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NOTE BEST OF BOISE 2011, PART ONE Welcome to the first edition of the 2011 Best of Boise. Let’s start at the beginning—with the cover. For those who don’t know what that thing is, it’s called a QR code. If you’re a regular reader you’ve seen them in our pages since January, embedded into stories and dropped into ads. But what are they? Simply put, they’re a bridge between print and digital. Scan that code with your smartphone and it takes you directly to digital content on the Interwebs. Our codes often take readers to video content related to a story or slideshows featuring additional photos of a story. In today’s issue, those codes take you to the mobile version of what you’re reading in print. In order to use them, search your smartphone’s app store for a QR code reader, download it and then scan the code with your phone. Now, for the Best of Boise 101 lesson ... This edition is the first of two Best of Boise issues. These “bestas,” as we’re fond of calling them, are the nods BW editorial staffers choose to give out those people, places and things we dig best. However, we merely offer these bestas as the opening act. The headlining issue of Best of Boise hits stands on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and it’s the result of a weeks-long voting process by you, the readers. We ask, you answer, we report back. Now to put today’s two lessons together, here’s a QR code for you. Can’t wait to see if Mark Allen will take Best Local bartender for the fifth year in a row? Dying to know if Rebecca Scott will continue her absolute reign as Best Local Musician? Scan this QR code and check out the video we put together. And last but so not least: Please join us for our annual Best of Boise party on Sunday, Oct.

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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.

WATCHING THEIR BACKS The Sept. 28 edition of BW features the results of the Best of Boise readers’ poll. From the best place to get a plate of pasta to the best politician, the readers have spoken. How do some of the longtime winners feel about the targets on their backs? We asked. Check out the results at Cobweb.

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WRAPPING THE RED CARPET BW wrapped up coverage of Toronto International Film Festival last week. To catch up on the stars and the must-see (and must-not-see) films of the coming year, log on to Cobweb at boiseweekly.com.

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WEATHER REPORT Scenes from a Scene No. 33 is live. In it, reporter Josh Gross chats up the Portland, Ore.-based Typhoon.

WANKER ANDREW CRISP

Who steals from firefighters? Wankers, that’s who. Some knob walked away with a backpack from a fire engine with $1,500 worth of gear. As of press time, the pack was still MIA and the ass hat was still at large.

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Editor’s note: Due to early press deadlines, we are reprinting a Tom Tomorrow cartoon from this week, nine years ago.

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OPINION/BILL COPE

CONSTITUTION REBOOT 4 Bob doesn’t think free speech means lying freely “The President of the United States of America will be selected by a simple majority of voters in a national election, during which no political, religious or business factions shall dare interfere in any way with any citizen’s right to cast a ballot; are you listening, Florida? Also, so as there will be no intermediate step between the people choosing who they want in a democratic manner and the actual installation of the President, the Electoral College shall be abolished and turned into a Museum of False Precepts, in which visitors might experience what it was like to believe the Earth is flat, or what it is like to believe the Civil War was about state’s rights and had nothing to do with Southerners wanting to hold on to their slaves.” —“Badger” Bob Berzerquierre’s revised version of Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution U “Bob? Uh, hey, can I talk to you a minute?” “I’m busy, dammit!” “Uh, yeah. I can see that. But the thing is, you’ve been down here for six … seven weeks now, and my wife, uh, well, she told me to tell you she wants her basement back.” “Cope, I’m within spitting distance of having the whole Bill of Rights rewritten, and you want me to pick everything up and move back to the camper trailer? Christ, I can’t spread out there! I’d be getting all the amendments jumbled up with the articles, and I’d be spilling soup on my paperwork, and it’d just be a big goddamn mess!” “Now calm down, Bob. Maybe I can help you organize everything. And as far as your paperwork goes, couldn’t you just keep it all on a toenail drive until you’re done? Or maybe one of those flush drives? It’d be a lot easier than hauling those paper print-outs around.” “A toenail drive? What are you pretending to be now, Cope? Someone who knows what the hell he’s talking about?” “The thing is, Bob … we didn’t know you’d be here all summer long when you started this project. You’ve used up all my paper, all my ink, and I’ve lost track of how many times you jammed my printer. I can’t even get on the Internet when I need to. Why, just last week, I made a big boner in my column on 9/11 by saying the attack was on a Thursday. See, if you hadn’t been hogging my computer, I would have looked it up and confirmed that it happened on a Tuesday.” “You’re blaming that on me?” “Uh, I’m just saying that if you weren’t down here all the time turning the Constitution into a cow-sized document, I wouldn’t have been too scared to come and ask you if I could fact-check myself, even though it didn’t occur to me at the time that my facts needed checking. See what I mean?” “So what if I promised to get out of your hair as soon as I’m done with the first 10

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amendments. Would that keep your wife happy? Another couple of days, Cope. I’ll have the whole Bill of Rights in the bag, then I’ll get out of here and rework the remaining 17 amendments at my place. Promise.” “You finished the First Amendment then? The ‘free speech’ part?” “Here, let me read it to you. Long as you’re wasting my time, you might as well tell me what you think.” “Uhhh, gee, Bob. Maybe later. I was in the middle of some ...” “Sit your a** down and listen: ‘Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, as long as what the speaker is saying is either the truth, his honest understanding of the truth, or at the very least, that the speaker is not aware what he’s saying is a f***ing bald-faced lie, especially in reference to a member or members of an opposing political faction with the purpose of misguiding perceptions so monstrously that whatever the truth is buried like a crew of Chilean miners under tons of intentional and coordinated slander, innuendo, distortion and out-right fabrication; “That this admonition applies equally to the freedom of the press, and particularly to any media outlet that has pretensions of being a source of authentic news and information, but is instead an open sewer of unsubstantiated filth and propaganda designed to manipulate the feeblest minds in America into blithering ‘ditto-heads’ and ‘Friends of Fox,’ and that it is no longer permissible to spread lies on the Internet, radio, television, or anything owned by that Aussie f***er Rupert Murdoch; “That the right of the people to assemble peaceably and to petition the government for redress of grievances shall be unabridged, but full disclosure is required should the assembly or the redress in question be instigated and financed by shady, insatiable billionaires who hide both their involvement and their fascist proclivities under layers of fake fronts and phony action groups because they don’t want it to be known they are the real force behind any ersatz populism which pretends to be outraged patriots when in reality, all they are is a crowd of partisan hacks trying to concentrate power in their masters’ hands; “That all rights and freedoms of expression apply solely to people and that corporations are not, nor will ever be, people.’ So … what do you think so far?” “Uh, pretty good, Bob. But I notice you didn’t say anything about yelling ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater.” “I’m getting to that, Cope. Just hang on. And trust me, I haven’t left out sicko video games, or Wikileaks, or what’s pornographic and what ain’t, or whether Jersey Shore and Donald Trump should be able to get away with calling themselves ‘reality,’ or ...” To be continued ... WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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OPINION/TED RALL

SOME TRUTHER TRUTH Why does the U.S. government create paranoia? A “Truther” is a person who believes that the 9/11 attacks were planned and/or carried out by the U.S. government. And the 9/11 Truth movement is diverse. Some adherents think the Twin Towers and especially the Pentagon were struck by remote-controlled missiles or drone planes, not hijacked jets. Others accept the involvement of commercial airliners in the official account but think the Twin Towers, and especially 7 World Trade Center, an office building across the street from the Twin Towers, were brought down in a controlled demolition. Then there’s the “stand down” theory, which posits that the Bushies knew what was coming and ordered the military not to respond. Truthers are passionate and energetic. They send me links to websites, books and DVDs questioning the series of events laid out in the 9/11 Commission Report and media accounts. They remind me that the Bush and Obama administrations have gotten caught lying about the post-9/11 war on terror. Why, then, am I not open to the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job? I am open-minded. And I don’t trust our political leaders. So I read everything that people send me. I watched films like Loose Change and In Plane Sight, a professionally edited documentary that relies on insinuation to argue that nefarious government somebodies fired something other than hijacked jets into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Everything I’ve read and watched on Truther sites is like that: easily dismissed. Therefore, with one exception, I believe the official story. The exception is United Flight 93, which

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crashed into a field near Shanksville, Penn. I think there’s a possibility it was shot down by a U.S. Air Force jet. Of course, I don’t know what happened. I do know that most Truther narratives don’t make sense. What I really don’t understand is their motivations. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the four 9/11 planes were found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, confirming that they never hit their targets. Are Truthers naive enough to think there would be a revolution? “Our government has lied to us about the events of 9/11,” Truther Frank Agamemnon said last year on Russia Today TV. “And if the truth came out about it, maybe the wars would stop.” I don’t think so. Americans didn’t rise up when Bush stole the 2000 election. They didn’t care when WMDs failed to turn up in Iraq. Even if 9/11 proved to be an inside job, I predict the national reaction would be: “Huh.” Truthers aren’t crazy. Not most of them, anyway. They’ve glommed on to the simple (crazy) fact that there has never been a real investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks. On a number of pressing issues in recent years, the government has refused transparency, much less a real investigation that would have enabled people to move past 9/11. The evolving accounts of Osama bin Laden’s death seemed tailored to create the suspicion that big secrets were being covered up. Why does the federal government feed the conspiracy theorists? Maybe it’s unintentional but probably not. I think the U.S. has become like a Third World dictatorship: The more they keep us guessing, the smarter they seem, and the more we’ll fear them.

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OUR TURN Best of Boise 2011 Staff Picks Like sands through an hourglass, these are the BOBs of our lives. Melodramatic, sure, but so is every issue of Best of Boise—the raw emotion, the anticipation, the competition, the cat fights, the sleeping with someone who turns out to be your long-lost half-sibling who is about to screw you out of your inheritance ... But Boise Weekly’s two Best of Boise issues remain both the most popular and the most contentious issues we publish every year. This, the first of the two, is the Staff Picks edition, filled with those things we in the BW editorial department think deserve a little extra attention. We spend all year running around this fine valley of ours, attending cultural events, covering the big news stories and otherwise experiencing life in Boise from a perspective few others have. This Best of Boise edition represents our chance to highlight the people, places, things and events that might otherwise go unnoticed amid all the worthy honorees to be found throughout the Treasure Valley. Next week, in the Sept. 28 edition of BW, readers will have their chance to decree what is absolutely and inarguably the very best this community has to offer in the much-anticipated Readers’ Choice issue. Whether you agree or disagree with the results, isn’t the drama what makes it all so much fun? —Deanna Darr

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RADIO BOISE: Music Director Kevin Moran is joined in studio by Boise musicians Bill Coffey and Bernie Reilly.

BEST FINALLY RADIO BOISE, KRBX 89.9 FM Somewhere around the dawn of time (eight years ago) a couple of stegosauri noticed that there wasn’t a radio station in Boise that wasn’t run by vicious tyrannosaurs (vicious media conglomerates). So they set to work starting a community-driven radio station. First step: evolution. Followed by the invention of the radio. And in April, after dozens of geologic ages and thousands upon thousands of hours of volunteer work, Radio Boise finally went live on the air, meaning Boiseans can now listen to independent news, music and opinion on all sorts of topics. It’s just too bad the stegosauri are all long dead and can’t hear it. mainsite.radioboise.org

BEST REASONS IDAHO STILL ISN’T “TOO GREAT TO HATE” HATE GROUPS IN IDAHO The Southern Poverty Law Center identified 13 hate groups operating in Idaho in 2010. We’ve got company. The SPLC identified 15 similar groups in Oregon and 13 each in Montana and Washington. The Northwest Region of the Aryan Nation even held a sparsely attended “eat, greet and meet” event on June 27 at Valley County’s Lake Cascade State Park. Come on people, aren’t we supposed to love thy neighbor?

BEST VERB OF THE YEAR GROPPELING Talking about the weather is a time-honored way to avoid awkward pauses but sometimes it gets a little old. So how are you supposed to make chatting about the weather hipper and more fun? Why, you use a wacky term, of course! Enter groppeling. When the valley’s meteorologists introduced the public to the term “groppel” last spring to describe the hail/snow crossbreed that kept falling from the sky, the term caught on like wildfire. Soon people had turned it into a verb and were casually dropping it while standing in line at their favorite coffeeshop. There hasn’t been such a quick acceptance of a weather term since the micro-burst heyday of the 1990s or even the dust devil hullaballoo of the 1920s.

BEST BET MORE ATTRACTIVE BETTING PARLORS The problem with betting in Idaho has always been that silly need to actually be at the racetrack, but the 2011 Idaho Legislature approved a measure that would allow off-track betting licenses at the state’s eight county fair racetracks to be transferred to restaurants, or taverns, which could set up new, stand-alone betting parlors. Isn’t gambling so much better when you can do it while enjoying an omelette?

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BEST STUPID WAY TO LEARN ABOUT OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM HIT A COP Checking out the arrest reports is one of our favorite pastimes, and we couldn’t help but notice a trend of drunken revelers deciding that it was a good idea to take a swing at a cop trying to break up a fight. Just for the record: That’s never a good idea. In fact it’s pretty much the opposite of a good idea. Not only do cops carry weapons but hitting one is a guarantee of both some time in the poke and charges filed against you. Besides if the cops are having to drag your drunk ass out of a fight, you’re probably not in any shape to make good decisions.

BEST REASON TO BUY STOCK IN SPRAY PAINT COMPANIES AN “EPIDEMIC” OF GRAFFITI While major crimes dropped in Boise, graffiti continued to rise in 2011. Graffiti reports are up 261 percent compared to a year ago. Boise coppers said a small number of offenders, perhaps two dozen people, were responsible for the majority of graffiti crimes. Seriously folks, maybe you should invest in some art classes and find a better outlet for your creativity than putting initials on street signs.

BEST WE’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN WE SEE IT A BUILDING IN THE BOISE HOLE The giant pit in the middle of downtown Boise has become a de facto landmark. It’s changed hands nearly half a dozen times, and each time grand plans are announced. Still all that manages to rise from the hole is rusted rebar and trees. Now, Gardner Company—with offices in Meridian and Salt Lake City—has announced it’s under contract to buy the property with hopes of putting an office building on the site. Sure, we’ve heard it all before, but maybe this is the one. Maybe we can start planning a future together? We don’t want to sound desperate or anything, but seriously, we’re sick of having our hopes dashed. It’s time to put up (a building) or shut up.

BEST FAITH-BASED REASON NOT TO BUILD A NUCLEAR REACTOR BECAUSE GOD WOULDN’T SPLIT ATOMS At a marathon public hearing in which citizens raised their voices about the possibility of building a nuclear reactor in Payette County, perennial gubernatorial candidate Pro-Life stepped before the microphone and told Payette County commissioners “Jesus wouldn’t want you to split the atom.” Well, now we know. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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DUANE QUINTANA: Keeping the public aware.

BEST GIANT BRASS BALLS DUANE QUINTANA Duane Quintana, founder of Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS, is HIV positive. And in late summer of 2010 he printed up fliers with his picture that boldly proclaimed: “I am Duane and I have HIV. But don’t worry, you can’t get it from this flier.” As part of a campaign to remove stigmatization of the disease and help spread awareness of the facts, he handed them out all over Idaho. Brave doesn’t begin to describe Quintana.

BEST WAY NOT TO FIND THE PROMISED LAND BE THE IDAHO GOP GOLDEN BOY THEN GET TANKED, STEAL A TRUCK AND TRAILER, GET IT STUCK IN SOMEONE ELSE’S DRIVEWAY, RUN AROUND THE HOUSE, TALK ABOUT FINDING THE PROMISED LAND, THEN PASS OUT IN THE BACK OF THE STOLEN TRUCK Sen. John McGee tried it, but it didn’t work out so well for him. Or did it ...

BEST HAIRY KERFUFFLE WOLVES VS. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST Last year in BW’s Spuds and Duds, we threw up the white flag when it came to the status of wolves in Idaho: They were on the Endangered Species List, they were off the list, wait, they were back on and then off again, then on and, hell, we give up. Between the court cases and the scientific studies, keeping track of what’s going on is more challenging that figuring out the appeal of reality television. Then, just as Idaho was gearing up for its second wolf hunting season, some members of Congress took it upon themselves to push to have wolves taken off the endangered list once and for all. Of course, Congress, trying to strong-arm a decision process that’s already so muddled it’s hard to tell just what’s going on, has only made things murkier. Thanks Congress, we’re glad you didn’t have anything more pressing on your agendas.

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BEST INVESTMENT TIP BUY LAND IN PAYETTE COUNTY, SELL IT TO THOSE WHO THINK A NUCLEAR REACTOR WILL DRAW THOUSANDS OF JOBS, THEN GET OUT OF TOWN, QUICK Nothing smells more like money than nuclear jobs. But in the case of tiny Eagle startup Alternate Energy Holdings Inc., the result ended up smelling more like a nuked gas station burrito. Bursting onto the Southern Idaho scene in 2006 with hefty promises to build the nation’s first commercial reactor plant in decades (and create “thousands” of jobs), AEHI squabbled with enviro foes like the Snake River Alliance, pulled up stakes in Owyhee County, then moved to Elmore County, then moved to Payette County. All the while, CEO Don Gillispie (a smooth talker from ol’ Virginny) was pumping stock with a deluge of Prozac-inspired press releases—at least according to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which accused the owners of fraud and barred them from selling stock. Long story short, AEHI was back in business after a court hearing but new SEC charges are pending.

SECOND BEST INVESTMENT TIP BUY LAND IN ONTARIO, ORE. Apparently more than 500 Idaho “clients” have bought property just across the border so they can have ready access to the region’s first marijuana dispensary thanks to Oregon’s medical marijuana laws. Looks like a growth industry to us.

BEST REASON TO BUY A BUS PASS STATE STREET POPULATION TO GROW 93 PERCENT BY 2035 Planners are working on a design that will widen State Street to seven lanes between 23rd Street and Eagle Road, introducing highoccupancy lanes. So sure, you could continue to sit in unending traffic, making deals with various deities to get the light to stay green for just a little longer, or you could use that energy to pray for a good public transportation option that will help you skip the line. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

STAF F P I C KS/P U B LI C EYE BEST TIME-TESTED IDEA BOISE FOOTHILLS LEVY Few remember how controversial a serial property tax levy was a decade ago. But in May 2001, voters said yes to a two-year plan that generated $10 million and over the past 10 years has helped protect 10,300 acres of undeveloped space through acquisition, donation, conservation easement or land exchange. During the past two years, the Foothills preservation effort grew by more than 2,100 acres with acquisition of open space in the Stack Rock, Hammer Flat and Polecat Gulch areas. Gotta love some good long-range thinking.

BEST WAY TO BLOW OFF A QUESTION WITH A CHEAP LAUGH FRACKING TWINKIES As the debate heated up over the real possibility that fracking would be used in Idaho for natural gas exploration, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter turned to his go-to person, Eric Wilson, Idaho Department of Lands Minerals Program manager. Otter asked Wilson if other states had used carcinogens in fracking fluids. Wilson said, “Even Twinkies could be considered carcinogenic.” The line got a big laugh, but 24 hours later, no one was laughing when a congressional analysis determined that 15 states had used carcinogens in fracking.

BEST POLITICAL FINGER GOV. C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER’S REFUSAL TO MEET WITH THE IDAHO PRESS CLUB In March, Butch put his foot down and told the Idaho Press Club, “I don’t wanna, and you can’t make me.” Yes, some liberties were taken with the actual verbiage. (In fact what Otter’s spokesman John Hanian told Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey wasn’t far off: “The governor said, ‘Look, I’m not going to do it this year.’”) However, the message was clear. Otter declined to address the Idaho Press Club during the legislative session as governors have done each year since the 1970s, instead sending Lt. Gov. Brad Little (sucks to be the No. 2 guy in a two-man department). In an editorial Popkey asserted that perhaps old Butchy poo just felt a little too beat up by we mean old journalists in past years to play at all this year. Isn’t there a ribbon that needs to be cut somewhere, Butch?

BEST REASON TO SKIP CLASS EDUCATION REFORM PROTESTS So, like, there’s this protest tomorrow and like I have no clue about like laws and Congress and stuff (or is it the Legislature ... whatevs) and, like, it’s about how this guy wants to give us all laptops for school and like, yeah, right, why would we protest that, like I so want a laptop for free, but tomorrow my friend’s brother’s girlfriend said that like a bunch of kids are going to skip class and like protest or whatever downtown. So like even though we’re not technically supposed to skip class like teachers can’t stop us if we’re going to like exercise our rights to like civil disappearance. Or was it civil obedience? Whatevs, LOL. So like let’s totally go and hit on guys from North. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

BEST REASON TO RETHINK THE NUMBER OF DAMS AND WINDMILLS ABUNDANCE OF HYDROPOWER It sounds kind of like Captain Planet gone wrong, but an overabundance of water this past spring resulted in the Bonneville Power Administration opting for hydro power and shutting down wind farms throughout the Columbia River basin (where’s their heart?). That riled a host of energy producers in the area, including PacifiCorp, Iberdrola Renewables, Next Era Energy Resources, Invenergy Wind North America and Horizon Wind Energy. It riled them so much, in fact, that they filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The gist of the tiff: Wind power generators say BPA is using its monopoly to illegally favor its hydro customers.

BEST GOOD IDEA TURNED INTO BAD IDEA BACK TO A GOOD IDEA BACK TO A BAD IDEA THE GANG OF SIX Idaho’s senior Sen. Mike Crapo was part of a highly touted bipartisan group, dubbed the Gang of Six, charged with crafting long-term solutions to the nation’s debt crisis. But the six became five when one dropped out. After some coaxing, he returned to great fanfare. But ultimately, all of the six were shut out of the House-Senate deficit-reduction “super committee.” The Washington Post then handed the Gang of Six its Worst Week in Washington Award on Aug. 12. And that’s saying something since it seems good weeks in Washington, D.C., are hard to come by.

BEST SOAP OPERA NOT APPEARING ON DAYTIME TELEVISION GREATER BOISE AUDITORIUM DISTRICT Just when the 2010 edition of the Greater Boise Auditorium District Board set a new standard of ineffectiveness, the 2011 edition went off the boil. Following a contentious election, which shifted the power of the GBAD board, meetings were liberally sprinkled with accusations, threats and even some yelling. Judy Peavey-Derr, elected to the board in May, has asked the Ada County prosecutor’s office to launch an investigation into GBAD. So, 2012 should be fun, if you like chaos.

BEST REASON TO GET AN IPHONE BW APP Look, we got nothing against the mighty Android. It’s just that all our apps—for the time being—are under the control of Master Jobs. If you, like many of us at BWHQ, rely on the trusty apple icon to keep you connected, we have a few apps that might make your life easier. Cocktail Compass will geolocate you and point you in the direction of the nearest happy hour, and the BW App will geolocate you, point you to the nearest restaurant, concert and movie, then bitch slap you with the latest in news, as well as all of our feature stories from the most recent issue. Sadly, neither app does laundry, but keep your fingers crossed for that slick feature in the Android app.

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BEST REASON TO FOREGO YOUR STUDIES AND LACE UP YOUR SNEAKERS MERIDIAN SCHOOL DISTRICT RUBRIC As the Meridian School District faced a $21.8 million shortfall and probable layoffs, administrators introduced a rubric to determine who stays and who goes. The scorecard gave teachers with a masters degree or National Board Certification one point, while the head coach of a sport team earned two points. Go team.

BEST KISS AND MAKE UP FOR THE CAMERAS VERN BISTERFELDT AND SHARON ULLMAN They’re like Sammie and Ronnie or Snookie and The Situation—but without all the bronzer, booze and scandalous sex. Ada County Commissioners Vern Bisterfeldt and Sharon Ullman haven’t always played nice together. Back in the day, when Bisterfeldt served on the commission from 1987-1999, he and then-commissioner Gay Glenn told then-citizen Ullman that her testimony at commission hearings would be restricted because she “offered no meaningful input to the public policy process.” In January, when Bisterfeldt vacated his seat on the Boise City Council to be sworn in on the county commission once again, it was reported five days earlier he’d hired a private investigator to snoop into Ullman. Bisterfeldt declined to divulge what he was investigating or the outcome of the investigation, but at Bisterfeldt’s swearing in, both he and Ullman swore up and down they’d be civil and productive and play nice together. Our vote? Put ’em on MTV’s Rivals and let the games begin.

BEST REASON TO ALLOCATE RESOURCES FOR HOMELESSNESS INCREASE IN BOISE’S HOMELESS POPULATION While the nation’s homeless rate dropped between 2007 and 2010, the number of Idahoans living in shelters or on the streets jumped 34 percent.

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BEST LONG RANGE FORECAST SPRING: SUNNY AND WARM, BUT NOT TOO WARM. SUMMER: SUNNY AND HOT, BUT NEVER MORE THAN 90 DEGREES. FALL: SUNNY AND COOL, BUT NOT TOO COOL. WINTER: AN ABUNDANCE OF SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS (BUT NOT ON VALLEY ROADS), BUT CLEAR AND DRY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS FOR EASY ACCESS TO SKI AREAS. PLENTY OF FLURRIES AROUND THE HOLIDAYS SO AREA SKI RESORTS CAN FLOURISH, BUT NOT TOO MUCH THAT IT SNARLS AIR TRAFFIC. PLENTY OF SNOWPACK TO PRODUCE A HEALTHY WATER SUPPLY, BUT NOT TOO MUCH SO THAT IT CAUSES FLOODING. Aw, screw it.

BEST TIME TO VISIT THE IDAHO STATEHOUSE WHEN THE LEGISLATURE ISN’T IN SESSION There’s something about the Idaho state capitol—its majestic dome, the soft light on the marble floors beneath the rotunda, its hushed sepulchral dignity. That is, when there are no politicians messing it up. Between May and December, our beautiful capitol goes from being the seat of nattering boobs to serving as the lovely navel of our fair state. If you’re going to tour the building and want to marvel at the miracle of democracy, do it when the building is not in use. Otherwise you’ll have to fight past grandstanding conservo-blowhards on the steps, shyster lobbyists elbowing for influence in the halls, and weary journalists smelling of whiskey and frustration. You also run the risk of overhearing some distinguished so-and-so from some-such-place make the case that schools, hospitals, daycares, animal shelters and old folks’ homes are socialist training camps that should either be sold or turned over to the John Birch Society.

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STAF F P I C KS/P U B LI C EYE BEST PLACE TO SPREAD EAGLE YOUR LOCAL WALGREENS Listen, ladies, a pap smear is among the best reasons to spread eagle. Cervical health is important. But when is stripping down for the gyno’s annual exam for no good reason? Anytime you find yourself at Walgreens, that’s when. In fact, if you’ve showed up at Walgreens hoping to score a pap smear, you might as well walk into the nearest bar and ask for a breast examination. In April the ass hats on Fox and Friends said on air that you can get a breast exam and a pap smear at Walgreens. Did you miss the stirrups on aisle five, too? Come on, right there between the greeting cards and Halloween candy, you can’t miss ’em, apparently. Walgreens issued a statement correcting the complete inaccuracy of Fox’s statements, but that didn’t stop a flash mob of women from showing up at Walgreens all over the country inquiring about gynecological services. Word to the wise, ladies: When it comes to your lady parts, don’t take any advice from Fox.

BEST EMPTY SUIT REP. PHIL HART So many names came to mind for this category, we had to write them each on a slip of paper, throw them in a hat and draw randomly. Athol Rep. Phil Hart won the dubious honor. Hart has been busy since his last Best of Boise appearance in September 2010. In November, he was booted from the House Revenue and Taxation Committee after an ethics committee voted to do so unanimously in response to charges that Hart had a bit of an issue paying his taxes for years at a time, having a cool $1 million racked up in back taxes and penalties. And then in February, Hart struck a deal to leave the House Transportation Committee in exchange for those same ethics complaints to be dropped. Why is this guy still in office, you might ask, since he clearly has so little respect for the IRS? Because, in their infinite wisdom, Idaho voters re-elected the Athol to a fourth term last year. Props, voters. Mad props.

BEST ELK BUNGLE REX RAMMELL JURY TAMPERING Former gubernatorial candidate, sometimesMormon apocalypse prophet and full-time large animal veterinarian Rex Rammell is a news writer’s dream. Whether it’s running combat drills with the militia boys in Bonners Ferry or poaching elk in Eastern Idaho, Rex is always good for a few inches. He outdid himself in June when that little case of elk poaching went to trial and he was arrested for felony jury tampering. Turns out he was passing out pamphlets to prospective jurors that “explained their rights” prior to the case going to court—a direct contravention of Idaho Code, which prohibits “any paper” used to change jurors’ minds. Rex initially challenged the tampering charge but ended up pleading guilty to it in August after prosecutors offered him a deal that would reduce the offense from a felony to misdemeanor criminal contempt. What’s next for Rex? Maybe he’ll kill a grizzly in Yellowstone and hold its cubs for ransom or ensnare a pair of bald eagles to use as props for his next run at the governor’s office.

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BEST REASON TO REMOVE PHOTOSHOP FROM BOISE MAYOR DAVE BIETER’S DESKTOP

BEST PORN STAR NAME FOR A NEWS STORY MEGA-LOADS Call it the Cal Jammer of news stories: It’s a big one. Thick with innuendo, the plan from giant oil firms, including ExxonMobil, to ship unwieldy truckloads of processing equipment through Idaho on their way to the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, is still getting folks all hot and bothered. Just the sight of those big, long, heavy loads is enough to make temperatures rise and Highway 12 residents swoon—with rage. Still, the moniker “mega-loads” was (and still is) too much for reporters. They snicker and giggle every time they have to say it, and headline writing has taken on a new dimension. Will it ever end? We don’t know; those loads just keep coming and coming and coming.

BEST DRAMA-RAMA DEBACLE KEN KAVANAGH FIRING FROM BOISE CO-OP When longtime Boise Co-op General Manager Ken Kavanagh was deposed by the co-op board of directors in January, it upset the order at the North End’s beloved grocery haunt. Hundreds of co-op members who had never before attended a meeting filed into St. John’s to air their grievances about the contentious firing and the future of the co-op. Our favorite testimony came from Built to Spill’s Brett Netson: “This is just shameful, regardless of what Ken did or didn’t do ... I was fired from the co-op for real reasons. I left the keys in the front door.”

BEST RUNS THE GAMUT FROM WHO-GIVES-A-SHIT TO MAN-I’MGLAD-I-HEARD-ABOUT-THAT THE BOISE-BASED TWITTER FEED People in Boise are nothing if not interesting and entertaining. Narrow your Twitter feed to only those tweets coming from Boise twits and you’ll see. You’ll find out who did a good deed; who broke the law; who is fighting; who’s in love; where the best food is; where the worst is; what band is playing and where the party is afterward; who needs a hand; and, of course, the banality of how amazing bacon is, who is the FourSquare mayor of some business and the ever-present notice of who is off to get coffee (ahem, we’re guilty of all three). But put that all together and you get a picture of a vibrant, albeit caffeine-reliant, community.

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IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: ISF veteran David Anthony Smith (the human) plays opposite Scooter Moose deChumber (the French bulldog) in ISF’s 2011 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

B E ST R E A S O N TO T H I N K FAST ANIMAL COMPETITION AT IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL It’s an old saying that one should never work with children or animals, but for the acting company at ISF, that’s not always an option. This season, David Anthony Smith performed opposite an extremely cute, scene-stealing French bulldog in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. But domestic animals are the least of the distractions. Be it rogue peacocks, lost deer, migrating geese or even a hungry hawk with a snake in its talons (true story), sometimes the challenges of performing in an outdoor amphitheater that doubles as a habitat reserve keeps both the audience and the crew on their toes. 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org

B E ST F U N N Y T H I N G T H AT D I D / D I D N ’T /D I D / D I D N’ T/M I G H T ST I L L HA P P E N O N T H E WAY TO B O I S E A COMEDY CLUB Why did the chicken cross the road? It sure as hell wasn’t to open a comedy club in Boise. First (and for a long time) there was the Funny Bone. Then there was nothing. Then (for a while), there was Hijinx. Then there was nothing. Then there were rumors. By press time, still nothing. But we’ll wait.

B E ST C O M I C R E L I E F COMICS AT THE CROSSROADS How do you get the under-50 crowd in Boise Art Museum? Hang a fantastic exhibit highlighting the artistry of comics and graphic novels. Done deal. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org, @boiseartmuseum

B E ST B A N K I N G B O N U S D.L. EVANS BANK’S FIRST THURSDAY SPREAD We know that First Thursday is all about the creative and artistic talent in our city. We get it. But we also really like to snack. And that’s why one of our favorite spots to stop as we make our ninja First Thursday loop is D.L. Evans Bank. Who knew that financial types share our affinity for cheesy artichoke dip? And we blame our collective cakeball addiction on you, D.L. Evans, but we love you for it. Thank you for stepping up to the plate, as it were. 213 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-331-1399, dlevans.com

B E ST CA R D B O A R D C U TO U T JAMES ORR Being a one-man band, local musician James Orr can’t be everywhere at once. Or can he ... jamesorrmusic.com

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When financial times get tough, funding for the arts is some of the first to take a hit. That’s why it’s all the more important to have someone on the frontlines fighting to maintain funding for arts programs. In Idaho, there’s no tougher fighter than Michael Faison, executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Year round he travels the state, teaching arts organizations how to make the most of what they have and how to bring in more. During the legislative session, he’s ready to stand before grumpy state officials armed with a legion of facts and testimonials highlighting the importance of art in all aspects of life. We can’t think of anyone else we’d want in the arts corner. 2410 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-334-2119, arts.idaho.gov

As jaded journalists, we thought we had seen everything when it came to promotional swag. But then came author Alan Heathcock’s idea to champion his collection of short stories, Volt. Enter the temporary literary tattoo, a whole new genre-bending idea that blends the high-brow literary scene with, well, temporary tattoos. Maybe someday rough-edged bikers will be sporting Hemingway quotes on their arms or Dostoyevsky’s portrait on their chests. alanheathcock.com, @alanheathcock

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In November 2010, the Boise Public Library introduced downloadable e-books through its website, allowing the public to access bestsellers and classics through its basic catalog. The public can “check out” up to five e-books at a time. The introductory launch, which included 800 titles, was so successful that library officials decided to double their e-book titles (more than 2,000) by the end of 2011. Yes, you have to be a member of the Boise Public Library and your account must be in good standing. boisepubliclibrary.org, @boisepublib

COLORCUBE All-ages music venue Colorcube had the sort of press politicians dream of—everything from the process of opening a club to the opening of the club itself was documented in the local press. Still, the club fell victim to a zoning kerfuffle within a few weeks, once again leaving the underage in Boise with jack to do.

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BASEMENT GALLERY: Jane Brumfield left foggy England for the high desert of Idaho, and she brought her love of art.

B E ST T H E B R I T I S H A R E C O M I N G JANE BRUMFIELD AT BASEMENT GALLERY When Perry Allen announced that he was selling Basement Gallery, the gasp we made was matched only by the sob that followed. We worried that what is arguably one of Boise’s chicest galleries would go the way of a cheesy roadside souvenir stand. But when ex-pat Jane Brumfield and her Texas-born husband, Michael, purchased the subterranean salon, we knew our contemporary-art fix would continue to be sated. Brumfield not only retained many local artists whose work we love, she added a few more and began showing the work of some of the British artists she represents at her gallery in Hastings, East Sussex, England. We thought her accent was cool—turns out, her taste in art is, too. 928 W. Main St., Boise, 208-333-0309, basementgalleryboise.com, @basementboise

B E ST R EA S O N TO L I ST E N TO C O U N T RY M U S I C STAT I O N W O W 10 4 .3 EV E N I F YO U A R E A D I E H A R D C L A S S I C R O C K FA N A N D YO U W I S H TAY LO R S W I F T W O U L D M O V E TO J U A N D E N O VA I S L A N D O F F T H E C O A ST OF AFRICA WHERE SHE WOULD H AV E N O C E L L P H O N E A N D N O E L E C T R I C I T Y A N D —U N L E S S S H E P U L L S A “P R O F E S S O R ” A N D FA S H I O N S O N E O U T O F L E AV E S A N D B A R K —N O G U I TA R S O T H AT S H E C O U L D N EV E R W R I T E A N OT H E R S O N G ( A N D I F S H E D I D , S H E W O U L D H AV E N O WAY TO RECORD IT) RANDY AND ALANA IN THE MORNING These Northwest transplants have embraced their new home and their natural—albeit sassy—banter is an entertaining addition to the Treasure Valley’s morning drive-time airwaves. wow1043.com

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B E ST B A N D N A M E C H A N G E TO S O M E T H I N G E Q U A L LY E N I G M AT I C A N D E Q U A L LY P R O N E TO B E I N G M I S S P E L L E D PUSSYGUTT TO WOLVSERPENT Choosing a band name that is too long, difficult to pronounce, an inside joke, simply ridiculous or profane is by no means the first step of a hasty spiral into obscurity. Look at ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, (hed) pe (the e in head is actually supposed to be upside down), Minus the Bear and Starfucker. Or Boise doom metal duo Wolvserpent nee PussyGutt. Blake Green and Brittany McConnell have captured the attention of metal fans and critics the world over and after nearly a decade together and a number of acclaimed releases, Wolvserpent continues to excel at creating haunting, languorous, loud music. Although the first appellation was often spelled as two words or with one “t” and the second is sometimes said and/or spelled Wolv-er-spent, this band is proof writ large of “a rose by any other name …” wolvserpent.com

B E ST S U R P R I S E I N S E R T I O N I N W H I C H T H E L E A ST T H E Y C O U L D H AV E D O N E WA S BUY A GIRL DINNER KIVI CHANNEL 6’S MUSIC VIDEO CHANNEL Before television went digital, there was plenty fanfare announcing that we would no longer only have channels 2, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 12. We were prepared for the additional channels each network would offer and sat with our big bowls of popcorn and giant refillable mugs of soda as we flipped through the extra channels at the appointed time. But one day not so long ago, without warning, we felt as if we had stepped into a Hot Tub TV Time Machine: Channel 6.3, The Cool TV, was suddenly airing music videos as if it was 1985 when the M in MTV still stood for “music” and not “make mo’ money.” We’re thrilled to have that classic form of song-meets-screen as a viewing option 24 hours per day, we just wish someone had let us know it was going to happen. We would have changed into something nicer. kivitv.com, @todays6news WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

STAF F P I C KS/ARTS & E NTE RTAI N M E NT B E ST R E A S O N F O R J U G G L E R S , MAG I C I A N S A N D I M P R O V C O M E DY T R O U P E S TO R U N AWAY WIT H T H E C I R C U S CURB CUP’S CANCELLATION Curb Cup was a celebration of creativity that Boise developer Mark Rivers founded as a way to bring people into downtown Boise on a Sunday in August, when most folks are out fishing, rafting or otherwise enjoying summertime recreational activities. The first Curb Cup in 2009 brought out a whopping—and unexpected—30,000 people to watch the 100-plus acts dance, sing, joke, hula hoop, belly dance, prestidigitate and every other kind of family friendly performance imaginable. During the 2010 Curb Cup, attendance by both performers and onlookers once again exceeded expectations. But the two years took a toll on Rivers’ pocketbook as well as his goodwill—he felt as though the City of Boise and the shop owners in the downtown area should pony up some dough to help offset the cost of putting on an event of this scope. So Rivers took his ball and his Cup and went home. The 2011 Curb Cup wasn’t exactly cancelled—it never started. Boise’s powers-that-be have looked into reviving it, and Rivers has said even though he thinks Boise should have stepped up much sooner, he’s willing to curb his lack of enthusiasm for those he thinks should have helped and consider holding the event again in 2012.

B E ST TAKE-T WO BOISE MUSIC FEST It seemed like no one expected the popularity of the inaugural Boise Music Fest in 2010— least of all the organizers. When an estimated 80,000 people jammed into Ann Morrison Park, no one was prepared, leading to fights, crowding, lost children and the park being a bit trashed. But by 2011, organizers learned from their mistakes and moved the stages, reorganized the concessions and made it otherwise simpler for folks to actually enjoy a great community event. boisemusicfestival.com, @boisemusicfest

B E ST WAY TO G ET YO U R G RAYS G R O O VI N’ EAGLE RIVER PAVILION CONCERT SERIES Any concert series that opens with a performance by Crosby, Stills and Nash is not geared toward 20-somethings. The Eagle River Pavilion Concert Series offered shows by a whole host of classic acts: Michael McDonald, Yes, Styx, Whitesnake, ABBA, The Steve Miller Band and more. There were a few acts specifically for the nowhere-near middle-agers such as Dane Cook, Atmosphere and even a performance by Trey McIntyre Project, a group that appeals to anyone in the 8 to 80 age group. But for the most part, this series was for the folks who were rocking their hardest in the ’70s and ’80s. The kids already had the downtown bar music scene; now the Baby Boomers have a place, too. landofrock.com

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B E ST N I C E G U YS D O N ’ T ALWAYS F I N I S H L A ST ANTHONY DOERR’S LITERARY AWARDS The author of About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome and Memory Wall is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet. Anthony Doerr is willing to give a fan at a book signing or a reading a moment of his time, even though his literary prowess has made him a very busy man. He has won nearly every award given to authors, including the O. Henry Prize (three times over), a Guggenheim Fellowship and the lauded Story Prize in 2011, as well as others too numerous to list. Doerr lives and works in Boise and if you were to see him on the street and recognize him from his dust jacket photo, you might be inclined to think him too famous to stop and respond to a breathy, “Oh my god. You’re Anthony Doerr. I loved Memory Wall.” You’d be wrong. He is definitely famous but a damned nice guy, too. anthonydoerr.com

B E ST D U D E R A N C H RANCHFEST The dudes (and lady) in Boise’s beloved Finn Riggins sure know how to throw a party. Over the last few years, Finn Riggins’ RanchFest has grown from a few friends playing music in a field to an all-out, camp-out music festival. Bands from all over the West Coast make the trek out to Tumbleweeds, Idaho, for the two-day Fest. But these musical cowpokes prefer flannels and Vans to boots and chaps.

B E ST LO C A L M U S I C T R E N D BANDS THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE BUILT TO SPILL Local heroes are emulated in homage. It’s well intentioned, but in art, it quickly leads to creative stagnation. All respect to the enormous influence that Boise band Built to Spill has provided over the years, both locally and nationally, but we’re glad to see local bands finally starting to do their own thing instead of attempting to do Built to Spill’s thing.

B E ST R E A S O N TO B U Y E AR P LU G S A N D R ET I R E EA R LY BOISE ROCK SCHOOL The music industry has changed dramatically in the last decade but that has by no means stopped young people from dreaming of being rock stars. It does mean, however, that those burgeoning musicians could use a leg up. Start them as early as age 6 at Boise Rock School, where they will learn guitar, bass, keyboards, drums/percussion and vocals, as well as how to perform as a group—and they’ll do it in front of an audience. Even if the little heshers later choose a career in law enforcement, accounting or fine art, the skills they learn at BRS will help them succeed. Or they might stick with music and become the next Van Halen, Jennifer Lopez or Zac Brown Band. Either way, the lessons will have been worth it. 1187 River St., Boise, 208-559-0065, boiserockschool.com, @boiserockschool

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BOISE ART GLASS: Filip Vogelpohl turns molten glass into art.

B E ST H EA R T O F G L A S S BOISE ART GLASS Boise Art Glass is a study in beauty, fragility and craftsmanship. On any given day, the shop welcomes people not only to buy handmade glass objects of beauty but to learn how to make such items themselves under the watchful eye of proprietor and master glassman Filip Vogelpohl. Vogelpohl could easily run a retail store only, but he is willing to share his expertise and enthusiasm with anyone who is willing to learn—and who isn’t afraid of a little fire. 530 W. Myrtle St., Boise, 208-345-1825, boiseartglass.com

B E ST DY N A M I C D U O KEN BASS AND TIM JOHNSTONE ON 94.9 KRVB THE RIVER Batman and Robin. Oscar and Felix. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Thelma and Louise. The best in ass kicking, crime fighting, train robbing and radio hosting comes in pairs. Boise’s Best Dynamic Duo—Ken and Tim— takes to the streets workday mornings before most of us have hit snooze for the third time. From the secret lair that is 94.9 The River’s studio, Ken and Tim keep the world of Boise safe from villains like crappy tunes, laughless mornings and manic Mondays. Thanks, gents. riverinteractive.com

B E ST LO C A L E Q U I VA L E NT O F R E B E C C A B L A C K ’S F R I D AY SUMMER IN BOISE, BY POPPA JOE AND ISELDA GONZALEZ Rolling Stone called the viral music video for tween pop singer Rebecca Black’s song Friday an “unintentional parody of pop music and potentially the worst song of all time.” In October of 2010, local artists Poppa Joe and Iselda Gonzalez made a music video for “Summertime in Boise,” a song with a comically similar lack of self-awareness, on YouTube. It’s a sincere ode. And with lyrics like, “hit up Camel’s Back maybe have a snack,” and shout-outs to Eagle Fun Days, it’s an instant classic—of sorts.

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B E ST WAY TO W R A P A M O V I E EDWARDS 22 ALLOWING CREPES INTO THE THEATER Planned to do dinner and a movie at Entertainment Avenue but didn’t factor for traffic? Don’t worry, you won’t be stuck eating Milk Duds for dinner. Thanks to a tasty partnership, Edwards 22 will let you bring in crepes from The Creperie next door. And that is way better than trying to stuff them down your pants or in your purse. 7709 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-949-3536, thecreperieboise.com

B E ST B E A R D S THE CAST OF BEARD’S COMPANY Though local vag-pop duo Vagerfly made a valiant effort for the win in this category with its topless, wizard bearded performance at Red Room, those were strap-ons. The magical whiskers girding the chins of the cast of the film Beard’s Company were so real that they helped the original short film sweep the top awards at this year’s i48 filmmaking contest. vimeo.com/zachvoss

B E ST H E AV Y M E TA L V E T E R A N S ’ PA R A D E THE MELVINS AT NEUROLUX It seems like every September metal godfathers King Buzzo, Dale Crover and a rotating cast of third or fourth players roll into the packed Neurolux. The band has stayed remarkably steady, both in aesthetic and venue, for nearly a decade, after years in which fans had to stay on their toes to see where the band would pop up next. Since the mid-aughts, they’ve taken the form of a heavy drum corps of sorts, with two sweaty shirtless drummers to go along with plenty of harmonic vocalizing and chanting—just the latest identity shift of dozens in the band’s hyper-transformative 25-year lifespan. September 2010’s pounding, classic-heavy show was one of the best in recent memory, but this year, the band is in Europe and we’re far off the radar. To 99 percent of the population, that means nothing. To the others, it’s a cultural tragedy, the local equivalent of 2011 without Mad Men. themelvins.net WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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ZOO BOISE: Despite the fact that giraffes’ tongues feel like steel wool, the kiddos love feeding the photogenic critters.

B E ST WI L D AN I M AL E N C O U N T E R FEEDING THE GIRAFFES AT ZOO BOISE Big animals. Little kids. What’s not to like? It’s not like we’re feeding the kids to the animals. Besides, giraffes are herbivores. Sheesh. 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4260, zooboise.org, @zooboise

B E ST P H O N Y O U T D O O R WAR MINIMALIST VS. “REGULAR” SHOES Things are getting out of hand in stores across the valley. Mention that you’re looking for something lighter and flatter than the beefcake running shoe being thrust at you by some old-guard salesman, and you get the most derisive “Oh, really” ever uttered outside of a junior high dance. Mention that the Vibram footything that some new-guard salesman is trying to cram your foot into is too uncomfortable/ expensive/ugly/fugly to warrant a year of beer money, and you’ll get abandoned faster than you can say plantar fascitis. Both sides swear you’re risking injury and lameness (physical and otherwise) by switching camps. Both are quicker to drop a Benjamin than anyone this side of the Apple store. But here’s the deal: 60 percent of runners in this here country get injured every year, so let’s not get too attached to any supposed solutions lest we develop a societal Cinderella complex, dig? WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

B E ST G I F T F O R T H E O U T D O O R E N T H U S I A ST I N YO U R L I F E LIFE FLIGHT MEMBERSHIP With helicopters and fixed wing aircraft stationed in Boise, Mountain Home, McCall, Lewiston and Pocatello (not to mention additional locations throughout Oregon and Washington), Life Flight Network is bound to be nearby when your mountain biker buddy endos on a whoopde-doo or your backcountry skiing partner misjudges the drop of a snow cornice. At just $60 for one year, Life Flight membership might end up saving thousands in the event of an accident. More important, it might end up saving a life.

B E ST R E A S O N TO H AVE PAT I E N C E HIGH WATER ON IDAHO’S RIVERS In Idaho, we’ve gotten so used to droughts, it feels like uncharted territory to be dealing with above-average spring runoff. But this year, after good snowpack and a really, really, really rainy spring, the state’s rivers were overflowing. While it was good for irrigation, it kept rafter off the rivers. Even the Boise River through town didn’t open until well into July. Still, given the increased risk of drowning that comes with high water, we’re big fans of being patient. It’s worth it.

B E ST O U T D O O R WA R Y ET TO C O M E TRAIL RUNNERS VS. BIKERS Every day, not too far out in the Foothills, the dramatic rivalry between car and bike is replayed between bike and runner. Only this time, it’s the bike hurtling recklessly down Central Ridge Trail instead of a car down Hill Road, and the trail runner leaping into the sagebrush to save his or her shorts-clad heinie. Word to the helmeted: This ain’t the Greenbelt. Forget the bell: shout and do it early.

B E ST R EA S O N TO Y I E L D TO A DOWNHILL RIDER NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS Put some of the best cross country mountain bikers in the world on the singletrack in Sun Valley, and we’d best advise you to stay the hell out of the way. Unless of course you’re one of said elite athletes, in which case, ride on. For us civilians, having the championships come to Sun Valley over the summer was a great way to take in one of the hottest sports around, while still having easy access to cocktails and fine food. Here’s hoping the event makes a return appearance.

B E ST FA ST T R A C K TO A R E A L LY WA R M P L A C E ROB FROM A NONPROFIT THAT HELPS CHILDREN Anyone who robs someone is kind of a lowlife anyway, but now just imagine what kind of scum-filled pit the people who broke into Boise Bicycle Project in June had to crawl from. Seriously, you were looking for an easy mark to swipe a few bucks and you decided to go for a popular nonprofit that provides bikes to needy children and is run entirely by volunteers and donations? Really, that seemed like the best choice? BBP lost nearly $1,000 it was raising to buy a permanent home so more bikes could be fixed up and more children could learn to ride. There’s a special place reserved for people who steal from those in need.

B E ST B E E R - D R I N K I N G R O A D R I D E W I T H YO U R C LO S E ST BIKE-RIDING FRIENDS BOISE WEEKLY’S BARS AND STRIPES ALLEY CAT RACE Drinking and driving isn’t smart. But drinking and biking is awesome. Especially when you do it with friends and have to intermittently perform absurd stunts along the way. Best way to make that happen? Boise Weekly’s Bars and Stripes Alley Cat Race.

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LAUREN MCLEAN: Not all running requires campaign promises.

B E ST R A C E R U N BY A LO C A L P O L I T I C I A N BOISE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER LAUREN MCLEAN RAN THE BOSTON MARATHON IN 3:58:01 Any politician who runs for something other than an office is impressive, but Lauren McLean’s participation in the Boston Marathon was truly a special feat. The investment of time and energy toward training competes directly with the same resources necessary for campaigning. Furthermore, a marathon in less than four hours is something even Oprah Winfrey can’t claim to have accomplished. We applaud McLean for setting an example of superior fitness to inspire the citizens of Boise in pursuit of their own athletic goals.

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B E ST B E E R D R I N K I N G , M U D S L I N G I N G , O B STA C L E C L I M B I N G , FUN RUNNING WITH A HERD O F C O ST U M E - W E AR I N G , C AT E R WA U L I N G F R I E N D S THE DIRTY DASH If you’ve ever doubted that sustaining dozens of nicks on your shins while scaling a series of hay bales as tall as you before hurling yourself down a super-sized slip ’n’ slide on a ski hill after hucking yourself over a bunch of wooden walls—which was just before belching your boyfriend’s name while sprinting downhill after chugging a Natty Light—but before wading through a hip-deep mud pit where squealing children lay in wait to pelt your face with mud balls was any fun at all, you were dead wrong. It’s hella fun. Check it out next year, wuss. thedirtydash.com, @thedirtydash

LES BOIS PARK Within weeks of the Idaho Legislature dropping the minimum number of live racing days from 46 down to 15, Treasure Valley Racing signed a deal with Ada County to operate live thoroughbred racing for Les Bois Park. When the track opened on July 2, thousands of fans poured through the gates, exceeding expectations. The abbreviated season, which wrapped on Aug. 13, was considered a major success. TVR’s lease agreement guarantees live races for the next five years. lesboispark.com, @lesboispark

B E ST P L A N K I N G DESIGNER SKIS For years crusty wave riders have been shaving surfboards out of home-based garage operations. Recently skiers began taking a cue from their warmer weather counterparts and testing out the theory that boutique may be better. In McCall, Ullr Skis owner Matt Neuman is building custom, handmade skis with the same design technologies the big dogs use, but he’s doing it out of his garage for a fraction of the price. Hankering for a new pair of planks this season? Ullr is giving new meaning to custom skis. ullrskis.com

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B E ST R E A S O N TO P U T A ROCK IN IT RAY NEEF MD BOISE RIVER RECREATION PARK Aw, yeah. Can you feel that tingle of anticipation in the air among anyone who owns a double-bladed paddle? The start of the long anticipated river park is close at hand, and kayakers and assorted river rats will be eagerly waiting to throw their boats in the water this spring when the first feature (a series of standing waves) opens. Construction of the first phase is scheduled to start as soon as October, once water levels are low enough. River recreationists have waited years for the play area—a few more months won’t hurt. boiseriverpark.com, @boiseriverpark

B E ST FA M I LY F R I E N D LY WAY TO H A L LU C I N AT E SHANKZ GLO-PAR-TEE Mini golf will always have a place in our hearts, but make it glow-in-the-dark, 3D mini golf, and we’ll be yours forever. 82 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-888-2760, shankzglowgolfing.com

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BIKRAM YOGA: Making you sweaty and bendy.

B E ST SWEAT I N G L I KE A H EA LT H - C O N S C I O U S P I G HOT YOGA AT BIKRAM YOGA Yoga is supposed to be relaxing—tricking you into toning your body while you calm your nerves. But when your yoga session makes you sweat enough to fill a 5-gallon bucket in an hour, there’s no way to ignore the fact that you’re working hard. The instructors at Bikram make sure there is no gentle glowing or light spritzing going on: You’re going to sweat like a pig. Just be careful about keeping your grip during that downward dog—sweaty hands on a yoga mat could lead to your face making rapid contact with the floor. 3200 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Ste. 159, Boise, 208-385-9642; 3243 S. Federal Way, Ste. B, Boise, 208-426-9642, bikramboise.com, @bikramyogaboise

B E ST R EAS O N TO S IT O N IT CARBON COMFORT BIKE SEAT Everyone’s looking for lighter gear, and Boise biker/inventor Jeri Rutherford has created a bike seat that not only drops the weight, but is actually so comfortable, you can ride longer without losing feeling in your nether regions. We love technology. rideouttech.com

B E ST WAY TO F I N D YO U R Z E N TAI CHI AT IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN Even if you can’t master the whole holding-a-giant-ball-in-front-of-you motion, at least you’re surrounded by a gorgeous garden. That makes it far more likely you’ll find enlightenment—well, at least you’ll relax a bit. 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org

B E ST C H I C K S N OT TO P I S S O F F, E S P E C IAL LY WH E N TH E Y’R E ON WHEELS TREASURE VALLEY ROLLERGIRLS These bad-ass ladies know how to throw an elbow, don’t take a lot of crap and aren’t afraid to run you down. We love a sassy broad on wheels. treasurevalleyrollergirls.net, @tvrollergirls WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

B E ST R EA S O N TO TA K E A H I K E SCOTT MARCHANT’S GUIDE BOOKS Contemplating backpacking in the Sawtooths but clueless as to which alpine lake is the prettiest? Needing a tough workout on two feet but uncertain as to which nearby day hike will bust your legs and lungs the longest? You’ll find the answers to these and many other questions about Idaho trails in one of several guidebooks written by local author (and BW contributor) Scott Marchant. The Day Hiker’s Guide to Sun Valley and Ketchum will usher you through the Smokys and the Pioneers, while its Valley County counterpart (The Day Hiker’s Guide to McCall and Cascade) will make sure you don’t get lost when you stray from Highway 55. If you’re northbound on Highway 21, well, good news: Marchant wrote one of these books about the Stanley area, too. hikingidaho.com

B E ST ST I M U L U S P R OJ E C T NEW GREENBELT BRIDGE AT 36TH STREET The new Greenbelt bridge at 36th Street provides a safer route for kids to get to school, and for cyclists and pedestrians to easily travel between Boise and Garden City, easing traffic and improving air quality. When the Ray Neef River Park is finished, it will provide an excellent viewing point. How could the region afford the $750,000 price tag? That pesky stimulus plan. Seems like money well spent to us.

B E ST P O R TA P OT T Y EV E R GOLD FORK HOT SPRINGS POTTY Grab your most recent copy of The New Yorker and get ready to settle in for a nice, long stay. Even if you’re a lightning-quick load dropper, we assure you that you’ll want to prolong your visit. Not only is it the cleanest porta potty we’ve ever seen, but the floor has a small rug, ensuring that should you go in barefooted from the hot spring, you’ll never know that you might be stepping in someone else’s dried urine. Perhaps the most thoughtful touch: scented candles that not only light the way but effectively mask the porta-potty smell.

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BOISE YOUNG RIDER DEVELOPMENT: Get ’em while they’re young.

B E ST R EA S O N TO E N C O U R A G E YO U R C H I L D R E N TO P I C K U P A N O N - S C H O O L - S A N C TI O N E D SPORT BOISE YOUNG RIDER DEVELOPMENT SQUAD There’s a whole lot being said about kids these days: They’re not active so they’re turning into blobs. They’re spending so much time inside, so they’re not getting enough vitamin D from the sun. So how do you break the pale, weak-boned, overweight cycle? You get their butts outside an on a bike. Thanks to the B.Y.R.D.S. bicycling program, young people ages 6 to 18 are taught the ins and outs of putting power to the pedals. There are more than 140 members, each of whom gets personalized coaching, weekly training rides and a full season of racing, including travel to national and international competitions. So kids can not only be active, outside and in shape, but they might have some trophies and a few passport stamps to show for it. byrdscycling.com, @byrdscycling

B E ST P R O O F S P R I N G I S D E A D ON THE SAME WEEKEND (MAY 14-15) YOU COULD RIDE WAVES AT ROARING SPRINGS AND SKI AT BRUNDAGE Perhaps La Nina deserves all of the credit (or all of the blame, depending on your perspective), but we like to think that our great state simply offers something for everyone— no matter what season the calendar says it is. Sure, SoCal sunshine can’t be beat, but that only works if the beach is your cup of tea. Whistler provides great opportunities combing gravity and snowpack, but if there’s any apresski soaking to be had, it will require a hot tub. Not so in Boise in May. Still clinging to Old Man Winter? Spend Saturday schussing the vertical at Brundage Mountain in McCall. Need a head start on your summer tan lines? Dedicate Sunday to splashing around in the local water park. Either way, don’t forget the sunscreen— whether it feels more like winter or more like summer, it’s really just spring.

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B E ST J A M YO U R G R A N D M A CAN’T MAKE 3RD RAIL JAM Last winter, a coupla kids from the Garden State showed up at Bogus Basin with a DJ and graffiti artists and took over the mountain with a rail jam for local yokels and a kickin’ party. They jibbed, they jived. We were there, camera in hand, and a good time was had by everyone. Here’s hoping the 4th Rail Jam finds Boise worthy of a stop when the snow flies this year. 3rdrailjam.com, @3rdrailjam

B E ST WAT E R PA R K MK NATURE CENTER OK, so there are no slides or need for lifeguards, but we’ll take a babbling, wildlife-filled stream in the middle of the city any day. 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, fishandgame.idaho.gov, @idfg

B E ST C A R P - A L TU N N E L BOW-HUNTING CARP If any of youse guys have doubts about BW contributor Randy King’s epic manliness, check this out: The dude hunts carp with a freaking bow and arrow. It’s like Sagittarius shooting Pisces and riding away on Taurus— awesome in astrological proportions.

B E ST W O R L D R E C O R D R E C L A I M E D BY A B O I S E A N ONE-MILE HIPPETY HOP RACE Determined to get over being dumped by his girlfriend, Micron engineer Eric Stevens decided not just to race one mile on a rubber ball, but to get others involved and to break the world record for time. His record stood for only two months, before it was reclaimed by the previous record-holder, Ashrita Furman, who among other things, holds the record for most world records. Determined to regain his glory, Stevens staged his third annual Boise Hippety Hop Race, in which Andy Stauffer shattered Furman’s record by more than two minutes. Will there be a grudge match between Boise’s Hippety Hop elite and Furman? Only time will tell. hippityhoprace.com WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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ROD’S LIMOS: Randy Fowler will get you there and do it in serious style.

B E ST B I G P I M P I N ’ B O I S E STYLE ROD’S LIMOS Wear your blond hair coiffed like Rod the Bod did in his heyday and own a couple hundred suits that look like they were made in 1981 in every color of the rainbow and you may get the nickname Rod. Instead of fighting it, local guy Randy Fowler leaned into it and Rod’s Limos is one of the most recognizable businesses in town, in part because Fowler is happy to coordinate his clothing to whatever your party is wearing. If your bachelorette party is going out in matching pink and black T-shirts, expect to see Fowler step out from behind the wheel in a suit, shirt, tie and shoes that will look like he went shopping with you. There’s hardly a more colorful character in town. 208-866-6746, rodslimos.com, @rodslimos

B E ST YO U ’ L L N EVE R KN OW WE WERE HERE HOUSEKEEPING BY KRISTINE You won’t know they were ever there, except that when they’re gone, the top of your desk or your kitchen counter is spotless; crumbs that fell out of your afternoon cookie or the bits of cereal that your kid spilled in the dining room at breakfast are swept and mopped off the floor; and your work papers or clean laundry is in nice, neat little piles and everything is sparkling clean. 208-573-1102 WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

B E ST T& A T R A I N THUNDER MOUNTAIN LINE You may think you know what the Thunder Mountain Line is. Rumor has it, it’s a quiet weekend train ride alongside the Payette River, with the occasional Old West bandit pantomime tossed in to titillate a customer base of almost exclusively children, parents and old folks. But should those tots look down toward the Payette, without fail, they’ll receive their first and most traumatic anatomy lesson, thanks to the dozens of river-raft derelicts who moon and flash the TLM like doing so enters them into the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. 208-331-1184, thundermountainline.com, @tmlidaho

B E ST G R O W T H S P U R T SCENTSY Who knew that scented wax in ceramic warming pots sold at house parties would be such a worldwide hit? Evidently the local peeps who own the little-business-that-could did. The local business that launched in 2004 inside a 40-foot metal box on a sheep farm now sits on a prime piece of real estate on Eagle Road in Meridian and has grown from a shipping container to a compound—a really fragrant smelling compound. 208-855-0617, scentsy.net, @scentsy

B E ST I H AV E N O I D EA W H E R E TO F I N D A G I F T F O R S O M E O N E I LO V E/L U ST A F T E R /B A R E LY K N O W / W O R K W I T H / H AV E B E E N FRIENDS WITH FOR 20 YEARS BAM GIFT SHOP The belief that “it’s the thought that counts” has given excuse to millions of givers of cheap, poorly made, ugly, shocking, embarrassing, ill-fitting, inappropriate gifts for years. Maybe you don’t have much money, time or even taste but if you’re going to go to the trouble of getting someone a gift, the least you can do is go someplace like the Boise Art Museum gift shop, where no matter what you pick out, the recipient will assume you gave the act of gift-giving some thought. A small but thoughtful array of exhibit-related, pop-culture, kid-friendly, educational and simply beautiful items line the shelves and tables of the little store, and even if you walked in with your eyes closed and picked something up, chances are that the person getting it will think you have money, time and taste. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org, @boiseartmuseum

B E ST B L I N G E D - O U T , D I N N E R P L AT E - S I Z E D AC C E S S O RY BELT BUCKLES AT INDIE MADE Admittedly we love a little bling. We’re not afraid or ashamed to admit that sparkly things keep us entertained—and maybe a little distracted. But that’s another story. The point, dear reader, is that even if you have a preconceived notion that belt buckles are only worn by cowboys from another era, you will find yourself coveting one of the unique buckles once you lay yur purty lil’ eyes on ’em. The store carries the leather belts to go with, too. 108 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-342-0804, idahoindieworks.blogspot.com, @idahoindieworks

B E ST R E A S O N TO D R I N K M O R E RECYCLED GLASSWARE CO.’S CHOPPED-OFF WINE BOTTLES MADE INTO DRINKING GLASSES It goes without saying that we love recycled Glassware Co.’s glassware made out of chopped-off booze bottles. Cheers, RGWCo., for mixing alcohol consumption with environmental awareness and making us feel like we’re doing our part. We try. recycledglasswareco.com

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WAGON WORKS: Keeping it old school.

B E ST W E L L - G R EA S E D W E LC O M E WAGON WORKS Sometimes it seems like taking your car in for repair is like getting IT help (don’t worry, we’ve got that covered, too—see Page 29). But the guys at Wagon Works are keeping it old-school. The smell of oil hangs in the air, it’s possible that the front office hasn’t been redecorated since the place was built, and everyone who works there has grease under their nails. Cars are fixed, you won’t be taken for a ride, and they’ll help you out when you’re in a pinch. Besides, we love the bird in the lobby. 5310 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-375-6114

B E ST R EA S O N TO CONSIDER SPLASHGUARDS ON THE VEGGIES DOGS AT THE CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET Boise is pet friendly. The city recently opened its third full-time, fenced off-leash area for dogs. Additionally, seven parks across the city allow some off-leash hours as part of a pilot project, which will continue through spring 2012. But why, for the love of God, do dog owners insist on parading their pooches through the Saturday market? The city can’t formally ban pets from walking through a city thoroughfare, but many dog owners choose to ignore friendly reminders not to walk their pooches through the market. Some even leave their personal calling cards near the produce. Mmmm ... tasty. capitalcitypublicmarket.com

B E ST R EA S O N TO H AV E O N E , O R T W O , O R TH R E E M O R E BUDDIE’S DESIGNATED DRIVERS Make sure you have the phone number stored in your cell phone before you leave the house. That way when the one drink you were going to have turns into an evening of debauchery, you will still get home safe and sound—at some point. And since they make sure your car gets home, too, there’s no cab ride of shame the next morning. Awesome. 208-870-7271, buddiesdd.com

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B E ST S A M P L I N G TO O M U C H OF THE PRODUCT DR. SCIENCE MOUSE LADY We get all kinds of crazy crap in our mailbox here at BW. But when we received a tiny burlap sack filled with catnip called Dr. Science Mouse, we knew we had to find out more. Turns out the lady who grows said catnip at Lil Bobcat Farm in Garden Valley is more cray-cray than a cat that’s all hyped up on the green stuff. Government conspiracies? Check. Wiretapping? Checkaroo. Aliens? Most def.

B E ST L I C K E T Y S P L I T S H O E R E PA I R RIEBE’S DOWNTOWN SHOE REPAIR Crack a heel, bust a sole, blow a hole? Riebe’s will fix you right up, do it with a smile and turn it around in record time. We’re big fans. So are our shoes. 109 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-345-6885, riebeshoes.com

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NEOTEC: Troy “The IT Guy” Atkins always starts with the same question: Is your computer plugged in?

B E ST IT G U Y O N T H E FAC E O F TH E P L A N E T TROY ATKINS, NEOTEC Whether we’ve crashed our server yet again, gunked up our email to the point of paralysis, unknowingly knocked the power cord out of the wall and mistaken it for a debilitating virus or stored too much porn on our hard drives causing work programs to slow to a snail’s speed, Troy has spent the last four years walking us through our mini catastrophes, scolding us for not running our updates regularly, rebooting our server, killing our viruses, rebuilding our laptops and asking if the machine is plugged in and turned on. Thanks for putting up with us, Troy. troy@neotecweb.com

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B E ST S IA M E S E T W I N S REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP AND ALL ABOUT GAMES SET UP SHOP DOWNTOWN We had to wonder if All About Games and Rediscovered Bookshop were going to suffer separation anxiety when the popular bookstore up and moved from its original Overland Road location to take up residence downtown on Eighth Street. After all, the two had grown up together, both the fun-loving children of Laura and Bruce Delaney. Were they going to start acting out? Would they need to see therapists? Earlier this year though, they came up with a solution that kept their independence while rekindling that family bond: All About Games opened a second location just down the block from the bookstore. We do love family togetherness. 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org, @rdbooks; 120 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-0204, aagboise.com, @aagboise

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STEWART’S GEM SHOP: It’s what’s inside that counts.

B E ST S H I N Y O B J E C T STEWART’S GEM SHOP There’s no big, shiny showroom or any catchy jingles, but Stewart’s knows how to do gems. And rocks for that matter. Since 1945, Stewart’s has been home to talented jewelers, as well as an old-fashioned rock shop, which means you can check out some gorgeous Idaho star garnets while breathing in the scent of freshly cut rocks. Stewart’s keeps the polish on the stones, where it belongs. 2618 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-342-1151, stewartsgemshopinc.com

B E ST P E N RETRO 1951 HEX-O-MATIC It’s a small number of people indeed in today’s world who give enough of a snoot about the written word—the literally written word— to have read this far into the post. And it’s a smaller number who would be willing to shell out the $30-plus necessary to buy the finest writing ballpoint pen in the world today, the Retro 1951 Hex-O-Matic, over at Paisley Roberts. But to those who get it—or for those who get it as a birthday present (hint, hint)—there’s a certain silky, sexy roll to this ballpoint that simply can’t be matched. It’s enough to make you want to start writing checks and sending postcards all over again. 237 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-5015, paisleyroberts.com

B E ST WAY TO A P P R E C I AT E YO U R S EWA G E BOISE WATERSHED In general, sewage doesn’t get a whole lot of love or respect. Our thoughts of it go, literally, down the drain. Unless, of course, it decides to make a cameo appearance by backing up, in which case, there’s little love lost. But thanks to Boise WaterShed, sewage can become an educational experience. Take the tour and learn all about how sewage gets from your home to the treatment plant, how waste water is cleaned and even how long it takes for what’s flushed down the toilet to get from your home to the plant. You know, things everyone needs to know. 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, bee.cityofboise.org/watershed/ home, @boisewatershed

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B E ST W O R L D O N A C H A I N HANGING FLORAL BASKETS AT FIVE MILE FARM AND GREENHOUSE Usually hanging floral baskets seem rather innocuous, something you give to you mother for Mother’s Day. But when that same term, “hanging floral basket,” is applied to a halfdomed piece of engineering cascading with plants and flowers weighing roughly the same as a Volkswagen Beetle, flowers don’t seem so dainty. Come springtime, the greenhouses at Five Mile Farm are filled with orbiting baskets that distinctly resemble a very fragrant solar system made up of planets with some seriously mega mega flora. 2940 S. Five Mile Road, Boise, 208-362-3242

B E ST D E A L I N B O I S E THINK BOISE FIRST COUPON BOOK For $15, the Think Boise First coupon book is without question the deal of the decade. OK, maybe not, but it’s still pretty sweet. Between the low-budget-looking cover lies thousands of dollars of discounts for local products and services. With two-for-one burrito deals, a free hour of personal training, 10 percent off a fencing project and half-price refills of growler jugs, there’s truly something for all needs. In the event that you purchase the coupon book and then promptly misplace it before a single coupon has been used, you can rest easy knowing that your dollars were invested in a dot-org that supports responsible, sustainable local consumerism. thinkboisefirst.org, @thinkboisefirst

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NORTHSTAR COURIERS: Patrick Sweeney makes hauling piles of papers look easy.

B E ST D E L IVE RY D U D E S NORTHSTAR COURIERS What has two wheels, a trailer with a big old plastic bin and a desire to get you what you need as soon as possible without wasting a drop of gasoline? Northstar Couriers, of course. The bike courier duo not only shuttles everything from documents to lunch around Boise, but they help make sure Boise Weekly makes it to stands each and every week with some two-wheeled style. 208-331-5056, northstarcourier.com

B E ST AP O C A LY P S E AT T I R E B E ST K E E P I N ’ I T I N T H E FAM I LY FLYING M SOLD TO LONGTIME EMPLOYEE

BRICOLAGE’S “I SURVIVED THE RAPTURE” UNDERWEAR

When we heard Flying M Coffeehouse had been sold, we started looking for other cities to call home. Boise just ain’t Boise without the M. But when we found out that the keys to the coffee-Mecca had been turned over to longtime employee Kent Collins, we unpacked our suitcases and immediately headed down for an Americano, hugging strangers on the street along the way. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208345-4320, flyingmcoffee.com, @flyingmcoffee

Though it’s quickly faded from the memory of a culture with an ever-shrinking attention span, billboards worldwide and here in Boise insisted the world would be ending May 21. Obviously it didn’t. And to celebrate the occasion, local shop Bricolage offered specially-made “I Survived the Rapture” underwear. They probably won’t be as funny for the rescheduled rapture on Friday, Oct. 21, but there’s really only one way to find out. 418 S. Sixth St., 208-3453718, bricoshoppe.com, @bricoshoppe

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20TH CENTURY LEGS Sign spinners have become so common, this is a remarkably tough choice. The overenthusiastic mattress guy at Fairview Avenue and Milwaukee Street? The under-enthusiastic flower guy at Franklin and Orchard roads with the sign that says, “Mention me for 10 percent off?” The hordes of sunburned Statues of Liberty that invade every tax season? The easy choice was Noodle Boy, that sullen tween wearing a giant Chinese takeout box in front of Asian Wok on State Street by 36th Street. But alas, Noodle Boy went the way of Lady Liberty and most other sign spinners and disappeared. So the next choice, clearly, is the giant one-eye, pants-free bowling pin hawking specials on State Street in front of Twentieth Century Lanes. That eye ... those legs ... those curves—it’s a strange and hypnotic combination as one is hurtling home after work, and more so once you get closer and see just how hairy and male those legs are. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

ZAMZOWS EMAIL AN EXPERT SERVICE Ever stood in the middle of your lawn, staring helplessly at an ever-growing brown patch? Ever scared your neighbors by stalking about your yard, cursing the neighborhood dog that seems to think your property is actually its bathroom, while its owners don’t seem to care about the piles it leaves behind? Don’t let the unending battlefield of your yard and garden become the end of you. There is help, and it’s only one email away. The smarty-pants folks at Zamzows offer expert advice about just about any problem facing your landscaping. Just log onto the website and click on the handy “Ask an Expert” link to email your question. Before you can actually implement your grand plan of installing a motion-sensing air gun to scare off that dog (and any passing children), you’ll have your answer. Multiple locations, zamzows.com.

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BW’S BAR GUIDE: Dave Stanciu at Pengilly’s Saloon created the Aldous Huxley using homemade rhubarb syrup for Boise Weekly’s latest Bar Guide.

B E ST E XC U S E TO H AVE S O M E O F B O I S E’ S B E ST BART E N D E R S MA K E YO U C U STO M D R I N KS BW’S BAR GUIDE OK, we’ll admit it, we’re a little bit spoiled, but when you have the opportunity to ask some of the best bartenders in Boise to make you drinks, you take it. That’s how BW ended up with the likes of Guy Midnight of Parrilla Grill, David Stanciu of Pengilly’s Saloon, Michael Bowers of The Modern Hotel and Bar, Mark Allen of Red Feather Lounge, Cera Grindstaff of Front Door and Jacob Detweiler, formerly of Happy Fish, creating thirst-quenching custom concoctions. You can still try most of them at their home bars, and we recommend that you do, if we do say so ourselves.

B E ST P L A C E TO WATC H B O I S E P O LI C E D O N T H E I R R I OT G E AR REEF PATIO It’s a great place to people watch on a normal weekend night, but when hot summer nights turn into crazy Sixth and Main fights, it’s really the place to be. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, reefboise.com, @reefboise

B E ST TOTA L LY WO RTH-TH E- WA I T C O C K TA I L TEN MINUTE MARTINI AT CHANDLERS Sit your thirsty self down, get comfy, and don’t blame the server for the wait—go in knowing that it takes time for the gin and vermouth molecules to displace each other in the shaker as they chill and slowly stir themselves. Served in a cool blue glass, this ice-cold concoction is a little bit science, a little bit romance and an old-fashioned nod to what a cocktail should be. 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com, @chandlersboise

B E ST BA R EA S I LY C O N F U S E D F O R S O M E O N E’S G A R A G E LITTLE DUTCH GARDEN Walking into Bench bar Little Dutch Garden for the first time is a nerve-wracking experience. Judging from its exterior and location, it seems likely you’ll be greeted by a confused-looking man, who may be packing heat, changing the oil in his ’98 Taurus. But the moment you get inside, that all changes and you find yourself in a neighborhood dive with cheap drinks and cheaper laughs at how wrong you were. 1910 S. Owyhee St., 208-342-9034, Boise

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B E ST B O OZ E C R U I S E ICE GLACIERS IN SPECIALTY COCKTAILS

B E ST P E R S O N TO B E N I C E TO D U R I N G A N I G H T O F D E B A U C H E RY THE DESIGNATED DRIVER

The Titanic didn’t see it coming but you will. High-end specialty cocktail spots like Red Feather Lounge and The Modern Hotel and Bar have started plopping glacier-sized hunks of ice into their high-hooch drinks. The large ice melts more slowly than the pedestrian cubed variety, leading to less water in your cocktail. Though these drinks won’t sink a barge, they’re guaranteed to get you wrecked.

Seriously. If there is anyone who you should suck up to, it’s the person who’s willing to drink nothing but sodas and water and put up with your sorry attempts at humor and drunken antics just to make sure you get your drunk butt home safe and sound. Respect the designated driver.

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ROCKEROKE AT RED ROOM Thursdays at The Red Room are Rockeroke nights when patrons can hop on stage with a printed lyric sheet and sing karaoke with a live band. Anyone who does is given a free drink ticket, while everyone who doesn’t sing is left paying for their drinks like suckers. Croon and be slizzered or stay silent and pay out of pocket. Seems like an easy choice to us. And special props to Red Room for removing the curse from its new home. Suddenly the spot that people “just won’t go to” is hopping. Take note downtown businesses: people clearly like the color red. 1519 Main St., Boise, redroomboise.com, @red_room_boise

THE SHREDDER Anyone who saw the original live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie left with one clear desire: to join the Foot Clan so you could hang out at its warehouse full of video games, skateboard ramps and stolen smokes while listening to music guaranteed to damage your hearing. While the smokes aren’t stolen, video games, a skate ramp and loads of metalicious noise make Boise’s newest music venue, The Shredder, is about as close to the Foot Clan Warehouse as may ever exist in the real world. 430 S. 10th St., Boise, toomuchdistortion.com

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SOLID BAR AND GRILL: Board games and booze—yes please.

B E ST P L A C E TO B O G G L E W H I L E W EAR I N G B E E R G O G G L E S SOLID BAR AND GRILL Solid’s board game selection is, well, solid. In the back room, there’s a whole shelf stocked with childhood staples like Clue and Monopoly alongside word nerd games like Scrabble, Balderdash and Boggle. And while the joint’s local microbrew selection is equally rock-solid, remember to shake your Boggle dice softly if you want to avoid steely glares from your fellow patrons. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620, solidboise.com, @solidboise

B E ST OT H E R K I N D OF LIVE MUSIC NEUROLUX KARAOKE Fabulous as they are, jukeboxes can’t ever match the energy or vibe of a live performance. But the scene that can come with a band is often overwhelming. And no one likes a cover charge. With Neurolux’s foray into karaoke on nights when a band isn’t booked, the high energy level is maintained, and both the awkwardness and the cover charge are non-existent. 113 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-888-0640, almostfamousdj.com, @neurolux

B E ST T H E D O O R S A R E O P E N , TH E D O O R S A R E C LO S E D , TH E D O O R S A R E O P E N , TH E D O O R S A R E C LO S E D , TH E D O O R S A R E O P E N THE BOUQUET The iconic bar has a storied history, and if its walls could talk, they would tell outrageous tales of bar fights, hook-ups and some of the best music to ever issue forth from a stage. They would also blab about how the bar has changed hands throughout the years, each owner giving the place an injection of new energy but facing the same problem previous owners had faced: They all owned a bar. Currently the doors are open, the booze is pouring and the music is issuing forth. For how long? Maybe the walls know. 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605, @thebouquetboise WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

B E ST I N K A N D A D R I N K C O M B O IKON TATTOO ABOVE RED ROOM Anyone who has ever gotten a tattoo will tell you that you shouldn’t drink before getting inked because booze thins your blood, therefore you’ll bleed more. That may be more myth than truth, but most people heed that advice. But what about drinking after? After holding still for what feels like an eternity while you get a big pink and purple butterfly permanently etched above your ass crack, you’ll want—nay, you’ll need—to treat yourself with a shot of something. Enter Red Room and Ikon Tattoo. The former is downstairs from the latter so you won’t have to go far. Plus the Red Room’s bartenders sport some of the best ink in town, so you can even show off your new tattoo to someone who will appreciate it. Plus if you ask artists Erik or Jordan to tattoo your boyfriend’s name in giant Old English lettering across your bicep, you’ll have regrets by the time you get to the bottom of the stairs and will really need a stiff one. Drink, that is. 1519-1/2 Main St., Boise, 208-388-4566

B E ST N E W S C E N E O N T H E B R EW S C E N E PAYETTE BREWING CO. After a recent sesh at The Front climbing gym on a Friday night, BW popped into Payette Brewing Co. post-workout and stumbled on a scene we didn’t expect: a bar full of beer drinkers. Hidden just off Chinden Boulevard though it may be, Payette Brewing draws a crowd that arrives mostly via two wheels, so the gym stench isn’t so noticeable if you’re straight off the climbing wall. Plus, the game room—where you can challenge your drinking buddies to cornhole, table tennis or foosball— has a giant garage door that’s thrown open for extra ventilation. The official beer of The Front, the unofficial brewery of foodtrucks near and far, and the newest host of alley cats in town, Payette Brewing may be cooking up beer but it’s also fermenting quite the party, too. 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011, payettebrewing.com

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SYMPOSION: Need something meaty without the walk of shame? Try a Smoky Davis pepperoni stick.

B E ST L AT E N I G H T T U B E M E AT T H AT D O E S N ’T I N V O LV E A FRIEND WITH BENEFITS, DRUNK DIALING AN OLD FLAME OR THE M O R N I N G R E G R ET A F T E R A O N E- N I G H T STA N D SMOKY DAVIS PEPPERONI STICK AT SYMPOSION Peppy, allllll niiiiiiight loooong. Symposion, 2801 W. Fletcher St., 208-342-9420; Smoky Davis, 3914 W. State St., 208-344-1885, smokydavis.com

B E ST B I T T E R P I L L SPECIALTY BITTERS IN LOCAL COCKTAILS Wanna hear the bitter truth? Bitter is back, in a big way. And though we’re tiring of all those Quadruple Hopdiculous IPAs sputtering out of taps, we’re all about specialty herbal bitters dashing their way back into cocktails. Local drink menus brim with everything from celery bitters and mole bitters to more traditional Angostura bitters. And that’s something we’re not bitter about.

B E ST T R A N S I T I O N F R O M H I P - R E P L A C E M E N T TO H I P OWYHEE PLAZA/ GAMEKEEPER LOUNGE The Owyhee Plaza recently celebrated its 100th birthday, but instead of offering free Ensure at an afternoon pinochle tournament, the hotel celebrated by promoting “100 penny” draft beers, well drinks, house wine and champagne in its Gamekeeper Lounge. That festive philosophy was extended to its boozy summertime pool parties, Cult Camp movie screenings and a brunchtime build-your-own bloody mary bar. Even in its old age, the Owyhee Plaza has still got game. 1109 W. Main St., Boise, 208343-4611, owyheeplaza.com, @owyheeplaza

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B E ST G AY B A R T H AT S O M E P E O P L E D O N ’ T K N O W I S A G AY BAR BUT IT DOESN’T CARE E I T H E R WAY B E C A U S E E V E RY B O DY I S W E LC O M E U N L E S S T H E Y WA N T H A R D L I Q U O R A N D T H E N T H E Y H AV E TO G O S O M E W H E R E E L S E PITCHERS AND PINTS Now you know. 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208-906-1355

B E ST WAY TO F E E L A S I F YO U ’ R E D O I N G S O M E T H I N G E D U C AT I O N A L W H I L E D R I N K I N G TRIVIA Nothing is more natural when drinking than being a know-it-all. But with trivia nights at bars, you get rewarded with free drinks when you accidently give the right answer. Bonus.

B E ST P L A C E TO S E E L AT E - N I G H T S I X T H A N D M A I N N OT AT SIXTH AND MAIN EIGHTH STREET BETWEEN BANNOCK AND MAIN STREETS The Barmuda Triangle (that clutch of bars at Sixth and Main) has a reputation for being the downtown spot where sports-themed ballcaps and big muscles chase tiny dresses and highheeled shoes. Sometimes the former drinks a little too much, and when one set of muscles thinks another set of muscles is muscling in on his high heels and tiny dress, things get physical. The other end of downtown is not immune to the tiny-dress/testosterone action but with all-ages hangouts Dawson Taylor and Pie Hole, Boise’s busiest gay-friendly dance club, prime busking spots in the vicinity and the under-21 set adding their vibe to the area, it’s the perfect place to pull up some sidewalk and watch it all and see why Austin, Texas, does not have the weird market totally cornered.

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MULLIGANS PUB: Making sure the poor can afford a drink.

B E ST T WO B U C K TR O U B L E F E ST $2 BEER WEDNESDAYS AT MULLIGANS PUB Two bucks doesn’t even get you a bottle of Trader Joe’s cheap wine these days. That crap is like $3—if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with a TJ’s. But you know what is $2? A microbrew at Mulligans, every Wednesday night, all night. And if you’re feeling beerlanthropic, you can buy yourself and a pal each a cold one for the price of a single beer at most other dives. Drop $10 and you’ll receive a one-way ticket to Thursday morning troubletown. 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998

B E ST S A LO O N E M P I R E PENGILLY’S SALOON Pengilly’s is one of Boise’s most beloved watering holes. From the wooden booths and dark lighting to the antique bar and stools, this well-known bar hasn’t changed in decades—that is, until it recently took over the space next door and expanded its downtown drinking dominion. Now there’s more room to hide in a close-quarters booth, listen to live music and generally enjoy being a barfly. 513 Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344, @pengillys WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

B E ST R E A S O N TO B I K E YO U R B UTT O U T TO B O W N BREWFORIA-BOWN CROSSING You know what sucks? Drinking and driving. You know what also sucks? Biking to Meridian. Which is why we’ve historically had such a hard time making the trek out to Brewforia. But now that the specialty beer store and restaurant has opened a second location in Bown Crossing, a quick zip down the Greenbelt makes for a lovely night of drinksercising. 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-342-1916, @brewforiabown

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MURPHY’S MINI DONUTS: Just the thing for giving the kids a sugar high.

B E ST WAY TO E NJ OY TH E M A R K ET WH I N E - F R E E MURPHY’S MINI DONUTS What’s better than a warm, sugar-dusted donut on a Saturday morning? Stuffing a dozen of them from Murphy’s Mini Donuts at Capital City Public Market into your children’s mouths. Make this sticky sweet hot spot your first stop, grab a bunch and browse to your heart’s content as your own little people munch away. You won’t be sorry you did.

B E ST P L A C E TO WATC H A L- J A Z E E R A ISHTAR MARKET This fantastic little hole-in-the-wall cafe built into the hip of a Middle Eastern Market on Overland Road could likewise earn a BOB for “best three-item menu.” What’s your pleasure: shawarma, kabob or falafel? Whatever you order, it comes with fantastic fresh bread and chef’s choice of sides, including a strong take on babaghanoush that tastes like it’s made fresh every time the adhan is called out. Sit back and watch a little AlJazeera or maybe some Saudi basketball and marvel at your miniscule bill. We need more places like this. 4516 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-275-8437

B E ST F O O D R A C E WILD RICE STICKS AT BOISE CO-OP Some of you may have never been quick enough on the draw to actually succeed in buying Boise Co-op’s wild rice sticks. To you poor souls: They’re what belongs in that empty slot in the fridge just to the right of the onion poppy-seed sticks and the cheddar sesame sticks. Now you know that something very good and very cheap (still under two bucks a bag!) lives in that slot. And now you’re the competition. 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, boisecoop.com, @boisecoop

B E ST F LO R A L O V E R LO A D MISS TAMI’S COTTAGE EXPRESSIONS AND TEA HOUSE Ever wonder what it would be like if an English garden, your grandmother’s house and the land of Precious Moments figures were crammed into a blender? The result: Miss Tami’s. The owners of this Meridian eatery and gift shop have somehow found a way to cover nearly every surface with some sort of flowery motif, and what isn’t floral can be described as delicate, fluffy, lacy or otherwise feminine. If you survive the sensory overload, the cafe makes a killer Monte Cristo and offers an excuse to take high tea. 1031 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-6829, misstamis.com

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B E ST O L D - S C H O O L M I X E R FROM-SCRATCH FOOD TREND With places like Smoky Davis, Pamela’s Bakery, Zeppole, the Chocolat Bar, Porterhouse Market and others making things the way grandma used to—from scratch—there’s no longer any need to be nostalgic about the good old days. At least when it comes to food. Just tuck in to a hand-trimmed steak accompanied by a big loaf of handmade bread still warm from the oven before finishing your meal with a decedent cake (without a trace of lard-based frosting in sight) or maybe a handdipped truffle. You’ll never miss the processing and shelf-stabilizing preservatives, plus you’ll discover what things should taste like.

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B E ST E G G - ST R A O R D I N A RY SURPRISE RED FEATHER’S INEXPENSIVE BRUNCH Though the spot looks swanky, with its nightclub-blue lights and dark wood booths, on weekend afternoons Red Feather Lounge brightens up with a delish, inexpensive brunch. You can score a plate of sloppy eggs rancheros—with green onion corn cakes, fried eggs, veggie salsa and pepper jack—for a reasonable $8.75. Pair it with a tomatillo Verde Mary ($7) and you’re on your way to brunch bliss. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340, bcrfl.com/redfeather, @bitterfeather

B E ST S E A S O N A L LY TRANSCENDENT FOOD PHO NOUVEAU’S SUMMER ROLLS

With this kind of garlicky goodness on a delicate, fluffy piece of flatbread, we feel sorry for people on no-carb diets. Yup, sucks to be you. 6930 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-8215, madhubanindiancuisine.com

B E ST ARTI SANAL U N D E R G R O U N D BOISE URBAN MARKET Pssst. You ever heard of the Boise Underground Market? Us neither. But if we had, we’d say it’s deli-shhhhhhh-ous. @boiseurbanmrkt

It may be the winter of your discontent, you might tell everyone that summer and afternoon are the most beautiful words in the English language, you have spring fever or that autumn is the year’s last, loveliest smile. They may all be true. What is also true is that Pho Nouveau’s summer rolls packed with glass noodles, cilantro and tofu, pork or shrimp are right for any season. 780 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208- 367-1111, phonouveau.com

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GINO’S: Lamb shank and gnocchi—just like the Flintstones used to make.

B E ST C AV E M A N A C T THE SHANK AT GINO’S There’s something strikingly primal about dinner arriving via a big old, honkin’ bone. We’re not talking tiny little chicken-wing bones here. Nope, we’re talking about Flintstonesstyle cuisine—when slow-roasted, super tender lamb or wild boar still attached to the bone, which protrudes above a massive bowl like some sort of ship’s mast. It’s not graceful, and no one will ever dare call it haute cuisine because they’ll be too busy making sure every scrap of meat is devoured. 3015 W. McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710

B E ST R EA S O N TO B E L I EV E T H E O L D A D A G E, “ I F AT F I R ST YO U D O N ’T S U C C E E D ...” BOISE NATIONAL BANK BUILDING For years, restaurateurs and patrons have thought that the downtown Boise corner was cursed. Maybe you know the address better as its business names: Bolo’s Grill House, Poblano’s, Shaker’s Saloon, City Grill or Bad Irish. The old Boise National Bank Building saw restaurants come and go so fast that you dared not order dessert. But lo and behold, Fork opened with a “Loyal to Local” pledge to the region’s farmers, ranchers, bakers and brewers, and it was an instant success. We have to wonder what sort of ritual the owners had to do to break the curse. 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-1700, boisefork.com, @boisefork

B E ST I M AY N EV E R H AV E TO L EAV E H E R E GELATO CAFE If we had to handpick our favorite random foods and put them on the same menu, odds are it would look a lot like the menu at Gelato Cafe. Some may think sushi, pizza and gelato martinis are a weird combination for a restaurant to have on the menu, but we think it’s a stroke of genius. And when your belly is full of freshly rolled fish and fruity boozy drinks, you can always order a craft beer and kick it with Brian (the owner) ’til closing time. It’s just that kind of place. 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 101, Meridian, 208-846-8410, gelatocafeofidaho.net

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B E ST D I G F O R W H I C H YO U N E E D N O TO O L S , D O E S N ’ T I N V O LV E D I R T O R S A N D A N D A LWAYS R E S U LT S I N A S W E E T P R I Z E BIG CITY COFFEE’S DAY-OLD BASKETS While there are some of us who wouldn’t think twice about eating a chocolate chip cookie that has been languishing on top of paperclips, sticky notes and pencil shavings in our desk drawer for a week (don’t judge—journalists can’t afford to throw food away), the good people at Big City think that once pastries have been sitting in the display case for a day, they no longer warrant their already reasonable $2 or $3 price tag. When they turn 24 hours old, they celebrate their birthday by getting tucked into white paper bags, given reduced prices and jumbled into a couple of wire baskets like candy in a pillowcase at Halloween. The basket always has healthier options like pumpkin or chai muffins, but often a dense, heavy cherry pie scone or giant, thick square of a Hello Dolly bar is hidden among them. At about $1.50, pair one with a cup of Big City’s signature Big Titty java and for less than $5 bucks, you walk away with a delectable treat (and a caffeine/sugar high that should last for hours). 1416 Grove St., Boise, 208-345-3145, bigcitycoffeeld.com, @bigcitylinendis

B E ST WAY E V E N A J O U R N A L I ST C A N AF F O R D TO E AT THE BW CARD $12=$20 at participating spots. Need we say more? The 40 percent savings will make lunch, happy hour or that hot date even more satisfying. Just sayin’. boiseweekly.com, @boiseweekly

B E ST C U P C A K E C O N Q U E R O R CAKE BALLERS Bake a cake. Crumble it up. Add some frosting. Make happy little balls. Dip those balls in a sweet confectioner’s coating. Decorate. Serve to people who will forever after be ruined for cut-rate baked goods. Kiss it, cupcakes. We have Cake Ballers. 720 W. Idaho St., Ste. 40, Boise, thecakeballers.com, @thecakeballers

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BAGUETTE DELI: Reading the labels in the drink cooler is like an exotic vacation. Drink it, we dare you.

B E ST P L A C E TO Q U E N C H YO U R T H I R ST W I T H L AW N C LI P P I N G S BAGUETTE DELI BEVERAGE COOLER Baguette Deli has a well-deserved reputation for savory sandwiches, fabulous pho, spiffy spring rolls and beautiful beignets—all at prices that a working man/woman can easily afford. But you’ll need something to wash it all down. If you’re at the Franklin Road location to pick up a pork loaf (or cha lua) sandwich topped with “egg mayo,” pickled julienned veggies, cilantro and jalapenos, be daring enough to reach into the beverage cooler and pull out a can of green grass soda, coconut juice or white gourd drink. The drink selection changes a little from week to week so you’ll have to keep going back in order to try them all. Challenge accepted. 5204 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208336-2989; 276 N. Eighth St., 208-389-2888, baguettedeli.net

B E ST C L U ST E R C H U C K RESTAURANT ROW ON EIGHTH STREET BETWEEN IDAHO AND BANNOCK STREETS In a city the size of New York City, it’s possible for more than a dozen businesses of the same type all housed in a two-square-block area to each be successful. There are 8 million people in the Big Apple, which is plenty of customers to go around. It doesn’t seem logical that the same thing would be true in Boise, population 200,000-ish. But the 20 or so eateries—locally owned and franchised—that reside side-by-side like lovesick teenagers on two blocks of Eighth Street and nearby on adjacent Idaho and Bannock streets clearly defy logic: Thomas Hammer Coffee, Baguette Deli, Superb Sushi, Red Feather Lounge, Bittercreek Ale House, Pollo Rey, Pho Nouveau, Old Chicago, Moon’s Kitchen, Piper Pub, Shige Japanese Cuisine (technically, three restaurants in one), Fork, Grape Escape, Aspen Leaf, Cazba, Matador, Dawson Taylor, Mongolian BBQ, Jamba Juice, Taj Mahal and Falcon Tavern. And just down the block are Yen Ching, Berr yhill and Co. (also three restaurants in one) and The Press. Somebody is doing something right.

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B E ST D A N C I N G O N T H E B A R ANDRADE’S SALSA BAR Two of the best dishes on Javier Andrade’s menu are the Especial de Javier and the Especial de Javier 2. If you’re going to put your name on something, that means you stand behind that thing ... just like it is. But Andrade knows that no matter how good one of his dishes might be, people’s tastes differ. Rather than fight that, he embraces those differences and invites people to make his dishes to their liking by offering a salsa and extras bar. Escabeche, an onion-cilantro mix, jalapenos and radish slices are there to give a quesadilla a kick. If you like your burrito to have a little boom-bang, seven salsas are available. If you’re the mild type, start with the red chip salsa on the far right. Things get hotter as you go left with tomatillo, chile de arbole and jalapeno salsa. Or sweat from every pore like a marathoner and swear like a sailor and ladle on the pure habanero salsa on the far left. It’s going to hurt, but that’s what the Dos Equis is for, right? 4903 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-8890, 208-344-1234

B E ST R AW - K I N LU N C H SASHIMI AND RICE BOWL AT YOI TOMO Sometimes those deep-fried, mayo-drizzled monster sushi rolls give us the grossies. So when we’re in the mood for something fresh, filling and oh-so-simple, we shuffle across the street to BODO’s Yoi Tomo for a sashimi and rice bowl. Sashimi and rice—the name says it all. 405 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-3375, yoitomo.us

B E ST F U L L -T H R OT T L E , F U L L - B OT T L E B R U N C H QUINN’S FREE CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH ON SUNDAYS Though calling it “champagne” might not be technically accurate, if you squeeze your butt into a booth at Quinn’s on Sunday morn, you’ll get a free bottle of sparkling wine for every two brunch entrees you order. Yes, a whole freaking bottle. We’re pretty sure this is what the Velvet Underground was singing about. 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-9568 WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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TWIN DRAGON: Shrimp toast, not just for mermaids anymore.

B E ST WAY TO STA R T YO U R M O R N I N G TWIN DRAGON SHRIMP TOAST Butterflied shrimp are embedded into a bread mattress. The whole thing is deep fried and served with that ubiquitous neonred sweet sauce that American Chinese restaurants insist on serving. The buttery crispy treats are reason alone to stop by Twin Dragon. But the restaurant’s late-night hours mean you can finish your night of partying and eat your breakfast before you even go home. 2200 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-344-2141, twindragon-boise.com, @twindragonboise

B E ST J O I N I N G F O R C E S DHONDALICIOUS ARTISAN FOOD CO-OP Farmers markets are great during the growing season, but when the last veggies are yanked from the soil, the clientele drops off like autumn leaves. To weather the harsh winter, three Meridian Farmers Market vendors joined forces to open a year-round cooperative storefront. The Dhondalicious Artisan Food Co-op is located on Fairview Avenue between Milwaukee Street and Maple Grove Road, and features Dhondalicious butter toffees, Ruth Joanne’s bakery and Luis’s Place restaurant. Tamales, delicate toffee candies and breads made from house-milled, local whole grains— now that’s cooperation we’ll stand behind. 8716 Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-376-8181 or 208-550-8330

B E ST S A LT Y B A L L S FRIED MAC AND CHEESE CROQUETAS AT THE BASQUE MARKET Though we want to wince at the word fusion, sometimes conjoining two cultural cuisines can result in tastastic noms. Case in point: The Basque Market’s mac and cheese croquetas. The crunchy, salty balls take all the comfort of the gooey American classic and then Basquify them by dredging them in flour and dumping ’em in the deep fryer. Mmmmm, Basquemerican. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com, @thebasquemarket

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B E ST F L I P O U T F L I P - F LO P BARBACOA DEBACLE When we published a review of the sputtering steak at the recently reopened Barbacoa, little did we know we were helping promote print journalism in Boise. Mustering all of his tact, owner Robert Castoro dished out a pretty penny for a full-page ad (cha ching) in the Idaho Statesman’s Sunday edition slamming our reviewer. And in an even more head-scratching move, Castoro then decided to take out a fullpage ad (cha ching) in the Boise Weekly saying, “No Hard Feelings, Only Hot Rocks.” So thanks, Barbacoa, for helping the printed word find the page. 276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 208338-5000, barbacoa-boise.com

B E ST S H OT TO T H E H E A R T FLYING M AMERICANO When BW staffers need a caffeine kick, we skip the drip and go straight for a double M-ericano. There’s something so sinisterlicious about the M’s nutty-espresso-and-hotwater combo that we’ll brave snowstorms and heat waves to cradle a steaming cup in our paws. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320, flyingmcoffee.com, @flyingmcoffee

B E ST P L A C E TO P O R K O U T PIGAPALOOZA AT BREWFORIA Though we heave a collective editorial sigh anytime someone tacks the word “palooza” onto their event, we decided to give Brewforia a free pass on their inaugural Pigapalooza. Why, you ask? Because ample amounts of beer and bacon make us forget even the most egregiously overused phrases. Pigapalooza is not your mama’s festival. 3030 E. Overland Road, Ste. 100, Meridian, 208-888-7668, brewforia.com, @brewforiabown

B E ST D I S A P P E A R I N G A C T YEN CHING BAKERY It came. It left. It came back. Then it left again for good in February, leaving egg custard tart- and bean-filled bun-lovers weeping on their giant, dry American muffins. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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WILDFLOWER BAKERY: Mary Cogswell keeps carb-lovers coming back for more.

B E ST W T F LO U R WILDFLOUR BAKERY COOKIES Chocolate chips, oatmeal flakes, raisins, butter, sugar, walnuts, cinnamon—just some of the ingredients in the most scrumptious cookies around. Wildflour Bakery cookies live in the sublime place between crunchy and chewy. There is one thing wrong with them: They are habit forming. It is nearly impossible to walk past the shelves near the front of Boise Co-op without tossing some in the basket. Good thing they do come in packages of four or eight so if you’re going to eat all of them in one sitting (and you might), you won’t feel so bad if you buy the pack of four—or you might feel so bad that you have to go back to buy four more. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500, boisecoop.com, @boisecoop

B E ST W-H AI R ’ S T H E B E E F HIGHLAND CATTLE You know those cows with long, luscious brown locks that you could picture shaking their manes in slow-mo on an Herbal Essences commercial? Turns out they’re also delicious. Just try a Highland burger at 36th Street Bistro if you don’t believe us. 3769 Woody Dr., Boise 208-433-5108, 36streetgardencenter.com WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

B E ST B U M P E R C R O P THE EXPLOSION OF FARMERS MARKETS A testament to the growing local food movement is readily seen in the number of farmers markets sprouting up all over the valley. Foodies want their eats fresh, local and readily available—and they got it. There’s an outdoor market where you can snag just-picked zucchini and heirloom tomatoes in just about every little hamlet in the valley. In addition to the Capital City Public Market in downtown, there’s one in Kuna, Caldwell, Nampa, two in Meridian ...

B E ST I N D U ST RY O N T H E M O V E FOOD TRUCKS By cutting startup costs and remaining flexible in menu and location, food carts are one of the best ways to expand a culinar y culture. They’re also a great way to put parking lots and street corners to use stimulating the economy. Boise may have been slow out of the gate, but we here at Boise Weekly are glad to see how quickly locals are getting hip to the revolution.

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Hear Amy Westover speak about her passion for art and homegrown food at Enso Artspace.

FRIDAY SEPT. 23 food and art PALETTE TO PALATE Get oriented with author Daniel Orozco at Rediscovered Bookshop.

FRIDAY SEPT. 23 reading DANIEL OROZCO AT REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP University of Idaho creative writing professor Daniel Orozco has only published one book, Orientation. But to be fair, he has been pretty busy winning dang near every award and accolade out there: He has been published in Harper’s, Zoetrope All-Story, The Best American Short Stories and McSweeney’s and won an NEA Fellowship in fiction. Reading Orientation, it’s easy to understand why. The nine stories in the book are by turns perplexing, haunting, infuriating, disconnected and bizarrely comedic. They manage the complex trick of being narratively clipped—arguably even unresolved in some places—and still feel as if they stretch for decades in both directions beyond their boundaries. Of Orozco, local literatus Anthony Doerr wrote, “Orozco can do anything: first, second, third-person; he can explode moments into whole stories and dash through lifetimes in a paragraph.” If you’d like to experience Orozco’s work for yourself, you’re in luck, because he will be in Boise to read from Orientation, as well as to sign copies of the book. 7:30 p.m., FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.

FRIDAY SEPT. 23 fundraiser BALLET IDAHO’S ROCK AND ROLL BALL Ever wonder what classical ballet would look like set to the music of the Roll-

ing Stones? Ballet Idaho’s Rock and Roll Ball is your oppor tunity to indulge in the sweet sounds of The Stones melded with the fluidity of Ballet Idaho’s talented dancers. The main per formance, “Paint It Black,” is choreographed by principal dancer Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye and features Ballet Idaho com-

pany members. Local ar tist Patrick Hunter will be painting during the per formance, inspired by the music and the movement. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner prepared by chef Bill Green will be ser ved buffet-style around a ’55 Chevy under an outdoor tent. There will also be a live auction of vacations

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Mosaic artist Jason Mecier—dubbed the “macaroni Monet”—crafts intricate celebrity portraits from food. Whether it’s Rosie O’Donnell’s smirking face made out of chocolate donuts, potato chips, Cheetos and frosted animal cookies, or child stars Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen crafted out of shiny jellybeans and peppermint candy canes, Mecier only uses food items he associates with the personalities of his subjects. If you’re a lover of food and art who prefers the two to intersect in a less literal manner, head down to Enso Artspace in Garden City for Palette to Palate on Friday, Sept. 23. The event will feature a five-course, local-foods dinner paired with regional wines and served at family style tables in a contemporary art gallery. Artist Amy Westover, famous for her large-scale public art pieces around Boise, will be on hand to talk about her solo exhibit, Admit One Human. The show features mixed-media sculptures and works on paper that examine the “roller coaster as a point of departure for exploring concepts such as alchemy and chaos theory through the portrayal of abstracted interior and exterior spaces.” Palette to Palate is connected to the Year of Idaho Food. 6 p.m., $60. Enso Artspace, 120 E. 38th St., Ste., 105, Garden City, 208-869-7927, ensoartspace.com.

fit for rock stars, including six nights and seven days at Penthouse Punta Mita in Mexico and four nights at the Four Seasons Resor ts Lana’i at Manele Bay in Hawaii. Tickets are available at balletidaho.org or by calling 208-426-1110. 6:30 p.m., $125. Powerhouse Events Center, 621 S. 17th St., 208-433-0197. For more information, call 208-343-0556, ext. 22 or visit balletidaho.org.

SUNDAY SEPT. 25 party EVIL WINE RADIO CARNIVAL If you feel deprived of debauchery on Sunday night when the weekend hasn’t lived up to its craziness potential, the Evil Wine Radio Carnival will be an excuse to act out in the name of community radio. Billed as an “alternative to the Sabbath,” the Evil Wine Carnival promises to be the kookiest time you’ll have in a month of Sundays.

The event offers carnival games tainted by adult (non) sensibilities, including the opportunity to peg band members and Radio Boise DJs with onions, a coin toss involving gallon liquor bottles and what is being promoted as the least kid-friendly game of ring toss ever invented. Games cost $5 and less to play and offer a chance to win prizes from local vendors like Indie Made, North End Organic Nursery and Radio Boise. Local vendors, including Archie’s Place and Mother Falcon Produce, will get in on the carnival madness with food and assorted prizes. Evil Wine Carnival also WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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BIke your way to climate change ... and Nampa.

SATURDAY SEPT. 24 bikes MOVING PLANET RALLY It’s easy to avoid using fossil fuels when thousands of people around the world are setting an example by cycling with you. That’s the idea behind Moving Planet Day, an event organized to bring awareness to fossil-fuel dependency around the world. Globally, scientists generally agree that fossil fuels—primarily coal and oil—are the cause of climate change. They also cause air, water and land pollution and muck up the planet for generations to come. Moving Planet has set a goal of getting the world’s carbon footprint below 350 parts per million, a number backed by researchers, including NASA scientists. Moving Planet Day helps to draw political attention to this issue. In Boise, the Snake River Alliance is teaming up with 350.org to organize a bike rally through downtown, which will be “making stops at all the key energy decision-makers’ headquarters to demand steps toward a future free of fossil fuels.” The parade will gather at the Capitol steps at noon on Saturday, Sept. 24. For more info, contact Lisa Young at lyoung@snakeriveralliance.org. And outside of Boise, Move Nampa is organizing an event that’s one part educational rally and one part street fair. Starting at Nampa City Hall at 2 p.m., participants will make their way to 18th Avenue South for food and live music, all in the name of sustainability. Moving Planet Day is intended for enjoyment, but ultimately, it is a push for increased human-powered activity like walking, biking, skateboarding, dancing and using our bodies for what they were intended: movement. Noon-1 p.m., FREE. Capitol steps, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise. 2-6 p.m., FREE. Nampa City Hall, 411 Third St. S., Nampa. For more info, visit moving-planet.org.

features performances by an eclectic assortment of local bands, including Goat Head, How’s Your Family?, Junior Rocket Scientist and RevoltRevolt, as well as Twin Falls-based bands Methhouse Party Band, Sister Wounds and Hedtriip. Local comedians and theater troupes take over

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between sets so the live entertainment never stops. Proceeds from the carnival support Radio Boise, the city’s only non-commercial community radio station. 4-10 p.m., donation. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208424-8297, visualartscollective.com.

Boise Curling Club makes a clean sweep at Idaho Ice World.

SUNDAY SEPT. 25

Waiting in line recently at the Post Office, you might have heard something strange. In addition to the sound of tongues licking envelopes and pens scrawling addresses, you may have heard the guttural crow of a rooster muffled by a cardboard box. Apparently, birds are the only warm-blooded animals that you can legally ship live via the United States Postal Service. Now, let’s set aside why you’d want to send a live bird through the mail and focus on how. Since 1989, Horizon Micro-Environments LLC has been manufacturing Naturally Environmentally Secure Transporters (NESTs). The ventilated cardboard boxes are USPS, FedEx, USDA and IATA-approved and most include filters, which are required for all birds older than 72 hours. Whether you want to hm-e.net ship pigeons, quails, ducks, pheasants, bantams or fancy, long-tailed showbirds, Horizon has a box to fit your bird. The Psittacine Shipper, for example, is designed specifically for hookbills or parrots and comes equipped with a viral shield “to help guard against airborne pathogens such as Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, Chlamydia psittaci (the cause of psittacosis) and avian polyomavirus.” If this all sounds irrelevant to your general shipping needs, think again. This year you can finally mail your true love every feathered creature from the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. Or send your neighbor-infuriating “pullet surprise” to a far-flung, no-kill animal sanctuary. —Tara Morgan

curling CURLING DEMOS AT IDAHO ICE WORLD Not everyone understands the joy of using specialized brooms to direct heavy granite stones across ice. After all, zambonis polish ice rinks with minimal effort. Though Homer Simpson may have once derided curling for appearing more janitorial than fun, he quickly learned the truth. Curlers are skilled athletes, playing a centuries-old sport passed down through generations of ice enthusiasts. It’s even an official Olympic sport. Curling combines strategy and accuracy—it’s similar to shuffleboard, though some call curling “chess on ice.” It works like this: Teams try to push their own stones closest to the bulls-eye, or house, before the other guys get there or knock opponents’ stones out of the way trying. Boise Curling Club has been spreading its passion for curling from its home base at Idaho Ice World for five years. Sunday, Sept. 25, marks the club’s annual fall open house, where instructors and local players will be available to teach new players the basics. Don’t worry about bringing your broom from home—the Boise Curling Club provides curling brooms, stones and sliders. Aspiring curlers should wear street clothes and a jacket, as well as comfy shoes like sneakers for gliding gracefully across the ice. 6:45-9 p.m., $10 pre-pay. Idaho Ice World, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, 208-331-0044, boisecurlingclub.org.

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21 Festivals & Events ALIVE AFTER FIVE—With Bill Kirchen. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove, Boise, downtownboise.org. 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_ maddalena@yahoo.com. There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. 6 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208331-5632, boisepoetry.com.

On Stage 39 STEPS—The four-person cast portrays more than 150 characters in this comedic whodunit, adapted by Patrick Barlow. This is the last play of the season for Idaho Shakespeare Festival. For a chance to win tickets visit boiseweekly.com and click on “Promo.” 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org. COMEDY FOR A CAUSE—Comedy show and benefit for the Idaho Humane Society, hosted by Danny Amspacher. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

Concerts IL VOCE—The classical crossover quartet will perform pop and opera favorites. 7:30 p.m. $25. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, nampaciviccenter.com.

Food & Drink DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. 7 p.m. drinkingliberally.org. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

Workshops & Classes POSTER CLASS—Learn the basics of poster printing. This class will certify you to use the poster press during open studio time. Call 208-761-9538 to reserve a spot in the class. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35-$50. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538, idahoposterandletterpress.com.

Art ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests (age 62 and older) receive free admission all day, plus a guided talk on the current exhibit. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.

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Talks & Lectures

Food & Drink

COLLEGE FOR KIDS—Listen to a panel of industry experts discuss how to start saving for your kids’ college tuition. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise High School, 1010 Washington St., Boise, 208-854-4270.

BEER AND WINE TASTING— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. See website for more info. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, 208-6581364, tresbonnescuisine.com.

Farmers Markets CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—Bigger and better than ever before, with a wide variety of local produce and goods. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Located on the corner of 12th and Dearborn streets next to the library, Caldwell.

Odds & Ends LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. The Lift Bar and Grill, 4091 W. State St., Boise, 208-3423250, theliftboise.com; 7 p.m. FREE. Eastside Tavern, 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-3878; 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485, buffalowildwings. com; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’sEmerald, 7845 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-378-1890. LATIN NIGHTS—Instructors 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.

THURSDAY SEPT. 22

Workshops & Classes GREEN SMOOTHIE CLASS—Join Robyn Openshaw, aka the Green Smoothie Girl, for an informative class on how to transition to a whole-foods diet. Sample green smoothies and get your copy of Openshaw’s book signed. 7 p.m. FREE. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, nampaciviccenter.com.

Talks & Lectures ENHANCING THE LOWER BOISE RIVER—Local experts will speak on pollution in the Boise River, what action has been taken to correct the problem and what challenges still exist. Contact Liz Paul at liz@idahorivers.org for more info. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd., Boise.

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

Festivals & Events

Odds & Ends

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS—Witness international dare-devils, world famous acrobats, martial arts, clowns and Asian elephants perform thrilling tricks for your entertainment. 7:30 p.m. $10$40. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000, idahocenter.com.

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. Winner gets a big effin’ bar tab and their fish. 11:30 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-830-9977.

ST. LUKE’S CELEBRATION WOMEN’S SHOW—Part of the Saint Luke’s Women’s Celebration. Vendors, speakers, music and info on topics pertinent to women’s busy and complex lives. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-3368900, celebrateall.org.

On Stage 39 STEPS—See Wednesday. For a chance to win tickets visit boiseweekly.com and click on “Promo.” 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org. OKLAHOMA—Two cowboys compete for the women they love in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music comedy set at the turn of the 20th century. Dinner is optional and served at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. For a chance to win tickets visit boiseweekly. com and click on “Promo.” 7 p.m. $18-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.

LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’s-Meridian, 1460 N. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-855-0343. TEACHER’S NIGHT OUT—Teachers in the Treasure Valley are invited to attend this seventh annual teacher appreciation night featuring food, drinks, entertainment, prizes and more. Info about curriculum and field trip and classroom resources will be available. Reserve tickets at teachersnightout2011.eventbrite. com. 4:30-7 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/bee/watershed.

FRIDAY SEPT. 23 Festivals & Events RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$40. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-1000, idahocenter.com.

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8 DAYS OUT ST. LUKE’S CELEBRATION WOMEN’S SHOW—See Thursday. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, celebrateall.org

On Stage 39 STEPS—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.

Concerts

Workshops & Classes

FACULTY ARTIST CONCERT SERIES—Jeanne Belfy, oboe and Janelle Oberling, bassoon will perform. 7:30 p.m. $3-$5, FREE for Boise State students and staff. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208426-1609.

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

Food & Drink OKTOBERFEST—Grab a beer and a brat and celebrate German-style with live music from Wolfie and the Bavarians. Visit tresbonnecusine.com for more info. 6-10 p.m. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-658-1364, tresbonnescuisine.com.

OKLAHOMA—See Thursday. For a chance to win tickets visit boiseweekly.com and click on “Promo.” 6:15 p.m. $18-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. PAULA POUNDSTONE—The razor-sharp comic had her own show on ABC, lists fellow comic Robin Williams as a friend, and is a regular panelist on NPR’s quiz show Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me. Read BW’s interview at boiseweekly.com, click on “Arts.” 8 p.m. $29-$44. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.

Screen MOVIES FOR A CAUSE: GREASE—Bring a picnic and a blanket to sprawl out on and watch a movie under the stars. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Food and drink vendors will dish up food and snacks. 6 p.m. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

REDLIGHT VARIETY SHOW: MYTHFABLORE—Exploring the myths, fables and folklore that binds mankind’s past to the present. 9 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.

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Literature BOOK SIGNING: DANIEL OROZCO—The creative-writing professor from the University of Idaho will read from and sign copies of his collection of short stories Orientation. See Picks, Page 46. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks. org. BOOK SIGNING: RICO AUSTIN—The author of My Bad Tequila will sign copies of his novel. 5-7 p.m. FREE. The Huddle, 205 N. 10th St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-338-5454.

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT BENEFIT PARTY—Come for music, food and drinks—all in the name of helping BBP raise funds to buy its building. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears Coffeehouse & Noshery, 4714 W. State St.,, Boise, 208275-0017, salttears.com. ROCK AND ROLL BALL—Classical dancers go rock ‘n’ roll for this Ballet Idaho fund raiser. Company dancers will perform original choreography, and guests can enjoy dinner, dancing and drinks. See Picks, Page 46. 6:30 p.m. $125. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-433-0197, powerhouseevent.com.

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ZOOBILEE—Experience an unforgettable evening of extraordinary food from local restaurants, live music, live and silent auctions and zoo experiences. Proceeds from the evening will go to help renovate the sloth bear exhibit. Purchase tickets online or call 208-384-41125. 5:30-10 p.m. $75. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125, zooboise.org.

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Festivals & Events

CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—Featuring someone new each week, from hot young newbies to established stand-up comedians. 8 p.m. $12. China Blue, 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-9515.

BOISE WEEKLY/44 NORTH TAILGATE PARTY—Pre-funk before every Boise State home game with BW and 44 North. 4 p.m. FREE. End Zone, 1010 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-384-0613.

OKLAHOMA—See Thursday. For a chance to win tickets visit boiseweekly.com and click on “Promo.” 6:15 p.m. $18-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.

SATURDAY SEPT. 24

MUSEUM COMES TO LIFE— Watch history come to life as members of the community reenact life as it was in previous eras. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208334-2120, history.idaho.gov.

REDLIGHT VARIETY SHOW: MYTHFABLORE—See Friday. 9 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS— See Thursday. 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10-$40. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000, idahocenter.com.

Concerts

On Stage 39 STEPS—See Wednesday. To win tickets visit boiseweekly. com and click on “Promo.” 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.

LYNN BERG, BARITONE—Berg and guest Del Parkinson on piano will perform works by Lizet and Mahler. Part of the Faculty Artist Series. 7:30 p.m. $3-$5, FREE Boise State students and staff. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, 208-4261609.

Food & Drink

Art

DOG DAY OF SUMMER—A dog show at 3 p.m. and dogs for adoption round out this dogcentric day to benefit the Idaho Humane Society. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. Pop’s Dog House, on Glenwood Street, next to Shorty’s, Garden City, 208 602-9718.

ART SHOW—Check out Lauren McCarter’s paintings, each of which focus on a single element of life and nature and the unique shape of each. 5 p.m. FREE. Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7111, greenchutesboise.com.

OKTOBERFEST—See Friday. 6-10 p.m. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-658-1364, tresbonnescuisine.com.

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Workshops & Classes FALL CONTAINER CLASS— Bring your own pot or purchase one there, and learn how to pick the perfect fall foliage to plant in them. 10 a.m. FREE. FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000. INTRO TO LETTERPRESS—See Wednesday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $50-$75. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538, idahoposterandletterpress.com. VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves. All ages. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, heirloomdancestudio.com.

MERIDIAN LIONS RODEO—Two days of bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, break-away roping, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and more. Meridian Lions Rodeo Park, corner of McDermott Road and Cherry Lane, Meridian, meridianlions.org.

Citizen BOOK SIGNING: RICO AUSTIN—See Friday. Noon-2 p.m. FREE. Boise State University, Bronco Shop bookstore, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-4261000, boisestate.edu.

Sports & Fitness BOISE STATE FOOTBALL—The Broncos take on Tulsa. Wear your orange, blue and white gear. 6 p.m. $22-$53. Bronco Stadium, Boise, 208-426-1000, boisestate.edu. COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE— Dance lessons followed by a social dance. Discounts for students and active military. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7. Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 Diamond St., Boise, 208-3420890, treasurevalleycwda.org.

MOVING PLANET PLAY DAY—The Nampa Rec Center is offering free admission and activities beginning at 8 a.m. Kids get a free bucket of balls at Ridgecrest Golf Club and there is a street fair from 3-6 p.m. downtown with food, games and activities. There will be a rally at City Hall at 2 p.m. See Picks, Page 47. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Nampa, moving-planet.org WELCOME HOME BASH—Show your support for the members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade who recently returned from Iraq. A motorcycle ride will begin at 11 a.m. followed by live music, a show and shine, food and more at 3 p.m. Call 208-949-8732 for more info. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. FREE. Meridian Speedway, 335 E. Main St., Meridian, 208-8882813, meridianspeedway.com.

Farmers Markets CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, capitalcitypublicmarket.com. EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. KUNA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-12 p.m. FREE. 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, Meridian, meridianfarmersmarket.com. NAMPA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located on Front Street and 14th Avenue S. in Lloyd’s Square, Nampa, nampafarmersmarket.com.

Odds & Ends GAME DAY AT THE WINERY— Kick back with a glass of wine and watch the Boise State game on the big screen. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-2869463, woodrivercellars.com.

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Niels Lan Doky Trio Harry Allen Quartet and Rossano Sportiello

Matt Wilson and Arts and Crafts

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8 DAYS OUT SUNDAY SEPT. 25 Festivals & Events EVIL WINE CARNIVAL 2011—Enjoy an evening of mayhem and debauchery featuring local comedians, performance groups and live music, including Goat Head, Scott D. Schmaljohn, The Netson Family and more. There will be food from local vendors. Proceeds benefit Radio Boise. See Picks, Page 46. 4-10 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.

Food & Drink

Odds & Ends

BETWEEN THE VINES HARVEST FESTIVAL—Spend a day at the winery celebrating the harvest with grape stomp competitions, a classic car show, live music, wine tasting and tours. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, FREE for children 10 and younger. Carmela Winery, 795 W. Madison St., Glenns Ferry, 208-366-2313, carmelavineyards.com.

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

Sports & Fitness LEARN TO CURL—The Boise Curling Club is hosting its annual open house, during which attendees can learn the basics of the century-old sport. Register at boisecurlingclub.org. See Picks, Page 47. 6:45-9 p.m. $10. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, idahoiceworld.com.

IDAHO H.O.P.E. FEST—Show your support for the legalization of industrial hemp by attending the inaugural Hemp Offers People Everything Festival. The day will include entertainment, guest speakers, vendors and educational exhibits. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, idahohempfest.com.

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

MONDAY SEPT. 26 Workshops & Classes

MERIDIAN LIONS RODEO—See Saturday. Meridian Lions Rodeo Park, corner of McDermott Road and Cherry Lane, Meridian, meridianlions.org.

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

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39 STEPS—See Wednesday. For a chance to win tickets visit boiseweekly.com and click on “Promo.” 7 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.

TC’S PUCKIN’ GOLF TOURNAMENT—Get a team together and spend a day on the course for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the TVAHA Bantam A youth hockey team. Call 208-899-1640 or email dustrej@q.com for more info. 1 p.m. $65. Purple Sage Golf Course, 15192 Purple Sage Road, Caldwell, 208-459-2223, purplesagegolfcourse.com.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS FUNDRAISER—Featuring music from the Todd Palmer Band. 6 p.m. donations accepted. The Blue Door Cafe, 3300 W. State St., Eagle, 208-938-6123, bluedoorcafe. com.

Concerts Farmers Markets

CRAIG PURDY, VIOLIN, AND PEGGY PURDY, PIANO—Part of the Faculty Artist Series. 4 p.m. $3-$5, FREE for Boise State students and staff. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.

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

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Odds & Ends BOISE OPEN MIC MONDAY— Musicians, poets and comedians are welcome to take their turn on stage. Featuring $2 well drinks, $2.25 PBR pints and $7.50 PBR pitchers. 8 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny Irish Pub and Grill, 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-3435568, hapennybridgepub.com. BOISE UKULELE GROUP—This ukulele group offers instruction and a chance to jam. All levels welcome with no age limit and no membership fees. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lakes Village Senior Center, 650 Arbor Circle, Meridian. LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208336-1313, thebalconyclub.com; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’s-Nampa, 1527 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-461-5330. OPEN MIC NIGHT—6-8 p.m. FREE. Groove Coffee, Espresso & Wine, 1800 N. Locust Grove, Meridian, 208-890-6128. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Participants are invited to work on their public speaking with the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club. Guests and new members are always welcome. For more information, email personalityonpaper@yahoo.com. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208559-4434. TRIVIA NIGHT—The previous week’s losing team gets to pick the new theme every week. Hosted by Matt Bragg. 8 p.m. FREE. Pitchers and Pints, 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208-9061355.

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8 DAYS OUT TUESDAY SEPT. 27

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 28

Food & Drink

Festivals & Events

UNCORKED IN THE GARDEN— Enjoy wine and music in the garden. Local food and wine will be available to purchase. Featuring music from Stillwater and wine from Coiled Wines. 68:30 p.m. FREE members, $3-$5 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—See Wednesday, Sept. 21. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove, Boise, downtownboise.org.

Screen AN EVENING WITH JANE GOODALL—The chimpanzee researcher speaks candidly about her life and work among the chimpanzees she worked so closely with. Celebrity interviews and recently discovered film footage will be shown. Visit fathomevents.com for more info. 6 p.m. $15. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com.

Workshops & Classes ESTATE PLANNING—Get info on the basics of planning your estate. Topics include wills, health-care directives, power of attorney and more. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-888-4451, mld.org. MULTICULTURAL ARTS EDUCTION CLASSES—Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade will explore artifacts from cultures around the world and create artwork inspired by their new knowledge. Class is limited to 15 students. Email will.bogdanoff@ ymcatvidaho.org for more info. 4-5:15 p.m. $65. Sage International School, 457 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7243, sageinternationalschool.org.

On Stage BOB AND TOM COMEDY ALL-STARS—Stand-up comedy featuring Dan Cummins, April Macie, Shane Mauss and Larry Reeb, with special guests Donnie Baker, Kenny Tarmac and Floyd The Trucker. 7:45 p.m. $15-$25. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com. CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST— Boise State theater arts grad Evan Sesek presents an original play. Directed by theater arts professor Mike Baltzell. Call 208426-3957 for more info. 7:30 p.m. $7-$10, FREE for Boise State students. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-4263980, theatre.boisestate.edu.

Food & Drink FALL TAPAS CLASS—Learn how to make tasty mushroom, shrimp and lamb skewers, butternut squash empanadillas and more during this class. You’ll also get to sample wines that compliment the dishes you prepare. 6 p.m. $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.

Workshops & Classes POSTER CLASS—See Wednesday. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35-$50. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538, idahoposterandletterpress.com.

Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage each other’s work. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks. org.

Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers donate time to help build and repair bicycles for those in need. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-4296520, boisebicycleproject.org.

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

Odds & Ends VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO—Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. 7-10 p.m. FREE, Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, vpsidaho.org.

Literature BOOK CLUB—Each month features a new book. Grab the list of titles from the library. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-5624995, boisepubliclibrary.org. THE ECLECTIC READER BOOK GROUP—Join this group for discussions on a wide variety of book selections. The pick for September is Volt by Alan Heathcock. Visit rdbooks.org for more info. 5 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks. org.

Odds & Ends BOOZE CLUES—Trivia and prizes with the one and only E.J. Pettinger. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344. STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT— Test out your routine on patrons during open mic night, hosted by Danny Amspacher. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208322-3430.

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

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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21 ACTIVE CHILD—With Chad Valley. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux ALIVE AFTER FIVE: BILL KIRCHEN—With a.k.a. Belle. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove ATTACKHEAD—With Fools Bane, Black Tooth Grin and Caldera. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room

D.R.I., SEPT. 22, LIQUID Oklahoma! Oklahoma! No, wait. That’s from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It’s Dirty Rotten Imbeciles that is headed to Boise. This Houston, Texas-born band was on its way to becoming an influential thrash metal/crossover thrash band long before it released 1987’s Crossover, from which the crossover thrash genre gets its name. The story goes that original members Kurt and Eric Brecht, Spike Cassidy and Dennis Johnson practiced at the Brecht Bros. house. When Mr. Brecht, aka “The Madman,” would arrive home he would find the walls shaking from the loud, aggressive music and throw the boys out, shouting, “...you bunch of dirty, rotten imbeciles.” In the years since D.R.I. first infuriated The Madman, the band has continued to create face-melting music and remain an authentic underground act. And D.R.I.’s influence is undeniable: Do a Google search of the band’s skanking pedestrian logo and see the legions of fans who sport it on their skin. —Amy Atkins With Raid! and N.F.F.U. $12 adv. $15 door. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-287-5379, 1332records.com.

THURSDAY SEPT. 22

FRIDAY SEPT. 23

ARM AND HAMMERS TOUR— Featuring Planet Asia, Strong Arm Steady and Self Scientific. 9 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Reef.

BLUE CINEMA—9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet

BLUE OCTOBER—With IAmDynamite. 8 p.m. $28-$65. Knitting Factory

CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—10 p.m. $5. Reef GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

STEADY RUSH—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub STEREO OUTCAST—Featuring Dayne 5150 and Soundwave. 9 p.m. $6-$10. Knitting Factory TAYLOR’S BENEFIT CONCERT— Featuring Low-Fi, Actual Depiction, Jar and more. 7 p.m. $10 donation. Linen Building TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

COBRA SKULLS—With Hotel Chelsea, Strings and Chemicals and Radillac. 9 p.m. $8. Red Room

THE JACKS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES—With Raid! and N.F.F.U. See Listen Here, this page. 9 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Liquid

JOE BUCK YOURSELF—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

SATURDAY SEPT. 24

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

ACTUAL DEPICTION—10 p.m. $5. Reef

GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE: SWIFT N SASSY—6:30 p.m. $7 members, $10 general. IBG

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid

BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears

GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

GREAT WHITE BUFFALO—9 p.m. $3 donation accepted. Grainey’s Basement

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

KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

PERIPHERY—With The Human Abstract, Textures and more. 7 p.m. $13 adv., $15 door. The Venue

MIDDLE CLASS RUT—7 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory

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

CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub CLUB ZUMBA—9:30 p.m. $5 before 9 p.m. Hannah’s DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

NOAH KADRE—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle THE QUARTERTONS—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper WHITE WATER RAMBLE—9 p.m. $3. Liquid

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MC CHRIS—With MC Lars, Mega Ran and Adam WarRock. See Listen Here, Page 55. 7 p.m. $12 adv., $14 door. Neurolux REBECA SUAREZ—7 p.m. FREE. The Modern

JEREMIAH JAMES—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

BLISTERED EARTH—8 p.m. $8$15. Knitting Factory ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

THE QUARTERTONS—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

ESC—9 p.m. $5, or $3 with canned food donation. Red Room Tavern

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Hannah’s

JEREMIAH JAMES—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid

JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Vista

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

KOPECKY FAMILY BAND—With Hollow Wood. 7 p.m. $8. The Venue

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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE THE MOONDOGGIES—With Romany Rye. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux POP CULT KIDS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SHON SANDERS WITH AMY WEBER—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

MONDAY SEPT. 26 BEN BURDICK—9 p.m. FREE. Bouquet THE BODY—With Braveyoung, Deadlight Effect and Jump Jets. 9 p.m. $6. Red Room BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

SUNDAY SEPT. 25 BISON B.C.—With Fight Amp and Oilslave. 9 p.m. $8. Red Room GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers PENGILLY’S ALL-STARS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

MERLE HAGGARD AND KRIS KRISTOFFERSON—7:30 p.m. $57.50-$77.50. Morrison Center PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— Featuring Camden Hughes and Sam Strother. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers VETIVER—With Mickey the Jump. 8 p.m. $9 adv., $10 door. Flying M Coffeegarage

REVOLT REVOLT—8 p.m. $TBA. VAC SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement X ROCKTOBER FEST 2011— Featuring Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains and more. 7:30 p.m. $29.75. Taco Bell Arena

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TUESDAY SEPT. 27 DAVID RAMIREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny.

JESSE SYKES AND THE SWEET HEREAFTER—6 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Curb Bar KEVIN KIRK—With Wendi Phelps and Dan Costello. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LOUIS LOGIC AND OPEN MIC EAGLE—10 p.m. $5. Reef. OLD TIME JAM SESSION—6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s OSO NEGRO CD RELEASE PARTY—With Phil A, Charles Engles and the Family Matters, Damien Noir, Tha Lost and Found and DJ Rukus. 9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement RIZING REZISTANCE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 28 400 BLOWS—8 p.m. $5. VAC ALIVE AFTER FIVE: JESSE SYKES AND THE SWEET HEREAFTER— With Low-Fi. 5 p.m. FREE. The Grove AN HORSE—With Dark Swallows. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux ANDY FRASCO—9:30 p.m. FREE. Reef. CLUB ZUMBA—9:30 p.m. $5 before 9 p.m. Hannah’s GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

RUSS PFEIFER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

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

TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

LIQUID’S THIRD BIRTHDAY BASH—7 p.m. FREE. Liquid

UNCORKED IN THE GARDEN— Featuring Stillwater. 6 p.m. FREE members, $3-$5 nonmembers. IBG

PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel

WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78’S—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

POLAR BEAR CLUB—With Fireworks, Balance and Composure, and Such Gold. 6 p.m. $12. The Venue REBECCA SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

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MC CHRIS, SEPT. 22, NEUROLUX Not too many MCs follow the MC appellation with something so simple, but then not too many MCs sound like they spend their days submerged in a helium tank. MC Chris is somewhat of an enigma. MC Chris, aka Christopher Ward, is as much comedy as he is hip-hop. His high voice, alt-aesthetic and high intellect have made him a valuable commodity outside of his hip-hop following. Film director Kevin Smith featured an MC Chris song in Zack and Miri Make a Porno and the MC wrote the theme song for Smith’s popular podcast, the SModcast. MC Chris is also a favorite with Adult Swim fans. He voiced Aqua Teen Hunger Force character MC Pee Pants, as well as the acerbic, self-unaware Hesh Hepplewhite on Sealab 2021. MC Chris is letting his geek flag fly and touring behind his seventh release, Race Wars (Sept. 2011, self-released). Check out “Jelly Inside.” —Amy Atkins With MC Lars, Mega Ran and Adam WarRock. 8 p.m., $12. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., neurolux.com.

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BW FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN RETREAT This extraordinary one of a kind home on 3 fenced acres. $184,900. Call David 208-3423046. IdahoCityHomes.com

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FURNITURE...MUST SEE 80” ROSEWOOD LONGEVITY OVAL Dining Table with 8 chairs, service cart with serving tray and full protective table cover, $1700. 70” WALTER OF WALBASH 1960’s Drop Leaf Maple Dining Table Custom-made with 2 removal leaves, $165. MAPLE DROP LEAF Coffee Table, $75. 42” ROUND Table, $75. 1960’s THOMASVILLE BAMBOOSTYLE DRESSER 5 drawers, $249. PINEWOOD HAND-MADE STORAGE CHEST with secret

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LIBBY: 2-year-old female pit bull terrier mix. House-trained and good with dogs and older children. Loves to work for treats. (Kennel 308- #10459495)

CINDY: 2-year-old female Lab. Sweet dog who wants to be indoors with a committed owner. Crate-trained and good with dogs. (Kennel 305- #13866358)

SAVANNAH: 2-yearold female domestic medium-hair cat. Outgoing, independent girl. Litterbox-trained. Talkative. Large size. (Kennel 107- #13879111)

CODY: 2-year-old male domestic shorthair/Siamese mix. Reserved, handsome cat. Enjoys quiet attention. (Kennel 02- #13910620)

SMOKEY: 5-month-old male domestic shorthair. Very talkative and mischievous. Enjoys playing with toys and other kittens. (Kennel 14- #13389127)

NOVALEE: 8-monthold female Lab mix. Active, athletic dog. Would benefit from daily exercise. Good with other dogs. (Kennel 310- #13938846)

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MOUSSAKKA: Extralarge tabby boy with extra love to give.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I have a simple philosophy,” said Alice Roosevelt Longworth, a selfdescribed hedonist who lived until the age of 96. “Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.” That’s not an approach I recommend you pursue all the time, Aries, but I think it could be both wise and fun for you to do so in the coming weeks. Given the astrological omens, you have a mandate to find out where the most interesting action is, and dive in with the intent to generate even more action. The catalysts need another catalyst like you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A guy on reddit.com posted a photo that made me think of you. He had been out walking in the wilds of Ontario, Canada, and found a single ripe peach growing on a scraggly, skinny tree in the middle of an abandoned quarry. There were no other peach trees in sight, let alone peaches. I suspect that when you find beauty and sustenance in the coming days, Taurus, they will be in similar situations: unexpected and unlikely. That doesn’t mean they’ll be any less sweet. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you’ve ever been to a flavortripping party, you’ve eaten “miracle fruit”—berries with the scientific name Synsepalum dulcificum. They coat your tongue with a substance that makes all subsequent foods taste sweet. The effect lasts no more than an hour, but while it does, lemons, radishes and pickles may as well be desserts. Be alert for a metaphorical version of the miracle fruit, Gemini. There’s an influence coming your way that could temporarily make everything else seem extra delectable. As long as you’re aware of what’s happening, it will be a quirky blessing. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Born in Austria, Susanne Wenger became a high priestess of the Yoruba religion in Nigeria. When she died in 2009 at the age of 93, she had devoted the last 50-plus years of her life to protecting and beautifying a sacred forest in the Osogbo area. It’s hard for most of us to imagine loving a place as much as she did, but that’s what I’m encouraging you to do. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will accrue unforeseen benefits by becoming more deeply connected to a special patch of earth. To do so will awaken a dormant part of your soul. It could also advance one of your lifelong quests, which is to feel ever-more at home in the world. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Personally, I’m always ready to learn,” said Winston Churchill. “Although I do not always like being taught.” You may soon find yourself sharing that paradoxical

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state of mind, Leo. It’s time for you to receive the new teachings you have been unconsciously preparing yourself to absorb. But at least in the early stages, these useful lessons may get on your nerves or make you squirm. Stick with them. Keep the faith. Sooner or later, your crash course will become enjoyable. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Our job is to become more and more of what we are,” said poet Marvin Bell. “The growth of a poet seems to be related to his or her becoming less and less embarrassed about more and more.” Whether or not you’re a poet, Virgo, I would like to apply this gauge to your own growth. The way I see it, your power to claim your birthright and fulfill your destiny will ultimately hinge to a significant degree on your ability to shed all residual shame about your true nature. And guess what: There has never been a better time to work on that noble project than right now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your theme for the week comes from travel writer Stephen Graham in his book The Gentle Art of Tramping: “As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged on the shingly beach of a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.” I can’t wait to see the expression on your face when a portal like that appears for you sometime in the near future, Libra. I expect your mood will be a mix of surprise, humility, vindication, joy and a pleasant kind of shock. By the way, you won’t necessarily have to be out in nature in order to become aware of the opening door. But it will probably be crucial for you to simulate the state that nature evokes in you. That’s why I suggest you rev up your aptitude for innocence and make sure your sense of wonder is turned on full blast. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): More than a 100 years ago, a team of British adventurers led by Ernest Shackleton trekked across Antarctica, attempting to reach the South Pole. They ran out of supplies and had to turn back before reaching their goal. In 2006, modern-day explorers discovered a cache of stuff Shackleton had been forced to leave behind, stashed in the ice. It included two cases of whiskey. Some of the century-old liquor found its way back to England, where it was quaffed by a few daring souls eager for an exotic taste. I suspect you may soon stumble upon a metaphorically similar curiosity, Scorpio: something like old spirits preserved in ice. My advice: Try a small sample and wait a while to see what effect it has before imbibing the whole thing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Punk musician Wesley Willis was fond of greeting friends and audience members alike with a headbutt. So prolific was he in employing this ritual that he developed a permanent callus on his forehead. Now would be an excellent time for you to make this tradition your own, Sagittarius. Just think of all the affection you’ll generate and all the great conversations you’ll stimulate by ramming people. Just kidding! I was exaggerating a bit. It’s true that now is an excellent time to ramp up your friendliness and expand your social reach, but you probably shouldn’t engage in full-tilt headbutting unless you’re extroverted, gregarious and so extravagantly charming you can get away with it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Japan you can buy Vaam, a sports energy drink that contains hornet saliva. It acquired a legendary reputation after Japanese marathon runner Naoko Takahashi said she used it to propel herself to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics. Vaam’s creator, biochemist Takashi Abe, claims there is scientific evidence that it works as well for humans as it does for wasps, which fly as much as 70 miles a day. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the cosmos will be infusing you with a metaphorical version of hornet saliva in the coming weeks, Capricorn. You’ll have the power to go further and be stronger for longer periods of time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I gathered together a panel of renegade astrologers to investigate your imminent future. By a unanimous vote, they designated you, out of all the signs of the zodiac, as the one “Most Likely to Exceed the Boring Limitations of Good Taste,” as well as “Best Candidate to Slap the Conventional Wisdom Upside the Head.” That sounds fun. I hope you make good use of the freedom that those roles entail. By the way, the general consensus also suggested that you are primed to find valuable stuff in out-of-the-way borderlands or in off-limits haunts where no one else even wants to look. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’re on course for a warm, wet, soft collision with the enigmas of the libido. I urge you to give yourself fully to the exploration, even if it stirs up feelings you have no names for. In my opinion, the best way to use your intelligence right now is to undertake a rigorous investigation into the heights and depths of your passion, to experiment with new guidelines for your instinctual nature and to make yourself extra receptive to the spiritual teachings available through erotic communion.

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