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NOTE THANK A VET, REGARDLESS OF YOUR POLITICAL LEANINGS While this edition of Boise Weekly was making its way through the editing gauntlet, the first wave of nearly 1,500 soldiers deployed from Idaho began arriving in the United States after a year-long deployment. To them, I say welcome home and thank you for your service. As the editor of what is often referred to by some of the more conservative among us as “a liberal rag”—a phrase I’m surprisingly comfortable with—I’ve been told in some form or other a few times (including once by a gubernatorial candidate) that I’m an unpatriotic America-hater not worth the price the insult-hurler paid for my freedom with his military service (somehow it’s always a “he”). But I’m the granddaughter of veterans, the daughter of a veteran and I date a veteran; I know something about what it means to serve your country. I haven’t done it. I have neither the physical aptitude nor the personal courage to take up arms in service. But I spent my childhood living in base housing, seeing my father don the same uniform every day, listening to my grandfathers recount the wars they fought as younger men. I was a teenager when my dad’s troops deployed to the first Iraq War, and I remember seeing them off at the airport. Over the years, I’ve carefully listened to my grandmother’s stories about raising five kids while my grandfather was off at war for six months at a time, six years in a row. No, I haven’t served my country, but the respect I have for those who have and who do is immense. The troops News Editor George Prentice has written about in this week’s main feature return home just as we mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. On its heels are the 10th anniversaries of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These next two weeks are heady for BW—this one delving into life at home after the troops return and the next looking at 9/11 a decade later. Both are good reminders for me to thank the veterans in my life. —Rachael Daigle



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REMEMBER 9/11/2001 A DECADE LATER It’s your chance to contribute to Boise Weekly’s main feature next week. In remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we’re asking readers to share their memories about where they were and what the were doing when planes flew into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. See Cobweb for details.

HEY POLS: YOU SUCK! Idaho voters recently gave President Barack Obama the lowest approval rating in the nation, but apparently, voters aren’t much happier with the dudes who represent us in Congress, either. Congressional approval rating is at a dismal 12 percent nationwide. Ouch.

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CONSTITUTION REBOOT 3 Bob wants a taller wall between church and state

I pledge allegiance to the unfulfilled promise of the United States of America (except for the state of Mississippi, out of which nothing promising has ever come) and to the uncompleted democracy for which it stands. One nation, under guidance of enlightened men and women, indivisible—no matter what fascist hicks from south of the Mason-Dixon Line say—with liberty and justice for all. —The Pledge of Allegiance, as re-envisioned by “Badger” Bob Berzerquierre U “Got a sec, Cope? I started in on the First Amendment last night and I want you to hear what I got done so far. ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, as long as the free exercise thereof does not include such intrusive and ridiculous violations of rational behavior as the following: Half-witted Texas governors (or any other elected official) asking their constituents to pray for an end to the drought (the flood, the hurricane, the appointment of liberal judges, the construction of mosques in Tennessee, public employee unions, Barbra Streisand’s career, a Democrat’s presidency … etc.); Using meaningless and empty slogans printed on legal tender and government structures (coins, bills or the Supreme Court building) as proof that the United States was designed by an Infinite Intelligence to be His own special country; Insisting that anything written on papyrus scrolls, goat skins, cave walls, medieval manuscripts or Bible Belt pamphlets should hold equal weight with the accumulated discoveries of dedicated and curious minds throughout the centuries, and should therefore be taught in schools as a valid alternative to scientific principles; Encouraging members of one’s congregation to descend on neighborhoods like a plague of locusts, spreading the unsolicited news that there is a good article in the Watchtower, or that the Such-and-Such Flock of the Vineyard Something-or-other Pentagellicals is having a big Gospel music blowout this coming weekend with singing groups coming from as far away as Arkansas and Burley, or that the angel Moroni would most gladly take anyone under wing for just one penny on every dime they earn; Any claim that it was a miracle how one person happened to live through an event that killed 30 or 40 other people; Any claim that any particular natural disaster, economic turmoil or unusually high dead bird count is God throwing a hissy fit because He doesn’t want homosexuals to get married; Any claim that it takes people with Good Christian Values (GCV) to administer these United States, and if some of these GCV people happen to get caught now and then with their pants around their ankles in the presence of a prostitute, male masseuse or WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

member of their staff, it just goes to prove that God feels they deserve a little whoopee bonus for being such righteous citizens; Any claim that ...’” “Bob! Whoa! Aren’t you about done? My butt’s cramping up from sitting here. Jeez, that ‘establishment of religion clause’ runs about 15 words in the original Constitution. And what do you have it up to? About a billion?” “Couple thousand or so. But Cope I’m not done with it yet. I want to make sure there’s no wiggle room in this version.” “OK but are you sure that spelling out specific examples of what isn’t constitutional will make your new constitution any easier to interpret? Seems to me, the more words you add to any legal document just makes for more loopholes for slippery fish like lawyers and preachers to exploit. And besides, how do you intend to enforce these restrictions of yours, anyway?” “Tax ’em, that’s how! I say that if they violate the ‘violation of rational behavior’ clause, we drop their tax exempt status. We should have been taxing most of these outfits from the word go, anyway. The Catholics? You telling me that isn’t a for-profit enterprise? Not to mention the Morm ...” “Shhh! Neighbors. Bob, I happen to agree that these freeway humungo-churches are monuments to excess and those oily televangelists in white suits are just Bernie Madoff in sanctimony drag. But you’ll never get the courts to go along with taxing them, Bob. It’s, like, unconstitutional. Or something. I think.” “Cope, you show me the line that says the government can’t tax a church on all the money it rakes in, and I’ll rewrite it. Fact is, the day frauds like Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson started using their repulsive politics as a tool to goose up their donations, there should have been a new church taxation amendment added within the week. “Something like, just off the top of my head ... ‘Amendment XXVIII: Should any persons of religious authority, self-imagined or not, choose to use their anti-Hollywood, anti-news media, anti-science, anti-education, anti-arts and anti-intellectual hillbilly voodoo to scare yahoos, in-breds and halfman/half-sasquatch hybrids into shelling out scarce cash to keep their Holy Personages in Cadillacs and cheesy antebellum mansions, such actions will immediately qualify their money-laundering systems (churches) to be added to the rolls of taxable entities, along with oil companies, organized crime syndicates, and any other organizations that have shown a propensity to meddle in public political perceptions for their personal financial gain.’” “Jeez, Bob. You’d have a hell of a time getting that one ratified down South.” To be continued ...

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New York Times war correspondent Dexter Filkins couldn’t help liking the young American soldiers with whom he was embedded in U.S.-occupied Iraq. Recognizing that, Filkins tried to maintain some professional distance. “There wasn’t any point in sentimentalizing the kids; they were trained killers, after all. They could hit a guy at 500 yards or cut his throat from ear-to-ear. They had faith, they did what they were told and they killed people,” he wrote in his book of war vignettes The Forever War. Alas, he was all but alone. All wars demand contempt for The Other. But the leaders of a country waging a war of naked, unprovoked aggression are forced to rely on an even higher level of enemy dehumanization than average in order to maintain political support for the sacrifices they require. Your nation’s dead soldiers are glorious heroes fallen to protect hearth and home. Their dead soldiers are criminals and monsters. Their civilians are insects, unworthy of notice. So it is. So it always shall be in the endless battle over hearts and minds. Even by these grotesque, inhuman rhetorical standards, the 10-year occupation of Afghanistan has been notable for the hyperbole relied upon by America’s compliant media, as well as its brazen inconsistency. U.S. and NATO officials overseeing the occupation of Afghanistan liken their mission to those of peacekeepers—they’re there to help. “Protecting the people is the mission,” reads the first line of the International Security Assistance Force commander’s counterinsurgency guidance statement. “The conflict will be won by persuading the population, not by destroying the enemy. ISAF will succeed when the [Karzai government] earns the support of the people.” Of course actions speak louder than words. Since 2001 ISAF has been doing precious little protecting of anything other than America’s geopolitical interests, using Afghanistan as a staging ground for thousands of drone attacks across the border in Pakistan. Protecting Afghan civilians has actually been a low ISAF priority, to say the least. They’ve been bombing civilians indiscriminately, then lying about it, sometimes paying off bereaved family members with token sums of blood money. The verbiage deployed by American officials, dutifully transcribed by journo-stenographers at official press briefings, sends nearly as loud a message as a laser-guided Hellfire missile slamming into a wedding party: Afghan lives mean nothing. The life of an American dog—literally, as we’ll see below—counts more than that of an Afghan man or woman. In the worst single-day loss of life for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters shot down a Chinook CH-47 transport helicopter in eastern Wardak Province with a rocket-

propelled grenade on Aug. 6. Western media’s attitude toward the Afghans they are supposedly trying to “assist” was as plain as the headlines. “U.S. Troops, SEALs Killed in Afghanistan Copter Crash,” reported Time magazine. (SEALs are U.S. Navy commandos.) “31 Killed in Afghanistan Chopper Crash,” said ABC. “31 Dead in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash,” shouted Canada’s National Post. (The number was later revised to 30.) Eight Afghan government commandos died, too. But dead Afghans don’t rate a headline—even when they’re working for your country’s puppet regime. As far as the American press is concerned, only 30 people—i.e., Americans—died. An initial Associated Press wire service report noted that the dead included “22 SEALs, three Air Force air controllers, seven Afghan Army troops, a dog and his handler, and a civilian interpreter, plus the helicopter crew.” The dog. They mentioned the dog. After 9/11, American pundits debated the question: Why do they (radical Muslims) hate us (Americans) so much? This is why. It is official Pentagon policy not to count Afghan or Iraqi or Pakistani or Libyan or Yemeni or Somali dead, civilian or “enemy.” But “our” guys are sacred. We even count our dogs. Lest you think that I’m exaggerating, that this was merely another example of a reporter larding his account with excessive detail, consider this maudlin missive by Michael Daly of the New York Daily News, one of the biggest newspapers in the United States: “Among the SEALs were a dog handler and a dog that would remind outsiders of Cujo [a rabies-infected beast in one of Stephen King’s horror novels], but held a special place in the hearts of the squadron,” wrote Daly “SEALs have a soft spot for their dogs, perhaps partly because a canine’s keen senses can alert them to danger and give them a critical edge. A dog also allows resolutely reticent warriors to express a little affection; you can pet a pooch, if not another SEAL.” Get a grip, Mike. Lots of people like dogs. Daly tortures and twists his cheesy prose into the kind of savage propaganda that prolongs a war the United States can’t win, that is killing Afghans and Americans for no reason, that most Americans prefer not to think about. Soon a group of elite commandos—members of Team Six, the same outfit that assassinated Osama bin Laden—become helpless victims of the all-seeing, all-powerful Taliban of Death. In Daly’s bizarre world, it is the Afghan resistance forces and their 1980s-vintage weapons that have all the advantages. Note the use of the phrase “bad guys.” “The bad guys knew when the Chinook helicopter swooped down into an Afghan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

TED RALL/OPINION valley that it would have to rise once those aboard were done. All the Taliban needed to do was wait on a mountainside. The Chinook rose with a SEAL contingent that likely could have held off thousands of the enemy on the ground. The SEALs could do nothing in the air against an insurgent with a rocket.” Helpless! One could almost forget whose country these Americans were in. Or what they were in Wardak to do. Early reports had the dead Navy SEALs on a noble “rescue mission” to “assist” beleaguered Army Rangers trapped under “insurgent” fire. Actually Team Six was on an assassination assignment. “The American commandos who died when their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan were targeting a Taliban commander directly responsible for attacks on U.S. troops,” CNN television reported on Aug. 7. “Targeting” is mediaspeak for “killing.” According to some accounts, they had just shot eight Talibs in a house in the village of Jaw-e-Mekh Zareen in the Tangi Valley. Hard to imagine but U.S. soldiers used to try to capture enemy soldiers before killing them. Within hours newspaper websites, radio and television outlets were choked with profiles of the dead SEALs. The AP described a dead SEAL from North Carolina as “physically slight but ever ready to take on a challenge.” NBC News informed viewers that a SEAL from Connecticut had been “an accomplished mountaineer, skier, pilot and triathlete and wanted to return to graduate school and become an astronaut.” What of the Afghans killed by those SEALs? What of their hopes and dreams? Americans will never know. Even men of the cloth wallowed in the bloodthirsty militarism that has obsessed Americans since the Sept. 11 attacks. Catholic News Service quoted Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, who called the Chinook downing a “reminder of the terrible tragedy of war and its toll on all people.” “No person of good will is left unmoved by this loss,” said the archbishop. The Taliban, their supporters, and not a few random Afghans, may perhaps disagree. This is a war, after all. Is it too much to ask the media to acknowledge the simple fact that some citizens of a nation under military occupation often choose to resist? That Americans might take up arms if things were the other way around, with Afghan occupation forces bombing and killing and torturing willy-nilly? That one side’s “insurgents” and “guerillas” are another’s patriots and freedom fighters? Don’t news consumers have the right to hear from the “other” side of the story? Or must we continue the childish pretense that the Taliban are all women-hating fanatics incapable of rational thought while the men (and dog) who died on that Chinook in War-

dak were all benevolent and pure of heart? During America’s war in Vietnam, reporters derided the “5 o’clock follies,” daily press briefings that increasingly focused on body counts. Evening news broadcasts featured business-report-style graphics of the North and South Vietnamese flags; indeed, they immediately followed the stock market summary. “The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 16 points in light trading,” Walter Cronkite would intone. “And in Vietnam today, eight Americans were killed, 18 South Vietnamese, 43 Vietcong.” After 2001 the body counts became a national joke. In many ways America’s next major conflict, the 1991 Gulf War, was a political reaction to the Vietnam experience. Conscription had been replaced by a professional army composed of de facto mercenaries recruited from the underclass. Overkill supplanted the war for hearts and minds that defined the late-Vietnam counterinsurgency strategy. And reporters who had enjoyed near total freedom in the 1960s were frozen out. Only a few trusted journos were allowed to travel with American forces in Kuwait and Iraq. They relied on the Pentagon to transmit their stories back home; one wire service reporter got back home to find that the military had blocked every single account he had filed. Citing the 5 o’clock follies of Vietnam and declaring themselves incapable of counting civilian or enemy casualties, U.S. military officials said they would no longer bother to try. (Covertly the bureaucracy continued to try to gather such data for internal use.) Meanwhile media organizations made excuses for not doing their jobs. The UK Guardian, actually one of the better Western media outlets, summarized the mainstream view in August 2010: “While we are pretty good at providing detailed statistical breakdowns of coalition military casualties (and by we, I mean the media as a whole), we’re not so good at providing any kind of breakdown of Afghan civilian casualties … Obviously collecting accurate statistics in one of the most dangerous countries in the world is difficult. But the paucity of reliable data on this means that one of the key measures of the war has been missing from almost all reporting. You’ve noticed it too—asking us why we publish military deaths but not civilian casualties.” There’s something more than a little twisted about media accounts that portray a helicopter shootdown as a “tragedy.” A baby dies in a fire—that’s a tragedy. A young person struck down by some disease—that’s also a tragedy. Soldiers killed in war? Depending on your point of view, it can be sad. It can be unfortunate. It can suck. But it’s not tragic. Alternately: If the United States’ losses in Afghanistan are “tragedies,” so are the Taliban’s. They can’t have it both ways.



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VICKI SULLIVAN Managing the Bronco’s front line behind the scenes GEORGE PRENTICE But fans are thrilled and devastated on Mondays following a game. Believe me, the energy stays the same. When we won the Fiesta Bowl and everybody got on the team plane, they were the same as always. They went straight to sleep.

As we speak, the team is just several feet away out on the field in closed practice, and we’re now days away from a huge game. The energy here is tangible. And as the game gets closer, it’s electric.

What’s it like traveling with a large group of men and boys? It’s very, very structured. We have an itinerary for every trip.

And how about through the season? Once we get to the season opener, we sort of keep going at that level. Boise State fans are a bit spoiled because they don’t experience too many losses. But I’m wondering what it’s like here on a Monday following a loss. You could get on a team bus or plane after the game and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

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Do you travel with the team? Up until a few years ago, I went to all the games. There was a time when our plane would land and there would be no team bus. Or we would get to a hotel and the rooms weren’t ready. There were a lot of issues. So in July and August, I started calling hotels, going through the details of our requirements. The hotel’s food personnel needed to know that they were feeding athletes. When you run out of milk, you have a big problem. Athletes have to consume a lot of calories the day before a game. When you tell somebody that they have to feed each person 10,000 calories, they quickly realize that this isn’t the ladies club.

How specific is that? We’re talking about two- to three-minute increments. And if you’re not somewhere five minutes before the event begins, you’re late. It’s clockwork. It is a pleasure to travel with the team. Let’s talk about the season opener against Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 3. When will the team leave? It’s mandated by the NCAA that the visiting team cannot leave its hometown until 48 hours before the kickoff.


Vicki Sullivan uses her management and logistical skills every day. She even admits to using some psychoanalysis when she interviews someone. A graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a degree in psychology, the mother of two boys has managed a wholesale art company, worked for the Idaho Legislature’s House State Affairs and Health and Welfare committees and served as office manger for Idaho State University’s Boise office. But a phone call from then-Boise State football coach Dan Hawkins in the spring of 2002 changed everything. This week, as the Boise State Broncos kick off their 2011 football schedule, Sullivan begins her 10th season as management assistant to one of the most successful football programs in the United States. BW sat down with Sullivan in the football team meeting room, a mini-indoor amphitheater where the players review game film and strategize key formations for upcoming games.

Talk to us about Coach Pete. What you see is what he is. He’s a bit of an enigma. He’s obviously a great coach, but he’s a great, great individual. What kind of a boss is he? He hires very good people and he gives the people that work for him the latitude to be very good. He’s a perfectionist. But isn’t it pretty amazing how he turns these young men, year after year, into what is undoubtedly one of the best teams in the United States? They really go out of their way to recruit good kids from good families. Is there any reason not to believe that this team is as good as any other? Years ago you would hear a lot about fear of success. That’s a real fear. There are people who get too close to success and they panic. Boise State knows how to win. It’s not that they expect to win. They know that if you work hard, stay focused, do the same thing day in and day out you’re supposed to do, you’re going to win. It’s nothing to be afraid of. It’s something to be excited about.







he scene will play out many times across Idaho throughout September: cheers, well-wishes and tears of joy as more than 1,500 members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade come home, following nearly a year in Iraq. But long after the sheet cakes, yellow ribbons and balloons have disappeared, the memories of 10 intense months in a combat zone will remain. “A returning soldier will get three different questions from three different people: a friend, a family member and himself,” said Col. David Sutherland. “When you return, a friend will ask you, ‘What did you do in the war?’ Your family will ask you, ‘How do you feel about what you did in the war?’ And we ask ourselves, ‘What did I accomplish in this war?’” Sutherland, a veteran of both Iraq wars, has been shot at and bombed. He also witnessed a suicide bomber kill 20 people less than 10 feet away. Eight days after returning from one of his numerous deployments to an Iraq combat zone, Sutherland was driving his family car along a remote highway in Killeen, Texas. His wife Bonnie sat next to him, their two sons in the backseat. “I stared out on the highway and said, ‘Look. All of the telephone polls are standing.’” After an uncomfortably long pause, Bonnie Sutherland gently put her hand in her husband’s palm and looked into his eyes. “Honey,” she said. “You’re nuts. What you’re saying doesn’t make any sense.” Sutherland remembers the conversation as if it were yesterday. “If I had made the same statement to my fellow soldiers in Iraq, they would have said, ‘Yes sir. The telephone polls are indeed standing and the street lights are working, too.’” Sutherland readily admits to having post-traumatic stress and mild traumatic brain injury. “But I’m not worried about my career or what people may think,” he said. In fact, Sutherland, one of the most decorated American soldiers of the last 20 years, whose honors include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, reports directly to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving as a special assistant with principle focus on Warrior and Family Support. “I’m an advocate and mentor of more than 2.2 million men and women who serve our nation today,” Sutherland said on Aug. 9, addressing an invitation-only meeting of Idaho law enforcement, elected officials and representatives from Veterans Affairs and Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare. A select handful of veterans were also at the gathering, held at the offices of the Idaho National Guard at Boise’s Gowen Field. “He’s a soldier’s soldier,” whispered one of the veterans to another. Sutherland’s message was sobering and timely. In anticipation of the imminent return of the more than 1,500 members of the Idaho 116th after nearly a year in Iraq, the Gem State needed to be better prepared.

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As part of his presentation, Sutherland revealed the following: UÊÊÊÀiÌÕÀ˜ˆ˜}Ê܏`ˆiÀʈÃʓœÀiʏˆŽiÞÊ̜ÊÃÌÀÕ}}iÊ with substance abuse. UÊÊ6iÌiÀ>˜ÃÊ>ÀiʓœÀiʏˆŽiÞÊ̜ÊLiʅœ“iiÃð UÊÊ6iÌiÀ>˜ÃÊ>ÀiÊÌ܈ViÊ>ÃʏˆŽiÞÊ̜Ê`ˆÛœÀVi° UÊʘÊÓää™]Ê“iÀˆV>ʏœÃÌʓœÀiÊ܏`ˆiÀÃÊ>˜`Ê veterans to suicide than were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. UÊÊœÀÌÞÊ«iÀVi˜ÌʜvÊÀ>µÊÛiÌiÀ>˜ÃÊ>ÀiʓœÀiÊ likely to have mental-health issues. “Our military is known the world over for our honor, courage and kindness,” Sutherland told the crowd. “That’s what we see in return from you. You need to know that we fight for you. We don’t fight for the Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs. We fight for you.” Ultimately Sutherland’s message was that too many returning soldiers will share his mental-health challenge. “The signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury,” he said. George Nickel Jr. sat several feet away listening to Sutherland. He knew all too well what the colonel was talking about. In spite of being a decorated war hero, it was a minor miracle that Nickel was alive. He survived two wars—one in Iraq, another in Boise.


At the Aug. 9 meeting, Nickel, dressed in a well-tailored tan blazer, shirt and tie, was sitting next to Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson. A little more than two years ago, Masterson’s department had used what is technically known as “deadly force,” firing 12 rounds at Nickel after he faced them down outside his Bench neighborhood apartment complex. The call came in at 10:50 p.m. on July 28, 2009. “I need the police,” shouted a woman to the 911 operator. “There is someone pounding on my door, and he has a gun.” Nickel later told police that he hadn’t slept for three days. “So I thought a beer would help,” he said, estimating that he might have drank close to a full case of beer that day. “My brain was telling me that someone had taken my dog,” said Nickel, a soft-spoken man who makes solid eye contact while talking. “And I was angry and I had to get my dog back.” What Nickel did next was something he had done hundreds of time before—he put

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on a tactical vest, holstered a handgun and grabbed an AR-15 rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition. The problem, of course, was that this time he was on the streets of Boise. Nickel is a war hero. He survived the deadliest attack on Idaho soldiers in the history of the Iraq War on Feb. 9, 2007. “I was in the point vehicle. We were North of Fallujah,” Nickel recalled but conceded his memories fade in and out. Following a blast, which killed 22-year-old Spec. Ross Clevenger, 22-year-old Sgt. James Holtom and 22-year-old Pfc. Raymond Werner, Nickel was pulled from the mess of blood and metal. Medics stabilized him in nearby Baghdad, followed by more treatment in Germany before his admittance to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, outside of Washington, D.C. “I suffered breaks to my right ankle, right knee, shoulder blade and my cheekbone,” said Nickel. “And they told me later I had a moderate brain injury. They tried to explain the details of the blast weeks later, but I just wasn’t processing stuff at that time.” Months turned into years. The awarding of a Purple Heart, thank yous and congratulations had come and gone. Nickel returned to a job as a guard for the Idaho Department of Corrections, but he wanted one thing: to get back to Iraq. “If I could redeploy, it would fix everything,” he said. “I had been in the military since I was 18.” But on a particularly hot July night in 2009, something went terribly wrong. Nickel, fully armed, tried to shoot the locks off of two different doors in his apartment complex. Within minutes following the 911 call, Boise police were staring at Nickel, who was holding a handgun with a flashlight attached. Boise police fired 12 rounds but none hit his body. Nickel didn’t shoot back and surrendered. He was instantly cuffed and charged with six felony counts: four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, unlawful discharge of a gun into an inhabited building and use of a gun in the commission of a felony. “Jail was a long, unreal time for me,” said Nickel, referring to his time at the Ada County lockup. “I spent eight months in a single cell. Just you and your thoughts.” For all intents and purposes, Nickel said his life was over. He may have survived a WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


George Nickel was arrested by Boise Police on July 28, 2009, after he fired a gun into several apartments in Boise. As part of his sentence, Nickel is working with law enforcement to help them understand PTSD and traumatic brain injuries in returning soldiers.

blast in Iraq and gunfire from Boise Police, but he would be held hostage by his “guilt of survival” for the rest of his days. In a plea agreement crafted by Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Shawna Dunn and District Judge Deborah Bail, Nickel was allowed to admit to one count of firing a weapon into an occupied residence. Additionally the judgment was withheld, meaning that the charge would be eliminated from his record if he continued ongoing mental-health treatment and cooperation with law enforcement. That cooperation included Nickel sharing his harrowing story on videotape, which will soon be distributed to law enforcement agencies across the United States. “Our police officers are finding all too often that the war isn’t ending for some of our soldiers returning home,” said Masterson. “For some, the war rages on, emotionally, physically, mentally. When that internal, very private combat escalates, police officers in Boise and around the country are finding themselves involved in volatile, unpredictable and dangerous situations.” Nickel is attending Boise State, working on a degree in social work. In addition to all of his own personal counseling, he works with other veterans as part of the Idaho Veterans Network. “It’s not whether you’ll ever return to the way you were,” he said. “It’s how you cope with the way you are now.” Of the handful of veterans listening to Nickel on Aug. 9, one in particular said he understood how combat nightmares could push a soldier into a very public outburst. “I’m John Larsen,” the veteran told BW during a break in the session. “You may know me. I’m the guy who got in trouble down at the Twin Falls Walmart last December.” Larsen, an Iraq War veteran, was accused of threatening a woman wearing traditional Muslim garb outside the Magic Valley retailer on Dec. 22, 2010. Prosecutors said Larsen screamed at the woman while both were shopping inside the store. Police said Larsen told the woman he had a concealed weapon. On Aug. 1, Larsen entered an Alford WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

plea, admitting that there was enough evidence to convict him but not actually admitting guilt. Minidoka County Fifth District Judge Jonathan Brody sentenced Larsen to up to five years in prison but suspended that term so that Larsen could apply for mental health court as a means of joining a newly formed Veterans Court. If Larsen is successful with treatment and doesn’t violate terms of probation, his conviction may be voided. But if he fails to follow through with the terms of sentencing, he may end up spending the full five years behind bars. The concept of a veterans court began in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008. It has since spread to 21 cities as awareness grows about PTSD and traumatic brain injury and their effects on returning soldiers’ behavior. The idea of establishing a veteran’s court for Idaho began in 2009, when state and local magistrates met with law enforcement officials and veterans’ advocates, in hopes of dealing with special cases such as Larsen and Nickel. Larsen made a point of spending some private time with Nickel on Aug. 9. Both thanked each other for their service. “To the people reaching out to veterans, I would say persistence truly helps,” said Nickel. “Being there really makes a difference.” But one veteran listening to Nickel, who asked not to be identified, said he and his military buddies made light of PTSD when they were knee-deep in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. “When you’re over there, soldiers joke about PTSD,” he said. “They never think it will happen to them. It’s always somebody else. When you’re deployed, you’re convinced that you can walk through anything and survive a blast. You’re bulletproof.”


“Let’s face it, PTSD wasn’t recognized in other engagements. It just wasn’t formally recognized by the military,” said Sue Hicks, program manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boise. “In all honesty, treatment is the key now. We have wonderful

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George Nickel (right) greets John Larsen, both of whom have run into trouble with the law after returning from military deployments.

evidence-based treatments now that are working. And the earlier they come in, the better the outcomes will be.” Hicks said veterans of the Vietnam and Gulf wars, who never considered getting treatment for PTSD, have seen success with younger veterans and now reach out for help. “The typical Vietnam-era vet, they weren’t so sure what to do,” she said. “But they’ve seen some of the Iraq and Afghanistan vets improving, so they’re coming in now, too.” Hicks, who oversees services for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts at the V.A. Medical Center on Fort Street, won’t be waiting for recent returnees to come to her. She and two members of her V.A. team are currently at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, outside of Seattle, where members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team have already begun returning in waves of chartered flights, each containing 150-300 soldiers on direct flights from Kuwait. While at LewisMcChord, each soldier will be “demobilized” and is expected to head to his or her hometown seven to 14 days later. “The V.A. has a wonderful relationship with the Idaho National Guard, and they have asked us to have a primary presence for when the soldiers return,” said Hicks. “Our goal will be to get every one of those soldiers enrolled for V.A. services, and then we’ll schedule them for appointments once they’re back in Idaho.” Hicks said her team will be looking to identify “higher priorities”—men and women who need to see a caregiver sooner than later. “We don’t want somebody with urgent needs waiting in some line, and meanwhile, something devastating might happen to that veteran. Prioritizing is important.” Hicks said it will be very difficult to get the soldiers’ full attention when they’re so close to their homes and loved ones. “They’re so excited about going home that much of it goes in one ear and out the other.” Col. Anthony Wickham, director of personnel and manpower for the Idaho National Guard, said the military has “improved its radar” in identifying potential problems. “We definitely had some lessons learned since the last rotation [2004-2005], particu-

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larly on behavioral health,” said Wickham. “We’re screening folks multiple times now. We screen them before they leave Iraq, asking them specific questions about their experiences. Then when they get to Lewis-McChord, another provider will spend some time with them. And once they get back to Idaho, we’ll do another check. It’s not unusual for issues not to arise for some time. A guy will be fine, but when he gets back home, something could bubble to the surface.” In particular, the 116th will be dealing with the loss of two of their own. On July 7, 20-year-old Spc. Nicholas Newby and 24-year-old Sgt. Nathan Beyers, both from the Coeur d’Alene area, were killed when a convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device near Baghdad. “That will be a particular concern, especially with the unit from Coeur d’Alene, the hometown of the two soldiers,” said Col. Tim Marsano, spokesman for the Idaho National Guard. Josh Callihan, public affairs officer for the Boise Office of Veterans Affairs and a combat veteran, knows that helping soldiers cope with the recent deaths will be a particular challenge for caregivers. “From a veteran’s perspective, I think a lot of soldiers who might have been in the same proximity of where the two were killed might question themselves: ‘Was there something I could have done differently?’ You constantly replay the experience in your mind a million times over,” said Callihan. “I think guilt is a big part of the shadow that is over the soldiers’ heads. I think you might also find some of the soldiers go through some vengeful feelings. But I think the common cloud that will hang over them and possibly stay with them the rest of their life is the question: ‘Could I have done some something differently?’” Callihan was 17 years old when he enlisted in the Marines and was 18 by the time he was in basic training. He rarely talks of the friendly fire incident that changed his life forever. “I was 20 years old,” he said. “We are at the Iraq/Kuwait border. I was shot four times in the back. One of the rounds hit me in the spinal cord. It paralyzed me from the waist WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

down. I was never expected to walk again.” Callihan spent the better part of the next two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., undergoing intense physical therapy. “They got me to walk again. The nerves on my right leg never fully healed, so I need a prosthetic on my leg to help me walk,” he said. While in D.C., Callihan met a man who would become his mentor, Florida Congressman Bill Young. “He gave me hope and a new reason for living,” said Callihan. He eventually worked for the congressman in his Capitol Hill office, as well as for then-Congressmen C.L. “Butch” Otter and Bill Sali. Callihan acknowledged that “guilt of survival” was a constant struggle, but somehow he “found his way back.” “For myself, I work here. I do this. I fight this fight,” he said. “The best thing I can do is be here and help veterans when they come home.” As if PTSD, TBI or survival guilt weren’t enough, Idaho soldiers will be coming home to another stressor: a failed economy. “In my opinion, that’s one of the most depressing things, to not have a job,” said Hicks. “After serving your country and coming home to no job, that’s a burden on a veteran that could be insurmountable,” said Callihan.


“This is a very, very big concern,” said Wickham. “Let me show you something.” He turned to a stack of notebooks in his


Gowen Field office where he serves as the National Guard’s equivalent of a human resources manager for 5,000 men and women in Idaho. “Let me show you the results of a survey that we just conducted of the Idaho soldiers over in Iraq,” said Wickham. “Now consider that we have approximately 1,541 deployed. We heard back from 1,400. That’s an unbelievable response rate.” Wickham said that his office asked soldiers about their concerns and needs in anticipation of their return. “About a third of them said their main concern would be looking for a job. So, yeah, we’re very concerned about that,” he said. In fact, Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart, the assistant adjutant general of the Idaho National Guard, has tasked the guard to work on the problem with the Idaho State Department of Labor, which is already trying to cope with a current civilian unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994 “protects service members’ re-employment rights when returning from a period of service in the uniformed services, including those called up from the reserves or National Guard and prohibits employer discrimination based on military service or obligation.” “But it puts a big burden on our employers,” said Marsano. “Sometimes these companies are only three or four people. Who picks up the slack for that soldier? Do they have to hire someone temporarily or do they have to have their existing employees pick up

put on a series of special job fairs,” said Wickthe slack? A deployment has such a dramatic ham. “We want to make sure that we have the impact on the state.” job fairs in major metropolitan areas. We’ll It’s estimated that about 75 percent of have one in Boise, and I think we’re going to National Guardsmen are part-time solhave them in Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls diers and most of them work civilian jobs. as well.” USERRA covers public- and private-sector As of press time, the Boise event didn’t jobs and requires employers to promptly have a location but a date had been secured: rehire members of the military when they Wednesday, Nov. 9, two days prior to Veterreturn from a deployment of up to five years. ans Day. But the law doesn’t guarantee a soldier the While Hicks coordinates services at the exact same job. And of course, the law says V.A. and Wickham prepares for the job fairs, nothing about a tanking economy, which they’re hoping that returning soldiers simply forced many employers to shut their doors. take some time to exhale. “How many businesses in Idaho closed “They have been on federal over the last year?” asked Maractive-duty status for a year, sano. “That’s part of the reason Visit for so they have accrued 30 days why we have a third of these more on this story, including updates as well as of paid leave,” said Wickham. soldiers worried about whether video of Nickel speaking “So the soldiers are still technithey’ll have a job.” about his ordeal. cally on active duty for an extra But Wickham isn’t wasting month after they get home. time trying to fill the gap. We’re encouraging them to recharge their bat“I’ll tell you about one piece of good news teries. Spend time with their families. Not to we got from MotivePower,” said Wickham, go straight back to their civilian employment if referring to the Boise-based manufacturer of they can help it.” locomotives. “That particular company has Approximately 30 days following their said, ‘Hey, we can help.’ They told us they had homecoming, Wickham said the Idaho a contract coming up with a foreign country, National Guard will hold what he called and they said that they were going to hold “integration events.” some positions for our guys.” “We’ll bring them into various locations Wickham shared a list of Idaho employers across the state. We’ll talk about coping who have committed to “prioritized hiring” skills. We’ll go through all of their benefits of returning Idaho soldiers: Amalgamated again,” he said. “And then we’ll look those Sugar, Catseye Excavation, Dutchman Travel guys in the eye.” Trailers, Empire Airlines, MotivePower, Wickham’s voice softened. Quality Paint, Service Masters, Simplot, “And we’ll ask them, ‘How are you Underground Force and Union Pacific. doing?’” “We’ve asked the Department of Labor to

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These boots are made for square dancing, and that’s just what they’ll do.


Pilots at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic are balloon-atics.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY AUG. 31-SEPT. 4 hot air balloons SPIRIT OF BOISE BALLOON CLASSIC Starting this week, there will be an increase of hot air in Boise. And it has nothing to do with the weather or politics. This year the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic will celebrate its 20th anniversary with festivities beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and running through Sunday, Sept. 4. Since 1991, Boise has been treated to the presence of colorful hot-air balloons shaped like Mickey Mouse or a giant Coca Cola bottle floating overhead. Local elementary and junior high students will learn about topics including weather, decision-making and hot-air ballooning in Ann Morrison Park on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Friday, Sept. 2, is VIP day, and each festival sponsor will be honored for making the Balloon Classic possible, with 40 balloons expected to launch Friday morning. Friday night is the Night Glow event, which will offer live music, food vendors and demonstrations. Twelve balloons will be lit up at 8:15 p.m. like enormous lanterns for spectators to gawk at. On Saturday, Sept. 3, pilots will participate in a navigational challenge, competing for the Governor’s Cup for Aviation Excellence. Saturday will also feature the awesomely grosssounding Outhouse Balloon Bowling, in which pilots attempt to knock down Porta Potties in the park. Sunday, Sept. 4, is the final day of the event and will culminate with the last launch at 7:15 a.m. Here are a few tips for spectators who plan on attending: dress in layers, bring a chair because the grass may still be wet and be sure to take a camera. But leave the dogs and pets at home, they can hamper the operations of the crews, and the burners used for inflation are high pitched and can damage their hearing. Wednesday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 4; various times, FREE. Ann Morrison Park, 208-375-0512,

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America loves tradition. And traditions like square dancing, like most things American, came from somewhere else. Although it’s an amalgamation of various folk dances brought to the United States by immigrants, the square dance has come to represent something uniquely American. In the 1920s, auto tycoon Henry Ford became obsessed with preserving and re-popularizing the square dance. While vacationing at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Mass., he met Benjamin Lovett, the inn’s dance instructor. When Lovett declined Ford’s job offers due to his contract with the inn, Ford purchased the entire resort. When Ford got Lovett back to Detroit, he began a program in Michigan schools to institute square dancing and other country dances into the curriculum. In addition, Ford and Lovett published a small reference guide for square dancing titled Good Morning. You don’t have to be an eccentric multi-millionaire to experience the joy of square dancing, but you do have to be at the Linen Building the first Friday of the month for the Hokum Hoedown. The Hokum Hi-Flyers will provide an array of high-energy folk, dance and string-band tunes. But don’t worry if you’ve never square danced before—a host of lively callers direct the action, so you’ll never miss a step. 7 p.m., $5 or $15 per family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111,

THURSDAY SEPT. 1 music videos 208 MUSIC VIDEO SHOW PT. 2, ALA POTATOH Before streaming video, the only options for filmmakers to show their films beyond their living rooms were film festivals and broadcast media. Now the Internet is arguably the most essential tool for filmmakers after the

camera. Although filmmakers now have access to instant worldwide distribution that can net them millions of views, it still isn’t the same as a sit-down film screening. The experience of a crowded theater, the buzz of a festival, the anticipation of a start time—they’re all absent. Local filmmakers are getting back to their roots this week with the second installment of Music Video Show, a showcase of locally made music videos at Neurolux.

Last year’s event had dozens of audience members enjoying 23 videos from local bands like Sleepy Seeds, Mere Cat and Low-fi. This year’s event is shaping up to be just as good, with plenty of videos from local bands you know and love—like Youth Lagoon, Microbabies and Thomas Paul—and a few you may discover for the first time. 8 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-3430886, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



STRFKR proves an aspic-ture is worth 1,000 words.

Use your melon and celebrate the Day of Idaho Food.




dance jams




Oftentimes, when a band blows up, people complain the members become out of touch, forgetting the early audiences that propelled them to stardom. With a five-star rating on Amazon, a South American tour and festival appearances at Bumbershoot and Outside Lands, Portland’s STRFKR is certainly blowing up. But on a recent Facebook post the band made about the vastness of the crowd at Outside Lands in San Francisco—approximately 60,000 people—Anina Kashmere Jones commented, “way to forget, Boise. Guess you guys are too big for us now.” Surprisingly, STRFKR quickly personally responded that it just booked another Boise show. The band will be back on Sunday, Sept. 4. And this time, instead of the smoky Neurolux, it will offer up electro hooks and dreamy looks at the tiki-themed Reef instead. The show is 18 and older. With Beat Connection. 9 p.m. show, $10 adv., $12 door. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,

In B-dubsville, we’ve been celebrating the Year of Idaho Food all freakin’ year. Writer Guy Hand has turned out one insightful article after another chronicling the local-foods movement in the Potato State. Why then, might you ask, are we psyched for the Day of Idaho Food, when we’ve been donning our local party hats for 242 days and counting? Because the official Day of Idaho Food—Monday, Sept. 5—is kind of like the Year of Idaho Food’s birthday. Across the state, folks will host get-togethers and barbecues featuring Idaho-grown goodies and, hopefully, candle-studded Day of Idaho Food Cakes. Though the Idaho Legislature proclamation only suggests that people consume one Idaho food product that day, the revelers at Northwest Food News have different plans: “Here’s what I’m eating: Sweet Dakota Rose watermelon, Pomodorini [del] Piennolo tomatoes, Santa Fe grande chiles, Middle Eastern prolific cucumbers,” wrote Janie Burns of Meadowlark Farm. State Sen. Tim Corder has an equally delicious plan: “We will be eating fresh tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peas out of the pod, some green beans, cantaloupe and watermelon, crook neck squash, carrots and a salad right out of the garden. Perhaps even an Idaho-grown steak on the grill. More is possible but we will be full. We will eat Idaho cheese and I will drink a little Idaho wine, strawberries for desert,” wrote Corder. Or, our personal fave—BW contributor Randy King’s burly DOIF menu. “I am going to eat a bear meatloaf stuffed with garden chives and tomatoes. I will also use some wild gathered Idaho currants, and then I am going to wrap the whole mess in some Falls Brand bacon. Mmmm …meatloaf,” wrote King. In addition to individual DOIF parties, you can celebrate at the Twin Falls County Fair Ag Pavilion, where Idaho Preferred will sponsor cooking demonstrations and a food exhibition. To submit your own Day of Idaho Food recipe, or to find out what other events are going as a part of the one-day celebration, visit

THURSDAYSUNDAY SEPT. 1-4 theater THE FOREIGNER A local theater professor once said that a play is a created experience for the audience, and even the best-funded productions with shiny new sets and costuming can’t create that experience; it comes from the whole company understanding and successfully executing the action of a script. For the past 30 seasons, Stagecoach Theatre has been striving to do just that. Stagecoach is a local community theater group that is “dedicated to bring-


ing quality contemporar y live theater that reflects and celebrates the human spirit for, by and accessible to the community.” To kick off its 31st season, Stagecoach will present The Foreigner by Larry Shue. This witty farce is set at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia and follows two old friends on vacation, Froggy LeSeuer and his painfully shy pal Charlie. To ease his friend’s anxiety about having to talk with the other guests, Froggy decides to tell everyone Charlie is a foreigner who doesn’t understand a word of English. The action of the play unfolds as other lodge guests unload their deepest secrets in front of Charlie. Froggy’s nefarious plans go south, and the comedy takes off. Stagecoach is currently searching for a permanent

home, so Foreigner will be staged at 5012 Emerald St., next to the Wireless Toyz store and will run through Sept. 10. Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30

Ever ybody jokes about filling a CamelBak with booze. But let’s talk logistics here: Say you dump a magnum of white zin into that thick plastic pouch and strap it on your back. You take a few pulls from the mouthpiece—as you’re working up a sweat hiking or biking—and you star t to feel a little tipsy. But after the novelty wears off, you’ll star t to crave a cool sip of H20. Too bad your CamelBak is filled with gradually warming, sticky sweet plastic-permeating hooch. Well, lucky for all the drunksersizers out there, there’s another way to get your wino on while you’re on the go. Etsy seller Oopsmark from Montreal, Canada, makes the Bike Wine Rack, a simple leather strappy device that keeps a bottle of vino in place as you’re pedaling your ride down the street. The rack attaches to a 1-inch bike frame and can be adjusted to fit different types of 3-inch bottles with a clamping system that holds the bottle securely in place. The elegant, brass-buttoned rack attachment costs around $30, plus shipping, but is sure to come in handy when you’re on your way to a park picnic, a barbecue or a family reunion. —Tara Morgan

p.m.; Friday, Sept. 2-Saturday, Sept. 3, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 4, 2 p.m.; $15. Stagecoach, 5012 Emerald St., 208-342-2000,

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY AUG. 31 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, SPIRIT OF BOISE BALLOON CLASSIC— Head to the park early to see more than 30 hot air balloons inflate and take to Boise’s skies during this four-day festival. See Picks, Page 14. 7:10 a.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise,

On Stage COMEDY NIGHT—Mundek Clement-Stein headlines, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Danny Amspacher. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-6581533,

Talks & Lectures RIVER LECTURE: GEOMORPHOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY— Bring a lunch and learn about how dam construction, irrigation and settlement have changed the shape of the river. Visit for more info. Noon. FREE. Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd., Boise.

Sports & Fitness BOISE HAWKS BASEBALL—vs. Vancouver Canadians. 6:45 p.m. $7-$10. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000,

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

Odds & Ends CHAOS CONTEST—Five rounds of performance-based games in which contestants compete for a $100 cash prize. 8 p.m. $5. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531,

THURSDAY SEPT. 1 Festivals & Events BCT’S SEASON OPENING GALA—Join the cast and crew of BCT as they kick off their new season. 6 p.m. $100. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

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SPIRIT OF BOISE BALLOON CLASSIC— See Wednesday. 7:10 a.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise,

Sports & Fitness BOISE HAWKS BASEBALL—See Wednesday. 6:45 p.m. $7-$10. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000,

On Stage THE FOREIGNER—This award-winning comedy written by Larry Shue tells the tale of visitors to a rural Georgia fishing lodge and what happens when people plot behind one another’s backs. 7:30 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5012 Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-3422000,

Food & Drink FOOD TRUCK RALLY—Take your pick from your favorite food truck, including B29 Streatery, Archie’s Place and more. Grab a beer from one of the local breweries and kick back with live music in the beer garden at Fourth and Grove streets. Call 208-344-0011 for more info. 5-10 p.m. FREE.

Farmers Markets MERIDIAN URBAN MARKET—5-9 p.m., downtown Meridian on Idaho Avenue between Main and Second streets, 208331-3400.

Odds & Ends AMPED AND DANGEROUS KARAOKE—9:30 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956. GOLDFISH RACES—Goldfish are placed in a rain gutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. 11:30 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-830-9977.

NOISE/CD REVIEW ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: PEOPLE TALK People Talk is the sophomore release by Pocatello-based folk group Elvis Has Left the Building and with it, lead singer-songwriter Angier Wills continues to write songs with a literary structure that would make them work as well as poems as they do songs. People Talk covers a wide range of emotions and experiences and includes a darkly humorous piece about a group playing in Baghdad. The band members worry about who will start the car after the gig. “Aminals” is a sweet children’s song inspired by Wills’ 4-year-old son—the spelling is intentional. EHLTB’s instrumentation includes mandolin and electric cello that, along with the usual suspects, adds a down-home feel and gives emotion to a song paralleling prison and medical school (Wills is a physician) or a sad love song that uses Einstein’s theory of relativity as a framework. Wills even finds inspiration in geography: He focuses on the emptiness of a small town, and in “Targhee Lodge,” a ski resort takes on a sinister feel. The real gem here is “Dumaine Street,” the actual name of a street in New Orleans. With a subdued open-tuned guitar Wills conjures a ghostly ambience of New Orleans and the poignant feel of a love that is ending: “In footsteps of Napoleon / I wander through the streets / So many here in exile / No one would notice me / on Dumaine Street.” The album leaves a listener thinking that maybe Elvis Has Left the Building should find a broader audience. Visit to learn more about the band and the album. Maybe then People (will start to) Talk. —Michael Corrigan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT FRIDAY SEPT. 2 Festivals & Events SPIRIT OF BOISE BALLOON CLASSIC— See Wednesday. 7:10 a.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise, WAGON DAYS—Celebrate the Wood River Valley’s mining history with activities for the entire family. Spend the weekend checking out gallery walks, a shoot out, antique fair and more, culminating in the Big Hitch parade. Visit for more info. FREE. Downtown Ketchum,

On Stage THE FOREIGNER—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5012 Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, LABOR DAY WEEKEND LAUGHFEST—Featuring local comics Jen Adams, Ryan Wingfield, Heath Harmison and Danny Amspasher. Tickets are available at or at the door. 7:30 p.m. $10. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197,

THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER—Daisy’s Madhouse presents a play that explores the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 and how the town of Laramie has changed. Tickets at brownpapertickets. com. 8 p.m. $8-$10. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, Brazil and Wright streets. RUMORS—Neil Simon’s comedic farce about a deputy mayor who shoots himself and the confusion that follows. 8 p.m. $12.50 general, $9 seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,


OPENING: 2011 BIENNIAL ART DEPARTMENT FACULTY EXHIBITION—Meet the artists and check out recent work by the faculty of the art department at Boise State during this opening reception. Artwork will be on display in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 on campus. 6-8 p.m. FREE, 208426-3994, FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Take a stroll through downtown Eagle and visit local merchants and galleries along the way. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Old State Street and Eagle Road, Eagle.

Sports & Fitness

RACHEL COLEMAN—The Emmynominated host of Signing Time will perform. Purchase tickets at 6 p.m. $8.75-$16.52. Summit Church, 10375 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-375-4031,

Food & Drink SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD SECURITY—Food experts will discuss what food we eat, how we eat it and where it comes from. Call 208-426-3902 to RSVP. See Food News, Page 30. 8:30 a.m.3 p.m. FREE, $10 for optional lunch. Boise State SUB, Simplot Ballroom, 1910 University Drive.




BOISE HAWKS BASEBALL— See Wednesday. 6:45 p.m. $7$10. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000,

Odds & Ends HOKUM HOEDOWN— The Hokum Hi-Flyers will provide the dance tunes and various callers will direct you where to go during this monthly square dance. See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. $5 individual, $15 for the family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-3850111,

SATURDAY SEPT. 3 Festivals & Events BOISE WEEKLY/44 NORTH TAILGATE PARTY—Pre-funk before every Boise State home game. 4 p.m. FREE. The End Zone, 1010 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-384-0613. SPIRIT OF BOISE BALLOON CLASSIC— See Wednesday. 7:10 a.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise, WAGON DAYS—See Friday. FREE. downtown Ketchum,

On Stage CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—Featuring hot young newbies and established stand-up comedians. 8 p.m. $12. China Blue, 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-9515.


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THE FOREIGNER—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5012 Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER—See Friday. 8 p.m. $8-$10. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, corner of Brazil and Wright streets, Boise. RUMORS—See Friday. 8 p.m. $12.50 general, $9 seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,

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8 DAYS OUT Food & Drink

On Stage


HARVEST MOON DINNER—Celebrate local food and enjoy an elegant dinner under the stars prepared by local chefs and paired with local wines. Tickets are available at the Capital City Public Market info booth. See Food News, Page 30. 6 p.m. $100. The Grove, downtown,

THE FOREIGNER—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5012 Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

SCBWI MEETING—Monthly meeting of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229,

Farmers Market

Odds & Ends

Sports & Fitness

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

BOISE OPEN MIC MONDAY— Musicians, poets and comedians are welcome to take their turn on stage. Hosted by Larry Buttel. 8 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny Irish Pub and Grill, 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568,

BOISE HAWKS BASEBALL— See Wednesday. 11:35 a.m. $7$10. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000,

Farmers Markets 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. KUNA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-noon. Bernard Fisher Memorial Park, Swan Falls Road and Avalon Street, Kuna. MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located in the Crossroads shopping center at Eagle and Fairview roads. MIDDLETON FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located in Roadside Park at the corner of Highway 44 and South Middleton Road. middletonfarmersmarket.

Odds & Ends 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.

MONDAY SEPT. 5 Festivals & Events WAGON DAYS—See Friday. FREE. downtown Ketchum,

Food & Drink ANNUAL LABOR DAY PICNIC— Join the Boise Central Trades and Labor Council for hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob and more to celebrate. Noon. $4 or three cans of food. Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise.

TRIVIA NIGHT—The previous week’s losing team gets to pick the new theme every week. 8 p.m. FREE. Pitchers and Pints, 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208906-1355. 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. To submit your artwork for BW’s cover, bring it to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. All mediums are accepted. For more information contact Art Director Leila Rader at leila@ or 208-344-2055. Boise 23 Weekly, 523 Broad St., 208-344-2055,

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

Animals & Pets INTERNATIONAL VULTURE AWARENESS DAY—Celebrate the big bird’s role in the environment with photos, kids’ activities and live bird demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$7. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-3628687,

SUNDAY SEPT. 4 Festivals & Events SPIRIT OF BOISE BALLOON CLASSIC— See Wednesday. 7:10 a.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise, WAGON DAYS—See Saturday. FREE. downtown Ketchum,

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

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Left to right: Boilerplate by Paul Guinan, Madman by Mike Allred and Blankets by Craig Thompson.

GRAPHIC EXHIBIT Comics at the Crossroads at BAM sheds light on the artistry of comic books SHEREE WHITELEY houses in Portland, Ore., and Seattle—inA new exhibit is adding some “Boing!” cluding the notorious Dark Horse Comics, “Thwack!” and “Ka-Pow!” to BAM. which is responsible for titles like Hellboy Boise Art Museum’s acronym has never and Sin City—it doesn’t take a super genius seemed so fitting. The new display, Comics to understand why Boise, too, is home to at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel, talented comic artists. includes models, toys, page spreads and book The idea of comic book characters on covers from 40 of the Pacific Northwest’s most display in museums, hanging next to paintings, talented comic and graphic novel artists. The exhibit was originally seen at the Mary- sculptures or the latest over-the-top installahill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Wash. Terra tion piece may seem odd to those unfamiliar with the graphic novel genre. But survey the Feast, BAM curator of education, wanted to stunning creations hanging on BAM’s walls, or bring it to Boise and felt the timing was right. step into Portland-based artist Daniel Duford’s “Comics and graphic novels are so timely installation piece The Sleeping Giant: The Peoright now. We felt it was something new. It ple’s Thoughts are All the Same and Townie would highlight new artwork and open the Parts IV and V—a combination of paintings on door to the genre for the Boise audience.” the museum’s walls and small wooden house The exhibit opened Aug. 20, but this First forms—and comic books seem at home in a Thursday, Sept. 1, visitors to BAM will get museum. For Shawn Phelps, manager at Capa chance to gain special insight into what it tain Comics in Boise, comic books have always takes to generate graphic art by watching an been works of art. artist create a masterpiece and trying their “It was the art that drew me in when I hand at drawing their own superhero. was a kid,” Phelps said. “I’m excited about Visitors will also hear from experts. Local [the exhibit at BAM]. Comics have moved comics artists Ethan Ede, Chris Hunt, Shay from cartooning to breathtaking pieces of art. Plummer and Boise Weekly’s own Adam Some of the best artists pop up in comics, so Rosenlund will host a panel discussion titled why not put them in a museum?” Why Comics?, during which they’ll explain Phelps also noted the process of creating how comics have graphic novels, the evolved over the years. history of comics, First Thursday, 5-8 p.m., donations suggested. Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic “There’s been and how the Pacific Novel runs through Sunday, Nov. 27. a leap away from Northwest has beBOISE ART MUSEUM superheroes,” Phelps come a hub for comic 670 Julia Davis Dr. said. “Now there’s book heroes. 208-345-8330 something for The panel, in everyone. There are ticular, offers someentertaining stories thing that lovers of told in the graphic fashion.” comic books don’t often get to experience. A few familiar faces are included in the ex“One of the great things about being in hibition, like the Hulk, but the subject matter Boise is that [artists] are willing to let othof Comics at the Crossroads goes beyond the ers into the process,” Feast said. “The First caped, masked and steroid-laden superheroes Thursday events and the exhibition provide a of childhood comic books. Instead visitors can great opportunity to get closer to the process find graphic adaptations of the Genesis origin of creating comics.” story, true stories of roller derby, Japanese With a half-dozen comic publishing WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

myths, questions of how expectations control perceptions of reality, miniseries of historical fiction and graphic interpretations of the Constitution. Graphic artists’ creations may be different from those of artists working with more traditional media but they all use their work to explore a variety of themes. “Artists use comics to talk about contemporary issues, as do those working in any other medium,” Feast said. “And I believe that will continue.” In the Community Connections gallery, visitors gain an understanding of the relationship between a graphic novel’s script and artwork. One Script, Many Styles provides a script written by Ethan Ede, which is interpreted in four different ways by local artists. The result is four dazzling depictions of the same story and an appreciation of the writing in comics, which tends to be overlooked. “It used to be just art that drew me to comics, now it’s about 50-50,” Phelps said. The Community Connections display also shows two of the many processes that artists employ to create comics—from using a script, thumbnails and a layout (or creating a story as the artist draws), to inking and digitally adding text and color. Either way the result is a striking work of art. Feast hopes the exhibit will also help people look at graphic novels in a new way. “I hope visitors will gain an understanding of the entire process and be inspired to think about the comics they saw as a child or the ones they see now,” Feast said. The shelves at Captain Comics exemplify the shift from old-school superheroes to new literary and artistic works. Steven King’s series, The Dark Tower, shares shelf space with Spiderman and a graphic novels about casinos on Indian reservations. Still, for fans like Phelps, the art is the draw of the graphic novel. “Just when I think I can’t be surprised by art anymore,” Phelps said, “I open a comic book and wow, I’m surprised.”

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East Side BASQUE MARKET—Celebrate International Tempranillo Wine Day with tastings and 10 percent off bottles. Enjoy tapas to pair with your wine. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208, BASQUE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER—Enjoy music from Basque musicians, check out the gallery exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques.” 611 Grove St., 208-3432671,


BOISE ART GLASS—Enjoy dem2 onstrations and snacks or sign up to make your own cup. Sessions are 30 minutes and cost $40. Emerging artists’ work will be on display and for sale. 530 W. Myrtle St., 208-3451825, THE BRICKYARD—Enjoy live piano music and a complimentary malbec wine flight paired with tapas if you wish. 601 Main St., 208-287-2121,


BRICOLAGE—Boise High School senior Elissa Johnson’s exhibit features people and animals

rendered in various mediums. Jennie Jorgenson’s illustrations from Josh Gross’ book Secrets and Lies will be on display also. See Downtown News, Page 22. 418 S. Sixth St., 208-3453718,


THE DISTRICT—Heirloom Dance Studio will offer swing dance lessons from 5-7 p.m. and salsa lessons from 7-9 p.m. 110 S. Fifth St., 208343-1089, DRAGONFLY—All footwear is 20 percent off through Saturday, Sept. 3. 414 W. Main St., 208-338-9234,

FLATBREAD COMMUNITY 5 OVEN—Check out Amber Grubb’s photographs while enjoying happy

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—Check out local 6 artist Patrick Sweeney’s new collection of photos titled For Your Thoughts. See Downtown

hour featuring $6 deals. Bottles of wine are $20 and kids eat free with purchase. 615 W. Main St., 208-2874757,

News, Page 22. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-3454320,

FLOATING FEATHER DAY SPA—Stop in for live music, complimentary consultations and make-up services. Get a free goodie bag and enter to win a $50 gift certificate to the spa. 602 W. Idaho St., 208-424-5153,

GOLDY’S CORNER—Local pre-teen author BSW Kicho will be reading passages from and 7 signing copies of her book Dark Moon. Art work by local artists will be on display as well. 625 W. Main St., 208-433-3934, goldysbreakfastbistro. com. INDIE MADE—Local crafters and artists will set up shop in pop-up tents in the Pioneer Building. Enjoy wine tasting and live music while you browse. 108 N. Sixth St., 208-342-0804. WILLI B’S SANDWICH SALOON—Stop in for Treasure Hunt Karaoke, $2.50 well drinks and draft beer, $1.50 PBR cans and $3 Salmon Creek wine. Karaoke begins at 8 p.m. 225 N. Fifth St., 208331-5666,

South Side ATOMIC TREASURES—Celebrate summer with unique mix of vintage, retro and found art, decor, books, clothing and more. 409 S. Eighth St., 208344-0811, BOISE ART MUSEUM—Watch a comic artist 8 at work and try your hand at drawing your own character after checking out the new exhibit Comics At the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel. There will be a panel discussion with local comic artists (including BW’s own Adam Rosenlund) at 5:30 p.m. See story on Page 19. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY—The violin and accordion duo of Debbie Cavanaugh and Chuck Smith (Duetto Giocoso) will play opera arias, folk ballads, love songs and more. 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208384-4200, BROWN’S GALLERY—Former Boise artist 9 Charles Sites (now living in Portland, Ore.) will show new work featuring mixed-media encaustics. Dr. Todd Palmer will play music. 408 S. Eighth St., 208-342-6661. THE COLE MARR GALLERY/COFFEE 10 HOUSE—View student photos taken during summer workshops in the Kootenai Valley. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, 208-336-7630. EIGHTH STREET MARKETPLACE AT 11 BODO—Part of the Artist in Residence program. Marcus Pierce and Cody Rutty will unveil a multi-layered collaborative painting that is the result of six months of work. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, 208-338-5212,


IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM— Check out the City of Boise’s third annual employee art exhibit during this open house and awards ceremony. Earle Swope will perform Have You Ever Felt Like You Were Suffocating? in the outdoor pavilion. Performances at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Donations. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, THE MONOGRAM SHOPPE—Stop in to check out fantastic gift ideas. 409 S. Eighth St., QUE PASA—Check out the best selection of Mexican artwork in town, including wall fountains, silver, Day of the Dead decor, and cedar and leather sofas. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9018. R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART 13 GLASS—Stop in to see the one-day trunk show featuring Mycra Pac coats, which fold into coordinated bags, making them perfect for traveling. 415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337,


RENEWAL CONSIGNMENT HOMEWARES—Part of the Artist in Residence program. Featuring artwork by local artists. 517 S. Eighth St., 208-338-5444. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Stop in to check out new cork cages, wine racks and bottle stoppers and receive 20 percent off case and mixed-case wine purchases. 786 W. Broad St., 208-345-9463. SOLID—Enjoy tequila and vodka tasting, 15 two-for-one drinks, artwork by Race Photography, music from Robert James, appetizers and a $5 happy hour menu. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620.

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LISTINGS/1ST THURSDAY Central Downtown AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Get ready for Boise State football with orange and blue shirts, accessories and more. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121 A, 208-433-0872,

BRICK OVEN BISTRO— 18 View artwork by members of the Treasure Valley Artists Al-

ELLA’S ROOM—Get 22 a sneak peek at Tyler James Bush’s Home on the

liance on the patio. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456,

Strange event in the window of the store while shopping. See Downtown News, Page 22. 216 N. Ninth St., 208-331-3552,

DAN LOONEY UNDER19 GROUND ART—Meet Dan Looney at his end-of-summer sale. 816 W. Bannock St., Ste. E, 208-870-9589, imagemaker. org/artist/danlooney.


ART GLASS ETC.—Check out original earrings and necklaces with a vintage flair designed by local artist Molly Anderson. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste 138 A, 208-794-3265.


DAWSON’S DOWNTOWN—View artwork by local artist Shay Plummer. 219 N. Eighth St., 208-336-5633,

THE ART OF WARD 17 HOOPER GALLERY—Celebrate 25 years with a special

D.L. EVANS BANK—Bring 21 a can of dog food to donate and get entered into a

print commemorating Alive After Five and meet the artist. 745 W. Idaho St., 208-866-4627,

drawing for prizes, sign up for See Spot Walk and check out art from the Idaho Photographic Workshop. 213 N. Ninth St., 208-331-1399.

ARTISAN OPTICS—James Orr will play during this Theo trunk show. 190 N. Eighth St., 208-3380500,

IDAHO POSTER AND 23 LETTERPRESS—Bingo Barnes hosts the Idaho Poster Show in his brand new studio space. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, 208-761-9538, IDAHOSTEL—Check it 24 out Los Angeles artist Trevor Wright’s whimsical artwork and have a cold beer. See Downtown News, Page 22. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 103, 208286-6476, INITIAL RESPONSE—Check out a huge selection of pillows, embroidery options and T-shirts documenting the Freak Alley art project. 811 W. Bannock St., 208336-9288, LISK GALLERY—Featur25 ing wood carvings by S.E. Lisk MD, photos by Mark Lisk,

ART WALK Locations featuring artists

paintings on aluminum by Jerri Lisk, and oil paintings by Carl Rowe. 850 W. Main St., 208342-3773, MAI THAI—Enjoy happy-hour cocktails from 5-6:30 p.m. and then again from 9 p.m.-close. 750 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8424,


OLD CHICAGO—Kids eat free. Karaoke from 10 p.m.-close in the bar. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-3630037,


PIPER PUB & GRILL—Happy hour from 3-6 p.m. features two-for-one drinks and a special menu. 150 N. Eighth St., 208343-2444,
















RIVER 1. Basque Museum

14. Renewal Consignment Homeware

26. Por tsche’s Jewelr y Boutique

15. Solid

27. Sage Yoga

16. Ar t Glass Etc.

28. Thomas Hammer

5. Flatbred

17. The Ar t of Ward Hooper Galler y

29. The Alaska Building

6. Flying M

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7. Goldy’s Corner 8. Boise Ar t Museum

19. Dan Looney Underground Ar t

30. Ar t Source Galler y

9. Brown’s Galler y

20. Dawson’s

10. Cole Marr

21. D.L. Evans Bank

11. Eighth St. Marketplace

22. Ella’s Room

2. Boise Ar t Glass 3. Bricolage 4. The District

12. Idaho State Historical Museum 13. R. Grey Galler y

23. Idaho Poster and Letterpress 24. Idahostel 25. Lisk Galler y


31. Basement Galler y 32. DV8 Salon 33. Exposure a.l.p.h.a. Interchange 34. Galler y 601 35. Galler y at the Linen Building 36. Reuse Galler y

PLAN B LOUNGE—Sample bites from the happy hour menu, grab a drink and kick back on a leather sofa. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-3873553, PORTSCHE’S JEWELRY 26 BOUTIQUE—Enjoy a glass of wine and view landscape and abstract paintings by local artist Jeanne Rogers. 206 N. Ninth St., 208-343-4443, REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP— Johnny Batch, author of Null Pointer, will be reading from and signing copies of his latest novel. 7 p.m. 180 N. Eighth St., 208376-4229, SAGE YOGA AND WELL27 NESS—Attend the Yoga for Bikers and Runners class at 6 p.m. and stay to check out Rachel Teannalach’s artwork. The downtown traffic box that she designed will be unveiled tonight as well. Dana Logan will be painting to music by Kris Hartung. 242 N Eighth St., Ste. 200, 208-3385430, SEE JANE RUN—Stop in for champagne, a bite of chocolate and 20 percent off your purchase when you mention this listing. 814 W. Idaho St., 208-338-5263, THOMAS HAMMER— 28 Check out the PhotoGraff exhibit, featuring photograph and graffiti artwork. Hip-hop and break dancers will perform. 298 N. Eighth St., 208-433-8004, TWIG’S CELLAR—Enjoy wine and raffles and help Team in Training’s Kim Willoughby raise money for

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a marathon this fall. Music by Echo Garrett. 816 W. Bannock St., Lower Level, 208-344-8944, ZEPPOLE—The bakery will be open until 8 p.m. Stop in to sample Reed’s Dairy Ice Cream. 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149,

West Side THE ALASKA 29 BUILDING—View tattoo designs and street art. Featuring Tony Caprai, Bobby Gaytan, Chieshenam Westin, Rocky Alellano and Blank Book Studios. 1020 Main St. ART SOURCE 30 GALLERY—Opening reception for artist Kathy Vinson’s show From the Stony Ground. 1015 W. Main St., 208-3313374, BASEMENT GALLERY— 31 Check out Erin Ruiz’s first solo show, featuring her charmingly surreal illustrations. 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309. DV8 SALON—Get info 32 about feather extensions, check out Stella and Dot Jewelry and enjoy a drink and a bite from Cake Ballers. 1025 W. Main St., 208-342-1003. EXPOSURE A.L.P.H.A. 33 INTERCHANGE—Celebrate a.l.p.h.a.’s eighth anniversary during a benefit for the Choice Food Pantry. Featuring “September” by artists Candy Wilson and Rick Ramos, Nicolet Laursen Art and more. 213 N. 10th St., 208-424-8158, GALLERY 601—Featur34 ing San Francisco artist Will Bulla’s original watercolors and prints, in addition to cards, napkins, coasters and figurines. 211 N. 10th St., 208-336-5899, THE GALLERY AT THE 35 LINEN BUILDING—View Michael Chamber’s exhibit Thresholds, featuring oil paintings, collages and linocut prints. 1402 W. Grove St., 208-3850111, OWYHEE PLAZA HOTEL—Allages pool side party with wine flights, live music and local food vendors. 1109 Main St., 208-3434611, RADIO BOISE—Tour the studios, check out the DJ live on air and record a testimonial for the station. The winner of the T-shirt design contest will be revealed. 1020 W. Main St., Alaska Building, Ste. 200, 208-424-8166, THE RECORD EXCHANGE—$2 off any used CD or DVD $5.99 and above. In the coffee shop, all 12-ounce espresso drinks are only $2 and get $2 off any sale gift item over $5.99. 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, REUSE GALLERY— 36 Featuring artwork from recycled materials created by local artists. 1423 W. Grove St., 208-331-2707. TRIP TAYLOR BOOKSELLER— Bring your own work or someone else’s to read during this open mic poetry reading. 210 N. 10th St., 208-344-3311,

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Tyler Bush’s Home on the Strange meets lacy underthing boutique Ella’s Room this First Thursday.

BW STORMS FIRST THURSDAY This edition of Downtown News is brought to you by the wicked-talented group of folks who comprise the Boise Weekly fam. Apparently there’s a little something special in the water we use to cut our whiskey. Case in point: Former BW Editor Bingo Barnes’ latest venture, Idaho Poster and Letterpress. On First Thursday, Barnes will open a working letterpress museum and gallery in the basement space that formerly housed Bricolage on Eighth Street. In addition to offering workshops and classes, Barnes will also have a letterpress studio that the public can rent. This First Thursday brings the Idaho Poster Show, which will showcase work from local poster makers such as Nobel Hardesty, Ben Wilson, Erin Ruiz, Kelly Knopp, Julia Green and Erin Cunningham, all of whom have either graced the cover of BW or contributed work to our pages. Speaking of creative awesomeness, BW’s current Social Media Czar Josh Gross is in the process of publishing a new collection of short stories, titled Secrets and Lies. Gross’ book illustrator Jennie Jorgensen will display all 25 original illustrations that dot the pages of Secrets and Lies at Bricolage (also owned by former BW staffers) this First Thursday. In addition, Boise High senior Elissa Johnson will showcase her multimedia pieces, which “portray people, animals and the relationships between them.” For more info, visit Down the street from Brico’s new digs, Boise Art Museum will host BW graphic designer and general badass Adam Rosenlund, who will speak on a panel of local comic book artists and designers for BAM’s new exhibit, Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel. For more info on the exhibit and opening night revelry, check out the First Thursday feature on Page 19. Over at Flying M Coffeehouse, BW-delivery cyclist Patrick Sweeney of North Star Cycle Couriers will premiere a new photography exhibit titled For Your Thoughts. Rounding out this BW-tastic September First Thursday is former BW promotions guru and Renaissance man Tyler Bush. Many will remember Bush from his exhibit at this year’s Modern Art event, which featured live poker-playing deer ladies festooned in lush Victorian garb. To promote his upcoming Home on the Strange art event, Bush will deck out the window at lacy underthing boutique Ella’s Room. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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.

TUESDAY SEPT. 6 Literature

DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Informal writers workshop is free to writers who wish to hone their skills, work on character development, overcome writers block and be inspired. Led by Adrian Kien, a poetry and composition professor from Boise State. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000,

POKER—Play for fun and prizes. 7 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club, 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811. POKER NIGHT—Prizes for first and second places. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Montego Bay, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-8535070,

TEAM LAB—Writers of short fiction, novels and literary nonfiction meet to critique each other’s work. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229,

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 7 Festivals & Events

Odds & Ends

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—See Wednesday, Aug. 31. 5 p.m. FREE, The Grove, Boise,

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,

PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP, SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—A performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, email cheryl_ There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. 7 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, boisepoetry. com. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632.

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 during open mic night, hosted by Danny Amspacher. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430. 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.

RE/FRACTION—A workshop production of a play written and performed by BCT’s new associate artist Dwayne Blackaller. 8 p.m. $10. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Workshops & Classes PAELLA AND TAPAS CLASS— Learn how to make the classic Basque dishes. Class fills up quickly, so be sure to call to reserve your spot. 6 p.m. $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208,

Art TODDLER WEDNESDAY—Children ages 2-3 are invited to explore art media related to BAM’s exhibitions with an adult. 10 a.m.-noon. Regular admission price. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208345-8330,

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers may donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for those in need. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,

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

On Stage COMEDY NIGHT—With Danny Amspacher. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Kids & Teens 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 by becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,

Odds & Ends LATIN NIGHTS—Instructors Tabish L. Romario and Becca Towler will teach salsa, bachata and Brazilian zouk lessons, followed by social dancing at 9 p.m. 7:30-11 p.m. $5. The Press, 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B, Boise, 208-336-9577. SCRABBLE GAME NIGHT—6 p.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-375-4454,

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THE VAN PAEPEGHEM TRIO—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

ALIVE AFTER FIVE: SWAGGER—With Central City Music Co. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove


BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

UNDERRIDE, SEPT. 1, RED ROOM Seattle-based rockers Underride make music that lives somewhere between glam rock and guitar rock with a dash of hard pop. Regardless of where Underride’s new album, Distorted Nation, (EPI-Records) might be categorized at the record store, there is something undeniably catchy about the music and that definitely has something to do with vocalist Rev. His tone is rich, in both high and low registers and an occasional end-of-phrase tremolo brings old-school singers to mind. But his onstage energy and his style—which includes two-tone hair and what looks like a lopsided starfish painted over one eye—are more Adam Lambert modern. With bandmates Suzuki Sixx, El Barto, Double A and Princess—who are all male—Underride’s cover of “Paparazzi” is so spot on that even if these guys wouldn’t be considered at all pop, they definitely know a little something about it. —Amy Atkins With Piranhas. 9 p.m.. $2. Red Room, 1519 W. Main St.,

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MARCUS EATON—With The Good Hurt and The Fav. 8 p.m. $7. Linen Building ROBERT JAMES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club THURSDAY THUNDER: PILOT ERROR—6 p.m. FREE. Edwards Stadium 22

SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones, Mike Seifrit and Jon Hyneman. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

BLUE CINEMA—Featuring Naomi Psalm. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Bouquet

UNDERRIDE—With Piranhas. See Listen Here, this page. 9 p.m. $2. Red Room

THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. Grainey’s Basement

JAM NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

ECHO GARRETT—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s

THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. Grainey’s Basement

KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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




LEON RUSSELL—8 p.m. $25$60. Knitting Factory LIKE A ROCKET—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s MAC LETHAL—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef MC FRONTALOT—With Brandon Patton. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux

GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE: COME TOGETHER—6:30 p.m. $7 members, $10 general. IBG INPUT—With Broken, Reason the Citizen, Yung Skillz and Zachary. 6 p.m. $10. The Venue JAM NIGHT WITH KEVIN SHRUMM—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s HILLFOLK NOIR—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

AMON AMARTH—8:30 p.m. $20-$35. Knitting Factory DJ NIGHT—9 p.m. FREE. Club Max DJ NOAH HYDE—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux

JAMES ORR—8 p.m. FREE. Reef

JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

REBECCA SCOTT—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub


LIKE A ROCKET—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye


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

MIKE JONES AND LIL’ FLIP— With 50 Cal and Yung Verb. 8 p.m. $25-$55. Knitting Factory

NORMAN—9 p.m. FREE. Red Room

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

THE TRUCKSTOP TRIO—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

KRUM BUMS—9 p.m. $TBA. The Shredder

DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club STEADY RUSH—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SWAGGER—10 p.m. $5. Reef ZOE MUTH AND THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS—9 p.m. $5. Bouquet

SUNDAY SEPT. 4 A DOUG BROWN COLLECTIVE—1 p.m. FREE. Solid BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon. FREE. Grape Escape GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers HAMBONES ON THE BEACH—4 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe HIGH STREET—1 p.m. $10, $8 wine club members, FREE kids 14 and younger. Ste. Chapelle JAMES LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Kahootz MUSIC FROM STANLEY: NEW TRANSIT—4 p.m. FREE. Redfish STRFKR—See Picks, Page 15. 9 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Reef



RUSS PFEIFER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

UBER TUESDAYS: TARTUFI— With Finn Riggins, Red Hands Black Feet and Jump Jets. 7 p.m. FREE. VAC

LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

TUESDAY SEPT. 6 THE ANATOMY OF FRANK— With Backward Beast. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid ARCHAEOLOGY—9 p.m. $TBA. Red Room BROCK BARTEL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JAMES COBERLY SMITH—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 7 ALIVE AFTER FIVE: HOOTS AND HELL MOUTH—With Sandusky Furs. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove. AMY WEBER AND NATHAN MOODY—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s THE BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Reef BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

KEVIN KIRK—With Phil Garonzik and Wendi Phelps. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LIFE OR DEATH—With The Forgotten, Tiamat’s Destroyer, Threshold and Jar. 8 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement


BUTTHOLE SURFERS— With 400 Blows. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $30 adv., $33 door. Egyptian DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s HANDSOME FURS—With Suuns and Talkdemonic. 7 p.m. $10. Neurolux JAM NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KENNY LOGGINS—7 p.m. $29.50-$69.50. Eagle River Pavilion KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SPLASH BASH POOL PARTY: JOHN JONES TRIO—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE IN DOWNTOWN—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

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BUTTHOLE SURFERS, SEPT. 7, EGYPTIAN THEATRE During the ’80s, rock bands were not immune to the “more is more” motto. But the best bands experimented with the word “more” by adding unique sounds and vocalizations instead of flashy special effects or big hair. The bands that really understood what more could mean became classics. Texas-born postpunk band Butthole Surfers is a classic act in the truest sense. A lot of folks only know of Butthole Surfers because of the No. 1 hit “Pepper.” It’s unfortunate that’s the only tune some people know, but it does give evidence to the fact that this band, known for outrageous behavior, scatological humor and an obsessive need to shock and awe, also damn well knew how to make music. And now, 30 years after forming, King Coffey, Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus are still performing, still know excess and still really know music. —Amy Atkins With 400 Blows. 8 p.m., $30 adv., $33 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

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THE PLAYS ARE THE THING BCT adds on to a well-stocked 2011-2012 season AMY ATKINS

Expect a numb thumb, a sailor’s stories, a senator’s shame and so much more from BCT’s 2011-2012 season.

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also about Macbeth,” he added enigmatically. In Hamlet, the titular character says: “More relative The second add-on, which closes the season, is than this, the play’s the thing. Wherein I’ll catch the award-winning playwright Andrea Caban’s Quesconscience of the King.” tions My Mother Can’t Answer, much of which was After what was a record for season ticket sales written in Boise while Caban was here playing the for its 2010-2011 season, Boise Contemporary Thepart of the narrator in The Pavilion. In Questions, ater opens 2011-2012 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, with Caban stars as a woman who, after being hit by a a schedule that could well incorporate Hamlet’s sencab in New York City, interviews eight women— timent as a mission statement. It would, however, including “a sexy Moroccan ballroom dancer” have to be modified slightly to include “more plays and “a donations-only prostitute”—in a search for in one season than ever before’s the thing” and “inspiration and guidance.” something about how the theater company hopes to In between Re/fraction and Questions, audiences capture the collective consciousness of its patrons by will see four more productions that explore the huoffering more world premieres, the return of popular playwrights and a program designed to let young man condition, a signature of BCT’s programming. Shipwrecked! by Donald Margulies is the playwrights see their creations writ large. fantastical 19th century story of French-born For the first time, BCT will stage six plays Louis de Rougemont—the full name of the play is instead of the usual four. Artistic Director MatShipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Adventures of thew Cameron Clark explained that two additional Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself). plays, which the company refers to as add-ons, De Rougemont regales the audience with his will “bookend” the other plays. Along with the tales of “the high seas, populated by exotic islandchildren’s reading series, the 5x5 reading series, ers, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monthe music series and the new BCT Theater Lab for strous man-eating octopus” in a play that makes the students, any additional performances seem like line between fact and fiction difficult to discern. an exercise in near-insanity. Clark admits that he is Idaho’s own Samuel D. Hunter returns to Boise looking at an incredibly busy season, adding that on the heels of his acclaimed Norway and A Bright there is a simple reason why the company chose to New Boise with an as-yet untitled piece commisinclude the add-ons. sioned by BCT. Clark wanted to leave most of “We had a great year last year, not only from an the details for opening night but revealed that the artistic perspective in terms of the kind of new and story is about a man who returns to his childhood challenging work we were doing, but more people home to find that his mother has painted everything were coming,” Clark said. white—even boxes and cans of food. Untitled might BCT temporarily dropped season ticket prices to be an apropos title for this one. $99 for four shows and sold far more season tickets Rajiv Joseph, whose Animals Out of Paper was than ever before. And when BCT asked its patrons staged at BCT in 2009, brings Gruesome Playat the end of the 2010-2011 season (in which three ground Injuries in which two 8 year olds meet in the out of the four plays were world premieres) what nurse’s office. The play follows them through the they wanted out of 2011-2012, the company was “bumps and bruises” of the next 30 years. able to deliver. Closing the season is Off The Record, Lynn “We did some surveying during the last show last Allison’s play that opens with an attractive senayear,” Clark said. “One of the common comments tor sitting across from an undercover cop who we got from people was, ‘We want more. We want arrested him in an airport bathroom. Off The Reto see more plays.’” cord was hugely popular during BCT’s 2010-2011 Clark was happy to oblige but knew it had to 5x5 reading series, and Clark said this is one of be done in such a way that he didn’t send the entire the most anticipated plays BCT cast and crew into of the season. fatigue-caused comas. The 2011-2012 season runs Wednesday, Sept. In addition to the plays, The first add-on, which 7, through May 13, 2012. Loudon Wainwright III, opens the season, is the Discounted season tickets are available for Curtis Stigers and more yetworld premiere of Dwayne $99 for four plays or $139 for all six through to-be scheduled musicians Blackaller’s Re/fraction. Monday, Sept. 12. will perform as part of BCT’s BCT patrons will remember For more information, visit growing music series and Blackaller, who is now an BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER classes for the youth theater associate artist at BCT, as 854 Fulton St. lab, which will be directed Peter in last season’s The 208-331-9224 by Blackaller, begin in MonPavilion. Clark said Re/ day, Sept. 19. Clark expects tion is more of a “workshop to be busier than he has ever production” with a short been in his professional life but this seems to be a rehearsal period and a very short run of only three logical and vital step in BCT’s continued evolution. performances. In Re/fraction, Dexter suddenly “I have more on my plate than ever before but has no feeling in his thumb. He turns to his dental it’s motivating,” Clark said. “We work, work, hygienist, Chelsea, the one person he feels he can work. We close a show, have a day off, then we talk to, for help. start the next show. 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SECRETS AND LIES The Debt echoes ’70s espionage films GEORGE PRENTICE Since the world premiere of this John Maddendirected potboiler at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen, “Wait until you see The Debt. It’s a crackerjack thriller.” Finally, now in late August—a terrible spot for a movie to be dumped into—The Debt is here. The Debt opens in 1997. Three retired Israeli agents have been hailed as heroes since hunting an escaped Nazi villain in 1960s You will feel a debt to gratitude to anyone who suggests you see this spy thriller that spans nearly four decades. Berlin. Only they know the truth, and they are now in danger of being exposed. Viewers are are among the finest of character actors even The Debt’s source material is the little-seen whisked back to the Cold War era to see what in leading roles and Chastain matches Mirren happened and it works beautifully because the Israeli drama Ha-Hov and the contemporary pound-for-pound. Even though the two look film far surpasses its predecessor. The Debt cast is an interesting amalgam of new school/ nothing alike, they are completely believable as moves at a brisk pace and never compromises old school: Sam Worthington (Avatar), Jessica they share the role of an unlikely spy. intelligence for the sake of action, of which Chastain (The Help) and Marton Csokas Detailed production design from Jim Clay (Lord of the Rings) are the young agents. Their there is plenty. The film is readily reminiscent (Match Point) is particularly impressive, given of ’70s political thrill21st century incarers like The Boys From that his spot-on sets range from an eerie Cold nations are, respecTHE DEBT (R) War hospital to a gloomy East Berlin apartBrazil and The Odessa tively, played by Ciaran ment, all re-imagined at London’s Ealing File. And it’s just as Hinds (The Sum of All Directed by John Madden Studios. High praise goes to the writing team good. Fears), Helen Mirren Starring Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, of Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: The best that can (The Queen) and Tom Ciaran Hinds, Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington be said for The Debt is First Class) and Peter Straughan (Tinker, TaiWilkinson (Michael that it is in the capable lor, Soldier, Spy). Clayton). Jesper ChrisNow playing at Flicks. The Debt includes all the elements of an achands of professionals. tensen (Casino Royale) complished adult drama: action, performance Madden (Shakespeare overly but deliciously and story. Themes of overcoming regret, In Love) never overplays his hand, considerplays the villain, Dieter Vogel, known as “the courage vs. cunning and good vanquishing evil ing the density of the plot. Hinds, Wilkinson surgeon of Birkenau,” a purveyor of horrific never fail to satisfy. and particularly Mirren again prove that they medical experiments, with impenitence.

SCREEN/THE TUBE the premiere of the Charlie’s Angels (ABC) reboot. Speaking of a boot, Two-And-A-Half Men (CBS, Mondays) did not get one and returns with Back to school, hunting season, the first football kickoff: These are all Ashton Kutcher playing opposite the guy who was in an ’80s coming-ofsigns that the rich orange, red and yellow colors of fall are about to wrap age movie with Molly Ringwald. their bony fingers around the sunny days of summer and squeeze the life Blue Bloods (CBS, Fridays), Kitchen Nightmares (FOX, Fridays) and out of them. And that means another symbol of the changing seasons will Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays) return with entertaining if not exactly soon appear: the premieres of fall television shows. provocative viewing options, and the return of Boardwalk Empire (HBO) will Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 6, network be the meat in a Sunday sandwich layered and cable channels will reach down and high with both the prime and cut-rate give a hand to the viewers they left hangingredients of The Good Wife (CBS), Faming off the cliff at the end of spring. Sons ily Guy (FOX), Pan Am (ABC), Desperate of Anarchy (FX, Tuesdays) will return for Housewives (ABC), The Simpsons (FOX), another nail-biting season of watching American Dad (FOX) and CSI: Miami (CBS). SAMCRO try to keep rival bike gangs at You decide which is which. The NFL Kickoff bay while trying to keep their families Sunday Night Football airs on Thursday, from falling apart. Thursdays will give Sept. 8 (NBC), and if that isn’t enough television’s reputation a bump up when violence for you, on Tuesdays, you can edgily hilarious Archer (FX), lowest-comwatch new seasons of Glee (FOX) and The mon-denominator hilarious It’s Always Biggest Loser (NBC). Sunny In Philadelphia (FX) and charmingly —Amy Atkins hilarious Parks and Recreation (NBC) return. TV will need that boost because, For a full list of the fall TV schedule, also on Thursdays, Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Amy Poehler returns as Parks and Recreation’s uptight but Kelly and Rachael Taylor (who?) star in lovable civil servant, Leslie Knope. visit


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Special Screenings MUSIC VIDEO SHOW PART 2, ALA POTATOH—Watch music videos filmed by local directors, for local musicians. See Picks, Page 14. Thursday, Sept. 1, 8-11 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux. com. SCARFACE—The gangster film starring Al Pacino hits the big screen for one night only. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603,

FORKS OVER KNIVES Forks Over Knives takes a harsh look at the Western world’s diet and the consequences of the United States’ love affair with animal-based and processed foods. Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn make the claim that many of the effects of degenerative diseases can be solved with diet. Forks Over Knives chronicles the successes of certain individuals who have kicked the negative effects of some diseases using Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s guidelines for returning to a plant-based diet. First lady Michelle Obama even chimes in: “Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure cost this country more that $120 billion a year,” she says. Whether it is scientific fact, this film does shed light on some of America’s most pressing issues.

SONS OF ANARCHY: SEASON THREE In the third season of this Hamlet-esque FX series, motorcycle club SAMCRO is picking up the pieces after the murder of one of its own and the abduction of club V.P. Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) baby son. Jax’s stepfather and SAMCRO leader Clay (Ron Perlman) says to Jax in the season opener: “We represent the past, present and future of this club, and the men behind us, they respect you and they understand your grief, but they’re also wondering what you’re going to do with it.” This drama spans continents as SAMCRO chases the kidnappers to Ireland and betrays old IRA ties. Season three comes out on DVD just in time to prepare for season four. —Katherine Thornton

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APP/SCREEN ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? There’s just no denying it. Football is as American as baseball once was. And with the 2011 NCAA season kicking off on Thursday, Sept. 1, and the NFL putting on its pads one week later, gridiron action is as close as your smar tphone. NFL Mobile (free) streams 24/7 coverage of the pros. CBS, Fox and NBC all offer free apps, pushing viewers toward the networks’ NFL coverage. WatchESPN (free) gives you access to all live programming from ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNU. The best of the collegiate pack has to be If you’re nuts for Boise State, the ofthe just-unveiled ESPN Bowl Bound 2011. ficially licensed Boise State Broncos College You can jazz up your smar tphone with your SuperFans app ($1.99) has ever ything Bronschool colors (blue and orange cos, including a live game tracker, anyone?) by customizing the app message boards and trivia. with your favorite team. The app Visit also links directly to WatchESPN, for more information. —George Prentice which streams live games. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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FROM HARVEST TO HUNGER At last year’s Harvest Moon Dinner—lit by the warm glow of the September moon and flushed with Idaho wine—Peaceful Belly farmers belted out a passionate song about the local-food movement: “Buy local / Help out the farmers / Won’t you come and join the local market band? / Bring your neighbors!” This year, the Peaceful Belly musical team will return to entertain local-food aficionados at Capital City Public Market’s annual fund-raising dinner, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 3, on the Grove Plaza at 7 p.m. The event will feature multiple courses of locally grown grub prepared al fresco by area chefs and paired with an array of Idaho wines. Tickets are $100 per person and only 100 will be sold. For more info, visit or call 208-345-9287. From har vest abundance to hunger pains, Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute is hosting a Food Security Symposium, which will feature an array of local and international experts discussing the food we eat and where it comes from. The one-day symposium is free to the public and runs from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. Speakers include Gar y Paul Nabhan, a conser vation biologist from the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center; Anne Trumble, director of Emerging Terrain; Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force; Dave Krick, owner of Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House; and BW contributor and photographer Guy Hand. The B29 Streatery will park across the street and ser ve an all-local lunch from noon-1:30 p.m. for $10. For more information, or to sign up for the lunch, contact or call 208-426-3902. In more big Boise State food news, the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series is bringing award-winning writer and food activist Raj Patel for a free lecture on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Patel, a former employee at both the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, is the author of the books Stuffed and Star ved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. Broadly his work aims to reform “a globalized food system that simultaneously produces hunger and obesity while destroying sustainable ways of life.” —Tara Morgan


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THE ORI“GIN” OF A DISTINCT SPIRIT Joining Bardenay’s elite ginsmithing panel GUY HAND The morning sun had barely cleared the cottonwood trees along the Boise River when the nine of us began to sip gin. The group called itself a “ginsmithing panel”—which certainly sounds more respectable than a breakfast cocktail party—and Scott Probert, the head distiller at Bardenay in Eagle, assured me we were gathered in the distillery for a legitimate reason. “What we’re doing is comparing our The gin bouquet is comprised of so much more than juniper berries. standard batch of gin with the proposed batch of gin,” he said as he poured two this cheap, often-toxic beverage, riots broke out a lot of people.” separate gins into glasses set on a table in out in London. “Mother’s ruin,” as gin was According to Settles, Bardenay in Boise front of us. “We’re going to smell and taste then called, had become the meth of the was the nation’s first restaurant-distillery and see how they match up.” day. By the 1920s, though, its quality and to produce hard alcohol post Prohibition, Probert poured the standard batch, a reputation improved. Fresh herbs and spices serving its inaugural cocktail on April 25, sample of the Bardenay-distilled gin the replaced the turpentine. Today, high-quality, 2000. Settles now distills rum at the Boise panel had previously tasted and approved, subtly flavored gins are a favorite of Ameribranch, vodka and lemon vodka at the into an opaque glass to the right of each Coeur d’Alene branch, and gin in Eagle. Gin ca’s growing craft distillery movement. of us. He then poured a newly distilled or “I usually start with the juniper, and I’ve makes up about 25 percent of Bardenay’s “proposed” batch into a matching glass total annual output of 2,800 cases of spirits, got a little grinder here,” Probert said. to the left. Gin is made of a complex mix A few days before our tasting panel, all of which it sells in Idaho. The rum and of flavors. It was our job to compare the Probert showed me how he makes a batch two batches and offer recommendations on vodka are relatively easy to make, Settles of craft gin. On a table he spread out 12 says—only the gin requires a tasting panel. how to make the new batch match the old, colorful, aromatic ingredients, from spices “The flavors in the gin are so complex thus ensuring the spirit’s consistency over to roots to fruit. First he ground handfuls of that no one person could time. Since Probert distills juniper berries to a course powder. make sure that we stayed gin every two weeks, the “We just want to open up the berries consistent,” he said after ginsmithing panel meets just For more information, so that we release all the oils,” he said. In he’d taken a studied taste as often—and several of these visit an instant the room filled with the pineof the first of the morning’s morning volunteers had been BARDENAY forest-meets-sea-breeze scent of good gin. gin. “And if it was a simple sipping for the cause for close 610 W. Grove St. Then Probert sprinkled on some coriander, flavor, we wouldn’t bother to a decade. 208-426-0538 nutmeg, cardamom, star anise and orris with the panel.” Bardenay’s ginsmithing root, a root in the iris family with an aroma Gin is not simple. Nor is protocol required that we reminiscent of violets and chocolate. He its history. It’s a descendant arrive at 8:30 a.m. under the of a Dutch medicinal drink first made in the then peeled off thin ribbons of zest from belief that our senses would be sharper in the skin of a grapefruit, a lemon and an 1500s called genever, the Dutch word for the morning; we were also required to skip juniper, the dominant flavor in gin. Genever, orange. The room smelled like a botanically coffee and breakfast to further protect our diverse tropical island. Finally he added a though, is made from malt wine, a dark palates from distractions. Like a wine tastliquor that tastes more like whiskey than the single mint leaf, wrapped the whole mound ing, Probert instructed us to first swirl our in cheesecloth and submerged it in a small vodka that gin is built from. glasses, then bury our noses and inhale. For still filled with Bardenay’s house-made The gin we’d recognize today was adaptthis first-time ginsmither, that first breath sugarcane vodka. He then fired up the still ed from that Dutch recipe by the English felt like a juniper-infused slap in the face. Kevin Settles, CEO and owner of Idaho’s in the 17th century, but it was less a medici- to transform the flavorless vodka into mulnal drink than a heavily adulterated attempt tidimensional gin. three Bardenay distilleries and restaurants, Back at the morning tasting, the panel to make rotgut palatable. Early English was sitting across the table and must have sipped the results. gins contained juniper but were also ocnoticed my face-slapped look. “I’m happy with the intensity on the casionally cut with turpentine and other “We get a lot of people who say they nose,” Probert said after the panel dubious ingredients meant to mask the bite want to join,” he said with a grin. “But had gone back and forth between of bad alcohol. then when you talk about no coffee beforethe old and new distillates, sniffIn the 18th century, when authorities hand and going into work after you’ve been 32 ing, sipping and spitting (you really sipping gin in the morning, it kind of weeds tried to put a lid on the rampant abuse of

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FOOD/CON’T don’t want to drink gin, even craft gin, before breakfast). “But the palate seems a little flat,” he added. “I almost wonder if it’s the same ingredient we messed with last time,” Kevin Settles suggested after another long sniff. “Lemon?” asked Karen McMullen, who has been on the panel for seven years. Ashley Wood, another Bardenay distiller, nodded with conviction. “Lemon.” Probert then went from glass to glass with an eye dropper filled with lemon essence, adding a drop to each glass of the new gin batch—he separately distills each of the 12 flavor components so he can add them later. “There are certain ingredients that we rarely use,” McMullen said. “And it’s so potent that when we add it, they’ll put literally a couple of drops in a tank of 40 gallons and that makes enough of a difference.” After another round of sniffing, sipping and minor, drop-by-drop adjustments the group seemed satisfied that the old and new gins were now indistinguishable. “I think it’s quite good,” panelist Bob Tate said as everyone shook their heads in agreement. “A few times over the years, we’ve actually walked away and said we can’t get there today,” Settles admitted. After a half hour of tasting your palate goes south, and on those rare occasions, the group has had to give up and come back another day. But not this day. As everyone got up to adulterate their palates with a well-deserved cup of coffee, Settles told me the best way he knows to judge how well the group had done their job: “Take a bottle and have a cocktail at home on a Friday night. That’s when you really know if we got it right.” 30

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NEW BOMBERS Three very different new brews have arrived on the Boise scene, all in the larger format 22-ounce bomber: from California’s Lagunitas, a 13th anniversary redux; from Colorado’s New Belgium, a big and flavorful 20th anniversary offering; and from Oregon’s Ninkasi, a hop-driven salute to summer. LAGUNITAS LUCKY 13 ANNIVERSARY RELEASE This orange-tinged amber pour has a thin layer of froth that clings with admirable persistence. The nose is a mix of pine and citrusy hops. This beer is nicely balanced in the mouth and neither the sweet, toasty malt nor the crisp hops dominate. The finish is lightly sweet with shades of ripe lemon, soft orange, honeyed plum and fresh bread, all making for an intriguing brew. NEW BELGIUM LIPS OF FAITH SUPER CRU This ale brewed with Asian pear juice is bright gold with a touch of red, topped by a thick head that fades into an lovely lacing. The honeyed malt up front on the nose is backed by soft hops, floral fruit, clove and white pepper. Saison yeast is used here, and it definitely adds a noticeable tang to the caramel malt flavors. Lots of fruit on the palate with tar t cherr y, green apple and sweet pear backed by olive and spice. This one goes down a little too easily given its 10-percent alcohol rating. NINKASI MAIDEN THE SHADE This great choice for the tail end of summer pours a soft and hazy amber with a rich head that collapses quickly but leaves ample lacing. Lots of citrus and bright hops hit the nose with touches of apricot, tropical fruit and malt. There are plenty of hops on the palate but with a nice restraint that doesn’t overpower the other flavors. You get a cornucopia of fruit here, with apricot, peach, mango and lime playing against subtle malt as lemon zest comes through on the finish. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



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BW PEN PALS Pen Pals complimentary ads for our incarcerated friends are run on a space-available basis and may be edited for content. Readers are encouraged to use caution and discretion when communicating with Pen Pals, whose backgrounds are not checked prior to publication. Boise Weekly accepts no responsibility for any relationships that may arise from contacting these inmates. Hello, my name is Daniel Haynes. I am a WM, 23 yrs. Old, blonde hair, blue eyes. I am 5’9”, 180 lbs., with an athletic build. I am currently looking for a F pen pal ages 20-40. I am very loyal to all my friends or partners. I respect all. I also treat others how I want to be treated. I like hanging out with friends and family, having long conversations and outdoor activities. My plans for the future are to go to college and get a good job. I grew up in Washington, moved to Montana then came to Idaho in ‘06. I have been here since. Daniel Haynes #88663 ICC R-19-C PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. SWM, 36 yrs. Old, professional write, morning radio DJ and former dot-com millionaire seeking open minded F. Ready for a new adventure? Steve Newman #90843 PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. Pen Pal wanted: Bad Boy- Handsome, 30’s, ISO good girl to write. See photos on facebook. Clint Prather #714185 WSP 1313 N. 13th Ave. Walla Walla, WA 99362. I’m a 23 yr. old incarcerated SF seeking a M or F to become pen pals with and form a relationship. D Valdez 2255 E. 8th N. Mountain Home, ID 83647. SWM, 6’2”, 205 lbs., brown hair and blue eyes. Seeks lady for friendly correspondence and possibly more. My interests are too many to be listed here. Write for more info. You will not be disappointed. Jeff Whipple #89341 ICC L-221-B PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Strange but true: To pave the way for your next liberation, you will have to impose some creative limitations on yourself. In other words, there’s some trivial extravagance in your current rhythm that is suppressing an interesting form of freedom. As soon as you cut away the faux luxury that is holding you back, all of life will conspire to give you a growth spurt. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Using 2 tons of colorful breakfast cereal, high-school students in Smithfield, Utah, helped their art teacher create a gymnasium-sized replica of Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Starry Night.” After admiring it for a few days, they dismantled the objet d’art and donated it as food to a farm full of pigs. You might benefit from trying a comparable project in the coming days, Taurus. What common everyday things could you use in novel ways to brighten up your personal palette? What humdrum part of your routine could you invigorate through the power of creative nonsense? It’s high time to try some experiments in play therapy. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The energy you use to read this sentence is powered, ultimately, by sunlight,” said science writer K.C. Cole, “perhaps first soaked up by some grass that got digested by a cow before it turned into the milk that made the cheese that topped the pizza. But sunlight, just the same.” That’s a good seed thought to meditate on during the current phase of your astrological cycle. In the coming weeks, you will thrive by gleefully remembering your origins, exuberantly honoring the depths that sustain you and reverently returning to the source for a nice, long drink of magic. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Speaking about her character on the TV show Harry’s Law, Cancerian Kathy Bates said, “Harry is her own woman. She isn’t going to take guff from anybody. I’m very much like her. I try to be diplomatic, but sometimes pterodactyls fly out of my mouth.” I wouldn’t always advise you to follow Bates’ lead, Cancerian, but in the coming week I do: Be as tactful and sensitive as possible but don’t be shy about naming difficult truths or revealing hidden agendas. Pterodactyls may need to take wing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view,” said gardener H. Fred Ale. I urge you to experiment with a similar approach in your own chosen field, Leo. Conjure up more empathy than you ever have before. Use your imagination to

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put yourself in the place of whomever or whatever it is you hope to nurture, commune with and influence. And be willing to make productive errors as you engage in this extravagant immersion. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Avantgarde author Gertrude Stein was renowned for her enigmatic word play and cryptic intuitions, which brought great pleasure to her longtime companion Alice B. Toklas. “This has been a most wonderful evening,” Alice once remarked after an especially zesty night of socializing. “Gertrude has said things tonight it’ll take her 10 years to understand.” I expect that something similar could be said about you in the coming week, Virgo. It’s as if you’ll be glimpsing possibilities that won’t fully ripen for a while; as if you’ll be stumbling upon prophecies that will take months, maybe even years, to unveil their complete meaning. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I periodically perform a public ritual called Unhappy Hour. During this focused binge of emotional cleansing, participants unburden themselves of their pent-up sadness, disappointment, frustration and shame. They may choose to mutter loud complaints or howl with histrionic misery or even sob uncontrollably. At the end of the ceremony, they celebrate the relief they feel at having freely released so much psychic congestion and go back out into the world feeling refreshed. Many people find that they are better able to conjure up positive emotional states in the days and weeks that follow. It’s a perfect time for you to carry out your own Unhappy Hour, Libra. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Age of Mythology is a computer game that invites participants to strategically build up their own civilization and conquer others. There are, of course, many cheats that help you to bend the rules in your favor. For instance, the Wrath of the Gods cheat gives you the god-like powers of lightning storms, earthquakes, meteors and tornadoes. With Goatunheim, you can turn your enemies into goats, and Channel Surfing allows you to move your armies over water. But the cheat I would recommend for you right now, whether you’re playing Age of Mythology or the game of your own life, would be Wuv Woo, a flying purple hippopotamus that blows rainbows out its back end and blasts lovey-dovey hearts from its mouth. (P.S.: Using it will make other good cheats easier to access.) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Of all the tribes of the zodiac, Sagittarius is most skilled at not trying too hard. That isn’t to say that you’re lazy or lax. What

I mean is that when it’s time for you to up the ante and push toward your goal with more force and determination, you know how to cultivate a sense of spaciousness. You’ve got an innate knack for maintaining at least a touch of cool while immersed in the heat of the struggle. Even when the going gets tough, you can find oases of rejuvenating ease. In the coming week, I suggest you make an extra effort to draw on these capacities. You will need them more than usual. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Wild mountain goats in northern Italy have been photographed moseying their way up and across the near-vertical wall of the Cingino dam. It looks impossible. How can they outmaneuver the downward drag of gravity, let alone maintain a relaxed demeanor while doing it? They are apparently motivated to perform this feat because they like the salty minerals that coat the face of the dam. I foresee you having a comparable power in the coming weeks, Capricorn. Rarely have you been able to summon so much of your mountain goatlike power to master seemingly unclimbable heights. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Phrygia was an ancient kingdom in what is now Turkey. In its capital city was the Gordian Knot, a revered icon that symbolized the power of its ruler. According to legend, an oracle predicted that whoever would be able to untie this intricate knot would become the king of all Asia. Early in his military career, Alexander (who would later be called Alexander the Great) visited the capital and attempted to untie the Gordian Knot. He was unsuccessful, but then changed his tack. Whipping out his sword, he easily sliced through the gnarled weave. Some regarded this as the fulfillment of the prophecy, and Alexander did in fact go on to create a vast empire. Others say that he cheated. And the truth is, his empire fell apart quickly. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned, Aquarius: untie the knot, don’t cut through it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day,” sings Leonard Cohen in his song “Good Advice for Someone Like Me.” I think you already know that, Pisces. Of all the signs of the zodiac, you’re the expert in simulating an ocean. But even experts sometime need tune-ups; even professionals always have more to learn about their specialty. And I think this is one of those times when you will benefit from upgrading your skills. If your intentions are pure and your methods crafty, you just may reach a new level of brilliance in the art of living oceanically.



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