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BW’s third annual guide to boozing


CREATIVE CASH Arts orgs find innovative ways to raise dough


TUNED IN Tune-Yards like it feral and weighty


BON APP(ETIT) Food porn, fish and calorie counters: There’s a food app for it

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NOTE GET YOUR PARTY ON WITH BAR BAR Last week: condoms. This week: booze mags. Yep, I’d say we’re doing our part to live up to the irreverent nature for which alt weeklies are often known. Now if we could just get Boise’s skin thick enough to handle “Savage Love” ... If you’re picking up a hard copy of Boise Weekly this week as opposed to reading it online, you’ll be treating yourself to a back-pocket-sized bar guide—the third annual Bar Bar, our yearly guide to getting your party on in the city. First, we’d like to say a big thank you to each of the six participating bartenders in this year’s Bar Bar. We asked those who were voted Boise’s best in last year’s Best of Boise contest to create cocktails reminiscent of Boise Weekly. Each rose the challenge, and in addition to reading about what they’ve created, you can sample each of the drinks at participating bars. And what’s a guide to drinking without a toast to its publication? On Friday, April 29, we’re crashing Balcony’s annual White Party with 44 North and a big-ass party. Don your best gleaming white and join us starting at 9 p.m. More info on Page 17. And if you didn’t get your copy of Bar Bar or you are a devoted digital reader, pick up a copy at BWHQ Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to thank the academy. At Boise Ad Federation’s annual award ceremony, which celebrates creative excellence in advertising, BW took home a Rockie in the category of “newspaper self-promotion single display, insert or specialty,” for our Get a Little Ink on Your Fingers in-house campaign. Congratulations goes to BW’s “King of Creative” graphic designer Adam Rosenlund, who had this to say: “I am proud and humbled to add this Rockie Award to the very top of my list of accomplishments, all of which can be read in my forthcoming obituary after I am crushed by a crate of off-brand diapers falling from a cargo plane.” —Rachael Daigle

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BW’S MTV HAS MUSIC On April 22, BW filed Scenes from a Scene #026-The Sleepy Seeds. The video log series chronicles the local music scene, though on occasion we do throw in an out-of-town band. Other recent Scenes from a Scene victims include Oso Negro, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, and Arthur Maddox.

THE DAY THE MUSIC WENT LIVE After eight years of fundraising, promises and webcasting, Radio Boise went live. Since April 11, autoplay has been dominating the dial at 89.9, but April 21 marked the first time DJs took the mic. Details plus video at Cobweb.

TAKE TWO As BW was going to press, the Idaho Transportation Department was scheduled to make its case before a judge regarding nearly 100 mega-load shipments ExxonMobil hopes to move along Highway 12 into Montana.

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MAIL POO ON PARTY POLITICS With reference to Bill Cope’s column (BW, Opinion, “Fools Rush Out,” April 6, 2011): I believe he is correct. However, it is the Democratic central committees, both locally and nationally, that are “stupid,” for it was not the Democrats that started the first Gulf War, the second (WMD) Gulf War or the financial meltdown we all are suffering through. It was the Republicans and so far, I have not seen any Democrat of any stature either locally or nationally laying the blame for this disaster where it belongs: on 12 years of Republican rule. When President Bill Clinton left office, the budget was balanced, there was a surplus and the Bosnian War was won. The present administration inherited (from the Republicans) the worst world situation that has existed since the Great Depression and World War II. If the Democrats weren’t so “stupid,” they would be as vocal as the “loyal” opposition and lay the blame squarely in the laps of the Republicans. The Republicans are not bad as a party, they have just had some very corrupt, ignorant and easily manipulated members. Now it is all about the “party” and not about being an American (or an Idahoan). It is time we think of America and Idaho first and forget party politics. —Louis Keefer, Boise

ME-CENTRIC LAWMAKERS Ted Rall (BW, Opinion, “No Pay For Congress,” April 20, 2011) is shocked to discover that members of Congress don’t play by

the same rules that they set for the rest of us, the common class. Well, it is becoming all too clear that democracy and capitalism cannot coexist in the absence of empathy, fellow feeling or social interest. You pick the term, Mr. Rall. If all we value is “me, me, me,” we are doomed to fail in both aspects. When CEOs reap gigantic bonuses for leading their companies into failure, they clearly don’t really care about the price of those failures that eventually fall on the back of we “middle and lower class” serfs. At least they don’t worry as long as Congress wades in to socialize them. Note the naughty word, “socialize” them. Note the naughty word “socialism,” oh my! By tradition, government in our country has two main functions: 1) protect the citizens and 2) empower them in the direction of a better life. See, both of these are rooted on the sense of connectedness, caring/empathy or social interest. Education is one avenue leading to a productive life, good health care is another. Sound police and fire protection is just assumed to be available, a certainty of a sound retirement after years of work is another. When we send members of Congress back to Washington, D.C., we expect them to do our bidding since we hire them and we pay their salary and provide them with health care just like all of us have. Sound reasonable? I fear that they become primarily interested in themselves, in stuffing their own pockets. We had better take a good, hard look, folks. —Tom Edgar, Boise

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DEAR BIRTHERS To all Birthers (idiots): 1. Visit 2. Search for “Obama birth certificate.” 3. Click the top hit, “Statement by Dr. Chiyome Fukino—” 4. Shut up! —J. Andrew Smith. Bloomfield, N.J.

CONDOM CHATTER As chairman of the Board of Health of the Central District Health Department, let me commend you for your service to public health by being the first to include a condom insert in every Boise Weekly published on April 20. This is a bold and brave action on your part, and you deserve to be recognized for it. As one of the partners in public health in Idaho working hard to prevent HIV/ AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, we welcome your participation in this endeavor along with A.L.P.H.A., our longtime partner in prevention and detection. Your outreach may have been the largest distribution of condoms in Idaho history at one time. CDHD distributed more than 31,000 condoms last year at various venues, and we welcome you to the prevention community and wish you much success in your efforts. If this strategy prevents only one case of HIV transmission it would have been well worth the effort. Prevention efforts improve with increased public awareness about a problem and knowledge and tools to address the concern and your effort has made an impact. HIV screening is available at all local health departments and A.L.P.H.A. and through primary care providers as a part of routine health care. Thanks for your service to the public health of our community. —Steven F. Scanlin, chairman, Board of Health, Central District Health Department, Boise



G.A.G. ON NUPTIALS Cope says “I Don’t”

This is the Copes. We’re not here right now, so tell us what you want, and we’ll decide whether to call you back or not. BEEP! I’m trying to reach Bill Cope. Pick up if you’re there, Mr. Cope. Please ... um ... please please ... um ... well ... OK. Hi, Bill. It’s Carol Dee O’Mealy. H.R. director of the G.A.G. Media Group. Remember? And before I get to why I called, I need to apologize for confusing you with Willy Oope last year. The whole mix-up seems to have happened because of a smear on a computer screen which we think was A-1 Steak Sauce. Whatever it was made the “C” in “Cope” look like an “O.” You’ll be happy to know we now have a policy that prohibits employees from eating finger steaks at their desks. And as to you finding Willy Oope for us, it’s fine you took the initiative to do that, though I would have preferred that you told me how to find him, rather than telling him how to find me. Some of my coworkers have said you did us no favors by encouraging him to come here and ... as Willy put it ... “look me up.” But I’m content to call the entire affair water under the bridge, even though I am still getting calls from him and always from a bar. I have directed the receptionist to tell him I’ve joined Mothers Against Drunken Discussions and am therefore prohibited from talking to him until he’s sobered up. Which I don’t expect to happen any time soon, do you? But that’s not why I’m c ... BEEP! It’s me again. Guess I need to talk faster. The reason I’m calling you, Bill, is because yesterday, at our weekly departmental heads planning/budget meeting, Gorman Armstrong Gluppers, himself, showed up unannounced and asked who we had in London covering the wedding. As I’m sure you know, Mr. Gluppers founded this company and is our CEO, so you can imagine what an imposing figure he can be. Especially when he shows up unannounced at a weekly departmental heads planning/budget meeting. And to make matters worse, we have nobody in London covering the wedding! There is plenty of fault to go around. I thought surely either our general manager or the news director was handling it, and our ND thought the GM had made arrangements, the GM thought the ND was doing it, and so it went. We learned after the meeting that our regular anchorman had heard a rumor that our weekend anchorwoman would be Skyping from the royal processional and was furious he was being left out, which explains why he has called in sick for 12 days in a row. At any rate, we have no one in London for the event, and Mr. Gluppers is adamant that we either have someone there, or ... in his words ... “heads will roll!” It was my idea that we look out ... BEEP! Sorry, but I have to get this said. It was my idea that we look outside our regular stable of WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

reporters for this assignment, since everyone in our regular stable has worked in broadcasting less than a month and is still struggling with words like “Kuna” and “Weiser.” I shudder to think what they would do with “trousseau” and “Balmoral.” I realize this is short notice, seeing as how the wedding is two days away, but would you please consider flying over there and reporting for us? Puh-leeese? All expenses will be provided, eventually, and we would send with you one of those Internet cameras that you can just set on a wall or a tree stump, and then you just stand in front of it and talk away. I also have some ideas for angles you might take that are probably not going to be looked into by other news sources. For instance, I’m pretty sure we can get you an appointment with Kate’s dentist, and while he’s scraping off your tartar, you could find out if she’s ever had braces. Or William’s sperm count? Who else is going to cover that aspect? And of course, we would expect you to search out anyone there from Boise and ask what they think of it all. I’ll be honest with you, Mr. Cope. You were not my first choice. But unfortunately, Coach Pete said he had some spring training to get to, and Lori Otter said she would have done it had she not been second choice after Coach Pete. So it’s down to you, Bill. I don’t mind telling you, I am a little desper ... BEEP! U You have reached the office of Carol Dee O’Mealy, H.R. director of the G.A.G. Media Group, Southwest Idaho Division. I am not available at the moment, so leave your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as possible. BEEP! Hey Carol Dee. This is Cope, returning your call. And before I forget, have you signed the Luna recall petition yet? If you don’t know how to do it, go to And make sure to get your Hancock on the referendum petition, too, at Now, about that wedding. Sorry, but I’m going to pass. I’m just not much of a wedding guy, C.D., and you need someone who likes those damn things. Last one I went to ate up a whole Saturday afternoon and put me out $50 for an engraved fondue pot. Then it ended in a nasty divorce less than two years later. Besides, I don’t quite get this whole icky obsession Americans have with British royalty. I thought that’s what we ... aw, never mind. I just pulled that classic boner of putting “Americans” and “historical perspective” in the same thought stream. By the way, Carol Dee, If you find someone to go, I have another angle he could explore. Have you heard the theory that one of Queen Victoria’s grandkids was Jack the Ripper? Yeah, Prince Albert Victor. That would be William’s great, great ... BEEP!

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Statue of Liberty stamp error, the end of America NEW YORK—It may seem like a minor thing. But the Great Statue of Liberty Stamp Screwup of 2011 presents a picture-perfect portrait of a society in the midst of collapse. You can tell a lot about the state of a country from its stamps and currency. At a nation’s peak, its graphic iconography is striking, elegant and original. As it begins to wane, abstraction gives way to caricature, innovative design to self-parody, high art to kitsch. Look at U.S. stamps and money from 100, 50 or even 30 years ago and you’ll see. Quarters were nearly sterling silver; now they’re mystery metal (nickel-copper-zinc alloy). A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned the famous Beaux Art sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign the nation’s coinage. Among the results were Saint-Gaudens’ breathtaking $20 gold double eagle; numismatists consider it one of the most elegant coins of the 20th century. According to U.S. Mint officials, recent revamps of the $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 bills were undertaken without consideration for aesthetics. They didn’t even consult an art director. Stymieing counterfeiters was the sole concern. Now, the Postal Service has issued its newest first-class forever stamp, featuring a photo of the head of the Statue of Liberty. But instead of the iconic figure that has greeted millions to New York, the stamp bears the visage of the small replica that stands in front of the New York-New York casino in Las Vegas. Mistakes happen. As every philatelist knows, another error—the 1918 “Jenny Invert,” which features an image of an upsidedown airplane—is one of the most prized collectibles because Post Office officials destroyed

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all but one sheet of the 100 stamps. Ten years ago, the Postal Service recalled and destroyed the entire run of a stamp that wrongly placed the Grand Canyon in Colorado. But that was before the economic collapse that began in 2008. The Postal Service is broke. Quality standards? Can’t afford them. Incredibly, postal officials are allowing this monstrosity, this artistic obscenity—the face is clearly the wrong one—to be sold at your local post office. In and of itself, this is no big deal. These are lean times. It matters because symbolism matters. The kind of country that puts stock photos on its stamps is the kind of country that puts a single air traffic controller in charge of one of its biggest airports. The kind of country that doesn’t fix its mistakes is the kind that tells people younger than 55 that they can go to hell and die when they get old and sick because it’s more important to cut taxes for rich scum than to fund Medicare. As for the symbolism of a phony Statue of Liberty in front of a casino in the nation’s gambling capital—well, that’s obvious. It would be fine if the money being saved by printing crappy stamps went to new textbooks in inner-city schools. But it doesn’t. It goes to Halliburton and Bill Gates. Now that American workers have been hung out to dry, robbed and fleeced, wrung out and burned out, the government and its associated agencies (the USPS is quasi-governmental) have turned on themselves in service to the 21st century robber barons. Don’t get mad about the stamps. Get mad at what they mean.




GETTING “MINI”-FRACKED New Plymouth wells will undergo controversial technique GEORGE PRENTICE


surance company, IMA Insurance,” West told New Plymouth residents. “We have pollution liability insurance and coverage that meets and exceeds anything the state would ever require.” But the State of Idaho won’t require a bond from Bridge, at least anytime soon. Hayes pleaded with the Oil and Gas Commission to introduce a bond to safeguard Idahoans from a potential fracking emergency, but the commission denied the request. “It was incredibly unfortunate,” said Hayes. “It doesn’t speak well to the potential for getting bonding included in the permanent rule-making process. I think it shirks [the commission’s] statutory responsibility.” The permanent rule-making process gets underway this summer, with Bridge, ICL and the Department of Lands all expected at the table. Bridge is anxious to get working. Of 11 wells exploration wells, three were immediately successful. Otter went as far as calling one well “sweet” in 2010, championing a new industry for the Gem State (BW, News, “Hell of a Well,” July 14, 2010). But four of the 11 were deemed dry, and Bridge wants to frack the remaining four. For the nearly three hours at the April 18 New Plymouth meeting, Parsons schooled attendees on the geology and physics required to drill through Payette County’s layers of sand and shale to tap what will become Idaho’s first-ever commercial natural gas production operation. “We’re looking at laying pipeline as early as this May,” said Ron Richards, Bridge’s drilling manager. Richards said Bridge expects to link its gas wells to the Williams’ Northwest Pipeline system, which boasts 3,900 miles of natural gas transmission across six Western states and British Columbia. “After the commission denied our requests, I spoke briefly with Gov. Otter,” said Hayes. “I asked him for a little help. We believe that if this is done right, the state can guarantee good revenue streams, but also ensure that local communities are protected and our drinking water is not harmed. We want that Bridge officials say they use three layers of steel pipe and cement to protect balance.” aquifers from fracking fluids.

doing,” Parsons told the standing-roomonly gathering. “We have fully disclosed the ingredients that we want to use for our mini-fracking.” Bridge’s website ( states that its main (99.5 percent) mini-frack ingredient is water, followed by silica sand, guar (a food thickening substance), soap, detergent enzymes, boron (another thickener) and acetic acid (a form of vinegar). “I really don’t have many concerns about what they want to use today,” said Hayes. “But when you challenge them to commit to not using cancer-causing compounds in the future, they get all mealy-mouthed. It’s a slippery slope. Unfortunately, we’ve seen it go horribly bad in Pennsylvania.” Hayes has closely monitored an accident in Leroy Township, Penn., where a fracking “blowout” spilled thousands of gallons of drilling fluids across farm fields and into a stream, resulting in evacuations of nearby residents. The Pennsylvania accident occurred 24 hours after the New Plymouth town hall meeting, but residents of the Payette County hamlet imagined just such a scenario when they quizzed Parsons about a remedial plan in case of emergencies. “We don’t have one,” Parsons said. Not satisfied that the company’s interests had been represented by Parsons’ short answer, Bridge Land and Acquisitions Manager Jodie West quickly jumped in. “All of that really would go through our in-


Justin Hayes couldn’t get over what he called the “unbelievable timing.” As program director of Idaho Conservation League, Hayes delivered an impassioned plea on April 19 before the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to prohibit carcinogenic chemicals in fracking, the controversial technique of injecting high-pressured fluids to improve flows through wells. The commission denied Hayes’ request and adopted temporary rules, using existing procedures in Wyoming as a model. Less than 24 hours later, Hayes stared at a news story reporting that oil and gas companies operating in Wyoming had injected thousands of gallons of water containing known carcinogens into wells from 2005-2009. The report, issued by members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, said as many as 29 of the chemicals were known or suspected human carcinogens. Ironically, one day prior, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, chair of Idaho’s Oil and Gas Commission, asked Idaho Department of Lands Minerals Program Manager Eric Wilson about that exact same subject. “In regard to toxic fluids,” Otter asked Wilson, “Are there any other states that use these driving fluids?” “Carcinogenic is a very broad term,” said Wilson dismissively. “Even Twinkies could be considered carcinogenic.” But Twinkies weren’t on the list of carcinogens found in the congressional analysis of fracking fluids used in Wyoming and 14 other states. Methanol—a hazardous air pollutant— was on the list, as was 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent used in paints and cleaning products. Bridge Resources, the Colorado-based company that has thus far drilled 11 natural gas wells in Payette County, doesn’t like to use the term “fracking.” “We call our process ‘mini-fracking,’” said Kim Parsons, Bridge’s exploration project manager. “It’s dramatically less than what you’ve been hearing about in the media.” The evening before the commission hearing, Parsons hosted a separate meeting on the same issue: a town hall session at the New Plymouth Senior Center, not far from Bridge’s exploration wells. “We’ve been totally transparent in what we’re

Don Kemper, Healthwise CEO, at the April 21 fundraising announcement.

A MATTER OF TRUST Don Kemper, chief executive officer of Healthwise, said there was “almost a collective gasp in the community” when a for sale sign sprang up at Harrison Hollow. The 58 acres, with a trailhead literally at Healthwise’s back door, is a gateway to some 400 acres of natural open space in the Boise Foothills. “I get some of my best ideas out on that trail,” Kemper told Citydesk. Kemper sang the praises of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, which on April 21, unveiled its plans to raise $580,000 and purchase Harrison Hollow. “The great news is that we’re already 60 percent toward that goal,” said Tim Breuer, executive director of LTTV. The total includes $101,000 earmarked for what Breuer called a “stewardship fund,” including $21,000 for initial trail improvements and signage and $80,000 for a permanent endowment. Investments from the endowment are intended to fund future maintenance and operation expenses for the trail. Breuer negotiated the sale with the Fred Bagley family, owners of the land for more than a half century. “In all those years, my dad and our family never put a fence up,” said Diane Bagley. She spoke candidly that only five years ago, her family’s company, Highlands Inc., considered commercial development for Harrison Hollow. “I was the guilty party,” said Bagley. “We were considering a mini storage facility. Fortunately, the company decided that it wasn’t right, and we put the land up for sale.” Bagley said they had two prime contenders for the land, a commercial developer and LTTV. She took the offers to her father. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘The Land Trust offer probably isn’t as much money, but I’d sure like to see that land go to the people,’” Bagley recounted. LTTV has a deadline of Dec. 6 to close the deal. “But if we hit our target before then, we’ll snap it up and close the deal sooner,” Breuer told Citydesk. When and if LTTV becomes the new owner of Harrison Hollow, it plans to put together a land management advisory committee to guide future actions. The LTTV board is also considering a deed restriction that would keep the Land Trust from selling off parts of the property for any future development. LTTV is also discussing the possibility of selling the land to the City of Boise in the future, but the trust is prepared to hold and own the property in perpetuity. “With this, we’re going to capture the land forever,” said Kemper. —Kat Thornton

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JERE VAN DYK Captured by the Taliban MARCIA FRANKLIN such enemies of our country? If you think that they are operating solely on their own, then that has some credence to it. [But] if you look at it that the Taliban are an extension of Pakistani military intelligence, or geopolitical goals, then it’s not just the Taliban fighting against the West. They’re being orchestrated by others. Some say we shouldn’t be there. We have a moral obligation to be there. There was no war when I was there in 1973. There was nothing whatsoever that we could call a militant society. We armed and we helped create, with Pakistan, this extremely militant society. There is an old CIA phrase; it’s called “blowback.” Be careful what you do, that it may not blow back and hit you. And in some ways, we are paying the price of what we did so many years ago. I believe that we are partially responsible for the destruction of that culture, because the soul of Afghanistan that I knew as a young man is gone.

You went to Afghanistan in the 1980s as a reporter and lived with the Mujahideen. When you returned to the United States, you carried their message, that they needed more help fighting the Soviets. Why? It became a bit of a, if I dare use the word, brotherhood. They were so good to me. I was always the A full conversation with Van When you were captured, one who received food first. Dyk airs Thursday, April 28, what were some of the things We had nothing to eat except at 8:30 p.m. on Idaho Public that helped you? rice and bread, but ... one of Television and repeats SunYou are always trying to the most important tenets of day, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. think of how to escape. And I their tribal laws, which go back knew I had to be fit. over 5,000 years, is to protect a I found myself doing the same type of guest, as well as to be a good host. warm-ups that I did before a track meet as There were three particular times that I a boy in high school, and it made me think can recall with them where they saved my of my family. And then it gave me a certain life. And I admired the fact that these men amount of comfort and a feeling of home. had nothing but were willing to die for what they believed. I thought of their plea to me: You were afraid? We need something with which to shoot Yes. I didn’t trust anybody. They would down the helicopters. talk about my becoming a suicide bomber. I thought they were going to cut out my kidneys. What do you think has changed and made I was constantly afraid. And there is noththese men who were so protective of you to be

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Jere Van Dyk had been to Afghanistan many times since the 1970s. In 2008, the veteran reporter returned to Afghanistan to find some of the former Mujahideen “freedom fighters” against the Soviets with whom he had lived in the 1980s. (Van Dyk’s series of articles on the Mujahideen was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.) He also wanted to possibly discover where Osama bin Laden was. Shortly after he arrived, he was kidnapped by the Taliban and held for 45 days. Van Dyk, author of the 2010 bestseller Captive, appears on the Thursday, April 28, edition of Idaho Public Television’s Dialogue. He says he always knew the risks but always wanted the story.

ing to me as frightening as when that cell door opened, and a man in a black turban is standing in the shadows holding a rifle, and you know that he can take you out in a second and cut off your head. What was the hardest thing for you? Holding my back straight. Looking into a camera and trying to die with dignity, afraid that I would be killed. That was the hardest. Why were you released? To this day, I don’t know the truth, and I am haunted by that. I don’t know the truth. The experience must never leave your mind. No, it doesn’t. There was something where you were so alive, because I knew that I could be killed at any minute. And here, we have to go through office politics and everything in normal society; it’s so cumbersome and not straight. So, there is, unfortunately, oddly, this desire to return to the purity of that cell, where life or death was on your mind every second. Can you go back to Afghanistan, and do you want to go back? Everyone tells me I can’t go back. Of course, I’m haunted. Part of my life and part of my soul and part of my heart lies in Afghanistan. I’d like to know what happened, and I don’t want to always think about, “Could I have gone back?” I don’t want to ever be afraid.



DO LLARS How local arts organizations and local government are staying connected to people—and funding AMY ATKINS


hen Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser made stops in cities across the country—including Boise—last year, he gave arts organizations something to think about. As with the corporations that once made huge annual donations to not-for-profit arts organizations, the people who made up the audiences had suffered the ravages of the recent recession. They may have still had an income but little to none of it was discretionary. Even before that, though, patrons of the arts were aging and, frankly, dying off, and performing arts organizations were not seeing young faces taking their places. Those groups had consistently worked at trying to make their performances more interesting to much younger people but still weren’t seeing them in the seats. One suggestion Kaiser made that several local organizations latched on to was to shift tactics: Don’t ignore the 18- to 30-year-olds but understand that they may not be making the arts a major part of their lives … yet. Kaiser said that it isn’t until people are in their 40s that they begin to view attending events such as dance, theater, opera or symphony—and then donating to them—as elements of their cultural enrichment and vital to their everyday lives. Robert Franz, music director of

Boise Philharmonic agrees. He sees his audience as “Discovery Channel lovers.” “I think that’s our exact audience. It’s people who like to watch shows where they learn something,” Franz said. “Eighteen to 40 is a dark zone for people … Think about people’s minds, think about what you do in your 20s and 30s. You’re working your ass off to try to figure out how to make your career successful.” These people are also having and raising families and trying to figure out what they want in life. By about the age of about 40, many of them begin thinking about not only enriching their lives but also giving back to their communities. They start thinking about being a part of something. “They start to lift their heads up out of the sand because their kids are out of the house, right?” Franz asked. “So you have these emptynesters who all of the sudden have the time to connect in their communities.” But to survive and thrive, Franz and other heads of local arts organizations know that it is not enough to know who their patrons are. Individual donors are now the backbone of organizations’ financial health, and to get those 40-somethings to give money above and beyond the tickets they buy to performances, the word “connect” is the key.





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No longer can a maestro keep his back to his audience after conducting a symphony performance. No longer can a choreographer sequester himself in a studio, only granting an audience to a wealthy patron. No longer can a not-for-profit administrator hide behind a sheaf of spreadsheets, emerging only to ask a board of directors for more money. The heads—as well as the staff and performers—of local arts organizations understand that and are working to see that their audiences know the people who comprise the organization as well as they know their shows. And those arts organizations must also look at the tried-and-true funding methods, i.e. grants, and find ways to make the process of obtaining them easier and more profitable. With a yearly operating budget of roughly $1.5 million, Trey McIntyre Project Executive Director John Michael Schert is all too aware of the importance grants play in sustaining an arts organization. However, he said, contributions from institutional funders—foundations, corporations and government—provide little. Corporate gifts account for a mere 2 percent of TMP’s budget, although it does receive generous corporate donations on occasion: Eaglebased company Camille Beckman has given TMP $20,000 on two different occasions. Assurant, a health insurance company out of Milwaukee, Wisc., gave TMP $100,000 over the course of two years. “But we don’t count on that,” Schert said. TMP does rely on ticket sales or earned income to meet its budgetary needs, but Schert said that individual giving is the driving force of any not-for-profit organization. The only way to get individual donations in the amounts necessary to help sustain an operating budget is to have a personal relationship with donors and for those donors to feel they have a personal stake in an organization’s success. “A third of our budget comes from individuals,” Schert said. “Our board of directors gives 12 percent of our budget themselves … our board this year gave $190,000, just among 16 people.” To be clear, TMP also applies for grants whenever and wherever possible. In 2008, the company was awarded $28,000 from the National Dance Project and $35,000 from the Multi-Arts Production Fund. In 2010, Dance/USA gave TMP an “engaging dance audiences” grant for $110,000; Mayor Dave Bieter named TMP the city’s first ever cultural ambassador, a title that came with $25,000; and TMP also received a $2,000 Boise Weekly Cover Auction grant. But though many of the grants are awarded annually, TMP has no guarantees that it will receive them from year to year, which means the dance company cannot rely on grants when budgeting. TMP has two people dedicated to doing little more than writing and applying for about four grants per week at a cost of about $80,000 per year. They get close to 16 rejections per month. The payoff doesn’t always equal the pay out. TMP rarely receives individual donations from anyone who doesn’t have some sort of relationship with a company member. So TMP works at being as forward thinking in its relationship building as it is in its programming—and it takes it just as seriously. “A lot of arts organizations have gotten lazy because they have had these tried-and-

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true funders that have supported them for decades,” Schert said. “So they stopped being innovative in how they include those people in how they make them a part of what [they] do. Trey [McIntyre] says, ‘I want our audience and our donors to feel included. What are all the little ways we can do that?’” When the company receives a donation in the mail, that donor must be called within 48 hours and thanked, regardless if they’ve sent $25 or $25,000. Many of those donors will also receive—along with a tax receipt—a hand-written note from McIntyre. The next time that person sits in a TMP audience, he or she will likely feel a strong connection to the company, what it is doing and its success. “We never sit back and say we deserve this,” said Schert. “It’s a gift.” Schert said regardless of how successful it is at obtaining individual donations, TMP still has to rely on foundation and government grants, and it very likely always will. Local government entities, such as the Boise City Department of Arts and History, are just as invested in the prosperity of notfor-profit arts organizations as the organizations themselves. Even as budgets are slashed, the department remains committed to supporting them. Terri Schorzman, director of the city department, knows that corporate and government funding for arts is down and has seen organizations look to other avenues for operating money. The department and the Mayor’s Office, however, have been longtime staunch supporters of the arts, and each year they make $45,000 available to arts organizations as part of a small grant program. In 2010, the mayor granted $105,000 in one-time economic development funds to five of Boise’s largest arts and cultural organizations: Ballet Idaho, Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Trey McIntyre Project. It was a one-time event because the city seldom has extra money. “We usually just have our little grant fund [of $45,000],” Schorzman said. “We’ll open that up again in June, but everybody is competing for that money.” The city has had its own funding issues but has worked hard to sustain that $45,000 grant fund each year. Any extra money the city has goes back into the general budget whenever possible, although a recent opportunity allowed the city to repurpose $12,000 into about a dozen small performing arts and cultural community events, such as festivals. In gathering data for a recent survey— the Arts and Economic Prosperity Survey IV—Schorzman’s department put together a database of 66 Treasure Valley-based organizations like Boise Art Museum, Alley Repertory Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Idaho, Boise Rock School and more—many of whom look to grants for support. If each organization was awarded grants, that $45,000 would be stretched as thin as a sheet of onionskin paper. Idaho Commission on the Arts is equally committed to supporting not-for-profit arts organizations. For several months, ICA feared the trickle-down effect of huge budget cuts that were forecast on a federal level, specifically from the National Endowment for the Arts. And though ICA Executive Director Michael Faison was prepared for a WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Through grants, Idaho Commission on the Arts provides continuing support to arts organizations across the state and is able to stretch funding further by reducing transaction costs.

worst-case scenario, recent news turned out to be good news. Recently, the House Appropriations Committee released the final budget agreement for the 2011 fiscal year, which was approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Barack Obama. It includes $155 million for the NEA. In 2010 $167.5 million was budgeted but the House had previously approved only $124.4 million for FY 2011. ICA will feel that cut, but Faison said, “It’s not catastrophic by any means either for the NEA or for Idaho and [ICA’s] ability to provide service.” This year, ICA was able to provide $700,000 in direct grants across the state, an impressive number and one that Faison said ICA was proud to have accomplished. The reason, in part, that it is able to provide those funds is because it pays close attention to the costs associated with writing grants. “When I [have been] speaking on funder panels—I talked delicately because there are some of them out there that create onerous amounts of paperwork for organizations—but I tell them, ‘Transaction costs matter. Pay attention to transaction costs,’” Faison said. “Make sure the cost for applying for and receiving money makes sense in terms of the actual money [arts organizations] are getting.” In simple terms, Faison said he tells the groups that are awarding grants in a time when funding is becoming scarcer that if “they can’t provide more, make what they do provide more valuable.” Grant applications often require a lengthy narrative explaining an organization’s direction (upcoming programming, for example), documentation showing what money has come in and where it has gone, letters of recommendation, audio or video components and more. And remember, grants are not

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always awarded annually. An organization has to reapply, in the same arduous manner and at the same cost, each year. Knowing that the costs associated with those applications—the transaction costs—cut deeply into the funds awarded, ICA moved to a threeyear grant cycle and cut its transaction costs by a whopping 75 percent in the last couple of years. It wasn’t that tough to do. “For all of those organizations for which there is a known quantity, and they deliver ongoing services [that includes performances] to people year after year, we don’t need big narratives about future plans. All we need is to review their past performance,” Faison said. “As a result, there’s really no application involved, only using the final report from their last time. Right there you cut it in half. Then, now that we have a three-year cycle, it gets even easier.” ICA reviews applications each year, and checks in with each organization, which, in turn, files a short report. That’s about it. And unlike other entities like ICA around the country that give funds for general operating expenses, ICA bases its funding on services. “[Giving money for general operating] is really giving money to an organization simply because it exists,” Faison said. “We don’t. The only reason we give them money is because they are providing a valuable public service to people.” Again, as both the beneficiaries and the foundation of organizations, the relationships that groups forge with their patrons are vital. A person may enjoy dance or the symphony, but if he or she doesn’t feel a connection, that interest may wane and the patron is likely to look to another source where there is a connection. In the year he has been in Boise, Tom Bennett, executive director of Boise WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Philharmonic, has put a great deal of effort into establishing the same kind of rapport with his company’s audiences that Schert described. Bennett also recognizes the importance of maintaining existing connections patrons may have with an organization. Bennett has grown Boise Philharmonic’s volunteer base and has retained a focus on fund-raising programs that have been in place for years. “We have implemented a number of new steps and fund-raising processes, including more and more volunteers,” Bennett said. “That is producing more results, and we have been opening up a number of new doors.” Bennett is a proponent of “systems.” He believes it is important to use database and tracking systems. Paying attention to detail and repeating what they do at the same time each year is essential—it accounts for 80 percent of fundraising. As an example of how important continuity is to donors, Bennett told the story of how, when he was in a former position, a symphony in the state he was working in had a 14-year successful track record of an annual fund-raising event, which usually raised $90,000-$100,000. One year, the event didn’t happen. The following year, the same people put on the exact same event. They raised around $20,000. “That’s one extreme example. In another job, people were saying they were tired of putting on the same event, like the Boise Philharmonic does with its Chef & Gourmet Gala. I told them [that same] story,” he said with a laugh. “Is it a pain in the neck sometimes? Yes. But there are certain advantages


to getting into everybody’s budget cycles.” Staying on people’s radar—in their budget cycle—comes by way of regular events but also by fostering a sense of a personal connection with them. Boise Philharmonic Board President John Stedman and Franz both extend personal thank yous in the form of phone calls and letters to donors whenever possible. And although he calls himself “just the money guy,” Bennett does, too. “Last night, I called 10 people who had given $100 the year before,” Bennett said. He not only thanked them for their recent gift, but because he uses “systems,” he knew when and how much they had given before and was able to say, “Thank you for your $100 gift each year for the past five years,” if warranted. “If I know that history of what they have been giving for the past five years, then they know that we are paying attention,” Bennett said. On the other hand, getting other people to pay attention to an organization like Boise Philharmonic is equally important and may engender connections of another kind. Arts organizations are willing to reach out to anyone willing to listen about the importance of the arts and why continued funding is essential. On March 21, Franz eloquently gave testimony before the Idaho House Education Committee. Chairman Bob Nonini, a Republican from Coeur d’Alene, had heard Franz speak a few days prior at an evening event and was so impressed with what Franz had to say about the importance of classical music on young, developing brains, Nonini asked Franz to repeat the speech he had

given. And just as he does during a philharmonic performance, Franz captured the attention of the dozen or so Republican and Democratic representatives present. Franz explained that either through students attending Boise Philharmonic performances or through outreach programs, this year, “we are just north of 20,000 students that will experience the Boise Philharmonic ... the Boise Philharmonic is involved with education because music makes a unique and vital impact on how the brain develops in children. While it’s a common misperception that orchestras perform concerts for children to mainly ensure audiences for the future, the reality for me is really quite different. Our work in this realm is vibrant, important and immediate. If we do our job properly, students will become better learners, more engaged citizens and generally more successful.” He cited a handful of studies, including one by Northwestern University, one by Stanford University study and one done in Duesseldorf, Germany, in which scientists using MRIs found that musicians’ corpus collosum—fibers that connect the left and right brain—were 10 percent to 15 percent larger than those of non-musicians, evidence that “musicians have a sense or an ability to connect left-brain/right-brain activities, which is key, of course, to solving problems … a real asset in today’s world.” Franz then told the committee about a study he was asked to lead that, though done in the early ’90s, is still an important factor in how he approaches his job as both conductor and instructor. The WinstonSalem Symphony in North Carolina, Franz’s home base at the time, was given a grant by

the NEA to answer a question: Does the act of listening to music, in a very directed way, actually change how the brain develops? Franz was asked to lead the Bolton Project at Bolton Elementary School in Winston Salem, N.C., an at-risk school. The project integrated music into arts, science and social studies. After three years of the small orchestras working with first-, second- and third-graders, those third-graders took their required standardized tests. Whereas three years before, only 44 percent of third-graders had been passing the tests, 88 percent passed after having had music as an integral part of their curriculum. The leaders of the Bolton Project sent their findings to scientists at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, who found that the children had developed “high-level, active listening skills and … acute and high functioning oral abilities.” That translated into students that were “fast little readers and, therefore, successful learners.” At a time when education funding in general is taking a hard hit, Franz knows that stressing the importance of continuing to fund the arts when basic classes are in danger is a tough sell. Still, talking to anyone willing to listen about the role of the arts is a necessity when every dollar counts. Speaking in front of the committee may not lead to money in hand, but it may lead to something equally important: connections. “The fact is, we’re not going to get a dime from the state Legislature. We know that and that wasn’t the approach,” Bennett said. “But ... if the Legislature can help guide us, if they get us in some doors, that’s a story that can go a long way.”

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BOISEvisitWEEKLY PICKS for more events TOM S EW ELL

See a weeping willow crying on its pillow at Stagecoach Theatre’s Always, Patsy Cline.


Hear U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin drop mad rhymes at the Egyptian Theatre.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 reading U.S. POET LAUREATE HITS TOWN Our country’s poet laureates are selected with great care by the Librarian of Congress, who consults with the current and former laureates and poetry critics. While it’s a pretty sweet honor, with a stipend and lots of freedom to work on their craft, poet laureates have a high bar set for bringing fresh ideas to the national poetry scene. Our current U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin, will be in Boise on Wednesday, April 27, to share some of his fresh ideas. Merwin has some lofty titles under his belt. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for two different books of poetry, first in 1971 for The Carrier of Ladders and the second in 2009 for The Shadow of Sirius. He was also awarded the National Book Award for poetry in 2005 for Migration: New and Selected Poems. Merwin is the latest literary star to appear in Boise for The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations series. And as a special treat, you can meet Merwin at an awesomely named pre-event reception, I Think Therefore Iambic, at Beside Bardenay. There will be appetizers and a no-host bar. Afterward, Merwin will read at the Egyptian Theatre. Pre-event reception, 6-7 p.m., $25. Beside Bardenay, 612 Grove St., 208-426-0538, Reading at The Egyptian Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $12 students, $35-$55 adults. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454. For tickets, call The Cabin at 208-3318000 or visit

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Never the shrinking Southern belle, Patsy Cline broke the mold for a generation of female country music stars. Before Cline, female country musicians were “window dressing” for male stars—she changed all of that as a top-billed star. She refused to be introduced as “pretty Miss Patsy Cline,” preferring more personal introductions, like Johnny Cash’s famous, “the one and only Patsy Cline.” And now, Stagecoach Theatre is celebrating her life by presenting Always, Patsy Cline, a musical (of course) chronicling Cline’s unique life and career until her tragic death in a plane crash in 1963. When she died, she was only 30 years old, demonstrating just how much impact she had in her short life. The play—expanded from the biography Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline—centers on the friendship Cline formed with fan Louise Seger. The two met before Cline’s performance at The Esquire Ballroom in Houston, and continued to correspond until Cline’s death. In addition, the play features her music, including her famous songs “Crazy,” “Walking After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces.” Through Saturday, May 14. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8:15 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; $12-15. Center for Spiritual Living, 10464 Garverdale Court, 208-375-0751,

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 comedy CHAOS CONTEST: BOISE’S NEWEST GAME SHOW Tired of going to mediocre concerts to justify your barhopping habit? Or attending trivia nights that are more predictable than the ending

of new Adam Sandler movies? Fatty’s Bar is here to resuscitate your night on the town with Chaos Contest, a five-round gameshow hosted by Janelle Wilson and Mikey Pullman. Similar to The Price Is Right, the Chaos Contest pulls participants from the crowd. The events are shrouded in secrecy until the night of the event, but prior Chaos Contests engaged contestants in challenges

like who could heckle Pullman the best while he does his stand-up comic act, or who could come up with the best interpretive, sexually charged dance to accompany a Christmas carol. The atmosphere is like a high school reunion—everybody can feel free to have a laugh at his or her own expense. Prizes will be given away throughout the evening to bar patrons in attendance, as well as a WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it.

The BW Bar Bar Guide will help you drink more beer beer.




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Orchestral music featuring woodwinds and strings is usually referred to as classical. But like rock music’s almost ad infinitum designations—punk, indie, garage, pop, progressive, alt, art, psychedelic—a number of sub-genres stay dry under the “classical” umbrella, including baroque. Baroque is European classical music created between 1600-1750, and if you’ve heard the music of Bach, Handel or Vivaldi, you’ve heard baroque. It’s haunting, spiritual, emotive and grand but also limiting for an orchestra dedicated to playing only music of that period. So don’t let the “baroque” in Boise Baroque Orchestra fool you. While the group certainly does perform the beautiful strains of Bach, it also performs the music of Mozart when the mood strikes. BBO Artistic Director Daniel Stern also brings the compositions of Wagner and local composers including Jim Cockey and Dave Alan Earnest to the great hall of the First United Methodist Church Cathedral of the Rockies, where the orchestra performs its Sunday concerts. And if the church setting has kept you from attending a BBO performance in Boise, it’s time to get thine butt into a pew. Stern explained that the music isn’t religious, but the beauty of the cathedral lends itself well to the majesty of the pieces. “Much of the music written before 1750 wasn’t written for public concerts. It was written for aristocrats. It was performed in huge, beautiful palaces,” he said. So as you sit during BBO’s season finale—which includes the music of Chevalier St. George, Vitali and Telemann and features Stern’s daughter Rebecca Stern, an acclaimed violinist— let the sun pouring through the cathedral’s stunning stained glass windows wash over you and sit back for, if not a religious experience, at least a spiritual one. Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium at College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405. Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., 208-343-7511. $20 general, $15 students and seniors, children younger than 17 FREE. For more information and tickets, visit

$100 bar tab for the Chaos Contest champion. Go alone or with your crew and see if you have what it takes to win. On second thought, don’t go alone—$100 is a big bar tab. 8 p.m., $5. Fatty’s Bar, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, 208-514-2531. For more information, visit hvEvax.


SATURDAY APRIL 30 hunks FIREFIGHTER BACHELOR AUCTION Bachelor auctions are the perfect fodder for sitcoms. They elicit tee-hees and


White couches and white winter coats are signs of luxury. Their crisp, unsoiled exteriors are testaments to the owner’s Cheeto-less, bourgeois lifestyle. The white-fabric way of life doesn’t include things like red wine, dirt-bike races, finger painting, black cats or chili cheese dogs. But if you can’t commit to the classiness of white cloth 365, try it out for one debaucherous night at the Balcony. On Friday, April 29, Boise Weekly will celebrate the release of our third annual Bar Bar Guide at Balcony’s annual White Party. And you know what goes perfectly with a white party packed with decked-out drink-sloshers? Clear booze. Which is why 44 North Vodka’s non-staining Magic Valley Wheat, Rainier Cherry and Mountain Huckleberry varieties will be on hand. Also, be sure to check out video projections of Boise’s top bartenders—Dave Stanciu from Pengilly’s, Mark Allen from Red Feather Lounge, Guy Midnight from Parrilla, Michael Bowers from the Modern Hotel, Cera Grindstaff from the Front Door and Jacob Detweiler of Happy Fish—making cocktails they invented specifically for Boise Weekly’s bar guide. So find yourself a white sportcoat, a good, nonstaining spray tanner and a tasteful gold cross to rest in your bronzed chest hair and head over to Balcony for the White Party. 9 p.m., $5. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, 208-366-1313,

woot-woots usually reserved for when the lead characters kiss after a predictable bidding war. Unsurprisingly, real-world bachelor auctions also make for a hilarious night out—novelty and manhunkiness all flexing their muscles for charity. For the fifth year, the Firefighter and Friends Benefit Bachelor Auction has put the dreamiest bachelors up on the auction block. There will be firefighters of all types for your bidding pleasure: smokejumpers, city and woodland firefighters and hot-shot crew members. This year, some of these sexpots are bringing their friends from other profes-

Vintage shopping can be a crapshoot. You come across the per fect pleated pea green polyester pantsuit only to notice there’s a yellowed cigarette burn hole on the right thigh and it’s missing an impossible-to-replace daisyshaped button. Luckily, at In Retrospect Vintage Clothing and AccessoIN RETROSPECT ries, owner Nancy Zurcher sifts 1615 W. State St. through all the unsavory stained 208-695-7156 Open Mon.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. blouses, dinged-up dresses and torn trousers to pluck out the cream of the vintage crop. Her State Street store, which has been open since October by appointment only, is now keeping regular hours: 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store is located in the quirky all-white Arcade Building across from Albertsons at State and 16th streets and features what might be the city’s most extensive vintage clothing and accessories collection—everything from elegant cocktail dresses to blocky men’s eyewear to delicate handmade wedding dresses to big, flashy costume jewelry. Zurcher is the former owner of Once Upon a Time, an antiques store in the Collister Shopping Center. She put In Retrospect on the back burner while she worked on Green Chutes, an artists’ co-op and consignment store also in the Collister Shopping Center. Now she spends her mornings hawking art at Green Chutes, then zips down to her vintage treasure trove in the afternoon. —Tara Morgan

sions. But should the promise of a dreamboat on your arm not be enough, you’ll rest easy knowing where that winning bid is going: 100 percent of the money raised at the auction benefits family and youth programs of the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. So, ladies, whether you are single, taken or just looking to support a good cause, this night out is for you. And don’t forget the fancy dress: The event is semi-formal. 6:30 p.m., $25 adv., $30 door. Liquid Lounge, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-2875379, Tickets available at Record Exchange or 208-433-8845.

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On Stage

On Stage

BYE-BYE BIRDIE—A rock star travels to meet his biggest fan before enlisting in the Army. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609,

ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE—Musical based on the life of country legend Patsy Cline. See Picks, Page 16. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-3750751,

THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION—Play by Aaron Sorkin about a boy genius from Rigby, Idaho, and the president of RCA Corp. in a battle to invent the television. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-3884278, LYSISTRATA—A modern and witty translation of Aristophanes’ classic play. Call 208-426-3957 for more info. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN—A feisty artist isn’t 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., 208-331-9224,

Workshops & Classes 2011 INAUGURAL PRINTMAKING SYMPOSIUM—Two-day symposium sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance aimed at bringing artists, students, professors and independent presses from nine regional states together to meet, share ideas and celebrate print making. For a complete schedule and list of speakers, as well as registration information, visit

Literature W.S. MERWIN—The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and U.S. Poet Laureate will read. Call 208-331-8000 for more info. See picks, Page 16. 7:30 p.m. $12-$35. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454,

Odds & Ends CHAOS CONTEST— Boise’s newest game show, hosted by Janelle Wilson and Mikey Pullman, consisting of five rounds of events in which contestants compete for a $100 bar tab. See Picks, Page 16. 8-11 p.m. $5. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, 208-514-2531, drinkfattys. com. I THINK THEREFORE IAMBIC—Reception for visiting Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin. Meet the poet and enjoy an evening of snacks and a no-host bar. See Picks, Page 16. 6-7 p.m. $25. Beside Bardenay, 612 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538,

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BYE-BYE BIRDIE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208426-1609, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278,

LYSISTRATA—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-3980, theatre.boisestate. edu. THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Food & Drink FOOD AND FILM—A three-course meal followed by a movie and discussion. Proceeds from the night go toward the growth and preservation of local foods. Visit for info and tickets. 7 p.m. $25, tvfcfoodfundraiser.eventbrite. com. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340.

NOISE/CD REVIEW JUMPING SHARKS: DREAMS OF THE DYING, LIGHT OF THE LIVING The new album Dreams of the Dying, Light of the Living by Boise band Jumping Sharks wouldn’t be hard to label as country, but that label wouldn’t quite cover it. It could also be called psychedelic, with technical instrumental jam sessions interspersed throughout the album, but that wouldn’t quite do it justice, either. Jumping Sharks’ sound stems from vocalist Zane Norsworthy, who sounds like a cross between Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. He gives Jumping Sharks a classic sound, but it’s a sound broken up ingeniously with the assistance of keys and unpredictable guitar solos that give Jumping Sharks a psychedelic—yet classic—sound. The album stand-out, “Bullies,” starts with an atmospheric, jazzy combination of guitar, laid-back drums and mood-setting piano. It’s a relaxed feel, but one that is abruptly interrupted when the chorus starts and turns it into a song that could set the stage for a rowdy bar scene of locals slugging beer mugs together, singing along with every word. Norsworthy’s nod-to-The-King voice is best displayed on “Hard On Me,” where he sings, “Keep us all runnin’ on a lonely heart / Keep us all runnin’ on a lonely heart” with a voice that could be mistaken as an Elvis sample. Those vocals are then mixed with a synth-heavy, punk-paced funk and laced with perfectly placed guitar solos, and “Hard On Me” is the result. Though their sound is hard to label—country, psychedelic, alternative rock—Jumping Sharks aren’t hard to listen to. On Dreams of the Dying, Light of the Living, Jumping Sharks have created a CD that is both party music and musically tight. A musician can pick this up and appreciate it for its musical qualities or it could play in a jukebox on a Saturday night and energize a crowd the way “Black Betty” does. —Alex Blackwell WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT PAELLA AND TAPAS CLASS— Learn how to make green olive tapenade and seafood paella. Call to reserve a spot. 6 p.m. $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208,

FRIDAY APRIL 29 On Stage ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-0751, spiritual-living. 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. BYE-BYE BIRDIE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208426-1609, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278,

LYSISTRATA—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, THE SECRET GARDEN—Music Theatre of Idaho’s adaptation of the classic children’s tale. Visit for information and to purchase tickets. 7:30 p.m. $14-$16. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., 208-468-5555, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Concerts BOISE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA—Violinist Rebecca Stern will perform Chevalier St. Georges and the music of Vitali and Telemann with BBO. See Picks, Page 17. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., 208-459-3405 or 208-4541376, ST. PETERSBURG QUARTET— Featuring the Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg Quartet. Call 208-426-1216 for tickets. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.



Art EXHIBIT OPENING: FORAY— The Treasure Valley Artist’s Alliance celebrates its first major art show with an opening reception in the common area/gallery at the new offices for the Boise State radio station. Featured artists include Sue Latta, Christine Raymond, Surel Mitchell, Tarmo Watia, Christine Barrietua and others. 4-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Public Radio, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise.

Odds & Ends WHITE PARTY AND BW BAR GUIDE RELEASE— Dress in white and get down to pick up your copy of Boise Weekly’s Bar Bar. Dance, check out video of Boise’s best bartenders mixing their specialty drinks and partake of drink specials featuring 44 North vodka. See Picks, Page 17. 9 p.m. $5. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, 208-3361313,

SATURDAY APRIL 30 Festivals & Events CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—Rows of booths featuring locally made products. Shoppers find a wide variety of goods with everything from Idaho specialty foods, wines and fresh baked goods to vegetables and handmade arts and crafts. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287. 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. EXPERIENCE IDAHO EXPO— Learn about all of the resources Idaho has to offer in one convenient location, featuring local businesses, products, services and activities. 11 a.m.5 p.m. $3 adults, kids are FREE. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,




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.



FIFTH ANNUAL BACHELOR AUCTION— Place a bid on the bachelor who catches your eye and help raise funds for the Idaho Federation of Families for children’s mental-health programs. Bachelors are firemen, police officers and their friends. See Picks, Page 17. 6:30 p.m. $25 advance, $30 door. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—Indulge in farm-fresh produce, fruit smoothies, salsas, cheese curds, kettle corn, funnel cake and curly fries and artisan crafts. The market’s new home is in the Crossroads shopping center at Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. meridianfarmersmarket. com.

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8 DAYS OUT NAMPA FARMERS MARKET— Fresh local produce, meat, plants, specialty food and crafts. Partake in the creations from the Chef at the Market from 10-11 a.m. and local entertainment. Located on Front Street and 14th Avenue South in Lloyd’s Square. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE,

RANDOM READING: LOGGHE AND ZELLER—Maya Jewell Zeller and Joan Logghe will share insights about writing, read parts of their work and answer questions from the audience about their craft. 1-3 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000,

On Stage


ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-0751, spiritual-living. org.

BENEFIT FOR AERAN MCALLISTER—The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Aeran McAllister, who is fighting leukemia. The afternoon includes a silent auction, live music, wine tasting and barbecue provided by Big Daddy’s BBQ. 4-7 p.m. $25-$30. Brewers Haven, 1795 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-9914677,

ANNIE—See Friday. 7 p.m. $7$15. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-8989425. BYE-BYE BIRDIE—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278, LYSISTRATA—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, THE SECRET GARDEN—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $14-$16. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14-$21. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Kids & Teens IMAGINE INN SHOW—Original songs, comedy and puppetry by Tim Noah and Cyndi Elliott, who won the Nickleodeon Parents Pick Award for Best Children’s Theater Group in Seattle last year. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise,

Animals & Pets FISHING DERBY—Spend the morning catching fish. There will be prizes for longest stringer of fish, biggest catfish and special tagged fish. Proceeds benefit the Boise Sunset Lions Club. Call 208-338-5466 to register. 8 a.m.-noon. $29-$25.

SUNDAY MAY 1 Festivals & Events EAST END MARKET—Neighborhood green market with a focus on local food and art, featuring live music and community activities every week. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street, end of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise. EXPERIENCE IDAHO EXPO— See Saturday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 adults, kids are FREE. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,

On Stage ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-0751, THE SECRET GARDEN—See Friday. 1:30 p.m. $14-$16. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555,

Concerts BOISE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA—See Friday. 2 p.m. $15-$20. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.

Food & Drink TEQUILA DINNER TRAIN—Indulge with a four-course gourmet dinner paired with special tequilas as you travel along the scenic Payette River. 5 p.m. $55$69. Thunder Mountain Line Scenic Train Rides, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDA-RAIL or 208-793-4425,

Workshops & Classes COOKING WITH LENTILS—Jim Soran, the local “bean guy,” will share his favorite recipes. Call to register. 1-4 p.m. FREE. Williams-Sonoma, Boise Towne Square Mall, 350 N. Milwaukee St., Ste. 1077, 208-685-0455,

Literature BOOK SIGNING: GRETCHEN ANDERSON—The author will speak about her current passion and new book The Backyard Chicken Fight. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Zamzows, 6208 W. State St. Boise, 208-853-1616, zamzows. com; and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Zamzows, 136 E. Water Tower Road, Meridian, 208-884-8616,

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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

KNITTING CLUB—Bring your projects to work on, or come to learn. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

SUMO ROBOT COMPETITION— Kids and their families can watch the robots made by the Boise State Robotics Club duke it out and then get the chance to do some hands-on robotic competing themselves. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise,

PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Work on you public speaking with the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem; show up and sit in. For more information, email 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-5594434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.



ANNIE—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $7-$15. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425.

Festivals & Events

NEW WORKS READING SERIES—Mike Baltzell directs this one-man show about Andy Lawless’ Banda; Life in Ruins. 7 p.m. $12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

INTERNATIONAL CLUB—Dress up and enjoy an evening of dancing to Adam Gottesman singing classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond. There will be ballroom dance lessons and complimentary appetizers from Mai Thai. 6 p.m. FREE. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605,

Talks & Lectures PRAXIS LODGE PUBLIC DIALOGUES SERIES—A monthly meeting to discuss science, ethics, culture, philosophy, humanism and free masonry, hosted by Praxis Lodge. Each session features a presentation followed by open dialogue. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3447272,

Odds & Ends BEER PONG TOURNEY—$4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208514-2531, BOOZE CLUES—Trivia and prizes with E.J. Pettinger. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

Odds & Ends

COMEDY NIGHT—Test out your routine on patrons during open mic night. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3223430.

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

KILROY COFFEE KLATCH—Join other WWII-generation people for a morning of conversation and friendship. All veterans are welcome and there are often guest speakers. For more information, email 10-11:30 a.m. FREE. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446, 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,

WEDNESDAY MAY 4 Festivals & Events LIQUID FORUM—Learn about and celebrate the work nonprofit organizations do for the community. Sponsored by United Vision for Idaho. April’s meeting features the Idaho Peace Coalition and music from the Brian Bateman Blend. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Part of The Idaho Loud Writers’ Program. Includes a performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, email There is a $25 prize for the Haiku Champ. 6 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632.

On Stage THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Alley Repertory Theater at VAC, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-388-4278, WICKED—The highly anticipated Broadway hit based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire makes it to Boise. 7:30 p.m. $50-$140. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-4261609, ODDS & ENDS TEAM IN TRAINING INFO MEETING—Find out about the fund-raising efforts of Team In Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program. The program provides beginning and advanced triathletes with experienced coaching while they participate in fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208384-4200, boisepubliclibrary. org.

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FINE TUNE Jeff Abrams says Radio Boise is here to stay.

Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus scraps the lo-fi fuzz on Whokill TARA MORGAN

ON THE RADIO After eight years, Radio Boise officially went live on April 21 at 1:10 p.m. on 89.9 FM. It was the first time since the station began broadcasting on the FM airwaves on April 11 that autoplay was turned off and local DJs took the mic. Several dozen DJs, staff and supporters gathered in the station’s new studios in the basement of the Alaska Building for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and to listen to DJs play a series of songs they picked specially for the occasion. “Relish this moment,” said Radio Boise Executive Director Jeff Abrams. “It truly is historic. There [were] 500,000 people in this community who don’t have their own radio station, and we did something to change that.” Abrams was met with a large round of applause when he pronounced Radio Boise officially in operation and spoke the station’s first words: “Welcome, Boise. We are here to stay.” And later this summer, you’ll be able to tune your radio to 89.9 FM on Wednesday, July 20, as you drive out to the Old Pen for a hot night of cool music. Indie folk balladeers The Decemberists have announced they’re bringing their peculiar brand of accordion-splashed Melvillean lit-pop to Idaho Botanical Garden as part of the 2011 Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series. Lead singer Colin Meloy is known for nasally delivery and lyrically epic songs. However, the band moved in a folksier direction with their new album, The King is Dead (Capitol Records). The Decemberists will be joined by Portland, Ore.’s comparably grandiloquent Typhoon, an indie-pop 10-piece with two drummers, a sousaphone, trumpet, bells, whistles and lots of handclaps. Tickets are $25 for IBG members and $30 for nonmembers. They are available at ticketfly. com. Visit for more information. Speaking of handclaps, you’ll probably hear a few during the annual Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival Friday, May 6-Saturday, May 7, at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. All of the acts promise unique performances—it isn’t called a creative and improvised festival for nothin’—but one act that should be especially interesting is the Mix and Match, which opens Saturday’s performances with 15- to 30-minute improvised sets featuring an amalgam of the 20 or so musicians from all of the acts. Admission is FREE. For more information, visit —BW Staff

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From her head-thrown-back shrieks to the paint streaks smudged under her eyes, TuneYards’ Merrill Garbus is anything but meek. In the video for her latest single, “Bizness,” amid blasting horns and looping tracks of her making dewy bird chirps, Garbus contorts her face into sour expressions and thrashes her tongue about. Clad in a tunic stitched with feathery neon tulle, Garbus is both enchanting and unsettling—an exotic bird with ruffled plumage and razor sharp claws. “I’m pretty fascinated with wildness and feralness and these sort of more animalistic parts of the human,” Garbus said. Garbus formed Tune-Yards (stylistically written as tUnE-yArDs) in Montreal in 2006 as a solo bedroom indie hip-pop project, mashing together found sounds, which re-released it in November 2009. The hissing vocal loops, ukulele and thrashing single “Fiya”—a lo-fi jawdropper filled with sub-Saharan African drum beats. Her debut album Bird Brains was entirely self-recorded kid squeals, plucked ukulele, glitchy beats and soothingly cooed lyrics like, “Why’d you and produced. think I’d put out your fire / don’t you know I “When I was making Bird Brains, I breathe in fire / breathe out fire”—even found was making it at night after the kid I was babysitting for would go to sleep … or going its way into a Blackberry Touch commercial. For Garbus’ second album, Whokill, to my car to do the loud songs so that no released in April, she scrapped the lo-fi bedone would hear me,” said Garbus. “That room hiss and went into an actual studio. was the glory of doing it all on a tiny little digital voice recorder, that I could really do it Tune-Yards’ touring bassist Nate Brenner performed on the album and co-wrote a anywhere.” And though Garbus didn’t have a techni- number of its tracks. Though it was difficult for Garbus to relax the reigns of creative cal background in music—she studied thecontrol, Whokill benefitted markedly from ater at Smith College, an all-female liberal arts school with famous feminist alumni like the collaboration. The notoriously persnickety Pitchfork gave the album an 8.8, “best Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem—she was new music,” and NME dubbed it “an eddymotivated by a DIY ethos to complete her ing, rhythmic record stirred by joy, compasfirst album without any outside influence. sion and fury.” “Eventually, after I had done the first “[Brenner and I] toured basically straight three tracks and they sounded really great, for a year and a half last year … We got reI thought, ‘I can do the whole thing all by myself,’ and I can then say for the rest of my ally tight as a band and really started to write more as a unit ... We also had this experience life, anything that anyone liked from this album—if they liked the arrangement of the of just seeing the music be performed in front of, all of the sudden, song or the melody hundreds of people, of the song or the and I think we knew rhythm behind the With Buke and Gass and Finn Riggins. that we had that space song—there would be Monday, May 2, , 9 p.m., $10. when we went to the no question that there VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE studio,” said Garbus. was some man in the 3638 Osage St. “Not that we were background consciously thinking, ing it,” said Garbus. ‘What’s going to go “It’s all me, both for over well with the its flaws and for its masses?’ But I think, inevitably, we had this successes.” sense of who we were performing to.” As it turned out, Bird Brains’ successes Though Garbus admitted it was difficult greatly outweighed its flaws. After findto shake that newfound sense of self-awareing a limited-edition vinyl release through Portland, Ore.’s Marriage Records, the album ness when recording Whokill, she nonetheless was able to tap into the same rawness that caught the attention of record label 4AD made Bird Brains a cult favorite. The album, (Blonde Redhead, Deerhunter, Bon Iver),

Merrill Garbus is in tune with her feral side.

originally titled Women Who Kill, smooths out some of the quirky pops and cracks from her debut, but keeps the chaotic, lushly layered earnestness. Thematically, Whokill tackles a number of weighty topics, including violence—like on the breathy, dub-laced ditty “Doorstep,” where Garbus lilts “policeman killed my baby walking right over my doorstep,” or in the siren-filled “Gangsta,” or the frenzied “Riotriot,” where she screams, “There is a freedom in violence that I don’t understand.” “When I use the words ‘women who kill,’ part of it was you don’t expect women to kill. We don’t think very often of women being violent, and that was also speaking to that gray area of violence, where violence can come out of something that has a good motivation … something positive at its root,” said Garbus. “Also that title had to do with the expectations of women and what I constantly try to rail against; what I feel is being expected of me as a woman.” Garbus tackles those expectations with a frankness uncommon in pop music. In the sexy, languid “Powa,” for example, she openly sing-songs “my man likes me from behind,” while in “Es So” she confronts body image issues. Though it might seem difficult to revisit these themes night after night in front of an ever-growing audience, Garbus explained that when she’s onstage with her loop pedals, drums and ukulele—rocking out with Brenner and their recently added saxophone section—it’s all about the process. “I don’t carry that vulnerability every night ... When I get up there, it’s very technical. I’m really actually considering how I’m inhaling and the placement of the notes,” said Garbus. “At that point when we’re on tour … the job of getting lost in the music is up to the audience.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire

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

ACTUAL DEPICTION—8 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory

ARTS WEST LIVE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown CHUCK SMITH—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

THE MUMLERS, APRIL 30, FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE San Jose, Calif.-based quintet The Mumlers, self-described as a “collection of despots who materialized out of thick air”— use an arsenal of instrumentation to create a psychedelically charged sound as thick as the air from whence they came. Clarinet, French horn and tuba cozy up to more traditional rock band instruments to create melancholy music that weaves into dirge-like soul searches and out of slightly less somber ’60s throwbacks. It’s all topped off with the forlorn vocals of frontman Will Sprott singing some seriously sad stuff, like in “99 Years”: I’m gonna write my grandma a letter / and tell her I love her so / I’m gonna write my grandma a letter / and send it off to Ohio. / I’m gonna tell her that I miss her / just so that she knows / I’m gonna write my grandma a letter / and send it to the old folks home.” —Amy Atkins With Hillfolk Noir and Ed Masuga. 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-4675533. Tickets available at

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DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DR. JOE AND DARIN—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s IN THIS MOMENT—With Straight Line Stitch, System Divide and Sister Sin. 7 p.m. $13-$30. Knitting Factory JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MAD RAD AND MASH HALL—9 p.m. FREE. Reef PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. LSB STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s THROWDOWN—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid

CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill CARLA COOK DINNER CONCERT AND FUNDRAISER—6 p.m. $75. The Blue Door FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s



KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

PHANTASMAGORIA—With Five Gears in Reverse. 8 p.m. FREE. Reef

FRANK MARRA—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s JOHN CAZAN—5-9 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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

JONATHAN HOFF—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

SHENANDOAH DAVIS—With Matt Hopper and Neo Tundra Cowboy. 8 p.m. $5. Bouquet


SHOOK TWINS CD RELEASE PARTY—7 p.m. $12, includes CD. Linen Building

THE QUICK AND EASY BOYS— 9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s


THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SINGLE CAR GARAGE—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews THOMAS AHLQUIST QUARTET—With Kyle Asche. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door TREVOR GREEN—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

CODI JORDAN—10 p.m. $5. Reef

HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater Pizza

THE NAUGHTIES—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

REBECCA SCOTT—With Rob Hill and Debbie Sager. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SATURDAY APRIL 30 2011 PRE-SUMMER BASH— Featuring New Boyz, MC Magic, Sean Garrett, Dev, Bobby Brackins, Mann and Bubba Sparxxx. 7 p.m. $18-$26. Taco Bell Arena ARTS WEST JAZZ INSTITUTE QUARTET—With Kyle Asche. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door THE BIG WOW—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle DARYL HANCE—10 p.m. $5. Reef DESSA—With Sims and Lazerbeak. See listen Here, Page 25. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GHOST OF THE MALT SHOPPE—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE IDAHO SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE—7 p.m. FREE. Ste. Chapelle JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MIGUEL GONZALES—Noon. FREE. Casa del Sol MOTTO KITTY—9:30 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s THE MUMLERS—With Hillfolk Noir and Ed Masuga. See Listen Here, Page 24. 8 p.m. $5 adv, $7 door. Flying M Coffeegarage THE QUARTERTONS—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper THE QUICK AND EASY BOYS— 9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub





ARTS WEST JAZZ STUDENTS— With Divit and Fonny and the Marcus Eaton Trio. 5:30 p.m. $10. The Blue Door




ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

THE HEAD AND THE HEART—With The Devil Whale. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Flying M Coffeegarage

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid

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

THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s



TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


TUNE YARDS—With Buke and Gass and Finn Riggins. See Noise, Page 22. 8 p.m. $10. VAC


CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE HEAD AND THE HEART—6 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PAPA ROACH—With Finger Eleven and Pop Evil. 8 p.m. $28$65. Knitting Factory TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill TREVOR GREEN—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DAVID MARR—6 p.m. FREE. The Cole Marr GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—FREE. 8:45 p.m. Pengilly’s KATIE MORELL—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s RUBBLEBUCKET—9 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Reef THE THROWDOWN—Featuring The Goodguys, Somewhere in the Middle and Bukkit. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid

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DESSA, APRIL 30, NEUROLUX Much ado was made about the dearth of female comics per forming at this year’s SXSW. It’s not that they aren’t out there—though not in great numbers—it’s just that they aren’t taken as seriously as their male counterparts. The same can be said for female hip-hop MCs. But with the likes of Minneapolis-based Dessa on the scene, the game is definitely changing. As a member of respected Doomtree collective (also the name of a record label), the author/spoken-word artist/MC/ singer has been making great strides in an industry that has long been all about the boys. Currently touring with Sims and Lazerbeak, Dessa’s stop at Neurolux on Saturday, April 30, is a coup because female MCs are rare and seeing them live is even more so. The cerebral singer/spitter has long been a contributor to other hip-hop artists’ work, but it was her 2010 solo release, A Badly Broken Code, that put her in the spotlight. —Amy Atkins With Sims and Lazerbeak. 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.,

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DESERT SOLITAIRE Michael Greenspan’s Constructs at Stewart Gallery CHRISTOPHER SCHNOOR

Bruce Maurey has a new space.

TIME FOR ART One thing creative types are known for (besides being creative) is their ability to put together an event, sometimes with little time or money. In the case of artist Bruce Maurey’s 208: A Group Show of Idaho Artists, he managed to pull in 23 of his peers for a one-night show to celebrate his new gallery/studio space. On Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m., he will fling open the doors and invite the public in for an art show and live music. The five-hour exhibit will include one work each from Ed Anderson, Kara Baker, Dead Bird, Amber Conger, Ellen Deangelis, BW photo intern Will Eichelberger, Debra Facchin, Julia Green, Storie Grubb, Patrick Hunter, Gus Johnson, Shelley Jund, Kelly Knopp, Nicolet Laursen, Maurey himself, Saratops McDonald, Tomas Montano, Bryan Anthony Moore, Manuela Muminovic, Shasta Nash, Pickle, Shyble and Wren Vanbockel. Live music begins at 9 p.m. courtesy of Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles and Storie Grubb and The Holy Wars. Maurey said he brought this group of artists together to have an opening party for his new gallery space/studio. And the reason for such a diverse group was simply because these are artists he had either shown with or whose work he enjoys and “thought it would be a good mix and bring artists together whom may have never met. I got the idea, made a list, asked everyone via email and it just came together.” The show runs 6-11 p.m. and is FREE to attend. Maurey’s new space is the Fulton Street Showroom at 517 S. Eighth St. From the walls to the stage ... Alley Repertory Theater has announced its 2011-2012 season and it promises to be electric. Opening Saturday, April 30, is The Farnsworth Invention, a play by Aaron Sorkin that looks at Idahoan Philo T. Farnsworth and David Sarnoff and their race to invent the television. On Friday, Nov. 11, Head, written by local business owner Russ Stoddard hits the stage. Head is the story of an American man and an Iraqi man who struggle with the consequences of a beheading. Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room opens on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. In this play, set in the 1880s, a young doctor treats his “hysterical” patients with vibrators. And his patients keep coming back for more. Also at ART, the popular series Plays from the Alley runs on three consecutive Mondays starting on July 11, and Alley Underground runs Sept. 22-24. For more information and tickets, visit —Amy Atkins

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In the architecture of Greenspan’s composirich patinas even though he is inspired by a Born and raised in Nevada where he attended tions, in their flat geometric planes reminiscent dry, adobe-esque austerity. In the end, what the University of Nevada-Reno, artist Michael of aerial landscape views, and even in the allows Greenspan to resolve these apparent Greenspan has also spent stretches of time solar-soaked atmospherics, there is a strong contradictions boils down to the enduring in greener climates like Seattle and Chattawhiff of the painter Richard Diebenkorn, impact on his artistry of “the solace-inducing nooga, Tenn., during his 30-year career. Yet who was plainly an influence. his extended years in the High In works like “Smackdab,” Desert West have consistently “Planar,” and “Gogo,” there is influenced his painting, and the a diagrammatic delineation of geology, atmospherics and arid space that seems alternatively emptiness of the region remain interior and exterior that is the cornerstone of his art. reminiscent of Diebenkorn’s His move to Southwest technique. Greenspan’s intricate Idaho late last year was an consideration of surface in some environmental homecoming, of his more monochromatic if you will. Constructs, his panels, like “Cool Hand” and first solo exhibition in Boise, “Seam,” stir memories of the underscores his commitment early Robert Ryman. to abstract painting rendered Greenspan also effectively in a fresco technique that is at weaves the use of black into his the core of his oeuvre, while art, whether in faded arcs, plum revealing other crucial elements lines and right angles, or more of his aesthetic. substantial, strategically placed Greenspan’s 23 works at forms whose dynamically redacStewart Gallery demonstrate the tive qualities energize smaller tug-of-war between sculptor and scale works like “Harefoot” and painter in this artist. Paintings “West Branch.” Indeed, Greensthat read as reliefs, raised, angupan’s alternative black medium lar painted blocks imbued with of graphite/linseed oil emulsion an Oriental demeanor, and Jofeatured in a series of tangential seph Cornell-like assemblages all works suggests that he was betray a sensibility informed by bitten by the Asian aesthetic his experience in the construcduring his years in Seattle. His tion trade and familiarity with three-dimensional wall pieces of construction materials, and a shaped, reinforced heavy cardfascination with tactile surfaces board covered with fiberglass and the processes of degradamesh and layers of plaster are tion and entropy. In a variety of non-Western sculptural forms ways, Greenspan creates highly Michael Greenspan, “1pm,” 32-inches by 28-inches, mixed media on panel, 2011 echoed by the black brushfinished, constructed objects, work on its face, dramatically even where we see pictures. combining the arts of sculpture, It is clear from his comments calligraphy and sumi painting. transcendence of the desert surroundings in and artist statements that Greenspan intends On second look, one notices how these which [he] was raised.” for his work to be and to evoke many things, works suggest monumental rock formations Despite Greenspan’s sculptural persuasome of which would seem to be at odds with found in the desert as well (see “Anvil,” a sions, his two-dimensional work, which each other. He aims to achieve an expansivesmall panel painting hiding in the midst of dominates the exhibit, has actually become ness in his art, “snapshots of a larger scene” these monolithic shapes like a key to a puzzle). more painterly. Old structures have always with its connotations of landscape extending Similarly, Greenspan’s graphite/oil emulsions intrigued him, and earlier in his career, panbeyond the frame, yet emphasizes that his art on Arches watercolor paper, of which there els of solid cast plaster served as his support, is essentially sculptural and object-based. is one impressive example in the show, “Rod imparting what he describes as a “literal Enamored with minimalists like Richard and Cone,” comprise another series that emarchitecturalism” to Serra who insinuated phasize the artist’s Asian influences. his art. both interior and exConstructs is on exhibit at Stewart Gallery Greenspan’s exhibit at Stewart is sympaToday Greenspan terior space with steel, through Saturday, May 14. thetically installed, presented in groupings paints on a ground Greenspan has worked STEWART GALLERY of two to five pieces that complement and of plaster veneer over in an abstract vein for 2212 W. Main St. reinforce each other. It is an intelligent presenwood panel on which most of his career, yet 208-433-0593 tation strategy that forces the viewer to focus he applies a blend of literalness is a crucial on individual works sharing subtle nuances oil pigment, beeswax, component of his art in palette, composition and surface effects, enamel and pastel. as well. He states he which otherwise run the risk of getting lost In the past, his paintings were finished in enhas always striven to represent the elements in a low-key monochromatic blur. Greenspan caustic but he now uses an industrial lacquer and physical forces native to his immediate and Stewart Gallery director Stephanie Wilde whose matte finish further flattens the surface environment, yet his solitary desert perspecare on the same wave length, making for a while bringing out the nuances of his subdued tive overrode even his years in the Pacific stimulating visual art experience. colors and pentimento surface effects. Northwest and Tennessee. He likes to create WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Special Screenings THE ANTHEM—This movie highlights unique sporting events and the athletes who excel in them, including Levi Leipheimer and Kristin Armstrong. The pre-party starts at 5:30 p.m. at Boise Fry Company. Monday, May 2, 7 p.m. $7. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

NOT SO SUPER Rainn doesn’t shine GEORGE PRENTICE In the world of cinema, there are superhero movies, and there are all the rest. And in the bizarro world of superhero movies, there is Batman, and there are all the rest. The Fantastic Four, Green Hornet, Hulk, Iron Man and even Superman have all sought the Dark Knight’s cache of cash (and critical respect). In the next few months, Captain America, Green Lantern, Thor and the rebooted X Men will suit up. This summer, if you’re not wearing a cape and standing in front of a green screen, you’re either Colin Firth or you’re out of work. Look! It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... no, it’s a guy in a red leotard with a wrench. Ewwww. It was inevitable that satire would catch up with the superhero phenomenon, but perheroes using overage R-rated language. A Frank needs a sidekick and along comes unfortunately, it has come in the form of therapist might have a field day with anyone Libby (Ellen Page), who works in a local Super, a rather limp look at fanboy culture. attracted to these two films. The violence is comic book shop. As she has in all of her Rainn Wilson plays Frank, a schizophrenic mind-numbing and the psychopathology is loser married to a former addict/stripper (Liv movies to date, Page commits fully to her off the charts. Tyler) who leaves him for a local drug dealer performance, but her character has little to Super’s strength may also be its no dimension, so she comes across as an (Kevin Bacon). kryptonite. Every Thursday, Wilson plays embarrassment. Frank escapes everyone’s favorite evil nerd, Dwight Writer/director James into his unhinged SUPER (R) Schrute on NBC’s The Office. His perforGunn is perhaps the daydreams and mances are note-perfect. Yet here, he’s lost biggest disappointment his taste for Directed by James Gunn here. His previous efforts, because the script is so weak. It’s a dreadful revenge leads him Starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler waste. It’s not that Super needs to be a moSlither and the recent to the alter-ego Opens Friday, May 6, at The Flicks rality play, but it certainly could use some remake of Dawn of the of Crimson Bolt, kind of moral compass. There are too many Dead, produced thrills complete with an ethical consequences for Frank and Libby’s and laughs, but Super ill-fitting costume actions, and the end result is depressing and mask. When Frank swings his weapon of provides very few of either. stuff. Oh well, only 14 months until the An obvious comparison can be made to choice, a pipe wrench, Super gets very ugly last year’s Kick Ass, which saw underage su- next Batman movie. and very unentertaining.


fronts and reduces the side effect of Jordan’s ill-considered shave to its most elemental problem: “You have Michael Jordan, which is excellent, and the commercial is effective in this way—it makes people think about underpants. And that’s the good part, but ... it also makes people think of the Fuhrer of the Third Reich— Adolph Hitler.” Of course, you could also say that Hitler had a Charlie Chaplin mustache or that a time-traveling Chaplin had a Michael Jordan mustache, but Macdonald is too smart and too funny to explore such pointless permutations. The blunt simplicity of his wit resides in a rigid resistance to convention. His punchlines rarely differ from the set-ups unless he’s satirizing less talented comedians. With emphatic inflections that somehow defy expectation by embracing the obvious, he dares the audience not to laugh. Maybe it’s best not to over-analyze it. Just watch the show. He says things like, “After reading all of these Yogi Berra quotes, I’m startin’ to think the guy was retarded.”

As the “Weekend Update” host on Saturday Night Live for three years in the 1990s, Norm Macdonald made Chevy Chase and Dennis Miller look like Brad Hall and Charles Rocket. Macdonald was fired from that gig despite being the funniest person alive. He now has a Comedy Central outlet, Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, on Tuesday nights to further assert his greatness—not that he would say that. In this post-modern age of ironic deconstruction, Macdonald is the perfect anti-comedian. He’s able to make the most self-evident observations surprising without ever resorting to an actual “joke.” Hearts are symbols of love, but ultimately, he points out, they’re horrible things that attack and kill us. He mentions that Michael Jordan has a Hitler mustache in those under wear commercials. Airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central. We’ve all seen it, but Macdonald conWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES—A fun night of campy craziness that also benefits the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. You must be 21 or older to attend. Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Gamekeeper Lounge, 1109 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, MARWENCOL—An emotional story about Mark Hogancamp, who awoke from a coma and remembered almost nothing of his previous life. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Terry Reilly Health Services program. Thursday, April 28, 7-9 p.m. $12. Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, THREE OF A KIND—Email to reserve a seat for the screening of this psychological thriller made in Boise, starring Margot Kidder and Larry Thomas. Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m. FREE. Northgate Reel Theatre, 6950 W. State St., Boise, 208-377-2620,


FAST FIVE & FAST FIVE IMAX—An ex-cop (Paul Walker) and his female friend break her brother (Vin Diesel) out of jail and make a run for the border to avoid the authorities. Then they make a run for the other border and into Rio de Janerio with a federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) hot on their trail. They’ve got to lose him and do one last job before gaining their freedom. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22

PROM—Teenage drama ensues when high school seniors plan for the highlight of their year. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 SUPER—Rainn Wilson seeks redemption as superhero Crimson Bolt in this star-studded dark comedy. Liv Tyler plays his wife, who has her own problems with her seedy boss, played by Kevin Bacon. Scene-stealer Ellen Page takes on the sidekick role of Boltie. See Review, this page. (NR) Flicks

—Damon Hunzeker

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The King’s Speech was this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner and award season darling. The film is more personal than its title might immediately suggest— it’s not about the rousing speech King George VI gave to his countr y on the brink of World War II. The real battle here is internal: The king of Britain, leader of a nation about to face one of the darkest points in histor y, has a stutter. The film was lauded for the strength of its performances and the intimacy felt by audiences, despite a small budget and high-profile characters. For many, this DVD has been eagerly awaited so that it could be watched again and again.

At the end of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Scarlett Johansson whispers into Bill Murray’s ear something the audience never hears. For all her films, Coppola crafts that dreamy mood like a tone poem. Her movies are like the champagne created for her at her father’s winery: “lightly textured and vibrant through the finish.” Somewhere, Coppola’s latest film, is just that, critics would argue. Stephen Dorff stars as actor Johnny Marco, who is reunited with his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning). Somewhere has a bubbly-yet-pensive feeling: dreamy with a message. Some critics argue that this isn’t enough; others say this ennui is just her style. —Jordan Wilson

SCREEN/APP I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME When programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden unveiled their iPhone app on April 20, no one was more uncomfortable than Apple executives. Allan and Warden had just revealed that they had discovered a “glitch” on Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 3G: a file called “consolidated.db,” which regularly stores users’ locations. Allan and Warden said the data is also being sent to the iTunes application when users sync or backup their iPhones or iPads. A travel journal is one thing but this is ridiculous. Controversy erupted. Within minutes, the pair announced a free app that allows users to see the data collected could disable location services. However, on through their iOS devices. Called iPhone TrackApril 25, the Wall Street Journal reported that er, it syncs with controversial data on iPhones testing showed the iPhone was still collecting or iPads. When it finds and storing information the file, it displays the when location services Download Allan and Warden’s app at user’s location history were turned off. Apple on a map. didn’t respond to a Apple had previousrequest for comment. ly said that any data it received was anonymous and that users —George Prentice

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Register 2011 BOISE KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE—Help raise money for breast cancer research by running this 5K race on Saturday, May 7, at 8 a.m. Register online at komenboise. org through Tuesday, May 3. $29-$25. 2011 WALK TO CURE DIABETES—Register for this 5K walk on Saturday, May 7, to help raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on race day, or for more info.

A smiling Sarah Barber sits—because she can barely stand—on the subway after completing the 2011 Boston Marathon.

BOSTON MARATHON 2011 Much fuss was made over the 115th Boston Marathon. The fact that registration closed in less than a day, for instance, so race directors reduced qualifying times for next year—runners will now have to run five minutes faster to gain entry. Or the fact that it was the fastest marathon ever run, yet missed world record status due to the course’s 457-foot net loss in elevation—too easy to make Guinness. Or the fact that ideal race day conditions, including a rare tailwind, conspired to create blistering new records and the best finish by an American woman in more than 10 years. Because I knew my first trip to Boston might be my only, running the marathon was just one big part of an even bigger experience. After an injury-induced extra-long taper into the event, I was thankful to be able to run. Mile splits and finish times seemed irrelevant, which is unusual for a born competitor. Instead, I focused more on tourism than on the event that drew more than 26,000 runners and countless fans to Boston on Patriot’s Day weekend. My husband and I cheered the Boston Red Sox to victory from seats directly behind home plate. We feigned intellect at Harvard Square, sought education at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and then quaffed seasonal ale at Sam Adams Brewery. For a self-guided history lesson, we hiked the entire Freedom Trail, including a wicked 294–step ascent of the monument at Bunker Hill. Not surprisingly, the muscle contraction during our descent of the steep spiral staircase left our legs trembling as though we were standing on the San Andreas fault. And so, if I toed the line with aching quads and drum-tight hamstrings the next morning, I had only myself to blame. But it was worth every step to experience the most storied 26.2 miles in the sport of long-distance running. In terms of crowd support and enthusiasm, the Boston Marathon is unrivaled. To claim that the concentrated energy rallied for a common purpose was enough to carry me along effortlessly would be a slight exaggeration. The infusion of oomph generated by hordes of people yelling themselves hoarse on your behalf is more than any power gel can deliver. From the crescendo of screams at Wellesley College—which were audible nearly a mile before their sources were visible— to the raucous noise on Heartbreak Hill (any Race to Robie Creek veteran would chuckle at that hyperbolic moniker), every step I took was implored by a giant audience whose size was beyond comprehension. From a physical standpoint, the last few miles of the race were forgettable, as with my stiff-legged shuffle, I must have looked as wobbly as a newborn colt. However, the passion for the Boston Marathon, shared by participants and spectators alike, is something I’ll always remember. —Sarah Barber WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

AKPSI CHARITY RACE: KIDNEYS FOR ASHLEY—Proceeds from this 5K or 10K race to be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, will be donated to a local woman in need of a kidney transplant. Register online at through Friday, May 6. $25-$35. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. LAKE LOWELL MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON—Half or full marathon Saturday, May 7, at 8 a.m. will take you on a course around the lake. Register online at $65-$85. MARCH FOR BABIES—Raise funds for the March of Dimes by getting sponsors for this 6.2-mile run/walk to be held on Saturday, April 30, at 9 a.m. Register at through race day. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, TENTH ANNUAL HORNET 5K RUN/WALK—This 5K race Saturday, April 30, at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by a post-race party. Proceeds will benefit junior high athletics. Register at Shu’s Running Company, East Junior High School or at through Friday, April 29. $20. East Junior High School, 415 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-854-4730, boiseschools. org/schools/east.

Events & Workshops BOCCE BALL LESSONS—Free lessons for anyone who is interested in learning to play. All skill levels are welcome, equipment will be provided. To register, call 208-375-5228. Wednesday, April 27, and Wednesday, May 4, 6 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise. MIZUNO’S MOBILE RUNNING LAB—”Test drive” the latest running footwear and get expert analysis and recommendations. Thursday, April 27, 3-7 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., 208-344-6604, PITCH, HIT AND RUN COMPETITION—Kids ages 7-14 can compete and show off their skills. For more info, call 208-322-5000. Friday, April 29, 6 p.m. FREE. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000, URBAN ADVENTURE—Join members of the Sierra Club and to learn more about the trees in and around our city during this two-mile walk. Email to register. Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. FREE, donations accepted. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise.

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the brewing system at his warehouse space at 111 W. 33rd St. He hopes to open the week of May 16. In addition to brewing beer like the Outlaw IPA and the Payette Pale Ale, Payette Brewing will also feature a public tasting room, which will seat 25-30 people. For more information, visit In other brews news, the Fourth Annual All Idaho Hausbrau Battle and Organic Homebrew Challenge is back. Homebrewers from across the state are invited to submit their handmade concoctions in the following categories: 4C Schwarzbier, 10C American Brown Ale, 13B Sweet Stout, 18E Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Quad) and 23 Sticke Alt. This year’s organic homebrew category is 15A German Weizen, which must be concocted with at least 95 percent organic ingredients. The Organic Homebrew Challenge public judging and tasting event will be held at Fatty’s on Saturday, June 18, from 4-6 p.m. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at Boise Community Radio’s Solstice Block Party at 7 p.m. that evening. For more info on how and where to submit entries, visit boisecoop. com or contact Matt Gelsthorpe at matt@ —Tara Morgan

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This edition of food news is brought to you by food’s good pal, booze. First up on the hooch beat, Distilled Resources Inc., a private label vodka distillery based out of Rigby, has added another little one to its line-up. American Harvest Organic Spirit joins other notable brands distilled and bottled at DRinc, like Blue Ice, Teton Glacier, 44 North and Square One Vodka and will be available on liquor store shelves in Idaho beginning May 1. The American Harvest brand is the creation of Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., founded by the deceased booze baron who originally pioneered Grey Goose vodka before selling it to Bacardi for $2.3 billion in 2004. The vodka had its official launch party at Barbacoa on April 25. For more information, visit Speaking of liquor, after 17 years, Brick Oven Bistro finally snagged a liquor license. Though the cafeteria-style comfort grub hub in the Grove Plaza has been slinging wine and beer for a long time, it’s now serving bloody marys and other cocktails. For more info, visit On the suds front, Garden City is about to get its ver y own craft brewer y: The Payette Brewing Company. Boisean Mike Francis has been working feverishly throughout the month of April installing brew kettle vents and getting water piped into

Bev and Bill Fraser are all smiles after Fraser Vineyards was named Idaho Winery of the Year.

Que sirah, sirah.

RELUCTANT RECIPIENT Fraser Winery wins impressive award GUY HAND Northwest managing editor Eric Degerman, Bill Fraser pops the cork Fraser had to be coaxed into even submitting on a bottle of 2009 petite sirah, a new varietal for his boutique Boise his wines to the magazine’s review panel. “I’d always been mystified by Bill Fraser’s winery tucked into a quiet commercial wines,” says Degerman. “He’s a very kind neighborhood off Capitol Boulevard. In a man, but he’s rather on the shy side. I’d room where concrete floor, sheetrock walls and fluorescent lights betray its past as home come across his wines from time to time and had always been very much impressed with to his former construction company, Fraser the quality.” pours ruby liquid into a half circle of glasses Yet it took Degerman several attempts perched atop an upturned oak barrel. Tasters to convince Fraser to send his wines in for lift those glasses, give the wine their best inreview. When he finally did, Degerman says, quisitor’s eye, inhale a deep, face-in-the-glass “it was almost as if I was kind of a proud breath and finally, take a lingering, cheekparent because to have Bill’s wines show so swishing sip. In that suspended moment well to the rest of our panel. It was just one between first taste and final verdict, Fraser of those things like, ‘I told you this guy’s steps back and averts his eyes. wines were killer.’” It’s hardly the first time Fraser has Along with the Idaho Winery of the Year poured wine for a public tasting—after all, award, Wine Press Northwest gave Fraser’s it’s that time of year when wineries all over Idaho are introducing their latest vintages— 2009 malbec an Outstanding rating. Fraser’s 2007 cabernet sauvignon also won Best Red but when the approving nods and smiles and Best in Show awards at come, he relaxes noticeably, the 2010 Idaho Wine Compepicks up his own glass and tition. His 2008 malbec won takes a sip. You’d never guess FRASER VINEYARD a gold medal—not bad for a that Fraser Vineyard had just 1004 S. La Pointe St. retiree looking for a hobby. won another award. 208-345-9607 “Yeah,” says Fraser, “I was “We were named the Idaho in the construction business Winery of the Year by Wine for probably 30 years before Press Northwest,” Fraser says this. My wife and I have in an almost apologetic tone. always enjoyed drinking wine, so we thought “So we kind of wanted to get that word out that this would be a fun hobby to plant some as well.” grapes and make a little wine.” Getting the word out is obviously not Fraser pauses, looks around the room at Fraser’s favorite winemaking chore. Tall, lean the stacks of oak barrels, the piles of equipand ponytailed, this Idaho carpenter turned ment and the crowd of tasters growing larger vintner would clearly rather be cutting vines by the minute. or blending grapes than, say, talking to a re“It’s certainly turned out to be more than porter about awards. According to Wine Press

just a hobby.” A hobby, he says, made easier by wife Bev, extended family and friends. “Most of the work here is just kind of with volunteer help. When we bottle, we call up a bunch of friends and they come down.” Peter Petersen is one of several of those friends attending today’s tasting. “I’m a retired physician who, about five years ago, met Bill through playing bridge,” says Petersen, a pale amber glass of Fraser viognier in hand. “We both have a love of wine. He needed help, and so I help him from pruning to harvesting to crushing to pressing to bottling to sweeping the floors.” Petersen turns to another pair of volunteering friends. “Ric and Sue help crush, press, bottle, label,” he said. Ric and Sue Colby nod and in unison chant, “We love Bill and Bev.” Bev Fraser does sales calls, writes the newsletter and arranges gatherings like this public tasting. Granddaughter Sierra studies viticulture at Oregon State University and plans to come back to work in the family business after graduation. “We definitely have a lot of family and friends involved,” says daughter Suzanne Stone, who is also helping with the tasting. “In fact, all 3,000 vines were planted by hand by family and my mom and Bill, and so it’s a labor of love.” Fraser Vineyard’s small-scale, almosta-hobby level of production helps keep the winemaking process intimate. While some Idaho wineries produce tens of thousands of cases a year, Fraser only bottled 120 cases of that just intro31 duced petite sirah. Degerman calls that WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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PANDA GARDEN Since 2004, Panda Garden has brought Asian cuisine to the restaurant-starved stretch of Overland Road from Vista Ave. to Orchard St. On any given weeknight, there is at least one couple eating in the small dining area, and on weekends, most of the tables are full and the drive-thru window line is bustling. With a couple hundred items on the menu, including Chinese dishes and a full array of Japanese sushi options, it’s a destination for a cheap Asian-food fix. It is not, however, a destination if the goal is something exotic. The small space features tables with take-out menus flattened between the glass and the underlying tablecloth and an inky green fish tank housing a few slow-moving fish. Everything on the menu—except maybe the Pine Nut Duck—is a mainstay of most Americanized Chinese and Japanese restaurants. But don’t let familiarity breed contempt. Panda Garden serves up inexpensive, simple food delivered with a smile, especially if owner/head chef Peter Qiu is in the house (and he usually is). Qiu, who was born in China, turned to his own history of going out to eat with friends to decide what kind of food to serve in his restaurant. “One friend would want to go out for Chinese food and one would want sushi,” Qiu said. “I decided to serve both.” General Tso’s chicken ($9.25) is a popular dish and can be ordered hot enough PANDA GARDEN 2801 W. Overland Road to blow out your nose hairs. I 208-433-1188 ordered it sans heat, and while that allowed for some of the textures of the tender chicken and crispy breading and flavors of the mushrooms, carrots and water chestnuts to come through, the thick Hunan sauce that covered the dish was so sweet, it was like eating chicken dessert. On the sushi side, the Million Dollar Roll ($12.25) has long been a mystery to me. Whereas the other rolls have a short description of what’s inside, the Million Dollar Roll’s description is: “Its taste is worth a million dollar [sic] —John Crowder.” Qiu explained that Crowder was a customer who asked “to try something different.” He loved the roll, and Qiu loved what he had to say about it. The roll is not worth $1 million, but it is worth the $12 price tag, with tuna and yellowtail draped over a roll filled with tuna, green onions, orange roe and crunchy tempura, finished with dollops of red roe and drizzles of eel sauce and spicy mayo. For a simple meal in a simple space, served with a smile, set your GPS for Overland Road. —Amy Atkins WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

“the true definition of a boutique winery.” Fraser’s biggest desire isn’t volume, says Suzanne Stone. “It’s to see Idaho wines come up to the recognition of California wines, Washington wines, Oregon wines—and for people to take it seriously.” Over the past few years, Stone says she’s seen that happen. When she and her sister first started doing tastings for their parents, she says people would ask, Where is it from? “And we would say, ‘Idaho,’ and they would go ‘Ehww,’ and they’d walk away with the wine, and then they’d taste it and turn around with a surprised look on their face like, ‘This is an Idaho wine?’ They were shocked that this kind of wine was coming from Idaho.” “We’re actually a warmer climate than Napa Valley,” Fraser says. “People assume Idaho is so cold and awful in the winter, but our summers are nice and warm with long days, and we can get things ripe, which surprises a lot of people.” Southern Idaho’s desert climate and volcanic soils can help vintners create wines that Degerman says have a depth of fruit, refined tannin structure and acidity that the greater wine world should hear about. He says that’s why the Winery of the Year awards annually given by Wine Press Northwest to Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbian winemakers are designed to reflect not only on individual wineries, like the Fraser family and their loyal volunteers, but on a state’s entire wine industry. “The award,” says Degerman, “is not just to show how spectacular [Fraser’s] wines are, but to show what Idaho can do. I think what it does is it shows the promise of Idaho, to see that wines of such standard can be made and are being made in Idaho.” 30

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FOOD/TREND FAV FOOD APPS The food app universe is expanding apps-ponentially. Here are a few of our favs that help make everything— from counting calories, to selecting sustainable seafood—more app-roachable. Meal Snap: Perhaps the most holy-shit-this-is-thefuture app we’ve seen, Meal Snap calculates the calories in your food via photo. It works like this: snap a pic of your lunch, add an optional caption, then Meal Snap compares it to thousands of photos to determine a calorie range. We tested it on a seared ahi salad and it came back as “salad with rare steak, lettuce, spinach and carrot with a vinegar dressing, 371-557 calories.” Close enough. ($2.99) Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guide: If you’re more concerned about your ahi salad’s sustainability than its calorie content, download the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Guide app. The app uses your location to provide a guide to the Best Choice, Good Alternative and Avoid seafood options. Best Choices in the West Coast Guide include U.S. farmraised catfish and rainbow trout. The app also includes a sushi guide and the Project Fish Map, which allows users to label local sustainable restaurants. (free) Fooducate: If you’re weary of the health claims made by processed food companies, Fooducate will help you sort through all the hype. Simply scan an item’s barcode and Fooducate will provide a rating of the product—from A to D—and offer alternatives. We scanned a tub of non-dairy Tofutti Sour Supreme, only to find out it has a D+ rating due to trans fats and maltodextrin, a food additive. (free) Foodgawker: If the previous three apps left you not wanting to eat again, download the Foodgawker app for some feel-good food porn. Like the popular website, the Foodgawker app aggregates food photography from popular food blogs across the web. If you’re looking for dinner ideas but don’t have a particular ingredient in mind, scroll through Foodgawker for some top-notch mealspiration. (free) —Tara Morgan

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CHARDONNAY, HOLD THE OAK Big oaky chardonnays tend to taste a lot alike. When the wood dominates, you lose the sense of place and all the different flavors that terroir can impart. Cut the new oak and the chardonnay grape comes shining through, reflecting the wide variety of styles and tastes that diverse regions bring out, as the week’s top picks prove.

2009 JOSEPH DROUHIN CHABLIS, VAUDON, $22 While the other two wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel, this one spends time in old, neutral oak barrels. Because of that, you don’t taste the wood, but it does add texture and structure. There’s a nice minerality to the pear and melon fruit aromas, while the flavors are ripe and round, with honeyed melon and crisp apple that turn creamy on the persistent finish. This one is an elegant delight from France.

2009 RAYUN CHARDONNAY, $7.99 This wine from Chile definitely reflects its terroir with a richness that is surprising for an unoaked chardonnay. Creme brulee and dried apricot work beautifully together on the nose. On the palate, the flavors are full and ripe, filled with rich stone fruit, blood orange and apple, and balancing citrus on the finish. The Rayun is an intriguing bargain.

2009 RYAN PATRICK NAKED CHARDONNAY, $8.99 Love sauvignon blanc but not so crazy about most chardonnay? You need to give this wine a try. It opens with bright tropical fruit aromas marked by grapefruit, ripe lemon and lime. Lean and lively on the palate, its crisp citrus is balanced by creamy mango and melon flavors that linger nicely. This is a great value from this Washington winery. —David Kirkpatrick




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53 Eugene O’Neill’s “___ Christie� 54 Palindromic time 57 Battle of the Atlantic vessel 59 Start of a fitness motto 60 Spot 61 Fruit that grows in a cluster 62 Cries of pain 64 Bugs Bunny’s girlfriend 65 The Phantom of the Opera 69 Taunt 70 A law ___ itself 71 Venus and others 72 Grand slam, e.g. 73 Whence Venus? 74 When said three times, “Of course, obviously!� 78 Record stat 79 Sleep precursor 80 Gets charged up? 81 Really liking 82 “Quit your crying� 83 It’s assumed 84 Nile menace, informally 85 Vegas attraction 90 Cashpoints 91 Vintner Claude 94 Doesn’t cut 95 Empty pretense L A S T M C F L Y














96 Garage opener? 98 F-15, e.g. 100 Ann Landers or Ayn Rand: Abbr. 102 Drove (along) 103 French walled city on the English Channel 104 Something that can’t be patented 105 Like stadium seating 106 Daniel of Nicaragua 107 Simultaneity 108 Admonish, as a child 112 Aspect 113 Org. for part-time soldiers 114 Colada fruit 115 Latin 101 verb 117 What you might do after retiring 118 Fabric scrap, say 121 Family girl 122 6 letters 123 Thus far Go to www.boiseweekly. com and look under extras for the answers to this week’s puzzle. Don't think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): To convey my vision of how best to proceed in the coming week, I’ll offer the following metaphorical scenario: Imagine that you are not a professional chef but you do have a modicum of cooking skills. Your task is to create a hearty, tasty soup from scratch without the benefit of a recipe. You will need a variety of ingredients but you don’t want to just throw in a welter of mismatched ingredients without regard for how they will all work together. To some degree, you will have to use a trial-and-error approach, sampling the concoction as it brews. You will also want to keep an open mind about the possibility of adding new ingredients in the latter stages of the process. One more thing: The final product must not just appeal to you. You should keep in mind what others would like, too. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Many artists want “to aim for the biggest, most obvious target, and hit it smack in the bull’s eye,” says Brian Eno, a Taurus genius renowned for his innovative music. He prefers a different approach. He’d rather “shoot his arrow” wherever his creative spirit feels called to shoot it, then paint the target around the place where it lands. That’s why his compositions don’t resemble anyone else’s or fit into any traditional genre—it’s Brian Eno-like music. Can I talk you into trying a similar strategy in the coming weeks and months, Taurus? I’d love to see you create a niche for yourself that’s tailored to your specific talents and needs. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When World War I ended in 1918, the victorious nations demanded crushing financial reparations from the loser, Germany. It took 92 years but the remaining $94 million of the debt was finally paid last October. I hope this story serves as an inspiration to you, Gemini. If entities as notoriously inflexible as governments can resolve their moldering karma, so can you. In the next few weeks, I’d love to see you finally clean up any messes left over from your old personal conflicts. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I know how secretive you Cancerians can be because I’m one of your tribe. Sometimes the secrecy is a bit neurotic but more often it serves the purpose of sheltering your vulnerable areas. I’m also aware of how important it is for you to be self-protective. No one is better than you at guarding your goodies, ensuring your safety and taking care of your well-being. I would never shame you for expressing these talents and I would never ask you to downplay them. Having said that, though, I want to make sure that in the coming weeks they

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don’t interfere with you getting the blessings you deserve. It’s crucial that you allow yourself to be loved to the hilt. You simply must let people in far enough so they can do that. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): With a fortune of $27 billion, business tycoon Larry Ellison is the sixth-richest person in the world. His monumental sense of selfimportance is legendary. One of his colleagues says, “The difference between God and Larry is that God does not believe he is Larry.” Ellison seems to be what astrologers call an unevolved Leo—an immature soul whose ego is a greedy, monstrous thing. Evolved Leos, on the other hand, are very different. Are you one? If so, you do a lot of hard work on your ego. You make sure that in addition to it being strong, it’s beautiful and elegant. It’s not just forceful; it’s warm and generous. It gets things done but in ways that bless those who come in contact with it. For evolved Leos, this is Celebrate Your Ego Week. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Seventy-five percent of adults confess they would like to have sex in the woods at least once in their lives, and yet only 16 percent say they have actually enjoyed that thrill. If you’re one of the 59 percent who would like to, but haven’t, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to make it happen. Your capacity for pleasure in wild places will be at a peak, as will your courage for exotic adventures. In fact, I suggest that between now and May 21, you consider carrying out three fantasies that have been marinating in your imagination. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It’s time for the Big Squeeze. All the contradictions in your life are coming up for review. You will be asked to deal more forthrightly with enigmas you’ve been avoiding, and you will be invited to try, try again to unravel riddles you’ve been unable to solve. Does all that sound a bit daunting? It could be. But the end result should be evocative, highly educational and maybe even exhilarating. The scintillating play of opposites may caress you with such intensity that you’ll experience what we could refer to as a metaphysical orgasm. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming weeks, I would love to see you get excited about many different people, places, animals and experiences. And I hope you will shower them with your smartest, most interesting blessings. Do you think you can handle that big an outpouring of well-crafted passion? Are you up for the possibility that you might blow your cover, lose your dignity and show how much you care? In my opinion, the answer is yes. You

are definitely ready to go further than ever before in plumbing the depths of your adoration for the privilege of being alive. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Here’s poet James Schuyler: “It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.” In my opinion, that’s almost the right advice for you these days. I’d prefer it if you didn’t actually rip out the violets to make room for the harder-togrow blooms. Would it be possible to find a new planting area that will allow you to keep what you already have in the original planting area? I think you really should give yourself a challenging new assignment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Dear Dr. Brezsny: For five years, my wife and I have been married but still have made no children. We have consulted uncountable physicians with no satisfying result. Please predict a happy outcome for our troubles. When will the stars align with her womb and my manhood? She: born Dec. 31, 1983, in Chakdaha, India. Me: born Jan. 7, 1984, in Mathabhanga, India.—Desperate for Babies.” Dear Desperate: I’m happy to report that you Capricorns have entered a highly fertile period. It’s already going strong and will culminate May 16-23. I suggest you jump on this sexy opportunity. You couldn’t ask for a better time to germinate and multiply. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Welcome home, beautiful!” I hope you hear those words or at least experience those feelings very soon. In my astrological opinion, you need to intensify your sense of belonging to a special place or community. You’ve got to grow deeper roots or build a stronger foundation or surround yourself with more nurturing—or all of the above. And that’s not all. As you bask and thrive in your enhanced support system, you also deserve to feel better appreciated for the wonderful qualities you’re working so hard to develop. Ask and you shall receive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Whatever you have been trying to say, it’s time to say it stronger and clearer. You can no longer afford to hope people will read your mind or guess what you mean. Your communications must be impeccable and irresistible. A similar principle holds true for the connections and alliances you’ve been working to ripen. It’s time to raise your intensity level—to do everything you can to activate their full potentials. Starting today, you’d be crazy to tolerate shaky commitments, either from yourself or others. Be sharp and focused and unswerving, Pisces—keen and candid and to the point.



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Boise Weekly Vol. 19 Issue 44  

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