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HOT AND HOMELESS Summer’s big challenges for Boise’s homeless FEATURE 15

MOTHER LOAD Rare Earth Elements could be Idaho’s next mining boom SCREEN 35

MASHED POTATOES AND SEX Tabloid doc chronicles kidnapping and craziness FOOD 39

BERRY SMART THINKING Even city slickers forage for fruit

“Mega-load is a term designed for demagoguery.”


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NOTE YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF ECLECTIC Each year the Idaho Press Club solicits entries for awards from media throughout the state. In the general excellence category for weekly newspapers, the press club randomly selects a handful of issue dates and asks that, should we choose to compete, we submit those issues. Lately there have been a few issues I would gladly submit for judging, and this week’s issue is one of them—if only for the eclectic collection of stories you’d never see sharing column inches anywhere else. Things kick off with “The Mean Streets,” a piece about homelessness in the heat. Though the community really takes notice of the city’s homeless population on a night when the mercury drops below freezing, sweltering summer afternoons can be just as hazardous to the people living in the elements. In Citizen this week, a pair of mega-load supporters explain their position with a bid to rename the loads “oversized” rather than “mega.” (I recently saw a tweet snickering over the pornographic connotation of the term mega-loads, so they just might have a point …) The main feature, “Rare Find,” is where you should be ready to really dig into this issue. Reporter Zach Hagadone explains how China’s decrease in the export of rare earth elements could significantly affect Idaho. Why should you care? Because those rare earth elements are in just about everything you own with a power button, and they could be the Gem State’s next mining boom. And in A&E, we hear from former editor-in-chief Bingo Barnes on a book out about Burning Man from a fellow alt weekly-ite and burner. Next to Barnes’ piece, the main Screen piece this week might be the most alternative thing in this issue. Sex, fried chicken and kidnapped Mormon missionaries make for an undoubtedly juicy read and, according to reviewer George Prentice, a wacky big-screen watch. Skipping through the final pages, we have a piece about a retiree who forced a change in public land fees by refusing to pay a fine, and finally, in Food, reporter Tara Morgan goes on the hunt for free fruits and veggies in the wilds of the city jungle. —Rachael Daigle

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BIKES NOT BANS Citizens for an Open Greenbelt took to the section of the pathway in Garden City on which bikes are prohibited to protest the ban. Slideshow and details at Citydesk.

IDAHO IS ALL RED FACE Gallup finally confirmed what those of us who’ve lived in Idaho have suspected a long time: Idaho is among the reddest in the nation—second only to Utah, in fact. And that news was on the heels of another Gallup report that Idaho gives President Barack Obama the lowest approval rating in the nation.

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MEAN WH IL E . . . D R A C U L A COU LD E XP E CT A ST EL L AR A P P R O VA L R AT I N G I N I DA HO SO LONG AS H E WA S S E R V I N G A N D/ OR RU NNI NG AS A REPUBLICAN AND/OR TEA [INSERT ACC EPTAB L E NOM E NC L AT U R E HE RE ] . ” —Mike Murphy, (Citydesk, “Idahoans Give Obama Lowest Approval Rating,” Aug. 8, 2011)

DEMS RIGHT ON $$ When the final tax receipt numbers through the end of the 2011 fiscal year are in, the state will have $85.3 million more than estimated by the governor or legislative Republicans. The majority of the surplus will be distributed to schools. But that is only because federal law requires it. The distribution of these surplus funds has come so late that school districts cannot include them in their current budgets for the 20112012 school year. The damage is already done. Remember this last legislative session when we were told that we had no choice but to cut vital services? The Republican budget forecast was intentionally low. It purposefully ignored the expert testimony of professional economists inside and outside of government. And it resulted in a budget that significantly underfunded public schools, colleges and the help needed for the disabled and mentally ill. It caused layoffs of state employees and private sector workers and has likely impaired the state’s ability to oversee the performance of its contractors. None of this needed to happen. During the legislative session, we Democrats fought these cuts as being shortsighted and unnecessary and we were right. By next June

30, the state may well be running a budget surplus of $100 million to $200 million. This is an opportunity to reconsider the harmful cuts made last session. Besides starving our schools and vital health and welfare services, this artificial surplus also creates compounded problems going forward. The FY 2012 budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, is built on the FY 2011 forecast, which was built on a faulty assumption. So relying on the artificially low budget for FY 2010, the Republicans projected that state revenues would only grow from the 2011 base by 3 percent to $2.430 billion for the fiscal year ending next June 30. That is the 2012 budget number. But we know that 2011, the fiscal year that just ended, resulted in actual revenue of $2.444 billion, which is more than that projected for the fiscal year we are now in. Even if there is no growth, there will be a surplus when the current budget year ends next June 30. Meanwhile our government agencies are stuck with the slashed budgets previously set. We call on the governor to help all the citizens and rework the 2012 current budget in view of the needs of the state, our citizens and the money available. If it takes a special session to recognize reality, so be it.

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—Rep. Grant Burgoyne, Boise, Rep. Bill Killen, McCall

DAMAGE DONE So, American people, do you want the good news, or do you want the bad news? Good news is, we averted a first-time-in-history default on our nation’s debts. Bad news is, the economy and full faith and credit of the United States were damaged by an invented crisis Republicans imposed on the rest of America. It’s not a sign of fiscal discipline not to pay your bills. Credit agencies look at your ability to pay and your willingness to pay. Thanks to right wing extremists, Congress has demonstrated an unwillingness to pay. It’s a disgrace to purposely default on one’s debts. The Tea Party crowd’s hyper-partisanship has dragged down our GDP, sunk the stock market and messed with the global financial world, sending a tremendous blow to investors and a downtick in consumer confidence and spending—which affects jobs, the No. 1 issue. It’s a blatant lie that tax and deficit cuts create jobs. Companies hire solely because of demand, nothing else. Where does demand come from? People having jobs and paychecks to spend. Thousands of construction workers, unemployed because of the housing bust, could be put to work right now on roads and infrastructure. We have a set of trade deals already negotiated that Congress needs 6 to pass. Congress

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MAIL just went on a fiveweek holiday, abandoning a stalled FAA bill containing 200 airport construction projects, leaving 4,000 FAA employees furloughed and 74,000 construction workers idle. Our roads, schools and sewers are crumbling, while our tax base is shrinking, thanks to delusional Republicans who insist we must have severe cuts and no revenue, which means less money to do anything. Come election day, the people will remember the party of the uncompromising, the unreasonable and the reckless. —Sherrie Goff, Pocatello 5

in order to lengthen the time before a revision is needed. Being part of a family that has had two members diagnosed with cancer, I am grateful to people like Ms. Benincasa who provide opportunity and support to

those in need. I hope she is able to channel her boundless energy for running into other activities and continue to support this wonderful organization she founded. —Jim Pape, Boise


STOP RUNNING Kudos to Robyn Benincasa for founding Project Athena to aid “survivors of medical, physical or emotional events” as described in the Aug. 10 publication of Boise Weekly (Rec, “Becoming a Goddess). It sounds like an organization that is filling a great need here in Idaho and around the country. However as a physical therapist who routinely treats patients following joint replacement surgery, I feel her choice to continue running after replacement surgery is misguided at best and potentially dangerous. Long distance running is not recommended following total hip replacement surgery. If a patient does decide to run they have a strong possibility of experiencing bone and/or implant failure. It appears that this is exactly what happened to Ms. Benincasa. Orthopedic surgeons can only perform a few revisions to failed hip replacement surgeries. Once revision is no longer an option patients have to suffer the pain and disability of unfunctional joints for the rest of their lives. I would highly recommend that Ms. Benincasa, and any patient who has undergone joint replacement surgery, to find other modes of activity (bicycling, kayaking, swimming) rather than running

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Guido’s on Chinden Boulevard is lobbying hard for votes on its readerboard and The Cakeballers sent a box of goodies to BWHQ (below).

BEST OF BOISE WANNABES GET CREATIVE Best of Boise polling has officially set a record. Since online voting went live on July 20, we’ve had more people vote than ever before. And there’s still almost two weeks left. Neither of these photos should be considered an endorsement of one business over another. They’re simply examples of creative ways Best of Boise hopefuls are soliciting votes. Cast your ballot at before midnight on Sunday, Aug. 28. —Rachael Daigle WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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UNSOCIAL INSECURITY The GOP is a self-inflicted wound Just a word up front in the interest of full disclosure: I am—and have been for almost two years—receiving a monthly allowance from the federal government. That’s right, along with a growing number of Baby Boomers and a decreasing number of the Greatest Generation, I put some portion of the food in my belly and the roof over my head by the grace of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s best idea ever: the Social Security Administration. Normally, I don’t like discussing my finances with anyone, especially total strangers like you, dear readers. But in light of the radical right’s aspirations to whack the government program intended to ensure there is a minimum of old people starving to death on the street, I find it necessary to inform you that I benefit from that program before I write another word about it. Besides, I have to admit that knowing this column—which I have heard is not terribly popular among the radical right crowd, hah hah—is being subsidized in part by those very people who hate it the most gives me a measure of satisfaction that I could not get solely from the process of writing. Yes, I get an enormous fulfillment, week after week, explaining how stupid conservatives are. But it is a delicious bonus for me to reflect now and then on how I am free to do what I do (pointing out how stupid conservatives are) thanks in some degree to the tax dollars collected by the SSA from those very conservatives. Hah hah hah hah hah. What’s a matter, Mr. Tea Bagger? Don’t you think that’s funny? U Now, I must present you with more evidence of just how damn stupid conservatives are. Thanks to a recent article in a periodical from the American Association of Retired People (September-October 2011, magazine), I learned something about Social Security I didn’t know before. But before sharing this tidbit (which I wager most of you don’t know, either), I must qualify my description of “stupid conservatives.” We should be honest and exact here, as we’re dealing with the future of America. So in the spirit of honesty and exactness, I am obliged to say that not all conservatives are stupid. Most of them are, certainly. Just listen to a few minutes of Fox News or a Republican caucus press conference and you will wonder how any of those people ever found work outside of the cardboard recycling industry. However, there are conservatives out there plenty smart enough to have figured out how to make zillions of unearned dollars off the stupidity of, and with the complicity of, the Republican hierarchy. Oil barons are a prime example—not only do they break their own profit records year after year, but they have convinced the very dumbest political leaders in places like Oklahoma, Texas

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and Louisiana that they need tax breaks and government subsidies to continue. And need I say, there are always obliging Congressmen (especially in places like Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana) who, for fat wads of campaign cash, will not only defend the subsidies and tax breaks but will go the extra mile and declare global warming to be a hoax? So the rich not only get richer, they also manage to keep a lot more of it than we common people do, thanks to the drudgy doggedness of conservative politicians who insist—in spite of all evidence to the contrary—that sooner or later, some of that wealth will trickle down to us common people. Hah hah hah hah hah! But as to Social Security, we are all equal in paying into that, aren’t we? At least, the rich are putting their fair share into that common cause that keeps old people from starving to death on the streets. Aren’t they? No, they aren’t. As I learned from AARP, if you make more than $106,800 a year— no matter how much more than that you make, be it $106,801 or $5 billion, as one hedge fund manager is reported to have made in 2010—you only pay FICA taxes on the first $106,800. Are you following me? Better question: Can you believe it? Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, the Koch brothers, Sam Walton’s kids—multi-multi-billionaires, all—contribute no more to that common fund than a lowly middle manager. And that’s not to mention the people who make a measly $1 million a year. In AARP’s estimate (and let me say, I would trust an AARP analysis more than I’d trust a corporate jet full of Republican senators flying down to a Koch brothers barbecue) that if this arbitrary cap was raised to just $190,000, it would make up for 31 percent of the feared shortfall in the Social Security fund—not expected for another 25 years, anyway. If there were no cap, if it were eliminated altogether, the shortfall would be corrected by 99 percent. In other words, if the wealthy paid the same rate as you and I, there would be no crisis with Social Security—not 25 years from now or ever. But raising or eliminating that cap would be, in effect, a tax increase, wouldn’t it? And what serves as leadership among Republicans these days (hah hah) have, almost to the last venal creep, pledged to never, ever—under any circumstance even if it means old people starving on the street or America going tits up—raise a tax. We know what the rich get out of such a pledge, don’t we? Richer. And we know what the Republican leaders get for making such ruinous promises. Ka-ching! But what do the people who vote for these bums get? Other than, as time goes on, more obviously stupid. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


DOWN AND OUT AT 1600 What I would do if I were Obama Throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, Americans have been preoccupied with jobs. Unemployed people need work. The underemployed need more work. The employed want salaries that go up instead of down. The economy is the only issue that everyone cares about. In this single-issue environment, any idiot could have been a successful president. All Obama had to do was express sympathy and understanding while announcing a bunch of jobs initiatives. But Obama has focused on everything except jobs. According to the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll, Obama’s approval rating is down to 39 percent. The crappy economy—and Obama’s inaction—is the cause. “Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted “present” (instead of “yea” or “nay”) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues,” wrote Drew Westen in a New York Times op-ed. Does he suffer a character flaw alluded to in Westen’s piece, that he doesn’t know who he is? I don’t think so. I think eight years of George W. Bush caused Americans to make a mistake. Obama was calm, so they assumed he was wise. He is calm. But that doesn’t make him smart. Let’s be logical. Let’s assume that appearances don’t lie—that Obama doesn’t


lose sleep over the fact that he’s presiding over a disaster that makes 9/11 look like a joke. Let us further stipulate that Obama isn’t stupid. That he’s merely another cynical and/ or corrupt politician. If nothing else, he ought to care about getting re-elected. If I were in Obama’s shoes, I’d hold press conferences to talk about jobs every day. I’d talk about jobs until the media was sick of it. I’d couchsurf with families who were suffering, cameras rolling as I pretended to care. Most importantly, I’d set up next year’s TV attack ads. I wouldn’t let a week go by without proposing some piece of legislation related to creating jobs. I’d send Congress huge publics-works bills to hire millions to work for federal agencies. I’d push for higher unemployment benefits, payments that don’t expire until you find a job. Tax breaks for companies that hire. Tax deductions for those that give raises. Penalties for outsourcing jobs. I’d keep the Bush tax cuts, but only for the poor and middle class. Let the Republicans kill my ideas. All the better for my 2012 ad buy. Of course, a president can accomplish a lot by executive order. Remember how Apple had more ready cash than the U.S. Treasury? Since America obviously needs the money more than Steve Jobs, Obama could have nationalized it and given it to the states. American voters are so defeated and disgusted that they no longer demand a president like FDR or LBJ, who fights for them. They’ll settle for one who goes through the motions. The question for Obama and his advisers is: Are they smart enough to pretend to care about the only issue that matters to voters?


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THE MEAN STREETS Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise Hawks General Manager Todd Rahr listen to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.

INSIDE BASEBALL Not everybody in the conference room of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 15 was a dyed-in-the-wool Chicago Cubs fan. “For the record, I won’t change my allegiance just to suck up,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. “I’m a Twins fan.” But Bieter was more than happy to name Aug. 15 as Chicago Cubs Day in Boise. “If I come back every year, will I get another proclamation?” asked Tom Ricketts, chairman and owner of the Cubs. “Absolutely,” responded Bieter. The occasion was more than a gathering of Chicago fans who echo, “Wait ’til next year,” every fall (the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945). In fact, the event was the latest effort to fan the flames for a new multi-use stadium for Boise (BW, News, “A New Field of Dreams?” June 29, 2011). “In all honesty, the current facility here is below standard,” said Ricketts, referring to Memorial Stadium in Garden City. “I’ve walked through the stadium. It’s in bad shape.” Ricketts reminded the gathering that when the Cubs and Boise Hawks (the Cubs’ Single A farm team) sit down to renew their contract in the next couple of years, an effort moving toward a new facility “will be an important factor.” Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Hawks, said there were only three Major League baseball brands recognized around the world—the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs. Rahr made it clear that he didn’t want Yankee pinstripes anywhere near the Hawks logo. “I couldn’t stomach that,” he said to a room full of laughter. Ricketts, whose family purchased the Cubs in 2009, reminded Boiseans that the Hawks have very close ties to the Cubs. “Eight players in our current Chicago clubhouse have played for the Hawks,” said Ricketts. “Half of our Triple A club [in Iowa] have played in Boise, and I’d say most of our Double A team [in Tennessee] have played here.” The Better Boise Coalition, the group behind the stadium effort, continues to solicit support for the stadium, asking individuals and businesses to contribute to the Boise Metro Chamber Stadium Account. Suggested amounts in its brochure range from $500 to $2,000, though it also has a spot for “other,” where potential donors can write in their own figure. —George Prentice

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Summer pushes more homeless into shelters LIZZY DUFFY The summer of 2011 has, for many Boiseans, been a delight. Temperatures edging toward triple digits usually nudge citizens toward a sidewalk cafe for iced tea, or a picnic by the lake, or, at the very least, their air-conditioned homes and cars. But the same heat is life-threatening for Boise’s most vulnerable population—the hundreds of men, women and children who consider the scorching pavement their living room. For the city’s homeless, the few options to keep cool evaporate as day turns to twilight. The doors to Interfaith Sanctuary at 1620 River St. in Boise swing open at 5:30 p.m. for families and at 6 p.m. for individuals. Seven nights a week, without exception, people pour through Interfaith Sanctuary’s doors, drop their backpacks and sprint to a makeshift cafeteria for a drink of water. Children scramble for a pile of used toys and settle in to watch a movie in the cool building. For the homeless, summer is a constant test of survival against Idaho’s brutal, high desert temperatures. “There’s just no way to escape the heat,” said resident Mary Hone, 28, moving her hand through her short, dark hair. Her tank top revealed tan lines with the distinct signs of sunburn. Her 1-year-old daughter Jade grabbed at toys in a small chest, squealing with delight and showing off the beginnings of a toothy grin. Mary returned a tired smile. She spent the day at the downtown Boise Public Library, keeping her infant out of the hot weather. She worried about a regular battle against exhaustion and dehydration. Her husband, Michael David Hone, 45, set aside a walking stick before sitting down at Interfaith Sanctuary, his first seat in hours. A low-brim hat wards off harmful rays to his face, but his arms and legs were dark and weathered from exposure. Michael panhandles nearly every day to support his family. On a good day, he said he makes $35. “Only made a dollar today,” he said. “I had sunburn on my knees so bad at the beginning of the summer that I couldn’t walk,” said Michael. He explained that he spends five to six hours a day without shade to accept anything people have to give. The family first arrived at Interfaith Sanctuary in September 2010 but was familiar to homelessness. The couple described themselves as disabled; each has a long list of ailments that restrict them in the job market. While they receive food stamps and a bed in the shelter as they determine their next move, Mary and Michael expressed a struggle in

Robert Castle, homeless, watches as Interfaith shift manager Lisa Veaudry calms Talen, 2 months old.

dealing with the heat on top of their other priorities. Mary covers Jade’s stroller with a sheer cloth to keep her out of the sun, but after immediate expenses sunscreen is the last thing on their minds. “There are more health risks in the summer than in the winter,” said Jayne Sorrels, executive director and co-founding member of Interfaith Sanctuary. “It’s harder to get out of the sun and the heat than it is to get warm.” Sorrels worried that the homeless don’t always understand what they need in the heat, putting them in danger of sunstroke, heat stroke and dehydration. Interfaith Sanctuary is a resource in the evening, while Corpus Christi Day Shelter, at 525 Americana Blvd., provides a small but welcome retreat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Boise Rescue Mission, which operates the River of Life, the region’s largest shelter for men at 575 S. 13th St., was well prepared for this summer’s heat. Executive Director Bill Roscoe said the mission’s donation center was appropriately well stocked with water. “We’ve been doing this for a long time,” said Roscoe. “Nothing surprises us.” A January census of the homeless indicated a distinct increase in the number of shelter residents but a decrease in those on the streets. Fewer people may be considered without a place to stay, but the region’s shelters have been packed. While the failed economy has driven more people into homelessness, Sorrels acknowledged that this summer’s scorching temperatures pushed even more people into the region’s shelters. “We’ve been at bed capacity before,” said Sorrels. “But we’ve never been to these numbers, even in the winter time.” Interfaith Sanctuary has 126 beds for the homeless, but this summer’s numbers have

pushed closer to its building capacity of 155. In fact, so many people have come to Interfaith Sanctuary this summer that employees and volunteers ask some male residents to sleep outside, under a carport in the back parking lot. “We know that this is not the solution, but it is what we can do,” said Sorrels. Boise Rescue Mission regularly houses an average of 350 people per night at its three facilities in Boise and Nampa. City Light, the mission’s women’s and children’s home at 1404 W. Jefferson St., continues to see a significant increase in the summer months. Between June and August 2010, City Light hosted an average of 72 people per night, a previous high. But this summer, guest services director Rosie Dice said the women’s shelter was pushed to a new average high of more than 90. Dice said City Light doesn’t turn away anyone looking for shelter. “We work with what we have,” said Dice. “We believe that God will keep providing.” Elizabeth Kelly, 54, became homeless earlier this summer after losing her job and being evicted from her house. She now shares a shelter with 95 women, referring to them as “the ladies.” Kelly said many of her new roommates at City Light struggle with the heat, particularly those with children. “I can’t even imagine [taking care of a child],” said Kelly. “I just think it would be hard. Just being homeless alone is hard, and I’m an adult.” This summer, City Light has given some residents the option to stay inside during the day, though usually residents are encouraged to leave the building. Additionally children’s playtime is planned so that children avoid the midday heat. Robert Castle, 39, has lived at Interfaith Sanctuary off and on for the past two years. As a single male, 12 Castle said he qualified for very WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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NEWS little government assistance. He was fortunate enough to get a job painting houses, and he said he was in the process of saving some money in order to support himself. “For myself, I’m always set. I make sure of it,” he said. Castle is two tests away from achieving his GED, and then he plans to get his driver’s license before starting an undergraduate education. 10

To beat the heat, Castle said he drinks a lot of water and stays in the shade when possible, but summers in Boise are just hot. “In the wintertime, you’re walking all the time. In the summertime, you just can’t travel like that because, yeah, it kills you,” he said with a shrug. “You pack the pack, and you’re sweating, so you’re about dead when you walk from here to [River of Life] for lunch. I’m surprised we haven’t had more people collapse.”

BECOMING A REAL CO-OP New Boise Co-op bylaws reflect renewed member focus TARA MORGAN At the Boise Co-op board meeting called during the Ken Kavanagh firing debacle in January, when incensed co-op members filled every open seat in St. John’s Parish, most had something in common: It was the first time they had ever attended a co-op meeting. But now that the co-op has a new general manager, Ben Kuzma, and a renewed focus on cooperative values, it wants to change that. On Aug. 1, Boise Co-op officially became a member of the National Cooperative Grocer’s Association. According to Michael Boss, co-op media director, NCGA membership gives Boise Co-op “access to the second-largest natural foods-buying group outside of Whole Foods.” The co-op board of directors also updated its bylaws on Aug. 5 to reflect the seven principles adopted by the 1995 general assembly of the International Co-operative Alliance. These new bylaws, though sprinkled with legalese, attempt to make the co-op a more democratic institution and ratchet up member involvement. “We’re trying to be a more transparent organization. We’re thinking of [the members] as part owners of this business,” said Kuzma. “So we want them to become actively involved and help us make this the best business.” One of the biggest changes to the bylaws involves patronage dividends. The co-op is now required to dispense at least 20 percent of profits from member purchases back to co-op members. Profits made from nonmember purchases are taxed and, therefore, not redistributed. “Every dollar that comes in through a member purchase is profit that can be given back to the members. If we want to give it all back to the members, then that’s fine, but often we want to keep some for putting back into the business,” said Kuzma. “But operating as a co-op, you have to give at least 20 percent of your profits back to your members.”

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The co-op board will meet in July 2012 to review profits from the current fiscal year and decide the exact percentage that they will redistribute to members. Those first checks will be mailed out sometime in August or September to coincide with the 2012 annual co-op member meeting. “It is based on your purchases, so if somebody spends $5,000 a year shopping here, they’re going to get a proportional rebate check than somebody who spends $500. The more you spend, the more you get back,” said Kuzma. Another big change involves member participation. The new bylaws stipulate that a member “who fails to make a purchase from the co-op for a period of 12 months” will go to inactive status and lose all rights and entitlements of members until they make another purchase. “One of the basic principles of the co-op is that we’ll provide a service to members that are using that service. If you’re not using the service, if you’re not shopping at the store, then you become inactive. You have to have something that defines what a member is and who an active member is, especially for the voting process,” said Kuzma. Other notable additions to the new bylaws include a quorum for conducting business at member meetings—set at 1,000 members in good standing or 3 percent of members in good standing, whichever is less—and a commitment to give better notice of upcoming member meetings. All-in-all, these new bylaws aim to transform the co-op into a more democratic, member-controlled institution. Boss sent out a letter to co-op members on Aug. 16, detailing many of these new changes. “I know a lot of people were paying attention in January—everybody loves a good scandal—but there are lots of exciting new things going on we want our members to know about,” said Boss. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



ALEX LABEAU AND KEN BURGESS The politics and semantics of large loads GEORGE PRENTICE Ever since ExxonMobil first publicly unveiled its mega-load plans in a small room at Moscow City Hall on June 28, 2010, BW has been following the story. The oil giant hopes to roll more than 200 oversized loads up to the Kearl Oil Sands Project from the Port of Lewiston, across U.S. Highway 12, into Montana and up to Alberta, Canada. When ConocoPhillips also asked to move four oversized loads across U.S. 12 to its Billings, Mont., refinery, mega-load opposition grew dramatically. But those in favor of allowing the shipments to roll across Idaho raised their voices as well. Drive Our Economy, a coalition of more than 300 businesses and individuals, began pumping out its message that the oversized loads were good for Idaho. The face of Drive Our Economy is Alex LaBeau, president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry since 2006. LaBeau and Drive Our Economy spokesman Ken Burgess sat down with BW to talk about how their organization has evolved and whether there is life for the coalition after the mega-loads. Did the debate over using U.S. 12 for the mega-loads push the creation of Drive Our Economy? LaBeau: I’m not entirely convinced it was just Highway 12. It was a recognition that we needed to have some sort of mechanism to communicate on transportation issues.


How did you solicit membership for the coalition? LaBeau: IACI was one of the early participants. So we worked with Ken to go out and tell folks why they should be a part of it. Burgess: The original genesis had to do with the precedent of the oversized-load permitting process and the broader implication to commerce across the state. Was there a sense among your coalition members that there was misinformation floating around the mega-load issue? LaBeau: That’s the nature of the beast you deal with, in the instantaneous nature of today’s information trade. Rumors can get out of hand very, very quickly. Early in the mega-loads debate, ConocoPhillips took a lot of the heat because they were, quite simply, the first to ask to move giant loads across U.S. 12, even though they only had four shipments. They invested a fair amount of money and time to move those loads, but meanwhile, ExxonMobil waited in the wings with more than 200 giant rigs. LaBeau: Unfortunately, that’s the case. Did Conoco take an unnecessary amount of heat in this? Absolutely. But this a commerce issue. We deal with 65,000 oversized loads every year in Idaho. Why would we start singling out individual companies? That’s really what raises our concern.

Burgess: I would argue that, in some respect, the Conoco guys got caught up because Exxon was coming. And that introduced the issue of the Kearl Oil Sands. Had it not been about the Kearl Oil Sands and Exxon, I think Conoco would have gotten through fairly easily. LaBeau: The argument evolved into not being about the loads anymore but about the oil sands. Plus this is about the viability of the Port of Lewiston. And there are those who simply don’t want those dams in there [on the Columbia and Snake rivers] and don’t want the port to be viable. But back to the loads themselves. U.S. 12 had not previously seen any rigs of this weight or size ever before. LaBeau: I would dare say that loads of this size are fairly unusual anywhere in the world. That’s a true statement. They are going to draw some attention. But the commerce side of this is that these are shipped in a safe manner that far exceeds any requirements or scrutiny that most other oversized loads receive. Burgess: There have already been oversized loads going up Highway 12–boats, silos. It’s not an unusual thing. But even the Idaho Transportation Department acknowledged that this weight and size was highly unusual for U.S. 12. LaBeau: That’s a fair assessment.


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CITIZEN And what would you say to those who ask why are we having these shipped across the ocean as opposed to manufacturing them here? LaBeau: We have too many constrictions and regulations on fabrication operations in the United States for us to construct a lot of equipment. That’s not just oil equipment. That’s a commerce and industry problem that the United States has placed on itself. 13

After more than a year of scrutiny on the mega-loads issue, what lessons did you learn? Burgess: The contested case hearings were thoroughly impressive to me, especially the amount of effort that ITD went though in working with the companies before finally issuing any permits. LaBeau: One of the good things about living in a state like Idaho is access. I think we need to be able to question things legitimately. Burgess: ITD has said that this is the first time an oversized permit was challenged. I think they were caught off guard and kind of felt their way through it. When and if ITD puts permits in the hands of ExxonMobil, will Drive Our Economy take any credit for that result? LaBeau: I think we were successful in getting good information out to policy makers, decision makers and citizens up and down the state. The ultimate success will be the movement of the loads through the Port of Lewiston, ensuring the viability of the economy, and the port’s part in that. You don’t like the term mega-load. LaBeau: Mega-load is a term designed for demagoguery. Burgess: I believe it’s a term coined by environmental groups to place a picture in a person’s head. What do you prefer? Burgess: We call them oversized loads. The technical ITD term is over-legal loads. It’s pretty overwhelming to consider how many loads that are over the legal limit regularly travel on Idaho roads. Burgess: 65,000 permits last year. If ITD is granting that many permits over the legal limit, isn’t something wrong with where they’re drawing the mark. LaBeau: A lot of times an oversized load has a lighter footprint than your average legal load because they have more axles in place and the distribution is wider. But to issue that many over the legal limit still has to raise a red flag. Burgess: Legal limit could be weight, height or width. It’s the stuff you and I see going down the road every day.

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ITD charges about $1,000-$1,500 per permit per load. Isn’t that too low? LaBeau: No. If anything, nationwide, we might be on the high end. But for a load of this size, it seems like we could be charging a bit more. LaBeau: Look at what the company put into the route. Plus they were asked to put up a $10 million bond. They were asked to do things no other company was ever asked to do. Are you saying our expectations of the oil companies were unreasonably high? LaBeau: I would say that both companies have been extremely generous in their willingness to work with the state in ensuring that those loads roll safely up Highway 12. Is there life for Drive our Economy after the mega-loads? LaBeau: You don’t always keep coalitions together for the sake of staying together. Burgess: The final chapter of this story hasn’t been written. We anticipate, given the past modus operandi of the opposition, even if the permits are granted, they will probably file suit in district court. Do you consider any of that opposition to be radical? LaBeau: I think people can take their statements for what they are. We can do our best to make sure that we’re putting out legitimate information, and if people want to put things out that stir up hysteria or unfounded accusations, so be it. But that’s not what we’re about, and I’m not going to be in the business of throwing labels around. Presuming that Exxon is successful and they begin moving loads on a regular schedule, do you anticipate U.S. 12 becoming a corridor for similar shipments on an ongoing basis? LaBeau: Highways are designed for a lot of reasons, one of them is commerce. If you can expand on the Port of Lewiston’s viability by being able to move shipments across the Continental Divide, using that system efficiently and effectively, then by all means, we should be able to use it. You do acknowledge that U.S. 12 is a very tricky road at night. LaBeau: I grew up in Idaho. It’s not much different than many other mountain roads I’ve been on. And you believe that we should encourage the use of the route for regularly scheduled future mega-load shipments. LaBeau: Absolutely. You have to be able to look at the commercial viability of any highway. That’s why we have institutions like the Idaho Transportation Department issue permits in the first place. We just want to make sure it’s a rational and complete decision, and not based on hearsay and hysterical reaction. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


As China cuts exports of vital hi-tech elements, Idaho’s supply might be the key to the future BY ZACH HAGADONE

hey’re called “rare” earth elements but their uses are anything but uncommon. Make a call with your cell phone and you’re using batteries that rely on rare earths. So do the magnets in your computer hard drive, the technology in your MRI scanner, your camera lens, the red coloration in your television screen and just about any other piece of high-tech equipment you might come into contact with. The high-tech age would not exist as we know it without the 17 rare earth elements listed along the bottom of the Periodic Table.



As a commodity, they’re becoming increasingly valuable, but with global supplies dominated by China—and Chinese industry tightening its exports of REEs—officials in the United States are taking a nervous look at the nation’s perilous stockpile and beginning to consider rare earths as among the most important resources of the 21st century. As Jim Sims, spokesman for REE mining company MolyCorp, told CNN in a May 2010 interview: “The Middle East has oil, but China has rare earths.”

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Sc 39



La 58

Ce 59

Pr 60

Nd 61

Pm 62

Sm 63

Eu 64

Gd 65

Tb 66

Dy 67

Ho 68


YTTRIUM (Y): Combined with other metals to make certain types of lasers; when used with fellow rare earth europium, vital for color television transmissions; also a component of microwave filters. LANTHANUM (La): A jack of all trades. Used for certain types of glass, hydrogen storage, battery electrodes, camera lenses and for catalytic cracking in oil refineries. CERIUM (Ce): A chemical oxidizer used for polishing powder, also creates yellow colors in glass, can be used with self-cleaning oven technology and, like lanthanum, is useful in catalytic cracking. PRASEODYMIUM (Pr): One of the rare earth magnets, also a component in lasers, glass coloration and an additive in the type of glass used in welding goggles. NEODYMIUM (Nd): A powerful magnet, also creates violet coloration in glass and ceramics. PROMETHIUM (Pm): Named for the Greek god who stole fire from Zeus and gifted it to the human race, this rare earth has a special use in creating nuclear batteries. SAMARIUM (Sm): Another rare earth magnet that, like its cousins, can also be used to create certain types of lasers. EUROPIUM (Eu): Needed for red and blue phosphors, lasers and mercury-vapor lamps, every time you flick on a color television, europium that made it possible. GADOLINIUM (Gd): Yet another rare earth magnet, also important in lasers, X-ray tubes, computer memory and MRI scan technology. TERBIUM (Tb): Green phosphors and lasers include terbium, as do fluorescent lights. DYSPROSIUM (Dy): A rare earth magnet that is also handy for making lasers. HOLMIUM (Ho): Also an element for creating lasers. ERBIUM (Er): Used in lasers, erbium is also important to make vanadium steel.


THULIUM (Tm): Without thulium portable X-ray machines would probably be the stuff of science fiction.


YTTERBIUM (Yb): Infrared lasers and ytterbium go hand in hand.


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SCANDIUM (Sc): Used with aluminum to form components for aerospace technology. Also useful for Mercury-vapor lamps.

LUTETIUM (Lu): Positron emission tomography (PET) scan detectors and refractive index glass need lutetium.

So, too, does Idaho. On a rocky, sun-blasted hilltop in the Mojave Desert sits the cradle of the hi-tech age. It was there in the early 1950s that the Molybdenum Corporation of America began mining for a basket of obscure elements: neodymium, cerium, lanthanum and europium. Referred to as rare earth elements, they are key components in a wide range of industrial processes—from creating powerful magnets to fluorescent lights and lasers— but it was the europium among them that caused the Mountain Pass Mine to really take off; it could be used to create the color red in TV screens. From the late 1960s until the early 1980s, Mountain Pass was the dominant global source for rare earth elements, represented on the periodic table by 17 tonguetwisting entries, including praseodymium and ytterbium. Though first discovered in the 18th century, few of the REEs found any widespread use until the rapid technological advancements of the mid- to late-20th century, when scientists discovered that their baffling properties could make possible everything from a color TV set to an orbital satellite. Today, rare earths are absolutely indispensable, vital to the production of cell phones, computers, defense systems and the batteries of hybrid electric cars. You can’t even build a wind turbine without REEs. Their presence in the ground at Mountain Pass was discovered in 1949. That same year, almost 1,000 miles to the north, many of those same elements were found nestled among large stores of thorium in the geologic underpinning of the rugged Lemhi Pass on the Idaho-Montana border. They’ve sat quietly in the mountain slopes around the Salmon River ever since, but a confluence of technological growth and geopolitics is making the Gem State’s potential store of REEs more vital than ever. The United States lost its corner on the REE market in the 1990s, when the Molybdenum Corporation (renamed MolyCorp in the ’70s) was forced to shut down the Mountain Pass Mine after a series of environmental foul-ups. At the same time, the Chinese realized the value of REEs and ramped up their own production. Unhindered by environmental regulations, by the 2000s the Chinese were mining and processing a full 97 percent of the world’s supply, glutting the market and vastly undercutting foreign competitors. The United States’ output of REEs, meanwhile, has dwindled to zero. Though MolyCorp is hoping to resume production as early as this year, the Mountain Pass Mine in California has remained shuttered since 1998. Since then, the United States has relied completely on imported supplies of Chinese REEs, and Congress is putting new pressure on opening domestic sources. Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman has been the leading proponent of getting the United States back in the REE game, introducing the Restart Act of 2010, which gives loan guarantees to mining companies, expedites the permitting process, directs the U.S. Geological Survey to scour the country for more supplies, and sets up long-term contracts with the Department WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

of Defense to buy up the REEs produced by American companies. The trouble is that REEs—though not necessarily all that rare—don’t tend to be found clumped together in a single location. So far, the search for sustainable, compact and accessible sources has been slow going. Prospective sites have been identified in Colorado, Arizona and Texas, though among the most promising is a long vein running from the Lemhi Pass area southeast of Salmon and north to Diamond Creek and North Fork, then into Montana at Sheep Creek. Two companies—U.S. Rare Earths and Colorado Rare Earths—are aiming to develop all three sites and are working toward a merger that will bring together Colorado Rare Earths’ more than 8,000acre claim in the region with U.S. Rare Earths’ prior exploration. Exactly when REEs will start coming out of the ground in Idaho is an open question. The claims were announced only this summer and testing has begun in earnest. Once the results come back, and if they show a substantial quantity, the next step will be test drilling and a long process to determine just how large the reserve is. After that, it’s a matter of securing the necessary permits. It’s a process that could take years. “All these deposits, at least at the surface, are showing good numbers,” said James Hedrick, who worked as a rare earths specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey for 31 years and now serves on the advisory boards for both U.S. Rare Earths and Colorado Rare Earths. “You never know until you drill it. Until you drill it, you can’t take it to the bank.” There has been interest in Idaho’s REE potential for decades, though it piqued after a December 2010 report by the U.S. Department of Energy ranked the Lemhi Pass deposit near the top of domestic reserves and among the richest in the world. According to estimates in the report, the Lemhi area contains 15 REEs ranging from the “light” lanthanum to the “medium” samarium to the “heavy” yttrium. Potential reserves of cerium in the Lemhi Pass area could top 19 percent of total worldwide rare earth oxides, while its store of neodymium could account for 18 percent and its ytrrium up to 20 percent. All of these elements play foundational roles in a vast array of technologies, though one form of cerium oxide is especially prized for its use as a catalytic converter to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. Cerium alloys are also used in permanent magnets—like those needed for computer hard drives and mobile devices—but neodymium magnets hold the distinction of being the strongest permanent magnets known. One of neodymium’s central uses is in electricity generators for wind turbines and hybrid and electric vehicles. According to industry data, each Toyota Prius that rolls off the line requires just more than 2 pounds of neodymium. Virginia Gillerman is an economic geologist, associate research geologist and resident rare earths expert with the Idaho Geological Survey. She has been working on a study of Idaho’s REE potential, and in a recent GeoNote paper stated that Idaho’s geologic WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

makeup hosts the nation’s largest reserve of thorium, a naturally radioactive element that often occurs with a corresponding abundance of REEs. In fact, the search for thorium, useful in nuclear science and, potentially, power generation, is what led Idaho Power, the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey to examine the Lemhi Pass area in the first place. “In particular, the thorium veins in the Lemhi Pass area have long been recognized as a major thorium and rare earth resource but without any real defined numbers associated with them,” Gillerman said. “While we know there’s a lot of rock up there that’s enriched with these elements, we don’t know if it’s enough or economical to mine.” The economics of rare earth mining are tricky. Prices for processed REEs—referred to as oxides—have increased fourfold this year as China announced in April it would cut back its output from an average annual 100,000 tons to 93,000 tons. Hedrick said the profits could be huge, with prices potentially headed toward the $300-$400 per pound range. But the up-front costs are also huge. Depending on the type and quantity of resource, REEs can be extracted with open pit or underground mining. The biggest costs, though, come with the facility needed to extract and separate the REEs from their surrounding ore bodies. The process includes dissolving the concentrate in a strong acid or a base to convert it into a solution. Adjusting the ph will shear off the rare earth cerium, and the rest of the other elements are extracted using kerosene or diesel fuel as a stripping agent. That causes the REEs to come out as a solid, which is then put into an open furnace where it turns into a rare earth oxide. It generally takes between six and 18 months to get the product out. Solvent extraction plants, Gillerman said, are “basically chemical plants,” and Hedrick said that they rely on basic, known technology but can cost anywhere from $200 million to $500 million to build. Full build-out of a rare earth mine—including the mine itself—can total between $300 million and $700 million. “You don’t get a cash flow for six months to a year ... but when you get it, it’s going to be consistent and big-dollar,” Hedrick said. “Once you do some drilling and it has good results, then the money will really start flowing.” But thorium poses a problem. The radioactive element has to be separated from the REEs during the extraction process and either disposed of or stored. In China, the processing of REEs has led to dramatic and widespread environmental damage. Farmers in Inner Mongolia, which is home to several enormous REE mines, have been dispossessed by poisoned water supplies, and the vast lakes of toxic slurry, brimming with radioactive waste, are thought by many to be disasters waiting to happen. Indeed, ecological concerns were given as a primary reason for China’s curtailment of its REE exports—an average of 6 percent per year over the past five years—but most industry watchers maintain that China is holding back exports so it can fuel its own industrial development.

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Locations around the globe have been identified as possible sources for REEs, but deposits in North Idaho have become the focus of national efforts to find a domestic source for the materials.

In Idaho, rare earth mining is still largely under the radar for conservation groups. When contacted about the potential for REE mining in the Lemhi Pass area, representatives of the Friends of the Clearwater—which watchdogs the nearby Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness—said that “that’s the first we’ve heard of it.” Gillerman agreed that thorium disposal or storage is the primary environmental concern with REE mining, but “it’s really no worse than a lot of other industrial processes.” “It’s a lot trickier than with a gold deposit,” she said. “It depends a lot on the particular property and the level of radioactivity at the form. At best, it’s expensive. You’re not allowed to just dump it down the drain like they might do in some places or throw it in an unlined pond like they might do in Mongolia.” Both Gillerman and Hedrick said the Idaho sites at Diamond Creek and North Fork are good potential mine sites. Located just east of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, both have road access, proximity to existing power supplies and the town of Salmon is within 20 miles from both sites. The Idaho portion of the Lemhi Pass District is about 40 miles south of town. Hedrick said an operational REE mine would employ between 100 and 200 workers, and support services, including downstream companies, could create thousands of related jobs. In recession-strapped Lemhi County, where Department of Labor figures released in June pegged unemployment at 11.8 percent, the prospect of a rare earth operation is welcome. “It’s obviously an economic stimulus for us, and I think we’re better off producing it here than relying on countries that might not be friendly with us,” said Lemhi County Commissioner Robert Cope. “It makes sense to produce it ourselves.” Cope, who added that he hasn’t yet spoken with representatives of U.S. Rare

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Earths or Colorado Rare Earths, pointed to the ongoing development of a cobalt mine in the county as another positive for the local economy. Construction on that project, fronted by Formation Metals, may get under way as early as this year. Hedrick said the proximity of cobalt mining to a rare earth facility would be a good match—samarium can be combined with cobalt to produce powerful magnets that are used to direct the guidance fins of missiles. “It’s a perfect match to have a rare earth and cobalt mine that’s within 60 miles or less,” he said. As much as 5 percent of rare earth supplies go to military uses, but the problem of a shortage impacts nearly every other branch of technology. The United States’ stockpile of REEs is pegged at between 10 percent and 15 percent of the world’s total supply, but with shrinking imports and no domestic production, experts estimate that there will be a 40,000 ton shortfall by 2015. At the same time, the race for low-carbon technologies in particular is increasing demand—just one 3-megawatt wind turbine requires 2 tons of REEs. The paradox is clear: Developing sites like those in Idaho helps free the United States of reliance on the Chinese and secures a domestic source for elements vital to green technology, but it also carries with it the attendant environmental impacts. As Jack Lifton, an international expert on REEs, said in a June interview that aired on PBS, “You want a path to a green future, that path starts at the mine.” As others, including Hedrick, maintain, without a reliable supply of REEs the hitech age takes a big step toward its grave. “The more we look at different things, the more we realize how many things they go into,” Hedrick said. “Everything would have to be re-designed without rare earths—there’s a whole chain of problems that’s caused by not having them.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Stars that shine as bright as the sun 2011 Olympians on Ice

Ryan Bradley 2011 US Gold Medalist US Silver Medalist

August 20

Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto Olympic Silver Medalists 5X US Gold Medalists

August 27

Sasha Cohen Olympic Silver Medalist 2X World Silver Medalist 2X US Silver Medalist

September 3

Performances start at dusk Saturday nights July 2 – September 3. For a Complete listing of Ice Shows and tickets, call 208.622.2135 or visit For Hotel & Ice Show Packages, call 800.786.8259.


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The Improvolution will not be televised. But you can watch it at the Linen Building.


Top: Joaquin rests in his sheep wagon upon arriving in America. Bottom: At the end of the season, Joaquin and his family recoup at a boarding house in Boise.


Being funny in front of your friends is no big deal. After all, you make it look easy. They appreciate the punchy puns tinged with sarcasm that you throw out effortlessly. But doing the same in front of a crowd of strangers, well, that’s a little tougher. Luckily, there are some selfless souls willing to brave the stage armed with nothing more than quick thinking and a goofy disposition. “Live funny, die laughing” is the motto of local improvisation troupe Improvolution, a group of such individuals who have no qualms about doing off-the-cuff improv. With more than 30 years of collective experience in theater and comedy, the folks who comprise Improvolution are damn good at it. On Friday, Aug. 19, at the Linen Building, you can catch the group whirling through everything from popular improv skits to stand-up comedy to hilarious sketches, all while engaging the audience in their antics. It’s good, clean fun and the show is appropriate for all ages. 7:30 p.m., $7. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-899-1862,

SATURDAY AUG. 20 ice skating

ZURETZAKO What many of us know of Basque culture doesn’t extend beyond croquetas at Bar Gernika. Naturally, Basque culture encompasses more than just delicious pintxos and folk dancing. In fact, it also extends far beyond downtown Boise into the mountains of Idaho and the Northwest. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many Basques immigrated from their homeland in northern Spain to make a living in America sheepherding along the West Coast. On Thursday, Aug. 18, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center will present a film that chronicles the story of one such sheepherder and his family. Local filmmaker Javi Zubizarreta wrote and directed the film Zuretzako, which chronicles the journey of Joaquin from adolescence to adulthood as he toils in the Idaho hills herding sheep to earn a living for himself and his family. When Joaquin’s son leaves the Basque Country to join him, he faces perhaps his greatest struggle of all: witnessing his child relive his own harsh destiny. The film is based on the story of Zubizarreta’s grandfather and father, Luis. The film stars Zubizarreta’s father and brother Josu in the title roles. Filmed entirely in Euskera, the ancestral Basque language, the movie was shot on location in Idaho. Zuretzako is the first film of its kind to explore the history of Basque sheepherders in the West through a narrative lens. The cast and director will be at the Boise premiere to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds go to the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. 7 p.m., $10. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

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PEPSI FREE SKATE DAY August is a hot month in Boise, and Pepsi is offering flushed Boiseans a chance to flee the sweltering outdoors for a few hours with a free day of skating at Idaho Ice World. Attendees will receive free skate rentals, rink access and Pepsi products from Chicago Connection and Blimpie. Though Free Skate Day claims to be a celebration of the end of summer and the start of school, it’s also an opportunity to press your red faces onto the ice to finally cool off. But bear in mind

that some people might be using the ice rink for its intended purposes. 1:30-4:30 p.m., FREE. Idaho Ice World, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, 208-3310044,

SATURDAY AUG. 20 music TAPES ’N’ TAPES ALSO THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 Lux marks the spot for ass-shaking anthems on Saturday, Aug. 20, with Minneapolis’ Tapes ’n’ Tapes and Denver’s The Chain Gang of 1974. Tapes ’n’ Tapes began its career as a blog buzz band in 2003 at Carleton College in Minneapolis.

Praise poured in from Ear Farm, Music for Robots and Gorilla vs. Bear during these initial years. After receiving a rave review from Pitchfork for 2005’s The Loon, the boys began picking up steam. The band has become a Boise staple over the past couple of years and is currently on tour in support of its latest album, Outside. The driving force behind The Chain Gang of 1974 is vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager. This modern-day Renaissance man is an in-line hockey enthusiast by day and phase-shifter by night. Though he had dreams of the NHL, Mohager fell head over heels for Tears for Fears and other ’80s bands as a youngster. After hanging up the skates, he self-released White Guts, his earliest album, and is WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




Cure your Tour de Fat pre-party hangover at the early morning bike parade. Or skip it and drink more beer. PATRICK SWEENEY

FRIDAY-SATURDAY AUG. 19-20 bikes TOUR DE FAT Twas the night before Tour de Fat, and all through the land, people prepped costumes and oiled kickstands. And down on Eighth Street, there arose such a clatter—of fixies and frankenbikes—it made hearts pitter-patter. Tour de Fat, the annual New Belgium-sponsored beer-andbike-tacular, is like Christmas for cyclists. Which is why this year, in addition to the Tour de Fat activities on Saturday, Aug. 20, locals will also celebrate Tour de Fat Eve with a big bikey bash. On Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m., Eighth Street between Bannock and Main streets will be shut down for a custom, classic, fixie and frankenbike show. In addition, there will be live music, New Belgium beer specials, carnival-style game booths, raffles, bike-tuning stations, community bike awards and a photo booth, where a BW photog will snap prom-style shots of you and your ride. Then on Saturday, with wacky hats and streamers gleaming, costumed Tour de Fatters will congregate at 9 a.m. at the fountain in Ann Morrison Park for parade registration. The parade will meander around the downtown area from 10-11 a.m., before returning to Ann Morrison for a beer-soaked afternoon. Musical jams will be provided by The Daredevil Chicken Club, The Dovekins, YoYo Squared and The Pimps of Joytime. The festivities wrap up with the annual car-for-bike trade and the beer stops at 4 p.m. Pre-party: Friday, Aug. 19, 6-9 p.m. Eighth Street between Bannock and Main streets. Tour de Fat: Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE. Ann Morrison Park, events/tour-de-fat.

St., 208-343-0886,

now celebrating his latest release, Wayward Fire. 8 p.m., 10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th


Michelle Reynolds and Amy Schloss took over the lease at Mixed Bag Bazaar on April 22—Earth Day. Peer inside the Ronald McDonald-hued Latah Street store with its ample bongo drums, crystals, astrological charts and incense and MIXED BAG BAZAAR that starts to make sense. 106 S. Latah St. “This store is magical; 208-367-9000 the connections made under this roof are just amazing,” said Schloss. But don’t peg the place as a hippie joint just yet. Mixed Bag Bazaar also sells high-end consignment furniture, vintage clothes, used DVDs, rare books, handmade baskets and local art. Beatles records share space with fringed leather motorcycle jackets, mink coats, fair-trade African beads and vintage kitchen bowls. Reynolds, former owner of the popular vegetarian eatery Kulture Klatsch, and Schloss recently moved back to Boise from the Bay Area. Their goal with Mixed Bag Bazaar was to offer “unique goods for a diverse world” at prices closer to a thrift store than a vintage boutique. The Bazaar had its official grand opening party on Aug. 13, which featured live music, local dance groups and artisan booths. Every Saturday until the weather turns, Mixed Bag Bazaar will also host an outdoor market from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with an array of local vendors. —Tara Morgan

Travel through another dimension of sound, sight, mind and sequins.

SATURDAY AUG. 20 burlesque RED LIGHT, GREEN CHUTES The Red Light Variety Show, an underground burlesque circus, will march up to the surface on Saturday, Aug. 20, for a special performance of Twilight Zone. Hula-hoopers, belly-dancers, aerial dancers, clowns and burlesque dancers will take over the expansive Green Chutes/Salt Tears space to explore trippy questions like: “What if you discovered our world was merely a tiny marble in a child’s schoolyard game?” and “What if a special channel on your television broadcast the future?” Salt Tears will provide hors d’oeuvres, and there will be plenty of booze for sale at this 21-and-older event. The Red Light Variety Show first formed in 2008 and is currently the premiere Vaudeville-style burlesque troupe in the area. The Twilight Zone was the group’s spring 2011 show, and it is being reprised in an eclectic location that’s sure to augment the experience. 8–11 p.m., $25. Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., 208342-7111,

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY AUG. 17 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, INDIAN CREEK FESTIVAL— Spend a day on the banks of Indian Creek and check out the Kiwanis rubber duck race, Boy Scout rope bridge, West Valley Medical Center’s cardboard kayak race, a car show and tug-of-war competitions. To participate in the kayak event, call 208-455-3901, or for the tug of war, call 208-318-8141. FREE. 208-455-4730. PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP, SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—A workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. 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.

On Stage BLIP: NO GLASS EYES OR PETS—Black Linen Productions presents a series of short play readings featuring Boise writers. The series kicks off with BW’s own Josh Gross and his No Glass Eyes or Pets. 7:30 p.m. FREE, $5 suggested donation. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220, TAMING OF THE SHREW—It’s a classic battle of the sexes in the Bard’s comic take on love and marriage. 8 p.m. $18-$65. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

Special Screenings RIFFTRAX LIVE: JACK THE GIANT KILLER— The stars of Mystery Science Theatre take on the cheesy cult classic. The movie is rated PG. 6 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603,

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—Talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. The event is a project of Living Liberally. 7 p.m. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208345-6620,

Workshops & Classes WOODBLOCK PRINTING—Nick Wroblewski will teach beginning and intermediate techniques in this hands-on workshop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $150 members, $200 nonmembers. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-9491,

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BOOK SIGNING: LORI WASELCHUK—The author of Grace Before Dying will read from and sign copies of her book about an innovative prison hospice program. Visit gracebeforedying. org for more info. 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229,

TREASURE VALLEY ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING—Monthly meeting for orchid enthusiasts. $20, $30 per couple for yearly membership dues, Signature Pointe Clubhouse, 3509 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-322-1208,

Farmers Markets CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—5-8 p.m. Located on the corner of 12th and Dearborn streets, Caldwell.

NOISE/CD REVIEW DEAFHEAVEN: ROADS TO JUDAH It’s hard to believe bands like Placebo, Saturday Night Wrist-era Deftones, and even Pitchfork aristocracy like Explosions in the Sky could be counted as influences on black metal, but here we are, in the midst of some new genre continuing to evolve. The tendency for most arbiters when a band’s songs run consistently longer than the time it takes to get the corpse paint right just before heading off to the Carpathian Forest show is to use a crutch and call the music post-whatever or progressive. Building on a style that began, arguably, in the first years of the 21st century with the Olympia, Wash.-based Wolves in the Throne Room, Deafheaven’s debut LP, Roads to Judah (Deathwish Inc.), owes just as much to the likes of Placebo and Explosions in the Sky as it does to black metal classics like Bathory’s 1990 release Hammerheart or Burzum’s 1992 slayer, Aske. Though it may be the last coffin nail for the purists who prefer the auditory nihilism prevailing in many raw black metal recordings, Roads to Judah—engineered and co-produced by Atomic Garden Studio’s Jack Shirley—with its unrestrained melodies and gleaming, astral guitars counterbalanced by devastated vocal agony, makes for quite a beautiful listen. Deceptively, perhaps ironically, Roads to Judah is not a biblical reference. It is actually a reference to the most heavily trafficked line of the San Francisco transit system, the North Judah train, where the San Francisco-based Deafheaven has noted that much of the inspiration for the album was conceived as they rode it to and from home. And much of Roads to Judah’s glory is how it listens like those moments spent sitting on a bus or train, glazing over at all the humanity rushing by outside the window, as you slip into your own fleeting selfreflection and occasionally succumb to a flyover through your memories—sorrows, joys, pleasures, pains and more. The four tracks on Roads to Judah—“Violet,” “Language Games,” “Unrequited” and “Tunnel of Trees”—take up a grand total of 38 minutes. But they are all-encompassing minutes and that is the appropriate verb: It is possible that as you consume this album, it will consume you. No bullshit. Listen to Deafheaven. —Justin B. Peterson WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens KID’S MAKE AND TAKE—A science and art program for children ages 6 and older held in The Secret Garden. 4 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2941, MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— Young designers, inventors and engineers can bring their creations to life with Legos. Bring a shoebox full of your own if you’ve got them. Some will be provided for you if you don’t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY—Take on a leadership role helping plan events by becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board. Gain experience in program planning and satisfy volunteer hours for school. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,

Odds & Ends BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— You don’t have to speak Basque and there are no tryouts, just singing. The choir meets at Bishop Kelly High School. Please call 208-853-0678 or email for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. 208853-0678.

KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208345-0135. 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, LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. The Lift Bar and Grill, 4091 W. State St., Boise, 208342-3250,; 7 p.m. FREE. Eastside Tavern, 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-3453878; 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485,; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’s-Emerald, 7845 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-3781890. MEDIA PROFESSIONAL LUNCH—Members of the media are invited to have lunch and discuss issues related to the media in our community. Visit for more info. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-429-0011, SCRABBLE GAME NIGHT—6 p.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-375-4454,



THURSDAY AUG. 18 On Stage CABARET—Smash hit about love, war and a changing society. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-3369221, ROMEO AND JULIET—Bring your picnics, blankets or low-backed chairs and find a spot in the park for the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of the Bard’s romantic tale. Call 208726-9124 or visit for more info. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children 12 and younger. Forest Service Park, First and Washington Streets., Ketchum, 208-726-8118,

Special Screenings ZURETZAKO—The Basque Museum and Cultural Center presents this film about the lives of a family of sheepherders in Idaho and their connections to the Basque country—and each other. This award-winning film from local filmmaker Javi Aitor Zubizarreta was filmed in Idaho, in Euskera, the Basque language. There will be a Q&A period following the film. Tickets are available at the Egyptian Theatre box office or website. See Picks, Page 20. 7 p.m. $10. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Food & Drink BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. See website for more info. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208658-1364, tresbonnescuisine. com. FOOD RESOURCE MEETING— Learn about urban farming and join the members of the Collister Neighborhood Food Resource Assessment group for a picnic. Email susancarmichael2001@ for more info. 4-7 p.m. FREE. Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548,

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


PRACTICE AQUI—Spice up your bilingual aptitude during this weekly gathering. Designed for ages 13 and older. Attendees should have an understanding of English and Spanish. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2941, THREADBENDERS—All fiber workers welcome. Bring a project and a cup of tea and hang out with other threadbenders. 6:30 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200,

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8 DAYS OUT WATERING SYSTEMS CLASS— Eight-week course on constructing, growing and maintaining a home garden. Sign up for the series or individual classes. Call 208-284-3712 for more info. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25 per class, $160 for series of eight classes. Earthly Delights Organic Farm, 372 S. Eagle Road, Ste. 353, Eagle.

Talks & Lectures WOLVERINE CONSERVATION AND HAPPY HOUR—Take advantage of happy hour specials and hear Jeff Copeland of the Wolverine Foundation speak about research and conservation efforts in Idaho and the West. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Payette Brewing, 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011, payettebrewing. com.

Citizen NONPROFIT RESOURCE THURSDAYS—Thinking about starting a nonprofit or already run one? Learn about free and low-cost resources for funding, volunteers and other support. Meet on the third floor. Each month, specialists will be available to focus on a specific topic. For more information, visit 4-6 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION— The Deer Flat Refuge is looking for volunteers to help with removing noxious weeds and litter, run the Creepy Critter Encounters Halloween event, lead educational field trips and programs, staff the visitors center and more. Find out how you can help during this orientation meeting. 7 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208-467-9278,

GOLDFISH RACES—Goldfish are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big effin’ bar tab and their fish. Sign-ups begin at 9 p.m. 11:30 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208830-9977. KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208345-0135. KARAOKE WITH HEIDRO X—10 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 Main St., Boise, 208-3457557. LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,; 8 p.m. FREE. The Office, 6125 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-672-0087; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’s-Meridian, 1460 N. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208855-0343. POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811. PUNCH AND PIE FALL OPEN HOUSE—Take this opportunity to see how the school might be the right fit for your student. Meet the staff, tour the facilities and learn about the curriculum while enjoying refreshments. 10:30 a.m.-noon. FREE. Arts West School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 3300 W. State St., Eagle, TRICYCLE RACES—The disclaimer at the beginning of Jackass was about exactly this sort of thing, which is why it’s awesome. 10 p.m. FREE. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183, thelobbyboise. com/.

FRIDAY AUG. 19 Festivals & Events NIGHT BEFORE DE TOUR—Get prepped for the Tour de Fat by checking out custom, classic and frankenbikes at the bike corral on Eighth Street between Bannock and Main streets, Boise. See Picks, Page 21. 6-9 p.m. FREE. RIVER ROMP—Explore the ecology of the Big Wood River with the Educational Resource Center in Ketchum. Learn about the plants and animals that thrive in and depend on ecosystem of the river for survival. Call 208726-4333 to register. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE for ERC members, suggested donation of $10 individual, $25 per family. WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—Everything a fair should be, wrapped up in 10 days of family fun—fair food, livestock, roller coasters and live entertainment. Visit for more info. $3$5 gate admission. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650,

On Stage HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL—The cast and crew of starlight Mountain Theatre perform Disney’s much-loved musical. 8 p.m. $10$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523,

Farmers Markets MERIDIAN URBAN MARKET—5-9 p.m. 208-331-3400, downtown Meridian on Idaho Avenue between Main and Second streets, Meridian.

Odds & Ends ALMOST FAMOUS KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Old Chicago-Downtown, 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037, AMPED AND DANGEROUS KARAOKE—9:30 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956. CHANT MASTER PETER TANORIKIHO—Experience chanting. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, CHIP AND A CHAIR POKER— Practice your poker skills for free while earning points toward prizes and glory. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. FREE. Eastside Tavern, 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-3453878. 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 IMPROVOLUTION—The improv comedy troupe performs its fast-paced, interactive show, incorporating everything from stand-up to skits and games. See Picks, Page 20. 7:30 p.m. $7. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, ROMEO AND JULIET—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children 12 and younger. Forest Service Park, First and Washington streets, Ketchum, 208726-8118, TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $18-$65. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

Farmers Markets ARRIVE AFTER FIVE—5-9 p.m. Located in the Gateway Shopping Center near Sports Authority, Meridian,

Odds & Ends BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS—Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then commence salsaing it up to music from a live DJ until 2 a.m. while enjoying drinks and snacks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.

CHUCKWAGON EXPRESS—Load up the kids and head out for a chuckwagon dinner in Banks and a scenic train ride along the Payette River. 7 p.m. $99 for two adults and two children. Thunder Mountain Line Scenic Train Rides, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDA-RAIL or 208-793-4425, KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, KARAOKE CONTEST—The winner gets $100. 7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-6699. KARAOKE WITH CHRIS JOHNSON—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, 1115 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-376-2700.

SATURDAY AUG. 20 Festivals & Events BACK TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY FAIR—Celebrate back to school with carnival games, prizes for the kiddos and free lunch for all. Visit reallifecommunity. com for more info. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. East Side Park, 430 21st Ave. S., Nampa, 208-468-5858,

Food & Drink WEEKEND WINE PAIRING—John Cazan will play while you indulge in food and drinks during this pairing event. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, woodrivercellars. com.

Workshops & Classes WALK-IN GLASS STUDIO HOURS—Create your own fused glass artwork with the help of a studio artist. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15-$35. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055,

Art ART IN THE MAKING: QUICK DRAW—Watch artists create original artwork—each taking 30 minutes to work on a piece before it is passed to the next artist. The artwork will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Dunia Marketplace. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3313374,

Literature BOOK SIGNING: MARK MATTHEWS—The author of Dragon Code: The Fall of Mindaloth will sign copies of his book. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Hastings, 680 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-9428. SUN VALLEY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE—Four days of talks, panels, readings and small group discussions about fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism, led by America’s most distinguished writers. Idaho teachers and students are admitted free of charge with proper identification and as space permits. Full schedule at $35 single-event tickets. $850 full-access pass. Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, 208-622-4111,

Talks & Lectures SAWTOOTH FORUM AND LECTURE SERIES—Join local experts in discussing issues that pertain to the environment of the Sawtooth Mountains and the plants and wildlife that inhabit the area. The talk will be held at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum, just out of town on Highway 75, and later at 8 p.m. at the Redfish Visitor Center at the lake. Jeff Copeland from the Wolverine Foundation will speak about the wolf population in the area. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. FREE.

Citizen BOISE CO-HOUSING COMMUNITY BARBECUE— Bring something to grill, a dish to share and lawn games to play, and hear the latest from the group that is planning Boise’s first co-housing community. 5:45-8:45 p.m. $3 suggested donation. Quarry View Park, 2150 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY—Pack a picnic and bring the family for an evening of games and to get information on free medical services and programs through the Boise School District. 5:308:30 p.m. FREE. Whitney Elementary School, 1609 S. Owyhee St., Boise.


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8 DAYS OUT CONTRA DANCE—Monthly dance series featuring a live band and local callers. Couples are welcome, but neither partners nor experience is required. The dances are smoke- and alcohol-free. For more information, email boisecontradance@ or visit the website. 8-11 p.m. $8 nonmembers, $5 members, $4 kids 18 and younger, Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843, david0.tedcrane. com/id/bcds.

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TOUR DE FAT 2011—Don your most creative costume and hop on your bike to participate in this traveling bicycle festival/ride sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. The event is family friendly and proceeds benefit the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bike Project. Visit for more info. See Picks, Page 21. 10 a.m. FREE, $5 suggested donation. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise.

VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-8716352,

WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Friday. $3-$5 gate admission. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,

On Stage CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—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.

WALK-IN GLASS STUDIO HOURS—See Friday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-$35. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055,

Literature SUN VALLEY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE—See Friday. $35 single-event tickets. $850 fullaccess pass. Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, 208-622-4111,

Citizen MERCY IN ACTION BENEFIT— Help Mercy in Action raise money for medical care in Asia. The evening includes live music, beer, wine, appetizers, door prizes and a silent auction. 7 p.m. $20. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632,

COOKIE DECORATING—Help Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign by bringing the kids in to decorate two sugar cookies in the shape of Marvel comic super heroes. Call 208-685-0455 to register. $5 donation, FREE for kids 6 and younger. Williams-Sonoma, 350 N. Milwaukee St., Ste. 1077, Boise, 208-685-0455, MARIONETTE SHOW—Take in a puppet show at the library. All ages welcome. Noon-1 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, THERAPY DOGS—Each month children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, WATERSHED WEEKEND—Explore the exhibit hall, complete Eddy’s stewardship activities, a prize pack, explore the waterwise garden and check out the building’s green and energy efficient features. Take a tour of the wastewater treatment plant at 12:30 p.m., examine sludge under a microscope and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284,

RED LIGHT VARIETY SHOW—A blend of comedy, song and dance—including belly, pole, corde lisse, burlesque and hoop—in the gallery. Salt Tears will provide hors d’oeuvres and a no-host full bar will be available. See Picks, Page 21. 9 p.m. $25. Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7111,

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ROMEO AND JULIET—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children 12 and younger. Forest Service Park, First and Washington streets, Ketchum, 208-7268118,

KUNA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-noon. Bernard Fisher Memorial Park, Swan Falls Road and Avalon Street, Kuna.

BOOMER SHACK—The newest addition to the Limelight nightclub is geared toward those who love to dance but feel too young for the senior center and too mature for the downtown nightclub scenes. 9 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425.

MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located in the Crossroads shopping center at Eagle and Fairview Roads, Meridian,

BORG MEETING—Join the Boise Robotics Group for their monthly meeting. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895,

MIDDLETON FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located in Roadside Park at the corner of Highway 44 and South Middleton Road, Middleton,

GRAND OPENING—Stop in for prizes and refreshments during the grand-opening celebration of the valley’s newest dance-wear store. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Love2Dance, 2031 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 102, Meridian, 208866-4049.

TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $18-$65. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT— Featuring the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 7 p.m. $35-$99.50. Eagle River Pavilion, 827 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-2933.

Food & Drink WALLA WALLA WINE DINNER—Enjoy a seven-course dinner paired with exceptional wines from Washington. 7 p.m. $50. La Belle Vie, 220 14th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-0200, WINE TASTING—Stop by to sample the newest vintages and take a tour of Idaho’s Winery of the Year (Wine Press NW, 2011). 1-5 p.m. $5, FREE with purchase. Fraser Vineyard, 1004 LaPointe St., Boise, 208-3459607,

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BEGINNING CERAMIC PAINTING—Learn the basics of painting ceramics. Call to register. 10 a.m.-noon. $35. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208407-3359,

BUG DAY—Learn about the world of bugs and become a “certified bugologist.” Purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, catch live bugs and meet bug experts. Entomological fun for the family. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $4-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle.

NAMPA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located on Front Street and 14th Avenue South in Lloyd’s Square, Nampa,

Kids & Teens ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL PARTY: CATBLAST—Students from Columbia High School and their families are invited to have a barbecue dinner, watch a football scrimmage, performances by the dance team and cheerleaders, check out club info, and merchandise sales. 6-8 p.m. $3-$5 for dinner. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-498-0571.

Odds & Ends

Animals & Pets KITTEN SHOWER—Help the shelter welcome dozens of recently acquired foster kittens and you might just find a pet for you and the family. All cat and kitten adoptions are $25, and you’ll get one free when you pay for one. Microchip your new pet for $20. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise, 208-3423508,


8 DAYS OUT Literature


BOOK SIGNING: JIM BENTLEY—The author of Paper Jam will sign copies of his book. 3-8 p.m. FREE. Hastings, 680 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-3459428.

Festivals & Events WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Friday. $3-$5 gate admission. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,

SUN VALLEY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE—See Friday. $35 single-event tickets. $850 fullaccess pass. Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, 208-622-4111,

On Stage

MONDAY AUG. 22 Festivals & Events WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Friday. $3-$5 gate admission. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,

On Stage Farmers Markets

COMEDY AT THE BALCONY— Try your stand-up routine out or come watch local and professional comedians. Hosted by Mikey Pullman. Mental Wes headlines this week. 8 p.m. FREE. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208336-1313, ROMEO AND JULIET—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children 12 and younger. Forest Service Park, First and Washington Streets, Ketchum, 208-7268118, TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $18-$65. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

EAST END MARKET—10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street, end of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.

ROMEO AND JULIET—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children 12 and younger. Forest Service Park, First and Washington Streets, Ketchum, 208-7268118,

Odds & Ends

Workshops & Classes

BRUNCH TRAIN—Enjoy a gourmet brunch and scenic surroundings during this three-hour train ride along the Payette River. Visit for more info. Noon. $37-$60. Thunder Mountain Line Scenic Train Rides, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDA-RAIL or 208-793-4425,

EXPLORING GODDESS—For women who are interested in exploring themselves as the energies of the Goddess. RSVP is required. 6:30 p.m. $25. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999,

LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Food & Drink 20X20—Learn about the 20x20 program and the steps you can take toward living and consuming sustainably 20 percent of the time by the year 2020. Sample 20 local-food and drink courses. The restaurant will close for this event, and there are a limited number of tickets. Register at 5-8 p.m. $20. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340,

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID SUNDAYS—Free pool tournament and karaoke. 8 p.m. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430.

Animals & Pets KITTEN SHOWER—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise, 208-342-3508,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Calls to Artists BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART SUBMISSIONS— Each week’s cover of Boise Weekly is a piece of work from a local artist. BW pays $150 for published covers. One stipulation of publication is that the piece be donated to BW’s annual charity art auction in November. Proceeds from the auction are reinvested in the local arts community through a series of private grants for which all artists are eligible to apply. For more information, contact art director Leila Rader at leila@ or 208-3442055. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055,

Literature SUN VALLEY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE—See Friday. $35 single-event tickets. $850 fullaccess pass. Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, 208-622-4111,

Odds & Ends BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-6699. OPEN MIC MONDAY—Musicians, poets and comedians are welcome to take their turn on stage. Featuring $2 well drinks, $2.25 PBR pints and $7.50 PBR pitchers. Hosted by Larry Buttel. 8 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny Irish Pub and Grill, 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568, BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. Overheard something Eye-spy worthy? E-mail


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8 DAYS OUT CHOIR PRACTICE FOR COMMON GROUND CHOIR—Come and listen, meet the director and join the choir. Use west entrance or the front door, signs inside the church indicate practice room. 6:45 p.m. FREE. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731, KARAOKE—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-6699. LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208336-1313,; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’s-Nampa, 1527 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-461-5330. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Participants are invited to work on their public speaking. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, email personalityonpaper@ 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise. 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.

TUESDAY AUG. 23 Festivals & Events WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Friday. $3-$5 gate admission. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,

On Stage ROMEO AND JULIET—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children 12 and younger. Forest Service Park, First and Washington streets, Ketchum, 208-7268118, TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $18-$65. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

Food & Drink BUILD A BETTER LUNCHBOX—Get tips on how to pack a healthy, environmentally sound lunch your kids will love, taste samples and enter a drawing for an eco-friendly lunch container. Email eattothrivehealth@yahoo. com for more info and location. Visit lunchmakeover.eventbrite. com to sign up. Space is limited. 7-8:30 p.m. $15. UNCORKED IN THE GARDEN— Enjoy wine and music in the garden on the fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the summer. Local food and wine will be available to purchase. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE members, $3-$5 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

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Workshops & Classes


GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS— Spend your lunch hour on Tuesdays developing inner peace with Jessica Hixson from River Valley Hypnotherapy. Noon-12:30 p.m. sliding scale. Muse Building, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-342-3316, musebuilding. com/muse_building/muse.html.

BOOK CLUB—Each month features a new book. Grab the list of titles from the library. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-5624995,

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,

Odds & Ends ALMOST FAMOUS KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Eastside Tavern, 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-3453878.

NOISE/CD REVIEW BALANCE AND COMPOSURE: SEPARATION Doylestown, Penn., natives Balance and Composure released Separation (No Sleep Records), their debut full-length this spring. Separation is a departure from B&C’s handful of EPs and demonstrates that the band is continuing to build on their ambient, grungy sound. The problem is that this album has trouble building up to anything else. Weighing in at 12 tracks, this body of work is well put together but lacks the appeal of B&C’s early work. Albeit passionate and lyrically revealing, the songs seem to be missing something. Jonathan Simmons’ vocals remain raspy and unpredictable throughout the record, but now there is a different side to the man behind the microphone. His note choices and inflection match well with the ample guitar noise and direction of the record but convey a sense of torment and sadness. Songs such as “I Tore You Apart in My Head” paint a violent and lonely picture of Simmons locked away in his own frustration. Along with the intensity and sincerity of Simmons’ vocals, the musicianship is outstanding. The group makes amazing use of the three guitars, drums and bass, and they wield each incredibly well. By combining pretty-sounding guitar riffs with big, heavy distortion, the band crafts a sound that is sonically pleasing and intricate. Although powerful, songs like “Echo” tend to swing and sway rather than demolish. Being one of the most tender songs on the record, “Echo” proves that B&C wanted to venture into dark places with this release and explore their sound in a more mature and developed way. Drummer Bailey Van Ellis plays sparingly throughout this 4-minute stroll through apathy but drives the mood of the song with his massive-sounding snare and bass drum. As a whole, the album is exquisite but quite possibly a little too weird for its own good. The songs are all excellently written but fail to rouse quite the same reaction incited by B&C’s earlier releases. Perhaps some familiarity is necessary to appreciate Separation, or maybe even some heartache, but the first time through, it seems like the potential for greatness is there but, unfortunately, just slightly out of reach. —Trevor Villagrana WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT 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, 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. IDAHO CAPITAL CITY KENNEL CLUB—The monthly meeting of the Idaho Capital City Kennel Club is open to all who are interested in showing your dog in conformation, agility, obedience or rally events. 7 p.m. FREE. Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-345-5197, LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,; 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 2101 North Cassia St., Ste. 2111, Nampa, 208-463-9453.


NAMI SUPPORT GROUP— Share your experiences, coping strategies and offer support and encouragement to 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, NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR— Bring your business cards or fliers and mingle with other likeminded 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, 208-3453588. PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at secondhand stores. $1 PBR, Oly, or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008. POKER NIGHT—Prizes for first and second places. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Montego Bay, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, 208853-5070, montegobayidaho. com.

WEDNESDAY AUG. 24 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, WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Friday. $3-$5 gate admission. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650,

On Stage CABARET—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-3369221, ROMEO AND JULIET—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children 12 and younger. Forest Service Park, First and Washington streets, Ketchum, 208-7268118,



AUTHOR READING AND SIGNING: ALEXANDER MAKSIK— Meet the author of You Deserve Nothing, listen to him read and get your copy of his book signed. 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229,

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,

BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit and encourage each other. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB—Adult readers meet monthly to discuss the featured selection. For more information and to register, call 208-5624996. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996,

Talks & Lectures RIVER LECTURE: HABITAT— Two local experts will discuss restoring and enhancing trout and waterfowl habitat on the Boise River during the lunch hour. Bring something to eat or purchase a boxed lunch there. Visit for more info. Noon-1 p.m. FREE, ($15 for a boxed lunch). Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd., Boise.

Farmers Markets CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—5-8 p.m. Located on the corner of 12th and Dearborn streets next to the library, Caldwell.

Kids & Teens KID’S MAKE AND TAKE—See Wednesday, Aug. 17. 4 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2941, MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— See Wednesday, Aug. 17. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org.

Odds & Ends

KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208345-0135. KARAOKE AND WINE ROCKSTARS—See Wednesday, Aug. 17. 8-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, LAST CALL TRIVIA— 8 p.m. FREE. The Lift Bar and Grill, 4091 W. State St., Boise, 208342-3250,; 7 p.m. FREE. Eastside Tavern, 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-3453878; 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485,; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’s-Emerald, 7845 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-3781890. OPEN MIC—4:30 p.m. FREE. Shar Merritt’s Scones and Things, 750 S. Progress Ave., Ste. 170, Meridian, 208-8883353. VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. 7-10 p.m. FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-4248244.

BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— See Wednesday, Aug. 17. 6 p.m. FREE, 208-853-0678.

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PORTUGAL THE PILFERED Tragedy struck Portugal The Man this week when their touring van was stolen from a Chicago parking lot after a performance at Lollapalooza. The band lost all of the equipment they had acquired over the years, all of it to specially tailor their sound, including numerous rare and vintage guitars and amplifiers. “Basically, every bit of money Portugal The Man has made over the last five years was in that trailer,” singer John Gourley told The Oregonian. “I thought, ‘We finally have exactly what we need to do this.’” The band has compiled a list of some of the stolen equipment in hopes it will be sighted and returned. They will be getting by on borrowed gear until they are able to get it returned or get replacements. Visit to see the list. “We need to find this stuff,” Gourley told The Oregonian, “because it’s who we are and what we do at this point. It’s the last three records, using those guitars and amps.” Also in news of the stolen is a $5,000 custom guitar made specially for a member of George Clinton’s band. The axe was nicked from his tour bus in Memphis, Tenn. That is bad enough but there’s more. The guitar weighs only 4.5 pounds and was specially designed for Clinton’s guitarist, Shaunna Hall, after a serious back injur y prevented her from playing a standard guitar. Desperate to get it back, Hall told TMZ she is offering a cash reward, no questions asked. In better news, local electro-pop band Shades made their live debut at Visual Arts Collective last week after generating serious local buzz from a song they contributed to the free City of Trees online mixtape. To the best of BW’s knowledge, nothing was stolen from the show, other than the audience’s hearts. Visit Cobweb at for a full review. Also in news of the new, Tom Grainey’s has launched a new music series aiming to highlight new and touring acts on Sundays. The shows are free and the beers are only 50 cents. It’s easily Boise’s cheapest way to get drunk/tinnitus. And finally, Barbra Streisand’s younger sister, Roslyn Kind, will perform at the Nampa Civic Center on Saturday, Aug. 20. Though she has never been parodied on South Park, she did appear multiple times on The Ed Sullivan Show and in 2006 played Carnegie Hall. And unlike getting on South Park, to get to Carnegie Hall you have to practice. To win tickets to Kind’s show, visit and click on “Promo.”


Roslyn Kind doesn’t need South Park to be successful.

TAKING A (FAT) CHANCE A short history of Steve Eaton AMY ATKINS

—Josh Gross

Decades ago local musician Steve Eaton lived on a hill outside of Pocatello in a home he jokingly refers to as “the house that The Carpenters built.” He would drive to gigs in a Mercedes 350SL. The 64-year-old Idaho native is now a fixture for the wealthy blue-hair/business-suit set. Almost every Thursday night, you can Steve Eaton’s past and future are so bright he has to wear shades. find Eaton behind the piano, performing jazz and blues in the bar inside Chandlers Steakfor one another. It is because of ISG that shortly by a fall. For Eaton, the story of the house. Eaton’s lifestyle is far more modest Eaton plans to bring LaBounty out to Boise band’s break-up is really no story at all. than it was back in the ’70s. But the royal“We broke up for stupid reasons,” Eaton in October. ties he receives from songs he has written, Regardless of the hit songs, jingles, including “All You Get From Love Is A Love said enigmatically. soundtracks and songwriters organization, LaBounty moved back to Nashville and Song,” which The Carpenters recorded in the Eaton’s legacy goes beyond his music. late ’70s, means that he can afford to “work” would forge an impressive career, not only Two of Eaton’s four sons are becoming performing but also writing songs for the one or two nights per week. Those royalty likes of Patti LaBelle, Jimmy Buffett, Brooks stars themselves. Marcus is an acclaimed checks, although smaller than in years past, singer/songwriter/guitarist who has caught and Dunn, The Judds and Tim McGraw. are also reminders that Eaton has had—and the attention of music icon David Crosby. Eaton went on to record solo, releasing continues to have—a fruitful career. “We bought Marcus a guitar when he Staring into a cup of coffee as if it were a 1974’s Hey Mr. Dreamer and a self-titled was 9 years old, and he has never put it looking glass to his past, the tall, tan Eaton follow-up on Capitol Records. down since,” Eaton said proudly. “I was kind of the Curtis Stigers of that animatedly talked about the earliest days And son A.J. is a filmmaker whose short time,” Eaton said with a laugh. of performing with his Nashville, Tenn.The Mix-Up was welcomed into a number In the years following, Eaton moved to based friend Bill LaBounty, with whom he of film festivals, including the acclaimed Nashville and back to Pocatello. About 15 founded a band. Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo. A.J. reyears ago he moved to Boise. He played “In ’68 or ’69, [Bill and I] started this members his dad’s stories about Fat Chance. with Paul Revere and The Raiders and The group called Fat Chance,” Eaton said. “We “My dad would tell us about his band Fabulous Chancellors and continued to got a job at this place called Large David’s record. And, like LaBounty, he penned songs when we were kids. For us, they were like that used to be over by The Downtowner. fairytales,” A.J. said. for famous singers like Ann Murray, Lee One night, Phil Garonzik [a sax player] and A.J. plans to take the textures of Greenwood, Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Fred Sherman [a horn player] showed up those fairytales and combine them with the The Fifth Dimension and more. looking for a job. They sat in with us, and it facts of his father’s career and film a fictionWhile those songs helped pay the bills, was incredible. It changed the whole group.” alized account of Eaton, LaBounty and Fat Within a few months, the members of Fat Eaton’s success isn’t measured only in dolChance. Chance took a chance. They packed up their lars. He has a studio in his home, where he A.J. also hopes that a reunion with horns, guitars, drums, keyboards and iconic writes soundtracks and scores for television LaBounty will prompt his father to begin and film. Eaton has written for the Nature ’70s rock sound and moved to Los Angeperforming more of his original music. Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federales. It was 1972, and bands like Chicago, Eaton isn’t so sure. Transit Authority and Blood, Sweat & Tears tion, and PBS, for which he received two “Back in the day, my songs by The Emmy nominations. were radio mainstays. Carpenters and Art Garfunkel were on the Eaton also writes Fat Chance’s music Thursdays, 8 p.m. radio,” Eaton said. “By the time I moved jingles. If you have was a perfect fit. back to Boise, no one remembered me. heard, “We bring Shortly after arCHANDLERS “I was embarrassed to say, ‘This is a song quality home to you / riving in L.A., Fat 981 W. Grove St. 208-383-4300 at Michael’s Furniture I wrote for The Carpenters.’ It made me Chance secured a gig Showplace / uh huh,” feel like a geezer, so I reinvented myself and at The Troubadour. For more information on the became a jazz piano player.” you have heard an Luck was still on Idaho Songwriters Group, Eaton may not be living in a house on Eaton jingle. their side because visit the hill or driving a Mercedes now, but Not one to sit on that night, they he knows he has been successful—mainly his laurels, Eaton were signed to RCA. because he only has to play one gig per week started the Idaho Before the ink on the and only if he wants to. With his 65th birthSongwriters’ Group, a loose-knit group contracts could dry, they were touring the day approaching, that is about all he wants. United States, opening for British prog-rock associated with The Cabin’s Idaho Writ“Staying up even until 11 p.m. is tough ers’ Guild. ISG members get together about band Yes. now,” Eaton said with a laugh. Fat Chance’s rise to success was followed once a month to play and sing their songs

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ALIVE AFTER FIVE: THE RAGBIRDS—With Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove


ALL TIME LOW—4 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

SOLE AND THE SKYRIDER BAND, AUG. 20, KFCH If forced to describe Sole and the Skyrider Band’s music in one word, the word might be “dark.” The quartet began as an experiment in Flagstaff, Ariz., in a search to explore a merger between post-rock and hip-hop, delving into the inkier side of the genres. After two years of relentless, touring from 20072009, the Skyrider Band settled down in Los Angeles, leaving Sole to go on a solo quest to develop his graphic stream-ofconsciousness writing style. In 2010, a chance meeting in Denver reunited Sole and the Riders and created another opportunity for collaboration and reinvention, leading to hip-hop that provides listeners an outlet for critical thought. The group’s new album, Hello Cruel World (Fake Four, Inc.), is replete with Sole’s diary entry-like lyrics, a beautiful mess of choppy and jumbled reflections on life, liberty and the decline of Western Civilization. HCW dropped on CD on July 19 and will be out on vinyl on Tuesday, Aug. 30. —Trevor Villagrana With DJ Snug the Joiner. 8 p.m., $12-$25. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St.,

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DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid THE ETTES—8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux GIMME SUMMER YA LOVE TOUR—Featuring All Time Low, Mayday Parade, The Cab and We Are the In Crowd. 7 p.m. $19.99$40. Knitting Factory GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS—8 p.m. $50-$250. Sun Valley Pavilion JENNY WILLISON—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers REBECCA SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

THE EXOSKELETON—9:30 p.m. FREE. Reef FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE: BOISE STRAIGHT AHEAD—6:30 p.m. $7 members, $10 general. IBG KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton. See Noise, Page 30. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers RUN ON SENTENCE—With How’s Your Family and Hillfolk Noir. 8 p.m. $5. VAC THURSDAY THUNDER: CASH’D OUT—6 p.m. FREE. Edwards Stadium 22 Plaza

DOVEKINS—With Laura Goldhamer and the Silvernail. 8 p.m. $5. VAC HALF THE WORLD—With Karin Comes Killing, Krystos, Calderra and Foolsbane. 7:30 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid LEE PENN SKY—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s RANDOM COUNTRY GROWLERS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper REDHEAD EXPRESS AND THE WALKER FAMILY—7 p.m. $5-$10, FREE for children 6 and younger. Centennial High School

SATURDAY AUG. 20 ANDY BYRO AND THE LOST RIVER BAND—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GAYLE CHAPMAN—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub GRAND FALCONER—With Hollow Wood, Castanelli, The Arcadians and Kyler Daron. 7 p.m. $5. The Venue THE NAUGHTIES—9 p.m. $3. Grainey’s NED EVETT AND TRIPLE DOUBLE—With Grandma Kelsey. 7 p.m. $10. VAC

RUN ON SENTENCE—With The Bare Bones. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME—9 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Bouquet

SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones, Mike Seifrit and Jon Hyneman. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


SHERPA—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye


SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper


TAKE YOUR PANTS OFF AND TOUR—With Scorch the Fallen, Monsters Scare You, Keeping Secrets, Ella Ferrari, and Not For Now. 7 p.m. $10. Powerhouse

ROSLYN KIND—7:30 p.m. $39. Nampa Civic Center

DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

THIS MUST BE THE BAND—10 p.m. $7. Reef


RUBEDO—With No Kind of Rider, Owl Right and Atomic Mama. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room



GUIDE SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

THE MALADROIDS—With Unitahs and Joel Brown. 9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

SOLE AND THE SKYRIDER BAND—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $12-$25. Knitting Factory

NEEDTOBREATHE—8 p.m. $20. Egyptian

TAPES ‘N’ TAPES—With The Chain Gang of 1974. See Picks, Page 20. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT— With the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 7 p.m. $35$99.50. Eagle River Pavilion WORLD CLUB—With The Unitahs. 8 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Flying M Coffeegarage

SUNDAY AUG. 21 ATMOSPHERE—See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $29.50-$49.50. Eagle River Pavilion

SANITARIUM—With DJ Bones. 10 p.m. FREE. Liquid SCOTT EBERHART BENEFIT— Featuring The Mystics, Next in Line and more. 4 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Pengilly’s

MONDAY AUG. 22 BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill DEAR INDUGU—9 p.m. $2. Grainey’s Basement FORTUNATE YOUTH—9:30 p.m. $3. Reef LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny


MATT NATHANSON—8 p.m. $18-$35. Knitting Factory

COME TOGETHER—Noon. $10, $8 wine club members, FREE kids 14 and younger. Ste. Chapelle

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid



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

US BOMBS—With Pascal Briggs, A Thousand Effigies, Useless and The Northend Snugglers. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room

TUESDAY AUG. 23 BEN BURDICK AND FRIENDS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye BILL LABOUNTY—With Steve Eaton. 6 p.m. $25. Blue Door CHEVELLE—8 p.m. $25-$65. Knitting Factory ERIC CHURCH—With Eric Paslay. 7:30 p.m. FREE with Fair admission. Expo Idaho KEVIN KIRK—With Phil Garonzik and Wendi Phelps. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PAUL TILLOTSON TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill UBER TUESDAY: VITAMINS— With Bonefish Sam and His Orchestra, and Fountains. 8 p.m. FREE. VAC

UNCORKED IN THE GARDEN— Featuring The Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk Trio. 6 p.m. FREE members, $3-$5 nonmembers. IBG

WEDNESDAY AUG. 24 ALIVE AFTER FIVE: THE DUKE ROBILLARD BAND—With Dan Costello. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove HARD FALL HEARTS—With Poke. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers KOOL AND THE GANG—7:30 p.m. FREE with Fair admission. Expo Idaho NICHE—With Violet. 9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement SOUL HONEY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub WHITE BUFFALO—9 p.m. $5. Reef

ATMOSPHERE, AUG. 21, EAGLE RIVER PAVILION On Sunday, Aug. 21, the Eagle River Pavilion will play host to the not-always-sunny hip-hop of Atmosphere—the Minneapolis-based project of rapper Sean “Slug” Daley and beatmaker/ DJ/producer Anthony “Ant” Davis, whose music often has a positive message but also lives in the dark side. Atmosphere’s newest release, The Family Sign (Rhymesayers Entertainment), is a more serious venture than some of the act’s previous material and shows that their creativity has matured as they have. Slug and Ant don’t mince words or rely solely on metaphor, and the new single, “The Last To Say,” is a very direct tale of the cycle of child abuse. It opens with vivid imagery: “As far back as he cares to remember / he used to see his old man lose the temper / And Mama’s pretty face would catch it all.” Atmosphere’s messages may be a little gloomy, but seeing them live—especially outdoors—is definitely a day-brightener. —Amy Atkins

V E N U E S Don’t know a venue? Visit for addresses, phone numbers and a map.

7 p.m., $29.50-$49.50. Eagle River Pavilion, 827 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle,

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A VIEW FROM INSIDE THE CAGE The Tribes of Burning Man looks at the inner workings of the event and the impact Burners have on society BINGO BARNES Amy Westover goes solo.

LISK WHISKS OVER TO BODO; GO WEST(OVER) The Lisk Gallery is planning a big—and small—move. The gallery, currently at 850 Main St., will be in its new home at 405 S. Eighth St. (where the Stylish Stork used to be) by the beginning of October. Gallery manager Ashley Kennedy said that although the new space has less square footage, the BODO location has more foot traffic. “[That area] has more people,” Kennedy said. “And we want more people,” she added with a laugh. The move will mark eight years that Lisk Gallery has been open-—apropos that the new address is on Eighth Street. Hopefully the Lisks won’t feel the need to move to Ninth Street next year. Check back here for updates and visit for more information. Amy Westover may be best known for her public persona. She has been a participant in a number of group exhibits, including gallery shows and the 2001 Idaho Triennial. And Westover has taken a number of her works out of the galleries and into the outdoors—or at least into the lobbies of public buildings. Westover’s works can be seen at the Jefferson Building, Hotel 43, the Watershed, the Boise Airport, along some trails in McCall and on Grove Street. But for the first time ever, this accomplished artist has her own solo show, currently on exhibit at Enso Artspace, the collective gallery of which she is a member. The exhibit, titled Admit One Human: New Work by Amy Westover, includes large wall installations in steel and glass, three free-standing sculptures of steel and foam, works on paper and more. Whereas many an artist would be thrilled to take work from the walls to the streets, this inaugural show is equally exciting for Westover. “In putting this show together, I realized I have never had a solo show before,” Westover said. She also realized that she would have total command and use of the space. “We have this brand-new space, which is beautiful ... When I thought of that space, I immediately thought, ‘I get to do whatever I want. I have full control over the curatorial process and thematically and what the viewer sees.’ It was so exciting for me to put that together,” she said. Westover’s exhibit runs through Friday, Sept. 23, and is available for viewing via private appointment, on Thursdays from 3-8 p.m. and at the exhibit opening reception on Friday, Aug. 26, from 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit

What is it to be a journalist? Is it offering an objective outsider’s view? Or is an event, organization, group or cultural phenomenon best described by a participant? Steven T. Jones, aka Scribe, has penned a new book about Burning Man, The Tribes of Burning Man. Jones is not only a Burner—a person who participates in the annual weeklong event—but he is also an experienced journalist. Hunter S. Thompson broke through the boundaries separating participant and reporter long ago, but for journalists trying to walk that fine line between insider and outsider, it seems that, to some degree, objectivity is the casualty. I, too, am a fellow journalist, trained in the arcane arts of mainstream media. I am also a Burner, and I attended Burning Man, which is held over Labor Day weekend in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, during the times The Tribes of Burning Man covers—a six-year period from 2004 to 2010 that Jones has proclaimed “the Burning Man renaissance,” a time of bigger art, larger camps and greater attendance. It was also a time when those who attended influenced their communities after returning home. While Jones does look at Burning Man’s global impact, his focus is more on San Francisco, ground zero and home filled art party in the desert, as it grew from a of the Burning Man organization. community of less than 10,000 in the 1990s, The book is structured in a chronological to Nevada’s third-largest city at a population format tapping into Jones’ articles in the San of 50,000, at least for one week a year. Francisco Bay Guardian with some additionHe makes a case that the “anything goes” al reporting and interviews. Jones reports mantra that is part of the ethos of Burning from within certain Burning Man groups as Man has spilled out into American society, a journalist who put down his notepad and influencing it in a new and profound way. became a participant. He rounds out his Nowhere is this seen more than in San Francoverage by stepping back into a journalist’s cisco, but the seeds are being sown through role as he covers other tribes. regional events across the country and even Jones covers a diverse range of enclaves, Europe. Jones proclaims that the Burnincluding rave/sound camps; sex-themed ing Man philosophy that includes helping groups; Burners without Borders (they others, de-commoditizing communal effort, helped rebuild communities after Katrina gifting, radical self-reliance and leaving no and after the 2007 Peruvian earthquake); trace is slowly seeping into an American Black Rock Solar, which helps to create society broken by overlow-cost energy consumerism, cynicism alternatives for For more information, visit of our leaders, and a communities in capitalistic society run need; and even the amok. clown and circus Jones doesn’t go so far as to claim a new resurgence that has prospered in the creative environment of San Francisco’s Burning Man cultural revolution reminiscent of the 1960s, but he and the Burners he interviewed for his community. book believe that as the people influenced by Throughout the book, Jones explores the Burning Man gather in tribes and go forth, maturation of Burning Man, known to many they are having a positive effect on their outsiders as little more than a drug- and sex-

communities across the world. Jones has had some positive feedback on the book. “People who have read it really like it,” he said. “I feel like the timing of the book was good.” However, he said the ruling Burning Man organization known as The Borg has mixed feelings due to some of the criticism of the organization in the book. “I expected them to be more supportive,” he said, referring to The Borg’s one-time habit of promoting other Burner projects and creative endeavors in its newsletters and on its website. “Chicken John” Rinaldi, a San Francisco-based Burner, former mayoral candidate, social activist and prominent figure in The Tribes of Burning Man, said that someone who hasn’t been to Burning Man “may not be able to make it to the fifth page.” Asked if Jones missed anything about Burning Man, Chicken John just laughed. “He set his focus so narrow and wrote from his own perspective,” Rinaldi said. “He amplified the importance of what he was doing ... What I think is important is that literature, art and song are represented in something as big as Burning Man. The correct response ... is to make art about it. So if someone writes a book about it, then that’s art. That’s the correct response, and I support that.” The end of days may be ahead for what we knew as Burning Man. For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, tickets to Burning Man have sold out. As of press time, tickets were available on Ebay for $600-$800 each, more than double the cost of the last ticket sold through With a population cap, Burning Man is entering unknown territory. The event may become an elitist playground of only the rich who can afford tickets. Maybe the privilege of attending the festival has become commodified, the exact opposite of the gifting, anti-capitalism ethos. The beauty of Burning Man is that, over the years, it has evolved and changed to meet the needs, wants and desires of the participants. It’s an indescribable event. And no matter how much your friend who went to Burning Man talks your ear off about it, you can’t understand the sights, sounds and smells of this life-changing experience without going yourself. But if that isn’t an option, at least this year, start with The Tribes of Burning Man.

—Amy Atkins

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READ ALL ABOUT IT Tabloid includes kidnapping, fried chicken and a whole lot of sex GEORGE PRENTICE Tabloid is a delicious piece of voyeuristic trash. In it, acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War, Gates of Heaven, The Thin Red Line) turns his lens toward Joyce McKinney, a femme fatale of British tabloids in the 1970s. But don’t expect a full examination of celebrity or journalism. This is junk of the highest order. Tabloid’s checkNew doc shows how Joyce McKinney used fried chicken, mashed potatoes list includes cinnamon oil backrubs, fried and sex to take crazy to a whole new level. chicken, chloroform, handcuffs, the Mormon Church and copious amounts of sex. hearing in December 1977, the world’s press, he evaporated. So I did what any American “It’s not a porno story,” said the bleach or at least the tabloids, were drooling. She girl would do.” Right. McKinney then hired blonde McKinney. “It’s a love story. I would never do anything to hurt him.” Her narration a private eye, hunted Anderson to the United ended up spending three months at Holloway Prison, London’s famous women’s lock-up Kingdom (where he was serving his LDS is regularly punctuated with creepy giggles. while she awaited her trail. mission), kidnapped him at gunpoint, held “Him” is Kirk Anderson, the most unThe headlines kept coming: “Beauty Queen him captive at a secluded cottage (he said she likely object of affection that you will see on Kidnaps Mormon,” “Chained Spread Eagle.” used chains, she said she the big screen this used ropes), and plied him McKinney became a celeb in England, and year. Anderson, with fried chicken, mashed soon she was partying with John Travolta, a devout member TABLOID (R) potatoes and sex, sex, sex. Joan Collins, the Bee Gees and the Who. of the Church of Directed by Errol Morris Her escape from Britain was even more “I was his little wife, Jesus Christ of dramatic. McKinney used an elaborate almost,” she snorted. “I Latter-day Saints, Featuring Joyce McKinney, Kirk Anderson wanted to give him lots of disguise and posed as a mute deaf to befuddle met McKinney in Opens Friday at The Flicks customs agents. To this day, she was never babies in my tummy.” Salt Lake City and extradited back to face full charges. The Fleet Street newshad a brief flirtaDon’t worry. This isn’t a spoiler. Her wacko papers of London had the tion. That was his behavior and bizarre story don’t end there. story of the year. first mistake. Tabloid is a blast. It neither qualifies “Mormon Kidnapped,” said the Times. “When I met him, it was like it was in the celebrity nor examines our obsession with it. “Manacled Mormon,” said the more ribald movies,” said McKinney. Sure, if you think Instead, it shows it for the daily freak show Daily Express. “Love in Chains,” said the Fatal Attraction was a rom-com. no-shame Mirror. By the time McKinney was that it is. What followed when Anderson disapMove over, Lindsay Lohan. You have peared has become the stuff of tabloid legend. caught by no less than Scotland Yard, her infamy was well rooted. By the time of her bail nothing on Joyce McKinney. “He vanished,” said McKinney. “I mean

EXTRA/SCREEN FULL STEAM AHEAD ON NED Any aspiring Boise-based filmmaker who thinks he or she has to move to Hollywood is simply not paying attention. Plenty of resources are available here. The Idaho Film Office recently awarded $30,000 in $5,000 grant increments to six local filmmakers, including young Zach Voss, director of the winning entry in the 2011 i48 film competition. And there are established filmmakers in Boise to emulate: locals like Will Schmeckpeper and Travis Swartz have shown that a passion for movie making and a desire to reside in Ada County do not have to be mutually exclusive. Now you can add local director Gavin Boyd to the list of filmmakers who do not ascribe to “location, location, location.” Boyd and a group of others launched multimedia company All Spirit Media in January. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Screening of trailer for new Ned Evett doc and performance by Ned Evett and Triple Double. Saturday, Aug., 20, 7 p.m., $10. VAC 3638 Osage St.

Although spirituality and religion are the basis of a number of All Spirit’s products, many of its releases are secular. On Saturday, Aug. 20, at Visual Arts Collective, Boyd will screen the trailer for a product that straddles both: his in-process documentary on local guitar virtuoso Ned Evett, simply titled Ned. In the completed film, viewers will get a chance to learn more about Evett and his mastery of the fretless guitar from himself and from musical luminaries such as Joe Satriani. According to Boyd, they will also see how Evett’s faith—mainly in himself—has played a role in his career. The screening is just the icing on the cake. Ned Evett and Triple Double will perform with Grandma Kelsey opening. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 7 p.m. —Amy Atkins

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SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings MOVIES FOR A CAUSE: MAMA MIA—Spread out a blanket on the lawn and watch a movie in the park. Proceeds benefit Hope’s Door. Friday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. FREE. Caldwell Memorial Park, Kimball and Grant, Caldwell. MOVIES FOR A CAUSE: THE PRINCESS BRIDE—Bring a picnic and a blanket to sprawl out on and watch a movie under the stars. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Food and drink vendors will dish up food and snacks. Proceeds benefit the Holland and Hart Foundation. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, MOVIES UNDER THE STARS—Bring the family to the park for an evening of games, crafts and family friendly entertainment. Bring snacks, a blanket or low-backed camp chairs—but leave pets at home. The movie this month is Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Trader, rated PG. Saturday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. FREE. Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise,

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As anyone who’s seen Hot Fuzz knows, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are unlikely heroes, but together they’ve battled zombies and taken on big crime in a small village. Now, in Paul, the pair deals with an alien. Pegg and Frost are a couple of sci-fi geeks on their way to the Cosmic-Con convention when they run into an alien named Paul (an animated character voiced by Seth Rogen). The extraterrestrial needs their help to lose Lorenzo Zoil (Jason Bateman), a government agent tailing him. Written as a love letter to Steven Spielberg, Paul contains numerous references to the notable director’s work, as well as to other famous science fiction movies.

Depicting superheroes without super powers seems to be a trend in movies for the past few years. Super is the latest installment. Rainn Wilson plays Frank D’Arbo, whose wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) leaves him for Jacques (Kevin Bacon). After getting no help from police for this “robbery,” Frank decides to become a superhero to win Sarah back. With a wrench as a weapon and comic store clerk Libby (Ellen Page) as his sidekick, Frank becomes the crime-stopping Crimson Bullet to win Sarah back. While the stunts are entertaining, the film’s themes are particularly dark, which makes it a unique story among similar plots. —Lizzy Duffy

SCREEN/INTERNET BOREDOM LEADS TO BORING The web-only comedy series Completely Normal Activity follows Richie (Bryan Beckwith) on a journey through boredom-induced paranoia. The show comes from Private Portions, a collective that specializes in short films, started by Ward Crockett, Adrienne Dawes and C. Dylan Plummer, all of whom are graduates of Chicago’s Second City. The trio provided not only the framework for the series but also some space to grow for the ensemble cast since all of the dialogue is improvised. Richie, having won a huge disability settlement after an incident at his old job, squanders the windfall on video equipment so that he can document the paranormal activity going on in his apartment and annoy his live-in girlfriend Relle (Muriel Montgomery), an NYU-bound experimental filmmaker. Richie gets wrapped up in his own spirited hype, as well as in his mysterious, awkwardly seductive upstairs neighbor Lilah (Erin O’Shea). The premise for the series was clever but the execution fell flat. The improvised dialogue

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sounds forced and hinders any real character development—and a viewer’s desire to wait around and see if that ever happens. The season finale is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30, and if it isn’t more exciting—or at least entertaining—than the rest of the series, Private Portions might have to deactivate Completely Normal Activity. —Trevor Villagrana WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



SPEAK SOFTLY, CARRY A BIG STICK A fee-dodging retiree forces a national forest to rethink access charges DANIEL KRAKER

Soft-spoken, bespectacled Jim Smith makes an unlikely activist. The former Mobil Oil geophysicist retired to Sedona, Ariz., about 10 years ago, drawn by the spectacular red-rock scenery. In November 2009, Smith drove five miles of rough road to the Vultee Arch trailhead and backpacked in for a Retired geophysicist Jim Smith stands next to a Red Rock Pass dispenser at a trailhead just outside of Sedona, Ariz. night. When he returned, he found the Forest Service had ticketed him for failing to buy a Red Rock Pass. Still it’s unclear how the decision will afcharges for access to undeveloped areas. Rather than simply mailing a check, fect the Forest Service at large. The head of The Federal Lands Recreation EnhanceSmith did some research. Then he chalthe agency, Tom Tidwell, says system-wide ment Act, passed in 2004, repealed the lenged the citation in federal court. reviews were already being planned but acLast September, he won. U.S. Magistrate fee demo program and restricted fees to knowledges that Smith’s case “was another sites that provide amenities. But the ForJudge Mark Aspey ruled that the Coconino indicator that we need to take a look” at the National Forest could not charge recreation est Service retained many of the same fee fee areas. The agency completed the reviews programs it had created under Fee Demo— fees at undeveloped trailheads or other in late May but says it’s too early to reveal even in areas lacking services. The agency sites that did not offer certain amenities, what recommendations might result. came up with a new designation called like toilets or picnic tables. The Coconino Given flat recreation budgets and High Impact Recreation Areas, which lump has since stopped charging fees at more skyrocketing visitation, some say access together primitive sites with nearby sites remote trailheads. It’s also held two public fees are likely here to stay. Nationwide the that do have amenities, creating chunks of meetings and in June released two alternaForest Service collects more than $60 miltive fee scenarios. Coincidentally, the Forest land where fees could be collected. There lion annually in fees, about 20 percent of its Service announced on Feb. 25 that it would are 95 HIRAs across the country, mostly in the West. They are often huge: Sedona’s Red total Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness conduct a nationwide internal review of its budget. The money is funneled back into Rock fee area, for example, encompasses recreation fee areas. maintenance, safety, visitor education and 160,000 acres. Smith says he challenged his ticket on Since FLREA also allows federal agencies more. In Sedona, Red Rock Pass revenue behalf of those who “have a hard time afpays for managing the nation’s largest fording fees.” Kitty Benzar, president of the to charge fees for “specialized recreation national forest volunteer team, which does uses ... such as group activities” and “recWestern Slope No Fee Coalition, is more everything from pick up trash to help mainreation events,” the BLM took a different effusive. “Jim Smith,” she says, “is a hero approach, requiring paid permits at roughly tain trails. And the fee program is fairly to a lot of people.” lean: No more than 15 percent is used for 20 primitive but sensitive sites throughout The Forest Service and Bureau of Land administrative and other overhead costs. Management were first authorized to charge the West, like Utah’s Cedar Mesa and AriThe local program generated just more zona’s Paria Canyon. Benzar calls this the access fees through the 1996 Recreational than $1 million in 2010. The Red Rock Fee Demonstration Program. Local agencies “black hole” in the law. District received only about $400,000 in No-fee activists say the Smith decision needed money to reduce a huge maintefederal recreation funds that same year. The has re-energized them. Matt Kenna, an nance backlog; at least 80 percent of the fees are critical for protecting a fragile ecoattorney with the fees would be used system that hosts a million and a half visiWestern States Legal on the land where tors every year, says Coconino Recreation Foundation who repthey were collected. Staff Officer Jennifer Burns. If there aren’t resents plaintiffs chalBut many people reFor more information on FLREA, HIRAS lenging fees at Mount established trails, hikers create their own by sented the program, and access fees, visit the Bureau of Land tramping over sensitive soils, she says. Lemmon outside Management’s website at or the U.S. arguing that public Forest Service’s website at “The Red Rock Pass in this day and Tucson and Mount lands should remain, Evans west of Denver, age is a necessity. I would hate to see it go well, public. Cities, says it’s helped in both away.” counties and state cases. District court legislatures, including rulings aren’t binding precedents, but Kenna those in Oregon and Idaho, passed resoluThis story first appeared in High tions condemning it and complaining about calls it “a fresh, well-reasoned decision.” Country News in June 2011.


Don’t wait for snow to get your yurt on.

YURT THE ONE MISSING OUT While it seems like summer just hit full swing, autumn is peeking its greedy little head above the horizon. There’s still plenty of time to hit the trails for epic mountain bike rides—especially considering how delayed the season was. But it’s also time to start planning for those fabulous fall adventures, that amazing time of year when the ground is still clear and you don’t have to worry about suffering heat exhaustion just from walking to your car. If you’re tired of the same old Foothills trails or need an excuse for a short getaway, you can always head for the Boise National Forest to take advantage of what officials at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation see as an under-utilized fall amenity: yurts. Parks and Rec manages six yurts in the Idaho City area, and while the yurts are booked on winter weekends up to a year in advance by eager snowshoers and crosscountry skiers, they are readily available throughout the shoulder season. “People have known that these are amazing winter options, but they’ve been neglected in the spring and fall,” said Jennifer Blazek, communications manager for Parks and Rec. “They’re more accessible in the spring and fall with equal recreational opportunities, it’s just different—hiking and biking vs. skiing and snowshoeing.” That accessibility is particularly alluring to those who dread hauling around gear. What might be a two-mile ski during the winter is a 10-minute walk in the fall since most of the yurts are located right off of Forest Service roads. Visit parksandrecreation. The yurts for details. all sleep six comfortably and are outfitted with furniture, cooking gear and utensils—you only have to bring your own food and gear. In an effort to fill the yurts during the fall, Parks and Rec is offering special discounted prices through Tuesday, Nov. 15. Friday-Sunday fall yurt rentals cost $60 per night and weekday rentals are $45 per night. Each person in addition to the standard six will run an additional $10 per person per night. During the peak season, a yurt rental costs between $75 and $90 per night. The yurts can be booked online at The website also has a full list of what the yurts come equipped with, a yurt user’s manual and details on each yurt. —Deanna Darr

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11TH ANNUAL CASCADE LAKE RUN—Register through race day for this run, to be held from Van Wyck Park to the Cascade Medical Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. Contact Paula at 208-630-4326 or paula@ to register. $10-$25. BOGUS BASIN HILL CLIMB— Register online through Friday, Aug. 19, for this 14.5-mile ascent up Bogus Basin Road. The ride starts at 9 a.m. at Highlands Elementary School. There will be competitive and touring classes, and braggin’ rights will be your reward. Contact Mike at 208-343-3782 for more info. 9 a.m., PROJECT ATHENA—The threecity race series led by project founder Robyn Benincasa comes to Boise for the kick-off event, including a 1K Kidz Challenge, 5K-ish team adventure hike and a 10K run. Visit projectathena. org to register for any and all of these events through Wednesday, Aug. 17. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. TABLE ROCK CHALLENGE— Register online at through race day for this 4.5-mile run up Shaw Mountain to Table Rock Bluffs and back, for a total of 9 miles, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. $25. Fort Boise Park, 600 W. Garrison St., Boise. WARRIOR 5K RUN/WALK— Support the Meridian High School cross-country program by participating in this race on roads around the school. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. on the west side of the parking lot of Meridian High School. $20-$25.

Events & Workshops CALDWELL NIGHT RODEO— Five nights of professional rodeo action, including a junior rodeo, bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more. Visit for more info, a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Through Saturday, Aug. 20, 6:45 p.m. $8-$20 daily, $75 for a five-day pass. Canyon County Fairgrounds, 22nd Avenue South, Caldwell, 208-4558500, FREE SKATE DAY— Skating, rentals and Pepsi products are free for everyone this afternoon. See Picks, Page 20. Saturday, Aug. 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, IDAHO SENIOR GAMES—A social and recreational opportunity for adults age 50 and older. Register to compete in 16 different sports, more than 50 events and 11 age groups. Through Sunday, Aug. 21. Visit idahoseniorgames. org to register and for more info. SUN VALLEY ICE SHOW— Part of an annual series of performances by Olympic and world-class figure skaters, featuring Ryan Bradley. Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 p.m. $54-$102. Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, 208-622-4111, sunvalley. com.

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HEAVEN IN THE CANYON Hells Canyon on the Snake River is home to a diverse habitat, odd weather and a dramatic canyonscape that, depending on who you ask, is only bested by the Grand Canyon. This was my first time rafting the canyon, and I was giddy. The route from Hells Canyon Dam on the Oregon border to Pittsburg Landing is not particularly difficult to navigate. Just 33 miles in length, it represents one of the shorter and more accessible—albeit still remote—multi-night stretches in the state. However, it is prone to much higher water than other rivers because of the fact that it is dam-fed and takes on water from several other sizable Oregon and Idaho tributaries. We camped near the put-in the night before our departure in order to get an early start. The temperature deep in this low-elevation canyon was hot, and the water was surprisingly pleasant. The next morning, we secured our permits through the Forest Service office, arranged vehicle shuttles, rigged our boats and were on our way a little before noon. After a short float down to a rocky bar we were ready to scout our first big rapid. With flows fluctuating between 18,00027,000 cfs throughout the day, timing is everything in picking the correct line through Hells Canyon’s big rapids. Thankfully, Wild Sheep rapid was blown out, making for an easy line through an enormous wave train just left of river center. A 10-foot standing wave knocked the glasses and earrings off of one of our party but everyone made it through. A quick lunch stop along a shady, petroglyph-laden alcove and we were on our way through the Granite Creek rapid and its infamous Green Room. This wave was also blown out at these flows, but made for a rocking rollercoaster ride in our little 13-foot paddle boat. The first night out, we stayed at Saddle Creek Campground, a shady and comfortable old homestead with ample space to set up tents and a proper kitchen. After eating pot roast and potatoes, the stars and crickets lulled us to sleep. Rested, we pushed down river the next morning. Some in our group rigged fishing gear for a shot at an elusive sturgeon, but nobody had that kind of good fortune. With other species, our luck was significantly better. Out of the six people who threw in a line, the average catch (and release) was 20-30 fish during the final two days of the trip. Two friends brought in more than 100 small mouth bass—literally every other cast. Our second to last night, we set up shop on the sandy beaches of Lower Hominy Camp. The fishing continued into the evening, as we chatted with the occasional curious jet boater. Our final night was spent down river from historic Kirkwood Ranch. We cooked up wild rice, bean and steak wraps, as strange clouds passed overhead, but short, infrequent bursts of rain and heavy wind did not sour the good times. After a big bacon breakfast, we solemnly made our way the final few miles down to Pittsburgh Landing and the take-out. Returning to reality and turning my cell phone back on has never sucked so bad. —Andrew Mentzer WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




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TARA MORGAN Between the rushing gurgle of the Boise River and the bee-like swarm of bike tires on Greenbelt asphalt, I hit the jackpot. Reaching skyward, I pulled a small ripe purple orb from the bent branch of a wild plum tree, hunched like a street urchin under the weight of its fleshy bounty. Mid-August is the sticky sweet thick of wild fruit season. Though red and black currants have come and gone, scattering their pea-sized fruit along the banks of the river, plums, apricots, blackberries and apples are currently coming on in spurts. While the city of Boise doesn’t plant fruit trees in public parks or in public right-ofways, a number of wild trees have sprouted up in the moist soil lining the Boise River and along irrigation canals. “The thing about fruit-bearing trees is we don’t allow them on the public right-of-way just because of the nuisance—the mess they make of the sidewalks and the street … We don’t plant any in the city parks just for the same reason,” explained Ryan Rodgers, City which allows the public to pinpoint places of Boise urban forestry specialist. where they’ve stumbled upon wild fruit or Still, there are a few public fruit trees private residences with more fruit than they scattered around downtown—an apple tree can handle. Though local forager Jasmine that is currently dropping moth-eaten fruit Berier is aware of the Boise Urban Foods along a sidewalk on 14th and Main streets map, she prefers to find her own spots. and a couple of persimmon trees. “I Google Map every bush and then I “If they’re already there and established, we’re not going to go in and cut them down, literally track that bush,” said Berier. Berier doesn’t want to make her favorite but we don’t really do any maintenance of picking locales public knowledge. She forthem or harvest any of the fruit ourselves,” ages for sustenance. said Rodgers. “I really depend on feeding my But just because the city doesn’t family that way … My husband harvest fruit growing on public was one of the unlucky souls that property doesn’t mean the public lost his job when the market took a can’t. In towns across the councrash, and I’m a mom of two kids. try, urban fruit foraging groups I had to figure out how I was gohave popped up to keep ripe fruit ing to pick up some slack without from going to waste. Websites like getting a job because I didn’t want Portland, Ore.’s Urban Edibles FIND: to put my kids in a daycare and we or Los Angeles’ Fallen Fruit offer Boise Urban Foods map couldn’t afford it,” said Berier. public maps detailing the locations In the summertime, Berier forof produce spots for local foragages wild plums, apples, black and ers. The website Concrete Jungle in red currants, mulberries, blackberries and Atlanta, which was recently profiled in The chokecherries. She makes an array of jellies, New York Times, also offers a database dejams and chutneys for her family to eat and tailing the locations of untended fruit trees also sells her products on occasion. Though on commercial and public property. But she’s an old pro now, Berier initially used the group takes it a step further, donating technology to figure out which wild fruits the “neglected produce” to food banks and were edible. homeless shelters. “I used Facebook a lot of the time to Last year, local food blog Mundovore created the Boise Urban Foods Google map, clarify what the genus is, and if it was safe

to eat, and when it was normally ripe. Then I’d come back with the kids,” said Berier. Though Berier admitted that some wild tree fruit has a “more grainy” or “woody” taste than its commercial cousins, she said taste varies from tree to tree. “It just depends on the area that it’s in,” said Berier. “If it gets a decent amount of regular water then it won’t be as woody, as far as I can tell.” Wild fruit trees tend to produce smaller, less cloyingly sweet fruit because they often grow from seeds deposited by animals instead of being grafted from an existing tree. According to apple forager and cider maker John Dadabay, wild fruit trees are generally less susceptible to pests because they have genetically adapted over time to survive in the native landscape. “Some of your old plum and apricot species, and cherries for that matter, seem to be relatively disease resistant because they’re growing out there and producing fruit,” he explained. Dadabay was raised on an abandoned apple orchard in Vermont and has been making hard cider since he was a teenager. He prefers to use old wild apple species, explaining that the slightly bitter fruit makes for a more nuanced and flavorful end product. Around this time of year, 40 Dadabay spends his free time scour-

Things are shaking up in the downtown real-estate scene. Jamba Juice, a smoothie chain famous for its vitamin and proteinpacked “boosts,” has added another Treasure Valley location. Now in addition to the shop at McMillan and Cloverdale roads, Jamba Juice will blend up fruit-flecked liquid meals on Eighth Street in the ground floor of the Capitol Terrace building, next to the escalators. The store has been serving up steel-cut oatmeal and smoothie samples at the Capital City Public Market on Saturdays and plans to be open to the public sometime this week. Adjacent to Jamba Juice, the mini-chain Carusos’s Sandwich Company, with locations in Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Spokane, Wash., has officially shut its doors. Though we jokingly questioned the need for another meat-and-cheese-betweenbread option in downtown Boise when Caruso’s opened in November 2010, it’s always a bummer to see another business bite the dust. But as the saying goes, when one sandwich shop closes, another Mexican burrito chain opens across the street. Undeterred by the recent now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t fate of Chronic Tacos, Costa Vida, a “fresh” Mex spot with locations across the United States will open soon next to the Brick Oven Bistro. The chain offers items like raspberry chipotle chicken burritos and sweet pork quesadillas. For more information, visit And in more closing news, Sapphire Bar and Grill, the tenant that took over the unlucky space at Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street, which once housed The Capitol Club and Cool Hand Luke’s, shut its doors last month. The sporty, Boston-pub-ish spot opened in late 2010. Adelmann Building owner Karen Buich says the joint will reopen as a rentable private party and events spot with food and a full bar. For more information, call 208-867-5119. Around the corner at Eighth and Bannock streets, La Cantina Sociale also packed up its pasta and left in July. But the wine shop and specialty Italian market isn’t gone for good. Owner Giuseppe Veneziano is in the process of reopening his shop at 1100 Front Street in the large building near Pitchers and Pints. And out in Nampa, Eli’s Italian Deli, which shuttered its Boise location at 10th and Bannock streets earlier this year, has also shut down its Nampa store. —Tara Morgan


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FOOD/CON’T ing vacant areas around Boise for interesting apples. “What I have been doing is finding old townsites where the towns no longer exist, and many of the fruit trees are left there and they’re wild … You kind of just have to look; apples are where people were,” said Dadabay. “Unless it’s a wild crab apple, an apple that you can actually consume is wherever people lived at one time and grew fruit trees.” Inspired by Dadabay and Berier, on a recent searing summer afternoon, I put on some shorts (first mistake) and flip-flops (second mistake) and set out to see what fruit I could gather close to home. I wound down Eighth Street and snaked behind Camel’s Back into Hulls Gulch, using my smartphone as a treasure map. I stopped at each blue teardrop on the Boise Urban Foods map and found, to my amusement, a couple not-quite-ripe blackberry bushes and an abundance of also not-yet-ripe wild rose hips—just like the map promised. Staring down a scraggly mass of dead blackberry brambles that surrounded a patch of ripe, glistening berries like a dry mote, I made a note to dress more appropriately on my next foraging adventure. “You’re definitely going to want to wear long sleeves if you’re going to get blackberries,” cautioned Berier. “The first time I went blackberry picking was not pretty. My legs were shredded and my arms were shredded. To get to the good berries, you have to kind of make a pathway into the bush.” Dadabay also had some words of advice for aspiring wild fruit foragers. “Get permission if it’s on private property; if it’s not on private property, go and don’t be greedy,” said Dadabay. “Leave apples for other people, just take what you need—apples for the deer and apples for the birds.” 39

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VINHO VERDE When the weather heats up, you want to dial things back a bit by keeping it light and simple. That applies equally to summer activities, clothing, food and drink. When it comes to wine, nothing is more refreshing than a bottle of vinho verde from Portugal. It’s a blend of up to 25 different indigenous grapes, including alvarinho, arinto, troixadura, loureita and pederna. While you may never become familiar with the variety of grapes, you’ll want to get to know the wine. With its crisp fruit and touch of fizz, it’s a unique delight. Serve it well chilled for a flavorful way to beat the heat. Here are the panel’s favorites: 2010 AVELEDA FONTE VINHO VERDE, $7.99 Beautifully floral aromas pour from the glass—creamy melon, honeysuckle and bright citrus. Loaded with a tingly fizz that really wakes up the palate, this is a well-structured wine. The ripe peach fruit flavors are nicely balanced by crisp acidity. The finish is surprisingly lush and lingers nicely. CASAL GARCIA VINHO VERDE, $8.99 The aromas are soft but amazingly varied with juicy apple and guava fruit, floral honeysuckle and carnation, all backed by intriguing touches of briny herb and light mint. The flavors are a lively mix of lemon, lime, melon and tart apple, with just a bit of spritz on the tongue. Hints of spring greens and coconut come through on the finish. 2010 J M FONSECA TWIN VINES VINHO VERDE, $7.99 The Twin Vines offers rich and ripe fruit on the nose with sweet peach and honeydew melon colored by subtle notes of mineral and nutmeg. While it’s still eminently refreshing, the Twin Vines is on the subdued side of the vinho verde spectrum, with sweet citrus and green apple flavors that turn smooth and supple on the lengthy finish. A great intro to the variety. —David Kirpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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FOUND VOLKSWAGEN KEY Found a Volkswagen laser cut hide a key on Milwaukee St. in front of Cost Plus parking lot. Would love to return it to rightful owner. Just prove it works in your car... email & will respond asap. YARD SALE SALE HERE! Call Boise Weekly to advertise your Yard Sale. 4 lines of text and a free Yard Sale kit for 20. Kit includes 3 large signs, pricing stickers, success tips and checklist. Call Boise Weekly by 10AM on Monday to post your Yard Sale for the next Wednesday edition. 344-2055.

ADOPT-A-PET These pets can be adopted at the Idaho Humane Society. 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise | 208-342-3508

SOCKS: 6-year-old female domestic shorthair. Good with other cats and dogs. Litterbox-trained. Playful. (Kennel 115#13592723)

LANA: 20-month-old female Rottweiler mix. Shy at first but completely devoted once she warms up. Good with other dogs. (Kennel 426- #13683437)

YOSHI: 2-year-old male pit bull terrier/Lab mix. House- and cratetrained. Good with dogs and cats. Knows some commands. (Kennel 425- #8852083)

BAXTER: 2-yearold male domestic shorthair. Can be shy. Litterbox-trained. Gentle cat who would prefer to be an only pet. (Kennel 24- #13794827)

WALKER: 5-month-old male domestic shorthair. Friendly, social cat. Would love another kitten as a companion. Litterbox-trained. (Kennel 41- #13800483)

STUART: 6-year-old male Chihuahua. Likes to be carried by adults. Would prefer a calm home with adults or gentle teenagers. (Kennel 412- #13717668)

These pets can be adopted at Simply Cats. 2833 S. Victory View Way | 208-343-7177

AMBER: Petite black and white DSH loves her head scratched.


PONCE: Friendly light or- BRONTE: Beautiful DLH ange male tabby seeks tortie ready to curl up forever home. with you.

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55 Singer Aimee 58 Muffs 60 What a pajama party often is 61 It’s NW of Georgia 63 Sch. that plays Texas A&M 64 Memory: Prefix 66 Calendario unit 68 When tripled, et cetera 69 Musical number 70 “The Producers” character who sings “When You Got It, Flaunt It” 71 Mucho 72 Actor Rickman 73 K-12 79 “Broken Arrow” co-star Michael 81 Type in 83 Portrayal 84 Zeus’ disguise when fathering Helen of Troy 87 Blood-typing system 89 Modern party planning aids 90 Sports column 91 Go south, as sales 92 Scot’s “wee” 93 In excelsis ___ 94 Japanese “thanks” L A S T W A R D S











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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Time magazine asked Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough why he started writing a biography of Pablo Picasso but never finished it. McCullough said it was because the famous artist turned out to be boring. He attracted a steady flow of new lovers, and he made hundreds of paintings, but he didn’t actually live an interesting life. I’m urging you to be the anti-Picasso in the coming weeks, Aries. Put the emphasis on the quality of your adventures more than on what you produce. Regard your life as your most important work of art. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Let’s celebrate the first time you cried naked in someone else’s bed,” is a message on an e-card I found at You might want to send that proposal to yourself, Taurus. It’s an excellent time to commemorate the rousing catharses of the past. You may find that revisiting the breakthrough epiphanies of yesteryear will help put you in the right frame of mind (and heart) to conjure up a fresh batch. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Why is it so hard for Westerners of the last two centuries to feel the intimate presence of the divine intelligences? Every other culture in the history of the world has had a more vital connection with the realm of spirit. According to poet Gary Snyder, California’s Yana Indians explained it this way: The gods have retreated to the volcanic recesses of Mt. Lassen, passing the time playing gambling games with magic sticks. They’re simply waiting for such a time when human beings will “reform themselves and become ‘real people’ that spirits might want to associate with once again.” Here’s why I’m bringing this up, Gemini: I think that right now is a special time in your life when you have the power to become a “real person” with whom the spirits will want to have closer communion. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I strongly advise you against purchasing and reading what some observers have called “the saddest book in the universe.” It’s a recipe book by Sonia Allison called Microwave for One (bit. ly/sadbook). No matter how inclined you might be to opt for excessive self-sufficiency right now, no matter how peeved you are at the human race for being so clumsy and ignorant, I believe you must keep trying to reach out and touch those who are touchable, even if they’re barely so. You need what people have to offer you, even if it’s sloppy, wimpy or kooky. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Science writer K.C. Cole asks this question: “How would you hold 100 tons of water in thin air with

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no visible means of support?” Here’s her answer: “Build a cloud.” What you have before you right now, Leo, is a comparable scenario. Your assignment is to materialize a phenomenon that from a certain viewpoint may appear to be laughably impossible. And yet, with the proper attitude on your part and nature’s help, the project at hand is eminently achievable. It won’t necessarily be fast and easy, mind you—but you wouldn’t want it to be, because then it wouldn’t be able to teach you all the precious wisdom it has to impart. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Dear Astrology Guy: Thank you kindly for your assistance. One of your horoscopes gave me a kick in the butt that propelled me free of a trap I had stupidly agreed to stay stuck in. At the same time, I also have to tell you to go to hell, because no one, including me, likes hearing the awful, embarrassing truth. As much healing as your words helped bring me, they also stung my pride. Love and hate, Virgo.” Dear Virgo: You’re welcome and I’m sorry. It’s good to hear you’re able to appreciate the gifts of paradox. Let’s hope that will keep you creatively humble as you slip into an expansive building phase when your ego may be understandably prone to a bit of inflation. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Newsweek reported a fact that few Westerners know about: Nigeria is accustomed to major oil spills. Every year since the 1960s, the Niger Delta has been slammed with a spill as extensive as the Exxon Valdez, which was the second biggest oil catastrophe in U.S. history. My purpose in bringing this to your attention is not to depress you, Libra, but rather to inspire you. In the coming weeks, I hope you will make it your passion to uncover injustices you’ve been unaware of, including those close to home. I think you’ll be amazed at how much this buoys your spirits. P.S.: You’ll get extra credit if you take action to address the unfairness. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the song “Fantasy World,” the lead singer of the band Pissed Jeans imagines himself in his happy place. “It’s Friday night and Saturday morning in my fantasy world / Sitting near piles of clothes and drinking a soda / with a slice of pizza in my fantasy world.” He’s not describing some unrealistic paradise where he can fly like an eagle, seduce anyone he wants and find gold bars under his pillow in the morning. Rather, he’s content with the simple, familiar pleasures. I urge you to follow his lead as you imagine and create your own fantasy world this week. Love what you’ve got.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The highest unclimbed mountain in the world is Gangkhar Puensum, an almost 25,000-foottall beauty in Bhutan. It will remain free of human influence indefinitely, as local authorities are keen on preventing the environmental degradation that has occurred on popular peaks like Mt. Everest, where climbers have left lots of trash. What’s the equivalent in your sphere, Sagittarius? The most prominent unconquered prize? The Grail that still remains elusive? According to my analysis, you now have the potential to make tangible progress toward that goal. Unlike the case with Gangkhar Puensum, there are no rules or laws preventing you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Mommy, are scientists real?” the boy asked his mother. “Yes, son, they are,” she replied. “Do they make stuff that is dangerous?” continued the boy. “Sometimes they do,” said the mom. “Then I want to be one when I grow up,” concluded the boy. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, I see you as being like the boy. You’ll be in the mood to brainstorm about what you might like to evolve into, and your fantasies will tend to move in the direction of what’s most adventurous and exciting. I urge you to fully indulge in those flights of fancy. It’s time to dream really big and free. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I got expelled from college for cheating during my metaphysics final,” joked Woody Allen. “I got caught looking into the soul of the guy next to me.” Even if you’re not taking a big test for a metaphysics class, Aquarius, I urge you to do a lot of what Allen claimed he did: Gaze into the souls of those around you. It’s an excellent time, astrologically speaking, for you to escape the enclosed container of your own inner world and survey the raw truths and deep feelings that other people hold dear. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine,” said pioneering geneticist J.B.S. Haldane. I share that view, and I think it’s good to keep in mind whenever we’re tempted to rearrange our lives in accordance with the visions of those who predict the future, whether they be New Age prophets, indigenous elders, scientific experts or political pundits. Nobody knows much of anything about how it’s all going to unfold. The future is totally up for grabs. The sooner you make that an everyday reminder, the more aggressive you’ll become about creating the life you want. Now is an excellent time to get the hang of it.



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Boise Weekly Vol. 20 Issue 08  

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Boise Weekly Vol. 20 Issue 08  

Idaho's Only Alternative