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ELECTIONLAND From Boise’s lackluster city elections to Ketchum’s mayoral kerfuffle 1ST THURSDAY 19

MAP AND GUIDE INSIDE Plus the goods on Flying M’s new show SCREEN 28

YOU’RE FIRED Taking another look at The Help FOOD 32

SHIGE EMPIRE EXPANDS Checking out the sushi master’s new teriyaki joint

“I do like the fact that the 99 percent are standing up and saying this isn’t right.”


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NOTE WHAT’S OCCUPYING OUR BRAINS Somewhere between executing a carefully laid content plan and flying by the seat of our pants, we thought we were covering the Occupy movement adequately—especially for a small staff spread thin trying to cover the election, know everything about all the arts and entertainment in town, and put together our biggest event of the year, when we raise somewhere around $15,000 for the arts community. Turns out at least one reader thought we could do better and told me as much. And I listened. While columnist Ted Rall has been dedicating his column to the Occupy movement from a national perspective for the last six weeks and while we’ve sent a few reporters out to cover the local arm for our news blog, we have yet to really roll up our sleeves and get into the thick of what’s going down at Capitol Park. Maybe it’s time we did. This week, our attention in News is pretty well focused on the upcoming elections. Last week, we covered Meridian and Eagle; this week, we take a look at Boise and Ketchum. And Occupy Boise. When News Editor George Prentice sat down with Mayor Dave Bieter last week to talk about his bid for re-election, Prentice asked the mayor about the Occupy movement. His answer is in “Election? What Election?” on Page 8. Citydesk this week, Pages 8-9, is a lengthier look at the Occupy Boise movement and organizers’ plans to form an encampment in the heart of the city. Beyond news and opinion, I’d highly recommend getting cozy with the arts and entertainment section of the paper this week. Arts is a fascinating story about a woman to whom we’re all indebted, though my guess is only a handful of people know her name or her unwitting contribution to science. As for Noise—even if you’ve never heard of Mastadon and think you have zero desire to read about a metal band—read it. Finally if you happen to pick up a paper when it’s fresh off the presses Wednesday, Nov. 2, don’t forget: Cover Auction at the Linen Building. Doors open at 5 p.m. for reserved seating and 5:30 p.m. for everyone else. We hope to see you there. —Rachael Daigle

COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Rachel Teannalach TITLE: Harvest Moon over Capitol MEDIUM: Oil on wood ARTIST STATEMENT: Weaving together layers of pattern and imagery, my work explores the dynamic between structure and freedom. So often our limitations facilitate expansion—echnologically, biologically and spiritually. This piece was inspired by a night-time drive past the Capitol building, crowned by the harvest moon.


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INSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS Boise’s city elections Mayor or manager in Ketchum?

BLOOD AND NUDITY NEVER HURT A FILM Films produced during the first-ever h48, a horror spin on i48, screened last weekend at the Reel Country Club Theater. BW followed a team during filming and produced an exclusive video report on the competition.

HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE You can’t escape us. If it’s happening—and let’s face it, it’s happening—Boise Weekly will be there. From #IB7 to Off Center Dance to the War on Drugs with a band of plies and pirates somewhere in between, BW covered it. Catch up at Cobweb.

OPEN UP AND SAY AH While Garden City continues to tell Citizens for an Open Greenbelt to buzz off regarding the portion of the Greenbelt that’s closed, the Eagle City Council has decided to get involved.

BETTIN’ OUT BAMA After this year’s 15-day horse racing season, local investors bought out their Alabama-based partners the Greene Group, which had been the subject of much criticism from at least one locally elected official. More at Citydesk.

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ZANESVILLE GRAY What makes you so damn special? Twenty-four-hundred isn’t a number we modern humans should have any trouble grasping? Park yourself outside a Walmart for a couple of hours, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you see 2,400 people, or more, go through the door on their way to the shelves of Chinese electronics and cheap clothing. Or take the intersection of Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue. At certain times of the day, there must be 2,400 people going through that light every 10 minutes. And if your teenager goes to school in one of the area’s bigger high schools, he or she could have 2,400 schoolmates, easy. So, no, 2,400 isn’t a figure too hard to wrap our noggins around. One hundred cases of beer—that’s less than two years’ worth of libation for some of us. If you live in, say, Caldwell or Emmett or Mountain Home and commute to Boise, 2,400 miles is a mere 40 days of coming and going. A 2,400-square-foot house? Probably about average anymore. And if the weather cooperates, 2,400 acres of wildlife habitat can burn to the ground by lunchtime every day. I bring up the number 2,400 at this time because just recently, since last week, I learned that in the world—the whole world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the International Date Line all the way around to the line again—there are approximately 2,400 Bengal tigers left. And by “left,” I mean left alive. I wouldn’t have learned this particular bit of (what I’m sure many of you will consider) trivia were it not for the incident two weeks ago in Zanesville, Ohio, where 18 Bengal tigers, along with 31 other distinct entities, were shot to death by policemen when a verminous crapball of a human being released his menagerie of exotic creatures from their cages, knowing it would almost certainly mean the end of them. So this week, when it comes to Bengal tigers, the new number is 2,382 (or so) after subtracting the 18 that belonged to the aforementioned verminous crapball, who for some unimaginable reason was allowed to buy and own Bengal tigers in the first place. Coincidentally, within days of the Zanesville massacre, according to population watchers at the United Nations, the head count of human beings on Earth reached 7 billion. Here, let me write that out for you: 7,000,000,000. It looks more impressive that way, I think. The word “billion” has gotten to be a bit overused and cheap, if you ask me. But those nine zeroes all lined up in a row, now that gets your attention, doesn’t it? UÊ What I’m going to say next I have no doubt will upset, probably infuriate, many a reader. So I might as well just spit it out. Those tigers should not have been shot to death. There was more intrinsic value to them living than there is in the life of any

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human (or humans) that may (or may not) have been killed by them. Like it or not, numbers speak their own kind of truth, and before last week, there were almost 2.92 million human beings on the planet for every Bengal tiger. (With the loss of the Zanesville 18, it is now probably closer to 3 million humans per tiger. Think of the entire population of Idaho, multiplied by two, stacked against one Bengal tiger.) To make matters worse, their respective numbers are going in opposite directions. The number of humans is going up. Up, up and always up. The Earth is expected to hit 8 billion humans by 2025. The number of tigers—as a matter of fact, all wildlife—is going down. Down and down and ever down. It’s not inconceivable that by the year 2025, there won’t be a tiger left in the wild, if indeed there is any “wild” left. That makes, on this writer’s ledger, a tiger’s life more valuable than a human’s life. U Do I really believe what I just said? Could I be that heartless? Could I let your child, even my child, be mauled and slashed rather than destroy whatever beast is doing the mauling and slashing—even if the mauling and slashing had not actually occurred but was a worst-case scenario that authorities were trying to avoid? The question is not only for citizens of Zanesville. We here in Idaho have had a year of dreaded animal attacks, one or two of which were actual attacks rather than the kind that worried officials feared might have happened if the pumas or bears had been allowed to live long enough to actually attack anyone. And of course, the entire issue is predicated on the notion that the life of a human being is in some way more precious than the life of a puma, grizzly or Bengal tiger. I’m having a harder time every day trying to understand why that is—why a human might be more valuable in the cosmos than a wolf or a bird— or an earwig, for that matter. People will argue that it’s because we have a soul while wolves and birds don’t, but is there really so much evidence that humans have some inner spirit that animals lack—other than a more acute awareness of our mortality and the selfaggrandizement that awareness brings? Is this what our “soul” might boil down to ... kill it before it kills me. That can’t be. Just because we don’t want to die doesn’t make us unique. If indeed there is such a thing as a uniquely human quality—a soul—that entitles us to any special consideration, it is to be measured most obviously in how deeply we value those with whom we share the planet and the degree of effort we put into keeping those living treasures alive. Without that value, without that effort, we are no more than animals, and the fewer of us, the better. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


CUT-AND-PASTE REVOLUTION, PART I Winter looms. Occupy movement wiggles fingers. What next? “Let’s recreate Tahrir Square.” The email blast that began it all in June—a call for opponents of America’s wars and bank bailouts and rising income inequality and a host of other iniquities to occupy a public plaza two blocks from the White House—drew its inspiration from the Arab Spring.

Then they either apply for police permits to use a public park (as in Washington, D.C.), obtain approval from private owners (as in New York), or take over spaces sufficiently unobtrusive so that the authorities grant their tacit consent (as in Los Angeles, where the encampment is in the city’s mostly disused downtown).


The call worked. For the first time since the unrest of the 1960s, Americans joined spontaneous acts of protest and sustained civil disobedience in vast numbers. Why? Perhaps Americans, smugly dismissing the Muslim world as inherently inhospitable to democracy, were embarrassed to watch themselves shown up by people willing to face down bullets in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya. What’s a little pepper spray considering the thousands killed in Syria? Maybe Tahrir appealed because it worked. Or seemed to work. (Note to revolutionaries of the future: Never trust the old regime’s military when they say it’s OK to leave them in power.) The Arab Spring begat an American Fall. An aging Canadian magazine publisher cutand-pasted the Freedom Plaza occupation (which still goes by the name of October 2011 Stop the Machine). Then he preempted STM, scheduling it to begin a few weeks earlier. He moved it to New York. Finally, he branded his cut-and-paste occupation with a better name: Occupy Wall Street. Occupy Wall Street, not-so-new but much improved by its proximity to the national media based in Manhattan, began with aimless milling about the closed streets of Manhattan’s financial district. It was ignored. A week later, the collision of a thuggish NYPD officer, a dollop of pepper spray and four stylish young women made the news. “The cops spraying a bunch of white girls, well, our donations have tripled,” victim Chelsea Elliott told The Village Voice. Within a month, OWS was the beneficiary of an unreserved endorsement by The New York Times editorial board. On a Sunday, no less—the most widely read edition. More than a thousand cities now have their own occupations, cut-and-pasted from the format of their Washington, D.C., and New York granddaddies. The occupations trend white and young. They claim to be leaderless. Most of them copy tactics from OWS. They first take over public parks in downtown areas. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

With a few exceptions like Denver, where police forcibly cleared out and arrested Occupy Denver members and confiscated their tents and other property, most local and federal law enforcement agencies have assumed a “soft pillow” approach to the Occupy phenomenon. This missive to Occupy L.A. participants gives a sense of the modus vivendi: “The event organizers say they have talked to the police and the police say they are welcome. There are certain rules planned to be in place, such as moving tents off the grass onto the sidewalk at night. Please follow the directions of the police or any officials. The lawn has an automatic sprinkler system that someone who went and watched says turns on at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The park area closes at 10 p.m., but sleeping

on the public sidewalks adjacent to the street is allowed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. That is the sidewalk surrounding the park area, not the sidewalk within the park area. Also, keep in mind you can be charged for clean-up and repairs, so wherever you go, be sure you do not create any need for clean-up or repairs. Please be very mindful of this.” Aware of the fact that the movement has grown in response to official pushback—in New York after the pepper-spraying of the four women, as well as after a threatened “cleanup” operation similar to what went down in Denver—police are reluctant to create a spectacle of violent official repression. Protesters, meanwhile, are understandably wary of becoming the victims of violent official repression. There have been hundreds of arrests but no violent showdowns as we’ve seen in Athens. Leftist professor Cornel West seems to get booked every other day, yet is none the worse for wear. In the absence of serious confrontation, the occupations have become campsites. After police threatened to sweep up Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., hundreds of supporters poured in to face down the police. The U.S. Parks Police blinked; now Stop the Machine has an official four-month permit. The same thing happened when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg scheduled a police-led “clean-up” of Zuccotti Park. A night’s worth of phone calls by panicky city politicians made him back down. Also, as The Nation reports, the NYPD wasn’t certain it had legal grounds for evicting the occupiers from Zuccotti Park, which is privately owned. “Jerold Kayden, a professor

of urban planning and design at Harvard’s Kennedy School, says that these spaces ‘occupy a somewhat murky terrain in terms of what activities and conduct of public users within the space should be acceptable and what goes beyond the pale.’ That is, the protesters have been able to set up camp in Zuccotti not because of any regulation that protects their presence there, but precisely because of a real lack of any defined regulations at all.” With free food, legal services, a press table and bilingual information booths—plus the passage of time—Occupy Wall Street looks increasingly permanent. Occupy movement outposts utilize an anarchist-inspired “general assembly” structure to make decisions ranging from the profound (resolved, that we should jail President Barack Obama) to the mundane (what time shall we hold the next general assembly). Everyone gets to speak. A “mic check” of repeated lines pass everything said to the outer ring of listeners. Attendees indicate approval by holding their fingers up and wiggling them. Downward wiggling indicates disapproval; sideways wiggling reflects uncertainty. Forming a triangle with one’s fingers is a demand for a point of process. Why this approach? No one asks. That’s how it goes with cut-and-paste. Crossed arms are a “block.” Anyone may block any motion. A 999-to-1 vote means no passage. Blocks, we are told by nonleader facilitators, are a nuclear option. “You might block something once or twice in your lifetime,” said Starhawk, a genre novelist introduced as an experienced facilitator at one of the Washington, D.C., occupations. But a lot of nukes went flying around. Occupy Miami took weeks to get off the ground because rival factions (liberals vs. radicals) blocked one another at every turn. Cut-and-paste at every turn: The local occupations use similar interfaces, even typefaces, for their websites and Facebook pages. The movement has grown nicely. But, just as Mao found it necessary to adapt industrialproletarian-based Marxism to China’s agrarian economy with “Marxism with Chinese characteristics,” activists are about to face the negative consequences of trying to replicate Tahrir Square in the United States. The United States isn’t Egypt. It isn’t even European. Americans need Tahrir Square with American characteristics. Conditions on the ground necessitate a reset. Namely: the weather. Winter is coming. What will happen to the northern occupations when the snow starts falling? Read Cut-and-Paste Revolution, Part II at Scan the QR code on the left to go directly to the column on your smartphone.

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Occupy Boise hopes to occupy land in front of the old Ada County Courthouse.

OCCUPY ELECTIONS According to the Ada County Board of Elections, there are approximately 108,000 registered voters in the City of Boise. But less than a third of those voters traditionally vote in a municipal election. In 2007, the city’s last mayoral and council election, approximately 32,000 went to the polls. In 2009, when only council seats were up for grabs, fewer than 20,000 voted. If tradition holds to form, that means as many as seven out of 10 registered voters in Boise won’t show up at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8. But those in search of political discourse this election season need look no further than the city’s parks or streets, as Occupy Boise grows in number and engagement. “I love this city,” said Mike Despot, 69. “But boy I’m really pissed off at the higherups. That’s why I’m here.” Despot was one of approximately 30 Boiseans who, at least for the evening of Oct. 31, occupied a corner of Capitol Park at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Bannock Street. The so-called “general assembly” was planning an encampment, not unlike the campsites that have popped up in New York City’s Wall Street district and dozens of cities across the globe. “Has anyone found out if we’re allowed to camp there?” asked one of the participants at the Occupy Boise meeting. The group plans to pitch tents outside the old Ada County Courthouse at the corner of Fifth and Jefferson streets, which is state land and part of the Capitol Mall. “Before we move forward with the encampment, I want to know if it’s legal,” said Jim Breaton, 52. “When I first joined this movement, it was my understanding that we would operate within the law. Now, we’re talking about the possibility of going outside the law.” Breaton was told that at a previous general assembly, participants voted to move forward with the encampment regardless. “We agreed to hold the encampment whether or not we get permission,” said Despot. “My impression is that I don’t think we’re going to get raided.” Meanwhile, a handful of men and women have their own plans to occupy Boise, or at least Boise City Hall. In a series of conversations with mayoral and City Council hopefuls running in Boise’s upcoming municipal election, Citydesk asked if the Occupy Boise movement resonated with any of the candidates. “I think we’re all trying to learn more about their messages,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, running for a third four-year term. “I think people feel 10 that their voice is not being well-heard. Their perspective is important.”

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There are approximately 108,000 registered voters in Boise. Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

ELECTION? WHAT ELECTION? Plenty to care about in Boise’s next vote ANDREW CRISP, STEPHEN FOSTER AND GEORGE PRENTICE All politics is local. It’s conventional wisdom first voiced by Tip O’Neill, master politician and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977-1987. O’Neill preached the gospel that a politician’s success was indelibly linked to his or her ability to influence local issues, no matter how mundane. Public safety, clean streets, economic vitality and, yes, even cigarettes and streetcars are all considered by the men and women who manage municipalities. Perhaps, above all, satisfaction with a local lifestyle is the key indicator of a city politician’s success or demise. Understanding the briar patch of local politics is nothing new to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. From his days as an attorney, serving a number of Treasure Valley governmental agencies, to his two-and-a-half terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, and finally to his current run as Boise’s chief executive, Bieter takes little for granted. “I figured that I would take each term one at a time, if they came at all,” said Bieter. “But I must say, I still really enjoy it.” If Bieter is successful in his re-election bid come Tuesday, Nov. 8, he would enter rarefied air, becoming only the second person in the city’s history to be elected to three terms. The only other was Dick Eardley, who served as mayor from 1974-1986. Historical precedence aside, Boiseans may be hard-pressed to acknowledge an election is just a few days away. Campaign signs are few and far between in the city. Candidate forums have been sparsely attended. And the buzz that usually surrounds a hotly contested runoff sounds more like a hum; as in, hmmmm, I

didn’t realize there was an election coming up. In spite of the fact that four City Council seats, in addition to the mayoralty, are up for grabs on Nov. 8, voters have a relatively simple decision to make: Do they want more of the same?

MAYOR To wage a campaign against Bieter, an opponent has to find hizzoner’s political vulnerabilities, and there are very few. In fact, you need to drill pretty deep into 2007 election results to find pockets of Boise that aren’t pro-Bieter. He lost precincts 27, 28, 49, 50 and 52 in far West Boise to his then-opponent Jim Tibbs. But Bieter swamped his challenger in the city’s inner core and North End. In precinct 37, Bieter won by a 7-1 margin. Bieter’s record is formidable: neighborhood libraries, community recreation centers, Allumbaugh House, the Esther Simplot and Terry Day parks, curbside recycling, and the pending Biomark, JUMP, Whole Foods, and Eighth and Main construction projects. “We had a couple of years of serious leg work on a lot of those and that leads us to where we are today, harvesting some of that hard work,” said Bieter. “We’ve never seen a busier time for companies either expanding or wanting to come here.” Bieter’s opponent, David Hall, 42, a political science student at the College of Western Idaho, told BW that he “isn’t interested in running a negative campaign that disparages the mayor,” but he did say that an “old boys’ club” was being run at City Hall. “Much of Idaho’s wealth is here in Boise,”

said Hall. “That wealth has controlled our politics and controlled our city management, and quite frankly, it’s controlled the progress of Boise. To me, that’s a good old boys’ club.” While he conceded that his campaign was a “spur of the moment thing,” Hall said his effort was simple at its core. “A friend of mine was complaining about politics, and I asked him when was the last time he voted, and he said, ‘I haven’t voted.’ Well then, you really don’t have the right or privilege to complain because you didn’t participate, and it’s important to participate,” said Hall, who insisted his campaign was rather old-school. “Mainly, it’s just me shaking hands. I sit out at a stop, waiting for the bus every day. You’ll probably see me out there holding a sign that says Dave Hall for Mayor.” When asked about a group of Boise citizens who said they’re worried for their future, those participating in the Occupy Boise movement, Bieter said he was interested in hearing more and even expressed support for the protestors. “Hearing their perspective is very important,” said Bieter. “Time will tell what happens, but I think there are healthy aspects in the movement. Access to opportunity has been critical to our nation’s success, but the current state of the economy and the disparities that we see in income, education and opportunity is a concern. I think that’s all a part of what they’re voicing.” Bieter had barely turned 40 when he entered politics (on Nov. 1, he turned 52), but he said he’s quite pleased with the new blood coursing through the veins of the Boise City WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

CON’T/NEWS Council. When TJ Thomson was elected to the council in 2009, he became its youngest member (he’s currently 37). In January, Lauren McLean was appointed to the council (she’s older than Thomson by one month). And the mayor said he would like to see the council skew younger still, by supporting the candidacy of Ben Quintana, 33.

BOISE CITY COUNCIL SEAT 2 Council Member Alan Shealy’s decision not to seek re-election for Seat 1 set off a series of moves, which secured the re-election of Council Member McLean. She opted to run for Shealy’s open seat, but found no opponent, thereby sending her back to the council in 2012 for a full four-year term. That, in turn, opened up McLean’s current seat, No. 2, for election. When Quintana was mulling a run for the council, he knew one thing for certain—he had no desire to run against McLean. He had already competed against her once, in a fashion, as finalists for the council position that ultimately went to McLean. “I knew I was going to run this year, and I won’t say who I would have run against because now I don’t need to,” said Quintana. “I’m obviously running for an open seat.” Quintana, former director of business development for the Boise Metro Chamber

of Commerce and founder of Boise Young Professionals, is waging an aggressive, social media-driven campaign. “I have a clear advantage,” said Quintana. “If you look at my Facebook page, plus our tweets and re-tweets, I just don’t see any comparison. I truly think that’s going to help get a lot of new voters out.” While Quintana said he likes a lot of what he sees coming from the current council, a key plank of his platform involves a new branding effort for Boise. “Something along the lines of: ‘recreate while you innovate,’” said Quintana. “The city really doesn’t have a clear identity and that’s something I believe we need to focus on right now.” One of Quintana’s opponents, Michael Cunningham, 59, an area director for the Boise School District, said his campaign issues weren’t “too far apart” from Quintana’s but dismissed his opponent’s age. “Realistically, at 33, how much experience has [Quintana] had?” asked Cunningham. “I’m not sure he would be able to compete with me when it comes to my experience and my involvement in the community. “ Cunningham also questioned the age of his other opponent, Lawrence Johnson, who is 24. “He’s a nice, young kid,” said Cunningham. “He borrowed a saw, started his own business,

and now he’s in construction.” Johnson, a student at Boise State and owner of L.W. Johnson Construction Development, owns a lot of saws. In fact, he said he grew his business by more than 400 percent during the last two years. “I’m a libertarian, but fiscally, I’m a conservative,” said Johnson. “In my mind, government needs to play the smallest role in our day-to-day lives that it can—less regulation and less government intervention.” Johnson said his main campaign promise hinges on taxes. “I would not raise the budget in a recession,” said Johnson. “[The council] raises the budget 1.5 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent in a recession, and it’s raising property taxes and it’s killing people.” Johnson said in the run-up to Election Day, he planned to roll out what he called “a major campaign. Our signs will be different than everyone else’s.”

COUNCIL SEAT 3 Council Member David Eberle, 59, has good reason to be confident. In 2007, he defeated his two opponents combined by more than a 2-to-1 margin. Even more impressive was that he swept both of his opponents in each of Boise’s 81 precincts. “I truly believe that Boise is at a critical

junction,” said Eberle. “It’s a junction where we can demonstrate our ability to create a prosperous future.” Eberle said he’s anxious to see through what he called important initiatives in another term: better public transportation, promoting economic vitality, and completion of a branch library in Bown Crossing while considering a new main library in the downtown core. David “Pappy” Honey, 55, a veteran of four council races, is no stranger to politics. “I’m a candidate, not a politician,” said Honey, an auto parts salesman. “It’s great for candidates to get endorsements and support, but at what cost do these things come to the voters and citizens of Boise?” Honey said he advocates brainstorming to attract more jobs to Boise and more park-andride venues to stem traffic congestion.

COUNCIL SEAT 5 Council Member Elaine Clegg, 56, is seeking her third four-year term but is without opposition. In 2007, Clegg defeated her opponent, Carol Wingate by a 2-to-1 margin.

COUNCIL SEAT 1 Council Member McLean is also running unopposed for her first full four-year term, following one year in Seat 2.

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CITYDESK/NEWS Bieter’s opponent, David Hall said he supported Occupy Boise’s right to assemble, including any overnight activities. “The city should be supporting the constitutional rights of those that are bringing this grievance and not working to discourage them,” said Hall. “The more they do to discourage them, the more they show themselves to be protecting other interests than the will of the people.” The hottest municipal contest on Tuesday’s ballot is among the three men vying to fill Boise City Council Seat No. 2. Each candidate agreed, to varying degrees, with Occupy Boise’s philosophy of 1 percent vs. 99 percent, representing the gap of wealth in the nation’s population. “I do like the fact that the 99 percent are standing up and saying, ‘This isn’t right,’” said Ben Quintana. “If you want to make change happen, you have to start at the local level.’” One of Quintana’s opponents, Lawrence Johnson, said he supported any sincere, grass-roots effort. “They asked me what I thought about them occupying the parks 24/7,” said Johnson. “The Constitution says that they should be able to gather for a cause they believe in. My only concern is the safety issue. It’s fine with me as long as they’re safe.” Johnson and Quintana are running against Mike Cunningham, who expressed cautious optimism about Occupy Boise. “I’m not sure I agree with some of their hard-line tactics,” said Cunningham. “But as far as what they say about the 99 percent being controlled by the 1 percent, I agree.” Brian Ertz, a member of the Occupy Boise movement, said the group is keeping a close watch on the upcoming city election. “This is a real opportunity for the city’s candidates,” said Ertz. “Because the people who participate in Occupy are particularly interested in educating themselves.” Ertz keeps his finger on the political pulse for a living. As media director of the Western Watersheds Project, he’s always looking for advocates to his organization’s cause. Ertz said while the U.S. Constitution guarantees “established mechanisms” such as the branches of government and the media, those mechanisms have been compromised. “Government and the media have been co-opted. They have been corrupted or captured by corporate interests,” said Ertz. “But now, here is this assembly—another direct mechanism of the Constitution that we have never seen exercised as much as the others. And it hasn’t been co-opted.” Bob Nicholas is another member of Occupy Boise. You can’t miss him. He travels everywhere on a Segway, the unique upright motor scooter. There’s also a good chance you may spot him on Election Day, not that he’s running for any office. “I may be out on the street with a sign that says, ‘My vote is not for sale,’” said Nicholas. 8

—Andrew Crisp and George Prentice

Watch video of Occupy Boise’s Oct. 31 general assembly.

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A SHIFT OF POWER IN KETCHUM? Mayor was for policy before he was against it MICHAEL AMES A referendum on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, ballot in Ketchum will give voters the chance to adopt a new form of government at City Hall and, in the process, completely overhaul the City Council. The controversial ballot measure could shift Ketchum away from an elected mayor calling the shots to a city manager hired by the City Council, something the Wood River Economic Partnership opposes. In the past three years, WREP has become a highly visible political interest group in the Wood River Valley, sending out policy-driven e-newsletters while raising funds for select candidates and happily furnishing cookies at public forums on the issue. On the same ballot, among the 13 candidates running for Ketchum City Council, seven men and women have lined up in favor of the change but four of the five incumbents are clinging tightly to the status quo. At an Oct. 5 public forum on the measure, incumbent Council Member Larry Helzel looked down gravely at his complimentary chocolate chip cookie and told his constituents that they should be afraid, very afraid. “I’m downright scared,” said Helzel. “And you should be, too.” His words hung heavily in the sunny conference room of the Wood River Community YMCA. Should voters turn thumbs down on the measure, nothing would change, and not a single seat on the council would be contested until a special election in May 2012. But if the referendum does pass, all five seats on the council will become simultaneously up for grabs, and aside from Helzel, four other incumbents will look to protect their positions: Mayor Randy Hall, architect Curtis

Kemp, ski-shop owner Baird Gourlay, and restaurateur and first-term councilwoman Nina Jonas. Jonas, who is both the only woman and the youngest member of the council by roughly 20 years, is the lone elected official to support the change, despite the fact that she could lose her seat in the process. Prior to Helzel’s gloomy warnings, Jonas said that the initiative “has elements that need to be

discussed aside from fear-mongering about economic growth.” The Wood River Valley’s economy is hurting: “shriveled up like testicles in a cold lake,” said one long-term Ketchum resident and businessman, who asked that his name not be printed. Incumbents who support the status quo said a change could cause further economic fallout. The current system is “already set up to

deal with problems,” said Kemp. Gourlay complained about a lack of appropriate discussion prior to such an important vote. “A couple of forums do not represent serious, thoughtful discourse,” said Gourlay at an Oct. 12 forum. Hall said that Ketchum’s current system has “worked for the history of the town,” and that the change would “hurt the hotel process,” a reference to his administration’s tireless attempts to lure five-star hotels to town. Noting that adopting a city manager would do away with all but the most ceremonial duties of the mayor, Hall added that the entire discussion is “a little awkward, because this is all about me.” What is also awkward for Hall is the fact that two years ago he was the initial and central proponent of the policy that he now staunchly opposes. In April 2009, the Idaho Mountain Express reported that Hall had “floated the idea of looking into a city manager form of government.” The Express reported that Hall had, in fact, spoken out repeatedly in the measure’s favor, citing more efficient day-to-day management and more operational continuity. In an April 2009 statement penned by Hall, the mayor suggested that current city administrator Gary Marks could do the job. “With Gary’s skill set, now might be the appropriate time to research a city manager form of government,” wrote Hall. As BW was going to press, Hall had yet to return calls to comment on his turnaround. A passed initiative could stand as a rebuke to Hall and his fellow incumbents and bring a quick end to the days of free cookies. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Rev. Bill Roscoe of the Boise Rescue Mission, which helps the homeless get identification when needed.

THE HOMELESS VOTE Perceived barriers, apathy deter homeless voters TALYN BRUMLEY Boise’s homeless population, while living in the city’s shadows, may well be shadowing the citizenry in the run up to the Tuesday, Nov. 8, municipal elections as political engagement runs the spectrum from the overly anxious down to the disinterested. Homeless voters receive limited assistance in accessing the polls and may even think they aren’t allowed to vote. Although shelters managed by the Boise Rescue Mission communicate locations of nearby polling precincts, residents are on their own when it comes to registering and gaining knowledge on issues. Idaho law requires voters to provide official identification—a driver’s license or DMVissued ID card. Any potential voter without identification can sign an affidavit confirming his or her identity under penalty of perjury. David Brooks, director of River of Life, the Boise Rescue Mission’s shelter for men, said most men checking into the River Street facility have some form of identification. When they don’t, Brooks said, “We’ll even go so far as to get birth certificates if they have completely lost their identification.” Voter registration, while required, may not be enough for engaging the homeless population. Hopelessness and apathy remain significant hurdles. Virgil Daniel is a tall, friendly man with a firm handshake and a ready smile. When asked how he’s doing, Daniel said he is “very blessed,” despite his current circumstances. But his optimism trailed off when talking about voting. He said he “doesn’t see the point in registering, much less voting.” “I’m not registered,” said Daniel. “My one

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vote is not going to change anything.” Describing himself as a traveler, Daniel lived in many places before settling in Boise. He has a chronic heart condition that makes it difficult for him to work and that keeps him close to the River of Life. “I’m sick. That’s why I’m here during the day,” he said. There is nothing he can do to improve his heart condition, just like he feels there’s nothing he can do to change the government. “The government is going to do what the government is going to do, whether I vote or not,” he said. Peter, who asked Boise Weekly not to use his last name, is slim and slightly stooped, with carefully combed gray hair. While currently living at River of Life, he said he’s not “a typical homeless voter,” explaining that he normally votes. “I voted in every election I can remember since I was 21,” he said proudly. Stefaney, who also declined to give her last name, shares Peter’s point of view. She has been staying at City Light, the mission’s Boise shelter for women, for a week after recently being released from prison. She said that her years of being behind bars invigorated her interest in voting. “We’re still the American people,” she said. “Just because you’re homeless does not mean you don’t have a right to vote.” “I don’t think it’s that they don’t care,” Stefaney said, describing other homeless voters’ apathy. “It’s that they’re tired. They’re beaten down. The higher-ups are always trying to quiet the lower-downs.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


CHRIS CARLSON Andrus biographer recalls his boss, mentor and friend GEORGE PRENTICE over the course of a year, I had five chemoembolization procedures. I was pretty radioactive—one hot dude for a couple of weeks. I lost a lot of weight. A lot of people figured I was gone. But I wasn’t about to roll over for it. It must have been particularly difficult for your friends and family. It’s pretty hard on a family to sit with you while you go through each procedure. There’s no question that there’s a special relationship between the governor and me. He came down and sat with me. Marc Johnson [longtime friend and partner at Gallatin] was there. My cancer moved into a dormant stage. You’re never cured. It gets you eventually. The longest anybody lived with this cancer is 15 years. The average is just a couple of years. I’m very fortunate.

The first draft of your book was 476 pages, I know that you have had more than your but you edited it down to 256. share of medical challenges. That’s quite a bit to take out. Twelve years ago I was given The governor was absolutely a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. My right to tell me to cut this in neurologist told me at the time Carlson and Gov. Cecil Andrus will sign copies half. The governor, in his own that there was one silver lining: of Carlson’s book, Cecil sweet way, said there was a lot Parkinson’s sufferers seldom get Andrus: Idaho’s Greatest of stuff that was boring. He has cancer. But in November 2005, Governor, at the Idaho Capia wonderful way of indirectly I called him back and said, tol on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. and at the Grove telling you things, but make no “You have one rare bird here.” Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 18, mistake—he can be very direct I was diagnosed with carcinoid at 11:45 a.m., when the City when he wants to be. neuroendocrine cancer and Club hosts “A Conversation given six months to live. With Cecil Andrus.” Many people have said that the governor was never to be How radical have your underestimated. But was he also treatments been? This kind of cancer usually attacks the main a man to be feared? Yes. He internalized, without ever havorgans: your liver, heart and lungs. I went to ing read, Machiavelli’s The Prince. One of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake Machiavelli’s rules was the prince, in order to City, which was pretty new at the time, and



There are at least a half-dozen ways to identify Chris Carlson. He’s an ex-newspaper reporter, who worked in Pocatello, Spokane, Wash., and Washington, D.C. He served as press secretary to four-term Gov. Cecil Andrus. He was director of public affairs at the Department of Interior when Andrus served as secretary of the department during the Carter administration (1977-1980), and he is the founder of Gallatin Public Affairs, strategists and advocates for business, government and media. Carlson is also an author, penning Cecil Andrus: Idaho’s Greatest Governor, featuring countless anecdotes of his former boss. All that said, what truly defines Carlson, 64, is his optimism. And he wears his optimism on his sleeve, or at least his head, when he sports a baseball cap featuring the emblem of the comefrom-behind St. Louis Cardinals.

be respected, had to instill a bit of fear both in his subordinates and in his opponents. The governor had certain cardinal rules. At the top was: no surprises. If he read something in the paper that someone should have told him, that was, let’s say, a hanging offense. You were out the door. Another absolute hard rule was that a man’s word had to be his bond. I found a Time magazine from July 1974 listing 200 men and women who were young leaders for the future. The list included Vernon Jordan, Billie Jean King, Carl Sagan, Gloria Steinem, Barbara Walters and Cecil Andrus. In 1985, my estimation was that the Democratic presidential nomination was going to be wide open in 1988. I told the governor that he would stand out from the field and could win the presidency. Michael Dukakis? Come on. Andrus would have cleaned his clock in any primary in any state. Why didn’t that happen? He just didn’t want to. It wasn’t part of the plan. He said the best job in the world was being governor of Idaho and he didn’t want to go back to that friggin’ D.C. Did he say friggin’? No.

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Let This American Life host Ira Glass fog up your Ira Glasses at the Morrison Center.

SATURDAY NOV. 5 Graduate from Band-Aids to first aid at the Discovery Center’s Operating Room.

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SATURDAY NOV. 5 no scrubs DISCOVERY CENTER’S OPERATING ROOM The Discovery Center of Idaho’s Operating Room ain’t your childhood game of Operation— fishing butterflies from tummies and undoing charley horses with nothing more than tweezers and a little dexterity. It also ain’t your typical high-school health course in CPR, where you perched awkwardly over a dummy with all your classmates snickering. Operating Room is all about practical education with a healthy dose of fun. The Discovery Center has teamed up with the Association of Operating Room Nurses to create a day to learn useful techniques like CPR and first aid, plus how to prevent injuries through simple actions like wearing a bike helmet. So if you’ve ever faced the solemn realization that your first aid skills don’t extend beyond applying Band-Aids, this is the event for you. And if you’ve thought that CPR might be useful but have been daunted by the prospect of literally being someone’s oxygen, Operating Room is the chance to get over your nerves and learn how to save a life. Operating Room also includes an interactive display on laparoscopic surgery—also known as keyhole, or minimally invasive surgery because it uses small incisions and tools. You can test the dexterity you worked on during those childhood games of Operation and try your hand at keyhole surgery. So shake out your squeamish jitters and shake a leg to the Discovery Center for some lifesaving learning. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children ages 3-17. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., 208-343-9895,

WEDNESDAY NOV. 2 skull and bones DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE Yes, brightly colored skulls make awesome

tattoos and are an eyecatching form of art. But how much do most of us really know about Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead? The traditional Mexican holiday honors departed loved ones. Families and friends build beautiful altars in vivid colors, decorated with marigolds and other

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flowers. The dead also receive offerings of their favorite foods, as well as traditional foods like pan de muertos, or the bread of the dead. It’s believed that the dead visit their families and consume the essence of the food—so you may be able to convince yourself that pan de muertos becomes a guilt-free indulgence after

Ira Glass’ radio show, This American Life, has become an institution for in-depth storytelling and complex character studies on public radio. Since 1996, when Public Radio International made This American Life a nationally syndicated show, Glass has captured the attention of more than 1.5 million listeners weekly. Glass has created his own brand of storytelling, getting to the heart of the human condition—he’s able to uncover the significance of seemingly mundane topics by weaving them together with a theme. In his own words, the key to success as an interviewer is: ”Asking tough questions. Cajoling the interviewee. Joking with the interviewee. Thinking out loud and chatting with the interviewee.” Since beginning his career in public radio in 1978 at the age of 19, Glass has conducted thousands of interviews as a reporter and host for such NPR shows as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. We also have Glass to thank for launching the career of rock star writer David Sedaris, who read the essay “Santa Land Diaries” on the show in 1992 and became an overnight success. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Morrison Center will welcome Glass for a mock radio show and night of interaction, in which audience members can turn the tables on Glass and ask him probing questions. Have you ever wondered what Glass’ most unusual or uncomfortable interview was, or how he maintains the interest of millions in the fickle world of radio programming? Head to the Morrison Center Saturday night to find out. 7:30 p.m., $35-$70 general, $25 students. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609,

the spirits have had their share. Freak Alley is holding its own celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Doll yourself up like a crazy calavera or don a costume like the dead dame La Catrina, grab your family, and head down to Freak Alley to take part in traditional Mexican dancing, music and a walking costume parade. The all-ages portion of the event celebrates the strong tradition of art associated with Dia de los Muertos, which includes altars built to welcome the

spirits of the dead. Visitors to Freak Alley on Dia de los Muertos are also encouraged to bring art of their own that suits the style of the holiday. The grown-ups can finish up the night at Fatty’s Bar from 9-11 p.m., with music from Low-Fi and a stiff drink to jolt some life back into you. 5-9 p.m., FREE. Freak Alley, Bannock Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. After-party, 9-11 p.m., $5. Fatty’s Bar, 800 W. Idaho St, Ste. 200.

FRIDAYSUNDAY NOV. 4-6 dance IDAHO DANCE THEATRE FALL PERFORMANCE In contemporary dance, performers display the finetuned fluidity of Rembrandt’s brush strokes. Dancers must be as strong as power lifters and as flexible as contortionists. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




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crafts THE WINTRY MARKET Sometimes the spirit of gift-giving gets lost in the mindless quest for the latest gadget. What happened to the simple pleasure of giving something unique from the heart? The Wintr y Market is setting up shop on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Ballet Idaho auditorium and will feature 30 vendors offering unique and affordable handmade goods. “Boise seems to be really interested in handmade art and crafts in their shops, so we thought a market—especially a holiday market—would be something that there was a need for,” said event co-organizer Amy Pence-Brown. You can get a jump on holiday shopping and there will be a kid-friendly recycled art corner to amuse the little ones while you browse. Refreshments will be provided by Big City Coffee and B29 Streatery food truck, which will be parked on site. In these days of mass-produced mania, get back to the core of what really matters and support your local economy by shopping handmade. Not only will you be able to give thoughtful and unique gifts, but many items are made from repurposed material, which is like giving a gift back to nature. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE. Ballet Idaho auditorium, 501 S. Eighth St., 208-343-1019,

Idaho Dance Theatre will begin its 2011-2012 season with Fall Performance. Water is the theme behind Marla Hansen’s newest contribution to IDT’s repertoire. The piece follows a narrative that examines the role water plays on Earth, with all its formative and catastrophic characteristics. It’s the ideal subject for contemporary dance as it intertwines humans with the forces of Mother Nature. Composer and musician Joe Young lends his talents to this piece, which features Native American flutes, saxophones, percussion and


Author Nicole Krauss will bring down the house at the Egyptian Theatre.

various instruments. Dancer Yurek Hansen will debut his piece inspired by electronic ambient and dub step music. The piece “embraces quotidian gesture, hip-hop, African and contemporary, interspersed with ballet.” Artistic Director Carl Rowe will restage “No Hesitation,” a vivacious, cuttingedge piece that features music by John Adams and captures the essence of IDT. There will be a special preview night on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., when a $5 donation will get you in the door. Friday and Saturday’s

reading READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS: AN EVENING WITH NICOLE KRAUSS Nicole Krauss received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where she studied and toiled away at writing poetr y. She went on to Oxford University for graduate school but abandoned poetr y in her mid-20s and turned to novels. The decision was a good one, considering the success of her career as a novelist. The young writer’s latest novel, The Great House, was nominated for the National Book Award and has received plenty of praise. Krauss’ first two novels, Man Walks Into a Room and A History of Love, were also widely popular, the latter winning multiple literary awards and book of the year on Krauss is no stranger to fame either. Between her successes and those of her husband, novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, the two are constantly in the literary spotlight. But fame and hype aside, Krauss’ approach to story construction is something at which to marvel. With dark and careful prose, she weaves together the lives of characters in The Great House through their relationships to a desk. In an interview with the Atlantic Review, Krauss said that she “didn’t want to write a novel with any kind of easy connective tissue.” Instead she wanted the character connections to “happen on emotional, philosophical, thematic levels. The desk in this novel becomes like a needle and thread that stitches some of the stories together.” Krauss will read at the Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as a part of The Cabin’s on-going Readings and Conversations series. 7:30 p.m., $12-$35. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. For tickets and info, contact The Cabin at 208-331-8000 or visit

performances will include no-host beer and wine, while the Sunday matinee will be a family-friendly performance. Friday, Nov. 4-Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov.

Few things in life are hated more than moving. It’s right up there with root canals and break-ups. Moving generally requires discovering who your good friends are—the ones who are willing to forego their Saturday so they can help move a whole bunch of stuff that you don’t really need. Moving also entails realizing you’re not getting your deposit back because of the hole in the wall that resulted from your last kegger and scouring through grocery store dumpsters looking for cardboard boxes to put your “collectibles” in. Fortunately there’s a company in Boise that can at least assuage the dumpster-diving portion of moving. Frogbox provides eco-friendly plastic boxes—which are likely more sturdy than an old liquor box secured with duct tape—that are picked up after you get settled in your new home. There are even plastic wardrobes available, which keep your clothes a lot nicer in the moving truck than garbage sacks. Rates are determined by how many boxes you need and how long you want to keep them, and there’s a delivery/ pick-up charge, but isn’t that better than stuffing the recycling bin at your new house full with the cardboard boxes you spent hours retrieving? Now you can relieve stress, help the environment and get to buying beers for those dedicated friends of yours who lifted your 100-pound china hutch.

—Sheree Whiteley

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY NOV. 2 Festivals & Events DIA DE LOS MUERTOS A CELEBRATION OF LIFE—Everyone is encouraged to paint their faces, dress in costume and bring any sort of art in the style and tradition of the Day of the Dead. For more info or to get involved, contact Celeste at celestebolin@ See Picks, Page 14. FREE. Freak Alley, Bannock Street between Eighth and Ninth streets, Boise. DOBBIACO 2012 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND PARTY— Meet others interested in joining Team Dobbiaco Cycling and Multisport, including road cyclists, mountain bikers and multisport athletes. Beginning to advanced skill levels. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Meridian Cycles, 830 N. Main St., Meridian. LIQUID FORUM—Join United Vision for Idaho, the Idaho Hispanic Caucus and Salsa Idaho in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Art BW COVER ART AUCTION—What was your favorite Boise Weekly cover last year? This is your chance to own it. To buy an advanced ticket, pony up $5 at The doors open at 5 p.m. for reserved seating. Those without reserved seating will be admitted at 5:30 p.m. with a $3 donation. 5-9 p.m. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111,


Food & Drink DINE OUT DOWNTOWN BOISE RESTAURANT WEEK—Patrons choose from special prix-fixe menus. For restaurant locations and menus, go to downtownboise. org. Lunch and dinner service. $10-$30 prix fixe menus. GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON—Join the American Heart Association in its mission to save lives. Breakout sessions, silent auction and luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Beth Malasky. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900,

See Arts, Page 26.7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.boisestate. edu. PATRICK SHEA LECTURE—The former director of the Bureau of Land Management and associate professor of biology at the University of Utah will speak about the role of science in public policymaking. 7 p.m. Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000.


SALONS IN THE ALLEY—Learn about the upcoming play Head, which opens Wednesday, Nov. 9. Watch a rehearsal and discuss its impact. 7 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

KELLY JONES BOOK SIGNING— Kelly Jones will sign copies of her latest novel, The Woman Who Heard Color. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Art Glass Etc., 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 138A, Boise, 208-794-3265.


PROSE POEM AND SHORTSHORT STORY WORKSHOP—Authors and teachers Malia Collins and Kerri Webster will aid aspiring writers in crafting short works. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $120 for all four sessions. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, LOIS LOWRY—The two-time Newbery Medal winner will speak about her work. 6:30 p.m. $15$25. Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Road, Ketchum, 208-726-5123, www.

Talks & Lectures GUEST LECTURER DAVID “SONNY” LACKS—The son of Henrietta Lacks will offer a first-person perspective on the collision between ethics, race and the commercialization of human tissue. Part of the 2011-2012 Boise State Campus Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Festivals & Events HOKUM HOEDOWN SQUARE DANCE AND OLD-TIMEY MUSIC SERIES—Square dance it up with the Hokum Hi-Flyers string band. 7 p.m. $5, $15 per family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

On Stage COMMENCEMENT—One actress plays three women drawn together in the aftermath of a high-school shooting. 7 p.m. $15 adults, $10 students. Company of Fools, 409 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-6520, companyoffools. org.

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

THE HOT L BALTIMORE—This dramatic comedy by Lanford Wilson takes place in 1973 Baltimore, and follows the characters who call the hotel home. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children and students. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208459-5011. IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S FALL SHOW—IDT opens its 23rd season with an exciting performance filled with new works, including a collaboration with composer and performer Joe Young. Tonight is preview night. See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

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8 DAYS OUT THE HOT L BALTIMORE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children and students. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208459-5011. IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S FALL SHOW—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10-$35. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. THE WIZARD OF OZ—Take a trip down memory lane and the Yellow Brick Road with this rendition of the 1939 classic film. 7:30 p.m. $14-$20. Music Theatre of Idaho, 203 Ninth Ave. S., Nampa, 208-468-2385,

Concerts CARPE DIEM—The famous string quartet will perform. Part of the Boise Chamber Music Series. Call 208-426-1216 for more info. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25 single performance, $100 for all four in the series. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609. THE LANGROISE TRIO—The program will include Three Trios. 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

MENOTTI CONCERT—Celebrate National Opera Week and Menotti’s 100th birthday with some opera music. See Arts News, Page 26. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Opera Idaho, 513 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-3531,

Art FIRST FRIDAY ART IN EAGLE— Take a stroll through downtown Eagle and visit local merchants and galleries along the way. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Eagle, Old State Street and Eagle Road, Eagle.


State Constitution and other artifacts. Proceeds support the Idaho State Historical Society and the Foundation for Idaho History collections and education programs. See Arts News, Page 26. 6:30 p.m. $75. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, 2205 N. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-334-3356. CREATING FROM THE HEART— Experience therapeutic music, art, journaling and poetry. All proceeds benefit the Merina Healing Arts Foundation. For more info., email info@merinahealingarts. org. Noon-5 p.m. $10 adv. at, or $12 door. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3850111,

MFA READING SERIES: AUTHOR JOY WILLIAMS—The Pulitzer Prize finalist will read from her works. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-4262468.

IDAHO GOURD SOCIETY FESTIVAL—See gourd art in this judged show. Ongoing demonstrations of gourd crafting and growing, with crafted and craft-ready gourds on sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208343-4900.


LIBRARY COMIC-CON—Celebrate and explore the world of comics, manga, graphic novels and more. 1 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996,

Festivals & Events ADOPT AN ARTIFACT—Enjoy music, food, beer and wine while viewing the original Idaho



VETERANS DAY PARADE—Designated seating for members of the 116th Calvalry Brigade and their families. Community celebration immediately following in Capitol Park. 10 a.m. FREE. Idaho Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise. WINTRY MARKET—An inventive indie artsand-craft show for the holidays, featuring innovative and original items from a diverse group of vendors. See Picks, Page 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Ballet Idaho, 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556,

On Stage THE HOT L BALTIMORE—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children and students. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208-4595011. IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S FALL SHOW—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $10-$35. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. THE WIZARD OF OZ—See Friday. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $14$20. Music Theatre of Idaho, 203 Ninth Ave. S., Nampa, 208468-2385,




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


Workshops and classes RETHINKING IDAHO LANDSCAPES—Learn about turning your lawn into an edible paradise. Call 208-343-8649 for more info. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $40. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900,

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8 DAYS OUT Talks & Lectures

Talks & Lectures

IRA GLASS—The host and producer of This American Life will talk about his radio program and what makes for a gripping radio story. For more information, visit See Picks, Page 14. 7:30 p.m. $35-$70 general, $25 students. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,

PRAXIS LODGE PUBLIC DIALOGUES SERIES—A monthly meet to engage in discussions pertaining to science, ethics, culture, philosophy, humanism and Free Masonry, hosted by Praxis Lodge. Each session features a presentation followed by open dialogue. Everyone is invited to attend. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208344-7272,

Kids & Teens DISCOVERY CENTER OPERATING ROOM—Try your hopefully steady hand at keyhole surgery during this day of presentations and activities presented by the Association of Operating Room Nurses. See Picks, Page 14. 10 a.m. General admission prices. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895,

SUNDAY NOV. 6 Festivals & Events IDAHO GOURD SOCIETY FESTIVAL—See Friday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900. IDAHO PEACE COALITION DINNER—This event boasts a dinner and a concert from activist musicians Emma’s Revolution. 5:30 p.m. FREE. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-3445731,

TUESDAY NOV. 8 Concerts GRACE KELLY QUINTET JAZZ RESIDENCY—The Boise State Department of Music presents a student-community jazz residency, featuring the Grace Kelly Quintet. 2:40-3:40 p.m.; improvisation workshop, 4-5:15 p.m.; and Global Perspectives in American Jazz, a concert with audience participation, 6-7:30 p.m. 2:40-7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.

READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS: NICOLE KRAUSS—International best-selling author Nicole Krauss will read from her works and meet audience members. For tickets or more information, contact The Cabin at 208-331-8000. See Picks, Page 15. 7:30 p.m. $12-$35. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454,

WEDNESDAY NOV. 9 On Stage HEAD—Local playwright Oliver Russell Stoddard explores the aftermath of a beheading in modern-day Iraq. 8 p.m. Pay-whatyou-can. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, THE HOT L BALTIMORE—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children and students. Langroise Recital Hall, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208-459-5011.

Workshops & Classes Literature JANE AUSTIN SOCIETY—Join others who enjoy reading Austen’s work for a discussion. Check the store’s website at monthly for details. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229,

POSTER CLASS—Set type and print a poster during your first session. Weekly phone or email reservations requested. Limited to six students per night. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $50. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538, More events at

WINTRY MARKET—See Friday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Ballet Idaho, 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3430556,

On Stage IDAHO DANCE THEATRE’S FALL SHOW—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10-$35. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.

Concerts BOISE STATE SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERT—For more information, call 208-426-1596. 7:30 p.m. $5 general, $3 seniors, free to all students with ID and children younger than 12. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,

MONDAY NOV. 7 Concerts THE GRACE KELLY QUARTET— The Boise Jazz Society presents the renowned quartet. 7 p.m. $39. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.

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



MONSTERS UP HIS SLEEVE Toby Robin of Neighborhood All-Stars displays new work at Flying M TARA MORGAN Illustrator and graphic designer Toby Robin has a number of artistic tricks up his sleeve. He also has monsters. Ask Robin—co-owner of boutique design firm Neighborhood All-Stars and father of four—to roll up his shirt cuff and an army of colorful monster tattoos creeps out onto his forearm. They’re playful and squiggly, like some Crayola masterpiece you might find tacked to a refrigerator. “My son is crazy about drawing monsters so I have all these tattoos. These are all his drawings,” said Robin. “Just being around Sink your teeth into Toby Robin’s new Native American-themed exhibit this First Thursday. that, his creativity, has helped refuel and guided me.” For this exhibit, Robin is expanding a Soon after he graduated, Robin moved Anyone familiar with Robin’s graphic concept he touched on in his last show—Nato Boise and was hired at design firm Olidesign work—he painted the exterior of the tive American displacement by white settlers— ver Russell, which does work for tech giant Record Exchange—will recognize this sense which hung at Flying M three years ago. Hewlett-Packard, among other clients. But of playful whimsy. Robin and his wife and “It was influenced a lot by my childhood, when Loftus, Robin’s second wife, whom he business partner, Laura Loftus, have created a instantly recognizable style with their work for met at Oliver Russell, got laid off in 2008, they growing up in a white community in Montana Alley Repertory Theater, Story Story Night and decided it was time to start their own business. and seeing a lot of the reservations there,” “It was a great place to work, and I learned explained Robin. “I’ve just always been fasciZoo Boise. Brightly colored, 3D illustrations a ton there—like how the business works—but nated with that whole era: Western expansion, of animals creep into much of the work—evNative Americans and their struggles, where it was really more, ‘Do I want to do this the erything from a sloth bear in a tiara holding a next 15 to 20 years, or do I want to work with they are now and where we are now.” glass of red wine on the poster for Zoo Boise’s But despite the weighty theme, Robin’s smaller companies where you’re face-to-face Zoobilee, to a gullible mouse sitting down to work is anything but heavy. Bold, bright eat cheese on a mousetrap table for Story Story with people who are directly affected by the work that you’re doing and they’re as passion- color palettes accentuate skull and teepee moNight’s “Falling For It: Stories of Gullibility.” tifs that run through the series. In one piece, ate as you are?’” said Robin. “Toby is very illustrative and a little bit a bug-eyed feather skull in a button-down And though running a business, and rungraphic,” said Story Story Night’s Jessica shirt and skinny tie shuffles through a tiny Holmes. “I think Toby’s true style is very inno- ning around with four kids, is work enough, Robin still squeezes in time for personal artistic teepee community with electric lights strung vative and kind of modern … He always puts from totem poles. The piece plays with trawork. This First Thursday, Nov. 3, an exhibit a little joke in every poster. This last one was, ditional Native American themes but drops of 10 to 12 new acrylic on canvas pieces will ‘This Idaho Life: The Story of the State We’re them into a modern context, all set against grace the walls at FlyIn,’ so he did Ira Glass a background that drips from berry red to ing M Coffeehouse. as a potato.” peach to turquoise. Though Robin is But despite his Exhibit runs through Sunday, Nov. 27. “I knew I was mainly going to be painting amped to showcase success in the field, at night, so I just thought I’m going to do what this new body of Robin didn’t always FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE I want—what’s going to be fun and not really work, Flying M galknow he wanted to 500 W. Idaho St. 208-345-4320 think about what somebody’s going to buy or lery co-curator John be a designer. After what’s going to appeal to who,” said Robin. Warfel joked that he transferring from his Whether he is busting out colorful paintings didn’t have much of a hometown commuat home after his kids are asleep or assembling choice. nity college in Powell, eye-catching designs for local businesses with “We had a couple of months come open Wyo., to Montana State University in Billings his wife at Neighborhood All-Stars, Robin … We weren’t really scrambling, but we had to study fine arts, Robin got a wake-up call. maintains an aesthetic that is both playful and “I got married, had my first kid, my daugh- to figure out who do we know that we can trust to get things done,” said Warfel. “So we wholly original. ter, and kind of freaked out,” said Robin. “I know a lot of people that are really just signed up Toby in that month and called “What am I going to do? How am I going to him up, ‘Hey, do you want to do this?’… We good illustrators and a lot of people that are make money? And then one of my professors really good designers,” said Warfel. “He’s there kind of turned me onto graphic design. It knew he could come through for us, even if just kinda both.” he was busy.” wasn’t really on my radar.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East Side BASQUE MARKET—Shop the new selection of ceramics from Spain and Portugal while enjoying wine and tapas, and take 20 percent off ceramics. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208, BASQUE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER—Check out the gallery exhibit Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques, or take a guided tour of the Jacobs-Uberuaga house. 6:30 p.m. FREE. 611 Grove St., 208-3432671,


BOISE ART GLASS—Enjoy live 2 demonstrations and snacks, or sign up to make your own ornament.

THE COTTON CLUB—Showcas4 ing Thanksgiving quilts. 106 N. Sixth St. (in the basement of the Old

FLATBREAD COMMUNITY 6 OVEN—Check out Amber Grubb’s photographs while enjoying happy

Sessions are 30-minutes long and cost $40. Emerging artists’ work will be on display and for sale. 5-11 p.m. 530 W. Myrtle St., 208-345-1825,

Pioneer Building), 208-345-5567,

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

BRICOLAGE—Juliana McLenna 3 and Chelsea Snow show off their work centered around Boise and everything that inspired the creation of Bricolage. 5-8 p.m. 418 S. Sixth St., 208-345-3718,

THE DISTRICT—Art by Len Kliku5 nas. 110 S. Fifth St., 208-3431089, DRAGONFLY—Free margaritas and 20 percent off everything in the store until Saturday, Nov. 12, for Dragonfly’s 28th anniversary. 5-9 p.m. 414 W. Main St., 208-338-9234, gama-go. com.

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—This 7 sale put on by the Boise State Metals Group features a limited production line of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches and more. All pieces are handmade and cost $20 or less. Also enjoy paintings by featured artist Toby Robin. See

Downtown News, Page 23. 6 p.m. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320, FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE—Northwest brewer Ninkasi will bring along some delectable libations, including an aged keg of Sleigh’r, its winter seasonal brew, to be paired with bites from Front Door’s kitchen. 6 p.m. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201, 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 ATOMIC TREASURES—Celebrate the holidays with a mix of retro, found objects and art that are sure to make unforgettable gifts. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-344-0811, 8TH STREET MARKETPLACE AT BODO— 8 The Artist in Residence program hosts new work from artists. Meet five new artists in residence and view their creations. 6-9 p.m. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, 208-338-5212, BOISE ART MUSEUM—Explore the process 9 of creating comics and listen to Daniel Duford talk about his art at 5:30 p.m. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY—Enjoy an evening of intimate music with three talented string musicians from the Boise Baroque Orchestra. 5:30-8 p.m. 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200, BROWN’S GALLERY—Falling for Fall is 10 the theme for November, with the colors of fall filling the gallery. Longtime Boise resident and jewelry designer Jenny Byrne of Zealandia Designs will have her work on display as well. Music by Dr. Todd Palmer. 5-9 p.m. 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— 11 See traditional and contemporary altars at the Dia de los Muertos exhibit. 5-9 p.m. Donation. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, LISK GALLERY—This month features 12 new work from S.E. Lisk, M.D., and Adrian Kershaw’s recycled VCR tape sculptures. New, brightly painted works from Carl Rowe and Jerri Lisk, as well as large-format landscape photography from Mark Lisk. Stop in for a wine sampling from Sawtooth Winery. 401 S. Eighth St., 208342-3773, THE MONOGRAM SHOPPE—Stop in to check out fantastic gift ideas. 409 S. Eighth St.,


NORTHRUP BUILDING—Catch new video work, string installation, drawings and paintings by artists in residence. 6-9 p.m. 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 14 GLASS—Colorful, detailed and whimsical Sticks furniture and treats. 5-9 p.m. 415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337, RENEWAL—The Artist in Residence pro15 gram features new work from painter Anne Boyles. 517 S. Eighth St., 208-338-5444. SALON 162—Book any service and get a $10 discount while enjoying a cupcake tasting. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-386-9908. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Taste two new releases, cruise gift items and stock up with the 2007 syrah close-out. 786 W. Broad St., 208345-9463. SOLID—Scotch and bourbon tasting, live 16 music from Robert James, free apps at 6 p.m. and art from Trista Fisher of Design Till Dawn. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620.

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W. Idaho St., 208-866-4627,

850 W. IDAHO ST.— 17 Boise State typography students will display banners

ARTISAN OPTICS—Cruise retrochic eyewear with wine tasting and music. 190 N. Eighth St., 208-338-0500, artisanoptics. com.

created for different downtown buildings. 850 W. Idaho St. AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Celebrate the gallery’s 13 years in Boise, sign the email guest book and maybe win a raffle prize. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, 208-433-0872,

BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT—More than 2,400 wines on clearance during this 11th annual wine sale. Experts will be available for tastings and to answer questions. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553,

ART GLASS ETC.—Author Kelly Jones will be available for a book signing. Browse the collection of art glass, tie-dyed clothing, soap, ceramics and jewelry. 5-9 p.m. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 138A, 208-794-3265.


walls and live local music. 625 W. Main St., 208-433-3934, GRAEBER’S—Preview a holiday dessert table from EyeCandy and learn about holiday party looks. 5-8 p.m. 350 N. Ninth St., 208343-4915. IDAHO POSTER AND 22 LETTERPRESS—Groovy Blacklight Poster Show, with


posters from the 1970s through today, will freak you out, man. See Downtown News, Page 23. 4-9 p.m. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, 208-761-9538,


MCU SPORTS—Treats and an open house of the new bike shop with House of Pain tri-athletes. 822 W. Jefferson St., 208-3427734,

BRICK OVEN BISTRO— Check out artwork by members of the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance on the patio. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456,

THE ART OF WARD HOOPER GALLERY—Witness the unveiling of the 2011 Boise Christmas image and check out the new merchandise, including vintage-style paperweights. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. 745

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PAISLEY ROBERTS—Take 10 percent off custom holiday cards through the end of the month. 237 N. Ninth St., 208-345-5015, REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP— Join the conversation with Carter Niemeyer, author of Wolfer, and listen to his stories about wolves. 7 p.m. 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229, ROSE ROOM—Fettuccine Forum will feature Kurt Zwolfer, Idaho State Historical Museum education manager, who will discuss the past and present of Dia de los Muertos. For registration information, call 208-426-1709 or email estellus@boisestate. edu. 5:30 p.m. 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483, roseroom.




SCOT CHRISTOPHER HAIR DESIGN—$5 off on purchases. 204 N. Ninth St., 208-344-3115.














TRIP TAYLOR BOOKSELLER— Bring your own work or someone else’s to read during this open mic poetry reading. 210 N. 10th St., 208-344-3311,


West Side 12. Lisk Galler y

23. Thomas Hammer

2. Boise Ar t Glass

13. Nor thrup Building

24. Alaska Center

3. Bricolage

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4. The Cotton Club

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8. 8th Street Marketplace

19. Brick Oven Bistro

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ZEPPOLE—Sample the famed pumpkin bread. 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149,

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9. Boise Ar t Museum

SEE JANE RUN—Stop in for champagne, a bite of chocolate and 20 percent off your purchase when you mention this listing. 814 W. Idaho St., 208338-5263,

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THE ALASKA CEN24 TER—Two shows: Earth Visions - Blak Book by Angelina Briggs and St. Marie, creating art of beauty and possibility. And on the second floor, it’s Wine, Women, and Song. Boise and Moscow artists (Palouse Women Artists) exhibit glass, oils, prints, fabric art, ceramics, multi-media sculpture, collage and jewelry in this collaboration between Northern and Southern Idaho artists. Themed works by Jeanne Rogers, Chi E. Shenaman, Laurel Macdonald, Debi R. Smith, Becker Gutsch, Sue Benier and more. Refreshments provided. 1020 Main St.

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS ART SOURCE 25 GALLERY—Opening reception for Remembering Dad,


new works in oils by Lisa Bower, with wine from Indian Creek. 5-9 p.m. 1015 W. Main St., 208331-3374, BASEMENT GALLERY— 26 British artist Ann Bridges’ work about childhood activities will be showcased. 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309. BEN & JERRY’S SCOOP SHOP—Taste pumpkin pie ice cream and enjoy a $1 scoop. FREE. 103 N. 10th St., 208-3421992, CHEERS—Photographer, author and wildlife expert Matthew Deren will sign copies of his book about McCall and Riggins. Payette Brewing will host a beer tasting. 828 W. Idaho St., 208342-1805. CHOCOLAT BAR—Woodriver Cellars will pair wines with new fall chocolates. 805 W. Bannock St., 208-338-7771, CITY PEANUT SHOP—Celebrate the shop’s second anniversary with beer-and-nut pairings from The Press. 803 W. Bannock St., 208-433-3931. EXPOSURE A.L.P.H.A 27 INTERCHANGE—Check out the work of local artist in Richards Gallery. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 213 N. 10th St., 208-424-8158, THE GALLERY AT THE 28 LINEN BUILDING—View Kirsten M. Furlong’s North to Alaska, a series of new work based on Furlong’s 10-day residency at Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve. 5-9 p.m. 1402 W. Grove St., 208385-0111, GALLERY 601—East 29 Meets West features the artwork of East Coast artists Thomas McKnight and Kerry Hallam. Featured West Coast artists are Howard Terpning and June Carey. 211 N. 10th St., 208-3365899, OWYHEE PLAZA HOTEL—Live music with Ben Burdick and Amy Weber, wine flights from Indian Creek. 1109 Main St., 208-3434611, RADIO BOISE—Celebrate the end of the first “radiothon” and tour the studio. 1020 W. Main St., Ste. 200, 208-424-8166, THE RECORD EXCHANGE—$2 off any used CD or DVD more than $5.99. In the coffee shop, all 12-ounce espresso drinks are $2, and get $2 off any sale gift item more than $5.99. The Record Exchange also features local artists’ new releases for in-store play on First Thursday. 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-3448010, SECOND CHANCE 30 BUILDING MATERIALS CENTER—Reuse Gallery, featuring artwork from recycled materials created by local artists. 1423 W. Grove St., 208-331-2707.

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Blacklight posters, like this 1978 Medusa, are pretty bitchin’.

SHINY, PRETTY AND GROOVY We all like shiny, pretty, groovy things, and this First Thursday offers a hearty splash of all three. On Nov. 3, you can feast your eyes on bright, kooky blacklight posters at the Idaho Poster and Letterpress Gallery. See the psychedelic sights and bask in the gentle glow of ultraviolet light at the Groovy Blacklight Poster Show reception from 4-9 p.m. The show will feature posters from the 1970s to the current day. You can order your own modern blacklight art during the show, which promises to make your house just as trippy as a colorful cosmic bowling alley. Keep in mind this may not be a show for the kids—blacklight art tends to highlight drug references and display the human body in all its naked glory. Also trippy are the sugar skulls, bone motifs and calacas, or skeleton costumes, that accompany Dia de los Muertos celebrations—known in English as the Day of the Dead. This Mexican cultural tradition is so morbidly fascinating that it has merited a panel discussion in the Fettuccine Forum. The forum will examine the history of Dia de los Muertos, along with the holiday’s current culture and rich artistic tradition. You can cool down from your Day of the Dead celebration with this timely discussion at the Rose Room. Food from Simply Pizza and beverages from Jo’s Traveling Bar will be available for sale. And if that’s not enough for you, stop by the Idaho State Historical Museum and check out the temporary collection of Dia de los Muertos altars, including former BW Editor Bingo Barnes’ painstakingly hand-painted zombie Troll Tabernacle Choir. View the exhibit from 6-9 p.m. at 610 Julia Davis Drive. In addition to displaying art from local painter Toby Robin (See First Thursday, Page 19), Flying M Coffeehouse will also host the Boise State Metals Group. Right in time for the holidays, the group is holding a jewelry sale to benefit Boise State’s Art Metals Program. The one-of-a-kind pieces are handmade and include an assortment of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches, which make great gifts that won’t break your budget. With every piece priced less than $20, this jewelry sale is a total “steel.” —Talyn Brumley



MASTODON OF A NEW ERA Atlanta’s metal masters embrace chaos with The Hunter JOSH GROSS Atlanta metal band Mastodon has a reputation as big as its namesake. The band’s singer, Brent Hinds, once threatened to kill a Rolling Stone reporter during an interview. He later said he was joking, laying his head in the reporter’s lap and asking him to stroke his brow. But the band’s drummer, Brann Dailor, remembers that moment well. “It didn’t seem like he was joking,” Wear your best black duds and get a black belt in partying with metalheads Mastodon. Dailor said. Then there was the time Hinds spent three whose complex and unsettling art adorned all said. “This time, we wanted to not care about days in a coma after a bar fight. of the band’s previous records. those kinds of things.” “We’re not all like that—just this wild “We had an opportunity to do something Dailor said a major factor in that decision unhinged nightmare rolling down the street,” new and we took it,” said Dailor. “That’s what was that the band was facing some stressful said Dailor. “We play our rock shows and we an album is, an invitation to reinvent yourself, have a good time, and once in while, things go times as they sat down to write The Hunter. if you have the balls. And that’s what we did Hinds’ brother had recently died, as had a a little too far.” without completely abandoning who we are.” close friend of the band. Dailor said, for the most part, Hinds and And this is the core of what makes Mast“We wanted to do something more loose, the other members of the band are pretty chill. odon so great: The band’s comfort zone is less stressful,” said Dailor. “Putting together a But their “moments” are more widely publioutside its comfort zone. When BW spoke to cized than the average giant-tusked mammal’s. concept album isn’t that easy to pull off. And Dailor by phone, the band had just returned at the end of the day, you don’t even know “[Hinds has] got a black belt in partying,” from the United Kingdom, where it appeared how many people care about it besides us. said Dailor. on a televised bill with indie darlings Feist They’re like, ‘What is this about? Rasputin?’ But big as its reputation for trouble may and Bon Iver. So we decided to alleviate ourselves of that be, the band’s reputation for musical chops “It’s cool to be asked to do something like looms far larger. The BBC called it “the most kind of stress.” that,” said Dailor. The result is 52 minutes of thunderous ambitious, most fearless, most fun heavy The band has also done voice work and metal band to have breached the mainstream riffs and vocals that slip back and forth from provided music to be “dramatized” for since the genre oozed its way out of the Mid- muscular growls to elegies in three-party harCartoon Network’s Adult Swim, which came mony. It’s more mournful and less expansively lands in the 1970s.” about because of fans who work at the Atlanpsychedelic than some of the band’s earlier The same reporter Hinds threatened to kill epics, with none of the ta-based network. Notable moments include later wrote: “Mastan epic battle between puppets and UFOs tracks even breaking odon are the greatest to Mastodon’s song “Deathbound,” and the the six-minute mark. metal band of their With The Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang. band’s appearance as a gang of tough-looking But it’s every bit as generation—no one Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. animated movie theater snacks that sing a song heavy as fans expect else even comes close.” show, $25-$45. about the importance of not talking during the of the band, even if The band has KNITTING FACTORY movie to begin the film version of Aqua Teen it’s a different kind recorded complex con416 S. Ninth St. 208-367-1212 Hunger Force. of heavy. Some of the cept albums addressing “I did this thing where I dressed up like a guitar work evokes the the elements fire, water, sludgy moan typical of giant drummer puppet that looked like Marky earth and “aether” grunge riffs of the early Ramone,” said Dailor. “I want that to be my with lyrics that cover next job.” spiritual experiences on mountaintops, Stephen ’90s more than it does the percussive blasts But for now, Dailor and company are on of precisely tuned distortion that comprise Hawking’s theories on wormholes, the art of the road to promote The Hunter. They’ll be Tsarist Russia and the suicide of Dailor’s sister, modern metal. And it makes sense. Much of the album’s material came from songs and riffs in Boise for a show at the Knitting Factory on Skye. The 2004 album Leviathan was about Monday, Nov. 7, and a pre-show album signwritten while touring with Alice in Chains. Moby Dick. All of it. And none of them rate ing at Record Exchange at 4:30 p.m. As for the But it wasn’t just the concept concept they less than an 8.0 on Pitchfork. abandoned for The Hunter. Mastodon wanted next album, other than it being epically heavy, And yet, for its freshly released album, The what they’ll do is anybody’s guess. to switch up everything except the members Hunter, Mastodon chose to toss much of that “We don’t want to be a band that’s tied to of the band. They hired Mike Elizondo, best away in favor of an a la carte approach. any one thing,” said Dailor. “We want to keep known for his work with Dr. Dre, to produce “Usually, we’re in the practice space for people guessing about what it’s going to look the album, and wood carver A.J. Fosik to do months and months trying to figure out mathlike and what it’s going to sound like.” the album cover instead of Paul Romano, ematical equations to put into songs,” Dailor WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Catch Camille Bloom at Lucky Dog Tavern.

ALCOHOL POISON-ING AND BEAUTIFUL PIGGYS Billy Joel sang that only the good die young. Ironically he has kept trucking along and putting out records for decades. Among those who didn’t was British soul singer Amy Winehouse, who died in July. Though it was long alleged by dickish Internet commenters, coroners announced this week that her official cause of death was alcohol poisoning, or “death by misadventure,” as they put it in those cute little British accents of theirs. According to the toxicology report, Winehouse’s blood-alcohol level was 0.4 percent, five times the legal limit to drive. Still among the living—and therefore “not good,” according to the BJ index— is Poison frontman, reality TV star and bandanna aficionado Bret Michaels, who announced that he will be donating a music room to the Phoenix, Ariz., hospital that saved him from a 2010 brain hemorrhage. The new room at the St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute will feature televisions and sound systems so patients and visitors can relax ... which means they’ll have to play music other than his. Another musician shrugging off death and good taste this week is Marilyn Manson, who announced via Facebook that, No. 1, he has been diagnosed with swine flu, and No. 2, he didn’t get it from copulating with a pig. “The doctor said, my past choices in women have in ‘no way’ contributed to … me acquiring this mysterious sickness. Unfortunately, I am going to sur vive,” Manson wrote. His post didn’t mention if he had copulated with a pig, or would continue to copulate with a pig, only that it wasn’t the source of his swine flu. Stay classy, Mr. Manson. Also not dead is David Bazan, the former frontman of indie band Pedro the Lion. To prove he’s still alive, Bazan will perform at Neurolux on Wednesday, Nov. 2, with locals Mickey the Jump. That show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $12 at the door. Another musician who will be showing signs of life in Boise is Camille Bloom. The Gibson Guitar-sponsored songwriter— and No. 92 on the 2009 list of “top hot butches”—will be bringing her tunes and her hot butchiness to the Lucky Dog Tavern on Sunday, Nov. 6. Her tunes have been heard on the MTV E! and Oxygen networks. Our final “not-dead” musician is actually a filmmaker: David Lynch. Lynch will be releasing an album called Crazy Clown Time. He recently released a video preview of the album, which is set to be released this week. —Josh Gross

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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY NOV. 2 BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s Pub and Grill CLUB ZUMBA—9:30 p.m. $5 before 9 p.m. Humpin’ Hannah’s DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

REAL ESTATE, NOV. 5, NEUROLUX New Jersey suburban rock group Real Estate put out its first self-titled album in the fall of 2009. It was a breezy, low-fi beach rock affair that conjured up images of sunny coastlines and relaxing blue skies. The band’s new record, Days, feels more like a suburban autumn than a summer beachfront. The album is light and affable, with Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney’s exceptionally clean, complementary guitar tones working together to create gentle and rich melodies. Courtney’s minimalist lyrics convey imagery of simple childhood pleasures, long drives and nostalgic neighborhoods. Real Estate can hold its own on a stage, too, with skillful musicians who tour relentlessly. With such an agreeable sound and quickly rising indie rock status, Friday, Nov. 5, may be the last opportunity to catch Real Estate at an intimate, Neuroluxsized venue. —Stephen Foster With Big Troubles. 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.

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REILLY COYOTE—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s

GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

THE VANPAEPEGHEM TRIO— 5:30 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadMeridian

ROBERT JAMES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

THE JACKS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club

JAMES LEWIS—7 p.m. FREE. Buzz Cafe

SARX—With The Illusionists, Juicy Karkass, Aurthur Maddox and Oso Negro. 8 p.m. $8. The Shredder

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


GRINGO STAR—With Mongoloids, Ant Lion and Black Bolt. 8 p.m. $5. The Shredder

AMY WEBER—7 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

JAM NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel

CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $30. Boise Contemporary Theater

JAMES LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Boise

FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

HAVEN—9 p.m. FREE. Reef

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri La PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel STEVE EATON AND PHIL GAROZNIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW—6 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadDowntown TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE TIME TWINS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUN BLOOD STORIES—10 p.m. FREE. Bouquet WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $TBD. Grainey’s

HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater Pizza ISLAND REGGAE THURSDAYS—10 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s JAM NIGHT WITH KEVIN SHRUMM—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JAMES COBERLY SMITH AND JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. FREE. Tablerock JIM BRICKMAN—7:30 p.m. $35-$60. Morrison Center KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


JOHN JONES TRIO WITH CHERYL MORRELL—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers NED EVETT—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper THE QUICK AND EASY BOYS— 9 p.m. $3. Grainey’s RED HANDS, BLACK FEET— With The Deadlight Effect and Thank You For This. 9 p.m. FREE. Red Room 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

BILL COFFEY—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club

BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

TEENS—With Atomic Mama and Dirty Moogs. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux

CAMDEN HUGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $30. Boise Contemporary Theater DUTCHESS DOWN THE WELL—10 p.m. $5. Reef

TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $TBD. Grainey’s Basement



GUIDE SATURDAY NOV. 5 6 DOWN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid BLUES AT BREAKFAST—Featuring Rex Miller, Sandra Cavanaugh, Richard Soliz and The B3 Trio. 10 a.m. FREE. Blue Door BOISE BLUES SOCIETY: LARA PRICE—8 p.m. $5. Rose Room BOTTLECAP BOYS—With Jumping Sharks and J.D. Parsons. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room

RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS—8 p.m. $20-$28. See Listen Here, This Page. Knitting Factory THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $TBD. Grainey’s Basement


SUNDAY NOV. 6 6 DOWN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

DC3—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid

ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill


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

JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

LARKSPUR—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage MIGUEL GONZALES—Noon. FREE. Casa del Sol NAOMI PSALM—With Blue Cinema. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Bouquet REAL ESTATE—With Big Troubles. 8 p.m. $8 advance, $10 door. See Listen Here, Page 24. Neurolux ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—10 p.m. $5, FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s


LARRY CONKLIN—11 a.m. FREE. Moon’s OLD-TIME JAM SESSION—6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s RUSS PFEIFER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

LARRY BUTTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny MASTODON—With Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang. See Noise, Page 23. 7:30 p.m. $25-$45. Knitting Factory

CURTIS STIGERS—8 p.m. $30. Boise Contemporary Theater

JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny

HAMBONES ON THE BEACH—4 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe RED ROOM UNPLUGGED—Featuring Piranhas, JacSound, Josh Gross and Edward Romeo. 9 p.m. FREE. Red Room SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement TECH N9NE—With Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Jay Rock and Flawless. 8 p.m. $22-$55. Knitting Factory

WEDNESDAY NOV. 9 DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s KATHRYN CALDER—With Aaron Mark Brown. 8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage

TUESDAY NOV. 8 DAKOTA MAD BAND—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye GAELIC STORM—8:30 p.m. $20-$35. Knitting Factory

MURS—With Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz, Mckenzie Eddy, Sean O’Connell and Dash. 7 p.m. $10 advance, $12 door. Neurolux STAR ANNA AND THE LAUGHING DOGS—10 p.m. $5. Reef more live music events at

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, NOV. 5, KFCH When They Might Be Giants hosted PostModern MTV in 1989 they seemed unlikely candidates to become kids’ entertainers. They were a slightly off-kilter Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based act that wrote stylistically simple songs with equally simple lyrics like, “Be what you like / Be like yourself / And so I’m having a wonderful time / But I’d rather be whistling in the dark,” or the two-word song “Minimum Wage.” It was those easy, catchy hooks on 1990’s Flood that eventually led TMBG into a career in the kid music biz, which won them two Grammy awards. After all, while an academic history lesson that Istanbul was once Constantinople might not stick, anyone who’s ever heard TMBG’s version of events won’t forget that if you have a date in Constantinople she’ll be waiting in Istanbul. This tour, however, is all about the big kids, as the band tours in support of its new album, Join Us. —Rachael Daigle


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A GENETIC CELL-EBRITY Claim soles with soul and some history (like these from Polly Bemis) at Adopt and Artifact.

OPERA, PAGANS AND SALSA Gian Carlo Menotti, best known for his Christmas classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors, would have been 100 this year. As part of National Opera Week, Opera Idaho is celebrating the prolific librettist’s life with a free concert Friday, Nov. 4, featuring selections from Menotti’s works. Company members who will perform include Michele Detwiler, Amanda GardnerPorter and Andrew Peck. The concert is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at Opera Idaho. From Christmas classics to paganism, cheeky multimedia artist Ben Love will premiere a new body of work, Pagans, Pigeons and the Architectural Index, at the College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery on Friday, Nov. 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. According to the press release, Love’s series “examines the existence and influence of a pagan culture in Caldwell, Idaho, with a series of drawings and single-use camera photographs.” Lee Ann Turner, Boise State professor of art history, will give a lecture opening night titled, The Iconic, the Ironic and the Ionic, which begins promptly at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Friday, Dec. 16. Speaking of iconic, at Adopt an Artifact Idahoans who want to check out priceless pieces of the state’s history can view documents such as an original copy of the state constitution, Idaho’s statehood-creation papers and more. Adopt an Artifact also expands beyond the written word by showcasing rare historic maps and photographs. Donations from adopting an artifact for yourself or someone you love benefit the Idaho Historical Society. Adopting an artifact helps maintain precious pieces of Idaho history and gives you a role in preserving that history. Get up close and personal with important documents from Idaho’s past on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Idaho State Archives, located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road. Finally, the Liquid Forum is returning Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It also happens to be the Day of the Dead (see Picks, Page 14), but the forum will focus much more on the lively aspects of Hispanic culture, which explains why Salsa Idaho, a local Latin dance group, is involved. Also participating is United Vision for Idaho, which sponsors Liquid Forum, and the Idaho Hispanic Caucus. The forum runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Liquid Lounge, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110.

Sonny Lacks shares his mother’s medical legacy ANDREW CRISP

—Talyn Brumley and Tara Morgan

David “Sonny” Lacks was 4 years old when his mother, Henrietta, a poor black tobacco farmer, died of cervical cancer. “The only thing I remember about my mother is the funeral,” Sonny told Boise Weekly from Baltimore, where his mother spent the last years of her life. “It was raining, and everybody around was dressed in black.” The legacy of Henrietta Lacks emanates in waves, rippling through members of her immediate family, researchers at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital and every person who walks into an American doctor’s office. While Sonny remembers little of his mother, her story is known by millions and was reHenrietta Lacks (left) and her son Sonny Lacks (right). Henrietta’s fast-growing cells have helped further modern medicine. cently chronicled in a book by Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. called a benefit to all of society, not when so Skloot described David Sr.’s feelings that day: Henrietta’s cancer developed rapidly. many still lack access to health care. “The way he understood it, ‘We have your Feeling immense pain one evening in 1951, “Her cells are making medical history, and wife, we’ve been experimenting on her for she got in the tub and felt a small, soft lump here some family members don’t have health years, and we want to take blood samples inside her uterus. As a poor Southern wominsurance,” said Sonny, who works as a truck from you and your children to see if you have an, Lacks went to Johns Hopkins’ indigent driver. “I can’t afford health insurance.” ward, the only Baltimore hospital that would cancer,’” explained Skloot. Not long after HeLa cells were used to This wasn’t the case, but it’s what David treat blacks. cure polio, some companies commercialized Sr. and Debra understood. Debra worried The cancer spread through her body their production. Now, a vial of Henrietta’s that all these “parts” of her mother were quickly, and she died nine months later on cells can be purchased for $250, or up to parts of her soul. She wondered if these exOct. 4, 1951. Without her knowledge, a small $10,000 for a specialized, patented product. periments had hurt her mother or prevented sample was preserved from the fast-growing The Lacks family hasn’t tried to recoup any her from resting peacefully. tumor inside her body. of that money. Skloot describes this reaction as resulting The sample was sent to the laboratory “We haven’t tried and nobody has offrom the family’s lack of education. Scienof the late Dr. George Gey, who had been fered,” Sonny said. “We have a lawyer right searching for a better way of identifying cancer tists wouldn’t tell the family much, and they now, but we haven’t received any compensacouldn’t comprehend what they were being for years. He couldn’t get human cells to last tion from anyone.” told. Sonny said the family knows a lot more long outside of their owners. Then Henrietta’s But Henrietta also left behind another about Henrietta now. sample came along. legacy. Though it took decades, Henrietta’s “We’re not an uneducated family,” said “My mother was altogether different,” case brought the ethics issue to the forefront Sonny. “My daughter went to college. We’ve said Sonny. “That was a cell line that would of medicine. got quite a few members in the family that live outside the body. That had never been “You have to give written consent now,” went to college.” done before.” said Sonny proudly. “They have to let you Times have changed, he said. Gey knew he’d hit something big. He called know that your sample created that cure … It’s “The book portrays a lot of us as poorer,” the cell samples he was reproducing “HeLa,” said Sonny. “But that’s a different generation.” come a long way from my mother’s day.” after the woman who created them. Instead of But Henrietta’s case isn’t the only instance Henrietta’s care before her death was quespatenting the cells, he sent them out for free. of medical experiments using African-AmerHeLa cells were produced by the thousands, tionable. She wasn’t told that the treatments then by the millions, then by the trillions. They she received would leave her sterile—like most icans. At the Tuskegee Institute at Tuskegee University in Alabama, black men were used poor, black patients at the time, she wasn’t were the cells Jonas Salk used to create the to conduct a 40-year syphilis study. The men informed and didn’t polio vaccine. They withered away while researchers watched and have any options. have been used for refused to administer a vaccine developed mid“Back then, they AIDS research, in-vitro Sonny Lacks will speak as part of Boise way through the study. Coincidentally, the first couldn’t go to the fertilization and were State’s Campus Read program in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 3, HeLa cell factory was created down the hall at hospital,” said Sonny. sent into space long at 7 p.m. For more info, visit Tuskegee University. “You got the poor get before humans. “You have these black scientists at an treated worse, and When doctors and all-black institution using this black woman’s the rich get treated a researchers arrived on cells to save millions of white people”—Skloot little better. It’s not so much the black and the the Lacks’ doorstep 20 years after Henrietta’s white—even though blacks were treated poorly paused during her NPR interview, referring to death, the family heard about HeLa for the HeLa’s role in the polio vaccine, then inhaled back then—it was mostly poor and rich.” first time. Sonny’s sister, Debra, and his father, For Sonny, the revolution in medical science before finishing her sentence—“who wouldn’t David Sr. were shaken. have let them sit next to them.” spurred by his mother’s cells can’t really be In a 2010 episode of NPR’s Fresh Air,

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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings

TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH MOVIE PREMIERE—Get an inside view of life on the road for snow sports athletes as they travel from mountain to mountain. A giveaway includes skis from Atomic and swag from national sponsors. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. $13-$15. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, LOYALTY TELEMARK SKI MOVIE—Explore the revolutionary youth telemark movement and some of the most profound telemark skiing on the planet. Featuring TSM Crew, J.T. Robinson, Weston D, and newcomers Kate Hourihan, Tony Gill and Dylan Garner. Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. $10. Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 Main St., Boise, 208-336-3854,

THE MET: LIVE IN HD, SIEGFRIED—The third installment of Robert Lepage’s new staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen follows the adventures of opera’s ultimate hero, a warrior who does not know the meaning of the word “fear.” Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. $18-$24. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, THE LAST LIONS—This film follows a family of lions on an epic journey. Proceeds from this event benefit Treasure Valley Community Television. Sunday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. $15. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, TWILIGHT SAGA TUESDAYS—Re-watch your favorite vampire movies and get prepped for the debut of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 on Friday, Nov. 18. Cast interviews and special features to precede movie screenings. Tonight’s movie: The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise,; and Edwards Nampa Spectrum Stadium 14, 2001 N. Cassia St., 208-467-3312,


THE HELP MAY CLEAN UP OSCAR NIGHT But it’s a mess of a movie GEORGE PRENTICE If you pride yourself in being fairly up-to-date on Oscar contenders and have yet to see The Help, you have some catching up to do. The film has already slid over to discount theaters and will be released to DVD on Tuesday, Dec. 6, well before Academy Award nominations are announced in late January. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer give stand-out performances as two of The Help. I first saw The Help with millions of others when it opened on Aug. 10. My first reaction cer should be expecting a wake-up call from a large degree, embraces them. was that the film was an interesting diversion. their agents when nominations are announced. “Fried chicken just tend to make you feel Other filmgoers have since told me that they The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and better ’bout life,” says one of the film’s black thought the movie to be one of the best of the Sciences embraces movies like The Help, characters as an approving white woman year, so I felt compelled to watch it again. I’m and it adores female performances in such beams. The scene was gut-churning. glad I did. Because now I’m convinced that, For anyone not familiar with the source ma- tripe (Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, Julia while mildly entertaining, The Help is, at its Roberts in Erin Brockovich). But if anything, terial, Kathryn Stockcore, a manipulative The Help steers audiences away from a serious ett’s bestselling novel piece of Hollywood dialogue on an issue as complex as race relaof the same name tells revisionism. THE HELP (Rated PG-13) tions in America. the story of how MisIn 2000, a London Directed by Tate Taylor When the film is over—and it couldn’t end sissippi housekeepers history professor, in crisoon enough for me—moviegoers may think raised generations of a tiquing a thesis titled, Starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis they watched an embracing examination of wealthy community’s “China and Historical Released to DVD on Tuesday, Dec. 6 the segregated South. Instead the excruciating white children, only Capitalism,” said the 146 minutes is cringe-worthy, especially from a to see them grow into author had “sucked the movie that pretends to be so important. ignorant racists. All of life out of the past and Movies, particularly dramas, matter. The flattened history.” Those words resonated with this is seen through the eyes of Skeeter, played Bicycle Thief, Do the Right Thing, In the Heat in the film by Emma Stone. Though Stone’s me as I reconsidered The Help. of the Night, Milk, The Oxbow Incident—they performance lacks any credibility, it is clearly The Help may pretend to have plenty of all ask hard questions and sometimes even Oscar baiting with her endless over-emoting. heart, but it truly lacks the element its story shape public opinion. If a film like The Help is Oscar may also come knocking on the requires: a soul. For anyone old enough to doors of a few high-profile performances from honored for its “excellence,” then the bar has even remotely recall the 1950s or ’60s, The Help is an insult. It revisits stereotypes and, to The Help’s cast. Viola Davis and Octavia Spen- clearly been lowered.

SCREEN/THE TUBE Opening This fall’s television season, which has already provided some entertaining (Once Upon a Time) and substantive (Person of Interest) debuts, recently unveiled two new paycable dramas that rank among the best in years, due in large part again to alternative casting. Boss is a take-no-prisoners series starring everyone’s favorite psychiatrist, Frasier Crane. Oops, I mean Kelsey Grammer. It’s easy to confuse the two. Grammer played the radio shrink (on Cheers and Frasier) for no less than 20 years. Boss breaks all the rules. Here, Grammer plays the mean, son-of-a-bitch mayor of Chicago—a town that has seen the best (and worst) SOBs in history. Grammer chews up the scenery 29 Claire Danes plays a suspicious C.I.A. officer on Homeland. as a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed,


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In 1969, when Westerns still rode high in the saddle, audiences flocked to a new horse opera, Once Upon a Time in the West. In an opening scene, the camera showed a gunman from the waist down pulling a six-shooter, mercilessly killing a child. The camera tilted up to the gunman’s face and to the audience’s horror, it was Henry Fonda. The same blue eyes that belonged to Mr. Roberts were staring down the corpse of a child. Fonda’s portrayal of an evil hired gun stunned American audiences. Four decades later, Once Upon a Time in the West is considered a masterpiece, in large part because Fonda played against type.



SENNA—Documentary about the beloved Brazilian Formula One champion who died in a crash in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at the age of 34. (PG-13) The Flicks

TOWER HEIST—Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick and Tea Leoni star in this comedy about blue-collar workers who seek revenge on the Wall Streeter who swindled them. (PG-13) Edwards 22, Edwards 9, Edwards 14

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REDBOX REVIEW: WIIGIN’ OUT Boise reflected the nation’s taste with its desired Redbox rentals for the week ending Oct. 23. Local consumers were clearly looking for a laugh, with Bad Teacher, Bridesmaids and Zookeeper holding the top three slots, according to the one-stop flick-in-a-box. X-Men: First Class was the fourth-most popular rental, dropping from last week’s second place. Joking aside, it’s not surprising that Bridesmaids made the cut. In its big screen opening weekend in May, the film grossed $24.6 million. By the end of summer, Bridesmaids’ box-office take neared $300 million. Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig as down-and-out maid of honor Annie, struggling to compete with bride Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) newest friend Helen (Rose Byrne). Annie and Helen’s competition leads to a compendium of wedding-related mayhem. Melissa McCarthy, who plays bridesmaid Megan, steals the show in a star turn. But if you can’t catch the Bridesmaid bouquet at Redbox, you may consider renting Paul, also starring Wiig. Here, she plays Ruth, a recently enlightened Bible-belter helping two sci-fi nerds played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The odd trio assist the potty-mouthed, pot-smoking alien Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen. Bill Hader and Jason Bateman also star. If it’s more McCarthy you’re after, check out The Back-up Plan, a slightly cheesy rom-com about a woman tired of waiting for mister right. McCarthy co-stars as a leader of a single mom support group. Her comedic relief is the best part of the film. —Kat Thornton

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THE TUBE CON’T/SCREEN suspicions are, well, suspicious. silver-tongued devil who holds the city The agent is played by Claire Danes, the in his well-lined pocket. To add an extra 28 lovely young actress who usually offers innolayer, hizzoner is keeping a pretty big cence with her performances (My secret: significant brain So Called Life, Romeo and Juliet). degeneration. But in Homeland, Danes’ character, Ironically, mental disorder Boss airs Friday Carrie Mathison, is an ambitious also plays a role in this season’s nights at 8 p.m. on manipulator who isn’t shy about other significant find—HomeStarz. Homeland airs breaking all the rules, beginning land, a Showtime drama about Sunday nights at 8 with the U.S. Constitution. a CIA agent tracking a returned p.m. on Showtime. Danes and Grammer give two of American prisoner of war, who the the best television performances of agent is convinced has been brainthe season, becoming frontrunners washed by the Taliban to attack for next year’s Emmys. the United States. The twist here is that the —George Prentice agent suffers from mental disease, so her WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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BREATH OF FRESH HOPS Sami Lauritsen says see ya later, Native Taters.

MONA LISA SHUTS ITS DOORS, NATIVE TATERS CHANGES OWNERS AND BOISE RESTAURANT WEEK STORMS DOWNTOWN The Mona Lisa smile has turned to a frown in Nampa. The long-standing fondue restaurant announced on Oct. 26 via Facebook that it will be closing its doors on Saturday, Dec. 31. “With the economy being so down, we’ve been fighting for years and years and years,” explained the Mona Lisa co-owner Dustin Mori. “We lost our home through this thing. We’ve just been fighting for so long, we just decided we need to do something else to pay our bills.” According to Mori, he and wife Angie are considering opening another restaurant in the Treasure Valley, but no definite plans have been made at this time. “I know restaurants, I’ve been working in restaurants for forever. … We’ve been here for 13 years now,” said Mori. “That’s the direction I’m going but I don’t really know exactly what I’m going to do next.” In the meantime, the Mona Lisa will post rotating specials on Facebook each week in November, like “poor college student week” or “wine lover’s week.” Mori also encouraged couples to come pick up their remaining love letters. “We have a bunch of people that have messages in a bottle here—it’s where people come in on their anniversaries and they write a love letter to each other and then we keep It here in a bottle and they come back on their next year,” said Mori. “We have thousands of those still here so we’d like to have people come and get their bottles or get their messages and hopefully just eat while they’re here.” Twice a year in New York City, pennypinching gastronomes get a chance to sit at some of the city’s most coveted tables. Restaurant Week, as it has been dubbed, offers reasonably priced pre-fixe menus at spots that can often be prohibitively expensive. Following in those footsteps, Boise will host Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week, which runs Thursday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 10. Produced by the Downtown Boise Association, in partnership with Boise Weekly, 94.9 FM The River, Sysco, Deschutes Brewery and Trinchero Family Estate, Restaurant Week will feature rad deals at some of downtown’s most-desirable spots. Participating eateries include: Angell’s Bar and Grill, Bacon, Bardenay Restaurant and Distiller y, Berr yhill and Co., Bonefish 32 Grill, Brick Oven Bistro, Brickyard Steakhouse, Emilio’s, Flatbread

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Laughing Dog Brewery fights for a share of local hop crop GUY HAND I simply wasn’t prepared for what I saw when Fred Colby, co-owner of Laughing Dog Brewery in Ponderay, pulled opened the heavy door to his walk-in cooler. Instead of setting eyes on cases of craft beer, I caught the cold gaze of six very pink pig carcasses. “Pig beer!” I blurted out reflexively, in order to suppress what would have been a high-pitched, porcine-like squeal. “No,” Colby said, drawing out the word in a calming, cooing way. “At our annual an“Here in northern Idaho,” Colby told me niversary party, we barbecue six whole pigs.” after closing the cooler door and leading me Laughing Dog, it turned out, was on the eve of its sixth anniversary barbecue, and the around stainless steel brewing tanks, “just north of us, we have probably one of the next day, this large brewery would be filled largest contiguous hop farms in the world— with friends, fresh beer and the scent of spitElk Mountain Farms. They have the potential roasted pork. But this day, Colby was more interested in showing me why he believed his to grow 1,700 acres of hops on one farm, North Idaho brewery had become so popular. and for us, it’s important that they’re there because they do grow some hops for us.” To the right of the pork six-pack, he The key word in that last sentence is grabbed a bag and opened it under my nose. “The best thing is really stick your nose in “some.” The fact that Colby can get any hops from local sources is unusual. Unlike there and smell,” Colby suggested. the close connection winemakers have to Suddenly I was flung into a forest after grape growers—they are, after all, often one a warm rain. I breathed in deep, earthy aromas, a hint of wildflowers and the slightly and the same—craft beer makers and hop growers seldom have anything resembling a bracing bite of pine. “They can impart that same flavor into the face-to-face connection. America’s industrial beer brewers—what beer,” Colby explained. Colby diplomatically calls “domestic lager” Like so many craft brewmasters, Colby is makers—and international hop brokers a self-confessed hop head. dominate the hop and barley markets, reserv“Hops can be very complicated,” he said ing large quantities of ingredients before the as we sniffed another, very different, very harvest through long-standing contracts with citrusy variety. “And one of the things that growers. Elk Mountain Farms in Bonner’s you see in craft brewers today in hops is Ferry, for instance, contracts nearly all of its they’re adding layers of complexity into the hop harvest to the Budweiser-Michelob-andbeer. So rather than one-dimensional beers, Natural-Light behemoth Anheuser-Busch. we can build really complex, artful-tasting beers. I think that’s why it’s called craft beer. southern Idaho hop farmers sell most of their crop to hop broker S.S. Steiner. It really is a craft.” These arrangements are understandable The cone-shaped female flower of the hop once you realize that craft beer totals a tasty, plant, Humulus lupulus, a perennial related but tiny, drop in America’s vast beer bucket— to nettles and marijuana, contains resins and a piddling 4 percent of U.S. beer sales in oils that give beer its characteristically piney 2008, according to the Brewers Association. bitterness and layers of complexity. That Therefore small breweries are often left aromatic complexity, Colby explained, is a scrambling after hop-scented fundamental reason his oncecrumbs the giant lager boys small North Idaho brewery has leave behind. When a hop flourished for the last six years shortage hits, like the one and now ships beer to 30 states in 2007, they’re the first left and Canada. holding an empty hop bag. Yet despite the pivotal role Colby buys in just-largehops play in America’s burgeoning craft-beer movement, hops are often enough quantities to make it worth Elk Mountain’s time to plant the kinds of hops hard to come by for artisan beer makers— even in the nation’s hop-growing epicenter of he’s interested in. “In the next couple of years we expect Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Never fear, wet-hopped beers are here.

our Cascade [hop] usage to go up to around 3,000 to 4,000 pounds a year,” or the equivalent of about two acres of hops, Colby said. “Those are the types of usages that you have to see in order to get somebody to change their mind-set about how they’re going to plant their fields,” he said. “It’s not worthwhile to them to plant a half an acre for a small brewery because it’s so hard to harvest just a half an acre of hops.” Bart Rayne, an organic farmer in Homedale, still thought it odd that the third-largest hop-growing state in the country couldn’t supply locally grown hops to small brewers. A while ago, he teamed up with Lance Chavez, an apprentice brewer at Sockeye Brewery in Boise, to plant and harvest a hop crop and brew beer. But they found out rather quickly how difficult it is to match farmer to brewer on a scale that works for both. “The quantities they need to even just do small batches at the brewer level, it’s almost beyond me,” Rayne said. “To harvest on a small scale when you’re not automated, you’re basically hand harvesting each individual cone, so it wasn’t that economical for me.” But why even bother with local hops when they’re dried, pelletized and packaged for shipping anyway? Matt Gelsthorpe, the Boise Co-op’s beer buyer, gave me some quick answers. Local hops keep money in the local economy, eliminate unnecessary middlemen, and to help create a product with a local terroir, a taste unique to the area’s climate and soil. In an email, Gelsthorpe wrote: “These relationships de-commodify an individual’s connection with the pint and import an appreciation into an otherwise neglected or ‘thoughtless’ beverage. Too long have the big guys told us what to drink and how to drink it.” Mike Gooding, president of the Idaho Hop Commission, believes a younger generation of Idaho hop growers are interested in working with craft 31 brewers, but his daughter and hop WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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SHIGE TERIYAKI Chef Shige Matsuzawa has dominated the downtown Boise sushi scene for years. And despite a questionable expansion into French-infused red carpet fine dining at the Shige compound on Eighth and Idaho streets, the Shige brand has remained unwaveringly strong. But when I heard Shige had opened a teriyaki venture in Meridian—a short distance from Yokozuna Teriyaki, no less—I thought Napoleon had finally fixed his steely gaze on Russia. Boy, was I wrong. Shige Teriyaki’s Meridian strip-mall location—chilling in viceville next to a liquor store, a check-cashing joint and a Tobacco Connection—is nothing to write home about. The small spot is unadorned, with an open counter and a few wobbly backed booths propped up against large, floor-to-ceiling windows. In one corner, a TV sputters Top 40 pop jams next to a wall decorated with a yearbook of glossy food photos. Staples like pork tonkatsu ($6.25), chicken yakisoba ($5.50) and beef teriyaki ($5) SHIGE TERIYAKI flash meaty smiles next to 450 S. Meridian Road, geeky menu outsiders like Ste. 15, Meridian barbecue squid ($8.50). 208-888-0663 A steaming bowl of miso soup ($1.50) was waiting on my table before I had the chance to shed my coat and settle into the booth. Dark and full-bodied with wisps of chewy seaweed and circular green onion slivers, the soup was simple but stellar. With each spoonful, a swirl of fermented miso sediment bloomed in the dark broth, like sandy footsteps in a shallow lake, before settling back into its distinct layers. Seconds later, the counter guy slid onto the table a Poke Bowl ($8.50), which consisted of a pile of green onion grass clippings and shaved dark seaweed perched on a mound of raw tuna and fluffy rice. The hunks of tuna glistened with so much shiny roe, it looked like they’d been rolled in oily orange glitter. The warmth of the rice played up the cool blush of raw tuna, and the sharp bite of onion contrasted the Bubble Wrap snaps of salty roe. It was both fresh and filling. As I swallowed my last sated bites and laid my chopsticks down to rest, I noticed the place had kicked into a lunchtime rush. Area businessmen clustered around laptops and fussed with smartphones as a growing line snaked to the door. I boxed up the rest of my meal and ceeded my table to the hungry hoardes. The Shige empire, it appears, is as strong as ever.

grower Diane Hass told me it’s tough for sympathetic farmers in Idaho to cater to what is still a nascent craft-brewing industry. It’s much easier, she said, for hop farmers to build relationships in states with a higher concentration of craft brewers. “There are some farms that that’s all they do in Oregon and eastern Washington,” Hass said. She mentioned Gayle Goschie and Pat Leavy in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Virgil Gamache and Puterbaugh Farms in Washington’s Yakima Valley, all hop growers who cater, in part, to the craft-beer industry. Autumn is one time of year, though, when hop growers and beer makers can meet face to face. That’s fresh or wet hop beer season, when brewers add freshly picked hops to their beer to celebrate the harvest and give their brews a more-delicate hoppiness than they get from the dried or pelletized hops. “Fresh-hop beers have a nice big, green, grassy hop flavor to them,” Colby said as he poured me a pint. The hops have to be brewed within 24 hours of picking to maintain their fleeting flavor. Even the big-contract hop growers will occasionally open their gates during the fall so local brewers can pick up a few bags of freshly harvested cones. In Colby’s case, friends bring fresh hops directly to him. “We actually have people who grow hops and bring them into the brewery. We put out a big tarp on the floor, we have hop-picking parties, and for every 30 minutes that you pick hops, you get a free beer.” As I wiped a big beer mustache off my face, Colby pointed to several first-place fresh-hop beer awards hanging on his brewery walls. “I love hops,” he said in the earnest tone of a true believer. “To me, hops are what make beer beer.” 30


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FOOD/NEWS CON’T Community Oven, Fork, Lock Stock and Barrel, The Matador, The Melting Pot, The Piper Pub and Grill, Protos Pizza, Red Feather Lounge, Reef, Solid Grill and Bar, and Superb Sushi. Restaurants will offer patrons a two-course lunch for $10 per person, a twocourse dinner for $15, or a three-course dinner for $30. Also, if you want something quaffable to wash back your meal, Deschutes Brewery and Trinchero Family Estate will offer beer and wine pairings. No special passes or tickets are required but resos are recommended. For more info, visit On the food-truck front, Native Taters owner Sami Lauritsen officially sold the popular truck to Quentin Williams. “I just think it was time,” said Lauritsen. “My husband passed away, and it was kind of our dream. Basically, when he retired, he was going to be working with me again and we were just a team.” Though Lauritsen passed the keys along almost two months ago, Williams has only been open for the past two weeks at the bottom of Protest Hill and Boise Avenue, near the Tobacco Connection. “He’s changed the menu. He’s kept some things and added some things,” said Lauritsen. “It will eventually kind of veer around to be his little baby.” Though Williams will still make the famous Philly sandwich and the baked potato soup, he’s expanded the menu to be more wrapfriendly. “I’ve got this thing called Rasta Wraps. I’ve got a Reuben sandwich that’s in a wrap with fresh cabbage instead of sauerkraut. I’ve got a chicken Caesar wrap. I’ve got a build-your-own wrap. I’ve got an Idaho potato wrap,” said Williams. “I also have the Wakin’ Bacon wrap, which is a breakfasttype wrap, and the wrap is actually … a thin pancake or a thick crepe. It has maple cream cheese in it, eggs and turkey bacon.” For more info on the new Native Taters, call 208-860-3807. 30


BOMBER BREW TRIO The one thing these three beers share is that they are all bottled in a generous 22-ounce bomber. Two hail from our neighbor to the west in Ontario, Ore., Beer Valley Brewing. While the pair are very different brews, they share another common theme: both are made with freshly harvested hops. The third is a seasonal from Redmond, Ore.’s Cascade Lakes Brewing Company. While the hops may not be fresh harvest, they weigh in at a hefty 100 International Bitterness Units. BEER VALLEY BLACK FLAG IMPERIAL STOUT (2011 HOP HARVEST EDITION) This ebony-hued brew has a nice mocha head that opens with dark chocolate and French-roast coffee aromas with light hops lurking in the background. The taste follows suit, offering something like a sweet espresso flaked with bittersweet chocolate shavings. The pine-driven hops come through on the finish in this rich stout that is deceptively high in alcohol (11 percent). Caution is advised. BEER VALLEY LEAFER MADNESS IMPERIAL PALE ALE (2011 HOP HARVEST EDITION) This brew pours a hazy, straw color with a whipped froth that persists nicely. The aromas are a heady mix of soft pine and citrus with a light whiff of mint. The palate leads off with bitter-but-smooth hops that, as you would expect, are bright and refreshing. There’s an appealing resin-laced citrus note, backed by creamy malt and a touch of herb and spice on the finish. CASCADE LAKES CENTENNIAL IPA Not a hop-head? This bright amber ale may weigh in at 100 IBUs, but the hops are well integrated and surprisingly subdued. The nose centers on aromas of ripe orange and fresh-cut hay. The palate leads off with smooth, just-sweet malt, apple and tropical fruit, along with drying hops and touches of mineral and herb. A lightly bitter citrus zest kicks in mostly on the finish. —David Kirkpatrick

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TROPICAL FISH Live Tropical Aquarium Fish in Boise and Nampa Locations. http:// YORKIE STUD Sir Galahad is a healthy, beautiful 2 yr. old male Yorkie. His current weight is 4.8 pounds. He is available for stud service. If interested, please call Shelly at 208412-7230. Terms are negotiable, but the cost of stud service is usually equal to the sell-price of one puppy. FREE ON-LINE CLASSIFIED ADS Place your FREE on-line classifieds at It’s easy! Just click on “Post Your FREE Ad.” YARD SALE SALE HERE! Call Boise Weekly to advertise your Yard Sale. 4 lines of text and a free Yard Sale kit for an unbeatable price of $20. Kit includes 3 large signs, pricing stickers, success tips and checklist. Extra signs avail. for purchase. Call Boise Weekly by 10AM on Monday to post your Yard Sale for the next Wednesday edition. 3442055.

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WIZARD: 2-year-old male Australian shepherd. Friendly, active and ready to go. Good with some dogs. Housetrained but will need grooming. (#14349638)

JYNX: 3-month-old short-haired kitten. Sweet and loving and litterbox-trained. Found as stray near Chinden in Boise. (#14389321)

BROOKLYN: 6-year-old female beagle and Australian cattle dog mix. Nice, easy-going and charming. Loving, gentle and quite huggable. (#14283599)

BONNIE: 2-year-old female short-haired tabby. Found as stray near Kootenai and Roosevelt in Boise. Friendly, loving and litterbox-trained. (#14251930)

MONTI: 9-month-old, male mixed-breed dog who is house- and cratetrained. Good with other dogs and cats. Lots of potential as a family pet. (#14309653)

KODI: 9-year-old large mixed-breed dog. House-, leash- and crate-trained. Good with children and other dogs. Sweet boy is still quite active. (#14236859)

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31 South Carolina’s state bird 32 Neurotic Martin Short character 35 Not discounted 36 Give up 38 Start of a 1957 hit song 40 Press and fold, say 41 Pecking order? 42 Oxidized 43 Agree (with) 44 Cousin who’s “altogether ooky” 45 Vague early afternoon time 47 Like certain investments 49 Soaked 53 To the point, to lawyers 55 Times ___ 57 Succeed 59 Bridge expert Culbertson 60 Go back and forth 62 Some are cohesive 64 Territory 65 1985 film based on “King Lear” 66 How some games finish 67 How some cars screech 69 Plant known as “seer’s sage” because of its hallucinatory effect 71 Loser 72 Skinny 74 Screenwriter Ephron 75 Somme place 76 Prefix with magnetic 77 Old fishing tool 79 An instant 81 Blowup, of a sort 82 “… but possibly untrue” 84 Peeper protector 86 Wield 88 Uncorking noise 90 His debut album was “Rhyme Pays” 91 Grating 92 W. Hemisphere grp. 95 Queen’s land 97 Like average folks, in Britain 98 Enthralled 99 ___ Park, classic Coney Island amusement locale 100 V formation?

102 Shop chopper 104 Bounce (off) 105 Mil. officers 106 Avg. level 107 Change quickly 110 Incredibly nice 115 Matter in statistical mechanics 116 Bulldog 117 Dispatch boats 118 Neighbor of Oman: Abbr. 119 “Pride and Prejudice” actress Jennifer 120 9-Down holder 121 Pickup line? 122 One of the Chaplins 123 Underworld route

DOWN 1 Transference of property to pay assessments 2 Asian republic 3 Gets up for the debate? 4 Certain poetic output 5 Reveal 6 With 19-Across, far back 7 Beats it and won’t explain why? 8 Proof that a “Jersey Shore” character has an incontinence problem? 9 Heady stuff 10 Entire “Reservoir Dogs” cast, e.g. 11 Athlete’s attire, informally 12 Pampers maker, informally 13 Arrests an entire crime syndicate? 14 Inits. in ’70s and ’80s rock 15 Slayer of his brother Bleda 16 Like some majors 17 Impudent 20 Longtime ESPN football analyst Merril ___ 23 Protected images, for short 25 Russian novelist Maxim 27 Fancified, say 32 Singer Gorme 33 Eschews Mensa material when going to parties?

34 “Drag ___ Hell” (2009 movie) 36 “Star Wars” character ___-Gon Jinn 37 SALT party 39 Dashboard choice 42 Contents of Lenin’s Tomb, e.g.? 46 Settle in 47 Aquatic nymph 48 The Wildcats of the N.C.A.A. 50 Merits at least a 20% tip? 51 “Airplane!” woman 52 King or queen 53 Hard Italian cheese 54 Slower to pick up 56 Phone button trio 58 ___ Minor 61 Break down 63 A bar may offer it 68 One-dimensional: Abbr. 70 Flat flooring 73 Minute 78 Scout’s mission 80 Assertive comeback 83 118-Across is in it 85 Super Bowl IV M.V.P. Dawson 87 Scoring stat for N.B.A.’ers L A S T T H U S








89 Wallop 91 Motorola phone line 93 Departure from the norm 94 Untraditional, as some marriages 95 Charges 96 Give a hard time 99 Soup kitchen implements 100 They’re shown by X’s, O’s and arrows 101 Luggage attachment 103 Some annual bills 104 Major org. representing entertainers and athletes 108 Anita of jazz 109 Desideratum 111 ___ Fit 112 Brooklyn’s Flatbush, e.g.: Abbr. 113 Go unused 114 Symbol for electric flux Go to www.boiseweekly. com and look under extras for the answers to this week’s puzzle. Don't think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply doublechecking your answers.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Malcolm Gladwell wrote in The Tipping Point: “We need to prepare ourselves for the possibility that sometimes big changes follow from small events and that sometimes these changes can happen quickly. ... Look at the world around you. It may seem an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push—in just the right place—it can be tipped.” You are now within shouting distance of your own personal tipping point, Aries. Follow your gut wisdom as you decide where to give a firm push. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Welcome to the autumnal garden of Earthly delights, Taurus. It’s a brooding, fermenting paradise, full of the kind of dark beauty that wouldn’t be caught dead in a spring garden. There’s smoldering joy to be found amid this riotous flowering of moody colors, but you won’t appreciate it if you’re too intent on seeking bright serenity. Be willing to dirty your hands and even your mind. Feel the moss on your back, the leaves in your hair and the mist on your bare legs. (P.S. If you like, you can take what I just said as an elaborate metaphor.) GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s a vignette described by columnist Thomas Friedman: “Ludwig Wittgenstein once remarked that if you ask a man how much is two plus two, and he tells you five, that is a mistake. But if you ask a man how much is two plus two and he tells you 97, that is no longer a mistake. The man you are talking with is operating with a wholly different logic from your own.” I’d like to suggest, Gemini, that for you right now, the whole world is like the man who swears two plus two is 97. At least temporarily, you are on a very different wavelength from your surroundings. In order to understand what’s coming toward you, you will have to do the equivalent of standing on your head, crossing your eyes and opening your mind as wide as it’ll stretch. CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you want to grow vanilla beans, you have to pollinate the plant’s flowers within 12 hours after they bloom. In nature, the only insect that can do the job is the melipona, a Mexican bee. Luckily, humans can also serve as pollinators, which they do on commercial vanilla farms. They use thin wood splinters or stems of grass to perform the delicate magic. I’m thinking that you resemble a vanilla bean right now, Cancerian. It is the season when you’re extra receptive to fertilization, but all the conditions have to be just right for the process to be successful. Here’s

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my advice: Figure out exactly what those conditions are, then call on all your resourcefulness to create them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Even our most sophisticated drilling machines have barely made pinpricks in the Earth’s surface. The deepest hole ever dug was 40,000 feet, which is just 0.2 percent of the planet’s 20-million-foot radius. I offer this up as a spur to your imagination, Leo. The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to plumb further into the depths of anything you’re intrigued by—whether that’s a subject you’ve always wondered about, a person you care for, the mysteries of life or the secrets of your own psyche. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): National Geographic speculates that most of the species on Earth are still unknown and unnamed. While 1.2 million life forms have been identified by science, there may be as many as 7.5 million that are not, or 86 percent of the total. I suspect that this breakdown is similar to the situation in your life, Virgo. You know about 14 percent of what you need to know, but there’s still a big frontier to explore. The coming months should be prime time for you to cover a lot of new ground—and now would be a perfect moment to set the stage for that grand experiment. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suspect that you will have a minor form of good luck going for you this week. It probably won’t be enough to score you a winning lottery ticket or earn you a chance to get the answer to your most fervent prayers, but it might bring you into close proximity with a financial opportunity, a pretty good helper or a resource that could subtly boost your stability over the long haul. For best results, don’t invoke your mild blessings to assist in trivial matters like finding parking spaces or avoiding long lines at check-out counters. Use them for important stuff. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Try to be surprised by something every day,” advises Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. That’s an inspirational idea for everyone all the time, but especially for you Scorpios right now. This is the week of all weeks when you have the best chance of tinkering with your rhythm so that it will thrive on delightful unpredictability. Are you brave enough to capitalize on the opportunity? I think you are. Concentrate your attention on cultivating changes that feel exciting and life-enhancing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Dear Rob: I was born on Nov. 30 and am quite attached to having it as a birthdate. But there’s a complication. While in Iraq in 2006, I was halfblown up by a bomb and had a near-death experience. When I returned from my excursion to the land of the dead, I felt I’d been born anew. Which is why I now also celebrate Sept. 24, the date of the bombing, as my second birthday. What do you think? —Two-Way Tamara.” Dear Two-Way: I believe we’d all benefit from having at least one dramatic rebirth in the course of our lives, though hopefully not in such a wrenching fashion as yours. If it means adding additional astrological identities to our repertoire, so much the better. Thanks for bringing up the subject, as it’s an excellent time for Sagittarians everywhere to seek out an exhilarating renewal. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Social climbers are people who are focused on gaining higher status in whatever circle of people they regard as cool, even to the point of engaging in fawning or ingratiating behavior. Soul climbers, on the other hand, are those who foster the power of their imagination, keep deepening their connection with life’s enigmas and explore the intersection of self-interest and generosity toward others. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you could go far in either of those directions during the coming weeks, Capricorn—but not both. Which will you choose? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): An Australian man named Daniel Fowler has more giraffe tattoos on his shoulders than any other human being on the planet according to Meanwhile, Darryl Learie is now the only person ever to be able to insert three steak knives into an inflated balloon. What could or should be your claim to fame, Aquarius? This would an excellent time to try to establish your reputation as the best at your specific talent. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “You have to know how far to go too far,” said poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. I reckon that’s good advice for you right now. You’re at a phase of your astrological cycle when you really can’t afford to keep playing by all the rules and staying inside the proper boundaries. For the sake of your physical and psychological and spiritual health, you need to wander out beyond the limits that you’ve been so faithfully respecting. And yet, on the other hand, it would be a mistake to claim you have a right to stop at nothing. Know how far to go too far.



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