELY ROAD—With Pinto Bennett and Friends and Rob Faler and Friends. 7 p.m. $10. VAC MR. DAVIDAVICH AND W. CROSBY—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

UNWRITTEN LAW—With Authority Zero. 8 p.m. $16.50-$30. Knitting Factory


JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ONE WISH—With Somewhere in the Middle. 9 p.m. $TBA. Red Room

LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

RICHARD SOLIZ—7 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge TERRI EBERLEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

PUNK MONDAY—Featuring Something Fierce, Warner Drive, Robbed Ether and the Jerkwads. 8 p.m. $3. Liquid

SAPIENT—Featuring IAME. 10 p.m. $5. Reef

REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

STEVE EATON—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

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




TUESDAY APRIL 19 ARTS WEST LIVE—With Divit and Fonny. 6 p.m. FREE. The Blue Door



DAVID MARR—6 p.m. FREE. Cole Marr DOCTOR COOL—8 p.m. FREE. Reef GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JESSE FULGHUM—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread Community OvenDowntown JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers STARFUCKER—With Champagne Champagne. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux THEMES—8 p.m. $2. Flying M Coffeegarage THE THROWDOWN—Featuring Fetish 37, The Fade, Dogs on the Lam and Cayaire and Speakerbox. 9 p.m. FREE. Liquid


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EL TEN ELEVEN, APRIL 16, RX AND NEUROLUX A recent article in the Chicago Tribune posited that no matter what name a band comes up with, somebody already has it. Hence ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Our Dead (ellipses included) and !!!. Post-rock instrumental duo El Ten Eleven is a good example of that old chestnut, “What’s in a name?” Guitar/bass, drum and effects collide to create experimental tunes that rock, but that, without any vocals, still say something. Swooshing time signatures, looped atmospheric melodies and a humming intensity make it all unavoidably listenable. El Ten Eleven released its fourth acclaimed album, It’s Still a Secret, in late 2010. Consistent recording and regular touring (including regular stops in Boise) have given the oddly named duo’s music a voice without ever saying a word. —Amy Atkins 5 p.m., FREE. Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., With Girlfriends, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.,





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FLOATING ON AIR Two years in, commerce and art still mix downtown AMY PENCE-BROWN Raising your own chickens is no yolk.

BOCK, BOCK, BOCK, BOOK There was once a time when the only chance you had of being awakened by the sound of a rooster crowing was if you were spending a long weekend on a farm. You know ... a place with animals bigger than the people who live there and edible things that grow from the ground. It’s where ever yone gets up so early they probably wake the roosters. Oh, how times have changed. Now there’s a chance that even in your North End bungalow, your neighbors have a flock of little chickadees chirping away at morning’s first light. And you can’t take issue with the fact that the birds wake you up or with the aroma in the air, because by raising chickens, your neighbors are going green. So what do you do? Embrace it. Maybe work out a deal to get some of the eggs those fowl produce for your own family. And read The Backyard Chicken Fight by local author Gretchen Anderson. Who knows? By the time you’re done reading, you might decide that chickens of your own are eggs-actly what you need. Anderson will be signing copies of her book on Saturday, April 16, at the Garden City Zamzows at 545 E. Chinden Blvd. from noon-2 p.m., and on Saturday, April 30, at the Meridian Zamzows at 136 E. Watertower from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and the State Street Zamzows at 6208 W. State St. from 2-4 p.m. The book will be available for purchase at the signings or you can get it online at If you’re more into being a part of the urban landscape than reading about it, then you might be interested to know that the Boise City Department of Arts and History has put out a call to artists interested in designing the ACHD traffic control boxes in Boise. Up to 16 artists will be selected to turn the boring gray boxes into visionary visions (artists not selected will be added to a registry for possible involvement in future box plans). The project is being paid for by the Mayor’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, Capital City Development Corporation and the city. The deadline to submit an application is 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Artists will be asked to include 10 examples of their work, so if you’re interested, you’d better hurry. Just don’t run any red lights. Application info is available at

Artist Lisa Bufano whirled around with handcrafted appendages in a window of the Alaska Building while people strolled down Main Street one First Thursday evening. Screenwriter Elizabeth Rodgers asked visitors to bring embarrassing junior high journals for an evening of sharing the hilarity, horror and highlights within at Cole/Marr Coffeehouse For a little more than two years, 34 artists Artists Marcus Pierce and Cody Rutty in their AIR space on First Thursday. have been painting, performing and pontificating in several downtown commercial buildings program,” she said. entiates your office space for your business as part of Boise’s Artist in Residence program, Performance artist, photographer and sculptenants,” Greenwall explained. in which local artists are given studio space In fact, new tenants in Greenwall’s building tor Brooke Burton utilized her AIR space in with the requirement that they then open their two unique ways. temporary studios to the public on First Thurs- have come to expect quirky happenings each “[My] space was huge, so I was able to cremonth and artists traversing the halls. Red Sky days during their residency. ate some 8-feet-tall pieces that I’d never been Public Relations, which recently moved into The brainchild of 8th Street Marketplace owner Ephraim Greenwall, his then-marketing the Mercantile Building, was drawn to the area able to make in my home studio,” Burton said. She also invited Boise sound artist Ted Apel to because of AIR and the artistic culture. director Courtney Robinson Feider of Adrian share the work space with her. “Our team told us they wanted to be in the +Sabine, and City of Boise Public Art Manager “It was nice to have another artist in the heart of the city, where there was activity and Karen Bubb, AIR has progressed beyond the energy and entertainment nearby,” said Jessica space, as it provided someone to bounce ideas threesome’s initial goals to integrate arts and Flynn, founder and CEO of Red Sky. “A place off of, and that energy really led to creativity business in the city center. for me,” she said. that was inspiring, had history and ‘felt right’ “We didn’t start the AIR program specifiIn 2010, AIR extended the three-month for a creative company like ours.” cally for commercial reasons but had some stints to six months because of feedback from Though it seems likely that the more busivacancies in the Mercantile Building office the artists who felt that more time would help. nesses that move into the AIR space, the less spaces and thought incorporating artists Additionally, two smaller offices in the Merroom there will be for artists, Greenwall says into the space would add a little life into our cantile Building have been dedicated specifithere’s no reason to think that. building, as well as helping a community [of “The artists and creative community which cally to offering workspace to writers in resiartists] who desperately needed workspace,” dence, utilizing the Cole/Marr Coffee House as reside at 8th Street Marketplace have become Greenwall said. their First Thursday venue. Alan Heathcock, part of the texture of the project,” Greenwall From the program’s initiation in January an English professor at Boise State, spent his said. “Many of our new businesses come to 2009, Bubb’s role has been to get the call out time at the Marketplace Building completing to artists interested in obtaining a three-month 8th Street partially because of AIR. Additionfinal edits on his recently book, Volt, and doing ally, artists have become actual tenants of our working studio space, free of charge, as well buildings. My guess is ... AIR will be here for a promotional planning and media. as to facilitate a panel of local professionals to “The studio not only gave me a creative choose from among the applicants. But Bubb’s long time in one form or another.” space to focus on writing but also a profesHaving those dedicated spaces in which to role, as well as the larger role of the Boise City sional space to hold meetings in. Working with make and show work Department of Arts Cole/Marr turned into such a good opportunihas been invaluable and History, is also to ty to get people out in the public to talk about to many of the AIR promote local business. For more information on the AIR program, visit and promote writing,” said Heathcock, who program artists. “We’ve dedicated a only expected around 30 people at his first “Having a studio considerable amount event and was surprised when nearly 90 came. outside of my home of time to making the In addition to having a studio and hosting downtown core more visible through the AIR made me really focus on the body of work I First Thursday events, each AIR artist also was creating. It helped me see myself as a seriprogram, engaging empty space during an donates a piece of artwork at the end of his ous artist,” said Amber Daley, whose current economic downturn, which benefits everyor her residency, which is then displayed on project, “histori{c}ity,” consists of large-scale one,” said Bubb. the building’s walls. digital paintings of local historic landmarks. Taking Greenwall’s lead, other building “It’s a point of pride for employees to work Daley spent between 10 and 20 hours a week owners have opened up spaces to artists, working in the Mercantile during her residency in a space that values artistic endeavors and including in the basement of the Renewal Consignment Homewares, the Alaska Building and felt the prestige of being chosen as an AIR provides a platform to showcase those efforts to the public,” Flynn said. “Creativity breeds artist helped her market herself and her work. and, recently, Bricolage in the Idaho Building. creativity. We only see positives to being in “I noticed that people in the community “It is an excellent program if a building such a dynamic space where various knowland potential clients’ impression of me and owner wants to show some expression and edge workers and creative class companies the caliber of my work increased when they have a direct relationship with [the] commureside. Inspiration comes in all forms.” heard I had a space in BODO through this nity. Having artists on board really differ-

—Amy Atkins and Heather Lile

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THE OTHER LINCOLN LAWYER Redford’s latest is guilty of being dull GEORGE PRENTICE On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when a cowardly attack crippled America, the taste for revenge was bitter. The federal government faced its greatest challenge: keeping a fragile nation from unraveling with blood lust while crafting a measured response of justice. The U.S. Constitution, habeas corpus and common law hung in the balance. Robin Wright and James McAvoy are “#notwinning” in Redford’s Lincoln-9/11 mashup. But before that, there was the evening of April 14, 1865, when President Abraham Wood, Tom Wilkinson and even Kevin Kline the U.S. government. Lincoln was assassinated as part of a plot to look as if they’d rather be in another movie. If Redford had trusted filmgoers to find also kill Vice President Andrew Johnson and The Conspirator is the first production their way through the delicate themes, The Secretary of State William Seward. The latter from American Film Company, a new movie Conspirator would have worked as a fine hissurvived and Johnson’s would-be assassin lost studio owned by online-trading billionaire Joe torical drama. Instead, attempts to stretch the his nerve and fled. Those events are in AmeriRicketts. Following last fall’s premiere at the parallel to the Bush administration’s post-9/11 can history books. The conspirators are not. Toronto International Film Festival, the movie actions come across Oscar-winning diwas bought for distribution by Lionsgate and as ham-fisted and, at rector Robert Redford Roadside Attractions, but they sat on the film times, inappropriate. (Ordinary People, THE CONSPIRATOR (R) for a full half-year, probably unsure of how to Wright’s perforQuiz Show) chose Directed by Robert Redford market such an odd product. mance is believable the unlikely figure of Starring Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Redford fails to deliver something that he and her interpretaMary Surratt for the Evan Rachel Wood should know how to do better than most: tion of Surratt comes centerpiece of his newOpens Friday at Edwards 22 entertainment. For all of its heady composiacross as pure, but est effort, The Contion, The Conspirator never breaks through James McAvoy spirator. Robin Wright as an enjoyable movie-going experience. Its (Atonement) as plays Surratt, whose sterile, downtrodden pace never picks up, and Frederick Aiken, Surratt’s defender, stumbles son John was part of the plot to kill Lincoln. it feels as old as a history book that hasn’t been through callow courtroom oratories usually She was convicted of treason and hanged, updated since Lincoln’s assassination. heard in daytime soap operas. Evan Rachel becoming the first woman to be executed by

SCREEN/THE TUBE The show focuses on Sutherland’s unnamed hitman confessing multiple murders to a priest (John Hurt, looking, as usual, like a dehydrated hobo). The killings are revealed through derivative flashbacks. (By the Far more people waste time on the Internet than make up the audiway, if you’re ever being interrogated, don’t spit in your interrogator’s ence of a network TV program. And attention spans have diminished so face. It just makes people mad.) The most interesting scenes occur in much that people can’t summon enough motivation to text the first two the confession booth when the characters debate faith vs. hope, free letters of the word “your”—so a show with five-minute episodes seems will and the convenience of believing in God. like a pretty good idea. “We’re so frightened that this is all Kiefer Sutherland’s new series, The there is, we’ve created the illusion of an Confession, is produced by the Digital eternal soul,” a confessor says. Broadcasting Group and available only The show fits more substantive diaon Hulu. Each episode—or, to use the logue into seven minutes than the entire modern vernacular, “webisode”—lasts DVD collection of Grey’s Anatomy. no more than seven minutes. All 10 Most shows on Hulu just require chapters were filmed in nine days, and it clicking the play button. But because The looks like a work of cinema, as opposed Confession is intended for mature audito the raw twaddle typically associated ences, you need to set up a free account. with the Internet. For some reason, the Hulu people don’t The digital format, while new, is similar think you should be able to hear the word to 19th century novels that were often se“fuck” without giving them your email rialized in magazines—except instead of address, and they apparently don’t think Dickensian meditations on social reform, immature people use email. The Confession features drug dealers getKiefer Sutherland seven minutes at a time. —Damon Hunzeker ting shot for wearing wires.


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Special Screenings FOOD, INC. SCREENING—Catch the early screening at 4 p.m. and then hear local growers and producers speak, or check out the presentation and stay for the 21-and-older show at 7 p.m. Tickets available at Flying M Coffeegarage, The White Pine and Northern Lights Cinema Grill. See Food News on Page 30 for more information. Sunday, April 17, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $5 adv, $7 door. Northern Lights Cinema Grill, 650 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-424-9111.



I Love You, Phillip Morris almost didn’t see the inside of U.S. theaters. Controversy surrounded the film, which unapologetically featured Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as lovers. Despite a strong appearance at Sundance 2009, the film didn’t have an American theatrical release until December 2010. Eventually, independent distributor Roadside Attractions stepped up, saying, “We had been in hot pursuit of the film at Sundance.” In this black comedy, Steven Russell (Carrey, in a much-praised per formance) is a conman-turned-romantic in his jail cell affair with Phillip Morris (McGregor). A gritty cousin to Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, I Love You, Phillip Morris is one worth pursuing.

After Charlie Sheen’s antics got him fired, he became a meme machine. Suddenly, everyone was “winning.” It looked like Sheen was losing—his kids, his career, his sanity. But, as it turns out, Sheen was—and is—totally winning. With a multi-city tour and 3 million Twitter followers, his crazy is now a brand. And a few people are trying to make some cash off that crazy. Case in point? Troma’s 1989 drama A Tale of Two Sisters, which was written and narrated by Sheen and is “from the mind, poems and DNA of Charlie Sheen.” One Amazon reviewer wrote: “This movie is basically an improvised tone poem.” Spend good money on the DVD and then see who’s winning. —Jordan Wilson

THE GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE EVENT—Special screening of the movie made from the 1974 Grateful Dead concert at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco. Features exclusive interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. Tickets are available at the box office and online at Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7709 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-3779603, ROBOCOP—In this cult classic, directed by Paul Verhoeven, an injured cop—who is part machine—will stop at nothing to bring order to the streets of Detroit. Saturday, April 16, 9 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

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INTERNET/SCREEN BETWEEN TWO FERNS AND A HARD PLACE Interviews of celebrities are boring. Don’t you wish the interviewer would ask Steve Carell about how bad Evan Almighty was? Or yawn when Michael Cera gives a trite response about his “passion for acting?” In the exclusive web series Between Two Ferns, host Zach Galifianakis never shies away from the tough questions. Galifianakis’ guest list consists of Hol“Blue Steel” look from “Jewlander.” lywood heavyweights like Carell, Cera, Ben Galifianakis’ delivery excuses his inapproStiller, Natalie Portman, Sean Penn, Bradley priateness because he interviews like a child Cooper, Jennifer Aniston and more. Galifianawould, without a sense of just how kis’ deadpan delivery is compleoutside the lines his comments mented by his guests’ serious, proare. The results are awkward, hysfessional approach—they all play Visit terical interactions that provide a it completely straight (or try to). new perspective on celebrities who Galifianakis repeatedly goes too far are willing to laugh at themselves. and makes obscene observations: He tells Natalie Portman that his dick is bigger —Alex Blackwell than her dog’s and asks Ben Stiller to do the WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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NOW YOU SEED IT, NOW YOU DON’T Agricultural legislation will make it more difficult to view public records GUY HAND

Go do-nuts at the Capital City Public Market.


Bill 210, the Right to Farm bill, restricts the public’s ability to press lawsuits against existing agricultural operations; House Bill 269 takes how dairies manage their manure off the public record by redefining those practices as trade secrets; and the unanimously passed House Bill 328 imposes new requirements on requests to view public records. Democrat state Rep. Wendy Jaquet said it is always a bad idea to infringe on the public’s right to know how their food is produced. She was one of only a handful of legislators who voted against the Right to Farm and dairies bills. “People need access to information,” Jaquet said. “Things need to be transparent. And doing bills like this doesn’t drive home that message. You know in people’s hearts they say, ‘Well, who is the government for? Is it for big business, is it for large industrial dairies or is it for me?’” “These are not bills that are brought forth by small family farms,” said Hasse. “These are bills that are crafted and designed and written by agri-business corporations and they benefit nobody other than those same agri-business corporations. I think, if they have their way, we would know absolutely nothing about these facilities. They’d be in hog heaven, no pun intended.” Through ICARE’s continuing, if unwelcome search through public records, Hasse said they’ve found hard statistical evidence that the Idaho Department of Agriculture is not adequately regulating factory farms. In fact, she said, “about one-third of the time when the Idaho State Department of Agriculture should be showing these facilities as being in noncompliance, they’re not.” Brent Olmstead, executive director and legislative lobbyist for Milk Producers of Idaho, shook his head when the subject of ICARE came up. He acknowledged that several legislative bills this session were written to restrict public access to agricultural records and make it more difficult to file lawsuits, but he blamed much of that on ICARE itself. “[ICARE] has created enough problems,” Olmstead said, citing what he described as a particular- 32 ly confusing and confrontational BEN WILSON

Clear the leaves out of your cruiser basket and straighten your sun hat; farmers market season is upon us. Beginning Saturday, April 16, at 9:15 a.m., the Capital City Public Market will officially open with the ding of a bell. Market browsers can then scramble for the season’s first batch of fresh local produce, flowers and herbs. The opening market will also include the second annual Seedy Seed Swap, which provides an heirloom seed-swapping table for the duration of the market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and seed-saving demonstrations at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 23, the market will host The Toyota Farm to Table Tour, which pairs local chefs and local farmers to create “thousands of complimentary bite-sized tastings that highlight fresh, local ingredients while providing guests a great opportunity to learn more about the market, the specialty farmers, the chefs and ways to eat and shop locally.” Some of the chefs participating in the event include Dustan Bristol of Brick 29, Andrea Maricich of Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery, Abby Carlson of Peaceful Belly, Christine Reid of Locavore, David King of The Modern Hotel and Paul Faucher of Wild West Bakery and Espresso. Toyota will, of course, also be showcasing its vehicles—attendees can test drive the Prius V, the 2011 Prius, the Camry hybrid and the Highlander hybrid. In addition, market-goers can walk away with free potted herbs from the Toyota Mobile Garden. For more info, visit If you need more convincing that supporting the local food system is the way to go, check out a special screening of the documentary Food, Inc., a fundraiser for Think Nampa First at Northern Lights Cinema Grill in Karcher Mall. The movie will screen twice on Sunday, April 17, once at 4 p.m. for the all-ages crowd and again at 7 p.m. for the 21-and-uppers with local beer and wine available for purchase. A special presentation featuring members from the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, the Kuna Farmers Market, Vogel Farms and Bitner Vineyards will take place at 6 p.m. There will also be ample food samples from 5:30-7:30 p.m. from Blue Sage Farm, Green Goat Dairy, Brown Box Organics, Flying M Coffeegarage, La Belle Vie, Messenger Pizza and more. For more info, visit

bills restricting access to agricultural records, Three years ago, Alma Hasse walked inhibiting the filing of lawsuits against purposely, head down, toward a red brick farms—and even banning the photographing building. The Jerome County Courthouse and filming of farms—have been written. held a mountain of files on the county’s The Idaho Legislature passed several dairy CAFOs, or concentrated animal feedbills this session that fit the pattern. House ing operations, and Hasse wanted a look at them. She and her agricultural watchdog group, Idaho Concerned Area Residents for the Environment believed that Idaho’s factory farms weren’t being adequately monitored or regulated. That’s why she and a small group of her members burst into the county offices on that dreary December afternoon, requesting to see the CAFO records. But it soon became clear the group wouldn’t get what it wanted. The office staff, caught off guard and obviously not prepared to respond to that rare and forceful request for files, complied hesitantly, but within minutes Jerome County Commissioner Charlie Howell and County Planner Nancy Marshall arrived and asked the group to give the records back. Faces reddened, voices rose and soon a Jerome County cop arrived, looking as confused as everyone else. Marshall said the county simply didn’t have an employee available to sit with the group as they pored over files. Hasse’s daughter, Shavan, demanded that Marshall cite the county code allowing her to withhold the requested documents. Marshall couldn’t. The confrontation devolved into an awkward standoff and eventually the ICARE group shuffled out of the building having only glimpsed the files. That small tug of war over agricultural records points to a larger national tussle over public access that has grown more pitched with time. Activist groups are becoming more aggressive in their pursuit of evidence—like undercover videotaping at factory farms—that they believe will starkly expose the environmental damage, animal welfare violations and worker abuses they allege occur regularly on America’s industrial farms. Those same farms are demanding that laws be put in place to insulate them from what they characterize as unwarranted attacks on their already heavily regulated business practices. As a result, numerous state legisFor more information on ICARE, visit; latures have proposed or passed bills on Milk Producers of Idaho, visit To read House Bill 210, House Bill 269 or House Bill 328, to limit the public’s influence over visit commercial agriculture. Nationwide,

—Tara Morgan

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FOOD/CON’T presentation ICARE gave to the House Agricultural Committee. “That the Legislature came forward and wanted different bills to change some of the open records access because of this unreasonable, outrageous request done by the ICARE group.” Olmstead said ICARE has requested more than 100,000 documents (which Hasse denies) in what he calls a pointless, expensive and time-consuming “fishing expedition.” But, he also said, the problem is much larger than a single activist group. “There is a fear nationwide in agriculture,” Olmstead said in an office filled with dairy cow art and agricultural knickknacks. “You go back 30 years and there were attacks on the mining industry and it was done through lawsuits and very strict, not necessarily science-based regulations. Eventually, we had a lot of unemployment for miners, mines being shut down, the mining industry being a fraction of what it used to be.” It then moved on to forestry products. We now import most of our soft lumber out of Canada, where they don’t have all the lawsuits and the restrictions. And we’re seeing that, over the last five or six years, move onto agriculture. Not every state had a mining industry. Not every state had a forestry industry. Pretty much every state has an agriculture industry. And so you see a lot of that fear around the country and different ways of curtailing it,” he said. Olmstead doesn’t think banning the unauthorized photographing and filming of farms—as had been proposed this year by the Iowa and Florida legislatures—is the right answer to the problem. But he said, “the fear is grand enough and great enough, you’re going to see some different ideas come out.” 30

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ODELL BREWING The latest craft beer entry in the Treasure Valley is Fort Collins, Colo.’s highly regarded Odell Brewing Company. It’s been around since 1989 but just recently rolled into Idaho. Here’s my first look at a worthy quartet of cool labels and great beer. ODELL 90 SHILLING The 90 Shilling pours a clear copper color with a healthy head that sticks around. The aromas are subdued, with light biscuit and fruit. The beer’s light carbonation is very smooth and creamy in the mouth, and makes for a very sessionable quaff. The flavors are a balanced interplay of piney hops and just-sweet malt with a nice hit of citrus and lemon zest on the finish. ODELL CUTTHROAT PORTER This brew is an opaque ebony that’s dark as night and topped by a two-finger tan head with gorgeous lacing. It smells like cappuccino with a biscotti backing. The toasted malt flavors are deep and delicious, and there’s a nice citrus twang. Add coffee, caramel and mocha to the mix, with a finish that’s creamy smooth, and we’re talking seriously good porter. ODELL INDIA PALE ALE Here, “pale” means a bright amber in the glass with a persistent head the color and consistency of whipped egg whites. Citrus-laced hops dominate the nose, backed by aromatic herbs. You’ll taste lots of fruity hops, while balancing malt lurks in the background. The earthy finish is nice and dry with a gentle bitterness that lingers. ODELL MYRCENARY DOUBLE IPA According to the label, it’s named for a component of essential oils in the hop flower. A fitting moniker, for this is a hop-driven hazy gold ale with heady aromas of floral, citrus and pine. It’s packed with tropical fruit flavors and an aggressive, but not overly bitter hop profile. A touch of malt pokes through on the lively finish—it’s outrageously delicious. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Bosnia Express: Your sandwich gyro.

BOSNIA EXPRESS The commonly used hyperbole, “the greatest thing since sliced bread,” is often used to note marked achievement. Ironically, from a culinary standpoint, sliced bread is among the worst inventions forced on the world of food. But bread, which is among the oldest forms of sustenance, deserves more respect than American supermarket shelves give it. And at places like Bosnia Express, bread gets that respect. BO-EX, as its better known, is a sort of “insiders’” destination for the non-Bosnian among us. According to its Facebook page, a link to which you’ll find if you scan the menu’s QR code, BO-EX is “a nightclub/neighborhood bar/grocery store/ lunch spot.” To that, I’d add cultural gathering place, soccerwatching destination and bakery. But even that hodge-podge description fails to evoke the hotel lobby/cafe/bar/living room feel of the dark wood and faux foliage, red tablecloths and black chairs, the leather couches and coffeetable, the shiny flat screen TVs and tiny, open kitchen. It feels like the kind of semi-permanent place that’s a familiar home away from home, BOSNIA EXPRESS where you’re welcome to stay 4846 Emerald St. just long enough for a sandwich 208-433-9955 or all day, taking in a soccer game, a few beers and then a weekend dance party. Gyros ($5.50) are the BO-EX house specialty, but it’s not what you may be used to with taco-shaped flatbread and paper-thin gyro meat. Rather, BOEX plays to its strengths—homemade bread—creating a gyro sandwich. The bread, which is the size of a salad plate, is sliced in half. A smear of tzatziki primes the bottom slice, which still bears the parallel rack marks of the morning’s baking session. Lettuce and tomato follow. Thick, mildly spicy slabs of beef gyro meat bulk up the midsection and then the whole thing is sliced from top to bottom. Gyros aren’t culinary genius, but as gyros go, BO-EX’s is easily among the upper crust in town. Owner Dusanka Kurtagic said her husband Ermin rises early every morning to bake the bread that will become the delicate, puffed-up pita look-a-likes destined for tzatziki and gyro meat; the flaky, hard-crusted ciabatta that holds up against the ambitious stuffing of a prosciutto-mozzarella-ham panini sandwich; and the sturdy tubes of stark-white baguette that play host to simple cold cuts of roast beef and ham. Of those, only the gyro bread is a traditional Bosnian recipe, said Dusanka. After four years running the market and bar, the Kurtagics added food to the menu less than a year ago. As BO-EX racks up its fifth year in business, the food is gaining attention as the greatest thing since sliced bread. —Rachael Daigle WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Carbohydrates are making their way back after falling out of favor during the low-carb craze. What has returned is a new appreciation for more ingredient-centered, artisanal processes when it comes to breads and, more specifically, pastas. Many Boise eateries are creating their own homemade pastas, most without any formal menu fanfare. These homemade pastas are not complicated to make and contain only three to four ingredients: semolina flour, eggs, salt and a touch of water. But it’s the evolving techniques, space requirement, styles and shapes of pasta that takes many years to perfect. Richard Langston, owner and head chef at Cafe Vicino, believes that homemade pastas have a more distinct texture and full-bodied flavor because of the fresh eggs, which many of the dried, boxed pastas don’t have. One of his favorite versatile pastas, made every few days at the restaurant, is called tagliatelle—a pasta with wide, flat noodles similar to fettuccine. “We don’t have the biggest kitchen, and you always know when it’s pasta-making day,” said a jovial Langston. At Asiago’s, one of Boise’s formidable Italian restaurants, pastry/pasta chef Jason Morgan takes painstaking pride in making sure all the ingredients for the homemade spinach fettuccine, shells and linguine are fresh and ready for rolling. Other restaurants with less of an Italian focus—like Red Feather Lounge and La Belle Vie in Nampa—also occasionally make their own gnocchi or artisanal pastas with fresh seasonal ingredients. —James Ady

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): In her blog, Jane at janebook. answers questions from readers. A recent query went like this: “Who would win in a steel cage match, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny?” Jane said, “Easter Bunny, no question; he has those big-ass teeth.” But I’m not so sure. My sources say that Santa has more raw wizardry at his disposal than the Bunny. His magical prowess would most likely neutralize the Bunny’s superior physical assets. Likewise, Aries, I’m guessing you will have a similar edge in upcoming steel cage matches—or any other competitions in which you’re involved. These days, you’ve simply got too much mojo to be defeated. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Dear Rob: Last January, you predicted that 2011 might be the best year ever for us Bulls to commune with the invisible realms and get closer to the Source of All Life. And I have been enjoying the most amazing dreams ever. I’ve had several strong telepathic experiences and have even had conversations with the spirit of my dead grandmother. But that God character remains achingly elusive. Can’t I just have a face-to-face chat with his/her Royal Highness? —Impatient Taurus.” Dear Taurus: The coming weeks will be one of the potentially best times in your life to get up close and personal with the Divine Wow. For best results, empty your mind of what that would be like. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I was reading about how fantasy writer Terry Pratchett made his own sword using “thunderbolt iron” from a meteorite. It made me think how that would be an excellent thing for you to do. Not that you will need it to fight off dragons or literal bad guys. Rather, I suspect that creating your own sword from a meteorite would strengthen and tone your mental toughness. It would inspire you to cut away trivial wishes and soul-sucking influences that may seem interesting but aren’t really. It might even lead you to rouse in yourself the zeal of a knight on a noble quest—just in time for the arrival of an invitation to go on a noble quest. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Over the years, I have on several occasions stood at a highway exit ramp with a handmade cardboard sign that reads, “I love to help; I need to give; please take some money.” I flash a wad of bills, and offer a few dollars to drivers whose curiosity impels them to stop and engage me. I’ve always been surprised at how many people hesitate to accept my gift. Some assume I have a hidden agenda; others think I’m crazy. Some are even angry, and shout things like, “Go home, you

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freak!” If a comparable experience comes your way anytime soon, Cancerian, I urge you to lower your suspicions. Consider the possibility that a blessing is being offered to you with no strings attached.

around you. You could be aptly described as fiery earth within cool water within fiery earth within cool water within fiery earth. Whether that’ll be a problem, I don’t know yet. Are you OK with containing so much paradox?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Nearly all men can stand adversity,” said Abraham Lincoln, “but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, that thought will have extra meaning for you in the coming weeks. So far in 2011, you have gotten passing grades on the tests that adversity has brought you. But now come the trickier trials and tribulations. Will your integrity and impeccability stand up strong in the face of your waxing clout and influence?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the Navajo, the quality of your life isn’t measured by your wealth or status, but by whether you “walk in beauty.” It’s an excellent time, astrologically speaking, for you to evaluate yourself from that perspective. Do you stop to admire a flock of sparrows swirling toward a tangerine cloud at dusk? Are you skilled at giving gifts that surprise and delight others? When your heart isn’t sure what it feels, do you sing songs that help you transcend the need for certainty? Have you learned what your body needs to feel healthy? Do you know any jokes you could tell to ease the passing of a dying elder? Have you ever kissed a holy animal or crazy wise person or magic stone?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It would be a good week for you to assemble a big pile of old TVs you bought for $5 apiece at a thrift store and run over them with a bulldozer. It would also be a favorable time to start a blazing fire in a fireplace and throw in the photos of all the supposedly attractive people you used to be infatuated with even though you now realize that they were unworthy of your smart love. In other words, Virgo, it is a perfect moment to destroy symbols of things that have drained your energy and held you back. There’s an excellent chance this will provide a jolt of deliverance that will prime further liberations in the coming weeks.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “He who wants to do good knocks at the gate,” says Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore in one of his “Stray Bird” poems, while “he who loves finds the gate open.” I agree completely. That’s why I advise you, as you get ready to head off to your next assignment, not to be burning with a no-nonsense intention to fix things. Rather, be flowing with the desire to offer whatever gifts and blessings are most needed.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The style of dance known as the samba seems to have its origins in the semba, an old Angolan dance in which partners rub their navels together. In the African Kimbundu language, semba also means “pleasing, enchanting,” and in the Kikongo tongue, it denotes “honoring, revering.” In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you Libras to bring the spirit of semba to your life. Use your imagination as you dream up ways to infuse your intimate exchanges with belly-tobelly reverence and enchantment. Be serpentine and worshipful. Be wild and sublime. Bestow your respectful care with all your slinky wiles unfurled.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Once bread becomes toast, it can never become bread again.” I saw that piece of wisdom scrawled on the wall of a cafe’s restroom. I immediately thought of you. Metaphorically speaking, you’re thinking about dropping some slices in the toaster, even though you’re not actually ready to eat yet. If it were up to me, you would wait a while before transforming the bread into toast—until your hunger got ratcheted up to a higher level. The problem is, if you make the toast now, it’ll be unappetizing by the time your appetite reaches its optimum levels. That’s why I suggest you put the bread back in the bag. For the moment, refrain from toasting.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Philippines, there is a geographic anomaly I want to call to your attention: a volcanic island in a lake that’s on a volcanic island in a lake that’s on an island. Can you picture that? Vulcan Point is an island in Crater Lake, and Crater Lake is on Volcano Island, and Volcano Island is in Lake Taal, and Lake Taal is on the island of Luzon. It’s confusing—just as your currently convoluted state is perplexing, both to you and those

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t try so hard. Give up the struggle. As soon as you really relax, your subconscious mind will provide you with simple, graceful suggestions about how to outwit the riddle. Notice I just said you will be able to “outwit the riddle.” I didn’t say you will “solve the riddle.” Big difference. Outwitting the riddle means you won’t have to solve it, because you will no longer allow it to define the questions you’re asking or the answers you’re seeking.



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