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TAK EE E ON E! FEATURE 13
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE Drilling into the ﬁnancial woes of the company planning to frack Idaho 1ST THURSDAY 27
MAP AND LISTINGS Plan your art attack SCREEN 36
CLOONEY’S BIG BUDGET POLITICAL POTBOILER ... And what Clooney told BW about it REC 37
BIRD BRAINED Are stocked pheasant hunts the way to go?
“Basically, we were pied in the face.”
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NOTE THE NEWS GOES ON It takes us all summer to put two Best of Boise issues together, and when we’re done we all just want to put the next issue on the back burner and move vacation to the front burner. Clearly that’s not happening this week. Not only do we have a heathy page count (golf claps for the sales team), but we’ve scrounged up some words to ﬁll those pages that make for some darn interesting reading. First up is News Editor George Prentice’s Bridge Under Troubled Waters. Prentice has been reporting on Bridge Resources, the company that hopes to build a natural gas extraction plant in Payette County, since last summer when it sank 11 wells into the ground. As the story developed— from drilling to regulatory hearings to the dissent from locals in Planning and Zoning meetings—Prentice has kept a close eye on the story. In fact, he’s often been the only media rep in the room as the story was happening. In this issue, he takes a peek behind the curtain to have a look at the wizard. This week being First Thursday, this edition of BW is pretty art heavy. Start with Tara Morgan’s account of Kirsten Furlong’s new exhibit at the Linen Building, then dig into new writer Jana Moseley’s piece on the life and work of Robert Auth. Next up: First Thursday listings will help you get around downtown so that you don’t miss the shows and shopping you really want to see. To those of you who joined us on Oct. 2 at the Best of Boise party, thanks for hanging out. I hope you won a sweet prize and enjoyed those salty chocolate chip cookies everyone was raving about. Your next opportunity to hang out with us: Wednesday, Nov. 2, for our annual Cover Auction. Details to come. On a ﬁnal note, I’d like to take a moment to say goodbye to A&E Editor Amy Atkins, who enjoyed her ﬁrst ofﬁcial day of BW retirement on Oct. 3. After eight years of the insanity of BWHQ (which, in real-world years is more like 80), Atkins has decided to see what else the world has in store for her. Also making a ﬁnal appearance in our staff box this week is Heather Lile, who will join us on a freelance basis from here on out. Thanks for your hard work, ladies. You’re both already missed. —Rachael Daigle
COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Molly Hill TITLE: High Wire MEDIUM: Acrylic/collage on paper ARTIST STATEMENT: My paintings are much like the stories that children make up as they go along. Sometimes they’re whoppers, and sometimes they’re just little ditties to entertain and amuse you. It’s a high wire act, performing without a safety net. There’s always a beginning and middle but the ending is often like a fish out of water and just as slippery.
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MONEY FOR NOTHIN’ The AP reported that Canyon County Republican Sens. John McGee and Curt McKenzie collect housing reimbursement— typically given to legislators who travel to Boise from far-ﬂung parts of Idaho when the Legislature is in session—though both live less than 30 miles from the Statehouse.
AIRLIFTING THE CHAIRLIFT Bogus Basin began the process of installing a new high-speed chairlift to replace the old Superior Chair. Check out video of the heli operation at Cobweb.
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EDITOR’S NOTE BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS Waterline means big problems for Hill Road business CITYDESK CITIZEN FEATURE Bridge Under Troubled Waters BW PICKS FIND 8 DAYS OUT SUDOKU FIRST THURSDAY Remembering artist Robert Auth FIRST THURSDAY LISTINGS Event guide and map NOISE Neon Indian MUSIC GUIDE ARTS Kristen Furlong’s Alaskan adventure SCREEN Ides of March REC Stocking the ﬁelds with pheasants FOOD Reincarnation of North Idaho wine country WINE SIPPER FOOD REVIEW R & R Public House CLASSIFIEDS NYT CROSSWORD FREEWILL ASTROLOGY
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HOLTON HEARS A WHA’? Cope critiques a critic The following is a letter I received in response to the column “The Never-Ending 9/11” (BW, Opinion, Sept. 7, 2011): Sept. 11, 2011/Editors, Boise Weekly/ He is loose again!/ Bill Cope is out of his cage./ Do something!!!!/ He calls our leaders liars, but offer [sic] no proof or evidence of lies./ He calls our leaders criminals, but sites [sic] no laws broken./ He calls our leaders inept, but cannot deny all decisions were made with the best intentions./ He can write a whole article on 9/11 and does not blame bin Laden, or al-Qaida, or the Taliban, or even Saddam Hussein for the evil in this world./ He prefers to blame us, and he seems to enjoy it./ Give him a new job like delivering papers. At the bottom was scrawled the single name “Holton.” No other personal information was provided. If you don’t know what I wrote that has Holton so ﬁred up, you can ﬁnd that column on BW’s website. (For your convenience, I would reprint the whole thing here, today. But were I to rerun that entire column, it would leave no room for either Holton’s letter or what I intend to say about Holton’s letter. You can see that, can’t you?) I once again admit a mistake in “The Never-Ending 9/11” that still has me embarrassed. I was about 1 million percent sure that the attack came on a Thursday. There was no question in my mind, not until my error was pointed out in a nice note from a Philadelphia fellow visiting Boise. Even then, I was ready to email back and insist 9/11/01 was a Thursday. Good thing I checked. Gad, for a while there, you could have boiled water on my cheeks. But that blunder isn’t what has Holton upset, and from the tone of his letter, I’m pretty certain that had he caught the error himself, he wouldn’t have been shy about mentioning it. No, Holton had other concerns, insinuating (“… Cope is out of his cage”) that I am either a dangerous animal, insane, a convict or all of the above. I am not much bothered by this sort of contrived mockery. It’s typical of a certain strain of humor that is A) usually lifted from other sources as some people ﬁnd it impossible to come up with anything original to say themselves, and B) isn’t funny anyway, therefore making the insulter look even more foolish than the insultee. It was what followed that lame opening that convinced me I could get another column—this column—out of the letter. You see, I have always trusted my readers to be generally informed. Most of the people I know (and from what I can gather, most of the people they know) are at least moderately aware of the events, the lowdown, the rumors, the facts, the scuttlebutt, the info—in short, the news—that seeps into one’s brain as we stumble through the days. I rely on that commonalty of awareness when I write these columns. I would not be doing this if I felt I had to backﬁll every remark with every pos-
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sible component that led to me making that remark. In other words, don’t count on me to bring you up to date. I have a responsibility to layer a perspective over what we already know. You, dear reader, have a responsibility to know a thing or two. It is precisely that responsibility (to know something) that Holton seems to have neglected. For instance, he says “[Cope] calls our leaders liars.” No, no, no, Holton, not “our leaders” as a generic group. I assumed anyone reading that piece would know it was George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld … that whole foul mob … that I called liars. I also assumed readers would be at least peripherally aware that the lies and misrepresentations have been documented extensively, often from people within that administration. And Holton, when you insist no laws were broken, evidently you never heard of the Valerie Plame affair or the hubbub over habeas corpus and torture, to mention just a fraction of the illegal activity. Or when you scold me for calling those bums incompetent and make the excuse that “all decisions were made with the best intentions,” you must explain whose “best intentions” were served by fabricating evidence against Iraq when everyone but the Fox dopes knew that regime had nothing to do with 9/11? Or dumping billions of dollars down the craphole of private contractor fraud, waste and theft … for whom was that intended to be best? My point being, Holton, the history you missed has been known to most of us for years now. Perhaps if you read any one of the books dealing with the violations of law, morality and public trust—I’d start with The Eleventh Day by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan—it might bring you up somewhat closer to speed. Now, as to the accusation I blamed us instead of bin Laden, et al, for the evil, I believe you misread the column, Holton. I reread it carefully, just to make certain that out of the two of us, it wasn’t me who has his head up his ass, and I could ﬁnd no substance to what you say I said. I did say there were Americans who took shameful advantage of the opportunity that 9/11 presented. But never did I blame us for that power grab and proﬁteering. I didn’t do it. None of my friends did it. No one I respect did it. Finally, as to me getting a different job at BW—you suggested I be reassigned to delivering papers—I checked with my bosses and they assured me they are content that I continue doing what I’ve done since I started writing these opinions—i.e., delivering readers. And Holton, here in the early stages of the current campaign to decide the nation’s future, I need to thank you for giving me yet another opportunity to remind those readers what a nightmare we were dragged into the last time we chose people who knew so little to lead the way. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
OCCUPY MAIN STREET A coming out party for America’s new radicals Occupy Wall Street, in its second week as of this writing, is and was important. It is the ﬁrst major street protest inspired by the economic collapse. It is also the ﬁrst notable public repudiation of President Barack Obama by the left. Inspired by the Arab Spring, the Canadian “culture jammer” magazine Adbusters asked people to converge on the ﬁnancial district to protest corporate greed and to develop one speciﬁc major demand. Several thousand were turned away from Wall Street by NYPD ofﬁcers. A few hundred demonstrators, dominated by the scruffy white 20-something hipsters, wound up at Zuccotti Park. There they remain, noshing on pizza, hanging out, hoping to replicate Cairo’s Tahrir Square while remaining committed to “absolute nonviolence in the Gandhian tradition,” as Adbusters commanded. Occupy Wall Street seems to be ﬁzzling out. For me and other jaded veterans of leftist struggle, failure was a foregone conclusion. From the opening words of the magazine’s updates, which referred to participants as “dreamers, jammers, rabble-rousers and revolutionaries,” it was evident that yet another opportunity to agitate for real change was being wasted by well-meant wankers. Michael Moore complained about insufﬁcient media coverage, but this non-movement movement was doomed before it began by its refusal to coalesce around a powerful message, failure to organize and involve the actual victims of Wall Street’s perﬁdy, and its refusal to argue and appeal on behalf of a beleaguered working class—in other words, to settle for nothing less than the eradication of capitalism.
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Don’t just occupy Wall Street. Occupy Main Street. After all, college kid, it’s not just your struggle. While a lack of political education should not preclude a person from participating in politics, organizers should make sure they don’t waste the whole time strumming a guitar and ﬂirting. Zuccotti Park should have offered daily classes and study groups to reduce the odds that an attendee will sound like a moron when questioned by a journalist. “I’m not for interference [with wealthy people],” The New York Times quoted protester Anna Sluka. “I hope this all gets people who have a lot, to think: I’m not going to go to Barcelona for three weeks. I’m going to sponsor a small town in need.” Earth to Anna: Rich people know poor people are suffering. They don’t care. Also, lose the clown clothes. It’s not the early 1960s. How about showing up on national TV looking decent, like it’s casual Friday? Revolutionaries should not expect fair coverage by media outlets owned by the corporations they hope to overthrow. They also shouldn’t make themselves so easy to mock. Press accounts reveled in photos of topless women and the dudes on stilts who always show up at these things. A protest is a stage. Ideally you want viewers to come join you. At bare minimum, you want them to approve of you. Reporters quoted demonstrators who sounded as ignorant about current affairs as members of the Tea Party, albeit nicer. History has proven that an 12 absolute commitment to nonviolence can never effect radical change. This
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CITYDESK/NEWS MACY’S CONSIDERED AS OPTION FOR YEAR-ROUND MARKET
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Something old and something new have entered the conversation swirling around the possibility of a year-round Capital City Public Market. “Something old” is the former location of Macy’s at 10th and Idaho streets, which has sat empty since its March 2010 closure. Citydesk has learned that a local developer is about to close on a deal with Macy’s to take over the 118,000-squarefoot building. Additionally, the developer has had conversations with CCPM representatives about the possibility of at least part of the space hosting a year-round indoor component for the downtown market. In fact, Todd Bunderson, interim executive director of the Capital City Development Corporation, informed the CCDC board on Sept. 12 that his staff had “been in consultation with Boise City about including the [Macy’s] property as a candidate site in the permanent farmers market assessment currently under way.” “It’s a natural place to look at,” Cece Gassner, Boise’s assistant for economic development, told Citydesk. “[The developer] said, ‘Sure, it could be great.’ But that’s just one of ﬁve or six different options.” Gassner said the main thing CCPM ofﬁcials want citizens to know is that by no means would they abandon an outdoor market. “It’s a total hit the way it is now. People love it,” she said. The “something new” element that has entered the discussion concerns the newly created Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture, which has just been granted a nonproﬁt status. ICSA, which has a mission of supporting local-food systems, has joined the Capital City Public Market to turn to an outside consultant, studying the feasibility of an allseasons market (BW, Food News,“Exploring the Possibility of a Year Round Farmers Market, Aug. 3, 2011). The city of Boise is funding the study with $24,500 from its Economic Development Fund. “These are monies that the city receives from leasing its rail properties to Union Paciﬁc,” said Gassner. “It’s not from the general fund. It’s not taxpayer money.” Ted Spitzer, president of Market Ventures from Portland, Maine, is spearheading the feasibility survey. Spitzer has already spent some time in Boise, meeting with stakeholders, market vendors and customers. “This is what he does,” said Gassner. “He knows what works and what doesn’t. He literally wrote the book on how to run a public market. If you talk to a lot of people around the country, they say, ‘Here’s our guide,’ and it’s usually a book by Spitzer.” Spitzer’s initial report is expected to be completed in approximately three weeks but don’t expect a year-round market anytime soon. “Oh gosh, I would be shocked if it did,” said Gassner, who insisted that the city wouldn’t be picking up the tab for such a considerable effort. “We wanted to help out to get the process started,” she said. “But now is the time for [ICSA and the Capital City Public Market] to seize hold of this. They should be the entities to move this forward.” —George Prentice
HELL ROAD New water mainline project blamed for crippling nursery GEORGE PRENTICE Sometime in November—United Water ofﬁcials aren’t sure exactly when—thousands of Boise residents living north and west of Hill Road will be under pressure: the kind of pressure they like, from showers and sprinklers. But the same pipeline that will shoot higher water pressure up Hill Road is also to blame for a different kind of pressure—the kind under which two local entrepreneurs have watched their business circle the drain. “The day they started construction, our sales dropped about 75 percent compared to last year,” said Lindsay Schramm, co-owner of the North End Organic Nursery. Schramm looked out her ofﬁce window to an empty parking lot and hundreds of plants, selling for 50 percent off. “Two Mondays ago, we had a $22 day.” Her voice softened to a whisper. “Yeah, $22.” As quiet as it was at the nursery, the commotion about 100 yards away was earth shattering—literally. Owyhee Construction crews working for United Water, continued to pile-drive through Hill Road. The $1.9-million project, which will put more than 7,000 feet of 24-inch water main under Hill Road from Harrison Boulevard to 36th Street, was in its ﬁnal stages. But for the owners of North End Organic Nursery, their plight will get worse before it gets better. “We just got word that they’re going to shut off a stretch of the road again from Oct. 4-7,” said Elisa Clark, the nursery’s co-owner. “We honestly don’t know what to do anymore.” United Water’s initial plans never would have hindered any business, inconvenienced any motorists, or even dug up any of Hill Road. In fact, the company’s Plan A was to bring huge amounts of water closer to its customers without having to push it through a new mainline up Hill Road. “We thought the best solution would be to build a reservoir, a huge storage tank, at the top of Hill Road,” said Mark Snider, public affairs manager for United Water. “That way, we could have ﬁlled it during off-peak hours—overnight—and in the morning gravity from the reservoir could feed the homes. Everybody would have had the right pressure. It would have drained and we could ﬁll it up again overnight.” But Snider said after exhaustive negotiations, United Water couldn’t come to an agreement with a private landowner to secure a site in the Boise Foothills. “So our engineers had to make a decision to get water into that area,” said Snider. “By the way, our No. 1 priority is ﬁre protection,
Lindsay Schramm (left) and Elisa Clark (right) opened the North End Organic Nursery in November 2009.
and if the pressure is not adequate then we need to address that as soon as possible.” United Water isn’t replacing an existing water mainline beneath Hill Road. There was never one there in the ﬁrst place. “Water service to the Foothills and north of Hill Road has been coming in on, let’s say, surface streets,” said Snider. “We’re putting in the equivalent of an underground interstate.” The project got under way in September 2010, but construction crews ran into a rather large underground challenge. “We got a pretty big surprise,” said Snider. “We found an underground canal that nobody knew about. That was right about 20th Street. Needless to say, we had to stop the project, and rethink things with a plan to start again in the spring of 2011.” “I started making phone calls in the spring,” Schramm remembered. “I knew those construction crews could start anytime, running right in front of our business. So we asked for a meeting with everyone involved.” Representatives from the nursery and United Water sat down with ofﬁcials from the Ada County Highway District, which governs all things from curb to curb, including construction. “United Water put a map in front of us and said they were going to close down the whole road,” said Schramm. “We were shocked because we were being informed but not consulted. I said they were going to put a brand new business to death.” Schramm and Clark bought the property and opened an abbreviated season in the fall of 2009. Their ofﬁcial grand opening was the spring of 2010. Selling plants, soils and fertilizers, Clark said the nursery is the only one of its kind in the Northwest. “But basically, we were pied in the face,” said Schramm. “When they told us they were going to shut down the road, they just walked away. That’s when I called
my lawyer.” John Runft of Runft and Steele in Boise said he has known Lindsay Schramm for years. “Like a lot of small businesses, they didn’t have the funds to litigate this matter,” said Runft. “I encouraged them to communicate ﬁrst with ACHD. And I have to tell you, she was rather successful through ACHD to get the water company to change some of their plans.” Schramm said through signiﬁcant leverage from the highway district, United Water agreed to keep at least one lane of Hill Road open through much of the construction. “We must tell you that the folks at ACHD have been angels,” said Schramm. “The new director at ACHD, Bruce Wong, has really been our advocate. United Water gave him the same speech, but he said, ‘Uh-uh. You’re not going to tell us what to do.’ So he made sure at least one lane of trafﬁc was open.” But Schramm said the limited trafﬁc has still done signiﬁcant damage to the business. “When we see people in downtown Boise, they tell us, ‘I didn’t even think you were open,’ or ‘I just don’t want to go down Hill Road anymore,’” said Schramm. “It has just gotten worse and worse. It is such a nightmare to get through here.” Schramm asked United Water for some kind of help in advertising to help her struggling business but to no avail. “We had done other projects like this previously, and we just didn’t feel that in this case that was an appropriate use of our dollars,” said Snider. “We just weren’t going to be able to assist them with any promotion.” For now, Schramm and Clark said their business is limping to the end of a horrible season. They said they’ll try to open a Christmas tree shop later this year, but they just can’t commit to the spring of 2012 yet. “We don’t know if we’ll have the cash on hand to reopen,” said Schramm. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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CLAUDIA NELSON Grandma gumshoe puts Ponzi schemers behind bars TARA MORGAN
How did you ﬁrst get involved with the Millennium Group? Through a friend of my husband’s who said that he had this fabulous business deal for us with this fabulous man who was just amazing. That was through the Mormon church? Yes, he had been a Mormon seminary teacher, and at the time, I was quite active in the church. I used to write lessons for the whole worldwide church at one time, so this was a big deal. Did you have to pay money to join? Yeah. It was $8,900 to become part of the group.
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And that wasn’t a red ﬂag to begin with? It’s so interesting, people have asked me, “Did you have any red ﬂags; did you have any idea?” The answer to that is, “yes and no.” At an eagle level, no, because I wanted to see it one way; at a spiritual level, yes, I did because when I ﬁrst heard him speak, I got an image of a riverboat gambler with his face with a mustache slipping a card up his sleeve. And do you know what I did? I said, “Oh, I must’ve got the wrong impression. A riverboat gambler can’t do what he says he can do.” And that’s the way the mind works when you’re vulnerable … I was vulnerable because I thought, “Well, if I can just get this high interest that he promised us.” Which was how much? It was 10 percent a month and then it kept changing … I thought “then I can give my kids each $100,000 and maybe that will soften the blow of breaking up this Mormon family, this temple-marriage Mormon family.” How much money did you initially invest? I initially invested $100,000, but guess what? I sold my gold at $200 an ounce and now gold is $1,788 an ounce, last time I checked. So although I put $100,000 into it, I actually lost about $800,000 because my gold was my retirement. When did you start to realize that things weren’t what had been promised? It was real gradual. I kept kind of zeroing-in on him and asking questions of [Cope.] And ﬁnally I said to him … “Denny, there’s a problem here. I’m going to mobilize these people to do a big group prayer.” … He said, “Oh, that’s wonderful,” but then I never heard from him
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After Claudia Nelson’s mother and sister were murdered in 1990, she broke off her 32-year-long traditional Mormon marriage, something she said was “almost worse than the murders in a Mormon society.” Nelson then embarked on a spiritual journey that took her to the jungles of Peru and the canyons of the Sierra Madres. But tragedy struck again when Nelson and her second husband wound up in an international Ponzi scheme that depleted her retirement savings. Not one to give up, Nelson decided to take down her con-ers— Dennis Cope and his investment ﬁrm, the Millennium Group. She waged an eight-year battle in her former home state of Arizona—with the help of the FBI and a “deep-throat” source—to put Cope behind bars, which ﬁnally happened in 2009. Nelson recently published Rising from Ashes: Discover your Hidden Power Through Adversity, which details her journey.
… I called him and said, “Something’s wrong here; I’m going to the Attorney General’s Ofﬁce and get us some help.” He said, “Claudia, just give me six months to try to straighten this out, and if I can’t, I’ll go with you because I’m one of the biggest investors.” Of course, after six months, I called him and he said he was going to be out of town. I said, “No way, Denny, I’m going without you.” And that’s when he said, “You can’t do a thing to us; we have friends in high places.” And that’s when I knew for sure. So, after this phone call in which he basically threatens you, what was your next step? It made me mad. That’s when I said, “Denny, you watch what can happen when a group of women get together.” … When I set my mind to something, I’m a bulldog. In fact, in my ofﬁce I have this sign … It’s a stork swallowing a frog and the frog’s got his hands around the stork’s neck refusing to be swallowed ... I guess I’ve got myself programmed like that. I just couldn’t give up; that’s why the FBI couldn’t even believe that I stuck with it for eight years. What happened in those eight years? How did you gather information on what these people had been doing? This is very interesting. I had a deep 12 throat … I had a person that had been pretty involved and knew the insides
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RALL CON’T was shown again on Sept. 23, when police used orange plastic nets to “kettle” and arrest about 80 Occupy Wall Streeters who had been marching peacefully through Greenwich Village. According to numerous witnesses and media accounts, none resisted. Cops went wild, beating several men bloody and macing at least one woman after she had been cuffed. Sadly too many people will look at the YouTube videos and say to themselves: I’m willing to suffer for a cause, not a scene. In July, Adbusters wanted the “one simple demand” to be “that Barack Obama ordain a presidential commission tasked with ending the inﬂuence money has over our representatives in Washington.” What do we want? A bipartisan blueribbon commission to study campaign ﬁnance reform! When do we want it? When the committee completes its work! That uninspiring demand has been set aside in favor of something hardly worth taking a rubber bullet for: “a vague but certain notion that the richest percentile of the country remains fat and happy as the goingon-5-year-old recession continues to batter the middle and working class,” as The New York 7
Observer put it. They should have demanded something majestic, reasonable and unobtainable. Like the nationalization of all corporations or the abolition of securities exchanges. The aggregated wealth of the superrich has been stolen from the rest of us. We should not ask them to give some of it back. We should take it all, then jail them. Rich people are bad people. Someone has to say it out loud. Street demonstrations have always relied on a sense of menace. The rich and powerful never relinquish prerogatives voluntarily. Only violence or the credible threat of violence can force them to give up what they stole. Despite the protesters’ many missteps, which were inevitable due to their lack of experience and political seasoning, the Occupy Wall Streeters should be commended. Sure, they did some stupid things. But they have taken a ﬁrst step into history. See you in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, when the October2011.org coalition will begin the occupation of Freedom Square near the White House. Our demand is simple: We will not leave until the last occupation soldier and mercenary is withdrawn from U.S.-occupied Afghanistan.
CITIZEN CON’T and outs … I was given information from this person and then because my name was in the newspaper [in a 2005 article in Forbes], I was given information from the U.K., I was getting it from Japan … I pretty much was the one that kept at it and held it together and got the information. 10
So, you got together with other people who had been defrauded and you all sent information directly to the FBI? No, I became the contact person for the FBI and worked directly with them and they sent all the information from me. They check people out and they checked me out and found out the worst I’ve ever had is a parking ticket. Well, I’ve had speeding tickets, too. Quite a few. But it didn’t damage my credibility with the FBI. They came to admire the fact that I knew as much as I did, and they told me they could’ve never solved the case without me. What was the ﬁnal kicker that got these guys put in prison? [Cope] got involved in another Ponzi scheme while he was under indictment for this one. He talked to the prosecuting attorney—because he wasn’t supposed to leave Arizona—he talked him into letting him go to California to help his son move, and they started another Ponzi scheme … I called the attorney general and said, “Do you know about this?” They knew about it and didn’t have him in jail. I said, “This man needs to be in jail.” And they ﬁnally put him in jail after he’d been out for almost eight years.
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When did he go to jail? We got him actually sentenced in 2009, so it was just a few months before that. How long is his sentence? He got seven years, which is not very much. How much were investors defrauded for? The information I have from my deepthroat source is they probably got over $100 million internationally. In our group, there were probably 40 people, and if you have 10 groups of that, maybe 400 people? Do you feel like the perception of whitecollar crime has changed since the Bernie Madoff scandal broke? Yeah … few people knew about Ponzi schemes before Bernie Madoff … But Ponzi schemes since then have gone up over 300 percent. In fact, one in 18 Americans was defrauded last year. How has that experience changed you, and how has that manifested in your book? What I recognized is that I used all of the tactics that I learned to pull myself out of the murders and the divorce [to] make myself healthy again. One of the reasons I could do what I did in this Ponzi scheme is because I knew the tools; I knew what to do. I would not let myself go into victim [mode]. I have a choice of whether I remain a victim of this or whether I become victorious over it. A lot of people don’t realize when something like this happens that they actually have a choice. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Payette County natural gas company faces uncertain future by George Prentice eing ﬁrst has its challenges. Consider Bridge Resources, the ﬁrst company poised to drill and produce commercial natural gas in Idaho. Its stock has practically bottomed out, trading for pennies, and its recent ﬁnancial statements portray a company swimming in red ink. Bridge is in debt to a foreign bank for more than $44 million; it has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in its Idaho operations while the state still hasn’t formally adopted new rules for the industry; and its top three executives—CEO Edward Davies, Vice President Thomas Stewart and Exploration Manager Kim Parsons—resigned, effective immediately, on Sept. 20. “I probably would have managed this differently,” said Suzanne Budge,
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executive director of the newly formed Idaho Petroleum Council, an organization of gas industry representatives. “But they’re on the tip of the spear.” A Canadian company with ofﬁces in Colorado, Bridge has been Idaho’s 21st century pioneer in natural-gas exploration, with successful efforts at seven of 11 Payette County wellheads. But the company’s success in the rural ﬁelds of western Idaho has not been matched by any recent fortunes in the boardroom. In fact, in the past 12 months, shares of Bridge Resources stock have lost as much as 94 percent of their value on the Toronto Stock Exchange. “At March 31, 2011, the company had a net loss of $77,514,977 and cash ﬂows used in operating activities of $7,102,731. As a result of losses, the company has a deﬁcit of $170,149,607 at March 31, 2011,” according to the company’s ﬁscal year-end statement. “[Bridge] has a working capital deﬁciency of $57,655,587 and total liabilities currently exceed total assets.”
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Bridge Resources drilled 11 test wells in Payette County, all on private land, including this one.
Numerous calls to Bridge ofﬁcials seeking comment were not returned by press time, although John Foster of Strategies 360, a consultant to the IPC, said Bridge’s new management is hopeful for change. “There is deﬁnitely a recognition by the new management at Bridge that this could have been done differently,” Foster said. Chief among Bridge’s worries has been its inability to pay its debts. On March 31, Bridge Resources had an outstanding loan balance of more than $44.2 million, with a lending syndicate led by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and was in default on certain operating covenants of the loan. “These matters cast substantial doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a growing concern,” stated a July 29 audited ﬁnancial statement from KPMG, LLP, one of the world’s largest and most reputable auditing ﬁrms. Simply put, the company was in default, and upon default, the loan became payable on demand by the Bank of Scotland. That may be news to the hundreds of Idahoans who have signed land leases with Bridge, through its broker Energy West. More than 260 agreements allow Bridge to explore, and possibly drill, for gas on tens of thousands of acres of private land, primarily in Payette County. But what the landowners may not know is that the Royal Bank of Scotland is a secured party on the leases, and the foreign bank’s grip could tighten at anytime. Through the course of our investigation, BW found that Bridge’s misfortunes date back to 2008, only two years after the company began publicly trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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In November 2008, Bridge began producing natural gas from its Durango Field in the North Sea, off the coast of the United Kingdom. But almost from the beginning, there were problems. According to Bridge statements, the company’s high volume of gas production at Durango caused back-pressure at some of its competitors’ wells, in effect limiting the competitors’ production. Bridge shut down its well and was obliged to compensate its competitors for their production losses. By the time Bridge resumed its Durango production in February 2010, its well was pushing out an inexplicably high level of water with its gas, exceeding pipeline limit speciﬁcations and forcing another closure of the well. Meanwhile, Bridge executives were spending more time in Idaho, eyeing the potential for substantial natural gas production in Payette County. Deciding to shift its focus almost entirely to Idaho, Bridge sold its North Sea assets after striking a deal to sell its wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary Bridge North Sea Ltd., including the Durango Field to Perenco UK. Even though Bridge was exiting the North Sea, its new business associate had its own share of challenges in the region. A July 6 investigation by The Guardian, a British newspaper, revealed through data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, that Perenco UK experienced seven gas leaks in 2009-2010 at its North Sea rigs. Three of the leaks were deemed signiﬁcant, including one 40-kilogram leak, equivalent WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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In September and October 2010, Bridge Resources made contributions to each member of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, beginning with a $5,000 contribution to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Bridge also donated $1,500 to the campaign of Controller Donna Jones, and $1,000 each to the campaigns of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. The ﬁve 2010 donations represented 43 percent of Bridge’s entire political campaign donations. Other contributions of note included $5,000 to the campaign of Lt. Gov. Brad Little, $1,000 to the campaign of Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney and $500 each to the campaigns of Sen. Monty Pearce and Rep. Judy Boyle. Boyle, Denney and Pearce represent Idaho Legislative District 9, which includes Payette County. —George Prentice
to 88 pounds of gas ﬂooding into the sea. Perenco acquired the Durango well for $8.9 million, but when word of the sale reached investors, Bridge’s ﬁnancial status deteriorated.
On Dec. 8, 2010, investors woke to a jaw-dropping headline on hotstocked. com: “Lack of Strategic Alternatives Ruins Bridge Resources Corp.” “Bridge Resources Corp. announced in a press release that the proposed cash component for the divestiture of its wholly-owned subsidiary Bridge North Sea Limited will not allow full repayment of BUK’s outstanding debt, and that the management is looking for other better alternatives,” read the analysis. An accompanying stock-performance chart was even more bleak. On Nov. 15, 2010, Bridge Resources shares had traded at 49 cents. By Dec. 7, 2010, its value had dropped to 7 cents a share. The stock continued to drop through much of 2011. “Within a few days, the stock had collapsed,” Ekaterina Zelenkova, author of the analysis, told BW from her ofﬁce in Bulgaria. “And up until now, it has yet to recover from this huge plunge.” Zelenkova, who headed the internal audit department at Populiarna Kasa 95 before joining Hotstocked as a ﬁnancial columnist, regularly reviews investments in small-to-medium companies in the North American market. “If I were to explain their situation in a more simple way, it’s like a painter who, due to illness, had his right hand cut off,” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
said Zelenkova. “This was the case with Bridge. Huge debts continue to be one of the main reasons for skepticism among investors.” Bridge’s stock value continued to bleed. As of Oct. 4 Bridge shares were trading at 2 cents on the Toronto Stock Exchange. “They should have been informing investors on what their next steps were going to be,” said Zelenkova. “Although Durango and the company’s North Sea assets were sold, the funds they received simply weren’t enough to cover their debts. And according to the loan with the Royal Bank of Scotland, the syndicate has the right to require immediate return of funds. They need to restructure and they need more cash. Not one or the other. They need both.” An Aug. 2 corporate update from Bridge’s Canadian ofﬁce conﬁrmed Zelenkova’s analysis. “Bridge does not currently possess the ﬁnancial resources to satisfy principal and interest payments due on its existing debt facilities in 2011,” read the statement. “The Company expects any restructuring options will be subject to review of the submitted Field Development Plan to produce the Idaho reserves, joint venture participation, as well as other considerations. Bridge anticipates furthering negotiations with the Senior Lending Syndicate (Royal Bank of Scotland) during this calendar quarter, however, there can be no assurances of continued ﬁnancial support from the Senior Lending Syndicate.” Zelenkova said renegotiating its debt could provide some relief to Bridge, but the immediate need was simpler.
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Rule making is a pretty painful process to watch. It’s achingly detailed and for good reason. Citizens, activists, lawmakers and stakeholders all have their own interests, but they usually all want to get it right. For nearly 100 hours this summer, Eric Wilson, mineral program manager for the Idaho Department of Lands, oversaw the painstaking process of drafting new rules to govern Idaho gas and oil exploration. The by-the-letter, word-for-word marathon took the better part of three months at the Idaho Statehouse. At the table were representatives from the IDL, Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality, representatives from Bridge Resources (including former Exploration Manager Kim Parsons), Michael Christian (representing Snake River Oil and Gas), the Idaho Petroleum Council’s Executive Director Suzanne Budge, and Idaho Conservation League Program Director Justin Hayes. “It was professional and courteous,” said Hayes. “While some of us were adversaries, I think we were all trying to hammer out rules that will work.” Christian said his clients’ focus on gas exploration in Idaho hinged on rules that made sense. “I would say that Snake River Oil and Gas’ chief concern is that the process gets some clarity,” said Christian. “They need to be able to operate in an environment where they know the rules in order to be a good operator.” On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the public will get its ﬁrst chance to review and comment on the rules, published on the IDL website. One week later, a public hearing is scheduled at which citizens and stakeholders can weigh in on the ﬁrst-of-their-kind-in-Idaho rules on issues including fracking. “We worked really hard to try to ban cancer-causing materials in the fracking process,” said Sara Arkle, communications associate with ICL. “But that failed. Quite simply, the rules as drafted do not prevent carcinogens from being used. A number of industry executives said they don’t need to use carcinogens. Well, if that’s the case, it’s a reasonable request to ban the toxins.” But Arkle was pleased with another piece of the drafted rules, concerning public input on drilling permits. “We tried very hard to get a public comment period included in the rules, and we were successful,” said Arkle. “Basically, an individual who has concerns over a proposed drilling site will be able to comment on any proposed permit for 15 days. Just how much the comments weigh in on the ﬁnal permit decision remains to be seen. But in all honesty, we wouldn’t have had that opportunity at all if ICL hadn’t been at the negotiating table. Having any public comment period is a success at this point.” The following Wednesday, Oct. 12, there will be a public hearing on the proposed rules from 7-9 p.m. at the Idaho Capitol, room WW 55. Ctizens will have until Wednesday, Oct. 26, to submit any additional comments. Thereafter, Wilson and IDL staff will revise the rules before presenting them to the Idaho Oil and Gas Conser vation Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and to the Idaho Legislature, which will take up the rules in its 2012 session. —George Prentice
“Cash is the turning point,” she said. “The company deﬁnitely needs cash to further operate.” As for restructuring Bridge’s management, Zelenkova said she wasn’t surprised at all on Sept. 20, when the company’s top three executives handed in their resignations. When Davies, Stewart and Parsons announced that they were no longer a part of Bridge’s future plans, the big question was, who was in charge?
No one BW spoke to knew much about Nick Clayton but that will probably change quickly. Clayton is the new face and voice for Bridge Resources. In the same press release stating that Davies, Stewart and Parsons had resigned, Bridge announced that Clayton would act as interim CEO. Clayton, 48, joined Bridge as its non-executive chairman of the board in December 2010 and has a resume packed with energy and ﬁnance experience. After graduating in 1985 from Portsmouth Polytechnic in Hampshire, England, Clayton began his career at British Petroleum. He went on to work for German investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Canadian investment ﬁrm Canaccord Adams. He has been a self-employed corporate ﬁnance consultant since January 2007, serving on the boards of Sterling Energy in London and Bridge Resources. “It’s not in our industry’s interest to have ﬂy-by-night people coming and going,” said Idaho Petroleum Council’s Budge when asked about Bridge’s change at the top. “They’re going to need to get a new team in place, and I assume that’s what they’re going to be doing,” said Michael Christian, attorney with the Boise law ﬁrm of Marcus, Christian and Hardee. Christian represents Snake River Oil and Gas, another company with hopes of producing natural gas in the Idaho basin. Snake River is a subsidiary of Weiser-Brown Oil Company, which has been drilling and producing oil and gas in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas for nearly 50 years. The principal owners are Richard Brown—who owns a home in Sun Valley—and his cousin Chris Weiser. For the better part of a year, Snake River has been signing leases with private landowners in Payette and Washington counties, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
not unlike Bridge. “I think Snake River has a signiﬁcant amount of acreage already leased,” said Christian. “But certainly not as much as Bridge, which has more than 100,000 acres.” Christian said he expects Idahoans to hear a lot more about Snake River in the near future. “My understanding is that their intent is to be drilling within the next year,” he said. “My clients aren’t here as a hobby. They’re not going anywhere.” Though his clients would be direct competitors with Bridge, Christian said there was no reason to kick Bridge while it was down. “We were certainly aware that they faced certain challenges,” said Christian. “Was I aware that the speciﬁc chain of events was going to occur? No.” Budge, whose organization’s members include both Bridge and Snake River, echoed Christian. “Members of the industry, although they’re competitors, are very much in Bridge’s camp, wanting them to be successful. It is in the industry’s interest for Bridge to succeed.” Creating a positive ﬁrst appearance is key for the natural gas industry. “Bridge was the ﬁrst Idaho mover in this industry,” said Christian. “And for the industry to develop and become healthier, it’s far better off having your ﬁrst participant being better than not.” But through the course of Budge’s conversation with BW, she said on several occasions that she would have advised Bridge differently. “My view of it is that Bridge could have done a better job,” she said. “I would have done it differently if I was advising them as to how to come into a community and work through the process—with local ofﬁcials, with regulators and with neighbors. It’s easy to handicap from a distance, but yes, I would have had a different approach than they did.”
than a dozen requests for interviews with then-Exploration Manager Kim Parsons but to no avail. BW also made repeated requests to talk with any new company spokesperson since the Sept. 20 resignations of Davies, Parsons and Stewart. As of press time, Bridge ofﬁcials were unavailable for comment. It’s not that Bridge ofﬁcials have been absent from Idaho—they have regularly attended meetings of the Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission and meetings of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in Boise. The Oil and Gas Commission—comprised of Idaho’s ﬁve statewide elected ofﬁcers—hadn’t met in nearly 20 years before convening in March. The ever-increasing
interest in Bridge’s operations prompted a standing-room-only gathering. The ﬁrst order of business was simple: get some rules on the books to oversee natural-gas exploration, with particular emphasis on treatments such as fracking, the controversial method of injecting high-pressured liquids and solids into wells to enhance gas ﬂows. The commission ordered a detailed rule-making process to begin at once (see “Political Positioning,” Page 15). In the meantime, the commission adopted temporary rules, using Wyoming’s regulations as a base model. The commission also approved Bridge’s request to drill more in less space. Idaho code had previously restricted one well per 640 acres, but by unanimous vote, the commission agreed to permit one
well per 160 acres, or approximately four wells per square mile. When the meeting adjourned, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, the commission’s chairman, approached Hayes. “The governor came up to me, shook my hand and said ‘We need you to keep an eye on these guys.’” But while Bridge’s competitors aren’t publicly anxious to throw the troubled company under the bus, Hayes isn’t convinced that they’re not Bridge’s biggest fans either. “My sense is that the Idaho Petroleum Council was created by entities that had concerns for their industry,” he said. “I’m not sure that they necessarily felt that it was a good thing to have Bridge be the face of their industry right now.”
Justin Hayes, program director of the Idaho Conservation League, hasn’t had the most effective communications with Bridge. Hayes recalled his ﬁrst contact with Bridge ofﬁcials when he called its Colorado ofﬁce in January. “I spoke to their [then] vice president Tom Stewart,” said Hayes. “I said, ‘Hey, we would like to hear more about your company and what your plans are for Idaho.’ But it was kind of a stilted conversation. He told me that I needed to talk to their consultants. I asked him if that’s what he really wanted—for our relationship to be with consultants as opposed to with his company directly, and he said ‘Yes.’ I thought that was an inauspicious beginning to what has turned out to be a not very good relationship.” For the past 15 months, BW hasn’t had much luck making direct contact with Bridge ofﬁcials either, but it’s not for a lack of effort. In July 2010, BW asked then-CEO Ed Davies about his company’s Idaho operations. “I can only refer you to our press releases,” Davies told BW. “These are very carefully edited, and that’s all I can say.” During the past year, BW made more WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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Academic underachiever and food activist Raj Patel will soon speak at Boise State.
THURSDAY OCT. 6 lecture Get wrecked at the premiere of Boise Contemporary Theater’s latest production.
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY OCT. 5-8 theater SHIPWRECKED AT BCT Riding sea turtles, wandering the Australian Outback and encountering ﬂying wombats and murderous octopuses are all part of Louis de Rougemont’s astonishing life story—or they would be if it were true. In Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself), the title character spins a grandiose yarn of his survival through stormy seas and hostile Aborigines. The small cast and relatively minimal props are used to great advantage to captivate the audience. The play is based on the real-life claims of Louis de Rougemont, the (con)artist formerly known as Henri Louis Grin. In the late 19th century, Grin invented a tale that fellow fabricator James Frey would envy, publishing his adventures in a popular British periodical and portraying them as true. Though the public quickly called his bluff, Rougemont’s life remains entertaining and is the subject of a stage adaptation by Donald Margulies. Boise Contemporary Theater is staging the so-called memoir this autumn, starring Dwayne Blackaller as Louis de Rougemont. The production recycles a small group of actors to portray multiple characters—for example, the same actor who plays the lovable dog Bruno also plays Queen Victoria. It promises to be an amusing look at memoirs and at a period in history when the men were men and truth really was stranger than ﬁction. Performances run through October. Wednesday, Oct. 5-Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m., prices vary. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
THURSDAY OCT. 6 fundraiser LIGHT THE NIGHT Although it happens on a single night, the Light the
Night Walk will brighten up the long autumn evenings and the lives of cancer patients for years to come. This yearly fund-raising event is organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and hopes to raise more than $200,000 through the efforts of teams and individuals.
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Every participant in the Light the Night Walk is encouraged to become a Champion For Cures by raising at least $100. Participants will carry different colored balloons, each with their own unique signiﬁcance: red for supporters, white for patients and survivors, and gold in memory
RAJ PATEL Author/activist Raj Patel is one of the leading authorities on the global food crisis and will be lecturing at Boise State on Thursday, Oct. 6, as part of the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. Patel believes food shortages and the rising price of food are the result of “high oil prices, an increasing demand for meat in developing countries, poor harvests, population growth, ﬁnancial speculation and biofuels.” He is not afraid to place the blame for the current global food crisis on the World Bank and its current head, Robert Zoellick. “We have seen price ﬂuctuations before,” says Patel. “But the reason we’re seeing such misery as a result of this particular spike has everything to do with Zoellick and his friends.” Patel became disillusioned while working for both the World Bank and World Trade Organization and decided that they were part of the problem, not the solution. He has since become an activist and has taken part in several public protests in opposition to their policies. Patel has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in developmental sociology from Cornell University. Patel is also an award-winning writer, authoring two ground-breaking books on the current food crisis, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redeﬁne Democracy. Patel’s visit coincides with 2011: The Year of Idaho Food—a grass-roots initiative aimed at encouraging and promoting public participation and community discussion on sustainability and local agriculture and its economic, environmental and social impacts. 7 p.m., FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, 1910 University Drive. For more information, visit rajpatel.org.
of those who’ve lost their lives to cancer. Even those who haven’t raised $100 are welcome to attend the event. Money raised by Light the Night will go toward life-saving blood cancer research, free educational materials, events for patients and their families, local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection—a peer-to-peer counseling program—and personalized assistance through an Information
Resource Center. These programs will help more than 1 million Americans who are living with blood cancer and the families who care for them. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and mingle with friends and co-workers and prepare to be entertained by music by Marcus Eaton, ﬁre dancers and other light-oriented performers. 5 p.m. registration, 7 p.m. walk. Ann Morrison Park by the fountain. For
more information, call 208658-6662 or visit lightthenight.org/oswim.
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Have a vine time at IBG’s Fall Harvest Festival.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY OCT. 8-9 harvest IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL The Pirates of Penzance promises arrrg-senic and old lace.
FRIDAY, SUNDAY OCT. 7, 9 opera OPERA IDAHO’S THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Opera is foreign in multiple ways. Not only are most operas performed in Italian, but most of us correlate opera with high society and culture—two things we don’t often associate with comedy. Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance turns those notions on their heads in a historical comedy of errors that is the 2011-2012 season opener for Opera Idaho. The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of an ex-pirate named Frederic and his efforts to escape a life of crime. Although Frederic’s former compatriots weren’t very successful at piracy, Frederic discovers success with women early on when he falls in love with Mabel. And it’s literally love at ﬁrst sight—Frederic has never seen a girl before. The characters are hilarious and often rendered more like caricatures, especially the pirates and their king. And as with any good musical theater, it’s the songs that carr y you through. Most famous of these is doubtless the catchy tongue-twister, “I Am the Ver y Model of a Modern MajorGeneral.” Just reciting the name is enough to trap the tune in your head for days. Don’t make the mistake of thinking opera is too highfalutin for the likes of ordinary folks. The Pirates of Penzance promises to deliver more than a few laughs. Friday Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Sunday Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m., $15$69. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273, operaidaho.org.
day life in some parts of the world. Civil war, genocide and crimes against humanity have rocked communities from Africa to Central America, but movements for peace are generally less known. Many people are aware of oppression and violence but not how
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ordinary citizens are working to end it. The Idaho Justice Story Festival aims to change that. It is a way to make Idahoans aware of nonviolent resolutions to conﬂict around the world, while giving us an opportunity to share our own stories.
As we start bedding down our gardens and dusting off our rain boots, it’s good to remember the history of the harvest—a fruitful season, that for our ancestors, was a time of hard work and celebration. From commercial farmers to backyard gardeners, the harvest is a time to reap and enjoy the rewards from the long, hot growing season and rejoice in the bounty that ﬁlls our plates. You can celebrate the harvest at Idaho Botanical Garden on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, beginning at noon. After enjoying a leisurely walk through the scarecrow stroll, you can quench your thirst for fall ﬂavors with brews from Highlands Hollow, Sockeye and Payette Brewing Company. For the kids, or the kid in you, there will be a you-pick pumpkin patch, a mini straw maze and hay rides. Also a farmers market will feature local products and goods, including jams, jellies, fresh fruit, vegetables and salsa. There will also be food booths with grub from Willowcreek Grill and B29 Streatery. Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats and Big Wow will play on Saturday, and Sunday will feature live music from Bellamy Rose, the Hokum Hi-Flyers and Hillfolk Noir. Saturday, Oct. 8-Sunday, Oct. 9, noon-6 p.m., $3-$6, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
The Idaho Peace Coalition, in partnership with the New York Peace Film Festival and Stories of Our City, has put together a weekend of ﬁlm and conversation about the need for global peace. The Idaho Justice Story Festival begins with Story Story Night on Friday, Oct. 7, in which ﬁve featured storytellers share their experiences with justice. Audience members may also participate and share their own knowledge. The second day of the festival focuses on ﬁlm with screenings from the New York Peace Film Festival.
BLACK TRUFFLE SALT POTATO CHIPS The pungent, oh-so-expensive trufﬂe is mushroom royalty—it makes your taste buds blush, press the backs of their hands to their moist foreheads and collapse onto the fainting couch of your tongue. Cafe Vicino is no stranger to trufﬂe/tongue courtship. The CAFE VICINO North End Italian eatery offers 808 W. Fort St. 208-472-1463 whisper-thin, cross-cut Yukon cafevicino.com potato chips dusted with savory black trufﬂe salt. But even without relying on the maddening deliciousness of trufﬂes, these chips would be special. The potatoes are sliced into a super-ﬁne mesh— akin to a front door screen—that folds into itself in a deep fryer bath of canola oil until it resembles a sloppy little rose. Though that process might seem complicated, according to Cafe Vicino Sous Chef Kevin Nicolescu, it’s actually fairly simple: “There’s a wafﬂe setting on the mandolin—it’s kind of a crinkle cut blade,” explained Nicolescu. “Then you run it down the mandolin blade in opposite directions.” Nicolescu recommends you pair the chips with something ﬁzzy—champagne or a sparkling rose, both of which Vicino offers by the glass. Trufﬂe chips and sparkling rose: the greatest love story ever told. —Tara Morgan
Films include Billboard From Bethlehem—about youth organizations seeking peace in Israel and Palestine—and Un Poquito De Tanta Verdad, which tells the story of thousands of Mexican citizens organizing to ﬁght for social justice. The highlight of the evening is a screening of Fambul Tok, an award-winning documentary discussing the aftermath of the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone. Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., $7; Saturday, Oct. 8, 1-9 p.m., $10; entire weekend $15. 1723 Eastman St. For more info visit juststoriesfestival. org.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY OCT. 5 On Stage 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. SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT—See Picks Page 18. The mysterious man shares his tales of exotic islanders, a man-eating octopus in an examination of the ﬁne line that separates the truth and tall tales. 8 p.m. $13-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Odds & Ends CAREER FAIR—Students and alumni are invited to attend. Businesses and organizations will be on campus with full-time, parttime and internship positions. For more info, call the Career Center at 208-426-1747. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Boise State Quad, 1910 University Dr., Boise. KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208345-0135. KARAOKE AND WINE ROCKSTARS—7-11 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries.com. LAST CALL TRIVIA—8 p.m. FREE. The Lift Bar and Grill, 4091 W. State St., Boise, 208342-3250, theliftboise.com, 7 p.m. FREE. Eastside Tavern, 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-3453878; 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485, buffalowildwings.com; 9 p.m. FREE. Applebee’s-Emerald, 7845 W. Emerald St., 208-378-1890. LATIN NIGHTS—Instructors Tabish L. Romario and Becca Towler will teach salsa, bachata and Brazilian zouk lessons, followed by social dancing at 9 p.m. 7:30-11 p.m. $5. The Press, 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B, Boise, 208-336-9577.
THURSDAY OCT. 6 Festivals & Events ARABIAN NIGHTS AT THE CAZBA—Enjoy music, drumming, food and local belly dancers. 7-9 p.m. Cazba Restaurant and Opa Lounge, 211 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-381-0222. LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK—See Picks Page 18. Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with live music and family friendly activities. 5 p.m. registration, 7 p.m. walk. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise, 208-6586662, lightthenight.org/oswim.
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RAJ PATEL—See Picks Page 18. The author/ activist will speak as part of the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. 7 p.m. Boise State Studen Union Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, boisestate. edu/update/tag/raj-patel.
OKLAHOMA—Two cowboys compete for the women they love in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical comedy set at the turn of the 20th century. Dinner is optional on Friday and Saturday nights, and tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. 7 p.m. $18-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
NOISE/CD REVIEW WILCO, THE WHOLE LOVE As a swell of noise gives way to Jeff Tweedy’s recognizable vocals on the ﬁrst track of Wilco’s eighth studio album, The Whole Love, listeners are hit with a familiar realization—this album is different than the rest. Over the eight-year stretch during which Wilco released Summerteeth (1999), Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), A Ghost is Born (2004) and Sky Blue Sky (2007), a similar feeling came with every album. Yet 2009’s Wilco (The Album) sounded tired with the occasional noisejam—an obligatory retreading of ground already covered. Fans could be forgiven for thinking that Wilco’s experimental days were over. The Whole Love returns to what makes Wilco great—breaking new ground. The result is an album that sounds only marginally like the band’s previous efforts and seems to ﬁt in all the better for it. Where Wilco (The Album) was stagnant, The Whole Love is growing. This change manifests in the opening of the ﬁrst song, “Art of Almost.” The thumping bass and complex rhythm of the track are more Radiohead than Summerteeth. And with its soft ﬁngerpicking and low vocals playing over an eerie, rising string section, “Black Moon” recalls mid-’70s Pink Floyd as much as anything on Sky Blue Sky. Throughout the record, the production is lusher than on past records. Where Yankee Hotel Foxtrot added noises and voice recordings, The Whole Love adds instrument parts and effects—timpani, organ, echoes and reverbs. Even at its most experimental, however, the band is still recognizable. Slipped in throughout the record are songs like “I Might,” “Dawned on Me” and “Born Alone”—catchy numbers that made Yankee and Ghost so listenable. Add to this category the folk-rock title track, a singable tune with a shufﬂing beat that would have been at home on nearly any Wilco record. The album closes with the whispery vocals and piano-backed timpani of “One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend).” At the crossroads of these two sounds, old and new, is a record that signiﬁes a return of everything Wilco’s fans love about the band. The record is solid and listenable, and holds much in common with the band’s best, most forward-looking records. —Stephen Lovely WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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8 DAYS OUT SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $13-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Art (HIS)STORY: THE RE-COLLECTION OF PERSONAL IDENTITY, AN INSTALLATION BY MIGEL A. DELGADO—A public reception will be held in the Boise State Student Union Gallery. Delgado, a Master of Fine Arts candidate, presents this multi-media installation as part of his thesis defense. Light refreshments will be provided. 4:30-6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union. boisestate.edu.
Kids & Teens YOUNG WRITER’S WORKSHOP—The Boise State chapter of Kappa Delta Pi welcomes writers from seventh-12th grades for a two-day writing workshop focusing on creative writing. Contact Beth for more info or to register at elizabethpuckett@u. boisestate.edu. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $20 for one day, $30 for both days. Boise State Student Union, Brink Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.boisestate.edu.
Odds & Ends AMPED AND DANGEROUS KARAOKE—9:30 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956.
FRIDAY OCT. 7 Festivals & Events 15TH ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—Celebrate the tradition of moving sheep from summer mountain pastures through the Wood River Valley to winter pastures during this three-day event. Visit trailingofthesheep.org for more info. Sun Valley and Ketchum. 19TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL AND STREET FAIR— Celebrate the bounty of harvest time in rural Idaho. The 19th annual festival offers entertainment, kids activities, and arts and crafts. Noon-7 p.m. FREE. Downtown Emmett, emmettidaho.com. CANYON COUNTY FALL HOME SHOW—Demonstrations and exhibits showcasing items and ideas to make your home unique. 5-9 p.m. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-1000, idahocenter.com. JUSTSTORIES: LISTEN FOR A CHANGE—See Picks, Page 19. The Idaho Justice Story Festival includes two days of storytelling, ﬁlms and discussions designed to bring peace and justice through the act of listening. The event kicks off on Friday evening with Story Story Night. Visit juststoriesfestival.org for more. 7 p.m. $7-$15. Trademark Church, 1723 Eastman St., Boise, trademarkchurch.com.
MARCH OF DIMES BLUE JEAN BALL—Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, music and dancing, surprises and special guests. It’s an evening that’s classy yet country. For information, call March of Dimes at 208336-5421. 6 p.m. $150. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, marchofdimes.com/idaho.
On Stage OKLAHOMA—See Thursday. Dinner is served at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $18-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. PIRATES OF PENZANCE—See Picks Page 19. Pirates, cops and fair maidens in distress sing their way through Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic opera, presented by Opera Idaho. 7:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454, egyptiantheatre.net. SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $13-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Auditions UNNECESSARY FARCE AUDITION—Auditions for four men and three women. Run dates are Jan. 13-14, Jan. 19-22 and Jan. 26-28. For more info, contact Ted Pendleton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-919-9481. 2-4 p.m. Stage Coach Theatre, 5012 Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-3422000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
CHIP AND A CHAIR POKER— Practice your poker skills for free. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. FREE. Eastside Tavern, 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-3878. KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208345-0135. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP— Stroke survivors and their families and caregivers receive education, support and social interaction in the Coughlin Conference Room 1. 2-3:30 p.m. FREE. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-367-2937, saintalphonsus.org. WATERSHED SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM—Boise WaterShed hosts a free School Break Program series. Drop in to these fun all-ages programs offered on school break days. 10 a.m.noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/ bee/watershed.
Animals & Pets FLIGHT DEMONSTRATIONS— Visitors can watch falcons, eagles and hawks demonstrate remarkable ﬂying skills, visit the interpretive center and take a walk on the new scenic interpretive trail. 1:30 p.m. $5-$7. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208362-8687, peregrinefund.org.
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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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8 DAYS OUT Concerts
Talks & Lectures
FIRST FRIDAY CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES—Featuring Introduction and Allegro by Maurice Ravel, and Aaron Copland’s Quiet City. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.
NASA ASTRONAUT STUDENT PRESENTATION—Former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez will share his inspirational story that led him from a childhood as a migrant farm worker to an astronaut. His visit is part of the Community Council of Idaho’s 40th anniversary. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, communitycounciloﬁdaho.org.
Art FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Take a stroll through downtown Eagle and visit local merchants and galleries along the way. First Friday invites the public to stop in to shops, and enjoy a drink, art and music. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Eagle, Old State Street and Eagle Road.
Literature LITERATURE FOR LUNCH— Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend is October’s featured book. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org. MFA READING SERIES PRESENTS FANNY HOWE—Howe will read from her newest book of poetry, Come and See. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426INFO, union.boisestate.edu.
WATERSHED SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM—See Thursday. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/ bee/watershed.
Citizen GIRLS NIGHT OUT—The Carats for Caring fundraiser for the Shriners Un-Limb-ited teen amputee camps includes wine tasting, ﬁnger foods, chocolates, specialty shopping, door prizes and a drawing for am emerald pendant. 5-8 p.m. $30. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, elkorah.org.
Kids & Teens CHICKEN LITTLE—Kids puppet show. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
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RIVER RANGERS—Discover what lives in and around the Boise River. Make a print of a ﬁsh and an eco-art water bug. Learn about the importance of salmon and play the Macoinvertebrate Mayhem game. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/bee/watershed. YOUNG WRITER’S WORKSHOP—See Friday. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $20 for one day, $30 for both days. BSU Union Brink Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union. boisestate.edu.
Odds & Ends ART AND SCIENCE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE—Open house to meet doctors and ask questions about naturopathic medicine. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Natural Health, 4219 Emerald St., Boise, 208-338-0405, boisenaturalhealth.com. HOKUM HOEDOWN— The Hokum Hi-Flyers will provide the tunes and various callers will direct you where to go during this square dance. The family is welcome. 7 p.m. $5 individual, $15 for the family. Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com. KARAOKE CONTEST—Practice begins at 7 p.m. and the contest is at 9 p.m. The winner gets $100. 7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-6699.
Animals & Pets FLIGHT DEMONSTRATIONS— See Thursday. 1:30 p.m., $5-$7. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, 208362-8687, peregrinefund.org.
OCT. 8 Festivals & Events 15TH ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—See Friday. Sun Valley and Ketchum, trailingofthesheep.org. CANYON COUNTY FALL HOME SHOW—See Friday. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-1000, idahocenter.com.
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LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS
FIESTA TROPICAL 2—Dance your ass off to beneﬁt the Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation. Visit salsaidaho.com. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE to $10. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-331-5097 or 208-3429983, basquecenter.com. FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Picks, Page 19. Celebrate Idaho foods, beer and wine while enjoying the traditional activities of fall. Noon-6 p.m. $3 members, $6 nonmembers, $2 children ages 4-12. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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8 DAYS OUT GREAT PUMPKIN ARTS FESTIVAL—Local food vendors, merchants, live music and family activities all day. Bring a carved pumpkin for the community pumpkin display. 1 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE but a $5 donation per car is welcome. Arts West School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 3300 W. State St., Eagle, artswestschool.org. HARVEST FESTIVAL—Pumpkin contests, hayrides, games, pumpkin painting, prizes, scavenger hunt, local arts and crafts, local produce and more. Bring non-perishable items to donate to the Idaho Foodbank. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000. HEALTH, BEAUTY AND FITNESS FAIR—Visit the vendors and check out demonstrations and exhibits to get info on healthy lifestyle options. Flu shots will be available, as will select health screenings. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
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BOISE BOT COMPETITION—The third-annual Boise Bot Competition promises to build on all of the great events of the past two competitions, but with a few twists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
Animals & Pets FLIGHT DEMONSTRATIONS—See Thursday. 1:30 p.m., $5-$7. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, peregrinefund.org.
Festivals & Events 15TH ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—See Friday. Sun Valley and Ketchum, trailingofthesheep.org. CANYON COUNTY FALL HOME SHOW—See Friday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-1000, idahocenter.com.
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Saturday. Noon-6 p.m. $3 members, $6 nonmembers, $2 children ages 4-12. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. HEALTH, BEAUTY AND FITNESS FAIR—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com. IDAHO RENAISSANCE FAIRE—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Gem Island Sports Complex off Highway 52, Emmett.
IDAHO RENAISSANCE FAIRE—The Idaho Renaissance Faire is a two-day living-history celebration, featuring demonstrations, peddlers, artisans, performances, adult and children’s games. For more information, visit idahorenfaire.org. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Gem Island Sports Complex off Highway 52, Emmett. JUSTSTORIES: LISTEN FOR A CHANGE— See Friday. Featuring ﬁlms from the New York Peace Film Festival. Visit juststoriesfestival.org for info. 1 p.m. $7-$15. Trademark Church, 1723 Eastman St., Boise, trademarkchurch.com.
On Stage BILL COSBY—This is your chance to see the awardwinning comic, actor and author in concert. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $45.50-$75. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu. OKLAHOMA—See Thursday. Dinner is served at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. $18-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $13-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Auditions UNNECESSARY FARCE AUDITION—See Friday. 2-4 p.m. Stage Coach Theatre, 5012 Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
Art ART IN THE BAR IV—See Arts News Page 34. Dead Bird Gallery presents more than 40 local artists displaying their artwork and doing live demonstrations. All-ages event, full bar with ID. Noon-10 p.m. FREE, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, deadbirdgallery.com.
Green FOUR SEASONS HARVEST—Learn how you can continue harvesting all year. 1 p.m. FREE. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, 208-389-4769, northendnursery.com.
Farmers Markets CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, capitalcitypublicmarket.com. EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. NAMPA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Front Street and 14th Avenue S. in Lloyd’s Square, Nampa, nampafarmersmarket.com.
Kids & Teens CHICKEN LITTLE—See Friday. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
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8 DAYS OUT VROOM! VROOOOM! THE FALL MEMORIAL RUN—Register at Veterans Park. The route will be announced there. For info, contact Larry at 208-573-4191, Lane at 208-336-0052, or Chuc at 208-343-7452. 10 a.m.-noon. $10 ﬁrst entry, $5 each additional entry. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise.
Odds & Ends
PAELLA AND TAPAS CLASS— Learn how to make the classic Basque dishes. Class ﬁlls up quickly, so be sure to call to reserve your spot. 6 p.m., $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.
NAMI SUPPORT GROUP— Share your experiences, coping strategies and offer support and encouragement to others living with mental illness. Call 208-376-4304 for more info. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com.
Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage each other’s work. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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PIRATES OF PENZANCE—See Friday. 2:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 12
SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE—Five days of jazz, with more than 275 shows and 200 musicians. Enjoy swing, big band, zydeco, blues and, of course, multiple jazz disciplines, as well as a multitude of activities like the Marching Band Salute and jazz worship services. Details at sunvalleyjazz.com.
CAT TALES, DOG TALES—Share your stories and poems about the cats and dogs in your life. 1-3:30 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace, Boise.
Farmers Markets EAST END MARKET—10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street, end of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.
Animals & Pets FLIGHT DEMONSTRATIONS— See Thursday. 1:30 p.m., $5-$7. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, peregrinefund.org. HOWL-O-WEEN BLACK DOG WALK—Join SNIP and bring your dog to participate in this walk to raise awareness of Black Dog Syndrome. Costumes for pets and owners are encouraged. There will be prizes, along with music, dog food samples and training tips. Noon. FREE. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 208-345-2929, theram.com.
MONDAY OCT. 10
OPEN MIC POETRY—8 p.m. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605.
Festivals & Events
ON GOING THE MAIZE—Celebrate the harvest with pumpkin picking, hay rides, live music and farm-based activities for young and old alike on the farm. While you’re there, take a walk through the Maize—an 18-acre corn maze. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. FREE to visit the farm, $7.95-$15.95 for Maize admission. The Farmstead, 8685 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-922-5678, farmsteadfestival.com.
On Stage SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $13-$20. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
SCARECROW STROLL—Celebrate fall by taking a tour of the garden to check out the scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, clubs and individuals using a PVC frame and their own creativity. Visitors to the garden can enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons under the watchful eyes of these garden guardians. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE members, $5 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Workshops & Classes INTRO TO LETTERPRESS— Learn to set type, basic typography and how to make your own invitations, business cards and more on antique equipment. Call 208-761-9538 to reserve a spot in the class. 6-9 p.m. $50-$75. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, idahoposterandletterpress.com.
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
Workshops & Classes IDAHO’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE WORKSHOP—Ken Miller and Lisa Young of the Snake River Alliance will lead and facilitate this three-week workshop on Idaho’s energy future. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE for Snake River Alliance members, $30 nonmembers. Thomas Hammer, 298 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208433-8004, hammercoffee.com.
TUESDAY OCT. 11 Farmers Markets FARMER’S MARKET—4-6:30 p.m. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, 208-389-4769, northendnursery.com. Overheard something Eye-spy worthy? E-mail email@example.com
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REMEMBERING ROBERT AUTH Local artist is celebrated with new biography and exhibit at Brown’s Gallery JANA MOSELEY
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deadline,’” said Collias. And with that, they were off, sorting through a lifetime of art, family history and reference materials, along ROBERT AUTH
focus of Auth’s life. It was the fall of 2010 when Robert Auth “There are a lot of proliﬁc artists out there found out he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerobut Bob was especially proliﬁc,” said nephew sis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS. And while this was ultimately a death sentence for the longtime Boise artist and educator, it was also the driving force behind his biography, Francie’s Camera: The Art and Stories of Robert Auth. Enlisting the help of his nephew Marc Auth and local author and former Boise Weekly Editor Nick Collias, the trio set about deﬁning his legacy. Auth, or Bob as he was known to friends and family, was a teacher, collector, historian, storyteller, soldier, and above all, creator. Originally from Illinois, Auth fell in love with Idaho on a hunting trip in 1955 and resolved to return and live in the state. In 1959, he settled in Boise and started a long career teaching art in the Boise School District, as well as working with students at College of Idaho and Boise State. In addition to accolades he received as an instructor, Auth won several awards for his art during his life and was even selected for an exhibit showcasMarc. “You look at his body of work and you ing Idaho artists at the Smithsonian. come to ﬁnd that he produced as many pieces Auth produced an eclectic array of art throughout his life. His body of work includes as could be done in three lifetimes.” During the ’70s and ’80s, Auth’s work went pen-and-ink drawings, calligraphy, sculptures, watercolor, papier-mache, engravings, etchings in a totally new direction when he began focusand pastels. He’s best known, however, for the ing on Idaho history. He would often produce impeccably detailed pen-and-ink drawings acrylic pop art paintings he made in the ’60s relating the events of Idaho’s past. and ’70s, when his artwork was widely exhib“To go from very modern pop art-looking ited in the Treasure Valley. In fact, his work is stuff to people in buckskins and Native Ameristill on display at Boise Art Museum, Brown’s cans and early turn-of-the-century imagery … Gallery and Boise Airport. In his acrylic era, Auth focused on everyday it’s almost like it was two different people,” said Randall Brown of Brown’s Gallery. objects, with extreme attention to detail and And Auth’s fascinaparticular emphasis on tion with frontiersmen reﬂections. The Art of Robert Auth will be featured at and aviation led to a “There’s really Brown’s Gallery through October. collection of incredibly no explaining what BROWN’S GALLERY realistic drawings with struck him about 408 S. Eighth St. spectacular attention something,” Col888-342-6661 to detail. lias said. “He would brownsgallery.com “He was very just happen across See more of Auth’s work at boiseweekly.com. much the historian … something … that he very much the perfecthought was really tionist,” added Brown. cool and re-create it.” When Auth was diagnosed with Lou GehA cup of coffee, French fries or a simple rig’s disease in 2010, he became determined to paint can were reproduced in bold, bright get his legacy down on paper, a project he had colors, yet contained a photographic element. been working toward since his retirement. And Auth once described the color schemes of his that’s where Collias and Marc came in. paintings as “almost a clash of colors … very “He basically said, ‘I’m dying within the bold, in your face.” next year to 18 months. We’re on a tight Whether teaching or creating, art was the
Robert Auth’s “Lunar Trolley Ride 1974.”
with hundreds of pages of hand-written manuscripts detailing Auth’s life. Collias recalled sitting with Auth for hours, listening to stories. But amid the reminiscing, there was also a sense of urgency. “He’d call me up sometimes and say, ‘You done yet? I’m dying over here,’” said Collias. “It’s a tough call to get from somebody.” But getting an entire lifetime into a book in a matter of months was a daunting challenge, and on May 12, 2011, Auth passed away before that dream was realized. “I think he knew that his time was coming and that he didn’t have the hard copy in his hands,” said Marc. “But I think he was good with that because there on the table was the whole thing and he was pleased.” After his death, Auth’s family began sorting through hundreds of attache cases that contained decades worth of documents, stories, photos and reference materials. In the midst of it was a letter Auth wrote to his sister, Rosemary, in 1987 that captures what this book meant to him. “Like planting a tree, fathering a child, building a house—I want to leave some evidence of my being here,” wrote Auth. And with his newly minted book and a First Thursday exhibit at Brown’s Gallery, Francie’s Camera: The Art and Stories of Robert Auth, is his ﬁnal way of saying, “Bob was here.”
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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East Side
BASQUE MUSEUM & CULTURAL 2 CENTER—Enjoy a jam session with local Basque musicians, check
BRICOLAGE—Featuring work 4 from former BW cover artist and illustrator James Lloyd. 418 S. Sixth St., 208-345-3718, bricoshoppe.com.
showcases the winners of a student art contest. Community organizations and businesses will also distribute informational materials and answer questions about energy technologies, research and efﬁciency. Grove St.
out the gallery exhibit Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques, or take a guided tour of the Jacobs/Uberuaga house. 611 Grove St., 208-343-2671, basquemuseum.com. BOISE ART GLASS—Enjoy live 3 demonstrations and snacks, or sign up to make your own pumpkin.
FLATBREAD COMMUNITY 5 OVEN—Check out Amber Grubb’s photographs while enjoying happy
BASQUE MARKET—Paella on the patio and tapas. 608 W. Grove St., 208433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.
Sessions are 30 minutes long, cost $40 and are available 5-11 p.m. 530 W. Myrtle St., 208-345-1825, boiseartglass.com.
BASQUE BLOCK—Idaho Power will host an energy education 1 fair on the Basque Block. The event
DRAGONFLY—All coats and sweaters are 20 percent off. 414 W. Main St., 208-338-9234, gama-go.com.
hour featuring $6 deals. Bottles of wine are $20, and kids eat free with purchase. 615 W. Main St., 208-2874757, ﬂatbreadpizza.com.
FLOATING FEATHER DAY SPA—Go Pink this First Thursday as the spa participates in Bras Over Boise for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Get pink polish applications for your nails and stop in for a goodie bag and a chance to win a $50 gift certiﬁcate. 602 W. Idaho St., 208-424-5153, ﬂoating-feather.com.
FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—New work by Jean Von Blanc. Paintings and drawings on display in All Hallows Eve through October. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320, ﬂyingmcoffee. com.
FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE—A three-course tasting menu paired with beers from Payette Brewing Company, including the Brown Ale, Fresh Hop and Outlaw IPA. Fun starts at 6 p.m. Plates are limited so arrive early to get a seat. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201, thefrontdoorboise.com. GOLDY’S CORNER—Stop by for happy hour 7 or dinner. Local artwork on the walls and live local music. 625 W. Main St., 208-433-3934, goldysbreakfastbistro.com. IDAHO STATE CAPITOL—It’s Women’s Day at the Capitol. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and ﬁrst lady Lori Otter will be joined by women in positions of leadership in Idaho state government to answer questions about public policy. 3-6 p.m. 700 W. Jefferson St., 208-433-9705. INDIE MADE—Local crafters and artists will set up shop in pop-up tents in the Pioneer Building. Enjoy wine tasting and live music while you browse. Open until 9 p.m. 108 N. Sixth St.
South Side 8TH STREET MARKETPLACE AT BODO—The 8 Artist in Residence program hosts all new artists from 6-9 p.m. Meet poet Megan E. Williams, writer Amanda Turner (at Cole Marr Coffeehouse), writer Mike Medberry, ﬁlmmaker Todd Joseph Lundbohm, and painter/mixed-media artist Willow Socia. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, 208-338-5212, 8thstreetmarketplace.com. ATOMIC TREASURES—Creepy art show and 9 sale through October with Art from the Dark Side of Local Artists. Also, an art bra from C. Stevens will be on display and up for auction in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t forget to check out the store’s collection of vintage and retro art, jewelry and more. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-344-0811, atomictreasures.com. BOISE ART MUSEUM—Get a sneak peek 10 at artwork from some of the artists participating in this year’s BOSCO Open Studio Tour, to be held on Oct. 15-16. Art Talk at 5:30 p.m. and Studio Art Exploration from 5-8 p.m. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org. BROWN’S GALLERY—Featuring the art 11 of Robert Auth, the well-known artist and educator. Works from Auth’s private collection will be sold to beneﬁt his estate. Also a book signing for Francie’s Camera: The Art and Stories of Robert Auth. See story, Page 27. 408 S. Eighth St., 208-342-6661. HAIRLINES—Stop in and talk to Lui the Hair Whisperer. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-383-9009. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM—In 12 honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the museum will participate in Bras Over Boise. Admission by donation. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, history.idaho.gov. LISK GALLERY—It’s the gallery’s grand 13 opening in its new space in BODO. Featuring the 10th collection of the 50 Series small paintings from Jerri Lisk. Photos by Mark Lisk and new work from Carl Rowe. Sample wines from Sawtooth Winery. 401 S. Eighth St., 208-3423773, liskgallery.com. THE MONOGRAM SHOPPE—Stop in to check out fantastic gift ideas. 409 S. Eighth St., themonogramshoppe.com. NORTHRUP BUILDING—The Artist in 14 Residence program features new work from painter Amanda Hamilton, video installation artist Arin Lindstrom, and work from an artist new to Boise, Meg Feldman, including abstract paintings, a string canopy installation and contrasting ﬂat and three-dimensional forms. Eighth and Broad streets, second ﬂoor. QUE PASA—Check out the best selection of Mexican artwork in town, including wall fountains, silver, Day of the Dead decor, and cedar and leather sofas. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9018. R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART 15 GLASS—Colorful, one-of-a-kind paintings from Idaho artists Shelly Higgins and Jim Harper. Artists reception from 5-9 p.m. 415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337, rgreygallery.com. RENEWAL UNDERGROUND—The Artist 16 in Residence program features new work from painter Anne Boyles. 517 S. Eighth St., 208-338-5444.
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LISTINGS/1ST THURSDAY SALON 162—Paintings, 17 comics, ﬂiers, murals and more from Pickles. Cupcakes
N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, 208433-0872, americanclothinggallery.com.
from Jason Meyer. Book a service and get $10 off. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-386-9908.
ART GLASS ETC.—Fea20 turing work from gallery co-owner and glassblower
SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with “pinktinis.” Stop in for a pink wine cocktail or a complimentary wine ﬂight. Also, 20 percent off all cases. 786 W. Broad St., 208-345-9463.
Kristi MacDonald. Watch live demonstrations and peruse her selection of smaller hand-blown items like jars, perfume bottles and miniature tea sets. MacDonald will also take custom orders. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 138A, 208-794-3265.
SOLID—Scotch and 18 bourbon tasting, live music from Robert James, free
THE ART OF WARD 21 HOOPER GALLERY—Celebrate 25 years with a special
apps at 6 p.m., and art from Will Eichelberger. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620.
print commemorating Alive After Five, check out deals on framing and meet the artist. 745 W. Idaho St., 208-866-4627, wardhooper.com.
BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT—Head chef Richard Allen Barrett and owner-chef John Berryhill will preview bites from the new holiday catering menu. Enjoy complimentary champagne party
AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Anti-aging demonstration and a Bras Over Boise display celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 100
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shots with Amy Berryhill while touring the Berryhill banquet facilities. 121 N. Ninth St., 208387-3553, berryhillandco.com. BRICK OVEN BISTRO— 22 Check out artwork by members of the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance on the patio. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456, brickovenbistro.com. D.L. EVANS BANK— 23 See a preview of Boise Weekly’s annual Cover Auction with a selection of cover art that will be auctioned off Wednesday, Nov. 2. Sample desserts from Sweet Perfections by Holly Kay, and get pinkiﬁed with prizes and treats with Pink Project artist Connie Kline’s Bras Over Boise piece. 213 N. Ninth St., 208-331-1399. FETE STYLE BAR—Get to know the new downtown salon with champagne, wine and apps. 110 N. Eighth St., 208-344-3559. FETTUCINE FORUM—This month’s forum topic is On Being Well: Literature and Sickness and in Health, presented by Cheryl Hindrichs. Why isn’t illness, one of the most profound life experiences, considered one of the prime themes of literature, like war, love and jealousy? Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483. GRAEBER—Open late, from 6-8 p.m., with 10 percent off Aveda products and pink-themed services, refreshments and more in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 350 N. Ninth St., 208-343-4915.
IDAHO ADVANTAGE 24 CREDIT UNION—Check out photo entries from the
annual Calendar Photo Contest during an open house from 6-8 p.m. with refreshments. 249 N. Ninth St., 208-342-5660.
IDAHO POSTER AND 25 LETTERPRESS—See artist Tyler James Bush’s Home
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PAISLEY ROBERTS—Get 10 percent off holiday greeting cards through October. 237 N. Ninth St., 208-345-5015, paisleyroberts.com. PORTSCHE’S JEWELRY 26 BOUTIQUE—Work from local artist Kati Konkol in oil and acrylic. Also, 30 percent off on First Thursday and wine samples. 206 N. Ninth St., 208343-4443, portsches.com.
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on the Strange installation. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, 208761-9538, idahoposterandletterpress.com.
REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP— The Discovery Center of Idaho will be at Rediscovered Books and All About Games doing demos. Both stores will have related science books and games available. 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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THOMAS HAMMER— 27 Work from artist Hans Glen. 298 N. Eighth St., 208-
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TRIP TAYLOR BOOKSELLER— Bring your own poetry to recite or read someone else’s. 7 p.m. FREE. 210 N. 10th St., 208-3443311, downtownboise.org.
20. Ar t Glass Etc. 21. Ward Hooper 22. Brick Oven Bistro 23. D.L. Evans
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ZEPPOLE—Archival 28 prints on assorted metals with landscape photos from the Grand Canyon to the Rocky Mountains from James Lay. 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149, zeppolebakery.com.
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This play is appropriate for ages 7+
TERTAINMENT AN EN : The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself)
phone: 331-9224 x205 online: BCTheater.org 854 Fulton St. Downtown Boise, ID
1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS West Side THE ALASKA CENTER—Blak Book, Angelina Briggs and St. Marie present Earth Visions. Boise and Moscow artists present Wine, Women and Song on the second ﬂoor with work from Jeanne Rogers, Chi-E Shenaman, Laurel MacDonald, Debi R-Smith, Becker Gutsch and Sue Benier. And Boise State’s student directed PR ﬁrm hosts House of Blues with music by Dakota Barrera, live art by Jason Darrah and appetizers by the Artisan Food Co-op. 1020 Main St.
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ART SOURCE GALLERY—Cognitive Disso30 nance, new work in mixed media, from Zella Bardsley. Meet the artist from 5-9 p.m. Music from Rochelle, and wine from Indian Creek. Also presenting the Idaho Humane Society beneﬁt with mobile adoptions and a special section of animal art by member artists. 1015 W. Main St., 208331-3374, artsourcegallery.com. BASEMENT GALLERY— 31 The Curator’s Pick show features work from Ruth Franklin, Melissa Graves, Charlotte Snook, Christopher Perry and Molly Hill. 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309. BEN & JERRY’S SCOOP SHOP—Holy ice cream, Batman. It’s all you can eat Ben and Jerry’s for $10. Get your hand stamped and eat all the ice cream you want in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 103 N. 10th St., 208-342-1992, benjerry.com. DV8 SALON—Hosting Carolyn St. Mary with Thirty-One Gifts and Elise Clark with Pampered Chef. 1025 W. Main St., 208-342-1003. EXPOSURE A.L.P.H.A. 32 INTERCHANGE—Shop ’til you drop with work from local artists. 213 N. 10th St., 208424-8158, exposureidaho.org. FOOT DYNAMICS—Get $10 off your purchase when you mention the First Thursday Event Guide. Shop to a live piano music. 1021 W. Main St., 208-386-3338. GALLERY 601—Support33 ing the Komen Foundation in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Little Black Dress Club, a bake sale and James Christensen. Giveaways, wine tasting and baked goods for sale. 211 N. 10th St., 208-336-5899, gallery601.com. THE LINEN BUILDING— 34 See Arts story, Page 34. 1402 W. Grove St., 208-3850111, thelinenbuilding.com. OWYHEE PLAZA HOTEL—The Cake Ballers will be in the house. Featuring pink-themed drink specials, live music with Ben Burdick and Amy Weber, and wine ﬂights from Ste. Chapelle. 1109 Main St., 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com. RADIO BOISE—Tour the studios, check out the DJ live on air and record a testimonial for the station. 1020 W. Main St., Alaska Building, Ste. 200, 208424-8166, radioboise.org. REUSE GALLERY—Get 35 creative for Halloween with Junk O’Lanterns. Also, Reuse Gallery will participate in Bras Over Boise for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1423 W. Grove St.
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“Oh give me a home where the strange can roam ...”
DOWNTOWN NEWS Downtown Boise’s Basement Gallery has had a change of plans for October. Instead of exhibiting the work of Keith Farnsworth, there will be a Curator’s Pick exhibition featuring gallery owner Jane Brumﬁeld’s favorite works from previous exhibiting artists. The show will feature Ruth Franklin, a Britishborn artist specializing in acrylic paint, charcoal and pastels. Her paintings, which feature mainly human subjects, are characterized by broad brushstrokes. Another artist Brumﬁeld has selected is Melissa Graves-Brown, inspired by Idaho’s bountiful natural beauty. Artist Charlotte Snook—who draws inspiration from wild animal education books and dog-training manuals—will also be included. Rounding out the show is artist Christopher Perry, who utilizes oil paint and kiln-glass and believes both media inﬂuences one another, and Molly Hill, who left a career in the corporate sphere to pursue art and describes herself as a “closet artist.” The subjects of many of Hill’s Asian inﬂuenced paintings hold their gaze directly with the viewer, eliciting an intimate and engaging sensation. The exhibit will be up through the month of October. Moving from Asian to antlers, Tyler Bush’s latest multimedia exhibit, Home on the Strange, will be on display at Idaho Poster and Letterpress through October. The show features Bush’s acrylic images of Deer Ladies, encaustic pieces and porcelain sculptures of antlered Victorian-era folk. For more info on the show, visit tylerjamesbush.com. If horns aren’t your cup of tea, you can bounce around downtown and check out the Pink Project. Downtown Business Association merchants will display decorated art bras made by local survivors, supporters and advocates throughout the month to bolster breast cancer awareness. At D.L. Evans Bank, you can check out a bra decorated by artist and breast cancer survivor Connie Kline, while snacking on pink treats and desserts from Sweet Perfections by Holly Kay. D.L. Evans will also showcase an array of covers from the Boise Weekly Cover Auction, which goes down on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Linen Building. To kickstart the Pink Project, Angell’s Bar and Grill will host the Bras Over Boise party on First Thursday. For $10, you’re en-tit-led to an assortment of apps and one drink ticket and will be entered to win an array of door prizes. —Garrett Horstmeyer and Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NEON INDIAN ENTERS A STRANGE ERA Chill wave pioneer Alan Palomo discusses the ’80s and vintage synths STEPHEN FOSTER
Neon Indian’s music has the unique capability of sounding like it comes from the future and the past simultaneously. Often Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo ﬁnds manipulating vintage audio equipment Thrilling. drenched in a hazy gloss of fuzz and imbued with vintage synthesizers and keyboards, it invokes a type of nostalgia that comes from little worlds for all of this stuff to live in.” lifted to reveal more nuance and craftsmanthinking about your favorite VHS tape or A key component of Neon Indian’s ship in songwriting. Whereas Psychic Chasms Sega Genesis game. At the same time, it has sound is the variety of vintage synthesizers felt like one cohesive unit, with each track an eerie post-apocalyptic dance-party feel, and keyboards that it utilizes. Palomo even contributing to a singular vibe, Era is more where pulsating lights and synthetic virtual of a collection of solid individual tracks, each channeled his love of old-school synthesizers worlds shield a listener from the desolate into developing his own, the PAL198X, decontributing to the varied feel of the album. wilderness of reality. scribed as a “triple triangle-wave oscillator “With [Era Extrana] it was more about “I’ve always been fascinated by the nocreating individual sounds that were already noisemaking device.” Palomo’s nerd-sensition of a future of uncertainty,” said Alan inherent in nature and trying to combine all bilities compel him to scour old shops and Palomo, the 23-year-old artist behind Neon thrift stores in search of new knobs to twist. of those components to create one song. I Indian. “Or just living in this strange time “They’re very characteristic, temperawanted a lot of the tuning to come from the and place, where in order to create culsounds themselves as opposed to treating the mental and fascinating machines,” said tural gestures indicative of the future, we’re Palomo. “They kind of undulate in and out song after the fact,” said Palomo. “All of trudging through this Internet wasteland of the new record was generated live. There are of pitch, and they have all of these little the past to ﬁnd all of these little nuggets of things that kind of require ﬁnesse over time. inﬂuence and then Frankensteining them into no samples other than the punching sounds In that sense, they start to become your on ‘Arcade Blues.’ I think it was pretty some unique statement.” important this time around to really try and friend. They deﬁnitely shape the moods and Neon Indian’s debut album, Psychic personas around any body of work you’re Chasms, was released in 2009. Fueled by the craft an aesthetic that was completely selfdoing, and I’ve always been obsessed with generated and not play around with or try ridiculously catchy singles “Deadbeat Sumharnessing that.” and recontextualize any preexisting stuff.” mer” and “Should have Taken Acid With When it comes to reﬁning and promotOne of the common threads in Neon InYou,” Psychic Chasms generated loads of ing his art, Palomo is restless. Aside from dian’s music and aesblog buzz and critical the two albums and constant touring, Neon thetic—visual, lyrical acclaim. Its quirky Indian has done everything from an EP and otherwise—is a samples and effects, With Com Truise and Purity Ring. throwback to ’80s mu- with the Flaming Lips, to recording a song processed beats and 21 and older. Friday, Oct. 7, 9 p.m., for Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound $10 adv., $13 door. sic and culture. Songs relaxed vibe even Internet record label. He has also been like “Arcade Blues” helped spur—with aid REEF and “Fallout” feel like prominently featured in music publications from Toro y Moi’s 105 S. Sixth St. 208-287-9200 they would ﬁt nicely in like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. RegardCausers of This and reefboise.com a late-night episode of less of all the spotlights and clamor, Palomo Washed Out’s Life of intends to stick with what he does best: VH1 Classic. Leisure—the crecreating weird, energetic, nostalgic, high“I guess I’m so ation of a new genre: involved in that kind of inﬂuence that I don’t tech pop music. chillwave. “I’ve just been along for the ride in a really see it as nostalgic, necessarily,” said “For the ﬁrst record, I deﬁnitely had one really strange way,” said Palomo. “The Palomo. “It’s one thing to write an experisolitary aesthetic that I was going for,” said last gig I had before doing this was rolling Palomo. “It was just sort of glazing the sheen mental record, but it’s another thing to be burritos in Austin, [Texas] ... It’s just such over the whole mix and using the entire song in an era when people are creating these a drastic leap in nature that I kind of am different jumps in technology just to see as an instrument and kind of re-pitching completely enchanted by it. I do it because things and creating characters in that sense.” what they sound like. Back then, there were it’s just a fun thing to wake up and do. … Neon Indian released a new record in Sep- no presets. You had to carve these aesthetics The interrelation between expectation and out of wood and really ﬁne-tune them. I’ve tember titled Era Extrana. It’s a more dense, creative impulse rarely sync up, and so I’d complex and musically thorough album than always really loved that. As far as the visual rather follow the latter than put more seats its predecessor. Palomo’s voice is raised out of aesthetics of it, I think that in a lot of ways, in the house or something. That’s just not the undertow, the individual instruments and memories can be as much an instrument as why I make music.” anything else. I like trying to create these effects are more pronounced, and the haze is WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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GUIDE WEDNESDAY OCT. 5 APPLE THIEF—10 p.m. FREE. Liquid BALLYHOO—9:30 p.m. FREE. Reef BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s BOBAFLEX AND CROSSFADE— With Adakain and Empahatic. 7:30 p.m. $18-$35. Knitting Factory
ARCHEOLOGY, RED ROOM, OCT. 6 Archaeology isn’t always about dusty artifacts. In this case, Archeology [sic] is a Portland, Ore.-based folk-rock group whose founding members, Jason Davis and Daniel Walker, bonded over their love of archaeology. After all, they met on a dig. They also shared similar childhoods. Both Davis and Walker have evangelical fathers and both re-thought religion as adults. Though the band has Northwest roots and frequently writes songs about their beloved city of Portland, their layered vocals have universal appeal. Archeology has embarked on two national tours and recently performed at Musicfest Northwest. In the past, they’ve played along acts such as Frightened Rabbit, The Fling, Lakes and local favorite Finn Riggins. Now Archeology will add Boise’s Red Room to their list of tour stops, where they will perform with Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars and A Seasonal Disguise. —Talyn Brumley 9 p.m., $3. Red Room, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956.
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BOBBY SICK—With Con-crete, Dark Preacha, Rocky Mountain Stranglas and False Face Soldiers. 6 p.m. $10. The Venue
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
JIM LEWIS— 6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek Grill
ISLAND REGGAE THURSDAYS—Featuring DJ Jazzy Jim. 10 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s
JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel SARAH MCQUAID—With Joe Baldassarre. 6:30 p.m. $15 adv., $18 door. The Linen Building TRAVIS MCDANIEL—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s Fine Pizza
DAVID MARR—6 p.m. FREE. Cole Marr THE GHOST OF MICHAEL CLARK—With The Changing Colors, Clarke and the Himselfs, and Edward Romeo. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s JAM NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel JERRY JOSEPH AND THE JACK MORMONS—8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux
THE QUARTERTONS—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel REILLY COYOTE—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s RETOX, TRY REDEMPTION, BLACK CLOUD, DOWNSIDED, TIAMAT’S DESTROYER—7 p.m. $8. Shredder ROBERT JAMES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
CLUB ZUMBA—9:30 p.m. $5 before 9 p.m. Humpin’ Hannah’s DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
JAM NIGHT WITH KEVIN SHRUMM—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe
THURSDAY OCT. 6
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club
AMY WEBER—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
ART FAD—With A Seasonal Disguise and Archeology. See Listen Here, Page 33. 9 p.m. $3. The Red Room
THE WORKING DJS— 9:30 p.m. $TBD. Grainey’s Basement
BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Reef
FRIDAY OCT. 7
FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s HED P.E.—Featuring Slaine and more. 7:45 p.m. $18-$35. Knitting Factory
SUN BLOOD STORIES—10 p.m. FREE. Bouquet
JOHN HANSEN—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JOHNNY SHOES AND THE RHYTHM RANGERS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye NEON INDIAN—With Com Truise / Purity Ring. Show is 21 and older only. See Noise, page 31. 9 p.m. $10 advance, $13 day of show. Reef ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club SYSTEM AND STATION, REVOLT REVOLT, DEADLIGHT EFFECT—9 p.m. $5. Red Room THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $TBD. Grainey’s Basement YELAWOLF—DJ Craze and Rittz. 8 p.m. $15-$35. Knitting Factory
FIRST FRIDAY—With Salt the Seas, Ella Ferrari, Stop Drop and Party and Delta Bravo. 7:30 p.m. $7. The Venue
SATURDAY OCT. 8 6 DOWN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub DARBYS UNDER-GROUND—DJ Jeff Lynn 9-11 p.m. and DJ Timothy Jay 11 p.m.-2 a.m. $3 adv., $5 door. Darby’s JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s THE LONELY FOREST—8 p.m. $7 adv., $8 door. See Listen Here, Page 32. Flying M Coffeegarage MARV ELLIS & THE PLATFORM—10 p.m. $5. Reef MIGUEL GONZALES— Noon. FREE. Casa del Sol THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge POKE CD RELEASE PARTY— With New Transit, Bill Coffey, Reilly Coyote and the Mojo Rounders. 7 p.m. $5. The Linen Building ROCCI JOHNSON BAND— 9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s TY SEGALL—With Aan. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $TBD. Grainey’s Basement
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SUNDAY OCT. 9 6 DOWN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid A DOUG BROWN COLLECTIVE—1 p.m. FREE. Solid AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD—7:30 p.m. $40-$45. Morrison Center BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon. FREE. Grape Escape GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers HAMBONES ON THE BEACH—4 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray LARRY CONKLIN—11 a.m. FREE. Moon’s SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
MONDAY OCT. 10 ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill BLUES JAM WITH RICHARD SOLIZ—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— Featuring Camden Hughes and Sam Strother. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
WEDNESDAY OCT. 12 BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s Pub THE BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
TUESDAY OCT. 11 JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS— 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
CLUB ZUMBA—9:30 p.m. $5 before 9 p.m. Humpin’ Hannah’s DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid DAVID MARR—6 p.m. FREE. Cole Marr GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s
LARRY CONKLIN— 11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s
JIM LEWIS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
OLD-TIME JAM SESSION—6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
RUSS PFEIFER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid YOUTH LAGOON—Purchase the album The Year of Hibernation before the show and get the wristband to attend the show. 8 p.m. wristband needed for admission. Record Exchange
LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La OMINOUS BLACK, DUTCHGUTS, THE MALADROIDS, THE BLEACH EFFECT— 6 p.m. $TBD. The Venue RATTLEHEAD, KAUSTIK, KRYSTOS—8 p.m. $5. Shredder SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadBown
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THE LONELY FOREST, OCT. 8, FLYING M The music of the Paciﬁc Northwest often reﬂects how the lush, wet soil and gray skies of the area have informed its creator’s style—the dampness seeps into the songs. Anacortes, Wash.-born The Lonely Forest looks, sounds and feels like a Northwestern act. TLF blends indie-pop melodies and often up-tempo beats with opaque lyrics, resulting in both the heart swell that comes with hearing a peppy tune and the sense of introspection that can come with thought-provoking lyrics and emotional delivery. TLF’s lyrics are weighty and frontman John Van Deusen’s clear diction and occasional warrior cry give the songs added gravity: “What sort of world and plight for our children must we leave? / Let us burn the nation’s budget. / Let’s send boys overseas to ﬁght ghosts in the desert instead of teaching them to give and lead.” The Lonely Forest was the ﬁrst band to sign with Trans (an imprint of Atlantic Records), the new label by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Walla. The Lonely Forest has gotten a lot of buzz lately, so it was probably a safe business bet for Walla. But it’s also a good ﬁt. The forest won’t be so lonely any more. —Amy Atkins 8 p.m., $7 adv., $8 door. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, ﬂyingmcoffeegarage.com.
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NORTHERN EXPOSURE Kirsten Furlong goes North to Alaska TARA MORGAN Lisa Pisano and Co. explore the Nature of Things at Enso Artspace.
STRIKE IT (EN)RICH In the coming days, Boise artists will be enriching the hell out of people. On Friday, Oct. 7, check out The Nature of Things, a new exhibit at Enso Artspace by members Cate Brigden, Andrea Merrell and Lisa Pisano. In this exhibit, all three artists will show work that “highlights their shared interest in color and form inspired by elements of nature.” The opening is free and runs from 5-8 p.m. Visit ensoartspace. com for more information. On Saturday, Oct. 8, cultural enrichment comes courtesy of Fiesta Tropical-2 at the Basque Center. Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Saturday, Oct. 15, and FT-2 is an opportunity to celebrate the Hispanic community’s contribution to American culture through the visual art, music, food and dance of Latin America. Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with zumba classes and end with a booty-shaking salsa dance, which runs until 1 a.m. Some of the events cost a few bucks, but proceeds beneﬁt a worthwhile cause: the Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation. For more information, visit salsaidaho.com. Creativity happens concurrently on Saturday from noon until 10 p.m. at the Knitting Factory during Art in the Bar IV. This fourth iteration will see nearly 45 artists working in paint, photography, glasswork, jewelry and Legos. The event was created by local Dead Bird Gallery owners Ellen DeAngelis and her husband Wayne Crans as a way to promote Boise artists who aren’t represented by galleries. DeAngelis said the previous Art in the Bar events have been very successful and that they have “some exceptional talent involved in this show.” Art in the Bar IV is free and all-ages. Get inspired on Monday, Oct. 10, when The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations series celebrates 10 years by hosting author Jonathan Franzen at The Egyptian Theatre. Franzen is the author of several novels, including 2001’s Corrections, which won the National Book Award. His most recent novel, Freedom, was ranked No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. According to Time’s Lev Grossman, Franzen is “a devotee of the wide shot, the all-embracing, way-we-live-now novel. In that sense he’s a throwback, practically a Victorian. His characters aren’t jewel thieves or geniuses. They don’t have magical powers, they don’t solve mysteries, and they don’t live in the future. They don’t bite one another or not more than is strictly plausible.” The reading starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12-$55. For $25, you can rub elbows with Franzen from 6-7 p.m. at Beside Bardenay. For more info, visit thecabinidaho.org. —Amy Atkins and Kat Thornton
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Each night before bed, artist Kirsten Furlong would close the wooden shutters on her cabin in the Denali National Park, squeezing out the never-ending summer sunlight. Though the shutters were studded with nails to keep out curious bears, she could still hear the shrill squeals of rabbits as a lurking lynx snatched them up. Furlong, a BW Cover Auction Grant recipient, spent two weeks in the summer of 2010 participating in an artist-in-residency program at the East Fork Cabin, deep in the 6 millionacre Denali wilderness. The rustic 14-foot-by16-foot cabin she stayed in, located 43 miles inside the park on the East Fork of the Toklat River, was built in the 1920s and had no running water or electricity. “For me, the best part about the cabin was just the ability to experience that wilderness area ﬁrsthand … to just experience that rhythm of living every day in a very different environment without all of the electronic things that you tend to look at every day,” said Furlong. Though some might cringe at the thought of that kind of isolation, Furlong ﬂourished in her remote residency. She spent her days hiking through the forests, observing and documenting the natural life that winds its
“News from the Wilderness: Grizzly Bear 2011,” oil, acrylic and metal leaf on canvas.
rabbits. Prints of rabbits radiating geometric way into much of her artwork. auras sit across from a giant embroidered For the last 10 years, Furlong’s work has painting of a gold-leaf rabbit, while a small, focused on the representation of nature in felt faux-taxidermy sculpture of a rabbit cultural places. Many of Furlong’s pieces—innibbles a gold mushroom in the corner. And cluding an installation of beige felt birds in while, superﬁcially, it may seem like Furlong the Boise Art Museum’s Birds of a Feather has made the jump from birds to rabbits, she exhibit—have had a recurring ornithological explained that is not the case. theme. The Denali residency allowed Furlong “I think people pigeonhole me. I did a to broaden her scope and explore some of the couple of series on birds and people were like, forest’s larger fauna. ‘Oh, you’re a bird person,’” said Furlong. “[Furlong has] always focused on animals. “I know there’s these So this experience that people that have these she was provided to go For more information on applying for a BW lifelong obsessions to Alaska and take a Cover Auction Grant visit with one thing, but I different peek at what promo.boiseweekly.com. am deﬁnitely not one she had normally been North to Alaska runs through Dec. 18. of those people. I think interested in—nature, An artist’s dialog will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. the only reason that it scale and how all those maybe looks like I was relate to her work—I GALLERY AT THE LINEN BUILDING 1402 W. Grove St. doing birds and now thought it was a great 208-385-0111 I’m doing rabbits is I opportunity to really kirstenfurlong.com tend to work in series.” have this direct experiAccording to Furence and encounters long, the speciﬁc animal she focuses on is far with the land, with the landscape, with the less signiﬁcant than what it symbolizes overall. animals that are in the wilderness,” said “To me, the animals are all a stand-in David Hale, owner of the Linen Building. “It’s for something else … I think, in a way, they a big jump going from your suburban/urban symbolize me as the artist and me trying home to going out to Denali, that’s just this to understand or identify with the natural beautiful wilderness.” world,” said Furlong. A solo exhibition of Furlong’s work, North Another thread that runs through North to Alaska: Kirsten Furlong, recently opened to Alaska is the ample use of shiny gold leaf. at the Gallery at the Linen Building. The Though Furlong has worked with this medium show incorporates a variety of media— everything from large-scale paintings to in the past, it gained a particular relevance with this show. monotype prints “The history of people of European descent to embroigoing [to Alaska] has a lot to do with gold … dered I’m using the gold to sort of represent what I felt— perceive as the true value of Alaska and that but wilderness … As far as the United States is there’s concerned, [it’s] the last big undisturbed area,” one said Furlong. “What will probably be its ultinomate demise is the fact that there are resources ticethere, not so much the gold, but now it’s oil.” able In addition to addressing these weighty new environmental and political issues, North to motif: Alaska also turns a critical lens on the way animals are portrayed in the media. After returning from Denali, Furlong began to notice sensationalized stock photos of bears roaring or wolves with sharp fangs ﬂashing. She explored this phenomenon in the piece, “News from the Wilderness: Grizzly Bear 2011,” (pictured at left) which features a growling bear surrounded by gold, silver, red and brown canvas circles. “I think it’s really just part of living in the West, where in particular, these big predator animals—whether it’s the cougars or the bears or whatever—they’re presented in this way that’s us vs. them. I ﬁnd that dichotomy really strange,” said Furlong. “You don’t hear that 99.9 percent of the time, the bears are just peacefully minding their own business.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings ALL.I.CAN—The time has come for a ski ﬁlm that stands for something. Join Sherpas Cinema as it unites spectacular cinematography with creative cinematic language to fuse passion for skiing with motivation for green initiatives and forward thinking. In bringing the planet to life, they ﬁnd a common ground between the global situation and the individual. Rafﬂe tickets and cold beer will be sold. Thursday, Oct. 6. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $10. Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 Main St., Boise, 208-336-3854, idahomountaintouring.com. L.A. PHIL LIVE—Dudamel conducts Mendelssohn with Janine Jansen. This all-Mendelssohn program features three of the beloved composer’s most evocative and romantic works. The descriptive Hebrides Overture and the “Scottish” Symphony are musical souvenirs of Mendelssohn’s 1829 vacation in Scotland and the Hebrides islands. Dutch violin virtuoso Janine Jansen joins Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Phil for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, a work she has recorded to great acclaim. Sunday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA—In celebration of the beloved musical’s 25th anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh present The Phantom of the Opera at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Watch the action from the comfort of Edwards IMAX. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Thursday, Oct. 6, and Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com.
MACHINE GUN PREACHER—Sam Childers, a former biker, decides to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war. Transformed by the horrors he sees, Sam ignores the warnings of more experienced aid workers and breaks ground for an orphanage in the heart of a territory controlled by a brutal renegade militia. But establishing a shelter is not enough; determined to save as many lives as possible, Sam leads armed missions into enemy territory to rescue kidnapped children. (R) Flicks
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GEORGE CLOONEY FOR PRESIDENT The Ides of March campaigns for Oscar votes GEORGE PRENTICE As far back as Aristophanes’ satires of democracy, politics has provided a backdrop for classic drama. In movies of the 1930s and Cloonacy: George Clooney co-starred in, directed, co-wrote and produced the Ides of March. ’40s, audiences cheered the idealism of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or The Great McClooney has surrounded himself with one top the real thing? Bill Clinton’s inability Ginty. Film directors explored more shaded of the best casts in recent memory: Ryan to keep it zipped up, John Edwards’ baby themes through the ’50s and ’60s with Seven Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffmama, and oh yeah, Larry Craig. You can’t Days in May and Advise and Consent. man, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. By 1972, when Robert Redford portrayed make this stuff up. “I think he knocks it out of the park,” To the legion of highly ﬂawed, but very Bill McKay in the black comedy The CandiClooney said, referring to Gosling sitting watchable ﬁctional political icons, I gladly date, Hollywood had staked a ﬁrm claim on endorse Mike Morris, inches away. “His is a very difﬁcult role, at the political potboiler. the center of a hurricane.” the ﬁctional governor In fact, Redford holds Gosling plays Stephen Meyers, a politiof the very real state two spots on most IDES OF MARCH (R) cal wunderkind, one of those ridiculously of Pennsylvania. critics’ Top 10 lists of Directed by George Clooney talented but nasty operatives. (Think a very George Cloogreat political ﬁlms, Starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip good looking James Carville.) It’s Gosling’s ney co-starred in, following up The Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti directed, co-wrote and highest proﬁle role to date in a career that Candidate with the Opens Friday, Oct. 7 has already garnered an Academy Award produced The Ides of 1976 classic All the nomination. Don’t be surprised if he grabs March, which opens President’s Men. another trip to the Oscars for this portrayal. Friday, Oct. 7. The If you’re a glutGosling should be nominated along with ﬁlm debuted at the Toronto International ton for the genre, you could ﬁll a weekend Clooney, Clooney and Clooney for Best DiFilm Festival in September, when BW spoke with great back-to-back political ﬁlms: The rector, Screenplay and Performance by an AcAmerican President, Bob Roberts, Bulworth, with the uber-star. tor in a Supporting Role. This will probably “I didn’t think about this as a political The Contender, Dave, Primary Colors, The be Clooney’s year—given his stellar leading ﬁlm,” said Clooney. “I thought of this more Seduction of Joe Tynan, Thirteen Days and performance in another ﬁlm, The Descenas a ﬁlm about moral choices.” Wag the Dog. And of course, The West dants, which comes out in about a month. Sorry, George, but The Ides of March is a Wing, which set a new standard for politiThe Ides of March is far from a perfect very political ﬁlm and you know it. In fact, cal drama on NBC from 1999-2006. Oh, politics is its greatest strength. While the plot ﬁlm. Its plot is familiar and, in a few spots, President Bartlett, where are you when we highly predictable. But it is still better than jumps the rails at times, the story’s drama need you most? quotient increases when we return to political 95 percent of the pulp ﬁlling cineplexes this Of course, the challenge of a political year. To that end, it’s worth your vote. back alleys. drama in the 21st century is: How can you
SCREEN/WEB RESTLESS—Having lost his parents in an accident several years earlier, Enoch tries to cope with their deaths by hanging out with a ghost named Hiroshi and attending the funerals of strangers. At one such funeral, he meets Annabel, a young woman facing her own imminent demise. As the pair fall in love, Enoch encourages Annabel to adopt a devil-may-care attitude toward death and to live her life to the fullest. Directed by Gus Van Sant. (PG-13) Flicks
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After all, even if you believe that time travel could have solved all the problems in the Harr y Potter universe, it’s still funny to contemMost of us have walked out of a theater thinking we could have plate. And most gamers can agree that Bowser would actually defeat come up with a better ending to a movie or ﬁnished a video game Mario if he stopped setting up elaborate obstacle courses and just and dropped the controller in irritation at the various plot holes. For imprisoned the plumber from the star t. those who hate deus ex machina and cringe at the The videos alone are a great way to kill a few “it was all just a dream” excuse, the website How minutes (read hours), but after you’ve had your ﬁll It Should Have Ended is the solution to the bad Vist howitshouldhaveended.com. of more satisfying possible endings, check out the conclusion conundrum. site’s movie reviews or scroll through the comic How It Should Have Ended explores hilarious alarchives if you still need a laugh. So don’t despair ternate endings to popular ﬁlms, TV shows and video when a movie ends in mild or terrible disappointgames. In a series of videos anywhere from one to ﬁve minutes long, ment: Go see How It Should Have Ended. How It Should Have Ended pokes holes in every plot—especially those —Talyn Brumley that were already riddled with holes to begin with.
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IN SEARCH OF PHEASANTS The ups and downs of stocked hunts RANDY KING
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The Fish and Game website publishes the total number of birds that will be dropped in a WMA, as well as the week of the drop—yet the exact day remains an unknown. In the Southwest Region of the state—including CJ Strike, Fort Boise, Mountor and Payette River WMAs—Fish and Game typically will drop 9,600 pheasants. That’s a whole lot of pheasants, yet I hadn’t seen a bird. I was confused. This year, I called Fish and Game to establish a plan. “The birds don’t last long,” Hemker said. “They are either harvested, ﬂy across to private land or to places that hunters can’t reach them.” Basically the only good day for hunting the WMA is the day of or the day after the stocking has occurred. I wondered: Why then are the WMAs are so popular with hunters? “As the state grows more and more urbanized, these places, WMAs, become more popular,” Hemker said, adding that the state is no
longer composed of small towns where people know each other and hunting on private property is not a problem. “Many hunters have limited access to private land,” Hemker said. “The WMAs provide access points and game to be hunted.” Since the birds didn’t face any danger from my dismal luck or equally poor shooting skills, I was curious if stocked birds could possibly repopulate the areas near the WMAs. Ryan Storm, regional manager for Pheasants Forever—a national organization focused on the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife—forwarded me a memo from Howard Vincent, CEO of Pheasants Forever, about the release of farm-raised game birds for repopulation purposes. Using research done in Idaho during an eight-month test period, the survival rate of pen-raised female pheasants was only 4 percent, while the rate for wild-reared birds was near 40 percent. Vincent called farm-raised birds “an inappropriate management tool for increasing pheasant numbers.” “I don’t hunt them personally, don’t know how they are operated ... I spend my time doing what I know works for restoring wildlife populations and providing new opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of Idaho,” Storm said. So what’s becoming of all the birds not shot? Are they just coyote food? How efﬁcient is the stocking program? Is WMA hunting all that’s left for a landless pheasant seeker? Stocking WMAs is basically a pay-to-kill relationship. On the other hand, what is the difference between stocking pheasants and stocking ﬁsh in a river? Both are put in place for recreational purposes. “It is kind of like the ﬁshstocking programs that we have. We put ﬁsh in Parkcenter pond to be caught, not to populate ... And concerning the WMAs, we only stock them with roosters,” said Hemker. After a little verbal dancing, I asked Hemker when the pheasants are dropped at the CJ Strike WMA. “Honestly, I don’t know,” he said. Pressing him, I asked how I might come across the dates. “Cell phones ... and keeping an eye out for stocking trucks.” Maybe that is why the parking lot was empty. JAMES LLOYD
For bird hunters in the West, one bird is both one of the most sought after and increasingly elusive: the ring-necked pheasant. The elusive quality comes in part from the birds’ natural survival instinct but in even larger part because of declining populations. One oft-repeated phase echoes across the ﬁelds of Idaho each fall and early winter among hunters: “There ain’t as many pheasants as there used to be.” Pheasant populations have been in decline since the 1980s. Tom Hemker, state habitat manager at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said 30 years ago, roughly 400,000 pheasants were harvested in Idaho. Last year, that number was 100,000. Sal Palazzolo, private lands and farm bill program manager at Fish and Game, said the largest issue attributed to the decline of pheasants is change of habitat. Decades ago, farm ﬁelds were smaller—as was equipment—and ﬂood irrigation meant there were more unworked areas for pheasants. Additionally, the introduction of more pesticides has decreased the number of bugs available for young pheasants to eat to reach maturity. As hunters had less success each season, some turned to stocked hunts offered at nine wildlife management areas open to hunting and ﬁshing. Tired of watching roosters from the other side of a “No Trespassing” sign, I decided to try my luck at the CJ Strike Wildlife Management Area last fall. I bought a WMA pheasant hunting permit for $23, which allowed me to bag up to six roosters, with a maximum of two per day. I had high expectations, but when I showed up at the WMA, the parking lot was nearly empty, which seemed strange for a Saturday in the middle of hunting season. Maybe I was just lucky. Unfortunately, I was just alone—no other hunters and no birds either. For more than six hours, I combed the tall grasses and marsh land and did not see a single pheasant. Not one. It turns out my experience is not uncommon. “If you can talk to the game manager to ﬁnd out what day they drop the birds, WMAs are worthwhile. But any other days, they are nearly worthless,” said Nick Jangula, an avid hunter from the New Plymouth area.
Sales of wolf-hunting licenses for Idaho’s second wolf hunt are down from the ﬁrst hunt.
WOLF HUNT SLOW, BUT ONGOING One month into Idaho’s second wolf hunting season, things seem to be rolling along far quieter than the ﬁrst hunt in 2009—not only in terms of the politically charged argument between wolf foes and advocates but in terms of numbers. First, the sale of wolf tags is down signiﬁcantly from 2009 and 2010, when the single season was broken up by year. In 2009 and 2010, a total of 30,619 resident tags and 781 nonresident tags were sold. This year, 17,021 resident tags have been sold, while the number of nonresident tags has increased to 1,682 (there was no wolf hunting season in the fall of 2010). To date, 30 wolves have been killed as part of the hunt, with the most reported in the Sawtooth area, where seven of the limit of 60 wolves have been taken. An additional ﬁve have been harvested from the Panhandle hunting zone, with one in the Palouse-Hells Canyon area, three in the Dworshak-Elk City area, two in the Middle Fork zone, one in the Salmon area, three in the McCall-Weiser zone, three in the Southern Mountains area, and ﬁve in the Island Park hunting zone. Hunting in the areas closest to Yellowstone National Park closes on Dec. 31, while hunting in most other areas will close either on March 31, 2012, or June 30, 2012, unless a limit is reached earlier. Hunters are required to report any wolf kill within 72 hours, although that requirement got a little muddled when the incorrect phone number for reporting was printed on some of the tags. The correct number is 1-855-648-5558. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game maintains updated harvest information on its website, ﬁshandgame.idaho.gov—click on “Wolf Hunting and Trapping Information,” then click on “Harvest Information.” Speaking of getting more information, a new publication is aiming to keep Idaho outdoorsmen and women up to date on all the outdoors happenings. The bi-weekly Idaho Outdoor Journal is now on stands, offering outdoors-oriented stories. A combination of regional wire stories and locally written articles, the paper was launched in early September and covers a variety of topics, from wildlife and environmental issues to hunting and assorted outdoor recreation. The Boise-based publication also has an accompanying website, idahooutdoorjournal.com, which includes the paper’s print content. The publication promises that the website will be updated regularly and provide a new resource for those who love to be outdoors. —Deanna Darr
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THE BIKINI BUZZ Hotties Mochas and More is the latest in a (g)string of victims hit hard by the rigid economy. The pink shack perched on the side of Chinden Boulevard was once famous for its scantily clad bikini baristas, but the naughty lattes have sadly stopped ﬂowing. In its place, a new family owned coffee shack has sprouted up, with a white picket fence to prove its wholesomeness. All the Buzz coffee plans to clean up that ﬂesh-ﬂashing corner by offering an array of premium coffee and espresso drinks, Shangri-La Tea, smoothies and fresh grub cooked up by A Lively Chef. All the Buzz celebrated its fully clothed grand opening on Sept. 24. For more information about All the Buzz, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/allthebuzzboise. Speaking of buzz, you can get yours on at the Payette Brewing-sponsored beer garden at the Food Truck Rally on Thursday, Oct. 6. The rally will feature local mobile faves like Rice Works, Calle 75, Boise Fry Company, Archie’s Place, B29 Streatery, Brown Shuga Soul Food and A Cupcake Paradise. After grubbing down, you can stick around to hear tunes from Hillfolk Noir, Steve Meyers and Thomas Paul. If you want your chow a little more highbrow, head over to Idaho Botanical Garden on Friday, Oct. 7, for the Grow the Garden Party, which beneﬁts the Children’s Adventure Garden. For $60 per person, you can sample a locally sourced menu from Bon Appetit, which includes plates like wild mushroom risotto cakes topped with lacquered bacon and shaved Ballard Trufﬂe Cheddar, and smoked Idaho trout crostini with fresh dill Rolling Stone goat cheese and grilled kale chips. The event runs from 5:30-10 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at idahobotanicalgarden.org or by calling 208-343-8649. Now that your home garden is no longer growing—and gasping its last, wheezy breaths—you’ll likely be relying on grocery stores more for your produce needs. Thankfully, Boise Co-op extended its business hours as of Oct. 1. You can now shop for produce and just about everything else you need from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Want a sweet way to celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Reserve your spot in Dawn Larzelier’s Mexican sugar skull-making workshop on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. For $5, Larzelier will show you how to fashion a homemade calavera to place on your Day of the Dead altar. The class will be held at 913 Warren St., near the intersection of Boise and Broadway avenues. For more info, call 208-570-4247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. —Tara Morgan
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Lewiston area was once the Northwest’s premier winemaking region GUY HAND Mike Pearson had heard the stories but wanted to ﬁnd out for himself. Last fall he did a little detective work, poking through an abandoned vineyard some 30 miles east of Lewiston. “We were looking for grapes, trying to identify them by the cluster,” he said of century-old vines rumored to have been, at least brieﬂy, owned by the Rothschilds of Bordeaux. After a subtle, but suspenseful pause, he added: “We did ﬁnd ﬁve or six different cultivars on the site.” Pearson took cuttings from those vines, packed them up and, in proper CSI fashion, sent them off to the University of California at Davis for DNA analysis. The results were intriguing—and backed up the stories he’d heard about the Lewiston area’s wine-infused past. The cuttings—classic French varieties like petit syrah, petite verdot and cabernet franc—gave credence to a local historian’s claim that the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley between Lewiston and Clarkston, Wash., was once the Northwest’s ﬁrst internationally recognized winemaking region. Evidence shows that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Walla Walla, Wash., the Willamette Valley and the Sunnyslope area of southwestern Idaho were toddling through their winemaking infancies, this steep-walled conﬂuence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers was winning awards and drawing admirers from places like the Napa Valley and Europe. Then came Prohibition. The industry crashed. At least one prominent Lewiston winemaker, Robert Schleicher, eventually shipped his unmarketable labor up to Moscow, where it was unceremoniously converted into vinegar. He died of heart failure shortly thereafter. For the next 100 years, the valley literally buried its winemaking past under wheat ﬁelds, rail yards and Lewiston’s sprawling paper mill. A few years ago, though, interest in the region’s wine-tinted past seemed to re-sprout like new vines from forgotten rootstock. Together and individually, aspiring winemakers suddenly picked up shovels and ﬁred up back hoes in the hope of resurrecting the region’s grape-growing glory days. It’s safe to say that no one has ever mistaken Lewiston for Bordeaux, but back in the 1870s, French immigrants apparently saw the region’s potential. “In some ways, it makes sense—when you look at the terrain around here and compare
A new crop of winemakers is helping to revive the once-thriving Lewiston-Clarkston Valley wine industry.
it to some French terrain—that people would think these upriver valleys, their steep canyons would be a good place to plant grapes,” said Mike Pearson, one of the area’s newest winemakers and owner of Colter’s Creek Vineyards and Winery near Juliaetta. You only have to walk through one of Pearson and wife Melissa Sanborn’s young vineyards clinging to tawny hillsides like a Wine Spectator photo spread to see what early pioneers pictured in their heads. A French immigrant named Louis Delsol was the ﬁrst person to imagine wine grapes on those treeless slopes, according to Robert N. Wing, the historian who preserved and publicized Lewiston’s wine history. “The importation and planting of European cuttings on two acres of land two miles east of Lewiston in 1872 marked the beginning of a wine and grape growing industry that brought fame to the valley from far outside its boundaries,” Wing wrote of Delsol’s ﬁrst vineyard. Robert Scheicher, another Frenchman who studied wine culture as a child, arrived in Lewiston that same year and, seeing how well Delsol’s vineyards were doing, eventually planted his own. Both men built wineries, others followed and business ﬂourished. In a June 3, 1905, Lewiston Tribune article, Scheicher was quoted as having said, “My candid opinion is that this is the best place in the United States for grape growing ... [and] there is no reason why it should not be the leading industry here.” In 1908 the Tribune reported that 40 varieties of grapes were being cultivated in the area and that “these grapes have taken ﬁrst prize over California in the last three great world’s fairs.” Two years later, Lewiston voted a ban on alcoholic beverages, and in 1916 Idaho and Washington went completely dry. If not for the work of writer Robert Wing in recent decades, the region’s wine history might have died with the wine industry itself.
Wing spent years pouring over those old newspaper articles and vineyard records, exploring the remains of wineries and wine cellars and collecting old photographs. He never conﬁrmed the Rothschilds family connection to Lewiston, but nevertheless put together a portrait of a region that he concluded was on the verge of becoming “one of the great wineproducing regions of the world.” Wing now suffers from Alzheimer’s, but his books, articles and personal winemaking efforts left a detailed guide for Pearson and others, bridging the gap between the valley’s 19th and 21st century winemakers. “Bob Wing saved the wine history in the valley,” said Coco Umiker, another of Lewiston’s new winemakers. “He basically took the initiative to compile all the historical information together and save it for generations to come so we would all know what was here years ago.” Wing’s research gave Umiker, husband Karl and their partners the courage to jump into winemaking in 2002. “The one little bit of evidence that we had to give us comfort in what we were choosing to do was Bob Wing’s little vineyard up at his place,” she said. “We were actually making some wine with him and we could see very clearly that [the region’s winemaking past] wasn’t a story. It was real. The only reason it wasn’t happening in 2002 was because no one was doing it. Someone needed to just step up and do it.” The needed incentive arrived in the form of a master gardener’s conference held in Asotin County, on the Washington side of the valley, in 2001. Trying to drum up interest in grape growing and winemaking in the region, the conference resonated with many who attended. In 2004, Coco and Karl Umiker’s Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston and Basalt Cellars in Clarkston opened, as did two other area wineries. “It was as if we all just ﬁnally 40 took the leap all at the same time,” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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FOOD/CON’T Coco Umiker said. “All of a sudden, where there were no wineries before, boom, four of us all at once.” Years might pass before this new generation of Lewiston-Clarkston winemakers are seeing anything close to the accolades their predecessors once enjoyed, but they’ve already won awards. Both Clearwater Canyon and Colter’s Creek took gold and sliver at a Northwest Wine Press competition last fall. The winemaking community is also putting together paperwork to get the LewistonClarkston Valley recognized as Idaho’s second American Viticulture Area (the Snake River Valley AVA was the ﬁrst). At a wine tasting at Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston on a Saturday afternoon, the Umikers were pouring a little liquid evidence of the region’s winemaking potential. “We started with Lochsa white, which is excellent,” Clarkston wine taster Dave Witthaus said. “And then we moved on to the malbec, which is fantastic. The malbec is a really deep, dark red wine. Then we ﬁnished up with Clearwater Canyon Carmenere, which is phenomenal.” More than a few of the 750 cases of wine Clearwater Canyon now produces annually left the building that afternoon, which certainly helped reassure Karl Umiker that he was about to do the right thing: Ten days later, he would quit his job as a soil scientist at the University of Idaho and devote himself full time to winemaking. “It’s a leap of faith,” Coco Umiker said as tasters left the building, “but suddenly the wine industry is not just a hobby anymore, it’s actually supporting people’s employment here in the valley. ” Karl Umiker nodded. “It feels like we’re pioneers in a way...[trying] to unlock that grape-growing magic that was there back in the early 1900s.” 38
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GRUNER VELTLINER A few years back, Austrian gruner veltliner was the hot new thing—and with good reason. It’s a beautifully aromatic wine ﬁlled with lively fruit ﬂavors that can be both delightfully crisp and beautifully rich. It’s often colored by an intriguing touch of fresh greens and, of course, it has that oh-so-chic name. This very versatile and food-friendly white may have lost some of its original luster, but it’s still a comfortably cool choice. Here are the panel’s favorites: 2009 HUGL WEINE GRUNER VELTLINER, $12.99 Entry-level gruners designed for easy drinking often come in a 1-liter bottle like this one (one-third more wine), making them a great buy for everyday consumption. There’s a lot going on here, with spicy citrus and stone fruit aromas on the nose. Round and ripe tropical fruit ﬂavors (mango, papaya) are balanced by tangy citrus. Those ﬂavors linger nicely on the ﬁnish in this bargain wine that doesn’t compromise on quality. 2010 FRED LOIMER GRUNER VELTLINER, LOIS, $14.99 This selection opens with enticingly fresh aromas of spicy spring greens, herb, white pepper and citrus. The ﬁrst ﬂavor impression is of crisp fruit that explodes on the palate (gooseberry, lemon, lime, a touch of pineapple), backed by soft herb (basil, chive, tarragon), with a lean but lively ﬁnish. Letting the wine linger in the mouth reveals a smooth creaminess that complements all that bright fruit. 2009 BRUNDLMAYER GRUNER VELTLINER, KAMPTALER TERRASSEN, $18.99 On the richer side of the gruner ﬂavor spectrum, the aromas are an intriguing mix of pear, lime and tangerine fruit, with the light herb and fresh spring greens so characteristic of the variety. Things get even more interesting on the palate, where creamy peach, lime, blood orange and papaya lead off, colored by sage, mineral and citrus zest. This one should evolve nicely over the next few years. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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R&R PUBLIC HOUSE When you crave a dash of gastropub class with your dinner, Overland Road in Meridian isn’t often your ﬁrst stop. But the R&R Public House—with its brick and hardwood dining area and ornate domed ceiling—may give you cause to reconsider. “One of the things we were looking for was to open a place that Meridian didn’t offer,” said owner and general manager Kari Randel. “We realized anytime we wanted to go anywhere, the best places to go that weren’t chains were downtown. We wanted to offer something local for families in Meridian.” And when Randel says families, she means it. A mother of ﬁve, Randal added a kids’ area to R&R Public House so that parents can bring their brood somewhere that doesn’t feature nightmarish singing animatronics and ball pits. “We want to make the kids happy so parents can eat and enjoy their wine without having to leave suddenly,” said Randel. It’s a well-intentioned effort, however, the kids’ area is a slightly awkward hallway that feels like it’s quarantined from the opulence of the restaurant at large, which might explain why none of the families present during my visit sat there. Though the view from the dining room is relaxing—large R&R PUBLIC HOUSE windows looking out on a pasto1626 S. Wells Ave., ral scene of undeveloped ﬁelds Ste. 115, Meridian set against the rich coloration 208-258-2080 of the Foothills at sunset—the rrpublichouse.com one drawback to the space is that sound reverberates off the high ceilings, creating a sonic slurry of voices and kitchen noises. It was difﬁcult to hear the server clearly and I had to ask her to repeat herself several times. R&R’s selection of entrees contained few surprises: burgers, pastas and steaks, with some interesting sides like mustard greens with bacon and red pepper ﬂakes. I selected the hanger steak with cilantro chimichurri ($14). There are some who believe a steak is a steak. It isn’t. Steaks ﬂavors and textures vary wildly, ranging from buttery to rubbery. But the R&R hanger steak is the sort that gives the food its accolades. Cooked medium rare, the exterior was crusted in herbs and balsamic vinegar, giving it a sweet tangy crunch surrounding the tender interior. It tasted like the centerpiece in one of those Beef-It’s-What’s-For-Dinner commercials. The steak was served with whipped potatoes and fresh green beans sauteed in olive oil. There was no culinary reinvention on my plate, but there wasn’t supposed to be. The goal was that sweet sense of comfort that comes with putting ﬂavor to tongue—the one that says it’s good to be alive. A little R&R, if you will. —Josh Gross WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
ATTORNEYS AGAINST HUNGER CHALLENGE As BW was going to press, a group of Treasure Valley attorneys were halfway through a one-week exercise bringing awareness to hunger in Idaho. Twenty lawyers are participating in the Attorneys Against Hunger Challenge, sustaining themselves on a budget of no more than $30 each … for the entire week. A daily allowance of $4.30 is roughly the equivalent of the food budget for one in four Americans. “I anticipate eating lots of rice, beans and ramen noodles,” attorney Ritchie Eppink told BW. True to form, BW checked Eppink’s grocery list from Oct. 1. It included $2.33 worth of beans, $.62 of rice and $1.11 of soba noodles. He also bought some soup, potatoes, broccoli, peppers, onions and apples. Total: $25.43. “Leaving with my one bag’s worth of groceries certainly did not come with the usual glow and anticipation that buying fresh and yummy ingredients often can,” Eppink blogged. Jordan Taylor, with the Idaho State Appellate Public Defender’s Ofﬁce, wrote that he and his wife Francesca experienced the same difﬁculty. “Our biggest challenge is to prepare healthy and delicious food,” blogged Taylor. “The main thing that we cannot do is eat out at restaurants because that would blow our whole budget for multiple days.” The attorneys are also using the challenge to solicit $8,000 in pledges of support to the Idaho Foodbank. Follow their progress or make pledges at idahoyounglawyers.org. —George Prentice
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Do unto others as they wish, but with imagination,” advised French artist Marcel Duchamp. I recommend that approach to you, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can create good fortune by tuning into the needs and cravings of others, and then satisfying those needs and cravings in your own inimitable and unpredictable ways. Don’t just give the people you care about the mirror image of what they ask for; give them a funhouse mirror image that reflects your playful tinkering. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Winner of the American Book Award in 1963, William Stafford wrote thousands of poems. The raw materials for his oftenbeautiful creations were the fragments and debris of his daily rhythm. “I have woven a parachute out of everything broken,” he said in describing his life’s work. You are now in a phase when you could achieve a comparable feat, Taurus. You have the power to turn dross into sweetness, refuse into treasure, loss into gain. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is there something you’ve always wanted to create but have not gotten around to creating? Now would be an excellent time to finally get that project off the ground. Is there any role you have fantasized about taking on but have never actually sought out? Now would be a perfect moment to initiate an attempt. Any heart-expanding message you’ve wanted to deliver but couldn’t bring yourself to? You know what to do. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The experiences you’re flirting with seem to be revivals of longforgotten themes. You’re trying to recover and reinvigorate stuff that was abandoned or neglected way back when. To illustrate the spirit of what you’re doing, I’ve resurrected some obsolete words I found in an 18th century dictionary. Try sprinkling them into your conversations. “Euneirophrenia” means “peace of mind after a sweet dream.” The definition of “neanimorphic” is “looking younger than one’s true age.” “Gloze” is when you speak soothing or flattering words in order to persuade. “Illapse” means the gradual or gentle entrance of one thing into another. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): An old Egyptian saying declares that “the difference between a truth and a lie weighs no more than a feather.” I suspect that your upcoming experiences will vividly demonstrate the accuracy of that statement. There will be a very fine line between delusional nonsense and helpful wisdom ... between interesting but
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irrelevant fantasies and cogent, evidence-based prognostications. Which side will you be on, Leo? To increase your chances of getting it right, be a stickler for telling yourself the heartstrong truth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What’s the most practical method of acquiring wealth? One out of every five Americans believes that it’s by playing the lottery. While it is true, Virgo, that you now have a slightly elevated chance of guessing the winning numbers in games of chance, I don’t recommend that you spend any time seeking greater financial security in this particular way. A much better use of your current cosmic advantage would be to revitalize and reorganize your approach to making, spending, saving and investing money. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed two robotic vehicles on Mars in 2004. They were expected to explore the planet and send back information for 90 days. But the rover named Spirit kept working for more than six years, and its companion, Opportunity, is still operational. The astrological omens suggest that any carefully prepared project you launch in the coming weeks could achieve that kind of staying power, Libra. So take maximum advantage of the vast potential you have available. Don’t scrimp on the love and intelligence you put into your labor of love. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I don’t want to play the part of the mythical phoenix again,” my Scorpio friend Kelly has been moaning as she prepares for her latest trial by fire. “I’ve burned myself to the ground and risen reborn out of the ashes two times this year already. Why can’t someone else take a turn for a change?” While I empathized, I thought it was my duty to tell her what I consider to be the truth: More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Scorpios have supreme skills in the art of metaphorical self-immolation and regeneration. You’re better able to endure the ordeal, too. Besides, part of you actually enjoys the heroic drama and the baby-fresh feelings that come over you as you reanimate yourself from the soot and cinders. Ready for another go? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When she was 7 years old, my daughter Zoe created a cartoon panel with colored pens. It showed an orange-haired girl bending down to tend to three orange flowers. High overhead was an orange five-pointed star. The girl was saying, “I think it would be fun being a star,” while
the star mused, “I think it would be great to be a girl.” I urge you to create your own version of this cartoon, Sagittarius. Put a picture of yourself where the girl was in Zoe’s rendering. Getting your imagination to work in this way will put you in the right frame of mind to notice and take advantage of the opportunities that life will bring you. Here’s your mantra, an ancient formula the mystics espouse: “As above, so below.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Years ago, I discovered I was eligible to join MENSA, an organization for people with high IQs. Since I’d never gotten any awards, plaques or badges, I thought I’d indulge in this little sin of pride. Not too long after I signed up, however, I felt like an idiot for doing it. Whenever I told someone I belonged to MENSA, I felt sheepish about seeming to imply that I was extra smart. Eventually, I resigned from the so-called genius club. But then I descended into deeper egomania—I started bragging about how I had quit MENSA because I didn’t want to come off like an egotist. How egotistical was that? Please avoid this type of unseemly behavior in the coming week, Capricorn. Be authentically humble, not fake like me. It’ll be important for your success. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Right now, you have license to make pretty much everything bigger, funnier and wickeder. Good fortune is likely to flow your way as you seek out experiences that are extra interesting, colorful and thought-provoking. This is no time for you to be shy about asking for what you want or timid about stirring up adventure. Be louder and prouder than usual. Be bolder and brighter, nosier and cozier, weirder and more whimsical. The world needs your very best idiosyncrasies and eccentricities! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There is a slight chance the following scenario will soon come to pass: A psychic will reveal that you have a mutant liver that can actually thrive on alcohol, and you will then get drunk on absinthe every day for two weeks, and by the end of this grace period, you will have been freed of 55 percent of the lingering guilt you’ve carried around for years, plus you will care 40 percent less about what people think of you. Extra bonus: You’ll feel like a wise rookie who’s ready to learn all about intimacy as if you were just diving into it for the first time. But get this, Pisces: There’s an even greater chance that these same developments will unfold very naturally—without the psychic, without the prediction about a mutant liver and nonstop drunkenness.
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