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COLDEST BEER BW’s 10th annual guide to the frostiest suds
SURFIN’ ID No coast doesn’t mean no waves
KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL Behind the lines in Boise restaurants
“Safe and sane is not so safe or sane.”
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NOTE TWO DECADES DOWN, MANY MORE TO GO In the upper right corner of each week’s cover are two numbers: a volume number and an issue number. On this week’s cover, you’ll see “Volume 20, Issue 01.” This edition of Boise Weekly marks the ﬁrst in our 20th year of existence. For two decades, Boise Weekly has been Idaho’s only alternative news outlet, and while many businesses focus on those years ending in “zero” in which to revel in public success, we don’t. For us, these 400 or so words will be about all that mark the milestone of 20 years because, in true alty style, we’re much more focused on the age of 21. The same was true of anniversaries 15 and 16—we celebrated our sweet 16 with more verve than the nice, round 15-year mark. So this time next year, expect a full issue dedicated to our 21st anniversary. But what of the ﬁrst 19 volumes of Boise Weekly? From co-founder Andy Hedden-Nicely on Boise Weekly’s infancy: “Of all the great things I remember about the startup of the Boise Weekly, it’s the people who we worked with that made it work. The ﬁrst year, our revenues where half of our projections, and our expenses where twice what we thought they would be. It was sobering and not for the timid, but people just believed in it from the get go and they supported the crazy idea of having a different voice in our town.” Hedden-Nicely admits that it took “brave advertisers to invest hard-earned money” in Boise Weekly. “So far, I think the paper has held up its end of the bargain. People love the Weekly, because it’s always stayed true to its heart and still does,” he said. Sally Freeman, current Boise Weekly publisher and sole owner, recently made a surprising discovery about her ownership of the paper. As she starts her 11th year, she will have owned the paper longer than all the previous owners combined. “Boise Weekly is somewhat like my third child. I have watched it grow up and mature with my kids. And Boise Weekly is the reason that I call Boise my home,” said Freeman. The ﬁrst line of our mission statement says that nothing contributes to the well-being of a community more than a good local newspaper. Two decades later, we’re still working to be meaningful contributors, and I hope that in another two decades, one of my successors is echoing these words. —Rachael Daigle
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MOUNTAIN MOTORING Writer and wanderer Andrew Mentzer posted the newest installment of his Motojournal series, which takes a run through the High Valley. It’s gorgeous this time of year. See Cobweb for photos and directions.
UPDATES ON HOLLYWOOD MARKET Margaret Lawrence, the iconic owner of the North End’s Hollywood Market, passed away last week at the age of 95. Visit Citydesk for a photo slideshow of the market and see the July 6 edition for more on the story.
BROKEN RECORD A couple of Boiseans hold a new world record in the one-mile dash. It’s a record that involves rubber balls rather than rubber soles. Intrigued? Check out the video we shot of history in the making.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY Citydesk reported this week that Micron chief Steve Appleton is among the Northwest’s top-paid CEOs. Want to see who else in Idaho is raking in a hefty corporate pay check? Visit Citydesk for details.
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NEWS Illegal ﬁreworks mean big business in Idaho
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FEATURE A decade of the valley’s coldest beer
NOISE Muffalo’s long-distance relationship
SCREEN The Tree of Life
REC Hanging 10 riverside
FOOD Behind the scenes and in the kitchen
FOOD REVIEW Brewforia
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Stars that shine as bright as the sun 2011 Olympians on Ice
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BE INFORMED Reed DeMordaunt recently told the Boise Weekly: “I make certain that I’m as informed as I can possibly be.” This is an unconvincing assertion coming from the District 14 Republican (Eagle, Star, West Boise, North Meridian). DeMordaunt claimed during a ﬂoor debate in the Legislature this year that “union shops” are a big problem in Idaho. There haven’t been any in Idaho since 1986. He later admitted not knowing what a union shop was. The standard for being informed should be higher than simply parroting partisan political talking points. Reed is a founding parent of North Star Charter School, located in Eagle. Last November, 83 percent of the teachers at North Star joined the teacher’s union. Had he stayed informed, Reed might have reconsidered introducing anti-union legislation that harms his school’s teachers. But that’s what happens when you govern by ideology. It’s easier to act on what you believe instead of what you know. The list goes on. Fortunately, there is a solution to Republican misinformed and harmful legislation: elect good Idaho Democrats to hold Republicans accountable. For example: Republicans again gave special interests more than $1 billion in tax exemptions without review or justiﬁcation—almost half the revenue the state could rightfully collect. These special interests remain fully protected while education and social services are cut. It’s clear whose side the Republicans are on—and it’s not yours. Property taxes continue to remain high while property values continue to fall. A vote for Republicans
is becoming a vote against your ﬁnancial best interests. Small businesses continue to lose customers as goodpaying jobs leave the area and new employers bypass Idaho. Republicans have failed to provide businesssmart leadership. It’s up to you to be informed. Stop allowing Republican candidates to take your vote for granted. The more they get your vote based on blind faith, the less they have to do to earn it. If you want good government, give good Idaho Democratic candidates a chance to show you they can represent your best interests. We can’t afford to wait for DeMordaunt and his Republican colleagues to learn how to be informed on their own. —Steve Berch, chairman, Legislative District 14 Idaho Democratic Party
A healthy valley is a small price to pay so that one Virginian can get rich. This guy has tried to deceive others before, now it’s up to you, Payette County. Are we really more foolhardy than Elmore and Owyhee counties, even with all the damning news about AEHI and their CEO Don Gillispie? Yikes! (Both Owyhee and Elmore counties chose to pass on this plant). Lastly, why is a nuke plant a county decision anyway? Most of Southwest Idaho (including those of you in Boise) is in the evacuation zone. We have the best rivers in this country that serve a myriad of other useful purposes. People need to wake up and do everything they can to protect them against slippery folk and three-eyed ﬁshes. —Ethan Kelley, Payette
So an East-Coast shyster wants to build a nuclear power plant in Payette County, and the local shysters, otherwise known as commissioners, are selling out for a sniff of the snake oil. Will this project ever progress beyond the rezoning and earth-moving phase so that the ultimate goal of affordable power for California and skilled jobs for out-of-staters can be realized? Doubtful, but we should try anyway. After all, nothing seems a higher priority to Idahoans than raping our lands for the beneﬁt of California. The “high-paying” jobs that were dangled like radioactive carrots will never materialize, other than a few short-term construction gigs, and that is ﬁne, as long as the few that really proﬁt off this criminal enterprise will be long gone, sitting on a beach, laughing at the folks in Payette County. (Well, that or behind bars!)
After the death of Margaret Lawrence, owner of the Hollywood Market, BW readers shared their memories of the Boise icon. Here are a few comments.
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The ﬁerce storm last night was obviously a send off for the ﬁerce spirit of Miss Margaret. We’ll miss you terribly! —samiam, boiseweekly.com Margaret, I want to be like you when I grow up. Such a feisty and honorable and loving woman. —Alita Ashmore, facebook.com/boiseweekly
MEA CULPA An incorrect photo credit was given for the thirdplace winner in the Places category of Boise Weekly’s Black and White Photo Contest (BW, Features, June 22, 2011). The image as taken by Kyle Farmer. We regret the error. Also, in the Sun Valley Guide, the correct headliners at the 34th Northern Rockies Folk Festival include James McMurtry and The Gourds. For a full lineup of bands visit northernrockiesfolk festival.com. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
MERIDIAN SECONDARY A great place to raise menial labor
Notice: To all respectable universities, colleges and military academies, as well as any prospective employers from either the private or public sector: be forewarned! It would be in the overall best interest of your institutions for you to avoid any association with future graduates of the Meridian school system. Those produced by that system prior to the school year 2011-2012 are probably acceptable—or, let us say, as acceptable as the alumni of any other Idaho school—but as to individuals exiting in or beyond the spring of 2012, it would be prudent to pass them by in matters of enrollment, recruitment or employment. This is not to say that remarkable students could never emerge from the inferior position that Meridian schools has been forced to assume in relationship to other Idaho school systems. Yet depth of background and preparation count for much, do they not? So when considering prospects for acceptance into your circles of inﬂuence, why take a chance on a Meridian kid? U Gad, it hurts to have to say that. But it’s the responsible thing to do, don’t you agree, to let shoppers know when there’s a bum product on the shelf? And what else will Meridian students be from here on out if not defective goods? No doubt that sounds harsh, especially to the loving parents of all those little boys and girls, tweens and teens, who will be squeezing into Meridian schools in a couple of months. I can imagine their outrage: “You can’t call my kid a defective good and get away with it, buster! And what’re you doing warning people not to hire my baby or let her go to their colleges? My kid’s not inferior to anyone else’s, by damn!” Certainly not! No argument! I’m sure your kid is a ﬁne specimen. But I’m not saying he/she is inferior, am I? What I’m saying, if you listen carefully, is that if he/she is unfortunate to be attending Meridian schools from here on out, then his/her education will be inferior to other kids’ educations. No way around it. It’s just a fact. And please believe me when I say how badly I feel for having to publish such an obvious truth. After all, I, myself, am a product of the Meridian school system. My siblings are all Meridian grads, as was my mom. My daughter came out of these schools just three years ago, back when we Meridian folks had nothing to be ashamed of. But see, we all got out before the district had to accommodate the demands of less than 10,000 of the cheapest, most shortsighted, most selﬁsh and ignorant jackasses in Ada County. That’s correct, Mom and Dad. It is not I who decided your children would have to make do with a second-rate education, nor is it the fault of the school district. I voted WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
for the levy, and the district was simply trying to maintain itself at its current levels. It was the 9,369 yahoos who voted against the levy that you should hold responsible. They decided that the $83 per year (for each $100,000 of home value) was more important to them than a properly educated United States. So don’t blame me for pointing out your offspring will be less prepared for the world beyond senior prom than ... say ... Boise grads. Don’t blame me because your kids will be setting off on the marathon of life by tripping over the shoe laces that 9,369 of your neighbors refused to help them tie. U Oh, you think I overstate? OK, then, let us add up the damage and see. Forget that one of the manipulations originally planned to cut the necessary millions from the budget was to convert kindergartens into full-day slogs. This proposal brought out the most intense protest and it appears it will be abandoned. At least, until next year’s budget cuts. Forget also the 62 vacuums left behind by the 62 teachers who will lose their jobs this summer. What is that ... about three elementary schools worth of personnel? (Of course, this ﬁgure does not count the untold number of educators who will never consider applying for work in the Meridian district, as the local voters have shown so decisively just how little regard they have for education.) And forget the added fees parents will have to pay if their kids want to participate in sports, bands, choir, drama—in other words, anything and everything that might make school palatable to thousands of students. And now that kids from ﬁnancially stressed families will be shut out from participating in those activities where all the fun is had and all the friends are made, forget that the dropout rate is likely to rocket high into the failure-o-sphere. But again, forget all that, and let us concentrate on the 14 days that have been dropped from the school calendar. That’s right, Meridian students will now have 176 days of school while others … say, in Boise … will have 190. And that’s only one year’s worth of missed opportunities. Add up K through 12, and we ﬁnd there will be 182 days of learning denied every Meridian student in their history of schooling. A full year of education some kids will get (say … in Boise) that Meridian kids won’t. Think of that, proud Mom and Dad, as you watch your beaming graduate receive his/her diploma. He/she is already a year behind. But take comfort, for there is a bright side. Consider, for example, how our friends in Boise will always have a steady supply of grunts to ﬁle their ﬁngernails, mow their lawns, deliver their pizzas and pump out their septic tanks.
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No one should be judged for how they have sex NEW YORK—If slavery was America’s original sin, Puritanism was its original curse. In recent years, the United States has made signiﬁcant strides toward greater equality and freedom. Racism, sexism and other forms of bigotry have been signiﬁcantly curtailed by new laws and cultural education. But we still have work to do. Four centuries after people so uptight they couldn’t get along with the British invaded the New World, however, the United States remains one of the most sexually repressed Western countries. “If expression of sexuality is thwarted,” Christopher Ryan wrote in Psychology Today last year, “the human psyche tends to grow twisted into grotesque, enraged perversions of desire. Unfortunately, the distorted rage resulting from sexual repression rarely takes the form of rebellion against the people and institutions behind the repression.” In other words, mean parents, churches and right-wing politicians. “Instead,” Ryan observed, “the rage is generally directed at helpless victims who are sacriﬁced to the sick gods of guilt, shame and ignorant pride.” Gays, for example. Fourteen states still had sodomy laws on the books by the time the Supreme Court invalidated them in 2003. And the occasional politician. Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is the most recent in a long line of elected representatives to step down because of a “sex scandal.” I use scare quotes here for a simple reason: Sexual expression should never result in a scandal. Most of the Democrats I talked to had the same weird take on Weiner. They weren’t offended. Not personally. They
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themselves didn’t think he had done anything immoral, or illegal, or that he had betrayed his constituents. They didn’t care. What Weiner did wasn’t bad, at least not bad enough to warrant resignation or impeachment. To most Democrats, including the House leadership, Weiner’s mistake was tactical—his failure to anticipate the outrage that reﬂected lousy judgment—a personality ﬂaw that required him to fall on his (much photographed) sword. It is well past time we Americans grew up. No one should be pressured to resign because of sex. Even when they’re a hypocrite. Perhaps like you, I snorted when Sen. Larry Craig was arrested (and plead guilty to) cruising a men’s room with his “wide stance.” Here was a right-wing Republican who opposed gay marriage, allowing gays to get domesticpartner beneﬁts, or even banning employment discrimination against gays, cruising for hunky tail at the Minneapolis airport. “Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay,” he said at a press conference. Looking back on Craig now, however, I think we missed a teachable moment. Rather than ridicule the man, we ought to have defended him as a victim of an unjust law. In the 21st century, why should anyone go to jail for soliciting consensual sex? We should have exploited Craig’s predicament as an opportunity to create a dialogue, to ask that, given his status as a gay or bisexual American, he reconsider his politics. One day, I hope, we will live in a nation where another person’s sexual expression is no one’s business. Even if we take pictures and post them online.
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IDAHO’S FIREWORKS PARADOX You can buy illegal ﬁreworks in Idaho but don’t use them here GEORGE PRENTICE AND SHELBY SOULE Just off Exit 74 of Interstate 84, on a desolate stretch of Elmore County 20 miles south of Boise, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. A giant inﬂatable snowman sways in the 95-degree desert heat outside a huge warehouse. Open the nondescript doors and you’re greeted by a blast of air conditioning, music and colors usually reserved for candy counters. Inside the superstore, you won’t ﬁnd electronics or bulk toilet paper, but you will pass row after row of illegal ﬁreworks. “Have you been here before? I know it’s rather overwhelming,” said Fat City Fireworks manager Crystal Lowther as she greeted saucer-eyed customers. “Let me show you around.“ Lowther usually has to give overwhelmed customers a tour through the largest store of its kind in Southern Idaho. She escorts visitors past counters of technicolor packages with luminous names like Crystal Geyser and Burst O’ Color, negotiating their way through red, white and blue plastic curtain strips into an even larger hangarlike facility. “The main thing you need to know here is the color of the ground,” said Lowther, pointing to a half-red, half-blue warehouse ﬂoor. “The blue side of the store has all of the so-called ‘safe and sane’ ﬁreworks.” Lowther was referring to the classiﬁcation of ﬁreworks that are legal in Idaho. Safe and sane ﬁreworks aren’t allowed to emit sparks or showers more than 20 feet vertically. That means no bottle rockets and no aerial displays. Firecrackers are also illegal. But the other half of the warehouse has a red ﬂoor, containing illegal ﬁreworks—you can sell them in Idaho but you can’t use them in Idaho. In fact, customers are required to sign an afﬁdavit promising to transport the explosives out of state, and there were plenty of people buying illegal ﬁreworks on the two occasions BW visited. Illegal ﬁreworks are sold regularly at stands in Star and outside of Nampa. There, customers are also required to sign afﬁdavits promising to transport the explosives out of state. “It’s ironic, isn’t it? They sell them but then tell you can’t use them here,” said Dr. Kenneth Bramwell, an emergency medicine specialist at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center. “Who is kidding who? I’m pretty sure those illegal ﬁreworks are being lit up where people live. And
calls to Boise Police. “The Fourth of July is really a double-edge sword. You see, I love ﬁreworks,” said Doan. “It’s an American rite of passage, but we have to be safe. The stands selling ﬁreworks all around Boise have been inspected, and we count on them to sell the safe and sane items.” One of the dozens of stands returning this year is Fortress Fireworks at 36th and State streets in Boise. Kelvin Peters told BW that his family usually takes vacation time off from their usual jobs to run the makeshift shop, selling more than 360 types of ﬁreworks, none of them illegal. “But everybody asks us for those,” said Peters. But Rick Lowther, the founder and owner of Fat City Fireworks, is quick to defend illegal ﬁreworks and he isn’t the biggest fan of safe and sane explosives. “Safe and sane is not so safe or sane. In fact, they have it backwards,” he said. “The stuff that goes up in the air, boom, it’s gone. But this stuff,“ Lowther said, pointing to the rows of safe and sane products, “this stuff stays dangerously close to the ground, and the grass or a bush could catch on ﬁre in a heartbeat. But politicians don’t understand that, and they keep wanting to restrict the illegal ﬁreworks.” Lowther said some Idaho legislators had unsuccessfully tried to eliminate illegal ﬁreworks from being shift on the Fourth of July. sold inside the Gem State. “I’ve treated a number of ruptured ear “But that’s crazy,” said Lowther. “Our sales drums over the years,” said Bramwell. “And are solid and we collect a lot of sales tax here. countless burns to the hands and arms, all And that’s good for Idaho. The state is broke from illegal ﬁreworks.” and, let’s face it, we need less governDennis Doan has seen worse. Bement and more business.” fore taking over as chief of the Boise In fact, business has been very good Fire Department, he worked 15 years for Lowther and his competitors. Retailon the front lines out of station No. 5 ers BW spoke to at ﬁreworks stands on Sixth Street. across the Treasure Valley said their “I’ve seen people lose sales have maintained a steady pace, ﬁngers or even their hands to even through the worst of the recesillegal ﬁreworks,” said Doan. VIDEO: Take a look at some “illegal” sion. While many customers pay an “Unfortunately, there’s someﬁreworks and hear average of $40-$50 for ﬁreworks, thing every year.” from the man who will some individual items are priced as Doan said the weekend surengineer Boise’s big high as $150. rounding the Fourth of July is Fourth of July display. “I think when people get usually the busiest for his men depressed by the economy, they’re and women. In 2010, 372 incistill willing to pay good money for ﬁredents of illegal pyrotechnics were reported to works,” said Lowther. Ada County law enforcement, including 189 that means they’re shooting them off in Boise.” This year, like the previous eight, Bramwell will be working the emergency room’s night
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At a cost of approximately $430 per page, a new market-viability analysis neither recommends nor discourages the possibility of building a new multi-purpose stadium in Boise. But the 57-page study should give Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise City Council members plenty to ponder before stepping into the batter’s box. For example: UÊ/ iÊ`iÛi«iÌÊvÊ>ÊiÜÊÃÌ>`ÕÊ could allow Boise to attract a higher class of baseball than the Boise Hawks’ current Class A status. Class AA franchises are located exclusively in the Eastern and Southern United States, so it’s highly unlikely that Boise could be included. However, Class AAA franchises are located throughout the nation and could represent a potential opportunity for Boise. UÊ7 iÊVÃÌÀÕVÌÊvÊ>ÊiÜÊÃÌ>`ÕÊ could boost attendance to Hawks games by as much as 43 percent (an average of 4,000 fans per game), a facility could readily host varsity football, baseball, softball and soccer. Concerts and even a wintertime outdoor ice rink for public skating are other potential uses. Convention Sports and Leisure International, a Minnesota-based company, was commissioned to craft the study, including analyses of minor league baseball facilities and franchises across the country. The overriding issue remains the price tag. The average construction cost of Class A Short-Season ballparks built since 2000 is $26.7 million. Most facilities were built by combinations of public and private funding. A stadium in State College, Pa. was built with signiﬁcant funds from Penn State. Boise would be hard-pressed to ﬁnd similar generosity from Boise State, given that the school doesn’t ﬁeld a baseball team. The analysis indicates a multi-use stadium could host a variety of high school athletic events, beginning with home games for the Boise School District’s sports programs. The district’s four high school football teams each play all home games at Bronco Stadium, but scheduling conﬂicts have occurred in recent years, causing Boise State and the district to consider alternative sites. Some games draw as many as 10,000-12,000 spectators. While the Idaho High School Activities Association doesn’t hold an ofﬁcial state high school baseball competition, an invitational tournament serves as a de-facto championship. Softball championships are typically held in the Idaho Falls-Pocatello region. Soccer championships are currently held in various locations, including ﬁelds in Meridian and Caldwell. A surprise disclosure in the study is that the current Hawks’ ownership “has expressed an interest in purchasing a minor league soccer franchise to serve as a second anchor tenant.” The franchise would likely play in the Premier Development League, comprised of 64 teams throughout North America, including an eight-team Northwest Division. If the Hawks were to play in a new stadium, a professional soccer team could follow. Once Bieter and the Council consider the analysis, the city could then commission a separate study to determine the best location for a new stadium. —George Prentice
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2011 Transportation Champions Congratulations to the 73 businesses and over 5,000 employee participants who led the way in May by promoting alternative transportation. Our community thanks you for keeping our air cleaner and our roads less congested. You deserve more than a pat on the back, you deserve recognition as an Alternative Transportation Champion.
Platinum Champions Ada County Highway District AmeriBen/IEC Group BOB Trailers Boise State Transportation & Parking Capital City Development Corporation CH2M Hill City of Boise City of Meridian Community Planning Association CTA, Inc. CTAI Department of Environmental Quality Drake Cooper Eide Bailly LLP Environmental Protection Agency Federal Highway Administration Idaho Division Gravitas, Inc. HDR Engineering Healthwise, Inc. Holland & Hart LLP Idaho Conservation League Idaho Department of Administration Idaho Department of Commerce
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The American Bankers Association argues that a 12-cent cap on debit transactions is too low.
BANKS WARN FED Lobby says ﬁght continues on debit card fees, warns of dire consequences MARIAN WANG, PROPUBLICA The banking industry stands to lose billions in debit card transaction fees after losing one of its biggest lobbying battles this year—but for the banks, that was just round one. The industry had lobbied lawmakers for months to kill or delay regulations limiting the fees that banks get from retailers whenever a debit card is used. Earlier in June, a bill to delay the rules failed to pass in the Senate, disappointing the banks and delighting retailers who will save some revenue to pocket, pass on to consumers in lower prices, or spend on their businesses some other way. But the banking industry hasn’t given up. “The ﬁght continues,” Frank Keating, the president of the American Bankers Association, wrote in a letter to members earlier this month. “With every battle the banking industry is becoming a stronger political force.” Keating vowed to continue putting pressure on the Federal Reserve, which wrote the rules, and on June 20, he ﬁred off a letter to the Fed urging revisions to the rules “to mitigate the harms” to banks. In arguing that a 12-cent cap on debit transaction fees was too low, the trade group urged the Fed to reconsider how much it costs the banks to process individual debit transactions, arguing that a broader range of costs—such as overhead costs, fraud losses and the cost of customer service reps to resolve disputes—should be factored into the calculations. The Fed, as noted earlier, excluded certain infrastructure costs when it determined what would be a reasonable fee cap, arguing
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that they would be incurred even if a particular transaction didn’t occur. The group also requested that they be given a three-month window to comply with the rules, which are scheduled to go into effect Thursday, July 21. The Dodd-Frank ﬁnancial reform bill originally had this window built in—the rules were scheduled to be ﬁnalized last April and go into effect in July—but regulators put off the ﬁrst deadline after industry lobbying. Failure to ease the rules and minimize the harm to banks “will have dire consequences,” Keating wrote, saying that banks will lend less and start charging for certain services, thus driving out low-income consumers. (It’s worth noting that bank lending is already down, and low-income consumers often end up paying for “free” checking, which often requires direct deposits or minimum amounts.) Community banks and credit unions are technically exempt from the rules that cap debit transaction fees for the biggest banks, but they’ve opposed the rules anyway, afraid that differences in fees will cause merchants to start discriminating against their debit cards. Keating stressed this point as well in his letter, noting the “great harm to banks throughout the country, and particularly to community banks.” According to the Wall Street Journal, industry lawyers and executives are waiting for the ﬁnal rule, and if the rules aren’t changed, they are likely to sue. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
BRUCE LAWSON The man behind Boise’s Fourth ﬁreworks GEORGE PRENTICE
Is this a family legacy or is the ﬁreworks business new for you? Relatively new. My wife and I moved to Jamieson, Ore., to run a family farm, and we used to do some blasting here for mainline irrigation systems. Then about 12 years ago, for the Fourth of July, I decided to have some display ﬁreworks, which are federally regulated. So that really began the business for us. We got our wholesale license in 2004. Does that mean you can sell ﬁreworks, too? You bet. I import from China and Italy. We only sell 1.3 Gs to individuals who have federal licenses. What does 1.3 G mean? It’s a special classiﬁcation for large display ﬁreworks used in big shows. For instance, 1.3 Gs are the type of shells that we’ll use in Boise. In looking at your contract for Boise I see that you’re using more than 1,200 shells on the Fourth. Is that typical? For Boise, yes. I’m just putting the ﬁnishing touches on Boise’s show. It will run 20 to 23 minutes.
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Are you always looking to make your displays bigger and louder? It’s a roller coaster ride. We’ll amp you up, then slow you down, and amp you up again. Simply making it bigger or louder isn’t what satisﬁes everybody. It isn’t what you or I like. It’s what everybody in the park wants to be a part of. How much of this is automated? The Boise show will be a computer show. It’s what we call a pyro-musical. Do you determine the music? I wish. We work with the customer and they tell us the music they like. How much insurance do you have to carry for a typical show. $1 million. In some venues, we’re required to carry $6 million. Are there companies in the Northwest that do exactly what you do? Yes. It was pretty tough until about ﬁve years ago. But now our show designs have taken us to a different level. Where do you shoot your shows? On the Fourth of July we’ll shoot anywhere from 45 to 50 shows all over the Paciﬁc Northwest, plus Montana, Wyoming and Arizona. I’m guessing that your technicians have a unique skill. In most states, you need at least three to six shoots as an apprentice before you can get what we call a “lead pyro card.” Then you have to work a minimum of 10 more shows to work with the top pyros. Idaho currently doesn’t have any pyro training. They need one, and we’d be happy to help.
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The highlight of Bruce Lawson’s year is the Fourth of July, personally and professionally. He loved ﬁreworks when he was a kid growing up in Boise, and now he’s the man who runs the biggest show in town on Independence Day. Actually, his Oregon-based company, Homeland Fireworks, runs dozens of shows every July 4, and all year long at venues throughout the West. We caught up with Lawson as he was putting the ﬁnishing touches on this year’s spectacular, which will light up the skies over Ann Morrison Park in his hometown.
Other than the Fourth of July, what are your other big events during the year? County fairs. Plus we shoot at a lot of big air shows and weddings. How much might a wedding display cost? Our minimum is $2,500. That will buy you anywhere from eight to 10 minutes, but most weddings average 10 to 15 minutes for a private display. What is your price range? From $2,500 on the low end, all the way up to $180,000. [*Note: Homeland’s winning bid for this year’s show in Boise was $23,500.] How dangerous is your business? Very, very dangerous. Last year, three Mountain Home ﬁremen got hurt when they were setting up a display. Also last year, Melrose Pyrotechnics in South Carolina lost four of their top-notch pyros in a warehouse explosion. Is that what happens when people try to cut the edges? Yup. Cut corners, save some money. We just don’t do that. We have extensive training for our employees, four to ﬁve times a year. Do you still have all your ﬁngers and toes? Oh, yeah. And my hearing is still really good, too.
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Janina Wasilewski and her son Brian ﬁght to be reunited with husband and father, Tony.
THURSDAY JUNE 30 documentary TONY AND JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING SCREENING
Widespread Panic’s jammy grooves inspire even wider-spread calm.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 music WIDESPREAD PANIC Hailing from Athens, Ga., Widespread Panic sounds like the Southern love child of the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead. Known for kick-ass live performances, these beasts of the blacktop have been described as having roots in Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock. And with a discography as deep as the Boise Hole, Widespread Panic is one of those bands that seems to ﬁt in no matter where you hear it. Whether it’s downtown on a Saturday night or in a Middleton cafe, Widespread Panic could be playing and you probably wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. Touring on its latest album, Dirty Side Down, Widespread Panic will rock the roses at Idaho Botanical Garden on Wednesday, June 29. Dirty Side Down has a more complex instrumental feel and adds some great jam-tastic tunes to the band’s repertoire. Jam bands were never meant to be heard through earbuds. They yearn to be heard in their natural environment—loud with a beer in hand under the Idaho sun. 6:30 p.m., $35. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
SATURDAY JULY 2 reading THE LAST GOOD HORSE READING Fans of author David Martin Anderson can get up close and personal with the
author on Saturday, July 2, at Barnes and Noble when he will sign copies of The Last Good Horse. The novel tells the story of Billy, a young man working in a Montana slaughterhouse in 1939—except this is a slaughterhouse for wild horses. In 1914 there were 4 million wild horses. Today, there are 100,000.
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Aside from the history lesson, Anderson also crafts a good tale. At a little more than 200 pages, most of his Amazon reviewers wished the experience had lasted longer. Somebody even asked for a sequel. According to the book’s website, as research for the story, Anderson “journeyed to Montana’s Pryor Mountain
Tony and Janina’s American Wedding offers a fresh perspective on the U.S. Immigration system that is creating widespread controversy and suffering within our borders. The project blossomed from what was intended to be a three-minute proﬁle of a Dreams Across America tour. Written, produced and directed by Ruth Leitman, this feature-length documentary chronicles the plight of a Polish-American family torn apart by immigration laws. After 18 years spent cultivating a modest life in the suburbs of Chicago, Tony and Janina Wasilewski are informed that Janina is being deported back to Poland, and she will take their 6-year-old son with her. The depths of this domestic tragedy are revealed through Tony’s struggle to cope with the loss of his family and his ﬁght to reunite them. Set against a political backdrop of Chicago’s movement for immigration reform, this ﬁlm illuminates the post-9/11 human rights struggle that all undocumented immigrants in America face. Dixon hopes this ﬁlm will add to the national dialogue on the need for immigration reform. The documentary made its debut at the Chicago International Film Festival last year and has had more than 100 screenings across the nation. It will make its Boise premiere as part of the 8th Street Artist in Residence Last Thursday Amor in Exile screening series. Former BW News Editor Nathaniel Hoffman will host this ﬁlm on Thursday, June 30, at the Cole/Marr Coffee and Photography Workshop in downtown Boise. Donations will be collected at the door to beneﬁt the ﬁlmmakers. 7-9 p.m., $7-$10 recommended donation. The Cole/Marr Coffee and Photography Workshop, 404 S. Eighth St., Lower Level, 208-336-7630, amorandexile.com.
to study the last of the Spanish jennets still roaming free but soon to become extinct.” 11 a.m., FREE. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, 208375-4454, thelastgoodhorse.com.
MONDAY JULY 4 ﬁreworks FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS Though many will have the day off, the Fourth of July is no time to be lazy. Activities and festivals happen all over the Treasure Valley—
morning, noon and night. The Gem State Kiwanis 48th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held at Julia Davis Park near the Gene Harris Band Shell from 7-11 a.m. A heap of ﬂapjacks costs $5 for adults, $4 for kids and is FREE for active-duty military and their families. Clowns will join the crowds and there will be face painting for last-minute ﬂourishes. The annual Liberty Day Parade will circle through downtown Boise starting at 11 a.m., running along 11th, Jefferson, Fifth and Idaho streets. You can tote along your super-soakers and water balloons but parade patrons are reminded:
“Don’t spray unless sprayed upon.” For more info, visit libertydayparade.com. The First United Methodist Church Cathedral of the Rockies, will host the Organ Fireworks! Concert at 7:30 p.m., featuring organist Richard Elliott from Salt Lake City. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for kids and available at idahotickets.com or at the door. For more info, visit cathedraloftherockies.org. Ann Morrison Park will have its annual ﬁreworks display beginning about 10:15 p.m. The Mystics, Boise Community Band and Pilot Error will perform before the show.
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Chances are grim that you’ll ﬁnish Bars and Stripes sober.
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A picture is worth 1,000 swords.
alley cat BARS AND STRIPES Ever tried to blow a bubble with a glob of Bubblicious after biking miles in the roaring heat? Or tried to hopscotch in beat with the Boss as he belts out “Born in the USA” after bounding up a ﬂight of stairs? If you’re one of the brave beer-swilling soldiers who enrolled in BW bootcamp last July—aka the Bars and Stripes Alley Cat race—you were forced to master these dexterous feats and more. On Saturday, July 2, BW staff and Northstar Cycle Couriers will put our drill-sergeant scowls back on and prepare to whip your pansy asses into shape. Bars and Stripes enlistees are required to pedal their rides to BWHQ at 14:00 sharp for registration (2 p.m. for you silly civies). Bike soldiers should be prepared to click their heels, drop and give us 20, and yell “ma’am, yes, ma’am” at every order we bark. You’ll be allowed to tear into your manifest promptly at 3:15 p.m., which will send you to bars scattered across town. But don’t worry, we’re not complete tyrants—we’ll also be hosting a big, beer-ﬁlled bash at the race’s ﬁnal stop to reward your bicycling diligence. 2 p.m. registration, 3:15 p.m. race, $13. Boise Weekly Headquarters, 523 Broad St., 208-344-2055, boiseweekly. com. Must be 21 or older to participate.
The Boise Hawks will play the all-American game against the Yakima Bears at Memorial Stadium, starting at 7:35 p.m. A ﬁreworks show will follow. For a good, old-fashioned time, head up to Idaho City, which kicks off its Fourth of July festivities with a parade at noon and activities in
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WEDNESDAY JULY 6 ﬁlm THE MARK OF ZORRO SILENT FILM Do you love vigilante, swashbuckling justice but don’t quite have the living-room space to practice your sword skills? Never fear, the Egyptian Theatre will be screening the 1920s classic The Mark of Zorro on Wednesday, July 6, at 8 p.m. The ﬁlm, which features Douglas Fairbanks as the masked crusader Zorro, follows the hero on his quest to scar the colonial government with his infamous Z and rescue the lovely Lolita, played by Marguerite De La Motte. Zorro meets opposition from Sgt. Pedro Gonzalez, played by Noah Beery, and his gang of oppressive military cronies in this silent feature. Accompanying the silence is theater organist Thomas Trenney, a silent ﬁlm aﬁcionado and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. Trenney is the minister of music at the First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Neb., and was the ﬁrst organist to receive First Prize and Audience Prize at the American Guild Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2006. 8 p.m., $25 door, $20 adv., $15 seniors, $10 kids. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
activities for kids and adults begins at 3 p.m. Races start at 6:30 p.m. and ﬁreworks start at 10:15 p.m. For more info, visit meridiancity.org/ independenceday.
According to a recent study published in Current Biology, a rhythmic rocking motion—similar to that created by a hammock—synchronizes brain waves during a short nap. And while a synchronized hammock snooze sounds pretty damn luxurious on a scorching summer afternoon, a Nestrest nap puts a pedestrian hammock nap to shame. Designed by Frenchies Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety, the Nestrest is described as “an oversized bird’s nest offering you a secluded, suspended sanctuary and unusual meeting place: It’s the perfect place for relaxation, meditation and openair conversations.” dedon.de A photo on the Nestrest website shows the Hershey’s Kiss-shaped nest suspended from a shady tree, hovering over a serene lake while a bearded boy in black-rimmed glasses thumbs through a novel. If heaven were created by an Ikea designer, this is what it would look like. Made from super-strong Dedon ﬁber, Nestrests come in either chalk or natural shades, and the inside fabric can be customized to your nesting preferences. We trolled the web for prices and came up empty-handed. So, in designy terms, we’re guessing that means they cost anywhere from a vintage Vespa to a Frank Lloyd Wright mansion. —Tara Morgan
The City of Caldwell’s We the People Celebration begins with a parade through the city at 10 a.m., followed by ﬁreworks at dusk at Simplot Stadium. For more info, visit cityofcaldwell.com.
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WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 Festivals & Events ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Unwind mid-week with friends, live music and a cold beverage during this family friendly concert series. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove, Boise, downtownboise.org.
On Stage THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)— Three actors armed with an outrageous assembly of outerwear and props cram all of Shakespeare’s plays and two sonnets into this two-hour show. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofﬁce 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Literature AUTHOR READING: ALAN HEATHCOCK—Listen to the local award-winning author of Volt read. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers may donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for those in need. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Farmers Markets CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—5-8 p.m. FREE. Located on the corner of 12th and Dearborn streets next to the library.
Odds & Ends KARAOKE AND WINE ROCKSTARS—Unleash your inner rock star. Don’t worry, the wine will help. 8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries.com.
THURSDAY JUNE 30 On Stage THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA—Valentine and Proteus’ friendship is put to the test in this comedy by the Bard. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofﬁce 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
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THE WIZARD OF OZ—The beloved classic in an outdoor setting. 8 p.m. $10-$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road., Crouch, 208-4625523, starlightmountaintheatre. com.
FOOD AND FILM—A three-course meal followed by a movie and discussion. Visit tvfcmoviefeb2011. eventbee.com for info and tickets. 7 p.m. $25, Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208429-6340, tvfcfoodfundraiser. eventbrite.com.
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WINEMAKER DINNER—Enjoy a six-course meal, including scallops, lobster, braised beef short ribs and more—all paired with wine. Call for reservations. 6 p.m. $75. Bella Aquila, 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-9381900, bellaaquilarestaurant.com.
BOISE GREEN DRINKS—A social gathering for anyone interested in environmental issues. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek Ale House, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3451813, bittercreekalehouse.com.
NOISE/CD REVIEW EILEN JEWELL: QUEEN OF THE MINOR KEY Boston-based singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell could be the poster child for the saying, “Big things come in small packages.” There’s a Blythe-doll quality to the slight, soft-spoken Idaho native: a sweetness with an edge. Jewell and her music shouldn’t be mistaken for mild. Pop in her new CD, Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds), and you may need to take a step back. “Radio City,” a twangy guitar and horn instrumental evokes images of a ’60s basement full of slightly stoned kids doing the Twist while the record player is stuck on repeat. And the album never lets up. Even on quieter tracks “I Remember You” and “Only One,” listening to Jewell’s bluesy, airy lilt is like running into a pile of bricks wrapped in goose-feather pillows: it’s soft and has some give, but there’s something seriously strong at the base of it. Queen of the Minor Key shifts effortlessly between rock, rockabilly, Americana and country, a skill Jewell has always had in her wheelhouse and has always used to the greatest beneﬁt. Brushes dance across drums, shakers rattle through harmonies and slide guitar oils up long, slow melodies while lyrically, metaphorical melancholy refrains dare a listener not to reﬂect on love long gone. In “Only One,” a gospel/blues-inﬂected tune, Jewell sings, “Wish I was holding you / my arms enfolding you / making you high as the summer sun / you’re my only one / Baby, why am I missing you / when I ought to be kissing you / tell me our love has just begun / You’re my only one.” “Bang Bang Bang” is a track that would tempt out some two-stepping, but is also about watching your heart—in this case, being careful around Cupid and the pitfalls of love: “That little cupid, he’s a real sharp shooter / I don’t believe he’s got an arrow and bow. / People all think he just couldn’t be cuter / but I saw him down at the gun show.” Though only in her 30s, Jewell has the chops—musically and lyrically—of someone twice her age. Queen of the Minor Key though Jewell may be, if country/American music is your thing, this album is a major accomplishment. —Amy Atkins WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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AMPED AND DANGEROUS KARAOKE—9:30 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956.
Literature BOOK SIGNING: DAVID SCHMAHMANN—Meet the author and have him sign your copy of his latest book, The Double Life of Alfred Buber. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229, rdbooks.org.
Sports & Fitness TRICYCLE RACES—10 p.m. FREE. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., 208-991-2183, thelobbyboise.com.
Farmers Markets CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—4:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Boise, Eighth Street from Bannock Street to Main Street, capitalcitypublicmarket.com. MERIDIAN URBAN MARKET—5-9 p.m. FREE, Idaho Avenue between Main and Second, 208-331-3400, facebook.com/ meridianurbanmarket.
SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP—Practice rolling/slurring your Rs during this Spanish conversation group hosted by CR Languages. 6 p.m. FREE. Sapphire Bar & Grill, 622 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-7277.
FRIDAY JULY 1 Festivals & Events FREEDOM FESTIVAL—Spend an old-fashioned weekend enjoying live music, dancing, kids activities, a barbecue cook-off and more. 6-10 p.m. FREE. Storey Park, Meridian, theretrotour.com.
On Stage CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION—Four New Englanders enroll in a drama course and ﬁnd themselves embroiled in some drama of their own creation. Winner of the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. 8 p.m. $10-$30. Company of Fools, 409 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-7886520, companyoffools.org.
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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL—The cast and crew perform Disney’s much-loved musical. 8 p.m. $10$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com. IMPROVOLUTION—The improv comedy troupe performs its fast-paced, interactive show, incorporating everything from stand-up to skits. 7:30 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com. THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofﬁce 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Art ARTIST RECEPTION: LAURA JOHNSON—Meet the artist and enjoy live music from Jake Van Paepeghem. You will have the opportunity to make your own glass pendant or sun catcher. 4:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-9381055, fusions-idaho.com. EXHIBIT OPENING: ANNIVERSARY SHOW—Opening for the gallery’s new exhibit honoring its 10th anniversary. Featuring works by Joan Barrantes, Melissa Herrington, Agusti Puig and more. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Gallery DeNovo, 320 First Ave. N., Ste. 101, Ketchum, 208-726-8180, gallerydenovo.com. FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Visit local merchants, galleries and shops to enjoy a drink, art and music. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Eagle, Old State Street and Eagle Road, Eagle. GALLERY WALK—Enjoy a viewing of the exhibit Geared: The Culture of Bicycles, a drink and a special screening of The Triplets of Bellville movie. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 5th St. E., Ketchum, 208726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org. JULY GALLERY WALK—Opening of the new exhibit All Creatures Great and Small, featuring paintings of animals and livestock by Linda St. Clair, Jennifer Lowe and Craig Kosak. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Kneeland Gallery, 271 First Ave. N., Sun Valley, 208-726-5512, kneelandgallery.com.
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BARS AND STRIPES— BW’s annual Bars and Stripes Alley Cat Race. Registration at the Boise Weekly headquarters begins at 2 p.m. and then the racers are off to follow their manifest destinies starting at 3:15 p.m. At the last stop on the course, a big after-party celebrates another fun alley cat race. Must be 21 or older to participate. 3:15 p.m. $13. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, boiseweekly.com.
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8 DAYS OUT FREEDOM FESTIVAL—See Friday. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE, Storey Park, Meridian, theretrotour.com.
On Stage 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. CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION—See Friday. 8 p.m. $10-$30. Company of Fools, 409 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-7886520, companyoffools.org. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofﬁce 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Literature BOOK SIGNING: DAVID MARTIN ANDERSON— Bring your copy of The Last Good Horse to have the author sign it. See Picks, Page 14. 11 a.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-3754454, barnesandnoble.com. SANE IN PAIN JOURNALING WORKSHOP—Series of three workshops designed to serve as a means of dealing with stress and help manage relaxation. Visit blog.drummlight.com/sanein-pain to register and pay via PayPal or credit card. 1-3 p.m. $90-$230. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000, thecabinidaho.org.
MIDDLETON FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Roadside Park at the corner of Highway 44 and South Middleton Road, middletonfarmersmarket. webs.com.
NAMPA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Front Street and 14th Avenue South in Lloyd’s Square, nampafarmersmarket.com.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908, box ofﬁce 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
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HANDS-ON HISTORY— An interactive, educational afternoon featuring toys of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Noon-3 p.m. $3-$5. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, history.idaho. gov.
EAST END MARKET—10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street, end of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.
Animals & Pets GOT NEWF?—Newf is short for Newfoundland. If you have one, then get together with other dogs and owners and play. For more information, email tandb26@ yahoo.com. 5 p.m. FREE. Morris Hill Park, Boise.
SUNDAY JULY 3 Festivals & Events FREEDOM FESTIVAL—See Friday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Storey Park, corner of Main Street and Franklin Road, Meridian. theretrotour.com.
MONDAY JULY 4 Festivals & Events FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS—Celebrate the holiday in the park with a day loaded with activities for the family. Artists will create chalk drawings during the ﬁrst part of the day. The public will vote and prizes will be awarded to favorites. Boise Park and Rec’s mobile recreation program will host kids’ games and activities throughout the afternoon, and live music begins at 5:15 p.m. There will be food available for purchase from vendors, and the ﬁreworks show kicks off at 10:15 p.m. See Picks, Page 15. 8 a.m.-10:15 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise.
Green GARDEN TOUR—Take a tour of the garden with a staff member. 10:30 a.m. FREE members, $5 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Farmers Markets CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, capitalcitypublicmarket.com. EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. 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—9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Crossroads shopping center at Eagle and Fairview roads, meridianfarmersmarket.com.
Skeleton Blues by Connor Coughlin was the 1st place winner in the 9th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.
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8 DAYS OUT FOURTH OF JULY LIBERTY DAY PARADE—Get downtown early, claim a prime piece of real estate and celebrate Independence Day. See Picks, Page 14. 11 a.m. FREE. libertydayparade.com.
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Workshops & Classes
BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-6699.
OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY FAMILY FUN DAY—The celebration begins at noon with a parade down Main Street, followed by a hot dog roast, games and more in John Brogan Park. Fireworks are at dusk at the football ﬁeld. See Picks, Page 15. Noon-3 p.m. FREE. Idaho City, Hwy. 21, 40 miles past Boise, 208-392-4159, idahocitychamber.com.
BOISE OPEN MIC MONDAY— With Larry Buttel. 8 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny Irish Pub and Grill, 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568, hapennybridgepub.com.
WALK-IN GLASS STUDIO HOURS—See Friday. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15-$35. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055, fusions-idaho.com.
KNITTING CLUB—Take your projects to work on or go to learn. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, adalib.org. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Work on public speaking skills with the Toastmasters club. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, email email@example.com. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.
Concerts ORGAN FIREWORKS— Richard Elliot performs the world premiere of a new piece by composer Daniel Gawthrop. See Picks, Page 15. 7:30 p.m. $20 adv., $25 door. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.
TRIVIA NIGHT—The previous week’s losing team gets to pick the new theme every week. Hosted by Matt Bragg. 8 p.m. FREE. Pitchers and Pints, 1108 W. Front St., 208-906-1355.
Food & Drink FOURTH OF JULY ICE CREAM SOCIAL—Stop by after the parade for a root beer ﬂoat. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org.
TUESDAY JULY 5 On Stage
FOURTH OF JULY PANCAKE BREAKFAST—Join the Gem State Kiwanis for its 48th annual pancake breakfast. Festivities also include face painting and music. See Picks, Page 14. 7-11 a.m. $5 adults, $4 kids. Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise, cityofboise.org/parks.
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION—See Friday. 8 p.m. $10-$30. Company of Fools, 409 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-7886520, companyoffools.org. THE WIZARD OF OZ—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10-$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com.
Literature BOOK SIGNING: KATY ROBINSON—The author of A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots will discuss her book and sign copies. Some will be available for purchase at the signing. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-5624995, boisepubliclibrary.org. DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Informal writers’ workshop is free to writers who wish to hone their skills, work on character development, overcome writers’ block and be inspired. Led by Adrien Kien, a poetry and composition professor from Boise State. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000, thecabinidaho.org. SANE IN PAIN JOURNALING WORKSHOP—See Saturday. 7-9 p.m. $90-$230. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000, thecabinidaho.org.
Kids & Teens PAJAMA STORYTIME AND CRAFT—Kids of all ages are welcome to get in their PJs, listen to stories and make craft projects. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, adalib.org. TODDLER STORYTIME AND CRAFT—Kids ages 18 months through 3 years old get to listen to stories and make a craft project. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, adalib.org.
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Real Dialogue from the naked city BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-5142531, drinkfattys.com. BOOZE CLUES—Trivia and prizes with the one and only E.J. Pettinger. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344. STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT— Test out your routine on patrons during open mic night, hosted by Danny Amspacher. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208322-3430. INTERNATIONAL CLUB—People of all ages are invited to dress to the nines and enjoy a reﬁned evening of dancing to the vocal stylings of Adam Gottesman singing classics from the likes of Sinatra and Neil Diamond. There will be ballroom dance lessons and door prizes. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Club Max, Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871. Overheard something Eye-spy worthy? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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8 DAYS OUT NAMI SUPPORT GROUP— Share your experiences and coping strategies with others living with mental illness. Call 208-376-4304 for more info. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com.
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TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY—Help plan events by becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-5706900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
KARAOKE AND WINE ROCKSTARS—8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries.com. SCRABBLE GAME NIGHT—6 p.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-375-4454, barnesandnoble.com.
NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR— Mingle with like-minded people. There is a guest speaker each week to assist and inspire you. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Her Spirit Center for Growth, 5181 Overland Road, Boise, 208-345-3588. PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at second hand stores. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208384-9008, donniemacgrub.com.
WEDNESDAY JULY 6 Festivals & Events ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Unwind mid-week with friends, live music and a cold beverage during this family friendly concert series. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove, Boise, downtownboise.org. LIQUID FORUM—Learn about and celebrate the work nonproﬁt organizations do for the community. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP, SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Performance poetry workshop followed by a poetry slam. There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. For more information, email email@example.com. 7 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632, boisepoetry.com.
On Stage CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION—See Friday. 8 p.m. $10-$30. Company of Fools, 409 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-7886520, companyoffools.org.
Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—See Wednesday. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Farmers Markets CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—5-8 p.m. FREE. Located on the corner of 12th and Dearborn streets next to the library.
Dax Riggs knows rock, ignores roll.
DAX RIGGS AT RED ROOM Indie, surf, electro, garage, punk ... there’s not a lot of subgenre-less rock around lately, and the term rock ’n’ roll doesn’t really mean much anymore. From the moment Dax Riggs stepped on to the stage at Red Room, it was clear the word “roll” didn’t apply. Riggs was pure rock—guitars and howls channeled via a greasy-haired miscreant with balls so big they could have been hanging out of his pant legs. But eyes closed and amp cranked, the Austin-based former frontman for Acid Bath and Deadboy and the Elephantmen barely even moved. He was too lost in his performance. Riggs wasn’t the only one in a trance. The giant sound rippling through the room was enchanting. The audience crowded the stage, caught up in the pulsing waves of overdrive beneath the tremolo moan of Riggs’ voice. If he had pulled out a ﬂute and a cobra-ﬁlled basket, it wouldn’t have been a surprise. Though there are more accurate but obscure references, comparatively, the darkness of Riggs’ tone and riffs were reminiscent of Black Sabbath but more stripped down and less tech. Instead of the proto-metal riffs of Tony Iommi and Sabbath’s lengthy and complex arrangements, Riggs evoked the vacuous desolation endemic to Sabbath’s overall feel in three-minute epics. Had Sabbath been a ’90s Seattle grunge band, it may well have sounded like Dax Riggs. Later listening to some of Riggs’ recordings, the addition of keyboards and ballads opened up his sound like a mournful elegy to the sky as the songs morphed seamlessly from soft existential laments into fearsome roars of distortion. Riggs’ artist proﬁle on his label, Fat Possum, doesn’t exaggerate when it says he “sounds like voodoo.” Riggs didn’t talk much while onstage. Nor did his band. But they didn’t need to. It was all in the music. Sub-genres can be great, opening up new possibilities of sonic experience. But sometimes it’s best just to rock. Sometimes it’s best to can the B.S. and let the listener be swept up in the sound like a tornado, a savage howling force of nature that can take you away to a magical place if you let it. —Josh Gross
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ue the fanfare and start the parade: Boise Weekly is ofﬁcially celebrating a full decade of cold beer. It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 whole years since we made our ﬂedgling steps into the world of cheap, cold beer, like a college student at his or her ﬁrst kegger. But unlike those coeds, whose taste in brews usually becomes more reﬁned with age, we’ve doggedly stuck to those beers that are best served at a temperature that induces instant brain-freeze. And what has that frosty tunnel vision gotten us besides a hefty bar tab? We proudly boast a deep repository of knowledge of all things that come out of beer taps in Ada County. OK, so it’s not really a marketable skill, but it still earns us some coolness cred—at least judging by
the amount of times we hear, “How do I get your job?” while out testing said beers. Some may accuse us of being fanatics for undertaking such a completely unscientiﬁc and overwhelming project like testing nearly 200 bars across the county. But to them we say, if not beer, then what better is there to spend our time on? Undoubtedly we will get at least one annual lecture on the fact that not all beer is supposed to be served below the freezing point. To that argument, well, we agree, but the Warmest Beer contest just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Besides those ﬁne ale establishments that take pride in precise serving temperatures can now point to the ofﬁcial record of their nonfrostiness.
As in recent years, we have limited our testing to only locally owned and operated establishments that serve beer on tap. If a business has multiple locations in the valley, we only test one. Once again, we relied on an army of volunteer beer testers to help BW staff scour the valley in search of the coldest taps around. We offer our unending gratitude to these brave souls who go forth with little more than a kitchen thermometer between them and a raging hangover. Now soak in the sudsy results of all our hard work. After all, continually lifting a pint glass can lead to a repetitive-motion injury.
SARAH BARBER, ALEX BLACKWELL, RACHAEL DAIGLE, DEANNA DARR, TODD DVORAK, STEPHEN FOSTER, JOSH GROSS, JENNIFER HERNANDEZ, ANDREW MENTZER, TARA MORGAN, SHELBY SOULE, KAT THORNTON, JORDAN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHS BY LAURIE PEARMAN
EL GALLO GIRO The Dos Equis Amber is plenty cold but that’s just a bonus. The real goal here is satisﬁed taste buds and bellies ﬁlled with authentic Mexican fare. Don’t miss the tableside, made-to-order guacamole service at dinner. The menu features molcajetes, a stew-like dish served in a sizzling hot stone bowl. 482 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-9225169, elgallogirokuna.com
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32.8° OUTPOST CAFE
It’s a house party in a quiet little neighborhood at The Beerhouse and everyone is invited. With horseshoes and volleyball nets in the back yard, this house should be home sweet home for the summer. 9751 Cory Lane, Boise, 208-322-9958
32.7° HARRY ’S
It’s a neighborhood sports/Nascar bar, with daily drink and food specials. It seems like the place where former frat guys congregate now that they are relegated to a life in the suburbs. 2032 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-8889868
MCCLEARY ’S PUB
Step into the grassy back yard behind this dark, smoky dive bar and you’ll be rewarded with horseshoe pits, a volleyball court, dart boards, a picnic pavilion and all the fresh air you can breathe. 9155 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-9910, mcclearys.net
SHORT Y ’S SALOON
Despite its authentic-feeling Western interior, this ain’t your daddy’s saloon. Cowgirls and ﬂy girls dance the Cupid Shufﬂe atop two long, marble-topped bars to earn free drinks and giveaways. 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-6699, shortyssaloon.com
The bar is like a peninsula, jutting out from the wall and making itself the centerpiece of this pub, which hosts three pool tables, various video games, and a day crowd that is ready to drink when you are. 10704 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-9800
30.5° LINDY ’S
Lindy’s makes the short list for tried-andtrue Boise bars. With a casual, welcoming bar on one side and a family friendly steakhouse on the other, the crew at Lindy’s prides itself on hospitality. Soak up that beer with some of the famous pressure-cooked ﬁnger steaks— easily some of the best in town. 12249 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-375-1310
A dark and sexy gentleman’s club that’s moderately smoky but cool and comfortable. Friendly staff with interesting interior signage: Stripper Street, Sex Drive and Bitch Corner to name a few. 1826 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-0218, thetorchlounge.com
This suburban bar and grill has waitresses in tiny uniforms, two massive TVs ﬂanking the dining area and a sports info ticker. 3541 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-939-9209, cheerleadersbg.com
Take refuge in the safari-themed, classy and dimly lit bar for an ice-cold martini or kick back on the patio, which is draped in greenery and surrounded by grass, with an ice-cold beer in hand. 999 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-4900, angellsbarandgrill.com, @angellsboise
Get ready to spread out. First, wine and dine on the grill side, loading up before you head over to the lounge, where the real fun begins. 1065 E. Winding Creek Drive, Eagle, 208-938-3010, willowcreekgrill.com
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There’s not much around it but that makes Gino’s all the more of a destination not only for ﬁne dining but also for one of the only bars in the area. You can go for just a beer, but we’re pretty sure you’ll end up with dinner. 3015 McMillan Road, Meridian, 208-887-7710
THE RANCH CLUB
That giant, rearing horse on the roof beckons the crowd into a dark-paneled interior that opened in 1947. Reclining bucket seats mounted at the bar provide cushy seating between games of beer pong and horseshoes. 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3437447
Chandlers is a classy place, with a cool color scheme, glass architecture and highbacked leather chairs—like the hotel bars in movies, where one can go to lay out their problems over a cold bud, ﬁnding wisdom in the sly and subtle bartender, and though he may not have the answers, you’ll feel better all the same. 918 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3834300, chandlersboise.com, @chandlersboise
In the same building as Peregrine Steaks and Spirits, the lounge also serves appetizers, lunch, dinner and an $8.50 Sunday brunch buffet. Ten taps, a big dance ﬂoor and an outdoor patio overlooking Indian Creek and the Owyhee Mountains. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421, creeksidekuna.com
Sure, it’s in the Boise Airport, but a dependably ice-cold beer might make that “enhanced screening” a little more interesting. 3201 Airport Way, Boise
With emphasis on local microbrews and a central BODO patio, Solid is the only state of matter that matters. Indoors a polished granite bar classes up the hardwood and brick, creating unexpected elegance. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620, solidboise.com, @solidboise
20TH CENTURY LANES
The Big Lebowski meets King Pin. Bowling accoutrements, everywhere and ample gaming opportunities are to be expected from such an establishment. 4712 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-8695, 20thcenturylanes.net, @20thcenturylane
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TURNER’S SPORTS BAR
Formerly Turner’s Stage Stop, this old Boise establishment has character. Horseshoe pits out back, 25-cent pool tables, bar arcade games galore and a vintage barn give this place a rustic ﬁt and feel. 4022 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-9090
A swanky Meridian eatery with muted modern decor and an open kitchen, Jakers is packed for weekday lunch with the businesscasual crowd. Who wouldn’t be content in a place where, if you’re seated in the bar, there are happy-hour specials all day. 3268 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0898, jakers.com
The beer at Sockeye is so good they don’t even have domestic beers on tap. The outdoor patio that rests along Cole Road provides a welcome change from downtown Boise, allowing you to enjoy one of Sockeye’s delicious brews without the hustle and bustle of the 9-to-5ers. 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-6581533, sockeyebrew.com, @sockeyebrew
Yes, there are TVs aplenty tuned in to sports and countless photographs of hall of famers. But it’d be a mistake to lump this place in with all the other Treasure Valley sports bars. The wood paneling, leaded-glass lamp lighting and absence of over-stimulating noise and bustle sets this place apart. There are 16 beer taps, and a star on the menu is the hand-breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. 2902 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-884-4400, pinnaclesportsgrill. com
Giant prawns, enormous steaks and friendly service have endeared generations of regulars for 52 years. The old-school steak house menu and distinctive Western theme are both nostalgic and comfortably kitschy. 3132 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-342-4161, stagecoachboise.com, @boisestagecoach
Looking for a new hideout? This cozy little working man’s bar is hidden in plain sight near a bustling intersection. The giant rocking chair perched above the business next door is a convenient distraction—they’ll never think to look for you here. 4079 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-383-9035
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The only bar in Star for smokers, karaoke crooners and anyone with attitude. There’s nothing fancy about this corner tavern, and the clients wouldn’t have it any other way. 10937 W. State St., Star, 208-286-7794
Sombreros, tequila shots and a two-for-one happy hour that can’t be beat. Who needs Mexico for a vacation? 210 N. Milwaukee Road, Boise, 208-322-0222, cafeole.com
IDAHO PIZZA COMPANY
Local, delicious and fully equipped with beers on tap, Idaho Pizza Company is a great place to have a party for kids ... even those older than 21. 3053 S. Cole Road, Boise, 208-362-7702, idahopizzacompany.com, @idahopizzaco
Montego Bay’s view of the private pond out back makes for a comfortable vibe. Thong pong Wednesday and lengthy happy hours throughout the week. 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, 208-853-5070, montegobayidaho.com
BOISE FRY COMPANY
Boise Fry Company has an earthy, local feel, with a multitude of starch options. Its crisp micros are a welcome delight, washing away the salt-induced thirst. 111 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-495-3858, boisefrycompany.com, @boisefryco
Italian food and decor meet a traditional brick-wall corner bar. It’s relaxing enough for a Sunday afternoon beer meet-up, yet classy enough for a date. 190 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-2500, davincis2.com
GOODWOOD BARBECUE COMPANY
Beer and barbecue is a timeless combo, like PB and J or vodka O.J., so sipping on a cold one with the smell of braised and sauced meat hanging in the air is nice—even if it’s in chain restaurant-style digs. However it does have a sweet wine rack made of railroad ties. 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-884-1021, goodwoodbbq.com, @goodwoodbbq
No doubt about the theme here: If you’re into Boise State football, NFL and UFC, this is your watering hole. For sports derelicts, there’s pool, darts and video games to work up a thirst. Check out the 10 beers on tap, $5 lunch specials and a menu boasting a Super Burrito: one regular tortilla burrito wrapped around a deep-fried burrito. Ouch. 501 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-898-9470, muggsyssportsbar. com
LULU’S FINE PIZZA
New York-style pie goes down easier when chased by frosty lager and faster after a calorie-burning mountain bike ride leaves you collapsed on the parking lot patio of this neighborhood joint. 2594 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-387-4992, ilovelulus.com
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TOP 10 ALL-TIME WARMEST BEERS 56.3°
IDAHO PIZZA COMPANY, 2007
TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL, 2007
NEW FRONTIER, 2011
BAR GERNIKA, 2002
NEW FRONTIER, 2010
JD’S AND FRIENDS, 2003
TK’S BAR, 2006
GRAINEY’S BASEMENT, 2009
TOP 10 ALL-TIME COLDEST BEERS 29.7°
VES’S BROADWAY BAR, 2002 LINDY’S, 2004 SHORTY’S SALOON, 2011
RED ROBIN, 2007
MUGGSY’S, 2004 THE TORCH, 2005 PF CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO, 2007
EL GALLO GIRO, 2011
ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL, 2004
LONESTAR STEAKHOUSE, 2005 HOOTERS RESTAURANT, 2006
HARRY’S BAR AND GRILL, 2005
DONNIE MAC’S TRAILER PARK CUISINE, 2006
34.7° R BAR
This well-kept pub nestled just off the Boise State campus provides a comfortable haven for after-class drinkers looking for a game of Nintendo or just a cushy bar seat. 1041 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-6290029, rbarboise.com
One of the region’s many bars inside a bowling alley. Patrons say the bowling ball pitchers that resemble giant bongs and the good “value” on well drinks—bar-speak for healthy pours—make the place stand out. Try beating this for a Great Recession special: unlimited bowling, burger, fries and a soft drink for $8 every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 324 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-2048, meridianbowlinglanes.com
THE RED ROOM TAVERN
Eclectic velvet art and vinyl album covers glow eerily under red lighting, lending cred to the descriptive moniker of this downtown fringe bar. A surprisingly laid-back staff and clientele provide a non-judgmental audience for local musicians. 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, @red_roomboise
WHITE WATER PIZZA AND PASTA
Description: open, airy, family-owned and family-friendly restaurant with stone ﬁreplace and kayak-theme decor. The menu features pizzas with wheat or sourdough crust, and a wide variety of salads and sandwiches. The fruit cobbler is baked to order, so plan on waiting a few minutes for desert. 1510 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-888-6611, whitewaterpizza.net
4 -E’S BAR
Good luck ﬁnding any frills at this longstanding Kuna tavern. Long bar, quarter pool tables and photographs of customers, parties and other hijinks cover the walls. As for the name: The bar was bought in the late 1960s by the Forreys, a longtime Kuna ranching family with 4-Es as its cattle brand. 379 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-1853
CASA DEL SOL
A classy yet eclectic version of a mom-andpop Mexican restaurant, complete with an easy-going atmosphere and a two-for-one happy hour. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-3660, mexicanrestaurantboise.com
Editor’s Note: Between 2002 and 2007, franchise bars were included in our testing.
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THE BAR AT THE GROVE
This is one hotel lobby bar that’s almost exclusively for out-of-towners, so snag a piece of sofa and play like you’re on vacation. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-333-8000, grovehotelboise.com
BERRYHILL’S PLAN B
This little nook between Berryhill proper and Bacon is a proper man cave, decked out with leather furniture, ﬂatscreens and good-looking drink slingers. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553, berryhillandco.com, @johnberryhill
Another of downtown Kuna’s venerable watering holes. Nothing fancy but be prepared to joke and jab with the regulars lined around the horseshoe-shaped bar. Drink specials rotate daily and free food gets laid out for Monday Night Football. 458 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-4163
THE BUFFALO CLUB
Deer and elk heads draped with Christmas lights, fake palm trees and a huge projection screen to watch sports on makes the Buffalo Club seem like you’re drinking inside a Cabela’s in Jamaica. Could you pass me that there shotgun, mon? 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811
Chill hotel bar with plentiful games, ample dinner menu until midnight, and limited commotion. 1800 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-344-7691
CRESCENT NO LAWYERS BAR/GRILL
Whether baking in the sun on the large patio or witnessing current sporting events on the theater-sized projection screens, the Crescent can play a gracious host, just make sure your lawyer friends miss the memo. 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-322-9856, no-lawyers.com
With a neighborhood serving as the backdrop of this dive, Crickets feels like the malt shop in Grease, only with adult beverages and fewer leather jackets. 1228 Oakland Ave., Boise, 208-344-6235
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SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA & PASTA
Family friendly dining spot with a big selection of beer, wine and edibles. The outside patio was recently renovated, making it one of the more intimate spots for drinking/ dining in north Boise. 1805 W. State St., Boise, 208-387-2727, smokymountainpizza. com
Almost as if we were in the early 1900s, this bar looks like it was ordered out of a catalog and installed at Ustick and Five Mile roads. Whose place? Sam’s Place. 3395 N. Five Mile Road, Boise, 208-376-0074
Mostly known for its grub, this west Boise haunt serves up a solid array of beer and wine as well. The vibe is set by tons of music memorabilia on the walls and a fairly impressive cactus collection near the kitchen. The owner’s band plays Saturday nights. 7330 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-7757, pizzalchik.com
With elk paintings on the walls, Charlie Brown’s feels like grandpa’s house, only with a full bar and enough arcade games to entertain an army of drunken competitors. 5783 Overland Road, Boise, 208-375-6541
DRY CREEK MERCANTILE
A tin ceiling, plank ﬂooring and turn-of-thecentury style outﬁt the interior of this family friendly community hub at Hidden Springs. Watch the sunset turn the Foothills purple while sipping chilled refreshment on the big front porch. 5892 Hidden Springs Drive, Boise, 208-229-2001, drycreekmerc.com
MICKEY RAY ’S
Do not enter with an empty stomach: The thick wafts of smoky barbecue ensure a peek at the menu. The barbecue, Southern hospitality and cold beer make Mickey Ray’s one to write home about. 395 W. State St., Eagle, 208-9397427, mickeyraysbbq.com, @mickeyrays
The atmosphere is akin to drinking at your buddy’s—you can even bring your own food—but the bar full of happy-go-lucky customers, staff and booze makes it a little different than chilling on your friend’s couch. 1712 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9951
The sort of small and dusty roadside place that’s bustling with people who will give you suspicious glances on a Tuesday afternoon. The bartender’s shock at their beer temp says it all: “We’re usually really warm.” 3231 Federal Way, Boise, 208-331-0654.
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RED EYE SALOON
This venerable Kuna watering hole reopened in early June, to the delight of its faithful clientele. So what’s new? No more faux-wood paneling and a fresh coat of paint have brightened up what was once a dark tavern. Dinner specials and Biker Night on Thursdays mean $5 burger-and-fries combos. No Harley required. 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797
Tiki torches light the way to the thatched roof-on-a-rooftop bar. This urban island is a convenient tropical getaway—no surfboard required. No cheesy pink umbrella in your drink, either. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, reefboise.com, @reefboise
TOM GRAINEY ’S
An historic establishment with more than 30 years in the biz, Grainey’s boasts local and regional bands on two stages and two different ﬂoors, ﬁve days a week. Do shots of booze while you shoot the breeze with loyal patrons. 109 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-3452505, tomgraineysboise.com
Shufﬂeboard, Golden Tee and ample TV selections can be found at this sporty spot. With 23 beers on tap, this is truly a classic beer bar. 6928 W. State St., Boise, 208-8530526, brewsbrothersonline.com
This quintessential neighborhood bar and restaurant adheres to a simple formula— friendly service, warm patrons, quality food and a hearty selection of liquors and domestics. 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-3450135, quinnsrestaurant.net
This is just your average neighborhood bar that happens to be biker-friendly. Its name refers to an older Harley engine known for breaking down. 704 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217, bustedshovel.com
A Boise institution that needs no introduction. Art house ﬁlms accompanied by beer, wine and gourmet noshery make The Flicks a true Boise one-and-only. 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theﬂicksboise.com
Pool on one of three tables, a game of darts, a couple karaoke songs, and catching the late game on one of the ﬂat-screen TVs that are in every corner of this large bar ... it’s just another day at The Ofﬁce. 6125 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-672-0087
Walk in and feel like you’ve entered a pool tournament. Patrons at Q’s know how to rack ’em up, and if you feel like you brought your A-game, this is where you want to be. 6570 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-322-9122
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This place has dive bar written all over it in the best possible way, including the lively bartender who would be a customer if she weren’t serving up shots from the ﬁreball machine. Featuring dark mixed-wood walls, shufﬂeboard and weekend karaoke. 229 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-4075.
From the outside, this cavernous, family friendly sports bar is cleverly disguised as a bowling alley watering hole. Inside you’ll ﬁnd clean white walls, scratch-made soups and a $4 burger-fries-drink deal that completely removes any smoky stigma. 5504 W. Alworth, Garden City, 208-376-6555, playerspubandgrill.com
THE KIT KAT CLUB
No bar in Ada County has been serving up beer and scantily clad dancers longer than the folks at this ﬁxture on Meridian’s western outskirts. For those looking for something other than the brass pole ballet, there are pool tables and televisions everywhere. 4842 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-7731
DONNIE MAC ’S
Intentionally themed as an old mechanic’s garage, complete with old cars as booths, this place has a style all its own. It also features burgers, bingo Tuesdays, Old English 40s and brass monkeys. 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008
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VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE
As the venue that hosts an array of events including movie screenings, live theater, art shows and the recording of live concerts, VAC is where like-minded creative types gather to entertain and ﬁnd inspiration. 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com, @vacuber
This pub is hidden, so much so that you might not have heard of it. But you will be greeted with smiles, Golden Tee and 50-cent pool tables. 9936 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-375-3085
A cozy neighborhood gastropub with a large patio, hardwood decor, ﬂatscreen TVs for various sporting events and no fancypants required. 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-947-3111, falcontavern.com
WHITE WATER SALOON
There’s an unmistakable blue-collar vibe to this place. On Sundays the owners lay out free ﬁnger food for patrons who partake in pool, darts and games. 1646 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-3063
Sushi and martinis are the order of business here. There’s only one beer on tap: Japan’s Kirin Ichiban. But darn it, the cold beer goes perfectly with a hot Fire Roll. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-4810, happyﬁshsushi.com
ALTERKNIT LOUNGE AT KFCH
Boise’s go-to venue to enjoy your favorite band as it breezes through town. The upstairs bar is a welcome break from the action. 416 Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com, @knitboise
New downtown sports joint, complete with all the regalia a fan could ask for. The large windows and patio will allow you to say: Damn it, I like sports, and I don’t care who knows it. 205 N. 10th St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-3385454. @thehuddlegrill
When the Quarter Barrel is not hosting open mic comedy night on Tuesday, or an open blues jam on Wednesday, and not holding karaoke on Thursday and Sunday nights, or the weekly pool tourney on Sunday, you can browse a 2.2 million-song library on the bar’s spiffy Touch Tunes jukebox. 4902 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430
Horseshoe pits, open barbecue grill, dog-friendly back yard, weekly pool and beer pong tourneys ... it all adds up to one of the most kick-ass neighborhood bars in town. 2710 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9220, jimsalibi.com WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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37.9° FIRESIDE INN
Simple but elegant dining area with a patio, serving modern Vietnamese food in the heart of downtown. 780 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-367-1111, phonouveau.com
In addition to the mouth-watering handcrafted wood-ﬁred pies, this pizzeria offers a rotating selection of craft beers and a variety of primo wines. 1204 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-331-3535, casanovapizzeria.com
A classic neighborhood bar with 25 beers on tap. The ﬁnger steaks are hand cut and battered, and beer pong can be found here. 499 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-3737
Classy Thai restaurant with a bar on the side: Think Thai ﬁnger foods with your beer. Get some Eastern elegance as you drink, all in the heart of Eagle. 78 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-938-8424, mybaanthai.com, @baanthaieagle
GIL’S K- 9 BAR
Folksy bar in west downtown boasting the basics: beer, shufﬂe board, pool table, juke box and comfortable barstools. 2506 Main St., Boise, 208-345-4420
PITCHERS AND PINTS
Proud to be a “hole in the wall,” this simple, cozy, smoke-free peripheral downtown bar boasts a bumping jukebox and straightforward beer menu. The year-round back patio has a pool table if you need to get some fresh air. 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208-906-1355, mypitchersandpints.com
There are two ways to experience this bar: With a poolstick and quarters in hand or in the dimly lit bar area, allowing the beer to chill you out to the fullest. Either way, the Pocket will have you in its pocket. 1487 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-2474, @thepocketboise
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BERRYHILL AND CO.
Beer is happily served here, though you’ll certainly be better off letting the bartenders showcase their martini skills. It’s a posh destination for when you want to impress and a super-fab patio for when you just want to be seen. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553, berryhillandco.com, @johnberryhill
This sports bar’s cozy wooden interior provides a friendly atmosphere with an above-par selection of microbrews. The exterior boasts a spacious deck loaded with ﬂat screens and horseshoe pits. 1010 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-384-0613
Bright, friendly and simple, with the sort of comforting feel you expect from your mom’s kitchen more than a bar. 117 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-6665, lekuonaid.com
BUSTERS SPORTS BAR
This blue-and-orange-themed sports bar houses 14 taps, a burger-centric menu and enough Broncos memorabilia to keep any sports fan comfortably entertained. 1326 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-5688, busterssportsbar.com
A large two-ﬂoored club with a warmer, wackier vibe than most dance clubs. And that’s how they like it. 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557, humpinhannahs.com
36TH STREET BISTRO
A babbling fountain creates a Zen-like experience on the brick patio surrounded by ﬂowers and foliage. Try a wine-paired dinner in this greenhouse setting while you enjoy every dimension of organic. 3769 Woody Drive, Boise, 208-433-5108, 36streetgardencenter. com
North End neighborhood pub with games aplenty. Smoky but low-key, with shufﬂeboard and pool tables. 1610 N. 31st St., Boise, 208-342-9075
Smoky, greasy, cheap, loud and raucously of the people. The place in downtown to play pool, foosball, lotto, watch sports or just get good, old-fashioned tipsy. It’s where your night inevitably ends up. 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998, @mulliganstaff
Exposed brick and just a handful of tables make Gernika feel just like ... well, Gernika in the Basque Country. It’s equal parts watering hole and restaurant. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-2175, bargernika.com, @gernika
This is where you go to impress a date. Candlelit tables, classic Italian food and a full bar seal the deal. Bonus: stellar wines. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-1900, bellaaquilarestaurant.com
Kahootz is surprisingly upscale but from its simple sporting pub decor, you wouldn’t guess it. It offers an array of local and regional beers on tap and a menu including pricey, yet delicious steak and seafood options. And its stunning arbor-covered patio makes you forget for a moment that you’re right off Meridian’s bustling main street. 1603 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-895-9861, gotokahootz.com
The classic bar and back bar were built in the 1860s and were a staple in the family’s ﬁrst restaurant opened in Sun Valley in 1965. Great outdoor patio with a splendid, wide-angle view of the Foothills. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200, louiespizza.com
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BURGER ’N’ BREW
An aptly named sporty spot. A favorite post-game haunt of many of Boise’s rec league softball teams, this place is known for its inconspicuous but cozy presence on the west side of town. 4295 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-7700
Upon ﬁrst glance, the Curb could seem like just another sports bar, but it has the feel of a neighborhood tavern: good food, refreshing drinks and local owners. With $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys on Sunday, it’s just like home—almost. 1760 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-286-4401, curbbarandgrill.com
Live music is the name of the game here, with a recently remodeled stage and ﬂoor plan. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful decor: The preserved bar is the stuff of Boise legend. 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605
CLUB SAVVY ’S
Seven nights a week at Club Savvy’s, you’ll ﬁnd a big dance ﬂoor where the melting-pot crowd boogies to a mash-up of musical genres played by a live DJ, who also doubles as the karaoke host. 3933 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-429-9339
Tucked inside the Owyhee Plaza, the Gamekeeper may be the most romantic bar in Boise. Let the candlelit tables, ﬁve-star food and stiff drinks seal the deal. 1109 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com
GRAINEY ’S BASEMENT
Warning: One visit to Grainey’s and you might never leave. Live music paired with the wild-west-meets-Irish-bar feel make this place the “Cheers” of the Boise scene. 109 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-2505
A bright and friendly diner turned pub that is the only sign of civilization for miles in any direction. 4563 S. Cloverdale Road, Boise, 208-362-7157
LUCKY DOG TAVERN
Laid-back gay bar with a chatty crowd. Bar games, arcade machines, pool table and darts round out the scene. 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-333-0074, luckydogtavern.com, @luckydogboise
The West Boise sports bar is back under the oversight of its original owners, and the bright, airy space remains a haven for those who love to catch the game on big ﬂatscreen TVs. 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-2872191, nuthouseboise.com, @nuthouseboise
With a large dark wood bar, this looks like the sort of place rich and powerful men swirl glasses of brandy and cackle to one another about their sinister plans to privatize the moon. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 300, Boise, 208-424-8211, thefefugeboise.com
38.9° THE LIFT
Large bar and patio/pergola for a shady place to chow down or sip a beverage. 4091 W. State St.,, Boise, 208-342-3250, theliftboise.com, @theliftboise
Like a twist of lime gracing tequila, this twist of Cabo graces Boise’s North End with a fresh-ingredient tang and ﬂavorful pucker. If Camel’s Back skirts the Foothills, Parrilla is the short and sassy hemline. 1512 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-323-4688.
STUBS SPORTS PUB
Comfortable high-ceilinged and wood-furnished gastropub that brings a little muchneeded class to the strip mall off Federal Way. 3662 Findley Ave., Boise, 208-336-7882, @stubssportspub
The country’s ﬁrst restaurant distillery has perfected the cozy industrial atmosphere with high ceilings, brick, dark wood and a drink menu that’s one of the most innovative in town. An A-list patio. 610 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538, bardenay.com, @bardenay
WILLI B’S SANDWICH SALOON
Value-hunters should saddle up at this Western-themed saloon. $1.50 cans of PBR wash down “bunkhouse cooking” all week long. 225 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-331-5666, willibs.com
Bright lounge with multiple counters and TVs, pool tables and ping pong. Beers come in your choice of regular or giant-sized. 8654 W. Overland St., Boise, 208-658-0906 WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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39.2° LANE 21
A huge bar connected to a bowling alley. Bowl a couple frames, grab a beer, maybe a pizza—these lanes are hidden in the rough. 4860 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-344-2695, emeraldlanes.com
39.2° RUDY ’S
HALL OF FAME
A sports bar atmosphere with billiards and a shufﬂeboard table. The outdoor patio offers late afternoon and evening shade from the blistering sun. Seven TVs and 14 beers on tap. Wednesday night is Rib Night, when $8.95 gets you a 1-pound rack of baby backs. 2310 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-8844453, rudyspubngrill.com
TAVERN AT BOWN CROSSING
Upscale bar and grill with a large patio perfect for brunch, mimosa in hand. 3111 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-345-2277, tavernatbown.com, @bowntavern
39.3° FAT T Y ’S
A whole lot of moving happened in the world of cold beer over the last year. Usually the Top 10 on this grand list of frosty brews contains at least several familiar names. But this time around, only one bar managed to make a return trip to the top of the list. The Ranch Club is the only bar to earn a frosty star this year for making a repeat appearance—although it was only by the slimmest drizzly of its frosty head. The Garden City bar’s temperature increased by .7 of a degree, but it was enough to knock it from fourth place in 2010 to 10th place. Maybe the long, cool spring did something to the taps, but overall, the coldest beers this time around were far chillier than a year ago. In fact, this year’s top three bars all came in colder than last year’s winner, the Longhorn, which posted a 4.9 degree increase. That being said, there were some impressive jumps to the top of the list. Shorty’s Saloon posted a whopping 10-degree improvement, landing the venerable Garden City bar in second place. Both Cheerleaders and Angell’s improved their temps by more than 4 degrees, moving them from the middle of the list to the top. The other end of the list was just as shaken up this year. Still two bars managed to reclaim their positions from last year, earning them special double melted stars. Once again, New Frontier ﬁnished as the second-warmest beer, while Sammy’s. Perennial bottom-of-the-listers Bar Gernika and Cottonwood Grille both managed to claw their way up the ladder this year with an 8.3-degree and a 2.9-degree jump, respectively. We couldn’t help but notice the difference a change in location makes. Since BW only tests one stop of businesses with multiple locations—and we like to mix up those chosen locations—several bars saw some big changes in rankings. Willowcreek Grill jumped an impressive 10.7 degrees as testing moved from Boise to Eagle, while The Torch improved by 8.5 degrees compared to The Torch 2, Flying Pie cooled off by 6.4 degrees and Idaho Pizza Company made it out of the bottom of the list with a 10.5 degree improvement. On the other end, Brewforia warmed by 1.4 degrees and Cobby’s jumped by 6.6 degrees. —Deanna Darr
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Beer pong, juke, pool, sweet nightly drink specials, cheapo fatty beers and debauchery seven nights a week—you know, your typical party scene, but it’s an all-new scene. 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, drinkfattys.com, @drinkfattys
This off-campus blue- and orange-themed bar houses a raucous crowd of college students and after-work drinking pals anxious to achieve a comfortable buzz. 1024 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-9656, sudstavern.com, @thesudstavern
An Idaho bar with a Southwest-inspired twist. Cheap drinks, arcade games and a giant patio will help you escape the madness of Sixth and Main. 517 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-9732
BEN’S CROW INN
Friendly, bright diner with a large patio where the clams are fried and the beer is copious. Both are served in buckets. Hearts, begin your ﬂuttering now and your attacking after attaining regular status. 6781 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-342-9669
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LIT TLE DUTCH GARDEN
This is perhaps the most unexpected bar in Boise. Surrounded by residential housing, it could easily be mistaken for a garage. But the cheap drinks and plethora of bar games, ranging from pool to horseshoes, make it a strangely compelling destination. 1910 S. Owyhee St., Boise, 208-906-3719
TERRY ’S STATE STREET SALOON
The karaoke capital of State Street, this joint enjoys a loyal following. Pool and arcade games, patron pictures on the walls, and a cozy back patio tie the operation together. Karaoke all the time. 3301 N. Collister St., Boise, 208-331-8225, statestreetsaloon.com
Large, dark and smoky bar, where high class is a slur and high culture is a shufﬂeboard tournament. The perfect place to drink your afternoon and your life away, especially on booming karaoke Tuesdays. 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-3878, @eastsidetav
JUMPIN JANET ’S
A large, laid-back bar featuring just about every parlor game: pool, darts, ping pong and friendly folks just beyond the downtown scene. 572 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-7640, jumpinjanets.com
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SUN RAY CAFE
With the largest wraparound sidewalk-dining scene in the North End, this is where weekend warriors congregate following sweat sessions in the neighboring Foothills. It also features simple, tasty fare that is more than just fuel. 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887, sunray-cafe.com
A dark, smoky lounge packed with the sorts of folks whose hairstyles are rarely cut but always on the cutting edge. Enjoy black walls and black lungs, as well as one of the most happening patios in town. Shake and shimmy at late-night dance parties or just get fall-down snockered. Quick Boise, to the hipster-cave! 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux.com, @neurolux
The greenish pallor cast by the lighting in this more-than-40-year-old North End institution reminds us that corned beef and cabbage is year-round fare in some parts, including the Boise Foothills. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-342-8948, omichaelspub.com
THE VOODOO LOUNGE
Base-thumping techno and ﬂashing lights make this subterranean club tricky for a ﬁrst date. However, as one of the only bars downtown with a pole and live dancers, it’s sure to put a kinky hex on your second date. 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-941-2144, voodooloungeboise.com
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A peanuts-on-the-ﬂoor joint with tons of gaming opportunities. Big screens galore, huge patio out back (including horseshoe pits), and dollar beer Thursdays. 3515 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-8887
This restaurant-cum-coffee shop sits conveniently adjacent to the university and features a menu of casual Italian food and a modest selection of local beers. 1301 S. Capital Blvd., Boise, 208-344-7272, papajoesboise.com
This revitalized bar now carries eight microbrews on rotation, sunny patios furnished with horseshoe pits and aspirations to produce the best burger in Boise. 650 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-336-1790
FLYING PIE PIZZARIA
The smell of tomato sauce is overwhelming when you enter Flying Pie. The beer is no joke, either, ranging from PBR to locally brewed favorites. Watch yourself when pies are ﬂying. 6508 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-376-3454, ﬂyingpie.com, @ﬂyingpiepizza
Comfort food meets local and fancy. For the ultimate experience, sit inside the gorgeously remodeled Boise City Bank Building and order a cold one with parmesan and rosemary fries. Drool. 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-2871700, boisefork.com, @boisefork
The record needle may scratch off the jukebox the tiniest bit when you walk into the Overland Bar, but that’s just because the locals are cautious you’ll discover their secret: $1 beers all day, every day, in just the sort of friendly, dark and intimate dive people love to blow up. 3907 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-336-4707
RICK’S PRESS ROOM
Quiet and comfy bistro-style joint that offers eight taps and daily specials. Started by a guy who grew up fascinated with newspapers, and
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now dozens of front pages from his collection of big stories of the past 40 years are papered across the walls. 130 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-288-0558, rickspressroom.net
BIT TERCREEK ALE HOUSE
central ﬁreplace makes outdoor seating a winter pleasure, too. 1520 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-639-8888
THE NAVAJO ROOM
A downtown gem, Sapphire favors microbrews and local musicians to suit the tastes of a mostly over-30 crowd. Look for brand new wine taps to make grapes as economical as barley and hops. 622 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-7277
It’s as ancient, dusty and romantic as the Old West depicted on murals on the bar walls, including life-size portraits of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Despite being in a strip mall, it feels like it’s been in action since the early 1800s. 4900 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-3435817
RIVER ROCK EAGLE
Beer done right: grab a pint and settle into a booth. This recently refocused joint is the perfect place for a Friday night meet-up with the fellas or the fam. 228 E. Plaza St., Eagle, 208-938-4788, theriverrockeagle.com
A TV (or two) on every wall, short shorts and all the booze you could want. Get ready for a burger-beer-lovely-lady-induced coma. 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-1800, busterseagle.com
A lively, loud sports bar with a couple of tables set up for cards and groups of folks in varying shades of baseball uniform. This Meridian hangout offers wings so hot you might actually need a ﬁreﬁghter to help put the ﬂames on your tongue out. 1767 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-846-9535, ﬁrehousepubmeridian.com
A spacious interior bar in the heart of BODO. Settle in with friends for a night of serious drinking. Bonus: The patio is the perfect people-watching stoop. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568, hapennybridgepub.com
The rich wood of the bar paired with the environmentally conscious low-power happy hour give Bittercreek an earthy feel. The place is awash with rich color and clean lines and any eye wanderer or rubbernecker would ﬁnd plenty to hold their gaze. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813, justeatlocal.com/ bittercreek, @bitterfeather
HYDE PARK PUB
Two-wheeled cruisers accessorize the concrete patio that anchors this historic neighborhood bar. If outdoor temps take a nosedive, the low-ceilinged interior is a cozy venue tinged with neon signs and sporty TV. 1501 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-336-9260, harryshydepark.com, @hydeparkpub
PENGILLY ’S SALOON
An old-timey saloon with a comforting vibe, classic hardwood bar and large oil paintings. One of Boise’s mainstays for ﬁnding live music. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344, @pengillys
Cazba/Opa is a little portal to the Middle East. Your beer may be a little on the warm side, but the decor is exotic and the vibe is all satin couches. 211 Eighth St., Boise, 208-381-0222
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COT TONWOOD GRILLE
Killer riverside patio and a swanky bar-food menu with surprisingly affordable drinks. The place is for the ofﬁce set to unwind, let down their hair and kick off those sensible shoes. 913 W. River St., Boise, 208-333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com
FLATBREAD COMMUNIT Y OVEN
Upscale pizza and wine bistro with nary a weak item on the menu, alcoholic or otherwise. Patio and indoor seating available. 3139 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-343-4177, ﬂatbreadpizza.com, @ﬂatbread_pizza
Dark interior with smooth concrete-andstone decor and garage doors that open for summer. The classier look of a club but the laid-back drinking-focused vibe of a dive. 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183, thelobbyboise.com, @thelobbyboise
LUCKY 13/THE GARAGE
A friendly and well-lit pizza joint, with high-ceilings and a big patio out on Warm Springs that is perfect for a break while on a lengthy bike ride or jog on the Greenbelt. 3662 S. Eckert Road, Boise, 208-344-6967, lucky13pizza.com, @lucky13boise
Year in and year out, Balcony is the best gay bar in town. It just can’t help it. Dance your ass off, make your own party … or just order a cold one and perch on the patio above Eighth Street. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313, thebalconyclub.com, @balconyclub
Skylights give a glow to this airy space, rife with ﬂatscreens tuned to sports. Between regular brews and seasonal specialties, these house-made beers cater to every palate. 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-0944, tablerockbrewpub.com, @tablerockbrew
A golf-course restaurant with fantastic ﬁne dining, a rotating menu, and as a bonus, there’s a putting green nearby. 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle, 208-939-0402, eaglehillsgolfcourse.com/eighteenone.htm
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A sophisticated and modern-looking lounge with oriental ﬂair and an indoor fountain, serving pan-Asian food and schmancy boat drinks. 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3448424, maithaigroup.com, @maithaiboise
Eventually, all roads lead to the Basque Center, where you don’t have to be Basque to enjoy a cocktail while listening to at least a couple of languages. They’ll make you feel at home and let you know what beti pozik really means. 601 W. Grove. St., Boise, 208-3315097, basquecenter.com, @basquecenter
RED FEATHER LOUNGE
Like a feather tickles the ﬂesh, more than 35 draft microbrews will tickle your palate, as this trendy bar shares handles with its neighbor. Upscale but not exclusive, an eclectic atmosphere invites all. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/ redfeather, @bitterfeather
Well-cushioned swivel chairs at the curvy metro bar make for a comfy perch from which to peruse the broadest sake selection in downtown Boise. Saketini: say it. 100 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8423, shigejapanesecuisine.com
KAY AND TRACI’S 127 CLUB
Take a seat on the comfy bar stools and order up a bottle that’s been getting plenty cold in an ice bath. There are four pool tables and a big space for live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-884-0122
Giant, high-ceilinged So-Cal-style sports bar with a bazillion TVs and more hot wings than you can shake a drumstick at. 7609 W. Overland Road, Ste. 100, Boise, 208-3771819, legendspubandgrill.com
With a brick and neon decor, this joint serves the drinks stiff and the music loud. A rotating cast of entertainment includes live music, trivia and karaoke. 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise. com, @liquidboise
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HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE
Hand-crafted ales quench your thirst in any season, but the central ﬁreplace and snowthemed artwork make this a favorite apres ski spot. Situated at the bottom of Bogus Basin, the siren call of hops is irresistible. 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, 208-343-6820, highlandshollow.com, @highlandshollow
MAIN STREET BISTRO
It’s Jell-O shots, beer pong, backwards baseball caps and a full-on brodeo every day of the week in this three-barred behemoth. It’s a club for the sports-bar set. 609 Main St., 208-345-9515. msbidaho.com, @mainstbistro
An upscale high-ceilinged gastro pub with hardwood decor, good liquor and a bird’s-eye view of downtown from its second-ﬂoor location. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-343-2444, thepiperpub.com
LOCK , STOCK AND BARREL
It’s classy but casual dining at this Boise mainstay, featuring steaks and a wide selection of wines. Check out live local acoustic and jazz music. 1100 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-336-4266, lsbboise.com
MACK AND CHARLIE’S
The large front windows, dim lighting and concrete ﬂoors make Mack and Charlie’s feel like a classy garage, complete with pool tables, shufﬂeboard and muscly dudes talking about their motorcycles. Drinks specials are cheap enough to easily end in a hangover. 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-830-9977, mackandcharlies.com, @mackandcharlies
A clean and modern market/cafe hybrid with hundreds of beers from all over the world and tasty wafﬂe sandwiches. The taps here rotate constantly and new discoveries are always on hand. 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-3421916, brewforia.com, @brewforiabown
JO’S SUNSHINE LOUNGE
It’s a dark, sunless lounge attached to a hotel, but it also happens to be one of the best places around to ﬁnd live blues music. 1115 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-376-2700, jossunshinelounge.com
The dark, smoky environs contained in this ancient A-frame building provide liquid solace to working folks in search of carefree sedation. 813 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-9911
This old-fashioned deli has a menu full of ﬁnger-licking sandwiches and a tap selection featuring local craft beers. 1030 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-0990, cobbys.com
45.4° SULLY ’S
An Irish-themed pub with Guinness and Smithwick’s on tap and a full menu of pub favorites. It boasts a huge patio and two horseshoe pits. 11123 W. State St., Star, 208-286-7743, sullys-idaho.com
THE FRONT DOOR
Get ready to become a pizza and beer snob: The Front Door offers impeccable selections of both. Generous slices are washed down with rare IPAs, ales and lagers. Yes, please. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201, thefrontdoorboise.com
Smoky, off-the-beaten-path, dog-friendly pub with cheap drinks, Jell-O shots, pool tables, popcorn and friendly staff. 2801 Fletcher St., Boise, 208-342-9420
THE NEW FRONTIER
Seems more like the old frontier. This is a dimly lit outpost for smokers, drinkers in cowboy hats and players looking for a Texas hold ’em table or two. There probably weren’t any frills when this bar opened six decades ago, so why expect any now? Live music on Friday nights and a vintage shufﬂeboard table. 116 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 208-8889034
53.8° SAMMY ’S
Newly renovated Sammy’s (formerly Gusto’s) has a shufﬂeboard, pool table and bright, yellow walls. Sammy’s acquired just the right facelift for summer drinking. 509 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-5159.
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THE WHOLE PUZZLE Carrie Rodriguez returns to Music From Stanley.
SUMMER SOUNDS IN STANLEY Music From Stanley. Those three words have a lyrical quality of their own. They speak of listening to the strains of a strummed guitar, the rich notes of an acclaimed vocalist or even a rowdy drum and bass rhythm ﬂoating through the halcyon haze of a summer Sunday with Redﬁsh Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains as a backdrop. The seventh season of Music From Stanley is in high gear, and every Sunday through Sept. 4 from 4-7 p.m., the concert series provides a chance to experience some incredible Idaho artists in the midst of some of Idaho’s incredible natural artistry. The schedule may be subject to change but following is the current lineup: July 3, Kelly Martin with Dan Costello; July 10, Bearfoot with guest; July 17, Chad Summervill with Boise Rock School; July 24, Todd Hallawell and Robin Kessinger; July 31, Carrie Rodriguez with guest; Aug. 7, Nathan Jay Moody and the Quartertons; Aug. 14, Nate Fowler with guest; Aug. 21, Thomas Paul with guest; Aug. 28, Douglas Cameron; Sept. 4, New Transit. And also this year, there will be three Wednesday performances in August: Aug. 3, James Orr; Aug. 10, Shook Twins; Aug. 17, Cary Judd. Unless you’re Charlie Sheen, “winning” is another lovely word. And unlike the tigerblood-ﬁlled actor, young local MC/producer Alex “Customary” Post can now use it to describe himself without any of the irony. A few weeks back, Post and young Tennessee-based singer Erin Elisabeth Aubrey entered the 2011 International Songwriting Competition, a contest that awards both new and seasoned musicians for their songwriting talents. Post met Aubrey at the Contemporary Music Center in Massachusetts and Post said he thought her music sounded “perfect for sampling.” Their collaborative effort, “Fallin’ So Fast,” earned them third place in the R&B/Hip-Hop category, an accolade that may actually help further their careers. “The contest offers some prizes that we will make the most of, such as online airplay [and] tools to help with booking and promotion,” Post said. “But if anything, it gives us some credibility and proves that we are putting out solid work, which is nice to have when we approach labels and advertise our product. If people see we have an award-winning song, they will be more likely to give it a listen.” You can hear “Fallin’ So Fast”—with local Jordan Freiburghaus on bass—at songwritingcompetition.com/winners. —Amy Atkins
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Muffalo turns years of experience into Love Songs and Battle Hymns AMY ATKINS The whole is greater than the sum of its parts … sometimes. In the case of Muffalo, the parts are made up of three seasoned musicians who live in different states but are willing to travel back and forth to meet up and whose legacy includes being in bands Cat Butt, Mondo Generator and Queens of the Stone Age. The parts are a lot to live up to. Muffalo is like one of those images made up of a thousand smaller photos: up close, While Stalin tries to look uninterested and Hendrix stares a little too intently, Muffalo’s Derek Myers takes a you can see all the individual stories but breather before the band hits the road. take a few steps back and the whole image becomes one rich, colorful narrative. In this would get together … and it would all jive. case, Muffalo’s 2011 debut CD, Love Songs Soupy Sales’ son)—at 5th Street Studios,” I was in a band in the early ’90s [Jack O’ and Battle Hymns, is a snapshot of the band Myers said. “We had two sessions over a Fire] that would do the same thing but with period of four months.” to date—and Boise-based vocalist/guitarist cassette tapes … It’s easier now with the Once the CD was recorded, it was Derek Myers is looking forward to adding Internet, of course.” turned over to Butthole Surfers’ guitarist more color, shading and texture to MufBut getting all of the necessary parts to Paul Leary for mixing. The result is a kind falo’s overall design. coalesce into a respectable—and hopefully of classic 20th-century rock ’n’ roll with a Myers (Mondo Generator), bassist Dean respected—whole hasn’t always been pretty. 21st-century interpretation. It’s a cohesive Gunderson (Cat Butt, Jack O’ Fire) and For one, Muffalo has been working on album but it’s also surprising—from one drummer Gene Trautmann (Miracle WorkLove Songs and Battle Hymns for eight years. song to the next, it’s not clear what to exers, Queens of the Stone Age) have all been Second, ﬂying between California and pect. For Myers that was intentional. It was around the sonic block a few times. At 37, Idaho hasn’t been cheap and if Myers wants less about expressing an overall sound and Myers—who is the music director of the to play Muffalo songs live in Boise, it doesn’t more about the individual elements. Paul Green School of Rock in Boise—isn’t make much monetary sense to ﬂy in Gunder“The music is song-speciﬁc, song-oriented. a starry-eyed teen thinking that an A&R [It’s about] living inside the song,” Myers said. son and Trautmann. Myers has to ﬁnd local suit is going to have a layover in Boise on musicians to help him pull it off and someMuffalo didn’t want to create an image his way from L.A. to New York, wander times he can’t. An opportunity to open for and then shape the music around it. The into the bar where Muffalo is playing, and Radio Moscow this spring fell through when sign them to his label on the spot because of songs had to be their own thing. he couldn’t ﬁnd a ﬁll-in bassist. “If you listen to the record, they’re all who one of them once played with. Third, Muffalo had a showcase at the “The reason I’m playing with these guys is very different-sounding songs, but they 2011 South By Southwest. It was not at deﬁnitely go together,” Myers said. not because of their past bands. It’s because Emo’s (which might be expected since My“Stitches” charges out of the gate we share the same vision,” Myers said. ers worked there). It was not even in a bar. with a Black Sabbath-y riff before quickly That vision is, in part, a shared desire to It was in an alley. switching up to a warbly T. Rex rendering. see Muffalo succeed, in spite of whatever And last, according to urbandictionary. “Chicken Dinner” ﬂies an Americana ﬂag obstacles might be in the way. com, a “muffalo” is “any girl classiﬁed as a and wouldn’t be out of place on a jukebox Together since 2003, Gunderson, Myers loaded with punky cowboy tunes. “Bleeding large or an extra large.” It’s not lost on othand Trautmann found that the chemistry Heart” is on the same boxcar as “Stitches,” ers in the music industry. In March, MOJO they had together was worth the headache magazine tweeted the following: “MOJO’s but Myers’ vocals are a little of having Myers in Boise and SXSW Worst Band Name Of The Day: Muffarther away, leaving a slight Gunderson and Trautmann livfalo or Shit Horse. You decide ...” taste of Bauhaus behind. ing in California. It just meant For more on Muffalo, visit The name may be up in the air—My“Battle Hymn” almost veers getting an album recorded was reverbnation.com/muffalo. ers said they had talked about it after the into metal territory while going to take some time. “Dirty Water” pays homage to MOJO tweet—but Muffalo’s immediate Finally in 2009, they were future is not. ’90s grunge. ready to go into the studio. Myers has been booking both a U.S. and Though geographical constraints have “Two years ago … we hired a producer a European tour—he has dates in Cologne, required that Muffalo piece together the and started ﬂying down to Austin,” Myers Hamburg and Berlin, Germany inked. said. Austin was a natural choice for him: He music, it does go together. The trio’s chemSeems no matter how many pieces the had lived in Texas’ capital city and worked at istry played a big part in that. members have to pull together, they are all “We would be off on our own, doing famed venue Emo’s for several years. looking at the whole picture when it comes separate things,” said Gunderson, who “We started working with [producer] to Muffalo. works as a steady-cam operator. “Then we Hunt Sales—Iggy Pop’s drummer (and
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 ALIVE AFTER FIVE: GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY—With Neo Tundra Cowboy. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
BRUCE COCKBURN, VAC, JUNE 29 There are linguistic slip-ups that will peg you as an outsider. Pronounce Houston Street in New York City like the Texas town and a cabbie will throw you a puzzled glare. Same goes for Canadian folk/rock singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. His last name is pronounced “Co-burn,” and in an interview on popmatters.com, Cockburn explained the etymology: “It’s Scottish, and it actually translates as ‘rooster creek’ … as a Scottish name, the c-k in the middle becomes a sort of guttural sound.” Cockburn rose to fame in the 1960s, playing in a variety of bands, including Olivus, which opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. Over the years, Cockburn’s music has turned increasingly political as he visited places like Nicaragua during the Contra War and Mozambique during its civil war. In 2001, Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony included video testimonials from fans like U2’s Bono and Jackson Browne. —Tara Morgan 8 p.m., $35. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La SPUR TANGO—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown THE THROWDOWN FINALS— Featuring the winners of the three previous weeks. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid WIDESPREAD PANIC—See Picks, Page 14. 6:30 p.m. $35. IBG
BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown BRUCE COCKBURN— See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $35. VAC CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill DAN COSTELLO—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
LAST BAND STANDING—9 p.m. $3. Grainey’s MARC BROUSSARD—With Matt Hires and Chic Gamine. 8 p.m. $15-$30. Knitting Factory MARC BROUSSARD AND MATT HIRES—6 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange
ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FRANK MARRA—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
ONRY OZZBORN—9 p.m. $5. Reef
JUNIOR ROCKET SCIENTIST— With Atomic Mamas and Dirty Moods. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux
REILLY COYOTE—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s
LARRY CONKLIN—5 p.m. FREE. Piazza Di Vino
RIZING TIDE—8 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle
LETA NEUSTAEDTER—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La
BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE— With Inhale/Exhale, To Speak of Wolves, Psalter and Resisting Fate. 7 p.m. $10. The Venue
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
PAUL TILLOTSON TRIO—7:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
TRAVIS MCDANIEL BAND—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
THE BELLRAYS—With Jumping Sharks. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux THE BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
DOWNTOWN NAMPA NIGHTS: LOOSE CHANGE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Lloyd Square FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JASON WEBLEY—With Grandma Kelsey. 8 p.m. $5 WilliB’s
GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE: FABULOUS CHANCELLORS—6:30 p.m. $7 members, $10 general. IBG
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater Pizza
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—6 p.m. FREE. The Modern
KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
YAMN—With Equal Eyes. 9 p.m. $10. Bouquet
FRIDAY JULY 1 ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION—Featuring Jerry Douglas. 7 p.m. $50. IBG
SATURDAY JULY 2
CAMDEN HUGHES—7 p.m. FREE. Goody’s
BALLYHOO!—With Bastard Suns. 10 p.m. $5. Reef
CODI JORDAN—10 p.m. $5. Reef
BENEFIT FOR MATTHEW ARNOLD—Featuring Karin Comes Killing, Final Underground, Mortal Enemy and more. 8 p.m. $3-$5. Knitting Factory
DANGER BEARD—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
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SUNDAY JULY 3 BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon. FREE. Grape Escape CHRIS GUNDERSON BAND—5 p.m. FREE. Blue Door DJ CRAZE AND THE 12TH PLANET—With Bare, Dayne5150 and Freddy Sin. 8 p.m. $12.50$27.50. Knitting Factory GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers GUTHRIE SAURO AND DOUG BROWN—1 p.m. FREE. Solid LE CASTLE VANIA—10 p.m. $10. Reef
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LUCINDA WILLIAMS— See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $35. Egyptian Theatre MUSIC FROM STANLEY: KELLY MARTIN—With Dan Costello. 4 p.m. FREE. Redﬁsh Lake Lodge
MONDAY JULY 4
JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s
KETCH’EM ALIVE: SWAGGER—7 p.m. FREE. Forest Service Park, Ketchum
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
KEVIN KIRK—With Cheryl Morrell, Clark Sommers and Camden Hughes. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers RUSS PFEIFER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SIX CENTS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
UBER TUESDAYS: FOLLOW THAT BIRD—With Teens, Art Fad and Hypno Safari. 7 p.m. FREE. VAC
PUNK MONDAY—Featuring Skaskank Redemption, Matt Smith and Upinatem. 8 p.m. $3. Liquid THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
WEDNESDAY JULY 6
TUESDAY JULY 5
ALIVE AFTER FIVE: HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND—With Thomas Paul. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove
BROCK BARTEL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe DCI DRUM CORPS SHOW—Featuring The Cadets, Cascades, Blue Knights and more. 8 p.m. $20-$30. Nampa High School DIVIT AND FONNY—7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KARMEN WOLFE ENSEMBLE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers NEKO CASE—8 p.m. $25-$55. Knitting Factory RICO WEISMAN AND KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadMeridian TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill WILSON ROBERTS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
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LUCINDA WILLIAMS, EGYPTIAN, JULY 3 Lucinda Williams is hard to pin down. The rock/country/ folk/blues singer-songwriter was nominated for three Grammys in 2002: Best Female Country, Pop and Rock Vocal Performance—she took the latter award home. But that wasn’t Williams’ ﬁrst brush with the Grammys. After decades playing honky tonks and crooning throaty tales of hard drinking and harder loving, Williams won a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1994 for Mary Chapin Carpenter’s cover of “Passionate Kisses.” She followed that up with a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her 1998 smash hit Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Her music might be hard to pin down but her heart was not. In 2009, Williams giddily married her manager Tom Overby in front of 1,500 fans at a club in Minneapolis. Though some worried that marital bliss might sand down the rough edges of this notoriously soul-baring musician, her most recent album, Blessed, shows that’s not the case. —Tara Morgan 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $35. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
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SCREEN/THE BIG SCREEN
CABLE ONE MOVIE NIGHT—Bring your lawn chairs, snacks (or purchase some there), blankets and the entire family to watch a ﬂick on an inﬂatable screen in the park every Friday night at dusk this summer. The movie this week is Yogi Bear, rated PG. Friday, July 1. FREE, Settlers Park, corner of Meridian and Ustick Roads, Meridian, meridiancity.org/movienight.
LIFE AFFIRMING Faith that Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is ﬁlm at its best GEORGE PRENTICE
GASLAND—Filmmaker Josh Fox travels the country documenting fracking activities. Idaho Conservation League’s Program Director Justin Hayes will lead a discussion about the consequences of chemical drilling and fracking proposals in Idaho. Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m. $10. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theﬂicksboise. com. THE MARK OF ZORRO—Theater organist Thomas Trenney will accompany the 1920 silent ﬁlm on the theater’s pipe organ. Douglas Fairbanks stars. Sponsored by the American Guild of Organists regional convention. See Picks, Page 15. Wednesday, July 6, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net. TONY AND JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING—Documentary that tells the story of a couple whose lives are torn apart because of red-tape issues within the U.S. immigration system. See Picks, Page 14. Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m. $7-$10 suggested donation. The Cole Marr Gallery/Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, 208-336-7630.
BEGINNERS—Ewan McGregor plays a man ﬁguring out life, love, loss and his relationship with his father (Christopher Plummer), who comes out of the closet and discovers that he is terminally ill at the age of 75. (R) The Flicks INCENDIES—In Montreal, Nawal Marwan reveals that the father of her grown twins is alive, along with the brother they never knew about. She sets them on a journey to ﬁnd and deliver a message from her posthumously. In French with English subtitles. (R) The Flicks
Every now and then—perhaps once or twice in a generation—someone throws a lifeline to the movies. Treading water in a lake of mediocrity by clinging to special effects that are neither special nor effective, ﬁlm can often be confused with other media. It’s not unusual, for instance, to experience the same market-driven blandness on a big screen, small screen (television) or smaller “I’m holding up 10 ﬁngers, son. That’s how many Oscar nominations I think this ﬁlm will get.” screen (smart phone). As a result, ﬁlm’s ability to astonish has Kubrick-esque scenes of the origins of the and Robert Rodriguez could readily direct been diluted. Once upon a time, pioneers universe. But there is not a wasted frame in each other’s movies, as could J.J. Abrams like Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles and the 138-minute movie. Audiences are chaland Steven Spielberg), Malick is peerless. Federico Fellini blazed new trails, but lenged to consider faith in a deity, faith in His story and characters exist somewhere almost every director since has chosen the between dreams and consciousness, ﬂoating one another and, ultimately, faith in themroad most traveled. But then there is Terselves. It’s heady stuff and not for someone among fantasy, memory and fear. rence Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, looking for a simple diversion. Labeling The Tree The Thin Red Line, Brad Pitt gives his ﬁnest performance to of Life a masterpiece The New World). In date. Forget his previous Oscar nominations portends pretension. The Tree of Life, the TREE OF LIFE (PG-13) (12 Monkeys and The Curious Case of BenIn fact, when the writer/director guides Directed by Terrence Malick movie won the Palme jamin Button). This is the one that should a movie back to adStarring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, garner an Academy Award nod. With the d’Or at this year’s venturous landscapes, Jessica Chastain Cannes Film Festival, sparest of dialogue, Pitt ﬁts perfectly into reminding us that Now playing at The Flicks I shuddered in fear of the suit of a husband and father constructed at its best, ﬁlm has of caution and self-doubt. His co-star, Jesa movie placed on a more in common with sica Chastain, plays his wife and mother of pedestal rather than poetry than any other three boys with mystery and wonder. simply on a screen. But in two viewings, I art form. At its core, The Tree of Life examines was thrilled by its power. The Tree of Life is about imagery—rope the most basic moral elements that deﬁne The story of The Tree of Life is indeed swings, clotheslines, jack-o-lanterns and a us by our souls rather than our skins. If the story of life itself. While anchored mother’s apron—but it is also about imperyou’re not afraid of a ﬁlm unlike any other, by a middle-American family in 1950s fection, faith and being in awe of life, subThe Tree of Life beckons you to a nice spot Texas, it also explores the human species. jects most directors never dare approach. just under its lowest-hanging branch. The I watched more than a few people squirm While so many contemporary ﬁlmmakdappled shade is heavenly. in their seats (and a few walk out) during ers are interchangeable (Quentin Tarantino
SCREEN/THE TUBE THE REBIRTH OF DAYTIME TV
LARRY CROWNE—Romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts as two people trying to ﬁnd themselves but end up ﬁnding each other. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
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Once upon a time, daytime television wasn’t half bad. OK, maybe it wasn’t one-third bad. You could ﬁnd some decent—and even believable—stor ylines on soap operas like Ryan’s Hope. Mer v, Mike and Dinah hosted respectable talk shows and game shows were pretty entertaining (watch some old clips of Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares). Daytime television was a cash cow for the networks, generating huge revenue with programs that didn’t make viewers cringe. Fast-forward a few decades and daytime is a mess. Soaps are barely hanging on (All My Children and One Life to Live were recently pink-slipped), there’s really only one successful game show anymore (The Price is Right) and talk shows are an embarrassment. Even the early morning so-called news programs like Good Morning
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America, Today and whatever they call that thing on CBS have more in common with Entertainment Weekly than Time magazine. But just as it’s always darkest before the dawn, a couple of A-listers are about to step into the daylight. CNN’s Anderson Cooper begins a daytime talk program this fall. His street cred is solid, and while Cooper went the opposite route, he is not unlike a young Dick Cavett, who started out in daytime before his iconic ABC late-night program. (If you’re not familiar with Cavett, The Dick Cavett Show, which ran from 1969-1975, is now available on DVD.) And Katie Couric, perhaps the biggest talent ever launched from the Today Show, has given up the CBS anchor chair to return to daytime. Her talk show begins in 2012. Respectability may still have a place during the day. —George Prentice WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Zack Snyder made an impact with 300 scantily clad Spartans destined to lose in battle against Persians. After the success of the ﬁlm 300, he followed that formula with the release of Sucker Punch—only this time, he subtracted 295 men, turned them into women warriors in skimpy clothes and threw them into a fantasy world. Emily Browning plays Babydoll, a girl who is locked in an insane asylum after she loses everything she knows. Determined to escape, she rallies four other ridiculously attractive girls to ﬁght for their freedom. Given instructions from a wise man (Scott Glenn), Babydoll leads her followers in a quest crafted from her imagination that will ultimately liberate them from their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac) and Madame Gorski (Carla Gugino).
Max Manus’ name reached international recognition with the release of this gripping war ﬁlm, which is based on the true story of a Norwegian war hero. Directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, the movie captures patriotism through a single man’s journey to liberate his country during World War II. A displaced saboteur (Aksel Hennie) ﬁnds his way home to Norway during Nazi Germany occupation. Finding similarly outraged countrymen, they form an independent ﬁghting force, Rognes Organization. Max becomes a target for the Gestapo commander Siegfried Wolfgang Fehmer. As the war drags on and lives are lost, Max struggles to perform his operation and holds himself responsible for the lives of his colleagues. —Lizzy Duffy
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WEB/SCREEN BACON STRIPS AND BACON STRIPS Canada has given us more than just Nickelback and Justin Bieber. Another gift from our neighbor to the north: Epic Meal Time. EMT (the acronym may not be a coincidence) is an online “cooking show” that more closely resembles the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest than Emeril Live. The weekly episodes show six friends demolishing highbuds on an incredible journey.” The dudes only calorie meals that they create from meat, get drunker and more absurd as the series alcohol and fast food. It’s hard to look away. continues. Their most “epic” meal, the Sloppy There is something mind-boggling about an 85Roethlisberger, contained 20 pounds of ground egg sandwich, Four Loko chili and a Deathstar beef and 20 pounds of bacon on a 10-pound made of beef. And any meal is better with bun. It contained 138,226 calories. more bacon strips. Seriously. Debuting in October 2010, the To watch the gallery Host Harley Morenstein used to friends made “The Worst Pizza of gluttony, visit be a teacher, molding young minds. Ever” with KFC chicken, a Taco Bell epicmealtime.com. Now he is molding food into bigger, Crunchwrap Supreme, a Big Mac, more outrageous food. Ah, the chicken nuggets, a Baconator, American dream. french fries, an A&W burger, onion rings and a —Brady Moore cheese pizza in an attempt “to take their tasteWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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HANGING TEN IN IDAHO Surprised to ﬁnd surﬁng in the Gem State ANDREW MENTZER
Thousands of young athletes hope to kick their way to the national level.
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savvy at surﬁng and knowledgeable about river hydraulics. Successfully and safely surﬁng on a river requires many of the same mechanics as ocean surﬁng and can be just as dangerous. River rapids are very different from day to day—runoff, rocks, water temperature and other users on the water can make surﬁng river waves unpredictable and potentially hazardous.
ers who are fortunate to live near a beach, Baker likes to hit local river waves during his lunch break—sometimes he even takes his kayak out. “The surﬁng community in Boise is very close-knit and dedicated to the sport,” said Baker. Temperatures make what a river can throw at a surfer completely different than what a surfer might get a face full of while catching a wave in say, Hawaii. Not being cautious in icy waters can be a hardlearned lesson. “The water is bone-numbingly cold snow melt ... [that] has given me a healthy respect for the power of the river,” Baker said. Another dedicated member of the surﬁng community is Jeff Banks with Boisebased Glide Stand-Up Paddle Boards, who has been river surﬁng for years in this area. “Waves tend to be a little bit slower on the river [than in the ocean],” Banks said. “It’s nice because you can set up in the eddy next to the wave and prepare in a calm setting.” Banks recommends that people looking to try river surﬁng for the ﬁrst time—whether on a long board, short board or stand-up paddle board—take a whitewater safety and/ or swiftwater rescue class before trying the sport. He also recommends the upper wave at Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade as a great and safe wave to learn on. Once a surfer feels comfortable enough to test his or her skills, other popular spots in the area include the Gutter outside of Horseshoe Bend, the 36th Street wave between Boise and Garden City, as well as the Weir, Fish Ladder and a handful of other seasonal rapids on the Payette River. Arguably Idaho has some of the best river recreation in the United States, if not the world. And the opportunities continue to arise. Keep an eye out for the completion of the Ray Neef MD Boise River Recreation Park, which will give Boise thrill seekers additional resources for whitewater fun. It may not be long before Idaho is right alongside California or Hawaii when a surfer goes looking for da kine waves. BEN WILSON
In the parking lot at the Simplot Spor ts complex in East Boise, there is usually a mix of 1A and 2C “Famous Potato” license plates. But if you had stopped by the park last week, you would have noticed a number of out-of-state plates. On June 22-26, at least 5,000 athletes on 232 teams from 14 states took to the ﬁelds to compete for a chance to play at the national level during the U.S. Youth Soccer 2011 Far West Regionals. Erik Ocampo, coach of the San Diego Surf, a team of mostly 11-year-olds, said he was looking forward to playing more matches and building on what his team had learned at home. Nearby, a group of girls in team uniforms juggled soccer balls and practiced catching goals at the same time a match was taking place a few feet away. With 20 ﬁelds for the matches, For more information, and all of them visit full, there was usyouthsoccer.org. activity everywhere. Grass-stained sixth-graders played on a ﬁeld next to sweaty collegebound high-schoolers—securing a spot on a college team is a major draw for the teens. Coaches from dozens of colleges and universities attended the tourney, hoping to spot their next star player. Laurie McConnell of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau said the event, which Boise has hosted three times—in the mid-80s, in 1996 and in 2006—brings approximately $10 million to the valley thanks to the players, coaches and parents who visit. And they all seem to enjoy coming here. “We continue to hear from par ticipants that they love coming to Boise. They love the quality and proximity of the ﬁelds, the weather, the location, the amenities Boise has to offer—they love it all,” said McConnell. The national ﬁnals will be held in Phoenix later this summer. McConnell said the Idaho Youth Soccer Association would like to bring the tournament back to Boise ever y three or four years and that the BCVB will work to make that a reality.
Without an ocean nearby, you’d think someone living in landlocked Idaho with a yearning to hang ten would be left hanging out to dry. It seems a bit counterintuitive for the Gem State, but wave lovers can carve out some serious fun right here at home. Innovators have begun surﬁng Idaho’s rivers on standard ocean surfboards or stand-up paddle boards, picking up where only rafters and
Additionally, a river wave will often be kayakers had previously dared travel. in close proximity to more turbulent rapids The speciﬁc origins of river surﬁng are downstream—given that they occur as a up for debate, but there are reports of recresult of geography and a changing river reationists riding both standing waves and bottom. One mistake on a wave and a surfer the occasional tidal bore dating back to the could be in for a crazy ride down river. 1970s. When a high volume of water ﬂows And though sharks may be of no concern over an obstacle, like a rock at the river in Idaho’s rivers, there are other monsters bottom, a standing wave is created. A tidal lurking beneath. Some man-made spots have bore is an erratic increased volume of water twisted rebar hidden pushing up a river just under the surface, from the ocean that which could easily can travel for miles For more information on the Ray Neef MD ﬁllet someone who under perfect condiBoise River Recreation Park, hasn’t done his or tions. They are quite visit boiseriverpark.com. her homework before rare (and don’t hapFor more on stand up paddling, visit glidesup.com. getting amped about pen at all in Idaho). getting on some river Big spring runoff waves. this year made for The challenges and excellent river surﬁng. inherent dangers of river surﬁng make for As summer heats up, surﬁng opportunia relatively small group of avid purists who ties begin to recede. Even though the river know what they are doing. surﬁng season is wrapping up, it’s a good Dr. Steven Baker of Habitat Veterinary time to start learning more about it if you’re Health Center in Bown Crossing knows thinking of trying it out. Of course, it should what he is doing and, much like ocean surfonly be attempted by people who are both
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THE DIRTY DASH—Prepare to get down and dirty on this muddy obstacle course/race to be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. Register online at thedirtydash. com through Sunday, Aug. 14. $40-$50. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-332-5100, bogusbasin.org. FIT FOR LIFE HALF MARATHON—Register online at bluecirclesports.com through race day for this 5K or half-marathon to be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. The race begins at Memorial Stadium and follows the Greenbelt to Julia Davis Park and back. $28. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000, boisehawks.com.
EXHIBITIONISTIC EXERCISE Not long ago, the Voodoo Lounge downtown began hosting a pole-dancing ﬁtness class open to anyone 21 and older. The instructions at voodoolounge.com were simple: “To sign up, text ‘POLE’ to 914-1670.” So I did what any mid-30s, outdoorsy and somewhat nerdy woman with an impulsecontrol problem would do. I texted the word “POLE” to the number I spent the next hour waiting for a response and cursing the developers who had designed the Blackberr y without an “un-do” button. Other kinds of classes I sign up for involve registration forms and maybe even a liability waiver. But I had to hand it to Voodoo—anonymity fosters boldness. Just as I was about to forget about the whole thing, I received a response: “See you on Thursday. Wear shorts and a tank top. Don’t use any moisturizing lotion on that day—it makes it harder to grip the pole.” And that is why I headed out one weeknight clad in a spaghetti-strap tank and teeny-tiny shorts that I only ever dared use as sleepwear. Not easily intimidated in the arena of sports, I was surprised at how uncharacteristically self-conscious I was when our gorgeous instructor, Eva, opened the class with a demonstration. Her straight black hair made a perfect arc across her shoulders as she swung around the pole. Although she was petite, her toned legs appeared to extend for miles, each ending with a delicately pointed toe. She owned that pole effortlessly. Using just the right blend of ﬂattery and encouragement, Eva convinced me that I was a natural. For some reason, she had me believing that I had been endowed with a divine gift— that I was born to wrap my half-naked body around brass and spin 360s in the name of entertainment (or ﬁtness). “We’re gonna get you upside down tonight,” she said. “No doubt about it.” As the class progressed, I broke a sweat, hufﬁng and puffVOODOO LOUNGE ing more than I had anticipated. 208-941-2144 My perspective on professional voodooloungeboise.com pole dancers was evolving as rapidly as my heart rate. I had always considered them to be little more than pretty distractions for men in seedy bars, but I was learning that they might actually be high-caliber athletes. As a seasoned marathoner, I’m well-acquainted with quad pain. But for the next four days, the entire right side of my body was wrecked with a muscle soreness unlike any other I had ever experienced. Rolling over in bed was ill-advised, and the upper body action of running made even a slow jog out of the question. While I don’t like being sidelined for any reason, I do enjoy a good ache from an effective workout. I also enjoy being good at sports. So although my “booty pop” is solid, I’ll be back at Voodoo Lounge to work on my “inverted corkscrew.” Uh ... I mean my internal core strength. —Sarah Barber WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
GOOSE CREEK RUNOFF—Register online at goosecreekrunoff. com for this 10K or four-mile race to be held at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. There is also a one-mile kids race. $20-$45, goosecreekrunoff.com. HAILEY FOURTH OF JULY CRITERIUM—Registration opens at Wiseguy and KB’s at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4, for this race, to be held after the parade in downtown Hailey. $35, haileyidaho.com. IDAHO STATE CRITERIUM CHAMPIONSHIP—Register online at new.sportsbaseline.com through Friday, Aug. 5, for this criterium to be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. $10$30, lostrivercycling.org. TABLE ROCK CHALLENGE— Register online at bluecirclesports.com through race day for this 4.5-mile run up Shaw Mountain to Table Rock Bluffs and back, for a total of nine miles, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. $25-$35. YOGA IN THE GARDEN—Call 208-343-8649 to register for this yoga class to be held on four consecutive Tuesday mornings at 8:45 a.m. beginning July 5. Open to all skill levels. $30 member, $45 nonmember. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Events & Workshops 2011 BASEBALL CAMP—Kids receive two days of exclusive instruction by Hawks players and coaches during this camp, along with a T-shirt, two tickets to a game a certiﬁcate of completion and an autograph session with the team. Wednesday, July 6, 8 a.m.-noon, and Thursday, July 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $80. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208322-5000, boisehawks.com. BOISE CRICKET CLUB LEAGUE GAME—Head to the park to watch two of the Boise Cricket Club’s three teams play. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise. BOISE HAWKS BASEBALL—vs. Yakima Bears. Monday, July 4, 7:35 p.m.; Tuesday, July 5, and Wednesday, July 6, 7:15 p.m. $7-$12. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000, boisehawks.com.
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BEHIND THE CURTAIN A photo essay of what goes on in a restaurant kitchen WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY GUY HAND Few worlds revolve in such tight orbit and yet are so starkly dissimilar as the “front of the house,” or dining area of a restaurant, and the seldom-seen kitchen area, or “back of the house.” As you sip your syrah comfortably ensconced in serene, softly lit surroundings, the restaurant’s kitchen staff are likely doing battle in an environment that resembles the cramped, overheated chaos of a submarine. Fires ﬂare, knives ﬂash and orders are barked. Split-second decisions can mean life or death to a rare ribeye or somebody’s job. The back of the house can also be exhilarating, nearly heroic, full of dedicated people doing precise, physically demanding work for hours on end. At times it can also be a hell of a lot of fun. For this photo essay, I hung out during three weekend nights at four of downtown Boise’s biggest restaurants. And for letting me peek behind the curtain, I’d like to thank the folks at Red Feather Lounge, Bittercreek Ale House, Fork and Berryhill & Co.
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Clockwise from the right: FORK 199 N. Eighth St. 208-287-1700 boisefork.com RED FEATHER LOUNGE / BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE 246 N. Eighth St. 208-429-6340 justeatlocal.com BERRYHILL AND CO. 121 N. Ninth St. 208-387-3553 johnberryhillrestaurants.com
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Co-op sushi counter? Sriracha-cha.
SUNSETS, SUSHI AND BEER Sunset Magazine, a glossy monthly mag that covers travel, food and design in 13 Western states, recently named the Capital City Public Market one of the top 10 farmers markets in the West. Ranked at No. 6, the CCPM is sandwiched between the Santa Fe Farmers Market in Santa Fe, N.M., and the San Joaquin Farmers Market in Stockton, Calif. According to the article, the top “ﬁnd” at the Boise market is a new booth: “See those folks walking around with mason-jar mugs? Follow them to the BuckSnort Root Beer booth, where on tap is Bellevue, Idaho-brewed tea that blends molasses, cane juice, wintergreen and natural roots like licorice and a sassafras extract. Imagine, a soda that’s actually good for you.” To read the entire piece, visit sunset.com. Speaking of good for you, Boise Co-op has been offering a stash of under-theradar, super-cheap, in-house sushi next to its meat counter. Apparently word has gotten out. A few weeks ago, the co-op opened a full-time, made-to-order sushi counter next to the brats and sausages. Though prices have gone up—from around $4.99 to $6.99 a roll—you can now dream up and order your own sushi, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Roll options include fresh items like Chilean rock crab, hamachi tuna, mango, avocado, sunﬂower seeds and kabayaki sauce. The co-op uses mostly organic produce in its sushi, only serves natural pickled ginger without food coloring or 47
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Brewforia might be a beer store ﬁrst but we aren’t pulling your leg: the pulled pork sandwich is easily one of the best.
BREWFORIA AT BOWN Brewforia isn’t kidding around. One ﬂank of the Bown Crossing cafe and market is occupied by snaking shelves, displaying hundreds of beers from ﬂoor to ceiling like an alcoholic parody of an academic library. One half expects to see a bespectacled tavern keeper climbing a stepladder to reach a rare porter. Despite there being so many varieties of beer, the space is miraculously uncluttered, with polished concrete ﬂoors and wooden tables bathed in natural light from the large front windows. It’s exactly the sort of place where one can truly unwind with a beer sans ﬂashing neon. Co-owner Chris Oates said a beer only stays on tap for a few days until the keg runs dry and is swapped out for something else. Oates also said that Brewforia’s second location is working to implement a rotating cast of food specials. “It’s fun for us as beer-lovers to have different beers on tap,” he said. “It’s the same thing with food. We’re here all the time, and we like to try different things.” Unfortunately, when BW visited, none of those new things were vegetarian, as my dining companion quickly noticed. The clerk suggested the Old World sandwich ($6.99), with granny smith apples, balsamic caramelized onions, arugula and bleu cheese, hold the ham. BREWFORIA AT BOWN Carnivores, on the other 3073 S. Bown Way hand, do well at Brewforia. I 208-342-1916 selected the pulled pork sandbrewforia.com wich, The Charleston ($6.99), along with a watermelon ale. The pork was a high-quality cut and had none of the soggy or stringy texture the dish is notorious for. Instead, it had a ﬁrm, yet tender consistency and was marinated in a tangy Carolina mustard. Though the coleslaw was unremarkable, it was a dry mix that did little to degrade the structural integrity of the soft sourdough hoagie roll. Between the bright ﬂavors and the ﬁrmness, it was easily the best pulled pork this reviewer has had in Boise. Oates, however, is quick to mention that although his chef graduated magna cum laude from the Le Cordon Bleu program in Portland, Ore., the menu is beer-not food-based. “It’s deﬁnitely good food, but it’s secondary,” he said. “We’re a beer store ﬁrst and a restaurant second.” But if pulled pork like that is what comes from prioritizing beer over food in menu selection, then let’s hope more local restaurants follow suit. Now, if Brewforia can just ﬁnd a beer that goes well with some vegetarian grub. —Josh Gross
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WITBIERS No country in Europe offers a more diverse array of beer styles than Belgium. From thirst-quenching pilsners and lowalcohol table beers to strong ales and heady lambics, there’s deﬁnitely something for everyone. For summer consumption, one of my favorites is witbier. These refreshing wheat brews are marked by ample carbonation and are lightly ﬂavored with a mixture of herbs called gruit (typically including coriander and orange peel). Here are three delicious examples, two from Belgium and one hailing from Missouri. BOULEVARD BREWING ZON BEER This Kansas City entry is named for the Flemish word for sun. It’s a cloudy custard color in the glass with a thin, shortlived head. It offers lemon zest and freshly proofed yeast on the nose, with lightly ﬂoral hops and spice. On the palate, it has a pleasant sour tang with soft lemon and a touch of pepper. There is a bit more of a hop presence than is typical, but overall it’s a nice nod to the style. HOEGAARDEN WITBIER This beer pours a hazy, light straw color with a thick, whipped egg-white head that lingers. The aromas are a pleasant mix of fresh hay, ripe citrus and spice, while the ﬂavors are a balanced mix of sweet fruit and sour mash. You get hits of fresh bread, apricot, orange and banana, with subtle spice and a long ﬁnish. Just a light kiss of hops lurk in the background in this completely refreshing brew. WITTEKERKE AUTHENTIC BELGIAN WHEAT BEER This offering from Belgium’s Bavik brewery has the same hazy color as the Hoegaarden, but the froth on top is less dense and collapses more quickly. The crisp, clean aromas are marked by soft citrus, wheat and spice. In the mouth, it’s ﬁrm and dry with creamy Meyer lemon, yeasty grain. A touch of basil and spice linger nicely on the ﬁnish. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN RE: Anthony Gilberto Carvajal Case No. CV NC 1111476 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Anthony G Carvajal, now residing in the City of Meridian, State of Idaho, had been ﬁled in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Anthony Cale. The reason for the change in name is: I would like my stepfathers name since he is the one who raised me. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 o’clock p.m. on August 11, 2011 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be ﬁled by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: June 20, 2011 CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: Deirdre Price Deputy Clerk Pub. June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 2011.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): When astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon on the spacecraft Apollo 11 in 1969, he was paid less than $8 a day. That has to stand as one of the most flagrant cases of underpaid labor ever— far worse than what you’ve had to endure in your career. I suggest you keep Aldrin’s story in mind during the next six months as you meditate steadily on the future of your relationship with making money. Hopefully, it will help keep you in an amused and spacious and philosophical frame of mind—which is the best possible attitude to have as you scheme and dream about your financial master plan for the years ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): After meditating on your astrological omens for the rest of 2011, I’ve picked out the guiding words that best suit your needs. They’re from mythologist Joseph Campbell: “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Now here’s a corollary from Spanish poet Antonio Machado: “Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more; there is no road—you make the road by walking. Turning to look behind, you see the path you will never travel again.” GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was a charismatic activist whose writing and speeches had a big impact on leftist politics in the first half of the 20th century. Unlike some of her fellow travelers, she wasn’t a dour, dogmatic proselytizer. She championed a kind of liberation that celebrated beauty and joy. “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution,” she is alleged to have told a sourpuss colleague. As you contemplate the radical transformations, you might like to cultivate in your own sphere during the coming months, Gemini, I suggest you adopt a similar attitude. Make sure your uprisings include pleasurable, even humorous elements. Have some fun with your metamorphoses. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A while back, I asked my readers to propose a new name for your sign. “Cancer” has a bit of a negative connotation, after all. Many people suggested “Dolphin” as a replacement, which I like. But the two ideas that most captivated my imagination were “Gateway” and “Fount.” I probably won’t be able to convince the astrological community to permanently adopt either of these uplifting designations, but I encourage you to try them to see how they feel. This is a good time to experiment: For the next 12 months, you will have substantial potential to embody the highest meanings of both.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The year’s half over, Leo. Let’s talk about what you want to make happen in the next six months. My analysis of the astrological omens suggests that it’ll be an excellent time to formulate a long-term master plan and outline, in detail, what you will need to carry it out. For inspiration, read this pep talk from philosopher Jonathan Zap: “An extremely effective and grounded magical practice is to identify your big dreams, the missions you really need to accomplish in this lifetime. The test of a big dream comes from asking yourself, ‘Will I remember this well on my death bed?’ If you have a big dream, you will probably find that to accomplish it will require a minimum of two hours of devoted activity per day.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “The passion to explore is at the heart of being human,” said Carl Sagan. “This impulse—to go, to see, to know—has found expression in every culture.” But Steven Dutch, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, disagrees. He says there’ve been lots of societies that have had little interest in exploration. Africans never discovered Madagascar or the Cape Verde archipelago, for example. Few Asian cultures probed far and wide. During a thousand years of history, ancient Romans ignored Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and made only minimal forays to India and China. Where do you personally fit on the scale of the human exploratory urge, Virgo? Regardless of what you’ve done in the past, I bet you’ll be on the move in the coming months. Your hunger for novelty and unfamiliarity should be waxing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the coming months, it’s likely you will experience more action than usual—some of it quite expansive—in your astrological eighth house. Traditional astrologers call this the sphere of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but I refer to it as the realm of deep connection, altered states of awareness, and lyrical interludes that educate and enrich your emotional intelligence. Are you ready to have your habit mind rewired, your certainties reworked and your pleasures reconfigured? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I hope that in the first half of 2011 you have been doing some devoted work on tidying up the messy old karma that had been interfering with the free flow of grace into your intimate relationships. If there’s still work to be done on that noble task, throw yourself into it now. The renaissance of togetherness is due to begin soon and last for many months. You don’t want any lingering ignorance, self-deceit or lack of compassion to gum it up.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1498, Leonardo da Vinci completed one of his masterworks, the mural known as “The Last Supper.” Nineteen years later, the paint had begun to flake off, and by 1556 Leonardo’s biographer considered the whole thing to be “ruined.” Over the centuries, further deterioration occurred, even as many experts tried to restore and repair it. The most recent reclamation project, finished in 1999, lasted more than two decades. I hope that in the coming months, Sagittarius, you will show a similar dedication to the high art of regeneration. Please work hard on bringing vitality back to what has fallen into stagnancy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Last year, I asked Capricorns whether you ever obsessed on your longing to such a degree that you missed actually satisfying them. In response, a reader named John G. sent me the following corrective message: “We Capricorns comprehend the futility of too much longing. We understand it can be a phantasm that gets in the way of real accomplishment. It’s like a telephone that keeps ringing somewhere but can’t be found. We don’t waste energy on dreamy feelings that may or may not be satisfied, since that energy is so much better funneled into mastering the details that will bring us useful rewards.” I’m here to tell you that the coming months will be an excellent time to make use of the capacities John G. describes. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you,” sang Bob Marley. “You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” How are you doing on that score, Aquarius? Have you been discerning in picking out allies whose value to you is so high that you’re willing to deal with their moments of unconsciousness? Have you created a family and community that bless you far more than they drain you? The next 10 months will be an excellent time to concentrate on refining this part of your life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Any minute now, you might start learning at a faster rate than you have since 2000. Any day now, you will be less bored than you have been since 2006, and any week now, you will be expressing more spontaneity than you have since early 2010. Any month now, Pisces, you will find yourself able to access more of your visionary intelligence than you have since maybe 2007. What does it all mean? You may not feel an amazing, spectacular, extraordinary degree of personal unity tomorrow, but you will soon begin building toward that happy state. By December, I bet you’ll be enjoying an unprecedented amount of it.
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