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A MAKEOVER FOR MACY’S CCDC considers a pitch to repurpose the vacant downtown building FEATURE 13

GO WEST, BEYOND BOISE Your guide to Canyon County PICKS 18

PICK A PECK OF PICKS Six things you must do in the next week FOOD 31

THE OTHER RED MEAT Goat steps into the foodie limelight

“We need to be a city that welcomes entrepreneurship.”


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NOTE COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM BOISE WEEKLY We alties did something crazy last week: We tackled election coverage in a way that Boise Weekly has never covered an election before. We sent out a team of reporters to various election parties, as we have done in the past, but this time, rather than ask them to diligently report and file stories the next day, we asked them to report on the spot with video interviews that went out into the world unedited via Twitter. Then we reposted those tweets and videos on Facebook and live blogged them along with the results as the polls began pushing out reports. For a recap of our coverage, search #boisevotes on Twitter or catch up at Citydesk on Now here’s why you should care about how we covered the election more than a week later: Because you’re about to see a lot more live coverage like it. Last week, we repeated the live reporting exercise when a white substance was found at the attorney general’s office on the heels of a bomb threat. And starting Thursday, Nov. 17, we’ll be reporting the same way from the Idaho Maximum Security Institute, where Paul Rhoades is scheduled to be executed on Friday, Nov. 18. Follow that coverage on Twitter at #RhoadesExecution, at Citydesk as it happens and at boiseweekly. In this edition of Boise Weekly, we look west. Many of us Boise-centric valley residents don’t often make the quick trip into Canyon County, and we’re missing out. Although we cover Nampa and Caldwell in our regular coverage from time to time, we force ourselves to dedicate a few pages exclusively to our western neighbors once a year. And every time we do, we discover new places to play, eat and recreate. My big 2C discovery this year? The bingo hall. And I’m not afraid to admit it. Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll hear from the newest member of the Boise City Council, Ben Quintana, who is also now the council’s youngest member. And in Food, we start wrapping up the final weeks of the Year of Idaho Food as food writer Guy Hand takes a tasting tour of goat meat. —Rachael Daigle

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ON THE CATWALK, YEAH Hair and fashion artist Tod Alan staged yet another of his intense shows last weekend at the newly opened Azure Hair Studio in the Linen District. Cobweb has a rundown of the show, as well as a few dozen photos of the catwalk and behind the scenes.

BOISE OUT DRINKS THE WORLD AT DE FAT Tour de Fat released its numbers recently, and the bike-and-beer-loving kids who live in Boise beat out the bike-and-beer-loving kids who live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and more.

OCCUPY POWERED UP AND MORE Citydesk has ongoing coverage of Occupy Boise. Where are the campers getting power for their laptops, what do passersby and neighbors have to say about the encampment, and how are Occupiers dealing with the cold?

ALL FRACKED UP In April, Idaho adopted temporar y rules for natural-gas exploration using Wyoming’s rules as a model and claiming fracking liquid was only as carcinogenic as a Twinkie. And now Wyoming’s aquifer has carcinogenic chemicals from fracking in it. Sigh.

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NEWS Boise’s Hammer Flat deal with Fish and Game raises eyebrows


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THA NK Y OU POLITIC IANS . ... THANK YOU RE LI GI OU S LEADER S . ... THANK YOU CORP ORATI ONS. ... THANK YOU NEIGHB OR S . . . . HY P OCRI SY AND GR EED PR EVAIL!” —anonymous (BW, News, “49 Million Americans Living in Poverty,” Nov. 8, 2011)

RHOADES EXECUTION A society which condones capital punishment will always have a problem with murder. To “support” killing, whether by war, by the police, or by the penal system, cannot at the same time effectively stop criminal killing. To kill is to kill is to kill; there is no escaping the fact. —Russell Webb, Boise I was a special-education teacher in Idaho Falls in March of 1987 when Susan Michelbacher was kidnapped, raped, molested and killed by Paul Rhoades. I know for a fact he did not offer her fair or reasonable treatment before he killed her. Susan was a wonderful teacher, mother and wife whose life was cut short. Did you know she was pregnant with her second child when she was murdered? Words like kidnapped, raped, molested, killed are too tame for what he did to this woman. I hope he rots in hell. I will be at the gates of the prison when he is put to death. —Janet Lang, Boise I’m not against the death penalty, but I’d rather have him be miserable for the rest of his life. The downside is that it just costs the taxpayers more money. —Sara Parker-Urbany

The “Rule of Law” is established in mercy and sat upon in truth. Mercy is defined as being an example of the law and truth is the environment of safety we all need to flourish as individuals and as a society. —Ophidia, Comments at about whether Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter should grant clemency to Paul Rhoades, who is scheduled to be executed on Friday, Nov. 18. I would prefer a permanent time out. No more interaction with another human for the rest of his life. Ever. Weld the door closed and let him eat what they feed the kids in Biafra for 76 cents a day. But a civilized society cannot kill people. —Carolyn Failla I feel for his family, I honestly do. But I’m far more concerned about his victims. I’d personally have him shot in public and made an example. Hopefully, that would prevent future crimes. —Jack Peebly Remember! This guy killed three different women on three different occasions. This was not a single accidental event. He changed all right, but that

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was a long time ago when he changed into a monster. —Kipp Sherry As the nephew of a woman who was brutally raped and murdered, I would love nothing more than for the animals who did it be raped and murdered themselves. This monster deserves to die, not live for an additional 40-plus years behind bars, getting three squares a day and cable TV. My only question is, what took so long? —Jose Manzanares, Jr. To me, the debate about the death penalty has nothing to do with whether or not a murderer has “changed” and is therefore “deserving” of clemency. For me, this debate is about whether or not the state has the right to commit murder in my name. Does this man “deserve” to be murdered? Probably, I suppose, but I simply do not believe that the state has the right to cast that kind of judgment. For one thing, the criminal justice system in this nation has proven to be really terrible at meting out this ultimate penalty with any fairness or consistency. For another, although the guilt of this particular criminal is not in doubt, the criminal justice system has proven to be nearly as good at murdering the innocent as the guilty. This is an expensive, unnecessary and cruel punishment in a nation that should be looking to be morally superior to base murders rather than stooping to their level. —Lori Burelle WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


MY HOPEFUL SPEECH The encouraging half (I hope)

Last week, you read part one of a speech I delivered last month, intending to raise the spirits of depressed Democrats. I broke it into halves at a point just after I presented a litany of reasons not to be very hopeful, considering what a horror the GOP has become. Following is the second half, and it includes no reference to the thumping Republicans took on Nov. 8, because that hadn’t happened yet. U By now, you may be wondering if I’ll ever get to the hopeful part of my hopeful speech. OK, let me start with the obvious: We still have a president who is thoughtful, eloquent, genuine and patient—qualities that separate him definitively from anything the Republicans offer. Further, we control the Senate with little chance of losing that majority, and let us remember, not all of the special elections this year have been disappointments. But these things aren’t as reassuring as they once were, not when we are faced with a corporatedriven insurgency that, as is now clear, would see America destroyed if that’s what it takes to destroy President Barack Obama. As to the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations sweeping the country, we must welcome them. They may well be the antidote to the Tea Party poison. Yet it seems to me too early to tell where that phenomenon is headed or if the energy will last until next year’s elections. However, as I considered the frightening spectacle that is now the GOP, a picture began to emerge that had previously been hidden behind the staging. Whether it was in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Idaho, the U.S. Congress—wherever—none of these extremist fanatics campaigned in 2010 on the positions and policies they would subsequently promote once they were in office. You cannot find a clip of Paul Ryan saying that once the Republicans had the majority in the House, he would propose that Medicare be put to a slow death and that the elderly would thereafter be delivered into the jaws of private insurers. You will find no snippet of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker boasting that once he’d moved into the governor’s mansion, he would gut his state’s budget by handing out tax cuts to the wealthiest, then make up for the shortfall by busting public employee unions. You cannot find 2010 campaign ads of legislative candidates vowing that the first thing they would do when they got to the state capitol is strip Planned Parenthood of funding, or make it more inconvenient for minorities and young people to cast a ballot, or sit back and wait for a Koch brothers’ agent to hand them some new laws to enact. You will find no footage of Tea Party ditto-heads campaigning for Congress on the promise that once they get to Washington, D.C., they would see the federal government shut down rather than raise a tax on billionaires by 3 percent, or that they would insist WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

on deregulating Wall Street even further, or that they would hold the Federal Aviation Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency hostage until they carved more flesh and sucked more blood from programs designed to feed hungry kids and homebound seniors, or that they would dedicate themselves to drowning the Environmental Protection Agency in Grover Norquist’s bathtub. And certainly, you will find no campaign promises from Tom Luna announcing that if re-elected, he would eliminate 700 teachers and hand Idaho’s kids over to out-of-state computer program hawkers. No, you will find very little, if any, evidence from the 2010 campaign season that these men and women of the fringe— these barbarians who dare call themselves “patriots”—were proud of what they would become and how they would behave once they were safely inside the government fold. And there, fellow Democrats, is my hopeful message. The right knew then, they still know, that the American people will not follow them willingly. They know that they dare not tell the citizens where they want to take us, what their vision of America’s future is. They know that the only chance they have of twisting this country to their liking is to sneak their vision through. Or to ram it through, to use procedural tricks and shady gimmicks to foist their backward ideology off on America even when the streets outside are filled with Americans saying, “Hey, don’t do that!” Our hope is in exposing them. Two years ago, even a year ago, few people had heard of the brothers Koch, the Club for Growth, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the insane pledge that Republicans took like drunken lemmings to never raise a tax, even if the nation was at risk. Few people had heard of the agenda to privatize education, to privatize Social Security and Medicare and everything else that isn’t currently pumping taxpayer dollars into corporate accounts. Today, we know who is pulling their strings and filling their campaign coffers, and our job—our hope—is to spread the news. In every poll that records the shifting perceptions of our fellow citizens, we see that as Americans become more aware of what the right is doing, the more they reject that future. Speak of it as often as you can. Write of it as often as you can. Don’t let a Tea Party lie pass without calling it a lie. Don’t let a Koch brothers’ trick slip through in the dark without shining light on it. Above all, do not tolerate their schemes in silence. The truth can move agonizingly slow at times, but no matter where it’s headed or how long it takes to get there, it is still the truth. And it is still, and will always be, the best weapon we have to defend our country from those who would steal it from us with lies.

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YOU WANT A JOB, RIGHT? Herman Cain and the criminalization of poverty

Pizza baron Herman Cain leads in the polls, yet nobody believes he can win the Republican nomination. The fact that the No. 1 candidate doesn’t stand a chance is an improbable truism emblematic of our broken political system. The reason Cain isn’t allowed to be president is money. Romney is spectacularly wealthy. Cain is merely rich. As of October, Romney had raised $14 million. Cain had a paltry $700,000. After reports surfaced that Cain had groped Susan Bialek, a woman who asked him for help landing a job, Cain received $250,000 in contributions in a single day. Attempted rape—she says he tried to force her head into his special place—pays. Unsurprisingly, the Cain campaign went to work smearing the Bialek’s credibility. Cain’s main attack focused on her finances. “The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances—which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long-term Democrat donor Gloria Allred,” said the Cain camp. The narrative is simple: This bitch is poor. I’m rich. She’s lying about me to pay her bills. “Ms. Bialek was also sued in 1999 over a paternity matter,” spat the Cain campaign. “In personal finances, PACER [Federal Court] records show that Ms. Bialek has filed for bankruptcy in the Northern District of Illinois bankruptcy court in 1991 and 2001. … Ms. Bialek has worked for nine employers over the past 17 years.” The New York Times added some context. “Saddled with $17,200 in legal fees related

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to a paternity fight with the father of her infant son, Ms. Bialek filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001. Her income had dropped to $19,000 in 2000 from $38,000 the year before, court records show, and she had only a few thousand dollars in assets. Court records show that Ms. Bialek has continued to experience money troubles in recent years. The Internal Revenue Service in 2009 filed a lien against her for $5,176 in unpaid taxes, and an Illinois lending company won a judgment last year for $3,539.” Bialek and her attorney anticipated attacks that she was planning to profit from her account, announcing that she would not sell her story. That should have done the trick, but no. Cain’s tactics appear to be working so far. No one but Bialek and Cain know what happened that night back in 1997. Regardless of the truth, the implications of Cain’s approach should be troubling. To follow Cain’s argument to its logical conclusion, anyone who has ever had money problems can’t be trusted to tell the truth. More than 1 million Americans a year file bankruptcy. One in nine Americans have seriously considered it since the economy died in 2008. According to Cain, they are all—to a man, or is it just women?—lying sacks. The IRS filed liens against more than 1 million Americans in 2010, a 60 percent increase from 2009. Are they untrustworthy? To be poor, Cain and the GOP argue, is for your word to be worthless. Bialek may or may not be lying. Either way, her veracity is unrelated to her income. “It’s not about me,” she told an interviewer. “I’m not the one running for president.”




There’s little disagreement on the beauty and importance of Hammer Flat, the 700-acre plateau that each winter beckons antelope, deer and elk to graze while golden eagles and red tailed hawks act as guardians from above. Many have coveted Hammer Flat– developers, recreationists, environmentalists and ultimately, governments. When the City of Boise announced its Aaron Beck and Patrick Harper won’t be paragliding over Hammer Flat any time in the near future. purchase of Hammer Flat in March 2010 with $4.1 million of Foothills serial levy funds, everyone appeared to be happy. leagues, Fish and Game biologist Ed Bottum, agency would never let them glide The Johnson family (previous owners) and there again. expressed his own opinions about the propSkyline Development walked away with “As a taxpayer, I feel shafted,” said erty. When Aaron Beck, a local commercial millions after watching its 1,350-home Harper. “Sure, the land is secured but why planned community hit a wall. Environmen- photographer was commissioned by the City can’t the city just keep it and still make the of Boise to take photos of Hammer Flat for talists and recreationists thought that they land a wildlife-management area? I think the Mayor Dave Bieter’s upcoming State of the would have access to the land in perpetuity city just wants its money back, which will City presentation, he was accompanied by and Boise had another jewel in its crown of happen if this sale goes through.” protected space forged by the 2001 Foothills Bottum. Beck started talking about his pasLauren McLean, Boise City Council levy, which to date has secured 10,400 acres. sion for paragliding over Hammer Flat. member and original manager of the 2001 “And Bottum turned to me and said, ‘I On Nov. 10, the Idaho Fish and Game Foothills Open Space Initiative, said she’s can assure you that you will never have acCommission voted to purchase Hammer supportive of a possible sale of Hammer Flat cess to the land again,’” remembered Beck. Flat from Boise for $4.23 million, using to Fish and Game. Beck said when he first heard about Bonneville Power Administration mitigation “This land butts right up against other Boise’s purchase of Hammer Flat, he was money, funds set aside to offset the power “jumping for joy,” but after his conversation Fish and Game lands that are currently utility’s impact to wildlife when building its part of its wildlife-management area,” said with Bottum, “I was jumping again, but I infrastructure in natural areas. McLean. “It could become one giant parcel was hopping mad. I was furious.” Most people familiar with Hammer Flat, that is spectacular for wildlife.” Bottum said Beck’s account of their conthe Foothills levy or Fish and Game weren’t McLean said putting more than $4 milversation was “probably accurate.” terribly surprised by the announcement. It lion back into the Foothills account while “Once Fish and Game owns that propwas the worst-kept secret in town that the watching Hammer Flat be protected is a boerty, that’s true,” said Bottum. “It is state state agency had been working behind the nus. But before any deal with the city goes law that any kind of scenes to acquire the through, McLean wants to see the details aircraft is forbidden land as soon as the of a so-called “baseline survey” of Hammer on any land that is in BPA funds could be Hammer Flat is bordered on the south by the Flat, which began in March. the Wildlife Managesecured—the money is Black Cliffs along Highway 21 and the Boise “We’re studying impacts to the land for ment Area.” expected to be in Fish River Wild Management Area to the north. Access is by Sand Point Road on the east a full year,” said McLean. “And it won’t Beck had been and Game’s hands by and a private road on the west. be done until March 2012. It would be paragliding over the end of the year. disingenuous to study it for a year and do Hammer Flat for But most Boiseans years along with other nothing. When we’re done, we should use may not know that that information to talk to Fish and Game Fish and Game had been planning on getting pilots, including Patrick Harper. “I can tell you that the impact that we’ve about how best to manage the region, and the land even before the city’s landmark that might include recreation.” had on the deer population has been minipurchase. McLean said her message to paraglider mal to nonexistent,” said Harper. In a letter to Boise Department of Parks pilots would be the same as her message Beck recalled one Christmas Eve he and Recreation Director Jim Hall, dated Feb. to hikers or cyclists: recreation is only one shared with deer, which each winter con2, 2010 (a full month before Boise’s purpiece of the Foothills initiative. sider Hammer Flat a home on the range. chase), Virgil Moore, then-deputy director “Actually, I don’t think we would have “I was gliding above some of the deer and now director of Fish and Game, didn’t received nearly 70 percent of the vote in chewing grass in a nice sunny patch,” said mince words about his agency’s intentions. Beck. “They just looked up and kept eating. 2001 if it was just about biking and hiking “We assure you that IDFG is committed trails. The Foothills are so much more,” said We’re a non-threat.” to acquiring this property from the city,” McLean. “There are so many more elements Beck and Harper said they’re convinced Moore wrote, even though at the time the of the Foothills space that add value to that Fish and Game would limit Hammer city had no rights to the land. Boise.” Flat recreation to hunting, and that the At the same time, one of Moore’s col-

The former Macy’s building at 10th and Idaho streets has been vacant since March 2010.

MACY’S BUILDING COULD BECOME AFFORDABLE HOUSING On Nov. 14, the Capital City Development Corporation considered a proposal to turn the former Macy’s building, which has been vacant since March 2010, into affordable housing. “For the last year, we’ve been pretty challenged while trying to market the building,” said Dave Wali, broker with Colliers International. “Two potential buyers have come and gone. That’s why we’re pretty excited about this opportunity.” The proposal would see as many as 62 one-bedroom apartment units, ranging in size from 518 to 1,000 square feet on the second through fifth floors. The ground floor would include retail or nonprofit entities. “We would need to completely gut and revamp every element of the building for this renovation,” said Wali, who was joined in the presentation by Raquel Guglielmetti from Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation, a nonprofit that specializes in affordable housing management. “Downtown Boise has a lot of condos but very few rental units that are affordable,” said Guglielmetti. Proposed rental cost would be approximately $1.04 per square foot, or $540$1,040 monthly, for people with an average income of $20,000-$27,000. “And that is within Housing and Urban Development’s guidelines of affordable housing,” she said. “This is a very exciting project,” said CCDC Commissioner Cheryl Larabee. “And this is right in synch with one of our primary goals—to bring affordable housing to the city’s workforce.” Commissioners are being asked to put some money where their enthusiasm is. “We’re looking for some financial commitment from CCDC,” Wali told Citydesk. “Plus, we’re talking with a number of potential stakeholders.” But the biggest request is sitting on the desks of at least seven banks, none of which Guglielmetti or Wali would mention by name. They’re asking for a loan of approximately $5 million to spur the redevelopment. Guglielmetti said NWRECC has built and managed several similar projects in Alaska, Montana and Oregon. “We’ve generated $120 million in affordable housing investments since 2002,” she said. Wali said Colliers and NWRECC secured a “confidential agreement” with Macy’s to work on the deal. “We’re at an early stage here. Think about where we were with the Boise Hole at Eighth and Main a year ago. That’s pretty much where we are right now,” Wali said. —George Prentice


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BEATING THE EXXONMOBIL MEGA-LOADS The couple that forced big oil to take a detour GEORGE PRENTICE Sometimes winners beat their chests. Other times, they simply grin. On Nov. 11, BW received a brief, but telling email: “Hello George. Sometimes the people win, even the little people. Borg and I smile. Linwood Laughy.” Laughy and his wife Borg Hendrickson, in Central Idaho, have been locked in battles with big government and even bigger oil companies over the possibility of mega-loads rolling by their home that overlooks U.S. Highway 12 and the Clearwater River. “Borg and I have become accustomed to being on the front line,” said Laughy. “We always believed that if one is going to do something, one ought to do it well— win or lose.” Even their opponents might concede that what the couple did, they did well. Through a gauntlet of courtroom battles and public hearings, their message was as clear as the Clearwater: T-Rex-sized rigs had no business

rolling across U.S. 12 through the narrow canyons that hugged the river. BW first meet Hendrickson and Laughy at a series of town hall meetings, where ExxonMobil told central Idahoans about its plans to haul giant oil rigs from the Port of Lewiston across U.S. 12 before heading north to the Alberta, Canada, tar sands oil fields (BW, News,“Taking the Scenic Route,” July 7, 2010). Initial concern built into a full-frontal debate, which sucked several interest groups into its orbit: environmentalists, oil companies, lobbyists, government officials and a series of Idaho judges. Trials and hearings strung together for more than a year. Eventually, another oil company, ConocoPhillips, was granted permission to roll four mega-loads across the same route, in order to get giant coke drums to its Billings, Mont., refinery (BW, News,“Big Oil Mega-Loads Hit the Road,” Feb. 9, 2011). While Hendrickson and Laughy were

Borg Hendrickson and husband Linwood Laughy: “Despite the odds, victory is possible.”

crestfallen as they watched the Conoco loads roll by their home, they were never undeterred in their fight against Exxon. Eventually, time was their greatest ally. Exxon impatiently began breaking down its mega-loads into smaller rigs, rolling them across an alternate route on Interstate 95 through Moscow and Coeur d’Alene before heading west and north. On Nov. 7, the oil giant said that it would break down the remaining mega-loads and move them across I-95, nowhere near U.S. 12.

“The war isn’t over but the large-scale invasion has failed,” Laughy told BW. “A lot of ordinary people have come to understand that, despite the odds, victory is possible. We have all learned a lot and are part of an evergrowing network of like-minded people.” A few months ago, Laughy told BW that he and his wife were seriously considering selling their home, but they now have decided to stay. “Better to burn out than rust out,” he said. “We don’t plan on going anywhere any time soon.”

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BEN QUINTANA Boise councilman-elect talks about social media, touch-points and drinking from a fire hose GEORGE PRENTICE

Only 17,000 Boiseans showed up at the polls on Election Day. That’s too low. We really hoped to engage more citizens; these local elections are so important. I hope I can increase those numbers in the future. Would you have run your campaign any differently if you anticipated a higher turnout? I ran to win. I didn’t care who was running against me—strong opponent, weak opponent, low turnout, high turnout. I stuck to my plan, going 100 mph, not caring what the turnout was going to be. I did a lot of social media, trying to bump up those numbers. How much did social media play into your victory? During Election Day, my tweet stream really lit up. On Facebook, we watched anywhere from 75-100 people change their profile pictures to me and our campaign.

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Ben Quintana is opening one door and closing another, literally. As he walks through the front door of Boise City Hall as the city’s newest councilman-elect, he’s getting ready to lock up and turn in the keys to his BODO campaign headquarters. BW sat down with the 32-yearold Quintana in his headquarters, now silent, on the day after he convincingly won election to Boise Council Seat 2. The room was cluttered with half-empty wine bottles, snacks and stacks of notes. The walls were covered with charts, maps and a giant white board listing phone calls made, doors knocked on and campaign fliers mailed out. The room was a hodgepodge reminder of a campaign that resulted in Quintana securing 9,227 votes, more than both of his opponents combined.

That’s a digital yard sign. What resonated most with voters? The economy. The unemployment and underemployment is way too high. People need to see more opportunities. Can a councilman do something about that? Absolutely. We need to be a city that welcomes entrepreneurship, focusing on innovation and creativity. What do you do between now and the day you’ll be sworn in? Prepare. It’s an informal process, but I have already been contacted by Council President Maryanne Jordan. I’ve already been reviewing the budget and the city’s comprehensive plan. It will be like drinking from a fire hose for a while. A two-year term isn’t long. In pretty short order, you’re going to need to decide on whether you’ll be running in another election. I have full intentions of running again in two years. I really think this is going to be the best place for me right now. I’m excited, but I’m going to take this day-by-day. I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you about some of the numbers on your big white board on your wall. We ended up making about 6,000 calls in the final four days of the campaign. We canvassed a total of 9,000 homes and knocked on 2,500 doors. There’s a science to all of this. There is. It goes back to my marketing

plan. How many contacts do you have to make before someone remembers you? Some people had their doors knocked and received a flier, plus received a telephone call from us, but I was still calling all the way up to 15 minutes before the polls closed. Even with three to four contacts, sometimes it’s the sixth or seventh touch-point. Were you surprised at how convincing your winning margin was? There was no polling, but as I was making calls and knocking on doors in the final days of the campaign, I rarely heard my opponents’ names mentioned. After thousands of touch-points, I was very confident I was going to win. I didn’t know by what margin, but I was pretty confident. Your wife Christine was pretty instrumental to your election. Words can’t describe how much time, effort and support she provided. On her birthday, Sept. 28, I was planning on a special dinner, and she said, “No. My birthday present will be you winning. You go knock on doors and I’m heading to the office to enter campaign data.” Who does that? I can’t imagine a better partner. You owe her a birthday dinner. We’re going out tonight to celebrate. I don’t know how I’m going to pay her back, but I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying.



BW gears up to explore the wilds of Canyon County


In the grand geologic scope, the Treasure Valley really isn’t that big. Even compared to other metropolitan areas, everything in the valley is just a hop, skip or quick freeway trip away. It’s no Phoenix, San Francisco or even Portland, Ore., yet Canyon County can seem as exotic to some Boise residents as the farthest reaches of Antarctica. Just ask any North End resident if he or she wants to head to Nampa for dinner and a concert, and you’re as likely to face a questioning stare as get a groan of “I don’t want to go all the way out there!” But we at Boise Weekly are here to shake Boise residents out of their Ada County ruts and remind everyone that there are some damned good reasons to head west. It’s a little something we like to call our Guide to 2C, and here you’ll get updates on what’s going on in Canyon County—from the burgeoning music and arts scene to what’s happening with development downtown, conservation at Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge and where you can get some of the valley’s most cutting edge food. Now, bust out your maps, fuel up your cars and head west. It’s time to explore. —Deanna Darr


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MUSIC AND ART IN THE 2C Where to get your cultural fix in Canyon County STEPH EN FOSTER LAU R IE PEAR M AN

Canyon County is not generally held in regard as a hotbed for music and art. Yet there are plenty of offerings to draw those in search of some culture to the west side of the valley. Nampa and Caldwell have all of the makings of small town culture: bands looking for success, small venues that support local musicians and artists, modest theaters and galleries, and even space for a philharmonic orchestra. Nampa’s Flying M Coffeegarage is a mainstay of the area’s music scene. With its cozy decor-rich interior and large mechanic’s garage-turned-music venue, it functions as a hub for local bands and artists to congregate, consume caffeine and network for shows and events. In addition to bringing in national touring acts including Toro y Moi and The War on Drugs, the Coffeegarage regularly features local bands. “The Flying M kind of started it all,” said Scott Pemble, owner of Caldwell venue The Manor. “It fostered and supported the local music scene, and it’s just grown and spread from there.” The Manor is the moniker for a house in Caldwell near the College of Idaho that regularly hosts concerts and is at the head of a small network of house-show venues in the area. Last summer it hosted a performance from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based noise pop group Vivian Girls. The Big Red House in Nampa is another notable house venue in 2C that regularly hosts artists, barbecues and concerts. Other spots for local musicians and artists to perform include the campuses of Northwest Nazarene University and College of Idaho, Ste. Chapelle Winery, Messenger Pizza and Brewery, Coyote’s Wine Bar and Shop, The Bent Fork and both the Nampa and Caldwell farmers markets. Several bands from 2C are making waves regionally, including low-fi garage rockers Art Fad, who are scheduled to open for San Francisco post-punk outfit Thee Oh Sees at the Coffeegarage on Monday, Nov. 28, and indie folk group Mickey the Jump. Other notable 2C bands to keep an ear out for are Fountains, Stargaze Unlimited and Grand Falconer. But because Canyon County’s music scene is small and still developing, bands looking to really cut their teeth generally end up having to cross over the county line into Boise. Popular Boise bands Shades and Mozam Beaks both have roots in Canyon County but later relocated to Boise.

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“Nampa and Caldwell definitely have developing music scenes, but a lot of the shows we play are in Boise,” said Theo Maughan, one half of Art Fad. “We recorded our album in Boise, and most of the opportunities we get are almost always in Boise.” Canyon County also has a large Hispanic population with a thriving music scene of its own. The Caldwell Events Center, the Hispanic Cultural Center and El Cid Night Club host many events. “The local Hispanic community blows everyone else out of the water when it comes to engagement and enthusiasm for its shows,” said Pemble. There are also a number of more traditional cultural offerings in the area. The Friesen Galleries at NNU regularly host worldclass exhibits, with styles ranging from modern and impressionist to realist and classical art. The Nampa-based Music Theatre of Idaho has been putting on professional, family friendly plays and productions since 1997. In 2012 the theater plans to put up performances of Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly! and Little Shop of Horrors among others. The Treasure Valley Young Artists, also Nampa-based, is home to one of the nation’s premier youth choral groups. There are also several other popular galleries and museums in the area. The Nampa Train Depot Museum was built in 1902 and restored and converted into a museum in 1976 to house artifacts from its history. The Artistblue Gallery at the Karcher Mall is home to both local and international art, including original sculptures, paintings and pottery. The Christian art gallery Goodsalt claims that it contains the world’s largest collection of religious illustrations—both contemporary and historic—while the Chasa Art Gallery in downtown Nampa features a range of Southwestern arts and artifacts. Those in search of some classical entertainment don’t have to go far from home. Boise Philharmonic regularly holds performances at NNU, and recently upgraded to full Friday night performances. “We are doing Nampa concerts to expand our base in this community,” said Jimsi Kuborn, marketing director for Boise Philharmonic. “In terms of audience makeup, I don’t think there’s a big difference to Boise. They have similar expectations and are getting the same programming.” FLY IN G M COFFEEGA R A GE



WILDLIFE VS. RECREATION? Conservation plan for the Deer Flat Refuge has Lake Lowell users concerned DEAN N A D AR R


Lake Lowell has been in the hearts of generations of Canyon County residents. It’s where they escape for a little fishing, waterskiing or jet skiing. But it’s also been an escape for wildlife for more than a century—a wet spot in the middle of the desert that draws migrating birds and wildlife. It’s this dual role of recreation hot spot and home of the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge that has created both a balancing act and controversy as the refuge moves to create its first Comprehensive Conservation Plan. While the CCP is a requirement of a 1997 federal law, it will likely mean a change in the way the lake is used by its human visitors, and it’s that fact that has drawn attention from the public. Refuge officials introduced a draft plan—which would affect all 11,000 acres of the refuge, including Lake Lowell and 101 islands on the Snake River—in July 2010, beginning a public comment process that has stretched beyond the government-mandated requirement. Jennifer Brown-Scott, refuge manager, said more than 1,000 comments were sent in between July and September 2010. Because of the heavy interest in the area, a second comment period was opened in May, and the refuge recently released a new set of recommendations it is considering based on feedback from comments. While Brown-Scott said managers want a plan that maintains recreation on the lake, their first mandate is to manage for wildlife. “As the law tells us, first and foremost, we need to meet the purpose of the refuge—to provide refuge and breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife,” she said. “We measure all other uses against that purpose.” Additionally, all recreational uses are not equal. As part of the refuge’s guidelines, all wildlife-oriented activities are given preference over non-wildlife activities, which means fishing trumps jet skis. It’s something Brown-Scott calls managing for the “big six” public uses: hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and environmental interpretation. “When we first started the planning process, we laid down on the map the highest-quality wildlife areas, what needed to be protected. Then we looked at where the big six activities are done, then we looked at other types of recreation,” she said. “We’re trying to make room for everything but still meet our purpose.” Brown-Scott called the balancing act “extremely challenging,” adding that since wildlife refuges traditionally don’t allow motorized activities, Deer Flat is already an oddity. Still the area’s history has a lot of impact on its future. Lake Lowell is a man-made lake, created by the Bureau of Land Management in the early part of the 1900s for irrigation. The area became one of the first wildlife refuges in the country in 1909. Last year alone, refuge managers estimate there were roughly 225,000 visits to the area. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Brown-Scott credited the users who have been active in planning meetings with helping build the foundation of a plan that will, ideally, allow for all uses at some level. “The users really have the best understanding of the ways that they utilize the refuge,” she said. But one group questions whether the refuge even has the legal right to manage activities on the lake. Canyon County officials believe the refuge is overstepping its authority, and points to the fact that the lake was created for irrigation before it was wildlife habitat. “The process is flawed, and we’ve developed an entire legal stance and let them know how we feel,” said Canyon County Commissioner David Ferdinand. “We believe that the historic documentation and the Idaho State Supreme Court laid out what rights they have and they don’t have. ... We are taking every legal means that we believe we need to maintain the rights of Canyon County citizens. ... They don’t know who’s house they’re playing in out there.” Ferdinand argues that since area farmers originally paid to create the lake, and still pay for the irrigation water, the refuge has no right to say how the water is used. “It’s not their water,” he said, adding that he feels the refuge hasn’t proven it can maintain what it already has in the area. “It’s not that we don’t love wildlife and we don’t want to see the wildlife perpetuated,” he said. “To have a federal agency come in and say you’re not going to be able to do what you want to do ... it’s not in their scope to do a Comprehensive Conservation Plan.” While Ferdinand said the county has given refuge officials a legal argument it has yet to hear response about, Scott-Brown said she’s only aware of comments the county offered as part of the comment period, adding that the CCP process outlines that all substantive comments will be addressed in the final document. She added that solicitors from the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the BLM have both offered formal opinions that the refuge does have the needed authority. Scott-Brown also pointed out that any conservation plan legally could not affect or impede the use of irrigation water, adding that regulating surface uses also does not affect irrigation. Scott-Brown said she understands the concerns, especially since the process is not done. At this point, public comments are still being accepted, and the refuge is maintaining a webpage and email list to keep the public up to date ( The draft plan, including three alternatives, is due to be released in the spring, after which another 60-day comment period will begin. A final plan will be published in the fall of 2012. “Our overall goal is to provide purpose and duality and options for the public to recreate on the refuge and find a balance there,” Scott-Brown said.


NEW MEDIA Spanish language options grow in Canyon County MA RI A DI A Z The United States is known as a nation of immigrants, and the country’s Hispanic population is one of the fastest-growing groups. That can be seen clearly in Canyon County, where, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 23 percent of the population is made up of Hispanics, compared to 7.1 percent in Ada County. Canyon County boasts churches, community centers, radio stations and a few magazines that offer service in Spanish. Among a handful of well-known Spanish radio stations in the Nampa-Caldwell area, La Gran D, KDBI 101.9 FM, is the most popular, owned by Adelante Media Group, along with Latino KQTA 106.3 FM. “It’s a station that people have been in love with for years now,” said Gustavo Acosta, on-air talent for La Gran D. “It’s a beautiful thing getting to coexist and meet so many people, whether in person or through phone calls.” Brought together by the longing to hear a ranchera or merengue song that reminds listeners of their home country, family and culture, La Gran D is accompanied by Salt and Light KCID, among others. Salt and Light Radio 1490 AM is a Catholic, listener-supported station. Put together by Ernesto Solis and Patricia Canto with the help of Bill Teske, this nonprofit station is an attempt to “build stronger individuals, families and a stronger community,” as Canto describes it. “It’s all part of an effort to reach out to other [Hispanics] who need some guidance or who are looking to hear a beautiful message in a familiar language,” Canto said. The station is the Spanish version of KGEM 1140 AM, and Teske, vice president of KGEM, acknowledges the importance of Spanish-language media in Canyon County, since it has the power to bring people together and provide an outlet for Hispanics. Other types of media, including print and television, are also blossoming: Telemundo, owned locally by Cocola Broadcasting, Buena Vista, a local print and online Hispanic directory, and Mirada Magazine. “Mirada Magazine has been around for a little while now,” said Magdalena Juarez. “It’s great having these outlets for our families and to teach our children why and how they should value our culture.” It’s both exciting and terrifying to move to a different country, but that feeling dims just by hearing a familiar song or phrase, reminding Hispanics that no matter how far they are from their families, they’re not alone.

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WHAT TO SEE IN 2C Need some old-school recreation? Bust out the roller/inline skates and head to the Roller Drome Roller Skating Rink (19 10th Ave. S., Nampa, 208466-9905), which has been turning circles since 1949. This place must have been something to see in the 1970s.

BINGO IS THE GAME-O It’s not just for little old ladies and elementary-school students anymore. The competition is fast and furious at Nampa Bingo (2900 E. Railroad St., Nampa, 208-4657522), and the bingo sharks take their game seriously. Try your luck at heading home with a little more cash in your pocket and an involuntary reflex to mark off numbers.

MOVIE AND A BREW Forget overpriced popcorn and fountain drinks, Northern Lights Cinema Grill (1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-475-2999, knows how to do it right: beer and nachos. With a full menu of burgers, wraps, salads and more, along with beer and wine, adults can catch a $3 second-run flick with a full meal. The theater also shows UFC fights and Boise State football games. Beer and wine service doesn’t start until after 6:15 p.m. to keep the early shows family friendly but that guarantees an adults-only night out later.

HIGHER LEARNING Looking for some entertainment that will stretch your intellect? Check out the schedule of events at the College of Idaho (2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell 208-459-5011, collegeofidaho. edu) and Northwest Nazarene University (623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-467-8011, Both institutions of higher learning offer numerous programs and events throughout the year that welcome the public, from film series and lectures to art shows and concerts. For more information, check each school’s full event schedule online.

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REDEFINING 2C Canyon County officials struggle to build community while sticking to their roots AN D R EW CR ISP




The plains of the western Treasure Valley roll out like thick golden quilts—a patchwork of onion and potato farms, acres of corn and other produce. Agriculture has long been the focus, but more recently, the cheap land brought people and with them scores of housing developments. But an Oct. 7 article in the Idaho Statesman reported that since 2008, deals that slated acres of farmland for housing have since fallen through. In some cases, those acres of Canyon County land have returned to agriculture. At the height of the housing bubble, it seemed like the line of home buyers would never end. Canyon County benefited from the bubble; buyers snapped up thousands of homes. “It’s nothing like it was in 2007,” Beth Ineck, of Nampa’s Office of Economic Development, said of the economy. The housing boom translated into economic growth. Now that the boom has fizzled, where does that leave Nampa and Caldwell? Ineck and city leaders remain optimistic that there’s more in store for the traditionally ag-based communities. “We’re not perfect by any stretch of the imagination,” said Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas. “But whenever the economy does turn, the city of Nampa will be in prime position.” While home prices are down and family budgets low, Caldwell’s YMCA still boasts 17,000 members—out of a population of 44,000. The city has also built the new Sky Ranch industrial park, the Indian Creek Project is trying to revitalize downtown, and the city has obtained riverside property for an Oregon Trail Park. “Obviously, we’ve come a long way, baby, but we have a long way to go,” said Nancolas. He also described the Snake River valley as a prime wine region. “The Snake River area just received its appellation status—the stamp of approval from the wine industry. We have the right climate, soil content, irrigation,” he said. “The wine industry has become quite a tourist attraction.” Interest in the western part of the valley can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century. At one point, the area was better situated than Boise. A different transportation corridor now serves Canyon County. The interstate system runs roughly parallel to Idaho’s leg of the Oregon Trail but substitutes asphalt for rutted sagebrush fields. Interstate 84 between Garrity and Franklin boulevards is midway through a $22 million freeway widening project, scheduled to be completed in January or February 2012. That’s in addition to the $15 million Garrity Bridge project, said Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Reed Hollinshead. For years the two-lane highway was only able to accommodate a fraction of its current traffic, but now the cities see the project as a gateway to their communities.

Nampa looks to attract national businesses but also to foster local growth. City leaders have started Think Nampa First!, a program modeled after Boise’s buy-local movement. The city also has the Downtown Nampa Association. Aaron Brown serves on its board of directors. “Some people want to attract big chains and out-of-town and outof-state developments,” said Brown. “Personally, I don’t think that’s the way to go. ... I think that’s a short-term plan.” Brown said it’s small, homegrown businesses that build up a town’s core and its character. “Those are the businesses that make you healthy in the longterm,” he said. Ineck believes it’s good to go for a balanced approach. “In terms of downtown, we’d like to see a good mix,” she said, but acknowledged that homegrown business in a downtown core is desirable. Along that line, Nampa is moving many of its services from a illfitting city block in downtown to make way for business. Plans also call for a new downtown library. The Sorento Cheese plant has invested in an expansion, and while Ineck couldn’t disclose them, two large industrial developments are on the way. Food industries choose Nampa to be close to their agricultural producers, she said. “We have a big concentration of food-processing here,” said Ineck. “But that’s not as evident in Boise or Caldwell.” Those industries sprang up around the agriculture and pushed the processed goods to market via the railroads. Now cities invest in airports, pushing to get a better foothold for national airlines. The Caldwell Industrial Airport welcomed a 9,000-square-foot terminal building in August. The airport and the new Huber Terminal mainly cater to single-engine craft for now, but the city hopes that it’s just one of many infrastructure investments. “They’ve had a lot of stuff going on in Caldwell that Nampa is just coming into,” said Brown. Caldwell is the sixth-largest city in the state, with Nampa at No. 2 behind Boise. Both have nabbed those spots since the 2000 census. “I think that Nampa has lagged way behind in being a self-sufficient city because it’s depended on Boise for jobs, entertainment and arts. They were Boise’s bedroom,” said Brown. But Ineck, Nancolas and Brown agree that it’s not that way anymore. “Boise, Meridian and Caldwell all have their strengths,” she said. There’s definitely a lot of commuting that happens across county lines ... but I think we all have something that makes us special.”



FOOD FOR THOUGHT Canyon County food scene offers growing options D E AN N A D AR R Quick, where can you find lamb crespelle served in a French country ambiance, sustainably sourced sushi amid hip, modern decor and a cozy, open eatery offering microbrews and pizzas with names like The Chuck Norris, Red Velvet Nun and Drunken Goat? If your gut reaction is downtown Boise, you’re so far off the mark, you’re not even in the same county—literally. While Boise has the reputation as the home of the Treasure Valley’s most cuttingedge and adventurous eateries, several restaurateurs have foregone the safe confines of the area’s foodie core to rebrand Canyon County’s food reputation. While meat-and-potato cafes and allAmerican diners still rule the scene, several restaurants are pushing the culinary envelope, bringing new tastes and experiences to the 2C. It’s not the easy or obvious choice, but for those who have chosen to set up their kitchens outside of Ada County, there is one common reason: The area needed it. “We have some great places here, but we just needed some place [like this],” said Cathy O’Connell, owner of Nampa French restaurant La Belle Vie. O’Connell has spent nearly two decades in Nampa, and she’s seen the restaurant scene go from nearly nonexistent to one that supports the likes of award-winning chef Dustan Bristol’s Brick 29, a sustainable sushi eatery, and her own chef-driven restaurant. “There’s still a diversity of diner out there, but it’s coming around,” O’Connell said of customers willing to take a chance on something new. “Sometimes people are afraid of it—the dress code, portions, type—but they come, and they’re pleasantly surprised.” For O’Connell, Nampa presented a stepping stone to opening her dream restaurant before tackling the more saturated Boise market, although she has left the door open to expanding in the future. It’s also allowed La Belle Vie to build its reputation. “We know that when we have people traveling from Boise or outside of the area, and they come just for us, we must be doing something right,” she said. O’Connell admits that her location has made it more difficult to get the word out, but growth has still been steady each month since the restaurant opened two years ago. The owners of Messenger Pizza and Brewery have also enjoyed growing acceptance since opening roughly a year ago in their hometown. It’s this connection that brought the artisan pizza joint to Nampa in the first place. “We live in Nampa, that’s one main reason,” said Cassidy McKinley, who owns Messenger with her husband, Shawn. “But also, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

since the Flying M [Coffeegarage] opened in downtown—we would always drive to Boise before—but it was a pretty exciting thing for Nampa. The space that we’re in had been a cafe for 33 years. We saw it as a great spot and location for what we had envisioned for a pizzeria—something that we could reconstruct into strengthening Nampa.” McKinley added that it seems easier to take the chance in Nampa. “The community of people seem to really pull together and look out for each other,” she said. “It’s opened more doors for local businesses and local people to open up. ... There’s a lot of independence in Nampa; people seem to be able to take a risk.” McKinley admitted that it took a little while for customers to get used to a pizza place that didn’t serve Coors Light and only offered natural sodas instead of fountain drinks, but once people learned what the restaurant was about, they came around. “People are happy with what we’re producing,” she said. “They know that we’re different. We make everything by hand, we’re doing it out of a passion and out of our hearts.” The sense of community was also behind Tracy and Clif Volpi’s decision to open Simple Sushi in their hometown of Nampa, although Tracy admits she sees the novelty of a sustainable sushi restaurant in Canyon County. In fact, Simple Sushi was the seventh of only nine sustainable sushi restaurants in the country. “We feel like there was more options for eating and retail,” she said of opening in Nampa. “[There are] more mom-andpop places popping up who really want to give it all they have so people can stay in Canyon County.” Tracy said the concept of using only sustainable options in their sushi is one that has drawn diners not only from Boise, but from across the region, yet their hometown crowd can be a little more hesitant. “People are less likely to try something new,” she said. “They’re so used to their normal routine of where they eat out. They’ll go to Boise for special destinations.” Still local diners are coming. “The culture is changing,” Tracy said. “People are adapting to more culture and variety. People are willing to try.” For those who chose Canyon County, it’s about building something in their home. “When you work and live and produce food in your community, that’s what you do,” McKinley said. “I’m excited about where we are,” O’Connell added. “There are a lot of owneroperated, single people taking the initiative to open a business. It’s kind of exciting to see all this going on.”

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Dancing at Lughnasa features Lindsey Norris, Kelsey Glenn, Chris Canfield and Sasha Allen-Grieve (left to right).

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY NOV. 16-20 Fair Isle DANCING AT LUGHNASA Sink your teeth into science at the Discovery Center’s Adult Night.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 16 booze ADULT NIGHT AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER Drinking is fun, but it’s science, too. Alcohol is the generic name for a bunch of organic chemical compounds. The kinds we’re used to imbibing are know as ethyl alcohols. These thirst-quenching compounds contain a hydrophilic hydrocarbon, which is why they can be absorbed into our blood streams. So as you tip that bottle back and fill your gut, alcohol permeates your blood and soon passes through the blood brain barrier, which leads to all those zany effects like uninhibited dancing, people appearing more attractive and, of course, head spinning. So what could possibly make the effects of alcohol even more fun? How about capturing the shadow of your uninhibited dancing in the Discovery Center of Idaho’s shadow box or learning about gyrations to better understand that spinning in your head. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Discovery Center will open its doors for Adult Night, where you will be able to explore all the exhibits while sipping on some choice beverages—event admission earns you a free drink token. You can let that inner kid out to create giant bubbles, play with all the colors in the spectrum and get lost in the looking glass, all while a little buzzed. 6-9 p.m., $10. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., 208-343-9895,

TUESDAYSATURDAY NOV. 22DEC. 17 theater A PERMANENT IMAGE Boise Contemporary Theater is staging the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Permanent Im-

age, the a story of a broken family coming back together. You might think this is going to be a warm-and-fuzzy tale for the holidays, but the play shows the ugly underbelly of family relations—it’s more of a winter of discontent for main characters Bo and Ally. In A Permanent Image, the two return to their small Idaho hometown to see their mother after their father’s funeral. To their unpleasant surprise, their mother has

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painted everything in the house white, leaving little chance for a cozy family reunion. Over the course of the play, and with plenty of alcohol—just the ammunition any family gathering needs—they learn the reason for their mother’s apparent disconnect from reality. Hunter staged a co-world premiere of Norway at BCT last season. He also featured Idaho as a backdrop in A Bright New Boise,

Although Ireland is often associated with shamrocks, whiskey and Guinness, people forget that the Emerald Isle’s other great export is literature—which has probably been improved by the whiskey and Guinness. Famous authors, poets and dramatists abound in the lush greenery of Ireland, including Brian Friel, who is often referred to as the Irish Chekhov. Friel was born in Northern Ireland in the 1920s and went to school alongside other famous figures like poet Seamus Heaney and John Hume, a politician noted for his work in the Northern Ireland peace process. Friel’s plays are heralded as poignant portrayals of the human experience, and though they are often set in Ireland, their themes are universal. Dancing at Lughnasa was originally staged in Dublin in 1990 and made its way to Broadway a couple of years later where it won a Tony Award for best play. It will hit Boise on Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 20, when the Boise State Theatre Arts Department presents Dancing at Lughnasa at the Danny Peterson Theater. The play is set in rural County Donegal in 1936, and the action follows five sisters as they welcome home their brother, Jack, who has been serving as a priest in Africa. All the while, three of the sisters entertain the brief possibilities of summer love. Wednesday, Nov. 16-Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.; $12-$15, FREE for Boise State students and staff. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1494,

which portrays a craft store employee praying for the Rapture to deliver him from his job. Hunter’s work is known to provoke questions about life and religion, and he refuses to shy away from topics most of us don’t talk about frankly. A Permanent Image also features BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark in a lead role. S, break the mold of sugary-sweet holiday classics and jumpstart your brain from its tryptophan-induced fog with a little staged family conflict. Previews Tuesday, Nov. 22, Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m. Opening night Saturday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m. Show continues through Saturday, Dec. 17. Prices vary by night. Boise Contemporary

Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208331-9224,

THURSDAY NOV. 17 wine SIPPIN’ IN THE CITY Ever ybody needs an escape once in a while, especially in the brief lull between Halloween and Thanksgiving—or the bedlam that typically follows Turkey Day. If you crave a cabernet or are dying to sample a new sangiovese, the best escape from the end-of-theyear rush may be a grape escape. Take time to slow down and savor what Idaho

vintners have to offer at Sippin’ in the City. The Idaho Wine Commission has brought together more than 15 Idaho wineries, some as far-flung as Sandpoint and others as close as Garden City, Caldwell and Kuna. Among this who’s-who are Indian Creek Winer y, Ste. Chapelle Winer y and Woodriver Cellars. In between palate-pleasing sips, sample ar tisan breads from Zeppole Baking Co. and cheeses by the United Dair ymen of Idaho, as well as finger foods and other nibbles from Open Table Catering. In addition to the warm flush of wine across the tongue, Sippin’ in the City will bring the smooth sounds of vinyl, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Don’t turnip your nose at the chance to learn about local food.


Meet children’s book author Jan Brett on a Christmas-themed tour bus.


local foods GET IT LOCAL Nothing tastes better than a tomato or strawberry picked fresh from a backyard garden. Maintaining a home garden can be challenging, but seeing a reduction in monthly food budgets makes it easy to forget the hours of tilling dirt and pesky insect invasions. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Boise WaterShed will host a gathering of organizations and individuals dedicated to local and sustainable food. Attendees will be able to join discussions about the importance of local sustainable food production with members of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition and Boise Co-op. According to advocates, local sustainable farming is better for the environment than large-scale factory production. By using organic methods, sustainable farms eliminate chemical fertilizers and pesticides. At the same time, sustainable food production drastically reduces the amount of fossil fuels used in transportation, processing and packaging. Not to mention, it’s important to diversify when it comes to food production. Rather than putting all our eggs into one agribasket, support sustainable, locally grown food for the health of current and future generations. Get It Local will offer suggestions for how to help keep your Thanksgiving feast as local and sustainable as possible. Also, no discussion on food is complete without actual food, so there will be free locally produced samples. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, 208-489-1284,

with music by Vinyl Preservation Society Idaho. Par t of the Idaho Wine Commission’s goal is spreading the word about Idaho’s rapidly growing wine industr y. If you’re a longtime Idaho wine connoisseur, Sippin’ in the City is an excellent way to expand


your reper toire, and for anyone who still pictures Idaho as the potato state, it’s a crash course in just how refined regional agriculture can be. 6:30-9:30 p.m., $25. Linen Building, 1402 Grove St., 208-385-0111,

reading JAN BRETT BOOK TOUR STOP Writing and illustrating children’s literature sounds like a cushy job, but in order for books to sell, they must be beautifully illustrated and feature a worthy moral lesson woven into an engaging tale. If an author wants to enjoy longevity in the industry, he or she must be able to make lightning strike on multiple occasions. Author and illustrator Jan Brett has done just that many times over. She is on a 24-city tour promoting the release of her newest book and a DVD version of one of her classics. The tour will bring Brett to Meridian on Sunday, Nov. 20, to meet her fans. Her latest book, Home for Christmas, takes place in Sweden and follows the journey of a runaway troll adopted by a moose family along the way. She has also released a DVD version of her best-selling book The Night Before Christmas, which features music by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Brett decided to become a children’s author and illustrator when she was a young girl. She attended the Boston Museum School and spent countless hours in the Museum of Fine Arts studying landscape paintings, sculptures and ancient porcelain. Brett draws inspiration from visiting different countries with her husband, where she researches customs, architecture and wildlife. Many of her books take place in foreign locales such as South Africa, Norway and the Arctic, and feature a menagerie of animals, including armadillos, hedgehogs and polar bears. As an artist, Brett pays careful attention to detail when portraying animals and plant life. For an upcoming book, Mossy, she collected several specimens of wild flowers in order to represent them accurately. If you stop by Brett’s Christmas-themed tour bus, be sure to take a picture and submit it to her Facebook page for a chance to win a set of 10 books. 10 a.m.-noon, FREE. Fred Meyer, 1850 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-887-5240,

Ever spied a robust specimen of chest hair peaking from beneath a button-down shirt—most likely with a gold chain tangled in its curly web—and thought, “Wow, that looks cool, in a sort of 1970s way”? Or maybe you’re looking for accoutrements to shock and intrigue. Well, jewelry designer Hayden Dunham has created a line of jewelry that will put hair on your chest. Literally. Dunham’s New Dust jewelry combines plastic, wool, leather (which, according to a Vice Style, comes from the scrap pile of her leather-vest-making brother), and human hair. Yep. The hair comes from “a sacred place in India,” Dunham said in Vice. The idea behind the designs is more art-school than most jewelry makers. According to her website, the pieces “investigate the relationship between the natural world within an imagined future and that of an imagined past.” The result: a very cutting edge, pretty and sort of disgusting accessory. The designs are only sold in Paris and New York, but they’re worth taking a gander at via the Web, or picking one up if you’re traveling. After all, who wouldn’t love a necklace you can crimp, curl, wash and braid? —Sheree Whiteley

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Festivals & Events

On Stage

BOISE STATE HEALTH FAIR— Get screened for all sorts of bad stuff and meet Dr. Andrew Meyers. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-4261000, DISCOVERY CENTER ADULT NIGHT—Play with engaging exhibits while enjoying some beer or wine. ID required. Admission includes a drink token. See Picks, Page 18. 6-9 p.m. $10. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895,

DANCING AT LUGHNASA—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE for students/staff, $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.

HEAD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Food & Drink SIPPIN’ IN THE CITY—Featuring more than 15 Idaho winemakers, treats and music. See Picks, Page 18. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $25. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111.


On Stage DANCING AT LUGHNASA—The story of the five unmarried Mundy sisters of Ballybeg, Ireland. For more info call 208-426-3957. 7:30 p.m. See Picks, Page 18. FREE for students/staff, $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. HEAD—Local playwright Oliver Russell Stoddard explores the aftermath of a beheading Iraq. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Food & Drink BREWER’S DINNER—Murphy’s executive chef Jake Arredondo and master brewer Jake Schissel host a four-course dinner paired with four 6-ounce beers. For more information or to RSVP, call 208-344-3691. 6 p.m. $35. Murphy’s Seafood Bar and Grill, 1555 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-344-0037, murphysboise. com.

Workshops & Classes CHRISTMAS CARD AND GIFTWRAPPING PAPER CLASS— Print holiday cards, invites and wrapping paper, then swap with other students. Reservations requested. 6-9 p.m. $50. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538,

Talks & Lectures MICKI LIPPE LECTURE AND WORKSHOP—Visiting art metalist Micki Lippe will lecture. Students with basic soldering skills may participate in the workshop portion. For more information or to register, contact Anika Smulovitz at 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, union.

Modern country’s lyrical musings portray a simple, rural life, but the formulaic pop manufactured by suits in Nashville, Tenn., could never exist on a front porch or in a barn. Thankfully, in both its live shows and on its new album, Poke prefers a trucker-cap approach to country music, which is why it’s just as comfortable on a street corner as on a stage. The Boise-based four-piece recently self-released its debut album, Worth the Weight. The general sound of Poke’s album bounces between the Johnny Cash train-beat approach and the mid-’70s country sound when the style had discovered electricity but not the bombast of Shania Twain’s polished stage show. Lead and steel guitars from Dave Manion, laid on top of jumping rhythms from Dustin “Diesel” Sandmeyer on the standup bass keep the songs moving with all the twang you can shake a pick at. Those melodies keep the tracks from getting monotonous instrumentally, which is an easy trap to fall into with traditional country. But the relative strength of the instrumental tracks on Worth the Weight also serve to highlight the mediocrity of the vocals. Though rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Brad “B-Rad” Deteau has a vocal tone and meter slightly reminiscent of the fantastic Junior Brown, it lacks the presence and intent. When he sings, “there was nothing but blood on his hands,” in the album’s third track, “Owyhee,” one gets the feeling it might actually be ketchup. When he sings in Spanish for track eight, “Poke-A,” it wouldn’t be possible for him to sound whiter. (Except when the backup vocals come in to attempt some “aye-yi-yi’s.”) These inauthenticities make the casual misogyny of a lyric like, “I love all you floozies in this town,” from “Meet Me There,” or the debauchery of “Hung Over” come across less as authentic expressions than attempts to ape the burnouts of legend without—as Nietzsche would say—actually having to let the abyss stare back into you. It doesn’t seem like Rad’s heart is in what he sings as much as what the band plays. As a bar band or street buskers, Poke is guaranteed to please country fans. But a closer examination of its songs shows music arguably as artificial and manufactured as the beast country has mutated into. —Josh Gross

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8 DAYS OUT 208-424-8297,

FRIDAY NOV. 18 Festivals & Events GINGERBREAD HOLIDAY VILLAGE—A slew of chefs create gingerbread houses to be auctioned off for the Family Advocate Program. Visit for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000,

On Stage BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER—The Herdman kids steal, lie, bully and generally create havoc in their town. But this will be the best Christmas pageant ever when they learn the true meaning of Christmas. 6:15 p.m. $39 dinner/show or $20 show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. DANCING AT LUGHNASA—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE for students/staff, $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, HEAD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City,

IMPROVOLUTION—Professional improv comedy. To reserve a seat, email reservations@ 8 p.m. $7. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

Literature BOISE STATE ENGLISH MAJORS’ ASSOCIATION READING—Undergraduate writers read from their works. 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229, GHOSTS AND PROJECTORS READING—C.A. Conrad and Torin Jensen will read original poetry. 7 p.m. $2 encouraged donation. Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887,

Odds & Ends CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDE— Enjoy a three-hour festive ride, group seating and four-course meal of surf and turf, 10-ounce rib eye, turkey dinner and fixings, roasted stuffed chicken or stuffed pork tenderloin, plus champagne toast or soft drink. 6 p.m. $55-$63. Thunder Mountain Line, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDA-RAIL or 208-7934425,



SATURDAY NOV. 19 Festivals & Events BOISE HOLIDAY PARADE—Bundle up and head to this annual celebration of the holidays in downtown Boise. Bring your dog to the staging area of 12th and Idaho streets and help SNIP raise awareness about spay/ neutering. Parade starts at 10th and Jefferson streets. 9:45 a.m. FREE. Downtown Boise. GEOLOGY DAY—Learn about the rock cycle, volcanoes and other cool geological topics in hands-on ways, like mining for chocolate chips. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6.50 adults, $4 children, FREE members. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET HOLIDAY BAZAAR—Benefits the Idaho Foodbank, Invisible Children, Rocky Mountain and Mountain View high schools. Santa, musicians, “man” and “mom” caves and a food court will be available. Call 208-3762610 for more info. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Mountain View High School, 2000 Millennium Way, Meridian, 208-855-4050. ST. MICHAEL’S HOLIDAY ARTS SHOW—This judged show features fiber and fabric arts, ceramics, photography and paintings, metalwork and woodwork, toys, soaps, yummy edibles and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, 518 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208342-5601.

On Stage BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER—See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $39 dinner/show or $20 show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. DANCING AT LUGHNASA—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE for students/staff, $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, HEAD—See Wednesday. $15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,


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IRISH DANCE IDAHO’S CELTIC HOLIDAY—Featuring show-style, as well as traditional Irish step dance, with festive Celtic and holiday music. For more info., visit or email 7 p.m. $14 adult; $10 senior, child, student. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555,

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.

BARRAGE—This fiddle group is billed as Stomp meets Riverdance. 7:30 p.m. $29 adults, $19 children. Northwest Nazarene University Brandt Center (Swayne Auditorium), 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790, nnu. edu/brandt.

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8 DAYS OUT RACHMANINOV THREE—Boise Philharmonic will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. 8 p.m. $24-$75. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609,

Food & Drink GET IT LOCAL—Join the Treasure Valley food Coalition and the Boise Co-op for special presentations about the importance of buying local and sustainable food. Dine on free samples and meet local farmers and business owners. See Picks, Page 19. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, bee/watershed. SEVEN DEADLY SINS WINE DINNER—Enjoy seven courses themed around each of the deadly sins and served with wine. 6 p.m. $30. Banbury Golf Club, 2626 N. Marypost Place, Eagle, 208-939-3600,

On Stage

race. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Sandy Point State Park, adjacent to Highway 21 below Lucky Peak Dam, Boise.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. FREE for students/staff, $12-$15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980,

Kids & Teens FLETCHER AND THE FALLING LEAVES—This play follows the story of a young squirrel who believes his favorite tree is sick when the leaves begin to fall off. 11 a.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-888-4451, mld. org.

Food & Drink THANKSGIVING FAMILY POTLUCK—Boise community members are welcome to come together to share food, stories and celebrate diversity. For more info, visit 4:30-6:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho Education Association, 620 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-344-1341,

Odds & Ends CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDE—See Friday. 6 p.m. $55-$63. Thunder Mountain Line, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 877-IDA-RAIL or 208-793-4425,


FUELED BY DESPERATION COMEDY SHOW—A night of laughter starring Gabe Dunn, with music from Danger Beard to follow. 8 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379,

JAN BRETT NATIONAL TOUR STOP—The children’s author-illustrator makes a stop in Boise in her literary rockstar-esque tour bus. See Picks, Page 19. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Fred Meyer, 1850 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian.

Workshops & Classes DRIED FLOWER WREATH ADULT/CHILD WORKSHOP— Adults and children 5 and older can build wreaths out of dried flowers and other natural materials. 10 a.m. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

Calls to Artists SWING DANCE PERFORMANCE TEAM TRYOUTS—Joel Hunter and Stephanie Hinton are putting together a swing dance team in order to spread awareness and the joy of swing. The group will focus primarily on East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston and blues. If you’ve got an eagerness to perform and learn, come on down. 3 p.m. FREE. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352,



Festivals & Events


MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET HOLIDAY BAZAAR—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Mountain View High School, 2000 Millennium Way, Meridian, 208-855-4050.

POETRY SLAM—$50 prize for the winner. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208343-0886,

ST. MICHAEL’S HOLIDAY ARTS SHOW—See Saturday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, 518 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-5601.

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Literature SECRETS AND LIES BOOK RELEASE—Hear BW’s own Josh Gross read from his first book, a collection of short fiction entitled Secrets and Lies. 7 p.m. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220, TELLEBRATION—The Treasure Valley Storytellers Association presents this worldwide storytelling event for the entire family. 2-3 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996,

Sports & Fitness STATE CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS—Top cyclocross racers from around Idaho compete for the title. The event benefits the Boise Bicycle Project, which will have a heated tent with music, and an amateur hour

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8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens

Odds & Ends

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN HOLIDAY FAVORITES—Join in for a few hours of kitchen fun. Everyone takes home some cranberry jelly. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $30. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731,

STORY STORY STUDIO—This workshop can help get you ready for the popular Story Story Night, held at the Rose Room once a month. 7-9 p.m. FREE, donations encouraged. The Cole Marr Gallery/Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630.

THANKSGIVING MINI CAMP— Take your Thanksgiving Break at the Wings Center’s Club Kid, where fun is off the charts. For kindergarten through ninth graders. Visit the website or call for details and registration. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $34 per day, $66 for two days, $96 for three days. Wings Center of Boise, 1875 Century Way, Boise, 208-376-3641, WATERSHED THANKSGIVING BREAK PROGRAM—Drop in to create beautiful fall and Thanksgiving crafts. For all ages. No pre-registration required. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284,


WEDNESDAY NOV. 23 Festivals & Events

TUESDAY NOV. 22 On Stage A PERMANENT IMAGE—The newest work from Samuel D. Hunter was commissioned specifically for the Boise Contemporary Theatre stage. See Picks, Page 18. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

OUTSIDE—Collapse Theater presents Outside, the story of an entertainment-addicted family of four, who find the outdoors frightening. Tickets available at 8 p.m. $10. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Kids & Teens

THANKSGIVING MINI CAMP— ST. ALPHONSUS FESTIVAL OF See Monday. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $34 TREES—Different events occur per day, $66 for two days, $96 daily, so visit saintalphonsus. for three days. Wings Center of org for a complete calendar. 10 Boise, 1875 Century Way, Boise, a.m.-9 p.m. Adults $7, children 208-376-3641, and seniors $4, children 2 and WATERSHED younger FREE. EARLY DEADLINES THANKSGIVING Boise Centre, All events through Jan. BREAK PRO850 W. Front 4, 2012, due to BW by GRAM—See St., Boise, Wednesday, Dec. 14. Email Monday. 10 208-336-8900, a.m.-noon. FREE. boisecentre. Boise Watercom. Shed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-4891284, watershed.

On Stage Kids & Teens

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

WATERSHED THANKSGIVING BREAK PROGRAM—See Monday. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284,

THANKSGIVING MINI CAMP— See Monday. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $34 per day, $66 for two days, $96 for three days. Wings Center of Boise, 1875 Century Way, Boise, 208-376-3641,

A PERMANENT IMAGE—See Tuesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

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BRISTLE AND BUSTLE If we had a nickel for every time these dudes defied good taste ...

MORE LIKE THE STUPIDBOWL It’s been a tough week for Nickelback. After being booked to play the Super Bowl halftime show, an online petition was launched to revoke the booking. The petition reads: “This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the U.S. to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs.” As of publication, more than 53,000 people had signed. But that ain’t all. In addition, Spin is reporting that, a dating website for music fans, announced that Nickelback edged out Justin Bieber to top the list of acts that “are a turnoff.” After a week like that, you’d think they’d pack it in. But apparently not. Nickelback is still planning on playing halftime at the Superbowl to ensure no one watching the game gets laid afterward. Gibson Guitars isn’t turned off by Nickelback so much as federal wood importing regulations. Its plant in Nashville, Tenn., was raided by armed federal agents in August for suspicion of violating The Lacey Act, which protects against illegally harvested wood. Initially, CEO Henry Juszkiewicz launched a war of words against the powers that be and started palling around with Tea Partying Rep Marsha Blackburn. But after achieving nothing for all the bluster, Gibson started an online contest looking for ideas on how to amend the Lacey Act. Participants can upload a video, song or logo that explains their ideas. The winner will receive a custom Les Paul guitar. In local news, Built to Spill guitarist Doug Martsch spilled some major beans to Rolling Stone last week. Not only is the band working on a new album, but it’s organizing on an all-Boise showcase at SXSW that it will headline. Though the location and opening acts have yet to be confirmed, sources close to the event say it’s on. Of course, SXSW is in Texas, so it will be a super-expensive show to catch, unless you win free passes from Time Warner Cable. All you have to do is “like” its Facebook page and you can enter a contest to win passes to the fest, along with a year of Internet service and a new video camera. And finally, Michael Jackson’s stuff, including the bed he died in, is up for auction. So if you want to buy a slightly-used Ferris wheel, game on. —Josh Gross

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Royal Bangs forges its own indie dance identity CHRIS PARKER Knoxville, Tenn., trio Royal Bangs is the type of band that defies labels. While it’s partyfriendly enough to be marketed by Wham-O, it resists easy explanation. Keyboards swirl and gallivant through sometimes-windy structures. The rhythms shake, rattle and roll, passing though martial rumble, funky slink or punchy new wavesputter. Atop the chiming, slashing guitars is singer/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Schaefer, whose airy, lithesome tenor coolly careens like a pinball through the busy arrangements with subtle soul swagger. It’s a little head-spinning at first, if insidiously infectious. High school friends who These buds do a bang up job creating textured, yet tight tracks on their new album, Flux Outside. started a band together when they graduated in the early aughts, Royal Bangs received its and has come to embrace a more dynamic live make this sound weirder. He immediately first big break courtesy of Black Keys drumaesthetic, particularly with the addition of a got it,” said Schaefer. “Ever since we started mer Patrick Carney, who signed the band to fourth touring member. recording, we’ve wanted to make it sound like his Audio Eagle label. Royal Bangs released “Even when there were five of us … a lot of Dave’s recordings.” a pair of albums for him before jumping to The album was engineered by Scott Minor, it sounded like it was coming out of a laptop,” upstart label Glassnote Records last year for Schaefer said. “I think we’re trying to be who also recorded with Fridmann while in the March release, Flux Outside. The band smarter about the way that we use it so it’s a the band Sparklehorse. There was constant has been compared to Animal Collective and little more natural.” White Denim, acts with whom it shares a pen- communication between everyone to ensure And this more-natural, live sound may be chant for odd-shaped but exceptionally catchy, a seamless process from recording through an indication of the next album’s direction. post-production. well-wrought arrangements. “I think [the density] is going to be a little And process is a good word for it. Royal The driving force behind Royal Bangs is bit toned down, and we’re just going to try and Bangs’ songs have more pieces than a puzzle, Schaefer. A real music nerd and no fan of the emphasize the songs,” said Stratton. “We’ve which remains true on Flux Outside, even middle, he’d rather swim along genre boundbeen talking about just getting really good at ary waters. Indeed, he doesn’t understand why though the band pared down to a trio from a playing the songs. ... Being able to translate the anyone would be content to simply regurgitate quintet prior to recording. The smaller lineup live show to a recording—I think that will be opened space for all the instruments and a sound that has already happened. sounds so that the many competing tracks and the best thing we can do.” “It’s just what happens when you listen to And while this is a complete 180 for a band textures aren’t stepping all over each other. The older stuff, you listen to newer stuff—what result is an album that sounds tighter and more that makes fairly involved music, it’s a natural comes out is something in-between. … I just progression. Having gone as far as it could in don’t really understand the motivation to make focused, despite greater sonic detail. one direction, Royal Bangs decided to head “It’s pretty dense. There’s so much going something that’s squarely in the middle of a back the other way. on. But it felt streamlined compared to the genre that began and ended,” Schaefer said. “You could say we follow things though to second one,” said lead guitarist Sam Stratton. “[The Black Keys] are a perfect example of their logical conclusion,” Stratton said. “Or “There was a lot of breathing room to do someone who is bridging [old and new styles] maybe we’re just stubborn.” whatever—for good and bad.” to synthesize something new. And that’s ultiIn the meantime, the band is just happy to For a while, Royal Bangs went to extremes mately the only important thing—that you’re be out on the road. And while for many musito recreate its sound live. There were plenty trying to do something different.” cians this is an overused cliche, that’s not the of knobs and triggers, Which explains case with Royal Bangs. From the beginning, which helped memSchaefer’s attraction to With Bear Hands. Wendesday, Nov. 16, the motivating force behind playing music has bers coordinate all the the Flaming Lips—and 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. been shared fellowship. stuttering samples and the band’s producer NEUROLUX “We would just get in the van and go. It additional instrumental Dave Fridmann. The 111 N. 11th St. didn’t matter, we always had fun even if there parts. Schaefer worked Royal Bangs have a 208-343-0886 to create hardware and was nobody there. … Worst case scenario, similarly expansive, you’re in a van with your best friends—so it software that could wide-screen approach can’t be any worse than hanging out at your allow the computer to and were delighted friends’ house,” Schaefer said. “So we got rewhen Glassnote sprung to have Fridmann mix follow the musicians rather than vice-versa. ally comfortable doing that, and I think in the The goal was to make it look “more like the new album. process really, really lowered our standards so playing in a band rather than working at a “He was also on the same page with us we can never be disappointed.” computer store,” according to Schaefer. from the beginning. It was really nice not to In the process, they’ve ensured their fans But lately, the band has moved away from have to explain to him why we wanted things won’t be disappointed either. trying to recreate its studio sound so closely to be really distorted or why we wanted to WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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EXIT PROSE, REEF, NOV. 17 Boise’s Timbuk 2 is no rookie on the mic. Formerly with Kamphire Kollective, Timbuk 2 is now all about a new solo project, Exit Prose, and just released a new full-length, Sensational Woes. His rap substitutes Motown samples for folk, funk bass lines and twanging guitar. “Never Stop My Flow” has a beat along that vein, topped by rhymes dripping with attitude. Piano is layered beneath “Life in the Full,” funky sax on “I Try So Hard,” and one expects the West Coast whistle to pop up on the venomous “Oleander.” Exit Prose’s raps channel A Tribe Called Quest, but he does them one better by crafting far richer beats. He adds a political message, using “Money” like a hip-hop homage to the classic Pink Floyd song, sampling Gordon Gekko from the 1987 film Wall Street amid record scratches; it’s a track about the ills of cash. —Andrew Crisp Album release party. 10 p.m., FREE. The Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,

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ROYAL BANGS—With Bear Hands. 8 p.m. $8 advance, $10 door. Neurolux

BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown


BLESSTHEFALL—With The Word Alive, Motionless In White and others. 6:30 p.m. $16-$40. Knitting Factory

SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Reef


DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears


DIERKS BENTLEY—With Jerrod Niemann and the Eli Young Band. 8 p.m. $25-$35. Idaho Center

BUKKIT—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

A TASTY JAMM—8:30 p.m. FREE. Curb

DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

EXIT PROSE—10 p.m. FREE.See Listen Here, this page. Reef FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

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



THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

SOUL HONEY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

STRAND OF OAKS— With Faux Bois. See Listen Here, Page 27. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux

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

WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

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

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri La

THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

REILLY COYOTE—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon ROBERT JAMES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s BIG JOHN BATES—With Bukkit. 8 p.m. $8 advance, $10 door. Neurolux


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CAMDEN HUGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DANGER BEARD—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye FRAME OF MIND’S FINAL FAREWELL CONCERT—With Farmdog Reunited and Jupiter Holiday. 8 p.m. $5 general, $15 VIP. Knitting Factory

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. The Buffalo Club STEADY RUSH—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub & Grill TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

VOICE OF REASON—10 p.m. $5. Reef THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement WORKING ON FIRE—With Insignificant Man. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

FREUDIAN SLIP—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews






6 DOWN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

6 DOWN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

AUDIO MOONSHINE—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s


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

BLUES AT BREAKFAST—10 a.m. FREE. Blue Door Cafe

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape

DANGER BEARD—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid


DC3—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers EQUALEYES—With Ladytramp. 10 p.m. $5. Reef ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill HOKUM HI-FLYERS—With Hillfolk Noir. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s OLD DOGS AND PUPPIES—9 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

LARRY CONKLIN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


JAM NIGHT WITH KEVIN SHRUMM—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s NATHAN J. MOODY—With Amy Weber. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye OLD-TIME JAM SESSION—6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

BLUES JAM WITH RICHARD SOLIZ—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

DYLAN SUNDSTROM TRIO—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown


PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid

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


GOBBLE IT UP—Featuring Bassdrop Music and Dark Psyence. 9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement

THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement

SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


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

JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m. FREE. Curb JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri La THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel RICHARD SOLIZ UNPLUGGED JAM—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge STEVE EATON AND PHIL GAROZNIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadMeridian TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA—4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $29$57.75. Taco Bell Arena WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown More music listings at

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STRAND OF OAKS, NEUROLUX, NOV. 17 Strand of Oaks is the solo project of Philadelphia’s Timothy Showalter, who writes sincere, introspective indie folk. Although he often draws comparisons to other bearded outsiders like Sam Beam, Bon Iver and Jim James, Showalter’s music has a uniqueness to it. His debut album, 2009’s Leave Ruin, was written in the aftermath of a terrible house fire and a messy breakup. On his sophomore album, Pope Killdragon, Showalter adds mild synthesizers alongside his acoustic folk, giving the music more atmosphere and mystery. Pitchfork called the album “an astoundingly original twist on the loner-folk template.” His live shows are intimate affairs, with Showalter onstage all by his lonesome, surrounded by a swath of guitar pedals. This show won’t be a party but promises to be a passionate and heartfelt delivery of brooding folk from an excellent singersongwriter. —Stephen Foster With Fauxbois. 8 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, 208-343-0886,

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TAKE SHELTER The secret storm of Michael Shannon GEORGE PRENTICE Take Shelter, the controversial new drama about a man’s biblical-proportion paranoia, is, for me, the first film that defines the 21st century. Sure, we have seen more than 1,000 movies come and go since the turn of the millennium. But here we have a film for our times. In its simplest of settings (rural Ohio), and its gentlest of characters (loving man, woman and child), we find a probing examination of our greatest fear—fear itself. Controversy has swirled around Take Watch Michael Shannon weather the dark clouds of mental illness in Take Shelter. Shelter, not unlike the massive storm clouds that often frame the movie. A raging debate ments Shannon’s. The young couple has a ensued when I first saw the film at the Toronto Rather than erupt when he is beset by daydetailed plan of using their hard-earned savings dreams and nightmares of tragedy (tornadoes, International Film Festival. Some critics defor a cochlear ear implant for their daughter, animal attacks), he retreats to quiet desperaspised the ending. For the record, I love it. It’s who is deaf. But when Curtis drains their aca shocker, sure, but it’s masterfully filmed. And tion while teetering on the brink of sanity. And here is the genius of writer-director Jeff count to build a storm shelter and his recklessI won’t tell you anything about it. That’s how ness results in the loss of his job (and medical Nichols. Take Shelter could have easily detemuch I want you to see this movie. benefits), Samantha’s anger and heartbreak are riorated in to a pretty Michael Shangood psychological tale almost too personal to bear watching. non, the awkwardly Ultimately the massing storm clouds that of horror. But instead tall and upwardly TAKE SHELTER (R) haunt Curtis are metaphorical. What defines the film serves as a talented Oscar nominee Directed by Jeff Nichols our 21st century more than our fears? Foreclotouchingly accurate (Revolutionary Road) Starring Michael Shannon and sures, unemployment lines, hunger and homeportrayal of mental plays Curtis LaForche, Jessica Chastain illness and the national lessness? Our days challenge us to balance our a hard-working conOpens Friday at The Flicks scandal that is the lack domestic normalcy with terrorism. Disasters, struction laborer and of access to health care natural or man-made, haunt us all. gentle, loving husband But Take Shelter is never overt. It depicts in rural America. to Samantha (Jessica our middle-American lives with respect, Chastain is as talented as she is lovely. This Chastain) and dad to 6-year-old Hannah (Naprecision and even affection. That’s why the has turned into a banner year for the young tasha Randall). nightmares that terrorize Curtis (and perhaps actress, with Take Shelter following star turns Shannon is a wonder. His deeply set eyes threaten us all) are so real. Take stock in Take and pursed lips (which barely crack open when in Tree of Life, The Debt and The Help. Her Shelter. It is a film for the ages. performance as Samantha expertly complehe speaks) tell us so much with so few words.

SCREEN/THE BIG SCREEN WOLVES AT THE DOOR Following a sold-out premiere in Ketchum, The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley comes to Boise on Thursday, Nov. 17, for a one-night-only screening at The Flicks. Filmmaker DeSiree’ Fawn spent her childhood on a ranch outside Ketchum and moved into the resort town when she was 8 years old. She said her background allowed her to understand both sides of the wolf issue. “The film follows me, being from this culture but not understanding the wolf issue,” she said. “I was trying to get to the emotional core. It’s about the diversity in this small community.” After interviewing dozens of ranchers, hunters and environmentalists, Fawn had 80 hours of film to cut down to 87-minutes. She filmed and edited the entire movie herself, returning to New York for post-production. When Fawn was finishing her master’s in media studies in New York, the heated debate over wolves in Idaho drew her back home to create her film. “No matter whether you’re a hunter or environmen-

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The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley will screen at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at The Flicks. A Q&A session with DeSiree’ Fawn will follow.

talist, people live here because it’s such a beautiful place,” said Fawn. The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley also contains some of the last footage of the Phantom Hill pack—several of the wolves were killed during the 2009 hunting season. But Fawn explained that the wolves, while daring enough to enter sheep herding camps and kill unguarded livestock, are very elusive. “I never came face-to-face with a wolf while I was filming,” she said. She did, however, encounter the aftermath of numerous wolf kills, including an incident near Baker Creek in which wolves killed at least 13 sheep. Fawn said she saw most kills while they were still fresh. The director acknowledged that wolf reintroduction is a heated debate, but The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley avoids passing judgment. Fawn said she encourages people from “all sides of the issue” to view the film. —Talyn Brumley WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Special Screenings THE MET: LIVE IN HD, SATYAGRAHA—Philip Glass presents this retelling of Gandhi’s formative philosophical experiences as a young man in South Africa. Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:55 a.m. $24. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603,


Paul Walker and Vin Diesel hang ten in Fast Five.

FAST CARS, DRUGS AND RUSSIAN ROULETTE Fast Five took the pole position in its first week in the DVD rental market. According to Redbox, Boise followed a national trend, sending Fast Five to the top of the DVD rentals list for the week ending Nov. 6. Captain America held the No. 2 spot, followed by Bad Teacher, Trespass and Bridesmaids. Fast Five (PG-13) is the fifth in the highly successful Fast and Furious franchise (say that five times fast). The film, starring Paul Walker, busted box-office records for the month when it opened in April, and was praised by critics, many of whom called it the best of the series. If you’re looking for an action fix and Fast Five isn’t available, you may want to sample Bobby Z (R), which is also available at Redbox and also stars Walker. Here he plays an ex-Marine asked to impersonate a drug lord. This film features tons of profanity and a lot of violence. Or you may want to tr y 13 (R), which stars Sam Riley as he tumbles into an under world Russian roulette competition. The movie is also peppered with plenty of bad language and violence. —George Prentice

HUGO—This Martin Scorsese film tells the story of an orphan boy living in a Paris train station. Based on Brian Selznick’s New York Times bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Opens Wednesday, Nov. 23. (PG) Edwards 22, Edwards 9, Edwards 12, Edwards 14 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART ONE—The vampire/werewolf love story continues in this highly anticipated blockbuster. Opens Friday, Nov. 18. (PG-13) Edwards 22, Edwards 9, Edwards 12, Edwards 14

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THE BIG SCREEN/SCREEN THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM As any film editor can tell you, cutting together a great movie, by necessity, must be a fluid process. Greg Green, writer and director of Three of a Kind, takes this notion to heart. “When working on a film so diligently, you lose objectivity,” said Green. “That’s why the test screenings we held in Boise and Utah were so important. Even though we received very positive feedback ... we also received critical input that was taken to heart.” Filmed in and around Boise last autumn— Greg Green (left) speaks with actors on-set. the City of Trees standing in for the Windy City of Chicago—Three of a Kind is part mob “I’ve been in this business for over 30 thriller, part revenge film. Anna (Jodi Russell) years,” said Green, a six-time regional Emmy is the abused wife of mafioso Victor (Tom winner for his work on documentaries and Adams). When a tender-hearted recruit (Jared news programs such as 60 Zirilli) decides to help Anna esMinutes. “I know what seems cape, the two set up a complex Watch Three of a Kind on to work and what doesn’t.” caper involving snowy flights to Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., at Three of a Kind will receive freedom and a deadly game of the Northgate Reel Cinema. its third and final test screenMore info at threeofakindblackjack. ing this Friday, Nov. 17, so if Three of a Kind has been a you’ve ever wanted the op36-year process for Green, who portunity to exercise your inner recently relocated to Boise from Ebert, sign up on the film’s website to attend North Carolina. While a student at the Univerthis special event. sity of Iowa, Green created the short film The —Jeremiah Robert Wierenga Payoff (1975), which grew into Three of a Kind. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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PICKLEBALL The most popular game you’ve never heard of GREG SIMONS It’s tennis on a smaller scale. No. It’s ping pong writ large. Not exactly. Um … it’s badminton with a lower net and weird equipment? Well, not quite. Actually, it’s called pickleball, and this sport with a goofy name and Northwest origins aims to get participants of all ages off their seats and having fun together. Imagine tennis on a court about half its usual size. Now replace the tennis racket with what looks like a ping-pong paddle on steroids. And while you’re at it, swap out a tennis ball for a wiffle ball. That’s what pickleball looks like from the sidelines. On the court, the action is fast-paced. Carson Spencer, pickleball’s official Boise ambassador. Serves may not be delivered with the blazing speed of a Rafael Nadal smash. However, Often devoted players on vacation Because pickleball is intended as a famwith such a small court, reaction times have will seek out locations they can stop by to be quick, because the ball gets to you in a ily game, to keep things from getting too during their trip to get in some matches, heartbeat. And if you’re playing doubles, the intense, a 7-foot safety zone, called the “kitchen,” is established on both sides of the and the USAPA website is helpful. Recently ball often won’t even touch the ground durmany cruise ships have set up pickleball net. (The origin of that term was, unfortuing volleys, further quickening the pace. courts on their decks, and some schools nately, not unearthed.) Players cannot enter Game play is flexible enough, however, are integrating the sport into their physical this area until the ball bounces, minimizing that just about anyone can play. A 5-yearthe chance of a sizzling, intimidating and/or education programs. old child can get in on the action, while his Locally Spencer worked with the Boise painful return volley. 85-year-old great-grandfather can be his Parks and Recreation Department to get Carson Spencer is the Treasure Valley’s doubles partner. approval to use Hobble Creek Park for leading pickleball proponent. In fact, SpenTo demonstrate the age range of those matches. Additionally, the downtown YMCA who have taken up the sport, pickleball vid- cer is such a strong advocate for the sport and Boise State Student Recreation Center eos on YouTube range from teens and young that he has a USA Pickleball Association provide playing areas. Spencer also noted business card with the title “Ambassador” adults making diving saves and performing that pickleball was an event at the recent printed on it. trick shots to seniors participating in ageIdaho Senior Games, with approximately 75 “It’s a safety rule they put in a long time specific tourneys. participants representing nearly 10 states. ago, and it simply makes the game a little Pickleball’s origin can be traced to David Johnson, USAPA’s media-relations less threatening,” Spencer explained. After Washington nearly 50 years ago, when a chairman, heaped great praise on the role all, no one wants Grandma Betty to take a politician got creative while trying to keep people like Spencer have played in growing pickleball shot to the noggin. children entertained at a family picnic. He One of Spencer’s primary goals is making the game. drew chalk lines in the driveway, set up a “Our ambassadors are a crown jewel of badminton net at ground level, gave the kids the game approachable for new players. the organization,” Johnson said. He said many discover the game by coming some wooden paddles and had them hit a And, indeed, those efforts are paying off, across others playing. The newcomers give it wiffle ball back and forth. as Johnson estimates 100,000 people across a try and the next thing they know, they’re And the origin of the name? Well, that the United States participate in the sport, hooked. These new recruits then pass it on story is rather straightforward. The famwith nearly 2,000 rated players, about 400 to their family and friends. ily dog at this get-together loved to chase of whom play in the national tourneys. These days, the game is played not only down any balls that went astray. That dog’s And those numbers are increasing rapidly. all across America name was, of course, Spencer calls pickleball the “fastest-growing but internationally, Pickles, and the sport in America.” both for fun and as a moniker stuck. While For more information visit And in that spirit, anyone wishing to give serious sport. There is Pickles may be gone, or a national association the game a try can contact Spencer through his legacy endures with a website, usapa. the USAPA website. He is confident the fun through the game he and friendship you’ll discover on the pickleorg, and tournaloved—or may have ball courts will be addictive. ments range from citywide competitions to despised, since they took his ball away in “It’s getting older people up off the national events, with divisions based on age order to play it. couch. It’s getting grandkids coming out and skill level. A rating system puts players If you’ve ever so much as swung a pingplaying with grandpa,” he said. “It is boomon a 1-to-5 scale so that like-skilled compong paddle or watched a few seconds of ing across the country.” petitors can face off. This way, top-notch Wimbledon coverage, you’ll learn the game If you do give pickleball a try, don’t be talents don’t waste their time, and new in no time. In a nutshell, you hit the ball surprised if Spencer is on the other side players can get their feet wet without being back and forth, getting a point for your opof the court, schooling you while sporting humiliated by an innocent-looking retiree ponent’s missed shots. The first to 11 wins. a monster-sized racket in one hand and a with a delicious banana muffin recipe and a However, there is at least one idiosyncrasy banana muffin in the other. wicked backhand. that makes the sport unique.

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GET YER GOAT The oft-misunderstood meat meanders onto Idaho menus GUY HAND Say the word “goat” and most Americans picture a horned cartoon with a taste for tin cans. It started back in 1928, when a distasteful little goat ate Minnie Mouse’s ukulele in Steamboat Willie, the first animated cartoon to guarantee the goat its place in cartoon infamy. In 1943, a swastika-wearing Nazi goat did battle with Daffy Duck. Goats ticked off Robert Crumb’s Mr. Natural in the ’60s, and to this day, goats peeve Homer Simpson and piss off the boys of South Park (where, in one memorable episode, a goat was mistaken for Stevie Nicks). No wonder goats get a bad rap. Even the goat’s recent good press—its environmentally friendly knack for consuming acres of invasive weeds—is a mere variant on the goateed-devil-with-an-eating-disorder mythos that got the animal erroneously linked to tin cans and cartoons in the first place. What we Americans don’t get about goat— which the rest of the world does—is that goats are also delicious. At least that’s what Twin Falls chef Lynn Sheehan says. “I’m just turning over the goat loins here in the pan,” Sheehan explained as she took tongs to a sizzling cut of meat in the kitchen of her recently relocated, soon-to-be-reopened downtown Twin Falls restaurant, Cucina Gemelli. “Goat meat, for people who haven’t had it before, is very lean, very healthful, very mild in flavor,” she said. Sheehan is not new to goat. She began serving barbecued goat to an enthusiastic clientele several years ago at Papa Hemi’s Hideaway, her previous restaurant in Ketchum. In September, she prepared chevon—as goat connoisseurs like to call it—at an actual goat tasting held at a goat ranch in the Magic Valley. So when I asked about her interest in this poorly understood meat, she suggested proof in the form of dinner. “We’ve got the spiced and roasted,” Sheehan said as she pointed to the most unadorned of five goat dishes she had sizzling, bubbling and browning on her commercial range. “And then we have the barbecued, rubbed and smoked. We have the Afghani-style marinade goat over a local chickpea salad. We have a whole barbecued goat that’s smoked, pulled with Caribbean spices and with jicama slaw— and finally, our ground goat meatballs in a spicy marinara.” A west Texas barbecue, Middle Eastern bazaar, Jamaican beach hut and Roman trattoria rose off that stove and filled her new kitchen, making Sheehan a fine example of the growing WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Idaho chefs aren’t kid-ding around: goat meat is a great alternative.

legion of American chefs who’ve embraced the varied virtues of goat meat. Once limited to ethnic barrios and back yards, goat has been spotted on the menus of uptown restaurants from San Francisco to New York. In 2008, New York Magazine predicted “the lowly goat” was “poised for the Manhattan big time” and has since installed a Best Goat category in its yearly Best of New York issue. The rest of the world would likely shrug at this development and simply say, “Duh, America.” According to the Snake River Meat Goat Association—yep, there’s a local goat-meat association—“approximately 65 percent of the red meat consumed globally is goat meat.” “The thing about goats that make them such a wonderful animal to raise for most cultures is they can subsist on what looks like completely inhospitable grazing land ... and so you find them throughout the Middle East and dry places with no water. It goes great in Idaho since we’re in desert country,” Sheehan said as she dipped a spoon into her Afghani yogurt. Simon Boers Goat Ranch, outside Hagerman, is the ranch that hosted that September goat tasting. Although the sky was gunmetal gray and the air smelled of snow on the day I visited, the goats seemed perfectly content. “I love how stout and strong they are,” Evelyn Simon said as she and husband Joe Bennett swung open a gate and joined her herd of brown and white, floppy-eared goats. “These are Boer goats from South Africa,” she said as she gave the first kid that ran up to her a pat on its horned head. “And they’re strictly for meat.” Bennett added that goats are particularly attractive to small farms and family operations. “They’re easier to handle than cattle,” Joe Bennett said. “And right now, the profit margin is as good as cattle, so that’s an advantage, too.” Despite the relatively high price goat meat commands, Simon told me demand is high.

In addition to the orders Simon and Bennett get from Lynn Sheehan at Cucina Gemelli, the couple have had requests from CK’s in Hailey, Ketchum Grill in Ketchum, Brick 29 in Nampa and others. They also sell their chevon at local farmers markets, through Idaho’s Bounty, an online local food distribution network, and at the ranch itself. “If I was in Boise, I would hardly have any goats left. There’s such a huge market there,” said Simon as we wandered around the herd. Boise’s refugee community would provide a steady market for goat meat, but it’s all Simon and Bennett can do to fill the Magic Valley demand. “We had a Hollywood chef that was here, and he bought young goats to eat that day,” said Simon. They’ve also had Italians, Chinese and Bhutanese visit to the ranch. “[Americans] import a tremendous amount of goats from Australia because the States can’t produce enough goat meat for consumers,” Bennett added. At the Capital City Public Market, Malheur River Meats owner Rob Stokes, who raises goats in Vale, Ore., said American soldiers coming back from duty in the Middle East had likely helped increase demand for goat. “They’re eating a lot of goat, and it’s on the radar for a lot of those people,” Stokes said while manning his market booth. “And they’ve had good experience with it and they’re looking for it.” Michelle Stokes interjected, adding another reason for goat’s increasing popularity. “And also the health issues,” Michelle said. “Goat is extremely healthy. It’s very high in nutrients; it’s extremely lean. I have quite a few clients than cannot eat beef and they really enjoy the goat.” Back at Cucina Gemelli, Sheehan carefully plated up and set out all five of the goat dishes she prepared, suggesting we start with the simplest first. 32 “Something with a pure flavor,” she

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FOOD/CON’T said, cutting some rosy, medium-rare slices of the roasted goat loin. What Sheehan set in front of me was unadorned, apart from a sprinkle of salt, and I tried it not knowing what to expect. Thankfully, the flavor was rich without being the least bit goaty—a taste I clearly anticipated thanks to the rangy, cartoon goat that still haunts my head. “Absolutely delicious,” I said with a look of undisguised surprise. “It has a fine grained texture, but it’s definitely not lamb. It has a more beefy flavor.” “That’s exactly what I was thinking,” Sheehan said after studying the taste of the slice she had just finished. “Round, rich as opposed to sort of sharper, sweeter. That’s essentially the essence of roasted goat meat.” We slowly escalated to more complex preparations, the smoked loin and then the Afghan-inspired, yogurt-and-spice-marinated goat. Both dishes demonstrated how the goat’s depth of flavor can accommodate other ingredients without turning the whole thing into a tangled, gustatory mess. In that regard, goat reminds me of pork more than beef, readily embracing an oaky smokiness or yogurt tang without a fight for dominance. “It may be a function of the fact that goat meat is so much leaner,” Sheehan suggested. “And since fat carries flavor, maybe the beef tastes more assertive because of the marbling.” Each new dish—the meatballs in tomato sauce and the hot, spicy and tropical jerk Jamaican goat—was delicious and different. The goat played both chameleon and main attraction in a well-mannered, not-evenslightly-cartoonish way. “It’s just nice to have more flavors in the world,” Sheehan said. “I’m excited that goat’s gaining popularity.” After another bite, she added, “I say, step out there and eat it; it’s good.” 31

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WINTER BREWS Winter brews began hitting the Treasure Valley several weeks ago, but as with all things holiday, their arrival seemed a bit premature. I resisted the temptation to buy in—after all, the first frost was still to come and Halloween was several days away. But when I saw a six pack of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale in my East End neighborhood market, my resolve crumbled. Good timing. These hearty brews are just the thing for our current cold snap. Here are three of my favorites: DESCHUTES JUBELALE Dark copper in color with a two-finger tan head that persists nicely, this beer opens with aromas of fruity hops, caramel and toasty malt. You get flavors of bittersweet chocolate, berr y and that roasted malt, which are nicely balanced by an undertone of smooth hops. There is nothing tricked up about this holiday seasonal—just a solid winter ale rich enough for the colder weather. SAMUEL SMITH’S WINTER WELCOME ALE I’ve been drinking this English brewery’s winter seasonal for more than three decades, and it seldom disappoints. That said, this 2011-2012 entry is more reserved than some past bottlings. The aromas are a mix of bread dough, herb and spicy hops. There are more fresh-baked bread notes in the mouth, colored by soft malt, light hops and hints of cherry and cinnamon. This brew is a delicious quaff, but misses the mark a bit as a winter warmer. SIERRA NEVADA 2011 CELEBRATION ALE Celebration is a perennial favorite, and I prefer its hopdriven style to the richer, sweet-malt-based winter seasonals. This beer has a deep-brown pour with a creamy head, and the pine- and citrus-laced hops are fresh and fruity. On the palate, it’s nicely balanced, though the bitter hops take center stage, playing against more subtle creamy malt flavors. This one is definitely on the subdued side of the holiday offering spectrum, which is fine by me. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you go into a major art museum that displays Europe’s great oil paintings, you’ll find that virtually every masterpiece is surrounded by an ornate wooden frame, often painted gold. To me, the enclosure is distracting and unnecessary. Why can’t I enjoy the arresting composition on the naked canvas, unburdened by the overwrought excess? I urge you to take my approach in the coming weeks, Aries. Push and even fight to get the goods exactly as they are, free of all the irrelevant filler, extraneous buffers and pretentious puffery. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle,” said the 13th-century poet Rumi. More prosaically put: Evaluate people according to the nobility and integrity of the desires they’re obsessed with. Do you want to hang around with someone whose primary focus is to make too much money or please her parents or build a shrine to his own ego? Or would you prefer to be in a sphere of influence created by a person who longs to make a useful product or help alleviate suffering or make interesting works of art? It’s an excellent time to ponder these issues, Taurus—and then take action to ensure you’re surrounded by moths that favor beautiful candles. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In Santa Cruz, Calif., there used to be a nightclub that featured live rock bands on a big stage, but enforced a strict policy forbidding its patrons from dancing. The one time I went there, the music was loud and infectious, and I naturally felt the urge to move in vigorous rhythm. Moments after I launched into my groove, a bouncer accosted me and forced me to stop. I think this situation has certain resemblances to the one you’re in now, Gemini. Some natural response mechanism in you is being unduly inhibited. Why should you continue to accept this? CANCER (June 21-July 22): During the time a blue crab is growing to maturity, it is very skilled at transforming itself. It sheds its exoskeleton an average of once every 18 days for an entire year. You’re in a phase with some similarities to that period of rapid ripening, Cancerian. Your commitment to change doesn’t have to be quite as heroic, but it should be pretty vigorous. Could you manage, say, two moltings over the course of the next 30 days? If done in a spirit of adventure, it will be liberating, not oppressively demanding. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Progress isn’t made by early risers,” wrote author Robert

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Heinlein. “It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” That’s exactly the kind of progress you are in an excellent position to stir up in the coming weeks. You won’t help yourself at all by worrying or trying too hard. The single best thing you can do to supercharge your creativity is to think of yourself as a happy-go-lucky person while you dream up ways to have more fun. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Our elders know you don’t find the answer by asking thousands of questions,” says an essay on the website of the environmentalist group The Last Tree. “The wise way is to ask the right question in the beginning.” I recommend this approach for you in the coming weeks, Virgo. Given the sparkly mysteriousness that now confronts you, I know you may be tempted to simultaneously try a lot of different routes to greater clarity. But the more effective strategy in the long run is to cultivate silence and stillness as you wait expectantly for the intuition that will reveal the simple, direct path. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In a review of James Gleick’s book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, The Week magazine reported that “the world now produces more information in 48 hours than it did throughout all human history to 2003.” From that dizzying factoid, we can infer that you are more inundated with data than were all of your ancestors put together. The surge will probably intensify in the coming weeks. You are in a phase of your astrological cycle when you’ll be asked to absorb and integrate a voluminous amount of interesting stuff. Don’t be hard on yourself if you sometimes need to slow down to digest what you’ve been taking in. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In his poem “Ode to the Present,” Pablo Neruda tells us how to slip free and clear into the luxuriously potent opportunity of the present moment. The here-and-now is so ripe and willing, he says. “Take a saw to its delicious wooden perfume,” he continues, and then “build a staircase. Yes, a staircase. Climb into the present, step by step, press your feet onto the resinous wood of this moment, going up, going up, not very high. ... Don’t go all the way to heaven. Reach for apples, not the clouds.” Such good advice for you, Scorpio. It’s a perfect time to learn more about the magic of the present moment as you free yourself from “the unrepairable past.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Seminal psychologist Carl Jung wasn’t afraid of applying his scholarly analytical skills to

the phenomena of pop culture. Late in life, he even wrote a thoughtful book on UFOs, called Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies. To be as thorough and careful as he could possibly be about such an elusive subject, he wrote an afterword to his main argument, to which he added an epilogue, which in turn was followed by a concluding supplement. I hope that you are as scrupulous in wrapping up loose ends in the coming week, Sagittarius, especially when you’re dealing with enigmas and riddles. As you seek resolution and completion, go well beyond the bare minimum. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A great deal of land in the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea by human effort. But the system of dikes that holds back the primal flow is not a foolproof or permanent guarantee against flooding. That’s why more people are building homes that can float if they have to. “We are actually trying to move away from fighting against the water,” says architect Koen Olthuis. “We are beginning to make friends with the water.” I recommend you adopt this as a useful metaphor, Capricorn. During the coming months, you should be doing a lot of foundation work. What can you do to add buoyancy? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): According to my old philosophy professor Norman O. Brown, “Our real choice is between holy and unholy madness: open your eyes and look around you—madness is in the saddle anyhow.” Let’s take this hypothesis as our starting point, Aquarius. I propose that in the coming weeks, you make an effort to get more comfortable with the understanding that the entire world is in the throes of utter lunacy. Once you are at peace with that, I hope you will commit yourself to the sacred kind of lunacy—the kind that bestows wild blessings and perpetrates unreasonable beauty and cultivates the healing power of outlandish pleasure. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It won’t be enough to simply maintain your current levels of strength, clarity and intelligence in the coming weeks. To stay healthy, to keep up with the rapidly evolving trends swirling in and around you, you will have to actively push to get stronger, clearer and smarter. Don’t worry, the universe will be conspiring to help you accomplish it all. To trigger the boost you’ll need, imagine that you have a reservoir of blue liquid lightning in the place between your heart and gut. Picture yourself drawing judiciously from that high-octane fuel as you need it, bringing it first to your heart and then to your brain.



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