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HIGHLAND BEEF The cow that thinks it’s a wooly mammoth
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NOTE GETTING YOUR DAILY FIX OF WEEKLY The biggest disadvantage to being a weekly publication is that often—especially at election time—news is being made as we’re going to press and there’s nothing we can do about getting it into print. Our press has to have the paper on Tuesday morning, which, every time an election happens, means we’re just a few hours too early to include election results in the Wednesday edition. As we sent this issue off to press, the Greater Boise Auditorium District vote was under way, and in the hours that transpire between this issue being printed and hitting stands, the results will have emerged. No doubt the outcome of that election will be the day’s big news to many readers. But, as regular readers know, just because that news isn’t in print doesn’t mean we’ll be ignoring the election. Log on to boiseweekly.com and check in at our news blog, Citydesk, for election results. Also happening on Wednesday, May 18, just as copies of Boise Weekly are hitting stands, is Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s State of the City address. Typically the mayor has some kind of big news to unveil at his annual update. In years past it has been news of a sizable donation to jumpstart the river park project, the mayor’s ambitious plans for a streetcar and last year we heard about a new solar energy facility that would be built at the airport. Again, though we’re not sure what to expect in this year’s speech as we shove this edition of Boise Weekly off to the press, it’ll be the talk of the town as readers grab their issues. And again, visit boiseweekly.com and check in at Citydesk for the goods. As for what’s actually in this edition of Boise Weekly, I’ll point you to this week’s main feature from staffer Tara Morgan. As Concordia University physically transforms the block across from BWHQ, a story on emerging law schools here in Boise was hard for us to overlook. As Morgan’s story suggests, perhaps the effects of two law schools on Boise will eventually be hard to overlook. —Rachael Daigle
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PAYETTE MAKES A 180 Payette County commissioners—who have earned the western Idaho county the nickname of “the county of yes” for their parade of approvals on energy projects from natural gas to nuclear power—surprised a few when they denied natural gas company Bridge Resource’s conditional use permit last week. Details at Citydesk.
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FEATURE Forward Motion: Boise courts two new law schools
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APOCALYPSE SATURDAY And you think you got tribulations now
Eight years ago, almost to the day, I announced that should the End Times happen within eight years, I would toss my atheist ways like a worn-out Mr. Coffee and convert to Christianity (BW, Opinion, “Apocalypse Now ... or When for Christ’s Sake?,” May 14, 2003). And not just any old Christianity, either. I promised to join up with one of those super-hillbilly sects that still believes the world was created a few thousand years ago, that the dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers and mastodons died out during Noah’s Flood without making enough of an impression to get a mention in the Bible, and that God, Himself, told George W. Bush to run for president. However, my part of the bargain depended on the Rapture and all that Armageddon blah, blah, blah coming to pass in the time allotted. The ﬂip side of the arrangement was, if it didn’t come to pass—meaning, if after eight years, we were still sitting around waiting for the End of Days like a bunch of sophomores praying for a prom date—then all the preachers would have to quit preaching about it. My exact words were, “So, Misters Ministers, do we have a deal? Eight years to either put up or shut up, and if the world doesn’t end, you ﬁnd yourselves a new line of work and never, ever talk about it again. Even the Boy Who Cried Wolf had the sense to give it up after the third false alarm. And you guys have been false alarming us for hundreds of years.” I decided upon that particular topic at that particular time because, as you might recall, eight years ago, people were grabbing up those “End Times” books like they were howto guides on getting a condo in heaven. It was also close enough to 9/11 that many Americans were still seeing that horrid event as an omen, complete with images of Satan hiding in the smoke billowing out of the twin towers. (I went with the eight years because the Chunnel had just been completed after eight years of construction, and I reasoned that if puny human endeavor could accomplish such a wondrous feat as a tunnel under the English Channel, then given the same time frame, surely God could wrap this thing up once and for all, if that were really His intention.) I have never forgotten the promise I made, even after eight years, though I had about decided my chances of having to make good on it diminished with every passing, un-Rapturey day. Which was quite a relief, frankly. To tell you the truth, I was not looking forward to losing my Sunday mornings listening to some guy in a green suit sermonize on the Southern Pentagelical Fundacostal Evanmentalist Heebee Jeebees while I waved my arms in the air like some drunken football ref trying to catch a cab, all while outside, the world was being snuffed in a cataclysm of ﬁre and barbecued sinners. Until a few days ago, I thought I had it licked. The expiration date was about to come and go, and here it was. The world! WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
Still! Sure, we’ve lately had more than the normal share of omen-ish disasters—earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, droughts, ﬂoods, dead ﬁsh and Donald Trump. But the way I ﬁgured, we have more to fear from global warming than from a god who’s out to foreclose on the planet. In the face of so much failure to deliver, I was all set to write a column calling on Revelations thumpers to do the honorable thing and get out of the plate-passing biz. Not that I seriously expected them to do the honorable thing. After all, scaring the sense out of Bible Belters must be a sweet gig, yes? You work one day a week, get free grub from those potlucks the Ladies Auxiliary is always throwing, say whatever stupid thing crosses your mind about gays, Hollywood, science, everyone smarter than you—and then to top it all off, you’re tax exempt. So no, I didn’t anticipate that thousands of televangelists would be hitting the job market because I had demanded they either produce or get off the pulpit. I was just happy that I didn’t have to start listening to them. And then comes this May 21 business. You hear about that? Uh huh, the world is ending on May 21. That’s in three days. (And if you waited until the weekend to pick up a Boise Weekly and read this column, you might as well not bother because chances are, you’re already screwed.) It’s all the idea of one Harold Camping, another cultural curiosity coughed up by California. I don’t believe he’s a real minister, but he has his own radio show and evidently, that’s all some people need to know. Camping has determined from his Biblical studies that May 21 is exactly 7,000 years after the big ﬂood. And for some reason, 7,000 years is important, but don’t ask me why. I gave up Bible studies about the time I started reading Henry Miller. In spite of this being the second time Camping has predicted The End—his ﬁrst stab at it was for 1994 (and as near as we can tell, he was wrong)—it appears he has convinced a lot of people this is the big one. And I have to admit, it’s sort of spooky, isn’t it? May 21 is exactly eight years and one week from when I issued my challenge. What if being off by a week is God’s idea of being fashionably late? I know one thing, I’m not starting next week’s column until Sunday. No sense in wearing out brain cells on something that’ll never be seen. And I’m thinking about going in for one of those payday loans and taking the wife on a Friday Jackpot run. I can think of worse places to meet my maker than at a blackjack table. Oh, speaking of time running out, don’t forget to get your name on those petitions: recalltomluna.org and rejectthelunalaws. com. Look for signing events all over Idaho come Saturday, May 21. You know … if come Saturday there is an Idaho. Still.
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IF RIGHT MADE MIGHT Reimagining the assassination of Bin Laden
NEW YORK—President Barack Obama murdered Osama bin Laden, suspected of ordering of one of the most horriﬁc crimes of the decade. He might have been taken alive, yet Obama’s commandos killed him. The key to the truth of who might have led us to other people responsible for 9/11 is gone. In the United States, conservatives and “liberals” agree: Might makes right. America’s military-intelligence apparatus is so fearsome that it can deploy soldiers and agents without fear of retribution. The 900-pound-gorilla act might go over better if we weren’t a nation that constantly prattles on and on about how civilized we are, how important it is that everyone follow the rules. For example: “We’re a nation of laws!” Obama exclaimed. “We don’t let individuals make their own decisions about how the laws operate.” He wasn’t talking about himself. This was about Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of supplying the big Defense Department data dump to Wikileaks. Manning has been subjected to torture, including sleep deprivation and forced nudity—treatment ordered by Obama. U.S. ofﬁcials do whatever they feel like and then dress up their brazenly illegal acts with perverse Orwellian propaganda. “I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice,” Obama claimed, as if blowing away an unarmed man in a foreign country was the moral equivalent of ﬁling an extradition request with the Pakistani government and putting him on trial. Justice is a legal process, not a military assault. What if the United States really was a nation of laws? The news might look like this:
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“Bipartisan demands for Congressional investigations into the assassination of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden escalated into demands for presidential impeachment after reports that U.S. forces, operating under orders from President Obama, invaded a sovereign nation without permission to carry out what House Speaker John Boehner called ‘a mob-style hit.’ Standing at Boehner’s side, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi decried Obama’s ‘cowboy antics’ and said she had received numerous phone calls from the relatives of 9/11 victims furious that true justice had been denied.” In fact, no one knows whether Osama bin Laden was involved in 9/11. They suspect. For what it’s worth, he denied it: “Following the latest explosions in the United States, some Americans are pointing the ﬁnger at me, but I deny that because I have not done it,” Bin Laden said in a statement on Sept. 16, 2001. “The United States has always accused me of these incidents which have been caused by its enemies. Reiterating once again, I say that I have not done it.” Why should we believe him? Why not? He admitted his responsibility for the East Africa embassy bombings in 1998. There was the famous “confession video,” but it was translated by the CIA, hardly an objective source. Arabic-language experts say the CIA manipulated Bin Laden’s discussion into an admission of guilt. I’m not angry that Bin Laden is dead. Nor am I happy. I didn’t know the guy or care for his ideology. I’m angry that, without a trial, we will never know whether he was guilty of 9/11—or, if he was, who else was involved.
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CITYDESK/NEWS PAYETTE P&Z TO BRIDGE: SLOW DOWN
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NEWS GLENN LANDB ER G
Ofﬁcials with Bridge Resources, the Colorado-based company drilling for natural gas in Payette County, were accustomed to getting their way. They had seen nothing but green lights in their effort to launch Idaho’s ﬁrst-ever commercial natural gas production operation. Land acquisition? No problem. Drilling permits? You bet. Permission to frack (the controversial technique of injecting highpressured ﬂuids to improve ﬂows through wells)? The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved temporary rules to allow Bridge to proceed. But things took a bit of a turn the evening of May 12. Bridge representatives came before the Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission with two requests: to rezone a parcel of land in New Plymouth from agricultural to industrial use and to build a gas compression and dehydration facility on the nearly 13-acre site. “We would really like to speed up the construction process,” said Chas Ariss, a Boise-based engineer contracted by Bridge to oversee the project. Ariss unveiled a plan that would see a central terminal linking Bridge’s gas wells, scattered around New Plymouth. There, moisture would be pulled from the pipeline (tens of thousands of gallons of oil and water are expected to be segregated out on a daily basis). The remaining gas would be pressurized to a level of 850 pounds per square inch, in anticipation of sending it to a main gas line for commercial use. The oil and water would need to be hauled away on a semi-regular basis, but Ariss said the commercial truck trafﬁc would be “minimal.” Ariss also downplayed the constant noise from the round-the-clock compressing facility, insisting that it would sound “a bit like noise from a school classroom.” Ariss said the plant would be bordered by berms and trees to serve as noise reducers. But neighbors to the proposed facility were having none of it. “I’ve done some research on this, looking at similar facilities,” said Kenneth Butts. “Everyone talks about how ridiculous the noise is.” Travis Fisher is another neighbor. “As far as the berm and trees go, that’s just lipstick on a pig,” said Fisher. Commissioner Farrell Rawlings quizzed Ariss and Ron Richards, Bridge’s drilling manager, on noise and air-quality issues, and when Richards insisted, “Everything would be safe,” Rawlings ﬁred back. “For you to sit there and tell us everything is going to be ﬁne is just a bunch of baloney,” said Rawlings. “When you came in here a year ago, you said everything was going to be red, white and blue. Well, maybe you’re not as red, white and blue as you say you are.” Ariss and Richards, seeing that the commission wasn’t going to get any friendlier, at least not on May 12, left before commissioners voted 4-3 to deny the conditional use permit and table a public hearing on the rezone issue. “We need to slow down,” said Rawlings. “It’s irresponsible to grant a conditional use permit without a full internal review.”
READ ALL ABOUT IT Something’s got to give at the main library GEORGE PRENTICE Boise loves its main public library. More than 80,000 patrons walked through the doors in March and system-wide visits topped 130,000. That’s 36 percent more people walking into the Capitol Boulevard repository than in March 2010. Visitors checked out more than 135,000 titles and quizzed librarians at the adult and youth reference desks more than 10,000 times. “The numbers just haven’t leveled off yet,” said Kevin Booe, Boise Library director. “The main library continues to show more and more growth.” But Boiseans may be loving their main library a bit too much. Major repairs and maintenance are due, expected to total $2.6 million over the next four to ﬁve years. And patrons are ﬁnding less elbow room. The Boise public library system, including all branches, provides .42 square feet per Boise citizen, less than half the industry standard. Booe laid all of the latest statistics on the table recently when he briefed his library’s commission and Boise City Council members. “My question was direct,” said Booe. “How much were they willing to invest in this existing structure, or do they want to do something different?”
CHAPTER ONE: A DESIGN FOR A POPULATION OF 75,000 Boise’s earliest public library can be traced to an 1895 free reading room in Boise City Hall. The city’s ﬁrst ofﬁcial public library opened its doors at 815 W. Washington St. in June 1905. By the 1970s, city leaders decided to spend $2.6 million to purchase and renovate the old Salt Lake Hardware Warehouse into a new library at its current site, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. The original design of the library targeted a Boise population of only 75,000. In 2010, Boise’s population topped 205,000. An additional $2 million was invested to expand the library up to a third ﬂoor—the building has an unoccupied fourth ﬂoor. The current layout includes 78,000 gross square feet with 52,000 used for library space. Boise expanded its library network in 2007 to include three new neighborhood branches (Collister, Hillcrest, and Cole and Ustick). A fourth is planned at Bown Crossing in Southeast Boise. But attendance at the main branch has continued to grow, topping 1.3 million in-person visits during ﬁscal year 2010.
CHAPTER TWO: GROWING PAINS In 2000, a consultant presented three options to BPL trustees and Boise City
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Council members: 1. Approximately $40 million: build a new 185,000-square-foot facility to accommodate needs for the next 25 to 50 years. 2. Approximately $21.8 million: expand the current building toward Capitol Boulevard or the Boise River. However, Booe said the option “didn’t really accommodate our needs out to 50 years.” 3. Approximately $3 million: as a short-term solution, remodel the existing facility, opening the fourth ﬂoor to patrons. New construction was the adopted recommendation but a looming recession kept the concept on a shelf. In 2010, the idea for a new main library resurfaced, but by then, the projected construction cost had ballooned to $118 million. In March, Booe sat down with his BPL commission and Boise City Council members in an effort to jumpstart the conversation. In his proposed 2012 budget, Booe will ask for $70,000 to once more pay a consultant for an updated study. “This is a huge endeavor,” said Booe. “It could easily turn into the largest public project in Idaho. It needs serious consideration with professionals behind it.” Booe acknowledged that garnering support from public ofﬁcials is only part of the solution. “In terms of getting something like this ﬁnished? I’m convinced it needs a privatesector champion,” said Booe.
CHAPTER THREE: TO INVEST AND REINVEST Boise developer Mark Rivers said he always wanted Boise to have “something in the ﬁre.” For him, that included his BODO project, a mere three blocks from the main library. “I’ve got about 20 good years left in me, and I want some pretty darn cool things to happen in those 20 years,” said Rivers. “I
just don’t want to sit around and see the same damn city in 20 years that I’m seeing today.” Rivers sees Eighth Street as “the spinal cord” of Boise, running through downtown, across Front Street into BODO and toward the Boise River. “But that lower spinal cord, where the library sits, is dysfunctional,” said Rivers. “Why couldn’t we, in our lifetime, fulﬁll a grand dream?” Rivers said his dream is the same as many others: a new main library to help anchor the Eighth Street corridor. “I did a calculation once. The four city blocks down there contribute only about $55,000 in property taxes. It’s a silly number. It’s like nothing. To me, what the public sector should be doing is ﬁnding a way to jumpstart some new activity down there,” Rivers said, pointing in the library’s direction. “A great main public library could bookend an excellent corridor for business and the arts.” While Rivers and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter don’t agree on everything, their hopes for a new library echo one another. “Libraries represent the sum of our community’s knowledge,” said Bieter. “We need to build a new main library to make good on our belief that our future success relies on learning.” As for the ﬁnancial slap in the face of a nine-ﬁgure price tag to build a new main branch, both Bieter and Rivers say it’s time to swing for the fences. “The cost of this endeavor is certainly signiﬁcant,” said Bieter. “But the cost of not doing it is far greater.” Rivers added, “We’ve had study groups in the past tell us that we may not be able to afford it and maybe we can’t. But not too long ago, we thought we couldn’t afford to protect the Foothills. As a community, you need to dream, to prioritize, to invest and now reinvest.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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BOB MCCARL The state of the unions GEORGE PRENTICE
How strong is the American Federation of Teachers in Idaho? It’s not strong at all. No. 1, this is a very spread out state, with isolated pockets of population. No. 2, there is a strong tradition of capital venture here. You know, the robber baron phenomenon. The J.R. Simplots, the mine barons, the lumber barons. Part of what comes with that is the feeling of being a “company town.” Is it fair to say that Boise, in recent history, has been a bit of a “company town”? It certainly has that characteristic. If you grow up in an environment where you don’t expect collective action to be a part of your
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experience, when someone tries to organize a union, you’re more likely to buy the distortion of that person as an outside troublemaker or even a communist or socialist. Do you think we’re witnessing a demonization of unions in Idaho and across the United States? Read the business column of the Idaho Statesman. The attitude is “always make your boss happy.” It’s never about the worker’s needs. And we see a dramatic expansion of the retail sector, seeing Walmart and other similar companies that are rabidly anti-union, paying bargain-basement wages. So are you saying that it was inevitable that the Idaho Education Association, representing K-12 public educators, couldn’t win its arguments at the Statehouse earlier this year to preserve collective bargaining? The public sector unions are going to fall prey to what conservatives and capitalists have always done. They’ve blamed Native Americans. They’ve blamed farm workers. They always look for enemies. The capitalists are provided with the rationale to destroy the enemies or at least reduce them to powerless ﬁgures. The reason that teachers, policemen and ﬁreﬁghters are the so-called enemy is that they still have some of the protections of the social contracts that were hammered out in the heyday of labor. Can you look at any of these issues without laying some of the fault with unions? Unions have been abysmal in terms of educating people about the basics: health care, eight-hour work days, contracts and all that stuff. The current generation doesn’t know any of those basic tenets. So when people say unions, the alarms go off.
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Bob McCarl is a union man. His father was a member of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. In 1970, he joined Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 544, working on Portland, Ore.’s waterfront (while much of the nation was divided between hardhats and “long hairs,” he said he was both). He’s also been a member of the Service Employees International Union, the National Association of Government Employees, the American Federation of Teachers and the Idaho Public Employees Association. He began teaching night courses at Boise State in 1988, ofﬁcially joining the university’s anthropology department in 1992. He currently teaches upper division classes in Boise State’s sociology department. On Saturday, May 21, McCarl will be one of the featured speakers at the day-long Community Progressive, spread across a dozen Boise venues. He’ll be talking about the history of unions and their relevancy in 2011 at Boise’s main public library beginning at noon.
Do you see unions getting weaker before getting stronger? Either the people of the United States are going to join the world community in seeing labor rights as human rights, or we are going to move into semi-totalitarianism or laissez-faire capitalism, resulting in a lot of people starving to death. Are your students engaged with any of these issues? A week after the massive Wisconsin labor protests, I asked my Sociology of Work class if they had heard about what had happened in Madison. Forty students in the class. Only one hand went up. Not only are they not getting the information but also the information that they do get comes from specious sources. They don’t read newspapers. They don’t read magazines. They read what they have to read to get by in class. Is there not a desire for engagement? Marx said that part of the deceptiveness of capitalism is to keep you so busy—so offcenter—that you won’t have time to engage with social issues. Many of these kids have families and are holding down two jobs while going to school. You tell them that they need to really be a bit more responsible, and it really pisses them off. They’re thinking that they’re working for a degree that may not even get them employed.
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students on to law school, and yet when you look at schools like University of Idaho, University of Utah, BYU, they’re denying a lot of their applicants because they simply don’t have room for them … The University of Utah received an excess of 1,200 applications, but their incoming class is about 130 students,” explained Martinez-Anderson. Concordia, which has already received 1,400 direct inquiries and plans to admit 75-95 students to its opening class, will also focus recruitment efforts locally. The school hopes to provide educational opportunities for Treasure Valley residents who are unwilling or unable to relocate. “We want to ﬁrst serve anyone who’s here in Boise who has had a desire and interest in going to law school,” said Martinez-Anderson. “Their credentials will be important because we don’t want to admit anyone to law school who doesn’t have the skills and academic background to be successful. But there are a lot of individuals who are place-bound, who have made a decision to make Boise their home, and they’re not in a position where they can pick up and move across the state or outside the state.” This growing demand for a law school—both regionally and in the Treasure Valley—hasn’t been lost on the University of Idaho. The state’s only current law program, located in Moscow, is also making plans to expand to Boise, where it hopes to open a second three-year
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largest metropolitan service areas in the country without an ABA-approved law school within driving distance,” explained Concordia Law School Dean Cathy Silak, citing a ﬁgure from the school’s promotional materials. “Many students in the Treasure Valley who wish to become attorneys, they never have that capability. They either redirect their educational goals or they do have to move out of the area.” Concordia is a private Lutheran university system with 10 locations spread across the country. Concordia University, located in Portland, Ore., announced its plan to open a law school in Boise in late 2007. The school’s main two-story, 17,000-square-foot LEED-certiﬁed building and adjacent three-story classroom and ofﬁce building went up in a ﬂash at the corner of Front and Fifth streets, snowcovered scaffolding and rebar blossoming into bright red brick and sleek glass this spring. If things continue to go according to plan, Concordia will ofﬁcially open its doors to students in little more than a year. “The progress is coming along very well. The construction schedule is on target,” said Silak. “We think that we’ll be able to have some staff move into the building in late summer or early fall. We’re projecting, and we’re hoping that we can enroll that class for the fall of 2012.” According to Tamara Martinez-Anderson, assistant dean for admissions and marketing at Concordia, the school saw an unmet demand for law education in the Northwest region. “One of the things that was really apparent to us when the decision was made to come to Boise was that there is a high need for another law school in this region … If you look at the six states that surround us, three of them only have one law school: Montana, Wyoming and Idaho,” said Martinez-Anderson. Data released from the LSAC cites three regional schools—Brigham Young University, University of Utah and Washington State University—as being among the top 240 American Bar Association feeder schools, with BYU ranking 11th in the nation. “You have three schools within this region sending such a high number of
n 2009, Dean Patricia White of the University of Miami Law School sent the following letter to accepted students: “Perhaps many of you are looking to law school as a safe harbor in which you can wait out the current economic storm. If this describes your motivation for going to law school, I urge you to think hard about your plans and to consider deferring enrollment ... It is very difﬁcult to predict what the employment landscape for young lawyers will be in May 2012 and thereafter.” According to the Law School Admissions Council, there was a 13.3 percent increase in LSATs taken in 2009-2010— 171,514, up from 151,398 in 2008-2009. And it makes anecdotal sense, considering the glut of unemployed 20-somethings who turned to law school as a “practical investment” while they slogged through the recession. But this jump came at a time when the legal profession was bleeding jobs—dropping from 1.196 million in 2007 to 1.103 million in 2010. According to an article on slate.com, a student from Boston College Law School even penned the following open letter to the school’s administration, pleading for tuition reimbursement: “This will beneﬁt both of us … I’ll be able to provide for my family without the crushing weight of my law school loans. On the other hand, this will help BC Law go up in the rankings, since you will not have to report my unemployment at graduation to U.S. News ... In today’s job market, a J.D. seems to be more of a liability than an asset.” Apparently, the horror stories about young lawyers graduating with massive debt and few, if any, job prospects are starting to sink in. In 2010-2011, there was a 9.6 percent dip in the number of LSATs taken, prompting the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog to pose the question, “Are college graduates increasingly doubting the long-held notion that a law degree is a certain path to ﬁnancial stability?” In Idaho, apparently not. Boise will soon be home to not one, but two, new law schools: Concordia University Law School and the Boise branch of the University of Idaho College of Law. “The Boise area is one of the four
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law school. According to the U of I’s website— which humorously assures students this “is not a transitional mechanism for moving the college”—the two-location school will function like this: “In the future, the College of Law would enroll an initial ﬁrst-year class of approximately 30 students in Boise. The size of each entering class in Boise would increase gradually until it reached approximately 85 students, creating a total student body in Boise of approximately 250. Enrollment at Moscow would be managed to converge at approximately the same level, creating a balance of faculty and students at each location.” The U of I is considering the old Ada County Courthouse building situated between the Supreme Court and the Idaho Statehouse— dubbed the Idaho Law Learning Center—as a leading possibility to house the second branch of the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho State Law Library, the Idaho Supreme Court judicial education ofﬁces and law-related civic education programs for the public. Though the U of I College of Law has yet to go before the State Board of Education to obtain full approval for its proposed Boise branch, it has received more than $1.5 million in private donations for building renovations. “We would grow the program to its projected size by about 2017,” explained College of Law Dean Don Burnett. “But I think we will propose to the State Board that we will start the three-year program as soon as the old Ada County Courthouse is renovated and ready to receive us, which will probably be about two years from now.” As part of its expansion into the Treasure Valley, U of I recently began a third-year law program, which allows students to wrap up their ﬁnal year in Boise. The program is headquartered in the Idaho Water Center building at the intersection of Front Street and Broadway Avenue. On May 2, the ﬁrst 29 students to complete the U of I’s third-year program donned their caps and gowns and ofﬁcially sauntered across the stage at the Boise Centre. Grad Nate Fowler, a transplant from Lansing, Mich., studying tax law, said the opportunity to ﬁnish his degree in Boise gave him a professional leg up.
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“We went from the classroom and reading books all day to actually doing lawyering,” said Fowler. “I think just being in Boise made that transition deﬁnitely more distinct for me … It’s really prepared me to get out and practice.” In addition to participating in a legal clinic that offers free help to low-income taxpayers, Fowler was able to rub elbows with Boise law professionals, something his classmates in Moscow tend to miss out on because of the school’s location. “One of the other things we were able to do is attend bar section meetings … I was able to go to a bunch of those meetings and actually network with practicing attorneys and talk about recent tax-law issues,” said Fowler. “All the meetings are down here, so unless you’re down here, you can’t really attend those.” As the state’s legislative and legal capital, Boise is the natural Mecca for law students seeking internship, externship and mentorship prospects. Both U of I and Concordia have been feverishly reaching out to members of Boise’s legal community to form future partnerships. “There are so many law ﬁrms and legislators and other opportunities—government sections like prosecuting attorney’s ofﬁces, public defender’s ofﬁces,” said Assistant City Attorney Jodi Nafzger, a member of Concordia’s Dean’s Advisory Council. “This law school is going to be able to provide those agencies with externs, interns, mentees. So I think that’s one of the big boons to the lawyer community in Boise.” Karen Gowland, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Boise Inc., is a U of I School of Law grad who did her summer associate internship at Boise Cascade and has been with the company ever since. Gowland hopes these new law programs will increase the ﬂow of qualiﬁed student intern candidates. “I do think that it makes sense, from an employer’s standpoint, that there will be more interns, externs, etc,” said Gowland. “We have been fortunate to have a number of U of I externs and interns over the years, and we’ve always been really pleased with the quality and what they bring to our environment.” Merlyn Clark, a partner at Hawley Troxell, Ennis and Hawley LLP and former U of I ColWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
lege of Law grad, agreed with Gowland. “I think it’s beneﬁcial to the community, to the students to have a second branch here in Boise ... it provides the students an opportunity to practice with government agencies and others like court clerks, the Attorney General’s Ofﬁce, the Prosecutor’s Ofﬁce.” In addition to infusing the local legal community with more free student labor, both law schools also plan to operate clinics that will offer legal help to low-income residents. The University of Idaho is currently running two clinics at its third-year program—the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and the Small Business Legal Clinic—and plans to offer more in the future. “Our motto is we’re free but slow,” said U of I’s Associate Dean for Boise Programs Lee Dillion, laughing. “We’re a teaching clinic. We don’t hold ourselves out as what we’d call a service clinic.” Concordia’s legal clinic is still in its planning phases, but Dean Silak noted that it will be supervised by a faculty member and accessible through a public entrance. “Right now, we’re thinking of this as a clinic for persons who really cannot afford legal services for a variety of issues … We’ve already talked to a couple different agencies who provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as to the Idaho Legal Aid society … We’re forging some very good alliances within the community so that our students can both be of service and have hands-on learning opportunities,” said Silak. Idaho Legal Aid—a nonproﬁt that employs around 20 attorneys to handle low-income cases across the state—recently made headlines for being the only Legal Aid program in the country that doesn’t receive state funding. It will now begin shuttering its ofﬁces on select days to save money. According to Christina King, who works closely with Legal Aid as a court advocate manager at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, student legal help could be an incredible asset to Idaho’s overworked and underfunded nonproﬁt legal system. “We just don’t have the number of attorneys that we need to take on the cases that we have, and I think part of it has to do with the fact that our clients are victims of domestic violence, and some of those cases can be very messy or sticky or time-consuming,” said King. “So it’s just a matter of convincing someone to take on a case where they may have a lot more hours than they initially anticipated. Having a law school come in, this would be a way for them to get their feet wet, to really experience some of the things that are out there and maybe provide volunteer services in the future, if it’s something that they like.” With a demonstrated need for student legal help in Boise’s nonproﬁt and professional legal communities—and an apparent demand for law education among area students—it’s a wonder why other state universities haven’t developed law programs in the Treasure Valley before now. This, Dillion explained, all comes down to the Idaho State Board of Education. “They don’t want public dollars to be poorly spent or to be spent inefﬁciently … They don’t want University of Idaho, Boise State and Idaho State all trying to offer the exact same program in the exact same location,” said Dillion. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
“The College of Law is the only college of law in the state of Idaho that’s funded by public dollars, and so we have a statewide mission. Boise State and ISU are effectively told, ‘As long as the University of Idaho is fulﬁlling its statewide mission, both in terms of education and outreach, we don’t want you duplicating that program.’ And it makes a lot of sense … [Boise State gets] the advantage of having a law school located here in the valley, working with them, working with their programs, but we know how to run a law school and we’ll continue to do it,” said Dillion. U of I’s third-year program has forged an agreement with Boise State for students to share the Broncos’ recreational and student health facilities. It also offers a concurrent J.D. and Masters of Accountancy-Tax program with Boise State and plans to offer a joint J.D. and MBA program soon. “Everybody worries about football, but in reality, these university units are really cooperating at really deep levels,” said Dillion. Silak also hopes that Concordia and U of I will be able to forge partnerships once both institutions are in full swing. “Hopefully once we get up and rolling, we can have some collaboration with them in terms of maybe some shared programs— bring in one specialized professor,” said Silak. “I think that’s several years down the road but certainly the proximity offers that as potential.” While Dillion is open to collaboration between the two new law schools, he’s a bit more tentative. “Until they’re actually functioning and approved by the [American Bar Association], there’s probably not a lot that we can do in terms of joint programming,” said Dillion. “They’ve got a regulatory process, they’ve got to hire faculty, they’ve got to design curriculum, they’ve got to recruit students, they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them. Building the building is the easy part. So, when and if they get up and operational and they’re offering programming, I’d imagine that we’d do the same thing that law schools do in any urban environment, in that there are natural areas of cooperation.” Neither three-year law program will be ABA-approved when it opens, but both are required to achieve provisional accreditation before students can sit for the Idaho State Bar exam. The number of ABA-approved law schools has grown 9 percent over the last decade and now numbers around 200. According to ABA guidelines, before a school can receive provisional accreditation, a site team of ABA representatives must ﬁrst critically evaluate the program by attending classes, meeting with staff and talking with state bar members. “Obviously we cannot assure any student that we will deﬁnitely achieve that accreditation, so we would be working with the State of Idaho and any other state where the students wanted to take the bar to try to create a waiver system for them to try to take the bar exam,” said Silak. Students enrolling in U of I’s third-year law program, in fact, had to gamble on whether it would obtain accreditation. “We didn’t know until we were actually down here that we were accredited, so everybody that came down here, we were just hoping. We had our ﬁngers crossed,” said Fowler. Diane Minnich, executive director of the
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Idaho State Bar Association, is optimistic that Concordia is on the path to accreditation. “I just can’t imagine that they won’t be provisionally accredited, given everything I know they have done to meet those accreditation standards,” said Minnich. “It’s a difﬁcult process and they have met with the ABA numerous times. They know exactly what they need to do and when they need to do it.” But once both law school programs are fully housed, staffed and accredited, that’s where their paths will likely diverge. Tuition— and the subsequent student-loan burden—will be a factor setting the two schools apart. “Over the long term, if you look 20 years from now when Concordia is accredited, it will be interesting to see how students choose between the two schools and whether there is competition or if they each have their own focus and are meeting a niche part of the legal market,” said Gowland. To keep tuition competitive, Concordia is currently seeking scholarship funding. “Private law schools are typically a lot more expensive than public law schools, and we want to really narrow that gap as much as we can, so we’ve been raising funding for scholarships,” explained Martinez-Anderson. “Tuition hasn’t been set ofﬁcially—nationally, tuition for a private school is now nearing about $35,000 and our goal is to keep it well below that, so we’re looking more in the range between $20,000 and $30,000.” The University of Idaho’s College of Law currently costs $12,940 a year for in-state tuition and $24,532 for out-of-state. According to U of I data, the class of 2010 had a starting salary average of $50,683. But those stats can be misleading. “The salary data, it tends to show two clusters: There are clusters of entry-level compensation available to young lawyers who go into either the public sector or public interest work … and then there’s another cluster, which is a narrower cluster of individuals who go to work in law ﬁrms or in businesses, usually in large metropolitan areas, where salaries are higher ... Some law schools, and we’ve tried to be careful not to fall into this, will quote what the average salaries are … but almost nobody is in the average or the median, instead they’re in one
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cluster or the other,” said Burnett. The salary range for that same class is much more dramatic, spanning from $25,000 on the low end to $115,200 on the high. “We have a great concern that sometimes people will chose law school thinking that they’re going to be average or above in earnings. Eventually they will get there, but coming right out of law school, they have to be very careful about the amount of debt that they carry,” said Burnett. “That’s one of the arguments, frankly, in favor of public legal education.” Which brings us to the job market for lawyers in Idaho. Many in the legal community have expressed a need for more well-qualiﬁed lawyers in Boise, emphasis on well-qualiﬁed. “I think there’s always a need for more well-qualiﬁed lawyers. The danger, and it was always a concern, is if you have three law schools you will dilute the quality of the students,” said Clark. According to Minnich, there are currently 5,500 lawyers licensed in Idaho, in some form or another, of which 2,486 graduated from U of I. These two new law programs will increase the number of lawyers in the state, she said, but not by as much as one might think. “People assume that if you open a law school, you’re going to have lots more lawyers ﬂooding the market. In Idaho, I’m not sure that’s true because I think that some of them won’t practice here, some of them won’t practice at all,” said Minnich. Burnett echoed that statement. Not everyone who obtains a law degree will go on to become a trial lawyer, he explained. “One important thing to remember is that nationally about 30 percent or so of people who get J.D. degrees do not go into the traditional practice of law,” said Burnett. Whether these new grads go on to head nonproﬁts, become CEOs at local companies or run their own practices, Dillion insists that law school will give them a leg up. “With a law degree … you’ve honed your critical thinking skills so that you can go into all these different industries and be productive and be valuable even if you never really practice law,” said Dillion. “We think this market needs more of those kinds of people as well.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Join Todd Shallat for a historic tour of Boise’s progress through the years.
Boise Bike Project will host a bike-in screening of The Triplets of Belleville. Quelle bonne idee.
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY MAY 18-21 bikes NINTH ANNUAL BOISE BIKE WEEK If you’ve noticed a bike spike this past week, here’s the two-wheeled deal: We’re currently cruising through the thick of Boise Bike Week, the annual celebration of all things pedal-powered. Here are some remaining Bike Week events that have us spoke-stoked. PEDAL POWER POTLUCK PICNIC IN THE PARK Screw hand-mixed screwdrivers. At the Pedal Power Potluck Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, May 18, the Sierra Club is encouraging folks to trick out their rides, mad scientist-style. “Can you use your bike to create your dinner along the way? Mix the drink, whip the cream, or whatever? Let your imagination go wild.” Picnic participants will congregate at Boise Co-op, where registration begins at 6 p.m. Too lazy to make a bike-powered chocolate mousse? Pick up a bike basket-full of pre-made picnic provisions at the store. 6 p.m., Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St. Park in the Sierra Club parking lot, 503 W. Franklin St. For more information, visit idahosierraclub.org/middlesnake. Helmets and signed waiver required. BIKE-IN MOVIE All the sexiness of a drive-in movie, without any of the gas-guzzling guilt. This year’s bike-in ﬂick will be hosted at the Boise Bike Project headquarters off Lusk Street on Friday, May 20. Though attendees are encouraged to cart down whatever butt-supporting devices they please— lawn chairs, La-Z Boys, couches—there is one caveat: you have to get it there by bike. The evening starts off with a “bike noir” short by local ﬁlmmaker Zach Voss, which will be followed by the Academy Award-nominated animated ﬁlm The Triplets of Belleville. The show gets rolling at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a no-host beer garden provided by New Belgium brewery. 6:30 p.m., Boise Bicycle Project Shop, 1027 Lusk St., boisebikeproject.org. BIKE TOUR OF BENCH HOMES Learn the low-down on Spanish Revival and Mediterranean-inﬂuenced architecture on Saturday, May 21, with a free bike tour by Preservation Idaho. Host Dan Everhart will take attendees on a tour of Bench homes featuring these architectural styles at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservation and helmets required. For more information, visit preservationidaho.org or contact 208-424-5111, or email email@example.com. PEDAL PARADE AND FINALE The Pedal Parade is the grand ﬁnale of Boise Bike Week and it goes down on Saturday, May 21. Riders decked out in frilly pink tulle, superhero spandex and full-body bearsuits will meet at Capitol Park at 4:30 p.m. and ride leisurely through downtown before capping things off back at Capitol Park with a party featuring refreshments and a prize rafﬂe. 4:30 p.m., ride begins at 5 p.m., Capitol Park, on Sixth Street between Bannock and Jefferson streets. For more information, visit boisebikeweek.org.
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SATURDAY MAY 21 community THE COMMUNITY PROGRESSIVE Progressive dinner parties are rad-ass. Most work something like this: You go to one person’s house for appetizers and cocktails; another for wine and dinner; and yet another for dessert and aperitifs. It’s a three-course meal, often on wheels—if you bike your food-stuffed, buzzed butt from one house to the next. You can think of the Community Progressive like a huge progressive dinner party. But instead of gluttony, it celebrates “community building.” Sound vague? Here’s a rundown on United Vision for Idaho’s all-encompassing event, which runs all day on Saturday, May 21, at venues across downtown and Garden City. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on the Capitol steps with a rally “honoring individuals in our community who embody progress.” The keynote speaker will be Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you can join Todd Shallat for a walking tour of downtown Boise, examining the city’s progress through the years. From Noon-4 p.m., there’s a nonproﬁt fair at Beside Bardenay featuring organizations like The Idaho Human Rights Education Center, ACLU of Idaho and The Community Center. Also from noon to 4 p.m. there will be a variety of free public workshops hosted at various venues. One highlight includes “The Importance of Nonproﬁt Media, How We Form and Shape our Ideas” with Joan Cartan-Hansen, host of Dialogue on Idaho Public Broadcasting from 2-3 p.m. at the Alaska Building. There will also be a bevy of live music performances during the day at The Flicks, Eyes of the World Imports, Brown’s Gallery and The Modern, all capped off with two evening concerts. The ﬁrst is at The Linen Building from 6-9 p.m. with Dan Costello, Tim Willis, Gayle Chapman and Sue Leonard, and Dave Andrews and Steve Fulton. The second is at Visual Arts Collective from 9 p.m. to midnight with Rebecca Scott Band, The Brian Bateman Blend, SFM Steve Fulton Music and Audio Moonshine. For more, see Citizen on Page 10. 10 a.m. until midnight, FREE. Various locations. For more info on the Community Progressive, visit uvidaho.org.
WEDNESDAY MAY 18 workshop LEGAL ISSUES FOR ARTISTS In what is likely to remain a case taught at law schools for decades to come, John Fogerty, singer for Creedence Clearwa-
ter Revival, was sued by Fantasy Records in 1988 because they claimed “The Old Man Down the Road,” a song from his 1985 solo album Centerﬁeld, sounded too much like an old song they owned the publishing rights to: “Run Through the Jungle.” The catch: Fogerty wrote that one, too. Fogerty was sued for plagiarizing himself.
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Learn leadership lessons with Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb. Pull some strings to catch Chee-Yun at Boise Philharmonic’s ﬁnale.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY MAY 20-21 philharmonic BOISE PHILHARMONIC SEASON FINALE As the weather gets warmer and summer gets closer, we shed old schedules like snakes shed their skin. It’s the end of the season, and we know it. Classes end for college students until fall, our favorite network TV shows have their cliffhanger ﬁnales and beloved Boise institutions, such as Boise Philharmonic, ﬁnish off its seasons. But don’t worry. If the philharmonic is any example, spring will end with a bang. In addition to a performance in Nampa on Friday, May 20, Boise Philharmonic is hosting a day full of events on Saturday, May 21, that will make music lovers melt. Beginning at 11 a.m., the philharmonic will perform the last of its Casual Classics series for the year. Perfect for families, Casual Classics offers classical music in the late morning to leave you feeling inspired for the day. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., a lecture will be given by Steve Trott as part of the philharmonic’s Musically Speaking lecture series. The lecture will prepare you with the historical context and information about the main event, a performance by acclaimed violinist Chee-Yun at 8 p.m. Chee-Yun, along with the Boise Philharmonic String Quartet, will perform three major selections: Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Friday, May 20, 8 p.m., $23-$43. NNU’s Swayne Auditorium, Nampa. Saturday, May 21; 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Prices vary. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208426-1110. For more information, call 208-344-7849 or visit boisephilharmonic.org.
countersuit to recoup legal expenses that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The arts are notorious for their exploitation of artists’ naivete of legal issues. Luckily, the City of Boise wants to do what it can to make sure that local artists don’t get Fogertied or Lenny Bruced.
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SATURDAY MAY 21 workshop GO LEAD IDAHO When President Barack Obama entered ofﬁce, suddenly cheap-looking ads popped up on websites proclaiming: “Obama asks Moms to Return to School!” Whether you remember these ads, the sentiment reﬂected the president’s hope that American women would take on more leadership roles in our communities and government. The White House Project, a national nonproﬁt, also espouses these views. While the project isn’t ofﬁcially tied to the White House, its name sums up its goal—get a woman into the White House. Sound lofty? It is. That’s why this organization starts small by helping women in all 50 states to get the information (and, maybe, the courage) to run for local ofﬁce. And when they really want to pull out all the stops, local ofﬁces of the White House Project host Go Lead seminars. This year, Idaho will host a Go Lead seminar featuring presentations by local women who are leaders in their ﬁelds. This includes keynote speaker and Idaho Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb, Boise City Council Member Lauren McLean and former director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture Celia Gould. Seminar attendees will be offered advice, networking opportunities and that something all future political candidates need: inspiration. So, ladies, buy your tickets now—this could be the push you need toward a new political career. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $50. Boise State SUB, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-4636. For more information, visit goleadidaho.org.
chairman of the Montana Arts Council. Frazier is the author of more than 350 articles for national art and legal publications and has testiﬁed before Congress on matters of art and law. More than just music licensing, Frazier will cover issues of contracts, insurance, piracy, representations, pending laws and
You know those chocolate commercials, the ones where smooth-skinned, impeccably thin ladies bite into a tiny shaving of chocolate like they’re headed for the electric chair? Eyes closed, lips pursed, they chew slowly, words like “sinful,” “sumptuous” and “silky” swirling in the background. Sarah Haskins harpoons the ads hilariously—alongside yogurt and birth control ads—on her Internet video show Target Women. But anti-feminist underpinnings aside, these choco-gasm WEISER CLASSIC CANDY moments do actually happen. 449 State St., Weiser 208-414-2850 Case in point: Weiser Classic weiserclassiccandy.com Candy. Chomp down into one of its coconutty, dark chocolate confections and your eyes will invariably roll back in your head. The small town corner candy store formerly known as Fawn’s Classic Candies was purchased in 2007 by Weiser residents Patrick Nauman and Keith Bryant. The lads amped up the candy shop’s options, adding 20 new varieties of sweets—including dark chocolate caramels with red Hawaiian sea salt, cherry bombs and nutty gold diggers. If you can’t make it all the way to Weiser for a hit of cocoa, weiserclassiccandy.com makes it simple to browse online, dividing the delectables into chocolate trufﬂes, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate and fudge. The company even has chocolate mints especially for Boise State Broncos fans with a sweet tooth. —Tara Morgan
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CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—Located on the corner of 12th and Dearborn streets next to the library. 5-8 p.m. FREE.
POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Performance workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. The haiku champ wins $25. For more information, email cheryl_maddalena@yahoo. com. 7 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208331-5632, boisepoetry.com.
MERIDIAN URBAN MARKET—Downtown Meridian on Idaho Avenue between Main and Second streets. 5-9 p.m. FREE, 208-331-3400, facebook.com/ MeridianUrbanMarket.
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On Stage TAMING OF THE SHREW—An adaptation of Shakespeare’s love story, set in 1959. 7 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
NOISE/CD REVIEW BOB DYLAN: THE WITMARK DEMOS, 1962-1964
Workshops & Classes KEEPING BACKYARD CHICKENS—The author of The Backyard Chicken Fight will cover the basics of keeping chickens in your back yard. 6 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, adalib.org. LEGAL ISSUES FOR ARTISTS—All you need to know about copyrights, contracts, the Visual Artists’ Rights Act and more, led by a lawyer and arts activist. See Picks, Page 16. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-3686080, history.idaho.gov.
Talks & Lectures BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATION—An international leader in shaping bike-friendly communities will speak on the positive impact of biking. 5:30-8 p.m. FREE. Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise.
Sports & Fitness PEDAL POWER POTLUCK PICNIC IN THE PARK—Bring a dish to share and pedal to a park for a picnic. Visit boisebikeweek. org for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500, boisecoop.com. RIDE OF SILENCE—A slow and somber ﬁve-mile ride to remember fallen cyclists. Visit boisebikeweek.org for more info. 7 p.m. FREE. Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise. STREET SMARTS CYCLING— One-hour overview on how to stay safe on the streets while riding your bike. Riders of all ages are welcome to attend. Visit boisebikeweek.org for more info. 7 p.m. FREE. George’s Cycles, 251 E. Front St., Ste. 100, Boise, 208-343-3782, georgescycles.com.
Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers may donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for those in need. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
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Between 1962 and 1964, Bob Dylan recorded 47 songs at New York’s Witmark studio. All but one were original. The Witmark demos were intended for other singers. Dylan’s ﬁrst album with only two originals had failed, and Columbia didn’t know what to do with John Hammond’s new discovery. When Artie Mogull at Witmark heard “Blowin’ In The Wind,” he knew Hammond was right: Dylan had artistic and commercial promise. When Peter, Paul and Mary recorded “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice,” they had two hits. Judy Collins and Elvis Presley recorded “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.” In 1963, Dylan released Freewheelin’, which included “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Masters Of War” and “Girl From The North Country,” in addition to “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice.” The second album became a landmark event—the time spent recording new songs at Witmark had paid off. Columbia has now issued The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964. Some of the songs have been bootlegged over the years, and these versions won’t feel that new since the later recordings sound the same. But the Witmark Demos could be a greatesthits album in embryo. The reel-to-reel recording quality ranges from fair to mediocre to plain awful, particularly the last recording, “I’ll Keep it with Mine.” It is interesting, however, to hear “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “Mr. Tambourine Man” on piano. The sessions answer one debate regarding the guitarist on “Don’t Think Twice.” For years, many argued Bruce Langhorne played the song, but on these recordings, Dylan picks it note for note. These recordings weren’t meant for public consumption. Dylan coughs while singing “Blowin’ In The Wind” and stops in the middle of “Let Me Die In My Footsteps,” declaring the song is a bit long and “a drag.” The two discs are chronological so the listeners can hear Dylan’s songwriting talent evolve; there are fewer mistakes on disc two. The demo sessions also yield some gems. “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” has a poignancy that evidently moved Judy Collins to tears on ﬁrst hearing. The relatively obscure song “Paths Of Victory” is a revelation. Another interesting aspect of these recordings is the progress of Dylan as a performer as he tries on different accents while recording. There’s so much going on with these recordings, that both Dylan fans and scholars will want this album. —Michael Corrigan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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MOUNTAIN BIKING INTRO— Meet by the tennis courts to get tips on technique, trail etiquette and to take a no-drop ride through the Foothills. Visit boisebikeweek.org for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise.
STUFFED TAPAS CLASS—Learn how to prepare tapas. Call to reserve a spot. 6 p.m. $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.
RECUMBENT RALLY—15-mile ride from Veteran’s Memorial Park to Dry Creek Cemetery and back. This is a great chance to learn more about recumbent bikes. Visit boisebikeweek. org for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise.
WHOLE FOODS NUTRITION 101—Dr. Emily Penney will cover weight loss and maintaining energy levels through diet. Register at boiselearns.org. 6:30-8 p.m. $10.50. Hillside Junior High School, 3536 Hill Road, Boise, 208-854-5120.
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FRIDAY MAY 20
WATERING SYSTEMS CLASS— Learn how to make your garden grow. Call 208-284-3712 for more info. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25 per class, $160 for series of eight classes. Earthly Delights Organic Farm, 372 S. Eagle Road., Ste. 353, Eagle.
On Stage IMPROVOLUTION—A fast-paced improv group whose sole aim is to work out your belly. 7:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com. TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Thursday. Dinner is optional, and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
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THIS DAY AND AGE—A perfectly happy empty-nester’s grown children come home to roost. Visit boiselittletheater.org for more info. 8 p.m. $12.50 general, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.
Festivals & Events EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL—Enjoy three days of music, food, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and live music at the 11th annual Eagle Island Experience Festival. 5-11 p.m. FREE, $5 parking fee, Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. gruntwerks.net.
Sports & Fitness LOOK! FAMILY RIDE FOR SAFETY—Three-mile bike ride along the Greenbelt starting at Veterans Memorial Park. There will be informational materials, drawings and games. Visit boisebkieweek.org for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise.
Concerts BOISE PHILHARMONIC SEASON FINALE—Featuring violinist Chee-Yun and the Boise Philharmonic String Quartet performing Symphonie Espagnole and Symphonie Fantastique. 8 p.m. $23-$43. Brandt Center at NNU, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790, nnu.edu/brandt.
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MOCKTOBER FEST—Why wait for Oktoberfest, when you can get all of the kielbasa, sauerkraut, dumplings, streusel and imported beer you can eat now? See Food News, Page 29. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-6581364, tresbonnescuisine.com.
Art EXHIBIT OPENING: CHARLES KADLEC—This is a rare opportunity to view Kadlec’s work and meet the reclusive artist. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., 208-342-7111.
Literature BOOK AND SCREEN WRITERS WORKSHOP—Learn the ins and outs of writer/agent relationships and how to go about getting your work published. There will be a reception for participants on Sunday evening. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $95 general, $75 students and members of the Idaho Writers Guild. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com.
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Citizen VOLUNTEER FAIR—Check out more than 60 nonproﬁt organizations in the area who are looking for volunteers to help them out. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise State, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1000, boisestate.edu.
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8 DAYS OUT SATURDAY MAY 21 Festivals & Events CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-3459287. capitalcitypublicmarket. com. EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL—Enjoy three days of music, food, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and live music at the 11th annual Eagle Island Experience Festival. 5-11 p.m. FREE, $5 parking fee, Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. gruntwerks.net. EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. KUNA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-noon. FREE. Bernard Fisher Memorial Park, Swan Falls Road and Avalon Street, Kuna. MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—Crossroads shopping center at Eagle and Fairview roads. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. meridianfarmersmarket.com. MIDDLETON FARMERS MARKET—Located in Roadside Park at the corner of Highway 44 and South Middleton Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE, middletonfarmersmarket.webs.com. NAMPA FARMERS MARKET— Located on Front Street and 14th Avenue South in Lloyd’s Square. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE, nampafarmersmarket.com.
Food & Drink MOCKTOBER FEST—See Friday. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-6581364, tresbonnescuisine.com.
Workshops & Classes GO LEAD IDAHO—The White House Project, designed to inspire women to take on leadership roles in their communities. Visit goleadidaho.org for more info. See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $50. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.boisestate.edu. RESIN CASTING WORKSHOP— Learn rubber mold making, experiment with resin and pigment and create art of your own during this two-day class. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $150. The Sculpture Studio, 504 E. 45th St., Ste. 11, Garden City, 208-867-9922, thesculpturestudio.org.
Literature BOOK AND SCREEN WRITERS WORKSHOP—See Friday. 5:30-7 p.m. $95 general, $75 students and members of the Idaho Writers Guild. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com. BOOK SIGNING: PIXIE CHICKS—Get your copy of An Eclectic Collage signed by members of the Pixie Chicks writing group. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Moxie Java, 1750 W. State St., Boise, 208-389-9820, moxiejava.com.
CROWDFUNDING KICKOFF— BWs own New Media Czar Josh Gross kicks off a crowdfunding campaign to fund the publication of his novel Secrets and Lies. Advanced copies of the book are available by contacting Jennifer Orr at info@orriginalpromotions. com. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220, hydeparkbookstore.com. WRITE-PUBLISH-MARKET WORKSHOP—Writers, bloggers, authors and anyone else who wishes to publish a book is invited to attend this workshop. Reserve your space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $79. Country Inn Suites, 3355 E. Pine Ave., Meridian.
Sports & Fitness BOISE BENCH BIKE TOUR— Join Preservation Idaho for a tour of Mediterranean-inﬂuenced homes on the Boise Bench. Call 208-424-5111 or email email@example.com to register. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. FREE. PEDAL PARADE AND FINALE— Dress yourself and your bike up in your Boise Bike Week gear and head to Capitol Park to participate in this culmination celebration of the week’s activities. Visit boisebikeweek.org for more info. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise. UFC NO. 17: UNLEASHED—Featuring Boise’s own Jacen Flynn from Ultimate Fighter, Gabriel Miranda and Brandon Shuey. 7 p.m. $12-$40. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-3318497, qwestarenaidaho.com.
CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—Boise’s newest comedy venue will feature someone new each week, from hot young newbies to established stand-up comedians. 8 p.m. $12. China Blue, 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-9515. TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. THIS DAY AND AGE—See Friday. 8 p.m. $12.50 general, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.
Concerts BOISE PHILHARMONIC CASUAL CLASSICS—A shorter version of the evening’s concert. Call 208-344-7849 for more info or to purchase tickets. See Picks, Page 17. 11 a.m. $10-$15. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu. BOISE PHILHARMONIC SEASON FINALE—See Friday. 8 p.m. $24-$75. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.
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Skeleton Blues by Connor Coughlin was the 1st place winner in the 9th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.
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BOISE RIVER REVIVAL—Listen to river-related stories, take a hike to see a blue heron rookery, make ﬁsh prints and more. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/Bee/WaterShed.
BALLS FOR BUCKS—SNIP (Spay Neuter Idaho Pets) and Team Mazda Subaru are going to pay you $2 to get your pet neutered today if you are one of the ﬁrst 200 to call 208-5466690 to make an appointement. Call 208-968-1338 for more info. FREE. Team Mazda Subaru, 6218 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 800-639-8227, teammazdasubaru.com.
Citizen BLACK AND WHITE BALL—Dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions, hosted by Royal Family Kids Camp of Boise. All proceeds go to help send children in foster care to camp this summer. Visit rfkcboise.org for more info and to register. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $45-$60. Boise State Student Union (Simplot Grand Ballroom), 1910 University Drive, Boise.
SUNDAY MAY 22 Festivals & Events EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL—See Friday. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. FREE, $5 parking fee, Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle. gruntwerks.net.
CLEAR CREEK VFD ANNUAL MOUNTAIN DAYS—Family friendly fundraiser to help the volunteer ﬁre department continue ﬁrst response protection in the area. To get there, take Highway 21 toward Idaho City, turn left on Grimes Creek Road and follow it until the pavement ends. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Donations accepted.
EAST END MARKET—10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street, end of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.
COMMUNITY PROGRESSIVE—A series of arts, music, walking tours, workshops, ﬁlms and more during a day-long exploration of what makes Boise dynamic. For more info visit uvidaho.org. See Picks, Page 16. 10-midnight. FREE, uvidaho.org. GAMBLE AWAY MS—Play blackjack, poker, craps, get in on auction items and more during the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Casino Night fundraiser. 6-10 p.m. $25. Hillcrest Country Club, 4610 Hillcrest Drive, Boise, 208343-5425.
Citizen BIKERS AGAINST BRUISES— Motorcycle riders across the valley are invited to participate in this fun run in support of domestic violence victims. There will be three stops—in Horseshoe Bend, Emmett and New Plymouth—before ending with a casual dinner and rafﬂe at the Hope Plaza Community Center in Caldwell. Proceeds beneﬁt Hope’s Door Domestic Violence Center. 11 a.m. $25. High Desert Harley Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208338-5599, highdeserthd.com.
Sports & Fitness SWIMBA BIKE AND GEAR SWAP—Take advantage of great deals on biking and camping gear or visit swimba.org for more info on how to sell your own stuff. Proceeds go toward trail building and biking education. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE admission. Joyride Cycles, 1306 Alturas St., Boise, 208-947-0017, joyridecycles.com.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY—Check out what local museums have to offer. Activities include making stomp rockets, viewing live birds, exploring a sheephearders wagon and more. Noon-5 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208368-6080, history.idaho.gov.
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INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Local improv comedy. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, heirloomdancestudio.com.
BOISE PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA—Talented highschoolers perform under the direction of conductor Dr. David Saunders. 7 p.m. $7. Centennial High School (Centennial Performing Arts Center), 12400 W. McMillan Rd., Boise, 208-9391404, chs.meridianschools.org.
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Odds & Ends BOISE UKULELE GROUP—All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. TRIVIA NIGHT—There’s a new theme every week, and the losing team gets to pick next weeks theme. 8 p.m. FREE. Pitchers and Pints, 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208-906-1355.
TUESDAY MAY 24 Concerts DARKWOOD CONSORT—One stop on the farewell tour for the duo. The program includes Renaissance music, hymns and Gershwin. 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-344-3011.
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WINE TASTING—Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres during this fundraiser for Ada County Democrats. 7-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Bueno Cheapo Vino, 770 S. Vista Ave., 209-336-1930, buenocheapovino.com.
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BIKE SUMMIT—Inaugural meeting of Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance. The ﬁrst part of the meeting is a social hour, followed by a brainstorming session. Visit idahopedbike.org for more info. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise. IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY—INL invites you to learn more about nuclear energy and the environmental issues surrounding it. Call Marilyn at 208-334-9572 for more info. 4-8 p.m. FREE. Silverstone Plaza, 3405 E. Overland Road, Meridian.
Sports & Fitness MICAH TRUE—The organizer of the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon will speak during this fundraiser to support the Norawas De Raramuri continue their running tradition. 6:30 p.m. $20 donation. Double Tree Hotel Boise-Riverside, 2900 Chinden Blvd., doubletree1.hilton.com. OPEN HOUSE—Tour the building, see the plans to “go green” and get the inside scoop on BBP’s mission to buy their building. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., 208-4296520, boisebicycleproject.org.
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WEDNESDAY MAY 25 Festivals & Events CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—Located on the corner of 12th and Dearborn streets next to the library. 5-8 p.m. FREE.
2011 SEASON PLAYS THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Sponsored by Hawley Troxell and Idaho Statesman’s Scene and Treasure Magazines
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) BY ADAM LONG, DANIEL SINGER AND JESS WINFIELD Sponsored by Brewforia, Intermountain Medical Imaging, and KTVB 7 Idaho’s Newschannel
BOOK BY JOE MASTEROFF; BASED ON THE PLAY BY JOHN VAN DRUTEN AND STORIES BY CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD; MUSIC BY JOHN KANDER; LYRICS BY FRED EBB. Sponsored by Stoel Rives and 107.1 KHits
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ADAPTED BY PATRICK BARLOW. FROM THE NOVEL BY JOHN BUCHAN. FROM THE MOVIE OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK. Sponsored by Holland & Hart and Boise Weekly David Anthony Smith*, M.A. Taylor*, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2011). *Member Actors’ Equity. Photo by Roger Mastrioanni
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Concerts DARKWOOD CONSORT—See Tuesday. 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4848 N. Five Mile Road, Boise, 208-322-5588.
Sports & Fitness BASIC BIKE RIDING SKILLS CLINIC—All the info you need to prepare for road racing. Visit idahobikeracing.com for more info. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—See Wednesday. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Daniel Kerr keeps a close eye on The Orb in the video for “Igor Pops.”
VIDEO FOR “IGOR POPS” REALLY POPS In mid-January, local musician Daniel Kerr (aka Brother Dan) went out with ﬁlmmaker Zach Voss and photographer and BW contributor Glenn Landberg to shoot some promotional photos for Kerr’s debut solo album, The Orb. As Landberg lined up landscapes for the photos, an itch crept up Voss’ spine: What about a music video? The trio turned on Kerr’s car stereo and cranked up the track “Igor Pops” and began to record. Even though the video was born on impulse, the result is a cohesive, dynamic product that showcases Kerr. There is a stunning shot of Kerr against a striated, warm-hued sandstone wall. It looks like it was shot on a hot day in the Idaho desert, but Voss and Landberg divulged that the shot was actually ﬁlmed behind the Hawkins Pac-Out. “As long as you shoot creatively and edit well, the viewer is only going to be left with your ﬁnal viewﬁnder,” said Voss. Pac-Out or not, Landberg admits this is one of the shots he is most proud of from the video. “I think a photo is very thought-out ... so I try to mainTo see more videos by Voss tain that while ﬁlming,” said and Landberg, visit vimeo. com/zachvoss. And for Landberg. more on Kerr, see Noise on Voss, Landberg and Kerr Page 23. went out only once more to shoot night scenes at Bogus Basin. Then Voss, who is an illustration major at Boise State, went to work editing. As he was putting the scenes together, he realized the video needed something more and decided to “burn in”—add video on top of video—some archival footage. The result is that a viewer stops trying to distinguish between the two. “By merging the color schemes of both and manipulating them both, the video becomes a whole and not fragmented,” Voss said. It’s heady to consider that in the space of three days someone could create such a visually profound project—someone, that is, besides Voss and Landberg, who were part of a team last year that scored a hat trick at the i48 ﬁlm festival. Their ﬁlm, Object of Affection, won Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Actor. Kerr was even part of the team: He did the original score. Local ﬁlm fests and music videos aside, these guys do have a dream. “A ﬁlm in Sundance would be nice,“ Landberg said lightheartedly. Right now they might be traipsing around Boise making movies with friends, but Sundance could be a real possibility. “You can be successful and screen good material here, which could then go on and be shown somewhere else,” Voss said. “So I plan to stay in Boise and improve our work for moving on to a bigger venue, and I think Boise is the perfect platform for it.” —Katherine Thornton WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Synthesizing a new sound in Boise
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David Robert King of the road.
Trevor Powers stands at his keyboard, a pile of dark hair barely contained by a ball cap, a red ﬂannel shirt hanging out over a pair of skinny jeans. Singing emotively in his highpitched, boyish falsetto, he performs “Cannons” for a visibly—and audibly—excited crush of people pressed against the stage at Reef. About 40 minutes later, Daniel Kerr, tall, cheeks pink, his shock of auburn hair wild, plays a Moog Prodigy synthesizer and performs “The Orb,” slowed way down and punched way up. That same crowd sings along. In the next phase of what appears to be an evolution from the powerful rock of Built Trevor Powers: a big ﬁsh in a small lagoon. to Spill to the peculiar pop of Finn Riggins, a youthful hybrid has begun to take hold. Both Kerr and Powers have pushed their layered, said. “I started getting really fascinated with away screams; time signatures changing like orchestral synth-pop out of the bedroom unique recording methods and capturing spring weather in Idaho; lyrics sometimes and onto the forefront of Boise’s indie music songs in their truest sense rather than just simple, sometimes as obtuse as 18th century scene. Kerr, who records under the moniker adding unnecessary polish. And falling in love poetry. The album, like its maker, is interestof Brother Dan (but performs live as Talk Math to Me and Atomic Mama) and Powers, ing, faceted and not very much like something with reverb.” “Cannons,” one of the songs that has else. Except that it kind of is. who records and performs as Youth Lagoon, garnered Youth Lagoon so much attention, While Trevor Powers may sound like the are heralding in a new sound. is Casio-driven name of a cape-wearing Kerr, a 22-year-old engineering student sunshiney dreamcomic superhero, he is at Boise State, quietly self-released The Visit brotherdan.bandcamp.com and pop but with other instead a 22-year-old Orb a few months. Recorded entirely in his youthlagoon.bandcamp.com for more. elements hiding rehearsal space at the Boise Bomb Shelter, the Boise State English major. in the shade of an album is all Kerr, who wrote and played most His debut album will oversized umbrelbe out in June on Juno notes (minus a contribution here or there) on la. The reverb-drenched vocals that Powers the complicated album. Kerr has been playing Records, and in the last couple of weeks, is fond of tend to pull his songs’ lyrics out to Youth Lagoon’s music has sailed across the music since grade school, and The Orb is a a distant horizon line. They’re still there, but culmination of 10 years of listening and learn- blogosphere, landing on everything from beautifully blurred and mysterious, requiring Hype Machine to Los Angeles-based Rollo ing. It’s also a jumping off point. repeated plays to glean their meaning. & Grady to NPR to Pitchfork. With only “I recorded a couple of songs without the Because so much goes on in both Kerr’s three songs available on the Web, he’s proof idea of an album,” Kerr said. “The ‘Long that word-of-mouth and Powers’ songs, it would be impossible Slow Hunt’ and to perform live alone. Kerr enlists longtime is still the best kind ‘Dying Bed’ were collaborator Jake Warnock, and as Atomic of marketing. recorded right off the Mama, the two elevate Kerr’s solo stuff into Powers also bat. I wanted to see a raucous electronic, howling dance party. started playing how well I could put Powers’ friend Erik Eastman does all of young, taking piano together my ideas the live guitar work, leaving Powers to push lessons at age 6. Afand get them down. ter a pop-punk band pedals and keys and sing in his emotive voice It turned out that I about difﬁcult times, with a controlled angst in high school, he liked them as much mature beyond his years. found that his own as I thought I would Neither performance at Reef was technimusical tastes were and did as good as I cally perfect. Powers’ saturated vocals were changing drastically thought I could, so and began retreating more natural and tended to be slightly pitchy. I was like, ‘Why not Kerr experimented with time signatures and to his room. try to ﬁnish someDaniel Kerr got a wild hair and recorded an album on his own. “I started falling in instrumentation to the detriment of a couple thing?’” love with just playing of tracks that listeners had become familiar What Kerr came piano by myself in my with from the album. But that didn’t detract out of the shelter with from either performance. Instead, it was like is an 11-track, layered joint that learned from bedroom—something really intimate in a being let in on the early stages of something way,” Powers said. blues, rock and pop with gangly guitars, teetering on the edge of greatness. So about a year ago, he started writing by synthesized percussion, gospelly keys and The garage-rocking Teens, the funky-elechimself. He also began listening to stuff that Kerr’s vocals, both harmonious and purely tro Mozam Beaks and the heavenly electronic would greatly inﬂuence where Youth Lagoon instrumental. The album’s rich, heavy tracks Shades are other acts to keep an eye on, as is now. are bookended by quieter ballad-esque tunes; bedrooms empty and clubs ﬁll up with a new “By that time, I was listening to all sorts strummy Latin guitar, caressing rattles and Boise sound. of other music, like Cocteau Twins,” Powers thumps; hesitant falsettos buried under farWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
TIME FOR TOUR MODE Young bands may be a little egocentric as members try to kickstart their careers. But the youngsters in Workin’ on Fire did a little something nice for someone else. On May 7, the three-man teen band busked at the Capital City Public Market and took the money they made, a not-too-shabs $167, and gave it to the Idaho Special Olympics. Workin’ on Halos is more like it. A couple of weeks ago, we told you that the Bright Eyes show scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, at Knitting Factory was canceled. That’s still the bad news. The good news is that darlings Jenny and Johnny, who were scheduled to open the show, have moved into the headlining spot and will play the Boise venue that night with Calfornia-based Nik Freitas and locals Finn Riggins opening. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15-$35. If you’re a musician planning to put a few miles on the old Econoline this summer and ﬁnd some fans away from home, we want to remind you that you should be posting to BW’s Tour Mode blog (boiseweekly.com/ blogs/TourMode) while you’re chasing pavement. Tour Mode is a place to keep a tour diary and post all the entries and photos you want so the folks back home can see what you’re up to. We don’t tell you what you can or can’t write or how much. We don’t edit the posts. All we ask is that you are actually out of town when you contribute. A show in Caldwell doesn’t count. We’ve had engaging contributions from Finn Riggins, RevoltRevolt, Wolvserpent (nee PussyGutt), Thomas Paul, Matt Hopper and even opened it up to globetrotting dance company Trey McIntyre Project. We expect to read all of their stories and look at their incredible photos—Tour Mode has some of the best pics—as they hit the dusty trails again this year, but we’d love to see some new faces, too. If you’re planning on playing out of town, even for a day or a weekend, drop me a line at email@example.com and I’ll get you set up. See you on the road. Speaking of hitting the road, local musician David Robert King is leaving Boise, but he’s going out on a good note: On Thursday, May 19, King will perform and celebrate the release of his latest album, Midnight in Gloryland as he says goodbye to B-Town and hello to Beantown (Boston). King will be joined by the Songwriters of Arts West and the ubiquitous James Orr. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at egyptiantheatre.net, The Record Exchange, Boise Co-Op and Arts West. For more on King, visit davidrobertking.com. —Amy Atkins
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GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY, MAY 19, KFCH
WEDNESDAY MAY 18
THURSDAY MAY 19
FRIDAY MAY 20
AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
ALPENFLOW—9:45 p.m. FREE. Liquid
CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
BLUE DOOR FOUR—With Arts West Live. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
DAKOTA MAD BAND—9 p.m. FREE. New Frontier
CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
DAVID ROBERT KING—7:30 p.m. $15. Egyptian Theatre
CURREN$Y—With Trademark, Young Roddy, Friend and Corner Boy P. 8:30 p.m. $15-$35. Knitting Factory
FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
For all their cultural failings, raves, with their light- and laserladen theatrical spectacles, managed to make music much, much more than just a sound. Acts like Austin’s electro-gospel duo Ghostland Observatory transformed shows into full-body experiences, like the audience was wrapped in the music— something electronic musicians have generally led the way on. Ghostland Observatory isn’t short on texture. The beat beneath the strobing sensory overload of their live show—lasers, lights, video and all manner of booty-shaking—is built on riffs, hooks and choruses. It’s full-body pop music that manages to combine the live presence of a rave with the chops and guts of a rock show. The group’s last show at Knitting Factory in November 2010 sold out and was the talk of the town for weeks afterward. Don’t miss them when they come back through town this week. But wear your sunglasses. —Josh Gross
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
With Dan Kaye. $22-$45, 8:15 p.m. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactry.com.
THE VANPAEPEGHEM TRIO— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
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GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JOHNNY BUTLER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY—See Listen Here, this page. 8:15 p.m. $22-$45. Knitting Factory GREENHORNES—With Jeff the Brotherhood. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE—Cairo Fusion Dance, The Mystics and Fire Kittens. 6-10 p.m. Eagle Island State Park FRANK MARRA—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s HELLS BELLES—With Half the World. 8:30 p.m. $13-$30. Knitting Factory JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SINGLE CAR GARAGE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Season’s SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub TRIBAL SEEDS—Featuring Through the Roots. 9:30 p.m. $7 adv., $10 door. Reef TRUCK STOP TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye VALLIVUE JAZZ NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage
SATURDAY MAY 21 A DOUG BROWN COLLECTIVE—1 p.m. FREE. Solid
JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
LIKE A ROCKET—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid
STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s
REPTET CD RELEASE PARTY—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
THE THROWDOWN—Featuring the Celebration Quartet and more. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid
THE ROCKETZ—10 p.m. FREE. New Frontier
NATHAN MOODY AND THE QUARTERTONS—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
COMMUNITY PROGRESSIVE CONCERTS—See Picks, Page 16 and boiseweekly.com for details. 12:30 p.m. FREE. The Flicks; 1 p.m. FREE. Eyes of the World; 4 p.m. FREE. The Modern; 6 p.m. FREE. Linen Building; 9 p.m. FREE. VAC.
SHERYL CROW—7 p.m. $50. Idaho Botanical Garden
NEW TRANSIT—9:45 p.m. $3. Grainey’s
DAKOTA MAD BAND—9 p.m. FREE. New Frontier
VAGABOND SWING—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
THE DESERT MOON BAND— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Season’s
KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
VAGABOND SWING—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
LAST BAND STANDING—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
MODERN ELECTRIC JAZZ—With Trio B and Artswest Jazz Quintet. 5:30 p.m. $8. Blue Door
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GUIDE EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE—With Chris Guiterrez, Bernie Reilly, Kayleigh Jack, Nathan J Moody, Jimmy Bivens, Beli Danse Academie and Raks Al Dunia, Sherpa, Vegas Elvis, The Mystics, Meet Revolver and Fire Kttens. Noon-10 p.m. Eagle Island State Park EISLEY—With The Narrative and Christie DuPree. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $12. The Venue ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FACTORY BEATDOWN VOL. 1—Featuring Pressha. 9:30 p.m. $8. Knitting Factory
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid
LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid
SUNDAY MAY 22 A DOUG BROWN COLLECTIVE—1 p.m. FREE. Solid BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon. FREE. Grape Escape CONFESSION: BENEFIT FOR RADIO BOISE—9 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Liquid
THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
TUESDAY MAY 24 ANTSY MCCLAIN—7 p.m. $25. Egyptian Theatre B3 SIDE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
JIMMY BIVENS—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE—Dan Costello, Desert Dreams, Lori B! and Voice of Reason. 12:30-6 p.m. Eagle Island State Park
JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
JT SPANGLER—With Jamie the Drake and Austin Hartley. 8 p.m. FREE. Reef
MODERN ELECTRIC JAZZ— With Trio B and Arts West Jazz Quintet. 5:30 p.m. $8. Blue Door
VERTICAL HORIZON—8 p.m. $17.50-$35. Knitting Factory
KEVIN KIRK—With Cheryl Morrell. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
ISTANBUL—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars
NEW TRANSIT—9:45 p.m. $3. Grainey’s REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper RICCARDO BARTOLOME—8 p.m. FREE. Piazza Di Vino ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. Hannah’s
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DAN COSTELLO AND THE TRUCK STOP TRIO—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
LARRY CONKLIN—11 a.m. FREE. Moon’s
MONDAY MAY 23 BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
RUSS PFIEFER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
WEDNESDAY MAY 25 AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire CASEY RUSSELL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe CHUCK SMITH—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DOCTOR COOL—8 p.m. $2. Reef GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JIMMY BIVENS—6 p.m. FREE. Curb Bar 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 THE THROWDOWN FINALS—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid
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EISLEY, MAY 21, THE VENUE Family bands are kind of dorky: the Osmonds, the Bee Gees, even the Jacksons were kind of goofy with their matching outﬁts and synchronized dance moves. So thinking that Eisley, a group comprised of four siblings and a cousin—all DuPrees and from Tyler, Texas, no less—might have a dork factor would not be crazy. But wrong you would be. For one, they took their band name from Mos Eisley, a spaceport in Star Wars. Nerdy but kind of cool. For two, rather than a wholesome, down-homey, country-western sound, the quintet crafts dark pop rock with a soul. Eisley’s March release—their ﬁrst in four years—The Valley (Equal Vision Records), sees haunting vocals carried along the strains of bittersweet melodies as sisters Chauntelle, Sherri and Stacy deal with heartbreak and loss. When the darling DuPrees arrive in Boise, they’ll make you think twice about what a “family” band is. —Amy Atkins With The Narrative, Christie Dupree and Grand Falconer. 6:30 p.m., $12. The Venue, 521 Broad St., boisevenue.com.
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BLOODWORTH—Kris Kristofferson stars as country musician E.F. Bloodworth, who chooses a life on the road over his family and tries to make amends 40 years later. Dwight Yoakam, Val Kilmer, W. Earl Brown and Hillary Duff co-star. Featuring new music from T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart), Kris Kristofferson and Hank Williams III. See review, this page. (R) Flicks
SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT Buy the soundtrack of Bloodworth, maybe skip the movie GEORGE PRENTICE
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D—Johnny Depp reprises his role of everybody’s favorite pirate in the latest installment of the Disney franchise. Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane co-star. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD—Morgan Spurlock’s (Super Size Me) latest movie explores the world of product placement and advertising in feature ﬁlms. (PG-13) Flicks
Special Screenings BIKE-IN MOVIE NIGHT—Special screening of a short “bike noir” ﬁlm by local ﬁlmmaker Zach Voss, followed by The Triplets of Bellville. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a New Belgium beer while you watch. See Picks, Page 16. Friday, May 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
There are moments in Bloodworth, a new Tennessee melodrama starring Kris Kristofferson, that deliver the tangy kick of hard lemonade. Unfortunately, what remains is a sour moonshine aftertaste. What begins as a Faulkner-like tale of a young man’s life discovery ends up in a swampy mess, leaving us with a high body count and a limited amount of interest. Kristofferson’s iconic career of classic songHilary Duff and Reece Daniel Thompson play out young love in Bloodworth. writing and better-than-average acting seems tailor-made for Bloodworth. He plays E.F., the beautiful 2002 novel Provinces of Night, heaven-sent (or hell-bent): familial conﬂict, a long-absent patriarch of the Bloodworth clan, mined the riches of Tennessee’s back roads who abandoned his wife (Frances Conroy) and boy’s ﬁrst love and Kristofferson’s music (with some beautiful extra tunes by T Bone Burnett). of the 1950s, but Bloodworth simply doesn’t three sons (W. Earl Brown, Val Kilmer and come across as authentic. Instead of a slow, Unfortunately, the characters never seem to Dwight Yoakam) to chase a pipe dream as a measured, rural pace, it simply feels downmove the story forward. Instead, they roll blues singer. E.F. returns to his Smoky Mounaround like marbles in a cigar box of Southern trodden and sullen. In the ﬁnal reel, a family’s tain homestead, with not much more than a legacy of self-destruction plays out and Bloodcliches: “You wanted guitar and a cane to worth turns ugly. The result is much more to make it hard on me hold up his broken Southern Gothic than Southern Comfort. ... Hard is what I’m body’s frame. The only BLOODWORTH (R) The pleasant surprise is that the ﬁlm’s used to.” Bloodworth blood relaDirected by Shane Dax Taylor best performance comes from Duff, breaking Too often the tive with a kind word Starring Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, through her teen-queen resume to play a girl dialogue feels like a to say to E.F. is his Hilary Duff much older than her years. Some more good collection of onegrandson, Fleming (ReOpens Friday, May 20, at The Flicks news comes from Kristofferson: He is quite liners. The movie has ece Daniel Thompson), ﬁne as E.F. Bloodworth, but he is in far too an overabundance of a high-school dropout few frames and his supporting role isn’t strong Bloodworths (father, who writes beautiful enough to hold the story upright. His musical mother, three sons and a grandson), and as a short stories on a typewriter he pulled from a performance of “You Don’t Tell Me What To result, there is shallow consideration of each dumpster. Fleming’s passion is for the written rather than a detailed, nuanced examination of Do,” is among his best. While I may not invest word, until he meets Raven (Hilary Duff), the in a DVD of Bloodworth, I’ll be among the just two or three. “prettiest girl in three counties.” The movie’s source material, William Gay’s ﬁrst to buy the soundtrack. All the elements of Bloodworth seem to be
SCREEN/THE TUBE that doesn’t quite work if you jump in and start watching it out of order. It would be like watching random episodes of Lost and wondering how People love TV shows about violent crime. Maybe it’s because it’s a group of people who crash-landed somewhere in the Paciﬁc Ocean easy to relate to. Who among us hasn’t killed somebody or spent 42 are moving a magic island through time and space by freeing a subterminutes, minus commercials, gathering enough forensic evidence to ranean donkey wheel from ice-locked build a case against a murderer? dormancy. Unlike the endless variations of Law The Killing is grounded in hard realand Order and CSI or, for that matter, ism—assuming your version of the world Quincy reruns, The Killing isolates the is a place in which it’s plausible for murder investigation of a 17-year-old girl metropolitan cops to spend all of their and explores the concomitant mystery time investigating a murder and, after half with methodical attention to familial grief a season, narrow the suspects down to and puzzling police procedure. 23 people, including everyone from the It’s intriguing, well-acted and rife with victim’s ex-boyfriend to the mayor and dark atmosphere—both in terms of theme most of his staff. and Seattle-clouded cinematography. Again, for the most part, the show is But it’s probably best to wait until realistic, but it’s admittedly been a while The Killing comes out on DVD because since we’ve heard about one of those you can watch only a couple of recent crazy-ass-teenage-girl-killing mayors. episodes at a time online. Plus, it’s —Damon Hunzeker meticulously serialized, the kind of show The Killing airs Sunday nights at 11 p.m. on AMC.
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HEAVY METAL—Animated Canadian ﬁlm by director Ivan Reitman, inspired by stories published in Heavy Metal magazine. Friday, May 20, 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. RACE TO NOWHERE—Documentary about how to prepare today’s kids to become tomorrow’s leaders. Sunday, May 22, 1-3 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate. edu. WELCOME TO SHELBYVILLE—A small town comes to grips with a demographic shift as immigrants move in. Presented
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The tagline for Blue Valentine is “a love stor y.” But this is no ordinar y love stor y, as some movie buffs may know from the ﬁlm’s histor y. First and foremost, this is a method acting stor y—stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams became the ﬁlm’s struggling married couple. Before shooting began, the two got to know each other by living together in the style of their characters, meaning they lived with a middle-class income, bought their own groceries, ﬁlmed home movies and even took family por traits at Sears. Because of this, the ﬁlm was praised for its honest, raw per formances, with Williams receiving an Oscar nomination for best actress. While the ﬁlm’s honesty was not as appreciated by the MPAA (who originally gave the ﬁlm a NC-17 rating), this is one to watch.
Cropsey is a strange little documentary. Its creepy, ominous cover photo of an abandoned mental institution suggests its dark content. Filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio, who grew up in Staten Island, tell the story of a series of child murders that took place there in 1987, committed by a boogeyman called “Cropsey.” The ﬁlm is also a strange little documentary because it will leave you with more questions than answers. Even creepier than the crimes themselves is the story of Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, an institution near where the crimes took place. The ﬁlm shows horriﬁc footage of how patients there were treated until the school was closed—and the ﬁlmmakers suggest that the murders were a direct result of the cruelty practiced at the institution. —Jordan Wilson
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INTERNET/SCREEN LIBRARY OF CONGRESS’ NATIONAL JUKEBOX American Idol has nothing on Tin Pan Alley. The Library of Congress has launched its streaming National Jukebox at loc.gov/ jukebox. Imagine your iPhone or laptop as a Victrola or gramophone as you access more than 10,000 78-rpm discs issued between 1900 and 1925. We’re talking George M. Cohan, John Phillip Sousa and Al Jolson—the Bieber, Cee Lo and Diddy of their day. When Pandora doesn’t scratch your Enrico Caruso You’ll hear band music, dance rhythms and itch, now there’s the nation’s juke. Broadway hits from the early 20th century. For the better part of a year, Library of Congress New preservations are promised every audio engineers and sound technimonth. If Pandora just doesn’t cians have been transferring oncesoothe your fever for Enrico loc.gov/jukebox lost master recordings into digital Caruso, National Jukebox has the copies. Their painstaking work was cure for your retro blues. unveiled to the public last week. —George Prentice WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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BOW-ING TO THE LOWLY CARP Since they aren’t much to eat, think of hunting them as pest control RANDY KING
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said. “They root around in the mud, and this affects water quality. That impact is hard on the native ﬁsh populations because it inhibits the growth of phytoplankton and zooplankton. They basically affect the whole food chain in a river.” Carp are drawn to warmer waters and are proliﬁc springtime spawners in the shallow waters along river banks and on reservoir shores during early summer. And it’s at this time when most bow ﬁshermen strike. “During this time of year, they are cruis-
River, I spotted a carp cresting. I pulled my bow back and shot. The arrow ﬂew strangely with the string attached to it. I watched as it plummeted into the water about two inches in front of the ﬁsh, but the arrow didn’t sink. Instead, it and the attached ﬁsh started to swim rapidly up stream, nearly tugging my bow from my hand. I started wrapping the string around the reel attached to my bow. The ﬁght was on. The more I tugged, the harder the ﬁsh swam. Slowly, I pulled the carp closer. Just as the ﬁsh was at the shore, my arrow came loose from his skin and the ﬁsh started ﬂopping its way back to the water. I grabbed it by the tail and hoisted my 10-pound trophy into the air. Back at camp, I gutted the ﬁsh and ﬁlled it full of onions. Then I wrapped it in foil and tossed it into the ﬁre. About 30 minutes later, I was having a hard time convincing the rest of camp to eat the ﬁsh; it was a carp, after all. I have eaten carp a number of times. Many years ago, I even ate one in desperation for food. It’s not a bad-tasting ﬁsh, but it does lack in the texture department. Carp is a little soft on the bite, kind of like pollock. And the rumors that carp are full of bones are entirely true. They’re riddled with them. The best bet for avoiding the bones is proper ﬁlleting, but even then, there are no guarantees. I would guess that most bow ﬁshermen are like me: not exclusively bow ﬁshermen. Most are bow hunters who are also ﬁshermen. They like to have fun and get rid of a pest at the same time. “Hour for hour spent on the water, I don’t know if I have done any ﬁshing that is as fun and entertaining as bowﬁshing,” Fealko said. “Watching an arrow arc through the air and into the water at a 20-pound carp is priceless, especially when you connect.” And as a friend of mine often says: “Bowﬁshing is so much fun, it should be illegal ... but it’s not.” BEN WILSON
The May 11 edition of Boise Weekly was all about bikes but there’s more. A new organization of cyclists is looking to step up and act as a uniﬁed voice for all fans of non-motorized transportation, be it on foot or two wheels. The Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance is in the foundation-building phase, but organizers hope to channel the ideas and energy of cyclists to create a group to focus on broader bicycling issues in the community. The group will hold its ﬁrst organizational meeting Tuesday, May 24, at the Boise Watercooler (1405 W. Idaho St.). The event will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a brainstorming session to hammer out the focus and identity of the new group. For more information, check out the IPBA website at idahobikeped.org. Speaking of bikes, the Eagle Bike Park’s new BMX track will have its ofﬁcial opening on Saturday, June 4. And how better to celebrate a new bike playground than with a race? Events will run from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with an entry fee of $20. The event will beneﬁt the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. For more info, go to eaglebikepark.org. Of course, some people prefer horsepower to pedal power, in which case the Mountain Home Ranger District has reopened the trails in the Danskin Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Area of the Boise National Forest. The trails had been closed to protect them from damage caused by use when conditions where particularly wet and sloppy. The area—about 29 miles from Boise— includes roughly 160 miles of trails for motorized use. Forest ofﬁcials warn that there are still pockets of snow, the streams are running high, and there are assorted other road hazards as well. For more information or maps, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961 or visit fs.usda.gov/boise. Finally, since it seems like summer might actually show up, it’s time to start thinking about summer sports—speciﬁcally, the boys of summer and whether you’re willing to open your home to one. The Boise Hawks Booster Club is looking for families who would be willing to host a Hawks player for the summer season. Host families give ﬁrst-year players a home base and a family atmosphere when they’re in town for games. Players arrive in midJune and the season runs through Sept. 3. To ﬁnd out more, contact Judy Pierce at 208-850-6741 or email clpjap2@yahoo. com.
There I stood, bow in hand on the banks of the Snake River, squeezing my way to the water on the hunt for an invasive species. I wasn’t looking for a hog, a deer or any other mammal: I was seeking out the lowly carp. Not a native to Idaho waters, carp were introduced into the United States in the 1880s as a substitute protein resource, which turned out to be a big letdown for the U.S. Fish Commission, a precursor to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The hope was that aquaculture—speciﬁcally carp—would become as “important among the American farmers and planters as the cultivation of cattle, sheep, swine, poultry or of grains, fruits and berries.” The Fish Commission got that wrong. Aquaculture of carp is almost nonexistent in America. Even Idaho, home to a very productive aquaculture industry, does not farm carp. But these ﬁsh lurk in our waters, and some have taken up arms against them. The leader of the pack in Idaho is Brian Pokorney, a chapter representative of the Idaho Bow Fishing Association. “It technically is a form of hunting that has been used for ages as a way to acquire food,” said Pokorney, although bows are now much more high-tech and a special type of line is attached to a ﬁberglass bow for bowﬁshing. While it might be considered a form of hunting, all you need to have in Idaho is a valid ﬁshing license to shoot non-game species of ﬁsh like carp. “Carp are a non-native invasive species that can have an adverse effect on a whole ﬁshery as they feed on the eggs of game ﬁsh and reduce the amount of food for them,” Pokorney said. “They reproduce in huge numbers and can take over a body of water if they are not controlled.” Idaho Fish and Game state ﬁsheries coordinator Dave Parrish explained why carp can be so damaging to a river’s ecology. “Carp like the shallow areas,” Parrish
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ing the shorelines and are often swimming shallower than normal, making them more visible to the human eye,” said Jeff Fealko, chapter president of Idaho Traditional Bowhunters, (a group I am a member of). “On a good day, you would be able to feed an entire block—some days you can easily shoot up to a dozen carp in a few hours.” But nobody, especially not an entire block, is eating carp. “I don’t eat the carp, and I never have,” Pokorney said. “We have people that take the carp for animal food, as well as fertilizer. Sometimes we just bury them to dispose of them. We don’t ever put them back in the water to rot.” About 15 yards from the bank below Swan Falls Dam, as I sneaked from rock to rock, pressing closer to the waters of the Snake
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The ancient-looking creatures are a healthy, current alternative GUY HAND
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Jake Willis, manager of Peaceful Cove Ranch, walked through the Foothills just north of Boise. The sky was blue, the pasture green, and on a sagebrush-dotted Ah, there’s nothing like a breath of fresh mountain hair. ridge above, a herd of cattle could be seen grazing. It was a quintessential Idaho ranch fat than even chicken,” Willis said in a slightly good chunk of the American West. scene, except for those cattle. Currently, 93 farms in Washington, We climbed into Willis’ pickup for a closer prideful cowboy drawl. Tom Newton, president of the Northwest Oregon and Idaho are members of the look. As we approached, the animals increasNorthwest Highland Association. Fifteen of ingly appeared less like domestic bovine than Highland Cattle Association—a chapter those farms raise Highland cattle in Idaho, of the American Highland Cattle Associaminiature wooly mammoths. They’re short, all the way from Bonners Ferry to Murphy. tion—made his own protein comparisons. with straight red hair that’s long enough Some sell their Highland beef to the public. “The fat content and, therefore, also the to obscure their eyes and nearly touch the Peaceful Cove Ranch raises much of its cholesterol that’s generated is less than you ground. On their heads are upright, arching cattle herd to be served at the nearby 36th horns that also make them look like costume- ﬁnd in buffalo. And, in fact, less than you Street Bistro in the Collister party Vikings. They seem both strangely cud- ﬁnd in codﬁsh,” Newton said. neighborhood of Boise. Raise them on good pasture, dly and slightly menacing all at once. “We’ve got on the grill, right They’re Scottish Highland cattle, said Willis. he added, and Highland cattle For more information now, a Highland beef burger,” are about as healthy as beef An ancient breed, Highland cattle were on Highland cattle, yelled chef Joe Leseberg over the gets—and they deserve their shipped to the United States as early as the visit nwhca.org. din in his tiny kitchen. “It’s going increasing popularity. 1850s but never gained the popularity of to be our bacon bleu. This is one Newton, who lives in Mca more famous Scottish cousin, the Angus. we sell a million of every day.” Cleary, Wash., said the secret With only a few thousand purebred HighLeseberg also serves braised Highland to the lower fat content in Highland cattle land cattle in the country 20 years ago, the beef over polenta and, for kids, Highland American Livestock Breeds Conservancy de- has to do with that long, rug-like outer layer of hair that protects an unseen, downy hot dogs. Of the taste, he said, “It’s very clared the breed endangered. But thanks to clean, it’s very ﬂavorful, and to me, it’s one undercoat. a recent explosion of interest in unique and of the best meats I’ve ever worked with.” “The air gets trapped between those two heritage varieties of farm animals—from There may be a scientiﬁc reason for layers” Newton said. “It insulates the animals, chickens to goats to cattle—there are now that. Food writer Mark Schatzker traveled keeps them warm, and as a result, does not closer to 50,000 registered Highland cattle the world in search of “the world’s tastiest require biologically in America. piece of beef” for his 2010 book Steak and the development of Willis said Peacedeclared a Scottish Highland rib-eye one of a thick layer of fat ful Cove Ranch the best he ate on his odyssey, “an A-plus.” to survive winter. So brought in its ﬁrst Schatzker said Highland cattle are slower you’ve got an animal four pair in 1999 that is extraordinarily growing than more popular, industrial and now has about breeds of cattle and have a much higher lean. We don’t have 80 head roaming percentage of “slow-twitch” muscles than to do anything to it the ranch. He said fast-growing breeds. That makes them ﬁnerto make it that way. some ranchers buy We don’t have to feed grained and ﬂavorful, even with their low Highland cattle for fat content. it differently. It’s that their novelty or to Leseberg is less concerned about beef way because that’s the enter in cattle shows. science than the opportunity to try someway God made it.” They’re also docile thing new. Well, God and and relatively easy to “It’s a lot of fun to see people’s reacsome long-ago cattle care for. But Peaceful Patrons at the 36th St. Bistro have no beef tion,” he said, spatula in hand. “People ask, Cove bought its herd with bacon bleu Highland burgers. breeders trying to ‘Where are you getting your beef?’ and we create an animal for a more fundaget to tell them, ‘Oh, we get it from three capable of surviving mental reason: They the harsh winters and poor forage of a place miles away.’ It’s nice to hear that. It’s nice make good, lean beef. to see something new and be able to work “They’ve got independent studies out there like the Scottish Highlands. with it.” Which also makes them suitable for a showing that these are less in cholesterol and WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
Christmas in July and un-birthdays have long given raucous revelers a reason to celebrate off-season. But Tres Bonne Cuisine is taking hoax-holidays to a new level. The European food, wine and beer cafe on Overland will present its fourth annual Mocktoberfest on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, from 6-10 p.m. As the tagline for the event asks: “Why wait until October to enjoy the best reason to celebrate European tradition?” Setting aside philosophy, art, medicine, architecture and the tradition of drinking wine with every meal, we couldn’t agree more. Mocktoberfest will offer a selection of European delicacies—like Polish biala kielbasa (sausage), Czech brambovy salat (potato salad), lefsa from Norway and fruit tartlets from Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and France. There will also be ample suds and spirits available to sip on while listening to live music from FlipSide. As Tres Bonne Cuisine’s website says, “It doesn’t have to be Oktober to have good party!” For more information, visit tresbonnecuisine.com. If you want to stuff yourself with Basque fare, sign up for the Basque Market’s stuffed tapas class on Thursday, May 19. The class will teach you how to make jamon serrano-stuffed mushrooms and stuffed piquillo peppers, two ways, one with Spinach bechamel and the other with crabmango. Classes start at 6 p.m., are $30 per person paid in advance, and include a tasting of three to four Spanish wines. To register, call 208-433-1208 or visit thebasquemarket.com. In Italian news, Boise Cafe, the late-night salsa dancing joint that formerly housed Eli’s Deli during the day at 219 N. 10th St., is open once again for lunch. For the last three months, the Boise Cafe Deli has been featuring artisan ciabatta deli sandwiches, homemade daily specials—like lasagna and penne with Italian sausage—and an all-you-can-eat, 24-item soup and salad bar for $5.95. If you want to shake off all those Italian calories, make sure to stop by from 9-10 p.m. for free salsa lessons every Friday and Saturday, and an open dance ﬂoor until 2 a.m. with a $5 cover. For more information, call 208-343-3397 or visit facebook.com/boisecafesalsa. —Tara Morgan
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FOOD/TREND CRAZY MAC AND CHEESE After spending decades chilling with chicken nuggets and PB&J on the kids’ menu, mac and cheese has ﬁnally grown up. Forget the neon orange, powdered, box versions of yesteryear, now most restaurants feature a variation of the gooey comfort food with specialty cheeses like gruyere or trufﬂed white cheddar. It should be no surprise, then, that the resurrection of this childhood staple has brought an inﬂux of innoodle-vation. Recently the Hufﬁngton Post ran a piece titled “10 Things to Do With Mac and Cheese Before You Die,” which showcased everything from mac and cheese sushi—which utilizes cheesy noodles in place of rice—to ketchup-glistened, mac and cheese meatloaf. Boise’s Pie Hole has jumped on the crazy mac and cheese train, offering a mac and cheese past-za. “We do it as just a slice of the day ... People come in all the time and ask about it. We’ve taken numbers before and whenever we make it, we’ll just give someone a call,” said Ally Resch, manager at downtown Pie Hole. The Basque Market also features a mac and cheeky take on the classic: mac and cheese croquetas. “First Thursday landed on April Fools Day and so we tried to make everything look like a Basque food, but it was something that is typically American,” explained Basque Market employee Kyle Harbacheck. The Basque Market makes its mac and cheese with asiago or manchego, lets it cool, then forms it into balls, rolls them in breadcrumbs and drops them in the deep fryer. —Tara Morgan
Mac and cheese croquetas from the Basque Market.
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BOMBERS ARE BETTER Craft breweries like to put their beer (especially seasonal and specialty releases) in the bigger 22-ounce format. Two new-to-Boise Oregon breweries recently arrived on the scene with a trio of bombers. Alameda Brewhouse hails from the micro-brew mecca of Portland, Ore., while Cascade Lakes Brewing Company is originally out of Redmond, Wash., but also has a presence in Bend, Ore. Here’s what’s new: ALAMEDA BLACK BEAR XX STOUT No light passes through this black-as-night ebony pour, which has a thick mocha head that collapses fairly fast but leaves a nice crema-like lacing. The aromas are a mix of chocolate malt and cappuccino with a soft bit of spice and rye. Smooth and silky in the mouth, you’ll taste creamy dark chocolate, sweet espresso and berry, backed by a pleasantly bitter hit of hops. The ﬁnish is light but lingers nicely. ALAMEDA YELLOW WOLF IMPERIAL IPA This beer pours a bright yellow with an orange tint and a thin but persistent head. The aromas are a balanced mix of ﬂoral hops and smooth, biscuity malt. The hop proﬁle on the palate is deﬁnitely robust but not overly bitter, and it’s backed by soft citrus and just sweet malt. Those hops deﬁnitely hang around on a ﬁnish that’s colored by touches of orange zest and pine resin. CASCADE LAKES INDIA PALE ALE This clear, light gold pour is topped with just a hint of cream-colored froth and features subtle aromas of pine-laced hops and grain. It’s low in carbonation, which explains the thin head, but it makes for an easydrinking ale that won’t ﬁll you up. The hop ﬂavors are smooth and ﬂoral but a little on the soft side, especially for a Northwest IPA. Malt and grain lurk in the background, and there’s a nice touch of grapefruit on the ﬁnish. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Izakaya at Mai Thai makes for an app-ropriate happy hour snack.
MAI THAI IZAKAYA We’ve come a long way since the dark days of the American happy hour, when cocktail weenies, cold nachos and corn nuts mingled with a two-for-one-fueled, pre-dusk buzz. Thankfully, more sophisticated fare like Spanish tapas has seeped into this once stolid nightly ritual, giving the best modern-day happy hours broader cultural ﬂavor and bolder, chef-driven ﬂair. Mai Thai restaurant in Boise is doing its part by offering a new bar menu that borrows from the Japanese izakaya tradition. Often described as a Japanese version of tapas, izakaya dishes are small meals meant to be shared and ordered progressively as the whim strikes and drinks ﬂow (served all evening at Mai Thai, as well as during its twice-nightly, two-forone happy hour). Like tapas, izakaya dishes can vary dramatically depending on the establishment serving them, and Mai Thai manager Michael Reed says the restaurant has loosened that already loose deﬁnition by including not only Japanese but also Thai, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian dishes. “We’re more trying to capture the concept rather than exactly the type of menu that MAI THAI would be offered in an izakaya 750 W. Idaho St. 208-344-8424 restaurant,” Reed says. maithaigroup.com Mostly, that works. Mai Thai’s bar, with its casual, pan-Asian look, is a ﬁtting spot to sip a tangy, basil-garnished cocktail (No Star $10) and share the Sunomono ($3), a crisp, cucumber salad. Citrusy, half-moon slices of cucumber spiked with chewy bits of seaweed, radish shoots and sesame seeds are continents away from the overcooked, calorie-laden world of old-fashioned American bar food. A bright tangle of contrasting textures and subtle, salty-sharp ﬂavors, that dish was our favorite of seven that a friend and I sampled on a recent Saturday night. The rice paper-wrapped summer roll ($3) was similarly refreshing, spiked with cilantro, basil, tofu and a smoky sweet hoisen sauce. The Thai basil chicken ($4) and Asian lettuce wraps ($4) with minced chicken were more substantial but shared those same clean, contrasting ﬂavors. The remaining three dishes, sadly, lost that delicate Asian balance. The eggplant Donkaku ($4) was two-dimensional in ﬂavor despite what the menu calls a miso/sake/soy glaze. The barbecue pork ribs ($5) were tender but candy-apple sweet. And the miso-marinated salmon ($7), though pretty on the plate, was just plain overcooked. Still, I’d go back. Mai Thai’s two-month-old izakaya menu clearly needs reﬁnement, yet compared to a plate of cocktail weenies, it’s a giant leap forward for American bar food.
UPCOMING GARDENING CLASSES While most Boise gardeners already have their seeds swapped, their starts started and their soil tilled, there’s still time to clock in some last-minute classroom hours before you’re wristdeep in dirt. Earthly Delights Farm is offering an array of classes every other Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a sixweek break in the middle of the summer. On Thursday, May 19, you can learn about watering systems. The class will also cover water conservation methods like mulches, drought-tolerant plant varieties and interplanting. On Thursday, June 2, you can get schooled on organic weed control. Attendees are encouraged to bring weed samples from their gardens. On Thursday, June 16, there’s a workshop on organic insect and disease control. $25 per class. For more information, call 208284-3712 or email digger@ earthlydelightsfarm.com. FarWest Landscape Garden Center is offering an array of free gardening classes. On Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m., there’s a class titled Garden Logic: Online Garden Design, which promises to help you “create an amazing perennial garden with just a few clicks of a mouse.” On Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m., landscape designer Bill Vander Pol will offer a class on water landscape design, including irrigation and water features. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos and measurements of their gardens. On Saturday, May 28, FarWest garden expert Crickett Rudd will teach a class on attracting butterﬂies to your garden. FREE, FarWest Landscape Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., farwestgardencenter.net. Pre-registration required, call 208-853-4000. The North End Organic Nursery is offering a class on Super Nutrition Gardening as a part of its Sustainable Living Series. The class is on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. and will explore “how to maximize the power of your food.” NEON classroom, 2350 Hill Road, 208-3894769, northendnursery.com. —Tara Morgan
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Today, I received this email: “Dear Chosen One: My name is Boopsky, also known as ‘The Impossible.’ I rule a small kingdom that exists in a secret place—an island with abundant riches and rhinoceros playgrounds. To make a long story short, you have won our ‘naked’ lottery. Please come visit us to claim your prizes. We will carve a statue of you out of butter and strawberry jam. Your funny ways of walking and talking will be imitated by all of our citizens. Then you will be caressed as a monarch on a pile of TVs and sung songs to by our reincarnation chorus. Can’t wait to see you be so happy!” I suspect you may soon receive an invitation as puzzling as this one, Aries— an apparent blessing that carries mixed messages or odd undertones. My suggestion is to hold off on accepting it until you find out more about it. Meanwhile, make sure it doesn’t distract you from taking advantage of a less flashy but more practical opportunity. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In order to capture the spirit of the landscapes he painted, French artist Claude Monet used to work outside in all kinds of weather. When I look at masterpieces like “Snow at Argenteuil” or “The Magpie, Snow Effect, Outskirts of Honfleur,” I like to imagine he was so engrossed in his work that he barely even registered the bitter chill. I bet you’ll be able to achieve a similar intensity of focus in the coming week, Taurus. You could be so thoroughly absorbed in an act of creation or an attempt at transformation that you will be virtually exempt from any discomfort or inconvenience that might be involved. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): What’s going to happen for you in the coming week will be the metaphorical equivalent of gaining the ability to see infrared light with your naked eye or to detect the ultrasonic sounds that only dogs can hear. With this virtual superpower at your disposal, you just may be able to figure out how people’s unspoken feelings have been covertly affecting your destiny. You will intuit lucid inklings about the probable future that will help you adjust your decisions. You might even tune in to certain secrets that your own unconscious mind has been hiding from you. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Devilish laughter revels in chaos, says Loyola University philosophy professor John Clark. “It’s an assault on excessive order, authority and seriousness.” Angelic laughter, on the other hand, “expresses delight in the wondrousness of life and in the
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Are you desperate for more companionship? Have your night dreams been crammed with soulful exchanges? Are you prowling around like a lusty panther, fantasizing about every candidate who’s even remotely appealing? If so, I have some advice from the poet Rumi: “Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” In other words, Sagittarius: To foster the search for intimate connection, identify the patterns within yourself that are interfering with it. By the way, this is good counsel even if you’re only moderately hungry for a closer connection. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you live in the United States, your chocolate almost certainly contains insect parts. The Food and Drug Administration understands that the mechanisms involved in making chocolate usually suck small passers-by into the works, which is why it allows manufacturers to include up to 60 bug fragments per 100 grams of chocolate. A lot of basically positive influences have a similar principle at work: Unpalatable ingredients get mixed in with the tasty stuff but not in such abundance that they taint the experience. This week, Capricorn, you may be unusually tuned in to the unpalatable side of some good things in your life. Don’t overreact. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I went to a literary event in which young poets read their work. One poet, Shelby Hinte, began her segment by talking about what inspires her. “I like to write about women who are more interesting than me,” she said. I was full of admiration for that perspective. It suggests she’s cultivating the abundant curiosity and humility that I think are essential to the creative process. As you slip deeper into an extra fertile phase of your personal cycle, Aquarius, I urge you to adopt a similar voracity for influences that surprise, fascinate and educate you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” said science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. So in other words, if you were able to timetravel back to medieval England with a laptop computer and a solar-powered battery charger, the natives might regard you as a wizard with supernatural powers. I think there will soon be a similar principle at work in your life, Pisces: You will get a vivid glimpse of amazing things you could accomplish in the future. They may seem fantastic and impossible to the person you are right now. Be alert for expanded states of awareness that reveal who you could become.
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